Don’t Forget the Tree

first_imgThe cool shade of a big oak is a blessing for any yard. If you’re lookingfor landscape plants to put under it, don’t forget the biggest thing out there.”If you’ve got a 30-inch tree, you’re not going to replace it in oneperson’s lifetime,” said Kim Coder, a forester with the University of GeorgiaExtension Service.”You can replace that azalea every year for 30 years,” he said.”But if you mess up the tree, you’re not going to get it back.”For that reason, tilling the soil under an old oak tree is “out ofthe question,” Coder said.”People will go in under a big oak and till up the place for azaleasor flower beds,” he said. “And then they’ll wonder why the tree starts todecline. Tilling under an oak destroys an awful lot of roots.”Tilling may be the worst of the things that “go desperatelywrong,” Coder said, when traditional Southern landscaping and big oaks come together.Other things that can be just as bad, he said, are those that happen closeto the trunk.”People like to put raised beds or big planting boxes around the baseof the tree,” he said. “That often opens the door for root rot and otherpathogens to get into the tree. It tends to suffocate the roots under the bed or planter,too.”The most common mistake is simply overplanting.”A typical Southern landscape may have a few tall pines here andthere, some oaks to provide the main canopy, a midstory of dogwoods, an understory offlowering shrubs and some bulbs and flower beds,” Coder said. “And there’sprobably some ivy running up some trees.”But most active roots are very shallow,” he said. “We mayhave 60 feet of height in which to arrange plant parts above the ground. But in theground, we’ve only got a foot to 18 inches of depth to stuff everything into.”The key, he said, is “the ecology of the system.” Simply put,whatever is in your yard has to divvy up the water, nutrients and sunlight. And there’sonly so much of that stuff to go around.”You can water and fertilize the place and increase its carryingcapacity,” Coder said. “But it still has a limit. If we try to grow too much outthere, the whole landscape will end up looking pretty sorry.”That doesn’t mean you can’t plant anything under big oaks.”Lots of things will grow under oak trees and survive andthrive,” he said. “You just want something that’s not invasive or aggressive –something that will be polite and just sit there.”If you want grass, extension turf specialist Gil Landry said the bestchoices are St. Augustine in south Georgia and tall fescue in north Georgia. Thesecond-best choice is zoysia statewide.But don’t fertilize it as much under the tree, he said. And don’t mow itas short as you normally would. If two inches is the recommended height, cut it threeinches under the tree.There may be better choices than turf. Extension horticulturist Mel Garbersuggests planting a ground cover such as Ophiopogon japonicus or periwinkle (Vincaminor).If you want more striking color, he said, try impatiens, which thrive inlow, diffuse light. They do need more care, though.You may want to mulch the area with pine straw, then plant a few floweringshrubs and add container plants for summer color.”Just don’t treat the tree like a big umbrella,” Coder said.”It’s a living thing, with needs of its own. And it’s the most valuable thing outthere.”last_img read more

Eagle Creek Pack-It System: Don’t Leave Home Without It

first_imgThe idea of adding more to my usually already overstuffed luggage while packing was so counter intuitive I found myself questioning my “open-minded” trait that has always served me well in the past.For my last few trips I finally caved, as it were, to trying the Eagle Creek Pack-It system. A series of little baggies (they call them Cubes and such) to pack your clothes, accessories and whatever else you find yourself taking along. While packing I continued to baulk as I put my t-shirts in one Cube, socks and underwear in another. Pants, sweatshirts, gloves, everything had a place. There are even “Folders” for dress shirts and pants (of which I rarely, but on occasion need to pack) to keep them from getting wrinkled up and ready to wear upon arrival.Then it clicked. While compressing one of the cubes to get it zipped up it dawned on me how, despite the extra fabric the cube introduces to the packing, it keeps my clothes compressed and out of the way for more items to be packed.Aside from the compression the cubes bring to the packing process, I’ve always appreciated having my bag organized. Even when backpacking I like to use stuff sacks to keep smaller items like socks, gloves, extra long johns and the such from exploding out of my pack and onto the wet and/or dirty ground as I rummage to find something. The same applies to my suitcase now. And, if for some reason immigration and customs decides to pull me aside for a full bag inspection, I won’t suddenly have unmentionables scattered across the inspection table and falling onto the floor as I have seen some other poor souls suffer.This sense of organization has been adopted by the many kinds of gear I find my self lugging across the globe for various projects like GoPro and other photography accessories, climbing gear, water sports gear and more. It looks like I’ve retained staying “open-minded” after all.My only gripe would be for Eagle Creek to provide more color options to distinguish one bag of gear from another. Some of the cubes have little mesh windows and that’s a good start, but not always the most effective. I’m currently working on a good labeling system without using a sharpie on the bag and having to cross it out each time I use that bag/cube/etc for something else. Got any ideas?last_img read more


