Local courts allow multiple lawsuits to be used to censor journalists

first_img Reporters Without Borders is disturbed by the way some local courts permit the use of multiple lawsuits and other abusive judicial procedures to censor journalists.Carlos Santos, a freelance journalist and blogger based in Mossoró, a town in the northeastern state of Rio Grande do Norte, was ordered this month of February to pay 6,000 reais (2,600 euros) to charities for posting three allegedly defamatory comments about the town’s mayor, Fátima Rosado, on his blog (http://www.blogdocarlossantos.com.br/). This sentence fortunately replaced the one originally imposed – a month and four days in prison for each of a total of four comments.“I am under attack but I am all right,” Santos told Reporters Without Borders yesterday, referring to the 27 or so prosecutions and nine arrest orders still pending against him as a result of defamation suits by local politicians and officials. So far he has been convicted three times of criminal insult although in each case the sentence was reduced to a fine. He was acquitted in three other cases.“The comments Santos posted on his blog could rightly be regarded as vehement even if two of them accused the mayor of being unfit for her job and the third one did not name anyone,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The problem is firstly to do with the excessive number of lawsuits in response to each allegedly defamatory comment. Abusing the possibility of bringing defamation actions is a form of censorship.“Secondly, imposing a jail sentence for a media offence violates the 1988 democratic constitution, which guarantees free expression in all forms. The federal supreme court’s repeal of the military dictatorship’s 1967 press law in May 2009 was a major step in ensuring respect for this right. It is baffling that some courts still issue jail sentences in defamation cases or impose preventive censorship on media. The federal constitution and jurisprudence should apply everywhere.”Also in February, a judge in the northern state of Pará, Antônio Carlos Almeida Campelo, issued an injunction against Lúcio Flávio Pinto, the editor of the online and biweekly newspaper Jornal Pessoal, forbidding him to publish any information about a fax fraud case that the federal authorities have brought against O Liberal, a company that owns several regional newspapers.If he disobeys the injunction, he could be jailed or fined up to 200,000 reais (87,000 euros) on a charge of violating the confidentiality of a judicial investigation. Yet, according to Pinto, the injunction was not requested by the defendants.Pinto is another example of a journalist who has been swamped by lawsuits. Around 30 legal actions have been brought against him over his articles about environmental abuses and trafficking in raw materials in the Amazon. His case is similar to that of José Huerta, a documentary filmmaker who is the target of eight lawsuits – one of them a criminal prosecution – in connection with his latest documentary, which is about the perverse effects of tourism in the state of Ceará. News May 13, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Receive email alerts to go further BrazilAmericas News Reports Newscenter_img RSF_en February 25, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Local courts allow multiple lawsuits to be used to censor journalists Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil BrazilAmericas April 27, 2021 Find out more Organisation Follow the news on Brazil RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America April 15, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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FIBA World Cup: Nigeria face Cote D’Ivoire on Friday

first_imgRelatedPosts Nigeria dying under Buhari’s jackboot, by Tunde Odesola Nigeria: We can’t breathe, by Gabriel Agbo Yes, Nigeria is collapsing forward, by Femi Adesina Nigeria’s D’Tigers will now meet Cote D’Ivoire on Friday at the City Arena in Guangzhou, in their opening match of the classification round at the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China. The match is the first game for the Nigerian male senior team in the classification 17-32 of the competition, and will come up at 1600hrs (0900hrs Nigeria time). They will go on to take on China at the same venue on Sunday. Nigeria had finished third from the competition’s Group B on Wednesday, dropping to the classification round which can in the long run give them a ticket to the 2020 Olympic Games.Tags: 2019 FIBA World Cup2020 Olympic GamesChinaCity ArenaCote d’IvoireD’TigersGuangzhouNigerialast_img read more

