Registration opens for Holy Half Marathon

first_imgThe 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.last_img read more

17-year PA cancer survivor recaptures mojo thanks to “Active Living After Cancer”

first_img Cancer survivors interested in getting healthy this year can sign up for Active Living After Cancer and take advantage of the opportunity to reach their goals with a community of understanding fellow survivors and experts working to help them succeed.“I encourage others to get involved,” Haliburton said. “Cancer survivors have to be careful with their health, especially during COVID. This program is a safe way to keep us moving.”Hope renewedA new year brings with it the hope for new opportunities and personal growth. This year, Gift of Life is empowering all cancer survivors to make 2021 their year to thrive mentally, emotionally and physically.The organization, in cooperation with MD Anderson Cancer Center, is offering all Southeast Texas cancer survivors who have completed chemotherapy and/or radiation the chance to participate in Active Living After Cancer, a free 12-week online course designed to nurture and support cancer survivors on their journey to complete health and wellness.“I have really been enjoying the class,” said participant Jaqi Vickers, 68, of Beaumont, who is a four-year breast cancer survivor and member of Gift of Life’s Pink Power Network Breast Cancer Support Group.“This program has given me the tools I needed to build my strength and become more aware of my everyday choices. I get calls and texts from the facilitator that encourage me to keep working hard. I feel more empowered to do more and try new exercises.”In a virtual group setting, the classes improve quality of life and physical functioning by increasing physical activity, building nutritional knowledge and providing a supportive forum for survivors to speak openly and be understood about their cancer experience.With daytime and evening classes, seminars are flexible for all schedules and provide the mental, emotional and physical foundation survivors need to be healthier.Classes focus on reducing the risk of cancer recurrence, combating fatigue, managing stress and improving strength.Seminars also build camaraderie among members at a time when COVID-19 has limited exercise and social interaction for immune-suppressed men and women.For more information about Gift of Life and MD Anderson’s Active Living After Cancer seminars, visit giftoflifebmt.org or call 409-833-3663. Wilma Haliburton is known for not giving in.The Port Arthur woman is a 17-year breast cancer survivor who has long been active in the community. Yet, COVID-19 slowed things down and kept her apart from the people and places she was used.So she turned to a new program, Active Living After Cancer — sponsored by Gift of Life and MD Anderson Cancer Center.center_img “This program came at the perfect time for me,” Haliburton said. “ALAC has been outstanding and has gotten me back to being active. The camaraderie of everyone in the class is very helpful, especially when we can hear everyone’s highs and lows and their accomplishments with the program.”Haliburton admits she felt like at a zero before starting.“Everything I used to do — all my volunteer work — stopped,” she said. “But, today, I feel like I’m at 50 percent and I’m only going up from here.”last_img read more

Reader’s Rides: Eliflap is back, This Time with 14.9lb Di2 Hydraulic Disc Road/CX Bike

first_imgFront and rear derailleurs are standard Dura Ace Di2 7970 units to pair with the Formula RR1 shifters, with internal routing. The battery is also internal which has been modified to fit into the seat tube.Wanting an actual disc brake wheelset, a custom set of brake track-less carbon tubulars was built from Far Sport, China. The rims feature a 24mm profile with no braking track, and are laced with 28 bladed spokes to 100/135mm Novatec MTB hubs front and rear. 23mm Challenge tubulars round out the hoops.The rest of the bike including the bar, stem, headset, saddle, post, etc. were simply parts he had lying around as his desire to build up the bike and test it was too great to wait. We don’t blame him. Even so, with random parts including a cheap aluminum Syntace bar, the bike comes in at 6740g, or roughly 14.9lbs. Eliflap thinks it should be very easy to get to 6500g and maybe even 6200g (13.67lb).Thanks again to Eliflap for sending this in. Once again, if you have a cool bike you want to be featured in our Reader’s Rides section, send detailed photos including weight, a complete spec list, and details including anything out of the ordinary to editor@bikerumor. We swear, it doesn’t have to have Di2. Likely, what everyone wants to know is how he got a hold of those brakes. We weren’t really aware that you could buy them, perhaps a take off from a Colnago? Eliflap is running the RR1s with 160mm rotors front and rear. The bike is build on an LTK 027 UD Matte carbon cyclocross frame which Eliflap says is 1100g for the frame, and 400g for the fork. For the crank he is using an Hollowgram SISL2 in 170mm length with Rotor 50-36T oval rings.  Xpedo Ti pedals are also included in the mix.center_img After finishing up his 16lb Di2 equipped Flash 29er, Andrea seems to have turned his sights toward disc road.The pictures may be a little rough, but don’t let that take away from the bike especially because it’s one of the first we’ve ween with Formula’s RR1 Di2/hydraulic levers outside of Colnago. According to Andrea, this is just a “test” build and “some parts are cheap, others expensive, and others very difficult to find… for a stealth bike.”Check it out in detail, next.last_img read more

