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

Express Your Inner Alley Oop

first_imgThere’s a little Neanderthal in a lot of us, claims The Telegraph.  This is bad news and good news:People who have large noses, a stocky build and a beetle brow may indeed be a little Neanderthal, according to a genetic study.  But the good news is that other research concludes that Neanderthals were much more like us than previously thought.The claim is based on comparisons of linkage disequilibrium statistics in the genomes of humans from different continents, which cannot be explained by human ancestry without interbreeding from an archaic population.  The authors of a study in PLoS Genetics1 inferred a Neanderthal origin for the archaic lineage since West African genes do not appear likely candidates.  Another prop in the Telegraph’s good-news-bad-news joke is the finding that Neanderthals may have been more human-like than previously assumed.  The authors of both studies failed to state whether the concentration of Neanderthal characteristics reached a peak in the genes of female Olympic athletes in East Germany.    Lost somewhere in the excitement of having an explanation for our tendency to grunt, scratch, and club each other were the upsets implicit in these findings.  Having Neanderthal genes argues against the popular “out of Africa” origins.  They also dispute the assumed genetic isolation of Neanderthals and modern humans.1Plagnol and Wall, “Possible Ancestral Structure in Human Populations,” Public Library of Science Genetics, Volume 2 | Issue 7 | JULY 2006.Don’t let the news media grant Pearl Jam fans license to club women and drag them into a cave (08/31/2006).  The inferences made by the researchers are way too speculative to provide confidence in any interpretation.  There is far more that we don’t know than we do know about human ancestral genetics.  (More proof of that can be found on News@Nature about a “newly discovered mystery gene may have helped build the modern human brain” about which a high-ranking scientist commented, “People are going to argue about it and be fascinated by this, because it takes us in a couple of directions we haven’t really been in before.”)  What’s more instructive is to watch reporters swallow anything a scientist says and regurgitate the bubbly vomit as building material for the growing Temple to Evolution.    The potential for variability within the modern human population is probably far greater than realized.  The Old Testament talks about races of giant humans (the Rephaim and others) in isolated populations.  Racial and physical differences could quickly arise between populations segregated by language and then by locale after Babel, for instance.  If the “hobbits” of Indonesia become accepted as kinfolk, there’s tremendous physical variety between them and Goliath.  Even today, the range in human traits is quite remarkable, yet we are all interfertile, intelligent, communicative, and fully aware of a sense of right and wrong.    None of genetic variability past or present implies that people have ever been anything less than fully human, with language and moral responsibility.  What anthropologists call “Neanderthal” could well have been a group of capable, smart, strong human beings, accustomed to life in harsh climates.  Perhaps they shunned cities and tended to remain strongly tribal, but left some genetic overlap with the rest of us.  The brutishness in the human lineage is not due to ape in our ancestry, but rather to sin (see Jude 10), as has been evident in all tribes, kingdoms, nations and peoples around the globe, regardless of average height, skin color, face shape and cultural preferences.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South Africans urged to take a walk

first_img5 October 2015South Africans were reminded to take the first step towards an active lifestyle by walking around their neighbourhoods by Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula, who launched World Walking Month and National Recreation Day on 2 October.Thousands of South Africans participated in the annual Big Walk yesterday, a recreational event held by Mbalula’s department. It said the Big Walk was conceived as a result of increased obesity and lifestyle diseases. The main aim of the walk and National Recreation Day was to encourage South Africans to embrace recreation and a healthy lifestyle.The initiative coincides with October Transport Month, an annual national programme that promotes eco-mobility and the use of public transport over private cars.Watch Mbalula speak about the importance of recreational activities:National Recreation Day events took place around the country:Halaala KZN…totally loving what you are up to today in honoring NATIONAL RECREATION DAY #Ichoose2BActive RT https://t.co/OH7rzOadsG— Dep. Sport & Rec (@SPORTandREC_RSA) Octobe r 2, 2015The fun happening at Tshwane Events centre today: Sack race at the Kiddies corner…#Ichoose2BActive pic.twitter.com/MkwmwFTIPo— Dep. Sport & Rec (@SPORTandREC_RSA) Octobe r 2, 2015The Big WalkThe Big Walk was held at the Tshwane Events Centre at Fountains Valley Resort and included various types of races and sports events.The Association for International Sport for All (Tafisa) was behind the walking month, explained the department, which is an affiliate member of the association.Huge growth has been recorded for the walk, which was first held in 2012. That year, 3 800 people took part; this year, there were more than 15 000 participants. It included 5km, 10km and 15km routes through the resort and the Voortrekker Monument.The EcoMobility World Festival“Walking is cool. Cycling is cool. Let us make it possible to stay healthy. If you walk or cycle you can reduce your weight, and reduce the chances of getting diseases,” Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said on 4 October when she officially launched the EcoMobility World Festival Sandton, Johannesburg.The festival, running throughout October, is aimed at encouraging residents to park their cars and make use of public transport, walk or cycle in Sandton, the city’s economic hub. It will mitigate traffic congestion that affects business and economy and address environmental concerns caused by carbon.Peters said South Africa had a national climate change response strategy.“We are committed to sustainable development. We are committed to ensure that we build cities of tomorrow, by making sure that we can move with the new technology. We also want to make sure that this technology will create jobs for our people.”Gauteng Premier David Makhura envisaged the success of the festival, saying he would love to see it being developed into a lifestyle after October ended.He echoed the minister’s call for people to use public transport. “It is cool to use public transport. Public transport promotes social cohesion and it protects our environment,” he said.Watch Makhura explain the effects of the eco-mobility festival:Yeom Tae-Young, the mayor of the Korean city of Suwon, was among the international guests who attended the official opening. His city was the first to host the festival in 2014. He said eco-mobility was good in that it promoted social change and integration.Source: SAnews.gov and South Africa.info reporterlast_img read more

Mahadayi row: Cong. asks Parrikar to quit

first_imgThe Congress on Tuesday demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar over “mismanagement and petty politics” while handling the Mahadayi river water dispute with Karnataka.Ahead of the crucial budget session of the State Assembly, Aleixo Reginaldo, party MLA and spokesperson, said Mr. Parrikar’s stand on the row had put Goa’s future in peril.Ramakant Khalap, senior Congress leader and former Union Law Minister, said, “Mr. Parrikar should resign and make way for a more responsible set up to handle the future of Goa. The Mahadayi tribunal was constituted at the behest of the Congress when Digambar Kamat was Chief Minister. The Parrikar government fought a legal battle without realising the ground realities. It ignored the moves made by the Karnataka government. This is a serious crime against Goa and Goans.”Mr. Reginaldo said a revolt was brewing against the BJP leadership after Speaker Pramod Sawant and Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo, both BJP MLAs, publicly opposed Mr. Parrikar’s stand on the Mahadayi issue.Mr. Reginaldo said, “Mr. Lobo and Mr. Sawant have exposed Mr. Parrikar. He should resign. We will fight this government tooth and nail. Who gave the Chief Minister the right to write a letter to Mr. Yeddyurappa?” Protests have been raging in both Goa and Karnataka for the past one month after Mr. Parrikar wrote to Karnataka BJP leader B.S. Yeddyurappa expressing his willingness to discuss on humanitarian grounds sharing water from the river for drinking purposes.Mr. Lobo and Mr. Sawant recently visited the Mahadayi project sites in Kunkumbhi and Belagavi and accused the Karnataka government of constructing underwater tunnels to divert water from the river while the tribunal was hearing the dispute. The Karnataka government has, however, denied the claim. Mr. Lobo said on Tuesday that he would move a resolution in the upcoming budget session condemning the Karnataka government’s actions.Mr. Reginaldo claimed that Mr. Parrikar’s leadership had compromised the interests of the State and its natural resources. He said, “Mr. Parrikar has put the future generations of Goans and the State’s environment at risk to please his political bosses. Mr. Parrikar wrote the letter with an eye on the Karnataka polls.”last_img read more