Domenic DiPiero: Commitment to Community

first_imgBy John BurtonDomenic DiPiero III is a hometown guy who grew up in The Two River area and not only loves the community but believes in giving back to it.That’s why he bought The Two River Times.“It may not have the financial upside,” of other for-profit endeavors, Domenic noted, but added, “it has real benefit for the community.”Another driving factor for Domenic is that he wanted to emulate his father, remaining in the area and running much of his investment firm as well as the Two River Times operations out of their respective Red Bank offices.“It was that balance that I was always trying to achieve,” he said.“The truth of the matter,” he explained, “is I liked the life my dad had.”The elder Domenic DiPiero and his family lived in Middletown, where he and his wife raised the young Domenic and his siblings. The senior DiPiero established his business offices in the late 1970s in what is now the headquarters of the Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey, on the corner of Bodman Place and Riverside Avenue.Domenic remembered being able to walk from school – having attended St. James Elementary School and then Red Bank Catholic high school – to his father’s offices of Delphi Petroleum and spend time with him.“To see his ability to be around his kids and to be able to work there after school,” Domenic said, “was something what I wanted to do.”And he does, noting just recently, “Today I’ll walk to the JV football game,” at his alma mater, RBC, to catch his son, Domenic IV, playing.A year ago Domenic bought The Two River Times from then owner, Michael “Mickey” Gooch,” at the time a fellow Rumson resident and friend, who had owned the Red Bank- based weekly newspaper for 10 years. “I was always a fan of the paper,” he said, having read it for local and sports news as well as news about the various charitable and not-for-profit organizations, many of which he is involved with.Domenic had served on the Riverview Medical Center Foundation Board of Trustees, having been elected the board’s chair; the Meridian Health System Foundation board, also for a time as its chair and on its strategic planning committee; and has been a board member for the Two River Theater, Count Basie Theatre’s foundation and on the finance committee for the Two River Film Festival. He and his brother, David, have been active with the Asbury Park Pop Warner youth football program, helping to make the program more accessible to underprivileged youth.And in a sense Domenic saw his taking ownership of the TRT and continuing its work as akin to the efforts that those other organizations have been accomplishing.“More than any other publication we are really part of the community,” he emphasized, pointing out that almost all of the paper’s staff live in the coverage area and it has always been owned and operated by those who lived in the area and had heartfelt attachments to it.“It’s rare these days to have an independent newspaper run by local people,” in the contemporary media environment. He acknowledged another reason he decided to acquire the paper. “I was afraid it would fall into the hands of a big company or in the hands of someone with an agenda,” he said.And in the last year, “Everything I’ve heard has been positive,” about the publication. He admitted that “there are people who would let me know if there is something wrong with it.”Many have stepped forth to offer their expertise, wishing to contribute columns and suggestions for the publication because they believed in the area.The Two River Times continues to be a positive reflection of this community, he said. “I really believe – and I’m fortunate enough to have traveled around the country and around the world – I believe this is the best place to live. And being involved with the paper only solidified that.”So far, “It’s a lot of fun,” being involved in the newspaper, learning about the publishing world and what this all entails, he said. “And it’s a great way to showcase all these nonprofits and small businesses we have around here and the people who work for them.”“Growing up here, The Two River Times is something that we can gather around and support,” he said. “And as long as the community is interested and supports The Two River Times, I am happy to do my part in keeping it ‘our’ paper.”last_img read more

