Giffgaff customers choose to donate a third of goodwill fund to charity About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Giffgaff has announced that it is donating £387,039.70 of the goodwill fund it set up after this month’s network outage to Crisis.Following the outage on 6 December, which was caused by a software issue in a third party supplier’s system, giffgaff announced that it was setting up a £1m goodwill fund and gave members affected the opportunity to choose airtime credit or to donate to charity, with a deadline of 14 December to make their decision.It has now announced on its site and on social media that a third chose to donate to charity, with it giving £387,039.70 to Crisis while the remaining £612,960.30 will be split between the members who chose to receive credit. They will get 90p each. Ash Scofield, giffgaff CEO, said on the site:“We hope that your generous donation will go a long way to having a big impact on the people that need to make use of these centres over Christmas and beyond – we’ll be making that payment as soon as we can, so that Crisis can make sure that it’s being put to use as soon as possible.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5 Tagged with: corporate mobile 172 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5 Melanie May | 19 December 2018 | News 171 total views, 1 views today
By LISA SPENGLERCpl. Clarence Smoyer, America’s most famous tank gunner and the subject of the new book “Spearhead: An American Tank Gunner, His Enemy and a Collision of Lives in World War II,” surprised his friend and comrade, Sgt. Joseph Caserta, at his home on Wednesday.Smoyer, 95, a Sherman tank gunner from Leighton, Pa., and Caserta, 97, a Sherman tank driver and commander from Ocean City, were part of the famous 3rd Armored Division (3AD) called “Spearhead.”They share a unique history and deep personal bond.The last time they were together was at a book signing for “Spearhead” in Allentown, Pa., in early 2019.“It was a circus,” said Caserta. “We really didn’t have time to talk.”That’s when 3rd Armored Division Association Board Member Carol Westberg “hatched this plan” to reunite Smoyer and Caserta.Westberg is from Montevideo, Minn., and daughter of the late Neil Westberg, also a member of E-Company, 32nd Armored Regiment, 3rd Armored Division.Westberg emailed Smoyer’s daughter Cindy, who in turn contacted the Caserta family.In just a few months they planned out how Smoyer would be head to Ocean City and Caserta would open his front door to his dear friend and fellow decorated patriot.The reunion was made possible by Carol Westberg (left) next to Joe Caserta and Cindy Smoyer with Clarence Smoyer.While the Ocean City resident and World War II veteran was being honored last week by City Council and U.S. Army Brotherhood of Tankers at VFW Post 6650, Caserta’s sons finalized the plans for the special surprise reunion.As with most WWII veterans, Smoyer and Caserta were young strangers, becoming young soldiers brought together in battle with unforeseeable sacrifice.Cpl. Smoyer, at 18, and Sgt. Caserta, at 19, went from training in the United States to landing in France.Smoyer started out as a loader on a Sherman tank crew and Caserta was a replacement as a Sherman tank driver.Both men were assigned to E-Company, 32nd Armored Regiment, 3rd Armored Division and landed at Omaha Beach two weeks after D-Day.In March 1945, the “Spearhead Division” entered the German city of Cologne. At 21, Smoyer was the gunner on a Pershing, a top secret experimental American tank. There was only one of 20 sent over for testing in battle during February 1945.As a gunner in the Pershing tank, Smoyer earned the reputation as “the best gunner in the world.” The Pershing tank and a German Panther faced off in a brutal battle for the city of Cologne.That epic tank fight was known as the last battle of World War II.During the Battle of Cologne, a combat photographer, Jim Bate, who parachuted into France with the 82nd Airborne on D-Day, followed troops all the way to the fall of Berlin.Specifically, Bates followed one tank throughout the Battle of Cologne, the lead tank. That lead tank had Smoyer’s crew. Bates’ footage captured their defeat of a German tank, one of two, near the city’s famous cathedral. Those images played in movie theater newsreels during the war and now exist in digital form.Before the book was published, Caserta was asked to write a testimony about his friend and comrade. Actually, it was a testimony to prove that Clarence Smoyer was in fact the tank gunner from the Battle of Cologne.