“It is ‘a waste of th[e] [C]ourt’s resources’ to take up a case simply to say we are bound by a party’s ‘strategic litigation choice’ to invoke rational-basis review alone, but ‘everything might be different’ under the close review instructed by the Court’s precedent,” Ginsburg concluded.That drew a sharp retort from Thomas who wrote in a footnote that Ginsburg’s dissent from the per curiam opinion “makes little sense.” He asserted that the argument that regulating the disposition of fetal remains might pose an undue burden on a woman’s right to an abortion is difficult to understand since the woman would have already had the procedure.Ginsburg responded that Thomas’ footnote “displays more heat than light.” She reiterated that the disposal law would impose a cost and potential for the trauma that could constitute an undue burden.Justice Sonia Sotomayor also dissented but did not write a separate opinion.The court also declined to review Indiana’s “Sex-Selective and Disability Abortion Ban.” It held the legal issues raised are not appropriate for review because they have not been considered by other appellate courts.Thomas agreed with the decision to allow the issue to further percolate, but maintained that the Supreme Court will soon need to address such laws since they have the potential to become a tool of “manipulation.”The bulk of Thomas’ concurring opinion was devoted to this subject, echoing Indiana’s argument that its “anti-discrimination law” is an “anti-eugenics law.” The justice heavily referenced the comments and writings by Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger about birth control being a means of reducing the “ever-increasing, unceasingly spawning class of human beings who never should have been born at all.”He maintained that while Sanger’s views were not directly referring to abortion, they laid the groundwork for a eugenics argument in support of abortion nonetheless. “Although Sanger was undoubtedly correct in recognizing a moral difference between birth control and abortion, the eugenic arguments that she made in support of birth control apply with even greater force to abortion,” he wrote.Thomas supports his argument by drawing on articles from the 1880s and early-to-mid 1900s, along with the 1927 Supreme Court decision in Buck v. Bell, 274 U.S. 200, which all supported eugenics. In reviewing a history of eugenics, he asserted minorities and people with disabilities would most likely be aborted, as would females since “certain populations in the United States” prefer to have sons.“Although the Court declines to wade into these issues today, we cannot avoid them forever,” Thomas concluded. “Having created the constitutional right to an abortion, this Court is dutybound to address its scope. In that regard, it is easy to understand why the (Southern Indiana) District Court and the Seventh Circuit looked to Casey to resolve a question it did not address. Where else could they turn? The Constitution itself is silent on abortion.”Public reaction to Monday’s ruling has already been strong. Students for Life of America released a statement calling the decision “half-right” and a missed an opportunity to defend the preborn against discrimination in the womb.“The Justices got it right that aborted infants need to be buried and cremated respectfully as they are human beings, not trash, but it’s tragic they didn’t see their humanity when they still have a chance at life,” SFLA President Kristan Hawkins said in the statement. “Planned Parenthood and the abortion lobby are probably furious right now about the time and expense now required of them to treat those infants with dignity, but this is long overdue and should be required nationwide.”PPINK denounced the Supreme Court decision to uphold Indiana’s fetal disposition law, saying the statute had nothing to do with medical care and is intended to shame and stigmatize women asking for abortion and miscarriage care.“The anti-reproductive health politicians who created these laws to shame patients have no place in the exam room,” Chris Charbonneau, CEO of PPINK, said in a news release. “Planned Parenthood remains vigilant in working to stop the unprecedented rollback of reproductive rights and freedom.Nearly 40,000 patients relied on Planned Parenthood in Indiana last year to provide a full range of reproductive health care, including safe and legal abortion care,” Charbonneau continued. “While elected officials attempt to score political points by putting the health of Hoosiers in danger, we’ll continue fighting for the rights of our patients and their ability to seek lifesaving care without fear or judgment.”Vice President Mike Pence also weighed in on the decision, calling it a “victory for life.”“As Governor of IN I was proud to sign a law that requires remains of aborted babies be treated w/dignity & respect and blocks groups like Planned Parenthood from the horrific practice of selling fetal tissue,” the VP said on Twitter.