Glorious, Spring-like Weather Ahead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York While February is traditionally among the coldest times of the year, that doesn’t mean this normally frosty month is immune to extremes.Brace yourselves, Long Islanders: You’re about to confront a significant winter warm-up, with temperatures reaching the 40s and topping off in the mid-50s on Sunday. Put away the snow shovel. Break out the sun block.The upcoming spring-like forecast features sunny skies through President’s Day Weekend and well into next week.This Friday’s outlook calls for sunny skies with a high of 41 before temps take a dive in the evening to the freezing mark.The mercury will shake off the shivers Saturday as mostly sunny skies and temperatures pushing 50 degrees are likely. As the forecast stands, Sunday is expected to be even more glorious: a whopping 55-degree day featuring mostly sunny skies. (Perhaps some golf is in order?)Things are also looking up for President’s Day, which is expected to resemble the weekend’s unseasonably warm forecast.It may not technically be beach weather, but the forecast should bring a wide smile to anyone still reeling from last week’s blizzard, which dumped up to 16 inches of snow on the Island. The first major storm of 2017 was followed up by blustery weather and powerful winds, which temporarily knocked out power to thousands of PSEG Long Island customers.Now we can all talk about the weather with something positive to say. In these politically fraught days, such news is always welcome. Almost like a breath of fresh air.last_img read more

Norris is quickest to Springfield checkers

first_imgAn early restart found Thompson and points runner-up Jody Tillman bringing the pack to the green. Derek Watson was quick to join the top duo as Norris was searching to see where his car was working best. Norris decided on lap 15 it was time to go as the Arkansas hard charger made quick work of both Watson and Tillman and closed the ground on the leader. Thompson stayed on the extreme top side as Norris worked the middle groove and as the white flag flew, Norris was only a car length behind. By Ronnie Williams After getting dialed in, first-time visitor Clay Norris drove to the Saturday night IMCA Modified vic­tory at Springfield Raceway. (Photo by ShowMeDirt.com) Going into turn three, Thompson made a small bobble and Norris made the most of it as he pulled even with Thompson in turn four as both drivers gave each other plenty of room. SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (June 8) – Searcy, Ark., resident and current Batesville Motor Speedway IMCA Modified point leader Clay Norris made his first-ever visit to The “Quick-Quarter” of the Spring­field Raceway Saturday night. Thompson found the top groove to his liking as he started to pull away from Tillman and Watson while Norris was waiting in the shadows as the feature went caution-free the rest of the distance. The trip paid off as Norris pulled off a last-lap, last-turn pass from race and Bad Boy Mower IMCA Mod­ified point leader James Thompson to become the fifth different feature winner out of seven features on Indigo Casino Raining Money Night at the races before the packed grandstands.  Norris found something extra to lunge ahead of Thompson and cross the line by less than two car lengths to capture the win with Thompson, Tillman, Watson and Mark Norris in the mix for a top five in his first ever visit to the high-banked oval as the track produced outstanding side by side action all night long.last_img read more

UCF’s Josh Heupel on McKenzie Milton: He will play again on the same level

first_imgMcKenzie Milton’s gruesome leg injury at the end of the 2018 season was one of the worst college football has seen in recent history, which left his football future up in the air.More than half a year removed from the emergency surgery the starting quarterback endured, UCF coach Josh Heupel said that not only does he think Milton will return to football, but he will return to his previous form. He was rushed off the field and to the hospital, where a CAT scan revealed he had a torn popliteal artery. Milton underwent surgery immediately.With Milton out this season as he recovers, Notre Dame transfer Brandon Wimbush likely will get the nod to start, especially with Milton’s backup, Darriel Mack Jr., being out indefinitely after he broke his ankle last week.It’s been a rough turn of events for UCF, which had a perfect season in 2017 and was undefeated in the regular season before it lost the Fiesta Bowl to LSU in the postseason. Despite the turn of events, the Golden Knights believe they can continue being college football’s dark horse and compete at an elite level. Big 12 says ‘Horns Down’ symbol only OK in certain situations “There’s still things that he’s got to get back to make it all the way back,” Heupel told Yahoo Sports. “I really do believe he’s going to play again and play at the same level, if not better, than he already was.”It was during Central Florida’s regular season finale against South Florida when a USF player hit the quarterback in the leg with his helmet. Milton crumpled with his leg dangling awkwardly at an unnatural angle. Related News “We’re going to build a monster in Orlando at UCF, and we’re going to be a major player in college football,” UCF athletic director Danny White said. “Whatever college football looks like.”Milton addressed his recovery in April and said it’s been hard to go from completely mobile to being able to walk just a few steps at a time. However, he said he felt he was going to take the field again, too.”As for playing again, it’s going to take divine intervention, which has already taken place, considering the best-case scenarios,” Milton wrote for ESPN. “I tore only two of the four ligaments that usually get torn when you dislocate your knee. My blood’s flowing great. The nerve’s coming back, so that’s already happening. But what it’s going to take from me is busting my butt, listening to our medical staff. It’s going to be the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but it’s worth it.”last_img read more

