World Cup Pogba struggling to be France’s Zidane or Platini Robin Bairner 16:02 6/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(7) Getty World Cup France v Australia France Australia Paul Pogba Zinédine Zidane France has been blessed with some of the greatest midfielders of the modern era, but the Manchester United man is yet to live up to the hype It is the night of July 12, 1998. The place is Paris.Throngs of jubilant locals gather on the famous Champs Elysees to celebrate a historic moment. France have just beaten Brazil 3-0 to claim their first World Cup title.In doing so, a star has been born. His face has been projected, fittingly, onto the Arc de Triomphe – the fabled monument which stands in the middle of one of the world’s craziest roundabouts. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move The image of Zinedine Zidane is complemented by just two words: “Merci Zidane.”The midfielder’s birth certificate may suggest that he was born on June 23, 1972, but this was the evening upon which his legend was given true life.Zidane was special for many reasons, not least because he picked up the baton carried in the 1980s by the brilliant Michel Platini, a player of equal talent. The attempts of ‘Platoche’ to lead France to world glory were ill-fated, however, as circumstances seemed to persistently rob a talented squad of the fortune they were surely due.Platini was the first in a sequence of magical French midfielders. Zidane emerged in the next generation and ahead of World Cup 2018 there is still the hope that Paul Pogba – once the world’s most expensive player – can be his successor.Both Platini and Zidane carried the hopes of a nation, and while Pogba may not need such broad shoulders due to the exceptional talent around him in Russia, the platform he has built for himself means that the pressure is very much on. If he were under any illusions about the task facing him, his experience at the Allianz Riviera during France’s 3-1 friendly victory over Italy on June 1 will have enlightened him. During that match, he was jeered by the French supporters.Such criticism from a demanding crowd is certainly not alien in France, as Kylian Mbappe was at pains to point out after the match.“He plays abroad, so he’s not used to it,” the Paris Saint-Germain forward said. “I’m going to explain to him that it’s like that here. I played with it all year. You have to get used to it. We put our earplugs in and score goals.”Pogba has created a formidable social media profile that has rivalled his €105 million transfer fee, and the expectation is that he justifies that global presence on the pitch with regular world-class performances.“I’ve got the impression that whatever Pogba does, we always ask him to do more,” Mbappe noted. “You have to admire the player you have and be aware how lucky we are that he’s French.”Rather than standing on the shoulders of giants like Platini and Zidane, Pogba is desperately clamouring to become their equal. That in itself is a formidable task.Platini’s reputation may have been soiled by his activities away from the field – he was involved in a slush fund scandal while he was a Saint-Etienne player and is currently serving an eight-year ban from all football for ethics violations – but on the pitch he is remembered as one of the all-time greats.He is best known for his role as a No.10, and it was in that position he starred in the famed ‘carre magique’ (magic square) of the 1980s alongside Alain Giresse, Luis Fernandez and Jean Tigana. Fine players though they all were, it was Platini who was the standout.In 72 internationals, he captained his country 50 times while he was France’s all-time leading scorer with 41 goals, which was a record that stood until the emergence of Thierry Henry. Like all the greats, though, his legacy was defined on the biggest stage. And for France, that arrived at Euro ‘84, which was played on home soil. Platini was the undoubted star of the tournament, scoring nine times in five games, including the final, and brought with him the tactical rigour that he had learned in Italy with Juventus. It was a complete performance.Before Platini, France had enjoyed little success as a footballing nation. Under his influence, however, they threatened to win both the 1982 and 1986 editions of the World Cup. The manner of their defeat in Spain, in particular, only helped cement that generation into the nation’s footballing folklore as West Germany goalkeeper Harald Schumacher infamously went unpunished for flattening Patrick Battiston. “He had no pulse. He looked so pale,” Platini said after the game, believing that his team-mate had been killed.Having been given years to reflect on the match, however, the No.10 said: “That was my most beautiful game. What happened in those two hours encapsulated all the sentiments of life itself. No film or play could ever recapture so many contradictions and emotions. It was complete. So strong. It was fabulous.”It was a glorious and unjust defeat that added to the folklore of Platini and the national team, who struggled so much in its formative years. France may now be seen as an international behemoth, but Les Bleus only attained an aggregate positive goal difference in 1997, having spent nearly 92 years in deficit. That curiously celebrated semi-final loss helped to cement the idea of the ‘Asterix complex’ in the identity of the national team. Named after a cartoon character known for his plucky efforts against the odds in battles against the Romans, this was the belief that France were destined to be eternal losers. It stretched beyond football, of course, but it was encapsulated in the game. Instead, there was a sentiment that the only way that the French could receive recognition in the sport was by playing football the ‘right’ way. Winning major titles was simply beyond them, so style became more important than substance.As such, beautiful players became more prized than effective ones and often coaches would set about maximising the individual qualities of stars rather than seeking to get the best out of the team as a collective.On a world scale, not even the brilliance of Platini – Asterix in this footballing context – could transform the fortunes of the nation.Despite being of Italian heritage, he represented the ‘old’ France, beautiful to watch but successful only up to a point.When Zidane arrived, however, he very much represented the ‘new’ and confirmed this by leading France to World Cup 1998 success, emerging as a symbol of integration in a nation temporarily united after a colonial history. From the notorious Marseille district of La Castellane, the son of a warehouseman, he was an example that anyone could make it to the very top in France. Indeed, a 2004 poll in the newspaper Journal du Dimanche crowned him the ‘Most Popular Frenchman of All Time’.In the wake of France’s empire crumbling in the 1950s and 60s, immigrants like Zidane’s parents streamed into the country, leading to a broad ethnic mix that rapidly changed the make-up of society.Prior to the 1998 World Cup, National Front leader Jean-Marie Le Pen had questioned the national team, suggesting that the likes of Patrick Vieira and Marcel Desailly, born in Senegal and Ghana respectively, had declared for France due to business rather than patriotic reasons. The squad for the tournament contained players who could trace their origins back from Guadeloupe to New Caledonia via Armenia, Argentina, Africa, Spain and more. Among the 23-man panel, of course, was also Zidane, born in Marseille but of Kabyle extraction.It was a team considered to be representative of the ‘black-blanc-beur’ nation that the country had become. Leading them was Aime Jacquet, a coach whose popularity was to become enormous because of the traditional values that he embodied and due to the hardship he endured in the build-up to the competition, during which he had his approach ridiculed by the press.His loyalty to Zidane was to prove priceless. He chose to stick by the No.10 throughout the competition, despite the erstwhile Juventus man having toiled up to the final. After an assist in Les Bleus’ opening game, a 3-0 win over South Africa, he had been sent off in the next match against Saudi Arabia and had not produced a tangible moment of excellence thereafter.“If you have a match to choose, this is it,” suspended captain Laurent Blanc told the No.10 on the morning of the final.Zizou did just that.Forty-five minutes of unrestrained excellence was all it required for him to provide France with the platform they required to become world champions, scoring two headers from set pieces.