49ers’ Jarryd Hayne says moving to the NFL was like being ‘put out in the wild’

first_imgIn a lengthy interview, the 49ers player spoke glowingly about his off-season break over the Australian summer, the challenges of learning a new system under a rejigged regime, and revealed a recently acquired distaste for coffee.Quizzed about returning to his former NRL side as a spectator, Hayne said he was made to feel right back at home.”They are a very loyal fan base, very similar to the 49ers fans … they’ve been through some hard times”.”There was nothing but love. When I left they waved me goodbye – and when I came back they welcomed me with open arms.”Hayne repeated that the decision to switch codes – and countries – was driven by his faith, comparing his move to being “put out in the wild.””Every person in the Bible got put out in the wild. And God wanted to test their faith and see what they would rely on. And I felt like that, for me, was to come over here. To test my faith and who I am as a person.”What I was worried about is can I have the courage to make the first step? And that for me is success. Being able to push yourself places that you never thought you’d go”.Still unsure of his position – or place in Chip Kelly’s plans – the 28-year-old said he had been blown away by the way his story had affected the public.”I think why people responded to that so well is that you can use it in everyday life. I had so many reports saying ‘You know what you did encouraged me to quit my job and chase my dream. What you did encouraged me to lose weight for my family and push myself out of my comfort zone'”.”That really surprised me, because I didn’t do it for that.”The biggest challenge for Hayne in his second year will be getting to grips with a completely new playbook under the new management team.After his much publicised travails getting to grips with the plays in his rookie year, Hayne explains that in the 2016/17 season, a novel non-verbal approach has taken some getting used to.”I was laughing with my coach. Imagine if I had this playbook last year. There’s all these signals and that. It’s silent communication out there.”As the pre-season training gathers pace, Hayne feels like the muscle memory is coming along, and is ready to hit the round running: “You really need to be on your toes because there are a lot of moving parts.”It’s just about getting the body right and getting it rolling.”In the wide-ranging session, there was only one curveball – the star’s love affair with coffee is apparently over.”I think I’m off coffee at the moment. It’s just rattled me. I went home and it wasn’t the same. I watched something on Facebook about dairy, about what they do to cows when they’re milking them … so I’m off dairy milk at the moment” he explained.Hayne will be looking to muscle his way onto the roster for the 49ers’ preseason kicks off at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara against the Houston Texans on August 15 (AEST).Picture: Clean slate: Jarryd Hayne is setting out to impress new coach Chip Kelly. Picture by Getty Imageslast_img read more

Retreat on Governing of Sports

first_imgAmidst the first-of-its-kind guidelines for sports associations/federations, which were validated on August 14, there are still administrative and financial lapses as well as halfhearted relationship with the Ministry.The impact of sports on the youths, for which the sports associations/federations were created has to be looked into to make all sporting associations ‘youth driven.’Deputy Sports Minister Henry B. Yonton, Jr., in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer yesterday disclosed that a one day retreat among heads of all the 29 sporting associations and federations would take place on Saturday, October 17, tentatively at either at Liberia Baptist Youth Center or at the Liberia Baptist Seminary.The retreat, according to Minister Yonton would basically focus on the validated Guidelines, the impact of the sporting association on the youth, challenges and prospects.Other topics would include marketing, management, skill development, and public relations, amongst others.This will also be the first-of-its-kind for the Sports Ministry to have a ‘retreat’ for sports associations.“The main focus of the retreat will be what impact has the sporting associations have on the youth,” Deputy Minister Yonton said.He added: “There will be several speakers, including Minister Eugene Nagbe and Deputy Ministers Dr. Nancy Freeman and Charles Saah N’Tow, amongst others.”The retreat he said would be climaxed with the honoring of 10 individuals, who have immensely contributed to the development of sports in the country.If the retreat is successful, many believe the lukewarm relationship between the Ministry and sports associations about the “delay or cut of allotment” would be settled as well as the frequent leadership crisis in the associations.The retreat is also expected to address the ‘deception’ of the Amputee National Team, which traveled to the US under the pretense of honoring a tournament.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Energetic City Roller Derby Association hosts Fresh Meat Training program

first_imgIt is to note that skates can only be worn in the gym. Please do not wear them anywhere else in the school.For more information, you can contact the Energetic City Roller Derby Association through email at ecrda@outlook.com FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Energetic City Roller Derby Association will be running a Fresh Meat Training Program.The Program is scheduled to take place every Wednesday night for the month of January.Instructors will be leading new skaters through the skills and techniques needed to stand on your skates and kill it on the track.- Advertisement -According to a post on the Association’s Facebook page, at the end of the program, all new skaters will go through the Benchmark process to ensure they are safe and ready to transfer their skills to the track.If you want to skate and don’t have the equipment, there are rentals available.The Fresh Meat Training Program is taking place each Wednesday, now until January 30, at Bert Bowes Middle School.Advertisementlast_img read more

B.C. Ferries looks to transform two vessels amid anticipation of LNG industry

first_imgThe agency has also gone on record to say they intend to have the hulls of the Spirit of Vancouver Island and Spirit of British Columbia tailored and has already submitted an application to the B.C. Ferries commissioner.The modifications, according to B.C. Ferries, would save an approximate $9.2 million per year over the remaining 27-year life cycle of the two vessels.B.C. Ferries president, Mike Corrigan told The Canadian Press that LNG is 50 per cent cheaper than marine diesel and the conversions, slated separately between 2016 and 2018, also bring with it environmental benefits.- Advertisement -Corrigan goes on to say the corporation spent $126 million on fuel last fiscal year and that the two Spirit-class vessels, the largest diesel consumers in its convoy, devoured about 15 per cent of the total bill.The two vessels operate on the Tsawwassen-to-Swartz Bay route, which carried 28 per cent of total passengers in the fiscal 2014 year.With files from The Canadian Press and Huffington PostAdvertisementlast_img read more

Fort St. John Fire Departments report to a three-vehicle fire.

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Fire Department report about a three-vehicle fire. On the evening of Sunday, December 8, 2019, the City of Fort St John Fire Department responded to a report of three vehicles on fire at a used car dealership located on the 8300 blocks of 100th Avenue. – Advertisement -Crews remained on scene until the early morning hours of Dec 9, 2019. The call was received at 23:17 hours. Three apparatus responded to the fires and crews were able to prevent the fires from spreading and causing further damage. The cause of the fires is under investigation with the RCMPlast_img

Stoke should have had TWO penalties against Man United, claims Hughes

first_imgMark Hughes felt Stoke did not get what they deserved against Manchester United – and pointed the finger of blame at referee Michael Oliver.The Potters picked up a point against in-form United at the Britannia Stadium to make it three games unbeaten.But Hughes was unhappy after the game as he claimed his side should have been awarded two second-half penalties.He felt Chris Smalling should have been penalised for a handball in the box during the second-half, while also believed a spot-kick should have been given for a foul on Geoff Cameron soon after.“We had two clear penalty claims which should have been given,” claimed Hughes.“Smalling has lost Peter [Crouch] on the initial header and he is just trying to get something in the way of the ball. It was a goal-bound header and he has made an intentional movement with his arm to bat the ball down.“The referee is clearly standing there four or five yards away from it so, why he hasn’t given it, I don’t know.“And when we hit the post from Peter’s header, it has come back out and Geoff Cameron has been taken out. He is just waiting to put the ball over the line and he gets taken out.“From our point of view, it is two clear-cut penalties. Overall on chances created and momentum, we were the better team.”last_img read more

‘Ronaldo Alarm’ for Juve ahead of Champions League quarters

first_img0Shares0000“I’m not worried” said Cristiano Ronaldo after picking up a thigh injury in Portugal’s Euro 2020 qualifier draw with Serbia © AFP / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRAMILAN, Italy, Mar 26 – Cristiano Ronaldo’s thigh injury picked up during Portugal’s 1-1 Euro 2020 qualifier draw with Serbia has sparked alarm in Italy ahead of Juventus’s Champions League quarter-final tie against Ajax in two weeks’ time.The 34-year-old Juve attacker hobbled off 30 minutes into Monday’s stalemate after pulling up chasing a ball on the left wing, and Turin-based daily Tuttosport launched a “Ronaldo Alarm” on Tuesday, while Gazzetta Dello Sport headlined with “CR7 Worry”. Juventus travel to Amsterdam for the first leg of their quarter-final clash with the Dutch side on April 10 with the return leg on April 16, and the absence of Ronaldo would be a huge blow for the Turin giants after he dragged them past Atletico Madrid in the last 16 with a return-leg hat-trick earlier this month.Recovery time for a thigh injury varies from up to 10 days for a slight problem to three months, but Ronaldo quickly moved to reassure everyone that he would soon shake off the knock.“I’m not worried. I know my body. I believe that in no more than two weeks I’ll be fine,” Ronaldo told reporters.“We have to wait 24 to 48 hours”.The Portuguese star is set to undergo tests on Wednesday or Thursday, either in Lisbon or at Juve’s medical centre in Turin.– Resilient Ronaldo –Ronaldo’s absence would be blow for Juventus after he fired them to the Champions League quarters earlier this month © AFP / Marco BERTORELLORonaldo was rested two weeks ago when the Italian champions suffered their first league defeat this season, 2-0 against Genoa in their last game before the international break.But Juventus have a comfortable 15 point-lead on the top of the Serie A table and are on course for an eighth consecutive Scudetto.Juventus signed the five-time Champions League winner last summer for 100 million euros ($117 million) to end their search for the title they last won in 1996.His hat-trick against Atletico sealed a place in the quarter-finals with a 3-2 aggregate win after being two goals down after the first leg.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has rarely been injured during his long career.He suffered two injuries to his left ankle in 2008-2009 and 2009-2010, with his last serious injury a cruciate ligament sprain in his left knee during the Euro 2016 final, won by Portugal against hosts France.The Genoa defeat was the only time Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri has rested Ronaldo this season but he has other strike options available, including Argentine Paulo Dybala, who has been overshadowed by Ronaldo this season, and rising start Moise Kean, 19, fresh from scoring his first international goal with Italy against Finland.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Premier League round-up: Pressure on Steve McClaren as Newcastle lose again

first_img Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren 1 By Andy Lloyd-WilliamsStruggling Newcastle slipped to their fourth defeat of the season to pile the pressure on Steve McClaren as they lost 2-1 to Watford.Although the home side had the lion’?s share of possession, the Hornets always looked like hurting them on the break. Odion Ighalo put the men in yellow ahead when he punished Massadio Haidara’?s defensive slip with a crisp finish. He put the Hornets two up inside 20 minutes when Troy Deeney held off the challenge of Fabricio Coloccini, allowing Ighalo to round Tim Krul and stroke into the net.Daryl Janmaat did pull one back after playing a nice one-two with Moussa Sissoko, but there weren’?t too many uncomfortable moments for Quique Sanchez Flores’? men, who held out for a welcome second Premier League win on the bounce.The only team keeping Newcastle off the bottom of the table is arch rivals Sunderland. 300 miles south, down in Dorset, Eddie Howe’?s Bournemouth recorded their first home win in the top flight thanks to two wonder goals in the opening ten minutes, and sent the Black Cats bottom of the table on goal difference.The Cherries got their afternoon off to the perfect start when Callum Wilson showed great strength to hold off Younes Kaboul and thump low into the net, before Matt Ritchie crashed home an early contender for goal of the season. The much-hyped Scotland midfielder chested down a loose ball and hit a left-footed volley which peeled away right into the corner of the net.Jermain Defoe was unable to make an impact against the club where he?d made his name as a youngste,r by scoring a record ten league games in a row, and Kaboul was shown a late second yellow card on a miserable afternoon for Dick Advocaat’s men.Claudio Ranieri had joked about giving his Leicester players pizza if they kept a clean sheet at Stoke, but that was already off the menu inside the first quarter of an hour when Bojan found the net with relative ease.Jon Walters doubled the lead shortly afterwards, but the Italian must have had some inspiring words to share at half time, and they quickly pulled a goal back after the break when Danny Drinkwater was felled in the box to allow Riyad Mahrez to score from the spot. With the Foxes’ tails up, England forward Jamie Vardy finished off a flowing move with an emphatic equaliser to grab a 2-2 draw.All eyes were on Saido Berahino ahead of West Brom’s derby game at Aston Villa. Making his first start since claiming he would never again play for Baggies chairman Jeremy Peace after seeing his proposed transfer deadline day move to Tottenham Hotspur turned down, it was clear Berahino had a point to prove. The England Under-21 man stepped up to the mark by scoring the winner: not the greatest-looking goal, but he made a real statement with a toe-poked effort to give the Baggies the local bragging rights.Defences remained firmly on top on Roberto Martinez’s return to South Wales, which petered out to a goalless draw. Kevin Mirallas was needlessly sent-off for a studs-up challenge at the death, just 90 seconds after coming onto the field of play, while the man top of Jose Mourinho’s shopping list, John Stones, needed treatment for a clattering late Jack Cork challenge, but was able to continue playing.Premier League results:Aston Villa 0-1 West BromBournemouth 2-0 SunderlandNewcastle 1-2 WatfordStoke 2-2 Leicester CitySwansea 0-0 Evertonlast_img read more

Chelsea boost! Willian signs new four-year deal at Stamford Bridge

first_img Willian: The Brazilian was one of the Blues’ bright sparks in a dull campaign last term 1 Chelsea midfielder Willian has signed a new four-year contract, the Premier League club have announced.The 27-year-old Brazilian was voted the Blues’ player of the year last season, and his new deal runs until 2020.“I’m very happy to sign a new contract with Chelsea. It’s a dream to continue with this club and over the next four years I will try to help the team win more trophies,” Willian said on the club’s official website.Chelsea bought Willian from Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala three years ago in a £32million deal, clinching his signature ahead of London rivals Tottenham.The midfielder went on to become an integral part of the Blues team, helping them win both the Capital One Cup and then the Barclays Premier League title in 2015, scoring 19 goals in 140 appearances.There had been speculation over a £50million move to Manchester United for a reunion with former manager Jose Mourinho.Willian, though, is determined to continue his impressive displays at Chelsea under new first-team head coach Antonio Conte.“It’s been an amazing time for me since I joined the club three years ago, I have won titles and last season I was named Chelsea Player of the Year,” he added.“I hope to be able to stay at that level during the coming seasons and achieve more success.”last_img read more

LAUSD second-largest

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! With about 720,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grades, the Los Angeles Unified School District is the biggest public school system in California and the second-largest in the nation, behind only New York City with its 1.1 million students. Recognizing the need to prepare for future growth, LAUSD voters have approved $10 billion in bond money to build new campuses and modernize existing ones. More than 160 new schools will be built in the next eight years. Los Angeles Unified is working to improve student achievement, but it continues to lag behind state averages on many measures. About 64 percent of schools met or exceeded state Academic Performance Index targets. The district made the strongest gains this year at all levels of the API, averaging nearly 45 points above the gains of schools statewide. LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT Superintendent Roy Romer 333 S. Beaudry Ave., Los Angeles; (213) 241-1000 www.lausd.net Cities served: the city of Los Angeles, all or parts of 32 other cities, some unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County Grades: K-12 Total enrollment: 727,117 Total schools: 431 elementary, 73 middle, 53 high, 17 multilevel, 45 continuation high schools, 19 special education, 26 community adult Calendar: Traditional and year-round Average class size: 20 in kindergarten through third grade Mean SAT math score: 458 Mean SAT verbal score: 443 English-language learners: 43 percent Fully credentialed teachers: 92.6 percent Free or reduced-price lunch: 74 percent of student population qualifies Pupil-teacher ratio: 20-to-1 (K-3); N/A (4-12) Two of eight local districts are in the San Fernando Valley: Local District 1 District Superintendent Jean Brown 6621 Balboa Blvd. Lake Balboa, CA 91406; (818) 654-3600 Number of schools: 77 elementary, eight early education centers, 14 middle, 16 high, 12 continuation, two span schools (covering multiple grade levels) Local District 2 District Superintendent Sue Shannon 5200 Lankershim Blvd., first and second floor North Hollywood, CA 91601; (818) 755-5300 Number of schools: 74 elementary, 24 middle, 30 high, 14 early education BURBANK UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT Superintendent Gregory Bowman 1900 W. Olive Ave., Burbank; (818) 729-4400 www.burbank.k12.ca.us Cities served: Burbank Grades: K-12 Total enrollment: 15,000 Total schools: 18 Average class size: K-3, 19; ninth-grade English and math, 20; 30.5 for the rest of the district Fully credentialed teachers: 95 percent English-language learners: 17 percent Students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch program: 28 percent One-year dropout rate, grades 9-12: 13.6 percent Pupil-teacher ratio: 4-12, 30.5-to-1; K-3, 20-to-1 GLENDALE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT Superintendent Dr. Michael Escalante 223 N. Jackson St., Glendale; (818) 241-3111 gusd.net Cities served: Glendale Grades: K-12 Total enrollment: 27,852 Total schools: 30 Average class size: K-3, 19; grades 4-6, 31.5; grades 7-8, 33.8; grades 7-12, 34.8 Fully credentialed teachers: 96.4 percent English-language learners: 27.7 percent Students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch program: 40.5 percent One-year dropout rate, grades 9-12: 1.4 percent Pupil-teacher ratio: 20-to-1 (K-3); 31-to-9 (4-6); 33-to-8 (7-8); 20-to-1 (9 math and English); 34-to-8 (9-12)last_img read more