Govt mulls incentives as tourism faces potential $2.8b loss from outbreak

first_imgThe government is mulling over incentives for the tourism and airline industries to mitigate potential losses of US$2.8 billion from the coronavirus disease outbreak, which has already led to a decline in tourist arrivals.The tourism, transportation and finance ministries were finalizing the proposed incentives on Wednesday after meeting with industry stakeholders. The ministers expected to submit the proposal to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo sometime next week. The incentives under consideration included reduced tax, lower airport fees and eased slot permits for airlines, as well as travel discounts for issuing in partnership with all travel agents in the country, the ministries announced. “This is our effort to face the impacts from the coronavirus. It’s not easy, but we should do the best we can together,” Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama said in Jakarta on Wednesday, after a meeting with tourism and airline companies.Wishnutama said that Indonesia’s foreign exchange (forex) income could incur losses of up to $2.8 billion from potential Chinese tourists, assuming a per year average of 2 million tourist arrivals from China as in normal conditions.Indonesia saw 16.1 million foreign tourist arrivals in 2019, with Chinese arrivals contributing 12 percent of all foreign arrivals.Statistics Indonesia (BPS) chairman Suhariyanto said that the outbreak would “no doubt reduce foreign arrivals from China to Indonesia this year”, with the agency already recording a 2 percent contraction in foreign arrivals in December 2019. The Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) reported 40,000 room cancellations and 20,000 visitor cancellations in Bali since the rise in infections in early January.Airlines have temporarily halted dozens of flights per week to and from mainland China in adhering to the government’s travel ban on all visitors from China, including all travelers who had been there within 14 days prior to arriving in Indonesia.“We have listened to the inputs from the airline industry and we have spoken to the hotel and restaurant association, as well as other players in the tourism sector,” said Wishnutama. “The incentives that we are preparing must be comprehensive so we can survive this battle, not only the airline and hotel industries but also other related sectors as a whole.”Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said that lower taxes and airport fees, as well as easier permit processing for airport slots and other operating permits were among the possible incentives that the ministry was proposing. During its meeting with airline companies, the ministry had urged them to either reroute their China flights to new potential markets or add flights to their busiest routes.“For example […], many airlines from Eastern Europe want to fly to Bali, but the problem so far has been the unavailability of slots. So we see opportunities there,” said Budi. Other potential markets were Australia and countries in the Middle East and South Asia like India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, he said.Wishnutama added that the government was also looking to boost domestic travel to the top three destinations among Chinese tourists, namely Bali, North Sulawesi and the Riau Islands. Discounts could be offered in partnership with online and conventional travel agents, he said.Garuda Indonesia president director Irfan Setiaputra welcomed the government’s initiative, while urging that incentives be given to new inbound flights.”We are now trying to mitigate the impact of the [outbreak] by adding [flight] schedules on our existing routes,” said Irfan, adding that opening new routes was also a possibility. “This [outbreak] is absolutely affecting us, because the travel ban to and from China has caused us to lose revenue.”Flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has halted 40 weekly flights to mainland China, while Lion Air Group, the largest private Indonesian airline company, has halted 30 weekly flights to China.Topics :last_img read more

Mikel Arteta speaks out after Matteo Guendouzi is dropped for Southampton vs Arsenal clash

