ESG roundup: Another investor culls tobacco firms

first_imgSwedish pension and insurance company Länsförsäkringar has divested from all tobacco producers, citing negative health, social and environmental impacts.The company said that tobacco firms had become an increasingly poor investment choice over recent years, but also often disregarded workers’ rights and impacted the environment negatively.Christina Kusoffsky, head of sustainability at Länsförsäkringar, said: “Many may think more about the health problems, but tobacco producers also threaten the environment and biodiversity.“Two thirds of the world’s tobacco is grown in emerging markets. An estimated 200,000 hectares of forest, primarily rainforest, are harvested every year for the benefit of tobacco cultivation and for drying the leaves.” The tobacco cull applies to Länsförsäkringar’s direct investments and its own funds, and includes companies such as Imperial Tobacco Group, Swedish Match and Philip Morris International.The company has also excluded mining company Vale from its investment universe, in the wake of a fatal Brazilian dam collapse in January.Länsförsäkringar said Vale was considered to be among the top 100 greenhouse gas emitters in the world, and also claimed that it had violated human rights conventions.In addition, questions about the condition of other dams controlled by Vale remained unanswered by the company, the Swedish group said.Energy firms review climate lobbying after investor pressure Credit: RWEA coal-fired power plant run by RWE in Westfalen, GermanyAP7 has hailed a “big success” for collaborative efforts with other shareholders in two German companies after they pledged to address concerns about industry lobby groups and climate change.German energy company RWE and German chemicals firm BASF have pledged to put higher demands on the industry groups to which they belong.AP7 – one of Sweden’s largest pension funds – said: “An important key to achieving this success was that several European institutional owners collaborated, not least the German firm Union Investment, which pushed the issue during the general meetings of RWE and BASF.”The pension fund said it had moved its focus to Europe, after driving demand for greater transparency around lobbying in the US for a number of years.AP7 said it had also received an agreement from Germany’s HeidelbergCement, stating that it would review its climate lobbying.Other companies now working to increase the transparency of their lobbying activities include mining companies BHP, Anglo American and Rio Tinto, and oil giant Shell, the fund said.AP7 acknowledged that it would be easier for an institutional investor to avoid such companies by simply selling shares, but emphasised that it was more important to influence them in the right direction instead.last_img read more

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Dominicans asked to give honest information ahead of census day tomorrow

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweet Logo of Census 2011. Photo credit: way2online.comChief statistician Prama Carrette is calling on Dominicans to give honest information to the census officers when conducting the 2011 population and housing census.Dominica observes census day tomorrow.Carrette says if the accurate information is giving it will be of great benefit to the individuals and the country by extension.“It’s not like we want to get personal but we just want to get an indication of how we can estimate economic activity in Dominica,” she said.She said there are a standard number of hours to work per week on an international levels and everything after that must be paid for.“If you have passed that hours and not been paid then you are being exploited,” she said.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img 16 Views   no discussions LocalNews Dominicans asked to give honest information ahead of census day tomorrow by: – May 13, 2011 Sharelast_img read more

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State officials want to see more mental health providers in rural areas