Fairway park again hosts Halloween trail Sunday

first_imgThe trail will be open Sunday in Fairway.Fairway’s annual Trail of Tricks & Treats is one of the parks departments largest events and it is back this Sunday evening at Peterson Park at 62nd and Mission Road.The trail winds through the open space in the park and is lined with Halloween lights and filled with games for young children. The event takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. and children can participate in a costume parade through the trail at 6:15 p.m.The cost is $3 per person (children two and under are free). Each child gets a trick-or-treat bag, breakaway neck lanyard and two glow sticks (one for the trail and one for Halloween night).Pie pumpkins will be available, while supplies last, for children to decorate and take home. New games added this year include basketball shoot, Plinko, Skeeball and others.The trail is targeted to children up to age 10.last_img read more

Bosch Announces New Vice President for Diagnostics Regional Business Unit, North America

first_imgDeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  Broadview, Ill. — Bosch announces the hiring of Jim Graninger as Vice President for its Diagnostics Regional Business Unit, North America. Jim will formally begin his position on Sept. 1, and will be working closely with current Vice President, Guenter Weber. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Jim brings more than 30 years of experience in the automotive industry, including more than 20 years in the aftermarket arena. Most recently, he was Vice President and General Manager of Rexnord Industries LLC, and prior to that, served in several vice president level roles with Snap-on Inc., including its diagnostics business. Jim’s successful career includes international assignments in Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands as well as international responsibilities for Asia, Australia and Latin America. Born in Ridgewood, N.J., Jim grew up in Columbus, Ind., where his family still resides. He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force having served as a pilot in Vietnam, Germany, and the U.K. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from DePauw University and a Master of Arts in Executive Development from Ball State University.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.last_img read more

New Mexico Environment Department Conducting Pool Inspections Statewide

first_imgNMED News:The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) is beginning inspections at some public aquatic venues this week.The public health order issued Monday, June 1, by the New Mexico Department of Health allows public swimming pools to reopen, but only for lap swimming and lessons. In addition, public swimming pools may only operate at up to 50 percent of their maximum capacity and with social distancing. At this time, those facilities will be inspected by NMED.NMED’s inspections ensure that pools are prepared to open in a safe and sanitary way, including that proper disinfectant levels as well as other water chemistry parameters are met. NMED’s inspections also ensure lifeguards are properly trained and certified to administer CPR. All public aquatic venues are required to follow the CDC’s “Considerations for Public Pools, Hot Tubs, and Water Playgrounds During COVID-19” once they are permitted to operate.In general, NMED’s pool regulations apply to public pools, aquatic centers, recreation parks, schools, colleges and universities, organizational camps, daycare facilities, clubs, recreation districts, city, municipal, county and state pools and pools operated by other political subdivisions.NMED does not have jurisdiction within Bernalillo County and the City of Albuquerque, which have their own pool safety programs.The Department will work as expeditiously as possible with its available resources to complete these inspections. NMED expects to complete the first round of inspections by the end of the week. For questions about NMED’s pool program, email aquatics.program@state.nm.us or call 505.222.9500.last_img read more

