Indonesia joins global prayers to ease COVID-19 pains

first_imgPlans to hold mass prayers follow calls from Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al Azhar Sheikh Ahmed Al Tayeb to pray on May 14 to ask God for salvation from the disease. I would like to remind you that on 14 May, believers of every religion are invited to unite themselves spiritually in a day of prayer, fasting and works of charity, to implore God to help humanity overcome the coronavirus #pandemic. #HumanFraternity #PrayTogether— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) May 11, 2020For many Indonesians, prayers may be the only way of hanging onto hope amid the outbreak that had infected more than 4.4 million people around the globe as of Thursday morning.In Indonesia, the virus had claimed 1,028 lives and infected 15,438 people as of Wednesday.United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres tweeted his support for prayer on May 3, calling the global event a “moment for reflection, hope and faith”.“As the virus wreaks havoc and disruption on a scale not seen in generations, we see a dawning awareness that the differences that so often divide us pale in significance,” Guterres said during a high-level video conference on Tuesday.In difficult times, we must stand together for peace, humanity & solidarity.I join His Holiness Pope Francis (@Pontifex) and the Grand Imam of Al Azhar Sheikh Ahmed Al Tayeb in their support for the Prayer for Humanity this 14 May – a moment for reflection, hope, and faith.— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) May 3, 2020Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) deputy chairman Muhyiddin Junaidi told The Jakarta Post on Monday that the institution would also be taking part in the global movement alongside the Religious Affairs Ministry and Nahdlatul Ulama, with hopes of bidding good riddance to the COVID-19 pandemic.“We hope Indonesians can pray together solemnly and sincerely. There is wisdom that can be learned from this pandemic,”said Muhyiddin.He added, however, that it took a combination of scientific and spiritual approaches to be able to effectively tackle the virus.Indonesian Hindu Religious Council (PHDI) general secretary I Ketut Parwata said the group would also be joining the mass prayer, noting that the “power of prayer” was equally important to existing efforts to rid Indonesia of the disease.Echoing the sentiments of the religious institutions, Wahid Foundation executive director Mujtaba Hamdi said the nationwide prayers could foster hope by promoting social cohesion and serve as a reminder that everything is part of God’s plan, possibly alleviating any lingering psychological tensions.However, Mujtaba also expressed disappointment that the government did not make use of the occasion to include native beliefs, despite growing acknowledgement of them following a 2017 Constitutional Court ruling that allowed people to list a native faith in the religion column of their identity cards.“It gives the impression that the government only recognizes the official religions while apparently not taking non-official beliefs into consideration,” he said. “It’s a missed opportunity.”However, despite the online buzz surrounding the global prayers, not everyone seems to be aware of the plan to hold mass prayers.Arthur James Michiels, 51, who helps oversee the local church in Kampung Tugu, North Jakarta, said on Tuesday that he had not received any information on the mass prayers.“I go to the church almost every day but no one talks about [the Pope holding global prayers] on May 14,” he said.Topics : “Let’s face this trial calmly and patiently. Panic is half of the disease, calmness is half of the serum and patience is the starting point for healing.”Six religious led the prayers: Kyai Haji Quraish Shihab for Muslims, cardinal Ignatius Suharyo Hardjoatmodjo for Catholics, reverend Ronny Mandang for Protestants, Ida Pedanda Nabe Gede Bang Buruan Manuaba for the Hindu community, Banthe Sri Pannavaro Mahathera for Buddhists and Budi S. Tanuwibowo for Confucians.Vice President Ma’ruf Amin, House of Representatives Speaker Puan Maharani and Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan were also present during the event.The Religious Affairs Ministry also raised money for donations at the end of the prayer to help citizens affected by COVID-19.center_img President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo called on all people of faith to pray for humanity as part of efforts to ease the struggle against COVID-19 and join a global spiritual movement.Jokowi urged Indonesians during a speech for nationwide interfaith prayers on Thursday to stay optimistic and “pray endlessly”, on top of other efforts to overcome the disease.“Let’s bow our heads together and humble ourselves as we ask the Almighty and the Most Merciful God to give us the patience to gracefully accept this disaster and be given strength so that we can all survive and pass [God’s] trials,” Jokowi said.last_img read more