“During the days before the final, Aime Jacquet focused on corners,” he revealed to L’Equipe. “He told me: ‘Zizou, I know that heading is not your strong point, but Roberto Carlos is only 1.70m and Leonardo is not much bigger, so I guarantee that if you attack the ball with conviction you can do something.’“And it happened like that.”Even if his performance dipped, like that of his team-mates, in the second period, his contribution had been decisive even before Emmanuel Petit added a third. And the match proved a pivotal event, both in the history of the nation and the story of the life of one man.“I didn’t know how much of an effect it would have at the time,” he admitted, “but for sure my life changed with this game.“I became the player who marked the history of French football. People’s attitudes towards me changed, the way they looked at me, I felt it every time I met someone. It was really beautiful…”On a national basis, it lifted the spirits, stymying the advances of the political right, at least for a period, even if the team itself paid little heed to the notion.“It was the media and society that gave birth to the concept,” Alain Boghossian, a member of the 1998 squad, told L’Equipe . “We were just a group of team-mates with only one flag to defend, France, and only one colour to wear, the blue of our jersey.”Thierry Henry lamented: “That feeling died out quickly. It’s a pity. For a little while, we were all French, whatever our skin colour. And that was priceless.”If this phenomenon was more than simply about Zidane, there was no doubt that he was the posterboy. For French football, meanwhile, the Asterix complex had been wiped out in one swift stroke. They had shown that they were capable of winning the very biggest prizes; the idea of France the eternal loser was obliterated.In that regard, it was symbolic that one of the most graceful players in the modern era scored two of the most basic goals possible to guide them to glory.Zidane’s spectacular Champions League-winning volley for Real Madrid against Bayer Leverkusen in 2002 may go down as his finest ever goal, yet his simple headed brace in Saint Denis may well be the moments that resonate longest in his birthland.His fame, of course, is not merely restricted to L’Hexagone. In 2007, a Brazilian who had been so taken by the France star – as well as a handful of his team-mates – elected to call his son Zinedine Yazid Zidane Thierry Henry Barthez Eric Felipe Silva Santos. There can be few greater honours for a footballer than having a child named after you in such a football-mad country, particularly for a player who scored twice to defeat the nation in such an important game. At last count in 2016, there were 827 ‘Zidanes’ in Brazil – all born after 1998. Pogba, the social media superstar, has yet to make such an impact on the park. Nevertheless, Rio Ferdinand – a great at Manchester United – believes that he can develop into the spectacular player expected of him.“Pogba has the ability to go out there and dominate the World Cup,” he told Goal. “He is a fantastic footballer. But the problem at the moment is pressure. How does he deal with the expectations of a nation and how can he deal with that pressure? “He is someone who is desperate to put his mark on the game and he will be going all out to do that. He definitely, no doubt in my mind, has the ability to do it. It is whether he can put it all together in this space of time, within a tournament.”Claude Makelele, a Euro 2000 winner with Les Bleus and a player forever associated with defensive midfielders, believes that the 25-year-old can still develop into a decisive player for his country – but he warned that he must be prepared to shoulder more responsibility.“I told him when I met him that he can take on the responsibility [of helping France win honours] because he is a great player. He has everything,” the former Chelsea and Real Madrid man told Goal.“He is tall, with great technique, he can score goals, he gets assists – he has everything. He shouldn’t be scared and he should just do the job.”Makelele, though, is not prepared simply to level that criticism against only Pogba.“These young players need to understand that when you wear the shirt of the national team that you need to die for this shirt,” he said. “In my generation, everyone was dying for the shirt. You need to understand this.“When you wear this shirt, you have the whole country behind you. The players need to understand that. I think when they understand that, then they will win the World Cup again.”As such, Pogba’s happy-go-lucky Instagram image may please the social media generation, but for the diehard supporter, it serves only to frustrate, a seemingly omnipresent indication that the player could be giving more to the cause, if not on the field, then certainly in terms of focus away from it.“He played against Manchester City with his hair dyed blue and white, maybe he’ll have it red and white to play us,” Denmark coach Age Hareide commented in May, echoing the thoughts of a strong percentage of the domestic population. “Does he only think about haircuts?”A recent poll conducted by Odoxa on behalf of RTL found that 81% thought that Zidane’s generation of 1998 had a better attitude and 78% felt that they had a greater desire to win. Of course, this may be supporters looking back with blue-tinted spectacles, but as Pogba is only too aware: image is everything.And with the national side no longer burdened with the Asterix complex that it once was, simply looking good is not enough.Perhaps elegant football was sufficient to satisfy a doubting nation in the 1980s during the Platini era, but Zidane changed everything. Now it is a country that has tasted success and is eager to do so once more.Zidane and to a lesser extent Platini were social phenomena, whose influence reached beyond the footballing realm. Their brilliance on the football field helped to alter the country in which they lived.This is the standard to which Pogba is held in his homeland; to those backing Les Bleus, 30 million social media subscribers simply won’t cut it.As Ferdinand pointed out: “You can’t compare Pogba to Platini and Zidane yet. Those two players went into different stratospheres with what they have done in football.“Platini won the European Championship and he won titles with Juventus. And Zidane was a serial winner in the French national team, World Cup and European Championship – and then with his clubs as well. And now he is winning as a manager. “You cannot compare yet. Pogba still has a career to finish before you can compare players like that.”In a recent ranking produced by French sports daily L’Equipe , which lists the top 100 France players of all time, it was Zidane who was out in front ahead of Platini at No.1. To find Pogba, one must trawl all the way to 78th, behind the likes of Nicolas Anelka, Olivier Giroud and Karim Benzema, who has been cast from the side since 2015. If the Manchester United star is to see his image on one of Paris’ famous monuments, which would surely make an Instagram post for the ages, it is time for him to define himself on the football field.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on as they play the Wisconsin Badgers during the first half of the the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)As the college football world waits patiently to hear Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer’s fate, the Buckeye players themselves are doing their best to carry on. Friday, a schedule change was made for the team – likely meant to make things easier for the student-athletes.Ohio State announced Friday morning that while the team’s first practice of the fall was originally scheduled to start at 3:30 PM ET, it instead began at 9:30 PM ET.Obviously, this had to have been communicated to the players on Thursday night – otherwise they wouldn’t have shown up on time. It was probably a move meant to calm down the circus surrounding the school right now.Ohio State’s practices will be closed to reporters anyway, but this was probably still a smart move.Ohio State’s training camp practice has been moved up from 3:30 PM ET Friday to 9:30 AM ET, and @BTNRickPizzo has the latest from Columbus: pic.twitter.com/tmioRssXcP— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) August 3, 2018Following Meyer being placed on administrative leave, assistant Ryan Day was named the interim head coach. Day got the nod over both Kevin Wilson and Greg Schiano, which is interesting, considering they both have a lot more experience being a head coach.It’s unclear when Ohio State plans to make a decision on Meyer. The school has commissioned a six-person committee to look into the allegations – you can read more about them here.Ohio State’s season opens on September 1 against Oregon State. The big question, of course, is who will be coaching the team at that point.
