Women’s Basketball Signs Three High School Standouts for 2019-20

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team has signed three high school student-athletes, Maggie Bair (Glen Ellyn, Ill.), Sarah Beth Gueldner (Olathe, Kan.) and Taylor McAulay (Lino Lakes, Minn.) to National Letters of Intent for the 2019-20 season, head coach Jennie Baranczyk announced Wednesday, Nov. 14.”We are thrilled to add these three women to our program,” Baranczyk said. “Not only are they talented but each bring their own individual skill sets and will continue to enhance our culture. All three are just the perfect fit.”Bair, a 6-3 power forward, from Glen Ellyn, Ill., helped lead Glenbard South High School to a third-place finish at the 2018 Illinois Class 3A State Championship. She was named to the 2018 All-USA Illinois Girls Basketball Second Team along with being selected all-conference for the third-straight season. Bair, who also played volleyball at Glenbard, added all-region honors her junior season. “Sarah Beth will begin her senior season as the Olathe Northwest’s all-time leading scorer and only 31 points away from eclipsing the 1,000-point mark. Sarah Beth has a sweet stroke from deep with one of the best mid-range games I have seen in 22 years of coaching boys and girls basketball. Honestly, I prefer layups & three-pointers, but her mid-range is as good as a layup. Because Sarah Beth can score from so many places, she is tough to guard. If you play her tight, she is crafty enough to draw fouls and shoot 90 percent from the free-throw line. She really enjoys her teammates and I believe she will blend in very well with the Bulldogs on and off the court next season.”                           Joel Brandtrom, Olathe Northwest High School Head Coach Print Friendly Version “We are so excited for Maggie to sign with Drake. I have known Maggie and her family forever and they are great people. Maggie’s resume is exceptional on-and-off the court, but who she is off the court is most impressive. We’re so proud of her and know that she will leave the same lasting legacy at Drake as she has with our program and to the younger girls. Maggie will be a great representative of Drake women’s basketball.”Brandon Ruggles, Illinois Mercury Coach Gueldner is a 5-9 guard from Olathe, Kan., who plays for Olathe Northwest High School. She is a three-year starter for the Ravens and is already the school’s career points leader. As a junior, Gueldner, who earned first team all-state and all-conference honors, set the school record for points in a season with 429 and three-pointers in a season with 48. Her father, Jeff, played basketball at the University of Kansas, where her older sister, Cameron is on the cross country and track and field teams. The final member of the 2019-20 class is McAulay, a 5-11 guard, from Lino Lakes, Minn. She is a three-year letterwinner for Centennial High School. McAulay was selected to the 2018 Minnesota Class 4A All-State team by the Minnesota Girls Basketball Coaches Association. She is a three-time North Suburban All-Conference selection. “Maggie is a great person, student and player who has great character. On the court, she can hit the three, put it on the floor or post up when she needs to. I am so excited for her to be at Drake and it means even more to me sending her to play for Jennie who I know so well from our time together at Iowa.”Morgan Kasperek, Glenbard South High School Head Coach What They Are Saying About The 2019-20 Drake women’s basketball signees…”Taylor is going to be a great fit at Drake. She is an outstanding shooter and scorer and will fit Drake’s system. Taylor has improved so dramatically over the last couple of years with her ability to finish with contact around the basket. The sky is the limit to how much better she can get in the next four years. I believe that Drake got an absolute steal as she out performed many players this past summer who are going to some big-time programs.”Nick Storm, Minnesota Fury Coachcenter_img “Taylor is a crafty lefty, who can slither in and out of tight spaces, finish at the rim and get out and run on the wing. Most importantly she is an awesome teammate. She has put in the work and has great family support. Taylor will be a great addition to Drake and we’re so excited for her college career and it will be fun to watch her.”Jill Becken, Centennial High School Head Coach “Taylor is another guard that can shoot, is a versatile scorer and a true competitor,” Baranczyk said. “She is a fearless guard that is willing to make big plays when the game is on the line.” “Maggie is long, athletic and versatile,” Baranczyk said. “She can score in a variety of ways.  She is a great leader that makes people around her better. On a personal note it has been great working with her high school coach (Morgan Kasperek) that was a former teammate of mine in college.” “Sarah Beth is a great shooter, but most importantly she is a great person and even better teammate who has a great and supportive family. She is an excellent student who exemplifies the quality traits we want from and teach our players in our program. Sarah Beth will bring all of that to Drake and we’re excited to have another player at Drake.”Gary Brown, Kansas Eclipse “Sarah Beth is a guard that can shoot, has a high basketball IQ and has great court vision,” Baranczyk said. “She understands the game of basketball and knows how to win.”last_img read more


