STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 21: Christian Hackenberg #14 of the Penn State Nittany Lions throws a pass in the second quarter against the Michigan Wolverines at Beaver Stadium on November 21, 2015 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Evan Habeeb/Getty Images)Christian Hackenberg struggled with ball security during his time at Penn State and while he bounced around the NFL.The 23-year-old quarterback is hoping to revamp his career in the Alliance of American Football league, which debuted this weekend. The new league features eight different teams and a number of notable former college football stars.Hackenberg, who never took an NFL regular season snap, started behind center for the Memphis Express this afternoon.The start of the game did not go well.Hackenberg, who was a second round pick by the New York Jets in 2016, completed just 1 of his first 5 passes for 10 yards. He also threw an interception.IRON FOOTBALLChristian Hackenberg is picked off, and the @aafiron get great field position. pic.twitter.com/Lt3xfA96BO— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) February 10, 2019Hackenberg had said before the AAF draft that he was throwing the ball as well as he ever had.“I don’t think I’ve thrown the football this good ever,” Hackenberg told Penn Live back during the AAF draft. “Like, I wish I had this five years ago. But the good news is I’m 23, I’m sure I can do it and I did it. Now it’s just about going out and playing.”The game is on CBS Sports Network.
Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has hailed the improvements being undertaken at the Seaward Primary and Junior High School, noting that the institution “is well on its way to becoming one of the best performing primary and infant schools in Jamaica”.He was addressing a ceremony held at the school grounds in Olympic Way, St. Andrew, on July 25 to officially open a play area as well as honour partners/stakeholders.The Prime Minister noted that greater focus is being placed on developing the school plant for the benefit of students.He said that in the past, the institution, which is located in his West Central St. Andrew Constituency, was constantly utilised for community activities.He noted, however, that with the construction of the Olympic Gardens Civic Centre to facilitate community activities “that gave you some more space… and now you are only focused on developing the school infrastructure”.“I recognised that if we were going to truly create an institution of learning that would serve the population in this community well, we needed to give the school space to grow and to develop and to allow the students to be able to fully utilise all the assets of the school,” Prime Minister Holness added.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (left), enjoys a playful moment with Seaward Primary and Junior High School student, Kerica Thomas. Occasion was a ceremony to open a play area and honour stakeholders at the institution at Olympic Way, St. Andrew, on July 25. Looking on in the background is the Principal, Arlene Thomas.Mr. Holness said he is pleased to see the focus that the principal, chairman and the community have placed on the school.“It is quite clear that the community is now treating the school in a much different way than it did in the past. There is now a greater respect for the infrastructure of the school and how you use the school utilities, and that is, in my mind, a significant improvement,” he said.The Prime Minister further noted the measures undertaken to boost student performance.“I recall that when we instituted the Grade Four literacy test we were not so happy with the results both in literacy and numeracy at the time in 2009. I supported the school with literacy coaches and programmes and we have seen steady improvements in literacy and numeracy,” he noted.Mr. Holness said that the school’s literacy results have moved from 68 per cent to 78 per cent in the last academic year, while the numeracy improved from 11 per cent to 54 per cent in the last academic year.Prime Minister Holness pledged to make donations through the Constituency Development Fund and the Positive Jamaica Foundation towards the school bus donation drive. He was addressing a ceremony held at the school grounds in Olympic Way, St. Andrew, on July 25 to officially open a play area as well as honour partners/stakeholders. “It is quite clear that the community is now treating the school in a much different way than it did in the past. There is now a greater respect for the infrastructure of the school and how you use the school utilities, and that is, in my mind, a significant improvement,” he said. Mr. Holness said that the school’s literacy results have moved from 68 per cent to 78 per cent in the last academic year, while the numeracy improved from 11 per cent to 54 per cent in the last academic year. Story Highlights
Mr. Annan spoke by phone to all three – Shqipe Hebibi, Annetta Flanigan and Angelito Nayan – who were seized by gunmen from their UN vehicle on 28 October in the Afghan capital of Kabul, where they had been working on the country’s first-ever presidential election under contract to the UN Development Programme (UNDP). “He is profoundly relieved that their ordeal and the anxiety of their families and friends are now ended,” his spokesman said in a statement issued in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, where the Secretary-General is attending an international conference on Iraq. The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) reported that the three – from Kosovo, Northern Ireland and the Philippines, respectively – seemed fine, were in good spirits and would join family members soon.Mr. Annan also phoned Afghan President Hamid Karzai to thank him for the crucial role his Government played in securing the release of the three, voiced gratitude to the people of Afghanistan for their outpouring of sympathy and support, and praised the “courage, dedication and solidarity” of the UN family in a call to his Special Representative, Jean Arnault. “The Afghan people have high expectations and hopes with regard to the role of the United Nations,” the statement concluded. “The United Nations system will continue to work to strengthen the security of its staff in order to enable it to fulfil the organization’s mandate to further peace, reconstruction and democracy in Afghanistan.” In Kosovo, Mr. Annan’s Special Representative in the UN-administered province, Søren Jessen-Petersen, and Prime Minister Bajram Rexhepi visited Ms. Hebibi’s family, who thanked the Kosovo Government and UN for their efforts in the case.”This is a very happy day for the family of Ms. Hebibi, for Kosovo and for the UN and UNMIK (UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo),” Mr. Jessen-Petersen said. “We wanted to come over here to share the joy and happiness of the family. We are so delighted that they will soon have her back in Kosovo.”