City hit nine past Burton, cruise towards League Cup final

first_img0Shares0000Cloud nine: Gabriel Jesus (2nd left) scored four of Manchester City’s goals in a 9-0 thrashing of Burton Albion on Wednesday © AFP / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Jan 10 – Holders Manchester City can look forward to defending the League Cup in next month’s final at Wembley as Gabriel Jesus struck four goals in a 9-0 thrashing of Burton Albion in their semi-final, first leg on Wednesday.Kevin de Bruyne, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Phil Foden, Kyle Walker and Riyad Mahrez were also on target against Nigel Clough’s League One side as City ensured their visit to the Pirelli Stadium on January 23 is a mere formality. “Of course we are already in the final. We have to play second leg and we will take it seriously. Happy to be in the final again,” said City boss Pep Guardiola.“It’s not easy to play this kind of game. We spoke (before the game) to take it seriously, we started well.”After also thrashing Rotherham 7-0 in the FA Cup on Sunday with a much-changed side, Guardiola was able to again hand a rest to a number of his key players but named a strong side with De Bruyne continuing his comeback from injury.And the Belgian set the tone for the evening by heading City into a fifth-minute lead as he timed his run into the box perfectly to head home David Silva’s cross.Clough admitted before the game it would take a “miracle” for Burton to blunt the Premier League champions’ might over two legs.“We didn’t expect anything less given the gulf in class between the teams, we actually feared it could be more,” said Clough, a two-time League Cup winner as a player under his father Brian Clough at Nottingham Forest.“We’ve made history with the club getting to the last four of a Cup competition. Once we saw the three teams (in the semi-finals) it was always going to be trouble.”So it proved, but the visitors missed a glorious chance to get straight back on level terms when Marcus Harness blasted over Lucas Akins’s cross when completely unmarked inside the penalty box.It took City until the half hour mark to double their advantage, but a glut of three goals in seven minutes followed to put the tie to bed before the break.Jesus headed home his first from close range after Bradley Collins had denied Leroy Sane before the Brazilian slotted home Silva’s cushioned pass via the inside of the post.“Players like me want to play more, to help the team, and we went out there to win,” said Jesus.City didn’t need any luck, but still got some when Zinchenko’s intended cross then looped over Collins to make it 4-0.Other sides may have slacked off in the second period, but with competition for places so fierce among Guardiola’s side, the hosts were ruthless to match the Catalan’s biggest ever win as a coach.Jesus powered home a header to complete his second hat-trick of the season.De Bruyne was then replaced by home favourite Foden, who was surprisingly left out the stating XI, just before the hour mark.It took just four minutes for the 18-year-old to score his third City goal as he profited from the rebound after Collins did well to parry Jesus’s first effort.Jesus did soon have his fourth with a delicate finish from Sane’s cross and City’s dominance was summed up when right-back Kyle Walker strode forward to fire home his side’s eighth of the evening.Mahrez made it nine seven minutes from time and those City fans still in the Etihad cried for a historic 10th.But that was the only thing City fell short of on the night with a final meeting against Tottenham or Chelsea on February 24 guaranteed.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Evolutionary Science Reporting Battles Creationists

