Time is Money: PCMag.com Names the Fastest ISPs in AmericaVermont ranked fourth slowestNew York, NY (December 2, 2008)-In a world where time equals money, slow Internet connections have real-life business and quality-of-life implications. Fiber optic connections have proven themselves the fastest way online, but they’re still rare-and expensive. Which Internet service providers (ISPs) offer the fastest broadband? And in which state? After conducting over 200,000 individual tests as part of its third annual study, PCMag.com found that Verizon’s FiOS fiber-optic connections are indeed the fastest overall service, and Cablevision’s Optimum Online proved itself the fastest cable ISP in the United States. Likewise, Nevada, Virginia, and Pennsylvania are home to the fastest surf speeds-the full state ranking is below. PCMag.com’s “Best ISPs in America” list hits PCMag.com on December 2.To uncover the nation’s best ISPs, PCMag utilized the custom-designed SurfSpeed application (a utility that grabs pages from several popular Web sites to measure actual Internet surfing speed) and pored through data from over 17,000 profiles (that is, unique IP addresses).Cable vs. DSL: DSL and cable lines were for a time synonymous in people’s minds, but cable has clearly taken off in terms of sheer speed. Cable connections are 47 percent faster than DSLs. Cablevision’s Optimum Online tops the list, with an average nationwide SurfSpeed of 839 Kbps. And 61 percent of users declared themselves satisfied with the service. Even the slowest cable service provider (Earthlink, averaging 565 Kbps) was faster than some DSL providers, from CenturyTel at 520 Kbps down to Alltell’s measly 357. FrontierNet is the fastest DSL provider in the nation, averaging SufSpeeds of 724 Kbps. And, perhaps most importantly, just 27 percent of DSL users reported themselves satisfied.State by State: Analyzing regions offers insight and challenges, but the region with the fastest Internet service-the West-is just 14 Kbps faster than the slowest, the South at 551 Kbps. The difference between states, on the other hand, is shocking, with No. 1 Nevada offering residents Internet more than twice as fast as bottom-ranked New Mexico.The PCMag Fastest ISPs in America 2008 – State Ranking:RankingStateSurfSpeed (Kbps)1Nevada7812Virginia7653Pennsylvania7474New Jersey7275Connecticut7166New York7147Nebraska7078Oklahoma6959Massachusetts69510Maryland69111Illinois68112Georgia67913California66614Oregon66515Delaware64616Washington62517New Hampshire61518Minnesota60919Texas60520Ohio60021North Dakota59322Colorado56423Florida56224South Dakota56025Alabama55626Kentucky54727Michigan54428Missouri53929North Carolina53430Kansas52831Indiana52432Utah51733Rhode Island51634Arizona50535Tennessee47436Louisiana47037Idaho46138South Carolina45739Montana45540Maine42741West Virginia41742Mississippi41343Alaska40244Arkansas40245Wisconsin40246Iowa39847Vermont39148Wyoming37949Hawaii37850New Mexico322National avg557About the PCMag Digital NetworkThe PCMag Digital Network (www.PCMag.com(link is external)) is one of the world’s best-known publishers of leading technology-based digital content products. Its flagship property, PCMag.com, delivers comprehensive labs-based product reviews and the world-renowned PCMag Editors’ Choice Awards, the most trusted buying recommendations for technology products and services across the globe.Reaching more than seven million highly engaged technology buyers and influencers, PCMag Digital Network provides contextual marketing solutions that drive results. Brands within the Network also include ExtremeTech, Gearlog, Appscout, Smart Device Central, GoodCleanTech, DL.TV, Cranky Geeks, and PCMagCast. The Network’s content is delivered worldwide to readers across a multiple platform of Web sites, e-newsletters, Webcasts, broadband video, software downloads and RSS feeds to users in more than 20 countries.# # #
No winner has been declared in the race because thousands of absentee ballots have not been counted. The Broome County Board of Elections said there are more than 17,000 ballots that have not yet been counted. The 22nd Congressional District consists of multiple counties ranging from the New York/Pennsylvania state border to the southern shores of Lake Ontario. Tenney is trying to unseat democratic incumbent Rep. Anthony Brindisi, who won the election in 2018. Tenney leads the current race by more than 28,000 votes, but there are more than 50,000 absentee ballots, according to WKTV. OSWEGO (WBNG) — Claudia Tenney, republican candidate running for the 22nd Congressional District position, has filed a motion that would, if approved, keep all ballots cast in the race secure, according to a WKTV report. The report cites Tenney spokesperson Sean Kennedy, who said the campaign filed a motion in Oswego County Supreme Court. The motion would keep ballots in legal custody, to “ensure a fair counting of all outstanding ballots”.
Since Roche is the only manufacturer of the drug, generic Tamiflu doesn’t exist, said David Elder, head of the Food and Drug Adminstration’s Office of Enforcement, as quoted by Agence France-Presse (AFP). Information on the packages was in Chinese, but it was unclear where the drugs came from, Elder reported. Asian suppliers sent them to individuals who ordered them online, Roxanne Hercules of US Customs and Border Protection told the AP. He added, “There’s been so much excitement about stockpiling of antivirals, that this is going to be the silver bullet, this is going to be the solution to the whole problem. There are uncertainties we have to start communicating, and we haven’t done that.” Stohr said studies show the drug protects about 70% of people from the flu if they take it before being infected, but only about 40% benefit it they take the drug within 48 hours after infection. Nations are investing far more in stockpiling Tamiflu than in developing vaccines that might offer protection from a pandemic virus, Klaus Stohr, head of the WHO’s global influenza program, told Bloomberg in an interview in Washington, DC. “These are people who are trying to profit from heightened concerns about bird flu in this country,” Elder said. Customs officials said the first package was intercepted Nov 26 at a mail facility near San Francisco International Airport, the Associated Press (AP) reported. Agents have seized 51 more packages since then, each containing up to 50 counterfeit capsules labeled as “generic Tamiflu,” the report said. Dec 20, 2005 (CIDRAP News) US customs agents have seized more than 50 shipments of fake oseltamivir (Tamiflu), the antiviral drug being stockpiled in preparation for a possible influenza pandemic, according to reports published yesterday. “Globally it’s unbalanced,” Stohr said. “There would be more bang for the buck if more were invested globally in pandemic vaccine development.” The capsules contained none of oseltamivir’s active ingredients, and officials were running tests to learn what they did contain, the AP reported. Elder said initial tests pointed to vitamin C. In related news, the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) top flu expert warned Dec 16 that governments are counting too heavily on Tamiflu to protect their populations from a flu pandemic, according to Bloomberg News. “At this point, we haven’t found anything harmful,” Elder told AFP. “The harm comes from people believing they are being protected from the flu. They are not getting the benefit they expect.” In November President Bush asked Congress for $1 billion to spend on antiviral drugs, as part of his $7.1 billion request for pandemic preparedness. This week the House voted to appropriate $3.8 billion for pandemic preparations, but left it to the administration to decide how much of that to spend on antivirals. The House-passed bill was awaiting action by the Senate.
Feb 8, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Chinese officials today reported the country’s 11th human case of H5N1 avian influenza, in a 26-year-old woman from an area where no poultry outbreaks have been reported, according to news services.The woman, surnamed Lin, is from Zhangpu County in Fujian province, according to an Agence France-Presse report today. She tested positive for the virus after being hospitalized Jan 10 with fever and pneumonia, AFP reported, citing the Chinese news service Xinhua as its source.In addition, China announced its first new poultry outbreak in a month has occurred in the northern province of Shanxi, Bloomberg News reported today. The deaths of about 15,000 chickens on Feb 2 and 3 led to culling of 187,000, the Associated Press (AP) reported. The Chinese government told the AP it has killed about 22.5 million birds in the past year in efforts to stop the H5N1 virus.In Iraq, meanwhile, a World Health Organization (WHO) team is investigating the situation in the north, where one human case has been confirmed and more are suspected, and a possible human case has been reported in the south.A 15-year-old girl who died Jan 17 had the country’s first confirmed case. Samples from her 39-year-old uncle, who died Jan 27, tested positive in a local laboratory, and confirmatory test results are awaited.In an update yesterday, the WHO said its team in northern Iraq was seeking ways to strengthen local capacity to test for H5N1 and to hasten sample shipment to WHO labs, because transporting patient samples to outside labs has proved difficult. In addition, biosafety standards in local and national laboratories must be improved, the agency said.Major poultry culling efforts were under way in the outbreak region. Culling teams traveled from house to house in the Kurdish north, “chasing chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys around backyards and stuffing them into bags as villagers looked on,” Reuters news service reported yesterday.The WHO said more capacity for poultry testing is needed in order to focus the culling. Training is under way to improve veterinary labs and surveillance.Authorities who initially thought the H5N1 outbreak might be confined to Kurdish northern Iraq are facing the possibility of a human case in Omara in southern Iraq. A 13-year-old boy fell ill on Feb 1 and died Feb 5 of severe pneumonia, the WHO said. No poultry deaths have been reported in the area, but pet birds in the victim’s home died around the time the boy fell ill.Reports about the suspected case conflicted. An AP report published yesterday described the victim as a 14-year-old named Muhannad Radhi Zaouri, but a Reuters report listed him as a 24-year-old.Police cars and ambulances traversed Omara today, and people used loudspeakers to notify residents to kill their birds, Reuters reported. In addition, mosques were issuing warnings to residents to cull their poultry.In Hong Kong today, authorities banned the raising of chickens, ducks, geese, pigeons, and quail in backyards, in an effort to prevent the spread of H5N1, Bloomberg News reported. Residents will be fined up to US $12,900 for violating the rule, which takes effect Feb 13. The decision came in the wake of news that a fifth bird had tested positive for the H5N1 virus in Hong Kong.See also: WHO statement on Iraq investigationhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_02_07/en/index.html
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CHINESE buyers losing faith in their own property market are looking to Brisbane for a safer investment — and they have expensive taste.Singapore might be the home of ‘Crazy, Rich Asians’, but new data reveals some of the Queensland capital’s most exclusive suburbs are attracting the attention of deep-pocketed investors from China with money to burn.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:40Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:40 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenThe most viewed properties of 201800:41The research by Chinese international real estate website, Juwai.com, shows Kangaroo Point had the highest number of inquiries from Chinese investors in the first half of 2018, followed by Newstead, Sunnybank, South Brisbane, Indooroopilly and Ascot.That’s in contrast to Chinese demand for property in Brisbane in the first half of 2017 when the outer suburbs of Calamvale, Park Ridge and Rochedale were the most popular.Kangaroo Point is the most in-demand Brisbane suburb among Chinese buyers.Juwai.com chief executive Carrie Law said the top suburbs list revealed the importance of new development, education, and convenience to Chinese buyers.“Brisbane is attractive due to its easy lifestyle, beautiful water views, and quality English language educational institutions,’ Ms Law said.“If you have a moderate, high-rise apartment in Brisbane, you can generally snap a beautiful selfie at the window or on the balcony with gorgeous water or district views in the background to show off to your friends at home in China.”Ms Law said suburbs with new developments or large numbers of new house and land packages for sale were also in demand.“Because of foreign investment rules, offshore buyers are pushed into new property to support the construction of new housing,” she said.“That explains why Newstead and Kangaroo Point are on the list. There is plenty of new development underway and our buyers are curious about it.“It is a revelation for Chinese buyers that they can obtain a new house on its own land in Brisbane for about half the price of an inner-city apartment in Shanghai or Beijing.”Chinese buyers have changed their suburb preferences when it comes to property in Brisbane. Photo: AP/Ng Han Guan.Last week, protesters ransacked a number of new apartment sales offices in China angry their investments were being sold for much less than they paid for them.The unrest is a further sign China’s property market is beginning to cool, prompting investors to turn to places like Brisbane.“Brisbane feels like a safe, desirable place to live,” Ms Law said.“It often starts with a property purchase for sending a child to study or work in Brisbane. “Over time that can lead to additional investments, starting local businesses, and eventually the whole family moving to live in Brisbane.“These buyers look for established homes with land and relatively new or like-new construction in areas with good schools for proximity to good private schools or universities.”Brisbane is the third most popular city in Australia among Chinese property buyers.Brisbane is the third most popular city in Australia among Chinese property buyers. Image: AAP/Darren England.It ranks just below Melbourne and Sydney and just above Adelaide and the Gold Coast.Chinese buyer demand for Australian property remains strong, increasing 10.1 per cent in the first quarter of 2018 and 4.4 per cent in the second.But it’s a more sustainable growth rate than what the country experienced in 2016 when there was a massive run-up in Chinese demand for Australian property.Zhen Luo and his fiancee, Yihan Lin, have just bought their first home in Brisbane. The couple from China had been looking for about six months, but eventually settled on a townhouse with the help of Belle Property Calamvale.Mr Luo said that while he still had faith in the Chinese market, he thought Australia, particularly Brisbane, was a safe place to invest.He liked his suburb because of its convenience, its proximity to shopping centres and the school catchment.The crowd at a recent auction in Sunnybank Hills. Picture: Tara Croser.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoIn Bardon — one of Brisbane’s most desirable suburbs — one of two architect-designed homes dubbed the Minka Twins has just sold for $1.888 million — 8 being the luckiest number in Chinese numerology.Sold to an Asian family, the house is one of two still under construction in the suburb.Marketing agent Di Anderson of Position Property said the new owners had two young children attending Brisbane Grammar, and were keen on securing a home that would suit Brisbane’s subtropical climate.“They were keen to purchase prior to completion to ensure they secured the property,” Ms Anderson said.“As a result, the developer agreed to a small discount for buying during construction.”TOP BRISBANE SUBURBS FOR CHINESE BUYERS IN H1 20181. Kangaroo Point2. Newstead3. Sunnybank4. South Brisbane/West End5. Indooroopilly6. Ascot7. Sunnybank Hills8. St Lucia(Source: Juwai.com, ranked by number of purchasing inquiries)TOP BRISBANE SUBURBS FOR CHINESE BUYERS IN H1 20171. Fortitude Valley2. Calamvale3. Macgregor4. Hamilton5. Park Ridge6. Rochedale7. East Brisbane8. Russell Island(Source: Juwai.com, ranked by number of purchasing inquiries)
Ruby Marie (Weist) Godfrey, of Milan, was born May 10, 1927, the only child of John and Erma (Bidner) Weist. Ruby was born and grew up on the Manchester, Indiana, farm that had been in the Bidner, Weist, and Godfrey family for close to 100 years. While attending Manchester Township School, Ruby participated in the local 4-H program. She was a very active member and claimed the Grand Champion award in Dress Review for two consecutive years. Ruby also showed a talent for music at an early age, learning to play the piano, the accordion, and electric organ.Besides the Manchester farming community, Ruby was also an active member of the Zion Lutheran Church. It was here that she was baptized on May 29, 1927, and later confirmed on June 1, 1941. She shared her musical talents with her church as a part-time organist for Sunday church services and was a teacher during the Sunday School hour. Ruby also donated her time to the community as a den mother for the local Cub Scout troop.After graduating from Aurora High School in 1945, Ruby went to work for the Aurora State Bank, followed by Stedman Foundry. She was one of the first employee’s hired for the American Electric Power’s Tanners Creek Power Plant during its start up in 1951. Ruby was a dedicated employee of the company for 44 years, seeing them grow and transition to Indiana and Michigan Power. After retiring from I&M, she continued working at Tom Tepe Auto Center and later, the Argosy Riverboat Casino. During these later years, Ruby moved from her beloved community of Manchester, to Lawrenceburg, and recently to Ripley Crossing in Milan. She quietly passed away in the early morning hours of April 29, 2017.Ruby’s memory will be cherished by her son, John Kenneth Godfrey, and his wife, Claudia Burgess Godfrey, of Incline Village, Nevada. Ruby was preceded in death by her beloved parents.Friends may visit with Ruby’s family at Zion Lutheran Church, 10629 State Rd 48, Manchester, on Wednesday, May 3, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Visitation will continue until the time of service at 11:30 a.m. Pastor Susan Socha of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Milan, will officiate the funeral service. Following the service, Ruby will be laid to rest beside her parents in the Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery.Memorial donations can be directed to the Zion Lutheran Church or the Zion Cemetery Association. To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com. The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Ruby Godfrey.
