Nice coach Patrick Vieira believes Mario Balotelli is the same person he was at 16 years old, and will be so even when he is in his mid-40s.Balotelli, 28, has played just three games for the Ligue 1 club this season after returning to training late.Vieira and Balotelli were teammated at Inter Milan from 2007-10 and then playe dtogether once again at Manchester City from 2010-11. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The Italy international’s character and maturity have been questioned in the past and Vieira said he had seen little change in Balotelli, nor did he expect to.”Mario was already the man he is now when he was 16 years old,” he said on Friday.”I think he’ll be the same at 45.”Balotelli scored 17 goals in his first season in France before firing 26 goals in 38 matches in 2017-18.The forward has yet to score yet this season, though, in his brief time on the field.Vieira has been happy with how Balotelli has bounced back this season and said the forward would be part of Nice’s squad for their meeting with Marseille on Sunday.”He worked really well,” he said.”There is no secret recipe. As soon as you have the will to do well and you don’t lie to yourself, there is a structure in place to make him work properly. That’s exactly what he’s done for the last two to three weeks.”He’ll be in the group against Marseille because I was very pleased by the way he worked and got involved during the training sessions. That’s why he’ll be in the group.”Nice are 12th in the Ligue 1 table after winning three of their opening nine games in league play.
ATHENS – What is it like to play chess with Garry Kasparov?Fifteen chess champions, ages 10-12, will have this unique experience in a simultaneous chess encounter with the leading athlete in the context of the Summer Nostos Festival at the SNFCC.See the event live at TNH via SNF: Saturday June 24, 12:00 (19:00 Greek time). A world champion at age 22, he held on to the title for about twenty years just as he did to first place at the Elo rating system, for the same period. Winner of eight chess Olympics, he was acclaimed with the chess Oscar before leaving professional chess, after thirty years of continuous presence. A political activist and a writer, he espouses the view that chess must be made part of the school curriculum and works through the Kasparov Chess Foundation to promote it in schools, in the USA and overseas.The young participants will be selected by the Chess Union of Thessaloniki.TweetPinShare44 Shares
Former Pakistan opener Shoaib Mohammad has questioned the need of professional coaches in modern cricket saying their role is overrated and a majority of them are failures as players.Lashing out at Pakistan head coach, Mickey Arthur, after the team suffered a 0-5 drubbing at the hands of Australia in a five-match ODI series, Shoaib said just a coaching degree doesn’t guarantee success.”If you look at the number of international coaches nowadays and those in the past, you will notice majority of them were failures or average in their playing days. There are exceptions but majority are failures as players,” Shoaib, who is the son of the legendary Hanif Mohammad and played 45 Tests for Pakistan, told ‘GTV news.'”I think it is wrong to assume that if you have a coaching degree at any level you can be a good and successful coach. If a person has played top level cricket successfully, he has a far better chance at succeeding at management and coaching,” he added.Pakistan lost a full series against South Africa before going down to Australia and the 58-year-old said the team needs mentor more than a coach.”No number of written words, software programs or simulations of a particular situation in a cricket match can replace the experience, vision and psychological understanding a professional top player has,” he said.”He is far more likely to succeed in helping groom and guide a player or help a player who is facing motivational or technical problems. A degree in coaching is helpful but only if you have played cricket at the highest level,” he added.advertisementShoaib went on to cite examples of former India captain Sunil Gavaskar and Pakistan’s Javed Miandad, saying they succeeded without the help of professional coaches.”How did players like Hanif Muhammad, Sunil Gavaskar or Javed Miandad pile up records without coaches? They didn’t have coaches but they had mentors and that is what is needed in cricket.”Shoaib said he is sceptical about Pakistan’s chances in the World Cup because apart from the Champions Trophy title, he had seen little progress in the team.”Since the Champions Trophy it has been downhill in Test cricket and ODIs, so is the Australia series drubbing a surprise?””In the last three years, what is unfortunate is that these coaches have not been able to help even one batsman.””Our players have not been able to build up their ability to play long innings, develop game sense, show patience when required or have proper stroke selection or finish matches. This was very visible in the series against Australia,” he said.Also Read | Pakistan vs Australia: My most consistent series as batter, says skipper Aaron FinchAlso Read | Pakistan fined for slow over rate in 4th ODI vs AustraliaAlso Watch | Why not beat Pakistan and make sure they don’t qualify for World Cup semis: Sunil Gavaskar
Yesterday after the Bharat Janata Party had a landslide victory, Salman tweeted a congratulatory message to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Following this, Salman Khan took to social media and shared a shirtless picture of himself and captioned the photo, “Chilling and watching the news Swachch Bharat Fit Bharat.” The post hints at the changes and progams which were initiated under Narendra Modi’s government.After seeing the post, Varun Dhawan, who is an ardent fan could not keep calm. He wrote, “Bhai has just turned 18!” This is a possible reference to Salman’s younger days when he flaunted his chiselled body in songs like ‘O Jaane Jaane Ja na’. Varun Dhawan’s comment on his Instagram post.Salman has been in the news for his upcoming film Bharat, which will hit screens in June. Bharat also stars Katrina Kaif, who plays his love interest in the film.Interestingly, it was during one of the promotions when Katrina said that Salman needs to ‘up his game’ on Instagram. Katrina took a dig at him saying that he doesn’t even follow her on the photoblogging site.When Salman was asked if he follows Katrina, he said, “Har jagah! Abhi main inko ghar tak chhod ke aaunga yahin se.”Last week, at the launch of the song Zinda from Bharat, Katrina explained why she never likes or comments on any of Salman’s posts. “You know, it’s not intentional, but now that you say it, I’m thinking about it and yeah,” she said.advertisementIn Bharat, Salman will be sporting five different looks, including his young Maine Pyar Kiya look. Varun Dhawan was last seen in Kalank, which turned out to be a dud at the box office.ALSO READ | Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor to head to Dubai for next schedule of Street Dancer 3DALSO READ | Varun Dhawan gushes over October actress Banita Sandhu’s new international project: So proud of youALSO READ | Varun Dhawan on Kalank disaster: The failure hit me hard. People said don’t show your reactionALSO WATCH: Varun Dhawan on nepotism, Judwaa 2 and how to woo a girl
