Class act

first_imgWith21 years of professional experience behind her, Lily Lim has moved intoeducation and is heading the drive to improve learning standards in thesector.  By Kate RouyIfuniversities gave out degrees for enthusiasm, there is little doubt that LilyLim would have a string of letters after her name. As it is, she’s not doingtoo badly. MSc, PgD Health and Safety, OHN Certificate, RN, PgCHE, MIOSH…Apretty remarkable feat by any standards, but for Lim, principal lecturer,programme leader and pathway coordinator in occupational health and safety atMiddlesex University and newly elected chairwoman of the Association ofOccupational Health Nurse Educators, this has been achieved against a backdropof a writing disorder that would have severely slowed the progress of the mostdetermined scholar.”Ihave an interesting form of dyslexia,” she says cheerfully. “I knowwhat I want to say, but find it hard to put it down. It takes a long time.”Butfar from proving a stumbling block, her dyslexia has, she says, spurred her on.”Yes, it has made things harder,” she concedes. “But I use it toencourage my students, to show them what they can achieve.”Malaysian-bornLim joined the staff at Middlesex University four years ago, with a remit towrite an occupational health and safety programme. Completing the processwithin a year, she got the courses approved and validated by the university,the English Nursing Board (ENB) and the Institute of Occupational Safety andHealth. Along the way, she also found time to fit in her PostgraduateCertificate for Higher Education.”Peopleneed to be trained to do a job,” she says. “So I thought I should betrained to be a lecturer.”Althougha relative newcomer to higher education, Lim believes that her 21 years in thefield of occupational health stands her in good stead for her teaching role.She is also passionate about the benefits of further education for OH nurses,many of whom, she says, are apprehensive about the notion of a return tostudying, especially if it comes – as it does for many of her students – afteryears away from the classroom. “Allour students are mature, and are working within health and safety,” shesays. “This opportunity for them to study for a degree is brilliant: to bein a university environment which can provide them with so much, and which is anew experience for many of them.”CourseleaderLimis programme leader for three courses: BSc Honours Occupational Health andSafety Management and Specialist Practitioner (Occupational Health Nursing);BSc Honours Occupational Health and Safety Management; and MSc in OccupationalHealth and Safety. Each of the undergraduate courses involves one day atcollege a week, making up two semesters a year. Each semester is 15 weeks long.Theuniversity subsidises all part-time courses, and the degrees can take up tofive years to complete. The courses also allow for a lot of flexibility, soanyone who has to postpone their studies can return at any time with thecredits they have already accumulated.BothBSc courses involve six modules, with 20 credits accrued per module. Coresubjects include health and safety management, risk management, hygiene andsafety technology, as well as research methods and project work. No exam workis involved – “I don’t think exams are the best way of learning,”says Lim. Forthe MSc, 180 credits are required, of which 60 credits are project work. Thecore modules are the same as the BSc.Asfor the benefits of studying for a degree, Lim is in no doubt. “Thosein occupational health with a degree have an advantage,” she says.”For years OH nurses have been doing excellent jobs, but with workplaceattitudes changing and more and more managers being graduates, if you are not agraduate, it makes your life a little bit more difficult.  “Peopleare much more likely to accept things at face value. Nursing training is verytechnical, but often people do not equate that with a more managerial role. Limalso believes OH has to move with the times. “Inoccupational health there have always been pockets of excellence and people whowere role models, but the job is changing. Whereas there has always been anemphasis on health promotion and the clinical care of people at work, there isnow a lot more management involved and OH is much more of a strategic role.When I did my general nursing, OH was always ‘the sick bay sister’ – that isn’tthe case any more.”Limherself came to the UK at the age of 19 to train at Old Church Hospital inRomford, Essex. But while nursing was a something of a family tradition, (hermother was a midwife and one of her uncles a professor of public health inMalaysia), she soon decided that her career should lie in an aspect of healththat was “more proactive”. “Itsoon became clear that the reason a lot of people were in hospital was becausethey did not look after themselves properly. So that is how I became involvedin occupational health. We can do so much to keep people fit and healthy andprotect them while they are at