Home » News » COVID-19 news » “Heartless” Bristol lettings agency under fire previous nextCOVID-19 news“Heartless” Bristol lettings agency under fire130 student tenants withhold rent payments after misjudged chase-up email causes anger among agencies’ clients after missive refuses to entertain rent reductions during crisis.Sheila Manchester6th April 202003,614 Views Over 130 Bristol students are refusing to pay rent to Digs, a “heartless” city lettings agency that insisted the students make their rents in full, regardless of the Covid-19 pandemic.Digs admits its email was “insensitive” and say they will speak to landlords about options, including 50% reduction in rent.The Bristol Cable, a community-led media cooperative in Bristol, reported that students are withholding rent worth around £1,500 each from Digs Residential Lettings in Clifton, and are calling for their rents to be cancelled completely or reduced drastically in the wake of the outbreak.The rent strike was called after Digs sent a ‘polite reminder’ to all of its tenants informing them that full payment was still due on 1st April, as per the contract, regardless of when student loans are paid or the Covid-19 situation.“Insensitive and heartless”Student and Digs tenant Ruth Day, from a campaign group Bristol, Cut the Rent, said, “I was angered by the email because it was so insensitive and heartless. Students are already stressing about how to pay rent because loans don’t come in until April 20 and many have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus lockdown.”Lettings agency Digs has admitted that the email was “insensitive and sent in error, in terms of its wording” and has promised to speak to all landlords individually. However, the company was clear that they are “purely an agency” and that the final decision rests with landlords, not them.Steven Harris, Digs’ Managing Director, told the Cable: “It’s a very tricky situation, acting for many property owners means there is no ‘one fits all’ solution and it’s not our decision.“As an agency we will be speaking to all our landlords individually and we will encouraging them to help, we have a variety of options for them. The option of zero rent if vacant or 50% if occupied can indeed be presented.”Ruth Day, a third year Maths and Philosophy student at the University of Bristol, said: “I don’t have much sympathy for the Digs argument. Landlords are getting a lot of help from the government around this situation. As students, we don’t own another property. We are literally just renting and most of us don’t have much money.”Read more about Coronavirus and the property market. digs residential letting cut the rent Bristol April 6, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021
Martin O’Neill has left no room for doubt over who will be calling the shots in his Ireland partnership with Roy Keane. “Of course there are things we want to adjust and look at, but I have had an assistant manager in John Robertson for years and years at all the clubs I have been involved in, or most of them, and John was very, very good. “John was more than a sounding board, more than that. I listened to his opinion – he had a very good opinion about football, he was a good judge of a player as well. “But ultimately, he always left the decisions to me and that was the main thing. That’s something that I have been used to now for 20 years and I wouldn’t be expecting anybody to be over-ruling me. “That’s not the big ‘I am’, far from it. I have got great respect for Roy Keane, otherwise I wouldn’t have asked him to do the job.” The pair will begin work with their players on Tuesday after the squad gets together for the first time under their charge the previous evening. However, Aston Villa defender Ciaran Clark and Hull midfielder Robbie Brady will not be among them after withdrawing from the 27-man party with foot tendon and groin injuries respectively. It will be a welcome return to the game for the pair with Keane having been out of football since losing his job at Ipswich in January 2011 and O’Neill since March this year, when he was relieved of his duties at Sunderland. Black Cats owner Ellis Short’s decision to dispense with his services and appoint Paolo Di Canio still rankles, and the former Northern Ireland international remains convinced he would have kept the club in the Barclays Premier League, and might still be there now. The 61-year-old Ulsterman is delighted to have recruited the former Ireland and Manchester United skipper as his number two, but while he is confident Keane has much to offer, he insists it will be he and he alone who makes the decisions. O’Neill said: “I don’t really want to change Roy Keane. I don’t think that was the intention, otherwise it loses its impetus. He said: “I was disappointed, of course, at Sunderland, disappointed not to have completed the season. “I think, really, if I look at it, although nothing is certain in football, that given 20 years of reasonable success in the game, I would have accumulated the five points necessary from the last seven games to have stayed up. “So yes, I was disappointed because it was a club that I grew up supporting as a boy – not that that makes a great deal of difference in this managerial game – but for the opportunity not to be afforded to us to see the job through… “I’m quite sure if that had been the case that I may well have been managing the team right now.” Press Association
— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) December 11, … It was as predictable as the moonrise.Stephen Curry’s thoughts about men on the moon, dispensed in a recent podcast, had barely hit the ether when reaction began rolling in.Astronaut Scott Kelly, a veteran of four space flights and who set a record for accumulated number of days spent in space, was one of the first to check in.Steph, so much respect for you, but re the moon landing thing, let’s talk. DM me. https://t.co/BXYxPF4zz1
One of our readers uncovered an amicus brief from the American Psychological Association (q.v. on American Bar Association website) encouraging the Supreme Court to overturn capital punishment for minors (see 03/04/2005 entry). One of the key arguments in the brief is that “Neuropsychological research demonstrates that the adolescent brain has not reached adult maturity.” Zeroing in on scientific evidence, the brief claimed “Of particular interest with regard to decision-making and criminal culpability is the development of the frontal lobes of the brain.” (Emphasis added in all quotes.) For support, the brief cited a 2004 paper by Gogtay et al. from PNAS,1 describing results of MRI scans of 13 young individuals undergoing various activities; the team concluded that juvenile frontal lobes were not as well developed as those of adults. Yet this team’s conclusions leaned heavily on evolutionary assumptions, particularly those of Ernst Haeckel, author of the now-defunct “recapitulation theory” (often stated in its pretentious prose, “ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny,” meaning, the development of the embryo imitates its evolutionary history). The paper contains subtle references to recapitulation theory in making the claim that teenagers are too immature for responsible behavior:The superior temporal cortex, which contains association areas that integrate information from several sensory modalities, matured last. Furthermore, the maturation of the cortex also appeared to follow the evolutionary sequence in which these regions were created.In mammals, the inferior temporal cortex, along with parts of the STG, posterior parietal cortex, and prefrontal cortex, are high-order association areas, which are also most recent evolutionarily. Our observation of these areas appearing to mature later may suggest that the cortical development follows the evolutionary sequence to some degree.Similarly, gender differences in brain maturation could not be explored, because there are only six males and seven females in the sample. However, our findings uncover key information on the maturational sequence of early brain development and its relation to functional and evolutionary milestones.Phylogenetically, some of the oldest cortical regions lie on the inferior brain surface in the medial aspect of the temporal lobe… The maturation process in the vicinity of these areas appeared to have started early (ontogenetically) already by the age of 4 years… (Bullets added.)In The Mismeasure of Man (W. W. Norton, 1981), Stephen Jay Gould catalogued the history of the recapitulation theory, which “By 1920… had collapsed.” He says that it “ranks among the most influential ideas of late nineteenth-century science” and gives examples of its abuse to justify racism and sexism. Gould claims that the scientific evidence actually supports the opposite conclusion: the young and the embryo are more advanced than the adult, a concept termed neoteny. If so, this turns the racist and sexist interpretations of the recapitulation theory upside down:Under recapitulation, adults of inferior races are like children of superior races. But neoteny reverses the argument. In the context of neoteny, it is “good”—that is, advanced or superior—to retain the traits of childhood, to develop more slowly. Thus, superior groups retain their childlike characters as adults, while inferior groups pass through the higher phase of childhood and then degenerate toward apishness. Now consider the conventional prejudice of white scientists: whites are superior, blacks inferior. Under recapitulation, black adults should be like white children. But under neoteny, white adults should be like black children.This demonstrates how a misguided scientific claim can have profound cultural effects, sometimes polar opposites from the same data.1Gogtay et al., “Dynamic mapping of human cortical development during childhood through early adulthood,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences PNAS 101: 8174-8179; published online before print as 10.1073/pnas.0402680101.This is scandalous. If the Supreme Court was snookered by baloney offered up by the pseudoscientific APA in making its decision, then every family member of every victim murdered by juveniles, every suffering witness to Columbine High School’s mass murder spree, should point an angry, accusing finger at Ernst Haeckel, and Pope Charlie who encouraged him, and all the current charlatans who still invoke Haeckel’s phony “biogenetic law” of recapitulation, and accuse them all of co-conspiracy to divert attention from the Constitution and onto pseudoscience. (Read the 03/04/2005 entry and commentary also.) No other society has deemed teenagers as incapable of morally responsible behavior; on the contrary, good societies have stressed the importance of moral training early in life, and the need to correct misbehavior from childhood. MRI scans have nothing to say about the moral character of minors, much less so whether the development of their frontal lobes is recapping some presumed animal ancestry. Read Gould’s steaming indictment of recapitulation theory and its promoter, the fraud Ernst Haeckel, who practically worshipped the ground Father Charlie walked on. Folks, you have just seen Darwinian mythology sway the highest court in the land on a matter of life and death. What are you going to do about it?