Saudi Arabia imposes temporary ban on ‘umrah’ pilgrims amid coronavirus concerns

first_img“We ask the management of umrah travel agencies to be proactive in conveying this information to the pilgrims,” he added, saying that the ministry was awaiting further information from the Saudi government.Read also: Airline fares cut to boost sales amid COVID-19 scareGolkar Party lawmaker Ace Hasan Syadzily has responded to the news of the umrah suspension, saying that he was still awaiting an official confirmation from Saudi authorities.“If such a policy is indeed in effect, we are honestly shocked,” Ace said on Thursday, adding that he had expected the Saudi administration to have been more prepared in anticipating the viral outbreak given that the country had also faced a similar challenge in 2013.“We are, of course, thinking about umrah pilgrims who have been scheduled to depart soon for the country. They surely must have been looking forward to their departure, in accordance with the original schedule as organized by their travel agencies.”He went on to say that he expected further explanation from Saudi officials regarding the duration of the ban, as well as whether the Saudi administration has recorded any confirmed coronavirus cases among umrah pilgrims. (rfa)Topics : In an unprecedented move that will likely have massive repercussions the world over, Saudi Arabia has imposed a temporary ban on all umrah (minor haj) pilgrims to keep the county safe from the coronavirus.As reported by Arab News, the temporary ban was one of several precautionary restrictions announced on Thursday as health authorities in the country observed the latest developments of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.In addition to umrah pilgrims, the Saudi government will also impose a similar ban on tourist-visa holders from “countries judged to pose a particularly high risk of spreading the virus”. Read also: Going to a country with COVID-19 cases? Here are the Foreign Ministry’s recommendations for Indonesian travelersThe country welcomes nearly 7 million umrah pilgrims every year, most of whom arrive at airports in Jeddah and Madinah. Data from the Saudi Hajj and Umrah Ministry show that, as of last December, Indonesia contributed the second highest number of umrah pilgrims with 443,879 arrivals, just below Pakistan with 495,270.Indonesian Religious Affairs Ministry staffer Ubaidillah Amin Moch said that requests for umrah visas and other visas to Saudi Arabia would be stopped as of Thursday and that a number of pilgrims had been held up at the airport due to the new restrictions.“We respect Saudi Arabia’s decision as part of an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, and we ask all Indonesian umrah pilgrims to be patient while we wait for the Saudi government to reopen [access],” he said in a statement on Thursday. last_img read more

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Govt reports highest daily increase in COVID-19 cases one day after claiming flattening curve

first_imgLast week, Doni also claimed that the number of new cases in the capital – the country’s hardest-hit province – had been trending downwards.“We can see in the latest developments that, particularly in Jakarta, new cases have rapidly slowed down and flattened,” the National Disaster Mitigation Agency head said on April 27.On Saturday, Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD said that the government was looking into the possibility of relaxing the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) enacted by regional heads across the country.“We know there are complaints of difficulties leaving the house, going shopping, making a living and so on,” he said. “We are considering PSBB relaxations.”Experts warned that further study was necessary before concluding that the curve had flattened, saying the country’s limited testing capabilities could lead to the underreporting or late reporting of cases.As of Tuesday, Indonesia had conducted 88,294 COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, a rate of about 327 tests per 1 million people. Malaysia has conducted more than 6,500 tests per 1 million people. Singapore has conducted more than 24,000 tests per 1 million people.Topics : The Indonesian Health Ministry confirmed 484 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, the highest single-day increase in the government’s count so far. The day before, the government said the curve was flattening.Health Ministry disease control and prevention director-general Achmad Yurianto did not comment on the unprecedented increase at his daily press conference but reiterated the need for the public to be disciplined in implementing physical distancing measures.“We have to [practice physical distancing] together if we want to be able to control the number of cases by June or July and start to live better lives and reduce the number of restrictions,” he said on Tuesday. “We hope that, by August, our lives will be better and we can enter a new normal,” he added.The spike in cases came one day after government officials claimed that the number of infections in the country was decreasing and spoke of the possibility of loosening social restrictions.“The number of positive cases is flattening and going down,” said national COVID-19 task force head Doni Monardo on Monday. last_img read more

