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first_imgMarch 25, 2019 /Sports News – National Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski announces retirement from NFL Beau Lund Written bycenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailAllen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Rob Gronkowski is hanging up his cleats after nine seasons in the NFL.The New England Patriots tight end made the announcement in an Instagram post Sunday.“It all started at 20 years old on stage at the NFL draft when my dream came true, and now here I am about to turn 30 in a few months with a decision I feel is the biggest of my life so far,” Gronkowski wrote in the post. “I will be retiring from the game of football today.”He went on to thank his teammates, fans and the Patriots organization.“But now its time to move forward and move forward with a big smile knowing that the New England Patriots Organization, Pats Nation, and all my fans will be truly a big part of my heart for rest of my life. It was truly an incredible honor to play for such a great established organization and able to come in to continue and contribute to keep building success,” Gronkowski said.A team source told ESPN Gronkowski called Patriots owner Robert Kraft earlier on Sunday to let him know of his plans to leave the game.In a statement, Kraft commended the tight end for his “hard work, preparation, selfless attitude and the sheer dominance of his game.”“‘Gronk’ quickly became a fan favorite and the most dominant player at his position for nearly a decade,” Kraft said. “I look forward to honoring him in the near future as both a Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Famer.”Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said in a statement it was a “pleasure and a privilege to coach Rob Gronkowski the past nine years.”“From his rookie year until his final season and through countless times in between, Rob was a major reason why we won games and championships,” Belichick said. “His elite combination of size, skill, intelligence, toughness and ability to perform in pressure situations set him apart.”Gronkowski’s teammate, quarterback Tom Brady, also responded to the news of his retirement, writing in an Instagram post, “What an honor and privilege to play with you these past nine years @gronk! You accomplished so much and our team was almost unbeatable when you were on the field!”“The NFL was a better place with you in it! But I have no doubt you will be a success in anything you do!!!” Brady added.Gronkowski, 29, was drafted by New England in 2010 and has spent his entire NFL career with the team. In his nine seasons in the league, he has played in 115 regular-season games, amassing 521 receptions for 7,861 yards and 79 touchdowns.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


first_imgSnarky Puppy hosted the first annual GroundUP Music Festival last weekend, spending three glorious nights under the Miami, FL sky from February 10th through the 12th. While the band’s achievements were being celebrated at the Grammy Awards, the musicians were doing what they do best, performing! For three beautiful days, Snarky Puppy and members of the GroundUP Music label set up shop across two stages – The Bandshell Stage & The Park Stage. Between exciting headliners like David Crosby and Chris Thile, exciting collaborations (including Mono Neon, Esperanza Spalding, and Jeff Coffin performing as artists-at-large), and just great jam sessions (John Medeski’s Mad Skillet comes to mind), it was a weekend filled with great music!What follows is a series of video and photo highlights captured over the three days, as provided by CHeeSeHeaDPRoDuCTioNS. Enjoy!Friday, February 10Snarky Puppy: “What About Me?”David Crosby: “Déjà Vu – Woodstock” ft. Michael League (bass & guitar), Becca Stevens (guitar), Michelle Willis (keys) Late Night at Le Jardin Club at The Deauville HotelGhost-Note with special guest Jeff Coffin: “Ja-Make-Ya-Dance” Ghost-Note with special guest Mono Neon: “Shrill Tones – Can’t Get Right”Saturday, February 11Charlie Hunter Trio feat. Carter McLean (drums), Rob Dixon (sax) with special guest Jeff Coffin: “I Can’t Go For That” (Hall & Oates)Terence Blanchard featuring Michael League (bass), Bill Laurance (piano), Jamison Ross (drums) and Bob Lanzetti (guitar) of Snarky Puppy, with special guest Esperanza SpaldingSunday, February 12John Medeski’s Mad Skillet with Will Bernard, Kirk Joseph, Terence HigginsThe stage debut of Bokanté featuring Malika (vocals), Roosevelt Collier, Michael League and Snarky Puppy membersSnarky Puppy with Esperanza Spalding: “Grown Folks”Snarky Puppy with special guests Chris Thile, Jeff Coffin, Esperanza Spalding and other artists-at-largeAll photos and videos courtesy of CHeeSeHeaDPRoDuCTioNS.last_img read more


