Football Closes Season with Thrilling 31-28 Win at Davidson

first_imgSeveral other fifth-year Bulldogs had memorable final games. Devin Cates scored his team-leading ninth touchdown reception. Cates had 36 yards on two catches. Ian Corwin finished 10-of-14 for 146 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. linebacker Zac Rujawitz led the defense with a career-high 18 tackles, including eight solo. Defensive end Erin Morgan had two tackles and scored his first career touchdown on a trick play. Defensive tackle Jacob Murry recorded four tackles. Offensive lineman Isaiah Kent-Schneider helped pave the way for Lauer in his 10th start this season. Wide receiver Steven Doran missed the game due to injury but the made trip as he closed out his great career. Drake (6-5, 6-2 PFL) secured its fourth-straight winning season and its 14th in the past 15 seasons. The Bulldogs’ defense came through with several clutch stops, including multiple late in the game as Davidson (8-4, 5-3 PF) tried to rally. The Wildcats rushed for 306 yards but passed for just 14 yards on one reception. Coming into the game, Davidson’s offense averaged 444.2 yards per game. Final Box Score Story Links On the opening drive, Davidson moved 87 yards taking 11 minutes off the clock as Wesley Dugger put the Wildcats on the scoreboard on a one-yard touchdown dive. “We came out wanting to send the seniors off with a great memory,” said Drake head coach Todd Stepsis. “We did that today and we can take this into the offseason, into spring ball and build something special off this win. This was a much-needed building block from a hard-fought, physical game. Now we need to take the next step into the offseason and help us move in the right direction where we want to be.” Davidson had another long drive this one going six minutes and it ended with Eli Turner’s three-yard touchdown, cutting deficit to 24-21. Caden Meis fumbled on the Bulldogs’ next drive, but Drake’s defense held and forced Davidson to turn it over on downs. The Bulldogs’ offense bounced back with a strong drive going 66 yards on eight plays, including key long catches by Mitch McFarlane and Cates. Lauer scored another touchdown, this one a four-yard toss from Corwin. That touchdown pushed the lead to 31-21. The Wildcats briefly took the lead after they scored on their next drive. However, the lead didn’t last long as Drake answered with back-to-back touchdown drives to lead 21-14 at halftime. One of the touchdowns came courtesy of some trickery as senior holder Alex Bray found Morgan on a perfectly executed fake field goal attempt. Morgan, one of Drake’s fifth year seniors and team captain, scored his first career touchdown from 13 yards out. The other touchdown was a four-yard touchdown pass from Corwin to Cates, his team-leading ninth TD catch of the season. Davidson scored another touchdown to pull within three points at 31-28. Later, Drake avoided disaster after a bad snap on a punt that put Davidson in good field goal position. However, the Bulldogs’ defense stepped up again with another turnover on downs. Drake had to punt the football back to Davidson with 2:42 left in the game, but once again the Bulldogs’ defense answered this time with another fourth down stop. Drake’s offense took over and ran out the clock for the win. Print Friendly Versioncenter_img Full Schedule Roster In his final game as a Bulldog, fifth-year half back Drew Lauer recorded his seventh 100-plus rushing performance this season. Lauer rushed 25 times for 127 yards and one touchdown. He finished the year with 1,127 yards rushing, the most by a Bulldogs’ back since Scott Phaydavong had 1,194 in 2007. Lauer added 63 receiving yards on three catches and one touchdown reception. Drake answered before the end of the opening quarter. Helped by Davidson’s personal foul on the Bulldogs’ punt, the drive continued as Lauer rushed for 30 total yards as the team went 68 yards. The last from five yards out for his team-leading 12th rushing touchdown. “Every time today when we needed a response or an answer we came through,” Stepsis said. “The defense didn’t start out well, but when we needed them they came up with several four -and-outs. The offense had some great drives too and really came through when we needed them.” HTML Box Score Drake received the football to start the third quarter. Corwin connected with Lauer on a big 55-yard reception that put the Bulldogs deep in Wildcats’ territory. But the drive stalled out as Nathan De Bruin made a 21-yard field goal, his first field goal since the Morehead State win on Oct. 26, to extend lead to 24-14. DAVIDSON, N.C. – The Drake University football team closed the 2019 season with a 31-28 Pioneer Football League road win over Davidson Saturday afternoon at Richardson Stadium.last_img read more

Is the Universe Hole-y?