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is launching a program to help attract mental healthcare providers to rural areas of the state where more services are needed.The program will provide an incentive for psychiatrists, alcohol and substance use counselors and practitioners in related disciplines to practice in a specific, federally designated Indiana region experiencing high numbers of opioid deaths. The counties included are Blackford, Dearborn, Fayette, Franklin, Grant, Henry, Jay, Randolph, Switzerland, Union and Wayne. The program will be administered by the ISDH Division of Chronic Disease, Primary Care and Rural Health.“Attacking the drug crisis and helping people achieve recovery is a key pillar of Governor Holcomb’s agenda,” said Jim McClelland, Indiana executive director for Drug Prevention, Treatment and Enforcement. “This program will help bring more qualified medical professionals to rural Indiana communities and expand access to quality treatment for individuals with substance use disorder.”The project will make grants for professional loan repayments to qualifying providers in mental health and addiction-related disciplines first, followed by primary care physicians, who are also in short supply. The plan calls for 30 awards for each year of the four-year grant period. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will match the $300,000 ISDH is investing in the program for a total repayment pool of $600,000. An advisory committee, with the Family and Social Services Administration’s Division of Mental Health and Addiction and the Indiana Hospital Association as partners, will be formed to help with project development and grant awards by March. Applications are available online at https://www.in.gov/isdh/28090.htm.“Access to treatment is a critical component of our effort to reduce the burden of the opioid epidemic,” said ISDH Chronic Disease Director Ann Alley. “This program will help save lives by increasing access to mental health services and removing barriers to recovery.”According to HRSA, 46 of Indiana’s 48 rural counties don’t have enough mental healthcare providers. ISDH data show 42 of those counties had at least one death attributed to opioids in 2016, while seven of them had the highest number of opioid-related deaths in the state. Many of those same counties or their neighbors are on HRSA’s list of the top 5 percent most vulnerable for opioid use by state.last_img read more

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Broward School District Clears Parkland Administrators Despite Investigation Noting Failures

first_imgAs questions continue in the aftermath of the Parkland school shooting, the Broward School District recently cleared administrators at the school, even after an outside investigator blamed them for several procedural failures contributing to the 2018 massacre.A committee of district administrators did not find just cause on May 7 to discipline Ty Thompson, who was principal of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School at the time of the shooting, or Assistant Principal Denise Reed. Both individuals were reassigned from the school last year.Jeff Morford, another assistant principal at the school who has retired, was also cleared of most of the allegations against him.However, he was given a letter of reprimand for mishandling a 2016 threat assessment of the student who would kill 17 people and injure another 17 on Feb. 14, 2018.Records obtained by the Sun Sentinel show that attorney Jennifer Ruiz, whose firm was contracted by the district to conduct a review, accused Thompson of failing to adequately supervise school employees.“The evidence shows that Mr. Thompson delegated away many of his own responsibilities or duties to his assistant principals, but failed to implement any type of system to oversee compliance,” she wrote.Ruiz adds that Reed and Morford botched the killer’s threat assessment, and that Morford also ignored various warning signs and provided testimony lacking credibility.A statement from Kathy Koch, the district’s chief communications officer, said Ruiz’s role was to research and present facts, which was was done “comprehensively and thoroughly.”Koch adds that the decision to determine whether there was cause for discipline was up to the committee.“The committee concluded there was not just cause,” the statement goes on to say.Lisa Maxwell, who represents the three administrators as executive director of the Broward Principals and Assistants Association, responds, “The investigator had no idea of how any of the processes actually work. All she did was try to be a rubber stamp for the statewide commission, and she failed miserably.”She described Ruiz as a “lawyer from Miami with no background in investigations, absolutely zero understanding of how schools operate.”Ruiz also completed investigations of Assistant Principal Winfred Porter and Security Specialist Kelvin Greenleaf.In the end, she found no cause to discipline Greenleaf. However, she determined that Porter, who oversaw the school’s security, failed to ensure staff knew how and when to activate emergency Code Red lockdown procedures.The Professional Standards Committee also overturned that recommendation and cleared Porter.The only employees who ended up facing any severe discipline were two security monitors whose contracts were not renewed in June 2018.The full investigation into Ty Thompson is available here. Notes from the Professional Standards Committee can be found here.The investigation of Denise Reed has three parts. Read Part 1, Part 2 or Part 2 supplement. Notes from the Professional Standards Committee can be found here.The investigation of Jeff Morford has three parts. Read Part 1, Part 2 or Part 2 supplement. Notes from the Professional Standards Committee can be found here.The full investigation of Winfred Porter is available here. Notes from the Professional Standards Committee can be found here.The full investigation of Kelvin Greenleaf is available here. Notes from the Professional Standards Committee can be found here.last_img read more

