Representative Peter Welch, along with Rep. Bill Owens (D-N.Y.), introduced legislation this week to help dairy farmers meet their labor needs. The H-2A Improvement Act of 2011 (H.R. 1720) would allow dairy farmers access to the H-2A visa program, which other sectors of agriculture currently use to hire foreign workers.‘Vermont’s dairy farmers are hanging on by their fingernails,’ Welch said. ‘Every day they struggle with multiple challenges to survival, including high energy costs, unstable milk prices and a shortage of workers. This legislation will help take one challenge off their plates by ensuring they have an adequate labor supply. I look forward to working with Rep. Owens and Sen. Leahy to pass this bill into law.’The H-2A visa program allows farmers to hire foreign workers when domestic labor is unavailable. H.R. 1720 would allow foreign dairy workers, sheepherders and goat herders access the program. The U.S. Department of Labor issued rules in 2010 excluding the dairy industry from the H-2A agricultural worker visa program. While sheepherders and goat herders currently have access to the H-2A program, H.R. 1720 would make this access permanent.As a founder and co-chair of the Congressional Dairy Farmers Caucus and member of the House Agriculture Committee, Rep. Welch is a strong advocate for Vermont dairy farmers. He has introduced legislation that would stabilize the dairy prices for farmers and will be a key player in writing the next Farm Bill in this Congress. In the fall of 2009, Welch worked successfully with Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders to provide $350 million in emergency assistance to dairy farmers.H.R. 1720 is a companion bill to S. 852, introduced in the U.S. Senate by Sen. Leahy.Source: BURLINGTON, VT ‘ Rep. Peter Welch.
The Vermont Foliage Force, a task force of Vermont state, business and non-profit entities working to restore Vermont fall tourism, is asking businesses and individuals to share images of their Vermont today, in real-time. The task force is requesting unedited and authentic portrayals of our towns, roadways and scenery that can be used in their fall foliage marketing campaign.Vermonters can share their favorite leaf-peeping routes via video or upload scenic photos on www.vermontpartners.com(link is external). These images and stories will be used to share the vibrancy of our state events, resiliency and character in a See Vermont Like a Local campaign directed by the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing.‘This is an opportunity for Vermonters to serve as ambassadors of their towns, to support their neighbors and local businesses,’ said Steve Cook, deputy commissioner of tourism. ‘True locals’ tips and authentic images illustrate that we are open for business and that, without exception, our foliage season is going to be spectacular.’ Even in areas unaffected or quickly recovering, post-Irene reports have resulted in cancellations of tours and travel plans that have rendered tourist-dependent businesses idle. The Vermont Foliage Force is working to inform travelers that Vermont is still, and perhaps now more than ever, host to the most inspirational fall foliage experience.With the interstates and 85 percent of the state’s roads fully open, visitors can have the authentic Vermont foliage experience that Vermont is so very proud to provide.Visitors can support Vermont by keeping their travel plans; Vermonters can best support their state by helping communicate that we are open, the scenery is stunning as always, and yes, you can get here from there.A prime example of businesses collaborating to share the message that Vermont is moving forward is the series of first-person accounts the Vermont Chamber has collected: http://www.youtube.com/vermontchamber(link is external).Composed of representatives from the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, Vermont Ski Areas Association, Vermont Agency of Transportation, Vermont Department of Forest Parks and Recreation, Vermont-based communications firms HMC2 and Hen House Media and state tourism officials, the Vermont Foliage Force will use a comprehensive communications campaign to highlight the accessibility of Vermont and that most areas of Vermont are ready to provide the inspirational foliage experience the state is known for.###
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC) – The financial situation of Cricket West Indies (CWI) is much worse than previously thought, says newly elected president Ricky Skerritt.Skerritt, who took over the post after defeating Dave Cameron in elections on March 24, has revealed that due to a lack of resources CWI has not been able to honour all of its financial obligations.He said however, that the organisation was moving swiftly to address the problem.“It’s worse than you think. I’m not in a position to speak to numbers, all I can tell you is that we have a significant shortfall in working capital and that is why we have been not up to date with most of our obligations to our creditors,” Skerritt disclosed.“We have as a result begun to undertake a financial review and in the meantime, we are continuing to raise funds where the funds can be raised and we think that within the next couple of months or so we should be in a much better position than we are now.”When asked if consideration was being given for a forensic audit to be done on the handling of finances by the previous administration, the president would only say that a financial review was being done.“We are doing a financial review but I won’t bother to use any terms other than that,” Skerritt noted.
