Hot Shot proves size no issue for Harlem Globetrotters

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Her son is enjoying every moment.“I dreamed of this moment as a kid,” he says. “I never thought I’d be a Harlem Globetrotter. It makes this a Cinderella magical story. It’s just amazing. The journey. The work. Practicing everyday. Overcoming adversity. Proving to people that I could be here, that I could play.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone But if he’ll take part, along with the rest in the entertainment, then “Hot Shot” is anything but a curiosity — he is a real basketball player through and through.Questions and doubts about his abilities are nothing new — he grew up with them, being stared at, pointed at and made fun of.“I’m proving myself everyday,” he smiles.“Every gym, every city I walk into, people are staring down, some are laughing, asking ‘who is little dude? What can he do?’ And that first shot, or that first move, people are going crazy.”Born to a dwarf mom and an average height dad, Swanson learned to dribble and walk at the same time, recalls mom Sabrina.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Feel seven foot tall’He quickly became inseparable from the ball, keeping a portable hoop and playing day and night, driving the neighbors crazy. “I used to read my book and dribble the basketball at the same time,” he says.When he started playing organized basketball at the age of eight or nine, Sabring says “they wanted to treat him a little different. I told them: ‘no, treat him like everybody else’.”But if he had to work 10 times harder than anyone else, Jahmani proved himself a formidable player, mastering the basketball and shooting a hoop designed for players at least well over a foot (40 cm) taller.His mom only ever treated him and his brother as though they were average size people. “She prepped us… That’s how I live my life. When I’m walking the street, I feel like I’m seven foot tall.”His role models were not dwarf players or the smaller men in the NBA, but the towering legend of them all — six foot, six Michael Jordan.“Everything he did, I practiced,” he says. Sometimes he even sticks out his tongue, Jordan-style as he goes to the basket.Fifty-year-old Sabrina couldn’t be prouder.“He didn’t make the NBA but he’s entertaining and inspiring the whole world on how you could do anything you want if you put your heart and soul to it,” she says.“We don’t want to let it go to his head. That’s why I stay around.” 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 Born and bred in Harlem, a New Yorker through and through, who’s Globetrotter nickname as “Hot Shot,” his debut at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn proved that he is already the team’s most popular player.A social media sensation with a litany of YouTube videos dubbed “Mani Love,” “Lil Engine” or “The Athlete” that showcase his unique style of play, dribbling the ball between the legs of challengers, thrashing actor Jamie Foxx in a one-on-one or shooting a hoop from all angles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I think he’s a nice addition, just because of his size. That brings a lot of attention to him,” says Kenyon Pickering, who watched the game with his children. “He’s definitely going to sell a lot of tickets.”Swanson, who is at least 22 centimeters (over eight inches) shorter than any other Globetrotter ever, is excellent advertising for the entertaining team who have dazzled millions around the world with basketball wizardry. LATEST STORIES Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img Harlem Globetrotter’s “Hot Shot” Swanson (#9) is lifted in the air by “Beast” Douglas during their game against the Washington Generals at the Barclays Center December 26, 2017 in New York.AFP PHOTO / DON EMMERT / With AFP Story by Thomas URBAINKnown as the “Michael Jordan of dwarf basketball,” Jahmani Swanson is only four foot five, but he’s now a Harlem Globetrotter, electrifying fans in the culmination of a childhood dream.Signing with the world-famous exhibition team earlier this month for their 2018 world tour, the 32-year-old was mobbed on court by dozens of fans queueing for a photo or an autograph after his first appearance.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Jalen Green puts Kai Sotto on a poster: ‘I just want to put on a show’

first_imgJalen Green is the Slam Dunk king. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOEven before Jalen Green claimed his rightful throne as the 2018 Darlington NBTC Slam Dunk king, he had already delivered one of his most memorable slams in the tournament.The 6-foot-5 guard from San Joaquin Memorial High School went up for a tomahawk dunk over the 7-foot-1 Kai Sotto in the third quarter of the 2018 Darlington NBTC Division 1 All-Star Game Friday, sending everyone at Mall of Arena on their feet.ADVERTISEMENT In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Unfortunately for Green, Sotto had the last laugh as Team Cherifer Hustle got the 99-91 win against Team Cherifer Heart.Sotto chipped in 15 points, seven rebounds, and two blocks for his side against Green’s 11 markers, two boards, and two assists.Still, the Fresno native relished this rare experience to compete with the best high school talents in the country.“It’s been great. Since I came here, the competition has been good, better than the States, honestly. They don’t call ticky-tack fouls, they let you play and that’s what I like to do. I like to come out and play aggressive the whole time. Teaming up with the best players in the Philippines is always good,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Sotto, however, downplayed the exchange and even asked his teammate Dave Ildefonso: “Bakit big deal yun? (Why is that a big deal?)”Of course, whenever a 7-foot giant gets dunked on is sure to hit the headlines.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkGreen, who woed the crowd with his electrifying dunks in his run in the National Finals, though, said that all he wanted was to give the crowd a show.“I was gonna come out and put on a show for people who haven’t seen me play. I owe it to the boys to put on the effort to come out and give it my all,” he said. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:22SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi02:14Carpio 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 Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.center_img Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims View comments Jalen Green rules NBTC slam dunk Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comebacklast_img read more

US registration fake

first_imgAircraft found at YupukariDays after a Joint Services patrol discovered an illegal aircraft at the Yupukari Airstrip, in Region Nine (Upper Takatu-Upper Essequibo), local investigators are saying that the United States registration number on the aircraft is fake.This was disclosed by Minister of State Joseph Harmon on Thursday at the post Cabinet briefing. Updating the media on the probe, the Minister noted that the aircraft bore US registration N-767-Z; however, when checks were made with the US authorities as to the owner of the aircraft, it was revealed that the registration was bogus.“That registration is a US registration, however, subsequent checks by the team from the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), (Guyana) Civil Aviation Authority, CANU (Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit) and the Guyana Police Force, it was discovered that that registration is a bogus registration. There is another aircraft flying (Wednesday) in the United States of America with the same registration number,” Harmon disclosed.Based on reports received from the GDF, the discovery was made following information received by a Joint Service patrol on Tuesday, September 13. The following day, ranks from the Defence and Police Forces visited the area sometime around 09:50h and conducted a search, during which the twin engine Cessna aircraft was discovered.Subsequently, a team of investigators from the GDF, GPF and CANU was deployed to the area to conduct investigations. According to Harmon, the aircraft was found hidden in the bushes.“It was off of the airstrip itself and there seemed to have been some kind of a camouflage kind-of net that was thrown over it and it was partly in the bushes,” the Minister stated.He went on to say that while he cannot divulge much information since the probe is ongoing at the site, it appears as though the aircraft has been there for a few days. However, the Minister noted that it could not have been there longer because the Joint Service patrols monitor the North and South Rupununi on a regular basis and is in touch with the residents of the communities in these areas.“So they are in touch with the villages and with the communities and that connection of information from the community to joint services is working well for the defence and security of our borders,” the Minister of State outlined.Nevertheless, Harmon stated the team there is examining the aircraft to determine whether any cargo was brought into the country on the aircraft. “They are checking on that and as soon as we have information that we can release, we will let you have that information,” he assured.The discovery of the aircraft at the active airstrip has spurred suspicions of narcotics trafficking, which is prevalent in Guyana’s hinterland region. In fact, Minister Harmon had disclosed that that area is under regular and constant surveillance following an incident in the past whereby a nearby airstrip was used by an aircraft that was connected to the illegal drug trade.last_img read more

