Annual Holy Half Marathon raises money for Direct Relief

first_imgKat Robinson | The Observer This year’s Holy Half Marathon and 10k races saw over 1600 participants. The event raised money for Direct Relief, an organization serving those impacted by natural disasters.This year, the proceeds from the registration fees are going to Direct Relief, which is helping those affected by recent natural disasters.“This year, in light of all the natural disasters that have been in Houston, Puerto Rico, Florida — we decided to give back to a natural disaster relief charity,” Lyons said.Lyons said the Holy Half started 14 years ago to raise money for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.“This year we thought it would be cool to go back to the roots of the race,” she said.One of the best parts of the race is the mix of people who run, Lyons said.“We definitely have people who are really serious about running and running it for time and that’s so great to see to give them a place to do that, but then we also have so many first-time runners,” she said. “ … The community element is really great.”Flannan Hehir, a senior and the winner of this year’s half marathon, said the cause is one of the reasons he runs.“The cause is such a great thing,” he said. “I think so many of your peers are out there supporting you and you’re supporting them, so it’s kind of a mutual relationship where people benefit a lot. … It’s always a cool race.”Daniel Duran, a senior who ran the 10k, said the cause and the motivation to workout were reasons he ran.“You give money to a good cause, and working out is always good for you,” he said. “It gives you a good excuse to get in shape again.”To organize the race, Lyons said the club of just over 10 members has to handle a variety of tasks ranging from obtaining sponsors, overseeing registration, printing t-shirts and medals and coordinating the course logistics.“Every part of the year we’re doing something different,” she said. “In the beginning of the year it’s a lot about contacting charities and sponsors and trying to get that squared away, and then we have to handle everyone’s registration and make sure that gets publicized. In the spring, it’s a lot of planning the logistics of the course and coordinating all the deliveries and making sure everything is squared away.”Not all clubs on campus necessarily allow students to organize an event from start to finish, which is one of the things sophomore Abby Smith, secretary of the Holy Half club and race director, said she likes about the Holy Half.“We never really stop planning it,” she said. “ … It’s also a lot of cross-communication. You’re not just planning something with one person. You have to talk to four or five different people from different areas of the University that make sure things get done.”Senior Katie Lee, the vice president of the club and a race director, said seeing the end of the race makes the work worth it.“It’s a lot of hard work, but it’s really rewarding to see everyone finishing and have everyone’s friends and families cheering them on,” she said. “We get a lot of good feedback, so getting that makes it worth it.”The club members rely on the help of volunteers, especially at the water stations. Some of the water stations are manned by dorms on campus, such as the Flaherty water station.“We have a lot of girls in Flaherty who run the Holy Half, so it’s fun to support them,” Emma Gentine, a junior who was working the station, said. “ … All the runners are very appreciative of everyone who volunteers, and you can make it a lot of fun just screaming and cheering for people, so it’s definitely worth it.”Hannah Morris, a sophomore in Flaherty who also worked the station, said holding out water is something easy to do for those running 13.1 miles.“People are always very friendly and seeing their smiling faces as they grab a cup of water is a pretty nice moment,” she said.Tags: 10k, Direct Relief, half marathon, Holy Half, Holy Half Marathon Over 1600 runners participated in this year’s Holy Half Marathon and 10k races, which were held Saturday. Senior Anna Lyons, the president of the Holy Half club and one of the race directors, said 300 people participated in the 10k and 1300 runners participated in the half marathon. Lyons said an additional 500 runners were on this year’s wait list.“It’s such a great tradition,” she said. “People get so excited about it. We have alumni come in, families come in to watch their kids run or run with them. The students train really hard for it. … All the money goes to charity, so it’s for a really great cause.”last_img read more

