June 4

Oxfam Limerick may be closed but you can still shop Oxfam…

first_imgOXFAM Limerick may be closed, but you can still shop Oxfam this Friday with Fashion Relief TV – Broadcaster Lorraine Keane ‘s sustainable fashion fundraiser with Oxfam Ireland.The Fashion Relief team are springing back after a short break with rails packed full of pre-loved, brand-new and designer clothing, bags, shoes and accessories. Broadcaster Lorraine Keane said: “As the lockdown continues, which means Oxfam Limerick remains closed to play its part in Ireland’s response, we are delighted to be able to offer you a Covid-safe way to still shop Oxfam.“As expected, we’ll be showcasing beautiful pre-loved and brand-new pieces from the wardrobes of some of Ireland’s most fashionable women as well as from designers and boutiques from all over Ireland. People who tune in can click on the items they love and buy them then and there on Fashion Relief TV!“Thanks to the generosity of donors we have created our very own little Fashion Relief circular economy – as long as people continue to donate fabulous items, we will continue to have fabulous bargains up for grabs.Along with Oxfam Limerick, Fashion Relief is part of Oxfam’s solution to ‘throwaway fashion’, encouraging people to donate pre-loved items and reduce the amount of clothes that end up in landfill as well as shopping second-hand to give pre-loved clothes a longer life.  So, by bagging a bargain from Fashion Relief you’ll be shopping more sustainably and doing your bit for people and planet. What’s not to love?Keane continued: “I’ve seen first-hand how the profits raised by Fashion Relief and Oxfam’s network of shops help some of the poorest and most at risk people across the world. Even though things may have slowed down or come to a stop here, humanitarian crises continue – and are worsening since the pandemic was declared.“Just three weeks ago, a massive fire swept through the refugee camps of Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh. The fires left 10,000 families displaced and in urgent need of basics like food and water. Hundreds more were injured. This was yet another devastating blow to the Rohingya people who fled shocking violence and persecution in Myanmar. Oxfam continues to be able to support and respond to events like this because of the generous support of Limerick people.”The show will be packed full of brand-new and pre-loved donated clothes, shoes and accessories, as well as a host of designer labels like Preen, Celine, Ganni and Alexander McQueen, pieces donated by Laura Whitmore, Caroline Downey and Lorraine Keane, and much-loved Irish labels like Aideen Bodkin, Louise Kennedy and Fee G – at bargain prices.To celebrate the re-launch Keane also has an incredible giveaway via Instagram.Keane said: “Who doesn’t love a little competition, and with a Loulerie necklace up for grabs, we hope the competition will be fierce! All people have to do to enter is RSVP for Fashion Relief TV via www.oxfamireland.org/fashionrelief, take a screen shot and post it to Instagram with the hashtag #FashionReliefTV to be in with a chance to win. People have until Friday at 6pm to enter.” Email WhatsApp WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Fashion Relief TV will air from Lorraine Keane’s home at 7pm on Friday 9th April on www.fashionrelief.ie.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous article65 Roses Day Goes Virtual… Limerick People Urged to support 65 Roses Day on FridayNext articleCJ Stander and Tadhg Beirne named in Six Nations Team of the Tournament Meghann Scully Twitter TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostOxfam center_img Advertisement LimerickNewsOxfam Limerick may be closed but you can still shop Oxfam this FridayBy Meghann Scully – April 8, 2021 282 Print Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Linkedin Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limericklast_img read more

