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Chat on plane led to founding of vets’ group

first_imgFairways for Warriors was conceived five years ago on a flight to Fort Bragg, N.C. Tom Underdown was sitting next to a sergeant on leave from Afghanistan, listening to the soldier talk about two comrades who had lost limbs. Underdown had never been a soldier himself, but with both parents in the military, he had grown up at various Army bases in Germany and the United States. He knew the deadly toll that life in uniform could extract. “My father served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam,” Underdown, 64, said recently. “I saw what post-traumatic stress did to him and his family. It was horrible, what he went through. He did what I call slow suicide – he drank and smoked himself to death.” Underdown had gone into information technology, continuing his family’s military connection by having the Department of Defense as his sole client. But as he listened to the sergeant talk, business was the furthest thing from his mind.  “I don’t know why,” Underdown said, “I just felt like I needed to do something.” He persuaded some friends to visit one of the wounded soldiers. He called the mother of the other one. “I said, ‘I don’t know why I’m calling, but I just want to let you know that somebody cares. Is there anything I can do for your son?’” Channeling his energy: Golf Channel show inspired veteran “She said all he ever wanted to be was a soldier – ‘I know he’s going to be OK physically, but he’s never going to be OK mentally. He’s always going to have issues.’ “That really resonated with me. I found a program called Operation Warrior Golf at Fort Bragg that was started by a college student, Gretchen McClean. I got involved in that and I said if she can do that at Fort Bragg, why can’t I do that in Orlando? So I got some friends together and we launched Fairways for Warriors. Today, Fairways for Warriors has expanded to four chapters – Orlando and Jacksonville in Florida, plus San Antonio, Texas, and Newport, R.I. Underdown is working to create a golf facility for the Orlando chapter, and hopes that eventually every chapter will have its own Warrior Golf Club. “It’s been humbling,” Underdown said. “We’ve had probably well over 200 combat vets come through our program in Orlando, not including family members. I used to have to go out and generate interest in our program. Now I get word of mouth. I get at least three or four e-mails or phone calls every single week from people hearing about our program and wanting to be part of it.” Veterans group seeks to build golf course “We are lucky to have Tom Underdown,” said Navy veteran Luis Lorenzana. “Words cannot describe how amazing his soul is.  Our society needs a Tom Underdown to understand what selfless acts are all about and what sacrifice really means.” Fairways for Warriors’ mission is “providing hope, healing and camaraderie for combat wounded warriors and their families.” “When a young guy goes into the military,” Underdown said, “he has a support infrastructure, he’s got his buddies, he’s got a unit, he’s got a first sergeant. He goes over to combat, he’s got a battle buddy. He knows this guy has his back. He gets injured, he gets medically discharged and he’s left out there all by himself. “When you get out of the military, especially if you’ve been injured in combat, you don’t feel comfortable around civilians. They just don’t understand. Other combat warriors understand what you’re going through.” Returning veterans “isolate themselves, they lose hope, they’re angry, they’re not sure what to do with their lives, and they drink and think too much. This program gives them that camaraderie that they had in the military, gives them hope and helps them heal.” Juan Velazquez is a former combat engineer who did tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and came home with – among other wounds – a traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress disorder. “I couldn’t even socialize,” he said. “For the first few weeks, even the first few months, I was a quiet guy, I was separate from everybody. I didn’t want to hear any stories, I didn’t want to tell any stories about me. And now it’s gotten to the point where I can socialize because I feel at home.” Golf is an effective vehicle for healing because of the game’s social aspect and the concentration it demands “It helps you focus, focus on the ball,” Velazquez said. “It’s a repeated motion that you’ve got to practice all the time. And it’s fun. It gets frustrating – don’t get me wrong, I do get angry a lot of times, but just one shot can change everything.” [[{“type”:”media”,”view_mode”:”media_large”,”fid”:”1036596″,”attributes”:{“alt”:””,”class”:”media-image”,”height”:”299″,”typeof”:”foaf:Image”,”width”:”480″}}]] Fairways for Warriors members Juan Velazquez (l), Jack Wiseman “I believe it helps stimulate the brain, the thoughts, the soul to focus on the challenge of getting that small white ball into a small white cup up to 500 yards away,” said Lorenzana, who deals with constant pain from two unsuccessful lower-back surgeries. “The frustration of living with disabilities was given a new meaning when I started playing golf.  What seemed impossible on the first tee looking down at the barely visible flag about 487 yards away on my first day of golf ever, now seems exhilarating.  I can overcome anything.  I can learn to adapt to my surroundings, be it life or fairways and bunkers.” “It’s not just the physical and mental healing, it’s also spiritual,” said Robert “BJ” Jackson, a former member of the Iowa Army National Guard who lost both legs below the knee to a land mine in Baghdad. “It’s getting together, the camaraderie. The fellowship is the biggest part. Golf is an added bonus.” Jackson met Underdown after moving to Florida in 2011. He became involved in Fairways for Warriors, “but once he told me the golf course idea, I had to step up a little. He thought about a friend, Chad Pfeifer, a veteran who lost a leg in Iraq, took up golf as part of his rehabilitation and became good enough to pursue becoming the first amputee to play on the PGA Tour. (Pfeifer, who was profiled by GolfChannel.com in December 2012, is one of the contestants on the current Golf Channel series, “Big Break: The Palm Beaches, Florida.”) Jackson took to heart a message he got in a fortune cookie: “He who is afraid of doing too much, does too little.” “So I stuck it in my wallet as a reminder and started asking Tom what I can do to help.” Jackson appreciates the fact that Fairways for Warriors includes older veterans – “guys that came home to nothing and were treated horribly, that paved the way for men and women today to be treated like heros. We owe them to be better and also to recognize their sacrifice and service,” he said. “They are great mentors and friends to this era’s veterans.” Jack Wiseman, an Army veteran who lost his left arm in Vietnam, is grateful for the opportunity to help. “For us older vets,” he said, “to help these guys out and give them something we never had when we come home, it fills my heart just to be able to be here and do whatever we can do.”last_img read more