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High prices

first_imgCotton prices right now are the highest in history. Prices for other Georgia-grown row crops are riding high, too. And the ride could last well into next year, say University of Georgia farm economists.Cotton prices for the 2010 crop are currently around $1.20 per pound, the highest ever in 134 years of records, said Don Shurley, a UGA Cooperative Extension cotton economist.Commodity economics can be complicated. But the simple reasons why cotton prices skyrocketed are because:World cotton acreage decreased over the last three years, reducing production.There is uncertainty in the status of the 2010 crops in China, India and Pakistan.Economic recovery has increased global demand for cotton-made items. “The demand side is growing very well, and the supply side has yet to catch up with it. So, that really set the stage for higher prices, the supply-and-demand situation that has developed over the last several years,” Shurley said.Cotton harvest started a few weeks ago in Georgia and will end later this fall. But most farmers won’t get the record prices for this year’s crop, he said. Current prices are what farmers could get if they sold their cotton now. Farmers typically contract cotton in the winter or spring before the crop is planted. At that time this year, prices were 40 cents to 45 cents per pound lower than they are now.“We can talk about a $1 (per pound) cotton, but it’s a moot point really as far as most producers are concerned because they’ve already sold their crop,” he said.Cotton prices will likely go down for next year’s crop. But a pound of cotton should still sell for 85 cents to 90 cents, he said. These are still good prices.Farmers are harvesting soybeans and peanuts now, too. Corn harvest ended during summer. Prices for these other major Georgia commodities are looking good next year. Such an across-the-board outlook is rare, said Nathan Smith, a UGA Extension agricultural economist.Georgia and other southeastern farmers can produce a wide range of crops, unlike Midwest farmers who typically grow only one or two crops in a year. Georgia farmers can decide more freely what and how much they plant, he said.“This year is looking at competition between the major crops grown in Georgia, in terms of peanuts, corn, soybean and cotton, where all the prices are going to be higher than they’ve been in the last two seasons,” Smith said. Peanuts prices next year may reach $500 per ton, $50 more per ton than this year. Corn could jump as high as $5.25 a bushel, $1 per bushel more than this year. Soybeans could reach $11 per bushel, $2 per bushel more than this year, he said.Though prices next year look good, the cost to make the crops doesn’t, Smith said. Energy prices will climb. Seed costs will be higher. Fertilizer will be 10 percent to 15 percent higher next year, too. And weather, as is always the case, must cooperate to make a crop.last_img read more

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Mesut Ozil plotting to out-last Unai Emery at Arsenal

first_img Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 26 Oct 2019 12:38 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link10kShares Comment The German was again left out of the Arsenal squad on Thursday evening (Picture: Getty)Mesut Ozil is ready to try and wait out his Arsenal exile rather than seek a transfer away, with the German reportedly of the belief that he can out-last Unai Emery at the club.The World Cup winner has only made one appearance this season, in a 2-2 draw against Watford, and has been left out of Arsenal’s last five matchday squads entirely.It has been suggested that Emery has been unimpressed by Ozil’s work rate and performance level in training, though the Spanish coach has so far opted not to explain his decision. Ozil only has two appearances in all competitions for Arsenal this season (Picture: Getty)Asked if he would be leaving Arsenal, Ozil told The Athletic earlier this month: ‘No. I have a contract until the summer of 2021 and I will be staying until then.‘When I signed the new deal, I thought about it very carefully and said it was one of the most important decisions of my footballing career. I didn’t want to stay for just one or two more years, I wanted to commit my future to Arsenal and the club wanted me to do the same.‘You can go through difficult times, like this, but that is no reason to run away and I’m not going to. I’m here until at least 2021.’MORE: Mesut Ozil sends message to Arsenal fans after latest Unai Emery snubMore: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisementcenter_img Mesut Ozil ready to snub transfer and try to out-last Unai Emery at Arsenal Things looked a little tense between Emery and Ozil in training this week (Picture: Getty)Asked by Sky Sports why he is not selecting Ozil, Emery responded bluntly: ‘I think this is not the moment to speak about him.’AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTWith Ozil out of the squad, Arsenal have struggled to create chances and look blunt in attack, with a string of poor displays creating huge question marks over Emery’s future.And according to Bleacher Report, Ozil is prepared to ‘bide his time’ and see whether Emery looks likely to be given a third season at the Emirates before making a decision on his own future.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityOzil is said to be ‘perplexed’ at the way he has been frozen out and there is a suggestion that the Gunners are trying to force out their highest earner, but he feels there is a chance Emery will be gone before he is.The 31-year-old, who takes home around £350,000-a-week, is still enjoying playing for Arsenal and recognises that there are few options available to him should he look to leave. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Masks meant for Miami-Dade firefighters confiscated by feds

first_imgThe director of emergency management for Miami-Dade County announced that a shipment of 1 million face masks en route to South Florida for firefighters were confiscated last week by the federal government.Frank Rollason told WLRN on Wednesday that the masks were for firefighters who planned to begin at-home new coronavirus testing for homebound Miami-Dade residents who can’t make it to drive-thru testing sites.The reason they have been confiscated by the feds is because officials say bringing too much personal protective equipment into coronavirus hotspots can have the “unintended consequence” of disruption supply chains deliveries to other ares of the country, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.Officials must order in masks in smaller quantities.Miami-Dade County currently has the largest number of confirmed cases in Florida, with almost 10,300 as of Thursday morning.last_img read more

