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Safari Exec: Killing of Cecil the Lion Is ‘Appalling’


Sarah Begley is a culture and breaking news reporter for TIME.

The man who coined "Hunt with a camera, not with a gun" weighs in animals and conservation

Geoffrey Kent’s origin story dovetails perfectly with his career: the co-founder and CEO of luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent was born while his British parents were on safari. Kent spent his childhood in Kenya, founding his safari outfit with his parents in 1962. The company, which has always espoused a no-hunting agenda, pioneered glamping with conveniences like mobile refrigeration, and the job took Kent around the world. His new book, Safari: A Memoir of a Worldwide Travel Pioneer, will be released next week, with a foreword from Jeffrey Katzenberg, the CEO of DreamWorks and an Abercrombie & Kent client. Here, Kent discusses endangered species, the perils of poaching and the death of Cecil the lion.

TIME: What did you think when you heard about the killing of Cecil the lion?

Kent: I was appalled and actually quite disgusted by the whole thing. It was really a dreadful thing to have happened. I had a deep feeling of revulsion.

What should have been done to prevent this?

Obviously you should have far tighter control. When you have professional safari hunting companies, they should be heavily regulated by the government, and the government’s got to make sure that the professional hunters, the people who take the clients hunting, should also have a long period of training like they used to back in the ‘60s. It took you seven years to be trained as a professional hunter. The code of ethics were very strict, like the code of ethics of a lawyer. Today I don’t believe that that is there anymore, and so I think that you’ve got to bring back professional training of professional hunters where the code of ethics is bred into their DNA from day one and tightly policed by the government. Obviously I’m not a lawyer and I’m not a prosecutor, but whatever happens, it should stop forever any animal being lured out of a national park by meat or whatever to be poached and killed in cold blood. That’s got to stop.

What do you think of the ban on bringing big game trophies on certain major airlines?

I applaud it. I feel that actually this incident of Cecil is becoming a lightning rod of pulling everybody together in this whole subject of shooting wild animals.

How do you think tourists should approach visiting animals in their natural habitats?

In the world today, you have professional hunters and you have tourists, and the two are not even on the same table. We, Abercrombie & Kent, handle tourists and travelers. And that is why I, years back, came up with the slogan “Hunt with a camera, not with a gun,” and invented the first non-hunting safaris using all the tented camps that hunting safaris used. Maybe I’ve been a trailblazer in this. People should only come to look at wild animals and take photographs and not kill them.

What are the animals we should be most concerned about in Africa today?

I’m very concerned about all the animals, but I’m particularly concerned about the black rhinoceros and the white rhinoceros and obviously the elephant. If we go on like we are with the poaching of the rhino, they will be extinct within 10 years, and I don’t think I’m an alarmist by saying this. We have to do everything possible within our powers to stop the poaching of wild animals.

We’re bringing a lot of the black rhino out of South Africa into Botswana, and that’s going on as we speak. Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy has been working hand in hand with the people in Botswana to rehabituate and relocate these black rhino into Botswana. And that’s another way of trying to save the animals. In Botswana, there’s a massive large habitat available to rhinos, where there’s not in South Africa. And so you’re moving them into a habitat that can absorb them. And Botswana has very good policing of looking after animals, especially rhino.

How can we stop poaching?

First of all, we need the governments concerned to really say to themselves, do they actually need hunting to go on? Secondly, one has to really work out how this poaching is taking place: who is behind it? Where is it going? And everybody concerned, the consumer and the government, have to get on the same page. Ivory belongs to elephants. Ivory does not belong to us. We have to get that in the heads of people. The rhinos, too—there is no good quality of rhino horns. The fact that people say it can be used as an aphrodisiac is complete nonsense. As soon as the consumer understands there is no value to animal parts, that’s the first thing. Second thing is, governments have to police their own wildlife.