work.”FieldexperienceHersubsequent career involved occupational health work both in the public andprivate sectors. She was an employment nursing adviser with the Health andSafety Executive, and an occupational health adviser with the Post Office andLucas.Limbelieves her broad range of experience has given her the ideal perspective todevise a course which fulfills the needs of its students as well as the OHprofession itself.”Icame into teaching because of the opportunity I was given to develop thesecourses,” she says. “I have seen thousands of OH nurses and havevisited a lot of workplaces, and I know how people work.”Ialso know that nurses, especially those in OH, need to be on an equal standingwith other managers in the workplace, and for that they need to be graduates.”ManyOH nurses, she says, are their own worst enemy when it comes to approachingfurther education. “Nursesare very versatile, and a lot of them do very good jobs but they have very pooresteem and do not recognise how valuable they are,” she says.”OHis unique in this country. OH nurses have a lot of responsibility that in other countries would fall on doctors.But until organisations accept that OH nurses are actually part of themulti-disciplined team needed to run a company effectively, they will always beseen as a secondary person, an afterthought.”Butit is a two-way thing. Sometimes nurses do not meet management requirements andthat is one of the reasons why I am very positive about degrees in OH.”Ontop of any academic requirements, Lim says an important part of the degreeethos is to get OH nurses to think like managers.”Ispend a lot of time getting nurses to write good management reports,” shesays. “They need communication and presentation skills; they need to havemulti-disciplinary skills – the ability to persuade people. They have tounderstand how a business works.”RolemodelLimsays she has high expectations of her students, but is rarely disappointed. Shepersonally interviews all prospective candidates and has devised a programmefor new students including a pre-study course, study skills and a week-longinduction, during which students are familiarised with the university’s ITfacilities as well as aspects of assignment writing such as referencing andpresentation. “All the basic skills of being a university student,”says Lim.Motivationisn’t usually a problem, however, she says. “I always say to them, forgetthe teaching, feel the learning. But most people learn for themselves.”Limbelieves her students respond to her approach. “I like to think I am veryuser-friendly. I am very honest with my students. They can come and complain tome, but I want them to come up with a solution. I can’t stand whingeing. Itreat them as adults, as colleagues. But I also have to hold back, because I amtheir assessor. At the end of the day, you cannot allow someone to be qualifiedif they are not competent.”FuturevisionInthe meantime, Lim has another new role, as chairwoman of the Association ofOccupational Health Nurse Educators, a role she relishes as “a chance togive something back”. “Weare a very small group, we meet about three times a year, but it is animportant role for me. The AOHNE was started as a support group to help felloweducators. It can be very frustrating to work in small units by yourself and itis good to have someone you can talk to.”Theassociation also offers fellow educators the opportunity to share good practicethrough a database and a newly established web site, in order to raise theprofile of learning and teaching in OH.Lim’svision as chairwoman continues her theme of the importance of education in theOH profession.”Myvision is that there will be an increasing demand for good occupational healthadvice and support in the workplace,” she says. “As occupationalhealth nurse educators we should be sensitive to our market requirements byworking proactively with all the stakeholders to ensure OH nurses’ education isprogressive, effective and efficient.”Sodoes she now see herself as a teacher or nurse? A mixture of both, she says.”I will always be a nurse, but I am also a teacher and that role isimportant to me.”Itis fantastic to see a student change over a year. The students enjoy theircourses and that is very satisfying. When they have finished their projectsthey should be specialists and have the self confidence to be able to adaptthat knowledge to other areas. That is the important thing.”OHis still a young career, it is a very hands-on job. It is also a very tough jobwhich doesn’t always get the respect it should,” she says.Aboveall, says Lim, degree courses give students the tools to think for themselvesand move forward with their careers. She cites her favourite Chinese proverb asan example of the benefits of a degree.”Ifyou give someone a fish, the next day they will come back for another. But ifyou teach someone how to catch a fish, they will be fed for life.” Class actOn 1 Jul 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more