“Today, Justice Thomas wrote: SCOTUS has been zealous in the past in barring discrimination based on sex, race, & disability,” Pence added in a second tweet. “Hopeful someday soon SCOTUS will recognize the same protections for the unborn when they rule on future appeals of pro-life legislation.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail Marilyn Odendahl for www.theinndianalawyer.comIndiana’s law mandating that fetal remains be either buried or cremated has been upheld by the Supreme Court of the United States in a per curium opinion issued Tuesday that found the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals had “clearly erred” in overturning the law.However, in the same opinion, the Supreme Court let stand a ruling which blocked another Indiana law that would have prevented abortions based on the gender, race or genetic abnormality of the fetus.The two laws were part of House Enrolled Act 1337, passed by the Indiana General Assembly and signed by then-Gov. Mike Pence in 2016. Both the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana and the 7th Circuit stopped the enforcement of those provisions, finding the laws were unconstitutional. Judge Daniel Manion dissented on the fetal remains statute and the appellate court split in denying a petition for an en banc review.Indiana appealed to the Supreme Court, submitting a writ of certiorari in October 2018 that was subsequently distributed for a conference among the justices 15 times.Tuesday’s per curiam ruling in Kristina Box, Commissioner, Indiana Department of Health, et al. v. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, Inc., et al., 587 U.S.___(2019) was included at the end of the list of orders in pending cases.In reversing the 7th Circuit’s fetal disposition ruling, the Supreme Court found Indiana’s stated interests in the disposal of the remains were legitimate. It further concluded Indiana’s law is rationally related to that interest, “even if it is not perfectly tailored to that end.”Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill applauded with the court’s ruling.“The highest court in the land has now affirmed that nothing in the Constitution prohibits states from requiring abortion clinics to provide an element of basic human dignity in disposing of the fetuses they abort,” Hill said in a news release. “These tiny bodies are, after all, human remains.”Ken Falk, legal director of the ACLU of Indiana, which represented Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, Inc., indicated a second challenge to the law might be in the offing.“The Court’s decision on the provision of the law pertaining to the disposition of fetal tissue may have been struck down had it been reviewed – as subsequent laws in other states have been – based on whether it poses an undue burden on a woman’s right to have an abortion,” he said in a statement. “We will continue to fight to ensure Hoosiers have safe access to abortion.”Falk explained to Indiana Lawyer that although the Supreme Court found the fetal remains law was not irrational, the per curiam opinion stressed that “if in fact (the law is) imposing (an) undue burden, as other courts have found, that we would have the ability to re-file.”The court noted Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky chose to argue the fetal disposition law was subject to an ordinary rational basis review, rather than arguing the law creates an undue burden on women. PPINK and the majority of the 7th Circuit found that Indiana could not claim a legitimate interest in disposal of fetal remains because the law preserved a woman’s right to take possession and dispose of the remains as she wishes.But the Supreme Court countered that the 7th Circuit had “clearly erred” by failing to recognize that the interest for how fetal remains were disposed of is a permissible basis for Indiana’s law.“We reiterate that, in challenging this provision, respondents have never argued that Indiana’s law imposes an undue burden on a woman’s right to obtain an abortion,” the per curiam opinion stated. “This case, as litigated, therefore does not implicate our cases applying the undue burden test to abortion regulations.”Justice Clarence Thomas and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg issued dueling opinions on the ruling and took aim at each other in their footnotes.In his concurring opinion, Thomas found the 7th Circuit’s ruling to be “manifestly inconsistent” with precedent. He asserted neither the Constitution nor any decision from the Supreme Court prevents a state from “requiring abortion facilities to provide for the respectful treatment of human remains.”Ginsburg dissented from the ruling on fetal remains, arguing, as 7th Circuit Chief Judge Diane Wood did, that rational basis is not the proper review standard. Instead, she agreed the case implicates and fails the undue burden test as set forth in Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pa. v. Casey, 505 U.S. 833, 846 (1992).