Tallawahs thrash Patriots to record third straight victory

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – The Jamaica Tallawahs registered their third consecutive victory in the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) by outclassing the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots by 47 runs here on Wednesday night. Led by an unbeaten half-century from Ross Taylor, the Tallawahs posted a competitive 178-4 in their 20 overs and then used a stifling bowling performance to limit the Patriots to just 131-9 from their 20 overs.The Tallawahs were given a scorching start by openers Kennar Lewis (49) and Glenn Phillips (41), who put on 64 in 6.2 overs.Phillips was lucky not to have lost his wicket when he was just 11 after he miscued a pull off Carlos Brathwaite, but substitute fielder Hayden Walsh Jr who was on for an injured Chris Gayle spilled the chance. Just when it seemed as if the Tallawahs were running away with the contest, the Patriots struck twice in three deliveries through legspinner Sandeep Lamichhane.First, he accounted for the wicket of Lewis and then had Andre McCarthy lbw two balls later for a duck to leave the score 65-2.That brought Taylor to the crease and together with Phillips, they added 42 for the third wicket. Taylor was fortunate not to have been dismissed on six, skying a catch to extra cover off the bowling of Anton Devcich. However, he was called back to the crease after it was realized Devcich had overstepped the crease. It proved to be a costly error, as after a slow start Taylor scored 40 runs off his last 15 balls, with the Tallawahs plundering 65 runs off their final five overs.He was especially severe on fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell, whom he dispatched for three huge sixes in the 16th over, which went for 20 runs.Rovman Powell hit a quickfire 18 from just 14 balls and captain Andre Russell hit an unbeaten 10 to help the Tallawahs up their final score. Taylor’s unbeaten 51 came off 35 balls and contained two boundaries and four sixes.With an out-of-sorts Chris Gayle still opting to open the batting, the Patriots never posed a threat in their run chase.In the first two overs bowled by Oshane Thomas and Krishmar Santokie respectively, Gayle scored just one run from the 12 balls he faced. Things then got even worse when Thomas produced a brilliant delivery which Evan Lewis could only edge behind to the wicketkeeper to leave them 1-1 after 2.2 overs.Tom Cooper’s wretched run in the CPL continued as he was dismissed for just 7, before Gayle’s miserable stay at the crease finally came to an end, his 24 runs coming from 25 balls, as the Patriots stumbled to 39-3 at the end of the sixth over.The wickets of Devcich, Devon Thomas and Ben Cutting followed soon after, as they fell into further trouble at 61-6.And while the lower order provided some resistance, it was never going to be enough to prevent the Patriots from registering their second loss of the competition.last_img read more