first_imgIf creationism is so discredited as to not warrant any further discussion, some science writers are sure going out of their way to refute it.  Some recent examples:Eye of the Hydra:  Little sea creatures known as hydrae have light-sensitive molecules called opsins, reported Science Daily.  Scientists think the opsin proteins, which exist all over the tiny animals but are concentrated near the gut, help the hydra find its prey.  Todd Oakley, a notable anti-creationist involved in the study, used this as a barb against Darwin doubters:Oakley said that anti-evolutionists often argue that mutations, which are essential for evolution, can only eliminate traits and cannot produce new features.  He goes on to say, “Our paper shows that such claims are simply wrong.  We show very clearly that specific mutational changes in a particular duplicated gene (opsin) allowed the new genes to interact with different proteins in new ways.  Today, these different interactions underlie the genetic machinery of vision, which is different in various animal groups.”Yet the story begs the question that mutational evolution produced the opsins or led to their function.  A team member illustrated the circular thinking when he inferred, “because we don’t find them in earlier evolving animals like sponges, we can put a date on the evolution of light sensitivity in animals.”  Another problem with the idea that evolution produced it is that it pushes the origin of light sensitivity further back in the evolutionary time frame to 600 million years ago.  See also Live Science.Skull of the St. Bernard:  In a surprising display of misunderstanding of the issues, a University of Manchester press release claimed that artificial selection in St. Bernard dogs refutes creationism.  The skull shape in St. Bernards has changed a little in 120 years since the breed standard was defined.  These changes “evolved purely through the selective considerations of breeders.” But this is, of course, artificial selection – not natural selection.  The press release continues,“Creationism is the belief that all living organisms were created according to Genesis in six days by ‘intelligent design’ and rejects the scientific theories of natural selection and evolution.    “But this research once again demonstrates how selection – whether natural or, in this case, artificially influenced by man – is the fundamental driving force behind the evolution of life on the planet.”A quick check of creationist literature would have shown that not even the most literal Biblical creationist believes God created St. Bernards directly.  Creationist books and lectures often include diagrams of all the various dog breeds, from St. Bernards to poodles to Dobermans, as descended from an original dog kind that was probably like a wolf.  Many would include all the wolves, coyotes, dingoes and foxes in the original dog kind.    In addition, most creationists would admit an extensive amount of natural and artificial selection in the sorting out of traits in dog populations since the creation.  Even in this press release, the dogs started and ended as St. Bernards – one variety within one species – so there was no “origin of species” or variation on the scale Darwin envisaged.    EurekAlert, a news service of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, reproduced this press release without alteration; so did Science Daily.Brain of the Behe:  Science (Oct. 20) gave Michael Behe 200 words to clarify a point, but then let Sean Carroll have 500 words to trash it.  A complete account is given at Access Research Network by David Tyler.  The lopsided exchange omitted the fact that Behe has written extensive responses to Carroll on his Amazon blog, as noted by Anika Smith at Evolution News, and to many of his other critics, as noted by Robert Crowther on Evolution News.    Science, by picking and choosing a small portion of Behe’s writing, gave the distinct impression that he was conceding a major point of Darwinism, when in fact Behe proceeded beyond the quoted part to explain why it was irrelevant to evolutionary theory.  Carroll, nonetheless, accused Behe of a “complete disregard of a massive literature surrounding protein interactions crucial to Behe’s entirely unfounded conclusion.”  Carroll did not cite any examples of such literature.It is appalling to see the low level of intellectual rigor in the typical science press release these days when they deal with matters of creation vs evolution, and the deliberate anti-creationist bias in the journals.  In the typical popular science report, creationism, when mentioned at all, is made into a caricature, a straw man to ridicule and shoot down.  Don’t they realize that refuting an accurate presentation of an opponent’s view is more likely to succeed in the long run?  Maybe they know they cannot.  They use the only weak munitions they have: the pop-guns and spitballs of propaganda.    We hope our readers appreciate the detail and fairness in these pages.  Links to all the original sources are provided so you can check whether what is represented here is in fact what the evolutionists are claiming.  Much of our reporting comes straight from the original science journals.  While we try to present the news in ways that are thought-provoking and occasionally entertaining, we do not pander to ignorance or bias.  We do not regurgitate the party-line talking points.  We invite the reader to investigate the evidence and evaluate the logic on both sides.  After decades of Darwin-only propaganda in the news media, we hope you find this liberating. (Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Science Cannot Defend Moral Relativism

