PASADENA – The local Red Cross is in a “rebuilding phase,” and its board of directors will be reduced in size and restructured as it searches for a new CEO, board members said. The board is taking the actions in response to an independent analysis that said recent management missteps have tarnished the charity’s credibility. Board member and Pasadena fire Chief Dennis Downs said the organization is now working to regain its standing in the community, and that rebuilding the chapter starts at the top. The Red Cross’s reputation has been hurt at the San Gabriel Pomona Valley Chapter, but also at the regional level, he said. Downs was chairman of an ad hoc board committee from the Pasadena-based Red Cross chapter that reviewed the recommendations of the so-called “Blue Ribbon” committee, a panel of community leaders convened to address criticism – related to the board, former CEO Angie Turner and the organizational structure – reported in the media since September. The board decided Wednesday to implement many of the committee’s recommendations, Downs said. Specifically, the board decided to become more involved in running the chapter and include volunteers familiar with service delivery, he said. The committee specifically criticized current board Chairman Michael Zoeller in its Feb. 22 report. Zoeller hired Turner as CEO even though she had served prison time in the 1980s for her role in a heroin smuggling ring. Turner was in her 30s and a registered nurse at the time, but made her conviction sound more like a youthful indiscretion when she told Zoeller, the chairman of her search committee. Zoeller didn’t tell the other committee members or seek additional details from Turner about her criminal history. Zoeller said he will not resign immediately, though he will step down as chairman in July when the board makes its usual transitions. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4461 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Embed from Getty ImagesNew signings Sean Goss and Luke Freeman are among the QPR substitutes at St James’ Park, where Jamie Mackie, Ryan Manning, Conor Washington and former Newcastle man James Perch are restored to the starting line-up.Rangers are without Grant Hall – replaced by Perch in midfield – and Idrissa Sylla, who both picked up injuries at the weekend, but Jordan Cousins is back in the squad after a thigh problem and is on the bench.Deadline-day signings Matt Smith and Ravel Morrison will be eligible to play in Saturday’s game against Blackburn.Newcastle are without the Championship’s top scorer, Dwight Gayle, who has a hamstring problem.Newcastle: Darlow, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie, Shalvey, Hayden, Gouffran, Perez, Murphy.Subs: Sels, Hanley, Gamez, Lazaar, Ameobi, Diame, Mitrovic. QPR: Smithies, Furlong, Onuoha, Lynch, Bidwell, Wszolek, Perch, Luongo, Manning, Mackie, Washington.Subs: Ingram, Freeman, Cousins, Goss, Doughty, Petrasso, LuaLua. Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
The six scientist-cavers who will go deep underground the Cradle of Humankind to recover the human fossil remains from Rising Star Cave. From left, Hannah Morris, Marina Elliott, Becca Peixotto, Elen Feuerriegel, Alia Gurtov and Lindsay Eaves.Lee Berger, the leader of the expedition, introduces the international team to the media on 6 November 2013.(Images: University of the Witwatersrand)MEDIA CONTACTS• Professor Lee Berger Research professorEvolutionary Studies InstituteUniversity of the Witwatersrand+27 11 717 6604RELATED ARTICLES• Cosmic proof of comet strike on Earth• Cradle of Humankind is our human heritage • Phillip Tobias dies• South Africa unearths new human ancestor• World heritage in South AfricaMary AlexanderAn international team of six scientists – all women, and all recruited on social media – are set to explore a recently discovered cave deep under South Africa’s Cradle of Humankind, some 40 kilometres north of Johannesburg, to recover the fossil remains of an ancient human species that may shed new light on our origins.Named the Rising Star Cave, the chamber was discovered by exploration team leader Pedro Boshoff and his two assistants, Steve Tucker and Rick Hunter, of the Evolutionary Studies Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). Venturing 30 vertical metres under the surface of the Cradle, they were able to look into an almost inaccessible opening, where, scattered on the cave floor, they found a cache of significant hominin fossils.The expedition to the cave will be directed by paleoscientist Lee Berger, a research professor in human evolution at the Evolutionary Studies Institute. Berger is best known for the 2010 discovery, also in the Cradle, of a previously unknown 1.9-million-year old ancient hominin named Australopithecus sediba. Earlier this year he was named National Geographic explorer-in-residence.Announcing the Rising Star expedition on 6 November, Berger said the fossils in the chamber were found as recently as September 2013, in the deepest recesses of the network of limestone caves under the Cradle. The Cradle of Humankind, a Unesco World Heritage site, has yielded 40% of all the world’s known ancient human fossils.‘Extraordinary, exciting’“It’s fair to say no discovery has ever been make like this in Southern Africa, in this kind of context,” he said. “And, perhaps on the continent of Africa – and almost anywhere in the world – in this kind of context. It is an underground discovery, something like 30 metres below the surface, in an extraordinary situation. That is part of the excitement we’re dealing with.”The first step in the Rising Star project is to get the fossils out of the cave and into the laboratory for thorough study, before any pronouncement can be made.“We do not know as yet what species of hominin we have found, and we will not speculate,” Berger said. “Our aim is to get the fossils out carefully, study them, compare them to other fossil material from around the world and then proceed to analyse and describe them. This is part of the scientific process and we are hoping to publish our findings – if all goes well – late in 2014.”Getting the specimens out of the ground is the problem. The chamber is not only deep underground, but it can only be accessed through a small opening – any explorer trying to get through it would have to be tiny, with a chest size of 18 centimetres or less.Small, specialised spelunkersSo Berger called on his social network on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to help him find “small, specialised cavers and spelunkers with excellent archaeological, paleontological and excavation skills”.Within days he had a list of 57 qualified candidates, from which six scientists were chosen for the underground expedition, all of them women.