“He was offered a Bronze Star but never got it,” said Caserta.Smoyer was told to get three affidavits to prove that he was there, even though the Battle of Cologne was captured in pictures and video taken by Bates, the American war correspondent. Even now with a best-selling book detailing the Battle of Cologne. Bates is the only man who received a Bronze Star for his actions during the duel at Cologne.Smoyer is still waiting for his Bronze Star.Clarence Smoyer (top middle, no helmet) sits atop this T26E3 Pershing tank with fellow tank crew members in Cologne, Germany, in 1945. (Courtesy of the National Archives)Smoyer and Caserta sat in silence after recounting details surrounding the Battle of Cologne and the yet to be received Bronze Star.The look of admiration for each other captured the attention of all those around them, especially Matthew (Caserta) Styer, a 9-year-old grandson of Sgt. Caserta.Matthew listened intently as the two men spoke. When asked if he read “Spearhead,” he proudly exclaimed, “Oh yes.”“I love history. I may even be a history major in college,” he said.Matthew has his own signed copy of “Spearhead” from Smoyer with the inscription, “To the grandson of my true hero.”Cindy Smoyer then shared a story about a 15-year-old who calls her father every week.“He took on a shop project of building a tank. Once it was graded, he sent it to my dad and still keeps in touch,” she said.A group photo with Joe Caserta, Tom Caserta, Carol Westberg, Sgt. Joseph Caserta, Cpl. Clarence Smoyer, Mike Caserta, Jess Caserta. Front: Matthew Caserta Styer and Cynthia Smoyer.With only an estimated 3 percent of World War II veterans still living, it is encouraging to see our youth take an interest in history, especially WWII. Smoyer, Caserta and all those who know them are given a sense of peace knowing that their legacy will continue for generations to come.Both soft-spoken and humble, Smoyer and Caserta took turns sharing pieces of their history and details from the book. In true modesty, Smoyer turned the conversation from himself and the book to Pete Semenoff.“I have to give credit to Pete,” he said.Pete Semanoff, from Leighton, Pa. was a young man raised in a military family full of tradition and history. He found Smoyer while working on an Eagle Scout project. He sought out 30 area veterans. Smoyer was one of them.Semanoff attended Lycoming College, where he met a fellow history buff named Adam Makos. It was there, with Semonoff’s prompting, that Makos met Smoyer and wrote the best-selling book.“Spearhead” made the best seller list two weeks after it was released.Smoyer has done book signings in Harrisburg, Boston and Allentown. Each time riding in a Sherman tank down the main street. Each time the books sold out.“I remember lines wrapped around the streets for the signing. When we ran out of books, people would hand me papers to sign. One woman asked if she could even give me a hug,” Smoyer said with a smile.Their moving stories of bravery and comradeship detailed in the book are an important contribution to WWII history.However, what cannot be written is the admiration and respect that these two men have for each other.That has to be seen. It has to be felt.After two years of war, and for Caserta, after six months as occupational forces, he was furloughed and spent six days on the French Riviera before coming home.After two years at war, Smoyer was furloughed and came home. However, his captain had other ideas and made a serious attempt at persuading him to reenlist.“My captain said he would give me a three-day furlough, send me home and then bring me back with a raise in rank,” Smoyer said. “I said, ‘No thank you’ and came right home.”“If it wasn’t for the 50th reunion of the 3rd Armed Division Association being held in Valley Forge, I never would have gone. I wouldn’t have seen Clarence again,” said Caserta.Chuck Miller paid Caserta’s dues to get him to the reunion. Their group was reconnected. Clarence Smoyer, Joseph Caserta and Chuck Miller. Miller was a tank gunner when Caserta was a driver.“It was probably the 50th reunion that became my first,” he said. “It was close to home and from that time in Valley Forge, I was hooked.”After a flag-raising ceremony on the Ocean City Boardwalk, Sgt. Joe Caserta, Carol Westberg, Tom Caserta, Cpl. Clarence Smoyer and Cindy Smoyer pose for a photo. (Courtesy of Tom Caserta)Smoyer told the story of when a man approached him and said, “You saved my butt.” Smoyer replied, “No, I saved mine and you came along for the ride.”That reunion saw at least 750 veterans. Two years ago, there were three.As the number of living tank crewman grew smaller, the “Young Guys,” the Association of the 3rd Armored Division from the Cold War Era and Persian Gulf War, recently merged with the 3rd Armored Tank Division Association.Due to a number of factors, both men are not able to attend the association’s reunions as much as they did in the past.Sgt. Caserta attends the patriotic flag raising on the Boardwalk at