SECAUCUS – Assemblyman Vincent Prieto, who was replaced as Assembly Speaker earlier this year, will resign his Assembly seat to become president and CEO of the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority, the state agency that oversees the Meadowlands.Recommended for the post by Gov. Phil Murphy, Prieto will assume his new duties at the NJSEA on Feb. 25, and will receive an annual salary of $225,000.Prieto under law must step down from his assembly seat in the 32nd district that includes all of Secaucus, North Bergen and other towns outside Hudson County. It has not yet been determined who will be named to replace him until a special election can be held later this year.
The National Association of Master Bakers (NAMB) has a raft of activities planned for its 122nd annual conference, taking place from 8-11 May at The Highcliff Marriott, Bournemouth.On Saturday 9 May, a golf tournament – The Neil Houliston Cup – will be played at the nearby Meyrick Park Golf Club. There is also a sightseeing boat trip around the coast for Association members. A Saturday night cocktail party will be followed by a four-course banquet meal, the presidential speech and music.Sunday morning kicks off with the AGM, followed by a panel of speakers: Kevin Kingsland, chartered psychologist, TSRi; Joe Hale, consultant, Dragon Brands; and David Powell, Master of the Worshipful Company. The afternoon will see the installation of president elect, Neil MacSymons, as well as a church service, presided over by Paul Jones of former 1960s rhythm and blues band Manfred Mann. And an evening cocktail party has The Wurzles as its theme, with music by tribute band The Mangled Wurzles.l For details, contact Karen Dear on 01920 860117.
INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (July 8) – Justin Kay came to Independence Motor Speedway with a chip on his shoulder Wednesday night.He left town with his fourth Deery Brothers Summer Series feature win of the season, a check for $3,000 and sole possession of first place in point standings for the IMCA Late Model tour.“I was a little disappointed after last night,” understated Kay, clearly on a mission after running an oh-so-close second to Brian Harris in the Tuesday Deery feature at West Liberty. “I pushed as hard as I could. When you have Jeff Aikey and Ryan Dolan behind you, you have to do that.”Aikey was the runner-up, two lapped cars and half a straightaway off Kay’s torrid pace. Dolan led most of the first half of the 40-lapper before ending in third, while Rick Wendling and Scott Fitzpatrick completed the top five.Brian Hunter drew the pole start and led the first three laps. Dolan was scored just ahead at the line the next time around.Meanwhile, Kay had raced from outside row four to second by lap six. He chased Dolan into lapped traffic before midway and led by a car length on lap 21.A three-car tangle brought out the only caution of the night on lap 22 and proved to be the only thing that could slow down Kay. He pulled away from Aikey and Co. to win handily.Independence was the site of Kay’s first Deery win, in 2013. The defending series champion now owns 13 career tour victories.“It never gets old winning anywhere. It’s neat to be able to do it again at Independence,” he said. “We had a great track tonight. I could run top, bottom, middle, wherever I wanted.”Andy Nezworski came into the night tied for the point lead. He qualified through his “B” feature and finished seventh.Todd Malmstrom was 20th after going above and beyond just to get to the track: Involved in a traffic accident in Moline, Ill., while en route that sent crewman Jim Irwin to the hospital and totaled his tow vehicle, Malmstrom borrowed a pickup from a friend to complete the trip to Indee and, despite bumps and bruises, qualified as the hard charger.Joe Zrostlik won the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing.Other feature winners at Indee were J.D. Auringer in the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, Tony Olson in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Quinton Miller in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.The 11th of 18 events on the 2015 Deery schedule is this Sunday, July 12 at Dubuque Speedway.Pit gates open at 4 p.m., the grandstand opens at 4:30 p.m. and hot laps are at 6:30 p.m., with racing to follow.Feature results – 1. Justin Kay, Wheatland; 2. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls; 3. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon; 4. Rick Wendling, Hazleton; 5. Scott Fitzpatrick, Wheatland; 6. Tyler Bruening, Decorah; 7. Tyler Droste, Waterloo; 8. Richie Gustin, Gilman; 9. Brunson Behning, Davenport; 10. Rob Moss, Iowa City; 11. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove; 12. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo; 13. Andy Eckrich, Oxford; 14. Jay Johnson, West Burlington; 15. John Emerson, Waterloo; 16. Jon Merfeld, Dubuque; 17. Jeremy Grady, Story City; 18. Bobby Hansen, Center Point; 19. Jon Passick, Waterloo; 20. Todd Malmstrom, Silvis, Ill.; 21. Sean Johnson, Independence; 22. Curt Martin, Independence; 23. Kyle Hinrichs, Swisher; 24. Brian Hunter, Independence.1st heat (top three) – 1. Dolan; 2. Kay; 3. Behning; 4. Jon Merfeld; 5. Chad Holladay, Muscatine; 6. Scott Welsh, Cedar Rapids; 7. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown; 8. Tanner Allen, Springville; 9. Grady.2nd heat – 1. Aikey; 2. Bruening; 3. Sean Johnson; 4. Passick; 5. Jay Johnson; 6. Hinrichs; 7. Ben Seemann, Waterloo; 8. Malmstrom; 9. Russell Hesse, Waterloo.3rd heat – 1. Hunter; 2. Hansen; 3. Moss; 4. Martin; 5. Luke Goedert, Guttenberg; 6. Droste; 7. Emerson; 8. Greg Kastli, Waterloo; 9. Jason Rauen, Farley.4th heat – 1. Wendling; 2. Zrostlik; 3. Fitzpatrick; 4. Gustin; 5. Charlie McKenna, Clear Lake; 6. Nezworski; 7. Eckrich; 8. Luke Merfeld, Dubuque; 9. Robbie Jorgensen, Elkhorn, Neb.1st “B” feature (top four) – 1. Jay Johnson; 2. Hinrichs; 3. Jon Merfeld; 4. Passick; 5. Holladay; 6. Malmstrom; 7. Seemann; 8. Welsh; 9. Grady; 10. DeFrance; 11. Allen; 12. Hesse.2nd “B” feature – 1. Gustin; 2. Droste; 3. Martin; 4. Nezworski; 5. Eckrich; 6. Emerson; 7. Goedert; 8. McKenna; 9. Rauen; 10. Kastli; 11. Jorgensen; 12. Luke Merfeld.