first_imgMary L. Collins, president and executive producer of the Collins Communications Group, based in Morrisville, Vermont, will be the feature story in the February issue of Radio & Production Magazine. Collins has been interviewed twice previously. RAP revisited the veteran broadcast producer for their February issue.Collins is a nationally recognized, multi-award winning writer, producer, and voiceover artist with 25 years experience serving businesses throughout Vermont, the region, Canada, and Ireland. Her clients include Vermont State Parks, Vermont Public Television, Powershift Online, Richmond Home Supply, Get Well, Gregory McNaughton, Esquire, Granite Hills Credit Union, H.O. Taylor Chevrolet,Long Distance Partnership and Vincent’s Drug & Variety. She has also written and produced campaigns for Automaster, Chimney Sweep Fireplace Shop, Gifford Medical Center, Gilmour Ford Chrysler Jeep, Smartforce.com, Vermont Business Magazine, and the Vermont Department of Agriculture, among others.Radio And Production is the only monthly publication targeted exclusively to radio’s production personnel. It is currently in its sixteenth year of publication and serves radio stations, production houses, advertising agencies, and educational outlets throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and other countries.Radio And Production magazine offers interviews with radio’s top production pros, equipment reviews, tips and techniques, production related industry news, and a collection of feature articles and regular columns.last_img read more


first_imgMarcus Rashford has been forced to withdraw from the England squad as the Manchester United star attempts to recover from his ankle injury for the start of the new Premier League season. Rashford suffered an ankle problem last season, but reportedly opted to play through the pain to help secure Champions League qualification for United. The 22-year-old had initially been named in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the upcoming Uefa Nations League matches against Iceland and Denmark in September. However, Rashford has now withdrawn from the Three Lions squad as he attempts to regain full fitness with the 2020/21 Premier League season kicking off on September 12. Following the announcement of his withdrawal, Rashford tweeted: “Gutted… never want to let this team down but these fixtures just came a little too soon for me. Read Also: JUST-IN: Messi faces suspension at Barcelona amid events boycott “I tried my best but I have to focus on starting the season at my strongest for club and country. “Good luck boys, I’ll be cheering you on from home @England”. Rashford’s absence means Jack Grealish has been called up to the England squad for the first time in his career. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted ContentPretty Awesome Shows That Just Got CanceledThe 10 Biggest Historical Mysteries That Can’t Be SolvedA Hit Song By Lil Nas X Is Beating A World Record As We Speak!9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo8 Best 1980s High Tech GadgetsWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do This7 Interesting Facts About GoT Star Maisie Williamslast_img read more


first_imgNew West Brom head coach and part-time novelist Pepe Mel is hoping to write his own happy ending at the club. “West Brom need to have an aggressive approach, to create more goalscoring opportunities,” said Mel. “The players have so far shown an awful lot of desire to adapt to my style. They have been very positive. “And I’ve not come here to impose any kind of a Spanish model, it’s more about looking to improve. “The most important thing is the players want to do it, that they show hunger to adapt to my style. “It’s still early, but against Everton I believe the fans will see something that will be noticeable.” Although only handed an initial 18-month contract by Albion, Mel is already thinking long term and beyond next season. “I’m someone who really does like challenges, and to achieve things you really need to work very hard,” added Mel. “I hope that in the future, many years from now when I leave here, that West Brom will also be in my heart, like Betis.” Even displaying a sense of humour, Mel quipped: “In a few years’ time – when we’re all here speaking in English – I hope you’ll be in agreement I’ve done a really good job.” Although at home, Mel’s opening task is far from an easy one as the Baggies face an Everton side who have lost just one of their last 14 league matches stretching back to early October. Mel has been highly impressed with the job done by Martinez, but has told his players they have no need to be in awe. Mel, whose Betis side lost 2-1 to Everton in a pre-season friendly, said: “I know Roberto well, he knows me well. We’re friends, and his technical team are also friends. “Roberto started at the bottom here in England, and it’s admirable he is now with a big team. “He is obviously having a very good campaign, but we are going to approach the game in a good frame of mind, and to be aggressive. “If I thought the players were worried by Everton then they may as well go home.” All eyes will be on Mel’s first teamsheet to see if Nicolas Anelka is in the 17 on duty. Shirt sponsor Zoopla, a property and house prices website co-owned by Jewish businessman Alex Chesterman, has reportedly threatened to end its involvement with the club if the Frenchman plays. It follows Anelka’s controversial ‘quenelle’ gesture – deemed by some to be anti-Semitic – made during the 3-3 draw at West Ham on December 28, which the Football Association is currently investigating. Mel faces his first match in charge of the Baggies on Monday night as he welcomes fellow Spaniard Roberto Martinez and his Champions League-chasing Everton side to the Hawthorns. In his first appointment outside of Spain after spells in charge of Tenerife, Alaves, Rayo Vallecano and Real Betis, Mel faces a steep learning curve to adapt to the Barclays Premier League. The hope is Mel will first ensure Albion retain their top-flight status this season before making his mark and pushing for European football next campaign. As a part-time thriller writer, with two published books entitled ‘Liar’ and ‘The Road to the Afterlife’, Mel’s initial 18 months at Albion’s helm promise to have just as many twists and turns as one of his novels. “Writing is something that helps me clear my mind,” said Mel. “I don’t play golf or anything like that. It’s something that helps me to be positive.” Asked as to whether his books have happy endings, Mel replied: “It depends on how you interpret them. “I’m sure the third book I write, which will be here in England, will do so.” Mel is certainly a confident, engaging character, which he hopes will rub off on his players, who appear to have taken to their new gaffer in the early stages according to comments from several so far. Mel would like to believe that from the off against Everton the fans will see a new-look Albion. Press Associationlast_img read more


