INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR
Established over 110 years ago Lion Match is an iconic South African Brand. The Lion Match Company
(Pty) Ltd has developed some of South Africa’s favourite home-care and lifestyle brands. From our iconic
and nationally cherished Lion Safety Matches through to our growing range of personal grooming
products, coupled with our leading home and personal-care capabilities, we have succeeded in
assembling an impressive array of brand names and products.
An opportunity has arisen in our Durban Office for a suitable individual as an IT System Administrator
to cover the service delivery to all users within the scope. In this role the incumbent will report directly
to the Group IT Executive. The portfolio will suit a self-motivated, skilled, hands-on, self-disciplined and
highly energised person.
PURPOSE OF THE ROLE
The primary purpose of the position will be installing and configuring computer hardware, software,
systems, networks, printers and scanners. Monitoring and maintaining computer systems and
networks. Responding in a timely manner to service issues and requests. Providing technical support,
remotely or in person, across the company via a centralized Helpdesk.
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CHATSWORTH, Georgia (WDEF) – An official in the Murray County school system has resigned after her arrest last week.
Rachelle Terry was arrested last week.
She faces charges of statutory rape and child molestation after investigators said she had a relationship with a student.
Terry also faces charges of providing alcohol to underage teens at a Halloween party.
She was the director of enrollment, data collection and federal programs for the school system.
Terry had been on administrative leave since returning from Thanksgiving break.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Monday extended immigration protections for Haitians in the United States, granting work permits and deferral from deportation to those who were in the country as of Nov. 6.
The extension and redesignation of temporary protected status (TPS) comes after immigration advocates, the Haitian diaspora and Democrats had called on the Biden administration to amplify protections for nationals of the beleaguered country.
“We are providing much-needed humanitarian relief to Haitian nationals already present in the United States,” said Mayorkas in a statement.&nbsp;
“The conditions in Haiti, including socioeconomic challenges, political instability, and gang violence and crime — aggravated by environmental disaster — compelled the humanitarian relief we are providing today,” he added.
The move was largely received as good news among Haiti advocates, who worried that repatriations to the Caribbean country would further aggravate conditions there.
&#8220;This decision will save lives and is the type of compassionate response this moment demands,&#8221; tweeted Rep. Ayanna Pressley (Mass.), one of the Democrats leading the push asking for the TPS extension and redesignation.
&#8220;Thank you @POTUS and @SecMayorkas for heeding our calls to extend &amp; re-designate #TPSforHaiti and to the grassroots movement that made this possible,&#8221; she added.
While the move is certain to spell relief for tens of thousands in the United States, worsening conditions in Haiti mean the Biden administration still faces a difficult foreign policy task.
&#8220;It&#8217;s welcome news and it&#8217;s the right call both legally and morally, as a nation that is committed not to deport people to conditions of tremendous danger, that&#8217;s what TPS is all about,&#8221; said Steven Forester, immigration policy coordinator at the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti.
But Forester warned conditions on the ground in Haiti would only worsen without a change in U.S. policy.
&#8220;The reason things have deteriorated so badly in Haiti is a result of the fact that unfortunately our policy has been to prop up a corrupt, illegitimate regime there that has caused conditions to get incredibly bad and dysfunctional and hellish,&#8221; he added.
TPS policy is by statute set by the Department of Homeland Security, which can decide to end, extend or redesignate TPS calls.
Mayorkas&#8217;s decision to both extend and redesignate means that Haitians in the United States who already had TPS protections will now be protected through Aug. 3, 2024, and Haitians who arrived too late to get those protections will be eligible to apply.
The Biden administration had previously redesignated Haiti for TPS in 2021, substantially increasing the number of protected Haitians, but that announcement came before nearly 15,000 Haitian nationals crossed the Rio Grande in Del Rio, Texas, setting off a wave of repatriations to Haiti.
The Biden administration&#8217;s more than 25,000 expulsions and deportations of Haitians over the next year angered immigration advocates and allies on Capitol Hill, amplifying calls for action on TPS.
Many pro-Haiti advocates are also calling on the State Department to withdraw support for acting President and Prime Minister Ariel Henry, whom many accuse of colluding with criminal gangs — and of involvement in his predecessor&#8217;s assassination.
&#8220;The all-important next step is for State to recognize that its policy vis-a-vis Haiti of blocking democratic forces of civil society and propping up this illegitimate regime is a failure,&#8221; Forester said.