first_imgChampion Irish Shearer Ivan ScottIrish shearing champion Ivan Scott from Kilmacrennan showed he’s on target to tackle one of the world’s toughest shearing challenges when he clipped 820 Irish ewes in nine hours in Mayo last Saturday to set a new Irish record.The previous record was 483, set by Wexford man, George Graham in 1997.Scott who hails from Ballyscanlon is planning a bid on New Zealand shearer Dion King’s World solo nine-hour crossbred lambs record of 866 in Cornwall on July 29th. Already holder of the world eight-hour lambs record of 744, shorn in New Zealand over four years ago, Scott blasted his latest tally on Saturday at Frank Jennings’ farm at Hollymount, between Ballinrobe and Claremorris, in County Mayo.Scott opened the day with 178 in the first two hours and followed with successive 1hr 45min runs of 160, 161,162 and 159.He passed the previous Irish ewes record after just 4hrs 52mins, and a big crowd gave him a standing ovation with about 10 minutes to go when he passed 800 – thought to be easily the biggest one-day tally on any sheep and in any conditions in the UK.There were strong Kiwi connections, including record-breaking Cartwright Terry who travelled from West Australia to take the crucial role of “second,” standing alongside Scott on the shearing board and monitoring the clock and the tally as the shearer averaged 39.51 seconds a sheep – caught, shorn and dispatched. The actual shearing time on each sheep, from the time he switched the machine back on to start each sheep to switching-off to make the next catch, averaged less than 30 seconds.Having shorn in New Zealand almost every southern summer over the last 15 years, Scott is no newcomer to record-breaking shearing, first succeeding in New Zealand on December 19th, 2008 when he shore a World solo eight-hours strongwool lambs record of 736 at Rerewhakaaitu, near Rotorua, breaking the eight-hour strongwool lambs record of 731 set six years earlier.That record was broken when Hawke’s Bay shearer Cam Ferguson shore 742 in New Zealand’s central North Island in January 2011 – six months after winning the World Championship.
Scott regained the record when shearing 744 at Taupo, in January 2012.It remains the eight-hour record but now Scott’s eyes are on the big record set by King at Moketenui, on January 10th, 2007.Ivan is the son of Robin and Greta Scott who follow his record breaking career with pride. KILMACRENNAN SHEARER SCOTT FLEECES IRISH RECORD was last modified: June 23rd, 2016 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:donegalIvan Scottshearerlast_img read more

Calls for housing scheme review report to be published

first_imgCharlie McConalogue has said it is a ‘disgrace’ that the Minister for Housing and the Government have failed to produce a report on the review of the Tenant’s Purchase Scheme, over two years after they confirmed the review was complete. Deputy McConalogue made his comments after the latest Dáil response he received from the Minister for Housing in which the Minister stated the report would be published “shortly”.He said: “This consistent response from the Minister is a disgrace and is an insult to those who are hopeful that the review might bring about some changes to the scheme to allow them to buy out their home. “The Tenant Purchase Scheme was reintroduced by the Government in 2016 and gives local authority tenant’s the opportunity to buy their home from the council.“However, on its reintroduction, it was quickly found that a number of people were barred from entering the scheme due to its rigid criteria.“In the majority of cases, they were refused due to the fact their only source of income was social welfare,” he added.“However, often the applicants were old age pensioners who very much want to own the house they have made their home. They were barred from the scheme despite the fact they had amassed lifelong savings to support the purchase of their home or indeed, had demonstrated that they had the support of family members to help assist them with the purchase.“The Minister is failing to grasp how many people are anxiously waiting on the publication of this report. By all accounts, judging from the Parliamentary Question responses I have received, this report is ready for publication but is instead gathering dust on the Minister’s desk.“The Minister must publish this report immediately and afford local authority tenant’s in these situations the opportunity to make their home their own.”Calls for housing scheme review report to be published was last modified: June 17th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Drone licensing process makes for better, safer farm pilots

