Who is Isaiah Simmons & what is his position? Five fast facts about Clemson’s do-it-all 2020 NFL Draft superstar

first_imgThe former Clemson defensive superstar will be going high in the first round to make more big plays all over the field for his new team. For those NFL teams who don’t feel comfortable to take Simmons because they don’t know what position he should play for them, consider it their loss.Sporting News talked to Simmons before the draft as part of his partnership with Oikos Triple Zero and its new “Flex your Cry-ceps” ad. In conjunction with the campaign, Simmons will be among several top draftees attending a virtual after party DJ’ed by Shaquille O’Neal on Instagram Live at 10 p.m. ET on Thursday night.MORE NFL DRAFT:Full pick order | Top 100 players | SN’s latest mock draft”As an athlete, everybody’s locked into everyone’s physical strength, but as I’ve been going through this process and preparing for this moment, I’ve really thought about the emotional strength as well,” Simmons said. “it really hit home for me. It’s the ‘Cry-ceps’ — you can’t do better than that.”While we wait to see whether Simmons sheds tears when getting the call to the NFL while being surrounded by a small group of family and friends on Thursday night, here’s what you need to know about the dynamic all-around defender:What position does Isaiah Simmons play?Simmons (6-4, 238 pounds) was recruited to Clemson from Olathe, Kansas, as a defensive back. After redshirting as a freshman, he proved his worth as a coverage safety right away but also showed signs he could do much more with his tackling and ability to get to the quarterback.That brought up the idea to switch his “regular” position to linebacker in 2018. He responded with 89 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, an INT and a TD to help the Tigers win a national championship. Last season, he stuffed the stat sheet at a whole new level of dominance with 104 tackles, 7 sacks, 3 interceptions and a forced fumble in another 15-game slate.Simmons graduated in December, on top of winning the Butkus Award as the nation’s best linebacker. That made it an easy choice to enter the draft after peak accomplishments at Clemson.He knows what word best describes himWhen asked to sum up his best quality, Simmons went to the label given to him by every draft evaluator in 2020: “There’s no other word but versatile.”Simmons’ transition from safety to linebacker had a final wrinkle where he called upon to extend and play other positions too to maximize certain defensive sets. from end to cornerback.”My last season at Clemson was the first time we did that,” Simmons said. “It was kind of experimental week to week and what I actually was going to do. The experiments were all successful.”Simmons also was blessed with amazing instincts to diagnose and make plays all over the field, something many young NFL players can’t be taught.”It was mainly just natural. The more I learned about the positions, the more natural it was for me,” Simmons said. “It wasn’t just about learning what I did, but also learning what everyone else did.”Isaiah Simmons NFL Combine highlightsSimmons, in addition to measuring extremely well, ran the 40-yard dash in 4.39 seconds, vertical-jumped 39 inches and broad-jumped 11 inches in Indianapolis. If indeed the 2020 Combine was “Underwear Olympics,” one should consider Simmons among the top “decathletes” in the 2020 draft class. Simmons’ 40 tied for No. 6 across positions, matching some of the speediest wideouts and cornerbacks. He was tied for 11th overall in the broad jump. With Clemson able to conduct a Pro Day, too, his kept up his impressive numbers there.”I understand that was definitely being evaluated for two different positions,” Simmons said of his pre-draft process. “I did everything I possibly could to stay ready and prepared for safety or linebacker, whatever a team was thinking about me needing to play. I felt I was already ready more so than needing to get ready for that.”He likens his game to two NFL safetiesSimmons has paid attention to linebackers who play like safeties in the NFL — and also vice versa. “It wouldn’t say I watched a lot of guys when I was young, but now it’s Derwin James and Tyrann Mathieu, because they play simliar roles with their versatility.”He doesn’t care about the naysayers and will play anywhereTo borrow from his Clemson coach Dabo Swinney, “it’s crazy” to think Simmons is being downgraded by some teams who overlook his elite bottom-line playmaking and are getting caught up in not being able to slot him into a particular traditional spot in their defense. “I am not frustrated by that,” Simmons said. “If an NFL coach doesn’t think that I fit in his system, it is what is. I know I’ll find a home somewhere.”As for what position becomes his primary home, he’s just looking forward to pick up where he left off doing everything for Clemson. “I feel very comfortable,” Simmons said. “I have no doubts I can do it.” Is Isaiah Simmons the top linebacker prospect in the 2020 NFL Draft? Or is he the best safety prospect in the class?Who cares?last_img read more

