Women’s Golf Begins 2019 Fall Season at Conference Rival Illinois State’s Redbird Invitational

first_img Live Stats Story Links The Drake University women’s golf team kicks off their 2019 Fall season in Normal, Ill. on Sunday for the Redbird Invitational at the Weibring Golf Club hosted by Illinois State. The 54-hole event begins on Sunday morning at 8 a.m. and has a 17-team field including, Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Bradley, Butler, Eastern Kentucky, Evansville, Indiana State, IUPUI, Loyola Chicago, Northern Illinois, Ohio, Southern Illinois, Western Illinois and Xavier. Northern Illinois is the two-time defending champion, including a tournament-record score of 882 in last year’s event.Rachael Pruett-Hornbaker begins her fifth season as head coach of the Bulldogs and has helped the team improve steadily in that time. Pruett-Hornbaker led the team to a fifth-place finish at the 2019 MVC Championships, and off the course, the team posted a program-record 3.73 grade point average and received four All-American Scholars awards from the Women’s Golf Coaches Association.The Bulldogs return seven golfers from last season, Aimee Gerschke, Kristen Giles, Sigurlaug Jonsdottier, Reilly Krohe, Haeri Lee, Erica Olberding and Sam Paulak. Lee posted a team-low 76.7 scoring average over 24 rounds and garnered MVC Player of the Week honors on April 9. Gerschke, Giles and Jonsdottir also all posted sub-80 scoring averages and combined for 14 top-20 finishes last season.Drake welcomes two freshmen to the team, Abby Marting (Dubuque, Iowa) and Lexi Meade (Eau Claire, Wis.).Following the Redbird Invitational, the Bulldogs will travel to Flossmoor, Ill. for the Loyola Invitational Sept. 16-17.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Cape Town libraries go online

first_img25 October 2005Cape Town is on its way to becoming the first city in South Africa to offer free internet access at every public library.Already, three years since the launch of the city’s groundbreaking Smart Cape access project, the number of residents who have signed on to use this service has topped 26 000.Five hundred access stationsSmart Cape, which aims to provide computing facilities with free internet access to all the citizens of Cape Town, was launched in July 2002 as a pilot project at six libraries: Wesfleur, Brooklyn, Delft, Grassy Park, Guguletu and Lwandle.The following year Smart Cape won the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s $1-million Access to Learning award, which has contributed to extending the project.By the end of 2005, people will be able to connect to the internet at all 99 of the city’s libraries. Each library will have five computers installed, which means there will soon be 500 access stations around Cape Town.Making a differenceAnyone can use one of the Smart Cape computers; all you need is to be a member of one of the city’s public library. And to be a member of a library you need only be a resident of the city.Mymoena Sharif, the city’s e-governance manager, says people are using the computers for a variety of tasks – not just to surf the web. They type letters, write up their CVs, work on admin for their businesses and do research for school projects. And, of course, they send e-mail: all users are given an “@smartcape.org.za” address.She says the PCs have made a real difference to each library’s community and that the impact is still being monitored.Ultimately, one of the aims is to close the “digital divide” that separates people who have access to computers, technology and the internet, and all the benefits and opportunities that go with that, from those who have no such access.That’s quite a challenge, given the size of the gap that exists in South Africa and in other developing countries. In 2002 the city undertook an assessment of the digital divide in Cape Town, which revealed that 67% of the people who were interviewed had never used a computer.Open sourceAs Sharif says: “If the city wants to succeed in offering people internet access, it must be offered free. Citizens, especially previously disadvantaged citizens, are not going to spend R10 for 30 minutes at an internet cafe when that money is needed to put bread on the table.”She says the city is determined to close the gap and bring information technology to all. This is a quest that makes her particularly enthusiastic about Smart Cape’s use of open source software, a remarkable feature of the project and one that is allowing the city to reach many more people.Open source software brings many benefits – one of them being that it is free or at least much cheaper than commercial, proprietary software. For example, the Smart Cape access stations use a Linux-based operating system as opposed to proprietary software, which would have come with costly licensing fees.The city’s use of open source software has saved it a lot of money. But, unfortunately, the most frustrating expense – and one that lies outside the city’s control – is that of connectivity; in other words, Telkom charges.This is one of the challenges facing Cape Town in its quest to become a truly “smart city”. But it is already the home of a rapidly growing technology industry, and there has been a conscious decision to position the city as South Africa’s IT hub.Source: CITYWORKS Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

