Special Olympics ace makes golf history

first_img27 February 2013South Africa Special Olympics gold medallist Thomas Lugg set a new benchmark for Special Olympians worldwide when he made a historic debut at the 2013 Sanlam South African Amateur Golf Championship at Johannesburg’s Country Club on the weekend.The world’s number one Special Olympian golfer moved one step closer to his long-term goal to compete in the pro ranks when he lined up alongside the country’s top amateurs in the 36-hole Stroke Play Qualifier of the South African Golf Association’s flagship event on Sunday and Monday.Lugg’s achievement was made more significant by the fact that he qualified for the championship on merit, having shot a 67 at Glenvista to claim one of 25 spots on offer to a 42-man field.Although the 23-year-old Zwartkops golfer failed to qualify for the match play stage, he tied for 119th on 16-over-par 160, bettering the scores of 19 players with rounds of 82 and 78.‘A dream come true’“I’ve dreamed of playing in a real golf tournament against normal golfers and this was a dream come true for me,” Lugg said afterwards.“We should never feel limited, just because we are intellectually challenged. Golf is for everyone, and this experience has made me even more determined to make it to the pro ranks one day.”Lugg added that although the two rounds were tough, he still had a lot of fun. “I enjoyed getting to know some of the amateurs and I had a lot of fun. But it was very tough. I think when Dale Hayes talks about keeping it in the fairways on his television programme, he has to be talking about the Rocklands course, because this course is very long.“If you don’t hit the fairway, you are in trouble. I could have been better, though. I played better in the second round because I was more accurate off the tee, but I missed seven or eight birdie putts.”Three-time gold medallistLugg is South Africa’s only Special Olympian to have represented the country in golf and he has won gold three times. He took first place at the 2007 Special Olympic World Summer Games in Shanghai and again in 2011 in Athens. He also claimed gold at the 2009 Special Olympics Golf Tournament in Taipei.He is currently enrolled on a partial bursary at the Gary Player School for Champions, where he practises alongside the country’s number one amateur, Haydn Porteous, who won the Stroke Play Qualifier on Monday.Danny Baleson from the Gary Player Golf Experience at the World of Golf says that since Lugg enrolled in September, he has made great strides.“His handicap has dropped from three to scratch,” Baleson said. “Tommy has a great short game and is very accurate into the green, but he didn’t have much length. He has been working tirelessly with our head-coach, Adriaan van Pletzen, on moving through the swing and his swing and distance has also improved.”‘Repetitive structure’Baleson said Lugg’s coaching programme was structured around his autistic tendencies. “Tommy thrives in a repetitive structure, so we work on one thing at a time, which helps him to properly assimilate the information,” he said.“Tom was taught to play fairway, green, two-putt golf, so we are working on bringing more depth into his game. But don’t imagine that Tom is slow.“He was playing a round with Sipho Bujela last year, just before Sipho turned professional. Sipho told Tom after the turn that it was time to start firing at the pins and proceeded to show him what that meant.“Tom came off the course and told us that he needed to ‘start firing at the pins’ and we noticed, almost with immediate effect, that his score average started to improve. When something catches on with Tom, he is unstoppable. That’s why his dream of playing in the pro ranks is very probable.”OpportunitiesLugg will be competing in the Northern Amateur Stroke Play and Match Play Championship at Randpark in March. “We definitely want to give Tom more opportunities to play on the local amateur circuit and the chance to get used to the different environment,” Baleson said.“Luckily, he doesn’t go into a depression if he has a bad round; all he cares about is having fun and having the chance to play golf.”As well as representing South Africa at the next Special Olympics, Lugg has a long-term goal to become the first Special Olympics golfer to play in a professional tournament.He also wants to play against a certain professional golfer. “I really want to play against Tiger Woods,” he said. “My motto is ‘Watch out Tiger, I am coming to get you’.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