first_imgCosmologists are trying to avoid a void.  Since astronomers at U of Minnesota announced a gaping hole in a distant part of the universe, representing a region of space devoid of matter a billion light-years across, others are scrambling to discern what it means.  The issue was discussed on EurekAlert, BBC News, Science Now, and  It even made the nightly TV news.    The Minnesota team compared observations from the Very Large Array of radio telescopes with WMAP data, and looked closer at a region showing a remarkable drop in the number of galaxies in a region toward the constellation Eridanus.  Other voids have been detected in the past, but never one this large.  “Astronomers don’t know why the hole is there,” said science writer Robert Roy Britt.  Others don’t know that it’s there.Cosmological observations are so deeply intertwined with theory, it is often hard to tell the one from the other.  The hole could be real, or it could be an artifact of the theory and techniques used.  Some cosmologists (see the BBC article) are claiming this a confirmation of dark energy.  ScienceNow said it contradicts the inflation theory.  And it quoted one astronomer who thought the conclusion was premature.  The Minnesota team said their announcement will need independent confirmation, so it is unwise to lean too heavily on the reports.  Still, it’s fun to see scientists get surprised once in awhile.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Marlene Dumas comes home

first_img3 March 2008 One of her artworks sold for US$3.34-million (about R25.6-million today) in 2005, making her the highest-paid living female artist in the world. Marlene Dumas is back home in South Africa with an exhibition, and she is all ours until the end of March. Dumas was born in Kuilsriver in 1953; she left South Africa in 1976 on a scholarship to study at the Atelier ’63 in Haarlem, Holland and 30 years later is still living in the country’s capital, Amsterdam. The top-price painting was The Teacher, completed in 1987. Before that her work went for a more modest $50 000 (R383 550 today), according to The New York Times. The exhibition, called Intimate Relations, is her first solo exhibition in South Africa. It has already been to Cape Town, where it ran from early November to mid-January; it took up residence at Johannesburg’s Standard Bank Gallery in February, and will run there until 29 March. Consisting of more than 50 works – paintings, drawings and prints – they date from her student years at the Michaelis School of Art at the University of Cape Town, with excerpts from letters, documents and photographs collected by Dumas. She has also produced works specifically for the exhibition. A writer, too, who comments on art, culture and politics, some of Dumas’s writing is also on exhibit. ‘I want to speak for myself’ Of her writing, she says: “I write about art because I want to speak for myself. I might not be the only authority, nor the best authority, but I want to participate in the writing of my own history. Why should artists be validated by outside authorities? I don’t like being paternalised and colonised by every Tom, Dick and Harry that comes along (male or female).” Works on display come from several public and private collections in the Netherlands and Belgium. The title of the exhibition was chosen to “focus thinking around questions of what constitutes intimate relations between people, places and paintings”, says the press statement. It has been conceived as a homecoming that will give South African audiences “in-depth insights into Dumas’s extraordinary oeuvre through a broad selection of her work”. “Apart from making work about eroticism and sexuality, for which she uses images from magazines, or her own photographs shot in Amsterdam’s red light district, Dumas also explores other complex ideological themes, such as stereotyped notions of beauty, racism, death, violence, religion, maternity and motherhood. These themes are presented in her work with a frank and often chilling honesty.” Cycle of life Joint curator with Dumas, Emma Bedford says that Dumas’s work “deals with the cycle of life, and with issues of gender, sexuality, pleasure and pain, amongst others. While intellectual, ethical and moral questions stimulate and absorb her, it is her awareness of how these are experienced in and through the body that is central to her work.” Portraits dominate the exhibition, and it’s hard to pull yourself away from them, particularly The New Generation, completed in 1994; it is a striking collection of 45 large faces on unframed canvases that command your attention. There’s not a smile among them, and although some of them are looking straight at you, the impression is of indifference and being detached. “I don’t do it for the people and I don’t do it against the people. If at all I do it from the people and after the people,” she records alongside the portraits in the catalogue. She donated the massive work to the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town. Other portraits that will stop you in your stroll around the gallery are Naomi, Helena, Moshekwa, Het Kwaad is Banaal, The Blindfolded Man and Young Men. In the catalogue, Dumas says of painting: “Painting is about the trace of the human touch. It is about the skin of a surface. A painting is something you have to get up close to. To see, you have to get intimate. If a painting doesn’t change as you get closer, it is not a good painting.” Constitutional Court Dumas has donated another work to the Constitutional Court, entitled The Benefit of the Doubt. It depicts three close-up figures in a set of tapestries, about which Dumas says, “One is alone, two is a couple and three is politics.” Speaking of the donations, Marilyn Martin, the director of art collections at Iziko Museums of Cape Town, says: “Such acts of generosity would be unusual for many artists; for Marlene Dumas they are manifestations of her love for the country of her birth and her commitment to the national art museum and the people of South Africa.” The Standard Bank Gallery is on the corner of Simmonds and Frederick streets. The gallery is open from Mondays to Fridays, from 8am to 4.30pm and Saturdays from 9am to 1pm. The exhibition closes on 29 March. Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