first_imgExclusive: A CRAZED gang of notorious burglars tried to knock down a Garda during a crime spree across County Donegal.The officer was one of a number of dedicated Gardaí involved in a sustained late night operation over several hours to catch the gang.Details of the operation can be revealed for the first time today by Donegal Daily. It follows a burglary late on Thursday night near Glen as a gang in a northern-registered black hatchback.This vehicle was the subject of a community alert on Donegal Daily yesterday. The start of the registration is XIW.Although the car is a County Derry registration, the gang resides here in Donegal and is suspected of involvement in dozens of raids on homes and business premises over the past few months.A lone Garda managed to locate the latest car being used by the gang but as he approached on foot the driver – who had been hidden from view – suddenly accelerated towards him. The officer managed to get out of the way of the oncoming car and raise the alarm with colleagues.“He could have been killed,” said one source.What followed was a three hour search across north Donegal, involving high speed chases across a wide area, starting in Glen and going through Kilmacrennan and Churchill areas.The vehicle disappeared. At one stage Gardaí thought the gang may have crashed into a field.If you know anything about this gang, or know the whereabouts of the car which was used, then call Gardaí immediately. You can call the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.If you see suspicious activity, call 999.REVEALED: BURGLARS TRY TO RAM GARDA DURING CRIME SPREE was last modified: March 15th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:burglarsCarrigartglenTrentnaghlast_img read more

SETI Has a Long History

first_imgAstrobiology Magazine provided a historical look at attempts to communicate with aliens.  Like the weather, people talked about life in outer space, but nobody did anything about it – at least till technology made such talk a little less crazy.  Michael Schirber’s survey includes some interesting characters – Kepler, Gauss, Tesla and Einstein – along with quite a few other lesser-known thinkers and experimenters.    Mars and Venus, Earth’s nearest neighbors, were long the focus of attention.  Scientists pondering communication with aliens tended to think in terms of the technology available.  They considered possibilities like lighting fires, building huge patterns out of farms, or putting reflectors on the Eiffel Tower – things that could be seen.  Once the telegraph had been invented, some thought of sending coded messages with some kind of “sky telegraph.”  It wasn’t till the radio age that they began thinking seriously about beaming radio messages – or receiving them.  Around that time it became obvious there was no life on Mars or Venus, and the stars were considered too far away for communication to be practical.    Since 1959 some began thinking that the vast distances between the stars could be bridged by radio, and SETI was born.  “And then in 1974 – a century and half after Gauss – [Frank] Drake transmitted the first actual SETI message using the Arecibo radio telescope,” Schirber ended.  “Scientists are still waiting for a response.”Speculations about life in outer space have not been limited to materialists.  It’s a basic human curiosity.  Two lessons from Schirber’s historical survey are worth noting.  One is the effect of worldview on speculation.  As long as scholars believed the Aristotelian view that the stars circled the earth on crystalline spheres, and abode in celestial realms unlike our planet, it was not a question people would ask.  After the Copernican revolution, it was not uncommon for religious people, deists and skeptics to ponder the question.    Another lesson is that everyone wanted to find intelligent life.  They understood that communication required a mind with intelligence, purpose, and motivation.  The concept of mind arising from particles in motion is a new and bizarre idea.  It took hold among Darwinists and has become in our time a matter of dogma.  Even more bizarre is that the SETI Institute would use intelligent-design assumptions in their efforts, while criticizing intelligent design as unscientific (revisit the 12/03/2005 entry).(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