STATE COLLEGE, PA – OCTOBER 22: Malik Hooker #24 of the Ohio State Buckeyes breaks up a pass against DeAndre Thompkins #3 of the Penn State Nittany Lions in the first half during the game on October 22, 2016 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)Week 5 of the college football season is on the horizon. What a weekend it should be on the gridiron.There are five matchups between ranked teams. Two of those games (Ohio State-Penn State and Notre Dame-Stanford) feature teams that are each ranked in the top 10.The results from this weekend are going to have a definite effect on the CFP and conference title races.OddsShark’s computer has released its predictions for Week 5.Here’s what it is saying for the biggest games.You can view all of OddsShark’s predictions here.
India Today Web Desk New DelhiJanuary 26, 2019UPDATED: January 26, 2019 09:18 IST Koffee With Karan controversy: Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul’s suspensions were provisionally suspended on Thursday by the BCCI (Screengrab)HIGHLIGHTSHardik Pandya and KL Rahul’s suspensions were provisionally lifted on ThursdayHardik Pandya left for New Zealand on Friday to join Team India, who are playing a five-match ODI seriesDravid said both Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul can still be role models to the younger generationFormer India captain Rahul Dravid has said he is happy that Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul’s suspensions over their controversial remarks on Koffee With Karan is lifted and that it’s time to move on.Dravid, who had coached both Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul at some stages in their careers, pointed out that the two cricketers have already suffered a lot, “publicly” and stressed the importance of not overreacting to such situations.Dravid’s comments come after Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul’s suspensions were provisionally lifted on Thursday pending the appointment of an ombudsman for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul’s international careers were thrown in limbo after the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) were unable to decide on the quantum of punishment. Pandya and Rahul were sent back home from Australia wherein the duo missed a three-match ODI series. They were initially expected to miss the whole of the ongoing five-match ODI series in New Zealand but the BCCI had lifted their suspensions after the first ODI in Napier.Pandya left for New Zealand on Friday to join Team India, who are currently featuring in the second ODI of the series in Mount Maunganui.”I am glad the suspension has been lifted. There is an inquiry in process which must be completed,” Dravid told ESPNCricinfo.The former India captain added: “No one is brushing this under the carpet. The players have been the first people to admit that they made a mistake. They already have suffered a lot publicly.advertisement”It is time to move on. We also need to ensure we don’t overreact. At no stage are you condoning their action or the behaviour.”Clearly when you are representing India you need to be a bit careful with your public views and comments that you make because it might be completely inappropriate to a lot of people.”Having said that it is important to recognise and realise that sometimes these things can happen. Sportspersons and public figures can make mistakes. It is part of learning and growing up.”Don’t feel the interview fully reflected Hardik and Rahul: DravidDravid also opined that both Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul can still be role models to the younger generation and he hoped the recent episode be the much-needed catalyst the two cricketers need to realise their potential fully.”I somehow just don’t feel that interview truly reflected the players. Hopefully they will come back better and stronger from this. I will say honestly, I do believe that both of them have not yet achieved their obvious potential that they both have, and maybe this might be the catalyst that would lead them to reflect and help them reach the level and potential they can achieve in all forms of the game. If they can do that they can certainly be role models,” Dravid added.Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul are facing a lot of backlash for their borderline sexist and racist comments during the popular television show, hosted by filmmaker Karan Johar.While KL Rahul will play for India A against the England Lions in the ongoing unofficial one-dayers, Pandya is in good touch to resume international cricket straightaway, according to his mentor, Kiran More.”When I was working with him in my academy in Baroda, I saw him hitting the ball cleanly. I asked him how he had managed to retain that touch. He told me, ‘Sir, I hit a thousand balls in Australia when I was removed.’ That’s the way to do it,” former India wicketkeeper and Hardik’s mentor Kiran More told India Today.Also Read | Sourav Ganguly on Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul: They made a mistake because they are humanAlso Read | I hit 1000 balls in Australia when they suspended me: Hardik Pandya told mentor Kiran MoreAlso Read | Hardik, Rahul were gracious when I apologised: Karan JoharAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. 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zoom Rickmers Maritime might be forced to wind up its business if its efforts to refinance its bank loans are unsuccessful, the trust said announcing its financial results for 2016.Namely, container shipping woes caused by depressed charter market continue to weigh on Rickmers Maritime’s financial performance.The trust posted a net loss of USD 180.1 million in FY2016, sinking further from a net loss of USD 129.2 million recorded a year earlier, due mainly to the lower charter revenue and vessel impairments worth USD 168.7 million. For the fourth quarter of 2016, Rickmers Maritime’s net loss reached USD 48.4 million.RMT’s fleet recorded an overall utilisation rate of 86.7% (excluding decommissioned vessels) in 4Q2016, as compared to 98.2% in corresponding quarter of 2015.The lower utilization rate was ascribed to “the public attention on the need for the trust’s debts to be restructured”, as explained by Soeren Andersen, Chief Executive Officer of RTM, that “has hampered the trust’s efforts to secure customers for the vessels in the spot market.”Moreover, the trust said that it “continues to face difficulties in meeting its principal repayment obligations,” which include USD 197.7 million repayable to the HSH Syndicate on 31 March 2017, as well as its S$100 million 8.45% medium-term notes due on 15 May 2017.RTM remains in talks with secured lenders and noteholders to restructure the borrowings.The trust did, however, receive a firm offer for a USD 260.2 million new facility, but it was conditional upon the successful restructuring of the notes.“Unfortunately, the extraordinary resolution pertaining to the restructuring of the notes tabled at the noteholders’ meeting on 21 December 2016 was not passed,” the trust explained. “Securing a restructuring plan at the earliest is imperative to Rickmers Maritime’s solvency, and remains our key focus,” Tomas Norton de Matos, Chief Financial Officer of RTM, commented.“While it is understandably painful for creditors to write off material portions of debts owed to them, not doing so would limit recoveries as proceeds from distressed sales and liquidation are likely to be unsatisfactory.”“Furthermore, if Rickmers Maritime is unable to continue as a going concern, we would have to recognise impairments on the trust’s assets to match realisable values, which based on recent transactions, are materially below value-in-use valuations,” De Matos pointed out.According to RTM’s CEO, the trust has reduced all cost items except restructuring costs, and continues to earn positive EBITDA.“Vessel impairments through the course of 2016 have recalibrated the value of our assets to better fit the new shipping market situation. Creating a viable future for Rickmers Maritime remains our ambition. However, if we are unable to come to a consensual agreement with the senior lenders and noteholders, the trust may face permanent insolvency issues and be wound up. This outcome would be the most value-destroying of all,” Andersen said.With five vessels trading in the spot market, Rickmers Maritime’s earnings and cash flows are expected to reflect prevailing charter market conditions going forward.
