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On April 18th, at Chestnut Hill College (CHC), about a dozen students from CHC and St. Joseph’s University participated in a video conference with young people from Alexandria, Egypt. The event was sponsored by Bibliotheca Alexandria, Global Education Motivators (GEM), and Peace Day Philly. In this article, Mahmoud Elmansour, facilitator from Egypt; Jocelyn Voorhees, Chestnut Hill College Political Science Major; and Lisa Parker, Coordinator of Peace Day Philly, offer highlights from this dynamic and instructive global exchange. 
May 10, 2012
Cath Connelly, Celtic Harpist from Australia, recently stayed at Philadelphia's Chamounix Mansion during a tour of the U.S. In this lyrical reflection, Ms. Connelly shares the beauty, tranquility, and welcoming staff that greeted her during her stay.
May 1, 2012
In this article written for Global Philadelphia Association, Brenna Mulvaney of CETRA Language Solutions discusses the significance of CETRA's growing global presence.
April 23, 2012
The Philadelphia Global Water Initiative 5th annual conference, entitled “Performance Indicators for Sustainable Water and Sanitation Projects in Developing Countries," demonstrates how the Philadelphia community, with its large university and humanitarian population, can reach around the globe and make a positive difference.
April 20, 2012
Sakura Sunday marks the Spring day in Japan when families go out with a picnic, a blanket, their family members and possibly some sake to contemplate the cherry blossoms. The Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia, capitalizing on a majestic alley of cherry blossoms adjacent to the Horticultural Society in Fairmount Park, has developed this event in to a full blown, highly successful annual festival that takes place every year in mid-April.
April 20, 2012
Invited to China to nurture the country's orchestral community and help build bridges between rural and urban cultural environments, the Philadelphia Orchestra held an event to formally announce the signficance of this partnership. The trip, which will take place between May 30th and June 6th in cities across China including Philadelphia’s sister city of Guangzhou, will re-establish the Orchestra as a thriving and leading force, both globally and in the Philadelphia region.
April 18, 2012
Global Education Motivators' recent Teachers' Conference on Human Rights encouraged and educated teachers to pursue the lessons of human rights in their class rooms. This 7th Annual Conference was designed in cooperation with the United Nations and was held over two days. The first day of activiites took place at Chestnut Hill College while the second day included an entire day of teleconferences and workshops held at The United Nations in New York City. GPA was honored to attend and report on Day 1 of the conference.
April 13, 2012
From July 15 - 18, the 6th Annual Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange will make its first ever international visit to Toronto, Canada. Leadership Exchange participants have been announced and can be accessed on the Economy League website. GPA is proud to announce that Executive Director, Zabeth Teelucksingh, will be joining this illustrious and accomplished group of leaders in Toronto this summer! A full agenda can be viewed on the Economy League's website.
April 13, 2012
A few weeks ago, reported that Philadelphia's beloved Rita's Water Ice had signed its first-ever international franchise agreement for the Caribbean islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao. On Thursday May 2, the Philadelphia institution that opened 20 years ago in Bensalem, announced that it would open 50 stores across India over the next several years. The company is also poised to open its first two stores in China this summer, CEO Jonathan Fornaci said. Rita's will also be opening nearly two dozen new stores and a regional office in the Los Angeles area. Read more about the Caribbean expansion project here, and the expansion into India and China here.
April 12, 2012
Jared Brey, for PlanPhilly -- Asociacíon Puertorriqueños en Marcha—the Association of Puerto Ricans on the March, or APM—broke ground Tuesday morning on a mixed-use, transit-oriented development project to be known as Paseo Verde at 9th and Berks. APM plans to turn the lot into more than 100 mixed-income residential units, with retail and dining space on the ground floor. The project carries a price tag of nearly $50 million, with funding coming from City, State, SEPTA and private sources. The project was developed by APM and Jonathan Rose Companies. Read more of Jared Brey's report on the ground-breaking here.
April 12, 2012