What Isn’t Being Said

first_imgListening is about more than hearing the words being said. It’s also about more than body language. It’s not only about what is being said; listening is also about what isn’t being said.ConsensusIt may not mean anything that your dream client doesn’t say anything about the other people whose support she will need if she is going to buy from you. It may not mean anything that she doesn’t reference the people who are going to be impacted the decision to buy from you—or how significant the change will be for them. It doesn’t necessarily mean anything that she hasn’t shared what other people on her team want or need, or whose support will be critical.But the fact that nothing has been mentioned may be telling you that she can’t make the decision without her team, that she doesn’t care how the decision will impact people downstream, or that other people’s needs are going to be ignored. What isn’t said may be more important than what is said.ConcernsThe fact that your dream client hasn’t raised any concerns about your ideas and your proposed solution may mean that they are perfectly comfortable moving forward and that you’ve hit all the right notes. Their lack of questions and challenges may mean that your solution is tightly aligned with their vision and that you have made it easy to say “yes.”Even though your dream client hasn’t raised any issues doesn’t mean that they don’t exist. Your dream client’s silence may indicate that they are uncomfortable bringing up things that you might perceive as negative. It may mean that they don’t want to hurt your feelings. Or it might mean that your proposed solution has caused them so much fear that they no longer want to move forward.ChallengesA quiet client in a discovery visit might mean that they don’t have any real compelling reason to change. Their silence may mean that they don’t have any real issues or challenges and that they are completely happy with their current partner. It could mean that they aren’t that into you.Silence in a discovery meeting might also mean that they aren’t yet comfortable enough with you to start telling you about their challenges. It might mean that they need time to determine whether you are someone they want to pursue working with before they share more information with you.Listening is a critical skill for salespeople. You need to hear what your clients and your prospective clients say. But you also need to listen to what isn’t being said. What isn’t said is sometimes more important than what is.last_img read more

Trans Mountain granted injunction against pipeline protesters at two BC sites

first_imgVANCOUVER – Protesters must be restrained from obstructing the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline, says a British Columbia Supreme Court judge who has granted the company an injunction aimed at preventing people from entering within five metres of two work sites.Justice Kenneth Affleck said Thursday he felt it necessary to make a decision on the second day of a hearing instead of issuing a written order involving outraged demonstrators who have blocked vehicles and workers at the Burnaby Terminal and the Westridge Marine Terminal.The injunction is indefinite, allowing Trans Mountain to continue work it’s legally entitled to do after the federal government approved the twinning of an existing pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby in the belief it is in the best interest of Canada, Affleck said.Trans Mountain has said that while protests began last November, it sought an injunction after demonstrators began intensifying their blockades recently when trees were being cleared. It said construction at the sites in Burnaby, B.C., is expected to last until December 2020.Affleck agreed with lawyers for two of 15 named defendants in a notice of civil claim that a 50-metre perimeter as part of an interim injunction he granted last week was too broad because it encroached on private property and trails.Trans Mountain’s lawyer, Shaun Parker, requested a structure called Camp Cloud near the Burnaby Terminal be removed, calling it a “hotbed of aggressive activity” for protesters who want to “destroy the project.”But the judge said it will stay.“In my view there has to be a means of allowing the protesters who object to this work to remain reasonably close to the site,” Affleck said. “The plaintiff is going to have to tolerate a certain amount of agitation.”Parker was also unsuccessful in his request for an order requiring the removal of a structure called the Watch House, saying it’s on a pipeline right of way and would cause significant safety risks.“I’m sensitive to the concern of those who created this Watch House, that it is of considerable significance to them,” Affleck said of the structure that was erected near the Burnaby Terminal on Saturday, when people marched against the pipeline.He said Trans Mountain would have to demonstrate any emergency need to remove the Watch House but would then have to replace it.Casey Leggett, a lawyer for one of the defendants, said citizens have a constitutional right to protest the expansion of the pipeline.“The inconvenience, which my friends call a blockade, hasn’t gotten to the level of establishing irreparable harm,” Leggett said.He read from affidavits presented in court by a Trans Mountain lawyer, saying the company’s security staff noted protesters have sometimes stood peacefully at or near access roads to two marine terminals in Burnaby without disrupting vehicles or workers and left after police arrived.He said in one case, a woman was seen praying on a road and didn’t engage with security staff while on another day a woman sat in a lawn chair as vehicles were guided around her at slow speed.Affleck said while the first protesters’ conduct was unobjectionable, the second woman had no right to sit in the middle of a public road and the police would be justified in removing her.The judge also suggested Leggett was cherry-picking incidents that did not involve blockades aimed at stopping work at the terminals.Leggett replied that Trans Mountain had done the same and also focused on blockades rather than inconvenience, which he said does not justify an injunction.Activists have said they will continue opposing the $7.4-billion project despite the injunction.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.last_img read more

