CSIR IGIB, TATA Sons sign MoU By Press Information Bureau on May 6, 2020 Read Article WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Add Comment COVID-19CSIR IGIBFELUDATata Sons Share Related Posts The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story CSIR’s constituent lab, Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (CSIR-IGIB) and TATA Sons signed a MoU for licensing of KNOWHOW for FNCAS9 EDITOR LINKED UNIFORM DETECTION ASSAY (FELUDA) FOR RAPID DIAGNOSIS OF COVID-19The license shall include transfer of the knowledge for scaling up the KNOWHOW in the form of a kit that can be deployed for COVID-19 testing on ground as early as end of May. A completely indigenous scientific invention, FELUDA for COVID-19 has been designed for mitigating the ongoing COVID-19 situation and cater to mass testing. Its main advantages are its affordability, relative ease of use and non-dependency on expensive Q-PCR machines. CSIR IGIB and TATA Sons will now work together to bring it for widespread use at the earliest.Commenting on the agreement, Mr Banmali Agrawala, President – Infrastructure and Defence & Aerospace, Tata Sons said, “We are happy to enter into a partnership with Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology of CSIR (Council of Scientific & Industrial Research) for further development and commercialisation of Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR) based technology for COVID-19 detection. This innovative CRISPR ‘FELUDA’ test uses cutting-edge CRISPR technology for detection of genomic sequence of novel coronavirus. It uses a test protocol that is simple to administer and easy to interpret enabling results to be made available to the medical fraternity in relatively lesser time, as compared to other test protocols. We believe that CRISPR is futuristic technology that can also be configured for detection of multiple other pathogens in the future.DG-CSIR, Dr Shekhar C Mande commented, “CSIR labs such as CSIR-IGIB have been working on deep science and developing cutting-edge technology and I am happy to see that leading Industry TATA Group is partnering towards its deployment. The strong partnership with industry in tackling Covid-19 has been the hallmark of CSIRs strategy in mitigation of Covid1-9.”Dr Anurag Agrawal, Director-IGIB highlighted that the technology was conceived and developed at CSIR IGIB under sickle cell mission and utilises an indigenously developed cutting-edge CRISPR Cas9 technology to specifically recognise COVID-19 sequence in a sample. A combination of CRISPR biology and paper-strip chemistry leads to a visible signal readout on a paper strip that can be rapidly assessed for establishing the presence of viral infection in a sample. Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha M&A News Comments (0) Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre”
HomeFeaturedYear in Review Part 1: February Dec. 24, 2019 at 9:33 amFeaturedNewsYear in Review Part 1: FebruaryMatthew Hall1 year agoBBBbreezecrimeTyra BanksWISEyear in review The Daily Press is summarizing the year’s news as it was covered in our pages for the year. Today, we are covering the first four months of the year.FEBRUARYThe SMMUSD Board of Education discussed adding security cameras around the perimeters of school campuses and requiring all campus visitors to check in through an ID verification system that runs their identity through criminal databases. The measures are intended to make the district’s schools more secure against crime and other scenarios, such as active shooter situations.New state legislation extended some of the insurance and safety protections Santa Monica provides for dockless scooter and bike riders to all Californians. AB 1286, by Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), required that cities and counties adopt and scooter and bike companies comply with safety rules like the ones set forth in Santa Monica’s Shared Mobility Pilot Program.Council voted to shorten its often lengthy meetings by incentivizing members of the public to speak for one minute instead of two. Members of the public who address Council for one minute can speak at the beginning of the item, while those who use two minutes will speak after.Jackie Rivera-Krouse took over the Santa Monica Farmers Market from longtime manager Laura Avery. Rivera-Krouse, who was born in Santa Monica and grew up in northeast Los Angeles, said some of her earliest memories are of the Santa Monica Farmers Market.Two new apartment buildings were approved in downtown Santa Monica, one replacing an office building and the other filling an empty lot. One is a six-story building at 1437 7th Street with 10,000 square feet of commercial space on its ground floor and 65 apartments in its upper stories. The other is a five-story building at 1235 5th Street with about 1,800 square feet of ground floor commercial space and 23 apartments.Fresh N’ Lean opened its first store at 705 Montana Ave. offering grab-and-go meals designed for meat eaters, vegans and those trying to lose weight. Customers can visit the store in person, order a la carte deliveries or try different meals before they sign up for one of the company’s delivery plans.Stephen Lloyd Fader, 42, was charged with murder after stabbing his mother and father. His mother died at the scene but his father survived.Several Santa Monica parents began a campaign to change the start of school days. The Change.org petition asks the school district to move school start times for all middle and high schools to 8:30 a.m. or later for the benefit of students’ wellbeing.Santa Monica was spared any serious damage during a weekend storm but PCH was closed due to sporadic flooding and debris flows.Heroic Wine Bar opened at 514 Santa Monica Blvd. serving Italian fare from award-winning chef Barbara Pollastrini in addition to a wine, cheese and charcuterie menu. All cheeses and meats at both the deli and the wine bar are imported and the wines are rated 90 points or higher.Tyra Banks announced an attraction called Modelland at Santa Monica Place. Banks, a supermodel and television host, said she is launching a ticketed retail and dining experience at the downtown Santa Monica mall. It will be the flagship location of what she is planning to expand as a global chain.Community Corporation of Santa Monica won $1 million in a countywide challenge to come up with housing solutions for those experiencing homelessness. CCSM is proposing using prefabricated housing units to construct permanent supportive housing, which would reduce costs by up to 25 percent and cut construction time in half.A former mechanic for Bird alleged in a lawsuit that the company breached its agreement with the city of Santa Monica to provide safe, durable scooters. Screenshots of Bird’s internal communication show that an operations specialist asked mechanics in November not to take scooters off the road or report them as damaged if they had missing screws, grips or kickstands, loose necks, handlebars, bolts or brains or broken reflectors.Experiential retail became a trend locally as stores began offering customers an interactive shopping or entertainment experience that they can only get by visiting a physical store. An increasing number of retailers are opening in-store restaurants and bars, hosting free and ticketed events or giving customers the chance to interact with new technology.The Coastal Commission approved a partial demolition and remodel of a long vacant building in one of the Santa Monica’s most desirable locations. The properties at 423 – 429 Ocean Ave are across the street from Palisades Park with ocean views. The 16 former apartments have been vacant for a decade and will be converted into 14 condominiums after the Coastal Commission required a density increase beyond limits previously set by Santa Monica.The growth of co-working in Santa Monica accelerated rapidly as two industry giants, Spaces and WeWork, announced plans to open more than 180,000 square feet of co-working space near Bergamot Station. Spaces has signed an almost 70,000 square foot lease at the Water Garden on 26th Street and WeWork is taking over the 116,000 square foot Lantana Campus on Olympic Boulevard.Outer, a Santa Monica-based direct-to-consumer furniture company, launched Neighborhood Showrooms, a concept that will display Outer’s outdoor furniture through a customer’s home.Kevin Ferron was arrested and charged with attempted murder after attacking his girlfriend at their home. Arrest records show Ferron had been arrested four times in the last year, and police said he has a prior history of domestic violence.Camron Lee, was arrested as a person of interest in connection with the murder of De’Ommie de la Cruz. De la Cruz was celebrating a friend’s birthday on a party bus that stopped near the Santa Monica Pier in 2017 when someone began firing a gun into the crowd. De la Cruz was hit by several gunshots and died.An advertising campaign for season nine of ‘The Walking Dead’ spooked children on the Third Street Promenade. The AMC show that explores life after the zombie apocalypse put up posters at 1201 Third Street Promenade, a building that Barnes and Noble vacated, featuring actors from the show dressed as zombies. The show hired actors to dress up as zombies and walk around the Promenade.WISE & Healthy Aging, a nonprofit headquartered in Santa Monica, tipped off Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer that a nursing home in Westlake was improperly discharging homeless and mentally-impaired residents, resulting in a $600,000 settlement.City Council approved the Santa Monica Pier Corporation’s request to move the Pier concert’s start date to the third Wednesday in August, which was estimated to increase attendance by about 30 percent and make Twilight more attractive to