Some Elkhart County officials favor delaying entry into Phase 4

first_img Pinterest By Carl Stutsman – June 11, 2020 2 582 WhatsApp WhatsApp CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Some Elkhart County officials favor delaying entry into Phase 4 (Photo supplied/Centers For Disease Control and Prevention) Indiana is slated to enter stage 4 of its reopening plan, and while Elkhart County has been seeing a spike in cases it is not being held back from the latest phase.However, some local elected officials are requesting the county be delayed a week moving forward. The problem for most have is that nobody fully understands why Elkhart County’s COVID-19 numbers are growing so quickly.Commissioner Mike Yoder tells the Goshen News county officials talked with the state and the state wasn’t concerned enough with the spike to announce the delay on their own. Yoder says a large number of the recently confirmed cases are asymptomatic and not necessarily connected to reopening factories.Emergency Management Director Jennifer Tobey says there are also more positives as they increase testing in Latino and Amish communities. It’s unknown when/if the state will respond to delay request.Read more here with The Goshen News Twitter Twitter Facebook Facebook Google+ Google+ Pinterest Previous articleBoy, 17, shot at Bower & Michigan Streets in ElkhartNext articleLaPorte County woman arrested in connection with suspected child abuse Carl Stutsmanlast_img read more

High Sierra Music Festival Expands 2019 Lineup: Dawes, Shook Twins, Midnight North, More

first_imgHigh Sierra Music Festival will return to Quincy, CA for their 29th-annual event, set to take place this summer on July 4th–7th.On Thursday, the festival expanded their 2019 lineup with the additions of Dawes, Shook Twins, Midnight North, Gene Evaro Jr., the 2019 Band Contest winner More Fatter, and the contest’s runner-up Eric Long. High Sierra also revealed the Reid Genauer & Folks lineup which includes Scott Metzger, Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz, Jay Lane, Danny Eisenberg, John Leccese and Dave Diamond. Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz, Skerik, Jennifer Hartswick, and Natalie Cressman will serve as this year’s artists-at-large.As previously announced, High Sierra Music Festival’s full lineup includes DISPATCH, Umphrey’s McGee, Greensky Bluegrass, Jim James (Full Band), St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Galactic, The Del McCoury Band, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe presents Eat a Bunch of Peaches, Steel Pulse, The Marcus King Band, Leftover Salmon, Mandolin Orange, Del & Dawg (Del McCoury/David Grisman duo), ALO, The Polish Ambassador, The New Mastersounds, Manic Focus, PNUMA (Live), The Travelin’ McCourys, Stanton Moore and Skerik’s Emerald Quintet feat. Scott Metzger, Robert Walter and Andy Hess, Too Many Zooz, Sisters of the Strawberry Moon feat. Luther Dickinson, Birds of Chicago and Sharde Thomas, The Nth Power (Marvin Gaye Tribute), The Lil Smokies, TAUK, BIG Something, Jennifer Hartswick Band, Andy Frasco & The U.N., John Kadlecik’s Fellowship of The Wing feat. Jay Lane, Reed Mathis, and Todd Stoops, Songhoy Blues, Star Kitchen, Gaby Moreno, Joe Craven & The Sometimers, Cris Jacobs Band, Amo Amo, Cha Wa, Ron Artis II & The Truth, Royal Jelly Jive, The Suitcase Junket, Marty O’Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra, Mapache, Valley Queen, Templo, Diggin Dirt, Rainbow Girls, and Let’s Be Leonard.Fans can head over to the event’s ticketing page for various package options, which are on sale now.last_img read more