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) drives between Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes (22) and center DeAndre Jordan (6) in the third quarter of Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series in Oklahoma City, Monday, May 5, 2014. Los Angeles won 122-105. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kevin Durant has plenty of scoring titles. Now, he finally has an MVP trophy to go with them.The Oklahoma City Thunder star won the NBA’s top individual honor Tuesday, grabbing 119 first-place votes. Miami’s LeBron James, who had won the last two MVP awards and four of the previous five, finished second with six first-place votes and Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers was third.Durant, a 6-foot-9 forward, won his fourth scoring crown in five years this season by averaging 32 points per game. He helped the Thunder finish the regular season with a 59-23 record, second-best in the league, despite playing much of the season without three-time All-Star Russell Westbrook by his side because of a nagging knee injury.“He’s been the most consistent guy all season long,” Westbrook said at the end of the regular season. “He’s done a great job of leading us to where we are now. He’s basically put himself in front of everybody else in the league and shown that he’s the best player in the world.”James agreed, saying Monday: “Much respect to him and he deserves it. He had a big-time MVP season.”Durant’s run of 41 consecutive games this season with at least 25 points was the third-longest streak in NBA history. In all, he scored at least 40 points 14 times. He also averaged 7.4 rebounds and a career-high 5.5 assists while shooting 50 percent from the field.“He does everything,” New Orleans coach Monty Williams said. “You just can’t recall a guy that long who can do what he does every single night. Shooting from 30 feet on the floor with confidence and driving to the basket and dunking on guys, and then go post up, and on top of it, a great teammate and good kid.”Durant moved to the front of the pack while Westbrook was out following his most recent knee surgery. Durant averaged 35 points and 6.3 assists during that stretch as the Thunder went 20-7 and remained among the league’s elite.Westbrook’s injury gave Durant an opportunity to use his improving skills as a playmaker.“I’ve always been a player that was excited for my teammates’ success,” Durant said. “Not just mine, but my teammates’ as well. Wanting to see them do well translates to my game, which is wanting to pass the ball and seeing my teammates reap the benefits.”Teammates and opponents say Durant became a more complete player this season. They praised him for improving his court vision, consistently making the extra pass and moving more efficiently without the ball.“What he does is tough to do,” teammate Nick Collison said. “I think we take it for granted. To be able to stay on for long periods of time — have to cut hard, catch the ball in the right spot and defend on the other end — is tough to do. To be able to show that shows that he has an edge to him. He doesn’t take a night off.”Durant’s slight build could be considered one of his few weaknesses, but he has especially improved in dealing with opponents who try to push him around.“People have been trying to do that since he’s been in the league, and obviously, he’s just gotten better every season, so I don’t really think that matters with him,” Westbrook said. “He just takes on the challenge. When people try to be physical, he takes on the challenge and becomes more aggressive.”Though Durant’s consistency stood out this season, he had several exceptional games. He scored 48 points on Jan. 4 at Minnesota, then scored 48 again two games later at Utah. He scored a career-high 54 points in a home win against Golden State on Jan. 17 and two games later scored 46 at home in a win against Portland. Two games after that, he had a triple-double — 32 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists — in a win at Philadelphia, and he followed that with 41 points in a win over Atlanta. He scored 51 points at Toronto on March 21 in a staggering 53 minutes and hit the game-winning 3-pointer with 1.7 seconds left in double overtime.He capped it off in the season finale by scoring 21 of his 42 points in the fourth quarter against Detroit and winning the game with a dunk with 16.5 seconds left. The Thunder overcame a 10-point deficit in the quarter to clinch the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference playoffs.__Follow Cliff Brunt on Twitter: www.twitter.com/CliffBruntAP
