Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has poured cold water on the idea of rent controls despite initially saying he was considering the controversial private rental market policy.His department originally said rent controls were worthy of examination when it revealed plans to ‘make tenancies more secure’ last year, which also included the scrapping of Section 21 evictions.But Kenrick has told a meeting of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government parliamentary select committee that there has been a change of mind.Very negative“I am not in favour of rent controls,” he revealed. “That has proven to be very negative for both landlords and tenants in the past, and I do not want to see any move in that direction.”The announcement is good news for landlords and letting agents, but is a crushing blow to London mayor Sadiq Khan’s backing for rent controls, which he is planning to make a cornerstone of his 2020 re-election campaign.Khan (left) raised the issue again yesterday when research by City Hall revealed increasing rents across the capital which, in the case of the borough of Brent, are £300 a month higher on average now than in 2012.“It is shocking that renters in Brent are now paying £3,600 more every year than they did just seven years ago – meaning more and more of their earnings go on rent, and making it harder for them to put down roots,” he said.“Unlike other Mayors around the world, I have no powers over the private rented sector.” Robert Jenrick rent control rent controls Sadiq Khan November 8, 2019Nigel LewisOne commentAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 11th November 2019 at 2:34 pmIs this a sign that, Boris if the conservatives rule, will have a more laissez-faire attitude to the regulation of the property sector as a whole? It will be interesting to see if the conservatives are in power – what if anything they do – as they may well be looking to keep the status quo.Rent control is a minefield of issues, not just a case of regulating greedy landlords and protecting vulnerable tenants, and I am not sure what a fair solution would be. But, for now inaction is the state of play, obviously, if Labour rule, I am sure that Jeremy and Co will have some thoughts as well.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Rent controls are ‘dead in the water’ confirms housing Secretary previous nextRegulation & LawRent controls are ‘dead in the water’ confirms housing SecretaryRobert Jenrick reveals a change in direction for his department, which last year was considering rent controls to help ‘make tenancies more secure’.Nigel Lewis8th November 20191 Comment1,754 Views
Preferred Qualifications Classification TitleAdjunct Faculty Position Start Date Posting Date02/19/2020 Open Until FilledNo Closing Date06/30/2021 Governors State University’s College of Business seeks to create anavailable pool of Adjunct Faculty candidates to teach courses inour Financial Planning program, including courses in EstatePlanning, Employee Benefits and Retirement, and Financial PlanningCapstone. Courses taught by adjunct faculty in the above programsare for undergraduates, graduates, or a combination of both. Pleasevisit www.govst.edu/ COB for more information.APplicants must have education, certifications, and/or workexperience in either financial planning, estate planning, employeebenefits. and must meet AACSB requirements as InstructionalPractioner (IP).Interested individuals are invited to complete a faculty profile,attach a curriculum vitae, cover letter, and transcripts forconsideration.At Governors State University, adjunct faculty are hired astemporary faculty with teaching responsibilities for a specificcourse in a semester or summer session. Adjuncts are not a part ofthe faculty bargaining unit and are not included in membership ofthe Faculty Senate. Position End Date (if temporary) CPA or CFP certifications. Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).Required DocumentsRequired DocumentsResumeCover LetterTranscriptsOptional DocumentsCertification/Professional LicenseLetter of RecommendationOtherOther2Other3Curriculum VitaeOther4Other5List of References Department Position’s Functional TitleAY20-21, Adjunct Faculty, Financial Planning, Estate Planning,Employee Benefits Quicklink for Postinghttps://employment.govst.edu/postings/5069 Position Details Position TypeAdjunct A Master’s degree Accounting, Business, Finance, or a relateddiscipline required; or a J.D. with experience in estate planningand financial planning will also be considered.Work experience in one of the related areas.Must meet AACSB requirements as Instructional Practioner(IP). Special Instructions to Applicants Type of SearchExternal Position Summary Employee ID Minimum Qualifications Posting NumberFA0315P
