SA’s Presidents Cup flows over

first_img24 November 2003The 2003 Presidents Cup has been rated as one of the best-organised – and most exciting – golfing events ever.Jack Nicklaus, winner of 18 majors and captain of the United States Presidents Cup team, said at the conclusion of the competition at Fancourt near George that he had never experienced anything as enthralling as the battle between the USA and the International Team to land the trophy.“It’s the most unbelievable event the game of golf has ever seen,” he said.Jack Warfield, vice-president of championship operations for the PGA Tour, told The Star newspaper that the level of organisation at the event was “second to none. The event was truly world-class, and rates with the best I have ever seen.“It has proved beyond doubt that South Africa is perfectly capable of staging huge golf tournaments”, Warfield said.Hollywood scriptwriters would have been sent packing had they come up with the story that unfolded on The Links course over four wonderful days of world-class golf and fantastic sportsmanship. It wouldn’t have been believable.Leads change handsOn the first day it appeared that the Americans would go into the second day with a lead, maybe as big as five-one ahead. But the Internationals stormed back, dominating the final holes to snatch an unlikely advantage of 3½ to 2½.On the second day, though, Nicklaus’ team got it all together and surged past the International team. In the morning four-ball action they won three matches to the two of the Internationals, but in the afternoon foursomes the real move came as the Americans won four of five contests to move three points clear of their opponents.It seemed that the powerful American line-up would run away with the title, but no one told the International Team that – they stormed back into the lead with a devastating performance in the four balls, winning six out of six matches as the USA was swept for the first time ever.That left only the singles to be played, with Nicklaus and co needing to pull something out of the hat to get close to Gary Player’s team. Making it all the more exciting was that South African favourite Ernie Els had been in fine form throughout the event, and had by that time established himself as the only unbeaten player.Nicklaus and Player gave the spectators the showdown they wanted when they pitted Tiger Woods against South Africa’s number one.One on oneAn incredible story unfolded as the USA started reeling in the Internationals, eating away at the deficit. In a clash of two major winners, US Open winner Jim Furyk saw off US Masters champion Mike Weir three-and-one to get the Americans moving.Jerry Kelly nipped South Africa’s Tim Clark one-up in a back-and-forth match. Then Kenny Perry defeated Nick Price one-up as the normally calm Zimbabwean – truly one of the nicest men in the game – broke his putter over his knee on the final hole as his putt to halve the match just failed to drop.It was an action indicative of the close-fought nature of the competition and the tension it engendered.KJ Choi, though, pulled one back for the Internationals with a convincing four-and-two win over Justin Leonard, who had been responsible for some outstanding putting on the testing greens earlier in the competition.Unfortunately for young Adam Scott of the International Team, he came out with a cold putter against Charles Howell III and was well beaten, going down five-and-four. Jay Haas then put in a storming back nine to race away from Stephen Leaney, clinching a four-and-three win for the Americans.Down to the wireRetief Goosen, though, took charge of his match against Phil Mickelson on the back nine, eventually triumphing two-and-one to leave the big hitting left-hander without a point in the Presidents Cup in 2003.Big Peter Lonard backed up the South African star’s fine effort by trouncing Fred Funk four-and-three.In a terribly tight battle, Chris Di Marco edged Stuart Appleby one-up before Vijay Singh drew blood for Player and co with a four-and-three success against David Toms.The contest between Els and Woods, meanwhile, had fizzled out. Els took a lead on the first hole, but five holes into the match, Woods took the lead for good, eventually claiming a four-and-three win.So it all came down to the match between Davis Love III and Robert Allenby. Heading into the final hole, the American was one-up and needed only to halve the 18th to secure the title for the USA. Unbelievably, Allenby snatched the hole to leave the two men all square and the contest tied at 17 points all. Both sides were just a half-point shy of victory.Sudden deathThat meant a sudden death playoff had to take place, and again it was Ernie versus Tiger as Els and Woods took to the course again, with the pressure rising.They started on the 18th. Both players managed par fives – Els with a testing putt – and so the contest moved on to the first hole. With all eyes on them and everything on the line, Woods and Els responded with fine pressure putts again, and so it continued on to the third playoff hole, the nasty second that is fortified by a collection of tough bunkers.Again, with incredible