corporate sponsors.The City of Santa Monica officially lost the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) lawsuit. The judge said future City Council elections should be determined by a seven district map. The final ruling reinforced the amended tentative ruling. City Hall appealed the decision.Huckleberry Cafe, a comfort food cafe located off Wilshire (and 2018 Most Loved SM Breakfast/Brunch winner), celebrated its ten-year anniversary. Owners Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan said Huckleberry’s longevity and support from the community have been a surprise and they’re both thankful for the local support.A 40-unit building at 601 Wilshire Blvd. will replace a FedEx and a defunct ticket services center and another 40-unit building at 525 Colorado Ave. will replace a one-story building and parking lot occupied by software company Carbon Five. Each will contain more than 6,000 square feet of commercial space facing the street.The VOID opened on the Promenade offering a new virtual reality concept tied to popular movies such as Star Wars and Wreck it Ralph.The Breeze Bike Share program lost revenue and ridership to competition from dockless scooters and bikes.Three companies trying to take cars off the road during peak commute hours worked together to make it easier for companies to encourage their employees to carpool. Waze Carpool announced that it partnered with commuting platforms RideAmigos and Luum so employers using Waze can incentivize employees to carpool, such as by giving gift cards, paid time off, gas money or parking passes.Big Blue Bus installed solar-powered LED signs that will show arrival times at 10 large bus shelters and 166 bus stops in Santa Monica and Los Angeles by mid-2019. The 176 shelters and stops comprise 76 percent of BBB ridership. BBB has also equipped 19 of its newest buses with free Wi-Fi and a wireless connection will be standard on all new buses.Friends of the Santa Monica Public Library is a volunteer-run 501 3(c) non-profit that raises funds and advocates on behalf of the Santa Monica Public Library System. The group set a goal to raise about $100k to fund many programs throughout the year, including Santa Monica Reads, the Summer Reading Program, SMPL at the Beach, Soundwaves concerts, author talks, movie screenings and branch programming such as literacy improvement for kids.The Santa Monica Police Department arrested three people and seized 21 handguns, eight long guns/rifles, over 4000 rounds of ammunition, cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin in a raid triggered by local drug sales. More than $200,000 in cash was also found at the scene.Richard Bloom, a former Mayor of Santa Monica who represents the Westside in the California State Assembly, introduced a bill that would make California the 25th state to mandate that private health insurance companies cover the costs of hearing aids for children. Bloom also announced that he introduced legislation to tax soda sold in California as a way to tackle the state’s diabetes and obesity problems.The state senator representing Santa Monica introduced a bill that seeks to phase out single-use plastics by 2030. Sen. Ben Allen, who represents the Westside, Hollywood and the South Bay in the California State Senate, introduced legislation requiring all single-use packaging and products to be reusable, recyclable or compostable. The bill has been shelved until next year’s legislative session.Stunt workers stepped up their campaign for recognition at the Oscars. Alex Daniels, 38-year veteran stunt coordinator and president of the Stuntmen’s Association, said the stunt community has been fighting for representation at the Oscars since at least 1991. Even with several stunt members in the Academy and several discussions and meetings, they have gained no traction in their fight.Previous Month: JanuaryNext Month: MarchTags :BBBbreezecrimeTyra BanksWISEyear in reviewshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentYear in Review Part 1: MarchYear in Review Part 1: JanuaryYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall7 hours agoBriefsLos Angeles Sheriff’s deputy accused of destroying evidence of 2019 assaultAssociated Press11 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson18 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter18 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor18 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press18 hours ago
