“Petty” accountant fined for assault

first_imgAn accountant was on Friday morning fined ,000 after he pleaded guilty to an assault charge read to him by Magistrate Christel Lambert at the Vreed-en-Hoop Magistrate’s Court, West Coast Demerara (WCD).Mark Newton, 24, of Lot 25 Hague, WCD, pleaded guilty to the charge which stated that on August 14, 2016, at Vreed-en-Hoop, he assaulted Joseph Andrews.The prosecution contended that on the day in question, the Virtual Complainant (VC) and the defendant were both attempting to board a Route 32 minibus when the defendant fell.Newton reportedly got up and pulled the VC out of the bus and started to assault him. After several persons in the vicinity intervened, the defendant left the scene.The matter was reported and Newton was later arrested and charged.He explained to the Court that the VC pushed him out of the way in order to get into the bus and was unapologetic in doing so.Apart from the fine, Magistrate Lambert ordered Newton to seek anger management counselling, stating that he was “petty”.last_img read more

49ers CEO Jed York describes how he almost wound up on injured reserve with QB Jimmy Garoppolo

first_imgFrom the “Now it Can be Told” files:San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo wasn’t the only member of the organization who was in physical distress after he tore his ACL in a game at Kansas City in September.Team CEO Jed York almost joined Jimmy G. in the ER, according to team CEO Jed York.The revelation was reported by NBC Sports Bay Area’s Jennifer Lee Chan. York, speaking at the NFL owners meeting in Phoenix, said he was so upset by the injury to his $137.5 million quarterback …last_img read more

Find Is Like iPods in Ancient Rome

first_imgDiscovering hafted spear points half a million years old is like finding iPods at a Roman archaeological site, a paleoanthropologist said.Half a million years ago, Neanderthals had not evolved yet, according to evolutionary anthropology.  There was only Heidelberg Man and “the last common ancestor of Neandertals and modern humans,” PhysOrg said.  National Geographic quoted John Shea saying this is “like finding an iPod in a Roman Empire site.  It’s that level of weirdness.”There is some doubt about the dating, but the news articles are quoting the paper in Science (Nov 16) with some confidence, where Wilkins et al., claimed, “Multiple lines of evidence indicate that ~500,000-year-old stone points from the archaeological site” in South Africa they excavated “functioned as spear tips.”If true, this nearly doubles the age for this kind of technology.  National Geographic wrote, “If the dating is correct, it suggests our evolutionary forebears mastered the art of the stone-tipped spear half a million years ago—some 250,000 years earlier than previously thought.”Putting a rock tip on a spear involves multiple mental and physical skills.  “To fasten a handle to a blade—a technique called hafting—a prehistoric hunter likely would have had to procure a stone blade, a wooden shaft, twine woven from plants or animal sinew, and glue made from tree resin. The glue itself may have required a mastery of fire, to liquefy the resin, said Shea, of New York’s Stony Brook University.”The hafting process requires forethought. “You have to plan days in advance before actually being able to use your weapons to hunt,” [Jayne Wilkins, lead author] said. And you’d want to teach your comrades to do the same, presumably by talking.So this find hints at language, too, as well as manual dexterity, mastery of fire, forethought and a large brain.  Shea thinks there is no question the skill involved speech.  “We have language, and Neanderthals likely had language … so it stands to reason that our last common ancestor had linguistic abilities too,” he said.  But that begs the question of when language emerged from ancestors lacking it.“At least one thing seems sure: Strapping a blade to a stick helped make us who we are today, according to Arizona State University anthropologist Curtis Marean.”  Some evolutionists propose that access to meat led to the expansion of the human brain (examples on Live Science #1, #2).  But why did that work for humans, and not lions and other carnivores?  What difference does it make if meat is cooked or not?  Does your dog get smarter by eating cooked meat scraps from the table?  Even if it did, how could it pass on that trait by Darwinian and not Lamarckian processes?At Live Science, Marean said, “These people were like you and I.”  But that comment was for an earlier find putting similar technology at 90,000 years ago, reported Nov 7.  “Every time we excavate a new site in coastal South Africa with advanced field techniques, we discover new and surprising results that push back in time the evidence for uniquely human behaviors,” Marean said.  “Now evidence has been pushed back to half a million years.”Prior to the spear-points story, Live Science had published an article highlighting evidence from stone tools that suggests that humans sailed to Mediterranean islands far earlier than expected – 170,000 years ago or more, not just 9,000 years.  This would suggest that Neanderthals or other pre-modern humans were seafaring people, capable of constructing boats as well as making tools.  The surprise from South Africa makes one wonder if it’s only a matter of time before scientists find sailing evidence even farther back in time.The news from the South African cave adds to the evidence that humans have always been humans, regardless of the artificial categories evolutionary anthropologists pigeonhole them in.  Only their collective technology has improved, not their bodies and brains.The evolutionary story of early man is unraveling.  It is no longer plausible to suppose that dumb brutes hundreds of thousands of years ago were grunting their way up to modernity.  Who can believe that these masterful hunters were too stupid to ride a horse and plant a farm?  With the fall of evolution’s colossal tale the evolutionary dating methods collapse, too.  Ditch the myth now so you won’t look so stupid later when a future, more enlightened consensus calls a halt to the storytelling.  There were no iPods in Rome, and there was no half million years of human evolution.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Kwaito blasts British airwaves