Santino Fontana & More Set for Vassar’s Powerhouse Season

first_imgSantino Fontana(Photo: Caitlin McNaney) Star Files View Comments Poughkeepsie is the place to be this summer as a handful of new works come to life. Vassar and New York Stage and Film’s 2016 Powerhouse Season will include a new presentation of the 1965 musical The Roar of the Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd, adapted by and starring Tony nominee Santino Fontana. Among the other names lined up for the summer festival are Josh Radnor, Michael Mayer and John Slattery.The Roar of the Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd introduced such American songbook standards as “Who Can I Turn To?,” “The Joker” and “Feeling Good.” Fontana, who can be seen on screen in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, has been commissioned by Roundabout Theatre Company to adapt the classic work by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley.The upcoming season will also feature two fully-staged productions of new plays written and directed by women. Transfers, by Lucy Thurber, will run from June 30 through July 10 with Jackson Gay at the helm. Lila Neugebauer will direct Sarah DeLappe’s The Wolves, which will run from July 21 through July 31.Additionally, two TV stars and Broadway alums will present play as part of the Reading Series. Josh Radnor will offer his first play Sacred Valley, while Emmy nominee John Slattery will direct a reading of Lorien Hayne’s Good Grief. Meanwhile, Michael Mayer will direct a private presentation of a new musical, titled Head Over Heels. The show features a book by Jeff Whitty and music by The Go-Go’s. Tom Kitt will serve as music supervisor for the project; he and Mayer collaborated previously on American Idiot at Powerhouse.The 32nd annual festival is scheduled to run from June 24 through July 31. Additional events and casting will be announced later. Santino Fontanalast_img read more

Bogotá Inaugurates Innovative Municipal Drug Treatment Program

first_img BOGOTÁ, Colombia — Twitching and ill at ease in their current surroundings, Maria and Pablo Camargo describe their addiction to basuco — the base cocaine which has many of Bogotá’s 15,000 street-dwellers in its grasp. Maria, who looks much older than her 24 years, began smoking basuco at 16. Her 22-year-old brother Pablo started at the age of 9. An escape from the hardships of life which left them on the streets, they now eke out a living in downtown Bogotá by collecting discarded recyclable material for resale, or begging at traffic lights to feed their addiction. Both Maria and Pablo are being treated at the Mobile Health Centers for Drug Addicts (known by the Spanish acronym Centro de Atención Civil, or CAMAD) — an initiative led by Bogotá Mayor Gustavo Petro and the city’s secretary of health, Guillermo Alfonso Jaramillo. But times have been hard for the siblings. “One month ago, I relapsed and started smoking basuco again. My brother relapsed 15 days ago,” said Maria, who was one of the first addicts to be treated at CAMAD. City official: Drug addicts in a state of ‘neo-slavery’ Dr. Dario Fernandez, who heads the CAMAD in a neighborhood unofficially known as the Bronx, has encountered firsthand the confusion created by the installation of the health unit. “Locals approached to ask why we dispensed drugs in a district already rife with narcotics,” he said. “The CAMADs do not hand out narcotics. We provide medications under prescription. We treat those who are most vulnerable.” Bogotá’s Bronx is a byword for urban decay in the capital. Located a few blocks west of the presidential palace, the once-fashionable district — named after the New York borough of the same name — is today inhabited by an internally displaced population forced to move to the city due to rural violence. In December 2012, a notorious drug gang active in the Bronx threatened to burn CAMAD down. Nevertheless, municipal authorities hope to open five more CAMADs this year, in key areas including a prison. Said Jaramillo: “Bogotá has to be the leader in a network dedicated to dealing with drug dependency.” By Dialogo March 04, 2013 IT’S GOOD The fight against drug trafficking is our guarantee to preserve our children and our future.I am exasperated with everything that happens due to drugs and its poisonous effects on society. Here I state my support to everything that comes from a humane and honest way to tackle drug trafficking. I don’t understand why there’s so much criticism towards this proposal of Mayor Gustavo Petro and Secretary of Health Guillermo Alfonso. I’ve been living in the city of Bogotá for 20 years and up to this moment he is the first mayor to worry about these people who in the long run are victims of this social issue, and above a legacy that was left to us by drug trafficking. I support it, and it’s possible that in a few months it is proven to be useful, God willing it works. I would like to know what a drug addict should do to register and what the requirements are Hi my name is Duber and I would really like to work with you I have been re-educated and based on my experience I would like to help people who, like myself, don’t see a light at the end of the tunnel please this is my number3016862660 The program should be expanded to small towns, since the population there is more vulnerable because they are forgotten and almost ignored by the authorities of every level and the population itself is untouchable. What do they think based on their GREAT IGNORANCE. The problem is NATIONAL, not local. Bogotá is no stranger to homelessness, and the downtown Candelaria district where foreign tourists enjoy the city’s museums and coffee shops is precisely where Maria and Pablo spend their days. It is here that many of Bogotá’s less fortunate — living on the periphery of society — struggle on a day-to-day existence of addiction and crime. In a move to address the problem of homelessness, Both Petro and Jaramillo have people like Maria and Pablo in mind when discussing the problem of homelessness. “Drug addicts are in a state of neo-slavery, subjecting them to exploitation, sexual and otherwise. We must be strong in the battle against the drug trafficker but at the same time offer our full assistance to the patient, since this is an illness,” Jaramillo said. Government statistics show that violence and petty crime, long associated in Bogotá with homelessness and drug addiction, have fallen. Health officials say this is a result of the work of the CAMADs in helping to get addicts off the streets. Some locals opposed to CAMAD initiative In the last four months, more than 2,500 people have been treated in the two existing CAMADS. As Jaramillo said, “some Colombians think we are wasting our money, but we need to get the message across that these are people who deserve our attention.” The CAMADs, staffed by doctors accustomed to working in slums plagued by crime and addiction, best resemble mobile ambulances that cater to the health needs of impoverished people. The aim is to reduce cases of HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, tuberculosis and other diseases. Bogotá’s police department is involved, too. According to police sources, a two-gram fold of basuco costs between 1,000 and 3,000 pesos (55 cents to $1.70). Police Maj. Alba Alvarez said it no longer makes sense to crack down on only consumers, but to also focus on the capital’s 453 dealing centers. “In the 1990s, Colombia went from being a drug-producing country to a drug-consuming one,” said Alvarez, though he acknowledged that many Bogotá residents remain opposed to these treatment centers. He suggested that this is due to a lack of accurate information about what the CAMADs actually do. Turf wars in the Bronxlast_img read more