Tag: 夜上海论坛 SCJ Alliance Named 2016 Top Place to Work
Facebook30Tweet0Pin0Submitted by SCJ Alliance Business Examiner Media named SCJ Alliance the 2016 Top Place to Work as a medium-sized employer. The award was announced on the same day as SCJ’s 10-year anniversary, May 16, 2016.Business Examiner judges noted they were impressed by the extent to which SCJ’s core values are evident in the firm’s day-to-day atmosphere.SCJ President Perry Shea said the honor means more than most. “Our core values — trust, stewardship, compassion, integrity, freedom — are a very real guide for how we do business. We look for more than technical expertise; we hire for character. Receiving this award shows us passion for these ideals is echoed throughout our team.SCJ President Perry SheaIn an anonymous survey, one employee said SCJ has “leaders who believe as if the primary purpose of business is improving the lives of people.”SCJ Senior Vice President Jean Carr shared, “We believe in supporting a work/life balance and nurturing characteristics like innovation, respect, collaboration, accountability, creativity and fun. I’m proud to see it’s working.Another surveyed employee said, “I’ve never worked somewhere that I felt was so supportive of advancing my professional goals and interests. They truly want us to realize our full potential, and they strive to facilitate that.”SCJ Alliance is a nationally-recognized, award-winning company specializing in civil engineering, transportation planning & design, environmental & urban planning, landscape architecture & design, and public outreach. Founded in 2006 as Shea Carr Jewell, SCJ has grown steadily from three employees in one location, to a dynamic team of nearly 70 employees in five locations.“For ten years, we have aimed to create a compassionate workplace,” said Shea. “We know that when we acknowledge and care for the needs of our staff, success for our clients, our firm and our people will follow.”
By Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily SportsNo doubt after the New Year’s Eve debacle, the Nelson Leafs will be eager to get a positive start to 2012 when the club plays host to the Princeton Posse Friday in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action at the NDCC Arena.The Leafs completed 2011 with a stinker even the players had a difficult time stomaching, losing 3-2 to the Spokane Braves — the same team Nelson trashed 7-1 the night before, on the road no less.”It’s a new season and we’ve got to get ready for the stretch run,” Leaf coach Frank Maida told The Nelson Daily. “The players know for us to make a run we can’t take any games off and must come prepared to every game.”In the Posse, the Leaf face a big team ready to push the Leafs around. However, Maida said the Green and White must use their speed in the larger NDCC Arena to its advantage.”(Princeton) is a bigger team that play in a smaller arena, so we’ve got to use our speed to our advantage and wear them down,” he said.During the only meeting of the season between the two clubs, a 4-2 win by the Posse, the hosts jumped to a 2-0 lead four minutes into the first period — a lead the Leafs could not overcome despite out shooting Princeton 39-22.Princeton, 20-13-1, enter the game tops in the Okanagan Division with a one-point lead over Osoyoos Coyotes.In contrast the Leafs, are tied with the Posse in points but sit third in the Murdoch 15 points behind division leading Beaver Valley. Saturday, hosts the 1-34 Grand Forks Border Bruins.Both games have a 7 p.m. puck drop.ICE CHIPS: Leaf defenceman Julian Davis has decided to leave the team and return to his home in the Lower Mainland. In 13 games since joining the Leafs the 5’11”, 183-pound Davis had one goal. . . .Nelson will see a familiar foe when team sees Castlegar after the Rebels acquired Riley Henderson from the Golden Rockets in exchange for future considerations. In 27 games this season, 17 with Nelson, Henderson had 22 points, including five goals. . . .Leaf coach Frank Maida is working the phones trying to bolster his club before the January 10 B.C. Hockey roster deadline. However, Maida, with two open cards, is not thinking there will be too much action as Junior A and Junior B clubs have most rosters in [email protected]
