Campus Ministry answers call for ‘Year of Faith’

first_imgPope Benedict XVI declared this liturgical year a “Year of Faith,” a time of faith renewal for Catholics worldwide. Building off this theme, the Office of Campus Ministry at Notre Dame has sponsored a number of projects and events to encourage students to reexamine and deepen their relationships with God. Kate Barrett, assistant director of undergraduate ministry, said recent activities include the “Think you know Moreau?” scavenger hunt and “Retreat on the Run,” a program that will continue through February that helps students incorporate prayer into their busy lives. Barrett said the scavenger hunt was a success with almost 200 participants. “We challenged participants to travel the campus as quickly as possible, finding clues and along the way learning more about Blessed Basil Moreau, … the founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, as well as other remarkable Holy Cross priests such as Fr. Edward Sorin … and St. Andre Bessette,” she said. Annus Fidei, a liturgical music series incorporating all the Basilica of the Sacred Heart choirs, began Feb.10. “Annus Fidei” means “Year of Faith” in Latin. “[Annus Fidei] combined readings and songs to highlight some of the themes Pope Benedict outlined at the beginning of the Year,” Barrett said. In the second half of the semester, Barrett said Campus Ministry will focus on programming to assist students in keeping their prayer lives active during the summer months away from campus. “That will be called ‘Portable Prayer’ and will have very practical tips and suggestions for students,” she said. Barrett said she believes the Year of Faith calls for both personal and communal renewal, and Campus Ministry is offering activities that will assist in both. “A personal call will end up enlivening all of our communities of faith,” Barrett said. “When any of us feel renewed, recommitted, reenergized in our faith, and then we come together for Mass or to engage in service to the poor or to welcome the lonely, then the Church as a whole – and in each and every parish, or hall chapel – is renewed and re-energized.” Barrett said the response to Campus Ministry’s Year of Faith activities has been positive. “We’ve had good responses from residence halls who are following our themes when they plan events in the halls,” she said. “For example, back in November when our theme was ‘Sacred Places,’ several halls started Grotto walks in which groups of students walk over to the Grotto together to pray.” Despite the successful programming across campus, Barrett said the Year of Faith is meant to focus on long-term faith development. “However, our hope was always for the Year of Faith to be quietly durable rather than splashy,” Barrett said. “We hope that people take away from the Year good habits of faith that remain with them for a long time.” Information about past and upcoming activities for the Year of Faith can be found at campusministry.nd.edu.last_img read more

Pan-European foundation statute inches towards final vote

first_imgThe tax provisions contained in the proposal for a European Foundation Statute (EFS) have been withdrawn, following a meeting of COREPER ­– the group of EU member states’ political representatives – on 8 November.The EFS proposal, currently going through the EU legislative process, establishes a constitution for a pan-European foundation (FE) operating across borders, removing the requirement for foundations operating in different jurisdictions to set up separate legal entities in each country.It is generally supported by the European foundation sector because it would provide a single set of rules for European foundations, helping to reduce the costs and uncertainty involved in cross-border activities.It could also stimulate cross-border donations, and provide a level of transparency and accountability to individual foundations set up under its framework. 

 It would not, however, replace existing national laws, but would be optional and complementary.The tax elements in the original proposal provided for automatic equivalency between FEs and national foundations, which would have included access to tax breaks where these are available to public benefit entities in individual countries.But they have been a major stumbling block in the path towards achieving directive status, with some experts warning that the provisions threaten to halt its progress at the final hurdle.http://www.ipe.com/european-foundation-statute-may-be-in-peril-expert-warns/53706.articleThe European Foundation Centre (EFC), which advocated the case for an EFS for several years, said the recent changes would lead to “a good compromise text”, taking on board views from the foundation sector to produce an accessible and trustworthy legal tool, and also taking a pragmatic approach on issues including proportionate audit rules, disbursement practices and economic activities.However, Emmanuelle Faure, European affairs senior officer at the EFC, said: “While the withdrawal of the tax provisions is viewed as a welcome compromise by the vast majority of the member states, it may lead a few others to question the value of the revised proposal.”She added: “There is certainly no doubt in the sector. The sector is sending a strong signal to the European Commission, the EU Presidency and national ministries that it wants no further delay on the statute and urges them to adopt it by the end of 2014.”Work on producing a text that is more likely to get unanimous approval had accelerated over the summer.The decision to drop the tax provisions followed the presentation of a compromise text by the Lithuanian EU presidency to member states’ technical experts in early September.Other changes included a more restrictive approach to the formation of FEs, especially in relation to mergers; the redrafting of annual disbursement provisions; and the clarification that normal asset management is not an economic activity (which could otherwise affect the non-profit making status of foundations under the directive).The EFC is now calling on foundations throughout Europe to ask their own national government and permanent representations in Brussels to back the statute, by 31 November.http://www.efc.be/news_events/Pages/European-Foundation-Statute-Members-States-take-unanimous-stance-on-tax-issues–.aspxThe Lithuanian EU presidency will redraft the EFS proposal for review by national experts on 6 December, with the focus on the non-tax-related provisions.The final step in the process to create a regulation will be a vote by all 28 member states, which must be unanimously in favour for the proposal to become law.last_img read more

