The day before, a Falcon 9 rocket, carrying the Crew Dragon 2 reusable spacecraft, both constructed by Elon Musks’s SpaceX, lifted off for the International Space Station (ISS).
Lionel Messi says football “will never be the same” as the Barcelona star discussed his impending return to action in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.
Spain’s La Liga resumes on June 11 after an enforced three-month absence.
As with other major leagues restarting in the likes of Germany, England and Italy, football in Spain will initially look very different to what has gone before.
Matches will be played on a daily basis behind closed doors as La Liga scrambles to complete the season, while precautionary health measures will be in place wherever possible.
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Messi said all of that will make it a “strange” situation for footballers – just as with anyone affected in broader society.
“Football, like life in general, I think will never be the same,” Messi told El Pais, in comments also shared on the Barcelona website.
“The return to training, competitions and what was previously done in a normal way, now will have to be started again, but progressively.
“It will be a strange situation for us and for anyone who has to change their usual working dynamics.
“A lot of people have had a really bad time because this situation has affected them in some way, as happened to all those who lost their family and friends and couldn’t even barely say goodbye to them,” the Argentine star added.
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When La Liga resumes Barcelona will find themselves top of the table by two points from main rivals Real Madrid, although Messi suggested that the return of football would not help ease the suffering of what has happened as a result of Covid-19.
“There can be nothing worse than losing the people you love the most, that creates enormous frustration for me and seems to me the most unfair thing of all,” the six-time Ballon d’Or winner said.
“[We’ll remember the pandemic] with a feeling of grief and frustration for those who suffered the most due to the loss of their loved ones. And also with infinite thanks to all the people who fought to fight the virus from health centers.”
Messi and Barcelona have suffered tumultuous times in recent months for reasons outside the coronavirus crisis.
The Nou Camp captain was involved in a public spat with sporting director and former teammate Eric Abidal over the sacking of manager Ernesto Valverde, before embarrassing accusations emerged that figures in the club hierarchy had run a social media campaign to tarnish the reputation of figures including Messi.
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The club denied the claims, but Messi spoke out again when a deal was reached for players to cut pay due to the pandemic, accusing the board of handling the situation poorly.
The forward then suggested that Barca had no chance of winning the Champions League playing the way they have been under new manager Quique Setien – prompting the coach to assert that he would not change the way he sets his team up.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Moscow views the deliberate spraying of a tear substance by Minneapolis police at the face of a RIA Novosti correspondent as a manifestation of unjustified brutality, and considers the use of riot control weapons by US law enforcement officers against journalists to be unacceptable, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Sunday.
Authorities in the United States recently introduced curfews in order to curb violent protests that have been raging across the country since 26 May. One of the cities hardest hit by the unrest is Los Angeles, where California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency.
The US president will not invoke federal authority over the National Guard as of yet, National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien has said. The decision to call in the troops rests with states’ governors, he added.
“We’re not going to federalize the Guard at this time,” Robert O’Brien said, as quoted by Reuters.
Governors and mayors will remain in charge of making law enforcement decisions amid the ongoing mayhem over the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minnesota police.
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President Donald Trump has previously warned that state and city authorities should employ tougher tactics while dealing with the nationwide riots. Otherwise, the federal government will use the “unlimited power of our military” and make “many arrests.”
“Federalizing” means placing National Guard members – sometimes called citizen-soldiers – under the operational command of the Pentagon and the commander-in-chief, with an active-duty military officer assuming the chain of command.
The US National Guard was previously federalized for the purposes of Washington’s interventions abroad, including the 2003 Iraq War and the invasion of Afghanistan. At home, the scheme was also used in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina back in 2005.
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Brits have been circulating protest posters on social media, announcing demonstrations for the coming week, as US states have increasingly been taking top security measures to ease social unrest in the wake of an unarmed black man’s killing in Minneapolis.