McCollum’s 40 lifts Trail Blazers past Bucks

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Portland outscored the Bucks 33-31 in the first quarter as both teams shot better than 50 percent from the floor and the 3-point line.TIP-INSBucks: With new coach Mike Budenholzer in charge, Milwaukee is playing a much different style this season. After being a bottom-five team in 3-point attempts last season, the Bucks came in second in the NBA in 3-point tries with 41 per game. That included their 117-113 loss at Boston in which they put up 55 3-pointers. “Yeah, it’s a lot,” Budenholzer said. “The game is always evolving with teams, coaches and players trying to figure out what gives them the best chance. The skill of players now today is special, so trying to push that envelope.”Trail Blazers: One of the biggest changes for the Trail Blazers this season has been utilizing Turner as the primary ball-handler on their second unit. The results have led to one of the best bench units in the NBA so far, ranking ninth in scoring. “The second unit comes in, their ball movement, their execution — they’re playing with each other,” Budenholzer said. “They take advantage if the defense overcommits or over-rotates. They’re playing really well together. Evan Turner is kind of a great setup guy with that group. It’s interesting to see how they’ve changed a little bit and how it’s working for them.”UP NEXTADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Bucks: At the Golden State Warriors on Thursday.Trail Blazers: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Ex-world champ swimmer banned 4 years for doping LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Giannis Antetokounmpo led Milwaukee with 23 points and nine rebounds. Brook Lopez shot 6 for 10 from 3-point range and finished with 22 points.In the third quarter, McCollum put on a show. He scored 19 points and made Bucks rookie guard Donte DiVincenzo fall down on a crossover move before hitting a basket, sending the crowd into a frenzy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissPortland led by 14 after three.The game began with a fast pace that carried on throughout in a meeting between two of the top five offenses in the NBA. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum, right, drives against Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. The Trail Blazers won 118-103. (AP Photo/Steve Dipaola)PORTLAND, Oregon — CJ McCollum scored 40 points and the Portland Trail Blazers beat Milwaukee 118-103 on Tuesday night, handing the Bucks their second loss in 10 games this season.McCollum, who entered shooting well below his career averages, went 17 for 26 from the field and added six assists. Evan Turner had 16 points and 11 rebounds off the bench for the Blazers (8-3).ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

The DNA (Paternity) Test: Embarrassment for Disingenuous Mothers, Redemption and/or Disappointment for Alleged Fathers,…

first_imgDNA tests, especially the ones done to establish paternity, are impacting families in a traumatic way in Liberia, and perhaps the rest of the world. These tests are performed for many reasons. The primary and most current reason in Liberia, is for immigration purposes; especially, immigration to western countries through a family member. Other reasons include an alleged father being told many years later that a past relationship resulted in the birth of a child; men who suspect their wives or girlfriends of infidelity and need to be certain that their child/ren are or are not biologically theirs; in child support cases, and so on. The impact of a negative result from a DNA (paternity) test can be an embarrassment for the mother, redemption (from financial obligation and peace of mind) for the alleged father, and sadly, a lifetime trauma for the child(ren) involved.Before I go further, permit me to provide a basic understanding of DNA and the DNA test. DNA stands for Deoxyribonucleic acid,  and is defined by Oxford Dictionaries online as “a self-replicating material which is present in nearly all living organisms as the main constituent of chromosomes. It is the carrier of genetic information.”DNA testing can be used in parental testing, which on the other hand uses genetic fingerprinting to determine whether two individuals have a biological parent–child relationship. Here, a paternity test establishes genetic proof whether a man is the biological father of an individual, and a maternity test establishes whether a woman is the biological mother of an individual.DNA testing is currently the most advanced and accurate technology to determine parentage. In a DNA parentage test, the result (called the probability of parentage) is 0% when the alleged parent is NOT BIOLOGICALLY related to the child and the probability of parentage is typically 99.99% when the alleged parent IS BIOLOGICALLY related to the child.The process seems simple and innocuous but DNA tests are capable of unleashing untold woes upon those curious enough to accept the results. Many of the companies performing paternity (DNA) testing use simple buccal swabs because DNA is found in all cells in the body. The process begins like this: the buccal swab is rubbed inside of the cheek of the parent’s/parents’ and the child’s mouth. Then they (swabs) are placed in the container provided and subsequently returned to the laboratory. This completes the sample collection phase.The testing process actually begins when all the specimens reach the laboratory. The most ubiquitous technology used (there are several others) is the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR). Subsequently, a formal paternity (DNA) test report which contains information on the probability of paternity is submitted. The report falls into one of two categories: Inclusion: A probability value of at least 99.99% (means child and alleged father were all tested) means that the tested man is the biological father. Exclusion: A probability value of 0% means that the tested man is not the biological father.“The probability of paternity never reaches 100% because a paternity test is calculated against a population database. A 100% probability is only possible if every man in the world is tested. A probability value of 99.99% or higher eliminates most other men from being the biological father, virtually proving the paternity relationship between the child and the tested man.”Over the years, families have been broken with children being the primary victims because mothers either lied or could not determine the biological fathers their child/ren.  This has been a rampant issue in Liberia for many years, and many women prior to DNA testing have gotten away with this kind of scam.A lot of men have been tricked into providing years of financial support worth thousands of dollars to unfaithful ex-wives, girlfriends, ex-girlfriends, and so on for child(ren) that are not theirs. This is due to the fact that Liberia in the past– perhaps currently– did not have proper paternity testing mechanisms to establish parent-child biological relationships. Moreover, the primitive and inefficient methods used in the past were said to be tampered with in favor of a party in a paternity dispute; usually a lying mother.Negative results from a DNA test can be overwhelmingly shocking for individuals. It exposes a moral fraud perpetrated by a woman who knows, or has reasonable grounds to know the true biological father of her child, but falsely identifies the wrong man as the biological father for reasons known only to her. There are three primary victims in these kinds of cases: the child, the alleged father, the mother and the child.While the mother faces the embarrassment, the alleged father who may have developed a relationship with the child becomes hurt and has to live with that fact. A lot of men who go through this experience are initially discombobulated and unprepared for the intense grief that follows. On the other hand, for some men who had sought the testing themselves, a negative result is redemption from financial responsibility for the child. While they often feel a deep loss about a possible and final separation from the child, they do feel a sense of relief, especially where they are/were required to pay child support by the court.I have often wondered about the possibility of a woman not knowing the person for whom she got pregnant. Is it possible? I strongly believe that the only way this happens is when a woman who is not in a monogamous (one man) relationship, and has sex with more than one man around ovulation time. Obviously, one of the two or three men that a woman sleeps with during this time will get her pregnant. It takes only one sperm cell to fertilize a female’s egg cell. If she does have several sex partners, or has several one night stands, during that week, there is no way of her knowing which sperm got to her egg first. In this case, no amount of math or period calculators will be able to tell you who the father is; only a genetic test.The child has a right to have a relationship with his/her biological father and mother as provided for in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Hence, while it may hurt a child to know that the father she had known all your life is NOT her biological father, introducing the child to her rightful father should not be neglected. The option of whether to embrace this biological father or not should be left to the child. Although, the latter may not be fair to the biological father if he had no role to play in the paternity misunderstanding.A DNA test can be done to provide clear answers to common allegations and avoid hours of costly legal argument and delay. It also brings about the immorality of a politically driven gender war because women have always been known to assert that men are unfaithful. A negative DNA result in my opinion is a scientific way of exposing infidelity within society. According to an article I recently read on the Internet, “One child in ten is not the child of the man assumed to be their father.” This kind of information makes you think, doesn’t it?Until next week, carpe diem!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