Dan Foote, who resigned as Biden&#8217;s special envoy to Haiti in protest over repatriations to the country, said the current conditions were predictable.&nbsp;
&#8220;The Biden administration was told, in writing, exactly how things would play out under their illegitimate, de facto PM, Henry. They’ve botched things, and made Haitian life so much worse for her people in the last 12 months, that ethically, they should grant TPS for all Haitians,&#8221; said Foote.
Updated at 8:31 p.m.
Dallas County commissioners said the November midterm election was better run than in previous years, but further improvement is needed.
Commissioners told the county’s top election official on Tuesday that they want issues resolved sooner, better transparency, and election workers paid more quickly.
One commissioner was much harder on Elections Administrator Michael Scarpello than his colleagues.
“The point is that you have failed,” Commissioner John Wiley Price said.
At their regular meeting, Scarpello presented commissioners with an analysis of last month’s election revealing that voters waited in line an average of 1.2 minutes on early voting days, and 3.7 minutes on Election Day. More than 600,000 – or about 44 percent of voters – cast ballots.
He reiterated his multi-year plan to restructure and invest millions into the county election department, which oversees elections across all of Dallas County.
“We had, not a perfect election, but a very good election,” Scarpello told commissioners.
There were concerns ahead of the election from the public and county officials, but Scarpello said last month that a well-run operation assuaged anxiety.
Over the summer, the city of Dallas and the public shared worries that previous elections saw long queues for voters, disparities in county support by north and south county election workers, and a long wait for these workers to receive their paychecks.
Scarpello told commissioners the county had sufficient staffing, equipment and ballots for the November election
Price disagreed and pulled out dozens of pages of alleged election complaints, practicing them off in the public meeting.
He said election workers complained that they did not receive enough ballots – to which Scarpello said those issues were quickly addressed – and that they were expected to carry in heavy equipment and voting locations were chosen at the last minute.
“This is poor management and it’s inexcusable,” he said.
County Judge Clay Jenkins said he is pleased with the dedication and hard work of Scarpello and election staff and voting center workers.
Commissioners Theresa Daniel and Elba Garcia said the department’s technical advancements were impressive, such as a reduced mail-in ballot rejection rate and faster vote times, but added that there is much more to be done.
Daniel said that she heard from several people who were concerned when the number of ballots being cast that were recorded on voting machines began increasing after 7 p.m. when polls began to close.
In a post on its website, the county elections department said this was not a problem. On Election Day, Dallas County processed over 200,000 voters on the e-pollbooks, a directory of registered voters. There was a delay in the downloading of the total number of votes cast across the county’s e-pollbooks.
“Once the polls closed at 7 p.m. on Election Day, the upload traffic on the network decreased and, as a result, the downloads appeared to have sped up significantly,” the department said.
The company Dallas County contracted with, Election Systems & Software, said this activity is normal.
Daniel wants more public engagement on issues such as this.
“There have been so many examples where the people’s side of the election has not been tended to,” Daniel said. “There have been improvements, but there are significant areas that have not improved.”
Price and the elections administrator disagreed over whether election workers were paid in a timely manner.
The elections department issued paychecks for more than 3,800 workers, and about 1,300 have already picked theirs up in person, Scarpello said. The rest of the poll workers should be paid by Dec. 9.
Following payroll issues in May, the elections department wanted to record time and pay workers electronically, rather than on paper and by mailed checks. May 2022 election workers waited weeks to be paid, according to public testimony at a June 22 Dallas County Elections Committee meeting. The county then promised to work on the problem.
Scarpello previously told The News he planned to allow election workers to be paid by direct deposit, but that option was denied by County Auditor Darryl Thomas, who told commissioners that the two weeks he was given to input thousands of workers into the payroll system was not sufficient.
“I considered it a risk,” Thomas said Tuesday.
Price blamed Scarpello, saying the elections administrator should have looped in the auditor’s office sooner, and people should get their paychecks sooner than they did.
Scarpello said he had to wait until the commissioners approved legislation that would start the process for payroll entries.
“These checks were issued within three weeks, if you exclude the two lost days for the holiday,” Scarpello said. “That’s probably faster than they have ever been delivered, so I’m not sure what all the hand-wringing is about.”
Dallas County Treasurer Pauline Medrano said that poll workers are normally paid before Thanksgiving. Scarpello responded that the election was on Nov. 8 this year, not Nov. 1 like in some previous years. Price asked Medrano if there has ever been a challenge like this year in getting paychecks to people, and she replied, “no sir.”
Jenkins wanted to look toward the next election. The auditor told commissioners direct deposit should be set up for November 2023 elections.
“Theoretically people should be paid by the end of the week, right?” he said. “I know we’ve got a lot of work to do, with getting everyone to work together on improving the system for next time.”