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Here’s How 5 Legendary Talk Show Hosts Said Goodbye

How Letterman, Carson and others signed off

When deciding how to say goodbye to fans of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart has plenty of role models to look to. Just eight months earlier, his own protégé, Stephen Colbert, wound down his Comedy Central show, bound for the host’s seat on The Late Show, which David Letterman vacated in May. Here’s how five of the most famous television hosts handled their final episodes.

  • Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report

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    The Comedy Central personality cooked up a series finale that stayed true to the show’s bizarre nature. After killing off the character “Grimmy” during a segment of “Cheating Death with Dr. Stephen T. Colbert, D.F.A.,” he rode off into the night with Santa Claus, Abraham Lincoln and Alex Trebek. Dozens of Colbert’s most notable guests from the show’s nine-year run joined him onstage for a rendition of “We’ll Meet Again,” including Willie Nelson, Katie Couric, Big Bird, Henry Kissinger, George Lucas, Cyndi Lauper and others.

  • David Letterman, Late Show With David Letterman

    Letterman’s last show kicked off with a tribute from every living U.S. president but Jimmy Carter, repeating an archival recording of Gerald Ford announcing, “Our long national nightmare is over.” He started his monologue with a self-aware joke (“It’s beginning to look like I’m not going to get The Tonight Show“) and welcomed actors and comedians to the stage for one of his signature top 10 lists, in which Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jerry Seinfeld, Barbara Walters and others read their top 10 “Things I’ve Always Wanted to say to Dave.” The Foo Fighters took to the stage to play a favorite song of Dave’s, “Everlong.”

  • Oprah Winfrey, The Oprah Winfrey Show

    The two-part penultimate special before Oprah’s final episode was a big bash with guests from Madonna to Beyoncé, but her final episode was a much simpler, more somber affair. The talk show host said an intimate goodbye to her audience after 25 years on the air, thanking them for staying with her. “Sometimes I was a teacher,” she said, “and more often, you taught me. It is no coincidence that I always wanted to be a teacher. And I ended up in the world’s biggest classroom. And this, my friends, will be our last class from this stage.”

  • Johnny Carson, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

    Carson ended his three-decade run in 1992 by having no guests on his final show, addressing an invitation-only audience from a stool on stage. In a move that would later be repeated by Letterman, he took time to speak about his sons, one of whom had died the year before, and made jokes about his own departure. “Look on the bright side; you won’t have to read or see any more coverage about me leaving the show,” he said. “My God, the Soviet Union’s end hasn’t received this kind of publicity.”

  • Jay Leno, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno

    Like his predecessor, Carson, Leno did not hesitate to rib his employer during his February 2014 finale: “I don’t need to be fired three times,” he said. “I get the hint.” Billy Crystal, who had been a guest on Leno’s very first episode, led a special performance of “So Long, Farewell” with appearances by Kim Kardashian, Carol Burnett, Oprah Winfrey and others. Leno choked up thanking his producers and crew in his closing remarks, and quoted Johnny Carson’s final words, “I bid you all a heartfelt goodnight.” Garth Brooks played out the show with “Friends in Low Places.”


Candace Cameron Bure Talks Fuller House, The View and DWTS

Summer TCA Tour - Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies And Mysteries
JB Lacroix—WireImage/Getty Images Candace Cameron Bure attends the Summer TCA Tour - Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies And Mysteries on July 29, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

Sarah Begley is a culture and breaking news reporter for TIME.

The actress has written a new book about her experience on the reality competition show

Candace Cameron Bure has a full plate these days. Between shooting episodes of Fuller House, the Full House reboot for Netflix, and guest-hosting episodes of The View (some have reported she’s in negotiations to join full-time next season), the actress has written a book about her experience on Dancing With the Stars, Dancing Through Life: Steps of Courage and Conviction. Bure took a few minutes to discuss everything from motherhood to her faith to, of course, returning to television as D.J. Tanner.

Why did you decide to write a whole book about your Dancing With the Stars experience?

