Students travel to Mardi Gras

first_imgMardi Gras is traditionally celebrated the Tuesday before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. However, some Notre Dame students celebrated early by traveling to New Orleans last weekend to participate in the festivities.“Something that many people don’t realize is that Mardi Gras Day actually marks the end of weeks of celebration. The season officially starts on Jan. 6, ‘The Feast of the Epiphany,’” Elizabeth Owers, a senior from New Orleans, said. “The timing can vary depending on the length of the season, but generally the balls will be held during January, and most parades happen the two weeks before Mardi Gras.”Mariana Tumminello, a freshman from New Orleans, returned to New Orleans a few weekends ago for the ball of the Krewe of Janus. She said a krewe is an organization that puts on a ball and/or parade for the carnival season. Tumminello was Queen of the Ball, a position that she was put up for when she was five years old, she said.“This year, three of my friends from New Orleans came home for the ball with me. One of them, Courtney Denault, was a maid in my court. I also was able to bring four friends [from Notre Dame] back with me so they could come to the ball and experience a little bit of Mardi Gras,” Tumminello said.Tumminello said her favorite traditions included king cake, parades and watching the tourists.“Every year my entire family comes in town and we stay at a hotel downtown so we can go walk around the French Quarter and all be together, while my dad and my uncles ride in a parade called Hermes,” Tumminello said.Although Tumminello and Owers were not able to return home for the actual holiday of Mardi Gras, Tumminello said she plans to wear her purple, green and gold shirt and beads on Tuesday to connect with the celebration at home.“When you are not in New Orleans, it is very different. Tourists think Mardi Gras is a crazy drunk party … but it’s actually a very family-oriented event,” she said. “I’ve grown up going to parades with family, going to Mardi Gras parties with friends and just enjoying one of the most exciting times in my hometown.”Owers also said Mardi Gras is misrepresented as a holiday.“The images of drunken debauchery on Bourbon Street are not at all representative of most parades – they’re loud and crowded, but they’re a lot of fun and many areas are family friendly,” she said. “I loved being able to march and dance down the parade route, see my friends and family, and be part of such a unique tradition.“At its core, Mardi Gras is a community event that brings people together and allows them to spend a few days just celebrating life.” Tags: Mardi Gras, New Orleanslast_img read more


Ministry converts Wisma Atlet Kemayoran into emergency COVID-19 hospital

first_imgThe Public Works and Public Housing Ministry is preparing to turn Wisma Atlet Kemayoran, a former athletes village in Central Jakarta, into an emergency hospital to treat people with COVID-19, according to an official.Wisma Atlet was used in the 2018 Asian Games, which was cohosted by Jakarta and Palembang, South Sumatra.  The sixth and seventh towers, each also providing 650 residential units with a capacity of 1,750 people, will house on-duty health workers and the COVID-19 Task Force, respectively.”We are seeking to complete the COVID-19 Emergency Hospital in the next four days,” the ministry’s housing procurement director general, Khalawi Abdul Hamid, said in a statement released on Thursday. “It’s expected to start operating on Monday.”COVID-19 was first detected in December 2019 in Wuhan, China, and has since spread to the rest of the world, including Indonesia, with confirmed cases mainly found in Jakarta. Out of the 309 confirmed cases nationwide, 210 are in the capital, according to the Health Ministry’s disease control and prevention director general, Achmad “Yuri” Yurianto.State-owned diversified manufacturer PT Rajawali Nusantara Indonesia, which also oversees imports of 500,000 rapid testing kits for COVID-19 from China, will be in charge of operations and maintenance of the Wisma Atlet emergency hospital.”[The use of] Wisma Atlet is still under further discussion,” Yuri, who also acts as the government’s spokesperson for COVID-19, told The Jakarta Post via text message on Thursday. (dfr) Four of its 10 towers will be converted to treat COVID-19 patients. Meanwhile, one tower, which consists of 650 residential units that can house 1,750 people, has been designated as an emergency hospital for hospice care. Another tower comprising 886 units and with a capacity of 2,458 people will support the emergency hospital, with the first floor allocated for emergency rooms, the second floor for intensive care units and the third floor for recovery rooms.The fourth to 24th floors are will used as regular hospice rooms. center_img Topics :last_img read more


UK regulators boost senior oversight teams

first_imgAt TPR, Hill will be tasked with ensuring that the regulator’s new “clearer, quicker and tougher” regulatory approach works effectively across the industry, as well as taking the lead on improving its use of data to monitor emerging risks.TPR chairman Mark Boyle said: “I am extremely pleased Jo has been appointed to this key role at TPR. Under our TPR Future programme, we have made great strides in developing and implementing a new, more proactive culture and approach to regulation and I am confident Jo will ensure our clearer, quicker and tougher strategy continues to have an impact.“The effective use of data in the early detection and mitigation of risks is crucial and through her wealth of experience and knowledge in this area, Jo will help maximise our effectiveness as we strive to make workplace pensions work for savers.”The appointment comes as TPR’s chief executive, Lesley Titcomb, prepares to step down in February after a four-year tenure.Separately, the FCA has named Sheldon Mills as its new director of competition, joining from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) where he is a senior director for mergers and state aid.Mills has worked at the CMA – previously the Office of Fair Trading – since 2010, overseeing the regulator’s approach to UK company mergers since 2014. Before joining the CMA he worked at London law firms including SJ Berwin, Jones Day and K&L Gates.He will join the FCA in November and will be responsible for promoting competition “in consumers’ interest”, the regulator said, as well as overseeing its activities to “enforce prohibitions on anti-competitive behaviour” within financial services. The UK’s Pensions Regulator (TPR) has hired an executive director of strategy and risk as it prepares to take on new powers granted by government.Jo Hill will join the regulator’s team in November from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the UK’s financial services watchdog.Hill is currently the FCA’s director of market intelligence, data and analysis. She has worked at the FCA since 2009 in a number of roles, including head of data and analysis and head of corporate strategy.She has also worked for the FCA’s predecessor, the Financial Services Authority.last_img read more


Team Civil Defence Begins Quest for 2016 Title on a Winning…

first_imgTeam Civil Defence further raised their level on the final day, winning the reverse singles, the men’s doubles and the mixed doubles to close the Tie 6-1.In Ilorin, Team Goshen playing at the Kwara State Stadium were routed by Team Lead Way from Lagos which took an unassailable 4-0 lead on Saturday and finished off with the three points on offer on Sunday.Umoru Balami of Lead Way beat Wale Babalola of Goshen 6-4, 6-2 in the opening match while Monday Igbinovia defeated Tosho Yusuf 6-2, 6-0 in the second match. Ronke Akingbade ranked No.5 followed with a a 6-0, 6-0 demolition of Rachel Adunoye in the Ladies singles.The stiffest resistance from Team Goshen came in the men’s doubles where Niyi Ibiwoye and Layi Ifarinde pushed the pair of Igbinovia and Etim Ekanem but finally succumbed 6-4, 6-4.Team Goshen and Team Hope have now lost two out of the four Ties they are expected to play in the White Group while Teams Kalotari, FCT and Civil Defence have a point each.Two ties are scheduled for this weekend in Onitsha and Port Harcourt.Team Anambra, reinforced with Clifford Enosoregbe and Michael Chima, will be hosting Team Offikwu from Kaduna which has National No. 2 Sylvester Emmanuel and women’s No. 3 Aanu Aiyegbusi, at the Onitsha Sports Club In the Blue Group.In a White Group Tie, Team Kalotari of Port Harcourt, parading Nonso Madueke, Sunday Maku and Patience Onebamhoin, will be hosting Team FCT which has former national champion Thomas Otu, Emmanuel Sunday and Osaremen Airhunwhunde in their fold at the Port Harcourt club.At the end of the round robin phase, the top two teams from each group qualify for the semifinal.The NCC Tennis League is offering a total prize money of N17 million with the winning team taking home N7 million, runner-up N5 million, third place N3 million and the fourth place N2 million.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram NCC TENNISTeam Civil Defence, runner-up in the maiden edition of the NCC Tennis League last year, have started this year’s edition on a winning note by beating Team Hope in Asaba.The star- studded Civil Defence team looked vunerable on the opening day when Team Hope’s No.1 player, Ikechukwu Iloputa upset former national champion Shehu Lawal 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 in the first men’s singles match but Babalola Abdulmumuni, also a former national champion leveled scores with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Paul Emmanuel. Christie Agugbom easily beat Abies Amadasun in the ladies singles 6-1, 3-2 rtd to give the Civil Defence a 2-1 lead.last_img read more


City will go ahead with allowing medical marijuana facilities

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Mich. — Alpena city council will proceed with allowing medical marijuana sales and facilities within city limits.A vote was taken at Monday night’s city council meeting where four voted in favor and only one against. Earlier this year, city council opposed recreational marijuana facilities and sales within city limits.Prior to Monday’s meeting, city council ordered the zoning and planning commission to look at locations where medical facilities could potentially fit. After last night’s vote, the next steps will be to draft ordinances and zoning rules for facilities. No timetable has been set for when we could see businesses begin to arrive.Catch ‘Minute with the Mayor’ this Thursday to learn more about the next steps in the process and a potential smoking/vaping ban in city parks.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, Alpena City Council, City Council, City Park, Medical Marijuana, Medical Marijuana Facilities, Medical Marijuana SalesContinue ReadingPrevious Photo of the Day for Tuesday, May 21Next Pets of the week May 21, 2019last_img read more