Premier upbeat over Gauteng’s future

first_imgA view of the Johannesburg city centre skyline at sunset from the rooftop of the Oribi Hotel in Troyeville. (Image: For more free images visit the image library) The Gauteng provincial government wants to position the province as a freight and logistics hub through the establishment of an aerotropolis. It will consist of aviation-intensive businesses and related enterprises around OR Tambo International Airport. (Image: Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane was the speaker at the latest New Age Business Briefing on Wednesday 4 October. (Image: MEDIA CONTACTS • The New Age   +27 11 542 1222 RELATED ARTICLES • Education boost for Gauteng • Gauteng Hotline to raise service bar • Nursing chance for SA’s unemployed • Denel helps maths, science pupils Wilma den HartighGauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane was the speaker at the latest New Age Business Briefing on Wednesday 4 October, where she spoke about her plans to strengthen the province’s position as the economic hub of South Africa and the gateway to Africa. She also spoke of her government’s achievements.The business briefing events are hosted regularly by the New Age daily newspaper in partnership with the public broadcaster SABC, to enable dialogue between the country’s citizens and leaders in politics, business and sport.During the briefing, which was broadcast live on SABC’s breakfast programme, Morning Live, the premier didn’t shy away from answering questions about the province, ranging from healthcare and investment, to education and job creation.The questions were submitted by viewers, via the social media network Twitter, as well those attending the briefing at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.‘Everything starts here’Gauteng might be the smallest province by size – at 18,178km2 in area – but it is a major contributor to the economic prosperity of both the country and the continent. The province’s R811-billion (US$94.6-billion) GDP makes up 33.9% of the country’s equivalent, and is responsible for 10% of Africa’s market value.The premier, who came into office in 2009, said heading up such a diverse province is no small feat.About 11.2-million – the highest population in one province – of South Africa’s 50-million citizens live in Gauteng, with 60% of the country’s research and development spend allocated to the province.“Everything starts here,” Mokonyane said in her opening address.“One of the major challenges is to satisfy all the needs and expectations that people have,” she said.A major achievement for her office, said Mokonyane, was the financial turnaround strategy that Gauteng put in place in 2009 to deal with poor financial and contract management.The province was on the verge of bankruptcy, but through interventions like rearranging supply chains, terminating contracts and redirecting resources to important sectors such as health and education, Gauteng has started to make money again.Freight and logistics hubMokonyane said that her team is working to position Gauteng as a freight and logistics hub through the establishment of an aerotropolis. The Ekurhuleni Metro Municipality, the home of the OR Tambo International Airport –Africa’s busiest airport – has been earmarked for this development.In her state of the province speech earlier this year, Mokonyane announced that the aerotropolis project seeks to grow the Gauteng economy by improving the business environment linked to airports in the province. It will also consist of aviation-intensive businesses and related enterprises around OR Tambo.In addition to developing existing aviation-linked business, the provincial government also aims to attract businesses from the manufacturing, distribution, hospitality, entertainment, retail, trade and exhibition sectors.The aim of this development is to create a commercial facility around the airport, where travellers can conduct business, eat, sleep, shop and be entertained all within a 20km radius of the node.Solutions to healthcareMokonyane also provided honest answers to questions about the provision of health services in the province.“Gauteng has had a bad reputation for its health sector, but our primary health services have contributed to a reduction of HIV statistics,” she said.She added that although Gauteng’s central hospitals are experiencing challenges, healthcare in the province has shown some improvement, and that more work is underway to upgrade service provision in these facilities.The contentious issue of labour broking also came under the spotlight.“I don’t believe we can’t build our own capacity to deal with certain services,” she said. “Why must we outsource?”Mokonyane explained that this is one of the reasons for government’s move to reopen nursing colleges in the country.She pledged to address the issue of customer service in public health facilities, such as reducing the length of queues for patients, improving cleanliness of hospitals and promoting better relationships between hospital staff and patients.“This is a non-negotiable,” she said.Creating jobsGauteng already hosts more than 40% of the country’s small medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs), and the premier welcomed further innovative suggestions to create more jobs, such as promoting entrepreneurship through fashion and design.“We are a young province and we are worried about youth unemployment,” she said.In her state of the province speech Mokonyane said figures of the 2011 Fourth Quarter Labour Force Survey indicate that job creation in the province was increasing.Gauteng had a 4.1% increase in employment, which translates to the creation of about 132 000 new jobs.One of the ideas was for government and clothing retailers to work with fashion designers to create designated spaces in all stores for merchandise that is designed and manufactured locally. This would not only promote the local design industry, but also provide a much needed boost for the textile industry.“We are reviving the fashion industry in downtown Johannesburg and creating a market for local fashion designers,” said Mokonyane.Gauteng is also in the process of streamlining funding options for entrepreneurs, particularly to ensure that SMMEs are sustainable in the long term.last_img read more

