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Jamaica PM expresses sadness at US school shooting

first_img Sharing is caring! Share 10 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharecenter_img Share NewsRegional Jamaica PM expresses sadness at US school shooting by: – December 17, 2012 Prime Minister Simpson Miller said she was still in shock and was even more saddened at the number of children who lost their lives in the senseless tragedy.KINGSTON, Jamaica, Monday December 17, 2012 – Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller says she is saddened by the mass killings of innocent children at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut over the weekend, noting it is a tragedy from which their families will never recover.“I weep for the victims and especially the children, cut down in such a brutal manner and at such a tender age. On behalf of all Jamaicans, I send my deepest condolences to the families and friends who no doubt are going through a very difficult time. This is a tragedy from which they will never recover,” she said in a message.Connecticut State police spokesman Paul Vance said the gunman died at the scene and investigators had assembled “some very good evidence” to explain what drove the 20-year-old gunman to slaughter 20 children and six adults.The attacker, identified by law enforcement sources as Adam Lanza, opened fire on Friday morning at the school in Newtown, making the incident the second-deadliest US shooting, after 32 people died at Virginia Tech in 2007.Some of those killed are expected to be buried on Monday.Prime Minister Simpson-Miller said she was still in shock and was even more saddened at the number of children who lost their lives in the senseless tragedy.“I ask for God’s healing hands on those who were injured and hope that in time the persons who have lost their loved ones will find peace and be comforted.”Over the weekend, Guyana’s President Donald Ramotar described the killings as “horrific and senseless” as his country extended condolences to the United States.In a message to President Barak Obama, the Guyanese head of state said that the murders on Friday “struck a chord of grief and unbelief in the hearts of the people of Guyana”.In his condolence message President Ramotar said the thoughts and prayers of all Guyanese people were with the families of the victims “at this difficult time”.Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar said the “heart-shattering” incident was a wake-up call for her country to reassess own security in schools.“It’s really a tragedy of greatest proportions. As we celebrate children and the birth of the Christ child it is really a heart-shattering thing. I can just imagine these young children so defenseless. For us here we have not had incidents such as those but our prayers are with these families there.“Whilst we sympathise our prayers go across the water to those in the US. It gives us pause for a cause to reassess our own situation,” she said, noting that the perpetrator was a 20-year-old.“Once we take care of physical security, we will also take care of emotional security. We need to engender and foster care among parents. We need to foster better education in schools and be grounded with the core values that they need to take them through the challenges they face in adult life. We have measures in place already. We will move a little faster,” she addedcaribbean360last_img read more

Reaction to possible IOC postponement of 2020 Tokyo Games

first_img(Reuters) – A round-up of reaction to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announcing it is considering postponing the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, while ruling out cancelling the Games. Sarah Hirshland, chief executive of U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee“The progress reflected in today’s IOC update to the global athlete community is an important step in providing clarity, but our athlete community continues to face enormous ambiguity surrounding the 2020 Games in Tokyo.“Having spent countless hours communicating with IOC leadership, our peers around the world, our NGBs and the athletes we serve, we know the difficult obstacles ahead and we are all appreciative that the IOC has heard our concerns and needs, and is working to address them as quickly as possible.”World Athletics“World Athletics welcomes discussions with the IOC to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and wrote to the IOC earlier today to relay this feedback from its Area Presidents, Council and athletes.“We stand ready to work with the IOC and all sport on an alternative date.”Andrew Parsons, president of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC)“The IPC and I am certain, the whole Para-lympic Movement, fully support the IOC’s decision to look into the potential scenarios regarding the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, including postponement.“Human life is much more important than anything at all, and currently it is vital that everyone, including athletes, stay at home to help prevent the further spread of this horrible disease which is impacting the global community.” Nigel Huddleston, UK sports minister“It is right that the IOC seriously considers postponing the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The health and safety of athletes, sports fans and officials due to work at the Games is absolutely paramount. We would welcome the IOC making a definitive decision soon, to bring clarity to all those involved.”Hugh Robertson, chairman British Olympic Association (BOA)“We welcome the IOC Executive Board decision to review the options in respect of a postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. How-ever, we urge rapid decision-making for the sake of athletes who still face significant uncertainty.“Restrictions now in place have removed the ability of athletes to compete on a level playing field and it simply does not seem appropriate to continue on the present course towards the Olympic Games in the current environment.”Dame Katherine Grainger, Chair of UK Sport“Given the circumstances, today’s news that the IOC are looking at options to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympics was inevitable, and the correct decision for the safety of athletes, staff and fans.” International Golf Federation (IGF)“The IGF remains committed to supporting the IOC and Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee to delivering the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and will work with them over the coming weeks at investigating all scenarios that will enable safe and fair competitions for our athletes.”last_img read more

