International Drag race set for October 1

first_imgTHE best of the best on the drag strip are preparing to defend their titles when the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club (GMR&SC) hosts its International Drag race meet, dubbed Caribbean Invasion, in just over two weeks,The club, which has already sent out invitations to its affiliates in Suriname and the wider Caribbean says that they expect over fifty local competitors.According to president Rameez Mohamed, all things are going to plan as the date draws closer to this meet.“What we have done is try to get as much competition as possible to come out on October 1. We’ve got a number of guys who are messaging us on Facebook, calling the office and even stopping me on the road to ask how to register.”“Right now, we have a bit of maintenance work on going at the club’s office in Thomas Lands but in just under a week’s time, by next Monday, Persons can start registering for the event,” Mohamed added.Meanwhile, Mohamed has indicated that all the necessary safety measures are being organised to ensure a safe day of racing while there will be added incentives for fans.“We are working on a few surprise cars. We can’t say who they are or where they are coming from just yet, but they are definitely going to be quick machines.”He said, “We are hoping for representation from a few of the major players regionally in the drag racing sector, but it comes back to logistics and other things; but we definitely have something lined up that will blow your mind away.”last_img read more

New Supreme Court ruling, doesn’t bridge gap between legislators, Superintendents

first_imgby James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The Kansas State Legislature passed a budget this week that solved a projected shortfall. It added money for legal fees in the school funding lawsuit, but did not put in any additional funding for schools. That was perhaps an answer to the latest salvo in the school funding issue that has been going on in Kansas for several years.Last week, the State Supreme Court ruled the block funding formula passed last year does not fund schools sufficiently, and that it harms poorer districts. The block funding grant is a two-year program that fixes funding for two years, meaning there is no adjustment if a district gets more or fewer students.The court said the state needs to add funding by June 30 or schools could be shut down. The state’s adding money for legal fees instead could signal that it is preparing to fight the ruling.While the ruling is the latest in years worth of events, some school officials feel not much is really changing.Alan Jamison, superintendent at Caldwell, said “it kind of feels like we are back to where we were three years ago. It doesn’t seem to be any more court shuffling of the case it has come to an end.”He said districts would still have to wait and see how the legislature reacts before schools can see what the impact will be.Conservatives are continuing to support the formula and feel schools are being funded better than the high court does.State Rep. Kyle Hoffman, (R-Clearwater) said he believes the block grant is constitutional because the state followed the constitution when putting it together.“The legislature voted on it, the governor signed it, and it provides school districts the ability to give students a suitable education, through federal, state, and local funding all the while providing more flexibility to use those funds than they have had in years,” he said.Caldwell was one of the smaller districts that actually benefited from the block grant program. The district had an increase in students before the grant started, so their funding level went up and will stay up for the two years. Jamison said the block grant would allow them to lower taxes a little.However, districts who gained students later would have extra expenses and no money to pay the extra costs.Hoffman believes the state program got money into the classroom to help students, and it did not help the bureaucracy.“The lawsuits that have come have not been about the kids, because they haven’t ever been able to prove any child was harmed by a supposedly “inequitable” education. The lawsuits are about the teachers unions and the education establishment constantly pushing for more money, which I am convinced will never be enough. My priority is the kids, and giving them the opportunities they deserve, which is more than just about money,” Hoffman wrote in an email.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (8) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +5 Vote up Vote down oldman · 233 weeks ago Does Mr Hoffman really believe what he said? I love when they add $$ for KPERS and claim they increased funding to education, but when they cut $$ to KPERS they didn’t cut education. Do they really think we have that short of memories or do they think we are that stupid? Report Reply 1 reply · active 233 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Small Town Boy · 233 weeks ago The ones riding the coattails of Brownback think both, I believe. And, yes, that includes Hoffman. Want to find a representative who actually makes his decisions on his own? Check out Ed Trimmer. Report Reply +1 Vote up Vote down Turkeyleg · 233 weeks ago The republiecons plan in action, “Take this and shut up”. They have the money for lawyers, well they think it’s their money, it’s actually the taxpayers, then don’t have any for schools. I guess the Bank of KDOT is empty. They got their education but now want to deny the kids of today and tomorrows their’s. Report Reply 0 replies · active 233 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down robert zimmerman · 233 weeks ago THey do think we are that stupid. We need to show them in November.. Report Reply 0 replies · active 233 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 233 weeks ago I’m curious how much people think is enough to hand out to the schools? Report Reply 1 reply · active 232 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 232 weeks ago *crickets* Report Reply +1 Vote up Vote down GrandmaD · 233 weeks ago It isn’t about actually educating kids,I have NEVER heard anyone say exactly what would be enough, I don’t think that figure exists. Get the funding to the classrooms and weed out the spending just as you would in your household budget or your business if you want something more. It really chaps me that our tax dollars that were meant for education go to pay for these legal fights. They need to stop spending so much for new expensive buildings and getting the funding for them passed by advertising that the State (which has no money tree expect for taxpayers) will pay the bulk of it. If government can’t be run like a business that MUST turn a profit this will never stop. Report Reply 1 reply · active 232 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down BornInASmallTown · 232 weeks ago Government can’t be run like a business. If the government were run like a business, we would all have to pay for services at a price in line with market value. For example, your mail thru USPS would have to be more aligned to the cost of UPS or FedEx. The cost of putting your children in school would be more akin to putting your child in private school. Subsidies for agricultural products would be dismissed and CRP payments would become non-existent as their purpose is not for the government to make a profit. 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