In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, July 5, 2019

first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Conservation, Environment, Weekly environmental news update There are many important conservation and environmental stories Mongabay isn’t able to cover.Here’s a digest of some of the significant developments from the week.If you think we’ve missed something, feel free to add it in the comments.Mongabay does not vet the news sources below, nor does the inclusion of a story on this list imply an endorsement of its content. Tropical forestsIllegal logging in Mozambique has exposed the country to potential devastation as a result of cyclones (The Epoch Times).As policy turns away from palm oil-based biofuels in the European Union, it’s still powering a lot of vehicles (Financial Times).A new law in Côte d’Ivoire aimed at stopping deforestation could lead to the eviction of as many as 2 million cocoa farmers (Africa Times).Paraguay is investing in silvopastoral systems to raise livestock, which proponents argue will help meet the global demand for food while protecting forest (Inter Press Service).Poachers intent on ivory are operating in Botswana, home to Africa’s largest population of elephants (The New York Times).A new dam could derail the UNESCO World Heritage Status of Tanzania’s Selous Game Reserve (Devdiscourse).Other newsResearchers track an Arctic fox’s trek of more than 3,500 kilometers (2,175 miles) (The New York Times).The G20 is in near-unanimous agreement — with one notable dissenter in U.S. President Donald Trump — to address climate change (The Washington Post).Threatened salmon in California may benefit from access to flooded fields (Biographic).Rehabilitating confiscated pangolins takes a special touch (Biographic).A black rhino died on his way from the U.K. to the Serengeti (The Mirror, The Independent).Canada’s new fisheries act has promise, but some wonder if it’s coming too late (Hakai Magazine).Experts offer guidance on helping children understand climate change (The New York Times).The Netherlands is raising dairy cattle out at sea in a bid for increased sustainability (Hakai Magazine).European meteorologists peg June 2019 as the hottest June on record (The New York Times).Predators and the impacts they have on people present a tricky problem for conservation biologists (The Atlantic).Greenland’s melting ice sheet could have an unexpected benefit: freeing up sand to meet worldwide demand (The New York Times).Improving batteries could catalyze a shift to hybrid jets (The Economist).The 10 million people of Chennai no longer have enough water (NPR).Climate change could have a price tag of nearly $70 trillion by 2100, according to the consulting firm Moody’s Analytics (The Washington Post).A new species of fly shares its name with a Game of Thrones character (Fox News).Crews at a golf course owned by U.S. President Donald Trump in Scotland destroyed protected sand dunes — and then the government stripped the ecosystem’s protected status (E&E News).A perplexing surge in seaweed growth in the Caribbean is threatening marine life and fisheries (The Atlantic).Climate change is increasing conflicts over fisheries (Hakai Magazine).China could spearhead a conservation movement for the world’s oceans (World Economic Forum).Farmers are raising flies and beetles to be fodder for farmed fish (The Economist).Banner image of an Arctic fox by Rama via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0 fr). FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. 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Real Estate Apps From Android To Zillow

