NEW YORK (AP) — Jessica Mendoza was hired as a baseball operations adviser for the New York Mets on Tuesday while remaining a broadcaster for ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball,” part of an increasing number of television commentators who also work for teams.She will be involved in player evaluation, roster construction, technological advancement and health and performance, the team said.Mendoza, a member of the U.S. Olympic softball team in 2004 and 2008, did not address any potential conflict of interest — working for a team while simultaneously commentating on all clubs.Jessica Mendoza (@jessmendoza) will join our baseball operations department as an advisor to the team. #MetsFull Details: https://t.co/UqlYJlU4SO pic.twitter.com/H8KeMBseig— New York Mets (@Mets) March 5, 2019In the team statement, Mendoza, thanked ESPN and Disney for their “understanding and confidence as I balance both tasks moving forward.”ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz wrote in an email to The Associated Press there are “numerous examples across networks of these type of arrangements where commentators work closely with teams, and we will be fully transparent about Jessica’s relationship with the Mets.”He added: “We have complete faith in her ability as a leading MLB voice for ESPN.”MLB Network announcer Bob Costas, a winner of the Hall of Fame’s Frick Award, said Mendoza’s role in game broadcasts is not the same as it would be on a news show such as ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” or HBO’s “Real Sports.”“I think at least some people in the media will watch more closely for traces of conflict of interest and she can dispel that,” he said. “The proof is in the performance.”[email protected] says @jessmendoza will be a new voice and bring a fresh perspective to the team. pic.twitter.com/XJAc5UkcpW— New York Mets (@Mets) March 5, 2019Team announcers long have worked for national networks, such as Vin Scully, Tim McCarver and Joe Buck. But they did not report to general managers.Before nationally televised games, managers routinely give private briefings to the network broadcasters, and some might be more reticent to disclose information to an employee of an opponent.“I think perhaps a more interesting thing would be: Is the person who works for a team equally critical when called over of managerial moves, player performance, did they or did they not make this trade, they did or did not make this free agent signing?” Costas said. “Are the equally even-handed in their praise and criticism? That’s probably more important than any proprietary information.”Former pitcher Al Leiter was hired a day earlier as a Mets baseball operations adviser and will continue in his role as a studio analyst for the MLB Network, according to the network. Leiter told the Yankees’ YES network earlier in the offseason he was leaving his role there.Alex Rodriguez, a member of the Sunday night ESPN booth along with Mendoza and play-by-play commentator Matt Vasgersian, has been a New York Yankees adviser since his retirement. His work for the team appears to be primarily several days of on-field coaching annually with young players.ESPN also says Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia will contribute to the network this season as a studio analyst and make appearances on several of its shows. Sabathia has said this will be his final season as a player.David Ortiz and Frank Thomas are Fox studio analysts; Ortiz is a special assistant for the Boston Red Sox and Thomas a special consultant for business operations for the Chicago White Sox.Retired catcher David Ross has been a Chicago Cubs special assistant to baseball operations and an ESPN analyst and in-game broadcaster since before the 2017 season.___By RONALD BLUM AP Baseball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
Story Highlights “The aim of this policy is to provide universal access to potable water. We are expecting that the policy will be tabled by early next financial year,” Mrs. Gibson told JIS News. Cabinet has approved the tabling in Parliament of the revised National Water Policy and Implementation Plan. This was disclosed by Director, Water Policy and Monitoring Branch in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Talia Gibson. Cabinet has approved the tabling in Parliament of the revised National Water Policy and Implementation Plan.This was disclosed by Director, Water Policy and Monitoring Branch in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Talia Gibson.“The aim of this policy is to provide universal access to potable water. We are expecting that the policy will be tabled by early next financial year,” Mrs. Gibson told JIS News.She pointed out that the policy is a revision of the 2004 plan and divides the country into utility service areas and non-utility service areas.“Utility service areas are the areas where piped water is the best method of providing water and we have non-utility service areas where piped water is not necessarily the most economical way to provide water. That’s where we come in with other modalities like rainwater harvesting and catchment tanks,” Mrs. Gibson explained.She noted that the sustainable management of the country’s water resources, is critical to Jamaica’s development.“We want persons to think about the impact lack of water has and the importance of water sustainability. We are a country of land, wood and water, but it is important that we sustain our water resources and supply so that we can have it for the future generation,” Mrs. Gibson stated.She also informed that the policy will focus on wastewater management.“For the utility service areas, we are trying to implement better sewage systems and for the non-utility service areas we looking at creating onsite sanitation facilities,” Mrs. Gibson noted.Meanwhile, a public education campaign is to be launched shortly to sensitise persons about the Policy.“We are going to launch a public education campaign to look at the whole aspect of drought management, conservation, among other issues. We are also looking at soliciting the participation of the private sector in the whole aspect of water management. Once the policy is approved by Parliament, we will be going out into communities to spread our messages,” Mrs. Gibson said.