Industrial Comment Timing for success

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Empty stands reminder football should be for the fans

first_img0Shares0000Croatia and England played out a goalless draw in front of an empty stadium on Friday © AFPRIJEKA, Croatia, Oct 13 – “Football without fans is nothing,” Celtic’s European Cup-winning manager Jock Stein famously opined many years ago.If a reminder of Stein’s comment was required, it came during England’s 0-0 draw in Croatia, that did neither side’s chances of progressing in the Nations League much good. A goalless draw was fitting of an empty experience with supporters shut out of the 8,000 capacity HNK Rijeka stadium, perched on a hilltop overlooking the Adriatic Sea.Croatia were completing a UEFA sanction to play two matches behind closed doors after a swastika symbol was carved into the pitch during a Euro 2016 qualifier against Italy over three years ago.It was just the latest in a litany of offences for racism that has seen Croatia consistently punished with fans banned for home matches.However, amid the eeriness of hearing players shake hands before kick-off and shout instructions during the game, the question was raised whether the punishment fits the crime.“The atmosphere is not easy for anybody, it is sad for football but hopefully this is our last time,” said Croatia manager Zlatko Dalic.“Football is played for the fans. It’s sad the second and fourth team from the World Cup are playing behind closed doors. I don’t know who it is good for.”Croatia finished runners-up to World Cup winners France while England lost to Belgium in the third place play-off.A small band of intrepid England fans did manage to find a nearby hill to catch a glimpse of the Three Lions.“I could hear the noise,” said England boss Gareth Southgate. “It is a shame for the supporters, some of whom haven’t missed a game for 10 years or more.”Reversing fixtures so the perpetrators are punished with losing home advantage or even moving games to a neutral venue have been offered as alternative solutions.“While we all endorse the campaign against racism and want to see all that prejudice and bigotry stamped out of the game, the nature of this punishment against the Croatian FA is also punishing the innocent,” said Kevin Miles, chief executive of the Football Supporters’ Federation in England.“Because England fans haven’t been convicted of anything like that and yet those regular supporters who travel all over the place supporting the team are now locked out of a match and not able to support them.”– TV cash prioritised –Chelsea’s Eden Hazard is captured by a television broadcast camera. But match going fans have again been inconvenienced by the Premier League’s fixture scheduling for the festive season © AFP / Glyn KIRKHowever, even back in England, the soullessness of seeing the national team play in front of empty stands should be a reminder of the importance of not sacrificing supporters who attend games for increased cash revenue from television deals.On the same day supporters were shut out in Croatia, the Premier League revealed their TV schedule for the Christmas and New Year period that will see only four days without a match in the fortnight between December 21 and January 3.UEFA themselves have been accused of prioritising TV for their new competition with the Nations League adopting the “week of football”.By spreading matches across six days, many games are taken away from their former weekend sweet spot to attract crowds.England next travel to Spain for a 2045 (1845GMT) kick-off on a Monday night.The football authorities would be well advised to remember the game “without fans is nothing.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


Gallery: The Rise and Fall of Apartheid

first_imgCompiled by Lucille DavieThe Rise and Fall of Apartheid, a massive exhibition of 700 historic photos capturing the harsh realities and eventual downfall of apartheid, will open on 13 February at Museum Africa in Johannesburg. View a selection of images from the exhibit, a “rich tapestry of materials that have rarely been shown together”, on display in South Africa after a run in New York, Munich and Milan.Gille de Vlieg. The street outside a meeting held to call on the apartheid regime to stop harassing Winnie Mandela. Johannesburg Centre, February 14, 1986. (Image: © Gille de Vlieg).Graeme Williams. Right-wing groups gather in Pretoria’s Church Square to voice their anger at the FW de Klerk government’s attempts to transform the country, 1990. (Image: © Graeme Williams)Cedric Nunn. A mother mourns the death of her son, a supporter of the United Democratic Front, in the Natal War, Mphaphameni, KwaZulu-Natal, 1987. (Image: © Cedric Nunn)Greg Marinovich. Migrant worker hostel in Thokoza township. Inkatha Freedom Party hostel residents controlled the townships around Johannesburg. Thousands of people, civilians and combatants died in the so-called Hostel Wars, 1993. (Image: © Greg Marinovich)Lesley Lawson. Mam Lydia in her room, bottom road, Langlaagte Deep Village, Crown Mines, 1982. (Image: © Lesley Lawson)Peter Magubane. Sharpeville Funeral: More than 5 000 people were at the graveyard, May 1960. (Image: Baileys African History Archive)last_img read more


What Makes a Job ‘Green’?

