Militants kill dozens of people in Nigeria

first_imgBoko Haram militants A series of attacks by suspected Boko Haram militants, in Nigeria’s central and northeast has left dozens dead.Two attacks on mosques in Jos and one attack on a church in Potiskum are the latest in a series of deadly attacks.Two bombs exploded at a crowded mosque and an elite Muslim restaurant in Nigeria’s central city of Jos, killing 44 people, officials said Monday.A restaurant and a mosque were targeted on Sunday night.No-one has claimed responsibility but militant group Boko Haram has attacked Jos before, even though it is not in north-east Nigeria where the Islamists normally operate.Sixty-seven other people were wounded in the attacks Sunday night and were being treated at hospitals, said National Emergency Management Agency coordinator Abdussalam Mohammed.The explosion at the Yantaya Mosque came as leading cleric Sani Yahaya of the Jama’atu Izalatul Bidia organization, which preaches peaceful co-existence of all religions, was addressing a crowd during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, according to survivors who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.Sunday’s attacks are the latest in a string blamed on Boko Haram that have killed more than 200 people over the past week in northeast Nigeria.The extremists returned Sunday to northeastern villages attacked three days earlier, killing nine villagers and burning down 32 churches and about 300 homes, said Stephen Apagu, chairman of a vigilante self-defense group in Borno state’s Askira-Uba local government area.Meanwhile the United States has condemned a string of attacks by Boko Haram militants in northeastern Nigeria that killed more than 200 people in the past week, including a suicide bombing at a church Sunday that left at least five dead.In a statement late Sunday, State Department spokesman John Kirby pledged U.S. support for the Nigerian people “in their struggle against violent extremism.”“We continue to support Nigeria’s efforts to bring those responsible for these attacks, as well as previous attacks to justice,” Kirby said.  “As we have said before, the people of northern Nigeria deserve to live free from violence and terror.”Witnesses said Sunday’s attack in Potiskum, the largest city in Yobe state, involved a bomber disguised as a church member who detonated explosives shortly after entering the building.last_img read more

Ashley Young sends message to Man Utd fans after sealing Inter  transfer

first_imgAshley Young has taken to social media to send an emotional message to Manchester United and their supporters following his move to Inter Milan. The full-back joined Inter for a £1.28m fee on Friday, bringing an end to his nine-and-a-half year spell at United. The former Watford and Aston Villa man-made 261 appearances for United, and clearly still feels a great affinity towards the club regardless of the move to Italy. He then added a second post with a picture of himself amongst United supporters, along with the caption: “To the United fans: every time I walked on the pitch wearing your shirt I gave you my all. Thank you for your support during the highs and lows. I leave as one of you, see you in the away end soon.”Advertisement Loading… Promoted Content10 Bollywood Celeb Weight Loss Transformations That Will Stun YouTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time6 Most Handsome Indian ActorsBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them8 Shows That Went From “Funny” To “Why Am I Watching This”Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World8 Scenes That Prove TV Has Gone Too Far Fans reacted with respect for their former captain, with one Twitter user saying “Thank you for everything Ashley, good luck in Italy captain”, while another added “A professional through and through. Wherever you were played in the team, you gave your all and never let the club or yourself down.” United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also praised Young following his departure, saying: “He’s been a good servant for the club. He’s been captain and he’s won trophies, leagues, cups, but we’ve got players coming through. Read Also:Ashley Young begins ‘new adventure’ at Inter Milan “So it was time now, then. When Ashley’s head and mindset was on ‘yeah, I want to try this’, why not do it now?” After Young left Harry Maguire was immediately named United’s new captain. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Penn State freshman ruins Wisconsin’s Senior Day

