Hall of Famer Cat Manzi captured the first-ever $10,000 Driving Challenge at Freehold Raceway on Dec. 8.Manzi started things off with back-toback wins in the first two races of the challenge, followed by a second in the third. For the day, Manzi tallied five wins.Manzi clinched the trophy and the $4,000 top prize with a win in the eighth race, driving the 3-2 favorite Kiasma. He totaled 201 points, with Eric Abbatiello coming in second with 191 points and taking home $2,000. Jim Marshall III brought home third place and $1,000 with 152 points.The other five drivers in the challenge finished in the following order: Harry Landy with 88 points, Jeff Gregory with 79 points, Steve Smith with 62 points, Jim Pantaleano with 56 and Joe Bongiorno with 49 points. All of these drivers took home $600 a piece.Each driver agreed to donate 10 percent of their earning to the Freehold Area Open Door. Freehold Raceway will be making a matching donation. Representatives from the Freehold Area Open Door collected nonperishable food items at the track and any patrons that donated received a free program.The driving challenge was for races two through nine and was based on a points system devised by Race Secretary Karen Fagliarone. The winner of each race received 50 points and then it was 25 for second, 12 for third, eight for fourth, five for fifth, four for sixth, three for seventh and one for eighth. A scratch received eight points, as well.Each driver got to pick first in one race of the challenge. The drivers picked a number between one and eight and that decided the order they would pick their drives. The picking order rotated for each race, with the first pick becoming the last pick for the next race and so on.The sponsors for the $10,000 Freehold Raceway driving challenge were Trinity Financial Sports and Entertainment Management Co., LLC, the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey, and the Landy and Bongiorno Families.Live racing resumes at Freehold on Dec. 13 with post time at 12:30 p.m.
other step towards success.”“You love doing something? Push towards it. There will be room for mistakes, but with every try, you only get better.” She Devi Mulai is a baking and cooking-aholic with a dream to one day own her very own brick-and-mortar dessert shop. “I’ve always love baking and cooking the fancy things.”And the 24-year-old former Annandale Secondary School student is wasting no time in making that dream a reality, setting up almost two years ago, Dessert Delights, her Facebook home-based business that offers delicious, eye-catching cakes and hand-designed, customised mugs for sale. Her specialty is cupcakes – sponge cupcakes, chocolate cupcakes, cheesecake cupcakes, Christmas cupcakes, Father’s Day cupcakes, bridal cupcakes – pretty much cupcakes for any occasion with mouth-watering toppings and beautiful designs.For Mulai, who is employed full time, the online business is a way to test the waters and see what customers respond to best while earning extra cash. “This helps me financially as well as provide an opportunity to pand on this a bit more.”If the response to these baked goodies is any indication, there are more than a few persons anxiously awaiting that day.In acknowledging the challenge of juggling a full-time job, Dessert Delights and family life, the Annandale, East Coast Demerara native said: “Every day is not the same, [but] you just gotta keep pushing.”Mulai advised persons who dream of turning their passions into businesses to not give up on their dreams. “Always keep trying. ‘Cause every failure is an interact with customers. Gaining their trust, etc. In the near future, I plan to ex added bluntly: “Sacrifices must be made.”Taking risks, motivation, and creativity are the key qualities of entrepreneurs, Mulai noted, and urged that they be educated and motivated to succeed. The determined young woman highlighted that she had to and was ultimately able to do that on her own.“You also have to be very open minded,” she concluded, explaining that the persons who she deals with every day were her biggest influence.Contact: 629-1979; facebook @dessert.delights.gy; Annandale Railway Embankment, East Coast Demerara
Twenty-year-old Aqualia Rupan on Sunday evening outshone five other contestants vying for the title of Miss Mash Queen 2017, when the pageant was hosted at the National Cultural Centre, in Georgetown.This was the first attempt at pageantry for the newly crowned queen, who is a Client Service Clerk at the St Joseph Mercy Hospital. Although the North East La Penitence beauty did not offer the best answer to her question, she was the judges,’ as well as the crowd’s favourite, from the moment she stepped on stage.Newly crowned Mash Queen 2017 Aqualia Rupan is flanked by first runner-up Gabrielle Chapman and second runner-up Younette StephanieShe scored high in the various segments and for the first year, after a 10-year hiatus, the queen was crowned by accumulative scores and not based on the final question. The delegates would have competed in introduction, talent, swimwear and evening wear. Rupan was also rewarded with prizes for best introduction, best talent and best personality.Overcome with joy and fighting back tears, the newly crowned queen explained that she was elated to have won the crown. She also said all the delegates walked away as queens since they were prepared by the Simpli Royal family, led by Pamela Dillon.“I am no longer a shy girl and I am sure all the other delegates have taken away something to apply to their general lives moving forward from our training,” she added.She advised those who wish to participate in pageantry to be beauty ambassadors which will afford them the opportunity to be anything they wish, while noting that they must also work hard.Gabrielle Chapman was crowned first runner-up and Younette Stephanie was bestowed with the second runner-up title.
