Shaq attacks verse in new TV series Poetry in America

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ View comments LATEST STORIES 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 Pacers erase 17-point deficit to take 2-1 lead over Cavs Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames He brings his best bard to a dramatic reading of a poem in his episode of the 12-part “Poetry in America ,” then discusses it with Elisa New, a Harvard English professor who hosts the show.“I’ve always been into poetry,” O’Neal said in an interview with The Associated Press in a sunlit conference room overlooking the Los Angeles skyline. “I’ve been writing rhymes all my life.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“Poetry in America,” distributed by American Public Television and presented by WGBH in Boston, is airing at various times on local public TV stations. Some episodes, including Shaq’s, are already available to stream.On the show the 46-year-old former All-Star from the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat recites “Fast Break,” a poem by Edward Hirsch from his 1986 book “Wild Gratitude.” It describes some very imperfect players who manage to put together a perfect basketball play.center_img MOST READ In this April 13, 2018 photo, Shaquille O’Neal poses for a picture in Los Angeles. The basketball icon-turned-TV personality is adding poetry to his resume as one of the stars of the new public television series “Poetry in America.” (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)LOS ANGELES — Shaquille O’Neal called himself “The Big Baryshnikov” and “The Big Socrates” in his days in the NBA. Now he can add “The Big Shakespeare.”The basketball Hall-of-Famer, TNT TV analyst, commercial pitchman and onetime rapper is putting poetry on his lengthy resume as part of a new public television series.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The professor had another name for him. “He’s a learner!”O’Neal partly looked the poet during the interview in a polo shirt and jeans, having traded his basketball sneakers for a pair of slip-on Toms shoes, size 22.When he wanted them, a company executive told him “it wouldn’t be worth it to make them in my size unless I bought 500 of them,” O’Neal said. “I told him to give me 2,000.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “A hook shot kisses the rim and hangs there, helplessly, but doesn’t drop,” the poem begins, “and for once our gangly starting center boxes out his man.”O’Neal, whose 350-pound bulk would never be called “gangly,” still related to the center in the verse, but said he initially missed the poem’s point.“The first mistake I made was thinking it was about basketball,” he said. “I read it real quick I said ‘fast break, shovel passes, sure, this is what I do.’”He said New, who sat next to O’Neal in the interview and like almost everyone is utterly dwarfed by him, gave him whole new insights that led to a fast friendship.“When she broke it down intelligently for me, I was very astounded and very amazed,” O’Neal said.ADVERTISEMENT Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast The poem is written for a close friend and playing partner of Hirsch’s who had just died. That’s easy to miss if you skip past the dedication at the top, as most readers do.“It’s fun that only later as you’re reading, you look back at that dedication,” New said. “One line can change everything.”Suddenly it becomes an examination of transcendent moments and human connections.“It’s about friendship, it’s about caring, it’s about emotions,” O’Neal said. “I had missed that.”His latest learning experience took O’Neal’s thoughts back to high school, where he had a 69 percent in English after blowing a test during the basketball playoffs, and needed a 70 to stay eligible for sports.The teacher allowed him a retest, and suggested a tutor.“This guy, his name was McDougal, he was a geek, he saved my academic life,” O’Neal said. “Everybody bullied him in school, except me.”O’Neal said he took the work and “broke it down, made it seem so simple.”“I retook the test, got an 80, and we won the state championship,” O’Neal said.“Now,” he said, “I always tell kids I’m a geek.”last_img read more

UP ends losing spell at expense of UE

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening PLAY LIST 01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening00:50Trending Articles01:26Filipino culture takes spotlight as 2019 SEA Games officially opens02:14Carpio 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dario’s surge at the start of the fourth became UP’s foundation as his teammates followed that up with a 9-0 run that Bright Akhuetie capped off for the Fighting Maroons’ 80-64 lead with 5:45 left in the game.Akhuetie eventually finished with 28 points and 13 rebounds to lead UP’s attack while Paul Desiderio added 16 points and eight boards.Alvin Pasaol carried the Red Warriors to the tune of 30 points and nine rebounds while Philip Manalang added 15 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines stopped a three-game skid after rolling past University of the East, 94-81, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Fighting Maroons tied University of Santo Tomas for a share of the No. 5 spot with a 4-5 record while the eighth-seeded Red Warriors lost their fourth straight game for a 1-8 card.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Jokic triple-double powers Nuggets past Suns Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Juan Gomez De Liaño tallied 15 points, 12 rebounds, and 12 assists for the league’s first triple-double since UP’s Marvin Cruz had 22 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists in the Fighting Maroons’ 98-88 loss to Ateneo on Aug. 20, 2006.And as De Liaño filled up the box scores, Diego Dario was doing things in the fourth quarter for the Fighting Maroons going on a personal 8-2 run for their 71-64 lead at the 7:40 mark of the period.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 Chriss“More than the win it was the effort in the second half that made us believe that we can compete this season,” said UP head coach Bo Perasol. “I don’t know the reason why we don’t give a hundred percent effort every game but the second half proved that once we get our acts together we’re able to string up some victories.” View commentslast_img read more

District #3 Hopeful Identifies With Fire Victims

first_imgA Montserrado County District#3 representative hopeful has identified with the nine occupants of a house that was recently gutted by fire in the Black ‘C’ Ballah Creek Community, Paynesville City outside of Monrovia.Mr. Ceebee Barshall, proprietor of the David G. Barshall School in Paynesville, last week presented a truckload of sand and 10 bags of cement to be shared among the victims to enable them to reconstruct their destroyed houses.Shortly after the incident occurred, Mr. Barshall presented four bags of 25kg rice and the amount of L$4,000 to the victims.Samuel Jackson, Chairman for Partners of Barshall, who represented Mr. Barshall at the brief presentation, told the victims that the donation was Barshall’s way of identifying with residents of the area, especially those hit by tragedies.Jackson recalled how over the years Mr. Barshall has made numerous interventions, not only to residents of the district but also those of other parts of Montserrado County. He said one of the major problems confronting District #3 is the lack of someone who would provide the needed leadership to drive the aspirations of the residents.Stephen Peter, owner of the gutted house who received the items on behalf of the victims, praised Barshall for his ‘timely contribution’ to the affected families.“As you have remembered us during our trouble, let God the Almighty remember you in every aspect of your life,” Mr. Peter told Barshall. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Colin Murray and Friends – Friday, February 27

first_imgPerry Groves and Bob Mills were alongside Colin Murray in the studio on today’s show. They were joined by former Aston Villa and Leicester man Graham Fenton.last_img

Liverpool manager Rodgers vague on continued Balotelli absence

first_imgLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers revealed Mario Balotelli is still suffering from sickness, after the Italian continued his stint on the sidelines as the Reds beat Newcastle on Monday night.The 24-year-old striker has struggled to perform in his first season on Merseyside and has repeatedly seen his commitment to the cause questioned.Balotelli, who signed from AC Milan for a ‘bargain’ £16million last summer, has started just eight Premier League games this term, but has been absent from the Liverpool squad completely in recent weeks due to a mystery illness, with his last appearance off the bench coming in last month’s defeat to rivals Manchester United.His latest no-show came on Monday evening, as his Liverpool team-mates overcame back-to-back defeats to win 2-0 at Anfield and reignite their quest for a top four finish.And, when asked by the media after the game, Reds boss Rodgers was vague on the Italian’s current fitness.“Mario is still ill,” he told the post-match press conference. “He wasn’t quite fit enough for tonight but hopefully he’ll train during the week.”When probed again by attending press, who asked if his unexplained lengthy absence was concerning, the Northern Irishman appeared to measure his response, adding:“He’s had on-and-off sickness issues…”Rodgers suffered several injury blows to his squad ahead on kick-off against the Magpies, with reports suggesting central defender Mamadou Sakho is facing up to a month out with a hamstring injury, while Daniel Sturridge later pulled out of the match-day squad.The boss confirmed both reports but, while Sakho will definitely miss Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final clash with Aston Villa, the club are hoping top striker Sturridge will be fit for the Wembley trip.“Sakho will be three to four weeks, probably,” he said.“Daniel was injured from the Blackburn game and just wasn’t right for tonight. It’s a problem with his hip.“I’ll know more in the week, but he said he feels reasonably fine. We’re hoping by the middle of the week we’ll have a good indication of where he’s at, but hopefully he’ll be ready for the weekend.”Listen to the full post-match reaction from Brendan Rodgers abovelast_img read more