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16 Warril Dr, Kuranda for sale with RE/MAX’s Ray Murphy

first_img Bathroom 3 “A 70sq m mezzanine level with cathedral ceilings is the perfect media room and the granny flat has a separate entrance. “This home represents lifestyle, sophistication and ultimate privacy.” A stunning entertaining area.Owner Gunther Frohlich — also a real estate agent with Raine & Horne Palm Cove — bought the home in 2002, but now in his 70s and with his two grown daughters living overseas, the property has become too big for his needs. Beautiful timber finishes stand this home apart from the rest.The space and lack of neighbours first drew Mr Frohlich to the property and he said the home was constructed using local hardwood timber while the ceiling was cladded with cypress pine.There is also a large internal laundry with plenty of cupboard space and room to accommodate up to six cars undercover. The gorgeous and spacious interior.Built on a steep slope, the house is nestled on three terraces with plenty of room for a tennis court or the children to run amok on one of the flat areas.In-ground power, town water, septic tank and mobile phone service complete the array of amenities.Kuranda is about 380m above sea level and offers a quiet, village atmosphere in contrast with Cairns and its suburbs along the coast.The village’s amenities and infrastructure, which include a variety of schools, churches, a shopping centre, the Kuranda Medical Centre as well as a public swimming pool, are just a couple of minutes away. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoFancy waking up here?Smithfield at Cairns’ northern beaches, James Cook University, Cairns International Airport and the CBD is within 20-30 minutes’ drive. Ray Murphy REMAX Cairns Garage 6 WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW 0402 838 608 $785,000 16 Warril Drive, Kuranda Bedrooms 5 Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:40Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:40 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenQuestions for Millennial home buyers01:41 HALF an hour’s drive from Cairns sits this beautifully designed timber home on a 6700sq m piece of tropical rainforest.Built with the highest of standards, RE/MAX Cairns agent Ray Murphy said the Kuranda home fitted perfectly in the immaculately landscaped gardens.“Thanks to the north-easterly orientation of this home, you will enjoy stunning sunrises morning after morning while you sip your coffee,” he said. The leafy outlook from 16 Warril Drive, Kuranda “Five generous bedrooms all come with access to the sprawling timber deck and the master bedroom includes a private bath and walk-in wardrobe. last_img read more

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South Sudan army ordered to end fighting ahead of ceasefire

first_imgSouth Sudanese President Salva Kiir has ordered all government troops to cease fighting rebel forces as part of a peace agreement, his spokesman said, ahead of a full ceasefire on Saturday.Kiir has ordered all government troops “to stop shooting and remain in their barracks where they are, but they can shoot in self defence once attacked,” presidential spokesperson Ateny Wek Ateny said on Friday.Both sides accused each other of launching attacks on Wednesday as Kiir signed a peace deal aimed at ending the 20-month long civil war in which tens of thousands of people have been slaughtered.The accord, already signed by rebel chief Riek Machar, gave a 72-hour deadline for a permanent ceasefire, with comes into effect around sunset on Saturday. Late on Thursday, rebels accused the army of attacking their positions in the northern battleground state of Unity. The army did not reply, but has previously dismissed rebel claims as lies.Facing the threat of international sanctions, Kiir signed the deal but annexed a list of reservations that he said would have to be addressed for the deal to take hold in the world’s newest nation.Two powerful rebel generals, Peter Gadet and Gathoth Gatkuoth, split from Machar earlier this month, accusing him of seeking power for himself.The government has said the split is a key reason they doubt the peace deal can be effective.last_img read more

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Everton sign Dons youngster

first_imgEverton have completed the signing of teenage defender Brendan Galloway on a five-year deal from Sky Bet League One side MK Dons. “I’ve been watching them for years now and they’re great professionals, great players – players who have been there and done it. That’s a big thing for me to be able to learn off guys like that. “Short-term, I just want to work hard to better myself as a footballer here, which I know I will with the coaches and other staff here. “Long-term, I also want to get in the Everton team and play week in and week out in the Premier League and play in a team that’s doing well, which I know we will do.” Galloway became the youngest player in MK Dons’ history to feature for the club when, at the age of 15, he made his debut as a second-half substitute in a 6-0 FA Cup victory over Nantwich Town in November 2011. He went on to make his league debut the following April and in total made 17 appearances for the League One club, scoring once. MK Dons manager Karl Robinson was disappointed to lose Galloway, but wished him well for the future as he told his club’s official website: “I do believe Brendan can be as good as he wants to be and I wish him all the luck in the world. “He’s going to a fantastic football club in Everton that will only aid his development.” Press Associationcenter_img The 18-year-old Zimbabwe-born England youth international has joined the Goodison Park club for an undisclosed fee and will join up with their under-21 side. Galloway was delighted to announce the news, and told the official Everton website: “It means an awful lot to me coming to such a great club. I’m now looking forward to learning off some of the more senior players – the likes of Sylvain Distin and Phil Jagielka. last_img read more

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Vaughan expects Captain Cook to step down

first_imgALSTAIR Cook is “very close” to quitting as England captain, believes former skipper Michael Vaughan.Cook, 31, said he will “go home and do some thinking” over his future after the 4-0 Test series defeat by India.“His body language over the last three matches was one where he looks like he might be thinking of calling it a day,” Vaughan told BBC Sport.However, Vaughan believes Cook is not certain to resign and said taking time to decide was the correct move.“He’s earned that right to have a period of time at home. We’ll wait and see,” the 42-year-old added.“He’s stubborn and mentally very tough. He’s been through this sort of spell two or three times in his captaincy and carried on.“But he has to be very honest with himself. Does he have the passion and energy to take the team forward through the seven Tests next summer? And then through the Ashes next winter?“If the answer is just 1% no, then he has to stand aside.“Towards the end of my captaincy, I just was not enjoying the game. I could see from his face he just is not enjoying cricket.“I would think it’s very close to being the time to call it quits from his perspective.”England assistant head coach Paul Farbrace said Cook had the support of players and management.“If he chooses to step down, that would be a shame because we want him to carry on,” said Farbrace.“When you lose a series 4-0, of course people will talk about the leadership. We all know that.“But there’s nobody looking around the dressing room thinking ‘ooh, I wonder who’s in charge?’ It’s very clear who’s in charge, and that hasn’t changed.”(BBC Sport)last_img read more

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Agard leads GBA Referee/Judge Commission

first_img…-Assanah is secretaryLawrence AssanahRAMONA Agard,a leading local referee/judge,was yesterday appointed Chairperson of theGuyana Boxing Association Referee/Judge Commission.Agard, who has over a decade of experience and a number of international competitions under her belt, was chosen to lead a team of five that will manage the affairs of the Commission and report to the executive of the association.Agard’s assistant is vice- chairman Max Massiah while Guyana Defence Force officer Lawrence Assanah was appointed secretary.Dexter Patterson and teenager Denola Bristol make up the five-member body which GBA president Steve Ninvalle branded as a mixture of youth and experience with a gender balance.He extended gratitude to members of the last commission,which he declared served with dignity and dedication and noted that they still have an important part to play in the development of the fistic sport in Guyana.Agard and her team were immediately flung into action as the GBA prepares for an International competition on February 18. The event is being sponsored by overseas based Alford McDonald and Seon Bristol.last_img read more

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Foul trouble, slow start to 2nd half doom Orange in loss to another ranked opponent in Louisville

