Stateside football fans may not have traveled across the pond to see the football team take on the Midshipmen this weekend, but they still plan to celebrate the Emerald Isle Classic with Irish gusto. While many students may elect to hold conventional game watches in their dorm rooms, common areas, apartments or houses, some will begin celebrating the night before the 9 a.m. kickoff. Senior Emily Hefferon said she and her friends plan to have a sleepover at her off-campus house and start the morning off with coffee and breakfast. “That way, no one has to wake up at 8:30 and drive,” she said. “We’ll all just be here.” Hefferon said the football season opener’s overseas location has both pros and cons. “I’m sad that [the game] is not here, but it’s so cool that we have a game in Dublin,” she said. “I’m just really excited about that. It would be much more disappointing if the first game were in Oklahoma or something.” Senior Dave Lawson said the game’s location holds a special significance for him. “I studied in Dublin last summer as part of the first summer program to go there from Notre Dame, so I’m going to have some of my Dublin friends over to watch the game,” he said. While he reminisces about his semester in Ireland, Lawson said he decided to use the special circumstances of the game to promote Southern Tide, an apparel company for which he serves as campus ambassador. On gameday, Lawson said he plans to hold a private Southern Tide event at his off-campus home as well as visit some residence halls on campus throughout the day. “As a college ambassador, you want to maintain the integrity of Southern Tide as a brand name by sharing it and sharing ideas with other students who are unfamiliar with the brand name,” he said. “That said, tailgating and pregames for football games would be a great way to promote brand awareness for Southern Tide.” Notre Dame’s storied football tradition also creates a good environment for spreading the word about Southern Tide through product giveaways and raffles, Lawson said. “With a huge football program comes a lot of spectators, and the Navy-Notre Dame rivalry is a classic one,” he said. “It’s the first game of the season, so I thought it would be an ideal opportunity to explain to people what Southern Tide is.” Students and members of the South Bend community will also be able to celebrate in local pubs and restaurants like O’Rourke’s Public House. O’Rourke’s manager Andrew Pankowski said his pub has been planning its Saturday morning “Kegs and Eggs” event for the past three months. “We knew this was going to be a big deal for a long time now, especially with everything going on with the game in Ireland and with the rivalry with Navy,” he said. The pub will open before kickoff at 8 a.m. with an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet featuring deep-fried pigs in a blanket, assorted breakfast food items and drink specials, Pankowski said. Pankowski said business at O’Rourke’s fluctuates based on the relative success of the Irish football team. “Our entire year pretty much rotates around football season,” he said. “It’s our bread and butter and it’s what really pays the bills. Last year was really on and off during away games, so it really depends on what kind of season we’re having. If [the team is] doing really well, we have more people, especially towards the beginning of the year.” O’Rourke’s also recently began a partnership with the Notre Dame Athletic Department, so it now serves as an official gamewatch location for all Notre Dame away games, Pankowski said. But win or lose, O’Rourke’s always provides a lively environment for a gamewatch for Irish fans, Pankowski said. “We did some remodeling over the summer … that makes it family friendly for all ages, so you can be in here even if you’re not 21,” he said. “We’ll be celebrating all day just like any other football weekend. It’s usually a party here no matter how many people turn up for it.”
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor, First Lady Wolf Invite Public to Holiday Open House at the Governor’s Residence this Sunday December 11, 2015 First Lady Frances Wolf, Governor’s Residence Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf invite the public to join them this Sunday, December 13th for a Holiday Open House at the Governor’s Residence, located at 2035 North Front Street. The Open House, which will run from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., will be held in conjunction with Historic Harrisburg’s Annual Candlelight House Tour.During the Open House, visitors will have the opportunity to drop off a new, unwrapped toy in the Toys for Tots box. A marine will be present to collect donations and talk about the program. Representatives from the American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program will also be present with holiday cards for visitors to fill out for local veterans.“In addition to the magnificent decorations featured by our outstanding volunteer designers, I also encourage visitors to take advantage of this opportunity to give back to our community through Toys for Tots and Holiday Mail for Heroes,” said First Lady Frances Wolf.Following is a schedule of entertainment provided by volunteers during the Open House:Grand Hall:1pm Trust Company A Cappella Singers4pm Piano Duets – Anne L. Parmer & Roger J. Levin MD, Ally Weller & Joey Goduto5pm Susquehanna Flute QuartetState Dining Room:1pm Trinity Lutheran Lemoyne Bell Choir2pm Karl Hausman, Pianist3pm Governor’s Horns Brass Quintet4pm Central Dauphin Acapella Singers5pm Jon Abel, PianistVisitors will also have the opportunity to view the current art exhibition entitled, “The Pennsylvania Arts Experience,” which is on display in the State Rooms through the end of February 2016 and features work from over 70 local Pennsylvania artists from the York-based nonprofit organization, The Pennsylvania Arts Experience.For those that can’t attend this Sunday, the Residence will be open from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on December 14, 15 and 16th for holiday tours. Both the Holiday Open House and tours are free, and reservations are not required. No large bags, purses or totes are permitted, and security measures will be in place. For more information, visit www.residence.pa.gov.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf
IT’S ‘three and easy’ for Convoy couple Laurence and Sheena McMullen these days.The couple celebrated the birth of baby son Darragh last Friday – and then scooped the St Mary’s GAA Club lotto of €5,250 today!All of which will make for a wonderful 1st wedding anniversary next month. As one friend said: “All they need now is a babysitter! You don’t want to be spending all that money just on nappies!”Happy mum and baby arrived home from the hospital to the lucky lotto news this evening. ALL THINGS THRICE FOR LUCKY LOTTO CONVOY COUPLE was last modified: February 24th, 2015 by John2Share 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:convoylotto winnerSt Mary’s GAA club
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich reportedly intends to make one more attempt to lure Pep Guardiola to Stamford Bridge.The Daily Telegraph report that the Russian billionaire is still keen to appoint the former Barcelona boss and that Roberto Di Matteo’s chances of being given the job remain remote – despite him leading the club to Champions League glory.Abramovich is tipped to overlook Di Matteo.A number of other papers suggest that Guardiola is tempted to take over at Chelsea, based on his comment that he is looking to be “seduced” back into football.The Daily Star say Abramovich’s representatives are still in talks with Guardiola despite him saying he wants to take a break from the game.Meanwhile, the Daily Mail report that Porto’s in-demand striker Hulk favours a move to Chelsea.The Brazilian agent Teodoro Fonseca said: “For sure Hulk will only leave Porto for a big club and a big league and I can say that we like the Premier League a lot.“At the moment, Chelsea is a club which is more interesting than ever, because they’ve become European champions and are without doubt one of the biggest in Europe.“We know they will need to reinforce themselves as they’ve just lost Drogba and can lose other important players and that perhaps increases the chances of getting closer, but we will only make the step after listening to the Porto board.”Click here for Friday’s Chelsea quizFollow West London Sport on Twitter Find us on Facebook
Global Governance plays a critical role in shaping the reputation of the Nation Brand.The Brand South Africa Nation Brand Performance presentation is anchored by perspectives on governance in global, corporate and political spheres.The Nation Brand’s global and domestic reputation is to a large extent shaped by perceptions of efficient internal governance, while the nation brand’s contribution to global governance has a direct bearing on international perceptions. We weigh in on some of the statistics.View document here
Concordia University in Montreal got a nice pre-holiday gift last month with the launch of a solar energy research laboratory and the inauguration of a national net-zero-energy research initiative that will be headquartered at the university.Formally dubbed the Solar Simulator – Environmental Chamber, the lab is a $4.6 million (about $4.46 million U.S.) facility designed to test solar systems with simulated full sun. Its main purpose is to measure the performance of solar energy applications and structural envelopes, and analyze their prospects for use in net-zero-energy buildings. Another major goal for the lab is to help develop systems that are relatively low-cost.Reaching that goal, Concordia explains on its website, requires testing a wide range of systems and materials, including air and water collectors, photovoltaic systems, window coatings, and advanced components such as semitransparent photovoltaics that generate electricity while eliminating ultraviolet and infrared radiation.Replicating temperature and humidity conditionsTouting the lab as the only facility of its kind in the world, and one of only five that can test solar systems under standard conditions with simulated full sun, Concordia notes that the Solar Simulator is equipped with eight special lamps and an “artificial sky” system that removes infrared heat from the lamps. The facility also can mimic the movement of the sun: windows on one side of the chamber admit light from a six-lamp mobile solar simulator.Simulated conditions can range from Arctic to desert, with simulated temperatures accurate to 1°C and humidity produced at levels ranging from 2% to 95%, depending on the temperature. The test chamber accommodates curtain walls as large as 4.5 by 7 meters and test huts as large as 3.5 by 6 by 6 meters.The quest for NZEThe NZE research initiative, known as the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Smart Net-Zero Energy Buildings Strategic Network, will receive $5 million ($4.85 million U.S.) in federal funds over five years to lead research on the most effective – and cost-effective – ways to achieve zero annual average energy consumption at both building and neighborhood levels.Funding for the solar simulator comes from Industry Canada and Quebec’s Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, under the government’s Knowledge Infrastructure Program, which is a component of Canada’s Economic Action Plan announced three years ago to provide infrastructure enhancements to colleges and universities.
Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Thompson did admire Wurtzbach, saying her presence alone motivated them to the Gin Kings to their 90-79 win over TNT, but he couldn’t help himself from making fun of his teammate Prince Caperal.“It’s amazing that Queen P was our muse but we have Prince,” said Thompson laughing Sunday at Philippine Arena. “Queen P meets the Prince and we’re motivated because she’s the Miss Universe.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsGinebra head coach Tim Cone said Wurtzbach spent some time with the team in the locker room.“We got to meet Pia, so that was exciting. She didn’t know who I was but I certainly knew who she was,” said Cone. “She was in the locker room for like an hour, so we were all giving her glances. We were inspired, and that’s what makes the opening day fun.” LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Thompson, however, wasn’t caught off guard when asked if Pia Wurtzbach has replaced Liza Soberano as his celebrity crush.It was well documented before that Thompson has admired Soberano since the the days when Dolce Amore was still on air.Thompson said Soberano and Wurtzbach are somehow the same since the 21-year-old actress played the 29-year-old beauty queen in a biopic.“It’s still Liza,” said Thompson. “Although the two are the same since Liza played Pia in MMK (Maalala Mo Kaya).”ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Pia Wurtzbach with the entire Barangay Ginebra team during the opening ceremony of the 2019 PBA season. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—There’s no denying that Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach caught everyone’s eye when she represented Barangay Ginebra as its muse in the opening ceremonies of the 44th PBA Season.It’s not everyday that the most beautiful woman on planet earth graces the sporting event but it does happen once a year and Ginebra point guard Scottie Thompson couldn’t help but gush over the beauty queen.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LATEST STORIES Tim Cone has no PBA ‘GOAT,’ says Sonny Jaworski ‘most important player of all time’ View comments
One year after Oscar-winning actor Colin Firth launched Survival International’s campaign to save the Awá, Earth’s most threatened tribe, a large number of international celebrities have joined him and his wife Livia in backing the urgent campaign.Colin Firth Supports the Awá peopleCredit/Copyright: Survival InternationalLivia Firth stands up for the AwáCredit/Copyright: Survival InternationalHollywood star Gillian Anderson, British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado, Californian rock band Allah-Las, actors Mark Rylance, Sophie Okonedo, Emilia Fox, Sinead Cusack and stars of the hit series Game of Thrones Oona Chaplin, Natalia Tena and Finn Jones are among the celebrities photographed with the awáIcon, which reads ‘Brazil: Save the Awá’.Hollywood star Gillian Anderson brandishes the awáIcon which sends the urgent message, ‘Brazil: Save the Awá’.Credit/Copyright: Survival InternationalGillian Anderson told Survival, ‘We must as human beings collectively wake up and help save the Awá: the Earth’s most threatened tribe. We cannot have another people become extinct due to the negligence and greed of others. We all have a duty.’Davina McCall shows her support for the AwáCredit/Copyright: Survival InternationalOther British celebrities backing the campaign to save the Awá include Olympic star and winner of Strictly Come Dancing Louis Smith, TV and radio presenters Davina McCall and Dave Berry, MTV presenter Lilah Parsons, human rights activist Peter Tatchell, artist Kurt Jackson and many others.The Awá in their forestCredit/Copyright: Survival InternationalThe Awá of northeastern Brazil live under the threat of extinction due to violent attacks and the theft of their land by loggers and ranchers. Brazil’s authorities have done nothing to evict the invaders from the Awá’s heartland, despite experts warning of a ‘genocide’ if no action is taken.Destruction in the Awá homelandCredit/Copyright: Survival InternationalPire’i Ma’a Awá, an Awá man told Survival International, ’We’ve been waiting too long. When the rains stop, the loggers will come back. The loggers will close in on us, here around our community. The police must be brought here!’Invasion of the forestCredit/Copyright: Survival InternationalThe celebrities joined a worldwide movement to save the Awá which has seen over 50,000 letters sent to Brazil’s Justice Minister and the awáIcon photographed at famous landmarks around the world – from Brazil’s Sugarloaf mountain, to the Eiffel tower in Paris.Ross Thomas supports the AwáCredit/Copyright: Survival InternationalSurvival’s Director Stephen Corry said today, ‘As celebrities join the campaign to save the Awá, Brazil must not ignore the growing number of voices being raised in support of the world’s most threatened tribe. Its reputation hangs in the balance.’Sophie Okonedo shows her support for the Awá.Credit/Copyright: Survival InternationalSee more of Survival International’s picture gallery of celebrities supporting the Awá here.To watch videos and learn more about the incredible lives of the “Earth’s most threatened tribe”, before and after contact with the outside world, visit SurvivalInternational.org/awa.Source:Survival International