Thatcher’s property legacy has enabled millions to own their own home

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UK: Subsea Industry Key for Economic Future of North East

first_imgThe Subsea North East conference and exhibition, which took place at St James’ Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, focused on the part technology and greater collaboration across industry will play in creating a more sustainable and efficient oil & gas sector in the UK, but also around the world.Subsea North East, which is the regional advocacy group for North East England’s subsea industry, and NOF Energy hosted the event, which was attended by more than 240 delegates from across the UK.Speakers at the conference included Subsea UK Chief Executive Neil Gordon, who emphasised the need for wholesale behavioural change within the industry and the importance of greater collaboration between operators and the supply chain community to ensure the sector can operate more effectively within current and future market conditions.The sharing of knowledge and collaboration was highlighted by a unique session, which took place, for the first time in the North East sector’s history on the day before the conference. Subsea North East and NOF Energy brought together the North East’s five universities, the first time this has happened in the field of subsea, to discuss the opportunities for academia and industry to work together to create new technology-led solutions.Representatives from the universities of Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, Sunderland and Teesside came together with executives from the operator and supply chain communities to increase awareness among the universities of the sector’s requirements and challenges while also focusing on the contribution that can be made by the North East’s academic institutions.The session has already helped forge greater relationships between North East industry and academia, which will lead to future projects enhancing the region’s strong position on the subsea industry.Andrew Hodgson, Chairman of Subsea North East, said: “The North East of England is in a prime position to affect change in the oil & gas industry. The subsea sector in particular has an integral role to play as it is a hotbed of technology developments and innovation, which is the essential element required to drive evolution in the industry.“Technology is the key to helping the industry come out of this transformational period as a more sustainable and effective oil & gas sector. The industry is genuinely looking at increased efficiencies that can be achieved through technological change more than just by addressing commercial structures.”Hodgson added: “The subsea industry is also key to the economic future of the North East. In ten years it has not only helped put the region on the map for its technology-led solutions, it has become fundamental to the economic regeneration of the North East. The fact that subsea has been identified as one of the four smart specialisations within the North East’s economic plan, only serves to prove the value and importance of the sector to the region.”George Rafferty, Chief Executive of NOF Energy, said: “The conference was a tremendously valuable opportunity to demonstrate the collaborative ethos that is growing across the industry and its supply chain.“From bringing the region’s five universities together for the first time to engage with operators and subsea supply chain specialists through to lively sessions of networking in the exhibition area, the region’s subsea sector embodies the desire the industry requires to create a technology-led sustainable and efficient market.”last_img read more

NAT Adds First of Two Suezmaxes

first_imgNordic American Tankers Limited (NAT) has taken delivery of the first of two 2010-built Suezmaxes bought from an unnamed party back in July for USD 122 million. The first tanker has been renamed Nordic Light. The delivery of its sister ship is expected to take place during October.Following the delivery of the second tanker, NAT will have a fleet of 26 Suezmax vessels including two newbuildings to be delivered in August 2016 and in early 2017.”By adding two more ships, we increase the dividend capacity and earnings potential. We believe that our strong balance sheet, the dividend policy, well defined and transparent operating model provide NAT with a solid competitive position,” NAT said in a purchase announcement back in July.last_img read more

