Lecture explores non-profits

first_img“You can make a good living and a good life in non-profit service,” he said.  “Non-profit organizations span the political spectrum and seek employees with all kinds of talents.” Those who choose to work for non-profit organizations look for a purpose and not just a paycheck, Notre Dame graduate Raymond C. Offenheiser said Tuesday evening.Offenheiser, president of Oxfam America, a non-profit international development and relief agency, delivered the keynote address at the eighth annual Making a Living, Making a Difference program, held in the Andrews Auditorium of Geddes Hall. “Social change happens right before your eyes and there is a constant stream of new issues,” he said.  “You can never get bored at a non-profit organization.”  The event, co-sponsored by the Center for Social Concerns and the Career Center, offers students information about the non-profit sector and an opportunity to explore career paths in public service. Although salaries tend to be lower in the public sector, there are more generous social benefits than in the private sector and you are able to receive more responsibility earlier, Offenheiser said.  “The greatest thing about non-profit work is that it puts social teaching and social values at the core,” he said.  “You engage in direct service and are driven by a certain mission.” “In practice, we are frontline responders to natural disasters and work with other organizations that seek to address poverty,” he said.   According to Offenheiser, working for a non-profit means working in a world where learning never stops. “Working for a non-profit is intellectually stimulating and will fill your life with meaning, purpose and satisfaction,” he said. Offenheiser’s agency, Oxfam America, an affiliate of Oxfam International, works to fight poverty and injustice around the world.  Offenheiser said it is rewarding to know you are making a difference in someone else’s life. “Working for a non-profit has given me a chance to bond with some of the most amazing people I have ever met,” Offenheiser said. “My colleagues make me want to get up in the morning. The quality of people working in the non-profit sector is amazing.” The evening concluded with an information fair, featuring representatives from various non-profit organizations and a fireside chat with Offenheiser.last_img read more

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Latest Slam loss for Williams comes at Wimbledon

first_imgSerena Williams of U.S. plays a return to Alize Cornet of France during their women’s singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Saturday, June 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)LONDON (AP) — As Serena Williams began to fall behind in what would become her earliest Wimbledon exit in nearly a decade, her coach could tell something was awry.Not the so-so serving. Or the bad backhands. This was a larger problem.“Right now, she doesn’t have her usual ability to respond and turn matches around,” said Patrick Mouratoglou, who has worked with Williams since 2012. “It was obvious when she trailed 3-0 in the second set. Nothing happened.”Unable to get back on track once she no longer had control of the match, five-time Wimbledon champion Williams lost to 25th-seeded Alize Cornet of France 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Saturday in the third round, the latest in a recent series of surprising Grand Slam defeats.“If I’m not playing a great, great match, these girls, when they play me, they play as if they’re on the ATP Tour,” Williams said, rolling her eyes.She hadn’t left Wimbledon so soon since 2005, also beaten in the third round. The No. 1-ranked and top-seeded Williams owns 17 Grand Slam titles, one fewer than Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert, but has departed before the quarterfinals at four of the past five majors. There were fourth-round losses at Wimbledon last year and the Australian Open in January, and a second-round loss at the French Open in May.“It might be a bit premature to talk about her decline, but when she plays someone who finds the right tactics, she looks a bit lost on the court,” Cornet said. “In my opinion, there are more and more players understanding how to play her.”Cornet also beat the 32-year-old American at the Dubai Championships in February, and watched video clips of that triumph before playing Saturday.“I just knew that I could do it, because I did it once,” Cornet said.Still, this result was rather unexpected, given that Cornet never had been past the third round at Wimbledon, and only once before reached a major’s fourth round.“I cannot say that I played my best tennis today, really,” Cornet said.Perhaps, but it was good enough. On match point, after one last drop shot drew a netted response from Williams, Cornet pounded a fist on her chest, hopped around Court 1, then knelt to kiss the turf.“It’s very symbolic, because it means, ‘Now I love you grass, and I didn’t before,’” said Cornet, who had been 0-13 against top-20 opponents at majors.Saturday’s match was halted in the third game because of showers. When they returned about 4 1/2 hours later — “the rain delay killed me a little bit,” Cornet said — Williams was terrific, reeling off five games to grab the first set.Then everything changed, because Williams couldn’t find the mark. She finished with 29 unforced errors, 11 more than Cornet. Two particular strokes let Williams down: Her serve, with seven double-faults and five breaks; and her backhand, with 12 unforced errors.“I don’t really know what I did wrong,” said a blank-faced Williams, whose sister Venus lost Friday. “Usually I do. Usually I know I did this, this, and that.”It was by far the most significant outcome on a day full of starts and stops.Three other past Wimbledon champions won on Centre Court, where the roof was closed and soccer star David Beckham was in the Royal Box: Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova.For his third match in a row, Nadal dropped the first set, this time beating 63rd-ranked Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan 6-7 (4), 6-1, 6-1, 6-1.“All his shots just started to be much more hard, powerful and more aggressive,” Kukushkin said. “It was like a different player.”Sharapova trailed 3-1, then won the next 11 games to top 44th-ranked Alison Riske of the United States 6-3, 6-0.Federer, who has collected seven of his 17 major trophies at Wimbledon, never faced trouble and eliminated 35th-ranked Santiago Giraldo of Colombia 6-3, 6-1, 6-3.Nadal next faces 19-year-old Australian Nick Kyrgios; Federer meets No. 23 Tommy Robredo; and No. 8 Milos Raonic, only the second Canadian man in the Open era to get to Wimbledon’s fourth round, plays either No. 10 Kei Nishikori or Simone Bolelli, whose match was suspended because of darkness.Cornet’s fourth-round opponent when the tournament resumes Monday after the traditional middle Sunday off is No. 13 Eugenie Bouchard, a 20-year-old Canadian who was a semifinalist at the year’s first two majors.“It shows all of you who asked me if I’m ready to play Serena in Round 4,” Bouchard said. “That’s one of the reasons I don’t look far ahead.”___Follow Howard Fendrich on Twitter at http://twitter.com/HowardFendrichlast_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY JANUARY 14, 2016

