Food ‘catastrophe’ looms In the blast zone, the increasingly hopeless search for survivors continued, but rescue teams were only pulling lifeless bodies from the rubble.The UN refugee agency said that 34 refugees were among the dead. The blast ripped the sides off towering grain silos that shielded part of the city from the shockwave. But the blast spilt thousands of tons of grain, vital to the import-dependent country’s food security.On Monday, the head of the World Food Program, David Beasley, said Lebanon needed all the help it could get because 85 percent of Lebanon’s food used to come in through the port.He warned that unless port operations resumed quickly, Lebanon would be without bread in two weeks.Further adding to its woes, the country on Tuesday recorded its highest-yet daily number of deaths and new infections from the novel coronavirus, with seven fatalities and 309 new cases.Health officials have warned that the chaos caused by the blast risked leading to a spike in infections.The head a major public hospital warned that the next few days would be critical.”The events of the previous week have, understandably, shifted attention away from the pandemic,” Firass Abiad said on social media.But, he said, “we cannot afford to allow the virus to go unchecked.” Search for next PM The blast rocked a country already on its knees, with an economic collapse sending poverty levels soaring even before the coronavirus pandemic hit.Some observers argue that deep public anger over the tragedy will reduce Lebanese politicians’ room for maneuver as foreign pressure grows to pass reforms as a condition for a bailout.”They will find it very difficult to avoid the kind of structural reforms that the international community has made a precondition for any aid,” said political science professor Bassel Salloukh of the Lebanese American University.France has taken the lead in the international emergency response, organizing an aid conference which raised a quarter of a million euros.President Emmanuel Macron visited blast-ravaged neighborhoods of Beirut two days after the disaster, adopting a tough tone with Lebanese officials and warning that they needed to strike “a revamped pact with the Lebanese people”.For now Diab’s team will continue in a caretaker capacity, but negotiations were underway for a successor.According to the Al-Akhbar daily newspaper, veteran diplomat Nawaf Salam is favored by Paris, Washington and Riyadh, three of the key outside power brokers in Lebanon.Iran, sponsor of Lebanon’s dominant Hezbollah movement, also appeared to be on board with such a scenario, which would see Salam head up a neutral government not hostile to the Shiite group.It was not clear how other factions viewed that solution. Ali dismissed the resignation of Hassan Diab’s government on Monday as insignificant unless it were followed by the wholesale removal of Lebanon’s hereditary political elite.”Change will only happen when the entire regime changes,” he said, holding back tears. “But I hope all these young people here and my brother’s death can bring about change.”In his resignation speech, the 61-year-old Diab cast himself as a champion of the struggle against corrupt political overlords, despite the fact many see him as a puppet rather than a victim.Some saw his departure as a victory for the protest movement that forced out the previous government last year. But others warned that given the power of Lebanon’s factions and clans, the same old faces may be back before too long.”It’s a long fight that won’t end in a month or two,” said Hussein El Achi, an activist and lawyer defending the protest camp.”But [the political elite] are weak, they have never been weaker, even among their own people,” he said.Protests continued for the fourth consecutive night Tuesday, as dozens of demonstrators clashed with security forces and tried to break down barriers leading to the parliament in central Beirut.The Lebanese Red Cross said 10 people had been taken to hospital while 32 were treated at the scene. The fireball and subsequent shockwave, caught in dramatic videos posted on social media, wrought devastation across entire neighborhoods of Beirut.A week later, the blast that left 6,000 people injured and made an estimated 300,000 people temporarily homeless looked like a potential watershed in Lebanon’s troubled political history.On Tuesday, Ali Noureddin joined thousands of people to march solemnly by the wreckage of Beirut port, where his brother Ayman had been stationed as soldier when the blast went off.”My brother died because of state negligence and corruption,” he said, holding a picture of his late brother, who was 27. Topics : Lebanon on Tuesday marked a week since its worst-ever peacetime disaster with a mix of grief and rage, as survivors remembered the dead and protesters vowed to bring down the political elite.The resignation of Lebanon’s government the previous day did little to extinguish the anger caused by the August 4 blast at Beirut port that killed 171 people and disfigured the country’s capital.At 6:08 pm in Beirut (1508 GMT) Tuesday, church bells rang and mosques called for prayer to mark the precise moment that a portside fire ignited a vast stock of ammonium nitrate fertiliser, sparking a huge explosion that was felt as far away as Cyprus.