Wilmington Youth Soccers Latest InTown Game Summaries

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are Wilmington Youth Soccer in-town game summaries from Saturday, May 4, 2019.Boys Grade 2 Games:Columbus Crew vs. Seattle Sounders:The crowd was kept on the edge of their seats this week as the Seattle Sounders, led by the offensive skills of Nate Ricciarelli, Noah Drane, Jacob Andrade-Silva, Tito Acevedo and Evan Acevedo resulted in scoring opportunities by Nate, Jacob and Tito. The defense was not to be left out of this one either as Michael Belanger and Evan Jageler kept the ball out of their zone for much of the game.The air was full of excitement, as the much-anticipated match between Columbus Crew and Seattle Sounders commenced. Fantastic ball skills were displayed by Nate Lawrence and Max Barnett resulting in goals by Cooper Hunt and Michael Duffy. The midfield and defensive play kept the Columbus Crew in excellent shape. The crowd roared to their feet when Austin O’Connell made some spectacular saves.Girls Grade 2 Games:Seattle Reign v. Utah Royals:Top-Notch play kept people watching this one. Excellent offensive plays by Katherine McGrath, Mia Costantino, Jalyn Redmond and Keli Tkachuk applied heavy pressure causing the Utah Royals to back pedal. Defensive positioning by Lucy McDonald, Olivia Howie, Adrianna Corso and Naomi Cowles fended off any threat that came thru making it tough for the Utah Royals. Emma Mahnken, Riley Lopes, Bridget Bloom and Emily Falk also played a great game in net, keeping the game in hand.Sky Blue FC vs. Washington Spirit:The crowd was kept on the edge of their seats this week as the Washington Spirit, led by the offensive skills of Isabella DeOliveira, Pauline Douzepis, and Reighan Glover resulted in scoring opportunities by Melina Meimaris, Bella McCarthy, Julia Marra, and Eliana Goldstein. The defense was not to be left out of this one either as Kate Haggerty, Suki Harper, and Kelsie Morrow kept the ball out of their zone for much of the game.(NOTE: The above game summaries were submitted by Wilmington Youth Soccer.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Youth Soccer’s Latest In-Town Game SummariesIn “Sports”Wilmington Youth Soccer’s Latest In-Town Game Summaries (May 1)In “Sports”Wilmington Youth Soccer’s Latest In-Town Game Summaries (May 14)In “Sports”last_img read more

Bajaj Finance June quarter net profit up 54 company announces stock split

first_imgBajaj Finance shares rose more than 11 percent on the stock exchanges on Tuesday after the company announced 1:1 bonus issue, stock split and upbeat results for first quarter ended June 2016. The current face value of the share is Rs.10 eachThe shares gained 11.27 percent to hit an intraday high of Rs. 9,990 apiece and were trading at Rs. 9,810 apiece at around 2.10 p.m. on the BSE.   Shares of Bajaj Finance will be split into shares with face value of Rs. 2 each. Both the bonus issue and the split will be subject to shareholders’ approval.On Tuesday, the company also announced its June quarter results. Net profit rose 54 percent to Rs. 424 crore from Rs. 276 crore in the corresponding quarter last year.Canara Bank shares rose 5 percent in intraday trading on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Tuesday despite declaring downbeat results for the first quarter ended June 2016.The state-run lender’s shares were trading at Rs. 262.65 apiece on the BSE at around 11.45 a.m., up 3.53 percent from their previous close after rising to the day’s high of Rs. 266.40.The Bengaluru-based bank’s net profit plunged 52 percent to Rs. 229 crore as against Rs. 478 crore in the corresponding quarter last year.Net interest income saw a fall of 8 percent to Rs. 2,307 crore on a year-on-year (YoY) basis from Rs. 2,516 crore.Net non-performing assets (NPAs) as a percentage of total loans stood at 6.69 percent as of June 30, 2016, up sharply from 2.74 percent, YoY.Other bank shares that were trading with gains included Bank of India, Yes Bank and Punjab National Bank.The Sensex was trading about 20 points higher at 28,115, with Axis Bank, Tata Steel and Wipro leading the modest rally. The markets are in a cautious mood after having gained 292 points on Monday on hopes of the Modi government seen as making forward movement with the Goods and Services (GST) Bill, which is pending for clearance in the Rajya Sabha. An empowered committee of state finance ministers is expected to discuss some of the contentious aspects of the legislation on Tuesday in the presence of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian.Story updated with additional details at 2.20 p.m.last_img read more