A veteran Georgia school administrator had a sexual relationship with a student and provided booze for underage kids at a Halloween party, authorities allege.
Rachelle Louise Terry, 43, was arrested on multiple charges, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced Thursday.
The probe of Terry — who’s been with the Murray County school district for more than 20 years — began Nov. 9, when the superintendent contacted the sheriff’s office about the alcohol-fueled party with underage kids, according to the Dalton Daily Citizen.
“I believe there had been a parental complaint,” Murray County Sheriff Jimmy Davenport told the newspaper.
Terry faces one count of statutory rape, two of child molestation and 10 of furnishing alcohol to minors during the Halloween party, the GBI said in its press release.
As of Sunday afternoon, Terry remained in custody at the county jail, the sheriff’s office confirmed.
Terry has been placed on paid administrative leave, the school system told Fox Chattanooga. A school spokesperson told the outlet the district was “shocked and saddened” about the criminal charges.
“These are extremely serious charges,” the spokesperson said. “The safety and well-being of our students are always a top priority for the Murray County School.”
Terry earns $110,000 a year, and is the director of federal programs, the Dalton Daily Citizen reported.
The sheriff’s office turned the probe over to the Conasauga District Attorney’s Office since the sheriff’s office provides safety officers to the school system, Davenport told the newspaper.
Once the DA’s office unearthed a possible alleged sexual relationship between Terry and a student, the office on Nov. 23 requested the GBI get involved. The probe is ongoing.
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A Georgia school district administrator allegedly plied minors with alcohol and slept with a student, authorities said Thursday in announcing her arrest.
Dr. Rachelle Louise Terry, 43, of Chatsworth, is facing child molestation and statutory rape charges for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a student.
She has also been charged with 10 counts of furnishing alcohol to minors during a Halloween party this year, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) said Thursday.
The alleged relationship came to light as authorities were investigating the alcohol incident, which is when investigators asked the GBI to step in on Nov. 23, WAGA-TV reported.
Terry was being held in the Murray County Jail.
Authorities said the investigation is “active and ongoing” and encouraged anyone with information to contact the GBI.
Terry’s contract mandates that she be kept on paid leave until a hearing can be conducted, WTVC-TV reported. She is the director of federal programs, data collections and enrollment, according to the school district’s website. She has officially been placed on paid administrative leave, the district said.
“We are shocked and saddened to hear of the criminal charges involving our employee,” a spokesperson told WTVC. “These are extremely serious charges. The safety and well-being of our students are always a top priority for Murray County Schools.”
Detained American Paul Whelan says he is happy that the Biden administration was able to secure WNBA player Brittney Griner’s release from Russia in a prisoner swap but is "greatly disappointed" that it hasn't been able to secure his.
“I am greatly disappointed that more has not been done to secure my release, especially as the four-year anniversary of my arrest is coming up," Whelan said in a phone interview with CNN from the penal colony where he is being held in a remote part of Russia. “I don’t understand why I’m still sitting here.”
Whelan said he "was led to believe that things were moving in the right direction, and that the governments were negotiating and that something would happen fairly soon.”
The Biden administration announced Thursday that Griner had been freed in exchange for Viktor Bout, a convicted arms dealer who had been serving a 25-year prison sentence in the United States.
Whelan’s brother, David, said Thursday that the Biden administration “made the right decision” in agreeing to the prisoner swap that freed Griner.
“I am so glad that Brittney Griner is on her way home,” David Whelan said in a lengthy statement. “As the family member of a Russian hostage, I can literally only imagine the joy she will have, being reunited with her loved ones, and in time for the holidays.
“There is no greater success than for a wrongful detainee to be freed and for them to go home,” he continued. “The Biden Administration made the right decision to bring Ms. Griner home, and to make the deal that was possible, rather than waiting for one that wasn't going to happen.”
Earlier this year, the White House reportedly offered to exchange Bout as part of a potential deal to secure the release of Griner and Whelan.
Griner was detained in Moscow on drug-related charges in February and later sentenced to nine years in prison. Whelan, a Michigan corporate security executive and former U.S. Marine, has been jailed in Russia since 2018 on espionage charges.
David Whelan said U.S. officials let the family know in advance that Paul would not be part of the Griner-Bout swap.
“That early warning meant that our family has been able to mentally prepare for what is now a public disappointment for us,” David Whelan said. “And a catastrophe for Paul.”
Griner is the second American to be released in a prisoner swap with Russia this year. Trevor Reed, a U.S. Marine veteran, was released in a prisoner swap with Moscow in April.
