Smith enjoying life in Red Stripe Premier League

first_imgHaving coached Wolmer’s Boys standout midfielder Rojay Smith, during his two-year stint at the Heroes Circle-based school, Harbour View FC’s coach Ludlow Bernard remains impressed with the player’s easy transition into the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) set-up. Bernard coached Wolmer’s to the 2012-13 Walker Cup knock-out title and now backs Smith to be a regular Harbour View player. “The transition for him would have been quite significant. I remember in 2012 when he was playing in the Under 17 competition, you would have seen certain limitations, but having been exposed to quality football, both at Wolmer’s Boys and again playing at Harbour View against senior and experienced players, his improvement, I would say, has doubled if not tripled over time,” the Harbour View coach noted during yesterday’s RSPL press briefing held at the sponsor’s head office on Spanish Town Road. GAMES PLAYED Meanwhile, Smith has played a total of eight games so far this season for Harbour View and said he is eyeing a regular starting role “I am playing with more senior players now and I want to reach up to their level, so I have to lift my standard. “When I just started out I was on the bench. Now I am in the starting 11, so progress is there,” said the attacking midfielder. He stressed that the RSPL competition is much more physical than the Manning Cup but he intends to give his best for his team. “I would rank my transition at five out of 10 because there is always room for improvement. I just need to be more attacking and link up more with the forwards. We have a problem scoring goals, so we midfielders need to step up and start scoring more goals for the team,” he pointed out, adding that playing in the RSPL is something he always yearned for.last_img read more

Gulf Coast Jews adrift for Holy Days

first_imgBad luck keeps following Stephen Richer. Last year at the start of Rosh Hashana, a hurricane evacuation sent him and a cantor at his tiny Biloxi, Miss., synagogue on an odyssey across the state to find a congregation where they could mark the Jewish New Year. This year, as the High Holy Days begin tonight, Richer will once again be searching for a spiritual home. His Conservative synagogue, Congregation Beth Israel, is one of many across the Gulf Coast that have been shuttered by extensive damage from Hurricane Katrina. “I’m very happy to have this year over,” Richer said. “We’ve had a lot of tragedy.” Jewish leaders don’t know when – if ever – their communities will reunite. About 10,000 Jews lived in the New Orleans area, and Eric Stillman, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, has been trying to track them. Working out of the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston, he has contacted about 1,400 of the 3,600 families who were in his organization’s database. Synagogue leaders have started their own online lists, but many families still have not been reached. “It’s hard to predict,” said Stillman, who fled New Orleans with his wife and two children. “Some people have said they’re not going to come back. … Some people have already returned.” Those able to get home have found their synagogues with smashed roofs, shattered windows, flooded basements, and mold and mildew growing in sanctuaries. As Katrina battered the region, anxiety spread among Jewish leaders about the Torah scrolls inside the buildings. The scrolls, which Jews believe contain the word of God, are the holiest objects in Judaism. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The 10-day period of repentance and renewal, among the most important in the Jewish calendar, arrives as Jewish evacuees are scattered throughout the country, their homes destroyed, their jobs gone and their future unclear. Victims say the generosity of religious leaders in cities where they’ve sought refuge has helped ease discomfort about celebrating the holidays in an alien environment. Orthodox Jews have found housing for evacuees near congregations so they can observe the Jewish prohibition against driving on the High Holy Days. One Florida rabbi packed his Cessna with kosher meat and cheese, Sabbath candles and challah and flew the supplies to Biloxi, where members of Beth Israel may hold services at a military base. Other Jewish groups have sent prayer books, while Baptist, Roman Catholic and Unitarian churches have offered space for services. Still, many displaced Jews say the pain of having lost everything will only be compounded by observing sacred rituals among strangers. “I think the word is bittersweet,” said Ruth Kullman, president of Touro Synagogue in New Orleans, a Reform congregation that was damaged and will not reopen for the holiday period, which ends with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Kullman, her husband and her 93-year-old mother-in-law fled to Memphis where Kullman’s sister lives. “We’re all so grateful to be here and together. We’re just sad that we can’t be celebrating the way we always had,” she said. last_img read more

