Irish celebrate Mardi Gras on location

first_imgThis Fat Tuesday, some Notre Dame students will be celebrating with authentic Mardi Gras spirit straight from the Big Easy. “It’s definitely an experience coming down, even with a budget,” senior Justin Asuncion said about his trip to New Orleans this past weekend. “It’s a great experience that every Notre Dame student should take if you can.” Asuncion and fellow seniors Andrew Charnesky and Joe Caparros drove through the night Thursday to arrive in New Orleans by Friday morning, where they experienced traditions ranging from parades to Southern cookouts, they said.  “We had the opportunity to go to an authentic crawfish boil,” Charnesky said. “We’re not from the South; we’d never heard of a crawfish boil before, but it was some of the best food I’ve ever had.” Senior Allison Tompkins also traveled to New Orleans for the first time and agreed that the cuisine stood out as a highlight of her trip. “I had grits for the first time, cheese grits with shrimp on it,” Tompkins said. “The rice and beans was to die for… I didn’t taste anything that wasn’t good.” Tompkins described touring the French Quarter and learning about the history of various parades and the groups, called krewes, which plan them. “I had heard about the pretty buildings, you know, in the French Quarter and everything, but honestly I didn’t know what to expect,” Tompkins said. “It really shocked me how beautiful it was with all the different areas and the Mississippi River and everything.” Notre Dame Food Services general manager Marc Poklinkowski said students staying at Notre Dame for the festivities will be able to experience themed décor and menu items at both dining halls on Tuesday. “South will have our Cajun-themed dishes on both homestyle and Pan-Am,” Poklinkowski said. “The popularity of this meal has increased tremendously over the years, so we found the need to take the regular Pan-Am items off for this day to offer students another area to get the themed menu items they are looking for.” Poklinkowski added North Dining Hall will be offering jambalaya and Mississippi fried catfish as well as chocolate rum cake and mini éclairs and that South Dining Hall will feature jambalaya as well with blackened catfish. “Our dessert bar [at South] will be a make-your-own-dessert featuring pound cakes, fresh strawberries, apples and caramel sauce, hot chocolate fudge and whipped topping,” Poklinkowski said. Although Mardi Gras known for its celebration of excess, Asuncion and Charnesky said traveling to New Orleans can be done even on a tight budget. Charnesky noted that driving and staying with a friend in New Orleans helped cut expenses. “You can definitely do it for under $500,” Charnesky said. “It’s not cheap, but if you’re just conscious about stuff you can do it on a budget. “It’s a great time and it’s going to be something you’ll always remember.” Contact Lesley Stevenson at lsteven1@nd.edulast_img read more

Fewer trips, passengers and days of stay of foreign ships for cruises

first_imgIn the period from January to August 2017, the number of trips of foreign cruise ships decreased by 16,8%, and the number of passengers on these ships decreased by 13,7% compared to the same period in 2016. The total number of days spent by ships in the same period is lower by 17,7%, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics.66 foreign cruise ships sailed into seaports In the period from January to August 2017, 66 foreign cruise ships entered Croatian seaports, making 431 cruises. There were 610 thousand passengers on these ships, who stayed in Croatia for 964 days.The largest number of trips was made by ships under the flag of the Bahamas (109 voyages) and Malta (100 voyages), while the largest number of passengers arrived by ships under the flag of Italy (150 thousand passengers), Bahamas (133 thousand passengers) and Panama (131 thousand passengers).Out of a total of 431 trips, most trips were realized in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County (66,1%) and the Split-Dalmatia County (15,8%), which is a total of 81,9%. The remaining 18,1% of trips were made in the following counties: Zadar (6,5%), Istria (4,4%), Šibenik-Knin (4,2%), Primorje-Gorski Kotar (2,8%) and Lika-Croatia. Senjska (0,2%).The port of Dubrovnik is the most visited seaport The port of Dubrovnik had the most visits by foreign cruise ships (355 visits), followed by the ports of Split (138 visits) and Korčula (91 visits).last_img read more

Porter dominates Southern Iowa Chassis Hobby Stock Special

first_imgBy Jeremy FoxOSKALOOSA, Iowa (April 22) – Dale Porter dominated Wednesday night’s headline event at South­ern Iowa Speedway, the 20-lap Pepsi Cola IMCA Hobby Stock special presented by South­ern Iowa Chassis.Porter grabbed the lead on lap one, just before the caution came out for several cars that got to­gether in turn three. Porter did not let that get to him even though he had Nick Ulin and Dustin Griffiths right behind.Porter pulled away to win by a full straightaway over Ulin, who edged out Griffiths for second.Todd Shute was the Musco Lighting IMCA Modified main event winner. Damon Murty took the Budweiser IMCA Stock Car win despite a late race charge from Mike Hughes.Curtis VanDerWal was first to the KBOE Radio IMCA Northern SportMod checkers and Trent Or­wig held off John Whalen to win the Mach-1 Sport Compact feature.Stock Cars and SportMods racing for extra cash thanks to Edel Lawn Care plus free front bump­ers to Stock Car and Hobby Stock winners.last_img read more

Fort Pierce man accused of shooting neighbor’s 2 dogs

first_imgA 62-year-old Fort Pierce man is accused of shooting his neighbor’s two dogs, killing one of them and seriously injuring another.Police arrested Jorge Rosado on Friday after officers were called to the 1700 block of North 15th Street.Police say when they arrived they found two dogs had been shot and were being taken to an animal hospital by their owner.The owners say Rosado was cursing and yelling from his fenced-in yard before shooting the two pit bull mixes multiple times “without provocation” as the dogs were outside his fence.One of the dogs died at the hospital and the other was seriously wounded.He was charged with two counts of animal cruelty and one count each of possession of a weapon or ammunition by a convicted felon and discharging a firearm in public or residential property.last_img read more

Johnny Grave cautiously realistic about 2020 CPL

first_img…..believes tournament is important to helping W.I retaining World T20 titleBy Rawle ToneyCricket West Indies (CWI) Chief Executive Officer, Johnny Grave, believes that this year’s staging of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) is unrealistic, but, stressed that unlike any other time, the Caribbean’s most lucrative sporting event, forms part of an important pillar for the West Indies in their quest for a third ICC T20 World Cup title.Reports had stated that the CPL organizers are hoping that the tournament can still take place as scheduled in September, as plans are being developed to stage it behind closed doors, without overseas players, or in a ‘social-distancing stadium’.With the Caribbean in lockdown and attempts to stop the spread of COVID-19, CPL organizers are being optimistic that fixtures could be among the first staged globally, though chief operations officer Pete Russell confirmed the league would try to avoid a clash with a postponed IPL season.“I don’t know how realistic it is, but, I certainly can say that I’m in regular contact with the England and Wales Cricket Board and they will do everything they can do to protect as much as their English Summer as they can,” Grave revealed when asked for his opinion on the possibilities of the CPL happening.Johnny Grave – Cricket West Indies CEOGrave gave some insight into the ECB’s new ‘cash cow’, relating that “they’re entering a new Broadcast relationship with SkySports, which is worth (reportedly) up to 300M Pounds for this summer alone, so clearly the ECB is going to do everything they can to get that tournament going; if that means playing behind closed doors, if means chartering planes to fly players in, or playing under reserved conditions – everyone in the world of cricket is exploring every option and the CPL is doing exactly the same.”With the West Indies being two-time winners and defending ICC T20 World Cup champions, Grave stressed that “If the world Cup can go ahead of schedule in Australia, in whatever circumstances, then clearly from the Cricket West Indies point of view as defending champions, it’s hugely important for us and our players, who may not have played as much T20 cricket as they perhaps may have expected too; to get some cricket being played and get some preparations.”“It’s important also for our selectors also to look at the players and select a group of cricketers; not just the best on paper, but also those in the best form. So (the CPL) is really important and we really hope that the CPL can happen in some way, shape-or-form and I think all the players are reminded that we’re in a very difficult position and I think the fans will need to understand,” Grave said.In a recent interview with ESPNcricinfo, Chief Operations Officer of the CPL, Pete Russell said he hoped that staging the tournament as planned could be “a sign that the Caribbean is open for business again” once the worst effects of the pandemic have passed.Russell believes that it’s good that the Caribbean was on locked down early, which prevented the virus from spreading as quickly as it did in North America and Europe.He added that the CPL will only play if it’s safe to do so, but admitted that they have been approached by a lot of the countries who are anxious to be part of probably the Caribbean’s largest sporting event.Russell said that while the CPL would not try to compete for eyeballs with the most lucrative T20 league in the world, he hoped that the IPL could “figure out their own window”.If the tournament does go ahead as planned, it is possible that no overseas players will be involved due to health concerns and restrictions on international travel.The CPL’s organizers are also drawing up plans to hold games while maintaining social distancing within a stadium, a situation which would involve all players staying in the same hotels and the tournament being held at one or two venues instead of the planned six.The picture may become clearer next week, following an ICC meeting via videoconference in which board CEOs will discuss contingency plans, and Russell has been in regular contact with WICB chief executive Johnny Grave to work out how West Indies’ fixtures might affect the competition’s staging.last_img read more