Russia has black box of downed jet, will analyse with foreign experts — Putin

first_img Tweet Share InternationalLifestylePrintTravel Russia has black box of downed jet, will analyse with foreign experts — Putin by: Associated Free Press – December 9, 2015 Share Sharing is caring!center_img 21 Views   no discussions Vladimir Putin (file photo)MOSCOW, Russia (AFP) – Moscow has recovered the black box of the Russian jet downed by Turkey last month and will analyse it with foreign specialists, President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday.“I ask you not to open it for the time being,” Putin told defence minister Sergei Shoigu at a meeting during which he was presented with the black box, Russian news agencies reported.“Open it only together with foreign experts, carefully determine everything.”Moscow and Ankara are locked in their worst crisis since the Cold War over the November 24 downing of a Russian jet on Turkey’s border with Syria, sparking fury and economic sanctions from the Kremlin.Shoigu said the territory where the Russian jet was shot down had been “liberated” by Syrian special forces, allowing them to recover the black box from what had been a rebel-held area.Putin said an analysis of the black box would help determine the downed jet’s flight path and position, which Ankara and Moscow have furiously disagreed upon.Turkey says the Russian jet strayed into its airspace and ignored repeated warnings, while Moscow insists it did not cross from Syria and has accused Ankara of a planned provocation.But Putin warned that no black box findings could assuage Moscow’s anger at Ankara over the incident.“Whatever we learn (from the black box) won’t change our attitude to what the Turkish authorities did,” the Russian strongman said.“We used to treat Turkey not only as our friend but also as an ally in the fight against terrorism, and nobody expected this low, treacherous stab in the back.” Sharelast_img read more

Woman’s breast implant saves her life by deflecting a bullet

first_imgDoctors believe a woman’s silicone breast implants saved her life after she survived a close-range gunshot wound to the chest.SAGE medical journal published a case study last week where doctors described how a silicone breast implant deflected a bullet away from a 30-year-old woman’s vital organs.The incident took place in Toronto Canada two years ago. The woman suffered a gunshot wound, broken ribs and broken implants. None of her major organs were touched because the implant was likely responsible for deflecting the bullet’s trajectory, which saved her life, doctors said.Medics found the bullet in the woman’s right lower anterior thoracic wall below the right breast.Doctor’s removed the implants and she was cleared by the trauma service.The firearm was never recovered and the shooter remains unknown, according to the report.last_img read more

Travel Discounts Available for Tourists as the Summer Arrives

first_imgBy Anastasia MillickerIt’s here.As temperatures rise and the start of the season arrives with the Memorial Day Weekend, the Jersey Shore is gearing up for visitors.NJ Transit is helping bring people to the shore with discounted deals and travel packages. Discounts are now available for those traveling by train, car or bus and heading to the beach, Monmouth Park or SixFlags Great Adventure and Hurricane Harbor.A new service is being offered to rail passengers heading to Monmouth Park racetrack. They can receive grandstand admission and a track program for $1 plus round-trip train fare when purchasing their tickets, according to Nancy Snyder, a NJ Transit spokeswoman. Those tickets will be available on NJ Transit’s rail system.This summer, NJ Transit will continue to offer beachgoers taking trains and buses to the shore a discounted beach admission package with the purchase of a round-trip train fare, Snyder said.Passengers riding NJ Transit can save up to $6.50 on admission to one of five beaches – Long Branch, Asbury Park, Ocean Grove, Bradley Beach and Belmar – by purchasing round-trip train fare and a beach pass for one price at NJ Transit ticket vending machines. The package can be purchased for $31.50 from New York Penn Station or any station on the Northeast Corridor, Bergen County and Pascack Valley lines and for $23.50 from Hoboken Terminal or Newark Penn Station.NJ Transit will also be offering discounts for families riding the trains on weekends.“Children 11 years and younger can ride the train for free,” Synder said. “The discount allows for two children accompanied by a fare-paying adult to ride the train for free.”A newer program available to shore shoppers and beachgoers is the Shore EZride Jitney, Synder said. The jitney will take its first passengers at 9:30 a.m. Friday, May 25, from the boardwalk at Pier Village to the train station in Long Branch. The Shore EZride Jitney also will help beachgoers get to and from the beaches and shopping in Asbury Park, Ocean Grove and Bradley Beach this summer.Thrill-rides seekers can save up to $51 by purchasing round-trip bus transportation and park admission together to Six Flags Great Adventure or Hurricane Harbor. Tickets can be purchased anywhere in the NJ Transit bus system, Synder said.Towns along the shore also will be hosting new and familiar events including Skimbash 2012 in Sea Bright, and the 2012 Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Festival in Middletown, Long Branch and Point Pleasant.In Belmar, the borough is renovating its marina and adding a new mini-golf course as well as adding new ramps for beach accessibility, said Kelsey Windas, a Belmar spokesperson.Looking to promote local parking and increase local business, Asbury Park will offer free parking every Wednesday and mark the opening of the beach season Sunday, May 27, with fireworks.While many towns are keeping beach badges and admissions rates the same as last season, Sandy Hook beachgoers will have to pay more to park their cars. This year the parking fee is increasing $5; daily parking will cost beachgoers $15 and a season pass will cost $75 per car.last_img read more

