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Soaring In Luxury During Global Wellness Day at Four Seasons L.A. in Beverly Hills

We joined thousands of others throughout the world at the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts’ premier dive into Global Wellness Day.

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It was a unique day to remind us to live well from physical exercise, healthy foods and beverages, spa treatments to enrich the soul and mind.

We participated with other journalists and reporters for the diverse wellness activities at the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.

The events for all participating Four Seasons throughout the world generated a record-breaking 46 million impressions internationally for Global Wellness Day.

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Check out the adventure at the Four Seasons Los Angeles in Beverly Hills and see how other guests enjoyed the day at different Four Seasons’ properties across the globe:

Sam Simon: ‘Simpsons’ Co-Creator, Humanitarian & Rebel With A Cause


Sam Simon, who was most famous for co-creating The Simpsons, died on Sunday March 8, 2015 in Pacific Palisades, California at the age of 59.

He was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2012 and was told he only had three to six months left to live. That’s when he vowed to give away his fortune believed to be $100 million to charity. Simon made millions every year in royalties from The Simpsons and other producing credits on TV shows like Cheers, Taxi, and The Drew Carey Show.

“I’m not driven by long-term decisions that someone would make if they’re trying to have as much money as they can when they’re 90 years old,” Simon said during an interview for the documentary “Rebel with a Cause:

“I have a limited time on Earth to do what I can do until I’m gone,” he said. “You are a little more aware of it when you’re sick.”

Some who follow the philanthropy world closely said they’d never seen anyone try to unload a fortune quite so fast. Perhaps it was his commitment and love for animal rights that helped extend his fight.

Even a few days before he passed away, Simon was raising awareness about sea animals in captivity. When singer Britney Spears tweeted a photo of herself swimming with dolphins in Las Vegas, Simon responded.

“The dolphins you swim with are captured and killed at Taiji,” he tweeted to his 58,000 followers, referring to the dolphin hunting operations in Taiji, Japan, made famous in the documentary The Cove.
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Simon cared deeply about sea animals and illegal fishing. He donated an undisclosed amount of money to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, an activist marine conservation organization that fights against whaling and illegal fishing. The group named a ship after Simon: the MY Sam Simon.

Late last year he also spent some $8,000 to save a bull that was going to be killed because he was suspected of being gay; the 5,000-pound farm animal had failed to breed with any cows. Simon purchased the bull and then made a sizeable donation to a farm to take in “Benjy the gay bull.”

Last August, he paid $50,000 to buy a farm just to be able to rescue some 400 chinchillas and close down the business. Before that, he made a sizeable donation to the animal rights group PETA so they could purchase 17 bears and free them from small concrete pens at roadside zoos in Georgia.

Simon also founded the Sam Simon Foundation, which helps needy families in Los Angeles and veterans. The foundation provides vegan meals to 400 needy families every day in Los Angeles. The group also rescues and trains dogs to help Iraq and Afghanistan veterans diagnosed with PTSD.

Throughout his illness Simon kept his sense of humor, the same quick and sarcastic humor that made him famous.

“Dr. Goldman needed a urine sample, a blood sample, a fecal sample, and a semen sample,” he says in the forthcoming documentary, joking from his hospital bed. “So I just gave him my shorts.”

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At 56 Madonna Masters The Stage With Her New Music Video ‘Living For Love’

Madonna was the first artist to premiere a music video on the file sharing app Snapchat with 100 million active monthly users with roughly 70 percent of those being woman Madonna’s targeted audience.

In her new her music video for “Living for Love” Madonna plays a matador to men dressed as bulls in a red arena that glitters red electric, infused with the excitement of the Moulin Rouge. This is Madonna at her best, in control and master of the stage which has kept her at the top of the charts for an unprecedented 33 years.

“Living for Love” was directed by French duo Julien Choquart and Camille Hirigoyen, otherwise known as J.A.C.K., and edited by Danny B. Tull, who worked on “4 Minutes” and has also worked on several other Madonna videos. The full CD Rebel Heart will be released on March 6, 2015.

Madonna will take to the stage Grammy night on CBS  Sunday Feb 8 to to slay the bulls in “Living for Love”.

I’m attending the event as a special guest of Microsoft’s Lumia team and will provide special coverage of red-carpet fashions, the awards show and the after-event parties. Follow my Twitter feed and Instagram posts for exclusive content.

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1. “Living for Love”
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2. “Devil Pray”
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3. “Ghosttown”
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4. “Unapologetic Bitch”
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5. “Illuminati”
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6. “Bitch I’m Madonna” (featuring Nicki Minaj)
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7. “Hold Tight”

8. “Joan of Arc”

9. “Iconic” (featuring Chance the Rapper and Mike Tyson)

10. “HeartBreakCity”

11. “Body Shop”

12. “Holy Water”

13. “Inside Out”

14. “Wash All Over Me”

Innocent Victims Of War: Dozens Of Animals Die Of Neglect At Gaza Zoo

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Dozens of animals have wasted away from thirst or hunger at Khan Younis zoo since its inception in 2008 in the impoverished Gaza Strip home to 4 other zoos in a densely populated coastal area of 1.7 million people ruled by Islamic Hamas militants.