first_imgSONGBIRD IN TUNE FOR HER THREE-YEAR-OLD DEBUTTARIS STRETCHES OUT IN THE GRADE II LA CANADA BALTAS TRIO EYES MEGAHERTZ STAKES ON MONDAYMORE THAN LESS GOES IN MARATHON ASTRA STAKESECLIPSE AWARDS TO BE STREAMED ON XPRESSBET.COMARCADIA WALK OF FAME ANNOUNCES NEW INDUCTEES Richard Baltas2474129%50%$421,830 Alex Solis620133%50%$107,424 Mark Glatt2131114%24%$88,360 Mario Gutierrez4867513%38%$305,534 ECLIPSE AWARDS TO BE STREAMED LIVE ON XPRESSBET.COM & DRF.COMThoroughbred racing fans can find exclusive content from behind the scenes of the 45th Annual Eclipse Awards Saturday by following the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, @NTRA, on Twitter.Followers can expect plenty of candid images from backstage in the Sport of Kings Theatre at Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino, featuring Eclipse Award winners and the presenters.To join in the social media conversation surrounding the Eclipse Awards, the NTRA is urging viewers to use the hashtag #EclipseAwards. Backstage scenes will be tagged #BehindtheCurtain.In addition to @NTRA, other accounts expected to be very active during the show include those of title sponsors Breeders’ Cup Ltd. (@BreedersCup) and Daily Racing Form (@DRFInsidePost), as well as the industry-supported fan development initiative America’s Best Racing (@ABRLive).The Eclipse Awards will be live streamed on DRF.com  and Xpressbet.com. Pre-show coverage begins at 3:30 p.m. Pacific Time with the ceremony set for 5 p.m.The Eclipse Awards are named after the great 18th-century racehorse and foundation sire Eclipse, who began racing at age five and was undefeated in 18 starts, including eight walkovers. Eclipse sired the winners of 344 races, including three Epsom Derbies.The Eclipse Awards are bestowed upon horses and individuals whose outstanding achievements in North America have earned them the title of Champion in their respective categories. Those awards are voted by NTRA, Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters (NTWAB). Eclipse Awards also are given to recognize members of the media for outstanding coverage of Thoroughbred racing. TRAINER HOPES MORE IS BETTER FOR MORE THAN LESSMore Than Less tries an uncommon distance when she runs in Sunday’s $75,000 Astra Stakes at a mile-and-a-half on turf, but Peter Eurton is hoping for a big effort from a big filly.“She’s a big, tall filly but seems to have a steady pace about her,” the trainer said of the four-year-old daughter of More Than Ready owned by Marc Ferrell.“We think she can get the distance because of her size. The key thing is, hopefully she relaxes and kind of chills for a while.”The Astra will be the first stakes race for the five-year-old Kentucky-bred mare, who finished sixth in a one-mile overnight race Dec. 30, her first start in 10 months. Kent Desormeaux282657%46%$267,540 Patrick Gallagher1031130%50%$206,684 Kristin Mulhall1032130%60%$137,000 Joseph Talamo4378316%42%$337,030 Santiago Gonzalez64149422%42%$512,570 (Current Through Sunday, Jan. 10) Peter Eurton1846322%72%$154,370 Rafael Bejarano571412425%53%$684,610 ARCADIA WALK OF CHAMPIONS ANNOUNCES INDUCTEESThe Arcadia Historical Society’s Thoroughbred Racing Walk of Champions will celebrate the induction of honorees for 2015 and 2016 at a gala on Tuesday, May 24.The event will be held from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the historic core of the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, site of Lucky Baldwin’s landmark Queen Anne Cottage and matching Carriage Barn and birthplace of racing in Southern California. The theme will be “Salute in Red and Black,” honoring Baldwin’s racing colors.Equine inductees will be champions Zenyatta and Lava Man. Champion jockey Chris McCarron, training stars Gary