Landlords set to win as vacancy rates tighten across QLD

first_img MORE: Welcome to QLD’s power streets LGA Mar-20 Jun-20 Australia’s most wanted streets revealed AFL star Jason Akermanis hopes to kick goals selling real estate The Veronicas selling their QLD hinterland hideaway REIQ head Antonia Mercorella said Queensland had a very high rental population at present (about 35 per cent), exacerbated by COVID-19. As interstate migration grows post the pandemic, Ms Mercorella said she expected rental demand to rise further. Regional areas are experiencing rent rises for the first time in years. Four-bedroom 18 Macquarie Street, Jensen, is for rent for $800 a week through Explore Property.“When you think about how Queensland has fared and how much more affordable it is over Sydney and Melbourne, I think we are going to see more people, particularly from southern states, move here. There’s greater affordability, terrific liveability, demand will rise in the post COVID world.”She said the tighter vacancy rates demonstrated the cyclical nature of the market.“It was not that long ago that I was talking about very weak vacancy rates and weak demand and yet here we are, not long after, looking at a different picture.”She said it was pleasing for landlords who have had to drop their rental asking prices in the past few years. “It’s nice to see that those landlords are perhaps being rewarded. When you are in an area where vacancy rates are tight, it does mean competitive, limited supply and therefore higher rents and the chances of negotiating rent reductions are reduced.“Most of Queensland is classified as tight now,” she said. “It definitely is more advantageous for the owner.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58center_img Greater Brisbane 2.0% 2.0%Brisbane LGA 2.1% 3.2% Inner (0-5km) 2.7% 3.9% Middle (5-20km) 1.8% 2.4% Outer Brisbane² 1.8% 1.7% Ipswich 2.0% 1.9% Logan 2.0% 2.2% Moreton Bay 1.7% 1.4% More from newsCOVID-19 renovation boom: How much Aussies are spending to give their houses a facelift during the pandemic3 days agoWhizzkid buys almost one property a month during COVID-197 days agoCaboolture 0.8% 1.2% Pine Rivers 2.0% 1.7% Redcliffe 2.0% 1.6% Redland 1.5% 1.3% Mainland 0.9% 1.7% Bay Islands 4.3% 1.2% Gold Coast 3.0% 3.0% Sunshine Coast SD 1.8% 2.0% Sunshine Coast^ 1.4% 1.9% Caloundra Coast 1.0% 1.4% Maroochy Coast 1.4% 2.1% Hinterland^ 1.5% 2.1% Noosa^ 3.6% 2.4% Fraser Coast 3.1% 1.2% Hervey Bay 4.3% 1.6% Maryborough 1.2% 0.4% Cairns 3.5% 2.4% Source: REIQ Among the patterns that have emerged through COVID-19 is an increase in fly-in fly-out workers staying in regional cities to maintain jobs, and families moving to be closer together. Ms Mercorella said there was a need for greater rental supply.“So many renters do rely on private owners, and mum and dad investors to provide rental accommodation for them. It demonstrates a need to meet rental demand.”One area where tenants have maintained the upper hand is in Brisbane’s inner ring, within 5km of the CBD, where the vacancy rate is comparatively weak at 3.9 per cent.In those areas rents could get cheaper, according to Ms Mercorella, giving tenants the opportunity to lock-in good rates longer term.“Certainly in those areas there is more availability,” she said. This is down to a higher level of apartments in those locations but also the fact that a lot of stock that was originally short-term holiday rentals have come into the long-term market. “Because of COVID-19 and the inability of people to travel, some owners have decided to transfer from short-term lets to the long-term market. Then there are properties vacant because of students going back home to live with mum and dad and universities going online.” Residential vacancy rates: 2209/25 Anderson Street, Kangaroo Point, is up for rent at $425 a week.Landlords who stuck it out through Queensland’s latest period of rental oversupply are set to win after vacancy rates tighten across the state, sparking rent rises.Figures released by the Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) show that the majority of the state is sitting on tight vacancy rates, with regional cities experiencing the first rent rises in years. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more