African Tempest takes UK by storm

first_img17 March 2009The Baxter Theatre Centre and Royal Shakespeare Company’s co-production of William Shakespeare’s magical last play, The Tempest, is taking the UK by storm, with five stars from several top critics and the entire season almost sold out already.Following its run at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Courtyard Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon, the company is preparing for a five-city tour, starting off at London’s Richmond Theatre on 19 March, followed by Leeds, Bath, Nottingham and then Sheffield, where the tour ends on 25 April.Shakespeare would have been proud. Michael Billington from The Guardian gave the production five stars, saying that South African director Janice Honeyman’s production “combines racial politics with visual playfulness in a way that liberates this all too-familiar play.”Charles Spencer from the Daily Telegraph said it was “as moving and beautiful production of Shakespeare’s great play as you likely to encounter, continually inventive, bursting with spectacle and deep emotion, and proving, yet again, that Shakespeare is our contemporary.”The Financial Times said that “perhaps only a South African company could temper [The Tempest] so powerfully with a recognition of the vital necessity of truth and reconciliation to enable all the land’s people to move on.”And The Stage said Honeyman’s “electrifying vision of the play returns Shakespeare’s darkly lyrical text to the tropics” and “bursts with excitement and visual brilliance”.The lead roles of Prospero and Caliban are performed by two greats of the theatre: Anthony Sher and John Kani.Sher, himself born in Cape Town, and Honeyman first conceived the idea for the production eight years ago, drawing on the music, dance and ritual of Africa, set against a colourful landscape that is vast, beautiful and powerful.“I’m extremely pleased to be working with Janice Honeyman again – she directed me in the RSC production of Fugard’s Hello and Goodbye,” Sher says on the RSC website. “It’s also been a lifelong ambition of mine to be onstage with the legendary South African actor John Kani. So this feels like all my dreams coming true.”The Tempest transfers to the Richmond Theatre in London from 19 to 28 March, then to the Leeds Grand Theatre from 31 March to 4 April, followed by the Bath Theatre Royal from 7 to 11 April and Nottingham Royal Theatre from 14 to 18 April. The tour ends off at the Sheffield Lyceum Theatre from 21 to 25 April.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

New campaign to power SA’s Proteas

first_imgFootball Fridays united South Africans as they wore their football jerseys to show support for the national team Bafana Bafana during the 2010 Fifa World Cup. The country will now be using that same united spirit to get behind the Proteas, ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup.br /> (Image: Big Media) South Africans are using the legacy of the 2010 Fifa World Cup to show their support for the country’s cricket team ahead of this year’s Cricket World Cup, which starts in February. Initiated by the Lead SA campaign, which encourages South Africans to make a difference in their various communities, Pure Protea Fridays take place at the end of every working week.South Africans are encouraged to mark these days by wearing a Proteas cricket shirt to show their support for the team in the build-up to and during the Cricket World Cup.The idea stems from Football Fridays in 2010, when South Africans donned football jerseys at the end of every week to rally behind national squad Bafana Bafana.There’s been an enthusiastic response to Pure Protea Fridays following its official launch on 10 January.“We united for the Springboks in 2007 and they won the Rugby World Cup, we united for Bafana Bafana in 2010 and we hosted the most amazing Football World Cup. Let us do it again in 2011 for the Proteas,” said Richard Holeness from Johannesburg.“I am going to buy myself a Proteas top and get ready to show my support,” said Tamryn Graeme from Linden in northern Johannesburg.“Football Fridays brought about such amazing spirit – I hope we can continue with that same spirit and pride in our country with Protea Fridays.”Sifiso Mbembe, from Diepkloof in Soweto, south-west Johannesburg, agrees: “Im not a cricket supporter as such, I know very little about the sport, but I am a South African and anything that has to do with showing pride and support for our country gets my vote.”“There is something powerful about having your country behind you when competing in an important event such as a world cup. I think the nation’s support has a unique magic about it – it can really will teams into victory,” Mbembe added.Cricket South Africa (CSA) has also welcomed the initiative: “CSA supports any initiative that is 100% behind the Proteas,” said the organisation’s CEO Gerald Majola.“Let’s lead the Proteas to victory,” said Charlotte Lombard from Howick in KwaZulu-Natal. “I’m excited that we are carrying the spirit and legacy of the Fifa World Cup through to other sporting events that continue to bring us together as South Africans.”Yusuf Abramjee, head of Primedia which came up with the Lead SA initiative, said: “The Football Fridays initiative united the nation and created patriotism. Our intention is to do the same for cricket.”Lombard said she would be travelling with her husband to attend some of the Proteas’ matches during the tournament co-hosted by India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. “We are huge cricket fans and are excited about going to watch the Proteas play. Let’s go Proteas!”South Africans can get themselves official Proteas supporters’ shirts from sports shops around the country or through the CSA website.last_img read more

