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COVID-19: Mosques defy ulema council appeal to suspend Friday prayer

first_imgThe Jami’ Ar-Rahmah mosque located in East Tebet subdistrict in Tebet, South Jakarta, insisted on gathering dozens of local residents for Friday prayer, even though the subdistrict had one confirmed case COVID-19.Friday prayer is obligatory for Muslim men in place of zuhur (daily midday prayer). It is also accompanied by a mandatory sermon that can last up to 45 minutes.The mosque also went against an Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) fatwa issued on Monday that called on Muslims to pray at home and avoid congregating in areas where COVID-19 had spread “uncontrollably”, including skipping “Friday prayers in those areas until the situation returns to normal”.  Tribunnews.com reported on locals and authorities from Lampung, Bangka Belitung and Riau provinces choosing to disinfect their mosques and conducting the weekly prayer. The Great Mosque of Palembang in South Sumatra even gave out pamphlets containing information about COVID-19 to attendees.Indonesia has reported 369 positive COVID-19 cases with 32 fatalities as of Friday.Al Azhar Mosque in South Jakarta also went ahead with the weekly event.Some mosques have chosen to heed the MUI’s warning and canceled Friday prayer, including prominent ones such Istiqlal Grand Mosque, Sunda Kelapa Mosque and Baiturrahim Mosque in the State Palace compound, all in Central Jakarta.In addition to the MUI fatwa, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan also announced on Thursday that the city would limit Friday prayer and all other mass religious activities for the next two weeks after a discussion with the Jakarta Religious Harmony Forum and all religious leaders in the capital.With 210 cases, Jakarta has the highest number of COVID-19 infections from the 17 provinces that have reported the disease.”We agreed to suspend all communal worship activities for two weeks. We urge people to pray at home during this time,” Anies said during a press briefing at City Hall on Thursday.After the administration’s warning, Istiqlal Mosque agreed to suspend Friday prayer for two weeks after insisting on holding the event.Istiqlal high imam Nasaruddin Umar also advised Muslims across the country to avoid all forms of congregational prayers during the pandemic.“We are strongly encouraged to prevent everything that is harmful,” he added. “Preventing harm is more important than pursuing benefits.” (mfp) Topics :center_img Ahmad, a 35-year-old caretaker of the Jami’ Ar-Rahmah Mosque said the Indonesian Mosque Council and the subdistrict’s office had approved the Friday prayer, adding that the mosque had been cleaned and sprayed with disinfected beforehand.“The people were eager to attend Friday prayer, so we still held it,” Ahmad told The Jakarta Post on Friday.Jami’ Ar-Rahmah was one of the many mosques still compelled to hold Friday prayer despite the ulema council’s warning. Caretakers of the Great Al Azhom mosque in Tangerang, Banten, said the mosque still held Friday prayer with a shorter sermon than usual while also advising people to bring their own prayer mats.“Because as of now, Tangerang is not a red zone. So, we chose to still have Friday prayer,” Chaerudin said on Friday as quoted by kompas.com, adding that the mosque had already been disinfected and people attending the prayer would have their temperatures checked.last_img read more

Brazil confirms first indigenous coronavirus case in the Amazon

first_imgThe patient, whose name was not made public, is a medical worker who had traveled upriver to several villages, including the town of Tabatinga, and returned home with fever, a sore throat and chest pains, the O Globo newspaper reported.Four cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the same district, including a Brazilian doctor who tested positive last week, raising fears that the epidemic could spread to remote and vulnerable indigenous communities with devastating effect.The doctor, whose name was not made public, had returned from vacation in southern Brazil to work with the Tikunas, one of the largest tribe in the Amazon with more than 30,000 people who live in the upper Amazon near the borders with Colombia and Peru.Health experts warn that the spreading virus could be lethal for Brazil’s 850,000 indigenous people, who have been decimated for centuries by diseases brought by Europeans, from smallpox and malaria to the flu.Health experts say the indigenous peoples’ way of life in communal hamlets under large thatched structures increases the risk of contagion if any single member contracts the virus, which causes the sometimes fatal respiratory disease COVID-19.  Topics : An indigenous woman in a village deep in the Amazon rainforest has contracted the novel coronavirus, the first case reported among Brazil’s more than 300 tribes, the Health Ministry’s indigenous health service Sesai said on Wednesday.The 19-year-old woman from the Kokama tribe tested positive for the virus in the district of Santo Antonio do Içá, located near the border with Colombia some 880 km up the Amazon river from the state capital Manaus.”Unfortunately, we have an indigenous person with the virus,” said a Sesait spokeswoman by telephone.last_img read more

