NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)With a new regime taking over Ohio State for next season, it appears Ryan Day will have another assistant coach to replace for 2019.Ohio State already began its overhaul by parting ways with Greg Schiano at defensive coordinator. The Buckeyes showed major flaws on defense last year, which is the main reason behind these changes on the staff.Schiano won’t be the only defensive coach departing Ohio State this winter, especially considering that Day will want different assistants than Urban Meyer.Bill Davis has only been with the Buckeyes for two seasons, but he’s also spent two decades taking various assistant jobs in the NFL.There were rumors that Davis could potentially leave Columbus ahead of the upcoming season, and Tuesday, the linebackers coach announced his future intentions on Twitter. It turns out that he’ll leave Ohio State and pursue another opportunity to coach in the NFL.Here is his message to Buckeye Nation:Thank you, Buckeye Nation. pic.twitter.com/ZLIFxwV7wH— Bill Davis (@CoachBillDavis) January 8, 2019It’ll be interesting to see if the linebacker corps can improve with another leader coaching the unit. Last season was full of inconsistent play in the front seven, but that could change with better technique.Day will have ways to go before he reaches the status of Meyer, and there is no denying that he’ll have to meet championship expectations. However, it’s easy to be impressed by his recent decisions to reignite Ohio State’s defense.
Barcelona: If Lionel Messi listens to Real Betis and sits out another match, Barcelona will likely have to rely on Antoine Griezmann to finally get some points on the board. Betis, which visits the Camp Nou on Sunday, responded to a tweet by Barcelona that Messi was back to practicing with the team for the first time since being injured in the preseason by saying: “Don’t rush, Leo. No need for you to force it!” Barcelona couldn’t make up for Messi’s absence last weekend when its attack was held scoreless in a 1-0 loss at Athletic Bilbao. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThat was the first time the two-time defending champions had lost a Spanish league opener in a decade. And after both Real Madrid and Atl tico Madrid won, the pressure is on. Barcelona acquired Griezmann after triggering the 120 million euro ( 133 million) buyout clause in his contract with rival Atl tico. The France forward was supposed to be the fourth piece to an already world class attack featuring Messi, Luis Su rez and Ousmane Dembele. But Griezmann may be left with all the scoring responsibility in his competitive home debut. Messi strained his right calf in the team’s first practice of the season on Aug. 5 and hasn’t played since. Although it is possible he will be back to face Betis, Su rez won’t be after he injured a right leg muscle in the first half at Bilbao. Dembele has also been ruled out for several weeks with a left thigh injury. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterPhilippe Coutinho, who could have helped out as an attacking player, is no longer with the team after being loaned out to Bayern Munich this week. Malcom, a Brazilian forward who played sparingly for Barcelona last season, was sold to Zenit St. Petersburg. Griezmann had a lackluster match at Bilbao. His only good scoring chance at San Mames Stadium came in the final minutes with a header. The Frenchman, however, is used to carrying a team on his back. Griezmann was a consistent scorer for Atl tico, tallying more than 20 goals a season for five consecutive years despite the team often not having another attacking threat to draw away some of the attention of opposing defenses. The problem at Bilbao, he said, was simply “the ball didn’t go in.” The other player who could make the most of the opportunity created by the injuries is 21-year-old Carles P rez, a member of Barcelona’s reserve team. He impressed in the preseason, even scoring two goals in a 2-0 win over Japanese club Vissel Kobe, where former Barcelona great Andr s Iniesta now plays. Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde included P rez in Wednesday’s team practice. Betis was the only team to beat Barcelona at its home stadium last season, outgunning the hosts 4-3.
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is leaning ever more towards declaring a national emergency at the southern U.S. border, and insists the new trade pact with Canada and Mexico will more than cover the cost of his long-promised wall project.But he’s also expressing concern that Congress will put up barriers of its own to block the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, the hard-won replacement for NAFTA.Trump, who is visiting a Texas border town as a federal-government shutdown over the controversy stretches into its 20th day, is also denying that he ever claimed Mexico would cut a cheque to cover the cost.The president repeatedly insisted during his 2016 campaign that he would make Mexico pay for the wall, which he defends as the only way to stanch the flow of illegal migration.Veteran Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over trade issues, is urging Trump to make good on his oft-repeated threats to pull out of NAFTA if the new Democrat majority in the House of Representatives insists on reopening the deal.A number of Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have expressed misgivings about a lack of enforcement for USMCA’s labour and environmental provisions, but it remains unclear whether those issues are serious enough to scuttle the deal.The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — A Liberal MP from Toronto has apologized for a tweet sent Saturday morning that many on Twitter took as a threat against Ontario Premier Doug Ford.Adam Vaughan said sorry for tweeting that people should “whack” Ford, hours after defending it as a reference to the game whack-a-mole where players hold a mallet and hit targets — or moles — as they randomly pop up from a board.Vaughan has been critical of the Ford government’s policies in Ontario, continuing criticisms that go back to when the two sat on Toronto city council.Before entering federal politics in 2014, Vaughan often took aim at the policies of former Toronto mayor Rob Ford, Doug Ford’s brother who died in 2016.Vaughan’s original tweet late Saturday morning was in response to a tweet noting the Ontario Progressive Conservatives had backed away from talk about cancelling full-day kindergarten in the province.The Liberal MP suggested in a tweet that the Ford government raised the idea so residents would get “upset over hurting Kindergarten students instead of being angry over the damage he’s done to University students.”“Next he will go after young offenders & end “free school” in detention centres … instead of playing whack-a-mole; Let’s just whack him.”As responses from Twitter users rolled in questioning his use of language, Vaughan repeatedly tweeted pictures of a whack-a-mole game with a picture of Ford’s face placed on the targets in the game, and screen capture of the online Collins Dictionary entry for “whack.”“If someone whacks you, they defeat you easily in a game or competition,” the screen capture reads.The next entry on the website adds this definition: “To whack someone means to kill them.”Vaughan at one point tweeted that he had been contacted by a lawyer “representing the Moles of Ontario,” who resented the comparison. “I’ve tried to reach out, but apparently they are an underground organization.”By Saturday night, Vaughan apologized. In a statement posted to Twitter to anyone who was offended and “missed the original cartoon,” without which “the comment lacks context.”“Whack was a reference to whack-a-mole,” Vaughan wrote.“It was never my intent to suggest anyone, anywhere should inflict real physical harm to Premier Ford. To those who took offence, I’m sorry.”The Canadian Press
APTN National NewsAn overwhelming majority of those living on the streets of Winnipeg are Indigenous.That’s just one of the findings of a recent survey conducted over a 24 hour period.APTN’s Dennis Ward has this story.