first_img22 November 2005Kwaito, the music of South African urban youth, is blasting over the UK airwaves with the launch of a new radio station, Hills 102fm.SA DJ Dennis Matsane hosts the station’s morning show, and has already treated his audience to the music of top kwaito stars Zola and Malaika, according to the Sunday Times.“In the UK, African music gets almost no airplay, in favour of huge European and American acts,” he told the newspaper. He has played Malaika’s hit song Destiny and songs from Zola’s new album, Ibuthu, and believes this is the first time kwaito has been played on a UK radio station.Kwaito, which first emerged in the 1990s, is is a mixture of 1920s marabi, the kwela of the 1950s, mbaqanga of the hostel dwellers, 1980s pop and imibongo, African praise poetry, with influences from hip-hop, dub, jazz and UK house music.Hills 102fm broadcasts live from Coventry to the Warwickshire region. This is the home county of reggae band UB40 and, long ago, of William Shakespeare.Now in his late 30s, Matsane has lived in England for four years, according to the Sunday Times. He got the job at the station after working as a part-time DJ at several pirate radio stations.“I remember when a truck drove into the premises of the station I last worked in and confiscated the broadcasting material while we were on air,” he told the newspaper.His experience on pirate stations led to his appointment at Hills 102fm. He says the only way South African music can break into the international market is by getting frequent airplay there.“I intend to play a lot of kwaito music on my show – as much as I possibly can,” he told the Sunday Times. He hosts the 6 to 10am weekday slot, which offers chat and music with an entertainment slant.The English response to the kwaito on their radios has largely been positive – even if they don’t get the lyrics.“Most of them liked the music, but they mostly listen to the rhythm of the songs as they can’t understand the words.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Jeff Shore on Deeper Meaning in Life and Business – Episode #82

