The Willis twins, Bradley and Donald, combined for 43 points as the Huskies put to bed their North Coast Section title loss with a first-round NorCal win, holding off a comeback attempt by visiting No. 10 Liberty Ranch in the closing minutes of Tuesday night’s 85-77 victory.No. 7 Fortuna (30-2) will continue its pursuit of a Division-III California Interscholastic Federation State Championship (NorCals) on Thursday when it hosts No. 15 Foothill.Foothill (24-8), a Palo Cedro-based team, upset …
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Business administration students from the US’s Rutgers University joined Brand South Africa at Constitution Hill this week to discuss South Africa’s standing from a global perspective. The visiting students also got to peer into South Africa’s past during a tour of the Hill.During a tour on their visit to Constitution Hill on 16 March 2017, students from Rutgers University, in New Jersey US, took a look into the lives of some of the leaders and political figures who helped shape South Africa. (Image: Mathiba Molefe)Mathiba MolefeNot everything you hear about other countries holds true. Once you visit a country and have a closer look at what makes it tick, you get a better understanding of its people, its heritage and its customs.This was the sentiment shared by a group of business administration students visiting South Africa from Rutgers University in New Jersey, United States.The students Joined Brand South Africa at Constitution Hill, one of South Africa’s most prominent heritages sites, for an engaging discussion about the country’s brand and its standing in the eyes of the students.Talks touched on a range of factors that influenced the country’s brand, such as tourism, investment, immigration, governance and exports, as well as delved into the rich culture and heritage of South Africa.“Whose perceptions are we trying to influence?” asked Tshepiso Malele, the marketing manager at Brand South Africa.“The answer is, anybody whose decisions or actions have an impact on us as a country. In everything that we do we need to make sure that we influence and shape their perceptions positively and help them develop balanced views about South Africa.”It was also an opportunity for the visitors to engage with Brand South Africa representatives, such as strategic government relationship manager Toni Gumede, and learn more about the great strides the country is taking.“In terms of our efforts to influence perceptions, when we say good things about the country they are not lies,” Gumede explained. “We’re saying these good things because they are real.”Students from Rutgers University in the USA joined Brand South Africa at Constitution Hill, one of South Africa’s most prominent heritages sites, for an engaging discussion about the country’s brand and its standing in the eyes of the students. (Image: Mathiba Molefe)Thoughts from our visitors“I believe that the people on your Brand SA team really have a lot of love for their country,” said Edbia Diggs, one of the Rutgers University students.“I like that there are people who are actually working together to make sure that South Africa is seen in a different light because there are a lot of misconceptions out there, particularly in the States and other African countries too.”Philip Ward, another of the Rutgers students, said it amazed him that South Africa was so misinterpreted in terms of its story and what went into shaping it.“It’s a completely unique entity and it has so much to offer, and in terms of history when you look at why things are the way are,” Ward said.“South Africa can be looked at as an independent cornerstone of the continent to be able to show other countries on the continent how to do business.“We’ve learned a lot about how South Africa still wants to influence the rest of the continent in trying to drive development.”Through the discussions, the visiting students got a better understanding of the country as a whole, completing the picture they would carry home.“We want our visitors to go back home and act as ambassadors for our nation brand,” Gumede said.“We want them to take home the experiences they had here in South Africa and help change perceptions of our country for the better.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Recently, I have been able to work with the director of Enterprise Green Communities, Trisha Miller, on some local policy conversations. I think I have been roped in because of my extensive work with the public realm through NSP.I talk with so many of you NSP grantees who would build a much more robust green program if you could. You have listed many reasons as to why the “powers-that-be” will not accept your ideas of a more robust green agenda. Well, for this blog, I would like to point you to two resources you will find helpful in strategizing your approach for change:1) Enterprise’s Green Affordable Housing Policy Toolkit2) Green Housing Development Guide on the HUD NSP Resource ExchangeBoth of these documents are helpful to structure your process and to create your strategy for approaching the “powers-that-be” in your department or organization. The first document is a policy guide, and while you may not recognize right away how it can be helpful, give it a chance. Read through it with an open mind and then apply what you learn to your specific situation. The players in the document, and even the product type may be different, but trust me, will help you.The second document will help you with casual conversations around cost and benefit of the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria, or parts of the Criteria. The NSP Resource Exchange toolkit is based on portions of the 2008 Enterprise Green Communities Criteria, and lucky for you the toolkit is directly related to the work you are already undertaking. I would say that while the documents in the toolkit are useful, it would be more helpful if you could do a little local research on the cost of the typical materials you are using. Remember, real estate is local – that includes construction!Hope you find these resources helpful! Reach out to me if you have any questions or have other suggestions for folks out there struggling with changing perception…My Best,Amy