South African actor lands roles in two US series

first_imgAfter becoming a household name in South Africa as the lovable Bart in the SABC2 soap drama 7de Laan, actor Neil Sandilands is set to become a household name in the United States, landing regular roles in The 100 and a new series, Hap & Leonard.South African actor Neil Sandilands, best known for his role in the soapie 7de Laan is currently starring in two US television series. (Image: Sundance Channel)CD AndersonSandilands went to Los Angeles in 2007 to try his luck on the notoriously competitive acting circuit. In 2010, he featured in an episode of House MD, but soon ran out of luck. Returning to South Africa to star in a number of popular Afrikaans films, including the award-winning drama Die Ballade van Robbie de Wee, he returned to Hollywood in 2014, determined to make his mark.<br/>NEIL SANDILANDS REEL from Neil Sandilands on Vimeo.“I had to revert to other disciplines such as directing and post-production and sometimes built fences for my neighbours or some other unmentionable activities to simply keep the wolf at bay,” Sandilands told News24.ICYMI: “The 100′ Casts Neil Sandilands in Recurring Role for Season 3 http://t.co/SUk8Q8gtKz pic.twitter.com/VezmmJaopD— Twilightish (@Twilightish) July 24, 2015In January 2015, he had a recurring role on the 1980s-themed spy drama The Americans, which helped to boost his CV. From that, he landed two more regular roles on the teen sci-fi drama The 100 and a new series produced by Robert Redford’s Sundance TV channel called Hap & Leonard. It starts on 2 March 2016 in the US.While Sandilands struggled with rejection in Hollywood, describing the casting process as an “unforgiving craft”, his slow-burning tenacity has eventually paid off. “There’s no manual,” he explains about being an unknown actor in the Hollywood casting machine. “It is an inexact, non-verifiable science. I simply try to give it my all and be as best prepared as possible. I’m always off-book (not reading from the script). if you strike out on 99 half-truths, you may just sneak one moment of clarity past them.” Which is how he got the role on The 100.The 100Neil Sandilands – The 100 from Neil Sandilands on Vimeo.In The 100, a series about delinquent teenagers sent back to Earth 97 years after the apocalypse, Sandilands plays the role of Titus, political adviser and mythological flame-keeper of the Grounder organisation. He stars alongside other regular TV character actors such as Isaiah Washington (Grey’s Anatomy) and Paige Turco (Person of Interest).Reaction to Sandilands’ appearance on The 100 on South African television last month ignited Twitter, proving how popular his character on 7de Laan was locally:@njwsandilands when i saw your first episode of @cwthe100 me and my brother both shouted at the same time: Bart! Van 7deLaan! #SArepresent— Elle (@eldenelotter) February 16, 2016Watching #the100 and wondering why Titus looks so familiar and then it hit me.. Dis Bart van 7de Laan! @njwsandilands made me happy — Melissa Jaftha (@MelissaJaftha) March 2, 2016Big ups to “Bart” from 7de Laan a.k.a Neil Sandilands, fellow South African actor in #The100 Good job bra! #Proud— Ünçencøred Being (@CjUnicornLv) February 5, 2016Sandilands hopes that the show, now in its third season, will be renewed for a fourth and that his character’s pivotal role will remain relevant. “The show has grown exponentially (with a good social media presence). It has become hugely successful cult television,” says Sandilands.Hap & LeonardNeil Sandilands Hap & Leonard from Neil Sandilands on Vimeo.As the newest series for independent film and television network Sundance TV, Hap & Leonard is already gaining interest and industry buzz as one of the more innovative and well written TV dramas. Based on the cult books by Joe R Lansdale, described as “Elmore Leonard in Texas”, the show follows the adventures of two wise-cracking, crime-fighting best friends in the Lone Star State in the 1970s.Yes, meet the Crew!!!! Tomorrow night. #HapAndLeonard #SundanceTV. Season Premiere. Retweet the crap outa this. https://t.co/1MfQxuamJq— neil sandilands (@njwsandilands) March 1, 2016Sandilands plays Paco, a disfigured radical hippie on the run from the FBI who joins the two main characters in a search for sunken treasure. The cast includes Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) and Michael Kenneth Williams (Boardwalk Empire). Sandilands is looking forward to seeing the show challenge the already crowded and ever-evolving television narrative culture brought on by the rise of Netflix and HBO.Paco in the making. #hap&leonard #neilsandilands #Sundance #JR Lansdale. pic.twitter.com/h2tPMlkJmI— neil sandilands (@njwsandilands) May 28, 2015But would Sandilands consider returning to South Africa to star in local productions, and help the film and television industry operate on the same standard?“Absolutely,” he concludes, “it remains the work I am most naturally suited to do. (South Africa) is my motherland, Afrikaans is the tongue of my mother.”Neil Sandilands at the SundanceTV “Hap and Leonard” premiere party in NYC. #HapAndLeonard https://t.co/ctqWX2RI9K pic.twitter.com/TCoJ9oDs8n— Portroids (@portroids) February 27, 2016Source: News24Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more