Johnson, Craig book tickets into A semi final at 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance Championships

first_imgThe two rinks meet Wednesday morning in Draw 4 with a shot at advancing to the A event final in the evening against the winner of Jim Cotter and Glen Jackson and the top spot in the Page Playoffs.Against Joanisse, Johnson took control of the game by scoring two in the sixth and eighth ends. He finished the 2015 finalist off with a steal of one in the ninth.Meanwile, Craig and Geall exchanged body blows throughout the contest with Geall rallying back from a 6-3 deficit by scoring a triple in the ninth end.In the tenth, however, Craig was able to keep the ice clean enough to get his single point to secure the win.In other B event games, Jason Montgomery of Victoria outlasted Will House of Richmond 8-6; Daniel Wenzek of Langley, with Nelson Fred Thomson on the rink as a spare, blasted Neil Dangerfield of Victoria 9-3 and Jeff Richard of Kelowna got back into the win column by outlasting Mark Longworth of Vernon 11-10. Richard won the game the hard way, scoring two in the ninth before stealing a pair in the tenth end.Action continues Thursday with draws scheduled for 9 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Michael Johnson and Wes Craig booked tickets into the A semi final after posting wins during the evening draw at the 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Championships Wednesday at the Nelson Curling Club.Johnson, third Chris Baier, second Ty Dilello and lead Mitch Young, was able to double Royal City Curling Club teammate Dean Joanisse 6-3 while Craig, edged Sean Geall 7-6.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (June 9, 2015)–Santa Anita Park has announced that it will provide the first 5,000 attendees on Saturday a beautiful American Pharoah, Triple Crown Champion collectable print, free of charge with paid General Admission. Each item will be accompanied by a protective plastic roll-up sleeve.The print showcases the Bob Baffert-conditioned Triple Crown Champ and jockey Victor Espinoza in three must-see shots . . . winning the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes . . . and thereby becoming racing’s first Triple Crown winner in 37 years this past Saturday. (All photos were shot by acclaimed equine photographer, Skip Dickstein).First post time on Saturday at Santa Anita is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. (Please note, the American Pharoah Triple Crown Champion poster will not be available in Santa Anita’s Infield Area). –30–last_img read more

Edrisa Lubega inspires Proline past Maroons in five goal thriller

first_imgLubega scored his third goal of the season on Tuesday. (PHOTO/File)Uganda Premier League Proline FC 3-2 Maroons FC StarTimes Stadium, LugogoTuesay, 19-11-2019LUGOGO – Edrisa Lubega was in inspiring form on Tuesday as Proline edged Maroons 3-2 at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo.The forward struck once and was brought down in the area in the build up to the second goal.Lubega who returned to Proline this summer following two years in Europe, lashed onto Mustafa Mujuzi’s long pass before firing past the helpless Hannington Ssebwalunyo for the opener on 8 minutes.He was then brought down by the on-rushing custodian on 36 minutes before Mujuzi converted from the spot for 2-0.Lubega’s goal on the day was his third for the season and if Proline are to stay up this season, the striker will need to put out such performances week in and out.Proline came into the game with just five points and were the better side for most of the game and after Steven Mukwala had halved the deficit off an Abraham Tusubira free kick on 57 minutes, they restored their two goal caution through substitute Hamis Diego Kizza with 8 minutes to play.Kizza had earlier in the second half replaced the under-performing captain Noordin Bunjo.However, Maroons would not go down without a fight and substitute Solomon Walusimbi scored their second on 85 minutes.Maroon and Mukwala will feel they would have done more on the day but consistently failed to hit the target.The Vipers loanee saw a shot blocked by Mujuzi before he unleashed a fierce drive which went inches wide.Mukwala also saw a free kick tipped over by custodian Hassan Matovu. He then acrobatically tried his luck from just outside the box but once again failed to hit the target.This is 4th victory of the season and it sees them climb to 8 points for the season. However, they remain bottom of the pile after seeing six points docked off them for failing to honour their home fixture against SC Villa early in the season.For Maroons, they stay 7th with 19 points from 14 games having now lost 5, won as many and drawn four so far.Proline’s next fixture will be away to URA FC.How both teams startedProline FCHassan Matovu (GK), Begisa James, Richard Ajuna, Ibrahim Sendi, Mustafa Mujuzi, Ibrahima Wamannah, Bright Anukani, Noordin Bunjo, Hakim Kiwanuka, Edrisa Lubega, Joseph MandelaMaroons FCHannington Ssebwalunyo (GK), Sylvester Okello, Martin Mpuga, Edward Kabona, Abraham Tusubira, Ceaser Olega, Davis Mayanja, Felix Okot, Pius Obuya, Fred Amaku, Steven MukwalaComments Tags: Edrisa LubegaHamis Diego KizzaMaroons FCMustafa Mujuziproline fcSolomon Walusimbisteven mukwalaUganda Premier Leaguelast_img read more

Gordimer gets Google doodle on 92nd birthday

first_img20 November 2015Nadine Gordimer was “a powerful voice for change in South African politics, (who) moved untold thousands with the pathos of her sparse, penetrating narratives”, Google wrote in its tribute to the writer on its corporate website. Gordimer is the focus of one of its popular doodles to mark her 92nd birthday on 20 November 2015.Gordimer, who died in July 2014, was one of South Africa’s iconic anti-apartheid crusaders. She won the Booker Prize and the Nobel Prize for Literature for her epic but thoughtful works that dealt with the moral and racial complexities of South Africa in the 20th century.The doodle features Gordimer labouring in her study, where she typically worked from early morning into the late afternoon, as imagined by artist Lydia Nichols. In a style befitting Gordimer’s prose, Nichols exercised restraint by using only three colours, layered to create texture and subtle variation.Gordimer, who attended just one year of university, was once asked how she had developed such a sophisticated command of the language in the absence of any formal training. “From reading,” she said. “And living, of course.”Source: Googlelast_img read more

Indiana Jokingly Wishes “Former Basketball Manager” Jim Harbaugh A Happy Birthday

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts during the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 17: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts during the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Spartans defeated the Wolverines 27-23. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Michigan football head coach Jim Harbaugh turned 52 today, and the Wolverines aren’t the only ones wishing him a happy birthday. Harbaugh’s sister Joani is married to Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean, and back in 2012, while head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, Harbaugh served as a manager for the Hoosiers for a game, bringing chairs out for the team during timeouts, among other things. Indiana jokingly wished their most famous former manager a happy birthday this afternoon.Of course, Harbaugh is no longer coaching in the NFL or the Pac-12. He is at a rival Big Ten school, and some Hoosier fans don’t appreciate this gesture, no matter how tongue-in-cheek as it may be.harbaugh indiana comment 1harbaugh indiana comment 3harbaugh indiana comment 4harbaugh indiana comment 5harbaugh indiana comment 6Well, we thought it was pretty funny, at least.last_img read more

Rep Webber helps state House approve more money for road repairs

first_img22Feb Rep. Webber helps state House approve more money for road repairs Plan helps Oakland County and entire stateState Rep. Michael Webber on Wednesday voted in favor of a plan to invest an additional $175 million into road repairs across Michigan as soon as possible.“This additional funding for road repairs will help Oakland County,” said Webber, of Rochester Hills.  “With temperatures warming up, there will be more potholes popping up throughout the area. This plan will help our communities and improve roads in the Greater Rochester Area.”The money included in the bill approved this week comes in addition to previous changes that provide more funding for road and bridge projects in Michigan.“After decades of underfunding roads in our state, the plan that was passed in 2015 and this additional money will start to catch up to where we need to be,” Webber said.The new bill includes money for counties, cities and villages throughout Michigan.Some of the estimated local allocations include Oakland County ($7,015,327) Rochester ($75,975) and Rochester Hills ($492,245).The money is left over from a previous state government budget cycle and is already available, meaning no budget cuts or additional fees are required for the investment.House Bill 4321 advances to the Senate for further consideration.### Categories: Webber Newslast_img read more