President memorialises 195th Demerara Revolt anniversary

first_imgOn the 195th anniversary since the 1823 Demerara Revolt, tributes were given to the sacrifices made by those who were enslaved under British rule, at a commemorative ceremony which was observed on Monday.President David Granger hangs a wreath at the 1823 MonumentThe observance was held at the 1823 Monument in the company of the President of Guyana, David Granger; Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland; members of the Diplomatic Corp and other stakeholders.Wreaths were laid at the base of the monument while homages were paid with national songs and performances by the National Dance Company and a musical rendition by the Guyana Police Force (GPF) band.During his feature address, President Granger noted that this month recalls the struggles which were made by our ancestors for freedom, commencing with Emancipation Day and continuing with the anniversary of the Revolt.“The Revolt, involving more than 11,000 Africans across 55 plantations on the East Coast of Demerara, was the largest revolt of enslaves Africans in Guyana and is one of the most significant in the dismantling of the slave mode of production in the Caribbean.”Amid the sacrifices that were made, he nevertheless acknowledged that it opened an opportunity for the enslaved ancestors to attain freedom through the various rebellions that were planned on the plantations at different periods. However, this day is marked specifically in honour to those who would’ve fought for emancipation during the Demerara Revolt. Insight was also given to the other rebellions which were led in Essequibo and Berbice.A section of the gathering at the remembrance on Monday“The Demerara Revolt was suppressed but it ignited the flame of freedom. News of the bloody suppression and revolt created outrage in Britain. The revolts rolled in the passage of the emancipation act 10 years after. The Cooperative Republic of Guyana designated the 20th of August as Demerara Martyrs Day in homage to the victims of the Demerara Revolt,” President Granger said.Sports and cultural activist, Aaron Blackman remarked, “Those martyrs every year invigorates the peaceful revolution pursued by the conscious African man and woman in our African villages through these commemorative ceremonies that reminds us of our past.”At that time, he also explicated on the importance of education and safe spaces for the development of youths in all communities.On August 18, 1823, people who were enslaved under the British rule enaged in the Demerara Rebellion, revolting for two days. Plans for the rebellion began on August 17, 1823 at Plantation Success and was led by Quamina and his son, Jack Gladstone. During the revolt, Quamina called for peace to remain but his pleas fell on deaf ears and the slaves rebelled the following day. They were killed by the colonial masters after shots were fired into the crowds, killing some 200 persons.After that day, while the revolt had ended, many of the rebels were hunted and killed. Two hundred of them were beheaded while 16 were lined up to be hanged. Gladstone was sent to St Lucia and Quamina was traced and killed in September, 1823.last_img read more