first_imgGreen sure is a handy word. Over the past few years it has become one of the building industry’s most heavily used catchphrases, salted with marketing potential and earnest ecological concern.When we use the word green (or associated terms) in a GBA blog, for instance, our intention is to put its use in proper context, whether the post is about an aspect of building performance, the environmental impact of a project, or perhaps a set of green certification criteria.Our attempted levels of precision and clarity seem to diminish, however, when the word is used to describe an employment category – i.e. green jobs – as was brought to mind this week by a story published in the San Antonio Express. Headlined “Moving to ‘green jobs’ proves tough,” the article points out that employment opportunities have often been scarce for people who have trained for jobs in the alternative-energy sector, despite an analysis by the Texas town’s city government that showed there are anywhere from 2,200 to 60,750 green jobs in the area, depending the criteria used to define “green.” When the term is applied broadly and includes fields that contribute to green practices, for example, the jobs number is big, but shrinks dramatically when it’s applied only to jobs for, say, solar panel installers and wind turbine technicians.An academic issueU.S. Commerce Department figures, meanwhile, show 10,000 to 13,000 green jobs, of all categories, in the San Antonio area. In the end, in this economy, trying to accurately gauge a job’s greenness may beside the point. The focus for employers and prospective employees in San Antonio is matching training with demand.“I really don’t know what a green job is,” Mac Rattan, owner of M&M Weatherization, told the Express. “I have been doing weatherization for 15 years, so I guess we were green before green became cool.” As a participant in the vastly expanded Weatherization Assistance Program, Rattan’s company increased its workforce fivefold to 100 people, although he is well aware that when the WAP’s stimulus-funded allotments wind down, so will business.But even amid the economic uncertainty, said Les Shephard, director of the Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute at University of Texas San Antonio, the best long-term strategy for the community’s academic institutions may be to collaborate on developing renewable-energy technologies and producing graduates who will start businesses and market them. And not worry too terribly much about green labels for their own sake.“The way I look at the whole notion of green jobs is that it represents a continuum from vocational and on-the-job training to jobs created through research and innovation,” he said.last_img read more


The Only Real Objection to an Appointment

first_imgYou have your scripts, and your prospects have their scripts. If your script is good and effective, you can schedule an appointment with your dream client. But if their script is better than yours, your request to meet will be denied.There are only four or five objections to a meeting, and they boil down to one big issue. First, the objections.We Are HappyThe first objection you should expect to hear most often is that your dream client is happy with their present provider. They know and understand that if they are happy then there is no reason for them to change and the outcome you are seeking means change.Asking your dream client what they are unhappy about why you are on the phone asking for an appointment is ineffective, and it is why they have such an easy time saying no.We Don’t UseWe used to call this “no need.” Look, if they don’t spend money on what you sell, there is no reason to meet. That works perfectly for both you and your dream client. They don’t want you to waste their time, and you don’t want to waste your time.I once had a prospective client who spent $1 million a year who believed they didn’t use very much of the service I sold. At his last company, they spent $14 million a year. But this objection works, and you should expect to hear it.Now Is Not A Good TimeThere is never a good time. Your dream client is never going to be less busy, at least not so much so that they hope to invest time with salespeople.This objection is a way to get rid of salespeople. You want to be respectful of your dream client’s time. When they’re super polite, they will allow you to make a commitment to call them back in a few months. That’s a positive rejection, but a rejection nonetheless.Mail Me InformationNow this objection sounds like, “Can you email me some information?” Your prospective client doesn’t want your information. There is no brochure that you can provide that they’re going to take home and study, hoping that you are the answer to all their prayers. There is no white paper or case study that’s going to cause them to call you back and beg you to sell them.“Mail me information” is another positive rejection that gives you something to do to keep you busy while getting you off the telephone.You might hear something about “not having a budget,” or, “we need to wait until” some future event occurs. None of these prevent them from meeting with you, exploring the nature of their challenges, or determining what they may want to do in the future. There simply ways to make a salesperson go away.The One Real ObjectionIf you are going to be successful in sales, you need language for every one of these objections. You need a script that promises that you will create value that has nothing to do with you “introducing yourself and your company” to your dream client.Your sales call value proposition needs to be something that improves your contacts even if they never buy from you. Answering that question is what will allow you to overcome objections. The real reason behind these objections has nothing to do with the objections written above and everything to do with the lack of perceived value in your pitch.last_img read more


