British Baker regretfully announces that Ken Glennon has passed away, following a long battle with leukaemia.Colleagues at The Ulimate Bakery Company, a new venture Glennon had been focused on, said he was a great character and ambassador for the industry.“Ken, who worked through many areas of the industry in both production and sales, came into his own in the mid-’90s as sales director in the development of the La Fornaia business, and subsequently as sales director of Maple Leaf,” said the firm.“Ken’s passion and enthusiasm had recently been focused on a new venture, The Ultimate Bakery Company, which, despite his illness, he got up and trading successfully.“He leaves behind a wealth of friends in the industry. Competitors, clients and colleagues past and present have all said how much they will miss his optimism and infectious good humour.”The firm said it offered its condolences to his wife of more than 40 years, Brenda, his children and grandchildren.
The fourth-annual Brooklyn Comes Alive will return to Brooklyn’s beloved Williamsburg neighborhood on September 29th for an all-day music marathon at Brooklyn Bowl, Music Hall of Williamsburg and Rough Trade. Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, Brooklyn Comes Alive brings together more than 50 artists, allowing them to carry out passion projects, play with their musical heroes, and collaborate in never-before-seen formations. For more information, ticketing, and to see the full list of performers scheduled for Brooklyn Comes Alive 2018, head to the festival’s website here. The fourth-annual Brooklyn Comes Alive is gearing up to the best edition yet, with the collaborative music festival returning to Brooklyn’s beloved Williamsburg neighborhood on September 29th. Today, the festival has announced its daily schedule, detailing which artists will perform across the day and into the early morning at the festival’s three venues: Brooklyn Bowl, Music Hall of Williamsburg, and Rough Trade.At Brooklyn Bowl, the fan-favorite music venue and bowling alley, Turkuaz‘s Shira Elias will kick things off at 5 p.m. with her special Soul Tracks set, also featuring the entirety of The Nth Power in addition to members of Trey Anastasio Band, The Motet, and Allen Stone. Up next, at 6:45 p.m., is the tribute to Col. Bruce Hampton, Butch Trucks, and Gregg Allman, which will be led by Taz and will feature George Porter Jr., Adam Smirnoff, Jeff Sipe, Peter Levin, and Elise Testone. The collaborative supergroup featuring Marc Brownstein, Borahm Lee, Alvin Ford Jr., and Khris Royal will take the Brooklyn Bowl stage at 8:30 p.m., followed by another supergroup featuring Cory Henry, Nikki Glaspie, Scott Metzger, MonoNeon, and Skerik. From 12:15 to 2:30 a.m., the Purple Party will close out the Brooklyn Bowl stage, with the all-star tribute to Prince featuring MonoNeon in addition to members of Snarky Puppy, The Motet, Turkuaz, Magic Beans, and more.A few blocks away at Music Hall of Williamsburg, the Brooklyn Comes Alive festivities will commence at 4:15 p.m. with a performance from Katharsis, The Motet’s Dave Watts‘ side project also featuring Todd Stoops, Dopapod’s Chuck Jones, and Marcus Rezak. At 5:45, Lettuce‘s drummer Adam Deitch will lead his quartet, affectionately dubbed AD4, including Wil Blades, Ryan Zoidis, and Eric “Benny” Bloom. Up next is Switch Hitters at 7:30, which will see Wil Blades, Nigel Hall, Nate Werth, and Robert “Sput” Searight collaborating and switching instruments across the set. From 9:30 to 11:30 p.m., an all-star cast, including members of The Motet, Turkuaz, The Nth Power, Snarky Puppy, and more will come together to honor Steely Dan. Finally, Music Hall of Williamsburg will serve as the location for the first-ever land editions of Jam Cruise‘s Jam Room, with one session hosted by Jam Cruise staple George Porter Jr. and another hosted by Karina Rykman and Craig Brodhead.At