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Iowa State Edges Women’s Soccer, 2-0, in Final Exhibition

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s soccer team fell to the Iowa State Cyclones, 2-0, Saturday night in front of more than 800 fans at the Cownie Soccer Complex in the team’s final exhibition contest of the 2018 preseason. The two teams played three 30-minute periods in the final preseason tune-up for each. “In terms of the game we were really pleased with the continuing development of the group,” Horner said. “We managed to get 24 players on to the field while still maintaining our defensive structure which is a great positive. We are very happy with our overall progress and are exactly where we wanted to be at this point in preseason. Our training and two exhibition games have provided great learning opportunities and experience for us to build from leading into the Montana tournament.” “Firstly, we are really appreciative of our athletic department and the community for supporting Alyssa and the “Kick Cancer” cause,” said head coach Lindsey Horner. “We couldn’t have imagined such an incredible turnout!” Following Saturday’s final exhibition game, Drake opens the regular season in Missoula, Mont., on Aug. 17 against San Francisco at 3:30 p.m. CST. Print Friendly Versioncenter_img After a scoreless first period that saw each team have multiple shots on goal, Iowa State broke through with a goal by Courtney Powell late in the second period. Powell stole a Bulldogs’ pass and beat sophomore goalkeeper Kelsie Stone (Hoffman Estates, Ill.) in the 52nd minute. Later, the Cyclones added a late goal in the match’s final minutes. Emily Steil scored on a deep shot that was just out of reach of Stone. Saturday night was extra meaningful for the program as it hosted its annual “Kick Cancer” game in honor of one of their own in senior midfielder Alyssa Brand (Skokie, Ill.). Brand was diagnosed with thyroid cancer during the 2017 season but didn’t miss any matches because of the cancer and earned All-Missouri Valley Conference honors for the third straight season. Following the 2017 season, Brand underwent successful surgery and is now cancer free. To help bring awareness to Brand’s courageous fight and for others dealing with cancer, the team wore special teal “Kick Cancer” jerseys for the in-state match. Prior to kickoff, Brand was joined by her parents, Warren and Michelle, and her sisters, Stephanie and Jessica, for a special introduction.last_img read more

