The Motet Announce Four-Night New Year’s Eve Run

first_imgThe beloved Colorado funk act, The Motet, will be ringing in 2018 on the West Coast, with a string of newly announced dates to close out the end of December this year. For their upcoming four-night New Year’s Eve run, the six-piece ensemble will be posted up in Oregon. To kick off the run, on December 28th, the group will hit the Historic Ashland Armory in Ashland, Oregon. The following night, on December 29th, The Motet will move on to the Domino Room in Bend. To close out the run and 2017, the funk act will hit Revolution Hall in Portland, Oregon, for a two-night run across December 30th and 31st.[Photo: Emily Butler]last_img read more

CEO of nonprofit wins award for advocacy

first_imgJacqueline Novogratz, CEO of the nonprofit global venture fund Acumen, received the 2013 Notre Dame Award for International Human Development and Solidarity for her advocacy for the revitalization of impoverished communities. University President Fr. John Jenkins presented Novogratz with the award on behalf of the Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity in a ceremony Thursday. The event in the Hesburgh Center Auditorium was part of the Notre Dame Forum on women in leadership.  Jenkins said Novogratz stands as an exemplary person in the area of women in leadership because of her dedication to human dignity. “There are two dangers when seeking to help people in need. One is condescension; the other is imposing solutions on the poor,” Jenkins said. “Novogratz is particularly worthy of celebration for avoiding those dangers.” “She displays a profound respect for the dignity for those whom she serves, knowing that the real gifts in life are not material, but empowering acts of love that form community.” Fr. Robert Dowd, director of the Ford Family Program, echoed Jenkins’s remarks, emphasizing the power of human dignity that drives the mission of the program. “We are thankful to Jacqueline Novogratz for advancing the mission of the Ford Family Program, which seeks to help people to lift themselves out of poverty and produce sustainable outcomes,” Dowd said. Novogratz spoke about the mission of Acumen, the nonprofit organization she founded in 2001 after working in the banking world of New York City. Novogratz is the daughter of Catholic immigrants from Austria, a fact which made Notre Dame stand as a mythic name in her family while she grew up. She also holds an honorary degree from the university. To begin her remarks, Novogratz appealed to the sense of kinship at the heart of Acumen’s mission. “We all do this work in different ways, and we do this work together and stand on top of each other’s shoulders,” she said. Acumen attempts to unify aspects of philanthropy with a sound understanding of investing to fund aspiring entrepreneurs primarily in Africa and south Asia, Novogratz said. “The goal is to take the humanitarian impulse of philanthropy with the efficiency of the market while recognizing the limitations of the market as well,” she said. Novogratz said this approach enables her to taks on issues of poverty and the great “un-freedoms” of economic inequality in a new and courageous way. Building and renewing conventional institutions lies at the core of this pursuit, and Novogratz lauded Pope Francis for his own efforts to renew one of the world’s oldest institutions: the Catholic Church. Since the organization’s founding in 2001, Novogratz said it has made immense strides, providing funding to projects that serve more than 100 million people around theworld. These projects aim to give the poor time to make mistakes and to help them satisfy basic needs in their communities, she said Novogratz gave two examples of how poor entrepreneurs have transformed their communities with funds from Acumen. Bruce Robertson, an entrepreneur originally from South Africa, took funds to Gulu in northern Uganda, a place typified by refugees and the aftermath of genocide. He gave capital to the newly returned inhabitants, trusting some who had virtually no farming experience. “Today, there are 50,000 farmers as part of an all-Uganda company in Gulu,” Novogratz said.  “This is an image of resurrection.” Jawad Aslam, a Pakistani-American, used Acumen funds to establish low-income housing outside the Pakistani city of Lahore, Novogratz said. Aslam provided the poor with sustainable shelter without bribing corrupt officials. “Jawad did what was right, not what was easy,” Novogratz said. “Many people go into this thinking they’re building bricks and mortar, but Jawad built a community. There was one mosque in the whole settlement, and Jawad worked with the elders so that Imams from various Islamic sects could share.” The innovation of empowered citizens, along with the charity of philanthropists and ordinary kind-hearted individuals, maks these projects possible, Novogratz said. Novogratz provided a final example of her personal encounter with the poor to show how various kinds of capital can change the world. “I was visiting a site with an Australian entrepreneur who sells solar energy. I asked a woman who had bought his product if she thought it needed any improvements. Though she said she loved the product, she went on to list four ideas for improvement,” Novogratz said.  “Seeing this little woman talking to this big man with such confidence about how he could improve his product reminded me of why I founded Acumen – to empower the poor to find their own solution.” In the end, Novogratz said we need both the soft and the hard – the head and the heart – to fight the status quo, the bureaucracy, corruption and complacency. “We need charity and philanthropy, but it can create dependency and arrogance, and the systems that will better the world have human dignity at heart,” she said. Contact Charlie Ducey at [email protected]last_img read more

