Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in…

first_imgNewsCommunityPopulation of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past yearBy Staff Reporter – September 2, 2020 287 Background vector created by freepik – www.freepik.comTHE population of the Mid West region increased by 3,300 in the past year, according to the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office.488,300 people are now living in Limerick, Clare and Tipperary, with the growth last year continuing an ongoing trend.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Ireland’s population increased by just over one per cent in the year to April and now stands at 4.98 million.A third of the 85,400 people who immigrated to Ireland in that period were returning Irish nationals, the highest number since 2007. Advertisement Limerick on Covid watch list Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Email WhatsApp Twitter Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon?center_img TAGSCommunityLimerick City and CountyMid WestNewspopulationregion Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Print Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Previous articleVicky calls for right to die with dignityNext articleBREAKING: New formats for 2020/21 Champions and Challenge Cup announced Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! last_img read more

The 50 Greatest Dodgers of the 2010s: #44, Javy Guerra

first_imgAs Dodgers, Guerra (and Broxton) finished the decade with 29 saves each. Jansen is first with 301. Guerra, however, is the Dodgers’ only closer of the last decade who also won a World Series ring. How’s that for a trivia answer?-J.P.Editor’s note: Thanks for reading the Inside the Dodgers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.The 50 Greatest Dodgers of the 2010s: #45, Kyle FarmerThe 50 Greatest Dodgers of the 2010s: #43, Andrew Toles Editor’s note: This is the Nov. 14, 2019 edition of the Inside the Dodgers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here. Javy Guerra has had a delightfully weird career. He’s had two careers, really. Drafted in 2004 out of high school (by Paul DePodesta), Guerra slowly rose through the Dodgers’ system as a starter, then a reliever. By May 2011, he was closing games for the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts. Two months later, he was closing games for the Los Angeles Dodgers.If we pause this story right there, Guerra looks like a bullpen pillar for the next great Dodger team of the 2010s. That didn’t pan out, of course. The “how” and the “why” are worth retelling. It’s a minor blip on the full-decade radar, but we’re teetering on the verge of “can’t tell the story of the decade without this guy” territory. Guerra is one of those guys ― or, as close as you can get to being one of those guys without actually being one of those guys.As I scan my master list of the Top 50 players, I see the names of quite a few “transitional” figures. Take Nick Punto (#48). He represents the transition from the light-hitting, all-heart-and-hustle utilitymen of eras past to guys like Chris Taylor and Kiké Hernández ― utility players to be sure, but also players capable of a 3-WAR/20-homer season. Guerra represents the transition from Eric Gagne, Jonathan Broxton, and every closer before Kenley Jansen to the greatest closer in franchise history. It was a fun little transition. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img In his fifth career appearance, on May 24, 2011, Guerra recorded his first career save by pitching a scoreless ninth inning in Houston. (The box score from that game is a precious gem in a mine of name-drops.) Jansen had blown a save the night before. Don Mattingly’s other options to close were Mike MacDougal (too old), Rubby De La Rosa (too young), Matt Guerrier, Ramon Troncoso and Scott Elbert (not good enough).If Guerra seized the closer’s job by default, he kept it on merit. He finished his rookie year with 21 saves in 23 chances. At the time, only 30 men had converted more saves as a rookie, including one Dodger (Takashi Saito). Guerra began the 2012 season as the team’s closer, though his job was not as secure as you might expect. Ten different pitchers received save opportunities in spring training, and none of them were named Javy Guerra ― or Kenley Jansen, for that matter.Maybe Guerra needed the practice. Three weeks into the 2012 season, he lost the closer’s job for good. The downfall was swift and spectacular. On April 25, Guerra allowed three runs on five consecutive singles (one to an old Chipper Jones, another to a young Jason Heyward) in a 4-2 loss to the Braves. His record fell to 1-3. His ERA rose to 5.59. Jansen converted the first of his 25 saves two days later, and the rest is history. By August, Guerra was back in Triple-A.Thus began the second act of Javy Guerra’s career, as a teammate-collecting journeyman middle reliever. He underwent shoulder surgery in the 2012-13 off-season. He reported to spring training somewhat less than fully recovered. He was optioned to Triple-A again, and immediately irked Dodgers officials by asking Twitter for recommendations for a good time in Las Vegas. (Really.)Guerra spent most of the 2013 season back in Triple-A. He was designated for assignment in March 2014, just before the Dodgers left for Sydney, Australia. While Jansen began mowing down the franchise record for saves, Guerra bounced from the Dodgers to the White Sox, then the Angels, then the Marlins, then the Blue Jays, then the Nationals. If Guerra hadn’t spent his rookie season closing for a marquee franchise, his would be a forgettable career. Somehow, the 2011 season happened. The passage of time makes it all the more remarkable.last_img read more

NBA All-Star Game 2019: Kevin Durant not surprised to be on Team LeBron again

first_imgKevin Durant declared he was not surprised to be selected by LeBron James with the first pick for the NBA All-Star Game.For the second successive year, James made sure he will play alongside Durant in the league’s exhibition fixture, taking the Golden State Warriors forward at the start of Thursday’s televised draft. NBA All-Star Game 2019: Kyrie Irving excited by LeBron James’ picks NBA All-Star 2019: Full rosters, draft results for Team LeBron, Team Giannis “No matter where you get picked, it’s nothing but respect. It’s just good to be an All-Star.”Antetokounmpo selected Steph Curry, Kemba Walker, Paul George and Joel Embiid to join him as starters on Team Giannis, but Durant feels the Greek Freak’s drafting skills require some work.”Giannis is not from here, so I understand next year he’ll be better picking his team,” he joked.center_img Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard and James Harden complete the starting five for Team LeBron, which will take on Team Giannis on Feb. 17 at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.Asked about James’ decision after Golden State’s 117-107 win Friday over the Suns, Durant said: “What else is he supposed to do?” Related News KD reacts to LeBron drafting him first for his All-Star team 2 years in a row … pic.twitter.com/h0xlo8LB0j— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 9, 2019Durant was a little more forthcoming on his thoughts about the new-style selection process and also poked fun at rival captain Giannis Antetokounmpo for his selections.While James went first when choosing the starters, Antetokounmpo – given the honor of leading a team after topping the All-Star voting in the Eastern Conference – had first option when it came to the reserves.The pair also completed the first All-Star trade, as LeBron sent Russell Westbrook to Team Giannis for Ben Simmons.”I think it’s cool. It’s great that the fans get to be more involved with it, the excitement of it,” Durant said of the draft format, which was introduced in 2018 but broadcast live for the first time this year. “To have those guys picking teams, it’s kind of self-explanatory, but it’s pretty cool to see, because it hasn’t happened before.last_img read more