first_imgIf morality evolves, then why do some scientists cast judgment?Science reporters occasionally make the case for moral relativism: the idea that moral judgments can vary from culture to culture, depending on what the people in a culture were taught is right or wrong. Live Science, for instance, teaches that “Right or Wrong: How You Judge Others Depends on Your Culture.” But in other articles, they will promote abortion rights, gay rights and other moral questions in an absolutist manner (e.g., 3/13/16).In another case, PNAS published results of surveys about whether people take reason into account when they make moral judgments. “It is widely considered a universal feature of human moral psychology that reasons for actions are taken into account in most moral judgments,” the summary begins. “However, most evidence for this moral intent hypothesis comes from large-scale industrialized societies.” So who’s right? Aren’t hunter-gatherers closer to the pristine evolved state of Homo sapiens? Isn’t industrialized society a recent anomaly? If they believe that, it undercuts their reason for writing this paper, since natural selection considered our ancestors fully fit without “reasons for actions” for millions of years, according to consensus theory.Modern secular science is in a hopeless dilemma. Evolutionary scientists and their reporters teach that morality evolved, but want to speak with authority about right and wrong. Some recent examples:“Oregon’s new birth control law increases access, but more still to be done” (Science Daily). The headline makes a moral judgment on a divisive issue that is currently pitting the Obama Administration against the Little Sisters of the Poor (and other religious institutions) in an important case facing a deeply divided Supreme Court. Yet the academics behind the article say, “This law is a step forward for contraceptive access.”“‘Abortion Pill’ Gets New Label: 5 Things to Know About Mifepristone” (Live Science). Try as she does to present a straightforward, factual explanation of the infamous abortion pill, Rachael Rettner delivers a list of “5 things to know” that omits the very most important aspect: whether the pill causes a murder of an unborn human baby. Some of the facts and terms are useful to know, but one cannot be neutral on a moral issue this important that is dividing the country and the world. She ends by focusing only on the potential risks and side effects for the mother, totally omitting reference to the other human being inside of her. You can’t find the words baby, unborn, or even fetus in the article.“Breeding humans: Utopias from the early modern period” (Science Daily). The opening sentences show moral relativism: “The idea to improve humans and to optimise procreation emerged long before genetic engineering. As far back as the 18th century, concepts did exist that appear unthinkable from the modern perspective.” But if it wasn’t unthinkable for them, was it morally right?Sometimes Big Science can’t handle the moral hot potatoes. There was the notorious “evolution of rape” controversy a few years ago (7/18/03). More recently, scientists published in PNAS a defense of polygyny (plural marriage) in some contexts as healthy for children, or at least not harmful. That was too much for a couple of sociologists who responded in PNAS with criticism of the claim, not so much on grounds that polygyny is “immoral” as to argue that the conclusions were not supported by the data. “Additional evidence could be collected,” Rieger and Wagner say, “about cowives and inheritance conflicts and longitudinal nutritional and educational outcomes for children of polygynous families to gauge whether polygyny is really harmful for children in the long run.” Gauging harm is a moral question.To that, the original authors stuck to their guns. In PNAS, they defended their opinion on purely pragmatic grounds (e.g., “our demonstration that (male-headed) polygynous households are relatively food secure and wealthy compared with monogamous households.” But is their final rationale neutral? “In studying ‘harmful cultural practices’ it is vital that we apply equivalent standards of evidence independent of whether results meet or contradict conventional expectation.”But if it’s merely a question of conventions, those are relative. It’s clearly conventional to the families in Tanzania. How does one measure what is harmful? If it is harmful to children but not their polygamous father, why don’t his values trump those of his children?Let’s apply the scientists’ relativistic morality back on themselves. Is it just a convention to study other human tribes and report on them in journals? What would they say if ISIS bombed their labs? Would that just be an Islamic cultural convention? We can continue this line of thinking on the earlier stories. Would it have been Rachael Rettner’s mother’s “convention” to take the abortion pill, preventing Rachael’s embryonic self from being born? Is our process of reasoning about one another’s intentions to make moral judgments an illusion from our evolutionary past? That destroys both reason and morality, robbing them of any foundation. If a society breeds humans, will those humans have free will if they disagree with the morality of breeding humans?Moral relativism has a way of biting the ones who promote it.Everybody has a worldview, even the person who says he has no worldview. Everyone espouses a philosophy, even those who say philosophy is dumb or worthless. Nobody can escape making moral judgments and believing his or her judgments are justified, even the one who says morality is relative. To see why this must be true, ask each of these scientists if they feel their own writings and research are justifiable. If they say no or balk, they become purveyors of nonsense.The only escape from the self-refuting trap of moral relativism is to believe in moral absolutes. And the only One who can give us moral absolutes is a timeless, omniscient, holy Creator. Then, the project of moral judgments consists of comparing one’s assertions to the standard. Unless morality is immutable, it is not moral. The same goes for truth. (Visited 159 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Mapping Our Friendships Over Time and Space: The Future of Social Network Analysis