May 31

Finding the Right Balance in Servicing Technology

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Craig Martin in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: Examining Single-Family Rental Return on Investment Next: Which Region Has the Best Return on Rental Investment? Finding the Right Balance in Servicing Technology May 10, 2018 1,590 Views Craig Martin is Senior Director, Wealth & Lending at J.D. Power. He is responsible for the company’s research studies in the mortgage sector, as well as proprietary tracking, consulting and performance improvement initiatives. Before joining J.D. Power in 2012 Martin was VP, Consumer Deposit Products at BBVA Compass where he was responsible for ongoing competitive evaluations of product sets, new product development and development of tools to aid in product sales, including product packages. Martin is a frequent speaker at mortgage-related conferences and events and has been quoted as an industry expert in major publications. Tagged with: Borrowers Financial services HELOC J.D. Power Lenders Lending Millennials mortgage Primary Mortgage Origination Servicers Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agocenter_img Sign up for DS News Daily Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Borrowers Financial services HELOC J.D. Power Lenders Lending Millennials mortgage Primary Mortgage Origination Servicers 2018-05-10 Radhika Ojha The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Finding the Right Balance in Servicing Technology The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Today’s mortgage industry is at risk of becoming misaligned with what consumers want. Customer expectations are rising—not due to competition within the industry, but because disruptors like Amazon are changing the dynamic of what customers expect from service providers. Lenders and servicers must start looking beyond their direct competitors to ensure they don’t miss out on critical opportunities. This trend is not limited to the mortgage industry. In fact, it’s something we’re seeing across various customer satisfaction studies in sectors as diverse as automotive, property and casualty insurance, telecom, and financial services. Businesses of every type struggle to find the right balance between high tech and high touch customer interactions. What is unique to the mortgage industry, however, is just how late the broader industry is to the tech game.You can chalk it up to a combination of strict regulation, years of strong refi demand, and entrenched business models, but, when compared to the rest of the financial services landscape, the mortgage and home lending business as a whole has been slow on new tech development. Rising consumer demand for self-service technology and a more competitive overall marketplace are conspiring to buck that trend, but, based on our data, the industry still has a long way to go.Our recent Primary Mortgage Origination (PMO) and Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) studies provide an excellent case study for the potential risk to the industry of not getting the tech formula right. The PMO study found significant shifts in borrowers going online to complete their applications, with first-time buyers’ use of digital channels rising from 22 percent in 2016 to 37 percent in 2017. Experienced borrowers’ digital utilization grew from 30 percent to 44 percent over the same period.  Likewise, our HELOC study found that digital is becoming a much more significant factor among younger borrowers, with 58 percent of millennials gathering information online via desktop computers and 48 percent gathering information online via smartphone or tablet.It is also worth noting that millennials were the most active single generation of homebuyers in 2017, according to the National Association of Realtors. The risk in this trend for lenders is this: as more customers shop for loans online, the potential for competition increases, and when that happens, the digital experience becomes an increasingly critical part of the customer journey.  In our HELOC study, for example, 58 percent of study respondents indicated that they considered at least one other lender during the shopping process. For the combined category of Gen Y/Gen Z customers, which includes all mortgage customers born after 1977, that number jumps up to 78 percent, with nearly half considering two or more lenders.  The more borrowers explore their options, the higher the risk that the value of their existing relationship reduces.  A significant 47 percent of HELOC customers reported the main reason for choosing their lender was a current relationship, but this falls to 28 percent among Gen Y/Gen Z, which appears to have a clear connection to the use of digital shopping channels.  Another potential risk is customers turning to alternative lending solutions like personal loans that seek to fill similar needs and are geared to customers shopping online.Personal interaction will play a key role for most borrowers for the foreseeable future. That said, with a growing number of players offering online and mobile capabilities, customers are increasingly open to digital shopping for mortgages. They are likely to expect a minimum level of skills in the not-too-distant future in all phases of the borrowing and servicing experience.  As this transition continues to unfold, mortgage lenders and servicers must differentiate their digital offerings and create digital customer experiences that are in line with increasing customer standards.Lenders need to understand that the mortgage customer experience is a journey that starts with initial consideration and evaluation and extends through usage. Increasingly, each step of that process is occurring through digital channels, which are areas that the mortgage industry has been notoriously slow to develop and refine. Now is the time to invest in getting that tech formula right for consumers. Subscribe  Print This Postlast_img read more

May 8

Dallas Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban fined for leaking information during league meeting

first_img Written by July 16, 2019 /Sports News – National Dallas Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban fined for leaking information during league meeting FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPhoto by Allen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — The NBA has fined Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban for leaking information from a Board of Governor’s meeting to the media.Sources tell ESPN that Cuban shared information about a vote to allow coaches’ challenges for the upcoming NBA season. Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive reportedly expressed concern about that information being leaked while the meeting was still in session.ESPN says Cuban immediately admittedly to leaking the information.Cuban told ESPN that he appreciates “the irony of your reporting on a fine that someone should — but won’t — get fined for leaking to you.”According to ESPN, it is against league rules to discuss Board of Governors business with outsiders, which is why Cuban was fined. ESPN reports the fine was for $50,000.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

