The US Forest Service urges the public to practice caution as they visit the national forests. Visitors are asked to follow guidance under the burn ban and consider postponing their camping trips. Firefighters worked yesterday to complete burnout operations. Burn out operations helped to contain the fire by consuming the unburned fuel between the active fire and the control lines. Approximately 12 firefighters from the US Forest Service are on scene today to monitor the fire area and extinguish any remaining hot spots near the fire lines. Weather conditions are favorable today for firefighters to finish operations, with cloudy conditions and higher humidity. No additional fire behavior is expected. Unless conditions change, this will be the last update for the Hiwassee River Fire. Firefighters have fully contained the Hiwassee River Fire near Lake Appalachia Dam in Cherokee County. The Hiwassee River Fire was reported on Sunday afternoon and is burning in a steep area near Lake Appalachia, on both US Forest Service and Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) lands. The Hiwassee River Fire remained at 80 acres and is now 100% contained. While the cause of the fire remains under investigation, it is suspected to be arson. If you see something, say something. If you know of someone deliberately setting fires, call 911. We are in spring wildfire season. Fire danger is expected to remain high across Western North Carolina this week. Due to these extended hazardous fire conditions, the North Carolina Forest Service issued a ban on all open burning for 32 Western North Carolina counties. The burning ban went into effect on April 3, and will remain in effect until further notice. For more information, visit https://ncforestservice.gov/news_pubs/newsdesk_2020.htm. Photo from Getty Images
Late Alex Akinyele As the body of the late former Chairman of the National Sports Commission (NSC) Chief Alex Akinyele is interned today, Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare, has said that said beyond graveside oration, President Muhammadu Buhari is irrevocable committed to honouring sports men and women, coaches and administrators that have contributed to sports development in the country.Already, a powerful delegation from the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports is not only in Ondo to pay their last respect, the Minister is personally involved with the burial ceremony of the late Ondo High Chief.In a condolence message by the Special Adviser, Media to the Minister of Youth and Sports, John Joshua Akanji, Dare paid glowing tribute to heroes and heroines that have brought glory and honour to Nigeria including the late Akinyele. The minister said henceforth recognition for such persons must go beyond mere rhetorical statements and empty promises.“We must learn to honour athletes, coaches and administrators that committed their lives to the service of the nation. Chief Akinyele was an epitome of service and patriotism. He exemplified what genuine service to the country meant. His personal charm was infectious and hard work quite motivational. He tried to use his position to impact on the society. He was simply a true Nigerian hero.“Sports remains our greatest unifying instrument, public relation tool and could be the biggest source of revenue if properly harnessed,” observed the minister.He admitted that so many heroes have died unheralded and in penury.“We must celebrate our athletes and administrators while they are alive.”According to Dare, “Akinyele was a pace setter, astute administrator, accomplished technocrat, consummate business man who left his mark in the sands of time.The Minister affirmed that Akinyele led an exemplary life worthy of emulation. “He was a man who abhorred failure, set his goals and ensured that they were accomplished. He presided during great epochs in Nigerian sports like the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations victory, the Atlanta 1996 Olympics feat amongst others.“He was meticulous and a stickler to details. He never believed in impossibilities.”Dare further described him as humane, humorous, urbane and honest in his views.“While some viewed him as too cosmopolitan, he was a grassroots man who was at home with his people, no wonder he held the title of Lisa of Ondo Kingdom,” recalled Dare.Before his foray into sports, the late Akinyele brought panache, glamour , professionalism and respect to Public Relations practice as the pioneer President of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR).His contributions to public relations practice continues to evoke fond memories when he worked at the Nigerian CustomsAs Minister of Information under General Ibrahim Babangida, Akinyele developed the template that led to reforms in media practice in Nigeria.He was stylish in his dressing and a great orator.Born on April 24th 1938 in Ondo town, Chief Akinyele was educated at the University of Ife. He died on November 15th 2019.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Dr. Verna Dauterive, a long-time USC trustee, adjunct associate professor, donor and student will be remembered for her tireless efforts to improve education and its accessibility for African-Americans.Dauterive passed away June 1 at the age of 93, and her name is recognized by many in the USC community as the namesake and donor for the $30 million Dr. Verna and Peter Dauterive Hall. Opened in 2014, it now stands as USC’s first interdisciplinary social sciences building.But her mark on the University and the greater area began long before.Dauterive worked for the Los Angeles Unified School District for 60 years, and when she was hired, she was the youngest teacher and one of just four African-American teachers in the Los Angeles district. In 1982, she became principal of Franklin Avenue Elementary School in Los Feliz, a post she would hold for 23 years.In 1975, Dauterive played a major role in founding the USC Black Alumni Association, with husband Peter Dauterive acting as the organization’s first donor.“She’s been able to do quite a bit in shaping opportunity for underrepresented students here at USC,” said Michèle G. Turner, the BAA executive director.Born in 1922 in LeCompte, Louisiana, Dauterive received her bachelor’s degree from Texas Wiley College. After taking many weekend and night classes at USC, she received multiple degrees in education from the Rossier School of Education, including a master’s degree in 1949 and a doctorate in 1966.Turner emphasized how Verna and Peter Dauterive created the Black Alumni Association because they felt there was a lack of student scholarships for minority students at USC.“They used their own social capital to create awareness about that,” Turner said. “The first scholarships that were made available from the Black Alumni Association were largely done because of their own social network. Dr. Dauterive used that heavily to encourage other people to support underrepresented students here at USC.”In 1985, the University endowed the Dr. Verna B. Dauterive and Peter W. Dauterive Scholarship as USC’s first scholarship for minority doctoral students in education. That same year, Dauterive was named an adjunct associate professor at Rossier.“She made a mark on public education — first as a teacher and then as an administrator,” said Rossier Dean Karen Symms Gallagher.Gallagher praised Dauterive for recognizing the importance of offering scholarships at the doctoral level.“She recognized you have to reach a hand out to help the next generation,” Gallagher said. “She always stepped up and got things done.”In 1995, Rossier recognized her with the Recognition of Outstanding Support for Education. Turner said that Dauterive was deeply admired by those who worked with her within the Los Angeles community.“She has always been about people understanding each other better across culture, across races, across nations,” Turner said. “Her work touched across all boundaries. She was not someone limited by race, ever.”In 2005, after a career spanning six decades, Dauterive retired. Three years later she was appointed as an honorary trustee for the Board of Trustees. She soon announced her $30 million gift to create the Dr. Verna and Peter Dauterive Hall in memory of her husband. It was the largest gift ever made by an African-American to a major institution of higher learning, according to the Los Angeles Sentinel.Throughout her career, Dauterive supported the USC educational community by serving on the Board of Councilors at Rossier. She attended many USC related events, and founded the first alumni group, EDUCAR. Dauterive chaired the state’s Commission on Teacher Credentialing, appointed by the state’s Governor, as well as chaired the Commission on the Status of Women.Dauterive also served on the board of the USC Alumni Association and was twice commended with its Alumni Service Award. In 2013, she received USC’s Presidential Medallion, the University’s top honor, which praises those who have brought distinction and honor to the University.The Dauterives supported many programs and schools within USC. They made contributions to the Marshall School of Business, the Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, the School of Dramatic Arts, the Price School of Public Policy, and USC Libraries.In a 2014 Los Angeles Sentinel interview, Dauterive talked about how she sought to create more opportunities for all students with an impassioned approach.“The great American dream, in my opinion, can be achieved and will be achieved only when all races of people, White and non-White, will approach this problem cooperatively, on the basis of mutual understanding, respect for human rights, and consideration for the dignity of the individual,” Dauterive said.