Green Building and Aging-in-Place Design

first_imgOne of the best ways to set a course for the future of your company is to look back on past customers that you best served and most enjoyed working with. When I do this, I see a trend toward working with what we have come to call “empty-nesters.” These are usually couples with older children who are ready to make a fresh start with a smaller, more energy-efficient, “green” and low-maintenance home to which the kids only visit for family reunions. This may include grandparents (as well as kids) coming to stay for extended periods and the assumption that the owners may gradually begin to lose their sight and mobility.One of the kindest compliments that Beth and I have received was, “Your design solved problems we didn’t know we had.” As designers, we can best serve our clients by helping them address future needs that they may not be considering going into the design process.When designing a sustainable home it is arguably more important to focus on aging-in-place and handicap visit-able design than payback or resale value. Our goal is to present all the potential lifestyle options they may need in their home in the future. An aging-in-place design can accommodate all age groups. Carrying an infant around in your arms is easier in an aging-in-place design, and being a place that welcomes grandparents is pretty handy as well.When clients question us about green payback calculations, we ask them to consider the probable cost of fuel in five or ten years and also what they picture their lifestyle will be at that time. We do this to drive home the advantage of knowing they will have more financial security in the future by minimizing their energy costs now as well as to open the conversation to how their needs will evolve over time. Looking at the big picture during the design process can help identify low or no-cost options that will save big in the years to come.The difference between aging-in-place and handicap access is more than just designing around walkers rather than wheelchairs. While most interior doors will be 32 in. wide rather than 36 in the goal is not to create a residential hospital setting so much as a gracious and normal-looking home that also accommodates the likely needs of an aging occupant or of the friends and family they may have come to visit.Adding aging-in-place sensibilities to the green design process means that, in addition to the resource efficiency, durability, and indoor air quality standards, we will be adding some design criteria to the mix. The NAHB offers training and certification as a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) , but the core principles are fairly simple. You can start implementing them immediately to add value to your design and differentiate yourself from your competition.Start with the thought that arthritis sufferers should be able to get out of bed in the morning and make it through the day operating everything with oven mitts on. Doorknobs and faucets can be lever types; cabinet pulls can accommodate a four-finger grip and visually contrast with the woodwork. The edges of counters and wall cabinets can stand out visually to accommodate failing vision. Lighting can be very important as vision fades, so providing both adequate natural lighting and well-designed and energy-efficient task lighting is essential.Bathrooms and kitchen can have seated workstations with offset sink traps and supplies to allow knee room. Dishwashers and laundry equipment can be raised 12 in. to 18 in. off the floor to ease back strain. “Comfort-height” toilets can have blocking preinstalled for future grab bars and a 5-foot clear turning radius in front with walker parking adjacent to the throne. Showers generally need not be roll-in but can accommodate transferring from a walker to a shower chair.All doors should be 32 in with the most commonly used exterior doors at 36 in to allow wheelchair access and prevent busted knuckles when using a walker or even just a laundry basket. The transition zone into and out of the car in front of the home can have a roof to protect it from the weather and easy, smooth, and nonslip access to the front door. Trip hazards and slippery floors can be minimized, as many health crises are precipitated by a fall. The main entry lock can have a wireless key-fob operator like a car. Wireless operators can also activate curtains, ventilation, and lighting.A big part of aging-in-place design is helping people feel the emotional security that they are still in control of their lives and can continue living at home. A burglar alarm system can allay the feeling of vulnerability: panic buttons in the bedrooms and baths; creating a strong room in the master closet with a deadbolt on the door and buttons inside to call hospital or police; positioning the alarm panel so that occupants can check door and alarm status from the bed (but not from the front door).Most important, the design can help resist the feeling of isolation by making it easy to get away from the TV or computer and out onto a front porch or screened porch and by providing “family shrines” to showcase photos of family and happy memories. Clients may be resistant to thoughts of their own vulnerability, so Beth finds it useful to remind them that as we age our friends and relatives are aging too, living in a home that is easy to get in and out of and accommodates our friends with disabilities allows them to visit and keep out social network alive.last_img read more

