The raffle winner of a helmet at the annual Longwood Bike Fair did not have a bike to use it with but says her new helmet provided the extra push she needed to buy the bicycle she’d been thinking about. It’s exactly what organizers of the fair, held on Tuesday September 25, hoped they’d hear.Now in its second year, the Longwood Bike Fair was expanded this year thanks to the involvement of all three Schools at Longwood who partnered with many outside organizations to make the day a success — more than 300 people attended.The new Harvard Longwood Bicyclists club signed up 200 new members and raffled off helmets and gift certificates to local bike shops while mechanics from Quad Bikes and the Boston Cyclists Union provided free safety tune-ups. HMS Commuter Services and Parking gave away reflectors and leg bands while MASCO Commute Works encouraged attendees to register for the Commute Fit Program and the Emergency Ride Home Program. Harvard University Police Department and HMS Security were on hand to register bikes. Read Full Story
‘Trapped’ Some signs suggest the order may not be respected — authorities in the northern state of Perlis have said they will allow food traders to operate from home and on the roadside, potentially increasing the chance of crowds gathering.Hadi Azmi, a 31-year-old video editor, said he understood the need for restrictions but he also felt “trapped”.”I feel weird as the fasting month approaches because we have to remain indoors and we cannot meet our parents and siblings to break fast and pray together,” he told AFP.And in Indonesia, a possible explosion in coronavirus cases when millions travel to hometowns and ancestral villages after Ramadan has forced the country’s president to issue a ban on the annual exodus.Like Christmas or the Chinese Lunar New Year, the movement kicks off an extended holiday when many Indonesians celebrate Eid al-Fitr with their families to mark the end of Ramadan.The government has called on residents of major cities, including the capital Jakarta, to stay put, and on Tuesday President Joko Widodo said he would ban any mass migration.Researchers at the University of Indonesia have warned the travel rush could lead to one million infections in the densely populated Java island alone and an eye-watering 200,000 deaths.”If you care about your loved ones, stay where you are until all this ends,” Ridwan Kamil, governor of 50-million strong West Java province, said recently.Jakarta resident Romy Gustiansyah said he wouldn’t visit family on Sumatra island this year over coronavirus fears.”I’m sad that I won’t see my family for Eid, but I’m trying to stay optimistic,” Gustiansyah told AFP. “This is just a delay. That’s what I’m telling myself.” Across Asia, home to about half of the world’s Muslims, the coming Islamic holy month of Ramadan is on a collision course with the coronavirus pandemic as clerics call on the faithful to cram into mosques.Authorities have tried to limit the fallout during the sacred period of fasting, which starts Thursday, but in many cases religious leaders have brushed aside concerns about activities that could spread COVID-19.In Bangladesh, clerics lashed out at attempts to reduce the number of people going to mosques, and demanded the country’s secular government allow millions of Muslims to join daily and weekly prayers. In the run-up to Ramadan, mosques have been filling up across Pakistan with hundreds attending Friday prayers, sitting shoulder to shoulder and paying little heed to social distancing.”I will take all the preventive measures, washing my hands and using my mask but it doesn’t mean I will stop attending prayers, especially during Ramadan,” taxi driver Zubair Khan told AFP in the northwestern city of Peshawar.The virus threat at large religious congregations has been highlighted in recent weeks by three waves of infections in Asia, linked to separate, massive Islamic congregations in Malaysia, Pakistan and India. “The quota on the number of worshippers imposed by the government is not acceptable to us. Islam does not support imposition of any quota on worshippers,” said Mojibur Rahman Hamidi, a senior member of the hardline Hefazat-e-Islam group.Islamic leaders in Bangladesh, where tens of thousands of people defied a nationwide lockdown Saturday to attend the funeral of a top preacher, reminded people it is “mandatory” for a healthy Muslim to attend prayers in a mosque.In Pakistan, devotees said worship is more important than coronavirus concerns.Authorities have buckled under religious pressure, allowing daily prayers and evening congregations at mosques after clerics promised to instruct religious leaders to clean their facilities regularly. Rising death tolls Asia is home to some of the world’s largest Muslim populations stretching from the Indonesian archipelago to the Hindu Kush mountains of Afghanistan, and close to a billion Muslims live in the region.Regional death tolls from COVID-19 have been much smaller compared with Europe and the United States but are rising steadily, sparking fears the virus may overwhelm often underfunded healthcare sectors.The coronavirus pandemic has triggered lockdowns throughout Asia, with schools shut and businesses closed, but mosques have largely stayed open.During Ramadan, mosques hold regular prayers and large “iftar” meals to break the fast at dusk, while families host feasts at home with relatives and friends in Southeast Asia, there has been fierce debate in food-mad Malaysia about whether to allow popular Ramadan bazaars, where Muslims buy local delicacies before breaking their fasts.Malaysia has imposed a nationwide coronavirus lockdown, and the government last week said that to ensure social distancing, they would only allow so-called “e-bazaars”, where people order goods online from local vendors which are then delivered to their homes. Topics :
