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Chad bans Islamic face veil after suicide bombings

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first_imgAnyone found wearing a burqa would be “arrested, tried and sentenced in summary proceedings”, he added.Chad’s government on Tuesday declared three days of national mourning for the 33 people killed and more than 100 others wounded in the blasts.Monday’s bombings, the first such attacks in the capital of Muslim-majority Chad, have been blamed on Boko Haram jihadists who have previously carried out bloody assaults on villages along the border with Nigeria.The Islamist militants have used female suicide bombers to launch attacks in the past by hiding explosive devices under their clothes.The attackers were on motorcycles when they blew themselves up outside two police buildings in the capital, N’Djamena.Chad President Idriss Deby said he was “not surprised” the country has been targeted because of the leading role its army is playing in a regional offensive against Boko Haram fighters operating out of northeastern Nigeria. Security officers stand at the site of a suicide bombing in Ndjamena, Chad, on MondayMuslim women in Chad will no longer wear their full face veil.This comes after the government banned the full face veil following suicide bomb attacks in the country on Monday.The government has blamed Nigeria’s militant group Boko Haram for the attacks which killed more than 20 people.“Wearing the full face veil which is also called ‘Burqa’ must stop immediately from today, not only in public places and schools but throughout the whole of the country,” Prime Minister Kalzeube Pahimi Deubet said in a speech to religious leaders the day before the start of the holy Muslim festival of Ramadaan.Any type of clothing that leaves only the eyes visible is a form of “camouflage” and is now banned, he added, asking the religious leaders to spread the message in their mosques, churches and holy places.Prime Minister Deubet said instructions had been given to security forces to “go into the markets and to seize all the burqas on sale and burn them”.Chad says the full face Veil is a camouflage for attackers from the Boko Haram grouplast_img read more

GFA must focus on local players – Afranie

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first_imgFormer Coach of the Black Stars, Emmanuel Afranie wants Ghana to follow the example of successful teams at the just ended Nations Cup, by incorporating more locally based players into the senior national team.The Black Stars failed to make it to the finals of the tournament in South Africa and with the World Cup qualifiers beckoning, there have been heavy talks of beefing up the team with key players who were missing in Ghana’s last continental showing.The former Coach who doubles as a member of the Black Stars Technical Committee, ignored such suggestions insisting, inadequate preparation was the bane of the team at the tourney. He urged the Football Association to pay more attention to Ghanaian players plying their trade in the country.“I would prefer that in future, we take a very serious look at the Local Black Stars, because they can camp for longer periods and build the sort of team cohesion needed for winning various tournaments. Some teams did that this time round to great effect and the performance of our local players should encourage us to give them a chance,” he said, on the JOY Sports Link, Saturday.Sterling performances of local players including goal keeper, Fatau Dauda, midfielder Solomon Asante, and defenders Awal Mohammed and Kissi Boateng at this year’s Nations cup, are now the reference points for such debates and Head Coach Kwasi Appiah would be on the lookout as the Glo premier league 2nd round beginslast_img read more

Yasiel Puig’s heroics not enough as Dodgers fall to Pirates 6-3

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first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Josh Harrison and Neil Walker had RBI singles off Brandon League, then Paul Maholm relieved League, only to see pinch hitter Gaby Sanchez greet him with an RBI double to left field, helping Pittsburgh defeat the Dodgers 6-3 in the opening game of a four-game series.League, who has mostly been effective this season, went two-thirds of an inning, allowing three runs on three hits and a walk.“I couldn’t buy myself a groundout tonight,” League said. “I’m not sure if my sinker was not sinking or if it was location, I’ll have to check out the video tomorrow.”Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he’s not concerned about League’s performance.“You have to look at his body of work this season, he’s been really good,” Mattingly said. “You have to allow him a hiccup now and again.” Yasiel Puig is gunning for Player of the Month honors, and at this point, is there really any doubt?Puig continued to electrify the home crowd on Thursday night during a matchup of Southern California-bred starting pitchers.The Dodgers’ Dan Haren continued to pitch well at Dodger Stadium and Pittsburgh’s Gerrit Cole became comfortable after a rocky start.Haren’s effort was wiped out when the Pirates scored three runs in the seventh inning off the Dodger bullpen. center_img Puig, who went into the game leading the majors with a .406 average, .509 on-base percentage and .760 slugging percentage in May, went 2 for 4 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored. He now leads the National League with 25 RBIs in May.Puig also made a sensational one-handed catch against the wall down the right-field line in the eighth inning. Puig has reached base safely in 30 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the major leagues. But Puig’s exploits were not enough.Cole, making his second major league appearance in Southern California and first at Dodger Stadium, settled down after the first two innings and retired 11 in a row before Puig led off the the sixth inning with a double and Hanley Ramirez singled him home to tie the score 3-3.The Dodgers jumped on Cole early. In the first inning, Andre Ethier delivered a one-out triple down the right-field line and Puig followed with bloop RBI double to right field, dunking the ball in between second baseman Neil Walker and right fielder Josh Harrison and failing to stop until he beat the throw to second. In the second inning, Justin Turner led off with a line-drive single just out of the reach of diving center fielder Andrew McCutchen. After a Tim Federowicz sacrifice bunt, Dee Gordon delivered an RBI single up the middle under the glove of diving shortstop Clint Barmes to give the Dodgers a 2-1 lead.Former Dodger Russell Martin hit a two-out, solo home run on a split-finger fastball left up in the zone by Haren in the sixth inning to give the Pirates a 3-2 lead.“I’m really mad about that pitch,” Haren said. “Right as I let it go I knew. I was just hoping he’d foul it off.”Haren, a Bishop Amat High graduate and former Pepperdine star who has not lost at Dodger Stadium this season, went six innings, allowing three runs on eight hits and no walks with two strikeouts. League took the loss, so Haren still has not lost in five starts at Dodger Stadium this season.“I’ve been mediocre for a few starts now, I have to get back to how I was throwing earlier in the season,” Haren said. “I’ve got to get guys to swing and miss a little more. When that many balls are put into play, bad things are going to happen.”Cole went 6 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts. Three Pittsburgh relievers kept the Dodgers off the scoreboard. Jason Grilli closed it out in the ninth.Barmes went 3 for 4 with two runs scored, Harrison went 2 for 5 with two RBIs and Walker went 2 for 5 with an RBI for Pittsburgh.The Dodgers’ nine-game home winning streak against the Pirates came to an end.last_img read more