Beijing: China on Wednesday said its economy grew 6.4 per cent in the first quarter of 2019, slightly more than expected despite the world’s second largest economy facing a host of headwinds, including a long-running trade war with the US. China’s GDP reached 21.343 trillion yuan (about $3.18 trillion) in the first three months of 2019, and the growth pace was the same with that of fourth quarter 2018, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said in a statement on Wednesday. The Chinese economy grew 6.4 per cent in the year’s first quarter compared with the same period in 2018. The first quarter GDP growth was in the range of 6 per cent to 6.5 per cent target fixed by the Chinese government for this year. Last year the economy grew at 6.6 per cent. The tertiary sector reported the strongest growth in added value by expanding 7 per cent to reach 12.232 trillion yuan, which accounted for 57.3 per cent of the total first quarter GDP, picking up by 0.6 percentage points compared with first quarter 2018. Consumption continued to be the mainstay in driving up demand, contributing 65.1 per cent to first quarter economic growth, NBS data showed. The industrial and agricultural sectors saw their added value grow 6.1 per cent and 2.7 per cent respectively, the figures said. China’s industrial output, an important economic indicator, expanded 6.5 per cent year on year in the first quarter. The growth rate came in 1.2 percentage points higher than that recorded in the January-February period, the NBS said. In March alone, industrial output increased 8.5 per cent year on year, a record-high since July 2014, up 3.2 percentage points from the January-February period. The industrial production saw faster growth in the first quarter, with more presence of high-tech industries, the NBS said in a statement. Industrial output, officially called industrial value added, is used to measure the activity of designated large enterprises with annual turnover of at least 20 million yuan (about $2.9 million) The Chinese economy, the world’s second largest, has been slowing down facing a host of headwinds which included a long-running trade war with the US, weak consumption at home and slower export demand abroad, as well as debt problems in both the public and private sectors. Expectations were high about reaching durable deal with the US to end the trade war as both the governments gave a positive assessment of nine rounds of talks reaching agreement on a host of issues. US President Donald Trump who kicked off the trade war last year is demanding China to reduce the $375 billion trade deficit and protection of intellectual property rights (IPR), technology transfer and more access to American goods to Chinese markets. He has already increased the tariffs on over $250 billion Chinese exports to US and threatened to extend tariffs on $200 billion Chinese imports to 25 per cent. China too slapped reciprocal tariffs on some US exports to the country. Trump held back his threat to impose additional tariffs on the rest of Chinese imports as both sides stepped up talks to finalise the text of the deal.
Rabat – Contractual teachers have decided to suspend their protests and resume work on Monday, April 29.The National Coordination of “the Forcibly Contracted Teachers” issued a statement, announcing that after several meetings held on Friday and Saturday, the teachers have decided to go back to work on Monday. The statement stressed that the teachers’ decision has been motivated by a desire to preserve student’s rights.Just for students The statement said that the teachers will put black badges during working days “to mourn the dignity of teachers.”The statement warned, however, that no teacher take or sign any document or a reprehensible or disciplinary nature. The movement’s warning to the contractual teachers is a response to the government’s repeated threats that it would fire protesting teachers. While deciding to come back to work to preserve students’ interests, the coordination also wants to keep unity in its ranks. The goal is to ensure that no teacher is punished for having participated in the protests.Read Also: Police Disperse Contractual Teachers Protests at Morocco’s ParliamentSixty-six regional representatives voted to suspend the strike, while 11 opposed it.The decision of the coordination is also meant to avoid a “blank” year. The coordination said they will ensure a “good” teaching atmosphere similar to the mood before the beginning of the protests.The teachers have been protesting for more than five weeks of protest against poor working conditions.On April 14, Morocco’s Ministry of Education said it reached an agreement to end the crisis.However, the coordination issued a statement to argue that there had been no agreement with the ministry, emphasizing their determination to continue protesting until their the government meets their demands..The teachers described themselves as “forcibly contractual educators.” In 2016, the Moroccan government began hiring teachers under annually renewable contacts. April 25 marked a massive overnight protest, bringing thousands of teachers in front of the parliament.Moroccan police used water cannons to disperse the demonstrations, which ended at about 4 a.m.Morocco’s Al Istiqlal (Independent) Party took an initiative to announce suggestions that would end the crisis.Al Istiqlal Party called on the teachers to go back to their work, urging the ministry of education to resume dialogue with its representatives.Contractual teachers have been rallying the streets of Moroccan cities since February 20, demanding to be hired into the public sector. Demonstrators also called for the abolishment of fixed-term contracts, demanding the end of “discrimination” between contractual teachers and public sector teachers.
WASHINGTON — California Sen. Kamala (KAH’-mah-lah) Harris is filling in the details of how she would move 330 million Americans onto a single government health insurance system, her fullest statements to date on an issue on which she has sometimes had to clarify her views.Harris is a supporter of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for All” legislation but still envisions a role for the private system — just as long as it takes its lead from the government. Medicare for All would replace the Affordable Care Act with a single-payer health plan for all Americans.And Harris says as president she’d make a slower transition period between current policy and the ultimate goal of a single-payer system, giving 10 years instead of four for a full transition.Juana Summers, The Associated Press
MONTREAL — Air Canada and Chorus Aviation Inc. have extended a purchase agreement by 10 years that will see Chorus subsidiary Jazz Aviation LP continue to provide Canada’s biggest airline with regional service through to 2035.The deal quelled concerns about Chorus’s future after Air Canada announced last February it would expand its Rouge fleet and fly the lower-cost airplanes on Canadian regional routes — Jazz’s traditional territory.The agreement Monday tacks on another $940 million in aircraft leasing income and fixed fees flowing to Chorus over the next 17 years, swelling the revised contract’s worth to $2.5 billion in total, the holding company said. Chorus Aviation Inc buys five Bombardier Inc CRJ900 regional jets Air Canada gets regulatory approval to buy Aeroplan ahead of Amia shareholder vote Bumped travellers to be compensated under proposed air passenger rights rules The amendment to an agreement from 2015 includes lowering the fixed fees and other revenue that Air Canada hands to Chorus by about $50 million annually for 2019 and 2020, a tradeoff for the buffed-up, longer-term contract now in place.Both companies characterized the deal as a “win-win.”Air Canada chief executive Calin Rovinescu said the contract offers his company long-term stability, cost certainty and “the flexibility to modernize the regional fleet for the benefit of our customers.”Chorus CEO Joe Randell, who helped launch Jazz in 2002 — then still a branch of Air Canada — acknowledged the unease over the previous agreement’s expiry date in 2025.“There has been some concern about where does Jazz sit in Air Canada’s plans and how long is this relationship going to last,” Randell said on a conference call with investors. “This really puts those concerns to bed.”Investors cheered the deal and sent shares of Halifax-based Chorus up 16 per cent to $7.30 in mid-afternoon trading.Under the new agreement, Air Canada will make an investment of $97.3 million in Chorus, giving the airline about 10 per cent of Chorus’s class A and class B voting shares, cumulatively.Chorus aims to use some of the proceeds from that investment to buy new, larger-gauge aircraft, including nine CRJ900s for lease to Air Canada in 2020, Randell said.Air Canada is committed to lease 105 aircraft annually from now through 2026, and at least 80 aircraft in the 75-to-78 seat range each year from 2026 through 2035, according to Chorus. Those leases will yield $1.6 billion in revenues, nearly two-thirds of the contract’s worth going forward.Analyst Walter Spracklin of RBC Dominion Securities called the announcement “very positive” and said the agreement “should be very well received.”“The most important element of the new CPA is the 10-year extension to 2035, as it meaningfully reduces the potential ’cliff risk’ of an unextended CPA,” he said in a note to investors.Cameron Doerksen, an analyst with National Bank Financial, stressed “certainty and predictability” for the two companies and their investors.Previously, the fees Chorus charged Air Canada for controllable costs such as labour were set annually, but could fluctuate broadly from year to year.The amended deal installs “guardrails” so that the fees — while lower than originally contracted over the next two years — shift within a range of plus-or-minus $2 million yearly, ensuring more predictability, Chorus said. The fee total will add up to about $858 million.
