Syria : RSF condemns attack by gunmen on Syrian community radio station and its executive director

first_img SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses ViolenceFreedom of expression Help by sharing this information SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses ViolenceFreedom of expression Receive email alerts Organisation News Follow the news on Syria March 8, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns an attack by masked gunmen on independent radio ARTA FM and its director in Amuda, a town in the mainly Kurdish northeastern region of Syria known as Rojava, on the night of 26 April and urges the Kurdish local authorities to investigate. Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists After ambushing ARTA FM director Mohamed Hassan (also known as Sefqan) as he returned home, the gunmen took him to the town cemetery, interrogated him, and threatened to kill him if he did not stop broadcasting.They then went to the radio station and set fire to it, destroying some of the equipment, before making their escape. The fire was put out after the arrival of the police and the Kurdish security forces (Asayesh).“We ask the local authorities to conduct an independent and impartial investigation into this attack on the radio station and its director in order to bring those responsible to justice,” said Alexandra El Khazen, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “The local authorities have a duty to protect the work of journalists.”Despite the damage and the ransacking of some of its equipment, the radio continues to broadcast via the Nilesat satellite and to post news reports on its Facebook page.Hassan has filed a complaint with the police and has requested an investigation. He told RSF that the station will continue to broadcast news reports and that “it belongs to no political faction, just to the people.” He added that it was the target of local harassment and that its main support came from international organizations.The Democratic Union Party (PYD), which is the main Syrian Kurdish party and which controls this part of Syria, condemned the attack yesterday and called for a rapid investigation.Journalists are often subject to threats, arrest or even abduction by the Kurdish security forces in Rojava, while the media are also sometimes censored by the local authorities.Rudaw TV, a Kurdish TV channel based in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, and Orient TV, a Syrian opposition TV channel, were banned in August 2015 by the authorities in the Jezireh district of Rojava, who accused them of broadcasting false information and encouraging violence and discord. The same two TV channels were also banned in Kobane in February 2016.Because of the differences between the Kurdish authorities in Rojava and the Kurdish authorities in Iraqi Kurdistan, media outlets and journalists on either side are subject to the same difficulties, including arrest, threats and censorship.Syria is ranked 177th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syriacenter_img Arta FM – Facebook Page News April 29, 2016 Syria : RSF condemns attack by gunmen on Syrian community radio station and its executive director March 12, 2021 Find out more News News to go further RSF_en February 3, 2021 Find out more Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime lawlast_img read more

