Kenley Jansen Is The Model Of A Modern Reliever

Kevin ShackelfordCIN120-0.6 Aaron BummerCHW456-1.2 PITCHER▲▼TEAM▲▼GOOSE EGGS▲▼BROKEN EGGS▲▼MEHS▲▼GWAR▲▼ Hector NerisPHI3174+1.9 After a year of searching, we didn’t our find our new Goose Gossage. But we did get a glimpse of what one might look like in baseball’s just-concluded postseason.This spring, we introduced a new pitching statistic called the goose egg — named in honor of Gossage, the Hall-of-Fame reliever, who had a record 82 goose eggs in 1975. Essentially, a pitcher gets a goose egg for every clutch, scoreless relief inning (see the original article for a more formal definition). Goose eggs have a substantially better correlation with relievers’ win probability added than saves do, especially if paired with their companion statistic, the broken egg.This year’s major leader in goose eggs was the Milwaukee Brewers’ Corey Knebel, who finished with 47 of them. The American League leader was the Seattle Mariners’ Edwin Diaz, who had 40. You can find a complete rundown of this year’s final goose stats in the table below. (A “broken egg” is essentially the blown save of goose stats, and a “meh” is any situation which doesn’t result in either a goose egg or a broken egg.) Nick WittgrenMIA611+0.5 Tyler AndersonCOL100+0.2 Alex ColomeTB3866+3.5 John BrebbiaSTL313+0.1 Adam KolarekTB021-0.7 SOURCE: SEAMHEADS.COM Casey LawrenceSEA/TOR020-0.7 Stu Miller19657973+7.5 Rubby De La RosaARI011-0.4 Chase WhitleyTB641-0.6 Justin NicolinoMIA002+0.0 Austin PruittTB420-0.1 Josh FieldsLAD652-1.0 Brad BrachBAL3182+1.9 Fernando RodneyARI3345+3.5 However, from an efficiency standpoint, the best season came not from Knebel or Diaz but from the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Kenley Jansen, who finished with a perfect record of 44 goose eggs and no broken eggs. That’s the most-ever goose eggs without a broken egg. The Dodgers used Jansen smartly and lined up his 68.1 innings pitched to coincide with mostly high-leverage situations. He made 15 multi-inning appearances, entered with runners on base 12 times, and often pitched in tied games — all things that closers weren’t doing much of a few years ago. And Jansen generated 6.3 goose wins above replacement (GWAR) in the regular season, the 7th-highest total of all-time. Jacob TurnerWAS520-0.0 Bryan ShawCLE2985+1.8 David PhelpsMIA/SEA1694-1.1 Joakim SoriaKC2982+1.6 Robbie RossBOS100+0.2 Mike PelfreyCHW001+0.0 Nick GoodyCLE012-0.4 Luis GarciaPHI1664+0.1 Arodys VizcainoATL2882+1.1 Domingo GermanNYY020-0.7 Matt AlbersWAS1524+1.4 Chasen BradfordNYM301+0.4 Victor AranoPHI210-0.1 Hunter StricklandSF2661+1.5 Nick VincentSEA2856+2.4 Blaine HardyDET131-1.0 Chris DevenskiHOU26106+0.1 Jared HughesMIL1042-0.0 Tyler ClippardCHW/HOU10117-2.5 Brad PeacockHOU101+0.1 Jerry BlevinsNYM18513+0.7 Kevin SiegristPHI/STL813+0.8 Neftali FelizKC/MIL1060-0.7 Erik GoeddelNYM121-0.6 Kevin QuackenbushSD120-0.6 Pedro StropCHC1935+1.6 Blake ParkerLAA2352+1.6 Paul SewaldNYM1283-1.3 Zach DukeSTL112-0.2 J. C. RamirezLAA020-0.7 Mike MorinLAA101+0.2 Brad GoldbergCHW001+0.0 Juan NicasioPHI/PIT2288+0.2 Jhan MarinezMIL/PIT320-0.3 Aroldis ChapmanNYY1943+1.5 Josh HaderMIL1245+0.3 Mariano Rivera19965462+6.6 Joe SmithCLE/TOR1921+2.2 Parker BridwellLAA001+0.0 Rafael MonteroNYM131-1.0 Luke JacksonATL100+0.1 Brandon MaurerKC/SD19100-1.0 Jim JohnsonATL1993-0.6 Zach BrittonBAL1820+2.1 Caleb SmithNYY110-0.2 Zach McAllisterCLE121-0.6 Jonathan