Who can we trust on local TV news?

first_imgI was appalled to see Liz Bishop kowtowing to Sinclair Broadcast Group and spewing its propaganda. Disgusting. She is so much better than that. I worked for TV-10 and the state Health Department for many years and never did I lie.A couple of times I came close to being fired, but I stood my ground. What the heck happened to Liz? I am so disappointed. This is why I don’t watch local TV news anymore. When they can turn Liz, no one can be trusted.Kristine SmithDuanesburgMore from The Daily Gazette:Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18 Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Syracuse dominates Florida State, 30-7; SU gets first win over FSU in 52 years

first_imgStanding in the locker room after Syracuse’s 30-7 win over Florida State, Dino Babers reflected on 1966, the last time Syracuse beat Florida State. Floyd Little rushed for 193 yards and three touchdowns in his last game in Archbold Stadium.“The last time it happened the Beatles were hot. The last time it happened the 66 Mustang was the baddest thing on the road,” Babers said before pausing and letting his head down for a moment. “Because I’m telling you now you just put yourself on the map. You took a bunch of non-believers and all the sudden they’ve got a lot to learn.”Similar speeches from Babers were shown after the 2016 win over Virginia Tech and last year’s upset against Clemson. But after the best defensive performance in conference play under Babers, the celebration came for different reasons.In Syracuse’s (3-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) most lopsided Atlantic Coast Conference victory since 2014, it held FSU (1-2, 0-2) to 62 yards rushing and 240 total yards of offense. That’s more than 200 yards less than SU allowed on average last season and more than 50 percent lower than it’s 2016 average. The Syracuse defense, which has ranked in the bottom quarter of the country each of the last two seasons, tallied four sacks and an interception while allowing one Florida State third-down conversion.The Seminoles had struggled this season, but not like this. In their first two games of the season, against No. 13 Virginia Tech and Samford, FSU eclipsed 300 yards of total of offense. Deondre Francois threw more than 230 in both games.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn Syracuse’s opening conference game of 2018, against a team which has won three conference championships in the last seven years, the Orange flipped the narrative.“This performance show’s a lot of growth from the team where we were two years ago and even last year,” Defensive end Kendall Coleman said. “It means everything going forward because this is going to be major in establishing who we are this season.”With just more than a minute remaining in the first half, Coleman rushed off the left side of the line and beat the left tackle inside before collapsing on Deondre Francois’ ankles. Coleman’s sack, his first of two on the day, was a culmination of defensive line pressure throughout the first half.Francois, who completed eight passes for 70 yards in the first half, finished most passing plays on his back. On the second play from scrimmage, Francois was hit as he threw. Chris Slayton smacked Francois from behind and the pass dribbled incomplete.The next series, Florida State set up in an empty backfield, leaving little protection for Francois. Slayton ran in again. Francois let the pass fly and Slayton drove him into the ground.In the second quarter, a short Francois pass proved more costly for Florida State. With FSU still scoreless, defensive back Christopher Fredrick trailed his receiver on a vertical route with safety help above him. Fredrick noted that he’d seen Francois throw the ball in a line drive motion as opposed to lofting it on longer routes. What Fredrick saw on film happened, the ball came in low and behind the receiver and ended up in Fredrick’s, not an FSU player’s hands.“It was pretty visible that he was feeling us,” Coleman said. “Francois felt the pressure and that helped us in the passing game down the field with our coverage.”In years past Syracuse’s defense had been its Achilles heel. In 2017, Syracuse allowed more than 340 yards to Miami, Louisiana State and FSU, all three of which were games Syracuse played within a score deep into the fourth quarter. In Babers first season with SU, Syracuse allowed 454 yards of offense to a Willie Taggart coached South Florida team in a 45-20 SU loss which started SU 1-2 on the year.On Saturday, Taggart’s offense didn’t resemble the Bulls offense of 2016. The first year head coach wanted his team to move fast offensively but never strung enough plays together to do so.Repeated offensive line errors proved costly for FSU. On a third down in the third quarter, with FSU still scoreless, Kingsley Jonathan crashed down on Francois from behind while Chris Slayton sandwiched Francois from his front side.Jonathan ran out of the pile of players and stood alone in the middle of the field around the 30-yard line. He stomped, lurking like a slender man type creature. He paused, stood proud and took in the roars.“It was not trickery,” Babers said. “It was just guys lining up and whooping the guy in front of them.”After the game, Taggart reflected on a 1-2 start in his first season as the FSU head coach. He was asked about a shifting offensive line which has rotated 10 players through three games. People questioned his approach.In the Syracuse locker room, almost exactly two years after the USF loss, Babers and his players celebrated.“I don’t think it was an upset at all,” Senior defensive end Alton Robinson said. “The better team won tonight.” Comments Published on September 15, 2018 at 3:55 pm Contact Josh: jlschafe@syr.edu | @Schafer_44center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Independent predictions 2019: Sleepers, big games, Heisman hopefuls and more