There is one primary rule which governs mixed martial arts: protect yourself at all times – but that’s something ‘Alpha Ginger’ Spike Carlyle was reminded of at the UFC event in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
Towards the end of the first round in Carlyle’s bout with Billy Quarantillo inside the UFC Apex facility, Carlyle appeared to hear what he thought was the bell to signal the end of the frame – but misjudged the situation by a few seconds.
The American fighter, who was pounding on Quarantillo from top position, stood up and began walking to his corner, only for Quarantillo to get up and follow him, landing a clubbing blow from behind which sent Carlyle to the canvas.
The fight ultimately went the distance with Quarantillo being awarded the judges’ decision, but Carlyle took to Twitter soon after his first UFC defeat to say that the main motivation of his career is to entertain fight fans, and said that he will take this defeat on the chin – figuratively and literally.
“Win or Lose I come to entertain and that’s what I just did so y’all better build me a statue now,” he wrote on Twitter after the fight.
Win or Lose I come to entertain and that’s what I just did so y’all better build me a statue now.
As US cities are gripped by riots over the death of George Floyd, someone has apparently decided to move racial tensions online, replacing some product images with banners featuring racist abuse on Amazon’s UK website.
Users started to realize that something was wrong with the online shopping platform as they tried to search for Apple’s popular earbuds. As they typed ‘Airpods’ on Amazon, they found that pictures of some products were displaying racist messages.
Many took to Twitter to share screenshots and videos, expressing their fury over what they found.
Surely Amazon can remove these items from their site in minutes. They’re still on Amazon UK. Extraordinarily poor site administration. There are some seriously sick ppl out there. #amazon#airpodspic.twitter.com/jKXNpbyvlS
Despite users demanding that Amazon make a statement over the incident, the company has not issued any official explanation so far. It told Reuters that some “bad actor” was to blame for the images in question, which it is currently deleting.
It is still not clear how the banners got onto the website, but some suspect that there may have been a security breach.
The rant comes as violent riots emerged in several major cities across the US. Protesters are demanding justice for Minnesotan George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died during an arrest attempt by a white officer earlier this week.
It’s completely predictable that politicians and news outlets are pointing the finger at Russia for riots across the US, analysts told RT, since blaming the Kremlin for everything inconvenient has become an American pastime.
Nationwide demonstrations against the death of George Floyd have descended into rioting and looting in many cities, creating chaos – as well as political opportunism. Efforts to scapegoat Russia for the crisis are par for the course, George Szamuely, a senior research fellow at the Global Policy Institute told RT.
“It was entirely to be expected. I was wondering how long it would take the mainstream media to find a Russian angle. Of course, there’s not the slightest evidence for this, but that’s to be expected,” he noted.
According to Szamuely, America’s “liberal elite” has latched onto the idea that the Kremlin is lurking around every corner – a “habit” that took root after Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 presidential election.
The people who are presenting this whole ‘Russia is to blame’ narrative, they still haven’t got over 2016. It’s a replay of the same Trump-Russia collusion story for which there has been no evidence.
He predicted that the riots would ultimately end up helping US President Donald Trump politically, as more and more Americans demand a return to law and order. As such, Democrats are desperate to find some way of painting the mayhem as yet another sinister – and baseless – Trump-Russia conspiracy.
Political analyst and journalist Andre Vltchek took the view that the US establishment is also eager to cover up its own double standards when it comes to lecturing the rest of the world about human rights.
“The US is ready to impose sanctions on China over Hong Kong, over its treatment of protesters, which is much milder than what we see right now in Minneapolis and other parts of the United States,” he told RT.
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Although news coverage initially downplayed the extent of the destruction caused by the riots and looting, media outlets, pundits and officials have started to change gear. During an appearance on CNN, National Urban League President and former New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial speculated that the ongoing unrest in Minneapolis was being fueled by Russian agents.
A similar sentiment was expressed by Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, who cryptically suggested that his state was being undermined by some kind of foreign influence. This theory has taken root among political pundits and news anchors alike, though they have thus far failed to substantiate their claims with any evidence.