Ebola Fight Takes Community Approach

first_imgSince Ebola got to worsen in Liberia beginning July, sensitization on precaution and prevention has actively concentrated on government, organizations and institutions. This time, however, seems not to be obligation of only organizations and institutions, but community members as well.It is based on this thought that members of the Spring Field Community under the banner, “Spring Field Community United Against Ebola” have seen the need to launch community awareness initiative to get dwellers take every precautionary measure against Ebola.Mrs. Abigail T. Gbessagee-Hanky, Coordinator of the group, explained to the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview during the launching that the move is intended to buttress government’s effort in sensitizing the community to do all it can to prevent the spread of the disease.She said government and a few institutions involved in the awareness cannot reach all, and therefore they have to approach it at the community level to save people from the disease.“We hear the news about what’s unfolding, and our knowledge is that communities rise up to help Government fight the deadly Ebola. It is against this backdrop that we decided to form a community task force to buttress efforts of community leaders and government,” Mrs. Gbessagee-Hanky stressed.When sensitization on Ebola intensified, institutions and organizations sprang up in an effort to form parts of the process perhaps to secure funding either from government or international organizations, such as the World Health Organization (WHO).However, the SFCUAE coordinator noted that they have no source of funding from government or international organization, but collect dues from the group’s members to do what they need to do.She also indicated that only prominent community members contribute to the initiative by giving materials and in rare instances money.The launch of the community awareness was attended by some personalities including businessman Harry Greaves, Liberia Water & Sewer Corporation Managing Director, Charles Allen, amongst others.Mr. Greaves, who served as the chief launcher, commended the community group for the initiative and said it is necessary that people get involved because the presence of the disease has brought serious setbacks in the running of businesses across the country.For LWSC Managing Director Charles Allen, he said the Ebola epidemic should teach Liberians a lesson to think and begin to approach their environment and other activities in a different way.Mr. Allen observed that Liberians do not clean their environment, stressing further, “Governance and leadership also play serious role in the retrogressive move of the country.”Attendants were educated through power point presentation on the spread and presentation of Ebola, and children all believed to be 12 years read short written messages about the disease.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgA football fan fell of the wagon and was caught drink-driving after watching Finn Harps play Longford Town.Damien Dervin, a Longford fan, had driven from Longford to Ballybofey to watch his team play.He was spotted by Gardai on March 24th last swerving and almost hitting a car in his Caddy van. When Gardai stopped Dervin he had a strong smell of alcohol and there was a bottle of beer in the cupholder.Solicitor Kevin McElhinney told Letterkenny Dsitrict Court today his client usually didn’t drink and drive but simply fell off the wagon after driving from Longford.Mr Dervin, who is in his 40s and from Cahanagh, Longford, has two kids and has battled alcohol problems.Judge Denis McLaughlin fined him €300 and disqualified him from driving for three years.MAN FELL OFF WAGON AFTER WATCHING FINN HARPS PLAY LONGFORD was last modified: April 15th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Damien Dervinfinn harpsLetterkenny District CourtLongford Townlast_img read more


first_imgA homecoming event for Gerard Byrne from Donegal town took place tonight after he won the U-12 Irish World Dancing Championships in Dublin yesterday.The Drimarone native beat of stiff competition to pick up the world title.Supporters crammed the Diamond to cheer the youngster home. Said neighbour Seamus Campbell: “We are delighted for Gerard. He has done the whole county proud by becoming the best in the world.”DONEGAL TOWN DANCER GERARD IS ON TOP OF THE WORLD! was last modified: April 18th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal TownGerard ByrneWorld Irish Dancing Championlast_img read more

Get To Know Volleyball’s Michelle Thommi

first_imgMichelle Thommi is a senior libero on the Drake volleyball team that currently leads the Missouri Valley Conference in total digs with 165 this season and currently ranks fifth all-time at Drake in digs with 1,141 career digs.Watch the above video to find out what attracted Thommi to Drake University, her favorite things about her sport, her future goals and what it’s like to stand at just 5-3 in a sport dominated by height. Print Friendly Versionlast_img


first_imgCharlie McConalogue TD says patients in Donegal are facing delayed diagnoses and poorer patient outcomes as a result of ever increasing waiting lists at Letterkenny General Hospital.Letterkenny General HospitalThe latest figures from the National Treatment Purchase Fund reveal that there were 16,221 on outpatient waiting lists at Letterkenny General Hospital in April. More than 5,500 of those have been waiting over a year to see a consultant.That’s a year on year increase of 328.5% Deputy McConalogue commented, “The continuing escalation of waiting list numbers at Letterkenny General Hospital is nothing short of alarming. The Health Minister’s complete inaction on this crisis is inexcuseable. As a doctor he should be well aware of the consequences of delayed diagnosis, yet the number of people waiting more than 12 months for an outpatient appointment has rocketed over the past year. Minister Varadkar’s failure to come up with a tangible plan to deal with this growing problem is leading to increased backlogs in the system and extreme frustration and anxiety among patients.“The situation is further exacerbated in Donegal because of the refusal by the Saolta Hospital Group to provide follow-up treatment to patients who were outsourced under the 2013 Out Patients Initiative. This has led to a situation whereby hundreds of patients who had been waiting over a year for treatment were transferred to other hospitals for assessment and treatment as part of the scheme. However, because of funding shortfalls hundreds of these patients have now been amalgamated back into the public waiting lists placing additional pressure on the system.“This Government downgraded the National Treatment Purchase Fund in favour of James Reilly’s Special Delivery Units. This framework has failed patients completely and has led to these out of control waiting lists. Fianna Fáil wants to see the NTPF fully reactivated to ensure that public patients who are not treated within a reasonable timeframe are referred to private or public hospitals either here or in Northern Ireland for assessment and any follow on procedures necessary.“The current situation cannot be allowed to continue as it is. It poses serious risks for patients and creates an atmosphere of anxiety as people are forced to wait in excess of a year for an appointment. Minister Varadkar has a choice – either secure additional funding to drive down the lists or adopt Fianna Fáil’s proposals to reactivate the NTPF. This Government has spent the past few weeks telling us that the economic recovery is underway – now is the time to reinvest the additional funds in essential public services and ensure a quality health system for people in Donegal and across the country”. LETTERKENNY WAITING LIST SCANDAL CONTINUES UNABATED – McCONALOGUE was last modified: May 7th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Warriors’ Kevon Looney scheduled to play Monday against Hawks