South Africa’s Chad le Clos is world’s best

first_img5 December 2014Olympic gold medalist Chad Le Clos was crowned the world’s best for 2014 by the International Swimming Federation (Fina).The South African swimmer was named Sportsman of the Year at the SA Sports Awards in Johannesburg on Monday night.Topping off a shimmering week, Le Clos also set a new world record of 48.44sec in the 100m butterfly at the FINA World Short-Course Swimming Championships in Doha on Thursday.Le Clos cut 0.04sec off Evgeny Korotyshkin’s record from November 2009.“Timing is important to get the world record,” Le Clos told Reuters. “You have to race to win.“There was lots of pressure from the media and others on my shoulders and I wanted to show … the world that I am the best swimmer in the world.”The gold for butterfly came after the 22-year-old swimmer won the 200m men’s freestyle on Wednesday, declaring it as one of the best swim medals he has ever won.“It’s a race I have wanted to win for a long time – on a world stage of course,” the swimmer told reporters. “At the World Cups I have never swum a 200 freestyle so it is my first one – I am really happy.“It’s short course, I want to be the best long course. I know my turns are really good so to chase these guys long course is going to be a different ball game but I’ll take it away and work on it when I get back home.”Earlier this year, Le Clos became the first man to be crowned Fina’s Swimming World Cup series winner for the third time, collecting 27 gold medals along the way.Le Clos also became the first ever swimmer to go unbeaten throughout a World Cup series.Other South African results from Doha:Fourth place at 6:52.13 for the South African 4x200m freestyle relay team of Le Clos, Myles Brown, Sebastien Rousseau and Leith Shankland.Cameron van der Burgh came fourth in the 100m breaststroke final, with 56.80. It is the world record holder’s third race since returning from a shoulder injury.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

