Muslims in Jakarta rejoice as mosques open for Friday prayers

first_img“Earlier, [I participated in] Friday prayer in the Bangka Raya area of [South] Jakarta. My temperature was checked when I entered the mosque and I was given a plastic bag to carry my footwear,” another Twitter user @naavyyk posted on Friday.Tadi sholat jumat di wilayah Bangka Raya Jakarta, masuk halaman masjid dicek suhu dan diberi kantong plastik buat bungkus alas kaki pic.twitter.com/mQTYSxvh59— navy’ fanani (@naavyyk) June 5, 2020President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo also performed the prayer in the Baiturrahim mosque situated in the presidential palace complex.Kompas.com also reported that Governor Anies Baswedan performed Friday prayer in the Fatahillah mosque located in the City Hall compound.Read also: Jakarta takes risk of rebound by moving to ‘transitional’ restrictionsSome mosques in the city such as Al Azhar Mosque in South Jakarta were also packed with congregations, among them was former Vice President Jusuf Kalla who is also the chairman of the Indonesian Mosque Council (DMI), as reported by Tempo.co.To prevent overcrowding in mosques during the weekly prayer, the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) had issued a fatwa allowing the prayer to be conducted in turns in two groups, rather than the usual simultaneous prayer at noon.Besides mosques, the Jakarta Administration has also allowed other houses of worship to operate during the transition phase.The Jakarta archdiocese, for example, had been gearing up to open its churches by preparing a new worship protocol following the Religious Affairs Ministers’ announcement that houses of worship would be gradually reopened.“We are making sure that our parishes are ready to follow the worship protocol,” Jakarta archdiocese secretary Adi Prajoso said in a letter issued on Wednesday.“When the new protocol and our parishes are ready, we will gradually open the church.”Topics : “Alhamdulillah [thank God], I can perform Friday prayers again. I feel very happy,” Denny told The Jakarta Post on Friday.“I hope that we can continue holding Friday prayers in mosques and that the PSBB will be over soon.”Many Jakartans have also shared their experience participating in Friday prayers with the additional physical distancing measure and health protocols trough social media.“Alhamdulillah, this afternoon I performed Friday prayer in congregation at the Masjid Raya Al-Azhar in Sentra Primer, East Jakarta. It was conducted with health protocol to prevent COVID-19 [transmission], such as maintaining physical distance, temperature checking, and requirement to wear a face mask,” Twitter user @azzam_satriawan posted on Friday.Alhamdullilah, tadi siang saya baru saja melaksanakan ibadah Sholat Jumat secara berjamaah di Masjid Raya Al-Azhar, Sentra Primer, Jakarta Timur. Dilakukan protokol kesehatan untuk mencegah Covid-19 seperti menjaga jarak, pengecekan suhu dan wajib memakai masker saat Sholat. pic.twitter.com/QTb6e1nFjP— Muhammad Azzam Satriawan (@azzam_satriawan) June 5, 2020 After months of praying at home, Muslims in Jakarta are now able to perform the first Friday prayers in mosques on Friday following the transitional period in the capital city that starts to ease restrictions in public spaces in the capital city.Denny Faizal, a 22-year-old university graduate, joined the Friday prayer, a weekly congregational prayer mandatory for Muslim men, in Teladan Mosque in Tebet, South Jakarta. It was his first Friday prayer in a mosque after only performing it at home since mid-March, weeks before the official implementation of the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in April amid the social distancing measures taken to curb the spread of COVID-19.He said the mosque followed the protocols mandated by the city administration, namely body temperature check before entering the premise, assigning the 1-meter distance policy between participants and requiring them to wear a face mask. The congregations must also bring their own prayer mats and a bag to store their footwear. In addition, the sermons given before the prayer was quicker compared to normal times, he said.last_img read more

Local School Among Few Receiving Digital Learning Grant

first_imgSouth Ripley was one of twenty schools to receive a grant from the Indiana Department of Education.South Ripley Community School Corporation has been awarded the 2014 Digital Learning Grant from the Indiana Department of Education.The school corporation was chosen along with 19 other schools across the state, from 132 applicants to receive $100,000 to further its digital learning initiative and 1:1 implementation plan.South Ripley was one of 33 schools selected to make an in-person pitch to the eLearning Team at the Indiana Department of Education in Indianapolis. Making the pitch for South Ripley was a team consisting of Junior High Principal Rod Hite, Elementary Assistant Principal Amy Linkel, 5th Grade Teacher Ryan Lauber and Superintendent Rob Moorhead.“Although the presentation team was limited to only four participants, it was a true team effort of many teachers and staff that helped create and perfect the presentation,” Moorhead said.South Ripley plans to use the grant to provide high quality training for the teaching staff to help from continue to develop digital teaching skills and to assist with the creation of a digital curriculum. Additionally, South Ripley plans to provide an eLearning Coach to work side by side with teachers with the new program.After a successful pilot program this school year, South Ripley plans to issue a Chromebook to each student in grades 5-8 next year. The pilot program will also be extended to freshman and sophomores and students in grades 3-4 next year, Moorhead said.last_img read more

CECAFA confirms Kenya to host Challenge Cup

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Officails attending CECAFA meetingNairobi, Kenya | AFP | The Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) has named Kenya as host of its Senior Challenge Cup, two years since it was last held in Ethiopia.At an executive committee meeting held in Khartoum, Sudan the members expressed solidarity with Kenya over the failure to host the fifth African Nations Championships (CHAN) in January 2018.The CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup, which brings together all the national teams of the 13 member countries will be held in November and December 2017. Uganda are the current champions having won a record 14th title in Addis Ababa in December 2015 after beating Rwanda 1-0 in the final.The meeting also endorsed Burundi and Rwanda to host the CECAFA Under-17 and second Women’s championships respectively in November and December.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Ronaldo Souza’s positive coronavirus test hangs over controversial UFC return

first_imgWhite’s controversial plans to stage a fight card in April on an Indian tribal reservation in California were thwarted.But he got the green light in Florida to hold bouts without spectators from Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jacksonville, headlined by an interim lightweight title bout between Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje.Both fighters made weight on Friday at a weigh-in where media members and most UFC staff were kept at a distance, those closer to the fighters wore masks and the scale was sanitized.Bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo and former champ Dominick Cruz both made weight for their title bout as well.With the National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League and Major League Soccer all on hold — along with the US PGA Tour and LPGA — White touts the return of UFC as a step toward normalcy and a boon for sport-starved fans.And he said US President Donald Trump would be watching, in a conference call with US sports league leaders back in April.“The president’s take on it was we have to get live sports back first,” White told the Los Angeles Times.“Show everybody how to do it safely. Give people who have to stay home some entertainment so they’re not bouncing off the walls.”“From there, we can figure out how we get people back to work and how we get kids back to schools,” he added.He said by going first, he hoped other leagues might also reopen.White attempted to avoid California’s lockdown measures when he planned the April 18 event on Indian casino land, but Walt Disney Co — owner of UFC broadcaster ESPN — later asked him to postpone.Florida governor Ron DeSantis opened the door when he gave “essential services” status to employees at pro sports and media productions with a national audience. Brazil’s Ronaldo Souza was dumped from the UFC’s Florida event after the middleweight tested positive for Covid-19Miami, United States | AFP |  The controversial mixed martial arts card scheduled for Saturday in Florida will go ahead as planned despite one of the undercard fighters testing positive for coronavirus.Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza was dropped from the Jacksonville event after he was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Friday. He arrived in Florida earlier in the week.Two of Souza’s cornermen also tested positive.“UFC’s medical team examined Souza and his two cornermen and found them to be currently asymptomatic, or not exhibiting the common symptoms of COVID-19,” organizers said in a statement late Friday night.“All three men have left the host hotel and will be self-isolating off premises.”Middleweight Souza, of Brazil, was scheduled to fight Uriah Hall on the undercard of the televised Ultimate Fighting Championship 249 event which is being held without spectators.Souza attended the weigh-in wearing a protective mask and was kept at a distance from Hall who also had a mask and gloves on.Although Souza — who is not showing symptoms — will not fight, the other 11 bouts will go ahead. Officials said the other 23 fighters on the card have tested negative.“Brother I know it sucks. I’m sorry you have to go through this. I am beyond devastated for the missed opportunity,” Hall tweeted on Friday night.The card is UFC chief Dana White’s attempt to drag the mixed martial arts series out of coronavirus quarantine.White, who has also announced cards for May 13 and 16 in Jacksonville, insisted before Souza tested positive the production won’t put anyone at risk.“Listen, we have families, too,” White told CNN Sport. “I have a family; I don’t want to hurt my family. I don’t want to die.“This isn’t just some crazy, this is a well thought-out plan. We’ve had very, very smart people, doctors and people that have been involved with the UFC for a very long time working on this thing non-stop since it started.“We believe that we have this thing in a place where it can be as safe as it can possibly be.” Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Barcelona use former Real Betis player to troll the club after Nou Camp defeat…

first_imgAdvertisement 4z97mNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs6fkWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ex55s( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) clybWould you ever consider trying this?😱6jis4kCan your students do this? 🌚7b8uRoller skating! Powered by Firework The Twitter handle of the La Liga side Barcelona have posted a picture of former Real Betis player to troll the club after the defeat at Nou Camp. However, they sincerely apologized for the tweet on the next day and they clearly mentioned that there were no bad intention of them with posting the picture.Advertisement Barcelona won their second game in the La Liga against Real Betis with a margin of 5-2 at Camp Nou on Sunday. However, Real Betis took the lead in the match at the 15th minute of the match. Nabil Fekir scored the first goal of the match from the pass provided by Loren Moron.Advertisement Antoine Griezmann scored two goals and both the assists were provided by Sergi Roberto. Carles Perez, Jordi Alba and Arturo Vidal also scored for Barcelona in that match. Loren Moren pulled one back for Real Betis.Junior Firpo joined Barcelona from Real Betis I  this summer transfer window. The club management of the Catalan Giants understood that it was a special night for the young player and the picture posted in their Twitter handle might affect the player. That’s why they sincerely apologized for posting the picture of Junior Firpo which was seeming to indicate 5 goals scored by Barcelona.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Saints continue to roll through BCIHL teams, blast UVic 10-2

first_imgMcLaughlin finished the game with the hat-trick while Jordan Wood added a pair. Other goals were scored by Mason Spear, Thomas Hardy, Scott Swiston and Logan Proulx.Replying for UVic were Brad Robinson and Mark Prest.Stephen Wolff stopped 23 of 21 shots to register the win in goal for the Saints.”We’ve been putting up some big numbers the last few times out and that’s been the result of hard-working, honest and unselfish hockey,” Dubois said.”When we stick to those habits the results have been very good.”The win was the third of the season for Selkirk over the Island squad.The first two games were one goal affairs.The Saints will now prepare for a tough weekend on the road that includes a visit to Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops on Friday night and Simon Fraser University in Vancouver on Saturday.Both games can be viewed online at www.fasthockey.com.SAINTS NOTES: Connor McLaughlin led the way offensively for the Saints with a hat trick and two assists, while his line accounted for a dozen points with Mason Spear (four points) and Scott Swiston (three) also in on the action. . . .Jordan Wood leads the Saints and BCIHL in scoring with 14 points. Selkirk players hold down the top nine spots in BCIHL scoring. . . .Selkirk has now outscored their opponents by a margin of 35-4 in four home games 44-11 overall. Selkirk scored eight unanswered goals, two by former KIJHL star Connor McLaughlin, to blast the defending B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League champ University of Victoria 10-2 in action Saturday at the Castlegar Recreation Complex.The win runs the Saints unbeaten streak to six to start the season and gives the West Kootenay squad four-point lead over second-place Simon Fraser University in BCIHL standings.”We came out slow tonight and about halfway through the first period it looked like we were determined to get away from what had made us successful through the first three weeks of the season,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.”But to the credit of our group the feet started moving and the work habits for the remainder of the game were excellent.”UVic scored first before the Saints got going to lead 2-1 after one frame on goals by McLaughlin and Cody Fidget.Selkirk then took over the game, scoring four times in the second before adding four more markers in the third.last_img read more

NAREI’s pest control staff benefit from regional training

first_imgAs Guyana aims to reclaim the title of “bread basket of the Caribbean”, the National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI) is working to ensure when it reaches that stage, there are no obstacles.According to Chief Plant Protection Officer of the National Plant Protection Organisation (NPPO), Brian Sears, Government has already placed much emphasis on assisting farmers in pushing agriculture forward and in diversifying their produce.A section of participants at the Regional Pest Control Training held at NAREIAdditionally, NAREI has been working with a number of agencies and farmers in its attempt to enhance diversification while the NPPO is looking at methods to contain, control, or eradicate pests.On Monday, staffers from NPPO participated in a two-day Regional Pest Prioritisation and Pest Risk Analysis Training hosted by the Caribbean Agricultural Health and Food Safety Agency (CAHFSA) at NAREI’s Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara head office.The staffers were trained in the use of the National Pest Prioritisation Tool and the Principles and Procedures for Pest Risk Analysis. The session will be delivered by Juliet Goldsmith, Plant Health Specialist of CAHFSA and Dr Govind Seepersad, Agricultural Economist, University of the West Indies.Sears pointed out, “The workshop will go a long way in enhancing our ability to export and may even assist in speeding up the exportation process, especially when we take into consideration the number of requests that we get for our local produce for export and request for information to conduct pest risk analysis for importation, an area in which I know we are limited.”These training sessions are also being done in Antigua, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Jamaica, St Lucia, St Vincent, Suriname, Trinidad, and Turks and Caicos.To detect pests in the United States, the Department of Agriculture (USDA) Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPA) developed the New Pest Response Guidelines (NPRG), which were used in the training sessions to enhance Guyana’s pest prioritisation capabilities for early pest detection and for the implementation of rapid response for pest control.last_img read more

Letterkenny motorist caught with no tax, no NCT, no insurance and two bald tyres

first_imgA car was seized in Letterkenny yesterday with a series of violations and dangerous defects.Gardaí detected the car on Monday evening which had two bald tyres to the front.The driver also had no tax, no NCT and no insurance. Car seized in Letterkenny. Image via Garda Síochána DonegalCar seized in Letterkenny. Image via Garda Síochána DonegalThe car was seized and the driver is set to face a prosecution for the road violations.Gardaí shared details of the incident on social media this morning with a warning: “Please regularly check the tyres on your car as travelling with bald tyres could cost you or others their life on the road!”Letterkenny motorist caught with no tax, no NCT, no insurance and two bald tyres was last modified: September 9th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

3 Things You can Learn about Video Marketing from Wipster’s CEO

first_imgLearn MoreThere’s so much more to learn from Wenlock’s Daily WiP series, so I’d highly recommend browsing this playlist. Video marketing is a dynamic field full of great opportunities and hidden missteps. Wipster’s CEO tells you what you need to know.Cover image via Shutterstock.For the past six months, Rollo Wenlock, the CEO of video review service Wipster, has been creating and sharing a YouTube video series called The Daily WiP. He’s almost hit 100 episodes, so it’s not quite a daily video, but it’s pretty close.There’s a lot to learn from Wenlock, not only because he’s practicing what he’s preaching (creating content, sharing ideas, and not worrying about the polish) but also because he’s also connected to a lot of media agencies, brands, creatives, and influencers — thanks to his role at Wipster.In this post, I’ve highlighted three of the many things I think Wenlock can teach video producers (editors, directors, producers, etc.) about video production and marketing.Offer More Than VideoIf you’re looking to improve your video production game in 2018, then you need to start thinking beyond your standard creative skill set. For example, how can you deliver an end-to-end solution for your clients — one that provides better outcomes for them and better income for you?This is the essential point Wenlock makes before jumping on a plane at the airport in episode 51 (remember sharing ideas is what matters, even if they’re unpolished).This kind of thinking could be especially profitable for anyone working with smaller clients who don’t have their own in-house teams or agency handlers (who might traditionally handle most aspects of the content pipeline after you’ve delivered the final files).Instead, can you take responsibility for the delivery and distribution of the content you’ve created? Wenlock gives the example of asking for the keys to their social media accounts.As Wenlock points out, this opens the door to deepening your client relationships through more regular contact on the basis of metric-based reporting and offers the opportunity to draw out lessons that could apply to their next commissioned video.I know that, as a freelance editor, I most often have no idea if a video turned out to be a success after I’ve handed it over. I just know that my clients come back for more, so something must be working. But really, that’s a very shallow view to take, especially when there is so much data to mine when it comes to audience engagement.If I got to see the viewing stats, how far into the video people watched, the comments, etc., I’d have a lot more information to draw upon for the next video for that particular client.Freelancers Working with BrandsBrands aren’t buying videos from you, they’re buying outcomes. —Rollo WenlockIn episode 21, Wenlock tackles the evolving relationship between brands and freelance creatives when every brand is turning into a content machine.He has some interesting suggestions to make about how you can better serve your clients, from up-skilling their in-house staff to switching to a subscription-based business model.If you can switch to a subscription model for which they pay you a monthly fee, then there’s a chance you might make more money — if you can handle all of your clients’ demands. The client may well be delighted to no longer sign off on per-production budgets. They might prefer to simply receive online content to share with their customers on a daily or weekly basis.There’s definitely a lot more nuance to this, but it’s worth taking the time to consider which of your own clients might be up for testing something like this. (Especially if they have designs on regularly engaging with customers via video.)A blend of subscription-based and per-production clients might bring your freelance business steadier cashflow, as you’ll have regular income to fall back on.The main challenge will be juggling all of your clients’ demands so that they feel like they have constant access to you — while also producing great videos within the subscription price.Look Back Before You Move ForwardIn this episode of the Daily WiP, which Wenlock says marks 80 videos in a row, he makes an important point about auditing your video history.Wenlock’s really talking to the brands producing video content, but as a creative serving these clients, this is a really useful thing to do, too, so you know what your client has done (and its impact) before you arrived.This can help you identify a few different things, which might include the following:Which videos were the most successful?Does an episodic approach work?What are the realistic benchmarks to measure against?By examining these things, you can develop any number of ideas:Topics that resonate with the client’s audience.Whether you should deliver a teaser or follow-up content — or a regular series.How many views or engagements are a realistic benchmark. Looking for more information on online video production? Check out these articles.Choosing the Best Aspect Ratio for Your Video5 Essential Tips for Editing Professional Interview Soundbites5 Ways to Improve Your Workflow with Client FeedbackHow Social Media Has Redefined the Aspect RatioCurate Your Soundtracks on the Go with the New PremiumBeat Applast_img read more

a month agoNorwich boss Farke on Man City upset: Courage, amazing spirit

first_imgNorwich boss Farke on Man City upset: Courage, amazing spiritby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNorwich City boss Daniel Farke hailed his stand-ins for their shock victory over Manchester City.City’s long injury list meant Farke was forced into several changes, but his players did him proud.“It was a debut in the starting line-up for Sam Byram, a debut in the starting line-up for Ibrahim Amadou in a position that isn’t his natural one, and a first game for Alex Tettey,” said Farke. “It was difficult but we had to deliver against perhaps the best team in the world, and we did it in our style. We totally believe we are capable of reaching something extraordinary today, and we showed amazing spirit.“We have a lot of long-term injuries so it will be difficult. So we need this spirit and attitude because there will be setbacks and difficult moments and that’s when we will need our togetherness, and to remember moments like today.“Each and every game will be different, with teams with different styles and quality, but we have to take out of this game that if you stick together you always have a chance. Even if no one bets on you, with bravery and commitment and togetherness you can go far.”The boss also had a word for the City fans, who created an incredible atmosphere for the entire 90 minutes.“Carrow Road was an explosion and we needed this,” he said. “Without our fans, and their help to bring us over the line, we wouldn’t have had a chance to win today. We needed this unity from the fans, and big compliments to our supporters – they were crucial for our win.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more