HSC pledges employer support with strategy

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Health and Safety Commissioner Dr Mike McKiernan told delegates that theHSC’s occupational health strategy will have clear targets to record ill-healthamong workers and the general public. “It will help people who have been made ill through work to get back towork and will improve opportunities for people who are currently out of work toget back into employment,” he said. It will dovetail the Government’s changes to health and safety due to bepublished this month, which is also expected to set clear targets. (See News,p5) Previously unpublished research carried out by OH advisers which reviewsprovision in small- and medium-sized enterprises will be published alongsidethe HSC strategy. “Fatal accidents in the UK are a quarter of what they were when theHealth and Safety at Work Act came into being 25 years ago. Britain has one ofthe best health and safety records in the world,” said McKiernan. “But we cannot be complacent. Our performance is not good enough evennow and that applies to health as opposed to pure safety.” Comments are closed. HSC pledges employer support with strategyOn 1 May 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

McIlroy fights back

first_img Press Association Rory McIlroy roared back on the second day of The Barclays with a brilliant six-under-par 65, but the world number one still trails joint leaders Adam Scott and Cameron Tringale by five shots heading into the weekend. McIlroy’s efforts left him on three under for the tournament, alongside the likes of Sergio Garcia (68) and Charl Schwartzel (70), although they were some way off the leading duo at the Ridgewood Country Club. Scott, the world number two and defending champion, matched McIlroy’s 65 – the Australian recording seven birdies and a bogey – while American Tringale followed up his opening-day 66 with a 68. Scott felt his round could have been even lower, saying on www.pgatour.com: “I played the par fives in one over today, so I could find four (strokes) there for you, and missed so many 10‑footers…” They hold a one-shot lead over a group of three Americans in second place, Kevin Chappell (67), Brendon Todd (69) and Jim Furyk (69). Swede Henrik Stenson leads the European challenge on six under after a brilliant 64, alongside Scotland’s Russel Knox, who shot a two-under-par 69. Overnight leader Van Pelt (71) and Kevin Na (66) are also in the six-man group on six under, along with Jason Day who matched Stenson’s magnificent round of 64 – the lowest of the day – after recording four birdies in his final six holes, and Ernie Els. Els, 44, said after his second successive 68: “I’m starting to feel like the old Ernie again on the greens. So it’s exciting.” Among those to have missed the cut are English duo Ian Poulter and Luke Donald, South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen and Martin Kaymer of Germany. center_img McIlroy, looking to add to his victories at the Open Championship, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and US PGA Championship, suffered a nightmare start on Thursday as he carded a 74 that left him nine shots behind pacesetter Bo Van Pelt. However, the Northern Irishman enjoyed a much better day on Friday, recording a blemish-free round that included three birdies on the front nine and three more on his way back – including the 12th and 13th holes, where he dropped three shots in total on the first day. last_img read more

Moses, Friday , Others Dominate CBN Junior Tennis Championship

first_imgThe duo of Favour Moses and Gabriel Friday from Kaduna State, last weekend emerged winners of the U-16 boy and girls category of 2018 Central Bank of Nigeria Junior Tennis Championship which was rounded up at the National Stadium in Lagos.In the girls’ final match, Mode overpowered  Adeyemi Omolade from Ondo State 9-8 in a tie-break game to win the category just as  Gabriel Friday outclassed Lagos state representative, Mathew Agbamu,also 9-8 to claim the boys’ category trophy. Also victorious was the Oiza Yakubu of Lagos state who stopped Chidinma Eze from Anambra state 9-7 to win the girls 14 title even as Ekit state’s Daniel Adeleye defeated Friday Victor 9-4 to smile home with the Under 14 boys title.Another champion was Ganiyu Mubarak who sent Phillips Pyagbara packing via 9- 3 defeat in under- 12 boys category.Esther Oni  lost 6-9 to Afolabi Imole from Oyo state in the girls U-12 division while  Nene Yakubu surpassed all opposition to emerge victorious in  the U-10 girls category that was played in a round robin format.Meanwhile, the Ag. Director Corporate Communications of the CBN, Isaac Okorafor has that he was trilled by the large turnout of over 300 junior tennis players that came from across the country to for the 2018 editon, said he was indeed excited even as he commended parents for releasing their wards for the championship.Adding that as the apex bank in the country, the Central bank will continue to sponsor youth developmental programmes like the junior tennis for the benefit of Nigerian youths as part of its social responsibilities.He also encouraged other corporate organisations in the country to emulate the CBN by joining the Nigerian  child development crusade through youths sports sponsorship programmes.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

