Transfer defensive end Jeffrey Gunter changes mind, commits to NC State

first_img Published on February 26, 2019 at 11:46 am Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3 Former Coastal Carolina defensive end Jeffrey Gunter announced on Tuesday he’ll be attending North Carolina State via Twitter. Fifteen days ago, Gunter had tweeted that he’d be transferring to play at Syracuse. Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Gunter received two Division I scholarship offers out of high school: Coastal Carolina and NC State. The Durham, N.C. native will play about 30 minutes down the road from his hometown in Raleigh. Since enrolling at CCU, Gunter gained 50 pounds, from 205 to 255. Last fall, Gunter recorded 49 tackles, including 14 for a loss.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter playing two seasons at Coastal Carolina, Gunter will need to sit out the 2019 season at NC State before having two seasons of eligibility remaining for 2020 and 2021. Syracuse is slated to host the Wolfpack in 2020 before playing at NC State in 2021.Gunter initially chose to leave CCU because “all of the people who recruited me left,” he said. With his decision to go to NC State, Syracuse will bring in three new defensive ends for next season, all out of high school: Andrew Tuazama, Ishmael Goulbourne and Steven Linton. I’m coming home! Blessed to say I’m committed to NC State pic.twitter.com/ebFDOKj4BS— #94 (@jgunter94) February 26, 2019last_img read more

Evans feeling positive before practicing for second straight day

first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — Wednesday wasn’t the first time wide receiver Lee Evans tried to get back to the practice field since being sidelined following the Week 2 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sept. 18.But his response to working out was far better this time around, providing optimism that the 30-year-old could make his return to action against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday afternoon. Evans said he did not experience any setbacks in his first practice since Oct. 12. After last practicing on the Wednesday leading up to the Ravens’ meeting with the Houston Texans, Evans did not respond well and hadn’t attempted to participate until making his return to the practice field on Wednesday.“It went well,” Evans said before taking part in his second straight practice on a rainy Thursday afternoon. “It was the best I felt in awhile, so we’ll try to build on that [Thursday]. We’ll do a little bit more today and see what happens. Yesterday was positive.”Evans might find himself battling for a starting position once he returns to action since rookie Torrey Smith has made a name for himself by catching the game-winning touchdown in Pittsburgh and making the critical catch to set up the deciding field goal in the closing seconds against Arizona two weeks ago. The Ravens could elect to limit Evans’ reps — even in games — to protect his injured left ankle and to allow him to re-establish himself in the Baltimore offense before regaining a starting position.The former Bills receiver is still listed as a starting receiver on the Ravens’ official depth chart.“It definitely feels good,” Evans said. “It makes you feel like a football player again — get out there, put the pads on, and run around a little bit. We still have a hill to climb, but it’s good to get that step out of the way and still be able to progress forward.”Center Matt Birk (neck) returned to practice after being the only player on the 53-man roster not to participate in Wednesday’s practice. Left guard Ben Grubbs was also practicing for a second consecutive day and was not even listed on the official injury report for Wednesday.However, the news wasn’t all good as safety Ed Reed, linebacker Terrell Suggs, and linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo (concussion) were not spotted during the opening portion of practice open to the media. As of Wednesday, Ayanbadejo had not been cleared for contact, and the special teams standout practiced on a limited basis.last_img read more

Martha Bissah powers to national 1500m victory

first_imgOlympic gold medalist,  Martha Bissah, last Saturday thrilled fans at the El-Wak Stadium in Accra as she won the 1,500m race at the Interplast-Sea&Shore National Circuit Championship in a time of 4m 37s.The championship, which formed part of the Ghana Athletics Association’s programme for athletes ahead of the upcoming All Africa Games (AAG) in Brazzaville, saw Martha beating Beatrice Konama (4m 44s) and Hawa Combat (4m 34s).In the men’s 200m final, Shepherd Agbeko clocked 21.30 seconds to defeat Bright Tsitey (21.75 sec) and Stephen Opoku (21.77), while Prosper Goku maintained his record as the local best in the 3,000m division, triumphing again after his earlier heroics at similar competitions in Sunyani and at Akatsi.Safia Bright failed to maintain her winning streak in the women’s 100m final at Akatsi, losing this time to Dorcas Gyimah in a very close race.Sakat Lariba won the women’s 5,000 metres after clocking 17m 30s minutes to beat Millicent Boadi (17m 35s) and Elizabeth Azuure (17m 40s).In other events, Robertson Tay won the men’s discus and Mary Zuta emerged winner in the women division, while Diana Tetteh triumphed in the 100m hurdles. In a post-event interview with the Graphic Sports, national athletics chief, Prof. Francis Dodoo, charged the athletes to use the competition to make a mark for themselves.–last_img read more

Property tax limits under debate in Iowa legislature

first_imgDES MOINES — Republicans in the House and Senate have drafted bills they say will “slow down the growth of property taxes.”Six years ago, Iowa lawmakers cut commercial and industrial property taxes by 10 percent. This year, GOP Senators have proposed limiting tax increases on all classes of property to no more than three percent.“Commercial/industrial taxpayers continue to see a lot of increases. We’re concerned about those increases,” Nicole Crain said this week during a senate subcommittee meeting. “We really think that putting a cap on local governments is a way to help control some of those increases that we’ve seen.”According to Matt Steinfeldt of the Iowa Farm Bureau, property tax payments in Iowa have doubled since the year 2000.“The total of property taxes collected this year will be over $5.75 billion,” Steinfeldt said. “The growth of property taxes is outpacing the economy. It’s outpacing Iowans’ ability to pay.”Critics say the limit will restrict the ability of growing communities to pay for needed infrastructure and services. Ames Mayor John Haila told senators there’s “amazing” expansion in his city’s research park.“As we continue to grow, we need a fourth fire station. We can bond for it, but it’s going to cost us $1.3 million for the fire fighters to fill it every year,” he said. “If this bill goes through and the cap goes through as it is, we won’t be able to do that.”Brett Barker, the mayor of the city of Nevada, is also chairman of Story County Republicans. He told legislators their proposal may have unintended consequences.“Ultimately cities aren’t created equally. We all have different challenges. We all have unique situations and I think local officials are most in tune with our communities,” he said. “We hear them.”Republicans in the Iowa House have a property tax plan that addresses any increase above two percent. Citizens would be able to petition for a referendum if a city council or county board of supervisors proposes increasing property taxes by more than two percent.last_img read more

Hull City beat Bayer Leverkusen 4-0…in Connect 4!

first_imgImage Courtesy: GettyAdvertisement isNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsjl9Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E9q7o( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 8z8fWould you ever consider trying this?😱g8kCan your students do this? 🌚bd4lRoller skating! Powered by Firework The novel Coronavirus has spread into Europe, negatively impacting football activity in the continent. English Premier League and all lower division leagues postponed. Bundesliga cancelled. UEFA Champions League suspended. However, Hull City and Bayern Leverkusen were still able to go head to head, and the former clinched a dominating 4-0 win, But how? A Connect 4 game on Twitter!Advertisement Image Courtesy: GettyAfter the top flight German league dropped all of its matches for the coming week, Bayer Leverkusen initiated a Connect 4 game with Hull City via tweets. The supporters of both clubs stormed in to see them take each other on in an online friendly, and the battle soon went viral all over the micro blogging website.After a 9 hour long battle of calculated moves and strategic comebacks, it was the Tigers who were finally the crowned victorious over their German adversaries, winning 4-0. Over 30000 Twitterati were following the online battle, and the final post got well over 20000 likes and 4000 retweets.Advertisement “A closely fought contest which we enjoyed from start to finish. 🙌 Thank you for playing, @bayer04_en. All the best for the rest of the season! 🧡#HULB04 | #hcafc | #theTigers” City payed their gratitude to the German side for the virtual match.“🗣 The gaffer has arrived to speak to the press following tonight’s win…’I’m absolutely delighted with the result. We’ve got to give credit to Bayer Leverkusen who defended so well throughout, but our boys dug in deep and got the result the result they deserved.’ 💪” Hull City’s Twitter handle followed up with another hilarious depiction of how their manager Grant McCann had reacted to the Twitter battle.Connect 4 is a board game played between two players, with the objective is to form a straight line of 4 connecting pieces horizontally, vertically or diagonally. The game was designed by Howard Wexler and Ned Strongin, and it was published by American board game manufacturer Milton Bradley Company in 1974.Hull City are 21st in the EFL Championship table with 41 points, just one position ahead of the relegation zone. Bayer are currently 5th in the Bundesliga with 47 points.With the current suspension over on-field matches, it will be interesting to see what the football clubs come up with on social media.Also read-English Premier League faces suspension as Coronavirus woes hit England Advertisementlast_img read more

Arsenal fan makes coronavirus gag at the expense of bitter rivals Tottenham

first_imgAN Arsenal fan has mocked rivals Tottenham after comparing empty shelves at a supermarket to Spurs’ trophy cabinet.The British public have been stocking up on household items such as toilet paper, pasta and hand sanitiser should they be quarantined due to coronavirus.2 One Arsenal fan used the coronavirus panic to mock rivals Tottenham⚠️ Read our Coronavirus in Sport live blog for the latest news, updates and cancellationsAnd one Gunners supporter has poked fun at the current crisis by posting a picture of a barren store onto a Reddit thread.Captioning the post, he quipped: “Went to get some toilet roll and hand sanitizer – got confused and found myself in the Spurs Trophy room.”Fellow football fans were quick to reply to his joke, as one commented: “A toilet and their trophy room? Are you sure you’re not at their stadium?”Another said: “Clearly fake, there’s no Audi Cup there.”A Tottenham supporter even saw the funny side, as they messaged: “As a Spurs fan. I can tell you, this was better content then entire game against RBL.”One added: “Clearly fake, there’s no Audi Cup there.”The coronavirus crisis has caused chaos in the sporting world in Europe, with Italy forced to go into lockdown.As a result, the Serie A season could be CANCELLED without a winner.All sporting events in Italy have already been called off until April 3, while a host of games this week will be played behind closed doors in an effort to stop the outbreak.2LATEST ARSENAL NEWSLive BlogGunners newsArsenal news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesCONT ME OUTArsenal’s Lacazette ‘not interested’ in joining Inter as Martinez’s replacementGossipINTERESTED PARTEYArsenal ‘most interested’ in Thomas Partey but coronavirus delays talksGUNNER GOLuiz ‘has to go’, Saliba ‘a concern’ and Mustafi not at right ‘level’, says KeownAT YOUR BOC AND CALLTorreira reveals ‘dream and desire’ to one day play for Boca JuniorsWRIGHTY’S OUTRAGEIan Wright says video of George Floyd’s death in US left him ‘drained’It has even been suggested that Uefa are considering postponing all of Thursday’s Europa League round of 16 matches over fears people may catch the contagious bug.Arsenal were set to face Manchester City at the Etihad on Wednesday night, but the Premier League match has been postponed.A number of Gunners players are reportedly in quarantine after they met with Olympiacos and Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis last week – with the 52-year-old since testing positive for coronavirus.Olympics 2020 could face two-year postponement due to coronavirus outbreaklast_img read more

President’s fiction far from reality

first_imgDear Editor,The January 1 Stabroek News, in its article titled “President announces launch of development decade”, referred to caretaker President David Granger New Year’s address. From the article, we learnt that the President and his Administration which have lost the legitimacy to govern, envisage that Guyana, by 2030, will become a “modern state”.According to the President, an Administration led by him will, alas, deliver the now-worn out ‘Good Life’. That Administration, he said, would be “…eradicating extreme poverty…” a goal, we believe, that is shared by all Guyanese. Mr Granger went on to say that “the ultimate measure of the good life is happy communities, happy households and happy people”. The President is known for his lofty ambitions. However, translating that talk to reality is where the Granger Administration has faltered and utterly failed time and again.The President and his Administration, who will seek re-election in a few weeks’ time, will seek to convince voters that given another chance, they will deliver not only the ‘Good Life’ but a ‘modern state’ and that they will end poverty in Guyana. But can we really and sincerely believe what Mr Granger and posse are saying and will repeat, we are sure, several times during the elections campaign.Mr Granger says he will eradicate poverty. But let’s consider what he has done to the sugar industry. In less than five years, he has put 7000 Guyanese out of work and tens of thousands of his fellow countrymen, women and children closer to or beyond the poverty line. But to rub salt in that deep wound, Mr Granger has turned his back on these people who are probably in the most miserable time of their lives. Not once has he found the time to even interact with this group of now hard-pressed Guyanese.Even his own colleague, Minister Jaipaul Sharma, on a post on his Facebook page disclosed that during the Christmas Season, with the assistance of several companies and the Cheddi Jagan International Airport Corporation, he provided hampers to communities of the shuttered Wales Estate. Minister Sharma wrote “the aim was at bringing joy to children and their parents especially during the festive season. This was not a political exercise but one of caring for our less fortunate in society and to build hope and relationships by fostering social cohesion amongst villagers and their children”.In an article published by online news outfit INews on December 25, 2019, titled “Christmas in the sugar belt”, the Guyanese public learnt that in the communities surrounding Rose Hall Estate “there have been drastic changes in several villages in East Canje… the impact the closure has had and is continuing to have on the lives of those who live in the sugar belt is most evident”.According to that article “the environment here is dead” as “…there is literally nothing to do”. One woman told the news agency that “we don’t have Christmas here in Canje”, she went on to say “I used to work at the estate and my husband and both of us get sent home. He left and he gone in the bush and since February…he hasn’t returned”.At Wales, the INews disclosed “children are not looking forward to the holidays because of the fact that there may not be a present for them”. These are hardly “happy communities, happy households and happy people” which Mr Granger promises to deliver. In fact, the INews correctly pointed out that Christmas there, which was “once an elaborate celebration is now another regular day where the worry is finding the next meal and keeping your job”.While that disheartening situation was unfolding, Mr Granger told the Guyanese nation in his Christmas 2019 message that “Christmas is a time to strengthen the bonds of fraternity, friendship and family-hood. It is a time for family reunions and for spreading cheer by exchanging gifts, visiting friends, attending church, sending greeting cards, singing carols and sharing dinners within the home and community”. We agree with the President but, again, reality is very much divorced from his fiction.So, while Mr Granger will come again with fancy talk, big promises and grandiose plans, the reality is that his time in office has exacerbated than alleviated hardship in the country. His very decisions have pushed more into poverty and misery. His policies have burdened the Guyanese people with a growing cost-of-living while he and team live the Good Life.Yours faithfully,Seepaul NarineGeneral SecretaryGAWUlast_img read more

Trackers fall 6-3 to Grande Prairie

first_imgThe game was not a fun one for the Trackers, who found themselves down early in the contest. Grande Prairie opened the scoring less than three minutes into the first period, and led 5-0 after two periods to hold complete control of the game.However, the Trackers did show some fight in the third period. Three goals in a four minute span brought things to 5-3, but the Storm scored with just under five minutes left to make the score 6-3.Scoring goals for the Trackers yesterday were Alex Hanson, Ethan Buck, and Alex Hanson with a second. Assists went to Ricky Bateman, Matthew Apsassin, and Nolan Lagace.- Advertisement -Logan Edwards was in goal for the Trackers. He stopped 30 of the 36 shots he faced in the game.The Trackers’ next game is November 15 against the SISEC Selects in Dawson Creek, while the next game in FortSt. John will be a rematch with the Selects the following day at the North Peace Arena. Game time is 2:15 p.m.last_img read more

New sister city panel in Pico Rivera selected

first_imgCouncilman Greg Salcido said that while he hopes his appointee will do well on the commission, he did not see a reason to formalize the group further. “I continue to be against the city allocating funds and other resources to a cause, however noble, in which our 65,000 residents realize virtually no benefit,” Salcido said in an e-mailed statement. His appointee to the commission was David Angelo, an architect with 25 years’ experience on the old committee. Angelo, 60, said he wants to be a greater part of the program that promotes cultural understanding. “My goal is to promote the program and create interest among the citizens of Pico Rivera,” Angelo said. The commission will also include the mother of Councilwoman Gracie Gallegos-Smith. PICO RIVERA – The first Sister City commissioners have been selected and plan to hold their inaugural meeting in January. The commission, established in September along with a renewed Parks and Recreation Commission, will organize and oversee what had been more loosely monitored activities of the Sister City Committee, more than 40 years old. The committee will continue, and members plan to seek nonprofit status for the group to serve as an auxiliary to the new commission. The group will raise money for projects with Pico Rivera’s counterpart, San Luis Potosi in Central Mexico. “We decided that the communication was (very important), and there was a great need for better communication between our sister city in Mexico and City Hall,” City Manager Chuck Fuentes said. Grace Gallegos was appointed by Mayor Ron Beilke. Her daughter, Gallegos-Smith, abstained from the vote to confirm her. Gallegos, 70, said she believes her role on the Sister City Commission will not negatively impact her daughter’s role on the City Council. “I’m going to be impartial,” Gallegos said. “If anything, I think it would be a plus.” Gallegos said her early involvement with the Sister City Committee was what prompted her daughter to become involved in city politics, and she wants to continue the family’s record of interest in Pico Rivera. Gallegos-Smith named Pat Carillo to the commission. Carillo, 40, had been her choice for the Community Resource Commission, but was asked to move in order to help with organization and procedure for the new group. Gallegos-Smith said she plans to appoint Tamy Schaefer to the Community Resource Commission in Carillo’s place. Councilman Bob Archuleta chose Robert Solis, an antique store owner and longtime activist with sister city affairs, as his appointee. Solis, 68, said he enjoys the travel to Mexico and the camaraderie of the group. “I’m looking forward to seeing what the commission is going to be all about,” Solis said. Councilman David Armenta selected Maria Cervantes, a local restaurant owner. “She’s very well-known in the community, and I think she would be a great addition to the Sister City Commission,” Armenta said. Gallegos-Smith said she thinks there are challenges facing the new commission, despite the presence of the established committee. “They’re really going to have to organize,” Gallegos-Smith said. “They’re going to have to look at what we’ve done in the past and refresh it.” airan.scruby@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more