Henry worried about Monaco’s future more than his own

first_imgUnder-fire Monaco boss Thierry Henry has insisted he is more concerned about the club’s future than rumours surrounding his coaching tenure.Struggling in Ligue 1’s relegation zone with a three-point gap from safety, Monaco also bowed out of the Coupe de France with a 3-1 loss to Metz on Tuesday.Henry only took over at his former club in October, but he has been unable to turn around their struggles this season, with the team only managing to win three of their 21 league matches. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! However, the Frenchman said any decision over his future was in the owners’ hands, with his sole focus on getting Monaco to safety.”My future? Owners would decide when they need to decide. I am more worried for Monaco’s future. I already said that,” Henry told a news conference.The referee blows for full time in Monaco.-  #ASMFCM pic.twitter.com/EtYT7Q6LTA — AS Monaco EN (@AS_Monaco_EN) January 22, 2019 “I will repeat. No need to always ask the same question, I would answer the same thing – Atletico Madrid have been relegated in the 90s with stronger players than us. [Real] Zaragoza as well more recently as you know. I could talk about all the leagues.”We are in this situation, even if it was Coupe de France and now we are out but this weekend against Dijon in Ligue 1 it’s going to be war.”Monaco face fellow Ligue 1 strugglers Dijon on Saturday and have the ability to leap over their opponents into 18th position with a victory.last_img read more

John McEnroe treads carefully as gender pay row returns at Wimbledon

first_imgBBC John McEnroe features US sports Share on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Guardian Topics Share via Email Share on Messenger Read more The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Share on Twitter Share on Pinterestcenter_img Tennis Share on Facebook Not a lot fazes John McEnroe but, when asked if he felt, “uncomfortable” about being paid “10 times more” than Martina Navratilova to lend his magic to the BBC commentary box at Wimbledon he delivers the sort of cheeky look he once reserved for chair umpires.“The way you presented that, it seemed like a trick question,” he says, smiling weakly. “The mature man that I am at this stage, the knowledgeable man I am about the way things can be presented, leads me to believe that it’s best if I stay out of this particular issue and let the BBC handle it right now.”Of course, the most garrulous man in tennis – who has become an institution on his annual visits to Wimbledon on behalf of the BBC and various American broadcasters – cannot leave it there. “I think people know how I feel, it’s not a black and white issue. I don’t think it’s simply, like, people receiving the same pay. You’re not going out and playing Wimbledon or the US Open. This is a totally different animal. We can agree on that, right?” Read more Martina Navratilova Since you’re here… The players, of course, will receive the same prize money when this year’s Wimbledon begins on Monday. The provision of equal pay by the All England Club in 2007 – the last grand slam event to do so – was the culmination of a decades-long fight by the Women’s Tennis Association founder, Billie Jean King, champions such as Chris Evert and Navratilova herself, and, latterly, Serena and Venus Williams.Navratilova’s reaction when she discovered the discrepancy in the commentary box suggested she did not agree the situation was so different. In March in an interview for Panorama: Britain’s Equal Pay Scandal, she revealed she was paid only £15,000 at Wimbledon and accused the BBC of valuing male voices over female ones.The BBC, no stranger to the matter of gender pay equality, pulled up the drawbridge on the controversy but McEnroe’s pay has been publicly listed in the corporation’s bracket of £155,000 to £200,000 – even though Navratilova won nine singles and seven doubles titles at the All England Club, to his three and five there. All the BBC said at the time was that the pair were on “different types of contracts” but Navratilova will be working at Wimbledon again this year after an unspecified pay rise led to her tweeting “good to see the BBC taking gender pay equality seriously” this month.In the wake of the appointment last week of Amélie Mauresmo as France’s Davis Cup captain and the continuing discussions surrounding the seeding of Serena Williams on her return to the Tour after a long absence while giving birth to her first child, McEnroe knows this is a political hot potato. The fact that he supports the case for Williams to be seeded at Wimbledon – to be announced on Wednesday – only underlines the perversity of his stance on equal pay.“If you work at a magazine or a paper and there’s a woman and man you’re going to get paid based on the job that you do, in the opinion of the paper. Right? And, if the girl does the better job, she should get more money. That’s what it boils down to. Navratilova: BBC pays McEnroe 10 times more for Wimbledon role Wimbledon Share on WhatsApp “As far as the other stuff? I don’t know. I don’t know what she gets and she doesn’t know what I get and I don’t know what most people get. I’ve not spoken to her – but we’re not in the same place that often. It doesn’t come up.”Asked if would he be doing the same job this year – droll asides during and after match commentary – McEnroe says: “I believe so. That’s up to the BBC. But I’ve been fortunate that over at least 15 years it has given me the opportunity to present myself in a different way. At least people see me in a slightly different light than they saw me on the court. I think it’s been mutually beneficial.”McEnroe, by general consensus, has been a breath of fresh air in the BBC commentary box – but so, too, has Navratilova. Her frankness and depth of knowledge bring something well suited to television.What McEnroe does bring to the job is fearlessness. Such is his status and personality, he gets away with a lot that some others might not – “constructive criticism” is how he describes it.“I wouldn’t like it if some guy laid one on me, or a girl, like an ex‑player, [did so] unfairly. But sometimes you’ve just got to accept it. First of all, you’re obviously entitled to your opinion. And that’s sort of the game. I know guys coming after me was frustrating. But you at least think about it. Ultimately what I want to do is actually help that person down the road, as opposed to hurt them. But I do not like it when I do not see people giving the all-out effort.” Reuse this contentlast_img read more