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest For those with high hopes of gaining a new perspective of agriculture, drones are becoming an increasingly popular addition to farming operations. But while the actual flying of the drone can be very fun and informative, the legalities can be daunting and discouraging.Paul Ralston of Hardin County decided to face the legalities head on by registering his drone and becoming a licensed pilot.“It was a lot more than what I thought it was going to be. I didn’t know what to expect. I went through a class at Indiana State. They went through traffic patterns at airports, different airport classifications, knowing how to read a coded weather briefing, and learning how to use the degrees on a compass — all kinds of things,” Ralston said.  “The course was two days — one whole day and three fourths of another day. The instructor was great. They taught you what you needed to know to pass the test for your license and how to resource information on continuing your education. Now I know how to access the regulations from the Federal Aviation Administration and how to contact airports to gain clearance and that kind of stuff. I took the class on a Wednesday and Thursday and scheduled the test for the following Monday. It was a 60-question test and you have to get a 70% on it to pass. I got a 90, I was shocked because I am not the greatest student.”The Indiana State Unmanned Systems course costs around $100 and the test costs $120.“I used CATS testing service. They administer the test from the federal government. I called and registered and there are several airports around that provide the computer to take the test on. Then you just show up at the testing location on time and take the test. If you pass they submit it to the FAA to certify it,” Ralston said. “If you don’t pass you have to pay again to retake the test and you have to wait 15 days. Everyone told me going into it that you should take the test right after the class while the information is still fresh.“There are also study materials and practice questions online. I used a lot of those resources over the weekend before I took the test. If you knew how to read the weather briefings and how to read the aeronautical maps you’d probably do OK on the test without taking the course, but I am just a farmer who likes to fly his drone and I had no clue about that stuff.”Ralston thought taking the course and the test was positive in several ways.“For somebody looking to do drone work, I would recommend doing this. I know some pilots who don’t have much love for drones, but when I told them I got my license it really reassured them. You need to do your due diligence to be legal and have the respect for what they are doing. If a drone would hit a plane’s windshield, heaven help them,” Ralston said. “You need to learn to watch the weather and make sure things are correct. As a pilot you are responsible for your actions and if you are not you will pay the consequences. I gained some resect on that end of things.”Ralston is concerned knowing that it will be difficult (maybe impossible) to really enforce the FAA drone laws that he has worked to comply with by getting his license.“I don’t know who is going to mandate this. They said the FAA is not going to police this so anyone can go out and fly and not get in trouble,” he said. “Guys who took the time to go though the process of getting their license like me will be hurt by the actions of those who do not. You need to understand the rules about the air space and respecting others. Drones are a lot of fun but I would encourage everyone flying drones to take the test. It helps you gain respect for the rest of the people using the air space and it will hopefully prevent accidents. I’d hate to see an accident happen.”Jim Love is a sales manager with Beck’s Hybrids and works extensively with drones. He also recommends that farmers working with drones take the steps to get their license.“If you are going to use it you probably should get registered and get a license. We did it because we had to initially to be legal — we had to cover our behinds. But afterwards, we have been pleasantly surprised with how much we appreciate the additional training and how much more confident we feel when we are in the airspace. So at the end of the day, although it seems like an annoying process before you do it, after you have done it you feel like you gained a bunch of knowledge,” Love said. “Farmers should do it because they need to be legal and they can talk about all the gray area they want to, but if you are a farmer and you are flying a drone over a field, then in the eyes of the FAA you are a commercial operator. After they have done it, everyone has said the were glad they had done it.”The course and test are fairly minimal investments of time and money. Beck’s Hybrids has partnered with Indiana State on the course and works with an online version as well called “Remote Pilot 101.”“If you had to go for two days a week for two months it would be one thing, but we have it all cooked down into a two-day course and the guy teaching it does a really nice job. You can also go online and work maybe 30 minutes a night for a week and you’d be ready to go,” Love said. “Indiana State at Terra Haute has a long tradition of aviation history and they were a natural fit. As far as courses like this, I have not seen anyone else making a big push. There are two or three online courses. Remote Pilot 101 is really good. It is broken down into learning modules in 15-minute chunks so it works nice. By the time you have done that course, you have seen a lot of questions which helps.“The course is nothing about flying a drone. It is about the air space and learning how things work, how to avoid negative interactions with others, and who is in charge of the drone. It is easy to remember and thought provoking.”More comfort with the legalities of drone use helps farmers get more from the agronomic benefits of the technology.“I think there are so many ways you can use a drone and, as far as a flying camera it will be as common as a cell phone. If you are in the farming business, you’re going to want one so you can get up above a crop and look at it. Then you will have more advanced users that are making image maps,” Love said. “Not everybody needs the same level of sophistication. It will be like yield monitors. You have guys who have never calibrated their monitor but they have one and you have guys with all of this data that never study it and then you have guys who use it all.”Those interested in getting started with drones should start small.“Do not buy a drone you cannot afford to lose. There is a lot of crazy expensive stuff out there. Sooner or later something is going to go wrong and I don’t want you to call me distraught because you just watched a $25,000 drone fly away. I’d be bummed if I lost a $1,200 drone and I would expect most people to be. But if you lose a $25,000 drone, it is life altering,” Love said. “Don’t enter at too high a level. Enter at a low level and then wish you had something fancier. It is like a boat. If you have never boated before, buy a used one because you’re going to run into the dock. Get all of that out of your system with a used boat and then buy a new one. With drones, start off with something that isn’t very costly and learn how to use it to get your feet wet and learn what it will do and even if you have the temperament to do it. Then go spend some money.”last_img read more