first_imgTrulia is my favorite of the bunch, with a simple, intuitive design and ample listings of properties for sale and rent—along with links to open houses and agents. You can search by city or address, although I found it most useful to let the GPS service provide a map of all nearby homes for sale (within my specified criteria). As you drive through an area, the map can adjust, updating the homes quickly as your position changes.With Trulia, it’s also very easy to set-up notifications and to save your searches. These may be linked to their website, so you can review your favorites on your laptop later. Trulia’s app often displays a small ad-sized listing of an agent across their map. At the beginning, this is helpful. After you’ve selected an agent, it becomes annoying. I would have been happy to pay about $2 for the app, say, to ditch these ads.Trulia makes it a snap to get turn-by-turn directions to any property listed, and to quickly text your spouse of your latest find. You can also sort listings by price, features (e.g. number of bedrooms), and by “newest” listing – which can be very useful to know.Use Trulia and you’ll wonder how people searched for homes before smartphones existed. 2. Zillow Having viewed nearly as many apps as properties in my ongoing search for a home, I can recommend these three: Trulia, Zillow and Redfin.They each provide you with an abundance of listings and include the most important details of nearly every home displayed. Each app can text new listing alerts directly to your phone. All are optimized for real-time location-based house hunting, using the smartphone’s GPS. However, you can also search for properties by typing an address or city into the app’s search bar, or even touch-scrolling the app’s map to where you want to live. All three are available on iPhone, iPad and Android, and are all free. All three also have companion websites, with additional layers of information available, such as school rankings and property taxes. 1. Trulia Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Because of the ease of use of the Trulia app, I have placed it above Zillow. The breadth of information that Zillow offers on each listing, however, makes it a must-have for your home search.Zillow includes a photo tour of the property, a sales history and an estimate of its current value. brian s hall Buying a home is a nasty, arduous and blessed task. It’s further complicated by the glaringly obvious fact that nobody makes any money until you buy. The feeling that you are so much meat waiting to be ground into sausage rarely goes away.I should know. I am in the process of moving from the lovely state of Wisconsin to sunny California—specifically, the San Francisco Bay Area. There are, shall we say, some bracing differences in the two real estate markets, and not just in terms of price. (Did you say the actual ground beneath your feet sometimes … moves?)Big Market For Real Estate AppsLuckily for me and everyone else in the market, there are many useful real estate apps available across all major smartphone platforms. In fact, there are so many good real estate apps that it can be hard to choose the best one.This shouldn’t be too surprising. The housing market in the U.S. is valued at about $10 trillion. Numerous companies are eagerly hoping to carve out a slice of this sizable American pie—and garner your loyalty—by helping you choose among the 70 million homes located throughout the country.Zillow, for example, recently began airing this television commercial. Spoiler alert: for the Bay Area, at least, the price estimate is wildly under-valued. This fact somewhat diminishes the Schaedenfreude of discovering that seemingly every buyer in the past ten years has lost a small fortune. Zillow includes a handy “draw” feature which lets you swipe an area on the map that then displays the listings within that area. The app also claims to include “pre-market” properties—those which may be coming on to the market soon. This might be a great feature, though I never saw any such properties in the Bay Area. And I would have jumped at them.If you love good house porn, Zillow is the app for you.3. RedfinRedfin is also very good. The app provides a simple, yet robust search interface. You can search by GPS, type in a city or street—or even an MLS number—and narrow these down across several search criteria. These can include price, square footage, year built, number of baths and much more.  The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img Tags:#Android#App#iPhone#real estate For me, Redfin’s best feature was letting me know if a house was already “pending”—meaning, an offer had been made. This saved me a great deal of time. Redfin also lets you check out homes that have recently sold and for how much. This turned out to be extremely helpful information and has aided my subsequent searches.Note: Redfin appeared to have as many or more listings than either Trulia or Zillow, at least within the Bay Area. In my personal app tests, looking for sales data in other states yielded fewer results.Location, Location, AppI sometimes tell people that there are so many apps that they need to download three great ones, no more, and focus. But that’s not quite true.While I do highly recommend all of the apps above, there remains that nagging uncertainty that some awesome property is out there, ready to slip away if I don’t reach for an alternative. So here are several backups for the paranoid house-hunters out there (i.e., all of you):1. Foreclosures Real EstateIn the Bay Area, at least, a shocking majority of houses for sale are, in fact, houses in foreclosure. It may be the same where you are searching.This app lists foreclosures, short sales, HUD homes and auction properties. 2. For Sale By Owner What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces This app claims to be the “only” one to provide properties that are exclusively for sale by owner. It contains over 30,000 listings. As most listings in other apps are taken from the MLS, this app clearly serves a purpose.3. Realtor.comA very well-designed app from the National Association of Realtors. Not surprisingly, it appears to contain as many listings as any of my top three. This app also provides better in-app data on schools.That said, I found my top three easier to navigate, and their information better optimized for my iPhone’s screen. 4. HomeSnapThis is a popular app that includes all the available MLS listings. Its claim to fame is that the app lets you take a picture of a house and—based on the GPS data embedded in the photo—get back the sales information on that property.I have yet to use this feature.5. Google GlassIf you’re one of the very few people possessing Google Glass, I am not, you’re in luck. According to the New York Times, Trulia offers a Google Glass app.6. Agents and BrokersI found no compelling reason to choose a particular realtor’s app over any of those listed above. Related Posts last_img read more