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Saints borrow Stekelenburg

first_imgSouthampton have brought in Holland goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg on a season-long loan from Fulham to provide cover for the injured Fraser Forster. Both clubs announced the deal on Monday evening, with the Saints needing to make a move after Forster damaged his left patellar tendon in March – an injury which he is expected to take up to a year to recover from. Stekelenburg, capped 54 times by his country, spent last season on loan at Monaco following Fulham’s relegation to the Sky Bet Championship. Press Association Stekelenburg, 32, made only four appearances for Monaco as he failed to dislodge first-choice Danijel Subasic, and he is now hoping to find regular football at St Mary’s. “I’m very pleased that I’ve joined,” he said on Southampton’s website. “It’s a big, nice club that will play European football – and I can play. Last year I didn’t play a lot, so it’s an opportunity for me. I’m grateful. “The last two years weren’t the best of my career. As they say in England: the best is yet to come.” Stekelenburg joined Fulham from Roma in 2013, but could not prevent their drop into the second tier. He began his career by coming through the ranks at Ajax and became Holland’s first-choice goalkeeper after Edwin van der Sar’s retirement ahead of the 2010 World Cup, but he has not featured for the national team since October 2012. Southampton are hoping that his experience can help them at home and in Europe this coming season. “Maarten is a goalkeeper with a wealth of top-level experience who will prove to be an important addition to the squad at this early stage of pre-season,” executive director of football Les Reed said. “While Fraser Forster’s rehabilitation is progressing well, adding Maarten to our squad alongside Kelvin Davis and Paulo Gazzaniga will give us strength in depth for what will be a busy season. “Maarten enjoyed tremendous success in Holland with Ajax and on the international stage, playing in the 2010 World Cup final. His experience will be invaluable to us, especially with the arrival of European football. “There was strong competition for Maarten’s services, so we are very pleased he has committed to our cause.” last_img read more

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UMBC looks to sweep Hartford

first_imgSTINGY DEFENSE: Hartford has forced opponents into committing turnovers on 20.3 percent of all possessions, the second-highest rate among all America East teams. The Hawks have forced conference opponents into turnovers on 21.7 percent of all possessions.___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com February 4, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditHartford (13-10, 6-2) vs. Maryland-Baltimore County (9-14, 2-6)UMBC Event Center, Baltimore; Wednesday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Hartford seeks revenge on Maryland-Baltimore County after dropping the first matchup in West Hartford. The teams last played each other on Jan. 22, when the Retrievers shot 43.1 percent from the field while limiting Hartford to just 36.4 percent en route to a 69-60 victory. Associated Press center_img SUPER SENIORS: Hartford’s Malik Ellison, Hunter Marks and Traci Carter have combined to account for 44 percent of the team’s scoring this season, including 55 percent of all Hawks points over the last five games.CLAMPING DOWN: The Hawks have given up only 60.3 points per game across eight conference games, an improvement from the 69.8 per game they gave up in non-conference play.FACILITATING THE OFFENSE: K.J. Jackson has made or assisted on 44 percent of all Maryland-Baltimore County field goals over the last three games. The senior guard has accounted for 14 field goals and 16 assists in those games.UNBEATEN WHEN: Maryland-Baltimore County is a perfect 8-0 when it holds an opponent to 61 points or fewer. The Retrievers are 1-14 when opponents score more than 61 points.ASSIST RATIOS: The Retrievers have recently converted baskets via assists more often than the Hawks. Maryland-Baltimore County has 37 assists on 68 field goals (54.4 percent) across its previous three outings while Hartford has assists on 32 of 70 field goals (45.7 percent) during its past three games. UMBC looks to sweep Hartfordlast_img read more

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Football: Lambeau Leaps and revelry just minutes after ugly moment

