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Category: dcdwjzcfjgwrjcrm Faithful undeterred at Ramadan, even as virus spreads in Somalia

first_img‘Nothing has changed’Instead, the caseload has ballooned as the government has struggled to convince people of the seriousness of the disease sweeping the globe, and the need to stay home and avoid large gatherings.Streets, markets and mosques are bustling in Mogadishu, weeks after the first Somalis tested positive for COVID-19.Police on patrol use megaphones to urge bystanders to keep their distance, and posters in the streets carry government advice about the disease, but few pay attention.”Nothing’s changed here. We can still visit others, and go anywhere we want,” said Ali Moallim Nur, shrugging off the health advice on a Mogadishu street.A curfew has proved fruitless in the capital — especially so during Ramadan, a time when Somalis visit each other’s homes in the evening to break their fast together, and pray even more than usual.Some idling at restaurants and cafes have been told to move on but police in the Muslim-majority country are reluctant to target the devout, or punish mosques that remain open for evening prayers, despite the blatant breach of curfew.”Can you imagine, it is Ramadan, and you are asked not to go to the mosque?” said Abdullahi in disbelief.”Ramadan is all about devotion to Allah and going to his house for prayer. I still perform the prayers, and I understand there is COVID-19, but we pray God will save us from this disease.” Adan Abdullahi knows that visiting the mosque for evening prayers is forbidden. There is a curfew in place in the Somali capital, and authorities have pleaded with worshippers to stay home as coronavirus infections rise.But it is the holy month of Ramadan — one coinciding with a deadly outbreak that has officially claimed 39 lives but likely hundreds more in under-resourced Somalia — and Abdullahi can think of no better time for faith, so refuses to follow the rule.”When disaster strikes, you go to the mosque and pray so that Allah solves your predicament,” the 42-year-old father-of three told AFP in Mogadishu. “We are seeing widespread community transmission in a country that will not be able to handle a multitude of severely ill patients at once,” said Richard Crothers, country director for the International Rescue Committee.People with COVID-19 symptoms were being told to stay home to free up what scant hospital resources are available for the seriously ill, further suggesting the official count was off, Crothers added.The World Health Organization warned on April 23 that unless the rate of transmission slowed rapidly, Somalia’s parlous health care system would quickly be swamped. Topics :center_img Unexplained deaths But in Barakat, a Mogadishu suburb, cemetery worker Ali Maow said the number of burials doubled in April, with sometimes 25 bodies arriving on a single day.”Before this coronavirus, it was maybe 10 or 12 a day — you can see the increase. I can’t say if they died because of the virus, but most are elderly,” he said. Islamic tradition dictates burials should occur within hours of death, making autopsies and other medical testing more difficult.Mayor Mohamud said as many as 500 unexplained deaths occurred between April 19 and April 29 in Mogadishu, an anomaly city authorities suspect, but cannot prove, is linked to coronavirus.Authorities must also contend with a stigma rife in Somalia that views those wearing face masks in public with suspicion and hostility.”Hardly anyone is wearing face masks. Those that do are harassed, and called ‘Mr Coronavirus’, said Abdirahman Mohamed Jimale, a 22-year-old Mogadishu resident.”They say ‘you’re sick, get away from me’.”Mohamed Sharif, a chauffeur for an international agency, said he had to wear a face mask at work, but found people outright avoided him or even ran away in his presence.”People are very ignorant [of the disease] here, and that is why most of them are sick without knowing it,” he said. But elsewhere in the city, as containment measures are ignored or half-heartedly enforced, graves are furiously being dug to accommodate a spike in unexplained deaths.Known cases of coronavirus have jumped 14-fold since mid April to 873 but government officials suspect the true toll is vastly higher due to a lack of testing. “We lack sufficient testing capabilities for people who are sick” and the doctors, nurses and medical personnel to man the hospitals and labs, said Mogadishu mayor Omar Mohamud.Humanitarian agencies fear the fragile state, already confronting an armed insurgency, a record locust invasion and heavy flooding, will not cope should the virus spiral further.last_img read more