December 20

Interview with Rear Admiral Germán González Reyes of the Colombian Armed Forces

first_img RADM Germán González Reyes: Yes. Coordinated Integrated Action works with the other state institutions and with the private sector to bring certain solutions to the population. We hold development support days that consist of bringing in general practitioners and specialist physicians, delivering medicine, making referrals to hospitals; in sum, we seek the participation of businesses in support of the medicine and of the doctors themselves who provide care. Finally, we have Dispositive Integrated Action, which implements and supports the National Consolidation Plan. At this time, we’re selecting 54 municipalities that today are sites in the process of stabilization, meaning that the state is going to make itself present with security, development projects, production projects, education projects, health projects … in order to shift those red areas to yellow areas and then to green areas. Images of soldiers building a road in a remote location in the Colombian countryside, photos of demobilized former FARC members, and the smiles of children gathering to watch a movie in a town park make up the face of the strategy of Integrated Action, part of Colombia’s Democratic Security Consolidation Policy. During a visit to the U.S. Southern Command in Miami, Florida, in September 2011, Rear Admiral Germán González Reyes, in command of the Joint Integrated Action Bureau of the Colombian Armed Forces General Command, spoke with Diálogo about the achievements and challenges of a strategy that has enabled his country to take steps forward in the area of security and social welfare, earning a vanguard position in Latin America. DIÁLOGO: Why was the Integrated Action strategy created, and of what does it consist? DIÁLOGO: Colombia plays a vanguard role in Latin America with regard to strategies of this kind. How can Colombia’s example be of use to other countries in the region? DIÁLOGO: Is there any kind of agreement with the private sector? RADM Germán González Reyes: We’ve always relied on U.S. collaboration and support in training, in equipment. I can say that projects are currently underway to prevent the recruitment of children and adolescents. The United States has a framework of cooperation with the Joint Integrated Action Bureau to develop a variety of tools that can help to prevent forced recruitment and encourage the demobilization of members of military armed groups through information operations, in order to fulfill the objectives of integrated action. Twelve Integrated Action companies were trained in partnership with the U.S. Government, companies which will seek to position the concepts of legitimacy, strengthening the institutional image, and rapprochement with the civilian population on the operational and tactical level within the Armed Forces, in the context of fourth-generation war. DIÁLOGO: What have some of the successes of the Integrated Action plan been since its launch in 2002? By Dialogo September 20, 2011 RADM Germán González Reyes: There’s an example that we show off with a great deal of pride: the Montes de María. That’s an area located in the northern part of the country, where years ago, there was a presence by irregular groups. There was displacement of the population of those areas due to insecurity. An Integrated Action strategic plan was implemented, and we succeeded in dismantling all the irregular groups in the area. We obtained a state presence with the construction of roads to link several municipalities, and legal crops, such as avocadoes, were promoted. That was done by the National Navy: it served as a bridge, guaranteed security, facilitated agriculture, and arranged for the private sector to come to this area to purchase the crops. Today, the population has returned home, they’re farming, and the security environment is different. We can also mention the case of the Task Force Omega area, La Macarena, where we’re doing a project of the same kind. There were irregular groups there. Joint Task Force Omega was assigned, basic levels of security were restored, and after that, the state began to arrive. Today, roads, schools, and health centers have been built, and production programs have been implemented, giving the population alternatives for growing licit crops, instead of illicit crops such as coca. center_img RADM Germán González Reyes: Irregular groups and drug trafficking always generate insecurity in the areas where they are. Integrated Action does not combat drug trafficking as such; nevertheless, it’s a tool used by the Military that supports military operations before, during, and after those operations (institutional synergy). When the state arrives with the presence of the Military, when it guarantees security and offers rural workers the opportunity of growing bananas rather than coca, and it gives them options for getting them to market and selling them, we are promoting a decrease in illicit drug cultivation. DIÁLOGO: How is the fight against drug trafficking ingrained into the strategy of Integrated Action? RADM Germán González Reyes: Integrated Action is a bridge between the institutions responsible for security and the social side of things. The fundamental objective is the coordination of state agencies and institutions, in order to act in a joint and integrated way throughout the entire national territory, in the social, economic, political, and military spheres, thereby guaranteeing the rule of law, the social recovery of territory, the effective application of the social state under the rule of law, and the neutralization of irregular armed groups. For example, General Integrated Action also has radio stations, with which we reach those remote areas of the country, as well as special psychological-operations groups (GEOS) that take a message of rapprochement to the population as part of military operations. A wide-ranging concept of civil and military cooperation began to be developed in Colombia during the administration of President Gustavo Rojas Pinilla, at the time that the Military was assigned the authority and capability to provide social assistance to the most vulnerable communities, helping with the solution of some basic needs. That gave rise to the initial concept of Civic-Military Action, the ultimate purpose of which consisted in obtaining the support and backing of the rural population. Starting in 2002, the Democratic Security Policy develops Integrated Action in full, strengthening a tool that brings together the coordinated and synergistic effort involved in the use of legitimate force. DIÁLOGO: What is the most important challenge faced by your bureau at this time? RADM Germán González Reyes: We have the ongoing challenge of trying to increase favorable views of and trust in the Military among the population. The Military is currently the most favorably viewed institution, according to surveys that have been taken in both urban and rural areas. Maintaining and improving that is one goal. Second is achieving an increase in demobilization and achieving a decrease in forced recruitment by irregular armed groups; likewise, continuing to fulfill the proposed objectives, by helping with military operations, designing tools to neutralize multi-dimensional and situational threats, and increasing preventive capabilities in response to those threats. In addition, it’s important for the bureau to continue developing long-term strategies, to counteract attacks on the state’s legitimacy, and to position the country as a leader and pioneer of information operations in Latin America, in order to generate international technical cooperation offerings. DIÁLOGO: How are the United States and Colombia collaborating in order to strengthen and implement the strategy of Integrated Action? RADM Germán González Reyes: Several countries have visited us for the purpose of learning about the procedures we carry out in Integrated Action and on the operational side of things in general. Currently, support is being provided to Central American countries and to Mexico. We’ve held workshops, talks, training sessions, and meetings on the topic of Integrated Action, where we’ve explained our procedures, generating an atmosphere of cooperation and advising on the structuring of an Integrated Action Doctrine. Likewise, a panorama of integrated action has been jointly constructed in the different countries on our borders and across the Americas, establishing unilateral and joint lines of action that take into account the advice provided on civil-affairs issues and issues of integrated action in general. last_img read more

