first_imgFrench shipbuilder and submarine specialists has unveiled a new submarine concept at the Euronaval show in Paris with which it prepares for future imagined threats, needs and constraints.The concept is a digital submarine adapted to the future generations.SMX 31 builds on the SMX 30 (introduced by the company in 2016) which displaced 3,000 tonnes and featured a vertical launch system for launching both drones and missiles in addition to a fuel cell air independent propulsion system.The latest fully-electric, stealth vessel is envisioned as a submarine with increased invulnerability against modern weapons. Its shape resembles that of a sperm whale for enhanced hydrodynamics while its exterior coating resembles fish scales which will increase stealth while incorporating sophisticated sensors.Furthermore, the whole combat system and platform management system is fully integrated, benefiting from the latest developments in terms of artificial intelligence, thereby allowing the crew to focus on high added value tasks in order to conduct complex operations. Thanks to the high degree of automation, the ‘Electric’ – as Naval Group refers to the concept – would only need a crew of 15 to operate a submarine measuring 70 meters in length and displacing 3,000 tons.“The conception process of this concept ship respected the same demanding requirements of commercial submarines,” Naval Group says. “The Electric operates freely and safely in an area controlled by an adversary, potentially dangerous for surface vessels or aircraft.” View post tag: Naval Group View post tag: SMX31 Photo: Photo: Naval Group Share this articlelast_img read more

first_imgHunter Marriott was a three-time IMCA Modified series champion in 2018, with Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour, Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour and Karl Perfor­mance Arizona IMCA Modified Tour crowns to his credit. (Photo by Layn Mud­der) BROOKFIELD, Mo. – Hunter Marriott set the bar high in 2017.He raised it again this season.Marriott raced to a trio of IMCA Modified special series titles in 2018, repeating as champion of the Karl Performance Arizona Tour and earning a third straight Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Crown before topping Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights standings for the first time.In all, the well-traveled Marriott raced at 28 different tracks in 11 states, winning 18 times before taking the checkers in the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational during the IMCA Speedway Moors Su­per Nationals fueled by Casey’s.“The All-Star race was pretty important for us,” said Marriott, from Brookfield, Mo. “It seems like we have never run well at Boone. To be able to win that race felt pretty good.”Marriott won three of eight Arizona Tour starts, then opened the Dakota Tour with back-to-back victories at Jamestown Speedway and Nodak Speedway.His Dirt Knights Tour wins came at Park Jefferson Speedway and Buena Vista Raceway.“We got to race with a lot of good drivers in these two tours, too,” Marriott said. “Being the first Modified driver to win three straight Dakota Tour championships and winning the Dirt Knights Tour are both special. The Dirt Knights Tour is another one that I always wanted to win.”Marriott’s single-season best win total put him at 55 for his IMCA career.“We keep working hard and we keep getting better,” he said. “We never sit down at the start of the season and map out our schedule. If we see a race that looks interesting, we go.”Arizona Starts-8                   Wins-3               Top Five Finishes-6Dakota Starts-4                    Wins-2              Top Five Finishes-4Dirt Knights Starts-5             Wins-2               Top Five Finishes-4HIS CREW: Tyler FralinHIS SPONSORS:  D & T Marriott Enterprises of Brookfield; Timberline of Lathrop; Tanner Racing of Smith­ville; Friesen Chevrolet of Sutton, Neb.; VP Race Fuels of Manhattan, Kan.; Bassett Wheel of Burling­ton, Wis.; Wehrs Machine & Racing Products of Bangor, Wis.; Strange Oval of Morton Grove, Ill.; Schoenfeld Headers of Van Buren, Ark.; Performance Bodies of Cedar Falls, Iowa; Rage Chassis of West Union, Iowa; Precision Performance of Oxford, Iowa; Widow Wax of Alta, Iowa; AFCO of Boonville, Ind.; Bilstein Shocks of Poway, Calif.; Stone Spreading of Atwater, Calif.; PFC Brakes of Clover, S.C.; Jones Racing Products of Ottsville, Pa.; and Driven Race Oil of Huntersville, N.C.last_img read more