Does Your Startup Need A Technical Cofounder?

first_imgIn today’s startup landscape, practically everything can be outsourced. But when it comes to core technical skills, more and more entrepreneurs are opting to partner with technical cofounders rather than hiring someone for an in-house position. So how do you decide what’s right for your new company?To find the best way to integrate core technical skills into a start up, we asked eight successful young entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) whether startups need tech-oriented founders. 1. How Innovative Is Your Technology?If you want to start a tech company, you must understand the space. You don’t need to be a developer, but at minimum you need to have the background to know what traits a superstar developer has. It also depends on how innovative your technology is—if you’re using existing platforms and delivery methods, you can definitely hire out a great team to run your company. But if the tech itself is what you’re innovating, you need to understand what is happening inside your business. —Laura Roeder, LKR 2. You Need To Know Tech BasicsI really believe that what’s most important for a founder is the ability to have a vision for the company, make sales and hire well. That being said, when you’re in the startup phase, you need to be able to get stuff done – and that means you need to at least have some basic tech skills. It will also help you to hire better, and understand what’s possible and what’s not possible in terms of technology. —Nathalie Lussier, Nathalie Lussier Media 3. Tech Knowledge Is Cost-EffectiveI may be biased – as I am a graphic designer with programming, Web and marketing skills – but to me it is highly important that a founder have some tech skills. We use technology in every business, from online sales and shipping to mobile Web. Being able to change your website on the fly based off a new analytic has been key in growing our online business. Understanding how to harness social media and being up to speed with the newest trending platforms allows us to be everywhere. This being done in-house means more revenue stays with us, compared to hiring a firm or paying a employee who requires training and possible review process, slowing down the speed of business and still adding a layer of time effort to the management team. —Jerry Piscitelli, Portopong LLC 4. You Need Basics, Hire For The Rest There’s a big difference between not knowing intense coding and not knowing anything at all about the space. For a founder to be able to navigate the industry, it’s important that he/she knows enough about trends in the industry and has a basic understanding of tech. One of the worst things I’ve seen are very non-technical VC’s teaming up and opening tech companies. Sometimes their idea for a company has already been done and not worked, but the founders don’t know that because they haven’t been in the field long enough. —Caitlin McCabe, Real Bullets Branding 5. Tech Skills Help, But Aren’t NecessaryAs an Internet entrepreneur, tech skills are certainly helpful (at the very least so you know when you’re paying a fair fee when outsourcing), but they’re most definitely not necessary. I started barely knowing what WordPress was, let alone how to run a website. Sure, I’ve made mistakes (likely more with regard to technology than a founder with tech skills would have), but founders can’t be good at everything – and I make fewer mistakes in other areas. All entrepreneurs have to outsource parts of their businesses in order to use their skills most effectively. For me, that means outsourcing tech. And so far it’s worked quite well. Knowing your weaknesses is far more essential than not having any. —Alexis Wolfer, The Beauty Bean 6. Buy It, Share It, Or Be It If you are unable to build your own tech product, you only have three options: 1. Pay a company to build your product, which could cost $80,000 to $100,000 for an initial app and website, and even more as you add features and improve your product in response to customer feedback. 2. Give up equity in your company. Software programmers are in extremely high demand—you’re competing with Facebook, Google and thousands of other startups. Very early-stage startups may have to give up as much as 30% of their company to bring on a rockstar programmer. 3. Learn to build the product yourself. This is the most time-consuming option, but is often the best. By doing so, you could save capital and equity, and at the very least, adopt the skill set to better oversee options #1 and #2. —Doug Bend, Bend Law Group, PC 7. Communication Skills Are Even More ImportantI was a sociology major in college. When I started my social network, I didn’t have any tech skills. What I did have, however, was a lot of passion for my idea and the ability to communicate the vision that I wanted to create. What I’ve found is that you don’t necessarily need to have tech skill yourself, but you do need to be able to clearly communicate your vision to others, to excite them to join you in your journey. —Eric Bahn, Beat The GMAT 8. Develop Tech Skills As You GrowI’ve learned most of my tech skills on the job. Currently, I’m teaching myself to program in Python. I’ve been in business for years and I’m always picking up a new skill set. You don’t need too much in the way of tech skills right out of the gate. You’ll learn a lot out of sheer self-defense as you go along, especially if you need to judge the work of technical hires or sell a technical product. That said, being an entrepreneur is easier if you’ve got at least some of the skills that you’ll need to execute your idea in place before you start. —Thursday Bram, Hyper Modern ConsultingThe Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only nonprofit organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. The YEC recently published #FixYoungAmerica: How to Rebuild Our Economy and Put Young Americans Back to Work (for Good), a book of 30+ proven solutions to help end youth unemployment. How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… How to Meet the Demands of the Socially Conscio… How to Cultivate the Skill of Being a Creative … scott gerbercenter_img Tags:#hacking#start AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Them Related Posts last_img read more

Real Madrid top Forbes’ most valuable teams list

first_imgSpanish football giants Real Madrid retained top spot on a list of the world’s most valuable football teams for a fourth consecutive year, according to a Forbes poll released on Wednesday.The value of the 10-time European champions rose 12 percent to USD 3.6 billion, making them the world’s second most valuable sports team, surpassed only by the National Football League’s Dallas Cowboys (USD 4 billion), Forbes said in a statement.Barcelona were second on the list with a value of $3.5 billion, also up 12 percent from last year. Manchester United ($3.3 billion), Bayern Munich ($2.7 billion) and Arsenal ($2 billion) rounded out the top five.According to Forbes, the 20 most valuable football teams are worth an average of $1.44 billion, a 24 percent jump from last year that was driven by new lucrative television deals.last_img read more

Jamaica Gets Support to Eradicate Zika-Carrying Mosquitoes

first_img“We are doing something great for the nation, and that is one reason why we ask for collaboration with stakeholders,” she says.Meanwhile, Miss Henlon tells JIS News that coming out of a survey, which revealed that only one per cent of those polled in the targeted communities is aware that Zika can be transmitted through sexual contact, focus will be placed in this area.She says that advertisements will be placed on buses, among other measures.“We are promoting the use of condoms or dual contraception methods to ensure that persons, especially pregnant mothers, don’t get infected, as this can severely affect children,” Miss Henlon says.Zika has been linked to microcephaly, a rare condition in which infants are born with smaller or shrunken brains and heads.“We are targeting maternity stores, to reach pregnant women,” Miss Henlon adds.Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Winston De La Haye, in endorsing the project, is appealing for persons in the communities to cooperate fully.While cases of Zika have significantly declined, and the disease is not the threat that it was a year ago, Dr. De La Haye notes that the virus is endemic to the country “so we don’t want the public to relax”.In addition, he says, there are still instances of dengue fever and chikungunya Virus (CHIKV) around, which are transmitted by the same mosquito that spreads Zika.“In the long run, it is you the individual that we are helping,” he adds.Dr. De La Haye is calling on householders to take personal responsibility for their surroundings and devote at least 10 minutes each week to inspecting their homes to ensure that they are not providing breeding ground for the mosquito. Jamaica’s programme to eradicate the aedes egypti mosquito, which is the primary vector for the Zika virus, has been given a boost through a US$250,000 provision under the Caribbean Zika Response and Preparedness Project.The 16-month undertaking is being implemented by the Jamaica Red Cross through funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).Under the initiative, communities in seven parishes have been identified for targeted intervention, which include clean-up activities and public education.The parishes are Kingston, St. Andrew, St. Catherine, St. Mary, Portland, Westmoreland, and St. James.Teams of Red Cross volunteers, along with the organisation’s field officers are already in the targeted areas visiting homes and staging community sensitisation sessions to empower residents to take action to eradicate breeding areas in and around their homes.Project Manager, Jamaica Red Cross, Kalesha Henlon, says a big part of the programme is the cleaning of communities, which has already started.She informs that old tyres and containers that collect water, providing a breeding ground for the pests, are being removed.Miss Henlon, who was speaking to JIS News at a recent meeting at the Red Cross headquarters in Central Village, St. Catherine, says drum covers are also being distributed to householders.She notes that the covers have been working successfully, and the Red Cross is seeking additional support to widen distribution both inside and outside of the project areas. Story Highlights Miss Henlon, who was speaking to JIS News at a recent meeting at the Red Cross headquarters in Central Village, St. Catherine, says drum covers are also being distributed to householders. All kinds of garbage, including old fridges, hub caps, tyres that can collect rain water, can be home to mosquitoes. Jamaica’s programme to eradicate the aedes egypti mosquito, which is the primary vector for the Zika virus, has been given a boost through a US$250,000 provision under the Caribbean Zika Response and Preparedness Project. He notes that under the Mosquito Control and Research Unit, initiated by Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, and housed at the University of the West Indies’ (UWI), Mona Campus, a number of agencies, including the Red Cross, are collaborating in the eradication of mosquitoes.“The work of those agencies… is all aimed at reducing the number of breeding sites and the possibility of persons being infected by the Zika virus,” he points out.Persons wishing to collaborate with the Red Cross Zika team can contact the organisation at 984-7860-2, or email [email protected] most common symptoms of the Zika virus are fever, rash, joint pain, and red eye. The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe illness requiring hospitalisation is uncommon. There is no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat the virus.Aedes egypti mosquitoes typically lay eggs in and near standing water, in things like buckets, bowls, animal dishes, flower pots and vases.All kinds of garbage, including old fridges, hub caps, tyres that can collect rain water, can be home to mosquitoes.last_img read more

A new art exhibit is on display in Nunavut

first_imgAPTN National NewsIn a region that is filled with talented artists – it is sometimes hard to make a name for yourself.But there is an exhibit underway in Iqaluit that is taking traditional art works – and putting a new spin on them – in the hopes of bringing more attention to these up and coming artists.APTN‘s Wayne Rivers went to the exhibit and files this report.last_img

Leicester Citys Slim Chance Of Defending Its Title Is Already Getting Slimmer

Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed FiveThirtyEight Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Aug. 30, 2016), we preview the new English Premier League season with ESPN’s Mike Goodman and ask if Leicester City has any hope of repeating last year’s shock title win. Then we talk to FiveThirtyEight’s Carl Bialik about the U.S. Open and hear how FiveThirtyEight is using Elo ratings to try to predict this year’s tournament. Finally, FiveThirtyEight’s Blythe Terrell makes her Hot Takedown debut to chat about what happened when her team, the St. Louis Rams, skipped town and how she’s enlisting the help of Neil Paine to pick a new favorite. Plus, we share a significant digit on the rookie quarterback about to take a starring role with the Dallas Cowboys.Hot Takedown also has a spin-off podcast about the U.S. Open for the next couple weeks. It’s called Baseline, and it can be found here.Links to what we discuss are here:ESPN’s Gabriele Marcotti explains why this season’s English Premier League is shaping up to be a battle of the managers.Here’s the Guardian’s interactive guide to the EPL summer transfer window.Ryan Rosenblatt on Fox Sports thinks Leicester doesn’t have a chance of repeating its 2016 title win.Carl Bialik explains the method behind FiveThirtyEight’s U.S. Open model. You can find our predictions here.FiveThirtyEight is forecasting that Serena Williams has a 55 percent chance of winning the U.S. Open.Allison McCann breaks down the numbers behind domestic violence cases in the NFL.Here are ESPN The Magazine’s standings for every sports team according to fan surveys and the value fans get for the money they spend on the team.Significant Digit: 135th. That’s the draft pick the Dallas Cowboys used to take their new starting quarterback, Dak Prescott, in the 2016 NFL draft. That’s the lowest draft pick for a rookie starting quarterback since Randy Hedberg started for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1977. Earlier this week, Chase Stuart wrote about how Tony Romo’s injury thrust Prescott into the starting role. read more