OC Waterpark at Plymouth Place every morning. He goes to watch his friend J.R. Robinson, a recipient of three Purple Hearts, raise the flag.But on Thursday, nothing could make Caserta prouder than to sit beside his dear friend and “battle buddy” during the song, “Proud to be an American.”Surrounded by family and friends, Cpl. Clarence Smoyer and Sgt. Joseph Caserta stood at attention and watched proudly while the “Star-Spangled Banner” played over the loudspeakers.Editor’s note: Cpl. Clarence Smoyer and Sgt. Joseph Caserta, thank you for your service and your sacrifice. More importantly, thank you for sharing your stories with generations to come.There were tears of joy as Joe Caserta (left) and Clarence Smoyer met. (Courtesy Tom Caserta)“Battle Buddies” reunited. WWII veterans Sgt. Joe Caserta, of Ocean City, (seated at right) and Cpl. Clarence Smoyer, of Leighton, Pa. (seated left) share the morning flag raising on the Ocean City Boardwalk. (Courtesy of Tom Caserta)
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The year 2015 is over. Whew! Good news. I am of the opinion that sports in general took a massive beating, with scandals and corruption allegations taking away headlines from the ones who make sports exciting and entertaining – the athletes themselves.That is not to say that the athletes who excited and entertained us were ‘saints’. What last year’s headlines revealed was that those who were supposed to administer the competitions and ensure fairness were there only to enrich themselves and their ‘pardeees’.I view all evidence of malfeasance and corruption as equally abhorrent. Therefore, there is no scandal worse than another. The multiple arrests, allegations, and confessions of the administration of world football, FIFA, take the lead position mainly because of the extent of the problem. But the revelations in athletics, WADA, and the IAAF should not be viewed as any less than what is going on in FIFA. Corruption is corruption, and as Dick Pound is quoted as saying: “In the old days, sport was well outside of anything that governments had focused on. They were all private organisations, and they were run kind of informally like clubs, and so on, and they have tried to pretend that they can do that even in 2015 … and they can’t.”It simply won’t work in this day and age; you have to be more transparent, which doesn’t mean that you have to run around buck naked, but people have to understand how a decision was reached, and by whom, and for what reasons, and that sort of thing never used to happen. There was a code of silence. Sport has got to change, or it’s going to be changed.”The world, now really a global village, means that Jamaica is not immune from the stain of the revelations.In football, the local administrators have steadfastly continued to use a formula for a return to the World Cup that has failed repeatedly, but in the past, such failures were pooh-poohed by a confident president, who knew that he could rely on his contacts and ‘pardees’ in FIFA to arrange international games, tours, and invitations to international tournaments to keep our football relevant.GLOOMY 2016?Now, with a business partner with FIFA clout under house arrest and other ‘friends of Caribbean football’ constantly looking over their shoulders at moves and statements by the female attorney general of the United States, things do not look good for 2016.The hiring of a German coach with a salary package that could not be supported by local financing, coupled with the inability to compensate ‘foreign’ Jamaicans who are used to ’nuff’ money when playing for Jamaica, will end with the failure (again) of this nation to qualify for another World Cup.In cricket, the present regional administrators of the sport have rubbished a report prepared by a CARICOM subcommittee on cricket – that they initiated and for which they handpicked some of the members – determined to continue on their merry way, owing millions of US dollars to the Indian cricket board, antagonising and alienating our best cricketers, and insulting island prime ministers, regardless of what the fans and the other cricketing nations think of West Indian cricket.In track and field, the present administrators have steadfastly refused to answer the reasonable questions raised by colleague columnist Laurie Foster re ‘peculiar’ occurrences regarding tickets bought and used for athletes who did not travel to a particular meet.Dick Pound’s quote in the first paragraph rings true.”There was a code of silence. Sport has got to change, or it is going to be changed.”May 2016 be the year when sport rids itself of corruption! The first salvo in the fight for change is term limits for ‘volunteers’ in administration! Then, 2016 can be better than 2015.It must be better for sports’ sake.
