Quotes of the week July 15-2123 july 2012, 18:03
Some of the best quotes of the week from around the world:
CARNAGE IN COLORADO
"I thought it was just fireworks. There was smoke, then I heard 'bam, bam, bam.' The gunman didn't have to stop to reload. Shots just kept coming, kept coming, kept coming."
-- Chris Jones, who was watching the latest Batman movie in a Colorado cinema when a gunman opened fire, killing at least 12 people.
"It pains me to say, but we are not on the track for peace in Syria, and the escalations we have witnessed in Damascus over the past few days is a testimony to that."
-- UN monitoring chief in Syria Major General Robert Mood.
Major General Robert Mood, head of the UN Supervision Mission in Syria. ©AFP
IT'S ALL THERE, IN RED AND WHITE
"The bloodthirsty media in collaboration with gangs of armed terrorists massacred residents of Treimsa village... to sway public opinion against Syria and its people and provoke international intervention on the eve of a UN Security Council meeting."
-- Syria's state news agency SANA after a massacre in which at least 150 people are said to have died.
"I am looking for my wife. She's not found yet and I don't know if she has lived or died."
-- Izhak Shriky, 43, before learning that his pregnant wife Kochava, 42, was one of five Israelis killed in a suicide attack in Bulgaria.
A blast survivor Izhak Shriky (Center R) speaks with rescue workers as he searches for his wife, in front of the Hospital in Bourgas. ©AFP
"Women practising sports... is fundamentally allowed... but if this leads to mixing with men... or revealing private parts... or men watching her sometimes run, sometimes fall down... sometimes laugh and sometimes cry or quarrel with another female athlete... or mount a horse... or practise gymnastics... or wrestling... or other sports... while the cameras film and the channels broadcast... then there can be no doubt that it is forbidden."
-- Popular Saudi cleric Dr Mohammad al-Arifi, quoted by Human Rights Watch as warning against sending female athletes to the London Olympics. Riyadh will have two female athletes there.
"There are some idioms in softball, like 'steal a base', and we don't have a term for it in Arabic, so I have to explain to the players what it means. ... They have terms like curveball, which doesn't exist in Arabic. What is a curveball? That is hard to explain."
-- Adil al-Jaafar, interpreter for a group of Americans teaching Iraqis softball in Baghdad.
Iraqi softball players take part in a softball course under the tutelage of US coaches at the Baghdad Sports College. ©AFP
"All people throughout the country have taken the news as the nation's great auspicious event."
-- North Korea's official news agency explains the excitement spreading through the land at the news that new leader Kim Jong-Un had been honoured with the title "marshal", as he seeks to tighten his grip on power.
Kim Jong-Un (R) together with North Korea's army chief Ri Yong-Ho (L). ©AFP PHOTO /KCNA
"The decision is great and we welcome it. It seems that millions of cricket fans have their wishes fulfilled."
-- A delighted Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Zaka Ashraf welcomes India's invitation to the first cricket series between the two countries in five years.
Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Zaka Ashraf. ©REUTERS/Mohsin Raza
"I want to encourage people to learn yoga because it can help you to relax and it has helped me to face the challenge in these few months."
-- Hong Kong tycoon Raymond Kwok baffles reporters by promoting yoga at a news conference after his court appearance on charges of corruption in the city's biggest graft scandal.
Chairman and Managing Director of Sun Hung Kai Properties Raymond Kwok. ©AFP
IN A DIFFERENT CLASS
"I guess it should have been the other way around... Even just in terms of age, we are senior."
-- World Cup heroine Homare Sawa reveals that Japan's world champion women footballers were left in economy class while their male colleagues lived it up in business on a flight to Europe for the Olympics.
FIFA Women's World Player of the Year 2011 Homare Sawa. ©REUTERS/Gustau Nacarino
"It was on the second bite into the sandwich, it actually poked the top of my mouth. It was about one inch long, straight needle."
-- James Tonges, a passenger aboard a flight from Amsterdam to Minneapolis who found a needle in his sandwich.
"Ni Hao greeted the medical team with his first meows this morning and is attempting to stand."
-- Marcia Mayeda, head of the Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control who rescued a three-month-old kitten that survived a journey across the Pacific in a shipping container from China. The animal has been named Ni Hao, or "hello" in Mandarin.
Ni Hao kitten in Los Anegeles, California. ©AFP PHOTO / County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control
"I just said 'Please, let me catch her, Lord, please let me catch her.'"
-- Stephen St. Bernard, a New York bus driver who became a surprise hero after saving a seven-year-old girl who accidentally fell from an apartment building.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS COUNT
"Um, so we've been lost on the road for 4hrs. Not a good first impression (of) London. Athletes are sleepy, hungry and need to pee. Could we get to the Olympic Village please."
-- Defending world champion Kerron Clement (400m hurdles) in a tweet sent July 16, upon arrival in London.
Kerron Clement. ©REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
"I do not want Germany to be the only country in the world in which Jews cannot practise their rites. Otherwise we would make ourselves a laughing stock among nations."
-- Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel speaking to her party over a court ruling calling religious circumcision a criminal act.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel. ©REUTERS/Thomas Peter