first_imgWhich independent FBS school will have the best season in 2019?Notre Dame is the easy answer — on the surface. The Irish are coming off a College Football Playoff appearance, and Brian Kelly returns a talented roster. Notre Dame, however, has company in the independent ranks. POWER 5 PRIMERS: ACC | SEC | B10 | B12 | P12Army, ranked 16th in Sporting News’ preseason top 25, continues to roll under coach Jeff Monken and is looking for more after a school-record 11 wins in 2018. BYU returned to a bowl game as well, and Liberty will welcome Hugh Freeze back to the college coaching ranks. UMass also has a new coach in Walt Bell, and New Mexico State is looking to improve from a 3-9 season.There are several storylines worth watching in 2019. A look at the best among the six independent teams:Independent college football team rankings1. Notre Dame2. Army3. BYU4. Liberty5. New Mexico State6. UMassNotre Dame has a much tougher schedule this season, but Kelly has done an impressive job with the program-wide makeover the last two seasons. The Irish are 22-4 in that stretch, one game better than Army’s 21-5 mark. Those are the two best bets to crack the New Year’s Day Six this season. It’s tough to pick which school will have the better record.Biggest independent games in 2019Army at Michigan (Sept. 7). The Black Knights took Oklahoma to the limit in 2018, and they’ll get a noon kickoff at the Big House to test Don Brown’s defense. A win here would vault Army into the New Year’s Day Six discussion.BYU at Tennessee (Sept. 7). The Cougars also play Utah, USC and Washington in September, but an upset in Neyland Stadium against an SEC opponent would get the most attention.Notre Dame at Georgia (Sept. 21). This game shaped both teams’ seasons in 2017. It will be the same case in Athens in a great quarterback matchup between Ian Book and Jake Fromm.Notre Dame at Michigan (Oct. 26). It’s an odd place on the schedule for one of the game’s classic rivalries, but the Irish catch the Wolverines coming off a trip to Penn State the previous week. Notre Dame hasn’t won at Michigan since 2005.Independent Heisman hopefulsIan Book, Notre Dame. The Irish have not had a Heisman winner since 1987, but Book could have a chance over a full season. He completed 68.2 percent of his passes over 10 games and will add to last year’s yardage and touchdown totals. The big-game spotlight won’t be an issue here.Kelvin Hopkins Jr., Army. The Black Knights haven’t had a Heisman winner since 1958, but Hopkins should pile up the statistics as the quarterback of an option offense. Hopkins was a 1,000/1,000 player last year. Keep in mind that Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds finished fifth in the Heisman voting in 2015.Zach Wilson, QB, BYU. Wilson had a brilliant performance in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl by finishing 18 of 18 for 317 yards and four touchdowns. That continued development against the rough September schedule will be key for the Cougars.MORE: Ranking coaches 1-130 for 2019 seasonIndependent stat that mattersNotre Dame, Army and BYU will get the most attention of the independents, and to keep that attention you must play ranked opponents. The Irish are 7-4 against ranked teams the last two years. BYU is 1-4 and Army is 0-2. Given those big September matchups we outlined for all three teams, they need to be on top of their games. Independents’ biggest question: Notre Dame or Army in NY6?That’s a difficult question. If the Black Knights upset Michigan, then there’s a decent chance they could have a 13-0 record at season’s end. The Irish face Georgia, Michigan and Stanford on the road, along with their rivalry with USC and five-game arrangement with the ACC.Both teams have a good chance to get to double-digit victories, but what about crashing the New Year’s Day Six?Independent predictions for 2019Army will make the Wolverines nervous in the second half at the Big House, but without that upset they won’t make the New Year’s Day Six. Notre Dame will lose at Georgia and Michigan but still make the New Year’s Day Six with a 10-2 season. BYU and Liberty also make bowl games, and Hugh Freeze’s name will get tossed around for Power 5 jobs again.last_img read more

Help wanted: Physical Therapist at Sumner County Home Health

first_imgA physical therapist for Sumner County Home Health is needed.  Full-time, part-time, PRN and contracted options are possible.  In-county travel required.  Candidate must possess current KS PT licensure, KS Driver’s License and reliable transportation. Must pass a drug screen, criminal background check and physical.  For Complete job description contact the Sumner County Clerk’s Office, 501 N Washington, Wellington, KS.  ph 620-326-3395Apply online at www.HRePartners.com or at the Sumner County Clerk’s Office.  Interested in contracting call 620-326-2774 and ask for Laura.  Applications close 08/22/2014. EOElast_img read more

‘Chelsea and Man United stars have ruled World Cup for France’

first_imgDavid Ginola believes Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has raised his game for France at the World Cup and described him as a complete player.Pogba has received great acclaim for his imperious displays in Russia, including another midfield masterclass against Belgium in the semi-finals. Ginola, who earned 17 caps for Les Bleus, says the country was waiting for him to step up and do more than he does at United.He told talkSPORT: “Pogba is the one who raised the level of his game.“The expectation was for him to just be as he was at Manchester United.“We were waiting and waiting, [saying] ‘come on Paul! Show more of what you’re capable of.“Now he’s taking the responsibility he should get in the team because he’s got the talent.“He’s got everything.” Pogba was superb against Belgium Kante has also been majestic for France 2 Ginola also had high praise for Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante, who has quietly gone about being sensational for France.He added: “Kante is probably the main man since the beginning of the competition.“We haven’t talked too much about him. But he is just vital and so important in the middle of the park.”Join talkSPORT for live commentary of England’s semi-final against Croatia tonight from 7pm to see if Gareth Southgate’s men can make history. 2last_img read more

New Diet, Sexual Attraction May Have Spurred Europeans’ Lighter Skin

first_imgWhy do some humans have lighter skin than others? Researchers have longed chalked up the difference to tens of thousands of years of evolution, with darker skin protecting those who live nearer to the equator from the sun’s intense radiation. But a new study of ancient DNA concludes that European skin color has continued to change over the past 5000 years, suggesting that additional factors, including diet and sexual attraction, may also be at play.Our species, Homo sapiens, first arose in Africa about 200,000 years ago, and researchers assume that its first members were as dark-skinned as Africans are today, because dark skin is advantageous in Africa. Dark skin stems from higher levels of the pigment melanin, which blocks UV light and protects against its dangers, such as DNA damage—which can lead to skin cancer—and the breakdown of vitamin B. On the other hand, skin cells need exposure to a certain amount of UV light in order to produce vitamin D. These competing pressures mean that as early humans moved away from the equator, it makes sense that their skin lightened.Recent research, however, has suggested that the picture is not so simple. For one thing, a number of genes control the synthesis of melanin (which itself comes in two different forms in humans), and each gene appears to have a different evolutionary history. Moreover, humans apparently did not begin to lighten up immediately after they migrated from Africa to Europe beginning about 40,000 years ago. In 2012, for example, a team led by Jorge Rocha, a geneticist at the University of Porto in Portugal, looked at variants of four pigmentation genes in modern Portuguese and African populations and calculated that at least three of them had only been strongly favored by evolution tens of thousands of years after humans left Africa. In January, another team, led by geneticist Carles Lalueza-Fox of the University of Barcelona in Spain, sequenced the genome of an 8000-year-old male hunter-gatherer skeleton from the site of La Braña-Arintero in Spain and found that he was dark rather than light-skinned—again suggesting that natural selection for light skin acted relatively late in prehistory.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)To get a better idea of how European skin pigmentation has changed over time, a team led by Mark Thomas, an evolutionary geneticist at University College London, extracted DNA from 63 skeletons previously found at archaeological sites in modern-day Ukraine and surrounding areas. The researchers were able to sequence three pigmentation-related genes from 48 of the skeletons, dated between 6500 and 4000 years old: the gene TYR, which is involved in the synthesis of melanin; SLC45A2, which helps control the distribution of pigment-producing enzymes in skin cells; and HERC2, the primary gene that determines whether the iris of the eye is brown or blue. These three genes, like all pigmentation genes, come in numerous variants that lead to different shades of skin, hair, and eye color.By comparing the variants of these genes in the ancient skeletons with those in 60 modern-day Ukrainians, as well as a larger sample of 246 modern genomes from the surrounding region, the team found that the frequency of variants related to lighter skin and hair, as well as blue eyes, increased significantly between the ancient and modern populations. For example, modern Ukrainians on average have more than eight times as many variants of TYR related to light skin, and four times as many variants related to blue eyes, as the ancient Ukrainians, the team reports online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. African populations, on the other hand, have none of these lighter variants.Thus, while the prehistoric Ukrainians had apparently evolved relatively lighter skin and hair, and a higher frequency of blue eyes, in the time since their ancestors had left Africa, the data suggested that they were not done evolving. To further test this conclusion, the team performed computer simulations designed to distinguish between natural selection and “genetic drift,” a change in the frequency of genetic variants due just to chance. These tests—which take into account ancient population sizes and the rate at which genetic alterations occur, and can determine whether genetic drift alone can account for the speed of evolutionary changes—showed that the pigmentation genes were still undergoing strong natural selection after 5000 years ago; indeed, the selection pressure was as great as that for other genes known to be very strongly selected in humans, such as those involved in the ability to digest lactose and protection against malaria.“The signs of selection are indeed persuasive,” Rocha says. By using ancient DNA, he says, the team was able to “provide direct evidence” that “strong positive selection was the likely driver” of the changes in pigmentation profiles.But why was strong natural selection for lighter skin, hair, and eye color still going on thousands of years after humans left Africa and its brutal UV rays? In the case of skin color, the team speculates that these populations, which represented early farmers, had previously received a lot of vitamin D from their food, such as vitamin D-rich fish and animal livers, when they were hunter-gatherers. But after the advent of farming, when grains such as wheat and barley became a major part of their dinner plates, early Europeans needed to synthesize a larger amount of vitamin D in their skins. That’s when lightening up became very advantageous. The study “provides evidence that loss of regular dietary vitamin D as a result of the transition to a more strongly agricultural lifestyle may have triggered” the evolution of lighter skin, says Nina Jablonski, a leading skin color researcher at Pennsylvania State University, University Park.As for the trend toward lighter colored hair and blue eyes, Thomas and his co-workers suggest that may be due to sexual attraction—what in evolutionary terms is called sexual selection. If so, then the originally rare males or females with light hair and blue eyes might have been attractive to the opposite sex and so had more offspring; this kind of sexual preference for individuals with unusual appearances has been confirmed in other animals, such as guppies. Of course, in some of today’s cultures, a summer tan is also considered sexy, and here the study may provide some positive news: Modern variants of HERC2 can also make it easier to turn one’s skin golden brown in the sun.last_img read more