Marlboro edges SJV in No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown

first_imgMarlboro edges SJV in No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown FARRAH MAFFAI St. John Vianney’s Alison Regler kicks the pass of Marlboro’s Jenna Gatto during Saturday’s game at Roselle Catholic High School. Mustangs hold off fourth-quarter rally in 45-43 win By tim morris FARRAH MAFFAI St. John Vianney guard Shantel Brown tries to drive past Marlboro’s Brina Pollack during Saturday’s game at Roselle Catholic High School. Staff Writer When No. 1 meets No. 2, you expect a clash of wills and a highly competitive, closely fought battle that isn’t decided until the end. Saturday’s Marlboro-St. John Vianney girls’ basketball game before a standing-room-only crowd at Roselle Catholic High School may not have been artistic, but it provided the kind of drama anticipated from a No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup. In the end, undefeated and No. 1 Marlboro held off No. 2 St. John Vianney, 45-43, and won, perhaps, the biggest game in school history. Marlboro had been in control of the game throughout, but the gutsy Lancers had found a way to stay close, and with time expiring in regulation, Cheri Wittlieb drove the baseline looking to tie it up for SJV. She ran into the Mustangs Chakhia Cole, who blocked the ball out of bounds off Wittlieb. On the sidelines, both benches waited with baited breath to see if there would be a foul call. The referee pointed to the end line, signaling the ball belonged to Marlboro with one second to go. The game belonged to the Mustangs. “I didn’t think we’d get the call,” said Marlboro coach Craig Uplinger. “When we got the call, it was pure joy.” Although ranked No. 1 in the state and 17th nationally, the Mustangs had looked at themselves as the team with something to prove against St. John Vianney, Holmdel, which has been the standard-bearer for girls’ basketball in the Garden State for more than a decade. “We have so much respect for St. John Vianney,” said the Mustangs’ Jenna Gatto, who gave the Lancers fits with her 10 points and eight rebounds. “You like to play a game like this where both teams leave it all on the court.” That much the two teams did. Following a seesaw first quarter where Marlboro led 12-10 on Sharnee Zoll’s jumper, the Mustangs used a 10-0 early in the second quarter to take charge, 22-12. Brina Pollack scored six straight points during the run, including a three-pointer. Sarah Tanen came up with a big put-back off a Pollack missed free throw that pushed the lead to 20-12, and then the center scored off a feed from Zoll to push the lead to double-digits. Two free throws from Gatto gave Marlboro a 24-16 cushion at the half. St. John Vianney was lucky to still be in the game off 4-24 shooting. Marlboro’s underrated defense (which may not be underrated any longer) had a lot to do with it. SJV can wear defenses down with its patient offense centered around ball movement and screens. It just takes a moment’s loss of concentration by a defender, and a Lancer cutter is heading to the basket for an uncontested layup, or sticking an open jumper. “People look at us and talk about our athleticism and speed, but what you saw tonight was pretty good discipline on defense,” said Uplinger. “The kids play well together; they communicate and rotate. “Tonight we knew we were going up against a very disciplined offense that runs its sets,” he added. At the start of the third quarter, things didn’t get any better for the Lancers. A 6-0 Marlboro run, sparked by four points from Gatto, extended the lead to 12, 30-18. The Mustangs were facing a pretty good defense themselves that put more pressure on the ball than they are used to seeing. “Against their half-court defense we wanted to run the pick-and-roll, look for matchups and open lanes,” said Uplinger Gatto was especially effective finding the open space. Wittlieb and Shannon Coyle would get the Lancers back, igniting a 7-0 run with long-range shots that included a trey from Coyle that cut the lead to five, 30-25. Wittlieb said it was a matter of the Lancers never straying from the game plan. “We knew that the only way to win was if we kept our heads into it even when our shots weren’t falling,” she said. “We were rushing our shots in the first half. In the second we had some girls who stepped it up for us.” Marlboro held a 34-28 lead entering the fourth quarter, and Cole, who had turned an ankle in the second quarter, began to assert herself. A free throw and a layup off a nicely executed pick-and-roll stretched the lead to 37-28. But back came the Lancers with Wittlieb hitting from the outside and Coyle nailing another three-pointer. It was now 37-33 with 5:29 remaining. Gatto put the lead back to six, but the red hot Coyle would connect from beyond the arc one more time, and it was down to a one possession game, 39-36. Cole upped it to 41-36 on a drive to the basket, but it was raining threes on the Lancers’ end of the floor as Lindsay Orosz scored from beyond the arc to make it 41-39 with 3:05 remaining. Sarah Tanen, one of Marlboro’s unsung heroes with her rebounding and physical presence in the paint, scored to make it 44-39 with just over 2:00 remaining. But the Lancers were not through. Orosz and Wittlieb scored to cut it to 44-43 with 1:06 remaining. With 19 seconds left, the Lancers were forced to foul and Pollack went to the line. She made one of two for a 45-43 Marlboro lead. St. John Vianney misfired on its possession, and Cole rebounded and got fouled. She missed the front end of the one-and-one, and SJV had one last chance to tie or win with nine seconds. When Cole blocked Wittlieb’s drive, Marlboro had withstood the Lancers’ big comeback and attained the signature win that gives them legitimacy and solidifies their No. 1 ranking. “We’ve been talking about taking the next step,” said Uplinger. “You can’t ask for more in a game. It went right down to the wire.” Pollack led Marlboro (17-0) with 11 points. Gatto and Cole each netted 10. Leading the Lancers (14-2) was Wittlieb who had a game-high 14. Coyle had nine. As much as Marlboro was looking forward to playing the Lancers and having the chance to get that signature win, SJV was just as excited about playing the Mustangs. “We look forward to challenges like this,” said Wittlieb. “Marlboro is the best team around and it’s good experience for later in the season when we play in the Shore Conference and the states. “This was a loss, but we can take a lot of positives from it,” she added. There was a feeling on the part of both teams that they are going to meet again, probably at the Shore Conference Tournament where they will be the top two seeds. Saturday’s game left room for both teams to think they will be better in the anticipated rematch. For Marlboro, point guard Sharnee Zoll was shackled with foul trouble and played the fourth quarter with four fouls. Tanen was in foul difficulty herself. Then there is Cole, who twisted her ankle early in the second quarter and wasn’t fully mobile in the second half. For SJV, point guard Shantel Brown missed most of the second half with an injury, and even without her, the Lancers were able to mount a comeback. They were effective at making Marlboro play at a slower pace than the Mustangs wanted, and, of course, the Lancers don’t figure to shoot that poorly again.last_img read more