“Local residents [in Maban County] are now demanding that the some 60,000 refugees in Yusuf Batil and Gendrassa camps leave within two months,” Fatoumata Lejeune-Kaba, a spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told journalists in Geneva, adding that hostilities have also spread to Doro and Kaya camps.While stressing that UNHCR is working with authorities and other humanitarian agencies to diffuse the tensions, she explained that competition for natural resources – including firewood, grass and grazing land – has recently boiled over into “tit-for-tat” attacks, forcing up to 8,000 refugees to flee Yusuf Batil camp.“Houses, tents and granaries belonging to refugees and villagers alike were set on fire during the fighting. Although refugees have since returned to the camp, tensions persist. Maban residents living near Yusuf Batil camp have fled, citing fear of further confrontation with refugees who outnumber them,” Ms. Lejeune-Kaba said.According to UNHCR, since armed conflict between Government and rebel forces broke out in South Sudan in mid-December, instability and conflict in the region have disrupted planting and harvesting. At the same time, insecurity along transportation routes has hampered the delivery of food and other humanitarian supplies.During the first week of March, refugees across Maban’s four camps received a 10-day ration of pulses and oil. Pulses and oil cover only 24 per cent of the daily energy needs of 2,100 kcal. Shortages have left them without cereals and salt for several weeks. In addition, some key non-food items, including fuel and medicine, are running out. “There is a need to ensure adequate supplies are in place before the onset of the rains or else all deliveries will have to be undertaken by air,” stressed Ms. Lejeune-Kaba. “Without enough to eat, refugees have been growing restless. Some have threatened to return to Sudan’s Blue Nile state, which they fled because of continuing armed conflict,” she noted.Maban County hosts 125,000 Sudanese refugees from Blue Nile. A third of the refugee population is made up of small children, pregnant and lactating women, elderly and disabled people and the chronically ill. And they are the ones most vulnerable to malnutrition, says UNHCR.The Governments of South Sudan and of Ethiopia have agreed to allow humanitarian supplies through Gambella, Ethiopia, which will enable the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to dispatch much needed food commodities for internally displaced people and refugees in Maban in the coming days.Meanwhile, the insecurity and hunger are forcing more South Sudanese to flee into neighbouring countries such as Ethiopia, where an average of 1,000 South Sudanese refugees arrive daily. The refugees, mainly women and children, have been arriving in the Gambella region from Upper Nile and Jonglei states.The Government had made land available for two new camps in Gambella – Leitchuor camp opened in mid-January and Kule in late February. But Leitchuor, with 30,000 people, has exceeded its capacity, and Kule is fast approaching its limit of 20,000.The refugees still face challenges, including serious health concerns. Many arrive malnourished. “With WFP and UNICEF, we have established feeding programmes to support their recovery,” said the UNHCR spokesperson.Also speaking to the press, WFP spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs added that the agency is doing everything possible to resupply the food stocks in the Maban County refugee camp “as fast it can.” She added that WFP is grateful to the Governments of South Sudan and Ethiopia for their decision to allow cross-border food shipments to resume. “This should help re-establish the critical humanitarian life line for thousands of the displaced,” she said.
Peter de Clercq (left), UN Deputy Special Representative for Somalia who is also the UN Resident Humanitarian Coordinator, speaks during the Somalia Partnership Forum in Mogadishu. UN Photo/Omar Abdisalan “Without the support of the international community, we could not have averted this famine,” Somalia’s Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire said in his remarks at the event. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), poverty, marginalization, armed violence, insecurity, political instability, natural disasters and a lack of economic development have driven up humanitarian needs for decades in the east African country. Also, a lack of access to basic services, especially in the areas of education and livelihoods opportunities, can easily tip residents into the vulnerable category in terms of relief needs, as well as encouraging outward migration in search of employment and increased susceptibility to recruitment by militant groups. In his keynote address, President Farmaajo said his Government intends to reduce poverty by two per cent each year and had created jobs for thousands of Somali youth since taking office earlier this year with assistance from the international community. “We must still do more to retain our young people,” he added. “That is a must, not only to grow our country but also for preventing radicalization. We are fully aware that socio-economic improvements to the quality of our people’s lives…will undoubtedly help bring about political stability.” President Farmaajo also reiterated his long-standing call for debt relief that would provide Somalia with access to loans from international financial institutions to pay for urgently needed infrastructure improvements. “If we are not able to build roads required by our small businesses to bring their produce to market, it would be difficult to meet our stated goal of reducing poverty,” the President said. A communiqué issued at the end of the meeting welcomed the Federal Government’s pledge to hold one-person, one-vote elections in 2021. The document also stated that the next Somalia Partnership Forum would be held in the middle of 2018. For the second consecutive day, the Federal and state-level leaders of the country met with senior representatives of the international community in the so-called Somalia Partnership Forum to assess the various challenges facing Somalia, with today’s high-level conference focusing on humanitarian and development issues. Participants commended the Government of Federal President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed “Farmaajo” for its leadership in the country’s drought response effort that averted a devastating famine in 2017. But several speakers also warned that the threat of a major humanitarian disaster still loomed over millions of Somalis, and continued support from international partners would be needed for the foreseeable future. “Unfortunately, we cannot declare victory, and we have to exercise extreme caution because the situation remains the worst we have faced in recent living memory after four failed rainy seasons,” said Peter de Clercq, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator and the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Somalia. “We continue to need deliveries of humanitarian assistance to the tune of $100 million per month,” he explained. Mr. de Clercq noted that international partners have provided over $1.2 billion in assistance to support the Federal Government’s drought response effort this year, adding that a humanitarian response plan for Somalia in 2018 will seek to raise another $1.5 billion.
