Folk Choir to perform outdoor benefit concert for the Center for the Homeless

first_imgThe Folk Choir will perform “Fratelli Tutti” in concert at 1 p.m. Saturday on Bond Quad. Students who plan on attending are encouraged to bring non-perishable foods with them, as it is a benefit concert for the South Bend Center for the Homeless. The concert is a collaboration with two other musical groups on campus, Voices of Faith Gospel Choir and Coro Primavera De Nuestra Señora, the Spanish liturgical choir.The idea for this concert originated due to the unique circumstances of the pandemic. Normally during the fall, the Folk Choir chooses a Holy Cross Mission from around the world and hosts benefit concert for them. However, this year they opted to do something to benefit people in their own community, senior Folk Choir secretary Claire Whalen said.“Instead of an admission fee, we’re asking students to donate non-perishable foods from the Huddle,” she said.Senior Christina Minetos, social commissioner for the Folk Choir spoke to the eclectic set list for the upcoming concert.“Being at Notre Dame, you get such a diversity of folks from all over the world, so this concert is an exploration of sacred music from different cultures,” Minetos said. “We’re presenting three gospel pieces with Voices of Faith, traditional Mexican and Mariachi style music with Coro Primavera and pieces from the Folk Choir library including German Romantic, Traditional Latin and Modern Contemporary music.”The name of their concert, “Fratelli Tutti,” is derived from the Italian meaning “Brothers All” and speaks to the mission of the choir, which seeks to celebrate the diversity of the Catholic Church, Whalen said.“We’re trying to honor the universality of the Church, but also the particularity of the different traditions within it, because each different culture offers something really beautiful to the liturgy,” she said.The name is also a nod to the collaboration with Voices of Faith and Coro Primavera. Junior member of the Folk Choir Samuel De La Paz said one of the choir’s missions is to bridge the divide between the campus choirs — as they all sing religious music, but still have their differences.Due to this year’s COVID-19 restrictions, the Folk Choir has been recording virtual choir videos for their social media. The members go into a recording booth set up in the Coleman Morse Center each week and record individual parts separately. The Folk Choir has a team of students that stitch together the audio recordings and another that conceptualizes and shoots the visuals to go along with the song.“The ability for students to take ownership of their voices and go into the booth every week and record themselves in quite an intimidating setting has been amazing,” Dr. J.J. Wright, director of the Folk Choir said. “It has been great to see students come together in safe ways to continue our ministry even though we can’t sing in the Basilica.”Initially, the Folk Choir did not think they would be able to put on any live concerts, however outdoor performances are a safe way to continue sharing their music.“We’re very glad that we get to perform for the campus community live,” De La Paz said. “Students should come to hang out with friends and listen to some great music before it gets too cold.”Tags: benefit concert, Center for the Homeless, Coro Primavera, Folk Choir, voices of faithlast_img read more