Google Glass: Way Too Much Google For Its Own Good

first_imgIf Google is making us stupid, Google Glass is destined to make us even stupider. While consistent with Google’s mission to “organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful,” Google Glass may actually be too much of a good thing. Way too much.Jay Yarow describes Glass as “a product plagued by bugs, and of questionable use, that’s generating a lot of buzz because people want so desperately to have some new gadget to latch onto, and fear being wrong about the next major technology trend.” Perhaps. But whatever its faults (battery life, tends to cause headaches, etc.), Google Glass’ biggest fault may well be its biggest feature:Information overload.By constantly presenting Glass wearers with information, or the opportunity to get information, Google manages to over-deliver on its mission statement at a time when we actually rely on Google to filter out noise, rather than fill our lives with more noise. As I wrote in 2007, the secret to Google’s business model is to embrace the abundance of the Internet’s information overload but then remove the detritus and give me only what I want, when I want it, and serve up context-relevant advertising.But by sticking a computer on my face, always on and always connected, Google has ruined this model by giving me far more than I want, all the time, and diminishing my control of the flow of Google-provided information. Google Now gets the balance nearly perfect. Google Now anticipates my information needs based on where I’m going, what I have on my calendar, the time of day, etc. It’s genius, and it’s particularly useful because it lets me discover its magic on my own terms; that is, I have to actually look at my smartphone. Robert Scoble may see this as a downside, but it’s a serious upside. When I have to look, I’m in control of the information. When the information forces itself into my view, I’m a slave to it.Google Now is Google at its best. Google Glass? Perhaps Google at its worst, shoving information at me and never letting me disconnect from the Internet completely. Nor will it end here. Google co-founder Sergey Brin has stated that “We want Google to be the third half of your brain.” I doubt many people will be enthusiastic about this, no matter how much Google anticipates my wants and needs and serves up ads against them, 24×7. With Glass, Google has taken a step too far toward pushing information on its users rather than letting them control the flow of information. In short, Glass is way too much Google for most of us. And that is the major reason I expect it to fail. Matt Asay What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#abundance#Glass#Google#information overload Related Posts center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Ensure smooth screening of film, SC tells Bengal govt.

