Christian Hackenberg Has Disastrous Start To His First AAF Game

first_imgChristian Hackenberg winds up to throw.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.last_img read more

Grange Pays Tribute Former Deputy PM Baugh – A Wonderful Person

The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has given the following statement on the passing of the former Deputy Prime Minister, the Honourable Dr Kenneth Baugh. “I’m very saddened by his passing. I really loved Dr Baugh dearly. He was one of the nicest individuals. As Minister, he was humble. As Deputy Prime Minister, he was extremely humble. He was really a humble person, excellent physician and surgeon. He was just a wonderful person. As Minister of Foreign Affairs, he contributed tremendously in how we conducted the business of the nation internationally. As Minister of Health, he made great strides in setting our policy on a very progressive journey and he must be credited for a number of things that have been done in health under the Jamaica Labour Party administrations. And he was one of the outstanding medical practitioners of Jamaica. His contribution was in so many ways and his community service was tremendous. Story Highlights The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has given the following statement on the passing of the former Deputy Prime Minister, the Honourable Dr Kenneth Baugh.Minister’s Statement:“I’m very saddened by his passing. I really loved Dr Baugh dearly. He was one of the nicest individuals. As Minister, he was humble. As Deputy Prime Minister, he was extremely humble. He was really a humble person, excellent physician and surgeon. He was just a wonderful person.As Minister of Foreign Affairs, he contributed tremendously in how we conducted the business of the nation internationally. As Minister of Health, he made great strides in setting our policy on a very progressive journey and he must be credited for a number of things that have been done in health under the Jamaica Labour Party administrations. And he was one of the outstanding medical practitioners of Jamaica. His contribution was in so many ways and his community service was tremendous.Dr Baugh was one of those individuals who could stand above the fray; a real statesman. He never got caught up in partisan politics although he was firmly a Jamaica Labour Party man. He was able to reach out to others and to ensure that there was a good relationship between both sides of the House. And in his everyday life, he cared for so many regardless of politics.I was really saddened by his illness and now that he has passed, it has left a void.I want to express my condolences to his widow, Vilma; to the entire family; to his children; to his close sister, Lorna Myers; to the party — we’re all going to miss him. We really loved him dearly. And I know he’s at peace. He’s truly going to be missed. There’s going to be a great void.” read more

Construction Of Barnett Street Fire Station On Track

Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says completion of the Barnett Street Fire Station in St. James is on track to be completed before the 12-month deadline. The Minister, who was speaking to journalists following a tour of the fire station site on September 12, said the project is running ahead of schedule and is not expected to exceed the budget. Ground was broken for the facility in June of this year. Story Highlights Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says completion of the Barnett Street Fire Station in St. James is on track to be completed before the 12-month deadline.Ground was broken for the facility in June of this year.The Minister, who was speaking to journalists following a tour of the fire station site on September 12, said the project is running ahead of schedule and is not expected to exceed the budget.He added that completion of the fire station will “solve the problem [of coverage] in Montego Bay, and the entire western part of the island”.Construction of the fire station is being funded by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) at a cost of $534.9 million, and is being done under the organisation’s Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Programme (DVRP).The DVRP initiative supports the Government’s overall thrust in strengthening climate and disaster risk management within the wider context of sustainable development. This includes construction of national priority infrastructure, such as fire stations.The new fire station, which will have the capacity to house 200 firefighters, will replace the old Barnett Street facility that was demolished in 2006. Since then, firefighters have been operating from the Montego Freeport.In the meantime, the Minister underscored the Government’s commitment to the improvement of the Jamaica Fire Brigade.“[Since 2016], we have spent close to $800 million to improve the Fire Brigade, not just in terms of building out facilities but providing vital equipment to the men and women of the Jamaica Fire Brigade,” Mr. McKenzie said.Two additional fire stations will be built at Port Maria in St. Mary and Yallahs in St. Thomas under the DVRP.Mr. McKenzie pointed out that work is set to commence on the fire station in Port Maria by the end of October, and that Cabinet recently approved the contract for the construction of the facility in Yallahs.“We are expecting that by the end of the next calendar year, the country will have three brand-new facilities to aid the firemen and firewomen across the country,” the Minister said.For his part, Assistant Commissioner at the Jamaica Fire Brigade (Region Four), Floyd McLean, said the new facility in Montego Bay will help to boost staff morale.“It is a good push, and I cannot wait until we occupy the building. It will also help us to better serve the community, knowing that we are settled and we do not have too much of the back and forth in respect to where we are,” Mr. McLean said.The touring party included Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Homer Davis; and Managing Director of JSIF, Omar Sweeney. read more

Bidder Chosen For Schools Energy Efficiency Project

A bidder has been chosen for the Schools Energy Efficiency and Solar Energy Public-Private Partnership (PPP) pilot project, and is now awaiting final approval from the Cabinet.This project is expected to reduce the electricity cost to public schools by 40 to 70 per cent.“The Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) tendered this opportunity in 2018 and a preferred bidder has been identified and this is now subject to the approval of Cabinet,” Managing Director of the bank, Milverton Reynolds, informed at an MPC Renewable Energy Forum, held on Tuesday (October 1) at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston.The energy project, which will involve the use of photovoltaic (PV) solar systems to generate cheaper electricity in 30 selected high schools across the island, is costing the Government $120 million. The National Education Trust Limited is responsible for implementing the project.Some of the targets under the project include complete upgrade, repair and retrofitting of roofs with solar systems at schools that have already been assessed; the payment of fees to DBJ of approximately $15 million, and the development of a business case and Cabinet approval to proceed to the transaction stage of the PPP. read more