Guardiola salutes ‘incredible’ Foden as Man City make winning start

first_imgWhile City equaled Aston Villa’s record of winning 10 consecutive opening fixtures to a top-flight season, there is little doubt Liverpool remain the Premier League’s preeminent force for now.But Guardiola was delighted to open with a victory given the shorter than usual pre-season.”We could not run much because we are tired in our legs but in general we did a good game,” he said.”The period that we are in, the situation that we had this last two weeks, I expected some moments where we suffer but in general we controlled it well.”It was a good performance. We know how difficult it is in this stadium.”Sometimes we need more time to get to our best condition but it was a good start to come here and win.”It feels like a crucial season for City and Guardiola as they look to regain the title they won in 2018 and 2019.Guardiola says he needs to “deserve” an extension to his City contract rather than just be handed one as he enters the final year of his current deal.After finishing 18 points behind Liverpool and suffering a shock Champions League quarter-final defeat against Lyon, City need to push the champions harder this term and the early signs were encouraging. City’s swaggering first half gave way to an anxious spell as Wolves dominated after the interval and they had to cling on after Raul Jimenez got one back before Gabriel Jesus sealed the points in stoppage time.Foden’s goal was a welcome morale boost in his first match since the midfielder was sent home in disgrace, along with Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood, after the pair invited local women into the England team’s hotel.The breach of coronavirus protocols after England’s Nations League match in Iceland was publicly condemned by City, but the 20-year-old retains Guardiola’s trust.”For the goal and in the second half Foden played incredibly well, he helped us keep the ball,” Guardiola said. Topics : Pep Guardiola labeled Phil Foden as “incredible” after Manchester City survived a scare to start their Premier League title challenge with a 3-1 win against Wolves on Monday.City’s delayed start to the campaign — due to their involvement in last season’s Champions League — had allowed Liverpool to build a six-point lead over them before they had even kicked a ball.Guardiola’s side could not afford to slip up at Molineux if they wanted to keep pace with the champions and they raced into a two-goal lead before half-time thanks to Kevin De Bruyne’s penalty and Foden’s cool finish. Tense finale It was De Bruyne, showing no signs of relaxing after being voted PFA Player of the Year last season, who took the responsibility of driving City forward and in the 20th minute he prised open the Wolves defense.The Belgium midfielder’s burst into the Wolves area drew a rash lunge from Romain Saiss and referee Andre Marriner awarded a penalty that De Bruyne converted with ease.City were beaten by Wolves twice last season, but this was Guardiola’s team at their imperious best and they struck again with a slick move in the 32nd minute.Gabriel Jesus laid off to De Bruyne and his perfectly-weighted pass found Sterling, whose precise cutback teed up Foden to slot home from 12 yards.De Bruyne had a chance to make it three from Jesus’s pass, but for once he couldn’t apply the finishing touch as Rui Patricio saved well.Totally out-classed in the first half, Wolves were much improved after the break and there were worrying side for Guardiola as he surveyed his creaking defense.Daniel Podence turned to fire just wide and he threatened again with a chip over City keeper Ederson that just cleared the crossbar.Jimenez set up a tense finale when he met Podence’s cross with a powerful header in the 78th minute, but Jesus netted deep into stoppage-time as his shot deflected in off Conor Coady.last_img read more

AquaTrojan Boys Win Centerville Invitational

first_imgThe AquaTrojan Boys team wins the 2017 Boys Centerville Invitational on Saturday.The scores are as followed:  East Central 363, Centerville 268, Hagerstown 195, Milan 154, Rushville 89.Individual champions include:  Cai Fox-200 Freestyle; Jacob Weber-100 Freestyle, 100 Backstroke (School Record in 100 Backstroke); Jackson Ketcham-500 Freestyle; Alex Ketcham-100 Breaststroke.EC won all three relays to bring home the victory.Jacob Weber was voted by the Invitational coaches at the Meet MVP.The EC boys team finishes the regular season with a record of 26-1.Courtesy of AquaTrojans Coach Brandon Loveless.last_img read more