Father discharged from GPHC with memory loss

first_imgApproximately two weeks after an accident on the Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), rendered a father almost helpless, he has been discharged from the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) after losing most of his memory and mobility.Valmeek Persaud, a 53-year-old father of three, who hails from New Road, Charity, Essequibo Coast, was struck down on May 18, 2018, during a heavy downpour by a motorcyclist who was not only allegedly drunk, but also riding without lights.One of the man’s saddened sons, Prakash Persaud, said his father was only discharged from the hospital on Tuesday and is still trying to adapt to his new lifestyle.According to him, his father has steel placed inside his leg, which has been helping him to become more mobile and which is also still being treated. Meanwhile, the man has returned to his normal diet, with the exception of a fewValmeek Persaud while he was hospitalisedfoods for medical purposes.The man, who farms for a living, has not been able to ply his trade since he suffered these injuries, along with severe brain damage, which has taken a toll on his memory, among other side effects.The man’s son told Guyana Times on Friday, “Sometimes he knows you and sometimes he doesn’t. Sometimes he is be sitting right there and call you someone else’s name. It’s like he has amnesia because he forgets everything in like a few minutes. Up to now he still questions us like what happened to his foot because, he like, he doesn’t remember the accident”.Added to that, he said his father is being monitored by the Georgetown Public Hospital. He noted in an almost tearful voice that as much as he wants his father to recover, he does not know how soon it can be made possible, since his father’s condition does not look “promising”.In relation to the rider of the motorcycle, Persaud said he learnt the man was released on bail by Police who told the family that they are not allowed to give them any other information.Persaud was rushed to the Charity Hospital, along with the rider of the motorcycle who fractured his jaw and reportedly cracked his skull. The men were subsequently taken to the Suddie Public Hospital before finally being transferred to GPHC.The 53-year-old man was reportedly on his way home during a heavy downpour around 19:00h that evening when the motorcyclist struck him.He was being treated at GPHC for a fractured right leg, internal bleeding, brain damage, spinal injuries, a cut in his right eye and several lacerations about his body.last_img read more


first_imgSheol ionadaí neamhspleách sna todhcháin áítiúla, Niamh Bean Uí Cinnéide, comhgáirdeachas le muintir Cill Chártaigh agus comhluadar Lár Chomhairle Paróiste, Gleann Cholmcille tar éis dóibh onóracha a bhainnt i gComórtas Glór na nGael.Fógraíodh ag an deireadh seachtaine gur bhain an dá pharóiste Duais Chomhairle Chondae Dhún na nGall.Dúirt Niamh: “Tá an-obair idir lámha ins na pobail sin le blianta anuas chun úsáid na teangan a bhrú ar aghaidh. Is maith a fheiceáil go bhfuil an Comhairle Chondae ag tabhairt athainteas don obair sin.”  ONÓRACHA DO CHILL CHÁRTAIGH AGUS DO GHLEANN CHOLMCILLE was last modified: March 30th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:awardsGlencolmcilleGlor na nGaelirish languagekilcarlast_img read more