Joffre Mercier will give the keynote address at Brock’s ninth annual Mapping the New Knowledges Graduate Student Research Conference April 7.Thirty years ago, Joffre Mercier, Brock’s associate vice-president, research (Natural and Health Sciences) was completing his PhD in neuromuscular physiology.In the past three decades, Mercier has gained a broad vantage point to compare the then and now of the graduate student experience – particularly the important relationship between graduate students and their mentors.His research career in the area of neurobiology has involved supervising and working alongside master’s and PhD students. His administrative experience with the Faculty of Mathematics and Science and, more recently, with Brock’s Research Services, gives him yet another perspective of the life of graduate students.Mercier will touch on these themes when he gives the keynote address at Brock’s ninth annual Mapping the New Knowledges Graduate Student Research Conference April 7.Overall, Mercier says not a lot has changed since his graduate student days at McGill University.“The core activities and experiences of graduate students are essentially the same today as they were when I was a graduate student in the late 1970s and early 1980s,” he says. “Scholarly expectations are as rigorous today as they were then. Young scholars are still expected to make new contributions to knowledge, they still work largely on their own but under the guidance of a faculty mentor.“Graduate study changes them, making them more aware of the difference between what we really know and what we think, and making them more likely to question the validity of what they hear and read for the rest of their lives. These aspects of the graduate student experience probably haven’t changed substantially for over a century.”Mercier says the biggest changes for today’s graduate students are in research focus and future career paths.“There are more opportunities in industry now than there were when I was a graduate student, and this is particularly true in life sciences,” he says. “Students worry as much now as we did about future employment, and the job turnover in academia is a bit slow at the moment, which happens from time to time. The difference is that there are more opportunities outside of the academic sector than there were 30 years ago.”The conference keynote address begins at 8:45 a.m., Plaza Building 400, mezzanine level, and it will kick off a full day of research presentations by approximately 120 graduate students from all of Brock’s six academic Faculties. All members of the Brock community and the public are welcome to attend. The program includes:• three sessions of concurrent oral presentations running from 9:15 a.m. to 11 a.m., 1:40 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., in Plaza 300 and 400 level• the finals of Brock’s Three-Minute Thesis (3MT®) Contest, from 11 a.m. to 12 noon, Plaza 400 mezzanine level• the presentation of the Graduate Mentorship Awards, from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Plaza 400 mezzanine level• a poster-viewing session, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., Cairns 300 levelFaculty of Graduate Studies Dean Mike Plyley says the conference continues to be a success because of the broad mix of graduate student research underway at Brock.“We were fortunate in the early going that conference organizers recognized that the research process is best served when scholars and scientists, from completely different disciplines, come together to talk about what they do and why they do it,” he says.“We’ve made it a priority to help graduate students make research connections, and this continues to be a priority as the University embraces transdisciplinary directions to drive research and scholarship in exciting ways.“Graduate students have a deep and rich reservoir of knowledge, insight, creativity and innovation. As a university, this one day in the life of graduate students is an opportunity for everyone to strengthen our alliance as researchers and scholars, and to discover new ways to work together in making a difference in our world. “
Holtmann speaks at his introductory press conference. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterOhio State introduced Chris Holtmann as its new men’s basketball coach Monday, the last domino to fall in the hiring process. As the former Butler coach enters the early stages of his efforts to revitalize the Buckeyes, The Lantern spoke with Joe Boozell, the lead college basketball writer for Turner Sports’ NCAA.com, to break down the hiring and talk about what Ohio State fans can expect on the court next season. Boozell also graduated from Butler, so he has watched the team at length. In fact, his senior year was Holtmann’s first as head coach, and he offered a personal anecdote about Holtmann. The conversation has been edited for clarity and length. The Lantern: When you heard that Ohio State fired Thad Matta, did you think of Holtmann right away as a potential target? Joe Boozell: Yeah, definitely. I had an idea of jobs that he might leave for, and I knew Ohio State was one of them. When Indiana opened, about a month beforehand, I figured he might be a candidate but I also thought they might shoot a bit higher. They got Archie Miller, who I think is similar to Holtmann, but he’s just done what he’s done for a longer period of time than Holtmann has. So, yeah, I wasn’t surprised, and frankly, I was a little worried (he might leave Butler) when Ohio State opened up. TL: What do you remember about Holtmann’s early career? JB: There was the gap year between (current Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens) and Holtmann with Brandon Miller, and that was the worst year Butler has had in a long time. I think they won like four Big East games. It was also their first year in the Big East. Then Miller had to leave because of health concerns, and Holtmann was hired out of necessity. He wasn’t anyone’s choice to take over. No one had high hopes for his first season after they won four Big East games the year before, no one was projecting them to make the tournament. They got Roosevelt Jones back, who was their best player who redshirted the year before because of injury, and then they just took off. I think they got a No. 6 seed in the tournament that year. TL: What qualities about Holtmann as a person stand out? JB: To me, he always struck me as Brad Stevens-lite, and I mean that to be a compliment. He’s just a super nice guy. I have a fun anecdote. Butler has a Starbucks on campus. It’s a small campus, and that’s like the only restaurant there. Everybody was in line. It was during finals week, and Holtmann was there and he decided to buy every student their Starbucks that day. That’s just the kind of guy he was. That speaks to his character. Also, Butler has had a lot of tragedy in the Butler basketball family. There was the Andrew Smith death; he was on those Final Four teams. A former staffer’s infant son died. And Holtmann, he’s not really an insider in the fact that he didn’t play for Butler and he was new to the school, but everyone spoke so highly of how he handled those situations. He was there for all the families and for all the people who needed to grieve. You couldn’t find a person who said a negative thing about him.Butler head coach Chris Holtmann celebrates after Butler’s 71-61 victory over Texas Tech in the first round of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship at PNC Arena on March 17, 2016 in Raleigh, N.C. Credit: Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer/TNSTL: What qualities as a coach stand out? JB: He’s a great X’s and O’s coach. He might wow you with recruiting at Ohio State, but at Butler, he recruited three- and four-star guys that usually outperformed their star ranking. And I think my biggest thing about Holtmann, the best thing, is that he doesn’t really have one tangible weakness. He is just very competent in every area. I don’t remember a game as an alumni walking away after a loss thinking they lost this game because of Holtmann. It sounds simple, but I think that’s something really good to have as a coach.He’s definitely willing to embrace the small-ball movement. He loves to have a stretch power forward. He loves to have at least four shooters on the floor. I think he’s one of the best after-the-timeout coaches. When I referred to him as Stevens-lite earlier, whenever Butler called a timeout