STONE HARBOR0 UPPER TOWNSHIP2872 20 SEA ISLE CITY02 MUNICIPALITYACTIVE CASESREPORTED TODAYOFF QUARANTINEDEATHS CAPE MAY CITY03 CAPE MAY POINT0 WILDWOOD1536 TOTAL DECEASED The Cape May County Health Department reported Monday that a 65-year-old woman from Dennis Township and a 92-year-old woman from Lower Township have died of COVID-19.Thirteen new cases were confirmed. Cape May County’s coronavirus cases now total 302, including 20 deaths overall, according to a press release.“We extend our deepest condolences to the loved ones of these residents,” Cape May County Freeholder Director Gerald Thornton said. “While we have expected more cases, these deaths are another reminder that protection of our community is critical.”Following is a breakdown of the total number of coronavirus cases and deaths for each municipality in Cape May County: 92 LOWER TOWNSHIP442615 OCEAN CITY167 NORTH WILDWOOD413 WILDWOOD CREST17 WOODBINE2061 AVALON06 MIDDLE TOWNSHIP37219 DENNIS TOWNSHIP24142 TOTAL ACTIVE190 TOTAL RECOVERED WEST WILDWOOD01 WEST CAPE MAY11 TOTAL CASES IN CAPE MAY COUNTY302
Google+ Elkhart County graduation rates are mostly up this year Facebook WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp By Tommie Lee – January 21, 2021 0 239 (Bill Beck/Elkhart Truth) Graduation rates have climbed throughout Indiana, and in most of the school systems in Elkhart County.The graduation rate in the state for 2020 was up slightly from the year before, according to numbers from the Indiana Department of Education.Four of the seven public school districts in Elkhart County improved their graduation rate, and all but one exceeded the state average, according to The Elkhart Truth.The Elkhart Community Schools saw the most growth with a graduation rate that rose 7.4%, and there were also increases in Baugo, Fairfield and Middlebury. Concord, Goshen and Wa-Nee experienced drops. Pinterest IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Previous articleElkhart woman arrested in Motel 6 fireNext articleNotre Dame Football fined for recruiting violations Tommie Lee Twitter Twitter Google+
Paul Zofnass ’69, M.B.A. ’73, has become the Harvard Museum of Natural History’s (HMNH) largest donor since its founding in 1998 with a commitment of $500,000 to create a major, permanent multimedia exhibition focusing on the natural history, environmental significance, historical development, and conservation of New England forests.New England Forests: The Zofnass Family Gallery, scheduled to open in spring 2011, will feature Harvard’s natural history collections and draw on current research from the Departments of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Earth and Planetary Sciences, the Harvard Forest, and scientists across the University.The broad goal of the exhibition is to enhance public understanding of the dynamic nature of forest ecosystems, the impacts of human activity in shaping the landscape, and the relationships between forest landscapes and habitats and the distribution and evolution of varied flora and fauna. The exhibition will present the latest research on the role of forests in carbon sequestration and address the threats created by invasive species. It will also demonstrate the methods and tools that scientists use to investigate these issues.“We are deeply grateful for this generous gift, which offers an extraordinary opportunity to showcase dramatic specimens, present important research, and raise critical policy issues in the context of a regional landscape familiar to most of our visitors,” said Elisabeth Werby, executive director of HMNH.Zofnass is president of The Environmental Financial Consulting Group Inc., a New York City-based strategic consulting firm. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College ’69 and an alumnus of the Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School, M.B.A. ’73. Zofnass’ wife, Renee Ring, is a finance attorney in New York City. They have two daughters, Jessica ’08 and Rebecca ’09.An avid sailor and outdoorsman, Zofnass grew up in Belmont, Mass., and as a child often visited the public galleries of the Museum of Comparative Zoology. Zofnass has been a passionate advocate for forest conservation near his home in Pound Ridge, N.Y. Over the past 20 years, with his sister Joan Zofnass, Paul used his mergers and acquisitions skills to create the Westchester Wilderness Walk, which formally opened to the public in 2001. Through this 250-acre preserve, just 40 miles from New York City, he laid out and built a 10-mile-long hiking trail that winds around the unique forest and geological features, showing no trace of civilization.
