15-17 David Cook, left, and Murphy Jensen (Submitted photo / October 18, 2013) October 18, 2013, 2:51 p.m. Since 1969, tennis legend and South Florida philanthropist Chris Evert has hosted a pro-celebrity event as part of her on-going campaign to raise funds to fight drug abuse and child neglect throughout Florida. Her efforts have resulted in contributions in excess of $20.6 million, including $600,000 in 2012. The popular “Chris Evert/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic” will return for its 24th year, and kicking off the festivities will be a private pro-am cocktail reception at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, Nov. 15, followed by two days of pro-celebrity tennis at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center on Nov. 16 and 17. Celebrities committed to attend include actors Jon Lovitz, Scott Foley, Alan Thicke and Kevin McKidd; actresses Lisa Rinna and Maeve Quinlan; musicians Gavin Rossdale and David Cook; and tennis journalist and historian Bud Collins. Martina Navratilova and Mats Wilander, a pair of international Hall of Fame players, will highlight a group of former pro tennis stars who will match up with celebrities on the tennis court. Patrick McEnroe, Lisa Raymond, Brad Gilbert, Pam Shriver and Rennae Stubbs are also returning to participate. Chris Evert Charities partners with the Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida, blending state and private dollars to invest in innovative, community-based programs that give children a chance to live free from drug abuse and neglect. Title sponsor Raymond James Financial heads a group of additional sponsors that include: All On Stage Productions, Atlas Party Rental, Boca by Design, Marriott Boca Raton at Boca Center, Boca Raton Resort & Club, Broward Health Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, City of Delray Beach , Clear Channel Radio, Esurance, Inspirations for Youth and Families, Lombardo & Partners, Merle Woods & Associates, Mike Sipe Entertainment Events & Productions, Palm Beach Rattan, Printzilla, Rolex, Rooms to Go, Ruth’s Chris Steak House Boca Raton , Shopify, Sun Sentinel, Swiss International Air Lines, The Seagate Hotel & Spa, Wright By The Sea, Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort and Wyndham Boca Raton . Tickets for the pro-celebrity tennis event range in price from $20 to $90. General admission tickets are $20. Individual club seats, with seat backs, are $40 per day, or $70 for the weekend. Platinum-level seating is $90 per day, or $175 for the two-day session.
Alas, it rapidly emerged that Channel 4 was paying Ms Portas 500,000 for a television series on the towns. And what was worse, her consultancy firm had actively lobbied the Government to select particularly television-friendly pilots, although she told MPs that she had not been aware that we were trying to influence what should be the pilots. By any standards, this was a disgraceful conflict of interests, as well as a valuable reminder that when you sup with TV celebrities, you should bring a long spoon. Unfortunately, the trend now seems irreversible. Indeed, given the elevation of former small-screen stars such as Esther McVey and Gloria de Piero to senior positions, show-business and politics have become more entangled than ever. Is this really the kind of government we deserve? For years, we laughed at Silvio Berlusconis penchant for stuffing Italian governments with suspiciously bronzed TV presenters, weather-girls and glamour models. Shopping tsar: Retail expert Mary Portas was recruited by the Coalition to turn around Britain’s high streets – a task that anyone with an ounce of sense would have known was beyond a single individual British politics, we told ourselves, would never go down the Italian route. But we were wrong. Indeed, with the major parties scrambling for television-friendly candidates, even more celebrities are likely to join the House of Commons at the next election, leaving the Palace of Westminster looking ever more like the Channel 5 canteen. So it is that politics spirals further away from the day-to-day concerns of ordinary people. Meanwhile, pressing long-term issues, from the future of the NHS and the care of the elderly to Britains struggling manufacturing sector and our over-reliance on financial services, are simply swept under the carpet, overlooked in the pursuit of showbiz glitter. To our current masters, it seems that the old adage is true: politics really is just showbusiness for ugly people. But history suggests a different lesson.
Celebrity Chef Highlights Lack of Safe Ingredients in Vietnam
Chinn prepared a dish using certified tuna caught using specially designed hooks which do not threaten endangered turtles. His menu also includes clams which have been farmed using environmentally friendly and sustainable methods. The pre-dominant message was overfishing, but the event also highlighted a problem facing Vietnamese consumers often aired in the local media. What Im experiencing as a chef of 18 years is I have no idea where any of the products are coming from. You can say the beef is from the U.S. and has a stamp on it but it might not be,” he said. “Recently in Vietnam we discovered that 80 percent of the noodles were laced with toxic chemicals to keep them white. So its really time for a change. Vietnam is one of the worlds top seafood exporters, with exports of catfish accounting for 90 percent of the global market. While not all exported goods are labeled with information which includes whether that product is certified or not, industry experts recognize that labels with more information are more popular with consumers, said Ngo. Tien Chuong, Aquaculture Coordinator at the World Wide Fund for Natures Vietnam office. He said the general trend is for authorities to make production for export more sustainable while less attention is paid to domestic consumption. Lack of information on food sourcing and ingredients is a big issue for Vietnamese consumers, many of whom worry about the overuse of pesticides in vegetables, and excessive use of antibiotics and formaldehyde in meat. Last month some residents in Lao Cai province were hospitalized after eating dried fish, which was later found to contain high levels of histamines, local media reported.