in the second half of a close game, I always felt good about what was going to come out of that possession. He’ll fit his style to his personnel, and while it may not be very good that first year, I can’t say enough good things about him. One thing that stands out is the guys he recruits, like Kelan Martin, Kamar Baldwin. They’re probably Butler’s two best players. They were unheralded three-star guys who way, way outperformed their rankings, and I think as an Ohio State fan or follower, you can probably expect the same thing, and that’s huge. I don’t know if I called this a weakness, but it’s probably biggest weakness in the sense that he only coached at Butler for three years — nobody he coached went onto the NBA. Could that be a drawback in recruiting? Yes, but I think he’s going to recruit better at Ohio State than he did at Butler, and he won quite a bit at Butler. It’s hard to say if he’s going to get the Greg Oden, Evan Turner classes. We just don’t know yet. There’s not enough of a sample size, but I think he’s also proven that he can win without those guys against high competition. I’m not saying he can’t get those guys, but he just hasn’t proven it. I guess we’ll learn. TL: Considering Ohio State’s current roster construction, do you think Holtmann will have to make changes to his preferred schemes? JB: Here’s what I would expect, with his three Butler teams, I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the less talented the team, the slower they played. I think that’s very intentional, and I would expect Ohio State to play slowly next year. I wouldn’t expect that once he gets players he likes. I think he just knows that the slower the pace, that gives the least talented team the chance to win. And that let’s his set-plays and whatnot take over. I think he can fit to any style, but if there really is no identity, expect him to try to grind it out his first year. They’re going to take a lot of 3s. They’re going to take a lot of layups. They’re not going to take a lot of midrange shots. They’re going to play hard-nosed defense, primarily man-to-man. He’ll get a little daring with zone, but I guess now that I think about it, I didn’t really like when he played zone. I feel like it never really worked. I would say he’s about 85 percent man, 15 percent 2-3 zone. I think ideally he’d like a free-flowing, somewhat faster paced style. But in that first year, which was sort of the case with Butler, he deliberately slowed the game down and hoped to win it in a tight battle.Chris Holtmann being introduced at a press conference to take over Ohio State men’s basketball head coaching job. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterOne thing I’d add, and this isn’t really like his playing style, more his recruiting style, but he definitely loves to have a playmaking four to initiate the offense. Not Draymond Green, but someone in that ilk. I don’t want to compare (6-foot-7) Andrew Chrabascz to Draymond Green, but he sort of played that role. He led Butler in assists last year. He just likes to have that power forward be someone who can shoot, pass, run the offense if needed. It wouldn’t surprise me if that was one of his first big recruiting snags. You know, 6-foot-7, 6-foot-8 combo forward, like Kyle Young, which is what he’s recruited to be. So if it’s not Kyle Young as a transfer, I think he’s going to get that guy in Year One and he’ll be a really good player.TL: What do you think would be reasonable expectations for Ohio State fans next year?JB: I think, even though last season was relatively disappointing for Ohio State, they still won what like 19 games? TL: I think they won like 17 or 18. First time under Matta they didn’t win at least 20 games. (Editor’s note: Ohio State finished with a 17-15 record). JB:OK, well I think that’s actually kind of reasonable given what they lost and what they didn’t add. I mean, it could change if they take some Butler guys, but given what they won’t be adding — and I know that contributed to Matta leaving. They didn’t get any grad transfers of note. I think Holtmann can get you to the NIT, and that doesn’t sound sexy, but given everything that happened that would actually be a pretty good outcome. TL: Given the competitiveness in the Big Ten and other slumping programs like Indiana and Illinois adding new coaches, what do you think a reasonable long-term forecast is? JB: I think a reasonable trajectory would be as I said, Year One, NIT, hopefully a guy pops that you didn’t expect, maybe two guys. Year Two, I think definitely make the (NCAA) Tournament with a good class. Holtmann has also shown willingness to add grad transfers, which Butler hadn’t really done. He got some really good guys in Avery Woodson and Kethan Savage last year. I think a No. 7 or No. 8 seed by Year Two is totally doable. By Year Three, I could see them atop the Big Ten. I don’t see why not. Michigan State, Indiana, Michigan, those are all really good programs but they’re not Duke or Kentucky or Kansas. So if everything goes right, I think they could absolutely win the Big Ten by Year Three. That’s a lot of speculation but I think that’s a totally realistic trajectory, and I think you should be excited about that if you’re an Ohio State fan.
A judge ruled the NFL should pay former players hundreds of millions of dollars for head injuries suffered on the field, but the players want more.The approved settlement was meant to compensate players diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and other neurological disorders between 2006 and this July, according to The Guardian.The matter has the potential to deliver a devastating blow to the NFL, whose stock in the eyes of much of the public has begun to fall as the extent of player brain injuries becomes more well-known. Indeed, officials for youth football leagues have been reporting a drop in player enrollment.The financial settlements would help players currently experiencing symptoms of neurological disorders to pay for treatments or money would go to the families of former players who died from them.But the settlement is being criticized by some players who find the amount “insufficient” and because some players were not included.A federal judge yesterday listened to arguments addressing the players’ claims.U.S. Judge Anita Brody, who issued the preliminary approval in July, said she was skeptical that the fund would be enough to cover the potential neurological conditions of men who retired from the league. She initially rejected the NFL’s $765 million settlement in January due to the same skepticism. She was particularly concerned about the players who are diagnosed in the future that wouldn’t benefit from this settlement. She noted that the league would have to pay up to 20,000 men for 65 years, according to The Guardian.She agreed to the preliminary settlement after the NFL lifted its $675 million cap on payments.“Even if only 10 percent of retired NFL football players eventually receive a qualifying diagnosis, it is difficult to see how the monetary award fund would have the funds available over its lifespan to pay all claimants at these significant award levels,” Brody wrote.The majority of players involved in the suit were okay with the terms of the settlement, but in October, at least 11 objections against the settlements were filed. The objecting players are contesting that the money is only being awarded to players who had CTE and died within a certain timeframe.A three-level system is considered when determining the how much is paid out. Players suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease, would receive payments of $5 million. Those who showed signs of brain trauma or CTE when they died would receive up to $4 million and certain dementia cases could receive up to $3 million. Awards are adjusted for how long the player was in the league and age when diagnosed, according to The Guardian.Players that opt out can pursue individual lawsuits. The family of the late 12-time Pro Bowl linebacker Junior Seau opted out of the lawsuit. Seau was found to have CTE after he committed suicide in 2012.The NFL, which brings in an estimated $9 billion per year, has implemented new rules and penalties to try to discourage the helmet-to-helmet hits that are presumed to be responsible for the brain trauma experienced by former players. Players must go through extensive concussion protocols now before they can re-enter games after showing signs of a concussion.