Man accused of forging invoices on bail

first_imgA 39-year-old man was on Wednesday slapped with seven fraud charges and later appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Darwin David, of Lot 11 Vlissengen Road, Georgetown, appeared before Principal Magistrate Faith McGusty.The charges stated that on June 24, 2019, at Camp Street, Georgetown, with intent to defraud, he uttered to Candacy McGregor seven forged invoices valuing at $22,441,903.15, dated from May 20, 2016, to September 24, 2018, purporting to show they were issued by the Giftland Office Max. David was represented by Attorney-at-Law Sase Gunraj, who asked that his client be released on reasonable bail.The court Prosecutor did not object to bail being granted. David was released on $140,000 bail. The case will continue on January 8, 2020.last_img read more

Local high school preps for class reconfiguration

first_imgThe local high school is helping its newest batch of students intigrate into a whole new school system.- Advertisement -School District 60 will be reconfiguring its schools this fall, sending all grade 10 students to the North Peace Secondary School, along with grade 11 and 12 students. Grade 7 students, meanwhile, will move into either the Dr. Kearney or the Bert Bowes Middle Schools, joining the grade 8’s and 9’s. The shift is to create more room in the over-crowded elementary school system.Meagan Thorlakson is on the NPSS student council. Thorlakson says her school is holding an orientation on Thursday, May 13th to help new students become acquainted with life at NPSS.[asset|aid=2859|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=3d87bd0a7f0f9224a3b4e6a0071de139-Meagan Thorlakson 2_1_Pub.mp3] The orientation is also open to all NPSS students, as there will also be representatives from various colleges present.Advertisement By Christine Rumleskie The orientation begins at 7:00 p.m, and will include a tour of the school, along with door prizes and food. The evening should wrap up around 8:30 p.m.Students will get a chance to meet teachers, and also learn about the programs and courses offered at the high school.center_img Thorlakson says while she’s looking forward to seeing new faces at her school, she says she fears that there will be a maturity gap when the new grade ten students arrive.But Superintendant of School District 60, Larry Espe, says there are procedures in place to help new students become familiar with their new surroundings. [asset|aid=2860|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=3d87bd0a7f0f9224a3b4e6a0071de139-Espe 1_5_Pub.mp3] Espe says the reconfiguration couldn’t have come at a better time, now that full-day kindergarten is coming into effect.Advertisementlast_img read more

Fabregas plays down Messi to Chelsea talk, insisting: ‘He is happy at Barcelona’

first_img Lionel Messi 1 Lionel Messi is happy in Barcelona and not engineering a move away from the club, according to his former team-mate and Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas.Messi’s future was thrown into doubt last week after he was dropped for Barcelona’s 1-0 defeat to Real Sociedad, while on Monday he was absent from training.Chelsea had been rumoured as a possible destination for the Argentina international, but Fabregas insists his 27-year-old close pal is content in Spain and unlikely to follow him to Stamford Bridge.“Leo is happy at Barça and Barça are happy with him. All of this is simpler and more normal than what has been mounted with Leo following Chelsea on Instagram,” Fabregas told television show Al Primer Toque.“Messi started to follow me out of respect, I guess. I also currently follow other teams.”last_img read more

