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Questions for Tusla over child sex abuse allegations

first_imgAdvertisement Previous articleFree help to tackle school costsNext articleCouncillor warns of crack cocaine in West Limerick Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Full engagement with EU Commission vital for farm scheme flexibility in light of Covid-19 Seven Young People from Special Care are the First to Achieve Gaisce Awards Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Email Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins appointed as Minister of State EU agreement a positive outcome for farmers and rural Ireland center_img TAGSjusticeJustice Minister Charlie FlanaganMinister for Children and Youth AffairsNiall Collins TDTusla RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin THE terms of reference for a special investigation into Tusla’s handling of the alleged child abuse and neglect of 16 children in County Limerick have been sent to Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan for his urgent consideration.And Limerick Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins is now seeking a clear statement on the issue, two weeks after concerns over delays in launching the investigation were first aired.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Last March, the Special Rapporteur on Child Protection Dr Geoffrey Shannon was assigned to investigate the circumstances surrounding the State’s involvement in uncovering one of the worst child sex abuse scandals to come to light in recent times.16 children from four families are believed to have been at the centre of some of the most horrific paedophilic abuse, neglect and exploitation in the history of the State.The Limerick Post reported that the Special Rapporteur was assisting in drafting the terms of reference but delays in concluding the matter were being criticised.This week however, it has been confirmed Minister Flanagan’s department has a draft of the terms of reference for the scope of the investigation.Responding to Deputy Collins, Minister Flanagan confirmed that his department “recently received the draft terms of reference in question and they are currently receiving attention.“This matter is a complex and sensitive one and it is essential that careful consideration is given to the terms of reference. I can assure the Deputy that my views, and the views of my Department, will be communicated to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs in the very near future.Read more news stories here. Print NewsPoliticsQuestions for Tusla over child sex abuse allegationsBy Staff Reporter – July 5, 2018 2169 The Limerick man who will steer Tusla through choppy waters Limerick TD says GLAS payments welcome but ‘much more action’ needed to support Agri-sector last_img read more

New Jamaica PM pledges tight fiscal policy

first_imgNewsRegional New Jamaica PM pledges tight fiscal policy by: – January 6, 2012 Share Prime Minister Portia Simpson MillerKINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Jamaica’s newly sworn-in prime minister, Portia Simpson Miller, has assured the local and overseas business community that her administration will pursue a tight fiscal policy, reduce the country’s debt to gross domestic product (GDP) ratio, and maintain the key macro-economic fundamentals.She also emphasised that the newly elected government will be “very careful and prudent” in its debt management.“We will do all of this while seeking to improve the social conditions of our people, including a serious reduction of the chronic state of unemployment in this country, particularly among our young people,” Simpson Miller stated.The prime minister made the commitment in her inaugural speech on Thursday, when she was installed as prime minister for the second time. Simpson Miller is the nation’s 7th prime minister.She also assured that the government will work with anyone, who is prepared to do so in Jamaica’s interest, and who shares the vision that people must be at the centre of development.“Our investors, including foreign direct investors, must contribute to making Jamaica a truly competitive economy. Now, more than ever, we must also make it easier to do business in Jamaica. Investors demand no less, and our future social and economic prospects depend on it,” Simpson Miller stated.The prime minister further told the nation that her administration will ensure greater openness in government and frankness in its relations with the international community.“This candidness will also be seen in the meetings of Parliamentary Committees, which Members of the Opposition will continue to chair; and, to which the media and the public will have full access,” she stated.The Simpson Miller-led People’s National Party (PNP) defeated the then governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) at the polls in the December 29 General Election, claiming 42 of 63 seats.By Alphea SaundersCaribbean News Now Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img 10 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharelast_img read more

National League MVP voter explains his ballot

first_img4. Joey Votto5. Anthony Rizzo6. Nolan Arenado7. A.J. Pollock8. Buster Posey This was my MVP ballot:1. Bryce Harper2. Paul Goldschmidt3. Zack Greinke 9. Kris Bryant10. Andrew McCutchen(To see how the voting actually went, with Harper winning unanimously, see the end of this story.)This is the one time of year when the game of baseball asks writers for their opinions, so here’s mine. Each player’s stats are widely available. If you have 10 minutes and you want to know the thought process behind those 10 names, read on.‘Best player’ vs. ‘Most valuable player’The best player is the most valuable. That should be obvious, right? The best players eventually get the biggest contracts, health permitting. The biggest endorsements. The most pats on the back from the manager.Sure, there are many things out of an individual’s control that we might attribute to one player’s performance — a team’s win/loss record, attendance, TV ratings. Those should count for something. But the farther removed anything was from a player’s control, the less it counted toward that player’s value on my ballot.Pitchers vs. hittersClayton Kershaw won the National League MVP award in 2014. I didn’t have a vote then and it’s probably not fair to say how I would have voted in retrospect. Too much baseball has been played in the meantime. Suffice it to say, no National League hitter had a season like Harper’s in 2014, which made Kershaw a clearer choice.So, how does one weigh the best pitchers in 2015 against Harper?Begin by putting starting pitchers and position players who play a full season on equal ground. Batters made 749 plate appearances against Kershaw last year (even though Kershaw spent a month on the DL). No National League hitter had more than 709 plate appearances last year.Let’s also take a pitcher’s hitting and fielding into consideration. Greinke made 77 plate appearances and batted .224. That’s not a lot of PAs, but his average was better than or equal to two qualified NL hitters (coincidentally, both were Dodgers: Jimmy Rollins and Joc Pederson). His .343 slugging percentage was better than or equal to six qualified NL hitters. He wasn’t the worst hitter in the league. Compared to other starting pitchers who spent all season in the majors, only Tyson Ross and Madison Bumgarner had a higher slugging percentage than Greinke. What’s more, Greinke won the Gold Glove Award at his position. Kershaw and Jake Arrieta were the other finalists. None of the three did enough, based on things other than pitching, to disqualify himself from winning an MVP award. On my ballot Greinke even helped himself — a little.Clutch stats vs. compiling statsOK, so the best player is the most valuable. But how good is a player who shrinks in the clutch?Let’s compare two players who were candidates for the bottom of my ballot: Jason Heyward and Carlos Gonzalez.Gonzalez had a very good OPS (.864) and excellent traditional stats — 40 home runs and 97 RBIs — but scored a bit lower on wRC+ (114), which adjusts for ballpark factors. His defense and baserunning skills are strengths, but not special.Heyward had a modest .797 OPS. He hit .293 and was an impressive 23-for-26 in stolen base attempts. Going back to wRC+, which allows for better side-by-side comparison, Heyward actually exceeded Gonzalez (121). He is considered an elite defender and baserunner, among the best in MLB.But a funny thing happens when you put the two players in high-leverage situations: Gonzalez turns into Barry Bonds and Heyward turns into Mario Mendoza.Using FanGraphs’ definition of high-leverage plate appearances, Gonzalez had a 1.600 OPS in such situations, and his 316 wRC+ towered over the NL’s next-best hitter, Rizzo (203 wRC+).Heyward, meanwhile, saw his wRC+ dip to 72 in high-leverage plate appearances. He often shrank in the clutch. Shouldn’t that count for something?In the end, neither player made my ballot. Heyward almost did because of his baserunning and defense. Gonzalez’s inflated numbers in the clutch were probably due to a small sample size: He had only 49 plate appearances (out of 608 total) in high-leverage situations, although that’s not his fault. Either the hitters ahead of him needed to do a better job of getting on base in front of him, or Walt Weiss needed to find a better spot for Gonzalez in the lineup, or both. Those 49 plate appearances just weren’t enough.High-leverage performance did vault one player higher up my ballot than I anticipated: Greinke.Greinke was penalized by some evaluators for his 2.76 FIP (fielding independent pitching) this year. FIP is usually a good indicator of a pitcher’s performance — controlling for luck, ballpark factors, and other things that add statistical “noise” to a pitcher’s ERA. But Greinke led the world in ERA (1.66), and his ERA-plus — which measures ERA relative to the rest of the league — was an unheard-of 225. By comparison, Kershaw had a 197 ERA-plus last year, which broke Sandy Koufax’s franchise record. Greinke shattered that. Only 13 pitchers ever have had a higher ERA-plus in a single season.So, how did Greinke do it? He was clutch. His .444 OPS against in high-leverage situations was the best of any qualified pitcher this year — better than that of Arrieta (.504) or Kershaw (.621), the only other pitchers I considered.Final analysisFor what it’s worth, I think 2014 Kershaw would’ve been third on my ballot this year. Greinke might have been better in 2015 — and therefore more valuable — than 2014 Kershaw.That’s how good Bryce Harper was in 2015. Goldschmidt’s final batting totals were only a couple notches behind Harper, and his defense and baserunning were elite.I couldn’t put Votto ahead of Greinke because, as an all-around player, he just wasn’t on the same plane as Goldschmidt this year. So Greinke snuck in at No. 3. Kershaw and Arrieta weren’t in the top 10 because they simply weren’t elite pitchers for the first two months of the season.From there, I rewarded the position players based on their overall performance, with special attention to clutch performance. Rizzo was great in the clutch, but a notch below Votto overall. Nolan Arenado’s league-leading RBI total counted for something — 130 runs don’t drive themselves in — and his fielding at third base was elite.Pollock did everything at the plate, and was elite on the bases and in the field. He was Dee Gordon with power (and a higher stolen-base percentage).Posey is a great clutch hitter who never strikes out, and has few weaknesses at baseball’s most demanding position. He did everything but steal bases and run fast.Bryant hit for power and average. He drew walks and played defense. The only way you’d know he was a rookie was his 199 strikeouts (in 151 games).McCutchen’s overall batting numbers were better than some on this list, but he shrank in the clutch. Advanced fielding metrics like UZR (ultimate zone rating) and DRS (defensive runs saved) didn’t like him very much. Arrieta, Kershaw and Heyward were the first three names I had to leave off. They made it close.NATIONAL LEAGUE MVP VOTINGBryce Harper, Nationals 420Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks 234Joey Votto, Reds 175Anthony Rizzo, Cubs 162Andrew McCutchen, Pirates 139Jake Arrieta, Cubs 134Zack Greinke, Dodgers 130Nolan Arenado, Rockies 102Buster Posey, Giants 84Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers 49Kris Bryant, Cubs 34Matt Carpenter, Cardinals 26Yoenis Cespedes, Mets 24A.J. Pollock, Diamondbacks 21Jason Heyward, Cardinals 15Dee Gordon, Marlins 6Trevor Rosenthal, Cardinals 5Curtis Granderson, Mets 4Gerrit Cole, Pirates 3Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers 3* Based on 14-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 scoring systemcenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more