A show fit for royalty

first_img Final touches As the actors are about to do their final run-through on the Loeb stage, choreographer and assistant director Lanise Antoine Shelley (right) gives directions. Rosy While searching for her friend Kai, Lisa Maley as Gerda is helped by these roses, played by Milia Ayache (from left), Teri Gamble, and Michael Kane. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer Costumer Mallory Frers (left) mends a bonnet; she is the show’s costume designer. Giving direction Allegra Libonati (right) directs Scott Ray in the role of Kai. Dreaded Teri Gamble (right), who plays the Robber Queen, leads the dance as she and other A.R.T. Institute students rehearse “The Snow Queen,” which runs through Dec. 31 at the Loeb Drama Center. “The Snow Queen” is springing to life in magical, icy splendor this month on the American Repertory Theater’s (A.R.T.) Loeb Stage.In the same spirit as that of the Muppets, the iconic puppets created by Jim Henson whose mayhem and mischief speak to children and adults, “The Snow Queen,” complete with its own set of enchanted puppets, engages audiences of any age with a clever and elegantly reimagined version of the classic fairy tale by Danish storyteller Hans Christian Andersen.The new stage adaptation is the work of a group of students from the A.R.T. Institute, a two-year, graduate training program for aspiring actors and dramaturges. Institute student Tyler J. Monroe adapted the story for the stage.Searching for a family holiday show, one that would attract theatergoers of any age, Allegra Libonati, an artistic associate at the A.R.T., turned to the mythical fable.“It is such an amazing story; it’s epic,” said Libonati, who directs the new work. “It felt like it was a story that a lot of people were intrigued by but didn’t know really well, so it had a lot of potential to mold into a new dramatic interpretation.”Andersen’s story, a timeless tale of good versus evil, centers on two young friends, Gerda and Kai. When a wicked sorceress captures Kai, Gerda embarks on a long, bitter journey to the North Pole to save him from the evil queen. Along the way, she encounters wild and wonderful creatures, including a talking reindeer, two kindhearted swallows, and a group of wood-dwelling bandits.“The story captures the imagination of the kids and brings a message for the adults. That’s what Hans Christian Andersen loved doing, and that is what we were trying to do, too.” said Libonati.Audience participation was an essential element for the show’s creators and is central to the family-friendly production. During the hour-and-a-half play, Gerda frequently turns to the audience for help, asking the crowd to dance, wave paper snowflakes and roses in the air, and even chirp loudly, to aid her quest.Inventive staging lends an ethereal quality to the show. Competing for time and space on the A.R.T.’s main stage with the recently opened “Three Pianos” sent the show’s artistic team into creative overdrive. Fortunately, “The Snow Queen” ’s designers were able to piggyback on the concurrent production’s evocative winter set. Still somewhat constricted by space, the designers chose to use simple everyday items to further transform the stage.“It forced us to be creative,” said Libonati. “We alighted on this idea of the ordinary transforming to become extraordinary right before your eyes, and the power of your imagination to create a new world.”In that vein, white sheets and cloth become swirling snow, and an uncovered mattress instantly, and convincingly, morphs from a bed to a sleigh.Adding to the magic is the artistry of actor Michael Kane, the grandfather narrator who, like most of the other actors, also weaves in and out of many roles throughout the performance. In addition to being an actor, Kane is a skilled puppet maker who has worked with the legendary activist group Bread and Puppet Theater.Since August, Kane, with help from local children, has worked to create the mystical masks and puppets used in the show including the giant and beautifully eerie head of the evil snow queen.The puppets artfully animate the supernatural world of fantastic animals and entities and “were integral to how we wanted to tell the story,” said Libonati.After the opening performance Saturday (Dec. 10), the fun continued in the hallway outside the theater as the actors mingled with the crowd. Cast member Milia Ayache chatted with two young fans, helping them try on her wild wig made of multicolored yarn.“This isn’t the best way to make friends,” she joked with some third-grade students, pointing to her fake knife, a prop she uses as one of her many characters in the play, the gruff but lovable “Robber Girl.”In preparing for the production, Ayache and her cast mates used the acting techniques learned during their spring semester graduate studies at the Moscow Art Theater School in Russia. The work was part of the institute’s close collaboration with the Moscow Art Theater School, which includes a three-month residency in Moscow. Students who graduate from the A.R.T. program also receive a master’s degree from the renowned Russian theater school.Watching members of the Russian institute take their children-oriented productions just as seriously as they approached works such as Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” was a revelation, said Ayache, and inspired the A.R.T. troupe to do the same.“We never talk down to kids,” said Ayache, adding that for many young members of the audience the A.R.T. production would be their first exposure to theater. “We are building citizens. Theater builds citizenship.”It was clear that the first run of the show already had built a legion of citizen fans of many ages.“It was awesome, just awesome, even for an adult,” said Lynn Rose, who made the three-hour trip from Rutland, Vt., to see the play and hear the work of her son, Aaron Mack, the show’s sound designer.Seven-year-old Cambridge resident Jasenina DeJesus, who attended the show with her mother and 5-year-old sister, Janelle, captured the spirit of the production with three simple words.“That was fun!” she said as the lights came up.The show runs through Dec. 31. Kai Kai, played by Scott Ray, is reflected in the mirrored scenery. Ice cold The ethereal Snow Queen, played by Lindsey Liberatore, passes behind gossamer lace curtains. Puppetry Michael Kane’s puppets, illuminated through a lace curtain, represent the comical dreams of the Prince and Princess. Cue the snow Snow falls on Kai, played by Scott Ray. Hi-ho! A reindeer is just one of the wonderful creatures that help Gerda find Kai. Take a bow Bravo! Encore! Magic flowers Gerda, played by Lisa Maley, falls under the spell of the flowers, played by Teri Gamble (from left), Liza Dickinson, Dustyn Gullege, and Michael Kane. The Snow Queenlast_img read more

Motown Grooves, Guys and Dolls Gets Lucky & More in the London Datebook

first_imgGuys and Dolls transfers with a (largely) new cast, Motown the Musical grooves its way across the Atlantic, and a new musical that folds the atomic bomb, of all things, into its title are among the many and varied London offerings to entice theatergoers this month. For more on these and many other productions, read on.MARCH 7-13What’s Going On? The U.K. premiere of Motown the Musical, that’s what, with Texas-born Cedric Neal as Motown founder Berry Gordy heading a cast that includes Broadway holdover (and 2013 Tony nominee) Charl Brown as Smokey Robinson and British performer Lucy St. Louis as Diana Ross. Opening night is March 8 at the Shaftesbury Theatre.ALSO: Opening night on March 7 of director Alice Hamilton’s revival for the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond, west London, of German Skerries, the Robert Holman play set in northern England in 1977. Southwark Playhouse continues its interest in American work with the U.K. premiere of the 2013 off-Broadway play Luce, starring comedian Mel Giedroyc and directed by Simon Dormandy. Opening night is March 11.MARCH 14-20Bombs Away: New British musicals, albeit with American talent attached, are sufficiently rare that there is real reason to get excited about Miss Atomic Bomb, set in 1952 Las Vegas and opening March 14 at the St. James Theatre with a starry cast headed by Catherine Tate, Simon Lipkin, Daniel Boys and London’s Aladdin-to-be, Dean John-Wilson. The co-directors are Olivier Award winner Bill Deamer (Top Hat) and U.K.-based American Adam Long.ALSO:Living with the Lights On, actor Mark Lockyer’s widely admired touring solo play about mental illness, comes to the Young Vic for three performances March 17-19; Ramin Gray directs. In a larger auditorium at the same venue comes actress Jane Horrocks (Little Voice, Sally Bowles in the Sam Mendes Cabaret) with the funkily titled If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me, opening March 16 and promising a hybrid of theater, gig, and dance.MARCH 21-27Follow the Fold: First full opening week at its new West End home, the Phoenix, of the re-cast version of Gordon Greenberg’s buoyant production of Guys and Dolls, the immortal Frank Loesser musical classic that now stars Oliver Tompsett (Wicked) as Sky Masterson, two-time Olivier Award winner Samantha Spiro as Miss Adelaide, and Broadway and film name Richard Kind as Nathan Detroit.ALSO: Opening night March 23 at Wyndham’s for the West End transfer of People, Places & Things, a National Theatre-Headlong co-production directed by 2015 Tony nominee Jeremy Herrin (Wolf Hall) and starring 2016 Olivier nominee Denise Gough as an actress spiraling into freefall.MARCH 28 – APRIL 3Better Halves: Alan Strachan directs musicals star Tamzin Outhwaite (here in a non-singing role), Jenny Seagrove and Matthew Cottle in a rare revival of Alan Ayckbourn’s comedy classic, How the Other Half Loves, opening March 31 at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket. This also happens to be the first Ayckbourn play to have been seen on Broadway, where it ran in 1971.ALSO: Previews continue prior to an April 6 opening at the Old Vic of director Matthew Warchus’ eagerly awaited revival of The Caretaker, the Harold Pinter play that here stars Timothy Spall alongside George MacKay and Daniel Mays. Out of town, all eyes (and many critics) will be in Bristol March 29 when Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville open at the Bristol Old Vic in director Richard Eyre’s revival of Eugene O’Neill’s enduring masterwork Long Day’s Journey into Night. View Commentslast_img read more

Almost half of Florida lawyers advertise

first_img Almost half of Florida lawyers advertise Almost half of all lawyers in private practice in Florida use some form of advertising and the percentage of firms that advertise has increased significantly since 1996, according to the Bar’s 2002 Economics and Law Office Management Survey.The survey found 47 percent of firms responding advertise compared with 38 percent in 1996.This year’s survey was completed by 665 lawyers and has a 3.5 percent margin of error, according to Florida Bar senior research and evaluation analyst Mike Garcia.Of the private practice lawyers, 37 percent said they advertise in the Yellow Pages, 29 percent advertise on the Internet (up from 17 percent from two years ago), 11 percent use direct mail advertising, 9 percent in newspapers, 7 percent use TV, 5 percent use radio, 5 percent take out ads in magazines, and 5 percent utilize billboards.Since 1996, Yellow Page advertising has moved from 34 to 37 percent and Internet/home page advertising has increased from 4 to 29 percent. Almost half of Florida lawyers advertise July 15, 2002 Regular Newslast_img read more

Betty Williams – West Harrison

first_imgBetty Jo Williams, of West Harrison, was born on August 5, 1943 in Cincinnati, a daughter to Eli and Martha Allen Taylor.  She married Charles Williams on August 19, 1961 and he survives.  Betty was a homemaker and also worked at Sperry Rubber.  She was a member of Chappelow Ridge Baptist Church and loved shopping and spending time with her grandchildren and friends.  On Monday, July 20, 2020 at the age of 76, she passed away at St. Andrews Health in Batesville. Those surviving who will cherish Betty’s memory include her husband of nearly 59 years, Charles Williams; one daughter, Kara (Randy) Wyckoff of Brookville; three grandchildren, Tristin Ashley, Dane Ashley and Savannah Wyckoff; three siblings, Nancy (Tom) Bachman of West Harrison, Phyllis (Floyd) Bennett of West Harrison, and Phillip (Deanne) Taylor of Dayton, OH, as well as several nieces and nephews.  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Patsy Edwards and two great-nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at the funeral home, online at, or mailed directly, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105.   Please visit to leave personal messages and condolences.  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Betty Williams.center_img Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, July 25, 2020 from 11 a.m. until time of service at 1 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville.  Burial will follow in Mt. Carmel Cemetery.last_img read more

Former EHS standout Clarke racks up honors for Husson swim team

first_imgBANGOR — Husson University freshman and 2019 Ellsworth High School graduate Ellie Clarke racked up the latest in a list of early-season honors last Wednesday when she was named Husson Female Athlete of the Week.In Husson’s Nov. 15 double-dual meet against Maine Maritime Academy and St. Joseph’s College, Clarke posted individual wins in the 50- and 100-yard freestyles. She also competed on the Eagles’ winning 100-yard medley relay and 200-yard freestyle relay teams.Clarke began her college swimming career with Husson’s Oct. 25 home meet against Maine Maritime Academy. That meet saw her win the 50- and 100-yard backstrokes and compete as part of her team’s winning 200-yard medley relay unit.Clarke’s times of 29.40 seconds on the opening leg of the 200 medley relay and 1 minute, 4.18 seconds in the 100 backstroke were Husson school records. She was named the New England Interscholastic Swimming and Diving Association’s Women’s Swimmer of the Week for the week of Oct. 30.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAt Ellsworth High School, Clarke was a three-year captain and winner of five individual Penobscot Valley Conference titles and one PVC relay title. She was named PVC Girls’ Swimmer of the Year last season as the Ellsworth girls posted their best-ever finish at states with a fifth-place showing in the Class B championships.last_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_img April 13, 2020 Southeastern Conference coaches voted the 6-foot-3 sophomore Player of the Year after he wasn’t picked for any preseason all-conference teams. Quickley averaged a team-high 16.1 points per game last season with double-figure efforts in his final 20 contests. The AP’s first team All-SEC selection also grabbed 4.2 rebounds per game while leading the Wildcats to the league’s regular season championship.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSGet ready for the Madrid Virtual OpenUNDATED (AP) — Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray are among 12 players confirmed to play in the virtual Madrid Open tennis tournament, April 27-30.The online competition will be played from players’ homes and is expected to be broadcast live on TV and social media channels. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditKENTUCKY-QUICKLEY-NBAKentucky’s Quickley enters NBA draft after breakout seasonLEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky guard Immanuel Quickley will enter the NBA draft and sign with an agent, leaving school after a breakout season in which he was an honorable mention All-America selection by The Associated Press. Associated Press — Athletes completing doping bans over the next year will be eligible to compete in the postponed Tokyo Olympics. It’s an unintended effect of the coronavirus pandemic that has some crying foul. Irish race walker Brendan Boyce says, “It doesn’t seem like a fair punishment.” The 2020 Olympics were officially postponed last month for one year, with the opening ceremony now set for July 23, 2021.— New York Post sports photographer Anthony Causi has died from the coronavirus at age 48. Causi was an exceedingly popular sports photographer who covered the city’s teams for 25 years. He was married with two young children. Many of New York’s professional teams and several players posted messages on Twitter expressing sadness, condolences and paying tribute to him.— Premier League soccer club Tottenham has reversed a decision to use government money to fund some staff salaries during the coronavirus pandemic. Staff put on furlough during the pandemic receive 80% of their salaries up to a maximum of 2,500 pounds ($3,000) per month from the government. And Tottenham had said non-playing staff not being furloughed would have their pay cut 20%.— A lower-level German soccer team has sold more than 125,000 tickets to a fictional game. Fourth-division club Lokomotive Leipzig says it has set an “attendance record” by selling so many tickets for a “virtual game against an invisible opponent on May 8.” The former East German league club has been selling symbolic tickets for 1 euro ($1.10).NASCAR-LARSON SLURcenter_img NASCAR star Kyle Larson uses racial slur during virtual raceCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — It’s not yet clear what fallout there could be after NASCAR star Kyle Larson used the N-word during a livestream of a virtual race.Larson was competing in the iRacing event Sunday night when he said during a microphone check, “you can’t hear me?” And then used the expletive.The race was for fun against drivers from various series. The event was not part of NASCAR’s official series.Drivers in the chat immediately reacted to Larson’s use of the slur, with one instantly telling him, “Kyle, you’re talking to everyone, bud.”,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Update on the latest in sports: There will be 150,000 euros ($164,000) distributed in prize money for each of the men’s and women’s events. The winners then decide how much they want to donate to tennis players who are having a hard time financially without any tournaments to play.Another 50,000 euros ($55,000) will be donated to reduce the social impact of the pandemic.In other sports developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Spanish soccer club Real Sociedad (ray-AL’ soh-see-ay-DAHD’) is going back on its plan to resume practicing at the team’s training center during the coronavirus pandemic. The club says it made the decision after discussions with the Spanish government. Spain is starting to loosen some of its lockdown measures this week by allowing non-essential workers to return to their activities while observing social-distancing guidelines.— IOC President Thomas Bach tells a German newspaper that the Olympic body will face “several hundred million dollars” of added costs because of the postponement of the Tokyo Games. Estimates in Japan place the overall cost of the postponement at between $2 billion-$6 billion. All of those costs will be borne by the Japanese side except for the IOC portion. Bach says he is confident the Olympics could be held in 2021 despite the current pandemic caused by the coronavirus.last_img read more

$13M fine proposed for podcaster behind racist robocalls

first_imgBROOKLYN, IOWA (AP) — Regulators are proposing a nearly $13 million fine against a podcaster accused of hiding the origin of automated phone calls that used the slaying of an Iowa college student to promote white nationalist messages. The Federal Communications Commission says Scott Rhodes violated the Truth in Caller ID Act, which bars the manipulation of caller ID information. The Associated Press was unable to reach Rhodes for comment.Officials say Rhodes used an autodialer to make hundreds of recorded calls to Brooklyn, Iowa, numbers, citing the killing of Mollie Tibbetts. The Mexican man charged in her death is suspected of living in the U.S. illegally.last_img read more

2018 Wheat Harvest Cab Cam — Farm Science Review

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This cab cam, sponsored by Fennig Equipment, jumps in the combine with Nate Douridas, farm manager of the Molly Caren Agricultural Center — the grounds for the Farm Science Review. With the window between dry and wet weather hard to find, the farm is taking whatever opportunity it can to get work done in the field with their crops of all kinds progressing along at breakneck pace. Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood has more in this video.last_img read more

Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez score late in 4-4 draw for Barcelona at Villarreal

first_imgBarcelona forward Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring his side’s third goal during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Villarreal and FC Barcelona at the Ceramica stadium in Villarreal, Spain, Tuesday, April 2, 2019.(AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)BARCELONA, Spain— Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez came to Barcelona’s rescue Tuesday, scoring late goals to salvage a 4-4 draw at 10-man Villarreal in a thrilling seesaw match that saw both teams give up a two-goal lead.Messi rifled in a free kick off the upright to make it 4-3 in the 90th minute, and Suarez then shot through the legs of a defender to snatch a point with the last kick of the match.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 LATEST STORIES The draw narrowed Barcelona’s lead of the Spanish league to eight points ahead of Atletico Madrid, which beat Girona 2-0 also on Tuesday and visits Camp Nou this weekend.“Luis is a player who is always in the right place at the right time, and he appeared at the last second to pull out a match that was not going our way,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said. “And Messi, he is a specialist (at free kicks.)”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsMessi was on the bench for the first hour but Barcelona still took a quick 2-0 lead.However, relegation-threatened Villarreal roared back with 19-year-old Samuel Chukwueze leading the way and produced four unanswered goals to come agonizingly close to pulling off the upset. Barcelona’s comeback then came after Alvaro Gonzalez was sent off for a second booking in the 86th. Diego Godin and Antoine Griezmann finally put Atletico past a pesky Girona.Godin’s headed goal in the 76th was initially ruled offside by the referee, but a video review overruled that decision.Griezmann added a second goal deep in stoppage time with Girona throwing everyone forward in search of an equalizer. The goal ended his seven-match scoring drought.Also, fourth-place Getafe drew 1-1 at Espanyol.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “This was a crazy game,” Valverde said. “There were stretches when it looked like we would win easily, then there was a stretch when it looked like they would. Then we managed to turn it around.”Messi’s goal was his league-leading 32nd of the season and his sixth from a free kick. He has now scored from free kicks in three consecutive matches after converting set pieces against Real Betis and Espanyol.SHOOTOUT AT THE CERAMICAValverde gave Messi some rest before Saturday’s match against Atletico and next week’s trip to Manchester United for the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinals.And at first it seemed Barcelona would stroll to another win at the Estadio de la Ceramica, as the little-used Malcom set up Philippe Coutinho for his first league goal since October. Malcom then headed in a pass from Arturo Vidal to double the lead before Coutinho went close to getting another goal when he hit the post.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ Jiu-jitsu champ Meggie Ochoa battles Philippines’ sex abuse scourge Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess But Barcelona ended up missing center back Gerard Pique — who was rested to avoid any risk of picking up a fifth yellow card that would suspend him for the Atletico visit — more than Messi.Chukwueze and Toko Ekambi used their speed to torment center backs Samuel Umtiti and Clement Lenglet throughout the game.Chukwueze pulled one back in the 23rd and his long pass led to Ekambi leveling in the 50th.Messi came on in the 61st, but a minute later Vicente Iborra put the hosts ahead after Umtiti had left the back line.Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen made several excellent saves, but none was better than when he got his fingers on Chukwueze’s powerful strike and pushed it onto the bar.Ter Stegen could do nothing to stop substitute Carlos Bacca from scoring the hosts’ fourth with 10 minutes left when Santi Cazorla spotted him running clear behind a struggling Umtiti.Gonzalez left Villarreal a man down when he got his second yellow card for a senseless foul on Suarez. That cost Villarreal dearly when the team was without a defender in the final moments and failed to stop the double blow dealt by Messi and Suarez, keeping Barcelona unbeaten in 18 straight league games.Villarreal, which had conceded a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 at Celta Vigo last round, was left two points clear of the drop zone.“I don’t think we are going down,” said Villarreal coach Javier Calleja. “We are going to stay in the top flight playing like we did against Barcelona.”ATLETICO WINS View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more