Jewish community in Toronto supports a peaceful Caribbean

first_imgTORONTO, Canada — During a special service for Israel on Tuesday night held at the Beth Avraham Yoseph Synagogue in Toronto, Canada, under the theme “Canada standing with Israel and Israel’s right to exist in the Middle East,” participants also expressed solidarity with the aims and objectives of the organisers of the Peaceful Caribbean Conference, scheduled to be held in Barbados next month, in their initiative to seek solutions to the spread of violence and terrorism in the wider Caribbean.(L-R) Peaceful Caribbean Conference Media Director Melanius Alphonse; Conference Director Rebecca Theodore; and Amir R. Gissin, Israeli Consul General in TorontoConference director Rebecca Theodore participated in the discussions and took the opportunity to draw attention to the ongoing efforts by Iran to establish a foothold in Latin American countries — in North America’s backyard – specifically in Venezuela, which provides a springboard for activity in the region.She pointed out that Iran and its emissaries in the region also engage in extensive social, cultural, and religious activity aimed at exporting the Islamic Revolution. The resulting infrastructure in Latin America could, in time of need, help Iran act against the United States itself or against Western interests in Latin America in various scenarios: if its nuclear installations are attacked by Israel and/or the United States, or if, should Iran’s sense of isolation and encirclement intensify, it seeks to initiate crises with the US, perhaps on the model of the Cuban missile crisis. In the meantime, according to Theodore, Iran is exploiting the relative proximity to the US to illegally penetrate its territory (via Mexico) as well as to prepare a terror and sabotage infrastructure within the US itself.Equally, Iran and Hezbollah will take and most likely are taking advantage of Venezuelan ties and influence in the wider Caribbean to infiltrate the small countries and islands of the region, thereby moving ever closer to the United States and Canada.Members of the Jewish community in Toronto have expressed a firm interest in the aims and objectives of the Peaceful Caribbean Conference 2012 and indicated a willingness to attend and support a presentation at the Jamaican Canadian Centre in Toronto on Saturday, March 17, 2012, at 3:00 pm in support of the conference.By Caribbean News Now contributor Share 52 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share Tweet FaithInternationalLifestylePrint Jewish community in Toronto supports a peaceful Caribbean by: – March 9, 2012last_img read more

MRI confirms strained groin for LeBron James, but Lakers also lose Rajon Rondo (sprained finger)

first_imgOAKLAND — There’s a question that is so intimidating, so unthinkable that it is rarely brought up in the deepest Lakers circles.What does this team look like without LeBron James?The Lakers (20-14) were relieved to find out Wednesday morning that their star had no serious damage from an injury he suffered Tuesday night against the Golden State Warriors. An MRI confirmed an initial diagnosis of a strained left groin, which the team classified as a day-to-day injury – calming the franchise from its worst fear. “This is uncharted territory, obviously, with this group,” Coach Luke Walton admitted.Consider that the Lakers have not played a game this season with fewer than 21 minutes from James. They haven’t had any less than 13 points from him in any contest. In the 1,178 minutes when he’s been on the court, they’ve outscored opponents by 95 points. When he’s been on the bench, the Lakers have been outscored by 19.James is the focal point of any team he’s playing for: Not just as a scorer, not just as a distributor, but the center of all defensive attention, drawing in opponents with his mere threat. Several times a game, James is apt to go into isolation, force double- and triple-teams with a drive and pass to the open shooter. The same logic applies to fast-breaks, when teams frantically focus on James driving into the lane and tend to forget their other assignments. It remains to be seen if the Lakers can find the assertiveness on the floor they’ll need to win without James. But Tuesday night was as good a start as any – even as they drifted into unknown landscape.“It’s not just one player on this team, we have a good team,” Ball said. “Obviously we want him back as fast as possible, but however long he misses, if he does miss, we’ve gotta do our thing.” And yet, the team also acknowledged James would not travel to Sacramento for Thursday’s game against the Kings. With a Friday home game against the Clippers also coming up, the possibility exists that the Lakers could miss their MVP-caliber headliner for multiple games – a rare case in James’ 15-year career.Complicating their possible solutions was the late-breaking news Wednesday night that Rajon Rondo, who played hero in the second half against Golden State, would miss at least the next game with grade 3 sprain on his right ring finger. The team said his status would be updated by Friday, but grade 3 is the most serious degree of sprain, which indicates serious damage to a ligament. Rondo has already missed 17 games with a fracture in the same hand.Even though it won’t be for as long of a stretch as initially feared, the Lakers will still have to confront the overwhelming question of how to go on without two of their most experienced players including James – for one night at least. Without him, that facet of offense doesn’t exist for the Lakers: It’s hard to imagine any other player on the roster who can command that level of attention from a defense.It hurts even more that Rondo (15 points, 10 assists) was a big part of that effort in Oakland, taking over as the chief playmaker in James’ absence. He said once he saw James go down, he shifted his mentality to being more ball-dominant.Unfortunately for the Lakers, he won’t be able utilize his play-making for the next game and possibly beyond, as they wait to see how much damage he’s taken to his finger. It scuttles Walton’s hope of having either James or Rondo, his two most-experienced floor managers, on the court at all times.It also means more of a test for the younger Lakers: For Kyle Kuzma, for Brandon Ingram, for Lonzo Ball, for Josh Hart. After spending half of the season trying to adjust to James’ presence, they’ll get an opportunity to take the lead themselves, something Walton said he’s tried to build into the team.Kuzma has been the most productive of that core in the last 12 games, averaging 21.5 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists in that stretch. While Walton recently called Kuzma a “born scorer” who has thrived while playing alongside James, he’s also unlocked more of his passing ability in the last month, more consciously looking for the open pass.Kuzma gave voice to a pride in the Lakers locker room on Tuesday night that the roster had managed to withstand the emotional blow of losing James.“It’s not like we’re panicking cause he’s gone,” he said. “We’re pros too. We’re great players, on our way to trying to be great players. It’s all about that next up mentality and having a will to win.”The Lakers could also turn to a somewhat unlikely riser in the last week: Ivica Zubac. The Croatian 7-footer has been resurgent since JaVale McGee has been out with pneumonia. In the past three games, all starts, Zubac has been the second-leading scorer on the team (17.7 points per game) with 8.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocked shots.Shooting 9 for 10 against the Warriors, Zubac again was able to anchor a starting center spot despite spending much of the year as the third option. He doesn’t intend to waste the opportunity.“I think I’m doing good,” he said. “It’s not up to me, but I think I deserve some more playing time.”Related Articles Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more