tension in the air, the two golf stars responded like the great gladiators they are by sinking tough putts.Then, both captains, Player and Nicklaus, said the playoff couldn’t continue because the light had faded too much and neither Woods nor Els could read the grain of the greens.No losersThere followed a period of consulting between the two captains, the two teams, a discussion with PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem and, when it was all over, the two legends, Player and Nicklaus, showed just why they are so revered around the world.Showing great respect for the game of golf, for each other, for their teams and their opponents, they agreed to share the trophy in a heart-warming decision – even though, as defending champions, the USA should have kept the trophy.As both men said: neither team deserved to lose.“I want to thank them for the way they have played the game here”, said South African President Thabo Mbeki, who followed US Presidents Gerald Ford, George Bush and Bill Clinton and Australian Prime Minister John Howard in playing the role of honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup.“The rules state that the defending champions hold the cup in the event of a draw, but theirs was an act of pure sportsmanship when they decided to share the Cup with us”, Mbeki said.That magnanmous gesture brought the curtain down on a spectacular competition. It started with the captains and it worked its way down through their players to the spectators, and the event went off in the very finest traditions of the game.Hollywood scriptwriters couldn’t have penned it better than this one.The Presidents Cup has now been contested on five occasions, with the United States winning three times. The last meeting resulted in a 21½ to 10½ victory for the USA.Previous results: 1994 USA 20 International Team 121996 USA 16½ International Team 15½1998 International Team 20½ USA 11 ½2000 USA 21½ International Team 10½ Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Cold weather dairy calf care

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Rory Lewandowski, Extension Educator Wayne County, Ohio State University ExtensionCold winter weather presents some additional challenges to keeping dairy calves healthy, comfortable and growing. The biggest challenge is the increased nutritional requirement for body maintenance, especially for dairy calves in unheated facilities. Nutritional maintenance is what is required to keep all body systems functioning normally while maintaining a healthy body temperature and neither gaining nor losing weight. Cold weather nutrition requires understanding the concept of lower critical temperature. Lower critical temperature is the lower boundary below which the animal needs additional nutrients, primarily energy, to meet maintenance requirements. If the nutrient level is not increased, then the animal must burn fat reserves to meet the need. The lower critical temperature for calves from birth to 7 days of age is 55 degrees F. Between 7 and 30 days of age, the lower critical temperature is in the 48- to 50-degree F range. For older calves, the lower critical temperature increases to 32 degrees F.Cold weather nutrition for young calves is critical for a couple of reasons. One is the fact that calves are born with only two to four percent of their body weight as fat. This means that if diets are not meeting maintenance needs, the calf can quickly burn up fat reserves. Calves stop growing and worse, the immune system of the calf becomes compromised leading to sickness. Livestock depend upon an insulating hair coat to provide protection from the cold and to moderate that lower critical temperature. That is one reason that the lower critical temperature for older calves is higher as compared to younger calves, but it takes time and energy to grow and develop that hair coat. Breed of calf will also influence cold weather nutritional requirements because small breed calves, for example, Jerseys, have approximately 20% larger surface area per unit of body weight than a large breed calf, such as a Holstein.A rule of thumb for feeding calves housed in unheated conditions in cold weather is that for every 10 degrees F below 32 degrees F, the calf needs 10% more milk to meet its nutritional needs. At 0 degrees F, this requires 32% more milk. The best strategy to meet this need is to add an additional feeding. For example, if normally the calf is fed 3 quarts twice a day, add an additional 2-quart feeding. If milk replacer is used, it should contain at least 20% protein or in the 26% to 28% range for accelerated growth programs. The fat content should be at least 15%, and higher fat content milk replacers of up to 20% fat are preferred as temperatures decline. The solids content of liquid milk replacer can be increased in cold weather from a typical 12.5% to 16%, but be careful in going above this content as diarrhea can result, and recognize that the calf may not be receiving enough water. Always offer calves clean, fresh water in addition to milk or milk replacer. Another key to feeding calves in cold weather is to provide all liquids at 105 