Even four months late and closed to public, Opening Day remains a ‘sacred’ tradition in Cincinnati

first_imgIn the years between Bill Wherle becoming an adult (meaning he was earning his own money and could spend it as he wished) and a serious adult (meaning he and his wife had twin girls), he made certain each year to be among those who camped out overnight to be near the front of the line to purchase tickets. He was there every year for more than a decade, whether the weather offered a beautiful pre-spring night or an ugly extension of winter cold.This is not all that curious, except Wherle and his friends were not seeking tickets to a U2 concert. They were hoping to get in to see a baseball game. MORE: Opening Day MLB Power Rankings: Reds could surpriseCrazy, right? Except this never was a mere baseball game. This was Opening Day in Cincinnati, which is a combination of religious observance, community celebration, heritage festival and unofficial — though many have pushed for it to be granted governmental sanction — civic holiday.“I know a lot of people who consider Opening Day their favorite holiday — not Christmas, not Halloween,” Wherle, senior corporate communications specialist at Syneos Health, told Sporting News. “Everybody’s a contender on Opening Day. People here are realistic, know we’re not going to contend every year. But on Opening Day, everybody has a shot.“You lived here long enough to know how parochial we are. We were first. We had the first big league team. We take great pride in that.”You could spend a significant portion of your life in Cincinnati and never fully understand the Opening Day phenomenon. I know, because I did. I lived there for 18 years, even grew to become a fan of the Reds, but the obsession with Opening Day remained a mystery.Wherle worked for my wife at Dan Pinger Public Relations for seven years, and when I heard he’d be camping out for tickets, my reaction always was something along the lines of Doesn’t he know there’ll be another 80 games just like this one?This assertion was horribly inaccurate, of course. There is no other baseball game like Opening Day in Cincinnati. And there never has been an Opening Day like the one that will arrive Friday, 121 days late.The first pitch at Great American Ball Park is scheduled for 6:10 p.m., not the normal afternoon start. There will be no fans allowed inside. It will be the first of a 60-game season in which every result will be intensified. There will be no official march through the streets. Cincinnati’s Opening Day Parade, sponsored by the downtown shopping area known as Findlay Market, is a 100-year tradition that was supposed to turn 101 this past spring. That will have to wait until next year. Hopefully.“I know that waking up on Friday morning will feel a little different. Because it’s July,” said Lindsay Patterson, a lifelong Cincinnatian who works in the city’s media, primarily covering FC Cincinnati and the Bengals. “It’s going to be a hot summer night. But I know it’ll still feel like the start of baseball season, and special, because it always is.”MORE: Stars, storylines and stuff to watch during 2020 MLB seasonCincinnati’s baseball history is unique. The birth of the professional game can be traced directly to the Cincinnati Red Stockings fielding 10 professional players in a perfect 57-0 season in 1869. Major League Baseball celebrated its centennial 100 years after that event, rather than the 1876 establishment of the National League. Wherever big league baseball has gone since, Cincinnati is where it began.It was customary for years that the Reds would be the first MLB team to open, a source of pride removed in the 1990s when nationally televised night openers were scheduled elsewhere, in advance of the Reds’ first game. They still are the one team that, under ordinary circumstances, always opens at home. And, in this extraordinary situation, MLB smartly chose to honor that tradition when it established the 60-game, regionally oriented schedule comprising the 2020 season.“The Reds are — and I’ve always said this, much to the chagrin of Bengals fans in this town — the Reds are woven into the fabric of this city. They are in the DNA,” Lance McAllister, host of the nightly “Sports Talk” program on radio station WLW, told SN. “The pride of this city comes from being the city that had the dynasty of the Big Red Machine to the underdog of the ’90 Reds. And that pride is reset on Opening Day.“For everything we go through during the winter — the snow, the cold, the many difficult Bengals seasons — to get to that point of Opening Day kind of resets the optimism. We’re a city that’s very aware of how we’re perceived by everyone else on the outside. Once we were the epicenter of baseball; the Game of the Week was always in Cincinnati. The Reds were on the cover of Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News, Baseball Digest. As years went on, it became more about big markets, big dollars, and we kind of lost the glitter.“We were always the first team that threw the very first pitch. There was so much pride in that. As that kind of slipped away, and we got kind of pushed to the back, I think we just cling to the fact: All right, forget about the outside world, we have it as ours in this city. Now, in most years, as the big 162 is about to begin: This is who we are, throw that first pitch and let’s go. And as I say that, the hair is standing up on my arms.”When 247 Sports basketball recruiting analyst Brian Snow was growing up in the Cincinnati area, through kindergarten and grade school he remembered, “There would be just a parade of kids leaving school early. It was just accepted: It’s Opening Day.