“These are highly trained scientists with caving experience from the US, Canada and Australia who are currently in South Africa preparing for the excavation,” Berger said.All of the scientists are Masters graduates, and four of them PhD candidates. Two have worked in South Africa before.Alia Noelle Gurtov is a PhD candidate in anthropology at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin, US. She has field experience from Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania as well as with Professor Francis Thackeray from the Wits Evolutionary Studies Institute at the Transvaal Museum in Pretoria, South Africa.Katherine Lindsay Eaves is a PhD candidate in biological anthropology at the University of Iowa in the US. She has worked on important bone collections such as the Raymond Dart Collection at Wits University and the Australopithecus africanus fossils at the Transvaal Museum in Pretoria, South Africa.Marina Elliott is a PhD candidate in biological anthropology and osteology at the Simon Fraser University in Burnaby in British Columbia, Canada. Becca Peixotto is an archaeologist from Silver Springs in Montgomery County, Maryland, US, who holds a Masters degree in public anthropology from the American University in Washington, DC.Elen Maree Feuerriegel is a PhD candidate in the School of Archaeology and Anthropology at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. Hannah Morris holds a Masters degree in Anthropology from the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, US.“Only a limited number of people will be allowed to the access-restricted site, as one of my key priorities is the safety of our scientists and researchers,” Berger said. “We also have to do the best that we can under the circumstances to get these fossils out of the cave, through a complex recovery process.”Members of the Speleological Exploration Club of South Africa will support the expedition.Wits University and the CradleThe Cradle of Humankind is made up of the fossil hominid sites of Sterkfontein, Swartkrans, Kromdraai and surrounding areas. It was inscribed as a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1999.Wits University has a long association with the Cradle, through scientific discoveries and research. The university owns and manages important fossil sites there, and Wits scientists’ contributions to some of its most extraordinary fossil finds have made South Africa a world leader in paleosciences research.“The University is home to the richest collections of hominid fossils in the world, and discoveries made by Wits scientists in the Cradle of Humankind are some of the most significant in the paleosciences record,” said Adam Habib, vice-chancellor and principal of Wits.“Professor Berger and his team have already added to this valuable collection with the discovery of Australopithecus sediba, and the latest find to be excavated by the Rising Star Expedition will once again demonstrate the tremendous promise of the paleosciences on the continent.”The expedition will be supported by the National Geographic Society, and is Berger’s first project as the society’s explorer-in-residence.“This project is the essence of exploration, and we are thrilled to support Lee Berger and his team,” said Terry Garcia, executive vice president for missions at National Geographic. “We look forward to sharing the project results across the globe.”The excavation and subsequent scientific analysis will be the feature of a National Geographic television special. Updates will be posted on a special National Geographic blog.
30 June 2014 Tiger Brands, in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Department of Basic Education, kicked off Nelson Mandela Day Month on Friday with the distribution of over 17 000 food parcels to primary school pupils in Alexandra township in Johannesburg. Through its Holiday Food Parcel Project, Tiger Brands seeks to sustain disadvantaged pupils through the school holidays, complementing the government’s National School Nutrition Programme, which provides learners at non-fee paying schools with lunch during school terms. The programme was introduced following a call by Nelson Mandela for a primary school nutrition programme, as thousands of children were arriving at school hungry, compromising their ability to learn. Approximately 12-million daily meals are fed to learners each year through the programme. “The school holiday food parcel project ensures that the positive gains made by the school feeding initiatives continue throughout the long school holidays,” Alex Mathole, group executive of corporate affairs at Tiger Brands, said in a statement on Friday. The company has distributed over 46 000 food parcels through the Holiday Food Parcel Project since December 2012. The food parcels come packed in 20-litre buckets containing oats, maize meal, rice, jam, peanut butter, instant porridge, baked beans, canned meat and sugar beans. Mathole said the results of independent research conducted by the University of Johannesburg had “measured the impact of the in-school breakfast feeding and revealed that severe stunting was reduced by 7.5% and obesity by around 8% as a direct result of learners receiving well balanced and nutritious meals at schools”. “This project is part of our drive to tackle food insecurity in a sustainable and impactful manner.” SAinfo reporter
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TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say STUNNER! USA pal declares Pulisic joining Chelseaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea are a step closer to landing Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic.It emerged in Germany on Friday that Pulisic had agreed terms with Chelsea about a June move to London.And there’s now claims a fee between the two clubs of €45m has been settled.Meanwhile, former Fulham and USA striker Eddie Johnson took to social media to confirm the switch via his Instagram.The message reads: “So stoked for you lil’ bro, great move.“Can’t wait to watch you alongside Eden Hazard.”Pulisic would have had a year left on his current deal next summer, and the emergence of England teenager Jadon Sancho at the Westfalenstadion, the Bundesliga outfit have opted to cash in.
Laremy Tunsil.Former Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil’s draft experience was unraveling by the second Thursday night as both his Twitter and Instagram accounts were being hacked, sharing posts detrimental to his draft stock. No matter how you feel about the things posted to his social media accounts, one thing was clear: somebody was out to get him. But when NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sat down with ESPN’s Mike and Mike Friday morning to discuss, he seemed to think the chaos was just part of the draft experience, telling Greeny and Golic: “I think it’s all part of what makes the draft so exciting.”Roger Goodell to @MikeAndMike on Tunsil situation: “I think it’s all part of what makes the draft so exciting.” https://t.co/W1S1NwgfcU— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) April 29, 2016While it clearly wasn’t meant to be a malicious statement, it probably wasn’t the best way to describe it either, and he’s getting blasted for it on Twitter. Oh, @nflcommish. It’s a good thing the owners don’t pay you for your public-speaking skills. https://t.co/SM9RuwhMaC— Jim Trotter (@JimTrotter_NFL) April 29, 2016 I’m pretty sure Roger Goodell is universally hated— Joseph Kennedy (@bigjoebadger) April 29, 2016 How can people respect this rat @nflcommish https://t.co/tvlPtAh0EG— Mike Sheerin (@Mike_Sheerin) April 29, 2016 Wonder why players and fans don’t trust @nflcommish to be judge and arbiter of “integrity”…https://t.co/eBODeJJvO6— Nick Dorich (@NickyDPharmD) April 29, 2016 @nflcommish I felt bad that u were booed all day yesterday …until I heard ur comments on what makes this draft so exciting. Keep booing!— Jason Trawick (@jasontrawick) April 29, 2016 Does @nflcommish realize how stupid he sounds? Nice job throwing @KingTunsil78 under the bus! Only thing deflated in the @nfl is #Goodell— Russ Weakland (@MrSandwich96) April 29, 2016 Roger Goodell has less than zero class. https://t.co/8A3A5vj0hm— John Archibald (@ResSports) April 29, 2016 @nflcommish thinks it’s “entertainment” to see a kid slandered and lose millions of dollars. I scream conspiracy.— TheBron James (@Phaulkner) April 29, 2016 @rogergoodell thinks a kid getting railroaded is #exciting. Never got a thank you for gift he gave to the Starks for their #redwedding #nfl— Ron Cardashenstein (@RonCar69) April 29, 2016Tunsil was picked up by the Dolphins and will begin his NFL career as a first round pick, but he’ll never forget draft night – for all the wrong reasons.
Copenhagen: A former Danish prime minister on Thursday lashed out at US President Donald Trump for his tweet about military spending, saying defense willingness is not just about the amount of money spent. Lars Loekke Rasmussen’s comment is the latest in an escalating spat between the US and Denmark after Trump scrapped a visit to the country, saying current Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen was “nasty” when she rejected his idea of buying Greenland as an absurdity. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USLoekke Rasmussen, who led the country until June, tweeted Thursday to Trump: “We have had (proportionally) exactly the same numbers of casualties in Afghanistan as US. We always stands firm and ready.” Trump, who has urged NATO members to do more to meet the alliance’s goal of committing 2 per cent of gross domestic product to defense, earlier tweeted that “Denmark is only at 1.35%”. “We will not accept that our defence willingness is only about percentages,” Loekke Rasmussen tweeted. “I told you at the NATO Summit in Brussels last year.” Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsIn January, Denmark agreed to increase its long-term defense spending after a coalition in Parliament agreed to add 1.5 billion kroner (USD 223 million) to the already agreed-upon defense budget for 2023, which would put defense spending at 1.5 per cent of gross domestic product for that year. The US spends about 3.4 of its GDP on defence. Trump abruptly cancelled his planned September 2-3 visit to Denmark on Tuesday, after Frederiksen had called Trump’s idea to buy Greenland “an absurd discussion”. Trump said her comment “was nasty. I thought it was an inappropriate statement. All she had to say was say, ‘No, we wouldn’t be interested.'” Frederiksen said the US remains one of Denmark’s close allies. The political brouhaha over the world’s largest island comes from its strategic location in the Arctic. Global warming is making Greenland more accessible to potential oil and mineral resources.
CALGARY – The Calgary Stampede has kicked off with a parade through the city’s downtown under a bright blue sky.Mayor Naheed Nenshi says this year’s event is special because the city is emerging from a rough couple of years.The downturn in oil prices has put tens of thousands of people out of work, but Nenshi says things are looking up.He says while there’s optimism, it isn’t unbridled and there is some uncertainty.The parade marshals this year are the seven chiefs of the Treaty 7 First Nations in southern Alberta.Chief Joe Weasel Child of the Siksika Nation east of Calgary says it’s one of the greatest honours he’s ever had and a dream come true.