Jones, Ron McAnally, Mike Mitchell, and Mel Stute, and breeder/owner Buddy Johnston’s Old English Rancho also will be honored.Victor Espinoza, the only active jockey to have won racing’s Triple Crown will receive special recognition for his achievements in the sport and community service.Proceeds from the celebration will fund the placement of 24″ by 24″engraved informational bronze plaques in the sidewalks of downtown Arcadia.With the opening of the new Arcadia station of the Metro System Gold Line in March 2016, more attention than ever will be drawn to the business district adjacent to Santa Anita Park.In addition to the Walk of Champions, several other Thoroughbred racing charities will be beneficiaries of the gala, including California Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Foundation (which serves the backstretch community with health services), Winners Foundation (providing confidential assistance for troubled members of the community), and California Thoroughbred Foundation (dedicated to the advancement of equine research and education).The Steering Committee for the Walk of Champions includes Beth Costanza, Gail Marshall, and Sandy Snider, all with long ties to the City of Arcadia, who supervised its dedication in the historic downtown of the City of Arcadia on Sept. 27, 2014, as a permanent acknowledgement of the significant role racing has played in not only the city’s storied past, but also its promising future. Santa Anita Park is the Founding Sponsor of the Walk of Champions.The Arcadia Historical Society greatly appreciates any donation made in support of this educational outreach effort.The Society is a not‐for‐profit 501(c) (3), and contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law, at Walk of Champions, PO Box 661332, Arcadia, CA, 91066‐1332.FINISH LINES: This Monday, Jan. 18, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Santa Anita will offer another of its popular Dollar Days, with draft beers, hot dogs and sodas on sale for just a buck. Santa Anita’s Infield will be open on MLK Day, this Monday. Santa Anita will be dark Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday next week. Live racing will resume Friday, Jan. 22, at 1 p.m. . . . Tomorrow’s Late Pick 4 has a guaranteed pool of $300,000, as does the Late Pick 4 on Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This weekend, the Late Pick 4 guarantee balloons to $500,000 Saturday and Sunday . . . Two-time Eclipse Award champion Beholder arrived Sunday at Santa Anita from Peacefield Farm in Temecula, underwent routine tests, and will head to Julie Adair-Stack‘s facility in Chino Hills to continue preparations for her return to the races, according to Richard Mandella, who has the Grade I Vanity Stakes on June 4 as a long-range goal for the daughter of Henny Hughes owned by B. Wayne Hughes . . . Jockey Mario Gutierrez rides Frank Conversation for Doug O’Neill in Saturday’s $100,000 California Derby at Golden Gate Fields . . . Jockey Ty Kennedy packed his tack for greener pastures Sunday, saying he just “needs a break.” He had one win from 19 mounts, with three seconds and two thirds, before departing . . . Guns Loaded, 5-2 morning line favorite in today’s fifth race, has been claimed four times in his last five races . . . Aces high: Out of Patience, 6-1 morning line chance in today’s second race, drew the one hole for the fourth straight time and for the sixth time in his last 10 races . . . Kent Desormeaux is suspended three days (Jan. 16, 17 and 18) for causing interference aboard Let’s Meet in Rio in Saturday’s Grade III Sham Stakes. The horse finished second, and after a stewards’ inquiry, there was no disqualification. Flavien Prat3342612%36%$206,612 Bob Baffert2853518%46%$359,560 Tyler