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No time to be fearful, says Jamaica PM

first_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring! NewsRegional No time to be fearful, says Jamaica PM by: – October 4, 2011 10 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Prime Minister Bruce GoldingKINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – This is not a time to be fearful or bewildered; it is a time for renewed hope and renewed effort, Jamaica’s Prime Minister Bruce Golding said in a national broadcast on Sunday, when he outlined the reasons for stepping down as leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP).Golding emphasised that the election of a new leader must be conducted in a mature, transparent and dignified manner, when he steps down as head of the JLP in November.He said this is particularly important, as the party also forms the government. “The general secretary of the party has already outlined the procedures for the election of a new leader. The Electoral Office of Jamaica has been asked to manage the voting process, and everything will be done to ensure an orderly transition,” the prime minister said.Golding said he has been in contact with major international partners and has given the assurance that the government is firmly in place, and that the transition will be smooth and seamless.“The financial markets remain sober while they await the appointment of a new prime minister and confirmation that we will not deviate from the economic reforms which we have embarked on,” he said.Golding assured that, in his remaining weeks in office, he will continue to work hard, while preparing to hand over the leadership to his successor.The prime minister, who on September 25 informed the Central Executive of the JLP of his intention to resign, explained that part of the consideration leading to this decision was his recognition that it is time for his generation to make way for younger persons who are more in sync with 21st century realities, “whose vision can have a longer scope and who can bring new energy to the enormous tasks that confront us.”He pointed out that the leaders of other major economies, such as the United States, Britain, Canada and Spain are all 10 years his junior.Noting that he was first elected to Parliament almost 40 years ago, Golding said, “I feel it is time for me and people like me to make way and allow a new crop of leaders to step forward and unleash their energies and creativity.”“There are young people in my party, indeed both parties, who are capable of providing the leadership that the country requires at this time. We must not, for the sake of personal ambition, block their emergence. My advice and counsel will always be available if and when required,” he added.The prime minister expressed his abiding faith in the country, saying, “Despite the formidable challenges we face, we can overcome; we will make it if we try and try hard enough, if we remain focused and committed, not just to the next elections, but to the future and the possibilities that are within our reach and must be placed securely within our grasp.”By Alphea SaundersCaribbean News Now Sharelast_img read more

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After knocking off Cornell, Syracuse defense focused on slowing VCU’s prolific offense to reach tournament’s third round

first_img Published on November 18, 2012 at 6:14 pm Contact Trevor: [email protected] | @TrevorHass Facebook Twitter Google+ Head coach Ian McIntyre knew his team would be in for a difficult challenge against Cornell’s explosive offense.On Tuesday afternoon, two days before the most significant game for Syracuse since 1984, McIntyre made sure his team was ready.Ted Cribley drilled a one-timer toward the goal off a pass from McIntyre, who stood cemented in the center of the box. The ball sailed over the bar. Mark Brode took a shot, but the ball flew just right of the goal. Though a few shots found the back of the net, SU goalkeeper Alex Bono stopped the vast majority, serving as a stone wall for Syracuse, as he’s done all season.Bono’s practice with that drill, along with other similar high-pressure drills, helped prepare him for Cornell’s dynamic offense. With tremendous help from the back four, Bono shut out the Big Red, leading the Orange to its first-ever win in the NCAA tournament. Now SU’s defense will square off against another explosive offense, as Syracuse (13-6) faces No. 14-seed Virginia Commonwealth (12-3-5) Sunday, with a spot in the third round of the NCAA tournament on the line.“We had to grind it out as always,” Cribley said after the win over Cornell. “We’ve been under pressure this season – similar games like that, where teams have put their big men forward and stuck it in the box. We’re accustomed to that. We train like that as well.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDespite Bono’s clean sheet, the goalie doesn’t hesitate to give the majority of the credit to his back four.“The back four was absolutely phenomenal,” Bono said. “I didn’t actually have much to do. Just a couple crosses for me here and there.”Cornell players swarmed into the box, frantically trying to salvage their 15-1 season and ensure it wouldn’t end in heartbreak.Yet, as each shot flew toward the net, communication and cohesiveness enabled the Orange to thwart each attack with poise.McIntyre praised his defense as well, saying that a collective effort led Syracuse to the win. He did single out two players in particular, though, players who have seen an increased role in the weeks since defender Skylar Thomas’ season-ending injury.“Chris Makowski was awesome tonight,” McIntyre said. “(Nick) Bibbs alongside. Since Skylar Thomas went down at Cincinnati those two have been rocks.”Those rocks, along with Jordan Murrell and Tyler Hilliard, have anchored a Syracuse defense that has posted 12 shutouts on the season, the most for the program since 1982.Now Syracuse will look to continue to ride that momentum against VCU and keep its postseason run alive. SU will be in for yet another difficult challenge, though, as the Rams’ offense is in the top 20 nationally scoring at two goals per game.Jason Johnson, VCU’s most lethal scorer, comes into the game tied for 11th nationally with 32 points. The Orange defense will look to shut down Johnson, as it did Cornell’s Daniel Haber, in order to help lead the team to another victory Sunday night.“We’ve got a solid back four,” Cribley said. “We’ve got some very good players back there.” Commentslast_img read more

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It’s been 15 years since the Death of Basketball Giant Mirza Delibasic

first_imgToday is marked the fifteenth anniversary since the death of BH basketball giant Mirza Delibasic Kindje.Family members and friends will lay flowers on his grave in the Alley of the Greats at the Sarajevo cemetery Bare and commemorate the legendary basketball player of Bosna and Real Madrid, the last basketball romantic who was admired by basketball Europe and the whole world.Mirza Delibasic was born on the 9th of January 1954 in Tuzla. He started his brilliant athletic career back in 1968, when he became a pioneering champion of BiH in tennis. He replaced tennis by basketball in Sloboda from Tuzla and moved to “Bosna” in 1972. He played almost 700 matches and scored 14,000 points for “Students”.He was a Champion of Yugoslavia (1978 and 1980), the Club Champion of Europe in 1979, and won all possible trophies with the national team of the former state. He was twice Champion of the Old Continent (1977 and 1979), the World Champion in 1978 and Olympic Champion in 1980. He was proclaimed for the best basketball player of Yugoslavia in 1980. He wore the jersey of “Yugoslavia” 176 times and scored 1759 points. He was elected for the best athlete of BiH four times, and was declared for the athlete of all times in our country in 2000.In just two years at Real Madrid, Mirza Delibasic won so many friends with his gaming and human qualities that he will never be forgotten, and his former teammate Juan Antonio Korbalan wrote the book “Conversations with Mirza”.He remained loyal to Sarajevo during the siege as well, when he thanked on the invitation of the leadership of “Real” to replace besieged BH capital with Madrid “paradise”. He was a basketball team coach of BiH that won the eighth place on the European Championship in 1993. This is still the best performance of our national team at the European championships.Mirza Delibasic Kindje died on the 8th of December 2001 in Sarajevo.(Source: faktor.ba)last_img read more

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