Manzi capture’s Freehold’s inaugural Driving Challenge

first_imgHall 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.last_img read more

Devi Mulai of Dessert Delights: “You just gotta keep pushing”

first_imgother 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 ancenter_img  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; Annandale Railway Embankment, East Coast Demeraralast_img read more

Rupan crowned Miss Mash Queen 2017

first_imgTwenty-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.last_img read more

Former GRDB officials face additional fraud charges

first_img– 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.last_img read more

Centinela Valley incumbents face challenge

first_imgBy Shelly Leachman STAFF WRITER Four years after two union endorsements helped propel them onto the school board, the incumbents in the Centinela Valley Union High School District are battling to keep their seats against two challengers who have snatched away the support of district employees. Sitting President Jorge Luis Arroyo and fellow trustee Rafael Ramirez were backed by the district’s teachers and classified unions in 2003. But in the coming Nov. 6 election, the Centinela Valley Secondary Teachers Association and the local branch of the California School Employees Association have endorsed challengers Sandra Suarez and Gloria Ramos-Jaime. “I had every intention of retiring from this district, but I know there is a need for change,” said Ramos-Jaime, who until Friday was a 17-year district employee. (She left her librarian’s job at Lawndale High and took a position in Los Angeles Unified to ensure her eligibility for the Centinela Valley board.) Lifelong district residents Ramos-Jaime and Suarez have teamed up in an effort to unseat first-termers Ramirez and Arroyo. The race in Area 3, in the southwestern portion of the district, pits Arroyo against Suarez. Arroyo, a middle-school counselor, says that during his tenure as a trustee the district has become more fiscally responsible, tightened up its administration and improved its educational programs. “We’re offering more advanced-placement courses than ever before and we’re having more kids attend four-year universities than ever before,” Arroyo said. “We have a lot of work to do but I think we’ve started something and I think the ship is turning.” Suarez, a mother of 10 (all former, current or future district students) and past president of Leuzinger High’s PTSA, says she favors stronger partnerships between the district, its feeder schools and all its surrounding communities. “The community needs to be a lot more informed and involved in some of this decision-making,” she said. In the northwestern portion of the district known as Area 4, it’s Ramirez vs. Ramos-Jaime. Incumbent Ramirez – a full-time student at El Camino College who was just 18 when he first landed on the board four years ago – said his top priority is to close the book on the district’s long-controversial construction projects. A cafeteria erected at Hawthorne High has been called the “Taj Mahal” of school lunchrooms. A hulking performing arts center at Lawndale High remains unfinished, now nearly four years overdue. Both projects were widely decried as unnecessary – and both are now the subject of lawsuits between the district and its contractors. “I want to see these projects finished prior to leaving the board,” Ramirez said. “That’s what I campaigned on four years ago and I think it’s my responsibility that I see it completed.” Accountability is a campaign buzz word for both Ramirez and Arroyo, who say that all district stakeholders – from trustees and administrators to teachers and students – should share responsibility for its progress and problems alike. In separate interviews, both men suggested that school principals should play a bigger role in the classroom, “making sure standards curriculum is being taught on a daily basis and, if it’s not, to be held accountable,” Arroyo said. Low test scores have long plagued the three-high-school district that also has a continuation school and adult education site. In state and federal test results released last month, Leuzinger High had the lowest local Annual Performance Index score. Both that school and Hawthorne High were given the lowest designation on a federal watch list of persistently low-performing schools. (Lawndale High, the district’s school of choice, does consistently well.) Suarez and Ramos-Jaime also name test scores among their priorities, in addition to increasing student exposure to vocational-education programs at El Camino College and Southern California Regional Occupational Center. Their top concern though, the women agreed, is improving communication – both within the district and between the district and the community at large. “There should be open communication where the administration is not threatened by questions,” Ramos-Jaime said. “The concerns of the everyday person that works here are ignored. Even if the communication is just to say, `I’m going to look into it,’ even the slightest bit of interest would at least send a message of good faith.” Arroyo and Ramirez ran on similar issues in 2003, when they argued that teachers and parents should have a stronger voice in shaping the district’s future. Today the pair concur, as Ramirez put it, that “we could still do a lot better,” but argue that improvements have been made – and that more will be coming if they are re-elected. “We have put the train on the correct path and I feel that if given the opportunity to serve for another four years we’re going to see a lot more improvement and a lot more success for our district,” Ramirez said. “I feel that I can still bring a lot of new ideas and innovation to the district that will benefit the district in the near future.” All the candidates agreed on the most likely hot topic to-come: the potential unification of nearby feeder district Wiseburn, which aspires to build its own high school. Arguing that such a move could strip Centinela of half of its property-tax base and more than 3 percent of its students, the high school district has previously sued the state to prevent Wiseburn’s proposed secession from going to a vote. Such an election has never been held, but it still could be. The state is currently conducting an environmental impact report on the feasibility of planting a new high school in the Wiseburn area, which includes parts of Hawthorne and Lawndale and some unincorporated neighborhoods. Every current candidate was reluctant to take a definitive stance on the unification, but all asserted its impact would be enormous. “I think it would be devastating, but I think we haven’t given them much of a choice,” said Ramos-Jaime, whose great-grandfather, George Bradford, spent 29 years on the same school board she is hoping to soon serve. “We aren’t cranking out the numbers, we don’t do any outreach. If I were a parent in Wiseburn, what would I do? That will be a huge decision, and we will have to make the right decision for a huge amount of people.” shelly.leachman@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Jens Lehmann warns Liverpool NOT to drop ‘fantastic prospect’ Loris Karius

first_imgJens 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.last_img read more

Scholes would find it ‘strange’ to work for anyone but Oldham or Man United

first_img 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.last_img read more

State Police Investigating Infant Death in Franklin

first_imgOfficers 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.last_img read more

The HR Take on Job Creation in 2014

first_imgBy 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, please click here.last_img read more