HolderNYY611+0.6 Matt CainSF100+0.1 Roberto OsunaTOR31101+1.1 Rob ScahillMIL110-0.2 Michael FelizHOU110-0.2 AJ RamosMIA/NYM2244+1.6 Kenyan MiddletonLAA1021+0.8 Oliver DrakeMIL441-0.9 Tommy KahnleCHW/NYY1692-0.9 Carlos EstevezCOL300+0.5 Troy Percival19964731+6.5 Eric O’FlahertyATL211-0.1 Jimmie SherfyARI100+0.2 Ariel HernandezCIN001+0.0 Ben TaylorBOS101+0.2 Sam FreemanATL1226+1.0 Jordan LylesCOL210-0.0 Lucas HarrellTOR001+0.0 Ronald HerreraNYY010-0.4 Chase De JongSEA010-0.4 Sam TuivailalaSTL441-0.9 Wily PeraltaMIL120-0.6 Archie BradleyARI3148+3.2 Anthony SwarzakCHW/MIL2444+2.1 Pedro BaezLAD1478-0.6 Ryan MadsonOAK/WAS2441+2.1 James PazosSEA1345+0.5 Simon CastroOAK221-0.4 Ross StriplingLAD1091-2.0 Justin HaleyMIN110-0.2 Miguel CastroBAL912+1.0 Seung-hwan OhSTL2256+1.3 Travis WoodKC331-0.6 Brad ZieglerMIA1233+0.6 Shane GreeneDET2045+1.6 Hector SantiagoMIN010-0.4 Jose AlvarezLAA555-1.1 Jake BarrettARI203+0.3 Kenley JansenLAD4401+6.3 Jose LeclercTEX733+0.0 Alex WoodLAD301+0.4 Tyler GlasnowPIT010-0.4 Jose TorresSD552-1.2 Brooks PoundersLAA100+0.2 Chad BellDET001+0.0 Reymin GuduanHOU001+0.0 Cory GearrinSF1232+0.6 David HernandezARI/LAA1515+1.9 Juan MinayaCHW1013+1.1 Cam BedrosianLAA1354+0.1 Adam ConleyMIA010-0.4 Craig StammenSD1023+0.7 Gabriel MoyaMIN100+0.2 Chris O’GradyMIA101+0.1 Brad HandSD3866+3.2 Austin Bibens-DirkxTEX001+0.0 Luis SantosTOR210-0.1 Alex ClaudioTEX2648+2.6 Sam DysonSF/TEX27112-0.1 Jean MachiSEA101+0.2 Tyler PillNYM010-0.4 Adam MorganPHI910+0.9 Daniel StumpfDET245-1.2 Joe MusgroveHOU800+1.2 Dominic LeoneTOR946-0.1 Alan BusenitzMIN302+0.5 Ricardo PintoPHI121-0.6 Brian EllingtonMIA530-0.4 Amir GarrettCIN110-0.2 Edubray RamosPHI9111-2.8 Sam MollOAK011-0.4 Derek LawSF1131+0.5 Jandel GustaveHOU010-0.4 Danny FarquharCHW/TB1442+0.6 Brock StewartLAD201+0.3 Hoby MilnerPHI115-0.2 Joe BiaginiTOR932+0.3 Tim MayzaTOR001+0.0 Yovani GallardoSEA100+0.2 Christian BergmanSEA010-0.4 Jimmy YacabonisBAL300+0.5 Joe JimenezDET020-0.7 Drew VerHagenDET312+0.1 Hansel RoblesNYM952-0.6 Randall DelgadoARI500+0.8 Dan OteroCLE200+0.3 Brandon WorkmanBOS722+0.4 Kyle CrickSF100+0.1 Vidal NunoBAL010-0.4 Jason MotteATL212-0.1 Corey Knebel gets the golden eggFinal goose egg stats for 2017 Tony BarnetteTEX731+0.0 Austin BriceCIN400+0.6 Jason GrilliTEX/TOR443-0.8 Logan VerrettBAL400+0.6 Ian KrolATL623+0.1 Liam HendriksOAK1261-0.4 Doug Corbett198068103+6.3 Ryan DullOAK634-0.2 Tony CingraniCIN/LAD724+0.3 Luke GregersonHOU1062-0.8 Ricardo RodriguezTEX221-0.4 Chris RusinCOL1344+0.6 Matt StrahmKC231-0.8 Blake TreinenOAK/WAS22103-0.4 Luis AvilanLAD644-0.7 Andrew MillerCLE3353+3.5 Drew StorenCIN423-0.2 Erasmo RamirezTB712+0.7 Felix PenaCHC100+0.1 Keone KelaTEX1032+0.5 Jarlin GarciaMIA517+0.3 Blaine BoyerBOS611+0.6 Carlos TorresMIL643-0.6 Trevor RosenthalSTL2581+0.6 Alex WilsonDET1377-0.6 Aaron LoupTOR5312-0.3 Cody AllenCLE2985+1.8 Shae SimmonsSEA020-0.7 Josh OsichSF426-0.2 Andrew ChafinARI587-2.2 Michael LorenzenCIN2672+1.2 Ernesto FrieriTEX010-0.4 James HoytHOU110-0.2 Ryne StanekTB013-0.4 Nate JonesCHW410+0.2 Brian DuensingCHC631-0.3 Tyler OlsonCLE204+0.3 Raisel IglesiasCIN3122+3.8 Doug FisterBOS420-0.1 Scott ObergCOL725+0.4 Jeff BeliveauTOR111-0.2 Matt BarnesBOS1884-0.0 Koda GloverWAS822+0.4 Steven OkertSF7412-0.5 Mike BolsingerTOR310+0.1 Bruce RondonDET430-0.5 Jeurys FamiliaNYM822+0.4 Brent SuterMIL001+0.0 Adam WarrenNYY1041+0.1 Albert SuarezSF430-0.6 John AxfordOAK120-0.6 Greg HollandCOL2762+2.1 Kenley Jansen20174401+6.3 