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OC’s Got Talent Wows Crowd at Hughes Performing Arts Center

first_imgTaylor Pontari, winner of 2020 OC’s Got Talent beams after her performance of “Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera. By IAN CROWLEY Ocean City High School students performed their hearts out to the delight of spectators, some with soft, soothing piano pieces, and others with exciting routines, keeping the audience on the edges of their seats, wondering what will happen next.Eric Wagner started off the show with a bang, performing “Feeling Good” by Michael Bublé. Eric demonstrated his phenomenal vocals and piano skills with this classic, leaving the audience in awe of the stellar performance.Later in the show, came a performance by Sophia and Nate Ginet. “Lava,” a song from the perspective of a lonely volcano looking for someone to love, or rather to “lava,” by James Ford Murphy, received a thunderous applause.Sophia played the Ukelele part to this piece of music while Nate sang, creating a powerful sound that the audience could not seem to get enough of.The Ocean City High School cheerleaders performed a remix that included various numbers, followed by Victoria Robertson who played a famous tune by Adele, that earned her a spot as the second runner-up.And who could forget the band?Members of the band “Adonis” — EJ McKnight, Lane Michael, Kate Palermo, and Maeve Stanford, performed a hit with “Plug In Baby” by Muse. With bass, guitar, vocals, and a drum set, this was expected to be a great song, and it did not disappoint. Audience members moved in their seats with this rock song.Just like the songs before, the rest of them were hit after hit. Hailee Pietrowitz performed “Drive My Car” by the Beatles, followed by the OCHS Jazz Band with “Come Fly With Me” by Frank Sinatra. Dallys Rhubart had an explosive performance with “Grenade” by Bruno Mars, winning her a spot as the first runner-up.The K-Pop dancing group “Double” made the crowd “Feel Special” with their perfectly choreographed dance to the song by Twice. It ended up winning the award for the audience favorite, as member after member took a solo part backed up by seven other dancers.First Runner Up is Dally Rhubart who performed, “Grenade” by Bruno Mars.Before the stunning original piano piece by Ethan Aristizabal, co-host Marissa Guido got revenge on her psychology teacher with a pie to the face to raise money for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.Taylor Pontari finished off the night with her winning performance of “Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera. Similar to the act that started the show, she completed it with her fantastic vocals and superb piano skills.The audience and the contestants appeared to have a wonderful time. And most importantly, it helped benefit the Children’s Hospital of PhiladelphiaAnd no matter what kind of mic you enjoy, there was something for everyone.From Michael Bublé to Beethoven, Adele to Muse, The Beatles to Frank Sinatra, or Bruno Mars to Twice you were sure to have a great time and find something you loved.The program was made possible thanks to the students and staff and local businesses.Second Runner Up: Victoria Robertson won for “To Make You Feel My Love” by Adele.Double performed “Feeling Special” by Twice.  The student group put on a show to the delight of the audience, winning  them the  Audience  Choice Award.Adonis performed “Plug  in Baby” by Muse.  They fired-up the crowd with their  upbeat and hard hitting  sound.Sophia Ginet & Nate Ginet performed “Lava” by James Ford Murphy. The audience  was clearly entertained  and  rewarded  them with enthusiastic applause.last_img read more

Tottenham cannot afford to underestimate Sheffield United, says Morgan

first_imgChris Morgan warned Tottenham will not be able take Sheffield United lightly after the Blades pulled off yet another cup upset, this time humiliating QPR 3-0 at Loftus Road.The third-tier side will face Spurs in the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup having already knocked Southampton and West Ham out of the competition.And their FA Cup third-round victory against Rangers rekindled the spirit of last season, when United beat top-flight sides Fulham and Aston Villa on the way to the semi-finals.First-team coach Morgan, speaking to the media instead of manager Nigel Clough, said: “Everybody in the [Capital One Cup] semi-final draw would have wanted to play us.“The Premier League clubs would want to avoid each other, it’s just the nature of the beast.“But I don’t think people will take us lightly, because of the results we’ve had. In the last calendar year we’ve beaten five Premier League clubs.“The semi-final will be different in that it’s over two legs. But with the atmosphere and the type of performance we can get at home, we know if we’re still in the tie when we get back to Bramall Lane then there will be a game on.“We had a great run last year, getting to the semi-final, and this year we’ve backed that up with some really good performances.”Marc McNulty gave United a first-half lead against the R’s after being put through by Louis Reed.And Jamal Campbell-Ryce netted twice in the second half following defensive aberrations by the home side, first following an error by keeper Alex McCarthy and then after collecting Leroy Fer’s back header.Morgan added: “We were confident but when you come away to Premier League sides you’ve got to work hard and get the blocks in like we did.“We know we can come and compete with top teams. It’s great to have a run in the cup – great for supporters and for the revenue of the club.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Geocaching.com Presents: How to Log a Geocache on Geocaching.com

first_img(Click the ‘CC’ button to watch the video with subtitles in: English and German)[vsw id=”FEQCBv56FiI” source=”youtube” width=”425″ height=”344″ autoplay=”no”]Click on the image to watch the videoWatch this Geocaching.com video for easy tips on how to use logs to share the joy of geocaching and help increase the quality of caches. There are five different log types and a comments section for each. Your Geocaching.com logs are your chance to tell other cachers about a specific cache find, about an event you plan to attend, or even notify a Volunteer Reviewer that a geocache may need archiving.Subscribe to the Official Geocaching.com YouTube channel for the latest tips and tricks in geocaching. Watch the more than 100 videos produced by Geocaching.com on our video page.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGeocaching Year in ReviewJanuary 4, 2013In “Française”Geocaching.com Presents: Puzzle CachingNovember 18, 2012In “Française”3 Tips for New Geocachers – Geocaching.com Weekly NewsletterSeptember 12, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”last_img read more

CBI seeks sanction to prosecute three sitting Trinamool MPs

first_imgThe Central Bureau of Investigation has approached the office of Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla for sanction to prosecute three sitting Trinamool Congress MPs and one former parliamentarian in the Narada sting operation case, said the agency on Thursday.A CBI official said the approval has been sought with respect to MPs Saugata Roy, Kakoli Ghosh and Prasun Banerjee, besides former MP Suvendu Adhikari. Mr. Adhikari is currently the Transport Minister in the State government.Mr. Roy, 73, is an MP from Dum Dum, while Mr. Ghosh, 59, represents the Barasat constituency. Mr. Banerjee, 64, is an MP from Howrah.The agency has been recording statements of witnesses and accused persons in the case, which was registered following a High Court directive in March 2017 to conduct a preliminary inquiry into the allegations. In all, 12 political leaders and an IPS officer were named.The case pertains to a sting operation alleging showing politicians and bureaucrats accepting money from a journalist posing as a representative of a Chennai-based company. In its FIR, the CBI has alleged that sting operation shows Mr. Roy, Mr. Ghosh and Mr. Adhikari accepting ₹5 lakh each from the person posing as representative while Mr. Banerjee could be seen receiving ₹4 lakh for helping in a business venture.On Wednesday, the CBI had examined TMC MP K.D. Singh and Mathew Samuel, editor of Narada News. The agency is preparing to file a chargesheet in the case soon. The maximum sentence for the crimes ranges from five to seven years of imprisonment. (With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Inquirer top 7 UAAP 81 women’s volleyball players: Week 9

first_imgHontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Mary Ann Mendrez. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Lady Warriors may be out of the Final Four race but that doesn’t mean they won’t put up big fights in the tournament.UE made sure it would improve from its two-win campaign in Season 80 when it took its third win this season at the expense of the Lady Falcons, 25-14, 25-19 25-22.In the middle of that win was Mendrez who put up 15 points for the Lady Warriors on 11 attacks, one block, and three service aces.6. Jennifer Nierva (National University, libero)Weeks on list: 4Last week: N/AJennifer Nierva. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJennifer Nierva and National University had quite a turnaround in just a matter of days.The young libero was inconsolable when the Lady Bulldogs lost to FEU, 25-21, 25-19, 25-22, on Wednesday after she tallied just 12 excellent digs and 12 successful receptions.Nierva, who admitted it was unbecoming of her when she cried following the loss to the Lady Tamaraws, then fixed herself up in the game against UP.The Lady Bulldogs stunned the Lady Maroons in five sets, 25-21, 26-24, 17-25, 23-25, 17-15, and Nierva was back in her old self chalking up 30 excellent digs and 27 successful receptions.7. Lourdes Clemente (De La Salle University, middle blocker)Weeks on list: 1Last week: N/ALourdes Clemente. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIn a game that had three of the league’s best blockers on one side, Lourdes Clemente stood her ground for her team. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Clemente, who’s a one-and-done with De La Salle after playing her first four collegiate years at University of Perpetual Help in the NCAA, finished with 10 points for the Lady Spikers.Of those 10 points, a couple were off blocks.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting With that said and done, here are the top seven players who starred in Week 9.1. Cherry Rondina (University of Santo Tomas, outside spiker)Weeks on list: 6Last week: N/ACherry Rondina. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCherry Rondina is finally Final Four-bound.It’s sometimes hard to believe that a player of Rondina’s caliber, a multiple-time member of the national team in both the indoor and beach volleyball circuits, has been to the semifinals just once before 2019.Nevertheless, Rondina showed why she deserves to be in the Final Four after a couple of inspiring performances that earned her the Chooks to Go-Collegiate Press Corps UAAP Player of the Week plum.ADVERTISEMENT Rondina led UST to a 2-0 sweep this week averaging 20.5 points in wins over FEU and UP.She’s also held fort atop the Best Scorers table with a total of 238 points.2. Eya Laure (University of Santo Tomas, outside spiker)Weeks on list: 7Last week: No.4Eya Laure. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRondina isn’t the only one doing the damage for UST.Eya Laure has been Rondina’s steady partner throughout the season and the rookie consistently showed her chops week after week for the Golden Tigresses.In UST’s two games this week, Laure averaged 14 points while keeping her place as the second-best scorer in the league.Laure ended Week 9 with a total of 217 points.3. Jolina Dela Cruz (De La Salle University, opposite hitter)Weeks on list: 4Last week: No.3Jolina dela Cruz. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJolina Dela Cruz makes another appearance on this list.De La Salle’s prized rookie is as consistent as anyone in the league averaging 10.8 points for the Lady Spikers throughout their first 12 games of the season. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Arwind Santos laughs off muffed Spiderman dunk attempt Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles She put up a cool 14-point performance in La Salle’s romp of Ateneo, 25-17, 25-13, 25-23, on Saturday.Dela Cruz’ efforts put her at the eighth spot in the Best Scorers table with a total of 129 points and she’s also the second-highest scoring opposite hitter in the league behind Ateneo’s Kat Tolentino who has 172.4. Michelle Cobb (De La Salle University, setter)Weeks on list: 1Last week: N/AMichelle Cobb. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDe La Salle’s Michelle Cobb is a late debutant on the list and she made her first appearance through one cerebral approach.La Salle faced Ateneo’s troika of blockers in Maddie Madayag, Kat Tolentino, and Bea De Leon with all three leading the Best Blockers table prior to the Saturday game.Cobb, all 5-foot-4 of her, was having none of that hullabaloo concerning the Lady Eagles.Using her smarts, Cobb outwitted the whole Ateneo team, setting up her attackers to the best spots possible negating any advantage the Lady Eagles may have had prior to the match.Ateneo, which averaged a league-best 2.62 kill blocks per set before the game, had a zilch on that department against the Lady Spikers.Cobb finished with 16 excellent sets, five less than what her Atenean counterpart Deanna Wong had, but those assists looked convincingly better and it did bring the Lady Spikers the victory.5. Mary Ann Mendrez (University of the East, outside spiker)Weeks on list: 2Last week: N/A Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Every week, INQUIRER Sports will be ranking the seven best performers in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament. The author will base the rankings on the players’ team standings, statistics, and the intangibles that don’t appear on the stat sheets.MANILA, Philippines—The Final Four is officially set and with one week to spare in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Ateneo lost its lone game this week but still maintained its hold of the top seed at 10-2 while De La Salle, the victor of the game, is in second at 9-3.University of Santo Tomas (9-4) and Far Eastern University (8-5) clinched Final Four spots with the help of National University.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Lady Bulldogs (4-9), who are the No. 6 team, defeated University of the Philippines in a five-set thriller and in the process eliminated the fifth-seeded Lady Maroons (6-7) from the Final Four picture.University of the East is in seventh with a 3-9 card while Adamson University is at the bottom of the standings at 1-11.last_img read more

Sydney T20I: India look to level series vs Australia after rain frustrations

first_imgIndia will be looking for yet another solid bowling performance against a brittle Australian top-order in the third and final T20 International in Sydney on Sunday. Virat Kohli’s team faces a must-win situation in the final match after rain took away the opportunity to level the series.India are unbeaten in T20I engagements since July 2017, when they last lost to West Indies in a one-off game in the Caribbean. They have won 20 out of 27 T20Is since then in different conditions and against varying opposition.In doing so, India are unbeaten in nine consecutive T20I series since August 2017, including a drawn two-match contest against Australia at home (October 2017).Virat Kohli is still a work in progress as captain: VVS Laxman to India TodayThey have won seven consecutive T20I series since the Nidahas Trophy win in the tri-series in Sri Lanka (also including Bangladesh) and beating England away 2-1 in the summer gone past, are the highlights of this unbeaten run.Last time in Australia, back in 2016, India had won the T20I series with an unprecedented 3-0 margin.Isn’t easy to come and play in Australia, says Khaleel Ahmed after 2nd T20IAfter failing to cross the line in the rain-hit first T20I, the visitors showed terrific comeback to restrict Australia at a moderate total in the second contest before rain washed out India’s chance to level the series as the visitors didn’t even face a single ball.The Indian bowlers came out all guns blazing in Melbourne and Kohli will once again like them to replicate the show.advertisementIndia vs Australia 2nd T20I: Ben McDermott frustrated as rain plays spoilsports at MCGOpener Shikhar Dhawan, who played a classy knock of 76 off 42 deliveries in Brisbane, showed the kind of havoc he could create and it is expected of him to blast again for one final time in the series.Unlike Dhawan, his partner Rohit Sharma failed to fire in the first game, but the opener is an experienced campaigner and it is a matter of just a few deliveries for him to click.Meanwhile in the first game, the ploy of promoting Rahul to the No.3 slot didn’t work and the team management could restore the skipper to his usual batting position.India vs Australia, 2nd T20I: HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARD | REPORTThe middle order looks settled with stumper Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik in good nick. The duo came out all guns blazing in Brisbane and their knocks brought the visitors back in the hunt while chasing a challenging total.However, Pant’s inexperience was clearly visible as the Delhi stumper played an unwanted and completely immature shot to throw his wicket.Australia fined for slow over rate in Brisbane T20I against IndiaComing to India’s bowling, pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar was accurate with the leather after conceding just 20 runs from his three overs besides picking up a couple of wickets. Jasprit Bumrah also bowled well with figures of 1/20 from four overs.Also, K Khaleel Ahmed, who was clobbered for 55 runs in Brisbane, showed signs of improvement after scalping two wickets for 39 runs from four overs.On the other hand, Australia would once again expect fireworks from Glenn Maxwell and all-rounder Marcus Stoinis, who failed in the last contest. The all-rounder was effective both with the bat and ball in Brisbane and would like to repeat it again.Ben McDermott also showed he could be a surprise package for the visitors after a sensible 30-ball 32 in Melbourne.Also, Adam Zampa proved beneficial for the host in the first game and the Australian team management will once again hope their side replicate the Brisbane show here.Teams:India: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik (Wicket-keeper), Rishabh Pant, Krunal Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Khaleel Ahmed, Washington Sundar.Australia: Aaron Finch (Captain), Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (Wicket-keeper), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Lynn, Ben McDermott, Glenn Maxwell, D’Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa.(With IANS inputs)last_img read more