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Kenley Jansen Is The Model Of A Modern Reliever

Reymin GuduanHOU001+0.0 Tyler OlsonCLE204+0.3 Darren O’DayBAL1332+0.9 Justin NicolinoMIA002+0.0 Corey KnebelMIL4782+3.9 Frankie MontasOAK110-0.2 Jacob TurnerWAS520-0.0 Chad QuallsCOL210-0.0 Buddy BoshersMIN020-0.7 Felipe RiveroPIT3742+3.9 Craig KimbrelBOS3140+3.5 Kelvin HerreraKC2773+1.6 Jim JohnsonATL1993-0.6 Danny BarnesTOR893-2.1 Marc RzepczynskiSEA11412+0.2 Albert SuarezSF430-0.6 Cam BedrosianLAA1354+0.1 Miguel DiazSD010-0.4 Caleb SmithNYY110-0.2 Evan ScribnerSEA020-0.7 Wade DavisCHC3031+3.2 Nate JonesCHW410+0.2 Brett CecilSTL1543+0.7 Robby ScottBOS5212+0.1 Tyler PillNYM010-0.4 Ryan GartonSEA/TB031-1.1 Jesse ChavezLAA121-0.6 Trevor HildenbergerMIN933+0.3 Mike MinorKC2874+1.8 Johnny BarbatoPIT010-0.4 Peter MoylanKC1005+1.6 Kenyan MiddletonLAA1021+0.8 Arodys VizcainoATL2882+1.1 Brad PeacockHOU101+0.1 Hunter StricklandSF2661+1.5 Brooks PoundersLAA100+0.2 Erik GoeddelNYM121-0.6 Ricardo PintoPHI121-0.6 Joaquin BenoitPHI/PIT18110-1.5 Luis SantosTOR210-0.1 Doug Corbett198068103+6.3 Tony WatsonLAD/PIT2396-0.0 Kyle McGrathSD100+0.1 Koda GloverWAS822+0.4 Vance WorleyMIA010-0.4 Francisco LirianoHOU221-0.4 Josh RavinLAD110-0.2 Jumbo DiazTB653-0.9 Eric O’FlahertyATL211-0.1 Chris BeckCHW022-0.7 Aroldis ChapmanNYY1943+1.5 Andrew ChafinARI587-2.2 Mychal GivensBAL1834+1.7 Jose AlvaradoTB943-0.1 Warwick SaupoldDET113-0.2 Xavier CedenoTB013-0.4 Daniel HudsonPIT864-1.1 Juan NicasioPHI/PIT2288+0.2 Troy Percival19964731+6.5 Tony ZychSEA853-0.6 J. P. HowellTOR010-0.4 Jose AlvarezLAA555-1.1 Joe SmithCLE/TOR1921+2.2 Brandon MaurerKC/SD19100-1.0 Nick GoodyCLE012-0.4 Luis AvilanLAD644-0.7 Josh FieldsLAD652-1.0 Nick WittgrenMIA611+0.5 Drew StorenCIN423-0.2 Keone KelaTEX1032+0.5 Matt BarnesBOS1884-0.0 Ryan TeperaTOR2531+2.8 Justin GrimmCHC412+0.2 Drew VerHagenDET312+0.1 Matt BushTEX1763+0.5 Tommy KahnleCHW/NYY1692-0.9 Nick VincentSEA2856+2.4 PITCHERYEARGOOSE EGGSBROKEN EGGSMEHSGWAR Will HarrisHOU1830+1.5 Matt AlbersWAS1524+1.4 Ty BlachSF201+0.3 Mike PelfreyCHW001+0.0 Joe MusgroveHOU800+1.2 Hector RondonCHC1132+0.4 Tyler LyonsSTL1132+0.5 Koji UeharaCHC1563-0.1 Stu Miller19657973+7.5 Robbie RossBOS100+0.2 Oliver DrakeMIL441-0.9 Bryan MorrisSF300+0.4 Tommy HunterTB3061+2.3 Anthony SwarzakCHW/MIL2444+2.1 Kenley Jansen’s season was Goose-toricHighest single-season goose wins above replacement (GWAR) Francis MartesHOU412+0.2 James PazosSEA1345+0.5 Ariel HernandezCIN001+0.0 A.J. MinterATL110-0.2 Bryan MitchellNYY010-0.4 Santiago CasillaOAK1783-0.4 Alex ColomeTB3866+3.5 Brad BoxbergerTB443-0.9 Jake DiekmanTEX601+0.9 Tyler DuffeyMIN1143+0.2 Josh OsichSF426-0.2 Michael LorenzenCIN2672+1.2 Liam HendriksOAK1261-0.4 Kenley Jansen20174401+6.3 Lucas HarrellTOR001+0.0 Brad ZieglerMIA1233+0.6 Andrew RomineDET001+0.0 Brian EllingtonMIA530-0.4 Deolis GuerraLAA720+0.3 Raisel IglesiasCIN3122+3.8 Mike MorinLAA101+0.2 Hector NerisPHI3174+1.9 Jake JunisKC200+0.3 Corey Knebel gets the golden eggFinal goose egg stats for 2017 John AxfordOAK120-0.6 Ron Perranoski196979139+6.6 Archie BradleyARI3148+3.2 Pedro BaezLAD1478-0.6 Edwin DiazSEA4074+3.4 Sammy SolisWAS422-0.2 Steven OkertSF7412-0.5 Felix PenaCHC100+0.1 Ross StriplingLAD1091-2.0 Jerry BlevinsNYM18513+0.7 Hector VelazquezBOS500+0.8 Tony CingraniCIN/LAD724+0.3 Joe BiaginiTOR932+0.3 Cody AllenCLE2985+1.8 Dominic LeoneTOR946-0.1 Jen-Ho TsengCHC300+0.4 Richard BleierBAL422-0.1 Addison ReedBOS/NYM3567+3.0 Sources: Retrosheet, The Baseball GAUGE Wade LeBlancPIT232-0.8 Bryan ShawCLE2985+1.8 Jake BarrettARI203+0.3 Jeurys FamiliaNYM822+0.4 Fernando AbadBOS511+0.4 Zach PutnamCHW200+0.3 Joe KellyBOS1245+0.5 Joe BlantonWAS430-0.5 Fernando SalasLAA/NYM864-1.1 Ernesto FrieriTEX010-0.4 Jason GrilliTEX/TOR443-0.8 Ricardo RodriguezTEX221-0.4 Wily PeraltaMIL120-0.6 Shae SimmonsSEA020-0.7 Jamie CallahanNYM201+0.3 Blake ParkerLAA2352+1.6 Diego MorenoTB010-0.4 Jose LeclercTEX733+0.0 Carlos RamirezTOR700+1.1 Phil MatonSD732-0.1 Edubray RamosPHI9111-2.8 Mike DunnCOL1503+2.4 David PhelpsMIA/SEA1694-1.1 Austin MaddoxBOS200+0.3 Oliver PerezWAS615+0.5 Alex WoodLAD301+0.4 Chasen ShreveNYY623+0.2 Jose RamirezATL2066+0.7 Tom WilhelmsenARI112-0.2 Dillon GeeMIN100+0.2 Daniel StumpfDET245-1.2 Ryan DullOAK634-0.2 Sergio RomoLAD/TB630-0.2 Tyler AndersonCOL100+0.2 Chase WhitleyTB641-0.6 Chris RowleyTOR310+0.1 Bud NorrisLAA1871+0.1 Matthew BowmanSTL1977+0.1 Greg HollandCOL2762+2.1 Francisco RodriguezDET382-2.5 Willie Hernandez19846577+6.4 Jackson StephensCIN100+0.1 Joely RodriguezPHI524-0.0 Brad HandSD3866+3.2 Ronald HerreraNYY010-0.4 Alex ClaudioTEX2648+2.6 Adam MorganPHI910+0.9 Gabriel YnoaBAL001+0.0 Kenley JansenLAD4401+6.3 Rubby De La RosaARI011-0.4 David RobertsonCHW/NYY2862+2.1 T. J. McFarlandARI622+0.2 Jose TorresSD552-1.2 Ryan BuchterKC/SD1564-0.1 Eduardo ParedesLAA210-0.1 Jason MotteATL212-0.1 Seung-hwan OhSTL2256+1.3 Brandon KintzlerMIN/WAS3464+2.9 Luke JacksonATL100+0.1 Dustin McGowanMIA412+0.2 Jorge De La RosaARI1251-0.0 PITCHER▲▼TEAM▲▼GOOSE EGGS▲▼BROKEN EGGS▲▼MEHS▲▼GWAR▲▼ Rich Gossage197582118+6.7 Zach DukeSTL112-0.2 Jacob BarnesMIL2694+0.5 Danny FarquharCHW/TB1442+0.6 Rex BrothersATL331-0.7 Doug FisterBOS420-0.1 George KontosPIT/SF1283-1.3 Blake WoodCIN432-0.5 Pat NeshekCOL/PHI2848+2.8 Andrew MillerCLE3353+3.5 Carson SmithBOS200+0.3 Dovydas NeverauskasPIT530-0.4 Enny RomeroWAS1446+0.5 Sam TuivailalaSTL441-0.9 Jeanmar GomezPHI721+0.3 Daniel CoulombeOAK456-1.3 Matt BelisleMIN2263+1.1 Matt DermodyTOR302+0.5 Jimmy YacabonisBAL300+0.5 Jacob RhameNYM210-0.1 Rob ScahillMIL110-0.2 Chris DevenskiHOU26106+0.1 Kirby YatesLAA/SD1462-0.2 Michael FelizHOU110-0.2 Ben TaylorBOS101+0.2 Scott ObergCOL725+0.4 Tom KoehlerTOR312+0.1 Dario AlvarezTEX201+0.3 Robert GsellmanNYM210-0.1 Buddy BaumannSD311+0.1 Matt GraceWAS212-0.1 Brad BrachBAL3182+1.9 Sam DysonSF/TEX27112-0.1 Jhan MarinezMIL/PIT320-0.3 Chris YoungKC100+0.2 Travis WoodKC331-0.6 J. C. RamirezLAA020-0.7 Chris O’GradyMIA101+0.1 Brandon MorrowLAD1242+0.2 Dan OteroCLE200+0.3 Steve CishekSEA/TB1024+0.8 Kyle RyanDET210-0.1 Roberto OsunaTOR31101+1.1 Scott AlexanderKC844-0.2 Juan MinayaCHW1013+1.1 Trevor CahillKC200+0.3 Chad BellDET001+0.0 Bruce RondonDET430-0.5 Chris RusinCOL1344+0.6 Dan WinklerATL111-0.2 Wandy PeraltaCIN1544+0.7 PITCHER▲▼TEAM▲▼GOOSE EGGS▲▼BROKEN EGGS▲▼MEHS▲▼GWAR▲▼ Yovani GallardoSEA100+0.2 Tyler ClippardCHW/HOU10117-2.5 Jordan LylesCOL210-0.0 Domingo GermanNYY020-0.7 Javy GuerraMIA112-0.2 Andrew KittredgeTB210-0.1 Jarlin GarciaMIA517+0.3 Josh SmithOAK210-0.1 Brent SuterMIL001+0.0 Miguel SocolovichSTL101+0.1 Jandel GustaveHOU010-0.4 Blaine BoyerBOS611+0.6 Logan VerrettBAL400+0.6 Sam FreemanATL1226+1.0 Mariano Rivera19965462+6.6 Victor AranoPHI210-0.1 Austin PruittTB420-0.1 Shane GreeneDET2045+1.6 Zach BrittonBAL1820+2.1 Tony BarnetteTEX731+0.0 Neil RamirezNYM012-0.4 Austin BriceCIN400+0.6 Jean MachiSEA101+0.2 Kevin QuackenbushSD120-0.6 Odrisamer DespaigneMIA100+0.1 Kevin SiegristPHI/STL813+0.8 John BrebbiaSTL313+0.1 Justin WilsonCHC/DET2463+1.4 Jared HughesMIL1042-0.0 Stefan ChrichtonBAL010-0.4 Al AlburquerqueCHW/KC121-0.6 Junichi TazawaMIA1470-0.6 Craig StammenSD1023+0.7 Neftali FelizKC/MIL1060-0.7 Paul SewaldNYM1283-1.3 Kyle CrickSF100+0.1 Parker BridwellLAA001+0.0 Blake TreinenOAK/WAS22103-0.4 Hansel RoblesNYM952-0.6 Yusmeiro PetitLAA2342+2.0 Luis GarciaPHI1664+0.1 Trevor RosenthalSTL2581+0.6 Ian KrolATL623+0.1 Donnie HartBAL423-0.1 Derek LawSF1131+0.5 Matt CainSF100+0.1 Ted Abernathy196751314+6.2 Zach McAllisterCLE121-0.6 Gabriel MoyaMIN100+0.2 Josh EdginNYM525-0.0 Dillon MaplesCHC100+0.1 Carl EdwardsCHC2283+0.1 Aaron BummerCHW456-1.2 Tyler ChatwoodCOL110-0.2 Heath HembreeBOS1056-0.2 Simon CastroOAK221-0.4 Tyler WilsonBAL111-0.2 Shawn KelleyWAS621+0.1 Sam MollOAK011-0.4 Chad GreenNYY322-0.3 Ryan PresslyMIN532-0.3 James HoytHOU110-0.2 Emilio PaganSEA342-1.0 Tony SippHOU111-0.2 Ryan SherriffSTL221-0.5 Pedro StropCHC1935+1.6 Drew SteckenriderMIA1111+1.2 Brian DuensingCHC631-0.3 Sparky Lyle197766813+6.1 Dan AltavillaSEA431-0.5 Grant DaytonLAD112-0.2 Sean DoolittleOAK/WAS2437+2.4 Jake PetrickaCHW223-0.4 Josh SmokerNYM823+0.4 Brock StewartLAD201+0.3 Miguel CastroBAL912+1.0 Tim MayzaTOR001+0.0 Mike BolsingerTOR310+0.1 Blaine HardyDET131-1.0 Alec AsherBAL311+0.1 Brandon WorkmanBOS722+0.4 Jonathan BroxtonSTL120-0.6 Randall DelgadoARI500+0.8 David PriceBOS101+0.2 Taylor RogersMIN1876+0.2 Christian BergmanSEA010-0.4 Ryne StanekTB013-0.4 Dan JenningsCHW/TB259-1.5 Carlos TorresMIL643-0.6 Dan RunzlerPIT001+0.0 Aaron LoupTOR5312-0.3 Craig BreslowCLE/MIN012-0.4 AJ RamosMIA/NYM2244+1.6 Austin Bibens-DirkxTEX001+0.0 David HernandezARI/LAA1515+1.9 Brad GoldbergCHW001+0.0 Ryan MadsonOAK/WAS2441+2.1 After a year of searching, we didn’t our find our new Goose Gossage. But we did get a glimpse of what one might look like in baseball’s just-concluded postseason.This spring, we introduced a new pitching statistic called the goose egg — named in honor of Gossage, the Hall-of-Fame reliever, who had a record 82 goose eggs in 1975. Essentially, a pitcher gets a goose egg for every clutch, scoreless relief inning (see the original article for a more formal definition). Goose eggs have a substantially better correlation with relievers’ win probability added than saves do, especially if paired with their companion statistic, the broken egg.This year’s major leader in goose eggs was the Milwaukee Brewers’ Corey Knebel, who finished with 47 of them. The American League leader was the Seattle Mariners’ Edwin Diaz, who had 40. You can find a complete rundown of this year’s final goose stats in the table below. (A “broken egg” is essentially the blown save of goose stats, and a “meh” is any situation which doesn’t result in either a goose egg or a broken egg.) Carlos EstevezCOL300+0.5 Luke GregersonHOU1062-0.8 Troy ScribnerLAA001+0.0 Asher WojciechowskiCIN200+0.3 Chasen BradfordNYM301+0.4 Antonio BastardoPIT010-0.4 Vidal NunoBAL010-0.4 A. J. ColeWAS100+0.1 Justin HaleyMIN110-0.2 However, from an efficiency standpoint, the best season came not from Knebel or Diaz but from the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Kenley Jansen, who finished with a perfect record of 44 goose eggs and no broken eggs. That’s the most-ever goose eggs without a broken egg. The Dodgers used Jansen smartly and lined up his 68.1 innings pitched to coincide with mostly high-leverage situations. He made 15 multi-inning appearances, entered with runners on base 12 times, and often pitched in tied games — all things that closers weren’t doing much of a few years ago. And Jansen generated 6.3 goose wins above replacement (GWAR) in the regular season, the 7th-highest total of all-time. Amir GarrettCIN110-0.2 Rafael MonteroNYM131-1.0 Erasmo RamirezTB712+0.7 Adam OttavinoCOL1373-0.5 Hector SantiagoMIN010-0.4 Robert StephensonCIN220-0.5 Chase De JongSEA010-0.4 Akeel MorrisATL001+0.0 Cory GearrinSF1232+0.6 Casey FienPHI/SEA320-0.3 Kevin McCarthyKC100+0.2 Mark MelanconSF1550+0.3 Kyle BarracloughMIA2261+0.9 Mike ClevingerCLE010-0.4 Jeff BeliveauTOR111-0.2 Tyler GlasnowPIT010-0.4 Chris HatcherLAD/OAK963-0.9 Matt StrahmKC231-0.8 Adam KolarekTB021-0.7 Jayson AquinoBAL010-0.4 Adam ConleyMIA010-0.4 J. J. HooverARI633-0.2 Fernando RodneyARI3345+3.5 Joakim SoriaKC2982+1.6 Casey LawrenceSEA/TOR020-0.7 Mike MontgomeryCHC1422+1.3 Ken GilesHOU2453+1.7 Kevin ShackelfordCIN120-0.6 Mark LeiterPHI010-0.4 Tanner ScheppersTEX101+0.2 Jimmie SherfyARI100+0.2 Tim AdlemanCIN021-0.7 Alan BusenitzMIN302+0.5 Adam WarrenNYY1041+0.1 SOURCE: SEAMHEADS.COM A. J. SchugelPIT201+0.3 Jeremy JeffressMIL/TEX251-1.5 Giovanny GallegosNYY010-0.4 Boone LoganCLE104+0.2 Joe JimenezDET020-0.7 Josh HaderMIL1245+0.3 Ben HellerNYY101+0.2 Alex WilsonDET1377-0.6 Jonathan HolderNYY611+0.6 Dellin BetancesNYY2482+0.9 Josh CollmenterATL020-0.7 Greg InfanteCHW327-0.3 Hoby MilnerPHI115-0.2 Jake McGeeCOL1552+0.6 Jansen’s also the exception that proves the rule, however; it’s hard to provide all that much value when you pitch only 70 innings or so, which is about how much the best relievers pitch nowadays. After Jansen, the next most-valuable season came from Knebel, who finished with 3.9 GWAR — which ranks just 200th among relief pitching seasons all-time.If you want a model for a more Gossage-like usage pattern, you need to look no further than … how Jansen was used in the postseason. Jansen appeared in 13 of the Dodgers’ 15 playoff games and threw 16.2 innings. Extrapolated out to a full, 162-game regular season, that would work out to a Mike Marshall-like total of 180 relief innings.Jansen didn’t keep his perfect streak alive in the playoffs. Instead, he allowed 2 broken eggs to go with 6 goose eggs. He was also used in some situations that we wouldn’t recommend — for instance, to close out an 11-1 lead against the Chicago Cubs in the NLCS. Still, his postseason goose egg pace would extrapolate to 65 goose eggs over a 162-game regular season.What I’m really advocating for is a hybrid between how pitchers like Jansen are currently used in the regular season and the entirely different way that they’re used in the postseason. The extra off-days the playoffs provide help to enable more creative usage patterns that might not be viable in the regular season. And even with those extra rest days, Jansen may have been overused in not-very-clutch situations in the NLCS and NLDS; perhaps as a result, he was not especially sharp in the World Series. At the same time, he went from throwing 4.7 percent of the Dodgers’ regular season innings to 12.3 percent of their postseason innings — almost a threefold increase. Surely there’s a happy median somewhere in between?But congratulations to Jansen and Knebel, and we’ll resume our hunt for goose eggs next year. In the meantime, you can download detailed data on goose eggs and broken eggs for all pitchers since 1930 here. read more

