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4th Infantry Division

By on January 18, 2021

first_imgThe 4th Infantry Division is the preeminent team of combat-focused Soldiers, Families, and supporting community members achieving excellence in the support of each other and the Army’s mission.The 4th Inf. Div. is trained and ready to fight and win; Ivy Soldiers and civilians are certified, agile, and adaptive professionals of character committed to sustaining readiness and caring for Families and communities.In keeping with the rich history and service to the community of the Mountain Post, the 4th Inf. Div. is proud to be the face of Fort Carson and a loyal partner with the community. Working together, the 4th Inf. Div. and Fort Carson build and maintain combat-ready expeditionary forces necessary to fight and win in complex environments as members of joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational teams and as a mission command element.The Ivy Division and Fort Carson provide first class support to Soldiers, Airmen, civilians, and Families; and enable unified action with community, state, and interagency partners to accomplish all assigned missions.On Dec. 10, 1917, the same year that America entered World War I, the 4th Division, American Expeditionary Forces, was organized at Camp Greene, North Carolina to begin its long tradition of service to the Nation. Filled with draftees, the 4th Div., whose insignia had been adopted by its first commanding general, Major General George H. Cameron, became known as the “Ivy” Division. Its insignia consisted of four green ivy leaves on a khaki background. The division also derived its numerical designation from the Roman numeral IV; hence the nickname, “Ivy” Division. The division’s motto, “Steadfast and Loyal,” has described the Iron Horse Soldier for nearly 100 years.By June 1918, the entire division had arrived in France, and before entering combat in July for the Aisne-Marne Offensive, the 4th fought with distinction across France and received great praise for their heroic efforts during St. Mariel and the Muese-Argonne campaigns. With the Armistice signed on November 11, the division moved to serve both the French and British sectors as well as all Corps in the American sector and was the first to crack the Hindenburg Line.The 4th Infantry Division was reactivated in June 1940 and began training immediately for war. Sent to England in January 1944 for amphibious training prior to D-Day, the Ivy Division was first ashore, landing at Utah Beach on June 6, 1944. After a successful landing and breakout from Normandy, the 4th pushed into France and liberated Paris. The division then moved to Luxembourg where the 4th Inf. Div. became the first U.S. Soldiers to breach the Siegfried line and enter Germany. The 4th moved north to face the enemy in the bloody Hurtgen Forest and after weeks of brutal combat returned to Luxembourg for action in the Battle of the Bulge. The 4th Inf. Div. halted the enemy advance in December, gained the offensive and attacked across the Rhine and into eastern Germany during the spring of 1945.The Fighting Fourth was again called into action in the fall of 1965 and sent to Vietnam. The division was given a large area of the Central Highlands to control and a base camp was soon established at Pleiku. During the next four years, the 4th Inf. Div. engaged the enemy in brutal combat, conducting search and destroy missions and constant patrols to defend their assigned territory. They eliminated enemy incursions moving from the Ho Chi Minh Trail thru Cambodia and Laos. When the division departed Vietnam in late 1970, it had earned 11 campaign streamers and 12 Soldiers had earned the Medal of Honor.The 4th Inf. Div. returned to combat in 2003 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and would deploy multiple times during the next eight years. After arriving in April 2003, the division established Task Force Iron Horse at Tikrit and engaged the enemy north of Baghdad. In December 2003, the 4th along with special operations forces captured Saddam Hussein. The 4th Inf. Div. Headquarters returned in both 2005 and 2007 to command Multi-National Division-Baghdad and the division’s brigade combat teams also made multiple deployments in support of the war. During their service in Iraq, Iron Horse Soldiers would balance aggressive operations to eliminate threats with massive rebuilding projects and sophisticated training programs. The Iron Horse Division deployed, serving as the command for MND-North in support of Operation New Dawn, in 2010.The Al Qaeda attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 resulted in a swift and unified action to destroy those responsible. The U.S. Army invaded Afghanistan in 2001 to search for and destroy al Qaeda, its sympathizers and its leader Osama Bin Laden. The action became known as Operation Enduring Freedom and focused on eliminating the Taliban organization which supported al Qaeda and practiced domestic terrorism against the people of Afghanistan. As the war evolved U.S. and NATO forces increased in number to also provide necessary security training and infrastructure development for a free and democratic Afghanistan.The Iron Horse Division cased its colors again, June 24, 2013, symbolizing the beginning of the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion’s one-year deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The division deployed part of its headquarters to support NATO’s International Security Assistance Force Regional Command-South in its mission to support and enable Afghanistan’s National Security Forces to conduct security operations and create the necessary conditions to promote economic development and governance in the Kandahar, Zabul, Uruzgan and Daykundi provinces.After returning from their deployment to Regional Command-South, Afghanistan, the 4th Inf. Div. received the Army’s Regionally Allocated Forces mission in Europe. Arriving in Europe Feb. 13, 2015, the 4th Inf. Div. Mission Command Element served as an intermediate headquarters for U.S. Army Europe, operating in support of Atlantic Resolve.The 4th Inf. Div. headquarters was the first division-level headquarters to deploy to Europe as part of the regionally allocated forces concept. The MCE is a headquarters element tailored to provide mission command for all U.S. ground forces participating in Atlantic Resolve, and oversees continuous, enhanced multinational training and security cooperation activities with allies and partners in Eastern Europe, to include countries of Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, and Germany. The division headquarters deployed to Afghanistan in December 2018.The 4th Inf. Div. has earned 22 campaign streamers for participation in World War I, World War II, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. Since World War I, 21 Soldiers were awarded the nation’s highest honor, the Medal of Honor. Staff Sgt. Clinton L. Romesha and Staff Sgt. Ty Michael Carter are two recent Soldiers to receive the nation’s highest military award for extraordinary gallantry and selfless actions during the Battle of Kamdesh at Combat Outpost Keating, Afghanistan, on Oct. 3, 2009. Capt. Florent A. Groberg was the latest Iron Horse Soldier to receive the Medal of Honor from the President, Nov. 12, 2015.The division remains regionally engaged supporting multiple operations and mission sets the world round, from North America to Europe, Afghanistan and abroad. 4th Inf. Div. Soldiers demonstrate unparalleled competence, character and agility in their training and their mission. Ivy Soldiers are fit, disciplined and trained to the 4th Inf. Div. fundamentals – prepared to fight and win, whenever and wherever called.last_img read more