O2rural coverageThree UKUKVodafone UK Tags UK operators Vodafone, O2 and 3 unveiled plans to increase 4G coverage in rural areas by building and sharing 222 new mobile masts, as they move to meet government connectivity targets.In a joint statement, the operators explained the three-year programme forms the initial stage of the Shared Rural Network (SRN) initiative, with work to begin this year.Most efforts will be put into Scotland, where the companies will build 124 new sites, followed by England (54), Wales (33) and Northern Ireland (11).The trio said the step will “virtually eliminate” coverage gaps in areas where not every operator currently offers services.They pledged to engage with local stakeholders and key parties to ensure “a timely and efficient rollout that unlocks the benefits of 4G for these rural communities”.An EE representative told Mobile World Live it is not required to be involved in this stage of the SRN plan, as it has already hit targets by building more than 600 new rural sites in the past few years.The company added it offered to share the masts with its rivals. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Vodafone UK ramps competition with BT Home Operators align on UK 4G coverage goal Previous ArticleMediaTek capitalises on 4G, 5G smartphone gainsNext ArticleAnalysts brand 5G, AI key to smart city success Yanitsa Boyadzhieva Related Vodafone UK plots open RAN research lab Firmas rivales cuestionan la fusión de Virgin Media y O2 UK AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore5 27 JAN 2021 Yanitsa joins Mobile World Live as a Reporter based in London. She has more than 5 years’ experience at various media outlets in her home country Bulgaria. She started her career as a political reporter, followed by taking editor roles… Read more Author Español
Homepage BannerNews Facebook By News Highland – September 11, 2018 Google+ Pinterest Google+ Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th The new €3 million Cockhill Bridge in Inishowen has been officially opened today by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.This new bridge spans 28 meters with a 7 meter wide carriageway and two walkways and replaces the 200 year old bridge which is being retained to serve as a new pedestrian and cycle crossing of the river.At the opening today, Government Chief Whip Minister Joe McHugh said; “There’s been a campaign for a new bridge at Cockhill for about 65 years. And Fine Gael in Government have delivered it.”He added; “Donegal is the only county with three major roadworks ongoing. We pumped somewhere in the region of €20million into Inishowen, including on repairs to roads and bridges and sports clubs like Cockhill Celtic, all in the wake of last year’s floods.Minister McHugh said; “We are the first Government to see the need in Inishowen and to do something about it. Cockhill Bridge will be a symbol of that and this Government’s commitment to the region.” Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Cockhill Bridge officially opened by Taoiseach Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Previous articleTaoiseach told vital road projects for Donegal must be deliveredNext articleSIPOC ethics hearing against Cllr O’Donnell commences News Highland Twitter Pinterest Community Enhancement Programme open for applications
Suspected microcephaly cases in Brazil increase by almost 200Nearly 200 new suspected cases of microcephaly potentially related to the spread of Zika virus were reported in Brazil over the past week, raising the total of suspected cases to 2,975, according to a translated bulletin from Brazil’s Ministry of Health (MOH) posted yesterday by infectious disease blog Avian Flu Diary.Microcephaly, in which infants are born with smaller-than-normal heads and brains, has been reported in 656 municipalities in 20 Brazilian states, increasing in incidence with the spread of Zika virus in the country.Of the total number of suspected microcephaly cases, 1,153 (39%) have been reported in the Brazilian state of Pernambuco. Other states reporting high numbers of suspected cases include Paraiba (476), Bahia (271), Rio Grande do Norte (154), Sergipe (146), Ceara (134), Alagoas (129), Maranhao (94), and Piaui (51).MOH officials are also investigating 40 deaths that are potentially related to microcephaly. It has declared a public health emergency and opened an emergency operations center as a response, as well as a national center to combat microcephaly that will focus on controlling Aedes mosquitoes, which transmit Zika virus.Dec 30 AFD reportDec 23 CIDRAP News scan on Zika virus and microcephaly in Brazil Study: Absenteeism rose among HCWs as 2009 H1N1 pandemic progressedAbsences due to acute respiratory infection (ARI) increased in healthcare workers with each phase of the 2009 H1N flu pandemic, according to findings published yesterday in BMC Infectious Diseases.Hong Kong researchers analyzed ARI-related absenteeism among healthcare workers (HCWs) during seasonal flu epidemics from 2004 to 2009 and compared it to the containment (May 1 through Jun 10, 2009) and mitigation (Jun 11 through Dec 31, 2009) periods of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic.During the study period, 27,419 (34.8%) of the 78,743 HCW absences were ARI-related, accounting for an average staff time loss of 17.4 person-days, the authors said.HCW