What You Signal When You Move Price in the Wrong Direction

first_imgLowering your price to compete with your competitor’s pricing sends a strong signal to your prospective clients. Unfortunately, that signal isn’t what you might believe it to be.A Question of ValueYou believe lowering your price will signal that you are a greater value, and that your dream client will believe they can have what they really want while paying less. You believe that a lower price will position you as an alternative to your competitor’s price, which some people will surely feel is too high. You know that some people will in fact buy based on your lower price.But the lower price is a different signal to other people. Even though you may not like this, your lower price may be perceived as an admission that your offering isn’t as good or complete as your competitor’s offering. Some of your dream clients will see this as your capitulation, your surrendering the higher value play to your competitor. Those prospects who want the very best will often believe that something with a lower price is inferior.Price is a ShortcutPricing is a heuristic; it’s something that lets us learn something for ourselves. When you buy something that you believe is a bargain and it fails to deliver value, you have learned that lower price often means  you are making concessions when it comes to value. When you pay more, you learn that things of higher quality tend to cost more, and they also tend to outperform similar items that cost less.Like much else we do in sales, we project our beliefs about what we sell, sometimes unknowingly. A lower price can make it easier for you to acquire clients who care deeply about price. Many of these same clients believe price and cost are the same thing. A higher price can make it easier for you to acquire clients who care deeply about value, and who recognize that paying more delivers that greater value.Pricing isn’t easy. But moving prices down may not accomplish what you hope it does, and it may cause longer term damage to your overall strategy. Moving prices up is a show of confidence, that you are flexing your value creation muscles, proving that you are in the same category as what might have been a higher priced competitor.Make sure you move pricing in the direction that helps you accomplish your strategic goals.last_img read more


Hyderabad Test: India look to continue domination over West Indies

first_imgIndia take on West Indies in the second Test on Friday in Hyderabad, where the Indians will look to gain more confidence while the Windies would want to salvage some pride.The Windies were thwarted by Virat Kohli-led Indian side by a record innings and 272 runs in the first Test in Rajkot. It was the way in which the Windies were absolutely outplayed that drew a lot of criticism.As India and West Indies prepare to take on once more, captain Jason Holder is still not 100 per cent fit and their only well known fast bowler Shannon Gabriel is a doubtful starter for the Test.India, on the other hand, have decided not to make any changes and instead opted for the same side in the second Test as well.The lop-sided matches are hardly the kind of preparation the Indian team would have wanted before the big-ticket series against Australia starting December.Also read – Virat Kohli unhappy with quality of SG balls, says Dukes most suited for Test cricketIn fact, Virat Kohli’s team might not be able to escape a sense of deja vu as it goes into the second Test. In 2011, India dominated West Indies 2-0 in a one-sided series before crashing to a 0-4 defeat against Australia Down Under.Similarly, in 2013 when India won both Test matches well inside three days, the next tour of South Africa didn’t pan out well as they lost the series.It is just an indicator that the West Indies Test teams over the years have not been competitive enough to challenge the Indian team, which is anyway formidable on home turf.advertisementThe only area of concern for India will be vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane’s form, who was touted as the best player in overseas conditions back in 2013-14 season, when he scored 96 at Durban, 118 at Wellington, 103 at the Lord’s and 145 at Melbourne.Also read – Hyderabad Test: West Indies have come up with plans for Prithvi Shaw, says Roston ChaseRahane has gone without a Test hundred for nearly 14 months (last hundred came against Sri Lanka in August 2017).His career has tapered off a bit in the last couple of years. And the second Test would be last shot to get back into a good frame of mind before the Australia series, which could be make or break for him.The Indian team has decided against any experiments with Mayank Agarwal failing to find a place in the XII for this game.Bowling coach Bharat Arun put up a strong argument for the out-of-form KL Rahul (14 failures in 16 knocks this year).The decision to play him for this Test is a fair enough indication that India will be looking at the Rahul-Shaw combination going into that first Test against Australia in Adelaide on December 6.Shardul Thakur continues to be the 12th man as a 2-0 series win is paramount for the home team at this point of time.Also read – Prithvi Shaw a sharp guy but give him space to grow: Virat KohliMohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav will also like to use this opportunity well as they are unlikely to feature in the ODI series.For West Indies, the aim will be to at least put up some fight unlike the Rajkot game where they didn’t even last 100 overs across both innings.Kieran Powell’s 83 and Roston Chase’s 53 were the only notable contributions from the Caribbean batting line-up in the first game.In the second innings, it looked as if the batsmen were in a tearing hurry to hit every ball where the need of the hour was to show patience.The West Indies’s slide in Test is a combination of both lack of application and technique needed to compete at the highest level. They would love to redeem themselves, even as they face a formidable unit.Teams:India Final 12: Virat Kohli (captain), Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur.West Indies Squad: Jason Holder (c), Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Kraigg Brathwaite, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Jahmar Hamilton, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Keemo Paul, Kieran Powell, Kemar Roach, and Jomel Warrican.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more



