KNOXVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 15: A view of the inside of Neyland Stadium during a game between the Florida Gators and Tennessee Volunteers on September 15, 2012 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Sommers II/Getty Images)It didn’t take long for Art Green to decide where he’ll play college football. Following his first visit as a JUCO recruit this past weekend, the four-star cornerback quickly announced his commitment.247Sports lists Green as the No. 2 JUCO recruit from his class. Over the course of his recruitment process, he received over 20 scholarship offers.The talented defensive back was in Knoxville on Saturday to visit the Tennessee Volunteers. Clearly he left the campus impressed with the football program.Jeremy Pruitt and his coaching staff were greeted with great news this week, as Green announced his commitment to Tennessee.Green revealed his decision to join the Volunteers on Twitter, saying “The school of my choosing is a school that will help me grow on the field, but also off the field. At this time, I would like to announce that I am 100% committed to the University of Tennessee.”Check out his full announcement:Go Vols!!!🍊⛰ @CoachOsovet @DansleyAnsley @CoachJPruitt pic.twitter.com/D5k5XL5KUY— Art Green (@A_JR20) May 13, 2019Tennessee currently has seven commits for the 2020 class, which ranks No. 22 in the country.Even though Green did commit to Tennessee, the four-star recruit admit that he might visit Georgia and Florida. However, his recent commitment to the Volunteers could entice him to shut the door on those two SEC powerhouses.
Beijing: China’s economy grew at its slowest rate in nearly three decades in the second quarter, according to an AFP survey of analysts, hit by the US-China trade war and weakening global demand. The world’s second largest economy expanded 6.2 percent in April-June, the poll of 10 economists predicted ahead of the official release of gross domestic product figures Monday. The reading would mark the worst quarterly growth in almost three decades but stay within the government’s target range of 6.0-6.5 percent for the whole year. The economy grew 6.6 percent in 2018. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepBeijing has stepped up support for the economy this year but the moves have not been enough to offset a domestic slowdown and softening overseas demand for its toys, gadgets and electronics. Policymakers are likely to take further action, analysts say, with Premier Li Keqiang presiding over a state council meeting Wednesday that pledged to lower tariffs and step up tax rebates for exporters. “The existing tariffs on exports to the US are having an impact on China’s economy,” said Steven Cochrane, chief APAC economist with Moody’s Analytics. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs”Industrial production and exports are also weak, with shipments to the US declining significantly,” he said. Beijing pushed forward a raft of stimulus measures earlier this year to cushion the impact from its cooling economy, increasing spending on roads, railways and other big-ticket infrastructure projects, and tax cuts worth 2 trillion yuan ( 297 billion) kicking in from April. The policies buoyed the economy in March and brought in 6.4 percent growth for the first quarter, but it proved no more than a short-term panacea. Industrial output surged 8.5 percent in March before tumbling in April and dropping to five percent growth in May, the slowest increase since 2002. The build in infrastructure investment has also retreated from the first quarter, coming in at 4.0 percent in January-May, sharply down from years of near 20 percent expansion. China’s 1.3 billion consumers have remained a bright spot. “Consumption is holding up relatively well, possibly reflecting the effects of income and value-added tax cuts,” said Tommy Wu of Oxford Economics. Sales of big-ticket items such as cars have not held up, though, with sales down 12.4 percent in the first half of the year, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. Analysts widely expect Beijing will step up with further easing in coming months, with Cochrane tipping new measures heading into 2020. “This will include lower real interest rates for small firms, further reserve requirement ratio reductions, and ongoing infrastructure spending,” he said. The overall downward trend gives President Xi Jinping little room to fight back forcefully against the US, which is using tariffs as leverage to try to force China into opening up its economy. Washington and Beijing have hit each other with punitive tariffs covering more than 360 billion in two-way trade and damaging manufacturers on both sides of the Pacific. US President Donald Trump and Xi agreed to revive negotiations when they met on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Japan on June 29. Top US and Chinese negotiators held phone talks on Tuesday but it remains unclear if the wide rupture that has formed since talks broke down in May can be patched over.