EPL: Newcastle, Everton in cagey duel

first_imgRelatedPosts Fulham keen on Lookman loan deal EPL: Calvert-Lewin treble fires Everton past West Brom EPL: Everton set to compound West Brom woes Newcastle United vs. Everton Venue: St. James’Park Kick off: 4PMNewcastle United play host to Everton in the Premier League this afternoon with just three points separating the clubs in the table. While the Magpies suffered a 4-1 defeat at Manchester United on Boxing Day, Carlo Ancelotti began his Toffees reign with a 1-0 victory against Burnley. When Newcastle took an early lead at Old Trafford on Boxing Day, Steve Bruce would have expected his players to make it difficult for their more illustrious opponents to produce the kind of comeback they have been known for over the years. However, Bruce was the first to acknowledge that his players had gifted their hosts victory with a number of mistakes in the aftermath of Matty Longstaff’s coolly-taken opener. While Bruce will feel that it was a one-off, there was a frustration that Newcastle had not taken the opportunity to move ahead of the Red Devils and closer to the top six. With defeat, Newcastle now find themselves battling to remain in the top 10, and a second successive setback will lead to Everton, currently 13th, overtaking them in the standings. The small margin of error highlights the competitiveness present in this season’s Premier League, meaning that Newcastle’s previous hard work may be undone if they fail to take anything from the game at St James’ Park. As for Everton, they make the long journey to the North-East on the back of putting together a four-match unbeaten streak in the top flight since the departure of Marco Silva. Duncan Ferguson more than steadied the ship with five points from contests against Chelsea, Man United and Arsenal, putting Ancelotti in a great position ahead of his first fixture against Burnley. Despite there still being scope for improvements to be made, success with a clean sheet was the perfect result for the experienced Italian, who will feel that his Toffees side have growing momentum heading into 2020. However, with Manchester City to come at the Etihad Stadium on New Year’s Day, Ancelotti will acknowledge that it increases the need for their recent positive streak to continue against their next opponents. Newcastle United possible XI: Dubravka, Yedlin, Schar, Fernandez, Lejeune, Willems, Joelinton, Hayden, Shelvey, Almiron, Carroll. Everton possible XI: Pickford, Keane, Mina, Holgate, Sidibe, Davies, Sigurdsson, Baines, Bernard, Richarlison, Kean.Tags: EPLEvertonNewcastlelast_img read more

Guyana Cup 2019 gallops off tomorrow

first_imgTHE best of the best in horse racing will leave the blocks tomorrow in chase of glory and cash prizes when the 13th edition of the Guyana Cup horse race meet gets going.Over $20M in cash and prizes will be up for grabs at the Rising Sun Turf Club in Rising Sun Village, West Coast Berbice.Thousands are expected at the venue which is located just 45 minutes from the capital city, Georgetown, and with nine anticipated races on the card, turfites are sure to be busy, come race day.It is anticipated that some 80 animals from Guyana, the Caribbean Region and North America will register for the meet, which is one of the marquee events for horseracing in the region,.Some of the top animals to be on show will include Just Call Me Boss, Crown the King (Jamaica), Doublin Fashion (USA), Chameli (Jamaica), Safara (Jamaica), Southern Express (T&T), Silver & Things (T&T), Sitarr (T&T), Kentucky Woman (T&T), Super Easy (T&T) and She’s a Princess.Apart from the foreign contingent of horses, several leading jockeys from overseas are expected to participate, which will add that international flavour to the day’s event.The top five finishers in all 10 races would receive cash incentives, with the total prize purse being increased from $15M to $20M. US$50 000 in cash will be handed out tomorrow.The details of the races and prize money are listed below:– C Class and Lower feature race over a distance of one mile, $2M– Three-year-old Guyana-bred, $1M– G3 and Lower, $400 000– L3 and Lower (open to non-winners from Trinidad & Tobago), $350 000– Two-year-old Guyana-bred ove, $300 000– J3 and Lower over seven furlongs, $300 000– L Class for Colts, $250 000– L Class Filly and Mare, $250 000last_img read more