10 great tools to stay completely anonymous online

first_imgEverybody is facing a battle these days. Though it may not be immediately apparent, it is already affecting a majority of the global population. This battle is not fought with bombs, planes, or tanks or with any physical weapons for that matter. This battle is for our online privacy. A survey made last year discovered 69% of data breaches were related to identity theft. Another survey shows the number of cases of data breaches related to identity theft has steadily risen over the last 4 years worldwide. And it is likely to increase as hackers are gaining easy access more advanced tools. The EU’s GDPR may curb this trend by imposing stricter data protection standards on data controllers and processors. These entities have been collecting and storing our data for years through ads that track our online habits– another reason to protect our online anonymity. However, this new regulation has only been in force for over a month and only within the EU. So, it’s going to take some time before we feel its long-term effects. The question is, what should we do when hackers out there try to steal and maliciously use our personal information? Simple: We defend ourselves with tools at our disposal to keep ourselves completely anonymous online. So, here’s a list you may find useful. 1. VPNs A VPN helps you maintain anonymity by hiding your real IP and internet activity from prying eyes. Normally, your browser sends a query tagged with your IP every time you make an online search. Your ISP takes this query and sends it to a DNS server which then points you to the correct website. Of course, your ISP (and all the servers your query had to go through) can, and will likely, view and monitor all the data you course through them— including your personal information and IP address. This allows them to keep a tab on all your internet activity. A VPN protects your identity by assigning you an anonymous IP and encrypting your data. This means that any query you send to your ISP will be encrypted and no longer display your real IP. This is why using a VPN is one of the best ways to keeping anonymous online. However, not all VPNs are created equal. You have to choose the best one if you want airtight security. Also, beware of free VPNs. Most of them make money by selling your data to advertisers. You’ll want to compare and contrast several VPNs to find the best one for you. But, that’s sooner said than done with so many different VPNs out there. Look for reviews on trustworthy sites to find the best vpn for your needs. 2. TOR Browser The Onion Router (TOR) is a browser that strengthens your online anonymity even more by using different layers of encryption– thereby protecting your internet activity which includes “visits to Web sites, online posts, instant messages, and other communication forms”. It works by first encasing your data in three layers of encryption. Your data is then bounced three times– each bounce taking off one layer of encryption. Once your data gets to the right server, it “puts back on” each layer it has shed as it successively bounces back to your device. You can even improve TOR by using it in combination with a compatible VPN. It is important to note, though, that using TOR won’t hide the fact that you’re using it. Some sites may restrict allowances made through TOR. 3. Virtual machine A Virtual machine is basically a second computer within your computer. It lets you emulate another device through an application. This emulated computer can then be set according to your preferences. The best use for this tool, however, is for tasks that don’t involve an internet connection. It is best used for when you want to open a file and want to make sure no one is watching over your shoulder. After opening the file, you then simply delete the virtual machine. You can try VirtualBox which is available on Windows, Linux, and Mac. 4. Proxy servers A proxy server is an intermediary between your device and the internet. It’s basically another computer that you use to process internet requests. It’s similar to a virtual machine in concept but it’s an entirely separate physical machine. It protects your anonymity in a similar way a VPN does (by hiding your IP) but it can also send a different user agent to keep your browser unidentifiable and block or accept cookies but keep them from passing to your device. Most VPN companies also offer proxy servers so they’re a good place to look for a reliable one. 5. Fake emails A fake email is exactly what the name suggests: an email that isn’t linked to your real identity. Fake emails aid your online anonymity by not only hiding your real identity but by making sure to keep you safe from phishing emails or malware— which can be easily sent to you via email. Making a fake email can be as easy as signing up for an email without using your real information or by using a fake email service. 6. Incognito mode “Going incognito” is the easiest anonymity tool to come by. Your device will not store any data at all while in this mode including: your browsing history, cookies, site data, and information entered in forms. Most browsers have a privacy mode that you can easily use to hide your online activity from other users of the same device. 7. Ad blockers Ads are everywhere these days. Advertising has and always will be a lucrative business. That said, there is a difference between good ads and bad ads. Good ads are those that target a population as a whole. Bad ads (interest-based advertising, as their companies like to call it) target each of us individually by tracking our online activity and location– which compromises our online privacy. Tracking algorithms aren’t illegal, though, and have even been considered “clever”. But, the worst ads are those that contain malware that can infect your device and prevent you from using it. You can use ad blockers to combat these threats to your anonymity and security. Ad blockers usually come in the form of browser extensions which instantly work with no additional configuration needed. For Google Chrome, you can choose either Adblock Plus, uBlock Origin, or AdBlock. For Opera, you can choose either Opera Ad Blocker, Adblock Plus, or uBlock Origin. 8. Secure messaging apps If you need to use an online messaging app, you should know that the popular ones aren’t as secure as you’d like them to be. True, Facebook messenger does have a “secret conversation” feature but Facebook hasn’t exactly been the most secure social network to begin with. Instead, use tools like Signal or Telegram. These apps use end-to-end encryption and can even be used to make voice calls. 9. File shredder The right to be forgotten has surfaced in mainstream media with the onset of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation. This right basically requires data collecting or processing entities to completely remove a data subject’s PII from their records. You can practice this same right on your own device by using a “file shredding” tool. But the the thing is: Completely removing sensitive files from your device is hard. Simply deleting it and emptying your device’s recycle bin doesn’t actually remove the file– your device just treats the space it filled up as empty and available space. These “dead” files can still haunt you when they are found by someone who knows where to look. You can use software like Dr. Cleaner (for Mac) or Eraser (for Win) to “shred” your sensitive files by overwriting them several times with random patterns of random sets of data. 10. DuckDuckGo DuckDuckGo is a search engine that doesn’t track your behaviour (like Google and Bing that use behavioural trackers to target you with ads). It emphasizes your privacy and avoids the filter bubble of personalized search results. It offers useful features like region-specific searching, Safe Search (to protect against explicit content), and an instant answer feature which shows an answer across the top of the screen apart from the search results. To sum it up: Our online privacy is being attacked from all sides. Ads legally track our online activities and hackers steal our personal information. The GDPR may help in the long run but that remains to be seen. What’s important is what we do now. These tools will set you on the path to a more secure and private internet experience today. About the Author Dana Jackson, an U.S. expat living in Germany and the founder of PrivacyHub. She loves all things related to security and privacy. She holds a degree in Political Science, and loves to call herself a scientist. Dana also loves morning coffee and her dog Paw. Read Next: Top 5 cybersecurity trends you should be aware of in 2018 Twitter allegedly deleted 70 million fake accounts in an attempt to curb fake news Top 5 cybersecurity myths debunkedlast_img read more