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It was a photo of Princess Diana dressed perfectly in a red suit jacket, purple skirt, and string of pearls during a 1992 visit to the Taj Mahal that sparked Christian Louboutin’s creativity that same year.

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/abinlot/2020/03/31/how-princess-diana-inspired-christian-louboutins-love-shoes/

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Many of us are coping with the coronavirus pandemic by devoting a lot of time in the kitchen—honing our cooking, baking, and cocktail-making skills. Here are 15 superb delivery options for when you need a treat (and a break).

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/karlaalindahao/2020/03/30/best-food-delivery-new-york-coronavirus-2020/

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The COVID-19 pandemic has shuttered restaurants large and small throughout the U.S., if not much of the world.

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/lanabortolot/2020/03/30/how-the-hospitality-industry-comes-together-in-a-crisis/

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With new federal guidelines extending the CDC recommendation that no gatherings of over 10 people take place through April 30, the NBA’s hopeful return likewise now has to look to June at the earliest, given that the ban on gatherings would include team facilities.

As such, the league and its broadcast partners are looking at other ways to fill the time, and with the success NASCAR is seeing with its iRacing events being broadcast on FS1, it appears the NBA is looking into similar opportunities with NBA 2K20. Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes reports that the league is hoping to launch a 2K Tournament featuring NBA players this coming weekend, with the games being broadcast on ESPN.

The NBA is planning a players-only NBA2K tournament that will feature the league’s sharpest video gamers and it will be broadcast on ESPN, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

The league hopes to launch the event Friday, with the tournament including some big-name players, sources said.

Haynes’ report doesn’t feature much in the way of details, but given the popularity of 2K among NBA players it shouldn’t be too hard to get guys on board, including some star caliber names. He later noted that each team is expected to have a representative in the tournament.

The question will be whether NBA players playing 2K games will draw in eyeballs similar to the NASCAR races, given that the simulations are not apples to apples — NASCAR’s virtual events allow drivers to be in a car setup, actually driving, rather than just using a video game controller. Still, it’s a creative way to fill some broadcast gaps, while also allowing guys an outlet for their competitive juices. We’ll keep you updated on who is in the tournament and all the details on when games will take place whenever an official announcement comes down.

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Source: https://uproxx.com/dimemag/nba-2k-tournament-players-espn-report/

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Remember when you used to look forward to upcoming blockbusters? Well, you’re going to have to wait even longer for more. The novel coronavirus continues to affect all aspects of life, including the motion picture industry, and this should come as no surprise: The Hollywood Reporter says Sony has up and delayed a number of their major releases, including Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Uncharted, the Spider-Man spin-off Morbius and more.

As per THR:

Morbius, which was set to hit theaters on July 31, is now set to hit the big screen on to March 19, 2021. Ghostbusters: Afterlife is moving off of a July 10 release to March 5, 2021, which was previously occupied by the studio’s splashy video game adaptation Uncharted. That movie will now be release on Oct. 8, 2021— a date that was reserved for an untitled Sony Marvel movie, which now goes undated.

Meanwhile, the Kevin Hart-starring Fatherhood, once set for Oct. 23, will now bow on Jan. 15, 2021. Greyhound, which stars Tom Hanks — one of the first celebrities to test positive for COVID-19, although he and also affected wife Rita Wilson have safely returned home to Los Angeles after quarantining in Australia — was supposed to arrive on June 12, but its new date has yet to be made public.

Sony’s big move comes after many other major studios delayed major releases, including Disney’s live-action remake of Mulan and A Quiet Place II. Meanwhile, a number of movies that hit theaters just as they all closed, both here and in many places abroad, have wound up available as online rentals; if you’ve got $20, you can watch The Invisible Man, Bloodshot, Onward, and the latest iteration of Jane Austen’s Emma. Meanwhile, continue to remain indoors.

(Via THR)

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Source: https://uproxx.com/movies/ghostbusters-uncharted-morbius-tom-hanks-greyhound-delayed-coronavirus/

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A South African safari tops many traveler’s bucket lists, so why not use your quarantine to catch a glimpse of the Big Five? Here are the best live-streams for a virtual safari, without ever having to leave your couch.