A new generation of defined contribution (DC) plans must be developed to deal with challenges such as adequacy, technology, and a lack of engagement with participants, according to the Thinking Ahead Institute, a not-for-profit investment research and innovation member group originally developed by Willis Towers Watson.According to the unit, the DC system needs to move beyond its role as a tax-effective savings vehicle, becoming more customised to individuals’ circumstances, more cost-effective, better governed and more tech-savvy.In a paper, it said that DC “version 2.0” is now emerging, but forecast “version 3.0” appearing in the next 10 years, characterised by hyper-customisation and integrated whole-of-life wealth management.Bob Collie, head of research at the Thinking Ahead Institute, said: “The history of DC has largely been a story of evolutionary happenstance, rather than of working to a master design plan. DC has become the world’s dominant pension vehicle, and work is needed if it is to live up to the responsibilities of that role. The next few years will be pivotal.” The paper, Shifts for the DC organisation of tomorrow, drew on a survey and interviews of 10 leading DC organisations across four continents. The median DC asset size was around US$80bn (€72.5bn), with a median DC participant base of 900,000 people.The study covered participants’ mission, operations, governance, investment member engagement, retirement income strategies and sustainability.‘Role of sponsoring firm may diminish’ In terms of the sponsor’s role, the institute said there are issues of industry structure and commitment in the face of structural change.“The role of the firm as a pension sponsor may diminish as an evolving industry structure emerges in which specialist pension delivery platform organisations play a greater role,” it said.The institute said post-retirement arrangements were currently primitive, and that better design requirements for post-retirement income arrangements include choice architecture and the development of a market for longevity tail insurance.The governance standards of the organisations surveyed by the Thinking Ahead Institute were seen as high, with 93% saying they make effective use of their investment managers, with clear mandates.However, member engagement appears to be more challenging, with only 44% actively engaging with members in order to ensure appropriate contribution rates and investment strategy, the other 56% using decision architecture and default options.The paper can be found here.
3 News 28 May 2012Poll after poll shows public support for same-sex marriage steadily increasing in the US, to the point where it’s now a majority viewpoint. Yet in all 32 states where gay marriage has been on the ballot, voters have rejected it. It’s possible the streak could end in November, when Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington state are likely to have closely contested gay marriage measures on their ballots. For now, however, there remains a gap between the national polling results and the way states have voted. It’s a paradox with multiple explanations, from political geography to the likelihood that some conflicted voters tell pollsters one thing and then vote differently.…Political consultant Frank Schubert, a leading strategist for campaigns against same-sex marriage in California and elsewhere, said such polls are misleading and he asserted that same-sex marriage would be rejected if a national referendum were held now. “The pollsters are asking if same-sex marriage should be legal or illegal, and that phrasing is problematic because it implies some government sanction against same-sex couples,” Schubert said. “People want to be sympathetic to same-sex couples, so polls that use that language aren’t particularly useful.” The more useful question, Schubert said, is whether marriage should be defined as the union of a man and a woman – the gist of the constitutional amendments approved in 30 states. “If you ask that question, you get strong majorities,” Schubert said.http://www.3news.co.nz/Polls-on-gay-marriage-not-yet-reflected-in-votes/tabid/417/articleID/255836/Default.aspx
Chicago, Il. — Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HRC), today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Voalte, Inc., a pioneer and leader in real-time, mobile healthcare communications, for a cash consideration of $180 million and up to an additional $15 million in payments related to the achievement of certain commercial milestones. The acquisition of Voalte accelerates Hill-Rom’s leadership in care communications and advances the company’s digital and mobile communications platform and capabilities.Voalte was founded in 2008 on the vision of simplifying communications and improving workflows and outcomes across the healthcare system. The company, based in Sarasota, Florida, currently serves more than 200 healthcare customers with more than 84,000 devices on its unique mobile platform. With annual revenue approaching $40 million, Voalte has demonstrated a consistent track record of driving durable, double-digit revenue growth and features a steady recurring revenue stream. Voalte’s comprehensive communications platform, which currently connects 220,000 caregivers across the healthcare enterprise, supporting voice, alarm and text communications, will be integrated with Hill-Rom’s care communications business. This combination will further strengthen Hill-Rom’s connected solutions, including smart hospital beds, vital signs monitors, the LINQ™mobile application and its evolving digital offering, to deliver better care to patients and their care teams.