The football game played Saturday in Madison could have taken place 20 years ago. Wisconsin performed a complete takedown of Michigan, outclassing the Wolverines on both lines. The Badgers were unstoppable in the running game, piling up 359 yards on 57 carries. They pressured Michigan on 39.6 percent of dropbacks, negating the Wolverines’ speed at the skill positions. They led 28-0 at halftime and had the ball for more than 41 out of 60 minutes.In short, they played the game that Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has always wanted his team to play. After he accepted his first head coaching job, at San Diego in 2004, Harbaugh told legendary Michigan coach Bo Schembechler that he would always have a fullback on his roster. As they shift toward spread concepts — Harbaugh brought in coordinator Josh Gattis last offseason to overhaul his ground-and-pound offense and replace it with a no-huddle attack as a last-ditch effort to break Michigan’s Ohio State curse — this year’s Wolverines don’t have a fullback. But Wisconsin has three, and one of them, John Chenal, scored a touchdown against Michigan. After Saturday’s rout and shutouts of South Florida and Central Michigan by a combined score of 110-0, Paul Chryst’s team is 3-0, No. 9 in the coaches’ poll and No. 8 in the AP poll. The Badgers appear to be the best version of their traditional hard-nosed, smashmouth selves. The question this year is: Is that good enough to make the College Football Playoff?In the spread-offense era, Wisconsin would be quite the party-crasher. The Badgers this season have averaged one snap every 31 seconds, playing at a slower tempo than any of the 20 playoff teams to date. Just 41.4 percent of their play calls are passes, fewer than any playoff finalist except Georgia in 2017. Chryst’s team has run more than half of its plays (118 of 224) from under center and huddled before 99.1 percent of its snaps. On its fourth play from scrimmage Saturday, Wisconsin faced fourth-and-inches from its own 34-yard line and came out in a jumbo formation it calls “14-Hippo” featuring seven offensive linemen, two tight ends, quarterback Jack Coan and running back Jonathan Taylor. “We slowly got to where we wanted to be, right?” Chryst told reporters afterward. “It worked.”Wisconsin has been playing this way for years; since 2005, the style has produced nine double-digit-win seasons and three Rose Bowl berths. But the Badgers have not played for a national championship in that time. They came closest in 2017, when they marched undefeated through the regular season but fell just short to Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game. That team, perhaps more than any other, illustrated the perils of playing a plodding style in this era. When it counted, Ohio State raced past Wisconsin for 57-yard and 84-yard touchdown passes in the first quarter, and the Badgers managed only one offensive touchdown in a 27-21 loss. When their defense gave them two final chances to take the lead in the fourth quarter, their offense finished those drives with a punt and an interception.This year’s team may already be different in one area: quarterback. From 2016 to 2018, Wisconsin started the inconsistent Alex Hornibrook, whose touchdown-to-interception ratio was just 1.42 and whose highest completion percentage in a season was 62.3 percent, good for 33rd among the top 100 quarterbacks. (The other two years he didn’t make the top 100 in completion percentage.) He threw crucial late interceptions in games such as that 2017 Big Ten championship and a 2016 trip to Michigan. Coan faced no such problems Saturday, when he rushed for two touchdowns. In Coan, Wisconsin might now have a capable quarterback to pair with its defense and Taylor, its Heisman candidate running back.This year’s Badgers have one opportunity that the 2017 version didn’t: a regular-season trip to Ohio State. Two seasons ago, Wisconsin did not play a top-15 team until the conference championship, and losing that game knocked the team out of playoff contention. This year, the Badgers can make a huge statement by beating the Buckeyes for the first time since 2010. Their schedule may even afford them two cracks at it: If they win all their other games, they could lose to the Buckeyes in their regular-season matchup next month, avenge that loss in the Big Ten title game and still make the playoff.If they can’t beat Ohio State, the Badgers will likely become another good team with a stout defense and an offense that’s serviceable but not flashy, potentially ending up in a New Year’s Six bowl but missing the playoff. And if Wisconsin can beat its old rival, Alabama and Clemson will likely be lying in wait, setting up the ultimate test of speed versus power.1So far this season, Alabama and Clemson are huddling before 40.4 percent and 34.4 percent of snaps, respectively. This decade has overwhelmingly favored speed. Old-school Wisconsin is hoping it can turn back the clock.