A porter was found floating unconscious in the lake at the bottom of Worcester grounds on Sunday evening.The porter was discovered by third year students who had heard shouts coming from the lake.They immediately alerted the Porters’ Lodge and the emergency services. Police, an emergency response car, an ambulance, and two fire engines arrived at the scene within minutes.The incident took place on Sunday evening, at around 10.30pm. All the students who were present at the scene live in the Sainsbury building, a third year flat on Worcester grounds that is closest to the lake.Whilst waiting for the emergency services to arrive, another porter from the lodge attempted to rescue his colleague from the lake.Although the unconscious porter was near the edge of the water and close to the banks of the lake, his colleague was unable to move him as he was too heavy. Mud also slowed down the effort.Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service received a call at 10.42pm to the grounds of Worcester College.Two fire engines and a rescue boat were sent to the scene. The porter, aged around sixty, was recovered from the lake, and left in the care of the Ambulance Services.Having rescued the porter, the fire services called the police, who arrived at Worcester grounds soon after.South Central Ambulance Service confirmed, “We sent three resources to Worcester grounds: an emergency response car, an ambulance and an officer. The man was recovered from the lake- he was not conscious when we arrived at the scene, but by the time we arrived at the John Radcliffe Hospital, he was conscious and breathing”.A spokesperson from Thames Valley Police said “It is not confirmed how the porter came to be in the lake. However, we did not feel there were suspicious circumstances surrounding the event, and we do not believe there was a third party involved. We are not investigating the matter.”Mr Stephen Dyer, Domestic Bursar of Worcester College issued a statement, confirming that: “A man was rescued from Worcester College Pond at around 10:45pm. The emergency services attended and he was taken away by ambulance to the John Radcliffe Hospital where he is now reported to be doing well and is expected to make a full recovery.”
University of Southern Indiana Women’s Basketball Head Coach Rick Stein gets his first crack at career win No. 300 Friday at 6 p.m. as the Screaming Eagles close out the calendar year with a bout versus Midwest Region foe Ohio Dominican University at the Physical Activities Center.Stein, who is 299-199 (.600) in his 18 years atop the USI women’s basketball program, has been a part of 458 of USI’s 606 all-time wins during his 26 years with the Eagles—he was an assistant coach under Chancellor Dugan from 1991-99.USI (10-1, 2-0 GLVC) is looking for its season-best sixth straight win after posting a perfect 2-0 mark at the Puerto Rico Classic prior to the holiday break. Senior forward Hannah Wascher (Rantoul, Illinois) averaged 23.0 points and 10.5 rebounds per game to lead the Screaming Eagles, while junior guard/forward Kaydie Grooms (Marshall, Illinois) chipped in 17.0 points and 3.5 steals per contest.Wascher, who is averaging 13.3 points and a team-high 7.8 rebounds per game, was named the GLVC Player of the Week for her efforts, which included a career-best 29 points in the Eagles’ 88-71 win over the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez.Grooms, who had a career-high 28 points against Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, leads the Eagles with 15.7 points per contest, while junior forwardMorgan Dahlstrom (Grayslake, Illinois) is contributing 11.0 points and 7.4 rebounds per appearance. Senior guard Tanner Marcum (New Albany, Indiana) rounds out the Eagles’ double-figure scorers with 10.5 points and 3.5 assists per game, while junior guard Randa Harshbarger(Philo, Illinois) leads the Eagles with 4.0 assists per contest.Ohio Dominican (7-5, 3-3 GLIAC) has split its last six games, all against Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference competition. Senior guard Lauren Bates averages a team-best 13.3 points per game for the Panthers, who have lost two games this year by four points or less, including a one-point overtime setback to No. 4 Bellarmine University.Friday’s game, which is the last non-conference contest of the season for the Eagles, will be aired on WSWI 95.7 FM. Live stats, audio, and GLVC Sports Network coverage can be found at GoUSIEagles.com.USI resumes Great Lakes Valley Conference play January 5 when it hosts William Jewell College at the PAC 300.Head Coach Rick Steinneeds just one win to become the first basketball coach in USI history, both men and women, to reach the 300-win plateau. Stein, the all-time winningest coach in program history, has been a part of 458 victories during his 26 years at USI, including 159 in eight seasons as an assistant coach for the Eagles. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail Non-conference.The Eagles are 37-7 in the last five years versus non-GLVC opponents, including 8-1 this season. The Eagles conclude their non-conference schedule December 30 against Ohio Dominican before resuming GLVC play in January. Second quarter proves big for Eagles.USI’s favorite quarter throughout its first 11 games has clearly been the second quarter. The Eagles are outscoring their opponents by an average of 22.9 points to 10.5 points per game in the second period this season. USI outscored Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras, 26-6, in thesecond quarter and Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, 27-20. USI in statistical rankings.USI begins the week leading the GLVC in nine statistical rankings and is in the top five of 16 GLVC statistical categories. The Eagles also rank in the top 25 of 12 NCAA Division II statistical rankings. Record book watch.Senior guard Tanner Marcumand junior guard/forward Kaydie Grooms are both looking to climb up the scoring record book at USI. Marcum is ranked 21st all-time with 839 career points, while Grooms is 30th with 741 career points. Big rebounding effort.The Eagles racked up 68 rebounds in their win over Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras. It marked the most rebounds in a single game for USI since the Eagles compiled a school-record 69 in a win over Marygrove December 9, 2012. USI Women’s Basketball Notes Eagles perfect in Puerto Rico.USI Women’s Basketball posted a perfect 2-0 mark at the Puerto Rico Classic. Senior forward Hannah Wascheraveraged 23.0 points and 10.5 rebounds per game to lead the Screaming Eagles, while junior guard/forward Kaydie Grooms chipped in 17.0 points and 3.5 steals per contest. Scouting the opposition (Ohio Dominican).Senior guard Lauren Bates averages a team-best 13.3 points per game for the Panthers, who enter Friday’s game with a 7-5 mark, including a 3-3 record in the GLIAC. Of Ohio Dominican’s five losses this season, two have been by four points or less, including a one-point overtime setback at No. 4 Bellarmine. Wascher nets GLVC honor.Senior forward Hannah Wascherearned GLVC Player of the Week honors for her efforts at the Puerto Rico Classic. It marks Wascher’s first GLVC weekly award and the first for a USI women’s player since Morgan Dahlstrom netted the accolade December 21, 2015. Grooms dials-up trifecta.Junior guard/forward Kaydie Groomshit a career-high six three-pointers in USI’s win over Puerto Rico-Mayaguez as she finished with a career-best 28 points. It was the most three-pointers by a USI women’s basketball player since Autumn Miller splashed in six threes in USI’s win over William Jewell January 2, 2015.
Justices Rule In Favor Of Woman Alleging ‘Warrantless Intrusion’ By OfficerOlivia Covington for www.theindianalawyer.comAlthough a police officer believed that a Hamilton County woman could have been injured after being stuck under her car, the facts surrounding the situation did not lend themselves to an emergency situation that could justify the “warrantless intrusion” of stopping the woman’s car after she drove away.That is the opinion handed down by the Indiana Supreme Court Tuesday in Mary Osborne v. State of Indiana, 29S02-1608-CR-433. Mary Osborne was at a gas station in Fishers when she became stuck under her vehicle. Officer Jason Arnold received a call from dispatch about Osborne’s situation and drove toward the gas station to investigate, but dispatch informed him that Osborne had freed herself and driven away before he arrived.As he was pulling into the gas station, Arnold saw Osborne’s car leaving. He began to follow her and did not see any driving infractions or criminal conduct, but still chose to initiate a traffic stop because he was “concerned that (she) potentially could have been seriously injured.”Arnold saw no injuries on Osborne’s body, but did notice signs of intoxication. After she failed multiple sobriety tests, she was arrested and charged with Class A misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated in a manner that endangers a person and Class C misdemeanor operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of at least 0.08.Osborne moved to suppress the evidence, claiming that Arnold’s warrantless stop violated her federal and state constitutional protections against unreasonable search and seizure. The trial court denied that motion but the Court of Appeals agreed with her. In oral arguments before the Indiana Supreme Court last month, the state argued that Arnold’s actions were lawful because he genuinely believed that Osborne might have been injured as a result of being stuck under her car. http://www.theindianalawyer.com/justices-consider-rights-of-privacy-vs-public-safety-in-4th-amendment-case/PARAMS/article/41665While the justices did not contend that Arnold’s motives weren’t pure in their Tuesday opinion, Justice Mark Massa, wrote the facts of the case “‘(do) not establish an exigency sufficient to justify (the) warrantless intrusion’ of stopping Osborne’s car.”Massa pointed specifically to the Indiana Court of Appeals decision in Trotter v. State, 933 N.E.2d 572, 577 (Ind. Ct. App. 2010), which found that although police officers believed Trotter may have been intoxicated and passed out inside a home, the officers were not met with circumstances that would have caused a reasonable belief that Trotter was in need of emergency assistance.Similarly, in Osborne, Massa wrote that Osborne had freed herself from the car and was driving normally, and that Arnold did not see her commit any traffic infractions or criminal activity. Those facts do not constitute an emergency that would make Arnold’s stop of Osborne permissible, he said.