September 9, 2020 /Sports News – National Naomi Osaka thanked by families of Trayvon Martin, Ahmaud Arbery at US Open FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailScott Clarke / ESPN ImagesBy KATIE KINDELAN, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Tennis star Naomi Osaka received an unexpected and emotional thank you Tuesday night from the families of some of the victims of police brutality and racial injustice whose legacies she is highlighting at the U.S. Open.Osaka was surprised after her quarterfinal win with video messages from the mother of Trayvon Martin and the father of Ahmaud Arbery thanking her for honoring them during the tournament.“God bless you for what you’re doing and you supporting our family with my son,” Arbery’s father, Marcus Arbery, Sr., said in a video message played for Osaka on ESPN. “My family really, really appreciates that, and God bless you.”“I just want to say thank you to Naomi Osaka for representing Trayvon Martin on your customized mask and also for Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor,” said Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon’s mother, in a separate video message. “We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Continue to do well. Continue to kick butt at the U.S. Open.”At each of her matches at the Open, Osaka, 22, has worn a different face mask featuring the name of a person who has been a victim of racial injustice. On Tuesday, Osaka’s face mask honored George Floyd, who died on May 25 after a Minneapolis police officer pinned him down and put his knee on his neck.Osaka appeared visibly moved while watching the messages from Fulton and Arbery, Sr., and tweeted later that she cried while watching their messages again.“I often wonder if what I’m doing is resonating and reaching as many people as I hope,” she wrote. “That being said, I tried to hold it in on set but after watching these back I cried so much. The strength and the character both of these parents have is beyond me. Love you both, thank you.”After Osaka wore her mask featuring Trayvon’s name at her fourth-round match, she tweeted about the impact of his death. Trayvon, 17, was killed Feb. 26, 2012, in Florida while walking home from a convenience store after neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman confronted and later shot him. Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter in July 2013.“I remember Trayvon’s death clearly. I remember being a kid and just feeling scared.I know his death wasn’t the first but for me it was the one that opened my eyes to what was going on,” Osaka wrote on Twitter. “To see the same things happening over and over still is sad. Things have to change.”Osaka joined fellow athletes in protest last month after the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man who was shot seven times by police in front of his children. The shooting sparked civil unrest in Blake’s hometown of Kenosha, Wisconsin, and across the country.Osaka protested the shooting by not competing in an Aug. 27 scheduled semifinal match at the 2020 Western & Southern Open.Osaka has said that she brought seven face masks with her to the U.S. Open, one for each match if she makes it through to the finals.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Written by Beau Lund
Their total value is hard to pin down, but peanuts clearly aren’t “just peanuts” in Georgia. One University of Georgia economist figures peanuts add $1.1 billion to the economy in direct income, related jobs and other jobs, services and economic activity. What will happen to those dollars if federal peanut programs dry up? “There are all kinds of debate about where (peanut) prices could go if the programs are discontinued,” said Don Shurley, an economist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “With the fluctuation of peanut prices, we’re sure we’ll see a lot of effect on the economy,” Shurley said. “But until it happens, no one can predict the dollar effect on the state.” In 1997, peanuts were the second-largest cash crop on Georgia farms, totaling $361 million in farmer income. Only cotton provided more economic punch to the state. Shurley said scrapping the peanut program would almost certainly lower peanut prices to farmers. Some peanut production, he said, could leave the state. “Assuming the quota system and price supports disappeared, crop prices could drop about 20 percent,” he said. “That could reduce farm income from peanuts by $60 million and have a $180 million effect on the economy.” Farm land values and local tax bases would be hard-hit, too, he said. The quota system, he explained, is tied to the farm where the peanuts are grown. “Loss of the quota allotment could mean a $400 million decline in land values,” he said. But with recent consumption increases, the situation looks a bit brighter for Georgia farmers. U.S. consumption increased in 1996 for the first time in five years. Americans ate 7.5 percent more peanut butter, Shurley said. Peanut butter accounts for about half of all peanut use. That’s especially good news for Georgia farmers. Their crop is more than 95 percent Runner varieties – the kinds that make the best peanut butter. Farmers are looking for another 3 percent increase in their quota for the 1998 growing season, Shurley said. The quota rose by 3 percent last year, too. “Each 1 percent increase in quota and consumption raises farm income in Georgia by $3 million and has a $9 million economic impact on the state,” Shurley said. Georgia farmers grow about 41 percent of all U.S. quota peanuts. The available U.S. quota this year totals 1.17 million tons. The state’s farmers expect to grow 479,700 tons of those peanuts.