The Daily Populous

Wednesday October 10th, 2018 evening edition

image for Santorini: Greek government bans fat tourists from riding donkeys

Greece has just passed an unusual new law that imposes a ban on tourists deemed overweight on the island of Santorini.

Specifically, the law restricts people who weigh more than 100kg from riding on donkeys, an iconic and very popular activity on the holiday island.

It is one of a suite of new laws by Greece’s Ministry of Rural Development and Food that aims to protect Santorini’s donkeys.

A petition, called “Stop Animal Abuse of Donkeys and Horses in Santorini”, has attracted more than 108,000 signatures.

“In addition, the farmers give them lashings to make them go faster up the path when carrying tourists.”.

According to the new laws, donkeys on rides in Santorini should not carry loads heavier than 100kg, or one fifth of their weight.

“The owners of working (donkeys) should ensure that the animals’ level of health is high,” a government statement read. »

James Gunn Boards ‘Suicide Squad 2’ To Write And Possibly Direct

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James Gunn has been hired by Warner Bros and DC to write with an eye to direct the next installment of the Suicide Squad franchise.

It has been easy for studios to run from filmmakers caught up in this #MeToo moment, but Gunn was the decided exception.

There was a meeting between Gunn and Alan Horn, but the studio stuck to its guns in pushing out Gunn. »

Jaywalking: How the car industry outlawed crossing the road

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Then in New York officials responded to several pedestrian deaths last month by issuing a flurry of tickets for jaywalking.

Though the petition failed, an alarmed auto industry scrambled to shift the blame for pedestrian casualties from drivers to walkers.

Wherever there's a push to protect the rights of pedestrians, officials feel they also need to enforce limits on them. »

35 States Tell the FCC to Get Off Its Ass and Do Something About Spoofed Robocalls

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Last November, the FCC created the 2017 Call Blocking Order, which is supposed to provide phone companies a means of weeding out and blocking robocalls.

But a group of concerned attorneys general have observed that the robocall issue is getting worse, despite the order.

The formal comment released today states that reports reflect there were an estimated 30.5 billion illegal robocalls made to cellphones and landlines last year. »