ExpectedActual2019 teams 11.010.2New England Well … maybe not the Bengals. Not only is Cincinnati saddled with an injured A.J. Green, who appears to be out until around Week 8, the Bengals have an offense that is bereft of top talent at nearly every position. Cincinnati replaced head coach Marvin Lewis after 16 seasons of on-again, off-again contention and turned instead to Zac Taylor, a coach best known for being friends with L.A. Rams wunderkind Sean McVay. The hope must be that Taylor can revitalize the career of quarterback Andy Dalton, who sports a middling career yards per attempt of 7.2 and is one of the few starting quarterbacks who Vegas believes wouldn’t move a line if he were to be replaced in the lineup. The defense doesn’t offer a compelling reason for optimism: The Bengals ranked 28th in defensive Defense-adjusted Value Over Average (DVOA) last season. Perhaps we should view that as a reason to be bullish on their prospects in 2019 simply due to regression, since defensive performance year to year isn’t terribly stable. If that seems like a bridge too far, magic might be the answer: Taylor may give lip service to the notion that he isn’t trying to be like his mentor McVay, but McVay’s brand of QB sorcery seems like the best hope for the Bengals to crest seven wins this year.The Giants are more interesting. After a promising preseason performance by first-round pick Daniel Jones, New York fans are clamoring for a change of the guard at quarterback. As big of a reach as many believed Jones to be, I still see him as a better use of first-round draft capital than “generational talent” Saquon Barkley. Hailed as a potential savior and the missing piece for Eli Manning’s final championship push, Barkley helped the Giants improve from a terrible three-win team in 2017 to a merely bad five-win unit in 2018.The Giants were second-worst in the league on Expected Points Added per play on first-down play-action passes after adding Saquon to the backfield,1On a play call that averaged a robust 0.21 EPA per play for the rest of the league last year, the Giants were one of only two teams to average negative expected value, with -0.06 EPA per play. and prospects for a bounceback in play-action efficiency seem bleak. After trading all-world wideout Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns, the Giants lost free agent acquisition Golden Tate to a four-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs and their expected No. 3 wideout Corey Coleman to a season-ending ACL injury. Their best hope for a productive season may rest in ownership’s willingness to bench Manning for good this time.The other team to somehow accumulate negative value on first-down play action was Oakland. In what seems to be a pattern for teams at the bottom of the win total forecast, Vegas sees Derek Carr as a quarterback worth just 1 point to the spread. The stats back up that view. Carr’s career yards per attempt is, at 6.7, below league average, and his best season as judged by QBR is an anemic 54.6. His weapons are improved from a year ago, but they are volatile. New Raiders wideout Antonio Brown sat out of practice because he wasn’t allowed to wear a helmet the NFL deems dangerous and is now likely to be suspended for some period of time, and Tyrell Williams is a boom or bust weapon who likes to be targeted deep — something Carr may be reluctant to do given his career average depth of target of just 7.7 yards. Meanwhile “Hard Knocks” captured head coach Jon Gruden disparaging “all the football stats and all the fantasy bullshit” in favor of running backs that will “BOOF” the opposing team in pass protection. Of all the six-win teams, Oakland may be the most unpredictable — and that unpredictability could manifest itself in good ways, as well as bad. Brown’s antics could end with a fashionable and safe new helmet, Carr might be coaxed into throwing the deep ball to a talented field stretcher, and Gruden might use rookie running back Josh Jacobs optimally, leading to wins we simply can’t foresee at this point.The final team projected for six wins in 2019 is Washington, a team that somehow came to the determination that Mark Sanchez and Josh Johnson were better choices than Colin Kaepernick to take over for quarterback Alex Smith when his 2018 season — and perhaps his career — ended with a gruesome leg injury.In the draft, Washington team president Bruce Allen added Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins in the first round but then failed to surround him with receiving weapons. Jamison Crowder left via free agency, former first-round bust Josh Doctson was released at the end of the preseason and tight end Jordan Reed suffered another concussion heading into Week 1. Their current starting wide receivers are third-round pick Terry McLaurin — also from Ohio State — and Paul Richardson.The outlook at running back is brighter with the return of Derrius Guice from an ACL tear that derailed his rookie season, but there is little evidence to suggest they will put him in advantageous spots to run the ball. With the ageless, tackle-breaking cyborg Adrian Peterson in 2018, Washington lined up against neutral or stacked boxes on first-and-10 or second and long 174 times, decided they liked the look and ran right into the scrum 72 percent of the time. But if Washington can flip the script on downs tailor-made for passing and eke out some yards where they should come easy, the duo of Guice and Peterson could be enough to protect current starter Case Keenum or rookie Haskins while he learns on the job — and possibly beat the team’s six-win projection.Check out our latest NFL predictions. Every year, we look back on preseason win totals produced by forecasters and betting markets and chuckle at some of the more egregious misses. Last season, the Chicago Bears were initially forecast for seven wins by Las Vegas, then traded for Khalil Mack and somehow won 12. The Green Bay Packers’s predicted win total was 10, but they melted down in spectacular fashion and ultimately ended up winning just six games.We’ve already published our Elo projections, and we think they’re the best we’ve ever produced for the NFL, but there will still be lots of misses to grouse about come January. Forecasting a sport as luck-driven as the NFL is rough that way.It raises the question: How good are betting markets at predicting team wins? To find out, I got my hands on a tranche of win prediction data stretching back to 1989, courtesy of Sports Odds History, and checked how well Vegas preseason win totals predict actual team wins. While Vegas overall does a good job identifying good and bad teams, it turns out that at the lower end of the range of projected wins, Vegas predictions don’t seem particularly well calibrated — though the confidence intervals at the lower end are large because of the small sample size, so the results aren’t statistically significant. 6.56.4Detroit, Tampa Bay 5.04.6Arizona, Miami 8.07.4Jacksonville, San Francisco, Tennessee 8.58.9Atlanta, Baltimore, Houston, Seattle wins 9.08.5Cleveland, Dallas, Indianapolis, Minnesota, Pittsburgh 7.57.6Carolina 10.08.8Philadelphia 7.06.9Buffalo, Denver, N.Y. Jets 9.59.0Chicago, Green Bay, L.A. Chargers 10.59.9Kansas City, L.A. Rams, New Orleans 6.06.7Cincinnati, N.Y. Giants, Oakland, Washington Projected win totals of six and fewer undersell teams’ prospects by about a win on average, with the exception of teams forecast for five wins.Win totals don’t change as frequently as the moneyline odds, so we probably shouldn’t take win totals at face value — at least for teams with low projected wins. What does this mean for non-bettors? It should be decent news for the Cincinnati Bengals, New York Giants, Oakland Raiders and Washington Redskins — teams that both Elo and Vegas have pegged for six wins in 2019 — since we should be more bullish on their chances than we currently are.Optimism for these probable cellar dwellers might feel forced. But we should fight the urge toward overconfidence, especially in the face of history. A few of these teams will end up surprising us — in a good way — at the end of the year for reasons inscrutable to us now. Sources: SportsOddsHistory.com, Greg Guglielmo, Pinnacle, Betfair, William Hill, Bet365, BetOnline Which NFL teams might beat expectations?Average actual wins (1989-2018) by Vegas preseason expected wins, and the 2019 teams at each number of expected wins