the third venue, Rough Trade, the festival will kick off with Wokes With Jokes, a special comedy set about the jam scene that spans from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Karina Rykman Experiment is up next starting at 5 p.m., which will feature the young Marco Benevento bassist alongside special guests Robert Walter and Dave Harrington. At 6:30, Michelangelo Carubba, Rob Compa, and Eli Winderman will perform as a trio, recalling the earliest formations of fan-favorite progressive jam band Dopapod. Another trio, this time composed of Johnny Vidacovich, Robert Walter, and Eric “Benny” Bloom, follows at 8:30 p.m., before the Rough Trade stage is shut down by the Baby Jesus Peasant Party, led by Lettuce bassist Erick “Jesus” Coomes in addition to Tyler Coomes, Borahm Lee, Ryan Zoidis, and Khris Royal.You can check out the full schedule for yourself below. For more information, ticketing, and to see the full list of performers scheduled for Brooklyn Comes Alive 2018, head to the festival’s website here. Full List Of Artists At Brooklyn Comes Alive 2018:George Porter Jr. (The Meters)Cory Henry (Snarky Puppy)Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits)Aron Magner (The Disco Biscuits)Adam Deitch (Lettuce)Scott Metzger (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, WOLF!)Robert Walter (Greyboy All-Stars, Robert Walter’s 20th Congress, Mike Gordon)Nikki Glaspie (The Nth Power)Skerik (Garage A Trois)Jeff Sipe (Aquarium Rescue Unit)Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff (Lettuce)Borahm Lee (Break Science)Eric “Benny” Bloom (Lettuce)Robert “Sput” Searight (Snarky Puppy, Ghost Note)Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce)Michelangelo Carubba (Turkuaz)Nigel Hall (Lettuce)Shira Elias (Turkuaz)Nate Werth (Snarky Puppy)Nick Cassarino (The Nth Power)Erick “Jesus” Coomes (Lettuce)Wil BladesJoey Porter (The Motet)Todd Stoops (RAQ, Electric Beethoven)Brandon “Taz” NiederauerJohnny VidacovichLyle Divinsky (The Motet)Karina Rykman (Marco Benevento Band)Rob Compa (Dopapod)James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band)Dave Watts (The Motet)Alvin Ford Jr. (Pretty Lights Live Band, Dumpstaphunk)Eli Winderman (Dopapod)Tim Palmieri (Kung Fu)Peter Levin (Gregg Allman Band)Nate Edgar (The Nth Power)Khris Royal (Rebelution)Steve Swatkins (Allen Stone)Ryan Jalbert (The Motet)Dave Harrington (Darkside, Dave Harrington’s Merry Pranksters)Sammi Garett (Turkuaz)Chuck Jones (Dopapod)Mike “Maz” Maher (Snarky Puppy)Hayley Jane (Hayley Jane & The Primates)Chris Bullock (Snarky Puppy)Casey Russell (The Magic Beans)Tyler CoomesAdam November (Karina Rykman Experiment)Megan Letts (Mama Magnolia)Chris Corsico (Karina Rykman Experiment)Joel GonzalézMaurice Brown (Tedeschi Trucks Band)Comedians:Brett Siddell (SiriusXM, Wokes With Jokes)Walker Berry (Wokes With Jokes)Ariella Wallen (Wokes With Jokes)Pamela Mahler (Wokes With Jokes)Richie Alfson (Wokes With Jokes)Hosted By:Ari Fink (SiriusXM)Brooklyn Comes Alive is sponsored by Denver-based company, Pure CBD Exchange, which creates and sells a number of CBD/cannabidiol products (What is CBD?) from concentrates, tinctures, extracts, lotions, creams, and more. The use of CBD has gained much notoriety as of late, for use as both a health and wellness supplement and to treat conditions such as epilepsy, PTSD, cancer, and a number of mental disorders and is also used for anti-inflammation, nausea reduction, sleep aid, and more. Pure CBD Exchange was co-founded by Gregg Allman Band organist/keyboardist and Brooklyn Comes Alive musician Peter Levin back in 2017.Pure CBD Exchange focuses on low-THC cannabis products with high CBD content. They work within the Colorado Industrial Hemp pilot program to distribute non-psychoactive tinctures, extracts, lotions, and more all over the world. The company has featured by companies like VICE, High Times, Leafly, and more.