“In a close case on these unique facts, we err, if at all, on protecting the privacy rights of Hoosiers against intrusion by the State,” Massa wrote. “Accordingly, we find that the State has failed to carry its burden of showing that an exception to the warrant requirement of the Fourth Amendment justified the stop.”The justices also found that the stop was impermissible under Article 1 Section 11 of the Indiana Constitution and reversed the trial court’s denial of Osborne’s motion to suppress the evidence. All justices concurred.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Ocean City Aquatic and Fitness Center (Courtesy Ocean City website) The November and December schedules for programs at the Ocean City Aquatic & Fitness Center are now available.GYM: Time slots can be made any time the day before, for any time of day. Reminder: a reservation is not required. Someone may work out if there is an opening.POOL: Adult lap and recreational swimming time slot reservations can be made any time after 9 a.m. the day before, for any time during the day. Reminder: a reservation is not required. Someone may work out if there is an opening.WATER EXERCISE: Classes are at 11 a.m. and noon (please note change in time). To reserve a slot for a class, call after 10 a.m. the day before. Reminder: a reservation is not required. Someone may work out if there is an opening.SWIM LESSONS: Wednesday (9 a.m.) and Saturday (10 a.m.). Online sign-up through Community Pass. Lessons – Parent and Tot (Wednesdays) – and Levels 4-5-6 (Saturdays). Registration opens Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 9 a.m.INDOOR CLASSES (maximum of 30 participants) and CYCLE (maximum of 12 bikes): Classes begin Monday, Nov. 2 at the Music Pier. Online sign-ups through Community Pass. Weekly class registration opens 9 a.m. Sunday prior to classes for the week. See Aquatic & Fitness Center page for details or pick up at the front desk.Members do not need a reservation if there is an opening spot. You may not leave your reservation on a voicemail. Reservations are appreciated, but are not mandatory. You may be turned away if capacity has been reached.Reminder: Masks are mandatory. After exiting pool when back to the bleachers, you must replace your mask.All November/December information is posted to http://www.ocnj.us/Aquatic-and-Fitness-Center/.
Join the Allston-Brighton community for the opening celebration of “WE ALL” at the Grove in Barry’s Corner, Allston (167 Western Ave.) on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 4–7 p.m. This public event offers an opportunity to check out the installation, meet the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) team behind its design, play lawn games in The Grove, and enjoy some light snacks.“WE ALL” was designed by GSD students Francisco Alarcon (M.Des. ’18), Carla Ferrer Llorca (M.Des. ’17), and Rudy Weissenberg (M.Des. ’18). Its construction was overseen by the GSD’s Director of Exhibitions Dan Borelli. The inaugural installation at The Grove, “WE ALL” triumphed in a two-stage GSD competition initiated in November 2016, in partnership with the Harvard University Office of the Executive Vice President, Harvard Campus Services, Harvard Planning Office, Graffito SP, and the Zone 3 initiative.Production of “WE ALL” commenced in March 2017 and concluded in late August, with the finished installation measuring nearly 200 feet long and eight feet tall, framing 7,000 square feet of gathering space. It presents a communal open space framed by a segmented, vibrantly colored wall, comprising hundreds of PVC and plexi-glass tubes that illuminate at night to create a lively and dynamic atmosphere. Amarillo-yellow ground paint and a series of benches activate the corner as a gathering space.As the competition jury noted, the “WE ALL” student design team best responded to the core competition ideal: merging art, design, and interaction, while also considering the context of the neighborhood and its residents and stakeholders.In its competition submission, the team states that the “ALL” in the project title is intended as a shortening of “Allston,” meant in turn to generate a moment of introspection and encourage a participatory reconstruction of its identity. By adding the “WE,” they aim to suggest inclusivity, diversity, and representation.