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Category: dcdwjzcfjgwrjcrm Linda Hall: Law does not stop child abuse

first_imgNZ Herald 13 January 2014An assault on a 12-year-old boy this week has caused a bit of a debate.Last Tuesday three boys were walking along the riverside cycleway, which runs between Murphy Road and the Pettigrew-Green Arena in Taradale, after a swim in a nearby river.One of them, who was in Hawke’s Bay on holiday, called out to a passing cyclist. The boy says he said “hi”.The male cyclist took exception to whatever the boy said and assaulted him.Now I really don’t care what the boy said. Probably showing off in front of his mates.Who cares? That’s what kids do. And he is a kid, remember, he is 12 years old.The person who assaulted him is thought to be in his 40s or 50s.Now he is the one who should know better.He should be the one to have control over his emotions.http://m.nzherald.co.nz/hawkes-bay-today/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503459&objectid=11185553last_img read more

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Category: dcdwjzcfjgwrjcrm Digicel Group announces 16% revenue growth in its first half results

first_img Sharing is caring! Share 23 Views   no discussions Tweet LocalNews Digicel Group announces 16% revenue growth in its first half results by: – December 2, 2011center_img Share Share Friday, 2nd December, 2011 – Kingston, Jamaica. Digicel, the best value mobile operator in the Caribbean, Central America and the Pacific today reported strong financial performance for the six months ended September 30, 2011.Digicel Group Limited – which comprises the 30 markets of the Caribbean, El Salvador and the Pacific – reported revenues up 16% year on year to US$1.24 billion for the first half of the fiscal year. EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) was up 15% year on year to US$524 million for the six month period with the most recent quarter contributing US$270 million EBITDA.With subscribers up 14% year on year to 11.1 million across Digicel’s 30 markets worldwide, performance has been strong across the board with revenue growth in all of Digicel’s major markets including El Salvador, French West Indies, Haiti, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea and Trinidad and Tobago. Haiti in particular experienced rapid growth adding 830,000 new subscribers in the first six months of the financial year. Revenue earned from value-added-services like web browsing and messaging, was up 47% year on year, helped by strong demand for smartphones. Digicel has also signed an agreement to extend and upsize its senior credit facility, which will see $282 million new funds committed. Digicel Group CEO, Colm Delves, comments; “Our latest set of financial results reflect Digicel’s ongoing strong growth and outperformance of our industry peers. I am pleased to report that we have seen growth across the board and are also continuing to diversify our revenue mix with significant increases in value added services.He continues; “The refinancing of our senior credit facility was well supported and provides us with further balance sheet flexibility. I would like to thank our customers and staff for their ongoing commitment to Digicel and to assure them of our continued focus on delivering best value, best service and best network – and to giving back to our communities.”Key achievements in the period include:• Launch of 4G services based on HSPA+ technology across the Cayman Islands and the Dutch Caribbean (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao) – with further markets planned• Successful execution of the Haiti expansion strategy with a total of over 3.4 million subscribers at 30th September 2011• Launch of our “Cellmoni” mobile money service in Papua New Guinea• Sale of Digicel Honduras to America Movil, and the acquisition of their Claro Jamaica business (which closed after the half year end on November 30, 2011)Press ReleaseDigicel Dominicalast_img read more

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Category: dcdwjzcfjgwrjcrm Four Dominicans receive medical degrees from Ross University