degrees F target temperature for consumption. With regard to free-choice water, this means offering water several times per day in cold weather. Beginning a few days after birth, offer calves free access to a calf starter grain mix with a minimum protein content of 18%.There are a couple of other management practices that help to increase calf comfort and aid in keeping calves growing and healthy in cold weather and these involve bedding, providing extra layers of cold protection and ventilation. Straw is the best bedding choice for calves. To provide the most effective thermal insulation, it has to be deep and dry. Calves can nestle down into the straw during cold weather. The goal is to provide enough bedding so that when the calf is nestled down, you don’t see its legs.  Dryness is important to keeping the calf warm. Test the dryness of the bedding by kneeling down into it. If your knees get wet, more bedding is needed. Calf jackets offer a good option to add another layer of insulation and cold protection for calves, especially calves under a month of age. Calf jackets should have a water repellent outer shell, an insulation that wicks moisture away from the calf, fit the calf well, be easy to wash and dry, and constructed to withstand outdoor environments. Do not forget about ventilation during winter months in closed structures. The goal is to provide adequate air turnover to prevent ammonia accumulation while avoiding any direct drafts on the calf. A general recommendation for winter weather is four air exchanges per hour.Cold weather calf care requires more time and labor, but it is necessary to keep calves comfortable, healthy, and growing.last_img read more

Is a Ground-Source Heat Pump a Renewable Energy System?

first_imgAllison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a RESNET-accredited energy consultant, trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard blog. A poor choice of terminologyI think the main source of the confusion about ground-source heat pumps and renewable energy is the unfortunate use of the term “geothermal” in connection with these devices. When you hear the word “geothermal,” you think of lava or geysers, of volcanoes blowing their tops. You think of beautiful Icelandic maidens in steaming pools of hot water surrounded by snow. (Or is that just me?) You think of heat engines being driven and doing useful work by harnessing the heat from within the earth.But that’s not what ground-source heat pumps are or do. They’re just like your regular air conditioner or heat pump except they use the ground instead of the air as the source or sink for heat. They still use electricity to power the pump that moves the working fluid through the loops. They still use electricity for the blower that moves the air through the duct system. They’re still using even more electricity to run the compressor, which is the pump for the refrigeration cycle. All that electricity generally comes from outside the home, often from a power plant that burns coal or natural gas. The last I heard, most folks don’t consider those fuels renewable.Ah, but now that you mention Iceland, Allison, I hear you thinking, isn’t a ground-source heat pump doing the same thing they do when they pump heat from their numerous hot springs and use it in buildings? They’re using pumps to move the heat, too, just like a ground-source heat pump does? Well, yes and no. It appears at first to be the same thing, and we do indeed call the heat they’re using a “renewable” source of heat. The difference, though, is that they’re pumping high-grade heat that comes in at a temperature high enough to be used directly. They don’t have to “concentrate” it through the use of a refrigeration cycle as a ground-source heat pump does.I don’t use the term “geothermal heat pump.” It’s too confusing. Even Thomas Friedman, the columnist for the New York Times who’s written some well-received books about the environment, is confused about this. He wrote in a column a few years ago that he’s using renewable energy in his home because he installed a “geothermal” heat pump.Really now. If a ground-source heat pump is a renewable energy source, then so is a refrigerator. Can you see why this drives me crazy? Can a heat pump be classified as an energy source?OK, I’ll say a bit more. Remember that article I wrote about how your air conditioner works? And the one before that about how air-source heat pumps get heat out of cold air to heat your home in winter? A ground-source heat pump does exactly the same thing, with one difference. Are Affordable Ground-Source Heat Pumps On the Horizon?Ground-Source Heat Pumps (2010)Ground-Source Heat Pumps (2009)GBA Encyclopedia: Heat Pumps: The BasicsGBA Encyclopedia: Green Heating OptionsPodcast: Ground Source Heat Pumps, Part 1: The BasicsPodcast: Ground-Source Heat Pumps, Part 2: Rules of ThumbPodcast: Ground-Source Heat Pumps, Part 3: Five QuestionsHeating a Tight, Well-Insulated HouseGround-Source Heat Pumps Don’t Save EnergyGround-Source Heat Pumps Have Low Operating CostsAir-Source or Ground-Source Heat Pump? Here’s another rant that goes in my “drives me crazy” bin of