Swept again: Iowa silences Wisconsin bats

first_imgDespite a two-hitter by Letty Olivarez, the Badgers lost game one Wednesday, 1-0. They were routed 14-1 in game two, falling to 0-8 in the Big Ten.[/media-credit]Still looking for its first conference win of the season, Wisconsin suffered two devastating home losses Wednesday in a doubleheader against Iowa, as the Badgers were just edged out 1-0 in game one before being demolished 14-1 in the nightcap.UW battled the Hawkeyes throughout the first game, but strong opposing pitching and unlucky hitting wasted a terrific pitching performance by senior Badger Letty Olivarez.Olivarez pitched a complete game, allowing only two hits, one walk and one earned run, while striking out 10.Iowa knocked in its one run of the game in the third inning with some small ball, utilizing infield hits and stolen bases. It turned out to be the difference in the game, and with the same pitchers starting the second, it looked to be another tight matchup.But Iowa jumped on Wisconsin early and didn’t let up, pouring on the offense and stifling the Badgers at the plate.“All in all, the first game was a really good game,” senior shortstop Katie Soderberg said. “I think we battled, we put the ball in play and we took it to the players. It was a good softball game on both sides of the field; it would’ve been nice to come out with a win. I think it was unfortunate not to take that momentum into the second game.“I’m not exactly sure how it happened, but we just spiraled downhill and it was definitely a tough game, the second one.”Olivarez quickly gave up three runs in only 1 1/3 innings in her second start, including a solo home run. Freshman Meghan McIntosh relieved Olivarez with one out in the second, and proceeded to give up two runs of her own in that inning and two more in the fourth before being relieved by No. 3 pitcher Kristyn Hansen.Hansen then gave up four walks, three hits and five runs — two earned — without registering an out. Olivarez returned to relieve Hansen and finished the game, giving up two more unearned runs in the process.The damage Iowa did mostly came in a nine-run fourth inning, as 14 Hawkeyes came to the plate and six reached base in some manner other than getting a hit.Junior right fielder Ashley Hanewich made a great running catch with the bases loaded to saved a few more runs from coming in, but Iowa kept the pressure on the entire game and won the game on the eight-run mercy rule after the fifth inning.Iowa’s Amanda Zust started both games and did not allow a run in her 10 innings. She did so not with overpowering pitching but with good placement and ground ball outs.“She was good. She kept us on the outside. She pitched to our weaknesses,” Olivarez said. “They had scouts on us so I feel like she did her job well, and I think we shouldn’t have chased her as much as we did, but that’s what good pitchers do.”The Badgers did hit the ball on the nose in several at-bats in the first game, but the ball just seemed to go toward Iowa players.“We actually got some good hits, just straight to people, so sometimes the luck doesn’t fall in your hands,” Olivarez continued. “Obviously, it was way different than the second game, but I think if we could’ve squeezed a run in we would have been in better position.”In the second game, Wisconsin was never threatening on offense.UW’s only run of the series came in the last half-inning played Wednesday at Goodman Diamond when freshman Whitney Massey singled in Soderberg.When asked if that run was any sort of consolation for the team, Soderberg responded with a short, “No.”With the losses, the Badgers fall to 10-24 and still winless in the Big Ten, while the Hawkeyes move to 24-14-1 and 8-1 in conference.The mood in the locker room, the players said, was introspective. They were trying to figure out what went wrong and how their playing can improve. The players took full responsibility for the loss, and intend to make changes before their series this weekend.“I think everyone knows individually what they need to do,” Soderberg said. “We need to come out; we need to work hard, and I have no doubt in our coaching staff that they’re going to push us these next two days before the weekend.“I think we just need to bear down right now.”last_img read more

WSOC : Romagnuolo makes plays, controls ball to lead SU to 1-0 win

first_img Published on September 25, 2011 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse freshman Megan Hunsberger was the hero for the Orange on Sunday. She scored the game-winner with a toe-poke goal past Villanova goalkeeper Jami Kranich. And she got all the high fives and hugs once the clock finally ran out.But while Hunsberger delivered the decisive strike for SU, junior Tina Romagnuolo was the difference-maker against the Wildcats.‘We needed someone in the midfield who could hold the ball and play it out,’ Syracuse head coach Phil Wheddon said. ‘Tina likes to venture forward. She’s also a very, very good ball winner. I thought her ball-winning skills were great in the midfield, and that solidified things for us.’Romagnuolo started the game as a forward for the Orange but struggled to find room to maneuver throughout the first half. But Wheddon moved her back to her usual midfield position after halftime, and the junior controlled the middle of the field for much of the second half. She also provided the lead pass that set up Hunsberger’s game-winner in the 1-0 victory.‘When I was playing up top, I felt like there wasn’t a lot of space,’ Romagnuolo said. ‘I felt like they were clustering everybody up top. But as soon as I went in the middle, there was tons and tons of room.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the first 45 minutes, chances were few and far between for the junior, who is tied for seventh on SU’s all-time goal scoring list.Her first touch came nearly eight minutes into the action when Villanova defender Alexa Carugati whiffed on a clear attempt. The ball rolled to Romagnuolo, and she sent a low shot on target, but Kranich made the save.Romagnuolo, who just returned from playing with the Canadian women’s national team for Syracuse’s game against Georgetown on Friday, struggled to hook up with her teammates throughout the rest of the first half. And SU couldn’t capitalize on the chances it produced.‘I think the first half, we just came out, and we were a little down,’ junior forward Jenna Rickan said. ‘We didn’t have as much energy as we usually do. In the second half, we kind of regrouped and came together.’And that started with Romagnuolo in the midfield. Her first touch in the second half came on the opening kickoff and she was fouled less than 15 seconds after the opening whistle.The junior continued to make plays for the Orange throughout. With more room to operate in the midfield, she created opportunities for herself and her teammates.‘She brings so many assets to our game,’ Rickan said. ‘For her to see the whole entire field, as a forward, you see her looking up all the time. It’s easier to make runs (with Romagnuolo in the midfield) because you can tell where she’s going.’And finally, Romagnuolo helped SU break through.With Hunsberger making a run down the left sideline, Romagnuolo hit her in stride from the middle of the field. Hunsberger took one touch into the box and poked the ball into the upper right corner on a tough angle to give Syracuse a 1-0 lead.‘Tina sent me the ball down,’ Hunsberger said. ‘She was coming forward and I made my run wide. I had my first touch in and just hit it in.’Romagnuolo had a great scoring chance of her own but missed a wide-open header right in front later in the half. Still, that wasn’t enough to overshadow her performance in the midfield. Wheddon said her control of the game and ball-winning abilities were a key factor in SU getting the win.‘We put Tina back in the midfield because they were playing centrally and pushing numbers through the midfield, and we were having a problem with that,’ Wheddon said. ‘We wanted someone to win the ball and play out. And Tina’s very good at that.’zjbrown@syr.educenter_img Commentslast_img read more

Shafer discusses Syracuse-Boston College rivalry ahead of season finale

first_imgStaying true to his Ohio roots, Scott Shafer used to watch Syracuse-Boston College games growing up, since both sides often had players from his home state.“Now, being a part of it is very humbling,” Shafer said during the Atlantic Coast Conference coaches’ teleconference Wednesday morning. “In the week of Thanksgiving, I’m very thankful to be a part of such a great rivalry.”Now for the second season in a row, Shafer’s Orange (3-8, 1-6 ACC) takes on the Eagles (6-5, 3-4) to wrap up the regular season. The game is set for a 12:30 p.m. kickoff in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts on Saturday and will continue a rivalry that dates back to 1924, before carrying through the programs’ Big East tenures and now into their time in the ACC.“It’s an old Northeast battle between two programs that have storied histories on both sides,” Shafer said. “… I think it’s great for the conference. I think it’s a great thing for college football to see Boston College and Syracuse playing against one another year in, year out toward the end of the season.“… The last couple of years, we’ve had some good battles with old Northeast teams and this will be another opportunity for us.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn SU and BC’s first meeting as ACC opponents last November in the Carrier Dome, Syracuse blew a 21-7 lead over the Eagles, then staged a fourth-quarter comeback to prevail, 34-31, and finish the regular season 6-6 and clinch bowl eligibility.But due to a “rash of injuries” that Shafer said he’s never been around in his 24 years of coaching, the Orange is not in that position heading into this year’s regular season finale.Shafer said he doesn’t look at Saturday’s matchup as the Orange “staggering” into its final game.Instead, he views it as another learning opportunity for the his team’s youth as a banged-up SU team will rely on it one more time in 2014.Said Shafer: “What a great way to introduce a bunch of young guys — that are playing a little bit earlier than we thought they were going to — to a great rivalry in this conference and even before we were in this conference together.” Comments Published on November 25, 2014 at 12:34 pm Contact Phil: pmdabbra@syr.edu | @PhilDAbb Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Falcons/ Banyana Match Live on DStv, GOtv

first_imgNigeria’s female national team, the Super Falcons, will be looking forward to their third consecutive continental title and 11th overall in the 2018 Total Africa Women’s Cup of Nations.The Super Falcons have dominated the continental title over the last two decades, winning 10 of the dozen Cup of Nations titles contested to date, has meant that they are inevitably favorites going into a tournament with the rest of the continent having to play catch up.What started as a joint mission for Ghana, Algeria, Cameroon, Zambia, South Africa, Mali and Equatorial Guinea, will now see the Banyana Banyana of South Africa contest for the title against the Super Falcons of Nigeria, who South Africa defeated at their opening game by a goal to nil. Nigeria suffering a defeat against rival South Africa in their opening match has given Banyana Banyana a boost that the Super Falcons are not invincible but beatable in the competition they have dominated.Banyana Banyana will hope they can do it all over again in Saturday’s decider to be broadcast live across two SuperSport channels – SS9 (channel 229) on DStv and SS Select 1 (channel 31) on GOtv, as well as on the go via live streaming on the DStv Now App at 4.45pm.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more