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Share EducationLocalNewsTertiary Four Dominicans receive medical degrees from Ross University by: – June 25, 2012 68 Views   3 commentscenter_img Dr. Augustine, Dr Silda James (with newborn son) and Dr. Charis James. Photo credit: Felix AugustineOn June 8th 2012, Ross University School of Medicine congratulated a class of almost nine hundred graduates. Dominica also shared in the celebrations as four Dominicans received their medical degrees alongside graduates from forty-four other nations.Ayodelle LeBruin, Charis James, Silda James and Tamara Augustine are the newly minted medical doctors. Dr. Silda James, who graduated with highest honors, is a former graduate of the St. Andrews high school and the Clifton Dupigny Community College. She is the first child of Rickey Hillary James and Emelda James both of Marigot. She holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Biology from Andrews University in Trinidad. She will be beginning post graduate training in Internal Medicine at the renowned SUNY Downstate Medical Center (Brooklyn, NY) this July! She eventually wishes to sub-specialize in Gastroenterology. Dr. Ayodelle LeBruinDr. Tamara Augustine from Loubiere, the daughter of Ephnie Roberts and Swinburne Augustine, who owes much of her success to her grandmother Edith John, graduated with high honors. A Dominica Grammar School graduate, she has a B.Sc. in Chemistry and Spanish from Middle Tennessee State University.Presently she is a part of faculty at her alma mater, Ross University. She plans to return to the US to specialize in Emergency Medicine with an emphasis on international emergency medicine with hopes to improve emergency health care in developing countries especially in Dominica. Dr. Ayodelle LeBruin, also from Loubiere, is the daughter of retired civil servants Anthony Errol and Rosalind LeBruin. She attended the Convent High School and the Clifton Dupigny community college before receiving her B.Sc. in Chemistry at CUNY York College. She is currently involved in clinical research in the U.S. and hopes to continue her training in the area of Pediatric Adolescent Medicine in the near future. Dr. Charis James is the daughter of Brenda Harney James of Wesley and Ned James of Marigot. Before attending Ross, Dr. James attained her B.Sc. in Biology at Rutgers University. She also has a Masters degree in Public Health from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She looks forward to pursuing post graduate training in Family Medicine and is particularly interested in international and women’s health.We congratulate these four Dominican women on their accomplishments so far and wish them the best of luck and much success as they begin their careers!By: Janice Roberts Share Sharelast_img read more

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Category: dcdwjzcfjgwrjcrm Potters snap up Pieters

first_img Hughes was thrilled to have captured the left-back, who has won 17 caps for Holland, saying: “I am delighted to have secured Erik’s signature. The main focus this summer in attempting to strengthen the squad is ensuring it is balanced in key positions. “While Erik is predominantly a left-back, he has also played for his country as a central defender, so he gives us other options. “We need good quality in our starting eleven and good quality back-up for all areas, which Erik will certainly give us defensively.” Pieters started his career at FC Utrecht before moving to PSV in a 2.5million euro (£2.1million) transfer in 2008. In his five years at the Philips Stadium, Pieters has helped PSV claim three top-three finishes in the Eredivisie and a runners-up spot last season. PSV also won the KNVB Beker (Dutch Cup) in 2012 and have been regular participants in Europe. Stoke’s chief executive Tony Scholes said: “Erik has a considerable amount of experience of playing at the highest level, both on the international stage with Holland and in the Champions League with PSV Eindhoven. “He is a player who was identified by our technical director Mark Cartwright as one who could strengthen our defensive options and we have been tracking his progress, so we are delighted to have brought him here now.” Press Association The 24-year-old has signed a four-year contract and will cost Stoke a fee of 3.6million euro (£3million), the Barclays Premier League outfit announced on their official website. Pieters becomes Stoke manager Mark Hughes’ first signing since he succeeded Tony Pulis in May. center_img Stoke have completed the signing of Holland defender Erik Pieters from PSV Eindhoven.last_img read more

