first_imgSevilla President Jose Castro says action will be taken after the team’s humiliating King’s Cup final defeat by Barcelona on Saturday.Barcelona won 5-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano to lift the trophy for the fourth year in a row and Spanish media reported that Sevilla’s Italian coach Vincenzo Montella is at risk of being fired when club chiefs meet on Tuesday.“As president I have to apologise to all Sevilla fans,” Castro said on Monday.“The board will take the measures it deems necessary to try and help in these last five matches (in La Liga), we have to qualify for Europe.“We will see what decisions to take but it’s the moment to be calm and think about what’s best for the club.”Sevilla are seventh in the La Liga standings with 48 points from 33 games, three behind Villarreal in sixth and a Europa League qualifying spot.Montella took over as coach in December after Argentine Eduardo Berizzo was sacked a week after returning to work following an operation to treat prostate cancer.Sevilla eliminated Manchester United in the Champions League round of 16 but lost in the quarter-finals to Bayern Munich and they have suffered heavy league defeats, conceding five goals against Atletico Madrid and four against Celta Vigo.Midfielder Steven N’Zonzi apologised after being criticised by supporters for having a night out in Madrid after the final and for going straight to the dressing-room at full time instead of applauding the fans.“I want to apologise to Sevilla fans,” N’Zonzi said in a video released by the club on Sunday. “I made a mistake because I left after the game.“What happened is also difficult for the players. We play every three days, I live alone, I train and I go back home. I am always at home. Yesterday my family and friends were there and I left.”last_img read more

first_imgIt was Wednesday evening and a capacity crowd filled a small cooking classroom at Chuck’s Produce in Cascade Park to learn how to make challah.Baked loaves were on display of the beautiful, traditional braided bread that many Jewish folks prepare for special occasions. Some had been washed with an egg mixture before baking, to make them shiny. Others contained raisins for a slightly sweet flavor.Long tables were set with bowls of white flour, yeast, salt, sugar and egg. There was so much excited chattering in the crowd of perhaps 50 that the teacher, Tzivie Greenberg, had to compete for some attention as she stood behind a cooking counter.Greenberg is the wife of Rabbi Shmulik Greenberg of Vancouver’s Chabad Jewish Center.With Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year according to the Hebrew calendar, coming up on Sept. 28 and 29, the class was well-timed.As the teacher demonstrated, the crowd of mostly women and girls put two-thirds of the sugar into the flour bowl, saving one-third to be placed into a small bowl of yeast, along with warm water. As they watched, the yeast activated.When the ingredients were all in the flour bowl, it was time for the students to get their hands messy.“You can’t make dough with a plastic fork,” the teacher advised, saying she uses a mixer at home.They kneaded the ingredients and later added more flour, to control the stickiness.And soon it was time to place plastic wrap over the bowls, to let the yeast do its work and start to rise.And Greenberg added some history and explanation of her faith.Whatever food and other blessings they have, Jews believe that God wanted them to be grateful and show it, she said.“It’s by God’s blessing that you have it,” she said.Challah is a word for a portion or tithe, and a portion is to be set aside, as Jews did in ancient times for a temple priest, as a reminder. These days a portion is set aside, burned and discarded to keep that tradition alive.last_img read more