There is no governmental body in Gaza that oversees zoos, and no animal rights movement in the region, this leaves the animals and facilities virtually unsupervised. A zookeeper is not on the premises at Khan Younis zoo and medical treatment is done by consulting over the phone with zoo veterinarians in Egypt. With this level of care, animals are receiving basic or nonexistent treatment.

Dozens of the 65 animals have died at the zoo which included ostriches, monkeys, turtles, deer, a llama, a lion and a tiger. They were among the many animals that were left without food and water zoo owner Mohammed Awaida says during the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.  During Israel’s 2008 military offensive against Hamas which began in December and continued for 3 weeks, Mr Awaida says his staff was unable to reach the zoo and many of the animals died from neglect and starvation.

The zoo has a tradition of stuffing and embalming the animals that die and return them to their enclosures. The zoo has ten embalmed animals on dismay in makeshift exhibits fashioned from fencing salvaged from Jewish settlements that Israel dismantled in 2005. Gaza’s zoos have also resorted to painting white donkeys with black stripes to look like zebras because it was too expensive to replace them during the Israeli offensive.

Hassan Azzam, director of the veterinary services department in Gaza’s ministry of agriculture, said: ‘We have humble capabilities,’ but the ministry encourages zoos.

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This zoo is an extreme example of the mistreatment and neglect of animals due to extenuating circumstances but there are other zoos worldwide where the treatment of captivate animals is deplorable.

From an animal rights standpoint, we do not have a right to breed, capture and confine other animals, even if they are endangered. Animals in captivity suffer from stress, boredom and confinement.

The vast majority of captive breeding programs do not release animals back into the wild. The offspring are forever part of the chain of zoos, circuses, petting zoos, and exotic pet trade that buy, sell and barter animals exploiting them.

If people want to see wild animals, they can observe wildlife in the wild, visit a sanctuary or watch them on TV.  A true sanctuary does not buy, sell, or breed animals, but takes in unwanted exotic pets, surplus animals from zoos or injured wildlife that can no longer survive in the wild.

If zoos are teaching children anything, it’s that imprisoning animals for our own entertainment is acceptable.

Diane Sawyer To Interview Bruce Jenner: Keeping Up With The Transition

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Olympian and reality TV star Bruce Jenner, 65,  plans to sit down with ABC’s Diane Sawyer to discuss rumors that have been floating around in the media for the past year that he is transitioning to life as a woman.

Sawyer is “in the final stages of negotiating the interview” with Jenner, who reportedly is planning a docu-series on the E network about the gender transition, Jenner’s interview will air in May.

“He is finally happy and his family is accepting of what he’s doing,” an unnamed source reportedly told People. “He’s in such a great space. That’s why it’s the perfect time to do something like this.”

“It will air when he is ready to be open about his transition,” another source reportedly told People. “But he’s acting more and more confident and seems very happy.”

Jenner, who has not publicly confirmed the reports, divorced Kris Jenner, fellow star of the E! series “Keeping up With the Kardashians.”


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Sam Smith: From London Barback To 6 Grammy Nominations

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In a new cover story interview with Rolling Stone,  soulful crooner Sam Smith, 22, says he came out long before the album promotion for his Grammy nominated “In The Lonely Hour” CD. Smith, told the magazine that when he was just 13 years old he was asked point-blank by a classmate if he was gay.

“I turned ’round and I was just like, ‘Yeah,'” the Brit spilled. “And everything’s changed.”

The “Stay With Me” singer had teenage and young adult years full of love and lust — some unrequited and some regrettable.

“I had a lot of one-night stands,” Smith admitted. “I met a few dodgy friends, people I’m definitely not friends with now.”

“I fell in love with a straight guy last year, and he didn’t love me back,” he added. “I got trapped in my own mind.”

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He wrote the boy a confessional love letter, and the object of his affection wrote back, explaining that he liked him as a friend but not romantically.

“It makes me emotional, actually,” Smith told Rolling Stone, looking back on his one-sided crush. “He looked out for me for the rest of school. He just made sure that if anyone took the piss out of me, he would stick up for me. He could have made it hell for me.”

While Smith’s classmate was sweet to him, others have not been as kind. The “Money On My Mind” singer recalled a time when another student lent him an eraser, but he washed it off when Smith returned it to him. “He was like, ‘I don’t want to share my eraser with a gay man,'” Smith explained.

Another time, Smith was walking with his father in his town when someone hurled a gay slur at him.

“I was just embarrassed that my dad had to see that, because I could only imagine how you feel as a parent,” he said. “You just want to kill them. I was always embarrassed for the people around me. It never actually deeply affected me. You just ignore it, you know?”

Smith’s worst and most recent encounter took place after he moved to London and was kicking off his career. He was walking down the city streets while wearing makeup and was attacked. “I got punched in my neck, just out of nowhere,” he said. “It wasn’t the easiest.”

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Sam Smith’s smash “Stay With Me” helped him become the breakout male pop star of 2014, and with six Grammy nominations, he’s only gaining steam. Just a couple of years ago Smith was a barback in London’s financial district, eating customers’ leftover fish and chips for dinner. Now, he’s anxiously preparing to launch his first-ever arena tour after the smash success of his first CD.

Smith will be performing live at the 57th Annual Grammys Sunday, February 8 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

I’m attending the event as a special guest of Microsoft’s Lumia team and will provide special coverage of red-carpet fashions, the awards show and the after-event parties. Follow my Twitter feed and Instagram posts for exclusive content.

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