first_imgThe Lambeau Leaps into the stands afterward said it all for Wisconsin football. What the team accomplished Saturday was nothing short of a childhood dream for many of its players.Vince Biegel, senior outside linebacker and Wisconsin Rapids native, put it best:“It was electric, it was everything I thought it would be and more,” Biegel said. “I grew up in Wisconsin, I went to Green Bay Packers games, I’m used to this stadium being green and gold. For it to be red and white was a special moment.”Football: Wisconsin’s love for football showcased by historic game at LambeauIn it’s 59 year history of hosting some of the greatest moments in NFL, Lambeau Field will finally host just Read…The chance to play at Lambeau Field was itself special to the Badgers, but to walk out the victors made it all the better. It was uneasy, frustrating at times, and took an ugly turn at the end, but the Badgers never let that take away from the moment.Immediately after the game had been won, Biegel, Dare Ogunbawale, Jack Cichy and others jumped into the stands to do what they’d only watched others do for years: the Lambeau Leap.“We were very welcomed,” Biegel said. “It was a great win and a great stamp to put on the end of this game. We’ll love to continue to build upon this.”Marissa Haegele/The Badger HeraldThe atmosphere in the stadium felt like it could have been a bowl game, and gave players everything they’d hoped for.Unfortunately, the hit D’Cota Dixon received from Louisiana State University’s Josh Boutte after catching the game-winning interception casts a dark shadow over what was otherwise a fairytale upset win for Wisconsin. It makes this game have a bit of a complicated, awkward legacy because while it will be remembered as an amazing win, in the back of everyone’s minds is the fact that Dixon was hit so viciously and undeservedly.Football: Breakdown of Badgers’ upset over LSUThe Wisconsin Badgers played a spoiler game against fifth ranked Louisiana State University with a 16-14 upset victory in college Read…What LSU head coach Les Miles said afterward only adds to it. He didn’t have to give specifics on punishment or anything team-sensitive, just simply state it shouldn’t have happened. Instead he chose another route.“It was very logical that he did not know [Dixon] had been down,” Miles said.Miles said he needed to see the tape after the game and failed to address anything else about the hit.It wasn’t even a regular hit, but rather a clothesline straight to his head. Even if Boutte didn’t know whether Dixon was down, he should not have received that type of hit.That is why this win feels a bit weird, because Wisconsin’s otherwise fairytale moment now has a stain on it.Marissa Haegele/The Badger HeraldIt’s not something that completely ruins the win, but Miles’ comment afterward doesn’t sit right. Luckily, Dixon walked off the field on his own power and seemed alright. But it could have ended very differently and Miles’ comments show a distinct lack of responsibility for player safety.For the Badgers though, they’ve put the incident behind them and are ecstatic to walk out with a win. Biegel didn’t have much of a comment and instead of focusing on anything negative, Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst held the game in a positive light.“They kept their poise and they competed,” Chryst said. “That was fun to be around … they had an edge today.”Marissa Haegele/The Badger HeraldIn the end, it’s better to move on and remember leaping into the stands in victory.last_img read more

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Special celebration at Red Hughs presentation dinner dance – Picture Special