A new, noninvasive screening test for Down syndrome would allow some women with high-risk pregnancies to avoid amniocentesis and in the future may provide detection early enough for treatment to improve some babies’ cognitive function, a Tufts University neonatal genetics expert told a symposium at Harvard Medical School on Tuesday.Physicians recommend that all pregnant women undergo initial screening for Down syndrome, and it is recommended that those with positive results undergo amniocentesis, in which a long needle is inserted into the mother’s uterus to extract cells in the fluid around the fetus.Those alternate screening tests miss 8 percent of Down syndrome cases, however, and also give false positive results about 5 percent of the time. That means that some women may undergo amniocentesis, which, in addition to being invasive, bears a slight risk of causing miscarriage.The new test, according to Diana Bianchi, executive director of Tufts Medical Center’s Mother Infant Research Institute, misses only a very small fraction of Down cases, meaning that fewer women would need amniocentesis.Bianchi was one of the speakers at “Transforming Child Health through Genome Biology,” an afternoon symposium at Harvard Medical School’s Joseph B. Martin Conference Center that was sponsored by Harvard Catalyst, the clinical and translational science center that supports research across the University.The event also featured Vertex Pharmaceuticals founder and former chief executive officer Joshua Boger, who discussed cystic fibrosis, for which Vertex has a drug on the market, and Associate Professor of Medicine Robert Green, director of the G2P Research Program at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital.The event was affected by the ongoing budget controversy in Washington, D.C. One of the scheduled speakers, Alan Guttmacher, director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, had to cancel his appearance.The symposium was opened by Ellis Neufeld, the associate chief of hematology/oncology at Children’s Hospital Boston, co-chair of the Harvard Catalyst Child Health Committee, and Egan Family Foundation Professor of Transitional Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and by James Ware, the Frederick Mosteller Professor of Biostatistics and associate dean for clinical and translational science at Harvard School of Public Health.In his comments, Ware gave a brief history of Harvard Catalyst, which was founded in 2008 as one of 60 centers dedicated to translating research findings into treatments that benefit patients. The program received word in September that its major funding grant, from the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Advancing Translational Science, had been renewed for another five years.In his comments, Ware gave a brief history of Harvard Catalyst, which was founded in 2008 as one of 60 centers dedicated to translating research findings into treatments that benefit patients. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerChild Health is just one major focus for Harvard Catalyst, which has programs that address biostatistics, regulatory knowledge, health disparities, community health, clinical research, and other areas.In her presentation, Bianchi described the test and its rapid development, made possible by advances in DNA technology. The concept underlying it was only developed in 2007. The test, first used in 2011, analyzes fragments of fetal DNA circulating in the mother’s blood.The test can be administered earlier in a woman’s pregnancy than other screenings, potentially early enough to allow interventions aimed at improving a Down syndrome baby’s cognitive function, Bianchi said.“We believe improving neurogenesis and cognitive behavior is an achievable goal,” she said.Bianchi pointed out some of the pitfalls to approaches that utilize prenatal screening, including the potential for physicians to learn uncomfortable information, and be faced with the difficult decision of whether to share it. Another challenge, she said, is the pressure not to make a mistake, since some disappointing results may prompt parents to terminate a pregnancy.“You better be accurate, and you better be sure you’re giving parents accurate information,” Bianchi said.
By Dialogo December 06, 2012 OTTAWA, Canada – Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Ottawa is currently conducting a 44-day deployment in the eastern Pacific with resounding operational success. On Nov. 28, the Esquimalt-based frigate was patrolling in international waters southeast of Isla de Coco, Costa Rica when the vessel assisted a United States Coast Guard (USCG) Law Enforcement Detachment team to board a suspect fishing vessel in an action that netted 36 bales of cocaine weighing 1,086 kilograms (2,394.2 pounds) with an estimated wholesale value of more than US$29 million. Canada, Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States are participating in Operation Martillo, which focuses on curtailing illicit trafficking routes on both coasts of the Central American isthmus. HMCS Ottawa is the latest ship deployed in Operation (Op) Caribbe, the Canadian Forces’ participation in the U.S.-led multinational effort to strengthen security in the Western Hemisphere. Under Op Caribbe, the Canadian Forces provide naval and air capabilities to support U.S. law enforcement measures against illicit drug trafficking in the Caribbean Basin. As well as warships, the Royal Canadian Air Force has also contributed to Op Caribbe by providing five CP-140 Aurora long-range patrol aircraft to fly critical surveillance sorties in the region. Between Nov. 18-29, CP-140 Aurora crews from 19 Wing, Comox and 14 Wing, Greenwood assisted in seizing, through surveillance and detection, 144 bales of cocaine weighing 4,300 kilograms (9,479.8 pounds) with a wholesale value of more than US$116 million. “We are proud to support the multinational effort in the Caribbean region to combat the trade in illicit drugs, which contributes to crime and erodes regional stability,” said Lieutenant-General Stuart Beare, commander of the Canadian Joint Operations Command. “We are also steadfast in our commitment to build and sustain enduring relationships with our regional partners, with whom we have shared interests and security concerns.” While deployed in Op Caribbe, RCN ships are strictly in a supportive role. While operating in international waters, their tasks are to locate, track, approach and potentially intercept suspect vessels in order to allow the USCG law enforcement detachment (LEDET) personnel to board and conduct law enforcement operations. “The Royal Canadian Navy continues to work alongside our allies and whole-of-government partners to help suppress criminal activity at sea and interrupt the flow of illicit drugs destined for our shores,” said Vice-Admiral Paul Maddison, commander of the Royal Canadian Navy. “We are taking the fight to the narco-terrorists in their backyard, denying them freedom of movement at sea, enforcing the rule of law and making the streets of our Canadian cities safer for our children.”
