Messi, Ronaldo lead sports stars in condemning Barcelona attack

first_img“I want to send my condolences and all my support to the families and friends of the victims of the terrible attack in our beloved Barcelona, ​​in addition to totally rejecting any act of violence,” Barcelona star Messi, 30, wrote on Instagram.“We are not going to give up, there are many more of us who want to live in a world in peace, without hate and where respect and tolerance are the basis of coexistence,” added the Argentine who arrived in the Catalan capital as a teenager 14 years ago.Real Madrid’s Portuguese captain Ronaldo took to social media to express his shock at the attack which also left more than 50 injured.“Dismayed at the news coming from Barcelona. All the support and solidarity (to) the family and friends of the victims,” he wrote on Twitter.Like Ronaldo and Messi, other athletes took to social network in an outpouring of solidarity with the Catalan capital.“All my support for the families affected and the city,” Spanish tennis ace Rafael Nadal wrote on Twitter, while his great friend, basketball player Pau Gasol, declared himself “devastated by what happened on the Ramblas in Barcelona. All my support for the victims, wounded and relatives in these difficult times.”All football clubs in the Spanish first and second divisions will observe a minute’s silence in memory of the victims when the new La Liga season starts on Friday.“All clubs will pay homage to the victims and their families after the tragedy in Barcelona,” Spanish league officials said in a statement.Spanish three-time world motorcycling champion Marc Marquez, also a Catalonia native, accompanied his message with an image of a circle formed with the motto “I love Barcelona” surrounding that same expression in Catalan with a big heart.From Portugal, Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas wrote: “What sadness, all my solidarity with the victims and their families. A lot of strength Barcelona.”And from Paris, a city that has also suffered similar terror outrages, Paris Saint-Germain’s Spanish coach Unai Emery was “very saddened by the news coming from Barcelona, ​​unfortunately one more black day. All my support for the victims and their families ”“No to terrorism. No to the dictatorship of fear. Stop terrorism,” wrote Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos on Twitter, with the image of a broken heart.FC Barcelona took to Twitter: “Deeply saddened by the attack on our city. All our thoughts are with the victims, their families and with the people of Barcelona.”Barcelona also said their players would wear black armbands in their home game against Real Betis on Sunday.Real Madrid issued an official statement expressing “its deepest sorrow regarding the attack which has taken place in the city of Barcelona and the club stands together with the victims, their families and their friends.“It also hopes for the quickest possible recovery to all those injured in the incident.”Villarreal, meanwhile, decided to suspend the official presentation of Colombian striker Carlos Bacca “as a sign of mourning” for the attack.From the world of cycling, the general director of the Vuelta, which begins Saturday in the French city of Nimes, said: “We are dismayed by the dramatic attack in Barcelona and our condemnation of these events is total.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Barcelona’s forward Lionel Messi (2ndR) vies with Real Madrid’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo during the Spanish league football match December 3, 2016 © AFP/File / JOSEP LAGOMADRID, Spain, Aug 17 – Football icons and longtime rivals Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo joined Spanish sports stars around the world in expressing their grief after Thursday’s terror attack in Barcelona left 13 people dead.Barcelona’s most famous street Las Ramblas was packed with tourists when a van drove into the crowds, leaving scenes of carnage.last_img read more

Air shows offer high-flying fun

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Gates at the Edwards open house in the Antelope Valley will open at 7 a.m. and flying demonstrations will start at 10 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday. The flying concludes about 4:45 p.m. both days. Gates at the Point Mugu Air Show at Naval Base Ventura County open at 8 a.m. with flights beginning at 9 a.m. and gates closing at 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Blue Angels are scheduled to fly at 2:05 p.m. both days. This is Edwards’ first air show in two years. Last year’s open house was canceled because of tight budgets and base personnel’s heavy workloads, since organizing and conducting the event requires thousands of man-hours in addition to regular duties. Some 175,000 to 200,000 visitors are expected over both days, about usual for recent open houses. However, base officials are asking visitors to carpool with family and friends if possible because last week’s thunderstorms left water on Rogers Dry Lake, which was to be used for parking. Tens of thousands of visitors are expected this weekend to watch aircraft from the U.S. military’s past, present and future. At Edwards Air Force Base, World War II-era fighters and a bomber will fly at the base’s two-day open house along with a stealthy supersonic F/A-22 Raptor, a remote-controlled Predator spy plane, and a tilt-rotor CV-22 Osprey that takes off like a helicopter but flies like an airplane. At the Point Mugu Naval Air Station, the Blue Angels will streak past the Point Mugu Air Show following a day of flight demonstrations and displays, from vintage P-51 war birds to F-18 Super Hornets. “We’ve got everything, from vintage aircraft all the way to the most current aircraft available,” Edwards spokesman Chris Ball said. Reducing the number of cars means visitors won’t have to park as far from the flightline and waits to get into parking areas won’t be as long, Ball said. “Our intent was originally to park on the lake bed. That was plan A. We’ve got a Plan B,” Ball said. “There’s lots of room. We want to save some space by having people carpool.” Among the aerial performances will be one by retired Brig. Gen. Charles “Chuck” Yeager, the first man to break the sound barrier, flying a P-51 Mustang like the ones he flew during World War II. Yeager’s Mustang will be in the air with an F/A-22 Raptor, the Air Force’s latest air-superiority fighter. Other past-present pairs will be a B-1 bomber and a World War II-era B-25, a P-38 Lightning with an F-16, and two Korean War-era jets, a Soviet MiG-15 and an American F-86 Sabre. The sonic boom that traditionally opens the flying portion of the event will be flown on both days by retired Maj. Gen. Joe Engle, a former X-15 rocket plane pilot and a former space shuttle astronaut. The open house will have about one mile of aircraft displays. Among them will be aircraft representing the Air Force’s future, including the X-45A, a forerunner of a future unmanned combat craft; the Osprey tilt-rotor transport; and the Global Hawk reconnaissance aircraft, a robot plane used over Iraq and Afghanistan. Among the highlights will be “Tora Tora Tora,” a pyrotechnic show using vintage World War II aircraft to re-enact the Dec. 7, 1941, bombing of Pearl Harbor. NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center will participate in the flying demonstrations with four NASA aircraft – a modified F-15B, an F/A-18 jet, a T-34, and an ER-2, a civilian environmental research version of the U-2 spy plane. Dryden aircraft on display will include the B-52B “mothership” used to launch research aircraft, including the X-15 rocket planes and, more recently, the record-setting X-43 scramjet and the Apollo-era Lunar Lander Research Vehicle. A full-scale mock-up of the X-43 and replicas of NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Mars rovers will also be on display. The Army precision parachute team the Golden Knights will make two performances each day of the open house. ONLINE For information about the Edwards Air Force Base Open House & Air Show, contact www.edwards.af.mil/openhouse/. For information about the 41st NAS Point Mugu Air Show, contact www.nbvc.navy.mil/airshow05/. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 [email protected] 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