first_imgArteta dropped Guendouzi (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)‘The needs of the team and the needs of the football club are always the same, put the best players on the pitch that are 100% focused to win the game.’Arteta made four changes with Guendouzi, Bernd Leno, Gabriel Martinelli and Alexandre Lacazette dropping out.Kieran Tierney, Emiliano Martínez, Granit Xhaka and Eddie Nketiah all came into the side.MORE: Kieran Tierney reveals how Arsenal players reacted to their dismal defeat at BrightonMORE: Claudio Bravo speaks out on his future amid Arsenal transfer interestFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Guendouzi was left out of Arsenal’s squad (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty Images)Matteo Guendouzi was dropped for Arsenal’s clash with Southampton amid rumours about his future at the club, with Mikel Arteta suggesting there was an ‘internal issue’.Arteta, the Arsenal manager, was said to have reacted angrily to Guendouzi’s behaviour during the Gunners’ 2-1 defeat at Brighton. Reports claimed Guendouzi had called Brighton’s players ‘s**t’ and mocked the Seagulls’ squad for earning less than his £40,000-a-week deal, with Brighton goalscorer Neal Maupay suggesting he lacked ‘humility’ after they clashed at the end of the match.Arteta was desperately unimpressed and has reportedly decided to sell the French midfielder – who has attracted interest from Real Madrid, Barcelona and Leicester – after growing tired of his attitude.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAlthough Guendouzi avoided a ban for grabbing Maupay’s throat, he was not a part of Arsenal’s 20-man squad for the Premier League tie with Southampton and Arteta was questioned on his absence.‘Squad management. Whatever internal issue we have, we deal with it privately,’ the Arsenal manager said. Advertisement Mikel Arteta speaks out after Matteo Guendouzi is dropped for Southampton vs Arsenal clash Comment Metro Sport ReporterThursday 25 Jun 2020 5:27 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

Wednesday people roundup

first_imgVeritas Asset Management – Ian Barnes, former head of UBS Asset Management for Ireland and the UK, has been appointed to the newly created position of chief executive of £12bn (€14bn) Veritas Asset Management. He will join in early 2017, becoming part of the managing partners board that already comprises Charles Richardson, Andy Headley, Ezra Sun and Richard Grant. Barnes had been head of asset management at UBS for UK and Ireland since 2012. Before that, he was at Russell Investments, where his initial role as senior investment consultant evolved into a focus on fiduciary management. Veritas Asset Management became a distinct limited liability partnership as part of a corporate reorganisation in 2012.Willis Towers Watson (WTW) – Alfred Gohdes, chief actuary for pensions consulting for the consultancy’s German business, will be retiring from WTW at the end of February 2017. A well-known figure in the industry, Gohdes has been at WTW and its predecessors for about 35 years.  Actuarial Association of Europe (AAE) – Kristoffer Bork has been elected chairman of the AAE for the year to September 2017. A Danish national, Bork was president of the Danish actuarial association, Den Danske Aktuarforening, from 2010 to 2016. Bork succeeds Philip Shier, who became the actuarial manager of the Society of Actuaries in Ireland after retiring from Aon Hewitt. Thomas Béhar was elected AAE vice-chair for the coming year. From France, Béhar is group chief actuary at insurer CNP Assurances. BlackRock – Alexandra Haggard joined as head of consultant relations for the EMEA. She is the former chief executive at Stamford and before that was a managing director at Russell Investments. She will manage BlackRock’s 30-strong EMEA consultant relations team. Haggard is also chair of the CFA UK Steering Committee 2017 Ethical Leadership Programme and a Steering Committee member of the CFA Diversity Project.Greater Manchester Pension Fund – Sandra Stewart has taken over from Peter Morris as executive director of pensions following the latter’s retirement. Stewart has been solicitor to the £17bn (€21bn) local authority fund for more than 15 years, and added the role of director of pensions to her role as executive director in charge of governance and resources. Morris retired after 40 years in local government in the UK. The changes were effective in May. Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) – Simon Lorne is taking over as chairman of the trade body, replacing former SEC commissioner Kathleen Casey. Lorne is vice-chairman and chief legal officer at Millennium Management. Lorne is a member of the new council, AIMA’s global board of directors, which also counts four new members: Robyn Grew, chief administrative officer and general counsel at Man Group; Han Ming Ho, partner at Sidley Austin; Ryan Taylor, partner and global head of compliance at Brevan Howard Asset Management; and Michael Weinberg, senior managing director and chief investment strategist at Protégé Partners.UK Pension Protection Fund (PPF) – The UK lifeboat fund’s operational due diligence manager, Kevin Eastwood, has been granted chartered status by the US Investment Management Due Diligence Association (IMDDA). He is said to be the first person outside the US to have done so. The IMDDA is the US professional body for individuals and companies that are tasked with due diligence in the investment management industry. Société Générale Securities Services – Massimiliano Notarianni has been appointed global head of sub-custody network management. Mathilde Guérin, whom he replaced, has become deputy head of product engineering. Notarianni was previously head of provider monitoring and change. Both are based in Paris. Russell Investments, Principal Global Investors, Liongate Capital Management, Cardano, Mercer, Veritas Asset Management, UBS Asset Management, Willis Towers Watson, Actuarial Association of Europe, BlackRock, Stamford, Greater Manchester Pension Fund, AIMA, Pension Protection Fund, Société Générale Securities ServicesRussell Investments – Pascal Duval, chief executive for the EMEA region, has resigned from the asset manager after two decades of service. A successor has not yet been appointed. Duval’s move comes after Russell Investments was sold to private equity firm TA Associates last year. Duval said: “Now that we have come through a period of ownership uncertainty and the firm is entering into a new and exciting phase of its evolution, the time is right for me to start a new personal chapter.” Principal Global Investors – Tim Stumpff has been appointed chief executive, replacing Nick Lyster, who has been appointed to the newly created role of global head of wealth advisory services. Stumpff joined Principal Financial Group in 200, and has most recently served as president of Liongate Capital Management. Lyster, who served as chief executive from 2006 to 2016, will be responsible for delivering Principal’s investment capabilities to global wealth management firms, with a focus on the Dublin-domiciled UCITS range of funds.Cardano – Pim van Diepen will join Cardano as director of business development as of 1 November 2016. He joins from Mercer, where he worked for 12 years, including as head of the ALM Netherlands team and was business leader of Mercer Retirement in the Netherlands. Van Diepen is a member of the Dutch Actuarial Association, participating in the risk management networking group. last_img read more

Meyer wins third straight at Kossuth County

first_imgBy Greg GrabianowskiALGONA, Iowa (July 20) – After not finding the winner’s circle for a year and a half, Josh Meyer made it three straight Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature wins at Kossuth County Speedway Thursday night.Jeramie Faber grabbed the lead early on but Meyer wrestled the front spot away on lap seven and stayed there to the checkers.Brandon Nielsen raced from 10th starting to first at the finish of the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature.Ben Kraus led the distance of the IMCA Modified main event and Kevin Opheim was the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car winner.One week after the track hosted the “Bumblebee Nationals,” Colin Rodgers posted his first local Mach-1 Sport Compact victory of the season.last_img

Chelsea face questions over recruitment of Burkina Faso’s Bertrand Traore

first_img Press Association Chelsea’s recruitment of young talent is under scrutiny after it emerged Burkina Faso international Bertrand Traore played for their under-18s side when aged 16, in an apparent breach of FIFA regulations. Chelsea could even face the prospect of being placed under a transfer embargo if found guilty of wrongdoing. Chelsea believe Traore was the subject of an option agreement which allowed him to play in friendly games. The Premier League said all rules were followed in Chelsea’s signing of Traore on January 1, 2014, the first day of the transfer window opening following his 18th birthday, on September 6, 2013. What prompts questions is the earlier recruitment of Traore and his participation in a Chelsea under-18s match at Arsenal on October 23, 2011, when he was 16. The Press Association has a photograph of Traore taking part in the game at the Emirates Stadium. The report on Arsenal’s official website mentions Traore brushing the top of the crossbar with a 30-yard shot in the friendly fixture where his Chelsea team-mates included goalkeeper Jamal Blackman and midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, both now also members of Chelsea’s first-team squad. International transfers are only permitted for players over the age of 18 – unless the player in question meets one of three qualifying criteria. Under-18s can move to a club in a different country if their parents move there for non-footballing reasons, if they are from another nation within the European Union or European Economic Area and aged between 16 and 18, or if they live within 100km of the club. Traore emerged when he travelled from his home in Bobo-Dioulasso to Ouagadougou and immediately impressed coach Rainer Willfeld, according to He was included in the Burkina Faso squad for the 2009 FIFA Under-17s World Cup where he was the tournament’s youngest player at the age of 14. Despite this, his ability shone. There were a number of clubs interested in signing the teenager but Burkina Faso sports minister Jean-Pierre Palm announced in August 2010 that Traore – one month prior to his 15th birthday – would sign for Chelsea. He attended the fee-paying Whitgift School in Croydon, south London, but did not play in school competitions. The school’s head of football is former Chelsea player Colin Pates, who was presented to the Stamford Bridge crowd at half-time of the November 21 win over Norwich, when Traore was an unused substitute. Traore became Whitgift’s first full football international, with Victor Moses following when he represented Nigeria. It was as a trialist on Chelsea’s pre-season tour to Asia in 2013 – the first of Jose Mourinho’s second spell as manager – when there was even more interest in his ability and he scored against a Malaysia XI in Kuala Lumpur. Mourinho said then: “Now we want to keep him. We have to wait until he becomes 18 to try to get a permit for him to stay in England. “It’s the rules and we have to accept them. He plays for his national team. Sooner or later the committee has to give him a permit to play in England.” Chelsea defender Gary Cahill said later on the same tour: “He’s certainly not looked out of place in training alongside some top international players. I’m sure he’s got a bright future at Chelsea.” After officially signing for Chelsea at the first opportunity, he was swiftly loaned to Vitesse Arnhem, with whom the Blues have close links, and spent 18 months with the Dutch side in the Eredivisie. Vitesse boss at the time Peter Bosz said Mourinho was “crazy about him” and wanted Traore to be part of his first-team squad. Chelsea acted decisively before a change in Football Association regulations to obtain a work permit for Traore, who travelled on the July 2015 tour to North America and has been incorporated in the squad since. Guus Hiddink, Mourinho’s interim successor, has spoken of Traore, who is now 20, as an option at striker. FIFA rules prohibit the international transfer of a minor (an under-18), with Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid earlier this month handed transfer embargoes for the next two complete windows after breaching the regulations. Both clubs plan to contest the sanctions. Barcelona were placed under a transfer embargo for infringing the same rules in 2014 and have only this month been allowed to register players again. A FIFA spokesperson told Press Association Sport: “We are not in a position to comment on any investigations that are ongoing so as not to compromise the process, nor do we provide any comments as to whether or not any investigations are under way.” Press Association Sport supplied a number of questions to Chelsea in an attempt to clarify their position regarding Traore’s involvement in games when he was under 18. However they would only say: “Bertrand Traore was registered by Chelsea FC in January 2014 in compliance with FA and Premier League Rules. “Prior to that date, he was party to an option agreement which enabled the club to acquire his registration in January 2014. “The option agreement was registered with, and approved by, both The FA and the Premier League.” The Premier League champions successfully appealed against a transfer ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in 2010 over the signing of Gael Kakuta from Lens. last_img read more

Youthful squad uses early scare to mature

first_imgThe biggest theme of the 2005-06 season for the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team has been growth, as the young, talented team tries to mature fast enough to repeat the success of recent Wisconsin squads. Whether they expected to find it or not, the Badgers found themselves in a situation where they couldn’t help but grow. Down 47-46 to an inferior but rabid opponent, UW faced a crossroads, where it could either crumble and fall or come together and rise, and UW took the road less traveled by young teams, breaking into a 22-5 run and playing like a veteran squad the rest of the way.”That game will help us, I’ll tell you that,” head coach Bo Ryan said. “The runs that happen, I don’t know if that all the time it is something magical or that you could put your finger on it. Energy has a lot to do with it. It happens.”The Badgers won the game on a team effort. Junior Alando Tucker (18 points) and sophomore Brian Butch (14 points) both had strong individual efforts, but the UW bench outscored UW-GB’s reserves 26-5. Wisconsin as a team committed only seven turnovers the entire game, a season low. The team held the Phoenix to under 30 percent shooting in the second half, behind team defense that was simply suffocating, forcing 11 turnovers and countless rushed shots.”The best part of Wisconsin basketball is that you never see them beat themselves,” said UW-Green Bay head coach Tod Kowalczyk, whose team is even younger than Wisconsin’s. “We may have beat ourselves a little bit in that run.””I just thought we were dead for a while,” Tucker said. “I think that at that point, we felt the urgency that we weren’t playing with.” Kowalczyk left the Kohl Center with firm respect for the Badgers’ level of play, one that he believes has yet to be discovered by the national media because of UW’s inexperience.”I think the University of Wisconsin is a lot better than anybody nationally gives them credit for,” the fourth-year coach said. “This is as well-coached a team as you are going to see anywhere in the country.” Flowers sparks victory: Sophomore guard Michael Flowers once again came up big for Wisconsin and had the most impressive line of the night. Flowers scored a career-high 12 points on 4-7 shooting, while also collecting six steals (another personal best) and four assists, both team highs.”It was needed,” Ryan said. “The definition of aggression is the disposition to dominate, and Michael gets that in his head. He’s been pretty good defensively.”Flowers started off UW’s game-changing run in the second half, making a short jumper and netting a steal on the ensuing UW-GB possession.”That’s when [Flowers] stepped up at point guard and took some confidence away from them,” Tucker said.Bragging rights: Sophomore forward Greg Stiemsma won bragging rights for the year over former Randolph High teammate and UW-GB freshman Ryan Tillema with UW’s victory. Not only did Stiemsma win out on the scoreboard, but also in the box score.”When [Steimsma] was out there, good things were happening,” Ryan said.Stiemsma finished with two points, two rebounds and an assist, while Tillema went 0-for-8 from the floor and committed two turnovers. In Tillema’s defense, however, the freshman had a thumb injury that in all likelihood limited his game.”He hurt it in practice yesterday,” Kowalczyk said after the game. “He had a hard time catching the basketball. That’s what I think hurt him — catching the ball. I don’t think the pain was from shooting.”Ryan technical: Ryan was hit with his first technical foul of the season Wednesday night after vehemently arguing a no call on sophomore forward Brian Butch. Butch was knocked to the deck by an aggressive Phoenix player while attempting to go for an offensive rebound.”It was just one of those things where if I did [say something], I don’t even realize it and it was just a reaction,” Ryan said. “You are just trying to protect your players, and people see things different ways sometimes. That is all just part of the game.”last_img read more

Fred Pappoe withdraws from GFA Elections after polling 6 votes in first round

first_imgFormer Ghana Football Association Vice President, Fred Pappoe has withdrawn from the Presidential race after polling only 6 votes.The elections, which are heading for a second-round, after none of the six candidates were able to poll over half of the votes cast, also saw Amanda Clinton and George Ankomah drop out of the race after not securing a single vote.The two frontrunners are Dreams FC CEO Kurt Okraku who polled 44 votes and  George Afriyie who tallied 40.The final candidate in the second round, Nana Yaw Amponsah, finished with 27 votes.The delegates are currently voting again to determine a clear winner.However, in the event that none of the three candidates polls over half of the votes, a third and final round will be held.If results remain inconclusive, the position will remain vacant until the next Elective Congress.The GFA’s Congress has a total of 120 delegates with the Division One League clubs accounting for the largest group; with 48 delegates.However, only 117 votes were counted with one rejected ballot and two absentees.Pappoe was hoping to replace his former boss Kwesi Nyantakyi who resigned from the post following damning revelations in an exposé by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.The elections were allowed to proceed after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) rejected an injunction appeal by a disqualified Presidential aspirant, Wilfred Osei earlier on Friday.last_img read more

Art in the Loft signature fundraiser brings in nearly $9,000 to support community art programs

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich — Art in the Loft held its signature fundraiser Thursday evening, bringing hot food, live entertainment, and exquisite art to attendees.The goal of the event was to raise funds to keep Alpena’s art scene alive and allow residents to participate in activities that contribute to personal growth. Executive Director of Art in the Loft, Justin Christensen–Cooper, says yesterday’s event accomplished just that.“Through the generosity of the over 100 people that we had in the gallery, we brought in over $8,700 to renew our scholarship program.”Christensen–Cooper says the funds will specifically go toward educating specialty groups like the Boys and Girls club and Community Mental Health, as well as offer scholarships to the general public. Although the next fundraiser is nearly a year away, it’s never too early for art lovers start supporting the gallery by making donations, or even planning to be a part of next year’s event. Attendee, Stacey Steward says,“Everybody should come next year to join us for the festivities. There’s always a good time, always a good event, and a good cause.”AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Art in the Loft, Fundraiser, Light up the LoftContinue ReadingPrevious Senator Gary Peters announces $9 million bonus for the Great Lakes Restoration InitiativeNext Mercury will pass in front of the sun on Mondaylast_img read more

Blake Griffin reminds Clippers it’s OK if wins aren’t all pretty

first_imgThe Clippers might have survived the brutal March schedule, but before they can enjoy a three-day respite between games, they must get through the Lakers in a designated Clippers home game.It will be the Clippers’ 19th game – roughly 23 percent of their entire regular-season slate of games – since March 1.“They’re tired, there’s no doubt about that,” Rivers said, “but there’s nothing we can do about it. They’re not going to cancel the game.”With playoff games beginning in two weeks, Rivers said he worries “every second” about the cumulative effects of the season’s busy back-end manifesting itself in further injuries. Guard Austin Rivers is already expected to miss the rest of the regular season with a strained left hamstring, suffered in Wednesday’s win over Washington.“The Austin injury is absolutely a byproduct of the schedule,” Doc Rivers said.While the Clippers are looking forward to recovering some of the energy lost in the last month, point guard Chris Paul pointed out the Clippers won’t know how the time off truly affects them until they get back on the court next week.“If we play great,” he said, “they’re going to say the rest was great for us. If we don’t, we was off too long. So let’s see what happens.” With five games remaining in the regular season, including this afternoon against the Lakers, the Clippers (46-31) could finish anywhere from fourth to sixth in the Western Conference, and will face either Utah, Oklahoma City or Houston in the opening round.The narrative around the Clippers swings dramatically with each game: Either they are destined for a brief postseason appearance or they are figuring things out at precisely the right time.Rivers’ keeps the Clippers on an even keel, reflected in Griffin’s mid-game pep talk.“Players understand it,” Rivers said. “It’s the outside that doesn’t understand it. They judge teams by their score. I never know the score of a game, I know if we won or if we lost.”Worn out During an early third-quarter timeout Thursday, as the Clippers couldn’t quite shake the Phoenix Suns, forward Blake Griffin took command of Coach Doc Rivers’ huddle.“He said, ‘Guys, you aren’t going to blow out everybody every night,’ ” Rivers said. “ ‘They’re pros, they’re going to play hard. … We’ve got to grind this game.’ ”The Clippers eventually did, beating the Suns, 124-118.“It would be great to blow everybody out, blow every team out that’s not making it to the playoffs,” Griffin said he told his teammates. “But at the end of the day, that’s not going to be the case all the time. And you have to be OK with that.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Inside the Dodgers: 5 takeaways from Andrew Friedman’s postseason press conference

first_imgFriedman doesn’t make knee-jerk reactive moves. Anyone who thought Roberts would lose his job over this must have missed that memo. Yet just because Roberts doesn’t lose his job doesn’t mean the end of Game 5 has no practical implications for the manager. He might get a new bench coach (more on that in a bit). The template for Roberts’ analytic cheat sheet in the dugout might change. Something about it probably should change, because Roberts’ opinion of Clayton Kershaw seems, well, less than current.2. The coaching staff will change.Rick Honeycutt will not be the Dodgers’ full-time pitching coach in 2020. He’ll transition into a special advisor’s role. The last couple years were difficult on Honeycutt physically, and he certainly would have preferred to exit with a championship ring. I would caution against thinking of this as an “exit,” however. Much of a pitching coach’s job can be performed by analyzing frame-by-frame video of a pitcher’s delivery, in games and in bullpen sessions. It serves as a surrogate eye, one that is more accurate than a human’s. Honeycutt can review that video for the Dodgers’ pitchers from wherever he chooses to spend his semi-retirement.The interesting part here is how much influence Honeycutt will have in 2020. Let’s assume the next pitching coach is Mark Prior – a safe bet, considering Friedman was willing to publicly say so Monday. How much video review will be delegated to Honeycutt? How much will pitchers incorporate his feedback in-between their starts? Will Honeycutt get video of every starting pitcher’s bullpen sessions?Bob Geren might not be back, either. He is a candidate for the managerial vacancy in San Francisco. 3. It doesn’t sound like Russell Martin is coming back.David Freese already retired. Rich Hill, 39, and Russell Martin, 36, are getting up there in years, but both have indicated they want to play in 2020. “Russ came in and fit a role extremely well for us – just great veteran presence,” Friedman said. “Did a lot for Barnesy, did a lot for Will Smith. At this point, I think with our catching depth it’s a more difficult fit, but that doesn’t mean things won’t play out in a different way.”If I could pull up what Friedman was saying about Chase Utley in November 2017, I imagine it would sound more similar than different to what he just said about Martin. Utley waited to re-sign until Feb. 13 of the following year, days before position players reported to spring training. Similarly, a lot of dominoes would have to fall to bring Martin back, and that might take four months – if those dominoes fall at all.4. Kenley Jansen’s status is questionable.The question was pretty straightforward: “Do you guys go into the offseason thinking Kenley Jansen is still your closer, or is that a place where you might make changes?” The first words out of Friedman’s mouth: “I’m not sure.”The POBO went on to hedge a little, saying “my sense sitting here is that Kenley will be our closer” in 2020, but we were already into some interesting weeds. Jansen signed an $80 million extension prior to the 2017 season. He can opt out of that contract as soon as the World Series ends, leaving two years and $38 million on the table. That seems like an unwise choice for a pitcher who blew eight saves and was limited to five batters in the five-game series against the Nationals. From a cynical point of view, Friedman’s tepid vote of confidence could be seen as a means of encouraging Jansen to opt out. (He won’t opt out.)If anything, it’s easier now to see the Dodgers making a play for a closer this offseason. Aroldis Chapman and Sean Doolittle can opt out of their contracts like Jansen. Will Smith, Daniel Hudson and Sergio Romo are becoming free agents. The Dodgers are gaining about $40 million in flexibility because of the expiring contracts of Martin, Hill, Ryu and Matt Kemp(!), so they can certainly spend on a new closer, either via free agency or via trade, if they choose to.5. Early exit ≠ bigger roster changes.Friedman is open to bringing back the same group in 2020. Or not.“I think we have a really talented core group of players returning,” he said. “I think we have depth in areas that we can make trades. I think we have financial flexibility. I think as we sit here today, as a jumping off point for the offseason, I think it’s a really good position to be in. We’re not closing the door on anything right now and we have to go into it very open-minded, open to changing the complexion a little bit. That doesn’t necessarily mean we will, but I feel like we have to really look at that and figure out what we think is best, to put us in the best position for 2020 and beyond.”-J.P.Editor’s note: Thanks for reading the Inside the Dodgers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.More readingBack, back, back – Friedman expects his own contract to be finalized within days.In the running – Hyun-Jin Ryu is a finalist for the MLBPA’s comeback player of the year award.Rather see me in the ’pen? – Ice Cube thinks the Dodgers need more black players.Money can try – Should the Dodgers throw a ton of money at Gerrit Cole and/or Anthony Rendon this offseason? How starters got their groove back – Via Jared Diamond and Brian Costa in the Wall Street Journal: “After years in which a growing reliance on relievers showed the new path to October glory, this postseason is proof of something else: The other way can still work.” Analyze that – The St. Louis Cardinals’ analytics department found that baseballs are flying 4 ½ fewer feet on average in the postseason. (Friedman said he did not ask his analytics department to investigate this.)Legal fallout – What can the legal system do to the Angels and their employees after Tyler Skaggs’ death? Among other things, writes Sports Illustrated’s Michael McCann: “If (Angels) players are engaged in the illegal purchase of drugs, they could be charged with crimes, as could those who sold them drugs.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Editor’s note: This is the Oct. 15 edition of the Inside the Dodgers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman addressed the media for 28 minutes Monday morning. You can watch the complete press conference here. It’s not mandatory viewing before diving into this newsletter, though I’ll try to expand on some things Friedman said, and some things he left unsaid. The major takeaways:1. Dave Roberts is returning.In last Thursday’s newsletter, I went to some length to demonstrate that Roberts’ head-scratching decisions in the NLDS were mostly (if not entirely) limited to the end of Game 5. “The final three innings Wednesday cannot make the first 43 innings of the series disappear,” I wrote. The last person who needed this perspective on Roberts’ managing skill was Friedman. “Frankly, I was surprised by the question,” Friedman said of Roberts’ job security.last_img read more