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US could ban laptops on all flights to the US

first_imgTravellers in the US likely face additional delays and tighter scrutiny checks of hand luggage regardless of whether the Department of Homeland Security extends its controversial laptop ban to all flights into the US.The proposed US laptop ban was back in the spotlight over the weekend after DHS boss John Kelly told Fox News on Sunday that he could extend to all flights in and out of the US the ban preventing passengers from taking laptops and other large electronic devices into aircraft cabins.A ban has already been in place since March on direct flights from 10  Middle Eastern and North African destinations and the US recently caused a furore when it suggested the ban could be extended to Europe.Talks have since been underway between US and European officials without any news of a resolution.The DHS had previously played down suggestions of a global ban but Kelly reignited the issue Sunday when he told Fox News that this was a possibility.Asked if was going to ban laptops from the cabins of all international flights both “into and out of the US”, Kelly said; “I might’’.“There’s a real threat … there are numerous threats against aviation,’’ he said. “That’s really the thing they’re obsessed with, the terrorists, the idea of knocking down an airplane in flight, particularly if its US carrier, particularly if it’s full of mostly US folks.’’On the question of when a decision might be made, Kelly said the DHS was still “flowing the intelligence”.“The very, very good news again is that we are working incredibly close with friends and partners around the world … and in the process of defining this we’re going to raise the bar generally speaking for aviation security much higher than it is now.’’“And there (are) new technologies down the road that we’ll rely on but it is a real, sophisticated threat and I’ll reserve that decision until we see where it’s going.’’The US Transportation Security Administration is testing tighter security requirements that require people bringing carry-on baggage to unpack it and separate out items such as food, paper and electronics.Pointing to airline policies to generate more revenue by charging people for checked baggage, Kelly said people trying to avoid fees to check bags were stuffing their carry-on bags to point where they could not get any more in.This meant that TSA personnel were unable to tell what was in the bags.Asked whether the tougher checks would be expanded nationwide, Kelly said: “We might and likely will.“What we’re doing now is working out the tactics, techniques and procedures if you will in a few airports to find out exactly how to do that with the least amount of inconvenience the traveller.’’last_img read more

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DTI: first stop for exporters

first_imgThe DTI is positioned as the essential point of contact for anyone involved in trade and investment in South Africa.The export process is sector-specific, and sector strategies offer the framework within which exports are encouraged and incentivised. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterThe main government body tasked with assisting exporters is the Department of Trade and industry (DTI).As a crucial enabler of South Africa’s economic strategy in providing an environment that is conducive to investment, trade and enterprise development, the DTI enjoys direct access at the highest levels to South African business sectors and trading partners. The DTI is positioned as the essential point of contact for anyone involved in trade and investment in South Africa.The DTI works to build equitable and strong trade links with key economies, with a special focus on supporting African regional economic integration and co- operation. South Africa has trading relationships with more than 200 countries and territories.Visit the DTI’s website for the latest information on trade agreements: www.dti.gov.zaSector specificThe export process is sector-specific, and sector strategies offer the framework within which exports are encouraged and incentivised. The DTI focuses on promoting sectors of the economy that have shown the greatest growth potential and marketability.The DTI’s sector specialists have a clear understanding of, and access to, the various industries, and are able to provide advice on all current export processes and procedures.Enquiries are channelled through the DTI Customer Care Centre on:0861 843 384 (local callers)+27 (12) 394 9500 (international callers)OpportunitiesIn partnership with Provincial Investment Promotion Agencies (PIPAs), the DTI promotes investment and export activities in targeted markets. It has teams operating from regional offices around the world providing market intelligence and identifying opportunities for South African companies, as well as sector specialists offering advice on export processes and procedures.Visit the DTI’s website for the PIPA director as well as information on export opportunities: www.dti.gov.zaExport councilsExport-oriented companies have, in partnership with the DTI, organised themselves into so-called Export Councils, which target specific markets. These assist exporters in reaching their targets, and specifically enable small businesses in any sector to access DTI support structures.Read more: South African export councilsIncentivesThe DTI also provides incentives to exporters – with a special focus on small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) and black economic empowerment (BEE) exporters – through the Export Marketing and Investment Assistance (EMIA) scheme.Read more: Incentives for exportersExport adviceThe International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) is responsible for import and export controls and for the issuing of permits. It can also advise you on trade regulations.Website: www.itac.org.zaThe DTI’s website also carries information on learning to export, including how to do an export readiness assessment, export order case studies, and the the four-step export order process.To register as an exporter, you need to contact the South African Revenue Service. SARS also has up to date information on export tariffs.Website: www.sars.gov.zaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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People with more than two children should not be given voting rights, govt benefits: Ramdev

first_imgYoga guru Baba Ramdev on January 23 called to revoke government benefits to those people who bear more than two children, and that such people should not be eligible to even vote. “Those who have more than 2 children, their voting rights should be taken away & they shouldn’t be allowed to contest elections. Don’t let them use govt schools, hospitals, & don’t give them govt jobs. Population will be controlled automatically,” said Ramdev.last_img

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