Global Energy Ventures Selects CIMC Raffles to Build CNG Ships

first_imgAustralia’s Global Energy Ventures (GEV), a developer of global integrated marine compressed natural gas (CNG) projects, has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with China-based Yantai CIMC Raffles Offshore Limited for the construction of CNG Optimum 200 ships.The LOI is based on a firm order for four 200MMscf CNG ships with the option for GEV to order up to an additional four ships.After signing the LOI, the parties intend to enter into a shipbuilding engineering, procurement & construction (EPC) contract, employing GEV’s CNG Optimum design.According to GEV, the proposed contract price range is USD 135-140 million per ship.As reported in April 2019, three shipyards completed comprehensive technical specifications employing the CNG Optimum design approved by the American Bureau of Shipping. This followed a targeted selection process led by GEV Director Jens Martin Jensen, and run over the past 12 months supported by the company’s shipbroker Clarksons Platou and SeaQuest providing ship engineering experience to assist in finalizing the technical specification.“They (CIMC Raffles) are the logical choice for GEV given their scale of operations to support a multiple ship order, their history of building the only CNG ship to date, and a track record in successful EPC delivery,” Jens Martin Jensen, Non-executive Director at GEV, said.“Together with our advisors Clarksons and SeaQuest, we continue to focus on our preferred shipyards to refine their technical specification and capital cost improvements, and work towards a final draft contract. Executing our first LOI with a respected shipyard to deliver our first CNG Optimum Contract is indeed a key milestone for GEV representing a major de-risking event,” he added.Under the proposed shipbuilding contract, the CNG Optimum ships will be designed, procured, built, tested, and delivered by the shipyard. They will be delivered on a thirty-month construction schedule for the first ship, then every four months for the following three firm ships.The newbuilds will be capable of operating for the intended and defined waters for the purpose of delivering CNG from gas supply to gas buyer in generally accepted ocean shipping conditions.“The culmination of 12 months work by our shipping team will now accelerate GEV’s regional gas supply agreements that are being progressed across multiple regions. Our target projects are either seeking to commercialise stranded gas assets, commercialise associated gas production, or provide a transport solution to high growth markets with bankable long-term off-take customers in place. Our ship capital cost for the 200MMscf is transformational for CNG to become a viable alternative to FLNG or sub-sea pipelines,” Maurice Brand, Executive Chairman and CEO, added.last_img read more

No Premier League games on free-to-air channels’ next season

first_imgPremier League matches ‘will not be televised live on free-to-air channels’ next season despite fans being locked out of stadiums for the first few weeks. And the unprecedented screening of every top-flight fixture in the UK as seen post-restart will also not continue in 2020-21. Since English football returned following the Covid-19 lockdown, all 92 Premier League matches have been broadcast live on either Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon Prime or the BBC. 33 of those 92 matches were shown free-to-air on either the BBC, Amazon or Sky’s Pick channel with games played behind closed doors without supporters. But, according to The Times, Premier League coverage will revert to normal at the beginning of next season with subscriptions needed to view the games.Advertisement Loading… Promoted ContentTop 10 Female Stars Everyone Had A Crush On In The 90sWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A Vegan7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?center_img That’s despite the likelihood that fans won’t be allowed inside stadiums for at least the first three weeks of a season due to start on September 12 – and only then in restricted numbers. read also:Eagles star sets new Premier League record Broadcast partners Sky, BT Sport and Amazon came under pressure from the government to ensure all matches were accessible following the league’s resumption in June. But with that pressure now gone, the broadcasters are keen to revert to the previous situation where only half of Premier League games are shown live. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Cricket News India’s pain in New Zealand gets prolonged after Hamilton loss – Stats round-up

first_img New Delhi: Rohit Sharma’s Indian cricket team was aiming to end the series against New Zealand on the ultimate high with a win in the third and final Twenty20 International in Hamilton. After winning the Auckland T20I, India was heading into the clash high on confidence but Colin Munro’s ninth fifty helped the hosts reach 212/4. In response, spirited knocks from Vijay Shankar, Dinesh Karthik and Krunal Pandya gave India a chance but they could manage only 208/6, losing the match by four runs and losing the three-match series 2-1. For Rohit and the side, the loss ended what has been a perfect four months in Australia and New Zealand on a slightly sour note.India’s loss reiterated that New Zealand was their ultimate bogey team in the shortest format of the game and during the loss in Hamilton, more records were created by New Zealand. Here is a list of some of the records broken during the match in Seddon Park, Hamilton.4 – The margin of victory for New Zealand against India in Hamilton which is their second-lowest in terms of runs. The Kiwis had defeated India by one run in 2012 during the Chennai Twenty20 game. Incidentally, in the first T20I played on the tour in Australia, India lost the Brisbane match by four runs.7 – New Zealand has won seven out of nine T20Is played in Seddon Park, Hamilton. They have lost to South Africa and in 2018, they lost to England by two runs. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. India have lost eight out of 11 T20Is against New Zealand.India have never won a T20I series in New Zealand.This is the first time Rohit Sharma has lost a series as Indian skipper. 8 – Number of wins by New Zealand against India in 11 T20Is against India. They now have the most wins against India by any nation in this format.0 – Number of series wins in T20Is by India in New Zealand. In 2009, they lost the two-match series 0-2 and in 2019, they have lost the three-match series 1-2.2 – Number of 200+ scores by New Zealand against India. South Africa is the other country to have hit two 200+ scores in this format.2 – Only twice have India chased a total of over 200+ successfully in ODIs. India chased down 207 against Sri Lanka in Mohali in 2009 while 202 was chased against Australia in Rajkot in 2013.1 – The first time Rohit Sharma has lost a T20I series as captain. Prior to the series, Rohit had never lost a game as skipper in this format.last_img read more