Hornets’ Valentin enjoyed impressive first year

first_imgFrosh was SC all around Champion Holmdel High School freshman Kendall Valentin has risen onto the high school gymnastics scene this year, winning the all-around title at the Shore Conference championships. BY MATTHEW ROCCO Correspondent center_img Middletown South’s Tim McCardle looks to run to daylight during the Nov. 12 Central Jersey Group III game against Steiner played in Middletown. The Eagles advanced to the semifinals with a 35-8 victory. ERIC SUCAR staff “She was kind of an unknown, and she quietly took everybody by surprise,” Holmdel head coach Liz Porter said. “If they didn’t know her then, they know her now.”Valentin scored a total of 37.55 points at the championship meet, which was held at Brick Memorial High School on Oct. 30. She also took first place on the uneven bars.“Kendall works well under pressure. She definitely rose to the occasion,” Porter said.At the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group I meet on Nov. 6, Valentin finished in a third-place tie with Freehold Borough’s Jenna Crisalli for the allaround title.The NJSIAA state championship meets were held last week at Montgomery High School. Valentin’s best performance at the individual event on Nov. 13 came on the uneven bars, where she scored a 9.575, which put her in a three-way tie for second place.“I am definitely going to go all-out, but it would be nice to win or be in the top three,” Valentin said prior to the individual event.Valentin has had the support of her older teammates who have helped her along the way.“The older girls definitely support me. They are all coming [to the state individual championships] even though they didn’t make it,” she said.When asked about her objectives before the school year began, Valentin explained that she did not expect to find success in her first year.“I hear from a lot of people who weren’t successful at first,” Valentin said. “I was a little surprised.”Although she is new to high school gymnastics, Valentin has competed at USA Gymnastics meets, gaining some experience before entering high school.“It’s definitely an adjustment,” Valentin said of the transition from USAG to high school gymnastics. She added that the high school rulebook presented a challenge because it differs from USAG rules.Valentin has made an impression on high school gymnastics and her team. In addition to her success at individual meets, Valentin has been an important part of Holmdel’s squad.“Kendall has been a great asset to our team. She comes to every practice and every meet. She got better as the season went on by working harder. In addition to being a great gymnast, she is a great team player,” Porter said.“I was pretty sure Kendall would be one of the top gymnasts in the area,” Porter added. “She has a great work ethic. She’s there for her team. Kendall is a nice kid, down to earth, and loved by her teammates.”Valentin, the daughter of former Boston Red Sox and New York Mets infielder John Valentin, has gained a remarkable amount of experience as a freshman, putting herself ahead of future competitors.“I have definitely gained a lot of insight. It gives me self-confidence,” Valentin said. “Having experience is always good.”last_img read more

Defence kick 9 goals to thrash West

first_imgIt was a battle at the University of PNG grounds between the bottom two teams with the final score at 9.8.62 to 0.1.1 in favor of Defence.The end of the first quarter saw Defence take a 7 point lead.West scored their only point in this quarter.The second quarter is where Defence let loose booting four unanswered goals.The last two quarters brought more humiliation for West as they conceded 5 more goals.In the top of the table, the first placed Koboni beat second placed Bomana Cats 7.4.46 to 5.8.38.In other results from the men’s A Reserve games, the Bomana Cats edged out Koboni 6.2.38 to 5.6.36 while the Gordons Kokofas defeated the University Tigers 3.6.24 to 1.4.10. Just like their A Grade team, Defence annihilated West 8.3.51 to 1.1.7.last_img read more

Tornadoes get Jaja back

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Vargas, Tolentino seek tro Jaja Santiago. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGood news for RC Cola-Army:  It finally got its groove back.Bad news: Jaja Santiago will be back in action for Foton.ADVERTISEMENT Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND EDITORS’ PICK Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Just when RC Cola-Army coach Kungfu Reyes felt they have turned the corner with a methodical straight-sets win over Cignal, the Lady Troopers run into the Tornadoes today in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at Philsports Complex.“Jaja’s return would be such a big boost to Foton,” Reyes said of the Foton ace, who’s returning from a 12-day training in Japan with National University.  “So we have to prepare ourselves and be ready.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentBut Reyes said they welcome the bigger challenge in the 3 p.m. match, and judging from their 25-13, 25-15, 25-10 disposal of Cignal last Tuesday, they are up to the task.“That’s the Army team I used to know,”  said Reyes. “While I’m glad that we’re gaining back our groove, we still have to work hard because the next few games will be very crucial.” We are young PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Cignal and winless Generika clash in the battle of lowly clubs at 12:30 p.m. —Marc Anthony Reyes Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Payton enjoys mingling with Filipino fans in third PH visit

