Emotional Nadal recounts devastation caused by deadly floods

first_imgNadal, who is from Mallorca, knew some of the victims.“The mother and the son, I know them. They are cousins of one of my best friends. So I lived the situation from very inside and I really saw the drama of all these people looking for the kid,” Nadal said Sunday in Paris, his words measured and his voice tinged with grief. “That’s part of this life and is a very unlucky situation that is almost impossible to recover from.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSome parts of the island received up to 23 centimeters (nine inches) of rainfall in around four hours, more than one third of the area’s average annual amount.“The disaster has been just like 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) away from where I live. I was at home and the rain never stopped,” Nadal said. “It was terrible all the things that happened in the village next to my house, and not only one, a few villages — but especially Sant Llorenc.” A strong current of water and mud buried cars and pulled up trees on its way through the streets of the town of 8,000. Swamped streets and piles of overturned cars, some of them along the guardrails of a major road, were a common sight in Sant Llorenc. There were also victims in Arta, a nearby town, and in the coastal village of S’illot.Nadal described the huge sense of loss felt within the close-knit community.“If you were not there, you can’t imagine how the things were inside that village. I have a lot of family there in the village,” Nadal said. “The family from my mother, my grandmother, sisters and all the family from that side are from there. So I have a big connection with all of them.”Nadal helped residents to clear mud from their houses in Sant Llorenc and his tennis academy on the island offered shelter to people affected by the floods. He wants to continue offering his support. Nadal, who is making his comeback from a knee injury to play at the Paris Masters, said an exhibition event will be held in Mallorca in December to help the people of Sant Llorenc.“In some way, the only thing that we can do is just try to support them in terms of try to help them to recover all the things that they lost. (For) human losses, there’s nothing to do,” Nadal said. “We are trying to create something to (raise) some money for the people that lost everything in terms of material values, because people who lost life (there) is nothing to do. Things are so sad.”ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Red Sox pinch-hitters come up clutch again in World Series View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil FILE – In this Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018 file photo, Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal works with residents to clear the mud from their houses after flooding in Sant Llorenc, 60 kilometers (40 miles) east of Mallorca’s capital, Palma, Spain. Rafael Nadal spoke with emotion about the devastation caused by flooding on the Spanish island of Mallorca. A torrential rainstorm on Oct. 9 caused flash flooding that left a trail of piled vehicles and damaged infrastructure from surges of water and mud, killing 13 people. Nadal, who is from Mallorca, knew some of the victims and his eyes filled with sadness when recounting the events in Paris on Sunday, Oct. 28. (AP Photo/Francisco Ubilla, file)PARIS — His eyes saddened and his voice marked with pain, Rafael Nadal spoke about the devastation caused by the deadly flooding on the Spanish island of Mallorca.A torrential rainstorm on Oct. 9 caused flash flooding that left a trail of piled vehicles and damaged infrastructure from surges of water and mud, and killed 13 people. A vehicle carrying a 5-year-old boy and his mother was dragged away by a river of water and mud, claiming both of their lives.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownlast_img read more

Former friends charged with assaulting each other

first_imgThirty-eight-year-old security guard Melissa Azore and 54-year-old poultry farmer Linden Lewis, both residents of La Retraite, West Bank Demerara, appeared on Thursday before Wales Magistrate Rushell Liverpool, charged with assault committed on each other at La Retraite on February 10, 2018.Azore denied that she had assaulted Lewis, and Lewis likewise denied that he had assaulted Azore, causing her actual bodily harm.The court heard that the parties had been friends at one point, and Magistrate Liverpool ordered that neither party must interfere with the other while the matter is before the court.Azore was released on $5,000 bail, while Lewis was released on $25,000 bail. Their next court date is May 24, 2018.last_img

‘Invisible penalty’ earns Las Palmas draw against Barca

first_imgLionel Messi’s brilliant free-kick looked set to restore their advantage to seven points ahead of this weekend’s showdown at the Camp Nou but two decisions from referee Antonio Mateu helped lowly Las Palmas take a share of the spoils.First, Mateu overlooked a handball from goalkeeper Leandro Chichizola outside the box, which could have drawn a red card, and then he awarded a penalty when the ball struck Lucas Digne on the arm. Former West Ham striker Jonathan Calleri made no mistake.Barcelona will feel hard done by given Digne’s handball looked entirely accidental, with Gerard Pique on the pitch after the final whistle venting his anger at the officials.“We do not know what happened in this play,” Valverde said afterwards. “From the field I found it unspeakable, but these are things that happen.”He added later: “We do not know why the referee whistled in that play. In the locker room nobody knows. Hopefully seeing it on TV will clarify a bit the decision. It was an invisible penalty.”Even after Calleri’s equaliser, however, the visitors had 42 minutes to find a winner and, in truth, they created little.The question now is whether three days is enough for Barcelona to recover, physically and mentally, before facing an Atletico team hunting their ninth win on the bounce.“The match comes fast,” Valverde said. “But that’s how it is. There remains a bad taste, after not winning here when we thought we could have done.”Valverde had already lamented the scheduling this week but Luis Suarez started, despite sitting one yellow card away from a suspension, which he successfully avoided.It is hard to think of two better players than Messi and Suarez in a two against one but the former’s final pass to the latter was underhit and the first big chance of the game was lost.Messi seemed determined to atone for his error and in the 21st minute he won a free-kick after another irrepressible run to the edge of the box. The Argentinian planted the ball left-footed into the top right-hand corner.The first controversy came on the stroke of half-time as Chichizola came rushing out of his area but, after skewing his clearance, the keeper quickly stopped the ball with his hand. Mateu blew only for the interval.Any sense of injustice was then doubled three minutes after the break, when Mateu awarded Las Palmas their penalty.Barca failed to clear a cross into their box and as the ball cannoned off the back post, it struck the oblivious Digne on the arm. Calleri coolly dispatched the spot-kick.On came the extra firepower, as Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele replaced Aleix Vidal and Andres Iniesta but Barca rarely troubled Las Palmas in the latter stages. They must improve on Sunday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Let’s talk: Lionel Messi with Las Palmas defender Matias Aguirregaray during the 1-1 draw on Thursday © AFP / DESIREE MARTINLAS PALAS, Spain, Mar 2 – Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde claimed it was an “invisible penalty” which earned Las Palmas a 1-1 draw on Thursday and gave Atletico Madrid hope in La Liga’s title race.Barca host Atletico on Sunday, in a clash of first against second with extra weight, now that the Catalans’ lead has been cut to just five points. Atletico thrashed Leganes 4-0 on Wednesday night.last_img read more

Premier League round-up: Aston Villa hammer Sunderland, Arsenal close gap on Man City

first_img1 Gus Poyet’s future as Sunderland manager was cast into serious doubt after his side succumbed to an embarrassing 4-0 defeat to a rejuvenated Aston Villa at the Stadium of Light.Villa went ahead after 16 minutes when Christian Benteke converted Leandro Bacuna’s right wing cross, before Gabby Agbonlahor added a cooly-taken second just two minutes later.Agbonlahor compounded the misery for Poyet with a third goal on the counter attack, which triggered a mass exodus from Sunderland fans, with a minority attempting to confront their stricken manager.Benteke then scored a towering header to make it four before half time, matching Agbonlahor’s tally of three goals in two games, as Tim Sherwood’s side leapfrogged their opponents in the table.Arsenal moved to within a point of second-placed Manchester City with a 3-0 victory over West Ham which flattered the home side, but ensured they remain unbeaten against the Hammers in 14 league games.Olivier Giroud’s fifth goal in as many matches gave Arsene Wenger’s side the lead right on half time, before West Ham failed to capitalise on a period of dominance immediately after the break.The hosts then struck twice in as many minutes through Aaron Ramsey and substitute Mathieu Flamini to add extra gloss to Arsenal’s eighth win in nine league games.West Brom all but secured their Premier League safety as Tony Pulis masterminded a 1-0 triumph over former club Stoke City.Brown Ideye’s first half header, his fifth goal since turning down a move away from the club in January, proved the difference as the hosts ended Stoke’s three-game winning streak in the Premier League.Elsewhere, Hull City held on to earn a crucial 0-0 draw against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium, despite Tom Huddlestone’s second-half dismissal for two bookable offences.Premier League results:Arsenal 3-0 West Ham UnitedLeicester City 0-0 Hull CitySunderland 0-4 Aston VillaWest Brom 1-0 Stoke City Christian Benteke last_img read more

Inmate is given 85 years in prison

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThen 10 more years were added because of two prior convictions, Mesropi said. The jury that convicted Perez in March of murdering Arraiga couldn’t reach a decision on whether, seven months after that slaying, he attempted to murder a guard. Authorities said Perez, in April 2005, tried to shove the guard over the railing of a second-floor walkway with a drop of 12 to 15 feet. The jury deadlocked 10-2 in favor of guilty on the attempted-murder charge, officials said. Perez admitted killing Arraiga, officials said, but gave differing explanations. He has said he was ordered to kill Arraiga for the Mexican Mafia and, alternately, that the victim had poor hygiene, according to officials. LANCASTER – A prison inmate convicted of strangling his cellmate was sentenced Thursday to 85 years to life in prison. Frank Perez, 31, was already serving a 12-year sentence for carjacking when he was accused of killing 27-year-old Eddie Arraiga in September 2004 in the California State Prison-Los Angeles County cell they shared. “The sentence will be consecutive to any sentence he’s currently serving,” Deputy District Attorney Fred Mesropi said. Perez’s term of 25 years to life for murdering Arraiga was multiplied by three – 75 years to life – because it was his third serious offense counted under California’s “three strikes, you’re out” law. Arraiga, who was strangled to death with a bed sheet, had been serving a five-year sentence for second-degree robbery and was scheduled to be released in July 2004, prison officials said. Perez and Arraiga were in the prison’s administrative segregation unit. Officials said inmates are kept there for reasons including disciplinary problems or danger in the general prison population. Both men were undergoing psychological treatment. Arraiga was put in administrative segregation after he destroyed another inmate’s television set, prison officials said. Prison officials didn’t say why Perez was in the segregation unit. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Mill owner to pay €767 after water level drop led to death of two fish

first_imgAn Inishowen man has been ordered to pay almost €800 in prosecution costs after he was taken to court over the death of two fish in Donagh River last year.Liam O’Connor, 65, of Milltown, Carndonagh, admitted taking water from the Donagh River in July last year, an action that resulted in the death of two fish, when he appeared before Carndonagh District Court. Prosecuting solicitor for Inland Fisheries Ireland, Liza Finnegan said the fishery officers received a report of dead fish in the Donagh River in Carn.She said an investigation followed and fishery officer Peter Kelly went to the river and spoke with Liam O’Connor, who owns the Old Mill and the Mill Pond, which is beside his home.Ms. Finnegan said Mr. O’Connor was carrying out maintenance on the river, which was below the water level.“He was asked to reinstate the water and give the flow back to the river as there were two trout found dead due to the low water level,” Ms. Finnegan explained.“He was reluctant to adjust the water flow but Fishery Officer Kelly explained about the importance of doing this to keep the river at a good level for the fish stock.”Ms. Finnegan said when the Fishery Officer said went back to patrol the Donagh River on July 18, he spoke with Mr. O’Connor again when he was looking at the Mill Pond.“He said he had a right, and his family always had the right, to draw water from the river to power the Old Mill,” Ms. Finnegan said.“But there was a substantial amount of water taken from the river on this occasion.”Defence solicitor for Mr. O’Connor, David Henry said Mr. O’Connor and his family had the rights to the Mill Race for generations and he was maintaining it at his own expense for years.Mr. Henry said there was no monetary benefit to Mr. O’Connor. He said there was a Circuit Court order made in 2002 that gave Mr. O’Connor the right to clean the Mill Race [a current of water that turns a mill wheel].He said he diverted water up stream in the river and if he hadn’t done this the water would have been restricted from getting into the Mill Race completely and more fish would have been lost.The Buncrana based solicitor explained that the flood in August 2017 had a huge impact on the river. He said the dry weather in June and July last year also affected the water level in the Donagh River.“During the flood of 2017 a huge deposit of salts and gravel built up in the river and above the Mill and they were unable to get in to extract water,” Mr. Henry explained.“Mr. O’Connor carried out a lot of work on the river and in 2018 they were able to get back in. Last summer there was a prolonged spell of dry weather which, contributed to the dryness in the river,” he added.Mr. Henry said Mr. O’Connor was very apologetic and said it was unfortunate that fish were lost due to his actions. However he said it was fortunate that the loss was limited to two fish.He said his client pleaded guilty and was very helpful and polite to the fishery officers, assisting them where he could.Judge Paul Kelly ordered Mr. O’Connor to pay Ms. Finnegan’s prosecuting solicitor costs of €767.93, adding that if he did that in a month he would strike the matter out.Mill owner to pay €767 after water level drop led to death of two fish was last modified: July 4th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CarndonaghdeatdonegalInishowenmillrivertroutlast_img read more

Genoa ‘reject approach’ for prolific Chelsea-linked striker

first_img Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January 1 JIBE REAL DEAL Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa tense Genoa have rejected an enquiry from Napoli for Chelsea target Krzysztof Piatek, according to reports.The striker has been on fire since moving to Italy for under £4m in the summer and he is currently the top scorer in Serie A with nine goals in seven matches. REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won punished REVEALED Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star targets Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City OFF Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars shining gameday cracker Multiple teams are now chasing Piatek’s signature Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea Latest Chelsea News Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Clubs are now queuing up to sign the Poland international and he is expected to leave Genoa in the summer.Barcelona are closely monitoring Piatek, who is also on the radars of both Chelsea and Manchester City too.Napoli have long been mentioned as serious contenders for the 23-year-old’s signature as well.But, according to Rai Sport, they have had an enquiry for Piatek instantly knocked back.Napoli are understood to have contacted Genoa this week about a deal for the striker next summer.However, the approach was swiftly rejected as Genoa have no plans to discuss a sale right now.last_img read more


first_imgThe annual LOFT Rockschool will be held at the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny from Tuesday the 5th of August. Rockschool for ages 12- 18, is an opportunity for musicians and singers of all abilities to come together over 4 days.The school will give a series of master classes, tutorials, workshops, jam sessions and performances covering song craft and song writing, vocal exercises, drumming and percussion, bass guitar, electric and acoustic guitar, piano, instrument set up and more! There will be something for everyone of a musical persuasion, and an atmosphere of mutual appreciation and sharing is highly encouraged.Rockschool cost €40 per participant and lunch is provided. THE ANNUAL ROCKSCHOOL KICKS OFF NEXT WEEK AT THE RCS was last modified: August 1st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalRockschoolThe Loftlast_img read more

Mora beats Manfredo by split decision

first_imgFor most of the fight, Sergio Mora could barely see. The blood from the two deep cuts over his left eye flowed so freely referee Raul Caiz, Sr. had to stop the fight twice for a doctor to check the severity of it. He may not have been able to see his opponent Peter Manfredo Jr. very clearly, but Mora never lost sight of what was at stake Saturday night in a close split-decision eight-round victory over Manfredo Jr. in “The Contender” rematch at Staples Center. Mora (17-0) was the favorite this time, having beaten Manfredo Jr. badly to win the million-dollar prize and one-year professional contract on “The Contender” finale at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in May, and he had everything to lose Saturday night. “I’m not going to lie, the first three rounds were competitive, I might have even given them to him,” Mora said. “I couldn’t see so I had to change my game plan. …But I won this fight. I hurt him, and he never hurt me.” Judges Julie Lederman and Chuck Hassett scored the fight 77-75 for Mora, Marty Denkin had it 77-75 for Manfredo Jr. The Daily News scored the fight 77-75 for Mora. Manfredo Jr. believed he had done enough to win, jumping on the ropes and gesturing to the crowd after the final bell. He refused to congratulate Mora after the decision was announced. For Manfredo Jr., this was an especially bitter defeat. His record (24-3) and reputation have taken a hit since he signed on with “The Contender” last year as one of the pre-show favorites. The only three losses of his professional career have come to fighters on the show, two of them to Mora, but he said afterward he does not regret coming on the show. “The whole experience was great and I don’t want to take anything away from it,” Manfredo Jr. said. “Yeah, this gave me my first losses, but I redeemed one of them (to Alfonso Gomez) and I felt like I redeemed a second one tonight. “Yes I felt robbed. I knew I was taking a chance fighting him in his backyard but I was willing to do it but I talked to the Contender people as long as I knew I could get a fair decision. I felt I beat him in every single category.” Manfredo Jr. outlanded Mora 180-133, but Mora landed a higher percentage, 32 percent to 30 percent overall and 36 percent on power punches to Manfredo Jr.’s 34 percent. Manfredo Jr. had enlisted trainer Freddie Roach to help prepare him for Saturday’s rematch with Mora, and he certainly looked better than he did the first time the two fought in May, but ultimately, Mora was able to draw Manfredo Jr. into confrontations on the inside, negating Manfredo’s strong jab and power punching ability. In the end, Mark Burnett and ESPN, which picked up the show for a second season in April after NBC elected not to renew it, were the night’s biggest winners. With a little under two months to publicize the event, and no primetime network show to lead into the card, an impressive 10,000 fans showed up to watch, what else, boxing. “It just shows that people will actually leave their homes and watch these kids perform,” said Sylvester Stallone, one of the show’s creators and producers. “Obviously, we’re going from being just a reality show to real reality.” Sure, there was a fair element of celebrity gazing in the air Saturday night with actors like Ray Liotta, Ving Rhames and James Caan in attendance. But judging from the boos and whistles that rained down from the rafters during some of the stale moments of Jesse Brinkley’s controversial victory over Anthony Bonsante, these were boxing fans. How good any of the boxers featured in “The Contender” will be outside the cushy confines and inflated purses of the show remains to be seen. Mora, Manfredo Jr., Brinkley and Bonsante each received $100,000 purses for fighting on Saturday night, while welterweight Alfonso Gomez made $75,000. Mora made $1 million for beating Manfredo Jr. in May. You couldn’t help but notice the similarities between Stallone’s most famous role in “Rocky,” the story of a club fighter from Philadelphia picked to challenge the heavyweight champion of the world as a publicity stunt, and some of the more popular boxers on “The “Contender.” “Just look at Alfonso Gomez,” said series executive producer Mark Burnett. “Where would (he) ever fight in front of 10,000 people cheering his name like this? He’s more popular than a lot of boxers with who are champions. In the end, it all comes down to, do the fans love you?” After his fourth-round knockout of Luciano Perez in a welterweight bout, Gomez received a louder ovation than any of the four fighters in the two main-event fights. “Contender took me to another level as a boxer and a celebrity,” said Gomez, who became a fan favorite when he called out a heavily-favored Manfredo Jr., in the first episode and won by unanimous decision. “There were a lot of fans out there for me tonight and I’m very thankful for every single one of them.” Gomez dominated Perez from start to finish in scoring a fourth-round stoppage. He repeatedly landed sharp clean punches inside of Perez’s wider blows. He staggered Perez with a straight right in the second round, put Perez down in the third and was punishing his game opponent with repeated one-twos before the one-sided bout was halted. In other bouts: Miguel Espino of North Hollywood rebounded from a first-round knockdown to score a fifth-round knockout of former middleweight world title challenger Jonathan Reid. After Espino was dropped by a straight right hand early on, he recovered with multiple combinations that forced Reid to the ropes in every round before referee Pat Russell stopped the bout with 12 seconds remaining. Middleweight Juan De La Rosa won an unspectacular five-round unanimous decision over Jesse Orta. De La Rosa controlled the action with jabs and straight right hands, but Orta landed several clean counterpunches to stay competitive. Scores were 50-45, 49-46 and 48-47. The Daily News scored it 48-47 for De La Rosa. Rocky VI: Stallone confirmed that “Rocky VI” will begin production in December in Philadelphia. Stallone said that the movie will “follow like the George Foreman idea for a while.” Asked whether he’d be working out with the next cast of “The Contender,” Stallone joked, “it’s more like I have to get out of shape to play Rocky.” Rocky VI is tentatively scheduled for release around Thanksgiving 2006. It is being produced by MGM, Sony and Revolution. Ramona Shelburne, (818) 713-3617!dtpost ramona.shelburne@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Weeklast_img read more

Swansea v Fulham line-ups: Whites make changes, Swans duo return

first_imgAs expected, Fulham return to a full-strength team for the league game at Swansea, who welcome back Jonathan de Guzman and Jonjo Shelvey.Swansea: Tremmel; Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies; Britton, De Guzman; Routledge, Shelvey, Hernandez; Bony.Subs: Cornell, Amat, Taylor, Dyer, Lamah, Pozuelo, Vazquez.Fulham: Stekelenburg; Riether, Hangeland, Burn, Richardson; Dejagah, Parker, Sidwell, Kačaniklić; Dempsey; Berbatov.Subs: Stockdale, Hughes, Christensen, Duff, Tanković, Bent, Rodallega.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img