Officials focus on 2 border locales

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN DIEGO – Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff on Thursday declared a crackdown on migrant smugglers at two California border crossings, even as the federal government increasingly focuses border enforcement in Arizona. Chertoff said he didn’t have a precise dollar figure on how much would be spent on the crackdown at the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa crossings in San Diego, across the border from Tijuana, Mexico. He said the effort will result in more prosecutions of smugglers and more jail space to accommodate them. It also involves deploying canines trained to detect illegal crossers. Agents detected 60,000 illegal crossings attempts last year at San Ysidro and in the Otay Mesa passenger lanes, Chertoff said. He said smugglers once stuffed a bottle-sucking baby inside a gasoline tank and crammed a 200-pound woman into the dashboard of a small car. “It is remarkable the lengths to which smugglers will go to try to get people into this country,” Chertoff said at a news conference. “They simply want to make money at the expense of human misery.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson In a potentially controversial twist, Chertoff said state and local officials would participate in the crackdown. Proponents of tougher enforcement have long advocated a larger role for local law enforcement, but critics say local agencies should stick to fighting crime, not enforcing immigration laws. Matt Bettenhausen, director of California’s Office of Homeland Security, said state agencies including the California Highway Patrol would share information with federal authorities. “We’re not going to be specifically enforcing immigration laws,” Bettenhausen said, appearing alongside Chertoff. Arizona surpassed California as the nation’s busiest corridor for illegal immigrants after a crackdown in California that was launched in the 1990s. Border Patrol arrests in the San Diego sector plummeted to about 110,000 last year from 528,000 in 1995. Arizona, meanwhile, accounted for more than half the Border Patrol’s 1.1 million arrests last year. last_img read more


first_imgBack home in Donegal: Jason Quigley – Photos Kieran CarlinTHOUSANDS of people have welcomed European Boxing Champion Jason Quigley back to County Donegal.The 22-year-old boxer – crowned No1 in Europe on Saturday – said he had been ‘completely overwhelmed’ by the reaction he received as he made his way through Ballybofey and Stanorlar tonight.“The people of Donegal were right behind me and I can’t thank them enough,” said Jason. “To win a senior European title is a dream come true; something I’ve been working towards since the age of ten.“I have three titles now, two at underage and u-23 level so to win the Senior title was just a wonderful wonderful day and to come home to this reception is so special.”The cavalcade made its way to the Finn Valley Sports Centre where tributes were paid to Jason and his family on the incredible achievement. “It is without doubt one of the greatest sporting achievements by anyone from County Donegal,” said Patsy McGonagle, the Ireland Olympics mentor and Finn Valley AC man. “People really wanted to give Jason a proper homecoming. He’s a great local lad with a great local family and it was a real pleasure to welcome him back here.”Jason will now be looking forward to the world championships in October.And there are already hopes that he could be an Olympic medal contender in Rio in three years time.     THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WELCOME GOLDEN BOY JASON HOME TO DONEGAL was last modified: June 11th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:BallybofeyJason QuigleyStranorlarTHOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WELCOME GOLDEN BOY JASON HOME TO DONEGALlast_img read more


first_imgSister Sara’s have launched ‘student night specials’ as the new academic year swings back into action. The Letterkenny super-pub has been going from strength to strength since re-opening under an innovative and driven new management team.It’s the now go to venue at the weekend, and provides an extensive and diverse range of entertainment which caters for all ages. It’s why its re-established itself as one of the most popular watering holes in Letterkenny.This weekend DJ TUBSY will be rocking the bar on FRIDAY night, while resident house DJ MARTY CURRAN will have the place hopping on Saturday.LIVE sport will be provided on many of their stunning HD Plasma TV’s all weekend, and with great drink promotions available all weekend, it really is the best place to watch the football!For more information on the students nights, and this weekend, check out their Facebook page now. SISTER SARA’S SUPERPUB LAUNCH STUDENT NIGHT SPECIALS was last modified: October 17th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessEntertainmentFeaturesnewsSister Sara’slast_img read more