“Cincinnati is a big city with a small-town mindset. With the Reds being the first Major League team, and Cincinnati identifying as a baseball town, it’s just kind of the thing. It’s a big city with a small-town mindset. People always gravitate to the Reds for that reason, and that continues from generation to generation because a lot of Cincinnatians stick around from generation to generation.”MORE: World Series odds, best player prop bets for 2020The city of Dayton, Ky., tucked into a bend on the Ohio River, is just a long walk away from Great American Ball Park. Its mayor, Ben Baker, is a massive Reds fans who clearly understands the importance of Opening Day to his community. He declared in February that Opening Day, March 26, would be a city holiday. When that date was swallowed by the COVID-19 pandemic, he told his staff the holiday would apply if there were an actual Opening Day in 2020.So they’re all off on Friday, even though the first pitch won’t be thrown during normal office hours. Across the river, many employers who face trouble getting employees to show up for work on Opening Day have requested the city of Cincinnati consider making it a holiday, but as of now Dayton believes it is the only community that has made it official.“Obviously, it doesn’t have as much resonance because there is no parade. That’s sort of the intention behind it, to celebrate Reds history and allow the city staff to go out and watch the parade and plan things around watching the game,” city administrator Michael Giffen told SN. “This is something that Cincinnatians, and the hardcore Cincinnati fans, they kind of hold sacred. They’re very proud of the kind of foundation Cincinnati has played in professional baseball.“The mayor talked about it in theory, then decided this city should take the next step and honor those beliefs. He does want to honor it this Friday, and hopefully a little more traditionally next spring.”This Reds season is expected to be different than the half-dozen that preceded it, the team averaging a 70-92 record and fifth-place finish in the NL Central from 2014 to 2019. (Yep, there are five teams in the division.)The starting rotation was ranked No. 3 in the majors by MLB.com. The Reds signed outfielder Nicholas Castellanos, coming off a 27-homer season, and infielder Mike Moustakas, who hit 35 last year in Milwaukee and earned a 2015 World Series ring as an All-Star with the Royals. They also brought in outfielder Shogo Akiyama from the Japan Pacific League, the plan being to make him the team’s leadoff hitter.“Of course, any season, it could be MLB, NFL, Major League Soccer, that first game of the season you’re like: Yep, still have a chance. Even if they didn’t have the roster,” Patterson said. “What the Reds were able to do in the offseason was exciting. The expectations, with the national media talking about the rotation, when you hear the positives from this team …“There are some negative sports fans out there saying, ‘I don’t know. It won’t be the same. There’s only 60 regular-season games. Are you really going to remember it?’ How could you forget this season? If you find a way to win when you’re dealing with a pandemic and you’ve gone through a summer camp, a shortened second spring training, and you find a way to put it all together with some new additions you really haven’t had a chance to build more chemistry with, it’s one to remember forever.”This isn’t one Bill Wherle is likely to forget. It will be the first without his father, who died in early July, after a long illness. All those years Bill was camping out to get tickets, including the year when the temperature plunged to 11 degrees, one seat would be for him, the other for his dad. James Wherle wasn’t much for spending money on game tickets, but there was that one time, when Bill was a high school freshman, that a vendor got them tickets and Bill got to skip class and join his dad for the trip to Riverfront Stadium.The notion of baseball as a generational pursuit, passed from parents to children and then to their children and so on, is as alive in Cincinnati as anywhere in the country.Wherle wishes his father had baseball to help pass the time during his final days. Were it not for the pandemic, the Reds would be 90-some games into whatever this season might bring. “It’s bittersweet,” Bill said. “Of course everybody misses the things that make Opening Day uniquely Cincinnati. But it’s also about the love of baseball and part of our heritage; that at least is going to happen. Every time you have to cross something off the calendar that’s not going to happen because of the pandemic, it takes a little out of you.”A while back, in a season that began on time and was greeted by an army of spectators across the continent, a friend of his from St. Louis boasted he had gotten tickets to go see the Cardinals at Busch Stadium on Opening Day.“I told him, ‘No, you’re just going to the first game of the season,’” Wherle said. “Opening Day only happens in Cincinnati.”last_img read more