absences due to ARI increased significantly during the pre-pandemic and pandemic phases, with a 26.5% increase during flu seasons, a 43.2% increase during the 2009 pandemic containment period, and a 90.9% increase during pandemic mitigation.Medical staff experienced the highest jump in ARI-related absences during the containment and mitigation periods, with 771.2% and 1,496.8% increases, respectively. Increases among medical staff were 7 times those of other staff during containment and 15 times during mitigation.In comparison, HCW absences due to all causes of illness increased by 8.4% during seasonal flu epidemics, while the containment and mitigation phases of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic saw 35% and 57.7% increases in all-cause illness, respectively. Substantial increases of HCW absence during pandemic periods may be due to ongoing exposure to the virus and the low rate of influenza vaccination (20% to 25%) among Hong Kong HCWs, the authors said.Climbing absentee rates, especially among medical staff, during pandemic phases is a cause for concern that should be factored into service delivery and patient surge capacity planning for future epidemics, the authors concluded.Dec 29 BMC Infect Dis study Iowa declared free of high-path avian flu, lifts poultry exhibition banThe Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) announced yesterday that it is lifting a statewide ban on poultry exhibitions effective Jan 1, 2016.The ban was issued in May as a response to outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in the state. Poultry gatherings at fairs, livestock auctions, swap meets, and exotic sales were all prohibited. Minnesota lifted a similar ban a month ago.No new cases of HPAI have been identified in Iowa since June, and the last poultry quarantine order was lifted on Dec 1, meaning that Iowa is now free of HPAI.The 2015 Iowa outbreak of HPAI affected 31.5 million birds, including those from commercial and backyard flocks, on 77 premises in 18 counties.Dec 29 IDALS press release Dec 1 CIDRAP News story on Minnesota’s step
PLYMOUTH, MI — Tom Chambers has been named president and chief operating officer of Metaldyne Corp. effective immediately. He will report to Timothy Leuliette, who remains chairman and CEO. Leuliette was served as president in addition to his roles as chairman and chief executive officer. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement In his new role, Chambers will oversee day-to-day operations at Metaldyne’s 38 global facilities. He was previously president of Metaldyne’s Powertrain Group, where he was responsible for all functions of the group’s business including plant operations, financial performance and sales. He will continue to head the Powertrain Group on an interim basis. This organizational change is precipitated by Metaldyne’s agreement to be acquired by Asahi Tec, a Japan-based chassis and powertrain component supplier in the passenger car/light truck and medium/heavy truck segments. When the Asahi Tec transaction is completed Leuliette will become co-chairman with Shoichiro Irimajiri, the current chairman of Asahi Tec, and also will become co-CEO of the combined companies. The Asahi Tec transaction moves Metaldyne into a stronger global market and customer position. Under the transaction Metaldyne will operate separately and keep its name. Chambers will oversee that business. Reporting to Chambers will be Joe Nowak, executive vice president and president, Chassis Group; Jim Hudak, managing director, Asia Pacific, and Steve Dickerson, interim vice president, quality and Six Sigma, as well as yet-to-be named vice president of finance and Brooke Matthews, manager of facilities. In addition to Chambers, the following executives will report to Leuliette: Jeff Stafeil, executive vice president and chief financial officer; Logan Robinson, executive vice president, general counsel and government relations; Thomas Amato, executive vice president, commercial operations and corporate development; Kim Kovac, executive vice president, human resources and Metaldyne University, and Marjorie Sorge, vice president, corporate communications. Advertisement Chambers and Nowak will also serve on a new President’s Council that will be created after the Asahi Tec transaction is completed. Chambers has held a variety of positions in the automotive industry including president of Piston Automotive; managing director of operations, Americas for GKN; president of Electrical Systems and general manager of Brake and Chassis Product Lines for the Americas for ITT Industries. From 1962-1992 he held numerous positions within General Motors including managing director of General Motors France. He has a bachelor of science in engineering technology from the University of Dayton and a master of science in business from MIT. For more information about Metaldyne, go to: http://www.metaldyne.com.
RelatedShrimp trawler sinks after burning for two daysBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] A local shrimp trawler has sunk after burning for two days approximately 58 miles from shore. The Master D, sank to a depth of approximately 380 feet, Coast Guard officials said. Described as a 68-foot, “122 gross ton fishing vessel,” the Master D…September 7, 2018In “News”Woman dies in parasailing accidentBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] A San Antonio woman died after falling to the water while parasailing near South Padre Island Saturday. She has been identified as 47-year-old Dawn Strickland. Strickland was found in the water by a boater who called the U.S. Coast Guard at just…August 17, 2015In “News”Missing swimmer’s body recovered on SPI By Gaige Davila [email protected] A body has been recovered on South Padre Island, after a person went missing after swimming with two others at a public beach access. ChristDeshaun Reddix, 26, from Austin, was found dead 2.5 miles north of Cameron County Beach Access 6 at around 11:00 a.m.,…July 30, 2020In “News” Share These action-packed scenes depict the extensive training of the United States Coast Guard in collaboration with the Beach Patrol and the South Padre Island Fire Department to sharpen skills. (Staff photos by Scarlet O’Rourke)By SCARLET O’ROURKEStaff WriterImagine a lovely day out in the water, the coast to the right, open ocean to the left, and another boat bearing straight ahead, colliding and sending people in all directions.In such a scenario, it would be good to know that there are people trained to handle such an emergency.On Wednesday, June 1, the US Coast Guard collaborated with the Beach Patrol and the South Padre Island Fire Department to train and sharpen the skills of all three departments of public service and protection.The Coast Guard sent out a 55 ft. vessel to set up the scenario.Five volunteers from the coast guard unit and life guards were set afloat near Isla Blanca Park, two closer to shore, three beyond the jetties.The boat was then positioned between the two sets of floaters and flairs were lit. A selection of crew members played the roles of injured passengers. An “emergency” call was sent and the coast guard and beach patrol set out to work.The people in the water were “rescued and triaged” first. Near shore, the Beach patrol came out on boards and jet skis to pick up the two floaters. Farther out, the Coast Guard sent a 33 ft. craft to pick up the other three role players.For more on this story, pick up a copy of the June 2 edition of the Port Isabel South Padre Press or check out our E-edition by clicking here.