A provincial investment will help ensure that international investors, academics and researchers have access to online information about Nova Scotia’s offshore geology in the most useful format possible. The province is investing $1 million in new online delivery models and building expansion at the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board’s laboratory and storage facility. Energy Minister Bill Dooks is confident the work — which will increase storage and public viewing areas and help convert paper copies of seismic and drilling information into digital data — will stimulate exploration and investor interest. “Good information is key to attracting offshore exploration investments,” said Mr. Dooks. “By making this information available to a wider audience, we are promoting our tremendous potential and making a first-class laboratory even better.” The board maintains a large amount of data related to offshore geology in its data archive, core storage and laboratory facility, known as the core lab. The lab includes a library of drilling cores from almost 200 offshore wells. The vast majority of the information is stored on paper or microfilm and is difficult for researchers to access. The board will use the grant to expand its core lab and upgrade its capacity to manage digital information. “The Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board core lab is an invaluable research facility for academics, industry and government,” said Diana Dalton, board chair. “This investment in the lab will benefit all those working to increase scientific knowledge and further the sustainable development of the offshore industry.” A renovation of the core lab will provide: additional storage space for core samples, well data and archival information; doubling of the viewing area for researchers, investors and the public; and creation of a digital management centre.
OTTAWA – The Liberals should toughen up proposed legislation aimed at boosting diversity on corporate boards at publicly traded companies if they want it to be effective, says a group of senators pushing for the change.“We want it to mean something,” said Sen. Ratna Omidvar, who was named to the upper chamber in 2016 by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and represents Ontario as an Independent.Senators are expected this week to debate Bill C-25, which would, among other things, amend the Canadian Business Corporations Act to require publicly traded companies to disclose the number of women — and others from equity-seeking groups, such as visible minorities — on their corporate boards and in senior management, as well as their policies on diversity.Failure to do so would require companies to explain themselves to their shareholders.The Canadian Business Corporations Act affects nearly 270,000 companies, but the proposed changes would affect only those that also issue shares and report to a securities commission, which would include about 600 companies on the Toronto Stock Exchange.The legislation would not specifically require targets for increasing diversity, although companies would be required to disclose whether they have them already.That is something Omidvar is hoping to change.She and five other senators are behind an amendment that would require the companies affected to set goals for the percentage for each designated group — women, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, and persons with disabilities — on boards of directors and senior management.Companies would also need to set a deadline to achieve those non-binding targets.There would also be an annual report, delivered to Parliament, on how well they are doing in the aggregate.Omidvar said the targets would be voluntary, not quotas, and that businesses would be able to take industry-specific factors into account.“It’s normal business practice to set targets on a whole bunch of indicators and benchmarks that businesses set themselves,” she said.The fact the legislation currently lacks targets likely stems from a reluctance to impose too many regulations, said Omidvar, who added she does not think her idea goes too far.“We actually think this is a bit more of a deliberate nudge, but it is still a nudge. We are going to nudge corporate boards along,” she said.“Without targets, we may see no improvement.”Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains said the decision to use a comply-and-explain model reflects what has worked well elsewhere, including in Australia and Britain, and that the government’s approach has broad support from those affected.“This bill really reflects a lot of consensus, a lot of support from many in the business community, the not-for-profit organizations and people who want to see improvements to better outcomes in terms of diversity and gender representation at boards and senior management,” Bains said in an interview.“We feel those address those issues.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made gender equality a top theme for his Liberal government and it is expected to be a major priority in the 2018 federal budget, building upon its initial efforts to provide a gender-based analysis of its proposals last year.Finance Minister Bill Morneau said last month that the forthcoming budget will detail government efforts to boost the participation of women in the workforce.Omidvar said the Liberals — and all feminists — should remember that women are not the only ones being left behind.“Gender equity is really important. After all, half our population is women, but unless we dig deeper into the intersectionality of race, ethnicity, ability, Indigenous status, we are not going to get at the core of exclusion,” she said. “How can we know we’re making progress if all they’re measuring is gender? We have to measure these other benchmarks as well.”Omidvar said she was glad to see the Liberal government agree to earlier changes that would involve including a clear definition of diversity — using the Employment Equity Act as a guide — in the regulations that will follow the legislation.That said, Bill C-25 could still be stronger, she said.“I do want to give the government credit for when they listen,” Omidvar said. “I just want them to listen a little harder.”— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitter
MONTREAL – U.S. tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum have not generated a flood of requests from Quebec companies for provincial assistance.Investissement Quebec is currently evaluating only two requests, with one of the companies involved having already received a loan of $469,000, the Economy Department said Wednesday.Quebec announced a $100-million program in June to offer loans and loan guarantees to the smallest companies in the province’s steel and aluminum industries.Steel companies were hit with U.S. tariffs of 25 per cent, while aluminum tariffs were set at 10 per cent.A spokesman for Economy Minister Dominique Anglade said in a message it was ”important” for Quebec to react quickly to the Trump administration tariffs.”With our partners, we are following very closely the impact of the tariffs on our economy,” said Guillaume Berube.Jean Simard, president of the Aluminium Association of Canada, said the number of requests for assistance may climb if Canada and the United States fail to settle their trade dispute.”Everyone is just finding out what the possible impacts might be,” he said in a telephone interview.Quebec’s statistics bureau says provincial exports of aluminum jumped 27 per cent between 2016 and 2017 to hit a near 10-year high of $6.1 billion.