first_imgAll Players OPTING out in all sports PLEASE BELIEVE the game will go on without u. This is a business & don’t u EVER forget that. There’s NO ONE that’s bigger than the game itself. Only the ref,umps & officials are that important that u can’t play without them. NOT YOU! #Truth— Deion Sanders (@DeionSanders) August 7, 2020MORE: List of NFL opt-outsA wave of NFL opt-outs has been announced over the past week, which likely prompted Sanders’ comment. He works as a pundit for the league-owned NFL Network. Packers receiver Devin Funchess, Patriots safety Patrick Chung and Giants tackle Nate Solder are among those who won’t play in 2020 because of the pandemic.People on Twitter, including players, piled on to let Sanders know what they thought of his take:Would the players that actually thought the game would stop because they opted out for health concerns please stand up? …. smh #NobodyThoughtThat— Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) August 7, 2020Corny.— Chris Hairston (@CHairston75) August 7,— ☘💚VOTE – Across Broken Glass☘️💚 (@QueenLambright7) August 7,— Theo Melillo (@TheoMelillo) August 7, 2020What a clueless statement. They’re not opting out because they think they’re “bigger than the game itself” – they’re opting out because they don’t want to sacrifice their health and safety and that of their family. Can’t play if your dead or debilitatingly ill.— Ryan J. Neel (@Ryzer71) August 7, 2020They played a month with replacement officials … And yes, the NFL will continue on and I’m sure the players opting out understand someone could take their roster spot in their absence. But they value their health this season over the chance of being replaced in 2021— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) August 7, 2020Nothing like an analyst for a league-owned network missing the point this much!— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) August 7, 2020 Deion Sanders typed into Twitter his opinion about athletes opting out of sports around the U.S. amid the COVID-19 pandemic and hit send, somehow thinking it would resonate with his 1.1 million followers.He must not have realized how it sounded for an NFL employee to call out players for being worried enough about their health and the health of their families to not play the game they love. His perspective that individuals don’t matter in sports is strange considering he made his name as “Prime Time” and “Neon Deion” — an infamously individualistic character who thrived in his own spotlight and added irreplaceable flair to the field. “All Players OPTING out in all sports PLEASE BELIEVE the game will go on without u,” Sanders wrote. “This is a business & don’t u EVER forget that. There’s NO ONE that’s bigger than the game itself. Only the ref,umps & officials are that important that u can’t play without them. NOT YOU! #Truth”last_img read more

first_img 20 12. Youri Tielemans (Anderlecht) – valued at €19.331m 10. Julian Weigl (Borussia Dortmund) – valued at €19.823m 4. Dele Alli (Tottenham) – valued at €34.140m 19. Gabriel Barbosa (Santos) – valued at €13.891m 20 20 20 20 20. Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan) – Valued at €13.75m by Soccerex and Prime Time Sports (see below for an explanation) – Click the right arrow above to find out who is the most valuable player under 21… 1. Anthony Martial (Manchester United) – valued at €47.150m 5. Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich) – valued at €30.694m 20 20 20 2. Leroy Sane (Schalke) – valued at €37.132m 18. Ousmane Dembele (Borussia Dortmund) – valued at €14.051m 20 3. Renato Sanches (Bayern Munich) – valued at €34.550m 20 20 20 20 14. Niklas Sule (Hoffenheim) – valued at €16.654m 17. Ruben Neves (Porto) – valued at €14.085m 13. Riechedly Bazoer (Ajax) – valued at €19.153m 8. Max Meyer (Schalke) – valued at €21.644m 20 16. Giovani Lo Celso (Rosario Central) – valued at €14.324m 20 20 20 20 20 There are some huge sums flying about this transfer window as top teams look to strengthen their squads for the new season.This means the value of superstars is gradually being edged up – gone are the days where you could sign a promising player for peanuts.Instead, even now the brightest prospects are worth vast amounts of money, bust who are the most valuable footballers under 21?The folks over at Soccerex and Prime Time Sports have joined forces to work it out and using figures based on the players’ performances on the pitch, and players sold in recent years, they’ve come up with a top 20 full of talent.So, who is the most valuable footballer under 21? Click the right arrow above to find out… 15. Mahmoud Dahoud (Borussia Monchengladbach) – valued at €15.027m 9. Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City) – valued at €20.066m 6. Breel Embolo (Schalke) – valued at €25.441m 11. Gabriel Jesus (Palmeiras) – valued at €19.822m 20 7. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) – valued at €22.509m last_img read more