first_imgRed Hughs held their annual dinner dance in the Finn Suite of the Jacksons Hotel on Saturday, March 9th. A huge crowd turned out to celebrate thier senior men receiving both their Donegal Junior Championship and Ulster Junior Club Championship medals.Presentations were also made to the minor ladies team, who received their Division 3 Championship medals on the night along with all other individual club awards. Pictures of the thrilling night can be seen below…Donegal Ladies Captain Karen Guithre who was a special guest at the Red Hughes Dinner dance in Jacksons Hotel presents minor ladies most dedicated palyers to Ciara Gallagher and Kate Carlin .Photo By Gerard McHughRed Hughs Ladies Captain Elaine Melaugh makes a special presentation to Roisin Kennedy in memory of her Husband Gary on belhalf of the Red Hughs Ladies team at the Red Hughs Dinner dance on Saturday night in Jacksons Hotel .Photo by Gerard McHughDonegal Ladies Captain Karen Guithre who was a special guest at the Red Hughes Dinner dance in Jacksons Hotel presents Orla McElchar and Amy Callaghan with joint minor player of the year awards .Photo By Gerard McHughRed Hughs minor team pictured with their management team at the Clubs dinner dance held in Jacksons .Photo by Gerard McHughRed hughs minor team captains make special presentations to their management team Gerard McColgan ,Shauna Carlin ,Elaine Melaugh and Ronan Gallen.Photo by Gerard McHughDonegal Ladies Captain Karen Guithre who was a special guest at the Red Hughes Dinner dance in Jacksons Hotel presents Olivia Dullaghan and Dawn Hyndman with Red Hughs ladies most dedicated player of the year awards .Photo By Gerard McHughDonegal Ladies Captain Karen Guithre who was a special guest at the Red Hughes Dinner dance in Jacksons Hotel presents Elaine Melaugh with Red Hughs Ladies Senior Player of the year .Photo By Gerard McHughDonegal Ladies Captain Karen Guithre who was a special guest at the Red Hughes Dinner dance in Jacksons Hotel presents Nicola Callaghan with Senior Payer of the year .Photo By Gerard McHughBrianna McConnell and Elaine Melaugh make special presentations to Gerard McColgan ,Stephen Gallagher ,Shauna Carlin and Charlie Doherty on behalf of the Red Hughs Ladies team at their Dinner Dance on Saturday night in Jacksons Hotel.Photo by Gerard McHughKathy Kelly of Red Hughs makes a special presentation to Donegal Ladies captain Karen Guithre who was a special guest at Red Hughs dinnner dance held in Jacksons Hotel on Saturday night.Photo by Gerard McHughDonegal County Chairman Mick McGrath who was a special guest at the Red Hughs Dinner dance on Saturday night in Jacksons Hotel presents Adrian Gallen with Red Hughs most Improved Minor team player to Adrian Gallen .Included in the photo are Ronan Gallen and PJ Gallagher .Photo by Gerard McHughBrianna McConnell and Elaine Melaugh make special presentations to Marie McColgan and Kathy Kelly on behalf of the Red Hughs Ladies team at their Dinner Dance on Saturday night in Jacksons Hotel.Photo by Gerard McHughGerard McColgan makes a special presentation to Elaine Melaugh,Christina McMenamin ,Shauna Carlin and Kate Browne who have perresented Red Hughs Ladies foe the past ten years .Photo by Gerard McHughDonegal County Chairman Mick McGrath who was a special guest at the Red Hughs Dinner dance on Saturday night in Jacksons Hotel presents Tim Callaghan with Red Hughs joint Reserve player of the year award .Included in the photo are Thomas Devine ,John Creane and Damien Wilson .Photo by Gerard McHughDonegal County Chairman Mick McGrath who was a special guest at the Red Hughs Dinner dance on Saturday night in Jacksons Hotel presents Adrian Gallen with Red Hughs Minor Player of the year to Dara McMenamin .Included in the photo are Ronan Gallen and PJ Gallagher .Photo by Gerard McHughDonegal County Chairman Mick McGrath who was a special guest at the Red Hughs Dinner dance on Saturday night in Jacksons Hotel presents Darren McCreary with Red Hughs joint Reserve player of the year award .Included in the photo are Thomas Devine ,John Creane and Damien Wilson .Photo by Gerard McHughDonegal County Chairman Mick McGrath who was a special guest at the Red Hughs Dinner dance on Saturday night in Jacksons Hotel presents Cathal Doherty with Red Hughs young player of the year award .Included in the photo is Damien Wilson .Photo by Gerard McHughDonegal County Chairman Mick McGrath who was a special guest at the Red Hughs Dinner dance on Saturday night in Jacksons Hotel presents Peadar McGlinchey with Red Hughs player of the year award .Included in the photo are Thomas Devine ,John Creane and Damien Wilson .Photo by Gerard McHughMarie McColgan makes a special presentation to Alice Doherty wife of Hall of Fame Winner Charlie at the Red Hughs Dinner dance on Saturday night in Jacksons Hotel.Photo by Gerard McHughRed Hughs Donegal and Ulster Junior champions pictured at their Dinner Dance in Jacksons Hotel on Saturday Night .Photo by Gerard McHughRed Hugh Captain Gerard Melaugh makes a special presentation to Donegal County Chairman Mick McGrath who was a special guest at the Red Hughs Dinner dance on Saturday night in Jacksons Hotel .Photo by Gerard McHughDonegal County Chairman Mick McGrath who was a special guest at the Red Hughs Dinner dance on Saturday night in Jacksons Hotel presents Charli Doherty with Red Hughs Hall of Fame of the year award .Photo by Gerard McHughDonegal County Chairman Mick McGrath who was a special guest at the Red Hughs Dinner dance on Saturday night in Jacksons Hotel presents Kathy Kelly with Red Hughs Club Person of the year .Photo by Gerard McHughSpecial celebration at Red Hughs presentation dinner dance – Picture Special was last modified: March 11th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:dinner danceRED HUGHS.last_img read more

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A long road ahead for year round E15 availability