Baze5438106%39%$236,238 Peter Miller3242113%22%$135,520 Mike Smith2442217%33%$385,020 Martin Pedroza2832111%21%$62,260center_img Gary Stevens1631019%25%$360,080 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Karen Headley430075%75%$127,450 Victor Espinoza222319%27%$241,630 Martin Garcia2833611%43%$260,794 ‘SOLID’ THREESOME FOR BALTAS IN MEGAHERTZRichard Baltas expects to have three for the money in Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. holiday feature, the Grade III, $100,000 Megahertz Stakes for older fillies and mares at one mile on turf.             “It’s the most I’ve entered in one race, certainly one stakes race,” said Santa Anita’s training leader through 11 racing days with seven victories from 24 starts, a dazzling 29 percent success rate.“All three are solid horses,” Baltas said, “although each has a different running style. We’ll let them run their own race and see how it works out.”Baltas plans to enter front-running Chaulk O Lattey, second in the Kathyrn Crosby at Del Mar Nov. 7; Miss America Stakes runner-up Journey On, who is usually on or in close attendance to the pace; and Tiz a Kiss, a stone closer making her stakes debut.Probable for the Megahertz: Beat of The Drum, Flavien Prat; Chaulk O Lattey, Rafael Bejarano; Glory, Mike Smith; Journey On, Mario Gutierrez; and Tiz a Kiss, Santiago Gonzalez. Steven Miyadi1133127%64%$75,980 Edwin Maldonado3771419%32%$194,390 Alonso Quinonez1935116%47%$126,390 LUCKY SEVEN GOOD SPOT FOR TARIS IN LA CANADA Taris tries to carry her vaunted speed further than she ever has when she runs in Saturday’s Grade II La Canada Stakes for older fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles.She won Aqueduct’s Grade III Go for Wand at a mile on Nov. 27, but finished sixth in the Grade III Honeybee going 1 1/16 miles at Oaklawn Park in March of 2014.The 5-year-old Flatter mare drew the outside post position in a field of seven, which should be to her advantage.“I think the outside post is pretty good,” trainer Simon Callaghan said. “I thought maybe there could be some other speed, but we’ll see how the race unfolds.“We’re on the outside and can pretty much go to the lead or sit off it. She’s very tractable or very easy to put wherever we want her.”The field: Tara’s Tango, Martin Garcia, 4-1; supplemental entry Illuminant, Flavien Prat, 8-1; Oscar Party, Santiago Gonzalez, 20-1; Honey Ride, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Yahilwa, Mike Smith, 5-2; Birdatthewire, Drayden Van Dyke, 3-1; and Taris, Gary Stevens, 2-1. William Spawr1152045%64%$120,874 Doug O’Neill4043810%38%$202,942 SONGBIRD’S DRILL ‘JUST WHAT WE WANTED’Unbeaten Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Songbird, who will officially be crowned Eclipse Award champion two-year-old filly of 2015 at the ceremonial dinner Saturday at Gulfstream Park, worked six furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast main track Thursday in 1:14.40.The Kentucky-bred daughter of Medaglia d’Oro owned by Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farms, Inc. is scheduled to make her three-year-old debut in the Grade II, $300,000 Las Virgenes Stakes at one mile on Feb. 6.“It was real good,” trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said of the workout. “It was just what we wanted today. She galloped out (seven furlongs) in 1:28.”Santa Anita clocker Dane Nelson had fractional times of 26 flat, 38.20, 50.20 and 1:02.40, with a gallop-out time of 1:27.80. TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won David Lopez3262719%47%$183,778 Drayden Van Dyke222119%18%$91,330 Fernando Perez4524114%38%$173,796 Abel Lezcano1621113%25%$84,810 Philip D’Amato2846814%64%$302,820 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Wonlast_img read more