“This statement hopes to stir a sense of locality, pride, and responsibility,” the team writes. “It is a spatial, empathetic embrace.”Central to the competition process was a community-engagement exercise required of each team, calling for students to interview members of the Allston-Brighton neighborhood in order to better understand what they wish to see at this public site. Community members were invited to an exhibition of the competition’s five finalist proposals, and offer their feedback, during a public exhibition in February 2017.“WE ALL” represents not only the first built project at the Grove, but also a critical milestone for the Harvard-sparked Zone 3 initiative. The hub of Zone 3 activity is currently the series of buildings at 267 Western Avenue. Formerly a dry-cleaning facility and an auto-body garage, these buildings were transformed in 2015 through Harvard-led efforts.Recent Zone 3-inspired activities have included outdoor movie nights with the Brattle Theater, innovative art installations, community fitness classes, and pop-up cultural and retail events. Zone 3 continues to explore new programs and canvasses, all as part of Harvard’s effort to connect the creativity and energy of the Allston-Brighton neighborhood to its ongoing cultural and academic work at the Harvard Ed Portal, on Harvard’s campus, and throughout the community. Read Full Story
Berlin, Vt — A $25,000 Quality Incentive Award was presented to Woodridge Nursing Home of Central Vermont Medical Center during National Nursing Home Week.Patrick Flood, Commissioner of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living presented the award to members of the Woodridge team.Awards are made annually to nursing facilities providing and sustaining a superior quality of care in an efficient and effective manner. The award must be used to enhance the quality of service provided to residents of the facility. In order to be eligible for the award, a facility must participate in the Vermont Medicaid program and meet the following criteria:1. Resident satisfaction surveys above the statewide average.2. Designated Gold Star Provider.3. No substantiated complaints in previous 12 months related to the quality of care, quality of life, or residents’ rights.4. The most recent health survey report resulted in a score of five or less, no deficiency with a scope and severity greater than the A-D level, with no more than two A-D level deficiencies in the general categories of Quality of Care, Quality of Life, or Resident Rights.
The Attorney General’s Office announced today that John Burgart of Fair Haven, Vermont pled guilty in Vermont Superior Court, Chittenden Criminal Division, to one count of Home Improvement Fraud.According to documents filed with the court, John Burgart of Burgart Roofing, Inc. entered into a contract with a couple from Underhill, Vermont to replace the roof on their home for $14,798.00. Burgart required and the couple paid a down payment of $8,525.00 in order to purchase the materials necessary to perform under the contract. However, Burgart neither purchased any of the materials nor performed any of the required work. In addition, Burgart failed to return the $8,525.00 down payment when the couple requested, in writing, that he do so.Pursuant to a plea agreement, Burgart was sentenced to zero to one year incarceration all suspended with probation. As part of his probation, Burgart must pay full restitution in the amount of $8,525.00. In addition, Burgart will be placed in the Vermont Attorney General’s Office’s Home Improvement Fraud Registry. Attorney General. 7.8.2011
Tallahassee lawyer fights the War on Terrorism Tallahassee lawyer fights the War on Terrorism September 1, 2003 Managing Editor Regular News Mark D. Killian Managing EditorWhen Islamic terrorists flew planes into the World Trade Center and Pentagon on September 11, 2001, Tim Leadbeater, a Tallahassee tax attorney, “was stunned,” but also knew he soon would play a role in hunting down those who dealt the blow to his adopted homeland.“As soon as I saw those planes crashing, I was very sure it was a terrorist attack and knew that we were going to be mobilized,” said Leadbeater, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves. “I was ready for it and in many ways grateful to have an opportunity – because like so many other people who were stunned and angered and wanted to be able to do something – this was an opportunity to actually be able to do something.”A few months later, Leadbeater – a Canadian by birth and American by choice – was deployed to Camp Doha in Kuwait, where he served as the deputy comptroller of Coalition Forces Land Component Command until August 2002. In prosecuting the War on Terrorism, Leadbeater said, CFLCC exercised command and control over land combat operations in Afghanistan and prepared for possible combat operations against Iraq.“We would send people down into Afghanistan,” said Leadbeater, who practices with Ausley & McMullen. “In our case we literally sent down guys with bags of American money to be able to provide [goods] and pay bills that our forces on the ground needed.”The initial months of the campaign against the Al Qaeda and its Taliban allies reminded him of the “Wild West.”