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September 27, 2020

Pledge to extend parental leave

first_imgNZ Herald 10 October 2013A Labour government would extend paid parental leave from 14 weeks to a minimum of 26, David Cunliffe told trade unionists yesterday in his first big speech since gaining the leadership a month ago.The adoption of extended paid parental leave as policy was among employment law changes Labour would embark on soon after becoming the government, Mr Cunliffe told the Council of Trade Unions conference in Wellington.Pledging to “scrap National’s unfair labour law changes in the first 100 days” of office, he took aim at National’s “fire at will” 90-day trial period for workers, youth rates, its “attacks on collective bargaining” and legislation “taking away smoko and lunch breaks”. “The Labour Government I lead will turn back the tide of anti-worker legislation that has been flowing like a river from the Key Government for the last five years. We will be a true red Labour party, not a pale blue one.”He said Labour would also extend paid parental leave from 14 weeks to a minimum of 26 weeks as set out in social development spokeswoman Sue Moroney’s member’s bill.Mr Cunliffe said extension of paid parental leave was earmarked for the first term of a Labour government, “but we don’t know exactly what the state of the books is going to be yet and we’re having to balance that with the need to be fiscally responsible, which we will be”.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11137680last_img read more

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January 14, 2020

Brac-Liberia Sensitizes Farmers, Others on Food Security

first_imgBrac-Liberia, a Bangladeshi agro-based organization operating in Liberia, recently ended a one day inception workshop aimed at sensitizing Liberians on the need to address food and nutrition security challenges in the country.Currently, Brac has received a 1.5 million-euro project geared towards addressing food and nutrition security to help end hunger in Liberia. The project, which is expected to commence early next year, will be implemented in six counties, including Grand Cape Mount, Bomi, Grand Bassa, Montserrado, Margibi and Bong Counties.To launch the two year project, Brac has embarked on a workshop that seeks to sensitize farmers and stakeholders in the country’s agriculture sector on food and nutrition security in the six selected counties.Speaking last Monday at the first workshop in Bentol, Montserrado County, Brac-Liberia Senior Manager Emmanur Shikder said the project will focus on supporting poor farmers who are facing difficulties.He said farmers will be empowered with basic agricultural tools to enhance crop and animal production in order to improve food and nutrition security.“Our project’s mission is to support the poor in food production and nutrition insecurity to react to crises and strengthen resilience in Liberia,’’ Mr. Shikder said. “This project will strive to improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture by developing resilient agriculture, resilient markets and resilient people who are able to generate diverse livelihoods that provide stable incomes and adequate food and nutrition in the face of recurrent stresses and shocks.”For his part, A. K. M. Rafiqul Islam, Brac-Liberia Agriculture Manager, said the project will target 7,501 farming households across the six counties. He said Brac-Liberia will also consult with 50 senior government officials and 90 market actors to form part of the project’s activities.“Before this project ends in 2018, 390 most vulnerable household groups will be engaged in cash for work, 1,625 poor households will receive training on poultry and livestock rearing, and the capacity of 5,200 smallholder farmers will be built on climate smart agriculture technologies,’’ Mr. Islam said.He further said 26 agricultural entrepreneurs will be developed, while 2,340 pregnant and lactating women from those households will be trained on improved nutrition.For his part, the Agriculture Coordinator at the Ministry of Agriculture, Mr. Edward S. Fatorma, said the rearing of goats, sheep, cows, pigs, among other domestic animals, is a key component that farmers need not neglect. He noted that the constant importation of livestock into the country is not a healthy practice for the farming sector.“Share your knowledge with someone and help each other as you try to produce more food and other agricultural products for either commercial or subsistence purpose,’’ he said, adding that Liberians need to be more innovative in the farming sector. Also speaking, Thompson N. W. Chea, the agriculture coordinator at the Bong County Superintendent’s office, said Brac’s initiatives boost Liberia’s stride to eliminate hunger through productive and sustainable agro-based activities.“The Superintendent’s office, in consultation with the Ministry of Agriculture, has already called on all districts in Bong to cultivate not less than 100 acres for each of their agricultural products,’’ Mr. Chea said.He commended Brac-Liberia for its contribution to the nation’s freedom from food poverty and the enhancement of a viable economic sector.The Bentol workshop brought together farmers, government officials and small business owners. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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December 25, 2019