Be happy, don’t worry

first_img 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Neil Pasricha remembers the old formula for success: Study hard, get straight As, go to a great college, work hard, and get promoted so you can make a bunch of money and achieve happiness. Pasricha doesn’t quibble with elements of that premise. He’d simply flip the equation on its head.“That model’s actually the opposite,” he says. “It’s not ‘great work leads to big success, which leads you to be happy.’ It’s ‘being happy leads to great work, which leads to big success.’”The road to that realization presented itself for Pasricha only after he experienced great personal distress.In 2008, he started the blog “1,000 Awesome Things” on impulse after his wife told him she wanted a divorce and his best friend committed suicide following a lengthy bout with mental illness.Begun primarily as a salve for his own despondence, Pasricha’s steady stream of simple, free, universal pleasures soon attracted a massive audience. continue reading »last_img read more

S. Korea’s economy faces tipping point as COVID-19 pandemic persists

first_imgTopics : Since confirming its first domestic case of COVID-19 infection on Jan. 20, South Korea’s economy has been on a roller-coaster ride — hitting its low point in April-June — but appears to be bouncing back now.Concerns are now mounting that the persisting or widening gap between its financial indexes and the actual economic sentiment in the market may be signaling a watershed moment for Asia’s fourth-largest economy in the post-coronavirus era.During the past six months, the Korean government has submitted and approved three sets of supplementary state budgets, including a record-high amount of 35.1 trillion won ($29.1 billion) and totaling at 59 trillion won so far this year.The Bank of Korea has carried out base rate cuts to a fresh record-low of 0.5 percent, in an easing action amid stalled market sentiments. The central bank has also been pumping liquidity in the market through repurchase agreements, with the amount totaling 46.6 trillion won as of Tuesday.Notwithstanding these fiscal and monetary policy measures, however, the Korean economy inevitably faced an unprecedented slump, just as most economies across the globe.According to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, the country’s accumulated export volume as of end-June is estimated at around $24.07 million, down 11.2 percentage point from a year earlier.The monthly exports, which had remained on a downtrend for 14 months straight until January this year, improved in February, marking a 3.5 percent rise from a year earlier. This slight improvement, however, soon dipped to a downward slide in March as mass infections were observed here and soon turned to double-digit falls in the following months.Pressed by the stalled exports and dampened domestic market sentiment, leading manufacturers were forced to suspend or even terminate their operations.The nation’s largest carmaker Hyundai Motor halted several of its production lines in Ulsan last month. IT giants, including Samsung Electronics, have suspended their key overseas manufacturing plants.With these emergency actions, the country’s manufacturing production slipped 6.9 percent from a month earlier in May.Also, the number of those on furlough — who are technically classified as employed — stood at 729,000 in June, up 97.7 percent from a year earlier, according to the monthly employment trend report by Statistics Korea.The number of self-employed people dipped 140,000 during the first half of the year, marking the steepest fall since the global financial crisis.Reflecting the prolonged economic fallout, key domestic and global institutes revised their outlook for the domestic economy.The International Monetary Fund predicted that economic growth will contract 2.1 percent on-year in 2020, while the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development suggested a 1.2 percent on-year contraction. The BOK, which usually assumes a relatively optimistic stance, lowered its figure to minus 0.2 percent — on the premise that the coronavirus spread will diminish during the second half of the year, after peaking in the second quarter.The stock market, on the other hand, has taken a different track.The benchmark bourse Kospi closed at 2,201.88 on Wednesday, recovering the 2,200 point range that was observed in late February — just before the nation adopted strong quarantine measures.Leading the recovery were foreigners and institutional investors, that recently scooped large-cap stocks such as Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, and Hyundai Motor.While the government’s recently unveiled “Korean New Deal” is seen as a positive momentum for investors, the epidemic development continues to act as uncertainty.Some market observers pointed out to the excessive gap between stock market indexes and the real economy.“The [real] economy has not yet passed the low point, but stock prices have pre-emptively reflected the expectations on economic stimulus actions,” said Kim Hyung-ryeol, an analyst at Kyobo Securities.“In order for the stock market to prolong the latest bullish trend, it is crucial that the real economy also sees equivalent improvements.”last_img read more

Regulators set up climate risk monitoring committee

first_imgThe UK’s top financial regulators have established a committee to monitor and respond to the risk posed to the finance sector by climate change.The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulatory Authority (PRA) hosted the inaugural meeting of their new Climate Financial Risk Forum on 8 March.As well as the two regulators, 15 financial services groups were in attendance as members of the committee, including asset managers BlackRock, Hermes, Invesco, Schroders and Standard Life Aberdeen.The new group also includes five banks (BNP Paribas, HSBC, JP Morgan, Royal Bank of Scotland, and the Yorkshire Building Society) and five insurers (Aviva, Legal & General, Lloyd’s of London, RSA and Zurich). The London Stock Exchange and Green Finance Institute – a UK government-backed project launched last year – are also members of the committee. The entrance to the FCA’s headquarters in Stratford, LondonIn a statement published this morning, the FCA and PRA said: “Climate change and society’s response to it presents financial risks that are relevant to the PRA’s and FCA’s objectives.“While these risks may crystallise in full over longer-time horizons, they are becoming apparent now. Firms are enhancing their approaches to managing these risks, but face barriers to implementing the forward-looking, strategic approach necessary to minimise the risks.“The Climate Financial Risk Forum aims to reduce these barriers by developing practical tools and approaches to address climate-related financial risks.” At the meeting on Friday, the regulators said, four working groups were established to focus on risk management, scenario analysis, disclosure, and innovation. These working groups will meet more frequently than the main committee and include a broader membership, aiming to produce “practical guidance” for the finance industry.Sam Woods, CEO of the PRA, which oversees systemically important banks and insurers, said: “Climate change has the potential to create significant financial risks for the firms the PRA regulates. The challenge we face in mitigating these risks is unprecedented, and we need to begin to act now if we are to ensure an orderly transition to a low-carbon economy.“The establishment of the Climate Financial Risk Forum will provide a platform through which the PRA, FCA and industry can share experience and build expertise as we begin this work.”This article was edited on 12 March to amend the caption of the photocenter_img The PRA’s Sarah Breeden, executive director of international banks supervision, and the FCA’s Christopher Woolard, executive director of strategy and competition, will chair the group.last_img read more

William Fred Francis

first_imgWilliam Fred Francis, 72 of Elizabethtown passed away at 11:30pm Monday, October 10, 2016 at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. He was born at Whitesburg in Letcher County, Kentucky on March 28, 1944 the son of John W. and Purnia Sergent Francis. He was married to Candace Collins and she survives. Other survivors include one son Tony Francis of Columbus; two daughters Natalie (Jerry) Gilpin of Versailles and Kylie Francis of Elizabethtown; two sisters Hazel (Dennis) Lemen of Zionsville and Nancy (Lee) Crocker of Waverly, Ohio; 7 grandchildren. Mr. Francis was a 1962 graduate of Versailles High School and was a veteran of the US Navy where he served from 1968 to 1972. He was a 46 year employee of Cummins Engine in Columbus retiring in 2009 and attended the Elizabethtown United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 15th at 12pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Mike Dixon of the Tyson United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles with military graveside rites by the Versailles American Legion. Visitation will be Saturday from 11am until time of services. Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice.last_img read more

Sir Viv never chased Gabriel off the field

first_imgLEGENDARY former West Indies captain Sir Vivian “Viv” Richards says he never chased former T&T opening batsman Richard Gabriel off the field during a Benson and Hedges Limited Overs match in Australia in 1984.The “Master Blaster” has been maligned, cursed and abused by local cricket fans who saw the incident as an attack on their own.The episode occurred at Perth in a tied encounter between West Indies and Australia. Clive Lloyd was the captain but Richards was holding on for him when the incident occurred.Larry Gomes, the Trinidadian part-time off-spinner, was operating at the time and bowled a short delivery outside off-stump to Kepler Wessels who was cut down to deep point. Gabriel gingerly running around close to the boundary failed to pick up the ball and it cannoned into the fence.“I never sent Gabriel off the field because I wanted to discipline him as the commentators said at the point in time,” recalls Richards.“Gabriel indicated that he had a hamstring problem so I point that he could go off the field after that effort.“I think Gabriel has finally been able to come clean with the incident and tell people what really happened on that occasion.”The match was the second game of the World Series finals and ended in a tie. Television replays of the incident show Gabriel pointing to his right hamstring after recovering the ball. Gus Logie, his fellow Trinidadian, replaced him on the field for the remainder of the match.After the incident, fans at the Queen’s Park Oval in St Clair, Port-of-Spain, refused to give Richards a good reception until they consumed their choice beverage and the Antiguan was murdering the bowling of the opposition.There will always be “talk” of Viv not liking Trinidadians and this did not go down well with the batting genius as he showed otherwise on many occasions.My own interaction with Viv showed his true colours.Back in 2016 while covering the West Indies versus Pakistan Test series in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Viv would insist that I take a ride back to my hotel with the transport that was provided for him by the television company he was working for, during the series.We spent close to a month in the UAE and grew very close as I was able to get to know the man better and understand his thinking and methods.One night after play had ended in the day/night Test between West Indies and Pakistan at the Dubai International Stadium, I told him that I would see him the next day, as I was about to call a taxi. He called me into his van as he had been doing every day of the Test match.On that evening, another Trinidadian journalist Fazeer Mohammed and part of the television crew had stayed back to complete his assignments so he did not leave with the other van as he usually had done, together with former Pakistan opening batsman Rameez Raja.I didn’t go to Viv’s van because it was filled, as daily, it was occupied by the driver, Viv, Ian Bishop and former Pakistan fast bowler Waqar Younis.Viv told me: “Get into the van.” To which, I mentioned to him that the vehicle was filled to capacity. He told the driver to open the back of the vehicle and commented: “I will not leave my Caribbean brother alone.”Viv said he would sit in the booth of the Landcruiser just to accommodate me. When the driver opened the back, we realised there was a pull-down seat in the vehicle. However, Mohammed volunteered to sit in the back as he was smaller in-built and off we went.This showed his love for his Caribbean brother, a Trinidadian at that, and he was very much willing to assist me.On that tour, we sat together and spoke a lot about politics. We watched clips of his masterful batting and he openly shared his feelings towards his Caribbean people and the deep passion with which he views the region.It was on this tour, he revealed the incident with Gabriel and it was obvious that the entire episode had affected him because the truth was not spoken.On the international scene, Viv is one of the few former West Indies cricketers that will make sure you are comfortable when far away from home. He always says that “when we are far away from home we must stick together as Caribbean people and ensure that we make life easy for each other.”Viv has always been a voice for the voiceless. He was the one who came out openly and suggested to Yorkshire County Cricket Club back in the day that they look at some of the young Asians who were very talented in the Headingley area.He was told by an official that they couldn’t handle the smell of all that curry in the dressing room. Viv hated this comment so much that when the official passed on, he refused to even attend his funeral.The legend Viv has sat with Kings, presidents, prime ministers, and top celebrities, exuding a class that is equal or even above them. Long live, the “King of the Caribbean”.(Reprinted from T&T Guardian)last_img read more