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A subsidiary of publicly listed tobacco company Gudang Garam will start the development of Kediri Airport in East Java in April, with a target to finish first-phase construction by April 2022.Kediri Airport is one of the government’s national strategic projects and will be located around 20 kilometers from the city center. It is expected to reduce the overburdened Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, which is around a two-hour drive from Kediri.The company has met all major technical requirements to build the airport. Kediri administration acting secretary Dede Sujana said that out of the total land needed to build the airport, only 0.6 percent had yet to be acquired. Budi Karya said the government would let Gudang Garam choose an airport operator.”We will provide a special guideline for whoever is capable of managing the airport,” he said. “But air traffic control must be handled by AirNav Indonesia.”Gudang Garam, through its subsidiary Surya Dhoho Investama, will spend around Rp 10 trillion (US$732.4 million) to acquire 457 hectares of land needed for the airport and for construction.After the first phase is complete, Kediri Airport is expected to accommodate around 5 million passengers, bigger than the capacity of nearby Abdul Rachman Saleh Airport in Malang.Once completed, it will have a 3,000 meter by 45 m runway to accommodate a wide range of aircraft, from Boeing B777s to Airbus A350s, as well as a passenger terminal, cargo terminal and parking area.Nyaman, a citizen of Grogol village in Grogol district, Kediri regency, East Java, tends to his cow on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, within the site where a new airport will be developed by cigarette company Gudang Garam. Kediri administration acting secretary Dede Sujana said that out of the total land needed to build the airport, only 0.6 percent had yet to be acquired. (JP/Asip Hasani)Transportation Ministry director general of civil aviation Novie Riyanto said the airport would serve domestic flights, while Juanda Airport would focus on international flights for the East Java area.Kediri Airport will focus on serving passengers from nearby East Java cities along the southern Java coast, such as Kediri, Tulungagung, Trenggalek, Blitar, Madiun and Pacitan, he added.“The airport will be a new [transportation] lane for other areas in southern Java, which is very crowded,” Novie said. “As you know, the southern Java area is very developed with the existence of Kertajati Airport in West Java, Jenderal Sudirman Airport in Central Java and Wiradinata Airport in Tasikmalaya.”The idea to build a new airport was first initiated by East Java Deputy Governor Emil Dardak to help boost tourism and agriculture in the southern part of East Java. Several regencies previously expressed their interest in hosting the airport before Gudang Garam decided on Kediri.Topics : “Two years is enough time to finish phase one, considering that the [new] Yogyakarta International Airport in Kulonprogo was finished [in] about a year a half,” Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said during his visit to Kediri over the weekend. Kediri Airport, which would be the first-ever in the country to be fully funded by the private sector, will be developed in three phases under a public-private partnership scheme with a concession period of 30 to 50 years. “This means that some part of it will be given to us [the government] while Gudang Garam has the right to operate it for 30 years to 50 years,” said Budi Karya. “This is a good example for other regions to use the same [financing scheme].”Read also: Gudang Garam-funded Kediri airport to break ground in March
However, the ongoing health situation in Portugal casts some doubt on those pronouncements.On Wednesday, lockdown restrictions were reimposed on 19 neighborhoods across the northern periphery of Lisbon where COVID-19 outbreaks persist. The restrictions concern some 700,000 people and will remain in place for at least two weeks.With an average of 321 per day, the number of new cases being recorded in Portugal grew by a third in June compared to the previous month.The majority of new cases are in the Lisbon area, and it is the capital which is due to host the latter stages of the Champions League, starting with the quarter-final on August 12 and concluding with the final on August 23. ‘Proportionate measures’ Costa’s comments have not gone down well with local residents.”The Prime Minister seems worried about the situation in Lisbon, without doubt because of the Champions League. It is not worth pretending that the problem does