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/katherineparkermagyar/2020/03/30/how-to-go-on-a-south-african-safari-without-leaving-your-couch/

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By now you’re probably getting tired of being quarantined in your home. You’ve put together the 1,000 piece puzzle of Niagara Falls puzzle that had previously been collecting dust in your closet, you’ve caught up on every streaming show you’ve been meaning to watch, and you’ve eaten most of the food that was supposed to last for three weeks. You’re bored and tired, even though you take three naps per day.

There’s only one thing that will make the whole ordeal better and that’s whiskey. Okay, a vaccine for coronavirus. And a stimulus check. Then whiskey.

Not a ridiculous amount of whiskey (a hangover while stuck at home might not be fun). Just the right amount to take the proverbial edge off. If you’re a fan of bourbon or rye, you’re probably stocked up by now. But what if you were only allowed to pick one brand to be quarantined with? What bottle would you choose?

That’s the question we posed for some of our favorite bartenders. Their answers ranged from long-aged bourbons to classic Scotches, to Japanese whiskies. Check them all out below.

Parker’s Heritage Barrel Finished Curacao Cask Bourbon

Amanda Swanson, bar manager at Fine & Rare in New York City

Parker’s Heritage Barrel Finished Curacao Cask. This seven to eight-year-old bourbon is finished in ex-Curacao casks adding notes of orange that are otherwise very unusual to find in bourbon. It is bright and hot and bursting with orange marmalade flavor.

It doesn’t hurt that it’s a luxury bourbon on the rare side, exactly what you would want in a quarantine.

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Bourbon

Sam Gay, bartender at Ojai Valley Inn in Ojai, California

This is an easy answer for me. I’d go with Woodford Double Oaked Bourbon. Great dark chocolate notes in that whiskey.

Suntory Hibiki 21

Hector Acevedo, part owner of Spanglish Craft Cocktail Bar & Kitchen in Miami

For this, I’ll have to go with my favorite Japanese whisky, Suntory Hibiki 21. Because there’s a lot of dried fruit, strawberry jam, and baked apple — nice and warming for all those hours spent alone.

Wyoming Small Batch Bourbon

Osvaldo Vasquez, mixologist based at Chileno Bay Resort, Auberge Resorts Collection in Los Cabos, Mexico

I like Wyoming Whiskey (specifically their small batch bourbon) because it is crafted in small batches and there are three generations behind this brand. They keep consistency and quality on their product as a family business. You can enjoy it straight and it’s perfect to use in classic cocktails.

Kininvie 17 Single Malt Scotch Whisky

David Powell, Hudson Whiskey Brand Ambassador

I have a 375ml bottle of Kininvie 17 that I picked up on my way back from my first trip to Scotland a couple of years ago. It’s pretty rare in the states, and I’d say it’s my favorite dram not just because it’s delicious, but because I only break it out to celebrate momentous occasions with my closest friends.

Every time I share it and have a chance to taste it myself, there are good vibes surrounding the dram.

Hillrock Solera Aged Bourbon

Darron Foy, head bartender at The Flatiron Room in New York City

Hillrock Solera Bourbon. Hillrock is the first to implement using the solera aging process to bourbon, though the technique is now spreading. You have a stack of barrels and small amounts of whiskey are taken out at different periods of time while all the time new whiskey is being added. A barrel is never completely empty, so the age and flavor increase. The final product is then finished in 20-year-old oloroso sherry casks. Big and bold with full of sherry tones, while still being smooth on the palate.

Medley Family Private Selection Bourbon

Matt Hoffa, lead bartender at The Mayfair Hotel in Los Angeles

This is a really tough question because there are so many great whiskeys. I guess I’ll have to go with Medley Family Private Selection. It’s the one that comes in the blue bottle, it’s over-proof and single barrel. It’s strong, yet mellow.

Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon

Nikki McCutcheon, beverage director at Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge in New York City

Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon is a premium bourbon that is perfect to drink neat and requires no mixers or ice. The bottle is also conveniently shaped like a coconut, which could lend a fun island vibe in your lonely apartment.

Buffalo Trace Bourbon

Kyle Walter, bartender at Grayton Beer Brewpub in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

My tried and true is Buffalo Trace bourbon. Though, if you can get it during the quarantine, good on you.

William Larue Weller Bourbon

Ben Schiller, beverage director at RPM Restaurants in Chicago

William Larue Weller – Buffalo Trace Antique Collection. I love wheated Bourbons, and this yearly bottling is one of, if not the best on the market. Finding a bottle of Weller is difficult enough at the moment, but one that’s barrel strength like this selection is almost impossible.

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Source: https://uproxx.com/life/best-whiskey-for-quarantine/

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This article contains spoilers for the Netflix docuseries Tiger King.

“Oh shit — have you watched Tiger King?”

The first text came a mere two days after Netflix gave birth to the now infamous documentary series on March 20th. A day later, another friend hit me up, “This Tiger King show is fucking wild. Also, your nightmare.” Movie stars started arguing over who would get which roles. Joe Exotic’s music videos resurfaced. An obscure Britney Spears VMAs connection was unearthed.

With so much intrigue, I had to watch Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness. I’m glad I did, too. Not because I was eager to tweet about the chaotic/ accidental humor of it all. But because — at the risk of Joe Exotic, the polygamist, gun-loving, self-righteous tiger hoarder in Oklahoma; or Jeff Lowe, the swinging Las Vegas financier who took over his zoo, coming after me in a poorly-produced attack video — we need to talk about the tigers. The only “good guys” in all this. Those huge, sleek, elegant, creatures that the docuseries seems all too willing to ignore.

Because while this bonkers-but-true seven-part profile on Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin, his equally inscrutable and possibly-mariticidal nemesis in Florida, is the exact tonic needed to distract Americans from the COVID-19 pandemic, it doesn’t offer much insight into the lives on the animals in the title. Even after watching Tiger King start to finish, it’s tough to get a bead on the living conditions and overall livelihood of the big cats themselves. Instead, it’s the wacky-yet-toxic personal dynamics between exotic animal owners that gets all the screen time.

That approach works fine as escapism but it isn’t particularly effective at condemning the industry that it profiles. An industry that absolutely deserves to be condemned.

To me, the poor quality of life experienced by the tigers in Tiger King was beyond obvious within the first minute of the first episode. I’ve dedicated a significant part of my career to exposing wildlife abuses in the travel industry. I’ve sat in the jungles of Central America, fighting off parrot poachers using only a machete. I became a World Wildlife Fund Ambassador to step up my advocacy against the exotic pet trade. I’ve been a veterinary tech, an animal behaviorist, and a wildlife journalist. And I feel 100% convinced that people who keep tigers, wolves, and other exotic animals as pets are a unique kind of human — forged in the melting pot of too much disposable income, a lack of education in animal physiology, and inherent selfishness.

That’s why Tiger King is my nightmare. Watching the show means having to put aside the mostly-unmentioned suffering of the animals featured. It means watching a slew of memes more compassionate to a known animal abuser than the tigers he visibly exploits. And, worst of all, it means knowing that certain viewers were going to start searching “how to buy a tiger cub” before even seeing the final episode.

When Joe Exotic insists Carole Baskin is the insane one for accusing him of committing animal abuse, the series doesn’t question him. Because he is the series. But it damn sure should have. Though we only hear a few passing mentions of it, Joe was sentenced to 22 years for “violence against tigers.” As far back as 2011, the Humane Society of the United States documented GW Zoo’s tiger cubs being punched, dragged, and hit with whips, all after being “pulled from their mothers immediately after birth for public handling,” according to their investigation. Shouldn’t that be at least the b-story in this series? Wasn’t there room for it between the various “blowing shit up” and “meth” segments?

Handled well, this series entering the zeitgeist could have been the moment when Americans collectively began to question the private ownership of tigers. Instead, we’re starting GoFundMe’s for Joe Exotic. Seriously?