Soon govt to recruit 8565 policemen

first_imgKolkata: Bengal government has decided to recruit 8,000 policemen apart from 565 Sub-Inspectors soon.The Cabinet has given its approval for the recruitment. The Cabinet meeting was held on Monday. It is learnt that the decision to recruit that many policemen was taken up to ensure better policing in the state.As the number of police stations has gone up in the past seven years, the state government has undertaken measures to increase manpower as well. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe new police stations were set up to reduce area of jurisdiction of a specific police station. Now, the step to add another 8,000 policemen and 565 sub-inspectors to the existing strength has been taken up for better policing.It may be recalled that the state government had earlier decided to recruit 3,000 men to raise a new battalion of Rapid Action Force (RAF).The need of raising additional unit was felt as the Centre often shows reluctance in providing central forces to control law and order situation as and when needed in the state. At the same time, the state government has taken steps to ensure security and safety of tourists. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAs a measure for ensuring security of tourists visiting Digha and Mandarmoni, the state government had created 267 posts for eight coastal police stations a fewmonths ago.After recruitment, more stress can be given on how to improve security arrangements for tourists visiting the areas.Besides creating posts and recruiting police, the state government has also created posts in the past seven years that have resulted in employment generation.Recently, the state government decided to recruit 3,673 people in different posts in departments, including Higher Education department, Personnel and Administrative Reforms, e-governance and Tribal Development department.last_img read more

Fruitful women should take fruitful diet

first_imgPregnant women cannot afford reckless eating because babies they incubate depend on them for their nutrition, health and growth. Doctors advice them to observe utmost caution in choices of foods they eat. According to experts, for pregnant women dry or juicy food elements need to constitute major chunk of their dietary picks. They must shun unhealthy foods irrespective of seasons. They must have utmost control on their cravings. Unhealthy foods taken by pregnant women may even predispose babies for later life style diseases. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfMaintaining a healthy diet regimen is always essential whether it is summer or winter especially when it comes to pregnant women. They must follow dos and don’ts despite their cravings otherwise. Unhealthy or wrong diet can cause health issues like gastric problems, malnutrition, weakness, stomach upsets, cold and cough etc. From conception till the time of delivery, women must pay attention towards their diet and make healthy choices. Healthy foods are central to right development of the foetus. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveDr Archana Dhawan Bajaj, Gynaecologist and Obstetrician, Nurture IVF Centre, advises, “During winters, pregnant women need to increase in-take of dry fruits as they contain more essential nutrients like folate, potassium and iron. Prunes, dates, almonds and walnuts are some of the dry fruits which pregnant women is advised to include in their diets. Intake of winter fruits like oranges, kinnow, as they contain high vitamin and fibre content are also advised. Avoid intake of too much fried food, too much sweets and ghee”.   Tanu Arora, Head of Department, Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics, Aakash Healthcare advises, “Mother has to nurture the fetus health of the newborn. Additional energy is required to support the fetus, development of placenta and maternal tissues and to meet the needs for increased BMR. Good sources of energy are cereal and fats. Healthy and balanced diet is recommended for a good pregnancy outcome which is based on balanced diet. Choose food from all the sections to make it balanced, such as:-1. Grains – Bread, pasta, oatmeal, cereal and tortillas.2. Fruits – Fruits can be fresh, canned, frozen or dried. Juice that is 100% fruit juice also counts.3. Vegetables – Vegetables can be raw or cooked, frozen, canned, dried or 100% vegetable juice.4. Protein foods – Protein foods include meat, poultry, seafood, beans and peas, eggs, processed soy products, nuts and seeds.5. Dairy – Milk and products made from milk, such as cheese, yogurt, and ice cream.”According to fertility experts, pregnant women should avoid some foods and beverages that include alcohol and high-mercury fish, soft cheeses, cold deli meats and unpasteurized foods and intake of caffeine. Most importantly junk foods should be avoided as high amounts of fats and sugars during pregnancy may predispose offspring to diabetes. Drinking adequate amount of water should always be on priority list of pregnant women.last_img read more

Firefighters dealing with accident on North Staffordshire road

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailEmergency services are currently attending an accident on a country road in North Staffordshire this morning. Firefighters are using hydraulic cutting equipment at the scene of the collision, which involves one vehicle, on Ravens Lane at Bignalll End. Fire crews are understood to still be on Ravens Lane as of 2am today (Saturday March 24 2018). It is not clear if the road is closed as a result of the accident – although traffic data company INRIX is not currently reporting any road closures in the area. At the moment there is no information on whether anyone has been injured in the accident, or how seriously. Read MorePolice officer guilty of murdering wife before dumping her body in a lake A Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said two fire engines were at the scene of the crash. She said: “Crews from Newcastle and Sandyford are dealing with an RTC involving one vehicle. “Extrication in progress using hydraulic cutting equipment in Ravens Lane, Bignall End.” Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.last_img read more