Vermont Coffee Company raises $1,000 for temporary shelters

first_imgAs part of a shift in its donation policy, Vermont Coffee Company conducted two local fundraisers for area homeless shelters over the past week.  We are directing our resources towards helping our neighbors, said Paul Ralston, owner of the company.  Over back-to-back weekends, a total of $667 was raised for the Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) and the John Graham Emergency Shelter.  Ralston topped up that amount to an even $1,000.Staff from Vermont Coffee Company traveled to events at Burlington s City Hall Park and Castleton College and served iced-coffee shakes to attendees.  Donations were collected in these Shaking for Shelter promotions.  According to Deborah Bouton, Community Service Director at COTS, even small donations are important.  For as little as $15, we can provide a night of emergency shelter for an adult or pay for a credit report that may help a family get an apartment, she said. For Elizabeth Ready, Executive Director of the John Graham Shelter, local fundraising is critical to their continued success.  This economy not only increases the needs of our clients, it makes it more difficult for us to get enough funds from our traditional sources, she said.Information on raising money with coffee fundraisers is available at read more

Childhood sexual abuse support group launched in Letterkenny

first_imgA weekly support network aimed at helping survivors of childhood sexual abuse has been organised in Letterkenny. The programme is called Intact, and the first meeting will take place next Tuesday from 7pm-8pm at Letterkenny Community Centre.Intact is a new weekly peer support group for adult survivors of CSA(Childhood Sexual Abuse) and provides a safe space for people to shareand support eachother in healing. Come to one meeting or many – it’s up to you.For more information read about the sharing rules at before attending a meeting.Childhood sexual abuse support group launched in Letterkenny was last modified: November 17th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Barnes on how Watford can upset Man City

first_imgLiverpool and Watford legend John Barnes has revealed how Javi Gracia’s men can become the fifth side to upset Manchester City in this season’s FA Cup final at Wembley this Saturday.The Hornets will be facing one of their toughest challenges in recent times as they battle to overcome a formidable Man City side fresh from winning the Premier League title.Speaking on behalf of BT Sport, former Watford player John Barnes told JOE the Hornets can emulate the inspired performance of the Foxes at the Etihad.“It’s a one-off so anything can happen,” Barnes said.“Obviously Manchester City are overwhelming favourites, but if you look at the way Watford play, and you look at the way Leicester played against Manchester City whereby they had one up front and five in midfield, defended in numbers, defended deep, didn’t push too far forward, it took a fantastic shot from Vincent Kompany to win.“I think that’s the way Watford have to approach the game and look to set pieces to maybe cause an upset,” Barnes explained.Barnes went on to caveat this by acknowledging that City are huge favourites, dismissing any talk of complacency.Alexis Sanchez5 footballers who moved into music & DJ’ing Jozef Fabian – September 6, 2019 Have a look at some footballers who swapped their football boots for a DJ Turntable, DJ Mixer, and microphone!John Barnes believes Watford can take inspiration from Leicester’s valiant performance at the Etihad in the FA Cup final this weekend | @ReubenPinder— FootballJOE (@FootballJOE) May 17, 2019“Manchester City are overall favourites and they’re playing with a lot of confidence, they won’t play with complacency because will not let them get complacent,” he said.“They can create history by being the first team in England to do so. So I expect Manchester City to win but anything can happen.”A win for Man City will see them complete a historic domestic treble for the first time in the club’s history.last_img read more