LA mayor ponders 2028 Games in exchange for youth funding

first_imgView comments Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle UEFA will ‘fight’ for Europe’s right to host 2030 World Cup Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak MOST READ Swing Out Sister back to PH this Aprilcenter_img Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ In this file photo, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, center, speaks during a news conference in Los Angeles. Los Angeles leaders this week are trying to sell their plan to host the Olympic Games to visiting members of the International Olympic Committee. APLOS ANGELES — The mayor of Los Angeles is talking to Olympic leaders about having his city wait until 2028 to host the Summer Games in exchange for funding for youth sports programs.At a news conference this week, Mayor Eric Garcetti said he and Olympic leaders have discussed “what it would take for us to consider one of us going first and the other going second” — a reference to the contest between Paris and Los Angeles for the 2024 Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach wants to award both the 2024 and 2028 Games, and while each city has repeatedly stressed its bid is only for 2024, Garcetti is now acknowledging discussions with the IOC about 2028.“My dream is not so much just to bring the Olympics here, but is to bring youth sports for free to every zip code,” Garcetti said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundThe IOC meets next week to discuss the possibility of awarding both Olympics later this year. Bach wants to avoid another bidding debacle the likes of which he’s seen this year, with Hamburg, Germany; Budapest, Hungary; and Rome all dropping out. Los Angeles, meanwhile, was the U.S. Olympic Committee’s second choice, after Boston initially got the nod but then saw that bid flounder because of lack of public support.Officials from the LA 2024 bid did not have comment on the Garcetti news conference.last_img read more