first_imgTags:#Analysis#web What new things could we discover if social network analysis took time and space into account, in addition to the raw connections between people? In most cases, social network analysis today is limited to discovering friend connections, community leaders and outlines, influential people and personal friend recommendations – in a static or snap-shot kind of way. If new factors could be taken into consideration, specifically changes over time and space, then social network analysis could discover things like emergence or decay of leadership, changes in trust over time, migration and mobility within particular communities online. That’s very valuable information that the social web has barely begun to tackle capturing.That’s the topic of discussion in a new paper by Shashi Shekhar and research assistant Dev Oliver, spatial data scientists at the University of Minnesota, titled Computational Modeling of Spatio-temporal Social Networks: A Time-Aggregated Graph Approach (PDF). The paper was highlighted on the blog GIS and Science today. We’ve excerpted and put in context key points below.The Impact of Space and Time on NetworkingSpace and time are big factors in determining the diverse friend connections that different people form. Or, as Shekhar and Oliver put it, “Spatio-temporal constraints (e.g., geographic space, travel, schedules and diurnal [daily] cycles) play a major role in determining baseline homophily due to reasons like opportunity and minimization of cost and effort.”In other words, if we don’t pay attention to the way space and time factor into our lives, if we just see who knows whom and who chatters about what, then we’ll have a very blunt understanding of the world. Diurnal cycle in, and diurnal cycle out (!) businesses and software users seem likely to call for more clarity than that in the future.Consider the diagram below, for example, from Shekhar and Oliver’s paper. It might look a little intimidating, but if you follow it step by step from left to right, it’s not. Today we might look at a group of four participants in some network and just see the final timeframe of connections (t10). You can see who knows who and who doesn’t know who. But imagine if time were taken into consideration as it is here. You can see how this particular mini-network unfolded from the first connections, through the end-point. That’s a much richer understanding of this group.Look at poor little Node 3, for example, in the bottom of the square. It took them longer to go from Visitor to Friend than it took anyone else, in each of the relationships Node 3 formed. Node 2 at the top, on the other hand, looks friendly and effective at building strong relationships quickly.Social network analysis services see these differences in the way people interact already and they see the way changes in spacial relations impact them, but it’s a very nascent field.“We see the spatio-temporal effect manifest in Twitalyzer data during conferences, tradeshows, and live events (e.g., SXSW),” says Eric Peterson, creator of professional Twitter analysis service Twitalyzer. “The results are pretty obvious in our data: individuals who exhibit an otherwise ‘normal’ level of Impact, Influence, and Engagement in our data go ‘off the charts.’ “The simplest explanation is that there is a compressing effect on an individual’s network when they are more spatially proximate (e.g., can grab a drink and interact face to face.) When this happens, especially when it happens over a short period of time, people’s scores change, their networks expand (typically, although we have seen contraction), and their ‘chatter’ (in your words) becomes more focused.”As Yet Unanswered Time-based Questions of Value for Any CommunityHow is trust or leadership changing over time?Who are the emerging leaders in a group? What are the recurring changes in a group? How long is the tenure of a leader in a group? How long does it take to elevate the level of trust such as a relationship changing from visitor to friend?Now imagine that kind of temporal and spacial analysis being performed on much larger networks, over greater periods of time. “This added dimension or set of data points is out there and generally widely available as ‘exhaust data’, so to harness it and factor it in with the rest of the social graph would be truly valuable,” says Eileen Burbidge, a London angel investor at White Bear Yard and a former product manager at Skype, among other positions.“From an investment (i.e. value creation) point of view, spatio-temporal data has the potential to add an element of value, context and relevance to otherwise ‘flat’ data points.“Take LinkedIn for example. I use it to see who in my network knows (and might endorse) whom, but I’m often cross-referencing/checking a person’s contacts by their work history to discern if a specific contact was established at one spatio-temporal point vs another (ie relevancy)… The ability to build this into social network analysis would be extremely valuable as space and time offer tremendous context and relevance to social connections and relationships. “ Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The Hard PartsThat could very well be the kind of sophisticated social network analysis that service providers aspire to in the future and that their customers seek. Identifying some basic opportunities doesn’t mean it will be easy to get there, however. Shekhar and Oliver say this points to the need for “a central role for computation and computational models, not only to scale up to the large and growing data volumes, but also to address new spatiotemporal social questions related to change, trends, duration, mobility, and travel.“The need for computational efficiency conflicts with the requirement for expressive power of the model and balancing these two conflicting goals is challenging.”If each historical moment of our relative connective history becomes no longer exhaust data, but points on a chart, that sure is going to be a challenge in the computational efficiency department! Presumably, it will just be timestamped changes of state that will be preserved.Scaling that analysis is one challenge, finding new ways to recognize, tell and leverage the stories unearthed by analysis of that data is a whole other challenge.Shekhar and Oliver cast themselves into the abyss of that data-centric future with their conclusion: “We welcome collaboration towards identifying datasets and use-cases to evaluate the potential of TAG [the time aggregated graph model] to address spatio-temporal questions about social networks.”Good luck guys, may you help open up this whole new frontier to us all. You’ve certainly articulated something that a whole lot of people are going to be very interested in in the future.Right: A slice of Veronica Belmont’s closest Twitter buds, per Mailana, a system without reference to time. From The Inner Circles of 10 Geek Heroes.Title photo: Blinded by the Light, by Flickr user Jule_Berlin 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… marshall kirkpatricklast_img read more