At the White House, President Biden said the U.S. has not given up on securing Whelan’s release.
“We did not forget about Brittney, and we have not forgotten about Paul,” Biden said. “This was not a choice of which American to bring home.”
“We brought home Trevor Reed when we had a chance earlier this year,” the president continued. “Sadly, for illegitimate reasons, Russia is treating Paul’s case differently than Brittney’s. And while we have not yet succeeded in securing Paul’s release, we are not giving up.”
A second federal appeals court has rejected a Biden administration bid to put on hold a ruling blocking the President’s student debt relief policy.
The 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday night that it would not pause a ruling from a Texas judge striking down the policy while an appeal of the ruling played out.
The move sets the stage for the US Justice Department to take the case to the US Supreme Court, which is already considering a separate request from the Biden administration that it reverse an order from the 8th US Circuit Court of Appeals blocking the loan forgiveness program.
The 5th Circuit denial was handed down by a panel made up of a George W. Bush appointee, a Barack Obama appointee and a Donald Trump appointee.
They did not explain their reasoning for rejecting the administration’s request, but the panel ordered the full appeal to be considered on an expedited basis.
College alum tells CNN: The only way to open the door was to take on student loan debt
Nearly two weeks ago, the Biden administration began notifying people who are approved for federal student loan relief, even as the future of that relief remains in limbo since lower courts blocked the program nationwide. The emails from the US Department of Education to borrowers acknowledged accurate legal challenges have kept the administration from discharging the debt.
Biden’s program would offer up to $20,000 of debt relief to millions of qualified borrowers, but it has been met with legal challenges.
The November 10 Texas ruling upheld by the appeals court Wednesday declared Biden’s program illegal. That prompted the Education Department to halt accepting loan relief applications.
About 26 million people had applied for student loan relief prior to the accurate court decisions with 16 million of those applications being approved, according to the Biden administration.
Federal student loan payments that had been paused during the Covid-19 pandemic were set to resume in January. But the Biden administration again extended the pause period on November 22 as legal battles continue.
The payment pause will last until 60 days after the litigation is resolved. If the program has not been implemented and the litigation has not been resolved by June 30, payments will resume 60 days after that, according to the Department of Education.
“I’m completely confident my plan is legal,” said President Joe Biden in a video posted on Twitter last week, referencing his student loan forgiveness program.
“But it isn’t fair to ask tens of millions of borrowers eligible for relief to resume their student debt payments while the courts consider the lawsuit,” he added.
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The Biden administration has argued that Congress granted the secretary of education the power to broadly discharge student loan debt in a 2003 law known as the HEROES Act, which was passed in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
The government’s lawyers argue that the law allows the secretary to discharge debt in an event of a national emergency, including the Covid-19 pandemic.
But the Texas federal judge found that the law does not provide the executive branch clear congressional authorization to create the student loan forgiveness program.
“The program is thus an unconstitutional exercise of Congress’s legislative power and must be vacated,” wrote Judge Mark Pittman, who was nominated by then-President Trump.
“In this country, we are not ruled by an all-powerful executive with a pen and a phone,” he continued.
The Texas lawsuit was filed by a conservative group, the Job Creators Network Foundation, in October on behalf of two borrowers who did not qualify for debt relief.
One plaintiff did not qualify for the student loan forgiveness program because her loans are not held by the federal government and the other plaintiff is only eligible for $10,000 in debt relief because he did not receive a Pell grant.
They argued that they could not voice their disagreement with the program’s rules because the administration did not put it through a formal notice-and-comment rule making process under the Administrative Procedure Act.
“This ruling protects the rule of law which requires all Americans to have their voices heard by their federal government,” said Elaine Parker, president of Job Creators Network Foundation, in a statement following the ruling on November 10.
The advocacy group was founded by Bernie Marcus, a major Trump donor and former Home Depot CEO.
If Biden’s program is allowed to move forward, individual borrowers who earned less than $125,000 in either 2020 or 2021 and married couples or heads of households who made less than $250,000 annually in those years could see up to $10,000 of their federal student loan debt forgiven.
If a qualifying borrower also received a federal Pell grant while enrolled in college, the individual is eligible for up to $20,000 of debt forgiveness.
There are a variety of federal student loans and not all are eligible for relief. Federal Direct Loans, including subsidized loans, unsubsidized loans, parent PLUS loans and graduate PLUS loans, are eligible.
But federal student loans that are guaranteed by the government but held by private lenders are not eligible unless the borrower applied to consolidate those loans into a Direct Loan before September 29.
This story has been updated with additional background information.
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