If this year’s tournament does kick off with an unprecedented hat-trick of opening weekend away wins, then, it will be more because of its perennial perversity than any major psychological shift. France, under new management for the third time in the last four Six Nations seasons, beat Ireland in Paris two years ago with Guy Novès in charge but the visitors are now a much more ominous proposition. A win at the Stade de France on Saturday with a try bonus point followed by three commanding home victories over Italy, Wales and Scotland (very few conquer Dublin these days) would be no huge surprise. What price, by then, a predictable English parade at Twickenham on St Patrick’s Day, particularly if Jones’s men have taken the low road out of Scotland?The rejuvenated Scots, without a win in Cardiff since 2002, will be desperate to break their hoodoo on Saturday, if only to show their autumn progress was no mirage. Injury-plagued Wales, for all the steely resolve of Alun Wyn Jones and others, will find life horribly difficult should their first two matches end in defeat. Share on WhatsApp Was this helpful? Quick guide England team to face Italy So here is a question: does history have any bearing on the outcome of a modern Six Nations championship? Eddie Jones is unconvinced and wants his England players to jettison any preconceptions before the 2018 edition. Doing so, he argues, will dynamite the annual mountain of psychological baggage and remove one of the bigger obstacles between his squad and an unprecedented third successive outright title.It is a nice idea. The events of the last decade or the last century should, in theory, not make a jot of difference over the next seven weeks. The matches will still take place on similarly sized grass rectangles containing familiar-shaped posts. History is something to be made, not fretted about. It does not inevitably follow that Ireland, France and Wales will thrive simply because they have three home fixtures this season rather than two. Share via Email Share on Pinterest Italy rugby union team Facebook Pinterest Ben Te’o ousts Jonathan Joseph to start for England against Italy in Six Nations Since you’re here… features Support The Guardian France and Italy are likely to be more competitive than some imagine without securing fistfuls of wins to show for it. And England? Betting against Jones’s bandwagon seldom pays off but there remains a sense of the team still being 12 months away from their peak. That makes them genuine World Cup contenders but, in the absence of Billy Vunipola and Elliot Daly, leaves the door ajar for Ireland now.And what of the championship itself? The mantra remains the same: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. When a leading Six Nations official was asked the other day if he felt the tournament should be doing more to help promote rugby outside the established nations, it was as if he had been invited to participate in a game of naked charades. France have shifted this month’s Italy game to Marseille but there is further scope. Imagine France v England in Barcelona’s Camp Nou; if the Tour de France can start in Yorkshire anything is surely possible. Is the idea of Georgia joining the Seven Nations army really so radical?Aside from ending the home/away differential, a subsequent annual play-off each May would also galvanise the rest of Europe. To oppose it purely on financial grounds is to be blind to the potential benefits because, let’s face it, the last thing rugby needs right now is to be perceived as complacent. Even if the stretcher count is reasonable in the opening fortnight – and what constitutes “reasonable” is increasingly debatable – the sport’s current injury toll is not a good look. Let us all pray, then, for a Six Nations that reminds the majority why they love rugby and encourages the next generation to give it the benefit of the doubt. It really will be a grim day for northern hemisphere sport when, say, England v Wales or Ireland v Scotland generates little pre-match anticipation.So prepare to banish those winter blues and dry Januarys in one glorious fell swoop. If Ireland – chasing a third title in five years under Joe Schmidt – can live up to their billing, Scotland continue rampaging and Wales bottle some of the Scarlets’ magic potion it really could be a spectacular tournament. Jones’s England may be resistant to Six Nations folklore but, year after year, it seriously motivates their enemies. Ireland rugby union team Hide England XV: M Brown (Harlequins); A Watson (Bath), B Te’o (Worcester), O Farrell (Saracens), J May (Leicester); G Ford (Leicester), B Youngs (Leicester); M Vunipola (Saracens), D Hartley (Northampton), D Cole (Leicester), J Launchbury (Wasps), M Itoje (Saracens), C Lawes (Northampton), C Robshaw (Harlequins), S Simmonds (Exeter). Replacements: J George (Saracens), A Hepburn (Exeter), H Williams (Exeter), G Kruis (Saracens), S Underhill (Bath), D Care (Harlequins), J Joseph (Bath), J Nowell (Exeter). Share on Twitter Scotland rugby union team Wales rugby union team Twitter France rugby union team Thank you for your feedback. Share on LinkedIn Facebook Topics Pinterest Read more Share on Facebook However attempting to strip away more than 130 years of rugby heritage as if it were fading wallpaper is an awkward game to play at times like this. Listen to the anthems in Cardiff and then try to argue the Six Nations is just another mundane tournament with history barely on its curriculum. Its claustrophobic geography is primarily to blame: for the neighbours the pleasure of beating England never loses its sweetness. No amount of historical airbrushing can erase ancient cross-border rivalries; the collective desire to topple the two-time champions from their lofty perch, if anything, is intensifying.One