Leading agriculture commodities oppose additional tariffs on Chinese goods

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On May 10 the U.S. Trade Representative moved forward with increasing the tariff rate from 10 to 25% on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. Farmers across the country are extremely concerned by the actions taken by President Trump and his Administration. The National Association of Wheat Growers, the American Soybean Association, and the National Corn Growers Association were expecting a deal by March 1 before farmers went back into the fields but today saw an escalation of the trade war instead. The three commodities represent around 171 million of acres of farmland in the United States.“U.S. wheat growers are facing tough times right now, and these additional tariffs will continue to put a strain on our export markets and threaten many decades worth of market development,” said Ben Scholz, NAWG president. “Further, members from both sides of the aisle and Chambers have reservations about the Section 232 tariffs in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. [This] announcement adds on another political barrier, which may hinder Congressional consideration of the Agreement.”Growers have been reeling for almost a year now after the President first imposed a 25 percent duty on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods in July 2018, and later, a 10 percent duty on an additional $200 billion worth of Chinese products, which resulted in the retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods.“We have heard and believed the President when he says he supports farmers, but we’d like the President to hear us and believe what we are saying about the real-life consequences to our farms and families as this trade war drags on,” said Davie Stephens, ASA President. “Adding to current problems, it took us more than 40 years to develop the China soy market. For most of us in farming, that is two thirds of our lives. If we don’t get this trade deal sorted out and the tariffs rescinded soon, those of us who worked to build this market likely won’t see it recover in our lifetime.”The tariffs are having a compounding impact not only on agriculture but all industries across the United States.“Corn farmers are watching commodity prices decline amid ongoing tariff threats, even while many can’t get to spring planting because of wet weather. Holding China accountable for objectionable behavior is an admirable goal, but the ripple effects are causing harm to farmers and rural communities,” said Lynn Chrisp, NCGA president. “Farmers have been patient and willing to let negotiations play out, but with each passing day, patience is wearing thin. Agriculture needs certainty, not more tariffs.”last_img read more

YouTube Announces $5 Million Grant Program for Video Producers

first_imgfrederic lardinois Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#news#web#YouTube Google just announced a new grant program that will distribute $5 million to “new and emerging YouTube partners. According to Google, the YouTube Partner Grants program is designed to find the best new ideas and production models from YouTube’s content partners. As Google notes, many successful YouTube partners are able to generate substantial revenues, but they still lack the resources of studio-backed production houses.The grants will allow producers to invest in better equipment and hire more talent. According to Google, there are very few restrictions on what the selected producers can do with their money. It’s worth noting, though, that Google’s grants will serve as an advance “against the partner’s future YouTube revenue share.” As George Stromplos, the partner development manager at YouTube told the L.A. Times, “We think this is an important investment to make in the future of our original content partners. They’ve invested in us for years by creating content. And now it’s our turn to invest in them.” Of course, it remains to be seen if additional money will make these partners more creative, or if it was the lack of funds that allowed these producers to kindle their creativity in the first place. What is clear, however, is that YouTube’s advertising partners would like to place their ads around more professionally produced content on the site. While Google heralds this grant program as a way to encourage the creativity of it’s most promising producers, it is also a way for YouTube to encourage brand advertisers to advertise on the site.How it WorksGoogle plans to identify eligible partners based on metrics like their growth rate, audience engagement and production expertise. The company will then invite these partners to submit Grant proposals, which will be evaluated by YouTube.center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more