I’m all for Clevinger working hard to come back even better than he was looking before being shelved with an injury. Still, it’s important for Cleveland’s trainers to prevent him from overdoing it.Maybe I’m being a little over-anxious, reading too much into Clevinger’s progress update. However, this is due in part to how important the rotation is for the Indians this year.The front office hasn’t been subtle when pinning its hopes for success solely on starting pitching. The team has been designed to rely on the rotation to overcome a weakened offense and questionable bullpen. The message was clear – provided the starting pitching is at 100%, Cleveland can hang with anyone.Knowing this, every update with the rotation will be placed further under the microscope. In this case, while Clevinger being ahead of schedule is a positive, the hope remains that both he and the Indians remain cautious with his rehab, if only to ensure 60 days is all he misses.To their credit, the Indians have stayed afloat despite missing one of their best pitchers, which is certainly commendable. Still, this isn’t an invitation to push their luck.Clevinger’s progress update indicates he should be ready to go by the time his IL stint ends. Cleveland just needs to be sure he doesn’t do anything to hinder that. Related TopicsCleveland IndiansfeaturedIndiansMike Clevinger Casey Drottar A few weeks ago, an update regarding starting pitcher Mike Clevinger cast some serious concerns over the Cleveland Indians‘ chances in 2019. Another one was provided yesterday, which essentially had the exact opposite effect.Despite a back injury initially sidelining Clevinger until the midway point of the season, we found out yesterday he appears to be ahead of schedule. When the injury announcement first came down, we heard it would be two months before he could even pick up a baseball. However, manager Terry Francona said Clevinger played catch at 60 feet yesterday, even throwing out of his normal delivery.It goes without saying, this is good news for Cleveland.Sorry, I should clarify – this is good news, to a point.Yes, it’s great to hear Clevinger is ahead of schedule. With that said, it’s important for the Indians to still express caution when it comes to getting their starter fully recovered. The last thing they can afford to do is rush Clevinger back.This isn’t my attempt to rain on a parade. It was genuinely upsetting to hear Clevinger’s initial diagnosis, if only because he seemed poised for a breakout season. Knowing how crucial the Indians’ rotation is when it comes to their success this season, losing such a key member so early was a big blow.Despite that, the last thing the Indians need is for Clevinger to aggravate or re-injure his back because he pushed too hard to speed up his recovery.Obviously, with his being on the 60-day IL, Clevinger is unable to be activated until June. In that regard, Cleveland clearly isn’t in danger of putting him back on the mound too early.What this also hammers home, though, is the need to ensure he doesn’t go crazy trying to get back to full strength earlier than planned.Simply put, there’s no rush. Speeding through rehab won’t put Clevinger back on the field any sooner. If he’s feeling better, great, glad to hear the injury isn’t lingering worse than anticipated. However, there’s still no need for him to push himself if it means risking further damage.I’m sure Clevinger is thrilled about the fact he’s able to throw far earlier than what was initially stated. At the same time, it’s difficult not to get a little apprehensive when hearing him say he’s attempting to get his velocity up even higher.
Fedrick Dacres has proven himself to be one of the best discus throwers that Jamaica has to offer. As an athlete who progressed through the ranks of Jamaica’s junior programme, he knows what it takes to reach the top of his sport.Dacres says that proper guidance can be the key to success for a junior athlete.Dacres excelled as a junior, becoming the first Jamaican to win gold at the World Youth and the World Junior championships in 2011 and 2012, respectively. The feat, he says, was because of the coaching he received.“For me, when I started, I never knew what I wanted out of track and field,” he said. “I was just doing it for the fun. But in my first year, my coach sold me dreams, if you understand what I mean.“The first dream was that I could make the Calabar [High School] team, the second dream that I could make Champs (ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships), then Carifta [Games] and World Youth.”Dacres believes that a good coach is essential for a junior athlete and that good ethics are formed through proper guidance. “I became very ambitious because my coach wanted it,” Dacres said. “A coach’s impact is really important for a young athlete because when you’re young, you’re very impressionable. Any dream that your coach has, you are going to want to mimic that dream.”Dacres reflected on his time as a junior and said that a major part of his development came during his time as a student athlete. “I’ve not experienced anything like Champs, and I’ve been to quite a few games in my career. I can’t really explain it, but Champs has a vibe to it, and I think that has helped me in my senior career,” he said. “At Champs, you’re supposed to deliver because you’re not just doing it for yourself.” Handling the pressure He says events like Champs are the first introduction to what the pressure of professional competition will be like.“Diamonds are made under pressure,” he quoted.Dacres sought, however, to warn younger athletes against becoming stagnant after achieving their first success. “I think young athletes are putting themselves in a place where they feel comfortable,” he said. “I’m seeing that a lot of young athletes are getting contracts, and they feel that this means they are supposed to stop the hunt to get better. For me, that shouldn’t be the case.” Gregory Bryce
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