Ambulance Hits Pedestrian in Red Bank

first_imgThe MONOC ambulance at right hit a pedestrian crossing Broad Street, against the light. The ambulance at left responded to the accident. Photo credit: Jessica LosardoA MONOC ambulance was traveling north on Broad Street in Red Bank when it struck a pedestrian crossing the street against the light, at Monmouth Street.The pedestrian, Thomas Thatcher, 66, of Hackettstown suffered a minor injury but refused treatment at the scene from the crew of a second MONOC ambulance called to the scene less than two minutes later, at 1:17 p.m., said MONOC Director of Operations Andy Caruso.“He was struck and knocked down and immediately got up,” said Caruso. “He refused medical attention and went on his way.”Caruso said the ambulance driver had come from the Spring Street First Aid station in Red Bank, headed to a call in Middletown for a person suffering abdominal pain.“We were traveling within the safe speeds, going through downtown Red Bank with regard to pedestrians when unexpectedly this person stepped out in front of the ambulance,” said Caruso. “Our drivers are well trained in operating emergency vehicles and act with due regard.”He added, “The driver of our ambulance was naturally shaken up.”Police Chief Darren McConnell confirmed the pedestrian was crossing against the light. Police did not issue any summonses, he said.In meetings with civic leaders, The Two River Times is exploring why pedestrian accidents happen in Red Bank, a town that boasts lots of shoppers on foot as well as vehicular traffic. The newspaper is reporting on problems and potential solutions to issues like jaywalking, left-turning vehicle-pedestrian accidents, confusing crosswalk signals and speeding in its Crosswalk series.Kelsey Guthrie, the manager of Yestercades, said crossing Broad Street can be dangerous. “I see a lot of people not stopping for people at the crosswalk — including myself. I’ve almost been hit multiple times,” she said on Wednesday, after witnessing the aftermath of the accident across the street. “People are driving in town definitely have to be more aware that this is a pedestrian town. It’s full of people walking around.”Mayor Pasquale Menna, another stakeholder in the TRT initiative, said Wednesday that pedestrians must be mindful of traffic rules, “How is any government, how is any regulation, how is any rule going to protect someone who’s not looking where they’re going?State Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11), another participant in the Crossroads initiative with an office on Monmouth Street, said the incident is an important reminder. “It elevates and highlights the importance of pedestrian safety in the popular town of Red Bank.”— Christina Johnson and John Burtonlast_img read more

Poor schools score textbooks

first_imgLetsibogo’s grade 12 learner Mathapelo Mothapo will have access to various books at the school’s library. (Image: Bongani Nkosi)Letsibogo Girls High School in Meadowlands, Soweto, has scored about 600 books through a groundbreaking project that’s set to benefit 100 government schools in South Africa.A partnership between the Telkom Foundation and Molteno Institute for Language and Literacy, the project is providing mobile wagons filled with study books to disadvantaged schools in the Eastern Cape, Limpopo, the North West and Gauteng provinces. A total of 56 high schools and 44 primary schools have been chosen as beneficiaries.The schools were selected from across the country, according to Molteno’s CEO Masennya Dikotla. “The schools have been identified on the basis of need and are located in some of the country’s most impoverished areas,” he said.Each wagon contains about 300 books, according to a Molteno official. Letsibogo Girls High received two wagons, as will all the other beneficiary schools.“The book wagon concept is a mobile library that can be provided to needy schools very quickly,” added Dikotla. “A special focus is placed on subject matter such as science and mathematics, giving pupils rapid access to information. This allows them to build their knowledge and improve their chances of a brighter future.“Additionally, the learning materials provided in the book wagons include reference books, novels, readers and mobile science laboratories to enable teachers and pupils to apply science and laboratory techniques in their learning environments.”About 70% of the books have been distributed to beneficiary schools in the four provinces, said Molteno’s Brenda Ramokgadi. By the end of April all selected schools would have received their books.“This, for us, is creating opportunities for our girls. I’m actually happy that the girls can have these resources without having to go out of the school,” said Letsibogo Girls High principal Ellen Kondowe.Enhancing literacy at LetsibogoLetsibogo, offering grades from eight to 12, received its book delivery during the first week of March. School librarian Cecilia Padi has already done a good job of inscribing the Letsibogo stamp on them. Pupils at the school would have access to their new books from 14 April, said Padi.The school has an established library with more than 3 000 books.  “[The project] has helped us a lot. There are books with information we didn’t have before,” Padi said.Padi, who’s full of praise for the project, believes the new books will be critical in helping the pupils enhance their literacy skills, while also helping them in their studies, which include science, mathematics and economics, among others.Padi leads a school literacy project in the library, focusing on pupils in grades eight and nine, while they are fresh from primary. “I group them and choose a leader to guide them,” she said. “I develop them… not that I don’t care about other grades but these are children [grades 8 and 9] with problems on reading, spelling and writing.”Attendance to the library project has been good, according to Padi. “They enjoy reading novels and that’s useful because reading does help them,” she said.“What’s important is exposing children to reading, and to test their level of comprehension,” said Kondowe.The mobile wagons will make it even easier for her to grow the study programme, Padi noted. “I will even visit classes with these.”Molteno seeks to reach outMolteno, founded in 1974, is an organisation seeking to improve literacy skills among learners. It has run projects all over South Africa and by 2008 had reached Angola, Botswana, Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Uganda and Zambia.The organization established South Africa’s first ever national literacy campaign, the Yvonne Chaka Chaka-Molteno Institute Literacy Campaign, in partnership with the renowned local musician Chaka-Chaka, in June 2009.The books project adds to other programmes Molteno runs or is involved in. “We feel privileged to form part of a project like this which reaches out to schools in need in our country,” Dikotla said.“With this material and training, teachers can substantially improve the transfer of knowledge and provide a learning experience, giving more South African children better opportunities in the modern world.”last_img read more