The Kootenay Wildcats lost the battle but won the war.Despite dropping a 3-2 decision to the Pacific Ravens from Richmond, the Cats still achieved the weekend goal of grabbing at least a point to capture third spot in B.C. Female Midget AAA Hockey League Sunday at the NDCC Arena.Kootenay, finishing the season with a 9-14-5 mark, skated to a scoreless tie Saturday against the Ravens to secure a spot in the semi final round against Okanagan Rockets of Kelowna.“We were kind of hoping get one point to secure third place in the regular season (standings),” said Kootenay captain Erin McLean following Sunday’s game.“I’m happy got the point but not very happy to lose in my last (B.C. Female Midget AAA) league game,” added Trail’s McLean.Leading the Ravens by three points entering the weekend Kootenay managed to clinch third thanks in part to the shutout netminding of Castlegar’s Morgan Flynn.Flynn stopped everything the Ravens fired at the Kootenay net to lift the Wildcats to the scoreless tie.During Sunday’s meaningless game as far as standings, Kaely McMurty scored in the third period to snap a 2-2 tie and power Pacific past the Wildcats.Twice the Ravens took one goal leads and twice the Wildcats rallied to tie the game. “Our heads just weren’t in this game,” McLean admitted. “The final result may have counted a little less (as far as standings) but for the third-year girls we all wanted to win.”Emily Jude and Emina Ida scored twice for the Ravens while Stephanie McAuley of Trail had a pair for Kootenay.Kylee Styles registered the win in goal for the Ravens while Lauren Biggs of Salmo took the loss for Kootenay.The Wildcats have a few weeks off before travelling to Kelowna to meet the Rockets in one of two semi finals.“We’ve played Kelowna pretty well this season, winning a little less than have the games against them so we feel pretty good going against them,” McLean said.Meanwhile the Ravens play host to Prince George Cougars in quarterfinal round action March 16-18 in Richmond.The Richmond/Prince George winner meets regular season champ Fraser Valley Phantom in the other semi final.The semi final winners meet in the league championship.KOOTENAY NOTES: Team captain Erin McLean of Trail led the Wildcats in scoring with 12 points. Denomie Vockeroth of Rossland had 11 points while Cori-Anne Huisman of Fernie and Stephanie McAuley each had 10 points.
Mike Smith1332123%$322,280 Edwin Maldonado3548711%$185,000 Dan Hendricks831038%$71,890 Richard Mandella1755129%$385,840 A ‘SPECIAL’ MONDAY AT DERBY RESTAURANT With the Special Olympics World Games being held throughout Southern California from July 25-Aug. 9, the City of Arcadia will be among the many communities hosting a group of participating athletes and their coaches for three days prior to the competition.And the legendary Derby restaurant at 233 Huntington Drive is doing its part to help.This Monday, May 18, the Derby will donate, after costs, all proceeds from lunch, dinner and alcohol to a volunteer committee that has been making plans to house, feed, transport and entertain a contingent of approximately 100 from the twin-island country of Trinidad & Tobago and the Kyrgyz Republic, the former Soviet Union country of Kyrgyzstan.A number of jockeys, including Mike Smith and Gary Stevens, and retired great Laffit Pincay Jr., plus horse trainers and city dignitaries, have indicated they will be at the Derby on Monday. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling 626 447-2430. A mention of Special Olympics is encouraged.For further information, contact committee member Larry Stewart at 818 512-1608. Rafael Bejarano4389919%$368,930 Joseph Talamo4472816%$257,942 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won FINISH LINES: Richard Baltas reports that Grade I winner Big Macher is in England with trainer Wesley Ward who will prepare the California-bred son of Beau Genius for either the King’s Stand at five furlongs on turf June 16 or the Diamond Jubilee at six furlongs on turf June 20 at Royal Ascot. “I spoke with Wesley yesterday and the horse seemed like he shipped in fine,” said Baltas, who also is the new trainer of 2014 Charles Town Classic winner Imperative. The son of Bernardini currently is at Bonnie Acres in Hemet for evaluation before returning to the track. “He’ll have at least a month’s rest,” Baltas said . . . With 4-5 favorite Wandering Heart creating a minus show pool of $129,722 while finishing fourth in a five-horse field in yesterday’s first race, show prices were greatly inflated. Victorious High Intensity paid $19.60, $6 and $21.40 across the board; runner-up Kiss My Face paid $3.80 and $5.60; and third-place finisher West Mid returned $29 to show . . . Through 12 racing days, favorites at Santa Anita were winning right about the