British police probe alleged racist attack on Sterling

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling scored two goals in his side’s 4-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad Stadium, on December 16, 2017 © AFP/File / PAUL ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 18 – British police are investigating an alleged racially aggravated assault on Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling before the Premier League leaders’ victory against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.“On Sunday 17 December 2017, police were made aware that a 23-year-old man had been subject to a racially aggravated assault,” a police spokesman said. The Sunday Telegraph newspaper reported that Sterling was apparently kicked and racially abused as he arrived at City’s Etihad Campus on Saturday morning before their 4-1 win over Tottenham, during which the attacker scored twice.The report said a man appeared to be waiting for the 23-year-old England international as he arrived at the training ground to prepare for the game.The newspaper said it is understood that Sterling got out of his car to ask what the problem was but was then kicked in the leg.City have not commented on the matter and a formal complaint has not yet been lodged but police confirmed they are treating it as “a hate crime”.“While an official report has not yet been made, enquiries will be carried out and officers are treating it as a hate crime.”Sterling has been one of the stars of City’s record-breaking season, scoring 15 goals in all competitions as Pep Guardiola’s side have romped clear at the top of the Premier League and racked up 16 straight league wins.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Ghana reaches deal with FIFA to avert dissolution of FA

first_img0Shares0000The documentary “Number 12”, poster shown June 2018, showed GFA officials allegedly soliciting bribes, leading to Ghana’s attorney general taking steps towards dissolving the embattled association © AFP/File / CRISTINA ALDEHUELALAUSANNE, Switzerland, Aug 16 – Ghana on Thursday backed away from controversial plans to dissolve its graft-ridden football federation, as it reached a deal with FIFA to clean up football administration in the country.Ghana’s attorney general had taken steps towards dissolving the embattled Ghana Football Association (GFA) after an explosive documentary in June showed officials allegedly soliciting bribes worth millions of dollars. FIFA countered that it would work with Ghana to tackle corruption but would not allow the GFA’s hasty liquidation.FIFA president Gianni Infantino met a senior delegation from Accra on Thursday with both sides agreeing to “establish a normalisation committee to replace the Executive Committee of the Ghana Football Association,” a FIFA statement said.The committee will be staffed by people with “integrity and competence,” it added.“Satisfied with the above measures, the Government of Ghana shall take steps to discontinue the process for the winding up of the Ghana Football Association,” FIFA further said.Ghana’s attorney general Gloria Akuffo had said it June that “urgent measures” were needed to protect the public against the GFA, which she described as “an instrument for self-aggrandisement by people who run it to make themselves rich.”Football is massively popular in the West African nation.The graft revelations within the GFA sent shockwaves through the country just before the start of the World Cup in Russia. Ghana had failed for the tournament.But the Black Stars captured fans across Africa during a thrilling run to the quarter-finals at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Deliberations under way in murder trial

first_imgPOMONA – Jurors began deliberations Wednesday in the case of two defendants accused of killing a 50-year-old Hacienda Heights man. Jurors heard closing arguments Wednesday and deliberated for a short time before retiring for the night. The jury is deciding whether Juan Tovar, 19, and Anne Harrison, 24, are guilty of murder and gang allegations in the March2004 shooting of James Ramos, who was in front of his home fixing his car to drive to work. The trial moved quickly, with all the evidence and witness testimony presented to the jury in two days. Prosecutor Peter Bliss said the evidence solidly points to Tovar as the shooter and shows Harrison, the driver, pointed out the house and encouraged Tovar to shoot. A witness who was in the car during the shooting testified Monday that Harrison told Tovar to shoot because she erroneously believed the Ramos home to be the home of a “snitch” on a gang member she was romantically involved with. Bliss pointed to a secretly taped jail cell conversation in which Tovar told a fellow gang member the shooting was all Harrison’s idea. “She set up Tovar to do this,” Bliss said. “She’s pulling the strings. … She’s pointing out the house of someone she believes is a snitch, in the presence of someone who’s a hard-core gang member with a shotgun.” Tovar’s attorney, James Horan, placed the blame for the shooting on the witness who testified against Tovar, and said Tovar was falsely taking credit for the shooting in order to elevate his gang status. Horan pointed to discrepancies between the witness’ testimony in court and his earlier statements to detectives. “He can never tell the story remotely the same,” Horan said. Harrison’s attorney, Anthony Kidd, argued Harrison did not aid or abet the crime, and questioned the witness’ credibility. “(Tovar) tries to shift the blame from him to her because he knows they shot the wrong person,” he said. “It doesn’t make sense for Tovar to take orders from an associate.” The jury will continue deliberations and possibly hand down a verdict Thursday. An anonymous informant whose tip-off led to the arrests a year after the shooting will receive a $10,000 reward if the pair is convicted. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more