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Ty Higgins, Ohio Ag NetFor how much talk that has been made about the decline in soybean demand due to many factors, corn demand has held its own through the second half of 2018. That was one of the points made at last week’s Agriculture Policy and Outlook Conference, hosted by The Ohio State University.“Ethanol is the biggest component of corn use and we have exported a lot of it, including 33% of our ethanol to Brazil this year,” said Ben Brown, program manager for the Farm Management Program in Ohio State’s College of Food, Ag and Environmental Sciences. “The returns for ethanol plants aren’t overly strong so we have seen a pullback from ethanol production, but use was good this year.”Those ethanol plants, corn industry groups and corn farmers across the country are applauding a recent announcement by President Trump that he has asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to propose the sales of E15 ethanol, or gasoline with a 15% ethanol blend, on a year round basis. Currently the availability of E15 is seasonal. But how soon would this proposal make an impact on the usage of American corn?“We don’t even have a rule yet and all we know now is that the President has requested that EPA puts together a proposal for E15 sales all year long,” Brown said. “We actually don’t even have approval for E15 sales over the summer months and that is an important point in this because given the political timeline and given the hurdles that this rule will have to jump, EPA will be in a hurry to have this proposal by May. Then, we will see a public comment period and very possibly some litigation. The oil companies will more than likely get mad and say that this rule isn’t legal.“Yes, I do believe the adoption of year round E15 sales will benefit corn usage, but at least for the next marketing year it is not moving corn on my balance sheet by one bushel.”Even if the year round E15 proposal from EPA does become law, the challenges of logistics could remain.“The next step would be to get the local gas station on the corner to offer E15 during the summer months,” Brown said. “Renewable Identification Number (RIN) prices are low right now and so getting funds in place to build an E15 infrastructure will be an issue.”Overall, Brown sees the possibility of E15 sales all year as a positive sign for corn use, but patience will be needed by all involved.last_img read more

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Preliminaries Underway for Another ZETA Project

first_imgOne goal of ZETA Communities, the San Francisco-based designer and manufacturer of energy efficient prefab buildings, is to produce 2,800 housing units by 2013. It is an ambitious target, given current economic conditions, but ZETA is forging ahead.In September, at a former Air Force hangar near Sacramento, California, the company completed the conversion of the facility into zFab, a 91,000-sq.-ft. factory that currently handles all its production. One of ZETA’s model homes, a 1,561-sq.-ft. two-bedroom townhouse in Oakland, California, has attracted substantial attention, including positive comments from GBA Advisor Ann Edminster, who toured the completed house in February. And last week, the company announced it had secured $5 million in financing from Black Coral Capital, a private equity fund specializing in the clean-tech sector.Modular and relatively low-costTo date, the company – in collaboration with various developers, public agencies, and suppliers – has committed to design and build more than 130 housing units. One recently announced example is now in the entitlement phase: a 30-home infill development in Sacramento that ZETA says will target median and low-income customers. Called 2500 R, the project is being pursued by ZETA in partnership with Pacific Housing Inc., a nonprofit specializing in affordable-housing services. The homes will include solar-power installations and are being designed to operate at net zero energy.ZETA and Pacific Housing have attracted support for the project from the Department of Energy’s Building America consultants, mechanical engineering and energy efficiency specialist Davis Energy Group, and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s Home of the Future program and SolarSmart initiative, which offers rebates for solar installations on homes that meet the program’s construction standards. The first few 2500 R homes are expected to hit the market by the end of the year. ZETA told the Sacramento Business Journal that the project’s 1,400-sq.-ft. two-story homes have been tentatively priced at $315,000, or about $225 per square foot, including land, foundation, and site work.If the performance of the townhouse in Oakland is prologue, this could turn out well. The townhouse, assembled with four factory-made modules, came in at $165 per square foot, excluding land, foundation, and site work. And as Ann Edminster notes, it achieved HERS 0 rating.last_img read more

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Google/YouTube To Invest In Music Distributor Vevo?