Ohio Soybean Association names Pat Tiberi Legislator Of The Year

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) has announced that Congressman Pat Tiberi (R-OH) has been named one of two Legislators of the Year in recognition of his tireless work on Trade Promotion Authority.“TPA is a priority for OSA and Ohio soybean farmers,” said Adam Graham, OSA president and soybean farmer from Logan County. “We thank Congressman Tiberi for his dedication to seeing TPA through, as well as his continued support for farmers and Ohio’s number one industry, agriculture.”Congressman Tiberi has represented Ohio’s 12th congressional district since 2001 and serves on the House Ways and Means Committee.“Ohio soybean farmers rely on free trade to expand exports and reach customers in new markets,” said Congressman Tiberi. “It is vitally important that our trade agreements work for them. That is why TPA was so important to pass — to ensure we get the best trade agreements possible so Ohioans can keep their farms open and running. I’m honored to receive this award, and I thank the Ohio Soybean Association for their work on behalf of our entire state.”Legislative passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement remains a high priority for the American Soybean Association and OSA. As the former chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade, Congressman Tiberi continues to provide the leadership needed to ensure this agreement works for Ohio farmers to promote free trade, protect workers and create jobs.last_img read more

Things Every Salesperson Should Know How to Do

first_imgEvery salesperson should be able to make a cold call, shake hands like a professional, tell a good story, smile when stepping into a room, plan a sales call, improvise under pressure, connect with people, write an email, write a proposal, resolve other people’s concerns, ask good questions, listen without interrupting, be kind and enlist the help of a gatekeeper, change a tire, shine shoes, entertain clients and prospects, travel with only a carry-on bag, help others discover something about themselves, persist without being a nuisance, take excellent notes, follow up on meetings, ask for commitments, keep commitments, run a meeting, avoid certain meetings, create new opportunities, discern when someone is hiding the truth from them, know enough jokes to entertain a small crowd for an hour, make other people feel good about themselves, help people make difficult changes, cite from enough books to be conversational, have an awareness of current events, be able to avoid conversations about politics, religion, and sex, research their dream clients, control their own attitude and state, negotiate with others and groups of others, play the role of diplomat, know who is playing in the championship game, write a LinkedIn profile, synthesize what they have researched and learned, use a CRM, speak to Executive Leaders, collect past due invoices while retaining the client, delegate tasks to their team, have difficult conversations, ask for a referral, share the right insight with the right person at the right time, leave a compelling voicemail, program their smart phone, create a spreadsheet and a pivot table, calculate the gross profit on a deal, send a thank you note, apologize, manage expectations, speak truth with power, know when to walk away from a bad deal, ask for the business, control the process, make good decisions under pressure, bring their executive leadership team into a deal, and know where to get a good cup of coffee. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more


first_imgDemocrats and Republicans will hold their state conventions in Des Moines Saturday.The Democrats will gather in downtown Des Moines and Fred Hubbell — the party’s nominee for governor –will reveal who he’s chosen as a running mate.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….to be our lieutenant governor.” :08Since 1990, every Democrat and Republican nominated to run for governor has opted for “gender balance” at the top of the ticket.Republicans are holding their state convention across town, on the state fairgrounds.The G-O-P delegates will formally nominate Adam Gregg as their party’s lieutenant governor.Governor Kim Reynolds announced he’d be her running mate and governing partner in May of last year, the day after she took over from departing Governor Terry Branstad.last_img read more