first_imgSenior Day wanted to end so badly, but Wisconsin was not yet having it as the Badgers’ fate became an undesirable, yet unsealed, one Saturday evening. Penn State took a 31-14 fourth quarter lead, but numerous seniors kept a flickering hope alive for a victory in their final game at Camp Randall. Eventually, Joel Stave’s Hail Mary heave found Nittany Lion safety Ryan Keiser waiting in the end zone, sealing the 31-24 Penn State victory and Wisconsin’s nine-win regular season.The experienced, senior-laden Badgers were playing their final game at Camp Randall, with the emotions and memories of 4-6 years in the Big Ten culminating at the Madison stadium. They were dashed by a Penn State freshman.Nittany Lion quarterback Christian Hackenberg diced the Badgers defense through the air for much of the game, piling up 277 yards and three scores through three quarters, building a 24-14 lead before Jump Around.Senior Day was not going as planned, but optimism had not left the air. “House of Pain “had just played over the loud speakers, and Joel Stave found redshirt senior tight end Jacob Pedersen for a first down in Nittany Lion territory. The next play was headed for senior wide receiver Jared Abbrederis, but Stave’s throw came in a bit too high, grazing the fingertips of a very open Abbrederis and falling into the hands of Penn State corner Trevor Williams.“It just sailed a little bit,” Stave said. “That can’t happen, not in that situation.”If hopes weren’t dashed at that point, three plays later it was Hackenberg who — as Wisconsin redshirt senior linebacker Brendan Kelly dove for his ankles — lofted possibly his best throw of the game, a dart to streaking teammate Eugene Lewis for a 59-yard score, beating the coverage of redshirt sophomore quarterback Tanner McEvoy and redshirt junior cornerback Peniel Jean.It was the third pass of 50-or-more yards by Hackenberg Saturday, the only three times Wisconsin’s defense allowed such a play all season long. Yet with less than 13 minutes remaining and owning a three-score deficit, Wisconsin’s Senior Day wouldn’t end.The Badgers crept back into the game. A 13-play, 76-yard drive converted one of those scores, followed by a PSU three-and-out. Sophomore kicker Jack Russell’s 48-yard field goal couldn’t have floated another yard left or another yard short, but it was good enough to convert a second score.Camp Randall was back in the game, and while Senior Day was at one point on life support, the Wisconsin defense forced a 3rd-and-9, trailing 31-24 with more than three minutes to go.Whoever remained from the 78,064 that attended were at their loudest as Hackenberg took the snap from the shotgun for a draw play, which his running back Zach Zwinak took up the middle — where Wisconsin positioned no down linemen — for 61 yards, all but sealing the victory. Camp Randall’s decibels had been decimated.“The draw wasn’t a surprise. The draw is a staple of their offense,” head coach Gary Andersen said. “They hit it. They blocked it up and did a tremendous job there. You can’t be in that position with [Penn State coach Bill O’Brien] and think that a draw’s not an option for them. They’re going to be smart and try to run the clock and get the first down.”It was nonetheless a bold call that worked for O’Brien. Andersen praised him after the game for his own and his team’s preparation. It was O’Brien’s second time facing Wisconsin in his short career as head coach, but the second time his team has escaped the Badgers in a tight game.“Their coaches on offense — they got us today,” Andersen said.And though many coaching decisions don’t wield a distinct presence throughout a game, one of them caught Wisconsin far too off guard.The Badgers were controlling the game late in the second quarter, leading 14-7, when a pass interference call on freshman corner Sojourn Shelton inched them closer to a tie game. Three plays later, Lewis was flanked left near the Wisconsin sideline, and the closest Badger to him was the sprinting Andersen, pleading for a timeout.He didn’t get it.Hackenberg took one step from center, turned his shoulders and fired likely the easiest touchdown of his life, a three-yard score he may have been able to do blindfolded.“That was a play where our staff thought it was a different personnel, so we were geared up in a zero-blitz,” redshirt senior safety Dezmen Southward said. “We took a corner out of the game to get bigger guys in … and that was a complete surprise to everybody.”The teams headed to halftime knotted at 14s, and the Badgers wouldn’t score for the next 22 minutes as Penn State used a pair of Stave’s three interceptions to keep Wisconsin off the scoreboard and put Hackenberg in good field position.In the end, many players cited an overall lack of execution that kept Wisconsin, a 24-point favorite, from topping Penn State. The offense that averaged more than 36 points per game this season was held to just 14 through three quarters, while the running back duo of redshirt sophomore Melvin Gordon and senior James White were each held to less than 100 yards rushing for the first time since the September loss to Ohio State.As Wisconsin held reasonable hopes for a BCS bowl entering the final regular season game, the postseason outlook has changed once again. The loss naturally left a somber mood among the fourth-, fifth- or even sixth-year Badgers exiting the stadium in a loss.Kelly was one of them. When Senior Day had finally ended, he figured the disappointment seen at Camp Randall prompts a reflection period for the 26 Badgers honored in their final home game Saturday.“I think we have to take an inventory of ourselves and look at us players and say ‘How can we make our team better’ and get ready for this bowl game.”last_img read more

Health officials discussing with faith-based places of worship importance of not having large gatherings Easter weekend

first_imgMASON CITY — The Cerro Gordo County director of public health is reminding people not to take part in large gatherings, especially with the Easter weekend coming up. Brian Hanft says they’ve had a lot of discussion with faith-based places of worship this week about the need not to have events involving a large number of people.  “We recognize that is a sacred event, and this is difficult for us to promote to our public, but we really are asking for those churches not to conduct those drive-in type of church services, because again that’s a way of bringing people together and congregating, which just affords an opportunity for people to get out of their cars and kind of break that separation, those guidelines that were promoting.” Hanft says they are trying to work with groups who are thinking about putting on any events to remind them of social distancing guidelines.  “We are working to monitor additional events that are happening throughout the community through our joint information center, and if we hear about those things we will reach out to those organizations that are setting those events up and just try to talk you through our rationale and our reasoning.” Wuhan China, where the COVID-19 pandemic began, just ended their lockdown after 76 days. Hanft says the goal is to not have that length of lockdown here in north-central Iowa.  “Clearly we don’t want to be Wuhan China, but if this virus takes hold of our community because we’re not basically adhering to the social distancing guidelines, we will extend the impacts to our businesses, to our schools, and to our  government offices. We plead with organizations, with our places of worship and such, to please just follow our guide on this and know that they’ll be other opportunities to start having your congregations come back together, otherwise try to host those congregational events or other group events virtually remotely.”Hanft says they know social distancing is causing a fatigue on people, but new guidance from the CDC shows you can be COVID-19 positive for up to 48 hours and not even know it, potentially spreading it to others if you participate in gatherings.last_img read more