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Tweets you can use to share this episodeReading enables you to understand yourself and the world you live in. Even the biz worldClick To TweetIt doesn’t matter how smart you are, it’s ‘HOW are you smart?’ that mattersClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address below Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 35:56 — 33.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSThere are people in your life who spur you on in ways that others don’t. They prod you, challenge you, and make you better. Jeff Shore is one of those people for Anthony. Though they are both avid sales champions they are also both drawn to pondering the deeper meaning of life and the reasons we do what we do as human beings. This conversation is not directly about business or sales but about the things that motivate us and make us what we are. The guys share a handful of challenging books, why they are drawn to ponder the deeper issues of life, and reveal the benefits they’ve discovered in doing so. You’re going to love this chat.Jeff Shore on Deeper Meaning in Life and Business – Ep 82 Click To TweetReading enables you to understand yourself and the world you live in. Even the business world.One of the things our culture has produced is a want of deep thinking. The trivial and frivolous take up most of our attention (stupid cat videos and Facebook memes). There’s nothing wrong with having fun but when it keeps us in a state of constant distraction from the deeper meaning of life and the purposes behind the work we do, we’re missing a valuable part of life. Anthony chats with his guest on this episode, Jeff Shore about the significance of reading deeply, why it is vital for shaping our thoughts and understanding of the world around us, and the benefits that come from living from a place of intention.The way you grow impacts how much you grow, in life and in business.Much of the reason both Anthony and his guest, Jeff Shore love to read philosophical books is because they’ve come to see that an understanding of the way we grow as human beings deeply impact the rate and quality of our growth. Each of them thinks deeply about who they are, why they are here, and the effect they are having on the world. It’s a great conversation on this episode of In The Arena – one you’ll benefit from greatly.The way you grow impacts how much you grow, in life and in businessClick To TweetIt doesn’t matter how smart you are, it’s “HOW are you smart?” that matters.There is only so much an I.Q. test can tell you. Yes, it may show you that a person is smart. But that’s not the most important thing. What matters is HOW they are smart. In other words, what is their approach to situations, people, and life in general? That is the kind of thing that determines how flexible, adaptable, and able to pivot an individual is – which can dramatically impact his/her ability to succeed. Find out more about this concept of “HOW” you are smart – on this episode of In The Arena.Learning to know what you don’t know is what helps you move beyond your limitations.Everyone tends to gather people around them who confirm their own biases. It’s part of the natural insecurity each of us has. We seek validation of our ideas and beliefs instead of challenging them intentionally for the sake of growth. But once you realize that you don’t know what you don’t know, everything changes. You become curious, eager to learn, open to ideas that may have once been off limits due to previously held beliefs that you discover were not true. This episode is a brief journey through the thoughts of a couple of thinkers. It’s an adventure, so be sure you join them for the trip.Learning to know what you don’t know is what helps you move beyond your limitationsClick To TweetOutline of this great episode Anthony’s introduction of his friend Jeff Shore. Why Jeff reads heavy content: it takes him someplace he can’t go on his own. What Jeff has learned from reading Nassim Taleb (author of Antifragile). Lessons from “Thinking Fast and Slow.” What Jeff has been learning from psychology lately. The things that spurred Anthony’s interest in philosophy.Resources & Links mentioned in this episodehttp://jeffshore.com/Enter the Giveaway for the OutBound Conference (VIP ticket)www.VirtualSalesKickoff.comwww.OutboundConference.com/get-invited1250080681081297381X0812979680037453355507435967810316769487B01C36E2YS006124189X038541689XB00KWKRAM41422117367The theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: www.Youtube.com/IannarinoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/iannarinoTwitter: https://twitter.com/iannarinoGoogle Plus: https://plus.google.com/+SAnthonyIannarinoLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iannarinolast_img read more