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Vermont to receive $371,000 in multi-state settlement with Lender Processing Services

By on December 31, 2020

first_imgAttorney General William H Sorrell announced today that he and 45 other state Attorneys General and the District of Columbia have reached a $120 million, multi-state settlement with Lender Processing Services, Inc and its subsidiaries (’ LPS’ ), the nation’ s largest provider of technological support to banks and mortgage loan servicers. Vermont will receive $371,000 in its share of the settlement. The complaint filed today alleges that LPS ‘ robo-signed’ documents and engaged in other improper conduct related to mortgage loan default servicing. Once approved by the court, the settlement will require LPS to reform its business practices, and if necessary, to correct documents of individual homeowners to minimize their harm.‘ This case follows Vermont’ s role in the national foreclosure settlement reached in February 2012, to ensure that mortgage foreclosure and loan documents are properly carried out,’ said Attorney General Sorrell. The February 2012 case was a comprehensive 25 billion dollar settlement among 49 states and the federal government, addressing widespread mortgage abuses by the nation’ s five largest mortgage servicers, which brought $6.7 million into Vermont.As part of its settlement, LPS will review documents from the period January 1, 2008’ December 31, 2010, and correct any deficiencies that LPS uncovers in its review. Consumers may also call a toll-free LPS number (available on or before March 1st) and request review and correction of any documents executed by LPS at any time. Vermont Attorney General, February 5, 2010last_img read more

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FCTC continues to refine court tech services

By on December 18, 2020

first_img March 15, 2017 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News FCTC continues to refine court tech services FCTC continues to refine court tech services Senior EditorA procession of procedural and technical improvements — from attorneys getting on and off the electronic service list to allowing judges to electronically sign orders and order documents — occupied the Florida Courts Technology Commission at its recent meeting in Orlando. The commission also looked at coordinating with The Florida Bar to block suspended and disbarred attorneys from using the state’s electronic portal to file court papers, corrected a technical glitch to allow parents who act as guardians for their disabled children to have online access to court documents, and worked on a project to reduce the number of paper records that must be kept by clerks.The commission is the entity designated by the Supreme Court to oversee all technology-related court issues, a demanding task as the state’s courts transition from a paper-based to an electronic-based system.Commission member Murray Silverstein, who also serves on the Bar’s Rules of Judicial Administration Committee, said a joint FCTC/RJAC committee is looking at original documents that are required to be retained by clerks — promissory notes, wills, codicils, some notarized documents, warrants, fingerprints — and trying to slim down the list.“We hope to substantially pare back the originals that have to be maintained by the clerks, first on the going-forward basis and then on an archival basis,” Silverstein said, adding in a lot of cases clerks are maintaining court administrative records that could easily be kept in electronic form.The joint FCTC/RJAC committee recommended, and the FCTC approved, a rule authorizing judges to use electronic signatures in court documents, Silverstein said.Practically, he added, this is already happening, but the Rules of Judicial Administration have not been amended to authorize electronic judicial signatures. The FCTC’s recommendation of Rule of Judicial Administration 2.515 now goes to the RJAC, which is working on the judicial signature amendment.FCTC member John Stewart, who serves on the Bar Board of Governors and chairs its Technology Committee, said the FCTC has asked the Board of Governors for a recommendation on a closer correlation between the Bar’s member-in-good standing list and attorneys who are authorized to use the statewide e-filing portal.“When you register to file through the e-portal, the e-portal checks your status [with the Bar] and confirms you are a member in good standing,” Stewart said. Portal staff periodically check with the Bar to make sure those registered to file have not been disbarred, but he said there’s no formal policy on checking or linking between the portal and the Bar’s continually updated active member records.The FCTC has asked the board for a recommendation on how a closer link would be accomplished and perhaps updated as often as every day. Stewart said the issue isn’t as simple as it might seem. For example, disbarred attorneys and those suspended by the court would naturally lose their ability to file as attorneys through the portal.But it’s a bit trickier question when, perhaps through an oversight or error, attorneys are late paying their annual membership fees or become CLE delinquent for failure to take and/or report CLE credits. Stewart noted that while such attorneys may be technically suspended administratively, there’s usually a grace period for paying delinquent fees and taking CLE to meet those requirements.“It boils down to the balance between making sure the lawyers not in good standing cannot file through the portal, while making sure the clients are not harmed for something that is insignificant,” he said.The FCTC decided not to change the policy of allowing lawyers to remove themselves from the electronic service list maintained by the statewide portal, Stewart said. There had been complaints when e-service first became available that attorneys were unable to remove themselves from the service list if they had been added by another party and continued to be served with documents after they were no longer a part of the case.Eventually the portal software was changed to allow attorneys to remove themselves from a case’s e-service list, but Stewart said that raised questions about whether attorneys might improperly remove themselves as part of gamesmanship to impede service or while they were still active in the case.“The question for the commission is ‘Do we want to go and readdress that policy?’ and the commission said, ‘No,’” Stewart said. “If attorneys are improperly opting out of service through the portal, that is an issue for the Bar or the judiciary.. . . If there was abuse, that needed to be dealt with by the Bar.”The FCTC also continue to work on uniform format to retain court records, which will eventually also become the required format for filing through the portal. Currently, the portal accepts Word and PDF documents. Eventually that will switch, Stewart said, to what is known as the PDF/A format.One issue related to that, he said, is there is no free program for PDF/A (which is optimized for the long-term storage of electronic records) available at the moment, although the Word program may have a converter for PDF/A.Stewart said the switch to PDF/A won’t be made until court clerks, who are storing records in the TIFF format, are ready for the change.Laird Lile, another FCTC member who also serves on the Board of Governors, said the commission also worked on expanding what mediators can electronically file and handling sealed documents through the portal.The FCTC also fixed a technical glitch in the “security matrix” that governs online access to court records. Lile said the problem, pointed out by attorneys Joseph P. George, Jr., and Marisol Vilasuso, unintentionally blocked parents who petitioned the courts to become guardians for their disabled children from online records they needed.Lile noted than many of the issues addressed at the meeting, while important, might seem relatively minor given major recent changes, such as the beginning and now near universal usage by attorneys of electronic filing for the courts and the continuing conversion to an electronic court system. (The portal for e-filing is under the jurisdiction of the Florida Court’s E-Filing Authority, which contracts with the Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers for its operation.)“The changes being discussed in 2017 are tweaks and, frankly, minor adjustments to a system that five years ago did not even exist. The State of Florida should be proud and appreciative of the progress, and the Legislature and Gov. [Rick] Scott should seriously adequately fund these important functions that will continue to save operational costs for the judicial branch and for all lawyers practicing in Florida,” Lile said.last_img read more

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NMB&T Contributes $100K In Response To COVID-19 Impacts

By on October 19, 2020

first_imgNurturing Potential – cultivating values and skills in today’s youth through child care, education and leadership, swim, sports and play, and camp.“When we were ordered to shut down operations, we really did not know what was next for our organization,” YMCA President/CEO Roberto Aguirre said. “But, as the YMCA has done for over 100 years within our community, we began to focus on meeting the needs of our community.” $25,000 for Emergency Action Fund Serving NonprofitsNew Mexico Bank & Trust will donate $25,000 to the Albuquerque Community Foundation/United Way of Central New Mexico – Emergency Action Fund. The fund supports nonprofit organizations struggling with lost and non-recoverable revenue expenses and/or increased or changed programming due to the COVID-19 crisis. Contributions from New Mexico Bank & Trust and other local businesses will go into an unrestricted grant program that provides short-term funding to organizations in the Greater Albuquerque Area.“Community Foundations were built for difficult times like this. As a convener and conduit between the for-profit and the nonprofit business communities, we are particularly proud of our ability to reach out to the organizations with the largest need and then to connect them to socially responsible companies who recognize the value of a robust community for all residents,” said Albuquerque Community Foundation Vice President Kelli Cooper.$15,000 for Food, Employment, Housing, and Mental Health ResourcesIndividuals and families have been severely impacted by the health and economic crisis – physically, financially, and emotionally. New Mexico Bank & Trust will direct $15,000 for immediate support of the United Way of Santa Fe County – COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund for families, workers, health professionals, and first responders. UWSFC is providing remote learning and educational services to children enrolled at Kaune early learning center, as well as postpartum and first-born support to families, online and virtual social get-togethers, and support for in-home childcare providers. “We are able to track, in real time, how the current situation is affecting young and vulnerable families in Santa Fe County,” said Abby Border, Vice President of Resource Development for UWSFC. “We have weekly contact with over 300 families enrolled for services and are directing them to food, employment, housing, and mental health resources as they navigate the instability of their futures. Stress is heighted for many families as they face new challenges every day.”$10,000 to Address Critical Gaps in Food and Income Security As the COVID-19 crisis persists, the demand for emergency meal services are surging. New Mexico Bank & Trust will donate $10,000 to the Santa Fe Community Foundation – COVID-19 Response Fund, which supports nonprofit organizations that provide daily meals for children and seniors impacted by school and senior center closures. The Response Fund will also provide funding for emergency health services, childcare, rent, and utilities.“The Santa Fe Community Foundation is proud to partner with businesses in building a culture of community philanthropy – especially when collaboration and solidarity are what will enable us to strengthen our many communities at this critical time,” said William (Bill) Smith, President & CEO of the Santa Fe Community Foundation. “We are honored to work with our longtime partner New Mexico Bank & Trust, as well as fellow grantees, in the deployment of these significant dollars to nonprofits serving those most affected by COVID-19.”$10,000 for Low-Income Families and Furloughed Workers New Mexico Bank & Trust will donate $10,000 to United Way of Eastern New Mexico to help meet the immediate critical needs of furloughed workers and low-income families.“During this time, we have been connecting people with local resources through 211, assisting low-income families and the newly unemployed with rent and utility assistance, supporting our partner agencies as they adapt to the rapidly changing situation, and calling on our community to volunteer to help meet critical needs,” said Erinn Burch, Executive Director of UWENM.New Mexico Bank & Trust Part of $1.2 Million Community Outreach InitiativeHeartland Financial USA, Inc., the holding company of New Mexico Bank & Trust and 10 other regional banks across the United States, is contributing a total of $1.2 million to COVID-19 community relief programs. The outreach is directed at supporting families and businesses across 12 states impacted by the crisis.Banking Client Relief ActionsSince the beginning of the crisis, New Mexico Bank & Trust has enacted a multitude of programs aimed at providing financial relief for consumer, small business, and commercial clients. As an SBA-certified lender, New Mexico Bank & Trust is also working with business clients to utilize available CARES Act funding, such as the Paycheck Protection Program, Emergency Economic Injury Disaster Loans, and other programs.  Please visit our COVID-19 resource center on our website for frequent updates.Keeping Our Employee Team SafeNew Mexico Bank & Trust continues to adapt our operations to the evolving environment. This has included having much of our workforce working remotely from home, modifying bank lobby access, restricting employee travel and group meetings, and intensifying the cleaning regiments of all our locations. New Mexico Bank & Trust has also implemented a premium pay increase of 20% for its hourly customer-facing bank branch employees and customer service representatives in our call centers. The bank has also committed to cover all COVID-19 related testing and treatment costs for its primary healthcare plan participants. About New Mexico Bank & TrustNew Mexico Bank & Trust, a subsidiary of Heartland Financial USA, Inc., (NASDAQ: HTLF), is a state-chartered bank with more than $1.7 billion in assets and headquartered in Albuquerque, NM. New Mexico Bank & Trust operates 17 banking locations serving Central, Eastern and Northern New Mexico. The bank specializes in business lending and deposit services, and provides private client, investment, treasury management, card services, and complete electronic banking programs to individuals and businesses. The company was founded in 1998. Additional information about New Mexico Bank & Trust is available at www.nmb-t.com. New Mexico Bank & Trust is a member of the FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.About Heartland Financial USA, Inc.Heartland Financial USA, Inc. is a diversified financial services company with assets of $13.2 billion. The company provides banking, mortgage, private client, investment and insurance services to individuals and businesses. Heartland currently has 114 banking locations serving 83 communities in Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Arizona, Montana, Colorado, Minnesota, Kansas, Missouri, Texas and California. Additional information about Heartland Financial USA, Inc. is available at www.htlf.com. NMB&T News:Bank directs immediate funds for emergency services, emergency meals, grants for nonprofits, and family assistance programsALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Bank & Trust announced today it will commit $100,000 to support five local community initiatives in response to the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. The state-chartered bank will make significant contributions to the YMCA of Central New Mexico; Albuquerque Community Foundation/United Way of Central New Mexico – Emergency Action Fund; United Way of Santa Fe County – COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund; Santa Fe Community Foundation – COVID-19 Response Fund; and United Way of Eastern New Mexico. This latest community outreach follows earlier announcements about the bank’s comprehensive COVID-19 response measures centered around financial relief for clients and employee safety.“This is an unprecedented time for families and businesses across New Mexico, and it has changed what it means to be a community,” NMB&T President/CEO Greg Leyendecker said. “We recognize the urgent need to come together and help one another during this crisis. On behalf of our amazing team at New Mexico Bank & Trust, I’m honored to support these important community programs and relief efforts.”$40,000 for Emergency Child Care Services and Youth and Family ProgramsNew Mexico Bank & Trust will contribute $40,000 to YMCA of Central New Mexico. Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, YMCA has offered emergency child care services to first responders and individuals providing essential services. Their programs and services aim to foster social responsibility, promote healthy living, and nurture the potential of children.Social Responsibility – responding to communities’ most critical social needs through social services, volunteerism, education, training, and advocacy;Healthy Living – lifelong learning programs and family-centered activities such as sports and recreation, social networks, and health and fitness; andlast_img read more

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Addiction Forum Wednesday

By on October 16, 2020

first_imgSouthampton Town’s Opioid Addiction Task Force holds its “It Hits Home” public forum at Southampton High School Wednesday night at 7 PM. The aim of the gathering is to solicit input regarding the drug abuse epidemic.Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman convened the task force in the wake of last year’s shocking number of overdose deaths. He hopes its latest outing will focus on families.The supervisor wants to garner input from community members, but the forum will also present a number of speakers.Suffolk County District Attorney Tim Sini is the keynote speaker. Sworn in to office in January, he immediately launched a robust program to improve public safety issues and combat the opioid addiction epidemic.Formerly Suffolk County Police Commissioner, he reduced crime to the lowest level in its recorded history. Sini served as Assistant Deputy County Executive for Public Safety and implemented an innovative drug treatment program assisting Suffolk County inmates when they are released.He started his career as an Assistant US Attorney in the Southern District; he investigated and prosecuted cases related to violent crime and gang activity, as well as large scale narcotics cases.Sini serves as a representative to the White House Office of Drug Control Policy from the New York region, where he assists in creating strategies between public health and public safety agencies to reduce opioid overdoses in the region.Pamela Stark and John Venza are also on the agenda. Venza is a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Mental Health Counselor who has been working with children, adolescents, and families since 1982. He is the Vice President of Adolescent and Residential Services for Outreach Development Corporation in Brentwood, the largest residential adolescent substance abuse treatment program in the downstate New York region.Venza learned firsthand the tragedy families face from the opioid addiction crisis when he lost his 21-year-old son, Garrett, from an overdose in November 2016.Stark is a retired detective with the Nassau County Police Department. She served as the department’s Substance Abuse Awareness Coordinator to combat the opiate/heroin epidemic. She worked closely with kids in the “Too Good for Drugs” program and was part of the team that produced the award-winning video for middle school students, called “Impact.”On May 12, the task force will hold a candlelight vigil at Good Ground Park in Hampton Bays. Candles will be lit in memory of the 19 Southampton Town residents who died from overdoses last year, as well as the one from 2018. Additional candles will represent the more than 400 people countywide who perished from addiction. “Each candle will represent the inner light of the individuals,” Schneiderman said, expressing the hope that the vigil is a way for people “to really come together as a community.”In June, the task force is slated to present its final report. “That’s just the beginning,” Schneiderman said. “It doesn’t end there.”kmerrill@indyeastend.com Sharelast_img read more

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Chart reports full year financial results

By on October 7, 2020

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‘Crash’ victim burnt by bill for fire-truck

By on September 28, 2020

first_imgDr Geoff Tribe was staggered when he received a R1 139.50 bill from the Garden Route District Municipality (GRDM) after he wrote off his Toyota RAV4 on the Vanwyksdorp-Ladismith gravel road, on March 16, last year. The SUV rolled twice, and, after hitting a pole, it landed on its wheels, said the Pinelands resident who tried for months to find out why he was billed for the use of a Ladismith fire-truck he never requested. “My insurance company arranged for the vehicle to be removed and we told them we didn’t need any assistance. Apart from calling a friend in Vanwyksdorp to collect us we made no other calls. “Passers-by informed the police who arrived to take our statements and inspect the accident scene. Later an ambulance arrived and though no one was seriously injured, they insisted that one passenger be taken to the Ladismith hospital for observation. Our friend also arranged for two men to stay with the RAV4 until the tow truck arrived. As we were about to leave, the fire-truck turned up – obviously having heard the radio traffic. It was manifestly apparent that the service was not required,” Dr Tribe said.“The police were very professional and if it was necessary they would have called the fire-truck. The car came to rest in sand and there was no danger of fire, “ Dr Tribe said.When Dr Tribe received the bill dated April 17 he wrote to the GRDM several times asking them to explain why he had to “be held liable for a fire-truck that provided no service, was not required and not requested”. When Dr Tribe couldn’t get a satisfactory reply from the GRDM, except for telling him that the tender responded to a call from a passer-by and he had to pay R150 if he wanted to query the bill, he asked me if I could get clarity on the matter when he contacted me in October, that proved harder than leading a camel through the eye of a needle.Chantal Edwards-Klose, spokesperson for the George municipality, sent me the contact details of the relevant people, including the GRDM’s “Senior Communicator” Herman Pieters, who didn’t communicate too well. In fact, he ignored several messages, as did Freddy Thaver of the fire department, GRDM’s municipal manager, Monde Stratu and Clive Africa, manager of community services.After several reminders, Rolene Nel of the Kannaland revenue department, wrote on November18, that the GRDM’s municipal manager deals with the media. But the email to Mr Stratu went into a black hole.However, the most unhelpful person was Johan Brand, the George Fire Station officer, who after ignoring my messages, told me on January 30, that he gave “all the relevant info of this incident to my finance department as requested by them on 25 October 2019”. Maybe, but he didn’t give it to me. “At the time of your mail to me on 12 December 2019 I was already on leave and if you need any more info, please contact my PIO (public information officer),” but he didn’t give me his name. “If you want the info it’s all available in the incident report but you need to request it from our legal department and pay the applicable fee like everybody else, Mr Joss.”But the legal department’s Monique Tiraz ignored my message until I sent her a prompt. Finally, Mr Pieters responded on Monday February 24, and he confirmed that the incident was reported to their call centre and then given to the Ladismith (GRDM) fire crew.“It is not necessary for the person involved in the accident to call for assistance, anyone can call the Fire and Rescue Services for assistance. However, when an incident is reported the service must respond to ensure scene safety. Although the vehicle posed no threat the GRDM crew disconnected the battery in case it caused a fire in the vehicle. “They found the vehicle that overturned (rolled and landed on its wheels) and was standing on the side of the road. Although the vehicle didn’t pose any threat to other traffic, when it overturned it may have dislodged the battery which could have caused a fire in the vehicle. The fire may have spread to the surrounding veld and Dr Tribe would have been responsible for any damage.Dr Tribe has to pay the bill as it was his vehicle. The act says a Fire Service can perform any action in the interest of public safety and then charge the responsible person for services rendered at an incident,” Mr Pieters said,Ms Edwards-Klose said in George private vehicle crashes are dealt with on a case-by-case basis. In most instances this is covered by the vehicle owner’s insurance. The fire brigade is always called to respond as they may have to assist with Jaws of Life, for example,” she said.Richard Bosman, executive director for safety and security, said the City of Cape Town’s tariff of charges is complicated and consists of 11 pages for various categories of fire vehicles. The incident Dr Tribe was involved in would be classified as category 1 and the service is free to all private citizens, provided the “property” is not registered to a business or trust. The tariffs are advertised each year for public comment, Mr Bosman said.last_img read more

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Argentina’s silent march for Alberto Nisman

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first_imgLawyers were among the hundreds of thousands of Argentinians who marched in silence last week in protest at the death of state prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who had accused the country’s president and foreign minister of covering up Iran’s role in a 1994 terrorist bombing. The pair deny wrongdoing.In a statement, the Bar Association of Buenos Aires said it was deeply concerned by the death, which had caused an unprecedented fall in public respect for state institutions. It called for an efficient and transparent judicial inquiry into Nisman’s death, which the government said was suicide.last_img read more

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Battery-diesel hybrid locomotive cuts emissions in the forest

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first_imgHUNGARY: A Rába Mk 48 diesel-hydraulic locomotive dating from 1960 has been rebuilt as a low-emission battery-diesel hybrid for the 760 mm gauge Szilvásvárad Forest Railway, a 4 km line which now carries tourist traffic.The rebuild by MÁV Vasjármü included installing a 204 kW Cummins QSB6.7 engine meeting EU Stage IIIB emissions regulations, along with lithium batteries which are charged when the four-axle locomotive is running down the line’s steep gradients. The stored energy is used to power the locomotive in electric mode for shunting at stations. The rebuild has been supported by the EU as part of a package which includes station upgrades on the line. A prototype battery-diesel locomotive has been operated by the Lillafüred Forest Railway since 2010.last_img read more

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Argos Surge Past Badgers, 2-0

By on September 23, 2020

first_img BOX SCORE Alabama Huntsville 10/21/2016 – 7:30 pm With the first half coming to a close, UWF (5-5-1, 4-1-1 GSC) took a 1-0 lead into the halftime break after Kameron Bethell ran through a wall of defenders and tucked a shot inside the far post for his second goal of the season in the 44th minute. Phil D’Amico posted his fourth shutout of the season, which stands as the second highest total amongst goalkeepers in the GSC. D’Amico stopped the one shot on goal the Badgers presented. UWF awaits homecoming weekend beginning on Friday, when it plays Alabama Huntsville at 7:30 p.m. before welcoming West Alabama for a rematch of the 2015 GSC Tournament Final on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Next Game: Bethell would later set up his sophomore classmate Stephen Enderlin for his third goal of the year after a perfectly placed pass by Bethell to give UWF a 2-0 lead in the 54th minute.  Bethell recorded his fourth GSC assist of the year, which leads all players in the conference. The Argos posted a season-high eight shots on goal, while also recording a season high 22 shots en route to outshooting the Badgers, 22-7. West Florida was helped by a backline that allowed just one shot on goal in the contest. Defenders Barrett Mills, Owen Munro, Brandon Jose and Allan Kuhne each played significant minutes to prevent the Badger offense to muster any attack.center_img PENSACOLA, Fla.  – The University of West Florida men’s soccer team maintained a perfect record when playing the Spring Hill College Badgers and improved to 4-1-1 in Gulf South Conference action after a 2-0 victory on Sunday afternoon. The Argos are now 27-0-1 all-time when playing SHC. With the win, UWF’s 4-1-1 GSC record puts them in second place in the league standings. Live Stats Preview Full Schedule Roster Watch Live For information on all UWF athletics, visit GoArgos.com###Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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