The holiday season is a great time for families to get together to decorate and celebrate. If celebrating is a family affair, safety can be too.University of Georgia Cooperative Extension recommends delegating safety responsibilities to different family members so no one person spends has to spend the holiday season as the safety Grinch. Delegating safety roles can help spread the burden of holiday-season tasks and help everyone feel included in holiday preparations. One person in the household should cover each of the tasks below. If you have a small household, you can double-up on assignments.Appoint a “safety captain.”This person should oversee the walkway and porches to make sure they are safe for the guests and delivery people. Job duties might include:Removing leaves, twigs or other debris from the walkways and porches.Making sure outdoor lighting along pathways and on the porch is in working order.Securing extension cords so they do not present a trip or fall hazard.Commission a “keeper of the light.”This person is in charge of the candles, decorative lighting and fireplaces. Job duties might include:Making certain no candles are burning and that decorative lights are unplugged when everyone goes to bed or leaves the house.Checking the batteries in the carbon monoxide (CO) detector or installing a CO detector if the home does not have one.Keeping the area around fireplaces free from all types of combustibles. Try to keep things at least three feet from the fireplace.Empower the “keeper of the tree.”This person is in charge of the tree. Job duties might include:Keeping the tree watered if it is a live tree.Making sure all portable heaters are at least three feet away from the tree.Monitoring electrical cords to make sure pets have not chewed on them.Picking up decorations and ornaments that fall or are knocked off the tree.For more information about keeping homes safe during the holidays, visit www.fcs.uga.edu/extension/home.
After a short return home, USC men’s tennis will hit the road again with a matchup against its archrivals.The No. 1 Trojans (13-0) will have a chance to extend their win streak to 34 matches when they take on No. 3 UCLA (11-1) in a non-conference clash at the Los Angeles Tennis Center today at 2 p.m.Bad blood · Senior Daniel Nguyen and the Trojans hope to win their third straight match against the Bruins. USC has won 33 straight matches. – Chris Roman | Daily TrojanUSC last played on Friday in a doubleheader against No. 24 San Diego and San Diego State and defeated both squads 7-0 for the Trojans’ seventh and eighth sweep of the season.The two matches were USC’s fifth and sixth in a week’s time. Before the doubleheader, the Trojans had battled through four matches in four days against top-20 opponents in Charlottesville, Va., to earn their first Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Team Indoors Championships since 1988.They will now turn their focus toward the Bruins, who currently hold the series advantage 99-84. Last season, USC took both matches, most recently a 4-3 victory in Westwood in USC’s regular season finale last year.“There’s going to be a lot of energy from them. The crowd will be loud. It’s going to be a good match,” No. 38 freshman Yannick Hanfmann said.No. 5 senior Steve Johnson leads a group of six ranked Trojans in singles with 47 consecutive singles wins. Also streaking are No. 32 sophomore Emilio Gomez with 10 straight wins and Hanfmann with seven.No. 15 senior Daniel Nguyen and No. 22 sophomore Ray Sarmiento hold 22-7 and 19-7 records in singles, respectively.Meanwhile, freshman Roberto Quiroz earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors for his two doubles and two singles wins in the doubleheader against the San Diego schools.In doubles, USC has one ranked pair in Hanfmann and Johnson, who stand at No. 6 with a 10-2 doubles record this season.UCLA has four ranked players in their rotation, including No. 33 Nick Meister, No. 81 Clay Thompson, Adrien Puget and Marcos Giron.“We’re going to take it like another match, but we don’t want to lose to them. I’m looking forward to it,” Sarmiento said.The Bruins will enter the contest with three straight wins, with their only loss of the season coming against No. 5 Duke in the first round of the ITA National Team Indoors Championships.Though the Trojans claim that they are eager for the rival matchup, they insist they have retained their composure for a hard fought battle.“There’s always that extra fire, but we just want to go out there and play like it’s any other match and not put too much pressure on ourselves,” Nguyen said.consecutive NCAA championship, Nguyen supplied a simple formula for his team to maintain their so far perfect season.“The main thing is just to focus on what we need to improve, keep working hard each day and have a positive mindset,” Nguyen said.
On Sunday morning, the teenage Hor Halutie qualified for the final of the women’s 100m at the Commonwealth Games in Australia.For her, the dash lasted just 11.46 seconds, and it is very likely she has no idea what kind of buzz she’s created within her circles at the Games. In Ghana, the news is spreading, fast.For a country that’s not used to athletics success in the last many international tournaments, the excitement is understandable. But it’s important to contextualize her semifinal finish, in order to keep expectations for the budding talent at an appreciable level.First, the 19-year old qualified as one of two fastest losers. Halutie was in semifinal 3, in a field of eight athletes (see main photo). Her start was shaky, but once she gained her rhythm, the sprinter flew past a Ugandan, a Cypriot, an English, and then a Nigerian opposition.The alum of T.I Ahmaddiya Secondary finished third, behind Reyare Thomas (Trinidad and Tobago, second place in 11.36) and Christiana Williams (Jamaica, first in 11.22). Halutie, therefore, had to wait for the fourth semifinal to be sure she made it to the final. Once she realised she had made it, she was ecstatic, because she had barely made it. “I’ve been very, very lucky because I just got in as the last of the eight qualifiers, but I will take it!” she said.In context, of all the eight finalists, she had the eighth best time. However, that does not mean she won’t do well in the final, and she knows it, for the time she ran is not even the fastest she’s ever done. Her best was a second faster, 11.45, during Heat 1 of the same event in Australia.”Anything can happen in the final, and I just have to be focused. Some of the ladies here are also really good with excellent starts, but never say never,” she said after the race.The women’s 100m final is on Monday at 11.50am, and Halutie will be the only African in the field of eight. All the races are live in Ghana on SuperSport 11.