Josh CollmenterATL020-0.7 Xavier CedenoTB013-0.4 Tony WatsonLAD/PIT2396-0.0 Francisco LirianoHOU221-0.4 Tom WilhelmsenARI112-0.2 Scott AlexanderKC844-0.2 Bryan MorrisSF300+0.4 Kyle RyanDET210-0.1 Chris YoungKC100+0.2 Josh EdginNYM525-0.0 Ken GilesHOU2453+1.7 Phil MatonSD732-0.1 Bud NorrisLAA1871+0.1 Wade LeBlancPIT232-0.8 Joely RodriguezPHI524-0.0 Hector RondonCHC1132+0.4 Trevor HildenbergerMIN933+0.3 Rex BrothersATL331-0.7 Koji UeharaCHC1563-0.1 Greg InfanteCHW327-0.3 Dustin McGowanMIA412+0.2 Carson SmithBOS200+0.3 Addison ReedBOS/NYM3567+3.0 Kelvin HerreraKC2773+1.6 Jayson AquinoBAL010-0.4 Carlos RamirezTOR700+1.1 Ryan GartonSEA/TB031-1.1 Akeel MorrisATL001+0.0 T. J. McFarlandARI622+0.2 Daniel CoulombeOAK456-1.3 Trevor CahillKC200+0.3 Richard BleierBAL422-0.1 Kyle McGrathSD100+0.1 Hector VelazquezBOS500+0.8 Zach PutnamCHW200+0.3 Daniel HudsonPIT864-1.1 Chris HatcherLAD/OAK963-0.9 Jorge De La RosaARI1251-0.0 Casey FienPHI/SEA320-0.3 Ryan SherriffSTL221-0.5 Danny BarnesTOR893-2.1 Brad BoxbergerTB443-0.9 Sammy SolisWAS422-0.2 Jake PetrickaCHW223-0.4 Eduardo ParedesLAA210-0.1 Blake WoodCIN432-0.5 Odrisamer DespaigneMIA100+0.1 Boone LoganCLE104+0.2 Gabriel YnoaBAL001+0.0 Matt GraceWAS212-0.1 Rich Gossage197582118+6.7 Robert GsellmanNYM210-0.1 George KontosPIT/SF1283-1.3 Sparky Lyle197766813+6.1 Jackson StephensCIN100+0.1 Vance WorleyMIA010-0.4 Sean DoolittleOAK/WAS2437+2.4 Robert StephensonCIN220-0.5 Junichi TazawaMIA1470-0.6 Jacob RhameNYM210-0.1 Tom KoehlerTOR312+0.1 Matthew BowmanSTL1977+0.1 Jeremy JeffressMIL/TEX251-1.5 Tommy HunterTB3061+2.3 Jesse ChavezLAA121-0.6 Dan WinklerATL111-0.2 Ty BlachSF201+0.3 David PriceBOS101+0.2 Wandy PeraltaCIN1544+0.7 Brandon MorrowLAD1242+0.2 Mike ClevingerCLE010-0.4 Giovanny GallegosNYY010-0.4 Buddy BoshersMIN020-0.7 Dillon GeeMIN100+0.2 Willie Hernandez19846577+6.4 Chad GreenNYY322-0.3 Francis MartesHOU412+0.2 Carl EdwardsCHC2283+0.1 Matt BelisleMIN2263+1.1 Frankie MontasOAK110-0.2 Shawn KelleyWAS621+0.1 Jamie CallahanNYM201+0.3 Tyler DuffeyMIN1143+0.2 A. J. ColeWAS100+0.1 Josh SmokerNYM823+0.4 Ron Perranoski196979139+6.6 Tanner ScheppersTEX101+0.2 Troy ScribnerLAA001+0.0 Jeanmar GomezPHI721+0.3 Dillon MaplesCHC100+0.1 Jose RamirezATL2066+0.7 Ryan BuchterKC/SD1564-0.1 Joe BlantonWAS430-0.5 Oliver PerezWAS615+0.5 Jake JunisKC200+0.3 Tyler WilsonBAL111-0.2 Robby ScottBOS5212+0.1 Jose AlvaradoTB943-0.1 Mychal GivensBAL1834+1.7 Santiago CasillaOAK1783-0.4 Darren O’DayBAL1332+0.9 Yusmeiro PetitLAA2342+2.0 Marc RzepczynskiSEA11412+0.2 Enny RomeroWAS1446+0.5 Ted Abernathy196751314+6.2 Evan ScribnerSEA020-0.7 A.J. MinterATL110-0.2 Tyler ChatwoodCOL110-0.2 Donnie HartBAL423-0.1 Grant DaytonLAD112-0.2 Javy GuerraMIA112-0.2 Neil RamirezNYM012-0.4 J. P. HowellTOR010-0.4 Al AlburquerqueCHW/KC121-0.6 Mark MelanconSF1550+0.3 Chris RowleyTOR310+0.1 Diego MorenoTB010-0.4 Jen-Ho TsengCHC300+0.4 Tony ZychSEA853-0.6 Taylor RogersMIN1876+0.2 Craig KimbrelBOS3140+3.5 Dellin BetancesNYY2482+0.9 Jacob BarnesMIL2694+0.5 Kirby YatesLAA/SD1462-0.2 Tony SippHOU111-0.2 Andrew RomineDET001+0.0 Justin WilsonCHC/DET2463+1.4 Dovydas NeverauskasPIT530-0.4 Pat NeshekCOL/PHI2848+2.8 Warwick SaupoldDET113-0.2 Fernando AbadBOS511+0.4 Corey KnebelMIL4782+3.9 Will HarrisHOU1830+1.5 Joaquin BenoitPHI/PIT18110-1.5 Miguel DiazSD010-0.4 Mike MinorKC2874+1.8 Bryan MitchellNYY010-0.4 Matt BushTEX1763+0.5 Kevin McCarthyKC100+0.2 A. J. SchugelPIT201+0.3 Mike DunnCOL1503+2.4 Kenley Jansen’s season