Irish newspaper even referred this week to “Eddie Jones’s evil empire” which is one way of describing the Surrey stockbroker belt where England continue to have their training base. It is almost like being back in the turn-of-the-century Woodward era when Twickenham was regularly twinned with Millwall: no one likes us, we don’t care. For many, if not everyone, taking deliberate aim at the “white Orcs” rates high among the tournament’s main attractions.All of which makes the latest edition – sorry Eddie – as dog-eat-dog as ever, enriched by its past and all the more fascinating for it. The mathematics are equally compelling: in every post-Lions season since 1980 England have failed to win the Five or Six Nations. There have been only six outright English title successes in even-numbered years (admittedly a harder task before champions were crowned on points difference) since France rejoined in 1947. Of those only three involved a grand slam. The 2016 clean sweep under Jones was exceptional in every sense.Jones’s would-be ghostbusters will find it even harder this time. Venues alone should not sway outcomes but last season, Rome aside, there was only one away win – England’s in Cardiff. This week’s wonderful pre-tournament photo of Italy’s squad gathered in the Colosseum was clearly designed to promote the same theme. England may be playing at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday but anyone imagining the Azzurri will trot meekly out for a routine slaughter does not know Conor O’Shea very well. Sergio Parisse leads Italy into battle on Sunday against England in Rome. Photograph: Giuseppe “Pino” Fama/Federazione Italiana Rugby Scotland players at Murrayfield on Friday. Photograph: David Gibson/Fotosport/Rex/Shutterstock Twitter Six Nations 2018 England rugby union team Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images Europe … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool striker Firmino: I play at Christmas for the fansby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool striker Roberto Firmino is happy playing through the Christmas period.Firmino admits he wants to do it for the fans.He told the Mirror: “For me, Christmas in England is very different from the one I lived in Brazil, for lots of reasons – on the pitch and off it.“But I’ve been here since 2015 and I’ve already got used to playing on these dates.“When I played in Germany the league stopped, but here it is played so the fans can enjoy Christmas better.“I don’t mind that at all it because we play for them.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Agent of Barcelona signing Tobido: Juventus were desperate for himby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Jean-Clair Todibo says the Toulouse defender chose to sign for Barcelona ahead of Juventus.It was announced this week that Todibo would be joining Barca at the end of the season when his contract expires.Bruno Satin told Sportnews.eu: “He chose the Catalans for their history. Barça is very big club and when he was little, he dreamed of playing with this shirt. Money has nothing to do with his choice, he did it for the emotions that Barça provokes. “Moreover, compared to other interested clubs, he will have more opportunities to play. “Juventus and Leipzig wanted him too. I met several times the Bianconeri, who absolutely wanted the player. Finally it is Todibo who chose Barça, because he thinks he is more likely to start there. At Juventus there are a lot of big defenders.”
Liverpool defender Lovren receives one-match Croatia banby Ansser Sadiq9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Dejan Lovren has received a one game international ban.The player is under fire because of comments that he made on social media.He posted a video on Instagram after a game against Spain in November, where he insulted the team and Sergio Ramos.According to UEFA, Lovren acted in a way that was not compliant with the body’s disciplinary rules.UEFA can punish anyone “whose conduct is insulting or otherwise violates the basic rules of decent conduct”.Lovren will miss his nation’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Azerbaijan. About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
OTTAWA – New Democrat MP Nathan Cullen has apologized for criticizing the Trudeau government’s decision to force groups applying for summer-job grants to affirm their respect for a woman’s right to have an abortion.The apology came hours after Cullen criticized the way the Liberals added the new requirement to the Canada Summer Jobs program, which helps employers subsidize the cost of hiring students for summer work.The requirement stipulates that an applicant must affirm that both the job description and the group’s core mandate respect human rights, including reproductive rights.Cullen initially called the new requirement “offensive” during a news conference on Wednesday, and compared it to the Harper government’s decision to cut funding for foreign aid groups that supported abortion.But he took to Twitter a few hours later to say he was sorry “for the harm from my comments,” and asserted that he and the federal NDP are “fiercely pro-choice.”“I reacted to concerns raised by groups in my riding on the government’s first statement on the policy,” Cullen wrote.A subsequent clarification earlier this week from the department responsible for the program “put those fears to rest,” he added.The clarification from Employment and Social Development Canada indicated that the core mandate concerns the primary activities of the organization, not its values or beliefs.For example, the department said a faith-based organization that embraces a traditional definition of marriage but whose primary activities are aimed at reducing social isolation among seniors would be eligible for funding to hire students to develop or deliver programs available to all seniors, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.A summer camp that does not allow LGBTQ youth, however, would not be eligible for funding to hire students as camp counsellors.The clarification has not calmed all fears. A coalition of different organizations is set to release a statement Thursday signed by 80 religious leaders, institutions and other groups calling on the government to revise the policy.The federal Conservatives have levelled their own attacks against the requirement, with leader Andrew Scheer saying organizations must submit to a “Trudeau values test” before receiving government funding.The Canada Summer Jobs program created nearly 69,000 temporary jobs last year.