Three arrested in Bengal for murder of mentally-challenged woman

first_imgThree persons have been arrested for suspected rape and murder of a 30-year old mentally challenged woman Guria whose body was exhumed on Wednesday from a privately-run rehabilitation centre at Dhaniakhali in West Bengal’s Hooghly district.The arrests were made late Wednesday night. The police are also on the lookout for the key accused Shyamal Ghosh who is on the run. Inmates of the home alleged that Ghosh had seriously tortured Guria a few days before her mysterious disappearance, sources said.The authorities of the asylum said that Guria was admitted to the rehabilitation centre for mentally ill people (women) on May 22, 2012. She died on June 26 and buried five days later in a makeshift grave in the backyard of the rehabilitation centre.Women and child development and social welfare minister Sabitri Mitra has ordered a probe into the murder.”Three people including the secretary of the home Uday Kumar Konar have already been arrested in connection with case. Police is investigating into the matter thoroughly,” Mitra said.The minister said that the state government has shifted as many as 80 mentally-challenged inmates from that home to other asylums. “We have also cancelled their licence to run the rehabilitation centre for mentally deranged women,” Mitra said, pointing out that a magisterial inquiry has been ordered into the case by her department.The body of the victim was sent to Chinsurah in the district for post-mortem examination. The post mortem report will come out in next few days, police sources said.The National Commission for Women (NCW) has also sought an action taken report (ATR) from the district administration on the incident.advertisementSenior CPM leader and former West Bengal sports minister Kanti Ganguly dubbed the incident as gross negligence on the part of the state administration and demanded higher level inquiry into the matter. “I want a CBI probe into the incident as the primary investigation suggests it was not a natural death. The question is why her body was buried without giving any information to the police or the woman’s family members,” Ganguly said.last_img read more

Focused on Flamengo despite Real Madrid C.F. deal, says Vinicius Junior

first_imgTeenage sensation Vinicius Junior said he will not let the publicity surrounding his future move to Real Madrid affect his form for Brazilian club Flamengo.The Spanish giants this week agreed to sign Vinicius for 46 million euros, but the 16-year-old will remain at Flamengo until July 2019, reports Xinhua news agency.”I’m not thinking about that yet. Sometimes the thought of a pass from Cristiano Ronaldo or [Toni] Kroos comes to mind, but right now I’m only thinking about Flamengo. In one or two years from now I can think about Real Madrid, the forward told reporters here on Thursday.Vinicius was an unused substitute in Flamengo’s 2-1 victory over Atletico Goianiense in the Copa do Brasil on Wednesday.Flamengo coach Ze Ricardo was jeered by some fans late in the match for his decision not to use the star.”I said from the very start that we need to be calm. It was in the club’s planning to have him available in the Brazilian Serie A,” Ricardo said.”We will continue with that [way of thinking]. He has already shown that he is adapting and to watch a game from the bench is part of his maturing process,” he added.last_img read more