ASPCA Honors 2016 Humane Award Winners

first_imgA group of exceptional animals and people – including Sen. Bob Dole, a dedicated emotional support dog, a loyal cat who saves his owner from deadly seizures, and the first pit bull police dog in the state of New York – were honored on November 17, by the ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) at the 2016 ASPCA Humane Awards Luncheon in New York City.ASPCA Honors 2016 Humane Award WinnersThe celebration, led by master of ceremonies Emmy award-winning broadcast news veteran Chuck Scarborough, recognized extraordinary animals as well as individuals who have shown great dedication to animal welfare in 2016, which is also the 150th anniversary year of the ASPCA.“In addition to recognizing the heroism and sacrifice of these eight remarkable recipients, the ASPCA Humane Awards bring important attention to the ever-growing commitment to animal welfare from individuals, communities, and businesses across the country,” said Matt Bershadker, President and CEO of the ASPCA. “That widespread support is critical to ending cruelty and protecting animals in need.”Memorable remarks from HAL Award acceptance speeches include the following:Sen. Bob Dole, ASPCA Presidential Service Award recipient: 
”I didn’t realize when I was elected to Congress in 1961 that you could do things that would make a difference for animals — these poor defenseless creatures that are being mistreated.”Dole also shared animal-friendly advice for President-Elect Donald Trump: “[Donald] Trump doesn’t have a dog. And I have come to know the Donald, and my next phone call with him will be that he ought to have a dog in the White House.”Rob Rosa, ASPCA Henry Bergh Award recipient: 
”Too often, society turns its back on individuals and animals who seem impossible to change and are viewed as ‘not my problem.’ No one — human or canine — deserves to be forever judged by their worst day. New Leash on Life USA and the ASPCA see the potential in all people and animals, and treat each with respect and humanity.”Tim Hetzner, President of Lutheran Church Charities, on behalf of Ruthie, ASPCA Dog of the Year Award recipient: 
”There is something about a dog, a sixth sense. How many friends do you know who show unconditional love, are confidential, don’t take notes, and wag their tails at you? That’s what dogs do. They have a lot to teach us. And I thank the ASPCA for championing animals.”Following a nationwide public call for nominations, an ASPCA-appointed committee reviewed hundreds of entries and selected winners in eight categories. ASPCA Dog of the YearRuthieNorthbrook, Ill.Watch Video IntroductionMost comfort dogs work in hospitals or other care centers, helping people cope with everyday stresses. But Ruthie, a golden retriever, has been called to service during some of the nation’s most tragic and devastating events, including the Orlando nightclub shooting, the shooting of police officers in Dallas, the Boston Marathon bombing, the Newtown school shooting, as well as tornadoes in Oklahoma and wildfires in California.At those sites and others, Ruthie has provided relief to both victims and responders, keeping stress levels down, and providing comfort to grief-stricken survivors. Ruthie’s presence was particularly impactful during her six weeks in Newtown, the scene of the Sandy Hook tragedy, where she helped traumatized young girls and boys – some of whom hadn’t spoken since the shootings – come out of their shells.Because of her devotion to providing comfort and relief to those who need it most, Ruthie is the 2016 ASPCA Dog of the Year.ASPCA Cat of the YearBlakeFort Worth, TexasWatch Video IntroductionBlake, a black cat in Fort Worth, Texas, had no idea what was in store for him when Glen Schallman walked into the Humane Society of North Texas last winter. Blake had been going through a tough time since being rescued from a hoarding situation and undergoing a host of veterinary procedures. But his life changed when Schallman, who suffers from three serious brain conditions and daily intense seizures, showed up simply looking for a new friend. Blake jumped up and down to get Schallman’s attention, and the two bonded immediately.Schallman suffered a seizure the same day he brought Blake home, and Blake reacted by patting Schallman’s arm with his paws. A few days later, Blake proved he truly understood Schallman’s dilemma when Schallman had a life-threatening seizure while sleeping. Blake saved Schallman’s life by alerting him with a sharp bite to his toe. Schallman says that Blake has a sixth sense about detecting oncoming seizures and credits the cat with saving his life.Because of his fierce loyalty and complete dedication to his owner, Blake is the 2016 ASPCA Cat of the Year.ASPCA Public Service AwardCPPD K9, KiahPoughkeepsie, N.Y.Watch Video IntroductionIn July 2015, the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department welcomed K9 Kiah, a new narcotics detection and missing persons tracking dog, to their ranks. The department has had several police dogs in the past, but unlike the typical police dog, Kiah is a rescued pit bull. As the first pit bull police dog in the state of New York, she has become a national sensation and is blazing a new path for other police departments and pit bull dogs around the country.Before joining the City of Poughkeepsie PD, Kiah was a stray, found injured and abandoned in a parking lot. She was rescued by the staff of Kirby Animal Care Services in San Antonio, who quickly recognized her friendly demeanor and tireless energy. They reached out to Brad Croft, the trainer and founder of Universal K9, who facilitates a program funded by the Animal Farm Foundation to train rescued pit bull dogs for law enforcement work. After just a month of training, Kiah earned recognition as one of the most willing and dedicated law enforcement dogs Universal K9 has ever seen. Kiah was placed with Officer Justin Bruzgul, and quickly became his partner, his best friend and a beloved member of his family.In addition to their regular beats, Kiah and Officer Bruzgul visit schools and conferences to educate the public about the importance of animal shelters and animal rescue. Kiah is also an ambassador for pit bulls nationwide, demonstrating that any dog can have amazing underlying potential.For her service to the city and shattering stereotypes, Kiah is the recipient of the 2016 ASPCA Public Service Award.ASPCA Presidential Service AwardSenator Bob DoleWashington, D.C.Watch Video IntroductionWith 35 years in Congress and experience as a decorated soldier, former Senator Bob Dole is well known for serving his country, but less well known is his lifelong service to animals in need.In office, Dole – who for years came to work with his miniature schnauzer, Leader, at his side – championed humane legislation, advocated for animals in crisis, and brought critical attention to important animal issues. In 1974, after learning the U.S. Army experimented with toxic chemicals on beagles, Dole introduced a bill outlawing the practice. He championed important amendments to the Humane Slaughter Act, which mandated unprecedented humane standards and inspections for facilities producing meat for the public. In 1984, he was awarded the ASPCA Award for Humane Excellence for his consistent commitment to protecting vulnerable animals in the U.S.Since his retirement from politics in 1996, the 93-year-old Dole has remained active in the animal welfare cause, advocating for a permanent ban on horse slaughter, protecting the pets of domestic violence victims, and condemning the barbaric treatment of farm animals at the USDA’s U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC). His