Ohio State’s libero Valeria Leon passes a ball in the regional quarterfinal versus Washington on December 11, 2015. Credit: Ohio State AthleticsThe weekend wasn’t kind to the Ohio State women’s volleyball team, as they dropped two matches on the road against Michigan State and OSU’s main rival, Michigan. Up first were the No. 21 Michigan State Spartans, who silenced the No. 14 Buckeyes in a 3-0 sweep on Friday. OSU then travelled to Ann Arbor to take on the No. 23 Michigan Wolverines. The Buckeyes would only secure one set before falling to their foe, 3-1. The pair of losses comes on the heels of OSU’s upset over then-No. 1 Nebraska on October 1. After this weekend, the Buckeyes hold a 2-4 conference record. The team is 12-6 overall. Michigan StateOSU would be starting another new lineup against the Spartans. Sophomore outside hitter and regular starter Audra Appold was still out due to an injury that originated before the Buckeyes’ match against Northwestern on Sept. 28. The Buckeyes would be playing catch-up for the entire first set. Unforced errors forced OSU head coach Geoff Carlston to burn a timeout early on in the set. The Spartans would go on a 4-0 run to make the score 18-9 before Carlston used his remaining timeout for the first set. The Buckeyes couldn’t respond to the Michigan State offense and would drop the first set, 18-25. Much like the first, Michigan State would carry the lead for the entire second set. The Buckeyes pulled within reach of a tie mid-set until the Spartans started to gradually increase their separation. An OSU service error would secure the second set win for Michigan State. The third set would carry a different tune as the teams would see 10 tie scores and the Buckeyes would hold their first lead of the match. Senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe and junior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer combined for nine kills and sparked OSU’s offense. With the score tied at 21-21, it seemed like the third set could go to either team, but in the end it was the Spartans who would score the match point and complete the sweep of OSU, 25-23. Sophomore setter Taylor Hughes led the team in hitting percentages with .429. She also added 23 assists and combined for four blocks. MichiganIn front of a sold-out crowd in Ann Arbor, OSU would face their school rivals, Michigan. The Wolverines started the match out strong, jumping out to 6-0. After an OSU timeout, Sandbothe hammered down a kill and finally put the Buckeyes on the scoreboard. However, OSU errors would continue to dig a deep hole for the team. At 12-4, Michigan was boasting an errorless hitting game compared to five errors for OSU. The Buckeyes would score seven unanswered points later in the set to close the gap, but three costly OSU service errors would give the first set to Michigan, 25-20. The second set saw 13 tie scores, two lead changes, and proved to hold true to the meaning of the rivalry. Midway through the set, each team’s offensive numbers were explosive: .400 for the Buckeyes and .611 for the Wolverines. Schirmer put away seven kills alone in the second set. It was Michigan who would get the first set point at 24-23, followed by an OSU hitting error. The Wolverines would have the advantage going into the third set, 2-0. OSU may have been going into the third with a disadvantage, but they weren’t going down easily. The Buckeyes took the early lead at 11-7 and forced a Michigan timeout after an ace by Hughes. OSU would get their first set point of the match from a kill by Sandbothe that would push the duel into four sets. The fourth set was a crowd thriller. OSU was able to come back from an 18-9 deficit to even the score at 21-21. The Buckeyes were able to fend off two Wolverine set points, but two skill Michigan plays would secure their match victory. Sandbothe and Schirmer paced the Buckeyes’ offense with 17 kills each, while senior libero Valeria León collected 23 digs. OSU will be back at St. John Arena for a rematch with the No. 3 Nebraska Huskers on Friday.