Wealth on a plate

first_imgIntermittent fastingWith increasing success in helping drop sugar levels, better insulin working, rapid drops in cholesterol and triglycerides levels, getting people to eat in shorter windows of time has me stoked and pushing the plate for lesser food in lesser eating time windows. For centuries, we did not have food,Intermittent fastingWith increasing success in helping drop sugar levels, better insulin working, rapid drops in cholesterol and triglycerides levels, getting people to eat in shorter windows of time has me stoked and pushing the plate for lesser food in lesser eating time windows. For centuries, we did not have food on our plate in excess of one meal per day. Man survived and managed. We are gluttons today. I recommend that people begin to explore an eight-hour eating window. No more. Keep 12 hours between dinner and breakfast. Reduce carbs in your diet and add more fats. Good fats will help you remain full longer. Choose your protein wisely. Less is more. You will reduce your carbon footprint by eating more efficiently and become slimmer. Teff is the new super grain. Photo: ShutterstockTeff grainAs a sports nutritionist I have researched teff flour extensively. It is my choice of super food in 2019. I love it as it is high in resistant starch, a newly-discovered type of dietary fibre that can benefit diabetics, help lose weight and improve gut health. About 20-40 per cent of the carbohydrates in te. are resistant starches. Since I work with many elite athletes we are constantly looking to improve the energy in their meals for their performance, this works well. Oats need to move out as instant cooking oats are devoid of fibre and have a high glycemic index. Teff is the new age answer to a slimmer waist line and since I am a gluten free maniac, I just love an early morning teff porridge.advertisementOne meal fast for the lazyFast for an entire meal in a day and replace it with water. Say skip a dinner once a week. The human cells will begin to go into spring cleaning mode. While I do recommend a water fast for the novice, there will be veterans who can do a fast minus water as well. This dry fasting does have its scientific merits. I do recommend any new eating strategies be practised under guided advice and after getting a blood test done to monitor if that this new age idea actually works or harms you.Nutrigenomicsthe science of genes and your dietNutrition-based gene testing will be the new fashion statement to eating right in 2019. By discovering that my body does not process coffee, milk and gluten and removing these foods from my diet may have limited my choices, but it has altered my brain waves, sleep and energy patterns for the better. If a person can discover all their vitamin and mineral genes receptors readings, then the need for a multivitamin becomes obsolete. For example, a vitamin D and C deficient gene that do not work seem to have a correlation to lowered immunity. All a good nutritionist has to do is boost those foods, or recommend a good food supplement and changes are evident in weeks. Today people are happy to modify their behaviour and are open to accepting advice that will enrich their health.By Ryan FernandoRyan Fernando leads India’s largest team of nutritionists practicing at the Qua Nutrition Clinics across the country.last_img read more

$52 Million Allocated to Asset Recovery Project

first_imgA total of $52 million has been allocated to the Caribbean Asset Recovery Project in the 2013/2014 Estimates of Expenditure, which is now before the House of Representatives.The project seeks to strengthen the Financial Investigative Division by providing technical assistance to build its criminal asset recovery capabilities in tackling serious crimes.It also purports to develop the capability of the judiciary in the preparation, presentation and hearing of financial crimes.Physical achievements include the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the government of Jamaica and the United Kingdom; and a Chief Technical Director has been put in place.Anticipated targets for the 2013/2014 fiscal year include: to improve preparation of prosecutor’s statement; to increase recovery of criminal assets; to increase public awareness of the benefits of recovering the proceeds of crime; training to improve the number of persons who can present proceeds of crime cases; and training to improve the number of magistrates and judges who have the requisite capability to hear proceeds of crime cases.The project is being funded through a grant from the Department for International Development and is scheduled to be completed by September 2015.By Latonya Linton, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Kerry Cahill To Perform In An Evening Of Cabaret For Charity