BRAMPTON, Ont. – Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L) filed a preliminary prospectus Friday aimed at creating one of Canada’s largest commercial real estate trusts including some 75 per cent of the company’s real estate assets.Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust will hold 415 retail properties, one office complex and nine warehouse properties totalling 35.3 million square feet of gross leasable area.Loblaw valued the properties at $7 billion when it first announced the plan in December, however the company said Friday the aggregate purchase price for the properties will be determined in connection with the pricing of the units.Loblaw has said it its creating the REIT in order to optimize the value of the company’s real estate portfolio, lower the cost of capital for real estate and increase the speed of development of new retail sites.The grocery chain will be the REIT’s most significant tenant for the foreseeable future, accounting for 91 per cent of its annual base minimum rent and 88 per cent of gross leasable area on closing.In addition to the offering of units to the public, Loblaw parent George Weston Ltd (TSX:WN) will acquire $200 million of units on closing, Loblaw said in a statement.“I am excited about the potential of Choice Properties REIT to maximize the value of Loblaw’s real estate over time while ensuring that Loblaw remains well positioned to grow the business going forward,” Geore Weston executive chairman W. Galean Weston said in a statement.“I believe a direct investment in the REIT is a good investment for Weston that will yield incremental value to our shareholders.”Concurrent with the initial public offering of units, the REIT will also offer two classes of senior unsecured debentures. The proceeds will be used to repay debt owed to Loblaw.Loblaw said it expects that S&P and DBRS will provide the REIT with a provisional issuer credit rating of “BBB” with a “stable” outlook, and each series of debentures with a provisional rating of “BBB” with a “stable” outlook. Loblaw also said it expects that both rating agencies will confirm Loblaw’s credit ratings at “BBB” with a “stable” outlook.Loblaw is Canada’s largest grocer with more than 1,000 corporate and franchised stores from coast to coast. The company and its franchisees employ approximately 134,000 full-time and part-time employees. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Loblaw files preliminary prospectuses for $7B REIT, debenture offering by The Canadian Press Posted May 24, 2013 2:46 pm MDT
OSU sophomore midfielder Abdi Mohamed dribbles the ball against UC Santa Barbara at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Credit: Ohio State AthleticsThe Ohio State men’s soccer team will enter Big Ten play winless on the season, only managing one goal over its first four games, resulting in an 0-4 record.The Buckeyes suffered losses of 2-0 and 2-1 against Portland and Oregon State, respectively, in their two-game road trip over the weekend.The lone bright spot for the Buckeyes last weekend was their first goal on the season, coming from junior forward Nate Kohl — his first career goal with OSU after transferring from Michigan.“It felt great,” Kohl said. “But the ultimate goal is to win and we haven’t been doing that.”With the start of the Big Ten season looming, both players and coaches alike can feel the tension in the air. They know the time to start winning is now.“Big Ten games always have a lot more hype than any normal out of conference game because it’s so competitive in the Big Ten that everyone is a rival,” said senior forward Christian Soldat. “You just have so much more determination and grit and want to fight.”NorthwesternThe Buckeyes first Big Ten bout of the season comes against Northwestern at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium this Friday at 7:30 p.m.Northwestern will come to Columbus with a record of 1-3 in 2016 under 16th-year head coach Tim Lenahan. Lenahan is returning six starters and 20 letterwinners from a season ago where he led the team to a 7-9-2 record.The Wildcats are led by midfielders Brandon Medina and Jeffrey Hopson, totaling four points apiece with two goals each. The two seniors have scored all four of the team’s goals this season, all of which coming on penalty shots.The two teams will faceoff for the 33rd time, with Northwestern coming out the victor in their last meeting 2-1 in Evanston, Illinois. However, Ohio State leads the all time series 18-11-3. Penn StateThe Buckeyes will then face off against Penn State at University Park, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m.The Nittany Lions are 2-1-1 so far this season, including a tie against reigning national champion Stanford.Nittany Lions head coach Bob Warming earned his 450th career victory in the team’s 2-1 win over Oakland on Sept. 5.Penn State is led by senior forward Connor Maloney, who has tallied six points on three goals thus far. After an injury to starting senior goalkeeper Evan Finney, the team turned to freshman Arie Ammann to man the net. Ammann has thrived in his new role, earning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after allowing only one goal in the two matches he started, both resulting in wins.Ohio State coach John Bluem knows the importance of these next two games for the team.“(Big Ten games) carry a much greater weight to them,” Bluem said. “At the end of eight games you are either in first place or in ninth place. The first target we set for ourselves every year is to win the Big Ten Championship. That means every single game you have to be ready.”The Buckeyes won the Big Ten last season after a rocky 1-4 start, and are looking to do the same thing this year.“The biggest (game) right now is Northwestern,” Kohl said. “I believe in our team and I believe in our coaching staff that once we get that first win, we build off of that and we keep winning like we did last year. Get that streak going and I don’t think anyone in the country can stop us.”