3. Coach Bo Ryan leads No. 4-seeded Wisconsin (23-8) into the NCAA Tournament for the 10th consecutive year. The Badgers will play the Atlantic Sun Conference champion, No. 13-seeded Belmont Bruins (30-4), in the first round. 3. After being in contention for a No. 1 seed for most of the season, No. 4 seed Texas fell after losing three of four games to unranked teams late in February. The Longhorns will take on No. 13 seed Oakland, who some have pegged to be a Cinderella team after winning the Summit League Championship. 5. Kemba Walker took No. 3 seed Connecticut to a five-games-in-five-days championship run to the Big East Tournament — a conference that sent 11 teams to the NCAA Tournament. The 6-foot-1 guard averaged 26 points per game in the conference tournament. UConn takes on No. 14 Bucknell, which won the Patriot League title. Southwest Region 1. No. 1 seed Kansas is the deepest team in the nation, but at times loses focus defensively. Nevertheless, the Jayhawks are a legitimate title contender and are the overwhelming favorite to win the region. East Region 1. Ohio State, the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament, is the favorite, not only to win its region, but to be the last team standing come April 4. The Buckeyes should cruise until a potential matchup with No. 4 seed Kentucky in the Sweet 16. 2. No. 6 seed Xavier’s Tu Holloway is the best player you’ve never heard of. The Atlantic-10 Player of the Year was second in the A-10 in points, assists, steals and free-throw percentage. Holloway also has recorded two triple-doubles on the season, and scored 26 points in last season’s Elite 8 loss against Kansas State. 3. The best first-round tilt will take place between No. 8 seed George Mason and No. 9 seed Villanova. George Mason comes in winner of 16 of its last 17 games, while Villanova has lost five in a row and seven of its last nine. This game will feature two teams that look to push the tempo, evidenced by both squads’ 73-points-a-game averages. 4. No. 2 seed North Carolina is the only team in the region with enough size potentially to get OSU’s big men in foul trouble, and the talent to go shot for shot with the Buckeyes. However, the Tar Heels’ tournament inexperience is a major concern. 5. That said, OSU will win the East Region. The Buckeyes boast an impeccable combination of youth and experience, as well as perimeter shooting and inside play. That should be enough for them to reach their second Final Four in four years. West Region 1. No. 1 seed Duke likely needed its championship run in the ACC Tournament to secure a No. 1 seed after beating North Carolina, 75-58, in the conference title game. The Blue Devils benefited from Notre Dame falling to Louisville in the semifinals of the Big East Tournament. There’s speculation about whether star freshman guard Kyrie Irving’s toe injury will allow him to participate in the tournament. 4. No. 2 seed San Diego State was the second-to-last team in the country to remain undefeated, behind OSU. The Aztecs suffered their only two losses to BYU, but beat BYU, 72-54, in the Mountain West championship game Saturday. They take on No. 15 seed Northern Colorado, led by guard Devon Beitzel’s 21.4 points per game. 2. Purdue gets a favorable draw as a No. 3 seed. Look for its veteran leadership and scoring to carry it on a deep tournament run. 3. No. 10 seed Florida State has star player Chris Singleton returning from injury and the Seminoles’ defensive mindset allows them to match up with anyone. Notre Dame will have its hands full in round two. 4. Few expected Louisville to be a No. 4 seed come March. Don’t be surprised if Rick Pitino’s squad continues to exceed expectations. 4. Michigan State was named the Southeast region’s No. 10 seed after posting a 19-14 record and advancing the Big Ten Tournament’s semifinal round. The Spartans will play No. 7-seeded UCLA (22-10) in the first round. This is the Spartans’ 14th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. 