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Are You Cereous?  Life Came from an Asteroid?

first_imgCeres is an icy asteroid way out in space that has a lot of ice.  The DAWN spacecraft is heading there.  When it arrives in 2015, maybe it will find out if a substantial part of the water is in liquid state under an ice crust.  Say the word water, and some think… life.    Space.com reported that an astrobiologist has a new idea: life started on Ceres and then moved to Earth.  Believe it or not, it’s a radical new theory Joot Houtkooper told the International Society for the Study of the Origin of Life conference in Florence, Italy.  Ceres may be small, but its H2O molecules add up.  He figures that “The total volume of all this water is something like 40 times greater than all the oceans on Earth.”  OK so far, now what?  Well, he figures that the core of Ceres may have rock, and the rock may have radioactive elements, and the radioactive elements may heat the rock and produce hydrothermal vents.  How could life not be far behind?  “…if life is not unique to the Earth and could exist elsewhere, then these icy bodies are the places where life may have originated.”    Now he has the problem of getting it to Earth.  Here’s how the story goes.  During the Late Heavy Bombardment, Earth got sterilized.  Smaller icy bodies like Ceres might have survived unscathed.  Life originated there, then fragments of rock blasted from it traveled toward the inner solar system.  Fragments from small Ceres would be more likely to reach escape velocity, you see.  He calculated that Earth is in a favorable position to reach the Ceres deliveries, and that is how you and I got here.    “The thought of Earth being seeded with life from Ceres and creatures existing there today is certainly fascinating, but Houtkooper admits that it is more science fiction than science fact until evidence can be provided,” the article ended.  “This is naturally difficult to obtain, as Ceres is a small and distant world.”See what happens when storytellers are allowed into the science lab?  This makes Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs sound scholarly.  Contest: see if you can top this.  Make up the wackiest theory for the origin of life you can, and see if you can get Space.com to publish it.  Tell them you’re an astrobiologist.  You could be one, too, because the only job requirements are life membership in the Darwin Party and a vivid imagination.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Seeing home with an outsider’s eyes