The benefits of joining the residential conveyancing scheme

first_img Linda Lee is president of the Law Society Despite the challenges from licensed conveyancers, it is believed that between 85% and 90% of the conveyancing market are solicitors. However, it is hard to tell how accurate this figure is. Of only 600,000-800,000 transactions last year (which includes remortgages), the largest Land Registry users include Enact and My Home Move. Somewhere between 3,000 and 4,500 solicitors’ firms are dependent on conveyancing to remain solvent. Despite the perceived simplicity of this work, a large percentage of complaints and claims against solicitors relate to conveyancing matters. The combination of the downturn in the housing market and economic uncertainty mean that many solicitors who depend on conveyancing for their livelihoods face an uncertain future. The time has come for the profession to make sure that the excellent service and professional guarantee offered by solicitors is recognised by the profession and the public. That is why the Law Society launched our residential conveyancing scheme (CQS) earlier this year. We want to do what we can to make sure that solicitors who are committed to practising excellence and high professional standards stand out in a crowded market. The idea of a scheme was initiated by the Law Society Property Section Executive Committee which foresaw the difficult circumstances many firms now find themselves in. They also recognised the need to protect the current market share from competitors by establishing a quality mark that could be marketed to the public as a badge of excellence. Crucially, for practitioners, the CQS will also help with the problem experienced by some smaller firms relating to mortgage lenders and professional indemnity insurers, which have identified smaller firms as being too great a risk to use or protect. The CQS will help address that by making it possible for both lenders and insurers to know that they are dealing with high-quality solicitors at minimal cost and difficulty to themselves. For a variety of reasons, licensed conveyancers are currently seen as less of a risk in the context of mortgage fraud. The success of CQS through membership of the scheme may offer the only prospect for some firms to remain in the market. The Solicitors Regulation Authority, lenders and insurers have all been consulted during the development of this scheme. I am pleased to say that the CQS has support from the Council of Mortgage Lenders, the Building Societies Association, the Association of British Insurers and Nationwide. A number of key decisions were taken in formulating the scheme. First, the scheme would be run for the benefit of our members and their clients. It will only be open to firms of solicitors, not licensed conveyancers. The second was that the cost of being a member of the scheme would be kept low, and considerable capital investment would be required by the Law Society. This decision was approved by Law Society Council members, many of whom have no contact with the conveyancing market, but have a desire to support other sections of their profession. However, we cannot compromise the integrity of the scheme. Entry to the scheme will test the responsibility of the principals of the firm who apply for membership and their controls over the organisation. You will have to sign up for initial training that includes partners and staff involved in the conveyancing work, whether with legal documents, accounts, or with clients. The forms require detailed information and the standards are high, but I am confident that the majority of firms can meet those standards. Membership of the scheme will prove to be a positive asset, not only as a marketing tool but as an opportunity to reflect on and hone your own practice. At the heart of the scheme will be the new Law Society transaction protocol. This will reinforce consistency of standards throughout the conveyancing process. Work will continue to develop new standards and processes for the benefit of solicitors and their clients. Over time, it is hoped that real improvements to the conveyancing process can be achieved. The process demands interaction between members and relies on cooperation with other professionals as well as clients; the development work will take time and can best be tackled from within the new CQS environment. Assessment for entry to the scheme is based on key risk criteria. There will be ongoing monitoring based on performance against standards. There will also be an element of enforcement to maintain the reputation of the scheme. Membership will be subject to annual renewal. It is designed to be rigorous. We need to make sure that there is no doubt about the integrity and the high standards that CQS accreditation demonstrates for residential conveyancing practices. There is no reason why firms which are committed to achieving and maintaining high standards cannot achieve accreditation. Firms and individuals that achieve membership will create a trusted conveyancing community, which will go a long way to resolving many of the challenges that currently undermine the reputation of many good firms. The profession has shown a real interest in the benefits that this scheme can bring. Since we launched the scheme, we have received 113 applications from firms, ranging from sole practitioners to multi-partnership firms. Over 125 enquiries have been received as a result of our webinar, and we continue to receive a steady stream of telephone calls and enquiries. We hope to accredit our first legal firm shortly. I have made promoting the ‘solicitor brand’ a key theme of my presidency. I am committed to communicating the professional and personal integrity, skill and knowledge that solicitors ­possess. It is my hope that the CQS will go a long way towards helping to do that. I would encourage solicitors to join the Law Society scheme in large numbers, so that we will be able to help ensure solicitors retain their central role and independence in the conveyancing market. The benefits of the scheme to members are well worth the modest costs of application and the effort that is required. I hope that this article addresses the concerns of the small number of correspondents who have written to the editor of this magazine. As someone who had to be accredited to practise in my chosen field, I understand the reluctance to submit to an assessment process, but I hope that you will do so not just for the personal satisfaction of succeeding but also to meet the need for the profession to work together in this specialist area of work.last_img read more