Amazing Grace in fourth European win

first_img8 October 2012South Africa’s Branden Grace captured his fourth European Tour title of 2012 on Sunday with a two-shot victory in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, played at Saint Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns.“I’ve really dreamt of this moment my whole life,” he said after securing victory.“I had goosebumps thinking this morning about Louis [winning The Open Championship at Saint Andrews in 2010] and the possibility of holding a trophy here myself.“It was a tough day, but the putter started working and that’s all I needed to do.”Select companyThe win puts the 24-year-old South African in select company, namely Seve Ballesteros, Ernie Els, Nick Faldo, Miguel Angel Jiminez, Martin Kaymer, Bernhard Langer, Lee Westwood, Tiger Woods and Ian Woosnam, who also managed to win four events in a single year on the European Tour.With his win on Sunday, though, Grace achieved something never before done: he became the first graduate of the European Tour Qualifying School to win four times in the year after his graduation.He also became the first South African to win the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and maintained an enviable record of always winning when leading or sharing the lead heading into the final round of a tournament.Four-shot leadHaving opened with a remarkable 60 on the Kingsbarns course, Grace followed that up with rounds of 67 and 69 to lead by four shots with a round to go on 20-under-par 196.In the final round, however, Denmark’s Thorbjørn Olesen managed to draw level with Grace with seven holes to go. The South African, though, responded superbly, sinking birdie putts of 10, 12 and 14 feet on the next three holes to pull clear.He went on to card a 70 and finish on a tournament record 22-under-par 266, two shots clear of Olesen. Sweden’s Alexander Noren claimed third on 18-under-par 270, with Joel Sjoholm in fourth on 16-under-par 272.Course recordSouth Africa’s George Coetzee was on fire in the final round, equalling the Saint Andrews course record with a superb 10-under-par 62, which moved him up to a share of fifth place with Fredrik Andersson Hed, Victor Dubuisson, Stephen Gallacher, Raphael Jacquelin, Lee Slattery and Danny Willett on 15-under-par 273.The winner’s cheque of €617 284 (approximately R7.05-million) was the largest of Grace’s career. It also helped to lift him up to third place in the Race to Dubai rankings, trailing only world number one Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose.Just behind Grace is 2012 Open champion Ernie Els, Italy’s Francesco Molinari and Louis Oosthuizen. Like Oosthuizen and 2011 Masters’ champion Charl Schwartzel, Grace is a product of the Ernie Els Foundation, and Els himself believes Grace will become the third former member of the Foundation to win a Major title.Meteoric riseHis rise in 2012 has certainly been meteoric. He began the year ranked 265th in the year and is now ranked 37th in the official world golf rankings.Grace’s other European Tour victories this year include the Joburg Open and the Volvo Golf Champions in January and the Volvo China Open in April.More recently, in September, he returned to South Africa to play in two winter events on the Sunshine Tour and won the Vodacom Origins of Golf Final for his second title of the year on The Links at Fancourt.Besides his third place in the Race to Dubai standings, he’s also a clear leader atop the Sunshine Tour standings, almost R800 000 clear of second placed Louis Oosthuizen.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Infographic: what you can do to save water

first_imgSmall changes at home and work can go a long way to minimise the effects of the current drought in South Africa. We’ve collected these easy tips so everyone can contribute to saving water.Saving water can be easy by making tiny changes in lifestyle habits. (Image: Pixabay)Words and research: Priya PitamberDesign and infographic: Sandile KhumaloSouth Africa is experiencing a severe drought but we can all do our bit to save water and learn to use it wisely.The Department of Water and Sanitation has urged people to follow water saving measures strictly as dam levels across the country continue to fall.“If we are to secure enough water for each citizen amidst this very real water crisis, we need to pull together and do every bit we can to save and preserve our water resources in our province,” said MEC for co-operative governance and traditional affairs Paul Mashatile, speaking about Gauteng.Click on the image for a larger view.Source: Department of Water and SanitationWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