DNA Translation Has Codes Upon Codes

first_imgThe DNA code is protected by another code, and is read with a machine that reads a third code.  This is an emerging picture from ongoing research into DNA transcription, as reported in Science.1    In the 1950s, scientists were astonished to find a code at the genetic basis of life.  DNA’s four-letter alphabet, arranged into triplet codons, providing 64 combinations that could code for the 20 amino acids and “punctuation” in various ways, seemed simple and elegant (see description in our online book).  Now it seems, remarkable as this mechanism is, it is way too simple.  Other factors must control when and how particular genes are to be transcribed.  Biochemists have also been cataloguing a huge number of post-transcriptional and post-translational modifications that take place, from the moment messenger-RNA is formed to after the protein chain is assembled.  What controls the regulators?    Additional codes involved in regulating gene expression have been coming to light.  One was the histone code attached to DNA (11/13/2007) which may be as complex and as important as the DNA code itself (04/12/2003).  Now, Science published two papers on another code attached directly to the transcriber, RNA Polymerase II.  This “CTD code” is composed of tandem repeats of seven amino acids forming a tail called the carboxy-terminal domain (CTD).  New work expands the previously-known number of phosphorylation states from four to eight.  Since each of these amino acids can be modified by phosphorylation, patterns emerge that resemble a hexadecimal system.  Because the tandem repeats vary from 17 to 52 sets on a CTD, if each phosphorylation pattern had a functional meaning, there are potentially 852 different CTD patterns – over 900 trillion trillion trillion trillion.    Such a number is probably degenerate – i.e., vastly greater than the number of states that are actually needed for functional meaning.  Still, the potential is there for a huge array of states that can direct the behavior of RNA Polymerase II.  It also might help explain why the number of genes in the human genome was surprisingly low; perhaps the CTD code provides a way to get more transcripts out of a gene – resulting in many proteins from one gene.  Experiments have shown that some distinct phosphorylation patterns do indeed change the expression of the gene.  Jeffry Corden [Johns Hopkins U] wrote in the review article on the two papers,The biological role of CTD phosphorylation remains to be fully elucidated, but the emerging picture is that the pattern of CTD phosphorylation changes during RNA synthesis, allowing dynamic modification of the DNA template and processing of the nascent RNA transcript.  The studies by Chapman et al.2 and by Egloff et al.3 provide both the tools to fully document CTD phosphorylation patterns and the best evidence to date that these patterns constitute a code that intersects, at the most fundamental level, with the regulation of different classes of eukaryotic genes.It appears that both DNA and its transcriber have codes, completely independent from the DNA code, affixed to them.  Are they passwords forming an authentication scheme?  Are they messages telling the machinery what to do?  If so, what sends the messages, and what recognizes them?  How is the password validated?  More work into this fascinating area will surely be needed.  For now, Corden said, “Together, the papers show that CTD phosphorylation is more complicated than previously thought and link, for the first time, expression of specific genes with a distinct CTD phosphorylation pattern.”1.  Jeffry L. Corden, “Seven Ups the Code,” Science, 14 December 2007: Vol. 318. no. 5857, pp. 1735-1736, DOI: 10.1126/science.1152624.2.  Chapman et al, “Transcribing RNA Polymerase II Is Phosphorylated at CTD Residue Serine-7,” Science, 14 December 2007: Vol. 318. no. 5857, pp. 1780-1782, DOI: 10.1126/science.1145977.3.  Egloff et al, “Serine-7 of the RNA Polymerase II CTD Is Specifically Required for snRNA Gene Expression,” Science, 14 December 2007: Vol. 318. no. 5857, pp. 1777-1779, DOI: 10.1126/science.1145989.The situation just keeps getting worse for the evolutionists.  None of the three papers even mentioned evolution.  Who would dare?    Apparently, Science Daily dared.  Summarizing these papers, it said, “It would appear that, over the last 500 million years, other ways to produce highly complex organisms have evolved.  Evolution has simply found more efficient ways to use the genes already there.”  You may now utter a long, sarcastic groan.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Is Just the Same As