2. No. 8 seed Michigan will take on the team that took out OSU last year in the Sweet 16, No. 9 seed Tennessee, in the first round. The Wolverines ranked 249th in the country in scoring and will face the Volunteers, led by 6-foot-7 Scotty Hopson’s 17.4 points per game. 2. 2010 NCAA Tournament runner-up Butler (23-9) is the No. 8 seed in the Southeast Region. The Bulldogs will play No. 9-seeded Old Dominion (27-6) in the first round. 5. Upsets in matches between 12th- and fifth-seeded teams are always trendy, but Atlantic 10 Tournament champion Richmond poses a legitimate threat to the region. Remember the name Justin Harper. The 6-foot-10 forward with 3-point range could make a name for himself. Southeast Region 1. UNC-Asheville will take on Arkansas-Little Rock on Tuesday in the Southeast Region’s play-in game. The winner will assume the region’s No. 16 seed and play No. 1-seeded Pittsburgh (27-5) in its next game. 5. The Florida Gators (26-7) were named the Southeast Region’s No. 2 seed. On Nov. 16, Ohio State defeated the Gators, 93-75, in Gainesville, Fla.
Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor has taken his last snap in Scarlet and Gray. Many Buckeye fans were done with Pryor. They wanted him out, wanted to turn a new page. But in a much harsher reality, problems are far from resolved for the Ohio State football program. Interim head coach Luke Fickell, athletic director Gene Smith and President E. Gordon Gee have until July 5 to provide responses to 42 inquiries from the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations addressed to Gee April 21. University representatives – including former head coach Jim Tressel and Fickell – are scheduled to meet with the Committee on Infractions on Aug. 12. The problems not only apply to off-the-field problems, but there is now a touchdown-producing hole in the defending Big Ten champions’ offense. In the 2010 season, Pryor accounted for 2,272 passing yards, 754 rushing yards and 31 total touchdowns. In addition to Pryor missing the entire season, five other players are already suspended for a portion of the season. The NCAA suspended Pryor, running back Dan Herron, receiver DeVier Posey, offensive lineman Mike Adams and defensive end Solomon Thomas for the first five games of the upcoming season for selling memorabilia and receiving improper benefits from Eddie Rife, owner of Fine Line Ink tattoo parlor. Linebacker Jordan Whiting earned a one-game suspension. Former OSU linebacker Brian Rolle tweeted from his account Tuesday, @rolly_polly36, that the constant turmoil Buckeyes everywhere are experiencing is frustrating. “You’ve got to be kidding me TP,” Rolle said on Twitter. “Heartbreak after heartbreak… feels like an abusive relationship.” Where does this leave the remaining Buckeyes? The 2011 OSU squad will begin looking at the four quarterback options for the season. OSU tight end Jake Stoneburner summarized it on his twitter account, @STONEYeleven. “KG, BM, JB, TG… Time to step up fellas. This just got real,” Stoneburner tweeted Tuesday. Stoneburner was referring to Kenny Guiton (KG), Braxton Miller (BM), Joe Bauserman (JB) and Taylor Graham (TG). During the 2011 Spring Game, all four quarterbacks saw playing time and all four put up about comparable numbers. Pryor’s lawyer, Larry James, released a statement on Pryor’s behalf. “In the best interest of my teammates, I’ve decided to forego my senior season at Ohio State,” Pryor said in the statement. A friend of Pryor’s and a star of near-equal stature on campus, Jared Sullinger, tweeted to Pryor from his account, @Jared_Sully0. “We gonna miss you @TPeezy2,” Sullinger tweeted. “Had a great career hopefully that continues at the next level bro.”
