first_img144 Upper Brookfield Rd, Upper Brookfield.“We have loved living here so we’ll downsize naturally. Our children are busy and our grandchildren are at university or doing their thing and they haven’t got tome to keep coming and visiting us. I don’t have help cleaning the house, the trick it to always whiz around with a duster,’’ Ms Haviland said. The timber for the floors was sourced from a Western Australia woolstore.“It’s got guest quarters but you could park 40 cars here if you had a party.” It is listed through David Treloar, of Ray White Albion.He said the house had one of the largest his and her wardrobes in Brisbane. More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019Marketing agent David Treloar said it had one of the biggest wardrobes he had seenThe timber was originally used for the columns of a woolstore in Fremantle and have been used in the home as floorboards.It also has an Edwardian fireplace sourced from a mansion in the one-time old gold city Castlemaine, Victoria.center_img MINING executive Geoffrey Haviland, and his wife Madeleine are selling theirUpper Brookfield home.MINING executive Geoffrey Haviland, and his wife Madeleine have just listed their Queenslander at 144 Upper Brookfield Road, Upper Brookfield.The couple are downsizing from the 6ha property as their three children and six grandchildren live interstate.There is 1.6kms worth of recycled Western Australian hardwood karri timber is used throughout the home.last_img read more

first_imgLeicester manager Brendan Rodgers has “no doubt” his team can secure a return to the Champions League.The Foxes, who won the Premier League in 2016, have made a slow start to the resumption of the campaign, drawing twice and losing at Everton.But a 3-0 home win over Crystal Palace on Saturday leaves them in third place. “We have to stay in this period and focus on the next game,” Rodgers said. “Hopefully by the end of the season we achieve the objective and the dream.”Leicester are a point ahead of fourth-placed Chelsea, with in-form Manchester United two points further back, having won three successive league games.The Foxes, who finished ninth last term, last played in the Champions League in 2017 when they reached the quarter-finals, after their Premier League title win under Claudio Ranieri.Rodgers, who took charge in February 2019,says his team has the capability to return to Europe’s elite competition. “There’s no doubt, we have shown over 33 games our talent,” he said. “OK, we’re maybe missing some players but as a squad we’re very focused on achieving it and we’ll fight to the final whistle.“What the players have done has been remarkable. I’m pretty clear on that and getting the perspective of it all.”Leicester host Manchester United on the final day of the season but next travel to Arsenal on Tuesday, with Mikel Arteta’s seventh-placed side looking to extend a run of three successive league wins.“They are very well organised, look to play how Arsenal supporters want them to play and he has made some really good steps,” Rodgers said. “They’re on the back of three good results and we’ll look forward to the challenge.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgThat year, alumni Tiffany Commons and Jonathan Long met at USC’s Midwest orientation in Chicago, and both decided to join the group before setting foot on campus. Long, a transfer student from Indiana University where he’d been a member of several choirs, introduced a prayer circle tradition to the choir.  Sun bumped into a Saved By Grace alumnus and former classmate in her neighborhood the morning of her interview with the Daily Trojan and said she couldn’t believe the coincidence. After 20 years of being apart, they fell right back into conversation, and Sun said the comfort between all members through the choir is something that transcends age, major and race.  As Roberts, Whitlow and other alumnae reminisced about their time in the choir, there was one particular memory that stood out. The Spring 1999 choir, which had upwards of 40 members, booked Bovard Auditorium for that semester’s concert. The group prepared skits, dance choreography and matching camouflage outfits in addition to singing with the live band.  The idea for the choir group began with an epiphany that Roberts had while on exchange at Howard University in 1997. One of her classes emphasized the importance of taking action for change, and Roberts said she realized she needed to act on USC’s lack of a gospel choir.  Among the most notable former members are Jojo Villanueva, the senior vice president for music creative affairs at Sony Entertainment, and Ashley Támar Davis, a professional singer and former background singer for Prince. Roberts and her husband are co-pastors for a church they founded.  “The soul that comes out through gospel music … is really important to Southern African Americans,” Richards said. “My parents are from West Africa and they don’t really have gospel music, but in Georgia, it’s totally different. The sound is very upbeat [like a] sunny place … I think people really like that.”  Alyse Watson, the current music director and a senior majoring in theatre, is now preparing for the group’s Spring 2020 concert. The concert’s theme is “He’s Able,” and her favorite song selected was one she directed, “Grace” by Ricky Dillard and New G.  Creating tradition Whitlow agreed to curate and teach the music. By then, she was working professionally as a background vocalist and had directed the Western Baptist State Convention Choir, which has over 100 members. But the founding members were still nervous about Saved By Grace’s reception.  “We had our first rehearsal and we had, I’m sure over 50 people of all races and nationalities come out to the first rehearsal and meeting, which was amazing,” Whitlow said. “We didn’t know how many we were going to get. And from there, we] just kind of took off.”  Initially a student organization of the religious center, the group is currently a member organization of the Black Student Assembly. Laylah Fairley, a sophomore majoring in architecture, is Saved By Grace’s BSA representative and, in addition to promoting their events, occasionally sings with the group.  “I was really shocked and taken aback that they still maintain that tradition,” said Long on attending the 20th anniversary concert in 2018. “It was just something that I didn’t … even think about but it was something that still stuck with the choir.”  The relationships forged among members of the gospel choir on the USC campus transcend the boundaries of race, generation and area of academic study, according to alumna Valerie Sun. (Photo courtesy of Saved By Grace gospel choir, Design: Sophia Quintos | Daily Trojan) Regardless of post-graduation choices, Saved By Grace and gospel music remain significant pillars in all of the member’s lives. Alumni of the group have pursued music and leadership roles in faith. “Some of us, we are from the same area, so sometimes we’ll be going through a song and they’ll be like, ‘Oh I’ve never heard of this song,’ and the others will be like, ‘Oh yeah, I know this song! I play this song in my church all the time, what are you doing?’” Fairley laughed.  Bengy Mitchell, a freshman majoring in business administration, said he enjoys the shared cultural experience of the gospel most as a new member.  “I remember thinking after that lecture, ‘When I get back to USC, I’m going to do whatever it is I need to do to start a choir,’” Roberts said. “That’s all I wanted.” Fairley emphasized the group’s close-knit nature, stating that many will book the same flights home for winter break, often to Georgia or Louisiana, where Fairley is from. The camaraderie created from shared experiences manifests during rehearsals as they share songs from home. As a student worker at the religious center who hailed from a family of pastors, Roberts spent a semester using her experiences to plan out the choir before launching it in the fall. She put up flyers and put ads in the Daily Trojan that caught the eye of alumna Rachel Whitlow, the choir’s first music director.  All aforementioned members and alumni, including alumni Valerie Sun and Jason Gooden, spoke on the importance of singing about their relationship with God. As Sun described it, gospel music gives the singer permission to sing as loudly as they’d like, to express their spirituality however they want and to have fun. Contemporary and lively, the gospel’s music is usually performed with a band of volunteer Thornton students.  Current Saved By Grace president Aqua Richards, a junior from Atlanta majoring in biochemistry, spoke about the significance of gospel music to the Black community, but also of its universality.  “[Saved By Grace] invited me to the alumni event,” Sun said. “I’ll get up with the choir and it’s great, I’m 18 years old again.” A Close-knit community Established in 1998 by alumna Tanesha Roberts, Saved By Grace is more than a choir — it’s a ministry that spreads the Christian message through music. Its name comes from Ephesians 2:8: “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.”  Lasting Legacy They invite God into the Fishbowl Chapel in the University Religious Center. They discuss roses and thorns or Bible verses, rehearse for their semesterly concerts and worship together. They wrap up rehearsal with a prayer circle where each member crosses their arms, holds hands with their neighbors and shares their prayers and accomplishments. This final tradition is as old as the group itself.  “There’s a lot of nostalgia and homeliness and comfort to gospel music,” Mitchell said. “When you’re here [at USC], you don’t really have a lot to grapple onto … I think these things have brought me closer to home … and it’s reminding me how important my religion really is to me.”  Twenty years since that performance, Roberts spoke warmly of the group’s legacy and hinted at a possible reunion.  Every Sunday afternoon, members of USC’s gospel choir gather to carry on a rich, 20-year history.  The instant success of the choir continued as the group’s mission and music resonated with diverse groups of students with different ethnicities, church backgrounds and experiences with music. “I’m more than happy to connect back with the choir, anything that they want or need,” Roberts said. “I’m there for support and I’m thinking about bringing back [original members] for a re-enactment of our spring musical [in the near future] because we had so much fun.”last_img read more