Celebrate Safely

first_imgAs the holiday season arrives, the traditional images of loved ones crowded around a dinner table groaning under the weight of the holiday feast may look a little different this year: The recent surge in COVID-19 cases has prompted rising fears that holiday gatherings may accelerate the spread of the virus.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released recommendations for safely celebrating Thanksgiving, suggesting smaller gatherings with only household members and offering tips for making the holiday both happy and healthy.In the midst of a stressful year, people may crave the normalcy of a celebration with family or friends, but safety should still come first, said University of Georgia Cooperative Extension food safety specialist Elizabeth Andress.While CDC guidelines suggest that guests bring their own food, drinks, plates, cups and utensils to holiday gatherings, that might not be feasible.“One person or the host of a small gathering can be in charge of preparing and serving the food. It is not a bad idea to have fewer people involved in bringing or preparing food,” Andress said. “If someone is concerned about not having their own family recipe, maybe they can ensure that the person preparing the food has that recipe. Often there are things that aren’t made from a recipe or Grandma doesn’t want to give someone a prized or secret recipe, but this is the time to share those things.”If bringing your own dishes and utensils sounds cumbersome, using disposable plates and utensils is an option, but more care should be given to items that are more likely to be used communally, like serving utensils.“I am more concerned about serving utensils, as they are more likely to be shared. That is why it is a good idea for one person to serve the food,” she said. “While we don’t have evidence that COVID-19 is foodborne, it still comes down to basic food safety advice, like using a clean plate if you go for seconds. People could be at higher risk this year, so it is a good year to emphasize being extra cautious.”Eating outside or keeping windows open if eating indoors are suggestions for hosting safely, and Andress also cautions against congregating in a small area for extended periods. When not eating or drinking, everyone should wear masks.“Another tradition may be everyone gathering in the kitchen while the food is prepared, but that may not be possible this year. And distancing should still be observed even if you are going to host a small group outside. Make sure you are distanced as people sit and eat,” she said. “This is not a year to spend a long time eating or visiting anyway. Our time needs to be shorter and not that obtrusive.”After the meal, thoroughly wash tablecloths or cloth napkins as soon as possible and take care if you are sending home leftovers, having one person packing items in disposable containers for others to take with them rather than having everyone help themselves.“If you are hosting, clean high-contact surfaces frequently and make sure you have plenty of hand sanitizer available or encourage people to bring their own,” Andress said.And while all of the warnings and precautions may seem overly cautious to some, being diligent now will ensure a quicker return to normalcy and preserve your loved ones’ health.“This is not a lifetime sacrifice. We may have to sacrifice more for a holiday or two, but that is just something friends and family members have to sacrifice this year to keep everyone heathy and safe,” Andress said.You can find the CDC recommendations for safer holiday gatherings at cdc.gov.last_img read more

KidSafe elects Board Officers

first_imgKidSafe Collaborative of Chittenden County is pleased to announce the election of its new Board Officers.President, Penrose Jackson, Community Health Improvement at Fletcher Allen Health Care;Vice President, Jay Fayette, Pizzagalli Construction Company;Treasurer, Kurt Liebegott, Problem Knowledge Coupler (PKC);Secretary, Suzanne Koch, Howard Center.KidSafe Collaborative engages agencies, community groups and individuals to work together to improve our community’s response to child abuse and neglect. For more information about KidSafe and its programs, please contact us at 863-9626.last_img

The best leaders know – that they do not know!

first_imgThe only true certainty in life is uncertainty. We live in a constantly changing world. Even though we have access to more information than any generation that ever lived, it’s still impossible to know what’s going to happen tomorrow with absolute certainty.The best leaders are masters at dealing with uncertainty. A capacity to deal with uncertainty is also a baseline indicator for evaluating candidates for potential leadership opportunities.There is a lot of powerful data available today, most notably the research of Randall White and Sandra Shullman that confirms that developing a comfort with uncertainty is one of the most valuable assets for aspiring and experienced leaders.Viewed as a trait, uncertainty also helps a leader establish trust and credibility. To put it plainly, people tend not to trust people who seem too sure of themselves. Researcher Erik Douglass reports that “Leaders who were confident but relatively uncertain were viewed as more effective…”We’re more willing to follow someone who doesn’t believe––or pretend to believe they know everything about the future.And on the flip side, over-confidence can produce disastrous outcomes. Don A. Moore wrote the following in Harvard Business Review:“Research has shown that over-confident CEOs make overly risky decisions, often at the expense of their shareholders. Leaders who are able to come to terms with uncertainty and communicate it to employees may avoid such bad decisions.”Now that we’ve established how important it is for a leader to be somewhat comfortable with uncertainty, there’s a sad fact we must face––we’re not generally good at it! An inability or unwillingness to face uncertainty competently and confidently is a huge problem today, especially for aspiring and emerging leaders.Fortunately, the solution to this problem is remarkably simple. It does, however, require some courage and some discipline. I learned how to deal with uncertainty in the rough and tumble environment of the dojo. The same process applies to the business world.#1 If you want to become more comfortable with uncertainty––you’ve got to expose yourself to it!You simply can’t train courage and confidence without exposing yourself to risk. In the dojo we practiced endless self-defense scenarios. As soon as we were comfortable with one set of conditions, the Master changed them, usually without warning.We took our lumps! But by exposing ourselves to the unexpected, we learned to deal with rapidly changing and unanticipated conditions quickly and effectively. We learned how to adapt, improvise and innovate.What are you doing in your life and business to expose yourself to risk and uncertainty? Or, like too many people, are you trying to avoid it?#2 Comfort, courage and confidence come from training and preparation. Acknowledge the fact that absolute certainty is nothing but an illusion––another powerful philosophy I learned from my Eastern Masters. Having acknowledged that fact, the way to develop a “quiet mind” in the heat of battle is to prepare for as many contingencies as possible.Training in this way, you remove many of the variables that may otherwise have taken you by surprise. And even when conditions are not exactly what you expected, the situation may be similar enough to something you’ve trained for that you can adapt to any variation quickly.As important as it is to become proficient in certain techniques, it’s even more important to develop a calm and centered mind. That’s the mindset you need to respond to chaos and as a leader––to be the calm in the center of the storm.And that comes from training.What are you doing to train yourself to respond to unexpected or rapidly changing conditions?#3 Anticipate as many contingencies as possible and have the courage to consider the improbable, the impossible and the worst case scenario.As I noted above, an over-confident leader can make bad decisions. Arrogance has destroyed many promising and successful leaders.Think about what could happen––both good and bad. Plan for the most improbable conditions, prepare for the worst possible outcomes and train yourself to face the most improbable conditions with courage. What are you doing to anticipate and prepare for the worst case scenario and the least likely challenges, situations and conditions?Finally, remember always that one of your most important roles as a leader, if not your most important role, is to develop the next generation of leaders. As Tom Peters famously said, “Leaders don’t create followers. They create more leaders!”If you want to develop strong, competent leaders on your watch, you must expose them to challenges and risks too.You decide the level of exposure, both for your protege and for the organization, but keep in mind that to become comfortable with uncertainty, you must be exposed to it. There is no true growth without risk––especially for leaders.Identify, manage and even develop opportunities for aspiring leaders to test their mettle under live fire. Sure, there is risk that they’ll fail once in a while. But in the long run you’ll find that your future leaders are those who will surprise you with their ingenuity, creativity and exemplary performance under pressure––Given the chance!There are no shortcuts. I wouldn’t want any.You develop your full potential as a leader by embracing your most daunting challenges. There is no greater challenge than facing the unknown. 53SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jim Bouchard “THE SENSEI LEADER is not just another leadership development program. It is a movement.”Our programs support this movement and help us fulfill our vision and mission…                                                                     Vision: To promote … Web: TheSenseiLeader.com Detailslast_img read more

SAL Shuts Down Offshore Installation Division in The Netherlands

first_imgSAL Heavy Lift said it has decided to close its subsidiary SAL Offshore B.V. focused on developing and delivering offshore installation solutions for the oil & gas and renewables sectors.According to the company, the change in strategy and closure of the office in Delft, The Netherlands was due to the challenging times in the offshore market facing significant reductions in projects worldwide.However, the company said that the closure of the SAL Offshore B.V. office in Delft, does not spell the end for SAL in the offshore markets. SAL will continue to offer offshore installation services with its DP2 vessel MV Lone and/or other vessels based on scope and opportunity.In future, all offshore activities of SAL will be handled by its Marine Projects team within our office in Hamburg.SAL will continue with its presence in The Netherlands. An office focusing on shipping activities will be established in Rotterdam.last_img read more

Football’s top 20 managers ranked by fans

first_imgAdvertisement Football fans have voted Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp as the best manager in the world. The German, who took the reins at Anfield back in 2015, has guided the Reds to the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup and won FIFA’s Best Men’s Coach award for his achievements.A two-time Bundesliga winner with Borussia Dortmund, Klopp was on the verge of delivering Liverpool’s first league title for 30 years until the season was indefinitely postponed – though the runaway leaders are set to be crowned champions even if the campaign doesn’t resume.And over on Ranker,  supporters have put Klopp in the top spot ahead of Pep Guardiola and Zinedine Zidane, two managers who rewrote history in world football after managing the B teams of Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively.Defensive master Diego Simeone, who knocked Klopp’s European champions out of Europe’s premier club competition at the round of 16 stage last month, comes in fourth place.Italians Carlo Ancelotti, Antonio Conte and Max Allegri are all include in a top ten which has Jose Mourinho down as the ninth best manager in the game.Gareth Southgate, who led England to the semi-finals of a World Cup for the first time since 1990, occupies 13th spot, with Zlatko Delic, Croatia manager and the man who guided his country to a surprise final in Russia, a place further down.Read Also: Video: Jose Mourinho trains with Tottenham players amid lockdownMaurizio Sarri, Roberto Martinez, Erik ten Hag, Joachim Low, Claudio Ranieri and Roberto Mancini are the final five in top 20 that plenty of fans will no doubt have an issue with.Here is the top 20 in full:1. Jurgen Klopp2. Pep Guardiola3. Zinedine Zidane4. Diego Simeone5. Carlo Ancelotti6. Antonio Conte7. Didier Deschamps8. Luis Enrique9. Jose Mourinho10. Max Allegri11. Thomas Tuchel12. Fernando Santos13. Gareth Southgate14. Zlatko Dalic15. Maurizio Sarri16. Roberto Martinez17. Erik ten Hag18. Joachim Low19. Claudio Ranieri20. Roberto Mancini FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made5 Reasons Why The Black Widow Solo Movie Will Be AwesomeWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top10 Legendary Movies To Learn History FromThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do8 Most Expensive (And Surprising Things) Keanu Reeves Ever Bought8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our FutureTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever Made Loading… last_img read more

Munster crush Zebre

first_img Press Association Munster cruised to a sixth successive victory over Zebre to return to winning ways in the Guinness PRO12. Shortly after the break Simon Zebo added a fourth converted try and at that stage a thorough rout was on the cards, only for Munster to take their foot off the gas with the victory in the bag. Zebre did at least grab a consolation try through Oliveiro Fabiani that was converted by Luciano Orquera to ensure they avoided being blanked. The bonus-point win has lifted Munster up to second in the overall standings, a point behind new leaders Glasgow Warriors, although Ospreys can regain top spot with a win over Newport Gwent Dragons on Sunday. center_img Following a shock 24-16 defeat at provincial rivals Connacht on New Year’s Day, which included throwing away a 13-point lead, there was to be no such present for Italian side Zebre on this occasion as Munster triumphed 31-7. Felix Jones, CJ Stander and Conor Murray all scored converted first-half tries on the back of an early penalty from Ian Keatley to give Munster a 24-0 half-time lead at the Stadio XXV Aprile. last_img read more

32Red -Director of Brand & Acquisition Gerry Murray – Maximising the reach of brand ambassadors

first_img Submit Wayne Rooney speaks from experience to support 32Red’s ‘Know Your Limits’ campaign April 8, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Rooney links with 32Red for ‘Stay In Control’ series January 2, 2020 32Red brands reports of educational data breach as “untrue and unfounded” January 20, 2020 Share Share Brand ambassadors and sponsorship deals are regularly used by betting operators as a key marketing strategy. However, maximising the reach of these deals is a conundrum that many are still yet to fully solve.With the recent acquisition of Carl Frampton, online casino and betting operator 32Red strengthened its already extensive portfolio of brand ambassadors, in the process affirming its strong partnership with one of the sport’s most decorated promoters, Frank Warren.  As a brand ambassador for 32Red, the featherweight fighter joins elite company alongside renowned jockeys Jamie Spencer, Paddy Brennan and Bryan Cooper, as well as his domestic boxing rival Josh Warrington.  Director of Brand & Acquisition at 32Red Gerry Murray underlined that in Frampton and Warrington 32Red have been “fortunate enough to align the brand with two successful boxers who have the unique ability to generate a loyal and passionate following, as well as having right mix of genuine talent which means they’ll be competing in meaningful fights and therefore give the brand the exposure that those events bring about.”The partnership between Warrington and 32Red is a natural one given that Warrington is very closely linked to the Leeds United fan-base, who are also partners with 32Red, added to that  both boxers are promoted by Frank Warren, whose events on BT Sport are sponsored by the online operator. Detailing further why both Frampton and Warrington  fit well with 32Red’s wider sponsorship portfolio and strategy, Murray credited both sportsmen with possessing “engaging personalities” which he stated reflects the brand in a “positive way.”Murray also described how 32Red ensures that its portfolio of sponsorship deals are utilised to the full potential, lauding athletes from boxing and racing in the process: “Currently, the two areas where we have individual endorsement deals are racing and boxing and fortunately these are two sports where those involved are happy to work with sponsors collaboratively. “That’s certainly the case with the jockeys and boxers we work with. As long as we’re sensitive to the fact that their ‘day job’ takes precedence, then we rarely struggle to get access for the production of content or sponsored events.“We also make a conscious decision to plan on securing deals in sports we believe provide the right audience and platform for us and then we stick with these. We’ve done that over a number of years with racing sponsorships, our football club sponsorships have been multi-season agreements and more recently we’ve replicated that with boxing. By agreeing longer term partnerships we can dedicate budget and resource to these partnerships and try and build a consistent association with the property over time. We’ve generally found that this approach is far more effective than one off, ad hoc event deals.”32Red’s sponsorship deals also extend into the sport of football, as prime sponsors of Rangers FC, Leeds United FC and Swansea City FC. Murray explained why 32Red specifically chose these clubs to associate with: “There’s a number of reasons these club sponsorships work well for us. First and foremost, 32Red is primarily a casino focused brand and football offers the highest volume opportunity to reach an audience who over-index for the likelihood to play casino games.“Secondly, all the teams we’ve worked with have a significant fanbase which clearly gives us a great platform to build on. This naturally means regular televised games, high matchday attendances and a large and active social following. All ticks when we’re looking at partnerships in football or any sport.“We’ve then tried to be focused on securing deals with teams who have the ability to dominate their local and regional sports media – this means that we’ll naturally pick up a significant amount of branding across TV, Print and digital all year round. 32Red rarely go a day without appearing on the back page of the Scottish papers or The Yorkshire Evening Post as a result of the Leeds and Rangers deals and that wasn’t a fluke.“Effective measurement of sponsorships is always a discussion point, but by getting those elements right, we’ve seen growth in the regional areas around our sponsorships outstrip UK growth overall, so we’re confident in the impact this is having on the business.”Murray then went onto emphasise how 32Red maximises the benefits of being a prime sponsor for football clubs with such ardent supporters: “It’s got to be about trying to strike the right balance between delivering your commercial objectives and appreciating the emotional link the fans have with the club you’re sponsoring. “We obviously want Leeds fans to open an account with 32Red, but rather than just bombard their database with standard offers, we try and tailor those to ensure they’re relevant to the fanbase and also rotate them with less overtly ‘direct response’ content. When we do run a promotion to their fans, we want them to be open to hearing what we have to say, as opposed to sick of the sight of the same old  ‘sign-up now’ message.“I think Leeds is a good example of how we’ve made that work. You may have noticed the 32Red logo isn’t in red on the Leeds shirts due to their rivalry with Man United. That wasn’t a lightly taken decision, but it got us off on the right foot. Supporting Josh Warrington, who has a huge following from Leeds fans was also important. While it worked strategically for us, it also showed we were looking to develop a proper relationship with sports fans in Leeds and opened up a lot of content opportunities – particularly with the potential of a Word Title fight at Elland Road for Josh in 2018.”As prime partner of Rangers, 32Red also takes great pride in sponsoring ‘The Big Sleep Out’ an initiative that Rangers Charity Foundation and the fans all show tremendous support for, Murray expressed that: “We receive a positive benefit on the business from an association with the club and therefore it’s only appropriate that when we’re asked to help support an initiative for a great cause, that we step up and do our bit where we can. I wouldn’t however see this as ‘part of our sponsorship’, this is just a natural consequence of having a positive relationship with Rangers and their fans.”last_img read more

Alpena Residents Paint Bowls for ‘Empty Bowls’ Project

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena residents were hard at working painting bowls for a good cause. Over a dozen of locals were busy hand creating and painting bowls as a donation for the upcoming event, ‘Empty Bowls.’With the donation all of the proceeds will go to any organization that helps fight hunger in the city of Alpena. During the ‘Empty Bowls’ event people will be given a bowl to eat, and presentations will be made about the statistics of hunger in the area. This ‘Empty Bowls’ mission is to help people become more aware of hunger within the area.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Empty Bowls, PaintingContinue ReadingPrevious Alcona Community Schools Return to School After Small Electrical FireNext Alpena High School in Search for a New Principallast_img read more

Clippers’ Blake Griffin returns with mixed reviews

first_imgPHILADELPHIA >> It wasn’t a bombshell announcement that Blake Griffin was going to be in the starting lineup Tuesday against the 76ers. For weeks, the game seemed like a logical return date for the Clippers’ star forward who underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Dec. 20.Privately, Griffin had been playing and going through grueling workouts, testing his right knee.Against the 76ers, he finally got the chance to show that everything works.Griffin slammed home a tip-in dunk and looked like he was moving fine in the Clippers’ 121-110 loss to Philadelphia, a positive sign after his lateral movement and attacking were limited by knee pain and stiffness in December prior to the surgery. “I probably would’ve liked to attack more, especially late in the shot clock. A couple times I settled for jumpers. But, I felt fine,” Griffin said. “Timing and rhythm for sure was the biggest thing.”Griffin struggled from the field (3-for-10) and the line (6-for-10), and he was sloppy with the basketball, turning it over six times.Still, there were no physical setbacks, and Griffin was able to play almost 30 minutes.“I honestly have had workouts that are twice as hard as this,” he said after the game. “As far as body-wise, pounding on my buddy, I’m lifting, then doing basketball, then doing treadmill and court conditioning all in a day, it’s more than just this. I don’t expect to feel anything.”The dunk was a reminder to people that haven’t seen Griffin in over a month that he can still make a big play, but it wasn’t a mental hurdle or anything for him. “I’ve had some explosive moments, whatever you want to call them, in workouts, playing 1-on-1, playing 3-on-3. That was put to rest for me,” he said. “It’s good to be able to feel that in a game and get back to that, but I feel like that was already out of my mind.”Sick as a DocDoc Rivers walked into the Wels Fargo Center Tuesday night, briefly stopping to talk with security and building personnel before disappearing into the coaches’ locker room.And in a trick that would make any magician impressed, when it came time to speak to the media, out popped Mike Woodson.Rivers was an unhealthy scratch Tuesday, with the illness he’s been battling for weeks getting the better of him.Woodson, one of the team’s assistant coaches, received the worst kind of promotion against Philadelphia — one that comes with more responsibility and without a raise.“I won’t get his check,” Woodson joked.Rivers missed a practice earlier this month with an illness. According to the Clippers, the last time Rivers missed a game was on Nov. 4, 2007 after the death of his father.Rivers went back to the team hotel during the game.Woodson has served as the Clippers head coach three times prior this season following three ejections for Rivers.“It was definitely strange,” DeAndre Jordan said. “We’ve played without Doc a couple of games when he got kicked out. But for a whole game, that was…I missed his raspy voice. But, Woody did a good job tonight, so it was cool.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more