advocacy helped encourage Congress to take action to ensure the facility’s compliance with the Animal Welfare Act. As recently as July, Dole graciously participated in a series of ASPCA events in Washington D.C. that showcase the selfless work of our nation’s animal shelters and the importance of passing key animal welfare legislation.For a lifetime of compassion that has made a difference in countless animal lives, Senator Bob Dole is the recipient of this year’s ASPCA Presidential Service Award.ASPCA Henry Bergh AwardNorberto “Rob” Rosa and New Leash on Life USAPhiladelphia, Pa.Norberto “Rob” Rosa’s determination to save animal lives began at a low point in his own. At age 18, Rosa was sentenced to prison for drug possession. While serving his time at a maximum security facility in Pennsylvania, Rosa volunteered to care for cows and horses on the property and also volunteered with Canine Partners for Life (CPL), a prison program that teaches inmates to train full-service dogs. From that moment on, helping and protecting animals in need became Rosa’s passion.After his release in 2005, Rosa took a job with CPL as assistant to the executive director. Later that year, he took a job with Philadelphia Animal Care and Control (PACCA) as a kennel attendant and quickly worked his way up to become shelter manager, where he oversaw the health and safety of more than 30,000 animals annually. In subsequent years, Rosa worked at South Jersey-based Animal Welfare Association (AWA) and The Animal Care & Control Team of Philadelphia.In these roles, Rosa was particularly interested in giving economically challenged families the opportunity to adopt homeless animals and care for them with the help of low-cost spay/neuter services and pet care counseling.Today, Rosa connects his unique background with his passion and expertise in animal welfare as the associate vice president of prison programs for New Leash on Life USA, a program that connects inmates and animals to open doors of opportunity for each. In the five years since its founding, NLOL-USA has flourished thanks in large part to Rosa’s steadfast commitment and deep faith in the power of second chances.Reflecting the unwavering dedication of ASPCA founder Henry Bergh, Rob Rosa is this year’s recipient of the 2016 ASPCA Henry Bergh Award.ASPCA Farm Animal Welfare AwardDr. Jim KeenLincoln, Neb.Watch Video IntroductionWhen Dr. Jim Keen saw atrocious animal abuse where he worked, he didn’t just walk away; he risked his livelihood to expose it. As a veterinary researcher at the U.S. Animal Meat Research Center – a taxpayer-funded institution outside of Omaha, Nebraska – Keen saw firsthand how many of the Center’s projects resulted in severe cruelty for animal subjects, and began meticulously documenting the abuses.Among the many abuses Keen uncovered were pigs and cows giving birth to twice the normal number of offspring, resulting in weakened and deformed animals with very short life expectancies. He also documented newborn lambs deliberately left in open fields where they became fatal victims of predators, harsh weather conditions, or starvation.After unsuccessful attempts to address the issues internally, Keen shared his story with Michael Moss at The New York Times. The resulting exposé, “U.S. Research Lab Lets Livestock Suffer in Quest for Profit,” created a public uproar and resulted in new legislation that will extend protections for farm animals used in federal research facilities.Since the exposé, Keen has remained active in the animal welfare cause, advocating for greater regulation of farm animal research.For his selfless commitment to ensuring the safety of farm animals, we are pleased to present Dr. Jim Keen with the 2016 ASPCA Farm Animal Welfare Award.ASPCA Horse of the Year AwardSutter, Return to Freedom Wild Horse SanctuaryLompoc, Calif.Watch Video IntroductionA stunning palomino stallion born in northwestern Nevada, Sutter was captured from public lands when he was barely two years old. Immediately following his capture, he was adopted to a private party through the Bureau of Land Management’s horse adoption program. During that time, Sutter endured tremendous abuse, including being whipped and left tied up under a hot tarp, and kept from food and water. Traumatized by this experience, Sutter was deemed “dangerous” and returned to the Bureau of Land Management, marked to be destroyed. He was fortunately rescued and cared for by the Heritage Discovery Center (HDC).For months, Sutter was so traumatized that if anyone even walked near his enclosure, he would slam himself into walls, attempting to free himself. With time, patience, and loving care, Sutter learned to trust humans again, appearing at venues including the Rose Bowl Parade, where he safely carried a novice rider, as well as a number of educational documentaries and clinics.When the HDC was forced to move in 2002, they contacted Neda DeMayo, founder of the Return to Freedom sanctuary, who took Sutter in and helped him continue his presence as an ambassador for wild horses at clinics and events. To this day, Sutter continues to not only thrive, but inspire equine awareness, rescue, and advocacy through his own story and by representing the dwindling number of horses who deserve our promised protection on public lands. A true people-lover, Sutter also reminds us that when we extend love to animals, we receive it back, multiplied. For these reasons, Sutter is the 2016 ASPCA Horse of the Year.ASPCA Tommy P. Monahan Kid of the Year AwardWillow PhelpsRingwood, N.J.Watch Video IntroductionFor half of her young life, nine-year-old Willow Phelps has devoted herself to helping a wide range of vulnerable animals including goldfish, orcas, abandoned chimpanzees, and homeless dogs and cats.At home, she regularly fosters hospice animals, helping them live their final days in a loving and happy environment. Last year, she swam a mile to raise funds for a kitten who needed a leg amputation.Some of Willow’s efforts are impressively creative, including sewing cat toys and selling them at a craft fair to raise funds for local homeless teens and pets. In one of her most well-known humane endeavors, Phelps successfully ended the use of live goldfish as prizes at her school carnival with help from the Animal Legal Defense Fund and a New Jersey law that prohibits the use of live animals as prizes without a special permit. Realizing this would reduce revenue for the school, Phelps raised $500 in a charity run to make up the difference.Willow’s deep commitment to vulnerable animals would be extraordinary for an adult advocate, much less someone in fourth grade.For her outstanding accomplishments and ongoing devotion to animals in need, Willow Phelps is the 2016 ASPCA Kid of the Year.Notable attendees included ASPCA President & CEO Matt Bershadker, Chuck and Ellen Scarborough, Mark Badgley and James Mischka, Arriana Boardman (Board Member, ASPCA), Jeff Pfeifle (Board Member, ASPCA) Samantha Boardman Rosen, Michael Bruno, Mary Calvi, Tamsen Fadal, Michael Gargiulo, Marjorie Gubelmann, Mark F. Gilbertson, Linda Lloyd Lambert (Board Member, ASPCA), Allison Aston, Margo MacNabb Nederlander, Bob Colacello, Patricia Crawford, Donna Aquavelle, Rikki Kleiman Bratton, Elaine and Ken Langone, Marina Killery Orentreich, Karen LeFrak, Jean Shafiroff, Nancy Silverman, Jill Rappaport, Lauren Scala and Hamilton South.Hartville Pet Insurance Group, Inc., one of America’s oldest pet health insurers and the provider of ASPCA Pet Health Insurance, sponsored the ASPCA’s annual Humane Awards Luncheon. West Elm and the Plaza Hotel provided additional support.last_img read more