Anderson takes it by six

first_imgThe Growling Swan Golf SocietyMonday, Nov. 28, Treasure Hill – Stableford1sr John Anderson (29) 38pts2nd JC Lhoste (28) 32pts 3rd Roger Rees (12) 32ptsNear Pins: #2 Bill Steinmann, #6 Mashi Kaneta, #13 Sal Brizzi, #17 Alex Field.Long Putts: #9 Roger Rees, #18 John AndersonJohn Anderson (left) with Eric Black.After a great turnout of about 30 players for the Monthly Mug on the previous Thursday, it was a little disappointing and just amazing that we could muster only 13 players on this day.  Many golf bars have been praising the presentation and the well-documented price of 1150 baht all in for Treasure Hill.  Oh well, for us who played, we had yet another great day of golf.As mentioned, the course was in magnificent condition and our first group, a three-ball, got away 30 minutes early.  We came up behind a 2-ball, who were behind a 4-ball and stayed in that order all game and finished in 3 and a half hours.  Well done to them and us!Only one flight today, scores were low, as we normally expect at Treasure Hill, and only one player bettered his handicap.  John Anderson was that man as he took the win with a fine 38 points, six clear of JC Lhoste and Roger Rees in second and third respectively.Thursday, Dec. 1, Plutaluang – Stableford1st Frank Riley (21) 39pts2nd Roger Ellis (28) 38pts3rd J.C Lhoste (28) 37pts4th Glenn Henriksen (9) 36ptsNear Pins: #3 Glenn Henriksen, #6 John Edwards, #12 Peter Grey, #17 John Edwards.Long Putts: #9 Tony Cook, #18 Fred Dineley.A relatively low number of seventeen golfers ventured out to play the Navy Course on Thursday.  We requested and played North & West nines, this of courses meant we played the signature ‘Lighthouse’ hole.  Why do we do these things?Conditions were perfect with a slight breeze, a little bit of cloud cover and no sign of rain.  We tackled the course from yellow tees which turned out to be long enough for our golfers on the day.The course was in great condition and set out perfectly.  The greens were sharp, the fairways had run and we are pleased to inform that the water holes were not too bad, other than the aforementioned Lighthouse hole which swallowed up 6 balls from our group.Frank Riley, who is going through a purple patch, came up trumps yet again with a very good 39 points to take the win.  Coming in second was Colin Steilow’s replacement Roger Ellis, with JC Lhoste taking third spot (including a great eagle on a par 4) and Glenn Henriksen filling the final spot on the podium.last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo thinks Real Madrid lack a little ‘ambition’

first_img 09/03/2016 Despite beating Roma to qualify for the last eight in the Champions League, the Portuguese claimed his side are suffering from a lack of ambition. In quotes to UEFA’s website, the forward said there is still a lot that can be done to improve if they want to win the European Cup for an 11th time.  Cristiano Ronaldo has done it again. Just 10 days after his controversial post-Madrid derby comments, when he said some of his team-mates were not at his level, he’s criticised the attitude of his team.  Sport EN CETcenter_img Upd. at 19:52 “We know the quarter and semi-finals are going to be much more difficult. We’re still lacking a lot. We’re lacking continuity, luck, ambition… but if we continue like this, I think we’re on the right path,” he said.  However, Cristiano does seem to have learned his lesson in some regards. He took advantage of the interview to praise goalkeeper Keylor Navas: “Keylor has been a crucial player since the start of the campaign. In my opinion he’s one of the team’s best players and he’s a great goalkeeper.”last_img read more