“Interoperability and connectivity have become critical elements in providing quality healthcare, reducing length of stay and driving efficiencies across the healthcare continuum,” said John P. Groetelaars, president and CEO of Hill-Rom. “This transaction strategically fits with our vision of advancing connected care to improve workflow and real-time actionable insights at the point of care, while driving accelerated growth and delivering an attractive margin profile. We look forward to welcoming and working closely with the talented Voalte team, and benefiting from Voalte’s technology, capabilities and substantial installed customer base to enhance outcomes for patients and their caregivers.”“Our scalable enterprise communication platform is proving to be a critical tool in the digital transformation of healthcare systems, and we look forward to further developing our platform in alignment with Hill-Rom’s vision of advancing connected care,” said Trey Lauderdale, CEO of Voalte. “Bringing our companies together will allow us to offer customers a single, integrated solution – delivering actionable data from smart hospital beds, nurse call and patient monitoring technology right to a caregiver’s mobile device.”Hill-Rom expects this transaction to close during its fiscal third quarter of 2019, subject to customary closing conditions. The transaction is expected to be modestly dilutive to adjusted earnings per diluted share in fiscal 2019, and increasingly accretive in fiscal 2020 and beyond. The company expects to absorb the dilutive impact in 2019, and does not expect the transaction to have a material impact on its fiscal 2019 adjusted earnings guidance. The company will provide additional information on its fiscal second-quarter earnings conference call.
RelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Bayern Munich fans undergo Super Cup coronavirus tests Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Chelsea is plotting a £60 million raid on Bayern Munich for defender David Alaba. The Blues is free to spend again in January after seeing a transfer ban lifted, and getting a new left-back on board is a priority for manager Frank Lampard. He has axed both Emerson Palmeri and Marcos Alonso in recent weeks, with captain Cesar Azpilicueta switching from right-back to cover the gap. Alaba, 27, has 18 months left on his contract at Bayern and they could decide to cash in if they fill he won’t sign an extension. The chance to play in the Premier League may appeal to the Austria international, who the Sunday Mirror report could be worth as much as £60 million. Alaba can play in a number of positions, including left-back, left-wing, central defence and central midfield. He has been in Munich for most of his senior career, bar a brief loan spell at Hoffenheim back in 2011 and the Vienna-born star has won the lot with Bayern. Alaba was non-committal when asked about his future back in December. “I can imagine both: to either stay here or take a different path,” he said. “At the moment, however, we have goals here at Bayern Munich that I want to achieve.” Lampard said Chelsea is working on deals behind the scenes. He said last week: “I have very close conversations with Marina [Granovskaia, the director], Petr Cech [the technical and performance adviser] and Scott [McLachlan], who is the head of our recruitment department. “They know what I want and I will be fundamentally in the middle of who and what we bring into the club. “As it stands we are very open about that. If it feels right from my side, on the footballing point, in January, and from the club side in January, then we will make the moves we make. It is a joined-up effort.”Tags: Bayern MunichCesar AzpilicuetaChelseaDAVID ALABAEmerson PalmieriFrank LampardMarcos Alonso
The decision marks the first time in the modern Copa America era that the tournament will be split between two countries. A tournament co-hosted by Argentina and Colombia also presents logistical hurdles, with the two countries separated by some 4,350 miles (7,000 kilometers).CONMEBOL noted that the co-hosting was “subject to the presentation of a detailed proposal by both member associations on the structure and organization of the tournament.” The 2020 Copa America will take place one year after this year’s tournament, which is to be staged in Brazil between June 14 and July 7. Last month, the United States Soccer Federation had issued a proposal to CONMEBOL offering to stage the 2020 Copa America in the United States in an expanded 16-team competition that would also include six teams from the CONCACAF region.The event was modeled along the lines of the successful 2016 Copa America Centenario held across the US. The proposed event guaranteed $200 million to be shared amongst competing teams with USD 11 million to be handed to the winner. New Delhi: Argentina and Colombia are all set to co-host the 2020 Copa America after South America’s ruling body CONMEBOL once again ruled out a US proposal to host the tournament. CONMEBOL’s ruling council met in Miami on Wednesday to discuss the issue ahead of a FIFA Council meeting in the city on Friday.”Argentina and Colombia are shaping up as joint venues of the Copa America-2020,” CONMEBOL said after rejecting the US offer to host the tournament.CONMEBOL, which comprises the 10 member federations in South America, said in a statement it had accepted “the nomination of Argentina and Colombia as joint venues for the 2020 edition of the Copa America.” For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights America and Colombia are set to co-host the upcoming Copa America. South America’s ruling body CONMEBOL once again ruled out a US proposal.CONMEBOL’s ruling council met in Miami on Wednesday to discuss the issue.