SIXTY SECONDS IN TOUCH

first_imgWelcome to the latest edition of Sixty Second in Touch, where the Touch continues on and the news never lets up…* The first edition of the referees newsletter ` Whistleblower’ for 2006 has been loaded onto the TFA website, click here to download the newsletter and read about all the news from the world of refereeing: WHISTLEBLOWER- FEBRUARY 2006* The Australian Under 18 Development camp was a huge success, with all reports highlighting the excellent behaviour of the players and the effort and dedication they gave to the training. TFA would like to thank all of the players for working so hard, as well as all of the coaching and management staff who were challenged by weather conditions but still produced a brilliant program for the players. Keep an eye on the TFA website this week for a wrap up of all the news, award winners and more from what happened at the 2006 Australian Under 18’s Development Camp. * NTL is getting closer, it’s less than 7 weeks away! Remember if you’re after accommodation for the NTL, contact the Coffs Harbour Visitor Information Centre on 1300 369 070 or 02 6652 1522 or email on [email protected] The Visitor Centre will help you find suitable accommodation and TFA will receive a commission on all accommodation booked through the centre. A great way to support TFA and the NTL event.* The current TFA poll is becoming the most popular of all time, with more than 250 votes already being placed. TFA has signed an agreement to have the 2006 Open NTL’s televised on Fox Sports and we’re wanting to know, which final out of the Mens/Womens/Mixed should be televised in full, rather than just highlights. TFA will be looking to promote the sport to those who are not involved with Touch, as well as continue to build the national profile of the sport for potential sponsors. We’re keen to know which final you believe will be most beneficial to show in full. Visit the poll on the right hand side to place your vote.* The Yass knockout is taking place this weekend with 87 teams traveling from around Australia to take part. Make sure you check the TFA website next week for the results.* The new TFA website is getting closer, it’s in the final stages of design and trouble-shooting, with TFA staff Rachel and Jon set to travel to Melbourne in early February to learn how to manage and work the new site. It will be great to have the website up and running for the NTL.* The 2006 Australian Sports Awards are being held on February 22 and the Australian Mens 30’s Touch side has been nominated for the Masters Team of the Year award after their performance at the 2005 All Nations Championships. Congratulations to the players and coaching staff, we wish you all the best for the awards!The 2006 Australian Sport Awards (run by the Confederation of Australian Sport) and also the 2006 Ausport Awards (run by the Australian Sports Commission) are both coming up in February and March. Keep an eye on the TFA website in coming weeks to see if any of our Touch players, teams, coaches or officials are recognised nationally for their hard work and achievement. * Advertising for the NTL is already proving to be popular, with several bookings already being made to advertise in the 2006 NTL booklet. Approximately 3000 copies of the booklet will be distributed at the 2006 NTL and in an effort to further enhance and improve the size and content of the booklet, TFA are offering advertising space for purchase.This is a great opportunity for your business to promote their services amongst the Touch community, or perhaps for your Touch club to promote an upcoming social event or knockout tournament.The cost will be $500 per A4 page, $250 per 1/2 page and $125 per 1/4 page.TFA will also be loading the booklet as a PDF onto the website, to allow all of those not at the event to view the program.Contact [email protected] or phone (02) 6285 2703 if you’re interested in this opportunity.* NTL referees: please ensure that where ever possible you fill in the levy/gear order form for the event and post, fax or email it back to Chris at [email protected] It is difficult for staff to process orders when there is not a levy/gear order form attached. Please avoid phoning your order in, as this is where mistakes can be made with the gear you want or your personal details.All gear is being sent out as soon as possible from when the levy/gear order forms arrive in the office. However, if you have ordered walk shorts or a new referees jacket, the wait will be another 2-3 weeks as the supplier has not yet delivered these items.* IMPORTANT DATES FOR THE NTL: All permit representatives please take note! There are some important dates coming up for the 2006 NTL-o February 8- Closing date for final submissions to the Player Poolo 10 February- Electronic submission of initial team lists dueo 1 March- Final electronic submission of team sheets dueContact Tournament Director Jon Pratt on [email protected] if you have any questions regarding these dates or the NTL.* The Melbourne based ‘Friends of Monash Touch’ have come up with a novel idea to raise some funds – by putting together & selling a 2006 calendar featuring a collection of “Touch Girls”. Check out the article on Triton Touch Clubs website for more info, and details on how to order your own calendar: MONASH TOUCH CLUB- CALENDAR The calendars are selling for only $15 each (plus P&H) , but stocks are limited, so don’t miss out!! They can be purchased by emailing [email protected]* Remember if you have anything that you would like published in the weekly Sixty Seconds in Touch column, just email [email protected]last_img

