Report: “Tiger King” Carole Baskin Focuses on DWTS, as New Questions Surround Husband’s Death

first_imgIt seems that Carole Baskin is trying desperately to move on from the growing number of questions surrounding the 1997 disappearance of her former husband, Don Lewis.Baskin, who is the owner of Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, and is the subject of Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness, is turning her attention to her upcoming appearance on Dancing with the Stars, according to websites says The Daily Mail noticed Baskin outside of the show’s rehearsal facility last week in Los Angeles, preparing for the 29th season.Tiger King’s Carole Baskin dresses in leopard print for her second day of Dancing With The Stars rehearsals— Daily Mail Celebrity (@DailyMailCeleb) September 5, 2020 The news comes as a CBS interview is set to air in which a woman named Trish Farr-Payne alleges her ex-husband Kenny Farr, who worked as Baskin’s former handyman, may have something to do with Lewis’ case.last_img read more

New Windsor SC surprise Zeeburg in Beacon Café/WDCA 50-over competition

first_imgTHE New Windsor Sports Club got past Zeeburg Sports Club, one of the strongest cricket teams in West Demerara, when they competed in the Beacon Café/WDCA 50-over competition last Sunday on a spin friendly surface at the Wales Community Development Centre ground. Zeeburg won the toss and opted to bat, but they could not get on top of the bowling and fell for 80 in 16.3 overs.Henry finished with 4-19 from 3.3 overs, while Mahase Persaud supported with 3-13 from three overs and R. Thakur 2-19 also from three overs.Only Ushardeva Balgobin with 22 and Andre Seepersaud with 10 reached double figures for Zeeburg.In reply, former Guyana U-19 cricketer Malcolm Hubbard led a bowling charge to help topple the New Windsor top order, but captain Vishnu Sew showed fight and brought his team home in 22.2 overs.Sew scored 32 runs, while Shivkumar Thakur added 15 and Persaud 10.Hubbard finished with 4-31 from 10 overs, while Gomes and Seepersaud finished with one wicket each.last_img read more

Media desensitizes viewers to Syrian crisis

first_imgWhile the name Omran Daqneesh may not sound familiar, his face is impossible to forget. In August he was brought to a hospital after an airstrike in Aleppo. A photo was taken of the 5-year-old staring blankly, covered in dust and blood. The picture immediately struck a chord with people worldwide. It was retweeted thousands of times, redistributed in various forms to raise awareness and was widely understood as a shocking symbol of Syria’s overlooked suffering. Despite this widespread attention, however, the plight of Syrian children and refugees is still too often overlooked. Gary Johnson, the Libertarian presidential nominee, was asked what he would do to address the refugee crisis in Aleppo. He, now infamously, responded, “What is Aleppo?” However, in their reporting of Johnson’s embarrassing answer, The New York Times itself had to issue two corrections after misidentifying Aleppo as the de facto capital of ISIS and the capital of Syria. In the first presidential debate, despite addressing several issues of foreign policy and national security, Syria was hardly mentioned at all. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 426 civilians, including 78 children, have been killed from Sept. 19 through to Oct. 4. So, when the election mostly ignores Syria even in the face of this rising death toll, we must ask ourselves: How do we make sure people care? Various social media campaigns have tried tackling this question. The UN created a virtual reality video, “Clouds Over Sidra,” in which viewers follow a young Syrian girl through a refugee camp. However, even without cutting edge VR technology, Syrians have been able to raise awareness about the plight of Syrian children through Twitter hashtags. One in particular capitalized on the Pokemon Go trend. Children in Syria were photographed holding up pictures of Pokemon, or in some cases, Pokemon were digitally photoshopped onto the photos of children amongst the rubble of war. The juxtaposition of the war-torn buildings and the Pokemon characters is unsettling and forces the audience to reevaluate their own priorities. However, not all awareness campaigns are created equal. Save the Children, a London-based NGO, created a PSA that imagined London as a country in the midst of a brutal war. The video and its sequel follow a young girl through the traumas of life as a child in a war-torn country and, subsequently, as a refugee. Though the campaign intended to solve the very problem we must confront — how to ensure that people know and care about the conflict in Syria — it builds empathy by placing a white child as the protagonist. This only serves to reinforce the racism that has caused such backlash against Syrian refugees and apathy toward the plight of Syrian civilians. Social media and all its awareness campaigns can also have the exact opposite effect of generating empathy. Seeing a photo of a child who drowned while escaping Syria shared on someone’s Facebook timeline ad nauseum may generate some level of awareness; however, it also has the potential to desensitize and dehumanize. While videos of children in hospitals may move us more than statistics, it is important to remember that feeling bad is not enough. The empathy generated by viral videos and awareness campaigns must be channeled into organizing, donation and political pressure. Lena Melillo  is a senior majoring in philosophy, politics and law and gender studies.  Her column, “’Pop Politics,” runs every  Thursday.last_img read more