was Goose-toricHighest single-season goose wins above replacement (GWAR) Stefan ChrichtonBAL010-0.4 Wade DavisCHC3031+3.2 Mark LeiterPHI010-0.4 Andrew KittredgeTB210-0.1 Dan JenningsCHW/TB259-1.5 Edwin DiazSEA4074+3.4 Sergio RomoLAD/TB630-0.2 Jake DiekmanTEX601+0.9 Craig BreslowCLE/MIN012-0.4 Tyler LyonsSTL1132+0.5 Joe KellyBOS1245+0.5 Heath HembreeBOS1056-0.2 Justin GrimmCHC412+0.2 Kyle BarracloughMIA2261+0.9 Dan AltavillaSEA431-0.5 Brandon KintzlerMIN/WAS3464+2.9 Mike MontgomeryCHC1422+1.3 Buddy BaumannSD311+0.1 Antonio BastardoPIT010-0.4 Johnny BarbatoPIT010-0.4 Drew SteckenriderMIA1111+1.2 Josh RavinLAD110-0.2 Steve CishekSEA/TB1024+0.8 Alec AsherBAL311+0.1 Matt DermodyTOR302+0.5 Jake McGeeCOL1552+0.6 David RobertsonCHW/NYY2862+2.1 Adam OttavinoCOL1373-0.5 Deolis GuerraLAA720+0.3 Asher WojciechowskiCIN200+0.3 Miguel SocolovichSTL101+0.1 Ryan TeperaTOR2531+2.8 Ryan PresslyMIN532-0.3 Fernando SalasLAA/NYM864-1.1 Dan RunzlerPIT001+0.0 Ben HellerNYY101+0.2 Tim AdlemanCIN021-0.7 Brett CecilSTL1543+0.7 Josh SmithOAK210-0.1 Francisco RodriguezDET382-2.5 J. J. HooverARI633-0.2 Chasen ShreveNYY623+0.2 PITCHERYEARGOOSE EGGSBROKEN EGGSMEHSGWAR Felipe RiveroPIT3742+3.9 PITCHER▲▼TEAM▲▼GOOSE EGGS▲▼BROKEN EGGS▲▼MEHS▲▼GWAR▲▼ Jumbo DiazTB653-0.9 Austin MaddoxBOS200+0.3 Chad QuallsCOL210-0.0 Jonathan BroxtonSTL120-0.6 Chris BeckCHW022-0.7 Peter MoylanKC1005+1.6 Dario AlvarezTEX201+0.3 Emilio PaganSEA342-1.0 Sources: Retrosheet, The Baseball GAUGE Jansen’s also the exception that proves the rule, however; it’s hard to provide all that much value when you pitch only 70 innings or so, which is about how much the best relievers pitch nowadays. After Jansen, the next most-valuable season came from Knebel, who finished with 3.9 GWAR — which ranks just 200th among relief pitching seasons all-time.If you want a model for a more Gossage-like usage pattern, you need to look no further than … how Jansen was used in the postseason. Jansen appeared in 13 of the Dodgers’ 15 playoff games and threw 16.2 innings. Extrapolated out to a full, 162-game regular season, that would work out to a Mike Marshall-like total of 180 relief innings.Jansen didn’t keep his perfect streak alive in the playoffs. Instead, he allowed 2 broken eggs to go with 6 goose eggs. He was also used in some situations that we wouldn’t recommend — for instance, to close out an 11-1 lead against the Chicago Cubs in the NLCS. Still, his postseason goose egg pace would extrapolate to 65 goose eggs over a 162-game regular season.What I’m really advocating for is a hybrid between how pitchers like Jansen are currently used in the regular season and the entirely different way that they’re used in the postseason. The extra off-days the playoffs provide help to enable more creative usage patterns that might not be viable in the regular season. And even with those extra rest days, Jansen may have been overused in not-very-clutch situations in the NLCS and NLDS; perhaps as a result, he was not especially sharp in the World Series. At the same time, he went from throwing 4.7 percent of the Dodgers’ regular season innings to 12.3 percent of their postseason innings — almost a threefold increase. Surely there’s a happy median somewhere in between?But congratulations to Jansen and Knebel, and we’ll resume our hunt for goose eggs next year. In the meantime, you can download detailed data on goose eggs and broken eggs for all pitchers since 1930 here. read more