first_imgAfter leading by one at halftime, Syracuse’s first seven possessions of the second half included three missed shots and three turnovers, and Louisville capitalized.The Cardinals took the lead and dashed out to a 13-2 run in the second half’s first three minutes to take a 10-point lead. The post-halftime lead change was the final one of the game, as Louisville cruised to victory.For the sixth time this season, the No. 23 Orange (15-6, 5-3 Atlantic Coast) fell to a Top 25 team, this time 78-58 to No. 8 Louisville (19-2, 7-1) at the KFC Yum! Center on Thursday night, ending SU’s five-game win streak.“They were really, really good in the second half at getting the ball moving and getting our zone moving around,” Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman said, “and they just made shots.”Though the Orange occasionally chipped away, the Cardinals didn’t let up, eventually breaking open a 26-point lead on a 41-15 run. While SU entered with the ACC’s best turnover margin, Louisville was second and beat Syracuse at its own game — transition baskets, forced turnovers and points off of those turnovers. Louisville finished with 14 fast-break points compared to the Orange’s four.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We didn’t have a ton of turnovers, but the ones that we had led to layups,” Hillsman said.While the second half proved to be disastrous, Syracuse did build an eight-point lead 13 minutes into the game. The Cardinals came back though, and the lead changed four times in the last 2:30 of the half before SU went into halftime with a narrow 30-29 lead.It was the third time this season Syracuse led at the break against a Top 10 team. But for the third time, the Orange faded in the second half.Briana Day, SU’s starting center and most-reliable rebounder, headed to the bench after picking up her fourth foul with 12 minutes to play. When she subbed out, Louisville’s lead was only eight. When she subbed back in four minutes later, it was 18.Forward Taylor Ford committed three fouls within a three-minute span and fouled out with 8:28 left. Though Louisville’s lead was already at 18 by then, the chance of a comeback had dwindled.“When you can’t play two of our better players for big chunks of time, you have a problem,” Hillsman said.Syracuse’s next two games are against No. 9 Florida State and No. 16 North Carolina, and Hillsman said on Wednesday that this stretch of games could be the turning point of the season.But against Louisville, the trend against ranked teams continued and the Orange collapsed once again after halftime.“We just didn’t play a good second half,” Hillsman said. “And it bit us.” Comments Published on January 29, 2015 at 11:27 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Corral’s hot shooting propels USC to win

first_imgA left ankle injury limited junior guard Ashley Corral to 12 minutes in the game against Stanford.Against Cal, the ankle — and her shot — looked just fine, as Corral sparked USC to an 80-67 victory over Cal (14-12, 6-9) by knocking down three-pointers on the Women of Troy’s first two possessions.Her fourth three-pointer — in four attempts — gave USC (16-9, 8-6) a 25-11 lead midway through the first half.Minutes later, USC’s all-time leading three-point shooter knocked down a corner three to give the Women of Troy a 32-13 lead.“[My shot] felt good but they were all created by my teammates,” Corral said. “They set great picks for me and Jacki [Gemelos] was great getting me the ball in transition.”Corral wasn’t the only player who came out hot for USC though. The Women of Troy jumped out to a 19-6 lead by connecting on eight of their first nine possessions and the lead swelled to as many as 21 points in the half.Even with the hot shooting, what stood out most was the intensity USC played with.Three times in the first half, senior center Kari LaPlante beat every other player down the court for a layup.On one possession, the 6’5″ center missed a contested layup, but the effort was fitting of a team fighting for its postseason life.“[Cal’s] post players are a lot bigger so they’re focused on rebounding,” LaPlante said. “I focused on getting out in transition.  [I love] running the floor and getting layups.”As well as USC shot in the first half, the Golden Bears kept the game from getting out of hand by dialing up their defensive pressure.Cal forced the Women of Troy into eight turnovers and took advantage of their size on the offensive glass, but USC led 50-33 going into the break.“Ever since the UCLA loss [at home] I think our team has gotten better,” said USC coach Michael Cooper. “If you want to call it peaking, now is the right time to be peaking, but we looked very good.”In the first half, Corral paced USC with 18 points, including six-of-seven from beyond the arc. LaPlante and redshirt senior guard Jacki Gemelos added nine points apiece for the Women of Troy.With Corral lighting it up from outside, junior guard Briana Gilbreath took on the role of playmaker and handed out six assists.For the half, USC shot 65 percent from the field and held Cal to 34 percent shooting.Coming out of halftime, the Golden Bears quickly trimmed the margin to 12 points on a three-pointer by guard Lindsay Sherbert. But Corral stole an outlet pass on Cal’s next possession and buried a jumper to slow down the rally.Cal got no closer than 10 points the rest of the way, as the Women of Troy maintained and kept pace with Arizona State for third place in the Pac-10 conference.Corral led USC with a season-high 26 points on 9-of-12 shooting, Gemelos added 16 points and five rebounds and LaPlante rounded out the double-digit scoring with a season-high 15 points.“Kari’s a great presence in the middle for us, both offensively and defensively,” Cooper said.  “She doesn’t get the notoriety that some of the other players get, but she’s very important to our success.”As a team, USC shot 54 percent for the game.Next up for the Women of Troy is an important road series against the Arizona schools.Arizona State is tied with USC in the Pac-10 standings, but eked out a 62-61 win earlier this season at the Galen Center.last_img read more

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