Women’s Soccer: Shot at near perfect Big Ten record, national title on horizon

first_imgThe No. 9 Wisconsin Badgers women’s soccer team (13-2-2) is on an absolute tear for the second straight season. With an undefeated record in Big Ten competition, they are poised for another deep run in the NCAA tournament to match an impressive regular season performance.So far, the Badgers have stuck to familiar weapons on offense to secure such an impressive record in conference and non-conference play. Primarily, this manifests itself in massive offensive contributions from senior forward Dani Rhodes. The consistent leader in goal production is back in business in a major way for the Badgers this year.With a total of 10 goals through 17 games, Rhodes is by far the team leader in scoring. The next closest team member, Cameron Murtha, has just half the total goals on the season. While five goals is an impressive amount in its own right, the discrepancy between the two clearly demonstrates just how impressive a performance Rhodes is putting on for the Badgers.Women’s Soccer: Early season success offers chance at redemptionAfter a 2018 fall defined by regular season promise that ultimately failed to play out in the postseason, the Badgers Read…There also exists a large difference between Murtha and a host of competitors with two total goals on the season. Lauren Rice, Emma Jaskaniec and Jenna Kiraly have all managed to score two goals on a piece throughout the season. Such a significant stratification of goal scoring demonstrates just how implemental Murtha and Rhodes have been in achieving a high level of success for the team as a whole.While Rhodes’ and Murtha’s contributions drive offensive production, a stalwart defense has been just as, if not more, important to the Badgers’ dominant performances throughout the season. Goalie Jordyn Bloomer is a large part of that sturdy defense as she currently has just over an 86% save rate on the season — good for 21st in the nation.Overall, the Badgers have allowed a grand total of eight goals on the season for an average of just 0.47 goals per game. Only on one occasion did they allow a team to score more than one goal in a game as they tied Iowa 2–2 in double overtime at home.Women’s soccer: Wisconsin hung tight with nation’s best in NCAA Tournament, Coach Paula Wilkins excited for next yearThe No. 15 Wisconsin Badgers women’s soccer team fell 1–0 to then No. 1 ranked Stanford just before Thanksgiving. With Read…With this combination of concentrated offensive production from the team’s scoring leaders and a defense that is extremely stingy, the Badgers have mostly avoided disaster en route to their undefeated record in the Big Ten and their No. 9 national ranking. In truth, there is only one slight blemish on the Badgers’ record so far.Both of their losses came to teams currently ranked within the top 25 in Division I. One was to Florida State who is currently both the reigning national champion and ranked No. 3 in the nation. The other loss came to UCLA who, at the time, was ranked No. 5 in the nation. The Bruins slipped down in the rankings throughout the season, currently finding themselves ranked 20th in the nation.This loss marks the only Badger loss on the season to a team that is currently at a lower rank than them nationally. Even then, it came against a talented Bruins squad that still has the opportunity to compete for an NCAA title later in the year.The Badgers similarly had a strong regular season showing last year as they sought to make a deep run in the NCAA tournament at the end of 2018. Despite a total record of 14-4-4, the Badgers went just 6-2-3 in the Big Ten. This includes an early exit in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament after a loss to Illinois. The Badgers would then go on to advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament following the Big Ten playoffs before falling to Stanford.Women’s soccer: Badgers fall short of Big Ten title on final dayThe No. 19 University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team (12-3-3, 6-2-3 Big Ten) finished their Big Ten regular season schedule Read…That loss perhaps indicated that, while the Badgers were certainly able to acquire a strong regular season record, they weren’t quite ready to continue that domination in postseason Big Ten play.If this was the case, then this year bodes even better for the Badgers’ chances to have a legitimate shot at a national title. Their Big Ten play has been impeccable and, other than a couple losses to top five teams, they’ve looked nearly unstoppable. With their recent win over Northwestern, the Badgers also claimed an automatic share of the Big Ten title even before the season is over. This marks just the third time in team history the team has claimed at least a share of the conference title.To improve upon last year’s performance, the simple solution may very well be to do more of the same. In a year in which the men’s team has failed to live up to expectations, the women’s program is picking up the slack by contending at the national level for a shot at a national championship.The weapons cultivated by this team seem to show no signs of slowing down as the season progresses, and there exists no reason to believe that the level of success they have achieved up to this point is not indicative of their overall talent level. With Rhodes supplying an astronomical number of goals alongside a stalwart goalkeeping performance from Bloomer, the Badgers are looking nearly impossible to stop. The road to a national title will be anything but easy. Each aspect of the team will have to continue to fire on all cylinders if they are to finish strong.last_img read more