AnTostal celebrates end of year

first_imgWith finals around the corner and the end of the year in sight, students can take a much-needed break with AnTostal festivities this week.AnTostal, Gaelic for “festival,” is Notre Dame’s annual celebration of the last full week of classes. It began Monday with T-shirts, tie-dye and tzatziki sauce.The decades-old festival started at 11:30 a.m. Monday with a T-shirt giveaway as well as a tie-dye booth outside of O’Shaughnessy Hall. A Greek food giveaway took place at 5 p.m. in LaFortune Student Center.Sophomore Kevin De La Montaigne, Student Union Board (SUB) AnTostal programmer, said he is excited about the week’s events.“It’s an important tradition in Notre Dame’s history,” De La Montaigne said. “Planning fun events at a stressful time of the year is my way of giving back.”Sophomores and SUB Cultural Arts programmers Meg Larson and Kate Augustine helped organize the Greek food giveaway.“If it’s any indication to how popular it is, the meat ran out in 30 minutes,” Larson said. “The rest of the food was gone in 45 minutes.”The two said they are looking forward to other events.“I’m looking forward to the Carnival on the Quad,” Augustine said. “[AnTostal is] a nice week of fun before finals.”A carnival will take place on South Quad Thursday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Other games will take place on both North and South Quads throughout the week.Larson said AnTostal is good timing because it takes place at a time of year when students could use a break. “Everyone’s got a bit of senioritis and is really looking forward to summer,” Larson said. “They’re all outside already, so it’s just a little fun and different things to take advantage of the nice weather.”Junior Zach Miller, who participated in the Greek food giveaway, said it was a nice change of pace.“I really like gyros,” Miller said. “It’s a much better alternative to the dining hall.”Miller said he looks forward to the free food and fun around campus.“I like being able to relax at the end of the school year,” Miller said. “I like being able to stop by events after class.”Miller said he will also attend the Blue and Gold game Saturday to support his roommate. Senior Johanna Kirsch said she will also attend the game Saturday.“I’m looking forward to Dayne Crist and his beautiful smile,” Kirsch said. Kirsch said she enjoys AnTostal, but her busy schedule often interferes with the fun.“Even if I can’t participate in the fun, I can see fun going on,” Kirsch said. “I was excited about the T-shirt giveaway, but I didn’t get out of my dorm in time to go the giveaway and make it to work on time.”Senior Mary Clare Murphy said she is also too busy to attend all of the events she would like to go to.“I’m always too busy to do anything,” Murphy said. “But it’s nice to see things are going on.”Kirsch said she wondered why AnTostal did not bring speakers, like Christian Sirano, winner of Project Runway, who spoke at AnTostal two years ago.“I loved Christian Sirano,” Kirsch said. “Why didn’t they get anyone else of that caliber?”Sophomore Kristen Milliard said she is looking forward to the Parachute concert at Legends Saturday.“I saw them in concert for the first time last year at Legends, where they opened for another act,” Milliard said. “I really like their CD.”Milliard said AnTostal is not completely stress-relieving, though.“It doesn’t make me more light-hearted because I still have work to do,” Milliard said.last_img read more

Hope Island development offers luxurious townhomes and apartments on the waterfront

first_img MORE NEWS: Enjoy a ‘Royale’ life on beach Hope Island’s Waterville Residences.“This prestigious enclave of residences enjoys direct water frontage just off the Broadwater,” marketing agent Sandy Murray, of SM Properties and Investment, said. “It adjoins the exclusive residential community of Sanctuary Cove and is surrounded by an emerging community of diverse residential properties from luxury waterfront homes, terrace houses, townhomes and modern apartments.” Stage one, which includes 24 townhomes is already complete with just four townhomes remaining for sale, while construction of stage two – the 30 waterfront apartments – is set to kick off early next year. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa13 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago MORE NEWS: Mega mansion includes basketball court Hope Island’s Waterville Residences.Ms Murray said the majority of sales at Waterville Residences had been to owner-occupiers.“The buyers mainly have been downsizers who appreciate the spaciousness of the design, quality and provision of storage areas,” she said. “The importance of the overall planning of this development was paramount in the developer’s mind. “Therefore Waterville Residences was kept to a very low density to create this spaciousness.”The apartments feature a mix of two and three-bedroom floorplans with two car spaces and storage facilities. Waterville Residences.Resident facilities include a pool, covered barbecue area, gym, on-site management and direct access to the boardwalk fronting the water. Apartments are priced from $499,000 while townhomes are available from $579,900. A display is at 13/37 Sickle Ave and is open from 10-3pm Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Wednesday. Hope Island’s Waterville Residences.HOPE Island’s Waterville Residences is striking a chord with owner-occupiers, who are flocking to the waterfront development.VLine Developments is behind the project at 37 Sickle Ave which includes 24 townhomes and 30 waterfront apartments.last_img read more

Blood and sport: the samurai slashing that brought rugby to Japan

first_imgThe founders of the Yokohama club proposed that “hacking”, or kicking opponents, be banned, while early match reports underlined the prevalence of drop-kicking in those days.“Mr. Abbott having caught the ball made a good run through his opponents and, with a fine drop kick, scored a goal,” reads one report from the 1873 Japan Weekly Mail.Rugby gained a more solid foothold in Japan at the turn of the century when two Cambridge University alumni, Edward Bramwell Clarke and the Japanese player Ginnosuke Tanaka, introduced the game at Keio University in Tokyo.With more Japanese taking up the game, the sport’s popularity grew quickly with crowds of 20,000 attending matches in the early 1930s, according to Galbraith.– ‘Not so healthy’ –The Japan Rugby Football Union was formed in 1926 and a national team played its first overseas matches on a tour to Canada in 1930.In modern history, the Japanese team have been ever-present at the Rugby World Cup since the first edition in 1987, where they narrowly lost to the United States before suffering a 60-7 hammering at the hands of England.The World Cup has seen extreme highs and lows for Japan, from a record 145-17 loss to the All Blacks in 1995 to the competition’s greatest ever upset when the “Brave Blossoms” beat the mighty Springboks 34-32 in 2015 — dubbed the “Miracle of Brighton.”Organisers hope hosting this year’s competition will accelerate the development of rugby in Japan and Asia more widely, but low attendances for club rugby and the ejection of the Tokyo-based Sunwolves from Super Rugby have raised doubts.And what of rugby now at the Yokohama club, where it all began?“The status today is not so healthy,” sighs Galbraith speaking to AFP at the club, which proudly displays Japan’s oldest rugby trophy and numerous team photos on its wood-panelled walls.A dearth of members from traditional rugby-playing nations has hit the club hard, he says. “It’s more difficult to put out a 15-a-side team to play rugby.”Share on: WhatsApp The Yokohama Club is one of the world’s oldest rugby clubsYokohama, Japan | AFP | When 70,000 fans cram into Japan’s Yokohama stadium for the Rugby World Cup final, few will be aware of the area’s rich rugby history which stretches back more than 150 years and includes one of the world’s oldest clubs.It all started in the early 1860s when Britain sent troops to Yokohama to protect its subjects after samurai warriors slashed to death a British trader — and some of their 19th century officers turned out to be rugby fans.According to historian Mike Galbraith, who has extensively studied Japanese rugby’s early history, the first mention of the game being played dates to 1863, only 40 years after Rugby School student William Webb Ellis famously “took the ball in his arms and ran with it”, giving birth to the sport.As military tensions eased, the bored officers — many of them from British public schools like Rugby — took to the oval ball to pass the time.“They started playing every afternoon because the troubles subsided and so they didn’t really have anything to do. In December 1864, there’s evidence they were playing every afternoon with a few of the civilians,” Galbraith told AFP.Two years later, in 1866, more than 40 of these early rugby players banded together to found the Yokohama Foot Ball Club. A Japanese newspaper report from January 26, 1866, records the official establishment.“As we happen to have two or three Rugby and Winchester men in the Community, we may be certain that we shall have really good scientific play,” said an editorial in the Japan Times.This evidence leads Galbraith to claim that Yokohama may be one of the world’s first “Open” clubs — meaning that unlike a university or school, anyone can join.“The Yokohama Country and Athletic Club appears at present to be the oldest open club in the world with contemporaneous documentary evidence of its founding,” he said.– ‘Very unique’ –There are rugby clubs that are older, acknowledges Galbraith, but they lack such strong evidence describing their creation.“In the case of the Yokohama Foot Ball Club, there is a newspaper printed that very day describing what time it was and who the key people were and what the motions were. That’s very unique,” he said.The game then was very different to the fast-flowing sport played by professional athletes on display during the Rugby World Cup, which culminates on November 2 in Yokohama.last_img read more