As the superstorm Sandy continues to wreak havoc along the East Coast, USC students also felt the impacts of the physical destruction.The storm, which reached New Jersey on Monday and has since enveloped much of the East Coast, has some USC students concerned for the safety of their family and friends.At least 45 people have died because of the storm, including former USC Song Girl Claudene Christian, who died after a ship she was aboard sank in the hurricane. The coaches of the USC Song Girls released a statement Monday expressing their condolences.Most of the deaths occurred from the damage caused by the storm, such as falling trees or electrocution caused by stepping in puddles near fallen power lines.Worries about safety prompted the university to send emails out to students whose permanent addresses are in affected zip codes.“This can be traumatic for students and we wanted to let you know that we are concerned about your well-being and the safety of your families,” wrote Lynette Merriman, senior associate dean for Student Affairs.Zion Samuel, a freshman majoring in biochemistry whose family lives in Maryland, said he was worried about their safety, but that many East Coast families are used to big storms.“My dad went and bought the supplies we usually get for hurricanes, like water,” Samuel said.A representative from USC’s Counseling Center said that students can schedule an appointment if they want to talk about their concerns. If they have pressing worries, students can walk in for a crisis appointment.Though weaker than it was just 24 hours ago, Sandy has left destruction from Georgia to Maine. Floods, power outages and 65-mile-per-hour winds continue to cause disorder on the East Coast.As of Tuesday night, 6 million people were without electricity, and many major subways and airports were still shut down. Sandy is the most widespread destructive storm in recent history, and in some places, schools are not expected to open for at least a few more days.State governments are struggling to counter the effects of the storm, which is interfering greatly with everyday life. Despite the severity of the storm, however, many students on the East Coast do not seem exceedingly concerned about the safety of their homes.“My parents are worried about losing power,” said Sophia Geanacopoulos, a freshman studying international relations global business. Geanacopoulos also said, however, she is not overly concerned for her family in Boston. “My mom is always prepared for these storms.”Social media is playing an unprecedented role in the crisis, with many East Coast residents relying on Twitter and Facebook for information about the storm. Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom reported that 10 pictures are being posted each second with the hashtag “Sandy.”The Federal Emergency Management Agency also urged people to communicate with loved ones using social media, as phone lines often get clogged during disasters.
Real Madrid: Courtois; Reguilón, Varane, Nacho, Carvajal; Casemiro, Kroos, Modrić; Vázquez, Benzema, ViníciusOut: Ramos (suspended), Llorente (adductor)Misses next game if booked: noneAjax: Onana; Tagliafico, Blind, De Ligt, Mazraoui; De Jong, Van de Beek, Schöne; Neres, Tadić, ZiyechOut: Bandé (calf)Misses next game if booked: Blind, De Ligt, Mazraoui, Tagliafico, Van de Beek, ZiyechKey battleModrić v De Jong: The Dutch press felt UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Luka Modrić won his game within a game against Frenkie de Jong on points in the first leg, but the Barcelona-bound youngster has a second chance to get one over on his Croatian counterpart. If De Jong can set the early tone, then his side will follow – and Ajax will have a puncher’s chance of overturning the first-leg arrears.Form guideReal MadridLast game: Madrid 0-1 Barcelona (02/03)Form: LLWLWWDWWWAjaxLast game: Feyenoord 0-3 Ajax (27/02, Dutch Cup semi-final)Form: WWWLLWLWDWSantiago Solari, Real Madrid coach“The team really want to win and I like this. We’re going out to win, as we always do. The team’s in good shape and they have a lot of experience and are relaxed about what people are saying.We’re working hard and of course we’re not happy when we lose, but we still want to do well in the Liga, and now we’ve got the Champions League. It’s a shame Sergio Ramos won’t be playing … He’s a leader, but we have enough players with experience and quality to replace him.”Erik ten Hag, Ajax coach“They [Madrid] know that if they want to win a prize this season, the Champions League is the most realistic left. That will probably give them a special mentality on the pitch. But that does not matter to us. We are still active on three fronts.Our players are ambitious. We are going into the match to score goals. This Ajax side takes the initiative in every match. Ramos is definitely a loss, both on a tactical and a mental level. [His absence] certainly won’t make them stronger.” Real Madrid look to bounce back from two home losses against Barcelona while Ajax need to overturn a 2-1 deficit.After back-to-back home defeats by Barcelona in the Copa del Rey and Liga, Real Madrid are in need of a tonic as they return to a competition that has been so dear to them in recent years.On Tuesday, they will have been European champions for 1,011 days, and what better way to pick themselves up than by finishing off Ajax? The heat is definitely on, but Madrid invariably respond when that UEFA Champions League anthem plays.Possible line-ups –Source: UEFA