Bure: Two reasons. After doing that show, I learned so much about myself in such a short amount of time. Each week really was filled with these huge life lessons, which I didn’t think I could learn at the age that I’m at. So that in itself was quite a shock and surprised me. And the other reason was that I had wanted to write a book about conviction, and yet I never felt that I had the right platform to write it. So after DWTS, it was the perfect place to write about courage and conviction, and then share the experience and all the life lessons. I was actually scheduled to write a book on a different topic, and after I had done DWTS, a week later I called my publisher and said, “Hey, can we switch gears? Because I really want to write about this and I think it would be perfect, and it’s so fresh in my mind, let me just do this,” and they were on board.

What was the original topic going to be?


You write about struggling with modesty on Dancing With the Stars. What do you think is the biggest misconception about Christian womanhood in America?

I think that so many people—and it can be both people of faith and secular people—I feel like things are often put to the extreme one way or another, and there’s not a lot of common sense that goes along with it. It’s like you hear from people that aren’t Christians, and when they mock you, they want to say, “Oh, shouldn’t you be in a turtleneck and something covering your ankles?” That’s not silly in certain cultures, but for living in America, obviously that’s something that’s said with such sarcasm, they’re trying to get at you.

And yet within Christians, everyone has a different set of standards, and that’s why it was important for me to say, “Hey, these are what my convictions are, you may not agree with my conviction as a Christian, but at the end of the day, I will stand before God on my own, you’ll stand before God on your own, so if you have a different standard, great, you’re gonna talk to him about it, I’m gonna talk to him about it, I’ll have to deal with my own consequences.” That’s where I stand, but I feel like the biggest misconception about the word “modesty” in general is just that it’s restricted to hemlines and necklines and clothes, when modesty is so much more about our character, and the way we carry ourselves, and the way we speak and act. That was the thing that I wanted to get across the most, because the Bible doesn’t really talk about hemlines.

Are Christians treated differently from secular Americans on reality shows?

I didn’t feel that I was treated differently by the people running the show or the executives. I work in a secular industry, and so I don’t ever expect anything to change for me—nor do most people change anything for me, not that I want that or ask that. But [among viewers], from Christian to Christian, it definitely can be more challenging in that area, because you are held to a certain standard, and the standards vary as to where everyone is in their faith walk. Some people are more liberal or more conservative, so there can be a lot of judgment in that regard, which makes it more challenging to live out your faith in front of everyone.

With that in mind, what do you think of the level of scrutiny around the Duggars’ show 19 Kids and Counting?

That is a very different situation. But I was actually disappointed at how people reacted, both people of faith and not of faith. That was such a sad situation to me, when that was something that happened so long ago, and it was mortifying that it was made public information when that should have never happened. Had that not been someone in the public eye, that never would have been exposed. That aspect, it was horrible, and I’m sure that the family had already gone through the grief at the time. To bring it up so many years later, and then really be scrutinized over it, I just thought was wrong in every way.

How is shooting going for Fuller House?

Fabulous. It has been amazing, it has been one of the best experiences ever, it feels like we never, ever left. Truly, we’re all having the time of our lives. And the show is really good, I know the live audience loved our first taping. So fingers crossed that everyone’s gonna love it. I really feel like we have a good thing on our hands.

Last time you worked with John Stamos and Bob Saget, you were a teenager. How is it different to work with them now as an adult?

Not really different at all. They are the same people, and we are laughing just as hard. I think we kids were more professional than they were back in the day, and I say that lovingly. They were always just joking on set, and we were like, “Hey, we’re working!” The same is true right now. The three of us girls, Jodie [Sweetin], Andrea [Barber] and I, we’re still saying the same thing, “Hey, we’re trying to work!” It feels so good to all be back together, working together — obviously we see each other all the time, we’re great friends, but it is such a pleasure for all of us to get to work again.


So many child stars end up having troubled young adulthoods, and that didn’t happen to you. Why do you think that is?

I always attribute that to my parents and the household that I grew up in, although I know other people that have had great parents but have gone through hard times. I think faith is a big factor, that was just always foundational for us, and carried through and then became more important to me as I became an adult. It’s the two of those things, and maybe my innate personality.

You’ve been guest hosting on The View a bit lately.

It’s been great, I’ve loved every time I’ve guest-hosted on the show and looking forward to more. It’s just a different medium for me to actually be myself and to express some of my opinions and viewpoints. I don’t know that there’s a lot of conservative actors out there willing to be so open about that, so I think it’s a unique opportunity for me.

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TIME Music

Taylor Swift: Jay Z Helped Kanye and Me Make Peace

Taylor Swift The 1989 World Tour Live In Vancouver
Jeff Vinnick—Getty Images Taylor Swift performs during The 1989 World Tour Live at BC Place Stadium August 1, 2015 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

The singer also reveals that she wrote her game-changing Apple letter at 4 a.m.

Sometimes, Taylor Swift says she gets an idea for a song in her head in the middle of the night and can’t go back to sleep until it’s done. The same thing happened with her infamous letter to Apple.

The singer shared the story behind her industry shaping message that got Apple Music to compensate artists during its three-month trial period in an interview with Vanity Fair, whose cover she graces for the September issue. She says she only consulted one person before posting the letter online: her mom.

Swift also shared details about how she came to be on good terms with Kanye West after he interrupted her acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. “I feel like I wasn’t ready to be friends with [West] until I felt like he had some sort of respect for me, and he wasn’t ready to be friends with me until he had some sort of respect for me,” she said. Swift befriended Jay Z, and it was important to him to have Swift and West on better footing, she explained. “And then Kanye and I both reached a place where he would say really nice things about my music and what I’ve accomplished, and I could ask him how his kid’s doing.”

Read more at Vanity Fair.

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Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale Are Getting Divorced

The couple married in 2002

Another music power couple is calling it quits: Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale announced in a joint statement they are getting divorced.

“While the two of us have come to the mutual decision that we will no longer be partners in marriage, we remain partners in parenthood and are committed to jointly raising our three sons in a happy and healthy environment,” they said, according to Entertainment Weekly. “To that end, we respectfully request privacy from the media during this time.”

Stefani and Rossdale began dating in 1996 and married in 2002; they are the parents of Kingston (9), Zuma (6) and Apollo (1). Stefani is the lead vocalist of No Doubt, and had a solo career for several years while the band was on hiatus. She has famously written songs about her romance with Rossdale for the band. Rossdale is the frontman of the band Bush.

Stefani filed for divorce on Monday, and Rossdale filed his response at the same time. Both are seeking joint custody of the children.


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Now You Can Own Don Draper’s Books, Clothes—and Even His Car

Jon Hamm as Don Draper
Michael Yarish/AMC Jon Hamm as Don Draper

The show's props are up for auction

The Godfather makes for a good summer read no matter the edition, but wouldn’t reading Jon Hamm’s copy from the set of Mad Men give it the experience that certain je ne sais quoi?

A set of paperbacks from the penultimate episode of the AMC series are up for auction online, including not only Mario Puzo’s crime novel but also Michael Crichton’s The Andromeda Strain and James A. Michener’s Hawaii. At publication time, the set of three has a high bid of $475.

The lot is part of a massive collection of props from the show up for auction, including Bert’s bar tool set (currently $350), Roger’s monogrammed tie clip ($250) and all manner of shoes, prints and tchotchkes. At the higher end of bidding are Don’s 1965 Cadillac Coupe DeVille ($26,250) and his “Why I’m Quitting Tobacco” newspaper ad ($3,600). Looking to pop the question to a big Mad Men fan? You can bid on Megan’s engagement ring (currently $800).

Lionsgate Entertainment will provide a certificate of authenticity for each item. The auction on ScreenBid ends on Friday.