PROPERTY TAX BLUNDER: RUINED DONEGAL COTTAGE VALUED AT UP TO €150K!

first_imgThe ruined cottage on Gola IslandThe owner of this run-down and derelict 19th century Donegal cottage has been hit with a property tax bill – valuing it at between €100,000 and €150,000.The property, on Gola Island off the west coast of the county, hasn’t even been lived in for more than half a century.But it didn’t stop the Revenue sending the Gallagher family, natives of the island off Gaoth Dobhair, a bill including it on the second tier of payments for the Local Property Tax. The blunder was discovered this morning by Pearse Doherty, the local TD, who was on a visit to the island.“There have been several blunders with bills sent to children, and in some cases to people who are deceased,” said the TD.“I thought it was a wind up when I heard about this today, and I did laugh.“But when I saw the bill and spoke to the owners, it turned out not to be a prank at all.” Tara Gallagher, whose mother owns the old homestead, said they had thought the Local Property Tax bill was a joke.“To be honest we just laughed it off,” she said.“But I’ve spoken to Pearse Doherty and he has advised us to contact the Revenue and explain the situation, otherwise we might have to actually pay the bill and fines on top of that.“The house was the family home of my mother and hasn’t been lived in for 50 or 60 years.”  PROPERTY TAX BLUNDER: RUINED DONEGAL COTTAGE VALUED AT UP TO €150K! was last modified: May 25th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:blunderGaoth Dobhairgola islandGweedorelocal property taxPearse Doherty TDPROPERTY TAX BLUNDER: RUINED DONEGAL COTTAGE VALUED AT UP TO €150K!last_img read more

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December 21, 2019

Call for ‘disability’ to be at the core of new Letterkenny Area Plan

first_imgA call has been made to make disability a core part of the new Letterkenny Area Plan.The call was made by local county councillor Jimmy Kavanagh.He said that disability should no longer be an “us and them” issue and that the people of Letterkenny need positive change. “There is an opportunity now when in the process of devising the new plan to make disability a central part of that plan.“This is something I have requested from the planners in our workshops and it is something that I hope they will respond positively to.“Disability has for far too long been an “us and them” issue. That approach needs to change and we need to realise that disability is about everyone, anyone of us are only a traffic accident, a fall or an illness away from finding ourselves disabled.”He added that making disability a central part of the plan would also help greatly in supporting our efforts to have an age-friendly town, as many of the issues facing people with disabilities impact equally on elderly citizens, we could also in the process, help remove any stigma attached to disability. Cllr Jimmy KavanaghHe said “We should therefore make disability a core consideration in the planning not just of our buildings, footpaths etc., but also our social housing design, the design of our parks, transport facilities, walks, leisure facilities, etc.“We should also be looking at making our workplaces accessible so that people with a disability are not excluded from applying or getting employment, our own public bodies could lead on an initiative to achieve this.”Currently, in Donegal only 18% of people with a disability are in employment.Cllr Kavanagh said that he has found on his canvass that the issue of young people with a disability both physical and intellectual, finding it extremely difficult to get employment is a recurring theme, even though in many instances these are well educated and very gifted people.According to the 2016 census almost 23,000 people in the county has at least one disability. Cllr Kavanagh added “Letterkenny and Donegal has a chance to lead the way in helping to tackle the issues facing the disabled, and we should take the opportunity that the new Letterkenny Area Plan presents to lay the groundwork for improved access and facilities for those with a disability.“If we do that we will not just improve the lives of the disabled and elderly we will also enhance the lives of our entire community, by helping people of all abilities to thrive and contribute to the future development of the area.” Cllr. Kavanagh concluded.Call for ‘disability’ to be at the core of new Letterkenny Area Plan was last modified: April 27th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:callCllr Jimmy KavanaghDisabilityletterkennylast_img read more