first_imgORLANDO — Warriors center Kevon Looney (Neuropathy) is scheduled to play in Atlanta on Monday, coach Steve Kerr said, and will be on a minutes restriction upon his return.Looney, who has missed most of the season with a neuropathic condition, went through warmups before Sunday’s game in Orlando. He will receive treatment Monday morning, at which point the Warriors will make a final decision on his availability.After missing the preseason with a right hamstring injury, Looney, 23, played …last_img read more

PRISM Fallout Part 2: Companies Will Store More Data Behind The Firewall

first_imgThe controversy surrounding the U.S. government’s reported monitoring of online data via FISA court orders and projects like PRISM may have far-reaching implications for users of public cloud computing. Specifically, it could drive more enterprise customers towards storage solutions that are held behind the corporate firewall.File-storage service ownCloud, for example, is already seeing validation of its approach to house data inside the client company’s infrastructure, not out in the cloud.(See also PRISM Fallout: In Cloud We Don’t Trust?)This could be a big deal. Many companies have made broad use of cloud-storage solutions like Google Drive, Microsoft SkyDrive, Dropbox and Bitcasa – services that offer free and relatively inexpensive cloud-based storage. These services, though, have always carried some risk for corporate users, and now we can add potential government access of data to the list.ownCloud’s ApproachThe issue jumped out at me when ownCloud crossed my radar this week by updating its iOS and Android apps. Like its cloud-based competitor Dropbox, these apps enable enterprise users to access files on their mobile devices. The difference is that with ownCloud, the file-storage service is housed inside the company’s infrastructure, not out in the cloud.That seemed especially relevant given this month’s kooky-nuttiness with the NSA and PRISM. I have to think the controversy is going to give the open source private storage company a big boost.Like public cloud services, ownCloud lets users access their data pretty much from any Web browser or mobile app from any platform, no matter where the data sits locally. ownCloud is also notable in this market because it is open source – and because of its open application programming interface (API) that developers can use to tap into the storage system and build the Web and mobile apps they need.I decided to ask ownCloud about its take on the government monitoring news. ownCloud isn’t really beating the drum on the revelations about PRISM and the NSA. But company execs acknowledge that the developing story fits within the company’s messaging to customers.Another Reason To Stay Local“It’s just another reason why we are telling people to keep data local,” said VP, Products Matt Richards. ownCloud, he added, has been working with customers in Europe for quite some time, so data privacy has long been a key focus for the company. That’s because European Union corporations are legally bound by the European Commission Directive on Data Protection (ECDDP), which blocks data from being transferred to outside the European Economic Area and encourages companies to keep their data behind the firewall. The PRISM flap is helping customers in Europe see the validity of this approach. “They’re saying ‘See? We were right to keep our data here,” Richards said. Domestic companies may not be far behind.Given the use of FISA court orders, if the government wants to get at your data, it can certainly do so – wherever that data is housed. But now that we’ve seen the apparent cooperation of public Internet data holders with intelligence services, enterprise users in the U.S. may pick up on the European model of keeping data close as possible. If nothing else, at least they’ll know when the government comes around looking.Private storage and cloud vendors may soon see a lot more potential customers on their doorsteps.Image via Simon Carr on Flickr. brian proffitt Tags:#cloud storage#ownCloud#Prism#storage Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…last_img read more