– granted $1M bailTwo former members of the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) were on Friday arraigned on over 34 fraud-related charges and alleged misappropriation of in excess of $8.5 million of the company’s monies when they were brought to the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.Former GRDB General Manager, Jagnarine SinghThe former General Manager, Jagnarine Singh; and former Deputy General Manager, Madanlall Ramraj were jointly charged, along with the former GRDB Accountant, Peter Ramcharran.Ramcharran was not present as he resides in Canada and an arrest warrant has been issued for him.The duo was not required to plead to the indictable charge which stated that between 2011 and 2012, the former employees on 17 occasions, failed to make proper entries into the company’s register and between the same period, they, with intent to defraud, omitted or concurred to be omitted $8.5 million from the general ledger of the GRDB knowing same to be against the organisation’s operating procedures.The court also heard that for the same period, the three accused fraudulently took or applied for the monies for their own use or benefit or any use or purpose for the GRDB.Seventeen other fraudulent misappropriation charges were read to the two accused, all being indictable.Attorney Glenn Hanoman, who is representing the duo, requested leniency with the bail amount since he reminded the court that the two along with other former GRDB employees were charged with a similar offence earlier this year.Bail was granted in the sum of $1 million and the accused are expected to return to court on November 16.In the other case where the duo and four others were charged in the early part of 2017, it had been reported that false and misleading statements were being sent to the Governments of Guyana and Venezuela by the former General Manager of the GRDB in order to obtain monies from the PetroCaribe Fund.The Fund was established almost a decade ago when Venezuela introduced an oil sale arrangement wherein Guyana and a number of CARICOM and Latin America countries took oil at concessionary rates, paid a percentage in advance and protracted payment of the balance over a 20-year period. The PetroCaribe Fund was supposed to hold millions of US dollars.Inconsistencies in this Fund were just one of several financial irregularities highlighted by Nigel Hinds Financial Services in the forensic audit it had done for the period 2011 to 2015.Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman had noted that, based on the audit report, millions of dollars had passed through the accounting unit of the GRDB. He highlighted that the “glaring” financial irregularities uncovered by the auditors had “no traceable signs that (they) were ever approved”.The other former GRDB employees facing the same charge are People’s Progressive Party Members of Parliament, Dharamkumar Seeraj and Nigel Dharamlall, Board member Badrie Persaud and former Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Agriculture Ministry, Prema Roopnarine.
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Jens Lehmann has told Jurgen Klopp he must ignore calls to drop Loris Karius and continue to show faith in the under-fire goalkeeper.The Liverpool shot-stopper has made some high profile mistakes in recent weeks and many fans, former stars and pundits are backing Simon Mignolet to be restored to the starting line-up.Lehmann, the ex-Arsenal and Germany ‘keeper, is not surprised by his fellow countryman’s initial struggles at Anfield, claiming the transition from playing for Mainz in the Bundesliga to the Premier League is ‘massive’.But he says the 23-year-old, who he rates as an excellent prospect, simply needs to be given time to prove his worth in England.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Lehmann said: “It will be a good challenge for him to prove the critics wrong.“He is a fantastic prospect. Jurgen Klopp probably has bought him for the future, not for an immediate impact.“I was ten years older when I came to England but I know the change of system to play in the Premier League from the Bundesliga is massive and, for a young guy who didn’t even make it to the top in the Bundesliga, it is really hard because you need to find yourself as a goalkeeper.“Technically he is not yet perfect but who is at that age? It is about development and Jurgen Klopp knows what he is doing. Of course, he has to back him now because if he drops him or if he doesn’t back him it will have a major impact on Karius’ self confidence.“At the end of the day, you see how strong players are. That bit of anger inside of him, he should perform a little bit better.”Karius’ poor form has led to a bust-up between Klopp and Manchester United legend Gary Neville. Read more about that here.
Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 2 Paul Scholes is working as a TV pundit for BT Sport revealed Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update “Look, if I get a coaching job, a manager’s job, whatever it will be, it gives me that bit of edge again to try to make players better, to try to achieve something.”Scholes was interviewed for the Oldham job in October 2017, but the club opted to appoint Richie Wellens, who oversaw their relegation to League Two last season.Now, they are on the lookout again after sacking Frankie Bunn last month.Scholes admitted it would be strange working for a club other than Manchester United or Oldham.He said: “The phone hasn’t been ringing. I probably haven’t put myself out there, I don’t go applying for jobs.“I always feel if the right thing comes along then people will come to me if they think I’m the right person. REVEALED Last week, reports claimed Scholes was set to be appointed as boyhood club Oldham’s new boss.When asked about the links to the vacancy, the BT pundit told talkSPORT: “There’s nothing to tell to be honest with you.“If something happens then people will know about it. While I’ve been doing my punditry, I’ve made no secret that I want to be back working in football.“I want to have something to achieve again. I spent 20 years trying to achieve something after leaving school. With the punditry, there’s nothing to achieve. Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Latest football news Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 huge blow SORRY RANKED Paul Scholes is keen to move into management whoops 2 “So if it happens now, in the next year, in the next two years, so be it.“I don’t see myself working for other football clubs when you’ve played for United for so long, it would feel strange going to another club.“Obviously I’ve got an affinity with Oldham that goes back a long way. So working for another club, apart from those two, I think I’d find it strange.”Scholes made 718 appearances for Manchester United and scored 155 goals. gameday cracker scrap Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won latest BEST OF Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has reiterated his desire to step into management.The former England midfielder is still looking for his first managerial job since retiring as a player in 2013.