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December 18, 2019

Zimbabwe families enjoy sweet success

first_imgThese Ugandan farmers are also finding that bee-keeping brings them a sustainable income.(Image: Rural Africa Facts) Bee-keeping is an ancient practice which still has many applications in the modern world. Chigondo Honey, produced by communities in Wedza.(Image: Environment Africa)MEDIA CONTACTS • Barnabas MawireEnvironment Africa country director,Zimbabwe+263 77 416 8260RELATED ARTICLES• Plant trees in Uganda, earn money• Makana: a beeline for success• Bee fence keeps elephants out• Giving Zimbabwe’s diaspora a voice• New crop of black emerging farmersSource: Irin NewsGarikai Samaita, 36, from Goto village in rural Wedza, about 100km southwest of the Zimbabwean capital Harare, has discovered how to take the sting out of bees and use them to sweeten his life.In September 2011 a bee colony settled in a tree near his homestead and became a nuisance, even stinging his eight-year-old son. This prompted Samaita to try to smoke them off his property.However, by coincidence an agricultural extension worker was visiting a relative in the village and discouraged him, advising him rather to approach international NGO Environment Africa (EA) for advice on honey production.So began an income-earning bee-keeping project.Samaita is one of several thousand people benefiting from EA’s programme, which aims to boost rural incomes for vulnerable households through the sustainable exploitation of the environment.Bees are our friendsBees play a critical role in the balancing of the ecosystem and, as agents of pollination, increase production of crops, fruits, seeds and vegetables. Their honey is also highly nutritious.“Bees used to scare me very much, especially after a friend of mine was stung to death by a swarm when I was growing up. We always lit huge fires underneath trees to drive them away, but the bees are useful friends now,” Samaita told Irin.Since embarking on his beekeeping, or apiculture, enterprise with two hives about nine months ago, Samaita’s honey yield has tripled from the regular harvesting of six beehives kept in a nearby forest.“I am now managing to get by and have enough money to look after my family, unlike in the past when we used to struggle,” he said. “Here in Wedza, harvests have been poor for a number of years because of drought, but I am one of the few in this area who have enough food in the house.”.According to USAID’s famine early warning systems, southern Zimbabwe has been badly affected by drought, and national cereal production for the 2011-2012 season is estimated at 1.1-million tons. This is a third lower than the previous harvest, and only about half of the annual national cereal requirement of about two million tons.The US$80 (R681) or so a week generated from honey sales along the highway and from customers in Harare is sufficient to buy food for Samaita’s family, pay the educational costs for his two school going children, and cover the costs of his ailing mother’s medication and hospital fees.Samaita takes his honeycombs to a community-owned processing plant at the nearby Wedza growth point, where EA assists in refining the produce and packaging the honey for sale.The EA initiative began in early 2011 and is currently benefiting about 5 000 poor and vulnerable rural families in 23 of the country’s 59 districts.Adding valueSome beneficiaries have creatively begun to add value to their apiculture through diversification, which does not detract from honey production. They’re selling beeswax, used mostly in candle-making, woodwork lubricants and wood preservation.Other revenue possibilities from beeswax include hair care products, such as shampoos and hair wax, as well as soap.The scope for other value-added products includes propolis – which has medical applications – royal jelly, a honey bee secretion specifically used for the nutrition of queen bee larvae and in demand by the cosmetic industry, and bee venom or apitoxin, a colourless liquid with anticoagulant and anti-inflammatory properties.On average, a beekeeper can produce about 60kg of honey per hive in a year, Barney Mawire, EA’s country manager, told Irin. The producer earns about US$10 (R85) a kilogram, which makes it “a potentially lucrative business for those that are involved in it”.Changing livesNellia Goromonzi, 40, a widow from Zvimba District about 90km northwest of Harare, has bought three head of cattle using the proceeds from her EA beekeeping enterprise.“My life has changed so fast. We sold all our cattle to meet medical expenses when my husband died four years ago and I never dreamt of owning livestock again. I no longer have problems sending my three children to school and I have joined three other beneficiaries so that we may start a beer selling business,” she told Irin.Goromonzi employs her cousin to hawk some of her honey produce along the road, and supplies shops in the nearby Murombedzi business centre in rural Zvimba in Mashonaland West province. She also receives orders from businesses in the nearby farming town of Chinhoyi.Economist John Robertson told Irin: “Beekeeping can indeed be employed to change the lives of people. Beneficiaries can generate enough money to fight hunger, buy assets and send their children to school or foot health bills.”Robertson added that strategies by stakeholders and the government, which will ensure the initiative is sustainable, are crucial for success.last_img read more