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Friday directed the West Bengal government to ensure that no obstruction or restraint of any kind is imposed on the public viewing of the film Bhobishyoter Bhoot in local theatres.A Bench of Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice Hemant Gupta also directed the Chief Secretary, the Principal Secretary, Department of Home and the Director General of Police, and the State government to ensure that adequate arrangements for security are made to facilitate the film’s screening.The Bench also ordered to ensure that the viewers and the audience are not endangered and there is no danger to the property of the theatres where the film is being or would be screened.The order came after the producers of the film moved the top court alleging that the State government was “obstructing the film from being exhibited in the cinema halls of Kolkata in a highly back-handed and arbitrary manner”.The Intelligence Unit of Kolkata Police had asked for a pre-screening of the film for senior officials on the ground that “the contents of the film may hurt public sentiments which may lead to political, law and order issues”.CBFC certificationThe producer had responded that the film, directed by Anik Datta, has been certified for public viewing by the Central Board of Film Certification and has a U/A certification. It claimed that the film, released on February 15, 2019, has been taken off a majority of theatres and out of 48 exhibitors, only two are presently displaying the film.The Bench remarked that “once a film has been duly certified by CBFC, it is not open to any authority either of the State government or otherwise to issue formal or informal directions preventing the producer from having the film screened”. “Such actions of the State directly impinge upon the fundamental right to the freedom of speech and expression guaranteed under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution of India,” it added.The Bench further sought response from the State government and other authorities on the petition and posted the case for further hearing on March 25.last_img read more

Suez Canal Ecoslops to Undertake Feasibility Study

first_imgzoom The Suez Canal Economic Zone and France-based Ecoslops agreed to join forces in a detailed feasibility study on recovering oil residues from ships transiting the canal.Ecoslops and the Suez Canal Economic Zone have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to combine their efforts to conduct a study on the regulatory, technical, financial and commercial aspects of the project.The project aims to contribute to increasing the competitiveness of the Suez Canal and Egyptian ports by providing a collection and waste treatment service, as well as providing ship owners with essential traceability on their hydrocarbon waste. The goal of both parties is to complete this study by the third quarter of 2018.The project is supported by the French government through financial assistance to the study (FASEP), and the Economical service of the French Embassy in Cairo.Ecoslops’ technology transforms oil residues from slops and sludge into new fuels and light bitumen. The company has estimated the potential for recovering oil residues transiting the Suez Canal at more than 40,000 tonnes per year, based on 18,000 passages and 7,000 ports of call. Egypt world-class ports, like Alexandria, record more than 5,000 calls a year, which also have significant potential for waste generation.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Elly Mayday SASKATCHEWAN-BORN MODEL ASHLEY LUTHER, BETTER KNOWN AS ELLY MAYDAY, DEAD AT 30Ashley Luther, the Saskatchewan-born woman who gained fame as Elly Mayday — a fierce model who embraced her curves — died Friday in Vancouver. She was 30.Luther, who grew up on a farm near Aylesbury, Sask., had been dealing with ovarian cancer and related health complications for five years.Luther was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer called low grade serous carcinoma at 25. READ MOREELLY MAYDAY, BODY-POSITIVE MODEL AND ADVOCATE, DIES FROM OVARIAN CANCER AT 30“One Hell Ova Woman” reads an embroidery Elly Mayday was gifted last summer.In an Instagram post, the body-positive model said: “This is one of my favorite gifts I’ve received. This little tag line came to me one day and I liked the way it felt. I wanted to create a hashtag that said a bit more than “warrior” or survivor, to be honest I’ve never identified with either words.“#One Hell Ova Woman” is the woman who doesn’t back down. The one who faces obstacles with grace and strength. The “Ova” spelling is a nod towards my girls fighting this disease. (I wish there was another word rather than fighting) but it’s not just about cancer. It’s just about her. You.” READ MORE Login/Register With: Facebook CANADIAN MODEL AND ACTIVIST DIES AT 30 FROM OVARIAN CANCERSaskatchewan-born model and body positivity activist has died at 30 from ovarian cancer on Friday.Ashley Luther, professionally known as Elly Mayday, moved to British Columbia to pursue her modelling career where she would often work with local Forever Yours Lingerie.Luther documented her five-year struggle with ovarian cancer and her struggle as a plus-size model. READ MOREcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more