first_imgIs Google about to make a move to control the distribution of music videos? Well, maybe. If YouTube and its corporate owner Google take a stake in music video distributor Vevo, as has been widely reported in the last 24 hours, it would be yet another sign of the tech giant’s increasing interest in video content. All Things D reports that Google will take a minority stake in Vevo, the source of YouTube’s most popular videos. The amount is expected to exceed the $35 million Google invested in Machinima, the videogame and entertainment distribution network, back in May 2012. According to the Guardian, the investment could amount to as much as $67 million.If it happens, the deal will solidify a shaky, three-year relationship. Vevo is a top traffic driver on YouTube, the largest video site on the Web and second-most-popular video search engine. Vevo, a joint venture between Universal Music, Sony Music and Abu Dhabi Media, threatened to remove its videos from YouTube last July unless Google’s YouTube fees were lowered, and even went so far as to pursue publishing arrangements with Viacom’s MTV and Facebook.While YouTube did not respond to requests for comment, the deal would guarantee that Vevo stays put on Google’s video service, which should keep the music videos flowing. That’s a good thing. No one wants to spend their time watching music videos through Facebook’s wonky video player.  Photo courtesy of YouTube. Tags:#YouTube fruzsina eordogh 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…center_img 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Related Posts 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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Rafael Nadal admits ‘hard to return to court’ after Monte Carlo shocker

first_imgThe 32-year-old said he played “one of my worst matches in 14 years on clay” in losing 6-4, 6-2 to Italian Fognini, having been forced to save three match points at 5-0 in the second set.“It will be hard to return to the practice court,” a subdued Nadal said after his fourth loss to Fognini, three of which have come on his beloved clay.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, logistics“I lost an opportunity in a very important event for me. I’m sad for that.”Nadal has struggled with knee injuries this season, and was playing his first event since withdrawing before an Indian Wells semi-final against Roger Federer last month. (FILES) In this file photo taken on April 20, 2019 Spain’s Rafael Nadal reacts during the semi final tennis match against Italy’s Fabio Fognini at the Monte-Carlo ATP Masters Series tournament in Monaco. – Rafael Nadal admitted that it will be “hard to return to the practice court” after a shock semi-final defeat by Fabio Fognini ended his bid for a record-extending 12th Monte Carlo Masters title on Saturday. The 17-time Grand Slam champion starts his Barcelona Open title defence on Wednesday April 24, 2019, as he also fights to keep his world-number-two ranking before the French Open gets underway next month. (Photo by YANN COATSALIOU / AFP)Rafael Nadal admitted that it will be “hard to return to the practice court” after a shock semi-final defeat by Fabio Fognini ended his bid for a record-extending 12th Monte Carlo Masters title on Saturday.The 17-time Grand Slam champion starts his Barcelona Open title defense on Wednesday, as he also fights to keep his world-number-two ranking before the French Open gets underway next month.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:15SC chief Peralta wants US-Marshall patterned security for PH judges01:51SC gives QC court one month extension to resolve Maguindanao massacre case02:42PH 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 “There was little chance for me to start the clay-court season in a perfect way,” he insisted.“It was a bad day, the kind of day where the feeling is not there at all. It’s difficult to find positive ways today.”Nadal was close to losing his first set to love in Monte Carlo since the 2005 final, where he beat Guillermo Coria in four sets.“I was lucky to win two (second-set) games to avoid an even worse score,” he admitted.“I’m thinking about how bad I played today, (trying to) understand the things.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Champion for years to come’ Naomi Osaka out to conquer clay SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid “Coming back from injuries, winning and winning and winning is not easy.“(It’s been a) year and a half of not having the chance to play tournaments in a row (due to injury).”Nadal facing rankings slipNadal, who will be favourite to win a 12th French Open crown at Roland Garros, has plenty of ranking points on the line before heading to Paris, with titles to defend in Barcelona and Rome.A slip outside the top two could set up a potential meeting with old rival Novak Djokovic, winner of the last three Grand Slam tournaments, before the final.The ‘king of clay’ will have to bounce back quickly next week to allay fears he is now vulnerable on the red dirt.“I played one of my worst matches on clay in 14 years,” he said.“It’s difficult to find any positives — I deserved to lose.”The Spanish great is yet to win an ATP title this season. The last year he reached May without a tournament victory was in 2004.Fognini will face unheralded Serbian Dusan Lajovic in Sunday’s final — the first time since 2004 that neither Nadal, Djokovic nor Roger Federer have made it to the last day in the Principality. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View commentslast_img read more

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