first_imgGary Payton during the meet-and-greet at the NBA Store in Glorietta. Photo by Mark GiongcoNBA legend Gary Payton will meet and interact with avid fans in basketball hotbed Cebu where the fourth NBA Store in the Philippines opens on Thursday at Ayala Center.Payton, a one-time NBA champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist, arrived in Manila on Tuesday and had lengthy talk with the Filipino media at the flagship NBA Store at Glorietta 3 in Makati during the meet-and-greet in the evening.ADVERTISEMENT Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine EDITORS’ PICK PH among economies most vulnerable to virus As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise We are young Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND UAAP women’s basketball: Lady Falcons claim last semis spot Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town View comments Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes The store in Cebu is also the first in the Visayas region, bringing the NBA experience to more fans across the country.During his media availability, Payton was overwhelmed with the number of people who showed up to catch him in the flesh, ask for autographs and take selfies.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent“A lot of these NBA fans have never seen me in person and now they got to see me in person and that’s great. I’m having fun coming in cities like this and seeing how popular I am and bringing a turnout like this—it’s great for me to do that,” said the 48-year-old Payton, who was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013.Payton had a celebrated NBA career that lasted 17 years. He was a nine-time All-Star and 10-time All-Defensive Team member. Nicknamed “The Glove” for his defensive prowess, Payton is in town for the third time. He, along with former stars Chris Webber, Glen Rice and Mitch Richmond, played in front of Filipino fans during the NBA Asia Challenge in 2010 held at Araneta Coliseum.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports MOST READ Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capaslast_img read more

Mighty Sports completes Jones Cup sweep

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division Phelps led Mighty Sports with 24 points while Moore and Joseph Yeo added 16 and 11 points, respectively.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian LATEST STORIES Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Mighty Sports in the Jones Cup. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—Mighty Sports-Go for Gold completed its dominant sweep with an 81-71 rout of Taiwan-B in its final game in the 2019 William Jones Cup Xinzhuang Gym in New Taipei City.Despite the absence of Renaldo Balkman, who suffered a broken nose in Mighty Sports previous game, the Philippine representatives held their fort and duplicated their 8-0 record from 2016.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Benefits of township living View comments Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ PBA playoffs: San Miguel lives to fight another day, turns back no. 2 NorthPort MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station Eugene Phelps and McKenzie Moore exchanged a couple of dunks for Mighty Sports before Jason Brickman’s driving layup put the team at the 77-67 advantage, practically sealing the match.“We missed the energy and power of Renaldo but it was a good win for the team, everybody contributed,” said Mighty Sports head coach Charles Tiu.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe sweep also gave the Philippines its sixth title in the annual tournament.“As they say, it’s sweeter the second time around. The boys really played well,” said Mighty Sports owner Alex Wongchuking. “We’re also happy because we gave our kababayans here real entertainment.” MOST READlast_img read more

Bipartisan committee needed to investigate allegations of corruption

first_imgDear Editor,It’s a sad day when persons placed in the public trust ignore professional ethics and social responsibility and make fools of themselves in the media, trying to defend the indefensible. I refer to a letter written by the apologist for Carol Joseph, the CEO of the Region 5 RDC, Mr Ovid Morrison, which was published on April 25, 2017.In his response to a previous letter written by me detailing the abuse of the addictive drug Pethidine by the discredited former APNU/AFC RDC Councillor, Morrison correctly stated, “Ms Joseph could not have accessed these drugs all by herself, since they are kept under secure circumstances at the Hospital”, and, “The dosages of medication Ms Joseph received were prescribed by doctors.”Morrison is also correct when he wrote, “I must note, however, that implicit in the allegations of her abuse of medication at the Fort Wellington Cottage Hospital is the insinuation that the doctors at this hospital were less than professional; or worse, (were) aided and abetted Ms Joseph in her alleged abuse.”But nowhere in his letter did he question why, despite repeated complaints of drug abuse by Carol Joseph, an investigation was not done by the Regional Medical Officer of Region 5, Dr Steven Cheefoon. Neither did he explain his reasons for instructing the RHO to immediately transfer the whistle-blower, Staff Nurse/Midwife Sherilyn Marks, from the Fort Wellington Hospital, where she performed exemplary service for the past four years.Instead, REO Ovid Morrison sought to defend allegations of medical misconduct by two doctors working at the Fort Wellington Hospital under his administration. Those doctors helped to facilitate this addiction.Then there is the allegation of medical misconduct against the RHO himself; who, knowing the history of her addiction, wrote a prescription on October 25, 2016 for Carol Joseph in someone else’s name, and ordered his staff at the nurses’ station to administer the drug to her, despite their refusal to do so on the ground that the prescription presented by Joseph was not in her name. I have evidence of the RHO’s initials being on the prescription and on the Dangerous Drug Act book, certifying that the drug was given on that very day.Morrison should know that the RHO never signs this book, but was forced to do so because the certifying nurse refused to be part of this illegal act and also because the administering of this drug has to be certified in the book, as required by the Dangerous Drugs Act.Disturbingly, I am aware that despite the immense coverage the Carol Joseph drug abuse was given in the press, she is still accessing Pethidine from the Fort Wellington Hospital, and this with the knowledge of the RHO. And the nursing staff are being threatened with being transferred, like Nurse Marks was, if “they talk” about it.Is the RHO, Dr Steven Cheefoon, so oblivious to the seriousness of what he is allowing to take place at this hospital? Or is he doing so with the approval of an arrogant Government which is determined to take care of their own?The public disclosure of Carol Joseph’s addiction forced her resignation as a Region 5 RDC Councillor; she did not do so voluntarily. After being investigated by the police for allegations of fraud at the Mahaicony/Abary Rice Development Scheme (MARDS), followed closely by the disclosure of her addiction, she was undoubtedly fast becoming an embarrassment and liability to the PNC-dominated APNU. What other reason could be given for her abrupt “resignation” from that group as well? She had to go. But now she need professional help to recover from her addiction, and should not be allowed to continue feeding it. But this is exactly what is being done with Dr Cheefoon’s knowledge and approval.I have documented evidence that shows Carol Joseph has been getting this drug since 2008. So how does REO Ovid Morrison explain, or even try to justify, the actions of the two doctors under his administration, who collectively are responsible for writing these prescriptions for Carol Joseph all these years? Surely, the doctors must have known they were contributing to her addiction. The question is: “Why?”But now that the REO is aware of all the allegations of drug abuse and medical misconduct taking place under his watch at the Fort Wellington Hospital in Region 5, I expect that he would act professionally and advise the Ministry of Public Health to name a special bipartisan committee to investigate these allegations of corruption.Sincerely,Harry Gill, MP (PPP)last_img read more