Hyderabad spinners restrict Delhi Capitals to 1298

first_imgNew Delhi: It was a new day, but the Delhi Capitals batsmen put up another disappointing show at the Feroz Shah Kotla here against Sunrisers Hyderabad in their Indian Premier League game on Thursday. Put in to bat, DC put on 129/8 in their 20 overs. Sunrisers skipper Bhuvneshwar Kumar won the toss and put DC in and the SRH bowlers started well, stifling the home team batsman on a wicket which wore a typical low and slow look. Mohammad Nabi (2/21) and Rashid Khan (1/18) made full use of the conditions as the DC batsmen failed to read the two Afghanistan spinners. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhPrithvi Shaw looked to start aggressively as he hit Bhuvneshwar for a boundary off the first ball of the match. But the SRH skipper had the last laugh as he sent Shaw’s (11) stumps for a walk in the park in the third over of the DC innings. After that it was all about spinning a web over the DC batsmen as Nabi (opening the bowling with Bhuvneshwar) sent back Shikhar Dhawan (12). The struggle of the Delhi batsmen were to be seen on the scoreboard as they managed to score just 36 runs for the loss of two wickets in the powerplay. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterStar batsman Rishabh Pant (5) fell trying to up the ante as Deepak Hooda picked a smart catch at long-off off Nabi as the score read 52/3. Skipper Shreyas Iyer did try to wage a battle, but he didn’t find much support from the other end. Iyer (43 off 41 balls) was finally cleaned up by Rashid as the leg-spinner was finally rewarded with a wicket for his quality effort. All-rounder Chris Morries tried to wield the long handle, but could only manage 17 off 15 balls as DC picked 24 runs off the last two overs with Axar Patel finishing with a six off the last ball. Brief scores: Delhi Capitals: 129/8 in 20 overs (Shreyas Iyer 43, Axar Patel 23 not out; Mohammad Nabi 2/21, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2/27) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad.last_img read more

Ukraines prezelect offers passports to Russians

first_imgKiev: President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky dismissed an offer by Vladimir Putin to provide passports to Ukrainians, and pledged instead to grant citizenship to Russians who “suffer” under the Kremlin’s rule. The Russian president on Saturday said Moscow was considering plans to make it easier for all Ukrainians to obtain Russian citizenship, after it earlier moved to grant passports in the country’s separatist east. Kiev has been fighting Moscow-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine since 2014 in a war that has killed 13,000. Zelensky, a comedian who won Ukraine’s presidential election last week, responded to Putin’s offer by releasing a statement on Facebook late on Saturday. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report”We know perfectly well what a Russian passport provides,” he said, listing “the right to be arrested for a peaceful protest” and “the right not to have free and competitive elections.” He pledged instead to “give citizenship to representatives of all nations that suffer from authoritarian and corrupt regimes. “But first and foremost to the Russian people who suffer most of all”. He said that one of the differences between Ukraine and Russia is that “we Ukrainians have freedom of speech, freedom of the media and the internet in our country.” Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsA political novice, Zelensky has pledged to “reboot” peace talks with the separatists that also involve Russia and the West. Putin has not congratulated Zelensky on his election, but said he is ready to talk with a new Ukrainian leadership and wants to “understand” the actor’s position on the conflict. In his Facebook post, Zelensky warned Russia not to talk with Ukraine “in the language of threats or military or economic pressure.” He previously called for more international sanctions against Moscow in response to Russia providing citizenship to residents of Ukraine’s separatist east. The EU also condemned Moscow’s passport scheme, calling it a fresh assault on Ukraine’s sovereignty and saying Russia sought to “destabilise” Ukraine after its presidential election. Putin’s decree last week allows people living in Ukraine’s unrecognised Donetsk and Lugansk breakaway republics to receive a Russian passport within three months of applying for one.last_img read more

Finance Bill 2014 draft the main focus of Moroccan editorials

first_imgRabat – The editorialists of the daily newspapers, published on Wednesday, focused on the Finance Bill 2014 draft, which outlines will be presented today by the Minister of Economy and Finance before the Chamber of Representatives.Under the title a “project with no perspective,” the columnist of Rissalat Al Oumma says that the Finance Bill 2014 contains numerous indications announcing more austerity at the expense of the purchasing power of citizens under the pretext of the need to cope with the impact of the financial crisis, lethargy of economy and lack of investment.For its part Annahar Al Maghribia writes that it is possible to understand the regional and international situation surrounding the drafting of the Finance bill 2014 without, for all, conceiving the way in which the government has interacted with the environment. L’Economiste says that, despite affronts and neglects, considering the Finance bill 2014 can take place in the standards. “This return to the standards of governance should be highlighted and praised,” said the editorialist.last_img read more