First day on job for South African beggar

first_img7 July 2015After months of begging for a job on the streets of Johannesburg, Joseph Phukubje said his first day at work was more than what he could have asked for.He reported for work at Locomute on yesterday. Locomute is a car sharing company that is the first of its kind in Africa.“Yesterday when I arrived I met the management team. They all wanted to know more about me. The team welcomed me and they also understood the situation that I have been through,” Phukubje said this morning.He enjoyed his first day. “The day was very interesting. Everything went very well,” he said.Getting cleanPhukubje said he was very excited about all the opportunities he had been exposed to and all that he was learning. After using crystal meth for a very long time, Phukubje has been trying to stay clean since he was promised a job last week.His new employer has offered to help him get clean. “They are taking me to Sanca [South African National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence] today so I can get medication,” Phukubje said.But the eager young man says he will be back at work later to continue with his duties.After having what others would deem a “normal day”, Phukubje, however, had to return to the dilapidated building on Marlboro Road in Sandton which he shares with other homeless people, most of whom use drugs.“Yesterday when I knocked off I went back to Marlboro but today I might not go back. I might get a room in Tembisa.” Another Good Samaritan might assist him with rent, he added.Good SamaritansHe has not, however, shared news of his first day of work with the people with whom he lives.“Most of them wouldn’t understand what is happening and I can’t say they have read what was written about me because most of them cannot read,” said Phukubje.His life all changed when he met a Good Samaritan by the name of Pamela Green as he stood at a street corner in Sandton with his CV and matric certificate in hand, begging for a job.“After I drove away from the [traffic light] that he was standing at, I actually kept my eyes on the rear view mirror. There was just something about him,” Green said last week.“A few negative events in my life [that] week had brought me to that robot and I was trying to figure out why all these events had taken place, and when I saw Joseph I kind of knew that that’s why I needed to be at the robot at the time and go and speak to him.”Watch Phukubje thank people for their help:A second chance at lifeShe turned around and went to speak to Phukubje. He told her how he had left his grandmother, mother, sister, and older brother to come to Johannesburg in search of a job after completing matric. His father was hardly ever present in his life.Things did not work out as planned and Joseph ended up living on the street.Green shared his story on her Facebook page and asked her friends to help get him a job. Within hours, the post had gone viral and job offers began pouring in. Days later, Phukubje landed a job.He said Green had given him a second chance at life. “There’s been a lot of changes since I met her. She has shown me a different point of life, a meaning to life and what I can live for. Actually I had given up on life, but she made me see it’s still too early and I am still young. I can have a second chance.”Meanwhile, the bright, well-spoken 22-year-old plans to study sales and marketing next year. Another Good Samaritan has offered to pay his tuition.Source: News24Wirelast_img read more

Gliffy Unveils the First Online Diagramming API

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now steven walling IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#enterprise#Products#saas Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img Related Posts Gliffy, one of the top Web-based diagramming tools, has released the first API for any service of its kind. This software as a service just got a complete UI makeover, and that, plus this new move, will let Gliffy really lead the pack in this space.The API is in public beta as of today. The developers who got access to the trial run have already built some dead-useful extensions, such as a WordPress plugin that allows you to incorporate diagrams and a script that automatically backs up your Gliffy account to your local machine. Other SaaS diagram makers include Lovely Charts and Draw Anywhere, but with these latest upgrades, Gliffy’s real target is desktop software like Visio and OmniGraffle. Gliffy has a respectable customer base and a loyal following, but getting business users to leave the desktop apps they know (even if they hate them) has been an uphill battle. With the API, the company hopes that the ability to extend and integrate the service with other platforms will become too attractive to pass up. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

PV Prices Are Finally Dropping

first_imgManufacturers Suffer, But Buyers RejoiceLOS ANGELES, Calif. — With dozens of new photovoltaic (PV) module factories churning out more panels than the market can absorb, PV prices are finally dropping.“A dramatic fall in the price of solar panels has made the clean power source a better deal than ever before, but solar manufacturers’ profits have dwindled, thanks to that rapid decline,” reports the Reuters News Service. “After hitting $4.20 a watt in the middle of 2008, solar panel prices have slid almost 30 percent to about $3 a watt, with research firm New Energy Finance predicting a further 20% drop this year.”According to John Segrich, an analyst for Gabelli & Company, this year’s worldwide demand for PV modules is estimated at 5,200 mW, while the 20 largest PV module manufacturers are expected to produce 7,000 mW this year. This oversupply is one reason why PV module manufacturers have seen their stock prices drop by 50% from recent peaks.PV prices are likely to continue dropping in months ahead. Renewable Energy World reported, “The cost of photovoltaic electricity is due to plummet in 2009, according to a new analysis by New Energy Finance. Its latest Silicon and Wafer Price Index shows average silicon contract prices falling by more than 30% in 2009 compared with 2008. . . . Furthermore, with thin-film PV module manufacturing costs approaching the $1/watt mark, crystalline silicon-based PV will come under severe competition for larger projects, resulting in margins shrinking throughout the silicon value chain, the company argues. . . . This may pressure crystalline silicon module manufacturers to reduce selling prices . . . $4/watt could drop to $2.60/watt by the end of 2009.”Of course, lower PV prices is good news for builders and homeowners, especially in light of the 30% federal tax credit for PV installations. “It’s a great thing,” Barclays Capital analyst Vishal Shah told Reuters. “The pain that we are seeing in the industry right now is going to manifest into stronger growth in 2010 because prices are so low.”last_img read more