national norm, 33.98 percent (35 of 103). Favorites on dirt were winning at a 32.86 percent clip (23 of 70), while on turf, 36.36 percent (12 of 33) . . . The Great Race Place presents its Santa Anita Carnival Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 23 through Monday, May 25. The entire family is invited for three days of live racing, carnival rides, games and prizes, with unlimited rides for children for only $10. Admission and parking to the Infield is free through Gate 6 off Colorado Place. SANTA ANITA STATISTICS John Sadler2434313%$156,198 NO SENSE RAILING AGAINST RAIL IN PREAKNESSSTEVENS FANCIES HIS VIEW FROM THE OUTSIDEBIG MACHER WITH WARD FOR ROYAL ASCOT RACE Santiago Gonzalez3447212%$166,588 -30- Felipe Valdez4368414%$221,580 Drayden Van Dyke3674219%$258,910 Doug O’Neill37711519%$340,000 PREAKNESS POSTS NO DETERRENT, HOLLENDORFER SAYSBob Baffert doesn’t always draw the rail. It just seems like it.While no records are immediately available, the Hall of Fame trainer seems to live onthe rail in post position draws. Such is the case in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes, where the two horses he trains, Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah and third-place finisher Dortmund will break from one and two respectively in a field of eight going a mile and three-sixteenths. “I didn’t like the draw,” Baffert told Daily Racing Form. “I hate seeing them next to each other like that.”Horsemen in general, be they trainers or jockeys, have no great love of inside post positions. A strong intimidation factor seems to exist for both horse and rider.“The facts are the facts when you’re on the rail, going short especially,” said Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who is steadfastly approaching career victory No. 7,000. “Guys don’t seem to like being there.“I guess it’s considered a disadvantage. Part of the problem is riders on the rail feel like they have to send their horses out of there and try to get a good position and some horses don’t like to be sent off their feet out of there.“When horses break a little slow, the tendency is to try and rush them up from the one hole so they don’t get shuffled back too far. It’s a problem, but if you have a good enough horse, they can overcome it.”“A good enough horse” would certainly be an appropriate description of American Pharoah and Dortmund in the Preakness, which, at a sixteenth of a mile shorter than the mile and a quarter Kentucky Derby, is far from a sprint.“I don’t consider the Preakness post positions for them a disadvantage at all,” Hollendorfer said.STEVENS HAPPY OVER PREAKNESS DRAWAs far as jockey Gary Stevens is concerned, the post position draw for Saturday’s Preakness Stakes couldn’t have gone any better if he drew the race himself.Stevens was not only happy to have his mount, Kentucky Derby runner-up Firing Line, draw the outside post in the eight-horse field, but he seemed downright giddy that his major competition, American Pharoah and Dortmund, drew posts one and two, respectively.Moreover, Mr. Z, a late addition to the field after he was purchased privately by Calumet Farm, drew post three. Mr. Z, who finished 13th in the Kentucky Derby, remains in the care of trainer D. Wayne Lukas.“I’m pleased not so much where I drew but where Dortmund and American Pharoah drew, one and two, and Mr. Z outside of them,” said Stevens, a three-time winner of the Preakness. “I expect Mr. Z to show more speed than he did in the Kentucky Derby with new ownership.“Wayne’s going out for the kill; that’s going to make those guys make some decisions earlier in the race that they didn’t have the benefit of making in the Kentucky Derby. Now I’ve got that benefit.”In the Kentucky Derby, Firing Line dueled outside of Dortmund before putting that horse away in deep stretch. But, American Pharoah, who broke from post 15 in the Kentucky Derby, rallied several paths outside of Firing Line, pulling away from that rival late to win by one length.Stevens said Firing Line, owned by Arnold Zetcher and trained by Simon Callaghan, would have no problem sitting off the pace, something he did in the Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita Feb. 7 when he made the lead in mid-stretch but was outgamed to the wire by Dortmund, who won that race by a head.“He’ll sit about any trip,” Stevens said. “I wasn’t overly concerned about the draw. I toldMr. Zetcher just prior to it I’d love to have the outside, but if we don’t I’ll be fine with where we’re at. But those three being down inside it gives me a lot of options.”Stevens also believes the fact that Firing Line had six weeks from the Sunland Derby to the Kentucky Derby gives him a fresher horse for the two-week turnaround from the Kentucky Derby to the Preakness.