first_imgKnowing what you need to do and not doing it is the same as not knowing.Having a dream and not taking action on that dream is the same as not having a dream.Having a goal and not doing the work that moves you towards that goal is the same as not having a goal.Knowing people without making investments in those relationships is the same as not having relationships.Knowing that you need to develop yourself personally and professionally and not taking classes, doing homework, and studying independently is the same as not knowing that you need to develop yourself personally and professionally.Possessing the ability to create value for others and not creating that value is the same as not possessing the ability to create value.Knowing how to read and not reading is the same as not knowing how to read.Wanting to make a difference but being unwilling to make waves is the same as not wanting to make a difference.It’s not enough to possess knowledge. It’s not enough to have a bigger vision. Without action, it’s the same as . . .last_img read more

PURSUIT SUSPECT TRANSFERRED BACK TO WOODBURY COUNTY JAIL

first_imgONE OF THE SUSPECTS ARRESTED IN PLYMOUTH COUNTY AFTER AN HOUR LONG PURSUIT LAST THURSDAY HAS BEEN TRANSFERRED TO THE WOODBURY COUNTY JAIL.28-YEAR-OLD CHASE RIESSEN WAS ARRESTED IN LE MARS AFTER FLEEING THE WOODBURY COUNTY RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT FACILITY AND ALLEGEDLY ASSAULTING TWO STAFF MEMBERS THERE.HE WAS A PASSENGER IN A PICK-UP DRIVEN BY ANOTHER ESCAPEE,GABRIEL VERBESKI, WHO REMAINS IN CUSTODY IN PLYMOUTH COUNTY.RIESSEN IS CHARGED IN WOODBURY COUNTY WITH TWO COUNTS OF ASSAULTING AN OFFICER, ESCAPE FROM CUSTODY, POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA AND FURNISHING A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE TO ANOTHER INMATE.RIESSEN’S ARRAIGNMENT IS SET FOR FEBRUARY 11TH.HE’S BEING HELD IN THE WOODBURY COUNTY JAIL ON $35,000 BOND.last_img

Manitoba raids Dakota smoke shop seizes Mohawk cigs

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt didn’t take long for Manitoba tax authorities to strike.Agents with Manitoba Finance’s special investigations unit along with the RCMP raided a Dakota-run smoke shop Tuesday, seizing 89,550 cigarettes made by a Mohawk tobacco firm that were being sold without a provincial license.In a brief statement, the department said the Dakota Chundee smoke shop, which was being run by three Dakota First Nations, was raided at about 12:20 p.m. Tuesday.The seized cigarettes, which were made by Rainbow Tobacco based out of the Mohawk community of Kahnawake near Montreal, were federally licensed, but not stamped for sale in the province.“The investigation is continuing and charges are pending,” said the statement.The Dakota’s opened the smoke shop, which sits about 100 kilometres southwest of Brandon, Man., last Wednesday and invited media to attend. There were also plans to open an unlicensed casino alongside the smoke shop.Canupawakpa Dakota Chief Frank Brown could not be reached for comment.Rainbow Tobacco president Robbie Dickson could not be reached for comment.The Dakota hoped to raise much needed revenue through the smoke shop and casino, while also upping the stakes in their court battle with the federal government.“If they raid us and seize and confiscate and charge, what laws are they using against us,” said Brown in a previous interview. “There is no process with non-treaty in Canada, so what laws are they going to legally use?”Ottawa considers the Dakota “American Indian refugees” and claims they have no Aboriginal title or rights to territory in Canada.The case is ongoing in Federal Court.Manitoba is now the fourth province to have seized Rainbow Tobacco cigarettes, joining  Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan.Rainbow Tobacco pays federal taxes on each of its cigarettes, but refuses to pay provincial taxes arguing provinces have no jurisdiction to interfere in trade between First Nations communities.The Assembly of First Nations backs Rainbow Tobacco’s position.last_img read more

Amir Khan Looks to Virgil Hunter After Firing Freddie

Amir Khan, who fired famed trainer Freddie Roach and switched to Virgil Hunter, is attempting to revive his boxing career after losing his last two fights.“I called him myself,” Khan (26-3, 18 Kos) said Tuesday at a news conference to announce his Dec. 15 match against Carlos Molina in Los Angeles. “I said, `Freddie, I’m going to make a change.’ Not many people would do that, but I’m the one who called him and said I’m going to move to Virgil Hunter. He wished me all the best, and we left it at that.”Khan, the former lightweight champion, lost his WBC and WBA 140-pounds belts after being knocked out in the fourth round by Danny Garcia in July.But one of the culprits of Khan’s decision to make the abrupt move after spending three years with Roach was because of his battle with Parkinson’s disease.“Freddie’s illness, it’s very hard to see him as he’s getting older,” Khan said. “I believe that he’s getting worse, and I wish him all the best. Freddie is still, with the Parkinson’s disease, doing a great job working the mitts and working with fighters day in, day out. I just believe that I need someone who is going to work me that bit harder and get the best out of me.”Parkinson’s has not bothered Roach too much because he has been named Trainer of the Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America five times, winning the award three of the last four years.Roach, angered by the accusations that his disease was a deciding factor in Khan’s determination mentioned that Khan wanted him to fire Manny Pacquiao and Victor Ortiz, to solely focus on him.When speaking to reporters Khan gave some validity to Roach’s claim of selfishness.“We all know he’s a great trainer, but I changed because I needed someone who’s going to spend 100 percent time with me,” Khan said. “I need to be more selfish. I’m in this position now when I know I can’t make any mistakes. … With Freddie, it would have been very hard right now, having Manny in his camp, also Chavez, and I think he’s training Victor Ortiz, so it’s a lot of people.”Khan chose Hunter because of his training ability with Andre Ward, who has climbed up the pound-for-pound rankings.Khan has already started to tell a considerable difference in the training styles of Hunter and Roach. He notices a significant difference in his body and mental approach. Hunter has repositioned Khan’s energy to fight more with his instead of his heart, which he blames for his knockout loss to Garcia.“You’ll see a new Amir Khan, for sure,” the British fighter said. “An Amir Khan who is smarter, more focused, and thinking about himself instead of the crowd. I think my style will always please the crowd, but I’m going to be smart and think about everything, instead of jumping in and making mistakes.”Hunter has pointed out that Khan’s former conditioning coaches have created imbalances in his body that do not fit with the sport of boxing.“If he was playing basketball or soccer or something, they might help him, but they don’t help in boxing,” Hunter said. “I think that has to do with people just tinkering with a kid who is willing to train, willing to follow instructions, and he’s been let down in a lot of areas that he shouldn’t have been let down in.”Hunter will attempt revive Khan’s career to where he wants it be, but Khan will have to give his undivided attention Hunter if he wants to beat Molina in Los Angles.

Kenley Jansen Is Too Busy Helping The Dodgers Win To Get Saves

Seung-hwan OhSTL1944+1.3 Dario AlvarezTEX201+0.3 Robby ScottBOS228-0.4 Tanner ScheppersTEX101+0.2 Hansel RoblesNYM422-0.2 Tony WatsonPIT1664+0.1 Jason GrilliTOR332-0.6 Alex Colome23259105 Alex ColomeTB2352+1.7 Anthony SwarzakCHW1000+1.5 Mychal GivensBAL1223+1.2 Gabriel YnoaBAL001+0.0 Rubby De La RosaARI011-0.4 Addison Reed2115568 Source: Baseball-REFERENCE.COM Neftali FelizMIL850-0.7 Daniel CoulombeOAK123-0.6 Sergio RomoLAD230-0.8 Boone LoganCLE003+0.0 Greg Hollland1828141 Casey LawrenceTOR010-0.4 Wade DavisCHC1501+2.2 Johnny BarbatoPIT010-0.4 Brandon KintzlerMIN1932+1.8 Tony CingraniCIN423-0.2 Raisel Iglesias21161065 Asher WojciechowskiCIN100+0.1 Brad PeacockHOU101+0.2 Darren O’DayBAL832+0.2 Brandon Maurer1519246 James PazosSEA924+0.6 Brad Hand232131510 Chad QuallsCOL210+0.0 Rafael MonteroNYM131-1.0 Miguel CastroBAL101+0.2 Will HarrisHOU1630+1.3 Tyler PillNYM010-0.4 Cody AllenCLE1242+0.5 Domingo GermanNYY010-0.4 Edwin Diaz2113668 Jumbo DiazTB643-0.6 Ryne StanekTB013-0.4 Chad BellDET001+0.0 Jorge De La RosaARI1041+0.1 Hector RondonCHC721+0.3 Stefan CrichtonBAL010-0.4 Yusmeiro PetitLAA1012+1.2 Aroldis ChapmanNYY602+1.0 Brett CecilSTL1322+1.1 Joakim SoriaKC1942+1.5 Peter MoylanKC403+0.6 Ryan DullOAK422-0.1 Jonathan BroxtonSTL120-0.6 Mike MontgomeryCHC1211+1.4 Jeurys FamiliaNYM412+0.2 Keone KelaTEX831+0.2 Jacob BarnesMIL1843+1.2 Blaine HardyDET121-0.6 Adam ConleyMIA010-0.4 Erasmo RamirezTB712+0.7 Source: Baseball-REFERENCE.COM Jose AlvarezLAA553-1.1 Alex ClaudioTEX625+0.2 Chris DevenskiHOU1663+0.2 Craig KimbrelBOS1920+2.3 Trevor RosenthalSTL1661+0.1 Luke GregersonHOU632-0.2 Nick WittgrenMIA611+0.5 Jandel GustaveHOU010-0.4 Warwick SaupoldDET012-0.4 Austin BriceCIN300+0.4 Juan NicasioPIT846-0.3 Justin GrimmCHC201+0.3 Scott ObergCOL613+0.6 Roberto Osuna1622033 Emilio PaganSEA110-0.2 Felipe RiveroPIT2722+3.2 J. C. RamirezLAA020-0.7 Enny RomeroWSH1336+0.8 Kirby YatesLAA/SD321-0.3 Fernando SalasNYM554-1.2 Daniel HudsonPIT444-0.9 Nick VincentSEA1214+1.5 Kenley Jansen25211089 Scott AlexanderKC320-0.3 Ryan MadsonOAK1231+0.7 Frankie MontasOAK110-0.2 Andrew MillerCLE2531+3.0 Taylor RogersMIN1323+1.3 Marc RzepczynskiSEA404+0.6 Craig Kimbrel1923566 Brad BrachBAL2130+2.2 Pedro StropCHC1113+1.2 Bryan ShawCLE1122+1.1 Casey FienSEA/PHI320-0.3 J. J. HooverARI622+0.2 Vidal NunoBAL010-0.4 Oliver DrakeMIL421-0.2 Tommy KahnleCHW1171-0.9 Grant DaytonLAD112-0.2 Joe SmithTOR1411+1.8 Fernando RodneyARI1943+1.4 Cam BedrosianLAA613+0.5 Shane GreeneDET1033+0.4 Blake ParkerLAA1031+0.4 Matt AlbersWSH924+0.6 Luke JacksonATL100+0.1 Ryan BuchterSD1252-0.1 Felipe Rivero276111312 Danny FarquharTB832+0.1 Derek LawSF1131+0.5 Chase WhitleyTB641-0.6 Chasen ShreveNYY622+0.2 Bryan MorrisSF300+0.4 Greg HollandCOL1820+2.2 Brandon MaurerSD1570-0.5 Kevin SiegristSTL811+0.8 Chris RusinCOL823+0.6 Ben HellerNYY001+0.0 Josh CollmenterATL020-0.7 FIREMAN APPEARANCES Jake McGeeCOL832+0.2 Matt BarnesBOS1053-0.2 Steve CishekSEA211-0.1 Sam DysonTEX/SF1271-0.8 Richard BleierBAL311+0.1 Wade LeBlancPIT132-1.0 Zach PutnamCHW200+0.3 Jhan MarinezMIL/PIT320-0.3 The Dodgers have managed Jansen’s opportunities smartly, but he also deserves credit for making the most of every one of them — literally. Jansen has 25 goose eggs on the season, but no broken eggs, our term for when a pitcher enters the game with an opportunity to earn a goose egg but is charged with at least one earned run instead.1Jansen does have one “meh,” which is when a pitcher enters the game in a goose situation but is awarded neither a goose egg nor a broken egg because a run was scored yet not charged to the reliever. The record for most goose eggs in a season without a broken egg is held by Brad Lidge, who had 34 goose eggs and no broken eggs in 2008.As a result of this perfect conversion rate, Jansen leads baseball with 3.6 goose wins above replacement (GWAR) and is on pace for 6.5 GWAR, which would make for one of the top half-dozen relief pitching seasons of all time. Rivero and Miller are second and third in GWAR this season. You can find goose-egg statistics for these and all other relief pitchers in the sortable table below. Wandy PeraltaCIN1020+0.7 Dustin McGowanMIA201+0.3 AJ RamosMIA1132+0.4 Cory GearrinSF721+0.3 Corey Knebel2614698 Addison ReedNYM2143+1.5 Chase De JongSEA010-0.4 Deolis GuerraLAA720+0.3 Mike DunnCOL602+1.0 Arodys VizcainoATL1652+0.5 Tony ZychSEA432-0.5 Jose TorresSD231-0.8 John BrebbiaSTL001+0.0 Luis GarciaPHI611+0.5 Steven OkertSF637-0.3 Tyler ClippardNYY486-2.3 Austin PruittTB300+0.5 Liam HendriksOAK731+0.0 Kyle BarracloughMIA1031+0.3 Oliver PerezWSH514+0.4 Joe BiaginiTOR432-0.5 Shawn KelleyWSH620+0.1 Josh OsichSF224-0.5 Pat NeshekPHI1613+2.0 Jordan LylesCOL210+0.0 Brandon Kintzler1924222 Josh SmokerNYM722+0.3 Tom WilhelmsenARI112-0.2 Ross StriplingLAD641-0.6 George KontosSF743-0.5 Randall DelgadoARI500+0.8 Dominic LeoneTOR323-0.3 Brian DuensingCHC300+0.4 Fernando Rodney1922035 Junichi TazawaMIA220-0.5 Adam WarrenNYY521+0.1 Joely RodriguezPHI524+0.0 PITCHERGOOSE EGGSSAVESMULTI-INNINGRUNNERS ONTIE GAMES Rob ScahillMIL110-0.2 Roberto OsunaTOR1641+1.1 Danny BarnesTOR621+0.2 Evan ScribnerSEA020-0.7 Justin WilsonDET1940+1.5 Diego MorenoTB010-0.4 Parker BridwellLAA001+0.0 FIREMAN APPEARANCES Mike MinorKC1621+1.8 Matt GraceWSH112-0.2 Drew StorenCIN322-0.3 Joaquin BenoitPHI1370-0.7 Aaron LoupTOR326-0.3 Jerry BlevinsNYM1246+0.2 Jared HughesMIL811+0.8 Tyler DuffeyMIN811+0.9 Dellin BetancesNYY1341+0.6 Fernando AbadBOS500+0.8 Carlos EstevezCOL100+0.2 John AxfordOAK120-0.6 Sammy SolisWSH120-0.6 Sean DoolittleOAK823+0.5 Corey KnebelMIL2652+2.0 Ryan TeperaTOR1420+1.5 Blaine BoyerBOS310+0.1 Edwin DiazSEA2141+1.7 Andrew Miller25214128 Donnie HartBAL313+0.1 Jeremy JeffressTEX131-0.9 Tyler WilsonBAL111-0.2 Jose AlvaradoTB743-0.4 Nate JonesCHW410+0.2 Brad ZieglerMIA412+0.2 Save leaders avoid many clutch pitching opportunitiesTop save pitchers through 2017 All-Star break Blake WoodCIN231-0.8 J. P. HowellTOR010-0.4 Joe BlantonWSH320-0.3 Bud NorrisLAA1160-0.5 Josh FieldsLAD321-0.3 Travis WoodKC331-0.6 We shouldn’t get too carried away here. With the possible exception of the Astros’ Chris Devenski — who leads the majors with 52.2 relief innings but whose effectiveness has diminished as the season has worn on — none of these pitchers are being used in the Goose Gossage mold of the 1970s, when star relievers often threw 100 or more innings in a season. This is particularly true for Jansen, whose workload has always been managed carefully. (He’s on pace for only 68 innings this year.) But if teams are still using pitchers such as Jansen, Rivero and the Indians’ Andrew Miller for only 60 to 80 innings a season, they’re increasingly picking the right innings for them to pitch. By contrast, closers such as the Rockies’ Greg Holland and the Twins’ Brandon Kintzler have rarely made fireman appearances but have often been used to close out big, relatively safe leads. Although they have more saves than pitchers like Jansen and Rivero, Holland and Kintzler have fewer goose eggs and have provided less overall value to their clubs. Dan AltavillaSEA331-0.6 Francisco RodriguezDET382-2.5 Jonathan HolderNYY311+0.1 Michael FelizHOU110-0.2 Dan JenningsCHW024-0.7 Koda GloverWSH822+0.4 Edubray RamosPHI2110-3.8 Miguel DiazSD010-0.4 Tyler LyonsSTL011-0.4 Jarlin GarciaMIA002+0.0 Santiago CasillaOAK1452+0.3 Kyle RyanDET210-0.1 Craig BreslowMIN010-0.4 Raisel IglesiasCIN2110+2.7 Eric O’FlahertyATL211-0.1 David RobertsonCHW1631+1.3 Daniel StumpfDET212-0.1 Justin HaleyMIN110-0.2 Josh EdginNYM525+0.0 Bryan MitchellNYY010-0.4 Tony SippHOU100+0.2 Phil MatonSD211-0.1 Kenley JansenLAD2501+3.6 Matt StrahmKC231-0.8 Miguel SocolovichSTL101+0.1 Matthew BowmanSTL1544+0.7 Carlos TorresMIL642-0.6 Andrew ChafinARI146-1.3 Jayson AquinoBAL010-0.4 Robbie RossBOS100+0.2 Brock StewartLAD200+0.3 Jason MotteATL212-0.1 Chris YoungKC100+0.2 Blake TreinenWSH441-0.9 Jeff BeliveauTOR100+0.2 Ty BlachSF101+0.1 Jacob TurnerWSH520+0.0 Logan VerrettBAL400+0.6 Brooks PoundersLAA100+0.2 Dodger closer Kenley Jansen has had a lights-out first half with a 4-0 record, a 0.96 ERA, 57 strikeouts and just two walks allowed in 37.2 innings pitched.He also has only 21 saves, which ranks seventh in the league through the All-Star break. But Jansen has been considerably more valuable to the Dodgers than those save numbers imply. That’s because Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has been deploying Jansen in high-leverage situations that other managers often shield their closers from. Jansen has made 10 multi-inning appearances so far this year. He’s been brought into the game with runners on base nine times. And he’s entered in tied games in eight appearances. l call all of these “firemen appearances” because they resemble how teams used their top relievers in the era a few decades ago when the best relievers were referred to as “firemen” instead of closers.These firemen appearances have not necessarily helped Jansen earn saves; a pitcher can’t earn a save when he enters in a tied game, for instance. But they do provide opportunities for him to earn goose eggs, the new relief-pitcher statistic that we developed this spring. (The short version: A pitcher gets a goose egg for a clutch, scoreless relief inning, including in a tied game.) Jansen has 25 goose eggs, which ties him for third this season. He and his fellow goose-egg leaders — including the Pirates’ Felipe Rivero, who leads MLB with 27 — are routinely making firemen appearances: Chad GreenNYY022-0.7 Ian KrolATL623+0.1 Adam OttavinoCOL1372-0.4 Alex WilsonDET1064-0.7 Matt BushTEX1561+0.2 Kenley Jansen25211089 PITCHER▲▼TEAM▲▼GOOSE EGGS▲▼BROKEN EGGS▲▼MEHS▲▼GWAR▲▼ David HernandezLAA811+0.9 Pedro BaezLAD734-0.1 Jose RamirezATL1241+0.3 Kevin QuackenbushSD110-0.2 PITCHERGOOSE EGGSSAVESMULTI-INNINGRUNNERS ONTIE GAMES James HoytHOU110-0.2 Matt BelisleMIN1333+0.9 Robert GsellmanNYM210-0.1 Ernesto FrieriTEX010-0.4 Sam FreemanATL502+0.7 Zach BrittonBAL600+0.9 Josh HaderMIL100+0.1 Jake JunisKC100+0.2 Giovanny GallegosNYY010-0.4 Jim JohnsonATL1761+0.3 Chris HatcherLAD121-0.6 Xavier CedenoTB013-0.4 Paul SewaldNYM122-0.6 Alec AsherBAL311+0.1 Alex WoodLAD301+0.4 Robert StephensonCIN220-0.4 Neil RamirezNYM012-0.4 Kelvin Herrera1619025 Ken Giles919151 Brent SuterMIL001+0.0 Check out our latest MLB predictions. Luis AvilanLAD222-0.5 Chris BeckCHW002+0.0 Mike MorinLAA101+0.2 Sam TuivailalaSTL320-0.3 Jake PetrickaCHW001+0.0 Hector NerisPHI1542+0.7 Jim Johnson1719206 Wily PeraltaMIL120-0.6 Alex Colome23259105 Ronald HerreraNYY010-0.4 Jose LeclercTEX522+0.1 2017 goose stats through All-Star break Al AlburquerqueKC010-0.4 Mark MelanconSF940-0.2 Carl EdwardsCHC1233+0.6 Brad HandSD2345+1.8 Heath HembreeBOS724+0.4 David PhelpsMIA1171-1.1 Kenyan MiddletonLAA210-0.1 Bruce RondonDET210-0.1 Archie BradleyARI2023+2.3 Brad BoxbergerTB100+0.2 T. J. McFarlandARI501+0.8 Hector SantiagoMIN010-0.4 Koji UeharaCHC1443+0.5 Jesse ChavezLAA010-0.4 Adam KolarekTB010-0.4 Goose-egg leaders pitch in clutch situations, but that doesn’t help earn savesTop goose-egg pitchers through 2017 All-Star break PITCHER▲▼TEAM▲▼GOOSE EGGS▲▼BROKEN EGGS▲▼MEHS▲▼GWAR▲▼ Brad Brach2115236 Antonio BastardoPIT010-0.4 Tommy HunterTB621+0.2 Tony BarnetteTEX630-0.1 Ben TaylorBOS101+0.2 Michael LorenzenCIN1931+1.7 Ken GilesHOU933+0.2 Brandon MorrowLAD010-0.4 Drew SteckenriderMIA010-0.4 Jeanmar GomezPHI721+0.3 Ryan PresslyMIN420-0.1 Jean MachiSEA101+0.2 Kelvin HerreraKC1642+1.1 Joe KellyBOS724+0.4 Ryan GartonTB030-1.1 Hunter StricklandSF1130+0.5 Source: Seamheads.com read more

Liverpool defender talks about national team captaincy

first_imgLiverpool defender Andy Robertson has revealed what it feels like to be captain of the Scottish football team and how he communicates with his teammates.Due to his outward personality, Robertson would not be an obvious choice as the team’s captain. He’s not a ranter or raver and, at 24, still exudes the youthful enthusiasm that has carried him from amateur status at Queen’s Park to the highest echelons of European football.However, those attributes are why he got the nod from head coach Alex McLeish. He seems willing to take all the commensurate flak.“I feel extra responsibility when we come off the pitch as I have to help lift the boys and all the staff,” Robertson said, according to Daily Mail.“Everyone was down after that performance on Thursday. Fans can react negatively to me, that is all part and parcel of it. Since I was made captain, it has happened a bit more as they see me as a scapegoat.”Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“I can take it on the chin. I have to up my performances. And if I can help even five per cent to get the lads right for the game against Portugal, then I will do that.”“It hurts. I was part of the team when Gibraltar came to Hampden and scored their first ever international goal.”“We went on to win 6-1 but all the players knew when that goal went in, we could have scored 12 and we’d still get negative reaction from the press and fans.”last_img read more