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.
Saying he was citing Islamic scholars, Rakhmon described fasting as harmful for “farmers, livestock breeders and those who work hard”.”I urge all those who work in the fields and produce prosperity… to reschedule the fast to another, more favorable time,” said Rakhmon. Impoverished Tajikistan is one of the handful of countries that have not reported a single case of the novel coronavirus. Another is fellow ex-Soviet state Turkmenistan. The leader of majority-Muslim Tajikistan on Thursday urged the faithful to forego fasting during Ramadan to safeguard against “infectious diseases” even as he stressed the absence of coronavirus cases in the country.In an address welcoming the Islamic holy month of fasting, President Emomali Rakhmon said it makes people “vulnerable to infection from infectious diseases” and urged farmers and manual workers to postpone the ritual.”Although this disease is not registered in our country, this does not mean that we should be careless and sit idle,” Rakhmon wrote in the address released by his office. Turkmen authorities said at a meeting of officials and donor agencies on Wednesday that the reclusive gas-rich state had sourced ventilators and test kits from abroad in preparation for potential infections.”I am very frank! If there was a single registered case of coronavirus infection in Turkmenistan, we would immediately inform the World Health Organization and the international community!” Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov told the meeting.While Tajikistan and Turkmenistan have largely Muslim populations, both countries have been cited by the US State Department as top offenders against religious freedoms.In 2018, Tajikistan’s pro-government religious authorities advised workers building the giant Rogun Dam — a flagship hydroelectric facility of central importance to the economy — not to keep the fast. Topics :
Offshore Technology conference– as Guyanese contingent showcases local technology in TexasGuyana made its presence known at the opening of a three-day conference on Monday in Houston, Texas, with several booths showcasing what the country has to offer as it created opportunities for business and networking.(second from right) Chief Executive Officer of GO-Invest, Owen Verwey and Attorney-at-Law Nigel Hughes interacting with other attendeesThe Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) is being held this year under the theme “OTC: The Next 50 Years”.Speaking at a recently held press conference, President of GCCI Nicholas Boyer said that participation at the OTC is necessary for local content development. He had noted that it allows for Guyanese businesses to learn and seek partnerships in pursuit of the emerging opportunities in the South American country.GCCI represents more than 240 companies in Guyana and has been advocating for local content development, with emphasis on oil and gas, over the past two years.“Participating at OTC will help us to bring more of the supply chain on to Guyana’s shores,” he said. “It was very important that Guyana has representation at this conference, and as such, in January, I reached out to the CEO of GO-Invest and the Ministry of Business to pursue a partnership so that we can ensure there is an adequate representation.”“One of the key things we are aiming for in this mission is first education, secondly connection and networking. The underpinning of these two is to promote local content,” he saidMeanwhile, the Business Ministry on its social media page posted the Guyanese contingent interacting with other high-level experts in the field.“This year, 24 representatives of Guyanese companies are in Houston, Texas, to market their companies, interact with potential investors and partners and to learn of modern advances in the oil and gas sector. Guyana’s participation at the conference is being coordinated by the Guyana Office for Investment (GO-Invest) and the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI),” the Ministry said in its post.Before leaving to attend the Conference, Chief Executive Officer of GO-Invest, Owen Verwey told media operatives on Thursday that Guyana will form part of more than 60,000 that will be in attendance and it will create opportunities for business networking and education sharing among Guyana and other countries.He had explained that the goal of the mission is to foster relations with other oil-producing companies to benefit the country and its economy. Furthermore, Verwey said the aim is to allow members of the Guyana delegation to network with other participants, as well as to gather relevant information on the offshore oil and gas sector.“We will have two booths at the Conference and we will be looking into specific activities that are Guyana-focused and that will also complement OTC activity that is Guyana-focused, with emphasis on the country’s upcoming oil and gas industry,” Verwey explained.There will also be a Guyana night of information sharing and networking in collaboration with a major partner ExxonMobil.Some of the businesses attending the conference include Roraima Airways, Hughes Fields and Stoby, Ramps Logistics, GTT, Guyana National Shipping Corporation, Sterling and Japarts.The Offshore Technology Conference was founded in 1969 and forms a series of conferences and exhibitions focused on the exchanging of technical knowledge relevant to the development of offshore energy resources, primarily oil and natural gas.
September 22, 2016 615 Views U.S. Housing Prices Inch Higher FHFA Home Price Index 2016-09-22 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Headlines, News U.S. house prices remained largely flat in July, up 0.5 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from the previous month, but was up noticeably when compared to last year, according to the latest Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) monthly House Price Index report.The index, which calculates home sales price information from mortgages sold to or guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, showed that house prices grew nearly 6 percent compared to July 2015. Seasonally adjusted monthly price changes from June to July ranged from an increase of 0.2 percent in the Middle Atlantic division to an increase of 1, to 216.3, percent in the East South Central division. The West North Central region also reported a gain of almost a full percent, finishing July at a seasonally adjusted rate of 238.2The 12-month changes were also all positive, FHFA reported. Increases nationally over the year ranged from 2.6 percent in the Middle Atlantic division to 7.7 percent in the Pacific division.According to FHFA, the U.S. house price index (purchase-only) now stands at 236.1. The benchmark of 100 was set in 1991. The latest number comes after an upwardly revised value of 235 in August. Year-over-year, house prices are up from an index of 223.1 in July 2015. The index has steadily risen every month since its nadir of 179.51 in March 2011. Share