Eden Hazard is an “incredible” talent that deserves the opportunity to test himself at Real Madrid, says Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola.The Belgium international forward has completed a €100 million (£90m/$114m) transfer to the Santiago Bernabeu.Hazard had made no secret of his desire to take in a spell with the Blancos are seven productive years at Stamford Bridge. 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? Zola, who worked with the 28-year-old as assistant manager to Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea in 2018-19, believes one of the finest players on the planet will continue to flourish with La Liga giants.He told AS: “Madrid have bought a fantastic player.“This year he was incredible. And as a person, that’s how he is too. Chelsea lost a key player and Madrid have gained one.“I wish him all the best and that it goes as well at Madrid as it did at Chelsea. That’s what he deserves.“It will go well. His ability doesn’t allow for any doubts. La Liga will be good for him.“This year, he learned a lot and improved, learned to play more with the team, improved his passing. I think he’ll do well.”Madrid are looking for inspiration and leadership on the back of a forgettable season last time out and Zola believes that Hazard will bring both of those qualities to the fold.He added: “Last year, he was very good for us and he participated in close to 40% of the goals. Not just scoring but assisting too. He was really good, his numbers were incredible too.“Some leaders speak a lot in the dressing room, on the field and others do it with actions contributing important things in games, deciding big games. He is a great player for Madrid.”Hazard will be charged with the task of helping to fill the void at Real created by the 2018 departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus.That expectation will pile added pressure on him, but Zola believes the Belgian will thrive if he continues to play the game that comes “naturally” to him.Quizzed on what advice he would offer to Hazard, the Italian icon said: “The best advice I can give is to keep doing what he has been doing. The rest will come.“We had many debates about football and he always told me that he performs better when he is having fun, that his best arrives when he is enjoying himself.“I hope he enjoys it at Madrid. If he does, the rest will happen naturally.”
Grade 12 graduate Lucy Wallace of Wolfville is the 2012 recipient of the province’s $6,000 Dr. P. Anthony Johnstone Memorial Entrance Scholarship. “A university education is increasingly valuable in today’s world and I am pleased the province is helping Lucy Wallace to follow her dreams,” said Marilyn More, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. Education Minister Ramona Jennex presented the scholarship at Horton High School’s graduation ceremony today, June 28. Ms. Wallace will study at University of King’s College in the fall, working toward an honours journalism degree. She said her best high school subjects were art and english, and that people with individual thoughts and ambition are the best role models. “Malcolm X, Beth Ditto, Margaret Atwood and Madonna are definitely my biggest inspirations,’ Ms. Wallace said. Asked about her extra-curricular interests, she said, “I work with youth, to educate and provide support. And I speak in the community and schools about my experience as a transgendered woman.” Ms. Wallace also speaks out about the inequalities minorities face in Nova Scotia, and writes for magazines and newspapers. “Showing people you can be yourself and succeed is the biggest contribution I have personally completed,” she said. “I want people to know that trans people are the same as everyone else, and that we need equal rights and, oftentimes, support.” Ms. Wallace wants to start a magazine spotlighting transgendered people and rights, adding journalism skills she will learn at King’s to her existing graphic design and photography abilities. “Lucy maintained a strong academic performance while participating in numerous social justice groups at Horton,” said guidance counsellor George Armstrong. “She provided both staff and students at Horton with the opportunity to grow through courageous conversations about transgender issues.” The Dr. P. Anthony Johnstone Memorial Entrance Scholarship is given annually to one student in the province who excels academically and displays a commitment to human rights. To be eligible, a student must live in Nova Scotia, graduate from a high school in the province, and begin an undergraduate degree program in a Maritime university in the fall. The applicant must also have a demonstrated interest in multiculturalism and human rights. This year, 62 eligible applications were reviewed by a committee. Nova Scotia established the scholarship in 1991 to honour the life and work of the late Tony Johnstone, a long-time educator and human rights advocate. Dr. Johnstone devoted his life to promoting multicultural understanding and social equality.