articles. I’m in good company, too. Another article that ran at Green Building Advisor recently discussed making the choice between an air-source heat pump and a ground-source (a.k.a. “geothermal”) heat pump. At the end of the article, Peter Yost mentioned that ground-source heat pumps,“have been given quite the green ‘pass’ or ‘seal of approval’ because they are portrayed as using a ‘renewable’ energy source, and that makes me crazy.”So there’s your answer to the question I asked in the title: No! Ground-source heat pumps are not a renewable energy source. Let’s all go out and have a productive day now. RELATED ARTICLES In an air-source heat pump or air conditioner, you’re pulling heat from the outside air and putting it into the home (heating mode) or putting heat from the home into the outside air (cooling mode). The diagram below shows what’s going on. The heat exchange with the outside is going on in the part labeled as the condenser coil. In an air-source heat pump or air conditioner, that coil surrounds the noisy metal box that sits outside your home. The fan inside the condensing unit pulls outdoor air across that coil, and the refrigerant running through the coil either gives up heat to the outside (cooling mode) or picks up heat from the outside (heating mode).The only substantial difference with a ground-source heat pump is that you’re using the ground (or a body of water) instead of the outside air. The heat exchanger in a ground-source heat pump isn’t a coil but a loop of pipe carrying the working fluid. That loop of pipe can be horizontal or vertical (see the photo of a well, above), but its job is simply to exchange heat with the ground. It’s doing the job of the condenser coil above. (Actually, there are two closed loops and three heat exchanges going on, but I’ve taken the liberty of simplifying the process here, which doesn’t change anything regarding our original question.)I’ve focused on air conditioners and heat pumps here, but the same analysis applies to refrigerators, which are just another kind of heat pump that uses the refrigeration cycle. All of these need an input source of energy to run the refrigerant through the system. In an air-source heat pump, you also need a blower to move air across the evaporator coil and through the duct system and another fan in the condensing unit. In a ground-source heat pump, the fan in the condensing unit is replaced with a pump for the working fluid in the ground loop.So, is a refrigerator a renewable source of energy?last_img read more

How to Create Velocity in Sales Results

first_imgThere are ways to speed up your sales process; many—if not most—are unhealthy. You can rush through the process, not giving the conversations your client needs the appropriate time and attention. You can speed past some of the necessary outcomes, as if they are not important, mistakenly believing the choice of action doesn’t come with a cost. You can allow your prospect to dictate the process, skipping steps, and avoiding doing what they need to to make a good decision. There are ways you can create velocity in your sales results.While velocity is important, it isn’t most important. The prize for the most important belongs solely to “winning.” It never makes sense to trade time when doing so increases the likelihood of a loss, yet this is what many do, often attempting the new one-call close. There are better ways to speed up your sales results, and doing so requires you shift your focus from trying to “cheat” the process (the sales conversation) to a more strategic and healthier choice.Speed Up New OpportunitiesIf you want to accuse salespeople of not doing something as fast as they should, you need to look much earlier in the sales cycle. What happens too slow in sales is the creation of new opportunities (real opportunities, not contacts, and companies that engage without any genuine interest or any commitment to change). Too few opportunities is often the result of too little prospecting. Weeks with little or no prospecting means the time passed without the salesperson creating new opportunities. You lose velocity when you create an opportunity in the future that you might have created sooner.Imagine you are required to make twenty outbound attempts a day. In the course of the week, you make one-hundred calls, and you create two new meetings that result in a new opportunity. With no change in your strategy or your approach, you decide to make forty outbound attempts and create four new meetings that result in four new opportunities. These two additional opportunities have been pulled forward in time by a week.Note: Forty dials may require you to leave as many as thirty voice mail messages. The reason you can make many more calls than you needed if you are required to prospect at all, is because you don’t get to talk to too many people. Prospecting now means campaigns and pursuit plans, not sporadic calls made without a plan or intention.Sales managers often ask their salespeople to close deals faster, but they don’t ask them to create deals more quickly, and many are unwilling to hold them accountable for prospecting at all.There is