(Visited 58 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 With adult and induced pluripotent stem cells in abundance, it should not be necessary to destroy human embryos to understand stem cell science.Research with adult stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) is continuing to produce amazing discoveries.Self-healing heart: The heart has a store of stem cells that is capable of natural regenerative capacity, scientists at Kings College London found (Medical Xpress), promising new treatment for heart failure:The study, published today in the journal Cell, shows that if the stem cells are eliminated, the heart is unable to repair after damage. If the cardiac stem cells are replaced the heart repairs itself, leading to complete cellular, anatomical and functional heart recovery, with the heart returning to normal and pumping at a regular rate.Also, if the cardiac stem cells are removed and re-injected, they naturally ‘home’ to and repair the damaged heart, a discovery that could lead to less-invasive treatments and even early prevention of heart failure in the future.Reprogramming iPSC mutations: For patients with a blood disease, researchers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia found they could take skin cells, create iPSCs from them, fix the mutation that causes the blood disease, re-inject them, and cure the disease (Science Daily). “The technology for generating these cells has been moving very quickly,” the hematologist said.Bad teeth? Urine luck: Science Daily reported a “number one source” for new teeth: stem cells in a patient’s own urine. There’s potential in that liquid that is flushed down the drain to regenerate iPSCs that can be coaxed into creating hard parts of teeth structures. “The system mimics normal tooth development, which results from an interaction between two different cell types; epithelial cells, which give rise to enamel, and mesenchymal cells, which give rise to the other three main components of teeth (dentin, cementum and pulp).” iPSC technology is good news, because “their derivation avoids the controversial use of embryos” and the cells are not rejected by the patient.Functional blood vessels: Scientists at Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital succeeded in growing functional blood vesses in vivo from iPSCs, Medical Xpress reported with the headline, “Patient, heal thyself.” By overcoming several challenges with the method, they have shown that it is no longer necessary to rely on human embryonic stem cells to do the job. According to a researcher, “the use of vascular precursors from human embryonic stem cells pose ethical and immunological concerns that are averted with the use of iPS-derived vasculogenic cells.”Understanding adult stem cells: European scientists are learning how stem cells in human skin differentiate, according to Science Daily. By making proteins “shine,” they can monitor the developmental pathways as the stem cells form different tissues and organs in the skin, such as sweat glands, fat, or hair follicles. They found that the cells do not follow a simple hierarchy from primitive stem cell to finished tissue, but “there are differentiated levels of stem cells and that it is their close micro-environment that determines” the tissue generated. These findings will help regenerative medicine avoid “waking up” cells in the wrong place or time that might result in cancer.Understanding embryonic stem cells: Scientists are trying to understand the expression of embryonic stem cells – in mice. Science Daily explored the paradox of how these cells can be marked with “on” and “off” regulatory marks simultaneously, like seeing a red and green light at the same time. A more “nuanced” view of the genetic code is showing a method in the paradox: stem cells can be maintained in a “bivalent state” that allows them to go down either path, depending on context.Understanding the differences: By studying the substances in zebrafish cells that can convert body cells back to stem cells through a kind of “eraser” that removes the body cell’s memory of what it was, scientists are finding out how to make induced stem cells resemble embryonic cells more closely, Science Daily reported. And why is this good? “These multi-talented cells are the focus of much attention in biomedical research because experts hope to use them to regenerate damaged organs without having to resort to embryonic stem cells.”Learning from flatworms: Flatworms (planaria) have an uncanny ability to regenerate their heads (students sometimes create two-headed planaria in science lab). At MIT, Medical Xpress reported, scientists made the discovery that muscle cells in the flatworm have the ability to communicate with their nearby stem cells, informing them what kind of tissue is needed. Certain “position control genes,” which are “highly conserved and many are found in other animals, including humans,” are controlled by particular proteins in the muscle cells. When wounded, cells alter these proteins to control which PCGs are made, signaling pathways that direct the stem cells to know what kinds of repairs are needed. “Because the muscle fibers are long, when you cut the animal, it can immediately respond by contracting to close the wound, turning on wound-induced genes at that site, and eventually changing the pattern of expression to respond to the missing tissue.” Understanding that flow of information “opens whole new areas of research,” the article said.It was just in time. In 2007, when Japanese scientists learned how to create iPSCs from adult tissues (a Nobel prize discovery), they took the wind out of embryonic stem cell research. Throughout the Bush and early Obama administrations, scientists were clamoring for rights to destroy human embryos in order to understand stem cells, pulling at the public’s heartstrings to claim patients were dying without them, because conservatives didn’t care about people. Now that iPSCs and adult stem cells are plentiful and just as effective, why use ESCs at all? Researchers can learn all they need to know about them from mice and zebrafish. A subtext we hope you noticed in these stories is that many scientists today would prefer to avoid the ethical controversies. They want to help patients “without having to resort to embryonic stem cells.” That’s a welcome change of heart.The miracle cures possible with adult stem cells and iPSCs are at the doorstep. We have much to look forward to: new hearts, new teeth, new blood vessels and much more. This will be healthy, morally good, practical research that has nothing to do with evolution. We need more of that kind of science.
Joules will go on sale in 2013.(Image: Optimal Energy)MEDIA CONTACTS• Jaco van LoggerenbergMedia LiaisonOptimal Energy+27 21 462 7804 or +27 82 903 7947RELATED ARTICLES• Model ‘green’ car in SA for World Cup• Mercedes-Benz SA tops for quality• Electrifying SA’s motor industry• VW SA wins multibillion contractBongani NkosiThe South African market looks ready to buy into the Joule, the country’s first stylish electric car.Although it will only be mass-produced late in 2012 and go on sale in 2013, there’s already a considerable demand for it, said Jaco van Loggerenberg, spokesperson for the car’s developer, Optimal Energy.“Demand in South Africa is there and it will grow,” he said. “We get phone calls from customers everyday, people are asking where they can buy the Joule.”The South African Department of Science and Technology and state-owned Industrial Development Corporation have invested heavily in Optimal Energy to get the project off the ground.Optimal Energy is a private South African company based in Cape Town.South Africa is proving to be one of the markets willing to embrace eco-friendly electrical cars, according to Van Loggerenberg. “You can see that readiness in many countries is growing. You see a level of readiness even in South Africa.”Most potential buyers have indicated they are concerned about conventional vehicles’ impact on the environment. “People want the electric car because it has fewer emissions,” said Van Loggerenberg.Export plans The outlook is that Joule sales will surge in the UK and other European countries, where there’s already strong demand for electric vehicles.Optimal Energy is planning to produce between 30 000 and 50 000 Joule units per year from 2013. “A lot of these cars would go to Europe, looking at the readiness of those countries,” Van Loggerenberg said.“The South African market is important to us,” he added, “we’ll sell many cars in South Africa, as much as the market can absorb”.Optimal Energy is hoping that the South African government will give incentives to electric car buyers, as is already done in countries like UK, the US, Japan, France and Spain.Chic, high-speed vehicleThe Joule, launched at the Paris Motor Show in 2008, is a trendy four-wheel vehicle with a top speed of 135km/h, enabling it to drive on highways. The five-seater zero carbon-emission car is powered by a lithium-ion battery which, if charged overnight, could last for about 300km.But experts say the Joule is more suitable for urban motorists, who drive about 150km a day.The batteries are currently produced by South Korea’s Energy Innovation Group, but there are plans to manufacture them in South Africa closer to production time, Van Loggerenberg said.The Joule also has an additional solar panel fitted on its rooftop to power accessories like the air-conditioner and electric windows.The vehicle, designed by South African-born Keith Helfet, a former top designer at Jaguar, will sell for between R235 000 and R285 000 (US$31 000 and $37 700).Creating jobsAll Joule cars will be manufactured in South Africa, with the production plant certain to be set up in Port Elizabeth or East London in the Eastern Cape province.The project is expected to create between 8 000 and 10 000 jobs for locals, “which will be of great benefit to South Africa”, Van Loggerenberg said.A limited number of Joule cars will be released onto the South African market later in 2010 to test the public’s interest. “We want to gauge feedback from customers and the media,” said Van Loggerenberg.
To DNF or Not To DNF?Geocaching is full of codes and clues to decipher. You can offer other geocachers a clue about a cache before they even begin their search. When you log a DNF (Did Not Find), you’re telling geocachers that the cache may be more difficult to find than anticipated or may even be missing. You’re also letting the cache owner know that they may need to check if their cache container is still at the posted coordinates.If you’re a geocacher who logged any of the 8,530,163 DNF’s posted to Geocaching.com so far, thanks from the geocaching community. It’s a small way to help ensure the quality of geocaching. So maybe DNF means more than “Did Not Find” — maybe it also means “Doing (the) Next (cacher a) Favor.”Go to the official Geocaching.com Facebook page to discuss your thoughts on logging DNF’s.International Geocaching Day SuccessYou did it! You made International Geocaching Day the biggest day in Geocaching.com history. More than 94,000 geocachers from around the world charged into the wilderness or perhaps walked casually down the sidewalk to find a geocache on August 18. A souvenir for the day could be earned by logging a “Found it” for a physical geocache or an “Attended” on an Event Cache. Thank you to all those cachers who organized the more than 250 events, including 3 Mega-Events, on International Geocaching Day this year.International Geocaching Day is the third Saturday of August each year. Next year it will be commemorated on August 17, 2013Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedDNF for the Good of All HumanityMarch 2, 2014In “Geocaching Quizzes”Turn that frown upside downDecember 18, 2018In “News”Master the 5 Ways to “Log Your Visit”August 25, 2013In “Maker Madness”
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Microsoft#news#NYT#web Related Posts Today, a number of rumors about a potential partnership between Yahoo and Microsoft surfaced once again. Almost a year ago, after months of back and forth between Microsoft and Yahoo, we thought any deal between the two companies was finally off the table, but rumors about potential deals continued to bubble up regularly in the last few months. Now, some news outletsarereporting that the two companies may be close to signing a partnership agreement that would allow them to collaborate on search technology and advertising. Bloomberg’s Dina Bass, citing anonymous sources, reports that a deal could be finalized within the next two weeks.None of these sources, however, seem to be very clear about the exact details of the deal. With Bing, Microsoft has developed a product that can compete head-to-head with Google’s search engine. Yet, even though Bing is slowly gaining ground and now has more than 10% of the search market according to some sources, overcoming Google’s inertia would be a very difficult challenge for any competitor, and a partnership with Yahoo could double Bing’s market share over night. For Yahoo, there is also an incentive to make a deal now, as Bing is likely to steal at least some market share away from Yahoo.$3 Billion?Kara Swisher reports that on the financial side of things, it looks like the latest deal would include Microsoft paying several billion dollars to Yahoo upfront to take over its search advertising business. If this deal goes through, Swisher reports, Yahoo would also take over Microsoft’s display ads business. Concrete numbers are still hard to come by, but 27/7 Wall Street reports that Yahoo would get $3 billion upfront and “will get 11% of the revenue that its searches provide after traffic acquisition costs in each of the first two years. In the third year, that figure would go to 90%.”As always, we will keep a close eye on this story as it unfolds. For now, there are still rumors, but they seem to be quite substantial, and a deal between Microsoft and Yahoo (though not a merger of the two companies) would definitely make sense at this point. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… frederic lardinois
PBA IMAGESFor the first time since 2014, Ginebra is the top seed.The Gin Kings cruised to a 94-80 victory over Mahindra to finish the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup with a 9-2 card and secure the number one seed Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum, replicating their feat back in the Philippine Cup three years ago.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Despite the confidence-boosting win, Cone still was unsatisfied with how his team fared against the Floodbuster.“We didn’t play that well. You have to give Mahindra some credit, they defended well. We didn’t have the flow that we wanted offensively. Even though we’re up 14, we didn’t feel like we’re playing at a high level,” he said. “But bottomline is we got the win and we’re moving on and we secured the number one seed and we’ll see who we play.”The Gin Kings, who will enjoy a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals, now await the victor of the eighth-place playoff between GlobalPort and Alaska.Keith Wright finished his campaign with Mahindra with 21 points and 22 rebounds, while Glenn Khobuntin got 16 markers and nine boards in the conference-ending loss.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds GINEBRA 94 – Brownlee 22, Aguilar 14, Caguioa 13, Mercado 9, Tenorio 8, Thompson 8, Devance 5, Ellis 4, Cruz 2, Jamito 2, Marcelo 2, Mariano 2, Taha 2, Ferrer 1.MAHINDRA 80 – Wright 21, Khobuntin 16, Duetchman 13, Pacquiao 6, Revilla 6, Teng 5, Camson 3, Caperal 3, Celda 3, Salva 2, Yee 2, Paniamogan 0, Corpuz 0, Nimes 0, Ballesteros 0.Quarters: 26-16, 47-33, 68-59, 94-80.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Justin Brownlee imposed his presence for Ginebra with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists, as the franchise topped an import-laden conference for the first time in 20 years, dating back to its Gordon’s Gin days in the 1997 Commissioner’s Cup.The Gin Kings now await the victor of the eighth-place playoff between GlobalPort and Alaska on Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We deserve to be number one. We beat all the top teams and we should take advantage of it, but we can’t play on everybody’s expectations but we have to play to our own,” said coach Tim Cone.Japeth Aguilar added 14 markers, nine boards, and two assists, while Mark Caguioa had an efficient 6-of-10 shooting from inside the arc to nab 13 points and four rebounds. Fajardo getting ample help cleaning the glass for Beermen Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments
FC Barcelona’s Dembele, right, celebrates after scoring with teammates his side’s second goal during a Spanish Copa del Rey soccer match between FC Barcelona and Levante at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID — Barcelona earned a spot in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey on Thursday, but its continued participation in the tournament remains under threat.Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembele led Barcelona to a comfortable 3-0 win over Levante at Camp Nou Stadium, helping it advance 4-2 on aggregate. However, the Catalan club could be disqualified for allegedly using a suspended player in the first leg.ADVERTISEMENT Qatar, Japan advance in Asian Cup with perfect records Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LATEST STORIES “We prefer to win on the field, but the regulations exist and everyone needs to follow them,” Levante coach Paco Lopez said. “Let’s see what happens.”The Spanish federation is expected to rule on Levante’s complaint before Friday’s draw.Real Madrid was eliminated in the tournament’s round of 16 in 2015 for using striker Denis Cheryshev while he was suspended.“We are surprised, we found out about it by the press,” Barcelona spokesman Josep Vives said. “We analyzed the situation and concluded that Chumi’s participation was legal.”With Messi back in the lineup after being rested in the first leg, Barcelona easily reversed the 2-1 deficit from the first match. The Argentine playmaker set up goals by Dembele in the 30th and 31st minutes, then sealed the victory by scoring in the 54th.ADVERTISEMENT CJ Peralta assures fair decision on Marcos poll protest vs Robredo PLAY LIST 02:11CJ Peralta assures fair decision on Marcos poll protest vs Robredo01:31Got robbed? Manila South Cemetery’s website helps track down perpetrators02:24Sotto urges Robredo to accept antidrug post02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Barcelona has made it at least to the quarterfinals in the Copa in nine straight seasons. It won the title five times in the last seven years.Earlier Thursday, Espanyol defeated Villarreal 3-1 at home with two goals by striker Borja Iglesias to advance 5-3 on aggregate, while Real Betis salvaged a 2-2 draw at Real Sociedad to reach the last eight on away goals after a 0-0 first-leg draw.Real Madrid, Girona, Valencia, Getafe and Sevilla also made it to the quarterfinals. Atletico Madrid was eliminated by Girona on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening MOST READ Levante said it will make a formal complaint to the Spanish soccer federation on Friday, ahead of the draw for the quarterfinals.The four-time defending Copa champion has denied any wrongdoing for using youth player Juan “Chumi” Brandariz in last week’s match in Valencia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We don’t have any doubts,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said. “We believe we will be in the draw tomorrow. We did everything right and we won on the field, which is where we had to win.”Levante said Chumi should not have played because of an accumulation of yellow cards with Barcelona’s “B” team, arguing that his suspension applied to the senior team as well, including in Copa matches. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments