PREMIUMKomodo to become international airport by June as Singapore’s Changi, Cardig prep facelift

first_imgLOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Forgot Password ? Log in with your social account Linkedin Topics : Google Komodo-Airport labuan-bajo Changi-airport Cardig-Aero-Services international-airport East-Nusa-Tenggara tourism travel super-priority-destinations transportation-ministry Budi-Karya-Sumadi Wishnutama Facebook Komodo Airport in Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara, the main entryway to one of Indonesia’s tourism hotspots, will become an international airport in June, earlier than the government’s initial plan for 2021.“We agreed to make it [an international airport] faster. Hopefully, the investors can be serious in developing the airport,” said Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi on Friday on the sidelines of the signing of an agreement between Komodo Airport’s developers.PT Cinta Airport Flores (CAF), a business consortium 80 percent owned by publicly listed local aviation services company Cardig Aero Services and 20 percent owned by Singapore’s Changi Airports International, will be responsible for the development of Komodo Airport.The Cardig-Changi business consortium has allocated Rp 1.2 trillion (US$88 million) to develop Komodo Airport. B…last_img read more

Governor Wolf to Modernize Outdated Overtime Rules to Strengthen the Middle Class and Provide Fairness for Workers

first_img January 17, 2018 Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Philadelphia, PA – Today, as part of his “Jobs That Pay” initiative, Governor Tom Wolf announced a proposal to strengthen the middle class by modernizing Pennsylvania’s outdated overtime rules to increase the pay of nearly half-a-million people to ensure they are compensated fairly for their hard work.“Pennsylvania’s overtime rules haven’t changed in more than 40 years and workers are paying the price,” said Governor Wolf. “I am taking this action to ensure hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians who work more than 40 hours a week for the same job receive the overtime pay they have earned.“It’s simple, if you work overtime, then you should get paid fairly for it. This important step will put more money into the pockets of hardworking people and will help expand the middle class in Pennsylvania.”Governor Wolf made the announcement at The Fresh Grocer of Grays Ferry in Philadelphia, where he was joined by legislators, local elected officials, store management, staff, and local workers, who were quick to praise the governor’s announcement.“What the governor is proposing is common sense,” said Denise Kennedy, an Upper Darby resident and secretary at Garrettford Elementary School. “Paying workers fairly on the lower end of the pay scale will put more money in our pockets so we can spend it at local businesses.  All I can say is, what can I do to help get this done?”The middle class is built on the idea of hard work and fair pay, but workers in Pennsylvania have not received a minimum wage increase in nearly a decade and overtime rules established in 1977 have not kept up with inflation.Many hardworking Pennsylvanians are not getting the overtime pay they deserve. Because the overtime rules have not been updated, employees are covered by an exemption to overtime that was intended for high-wage, white-collar employees more than 40 years ago.  As a result, a salaried worker earning up to $24,000 a year, which is below the poverty line for a family of four, can work more than 40, 50, 60 or more hours a week and is not guaranteed overtime at time-and-a-half.“Four decades is far too long for Pennsylvania’s overtime regulations to remain stagnant,” said Acting Labor & Industry Secretary Jerry Oleksiak. “Updating the overtime rules to keep pace with our 21st century economy is the right thing to do for the hardworking men and women of the commonwealth. It will also generate competitive salaries and reduce turnover, helping to create and keep ‘Jobs that Pay’ here in Pennsylvania.”At the direction of Governor Wolf, the Department of Labor & Industry is finalizing a plan to modernize rules and clarify requirements. The new rules will phase in over four years to increase the salary threshold that requires employers to pay overtime to most salaried workers.The first step will raise the salary level to determine overtime eligibility for most workers from the federal minimum of $455 per week, $23,660 annually, to $610 per week, $31,720 annually, on Jan. 1, 2020. The threshold will increase to $39,832 on Jan. 1, 2021, followed by $47,892 in 2022, extending overtime eligibility to 370,000 workers and up to 460,000 in four years.Starting in 2022, the salary threshold will update automatically every three years so workers are not left behind.  Additionally, the duties for executive, administration and professional workers will be clarified to make it easier for employers to know if a worker qualifies for overtime.“This long overdue moment for thousands of struggling, hard-working employees in the 8th senatorial district and across Pennsylvania is saying this really is a happy new year,” Sen. Anthony Williams said.When fully implemented, modernizing overtime rules will increase the wages of an estimated 460,000 workers in Pennsylvania. That will lead to a stronger middle class.  When workers earn more, they spend it in their local communities, which helps grow the economy throughout the state.“The Governor’s proposal will give many working families in PA an increase in their income and will make sure they are paid for the hard work they are doing,” Rep. Jordan Harris said. “That additional revenue will help pay utility bills, buy groceries, take vacations, and just make life a little easier.”The Department of Labor & Industry anticipates releasing the proposed to update the regulations for public comments in March. SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Governor Wolf to Modernize Outdated Overtime Rules to Strengthen the Middle Class and Provide Fairness for Workerslast_img read more

Hydro Group Systems Nets US Navy Deal

first_imgHydro Group Systems, subsidiary of subsea cable and connector specialist Hydro Group, has secured its inaugural contract in the US, worth an estimated $550,000.The company has secured a contract with the US Navy to supply neutrally-buoyant plow umbilicals for the Military Sealift Command, an organisation which is responsible for providing sealift and ocean transportation for all US military services.Hydro Group Systems has also expanded its footprint and workforce in the region with the launch of its manufacturing facility in Pinellas County, Florida, and the appointment of Christopher Scanlon, as senior design engineer.Bill Mildon, Hydro Group Systems’ president, said: “We are proud to have been selected to provide this comprehensive scope to the US Navy, which further underpins our reputation as a serious provider of bespoke engineered cable and connector assembly solutions.“We are firm believers in offering excellent service quality, and a permanent local presence in the US allows us to continue to surpass client expectations by offering a superior service, while building on our customer base.”Furthermore, Hydro Group Systems has also announced a new partnership with Texas-based Design Forward an agency representing manufacturers who specialize in custom-engineered components.last_img read more

Callard defends Burgess display

first_img “We scored two tries and nilled them on tries, which was very impressive. The players deserve all the credit. “We fell too many times on the scrum, but we showed great composure and discipline outside of that.” Sean O’Brien made a successful return from shoulder surgery and Ireland must now decide whether he is ready for their Six Nations opener against Italy in Rome next week. “I got 50 minutes under my belt and I was just happy to be out there. Ideally I’d like more game time before Italy, but there aren’t any more opportunities,” O’Brien said. “I’d usually get two or three games under my belt but with the short window that’s not possible. “There was no reaction on the shoulder and that will give me confidence. I took a few good hits so I’m happy enough.” England Saxons coach Jon Callard defended Sam Burgess after his disappointing representative union debut in the 18-9 victory over Ireland Wolfhounds in Cork. “Sam has had a great week for us, but unfortunately didn’t have the ball on the front foot and probably tried to force a couple of things,” Callard said. “He made a lovely little break and offload, which is what his strength is, but we just couldn’t get him into the game at set-piece. “But he was influential on the shape we had in attack. He pulled defenders out with his running, which created space out wide. “What he did with the ball in hand wasn’t there to see, but he did a lot of good stuff without the ball. “Sam has only had a session and a half in the England set up, but he created space for others and that’s what the game is about.” Fly-half Henry Slade and wing Christian Wade scored tries in a hard-fought win against a strong Wolfhounds team, but it was a flawed performance at Irish Independent Park with the set-piece particularly weak. “(England head coach) Stuart Lancaster talked to the squad on Monday and told the players he expected them to win and expected them to be hurting that they’ve been left out of the senior squad,” Callard said. “I’m very proud of our attacking rugby. The players gave everything against a good Irish side. Burgess produced several conspicuous mistakes in the first half before becoming a peripheral figure after the interval, apart from another brief error-ridden spell, and on this evidence has little chance of being involved in the RBS 6 Nations. Callard chose to praise the powerful 26-year-old’s work off the ball with his union apprenticeship still numbering only eight games. Press Associationlast_img read more

Koeman: Charlie Austin can be missing link for Southampton

first_img “I think we need a player like him, everybody knows his number of goals. He’s still only 26 and it’s good to have him in now. It’s good for the other players and it’s good to see what his physical state is. “He gives us more competition. W e are always trying to make the squad stronger and signing that sort of player is very important. “Every Premier League team has competition. And at the moment Graziano Pelle is still not 100 per cent fit, Jay Rodriguez is not training, so if something happened to Shane Long we’d have no one up front. “Now we are also prepared for next season. He is here now and it’s good for the boy. He needs to adapt to how we work and he’ll know everything for next season.” Saints certainly appear to have picked up a bargain, with relegated Rangers asking £15million for Austin last summer. But Koeman added: “I don’t talk about money, that’s not my job. We said to the board that he was the number-one target and I’m very pleased Charlie is a Southampton player.” Austin, who was called up by England for the first time at the end of last season, has penned a four-and-a-half-year deal at St Mary’s. “I’m delighted to have got it over the line so soon into January,” he told the club’s official website, “I can’t wait to get started now. The 26-year-old striker, who scored 18 goals in the Premier League for QPR last season, signed for Saints in a cut-price £4million deal on Saturday morning. “I hope he will bring goals, that’s why he was our target for this transfer window,” said Saints boss Koeman. Ronald Koeman feels he has signed the natural goalscorer Southampton have been missing in the shape of Charlie Austin Press Association “As soon as Southampton showed an interest, that was the one club I wanted to go to. “You see the progression from when I was playing against Southampton for Swindon. “For me, it was important to come to a club that’s on the up and that’s what I’ve got here.” Former bricklayer Austin has only been in the professional game since 2009, when his fine form with Wessex League part-timers Poole Town earned a move to Swindon. The striker continued to find the net and moved on to Burnley before then joining QPR, where he became a fans’ favourite with 48 goals in 89 appearances. Austin, who has been out for the past month with a hamstring complaint, has scored 10 goals in 16 appearances this term and leaves Loftus Road with QPR director of football Les Ferdinand’s best wishes. “It’s no secret that Charlie is out of contract in the summer so this is a decision made in the best financial interests of the club,” he said. “Charlie has had a significant impact on this football club in his time here and we are hugely grateful to him for his contribution during his spell with us. “Whilst we are sorry to lose Charlie, once he expressed an interest in moving to Southampton, we could not stand in his way.” last_img read more

The Latest: UEFA will allow leagues to determine qualifying

first_imgThe Latest: UEFA will allow leagues to determine qualifying Maracineanu says “what’s certain is that sports won’t take priority in our society.”The Tour de France cycling race has been rescheduled to start Aug. 29 and end Sept. 20. The final day coincides with the same day the rescheduled French Open tennis tournament is to begin.Maracineanu was speaking in an interview with Eurosport television on Wednesday night. She says leagues could potentially start in September or have their remaining games canceled altogether. There are 10 league games left to play in France’s top two soccer leagues. Rugby’s Top 14 league has reached the semifinal stage.Public gatherings are banned in France until at least mid-July but Maracineanu says they could be extended until “at least September.”Maracineanu is a former Olympic swimmer. She says “it wouldn’t be the end of the world” if the Tour de France has to be canceled. Associated Press ___UEFA has postponed next year’s women’s European Championship soccer tournament to July 2022.The UEFA executive committee decided the new dates for the 16-nation tournament in England will be July 6-31.The switch was made after UEFA and the IOC decided last month on one-year postponements for Euro 2020 and the Tokyo Olympics. Britain, the Netherlands and Sweden will play in the women’s soccer tournament at the Olympics.Wembley Stadium in London will stage both the men’s and women’s European finals. April 23, 2020 Moyes answered the call and says “all I was doing was dropping (the packages) at the door, knocking and then going away. It was beautiful big boxes of fruit and veg.”He also had to ask some residents for payment if they hadn’t done so online.Moyes says one incident “with this particular older lady, I think it was 16.80 pounds ($20.70) for one box of fruit and veg. She gave me a 20-pound note and said, ‘Here son, just keep the change.’”The Premier League has been suspended since March 13. That was the day after Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for the virus.Moyes had to self-isolate after that because he had come into close contact with Arteta days earlier. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___UEFA says it will allow leagues to determine the final places for Champions League and Europa League qualification on “sporting merit” if they can’t resume during the coronavirus pandemic. UEFA says 2.7 million euros ($2.9 million) of the money will go to clubs after the 16-nation Euro 2020 playoffs later this year.Players selected for the Euro 2020 tournament will earn at least 130 million euros ($140 million) more for their clubs from UEFA.___West Ham manager David Moyes has been delivering fruit and vegetables to elderly residents in his village during soccer’s lockdown amid the coronavirus outbreak.The former Manchester United coach says he saw a sign in the window of a local shop asking for volunteers to be delivery drivers. ___It’s still not clear when baseball or soccer will resume in Japan but it will likely be without fans when it does.That was the decision when the heads of Japanese professional baseball and soccer met in online meetings.Japanese baseball commissioner Atsushi Saito says “my feelings that I want to start the season without spectators haven’t changed.”Baseball and soccer officials both agreed nothing could begin until a state of emergency was lifted in Japan. The earliest that can happen is May 6. They are expected to wait until that date before moving forward.center_img German soccer could resume on May 9 if regional politicians sign off on the league’s plan.The state governors of Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia have said May 9 would be acceptable but other state officials have signaled they would prefer the middle or end of May.League CEO Christian Seifert says “if the state governors and the federal government decide that this day is May 9, then we would be ready on May 9.”Seifert says games could be held with a limit of 213 people in the stadium and up to 109 in the surrounding area.___ UEFA says the rescheduled women’s tournament will retain the same 10 stadiums. It opens with England playing at Old Trafford in Manchester.___A decree issued by the Hungarian government allows most professional sports clubs and soccer teams to cut the salaries of players and other personnel like managers and trainers by up to 70%.The decree signed by Prime Minister Viktor Orban says the wage cuts can be implemented for as long as the state of emergency declared because of the coronavirus pandemic remains in effect.Hungarian lawmakers approved a state of emergency on March 30 without an end-date. That gave the government the right to rule by decree on issues related to the pandemic for as long as it considers it necessary. The governing body of European soccer says qualification from a “prematurely terminated domestic competition” can be rejected if “there is a public perception of unfairness in the qualification of the club.”UEFA says it is ideal for countries to complete seasons but acknowledges that might not be possible because of government orders banning sporting events.UEFA also accepts “insurmountable economic problems” could make finishing seasons “impossible because it would put at risk the long-term financial stability of the domestic competition and/or clubs.”UEFA’s own club competitions remain incomplete.___ UEFA is sharing almost 70 million euros ($75.5 million) among 676 clubs that released players for European Championship qualifiers and Nations League games in the past two years.UEFA says it’s releasing the money early to help “in light of the current crisis and the financial difficulties many clubs are facing” during the coronavirus pandemic.A long-standing agreement between UEFA and the European Club Association guarantees clubs at least 200 million euros (216 million) from Euro 2020 revenues to compensate for releasing players to national duty in the 2018-20 cycle.Payments were due after Euro 2020 but are now sending much-needed cash to clubs after the coronavirus outbreak forced the tournament to be postponed by one year.The highest-earning club will get 630,000 euros ($680,000) calculated pro rata per player named on a national team’s match sheet. That club was not identified. There is a larger window to reschedule meets in the second half of the year because the Tokyo Olympics have been postponed to 2021.Organizers said the meet in Oslo would still offer prize money from a $50,000 contribution by World Athletics. It will feature 400-meter hurdles world champion Karsten Warholm attempting a world record in the rarely raced 300 hurdles.___French Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu says the resumption of sporting events in the country is not among the government’s priorities.France is locked down until May 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic and speculation has increased recently as to whether the country’s soccer league could resume in late June. The J-League’s top two soccer divisions were suspended in February. Japanese baseball played some preseason games without fans before all play was stopped.___Three more Diamond League meetings will not go ahead as scheduled because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, on June 7 and the meet in Paris on June 13 have both postponed with no new dates set. The Bislett Games in Oslo on June 11 will be rebranded as the Impossible Games and turned into an exhibition event.The first nine scheduled events of the 15-meet season have all now either been postponed, rescheduled or downgraded. The Anniversary Games in London on July 4 are now the earliest scheduled competition of the season. ___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Tipp Ladies open National Football League tomorrow

first_imgTipperary begin life in Division 2 of the Ladies Football League this weekend.Having gone through 2017 unbeaten the Premier ladies won the All Ireland Intermediate title and also topped Division 3.Their opening game this season is a tough one away to Armagh. Photo © Tipp Ladies Facebook However Tipp star Aishling Moloney says they’re ready for the challenge.Throw in is at 12 noon in Silverbride tomorrow afternoon.last_img

Transfer: Onyekuru Set to Seal Bayern Munich Switch

first_imgReports in several media outlets in Turkey yesterday have indicated that Nigeria’s exciting forward, Henry Onyekuru, is set to complete a permanent transfer to Bayern Munich from English Premier League side Everton.Onyekuru had a productive season in Turkey where he played a starring role for league winners Galatasaray with ‎14 league goals to his name including one in the final game of the season against Istanbul Basaksehir which helped them seal the title.Spanish sides Valencia and Sevilla were reported to be keen on signing him permanently from Everton where work permit issues have stopped him from playing for the team two years after his signing from modest Belgium side Eupen. Reports in Turkey suggest he will be in Germany next week to seal a switch to Bayern Munich who are in the market for wing forwards like Onyekuru following the departure of Franck Ribery and Arjen spoke with a source close to the player who confirmed that Onyekuru will be in Germany next week but refuse to reveal if the trip is in connection with the rumours linking him with a move to Bayern Munich.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Right to Dream Academy present trophies to sponsors Tullow oil

first_imgThe U-15 and U-18 sides of Right to Dream Soccer Academy have presented the trophies they won on their recent European tour to Portugal, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.The U-15 side triumphed in the Marveld International Tournament, beating Arsenal FC 4-0 in the Final.The elite youth football tournament took place from 29th to the 31st of May in the town of Groenlo in the Netherlands. It featured twelve of the top U-15 academy teams from around the globe.Having finished top of their group with victories over Manchester United, PSV and Feyenoord Rotterdam, Right to Dream beat Ajax on penalties to secure their place in the Final. This is the 26th year of the Marveld Tournament.The U-18s were equally as dominant, recording 14 victories in 14 games. The 15 students, overseen by Head Coach, Frazer Robertson, were on an eight-week tour to the UK and Portugal playing against some top Academy teams, including Benfica and Chelsea.It is the third international tour undertaken by the Academy since the announcement of a 3-year partnership with Tullow Ghana in March 2014. The General Manager of Tullow Oil Ghana, Mr Charles Darku lauded the players for the exceptional performances they put in on their trip which culminated in their winning of the highly coveted youth tournaments.For him, Ghana is blessed with abundant football talent and Tullow was delighted to partner such an organization which had contributed significantly to developing young talents who have gone on to feature for the various national teams including Abdul Majeed Waris and David Accam of the Black Stars and Yaw Yeboah who was a big part of the Ghana’s Black Satellites at the FIFA U-20 World Cup.The skipper of the U-18 team,  Collins Tanor was full of praise of his colleagues for their exemplary performances and also used the opportunity to thank the technical team of the Academy for their excellent training methods and tuition which has seen them come this far in their careers.The CEO and youth football visionary Tom Vernon touched on the academy’s model of combining education and sports which give selected players a second chance to improve their lives if their football careers do not go as planned and also become better players.The academy continues to churn out highly skilled young ladies and young men who have grown into iconic players both on the local and international scene and these latest success stories is set to spur them on to achieve more for the academy and the players at large.last_img read more

Eric Gagne, Kenley Jansen took different paths to closer’s role

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES >> Kenley Jansen went into the bullpen kicking and screaming and contemplating retirement. Eric Gagne went into the bullpen jumping for joy.They ultimately wound up sharing the record for most career saves in Dodger history until Monday, when Jansen collected the 162nd save of his career. Gagne spoke with Jansen by phone after the game, then drove up from San Diego Tuesday to offer his congratulations in person.“It was just a matter of time,” Gagne said. “He is the best closer in Dodger history.” “Sometimes you don’t recognize your talent,” Jansen said. “Sometimes you have to have someone recognize it for you.”For Jansen, that was Ned Colletti (the Dodgers’ general manager at the time), farm director De Jon Watson and Inland Empire 66ers pitching coach Charlie Hough — a former Dodgers closer himself. After a few bullpen sessions, Jansen had alerted the Dodgers’ brass, and himself, to his potential on the mound. He was invited to major league spring training the next year.“I was bitter, to be honest,” he said. “Thanks to Charlie Hough, the way he introduced me to pitching — he was telling jokes, making me laugh — I was having fun doing it.”Jansen watched a clip of his first and only major league hit Tuesday. He remembered it instantly, a line drive back up the middle against Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Kyle Kendrick in August 2010.Does he ever dream about what might have been had he reached the major leagues as a catcher?“No,” Jansen said. “I love pitching.”Puig returnsThe Dodgers hope that Yasiel Puig’s week-long rehabilitation stint at Single-A Rancho Cucamonga not only revived his strained left hamstring, but also let him make some adjustments at the plate.Puig returned to the Dodgers’ lineup on Tuesday, when he was activated from the 15-day disabled list. Carlos Frias was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City in a corresponding move.Manager Dave Roberts said he noticed improved mechanics from Puig, who went 5 for 12 with a home run, two RBIs, three walks and three strikeouts. Roberts said that Puig struggled in April and May to pick up pitches early enough and too often closed himself off, tightening his swing as he rotated through the ball and hurting his ability to use the whole field. “Once you coil up and turn yourself in, then the only way to go is the other way,” Roberts said. “It was hurting his staying up in the zone, the bat, the length of the zone. Hopefully we’ve cleaned that up.” Puig, speaking through an interpreter, did not acknowledge any tweaks in his swing. “I don’t know what he noticed,” Puig said. “I’m sure he was paying more attention to the play on the field here (at Dodger Stadium) than to what I was doing. But if he did see something, then maybe it’s something we’ll talk about. The important part is to put the ball in play and get good at-bats.” Puig entered Tuesday with a strikeout rate of 21.7 percent, the highest since his rookie season in 2013. He was also hitting .237 with a .283 on-base percentage and a .360 slugging percentage — all on pace for career lows. Regardless, Roberts said he planned for Puig to start “the majority of the time” in right field, with Trayce Thompson seeing time in right and left. Puig said he felt his hamstring “could be 100 percent.” He suffered injuries to both hamstrings last season, but he laughed when asked if it would affect him. “I’m still Latino, and we Latinos play hard,” Puig said. “After three or four years, I will continue to play hard.” Roberts concurred. “Once he’s here, he’s gotta go up there and play and be who he is,” Roberts said. “But I think as far as monitoring him, it’s about giving him days off. It’s one of those things where he wants to be there every day, which most players do, but that’s going to be my decision to back the load off a little bit.”AlsoJulio Urias will get one more start after today’s game, Roberts said. … Vin Scully missed Tuesday’s broadcast as he rested his sore throat. Charley Steiner and Orel Hershiser provided play-by-play and color on SportsNet LA while Rick Monday and Kevin Kennedy called the game on AM 570. Scully is listed as day-to-day. … Among the retired players scheduled to participate in the July 2 Old Timers’ Game at Dodger Stadium: Sandy Koufax, Don Newcombe, Tommy Davis, Maury Wills, Fernando Valenzuela, Orel Hershiser, Steve Garvey, Pedro Guerrero, Ron Cey, Steve Yeager, Steve Sax, Bill Russell, Shawn Green and Mickey Hatcher. … The Dodgers held a private workout Tuesday for Yulieski Gurriel, according to a source. He isn’t eligible to sign until July 2.center_img The passing of the torch offered an instructive lesson, as both Gagne and Jansen had to be patient for their moment. When Dodgers manager Jim Tracy yanked Gagne from the starting rotation in September 2001, the right-hander was 4-7 with a 4.97 ERA. He’d closed before for Team Canada and preferred the closer’s role. But when Gagne was called up to the Dodgers in 1999, veteran Jeff Shaw was entrenched as the ninth-inning man.“I didn’t say ‘I want to be that,’ but when they gave me an opportunity to be in relief I jumped on it,” Gagne said. “I think I’m more of an all-out guy, 100 percent effort. So as a starter I had to be tamed down a little bit. It was easier for me as a closer. It was more my personality.”Jansen was struggling to hit Single-A pitching in San Bernardino, a catcher with a .202 batting average and no shot at making the Dodgers’ 40-man roster when he took up pitching in the summer of 2009.last_img read more