first_imgJacob DlaminiI have been gone from Katlehong, the East Rand township in which I was born, for so long that I have come to look at it with something of a foreigner’s eye. This is unnerving –  I have become an outsider in the land of my birth, a place whose sights, sounds, smells, textures and foods constitute a significant part of my being.Not so long ago, a cousin and I were driving to a funeral in the township when I asked him for directions. I expected him to say: “Drive down one street, make a left at the first traffic lights and go up the street, follow the circular road around  Katlehong High School, veer left towards the Shoprite shopping mall in Hlahatsi section and turn right on your second side street and voila!”Instead, he said: “Drive to Tsolo section.” I knew there was a neighbourhood called Tsolo but I had absolutely no idea where the place was. I had clean lost my bearings.To my cousin, I was still a kasie boy and should have known where everything was. That is why he gave me directions the way one would to a local. It did not matter to him that I had not lived in Katlehong for any length of time in about 20 years.But seeing Katlehong with an outsider’s eyes has an advantage: it allows me to follow what has changed in the township.The first sign of change to hit me when I moved back in December was the proliferation of shopping malls pretty much in every corner of the township. There are at least three massive malls anchored by Shoprite-Checkers and one centred on a Spar supermarket.My introduction to these malls was during the festive season, when people shop like it is the end of the world, but the shopping traffic at these places has not dropped even after the end of the holiday season. Go to any of these malls and their supermarkets at any time of day and you best be prepared for long queues. It is not bad service. The service is actually quite good. The shops are just busy.But that is not the most dramatic change I have noticed.The most eye-popping change for me has been in the way people go about their business and the way the local council, whatever its problems and weaknesses, is trying to make a difference.More and more sections have tarred roads and those that do not yet have any, are being surveyed so they will soon be tarred.Our local councillor has deliberately decided to have her block be the last street in our area to have a tarred road. This is both good politics and a result of lessons learnt the hard way. It used to be that councillors would take care of their own streets and families first before worrying about the rest. Not our councillor.Her selflessness may not please her immediate neighbours, but they can at least see that she is working for the entire community and that a tarred road will eventually their way.Then there are the mundane things that we hardly ever notice unless we need to use them but that actually make neighbourhoods tick. I was stunned to see a postman on his bike on Christmas Eve delivering mail to houses. I was prepared to think this was a fluke until I saw the same guy again on New Year’s Eve, doing his rounds.For someone long used to stories about how South Africa shuts down every year from 16 December to the first week of January, it was both a revelation and a pleasure to see the postman and to walk into a post office on 24 December and find it open for service.It was the same with garbage collection. The collectors came around on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. They work to a calendar and, although they were on a holiday schedule, they came around on days I would have least expected them to show up.And they did not look like they were half-arseing their way through their shift, only eager to finish quickly and knock off. They took their time, collected everyone’s bins from the central collection point and returned them where they found them. It was a pleasure to watch.After all, it is of such basic things that livable, working cities the world over are made.But the best sign for me that things are changing for the better was the phone call my cousin and I placed to 10111, the police emergency number, after coming across a domestic dispute while walking to a mall one evening shortly after New Year.A man was manhandling a woman and when we asked him to stop, he defiantly told us to walk on as it was none of our business. We told him we would call the cops.“Go ahead!” he said. We did. Two police vans showed up within 30 minutes and before our domestic abuser knew it, he was surrounded by eight armed policemen. They gave him a tongue-lashing he is unlikely to forget anytime soon. They also thanked us for calling in the incident.Needless to say, things are far from rosy in Katlehong. Jobs are scarce, HIV/Aids is a serious problem, crime continues to bedevil us and the local council could do better, to put it politely. But things are changing and, what’s more, they seem to be changing for the better. Even a native foreigner like me can see that.Jacob Dlamini is a PhD student in History at Yale University, a columnist for The Weekender, and former political editor of Business Day.last_img read more