first_imgWestern Suburbs Touch Association hosted a gala dinner to launch their Vawdon Cup season and raise money for the Westmead Children’s hospital on Saturday 27 July 2007 at the Massey Park Golf Club, Concord.Respected sports author, Sydney premiership winning Rugby Coach, and Rugby’s ‘unofficial poet laureate’ Peter ‘Fab’ Fenton was the Master of Ceremonies and special guest speaker at the black tie event.Rugby League superstar and former Wests “old boy” Benji Marshall, and Wests Tigers Rugby League gun Bronson Harrison joined the Sydney TAB Swift’s triple Commonwealth Bank Trophy winning netball coach Julie Fitzgerald, and star players Jackie Murphy and Chelsea Pitman in attending the dinner that raised over $ 20,000 for the Westmead Children’s hospital.Guest speakers included the irrepressible Fenton, Lebanon World Cup Assistant Coach Paul Sfeir, Australian Men’s 30s Assistant Coach Emmanuel “Budgie” Bughiar, and the “blackest of the black cats,” Australian Mixed Open skipper Tony Eltakchi.A sports memorabilia auction was held with items such as signed Australian, NSW, and club Rugby League jerseys, signed cricket bats by Australian Cricket Captains and World cricketing legends, Sydney TAB Swifts items, and a plethora of memorabilia from across the sporting spectrum went under the hammer to raise funds for the most worthy of causes.The big hearted Magpies had resolved to do something special this Vawdon Cup season to honour the memory of 2006 Wests Clubman of the Year Matthew Essey, who sadly passed away in May 2007 after waging a brave three year fight against cancer.Matthew’s passion for his family, friends, Touch Football, and the Magpies was matched only by his generosity of spirit towards others.Despite the debilitating nature of Matthew’s illness, the popular Lebanon, Mets, and Wests Manager maintained his positive outlook and iron will commitment to making a difference.In failing health, Matthew organized a charity fundraiser for the Millennium Foundation that raises funds for Cancer research and the Westmead Hospital.Sadly, Matthew passed away before seeing his fund raising efforts bare fruit, but the evening was a spectacular success, a sell out in fact, with a huge amount of money being raised to ensure the good fight against the insidious condition would continue in the future.West’s stalwart Emmanuel “Budgie” Bughiar, who has been at the Magpies club since 1981 said that the Millennium Foundation Dinner which was attended by many of the Wests players was a motivating factor in deciding upon a direction for the Magpies 2007 Fundraising efforts.“We were all saddened by Matthew’s passing…there is no doubt it’s had a profound effect upon our club. The endless work he did to try to raise money to fight for other people to have a better life was inspiring and humbling to the rest of us. Matthew’s work needed to be continued. He gave so much to us and we really wanted to honour him and pay him the highest level of respect possible by going on with the job for him. We were stoked that the night went off so well, it was a very special evening and showed the spirit and strength of character of our club members. Everyone was there, and I reckon Matthew would have been so proud of it all,” Bughiar said. The fundraising dinner was also the launch for the Western Suburbs 2007 Vawdon Cup season with the announcement of the Premier League Teams in Men’s and Women’s divisions.The Wests Men’s Premier League Team’s 2007 jerseys proudly display on one sleeve a list of club champions, and on the other sleeve, a poignant reminder of their treasured mate Matthew.