EU reaches deal with Italy on budget

first_imgBRUSSELS — The European Commission says it has reached an agreement with Italy to avert legal action over the country’s budget plans, which the EU’s executive arm had warned could break euro currency rules.European Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis said Wednesday that the “agreement is not ideal” but allows the Commission to avoid legal action against Italy — “provided that the measures are fully implemented.”The threat of action is not rare in EU terms but it came amid growing tension between the Commission and Italy’s populist government, which had vowed to resist any pressure from Brussels.Dombrovskis said “the Italian government has come a long way” from the heated rhetoric of a few weeks ago.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Campus store tech specialist gives back to Brock

Tacey AtkinsonReflecting on her career at Brock University, Tacey Atkinson takes her cues from John F. Kennedy: It’s not what Brock can do for me, but what I can do for Brock.Atkinson is the technology specialist at the Campus Store. Since starting at Brock University seven years ago, she has grown so proud of the amazing things happening here that she has chosen to support the University through the Faculty and Staff Campaign. She’s giving back to the University that she says does so much for her and the local economy.“I donate to Brock because the University needs my support, Brock is struggling right now and I want to see it expand and grow. I take great pride in being a part of the Brock community,” says Atkinson, who also donates to the United Way and Food Banks Canada.The campaign was launched last year during the 50th anniversary celebrations as a way to reach out to faculty and staff and build financial support for the next half-century. Funds raised in 2014 contributed to research, enhancing student learning, the expansion of facilities, and the creation of new student awards and bursaries.“Brock University is small enough to feel like a community but big enough to evoke change in higher education,” Atkinson says.In addition to being a tax benefit, making a donation by participating in payroll deduction is simple: “Every employee has the power to help Brocks bottom line – whether it’s shutting off the lights, calling toll free or making a small monthly donation.”Please join Atkinson in supporting Brock University and contact the office of Development and Alumni Relations or make a donation online. read more

Two charged in Halifax mass murder plot

Police in Halifax say they foiled a plot that would have caused a Valentine’s Day massacre.Police say the plan was to open fire into crowds at a Halifax shopping mall and they were able to thwart the plan because they got a tip through CrimestoppersAfter that tip police surrounded a home in a Halifax suburb where they found a 19-year-old suspect dead.Police seized three long-barrelled rifles.A 17-year-old was investigated and released for lack of evidence.23-year-old Lindsay Souvannarath from Illinois and 20-year-old Randall Shepherd from Halifax have been charged with conspiracy to commit murder.On Saturday justice minister Peter Mackay said the woman who was charged and the 19-year-old who was found dead were communicating online.RCMP say they do not consider the alleged plot as terrorism. read more

Owners of Kruger mill make plea for workers to accept wage cut

by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 19, 2012 4:31 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Owners of Kruger mill make plea for workers to accept wage cut, pension changes CORNER BROOK, N.L. – The fate of a financially troubled paper mill on Newfoundland’s west coast is now in the hands of its employees, the CEO of Kruger Inc. warned Tuesday in a letter.The letter, addressed to the workforce at Corner Brook Pulp and Paper, openly appeals to unionized workers to ratify a new contract, which includes a wage cut and pension changes.“A vote against our proposal would be a vote against maintaining the mill,” Joseph Kruger wrote in the two-page letter, which was forwarded to media by the Montreal-based company.“Conversely, a favourable decision on your part will potentially benefit a lot of people in Corner Brook, starting with yourself and your family… .”More than 300 workers at the province’s last remaining paper mill vote Thursday on Kruger’s final offer. Kruger has set a deadline of Friday to accept the deal after it walked away from negotiations last week.Local 242 of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union hasn’t given any recommendation to its members on how they should vote.Bruce Randell, president of Local 242, said workers already understand what’s at stake and it is difficult to predict whether Kruger’s letter will have any sway.“I believe that everybody is intelligent enough to know that they’re voting on a proposal, that they got to make a decision,” he said in an interview.“They understand the importance of it.”The restructuring of the firm’s pension plan has been a stumbling block in the negotiations. The company has said the mill needs 10 years instead of five to pay back a pension deficit.In his letter, Kruger described the mill’s financial situation as fragile, saying it has not turned a profit in five years and has defaulted on loan agreements since the last quarter of 2009.Global demand for newsprint has steadily fallen in recent years, shutting down two other mills in the province in Grand Falls-Windsor and Stephenville.Kruger said labour costs at the mill are the highest in North America and the wage cut contained in the contract is a necessary step toward keeping the mill running.“You must realize that I resent having to ask employees to make this kind of sacrifice because it means that the situation of the mill is beyond critical, despite the fact that we have invested over $800 million in this operation since acquiring it in 1984,” he wrote.He said the collective agreement is identical to labour contracts ratified by most newsprint mills in Eastern Canada.Beyond ratification of the contract, Kruger said the mill must also reduce its manufacturing costs, improve productivity and establish more efficient work practices while investing in equipment improvements.A sustainability plan will also have to be presented to the operation’s lenders.“If we do not succeed in meeting these conditions, we will be unable to refinance the company and to fund the substantial pension plan past service costs required in 2012,” Kruger wrote.On Monday, Premier Kathy Dunderdale said her government is willing to discuss help for the mill, but she ruled out direct operating subsidies. read more