TCTV’s SHOW OFF! Talent Contest Selects Finalists

first_imgFacebook9Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by TCTVA one-man-band, jazz dancers, vocalists, baton twirlers, a rock band, and a girl with a green cup as a percussion instrument are among acts featured in the 2013 TCTV SHOW OFF! Talent Contest.The SHOW OFF! final competition is Sunday, April 14 at 2 PM at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts.  Admission is FREE to the public.    The performers, spanning ages 9 to 50+ were selected from 29 acts that tried out on March 9th.The SHOW OFF! final competition will be carried LIVE on TCTV cable channel 22 & 77 in Thurston County, and streamed to a world wide audience on the Internet at www.tctv.net.   A stellar panel of judges will select a Judges Choice winner at the end of the show on April 14th.SHOW OFF!  is a fund raiser for TCTV.  The generosity of the audience determines the Audience Choice winner.  Every $1 donated to TCTV by the viewing audience will be counted as a vote for the donor’s favorite act.  The SHOW OFF! Final Competition program will be replayed several times between April 14th and April 20th so the viewing audience can watch and vote for the Audience Choice winner.   You can vote for your favorite act at www.tctv.net.  The Audience Choice Award will be announced at 7:00 PM on Saturday, April 20, 2013 during a LIVE program from the TCTV studios.Proceeds from SHOW OFF! support TCTV’s ongoing community media and training programs.This is the fourth year TCTV has produced SHOW OFF! Talent Contest.  Past winners include a 12-year old singer from Yakima, a doo-wop vocal group from Capital Playhouse, a mother-daughter interpretive sign-language performance and a 9-year old girl drummer.last_img read more

West Ham forward Zarate joins QPR on loan

first_img Mauro Zarate in action for West Ham 1 West Ham forward Mauro Zarate has joined Queens Park Rangers on loan.The Argentine failed to make any major impact under Sam Allardyce, following his move to Upton Park last summer, and has fallen down the pecking order behind Andy Carroll, Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho.The forward was the top scorer for Vélez Sársfield last season with 13 goals in 19 appearances and is keen to get back among the goals.And having struggled to break into the first-team at West Ham, Zarate knows this is the perfect chance for him to showcase his talents under Harry Redknapp at Loftus Road after he put pen to paper on a deal until the end of the season.Zarate said: “I am happy. I need this, I need to play and Queens Park Rangers have given me this chance to show what I can do.“The Premier League is the best in the world at this moment. Does my style suit the Premier League? Maybe. We will see!“When I met the manager he told me he wanted to sign me for Portsmouth before, but in that moment I went to Lazio. But now I am here and will play for him.“I will try to do different things with the ball, some skills to make the difference for the team, for me and for the other players. I am fit and I hope I can be involved on Saturday.”Redknapp says he been a big fan of Zarate since he played at Birmingham and is thrilled to have clinched his signature.Redknapp said: “We’re really pleased to bring Mauro in. He’s a good footballer, someone with great ability who can play as a number 10.“I first saw him when he was on loan at Birmingham quite a few years back and I actually tried to take him to Portsmouth back then.“He’s a more-than capable player, he’s already shown that, and hopefully he can come in here and do well for us.”last_img read more

FOUL PLAY NOT SUSPECTED AFTER BODY FOUND CLOSE TO DONEGAL MART

first_imgThe body of a man in his early 20s has been found close to the mart in Donegal Town.The body was found over the weekend.Gardai do not suspect foul play and are not seeking to speak to anybody in connection with the discovery.  FOUL PLAY NOT SUSPECTED AFTER BODY FOUND CLOSE TO DONEGAL MART was last modified: April 20th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bodyDonegal MartDonegal TownGardailast_img read more