FiveThirtyEight Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Nov. 22, 2016), we chat about the Green Bay Packers’ continued struggles and ponder what might turn their season around. We then move to Thanksgiving Day football, which this year — for the first time since 1935 — features three games in which all teams are .500 or better. In anticipation, we explore the history behind which NFL teams play on Thanksgiving Day and debate the merits of trying to make the Thanksgiving schedule more like the NBA on Christmas. Finally, ESPN insider Mike Goodman joins us to discuss the firing of Jurgen Klinsmann, the U.S. men’s national soccer team coach; the return of coach Bruce Arena; and whether we should expect the USMNT to make it to the World Cup in 2018. Plus, FiveThirtyEight’s Ben Casselman drops by with a significant digit — and a warning!ESPN’s Rob Demovsky reports that despite Green Bay’s “disappointing” losing streak, it doesn’t seem that team President Mark Murphy will make coaching changes.ESPN tells you which NFL players to keep your eye on this Thanksgiving.Neil Paine questions whether Thanksgiving football should be more like Christmas in the NBA.Mental Floss breaks down the Detroit Lions’ and Dallas Cowboys’ history with Thanksgiving football.Neil Paine takes a look at the ups and downs of the USMNT’s Elo rating during the Klinsmann era.Mike Goodman writes on how U.S. soccer may shift under new coach Bruce Arena.Significant Digit: 549, which is the rough number of Americans 25 and older who landed in the emergency room because of football injuries on Thanksgiving in 2014. That’s actually pretty good compared with other years — the average is about 1,000 people per Thanksgiving since 2009.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Police on Tuesday arrested the 43-year-old wife of a Greek Orthodox priest who was shot dead on Monday in Zacharo in the Peloponnesian region of Ilia, as well as the shooter, believed to be the woman’s lover.According to sources, 51-year-old Athanasios Avgeropoulos, a father of three from Pyra in Fokida, had received threats by telephone.He was shot when he stopped his car at a roadside after his wife asked to relieve herself, police discovered.The woman, who had told police that her husband had been shot after withdrawing cash from an ATM, is believed to have set up the ambush on her husband, which was carried out by two men on a motorcycle.Further questioning revealed that she was having an affair with the 40-year-old suspected killer. Source: Kathimerini
‘Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo SongsThe Ultimate Super Smash Bros. Character Guide: Hero Bowser Jr. Clowns The Competition!Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is huge. Not just in terms of hype and importance and sales potential, but just in terms of sheer stuff. The Nintendo Switch mascot fighter features over a hundred stages, nearly a thousand songs, and too many Pokemon and items and Assist Trophies to think of crammed onto a cartridge you can plan on the go or on a TV. When you have as many big franchises as Nintendo, putting them all in one game will make that game is very big boy indeed.But the biggest, most exciting thing about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is its mind-blowing, heartwarming roster of playable characters. Fighting games pride themselves not just on the strength of their mechanics but the strength of its fighters, especially in a crossover fighters like this. And Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crushes all rivals by including every single playable character from the across the four previous games in the twenty-year-old series. Include the new combatants and so far we have over 70 fighters to wrap our heads around. We’re excited, but we’re also intimidated. So to get ready for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, every day, character by character, we’re creating the ultimate guide to all of its characters. Today’s fighter: Bowser Jr. Stay on target Who Are They?Bowser Jr. is (presumably) Bowser’s son. I mean, he does look just like Bowser’s baby form. However, while Bowser Jr., may be Bowser’s sole legitimate heir (making his debut as the evil Shadow Mario in doppelganger in Super Mario Sunshine) he isn’t the only playable Koopa. Bowser Jr.’s seven alternate costumes are the seven Koopa Kids who have been terrorizing Mario since Super Mario Bros. 3: Morton, Wendy, Lemmy Ludwig, Roy, Iggy, and Larry.Smash HistoryBowser Jr. first appeared in Smash Wii U/3DS and although he was a secret character in the 3DS version he didn’t get a snazzy CGI trailer until the weeks-long gap between the release of that game and the Wii U version. The different Koopaling outfits especially showed off the Wii U version’s even more chaotic eight-player battles.What Looks New in Ultimate?Bowser Jr. relies on lots of wacky gimmicks Bowser has used over the years, from cannon balls to Mecha-Koopa exploding drones to the protective Koopa Clown Car itself he rides in and transforms into a wheeled Mario Kart-esque form. However, many of these tricks are easily dealt with, making Bowser Jr. arguably worse in Ultimate than before, and he was never a great character. Still, it’s hard to complain too much when you can whack enemies with a giant tongue and one of your best attacks involves bailing on your exploding hovercraft to bash somebody with a hammer.Our Hopes?Right now Bowser Jr. sticks out as a notably poor character in a game that otherwise has an impressively balanced roster. So we hope they make him better. It’s like the opposite of Mario Tennis Aces where Bowser Jr. was an overpowered character in need of nerfs. With his awesome Koopaling alt costumes, improving Bowser Jr. would be like improving eight characters for the price of one. We need not one but two strong Roys in this game.Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is available now. Read our review of this majestic video game pageant. And for more check out cool Switch games to play that aren’t Smash Bros., because those definitely exist.View as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. Read Donkey Kong’s Guide3. Read Link’s Guide4. Read Samus’s Guide5. Read Dark Samus’s Guide6. 