US consumer prices edged up tiny 01 per cent in July airline

by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Aug 19, 2015 6:51 am MDT Last Updated Aug 19, 2015 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US consumer prices edged up tiny 0.1 per cent in July; airline fares fell sharply In this June 4, 2015 photo, a customer shops for home accessories at a Wal-Mart Supercenter store in Springdale, Ark. The Labor Department releases its Consumer Price Index for July on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston) WASHINGTON – The biggest drop in airline fares in nearly two decades slowed consumer inflation in July following two months of slightly faster gains.The Labor Department said Wednesday that its consumer price index rose 0.1 per cent in July following increases of 0.3 per cent in June and 0.4 per cent in May.The July figures indicate that inflation pressures remain modest. But economists said the latest data is unlikely to derail expectations that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates at its next meeting in September, given that the job market has strengthened considerably over the past year.Core inflation, which excludes energy and food, rose just 0.1 per cent in July, after a 0.2 per cent June gain.Joshua Shapiro, chief U.S. economist at MFR Inc., said that the lower inflation readings “could feed into a more cautious stance on the timing of liftoff” by Fed officials, especially in light of recent declines in global oil prices and China’s recent devaluation of its currency. Both developments are expected to slow inflation in the months ahead.“We still think September liftoff is in the cards, but it is by no means a done deal,” Shapiro said.Energy costs edged up 0.1 per cent in July and are 14.8 per cent below the level a year ago. Food costs rose a modest 0.2 per cent despite another big jump in the price of eggs, reflecting further fallout from the avian flu outbreak.Over the past 12 months, consumer prices are up just 0.2 per cent. Core inflation has risen a modest 1.8 per cent.A key price gauge that the Federal Reserve monitors has been running below its 2 per cent target for inflation for the past three years. The Fed has said that it needs to feel “reasonably confident” that inflation is moving back to its 2 per cent goal before beginning to raise interest rates.The central bank has kept a key rate that it controls at a record low near zero since December 2008. With the unemployment rate at a seven-year low of 5.3 per cent, many private economists believe the Fed will finally start to raise interest rates at its next meeting on Sept. 16-17.However, other economists argue that with inflation still so low, the central bank may decide to wait until December before beginning to raise rates.For July, airline fares dropped 5.6 per cent, the biggest decline since a 6.8 per cent plunge in December 1995.Shelter costs, the government’s way to track the cost of owning or renting a home, rose 0.4 per cent in July, the biggest increase in housing since February 2007.Egg prices rose 3.3 per cent in July and are up 24.9 per cent over the past 12 months, reflecting the avian flu epidemic.The AAA reports that nationwide, gas prices currently are at $2.66 for a gallon of regular. That is down from $2.76 a month ago and $3.45 a year ago. read more

Somalia registers record export of livestock in 2014 due to trade boost

This is the highest number of live animals exported from Somalia in the last 20 years. The FAO data indicates that Somalia exported 4.6 million goats and sheep, 340,000 cattle and 77,000 camels in 2014, worth an estimated $360 million. Livestock is the mainstay of the Somali economy, contributing 40 per cent to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). “This shows that despite the challenges, the Somali people are successfully working to improve their economy and food security,” said Richard Trenchard, head of FAO’s office for Somalia. “FAO and our partners are committed to remaining engaged and involved in supporting those efforts.”Buyers from Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar and United Arab Emirates have all taken advantage of Somalia’s thriving livestock scene and its improved disease surveillance and control mechanisms. Saudi Arabia, in particular, has contributed to steadily rising exports over the last six years, following a move to lift a nine-year ban on the import of livestock from Somalia.Transboundary animal diseases have been a major concern because they can kill large numbers of animals, resulting in food shortages, market disruptions and trade and export barriers.Every year, FAO vaccinates an average of 12 million animals in Somalia against peste des petits ruminants (PPR) – a highly contagious and often deadly viral disease of goats. Another 12 million goats are treated and vaccinated every year against Contagious Caprine Pleuropneumonia (CCPP), a source of major losses among Somali livestock producers. In addition to animal health campaigns, four modern slaughterhouses, four meat markets and three livestock markets are also boosting local livestock trade across Somalia. “There is no doubt that livestock is, and will remain for a long time, central to the Somali economy,” said Mr. Trenchard. Continued investment in building Somali livestock institutions is key to boosting incomes, reducing the vulnerability of rural households, and steering the future growth of the sector, according to Mr. Trenchard, who says the livestock sector is at a tipping point.“An investment in livestock means an investment in economic growth for the whole of Somalia,” he said. In May 2015, FAO will start training 150 Somalis in curing leather, a potentially lucrative opportunity for the entire livestock sector, while an EU-funded programme is underway to improve milk quality in northwestern Somalia, one of the country’s main milk production regions. The 2014 figures represent an optimum level of live animal export for Somalia, according to FAO experts, who urge producers to shift focus towards export of meat and other by-products. A livestock certification system developed by FAO along the Galkayo-Bossaso livestock corridor will further help to ensure high quality livestock for local consumption and export. read more

Week in Brussels – week ending Friday 23 January 2015

DOWNLOAD1. SMMT strengthens UK auto dialogue with EU2. ECB expected to inject up to €1 trillion into eurozone3. EU to support studies on electric vehicle traffic development4. Presentation of the Latvian Presidency’s environment and industry priorities5. MEPs fail to agree on carbon market reform start date6. The Cost of Non-Europe in Transport7. Week aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Mathematics and Science recognizes excellence in research teaching and service with new

Eleven members of the Faculty of Mathematics and Science have been honoured for excellence in research, teaching and service. The Department of Computer Science was also recognized for its efforts in the area of institutional collaboration and the Mathematics and Science Council presented its own Excellence in Teaching & Student Engagement Award.Last year an awards program was created by the Faculty to recognize faculty and staff for their accomplishments, contributions and dedication in a number of areas including: research, teaching, student experience, outreach and recruitment. A celebration event was then planned and the 2014 awards were handed out in front more than 100 members of the Faculty and the University at the event held on January 22nd.Dean Ejaz Ahmed had high praise for the inaugural award winners as did a number of university leaders who made opening remarks, including President Jack Lightstone, Provost Neil McCartney, Associate Vice-President Research Joffre Mercier, and Board of Trustees Chair John Suk. Mathematics & Science Council President, Feryaal Ahmed, also made brief remarks and spoke about the Council’s activities including their Undergraduate Research Conference at the awards ceremony.Dean Ahmed told the crowd that this event had been something he had envisioned since arriving at Brock in 2012 and how much it meant to him to see it come to fruition. “I have always felt that it is important to gather and recognize the accomplishments and efforts of our faculty and staff, in front of their Brock family, which is why I am so proud to be standing her today.”The following awards were presented:Dean’s Distinguished Scholar AwardDoug Bruce, Professor of Biological SciencesBozidar Mitrovic, Professor of PhysicsDistinguished Research Award (Faculty)Gary Pickering, Professor of Biological SciencesDistinguished Teaching Award (Faculty)Lydia Chen, Assistant Professor of ChemistrySanto D’Agostino, Assistant Professor of PhysicsDistinguished Teaching Award (non-BUFA)Nick Vesprini, Online Course Administrator, Biological SciencesDistinguished Staff AwardGail Higenell, Senior Laboratory Demonstrator and OEVI Advisor, Biological SciencesStudent Experience, Recruitment & Outreach Award (Faculty)Ed Sternin, Associate Professor of PhysicsStudent Experience, Recruitment & Outreach Award (Staff)Astride Silis, Senior Lab Coordinator/Instructor, Earth SciencesLifetime Achievement Award (Faculty)Ian Brindle, Professor of ChemistryInstitutional Collaboration & Externalization AwardDave Hughes, Acting Chair of Computer Science DepartmentMath and Science Council Excellence in Teaching & Student Engagement AwardBasil Nanayakkara, LTA Mathematics & Statistics read more

Ohio State football goals unchanged after Braxton Millers injury

OSU redshirt-senior kicker Kyle Clinton (39) punts the ball during the first day of fall practice Aug. 4 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in Columbus.Credit: Tim Moody / Sports editorIn the Ohio State football team meeting room, a sign details the Buckeyes’ “plan to win.”The plan lists playing great defense first, followed by winning the turnover battle, scoring in the red zone and winning the kicking game.That plan was designed to put the Buckeyes in a position to win Big Ten and national titles, and that doesn’t have to change after senior quarterback Braxton Miller suffered a season-ending injury Monday.Senior tight end Jeff Heuerman confirmed that those plans haven’t changed, adding that the team knows exactly what it has to do.“We’ve just got to compete for championships,” Heuerman said Wednesday.Senior cornerback Doran Grant reiterated the words of Heuerman, saying the expectations at a place like OSU never change.“We’re the Ohio State Buckeyes, and we’ve got to get there,” Grant said.OSU coach Urban Meyer said Miller’s injury — which he said is a torn labrum in the signal caller’s throwing shoulder — caused a “devastating” moment on the practice field. However, the team has come back strong since then, he added.Meyer went so far as to say Wednesday morning — when the Buckeyes’ participated in their 20th practice this fall — was arguably the best practice any of his teams have had since his staff arrived in Columbus.“Really impressed,” the third-year OSU coach said. “The energy, the speed; I think they see the light at the end of the tunnel, so it was a very, very good day.”Meyer said moving forward without Miller is a “huge test” for his team, but the players have been up to the challenge so far.While Miller did account for 44 percent of OSU’s offense last season, Meyer said the most important thing right now is getting his team ready — no matter who is on the field. He said a quarterback is an “important cog” in the team, but there is more than that to winning football games.“One thing our team is pretty good at, and I’ve gotten better at, is worrying about the moment,” Meyer said. “And the moment is getting a team ready.”While redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett has been penciled in to Miller’s previously set-in-stone spot, players on the defensive side of the ball know they have to step up just as much as the offense.“Play great defense” is No. 1 on OSU’s plan to win, after all.“On the field, playing, we just have to get the job done,” Grant said. “We have our job to do.”Senior linebacker Curtis Grant, who is entering his second season as a starter on the Buckeye defense, said the injury to Miller doesn’t have to mean more pressure for the defense.He said that adding pressure on oneself can lead to a decreased quality of play on the field. At the end of the day, Curtis Grant said the Buckeye defense just has to keep doing what they always do.“We still go out there and have fun and play the game,” he said. “Because that’s what we’re here for.”Doran Grant said the OSU defense knows it has to step up, but that doesn’t necessarily stem from Miller’s injury.In 2013, the Buckeye defense gave up 5,284 yards of total offense, including 3,752 yards through the air. Those numbers, especially coming on the heels of two consecutive losses to the end the season, are considered subpar by some for the famed Silver Bullets defense.“I mean, we have to take it to another level just coming back from last season,” Doran Grant said of the team’s defensive outlook this fall. “That’s just something we have to do.”Doran Grant said the team will head into the new season with a chip on its shoulder, but has to ignore any criticism coming from the outside to find the desired success.Playing great defense is certainly still in the plans for OSU, as are winning the turnover battle, scoring in the red zone and winning the kicking game.Things will certainly be different for OSU in a full season without Miller, but the Buckeyes don’t think that has to change their ceiling in 2014.OSU’s schedule is set to begin Aug. 30 against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Kickoff is scheduled for noon. read more

Year 7 girl begs school to ban distracting fidget spinners in heartfelt

first_img“Another reason is that if someone around you has one you kind of get attracted to it because they are trying to do tricks and everyone else is looking at it.”This means that I am not doing my hardest on my work so I get less done. “My second point is about how they are disrupting other people from focusing. People in my class are looking at it, as well as me, and they are asking to have a go. A Year 7 girl has written a letter to her Headteacher begging the school to ban ‘distracting’ Fidget Spinners from her classroom.These toys have become an international trend and a must-have accessory at school after originally being designed for students with autism and ADHD.Chris Hildrew, the Headteacher at Churchill Academy in Somerset, shared the letter on Twitter. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The letter she sent to her headteacher The letter she sent to her headteachercenter_img We have banned fidget spinners from lessons @ChurchillAcad – here’s why. So proud of our students! #pedagoofriday pic.twitter.com/3gIJoH4euv— Chris Hildrew (@chrishildrew) April 28, 2017 “This means that everyone is ‘queuing up’ for a go and so they are not paying attention to their work, instead they are paying attention to what the person with the Fidget Spinner is doing.”To sum up, I think they should be banned in lessons. I think this would help people to focus and get the best out of their lessons”.The Headteacher said: “We have banned fidget spinners from lessons – here’s why. So proud of our students!” The letter says: “Dear Mr Hildrew,”I am writing to tell you about Fidget Spinners, as they are a disruption to me and other people in my class. They are the latest craze and roughly 7 people bring them into my lessons and share spares with other people.”My first point is about how they are a disruption to me. The way that I find these disruptive is they are noisy and so when you are trying to focus on your work all you can hear is it spinning round and round.last_img read more