Honouring Mandela around the world

first_img4 July 2013 It’s not only South Africa that has a penchant for naming things after Nelson Mandela – there are numerous streets, bridges, educational institutions, buildings, organisms, flowers, statues and monuments around the world that bear his name. With the help of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, we bring you a far from exhaustive list of some of the places where Mandela’s name can be found. In South Africa citizens are used to driving down Nelson Mandela Boulevard in Tshwane, wandering through Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton, crossing the Nelson Mandela Bridge in Johannesburg, attending the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, living in the Nelson Mandela residential hall at Rhodes University, visiting the Nelson Mandela Museum in the Eastern Cape, trekking the Madiba heritage trail in the Eastern Cape, or holidaying at the swanky Mandela Rhodes Place in Cape Town. But in Purmerend, Zoetermeer and Arnhem, all in the Netherlands, residents there have their own Mandela Bridges, as do the people of Utrecht, Belgium.A road by any other name And just as Bloemfontein residents have their Nelson Mandela Drive, so do the people of Castries, St Lucia, in the Caribbean. In Paris, France, pedestrians can stroll along the Avenue du President Nelson Mandela in Arcueil, located in the city’s southern suburbs, while there is a Nelson Mandela Boulevard in Caracas, Venezuela. Dakar in Senegal boasts the Avenue Nelson Mandela, and there are more Mandela Avenues in Glamorgan, Harlow and Falkirk, UK; Georgetown, Guyana; and Schrijndel, Netherlands, as well as a Mandela Road in Culemborg, Netherlands, and Uyo, Nigeria. The UK has several versions of Mandela Close and Mandela Way respectively, and there is a Mandela Highway leading into Kingston, Jamaica. Not to be outdone, the authorities in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, have established the grandly-designated Nelson Mandela Highway Road, and there are Mandela roads, places, paths, parkways, interchanges, links, courts and streets all around the world. In Italy, there is a municipality or comune named Mandela, situated in the province of Rome, about 40km northeast of the Italian capital. A few cities have named stadiums after Mandela – besides the Nelson Mandela Multipurpose Stadium in Port Elizabeth, there’s one in Port Louis, Mauritius; in Kampala, Uganda; and in Torrevieja, Spain.Following in his footsteps For those who want to do their own long walk while remembering the elder statesman, the Madiba hiking trail in the Eastern Cape passes through his home town of Qunu. The Mandela Garden in Leeds, UK, as well as the Nelson Mandela ornamental garden in Kingston-upon-Hull, Yorkshire, UK, the Nelson Mandela Park in Montreal, Canada, and Mandela Park in Hoorn, Netherlands, offer a chance for peaceful contemplation. You can even wine and dine in his presence by proxy, at the Cafe Mandela in Copenhagen, Denmark, the Mandela Bar at Bristol University, or Madiba Restaurant in New York, which has served up peace and love since 1999. Mandela’s former wife Winnie has not been left out – in 1983, the New York City square in front of South Africa’s UN mission became the Nelson and Winnie Mandela Plaza. Port Louis, Mauritius; New Delhi, India; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; The Hague, Netherlands; Tunis, Tunisia – it seems unlikely that any other world icon has so many tributes in so many places.Education in Mandela’s name Mandela’s passionate belief in education is reflected in a long list of schools, scholarships, programmes, awards, libraries, centres, chairs, bursaries and funds – not just in South Africa or even the continent, but far beyond. A few of them are the Ecole Nelson Mandela, in Bamako, Mali, the Mandela Children’s Learning School in Compton, US, and the Mandela Institute for Human Rights in the Palestinian National Authority Area, Jerusalem, Israel. Students at the Nelson Mandela Educational Centre in A Lama, Spain, the Nelson Mandela State International School in Berlin, Germany, the Mandela Supplementary School in London, UK, and the Nelson Mandela Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution in New Delhi, India, study under the gaze of one of the world’s most ardent champions for the education of youth. The Australian High Commission in South Africa awards 20 Australia Mandela scholarships annually, given to academic staff who wish to study for their masters’ degrees at Australian institutions. At the University of Michigan, the Dubois-Mandela-Rodney postdoctoral fellowship is given to scholars studying Africa or the African diaspora. A Mandela scholarship fund administered by Leiden University in the Netherlands offers African postgraduate students the chance to study for a year at the university. The Mandela Rhodes Foundation supports the development of leadership capacity in Africa.Building on the legacy Needless to say, Mandela himself has been the recipient of numerous awards, honorary degrees, life memberships, civic honours, freedoms of towns and cities, and various other accolades. According to the Mandela Centre of Memory, the statesman has collected more than 1 100 of these honours over the years. They include the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, which he won jointly with then-president FW de Klerk, and an honorary doctorate in liberal arts from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, in 1997. He can also add the Civil Order of the First Class from the Sultanate of Oman (1999), the Order of the Lion of Malawi (2001), the freedom of the city and county of Cardiff, Wales (1998), and honorary citizenship of Canada (2001) – the first time in history that the honour was given to a living person – to his list, as well as hundreds more. There are a host of living creatures, organisms and plants named after the former president, such as Protea cynaroides Mandela, which was revealed in 1988 as an 80th birthday present; Triacanthella madiba, a species of springtail named by scientists at Stellenbosch University; Australopicus nelsonmandelai, an extinct species of woodpecker named in 2012; an indigenous species of African orb- weaver spider named Singafrotypa Mandela in 2002; the Paravanda Nelson Mandela orchid, named in 1997; and the beautiful Strelitzia reginae Mandela’s Gold, named in 1996. Some unusual offerings include a landfill site in Georgetown, Guyana, an apartment block in the long-running British television sitcom Only Fools and Horses, called Nelson Mandela House, and a fundamental nuclear particle discovered at Leeds University in 1973 and named the Mandela Particle. Then there is the nudibranch, or sea slug, Mandelia Micocornata, named in 1999. However, this gesture was eclipsed by the naming of an entire family and genus of sea slugs after him – family Mandeliidae, genus Mandelia. Poems, stamps, aircraft, racehorses, trees, gold coins and medallions named after him or bearing his likeness – there is seemingly no end to the respectful tributes bestowed on this symbol of reconciliation and forgiveness. First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

Leaping kudu caught on camera in South Africa

first_img22 July 2015A professional photographer was on hand to capture the sight of a lifetime when a kudu bull jumped several metres into the air after he was spooked by a warning call from a Franklin.Arno Pietersen, who was on safari in the Kruger National Park, captured a series of eight frames of the animal’s massive leap, on 19 July.“On Sunday, we were on the H3 road near Kwagga Pan and there was a group of six kudu bulls, which were all crossing the road and moving towards the artificial watering hole,” he said.“The one that I got a picture of was actually the last of the group and sadly it had the smallest horns of them all,” Pietersen said.“It was about 5m from the road when the call of a Franklin spooked it. Usually they call when a predator is around and the bull just ran towards the road and leapt. It was crazy at the time, I didn’t see much through my viewfinder and only when I was looking through the frames afterwards did I see how high it actually jumped.”A great responseSocial media users are awestruck. “Now all those road signs make sense!” wrote Dylan van Zyl on Kruger’s Facebook page.Others expressed their admiration for the country and the photographer.Charlie Cawood described it as a classic photo. “The beauty of our natural heritage continues to impress us. What a leap!”Amalia Keen van Rhyn wrote: “Well done to the photographer.” And Patrick Walsh joked of the kudu: “Thinks he is a Springbok. Should be entered in the Olympic Squad.”Kruger National ParkThe park was established in 1898 to protect South Africa’s wildlife and is nearly 2 million hectares in size.It is home to 336 species of tree, 49 species of fish, 34 species of amphibian, 114 species of reptile, 507 species of bird and 147 species of mammal.Source: News24Wirelast_img read more