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New York comedian brings light to Governor Cuomo’s daily briefings

By on December 8, 2020

first_imgThe first briefing she saw, Governor Cuomo began talking about his daughter’s boyfriend. “As a comedian I was feeling, and as a person, how am I useful right now? What can I do?” said DeCotis. “Just for people to have a small sense of relief that’s not at the expense of anyone is a small part of something I could do to help people right now.” Maria DeCotis started watching the governor’s news conferences when she picked up on something. One New York comedian is taking advantage of that. “Maybe I can just use the words he already has then just match it with something visually that’s telling a different story,” she said. “I just thought it was hilarious and I knew I wanted to do something with it but I was like, I shouldn’t write a script, what he said was already so perfect, I don’t really know how to heighten this any further. What he said as is was perfect so I didn’t want to touch it,” she said. Her videos have even given her a new purpose. Since she posted her first video in early May, DeCotis has grabbed the attention of thousands, even the governors. Being a comedian, DeCotis knew she had to act on the opportunity. All to help lighten up a dark situation.center_img That’s how DeCotis came up with the idea to create lip syncing videos. “The response was positive from the governor, that he liked my videos, so that was pretty exciting,” said DeCotis. It led to creating more videos over the weeks, to provide New Yorkers with laughs in a time they’re needed most. (WBNG) — Governor Andrew Cuomo enters the living rooms of thousands of New Yorkers daily with his televised briefings. “I just noticed here and there he would say silly things and he has a really funny dynamic with his brother,” said DeCotis. While he mostly talks about the pandemic, he’s known to occasionally go off on some tangents. “I think the main reaction was people being like, ‘Oh my goodness I really needed to laugh. I really needed this today, I’ve been feeling so heavy, this was such a light part of my day,'” said DeCotis. To see all of DeCotis’ videos, you can check out her Twitter or Instagram.last_img read more

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Squirrels a feature of local hikes

By on January 11, 2020

first_img To post your own stories and photos, log on to valleynews.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! And here you thought they were just another cute little helpless critter. Our next Bird Hike is scheduled at Towsley Canyon on Saturday, April 21, from 8 to 10 a.m. Towsley Canyon is located on the Old Road, west of Interstate 5 and about a quarter-mile south of the Calgrove exit. You can listen to stories like this every Friday morning at 7:10 a.m. on “The Hike Report,” brought to you by radio station KHTS (AM 1220) and by the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority. For our complete hike and activity schedule and for trail maps, go to www.lamountains.com. To see what’s playing on radio station KHTS, go to www.hometownstation.com or tune in to AM 1220. Last week I took a short trip into Towsley Canyon, where I found the ground alongside the road was so pock-marked with holes that it looked as though someone had attacked it with a giant 3-hole punch. California ground squirrels made these 4-inch holes, which serve as entrances to their underground burrows. Their burrows are located 2-4 feet beneath the surface of the soil and may be 5-30 feet or more in length. Each burrow may have more than one entrance. Within this system of burrows, a colony of ground squirrels sleep, store food, rear their young and hide from predators. Ground squirrels are diurnal, which means they are active during the day. On a warm spring day, especially in the mid-morning or early afternoon, you can find them out and about, munching on grasses. As the season progresses, they switch to seeds and nuts, or maybe an occasional insect. But they won’t go too far from their holes – maybe a radius of 75 yards. You see, red-tailed hawks are out and about, too, and the ground squirrel will flee to the safety of its den when threatened by a raptor. But ground squirrels do not always flee from a predator. If a California ground squirrel finds a rattlesnake nearby, sometimes it will harass the snake by running around the snake, kicking sand at it, and biting the snake’s tail. But a ground squirrel’s most amazing defense takes advantage of the rattlesnake’s ability to sense infrared radiation. The ground squirrel will shunt blood to its tail, making it warmer by up to 2 degrees Celsius, and then wave its tail back and forth in front of the snake. Scientists describe this behavior as “flagging.” They are not sure whether the hot tail confuses the snake or mimics the signal from another threatening animal. Either way, this time it’s the snake that flees, not the ground squirrel. last_img read more

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Kepa vs Alisson vs Leno – which keeper has been the best summer signing so far?

By on December 26, 2019

first_img Clean sheets revealed An unprecedented amount of money was spent on goalkeepers in the Premier League in the summer latest Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update His level of importance will rise if he can continue to impress though.Alisson is vital to Liverpool, however. Despite his tendency to commit sloppy mistakes, his presence has restored some order from the dark days of Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius being the No.1.Liverpool’s defence appears to be more relaxed with Alisson behind them too.VERDICTIt’s clear the stats look better on Kepa but these do not always paint a full picture of how he’s performed. These stats certainly suggest Kepa is performing the best. He has kept one more clean sheet than Alisson and has played the same number of games as the Reds stopper.Kepa has also conceded fewer goals than Alisson. Leno only has three clean sheets to his name but has played fewer games.However, if the German is to keep going at the same rate then his clean sheet rate and goals conceded rate will be worse than both Kepa and Alisson’s. 5 Goals conceded Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Alisson’s arrival has not put an end to the mistakes in Liverpool’s goalmouth Has Alisson improved Liverpool?IMPORTANCE TO TEAMKepa was a very important recruit following the departure of Thibaut Courtois but to label him as one of Chelsea’s key players would be a stretch.Should Kepa ever get injured, the Blues have Willy Caballero ready to step in. Losing the likes of Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kante, Jorginho or Cesar Azpilicueta would be much more of a concern for Maurizio Sarri.Leno arguably has similar importance to the Gunners fold as Kepa has too. He was needed to gradually replace an ageing Petr Cech but Leno’s absence would not be a disaster for Arsenal. BEST OF Kepa:          9 in 16 gamesAlisson:          8 in 16 gamesLeno:              3 in 9 games He also conceded an embarrassing goal during the Reds’ 2-1 win away to Leicester in September. Fortunately for him, it did not cost his side any points. tense The summer transfer window saw three of the so-called ‘Big Six’ Premier League teams splash out big money on new goalkeepers.Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal spent a combined total of £157.9million on bringing Kepa Arrizabalaga, Alisson Becker and Bernd Leno to England. Kepa:          9Alisson:          10Leno:              8 scrap Alisson’s all-round game makes him the most important keeper gameday cracker Alisson’s £67m transfer to Merseyside in July was a record fee for a glovesman, only for that to be surpassed a matter of weeks later when Kepa completed his move to Stamford Bridge for a whopping £71.6m.Meanwhile, Leno joined Arsenal for the cheapest price of £19.3m – still a sizeable amount for a goalkeeper.So how have the trio performed at their respective clubs?talkSPORT has gathered the evidence to see whether Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal have acquired duds or studs.STATS The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade LATEST MISTAKESWhen a goalkeeper makes a mistake, it’s likely to directly lead to a goal. Therefore, an ability to not make any errors is the mark of a great keeper.Again, Kepa comes out on top with only one slight mistake so far – letting Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s long-range shot squirm under his hands during Chelsea’s 3-2 victory over Arsenal.Leno has only made one small error which led to James Milner striking a loose ball home during the Gunners’ 1-1 draw at home to Liverpool earlier this month.The error count does not look too kindly on Alisson, however, with mistakes against Arsenal and Red Star Belgrade leading to goals. 5 5 Most Read in Football Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Kepa has made fewer mistakes and has the best stats Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Leno came on for Cech during Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over Watford at the end of September RANKED He has more clean sheets than Alisson but as Chelsea are playing in the Europa League and Liverpool are playing in the Champions League, Alisson has generally played against a higher standard of opponent so far.Alisson has made more mistakes than the three keepers but it’s clear there is more of a reliance on him at Liverpool than there is for Kepa and Leno at Chelsea and Arsenal respectively.We’ll have a better idea of how much Leno copes when he faces more top teams later in the campaign but it seems Kepa has generally been the better keeper but Alisson is more important to his team’s set-up than the other two. 5 5last_img read more

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