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Video: Former Michigan WR Devin Funchess Is A Pretty Incredible Dunker

first_imgMichigan football's Devin Funchess throws down dunk.He’s not quite the caliber of NBA Dunk Contest champion Zach LaVine, but former Michigan wide receiver Devin Funchess is a pretty incredible dunker. Funchess, who played for the Wolverines from 2012-14, declared for the NFL Draft following his junior campaign that included 733 receiving yards and four touchdowns. NFL scouts will certainly love the 6-foot-5, 230-pound pass catcher’s athleticism. Check out this video of Funchess on the court: Former #Michigan WR Devin Funchess (@D_FUNCH) has avatar-like bounce. When NFL teams see his head above the rim?! pic.twitter.com/uLWbbxBQeQ— Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) February 15, 2015Funchess is projected by many to be a tight end at the next level. Jimmy Graham, one of the NFL’s best tight ends, has similar skills on the basketball court. If Funchess can be half the player Graham is, he’ll have a very long career.last_img read more

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Paris Hilton To Host Rock The Runway

first_imgParis Hilton will host Rock The Runway, benefitting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and The Sasha Project LA, on October 13.Paris Hilton has been delivering smiles to patients at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles for years and the impressions the kids have made on her heart will stay with Paris forever. “I always enjoy spending time with inspiring Miracle Kids and their families. It is clear that Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is a very special place where miracles are made every day. I knew I wanted to give back and do more to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. I am honored to host Rock The Runway which combines my love of fashion and my passion for philanthropy. I know the hard work, creativity and dedication it takes to create your own fashion line, and I’m so proud of Miracle Kid Sasha Bogosian for using her talents as a fashion designer to help kids like her. I can’t wait to see all of the amazing Miracle Kids have their moment in the spotlight as models for the day, while we come together to raise funds and awareness for local children’s hospitals.”Rock The Runway will be a unique and incredible fashion show, as Miracle Kids (patients from children’s hospitals all over the country) will walk the runway in a cool one-of-a-kind splatter painted Levi’s denim collection, by 10-year-old Children’s Hospital Los Angeles patient and fashion designer Sasha Bogosian. Sasha’s hand-painted denim designs have been worn by Jessica Biel, Kristen Bell, Katy Perry, Jack Black, Jamie Foxx, Zendaya, Kelsea Ballerini, Rachel Zoe, Allison Holker-Boss, Twitch Boss and more.Miracle Kids will be paired with a celebrity to walk the runway as they are cheered on by guests from the entertainment industry and local children’s hospitals. Joining the Miracle Kids on the runway will be Olympic gold medalist Meryl Davis, actor and singer Victoria Justice, supermodel Selita Ebanks, “Younger star” Charles Michael Davis, country music star and actor Jana Kramer, model, actor & TV host Gilles Marini, “Dancing With The Stars” pro Keo Motsepe, actor Nicole Ari Parker (“Empire” and “The Romanoffs”), actor Boris Kodjoe (“Station 19” and “House of Cards”), ESPN host and motivational speaker Victoria Arlen, critically acclaimed award winning electronic violinist, Lindsey Stirling, Disney stars Skai Jackson and Navia Robinson, “Andi Mack” star Luke Mullen, “This Is Us” stars Mackenzie Hancsicsak and Lyric Ross, model and star of E!’s hit show “WAGS” Nicole Williams and more. The Miracle Kid stars of the show will be Carly Kudzia (Toledo, Ohio), Chloe Davison (Medford, Oregon), Christian Guardino (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), JaKiah Collins (Littlerock, Arkansas), Joe Joe Coles (Jacksonville, Florida),Marlee Davenport (Indianapolis, Indiana), Matteo Gurrero (Springfield, Oregon), Nate Ferrell (Gainesville, Florida), Sasha Bogosian (Los Angeles, California) and Teddy Moore (Queens, New York).Miracle Kid Sasha Bogosian receives treatment and care for cerebral palsy at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Sasha’s love for self-expression through art and her passion for fashion inspired her to create The Sasha Project LA, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for The Mark Taper-Johnny Mercer Artists Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, helping patients heal through art. Sasha has raised $30,500 to date by selling her one-of-a-kind hand painted denim pieces and she is excited to take her fundraising to a whole new level with the awareness generated from Rock The Runway. Sasha’s goal is to help thousands of kids like her in Los Angeles have access to an art therapy program.“CHLA is awesome! Everyone there is so nice. Children’s Hospital is always there for me and helps me get stronger! I can’t wait for this runway show. I’m excited for everyone to see my painted denim pieces. It also makes me feel so happy because people will know about art therapy at Children’s Hospital and will maybe want to help too. The money I raise will help more patients feel a lot better! Paris Hilton is a fashion icon and I’m so grateful that she is hosting this very special event”, said 10-year-old Miracle Kid fashion designer Sasha Bogosian.The creative teams from Paul Mitchell The School Pasadena and CAO Cosmetics will be creating glamorous hair and makeup looks for the runway show. Trueheart partners Amy and Scott Malin are proud to be producing, choreographing and directing Rock The Runway, while Hollywood’s finest, DJ Kid Fish, will be spinning at the event.Rock The Runway will take place on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at Avalon in Los Angeles. The event will be a once in a lifetime experience for these special Miracle Kids, as they feel the love and support of the Hollywood community coming together to raise funds and awareness for local children’s hospitals. In addition to the fabulous fashion show, Hollywood’s brightest stars and their children will spend a fun-filled day with inspiring patients from member hospitals around the country. The family fun day extravaganza will include balloon artists, face painting, glitter hair braids, and a Polite In Public photo booth featuring a custom floral backdrop designed by The Bouqs Company. Partygoers will enjoy signature flavors of cotton candy by Love Swirls and delicious My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream. Guests will be treated to a gourmet lunch and refreshing juice and tea from Purity Organic. Hydration will be powered by AQUAhydrate. The Bouqs Company will help style a fashion forward media wall with their gorgeous farm fresh florals at the event to create the ultimate social media moment.Miracle Kid Christian Guardino who sang his way into the hearts of America as a Semi-Finalist on “America’s Got Talent” and who received the coveted golden buzzer from Howie Mandel, will perform at the event.Partygoers can participate in the Kendra Scott Mystery Jewelry Pull with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Miracle Kids. Guests can also shop the latest Kendra Scott styles with 20% of purchases going back to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and The Sasha Project LA.last_img read more