first_imgTony Fernandes paid tribute to Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink after QPR’s dramatic 2-1 victory at Fulham.Rangers’ win at Craven Cottage was their first since 1980 and came days after allegations that manager Hasselbaink sought £55,000 to work for a company looking to sell players to the club.Rangers say they are holding an internal investigation into the allegations. Fernandes also praised Rangers fans in a post on Instagram after the match.Meanwhile, jubilant Rangers players posted on Twitter after their victory.What a win!!! @MassLuongo 🍒#FULQPR— Tjaronn Chery (@tjaronnchery) October 1, 2016What a game! 💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼 West London derby winners! Great team performance today! 🔵⚪ #FULQPR #COYRS #QPR @QPRFC— Sebastian Polter (@polti1991) October 1, 2016The most important in West London derby is?? The Victory @QPRFC #FULQPR #COYRS #assist @tjaronnchery ⚽️— Idrissa Sylla (@IdrissaSylla40) October 1, 2016 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgAn Yale-educated architect credited with helping launch the design/build movement 50 years ago is at work on a mostly concrete house with a flexible interior floor plan and an all-but-bulletproof exterior that shouldn’t need any maintenance for as long as five centuries.The Home Run House is taking shape on Prickly Mountain outside the village of Warren, Vermont, not far from earlier experimental works by Dave Sellers and fellow architects who, according to an account published by Curbed in 2015, moved to the Mad River region in the 1960s itching to change the way houses were built. Sellers has been at it ever since.The house, Sellers explained in a telephone call, is designed to overcome two glaring weaknesses with contemporary residential design: houses don’t last very long because they’re made out of materials that quickly deteriorate in the weather, and houses have rigid interior designs don’t accommodate changing needs very easily.Sellers is building the house with a $1 million contribution made by two California philanthropists to the Madsonian Museum of Industrial Design, which Sellers founded in nearby Waitsfield. The gift is essentially a revolving loan fund and will eventually be used to build more houses that refine the design. Over time, Sellers expects the fund to accrue many times its current value. “We are serially funded,” Sellers says. “No one else has this amazing capacity.”Home Run House has been under construction for two years, says an article written for VT Digger by Jon Kalish, and could be finished in the next three months. Costs are relativeAlthough the house is being financed with a gift to the museum from two California philanthropists, Sellers says the $1 million price tag is misleading.He put it this way: “If you ask Elon Musk what it cost to build his first electric car, he’s not going to tell you $50,000. He’s going to tell you $50 million. There’s three years of R&D in order to get here.”Even interior framing is formed with concrete. Interior walls can be moved without affecting the building’s structural integrity.In time, could the cost of a similar house be reduced enough so ordinary people could afford one, say $120 or $140 a square foot? The problem with that, Sellers replies, is the notion of affordability that guides residential construction these days is basically flawed.“The problem with that idea is that it an unsustainable number,” he said. “When you build really shit houses that you can do for that, you take all the embodied energy and all the resources and you basically throw it away 15 years later. If you look at a 500-year house and you do it once, as opposed to 500 years of crappy buildings torn down every 20 years, it’s thousands cheaper.“Right now we’re based on lowest first cost and cheapest financing,” he continued. “That’s all the banks are doing. What happens is you force the economy into building crap, throwaway stuff. Throwing away resources, polluting the environment and having things that are expensive to maintain, and then they get thrown away. That’s where we are now: everyone wants to go cheap. Cheap Cheap Cheap. This is cheap when you say to yourself, ‘What would you pay for a house when you don’t have to pay for anything — no maintenance and no fuel bills?’ “A house like this probably could be built for $350 a square foot, he says, and that’s a deal when you think about the multigenerational possibilities and next-to-nothing maintenance and operational costs that come with it. Green Homes Don’t Have To Be DurableLow-Road Buildings Are Homeowner-FriendlyDesigning for the FutureRethinking DurabilityRevisiting Net Zero EnergyZero-Energy Construction is ‘Set to Explode’My Net Zero Conundrum RELATED ARTICLES Why the “Home Run House”? Sellers says that name came from members of his design team, the idea being that if they could pull off the project it would be as rare as a home run after so many other house designs “fail or are stupid.” Durable materials, flexible designMost of the exposed surfaces are stone or concrete, including the pillars that hold up the porch roof, and the gracefully curved sun shades for exterior windows. There is no exposed wood on the building’s exterior (and not a whole lot on the inside of the house, either), and exterior trim is made from repurposed slate blackboards. Exterior doors and the windows are clad in aluminum.“We designed it to last 500 years with no maintenance,” Sellers said. “When you build with wood, the day you walk away from the house it starts to rot. Then you’ve got to maintain it. You’ve got to paint it, and seal it and redo it.”In this respect, Home Run House looks something like an earlier Sellers work called the “Archie Bunker,” a name that evolved from the original title “Bunker of Arches,” Curbed said. It, too, is mostly concrete and designed to last 500 years with no maintenance and no fuel bills. At the Home Run House, R-40 exterior walls consist of poured concrete, spray foam, and plaster; the roof is insulated to R-60. Floors and beams also are made of concrete — 100 tons of it in all. Heat comes from passive solar sources as well as a ground-source heat pump that supplies a radiant-floor system with hot water.At 1,800 square feet, the Home Run House also is designed so interior walls can be moved or removed without affecting its structural integrity. As he looks at the political upheaval in parts of Europe and the accompanying migration of many thousands of people, Sellers sees a good case for designs that can handle changing needs.“This house is designed to handle a single family, or two families, or three families,” he said. “Or it could be designed to handle 50 people. There are no interior walls. It’s like a big barn. You sort of fill in. We basically built post and beam out of concrete, and you can build whatever you want in it. It can change over time without wrecking the house.”It also features walls that swing open to the outside, and a pair of 14-foot-square windows that open above interior plant beds, according to Kalish’s account. Electricity will come from a 600-square-foot photovoltaic array that Sellers also hopes will power an electric vehicle.If there is a chink in this 500-year armor, it’s probably the asphalt shingle roof. However, Sellers sees this as “interim roofing” that may very well be changed with an expected upgrade in PV panels down the road. “The building is a laboratory,” he said. A long and storied careerThe Home Run House is only the most recent example of Sellers’s zest for innovation, sustainable design, and experimentation. He has won a number of architectural awards over the years for work both in and well beyond the borders of Vermont. He was selected to the College of Fellows of the AIA in 2017, and named to Architectural Digest’s list of top 100 architects in 1991.He co-founded Northwind Power in 1974, a company that went on to successfully develop wind turbines. His other ventures have included the Vermont Iron Stove Company, the Four Elements Corporation, which developed a sewage treatment system, and the Mad River Rocket Company, which makes a plastic snow sled, according to his bio at the Yestermorrow design/build school where he teaches.Home Run House, like many projects at Prickly Mountain, is not so much a solo endeavor as it is a collaboration — and in this case it included some pretty big names: Peter Calthorpe, the San Francisco architect and urban planner; Doug Kelbaugh, former dean of the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan; and Harrison Fraker, a professor of architecture and the former dean of the College of Environmental Design at the University of California Berkeley. Sellers was the lead designer.There’s no telling where the next version of the Home Run House will be built, although Sellers says that he’d prefer a U.S. location. One idea that he and his colleagues are considering is buying some lots in a Vermont mobile home park and building smaller versions of the house.The key, Sellers said, will be to ensure that the houses make an artistic as well as a technical contribution to high-performance building.“You can have the most efficient, net zero, the best-of-everything building, if it’s butt ugly it’s going to be torn down in 10 years and you’ve wasted those resources,” he said. “The buildings that have lasted for 500 years, the kind that people will lay down in front of bulldozers for, those buildings are beautiful and the craftsmanship in them, people take great pride in that. And that’s one of the things we’re emphasizing — these are artistic projects that happen to be using technology. But if they’re not an art project, they don’t work.”last_img read more

first_imgPeoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Khursheed Alam was released on a parole for just three hours on Wednesday to attend the last rites of his younger brother Shahnawaz Alam, who died of lung cancer on Tuesday evening.An official said the former employees union leader who joined the PDP a few years ago, was shifted from the Centaur Lake View hotel, a designated sub-jail, on Wednesday morning to attend the last rites here.“Mr. Alam was escorted by a posse of security personnel to Khanyar and was again whisked away after the burial. We expected the State government to release him for at least four days so that he could participate in all the congregational prayers to be offered,” a relative said on the condition of anonymity.A police official said the agencies were “weighing the options to release him again to attend the congregational prayers”.Mr. Alam was among 179 political leaders arrested in the crackdown launched on the mainstream leaders in J&K before the Centre revoked J&K’s special status.last_img read more

first_imgKyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics reacts to the referees during the game against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on November 6, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFPATLANTA — Kyrie Irving took charge in a fashion only he can.Dribbling and weaving through the lane and around the perimeter, Irving scored from all over and kept his teammates involved all night.ADVERTISEMENT “It would’ve been sweet to win two in a row against those kinds of teams,” Schroder said. “But we ended upshort.”Boston improved to 9-2, best in the NBA, and has its longest winning streak in seven years.Al Horford had 15 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists in his best game against the Hawks. Horford spent his first nine seasons in Atlanta before leaving as a free agent ahead of last season and had totals of 20 points and 17 rebounds in three games against his former team.Irving had his first 30-point game as a Celtic on a night packed with highlights. He dribbled between his legs and behind his back before hitting a floater off the glass from the left baseline to put Boston up 46-44. He had two impressive assists late in the third with long, one-handed passes that led to 3s by Marcus Smart and Tatum, the latter giving Boston a 72-71 lead.Irving either scored or assisted on every basket of a 16-2 run in the third that put the Celtics up by seven. He finished with seven assists.ADVERTISEMENT “He’s just very unique,” Horford said. “He has a good sense of how teams are playing him.”The Celtics started to pull away and took their biggest lead at 10 on Semi Ojeleye’s 3 early in the fourth, but the Hawks came back to take a few brief leads in the final period.“To compete the way we did and give ourselves a chance to win, we got better tonight and we can learn from it,” Atlanta coach Mike Budenhozler said.THAT’S A DRAGBoston coach Brad Stevens wasn’t pleased with the ball movement or defense early in the third, storming the floor to call timeout after Atlanta’s Luke Babbit hit a 3 to put the Hawks up 57-54.“You could just tell mentally and physically we were dragging a little bit,” Irving said. “That’s going to happen sometimes considering how hard we play, but we don’t want to make that a habit for us. No excuse.”RAINING DOWNBudenholzer joked before the game that he regretted having his assistants work with the 6-foot-10 Horford a couple of years ago to develop a strong presence beyond the perimeter. Horford, who went just 1 for 5 on 3s, entered the game shooting nearly 52 percent on 33 attempts from the arc.“I think there was just a real push from us and a credit to him that he could do it,” Budenholzer said.“It’s part of the way the game is, and his passing just opens up the court even more for him to drive and attack. He’s such a good player, such a smart player.”TIP-INSCeltics: Irving has scored more points — 245 — than any player in his first 11 games with Boston. … With Marcus Morris getting the night off to rest his sore left knee, Aron Baynes started at center and finished with just two points and three rebounds in 15 minutes. 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I understand that better than most.”Irving scored 35 points, Jayson Tatum added 21 and the Boston Celtics held off the Atlanta Hawks 110-107 Monday night for their ninth straight victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIrving’s 3 from the right wing put the Celtics up 104-103 — the game’s 25th lead change — with 1:37 remaining, and Boston led the rest of the way.Dennis Schroder had 23 points for the rebuilding Hawks, who dropped to 2-9 a night after a surprising two-point win at Cleveland. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Hawks: Malcolm Delaney returned after missing two games with a sprained right ankle and had 13 points. Marco Belinelli scored 19 despite a sore left Achilles.UP NEXTCeltics: Host the Lakers on Wednesday night.Hawks: Off until they visit Detroit on Friday night. 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first_imgCayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games The four-time NBA MVP, whose team trails the Warriors, 3-1, did it all for the Cavaliers in a jaw-dropping showing and finished with 31 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists. He broke the record previously held by Los Angeles great Magic Johnson, who called James the “King of Triple Doubles for the NBA Finals” in a congratulatory tweet. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe could’ve taken over the record in Game 3 but came up an assist short with 39 points, 11 boards and nine dimes. James also became the third best in the all-time NBA Finals scoring list, eclipsing NBA legend Michael Jordan, in his 44th NBA Finals Game. He only trails Jerry West and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The hometown hero also set the new record for most career free throws made in the playoffs, also beating Jordan, who is regarded as the greatest of all time.Despite saying that he is “mentally and physically” drained after the close Game 3 loss, James continues to power through for Cleveland along with Kyrie Irving, who has been masterful all-series long.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cavaliers didn’t want Warriors celebrating in Cleveland MOST READ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts after a play in the first quarter against the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 9, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPLeBron James continued to break records in the NBA Finals, setting new league bests in Game 4 of the best-of-seven series between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors.According to a report by Dave McMenamin on ESPN, James is now the record-holder for most triple-doubles scored in an NBA Finals series as he notched his ninth in the Cavaliers’ 137-116 win Saturday (Manila time) at home to stay alive in their title defense. ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games What ‘missteps’?last_img read more

first_imgNICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The chief of the breakaway Turkish Cypriot Football Association pushed back against detractors heaping scorn on a provisional deal aimed at unifying the sport on ethnically split Cyprus.Hasan Sertoglu said that he’ll move ahead with finalizing the agreement signed at FIFA headquarters this week in order to end decades of isolation for Turkish Cypriot football. FA member clubs will first have to ratify the agreement before it can be fully implemented.“We should be enthusiastic about this agreement here in this country where nothing has happened in years,” he told a packed news conference.Sertoglu said he had served notice before heading to Zurich that he would sign the agreement, despite not being pleased with some parts he wants to amend. He said this has earned FIFA’s appreciation and promises to help overcome problems.The island’s two football bodies split in 1954 following a Greek-Cypriot uprising against British colonial rule.Cyprus was divided into a Turkish speaking north and an internationally recognized Greek speaking south in 1974 when Turkey invaded the north after a coup by supporters of union with Greece. Turkish Cypriots declared independence in 1983, but only Turkey recognizes it.Both FIFA President Sepp Blatter and UEFA boss Michel Platini, hailed the deal as a “milestone” and praised both sides for demonstrating how football can build bridges.But a key point of contention is a provision requiring Turkish Cypriot FA membership to the south’s Cyprus Football Association which is a FIFA and UEFA member.Detractors say such a move would put Turkish Cypriots at a disadvantage in any political talks to end the country’s division because it would imply Turkish Cypriot consent to be put under Greek Cypriot authority. A United Nations envoy is now working to get the two sides to resume negotiations after an 18-month hiatus.The deal specifically states that it “does not set any precedent for the Cypriot political issue and is provisional until a solution to the Cyprus problem is found.”Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu said he would first hear Sertoglu out before weighing in. But he warned that breathing life back into stunted Turkish Cypriot football doesn’t mean being “governed by the Greek Cypriot side.”“Even the smallest mistake will make us lose ground,” Turkish Cypriot broadcaster BRT quoted Eroglu as saying.  Serdar Dentkash, the breakaway north’s Deputy Prime Minister was quoted as saying that Sertoglu made a “mistake” in signing the provisional deal and that he should resign.Speaking to The Associated Press through an interpreter, Sertoglu rejected any calls for his resignation. He said there are parts of the agreement he’s not satisfied with apart from CFA membership that he’ll seek to change.But CFA President Costas Koutsokoumnis ruled out any revisions and attributed Sertoglu’s wish for changes to political pressure. “Right now, we consider this document to be valid and non-negotiable,” Koutsokoumnis told the Cyprus News Agency.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more