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Ohio State students not surprised by Terrelle Pryors departure

Terrelle Pryor’s time at Ohio State has come to an end. OSU students aren’t surprised. Larry James, Pryor’s attorney, said Pryor will forgo his senior season. Through James, Pryor released a statement on Tuesday to The Lantern. “In the best interest of my teammates, I’ve made the decision to forgo my senior year of football at the Ohio State University,” Pryor said. Pryor’s decision comes in the wake of former head coach Jim Tressel’s resignation and multiple reports saying that the NCAA launched an independent investigation of the star athlete for allegedly receiving discounts on vehicles throughout his tenure at OSU. OSU students weren’t surprised by the news of Pryor’s departure. “I’m not surprised,” said Andrew Leggett, a first-year in pharmaceutical sciences. “I’ve felt like it was going to happen for awhile.” Pryor has long been a polarizing figure in the Buckeye community and his departure is no different. “I feel like it would be better if he stayed,” said Aaron Wendel, a first-year in health sciences, “because he’s not ready for the NFL I don’t think.” Not everyone agreed. “I don’t think he was going to be able to play next season anyway,” said Paul Warren, a first-year in Biology. “It’s probably in his best interest (to leave).” Pryor’s 31-4 record as a starter makes him the second-winningest quarterback in OSU history, trailing only former Buckeye quarterback Art Schlichter. Pryor threw for 6,177 yards and 57 touchdowns while rushing for 2,164 yards and 17 touchdowns. James said Pryor hasn’t decided what the next step in his career will be. Some have suggested Pryor could enter the NFL’s supplemental draft. Many question whether Pryor’s skills can translate to the next level. “I don’t think he’s going to do anything (in the NFL),” Leggett said. “I don’t think he’s ready. I don’t think he has the ability to read defenses or make throws. I think he’s done.” Others think Pryor’s raw athletic ability is too good for NFL teams to turn down. “I think he can make (the NFL),” Warren said. “I think he’s athletically gifted. If he wants to, he’ll be able to.” OSU’s next step at quarterback is just as uncertain Pryor’s. Joe Bauserman, Kenny Guiton, and Braxton Miller spent spring practice vying to replace Pryor, who was facing a five-game suspension for selling memorabilia and accepting improper benefits. Now, in wake of Pryor’s absence, the trio of inexperienced quarterbacks will have to lead the Buckeyes for the entire season. “I don’t know who the next quarterback will be so it will be interesting to see what happens next year,” said Amy Hoffmeister, a third-year in human development and family science. read more

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR Tewksbury Selectmen Chair Jay Kelly Endorses Mark Kratman

first_imgDear Editor,There are many worthy candidates running for State Representative for the 19th Middlesex District.  Each candidate brings something to the table – different backgrounds, levels of experience, and areas of expertise.  I always say, Democracy = multiple viewpoints.  That said, I do believe that one candidate, Mr. Mark Kratman, has both the State and local experience coupled with far-ranging community outreach that will benefit two great communities, Wilmington and Tewksbury, as the State Representative for the 19th Middlesex District.Why the support and confidence in Mark Kratman?  I have worked side by side with Mark Kratman for the past 15 months as an elected official in Tewksbury.  I can honestly say that Mark has never pulled any punches. Mark is approachable and works in a very cooperative fashion.  Mark does not play games – ask him a question…he will give you an answer.  Like any two people, we may not always agree, but Mark will provide his thought process as to why and how he has come to a conclusion or decision.“Experience” is paramount.  Mark has 30 plus years working with towns and city across Massachusetts through his position at Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). Mark has been a Tewksbury Selectmen for the past three years and running.  It is this [working] experience at the State-level and local-level, which will enable Mark to hit the ground running on Beacon Hill.As a State Representative, community outreach is an important aspect of the job. From a community perspective, one can say that Mark is incredibly involved.  Mark is out & about in the community seven days a week – rarely missing an opportunity to connect regardless of the venue.Lastly, with the current disheveled landscape of the “D’s” vs. the “R’s”, I have seen Mark tackle issues with the thought process of…the “people first”, the “party second”.  The “people first”, the “party second” was the standard that our beloved Representative, Jim Miceli, shared with me on a number of occasions.For all the reasons mentioned above is why I am endorsing Mr. Mark Kratman for State Representative for the 19th Middlesex District.Jay KellyTewksburyLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Mark Kratman Receives Endorsement Of Tewksbury State Senator Barbara L’ItalienIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Committee To Elect David Robertson Issues Statement On Mark Kratman’s Voting HistoryIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Judy O’Connell Addresses Allegations Of Federal Tax Liens On Her HomeIn “Government”last_img read more

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Voting begins in DNCC DSCC polls

first_imgLogos of Dhaka North City Corporation (L) and Dhaka South City Corporation. File PhotoThe voting in the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) elections began on Thursday morning.The voting has begun at 8:00am and will continue uninterruptedly until 4:00pm.The day has been announced as public holiday in the areas of the two city corporations.The election commission (EC) has organised the voting for the by-polls to the DNCC mayoral post and election to councillor and reserved councillor posts of the newly added 36 wards, including 18 under the DNCC and 18 under the DSCC.The winners will be elected for one year tenure. The officials of the election management department of the EC said they sent the ballot papers to 36 wards yesterday. EC secretary Helaluddin Ahmed said a total of 19 members of different law enforcement agencies will be deployed at the centres each while 23 members for each of the risky centres. Besides, 27 mobile teams consist of the members of police, APBn and Ansar were deployed. News agency BSS adds: chief election commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda on Wednesday said that the EC has completed all kinds of preparation to hold a free, fair and credible by-election to Dhaka North City Corporation. “Executive and judicial magistrates and required number of law enforcement agency members have been employed to hold the election in a fair manner. There also will be EC’s monitoring teams in the election fields,” he said at a press conference at media centre of the EC secretariat in the city. Besides, members of different law enforcement agencies will be employed as striking forces at different spots while police, BGB and RAB personnel will be patrolling in the city during the election, he added. Huda urged all polling agents to stay in the respective polling stations until they got result sheet of the election. Legal action will be taken if allegation of playing biased role in the election is proved against any election official and law enforcement agency member, the CEC said. “Voting will be stopped immediately if any irregularities take place at any centre during the election. And stern action will be taken against those who will be responsible for the incident after investigation,” he added. Speaking about vehicle movement in the elation area, Huda said the vehicles can ply on the ‘main road’. The people, however, can also ply their private vehicles on an emergency basis, he added. Responding to a query over poor participation in the polls, the CEC said people might not have shown eagerness participating in the election as its tenure will be only for a year. “However, we have nothing to do if any party does not take part in the election,” he added. Five candidates including Awami League (AL) nominated Atiqul Islam have been contesting for the mayoral post of DNCC. A total of 116 candidates are vying for general councillor post and 45 for reserved councillor post in the DNCC while 125 are contesting for general councillor post and 45 for reserved councillor post in the DSCC.last_img read more

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Hong Kong student protesters clash with police at government HQ

first_imgWith morning rush hour under way, fresh scuffles broke out between police and demonstrators at the main Admiralty protest site.Tearful protesters were forced from the government site and roads were cleared for traffic, but government offices remained closed with the de facto parliament suspended. Emotions continued to run high with clashes between police and protesters at a shopping arcade near the Admiralty site, with at least one person stretchered away, according to a reporter at the scene. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenIn chaotic scenes overnight, hundreds of protesters wearing helmets and wielding umbrellas spilled into a major road outside the office of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying as police tried to beat them back with batons and pepper spray. “I want true democracy!” protesters yelled. “Surround the headquarters. Paralyse the government.” Protesters have been staging mass sit-ins in Hong Kong since late September, demanding free leadership elections for the semi-autonomous Chinese city. China’s communist authorities insist candidates for the 2017 vote must be vetted by a loyalist committee, which the protesters say will ensure the election of a pro-Beijing stooge. Police said they had made 40 arrests overnight and 11 officers had been injured. Several protesters were injured in the overnight clashes. One was seen led away by police with a bloodied face, while others were tended to by first-aid volunteers after being fired at with pepper spray.last_img read more

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Ornaments of Kali idols stolen in Birbhum villagers protest

first_imgSuri (WB): The ornaments of two Kali idols of a temple were stolen at Chinpai village of Birbhum district triggering furore among locals who blocked road, the police said. The idols were decorated with gold and silver ornaments on the occasion of Kali puja Tuesday. Those were found missing by the priest this morning, they said. Angry over the theft, hundreds of villagers, including women, sat on the busy national highway. Initially, police tried to disperse the villagers, but failed. Once the officer-in-charge of the local police station reached the spot, he was chased by them. After about two hours, Additional Superintendent of Police Subimal Pal arrived and the blockade was lifted. Superintendent of Police Kunal Agarwal said that the situation was under control. Senior police officers were camping in the spot.last_img read more

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Woman taken to hospital after accident at busy crossroads

first_imgPunter found hiding in bushes Police search for missing woman Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page. And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive. Driver named following fatal collisioncenter_img Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA woman was taken to hospital following an accident at a busy Staffordshire Moorlands crossroads this morning. Police, paramedics and firefighters were called to the collision at Bottomhouse Crossroads on the A523 Ashbourne Road at around 7.30am this morning (Wednesday March 6). The accident involved three vehicles, with one of them ending up on its side as a result of the collision. Police directed traffic at the scene, with emergency crews also dealing with a fuel spillage. A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said:  “We were called just after 7.30am to reports of an RTC with one vehicle overturned. “We sent one ambulance and a community first responder.  There were also an off duty nurse and two medics on scene who were passing and stopped to help. Read MoreConcerns that CCG’s proposals ‘will pit towns against each other’   “We treated and conveyed one woman who was given treatment before being taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further assessment.” Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service said two fire engines, one from Leek and one from Hanley, had attended after they were called at 7.42am. A spokeswoman said:  “We were called to a road traffic collision.  There was one female casualty who was left in the care of the ambulance service. “All occupants were out of the vehicles on arrival.  There was a large fuel spillage of approximately 15 litres.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital windowlast_img read more

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Emirates launches second daily A380 service to Frankfurt

first_imgEmirates launches second daily A380 service to FrankfurtEmirates, a global connector of people, places and economies, has announced a second daily A380 service to Frankfurt, adding 1,155 seats a week on the route, with 280 in First Class and Business Class.Emirates operates 77 services from Australia to Dubai, with onward connections to Frankfurt, Germany.Commencing 1st January 2016, Emirates flights EK47/48, currently operated by a Boeing 777-300ER, will be up-gauged to an A380. The first scheduled A380 service between Frankfurt and Dubai was in September 2014; since then, over 280,000 passengers have travelled with Emirates on this route.“Our daily A380 service to Frankfurt proved to be extremely popular and we’re happy that demand has been so strong that we needed to increase capacity on the route. In fact, our four gateways in Germany are doing extremely well with 3 of them boasting a daily or double-daily A380 service. Should the opportunity arise, Emirates would be keen to fly to additional cities that are currently underserved, offering more choices to travellers,” commented Hubert Frach, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations West. “Our customers love the A380 and adding a second one to Frankfurt will further enhance the travel experience on that route and provide more A380 to A380 connectivity to popular destinations around the world via our ultra-modern hub in Dubai,” added Frach.“We are pleased that Emirates decided to operate a second daily A380 to Frankfurt. It shows a clear commitment of Emirates and underlines the attractiveness of Frankfurt Airport”, said Dr. Stefan Schulte, Chairman of the Executive Board of Fraport AG.Emirates’ flight EK47 departs Dubai International Airport at 14:35hrs and arrives in Frankfurt at 18:40hrs. The outbound flight EK48 departs from Frankfurt at 20:30hrs and arrives in Dubai at 0610hrs the following day.The new aircraft will feature 14 Private Suites in First Class, 76 flat-bed seats in Business Class, and 429 comfortable seats in Economy Class. Passengers in all classes will enjoy access to over 2000 channels of films, TV shows, music and games through ice Digital Widesreen, the airline’s award-winning inflight entertainment system, as well as free Wi-Fi and gourmet cuisine. It will also offer access to the world’s only onboard Shower Spa for First Class passengers and to the Onboard Lounge, where First Class and Business Class passengers can socialise at 40,000 feet.As with all Emirates flights, passengers will be able to accumulate Skywards miles and benefit from a generous baggage allowance of 30kg in Economy Class, 40kg in Business Class and 50 kg in First Class. Passengers travelling in premium cabins will also enjoy Emirates’ dedicated lounge at Frankfurt Airport, as well as Emirates Chauffeur-drive service.Emirates also operates nine weekly freighter flights out of Frankfurt, offering a total cargo capacity of up to 1,000 tonnes per week. Main products transported include machinery, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and electronic equipment bound for markets in the Middle East, Africa, Asia as well as USA and Mexico. Fly EmiratesSource = Emirates Airlinelast_img read more

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Lately it seems you cant read a newspaper or turn

first_imgLately it seems you can’t read a newspaper or turn on the nightly news without getting bombarded with political rhetoric about how our government must do something to bring our country out of the economic doldrums. The debate boils down to raising taxes or cutting taxes. Either way, pundits complain that the rich are “not paying their fair share,” or that politicians are “just making their rich cronies richer.” It’s sad how much investors have to factor the current political climate into their investment decisions. But savvy investors have to cut through the political rhetoric and look at reality. Regardless of the party in power, all levels of government are masters at increasing tax revenue to help do their bidding.Once You Open the Door, 2% Can Turn Into 94% I looked up the history of the federal income tax and found some interesting data. The first income tax, passed in 1894, was a 2% tax on incomes over $4,000. Fewer than 10% of US households paid any federal income tax at all. After the 16th Amendment was ratified in 1913, there were seven income brackets for the federal income tax, the highest starting at $500,000 – or about $10 million in 2007 dollars. Tax rates ranged from 1-7%. Much like the old stories of vacuum-cleaner salesmen, once they get a foot in the door, look out! Trickery and deceit are a normal part of the political process. When the original income-tax law was passed, very few Americans were affected. The government was essentially taxing “someone else.” By 1944, the top marginal tax rate hit 94%. When politicians are faced with taking salary cuts or cutting payments to those who help elect them, they always find ways to extract more tax revenue from the working class. It’s been that way for all of time.Who’s Really Paying What? When I started hearing protests about the top 1% folks not paying their fair share, I realized that much of the noise was just rhetoric for politicians to sell a particular point of view. So what are the facts? One quite politically biased report I read claimed that the top 1% of taxpayers have an average net worth of a little over $19 million each. It basically implied that unless you’re worth $19 million or more, potential tax hikes won’t affect you. Bill Gates has an estimated net worth of $61.3 billion; the Walton family’s (of Walmart fame) combined net worth is about $93 billion. That means that Bill Gates is worth about 3,226 times more than the average top 1% folks, and the Walton family about 4,894 times more. $19 million may be the accurate average net worth of the top 1%, but averages can sure be misleading.Do You Feel Rich Today? After spending a couple frustrating hours on the Internet finding old data, I turned to our research team for some help. Adam Crawford, one of our energetic researchers, put together a much clearer picture based on a recent report from the US Census Bureau. The net worth on top of each column is the entry-level net worth – not the average – for each percentile noted. Adam also pointed out a couple of interesting items from the report. If you have a total net worth of $344,000, or $179,533 excluding the value of your home, you are better off than 80% of Americans today. The top 7% of the population begins at $856,000, but when you exclude personal-residence values, it’s $586,507. In simple terms, if you have a home worth around $270,000 and a $587,000 portfolio, you’re ahead of 93% of Americans. Those 93% think you’re rich, even though you’re a long way from $19 million. I mentioned to Adam that a lot of folks in California and the northeast must be in the top 7% because of real-estate values in those parts of the country. He reminded me that a person may live in a million-dollar home, but it’s likely heavily mortgaged. True net worth comes from equity, not your address.Retirement Income in the Post-2008 Economy I’ve read many reports claiming that the average net worth of 99% of the population dropped 20% or more after the 2008 housing crash. Many people had contemplated retirement with the idea of downsizing and investing some of their home equity to provide retirement income. Instead, they saw a couple hundred thousand dollars or more vanish as their home equity collapsed. Time to look at some real numbers. Let’s assume our entry-level elite top-7% couple – I’ll call them the “Rich Joe” family – has $86,000 in cars and “stuff,” and a $500,000 portfolio. If they’re retired, they have to live off income from their investments and Social Security… for the rest of their lives. In 2007, before the crash, a five-year CD paid around 6% interest; $500,000 invested in CDs at that rate would provide $30,000 in interest. Assume that Rich Joe family collected the Social Security payments of high-wage earners – $30,000 between Rich Joe and his wife. That’s a combined gross income of $60,000. If they spent and invested wisely, hopefully it would last. Times, however, have changed since the housing crash. Two percent is about the best rate Rich Joe family can hope for from a five-year CD, so their $500,000 investment in CDs now earns them only $10,000 annually. Their income has dropped from $60,000 to $40,000 per year. The picture is even gloomier when you factor in inflation. Current CD interest rates don’t even cover the current inflation rate. In other words, when Rich Joe family buys a five-year CD, at the end of the five-year period, even with interest, their buying power has been reduced. Many retirees are now finding second careers to supplement their income because they know that their life savings won’t last long enough. You many have noticed the number of seniors working in fast food restaurants, which may also be a factor in the high unemployment rate of young people today. Sadly, many grandparents are lamenting how they’ve had to really cut back on travel and Christmas gifts for grandchildren.Watch the Other Hand I have a friend who’s a pretty good amateur magician, doing many tricks with cards and coins. He regularly preaches to “watch the other hand,” and cautions his friends to do the same with the government. The current political debate is whether to extend the Bush tax cuts or make them permanent. I recently read another idea about extending them for everyone except folks earning over $250,000. Certainly most retirees don’t fall into that category, so they may not see the trick. What’s in the other hand? Since retirees can’t find decent yields on CDs and top-rated bonds, many have turned to good-quality, dividend-paying stocks. As of 2008, 42% of all reported dividend income went to people 65 and older. In the last four years, the percentage has likely risen dramatically as seniors saw their CDs mature and were offered inadequate rates to roll them over. The Bush tax cuts allowed for a 15% tax on dividends. I recently read that some politicians would like to let this portion of the tax cuts quietly expire also. If that were to happen, dividends would be taxed as ordinary income. That’s a jump to a 25% marginal tax rate for a married couple earning just over $70,000. Politicians and pundits may talk about the repeal as though it only affects folks earning $250,000 or more, but watch the other hand. Many retirees have given up on CDs and are investing in dividend-paying stocks. A higher tax rate on those dividends will affect a lot of retirees who need that money to pay their bills.“Don’t Trust the Government” Club What would be the consequences of taxing dividends as ordinary income? Some pundits argue that it would cause a sell-off of dividend-paying stocks. Maybe investors needing dividend income would see a reduction in their investment capital. Others disagree, pointing out that many mutual funds and 401(k)s are heavily invested in dividend-paying stocks, and they would hold on to them. The only common conclusion I can offer is this: If the Bush tax cuts on dividends expire, a lot of folks with income under $250,000 are going to see a bigger tax bite. There does not seem be a consensus that dividend-paying stock prices will drop because they are being sold as investors seek higher yields. The appeal of dividend-paying stocks taxed at a lower rate may lose some glamor, as investors evaluate their alternatives. Most baby boomers thinking about retirement have likely done a few calculations on one or more financial-planning websites, and the average yield on your investment portfolio after retirement is always a part of these calculations. My generation was encouraged to use 6% as a “safe” estimate. Now that CDs and top-rated bonds are not realistic options, investors have to put more of their money at greater risk for a decent yield. Certainly a 4% dividend taxed at a rate no higher than 15% is one option to consider, particularly if the investor thinks there will be stock appreciation as part of the process. Dividend-paying stocks are an option we don’t want to lose. Right now, my state of Florida has a senator from each political party, but in this case it makes little difference which side of the aisle they’re on. This concerns everyone living on a fixed income and everyone trying to figure out how they can afford to retire. I’ve written both of my senators and my representative, pointing out that the incomes of many seniors and savers have been radically reduced because the government holds interest rates near zero. They’d better vote to freeze the current tax rates and the tax on dividends, or seniors and savers will once again bear the brunt of their tax policies. Enough already! The average net worth of the top 1% may be $19 million, but some data from the Federal Reserve shows that the median of the top 10% of the population is approximately $1.8 million, inclusive of personal residences. Maybe Bill Gates and Warren Buffett make a lot of money on dividends, but the vast majority of retirees rely on that income to survive. If Mr. Buffett thinks millionaires should pay more in taxes, I can gladly direct him to a government website where he can voluntarily contribute to the federal government. Sometimes I feel like Papa Bear guarding the food supply – we need to let “Big Brother” know it better keep its hands off our dividends.On the Lighter Side The first weekend of the NFL season is now in the books. It’s interesting that the last three Super Bowl champions all lost their first games. Several games went down to the last minute or even into overtime, which kept a lot of folks glued to their seats. On Thursday night, the Bears take on the Packers – a rivalry of the highest order. And finally… With the political conventions behind us, we’re all being bombarded with campaign advertisements. I suspect I’m not the only person who is already sick of the negative advertising, and we still have two months to go. Political candidates and their consultants seem to think their best bet is to depict their opponent as some sort of a crook or bum beholden to special interests. It’s no wonder voters are so cynical when the election rolls around. I have a friend who gets pretty upset and starts yelling at the TV when he knows the facts have been misrepresented. He told me he’s relinquished total clicker control to his wife until after the election – a wise man. Until next week…last_img read more

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Ethanol blending with petrol to double at 8 in current season Oil

first_imgDharmendra Pradhan, Union Petroleum Minister   –  File photo In June, the Centre approved Rs 4,440 crore soft loans for building ethanol production capacity to absorb the excess cane. Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that ethanol blending with petrol is likely to double to 8 per cent in the current season as a better price is being offered by oil marketing companies.The minister also assured additional soft loans to mills for expanding the ethanol capacity.Addressing the 84th annual general meeting of sugar industry body ISMA, he said the government has taken a number of steps in the last four years to bring a “paradigm shift” in the Rs 1 lakh crore sector.“Blending of ethanol with petrol has reached 4 per cent from 1-1.5 per cent in the last four years. In 2018-19 sugar year (October-September), the blending level will reach 7-8 per cent,” Pradhan said.The minister said, “Although buying ethanol is costly for oil marketing companies, because of hike in procurement price, the Centre has taken a holistic view to boost ethanol production for farmers welfare as well as to meet our energy requirements.”Pradhan said the Centre spends Rs 8-10 lakh crore of foreign exchange to meet energy demand by importing crude oil, LNG and other products.He said that the Centre has provided soft loans to the first group of applications for creating ethanol capacity and it is committed to sanctioning loans for the second group. In June, the Centre approved Rs 4,440 crore soft loans for building ethanol production capacity to absorb the excess cane. It will bear interest subvention of Rs 1,332 crore over a period of five years, including moratorium period of one year.According to industry sources, the Centre may provide an interest subsidy of about Rs 1,800 crore in the second round and it may also allow standalone molasses-based distillery to participate in this soft loan programme.Later in September, the Central Government approved an over 25 per cent hike in the price of ethanol produced directly from sugarcane juice for blending in petrol in a bid to cut surplus sugar production and reduce oil imports.The Centre had launched the programme EBP in 2003 on pilot basis which was subsequently extended to 21 states and four Union Territories to promote the use of alternative and environment-friendly fuels.But the target of 10 percent blending of ethanol in petrol was never met. Since 2014, the Central Government notified an administered price for ethanol. The move significantly improved the supply of ethanol during the past four years.The volume of ethanol procured by public sector OMCs has increased from 38 crore litres in ethanol supply year 2013-14 to an estimated 150 crore litres in 2017-18.Earlier, ISMA President Gaurav Goel said the ethanol blending level will reach 8 per cent in 2018-19 as orders for 260 crore litres have been received from OMCs. For 10 per cent blending, there is a requirement of 330 crore litres of ethanol.Goel exuded confidence that blending level would reach 10 per cent by 2020 and 20 per cent by 2022.The ISMA president demanded that the Centre should link sugarcane price to sugar rates as a long term solution for this sector. Goel said there would be no cane arrears and industry would not seek any fund from the Centre if this demand is met. He said the sugar production is likely to fall to 31.5 million tonnes in the current marketing year as against 32.5 million tonnes in the previous year. The annual domestic demand is 26 million tonnes. The opening stock was 10.7 million tonnes as on October 1. Goel said that mills have agreed to export 1 million tonnes of sugar out of 5 million tonnes quota earmarked by the Centre for 2018-19. He recommended a strict action against mills which do not export sugar. COMMENT COMMENTS Published on petroleum December 07, 2018 SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAILlast_img read more

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Karnataka coalition model will be replicated in Delhi RahulKarnataka coalition model will

first_imgMarch 31, 2019 Published on Rahul Gandhi, President, Congress (File photo)   –  PTI SHARE COMMENT national electionscenter_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL Elections 2019 The Congress will demonstrate the functioning of a smooth coalition government in New Delhi while forming the government at the Centre, party President Rahul Gandhi has said.Addressing a Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) [JD(S)] rally on the outskirts of Bengaluru, Rahul said: “ Our formation of a coalition government in Karnataka, and its smooth functioning is an example which we will demonstrate again in Delhi.”Appealing to both, the Congress and the JD(S) workers, Rahul said: “I appeal to both parties’ workers to work harmoniously. Our goal is to defeat the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”Talking about farm-loan waivers, Rahul said: “When farmers across the country approached the Central government, Modi and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said it cannot be done. We have no money.”“Karnataka showed the country how it can be done with ease. It generated its own resources. When the Central government failed, it was the State which demonstrated its will. Similarly, governments of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh are working towards it,” he said.Relief for start-upsBengaluru is called “start-up capital”. Keeping with the spirit of this sector, the Congress President said the party is working out a plan to allow new businesses three years to get permissions and licences. “This is being done to encourage entrepreneurs to create jobs.”Rahul explained that this is being done to remove the draconian and ill-conceived Angel Tax.Earlier, at the rally, JD(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda said: “Since May 23, 2018, we have been workings towards formation of the Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance). The BJP has been taunting us that it is not the Mahagathbandhan but maha milawat (adulterated alliance).” “Post-elections, we shall show them the strength of Mahagathbandhan and prove them wrong,” he added. COMMENTSlast_img read more

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