Angels’ Andrelton Simmons eyes rapid return from latest ankle sprain

first_imgIt would be tempting, based on those results, to conclude Simmons rushed back prematurely. Yet the 29-year-old shortstop said he wouldn’t give his rehab more time if he could do it over again – even with the benefit of hindsight.Ausmus agreed that Simmons wasn’t rushed.“We felt like he was ready,” Ausmus said. “He felt like he was ready. Medical staff felt like he was ready. Whether they’re related or not, I can’t really say.”As for this injury, Simmons said, “it’s hard to go into details because I don’t understand it exactly. From what I understand the bone bruise I had is still a little aggravated. It kind of makes the bone a little weak. There’s a small pull, like on the tendon, something pulled a little bone off and that caused that pain. I don’t know if the pain is from the strain or the bruise. I’m not sure but it’s feeling better.”Ausmus said that Simmons’ latest ankle sprain is not necessarily related to his first. “It seems to be on the opposite side of the ankle,” Ausmus said. “If they are related, then I guess it’s on me for playing him but I really can’t speak as to whether they are. Maybe being cautious, being overly cautious, is the only thing you can do.”INJURY UPDATESJustin Anderson was placed on the 10-day injured list with an upper trap strain. The Angels recalled Jose Rodriguez from Triple-A Salt Lake to take Anderson’s place in the bullpen.Anderson was unavailable during the Angels’ final two games in Boston because of the injury, Ausmus said. The IL stint is retroactive to Saturday.“We thought it was a day-to-day thing, but it hasn’t gotten better the last two days so we decided to just put him on the IL,” Ausmus said.Related Articles ANAHEIM – Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons missed his ninth consecutive game because of a sprained left ankle Monday. He missed 34 games in May and June with a similar injury, fulfilling his expectation of beating predictions that he would require much longer than a month to recover.Simmons spouted similar rhetoric Monday. Manager Brad Ausmus recently predicted that Simmons would miss “at least a couple of weeks” this time around. Simmons still hasn’t practiced any baseball activities since he sustained the injury Aug. 2. Yet he seemed to dismiss the notion that the latest ankle sprain would sideline him much longer.“I don’t have any timeline but I don’t think it’s going to be long,” he said. “Not even close to what it was before. Hopefully a couple more days.”Simmons was hitting .298 with three home runs when he sustained the first ankle sprain on May 20. After returning, he appeared in 28 of the Angels’ 30 games, starting all but five. He batted .230 with two home runs before injuring the ankle again. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros center_img Anderson, a 26-year-old right-hander, is 3-0 with a 5.01 earned-run average in 47 appearances. Rodriguez, a 23-year-old right-hander,  made his second appearance with the big league club Monday. He was 3-4 with a 6.55 ERA between Double-A and Triple-A this season. …Pitcher Felix Peña will have surgery on his right knee Friday, Ausmus said. Pena tore his anterior cruciate ligament on Aug. 3 covering first base in a game against the Cleveland Indians, ending his season. …Pitchers Noé Ramírez (viral infection) and Luke Bard (right triceps contusion) are scheduled to throw simulated games at Angel Stadium on Tuesday. Ramírez can be activated from the IL at any time, but Ausmus said that decision won’t be made before Wednesday. Bard is eligible to return Thursday. …Keynan Middleton will pitch Tuesday for Class-A Inland Empire, his second appearance since he re-started his minor league rehabilitation assignment. Ausmus said Middelton’s rehab will transfer to Triple-A Salt Lake following the game.2020 VISIONThe Angels will begin the 2020 season on the road, March 26 against the Astros and end at home, Sept. 27 against the A’s.The 162-game schedule features 20 interleague matchups – four against the Dodgers and 16 against National League East opponents. The Angels host the Nationals (May 11-13), Marlins (June 9-10) and Mets (Aug. 18-20). They will play road games in Miami (April 14-15), Atlanta (July 3-5) and Philadelphia (17-19).The Dodgers visit Angel Stadium on July 10-11. The Angels visit Dodger Stadium on Aug. 25-26.UP NEXTAngels (RHP Griffin Canning) vs. Pirates (RHP Trevor Williams), 7 p.m., Fox Sports West, 830-AM Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Companies like Stabroek TV Inc would benefit from the copyright legislation

first_imgDear Editor,Stabroek News’ editorial on Monday, October 29, 2018, provided for interesting reading, more so given that some arguments proffered were not contextually based, not fully at least.The editorial, in stressing the need for copyright legislation, took issue with comments made by former President, Bharrat Jagdeo, and raised several points.The former president is quoted to have said: “We are a poor developing country. Wait until such time in the future when people can afford to pay for the copyrighted stuff. That is how I see it. It may not sound like the most enlightened position given that you have international treaties and stuff but half of those treaties don’t protect us small countries. They don’t protect our interests”.One, the editorial talks about photocopied text books and the need for copyright legislation to stop this practice. I have a simple question for the author of that editorial, when one text book costs thousands of dollars and many low-income families survive on a minimum of $15,000 a week, how are people sending their children to school? I would vote for a government that reduces burdens on families trying to make a better life for their children, over one that would do the opposite, any day. Already the $10,000 cash grant to help with transportation for children has been taken away and in total that was about $1.6 billion a year. So how can the former president be wrong when he advocates for a delay in passing copyright legislation until people can afford to pay for the copyrighted stuff?Two, Stabroek News states that the under the former President’s tenure “Guyana’s development languished and the country” and the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is to be blamed for economy’s performance. Editor, most all of Guyana is aware of the fact that Guyana’s economy under the Jagdeo presidency saw consistent economic growth and saw Guyana being one of the fastest growing economies in the Caribbean. Also, it was under a PPP government that Guyana was reclassified from being a Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) country.Three, Stabroek News argues that the absence of copyright legislation will undermine international commitments, for example under the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS). However, as I said earlier, the arguments raised are not completely grounded in the context of real time occurrences. Legislation does not guarantee compliance by countries that sign onto treaties. As recent as June 2018, Antigua and Barbuda was still battling with the United States of America (USA) to have it comply with a World Trade Organisation (WTO) ruling. Antigua and Barbuda went to the WTO in 2003 and eventually won the right to compensation of $21 million annually after the WTO judges upheld its complaint that USA laws were discriminatory. The USA has not paid and Antigua and Barbuda have lost $315 million so far, equivalent to more than a quarter of its annual GDP and less than 0.1 per cent of the U.S. economy, according to a Reuters report on June 22, 2018.Four, the editorial said that the former president is “rushing to the aid of the same oligarchs” who would be in immediate jeopardy once legislation is updated. Who are the oligarchs? Are the schoolchildren, the hundreds of thousands of Guyanese who will be affected and the small vendors the oligarchs that Stabroek News is referring to?The only oligarch here seems to be Stabroek TV Inc., which has a monopoly with the distribution of DirecTV. It is companies like Stabroek TV Inc that would benefit once the copyright legislation in place. The cost charged to set this up is a whopping 45,000, plus a monthly fee. How much more will this cost increase once legislation is in place? How much more revenues will the company rake in? So is this argument about some companies being made to pay more? Or about Stabroek TV Inc being able to make more?Fifthly, editor, copyright legislation is not just about the DVDs and music, as the Stabroek News tries to focus on. It is also about software. Has Stabroek News paid monies to Microsoft for using its ‘Word’ and other software, such as the very expensive Adobe Creative Suites? Has Stabroek News paid for its Servers’ operating system, as well as operating systems for users? Has Stabroek News paid for the software, which is used in the press department and needed to allow for the printing of its daily newspaper? Has Stabroek News paid for its anti-virus software? I have to point out that these are not one-off payments that have to be made. Payments for this software are either monthly or yearly subscriptions. There must be an acknowledgement that there are wider impacts to the proposal to implement copyright legislation.Finally, the Stabroek News editorial created the impression that nothing was said by the former president about protecting local content. The former president said clearly: “We should protect the copyrighted material for our local artists.”Sincerely,Kumar Kowlessarlast_img read more

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