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November 30, 2019

Christian Standhardinger piques interest of teams ahead of PBA draft

first_imgFrontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games But squads which miss out on taking Standhardinger could still get their man as the deadline for local-born aspirants is on October 12.The 2017 PBA Rookie Draft is on October 29 at Robinson’s Place Manila. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ But Phoenix coach Ariel Vanguardia, meanwhile, is hoping against the odds that somehow, the Fil-German forward would fall through the cracks and drop to four.“I’m hopeful that Standhardinger will be available when our time comes,” said Vanguardia with the Fuel Masters owning two first round selections.Though Standhardinger is locked in a live contract with Hong Kong, his PBA draft application opens the chance for teams to claim his rights even when he’s out of the country until the end of the upcoming 2017-2018 ABL season. He could suit up in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the earliest.The team that does draft Standhardinger can work a buyout deal with the Long Lions, still granting if he could secure a release from his ABL team.Fanfare surrounding the hardworking bruiser shouldn’t come as a surprise, especially after his stellar play for Gilas Pilipinas in the Jones Cup, the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup, and the 2017 SEA Games.ADVERTISEMENT “If we can get a guy like Standhardinger, with his experience and demeanor on the court and his skillset, he can easily turn this franchise around,” said Kia coach Chris Gavina, whose team owns the number one pick in this year’s draft.The same goes with NLEX coach Yeng Guiao, though he’s aware of the Road Warriors’ position at number two.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We don’t have any plans yet, but the obvious route for us is if Standhardinger goes number one, maybe we’ll go with Kiefer Ravena,” the fiery mentor said, touching on the possibility of the 23-year-old playmaker declaring for the draft. “If Kiefer is number one, then we’ll go with Standhardinger. That’s really the obvious thing we could come up to right now.”Picking third, Blackwater still hasn’t come up with its wishlist. “We still need to know more about whose in the draft,” said team manager Johnson Martines. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Rice, Castro deliver as TNT survives Rain or Shine for semis berth Photo from Fiba.comDespite the uncertainty surrounding his status, Christian Standhardinger remains a solid prospect for the top teams drafting in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.Three of the four teams picking in the upper thirds of the annual rookie selection expressed their desire to sign up the 28-year-old big man even if he had already signed a contract with Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions in the ASEAN Basketball League.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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October 24, 2019

Audit of Community Standpipes

first_img He said the exercise, which the Ministry will be seeking to carry out in tandem with the National Water Commission (NWC), aims to identify standpipes that are either non-functional or are not being appropriately used, in order to determine how to deal with them. Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says the Ministry plans to conduct an audit of community standpipes islandwide that are managed by municipal corporations, as part of measures to reduce the cost to deliver domestic water to residents through these outlets.He said the exercise, which the Ministry will be seeking to carry out in tandem with the National Water Commission (NWC), aims to identify standpipes that are either non-functional or are not being appropriately used, in order to determine how to deal with them.Addressing a special meeting of the St. Mary Municipal Corporation in Port Maria on Thursday, October 12, Mr. McKenzie indicated that he will be writing to the NWC President, Mark Barnett, to formally advise him of the proposed undertaking, and request a meeting, along with the Commission’s technical officers to discuss the matter.“We are going to engage the NWC in an in-depth discussion… so we can give the necessary instructions for some of these standpipes to be disconnected,” the Minister said.Mr. McKenzie further said mayors and councillors will be asked to furnish a list of all standpipes across their parishes for incorporation in the proposed audit.The Minister’s proposed action comes against the background of the close to $800 million that he says the Ministry owes the NWC, through the councils, for water supplied through community standpipes.Mr. McKenzie said information gleaned by the Ministry indicates that a significant number of the standpipes are not being used for their intended purpose, noting that persons are using the water to either wash cars or supply cook shops.Additionally, he said others “fill tanks that they have and go and sell the water to residents”.“While we have thousands of standpipes… it is totally unacceptable that social water should be costing the Ministry so much money, and we are not in a position to fully account for the number,” the Minister said.“There is a culture of waste of State resources in this country, where some people feel that ‘somebody has to pay for it, and it’s not going to be me’. There comes a point in time (when) we have to stop… and that is the decision I have taken,” Mr. McKenzie added. Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says the Ministry plans to conduct an audit of community standpipes islandwide that are managed by municipal corporations, as part of measures to reduce the cost to deliver domestic water to residents through these outlets. Mr. McKenzie said information gleaned by the Ministry indicates that a significant number of the standpipes are not being used for their intended purpose, noting that persons are using the water to either wash cars or supply cook shops. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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October 18, 2019