“Matthew Essey” is etched on the sleeve as a mark of respect and a source of constant inspiration for the Magpies, who have dedicated this season to Matt’s memory. New South Wales Touch Association President, Mr. John Howard and the entire Wests Magpies club community – players, officials, coaches, and supporters, showed their commitment and respect for the values that were at the core of Matt Essey’s existence by attending the event in droves. Inspired by Matthew’s endless acts of generosity and initiatives, Western Suburbs have instigated the Annual Fundraiser for the Westmead Children’s Hospital to coincide with their Vawdon Cup Launch.Each year, the club will select a high priority treatment item to raise funds for then donate to the hospital.In 2007 the club will purchase two Corometrics Monitors (approximately $9,000 each). These specialist monitors alert parents and carers when an infant stops breathing.The fetal monitor also records heart rate and oxygen levels that are vital in the early detection of distress in infants.  The machines have the capability of transferring data to a specialist via the Internet, or a telephone line for real time care. Westmead Children’s Hospital had requested nine of these units at the beginning of the year, and until last week, had none. Thanks to the inspiring life example and lasting memory of a cherished friend, and the commitment of a close knit Touch Association, Westmead Children’s hospital now have two of the life saving devices on the way.9-0 is a daunting challenge in anyone’s language!That is, to anyone except the Wests Magpies club.You can just see “Sfeiry”, “Budgie”, “Stanto”, “Rushy”, and the boys doing the math… like in a tough game with their backs to the wall… two monitors down, seven to go, pegging back the deficit, play by play, until their heart, courage, refusal to go quietly, and passionate commitment to the cause wins out… conceding defeat is never an option.In the Magpies, Westmead Children’s Hospital couldn’t have a better group of people fighting the good fight on their behalf…Wests, the 2006 State Cup champions in the Men’s Open division, have begun the 2007 Vawdon Cup in fine style with two wins from two starts. Sure the guys can’t find their water bottles, the sub box is a mess, and Sfeiry is getting a little more agitated with the referees than he used to when he had Matt’s wise counsel on the sidelines, but the boys are sticking together, playing well, and with Matt’s name in clear view, they are digging deeper and literally wearing their hearts on their sleeves.There is little doubt that Matthew Essey, watching down from his vantage point in heaven would be well pleased with the start his beloved Magpies have made.What would make Matthew Essey even prouder though, is the fantastic spirit, selflessness, commitment, and generosity his club mates have shown in picking up the ball and going forward hard to continue the work that underpinned his life.If you would like to contribute to Wests 2007 Fundraising efforts for the Westmead Children’s Hospital, please contact Emmanuel Bughiar on 0418694318 for further details.last_img read more