Officers arrived at 10:52 a.m. and immediately attempted life-saving measures.The infant was transported to Johnson Memorial Hospital where it was later pronounced deceased.The cause of death is unknown at this time and an autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow in Johnson County. At this point detectives are treating this as a death investigation, notification to the family has been made however the identity of the deceased infant is being withheld at this time to allow for notification to extended family.There is no further information to release at this time. Detectives from the Indiana State Police are investigating the death of an eight-week-old infant this morning in Franklin. Preliminary investigation has revealed the infant was dropped off at a babysitter early this morning in Pennington Trailer Park in Franklin.At 10:51 a.m. officers from the Franklin Police Department were dispatched to the residence for a medical emergency.
By most accounts, 2014 went down as a successful year for job creation. Problems do remain— millions are still out of work, others are underemployed and middle-class jobs are shrinking—but purely from a numbers standpoint, the labor market grew at a solid pace.In the midst of this expansion, HR professionals have a unique perspective on employment trends—they recruit, they hire and fire, they measure workers’ engagement with their jobs, and perform other tasks that are connected to the health of the labor force. And in 2014, those in the HR sector shared scores of their job market observations.Some professed a high degree of faith in the U.S. labor market, others expressed continued difficulty with finding properly qualified workers, and yet more said they were committed to improving their own skill sets in 2015. What follows is a summary of HR professionals’ responses to a variety of surveys conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in 2014.Only 27 percent of HR professionals said their organizations were hiring for HR help in December 2014, according to SHRM’s HR Jobs Pulse Survey. And yet, the vast majority of respondents (85 percent) had some level of confidence that they could land a new HR job, if needed. Of that 85 percent, six in 10 said they were “somewhat confident,” and one fourth said they were “very confident.” From that same survey, many HR professionals said they planned to improve their skills in the near future. Two-thirds (67 percent) said they will be focused on developing HR competencies in the next six to 12 months in order to advance their careers.Hiring in the manufacturing and service sectors—which together make up about 90 percent of the nation’s private-sector workforce—was strong throughout 2014, according to SHRM’s Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) report. When compared with the previous year, the job creation rate rose in manufacturing for 10 out of 12 months in 2014; this occurred in nine out of 12 months in the service sector. Still, many HR professionals said they had trouble finding qualified candidates for open positions—recruiting difficulty reached four-year highs in both sectors for every month from May to November.The Jobs Outlook Survey (JOS), released in October 2014, showed that 64 percent of respondents had some level of confidence in the U.S. labor market in the second half of 2014 and expected job growth. Of that group, 50 percent were “somewhat optimistic,” and 14 percent were “very optimistic.” The 64 percent marked the highest level of optimism since the JOS survey was launched in January 2009.SHRM’s annual Employee Benefits survey, released in June 2014, revealed that more organizations are embracing health care plans that shift a greater percentage of health care costs to employees, and more companies are offering preventive health and wellness benefits to their workers. The results also showed a participation decline in several categories of professional and career development benefits.Three out of five (60 percent) workers rated compensation/pay as “very important,” making it the top contributor to evaluating overall employee job satisfaction, according to SHRM’s annual Employee Job Satisfaction and Engagement survey, released in May 2014. That factor was ranked as low as fifth overall as recently as 2010, but a slow-growth environment for compensation has clearly had an impact on workers’ priorities as of late.Recruiting difficulty was cited quite often in SHRM’s Economic Conditions survey series, released in October 2014. Half of HR professionals surveyed said they had difficulty recruiting for full-time jobs during the previous 12 months. Although many of them cited “lack of work experience” and “lack of the right technical skills” (50 percent each) among applicants as the reason, another 37 percent said they could not fill the jobs because “qualified candidates rejected the compensation package.”Despite reports that some employers would shed health care coverage in response to federal reforms, HR professionals had other news: only 1 percent of organizations said they expected to eliminate health care coverage in 2015, and no government agencies said they would drop those benefits, according to the SHRM/EBRI 2014 Health Benefits Survey, which was released in November 2014.With hiring competition fierce in many sectors of the economy, a majority of HR professionals said they worked fast when the applications arrived at their desk. More than three out of four (76 percent) recruiters said they spent less than five minutes reviewing a resume to determine if the job candidate would proceed to the next step of the selection process, according to SHRM Survey Findings: Resumes, Cover Letters and Interviews, released in April 2014.Joseph Coombs is a senior analyst for workforce trends at SHRM. To read more HR news on SHRM.org, please click here.