Public urged to remain vigilant as Storm Atiyah strikes

first_imgDonegal County Council is urging the public to remain vigilant as Storm Atiyah passes across the western seaboard today and into this evening.Met Eireann has issued a status OrangeWind warning for Donegal and all counties along the western seaboard from 9am today until 6am on Monday morning and a Yellow weather alert for rain in Donegal valid until 6pm this evening. Earlier today Met Eireann increased the warning status for Kerry to red.Donegal County Council’s Severe Weather Assessment Team is currently monitoring the advice from the National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management (NDFEM) and weather forecasts from Met Éireann and the Council remains in a state of readiness to deal with any incidents arising from the storm. However to date there has been no storm related call outs for the Fire Service in Donegal and reports of only a small number of fallen trees that Council crews have responded to.The Council is urging the public to keep up to date with the weather forecasts and to take the necessary precautions to stay safe and protect property during this weather event.Keep up to date on Council services by registering at www.mapalerter.com/donegal or by following Donegal County Council on Facebook @donegalcoco or on Twitter @DonegalCouncil .During office hours you can contact theCouncil on 074 91 53900 and in the event of an out of hours emergency call 074 91 72288. Public urged to remain vigilant as Storm Atiyah strikes was last modified: December 8th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The Deets: Nick Bosa’s already the 49ers’ best defender and Dee Ford is nearing “bust” territory

first_imgConsidering how fast media and fans want to hand out grades following the NFL Draft, I don’t feel at all premature in making a declaration:Nick Bosa, the No. 2 overall pick in last April’s NFL Draft, has been an A-plus pick for the 49ers.Yes, he’s only played three games, but what more do you need to see to know that he was the best possible selection the 49ers could have made in the spring?And this might put me out on a limb, but as I argued on KNBR Tonight on Monday, the rookie has been …last_img

What Makes You Human?

first_imgIf you are a war-mongering beast who likes to burn things, you’re displaying your evolutionary past.  That’s what a couple of news reports are claiming.  New Scientist has a review of two books: Fire: The spark that ignited human evolution by Frances D. Burton, and Catching Fire: How cooking made us human by Richard Wrangham.  Saswato R. Das got the message.  He entitled his review, “How Fire Made Us Human.”  Here comes the synopsis in the form of a just-so story:Anthropologist Frances Burton suggests that taming fire led to the evolution of modern humans.  Millions of years ago, our ape-like ancestors may have overcome their fear of fire to pick at found delicacies – maybe an animal accidentally cooked in a forest fire.  Over time, they learned how to keep a flame going by feeding it twigs, how to use fire to thwart predators and how to harness it for heat and light.  This familiarity with fire, Burton argues, changed the hormonal cycles that depend on light and darkness: light from nightly bonfires may have caused a change in the nocturnal flow of melatonin.  Over time, this changed the rates and patterns of our ancestors’ growth, and the regulation and activation of genes, leading ultimately to us.Das did not explain why no apes have been found repeating this experience in recent times.  Regarding the second book, Das said that “Wrangham builds a compelling case” that cooking turned an ape into a human, “although archaeological proof of his theory has yet to be found.”  Das ended with colorful prose: “These fascinating books show how the biological evolution of human beings may not have been a matter of biology alone, and why, as Wrangham writes, ‘we humans are the cooking apes, the creatures of the flame.’”    Dan Jones wrote for Nature that “War and migration may have shaped human behaviour.”  Reviewing other anthropologists’ work, he explains that make love, not war is a false dilemma: it was making war that led to human altruism.  Here came his just-so story: “intergroup conflict would have been common among our hunter-gatherer ancestors, and estimates that it accounted for roughly 14% of all deaths – much higher than the mortality rate seen in wars of recent history,” he said, without explaining where he got the statistics.  “Under these conditions, [Samuel] Bowles [Santa Fe Institute] shows that even costly group-beneficial altruism and cooperation could be favoured.”  His theory relies on group selection – a controversial theory among evolutionists.  Adam Powell [University College London], by contrast, looks to human migration as most influential for human culture and behavior.  Chris Stringer [Natural History Museum, London] called this a “nice bit of work” but was “not convinced it is the whole story” that explains what makes us human.  None of these evolutionists attempted to explain why warring chimpanzees have not started an Ape Red Cross, let alone built a fire or cooked their meals after all these millions of years.1.  Dan Jones, “War and migration may have shaped human behavior,” Nature 4 June 2009 | Nature | doi:10.1038/news.2009.546.Evolutionary anthropology should not be understood as following the scientific method to achieve conclusions that are observable, testable, repeatable, falsifiable or any of that good stuff you associate with the word science.  No; it is the endless quest for a good story (see 12/22/2003 commentary).  Since the storytelling rules eliminate design as a possibility (see Brett Miller cartoon), you can be sure the stories will be funny.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more