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Voices of Faith choir sings a song of community

first_imgMusic, community, fellowship and faith are four words that immediately come to the minds of Voices of Faith gospel choir members when asked why they enjoy spending time together. “We’re more than just a choir. It really is a community,” junior Nicole Campion said. “Yes, we practice singing, but it is also a time of faith and fellowship.” Director Eugene Staples, a senior and four-year member of Voices of Faith, invoked the group’s motto when discussing its communal and spiritual atmosphere, his favorite aspect of the choir. “We are a student-run, faith-based choir,” Staples said. “Singing is my favorite part, but it’s definitely not more important than the fellowship and community. I really enjoy the group’s union of singing with doing something good for our Christian faith.” Senior Amanda Meza echoed Staples’ remarks when asked about her favorite part of participating in the choir. “The fellowship you develop would have to be my favorite part. It’s more than just singing,” Meza said. “We grow together in our faith, and this is something I really cherish and wouldn’t change.” Voices of Faith, a choir marked by cultural, religious and ethnic diversity, provides a home for those searching for alternative ways to grow in their spirituality outside of an exclusively Catholic context. “We provide a home for those who feel alienated,” Staples said. “I come from a Baptist church, and I still feel alienated by some of the Catholic structures. Voices of Faith really is a home away from home for those who don’t understand the Catholic traditions.” Meza, also a member of the Baptist Church, wanted to continue singing and focusing on her spirituality as she had at home. She said she quickly discovered Voices of Faith during her freshman year. “I’m not Catholic, but I wanted to sing Christian music,” she said. “I went to the concerts my freshman year, and they were extremely moving with their incorporation of Bible passages and prayers. I was looking for the Christian identity at the core of the Catholic identity. I was looking for something like home, and I found it with Voices of Faith.” While the music initially grabbed Campion’s attention, she said the community’s diversity is one of the most rewarding parts of participating in the group. “I really like having the opportunity to be friends with such a diverse group of individuals, especially considering Notre Dame’s relative lack of diversity,” Campion said. “I sometimes get bored with the mainstream culture, so the diversity at Voices of Faith almost represents a different culture to me.” While diversity has always characterized Voices of Faith, Staples, Campion and Meza all remarked on how this year’s group has brought religious, ethnic and cultural diversity to another level. “This is our most diverse year ever,” Staples said. “We are so much bigger and so much better. I guess we’ve done great marketing through our performances.” Campion said the group’s constant clapping and cheering during performances often surprises people, but ultimately leads to an enjoyable experience. “Energy is one of the hallmarks of our music,” Campion said. Voices of Faith will host its winter concert this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Washington Hall. Student tickets are $5.last_img read more


GulfNav Posts Net Loss but Revenue Jumps

first_imgDubai-based shipping company Gulf Navigation Holding (GulfNav) ended the first quarter of this year with a net loss.The company suffered a net loss of AED 11 million (around USD 3 million) in Q1 2019, compared to profits of AED 5 million during the same period last year.During Q1 2019, GulfNav achieved operating revenue of AED 45 million, compared to AED 37.7 million seen in Q1 2018. This represents a year-over-year (YoY) increase of 19%.As explained, the net result was negatively impacted by off-hire days for a vessel and additional expenses attributed to a 10-year special survey.Specifically, the company’s petrochemical tanker Gulf Deffi entered the dry dock for the mandatory special survey work, resulting in 50 days of off-hire for this vessel during Q1.GulfNav also incurred increased depreciation and finance costs on account of the acquisition of livestock carriers in Q4 2018, which affected the net profit.“The board of Gulf Navigation is reviewing all strategic growth options to return the company to profitability. Our immediate focus is to complete the necessary vessel dry-docks and achieve debt refinancing to align Gulf Navigation’s capital structure to its operations,” Saeed Mubarak Al Hajeri, Chairman of GulfNav board, commented.“We expect the product tanker charter market to become attractive ahead of the IMO 2020 implementation. We are repositioning our balance of spot and long term charter contracts to optimize the operating revenues,” he added.GulfNav has a fleet of chemical tankers, livestock transport vessels, operation support vessels, marine services, and ship repair operations.Related: Goldilocks Takes 18.3 Pct Share in Gulf Navigationlast_img read more


Urgent action needed to tackle business insurance costs – Cope

first_imgDeputy Pat the Cope Gallagher claims the strategy adopted by the Government to deal with the spiralling costs of insurance, has completely failed to deliver any tangible results. A private members’ motion calling for urgent action to tackle rising business insurance, car insurances and house insurance costs will be debated in the Dáil today the 21st of March.Fianna Fail’s Spokesperson on Finance Michael McGrath TD said the premium increases being faced by many individuals and businesses are not sustainable and has called on the government to step up its efforts to introduce vital reforms that will help consumers. Pat the Cope added there has rightly been a keen political and media focus on the major difficulties faced by motor insurance consumers in recent years but much less of an emphasis on the rising insurance costs faced by businesses.Charities, community groups and sports clubs are all being affected by escalating costs, he added.Pat the Cope stated while the CSO does not publish data on the cost of insurance for businesses, we know from representative bodies and from individual employers that the cost of Employer and Public Liability insurance has increased dramatically for many in recent times.“This is particularly true for businesses that have a significant public footfall including those in the retail and hospitality sectors. In addition to premium hikes, other policy changes have been made to the detriment of businesses including increases in excess levels and the increasing prevalence of policy exclusions. “Businesses consistently bring up the issue of the claims environment as a key issue driving premium increases. This Government has consistently failed to tackle the growing crises there is in this country regarding insurance costs, be that at individual level with cars or houses now we have the contagion of increased insurance costs into the business sector.“The government needs to reboot its Working Group on the Cost of Insurance and focus on what can be done in the short term in addition to longer term objectives. The reality is that many businesses cannot afford to wait until 2019 or 2020 for reforms to be introduced. They need action on this issue now and we will be calling for this in today’s Dáil debate,” concluded Pat the Cope.Urgent action needed to tackle business insurance costs – Cope was last modified: March 21st, 2018 by StephenShare 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) Tags:BusinessdonegalinsurancePat The Cope Gallagherlast_img read more