While conceding that their mistakes proved to be ultimately costly in their 4-1 defeat to Barcelona, Edin Dzeko rued the ungiven penalty “that could have changed the game”In the opening 10 minutes of the first leg, the Bosnian was fouled by Nelson Semedo with the referee Danny Makkelie waving aside all appeals for a penalty and allowing the match to proceed.Afterwards, Barcelona capitalized on the decision with two own goals and a Gerard Pique effort giving them a 3-0 lead. Although Dzeko did pull on back for Roma, Luis Suarez restored their the host’s strong advantage with fourth late on.“I think that, right from the start, we tried to play as we always do by pressing high, even knowing that they are an incredibly strong side,” said Dzeko, according to the club website.“We have tried everything, which is a shame, as 4-1 is a tough result to take.”Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.The former Manchester City forward has called for referees to be braver in making decisions against Barcelona: “The penalty could have changed the game. The referee needs to have the courage to give a penalty against Barcelona, because we are also in the quarter-finals and all of the teams here have earned the right to play.”Dzeko was unsure as to whether playing Barcelona at the Nou Camp had a negative effect on the side, but is confident that Roma will bounce strongly against Florentina in their next game.“I don’t know whether it’s a question of mentality; they are a better side than us and everyone is aware of this,” said the 32 year-old.“3-1 would have been a better result but when you make so many errors against a side this good you get punished. “[Now] we have to bounce back against Fiorentina. It’s an important game in ensuring we play in next season’s Champions League. After that, we’ll think about Barcelona again.”
KUSI Newsroom San Diego Zoo bids bon voyage to Giant Panda Patriarch New Phase of Conservation Program Begins as Gao Gao Returns to China SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Zoo said goodbye Tuesday to a giant panda named Gao Gao, sending him back to his homeland as part of a research loan agreement with the People’s Republic of China.Gao Gao fathered five cubs during his 15 years in San Diego. He was born in the wild in China around 1990 and was taken in by researchers after he sustained injuries that resulted in the loss of part of his left ear. He spent time in the Fengtongzhai Nature Reserve and the Wolong Panda Conservation Center before being brought to the San Diego Zoo in 2003.Gao Gao is headed to the Chinese Center for Research and Conservation for the Giant Panda in Dujiangyan. Animal caretakers from San Diego Zoo Global plan to assist their counterparts at the CCRCGP help acclimate the panda to his new home.“Preparations to move any animal internationally takes a great deal of planning, where the needs of the animal are considered in all preparations,” said San Diego Zoo Senior Keeper Kathy Hawk. “For Gao Gao, it was important that we acclimate him to travel accommodations, adjust his diet and monitor him carefully, to provide him a seamless transition for repatriation to his homeland.”The zoo began an international partnership roughly 25 years ago with the CCRCGP, the China Wildlife Conservation Association and the Chinese Academy of Sciences to further giant panda research and conservation. Due to the success of the partnership, the International Union for Conservation of Nature downgraded the giant panda’s classification from endangered to vulnerable. According to zoo officials, there are roughly 2,000 giant pandas in the wild Tuesday, whereas there were fewer than 1,000 in the wild prior to the zoo’s research collaboration.“Thanks to the work we’ve done, we have met the initial conservation goals we set more than 25 years ago,” said Carmi Penny, the zoo’s director of Collections Husbandry Science. “Now, we must look to the future with a new set of objectives and, along with our collaborators in China, build on current conservation successes while attaining a deeper understanding of the panda.” Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption Posted: October 30, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Show Caption Hide Caption Updated: 2:04 PM 1234 Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption Photos by Mollie Rivera.The San Diego Zoo’s press release announcing the move is below:The San Diego Zoo said farewell today (Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018) to one of its most iconic animals. Giant Panda Gao Gao (pronounced Gow Gow), a male panda and father of five cubs born at the Zoo, began his journey this morning to the Chinese Center for Research and Conservation for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP) in Dujiangyan, China—in keeping with the current panda research loan agreement with the People’s Republic of China.Gao Gao was transported in his crate and accompanied by a few familiar members of his animal care team, including a veterinarian and keeper staff. Once he arrives in Dujiangyan, team members from both CCRCGP and San Diego Zoo Global will work together to get Gao Gao acclimated to his new surroundings.