The crowd was pulsating with energy, buzzing from another rip-roaring, face-melting exchange of guitar solos by Marcus King and Billy Strings frontman William Apostol—this time, from their rendition of Johnny Winter’s “I’m Yours and Hers.” The two musical phenoms were sharing the stage at the Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival in Martinsville, Va., taking part in the world debut of their “King & Strings” collaboration.The meeting of two of the scene’s hottest pickers had been generating buzz on social media and music websites for months. The results thus far—14 songs into their inaugural set—had vastly exceeded the expectations of even the most optimistic fan.“Y’all still feeling good?!?” King crowed into the microphone, the crowd responding with delirious joy. “I met this man six hours ago, today.”It was a shocking revelation for many in the audience, considering the quality and cohesion of the King & Strings set, which also featured Billy Strings’ bassist Royal Massat on electric, and legendary drummer Jeff Sipe behind the drum kit. But, perhaps, it shouldn’t have been shocking. After all, both Apostol and King have grown accustomed to handling eyebrow-raising success in the most rapid of fashions.[Photo: Eric Rayburn]A Parallel RiseThough they specialize in different genres, King and Apostol have plenty in common. Both are in their early-to-mid 20s. Both share a lifelong love of music, the desire to make that passion a career, humble upbringings in musical families, well-worn fretboards…Each has built his career to this point the hard way—touring relentlessly, selling out increasingly large rooms across the country, and making star-turning appearances a selling out clubs across the country, starring at festivals both large and small. Over the last four-to-six years, each has averaged between 180-200 gigs per year, not counting solo shows and sit-ins.“It’s been awful busy, I can tell you that. I’ve just kind of been… woo yeah, busy, busy, busy,” said Apostol. “I’m on the road, and I’m hardly ever at home, you know, which is a good thing. I like to stay busy, but it’s been sort of a grind, you know what I mean? It’s been a hell of a grind. I’m grateful for it all.”“A lot of perseverance, a lot of growing,” King said when asked about his take on the past six years. “Ya know, sharing beds and sharing hotel rooms. And now, we’re on our own (tour) bus, which is gratifying and reassuring. I think we’re moving in the right direction, and that as long as we have our head on our shoulders, we’re gonna make it to where we wanna go. My perspective has always been, and always will be, the only thing to stand in my way is me. So as long as I don’t f*ck everything up, we’ll be okay, which is doing what we love to do.”Apostol, too, is now touring in a tour bus for stretches at a time. It’s perhaps the most noticeable behind-the-scenes change for these “road dogs,” a phrase to which Apostol is partial.But the existence of a tour bus doesn’t eliminate the daily grind. Not by a long shot.“Maybe someday we’ll just be able to walk on stage, and our gear will just be magically set up for us, but right now it’s like, ‘You gotta tune your own f*cking guitar, bro. You gotta carry your own amp on stage, you know? You gotta set up the whole sh*t,’” explained Apostol. “It’s really funny at festivals, [when] we’re setting up our gear—and it’s me and the band setting up our pedal boards—people are just hollering at us and shit. It makes you really nervous. Then you play the gig and throw that stuff back in the trailer, go in there, grab a snack and watch a movie and go to sleep (in the bus) and someone is driving you to the gig, and you’re like, ‘Whaat?!’ It’s straight up luxury.”That’s a far cry from just a few years ago, when the festival gigs were harder to come by, the pay was, at times, paltry, and the mode of transportation was a van loaded down with enough gear and guys to make the concept of leg room a fantasy.“We always think about the long rides in the middle of Kansas in the van, ya know, hiding all of our stash and all being scared to death and growing together,” said King. “We think about all those moments that seemed like however many years ago. It felt like forever to us, but in the grand scheme of things, six years is not that long of a time.”And in that short span, King and Apostol have seen an explosion in the popularity of their music, the crowd sizes at their shows, and the invitations that come from other musicians. In fact, they’ve already shared stages with many of their musical heroes, something that’s still hard to believe for both.“People I’ve been on stage with that I’m like, I can’t believe it, you know: Sam Bush, Béla Fleck, and David Grisman. I could also go on and say Del McCoury, Bryan Sutton. I could say all my heroes in the bluegrass world,” Apostol said. “It’s been an amazing thing, like, you know, f*cking Béla Fleck came and sat in with us! It was so cool, at the Christmas show last year. That’s just huge. Those guys that I just mentioned—absolute heroes. You know, they’re basically like gods to me. It’s crazy to me.”King’s list, as expected, was less grassy, more rock’n’roll. “Widespread Panic is the first one that comes to mind. I remember, ya know, sneaking into Widespread Panic shows when I was, like, 15,” he recalled. “That was one of only two concerts I snuck into when I was a kid. I pocketed the security guard a few bucks, crawled under a barrier onto the floor in Asheville, North Carolina. So Widespread was always a group that I was into, and being able to hang out with those guys and make music with them is truly a blessing, that’s for sure. Derek Trucks is another person that comes to mind. Same story, I grew up being spoon-fed Allman Brothers Band and Derek Trucks Band as well. That was something my dad was really into when I was really little, and up until now. He’s still a big Derek fan.”All of that history made for an awe-inspiring experience last summer, when The Marcus King Band and Drive-By Truckers joined Tedeschi Trucks Band on their 2018 Wheels of Soul summer tour.“You know, Susan Tedeschi is one of my favorite singers of all time, so being able to sing next to her, and play next to Derek, was just thrilling and exciting and an honor, as much as it is terrifying. I was playing next to Jimmy Herring, and it scared the shit out of me, but in the best way possible.“Understandably, King and Apostol hadn’t sat in with as many musicians from outside their own genres. But that changed, at least for one night, at last year’s Rooster Walk.FRIENDS AND PEERSOrganizers of Rooster Walk, a nonprofit festival dedicated to fallen friends from childhood, had booked the Marcus King Band, as well as Billy Strings, in previous years. The similarities between the two young musicians stuck out to the organizers, and led to the pursuit of a collaborative set on the New Belgium Pine Grove Stage at Rooster Walk 10.“The thing was that everyone is always asking me, and Marcus—when I met Marcus—he was like, ‘Man, every night at my show someone comes up to me and says, ‘You haven’t played with Billy Strings!’ And people used to always ask me, ‘Dude, have you ever met Marcus King?’” recalled Apostol. “You know, everybody was saying that to both of us, so the universe was like, you’ve got to jam.”That jam quest was not without hurdles, the least of which being that neither musician had met the other in person for even so much as a simple handshake prior to Rooster Walk 10. Initially, both bands were booked to play on Saturday at Rooster Walk, which meant the collaboration would be easy to pull off. But when Billy’s schedule changed, and Friday was the only possible option for an RW play, the goal seemed out of reach. The quest appeared dead.Luckily, RW organizers learned that the Marcus King Band had Friday slated as a travel-only date, going from a Thursday play in the Midwest (via 15-passenger van) to Rooster Walk for two sets on Saturday. When Marcus was approached about flying in solo on Friday to make King & Strings happen, he jumped at the chance.They met for the first time at a Martinsville hotel, six hours before their 120-minute set was scheduled to start, and just four hours before load in. They had time to run through a handful of songs in a hotel rehearsal room, alongside Sipe and other members of Billy Strings—but that was it.“I was really thrilled about the fact. I’m just such a big Billy Strings fan, ya know?” King explained. “I was like, ‘This is gonna be fun, no matter what.’ I knew that Billy and his crew were just easy-going folks, just like us, but when we got there and started practicing in that little room at the hotel, we all knew right away. We kind of threw the playbook right off the stage and went by the seat of our pants and had the perfect cats to do it with.”From that brief interplay, a lasting friendship has quickly formed. “(Rooster Walk) planted the seed. It brought us together for the first time ever, and man, it was wild. Last year, I met the dude; in six hours, we’re standing on stage rocking it, and how’s that for a first time meeting somebody? It’s just like, I don’t know, a really special thing that happened. But yeah, we have become friends, and man, I really like Marcus. He’s a great dude, and a great player. What an inspiring guy.“We’re almost kind of kindred spirits,” Apostol continued. “It’s weird. We’re both young dudes that play guitar, and our bands are doing okay, and we’re just on the road all the time,” said Apostol. “You know, I think he works harder than anyone I know. His schedule is fucking insane. You know, our (schedule) is pretty full, too, so we can relate in that sense. It’s like, ‘How you doing buddy? You hanging in there?’ (And he’s like) ‘Yeah dude, I’m good and all, and how are you guys doing? It’s really cool, too. He is a peer. We’re around the same age. He may even be a couple years younger than me. He’s just such a cool dude, and I’m really glad we became friends.”Added King, “Billy’s become a good friend of ours. We both live in the same town. He came over and was the first house guest that I had at our new house. Well, maybe not the first, but the first we christened the house with of the ceremonial ‘smoking of the joint.’”For many of their fans, Rooster Walk 11’s King & Strings reprisal is worthy of ceremony. The two-hour set will take place from 10 p.m. to midnight on Sunday, May 26, 2019, and serve as the closing act to a festival that will feature performances from Galactic, Sam Bush Band, Shovels & Rope, The Marcus King Band, Billy Strings, The Steep Canyon Rangers, Turkuaz, BIG Something, and roughly 30 more talented bands.This year’s set will once again feature Sipe on drums, as well as members of Billy Strings. In addition, with King’s full band on-site for Sunday, there’s a good chance the stage will be even more crowded than it was a year ago.“Well this year, we have a little more time for preparation,” joked King. “So we are gonna get together in Nashville and go over ideas and possibilities and see how far we can venture out without falling. I would say with almost certainty that we will be bringing a couple members from my outfit out for the evening.”For his part, Apostol relishes the opportunity to play electric guitar, enjoying the freedom and opportunities that aren’t necessarily available on his acoustic flat-top.“Hopefully there will be lots of psychedelic moments, where we leave the song and go on sonic journeys,” he said. “I really love doing that stuff.”King & Strings aside, the last six years have been proof that, if nothing else, King and Apostol are each on their own sonic journey. On Sunday at Rooster Walk, those trajectories will intersect—once again—for two hours of cross-genre, musical bliss.Tickets for Rooster Walk 11 are available now. For details, head to the event website.
Saint Mary’s hosted a spring activities fair in the Student Center on Sunday to recruit members for campus organizations as a counterpart to the fall activities fair during the first week of classes in August.The event was coordinated by Janielle Tchakerian, assistant to the vice president for student affairs and the director of residence life, and Tena Johnson, student involvement specialist.“I think this is a good idea for the spring because we have a lot of transfer students coming in and students coming back from abroad who want to get involved, and it gives them that opportunity to know what is available,” student body vice president Sam Moorhead said.Johnson said 30 clubs and departments registered for the event and had table displays around the Student Center atrium and on the second floor.“We decided to organize the fair mainly to give student clubs another opportunity to recruit people,” Johnson said. “It’s the best way to promote involvement in campus life.”One of the newest organizations at the fair was the College’s three new graduate programs, including a Doctorate of Nursing Practice, a Master of Science in Data Science and a Master of Science in Speech Pathology. Aiming to reach undergraduates who may want to attain advanced degrees, Melissa Fruscione, associate director of admission for graduate programs, staffed the table and said she was glad to have the programs on display.“I thought the fair would be a great opportunity to introduce undergraduate students to our graduate programs,” Fruscione said. “We’re not official yet in having student organizations related to the graduate programs, … but we thought it was just a good opportunity for students to be introduced to the programs and let them know what they are all about in case they want to continue their education at Saint Mary’s.”Fruscione said once the graduate programs form student organizations, she believes the small size of the programs will allow undergraduate students and graduate students to collaborate and learn from one another.Senior nursing student Grace McSorley said the fair was a great success.“Since it’s my last semester as a senior, I thought it was a nice way to see all of the different things I could get involved in at the last minute,” she said. “I also was looking around to see if anything would appeal to my younger sister, who is a freshman looking to join some clubs.”McSorley said she wishes more students would take the opportunity to join clubs mid-year.“I was surprised to see such a range of clubs, too, and even a new one called Christ Lights, which is for students to talk about their faiths and modern-day topics regarding religion,” she said. “I signed up, and I am excited for everything the club offers.”Tags: graduate programs, Spring Activities Fair, student involvement
Aug 14 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2007_08_14/en/index.html In its Aug 3 statement, the WHO had said that a 29-year-old miner who died Jul 14 had the deadly virus. The agency said the man had helped care for a 21-year-old miner who had fallen ill with similar symptoms in late June but had recovered. Contacts of the case-patients have been monitored and were “coming to the end of the period of their observation,” with no further cases detected, the WHO said. The earlier statement indicated all the suspected cases were in miners. Tests at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “have confirmed Marburg virus infection in the putative index case, a mine worker, and in one of his close contacts during his illness,” the WHO said in a statement. Aug 15, 2007 (CIDRAP News) Only one additional case of Marburg hemorrhagic fever has been confirmed in Uganda since a single case and some suspected cases were reported there on Aug 3, the World Health Organization (WHO) said yesterday. In addition, experts from the CDC, the WHO, and the Ugandan government are working to identify the virus’s natural hosts and mode of transmission, with particular emphasis on the mines and surrounding area, the WHO said. See also: The presumed index case mentioned in yesterday’s statement was that of the 21-year-old miner who recovered, WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl told CIDRAP News. There is no vaccine or specific treatment for Marburg, a viral hemorrhagic fever similar to Ebola fever. In an outbreak in Angola in 2004 and 2005, 227 of 252 patients died. To contain the outbreak, the agency said, an international team including experts from the WHO and several other organizations is working with the Ugandan health ministry to strengthen surveillance, contact tracing, infection control, logistics, and social mobilization. Editor’s note: This story was revised Aug 16 to include a clarification from the World Health Organization about the identity of the index case-patient.
JENNINGS COUNTY – Twelve Indiana communities are receiving grants totaling $5.4 million through the Wastewater and Drinking Water Program by the Office of Community and Rural Affairs.Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann announces Jennings County as a recipient of $550,000 to upgrade a wastewater treatment facility near Hayden.The project is estimated to cost $3.2 million and the county had raised $2.6 million before receiving the half of a million dollar grant from the state.The grant program is available to communities for a variety of infrastructure improvements to enable long-term growth. Each grant must have a match of local funds and meet certain grant requirements.In announcing the grants, Lt. Governor Ellspermann noted, “Indiana’s rural and smaller cities and towns are important to the overall economic and social fabric of our state. Through this specific program and others, we want to help these communities remain attractive places to live, raise families and operate businesses.”The Richmond Pal-Item is reporting that the town of Liberty applied for $320,000 through the grant program, but was one of twenty that did not receive a grant.
INDIANAPOLIS — The State of Indiana is among 17 states suing over President Obama’s recently announced executive order on immigration.Last month, President Obama announced executive actions that could spare five million illegals living in the United States from being deported.State officials are joining the lawsuit that seeks to have the executive order ruled unconstitutional.Governor Mike Pence said in a statement, “This lawsuit is not about immigration. It is about denying states such as ours the opportunity to be represented in policy making through our elected members of Congress.”“This lawsuit seeks to have the federal courts restore the rule of law and proper balance to our constitutional system of government. I encourage the President to rescind his executive order and immediately begin to work with Congress to pass legislation that will secure our nation’s border and update our immigration laws. That is the proper way to deal with this or any other issue our nation faces.”
SALMON VALLEY, Idaho – A check for $1,000 waits for the winner of the Saturday, May 18 IMCA Modified feature at Salmon Valley Speedway. There’s a $35 entry fee and pit passes are $15. Grandstand admission is $10 for adults, $5 for seniors, military and students ages seven to 16, and free for ages six and under. Pit gates will be open all day and the grandstand opens at 6 p.m. Hot laps precede 7 p.m. racing. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Larry Shaw Race Cars Western Region, E3 Spark Plugs Idaho State and track points are at stake as well in the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying event. More information is available by calling 406 546-3888.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has expressed disappointment over the behaviour of star striker Luis Suarez. Rodgers’ remarks suggested he believes Suarez’s recent comments do not reflect the ‘Liverpool way’, and he vowed to deal with any player who steps out of line. The Uruguayan has threatened to hand in a transfer request if he is not sold, insisting in a newspaper interview he has a clause in his contract allowing him to leave to join a Champions League club for £40million. Arsenal have offered £40million, plus an extra £1, but Liverpool are adamant no such buy-out clause exists in Suarez’s contract and, speaking after the 4-1 friendly win over Valerenga, Rodgers addressed his star player’s handling of the situation. Rodgers said, according to official club website liverpoolfc.com: “My conversations with players will always remain private. I’ll never disclose any conversation between a player and I. In terms of the remarks that were made, this is a football club that has always worked a certain way. “The Liverpool way is all about a club with ambition, a club that strives to be the very best, a club that is about commitment – that means that everyone is committed to the cause of fighting for the shirt. “It’s also about dignity and being dignified in how you speak about the club, on and off the field, and it’s about unity. “Those are the four values that run through my mind when I think about Liverpool. Those are the values we will always retain. If anyone steps outside of that standard, I will deal with it. That’s something that we’ll do. “It means that we have a standard at Liverpool that I will fight for my life to retain. There will never be any player or person bigger than the club.” While Suarez believes there is a clause in his contract which allows him to leave, Liverpool have confidence in their position. They have always maintained the £40million mark was the point at which they had to inform the player of an approach and was the basis for the beginning of negotiations should they wish to sell. Suarez has been the centre of much controversy since joining the Reds from Ajax in January 2011, serving a ban for racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra and, more recently, being banned again for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic. And the club have backed Suarez throughout his trials and tribulations at Anfield, with Rodgers being particularly vociferous in his defence in the past. “Professionally, Luis Suarez has given me everything since I came into the football club, but there is obviously a way in which you have to speak,” Rodgers added on Wednesday night. “This is a club that has offered Luis Suarez the utmost respect since the day he walked through the door. “That’s something that over the course of the coming weeks you need to have when you work for Liverpool Football Club. You’ve got supporters and players that have given Luis Suarez absolutely everything – they backed him to the hilt. “Even at the weekend, when we had Steven Gerrard’s testimonial game, the supporters raised the roof for him. That’s something that I will always fight to retain at the football club, because that is what Liverpool is about – respect, humility and real dignity.” Suarez’s latest outburst came on Tuesday when, in an interview with the Daily Telegraph and the Guardian, he expressed his desire to leave in search of Champions League football. While the contractual ins-and-outs may eventually need a lawyer to unwrangle, it is clear that Suarez believes that, at the very least, he has a gentleman’s agreement with Rodgers. “Last year I had the opportunity to move to a big European club and I stayed on the understanding that if we failed to qualify for the Champions League the following season I’d be allowed to go,” he said. “I spoke with Brendan Rodgers several times and he told me, ‘Stay another season, and you have my word if we don’t make it then I will personally make sure that you can leave’. “I gave absolutely everything last season but it was not enough to give us a top-four finish – now all I want is for Liverpool to honour our agreement. “They gave me their word a year ago and now I want them to honour that. “I have the club’s word and we have the written contract and we are happy to take this to the Premier League for them to decide the case, but I do not want it to come to that. “We have the backing of the PFA (Professional Footballers’ Association).” But PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor believes ambiguity in Suarez’s contract means success via legal recourse is far from guaranteed. “If you are going to have a supposed buy-out clause it should be that but it is different as it says if there is no qualification for the Champions League and if there is a minimum offer of £40million then the parties will get around the table to discuss things but it does not say the club has to sell,” he told Press Association Sport. “It quite clearly states £40million is a minimum offer for discussions but it becomes really difficult with such clauses. “There is a ‘good faith’ clause in relation to serious discussions but I can’t say it is cast-iron buy-out clause. “Luis is one of our members and we want to be supportive, however, he may well have thought such an offer would trigger a move. “The interpretation is not that simple by any means and there is no guarantee of getting a (successful) result if it is referred to the Premier League.” Press Association
Madrid, Feb 17: Real Madrid have the chance to further extend their lead at the top of the La Liga on Saturday which promises to be decisive in the outcome of the title race. Real entertain Espanyol in the Santiago Berbeu Stadium before travelling to play one of the two games they have in hand over their title rivals in Valencia on Wednesday.Saturday’s game comes on the back of Madrid’s 3-1 win at home over poli in which they played some of their best football of the year to come back from a goal down.And Real coach Zinedine Zidane will probably make some changes to his starting 11 with players such as Matteo Kovecic, Isco and cho Ferndez in with the chance of starting, reports Xinhua news agency.The big news for Saturday is the likely return of Welsh forward Gareth Bale to action after almost three months out with an ankle injury. Bale is unlikely to start the game, but will probably be introduced as a substitute sometime in the second half.Espanyol have traditiolly been a comfortable rival for Real Madrid and last season saw them beaten 6-0 at home and away to the league leaders.However, they have toughened up considerably under Quique Sanchez Flores and after a slow start to the season have an outside chance of qualifying for Europe next season.Gerard Moreno is a handful in attack, while former Valencia winger Pablo Piatti is usually at the heart of their best moves and has been involved in half of their goals this season, either scoring them himself, or supplying the fil pass.Meanwhile former Real Madrid goalkeeper Diego Lopez is assured of a warm reception on his return to the Berbeu, although most Madrid fans will be expecting to see him pick the ball out of the net on more than one occasion. IANS