The time for training season has officially begun for people running in the Holy Half Marathon this year. The Student Union Board (SUB) has opened registration for the ninth annual half marathon that will take participants on a scenic route through Notre Dame’s campus March 23. “The Holy Half is one of the biggest student-run events on campus and has quickly become a Notre Dame tradition,” Maria Murphy, an SUB representative, said. Murphy, who is also a Holy Half programmer this year, said the best part of the Holy Half is that runners not only get to train and compete in a 13.1 mile race, but also get to make a difference in the South Bend community on behalf of the University. “All proceeds from the race go to the Women’s Care Center (WCC) and the Family Justice Center of St. Joseph County,” Murphy said. “Our goal this year is to raise $40,000 for these awesome organizations.” This year the Holy Half will include a new course for runners, Murphy said. She said the event will also feature Mike Collins, the voice of Notre Dame Stadium, as the emcee. “Runners will get a 2013 Holy Half t-shirt and a bunch of other free goodies from our sponsors,” Murphy said. “All volunteers will get lots of food and our undying thanks.” Sponsors for the 2013 Holy Half include GU Energy, Blistex, Jimmy Johns, Dunkin’ Donuts, Harper Cancer Research Institute, Hagerty, Zone Perfect and ABRO Industries, Murphy said. For those runners who aren’t prepared to run 13.1 miles, there is also a 10k race option that will take place 15 minutes after the half marathon begins. Murphy said there is a capacity for 1,300 runners. For students who aren’t runners but still want to get involved, there are plenty of spots open for student volunteers to help set up the race, run water stations and cheer on runners. “By volunteering I gained so much respect for people who were able to run that long,” Ann Kebede, a 2012 volunteer for the event, said. “It was especially cool to watch the girls who kept such a fast pace. I also liked seeing people I knew run past while I cheered them on.” Kebede said volunteering was a great way to get involved in the event because she knew she wouldn’t want to participate as a runner. “A lot of what I did was cheer people on and give them motivation to keep going,” Kebede said. The Holy Half is a great way for Notre Dame and the surrounding community to be able to physically participate in the athletic culture of the school, she said. “It is an athletic event that the whole campus can do, as well as the outside community,” Kebede said. “Since athletics is such a big part of Notre Dame, this is a great thing that is open to everyone and gives people the opportunity to be active for a day.” Murphy said SUB has given the Holy Half a lot of freedom this year. She added that SUB plans to make the race fun for all and, most importantly, raise money for WCC and the Family Center of Saint Joseph’s County. “We are so happy with how the race is coming together and cannot wait for March 23,” Murphy said. The deadline for registration is on March 14.
Goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey returns to the post for Ghana in their pre-Africa Cup of Nations friendly against Tunisia in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.Kick off it at 16:30 GMT (4:30pm local time)The goalkeeper is one of the eight changes made by Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah to his previous starting line-up that defeated Egypt 3-0 on Thursday in their first warm-up match.Isaac Vorsah and Jonathan Mensah are paired in central defence as John Paintsil slots in at right-back with Kwadwo Asamoah retaining his place at the left-back position.Derek Boateng will partner Rabiu Mohammed in midfield with Solomon Asante and Christian Atsu starting on the wings.Mubarak Wakaso starts again for the Black Stars and he will play behind striker Richmond Boakye Yiadom The match against the Carthage Eagles is the last before the team heads for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations finals in South Africa.Starting line-up:Adam Kwarasey, John Paintsil, Kwadwo Asamoah, Isaac Vorsah, Jonathan Mensah, Derek Boateng, Solomon Asante, Rabiu Mohammed, Richmond Boakye Yiadom, Mubarak Wakaso, Christian Atsu.
Editor’s note: The following was a letter that was sent out to the members of Sumner-Cowley Electric Cooperative from Clete Rains, CEO. We have decided to reprint it here.Lately there has been a lot of information in the news concerning the electric rate increase recently implemented by the City of Wellington.Â The purpose of this article is to clarify some of the information, much of which is incorrect and incomplete, that has made it into the public conversation where a comparison of the cityâ€™s rates is being made to our rates.I want to assure our members that at this time we have no plans to increase our electric rates at Sumner-Cowley Electric.Â The most recent increase in the kWh rate came in 1995. In 2004, we did increase the facilities charge from $12 per month to $18.75 per month and, in 2008, implemented the Energy Cost Adjustment (ECA).Â Prior to implementation of the ECA in 2008 we did have a fuel adjustment charge which was discontinued in the late 1990s after the kWh increase was implemented.The City of Wellington is increasing their meter charge (which Sumner-Cowley identifies as a facilities charge on our billing) from $10 to $17.50 per month for a standard residential account.Â Our facilities charge for this same classification is $18.75 per month.Â The city is increasing their electric kWh rate to 5.8 cents per kWh.Â Sumner-Cowleyâ€™s rate is 10.737 cents per kWh.Â Both the City and Sumner-Cowley have a monthly ECA which is added to the kWh rate.The Cityâ€™s ECA can vary significantly from month-to-month and has averaged somewhere around 7 cents per kWh, but has been as high as 9 cents per kWh.Â Sumner-Cowley uses a rolling 12 month average ECA to level out the monthly variances which results in an average of approximately 3 to 4 cents per kWh.Â Each month I compare the Cityâ€™s electric bill to Sumner-Cowleyâ€™s and Sumner-Cowley is generally higher with a range of approximately $4 to as much as $25.00 per month depending on the time of year.Â With the City of Wellingtonâ€™s new rates the variance between their rate and Sumner-Cowleyâ€™s will become much smaller and, at times, Sumner- Cowleyâ€™s may be lower when viewed in comparison.I want to point out that when these types of comparisons are made you need to be aware that there are significant differences between a municipal electric system, such as the City of Wellington, and a rural electric cooperative.Â Although we are both not-for-profit public power utilities, our electric systems are very different and that affects how rates are developed.Â One difference is the fact that Sumner-Cowley returns our membersâ€™ investment in the utility by way of capital credits or patronage capital.Â What this means is that all the financial resources that exceed the total actual costs of operating the cooperative are returned to our members.This is done initially by allocating these funds to those members that contributed to the operation of the cooperative through their electric rates.Â We then return the funds to the members through a process called retirement which is accomplished either by check or billing credits which lower your electric bill for the month the retirement takes place.Â The City does not have such a process and instead uses the excess revenue to fund other areas of the City government.Â If you consider the application of the patronage capital, when compared to the Cityâ€™s billing, your electric bills are very close to or lower than the Cityâ€™s overall billing.Â For example, in 2014 we returned over $300,000 in patronage capital to our members plus an additional $567,815 in credits we received from our power supplier totaling over $867,815 returned to our members through bill credits or checks.Another consideration is the size and scope of our electric systems.Â The two entities serve approximately the same number of meters, however Sumner-Cowley has approximately 2,000 miles of distribution power lines, 43 miles of transmission lines, 17 miles of underground power lines, 12 substations and two distribution delivery points we own and operate within a 2,400 square mile area.Â The City, in comparison, has approximately 150 miles of distribution lines which includes about 100 miles of power lines outside the City Limits, three miles of transmission, two power plants (which are rarely used) and one substation located at the main power plant.Â Sumner-Cowley owns one power plant which is a one megawatt peak shaving generator used to lower our peak demand and will save us over $100,000 per year in purchased power costs, a direct benefit to our members.We have a density ratio (a calculation of number of meters served per mile of distribution power lines) of about 2.25 meters per mile whereas the City has approximately 29 meters per mile of power lines.Â What this ratio illustrates is that the City derives revenue from 29 meters for every mile of power line while Sumner-Cowley receives revenue from 2 meters per mile.Â We both pay approximately the same cost to build the line but our expense for maintaining and operating our system is higher and we receive less revenue.One such expense we have within our operating costs is the taxes we pay.Â We pay all applicable taxes except income taxes because we are a not-for-profit cooperative.Â The City is exempt from taxes since they are considered a government entity and actually impose taxes upon Sumner-Cowley Electric.Â We pay over $400,000 per year in property taxes of which over $250,000 goes to Sumner County and $60,000 to the City of Wellington.Â This amounts to approximately 1 cent per kWh we have to include in our rate just to pay our taxes.While these are just a few of the differences between Sumner-Cowley Electric and the City of Wellington, and there are many more, they provide insight into how it is unfair to make a rate comparison between Sumner-Cowley Electric and the City, though Sumner-Cowleyâ€™s basic rate is still very comparable to the Cityâ€™s and will be much more so once they implement their new rate structures.Â Simply looking at the basic electric rate without offering consideration to certain factors provides an incomplete perspective which misrepresents Sumner-Cowley Electric Cooperative.Follow us on Twitter. 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Thank you for your input. +5 Vote up Vote down Doug · 251 weeks ago I have been a member of REC for 30 + years and have always commented we had the highest price electricity around. I think this is an excellent article and it shows that indeed, REC is and will be higher than city of Wellington power rates. The city is just trying to play catch up so they can afford to keep up the system they have. True enough, REC hasn’t raised the per kilowatt rate but they have added and raised other charges. Bottom line….. the cost to the consumer has gone up since 1995. Report Reply 5 replies · active 251 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Jim · 251 weeks ago Doug, you are correct this is an excellent article, which also explains why REA electricity will always cost more, but it is worth it comparison to the alternative…. No electricity. The cities are not willing to make the investment like a Cooperative in bringing power to rural farms. Report Reply +9 Vote up Vote down Anne · 251 weeks ago The only charge that has been added my bills at REC is the PCA. ALL utilities have added this to their bills. Bottom line….what is something that you can name that hasn’t gone up in cost in the last 20 years. Groceries, gas, clothing, housing have all increased. Report Reply +4 Vote up Vote down Cletas Rains · 251 weeks ago Doug, as I stated in my article, S.C.E. did raise the monthly minimum from $12.00 to $18.75 for residential accounts in 2004. In 2008, we re-implemented the ECA, which we had discontinued in 1995 when we last raised the kWh rate. These are the only changes in our rates that have occurred since the kWh increase in 1995. I compare my City electric bill every month with S.C.E.’s and when I applied the City’s new rate to my August billing, the difference was $7.78 for the month. I agree this is still $7.78 higher than it would be under the City’s new rate, but remember, we pay property taxes and the City does not. If we were under the same rules as the City, the $7.78 higher variance would actually be approximately $11.00 lower in comparison to the City’s billing resulting in a $4.00 lower billing under S.C.E.’s rates. In addition, as I understand the City’s new rate structure, there will be an automatic 2.25% increase every year for the next four years. I cannot say with all certainty that S.C.E. will not raise rates over the next four years, but we currently have no plans to do so and this will definitely close the gap between the City and S.C.E. Report Reply +2 Vote up Vote down Doug · 251 weeks ago Cletas, understood. The majority of my point was that consumers of electricity on the city of Wellington grid should not be overly upset. They will still be consuming less expensive power. Thanks for such good service by REC and for your personal leadership Report Reply +1 Vote up Vote down Cletas Rains · 251 weeks ago Thank you Doug. Having members like you is what makes my job enjoyable. Report Reply +7 Vote up Vote down Ray · 251 weeks ago Once again when we had a utilities director opening why did we not seek someone with the knowledge of Mr. Rains instead of promoting a former fireman with limited I.T. skills to Utility Director. In times of increased rates would it not be prudent to have a person with expertise running these departments. Just asking how the city doesn’t even advertise a position and expect to get the best. Report Reply 0 replies · active 251 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! 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