Jacks head to Canada for program finale

first_imgHumboldt State football will pay a visit to Simon Fraser’s home in Burnaby, B.C. on Saturday to clash with the Clan in its last game of the season and final game in program history. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.The Lumberjacks fought hard in last weekend’s overtime game against Azusa Pacific but ultimately came up short 20-17. Three Green and Gold quarterbacks played in Saturday’s game after starter Joey Sweeney and backup quarterback Andrew Tingstad suffered injuries. Senior quarterback …last_img read more

49ers mailbag: ‘Why not rush DeForest Buckner off the edge?’

first_imgSANTA CLARA – With little time to spare in the 49ers season, we finally have a win streak to examine in our weekly mailbag. On to the questions that poured in via Twitter and Instagram:1. Why haven’t they tried playing Buckner as DE? I know he’s a force in the middle, but he’s quicker and more athletic than Armstead and Thomas. Basically a younger and more athletic version of Calais Campbell. (@D_morales85)I posed this great question to DeForest Buckner a few weeks ago. His response surprised …last_img read more

Focus on education paying off: Zuma

first_img9 February 2012South Africa’s push for universal access to education, and for improved learning and teaching, are starting to pay off, President Jacob Zuma told Parliament in Cape Town on Thursday evening.Delivering his fourth State of the Nation address, Zuma noted that over eight-million learners were attending no-fee schools and benefitting from the government’s school feeding scheme, with school attendance now close to 100 percent for the compulsory band of 7-15 years of age.“A major achievement is the doubling of grade R enrolment, from 300 000 in 2003 to 705 000 in 2011,” Zuma said. “We appear poised to meet our target of 100 percent coverage for grade R by 2014.”However, he noted that the government remained concerned by the report of the General Household Survey in 2010 that just over 120 000 children in the 7-15 year old band were out of school.‘In school, in class, on time’Zuma also congratulated the teachers, learners, parents and the communities for the efforts, which saw an increase in last year’s matric pass rate, adding that the government’s intensive focus on education was paying off.“We will continue to invest in producing more teachers who can teach mathematics, science and African languages. Our call to teachers to be in school, in class, on time, teaching for at least seven hours a day remains pivotal to success … we thank the teacher unions for supporting this campaign.”Higher education targetsWith regards to higher education, Zuma said the government was exceeding its targets, with close to 14 000 school leavers being placed in workplace learning opportunities over the past year, and over 11 000 artisans having completed their trade tests.He was pleased to see an increase in the number of learners attending Further Education and Training (FET) colleges, and urged parents to encourage their children to enrol in these colleges, as the country needed the skills these colleges were offering.To expand access to tertiary education, Zuma announced that R200-million was spent on helping 25 000 students to pay off their debts to institutions of higher learning last year.He further announced that a total of R300-million had been allocated for preparatory work towards building new universities in Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Arena addresses Johnson’s U.S. absence

first_imgUnited States U.S. coach Bruce Arena addresses Fabian Johnson’s absence Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 2 years ago 02:46 10/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Fabian Johnson USA 06162016 Getty Images United States United States v Panama Panama WC Qualification CONCACAF The midfielder’s exclusion from the U.S. national team for October’s crucial qualifiers was a surprise, but it doesn’t mean he’s done with the USMNT ORLANDO, Fla. — Fabian Johnson’s absence from the U.S. national team roster for October’s do-or-die World Cup qualifiers turned heads as Bruce Arena left off a player widely regarded as one of the team’s best.Arena addressed Johnson’s absence on Thursday, though he didn’t go into much detail about what specifically led to Johnson’s omission.USA 8/15 to beat Panama Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. “We just put together a roster we thought could be successful in these two games,” Arena said. “I think Fabian is a very good player. As we continue to move forward with the national team, I would suspect he’s going to be in camps down the road.”The Borussia Moenchengladbach midfielder endured a forgettable performance in September’s 2-0 loss to Costa Rica, struggling badly and failing to offer much of a threat. Arena kept Johnson on the bench for the team’s second September qualifier, a 1-1 draw against Honduras.Johnson’s September struggle shouldn’t have come as a complete surprise considering he had only just recently returned from a back injury, and had played just 11 minutes for Borussia Moenchengladbach to start the new Bundesliga campaign. Johnson had returned to action in the weeks after the September qualifiers, including starting Moenchengladbach’s two most recent matches, playing a combined 148 minutes in those games.It was those recent starts that made Johnson seem like a lock to be included on the U.S. roster for October’s qualifiers, but Arena chose to leave him out anyway.What does the future hold for Johnson and the national team? The 29-year-old has been quoted as saying he was considering retiring from international duty after the 2018 World Cup, and in a summer interview with Bild he suggested that he would be limiting his time with the national team.”I still really enjoy playing for my country, but there is an agreement with head coach Bruce Arena that I will only play in the more important matches,” Johnson told Bild.There isn’t a more important match than Friday’s clash with Panama, a match that could either cripple or bolster the U.S. team’s chances of qualifying for the World Cup.Johnson’s absence was particularly surprising given the lack of quality wing options in the current U.S. player pool, but Arena ultimately determined he had better options for the upcoming matches.“I don’t think any one particular player benefits from [Johnson’s absence],” Arena said on Friday, though Paul Arriola does appear to be the player most likely to step into the wing midfield role left open by Johnson’s absence.last_img read more