6 days agoNewcastle boss Bruce: England will happen for Longstaff brothers

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Bruce: England will happen for Longstaff brothersby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Steve Bruce says the Longstaff brothers are capable of playing for England.Sean, 21, and Matty, 19, have never been involved with the national team at any level and, until recently, were not part of the list of young players being tracked inside St George’s Park.But Bruce said: “I think they just have to be given time. They will find their way if they’re playing regularly.”I would think in the next few weeks, if they’re both going to be in the team, then they will come under the spotlight. Gareth has a blueprint of putting young players in and changing it, which is quite refreshing.”So if they keep playing to a certain level, everything will find them, whether it’s international call-ups, new contracts, new cars, the whole lot will fall into place.” last_img read more

Urban Meyer On Conference Strength: “I Don’t Know Anyone Else’s Schedule”

first_imgARLINGTON, TX – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl against the USC Trojans in the second quarter at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Among the most prominent college football talking points heading into week two was that of Ohio State’s weak remaining schedule. Michigan State is the only ranked team on the Buckeyes’ schedule, which many SEC coaches, including Bret Bielema and Dan Mullen, complained about. The weekend did not go well for those two; Mullen lost by two against LSU despite the Tigers failing to generate any kind of passing offense, while Bielema’s Razorbacks were embarrassed by Toledo.When asked about the complaints during his Monday press conference, Meyer said that he doesn’t pay attention to any other team’s schedule.Asked about strength of conferences, Urban Meyer: “I don’t know anyone else’s schedule. … I don’t know how (people) know that.”— Ari Wasserman (@AriWasserman) September 14, 2015Urban Meyer says he has no idea how the Big Ten is perceived right now. “I don’t know anyone’s schedule…I don’t care.”— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) September 14, 2015While conference pride plays a factor in college football, for the top teams in the country, that’s probably the correct approach.last_img read more

Video: Bill O’Reilly Asked Urban Meyer If He’d Have Cut Jameis Winston Following The Crab Legs Incident

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer on Ohio State's sideline.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on as they play the Wisconsin Badgers during the second half of the the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer made the rounds yesterday, appearing on The Dan Patrick Show, CBS, ESPN and Fox to promote his new book, titled “Above the Line.” Bill O’Reilly, host of The O’Reilly Factor, made sure to ask some interesting questions.O’Reilly, alluding to Meyer’s strict policies, asked the Buckeyes head man what he’d have done if Jameis Winston, who infamously stole crab legs from a Publix ahead of the 2014 season, had been on his team. He said he “would have had a hard time letting it go.”Of course, it’s always easy to say what you’d have done when you aren’t in the exact situation. That being said, Meyer probably runs a tighter ship now than he did in the past.last_img read more

Registration for PCJ Energy Competition Closes Sept. 30

first_imgStory Highlights September 30 is the deadline for registration for the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) 2018 Energy Champion Competition. Project Manager for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme at the PCJ, Jody Grizzle, told JIS News that this second staging of the competition has seen over 100 per cent increase in enrolment, with more than 40 public-sector entities registered, so far. center_img September 30 is the deadline for registration for the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) 2018 Energy Champion Competition.Project Manager for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme at the PCJ, Jody Grizzle, told JIS News that this second staging of the competition has seen over 100 per cent increase in enrolment, with more than 40 public-sector entities registered, so far.“This is a strong indication of positive behaviour change in the public sector, and that the message of energy conservation is being embraced,” she said.The competition, which seeks to award energy-efficient public entities, will run from October 1 to December 31, 2018.All government agencies operating on their own energy meters are eligible for the competition, whether or not they were beneficiaries of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Project (EECP) implementation programme.Competitors stand the chance to win more than $1.5 million in energy-efficient interventions.Interested agencies may visit the website www.pcj.com and complete the entry form.Ms. Grizzle said that the competition is an innovative way for the Government of Jamaica to be a role model in energy-conservation initiatives across the island and to lead by example.“It is the vision that members of the private sector will join us in the effort to reduce energy consumption, and that behaviour change in the workplace among employees will transcend into their households as together we secure Jamaica’s energy future,” Ms. Grizzle said.last_img read more

Werewolf Interview with Ashley McKenzie and Nelson MacDonald

first_img Twitter Advertisement Facebook Google+: http://www.google.com/+telefilmcanadaFacebook:[EN] http://www.facebook.com/telefilmcanada[FR] http://www.facebook.com/TelefilmCanad…Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/telefilm_canada The micro-budget film Werewolf (formely Train Whistle Does Not Blow) was just selected in the Discovery program at #TIFF16. Here’s what director Ashley McKenzie and producer Nelson MacDonald had to say about their first feature film shot in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.————————————————————————Be sure to thumbs up the video, add it to your playlist or favorites, and leave a comment. / Ne manquez pas de vous abonner à notre chaîne, d’aimer notre vidéo, de l’ajouter à votre sélection ou à vos favoris et d’inscrire un commentaire.Stay tuned and follow the Telefilm Canada community: / Gardez l’œil ouvert et suivez la communauté de Téléfilm Canada : LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more