Over €10m worth of jewellery and cash burgled in the second half

first_imgRead: Man charged after €130k drugs seizure in Wicklow> IN THE LAST six months of last year, approximately €10.7 million worth of jewellry and cash was burgled from homes.Gardaí advised householders today – Anti-Burglary Day – that valuables are out of sight.Jewellery and cash accounted for 75 per cent of the property stolen in burglaries in the last six months of 2013, accordning to the gardaí.KeysThere were also over a hundred cases of keys being “fished” through letterboxes by burglars.The gardaí says “fishing” where burglars place implements such as adapted fishing rods through letterboxes to “fish” car and house keys from hall tables, can result in houses being easily entered or cars being stolen from outside the house.Over half of burglars don’t sneak around the back of your house – over half come through your front door, said the gardaí, stating that people need to be more vigilant.The latest report by the Garda Síochána Analysis Service shows that the main entry points by burglars to houses are through a rear window – 28 per cent, the front door – 27 per cent and rear door – 25 per cent.Burglaries The time of the year can also influence how and when burglars seek to enter homes. In winter, up to 20 per cent of burglaries occur during twilight hours when homes can look unoccupied. While in summer months, burglaries are more likely to take place through unsecured doors and windows.Over 30 per cent of burglaries take place between 5pm and 8pm, while 15 per cent occurred overnight during the past six months.Read: Man tied up and tasered by axe-wielding masked burglars>last_img read more

With NFC payments Verizon wants Google to play fair

first_imgWhen you look at certain companies in the mobile ecosystem today, it is easy to look at actions out of context and decide that are good or evil. When it comes to the future of NFC payments, actions from both Google and Verizon need to be viewed as shades of grey.When the Samsung Galaxy Nexus %displayPrice% at %seller% was released on Verizon Wireless, it was missing one of the key features that was announced with the phone. Google Wallet, the NFC-based payment system geared to feed Google payment data while offering a cool product, was missing. It didn’t take long for users to angrily demand that Verizon answer for their decision to remove the software. The biggest reason anyone could find was ISIS, the mobile payment platform that planned to offer a similar NFC payment solution across multiple carriers. Eventually, Verizon spoke out as to the reason Wallet was not allowed on their variant of the Galaxy Nexus.In a recent response to an FCC complaint regarding Google Wallet missing from the Verizon Galaxy Nexus, the company explained their position. Verizon noted that Google Wallet uses a secure and proprietary piece of hardware on the Galaxy Nexus that is fundamentally separate from the rest of the communication tools on the phone. In this instance, they are referring to the secure element on the Galaxy Nexus, which Wallet uses to securely store the payment information on the Galaxy Nexus before transmitting it via NFC to the payment pad. Verizon claims that Wallet will be allowed on the Galaxy Nexus if Google changes Wallet so that the secure element isn’t used at all, instead just passing the payment information through the NFC chip directly.Now, this sounds like a bad thing if you read it out of context. It sounds an awful lot like Verizon asking Google to make their Wallet app less secure. While that is certainly what is going on here, it has absolutely nothing to do with Verizon wanting to block Google Wallet. The secure element on the Galaxy Nexus isn’t something Verizon Wireless has access to — they have no control over it whatsoever. In fact, no one does, except for Google. The Android SDK has no public APIs for the secure element, the closest thing we have is the SEEK for Android project. SEEK is incomplete, however, as it relies on the RIL library that is provided by the manufacturer to be open to the developer.Google is effectively the only kid on the playground with a popsicle, and Verizon is behaving like an angry adult who would prefer no one have popsicles if everyone can’t have them. Your opinion as to which side is wrong and which side is right in this will likely vary. It would be very easy for Google to release Wallet for the Galaxy Nexus without the secure element passthrough. It would also be very easy for Google to turn around the day ISIS is launched and preach from the mountaintops about how much more secure Wallet is than ISIS, because Verizon can’t access the secure element that Google is taking advantage of.Meanwhile, we the users get to sit and watch as these two tech titans seem more interested in fighting with one another instead of working to make NFC payments something we all use.last_img read more

Kicking the habit on World No Tobacco Day

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Steve Georganas MP wants to use World No Tobacco Day on May 31 as the day Australian smokers chose to quit the habit. Member for Hindmarsh, Mr Georganas moved a private members motion in the House of Representatives calling on Australians to use World No Tobacco Day as the day to quit smoking. “It is a shocking statistci that one in two smokers will die as a direct result of their smoking,” Mr Georganas said. Mr Georganas used World No Tobacco Day as the day he decided to quit smoking eight years ago, and is now urging Australian smokers to take the same step. A smoker for almost 30 years, Mr Georganas said if he can do it, than anyone can. “Eight years ago I made an important decision – that my life and my family were too important to keep smoking,” he said. Smokers all around the world abstained from tobacco on Thursday for 24 hours to mark World No Tobacco Day. The theme of this year’s World No Tobacco Day is tobacco industry interference, focussing on the need to expose and counter the tobacco industry’s brazen and increasingly aggressive attempts to undermine global tobacco control efforts. “This year’s theme is very apt as the government moves to implement its plain packaging legislation which will reduce smoking take up rates and help save the lives of our friends, family, colleagues and children” he said. “I am proud to be part of a government which is at the forefront of tobacco control and remaining steadfast in the face of attempts by the tobacco industry to obstruct these life saving policies.” Smoking kills around 15,500 Australians every year and is Australia’s number one preventable cause of death and disease.last_img read more

Anarchist arrested for violating restrictedresidence order

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Anarchist Costas Sakkas, accused of being a member of the Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire urban guerrilla group, was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly violating his restricted-residence order, a term issued upon his conditional release from pretrial custody in July.Police said that Sakkas had spent the night at a house in Neo Psychico, northern Athens, where he was arrested. Sakkas was arrested on December 4, 2010 outside an apartment where arms were being hidden in Nea Smyrni, southern Athens. He denies being a member of Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

HandsOn Fes Fantasy Forest Lets You Speak to the Trees

first_img Remember when the whole online Nintendo community was working itself into a frenzy waiting for a hypothetical Nintendo Direct presentation? And then that presentation actually happened without warning? Wild times. But one interesting tidbit is that the whole reason we all thought a January Direct was imminent, aside from historical precedent, was because of leaked documents for Fe, an upcoming indie game published under EA’s artsy Originals umbrella. And sure enough the game was part of the Direct.Now that we’ve gotten a chance to play Fe (not Fire Emblem) ahead of its release later this February, we can say Nintendo fans and gaming fans in general should pay attention to this one for more than just news leaks. This fanciful trip through the forest blends several illustrious gaming influences into something pretty fresh so far.Fe comes from Swedish developer Zoink, creators of Zombie Vikings and Stick it to the Man! But whereas those games use a comedic macabre 2D paper cut-out kind of art style, with Fe Zoink has spent years realizing a gorgeous 3D crystalline forest world inspired by Swedish folklore. Gradients of one luminous color, loads of contrast, and abstract designs turn the sylvan world you explore into a work of art. This is true both on PlayStation 4 as well as Nintendo Switch, although we did notice more framerate issues on the handheld we hope get ironed out at or post-launch.AdChoices广告The mysterious abstract beauty applies to the story as well, which the developers cited David Lynch of all people as an inspiration for. As you guide your fairy avatar through the natural ecosystem, you’ll occasionally come across abandoned helmets, usually next to a wall of hieroglyphs with its own lore. Putting a helmet on transports you to a brief first-person interlude where you walk around trying to absorb whatever story you can gleam about the menacing silent cycloptic foes and the overall state of the world.But whereas Fe’s art and general mood may remind some of Journey or Flower or another ThatGameCompany game, the actual gameplay side aims to be a little bit more robust. In an indie game scene dominated by 2D Metroidvanias, Fe excites us by daring to make an interconnected nonlinear world to explore in all three dimensions, albeit a jumpy woodland world closer to Super Mario 64 than Metroid Prime.As lovely as Fe’s fantastical forest initially is, the focus on a single color scheme can make it difficult to find your way further if you’re just jumping and poking around. However, once you start making use of your Metroid/Zelda-esque abilities the actual breadth of the landscape opens up in some very satisfying ways. One of your skills is the ability to sing with other children of Mother Nature. Using either analog triggers or motion controls, adjust your pitch until you sync up with your partner. Depending on the plant or animal, you’ll then get help like blooming flower pedal platforms or a flying friend who shows you the path forward.That’s just one of several powers we saw, though. By freeing adult animals you can learn their language and take advantage of their helpful children. Sing in bird language to harvest bomb plants. Burrow and leap with a family of ferrets. Climb and glide through trees to reach the top of a massive, Shadow of the Colossus-type deer. That impressive set piece is only from the first quarter or so of the game, leaving us wondering what we didn’t see.Frustratingly, I didn’t quite get a feel for all these tools in my demo, inaccurately predicting how far and high and long a glide might go for example. This resulted in some deaths very familiar to players of old unpolished 3D platformers. But hopefully the final game eases players into their arsenal, unlike in this demo where we were just skipping around at will.A good 3D open interconnected platforming adventure game is a lot to take on for an indie team. And that’s before you add “exquisite art style” to the to-do list. We’ll see if Fe can pull it all off when it launches on February 16 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Stay on targetlast_img read more

Vancouver man in court in assault on 3monthold son

first_imgA Vancouver man made his first appearance in court Tuesday on suspicion of assaulting his 3-month-old son, causing 15 rib fractures.William Jeffrey Burleson, 36, faces one count of second-degree assault of a child and one count of third-degree assault of a child.Julia Durr brought her 3-month-old son, JD, to a hospital out of concern that his ear was swelling, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Clark County Superior Court.Deputies responded to Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel in Portland and learned that JD had 15 rib fractures and a partial laceration on his liver, the document states.Durr told authorities that she was worried that Burleson was too rough with JD, according to the affidavit.A Clark County sheriff’s deputy interviewed Burleson, who said that he might have hugged JD tightly, but that if he hurt the boy, it was accidental, according to the document.When the deputy pointed out that there were multiple injuries that occurred over a few weeks and that not all of them could be accidental, Burleson said “there are times when he’s tired and half-asleep and might not realize what he is doing,” according to the court document.Durr had Burleson move out to live with other family in Puyallup, according to the record.An arrest warrant was filed in Clark County on March 22 and was returned the next day.Burleson appeared on the charges Tuesday, where his bail was set at $250,000. He is scheduled to be arraigned on April 4.last_img read more

Real Valladolid will be punished for the state of their pitch confirms

first_imgLa Liga president Javier Tebas has confirmed that Real Valladolid will be punished for the repulsive and deplorable state of their pitch in Saturday night’s game against BarcelonaIn the first few minutes of the league encounter, holes began appearing everywhere with the players struggling to keep their footing in key moments.The dreadful state of the Estadio José Zorrilla even caused them to lose control of the ball at times.“The pitch at the Jose Zorrilla did not meet the minimum criteria demanded for a competition like La Liga,” said Tebas in a tweet.“Obviously a disciplinary file will be opened.”Barcelona defender Gerard Pique, who made his 300th La Liga appearance on Saturday night, was also fuming over the pitch.“They want to take players to play in the United States, but the state of the grass here was a disgrace,” said Pique, as stated on Sport.“Players were running the risk of injury. It was lamentable and I hope they investigate the matter.”Barcelona managed to scrape all three points thanks to a 57th-minute strike from Ousmane Dembele.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.But the main talking point remained the state of the Estadio José Zorrilla.This is how Valladolid pitch looked like 2 days before facing Barcelona.Image: Real Valladolid pitch two days ago. [via @MHChehade] pic.twitter.com/5pesa3FnJy— Barça Centre (@barcacentre) August 25, 2018And this was what the players had to cope with on Saturday.FC Barcelona overcame a spirited Real Valladolid side last night but the state of the recently laid pitch at the Estadio Jose Zorrilla was nothing short of shambolic. #FCBarcelona pic.twitter.com/KvbBe7frta— Yousef Teclab (@yousef_teclab) August 26, 2018last_img read more