October 20

7 deadly sins

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October 19

Russian plane with coronavirus medical gear lands in US after Trump-Putin call

first_img“Trump gratefully accepted this humanitarian aid,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was cited as saying by the Interfax news agency on Tuesday. Trump himself spoke enthusiastically about the Russian help after his call with Putin.The State Department said that following the call between the two leaders, the United States “has agreed to purchase” needed medical supplies, including ventilators and personal protection equipment, from Russia and that they were handed over to the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Wednesday in New York City.”We are a generous and reliable contributor to crisis response and humanitarian action across the world, but we cannot do it alone,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said.”Both countries have provided humanitarian assistance to each other in times of crisis in the past and will no doubt do so again in the future,” she added. “This is a time to work together to overcome a common enemy that threatens the lives of all of us.” Russia sent the United States medical equipment on Wednesday to help fight the coronavirus pandemic, a public relations coup for Russian President Vladimir Putin after he discussed the crisis with US President Donald Trump.Trump, struggling to fill shortages of ventilators and personal protective equipment, accepted Putin’s offer in a phone call on Monday. A Russian military transport plane left an airfield outside Moscow and arrived at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport in late afternoon on Wednesday.Usually, the United States donates supplies to embattled countries rather than accepting them. The origin of the delivery, which Moscow called aid, was bound to revive criticism from Democrats that Trump has been too cozy with the Russian leader. A US official in Washington said the shipment carried 60 tons of ventilators, masks, respirators and other items.The official said the equipment would be carefully examined to make sure it comports with the quality requirements of the US Food and Drug Administration.Russia’s Rossiya 24 channel on Wednesday morning showed the plane taking off from a military air base outside Moscow in darkness. Its cargo hold was filled with cardboard boxes and other packages.Confirmed US coronavirus cases have surged to more than 205,000, with 4,500 deaths.In Russia, the official tally of confirmed cases is 2,337, with 17 deaths, although some doctors there have questioned the accuracy of official data.Strain in relations Relations between Moscow and Washington have been strained in recent years by everything from Syria to Ukraine to US election interference, something Russia denies. Trump spent two years battling a federal investigation into whether his 2016 campaign colluded with Russia.”Nothing to see here. Just a Russian military aircraft landing at JFK with 60 tons of medical supplies to support America’s #COVID19 response. A propaganda bonanza as our own government shrinks from America’s leadership role in a global crisis,” said Brett McGurk, a former diplomat for Trump and former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush.Trump said on Tuesday he and Putin discussed the virus at length. “Russia is being hit pretty hard,” he said.Peskov, Putin’s spokesman, said Moscow hoped the United States might also be able to provide medical help to Russia if necessary when the time came.”It is important to note that when offering assistance to US colleagues, the president (Putin) assumes that when US manufacturers of medical equipment and materials gain momentum, they will also be able to reciprocate if necessary,” Peskov was cited as saying.Peskov complained that some US officials had made it needlessly difficult to expedite the aid. He also was quoted as saying that Russia and China cooperated in a similar way because “at a time when the current situation affects everyone without exception … there is no alternative to working together in a spirit of partnership and mutual assistance.”Russia has also used its military to send planeloads of aid to Italy to combat the spread of the coronavirus, exposing the European Union’s failure to provide swift help to a member in crisis and handing Putin a publicity coup at home and abroad.center_img Topics :last_img read more

September 24

Brookville man injured in U.S. 52 crash

first_imgBrookville, In. — A Brookville man was injured in a single vehicle crash on U.S. 52 east of town Sunday, September 9 at 1:30 a.m.A report from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department says Nathan J. Bailey, 23, was eastbound when he failed to negotiate a curve. The vehicle went across the westbound lane and off the south side of the road. After striking a utility pole and rolling down an embankment the vehicle landed on top of Bailey.Investigators say speed and weather were factors in the crash.Bailey was transported to University Medical Center in Cincinnati. His condition is not known.last_img read more

August 16

NBA free agency 2019 rumor roundup: A complete list of reported signings from Day 2

first_imgThe Knicks had a busy second day of free agency after they missed out on Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.New York reportedly agreed to deals with three players — Wayne Ellington (two-years, 16 million), Reggie Bullock (two-years, $21 million) and Elfrid Payton (two-years, $16 million). The team reportedly signed three forwards, including Julius Randle, on Sunday, as well. The Knicks had been targeting Durant and Irving, but both inked contracts with the Nets shortly after free agency began.The Celtics, meanwhile, may have found a replacement for Al Horford, as they signed Enes Kanter to a two-year contract. Horford left Boston for a four-year deal with the 76ers. Related News Here’s a complete list of notable deals from the second day of free agency:(All trades reported by ESPN, The Athletic, and Yahoo Sports)— The 76ers continued to adjust their roster as they’ve brought in center Kyle O’Quinn.— The Wizards added point guard depth by agreeing to terms with Ish Smith (two-year, $12 million) and Isaiah Thomas (one year). — The Lakers are on the board. They’ll sign Troy Daniels to a one-year, $2.1 million deal. The guard has connected on 40% of his career 3-point attempts. — The Warriors retained a forward but seem to have lost another. Golden State signed Kevon Looney to a three-year, $15 million contract. However, Jordan Bell agreed to a deal with the Timberwolves that the Warriors are not planning to match. — Frank Kaminsky is leaving Charlotte for Phoenix. The stretch forward is set to sign a two-year, $10 million deal with the Suns. — The Bucks continued to fill out their roster by agreeing to terms on a one-year contract with wing Wesley Matthews.— Austin Rivers is returning to the Rockets. He’ll sign a two-year deal with Houston. — The Trail Blazers acquired a center via trade. The Heat dealt Hassan Whiteside to Portland in exchange for Meyers Leonard and Maurice Harkless, who was then sent to the Clippers. — Seth Curry found a new team. He’ll ink a four-year, $32 million contract with the Mavericks. — The Magic brought back Michael Carter-Williams on a one-year deal. — The Celtics added Enes Kanter on a two-year, $10 million contract. — The Knicks have signed six players since Sunday — Wayne Ellington, Reggie Bullock, Elfrid Payton, Julius Randle, Taj Gibson and Bobby Portis. NBA trade rumors: Heat have inquired about deal for Wizards’ Bradley Beal Celtics rumors: Boston ‘is not done making moves’ this offseason — Tomas Satoransky is heading to Chicago. The Bulls acquired the guard in a sign-and-trade with the Wizards. He averaged 8.9 points in 27.1 minutes per game last season. — Patrick Beverley is staying with the Clippers. He’ll sign a three-year, $40 million deal and remain in Los Angeles. NBA trade rumors: Bulls searching for deal to move Kris Dunnlast_img read more

August 12

PBSO Searching for Driver Involved in Fatal West Palm Hit-and-Run

first_imgThe Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help to locate the driver of a car that was involved in a fatal hit and run crash in West Palm Beach on Friday night.According to a crash report, 67-year-old Natalie Tripodi was struck and killed by an unknown vehicle while trying to walk across the eastbound lanes of Okeechobee Blvd. at Meridian Rd., just east of the Turnpike, around 9:45 p.m.A witness told deputies the traffic light for the unknown vehicle was green when the crash happened.Deputies add the unknown vehicle fled the scene, and Tripodi was pronounced dead at the crash site by Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.Anyone with information is being asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (561) 688-3400.last_img read more

August 4

Sheriff Gets OK to Continue Participation in Military Surplus Supply Program

first_imgNationally, there have been some concerns about the militarization of local law enforcement. In nearby Mercer County, freeholders voted in September to buy a $309,000 armored vehicle from a vendor for the sheriff’s office. Sheriff Jack Kemler said it is “not a tank and not an assault vehicle” but rather would be used in emergencies involving a sniper or other dangerous cases. There was opposition to the purchase amid concerns of law enforcement becoming militarized. “If he feels it’s something we can use and require, he has that latitude,” Freeholder Lillian G. Burry said of Golden. Monmouth County Freeholders last week voted unanimously to allow county Sheriff Shaun Golden to continue to seek surplus military equipment from the Department of Defense for the sheriff’s office. Red Bank Police Chief Darren McConnell said that between the police department and the office of emergency management, the borough has obtained two Humvees and one high water rescue vehicle. The federally funded “1033 program,” named after legislation, provides weapons, binoculars, vehicles and other equipment to law enforcement agencies around the country. In its resolution, the freeholders said the program enabled the county to acquire valuable equipment that it could not otherwise afford, and has helped equip the county in its effort to recover from weather events such as Super Storm Sandy in 2012. The federal government keeps track of which agencies around the country have participated in the program and the equipment they have. “The Humvees, we can use them during floods, but we don’t get a whole lot of flooding in Red Bank,” he said. “We use them more often in a larger snow storm. Most of our patrol cars are all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, but sometimes if the snow gets too deep in some of the unplowed areas, we use the Humvee to get through the snow.” “I think it’s fiscally and practically a great thing for us , ” Freeholder Gerry P. Scharfenberger said. “You’re getting equipment at no cost that will aid in everything. And don’t forget, especially during an emergency like Sandy, we used a lot of that military surplus equipment to help rescue people, to help clear infrastructure.” Pallone, whose district includes parts of Monmouth County, was not available for comment. By Philip Sean Curran “There are more than 7,000 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies now participating in the program,” said Michelle McCaskill, a spokeswoman for the Defense Logistics Agency, which manages the 1033 program. “Five percent of all the equipment provided to law enforcement agencies through the program are weapons. Less than one percent are tactical vehicles. Since its inception, the program has transferred more than $6.8 billion worth of property.” center_img The list for the Sheriff’s office includes what’s de- scribed as “parts kit, vehicular lighting” and “receiver subassembly, radio.” Police forces in Monmouth are among the many law enforcement agencies in the state that have participated in the 1033 program. The Red Bank Council, though, has to give final approval for obtaining any vehicles, said councilwoman and police commissioner Kate L. Triggiano. There are no plans at the moment to get any vehicles, she said. Golden did not respond toa request for comment madethrough his office. Some federal lawmakers, including U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-6), want to see reforms to the 1033 program, including preventing local police from getting military grade weapons, among other things. He and other members of Congress are supporting legislation that would make that and other changes. She said she had trust in the police “to make the proper decision on the equipment necessary for our department.” These vehicles were obtained by Red Bank through the federal 1033 program. They are primarily used for storm response by the police and office of emergency management.Photo by Philip Sean Curran In Middletown, police have acquired a laptop computer and a survival vest, among other things. Monmouth Beach Police has obtained two trucks, while the Neptune City Police Department has acquired rifles, trucks and other equipment. Other items have included pelican cases used for carrying equipment, office furniture, binoculars and gear bags. The department has not obtained weapons through the program, he said. last_img read more