Grads work to expand impact of Haiti documentary

first_imgNotre Dame graduate Justin Brandon can trace the inspiration for his work on a 2006 documentary about a rural Haitian town to a summer spent doing service through the Center for Social Concerns.Now, Brandon and two friends have taken their project back to Notre Dame through the use of Innovation Park, a technology park launched by the University that opened this fall.Brandon, along with 2005 graduates Brian McElroy and Daniel Schnorr, filmed, directed and produced the documentary, “The Road to Fondwa.” It chronicles the Haitian people’s quest for development of the small rural town of Fondwa, Haiti.“The film is not your standard guilt trip, tear jerking movie that tries to make audience feel sorry. Fondwa has a hopeful story,” he said.Brandon said he, McElroy and Schnorr wanted to expand the impact of the documentary — especially in light of the Jan. 12 earthquake — so they formed a business that now operates out of Innovation Park. “Once earthquake hit, everything changed,” Brandon said. “We needed to have a strategy to scale up the efforts of the film distribution and that’s where Innovation Park came in.”As a student, Brandon, a graduate of the class of 2004, spent a summer in Ghana participating in an International Summer Service Learning Project (ISSLP). Through this project, he met McElroy and Schnorr. Schnorr had spent the summer in Ecuador and McElroy, Fondwa, Haiti.“We all met through our ISSLPs, and we came up with the idea to shoot a documentary in Haiti,” Brandon said. “We raised a little money, went down and didn’t know what we were doing. None of us took any film classes at Notre Dame.”But the Notre Dame graduates succeeded in making the film, and they now travel, holding screenings of the documentary to showcase the development and culture of Fondwa.The documentary focuses on the development of Fondwa, a rural town of about 8,000. The people work to spur growth by building a road through the town then expanding the University of Fondwa, which was established in 2004.“[The university] was an important first step for development of the town,” Brandon said. “There are about 20 kids in each class, and they’ve graduated one class so far. In the end of the film, we talk about the university as the crown jewel of community.”But Brandon said the recent earthquake devastated the town, and pushed him, McElroy and Schnorr to extend the reach of the documentary and raise money for relief.“All the buildings in Fondwa were destroyed, including people’s houses. The university was flattened,” Brandon said. “But people are working to raise money to rebuild it bigger and better.”After the earthquake, Brandon said they decided to release the film for free viewing on YouTube to draw attention to the town and the university.“The whole world was able to see the negativity, the really dismal images being shown on TV. We wanted to show a more hopeful message online,” he said.Brandon said the business they run out of Innovation Park is not for profit.“We are covering our own costs, gas costs and making the DVDs, but after that, we are using any money that comes in to keep the business going, promoting the film and the Web site,” he said. “Anything that’s left over, we are donating directly to Fondwa.”Brandon said he and the other filmmakers are looking for groups and students who want to do screenings of the documentary in order to raise awareness and funds for the relief effort.“We have raised a few thousand,” he said. “It isn’t all that much, but in the broader scene, we released the film for free and told anyone that if they want a screening of film, they can do that for free except that they had to buy the DVD.”Brandon said Innovation Park is an ideal workspace for promoting the documentary.“It’s important for me to have a place to come and work around other people that think similar way that I’m thinking,” he said. “It’s an office space but it’s more than that.”Brandon said he uses the Greenhouse facility in the park, and has networking and mentoring opportunities from people also using the Greenhouse that have experience launching a business.His company was an attractive option for Innovation Park as well, Brandon said.“Our business is different from the other projects they take on. A lot are along lines of physical sciences,” he said. “Ours is quite different and it’s a good perspective to bring into the park because it’s a finished product that already has a revenue stream.”Many of the other businesses launching out of Innovation Park are still in the early stages of establishment, Brandon said.“Innovation Park wishes to help Road to Fondwa, LLC, find ways to market this powerful documentary as a tool to help raise additional funds for critical earthquake relief operations,” David Brenner, president and CEO of Innovation Park said of the business in a press release.Visit http://fondwa.org for more informationBrandon said he hopes the business will help with the Haitian relief effort, but also draw attention to the positive side of Haiti.“It’s much more of an uplifting story, but not contrived,” he said. “People there have a hopeful spirit and have accomplished a tremendous amount in past few decades.”last_img read more

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Photos! Our 10 Favorite Snapshots From the Miss Saigon Gala

first_imgEva Noblezada, Alistair Brammer and the West End cast of Miss Saigon welcomed some very special guests on September 22—Lea Salonga, Jonathan Pryce, Simon Bowman and the original cast! Stars of past and present joined forces at the Prince Edward Theatre Theatre for an elegant gala to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil musical. If you couldn’t get a plane ticket to London to see the gala in person, check out these photos from the official Miss Saigon Instagram. We can almost taste that delicious champagne. Cheers! View Commentslast_img

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New Image Consulting Service Is the First of Its Kind in Burlington

first_imgBurlington, VT — Olivia Gorun, of Burlington, VT announced today the launch of Aviva, an image consulting service for people who are transforming themselves. Olivia helps men and women develop a plan to evaluate style, color and wardrobe needs to meet personal and professional goals. As a result, her clients project confidence, feel beautiful, and express themselves in a way that emphasizes their potential. The business is the first of its kind in Chittenden County.Avivas mission is to help her clients look great at any stage of life. Personal style has little to do with what is considered fashionable in a given season, says Olivia. Instead, it emphasizes the bodys potential. When clothes and makeup complement your coloring, you look natural and exciting.Her unique personal service addresses a range of needs. Color and image assessments help clients identify the colors and styles that complement their physical attributes. The closet assessment takes Olivia into the clients home to consider which elements of their current wardrobe complement coloring and body type, and communicate an image that supports their goals. Her wardrobe building service creates a shopping checklist and teaches strategies for exploring new styles in affordable ways. The personal shopper service assures that clients find durable, flattering, and well-fitted clothing that also fit the clients budget.Olivia Gorun has worked as a jewelry designer in the US and abroad. Her exposure to different cultures and social and economic levels of business and government make her a no-nonsense but approachable person. She urges her clients to embrace new attitudes and behaviors when considering how they apply makeup, choose a hairstyle, dress, or shop. New clothes offer the possibility to reinvent ourselves, Olivia says. Her mission is to help clients revel in that possibility.For more information, contact Olivia Gorun at 802-658-7592.last_img read more

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Saint Michael’s community gives $25,000 to the Food Shelf

first_imgThe Rev. Brian J. Cummings, S.S.E., Director of Edmundite Campus Ministry at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont, was praised by the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf for orchestrating a campaign at Saint Michael s in support of the Food Shelf. Rob Meehan, director of the Food Shelf, said the gift of $25,000, given on April 28, 2009, affords us the capability of providing nutritional necessities to a large number of families and individuals in our community who really need our support especially during these challenging times.The CEFS website describes the organization this way: The Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf works to alleviate hunger by feeding people and cultivating opportunities. As the largest direct service emergency food provider in Vermont, CEFS serves over 11,300 people each year.Saint Michael s College, www.smcvt.edu(link is external), founded in 1904 by the Society of St. Edmund and headed by President John J. Neuhauser, is identified by the Princeton Review as one of the nation s Best 368 Colleges. A liberal arts, residential, Catholic college, Saint Michael s is located just outside of Burlington, Vermont, one of America s top college towns, and less than two hours from Montreal. As one of only 270 institutions nationwide with a prestigious Phi Beta Kappa chapter on campus, Saint Michael s has 2,000 full-time undergraduate students, some 500 graduate students and 200 international students. In recent years Saint Michael s students and professors have received Rhodes, Woodrow Wilson, Guggenheim, Fulbright, National Science Foundation and other grants, and Saint Michael s professors have been named Vermont Professor of the Year in four of the last eight years. The college is currently listed as one of the nation s Best Liberal Arts Colleges in the 2009 U.S. News & World Report rankings.last_img read more

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Governor requests Public Assistance Declaration for Grand Isle County

first_imgVermont Governor Peter Shumlin today requested a Public Assistance Declaration for Grand Isle County, with damage estimates finalized on Wednesday exceeding the requirement to meet the federal threshold for assistance. If approved, every county in Vermont will have qualified for federal financial help repairing roads, bridges and other public infrastructure damaged in Tropical Storm Irene. ‘Our state and federal assessment for Grand Isle County found extensive damage to the infrastructure, well above the FEMA requirements for receiving the federal match,’ said Gov. Shumlin. ‘We hope to receive approval of this declaration quickly to prevent delays in repairing damage in Grand Isle.’Governor’s office. 9.15.2011last_img

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Nationwide Emergency Alert System test set for Wednesday, November 9

first_imgVermont radio and television stations, including cable and satellite TV systems, will participate in the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on Wednesday, November 9.  The test, originating from Washington, D.C., will begin at approximately 2:00 p.m. Eastern and will last for about 3-1/2 minutes. During the test, the public will hear a message indicating that “This is a test.”  The audio message will be the same for radio, television, and cable TV.   However, television viewers will see a ‘text crawl’ at the top of their TV screens that says, ‘The Primary Entry Point has issued an Emergency Action Notification for Washington, D.C., until 2:15 p.m.’  TV viewers may or may not see other on-screen text indicating that the alert is a test.  Viewers should rest assured, however, that this is only a test. The national-level EAS is a public alert and warning system that enables the President of the United States to address the American public during extreme emergencies.  The system has never been used for that purpose; its primary use is to warn of state and local emergency situations, such as severe weather events.   Similar to statewide and local EAS tests that are conducted frequently, the National EAS Test will air on broadcast radio and television stations, cable television systems, and satellite radio and television services across all states and territories.  As the federal government and the media prepare to test their alerting capabilities, this event serves as a reminder that everyone should establish an emergency preparedness kit and an emergency plan for themselves, their families and businesses.  Visit  www.Ready.gov(link is external) for more information about how to prepare for and what to do in the event of an actual emergency. ‘Obviously, this is something we hope we never have to use,’ said Jim Condon of the Vermont Association of Broadcasters.  ‘However, it’s important to know how well the nationwide system works in the event of a real emergency.’ For more information on the National EAS Test, visit www.easalert.org(link is external). The National EAS Test is being conducted jointly by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).last_img read more

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International Court Gives Nicaragua More Waters, Outlying Keys to Colombia

first_img The International Court of Justice (ICJ) expanded Nicaraguan maritime sovereignty over the Caribbean, but kept part of San Andrés island’s western border as Colombia wanted, and gave the South American country all disputed keys in an area rich in oil and other resources. The ICJ determined an irrevocable ruling over a large part of the maritime border between Colombia and Nicaragua. Both countries had previously committed to unconditionally accepting the ruling, after several decades of bilateral disputes. Colombia, the first of both countries to react, rejected the new maritime delimitation. “When demarcating the maritime borders, the Court committed serious mistakes that I must highlight, and which affect us negatively … these are all omissions, errors, excesses, inconsistencies that we cannot tolerate,” President Juan Manuel Santos said to the country after the ruling. On the other hand, Santos was pleased with the ratification of the Colombian sovereignty over islands and keys, and he did not specify how he would oppose the maritime demarcation stipulated in the ICJ ruling, which is considered irrevocable. “We shall not discard any resources conceded by the international law,” said the head of state. His Nicaraguan counterpart, Daniel Ortega, considered the ICJ ruling as a “national victory” that had restored maritime spaces taken by Colombia in the Caribbean, and urged the South American nation to respect the high court’s decision. The ruling that came from the 15 judges of the ICJ – the main judicial body of the United Nations, which have universal jurisdiction – was submitted in The Hague in a two-hour presentation by the court’s main representative, Peter Tomka. “The Court concludes that Colombia, not Nicaragua, had sovereignty” over the islets in dispute, indicated Tomka. He was referring to the Albuquerque, Bajo Nuevo, Este-Sudeste, Quitasueño, Roncador, Serrana and Serranilla keys. The other aspect of the dispute was the demarcation of the maritime border, in which the Nicaraguan jurisdiction was extended from the east of the 82nd meridian to Colombia’s current jurisdiction. In this way, the ruling favored Managua so as to compensate what was considered an “important disparity” benefitting Bogotá. Tomka spoke in detail about the coordinates of the new border, which extends the Nicaraguan sovereignty towards the east, but maintains a portion of the Colombian jurisdiction up to San Andrés and Providencia islands, as well as in a ratio of only 12 nautical miles around the Colombian keys of Serrana and Quitasueño, rich in fish, lobsters and conch. The Court did not specify the total maritime extension attributed to each country, since there are two sections that remain without demarcation toward the east: the judges did not want to extend their ruling beyond 200 miles off shore. By Dialogo November 21, 2012 Please send me or post the full ICJ ruling.last_img read more

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Franchise as a business model is not yet sufficiently recognized in Croatia, but we have excellent domestic examples that are conquering the global market

first_imgPrecisely in order to bring together companies that operate on the Croatian market according to the principle of the franchise business model, but also those interested in such business, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce organized the 1st Franchise Forum 2019.  Secrets of how to successfully place a brand on the international market were revealed to the audience by a renowned world franchise broker Joel Silverstein, Romana Matanovac Vučković, professor at the Faculty of Law in Zagreb, and Hedda Martina Šola, director of the Neuromarketing Institute, assistant professor at the University of Herzegovina, spoke about the importance of intellectual property in franchising and market injuries. The franchise industry is extremely strong in the world, with 7,6 million jobs directly related to the franchise industry with a turnover of a staggering $ 674.3 billion, accounting for as much as 2,5% of total U.S. GDP. Although there are currently about two hundred franchise systems in Croatia with about 17 employees, we are still at the bottom of the list if we compare ourselves with other countries. CARWIZ BECAME A CROATIAN TOURIST EXPORT PRODUCT! THROUGH THE FRANCHISE MODEL IT IS EXPANDING TO THE GLOBAL MARKET  Andrija Čolak, Surf’n’Fries / Photo: HGK HOLLYWOOD FRANCHISE OPENED MUSEUM By the way, Andrija Čolak is after ten years of great experience with Surf’n’Fries founded the first agency for consulting in the franchise business in tourism. Vice President of the Franchise Business Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Ljljana Kukec drew attention to the importance of this sector when it comes to employment. “Franchising is a generator of a sustainable economy. It has created one million and one hundred thousand companies. According to statistics, more than 50 percent of the world’s retail sales are realized in the franchise sector. More than 300 industries are represented by the franchise business, and there are about 24 and a half thousand franchisors in the world, of which more than half are global brands.”  RELATED NEWS: FRANCHISE IN TOURISMcenter_img FROM POMFREE BAR TO A GLOBAL FRANCHISE IN 10 YEARS. AWAKE DREAM Andrija Čolak, vice-president of the Franchise Business Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, explained the advantages of franchising for both providers and franchisors. “We, who started the company in 27 square meters would never have the capital to open 60 stores around the world. This is how the franchisors invested that capital, and therefore, since it is their capital, the commitment is greater than working for a salary. According to some research, franchisors work up to 30 percent better than employed managers”, Said Čolak and added as an advantage their knowledge of the market and culture in the countries where they open a franchise, which further reduces the risk of doing business.  / / / ANDRIJA ČOLAK OPENS THE FIRST AGENCY FOR CONSULTING IN FRANCHISE BUSINESS IN TOURISM – CFCG ANDRIJA ČOLAK, SURF’N’FRIES: RETURN ON INVESTMENT OF MOBILE SURF’N’FRIES STANDS IS 45 DAYS  MUSEUM OF ILLUSION THROUGH THE FRANCHISE MODEL CONQUERS AMERICA AND SOON THE WHOLE WORLD MUSEUM OF ILLUSIONS AS A CROATIAN TOURIST EXPORT PRODUCT: 16TH MUSEUM OF ILLUSIONS OPENS IN SHANGHAI “We have good examples that have achieved significant success in foreign markets, for example: Galeb, Surf’n’Fries, Museum of Illusions, Place2Go, CarWiz and Direct Booker, but our entrepreneurs still do not recognize this form of business as a model of their development. on giving or receiving a franchise. The Croatian Chamber of Commerce estimates that the future development of this model depends on good education of businessmen, financial institutions, legal experts, but also on various forms of support for entrepreneurs.”, Said the vice president of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Josip Zaher. last_img read more

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MFI takes space at Blackwater Valley

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Tale of three cities

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