first_imgThe Von KleinSmid Center, a central building for classes and student meetings on campus, has recently been upgraded with new square desks and adjustable chairs as part of a larger initiative from the Office of the Provost to update learning spaces on campus.Desks · Students in class at the Von KleinSmid Center are using new desks this semester after ITS’ efforts to make classrooms more adaptive. – Neha Jain | Daily Trojan “The idea behind it was to look at learning spaces and see if they fit the needs of the students and the teachers in the 21st century,” said Joseph Cevetello, director of learning environments from Information Technology Services.The decision to change the desks and chairs was made after a series of interviews with students and faculty, when ITS decided that mobile and adaptive desks would be added to many of the VKC rooms.“One of the things that came out of the meetings was that people felt there were a lot of challenges in the VKC learning spaces,” Cevetello said. “The rooms were uncomfortable and the seating was not appropriate, and the spaces seemed very inflexible with what you could do.”The new desks are meant to provide a more updated classroom that better fit the students and teachers, Cevetello said. All of the desks and chairs now have wheels and the chairs are adjustable to offer more comfort to a wider range of students.“In the other classroom buildings we tried out other designs,” Cevetello said. “In [the Social Sciences building], we went with tables and chairs and also some new individual desks.”This upgrade, part of an ongoing initiative, has already renovated 53 classrooms, three auditoriums and three computer labs.The overall goal is to renovate all 200 learning spaces — classrooms and computer labs — on campus.Yet students have had mixed reactions regarding the new desks at VKC. Although some students said the furniture looks updated and gives the classrooms a high-tech feel, others are concerned with their effectiveness in providing decent seating in classes with a larger number of students.“I find the new desk and chair setup to be very uncomfortable,” said Tammy Batzofin, a senior majoring in health and humanity. “I have to crane my body to see the board, since if I come in late the only seats open are the ones with the backs to the teacher. That makes it very uncomfortable to pay attention during class.”Michelle Gossman, a senior majoring in health promotion and disease prevention, agreed.“I also find the new desks to be a bit of a hassle,” she said. “In my classroom there are just too many people in the class so with the way the desks are oriented only half of the desk space is useful since the other half faces the board.”Other students said, however, they enjoy the new comfort and space that the desks and chairs provide.Brandon Nguyen, a sophomore majoring in international relations, said he liked the new chairs because they are more comfortable, as well as the flexibility of the new furniture.“You can move the tables around,” Nguyen said. “It does make it more crowded … fewer chairs, fewer desks could be better.last_img read more


first_imgCLEAR LAKE — A Clear Lake man has been charged with burglary after an incident this past weekend.27-year-old Aaron Pankratz has been charged with second-degree burglary. He’s accused of forcing his way into a home in the 600 block of South 8th Street in Clear Lake on Saturday morning, where he allegedly assaulted two of the residents as they came out of a second-floor bedroom.Pankratz was booked into the Cerro Gordo County Jail on Wednesday where he’s being held on $10,000 cash-only bond. He’s due in court for his preliminary hearing on May 17th. Second-degree burglary is a Class C felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.last_img

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