“Our ground forces needed various things in way of support of facilities, contracting locally with Afghan vendors, including buying horses that our special forces people needed and actually used while they were in Afghanistan,” Leadbeater said, noting at one point his unit sent two sergeants into Afghanistan carrying a million dollars in $20 bills. “Then they had to sleep with it in tents, because there was nothing in terms of permanent facilities and then they had to be able to control and procure items locally [for the troops]. That was challenging because you did not know who you were dealing with.”Leadbeater retired from the military in April after 30 years of enlisted and commissioned service, including as an Army Airborne Ranger and as a paratrooper in the 82d Airborne Division. After leaving active duty in 1981 he served in the Army Reserve until his recent retirement.Because Leadbeater had more than 20 “good” years for retirement purposes, he could have retired and left the war for others to resolve. But he choose not to, saying it was difficult for him to “conceive of a more important mission, at that moment, than supporting the War on Terrorism.”Leadbeater also felt he owed it to his adopted country to help defend it. Leadbeater emigrated from Canada in 1964 along with his parents and six younger siblings and remembers vividly the excitement of seeing the Statue of Liberty as they sailed into New York harbor on an aging Italian liner.“We sold everything up in Canada.. . and just loaded up our possessions,” Leadbeater said. “Just knowing my father, that was the most economical way to move our family of nine from Halifax down to Deerfield Beach, especially since we did not have a car.”After clearing immigration and customs, the family traveled by train to Deerfield Beach. There his father and another Canadian expatriate opened a small retail office supply store, Royal Stationery, and he and his family “partook of the bounties of this great land.”Leadbeater said he has always deeply appreciated the opportunities the nation has afforded him and countless others.One of those opportunities came as a “second chance” for Leadbeater to get an education after graduating from Pompano Beach Senior High School in 1969 with an abysmal 1.7 GPA. That second chance came in the form of Palm Beach Junior College, where a high school diploma was the only entrance requirement. There he found a mentor who taught him how to study and take tests.“I had someone who cared enough to give me the kind of support I needed,” Leadbeater said. “He was a family friend who was also a high school math teacher. His name was Doug Traxler and he tutored me that first semester at no charge. More importantly he encouraged me and gave me the confidence I needed to go on to earn four degrees and three board certifications.“I firmly believe that in virtually any other country my high school performance would have relegated me to a station in life that would have been virtually impossible to change,” he saidLeadbeater, who once pumped gas and bagged groceries to make ends meet, earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology in 1973, Master of Business Administration (accounting) in 1985, his Juris Doctor in 1988, and a Master of Laws in taxation degree in 1989. He also is a Florida Bar board certified tax lawyer, a certified financial planner, and a certified public accountant.Leadbeater became a naturalized American in June 1973, which he considers one of the most significant events in his life. Three weeks later, as the draft and war in Vietnam was winding down, Leadbeater enlisted in America’s new all volunteer army.He went through basic training at Ft. Knox with the last draftees and was accepted to Officer Candidate School in 1974, while serving with a ranger unit in Washington.Leadbeater said it was a very sobering experience to board that military charter in November 2001, wearing his desert camouflage uniform and carrying two duffle bags not knowing his final destination nor when or even if he’d be returning.“The experience gave me a new appreciation for the service and sacrifices many others have made before,” Leadbeater said.When he returned home from Kuwait in August 2002, “it was with an invigorated appreciation for America and a realization that our way of life, our freedoms are more fragile than I had realized.”Leadbeater, 52, reached his mandatory military retirement date during the build-up to the invasion of Iraq, which left him somewhat disappointed.“I have friends in the reserves and on active duty who have been or are over there,” he said. “What a civilian might not understand is that if you are working with people, there is a bond that develops, especially in those circumstances, and when you see how well they have operated, you kind of wish you were there.”For Leadbeater, the American way of life has always been something worth defending and the events of 9/11 only deepened that conviction.“I am a grateful American,” he said.