Click here if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants are out to mix in a few line drives with their new culture.After managing five singles, striking out 12 times and only occasionally putting barrel to ball in a 3-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays Sunday , the exuberance and optimism of 24 hours earlier was replaced by the quiet of a scoreless clubhouse.Rays starter Yonny Chirinos and relievers Adam Kolarek, Chaz Roe, Diego Castillo and Juan Alvarado …
(Visited 28 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Why did the spider cross the ocean? To colonize the Old World after it “originated” in the New World.It seems inconceivable for creatures as small as spiders to play Columbus, but they did. Their ships were rafts of vegetation, a short article in Nature said this week (Nature 485, 31 May 2012, p. 550, doi:10.1038/485550a). “A family of harvestmen that inhabits tropical forests on both sides of the Pacific Ocean originated in Mesoamerica roughly 82 million years ago,” the journal claimed. “The arachnids’ migration is a rare example of a trans-Pacific dispersal.”A genetic comparison of harvestmen from old and new worlds led Harvard scientists to conclude that the spiders got from Brazil to Indo-Pacific islands. “The creatures probably did not disperse through the break-up of the supercontinent Gondwana, so the authors speculate that they made their way across the Pacific on floating vegetation carried by ocean currents.”Let’s see if the evolutionary explanation makes sense. The spiders, we are told, “originated” in Mesoamerica. That’s really helpful, isn’t it? How did the world form? It originated. Why is there air? It originated. Where did the philosophy of origins come from? It originated. Try that at home; even your kids know you’re dodging their question.Next, we are told that the migration across the ocean is “a rare example of a trans-Pacific dispersal.” You don’t say. No kidding; once in 82 million years is pretty rare. What could have gotten into those little spidey brains in that one generation to make them want to colonize new worlds? Is this a new law of nature? If so, we should see them hopping on vegetation rafts all the time, mixing their genomes up between continents, not doing it once after originating.Evolutionists tell their tales this way because they’ve anchored their thoughts to an imaginary timeline Darwin needed, with its millions and millions of years. In their tale, a supercontinent (that “originated” who knows how) had to break up at a certain time. The spiders, who “originated” after MesoAmerica “originated,” couldn’t have just ridden the drifting continent, so they had to swim or take a cruise ship. Whatever “the authors speculate” to keep the story intact (with its millions of years) gets sanctified as science these days.These are the same people who will scoff at the Biblical Flood story as nonsense, saying there is no possible way for animals to get from the Middle East to the rest of the world. When a creation scientist offers the possibility that some of them floated on mats of vegetation, the laughter gets rip-roarin’ crazy.
Speaking at the pre-departure briefing to announce the mission, Iqbal Sharma, Chief Director, International Trade at DTI, says that these five sectors were chosen “because that’s where we think the quickest bites will be.”“While investment from the US has been good, this mission aims at increasing investment in existing sectors as well as highlighting new opportunities in which South Africa has pockets of excellence that can be grown with US investment.”Responding to questions about how the South African delegation will respond to concerns about BEE, Sharma said that “government’s BEE regulations are aimed at changing the way business is conducted in South Africa. BEE is a mechanism to promote equitable growth and development in a sustainable manner. The experience of BEE has shown that not only is it a moral imperative, but it also makes excellent business sense.”Commenting on the response to the mission, Sharma says, “The level of interest has been very positive and we expect some important investment announcements to be made as a result of the mission.”Minister Mphalwa will address an investment conference in New York and will highlight South Africa’s economic success and the strong support the government is giving to the outsourcing industry.Says Margaret Dingalo, Stakeholder Relations Director at the International Marketing Council of South Africa (which has partnered with the DTI to host this Mission) “Our US investment drive will showcase the boundless possibilities available to investors. We believe that such initiatives will help achieve South Africa’s 6% growth target, as well as enhance our tourism, trade and investment prospects ahead of 2010.”The IMC’s Margaret Dingalo and Dr Raymond Ngcobo, Chief Director, Strategic Competitiveness Unit (EIDD).Ends Issued by: Meropa CommunicationsOn behalf of the Department of Trade and Industry and the International Marketing Council of South AfricaEnquiriesFor more information about the mission, or to schedule interviews, please contact:Mr. Brian Soldaat, Investment promotion & facilitation, Department of Trade and IndustryTelephone: 012 394 1238/ 082 635 7174Email: [email protected]
The second time was the charm for University of Maryland. The school took second place in Solar Decathlon 2007 and parlayed its experience into a very solid first-place finish in the 2011 edition, which wound down on Sunday in Washington, D.C.’s West Potomac Park after almost two weeks of site preparation and installation work, visitors, and evaluations in the competition’s 10 contest categories.Yes, the 19 schools competing in Solar Decathlon 2011 endured more than their fair share of overcast skies and rain, but the solar houses still performed as designed and the students somehow sustained the high level of energy required to install and present their entries. By Saturday, October 1, however, with all of the contest jurying and measuring completed, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced that Maryland’s entry, a 920-sq.-ft. double-module home called WaterShed, had won the competition. Purdue University’s 984-sq.-ft. INhome, which features a traditional suburban look, took second, and Team New Zealand, representing Victoria University of Wellington, took third with its 813-sq.-ft. “Kiwi bach”-inspired First Light.Scoring highlightsIn fact, WaterShed had been dominating the No. 1 spot in the rankings all week, scoring 90 or more points out of 100 in eight of the Decathlon’s 10 competition categories: architecture (in which WaterShed scored 96.0 points), market appeal (94), engineering (89), communications (88), affordability (91.336), comfort zone (96.139), hot water (100), appliances (99.798), home entertainment (97.847), and energy balance (100).The rankings for the market appeal contest (a juried category gauging marketability and livability) also were announced on Saturday, with the category winner, Middlebury College’s Self-Reliance house, earning 95 points.Beyond the prestige of scoring high in a juried and measured contest, though, is being the visitor favorite, which the Decathlon, to its credit, recognizes with the Solar Decathlon 2011 People’s Choice Award, won by the team representing Appalachian State University and its Solar Homestead, a two-bedroom home of almost 1,000 sq. ft. that offers an architectural nod to the pioneer era in Appalachia. The house placed twelfth in the overall rankings, but, as a Decathlon contest official noted, the home’s modular design and overall comfort, and the team’s contagious enthusiasm attracted the winning share of the 92,538 popular votes cast.
Bob Dowling Oval will host the event, which includes over 70 teams competing across 10 divisions.These divisions include: Men’s Open’s, 35’s, 40’s, 45’s and 50’s, Women’s Open’s, 20’s, 40’s, Mixed Open and Senior’s Mixed.The Wallsend Wolves will look to claim an impressive fifth successive Club Championship, and their eleventh overall, in 2009.The Central Coast Dolphins will be looking to win their sixth title in seven years in the Men’s Open division, while last year’s Women’s Open winners the Wollongong Devils wont be back to retain their title. For more information, please go the NSW Country Championships website:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-855-0-0-0