I’m my own worst enemy, says blundering Vettel

first_img“The biggest enemy is me,” the German told reporters at the Marina Bay street circuit.Vettel’s lapses have cost him points at races in Azerbaijan, France, Germany and Italy that could have seen him leading the championship with seven of the 21 races to go.Instead Vettel is playing catch-up and he knows he cannot afford any more gaffes.“It is pretty straightforward,” he said. “He (Hamilton) is ahead at the moment so he is the one to beat. But we have had the chances.“It doesn’t help when you start from the front row and you end up facing the wrong way,” he said of his first lap spin at Monza two weeks ago, which left him at the back of the pack.“We need to look after ourselves and if we do that we have a good chance to win races.”Vettel said the boo-boo that had hurt the most was at his home grand prix when he crashed in rain while leading comfortably near the end, allowing Hamilton to take the chequered flag.“I think most important is that I know what happened and I can explain it, and then everyone is free to have their own views on what happened,” he said.“I would have loved to win in Germany, for sure, but I’m not too bothered and I’m generally looking forward, and not focusing on what we all could have done differently to avoid what happened.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Vettel’s driving blunders have cost him points at races in Azerbaijan, France, Germany and Italy that could have seen him leading the championship © AFP / Roslan RAHMANSINGAPORE, Singapore, Sep 13 – Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel admitted Thursday he had been his own worst enemy in his Formula One title duel with Lewis Hamilton.Vettel has made a series of driving blunders to leave him 30 points behind the Englishman as they go into this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix.last_img read more

Shooting range next to landfill?

first_img“We’re absolutely supportive of having a police training facility on our property. We feel it’s an extension of the work we do in the community, in terms of being a partner with groups like the Simi Valley Police Department that are trying to stretch resources,” Cole said. A new shooting range could also be used by other local, state and federal law enforcement officers who live in the Simi Valley area and want to use a local shooting range to fulfill their shooting qualification requirements. Simi Valley alone has 125 officers who use ranges to meet their skill requirements about once a month, said Simi Valley police Capt. Ron Chambers. “We’ve been looking for a new range since we had to close the Hopetown range in the late 1980s,” said Chambers, referring to the department’s old shooting site in the Corriganville area at the east end of the city. “The (landfill buffer) area lends itself to a range. It’s surrounded by steep hills on three sides with access from the fourth site. It’s a remote area, kind of a box canyon.” Although the range might be used by law enforcement officers from various agencies, the city does not plan to open it as a public shooting range, Sedell said. Because of safety and noise concerns, a shooting range needs a wide area of open space, which makes appropriate land difficult to find in a suburban area, he added. “We need a buffer zone of open space,” Sedell said. “The area around the landfill would be secluded. It would be secure. We don’t want people in the neighborhoods disturbed when they hear gunfire. In the area near the landfill you wouldn’t have the noise complaints.” City officials have been talking to Waste Management about a shooting range by the landfill for several years, and the project has absolutely nothing to do with Waste Management’s efforts to double the landfill’s size. The proposal to expand the landfill in unincorporated territory just northwest of Simi Valley has been submitted to Ventura County officials for review. eric.leach@dailynews.com (805) 583-7602160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In any case, the cost savings of having a local shooting range will quickly add up to cover the costs, he said. “It will probably pay for itself within two or three years,” Sedell said. Simi Valley police now drive into Angeles National Forest in the mountains north of La Ca ada Flintridge to fulfill their firearms qualification requirements under an annual lease agreement, and the trip costs the the department money for gas and wear and tear. “All of this adds up. There’s also a significant overtime cost,” Sedell said. Kit Cole, a spokeswoman for Waste Management Inc., which owns the landfill, said while her company and the police agree on the concept, the details remain unresolved. SIMI VALLEY – City officials hope to build a new shooting range next to the Simi Valley Landfill in a project they say should eventually save the city’s Police Department thousands of dollars a year in travel costs and overtime. City Manager Mike Sedell said the city wants to build the shooting range in a buffer zone around the landfill and has selected a potential site for the project that the city would like to complete within 18 months. But a final location hasn’t been determined and would be subject to noise studies and a review by Ventura County officials, he said, explaining that city officials haven’t figured out how much work will be involved or exactly how much it will all cost. “It depends on what kind of infrastructure we have to put in,” he said. last_img read more

Pep out of home-price rises

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The median home price across Southern California edged up to a record-high $480,000 in February, but the annual increase was the weakest in months, and sales fell to their lowest level in five years, an industry tracker said Tuesday. The narrowing appreciation and sales continued to demonstrate that the once-hot residential real estate market has cooled significantly, said the report from La Jolla-based DataQuick Information Systems. Last month 19,905 new and previously owned homes and condominiums were sold across the six-county region from Ventura to San Diego, down 7 percent from a year earlier and 0.9 percent from January. A decline from January to February is normal. February’s sales total was the lowest for that month since 2001, when 18,040 homes were sold. The strongest February in DataQuick’s statistics was in 2004, when 23,004 homes were sold. The weakest was in 1991, when 10,025 homes were sold. The price increase, an annual 12.9 percent, was the smallest since a 12.7 percent gain in March 2002. “It’s numbers like these that both bubble theorists and market cheerleaders can pounce on to make their points. Reality is more mundane,” said DataQuick’s president, Marshall Prentice. He notes that the market frenzy is past, and buyers and sellers are entering a new phase of the residential real estate cycle. A clearer picture of the new trend should emerge next month, Prentice said. Annual price gains ranged from a low of 6.4 percent in San Diego County to a high of 27.7 percent in San Bernardino County, the most affordable market in the region, with a median price of $373,000. But prices have been basically flat for about six months, and San Diego has seen single-digit increases for 10 consecutive months. DataQuick’s report showed that: In Los Angeles County, sales fell an annual 9.2 percent, and the median price increased 15.6 percent to $490,000. Ventura County’s median price increased 18.6 percent to $618,000, and sales fell 8.8 percent to 804 transactions. “I find these numbers to be fairly comforting,” said DataQuick analyst John Karevoll. “There’s probably a fairly good balance between supply and demand.” The typical monthly mortgage payment that buyers committed to paying in February was $2,251, up from $2,162 in January and from $1,905 a year earlier, according to the company. Adjusted for inflation, current payments are about 2.7 percent above typical payments in the spring of 1989, the peak of the previous real estate cycle. Unlike then, indicators of market distress are still largely absent, the company reported. Financing with adjustable-rate mortgages has dropped significantly during the last three months as those rates moved closer to what is being charged for longer-term home loans. And foreclosure activity is edging up from its bottom, but is still low. Down-payment sizes are stable, as are flipping rates and buying of homes not to be occupied by owners. Karevoll expects the market to be wobbly for the next few months. Jack Kyser, chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., said that the economy is on sound footing and sees no signs of the kind of collapse that chilled the market in the early 1990s. But he, too, agrees that the peak is past. “The character of the market has changed,” Kyser said. “We have to see what the course is over the next couple of months.” greg.wilcox@dailynews.com (818) 713-3743last_img read more

Why Daniel Levy could be trolling all of us over comments on Spurs’ spending

first_img Daniel Levy, the Tottenham Hotspur chairman 1 Daniel Levy, the Tottenham Hotspur chairman, has divided fans over his comments defending Spurs’ lack of activity in this summer’s transfer market.He said: “We have a duty to manage the club appropriately,” as quoted by BBC Sport.“Some of the activity that is going on at the moment is just impossible for it to be sustainable… you can’t keep doing it.”But while the above may sound a somewhat reasonable justification for so far not competing with rivals to sign players, some have found his words tough to stomach given Manchester City were told to pay £50million for full-back Kyle Walker earlier this month.So, see how a selection of fans have reacted to his comments…last_img read more