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Category: dcdwjzcfjgwrjcrm No. 3 Oregon routs Utah in Pac 12 quarterfinals, 79-57

first_imgNo. 3 Oregon routs Utah in Pac 12 quarterfinals, 79-57 Utah: Utes season comes to an end.Oregon: Will play Arizona in Saturday’s semifinals.___More AP women’s basketball: https://apnews.com/Womenscollegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25 Considering Graves wasn’t entirely pleased his third-ranked Ducks cruised to a 79-59 victory over Utah in the Pac-12 quarterfinals on Friday after a sluggish first quarter, the rest of the conference could be in deep trouble.Sabrina Ionescu had 19 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists to lead Oregon, which erased a six-point first-quarter deficit and used a 20-4 run in the second quarter to seize momentum. Igniting the run was a 3-point barrage, which saw Oregon (29-2) connect on eight consecutive shots from beyond the arc to close the half.“We came out in that second quarter and, you know, played like we’re capable of playing,” Graves said. “I think we outscored them 18, 19 points that quarter. I don’t know. We have been actually a really good starting team. We just weren’t today. So we’ll have to figure out why and hope to fix it.” Satou Sabally added 17 points, Jaz Shelley chipped in with 10 for the tournament’s top seed.Oregon shot 10 of 16 from the floor in the second quarter, including 8 of 12 from 3-point range, while limiting the Utes (14-17) to a bleak 18.8% (3 of 16) shooting. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLAS VEGAS (AP) — A masterpiece.Oregon coach Kelly Graves expects a masterpiece in every game.“And when we don’t — and I think that’s why it is a testament to the greatness of these guys — we don’t feel well,” Graves said. “You know, we don’t feel good about that.” “We were getting stops on the defensive end and, you know, our bench players that came in helped us tremendously,” said Ionescu, the three-time Pac 12 player of the year. “They were getting in passing lanes, getting steals that helped us get transition shots, and our guards were shooting the ball well. Defensively really fueled our offense, our offensive shots. And, I mean, we were getting shooters in the right position, and they were shooting it like we normally do. So defense played a huge role in that.”While the Utes’ bench actually outscored Oregon’s, 25-20, the Ducks had a 15-7 scoring advantage with their fast break and converted 16 Utah turnovers into 16 points.“They turn your mistakes into points quickly,” Utah coach Lynne Roberts said. “Usually those things go hand-in-hand, you turn it over, you give their playmakers and shooters a chance to just sprint and line it up. I know it was correlated with our transition D, it is hard to get back on defense off of a live ball turnover, especially with their speed. So that was part of it.”Utah, which has been led by underclassmen all season, including in its 72-63 opening-round win over Washington, was paced by freshmen Lola Pendande and Brynna Maxwell, who finished with 15 and 12 points, respectivelyOregon, which swept the regular-season series by a combined 64 points, shot 29 of 58 (50%) in the game. The Ducks were 12 of 23 from 3-point range, falling one 3-pointer shy of tying the Pac-12 Tournament single-game record. March 6, 2020 SCOUTINGWith several potential draft picks playing for Oregon, a handful of WNBA scouts were in the stands for the quarterfinal.INCOMINGNevada’s Gatorade Player of the Year, Taylor Bigby, an Oregon-commit, was in attendance with her father, Lamar, to watch the Ducks. Bigby helped Centennial High School make history last month, as the Bulldogs won the Class 4A state championship for an NIAA-record sixth straight time. It’s the school’s 12th championship, all of them in the past 19 seasons.UP NEXT With a third straight Pac-12 regular-season title in hand, the Ducks will ride a 17-game winning streak into their fourth successive Pac-12 Tournament semifinal, where they’ll meet Arizona, a 73-86 winner over Cal in an earlier quarterfinal.Oregon, which has played for the last two Pac-12 championships, is looking for its second conference tournament title after winning in 2017-18. Stanford defeated the Ducks in last year’s title game.BIG PICTUREUtah: The Utes’ underclassmen accounted for 73% of the team’s offensive production this season, including 42% from their three freshmen: Maxwell, Pendande and Kemery Martin. In all, there are eight underclassmen on Utah’s roster, making the future bright for coach Lynne Roberts’ group.Oregon: Shelley, just a freshman, continues to impress off the bench, as she now has six double-figure scoring games. The Australian is a Pac-12 all-freshman honorable mention after averaging 6.3 points. Shelley broke Oregon’s single-game record for 3-pointers in the 10th game of her college career when she went 10 for 14 from deep in a 32-point performance against UC Riverside on Dec. 16.last_img read more

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Category: dcdwjzcfjgwrjcrm Update on the latest sports

first_img April 5, 2020 Update on the latest sports William Byron has won the third NASCAR virtual raceUNDATED (AP) — William Byron has won the third NASCAR virtual race in a series put together after the coronavirus pandemic stopped sports.Byron easily captured the iRacing event Sunday at virtual Bristol Motor Speedway, where NASCAR would have been really racing before the coronavirus pandemic caused sports to shut down.His victory came after he led the most laps in NASCAR’s first two virtual races and had nothing to show for his gaming skills.The most entertaining part of Sunday’s event was the drivers’ gaming streams, where they argued and complained about one another. Bubba Wallace “rage quit” the game early after an accident and Daniel Suarez and Kyle Larson were parked after virtually tangling on track.  Dempsey set an NFL record that stood for 43 years when he kicked a 63-yard, game-winning field goal for the New Orleans Saints against Detroit on Nov. 8, 1970. It wasn’t until 2013 that Matt Prater of the Broncos broke that record with a 64-yarder in Denver.Dempsey’s success came despite being born without toes on his kicking foot. Dempsey kicked for 11 seasons in the NFL with New Orleans, Philadelphia, the Los Angeles Rams, Houston Oilers and Buffalo.His daughter says Dempsey was diagnosed with dementia several years ago and was living in a New Orleans nursing home that was hit hard by the virus.The Orleans Parish coroner has yet to release an official cause of death.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-HAGANS-NBA Associated Press In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Major League Soccer’s 25th season is on hold indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak, but league officials and coaches still hope the league will be able to get in a full season and with fans in attendance. The league had set a target date for re-starting on May 10, although that now seems unlikely. The anniversary of the first MLS match is Monday.— England defender Kyle Walker is facing disciplinary action from English Premier League team Manchester City after appearing to break lockdown conditions during the coronavirus pandemic. Walker apologized on Sunday after it was widely reported he held a party involving two sex workers at his home last week, breaking the government’s rules on social distancing. The country is in the middle of a three-week lockdown. The team says it will look into Walker’s conduct.— A Serbian soccer player has been sentenced to three months of home detention for flouting a curfew imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus. Striker Aleksandar Prijovic pleaded guilty at a video link trial in Belgrade on Saturday. Police had arrested him and 19 others for gathering at a hotel lobby bar in Belgrade on Friday and violating the country’s 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. lockdown orders. He is the second Serbian soccer player to be caught violating the stay-at-home orders. Those who violate the restrictive measures could face up to three years in jail.— Soccer players in Spain are criticizing the Spanish league’s decision to ask clubs to put the footballers on government furloughs during the coronavirus crisis. The league on Friday said the furloughs were needed because there was no agreement on the size of the salary cuts that players must take to reduce the financial impact of the pandemic. In a statement Sunday, Spain’s players’ association said the league should have created a financial cushion for this period. The league and the players’ association have been in talks to try to find ways to mitigate losses if the season cannot be restarted because of the pandemic. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-OBIT-TOM DEMPSEYEx-NFL kicker, Saints hero Tom Dempsey dies at 73NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former NFL kicker Tom Dempsey has died from what his family described as complications from the new coronavirus. He was 73. Hagans entering NBA draftLEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky guard Ashton Hagans is giving up his last two seasons of college eligibility to enter the NBA draft, saying the time is now to pursue his dream of playing professionally.The 6-foot-3 Hagans was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year as a freshman and became one of the country’s best point guards this past season.He averaged 11.5 points, 6.4 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.9 steals last season, but he also clashed with coach John Calipari. Hagans argued with forward Nick Richards and coach Calipari and reportedly refused to re-enter in the second half of a home loss to Tennessee. Calipari downplayed the incident afterward.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS — Australia’s triathlon world champion Mirinda Carfrae has found virtual reality competitions created to sustain sport amid the coronavirus outbreak have unexpected hazards. The three-time world ironman champion was competing against Jocelyn McCauley of the United States, Canada’s Angela Naeth and Jeanni Seymour of South Africa in the inaugural Ironman VR Pro Challenge women’s race when disaster struck: Her husband tripped over the cord of her smart trainer, disconnecting it and putting her out of the race.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

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Category: dcdwjzcfjgwrjcrm O’Shea says top hurling division is very competitive

first_imgMeanwhile, Galway manager Anthony Cunningham says yesterday’s match was a big step up from their opening League game against Clare, when the Tribesmen ran out narrow one point winners. The full time score in Semple Stadium was Tipperary 2-18 Galway 0-20 points.Tipp now head into a two week break before they must travel to Cusack Park to take on Clare who lost both their opening League games. The Premier County got their first win of this year’s campaign yesterday after they ran out four point winners over Galway in their Round 2 Division 1A game at Semple Stadium. Two second half goals for Tipp by John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer and Seamie Callanan saw O’Shea’s side get past a dogged Galway team in Thurles. Speaking after yesterday’s win the Kilruane-MacDonaghs native said he’s just glad of the two points as the competitiveness of the division means the results could go eitherway. last_img read more

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Category: dcdwjzcfjgwrjcrm 2013 Cowbell Bike Tour (Stage 9): Prosper Agbo captures Yellow whilst Anim dazzles

first_imgEven though Samuel Anim broke away over 2 minutes to win his 5th stage victory of the tour, his exploits failed to protect or win the Yellow jersey his team member Isaac Sackey won, during stage 3.The most difficult stage of the tour witnessed the separation of boys from the men. This stage involved two major steep hills to climb (Akwaaba and Mamfe Hills).Two young cyclists Prosper Agbo and Frank Akuffo found themselves in uncharted waters, when they expertly conquered the mountains.However, ill luck befell, 17 year old Frank Akuffo as he descended the Mamfe Mountain; he lost control of his bike and had a punctured front tire.Almost at the end of the steep climb, Frank nearly gave up; he had given his best but he could no longer paddle his bike as he followed his two senior teammates (Victor Cudjoe and Emmanuel Sackey).Victor swiftly slowed down and encouraged Frank to kick harder, and the young lad did so with all the strength he had in him, Victor and Emmanuel then decided to ride closely behind Frank as they climbed the hill to the apex, to the admiration of spectators, who cheered them on. After the race, Emmanuel and Victor told Joy Sports, “we had no choice but to carry Frank, he’s our junior, but he has the best time in the team (All Stars), so we couldn’t leave him behind”.In spite of the technical problem that affected Frank, he and his teammates made it to the finish line with a respectable time, even though frank lost some time, he’s still about 3 minutes behind the Yellow jersey.Moro Egala and Isaac Sackey (former Yellow Jersey holder) put up a woeful display during the climbing, they flattered to deceive, and they also kept their senior collegues, Henry Tetteh Djanmah and Samuel Anim in anxiety.Samuel and Henry took it easy, after they descended the hill, hoping to see Moro and Isaac; two young riders who have been so impressive in this year tour but they never showed up.Minutes Later, Samuel had had enough of waiting, so he decided to take matters into his hands.Immediately he realized that Isaac was not going to show up, he broke away from the leading peloton (Francis Tetteh, Henry Tetteh Djanmah and Prosper Agbo). Francis allowed Samuel to go without a counter attack, because he needed to lead his Youngster (Prosper) all the way to the end. The defending champion (Henry), was more patient; he decided to wait by maintaining his normal pace.last_img read more

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Category: dcdwjzcfjgwrjcrm Dodgers notes: Carl Crawford red-hot after slow start upon return from disabled list

first_imgDodgers left-fielder Carl Crawford came off the disabled list July 11 after missing six weeks with a severely sprained ankle. He was batting .267 when he sustained his injury.Upon his return, that average dipped lower and lower until it reached .230 on Aug. 3. For a career .291 hitter in 12 previous major-league seasons, that was not good.Don’t look now, but Crawford is tearing it up at the plate. He has raised his average back up to .267, meaning he has gained 37 points since that first week of August. Since Aug. 10, he he has hit .459 (17 for 37) with five multi-hit games. He had three hits in three of those games.Crawford, 33, is exciated about his resurgence. “It’s just a matter of getting your rhythm back,” he said before Saturday’s game against the New York Mets. “When I was younger it didn’t take as long to get going, and now it just takes a while and once it comes, it stays.“Just one of those things where it takes a while. And I know people’s patience is extremely short these days. So I’m just happy that it just came at some point, you know?”Where’s the power?Manager Don Mattingly was asked before Friday’s series opener why his team is not hitting more home runs. Adrian Gonzalez leads the Dodgers with 17, but the Dodgers have hit only 94 as a team. Only San Diego (89) and St. Louis (83) have hit fewer in the National League.Mattingly had an interesting response. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “I mean, I think you are who are you anyway, right?” he said. “I mean, who’s leading the league in home runs? (Giancarlo) Stanton has 30, right? I think (Justin) Upton is there in the top five, right? He’s got like 24.“Home runs are way down all over the place. It’s not like we’re the only club not hitting homers. Offense is down in general, so maybe the pitching is that good right now.”Miami’s Stanton leads the NL with 32 home runs. Anthony Rizzo of Chicago has 29 and Upton of Atlanta has 25.“I think the pitching has been really good,” Mattingly reiterated. “I think guys strike out more now. They put the ball in play less. Pitching seems to have passed up hitting right now.”Statistics bear that out. For example, in 2009 there were eight teams in the league that had team batting averages of at least .260 — the Dodgers and Mets led the way at .270. Five years later, Colorado is batting a league-high .277. The Dodgers are second at .259.Moreover, whereas the 15 teams in the National League collectively averaged 15.3 home runs per game in 2009, that average is down to about 12.5 this year. (It’s difficult to come up with an exact average for this year because one team has played as many as three more games than others).The reason? Mattingly said it’s because every team has multiple pitchers — especially in the bullpen — throwing in the mid-90s and higher.Crawford, for one, believes that could be it.“It seems like that’s all you see now,” he said of the hard-throwers. “You don’t really see the thumbers (those who rely on off-speed stuff) too much, the guys who just pitch from 89 to 91, you know?“It seems like everybody throws hard. In the bullpen, everybody’s throwing hard and over a six-month period, that tends to wear you down. Maybe that could be the case. I’m not sure.”The Dodgers entered play Saturday having scored 530 runs, fifth in the league.Tired Puig gets some restCenter fielder Yasiel Puig was given the day off Saturday. In his past six games he has gone just 4 for 24. Moreover, he has had just one extra-base hit in his past 14 games. He hasn’t hit a home run since July 31.“Yeah, we knew before the game yesterday and we talked — I knew he was getting beat up — (to) see how he was doing,” Mattingly said. “(He) said he was tired. We thought (Saturday) was the right day. So give him a day (off Saturday), he’ll play (today) and then we have an off day (Monday). Hopefully, get his legs back underneath him a little bit.”Mattingly said he has noticed Puig not having his usual gusto.“More than anything, it’s just a lack of energy,” he said. “A lot of times, it ends up being just little things you see on the field; body language and then at-bats get shorter where you don’t see the same patience.”Also …Mattingly also gave third baseman Justin Turner the day off. He doesn’t like to play Turner too many days in a row because of past injuries. … Hanley Ramirez is expected to come off the disabled list today and Mattingly said he expects to start him at shortstop.last_img read more

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