Jaipur: The IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals has had a quiet season thus far, but the chairman is confident that the fortunes will change for the side sooner or later if players continue to give their cent percent on the field.In a freewheeling chat with News Nation, the chairman of Rajasthan Royals, Mr. Ranjit Barthakur talks about the team’s performance and much more. Excerpts from the interview… 1. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot came to witness the first game between Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab and mentioned that Jodhpur can be Rajasthan Royals second home ground. How do you see this?We welcome the suggestion of Jodhpur being Rajasthan Royals second home ground but it entirely depends on the format of IPL and what Board of Control for Cricket in India feels in this.We believe that expansion of this will expand our franchise, fan base, and is great for Rajasthan because a tournament like IPL helps to build a healthy nation, and is equally a great attraction for tourist all over the world.2. How has been the role of Rajasthan Cricket Association, Sports Council, and Government in structuring this edition of Indian Premier League at Sawai Mansingh Stadium?It has been positive, to be honest. We haven’t really had any negatives and the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) head C.P Joshi has been supportive in wanting to get this whole tournament done well. There have been some niggles, and challenges but overall has been good.We also give the greatest number of complimentary tickets because we are cognizant that we want people to be involved with Rajasthan Royals and want people from all box of life to be supportive of this initiative.3. Have people been able to relate more to pink than blue? How has been the response from one and all?The response has been phenomenal. Whatever we have heard, the response has been superb and people somehow love it. The second thing is pink is different because most teams have blueish tinge or they have a darkish tinge except for Chennai Super Kings.To that extent, yellow and pink seem to be the dominant colors which stand out in the field. On the other side, there are opinions that people say blue is better, and I don’t deny that but right now, the majority seems to love pink.4. Last year Rajasthan Royals did Cancer Out Campaign as their CSR activity, what activity the franchise is looking to do this year and why?I have a different take on this. I believe any institution must have society right in front of it. I don’t think it’s corporate social responsibility, I think including and working for society should be the purpose of business and very purpose of cricket is to involve one and all.From cancer out, we have taken a larger role and now we concentrate on empowering women. It is not condescending to say that we are empowering women, it is women who are empowered already, they take the cause and we support the cause in roughly four areas – health care, empowered women, promoting women sport, and child labor. Lastly, our aim is to make Jaipur child labor free.5. Rajasthan Royals is probably the one team which is playing well but not getting the desired results. How confident are you that fortunes will change for the side? Well, we hope that fortunes will change for our side sooner or later because I really believe as you rightly said that we really do have a really good and balanced team. Maybe, we are not executing well, so as long as the execution comes about, the results would start coming.6. Can you please take us through what all happens in the background to make this IPL such a grand event?There is a lot which goes at the back end but to comprise it to a small version, it goes around nine verticals largely. From picking the right team to kitting, to training, to marketing, to a lot more. Then come business generation and support. So to cut it short, a lot of things happens at the backend to make a team. For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
It has just been made official how British heavyweights Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora will meet in a rematch of their 2011 clash on July 26th. The rematch, which will be an official WBO final eliminator, will take place in Manchester at The Phones 4U Arena.Unbeaten 25-year-old Fury (22-0, 16 KOs) outpointed 30-year-old Chisora (20-4, 13 KOs) three years ago, but Chisora was carrying excess weight and “Del Boy” has promised he will be in tip-top shape this time. Both men want a shot at Wladimir Klitschko and a win on July 26th will take either man a big step closer to that.Fury-Chisora II has been dubbed “The Fight for The Right.” BoxNation TV channel in the UK will show the fight live