Mysuru: Umpires Eloise Sheridan and Mary Waldron are on the verge of making history as they will be the first female duo to officiate in a men’s first grade premier (club) cricket match, this weekend.Sheridan and Waldron will stand in a match between Tea Tree Gully and Northern Districts in Adelaide featuring Australia’s vice-captain Travis Head.For Sheridan, officiating in a men’s cricket match is not something new as she stood as an umpire in a South Australian Premier Cricket first grade game 18 months ago.Earlier, she and NSW umpire Claire Polosak officiated in a Women’s Big Bash League match between the Adelaide Strikers and Melbourne Stars to be the first female pair to officiate a professional match in Australia. Walsdron will be officiating in her first men’s grade match. She played for Ireland in last year’s International Cricket Council (ICC) T20 World Cup and was also a professional football player. IANSAlso Read: Sports News
(ESPNCricinfo) – India sealed the T20I series in Lauderhill to throw open the possibility of experimenting when the two sides meet in the third and final match in Guyana on Tuesday. Unlike Saturday where both sides scrapped on a sluggish surface, this was a more even contest, India throwing more punches with the bat to clinch a seesaw battle brought to an end by streaks of lightning.Rohit Sharma’s contribution – a 51-ball 67 – left the biggest mark on the game; an innings where he once again showed T20 batting was as much about timing and finesse as it is about the big hits. His sparkle allowed India some legroom despite a middle-order wobble.A blaze of sixes towards the end from Krunal Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja lifted them to 167 for 5, which looked good enough for the first six overs of West Indies’ chase. Then, Rovman Powell announced himself as India’s bowlers briefly switched off.He raised a 30-ball half-century to keep West Indies in the hunt, even as Nicholas Pooran’s struggle for timing proved to be an obstacle. Then they lost both Pooran and Powell in the same over to Krunal. This double-strike threw West Indies 22 runs behind the DLS par score when lightning stopped play with the score on 98 for 4 in 15.3 overs.Contrasting fortunes of India’s openersThere was some moisture and early-morning swing for the fast bowlers, but Sheldon Cottrell and Oshane Thomas struggled for rhythm. Rohit put the first ball to the fine-leg boundary and looked to carry on his World Cup form. He trusted the pace and bounce to hit Cottrell for two boundaries in the fourth over: first a walk-across flick over midwicket and the second a lofted inside-out hit over extra cover.At the other end, Shikhar Dhawan struggled for timing in front of square. As a result, he was largely trying to use the pace to pick runs behind the wicket. Occasionally, he was beaten for pace looking to uppercut. He couldn’t generate power while hitting through the line and run scoring seemed a struggle.However, Rohit’s blazing form – he became the most prolific six-hitter in T20Is – allowed Dhawan to play himself in. India still had a firm footing as the Powerplay brought them seven fours and a six; they raced to 52 for no loss. Dhawan fell out of desperation in the eighth when he was bowled while attempting a hook across the line to a full Keemo Paul delivery.Krunal, Jadeja’s slobberknocker of a finishShikhar Dhawan was bowled for 23 © Associated PressVirat Kohli kicked on seamlessly, but Rishabh Pant did not give himself an opportunity to make a splash in the end-overs, picking out short third man attempting a cheeky upper cut off his fifth delivery. Manish Pandey, perhaps batting out of position – a bulk of his T20 success has come batting in the top four – was out playing a ugly heave soon after.West Indies suddenly were looking at restricting India to 150. Job well done, yes? Krunal had other ideas. On 7 off 9 and struggling to adjust to the slower variations, Paul presented him with a juicy full toss which he flicked over deep midwicket for six. With his confidence restored, he used the depth of the crease to convert an attempted yorker into a half-volley to muscle the next ball over long-on. Jadeja then ended the innings with a flourish – the final over being nailed for 20 – when he bisected long-on and deep square for the third six. India had an above-par score.The Powerplay stifleWest Indies were walking on a tightrope, denied any room to cut or pull. Bhuvneshwar Kumar cleverly stuck the ball into the wicket with his slower variations and had Evin Lewis jabbing one that he brilliantly held on his followthrough in the second over. West Indies’ decision to take a leaf out of the Kolkata Knight Riders’ book and promote Sunil Narine also came a cropper as he was deceived in flight to be bowled by Washington Sundar, not before he’d consumed 12 balls for his four. After four, they were tottering at 9 for 2.The Powell musclePowell displayed brute force and utter disregard for the bowling, perhaps with little option left. A batting strategy that can sometimes border on the reckless brought him rewards as he cleared the short straight boundaries effortlessly to give two rookies Khaleel Ahmed and Navdeep Saini the jitters. Saini, Man of the Match on debut on Saturday, was taken for 27 off three wicketless overs. As Powell blazed past fifty, West Indies had begun to mount a serious threat, needing 85 off 42.Up until this point, Pooran struggled to rotate strike and bring out the big hits, pottering to 19 off 31. He had to go for broke, he tried and fell in the process as Pandey made the pop up boundary catch look coolly nonchalant. Two balls later, Powell played all around a full delivery and was stone dead. As the weather closed in, West Indies didn’t do themselves any favours. Not even the presence of Pollard and Shimron Hetmyer meant much from there on.
Published on April 28, 2010 at 12:00 pm For the Syracuse men’s soccer program, one moment in time encapsulated a year of discord — the team’s worst season since 1971. On March 25, 2009, at 8:49 p.m., a file was created on Elliott Townsend’s computer. The file would become a letter. Townsend, a former Orange forward, said the letter was written by himself and ‘a couple of upperclassmen with the support of the whole team.’ It was addressed and intended for SU Director of Athletics Daryl Gross.Signed ‘Respectfully, The Syracuse Men’s Soccer team,’ it called for the removal of former SU men’s soccer coach Dean Foti five months before the season began. Foti was eventually fired that fall, following the completion of SU’s 3-15 season in 2009.‘We have dedicated years of our lives to arrive at this point, only to be greeted by underachievement and failure,’ the letter — obtained by The Daily Orange — reads. ‘In response, we have taken it upon ourselves to see that our concerns are, at very least, heard. We hope that you will kindly consider our appeal.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe creation of the file was just the beginning of a tumultuous path for Syracuse. Metaphorically, it would set the tone for the dismal season to come. Some players who supported the letter reneged, Townsend said. Support for an organized coup was never finite. Factions formed within the team, said Melvin Andujar, a rising sophomore midfielder. Some underclassmen and alumni pointed the blame at Townsend and those who supported the letter. (Townsend, a contributing writer at The Daily Orange, declined to provide specifics concerning which of his teammates joined him in drafting the letter.) Because of it, Andujar said, the team was split. One side for keeping Foti and the other against it. On the field, the effects were obvious. The ability for the team to inwardly motivate was nonexistent. ‘I think the team wasn’t very united from the beginning,’ Andujar said. ‘We had two different groups. I mean, obviously we were a team and we all were friends and that obviously you could see there wasn’t any chemistry on the field. So I think that played an important part as to why there wasn’t any motivation at all.’ *** The letter never got to Gross.‘No, I have not seen a letter,’ Gross said in a telephone interview Monday morning. ‘It’s symbolic and more than anything confirms the pulse that we were feeling.’But on Nov. 10, 2009, he made the decision some Orange players had hoped for anyway. Foti was fired after 19 seasons and a career 141-171-33 record coaching the Orange. He left with just one Big East tournament win (1999) and zero trips to the NCAA tournament. In the three years before the letter was drafted, nine players voluntarily left the program, according to the letter. Ian McIntyre, the former head coach at Hartwick, was hired as Foti’s replacement on Jan. 6, 2010. Foti did not return several phone calls and messages left at his home.‘The progress I was looking for wasn’t occurring,’ Gross said. ‘And that’s what does it if you look back at the moves I’ve made over the years. … The expectations are high and we want to have leadership that carries those expectations and change the culture to make sure we have those expectations, so that’s what it’s all about.’ Aside from the lack of continuity within the team, though, signs of Foti’s departure surfaced early in the 2009 season and followed the coach throughout the year. The team lost eight of its first nine games and only secured two wins against Big East opponents. Syracuse was ranked 170th in the country (out of 196 teams) in scoring offense. On defense, Foti’s specialty, the Orange ranked 176th in goals-against average. The problems on the field were evident. Off the field, things weren’t any better. *** After getting wind of the letter that was drafted, Foti decided to take time out before practice one day last spring to address the issue, both Townsend and rising sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Jones said. He drew the team together first and then met with each player individually in regard to the letter.‘He met with everyone right after the meeting individually and asked, ‘Where do you stand, do you support what was associated with this letter? Or do you wish to disassociate your names with the claims that were made,” Townsend said. Jones, who would later come out against the letter, said the team decided to ‘move on’ and put the incident behind it. Clearly, the rift between Foti’s supporters and dissenters were made apparent. ‘The coaching staff handled everything from there,’ Jones said. ‘I think Dean handled that pretty professionally.’In the weeks prior to drafting the letter, things were different, Townsend said. He made sure to run his ideas, and the ideas of the others in support of firing Foti, by the rest of the team. So, Townsend and a handful of other players opened up their houses to the rest of the underclassmen for several meetings pertaining to the letter.‘Last spring the group had gotten together,’ Townsend said. ‘Seniors, juniors, sophomores, freshmen and I talked about all of the things we wanted done, and basically we came to the realization that the things Dean was doing were not in the best interest of the program. We had a few informal meetings at upperclassmen’s houses.’As Townsend recalls, those meetings provided unity among the players regarding the drafting of the letter. ‘The first few times (we met) people seemed fully behind it,’ Townsend said. ‘It was really put into motion by the upperclassmen.’But from there, things quickly started to unravel. Not soon after, numerous players — including Jones — withdrew their backing of the letter.Jones said only a handful of players were behind it, making the letter a case of misrepresentation.‘I know for a fact that the whole team did not approve of it,’ Jones said. ‘And that was the thing where the people that did approve it should have signed their names rather than saying that it was from the Syracuse men’s soccer team.’***When Ezra Prendergast visited Syracuse for the annual SU alumni game last April 25, he could sense that something was different. Around the watercooler for that alumni weekend, Prendergast noticed the current players talked less and less about the good and more about the bad.‘I got a bit of feedback from the players,’ said Prendergast, who now plays semipro soccer in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn for Olympic 78 FC. ‘I sensed a lack of taking responsibility amongst the players, lack of desire to take responsibility.’Prendergast and former SU defender Pete Rowley — who last played professionally for three teams in 2009 — said Foti was never the root of the problems within the team. Prendergast, a midfielder who last played for SU in 2005, and Rowley, who played at SU from 2004-08, place the blame more on the leaders of the 2009 team for what transpired. They place the blame on the seniors. ‘I respect the shit out of Dean Foti,’ Rowley said. ‘I now know the game better than 90 percent of people in the soccer community having played for Dean. You cannot question his knowledge or anything like that.’A year after Prendergast returned for that alumni game, as SU prepares for its first alumni game under head coach McIntyre this Saturday at 10 a.m., Prendergast doesn’t mince words.He puts the blame for a lack of on-field motivation and communication on the players he got a bad vibe from last year. Not Foti. And he wishes the same confidence and passion they put into that letter for Gross was brought to the field.‘I realized the issues about separation, and again a lack of responsibility amongst the players,’ Prendergast said. ‘I then heard about it (the letter) and when I first heard about it, I thought it was a bold move on the players’ part. I wish that same strength they had to get someone fired they had on the field. … Forming like a lobbying group within the team, that takes a lot of courage, and if they had the same courage on the field I think this would be a lot different of a team.’Tom Perevegyencev, a departing senior whose relationship with Foti was notoriously negative, even came to the realization that not all the blame could rest on the coach. The last time the two spoke was Syracuse’s last game — a 2-0 loss to St. John’s on Nov. 1. And in that time since, Perevegyencev has had time to consider the situation. He said motivation comes from the top, and for that Foti needs to take responsibility. At times, Perevegyencev felt ‘there was a lack of motivation to even motivate.’ But part of him also feels that he and other players in leadership roles failed. ‘I failed,’ Perevegyencev said. ‘I failed at motivating the other players and a bunch of the other guys did, too. It was just all the leadership. Every leader on the team failed to motivate each other. We weren’t winning. We weren’t focused. The leadership wasn’t there. It was all basically out together and it just didn’t work.’***At 8:49 p.m. on March 25, 2009, the file that was created was a last-ditch attempt to create some kind of unity. Some kind of team. Weeks after it was written it was apparent the letter failed, and it never reached the intended target.Fourteen months after it was written, with the team licking its wounds from one of the worst seasons in program history, it is clear the team failed, too.March 25, 2009, was a flawed attempt at a new beginning. A new beginning that didn’t come until some of the authors had already left.Said Jones: ‘(The letter) could have been a little bit of foreshadowing of the whole situation.’[email protected] Comments Facebook Twitter Google+