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Abhishek urges youths to vote in favour of Bengal

first_imgKolkata: The Trinamool Congress on Saturday released a new song titled Prothom Vote targeted towards first-time voters, on all its social media platforms. The song comes on the heels of the phenomenal response to the party’s first theme song Maa Mati Manush that was released a few days ago for the Lok Sabha elections.The catchline of the new song Tomar Prothom Vote Banglar Pokkhe Na Bipokkhe, Decision Nao (Take a decision whether your first vote will Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Pujabe in favour of Bengal or not) has been penned by Trina-mool Youth Congress president and party MP Abhishek Banerjee. The rest of the lyrics has been written by Bengali rock singer Rupam Islam, who has also composed the music. Interestingly, the video follows the international lyric format, in which animated words appear on screen. The song carries the message that the Lok Sabha elections 2019 will be a significant event in the history of India. It reiterates that when the entire country is in turmoil because of hate and violence, an atmosphere of peace and harmony thrives in Bengal. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAs depicted through the song, development and not divisive politics gets an upper hand in the state. It states that 60 lakh girls have been empowered by Kanyashree. The scheme, along with Utkarsh Bangla and Sabuj Sathi, has received international recognition. It presents a picture of contrast regarding the employment scenario in Bengal and the country. While unemployment is on the rise across the country, in Bengal youths are being empowered to become self-dependent through schemes likes Gatidhara. The Silicon Valley Hub which is coming up at Rajarhat, is also set to open new avenues of employment generation. “We have urged the first-time voters to ‘take a decision’. Will their vote be in favour of or against Bengal? It is entirely their own discretion. This song makes it easier for them by putting things in perspective. Let their first-vote (prothom vote) be in favour of peace and progress. Let it be in Bengal and India’s favour,” a Trinamool youth leader said. The song assumes special significance as Bengal, with over 20 lakh voters, has the highest number of electors in the 18-19 age group in terms of names registered in the 2019 electoral rolls of the Election Commission of India before the Lok Sabha polls. Murshidabad, with more than 2 lakh names, records the highest registration of teen voters in the state, followed by South and North 24-Parganas and Nadia. The young voters are expected to play a pivotal role in the electoral process. TMC is confident that the song will be able to strike a chord with the young voters, who will cast their first vote (prothom vote). Abhishek Banerjee has appealed to the young generation to popularise the song over the course of the next month, through dance, videos, flash mobs, or any other way they want.last_img read more

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Emergency Alert System Sends Tsunami Test Warning

first_imgAt this time Alaska State Emergency Operations Center have notified all coastal communities through the Alaska Warning System (AKWAS), Code Red autodialer, and through phone calls that there is no tsunami and no tsunami warning in effect at this time. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享An emergency tsunami warning alert that went out over the air was a test. A representative from the National Tsunami Warning Center in Alaska says there is no warning, and that this was a test. The Alaska State Emergency Operations Center is working with the EAS vendor and Tsunami Warning System partners to identify why a dissemination test message this morning was transmitted as a TSW (Tsunami Warning) EAS event. For questions or concerns contact the Alaska State EOC at [email protected]last_img read more

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