Injuries And Underperformance Couldnt Keep The Dodgers Down

The central player in that turnaround story has been Kenley Jansen, the Dodgers’ star closer who for the early part of the season looked like anything but. Jansen made just five spring training appearances, slowed by a hamstring injury, and his early season numbers were the kind that might make Dodger fans wish he’d stayed on the DL. Since May 16, he’s been lights out: His 1.06 ERA is by four-tenths of a run the best in the game among relievers with at least as many innings.That improvement has probably helped drive a significant increase in the Dodgers’ success in one-run games after May 16 — 6-3, compared with 4-7 up to that date — which has helped bring L.A.’s actual winning percentage (.521) somewhat more in line with its higher-order winning percentages, which strip out the effects of sequencing and luck often manifested in bullpen meltdowns.In a sense, none of this is particularly surprising stuff. The Dodgers had a spate of injuries and underperformance early in the season that would sink most clubs, and they still managed to win nearly 40 percent of their games. Now that their bullpen has regained its elite status, their hitters have started hitting for power again (their 35 home runs so far in June are the most in baseball), and their starting pitchers have started to return to the rotation, the Dodgers look more like the club everyone expected them to be early on — and perhaps always were.Every good team has bad months, after all. Even the 104-win Dodgers of last season had a 25-game stretch in which they went 5-20, at one point losing 11 straight. It’s just that this year’s Dodger slump came at the beginning of the season, when nobody had banked wins to fall back on and every sportswriter in America was looking for a narrative to focus on. The simple and boring story here is probably that the Dodgers weren’t bad at the beginning of this year — they were just unlucky.It’s now almost July, and the Dodgers’ bad luck appears to be over. They’re heating up just in time for the official start of summer, and in no mood to concede a division title that’s been theirs since before Max Muncy was a glimmer in Dave Roberts’ eye. The early part of the season may have felt like going through hell for Dodgers, but they’ve played themselves out of it.Check out our latest MLB predictions. In retrospect, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 6-5 loss to the Miami Marlins on May 16 was probably the low point of their 2018 season. It was the Dodgers’ sixth consecutive defeat and their ninth in 10; it dropped their overall record to 16-26, then only the fourth-best in their division; and it brought their playoff odds to a season low of 22 percent.For a team that had won 473 regular-season games over the previous five seasons (the most in baseball during that period), came within a game of winning the World Series last year and was expected to waltz to a sixth consecutive division crown this year, the season’s ugly start was hard to understand or explain. After that loss to the Marlins, L.A. manager Dave Roberts could only reach for Winston Churchill. “When you’re going through hell,” he told the L.A. Times, “keep going.”Roberts and his team did exactly that. Beginning with a convincing 7-0 win the next day against the same Marlins club that had just beaten them in two straight, the Dodgers promptly rattled off a streak of 22 wins against just nine losses, through games played on June 20, and increased their playoff chances by 37 percentage points — an improvement bested only by the Seattle Mariners over that period.The team has improved its hitting since May 16, driving its overall weighted runs created plus (wRC+), a catchall offensive statistic, from 94 before that date — meaning the team was 6 percent below league average offensively, on the whole — to 117 since then. L.A. has benefited from a standout performance by the pleasantly alliterative Max Muncy, whose 13 home runs and 163 wRC+ on the season lead the team. It hasn’t hurt, either, that Joc Pederson seems to have recovered from an early season slump and is now contributing as expected.The starting pitching, meanwhile, has held serve, moving from a 3.37 mark in fielding-independent pitching (FIP)1FIP is a measure of pitching performance scaled to ERA that strips out the contributions of team defense. before their recent surge to 3.29 since it began. Even that small improvement was far from a given, of course, because injuries to an astonishing number of Dodger starting pitchers — at least five, depending on how you count it, including the best pitcher in the world in Clayton Kershaw — left the Los Angeles rotation to be held together by a combination of (Alex) Wood and duct tape.But the real heroes of L.A.’s recent surge — and, to be fair, also some of the key contributors to the team’s early season struggles — have been the men of the Los Angeles bullpen, who have curbed a worrying early season tendency toward allowing home runs, especially late in games, and collectively improved their FIP from 4.40 before the surge (26th in baseball) to 3.17 after it (sixth). read more