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Students delve into solidarity

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first_imgStudents, faculty and staff gathered in the student center at Saint Mary’s College on Friday to hear volunteer groups talk about solidarity from both local and global perspectives as part of the Justice Fridays lecture series.Students stated that their definition of solidarity was unclear before their experiences, but many, including sophomore Tere Valencia, said their lives were positively impacted after their service.“[Solidarity is] a connection with people and not just people we understand but people who we want to understand and find justice with,” she said. “It is finding peace and a movement that unites and creates a reaction within us.”The first group of students presented their experiences from a fall break Peru pilgrimage that involved travel to Lima, Piura and Matucana, where they visited residents and built a home for a local family.Senior Sarah Lipinski said she was one of the students who traveled to Peru.“[I] felt the presence of Christ in every interaction we had,” she said. “A little village [was] trying to do so much for one another.”Junior Haleigh Ehmsen, who also participated in the pilgrimage, said the experience was faith-based.“We were the hands and feet of Christ,” she said.The students described the people of Lima, Piura and Matucana as immensely kind and loving toward one another.Junior Anne Cahill said language was not a barrier during the pilgrimage and “being human connected us.”“It was a very humbling experience being in those people’s homes,” Cahill said. “They embraced us as almost a part of their family.”The second group to present shared local experiences of discovering solidarity from St. Adalbert’s Church and the community center, La Casa de Amistad. As part of the Justice 305 course, Church In the City – which is offered every fall for one credit hour – the students did a home stay during the weekend and experienced life through the perspective of another family, according to the SMC bulletin.“We have heard about [families in need], but it hasn’t really affected us until we see it in the light,” Valencia said. “And whether it’s with ourselves or with our community, going five minutes away from Saint Mary’s really taught me that you don’t have to necessarily go abroad to get an impact although it is so great to do so.”Valencia described her experience as both having an emphasis on understanding others and working together to seek understanding.“Like the group that went to Peru, this group found solidarity to have a focus and purpose of understanding people from all walks of life,” she said.Sophomore Maria Hernandez also shared her discoveries on working with immigrants.“[I was] able to meet other people who trust me with their [immigration] stories with a purpose to educate me so I can go forth and be the voice for them.”“This experience gave me a face to immigration,” Valencia said.Tags: Church in the City, Justice Fridays, La Casa de Amistad, Peru pilgrimage, solidarity, St. Adalbert’s Churchlast_img read more

Pavilions Hotels launches franchise model to property owners | News

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first_imgNewerEmirates Group slumps to US$3.8bn six-month loss Guests are looking more to branded properties that offer safety and known standards in the post Covid-19 world. Key advantages for owners under the Pavilions Hotels & Resorts franchise model include that they can maintain full operational control of their property.At the same time, the group says, owners gain immediate market presence and global distribution from the brand website and other sales channels, access to development, sales, marketing and operational support. – Advertisement – The Pavilions Hotels & Resorts has launched a franchise model to hotel owners and operators.The group aims to add to its existing portfolio of nine hotels and resorts across Asia and Europe under ownership and management. – Advertisement – OlderSO/ Moscow set for 2023 opening in Russia For the launch of the new franchise model, up until January the company is waiving the initial joining fee for all new properties.Within Asia, use of the franchise model has been limited, compared with the United States, where it is estimated that over 70 per cent of hotels are franchised, rather than under traditional hotel management agreements. For independent hotel operators, it is becoming increasingly competitive and harder to stand out amongst the international brands. – Advertisement – The Pavilions’ first franchise property joined the group earlier this year as the Pavilions El Nido Resort, on Palawan island in the Philippines.The Pavilions Hotels & Resorts began 20 years ago by passionate founder and owners Gordon and Danielle Oldham. “We are seeing a definite change in expectations from owners in Asia.  “There are many great boutique properties across the region, delivering great experiences to guests in their properties. “However they are struggling to attract business to the property without being a known brand and seeing the high costs involved in the marketing of a stand-alone property,” said Scot Toon, the Pavilions Hotels & Resorts managing director, Asia. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Queensland finalists vie for top property gongs

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first_imgYarrabilba suburb profile. Photographer: Liam Kidston.Other Queensland finalists include Stockland’s Bells Reach, Newport by Frasers Property Australia, The Melbourne Residences by Aria Property Group, Unison by Mirvac, Yarrabilba by Lendlease, and AVID Property Group’s Tempo Living Stage 7 at Brentwood Forest. The Residences Yungaba HouseA MASTERPLANNED community in Townsville and a residential development within a historic Brisbane heritage building are among 22 Queensland finalists vying for a national property gong later this year.The finalists were announced on Monday, ahead of the 2018 Property Council of Australia/ Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards in May.“Queensland’s property and construction industry consistently delivers high-quality, innovative development, and this is once again underscored by the calibre of our 22 national finalists,” the Property Council’s executive director in Queensland, Chris Mountford, said.One of the finalists is The Residences Yungaba House at Kangaroo Point – 10 exclusive homes redeveloped within one of Brisbane’s most outstanding heritage buildings. The Melbourne Residences by ARIA Property GroupThe winners will be announced at the ICC Sydney Convention Centre on May 11.center_img Yungaba HouseThe redevelopment is in the running for the Best Heritage Development award, and will compete against six other national finalists including fellow Queensland contender, the Mater Hospital Whitty Building Refurbishment.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours ago“It’s (Yungaba House) been an immigration centre, a refuge for destitute soldiers, construction worker accommodation, a design studio and a hospital,” Rider Levett Bucknall managing director David Stewart said.“By respecting and retaining the building’s history, the development team will preserve this important landmark for future generations.”The Residences (by Frasers Property) comprise three low-rise apartment buildings set against the heritage-listed gardens on the riverfront site below the Story Bridge at Kangaroo Point.Another award contender is The Village, a masterplanned community by Economic Development Queensland in Townsville.EDQ, which is a unit within the Queensland Government’s Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, anticipates The Village will be home to 3000 residents once completed.It is currently in the running for three awards, including one for housing affordability.House and land packages at The Village start from $285,000 – well below Townsville’s median house sales price of $340,000.last_img read more

Cricket News England vs India: ‘I will be back playing all three formats,’ says Ravindra Jadeja

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first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who is playing the England vs India fifth Test match at the Oval, London is all determined to make his comeback in all three formats of the game for India as he feels that representing the country only in Test matches is not enough to keep him fit for international cricket. Jadeja scalped two wickets for 57 runs on day 1 of the fifth Test at the Oval as his tight bowling to the hosts impressed many.“For me, the biggest thing is that I am playing for India and maybe someday if I do well, I will be back playing all three formats of the game soon enough. But my aim is to convert any opportunity I get into performance,” he said after stumps on day one.ALSO READ: Asia Cup 2018: Know complete schedule, date, timings, match details“When you are playing just one format it is very tough because there is too much gap between matches and the experience (rhythm) you need to play at the international level is less. So you have to keep motivating yourself. Whenever I get a chance, like in this game, whatever ability I have, I have to give my best on the field,” he added.The 29-year-old further said that he wants to become a trusted member of the Indian camp and is banking on his experience to do well for India again.“Whenever I get an opportunity to play for India, I will give my best in both aspects of batting and bowling. I want to become a trusted member of the team and I can fulfill the all-rounder slot well because I have done it before in the past. It isn’t anything new to me. It is a matter of time.ALSO READ: Team management doesn’t want Karun Nair, says angry Sunil Gavaskar“When you are going through a bad patch, you need to play more and more to regain your old form and touch. So it is possible the more I play international cricket, the better I will perform and will be able to make a comeback in all three formats, said the southpaw.On the day 1 of the Oval Test, India came back strongly to restrict the hosts to 198 for 7 after a bright start bright openers Jennings and Cook. At one point, England were 133 for 1 and the floodgates opened after Cook was sent back by Jasprit Bumrah.England have already won the five-match Test series as they lead by 3-1. last_img read more

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