“Preparations to move any animal internationally takes a great deal of planning, where the needs of the animal are considered in all preparations,” said Kathy Hawk, senior keeper at the San Diego Zoo. “For Gao Gao, it was important that we acclimate him to travel accommodations, adjust his diet and monitor him carefully, to provide him a seamless transition for repatriation to his homeland.”Gao Gao’s return to China comes at the same time the Zoo’s giant panda conservation program enters a new chapter, in which the Zoo, along with colleagues in China, are working to determine and redefine the future of panda conservation and research. Decades ago, when San Diego Zoo Global started working with giant pandas, the species was on the verge of extinction. The Zoo became part of an international collaboration that included CCRCGP, the China Wildlife Conservation Association, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and other accredited zoos and conservation organizations, in an unprecedented effort to prevent a panda extinction event.Now, 25 years later, researchers and keepers have learned a great deal about panda behavior, pregnancy, births, and maternal and geriatric care. Today, the giant panda population is on the rise, with nearly 2,000 giant pandas existing in the wild. Their increased numbers, along with policies put in place by the Chinese government, led the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species to downlist pandas—from Endangered to Vulnerable—meaning that while threats to pandas’ survival remain high, indicators show the species is in less danger of extinction than before, and that conservation efforts are working. In the wake of this accomplishment, conservationists are now determined to create a plan to continue the conservation momentum.“Thanks to the work we’ve done, we have met the initial conservation goals we set more than 25 years ago,” said Carmi Penny, director of Collections Husbandry Science at the San Diego Zoo. “Now, we must look to the future with a new set of objectives and, along with our collaborators in China, build on current conservation successes while attaining a deeper understanding of the panda.”Guests can visit the Zoo’s other two giant pandas, 27-year-old Bai Yun (pronounced bye yoon) and her 6-year-old son Xiao Liwu (pronounced sshyaoww lee woo) in their exhibit in Panda Canyon.Bringing species back from the brink of extinction is the goal of San Diego Zoo Global. As a leader in conservation, the work of San Diego Zoo Global includes on-site wildlife conservation efforts (representing both plants and animals) at the San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, as well as international field programs on six continents. The work of these entities is inspiring children through the San Diego Zoo Kids network, reaching out through the internet and in children’s hospitals nationwide. The work of San Diego Zoo Global is made possible by the San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy and is supported in part by the Foundation of San Diego Zoo Global. Show Caption Hide Caption KUSI Newsroom, October 30, 2018
Ward previously pleaded guilty on Sept. 27, 2017, to one count of cyberstalking in violation of a domesticviolence protective order. Ward had been previously convicted by the Municipality of Anchorage of thedomestic violence offense involving the same victim. Ward has a history of domestic violence offenses in the State of Alaska and elsewhere. At sentencing in this matter, Judge Timothy Burgess advised Ward that “to call this a serious crime is a understatement,” and stated that he was “concerned about protecting other women” in the community from Ward.” According to court documents, on April 16, 2017, APD received a 911 call from the victim reporting that Ward, her ex-boyfriend, had violated his conditions of release in the pending Municipal domestic violence case, where the court had ordered that Ward have no contact with the victim. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享An Anchorage man was sentenced in federal court for cyberstalking his former girlfriend while on release after being charged with physically assaulting the same victim. Furthermore, the victim received an automated email from the social media site stating that the email address associated with her account had been changed from her own to one belonging to Ward, making it impossible for the victim to regain control and change the password back. While that case was pending, Ward threatened to put the victim’s “dirt on blast” before hacking her social media accounts and posting nude, sexually explicit pictures of the victim for hundreds of her friends and family to see. The investigation further revealed that Ward had also impersonated the victim via social media direct messaging to engage in sexually explicit communications with the victim’s prior boyfriend. Jeffery Ray Ward, 41, of Anchorage, was sentenced to serve 40 months in prison, followed by a three-year term of supervised release. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Anchorage-man-cyberstalking.mp3VmJennifer-on-Anchorage-man-cyberstalking.mp300:00RPd