Adult Stem Cells Eliminate Need for Embryo Killing

first_imgAs another fight looms over presidential policy on embryonic stem cells, here’s what the latest news shows about the efficacy of adult stem cells.Controlling Congestive Heart Failure (Tufts University). Researchers at Tufts are testing injections of adult stem cells in dogs for the control of congestive heart failure. “Stem cell studies of the heart-valve disease in dogs could benefit humans, too,” the subtitle says. How would it work? “Injecting stem cells into a dog’s bloodstream should allow them to travel to the heart, where they theoretically could promote regeneration of damaged valves.” That these are not embryonic stem cells is clear from a paper in the journal Stem Cells referred to in the press release: “Stem cells evaluated in these studies included mesenchymal stem-stromal cells (MSC, 17/19 trials), olfactory ensheathing cells (OEC, 1 trial), or neural lineage cells derived from bone marrow MSC (1 trial), and 16/19 studies were performed in dogs.”Stem Cells Could Restore Vision After Eye Disease (Live Science). This study uses induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC), which are adult cells coaxed back into a stem-like state without the need for harvesting embryos. “A new technique using stem cells can restore vision in mice that have end-stage eye disease, a condition that is thought to bring irreversible vision loss,” reporter Stephanie Bucklin writes. The iPSCs grow retinal tissue that is transplanted into the eye. Although the test results from mouse experiments are preliminary, the initial results at RIKEN are “very promising” for human treatments eventually. A related story in Medical Xpress says, “Stem cell therapy reverses blindness in animals with end-stage retinal degeneration.”Researchers use stem cells to regenerate the external layer of a human heart (Penn State). Using heart progenitor stem cells, researchers achieved successes that “bring them one step closer to regenerating an entire heart wall” using adult stem cells. One team member said, “We are making progress on that inner layer, which will allow us to regenerate an entire heart wall that can be used in tissue engineering for cardiac therapy.”Rebuilding the Salivary Gland After Radiation (UC San Francisco). Radiation treatments for head and neck cancers often lead to salivary gland damage. Researchers at UCSF are following the salivary stem cells in mice with fluorescent markers to see how they regenerate gland tissue by sending signals between nerves and tissue. Humans have salivary stem cells, but the signaling is disrupted after radiation damage. If they can understand the signaling in mice, it may have application to humans. One scientist “hopes that their research will one day enable the development of stem cell therapies for gland regeneration in human patients,” by calling their own salivary stem cells back into action.Embryos and EthicsGiven the successes noted above, why do some labs and their institutions still clamor for embryonic stem cells? (See yesterday’s post.) In some cases labs work with mice, which is ethically acceptable given one’s view of animal rights, but animal tests portend ethical issues if applied to humans.Scientists reprogram embryonic stem cells to expand their potential (UC Berkeley). These researchers are trying to coax embryonic stem cells to have the “totipotent” properties of a zygote. While mentioning induced pluripotent stem cells as an alternative to embryonic cells, the article makes no mention of ethics. But on a side issue, the article does debunk another “junk DNA” myth that retrotransposons are useless:Long regarded as “junk DNA,” retrotransposons are pieces of ancient foreign DNA that make up a large fraction of the mammalian genome. For decades, biologists assumed that these retrotransposons serve no purpose during normal development, but [Lin] He’s findings suggest they may be closely tied to the decision-making of early embryos.“An important open question is whether these retrotransposons are real drivers of developmental decision making,” said Todd MacFanlan, a co-author of the current study….Baby Farms of the Future? Docs Warn of Ethical Issues from New Tech (Live Science). Here’s a case where both iPSCs and embryonic stem cells could be used for evil. What if stem cells are used to make sperm cells and egg cells? What if they are united to become live human embryos? Could governments use these to build baby farms or armies of clones? Rachael Rattner shows that “in vitro gametogenesis” may be a new worry on the horizon. And since skin cells that drop off your body could be coaxed into iPSCs and used to make gametes, you could become a parent without your knowledge.Ethics Has ConsequencesWe end with contrasting issues the can result from policy about abortion.Armenia raises alarm as abortions of girls skew population (Medical Xpress). As with China after its one-child policy led many couples to abort girls, Armenia faces a gender crisis from sex-selective abortions rising in that region. Did anyone see this coming? “The majority-Christian Caucasus country of some three million has the third highest rate of abortions of female foetuses in the world, a figure that rose sharply after the breakup of the Soviet Union.” That must mean Christian-in-name-only, because Jesus Christ would certainly not approve such a practice. The Soviet Empire has its dirty hands on this problem: “Abortion is still the primary means of family planning in Armenia, as it was in the Soviet era, and it is available free of charge on the state health service.”A year on, mothers of Brazil’s Zika babies struggle (Medical Xpress). The flip side of abortion policy is caring for the mothers who carry their babies to term. Brazil has a new kind of crises: a flood of mothers having to care for babies with microcephaly, a brain handicap resulting from mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus. Many affected mothers have inadequate access to health care, and no knowledge of how to care for special needs babies who may never learn to speak and typically have multiple health problems, including blindness. On top of that, the culture in that country puts social stigmas on having a sick baby. “I have had to put my whole life on hold and live for the baby,” a mother named Brenda complains. “But as far as the government is concerned, you have to be extremely poor in order to receive a subsidy.”That last story is not substantially different from any other kind of situation involving the handicapped. The writer of the article assumes that government is the answer. Government can help, but there are many other relief organizations that can and do offer assistance to needy families. Here is a new need arising from a new virus that provides an opportunity for religious care organizations to step up and help, just like they do for other disasters. Some pregnant women were encouraged by governments and NGOs to test for Zika infection in order to decide whether to abort.Abortion is never the answer for those who value human life. The only policy to avoid the nightmare scenarios of baby farms, skewed gender populations and sales of baby body parts (see yesterday’s entry) is to view all human life as exceptional and worthy of protection. That said, we cannot just walk away from needy mothers who did choose life. Religious support organizations already do fantastic services for medical missions, wheelchairs for the world and other relief work. It would be good to see them prove to the Zika mothers that God-fearing pro-lifers are their best friends.(Visited 61 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Azkals now have full squad