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SAN FRANCISCO — A Muslim civil rights group says Air Canada employees forced a 12-year-old member of the U.S. national junior squash team to remove her hijab at the San Francisco airport last month.The Council on American-Islamic Relations says Fatima Abdelrahman was waiting in line to board her flight to Toronto on Aug. 1 when an Air Canada agent approached her and demanded she remove the religious head covering.A letter of complaint to the airline says Fatima, who was with her team en route to an international tournament, explained to the agent that she chooses to wear a hijab as part of her faith.The letter says she requested a private screening area but Air Canada employees refused the request and escorted her to a nearby tunnel where she had to remove her hijab publicly.Fatima’s older sister complained about the incident on Twitter the same day. Air Canada responded in less than 30 minutes, tweeting it was “sorry to hear” about the situation and asking for the passenger’s booking details in order to follow up.The council’s San Francisco Bay Area office says the airline’s response failed to acknowledge the emotional distress and “discriminatory” nature of its actions, and demands monetary damages and a formal apology for Fatima as well as cultural competency training for all employees.Air Canada did not immediately respond to questions from The Canadian Press.The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority, which was not involved in the incident, has said passengers can keep their head coverings on during the screening process. This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Sept. 23, 2019.Companies in this story: (TSX:AC)The Canadian Press
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by David McHugh, The Associated Press Posted Nov 8, 2012 9:41 am MDT FRANKFURT – European Central Bank President Mario Draghi has warned that the economic outlook for the 17 countries that use the euro remains weak in spite of the “visibly improved” confidence in the region’s financial markets.Draghi spoke Thursday after the bank’s governing council left its key interest rate unchanged at the record low of 0.75 per cent.The ECB chief underlined the bank’s position that it has done enough to haul the eurozone out of its financial crisis by offering to buy up the bonds of countries struggling with their borrowing costs, such as Spain and Italy. He repeated his call for governments to get things moving by fixing their shaky finances and cutting the bureaucracy and regulations that block stronger growth.“Economic activity in the euro area is expected to remain weak, although it continues to be supported by our monetary policy stance and financial market confidence has visibly improved on the back of our decisions” to buy unlimited amounts of short-term bonds, Draghi told a press conference in Frankfurt.Stocks and bonds have risen since the ECB said it was willing to buy bonds issued by heavily indebted countries, lowering their borrowing costs and easing fears of a eurozone collapse. On Thursday, the interest rate for Spain’s benchmark 10-year bond on the secondary market — an indicator of investor wariness of a country’s economy— was at 5.8 per cent, up marginally on recent days but still way down from the unsustainable highs of 7 per cent it reached in July.However, the currency union’s economy still shows signs of struggling. The region’s gross domestic product shrank 0.3 per cent in the second quarter. The European Union’s executive commission predicts it will shrink 0.4 per cent this year, and, perhaps more alarmingly, grow a meagre 0.1 per cent all of next year. That means downturns and high unemployment into 2014 at least.Five eurozone countries are in recession — Italy, Spain Portugal, Greece and Cyprus.In theory, a cut to interest rates would stimulate the economy by making it easier for consumers and businesses to borrow, spend and invest. Yet low ECB rates and cheap ECB credit to banks are not getting through to the wider economy in the form of more loans. That’s often because businesses see no reason to borrow and expand production in a slack economy.However, some analysts expect the ECB president could cut rates further.“Draghi appeared to ease open the door to a cut in interest rates over the coming months and potentially as soon as December,” said Howard Archer, chief European economist at IHS Global Insight.The ECB has argued that it’s up to countries to push ahead with so-called structural reforms — ones that make their economy more productive in the long term. Those typically include breaking down job protections for established workers so that companies can hire and fire more easily, and be more willing to higher younger workers. Spain and Greece have jobless rates of 54.2 per cent and 55.6 per cent respectively for people under 25. ECB President Draghi warns growth to remain weak as bank keeps rates unchanged at record low
“UNHCR’s priority is to work with the Ministry of Health and international partners to prepare for the worst and quickly establish a cholera treatment centre in Kagunga,” Joyce Mends-Cole from the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Tanzania said in a press release. “There is only a small dispensary in that village, lacking required diagnostics and treatment modalities – including medication,” she added. The UN refugee agency is also flying in urgently needed medication, to supplement what can be found locally.Two specimens have preliminary been diagnosed as cholera, but we are awaiting official confirmation from a reference laboratory.Another 77 Burundians in Nyarugusu – in the western province of Kigoma – are being treated for severe watery diarrhoea. Some 300 people are being treated for watery diarrhoea at Kagunga – near the Tanzanian border – and at the Stadium in Kigoma. Kagunga is a small village surrounded by a steep mountain range on the Tanzanian side and is best accessible by boat. Since Burundian refugees started to arrive in Kagunga early May, UNHCR has moved them by boat to Kigoma and from there to the refugee camp in Nyarugusu. More than 20,000 refugees have either been moved to, or arrived at the refugee camp. Meanwhile, UNHCR is taking urgent preventative measures to improve sanitation, hygiene and early detection, as well as a hygiene promotion information campaign.In Tanzania, the number of refugees arriving in Kagunga has risen sharply over the last few days and the living conditions have become extremely dire. Local immigration authorities reported that over 50,000 Burundians were living rough in Kagunga on the shore of Lake Tanganyika.
Then-freshman linebacker Raekwon McMillan (2) attempts to make a tackle during a game against Wisconsin on Dec. 6 in Indianapolis. OSU won, 59-0.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo EditorWith the Ohio State Spring Game just days away, there are still a few positions with vacancies.Defensive linemen Michael Bennett and Steve Miller join linebacker Curtis Grant and cornerback Doran Grant as members of the OSU defense who will not return after the title run in 2014.With that in mind, I took a look at five players you should watch in Saturday’s game to either replace the former Buckeyes or at least get some playing time in 2015 on the defensive side of the ball.1. Redshirt-sophomore cornerback Gareon ConleyThe Massillon, Ohio, native was the first person mentioned by cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs as the likely cornerback counterpart next to returning starter redshirt-sophomore Eli Apple.Conley earned one start in 2014 against the Michigan State Spartans, but after giving up big plays and a touchdown on the first drive of the game, was quickly replaced by a less-than-healthy Apple.With a spot open after Doran Grant’s departure, it is likely that the spot will be filled by either Conley or sophomore Damon Webb.Conley seemingly has the upper hand and a good showing in the Spring Game can only help his chances.2. Sophomore cornerback Damon Webb While Webb is behind Conley for the corner spot, there is a good chance he will still see significant playing time in 2015 at the nickel position.With Armani Reeves not returning because of health issues related to concussions, the nickel spot, which is usually reserved for passing downs, is wide open and it’s Webb’s job for the taking.Webb must have the skill to play, as he did not redshirt last season behind players like Doran Grant, Reeves, Apple and Conley.He appeared in nine games in 2014, and is sure to make an impact in 2015.3. Sophomore linebacker Raekwon McMillanMcMillan made an instant impact last season as a true freshman, collecting 54 total tackles and playing in all but one game in 2014.He is the odds-on favorite to take over for Curtis Grant at the middle linebacker position and could possibly be even better than the graduating senior.McMillan was constantly subbed in for Curtis Grant on passing downs last season and was clearly the better athlete. Don’t expect him to get too much playing time on Saturday, but watch to see how he communicates with his teammates as the new signal caller on defense.4. Senior defensive lineman Tommy SchuttCoach Urban Meyer said Monday that Schutt is currently the favorite to replace Bennett on the interior defensive line.Not quite yet the starter, Schutt has struggled throughout his OSU career battling injuries along with a lack of playing time. He has accumulated just 17 total tackles in his first three years as a Buckeye.The reason to watch him is not because he is going to be an impact player in the Spring Game, but rather to see how he reacts to being on the cusp of earning a starting job.5. Sophomore defensive lineman Jalyn HolmesMeyer said Monday that redshirt-sophomore Tyquan Lewis is the front-runner to replace Miller at defensive end, but Lewis will not play in the Spring Game because of a shoulder injury.That opens the door for a player like Holmes, who came to OSU as a four-star prospect out of Norfolk, Va.Holmes played in nine games last season, including the national title win over Oregon, and accumulated 11 tackles in those appearances.There is a good chance Holmes will play most of the game on Saturday, and a good showing could put make him a dark horse to unseat Lewis from the starting lineup.Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m., and is set to follow the OSU lacrosse game against Maryland, which is set to start at 11 a.m. at Ohio Stadium.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “That is all very well if you do Economics at the London School of Economics (LSE), but if you do a different degree at a less prestigious university, you can earn less than if you hadn’t borrowed in the first place and just gone straight into work,” she said.A report by the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) last year warned that almost eight in ten graduates will never pay back their full student loan under the new tuition fees system.The IFS said that there are “major issues” with the current system, as its research showed that most graduates will still be paying off student loans into their 50s.The number of graduates who fail to clear their debt before it is written off has almost doubled since 2011, when the Government axed the old maintenance grants in favour of a loan system.Under the new system, 77.4 per cent of graduates will never fully repay their debts, compared to 41.5 per cent of graduates under the previous system, according to the IFS. “It reflects the fact that people on their way to university are rather naïve and badly informed about higher education,” he said.“We need to do a much better job of explaining the finances and everything about university life to school leavers. Most people say they go to university because they want to get a rewarding job, but this suggests their perceptions change once they have graduated.” Almost half of recent graduates believe they will never be able to pay back their student loan, as experts warn that they would be better off without university. A major report, commissioned by the new universities regulator, The Office for Students, analysed the views of 6,000 young people about value for money in higher education.Just ten per cent of school leavers thought they would be unable to pay back their loan within 30 years, which rose to 28 per cent of university students. Among recent graduates, 42 per cent said they do not expect to repay their loans in full.Nick Hillman, director of the Higher Education Policy Institute (Hepi), said it is “telling” that the proportion of youngsters who believe they will never earn enough to pay back their student loan rises sharply after they graduate. Professor John Jerrim, from University College London’s Institute of Education, said that most teenagers tend to overestimate their future salary when deciding whether or not to go to university. “The truth is, a significant proportion of young people who go to university will not earn what they expect, and hence not be able to fully pay back their loan,” he said. “Some young people may as well go straight into the labour market instead. With pressure on higher education funding, I think a proper conversation is needed on how many should be going.” Prime Minister Theresa May announced a review of tertiary education and university fundingCredit: Carl Court Last month Prime Minister Theresa May announced a review of tertiary education and university funding, as she attacked Britain’s “outdated attitude” to university education as she says too many people take degrees and are charged too much money for their courses.She admitted that the current system of tuition fees is not working because the amount students pay for their courses bears no relation to the “cost or quality of their course”.Dr Joanna Williams, a senior lecturer in higher education at Kent University, said that the most damaging type of “misinformation” for teenagers is that going to university will lead to a better job or add a “graduate premium” to a salary. Most teenagers tend to overestimate their future salary when deciding whether or not to go to university
A culture of “dead men’s shoes” where talented young police officers are overlooked for chief constable jobs in favour of “time serving” deputies is damaging the fight against crime, says HM InspectorateAn investigation by HMI found some 62 per cent of chief constable’s jobs now go to the internal “favoured” deputy who “got on” with their departing boss and their Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).Women are also being squeezed out of the top jobs by a perceived “old boys’ club” where chief constables and PCC choose their favoured candidate, sometimes from a shortlist of one. In the past five years, the number of women chief constables has halved from nine to four including Cressida Dick, the met Commissioner, while there are no black or ethnic chiefs. In 2018, 27 of the 42 chief constables outside London were found to have been a deputy in their own forces.Many of the deputies appointed to the top jobs have spent their career in just one force, which could limit their horizons and demonstrate the leadership needed to fight crime effectively, said Matt Parr, the HMI inspector who led the investigation.He said the weakest performing forces in combating crime often had poor leadership. “If you get it wrong, then it is bound to have a negative effect on the quality of service that the public are going to get,” he said. Mr Parr said: “In some forces, it’s who you know. It’s dead men’s and women’s shoes based on seniority. You wait for your turn, get it, it’s not really based on talent or ability. Falling out with the chief constable will not do your prospects any good.”He said there was a perception of a “old boys’ club” against women, who were being denied chief constable jobs even though their presence in the senior jobs below chief matched their overall proportions throughout the police.Mr Parr also described the chaotic attempts by chief constables to poach the best officers via “a form of speed dating” when they completed commander training with the College of Policing.”The college allows time for informal networking and for chief constables to sell their forces. This is not in itself problematic but we were told that at a time when there were limited number of candidates – the arrangements amounted to a desperate form of speed dating,” said his report. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “The subsequent arrangements by which officers apply for posts were described to us by one chief constable as ‘chaos.’ His views were echoed in different terms by many others.”Mr Parr added: “I meet a lot of impressive police officers who knock the socks off me with potential and talent. I remain to be convinced that the best most talented officers get the top jobs.”The report added that policing looked “uncomfortably parochial” at the top, and “localism in the selection of chief officers has in some instances turned into a deeply unhealthy parochialism that is not in the public interest.”The report recommended the Home Office reinstate a rule barring a deputy from becoming a chief constable unless they had spent at least two years in another force or organisation at a senior level. Temporary promotions should also be limited to no more than a year. He said some senior officers had been been “over-promoted” and made some “questionable” operational decisions as well as not faring well over force politics or in the press.A survey of senior officers below chief found almost a third (29 per cent) felt there was “bias in selection” and that this made them reluctant to bid for promotion as it was likely to be a “done deal.” “The most common factors included how well each potential candidate got on with their chief officers.”
IM November, currently at the printer, includes a review of software developments. One of the leaders is Gemcom Software, which has certainly been very busy recently. Mid-May saw the release of Gemcom GEMS 6.1 (GEMS), the latest version of its geology, mine planning, production scheduling and data management software. Tom Gibson, Gemcom GEMS product manager: “To ensure critical mining data is managed effectively, GEMS is at the forefront in database technology that optimizes workflows and secures mining data. In GEMS 6.1, we continue to leverage these strengths to advance mining productivity with the addition of new innovations such as ‘click-to-generate’ tunnel designs.”GEMS 6.1 has more than 25 new features and enhancements such as the tunnel object that automatically turns lines into complete underground tunnel designs with the capability for safety bays and filleted intersections. Other new capabilities focus on usability, including easy to use tools to visualize and edit search ellipses when interpolating block models, and workspace setup and management.“De Beers’ Snap Lake mine is due to open in the last quarter of 2007. GEMS has been an integral part of the development of the underground resource since evaluation began in 1999,” said Josh Harvey, Senior Supervisor, MRM and specialized geology, De Beers Canada Snap Lake. “We have benefited from many upgrades and improvements to GEMS over the last eight years and are excited about the new features and enhancements in GEMS 6.1.”Late May saw the release of Gemcom Surpac 6, the latest version of its software for orebody evaluation, open pit and underground mine design, mine planning and production. The software’s ease-of-use helps to address skills shortages, by enabling mining companies to train staff faster and to facilitate the smooth transfer of skills between operations.Surpac 6 provides new workflow efficiency and usability, enabling geologists, engineers and surveyors to accomplish more in less time by improving how they interact with the software, improving productivity at their operations. New and updated capabilities include:Increased efficiency through simplified workflows Speed and performance increases Enhanced user experience with greater interaction with the on-screen display Gemcom followed this in June with Gemcom Minex 5.2 – software that supports the geology and mine planning needs of companies with stratified deposits. Developed in partnership with the industry, the system integrates key functions like borehole data management, geological modelling, mine planning and design, allowing its users to make fast, effective decisions by easily sharing data. “Gemcom Minex 5.2 is the most powerful and technologically up-to-date solution of its kind,” stated Jon Barber, Gemcom’s Vice President of Minex. “Users are seeking to replace older and less sophisticated competitor products that have not kept pace with advancements in technology. Minex is being employed by these clients to improve mining operational performance, user productivity and profits.” Griffin Coal Mining has adopted Gemcom Minex, replacing another product. “The change was driven by a need for an integrated system that was effective, quick and user friendly,” said Richard Campbell, Operations and Planning Manager at Griffin. “We wanted a best practice mine planning and geological modelling system that allowed technical services department to function in a co-ordinated way. “As with all Australian mines, getting and keeping good skilled staff is difficult, so Gemcom’s consulting arm has helped us get work done and assisted in the development of industry best practice. Certainly Minex’s ease of use has been instrumental in allowing us to bring new staff up to speed quickly and achieve more in less time,” continued Campbell. “Having strong face to face relationships with those you partner with is vital. Every mine has different requirements and Gemcom’s services staff has an excellent understanding of the problems facing coal mine operations.” Rick Moignard, President and CEO of Gemcom: “Stratified deposits like coal are unique, requiring specialised software to quantify and plan their extraction. Minex is one of only a handful of systems that can do this. Minex clients have access to the complete range of Gemcom’s software and professional services solutions, which can be tailored to their individual needs. ” New and updated capabilities added to Gemcom Minex 5.2 include: A full open-pit mine design suite which generates bench, strip and block designs A coal washability module that stores and manipulates coal wash data based on size fractions, density fractions and yield An open-pit reserves module that enables engineers to generate volumes, tonnes and quality of the coal and waste layers in their designed mining blocks Minex borehole database supports connections to ODBC databases such as Access or SQL Server or Oracle Extensive enhancements to texture surface draping on triangle surfaces. In August, it was the release of Gemcom MineSched 5.1 – its latest software for surface and underground target-based scheduling. Used by hundreds of mines around the world, Gemcom MineSched 5.1 is a comprehensive and powerful scheduling system encompassing both long and short-term scheduling. Supporting large and small mining operations and all commodity types, it also enables companies to meet blending targets. MineSched schedules can be produced from pre-created block, grid, and polygon models that originate from many different mine planning systems, including Gemcom Surpac and Gemcom Minex.Australian-based St Barbara is one of the many companies that have adopted MineSched for its scheduling system. “MineSched has enabled St Barbara to produce a robust LOM Plan for the long-life Gwalia Mine,” stated Julia Martin, Senior Mining Engineer. “With MineSched’s visualisation and reporting capabilities, we can ensure that schedules can be validated, reviewed and communicated quickly and easily.” With the global consolidation of mining companies and the increasing scarcity of skilled mining professionals, MineSched 5.1 introduces a complete internationalisation framework for using the system in multiple languages, such as Russian, Chinese and Spanish. This allows companies to provide better global support to mine planners, while bringing consistency to processes and facilitating the transfer of skills between operations. In addition, the software’s ease of use allows mine sites to be up and running with the software much more quickly than they can with other scheduling systems.Eli Alston, Product Manager for MineSched: “The software incorporates proven scheduling algorithms and can output results in a wide variety of formats, including 2D and 3D graphics, worksheet-based reports and Gantt charts, ensuring that schedules can be easily viewed, validated and communicated.”Also in August, Gemcom announced that Gemcom InSite has been selected by Lonmin, the world’s third largest and lowest cost platinum producer, as the short-term planning and continuous measurement system to support its underground Marikana mine in South Africa. Lonmin’s InSite implementation will capture, manage and distribute operations data to mining teams including mine survey, geology, material resource management, planning, production and others. “Lonmin looks for innovative and sustainable ways of improving the productivity, safety and profitability of our mine sites by ensuring our staff has access to the right information, measures and reports,” said Anton Mauve, Vice President, strategic and production planning with Lonmin. “By working with Gemcom and employing its InSite system, we will gain the capabilities needed to establish ongoing business process improvements through continuous measuring, monitoring, reconciling and reporting of mine production. This will allow us in turn to realise our objective of increasing the accuracy of short- and long-term production forecasting. We believe that this type of continuous measuring and monitoring, including face advance, safety, and lost blasts, will be a first for the industry.”Benefits that Lonmin expects to realise from the implementation include: Continuous capturing and reporting of daily mining progress Improved safety with continual measuring of mine safety through web reporting Better access to information to support business process improvement Enhanced usability, including automation to support users with varying skill sets and experience Improved ability to identify and investigate problems, drilling down to the root cause.In September Gemcom announced the release of Gemcom InSite 2.1, the latest version of its mine performance management solution. With an InSite system, mining companies are able to improve operational performance by rapidly deploying a system that captures data from disparate mining applications and operational data sources, tying the information together through a web portal that delivers measures, reports and analytics.Peter Orr, Senior Product Manager for InSite: “InSite enables mining engineers and mine managers to monitor KPIs, analyse problems and respond immediately. It is a versatile solution that captures, validates and reports production data in both open pit and underground operations. With release 2.1, InSite provides companies with the capability to compare operational performance across multiple mines and to deliver information to users in their local language.” The Multi-Site Consolidated Reporting feature of InSite 2.1 enables mines to continuously track the progress of their operations against corporate goals. It provides flexible data synchronization configurations to support a range of corporate wide area network systems. By consolidating data from local operations at the regional and corporate level, companies can track overall performance against corporate totals, averages, budgets and plans. Senior management gain access to up-to-date planning and production data from all sites and the ability to analyse costs by equipment, activity, region and other factors.
