Emmy-winning journalist and Harvard graduate Soledad O’Brien addresses graduating seniors at Harvard’s Senior Class Day ceremony on May 29, 2013.
(Deerfield Beach, FL) — A high school football star’s death in Broward County is being ruled a suicide by train and is prompting his friends to confront mental illness. A candlelight vigil was held last night at Deerfield Beach High School for 17-year-old Bryce Gowdy, a wide-receiver prospect headed to Georgia Tech who committed suicide this week by standing in the path of a freight train in Broward County. His death came just days before Gowdy was to leave for college at Georgia Tech, which had given him a football scholarship. A DBHS teammate tells NBC 6 mental illness is very serious, and it’s hard for others to understand what someone might be going through. The death of a Florida teen football star fatally struck by a freight train has been ruled a suicide, officials said.Gowdy’s mom, Shibbon Winelle, said in a video posted to her Facebook page the teen had been “talking in circles” and asking “a lot of questions about spirituality and life” in the days before his death.She said both she and her son battled their own personal “demons,” alluding to mental health struggles.“I said, ‘Bryce, you have to dig within and fight these demons that you’re fighting,’” Winelle said.“I told him I wasn’t strong enough to help him right now, and I have my own demons that I was trying to fight.”She said the family had recently become homeless and she last saw him when she asked him to get her favorite blanket from the car.He never returned, and hours later his body was found near train tracks in Deerfield Beach.Georgia Teach mourned Gowdy’s death in a tweet posted by the team’s coach, Geoff Collins.“Our entire Georgia Tech football family is devastated by the news of Bryce’s passing,” Collins wrote.“Bryce was an outstanding young man with a very bright future. He was a great friend to many, including many of our current and incoming team members. … Bryce and his family will always be a part of the Georgia Tech football family.”
Windies women beat Sri Lanka in T50 game in TrinidadThe West Indies women cricketers defeated Sri Lanka’s women by 6 wickets on Wednesday at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad to take a one game lead in their 3-match 50 over series.The three-match ODI series is part of the ICC Women’s Championships, used as qualification for the 2021 World Cup.Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat first. They were dismissed for 136 with Hayley Matthews, Windies skipper Stafanie Taylor and Afy Fletcher all taking three wickets each. Matthews took 3-18 while Taylor had 3-24 and Fletcher took 3-42Chasing a score of 137 for victory, the West Indies easily motored to 138-4 off 39 overs. Merissa Aguilera top-scoring with an unbeaten 34 runs and Kyshona Knight scored an unbeaten 21 against 2-27 from Ranaweera.Hayley Matthews who shared in a valuable 37 run partnership with Chedean Nation, but ws forced to retire with an injury, was named Player of the Match.The win gives the West Indies women 2 points as the series forms part of the ICC Women’s Championship.The next match is a Day/Night game on Friday 13 from 2:30pm which will also be played at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad.
OTTAWA – Conservative MPs say the government should be going after a Canadian who told a New York Times podcast that he shot people in the head as an executioner for Islamic State militants in Syria.The man, who used the name Abu Huzaifa al-Kanadi, is now reported to be living in Toronto.In question period on Friday, Conservatives demanded government action, but Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale was cautious, saying he couldn’t comment because of security concerns.“This individual is speaking freely to the media,” said Conservative House leader Candice Bergen. “The government has got to know where he is.”Bergen said he told the podcast he won’t be held responsible for his killings.“The media are reporting this individual is in Toronto, right now, as we speak. Can the government confirm it? Why isn’t this government doing something?”Goodale said police and security agencies are doing their jobs properly.“I am charged with the responsibility of keeping Canadians safe,” he said. “Discussing operational matters on the floor of the House of Commons is exactly the opposite of keeping Canadians safe.”Bergen, however, was not backing down.“This guy is apparently in Toronto,” she said. “Canadians deserve more answers from this government. Why aren’t they doing something about this despicable animal?”CBC News reported in 2017 that Abu Huzaifa had been questioned extensively by RCMP and CSIS, but had not been charged.The Canadian Security Intelligence Service has estimated that about 60 Canadians have returned home after fighting with foreign terror groups.The federal government has established a centre to fund research and programs to stop radicalization and help people leave extremist groups, although the Conservatives have scorned its efforts as little more than poetry lessons for terrorists.The government says it has a host of other counter-terrorism tools for returnees, including surveillance, criminal investigations, peace bonds, and the revoking of passports.Such measures are effective, Goodale told the Commons.“The security and police agencies of this country do an extraordinary job in identifying individuals that pose a risk to the public and taking the appropriate action to make sure that Canadians are safe.”