first_imgActress Kerry Cahill (Terminator Genisys, Zoo, Hours) will be performing in An Evening of Cabaret to benefit The Kristin Brooks Hope line and its program VET2VET.Cahill said, “This program is near and dear to my heart and I wanted to do something very special for them. I have put together an amazing cast of people that are equally as supportive of the VET2VET program. It will be a fun night for all involved.”An Evening of Cabaret for Hopeline will take place at Oak 81118 Oak St. New Orleans on September 27, 2015. Doors will open at 6pm and the performance will start at 7:30pm. Tickets are $50 per person and include heavy hors d’oeuvres and two drinks. There will also be a silent auction and raffle to benefit VET2VET.Several well known actors will be taken part in An Evening of Cabaret along side Kerry Cahill. Nell Nolan, who is well- known for her thirty-years of journalistic coverage chronicling all the movers and shakers of New Orleans at the Times-Picayune and for the Advocate; Broadway and television actress Leslie Castay (NCIS; New Orleans, American Horror Story); Mandi Zirkenback; Katherine McClain, otherwise known as Judy Garland at the WWII museum, award-winning playwright and writer, John Biguenet, and Brooklyn Schaffer. Cahill said, “An Evening of Cabaret will be full of singing, performances, readings, and so much more. It will be an exciting place to be and all for a great cause.”Veterans Crisis Hotline is a program that 1) Trains veteran peer counselors 2) maintains a resource database for use by crisis centers to provide local services to veterans and 3) helps returning veterans navigate the VA mental health system. They receive about 35,000 calls per month from veterans and their families. Cahill said, “Our service men and women need someone who they can talk to without feeling like they will have a consequence for letting people know they are hurting. This is an approach to healing that works.”Kerry Cahill is an award-winning actress who grew up in a military family in rural towns of Montana, Oregon and Texas. She studied drama at Loyola University in New Orleans, the British American Drama Academy Oxford and Queen’s University Belfast. Cahill’s film break came under the director Werner Herzog in Bad Lieutenant. Today, she has been cast in blockbusters such as Terminator Genisys and the new television show Zoo. For more information about An Evening of Cabaret for Hopeline please click here.last_img read more

Veterans Honored At Suzanne DeLaurentiis Gifting Suite

first_imgProducer, Suzanne DeLaurentiis, hosted a gifting suite on February 27th at Dungarees Boutique in Studio City, CA.Eric Roberts with Sergeant First Class Martha Leone Assistant Inspector General, and Master Sergeant Kieon Womble Assistant Inspector GeneralCredit/Copyright: Misty SchwartzThe suite was held to benefit her Operation Hollywood Program, which trains and employs returning veterans for careers in the entertainment business. Sergeant First Class Martha Leone, Assistant Inspector General, and Master Sergeant Kieon Womble, Assistant Inspector General, were the honored guests at the event, accompanied by Irene Mink, VP of New Day Talk Radio and Media Center.Sergeant First Class Martha Leone Assistant Inspector General, and Master Sergeant Kieon Womble Assistant Inspector General, Louis Gossett Jr., Suzanne DeLaurentiisCredit/Copyright: Misty SchwartzMany VIP and celebrity guests attended the suite to show their support including actor, Eric Roberts, and Lou Gossett Jr.Guests were treated to an array of gifts including tanning, teeth whitening, body scrubs, jewelry and hair care products. Gary Friedman, the owner of Dungarees Boutique, was gracious enough to co-host the event, as well as provide a beautiful venue.Some of the gifting sponsors of the event were Dr. Nader Nikman of the Brentwood Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, Le’ Beach Club Tanning Resorts, D S Laboratories, Vivian’s Boutique, and Erica’s Organics. The bags that guests received were provided by BLVD Couture.For more information on Operation Hollywood, click here.Copyright ©2016Look to the Starslast_img read more