IT BEGAN UNEXPECTEDLY with the Rose of Tralee.Back in 2011, Gary Hanrahan was trying to become the Dublin escort at pageant when he got the bones of an idea that was to become a book.While in Kerry, Hanrahan met two young women who had openly talked about their experiences with depression. Michelle Ryan had set up a blog and Facebook page to talk about what she had been through, while Dublin rose Siobhéal Nic Eocaidh was to go on Ryan Tubridy’s radio show on 2FM to talk about her own struggle.As Ireland struggled to deal with the fall-out from the economic crash, the three started to think about ways to get people to realise that so many other people across the country have struggled with depression.“I always thought there could be more discussion around mental health issues, [even though] the topic has really come to the fore in the last 12 months with people like Conor Cusack publicly speaking about his struggle with depression,” Hanrahan told TheJournal.ie. They decided that it came down to being honest about it was like, and letting people know that others had gone through the same thing. Hanrahan decided to ask people to share their own stories about depression, what they had gone through – and, crucially, how they came out the other side.Getting storiesAt first it was difficult to get people to share their stories.“Once they realised they didn’t have to share their names, it was easier,” says Hanrahan. “Initially it was harder getting stories from men, but in the end they came in. We used Facebook and Twitter to look for the stories”. Others were sent in directly to the email account the team set up.The majority of the stories are from people in their 20s and 30s, and Hanrahan says most have just one thing in common. “The one [common theme] is the lack of understanding as to what depression was and why they suffered from it,” he says .As momentum for the book began to build, with more than one thousand people liking the Stories of Hope Facebook page, the three began to look at the logistics of getting the book out there.They had already decided to sell it as an e-book that people could download quickly for a small cost. Once it became clear that there were enough stories to fill a book, support came on board in other ways. Dawn Meats said they would cover the 30 per cent commission Amazon takes for selling books, while the cover photograph for the book was designed free of charge by Gobnait Ní Neill.All the profits from the book will go to depression charity Aware.Stories of Hope, which was published last week after months of work, focuses on the positive. “The whole point of the e-book is to concentrate on the positives and show people they are not alone and they can get through this difficult time in their life,” says Hanrahan.With much of the focus on mental health issues on people who lost their jobs or were badly affected by the recession, Hanrahan says it’s something that still needs to be discussed more at secondary school level.“Modern-day Ireland is not an easy place for a teenager to grow up. Maybe if teenagers are shown how this affects people, it might go some way to changing people’s attitudes,” he says.There was one story in the book that stood out for him.“It’s entitled ‘Nubbins’ in the book. Reading this story makes you realise how precious life is and you should make the most of every day. This story talks about how this particular person gave birth to a stillborn baby and, as you can imagine, her life was turned upside down”.“The story tells how she has gotten through that difficult time with a positive outlook on life now. [In the piece] she writes ‘My advice to all is simple: be kind to yourself, talk to those who love you and appreciate all that’s great in your life’”.The e-book can be bought on Amazon for €5. If any of the issues in this article affect you, it may help to talk to someone. Here are some helplines: Samaritans 1850 60 90 90 or email email@example.com Aware 1890 303 302 Pieta House 01 601 0000 or email firstname.lastname@example.orgChildline 1800 66 66 66Read: RTE presenter John Murray talks frankly about his depression > Read: Samaritans received more than 10,000 calls over Christmas > Console 1800 201 890 Teen-Line Ireland 1800 833 634
A MAN HAS been arrested by gardaí investigating the shooting of a six-year-old boy in Dublin on Friday night.The man, aged in his mid-30s, was arrested at approximately 3.30pm this afternoon.It is understood the arrest is in connection with withholding information.He is currently being detained at Ballyfermot Garda Station under Section 30 of the Offences Against The State Act.The six-year-old was shot in the neck in an incident on Friday night in that the Minister for Justice branded a “barbaric” attack.Gardaí appealed for those behind the attack to come forward.Read: Gardaí following definite line of inquiry, call on perpetrators to turn themselves in >
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A bomb blast has occurred at the offices of Greece’s public order ministry in Athens. One person was killed when the bomb exploded close to a minister’s office suite. The bomb had been hidden in a parcel, which made its way to the office of an aide, which was only a few steps away from minister Michalis Chryssohoidis, who was left unhurt. So far no one has claimed responsibility for the explosion. The victim was later identified as Giorgos Vassilakis, a 50-year-old father of two. Mr Chryssohoidis praised said Mr Vassilakis as a “valuable and beloved colleague.” The minister said that the parcel had been meant for him