South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada breaks awards record

first_imgSocial media was buzzing this week with well wishes pouring in for the 2016 South African Cricketer of the Year, Kagiso Rabada. The 21-year-old fast bowler is the first player to win six individual trophies at the annual Cricket South Africa (CSA) awards.Proteas captain AB de Villiers and batsman Hashim Amla had previously won five awards each, the CSA said. Rabada is also the youngest to have won the premier award.Some of the high fives given to Rabada on Twitter:Congratulations to SA Cricketer Of The Year @KagisoRabada25. #CSAawards16 https://t.co/hPAclxtnE9— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) July 26, 2016#KagisoRabada ke bosso! @KagisoRabada25. Congratulations on the big win. https://t.co/XCiTcBNvth— Themba Mathebula (@Ithembalami) July 27, 2016Hey @KagisoRabada25 i build trophy display cabinets.. Let me know lol. Congratulations sir… #kagisorabada @OfficialCSA @adidasZA— Craignificent (@Craig_05) July 26, 2016What a Star! Best is still to come. Can’t wait too see him in the future #KagisoRabada https://t.co/gzDi6fak4O— Media Link (@veralink) July 26, 2016Watch some of Rabada’s career highlights:The other trophiesRabada also landed Castle Lager Test Cricketer of the Year, Castle Lager ODI Cricketer of the Year, the peer voted SA Players’ Player of the Year and the SA Fans Player of the Year. His sixth award was for bowling the RAM Delivery of the Year to England’s Jason Roy in the KFC T20 International at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.“I’m excited to see what challenges lie ahead. I can’t wait to play again,” Rabada told Jacaranda FM on Tuesday, admitting it felt surreal to win so many awards.Watch Rabada talk about his amazing night. He also pays tribute to his family:Previous winnersCSA is celebrating its 25th birthday this year. Other cricketers who have won the prestigious Cricketer of the Year award include:Jacques Kallis (2004 and 2011)Makhaya Ntini (2005 and 2006)Hashim Amla (2010 and 2013)AB de Villiers (2014 and 2015)Shaun Pollock (2007)Dale Steyn (2008)Graeme Smith (2009)Vernon Philander (2012)Watch Rabada talk about his dreams:Other achieversOther winners on the night this year were:Imran Tahir – Oxigen T20 International Player of the YearTemba Bavuma – KFC So GoodStephen Cook – International Newcomer of the YearDané van Niekerk – Momentum Women’s Cricketer of the YearLungi Ngidi – Africa T20 Cup Player of the TournamentAlviro Petersen – Momentum One-Day Cup Player of the YearNicky van den Bergh – Domestic Newcomer of the YearDwaine Pretorius – SACA Most Valuable PlayerHeino Kuhn – Sunfoil Series Cricketer of the Year and Domestic Players’ Player of the YearRob Walter – Pitchvision Coach of the YearAlbie Morkel – RAM Slammer of the YearSource: Cricket South Africa, FacebookWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

Report is bullish soybean, and wheat; somewhat negative corn

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest USDA estimates of U.S. corn acres were 90.9 million acres, soybean acres were 89.5 million acres, and wheat acres were 45.7 million acres.  June 1 corn stocks were 5.225 billion bushels, soybean stocks were 963 million bushels, and wheat stocks were 1.184 billion bushels.Soybeans were higher due to less than expected stocks, wheat was higher due to spring wheat acres less than expected, corn was off the highs due to higher than expected stocks.All eyes are upon USDA with two big reports, the June 30 Grain Stocks Report and the June 30 Acres Report. Grain stocks are all expected to be above those of last year. It is just a matter of how big the stocks are for corn, soybeans, and wheat. The trade was looking for corn stocks as of June 1 to be 5.123 billion bushels and compares to 4.711 billion bushels last year. Soybean stocks are estimated to be near 983 million bushels, last year they were 872 million bushels. Wheat stocks in the U.S. should be near 1.137 billion bushels, last year they were 976 million bushels.Trader estimates had U.S. corn acres at 89.9 million acres. The March 31 USDA Planting Intentions Report had corn acres at 90 million acres. Last year the U.S. planted 94 million acres of corn. Traders estimated U.S. soybean acres at 89.75 million acres. The March number was 89.5 million acres while last year the U.S. planted 83.4 million acres of soybeans. Wheat acres should be near 46.1 million acres, the same number from the March USDA report. Last year they were 50.2 million wheat acres. Traders are expecting soybean acres to exceed corn acres for the first time since 1983.Before the report corn was up 7 cents, soybeans down 1 cent, while wheat was up 20 cents or more as weather forecasts next week for the spring wheat areas of North Dakota are currently calling for temperatures of 100 to 105 degrees. That forecast is moving Kansas City and Chicago wheat higher as well. Mid-morning July CBOT wheat was trading at $5.01 which is up 21 cents, the highest level since late July 2016.With the weather doing the typical July 4th holiday of extreme weather uncertainty and huge price volatility, keep in mind that the markets will close early on Monday at 1 pm EDT, no trade Monday evening, Tuesday day or evening. The CBOT will re-open on Wednesday at 9:30 am EDT. Price action at the 9:30 am Wednesday re-open could be up or down big numbers.December CBOT corn prices during June had a range of $4.09-$3.74. November CBOT soybeans had a range in June of $9.58-$9.07 while July CBOT wheat had a range of $5.01 to $4.21. In good weather years prices typically peak in June and move lower into the fall harvest. With corn and soybean conditions below those seen last year, the price volatility in July and August could be swift and extreme.Look for grain prices to quickly return to weather shortly.last_img read more

Jolt for AAP as Ghuggi quits party

first_imgTroubles of the beleaguered Aam Aadmi Party, which has been rocked by allegations of corruption against its national convener Arvind Kejriwal in Delhi, compounded further in neighbouring Punjab on Wednesday.Former Punjab convener and senior leader Gurpreet Singh Waraich ‘Ghuggi’ resigned from the AAP on Wednesday expressing displeasure over the manner in which he was removed as State convener. The AAP had on Monday had restructured its Punjab unit by appointing Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann as State convener and Sunam MLA Aman Arora as co-convener. “I’m resigning from the party’s primary membership. The way I was dropped from the position of State convener is unacceptable. I’m personally not against Mr. Mann, but against his appointment due to his alleged drinking habit. I can’t work under such leadership,” Mr. Ghuggi told journalists here.Notably, the rejig was followed by resignation of senior leader and MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira as party spokesperson and chief whip in the Punjab Assembly. He too was allegedly upset over Mr. Mann’s appointment to the top post in the State.Mr. Ghuggi added: “Also, I don’t understand why most powers are being concentrated in Mr. Mann’s hands. We have other leaders who are suitable for the post. This is not the same party I had joined. The AAP I see today has deviated from its principles. Volunteers, who were once the backbone of the party, are being sidelined.”“The party claims Mr. Mann was elected in a democratic manner after consulting MLAs, zone in-charges, etc., and conducting a poll. But I want to ask [AAP national convener] Mr. Kejriwal why the party didn’t invite all candidates who had contested the Assembly polls and volunteers to participate in the voting exercise. The party invited members to vote based on a pick and choose policy,” he alleged, adding that the election process for choosing the new State chief was an eyewash.Raising apprehensions on the re-structuring of the party in Punjab, senior leader Kanwar Sandhu, who is in Canada, had said in a Facebook post on Tuesday: “In my view, instead of rejuvenating and strengthening the Punjab unit of the AAP, the manner of its reorganisation on May 8 [Monday] could end up weakening it.”He had said that the party’s exercise should’ve been preceded by stocktaking, fixing of responsibility and introspection of its performance in the 2017 Punjab polls. This, Mr. Sandhu had said, should’ve been done by MPs, MLAs and volunteers in and outside Punjab.“Reorganising the party by merely changing horses without any introspection is repeating the same mistakes that resulted in the party’s debacle in the 2017 Vidhan Sabha polls. I remain committed to the party but it’s important to speak one’s mind. I hope I am proven wrong in the coming months,” the post read further.Upkar Sandhu expelledIn another development, the AAP on Wednesday expelled senior party leader Upkar Singh Sandhu over alleged “anti-party activities”.Mr. Sandhu, who had unsuccessfully contested the recent Amritsar Parliamentary constituency bypolls, had opposed Mr. Mann’s appointment as State unit chief.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Two debt-ridden onion farmers found dead in Maharashtra

first_imgPolice on Sunday said two debt-ridden onion farmers from Maharashtra’s Nashik district committed suicide in the last two days, due to indebtedness and low rates commanded by the bulb in markets.The deceased were identified as Tatyabhau Khairnar, 44, and Manoj Dhondage, 33. Both of them hailed from Baglan taluka in the north Maharashtra district. Nashik accounts for 50 per cent of onion production in India. Farmers here have claimed that they are unable to fetch good returns for their produce due to a glut in production. The official said the relatives of Mr. Khairnar said that he was unable to sell his 500 quintals of onions due to low rates. “He had a debt of ₹11 lakh,” one of his relatives said. Mr. Dhondage had an outstanding loan of ₹21 lakh, his family said.Suicide prevention helpline in Mumbai: AASRA: 022-27546669; Chennai: Sneha: 044-24640050; Delhi: Sanjivini: 011-40769002.last_img read more

Sonia under BJP fire over CWG

first_imgIt’s not just the PMO, but Congress president Sonia Gandhi who is now being dragged into the CWG mess. It’s Suresh Kalmadi’s claim that Sonia endorsed the decision to appoint him as the CWG Organising Committee’s chairman that is being used by the BJP to target the UPA government. In the Rajya Sabha, BJP leader Arun Jaitley said on Tuesday that Kalmadi, in a letter to the principal secretary to the PM in 2007, had complained that the Sports Ministry was interfering in his jurisdiction.  Kalmadi went on to say that he was appointed the chairman after a series of meetings with Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Group of Ministers.  Jaitley’s statement led to disruptions in the Rajya Sabha with BJP members raising slogans against Sonia and blaming her for appointing Kalmadi.last_img read more