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Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. June 22, 2017 General Electric is poised to start churning out the world’s largest laser-powered 3D printer that makes parts out of metal powder, delivering examples to factories next year so that they can get started making airplane parts and products for the automotive, power and oil and gas industries.The prototype Atlas printer, announced on Wednesday, can print objects up to one meter long using titanium, aluminum and other metals instead of the plastics, resins, and filaments that many commercial and consumer 3D printers use. That means it could print an entire engine block for a car or truck, for example, replacing the specialized machines and tooling that are currently required to make those types of products in a factory. GE said it plans to unveil the Atlas in November. The prototype can only print objects up to one meter in two directions, such as length and width, but once the production version is ready next year, it will be able to print objects up to one meter in any direction.While GE is busy working on its laser-powered Atlas behemoth, Volkswagen is already seeing the benefits of a more conventional approach to 3D printing. The automaker announced this week that engineers and line technicians are using off-the-shelf Ultimaker 3 and Ultimaker 2+ printers at the Volkswagen Autoeuropa factory in Portugal, which makes 100,000 cars per year. Instead of printing parts for the cars themselves, the printers churn out custom-designed tools like gauges, jigs and fixtures for the factory’s 4,000 workers.Volkswagen said that the 3D printers now make 93 percent of the tools that Autoeuropa factory used to buy from external vendors, saving $150,000 last year.”In addition to the time and cost savings we realize, the tools we output are more complex and ergonomic — and, ultimately, far more useful in our day-to-day operations because they are tailored to our needs,” Luis Pascoa of Volkswagen Autoeuropa said in a statement. This story originally appeared on PCMag 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »
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October 15, 2013 382 Views in Data, Origination Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Consumer spending Demand Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Redfin Service Providers 2013-10-15 Tory Barringer Homebuyer interest picked up slightly in September, but the number of customers willing to pull the trigger on purchasing declined substantially, Redfin reported in its latest Real-Time Demand Pulse. The number of buyers requesting home tours from Redfin agents rose 0.2 percent from August, turning up from a steady downward spiral that started in May. Meanwhile, the number of homebuyers submitting offers fell 11.8 percent, the largest monthly drop Redfin has recorded all year.,Consumer Uncertainty Impacts Demand in September Homebuyer interest picked up slightly in September, but the number of customers willing to pull the trigger on purchasing declined substantially, “”Redfin””:http://www.redfin.com/ reported in its latest “”Real-Time Demand Pulse””:http://www.redfin.com/research/reports/2013/home-buyer-demand-september-2013.html.[IMAGE]The number of buyers requesting home tours from Redfin agents rose 0.2 percent from August, turning up from a steady downward spiral that started in May. Compared to the same period last year, home tours rose 3.5 percent.In the last week, however, tour requests slipped 3.1 percent, indicating uncertainty in the days leading up to Washington’s shutdown.[COLUMN_BREAK]Meanwhile, the number of homebuyers submitting offers fell 11.8 percent, the largest monthly drop Redfin has recorded all year and a sharp turn from the 4.5 percent improvement recorded in September 2012.””September’s big drop in offers is in large part due to a 31 percent plunge they took in the first week, reflecting significantly reduced demand during the Labor Day vacation and back-to-school,”” said Redfin analyst Rachel Musiker, who noted that offers spiked back up the following week.Offers fell 0.3 percent in September’s last week despite the slight drop in mortgage rates precipitated by the Federal Reserve’s announcement that it still has no set date to taper its bond-buying program.Given the country’s current economic and governmental situation, it comes as no surprise that the autumn season so far has been characterized by uncertainty, Redfin says.””Last year homebuyers recognized that home prices were bottoming out, and with record-low interest rates and signs that the recession was ending, consumer confidence was high,”” said Aaron Drucker, New York market manager for the brokerage. “”Today our clients are concerned about fluctuating mortgage rates as well as the government shutdown and debt ceiling battle. “”When people feel uncertain about their wealth and the economy, buying a home falls to the bottom of their to-do list.”” Share
Go back to the e-newsletter >On 15 September, LATTE attended an event hosted by Amanresorts at Bentley Restaurant, Sydney, taking the opportunity to showcase two of its Sri Lankan properties to guests, Amanwella and Amangalla.AmanwellaAmanwella is situated in a coconut grove near the fishing village of Tangalle in southern Sri Lanka. The resort derives its name from the Sanskrit-derived word for ‘peace’ and wella, Sinhalese for ‘beach’.Offering 30 suites, each has its own plunge pool and terrace and are linked by pathways. They are situated along the hillside to the west of public areas that include the Arrival Pavilion, Library, Spa, Restaurant and Lounge Bar, swimming pool, and The Beach Club. Suites are mostly free-standing but families have the option of those connected by a terrace door. All are built facing the sea and are finished with floor-to-ceiling glass panels.Aman suggests that a stay of 3 days or longer is the ultimate length of time at Amanwella, before or after visiting its second Sri Lankan resort, Amangalla, which is a 2-hour drive away.Amangalla Amangalla is a colonial building, with rooms appointed with four-poster king-size beds and furniture that are either original antiques from the New Oriental Hotel or reproductions.The Great Hall is the entry point to the hotel and guests can choose from a menu featuring light meals, snacks and afternoon tea served daily.The Dining Room serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and provides a choice of Sri Lankan curries and home-cooked dishes, while guests can also enjoy alfresco breakfast under the Flamboyan tree overlooking the pool.The hotel also features a Library, swimming pool the spa, known as ‘The Baths’.PackagesFive nights: Guests staying 5 nights at Amangalla and Amanwella (minimum 2-night stay in each resort) will enjoy complimentary breakfast, transfer between resorts, mini-bar and afternoon tea as well as a tour of the Fort at Amangalla and a Mulgirigala rock temple tour at Amanwella.Seven nights: Amanresorts recommends a stay of 7 nights, guests staying for a week will enjoy an additional half board which includes daily lunch or dinner.Go back to the e-newsletter >
A 28-year-old man was arrested by Paphos police on Saturday morning in connection with theft from a 37-year-old female tourist, a police report said.According to the report, around 3:30pm Friday, she was visited in her hotel room by the man, whom she had met a few days previously.She claimed that, as soon as she opened the door, the man hit her in the face and stole the cash from her purse.He then left, after threatening her that, were she to tell the police about the incident, he would hurt her.The 28-year-old was arrested early on Saturday.The woman visited the Paphos general hospital and was found to have sustained bruises and lacerations on her face and right arm.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