Belga keeps his emotions in check, helps Rain or Shine win over TNT

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Belga explained that hitting the showers early last game against the Picanto made him reassess his part in the current situation the Elasto Painters are in.“Coach Caloy (Garcia) told me that a leader should always be present on the court. Gabe (Norwood), Jireh (Ibañes), and Raymond (Almazan) are not here, so I have to help our teammates, especially that a lot of them are shy. So I barked instructions on defense and the things we need to do, and I’m happy that we got a win so that we’ll have a bit of a momentum,” he said in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWith Belga taking the leadership mantle, Rain or Shine didn’t have a hard time running away from TNT as it strung its first winning streak of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.The Sorsogon native is hopeful that the Elasto Painters can sustain whatever positives they got from the win against the KaTropa as he is finally set to serve his one-game suspension in the team’s next assignment against Star on Sunday. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Beau Belga. PBA IMAGESBeau Belga seemed to have taken a 180-degree turn after his ejection last week, exuding poise in Rain or Shine’s 105-73 rout of TNT on Sunday.Keeping his temper in check, the burly big man had the most impact for his team in his time on the floor, garnering a team-best plus-28 as he racked five points, 10 rebounds, and three assists in the blowout.ADVERTISEMENT “I can’t help them much in the next game, so I showed them that someone has to step up when it comes to leadership. Good thing is that Gabe and Raymond will already be here,” he said.With Belga relegated to the sidelines, he is taking the suspension as an eye-opener for him to control his emotions in the following games.“It’s too bad that I can’t join them in next game, but it is what it is and it’s a lesson for me to control my emotions. I need to be there for my teammates because the coaches consider me as one of the veterans, so I need to be a role model,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensioncenter_img WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Lesnar survives to retain Universal title at SummerSlam Read Next View commentslast_img read more

2004 QUEENSLAND JUNIOR STATE CUP

first_imgThe Glasshouse Mountains were last weekend inundated with a record number of teams and young touch players for the 2004 Queensland Junior State Cup. Over 97 junior teams from around Queensland participated in the event, travelling from as far north as Rockhampton, as far west as Chinchilla and Toowoomba and south from Ballina. The local Sunshine Coast Region was well represented with 28 teams attending, including representatives from Maleny Witta, Caboolture, Hervey Bay, Kingaroy, Noosa, Kawana and the host venue Glasshouse Mountains. Gold Coast and Brisbane once again dominated the finals day, winning all major finals except the Under 11 boys, which was won by Hervey Bay. Several local teams from the Sunshine Coast Region also performed well, including Caboolture, Hervey Bay and Maleny Witta, claiming Plate final titles and making many finals appearances. Melanie Woosnam, Executive Officer of Queensland Touch, was extremely pleased with the success of the 2004 Junior State Cup. “This is QTA’s flagship event and is the most popular junior participation on the Queensland Touch calendar. It is great to see such a wide representation of teams from throughout Queensland. However, the QTA realise that this event would not be the success that it is without the support from the parents, coaches and managers and the wonderful band of volunteers that the sport so heavily relies upon,” said Ms Woosnam. The Junior State Cup is the largest participation event for Queensland junior association players and provides young players with the opportunity to compete in a fun atmosphere where participation and enjoyment are the key elements. The Glasshouse Mountains Touch committee and the Glasshouse Mountains Sports Club did a fabulous job in preparing the venue for the sixth consecutive year proving the popularity of the Sunshine Coast. RESULTS Under 11’s Division Girls Plate Final: Brisbane Metro Blue def Bundaberg 4-2 Boys Plate Final: Redlands def Toowoomba 3-2 Girls Final: Brisbane Metro def Caboolture 4-0 Player of Final: Kate Deagon (Brisbane Metro) Player of Series: Katelyn Horsnell (Labrador Dodgers) Boys Final: Hervey Bay def Labrador Dodgers 7-4 Player of Final: Mitchell Broom (Hervey Bay) Player of Series: Lochie Pearce (Toowoomba) Under 13 Division Girls Plate Final: Ballina def Toowoomba 3-1 Boys Plate Final: Gold Coast def Toowoomba 2-1 Girls Final: Gold Coast A def Caboolture A 4-0 Player of Final: Jessica McCabe (Gold Coast) Player of Series: Lisa Golding (Glasshouse Mountains) Boys Final: Brisbane Metro def Labrador Dodgers 5-2 Player of Final: Matt Hopkins (Brisbane Metro) Player of Series: Blair Forsyth (Redlands) Under 15 Division Girls Plate Final: Brisbane Metro Blue def Gold Coast B 6-1 Boys Plate Final: Rockhampton def Maleny Witta 14-0 Girls Final: Brisbane Metro Red def Gold Coast A 7-1 Player of Final: Ali Brigginshaw (Brisbane Metro) Player of Series: Kendal Bonner (Gold Coast) Boys Final: Brisbane Metro def Ballina 9-4 Player of Final: Wyman Kingi (Brisbane Metro) Player of Series: Kyle Everate (Ballina) Under 17 Division Girls Plate Final: Brisbane Metro Mangia def Rockhampton 4-3 Boys Plate Final: Rockhampton def Caboolture 10-5 Girls Final: Gold Coast def Brisbane Metro Red 6-0 Player of Final: Alyce Hulbert (Gold Coast) Player of Series: Ashleigh Fanning (Redlands) Boys Final: Gold Coast def Brisbane Metro 2-1 Player of Final: Jerome Waitohi (Gold Coast) Player of Series: Chris Small (Redlands) Kerry Norman Medal: Toni Etherington (Gold Coast) Scott Notley Medal: Ben Matheson (Rockhampton) Rachel Moyle: media@austouch.com.aulast_img read more

12 days agoMarchisio happy seeing Ramsey wearing his No8 at Juventus

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Marchisio happy seeing Ramsey wearing his No8 at Juventusby Carlos Volcano12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveClaudio Marchisio is happy seeing Aaron Ramsey wearing his No8 at Juventus.The former Juve announced his retirement last week.”I haven’t ruled out anything, but for the moment I have not decided what I will do,” Marchisio told the Daily Mail when asked if he plans to coach.“My No 8 jersey is in the best hands. Aaron Ramsey is a fantastic player. “The No 8 is such a beautiful number that it had to end up on someone’s back. My preferences were two, Ramsey or an academy player who moved up to the first team.” last_img read more

Argentina takes issue with the US on China comments at G20

first_imgBUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Argentine officials are distancing themselves from the U.S. version of how they view China trade after a meeting during the Group of 20 summit.White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Presidents Donald Trump and Mauricio Macri met Friday and “reiterated their shared commitment” to face challenges including “predatory Chinese economic activity.”But a senior Argentine official told The Associated Press later that the “adjective used by Sanders is too strong and doesn’t reflect” Argentina’s relationship with Beijing. The official was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.China is one of Buenos Aires’ top trading partners and the main importer of Argentine agricultural commodities that are the backbone of its economy.The U.S.-China trade war has eclipsed the two-day G-20 gathering with the world wondering if Trump and Xi can reach a truce on a dispute that has rattled markets. The two leaders will meet on the sidelines at a high-stakes dinner in Buenos Aires on Saturday. Most analysts doubt they will reach any overarching deal this weekend that would settle the conflict, but if the two sides agree to a cease-fire, it could buy time for more substantive talks.Luis Andres Henao, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Sexual abuse charges against UN staff rose by 88 in 2018

first_imgUnited Nations: The UN received a total of 259 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse committed by the staff working in its agencies and their partner organisations in 2018, an increase of more than a hundred in such incidents from the previous year, according to a report presented by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. The report, presented to the General Assembly, said that from January 1 to December 31, 2018, the UN received a total of 148 sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) allegations directly involving UN workers, and 111 involving staff from partner organisations implementing UN programmes. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThis represents an increase in the total number of incidents reported in 2017, when 138 allegations were made, and 165 allegations made in 2016, it said. The report said while the figures of allegations rose in 2018 compared with the previous two years, there was increased awareness among the UN and UN-related staff, and improved and harmonized reporting tools across the organisation towards a ‘zero tolerance’ effort to end sexual exploitation and abuse across the UN. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsAccording to the report, not all the allegations have been fully verified and many are still under investigation or are still in a preliminary assessment phase. The report said that the third system-wide survey on sexual exploitation and abuse was administered in 2018 to the UN and affiliated personnel at 34 duty stations with humanitarian and/or peace operations. The duty stations included those in countries such as Afghanistan, Haiti, India, Iraq, Liberia, Libya, Pakistan, South Sudan and Syria. There were some encouraging signs in Peacekeeping Operations, where allegations were down almost by half over the past two years, it said. While 103 SEA incidents were reported in 2016, only 54 allegations were made in 2018, the report said. Despite this improvement in the UN’s peacekeeping wing, the number of allegations went up against personnel in other UN entities, with 94 allegations received in 2018, compared with 50 in 2017. In a troubling sign, the number of allegations against partner organisations implementing the UN’s programmes reached a high of 109, increasing more than four-fold from 2017 when only 25 incidents were reported. “The numbers show that the UN’s victim-centred approach, implemented over a year ago, is paying off as there seems to be an increased trust among the victims and survivors to come forward and report incidents,” the UN said in a statement. The Secretary-General has stressed that there will be zero tolerance towards sexual exploitation and abuse across the UN. His strategy, in its first phase, focuses on addressing the issue within the UN system, as well as those mandated by the world body to carry out programmes. This entails more than 90,000 staff in more than 30 entities and more than 100,000 uniformed personnel. In 2017, Guterres had launched a new strategy to prevent and end sexual exploitation and abuse by UN personnel. A major element of this new approach was the creation of the ‘Circle of Leadership’ for Heads of State and Government to demonstrate resolve and commitment at the highest political level to eradicate the scourge. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a member of the Circle of Leadership. The Secretary General said in the report that he encourages Member States to give greater visibility to their initiatives to eradicate sexual exploitation and abuse, including information on the status of administrative and judicial processes, which will be included in a public electronic hub. In 2018, he had asked the members of the circle to provide him with updates, and seven Member States have responded, including India, Australia, Germany, the UK and Uruguay.last_img read more

Podcast Injured QBs The Nationals Implode A NWSL Finals Preview

Congratulations to Tim Curry and Luke Barr for winning Madden with Walt as their quarterback.FiveThirtyEight’s Rob Arthur tries to untangle the Nationals’ many woes.The Guardian’s Howard Megdal looks at whether the NWSL is taking advantage of its American fan base.Five things you need to know before Thursday’s NWSL championship game.Significant Digit: 1. The WNBA has admitted that a pivotal call at the end of a playoff game — giving the Minnesota Lynx a 1-point win — was incorrect. Hot Takedown Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (Sept. 29, 2015), we reveal the names of the two people who won the Super Bowl in Madden NFL 16 with FiveThirtyEight’s Walt Hickey at quarterback (his avatar at least). Then we look at the rash of injuries to NFL quarterbacks and whether it’s going to doom their teams, we tour the many, many reasons the Washington Nationals imploded this year, and we preview Thursday’s National Women’s Soccer League championship game. Plus, a Significant Digit on a wild finish in the WNBA playoffs.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above. Below is a video excerpt and links to some of what we discussed on the show. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS What’s to blame for the Nationals’ collapse? If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. read more

Upcoming Big Ten battles will determine fate of mens soccer team

As the season winds down for the Ohio State men’s soccer team, the remaining stretch of games might be their toughest test yet.Four out of the next five games will be Big Ten showdowns for the Buckeyes. These games will ultimately decide who wins the conference championship and what team could make it to the NCAA tournament. The Buckeyes’ remaining Big Ten opponents are Penn State, Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana. The lone non-conference game is against West Virginia. Penn State and Indiana are leading the Big Ten, and Wisconsin and Michigan are tied with OSU for fourth place. OSU is within striking distance of claiming that top spot, making the Buckeyes’ next few games very important.OSU plays Penn State on Sunday in a game that could decide who wins the conference. Penn State sits at 2-0-1 in the conference. They have beaten Michigan State on the road, Michigan at home and tied Northwestern. OSU sits at 1-1 in the Big Ten.“If we want a conference championship we have to beat Penn State,” coach John Bluem said. “If we don’t beat Penn State, I would say we’re probably out of the conference championship race already. So for us it becomes a knockout game already.”Kickoff is at 2 p.m. Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Bluem said that as the season winds down, OSU cannot lose more games. Every game from this point on means a lot in the conference race and the ability to make the NCAA Tournament. read more