every reason to pull results forward in time. You get the revenue sooner, and your client receives the better outcome they need faster.Slow Down Your ProcessLet me make this point abundantly clear; revenue now is better than revenue later. A client getting the result they need today is better than three weeks from now. There is no reason to take more time than is necessary to win a deal, but you also shouldn’t try to cheat the process.You cannot go faster than your dream client can go, even though you know the destination and the way there. When you try to speed things up, you leave your contacts behind, creating a gap they can’t close by themselves. Since your client can’t catch up with you, you have to go back to where they are and give them what they need to move forward.Here’s an example: you have a couple of discovery meetings, your contacts love your ideas, and they are excited. However, you haven’t had a chance to tailor the solution to them and their company, nor have you discussed the investment. They ask you for a proposal and pricing, and you provide it. Then, crickets. They go dark, leaving you chasing ghosts. Because you did not collaborate on the solution and didn’t help them build consensus within their company and teams, you eventually hear, “We decided to go another direction.” (For more on these commitments, see The Lost Art of Closing: Winning the 10 Commitments That Drive Sales)An interesting metric is how many hours of conversation it takes to win a deal. If an average deal for some imaginary company takes ten hours to win, with the low end being six, why would you try to make the sale in an hour or two? Maybe you don’t know better and believe the deal to be more transactional than it really is, or perhaps you are trying to fast. It might also be that you are allowing your client to go faster than they should if they want to make the changes they have been working on with you.Speeding Up by SlowingThe way to speed up your process is to acquire the necessary commitments, linking them together without allowing much time between meetings. If you can shorten the distance between the meetings locked safely on your calendar, you can build velocity. You slow your deals by leaving meetings without established next steps and a date for the next meeting. Like cheating the process slows your progress, long periods between sessions can also kill your momentum.If you need to speed up the acquisition of deals, it may be because you have too few opportunities to allow you to spend time helping your client with their decision, without your having to try to drag them along at a pace they cannot possibly maintain.Speed up the creation of opportunities and gain the commitments that speed up the time it takes to win deals—and produce better results for your clients. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

After breakthrough wins, Nierva confident Lady Bulldogs can play better in 2nd round

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—National University may be a young team, but Jennifer Nierva doesn’t like at her team as just a bunch of rookies.ADVERTISEMENT NU ended the first round with a 2-4 record with its wins coming against University of the East and University of the Philippines which Nierva said the Lady Bulldogs should bank on going deeper into the tournament.Nierva, who was part of NU’s four-peat champions in high school, said they found their winning attitude in their five-set win over the Lady Maroons, 25-17, 14-25, 17-25, 25-23, 17-15.Against Ateneo, however, that was lost to the wayside.READ: Young Lady Bulldogs show bite against seasoned Lady Spikers“We need that winning attitude, we found it when we won against UP and we just have to maintain this and apply the things we learn every game,” said Nierva who had 29 excellent digs and 30 successful receptions.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Kobe Bryant steals show at 2019 Fiba World Cup draw View comments Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES Google Philippines names new country director “I think this second round we’ll play better and work harder on our weaknesses.”Although NU lost its last game in the first round, Nierva said the team remained optimistic for the second round.“I saw in my team that we really want to win and if you see your teammates like that it lifts you up,” said Nierva. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NU second-youngest team in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament with six rookies in its lineup, next to University of Santo Tomas which has seven, but those first-year players make up four players of the starting six.“Once you’re in the game, there are no more rookies or seniors, everyone’s on the same footing,” said Nierva in Filipino after NU lost to Ateneo in four sets, 23-25, 25-17, 25-23, 25-17, Saturday at Filoil Flying V Center.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsREAD: No pushovers: NU Lady Bulldogs prove they’re more than just bunch of rookies“It all boils down on how you play against your opponents.” Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snaglast_img read more