“I think it helps him,” he said. “That’s one thing Simon, Mr. Zetcher and myself talked about before. For a guy that’s never been through the Triple Crown before, Simon was sorting this stuff out prior to; he knew what he was getting into and how tough it was going to be on him and he felt the six weeks would be to our benefit.“We had the freshest horse going into the Derby and I got to think of the top three Derby finishers we may have come out of the race with the freshest horse going into the Preakness.”In conjunction with the Preakness, Santa Anita will present an attractive day of live racing along with a festive Preakness party featuring the Preakness Handicapping Challenge offering $100,000 in prizes this weekend, May 16 and 17.Santa Anita offers a $500,000 guaranteed Late Pick 4 pool on Saturday as well as a guaranteed Pick 6 pool of $150,000. First post time is 11:30 a.m.For details, visit santaanita.com. ULTIMATE HOLIDAY WORKING WELL FOR ANGEL FLIGHTUltimate Holiday goes from an impressive maiden allowance win to the $75,000 Angels Flight for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs Saturday.Richard Baltas, currently in the mix for leading trainer with six wins through 12 days, was cautiously optimistic about her chances.“She’s been working great, although I was looking for a softer spot for her, but couldn’t find one, so here we are,” he said.Ultimate Holiday, a Kentucky-bred daughter of Harlan’s Holiday, captured her last race by 3 ¼ lengths on April 4, her first start since last Aug. 31.The field for the Angels Flight, the second race on an 11-race card: Ultimate Holiday, Felipe Valdez, 12-1; Tara’s Tango, Mike Smith, 1-1; Suva Harbor, Edwin Maldonado, 12-1; $1,500 supplemental nominee Moon’s Over, Elvis Trujillo, 6-1; Fantastic Style, Rafael; Bejarano, 9-5; and Ben’s Duchess, Joe Talamo, 7-2. Flavien Prat491111222%$635,920 Tyler Baze661391220%$543,750 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Richard Baltas2163129%$307,610 Philip D’Amato2072235%$278,960 Peter Miller2448117%$193,710 Elvis Trujillo3641411%$192,590 Gonzalo Nicolas373388%$117,276 (Current Through Thursday, May 14) William Spawr730043%$59,220 Fernando Perez4387719%$335,460 Tiago Pereira2446317%$187,920
Tag: 夜上海论坛 TRIPLE CROWN CHAMPION AMERICAN PHAROAH BREEZES HALF MILE AT SANTA ANITA IN 49.80; BAFFERT CHARGE HAS FIRST WORK SINCE SECOND-PLACE RUN IN GRADE I TRAVERS AUG. 29–WITH $5 MILLION BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC NEXT UP
ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 21, 2015)–Under the watchful eye of trainer Bob Baffert, Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah, with jockey Martin Garcia up, breezed a half mile this morning at Santa Anita in 49.80–his first official work since running second in the Grade I Travers Stakes at Saratoga Aug. 29.Based at Santa Anita last fall, winter and early spring, the Ahmed Zayat homebred colt by Pioneerof the Nile won the final start of his 2-year-old campaign, the Grade I FrontRunner Stakes at Santa Anita a year ago and was subsequently named Eclipse Champion 2-year-old.America’s first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, American Pharoah returned to Santa Anita following victory in the Belmont Stakes June 6 and was then vanned to Del Mar in mid-July in advance of an emphatic 2 ¼ length win in the Grade I Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on Aug. 2. Subsequent to that, he was returned to Del Mar and prepared for the prestigious Travers.Along with the rest of Baffert’s stable, American Pharoah returned yet again to The Great Race Place early on Sept. 10 and has trained over the main track each day since as Baffert readies him for his career finale, and a likely showdown with superstar mare Beholder, in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland on Oct. 31.
SANTA CLARA – Now that the 49ers have tossed back a six-pack of wins, let’s see what the fans are thirsting for in this Week 8 mailbag via my Instagram and Twitter taps:Can the defense play better than they already have? (@iLikeGSW)Let’s let Nick Bosa, their early-season MVP, answer: “Earlier in games, we can play better. It takes us a minute to settle down. If we just stick to what we do right off the bat … That’s part of the game, making adjustments. Teams know they have to run the ball …