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More than 20 states currently have comprehensive bans on the ownership of exotic pets and another 13 have partial bans. Meaning over half of the United States recognizes the wide range of problems that comes with allowing literally anybody to cage whatever species makes them feel tough or wealthy or cool. Most of the 5,000-10,000 tigers we’ve trapped in captivity in the U.S (compared to 4,000 tigers living naturally in the wild) are concentrated in private zoos in less-stringent states like Texas or South Carolina. States where private zoo owners prioritize profit over animal wellbeing to a dramatic degree — whether they’re as attention-getting as Joe Exotic or not.

By failing to add some of this context, the directors of Tiger King veered into animal exploitation themselves. The health of these animals is so low on the list of priorities that the fact that white tigers are force-bred from incest isn’t even touched on. Imagine if Blackfish or The Cove, had taken a similar approach? “Sure, Shamu is being tortured but look at this trainer’s funny mullet!” The woke masses would have been furious. Sure, debating whether or not Carole Baskin fed her husband to tigers is more fun than debating the intricacies of animal abuse. But by ignoring the state of captive exotic animals in America in favor of drama, Tiger King has actually perpetuated the abuse of animals by making them serve solely as entertainment.

Let’s not allow the suffering of these animals — like the five tigers who got bullets to the head for being inconvenient to Joe Exotic — be for nothing. If you watch this show, have your laughs, share your “Carole Did It” memes, and then stand up against the system that allowed this nightmarish world to exist in the first place. Because the only true protagonists of Tiger King went through the series mostly ignored. And they undoubtedly deserve better.


You can help tigers and other exotic animals by supporting the initiatives of and donating to the World Wildlife Fund and Panthera.

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Source: https://uproxx.com/life/joe-exotic-tiger-king-animal-abuse/

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Whole Foods employees nationwide are planning a social-distancing-friendly strike set for Tuesday, March 31st by asking their fellow employees to stay home and call in sick in an effort to get better coronavirus protections during the course of the global pandemic. “On March 31st, DO NOT GO TO WORK,” reads a statement by Whole Worker, the national worker’s group of Whole Foods employees that organized the sick-out.

The plan calls for all employees to call in sick and demand guaranteed paid leave for all workers who isolate or self-quarantine, a reinstatement of health care coverage for all part-time and seasonal workers, free coronavirus testing and treatment for all team members, guaranteed hazard pay in the form of double-time pay, new in-store policies that facilitate social distancing between workers and customers, a commitment to ensuring all locations have adequate sanitation equipment, and the immediate shutdown of any location where a worker test positive for COVID-19 — in which all employees would continue to receive full pay until the store can safely reopen.

According to Whole Worker, “Whole Foods has temporarily relaxed its strict attendance policy, which means that team members can participate in this act of protest without fear of reprisal. We encourage all retail workers at other companies to join us in this act of solidarity.” Currently, the company has boosted wages for all U.S. and Canadian workers by $2 per hour and promised paid leave for all workers diagnosed with COVID-19, but The Hill reports that recent cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Whole Foods locations in Chicago, New York City and Huntington Beach California yet those locations are all still open.

This protest follows a similar move by Amazon workers who walked out of a Staten Island workshop on Monday, March 30th, after the warehouse was kept open despite a positive coronavirus case being found in a worker at the warehouse. Considering Jeff Bezos, who owns both Amazon and Whole Foods, has a net worth of 119.9 billion USD, dude could easily drop $1 billion on supporting his works in a second. Instead, Vice reports that Whole Foods CEO John Mackey has suggested healthy employees donate their unused sick-pay to help fellow workers who might become infected by the virus.

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Source: https://uproxx.com/life/whole-foods-employees-sick-out-plans/

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Plastic pollution is a very real and burgeoning threat to our health and environment. Here's how you can cut down your increasing reliance on plastic, according to zero-waste experts.

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/nomanazish/2020/03/30/seven-simple-ways-to-reduce-your-plastic-footprint/

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