Over 80 malaria cases in Delhi 34 of dengue

first_imgNew Delhi: Over 80 cases of malaria have been reported in Delhi this year so far, more than double the number of people affected by dengue, a municipal report released on Monday showed. About 39 of these malaria cases have been recorded in July. According to the report, till July 27 this year, 34 cases of dengue have been reported — 12 in July, 11 in June, three in May, two in April, four in March and one each in February and January. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder Last year, 2,798 dengue cases and four deaths were recorded by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), which tabulates the data on vector-borne diseases in the city. Cases of vector-borne diseases are usually reported between July and November but the period may stretch to mid-December. Also, of the 83 cases of malaria, 35 were recorded in June, eight in May and one in April. And 19 cases of chikungunya nine in July, five in June, two in February and one each in March, April and May have been recorded. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings The dengue victims last year included a minor boy. Three of the victims were identified as Aman Tiwari (13), Sanskriti (21) and Gagan (23). Doctors have advised people to take precautions and urged them to wear full-sleeves and use mosquito nets. Water coolers should be dried up when not in use as mosquitoes carrying the dengue virus usually breed there, a doctor said. Civic bodies had also organised a workshop recently on prevention of vector-borne diseases. Mosquito-breeding has been reported in at least 48,039 households and 46,580 legal notices have been issued this year. Of the total number of dengue cases last year, 141 were recorded in December, while 1,062 in November, 1,114 in October, 374 in September, 58 in August, 19 in July, eight in June, 10 in May, two in April, one in March, three in February and six in January. The rest of the cases were reported from areas outside the jurisdiction of the three municipal corporations of Delhi. Also, 473 cases of malaria and 165 cases of chikungunya were reported last year. According to the SDMC, 10 people died due to dengue in Delhi in 2017, of whom five were not residents of the national capital. Overall, the vector-borne disease had affected 9,271 people in the city in 2017.last_img read more

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September 29, 2019

Dallas Keuchel Needs A Job Heres Who Should Hire Him

We’re approaching mid-May — essentially a quarter of the way into the 2019 MLB season — and free-agent pitcher Dallas Keuchel, the seventh-best lefty in baseball over the past five full seasons according to wins above replacement,1Averaging together the versions from Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs. is still without a team.“If you would’ve asked me on the first day of free agency, I would have said no way I’d be here on May 6,” Keuchel told Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports this week. “This was not the plan at all. I would love to be out there playing ball and helping a team win. Because, to my career at this point, I’ve done more winning than I have losing and at a much higher clip. So what team wouldn’t want me to be out there?”So what’s keeping Keuchel on the sidelines? He is reportedly holding out for what he calls his “fair market value,” even turning down offers recommended to him by his agent, Scott Boras. And Keuchel’s current offers may be affected by the fact that any team signing him would have to send a compensatory draft pick to his former club, the Houston Astros. (This obstacle will be lifted after next month’s draft.)But pushing in the opposite direction is the fact that there are indeed teams that should want Keuchel and are hurting themselves by waiting to pull the trigger. Although we think of the most important games in a pennant chase happening down the season’s final stretch, these games in May count just the same in the standings — and even now, there are already teams running into crises in the back ends of their rotations.To see which teams could use Keuchel’s services the most, we took our pitcher ratings and compared each rotation’s current strength2Averaging the ratings for a team’s five highest-rated pitchers, among those who started at least three games this season and at least one game in the past 10 days. to what it would be with Keuchel replacing the team’s fifth-ranked starter. Although the teams Keuchel would help most are generally bad teams, the ideal mix would be a team with a good Elo rating but a thin rotation in need of a solid starter. Looking at the current state of things, the best fits are the St. Louis Cardinals (where Keuchel’s rating is a vast improvement over that of current No. 5-ranked starter Dakota Hudson), the Cleveland Indians (Jefry Rodriguez), the Boston Red Sox (Hector Velazquez) and perhaps the Oakland A’s (Aaron Brooks).Of course, the Indians — who are currently missing Mike Clevinger and Corey Kluber (both of whom rate higher than Keuchel) — are proof that just because a team’s rotation is wracked with injuries now doesn’t mean it won’t eventually get stronger. When Cleveland is at full strength, it will have little need for Keuchel because he would actually rate worse than the Tribe’s fifth-ranked starter, Shane Bieber. Ditto the Red Sox, who will get David Price and Nathan Eovaldi back sooner or later, mitigating Keuchel’s impact as a rotation upgrade.But St. Louis remains the team that could use Keuchel most, even if we look at who they might add internally during the season. (The injured Carlos Martinez, who carries a pitcher rating of 51.8 — exactly the same as Keuchel’s — will return soon, but only in a relief capacity.) The Cardinals’ need for Keuchel makes sense considering how little they have gotten out of the back of their rotation so far this season. (Hudson, Adam Wainwright and Michael Wacha have all posted earned run averages at least 9 percent worse than the National League average.) With at least some luxury-tax breathing room and an extremely competitive NL Central race in front of them, the Cardinals might be the team with the most to gain by adding an experienced, solid starter like Keuchel.At age 31 this season, Keuchel is probably not the pitcher he was just a few years ago. Indeed, his Elo pitcher rating dropped from a very strong 59.2 in the middle of the 2017 season to a more middling 51.8 — only 55th-best in baseball — by the end of last season. Keuchel himself knows where he’s at — but he also knows he can still help a team in 2019.“Am I the best at this point in time? No,” he told Yahoo. “But am I more than or better than some of the offers I’ve been given? Absolutely.”Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

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September 28, 2019

Ohio State baseball hoping to get back on track in Big Ten

After dropping two of three games to Michigan State last weekend, the Ohio State baseball team (18-8, 4-2 Big Ten) is hoping to get back on track for its third Big Ten weekend series as it travels to face Minnesota. OSU coach Greg Beals is hoping his team can bounce back from last weekend’s series. “We had an opportunity to take the Michigan State series and it’s disappointing we blew it,” Beals said. “Good thing is, we have games this week to get back to winning.” OSU has been trying to work on its winning mindset for a few weeks. “It’s just the mentality of all eight innings, man,” said senior shortstop Kirby Pellant. “The pitching has been there all year and the defense has been there all year and finally the bats are starting to come around.” The Buckeyes beat Youngstown State Tuesday night in Columbus in a 3-0 shutout and took down Miami (Ohio) in a 1-0 shutout Wednesday night. Beals said this week’s games were important for the Buckeyes in preparing for more conference play. “The week games get our guys a lot of at-bats,” Beals said. “They help position players get in the groove and they allow our pitchers to get extended innings.” The Minnesota Golden Gophers are 17-12 and 2-1 in Big Ten play on the year. Minnesota redshirt junior infielder Dan Olinger is a guy to keep an eye on for the Golden Gophers, batting .314 with 14 RBIs and a .984 fielding percentage. Junior pitcher Tom Windle has 1.44 ERA with 45 strikeouts and a 4-2 record in 50 innings pitched. Windle has been named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week twice this season. Minnesota will be opening the brand new Siebert Field for this series, having played its previous home games at the Metrodome. An OSU series win brings the team that much closer to capturing the conference title. While it’s still early in the season for talk of the Big Ten Championship, it has been on some of the players’ minds for weeks. “When I was a true freshman, that was the last time we won the Big Ten Championship, so I know what that feels like,” said OSU redshirt senior outfielder Joe Ciamacco. “I’m putting everything out there for the team this year. I want us to win this season. I want to bring back the winning tradition to Ohio State. We haven’t had it here in a while.” OSU is set to take the field against the Golden Gophers at 4:05 p.m. Friday at Siebert Field in Minneapolis. read more

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