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ND kicks off 2014 season with changes

first_imgNotre Dame students began this year’s football season with ponchos and umbrellas, cheering the Irish to victory in the face of stormy weather and recent game-day changes made by the University.This weekend, Notre Dame not only debuted uniforms from Under Armour and a new turf field, but also instituted a system which allows students to forgo the traditional ticket booklet in favor of electronic tickets on their smartphones.Emily McConville Freshman Enrique Pajuelo said he appreciated the convenience of the “etickets,” even though the new procedure was not completely foolproof.“I’ve been told by sophomores that [in the past] you had to carry all the tickets with you all the time, so with the phone it was easier, but the main problem was that almost all iPhones run out of battery really fast,” he said.Although she agreed the electronic tickets were convenient, senior Annie Plachta said she was disappointed that she would now be unable to have a booklet as a reminder of her last football season at Notre Dame.“I have three ticket booklets from freshman, sophomore and junior year, so I kind of wanted the fourth one to complete the four years,” Plachta said. “It’s kind of sad to have the eticket instead of the booklet.”The new Under Armour uniforms, on the other hand, were a good change, junior football captain and defensive lineman Sheldon Day said.“[The new uniforms were] excellent, especially with the nice, tight fit around the body. You’re just feeling good,” he said.The changes made to the uniforms were not obvious from the student section, however, junior Abbey Dankoff said.“I don’t think there’s that much difference,” she said. “If there was, you couldn’t tell. I’m pretty pumped about the Shamrock Series uniforms though. I think Under Armour has taken the design to a new level.”While the switch to Under Armour is not necessarily apparent from the student section, it is very clear while shopping at the bookstore, Plachta said.“What’s in the bookstore this year is so much better than what they’ve had in the past,” she said. “I don’t remember Adidas having anything cool like [what they have now], especially for women. The women’s stuff tends to be subpar to the men’s, and I thought Under Armour did a really good job.”As for field changes, Day said the new turf made play easier.“Definitely, feeling faster, quicker, more explosive is a good feeling,” he said.Freshman Ivan Carballude said it was unfortunate that Notre Dame had to give up the traditional grass.“I liked having the grass,” he said. “We have such an old stadium, and it’s so traditional … having the grass, and being one of the last teams to have grass was really nice.”Dankoff, though, said the switch to turf was long overdue.“I think that it just allows for a better-played game,” she said. “The athletes don’t have to worry about slipping in mud, don’t have to worry about puddles on the field. … It’s kind of ridiculous. We were one of the only teams to still have grass, and it’s just the way the game is evolving. It’s not that it takes away from the tradition of the stadium.”Junior Megan McCuen echoed the thoughts of many students regarding the new turf and game-day changes in general.“I thought it would look worse with the turf instead of the grass since grass is such a tradition, and it’s so natural — a Notre Dame kind of thing,” she said. “But I guess it proved that even though there are changes, change can be good.”Tags: 2014, Changes, etickets, football, Under Armourlast_img read more

Ideal mix of old and new in this stylish Stafford Queenslander

first_img6 Waroon Street Stafford Floor planHe said the home would be ideal for a young family due to its size and its ideal location in Stafford.“It is in a very quiet street, Waroon sits pretty high and away from the main streets,” he said. The home is on the market now. The spiral staircase connects the downstairs and upstairs.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoThe covered timber deck has views that stretch out all the way to Brisbane’s CBD.“The view is beautiful, there is no one behind us and you can see the city,” Mr Mackay said. Three of the home’s four bedrooms are on the top storey, which also includes the kitchen.A spiral staircase leads to the downstairs, which has its own living space and another bedroom. The pot belly oven is a unique way to warm the home.Although it looks like the classic Queenslander on the outside, a renovation had given it a unique sense of style that was clear as soon as he walked in. “The previous owners had done a renovation and what really stood out was the deck area,” Mr Mackay said. 6 Waroon Street StaffordTHINGS are a little bit different in this Stafford home.Current owner Sam Mackay was looking for homes when they came across the charming post-war home at 6 Waroon St a couple of years ago. Soft colours complete the contemporary look of this home.“The upstairs and downstairs are a bit different,” Mr Mackay said. “It is almost like a contemporary Queenslander mixed with inner city style.”A vintage pot belly oven is a noticeable addition to the downstairs living area, which Mr Mackay said was another interesting thing the previous owners did with the home.The home sits on a 577sq m block and has a double carport, airconditioning and gas cooking.After a few years living in Sydney, Mr Mackay has returned to Brisbane and decided to put the home on the market and move to Camp Hill.last_img read more

Throwdown Esports Rocket League prize pool is the biggest to date

first_imgThrowdown Esports has confirmed that its next season of Rocket League will see a AUD $100,000 (~£56,000) prize pool – the largest seen in Australia to date.After a successful 2017, Throwdown Esports, in partnership with Psyonix will be rolling out the “largest regional program for Rocket Leauge in 2018”. The action will get underway at the start of next month when the “OCE Open Series” gets underway in which eight semi-pro and pro teams battle it out for their share of $15,000. The OCE Championship will begin on 4th March with the top two qualifying teams going on to represent Oceania at the Rocket League World Championship in the US, and participate in the massive US$500,000 prize pool tournament – the flagship of Rocket League competition. “The Oceania region has seen substantial growth in 2017…” says Isaac Husain, Throwdown Esports’ Senior Product Manager “and we are looking to take that to the next level in 2018 with our three leagues by focusing on establishing the biggest grass roots program in the region and providing players with a pathway to the world stage.”Last year Throwdown Esports and Rocket League in Oceania achieved with over one million views on Twitch and has garnered support across previous seasons from the likes of St George Bank and McDonald’s.Views for Rocket League in 2017 topped 1.29m – the Season 4 finals culminated at PAX Melbourne with 2,500 live attendees. Chief Esport club took home the OCE title booking their place at RLCS World Championship in the process.Esports Insider says: Love a bit of Rocket League and it’s great to see that Throwdown are making it work. The scene is clearly growing and they’re supporting it throughout. Ultimately, the goal for any Rocket League player is the RLCS and this provides OCE players with a great opportunity.last_img read more


first_imgA Donegal petrol station has been ordered to close for 24 hours in November after the owner’s conviction for selling marked mineral oil.McD Fuels in Burnfoot has been told to stop trading for one day, on November 10th, next. Owner Damian McDaid was also fined €3,500 after he appeared at Buncrana District Court.Revenue officer Bernadette Murray told the hearing she stopped a woman driving a 4×4 at Ballyderowen, Burnfoot on April 7 last year.The vehicle’s tank was dipped and it tested positive for marked mineral oil, namely a blue dye.The woman said she had just filled her vehicle at McD Fuels, known locally as McDaid’s.DONEGAL PETROL STATION DONE FOR SELLING DODGY FUEL was last modified: September 10th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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)last_img read more


first_imgThe damage at Glencolmcille GAA Club. Pix: NorthWestNewsPixSTORM WARNING: THE roof of a local GAA club has been damaged in high winds – with a warning that 110kn/hr winds overnight and into Tuesday will cause even more damage across Donegal.With trees in full bloom, more damage is expected. Met Eireann has issued a yellow status alert for high winds.An investigation has been launched after a large marquee blew away in Glencolmcille and caused considerable damage to the club house. The incident happened earlier this afternoon but thankfully nobody was hurt.Eye-witnesses said the marquee caused damage to several cars and also damaged the roof.The eye witness said: “It’s fortunate that nobody was hurt. It was quite a large marquee and all of a sudden it took off.”A number of tiles have been ripped away from the club house, the focus of the local community. A full inspection of the damage won’t take place until later on Tuesday once the storm has passed. DONEGAL STORM WARNING AS GAA CLUBHOUSE DAMAGED BY BLOW-AWAY MARQUEE was last modified: August 4th, 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:ClubdamageGAAGlencolmcillestormlast_img read more