Cyprus is moving towards partition while the world looks on in silence, civil society groups from the island said on Tuesday.In a joint call, 10 groups said they were “extremely alarmed about the future of Cyprus” and questioned why confidence building measures (CBMs) agreed by both leaders during negotiations were not being implemented.They called on the UN to clarify why CBMs on the interconnectivity of electricity grids and the interoperability of mobile telephones have yet to be implemented, despite being agreed upon three years ago.“Assigning the same share of responsibility to the sides only makes the UN assist the avoidance of CBMs.“The island is drifting towards partition and the international community stands silent,” the groups said.Although stating that the future of Cyprus lay in the hands of Cypriots, the groups said the island had a long history “in a troubled region and the UN has both a duty and an interest to stand behind what has been achieved so far in the negotiations.“We urge the UN to take a firm stance as to the Cyprus peace process both on the table and on the ground. When the sides can act with impunity, it risks making the UN part of the problem.”Their statement also said the UN should take a stance and clarify what the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ framework submitted during the failed talks in Crans-Montana, Switzerland actually specified.Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci said in April that if the Greek Cypriot side was ready to accept the Guterres framework without changes, it could be announced as a strategic package agreement.Instead of prompting a step towards restarting talks, it resulted in long winded discussion as to which framework was being referred to after President Nicos Anastasiades asked for clarification as to which version of the proposals put forward in Switzerland Akinci was referring to.“Only through a bold stance from the international community can supporters of a settlement stand behind what has been achieved to date without being crushed by the respective rhetoric of each side,” the statement said.The groups called on the UN to suggest a series of CBMs such as educating the public about what a federation is and the green line regulation as well as encourage cooperation that would help overcome obstacles that prevent economic, educational, cultural and social interaction, cooperation and interdependence.They suggested children should be taught both languages of the country to allow them to build a joint future and to authorise the bicommunal technical working group on education “to rid schoolbooks of all nationalist and racist elements and promote peace, acceptance and coexistence.”Crossing points in at Lurodjina and Famagusta Gate should be opened, they said, adding that the interoperability of mobile phones and the interconnection of electricity should be implemented.Lastly, obstacles should be removed to prepare the Turkish Cypriot community to adopt the EU acquis and “take active measures on issues that deteriorate mutual trust.”The 10 groups are Ammochostos i poli mas (Famagusta, our town), CCMC (Cyprus community media centre), Famagusta ecocity project, Feminist Atölye (Feminist Atelier FEMA), Famagusta Youth Centre (Magem), Famagusta initiative, Turkish Cypriot journalists’ union (KTGB), Kisa, Symfiliosi (Reconciliation) and Unite Cyprus Now.You May LikeStuff AnsweredNeed A Laptop? Here Are The Top 5 Of 2018Stuff AnsweredUndoZoLearn7 Most Luxurious Vehicles In The World You Never Knew! | its.zolearn.comZoLearnUndoTopixAre You Christian Enough To Beat This Quiz?TopixUndo Four dead in California garlic festival shootingUndoClear winner in first round of Kition bishop voteUndoGreece to overturn law that made universities no-go zone for policeUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
Turkey launched a second drilling ship on Thursday that will conduct natural gas operations off the northeast coast of Cyprus for three months, a move which risks aggravating a conflict with Cyprus over jurisdiction rights for oil and gas exploration.Turkey and the internationally recognised Cypriot government have overlapping claims in that part of the Mediterranean, an area thought to be rich in natural gas.Turkey’s Energy Minister Fatih Donmez said at the launch of the vessel, the Yavuz, it would operate in a borehole near Cyprus’ Karpas peninsula, and reach a depth of 3,300 metres.Turkey already has a ship offshore Cyprus, and Cyprus last week issued arrest warrants for its crew.The dispute has escalated in the past month and also risks straining Ankara’s relations with its western allies after the United States and European Union expressed concern at Turkey’s drilling plans.Ankara, which does not have diplomatic relations with Cyprus, claims that certain areas in Cyprus‘s offshore maritime zone, known as an EEZ, fall under the jurisdiction of Turkey or of Turkish Cypriots.Cyprus says that defining its EEZ is its sovereign right.Donmez said unilateral agreements made between Cyprus and the regional countries that attempted to “steal” the rights of Turkey and Turkish Cypriots had “no legal validity.”“Turkey will continue its operations in its own continental shelf and in areas where the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus has licensed Turkiye Petrolleri [Turkish Petroleum Corporation] without stopping,” Donmez said.“We are warning actors from outside the region that are forming partnerships with Cyprus: Do not chase illusions that will yield no results,” he noted.Melih Han Bilgin, director of the Turkish Petroleum Corporation, said the precise targets of the second drillship remained to be determined.The first likely location would be a surveyed area off the Karpas peninsula. Once the operations were done there, the drillship would move to a second location.“There is the Yavuz to the east of Cyprus, and the Fatih will continue operating in the west,” Bilgin was quoted as saying during the launch of the vessel from the port of Dilovası in the Marmara region of Turkey.“We have a five-year business plan ahead of us,” he added.According to the official, the crew of the Yavuz currently consists of 150 individuals, of whom 53 per cent are Turkish nationals.Greece, which backs the Cypriot government, has called on the European Council to condemn Ankara’s actions in the region.Cyprus has also threatened to jeopardise European Union enlargement talks if the bloc does not take action against Ankara.It was not immediately clear what action the EU might take against Ankara, and the bloc will ask its foreign service, the European External Action Service, to put forward options, the draft statement said.One senior EU official said one option was to end talks with Turkey over extending a customs union, which already allows tariff-free trade with the EU for industrial goods but not services or agriculture.Another option could be formally suspending Turkey’s status as an official candidate to become a member of the European Union, although talks have been frozen for over a year.Ahead of the EU summit on Thursday evening, president Nicos Anastasiades met with Donald Tusk, president of the European Council.Anastasiades briefed Tusk on Turkey’s ongoing violations of the island’s EEZ as well as the recent Turkish move in the fenced-off town of Varosha.“I expect the European Council to confirm its full solidarity with Cyprus and its readiness to respond appropriately,” Tusk stated after the meeting. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboola