Pray from home, together: NU holds massive online religious gathering in East Java

first_imgHundreds of thousands of Muslims across East Java attended a Nisfu Syaban mass prayer on Wednesday through their smartphones and televisions, making the event one of the largest online religious gatherings to be held amid the COVID-19 outbreak.Nisfu Syaban refers to the 15th day of the Syaban month, the eighth month on the Islamic calendar, which falls before the holy fasting month of Ramadan. Most Muslims, especially followers of the country’s largest Muslim organization Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), believe that God will answer people’s prayers on that day.The one-hour mass prayer was led by 19 clerics from the East Java branch of NU in Surabaya as well as Lirboyo Islamic boarding school in Kediri. The number 19 was chosen to symbolize the outbreak of COVID-19. The mass prayer, sponsored by the East Java administration, was also aired by 14 local television channels.“This is how we try to hold religious activities during the outbreak. We have told our followers across the province to attend the event from their respective homes,” the head of NU’s East Java branch, Marzuki Mustamar, said.East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa, who attended the mass prayer from her office at Grahadi Building in Surabaya, called on Muslims in East Java to pray together for the country amid the outbreak.”May God lift the pandemic from this country. When a prayer is chanted by thousands or even millions, we hope God will soon answer our prayer,” she said.Read also: Religion and COVID-19 mitigationNU advisory body had Miftahul Akhyar said Muslims could obey the government’s instruction on physical distancing without abandoning religious activities thanks to the live streaming of mass prayer.He also urged the government to reveal a more detailed map of the disease’s spread and announce confirmed and suspected COVID-19 cases more transparently.The way the government handled the outbreak, Mifathul said, had created confusion and uncertainty among Muslims, as health authorities classified a regency with at least one confirmed case as a COVID-19 red zone.“Therefore, people in a village can decide whether it’s safe for them to hold mass prayer at mosques. We believe it’s haram [forbidden] for us to hold mass prayer if it can harm other lives,” he went on to say. (kuk)Topics : They prayed to God for the outbreak to end soon.Read also: COVID-19: Indonesian churches alter Good Friday services to avoid spreading virusAccording to the event organizer, more than 100,000 people across the province joined the live streaming of the event, which was dubbed the first-ever online mass prayer to be held by the NU, on the organization’s official YouTube and Instagram accounts.The figure does not include thousands of others watching the event via the social media accounts of the East Java administration as well as Lirboyo boarding school.last_img read more

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Govt expects omnibus bill to improve foreign investment, economic growth in 2021

first_imgThe government is pinning its hopes on foreign investment and state spending to improve economic growth next year, following the expected deliberation of the omnibus bill on job creation this week, the country’s top officials have stated.The Finance Ministry’s Fiscal Policy Agency head, Febrio Kacaribu, said on Oct. 2 that economic reforms through the bill, the creation of a sovereign wealth fund and the government’s investment, were expected to help support the economy in 2021.“We are pushing for these economic reforms so that investment is positive going forward, otherwise it would be hard to improve economic growth,” he told reporters. “We must start to chase investment-driven economic growth to have a large multiplier effect.” The House of Representatives Legislation Body (Baleg) and the government have agreed to pass into law the controversial omnibus bill on job creation in the next plenary session on Oct. 8, despite mounting opposition from members of the public – particularly labor groups – in recent months amid concerns over its impact on labor rights and the environment, among others.The government is trying to revise 79 laws and more than 1,200 articles with the omnibus bill. The bill, which is more than 1,000 pages long and contains 174 articles in 15 chapters, is expected to improve bureaucratic efficiency and cut unnecessary red tape, particularly in regard to business permits and investment.The bill is seen as necessary, as the country’s economy shrank by 5.32 percent in the second quarter this year, and is widely expected to record the first economic contraction since the 1998 Asian financial crisis this year. The government is targeting 5 percent economic growth next year.Meanwhile, Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) data shows foreign direct investment (FDI) realization fell 6.9 percent year-on-year to Rp 97.6 trillion (US$6.5 billion) in the second quarter as the global economy cooled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Read also: Purging corruption, corrupt officials key to effective omnibus bill: ExpertsThe omnibus bill on job creation is expected to help the economy grow 5.7 to 6 percent, according to the Office of the Coordinating Economic Minister’s secretary, Susiwijono Moegiarso, claiming that it will be able to create up to 3 million jobs per year.The government estimates that up to 5.23 million Indonesians may lose their jobs during the pandemic.“Without the structural reform brought by the omnibus bill on job creation, risks loom for Indonesia’s economy in the future,” he said in a statement on Oct. 2.“We are hoping that the omnibus bill could be a breakthrough regulation that could solve the complex labor issues and facilitate investment so that we can create jobs,” he added.The government also plans to continue its social protection programs, tax incentives and stimulus for small and medium businesses, as well as large corporations, among other planned stimulus programs to revive the economy, Febrio went on to say.“We will continue to build infrastructure and strengthen the information and communications technology infrastructure to support the economy going forward,” he added.The government is preparing Rp 2.75 quadrillion in state expenditure to fuel the virus-battered economy next year, including key sectors such as infrastructure, education and health care, among others. The country expects a budget deficit of 5.7 percent of GDP next year, lower than this year’s 6.34 percent.“The prospect of investment growth will heavily rely on the trajectory of the coronavirus pandemic,” Center of Reform on Economics (CORE) Indonesia research director Piter Abdullah told The Jakarta Post. “Investment will not come without getting the pandemic under control.”Although the omnibus bill would improve the country’s investment climate, the government’s inconsistency in policy-making could hinder foreign investment, he went on to say. “They need to be consistent with their policies to ensure investment will come at full potential.”Topics :last_img read more

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Millionaire “bridesmaid” suburbs waiting in wings for seven digits

first_imgThe Reading St home in Paddington that hit a post-GFC high.Others sitting above the million mark were Highgate Hill ($1.194m), Clayfield ($1.13m), Pullenvale ($1.125m), West End ($1.1225m), Spring Hill ($1.1075m), Hamilton ($1.08m), Chelmer ($1.058m), Robertson ($1.045m) and Samford Valley ($1.04m).According to, Paddington, which has swung in and out of a million-dollar median depending on when renovated stock hit the market, will be the next to go off into seven digits. It currently tops the bridesmaid list on CoreLogic ($994,050) but expected it to go have a median house price of $1,000,452 in January, said REA chief economist Nerida Conisbee.“In Brisbane, a million dollars still means something and you can still buy premium property in inner areas like Paddington,” she said.Any uplift in prices was clearly “hitting premium suburbs first”, she said, but “will likely extend to other suburbs over the next few years”.Paddington convert Ben Ittensohn, 38, has lived in the area since he was 21 and currently has two properties there – one of which was an easy rental option.“Relative to other cities like Melbourne and Sydney, it’s amazing we’re still talking about the million dollar mark.”Mr Ittensohn said his family was taking a long-term view of their property investments.“We’d love to upgrade our house next year or in years to come. Does that mean we can stay in Paddington? I really hope so. Maybe we might have to push out to Bardon and other suburbs. We wouldn’t be able to afford to have three properties in Paddington.”The best thing about the suburb, he said, was the stroll to Suncorp stadium. “I’m a big Broncos fan and being close to Suncorp is great. It’s very handy walking distance to the stadium.”BRISBANE’S MILLIONAIRE SUBURBS: Most expensive: Teneriffe $2.475mPallara $1.586mNew Farm $1.569mAscot $1.545mChandler $1.325mWilston $1.275mSt Lucia $1.255mBulimba $1.217mHawthorne $1.2mFig Tree Pocket $1.2mHighgate Hill $1.194mClayfield $1.13mPullenvale $1.125mMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus1 day agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market1 day agoWest End $1.1225mSpring Hill $1.1075mHamilton $1.08mChelmer $1.058mRobertson $1.045mSamford Valley $1.04mMILLIONAIRE ‘BRIDESMAIDS’:Paddington $994,050Auchenflower $990,000Hendra $980,000Rochedale $966,000Balmoral $965,000Kalinga $955,000Milton $942,500Brookfield $940,000Carbrook $940,000Taringa $930,000Kangaroo Point $923,000Gumdale $905,000East Brisbane $900,500Sherwood $900,500Bardon $900,000(Source: CoreLogic median suburb house price)Email: Ben Ittensohn at his townhouse in Paddington. The suburb is the only Brisbane one expected to go back into the million-dollar median list by January.BRISBANE has seen its million-dollar suburbs surge from just four on the list five years ago to a massive 19 now, but another 15 “bridesmaids” are waiting in the wings.Latest industry figures show 34 suburbs in greater Brisbane were either in the elite list or teetering on the edge of it above $900,000.CoreLogic market trends show 15 so-called “bridesmaid” suburbs in the capital city region – a big jump from 2012’s three pre-million and four million dollar suburbs.Five years ago, the only suburbs that were sitting on median house prices above $900,000 were Newstead ($1.15m), New Farm ($1.1075m), Burbank $1.0775m) and Chandler ($1.02m), plus the “bridesmaids” Pullenvale ($990,000), Brookfield ($987,500) and university suburb St Lucia ($927,750).Today, Teneriffe ($2.475m) sits on top of Brisbane’s median house price list now, followed by Pallara ($1.586m), New Farm ($1.569m), Ascot ($1.545m), Chandler ($1.325m), Wilston ($1.275m), St Lucia ($1.255m), Bulimba ($1.217m), Hawthorne ($1.2m) and Fig Tree Pocket ($1.2m).Julie Clark sold her six-bedroom family home in Paddington for $5.45m in March this year – a suburb record post-GFC. Picture: Claudia Baxterlast_img read more

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Cyprus extends tender deadline for LNG import facility

first_imgLNG World News Staff The Cypriot government has extended the deadline for the tender it launched initially in October 2018 for the construction of a liquefied natural gas terminal in Vasilikos Bay, near Limassol. Initially, the bids were to be submitted by January 18, 2019, however, the government has pushed the deadline back to March 29, according to the tender documentation.The government is looking for bids on the design, construction and operation the import terminal, procurement of a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) of at least 125,000 cubic meters storage capacity.The facility will be capable of unloading LNG from LNG carriers ranging in size from 120,000 cubic meters to 217,000 cubic meters.Tender is also for the construction of offshore infrastructure for the permanent berthing of the FSRU, and onshore natural gas infrastructure and related construction components for gas delivery to the Vasilikos power station and potentially other gas consumers.The estimated value of the project is at €500 million ($566.3 million) with the government aiming to have the project in operation by November 30, 2020.last_img read more

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Man found in field identified

first_imgColumbus, IN—The Bartholomew County Coroner’s Office has released the name of the man whose body was discovered two days ago in a cornfield by a farmer. Coroner Clayton Nolting said 39-year-old Danny Ray Green, of Columbus, was found around 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, in a field near Indianapolis Road, north of Tellman Road.Nolting ordered an autopsy, which was performed Friday morning at Columbus Regional Health by a forensic pathologist. Findings from the autopsy, including toxicology, should be available to investigators in approximately two weeks.The victim’s family has been notified of the death.last_img read more

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4 State Players in Second Round of ITF Tennis Championship

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: 2nd seed Udit Gogoi of India Moved to the second round in the boys singles U-18 years event by defeating Sushant Dabas in straight sets 6-3, 6-3 in the ongoing ITF World Junior Ranking Tennis Championship at the All Assam Tennis Association Complex here today. Other Assam players who moved to the second round are Kristi Boro, Lenien Jamir and Namrata Das in the girls U-18 singles.Also Read: Aadarsh Om Chetri, Suhana Saini Win Sub-Junior Table Tennis TitlesAlso Watch: Govt all set to push for the contentious Citizenship Bill in the winter session of Parliamentlast_img read more

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Football chiefs question Wembley after Millwall fan invasion

first_img(REUTERS) – English football chiefs said yesterday they would voice concerns to Wembley stadium over the way Millwall fans ran onto the pitch following Saturday’s League One playoff victory, raising fears that such invasions are on the rise.The EFL condemned “unsavoury scenes” at the end of Millwall’s 1-0 win over Bradford City when hundreds of fans burst past stewards.A small number then taunted Bradford players as they went to the dressing rooms. Millwall manager Neil Harris ordered all supporters from the pitch and the club’s players condemned the behaviour.“The EFL will be writing to Stuart McCall and his Bradford team to apologise for the situation they found themselves in,” the English Football League said in a statement.“The EFL will also raise a number of concerns with Wembley as to how the fans were not only able to access the playing area but then able to get so close to the Bradford City team, who showed great restraint given an incredibly challenging and difficult situation,” it said.“We cannot allow a set of circumstances to exist where the playing area becomes an appropriate place for fans to celebrate and Wembley, like stadiums across the country, have to be prepared to deal with the type of events that emerged on Saturday efficiently and effectively so as to ensure there is no repeat.”The end-of-season playoffs are particularly emotionally charged, as teams seek promotion in a one-off game at English football’s national stadium.Next Monday Reading play Huddersfield in the Championship playoff to reach the Premier League. Security will be tight for a game which is often referred to as English football’s most lucrative, with at least £100 million ($130.07 million) on offer to the winners.The EFL said it had witnessed an “increased number of pitch invasions” at various grounds this season and will work with clubs and supporter groups over what “practical measures” could be taken to reduce the problem.Millwall have a long history of crowd problems and in 2013 their supporters were criticised after some fought among themselves during the FA Cup semi-final defeat to Wigan, also at Wembley.last_img read more

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Eaves reflects on freshman Turris’ decision to go pro

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoAs most of the Badger hockey players cleaned out their KohlCenter lockers Tuesday, the locker of Kyle Turris already sat empty.One day after freshman Turris signed an entry-level contractwith the Phoenix Coyotes of the NHL, Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves reflectedon the less-than-surprising decision of his star forward.“Kyle and I, during the course of the season, had some veryopen dialogue about the possibilities, especially when he got back from theWorld Juniors and there were rumors flying out there,” Eaves said. “We sat downwith Kyle, and we said, ‘Hey, we don’t want you to be nervous or scared aboutcoming and talking to us. Come and chat with us, and let us know what’s goingon. We want to be here to help you.’ And he indicated at that time that therewas a pretty good possibility of that happening.”Following Wisconsin’s 3-2 loss to North Dakota Sunday in theNCAA Tournament, the possibility of turning pro became a reality for Turris.“When the season was over, Kyle came in again and sat downand said, ‘Coach, it’s become a reality.’ And now we move forward,” Eaves said.Turris will join the Coyotes for their final three games ofthe season: Thursday against Dallas — where Turris could possibly make his NHLdebut — Friday on the road against the Stars, and Sunday against the AnaheimDucks. Phoenix is out of playoff contention, so Turris will enter a no-pressuresituation to get his feet wet at the professional level.“He’s got three games right now; he’s going to go get alittle taste of it,” Eaves said. “And that will be the beginning of the newchapter in his life.”While Turris came in as a heralded forward and the No. 3overall selection in the draft, Eaves feels Turris’ one year in college was beneficialin preparing him for the adjustments he’ll have to face in the pros.“He’s a better hockey player now than he was at thebeginning of the season, and he was a pretty good player then,” Eaves said.“The question is, how effective will he be at the next level? And only timewill tell us.”“The one thing that you have to wait and see is, there’sbeen a lot of good college hockey players that haven’t been able to make thatadjustment. They don’t have that next gear because it is definitely a pace faster,stronger, everybody’s skilled, the goalies are better. Instead of playing infourth gear, can you find that fifth gear? And that’s what we’re going to haveto watch here together.”Turris is certainly not the first player Eaves has coachedto jump early to the pros from the Badgers. Most recently, Jack Skille and JoePiskula left after their sophomore and junior seasons, respectively, in 2007.Skille is now with the Chicago Blackhawks, while Piskula is skating with theLos Angeles Kings. Robbie Earl, Joe Pavelski and Ryan Suter all left Madisonbefore finishing out their collegiate careers.The trend of players leaving early, Eaves said, is one becomingmore common around the league.“Our world in college hockey has changed,” Eaves said. “Ourvirtue is our vice. Being a big-time college hockey school allows us to attractsome pretty fine student-athletes. At the same time, these samestudent-athletes are leaving us earlier. So that’s the world in which we live,and we have to learn to deal with that.”?Others following suit?Tuesday, a few other players were mentioned as potentiallyfollowing Turris out the Kohl Center doors into the waiting arms of the NHL.Sophomore defenseman Jamie McBain, a second round pick ofthe Carolina Hurricanes, is one of the more likely current Badgers to make theleap early. McBain, who has eight goals and 34 assists in two seasons, scoredgoals in each of UW’s two NCAA Tournament games this past weekend.“I’ll speak with Jamie next week and see [if] he has heardanything from them specifically,” Eaves said. “In talking to (Carolina Directorof Player Development) Ron Francis, they need to sit down at the end. They’rebattling for a playoff spot right now, so we’ll see.”The name of sophomore John Mitchell, a 6-foot-5-inch forwardnot currently signed by any NHL team, has also been thrown around as a playerwho would potentially not finish out his career at Wisconsin. Mitchell had justone goal in 18 games as a freshman last year, but he saw an increase in bothplaying time and productivity in his sophomore campaign, playing in 40 gamesand scoring 13 points.“In having some initial talks with John, I think that we areboth in agreement that coming back would be the best thing right now becausehe’s just starting to get some confidence,” Eaves said. “Before you leave onelevel and go to the other level, you need to have a huge deposit of confidencebecause you’re going to get hammered. If you have that confidence to fall backon, you will survive that next step.”last_img read more

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Construction forces dining halls to close

first_imgThe multiple Café 84 closures last week were caused by the ongoing construction of the McDonald’s Swim Stadium.The dining hall was shut down for part of the day on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday after construction in the area shut off the hall’s hot water source.Construction on the swim stadium began this semester. The stadium pool was built in 1984 for the Olympics and the construction will add a new sundeck for audiences to view swimming events and locker rooms for the water polo and swim and dive teams. Café 84 and EVK Restaurant and Grill were renovated during the summer.The recurring problems arise from Café 84’s electronically controlled steam boiler that is located below the swim stadium, according to Kristian Klinger, the director of USC Hospitality.Klinger said that it is a health and safety issue for dining halls to not have access to hot water and the cafe cannot be open until the problem is resolved.The first incident occurred Tuesday after construction crews removed a poorly built flagpole footing that was attached to the natural gas line, according to Klinger. As the footing was pulled out, the gas line was ruptured and the heating system was turned off until the break was repaired.The dining hall’s steam boiler was turned off again Wednesday when construction crews re-powered the lighting in the pool. An electrical short in the pool area had to be traced and corrected before the crew could get the heater functioning again.As crews continued demolishing the footing and basement of the old swim building, vibrations from the equipment activated the steam boiler’s seismic valve and shut off the boiler. The valve detects any seismic energy, such as in the case of an earthquake.Klinger said each incident was resolved as quickly as possible and that USC’s Hospitality department will work with construction crews more closely so that problems like these will not happen again.“Emergencies do occur and we do our best to work through them in an efficient and effective manner,” Klinger said. “We are doing everything we can to avoid these types of issues in the future by continuing to work with our campus partners on ways to improve communication and collaboration and scheduling on future projects.”Students, such as Jordanae Walker, a freshman majoring in political science, first learned of the situation when they saw the dining hall’s closed doors. Walker believes the alert system for dining hall closures should be improved.“It was really inconvenient for me, and I wish they had at least given out some warning that the hall wasn’t going to be open,” Walker said.Some students are concerned about the amount of planning and foresight that has been done on the construction project.“The construction crews should really be more careful with what they are doing,” said Analisa Kleinman, a senior majoring in art history. “Students live right in that area in Fluor and Webb Tower, and it just makes me worry that they could make a mistake that affects more than just our dining halls.”The EVK dining hall was also forced to close down a few weeks ago.“The EVK closure on Sunday [Feb.] the 10th was due to a plumbing issue,” Klinger said. “Rust was coming through the water in every area except the dish room.”According to Klinger, there is no indication that its closure is related to demolition ofMcDonald’s Swim Stadium.Alisha Mathalikunnel, a sophomore majoring in psychology, hopes that these inconveniences will be worth it once the swim stadium opens in April 2014.“Accidents happen when areas are under construction. It’s bound to happen,” Mathalikunnel said. “At least it will be nice once the upgrades are done and we are able to see events at the swimming pool.”last_img read more

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BHA plots added support measures & revenues increases for 2019

first_img Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity  July 28, 2020 StumbleUpon UK Racing pushes for drastic levy reforms as deep recession looms August 25, 2020 Racing DiRSG launches LGBT+ awareness module for PRIDE  June 25, 2020 Related Articles The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has outlined a series of policies to be applied ahead the 2019 fixture list formation, with a focus placed upon supporting jockeys and racing staff, whilst also maximising commercial revenues to the sport.Maintaining an eight-day summer break, and five-day end-of-season breaks for Jump fixtures, an agreement has been reached to implement a number of measures:All floodlit fixtures (which run from January to mid-April, and from September to December) are to finish earlier, with the final race starting no later than 20:30.A six-day break will be introduced for Flat racing participants at the end of the Turf season in November. In addition there will be an intended five-day break in March towards the end of the All-Weather season (although additional late notice fixtures may be programmed during this period in exceptional circumstances if all Jump fixtures on a day look likely to be abandoned).No fixtures will be programmed on Sunday 22 December 2019, providing an extra racing-free day before Christmas.Whilst it was also detailed that following discussions with betting companies and various stakeholders, further policies to be applied to the 2019 fixture lift are:To schedule floodlit cards with the aim of providing greater continuity of product from the start of afternoon racing through until the final race of the day on a consistent basis, with the final race always staged between 20:00 and 20:30.  The addition of 15 floodlit fixtures in autumn, to be run alongside existing floodlit cards on Wednesdays and Thursdays, as part of a one year trial to test their popularity with the betting industry’s customers. These fixtures will be programmed in September and October when there is currently a relatively high level of race eliminations and so any impact on field sizes is expected to be negligible.In addition it has also been agreed to  extending the appearance money scheme, subject to necessary approvals. Currently paying an extra £100 to horses finishing in the first eight on Friday and Saturday floodlit and summer evening fixtures, the extension would cover all floodlit from January to mid-April, and September to December.Richard Wayman, Chief Operating Officer for the BHA, explained: “We are aware of the demands that the fixture list places on our participants. Repeatedly returning home late from race meetings being followed by early starts the following day is not good for the health and well being of our trainers, staff and jockeys, and ultimately impacts retention rates.“At the same time, as the world changes and betting behaviours alter – in particular the ongoing and ever increasing switch to digital betting platforms – it is essential that the sport adapts to meet this demand and schedules its fixtures and races accordingly. “We must maximise revenues to the sport and its people by engaging with betting audiences at times when we know they want to bet and have few other sporting options to do so. “It is about striking the right balance and ensuring that the sport generates revenue while not asking too much of our workforce. It is for this reason that the agreed policies will be put in place next year.” Share Submit Sharelast_img read more

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