“We do not tolerate any violence against staff who work in our prisons. When incidents like this occur we will always work closely with the police to push for the strongest possible punishment.”This incident is being investigated by police, it would therefore be inappropriate to comment further.”East of England Ambulance Service said a man was treated for a neck injury after it was called to an address on Knox Road at 17:22 on June 11.A spokeswoman said: “We dispatched an ambulance crew and medical response car from the East Anglian Air Ambulance to assist.”Medics were on scene within eight minutes of the call to treat a man, believed to be in his 40s, for a neck injury before being taken to Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital for further care,” she said. There have also been riots at prisons in Lewes, Bedford and Lincoln, while two inmates escaped London’s HMP Pentonville in November.Just this week, security firm G4S, which manages Parc Prison in Bridgend, said it was investigating claims that officers “lost control” in an incident in which two guards were taken to hospital.Liz Truss, the former justice secretary admitted in December there were too few officers to run them properly.In response to the rising levels of violence and drug abuse, ministers pledged to recruit an extra 2,500 prison officers, at a cost of £104m, in England and Wales.However, staff turnover is so high that Michael Spurr, head of the National Offender Management Service, said 8,000 officers would need to be recruited by next year in order to meet requirements.The prison officer injured in Norwich was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital with a neck injury.A Prison Service spokeswoman confirmed that police were investigating the June 11 incident.”HMP Norwich maintains appropriate and safe staffing levels on a daily basis and is actively recruiting for a number of prison officers,” she said. Riot police outside HMP Birmingham in December 2016Credit:Joe Giddens/PA Years of swingeing budget cuts have seen the prison service stretched to its limits.Budgets have been slashed by a reputed £700 million since 2010 while the number of frontline prison officers has fallen by some 7,000 to 18,000 in a similar period.In recent months, jails have experienced some of the worst rioting in decades as the decline in standards has reached crisis point. A prison officer walks through a wing of Norwich PrisonCredit:Getty Images 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. In December, riots in Birmingham Prison left four wings uninhabitable. Around 240 prisoners were moved off the site after 12 hours of disturbances. Prisons are now so out of control that inmates are protecting the guards, a prisoner has warned after an officer was stabbed in the neck.The guard, who is believed to be in his 40s, was in a “really bad way” following the attack at Norwich Prison.An inmate, who asked not to be named for fears of his safety, told BBC Radio Norfolk the officer was attacked by a prisoner on the landing of A wing.”If it hadn’t been for the other officer protecting him he would have been killed,” he said.”The officer was in a really bad way. But since it happened nothing has changed.”There aren’t enough staff so we spend too much time in our cells.”It’s a case of inmates protecting the guards at the moment and it should be the other way around.”
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 complaints were described as “bullying” and viewers have said they are concerned for her mental health. Donlan, who is coupled up with Joe Garratt, has been perceived to be “distant” by some of the other islanders, leading to conflict in the villa.She has been brought to tears on multiple occasions after being criticised by the other female islanders for not being “friendly” enough and by Garratt for her friendship with Fury. When contacted for comment, ITV pointed The Telegraph towards its Duty of Care statement which outlines the care given to those who appear on the show, including psychological and medical assessments, a welfare team on the ground and the fact they have trained senior staff in mental health issues. The show is under greater scrutiny this year amid concerns producers weren’t doing enough to protect the mental health of their contestants after two suicides of previous participants were linked in part to the show.Many called for Love Island to face the axe after the news that another reality television show, Jeremy Kyle, could have been one of the factors behind the suicide of a man who had been on the show.In total Ofcom has received 794 complaints since last Friday. Another major issue responsible for the majority of complaints centred around contestant behaviour towards 21-year-old surfer Lucie Donlan. A Love Island contestant has been accused of sexually harassing a male member of the villa after Ofcom received hundreds of complaints.Maura Higgins’s advances towards Tommy Fury, the brother of the boxer Tyson Fury, during Friday night’s episode received 486 complaints.Higgins, a 28-year-old ring girl, has been trying to win Fury’s affections and tried to get him to kiss her. The Irish model lent over him and tried multiple times to kiss him, after he had politely declined the offer. An Ofcom spokeswoman said: “We will assess these complaints against our broadcasting rules, but are yet to decide whether or not to investigate.” Tommy Fury was subjected to unwanted kisses by an Irish modelCredit:ITV Picture Desk
FOUR SINN FÉIN leaders will be in London today, aiming to find compromises on issues in the North ahead of marching season.The delegation, headed by Gerry Adams, will meet the British Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour Party leader Ed Miliband in separate meetings to discuss the Haas talks.The meeting be the first Downing Street talks between Adams and Cameron and come as a new round of talks on the past, policing and flags is set to begin.Adams will be joined by the North’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, vice-president of the party Mary-Lou McDonald and Fermanagh/South Tyrone MP Michelle Gildernew.With the loyalist marching season imminent, any agreement on flags will be difficult.No substantial talks have taken place on the issues since the former chair, US diplomat Richard Haas, broke up talks without reaching an agreement.The Ulster Unionist Party, the DUP, Sinn Fein the SDLP and Alliance are due to begin six days of discussions today, aiming to break the impasse.Only the Union flag issue and parades are likely to feature in this round of discussion.Unionists say that they want to leave talks on the past until after the report into “on-the-runs” is issued later this month.Adams said that the fact that he has not met Cameron since 2010 is “deplorable”.““This will be the first meeting that the British Prime Minister David Cameron will have held with the Sinn Féin leadership since he took office in 2010.“This is deplorable and evidence of the British government’s failure thus far to properly engage with the process of change in the north.“Key to making progress is a positive engagement by the Irish and British governments on issues which are their direct responsibility. The governments cannot with credibility deplore the lack of progress in the process unless they act to fulfil their obligations.”Read: Adams: Unionist parties risk dragging peace process back to 1998Opinion: In Northern Ireland, we are literally lurching from crisis to crisis
Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton. Image: Sam Boal By Ceimin Burke Jun 22nd 2018, 4:05 PM Friday 22 Jun 2018, 4:05 PM 19 Comments http://jrnl.ie/4086321 Parents in four areas are being asked to express their preference about the patronage of new schools The process began today and it will wrap up at the end of July. Short URL Share30 Tweet Email1 Parental preferences for each patron, from the parents/guardians of children who reside in the school planning areas concerned, together with the extent of diversity currently available in these areas, are key to decisions in relation to the outcome of this process.The process for all of the new schools is being overseen by the independent New Schools Establishment Group (NSEG). The Group was set up in 2011 to advise the education minister on the patronage of new schools.Parents who meet the criteria and wish to express their preference can do so on this website. Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton. 16,457 Views Donaghmede, Howth and Dublin 13Galway City and OranmoreLaytown and DroghedaWicklowPeople are eligible to express a preference for the patronage of the schools if their child is due to start post primary education between 2019 and 2023 and if the child lives in one of the areas.The process for parents began today and it will run until 31 July.The invitation follows the recent announcement of the establishment of 42 new schools over the next four-year period from 2019 to 2022.The patronage determination process for the rest of the schools will take place at a later date, ahead of when they are due to open.Minister Bruton said: PARENTS IN FOUR areas are being asked to fill out an online survey expressing their preference regarding the patronage of new post-primary schools which will be established next year.A new Online Patronage Process System (OPPS) website, which will facilitate the process, was officially launched by the Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, today.The four new schools will serve the following areas: Image: Sam Boal Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
On Tuesday began an effort by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to revive the people’s trust in the government ahead of the 2019 election.The reshuffle of the cabinet coincides with the first time Greece will operate outside of the memorandum realm since 2010, when the First Economic Adjustment Programme for Greece i.e. the first bailout package was signed.While Tsipras has decided to instill several younger cabinet figures in preparation for a general election most key members of the pre-existing Greek government have retained their positions.The MPs and ministers involved in the country’s creditor-mandated bailout program such as Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos and his team, all remain in their roles.The new cabinet introduces minor changes, mainly to the ministers for the interior, public order, justice and culture bringing six women on board.Tsipras’ move has been hailed “a concerted shift to claim the centre ground” for the big poll battle in September. .“It will be the mother of all battles,” Tsipras said taking into consideration the new financial reality for Greece.“Our country, the government and the party need new blood and more appetite for work.”Commenting on the Prime Minister’s decreasing popularity, independent MP Haris Theocharis told Reuters that “He is not the Tsipras of 2015,” adding that nearly a decade of austerity has left the country brain-drained and over 20 per cent of its population unemployed.“The radical rhetoric has gone and he is now clearly trying to establish Syriza as one of the two pillars in a two-party system. To do that he has to open up to the centre, but how successful he can be is another question.”Many took to social media to deem the change to the cabinet “pointless” and a “media stunt” in a last attempt to derail public opinion from the fact that more than one third of the country;s population is living below the poverty line.Other commentators were more eager to see of the new administration will manage to bring effective change to infrastructure following the recent Mati wildfire crisis that saw 97 lives claimed. THE NEW CABINET: Vice President of the government: Yannis DragasakisDeputy Minister next to the Premier: Dimitris LiakosGovernment’s General Secretary: Akritas KaidatzisInterior MinistryMinister: Alexandros CharitsisDeputy Minister: Marina ChryssoveloniDeputy Minister of Macedonia and Thrace: Katerina NotopoulouCitizen’s Protection MinistryMinister : Olga GerovasiliDeputy Minister: Katerina PapakostaEconomy and Development MinistryMinister: Yannis DragasakisAlternate Industry Minister : Stergios PitsiorlasDeputy Minister: Stathis GiannakidisDigital Policy, Telecommunications and Information MinistryMinister: Nikos PappasDeputy Minister: Lefteris KretsosNational Defence MinistryMinister: Panos KammenosAlternate Minister: Panagiotis RigasDeputy Minister : Maria Kollia-TsarouhaEducation, Research and Religion MinistryMinister: Costas GavroglouAlternate Minister of Research and Innovation: Costas FotakisDeputy Minister: Meropi TzoufiLabour, Social Security and Social Solidarity MinistryMinister: Efi AhtsioglouAlternate Social Solidarity Minister: Theano FotiouDeputy Labour Minister for Social Security Issues: Anastasios PetropoulosDeputy Minister: Athanasios IliopoulosForeign Affairs MinistryMinister: Nikos KotziasAlternate Minister of European Affairs: Georgios KatrougalosDeputy Minister for Issues of Religions: Markos BolarisDeputy Minister responsible for Expatriates: Terence Spencer Nicholas QuickJustice, Transparency and Human Rights MinistryMinister: Mihalis KalogirouAlternate Minister of Corruption Issues: Dimitris PapagelopoulosFinance MinistryMinister: Euclid TsakalotosAlternate Minister: George ChouliarakisDeputy Minister: Katerina PapanatsiouHealth MinistryMinister: Andreas XanthosAlternate Minister: Pavlos PolakisAdministrative Reconstruction MinistryMinister: Marilisa XenogiannakopoulouCulture and Sports MinistryMinister: Myrsini ZorbaDeputy Minister: Georgios VasiliadisDeputy Minister: Constantinos StratisEnvironment and Energy MinistryMinister: Giorgios StathakisAlternate Minister: Sokrates FamellosDeputy Minister: George DimarasInfrastructure and Transport MinistryMinister: Christos SpirtzisDeputy Minister: Nikos MavraganisImmigration Policy MinistryMinister: Dimitris VitsasShipping and Island Policy MinistryMinister: Fotis KouvelisAlternate Minister: Nektarios SantoriniosAgricultural Development and Food MinistryMinister: Stavros ArachovitisDeputy Minister: Vasilis KokkalisDeputy Minister: Olympia TeligioridouTourism MinistryMinister: Elena KountouraGreek Territory Minister responsible for Every day Citizens’ Issues: Alekos FlabourarisGreek Territory Minister responsible for the Co-ordination of the Governmental Work: Christoforos VernardakisGreek Territory Minister and Government Spokesman: Dimitris Tzanakopoulos Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram