‘Gordon’ washes out Sunman Fall Festival for 2018

first_imgSunman, In. — Due to the current weather forecast, the Sunman Fall Festival has been canceled for this year. Sunman Area Chamber of Commerce president Natasha Bischoff says, The fireworks are an important part of the festival and they want to be sure the entire festival is available to the public.”The raffle drawing will now be held during the annual chamber dinner on Friday, November 9. Tickets are available for sale up until the event. For more information please call 812-623-4553.last_img

Offensive line, running game down in this week’s stock watch

first_img Published on October 16, 2019 at 12:33 pm Contact Eric: erblack@syr.edu | @esblack34 Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse’s struggles with consistency continued as the Orange (3-3, 0-2 Atlantic Coast) fell to North Carolina State (4-2, 1-1), 16-10, last Thursday at Carter-Finley Stadium.SU’s offense failed to score until there were just 54 seconds left in the third quarter. It did have a chance to win the game with one last drive late in the fourth, but the Orange offense again sputtered out and dropped Syracuse to .500 overall and winless in conference play. SU was strong on the other side of the ball, holding the Wolfpack to just 16 points. It extended its takeaway streak to 20 games, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the ineptness shown on offense.Here’s whose stock is up or down after Syracuse’s disappointing loss to NC State. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textVideo Playerhttp://dailyorange.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/SOC_SU_Andrew.mp4Error loading this resource00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Armstrong turned in the best performance of his Syracuse career against the Wolfpack, tallying a career-high 14 tackles in addition to two tackles for loss and an interception down the stretch. He was key to SU’s overall dominant defensive performance and made a number of big stops from sideline-to-sideline, including a tackle in the second quarter that may have prevented a touchdown. Later on in the second half when the Wolfpack were deep in Syracuse territory, Armstrong read a screen perfectly and picked off the pass, the second interception of his career. While Armstrong and Evan Foster were partly responsible for allowing the lone touchdown of the game — a trick wide receiver pass — the two and head coach Dino Babers chalked up the score to timely, smart play calling. Otherwise, the defense, led in large part by Armstrong, limited the damage and kept Syracuse’s offense in the game.Syracuse’s defense held firm on third downs and red zone opportunities. After struggling on third down during its three-game stretch against Maryland, Clemson and Western Michigan, SU has shown significant improvement during its past two contests, limiting Holy Cross (four-for-18) and NC State (four-for-15) to lower numbers. It forced the Wolfpack to punt the ball six times to Syracuse, which actually had more possession time than NC State. The Orange’s red zone defense, which now ranks tied for 27th in the country in terms of efficiency, also stepped up against the Wolfpack by limiting them to a pair of field goals on their two opportunities. It was by no means perfect, as SU still allowed NC State to score and had both an unsportsmanlike penalty and dropped interception in the end zone, but in a game in which just 26 total points were scored, the Orange were elite defensively.The up-and-down play of Syracuse’s running back core continued on Thursday, as Moe Neal, Abdul Adams and Jarveon Howard combined for just 54 yards on 21 carries. Taking into account the yards lost on the eight times Tommy DeVito was sacked, the Orange rushed for 41 yards on 37 attempts. It marks the third game this season in which they’ve run for 70 yards or fewer. In its other three games this year, Syracuse has averaged 197.6 yards per contest. With a struggling offensive line and little to no downfield passing game, SU often faced stacked boxes and holes that closed just as they appeared.After a two-game stretch in which SU briefly gave DeVito some breathing room in the pocket and allowed just three sacks, the Orange offensive line showed their true form against the Wolfpack. DeVito, who already appeared somewhat banged up and looked hesitant to get hit, was sacked eight times and scrambled from the pocket seemingly every other play. He’s now been sacked 25 times this season, fourth-most in the country, and looks agitated whenever the pocket begins to collapse on him. That’s resulted in an inconsistent passing attack and completely negated DeVito’s running ability, all the while allowing teams to focus on stopping the run. At the midway point of the season, the only thing that’s clear about this Syracuse team is that it’s nowhere near as good as last year’s iteration. The Orange have yet to put together more than two games of consistent play and already have as many conference losses as they did last year, with a home matchup looming on Friday in which they’re an underdog against Pittsburgh. Against NC State, Syracuse had the chance to prove that it was still one of the better teams in the ACC. Instead, it showed that it was in the lower tier of teams in the conference. At the beginning of the season, reasonable expectations had the Orange expanding on their first 10-win season since 2001. Now, they’ll have to scratch and claw to make a bowl game. Commentslast_img read more

Update Karolinska Institute clears trachea surgeon of misconduct charges

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Countrycenter_img The Karolinska Institute in Stockholm has decided that surgeon Paolo Macchiarini is not guilty of scientific misconduct in his treatment of three patients with tissue-engineered tracheae. The decision, announced this morning by Vice-Chancellor Anders Hamsten, disagrees with the conclusion of a report by an independent investigator, released in May, which did find that Macchiarini had committed misconduct.”I and my team are not guilty of anything. Not having falsified anything, not having embellished or withheld anything,” Macchiarini says. “The sense of innocence is prevailing.” Macchiarini, a visiting professor at Karolinska, led teams that transplanted artificial tracheae into three patients at the institute’s hospitals. The patients had suffered damage to their tracheae because of cancer or side effects from another surgery. The tracheae were made of a polymer scaffold that was seeded with the patients’ own stem cells. The stem cells were supposed to grow into and over the scaffold to create a functional trachea. The first patient survived for 2 years after the operation. The second patient died a few months after receiving his transplant; the cause of his death was never made public. The third patient has been in intensive care at Karolinska since receiving her transplant in August 2012.In August 2014, several doctors at Karolinska filed official complaints against Macchiarini, charging that the description of the patients’ condition in six scientific papers left out complications and that medical records did not substantiate the positive description of the graft’s development in the patients. They also challenged the results reported in one animal study of the technique. And they raised questions about whether Macchiarini had obtained proper ethical permits for the surgeries.In response to the complaints, Karolinska commissioned an independent investigator, Bengt Gerdin, a professor emeritus of surgery at Uppsala University in Sweden, to examine the case. He concluded that there were significant discrepancies between the available medical records and the published results, and that the discrepancies constituted misconduct. He also said there were serious questions about the ethical permission for the surgeries, but left that to a separate investigation by Swedish medical authorities.Hamsten’s decision takes into account Macchiarini’s rebuttal to the investigator’s report as well as additional testimony by doctors outside Sweden who had treated some of the patients. “The statements submitted by Macchiarini and many of his co-authors convincingly contest the essentials of the complainants’ criticisms and Gerdin’s assessment of the key issues that form the basis of his conclusion that scientific misconduct has been committed,” the decision says. “The main issues addressed … have been satisfactorily countered by Macchiarini and his co-authors, and so there is nothing to support the complainant’s suspicions of scientific misconduct.” Hamsten told ScienceInsider that it was unfortunate that Macchiarini had not submitted the materials sooner. “From the university side, we are very impressed with the meticulousness and structure of Gerdin’s report. But he did not at that point in time have all the relevant information.”Gerdin says he has not yet read the material submitted in response to his report. But he says the process was flawed, in that it allowed Macchiarini to pull “aces from his sleeve” after the external investigation was complete. That seriously undermined the impartiality of the investigation, he says. “It’s a meaningless process” to commission an independent external reviewer if the final decision is based on documents available only to Karolinska officials, he says.Gerdin adds that he assumed that all of the records relevant to the papers would be available in Macchiarini’s department, because he was the lead author—not at doctors’ offices abroad. Hamsten says that was a fair assumption. “Good research practice requires that all the documentation should be assembled in one place,” he says. (Karolinska has also posted Hamsten’s responses to frequently asked questions about the investigation at this link.)The Karolinksa decision does find some fault with Macchiarini. “Certain circumstances that have arisen during the inquiry concerning Professor Macchiarini’s work show, however, that it does not meet the university’s high quality standards in every respect.” It says the vice-chancellor will meet with several heads of departments and Macchiarini to decide on further measures. Hamsten says that will include submitting errata on several of the papers in question. Macchiarini told ScienceInsider that he does not think any errata are necessary, but that the final decision will be up to editors of the journals involved.Karolinska will also “review its procedures, rules and support structures for clinical studies, clinical therapies and clinical trials” to better coordinate between the institute and its university hospital, and it will also write new guidelines to govern the division between clinical application and research on experimental therapies. “It’s a very complicated area, and the regulations aren’t entirely clear,” Hamsten says.A separate investigation of complaints brought against Macchiarini by trachea surgeon Pierre Delaere at UZ Leuven in Belgium was completed by Karolinska’s ethics council in April. It found that the complaints could be explained by a difference of scientific opinion between the two researchers and concluded there was no evidence of misconduct by Macchiarini. Local prosecutors are still investigating charges related to the case, based on referrals by the Swedish Medical Products Agency and the Health and Social Care Inspectorate.Macchiarini says that a clinical trial he was conducting in Russia with engineered tracheae has been put on hold. “We are trying to improve the technology,” he says. “As soon as it is improved we will continue the trial.”*Update, 28 August, 1:36 p.m.: This item has been updated to include comments from sources involved in the investigation.last_img read more