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De Kock, Amla smash unbeaten tons in Proteas 10-wicket win

first_imgKIMBERLEY, South Africa (Reuters) – Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla smashed unbeaten centuries as South Africa cruised to a record-breaking 10-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the first One-Day International at the Diamond Oval on Sunday.Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat on a flat wicket, setting their hosts a below-par 279 to win. South Africa reached 282 without the loss of a wicket and with 43 balls to spare.It was the seventh time that South Africa have won an ODI by 10 wickets and the third time they have achieved this against Bangladesh. It was, however, the highest total chased by any team to win by 10 wickets.De Kock was the chief aggressor with 168 from 145 balls for a 13th ODI century that included 21 fours and two sixes.Amla struck eight fours in his 110 from 112 balls, his 26th ODI ton, as the pair put on a South African record partnership for any wicket in the 50-over format.Bangladesh’s innings of 278 for seven was underpinned by a fifth ODI century for Mushfiqur Rahim (110 from 116 balls), who became the first player from his country to score a ton against South Africa in any format.Home seamer Kagiso Rabada was the pick of the bowlers with figures of four for 43 in his 10 overs.The second match in the three-game series will be played on Wednesday in Paarl, with the final game in East London on Oct. 22.Caption..Mushfiqur Rahim became the first Bangladeshi to hit a hundred against South Africa in international cricket ©AFPBangladesh InningsImrul Kayes c de Kock b Pretorius 31Liton Das c du Plessis b Rabada 21Shakib Al Hasan c Amla b Tahir 29Mushfiqur Rahim not out 110Mahmudullah c Miller b Pretorius 26Sabbir Rahman c Paterson b Rabada 19Nasir Hossain c Amla b Rabada 11Mohammad Saifuddin c Paterson b Rabada 16Extras (lb-5 w-10) 15Total (for 7 wickets, 50 overs) 278Fall of wickets: 1-43 L. Das,2-67 I. Kayes,3-126 S. Al Hasan,4-195 Mahmudullah,5-237 Sa. Rahman,6-253 Nas. Hossain,7-278 M. SaifuddinDid not bat: M. Mortaza, T. Ahmed, R. HossainBowling: K. Rabada 10 – 1 – 43 – 4(w-5),D. Paterson 9 – 0 – 69 – 0,I. Tahir 10 – 0 – 45 – 1,D. Pretorius 10 – 0 – 48 – 2(w-1),A. Phehlukwayo 10 – 0 – 60 – 0(w-4),J. Duminy 1 – 0 – 8 – 0SOUTH AFRICA InningsQ. de Kock not out 168H. Amla not out 110Extras (w-4) 4Total (for no loss, 42.5 overs) 282Fall of wickets:Did not bat: F. du Plessis, A. de Villiers, D. Miller, J. Duminy, D. Pretorius, A. Phehlukwayo, K. Rabada, D. Paterson, I. TahirBowling: Rubel Hossain 6 – 0 – 37 – 0, Mashrafe Mortaza 8.5 – 0 – 50 – 0,Taskin Ahmed 8 – 0 – 61 – 0(w-1),Shakib Al Hasan 8 – 0 – 48 – 0(w-2),Mohammad Saifuddin 5 – 0 – 46 – 0, Nasir Hossain 5 – 0 – 29 – 0(w-1),Mahmudullah 2 – 0 – 11 – 0.last_img read more

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Top Five reasons you can’t blame…

first_imgSince its inception in 1979, ESPN has been feeding its viewers unhealthy doses of sports programming 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Sports fans sit back, relax and watch anything from the World’s Strongest Man competition to professional ping-pong, which is great stuff if you’ve never seen it. Lately, however, ESPN has become a major corporation, more concerned with advertisements and personalities than appealing to the hardcore sports fans who made the station what it is today. Don’t get me wrong, after a tough day of classes there are few things I enjoy more than turning my brain off to watch Kornheiser and Wilbon duke it out for 30 minutes on “Pardon the Interruption.”ESPN is not all bad, in fact it’s pretty good, but for the last 12 years of my life ESPN has been the only station I watch consistently and year after year it becomes less appealing to the die-hard sports fan. In 2005 the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network debuted “The Top 5 Reasons You Can’t Blame…” Hosted by Brian Kenny, the show examines controversial figures in the world of sports that later emerged as scapegoats. Some examples are the top five reasons you can’t blame Steve Bartman for the Cubs 2003 playoff collapse or Kobe Bryant for the breakup of the Lakers. The show is very well done, and every time I tune in I learn something new. So without further adieu, I present the top five reasons you can’t blame a sports fan for despising ESPN. As Brian Kinney always points out, I am not trying to change your views but rather present the facts to you in a manner that perhaps you have never considered.No. 5: SportsCenterAt one point in time a sports fan could get all of the day’s top stories and highlights by tuning in to a 30 minute edition of SportsCenter. Today, the hour-long program is filled with feature stories, “expert analysis” and advertisements. Everybody loves a good cry once in a while, but how many times do we need to hear the same human interest story in one week? Let us not forget about last summer’s “50 states in 50 days” debacle. Life may be an open road, but that’s doesn’t mean we need to take a long, overdone and tacky ride on it. Apparently ESPN learned from their mistakes by exploiting sick kids on this summer’s “My Wish” series, where terminally ill children were filmed meeting their favorite athletes. I got a mobile alert for you ESPN: People don’t like waiting an hour to see their favorite team’s highlights. Show the highlights, throw me a few clever catch phrases and let me go to sleep. No. 4: SportsCenter anchors/analysts Is it just me, or has every SportsCenter anchor morphed into one giant Jerry Seinfeld? The dry, sarcastic humor may have worked for the sitcom, but I like my sports highlights to have a little life to them. John Anderson, Neil Everett and Scott Van Pelt all seem to crack themselves up, but that’s about it. What happened to the days when every SportsCenter anchor had a different personality? Where have you gone Rich Eisen, Craig Kilborn and Keith Olbermann? Sports fans love you more than you ever will know. Moving on to analysts: Since when does being a former backup quarterback with a stupid haircut make you the end all and be all opinion on the NFL? Sean Salisbury made a greater contribution as a commentator on Battle Bots — you know, the ultimate competition in the field of extreme robotic sports — than he does on NFL Live. I got a news flash for you ESPN: Just because someone played a professional sport does not mean they’re qualified to be on television. No. 3: Banter shows”Pardon the Interruption” is the best show on television, but before 4:30 p.m., ESPN is unwatchable. I’ll come back to the “Cold Pizza’s First and Ten” program in a minute, but for now let’s talk about “Jim Rome is Burning.” This pompous radio host somehow got his own show, with a set that resembles a pornography studio from your favorite feature film. Then there’s “Around the Horn.” Lately this show has grown on me and host Tony Reali does an excellent job managing the ridiculous personalities who appear daily — but the show is just not necessary. PTI covers the same exact stories and provides better insight from more qualified columnists. No. 2: Stuart ScottThis guy’s shtick is older than Julio Franco. He really does a great job of capturing the moment with catch phrases like “Booya” or “He earned his PHD — player hater’s degree.”Scott is clearly a knowledgeable journalist and sports fan, but, my God man, we get it, you went to North Carolina and you like the Tar Heels. Before you Scott fans out there give me an “oh no he di’int,” remember another one of Scott’s infamous catch phrases … “Don’t hate the playa, hate the game.” That didn’t really make any sense, but neither does Scott. No. 1: Anything to do with Woody PaigeHow this Denver Post columnist became a major contributor to ESPN makes zero sense. Am I crazy, or is Paige’s personality on “Around the Horn” eerily similar to that of a schizophrenic drug addict? His incoherent jibber jabber is harder to understand that Mr. T in Rocky III, and “Cold Pizza’s First and Ten” has to be one of the worst shows on television. Listening to Paige and Skip Bayless (who is just as bad) argue on the day’s 10 most “important” topics is more painful than watching PTI with Dan Le Batard and Jason Whitlock. “First and Ten” is so clearly scripted by its producers just so those two maniacs can pretend to disagree on every single topic since the show debuted.There you have it the folks: The top five reasons you can’t blame a sports fan for despising ESPN. If you find it harder and harder to watch ESPN everyday, then there is only one thing you can do … watch ESPNEWS. Andrew is a junior majoring in journalism. If you’re interested in starting a new round-the-clock sports network contact him at akluger@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

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Skodis makes unprecedented move from Syracuse’s middle-distance team to varsity

first_imgRebecca Skodis started too quickly, got tired and mentally checked out.At an indoor race at Cornell her freshman year, the rough beginning derailed the walk-on’s race — one of the worst in her collegiate career.Skodis was left thinking about what could’ve been. She had turned down multiple Division III offers to run. There, the schools had said she’d be their best runner.Instead, she was as a walk-on to Syracuse’s middle-distance indoor track and field team, essentially a practice squad. Skodis couldn’t help but wonder if she had made a mistake.“I thought, ‘Am I really good enough for this team?’” she said. “I questioned if I did deserve to be here because so many girls were out-performing me.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut Skodis, now a redshirt sophomore, has worked her way up from the middle-distance squad to the varsity level — a promotion head coach Chris Fox had never made before.She ran in last Friday’s Atlantic Coast Conference championship for the Orange, finishing third for the team and 49th overall. Skodis will race in the NCAA Northeast Regional — a pivotal race to qualify for the NCAA meet — on Nov. 14 in the Bronx, New York.This season, on a 23-woman roster, she is one of only four to run in all of the Syracuse women’s cross-country team’s races.“We did not expect her to do this,” Fox said.It’s a far cry from doubting herself at Cornell.After that race, Skodis returned to Cornell less than one month later for the Kane Invitational during the winter of her freshman year. She shaved 20 seconds off her time to finish in 10:48.6 seconds, a personal best, stoking SU assistant coach Adam Smith’s hopes.The ability to forget a bad performance and crush the next race came as no surprise to Mike O’Malley, Skodis’ track coach at Wachusett (Massachusetts) High School.“You could always count on her mental toughness,” he said. “She was always even-keeled in her approach.”She advanced from the middle-distance group to a separate group Smith led, which met at a separate time.Fox and Smith let her race at this season’s Penn State and Boston meets. Her seventh-place finishes for her team in both meets raised eyebrows.In the decade of Fox’s SU coaching tenure, there has never been another runner who’s been pulled up, but that didn’t stop the head coach.“To have the confidence to keep going, it’s inspirational,” said Margo Malone, SU’s top runner.Socially, Skodis got to know her varsity teammates through food-related activities, she said with a laugh. Coffee shops, like Recess on Westcott Street or Strong Hearts have been regular spots.On days when the Orange works out, a group of about 10 girls meet at 7:30 a.m. at Barry Park, at the corner of Brock Street and Meadowbrook, to do a 25–30 minute run to keep their mileage up.From there, Skodis goes to class, eats a light lunch and goes to the team’s regularly scheduled practice. Skodis does everything asked of her there, but not a lot more.“It’s about listening to what your body’s saying,” Skodis said.She’ll use the rollers if she’s feeling tight, or utilize the ice bath after practice. Sleeping, eating right and not over-exerting herself are what she’s best at. Skodis’ high school cross-country coach, Lawrence Jaquith, did SU a favor by not running her too hard.But two years ago, at the indoor Cornell meet, few could’ve guessed that Skodis would still been running in college now.Fox has watched her get fitter and improve, particularly in September. She’s moved from the back of the pack to the middle, he said, and now past the middle.“Some people are afraid of racing, but she’s not,” Fox said. “And she’s beating a lot of girls that weren’t walk-ons.” Comments Published on November 5, 2014 at 12:05 am Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Playtech sponsors Girls in Tech Gibraltar Chapter

first_img Share StumbleUpon Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Shimon Akad – PlaytechLeading industry platform and software provider Playtech Plc has partnered with ‘Girls in Tech’ a global organisation focused on promoting women and diversity within technology-led businesses.The organisation has announced its latest chapter in Gibraltar, with Playtech acting as its lead sponsor. Playtech is partnering with Girls in Tech Gibraltar as part of its commitment to increase diversity and inclusion in the gaming industry.The Girls in Tech Gibraltar launch will take place in the La Sala Sapphire Bar on deck 3 of the Sunborn Hotel from 18:45 on Thursday June 1st, 2017.The event is open to guests from both the public and private sectors in Gibraltar and will feature keynote addresses from Adriana Gascoigne, Global founder and CEO, Girls in Tech, and Cristina Turbatu, Managing Director, Girls in Tech Gibraltar. Kaiane Aldorino Lopez, Her Worship the Mayor of Gibraltar GMH, will also deliver her support for the organisation.Central to the event will be a panel discussion featuring four accomplished leaders including Shimon Akad, Playtech COO, who will explore and discuss gender diversity and technology and why a diverse business is crucial in creating and sustaining successful and socially responsible organisations.Cristina Turbatu, Managing Director, Girls in Tech Gibraltar, said: “Gibraltar is a key, internationally focused hub with technology playing a key role in both public and private sectors. Girls in Tech is here to deliver a successful and motivational platform for women to enter and succeed in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.“It is important for us to recognise that change must happen on all levels, regardless of gender, which is why the organisation provides its programmes and events as all-inclusive, meaning that both men and women are welcome to engage and participate”.Shimon Akad, COO of Playtech said: “We’re delighted to be able to partner with the Gibraltar chapter of Girls in Tech. This is a first initiative of its kind here. We have very strong ties to Gibraltar and its business community and are great believers in diversity and inclusion. We strongly believe that a diverse workplace creates a highly engaging environment and a successful business.“With more than 5,000 employees in 17 global locations we believe that diversity and inclusion makes us who we are and plays a huge part in helping us continue to grow as a successful, socially responsible, global organisation. We are very excited to partner with Girls in Tech to spread this message across Gibraltar and the wider gaming industry.”To find out more about the Girls in Tech Gibraltar Launch Event, visit the Girls in Tech Gibraltar Facebook page or click here to save the date for the launch event. Related Articles Submit Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 Share Retail closures have ‘severe’ impact on Playtech August 5, 2020last_img read more

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#Donkomi: Former Kotoko striker Abass Mohammed joins Enyimba

first_imgFormer Asante Kotoko attacker Abass Mohammed has also joined Enyimba United in Nigeria.The former Medeama striker was released by Kotoko in March this year and has since been left without a club. He joins fellow Ghanaians Farouk Mohammed and Fatau Dauda at the Nigerian Champions.The 25 year old will hope to breathe life back into his career which took a nosedive following his move to Kotoko two years ago, not helped by a long niggling knee injury.last_img

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Slowdown: Dodgers unconcerned by velocity dips from Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen

first_imgLOS ANGELES – The Dodgers have leaned heavily on Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen during their postseason runs the past few years.That, as much as the numbers themselves, make it noteworthy that both pitchers showed decreased velocity in their regular season debuts. In his opening day start, Kershaw’s fastball averaged 91 mph, two ticks off his career average. That continued a trend from spring training (even as Kershaw posted a 0.00 spring ERA).And Friday night, Jansen never topped 89 mph in his first inning of the season – an inning that included Joe Panik crushing an 89 mph cutter for the winning home run and joining Paul Goldschmidt as the only players to homer off both Jansen and Kershaw in the same season. Jansen’s cut fastball (which he throws 92 percent of the time) has averaged 93 mph during his career.In both cases, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said the slowdown can be explained and is not setting off alarm bells. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season In Kershaw’s case, it could just be the natural evolution of a pitcher who just turned 30 and has more than 2,000 innings on his arm. By Fangraphs’ measure, Kershaw’s average fastball velocity has declined each of the past three years – from 93.6 in 2015 to 93.1 in 2016 and a career-low 92.7 last year.“I don’t know,” Kershaw said when asked about Thursday’s 91 mph average. “I’d always like to throw harder. I’d like to throw 100 if you let me.”Jansen did not handle questions about his velocity with as much humor as Kershaw. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire center_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start The Dodgers closer responded “Who cares?” to questions about his failure to top 90 mph after the loss Friday night. Roberts offered an explanation that a dip in velocity is almost always associated with a problem in Jansen’s delivery.Jansen rejected that explanation in the emotion following Friday’s loss. But Saturday afternoon, he was in the Dodgers’ bullpen early working on those mechanics. He acknowledged that he was “out of sync” Friday.“I was trying too hard yesterday,” he said. “It’s like I was young again and was trying to impress, know what I’m saying? I’m not an excuse guy but – first time out after a World Series, this is a learning process too.“It was nothing. I was out of sync. If I figure it out today, you might see 94 and everybody will be like, ‘Why didn’t you do that yesterday?’ People don’t understand. Sometimes your mechanics are out of whack.”It could be “a minor little thing” that puts Jansen’s delivery back in order, Roberts said, and Jansen offered that he had made an adjustment with the way he lifted his front leg.“There have been times when my mechanics are off and I punch out three guys,” Jansen said. “I get away with it. Last night, I didn’t get away with it.”DAY OFFRoberts gave shortstop Corey Seager the day off Saturday, part of a plan to remain mindful of Seager’s elbow issues last season. For his part, Seager said his elbow feels fine and he has had no pain this spring. The Dodgers eased him into spring training, playing him at DH deep into the Cactus League schedule, and Roberts said he intended to give Seager – and each of the Dodgers’ regulars – a day off in the first week of the season.“It just makes sense for his elbow, his body, just kind of getting back in game shape,” Roberts said. “My goal is before the first off day (on Thursday), try to give each of these guys a day off.”With Seager out, Kiké Hernandez started at shortstop, Logan Forsythe moved to second base and Kyle Farmer made his first big-league start at third base. Roberts said the alignment was planned before Forsythe made three errors at third base in Friday’s loss and was not a response to that. Forsythe was the first Dodger to make three errors in a game since Dee Gordon made three at shortstop on August 11, 2013 against the Tampa Bay Rays.“That’ll be the last time, I can assure you, that will happen to Logan,” Roberts said. “Just one of those nights – one I’m sure he wants to forget.”UP NEXT: Giants RHP Chris Stratton (4-4, 3.68 ERA in 2017) at Dodgers LHP Rich Hill (12-8, 3.32 ERA in 2017), 5:30 p.m., ESPN Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “I think with Clayton there is a little bit of a down tick in velocity,” Roberts said. “Still the swings that guys are taking on him, his command all throughout the spring, the secondary pitches have all been sharp. If you’re looking at strictly velocity with Clayton, I’m really not too concerned about it.“There’s obviously a little more with Kenley. The thing for us is if Kenley says he’s healthy and the training staff and the strength staff say he’s healthy, he’ll be fine. He misfired last night. I know he was frustrated. No one cares more than Kenley. … He was a guy two days after the World Series who was running stairs. So no one cares more than Kenley. There will be an uptick in velocity at some point. As long as he’s healthy and Clayton’s healthy, we’re not too concerned.”Related Articleslast_img read more

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