The Dutch Own A Single Sport Like No Other Country In The

IN SportALL EVENTSShare of The Dutch do one thing very, very wellThe countries that have won the largest share of their medals in one sport at the Winter Olympics Among countries that won at least 10 medals in a single sport. Through Feb. 14, 2018 (South Korea time).Source: Sports-Reference.com SwitzerlandAlpine skiing20595013940.042.5 CroatiaAlpine skiing410411100.090.9 NetherlandsSpeedskating401144212195.4%94.2% FranceAlpine skiing15483311545.541.7 ChinaShort track930125375.056.6 The Summer Games’ one-sport specialistsThe countries that have won the largest share of their Summer Olympic medals in one sport At the Olympics in South Korea, highly populated countries such as the U.S. can contend in a broad range of sports, including skiing, hockey, skating and more. But smaller countries have a harder time producing world-class athletes in so many disciplines, so they often concentrate on just a few. Then there’s the Netherlands, which owns one event alone: speedskating.Through the end of competition Wednesday (South Korea time) at the Pyeongchang Games, 40 of the 42 gold medals Dutch competitors have won in any Winter Olympics had come in speedskating — not to be confused with speedskating’s more exciting half-brother, short-track speed skating, which the Olympics count as a separate discipline. Just seven of the nation’s 121 total Winter medals came in a sport other than speedskating, a measly 5.8 percent. At the previous Winter Olympics in 2014, the Dutch claimed 24 medals: 23 in speedskating and one, a bronze, in short track skating. Eight of their medals were gold.In sports, a country’s dominance often fades — look at Romania in Olympic gymnastics or U.S. men in tennis Grand Slams. But Dutch speedskaters have sustained their superiority. In the 2010 Olympics, they won eight medals: seven in speedskating and one, a gold, in snowboarding. They won nine in 2006, all in speedskating. So far this Olympics, they’ve already won nine speedskating medals,1Not counting their two on the short track, or the silver speedskating medal the country won on Thursday. including five golds. The most impressive Dutch medal so far in these games: a third consecutive gold in the 5,000 meter race for Sven Kramer, who is 31 years old. He is the first man to win three straight golds in the same Olympic speedskating event. He won this year’s race by nearly two seconds. JamaicaTrack & Field777898.7 Things weren’t always this way. Looking at all the medals ever given out in speedskating, the Dutch have captured 21 percent. This is impressive, but it’s short of other countries’ performances in other sports: Canada has won 31 percent of all curling medals, and the U.S. has won 29 percent of all snowboarding medals, for instance. But much of this has to do with the fact that speedskating has a long history at the Olympics, and the Netherlands has only reached its current level of dominance relatively recently. The Dutch won 13.1 percent of all speedskating medals between 1924 and the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, and all of those came after 1952. But since the 1998 Games in Nagano, Japan, the Netherlands has captured 36.6 percent of all podium spots.2Through the end of competition (Korea time) on Feb. 14, 2018. Medals South KoreaShort track2243275481.579.6 CountrySportIn sportTotalshare of total IndonesiaBadminton193063.3 MoroccoTrack & Field192382.6 Trinidad and TobagoTrack & Field151979.0 BahamasTrack & Field121485.7 CountrySportGoldTotalGoldsTOTALGoldsTotal The Dutch dominance is so complete that it inspires wacky theories. NBC’s Katie Couric was mocked for her recent statement that the Dutch are so good because they have a longstanding tradition of skating from place to place on frozen canals. The problem: Those canals freeze only a few times a year, if at all, and when people skate on them, it’s for recreation. Dutch skeedskaters are also rumored to have an ideal body type for the sport, but while the country’s racers are often tall, so are many of their opponents from other countries. Nor do the Dutch use a proprietary method to glide past other competitors: While many members of the team have spectacular form, which includes bending low and skating with force and precision, the technique isn’t a secret.The real cause, more than anything else, is dedication. Starting in childhood, Dutch skaters train with excellent instructors. The Dutch team’s skating equipment is the best in the world, too. For the Olympics in 2014, officials from the host city of Sochi went to the Netherlands to learn how to build a top-of-the-line racing rink. By the time they are ready to compete, Dutch stars have been skating in ideal conditions and learning how to peak in time for the biggest races.The ultimate proof of a country’s prowess in an Olympic event is sweeping all three medals. The Netherlands managed it earlier this week, when Dutch women took gold, silver and bronze in a 3,000 meter speedskating race. In another race, the 31-year-old Ireen Wust won her fifth career gold medal and 10th overall medal, a speedskating record. That victory was a surprise, as the silver medalist, Miho Takagi of Japan, was a strong favorite. Wust is the first Dutch athlete to win five gold medals.The only champions who beat out the Dutch in terms of winning all their medals in a single sport in either the Winter or Summer Games3Among countries that have won at least 10 medals in a single sport. are Ethiopia and Jamaica, who excel in track and field races. Ethiopia has 53 summer medals, all of them in track and field. Jamaica, famous for the record-holding sprinter Usain Bolt, has won 98.7 percent of its medals in track. The Dutch are next on the list, at 94.2 percent. Great BritainFigure skating515113345.545.5 Among countries that won at least 10 medals in a single sportSource: Sports-Reference.com AustriaAlpine skiing351156122157.452.0 KenyaTrack & Field9310093.0 EthiopiaTrack & Field5353100.0% FinlandCross-country ski20774316446.547.0 SlovakiaCanoeing182864.3 IranWrestling436863.2 TurkeyWrestling639566.3 SwedenCross-country ski31765515356.449.7 So, will the Dutch team’s rule ever end? This seems impossible now, especially given the relatively low levels of attention the sport gets in powerful countries like the U.S. But you never know. As the U.S. and many other countries have shown, Olympic dominance usually doesn’t last forever. Enjoy it, those of you from the Netherlands, while you can. read more