first_imgReal Madrid may have a deal for Luka Jovic wrapped up and one for Eden Hazard in the pipeline, but Predrag Mijatovic has accused Zinedine Zidane of “signing substitutes”.The Blancos are expected to be busy during the summer transfer window after a forgettable 2018-19 campaign left those at the Santiago Bernabeu with little choice but to freshen up their squad.Sergio Ramos has ruled out a move elsewhere, but several departures are expected – with Gareth Bale still being heavily linked with a change of scenery. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Additions will be made to plug any gaps, with Real having already put a €70 million (£62m/$79m) deal in place for Eintracht Frankfurt striker Jovic.Goal has revealed that they are now pushing ahead with a €120m (£106m/$135m) bid to bring Chelsea playmaker Hazard on board, before attention can then switch to other targets.Mijatovic believes much more will be required, with the former Madrid frontman not convinced that Zidane is either identifying or being handed the right options.He told El Larguero: “We’re signing substitutes. I’m not convinced Zidane knows Jovic very well.”He [Zidane] has a lot of work to do.”Luka Jovic Eintracht Frankfurt 2018-19While questioning those Real are reported to be tracking, Mijatovic believes that Jovic could prove to be a success in Spain if given time.The 21-year-old Serbia international recorded 25 goals for Eintracht across the 2018-19 campaign and will be expected to deliver a similar return for Real.Mijatovic feels the youngster is capable, but has warned against putting too much pressure on a player taking another sizeable step up in class.A man who tasted La Liga and Champions League glory during his time with the Blancos added on a forward following in his striking footsteps: “I know Jovic very well, he’s a goalscorer.”He’s young and we’ll have to give him a little time to adapt, but he’s a player who can be very useful.”You can’t demand 20 goals from him in his first season.”Among the other targets that Real are said to be closing in on, Lyon defender Ferland Mendy could be among the first to arrive.The 23-year-old left-back is another of those Madrid are reported to have reached an agreement for, but no transfer has been pushed over the line as yet.last_img read more

first_imgTroop Island’s natural wildlife habitats and important coastal lands will be protected for the benefit of Nova Scotians and future generations thanks to the combined effort of residents, community groups, Halifax Regional Municipality and the province. St. Margarets Bay Stewardship Association and Nova Scotia Nature Trust spearheaded the work to raise the $820,000 needed to purchase and take care of the island. The province provided $150,000 towards the purchase price. “As a child growing up in the area, I developed a great love and appreciation for wildlife and nature,” said Denise Petersen-Rafuse, Minister of Community Services, who attended a recent Troop Island celebration event on behalf of Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau. “I understand the connection people have to the island. The province’s seacoast and its coastal communities are an important part of what makes Nova Scotia a great place to live, work and raise our families.” During the five-week community fund-raising campaign, promoted by celebrated icons like Theodore Tugboat, support was received from Halifax Regional Municipality, the province and a range of individuals and businesses, both within and outside Nova Scotia. “Troop Island has been a special place for generations of local residents. The beautiful vistas, beaches, and old growth forest have touched many people, and we are thrilled that it will now be protected forever,” said Ella McQuinn, past chair of the St. Margarets Bay Stewardship Association. “We greatly appreciate how enthusiastically individuals, community organizations, businesses and government all stepped up to help save the island.” Bonnie Sutherland, executive director of the Nature Trust, said protecting Troop Island is an exciting achievement in a much bigger effort by conservation partners to protect Nova Scotia’s increasingly imperiled coastal lands before it is too late. “The overwhelming response by so many people to the Troop Island campaign is a clear indication of how important coastal protection is to Nova Scotians,” said Ms. Sutherland. Troop Island’s 28 acres will go towards the province’s goal of protecting at least 12 per cent of Nova Scotia lands by 2015. More than nine per cent of Nova Scotia’s lands, totalling more than 1.2 million acres, have been protected so far. Engaging and securing public participation is an important part of the process to increase the province’s protected areas. In 2012, the province asked Nova Scotians to help review more than 400 pieces of land that could help reach the 12 per cent goal. In the coming year, a plan will be released proposing which of these lands should be protected and Nova Scotians will again be invited to provide their feedback. The province will then move forward to protect the remaining lands needed to meet the goal, based on what is heard during this consultation. Troop Island is located on St. Margarets Bay, northeast of Peggy’s Cove.last_img read more