TCI interCaribbean launches new Tortola flights

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, December 5, 2017 – Providenciales – interCaribbean Airways celebrating 25 years of continuous service is pleased to announce new schedule services from Tortola to five new cities this winter season, making 22 cities served.New services will begin from February 1, 2018 with nonstop flights from Tortola’s Terrence B. Lettsome International Airport (EIS) to: –St Thomas (STT) (Cyril E. King Airport                                                                                           2 flights dailySt Croix, (Henry E Rholsen Airport)                                                                                                 1 flight dailySint Maarten (SXM) (Princess Juliana International Airport)                                           2 flight dailyDominica (DOM) (Douglas-Charles Airport                                                                               3 flights weeklyOne stop to Castries, St Lucia (SLU) continuing from Dominica (DOM),                   3 flights weeklyToday interCaribbean provides competitively priced nonstop flights between Tortola and Antigua, San Juan, and Santo Domingo, with same day connecting flights to the Turks and Caicos Islands, Jamaica, Cuba, Haiti, and the Bahamas.“We believe interCaribbean is the first schedule airline to offer 7 nonstop destinations from the British Virgin Islands,” said Mr. Trevor Sadler, CEO for interCaribbean. Our planned connections current and new are designed to minimize layover times.Founded as Inter Island Airways in 1991 by Turks Islander, Mr. Lyndon R. Gardiner, Chairman of interCaribbean, the airline started as a charter service, and embarked on a program of adding scheduled international destinations, gradually adding larger and faster aircraft.“The plan to connect the Caribbean and the wider international market continues to grow and is coming along nicely,” said Mr. Gardiner.   There are now a lot of connections between residents of the destinations we serve, and, by offering new connective options we hope to stimulate an increase in tourist and business travel in the region.interCaribbean entered the BVI market in 2016 with direct flights between the BVI and Antigua, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.   By July 2017, the airline introduced three, weekly scheduled direct flights between the BVI and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.For more information on destinations and reservations, visit www.intercaribbean.com Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

After Snapdeal and Paytm Ratan Tata Buys Stake in Xiaomi

first_imgChinese handset-maker Xiaomi’s India plans got a further boost, as Ratan Tata, chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons, buys stake in the company, and the deal also marks first Indian investment in the world’s third largest smartphone manufacturer.”Mr. Tata is one of the most well-respected business leaders in the world. An investment by him is an affirmation of the strategy we have undertaken in India so far,” Lei Jun, founder and chief executive officer of Xiaomi, told The Economic Times.However, the company did not disclose the amount invested by the Tata Group’s former chief, who has recently shown a strong interest in start-ups such as Paytm, Snapdeal, Urban Ladder, Bluestone and CarDekho.Xiaomi, which raised an investment of $1.1 billion last year, said he would also act as an advisor to the company.”We will be looking at him as a key advisor for us, so we can go to him from time to time and seek his advice on how do we truly build a truly Indian company. We can’t think of a better advisor than him,” said Manu Jain, head of Xiaomi’s India operations.Founded in 2010, Xiaomi witnessed rapid growth to emerge as the top smartphone vendor in China, the world’s second largest smartphone market.Valued at about $45 billion, Xiaomi is regarded the most valuable start-up globally. The company’s smartphone shipments tripled to over 61.1 million units last year with revenues seeing a two-fold increase.The company launched Mi4i smartphone in India last week, making it the first handset to be unveiled outside China. The Mi 4i model that supports six Indian languages is priced at ₹12,999.Entering the Indian market in July 2014, Xiaomi has been intensifying its efforts to replicate its success at home in the country and recently disclosed its plans to set up local manufacturing unit including R&D centre. By doing so, the company aims to become top mobile manufacturer in the country.”The most important market for us in 2015 is India. We want to become an Indian company. So, we want to build an R&D team, manufacture phones, set up data centre in India and invest in ecosystem companies in India,” Jun said.The company is witnessing a fast growth since its arrival in India posing a stiff competition to country’s second largest handset manufacturer Micromax.On other hand, Micromax is swiftly exploring ways to defend its market share amid growing threats from rivals such as Xiaomi and and Motorola.Micromax recently announced its plans to offer flash sales, an approach followed by Xiaomi to boost sales.last_img read more

Art of Livingpromoted Sri Sri Ayurveda poses threat to FMCG majors

first_imgAfter Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali, Sri Sri Ayurveda (SSA), whose products are promoted by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Art of Living, is all set to add to the woes of established brands like Hindustan Unilever (HUL), Dabur and Proctor & Gamble. SSA products could be sharing space with those of the three brands at retail chain Future Group in India, according to a PTI report.”If the customers want it then why not? We are open to the thought,” Kishore Biyani, founder and chief executive of Future Group, told the agency when asked about the SSA products being sold through Future Group stores.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Art of Living has reportedly more than 350 million followers worldwide, giving it a huge advantage. SSA, established in 2003, sells effective herbs, personal care products and food and nutritional products, besides  spices, soap, fragrances, candle lights and apparels through its online portal www.sattvastore.com. The trend has prompted analyst Edelweiss Securities Limited to say that SSA could be a “Patanjali in the making” in its FMCG sector update released recently.”SSA is riding on brand equity of its founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar/Art of Living and has a huge captive base (370mn followers across the world)…SSA, though currently lagging Patanjali, has the right ingredients to help grow the ayurveda space, posing competition to other consumer peers,” Edelweiss said in the note. SSA plans to expand its existing range of personal care products, dietary supplements and food products to many more categories, the firm said. Re-establishing ayurveda among Indian consumersEdelweiss says that Patanjali has successfully re-established ayurveda among Indian consumers, forcing the FMCG veterans such as HUL and Dabur to follow suit.”Patanjali has been a runaway success and has played a pivotal role in re-establishing importance of ayurveda in the minds of Indian consumers,” it said, and added: “Patanjali’s success is attributable to its strong innovation and new products pipeline, pricing discounts to peers (15%-30%), ayurvedic and natural propositions, impactful advertising.”While suggesting that SSA will take time to catch up with Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali, Edelweiss said it is poised to benefit from the impact created by Patanjali for ayurveda and naturals among Indian consumers, though it could lose out on the pricing front.”Most of SSA’s products are priced at par with other FMCG brands and thus are at a premium to Patanjali,” Edelweiss said. SSA could still ride the ayurveda awareness wave to drive its growth, the firm added.Earlier, Biyani had said that the Haridwar-based Patanjali Group was growing at a faster clip and was projected to reach Rs 1,000 crore within 12 to 18 months. Ravi Shankar’s network to aid growthAs for Sri Sri Ayurveda (SSA), Ravi Shankar’s following among politicians and film celebs is also an advantage, making him its best brand ambassador.”SSA has the ability to create a powerful FMCG brand equity led by a strong and powerful leader, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. He is a well-known personality with huge popularity not only with the youth but also eminent political and film personalities,” the firm said. Patanjali brushes HUL, Colgate-Palmolive asideIn a related note on Monday, Kotak Institutional Equities said that Patanjali is likely to dent the market share of both HUL and Colgate-Palmolive in the dental care segment with its Dant Kanti brand. “We expect Patanjali to garner 500 bps cumulative incremental share over FY2016-18E driven by distribution expansion and higher A&P spends; bulk of this share gain is likely to come from CLGT and HUVR (we model 200 bps share loss for both) in our view  due to lack of a strong relevant herbals/naturals portfolio,” it said. The toothpaste segment was estimated at Rs 8,300 crore in calendar year 2015, up from Rs 7,500 crore in the previous year, said Kotak, citing a study by Euromonitor. Patanjali has been occupying the top slot among popular Indian brands for many weeks in a row, ahead of established ones like Cadbury, Colgate, Fair & Lovely, Dove and Britannia.last_img read more

Voting continues in Indonesia amid religious tension

first_imgAn Indonesian man casts his ballot at a poll station in Jakarta on Wednesday. Photo: AFPJakarta went to the polls in a tight run-off Wednesday with the Christian governor fighting for his job as he stands trial for blasphemy, in a divisive election that has stoked religious tensions in Muslim-majority Indonesia.Basuki Tjahaja Purnama is facing a Muslim challenger, heavyweight ex-minister Anies Baswedan, in a neck-and-neck race to lead the teeming capital of 10 million people.The vote is seen as a test of whether the moderate Islam traditionally practised in the world’s most populous Muslim country is under threat from the influence of hardliners, who have led mass demonstrations against Purnama.Purnama, the city’s first non-Muslim governor for half a century and its first ethnic Chinese leader, won in the first round in February but not by a big enough margin to avoid a run-off.The race was already significant as politicians see the job as a stepping stone to the presidency at 2019 polls, but the stakes were raised dramatically by a controversy sparked by claims that Purnama insulted the Koran.The allegations drew hundreds of thousands of conservative Muslims onto the streets of Jakarta in major protests last year, and led to Purnama-known by his nickname Ahok-being put on trial for blasphemy in a case critics see as politically motivated.After casting his vote, President Joko Widodo-whose party backs Purnama-urged Jakarta residents to accept the result and for the city to come together after the bitterly fought poll.“We must not let different political choices break our unity,” he said. “Remember we are all brothers and sisters.”Over 7.2 million people were registered to vote in the polls, which closed at 1:00 pm (0600 GMT).Early vote tallies from private pollsters were expected to give an accurate indication of the winner within hours although official results won’t be released until early May.After an anti-Purnama protest last year turned violent, authorities were taking no chances and over 60,000 security forces had been deployed.Hardline groups had pledged to station monitors at polling booths. Police blocked the plan, warning it could cause “intimidation”, but groups of hardliners appeared to be outside some polling centres in defiance of the ban.However there was no sign of unrest and police said the election had run smoothly.Tolerance testDespite Purnama’s first-round victory, former education minister Baswedan, 47, was initially seen as the favourite in the run-off because the votes from a third, Muslim candidate who was knocked out were expected to go to him.But with tension over the governor’s alleged blasphemy subsiding in recent weeks, Purnama has regained momentum and recent polls show the candidates in a dead heat.Baswedan, an academic who was sacked from the government by Widodo, has been accused of abandoning his moderate Islamic values during the campaign by cosying up to hardliners in a bid to win the support of Muslim voters angered by Purnama’s alleged blasphemy.Purnama’s troubles began in September when he lightheartedly said in a speech that his rivals were tricking people into voting against him using a Koranic verse, which some interpret as meaning Muslims should only choose Muslim leaders.His long-running blasphemy trial began in December, and the verdict is expected within a few weeks.If he does win the vote and is convicted of blasphemy, he would not automatically be barred from holding office and could avoid jail for a long time by appealing.Many voters still back Purnama due to his record leading Jakarta since 2014. He has won praise for cleaning up the city’s once-filthy rivers and creating more green spaces, although his acerbic style has upset some.“I voted for Ahok because I’m poor and I have felt the difference-we’re being taken care of,” said Tayem, a 62-year-old housewife who like many Indonesians goes by only one name, after casting her ballot.But some have been swayed by the blasphemy controversy.“As a Muslim, I will choose according to my faith,” Elva Sativia, a 33-year-old housewife, told AFP.last_img read more

Researchers devise simple and cheap method to detect TB in patients

first_img © 2012 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Active-site details of the BlaC-CDC-OMe (top) and BlaC–CDC-1 (bottom) acyl intermediate complexes. Image (c) Nature Chemistry (2012) doi:10.1038/nchem.1435 Explore further New and Simple Test for Active Tuberculosis Now Possible More information: Rapid point-of-care detection of the tuberculosis pathogen using a BlaC-specific fluorogenic probe, Nature Chemistry (2012) doi:10.1038/nchem.1435AbstractEarly diagnosis of tuberculosis can dramatically reduce both its transmission and the associated death rate. The extremely slow growth rate of the causative pathogen, Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb), however, makes this challenging at the point of care, particularly in resource-limited settings. Here we report the use of BlaC (an enzyme naturally expressed/secreted by tubercle bacilli) as a marker and the design of BlaC-specific fluorogenic substrates as probes for Mtb detection. These probes showed an enhancement by 100–200 times in fluorescence emission on BlaC activation and a greater than 1,000-fold selectivity for BlaC over TEM-1 β-lactamase, an important factor in reducing false-positive diagnoses. Insight into the BlaC specificity was revealed by successful co-crystallization of the probe/enzyme mutant complex. A refined green fluorescent probe (CDG-OMe) enabled the successful detection of live pathogen in less than ten minutes, even in unprocessed human sputum. This system offers the opportunity for the rapid, accurate detection of very low numbers of Mtb for the clinical diagnosis of tuberculosis in sputum and other specimens.center_img Citation: Researchers devise simple and cheap method to detect TB in patients (2012, September 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-09-simple-cheap-method-tb-patients.html Journal information: Nature Chemistry The probe is based on BlaC, a protein that TB produces and its impact on β-lactams, which are a certain class of chemicals. Normally, BlaC simply breaks them down. With this new probe however the team created a modified version of a β-lactam that is cut or cleaved by BlaC, rather than being broken down by it haphazardly. But that’s only the beginning, they’ve also inserted a fluorescent molecule into the probe, allowing it to be seen when cleaved by TB. The test is very simple, if the fluorescent molecule can be seen (using the LED box and filters) in a sample of sputum, then TB must be present to make it so. The faint light produced is enough to be seen in images taken by a simple camera in a phone and shown to clinicians.Up till now, the only way to test for TB in remote patients was to collect a sputum sample and send it to a location that had a microscope, where trained clinicians looked for the TB bacteria. Sadly, this method is not only slow, it’s also relatively inaccurate when there are few bacteria to be seen, such as is the case with infected children. With the new probe, test times can be reduced to mere minutes and accuracy is improved dramatically.Reducing the amount of time it takes to test for TB not only helps the patient, it helps those around them too because TB is of course, communicable, with some estimating that one infected, untreated person may account for as many as ten or fifteen new infections in others in just one year. (Phys.org)—Tuberculosis or TB as it’s become more commonly known, is a horrible disease by all accounts, it slowly kills many of its victims, particularly those living in the developing world. In 2010, it killed an estimated four thousand people every single day, which is particularly horrendous when noting that many of those who succumb to its effects could be have been saved were they to be diagnosed and treated in a timely manner. Unfortunately, in many areas of the world neither is available, thus the news that a team of researchers working together from several universities in the US has developed a new kind of test that reveals the presence of TB in patients, both quickly and cheaply, is truly exciting. The new probe, as the team describes in their paper published in Nature Chemistry, can allow for TB detection using nothing more than a simple box housing light emitting diodes and some filters.last_img read more

The Choice For Your Business Netbook Or Smartphone

first_img Paul Korzeniowski”The netbooks are coming, the netbooks are coming, the netbooks are coming.” That cry is being heard from many market research firms. The pundits think that these low-cost, portable devices offer so many attractive features that they’ll soon displace smartphones. So how much attention should your company give to the emerging devices? Not too much, at least for the moment.ABI Research became the latest market researcher to project quick acceptance for netbooks. The firm expects unit sales to increase from 35 million in 2009 to 139 million in 2013. So the question becomes: What is driving such lofty expectations?Netbooks represent the latest attempt by laptop manufacturers to drive down the cost and size of their devices, so they become a more convenient option for users. These products typically weigh a couple of pounds and come with about 1 GB of RAM, a 16-GB SSD, and a 9- to 10-inch screen. Their communications options include an Ethernet connection, a Bluetooth link, and a Wi-Fi port.Cost is the big difference between these devices and traditional tiny laptops. Typically, users paid a premium (pricing often started in the $2,000 range) for lightweight systems, so sales were limited to top executives or salespeople. Recent advances in microprocessor technology — which now comes in low-cost, low-power-usage form factors, as well as increased capacity in devices, such as SSDs — has enabled vendors to deliver low-cost, high-function laptops. Netbook pricing ranges from $300 to $600, and the portable systems are geared as much to consumers as they are to the business market.The new focus is the main reason market analysts are so bullish about their potential, and their grandiose expectations have attracted a bevy of suppliers. Acer, Asustek, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Medion, MSI Computer, OLPC, and Samsung are among the vendors building netbooks. Some of these suppliers began shipping their products in 2008 and anticipate a huge uptick in interest this year. ABI Research supports such thinking and postulates that the use of smartphones has helped educate users about the benefits of mobile communications. However, the market research firm added that these devices have failed to deliver on their promise of providing rich Internet experiences, and netbooks are well suited to fill that void.But the emerging devices do have their downsides. They may be too small to be used by executives, with tiny, often cramped, screens and keyboards that can be difficult to operate. Also, the devices are new and seem to be suffering through some of the trials and tribulations found with nascent technologies. There have been reports that the rate of return for the devices has been much higher than standard notebooks. Biz360, a market intelligence firm, found that netbooks generate a 40% lower approval rating from consumers than other laptops do.The new devices seem to be experiencing mechanical problems. In some cases, features such as wireless connectivity have not been operating as advertised. Another problem is netbooks’ features are falling short of user expectations. They expect a full-function notebook but often find that the device is only suited to basic computing capabilities, such as e-mail and Web browsing. When the limitations become apparent, they return the systems.If that is the case, why would a small or midsize business buy a netbook? A smartphone provides the same features, has fewer bugs, and fits in your pocket, while a netbook is often placed in a briefcase. Also ABI claims that smartphones haven’t met most users’ expectations, but the market research acknowledged that handset suppliers shipped more than 171 million smartphones in 2008, which is more than the projected total of netbooks in 2013. From those numbers, it would seem that customers are quite satisfied with smartphone features and not pining for a replacement.Netbooks represent an interesting development in the laptop space, but the talk of their being a revolutionary technology seems overstated. They should appeal to users who need a simple, inexpensive (keyword) laptop. Right now, they don’t appear ready to displace smartphones. Also, given the kinks with the first-generation products, it would be wise for small and midsize businesses to wait awhile before trying to see how these devices can be integrated into their operations. In sum, the netbooks do not seem to be coming to small and midsize businesses — at least, not yet.See more columns by Paul Korzeniowski.Paul Korzeniowski is a Sudbury, Mass.-based freelance writer who has been writing about networking issues for two decades. His work has appeared in Business 2.0, Entrepreneur, Investor’s Business Daily, Newsweek, and InformationWeek. 4 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » February 5, 2009 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

The 3 Letters That Could Help Your Business Grow Like Uber

first_imgSeptember 11, 2015 5 min read Enroll Now for Free Uber’s runaway success, which the company more colorfully describes as “seamlessly connecting riders to drivers through our apps,” is a conspicuous source of inspiration for anyone building a business based on the smartphone revolution. But while a compelling app may be one key to a digitally-powered business, there’s another digital tool that may be just as or even more important to growth.Say hello to APIs, or application programming interfaces. Like Uber, every innovator should have a strategy for deploying them.Related: The Three Letters That Could Change Your Business: APIAPIs are everywhere.Application programming interfaces are behind the scenes almost anywhere digital experiences are being created. Every Google map you encounter represents a third party taking advantage of the Google Maps API. With as little as one line of code, developers can embed a customized Google Map into their own websites or apps. APIs enable digital communication.For that reason, in our increasingly inter-connected digital world, APIs have become more than just a convenience that helps developers build apps and websites faster. They have evolved into a strategic tool for companies to exchange value and drive business goals such as brand awareness, market share and increased revenue. APIs deserve a place of their own in your growth strategy.Leverage the power of “pull.”Taking advantage of APIs is all the more important as competition for attention intensifies in app stores. The power of apps to engage consumers is compelling: In the Apigee Institute’s 2014 Digital Impact Survey, nine out of 10 U.S. smartphone owners over the age of 18 expressed favorable feelings toward apps. Nearly one in four (23 percent) of those under 40 said they had started shopping at a new store in the previous year because of apps. At the same time, however, 76 percent of those surveyed agreed that app stores can be “cluttered and confusing.” Here’s where APIs can help.APIs provide an additional option beyond “pushing” marketing communications to potential app users, whether that means customers or partners. By offering something of value to others, their customer interactions do the work and generate “pull” back to your products and services. Let’s consider a few examples, including Uber, and some of the implications for creative uses of APIs.Related: 21 Apps to Boost Productivity, Accountability and SuccessBuild on what’s special about your business.Uber’s API is recognized for providing what many find to be a great customer experience. It makes sense that partners like OpenTable and United airlines are eager to integrate the ability to book an Uber directly into their own branded apps and web experiences. But let’s look at another smart use of APIs by Uber.If a great experience is what “hooks” people as customers, one way to grow that experience is to invest in traditional approaches that convince customers to to try your product or service in the first place. We’re all familiar with advertising, special offers and coupons. But Uber has an API-based alternative: Through its API Affiliate program, the company covers a payment for any new Uber user who completes his or her first trip within the United States. Not only does this offer harness the creativity of others, but Uber pays only if that first trip actually occurs.Awareness, insight, revenue, and more . . . If you have a transaction-based product or service that could complement a third-party digital experience, you may have the opportunity to use APIs for revenue sharing. Walgreens’ Photo Prints API enables app developers to print photos to the printers at Walgreens locations. With every completed order, the app developer gains a share of the revenue.Transaction-by-transaction revenue sharing is one of the API business scenarios that get the most attention, but it’s not the only way to take advantage of APIs. If you have information or insight that enriches content, that can provide the touch point and awareness that builds your brand and wins that first app installation. To be sure, Amazon’s affiliate APIs do include opportunity for revenue sharing. But it’s much richer than simply embedding ads on a page: the My Favorites API, for example, enables a content provider to select, comment on and review a specific product.Whether a purchase occurs or not, this API can provide insight into trends, customer satisfaction and opportunities to build community. If your business is built around professional services staff, art or physical locations like hotels, consider enabling others to embed your assets and their comments anywhere, anytime.APIs may be the “unsung heroes” behind great digital experiences. But like digital natives Uber, Google and Amazon and traditional companies such as Walgreens that have embraced them, they hold tremendous potential for entrepreneurs who can orchestrate them to sing in concert.Related: Technology Is Making it Easy to Put the Personal Touch Into Digital Marketing  Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more