Medview Airline Plc (MDVAIR.ng) Q12018 Interim Report

first_imgMedview Airline Plc (MDVAIR.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Transport sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Medview Airline Plc (MDVAIR.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Medview Airline Plc (MDVAIR.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Medview Airline Plc (MDVAIR.ng)  2018 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileMed-view Airline Plc is a passenger and cargo air transport service in Nigeria. The airline offers Hajj operations, flight operations, cargo imports and exports, warehousing, ground handling, road feeder service, an inhouse travel agency, procurement, obtaining travel documents, airport protocol services and maintenance and support services. Med-view Airline Plc began its domestic operation in 2012 with two Boeings 737-400 aircraft. The company added a Boeing 737-800 in the same year and plans to add a further two Boeings B737-800 are in the pipeline. Med-view Airline Plc works in partnership with Euro-Atlantic Airways of Lisbon, Portugal in conjunction with a General Sales Agency (GSA) agreement with Saudi Air Cargo; and Pluna Air of Uruguay and Air Atlantic of Iceland. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Medview Airline Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

In Seattle: Stop ICE raids and prisons

first_imgSeattle, Sept. 12.A hundred people rallied against Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids at ICE headquarters in downtown Seattle on Sept. 12. This was part of a chain of protests happening all over the country. The demonstration protested “Operation Mega,” the latest attack by ICE. People also rallied for DACA (the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program).Rally speakers explained that Operation Mega is part of ICE’s deportation plan and reign of terror against immigrant workers and families. After the theft of DACA, the Detention Watch Network went public with information leaked from the Department of Homeland Security. The network says a number of people in ICE shared information on the Mega operation with immigrant rights advocates. Operation Mega plans to round up more than 8,000 people for deportation from Sept. 16 to 21.The Seattle rally was called by the NW Detention Center Resistance. The demonstration delivered a Freedom of Information Act request to ICE. The FOIA request is for information about the detailed plans for Operation Mega, along with any potential future plans to institute mass immigration raids. The rally’s demand to ICE was “Show Your Papers,” which was printed on a banner. But ICE refused to meet with demonstrators and blocked their entry at the door.Immigrant rights and community groups represented at the rally included Casa Latina, El Centro De La Raza and BAYAN-USA. Maru Mora Villapondo, coordinator of NW Detention Center Resistance, said that ICE claimed that they cancelled the raids after the immigrant groups released their information. “But we can’t trust them,” she said. “We are using our constitutional right to assemble and show we are not afraid.”Also speaking at the rally was immigrant rights lawyer Jorge Baron. He announced the formation of the Immigrant Solidarity Network, which will provide legal aid and “serve and strengthen communities across the state.” Their 24-hour hotline to report active raids and ICE activity is 1-844-RAID-REP.The NW Detention Center Resistance held another rally on Sept. 16 at the detention center (penitentiary) on the Tacoma, Wash., tideflats. Behind a banner reading “End Immigrant Detention,” activists marched up and down in front of the for-profit, GeoCorp-operated prison where prisoner fightback is continuous. A group of prisoners had just ended the sixth group hunger strike of the year. A group of Cuban hunger strikers had been demanding release and protesting family separation.Villapondo repeated the demands placed on ICE at the Seattle rally. She exposed that there had just been a prisoner hunger strike which made gains at Norcor, a new immigration detention jail in Oregon. She talked about the importance of opposing the ICE budget, while not supporting the two parties of big business. “You don’t represent us because you don’t understand us,” she said. In addition to petitioning against the prison, letter writing to the prisoners and upcoming activities were also stressed.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

California Library Association Honors Pasadena’s Ann Longyear

first_imgCommunity News California Library Association Honors Pasadena’s Ann Longyear STAFF REPORT Published on Friday, January 31, 2020 | 10:55 am 10 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Make a comment Community News Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribe HerbeautyBaby Boom: The Stars Are Getting Busy In QuarantineHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Fashion Trends You Should Never Try And 6 You’ll LoveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeauty Community Newscenter_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * The Central Library is one of Pasadena’s architectural and cultural treasures. Designed by renowned architect Myron Hunt and listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the building is also a busy, working library. It houses a collection of nearly 800,000 items, and more than 55,000 people visit the Central Library each month.Since 1984, the Pasadena Public Library Foundation (PPLF) has raised nearly $4 million for the preservation of the building and the upgrades necessary to operate a modern library. One of the library’s most dedicated supporters and champions – Mrs. Ann Longyear – was honored recently with the California Library Association’s President’s Award, selected by Michelle Pererra, the 2019 CLA president and Pasadena’s library director. The CLA President’s Award “recognizes outstanding contributions, leadership and achievement in support of California libraries by a Trustee, Friend, Elected Official, or other layperson who has given his or her time and talents to further the advancement of California libraries.”One of Mrs. Longyear’s most enduring legacies is stable funding for the Central Library. In the 1980s, Ann led efforts to pass a local tax dedicated to library operations, which passed overwhelmingly and in the years since has been reauthorized twice. After the initial library renovation, the PPLF established an endowment with the funds they raised and dedicated it to funding the historic library’s preservation and restoration in perpetuity.In 2011, the PPLF became a fund of the Pasadena Community Foundation. PCF manages the library’s endowment and supports PPLF’s fundraising efforts, which have committed $300,000 over the past ten years in support of restoration projects. From the building façade to the library elevators, and the seats in the famed Donald R. Wright auditorium, PCF has worked in partnership with Ann and her fellow PPLF board members to ensure that this civic treasure endures and thrives.PCF congratulates Ann for her well-deserved award, and her 35 years of leadership at PPLF. Her commitment to the Library is a commitment to preserving a piece of Pasadena’s history, as well as the education, career development, and other services that the library provides for every member of the Pasadena community. Top of the News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. More Cool Stuff Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Grammy winner at Wagner Noël

first_img Facebook What: Peter Cetera in concert.When: 8 p.m. May 24.Where: Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center.Tickets: $42 to $88 at wagnernoel.com Twitter Pinterest Twitter Grammy winner at Wagner Noël By admin – May 4, 2018 WhatsApp Local NewsEntertainment WhatsApp Find out more about Grammy award winner Peter CeteraHis voice has been the lead on award-winning mega hits for more than five decades both with the super group Chicago and as a solo singer.Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Peter Cetera will play the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center on May 24.His storied career has been both as bass player and singer and songwriter from 1968 to 1986 for the legendary rock group “Chicago”. In his time with the group, they recorded some of the most memorable albums of a generation, including such hits as “If You Leave Me Now,” “Hard to Say I’m Sorry,” “Baby What a Big Surprise,” “You’re the Inspiration,” “Stay the Night,” “Love Me Tomorrow,” “Happy Man,” “Feeling Stronger Every Day” and “Along Comes a Woman”.A solo artist since 1986, he has recorded 10 CD’s including his No. 1 hits, the Academy Award nominated song “The Glory of Love” from the hit movie “The Karate Kid II,” “The Next Time I Fall,” with Amy Grant, “Feels Like Heaven” with Chaka Kahn”, “After All” with Cher from the motion picture “Chances Are,” “No Explanation” from the hit film, “Pretty Woman” and “Restless Heart”.His current tour is with his seven piece electric band, “The Bad Daddy’s.” Cetera still performs his hits and he also appears in other musical formats including his “Symphony Show” for the larger venues and a smaller “String Quartet” version for smaller intimate affairs.Cetera’s career includes 17 albums with Chicago and eight solo ablums.With “If You Leave Me Now”, a song written and sung by Cetera on the group’s 10th album, Chicago garnered its first Grammy Award and first No. 1 single, Cetera’s biography stated.As a solo artist, Cetera has scored six Top 40 singles, including two that reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in 1986, “Glory of Love” and “The Next Time I Fall.”“Glory of Love” was co-written by Cetera, David Foster and Diane Nini, and was nominated for both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for best original song from a motion picture.Besides David Foster and Amy Grant, Cetera has collaborated throughout his career with other internationally known recording artists from various genres of music including: The Beach Boys, Billy Joel, Karen Carpenter, Paul Anka, Agnetha Fältskog, Richard Sterban, Bonnie Raitt, Madonna, David Gilmour, Az Yet, Cher, Chaka Khan, Crystal Bernard, Ronna Reeves, and Alison Krauss. His songs have been featured in soundtracks for movies and television.In 2014, the first album by the group Chicago, Chicago Transit Authority (Columbia, 1969), with Cetera on bass and vocals, was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Cetera was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Chicago in April 2016, and Cetera, Robert Lamm, and James Pankow are among the 2017 Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees for their songwriting efforts as members of the group.If You Go Peter Cetera’s current tour is with his seven piece electric band, ‘The Bad Daddy’s.’ Cetera still performs his hits and he also appears in other musical formats including his “Symphony Show” for the larger venues and a smaller “String Quartet” version for smaller intimate affairs. Pinterest Facebook Previous articleCinco de May Victory Run/WalkNext articleOfficer of the month promotes community policing adminlast_img read more

Concern over slow pace of Coastal Erosion works in West Donegal

first_img Twitter Concern over slow pace of Coastal Erosion works in West Donegal AudioHomepage BannerNews Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th DL Debate – 24/05/21 A Donegal Councillor says progress on Coastal Erosion works in West Donegal is moving much too slowly, and it’s likely to be two years before any progress is made.Cllr Marie Therese Gallagher was speaking after the Glenties Municipal District was briefed on progress in the Inishfree Bay and Gweebarra Bay Coastal Flooding and Erosion Risk Management Study.The study will examine Gweebarra Bay, Maghery, Inishfree Bay on the Carrickfinn Peninsula, and Magheroarty.The tender process has finished, and a contractor has been appointed.However, Cllr Gallagher says by the time the study is complete and plans are drawn up, it will be a long time before protections are in place:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/mterodfgdfgdfgdsion1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Previous articleCE Supervisors treated like second class citizens -MacLochlainnNext articleConsumer Insurance Contracts Bill passes final stage in Dáil News Highland By News Highland – November 14, 2019 FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Google+ Pinterestcenter_img Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Facebook WhatsApp Google+ Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

Cultural diversity

first_imgSkip Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Johnson said this year’s Cultural Diversity Day is the third for Banks Middle School fifth graders. The students chose eight countries to study, from Panama to Iceland.Brandi DeSandro, Indian programs teacher, said the students were allowed to choose a country to study from a long list of possibilities.“They researched the food, clothing, customs and culture of their chosen countries using the Internet, videos, textbooks and books to create a group project and present it,” DeSandro said.“The more our students know about other countries and cultures, the more accepting they are of the differences in people and the less likely they are to enter into bullying or making fun of those who are different from them.” Latest Stories Sponsored Content You Might Like Pike County BOE members honored for service The Central Office of Pike County Schools hosted a breakfast in honor of the school board members on Monday. January… read more By Jaine Treadwell Email the author Published 11:00 pm Tuesday, January 29, 2013 Book Nook to reopen By The Penny Hoarder At the cultural diversity day at Banks Middle School on Tuesday, a group of students present their research on Iceland, including the fact that Iceland is responsible for 70% of the world’s fish supply. At the cultural diversity day at Banks Middle School on Tuesday, a group of students present their research on Iceland, including the fact that Iceland is responsible for 70% of the world’s fish supply.Banks students participate in cultural diversity dayCultural diversity was the order of the day at Banks Middle School Tuesday.The fifth-grade students shared with their schoolmates what they have learned over the past several months about the people, places and cultures of countries around the world.“The purpose of Cultural Diversity Day is to expose our students to the many different cultures around the world,” said Nikki Johnson, fifth-grade teacher. “They have learned how people in other countries dress, what kind of work they do and what they eat. Cultural Diversity Day is an opportunity for our fifth-graders to share what they have learned with the other students.” Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Print Article Cultural diversity DeSandro said hands-on projects offer opportunities for students to excel in activities outside the regular classroom.“Many students find their niche in hands-on activities,” she said. “They find that they are good at, and enjoy, the preparation and presentation of projects.“Cultural Diversity Day also prepares our students for other similar events, such as the Model United Nations that is held each year at Troy University. Cultural Diversity Day is a day of learning and fun for all the students.”last_img read more

‘Golden State Killer’ suspect threatened to kill family dog, yelled and cursed in neighborhood: Neighbors

first_imgJustin Sullivan/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — A neighbor who grew up steps away from suspected “Golden State Killer” Joseph DeAngelo describes the accused serial rapist and murderer as “paranoid” and “angry,” recounting the time he says DeAngelo threatened to kill his family’s dog.Grant Gorman, whose childhood home in Citrus Heights is behind DeAngelo’s, said one day in the 1990s, his family received an anonymous answering machine message.“It said, ‘If you don’t shut that dog up, I’ll deliver a load of death,’” Gorman told ABC News. “My dad immediately recognized the voice on the message as our next door neighbor, Joe.”Gorman’s father confronted DeAngelo, who he said admitted to making the threat.“He was not backing down that our dog should be quiet, and not apologizing for the death threat,” Gorman said.“He was paranoid at times,” Gorman added.“He’d accuse us kids here of spying on him in the backyard,” he said. “Accused us of throwing things at the house or being on his property.”Gorman said in the late 80s early 90s, DeAngelo lived there with his wife and three daughters.Gorman said DeAngelo, a former police officer, maintained his house well, adding he would often see him working in the garage or backyard.But another neighbor said DeAngelo’s alleged rage was often on full display in the neighborhood.Paul Sanchietti told ABC News DeAngelo used to yell and curse, and said his foul language would go “flowing down the cul-de-sac.”“We’ve lived here for about 20 years,” Sanchietti said. “For the first 10 years or so he’d be working outside on his car, and often times he’d get frustrated, and I don’t know why but he’d go into a yelling tirade. Not sure who he was yelling at.”The last 10 years, Sanchietti said, the yelling had calmed down.DeAngelo, now 72, was taken into custody on Tuesday at his Citrus Heights home in Sacramento County, the same county where the alleged crime spree began in 1976.He is accused of committing 12 murders, at least 50 rapes and multiple home burglaries across the state in the 1970s and 1980s.DeAngelo’s name never came up in the investigation until last week, Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said.To Gorman, DeAngelo was just a “quirky, angry neighbor,” so to learn he is suspected of being a serial killer was shocking.“Looking back on it now, you always wonder if there’s a thing that you missed. Maybe if there were clues you could have picked up on. But I don’t think there was. We were just kids living our life,” he said. “We didn’t know evil that bad existed in the world yet.”He said many neighborhood residents are frightened.“In time I hope they can come to feel safe here again,” he said.DeAngelo is set to appear in court Friday.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Body camera footage shows police fatally shoot naked man

first_imgmoodboard/Thinkstock(RICHMOND, Va.) — Police tased and then fatally shot a naked man after a confrontation on a Virginia highway earlier this month.Richmond police released the body camera footage of the May 14 incident today.The footage shows police approaching a car that had been driven off a highway, with an officer ordering the driver to stay in the car.The officer is heard telling someone on a radio that the person “seems to be mentally unstable.”Moments later, the naked driver, later identified as Marcus-David Peters, runs out of the car towards the highway. He was struck by a car and begins rolling around the highway. The approaching officer is seen holding a yellow taser. Peters gets up from the ground and starts walking towards the officer. He is heard saying “back the f— up… put the taser down or I’ll kill you.”Peters, 24, then rushes the officer, with the officer yelling for him to back up. At that point in the video, it appears the officer has the yellow taser in his left hand and a black handgun in his right. Two shots are fired, and then Peters runs away from the officer.Once the two men are separated and another law enforcement officer appears to ask the officer if he tased Peters. The officer wearing the body camera says “I tried to but it didn’t work,” before radioing in “shots fired.” As he and the other law enforcement officer start to walk towards Peters, who had collapsed on the ground at that point, the officer shouts “f—!”Richmond police chief Alfred Durham said that the investigation is ongoing and asked the community for their patience, the Associated Press reports.A still image taken from a police body camera shows a police officer pointing his gun at Marcus-David Peters on May 14, 2018, in Richmond, Va. The AP reported that police have identified the officer wearing the body camera as Michael Nyantakyi, who has been a police officer for 10 years. Nyantakyi, like Peters, is black.Peters’ sister Princess Blanding spoke to the media after the police chief released the video today, telling reporters that her brother had no known mental health issues, the AP reports.“I cannot diagnose my brother, as he’s not here to be diagnosed,” Blanding said, the AP reported. “However, he was clearly in distress and in need of help, and the help was not rendered.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Haws named WCC Player of the Week

first_img11/12 – Rui Hachimura, Gonzaga 1/28 – Colbey Ross, Pepperdine Written by 12/24 – Trey Wertz, Santa Clara Haws led BYU to a pair of road West Coast Conference wins against San Diego (88-82 in overtime) and Loyola Marymount (70-62) while averaging 24.0 points, 7.5 assists and 1.5 steals. He shot 44.8 percent from the field, 37.5 percent from 3-point range and 95.0 percent from the free-throw line. At San Diego, Haws totaled 13 points, eight assists, one block and one steal. After the Cougars overcame a 12-point deficit to take the lead, Haws iced the game by hitting 6 of 6 at the free-throw line in the final 39 seconds. 12/17 – Anthony Townes, Pacific 12/10 – Yoeli Childs, BYU 2/18 – TJ Haws, BYU February 18, 2019 /Sports News – Local Haws named WCC Player of the Week 2018-19 WCC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week Robert Lovell 12/31 – Ajare Sanni, Pacific FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSAN BRUNO, Calif. – The West Coast Conference has named BYU junior guard TJ Haws its Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for Feb. 18, 2019.center_img 1/21 – Frankie Ferrari, San Francisco 11/26 – Rui Hachimura, Gonzaga This marks the first WCC weekly honor for Haws and the third for a BYU player this season. Junior forward Yoeli Childs was the WCC Player of the Week on Jan. 14 and Dec. 10. 2/4 – Rui Hachimura, Gonzaga 1/14 – Yoeli Childs, BYU 12/3 – Josh Perkins, Gonzaga 11/19 – James Batemon, Loyola Marymount With Cougars down five, Haws hit a jumper and 3-pointer to give BYU its first tie of the game at 67-all with 6:26 remaining. With 33 seconds to go, Haws made a deep two from the left side to put his team ahead for the first time all evening. In overtime, Haws scored eight points, including 4 of 4 free-throw shooting in the final 26 seconds to help the Cougars hold on for the win. Tags: BYU Cougars Basketball/TJ Haws/WCC/WCC Player of the Week In the win against San Diego, Haws hit 11 of 18 from the field, 3 of 5 from 3-point range and 10 of 11 from the free-throw line for a career-best 35 points to help the Cougars overcome a 14-point second half deficit to win 88-82 in overtime. After a seven-point first half, Haws had 20 points, four assists and two steals to help BYU send the game into overtime. 2/11 – Brandon Clarke, Gonzaga 1/7 – Jade’ Smith, Pepperdinelast_img read more

Zion Williamson eager to end long wait for NBA draft: ‘I just want to hoop’

first_img Beau Lund Written by June 19, 2019 /Sports News – National Zion Williamson eager to end long wait for NBA draft: ‘I just want to hoop’center_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLou Rocco/ABC News(NEW YORK) — Zion Williamson knows he’s likely to be the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday’s NBA draft. But for now, the equation is simple.“I just want to hoop,” he said. Williamson, who will turn 19 a week after the draft, spent the 2018-19 collegiate season blowing people’s minds as a 6-foot-7, 280-pound athlete at Duke University. He wore a warm smile, already immortalized as a meme during his college career, and a sense of anxious anticipation as he sat down with Robin Roberts for an interview airing Wednesday on ABC News’ Good Morning America.“It’s crazy, honestly, you know, I never saw myself as being a top-3, top-4 pick and for people to think that I could go [No.] 1, it means a lot to me,” he said. “It’s showing that my hard work is paying off, but I just want to get drafted period.”The New Orleans Pelicans hold the top pick when the draft gets underway just after 7 p.m. at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.No one expects any name other than Williamson’s to be called first.“I don’t play basketball for the money; it was the last thing I thought of when I was a little kid,” Williamson said. “When I was a little kid, I looked at my mom, stepdad, said, ‘I want to be an NBA player,’ just because I love to play the game of basketball like 24/7.”The power forward averaged 22.1 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game as a freshman on his way to be named Associated Press national player of the year. His family has said he never seriously considered returning to the school.Sitting with him backstage on Thursday will be his family.“They were the first ones to see something in me, that I didn’t even see in myself, so I’m glad I can have my family with me along this journey,” Williamson said.The forward has already earned one-name status, like LeBron James and Shaquille O’Neal, who he could join as fellow No. 1 overall picks.“Those are big shoes to fill, but I’m not looking to fill those, I’m just looking to be the best Zion I could be,” Williamson said.Ironically, the only hiccup in Williamson’s sterling career came as a result of shoes. The star’s Nike basketball shoes couldn’t hold up to the nearly 300-pound athlete, literally tearing apart during a game against rival North Carolina in February. He missed the final six games of the regular season with a resulting knee sprain, but returned in the conference tournament and looked like his dominant self in three NCAA tournament games.He readily admits that there will be nerves as he’s sitting in the green room, despite his almost certain pick as the top overall player.“I’m probably going to be super nervous. Hopefully I don’t trip and fall when I walk across the stage,” Williamson joked. “I think it’s going to be a lot of emotions, especially if my name gets called, I don’t how I’m going to feel. I don’t know if I’m going to cry, just smile, I guess I’ll see Thursday.”But there is one thing Williamson can be content knowing he’ll be able to say for certain after first dreaming about it as a 5-year-old playing on a miniature hoop.“I will be excited to finally say that I’m an NBA player,” he said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more