Update on the latest sports SPIELBERG, Austria (AP) — Lewis Hamilton won the Styrian Grand Prix from the pole position on Sunday to clinch an 85th career win and move within six of Michael Schumacher’s Formula One record.Hamilton’s record-extending 89th career pole on a rain-drenched track was one of his best in extreme conditions, but during the race he was hardly challenged as he finished a sizeable 13.7 seconds ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas and 33.7 ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.Like last Sunday, drivers again wore black T-shirts with “End Racism” and most took the knee a few moments before the national anthem. When he stood on the podium, Hamilton, the only Black driver in Formula One, raised a clenched right fist. INDYCAR DOUBLEHEADER-ROSENQVISTRosenqvist surges at Road America for 1st IndyCar victory UNDATED (AP) — Yankees slugger Aaron Judge has been held out of action for a second straight day due to a stiff neck. The 2017 AL Rookie of the Year was scratched from a simulated game Saturday after waking up with a sore neck. On Sunday the right fielder wasn’t included in either lineup for an intrasquad scrimmage. New York manager Aaron Boone said Judge got treatment at Yankee Stadium and was improving. New York is set to open a pandemic-shortened season July 23 at Washington. Judge was diagnosed with a broken rib in March and used the coronavirus hiatus to recover. In other MLB news:— Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Eric Lauer says he’s on the injured list because he was in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Lauer said he hasn’t tested positive. The protocols accompanying that situation caused Lauer to arrive late to the Brewers’ summer camp. He made it to camp Friday, nearly a full week after the Brewers’ first full-squad workout. Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Lauer still has a chance to be ready for the start of the season. UNDATED (AP) — Major League Soccer postponed a match between Toronto FC and D.C. United shortly before it was scheduled to begin Sunday morning because of one unconfirmed positive test and one inconclusive test for the coronavirus. The unconfirmed positive test was for a D.C. United player, while a Toronto player returned the inconclusive test.Players and staff are tested the day before each game during the MLS is Back tournament. Both teams had already announced their starting lineups for the match when it was called off shortly before its scheduled 9 a.m. EDT kickoff. The league did not announce when the match would be rescheduled.The postponement is the latest hiccup for the tournament in Florida, which has already had two teams drop out because of a spate of COVID-19 cases. FC Dallas and Nashville were both withdrawn earlier this week, reducing the tournament to 24 teams. FC Dallas had 10 players and one coach test positive for the virus. Nashville had nine players test positive.In other developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic: Morikawa trailed Justin Thomas by three shots with three holes to play and managed to get into a playoff with a 6-under 66. Then, after watching Thomas hole a 50-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole, he had to make a 25-footer just to stay alive. He could only watch as Thomas had a 10-footer to win on the 18th on the second playoff hole.It finally ended on No. 10 when Thomas had to lay up from behind a tree and made bogey, and Morikawa took two putts from just inside 10 feet for his second career victory, and first against a strong PGA Tour field.Viktor Hovland of Norway had a 71 and finished alone in third. He was in the final group of three young stars, all of whom had the lead at some point during the final round.FATAL SPEEDWAY CRASH-VIRGINIAVirginia speedway: Driver dies following crash during race Associated Press Lovely Lilia had just completed a four-furlong workout in 49.20 seconds during training hours Saturday when she was pulled up and vanned off the track. Veterinarians found that she could not recover from the unspecified injury and was euthanized.Lovely Lilia was trained by Vladimir Cerin. She had two wins in seven career starts and earnings of $37,551, according to Equibase.Del Mar’s summer meet opened Friday. The seaside track north of San Diego ranks among the country’s safest tracks, according to The Jockey Club’s Equine Injury Database. It had a rate of 0.62 fatal injuries per 1,000 starts last year. The national average for tracks that reported was 1.68.BRITAIN-SUBSTANCE TESTUK Sport says welfare not risked with athlete substance test July 12, 2020 — NHL teams return to the ice Monday for the first time since March as the 24 that qualified for the expanded playoffs open two-week training camps. Mixed with the excitement is the uncertainty of which and how many players might opt out and how the long layoff could contribute to injuries. It’s a training camp unlike any in history, with players coming back from a four-month absence to compete for the Stanley Cup. It’s a two-week sprint from home cities to Toronto for Eastern teams and Edmonton, Alberta, for their Western counterparts. — For the first time since the coronavirus shut down sports and chased away spectators, fans have returned to elite European soccer. Thousands of spectators turned out Sunday to see Paris Saint-Germain’s superstars back on a pitch. For their return to work, PSG’s marquee attacking duo of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe wore face masks in red, white and blue PSG colors and messages of thanks for health workers. The exhibition match was the first encounter in front of spectators to feature one of Europe’s elite clubs since the outbreak erupted. Only 5,000 people were allowed inside Le Havre’s 25,000-seat stadium to see the French League 2 club take on PSG’s star-studded squad. HORSE RACING-DEL MAR-FATALITY3-year-old filly euthanized after workout at Del MarDEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — A 3-year-old filly was euthanized after completing a workout at Del Mar, the track’s first fatality of its summer racing season. Anyone who wasn’t a player wore a mask inside the tennis stadium, and fans had their temperatures checked prior to entering. Rows of seats near courtside were covered up to allow for social distancing. Up to 500 spectators are being allowed at each of the outdoor matches at the 2,500-seat court.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSMLS postpones Toronto-DC United match amid virus concerns ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) — Felix Rosenqvist passed Pato O’Ward on the next-to-last lap and earned his first career victory in the second half of an IndyCar doubleheader at Road America. Rosenqvist won by 2.8699 seconds and became the first driver other than Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon to win an IndyCar race this year. Dixon’s three-race winning streak ended with a 12th-place finish. O’Ward and Rosenqvist were both chasing their first career victories. They traded the lead throughout the second half of the race. O’Ward pulled ahead in the 43rd of 55 laps. Rosenqvist kept charging and finally passed him.MLB-NEWSYankees’ Judge out 2nd straight day with stiff neck LONDON (AP) — The UK Sport government agency says athletes’ welfare was not put at risk with the use of an experimental substance ahead of the 2012 London Olympics that was disclosed for the first time Sunday by a newspaper.The Mail on Sunday reported public money was used to provide a select band of athletes with an energy drink called DeltaG, claiming there were no guarantees the product did not cause side-effects nor was it certain to be cleared by the World Anti-Doping Agency.UK Sport said it had consulted with both WADA and UK Anti-Doping before using the product to make sure it complied with guidelines and that the health of athletes would not be put on the line for the sake of an improved medal haul.UK Sport did not say why the use of drink was not previously disclosed. The Mail on Sunday said waivers and non-disclosure forms had to be signed by those on the trial. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditPGA-WORKDAY OPENMorikawa clutch in finish and playoff to win Workday OpenDUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Collin Morikawa never looked like a winner at the Workday Charity Open until he tapped in for par on the third playoff hole, capping off a wild finish Sunday at Muirfield Village. HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — A driver has died after crashing during a race at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia. Speedway officials say Shawn Balluzzo crashed during the second of two Modified Division races Saturday night. He had finished second in the first of the twin 50-lap races, which were the season openers for the Modifieds. During the second race, Balluzzo’s car went airborne after bumping another car and crashed front-first into a wall. He was taken to a hospital, where he died. The Virginian-Pilot reports the 64-year-old Balluzzo was the winningest driver in the history of the track.F1-STYRIAN GPHamilton wins Styrian GP ahead of Mercedes teammate Bottas — Protective masks won’t be out of sight when big league baseball resumes. Some players and coaches are planning to wear them on the field. Safety protocols require masks in clubhouses and close proximity indoors, but not on the field. Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier plans to wear one during games, in part to set an example for those watching on television. Atlanta third base coach Ron Washington also plans to wear one for health reasons. At age 68, he’s in a high-risk group. — Frank Bolling, a two-time All-Star second baseman and the last player to hit a grand slam off Sandy Koufax, has died. He was 88. Bolling died Saturday. He was diagnosed with cancer about five years ago, according to a notice posted by the funeral home handling the arrangements. Bolling played 12 seasons in the majors, six with Detroit and six with the Braves, and hit .254 with 106 home runs. He won a Gold Glove in 1958 with the Tigers and for part of that season, his double-play partner was his older brother, shortstop Milt Bolling. WORLD TEAMTENNIS-FANSFans welcomed to World TeamTennis matches in West VirginiaWHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — World TeamTennis has welcomed fans to matches at a resort in West Virginia. The matches started Sunday at The Greenbrier, where the entire three-week season is being held. There were strict measures in place at the matches to ensure health and safety as confirmed cases of the new coronavirus soar across the country.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlmost every year since Flights of Imagination opened to the public, the park has been the subject of vandalism. The president of Lincoln, MI has called attention to the issue and plans to do something about it.Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/WBKBTV/ Twitter | https://twitter.com/WBKB11 Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/wbkbtv/ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Planting the future for agriscience studentsNext Notice any student artwork around town?
Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’ PreviousPITTSBURGH, PA – JUNE 06: Caleb Ferguson #64 of the Los Angeles Dodgers fist pumps a teammate prior to his Major League debut against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on June 6, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)PITTSBURGH, PA – JUNE 06: Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a three run home run during the fifth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on June 6, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Caleb Ferguson delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, June 6, 2018. It is Ferguson’s first start in the Major League. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsPittsburgh Pirates’ Josh Harrison watches his three-run double off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Caleb Ferguson during the second inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, June 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)PITTSBURGH, PA – JUNE 06: Caleb Ferguson #64 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches during the first inning in his Major League debut against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on June 6, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)PITTSBURGH, PA – JUNE 06: Starling Marte #6 of the Pittsburgh Pirates safely steals second base in front of Logan Forsythe #11 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning at PNC Park on June 6, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Caleb Ferguson delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, June 6, 2018. It is Ferguson’s first start in the Major League. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)PITTSBURGH, PA – JUNE 06: Caleb Ferguson #64 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches during the second inning in his Major League debut against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on June 6, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)PITTSBURGH, PA – JUNE 06: Josh Harrison #5 of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits a three-run double during the second inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at PNC Park on June 6, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)PITTSBURGH, PA – JUNE 06: Sean Rodriguez #3 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates with Corey Dickerson #12 after scoring in the second inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at PNC Park on June 6, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)PITTSBURGH, PA – JUNE 06: Caleb Ferguson #64 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after being removed during the second inning in his Major League debut against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on June 6, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger hits a two-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Trevor Williams during the third inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, June 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, left, rounds third to greetings from third base coach Chris Woodward after hitting a two-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Trevor Williams during the third inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, June 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)PITTSBURGH, PA – JUNE 06: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates his two run home run during the third inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on June 6, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)PITTSBURGH, PA – JUNE 06: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates his two run home run with teammates during the third inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on June 6, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)PITTSBURGH, PA – JUNE 06: Trevor Williams #34 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches during the second inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on June 6, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)Pittsburgh Pirates’ David Freese drives in two runs with a double off Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Brock Stewart in the fourth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, June 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)PITTSBURGH, PA – JUNE 06: Francisco Cervelli #29 and Corey Dickerson #12 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrate after scoring during the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at PNC Park on June 6, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)Pittsburgh Pirates’ Francisco Cervelli celebrates scoring on the second of two runs on a double by David Freese off Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Brock Stewart in the fourth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, June 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)Pittsburgh Pirates’ Gregory Polanco drives in two runs with a double off Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Yimi Garcia in the sixth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, June 6, 2018. Polanco was out attempting to advance to third on the play.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Yimi Garcia collects himself on the mound after giving up a two-run double to Pittsburgh Pirates’ Gregory Polanco in the sixth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, June 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)The Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig licks his bat after hitting a foul ball during the eighth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on June 6, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)PITTSBURGH, PA – JUNE 06: Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws over to first base during the sixth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on June 6, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)PITTSBURGH, PA – JUNE 06: Trevor Williams #34 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches during the second inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on June 6, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)PITTSBURGH, PA – JUNE 06: Colin Moran #19 of the Pittsburgh Pirates breaks up a double play attempt by Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the third inning at PNC Park on June 6, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)PITTSBURGH, PA – JUNE 06: Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates his three run home run with Max Muncy #13 during the fifth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on June 6, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)PITTSBURGH, PA – JUNE 06: Caleb Ferguson #64 of the Los Angeles Dodgers fist pumps a teammate prior to his Major League debut against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on June 6, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)PITTSBURGH, PA – JUNE 06: Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a three run home run during the fifth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on June 6, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 26PITTSBURGH, PA – JUNE 06: Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a three run home run during the fifth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on June 6, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)ExpandPITTSBURGH — Pitching in the big leagues is not easy. If Caleb Ferguson learned this for the first time, others were reminded of it Wednesday night.Ferguson retired only four of the 11 batters he faced in his major-league debut at PNC Park, putting the Dodgers in a four-run hole less than two innings into the game. They climbed out of that one but not the next, losing 11-9 to the Pittsburgh Pirates.The loss ended a four-game winning streak and was only their fifth loss in the past 19 games.“I thought the stuff was good. It was really exciting to see him out there,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of Ferguson. “Obviously, his emotions, adrenaline – there were a lot of things going on. I thought the stuff played. Dodgers’ hot-hitting Corey Seager leaves game with back injury “It’s tough and our guys have found a way to band together. But it sort of came to a head today, yeah.”The Dodgers did erase the early 4-0 deficit with a four-run burst of their own in the third inning. Matt Kemp had a two-run double and Cody Bellinger a two-run home run in that inning. Two innings later, Kemp’s three-run home run briefly brought the Dodgers within a run, 8-7. But the bullpen couldn’t maintain the distance.Kemp finished the game with three more hits, two doubles and the home run, and five RBIs. The National League Player of the Week last week, Kemp is 4 for 6 with six RBIs and four runs scored in the first two games of this week.Kemp leads the Dodgers with 39 RBIs and is batting .442 (19 for 43) with runners in scoring position. He came up as the go-ahead run with one out in the ninth but stranded two runners when he lined out to second. “Just overall tonight we didn’t pitch well. The 10 walks, the three hit batsmen. The offense did what they could do. But tonight was one of those nights we overall didn’t pitch well.”They didn’t come out of it healthy, either. Left-hander Tony Cingrani left the game after facing one batter in the eighth inning and walking him on four pitches.“After he made his first throw and I saw 89 or 90 (mph), it was a little concerning,” Roberts said. “Just watching a couple other throws after that, the same thing was happening and it just didn’t look right.”The Dodgers have been through this with Cingrani before. He spent time on the DL in early May after experiencing “dead arm” during an outing in San Francisco. This time, Roberts said Cingrani “felt some type of sharp pain” behind his pitching shoulder.Another trip to the DL is almost certain – clearing the way for Pedro Baez to return from the briefest of exiles. Baez was demoted to Triple-A before the game to clear a roster spot for Ferguson but never left Pittsburgh. Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching The 21-year-old Ferguson was the Dodgers’ choice to make a spot start in an injury-depleted rotation despite the fact that he had never faced major-league hitters in any setting before and had only eight innings of experience above Double-A before he took the mound for the Dodgers on Wednesday.“Nothing felt different to me,” Ferguson said. “I was a little nervous going out there in the first inning which is fine, to be expected. For the most part, it’s the same game. Everything’s the same.”Postgame denials aside, Ferguson’s nerves and inexperience were evident from the start. He hit the Pirates’ leadoff hitter, Josh Harrison, with the third pitch of his major-league career but got through the first inning unscathed.He started the second inning by hitting Corey Dickerson with a pitch then compounded his problems with back-to-back walks to load the bases. Harrison cleared them with a three-run double. Another walk raised Ferguson’s pitch count for the inning to 39 and ended his debut.“I didn’t see a lot of nerves,” Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes said. “Honestly, the ball was coming out of his hand pretty good. I just think their hitters gave us a lot of tough ABs. … There was a lot of life on his fastball. He’s going to be really good.”Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.If his family and friends had left right then to make the three-hour return drive to West Jefferson, Ohio, they would have been pulling in their driveways before this nine-inning slog was over.The Dodgers bullpen, which had already pitched 42-1/3 innings over the previous eight games (in nine days), had a 2.98 ERA over that stretch and was called “the star of the series” by Roberts in the sweep of the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field over the weekend.Dodges relievers had another long night ahead Wednesday. It was the fourth time in the past nine games that they were asked to cover more than six innings in a game and they were not up to another star turn.The Pirates pounded seven relievers for seven runs on eight hits, seven walks and a hit batter over the final 6-1/3 innings. Each of the first four relievers to follow Ferguson (Daniel Hudson, Brock Stewart, Scott Alexander and Yimi Garcia) allowed runs.“If you look at their overall workload, it’s been pretty moderate,” Roberts said, referring to the individual usage. “But we’ve leaned on them, certainly.Related Articles Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error