TIME Ireland

Giant Inflatable Minion Causes Chaos on Dublin Road

The balloon got loose from a fairground

A 40-foot inflatable character from the movie Minions got loose from a Dublin fairground on Monday and caused confusion when it blocked a road.

The minion, which blew away during strong winds, seems not to have injured anyone, but did cause some traffic confusion.

A local resident who witnessed the incident told the Irish Independent that “everyone seems to have had a bit of fun from it,” but one Dublin city councillor took the accident more seriously, tweeting, “Escaped Minion at Omni in Santry may seem hilarious but its a dispicable breach of health & safety.”

It’s unclear whether the councillor’s choice of words was intentionally referring to the original movie the Minions characters appeared in, Despicable Me.

[Irish Independent]

TIME Congress

Senate Democrats Block Move to Defund Planned Parenthood

Senate Democrats blocked a proposal to defund Planned Parenthood Monday.

The Republican proposal failed to reach a 60-vote threshold needed to overcome a filibuster in a 53-46 vote that fell mostly along party lines. Only two Democrats, Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Joe Donnelly of Indiana, backed the bill.

The proposal came after a series of undercover videos were released by the Center for Medical Progress, a group of anti-abortion activists, which showed Planned Parenthood staffers and others who work with the organization discussing fetal tissue donations. The legislation was sponsored by Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa.

The bill’s failure does not mean the fight is over, however. Some House Republicans have said they won’t vote for any government funding bills which contain money for Planned Parenthood.

The dispute has entered the 2016 presidential contest as well. In a two-minute web video released Monday, Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton defended Planned Parenthood, arguing that Republicans are engaged in a “full-on assault on women’s health.”

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who is running for the Republican presidential nomination, told the Dallas Morning News he will consider all procedural tools to defund the organization.

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Hillary Clinton’s Favorite TV Shows Include Madam Secretary and The Good Wife

The 2016 hopeful also loves HGTV

Hillary Clinton sat down for an interview with South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison in a slightly less formal seat than her regular venues: a rocking chair.

Harrison’s “Chair Chats” series is meant to be a more personal discussion than the average presidential interview, acknowledging that politicians are people, too. It accordingly kicked off with plenty of talk about Clinton’s granddaughter, Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky, and how much fun the former Secretary of State is having as a grandmother. As for who’s the better diaper changer, Hillary or Bill, she said, “We both were out of practice.”

Harrison also grilled Clinton on her favorite TV shows, and she listed two on-the-nose series, Madam Secretary and The Good Wife, as well as costume drama Downton Abbey. “But what I relax by,” she said, “is House and Garden TV,” naming some of her favorite HGTV programs to kick back and enjoy, such as Love it or List it and Beachfront Bargain Hunt.

Clinton and Harrison also tackled more serious matters like education and the Black Lives Matter movement. “There are some who say, ‘Well, you know, racism is a result of economic inequality,'” she said. “I don’t believe that. I think income inequality is, in large measure, a symptom of underlying racism.”

She would not answer a question on which Republican she’d prefer to face in the general election, arguing that she still needs to make it through the Democratic primary.

[Chair Chats]

TIME The Netherlands

Terrifying Video Shows Dutch Cranes Collapsing on Buildings

Emergency workers don't yet know how many people may have been caught in the rubble

Two cranes collapsed on residential buildings in the Netherlands on Monday, reportedly causing a number of injuries but no fatalities.

The cranes were hoisting a large steel ramp onto a bridge over the Rhine river in the town of Alphen aan den Rijn when they tilted over and crushed the nearby buildings, according to the BBC.

Early reports had indicated that 20 people were injured, but that number actually reflected the total number of people who may have been inside the buildings at the time, a spokesperson for the fire brigade now says. The actual number of injuries is unknown. An emergency response team is on the scene attempting to rescue anyone who may be in the rubble, and at least one person has been taken to a hospital.

In the video, people can be heard screaming as the cranes lean into the building.


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