first_imgMOST READ The arrival of Strauss, who plays in the second division in Germany, proves crucial for the Azkals as he was the driving force at midfield in the team’s run to the AFF Suzuki Cup semifinals.A tough tackling midfielder, who is composed on the ball and has an eye for a pass, Strauss was sorely missed in the two semifinal matches against Vietnam after he got recalled by his club, Erzgebirge Aue.Since setting up camp in Doha, Qatar, last week, the Azkals have struggled to get everyone on the team together with players coming in from different parts of the world.Leftback Daisuke Sato flew in from Romania only a few days ago and missed the friendly match against Vietnam, which beat the Azkals, 4-2.“Different countries have different preparations,” said captain Phil Younghusband. “At the end of the day, we all have each other in the team and we’re ready to fight for each other up until the final whistle.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño DUBAI—Philippines coach Sven-Goran Eriksson is no stranger to major tournaments, but he felt relief more than anything just three days before the Azkals make their debut in the AFC Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates.With midfielder Patrick Strauss arriving in this bustling, economic hub Thursday night, Eriksson now has the full 23-man squad at his disposal as the Azkals take on continental heavyweights South Korea, China and Kyrgyzstan in the group stage of the 24-nation tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? “It’s fantastic; we’re finally complete,” the Swede, who has coached England and Ivory Coast in the Fifa World Cup, told the Inquirer.“For our players, this is their biggest tournament. But it feels good that we finally have the rest of the team here.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionThe Azkals had their first training session and will have two more before they face the Koreans, a two-time champion of this competition, who upset then defending champion Germany, 2-0, in the 2018 World Cup in Russia a few months ago.Korean star Son Heung-min will miss the opener against the Azkals at Al Maktoum Stadium on Monday, but there’s no shortage of quality in Portuguese coach Paulo Bento’s side.center_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Isn’t POC 2018 shake-up the Big One? TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

9 months agoReal Madrid goalkeeper Casilla on his way to Leeds

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid goalkeeper Casilla on his way to Leedsby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid goalkeeper Kiko Casilla is on his way to Leeds United.Marca says Casilla is set to join Leeds and has already travelled to England, being photographed at Madrid’s Barajas Airport.This means that Luca Zidane will become the third-choice for Santiago Solari.There had been talk about recalling Andriy Lunin from his loan at Leganes, but he is now set to stay there for the remainder of the campaign. last_img read more

Gov’t to Start Granting Electric Power Wheeling Licences July

first_imgMinister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell says he intends to start granting licences for electric power wheeling in July. In his Budget Debate presentation in Parliament on Wednesday, April 24, the Minister, noted that this is another policy initiative of the administration “to make our energy sector more robust and realise efficiencies”. He explained that “wheeling” is the use of the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) grid to transmit power from a self-generating entity in one location to itself in another for a fee. “This is a benefit to those businesses, who generate their own electricity, because it means that if that company has excess generating capacity in one location, wheeling allows it to use that excess in another of its locations,” he said. The Minister noted that the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) has indicated that the rate will vary between US$50 to US$175 per megawatt-kilometre per month, and that the final rate will be determined after public consultation. By Alecia Smith-Edwards, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Bank of Valletta introduces new opening hours

first_img SharePrint Bank of Valletta is introducing new customer opening hours for its branches with effect from 1st July 2019.The new opening hours will be:Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 1.30 pm;Saturdays from 8.30 am to 12.30 pmEncashment of cheques and cash withdrawals at branches can be affected till noon.In addition, every Thursday, 18 BOV branches are offering extended opening hours on Thursdays from 3.30 pm to 6.00 pm. In the localities of Attard, Balluta, Fgura, Ħamrun, Ibraġ, Marsaskala, Mosta, Naxxar, Paola, Qormi, Rabat, Valletta (Republic Street), San Gwann, Siġġiewi, Żabbar, Żejtun, Żurrieq and Victoria.Additional branches will also be offering longer customer hours in the near future.BOV Head Branch Network Geoffrey Ghigo said, ‘In today’s world consumers expect faster service, at hours that are more convenient for their busy lifestyles. The change in opening hours will also enhance the ability of our branch staff to process customers’ applications, resulting in faster response times and increased efficiency.’For increased convenience and 24/7 banking, BOV customers can also make use of the Bank’s extensive range of channels such as BOV Mobile, BOV Internet Banking, BOV Cards and ATMs. WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more