not exist, because it also exists in Lisbon,” Goncalo Caroco, deputy mayor of nearby Loures, told AFP. Atletico Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, RB Leipzig and Atalanta all qualified for the quarter-finals before the competition was suspended in March and UEFA was eventually forced to come up with a new format to finish it.The remaining last 16, second legs will see Juventus face Lyon, Manchester City take on Real Madrid, Bayern Munich face Chelsea and Barcelona come up against Napoli.It is hoped those matches — set for August 7 and 8 — will not need to be played on neutral ground but they could also be moved to Portugal, with UEFA standing by to spread the matches around the country, in Lisbon as well as in the northern cities of Porto and Guimaraes.A fortnight ago, when the format was announced by UEFA, Ceferin expressed hope that some fans might be able to attend the matches. That now seems improbable.”In terms of the situation with the pandemic, obviously it is a no,” said Portugal’s Health Minister, Antonio Lacerda Sales, earlier this week.”We don’t know how the pandemic is going to evolve and we will continue to take proportionate measures. We can’t anticipate the future, but at this moment of course not,” he elaborated.If the situation continues to deteriorate, the competing teams would perhaps also have second thoughts about travelling to Lisbon. Alarm bells may be ringing within European football’s governing body, especially as the Champions League was suspended in March and remains frozen in the last-16 stage, which has not been completed.Costa has done his best to reassure Ceferin and insisted in an interview with Spanish daily La Vanguardia that the lockdown measures “do not concern the center of Lisbon, where the Champions League will be staged”.However, the locked down neighborhood of Santa Clara borders that of Lumiar, the area in which the Estadio Jose Alvalade is situated. The home of Sporting Lisbon is scheduled to share hosting of the Champions League matches with Benfica’s nearby Estadio da Luz. Nearly four months after it was suspended, UEFA’s plans to complete the Champions League in Portugal are once again under threat from the coronavirus, even if the organizers themselves insist there is “no Plan B”.UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin claimed Tuesday following a meeting with Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa that there was no need to make alternative arrangements to the planned “final eight” straight knockout format for the quarter-finals onwards, with all games set to take place in Lisbon.Costa himself said that “all measures are being taken to ensure that we will host this tournament in a safe and secure manner”. Topics :
Topics : “We are working for a solution which on the one hand is safeguarding the health of all participants and on the other hand is also reflecting the Olympic spirit,” Bach addedBach also said the IOC had agreed with host nation Senegal to postpone the 2022 Youth Olympic Games in Dakar until 2026.”This allows the IOC and national Olympic committees to better plan activities which have been strongly affected by the postponement of the 2020 Olympic Games and subsequent postponement of other major sports events,” he said.The decision will have to be ratified by the full IOC session on Friday. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) remains fully committed to staging the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2021 and is considering multiple scenarios for them to take place safely, IOC President Thomas Bach said on Wednesday.Japan and the IOC postponed the Tokyo Games until 2021 in March because of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Organizers have since spoken of trying to simplify the event – which had been due to start on July 24 – to reduce costs and ensure athletes’ safety.Bach said the IOC’s coordination commission had reported “very good work in progress” and that more details would be given to a full IOC session which will take place by video conference on Friday. “We remain fully committed to celebrating Tokyo 2020 next year in July and August,” Bach told reporters in a conference call.”The entire IOC is following the principle we established before the postponement (in March) that the first priority is about the safety of all participants.””We continue to be guided by the advice of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and based on this advice we are preparing multiple scenarios,” he added. “We don’t know the health situation one year from now.”He said that holding events without spectators was clearly something the IOC did not want.