World Class Showjumping in Ballinasloe Next Weekend

first_imgBallinasloe Horse and Agricultural Show Ltd are hosting a three day programme of show jumping inBallinasloe Show Grounds from Friday 26thto Sunday 28th May,including the prestigious New Heights Champions Series. Padraic Ryan Secretary Ballinasloe Horse and Agricultural Show Ltd commented“We are delighted to be able to offer this programme of top level show jumping and the prestigious New Heights Champions event, and look forward to welcoming all participants.This is a great opportunity for residents and visitors to Ballinasloe to see the spectacle and excitement of top class showjumping and enjoy an entertaining weekend for free.”Gates open at 8am each day, and the first event starts is at 9am sharp and entrance is FREE for spectators and free parking. Food, refreshments and full bar will be available throughout. Equestrian stallholders are welcome.For further information contact:  Padraic Ryan, Secretary 087 –  907 9282Peter O’Connor, Director 087 – 258 1780Or visit us on Facebook – Ballinasloe Showprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The New Heights Champions Series, a joint venture between Show Jumping Ireland and Horse Sport Ireland, replaces the Premier Series which had been the pinnacle of National Show Jumping in Ireland for the past 10 years. The series boasts an overall prize fund of over €110,000 and will take place at10 locations across the four provinces of Ireland.center_img There will be a full programme of events in Ballinasloe Show Grounds each day from 9am, including three Grand Prix events: Friday             Connaught Grand PrixSaturday        National Grand Prix LeagueSunday         New Heights ChampionshipThis is a rare opportunity to see the finest Irish and International showjumping horses and riders in action free.Director Gerry Stronge spoke to John MulliganAudio Playerhttps://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/sports.podcast/GERRY+STRONGE+SHOWJUMPING+THURSDAY.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

Mustangs Seek Revenge Against West Henderson

first_imgIn the last seconds of the last game the Mustangs were stung by the West Henderson Falcons 49 to 48. Tonight Jayce Wolfe will be back with the Mustangs and the mustangs will be playing at home.  Blue shirted fans are needed tonight in the New Mustangs Gym.  Game time is 6:00 p.m.  after JV Action.last_img

Israel Lifts iPad Ban

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… curt hopkins Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Israel today lifted its ban on the iPad. After two weeks of banning the popular tablet computers, the Ministry of Communications is allowing them in and returning the confiscated tablets.Moses Kahlon, the Minister of Communications, announced the lift in a press release. The original decision to ban the iPad was made without the minister’s knowledge, inspiring a governmental squabblefest in Israel.iPads were initially banned out of fear that the the tablet’s wireless would interact improperly with communications frequencies because they did not adhere to Israeli Wi-Fi standards. Technical tests carried out by both the ministry and an international lab proved that this was not so. The Ministry is allowing the importation of only one iPad per person.There is no information explaining this restriction in the press release. If there is no risk, it does not immediately make sense. center_img Tags:#Apple#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts last_img read more

IDF2010: Memory error handling in SAP* in-memory database on Intel® Xeon® 7500 processor series

first_imgModern servers can now support up to terabytes of main memory and a failure of even a single memory cell can lead to a crash. Besides soft errors that can be corrected in hardware, hard uncorrectable errors can occur; in such case the only option for a server was to stop operation. In view of this recent report memory errors might cause downtimes and recovery, which is unacceptable for mission-critical enterprise systems. To address this issue Intel has introduced a wide range of reliability and high-availability features in the Intel® Xeon® 7500 processor series (code-named Nehalem-EX).These features are supported in Linux as Andi Kleen explains in his presentation: It is now possible that hard memory failures are caught by the operating system and exposed to applications. This way a server application can handle memory errors and continue to operate if running on Intel® Xeon® 7500 processor series.SAP has announced at Sapphire that they are working towards revolutionizing their enterprise software by taking advantage of their in-memory technology, which will allow fast queries and real-time processing. Instead of waiting hours to compile reports or days to replicate data in business warehouses, business users will get immediate responses on real-time data. Naturally, for in-memory processing, it is very important to be resistant against memory errors. Please check out our SSG booth at Intel Developer Forum 2010 in person and my colleague Otto Bruggeman will be happy to show you how SAP’s in-memory database is handling memory errors on Intel® Xeon® 7500 processor series.Best regards,Romanlast_img read more