Wednesday people roundup

first_imgFolksam – Karin Stenmar has been appointed as head of sustainability, with effect from 1 December. She has been head of environment at the Swedish pensions and insurance company since 2011 and was previously head of sustainability at the Swedish clothing brand Nudie Jeans. Separately, Mia Liblik, who has been acting chief executive at Folksam subsidiary KPA Pension for around a year, has been appointed chief executive of Folksam LO Pension. She will start the job at Folksam LO Pension at the beginning of January next year. Robert Lundberg, the current chief executive, will stay at Folksam LO Pension and continue to contribute his expertise gained over his eight years in the job. Folksam LO Pension is a joint venture between by Folksam and LO, the Swedish Trade Union Confederation, running the occupational pension scheme for LO members.SEI – The €265bn asset manager SEI Investments Europe has appointed Jasper Streefland as head of institutional sales in the Netherlands. Streefland will become responsible for the growth of SEI’s local fiduciary-management business. He will report to Ian Love, SEI’s head of institutional sales for the EMEA. Previously, Streefland was senior sales manager at NN Investment Partners. He has also worked in sales and account management jobs at Aegon Asset Management and Robeco.Unigestion – Pieter-Jan Frederix has been appointed investment director within the private equity team, joining from the Antenna Group, where he was responsible for direct investments. Before then, he worked at KPMG Corporate Finance, Bear Stearns and private equity firm Veronis Suhler Stevenson.NOW: Pensions – Neil Buckley has been appointed COO, while Neil Brady has been appointed director of operations. Buckley joins from Doha Bank, where he was head of technology and operations. Brady joins from Capita, where he was head of pension operations for the Teachers’ Pension.Kyrkans Pensionskassa – Robert Johnsson has been appointed head of investment management at the Swedish church pension fund Kyrkans Pensionskassa. He was most recently portfolio manager at the academic financing body The Knowledge Foundation (KK-stiftelsen). Before that, he worked at Morgan Stanley in London, Carnegie Investment Bank and Carnegie Fonder (funds). AMF – Peder Hasslev is leaving pension provider AMF, where he has been deputy chief executive and CIO, to take on the role of chief executive at Saminvest, the new state venture capital fund. Altogether, Hasslev has been at AMF for nine years. He will start working at Saminvest in the first quarter of next year.International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) – Françoise Flores is to join the IASB board on 1 January 2017. From 2010 until April 2016, Flores served as chief executive at the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG) and chairman of EFRAG’s Technical Expert Group. Most recently, she returned to work as a partner at accountancy firm Mazars in Paris, France.Vivat – Maarten Dijkshoorn has been appointed as supervisory chairman of insurer Vivat, the parent company of Dutch pensions insurer Zwitserleven. As of 1 December, he is to succeed Jan Nooitgedagt, who was recently appointed as a member of the supervisory board (RvC) of Rabobank. Dijkshoorn is supervisory chair of insurer De Goudse Verzekeringen, as well as RvC member at PGGM, the €200bn pensions provider and asset manager for healthcare scheme PFZW. Dijkshoorn was executive chairman and COO at former insurance group Eureko, renamed Achmea in 2011. He has also been in several management positions at insurer Nationale Nederlanden.AGH – Pensions provider Administratie Groep Holland (AGH) has named Rens van der Meer as manager of finance and control as of 1 January. Van der Meer has been information manager at MN, the €110bn provider and asset manager of the large metal pension funds PME and PMT, since 2013.Jetstone Asset Management – Igor Pikovsky has been appointed chief risk officer at the investment manager, which has $1.8bn (€1.7bn) of committed assets. He joins from fixed income asset manager Rogge Global Partners in London, where he was a senior partner and global head of risk. Before that, he worked at Credit Suisse First Boston and Morgan Stanley. Pikovsky was also an assistant professor of mathematics at Carnegie-Mellon University. Apoteket AB:s Pensionstiftelse, Nobel Foundation, London Pensions Fund Authority, Ilmarinen, Folksam, SEI, NN Investment Partners, Unigestion, NOW: Pensions, Doha Bank, Capita, Kyrkans Pensionskassa, AMF, Saminvest, International Accounting Standards Board, Vivat, AGH, MN, Jetstone, RoggeApoteket AB:s Pensionstiftelse – Gustav Karner has been appointed chief executive of the pension foundation belonging to Sweden’s state-owned pharmaceuticals retailer Apoteket AB. Karner joins Apoteket AB:s Pensionstiftelse from the Nobel Foundation, where he has been CIO.London Pensions Fund Authority (LPFA) – Sir Merrick Cockell is to continue in his role as chairman of the LPFA for a further two years. He will now work to ensure the LPFA implements an investment approach that “recognises the strong environmental and financial case” for fossil-fuel divestment. He has also been charged encouraging investment in London’s infrastructure.Ilmarinen – Matti Kähkönen, president and chief executive at Finnish industrial machinery company Metso, has been appointed as chairman of Ilmarinen’s supervisory board, from 6 April 2017. Salla Luomanmäki has been re-appointed as the first deputy chairman of the supervisory board from that date, and Ari Lehtoranta has been chosen as second deputy chairman. Luomanmäki is executive director of the group Akava Special Branches, and Lehtoranta is chief executive of the company Caverion. Until next April, Matti Lievonen will continue as chairman of the supervisory board, along with Luomanmäki and Antti Herlin. Ilmarinen elects supervisory board members for a two-year term.last_img read more

Coronavirus real estate: granny flats keep families together

first_img Inside the granny flat by Arkspace Architects.Far from the afterthought lean-to of times gone by, today’s granny flats are compact, sustainable and self-contained. The designs are an urban interpretation of a modern apartment, with the same elegant architecture, clever storage solutions and level of high-end finishes. Ms Song said the mini-home in Chelmer packed plenty of design detail, from the bold contrast of charcoal cladding and crisp white French doors of the formal entry, to the frameless double-hung windows and architecturally designed aluminium hoods.“We’re able to design and deliver a turnkey granny flat that is small in stature yet punches well above its weight in architectural detail and finishes,” she said.Ms Song said thoughtful architecture ensured the dwelling complemented Brisbane’s varying lot sizes. “The granny flat was constructed on a 607sq m lot adjacent to the main residence,” she said.“It has a main bedroom with built-in wardrobes, a study nook, bathroom, dining area and separate lounge area, which can be converted into a second bedroom. A custom-designed, combined kitchen and laundry provides generous storage.”Mr Walker said not only did architectural designs add value to a property but it made better use of a site’s footprint.Another plus is that many granny flats are designed to be mobile, so you can always take it, and your granny, with you if you move.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoIn Brisbane granny flats do not require council approval if they meet accepted development requirements and criteria. In the present climate of COVID-19, they also offer a solution for families who want to stay together while self-isolating.Grace Song, the director of Arkspace Architects, said that granny flats provided families with flexible living arrangements to best meet their needs.“While they are intended for the social and sustainable benefits of keeping families together, in these uncertain times granny flats can also play a role in creating safe spaces for physical distancing and self isolation for vulnerable family members,” she said.“In this way families can still support each other and stay together, yet be apart.”Mr Walker said: “Granny flats are a great solution because they provide a level of independence and freedom that works for everyone,” “These mini homes are showing strong appeal from Brisbane’s inner city to the outer fringes.” They also have the benefit of adding value to your overall home, according to Ms Song. WHY THE TIME IS RIGHT FOR FIRST-HOME BUYERS Arkspace Architects have completed their new granny flat prototype design in Chelmer. The granny flat created by Arkspace Architects.For example, a 42sq m granny flat she designed for a property in Chelmer, inner Brisbane, delivered an almost 25 per cent increase in the property’s overall value. She said valuations taken before and after the installation of the granny flat showed a rise from $640,000 to in excess of $800,000.Ms Song said she was to increase the value of the property by almost a quarter in just eight weeks, more than covering the cost of the build.Arkspace granny flats start from $150,000 and prices are based on size, finishes and site constraints. Mark Herrington with his partner Grace Song, her mother Joosook Lee, and their children Elias 10, Sebastian 8, and Luis 5 outside the granny flat Grace designed. Photo: Jamie HansonSelf-contained granny flats are popping up all over Brisbane as a way to extend and add value to the family home – and they’re perfect for social distancing too. Lifestyle and demographic changes are leading to a rise in the number of granny flats popping up in Brisbane backyards.Lachlan Walker, the director of Place Projects, said their rising popularity was down to a shift in the way families are having to live, with children staying at home longer and people wanting to make caring for older family members easier. MORE QLD REAL ESTATE NEWS:center_img In Brisbane a granny flat does not require council approval if it is a maximum of 80sq m, is for a member of your household, and meets the accepted development requirements. You may require approval if you live in a character area or there are hazard constraints. One carparking space cant be provided on the site for the granny flat plus one car park space for the main dwelling house.It is recommended you engage a building certifier or town planner to confirm that you do not need council approval.A certifier must approve any building work before you start construction to check that what is proposed complies with the Building Act 1975 and associated standards. Source: Brisbane City Council WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW – Affordable– Adaptable (multi-generational home)– Adds value to your property– Faster build time– Less disruptive than a renovation Source: Arkspace Architects director Grace Song WHERE I LIVE WITH CLIVE BERGHOFER AM FIVE THINGS TO LOVE ABOUT GRANNY FLATSlast_img read more

Chelsea get a boost for Gabriel Barbosa

first_img Loading… But despite his brilliant form, Calciomercato claim Inter are willing to offload him for just £17million. Read Also:Real Madrid play-maker on Chelsea’s radar Barbosa, 23, signed for the Italian side from Santos in 2016, but has scored just once in 10 games for the Serie A outfit. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Chelsea and Spurs have reportedly been given a boost in their pursuit to sign Gabriel Barbosa after Inter Milan dropped their asking price for the striker. The Brazilian enjoyed a stunning loan spell at Flamengo in 2019, where he banged in 43 goals in 59 games.Advertisement Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?From Enemies To Friends: 10 TV Characters Who Became Close9 Talented Actors Who Are Only Associated With One RoleCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Insane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Artlast_img read more

Defeats for United and Hampton

first_imgHayes & Yeading were thrashed 4-0 at Newport on a miserable night for Nas Bashir’s men.Scott Rogers’ early opener put the home side ahead, and three goals in 13 second-half minutes left United shell-shocked.Elliott Buchanan latched onto Felino Jardim’s through-ball to double Newport’s lead before two goals from Danny Rose completed the rout.AdChoices广告United gave a debut to new signing Harrison Bayley, who came on as a 70th-minute substitute.There was also a defeat for Hampton & Richmond, who went down 2-1 at Woking.It means the Beavers, beaten at home by Bromley on Saturday, have lost both their opening matches under new boss Mark Harper.last_img read more

NPFL: Akwa Utd Players Threatened with Half Pay

first_img“We have not taken a decision on halving the salaries of the players. We will take a decision on that tomorrow,” he said.“We were in Africa this year and we want to return to Africa.”Bassey they are not owing their players salaries or bonuses, but wish to make a point they need to step up their game.Belgian coach Maurice Cooreman has already been suspended for a month with pay.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Akwa United have threatened to half the salaries of their players after they suffered their second Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) home loss on Sunday.Akwa United fell 1-0 to champions Enyimba in front of their fans on Sunday after they also lost at home to Abia Warriors.Akwa United acting Chairman, Paul Bassey, said a showdown meeting will be held with the players on Tuesday.last_img read more

Solvay football goes to 7-0; Marcellus earns playoff home game

first_img Tags: Bishop LuddenfootballMarcellusSolvay True, it required a lot of points and a lot of stress, but the Solvay football team is now the proud owner of an undefeated regular season – and a daunting assignment for the opening round of the Section III Class B playoffs.The state Class B no. 9-ranked Bearcats’ perfect run through the Class B West division culminated Friday night at Al Merola Field, where it trailed for the first time all season, but stormed back and, with a big fourth quarter, pulled away to beat Homer 55-41.And leads Solvay into the sectional tournament, where next Friday it meets long-time powerhouse Cazenovia, the fourth-place finisher in the B East division, the Lakers having won four of five games following an uncharacteristic 0-2 start. After the Trojans went back in front again, Bagozzi, from his own 20, again threw deep and again found Scott, the TD covering 80 yards. That, along with a Bagozzi’s 45-yard scoring pass to Russ Tarbell late in the half, gave Solvay its first lead, 28-21, where it stood at the break.They traded scores once more in the third quarter, Bagozzi’s fourth TD pass of the night a seven-yard strike to Zach Bowen, but a rare missed conversion meant that the Bearcats entered the final period up 34-28, and now it was Homer tying it when Logan Peck scored from 23 yards out early in the final period.It wasn’t until Bagozzi scrambled nine yards to the end zone a few minutes later that Solvay got the lead for good. Then, after Homer’s lone turnover, Franklin made it 48-34 on a four-yard TD run, and Bagozzi clinched it with another deep strike to Scott, this one covering 69 yards.Meanwhile, up north, Marcellus pulled out a 34-28 victory over South Jefferson that improved the Mustangs’ record to 6-1 and assured itself a first-round playoff home game next Friday against Central Valley Academy.This one went back and forth, too, with the Mustangs using first-half TD runs of two yards by Nick Kermes and eight yards by Sean Tierney to match Austin Mesler’s pair of scoring passes for the Spartans – 46 yards to Colden Montague, 21 yards to Jeff Messenger.Tied 14-14 at intermission, state Class B no. 17-ranked Marcellus scored twice more in the third and fourth quarters, each of them on three-yard runs by Kermes, and once more South Jefferson matched them.When Anthony Rasmussen scored on a one-yard plunge and the Spartans added a two-point conversion, it was 28-28, but in the final minute of regulation Tierney went through the air from near midfield, finding Jared Sammon for a 45-yard scoring pass that proved the game-winner.It proved quite a successful night for all of the area’s Class B West teams in general, with Bishop Ludden, who just missed reaching the sectional playoffs, earning a 25-6 victory over Cortland.Nazier Kinsey and Eric Phillips both scored on short TD runs in the first quarter, and Phillips converted again in the second period as the Gaelic Knights led the Purple Tigers 18-6 at halftime. Then Anthony Cervantes sealed it with a third-quarter 32-yard dash to the end zone.And Westhill, who had absorbed five consecutive defeats since topping Homer in the Sept. 6 opener, finally broke that skid by defeating Institute of Technology Central 21-6 at Corcoran High School Stadium.The Warriors scored the game’s first 21 points, Garvin Kinney throwing three touchdown passes – two to Demetri Asicoti, plus a 24-yard strike to Jack Mooney. Riley McNitt ran 22 times for 91 yards to pace Westhill’s ground attack.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img With the top playoff seed already locked up, Solvay’s game with Homer centered around maintaining its unbeaten mark, though it was made more difficult by having top running back and linebacker Jaimen Bliss out of the lineup for the second week in a row.Three different times in the first half, the Trojans went out in front 7-0, 14-7 and 21-14, moving at will against an undermanned Bearcats defense, only to have Solvay respond with four big plays.Brock Bagozzi’s 53-yard touchdown pass to Justin Scott got the Bearcats on the board, with Blaine Franklin scoring on a 46-yard run late in the first quarter to tie it 14-14.last_img read more

Five-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton issues clarification on ‘Poor India’ comment

first_img Written By First Published: 15th November, 2018 21:59 IST Digital Desk SUBSCRIBE TO US 1 year ago ‘Kill PM plot’ of Urban Naxals confirmed in Pune Police’s chargesheet in Bhima-Koregaon case; Rona Wilson, Prashant Bose named Please read 🇮🇳❤️ pic.twitter.com/UtXRvcP74A— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) November 15, 2018 FOLLOW US Toto: “It is once again unbelievable to me how the words and the meaning of Lewis get spun out of context in this way. He spoke with empathy about India and the painful contrast between wealth and poverty that we face while travelling the globe as sporting ambassadors.” (1/2) https://t.co/4YYazNj4ot— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) November 15, 2018 1 year ago ‘Insanely Beautiful’: Priyanka Chopra, Alia Bhatt, Other Stars Left Mesmerised By Deepika Padukone-Ranveer Singh’s First Pictures Toto: ”Lewis did not criticise the nation and his words were those of a thoughtful and considered champion. The only fault here lies with the people who have twisted his words to mean something else entirely.” (2/2) https://t.co/4YYazNj4ot— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) November 15, 2018 “I noticed some people are upset with my comment on India. My reference was that a grand prix there felt strange to drive past homeless people, then arrive in a huge arena where money was not an issue. They spent hundreds of millions on a track that is now never used. That money could have been spent on schools or homes for those in need. When we did have the race, nobody came because it was too expensive or most likely there was no interest.” 1 year ago Ye Deewani To Bhavnani Ho Gayi!: Ranveer Singh’s Father’s Comment on DeepVeer Wedding is as filmy as it gets It wasn’t just Hamilton, but also his team F1 Mercedes which defended its driver’s comments. Team Boss Toto Wolff, through his team’s official Twitter handle, extended his support to his No.1 driver. His message read,”Toto: “It is once again unbelievable to me how the words and the meaning of Lewis get spun out of context in this way. He spoke with empathy about India and the painful contrast between wealth and poverty that we face while travelling the globe as sporting ambassadors.” COMMENT READ: Lewis Hamilton Calls India “poor”; Draws Wrath From NetizensWhile questioning the policy of systematizing races in different countries, post the announcement of the Vietnam Grand Prix, Hamilton, in an interaction with BBC, shared how he had been to India before for a race and mentioned how he felt it was strange because India was a poor country, yet had a massive Grand Prix track made in the middle of nowhere. He even said that he felt conflicted when he had to go to that Grand Prix.  WATCH US LIVE WE RECOMMEND Last Updated: 15th November, 2018 22:17 IST Five-time F1 Champion Lewis Hamilton Issues Clarification On ‘Poor India’ Comment Five-time F1 champion and Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has issued a clarification on his ‘Poor India’ comment, Just a day after he was attacked from all quarters on social media for his ‘Poor India’ comment, five-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton has issued a clarification on his comments, stating he intended to show that money that was spent on tracks ‘could have been spent on schools or homes’. Taking to Twitter to clear the air regarding his statement, the 2018 Formula1 champion wrote, “Toto: ”Lewis did not criticise the nation and his words were those of a thoughtful and considered champion. The only fault here lies with the people who have twisted his words to mean something else entirely,” he added. LIVE TVlast_img read more

FIFA, CAF Name Observers to NFF Elections 2018

first_imgAlso on Monday, the Confederation of African Football, through a letter addressed to the NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi and signed by CAF Secretary General, Amr Fahmy, designated a Member of its Executive Committee, Mr. Sita Sangare, as its Observer to the big event. Sangare, an army colonel, is also President of the Burkina Faso Football Federation.The city of Katsina is already bubbling for the much-anticipated polls with the arrival on Monday of an advance team from the NFF Secretariat.The NFF Electoral Committee put in place by the NFF Congress at the 2017 Annual General Assembly in Jos, Plateau State, which is headed by Barr. Muhammed Sani Katu, will conduct the polls.The Committee has already cleared incumbent Amaju Melvin Pinnick, former Nigeria international and one-time NFF Secretary General, Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi, former NFF President Aminu Maigari and Mr. Chinedu Okoye to contest for the presidency.Incumbent Seyi Akinwunmi will vie with Sunday Dele-Ajayi for the 1st Vice President’s position, while Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah will oppose incumbent Ibrahim Musa Gusau for the slot of Chairman of Chairmen.A total of 15 other persons will battle for the remaining eight available positions on the Executive Committee.All 44 Members of the Nigeria Football Federation Congress will cast their votes on Thursday. A number of the voters will arrive in Katsina today.Meanwhile, Pinnick has declared that the next cycle of the federation board will be his last if he wins on Thursday.Speaking at a media parley in Lagos at the weekend, Pinnick who also doubles as CAF’s First Vice President insisted that he was sure of being reelected because of the many changes he has brought to the administration of football in the country.Despite the fact that no incumbent has been returned to the coveted seat in the past dozen or so polls, he believes he can end the no-back-to-back reelection because, “I am a covenant child.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram FIFA President, Gianni Infantino *Pinnick insists: No third term for me if re-elected in KatsinaWorld football-ruling body, FIFA yesterday named Messrs Luca Piazza and Solomon Mudege as its Observers to Thursday’s elections into the Nigeria Football Federation Executive Committee 2018-2022.Mudege is FIFA’s Senior Manager for Development Programmes (Africa) while Piazza is a senior official in the FIFA President’s office.last_img read more

Cricket Federation Partners PwC for National U-17 Championship

first_img“Nigeria’s spectacular feat of picking the Under-19 World Cup ticket earlier in the year was as a result of our robust grassroots engagement. And, since then, we have dug even deeper.“In 2018 alone 3, 000 kids were introduced to the game. This year surely will have a higher record going by the statistics so far.“The PwC National Under-17 National Championship is a platform for states to showcase cricket talents, consolidate on the growing interest and development efforts in each of the regions,” he said.Among other things, Ukwenya muted plans of the federation to continually have a tournament pathway and opportunity for players to be discovered and developed.“Our target is to build a unique U-17 squad by the end of this tournament from where they will develop through our high performance initiative into the next U-19 team.“We hope this pays off in the near future so as to give selectors the opportunity of having variety of players to pick from.“To us at the NCF, this tournament is the lifeline and partnership required between the federation, states association, clubs and off course, the sponsors.”The Zonal Elimination are scheduled to hold this weekend at designated centres in the regions from August 22nd to 26th for girls, while boys will take their turn from August 28th to September 2nd, 2019.According to the General Manager of the Federation, Emeka Igwilo, so far 19 states have raised teams to feature in the event.“Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Edo, and Rivers states will be converging on Rivers State for the South- South eliminations.“In the South-east, Enugu will host Anambra, Ebonyi and Imo states, while, FCT will host Kogi, Kwara and Niger states for the North-central elimination series,” he hinted.Other states that are vying for ticket to the national finals include Ekiti, Lagos, Oyo, Ogun and Osun for the South-west series in Oyo State; Jigawa and Kaduna states will slug it out for the North-west ticket in Kaduna.Igwilo further said that; “This is one of the most important events on our calendar as it holds a lot for the future of the national teams and also helps us develop different technical capacities, including coaching, scoring and umpiring at different regions.Regional teams will be selected from the six regions to compete at the National Finals scheduled for September 19th to 30th in Abuja.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Nigeria Cricket Federation has announced a partnership with Nigeria’s topmost account firm Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) to stage the maiden National Under-17 Cricket Championship.The event to feature boys and girls category will be across the six regions of the country.President of the Federation, Professor Yahaya Ukwenya said yesterday that the federation has had the event as part of the feeder channel to the national Under-19 teams and eventually the senior national team. This he said resonates with the PwC brand, for accountability, sustainable development, and culture we are building.last_img read more

Los Angeles Dodgers faced the Giants Monday night with several key players out on both sides.

first_imgOn Broadway, the playbill always has this disclaimer: “Understudies never substitute for listed performers unless a specific announcement is made at the time of the performance.”That doesn’t soothe the wound if the guy who served you an omelet in the morning is filling in for Dustin Hoffman in “Death of a Salesman” that night, but it’s there.They don’t print such things on MLB tickets. Perhaps they should.Some of the Dodgers met some of the Giants on Monday night in the opener of a three-game series. The Dodgers were up by 3 1/2 games in the National League West. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said beforehand that it might be more fun to be the chaser than the chasee. Giants manager Bruce Bochy considered that and drawled, “Well, we’d be glad to trade with him.” Both managers would have been much happier with healthier players.This is the Year Of The Hamstring on the Dodgers’ medical calendar. At the moment Howie Kendrick, Yasiel Puig and Kike Hernandez are out with hamstring pulls. Mattingly admitted it might be “a couple of weeks” before any and all come back. A couple of weeks is a half-season right now.The Giants welcomed back shortstop Brandon Crawford, a true weapon with 75 RBIs, for Monday night’s game. But they don’t have second baseman Joe Panik. Crawford is coming off an oblique strain, Panik a lower back inflammation.Then there’s Hunter Pence, who runs into things and was just getting over a concussion when he had oblique problems. He’s the right fielder, and center fielder Angel Pagan has patella tendinitis.“It’s tough when your defense is affected in the middle of the field like that,” Bochy said. He could have included the mound, too. Tim Hudson, Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum are all disabled. That’s 445 major league wins and two Cy Young Awards, and reliever Jeremy Affeldt is down, too.The Dodgers traded away quality prospects, second baseman Darnell Sweeney and pitcher John Richy, to Philadelphia for Chase Utley, to fill in for Kendrick. The Giants sent pitcher Stephen Johnson to Cincinnati for the ever-productive Marlon Byrd, who drove in 11 runs in the four games that preceded Monday. (Angels? Angels?)Injuries are part of the ongoing saga, of course, and the Cardinals are nearly 40 games over .500 with Adam Wainwright, Matt Holliday and Matt Adams out. But look at 1997, when the Dodgers and Giants brawled into the final week of the season.On that L.A. team, Raul Mondesi, Eric Karros, Mike Piazza and Todd Zeile all had 630 plate appearances or more. For the Giants, Barry Bonds, Jose Vizcaino, Jeff Kent and J.T. Snow duplicated that.With 32 games left, Buster Posey and Brandon Belt seem to be the only Giants with a shot at 630-plus, and Adrian Gonzalez and Jimmy Rollins have that opportunity for the Dodgers, as does Joc Pederson if his performance allows.There are 45 NL batters who have played in 120 games this year. That’s three per team. An Orioles’ third baseman leads baseball in consecutive games by an active player. Just don’t tell Cal Ripken that it’s Manny Machado, with 130. But don’t blame Machado, either. He’s the only player who has punched the clock in every game this season.Players are better-prepared than they have ever been. The players of two generations ago could never hope to get through their workout routine, let alone extend it through the calendar. But today’s talent doesn’t have to play on the unforgiving turf fields that used to populate the National League, doesn’t rise at 6 a.m. to take commercial flights, doesn’t have a club nutritionist or a massage therapist to consult. Everything that can be done to prevent injuries, including testing for steroids that accumulate muscle mass in scary proportions, is being done. And it isn’t working.Maybe baseball players shouldn’t be baseball players 12 months a year. Their predecessors were dockworkers and delivery men and construction workers during the winter, because they had to have the money. No one is nostalgic for those days, but ballplayers dabbled in other sports more frequently.The other day, Cubs catcher Kyle Schwarber was remembering his days as a high school linebacker. “Playing football, I learned the difference between being sore and being hurt,” Schwarber said.The current player, having used only baseball muscles, might not know that difference.Anyway, the fans still got to see Gonzalez and Posey, and tonight they’ll see Madison Bumgarner and Zack Greinke. Refunds were never an issue anyway.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more