A pint costs more in Oxford pubs than anywhere else in the UK other than London, according to a new study.The average cost across Oxford for a pint is £4.57, second only to London’s £5.19.Carlisle was found to serve the cheapest pints, at an average price at £2.35 followed by Chelmsford at £2.60.The study, conducted by MoneyGuru, found that Edinburgh (£4.35), Bristol (£4.32) and Winchester (£4.30) also served some of the most expensive beer in the UK.A MoneyGuru spokesperson said: “Beer prices are a highly contentious issue in the UK with price hikes becoming more and more frequent.“At the end of 2017, the average pint of bitter rose above £3 for the first time in history, while lager now sits at £3.58.”The study also claimed that Dubai is the most expensive city for beer-drinkers in the world, with the average pint there setting them back £9, while at the other end of the scale, a pint costs just £1.17 in Prague.Last January, Oxford researcher Professor Robin Dunbar claimed that there are links between spending time at the pub and happiness.Dunbar said: “[My] study showed that frequenting a local pub can directly affect people’s social network size and how engaged they are with their local community, which in turn can affect how satisfied they feel in life”
About 350 participants scored tickets to last Saturday’s Walk Georgia Night with the Atlanta Hawks. This is an annual event offered by the University of Georgia Extension’s Walk Georgia program that gets attendees involved in special activities and into the game for just $15.“What fun we had March 15th with Walk Georgia,” Elaine Mangham, of Molena, Ga., said of her family’s experience at Walk Georgia Night with the Hawks. “With high-fives, cheers, excitement and glowing faces, the children of all ages had a perfect time. Back in our seats for the game, we got to see great basketball, and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Denver Nuggets! What a special night for all of us.” Before the game began, Walk Georgia Night ticket holders sat court-side to watch the Hawks’ pre-game practice. Select participants were chosen to take part in the fan tunnel, where the players high-fived them as they took to the court at game time.To complete the evening, Walk Georgia Night attendees, clad in event T-shirts they received as part of the Walk Georgia Night package, watched the Hawks defeat the Denver Nuggets, 97-92. “Walk Georgia, you do so much in so many areas to improve our health, expand our minds and organize adventure. Please keep on doing what you do. You make such a positive, life-changing difference,” Mangham said. This is the third year the UGA Extension program has partnered with the Hawks to offer Walk Georgia Night, and attendance for 2014 was almost double what it was last year. “It’s giving exposure to Walk Georgia and it gives us the opportunity to bring it to more people,” Fulton County Extension Agent and Walk Georgia Night Coordinator Kisha Faulk said. A no-cost, online program, Walk Georgia works to combat obesity in the state at the most local level through UGA Extension and the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences. Walk Georgia is in its seventh year of providing Georgians the opportunity to virtually “walk” the state through the use of an online physical activity log and corresponding Web-based map. With two, 12-week sessions each year, the program encourages physical activity among Georgians of all ages. Through a $1 million, three-year grant, Walk Georgia is partnering with The Coca-Cola Foundation to achieve the goal of growing to 100,000 participants over the next three years as well as working to decrease obesity in each Georgia county by 5 percent. The grant will provide for an enhanced website, improved Walk Georgia services and increased growth of the program at the local level. The spring 2014 Walk Georgia campaign runs through April 26, and registration is open through April 15 on the Walk Georgia website, www.WalkGeorgia.org. For more information on Walk Georgia, see www.WalkGeorgia.org. For more information on the UGA Obesity Initiative, see obesity.ovpr.uga.edu.
MASON CITY — Both of NIACC’s basketball teams stayed steady in the new Division II junior college basketball polls released on Monday. The NIACC men stayed at #2 after a win on Sunday over Central Community College of Columbus Nebraska. Johnson County Kansas is ranked first, followed by the Trojans, Schoolcraft of Michigan, Milwaukee Area Tech, and Niagara County of New York in the top five. Three other Iowa Community College Athletic Conference teams are in the men’s rankings this week with DMACC 12th, Kirkwood 16th and Iowa Lakes 20th. The NIACC women are ranked 3rd after wins over the Grand View JV and Central of Columbus in the NIACC Thanksgiving Challenge over the weekend. Kirkwood is on top of the women’s poll this week followed by Johnson County, the Lady Trojans, Kansas City Kansas and Lincoln Land of Illinois. Both NIACC teams open up conference play tomorrow night at Southwestern. CEDAR FALLS — Northern Iowa will visit Missouri Valley rival South Dakota State in the round of 16 in the FCS playoffs. The Panthers opened the playoffs with a win over the University of San Diego and just more than two weeks ago lost at South Dakota State 38-7. UNI coach Mark Farley says while the Panthers are anxious for the rematch it will take a much better effort.Turnovers were a huge factor in the first meeting. The Jackrabbits took advantage of three Panther interceptions and one fumble.Farley doubts there will be many surprises in this game.Kickoff in Brookings Saturday is scheduled for 1 o’clock. IOWA CITY — A busy week continues for the Iowa basketball team which visits Syracuse tonight in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Hawkeyes just returned from Las Vegas where the split a pair of games and they will open the Big Ten race on Friday at Michigan.Hawkeye coach Fran McCaffery. It will be Iowa’s first visit to the Carrier Dome.Syracuse is 4-3 after losses to Oklahoma State and Penn State at a tournament in New York City but McCaffery says it will take a big effort to beat the Orange on their home floor.McCaffery says a key will be handling the Syracuse two-three zone.Iowa is 5-2. You can hear the Iowa-Syracuse game tonight on AM-1300 KGLO starting with the pre-game at 5 o’clock, with the tipoff at 6 o’clock. TONIGHT:AM-1300 KGLO — Iowa men at Syracuse — pre-game 5:00, tipoff 6:00AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB, kribam.com — Clear Lake at West Fork — girls 6:15, boys follow CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Noah Carter had 25 points as Northern Iowa routed Luther 110-51 on Monday night.AJ Green had 19 points for Northern Iowa (8-1), which earned its sixth consecutive home victory. Trae Berhow added 17 points and Antwan Kimmons had 13 points for the Panthers, who set a home-court record for points scored in a game.It was the first time Northern Iowa had scored over 100 points since the 2012-13 season. The Panthers sprinted to a 17-0 advantage before the Norse got on the board.Gage Thompson had 11 points for the Norse, a Division III school. Garrian Wade and James Kappus added 10 points apiece.Northern Iowa plays Colorado on the road next Tuesday. SEATTLE (AP) — Rashaad Penny scored one touchdown rushing and one receiving, Russell Wilson hit David Moore for a 60-yard TD pass, and the Seattle Seahawks built a big second-half lead before holding off the Minnesota Vikings for a 37-30 win. Seattle moved into a tie with San Francisco atop of the NFC West but holds the tiebreaker for now. It has the inside track to the division title with four games left. Minnesota fell one game behind Green Bay in the NFC North. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have agreed with backup infielder Ehire Adrianza and new reliever Matt Wisler on one-year contracts to avoid salary arbitration. They also decided not to tender deals to first baseman C.J. Cron and relief pitcher Trevor Hildenberger, on deadline day for major league teams to offer contracts to unsigned players. Cron hit 25 home runs with 78 RBIs in 125 games in 2019, but was hampered by a right thumb injury and had surgery after the season ended.