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October 19, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgHe said 221,000 Indonesian haj pilgrims were still obliged to fully pay their haj travel expenses from March 19 to May 19.According to Religious Affairs Ministerial Decree No. 6/2020, haj pilgrims are required to pay trip expenses, from Rp 31.4 million (US$2,169) to Rp 72.3 million per person, depending on their point of departure.Nizar also added that the ministry’s haj accommodation team had reached an agreement with hotels in Saudi Arabia’s holy cities of Mecca and Medina to secure rooms for Indonesian haj pilgrims.The ministry has also started the procurement of transportation and consumption services in the Middle Eastern kingdom, even though the government has yet to sign a contract with such providers. Amid the global coronavirus pandemic, Indonesia has ensured that Muslim citizens slated to embark on this year’s haj will be able to depart for Saudi Arabia, as the first Indonesian haj embarkation is still on schedule for June 26.The Religious Affairs Ministry said on Thursday that preparations for the haj were ongoing, though it had called off manasik (pilgrimage rehearsal) to reduce the risk of novel coronavirus disease COVID-19 transmission, given that the event had always involved crowds of would-be haj pilgrims.“We are still gearing up for the haj as preparations are under way, both in the country and in Saudi Arabia,” the ministry’s director general of haj and umrah (minor haj), Nizar Ali, said in a statement on Thursday. Topics :center_img Read also: COVID-19: South Sulawesi cancels mass religious event, but not before thousands arrive on site“We haven’t signed any contracts after receiving a letter from Saudi Arabia’s minister of haj and umrah stating that Indonesia needs to delay its settlement of all expenses with haj accommodation providers,” Nizar said.“It is because the Saudi government is imposing a [partial] lockdown to halt the spread of the disease,” he added.Saudi Arabia announced the suspension of umrah  on Feb. 27 and has since restricted movement to curb virus spread, which included imposing a lockdown on the country’s eastern Qatif province, where many infections are located.According to data compiled by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE), Saudi Arabia has recorded 238 cases of coronavirus, but no deaths as of Thursday.Eko Hartono, the Indonesian consular general in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia also confirmed that the government had received a letter from the Saudi government calling on Indonesia to postpone procurement and upcoming contracts with haj service providers in the kingdom.He said the letter came after the Saudi government became worried that Indonesia would bear financial losses if the Islamic kingdom implemented new haj policies to halt the spread of the disease.“But it doesn’t mean that this year’s haj pilgrimage will be canceled,” Eko asserted. (glh)last_img read more

October 18, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgAaron Ramsey signs £400,000-a-week contract with Juventus ahead of Arsenal exit this summer Metro Sport ReporterMonday 11 Feb 2019 5:20 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link758Shares Comment Advertisement Ramsey will leave Arsenal at the end of the season (Getty Images)The BBC also claim that Ramsey completed a two-part medical with Juventus in January.AdvertisementAdvertisementRamsey, who has won three FA Cup trophies during his 11 seasons at Arsenal, was in talks with the Gunners over a new contract.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe Wales international claimed in October that he was ready to extend his deal with Arsenal before the club decided to withdraw their offer without giving him an explanation.Unai Emery also wanted Ramsey to extend his contract but has used the midfielder sparingly since it became apparent that he would be leaving the club at the end of the season.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Aaron Ramsey is heading to Juventus (EMPICS)Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has signed a pre-contract agreement with Juventus for a deal worth just over £400,000 a week, according to reports.The 28-year-old will be available as a free agent this summer once his contract with Arsenal expires at the end of June.Ramsey has been linked with several clubs including Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea.But according to the BBC, Ramsey has now committed to a four-year contract with Juventus and will join the Italian champions at the end of the season.ADVERTISEMENTThe deal will make him Juve’s second-highest earner behind Cristiano Ronaldo, who earns £500,000 a week. Advertisementlast_img read more

September 24, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgNORTH VERNON, In.— Indiana Department of Transportation’s contractor for the   $1.9 million roundabout project at the west end of U.S. Highway 50’s bypass at North Vernon will begin construction operations next week.  Phase I signage will be put in place on Monday, April 2.Phase I calls for building the east half of the roundabout.  Traffic will shift to the westbound side of U.S. 50.  Walnut Street and C.R. 400 West will close.Milestone is the state’s contractor for this intersection project that will replace the existing stop-control configuration at U.S. 50/Walnut Street-C.R. 400W—located two miles west of North Vernon—with a single-lane roundabout measuring 166 feet in diameter.  Plans call for splitter islands to be installed on rebuilt road approaches.  The roundabout’s 16-foot-wide lane will encircle a center hub designed to accommodate semi-trailers on a 14-foot truck apron.  Lighting is included in the project.Later, Phase II construction will build the west half of the roundabout—shifting traffic to the center of the roadway.  Walnut Street and C.R. 400W will remain closed.During Phase III, splitter islands and the center island will be constructed—normalizing U.S. 50 traffic while Walnut Street and C.R. 400W remain closed.Phase IV construction builds the western curb entrance to the roundabout.  Walnut Street and C.R. 400W open to traffic.last_img read more

September 23, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgFranklin County High School Girls Varsity Cross Country finishes 1st place at Seton Catholic/Oldenburg.Despite warm temperatures, the Wildcat Girls Cross Country Team ran well on their home course. Junior, Lauren Kelley, was the top female finisher with a time of 22:29. Since boys and girls ran at the same time, she was also able to see how she compared to her male counter parts. She finished 12th out of a field of 29 runners, composed of both male and female athletes. Senior, Katelyn Meyer, was the second fastest female runner for Franklin County, finishing 3rd place for the women. Even though, the ladies ran on their home course, it was a new route from prior years. They were able to run tough, keep a consistent pace, and finish strong.Franklin County High School Boys Varsity Cross Country finishes 2nd place at Seton Catholic/Oldenburg.The Franklin County Boys Cross Country team competed against Oldenburg Academy and Seton Catholic on their FCHS home course. With only 5 points to separate them, Franklin county placed 2nd to Oldenburg. Oldenburg took the first 3 spots, but Franklin County took the 4th through 8th place spots. It just wasn’t enough to close the gap from the 3 top spots that Oldenburg earned, though. Sophomore, Ben Maze, the top runner for the Franklin County boys, placed 4th with a time of 20:30. Junior, Drew Grant was right behind him, in 5th place with a time of 20:35. Senior, Harvey Marshall, and Freshman, Hunter Marshall, ran really close splits for the first two miles, but Hunter pulled away in the 3rd mile and claimed the 6th spot for Franklin County. HIs time of 21:12 was 14 seconds faster than Harvey’s 7th place finish. The Franklin County boys ran a great race and placed well overall.They’ll be ready to battle it out again on their home course against East Central on Thursday, September 5th.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Stacy Nobbe.last_img read more

September 17, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgIt is the third consecutive year that Cleveland have beaten Toronto in the play-offs.“We had a lot of challenges, but we had a great game plan,” James said.Toronto coach Dwane Casey described his team as “emotionally drunk after game one and game three”.“I thought we could bounce back, but we didn’t,” he added.Cleveland will play either Boston Celtics or Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conference finals.Boston could have completed a 4-0 series win over Philadelphia, but the 76ers registered a 103-92 win to set up a fifth game on Wednesday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram NBA PLAY-OFFSLeBron James scored 29 points as Cleveland Cavaliers secured a 4-0 series win over Toronto Raptors and ensure their place in the NBA Eastern Conference finals.Cleveland beat the number one seeds 128-93 to set up a meeting with either Boston or Philadelphia.last_img read more

September 17, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThe front door of Everybody’s Kitchen once again bears an “A” health rating after another inspection by the Los Angeles County Health Department.Easy A · Josh Faskowitz, a freshman majoring in neuroscience, and Kristena Kittle, a freshman majoring in business, relax at EVK. – Dan Doperalski | Daily Trojan After receiving a “B” rating on Sept. 9, the dining hall was given an “A” in a follow-up inspection on Sept. 17. The cafeteria earned 100 points, the maximum amount possible.“There were no violations at all on the two-page inspection report,” said Mabel Gale, an environmental health specialist with the Department of Public Health.EVK has worked on keeping up with standard operating procedures and has repaired the faulty equipment that was found in the first inspection, said Kris Klinger, director of USC Hospitality.“We had a staff meeting to share the results of the initial inspection and revisited all the safety measures that we have in place. We’re making sure that we’re moving forward,” Klinger said.He said he expects all USC Hospitality dining facilities to receive “A” ratings, and that the recent “B” was not the standard.“It was disappointing, but we have taken the necessary precautions,” Klinger said.Many students, such as David Johnson, a junior majoring in biomedical engineering, said they would like to know that they are eating at a safe place.“Everyone expects the dining halls on campus to be at a certain level,” Johnson said.Despite the dip in ratings, however, others said they were not deterred from eating at EVK.“Personally, I don’t care. As long as you make healthy choices for yourself,” said Janet Huang, a freshman majoring in international relations (global business).EVK will be subject to another routine inspection in the next four to five months. If, at the time, the dining hall receives a rating lower than an “A,” the option to request another follow-up inspection will not be open to the university, Gale said.last_img read more

September 16, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThe No.1 University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team is welcoming Bemidji State University to LaBahn arena this weekend.Wisconsin (8-0, 2-0 WCHA) is on a roll this year, earning their eight victory this past weekend against Mankato, making them the only team in the WCHA that is still undefeated this far into the season. Many people did not expect the Badgers to be this successful, especially after the loss of the 2017 class, which earned them the No.2 rankings in pre-season polls.Women’s hockey: Wisconsin rolls past Mankato to earn first WCHA winThe University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team remains undefeated after heading to Mankato this past weekend to take on the Read…All of this negativity did not impact the Badgers however, and their rise to the top of the poll is a momentous achievement for this young team and shows that they have a strength that has yet to be overcome by any other team. The original No.1, Minnesota, has been faltering this season, and as of this weekend, the Gophers find themselves in the No.7 position.Bemidji State, on the other hand, is really struggling this season, with a 1-4-1 record as of October 18th. The Beavers have not been fairing well in games, losing to both Clarkson and Minnesota earlier in the season, and Wisconsin is going to be a very difficult challenge for them.It is a little irrational to assume that a team that has four losses this season to teams that are comparable to Madison would all of a sudden begin performing at a higher caliber of play, and on the road no less. The odds of Bemidji wining one game might be average, but the Beavers will be unlikely to find themselves sweeping the series against the Badgers.Instead, this is likely to be a game of prevention from Bemidji’s side. They know that Wisconsin is going to score, and they know that once Wisconsin scores they score often, so the main goal of Bemidji will be trying to prevent the Badgers from scoring.Women’s hockey: Badgers crush the Orange, remain undefeatedThe University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team is still undefeated thus far this season after they devoured the Syracuse Orange Read…Their record would suggest that skill is not going to be an effective strategy at achieving this goal, so it is most likely that the Beavers will turn to a very physical strategy to prevent the Badgers from netting goals. Fans can expect this series to be filled with hard hits and a lot of penalties as Bemidji tries to keep Wisconsin at bay.The series between these two teams starts Friday night at 7 p.m. and will conclude Saturday at 7 p.m..last_img read more

September 16, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThey meet in the evening session at London’s O-2 Arena.Before that, the two players who lost their opening matches face off as Kei Nishikori takes on Tomas Berdych.last_img

September 8, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgRight from the point of entry at the Pulkovo Airport into St Petersburg on June 13, this reporter was welcomed into Russia by adoring volunteers. Some of us who had read so much western media propaganda against Russia took such smiles and open arms from the volunteers with a pinch of salt. We were sort of edgy and did all we could to be on the watch. Not even similar friendly welcome from warm hotel staff at the Park Inn by Radisson Pribaltiyskaya could disarm that impression of racism drummed into us. But after just two days in that beautiful city of skyscrapers, it became obvious that all that we have been fed with were mere lies, aimed at painting a terrible image of the Russian people. Nigerians and other nationals began to open open to Russians and enjoy all that was available to savour.From Moscow to St Petersburg, Kazan, Volgograd, Kaliningrad, Ekaterinburg, Sochi, Saransk, Samara, Rostov-On-Don and Nizhny Novgorod, the story of friendliness was all the same. Supporters from all the continents, coaches, footballers and their back room staff are all saying that what they witnessed here during the Mundial is totally different from the pictures of Russia painted before visitors arrived here.One of the stand-out feature that made Russia 2018 different was the introduction of Fan ID that made it easier for visitors to have easy passage here.Visitors to Russia applied for a laminated Fan ID photo card to bypass entry visa rules. The process also allowed Russian authorities to screen people considered to be a security threat, and monitor who entered stadiums. Some saw the ID system as a data protection risk, yet many fans embraced their laminates as though members of a World Cup club. The ID gave visitors a special privilege which the locals were ever willing to assist when the need arises. Of course, like in any society bad eggs took advantage to fleece unsuspecting visitors of their hard earned money and personal effects. Such reports were insignificant when compared with the hundreds of thousands of visitors that flocked Russian cities to be part of the football show.For Nigerian and African fans here, the World Cup ended for us long time ago when none of the five teams from the continent could make it out of the group stage. Of course, not to that we were expecting any miracle of a sort happening, we had expected at least one or two to make it to the second round and may be , the quarter, like Ghana did at South Africa 2010. But after they all crashed, we had no choice to adopt countries featuring our ‘black brothers’ like France, Belgium and England.If football aficionados here were not taken by surprise the spectacular performance of host Russia, this reporter was. I had nursed the fears that the stadia may no longer enjoy full patronage once Russia crash out at the group stage. The hosts finished ahead of several more glamorous names, such as Germany, Argentina, Portugal and Spain – beaten by Russia on penalties in the Round of 16 -, while Brazil and Uruguay were knocked out at the same stage.“I’m grateful to the players for this tournament,” Russian head coach Stanislav Cherchesov said the morning after the team crashed out.“Fifty days have flown by like one. Thanks to the fans as well, it’s down to them that we got so far. We didn’t have any standout players, it was the team that stood out. All 23 players deserve respect, they all gave it their all. Only by working hard can we get people to believe in us and love us. Now the whole country knows what kind of national team they have. I hope we’ve changed attitudes for the better,” concludes the Russian manager.For fans without tickets, the Fan Fests scattered all over the 11 host cities were the perfect place to be. They provided the entertainment like no other. There were vibrant presence of fans mostly from Argentina, Peru, Mexico, Croatia and others. Fans made friends with other nationalities and even locals. Of course, some new affairs of the hearts were sealed in some of the Fan Fests. It will not be too long for the world to begin to hear of marriages whose beginning started here in Russia. Russia was truly a lovely place for the Mundial.NOTE…Till four years time when the world will gather in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup, it has been a wonderful time out here chronicling events from Day One for THISDAY Newspaper titles. To our partner, MultiChoice Nigeria Limited whose DSTV sports pay television channel made the trip possible, we say a BIG THANK YOU.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Against all propaganda of racism and hostile negativity, the 2018 FIFA World Cup ended last night here in Russia with fanfare as France defeated Croatia 4-2 to win Les Blues second title.The host country put up a showpiece that matched, perhaps, the best of the Mundial that the world has seen in recent time. For us visitors to Russia, this World Cup here has opened our eyes. Now we know better when any one is talking negatively about the Russian people. It has been 32 days of unforgettable football experience, moving from one beautiful city to another. Russia 2018 will remain a memory to treasure, just like the 2010 edition Africa hosted for the first time in Mandela’s country, South Africa.Twenty-four hours to yesterday’s closing ceremony, top officials of the next host in four years, Qatar, gave thumb up to the Russian LOC for putting up a great spectacle during the 28 days of total football showpiece. Now that Russia has lifted the bar, Qatar2022 will have no choice but strive to match the efficiency exhibited here at Russia 2018.last_img read more

August 13, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgCLEAR LAKE — A plea change hearing is set for a Clear Lake man accused of burglarizing a home earlier this year.27-year-old Aaron Pankratz was charged with second-degree burglary after being accused of forcing his way into a home in the 600 block of South 8th Street in Clear Lake on May 4th, where he allegedly assaulted two of the residents as they came out of a second-floor bedroom.Pankratz originally pleaded not guilty to the charge, but online court records show that District Judge DeDra Schroeder on Tuesday scheduled a plea change hearing in the case for July 15th.Pankratz continues to be held in the Cerro Gordo County Jail on $10,000 cash-only bond.last_img read more