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Indonesian Ulema Council urges govt to map COVID-19 prone areas to support fatwa on mass prayers

first_imgThe Indonesian Ulema Council has urged the government to map coronavirus diseases (COVID-19) prone areas following its issuance of a fatwa that advises Muslims to avoid praying in congregations, including for Friday prayers.On Monday, the MUI issued the fatwa on compulsory Muslim prayers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The council advised Muslims in areas where COVID-19 had spread “uncontrollably” to not “perform Friday prayers in those areas until the situation returns to normal”.“The fatwa should be a guide for the government to take actions and map areas where the disease has spread uncontrollably. The government is the one with the competency and authority in this matter,” MUI fatwa commission chairman Hasanuddin Abdul Fatah said during a meeting in Jakarta on Tuesday. As of Tuesday, there were 172 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Indonesia, with nine patients having recovered and five having died. Cases have been confirmed in eight provinces, namely Jakarta, Central Java, West Java, Banten, Yogyakarta, Bali, West Kalimantan and North Sulawesi.Members of the council also asked Kalla, as the chairman of the Indonesian Red Cross, to help increase medical capacities across the country, especially isolation chambers.Despite its status as an independent body for Indonesian clerics, the MUI, whose chairman is Vice President Ma’ruf Amin, has close ties with the administration. The MUI’s deputy chairman, Zainut Tauhid Sa’adi, is also the deputy religious affairs minister.The MUI fatwa states that Muslims in areas “less affected” by COVID-19 could still perform Friday prayers at mosques. However, people are encouraged to minimize their physical contact by bringing their own prayer mat to the congregation, in addition to washing their hands routinely.Friday prayers are often seen as obligatory, especially for Muslim men, and need to be performed with a congregation inside a mosque. Eid prayers and tarawih (evening prayers during Ramadan), however, are sunnah, meaning those who perform them are rewarded and not punished if they ignore them.Read also: Hong Kong church streams mass online to prevent coronavirus spreadThe MUI also prohibits Muslims who have tested COVID-19 positive from attending congregation prayer at mosques, including Friday and Eid prayers as well as tarawih. The council has also instructed them to replace the obligatory Friday prayers with zuhr (midday) at home.”It is haram [forbidden under Islamic law] for a [person with] COVID-19 to carry out sunnah activities that create opportunities for contagion, such as performing the daily prayers in a congregation, the tarawih and the Eid prayer at mosques and other public places, as well as attending public [Quranic] recitations or majelis taklim [Quran study groups],” the fatwa read.The statement released along with the fatwa also said that bathing rituals for the bodies of the dead should be carried out by medical authorities in compliance with their protocols and with regard to Islamic law, but that funeral prayers and burials should be conducted with extra precautions in order to avoid exposure to COVID-19.The fatwa council also stated that actions that cause panic and/or public losses, such as hoarding basic necessities and face masks, were also haram.(mfp)Topics : He also said that other religious activities, such as Quran study groups, should be suspended for the meantime in areas with a high risk of COVID-19 contagion.The meeting at the MUI central headquarters was held to formally give the fatwa to Indonesian Mosque Council chairman Jusuf Kalla. The MUI previously announced the fatwa to the public and issued a circular to mosques. “What is important is that the council realizes the situation is dangerous […] pilgrims and Muslims must be vigilant and must prevent [the spread of the virus] in the regions,” said Kalla, who is also a former vice president, adding that government should specify the COVID-19 risk levels in different areas of the country to support the implementation of the fatwa.Read also: In Jakarta, religious communities adjust traditions to prevent COVID-19last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces 2016-17 Budget Is Complete (VIDEO)

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces 2016-17 Budget Is Complete (VIDEO) SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf Today’s passage of a revenue package means that we avoid another lengthy impasse, our budget is balanced this year, and we have greatly reduced the commonwealth’s structural budget deficit.This package is an important step forward and includes sustainable, recurring revenue that makes significant progress toward reducing our structural deficit. When I took office, I inherited a deficit of more than $2 billion and schools that were devastated from drastic funding cuts.Recently, we also came together to pass a budget that included historic investment in education at all levels and much-needed funding to combat Pennsylvania’s heroin crisis.Over the last several months, I have worked together with Republicans and Democrats to achieve major progress on issues including the legalization of medical marijuana, the passage of historic liquor reform, and the enactment of a fair funding formula that ensures basic education funding is distributed to schools based on a district’s unique needs.I have fought hard to turn things around and move the commonwealth forward. We have made progress – our schools have seen historic funding increases and the deficit has been significantly reduced. We still have much work to do in next year’s budget, and I look forward to continuing to work with legislative leaders on important issues facing Pennsylvania.Now that this year’s budget is complete, it is imperative that we all continue working together to focus on our greatest public health crisis – Pennsylvania’s opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic. While the budget allows us to expand treatment for individuals suffering from addiction, we can and should do more to address this matter that is plaguing all of our communities. My administration will keep its focus on this issue and I will continue preparing for the upcoming special session.center_img   SHARE  TWEET Budget News,  The Blog,  Videos July 13, 2016last_img read more

This week’s Bargain of the Week could pay your mortgage twice over

first_imgThis three-bedroom home in Koongal sold for just $143,000 on Tuesday, where the median rental price for a three-bedroom home would pay half the monthly repayments each week.THE buyer of this home at 269 Fisher Street, Koongal will be laughing all the way to the bank with the median rental price outstripping mortgage repayments on this home in Koongal.Just outside of Rockhampton the median price for a three-bedroom home in Koongal is $232,500 with median rental of $263 per week.But the buyer of this home picked up a real bargain, paying just $143,000 on Tuesday, with estimated monthly repayments of $574. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoBargain of the WeekThe home is set on 556sq m on a corner block and a short walk to Mount Archer State School.With polished timber floors, entertaining deck, plenty of yard and neat kitchen, it was the perfect buy for a first homeowner or investor.If an investment property is in your sights or you’re looking for a change of pace then here are some more bargain buys in Koongal.Priced at $99,000 this four-bedroom home is at 271 Lakes Creek Road. With estimated monthly repayments of $469 and currently tenanted at $220 per week it’s certainly worth a look.If you’d prefer something with a cuter street frontage then 113 Stack Street with an asking price of over $195,000 might suit you better.Or if you don’t mind the vintage retro look this two-bedroom home at 304 Rockonia Road will tick the boxes with an asking price of $179,500.last_img read more

IMCA Modified Duel In the Desert checkers fly for swift Schott

first_imgLAS VEGAS, Nev. (Nov. 14) – Once he regained the lead, there was no catching Lucas Schott.Schott passed Jordan Grabouski for the front spot on the 29th of 40 laps and stayed in front to the finish of Saturday’s Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified main event at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track.The $7,777 victory put the Chatfield, Minn., driver on the ballot for next year’s Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.Scott Drake, R.C. Whitwell and Ryan Ruter rounded out the top four. Grabouski was missing his right front shock when Scott drove by, collected Hunter Marriott the next time around and wound up in 19th.“This is awesome,” said Schott, who’d also won his Friday night qualifier. “I knew we were capable of making the show and I’ve got to give credit to Kody Scholpp and his dad for everything they do and giving me good cars to drive. I was able to pull it off.”“I was just hoping (Grabouski) would mess up and it looked like he had something wrong with his front suspension,” added Schott. “I got the lucky bounce there. It all worked out for us.”A total of 272 cars, from 23 states and four provinces, were entered at the 18th annual Duel. Thirteen states and Canada were represented in the Modified main event, which paid a minimum of $777 to start.Schott built an advantage of 10 car lengths over Drake in the early going with Grabouski settling into third by lap seven.Grabouski went to the high side to take second on the 10th circuit; Schott was nearing the back of the field on the next lap when three-time Duel winner Terry Phillips was part of a multi-car tangle that brought out the yellow.The front pair pulled away at that point, Grabouski using the high side to his advantage again and this time for the lead.Grabouski continued his run up front despite restarts on laps 20 and 27. He pushed on lap 29, opening the door for Schott.With a full straightaway lead, Schott left the battle for second behind him between Drake and Whitwell. Dylan Smith held off Kyle Strickler for fifth.Tyler Frye’s dream season continued with a convincing $1,777 victory in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature.The 2015 national champion, winner of Thursday’s opening night qualifying feature, started from the pole and led every time around the track.“The car was absolutely awesome,” said Frye, who led all drivers in the division with 156 career wins coming into the night. “It’s awesome to finally get this win.”“I’d like to thank my wife, my whole family and my crew guys who decided to come all the way out to Las Vegas with me,” he added. “It’s been a dream season, and this is an awesome way to cap it off.”Chris McKellar headed the initial pursuit of Frye after outside front row starter Chase Rudolf fell off the pace. Frye was half a straightaway ahead after just two laps and a full straight in front when the yellow waved on lap eight.He pulled away again on the restart, chased by McKellar, Rick Diaz and Kevin Johnson. Frye caught the back of the field before another caution, on the 16th circuit.While Frye remained unchallenged to the checkers, there was plenty of racing for position behind him.Clay Money’s late charge netted him second-place pay. Nick Spainhoward caught McKellar for third.Masen Big Eagle outran everybody in winning the Young Guns feature for Modified drivers 19 and under.The Canadian clipper shot in front at the drop of the green and led brother and eventual runner-up Jett by half a straightaway when the sixth of 12 laps was scored.Third was Ethan Dotson.“I’m pretty fired up. I’ve been dreaming about winning this particular race since I started racing and ever since Riley Emmel did it,” Masen Big Eagle said. “It feels pretty good. I wasn’t sure I could pull it off tonight after my performance in that last-chance race but Joey (Galloway) gave me a quick tip in the pits and it turned out pretty well.”An IMCA Modified legend since the early 1980s was the Legends winner as Rex Merritt was in the right place to capitalize when Jerry Schram and Steve Noland spun after contact in the final turn. Noland had been in the middle groove, with Schram in the lower line and just a carlength back at the white flag.Second was Lawrence O’Connor and Chris Clark took third. The Legends field was comprised of drivers 55 and older.“I didn’t think that would ever happen,” Merritt said of the collision that put him on top of the podium. “I’d really like to thank (car owner) Paul Stone for letting me race the car and I didn’t tear too much up on it.”Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn.; 2. Scott Drake, Joplin, Mo.; 3. R.C. Whitwell, Bakersfield, Calif.; 4. Ryan Ruter, Kanawha, Iowa; 5. Dylan Smith, Osceola, Neb.; 6. Kyle Strickler, Mooresville, N.C.; 7. John Hansen, Brush, Colo.; 8. Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark.; 9. Ken Schrader, Concord, N.C.; 10. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 11. Jeremy Payne, Nixa, Mo.; 12. Jason Wolla, Ray, N.D.; 13. Travis Hagen, Williston, N.D.; 14. Chad Andersen, Fort Calhoun, Neb.; 15. Joey Galloway, Manor, Sask.; 16. Lance Mari, El Centro, Calif.; 17. Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas; 18. Benji LaCrosse, Green Bay, Wis.; 19. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb.; 20. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 21. Johnny Saathoff, Beatrice, Neb.; 22. Rob VanMil, Barnesville, Minn.; 23. Kody Scholpp, Estevan, Sask.; 24. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif.; 25. Zane DeVilbiss, Farmington, N.M.; 26. Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo.; 27. Bobby Hogge IV, Salinas, Calif.; 28. Jesse Sobbing, Malvern, Iowa.Northern SportMods – 1. Tyler Frye, Belleville, Kan.; 2. Clay Money, Penokee, Kan.; 3. Nick Spainhoward, Bakersfield, Calif.; 4. Chris McKellar, Bakersfield, Calif.; 5. Rick Diaz, Los Banos, Calif.; 6. Kevin Johnson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 7. Jorddon Braaten, Central Point, Ore.; 8. Tony Konold, Clear Lake, S.D.; 9. Jason Nation, Bakersfield, Calif.; 10. Brian Cooper, Yuba City, Calif.; 11. Fred Ryland, Brentwood, Calif.; 12. Luke Krogh, Dickinson, N.D.; 13. Nick Sylvester, Bakersfield, Calif.; 14. Varion Hetle, Underwood, N.D.; 15. Chase Rudolf, Norwalk, Iowa; 16. Wayne Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 17. Kyle Smith, Yuma, Ariz.; 18. Michael Johnson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 19. Adam Armstrong, Beatrice, Neb.; 20. Ryan Wolla, Williston, N.D.; 21. Robert Elliott, Clinton, Okla.; 22. Chris Toth, Holtville, Calif.; 23. Ron Tex Jr., Papillion, Neb.; 24. Brylon Holder, Bakersfield, Calif.Young Guns – 1. Masen Big Eagle, Manor, Sask.; 2. Jett Big Eagle, Manor, Sask.; 3. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 4. Zachary Madrid, Phoenix, Ariz.; 5. John Parmeley, Phoenix, Ariz.; 6. Clay Money, Penokee, Kan.; 7. Bricen James, Albany, Ore.; 8. Tanner Black, Albert, Kan.; 9. Mitchell Niemi, Lakeside, Calif.; 10. Jeff Stafford Jr., New River, Ariz.; 11. Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn.Legends – 1. Rex Merritt, Billings, Mo.; 2. Lawrence O’Connor, Port Hardy, B.C.; 3. Chris Clark, Jackson, Wyo.; 4. Christy Barnett, El Paso, Texas; 5. Joe Carr, Petaluma, Calif.; 6. Stephen Streeter, Madera, Calif.; 7. John Price, Great Falls, Mont.; 8. Steve Simpson, Kingman, Ariz.; 9. Mike Meazell, Gilroy, Calif.; 10. Steve Noland, Terra Bella, Calif.; 11. Jerry Schram, Vancouver, Wash.; 12. Sherman Barnett, El Paso, Texas; 13. Roger Bonneville, Calgary, Alb.; 14. Mickey Stubbings, Helper, Utah; 15. Rick Spangler, Grand Junction, Colo.; 16. Ken Schrader, Concord, N.C.; 17. Delos Haugen, Burlington, N.D.Modified “B” Features1st “B” feature (winner qualifies) – 1. Ethan Dotson; 2. Dustin Andersen, Omaha, Neb.; 3. Chad Reichenbach, Bakersfield, Calif.; 4. Bob Moore, Sioux City, Iowa; 5. Brad Pounds, Bakers­field, Calif.; 6. Alan Sharpensteen, Amarillo, Texas; 7. Billy Wormsbecker, Big Bear Lake, Calif.; 8. Albert Gill, Central Point, Ore.; 9. Rick Spangler, Grand Junction, Colo.; 10. Matt Micheli, Live Oak, Calif.; 11. Delos Haugen, Burlington, N.D.; 12. David Day, Sherwood, Ore.; 13. Jason Strand, Portland, N.D.; 14. Robby Sawyer, Bakersfield, Calif.2nd “B” feature – 1. Benji LaCrosse; 2. Ryan McDaniel, Olivehurst, Calif.; 3. Dominic Ursetta, Arvada, Colo.; 4. Jay Foster, Peoria, Ariz.; 5. Jesse Williamson, Coburg, Ore.; 6. Jared Hoefel­man, Columbus, Neb.; 7. Jeff Olschowka, Quincy, Calif.; 8. Joel Myers, Santa Rosa, Calif.; 9. Roger Bonneville, Calgary, Alb.; 10. Mitch Dickinson, Monroe, Utah; 11. Stephen Streeter, Madera, Calif.; 12. Wade Taylor, Spring Creek; 13. Paris Archie, Sparks; 14. Joe Carr, Petaluma, Calif.3rd “B” feature – 1. Cody Laney; 2. Nick Roberts, Des Moines, Iowa; 3. Mike Petersilie, Hoising­ton, Kan.; 4. Bricen James, Albany, Ore.; 5. Jason Hilliard, Cache, Okla.; 6. Nick Nelson, Farming­ton, N.M.; 7. David Goode Jr., Copperas Cove, Texas; 8. Joe German, Aberdeen, Wash.; 9. Richard Anderson, Shelley, Idaho; 10. Steve Simpson, Kingman, Ariz.; 11. Chris Clark, Jack­son, Wyo.; 12. Freddie Plourde, Santa Rosa, Calif.; 13. Rob Sanders, Bakersfield, Calif.4th “B” feature – 1. Chad Andersen; 2. Tim Ward, Gilbert, Ariz.; 3. Bret Bennett, Bakersfield, Ca­lif.; 4. Mike Mullen, Suamico, Wis.; 5. Andy Obertello, Hollister, Calif.; 6. Kenny Wallace, Concord, N.C.; 7. Jacob Murray, Hartford, Iowa; 8. Nick Herrera, Ruidoso Downs, N.M.; 9. Jeff Stafford Sr., New River, Ariz.; 10. William Miller, Yuma, Ariz.; 11. Reed Payne, Idaho Falls, Idaho; 12. Gordy Beaumont, Charlie Lake, B.C.; 13. Robert Hellebust, Minot, N.D.5th “B” feature – 1. Zane Devilbiss; 2. Chris Abelson, Sioux City, Iowa; 3. Shane Hiatt, Rising City, Neb.; 4. Eddie Belec, Lakewood, Colo.; 5. Todd Shute, Des Moines, Iowa; 6. Nicholas O’Neil, Tucson, Ariz.; 7. Yancy Shepard, Smithville, Mo.; 8. Jeff Streeter, Madera, Calif.; 9. Nolan Olmstead, Devil’s Lake, N.D.; 10. Brandon Blochlinger, Concordia, Kan.; 11. Steve Stultz, Peoria, Ariz.; 12. Kris Asche, Shelton, Wash.; 13. Ryan Cousins, Darlingford, Man.6th “B” feature – 1. Jeremy Payne; 2. Jason Noll, Peoria, Ariz.; 3. Kyle Heckman, Bakersfield, Calif.; 4. Tanner Black, Albert, Kan.; 5. Josh Vogt, Santa Maria, Calif.; 6. Kyle Wilson, Salinas, Calif.; 7. Ryan Porter, Atwater, Calif.; 8. Jerry Schram, Vancouver, Wash.; 9. Garrett Funk, Peo­ria, Ariz.; 10. Mike Tanner, Smithville, Mo.; 11. Cale Carder, Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; 12. William Heath, Kaiser, Mo.; 13. Ricky Thornton, Chandler, Ariz.7th “B” feature – 1. Joey Galloway; 2. Mike Wedelstadt, Fremont, Wis.; 3. Joey Moriarty, Glen­dale, Ariz.; 4. Zachary Madrid, Phoenix, Ariz.; 5. Brian Schultz, Casa Grande, Ariz.; 6. Rex Merritt, Billings, Mo.; 7. Jesse Richter, Great Bend, Kan.; 8. Chester Kniss, Antioch, Calif.; 9. Johnny Sheets, Gatesville, Texas; 10. Rich Horibe, Pahrump; 11. Sean Fox, St. Helen’s Ore.; 12. Cody Grabbe, Yuma, Ariz.; 13. Dylan Sherfick, WaKeeney, Kan.8th “B” feature – 1. Rob VanMil; 2. 2. Collen Winebarger, Corbett, Ore.; 3. Steve Boles, Bakersfield, Calif.; 4. Darrell Hughes II, Manteca, Calif.; 5. Tim Balding, Prunedale, Calif.; 6. Da­vid Brown, Kellogg; 7. Donavon Sorenson, Laurel, Mont.; 8. Joey Price, Great Falls, Mont.; 9. Steve Noland, Terra Bella, Calif.; 10. Casey Delp, Rock Springs, Wyo.; 11. Robert Higgins, Beck­wourth, Ore.; 12. Bryan Wulfenstein, Pahrump; 13. Jeff Stafford Jr., New River,Ariz.9th “B” feature – 1. Jason Wolla; 2. Clay Daly, Watsonville, Calif.; 3. Chad Melton, Mineral Wells, Texas; 4. John Piker, Bakersfield, Calif.; 5. Bryan Burnes, Lemoore, Calif.; 6. Mike Villanueva, Atwater, Calif.; 7. Logan Drake, San Luis Obispo, Calif.; 8. William McGuire, Belton, Texas; 9. Lawrence O’Connor, Port Hardy, B.C.; 10. Darren Schatz, Williston, N.D.; 11. Andy Freeman, Central Point, Ore.; 12. John Parmeley, Phoenix, Ariz.; 13. Roger Holder, Bakersfield, Calif.10th “B” feature – 1. Kody Scholpp; 2. Alex Stanford, Chowchilla, Calif.; 3. Mark Wauge, Med­ford, Ore.; 4. Mike Hagen, Williston, N.D.; 5. Jett Big Eagle, Manor, Sask.; 6. P.J. Dyke, Jamul, Calif.; 7. Duane Cleveland, Plumas Lake, Calif.; 8. Christy Barnett, El Paso, Texas; 9. Mark Abouzeid, Chico, Calif.; 10. Raymond Keldsen Jr., Aromas, Calif.; 11. Mickey Stubbings, Helper, Utah; 12. Matt Murphy, Susanville, Calif.; 13. Justin Kay, Wheatland, Iowa.11th “B” feature – 1. Johnny Saathoff; 2. Paul Stone, Winton, Calif.; 3. Ricky Alvarado, Delta, Colo.; 4. Alexander Wilson, Salinas, Calif.; 5. Masen Big Eagle, Manor, Sask.; 6. Troy Morris Jr., Bakersfield, Calif.; 7. Dale Neitzel, Shepherd, Mont.; 8. Kenny Irwin, Bakersfield, Calif.; 9. Sher­man Barnett, El Paso, Texas; 10. Chris Cole, Cache, Okla.; 11. William Kinden, Williston, N.D.; 12. Bland Bohannon, Williston, N.D.; 13. Kyle Brown, State Center, Iowa.12th “B” feature – 1. Jeff Taylor; 2. Jason Beaulieu, Campbell River, B.C.; 3.Billy Vogel, Fargo, N.D.; 4. Mike Densberger, Lincoln, Neb.; 5. Troy Foulger, Martinez, Calif.; 6. Greg Gustus, Brighton, Colo.; 7. Joe Frock, Reno; 8. Mitchell Niemi, Lakeside, Calif.; 9. Mike Meazell, Gilroy, Calif.; 10. Rick Durica, Las Vegas; 11. Bo Partain, Casa Grande, Ariz.; 12. Eddie Kirchoff, Gillette, Wyo.; 13. Chett Reeves, Bakersfield, Calif.Northern SportMod “B” Features1st “B” feature (top four qualify) – 1. Nick Sylvester; 2. Jason Nation; 3. Brian Cooper; 4. Ron Tex Jr.; 5. Jerry Hoffman, Oronogo, Mo.; 6. Danny Concelman, Colorado Springs, Colo.; 7. Austin Frye, Taft, Calif.; 8. Joey Yantis, Bakersfield, Calif.; 9. Chuck Black, Phoenix, Ariz.; 10. Rick Kretsch­mann, Sheboygan Falls, Wis.; 11. Brenden Damon, Great Bend, Kan.; 12. Arie Schouten, Blair, Neb.; 13. Jared Schweitzer, Bakersfield, Calif.; 14. Anthony Fierro, Cheyenne, Wyo.; 15. Anthony Giuliani, Morgan Hill, Calif.2nd “B” feature – 1. Fred Ryland; 2. Tony Honold; 3. Michael Johnson; 4. Luke Krogh; 5. Jordan Hagar, Bakersfield, Calif.; 6. Rex Higgins, Bloomfield, N.M.; 7. Brian Roode, Brooks, Alb.; 8. Billy Simkins, Bakersfield, Calif.; 9. Jerry Hinton, Adel, Iowa; 10. Ricky Saunders, Colorado Springs, Colo.; 11. Brenda Kirby, Lomita, Calif.; 12. Merl Fitzpatrick, Brooks, Alb.; 13. Brendon Frye, Taft, Calif.; 14. Chuck Delp, Rock Springs, Wyo.; 15. Marisa Odgers, Mariposa, Calif.3rd “B” feature – 1. Wayne Dotson; 2. Chris Toth; 3. Varion Hetle; 4. Kyle Smith; 5. Garrett Jerna­gan, Bakersfield, Calif.; 6. Shawn Harker, Nebraska City, Neb.; 7. Shane Helton, Artesia, N.M.; 8. Todd Cooper, Yuba City, Calif.; 9. Jeremy Hoff, Copperopolis, Calif.; 10. Mark Odgers, Mariposa, Calif.; 11. Ryan Gilland, Beatrice, Neb.; 12. Jason George, Laveen, Ariz.; 13. Scott Saun­ders, Colorado Springs, Colo.; 14. Sean Tyson, Council Bluffs, Iowa.last_img read more

Swans and Spurs tie up deals

first_imgSwansea have confirmed the signing of Gylfi Sigurdsson from Tottenham and the sale of Ben Davies and Michel Vorm to the north London club for undisclosed fees. Press Association “The way they play football was a big factor,” he said. “They’ve got some great players here. “Hopefully we’ll be a lot better than we were last season and get back to the top half of the table where Swansea belong.” Sigurdsson is Swansea’s fifth signing of the summer after Bafetimbi Gomis, Marvin Emnes, Lukasz Fabianski and Stephen Kingsley already joined Garry Monk’s squad. For Tottenham, Davies and Vorm are the club’s only arrivals of the window so far and Mauricio Pochettino’s first acquisitions since taking charge. Davies earned a professional contract with Swansea in 2011 and has impressed in the first team, winning the club’s Young Player of the Year award for the past two seasons. Tottenham had to fight off competition from Liverpool to land the young full-back, who has also earned 10 caps for Wales. Davies’ arrival brings into question the future of Danny Rose, who said at the start of last season he would not be happy sitting on the bench at White Hart Lane. Dutch goalkeeper Vorm also faces a battle for first-team football under Pochettino, with Hugo Lloris already well-established between the sticks at White Hart Lane. Lloris was one of Tottenham’s star performers last term and the France captain signed a new five-year contract at the club earlier this month. Vorm, who is likely to be used more in cup competitions, moved to Swansea in August 2011. He enjoyed an impressive debut campaign, winning the Supporters’ Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year awards. Vorm made 97 appearances at the Liberty Stadium and was also part of Holland’s World Cup squad in Brazil this summer. Sigurdsson returns to Swansea where he enjoyed a successful loan spell in 2012, scoring seven goals in 18 top-flight appearances. Davies, 21, has signed a five-year contract at White Hart Lane while Vorm, 30, has penned a four-year deal. Sigurdsson joined Spurs from Hoffenheim in July 2012 but struggled to establish himself in the starting side. The Iceland midfielder has signed a four-year contract and says he wants to help Swansea back into Europe next season. “The main aim for the club is obviously to stay in the Premier League but we want to push on even further and get the club back into the Europa League like they were last season,” Sigurdsson told Sky Sports News. “Hopefully we can finish in the top half of the table.” Sigurdsson continued: “I really enjoyed my time here last time. “I know the club, I know the manager, I know the players and I obviously know the fans and the city as well so that wasn’t that difficult for me. “Leaving Tottenham is because I enjoyed my time there as well for two seasons but Swansea were interested and that’s the club I want to play for.” Crystal Palace were reported to have had a bid accepted for Sigurdsson but the playmaker insists Swansea’s style of football persuaded him to choose the Welsh club. last_img read more

Baseball rivalries heat up

first_img MDI Hospital to begin contact tracing – August 5, 2020 Latest posts by Liz Graves (see all) Latest Posts Liz GravesReporter at Mount Desert IslanderFormer Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor. Biocenter_img Luchini named to Maine Running Hall of Fame – August 12, 2020 Senior pitcher Jon Phelps of the MDI varsity baseball team fires a pitch during a doubleheader against Foxcroft Academy Saturday.BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School varsity baseball team put its first regular season loss into the books at home Tuesday, when George Stevens Academy won 5-3. MDI is 2-1 on the season so far.The Trojans led 2-1 after the first inning. MDI’s Jon Phelps and Riley Swanson scored runs batted in by Steven Hanscom. For GSA, Anthony Bianco singled, then was batted in on a Cooper Smallidge single. The second inning was scoreless, though Andrew Davis and Dylan Collin had hits for MDI.In the top of the third, Finn McMahon-Allwine walked, stole second and third, then was batted in on a sacrifice by Bianco. Garrison Locke was batted in by Harrison Vinall, bringing the score to 3-2. A GSA run in the fourth by Tyler Webber made in 4-2.The fifth was scoreless. The Eagles added one more run in the top of the sixth, and did some quick work on defense in the bottom of the sixth. MDI’s Sandy Henggeler got on base on a fielding error, and stole his way to third. Dylan Collin had a hit to the left of McMahon-Allwine at center field that would have been easy to miss, but he caught it for the final out.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe Trojans blew threw two of their last three outs, in the bottom of the seventh. They stayed alive a bit longer thanks to an infield single by Jack Sasner. Steven Hanscom walked, and GSA held a brief conference on the mound. Sasner came in for the final MDI run on a hit by Seth Young and fielding error, making the final score 5-3.Tom Paola was starting pitcher for the Trojans. Hanscom and Phelps both came in for relief toward the end of the game, since the cold, windy conditions made it “a touch day to pitch,” coach Mike Swanson said.Kelsey Allen pitched a complete game for GSA. He struck out two batters and walked one, allowing three runs on seven hits.“The walks were the key to the game,” said Swanson. “The key to our team is pitching, throwing strikes. We’re not going to score enough runs to beat teams when we walk eight guys. We had our chances, we couldn’t quite get the big hit to tie it up, but we gave them a lot of chances.”MDI 5 – Foxcroft Academy 3Phelps pitched the second game of the team’s double header Saturday at Foxcroft Academy. He struck out eight batters and walked three.Tom Paola had three of the team’s six hits in the game. In the top of the third, his two-run double brought in Phelps and Dylan Collin for a 2-1 MDI lead. In the fourth, he helped extend the lead to 4-1 by batting in Collin and Andrew Davis.Riley Swanson batted in Collin with a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning.MDI 7 – Foxcroft Academy 2MDI jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning of the first game of the day. Paola, Young, and Carroll each hit singles to make those runs possible.Steven Hanscom pitched a one-hitter, which included four perfect innings. He threw 68 pitches, walked one batter and struck out five.Collin and Henggeler had runs in the fifth inning, batted in by Phelps, for a 5-0 MDI lead. Foxcroft answered with two runs in the bottom of the fifth, on a walk and their only hit of the game.The Trojans added two final runs in the sixth. Collin led the inning off with a single. He and Phelps had the runs, benefiting from Foxcroft errors.“We hit well and played well in the field,” Swanson said of the day. “We only had three errors in two games.”The Trojans are set to take on Ellsworth, John Bapst and Old Town in the coming week. Schedules are subject to change due to weather.Find in-depth coverage of local news in the Mount Desert Islander. Subscribe digitally or in print. Keene appeals his 2019 murder conviction – July 30, 2020last_img read more

MTN, GFA extend MTN FA Cup agreement

first_imgTelecom giants Scancom Limited (MTN) and the Ghana Football Association (GFA) have reached an agreement for the renewal of the prestigious MTN FA Cup competition.Finder Sports can exclusively reveal that the new contract starts from the 2013/2014 season to the 2015/2016 season which is equal to (3) years subject to renewal.The three year (3) sponsorship is worth over three million and three hundred thousand Ghana Cedis (GHc 3.300, 000) in direct cash and MTN Products to the GFA.MTN on their own will also undertake several activations to exploit this unique product worth several thousands of Ghana Cedis.This will include the sponsor providing MTN credits for the Most Valuable Player (MVP) for each match from the Round of 64 stage to the final match of the competition.We can also reveal that MTN’s innovation of financially supporting clubs from the MTN FA Cup to compete in the CAF Confederations cup shall be continued. Medeama Sporting Club , the reigning champions of the MTN FA Cup were the first to benefit from the innovation and have been handed a fifty thousand Ghana cedis (GHc 50,000) war chest for their Confederations cup campaign next later this year.A key factor that has prompted the renewal of the sponsorship package include the hard work of the MTN FA Cup committee headed by Lepowura Alhaji MND Jawula, the strong relationship forged between the parties and above all the payment of the sponsorship package by MTN on or before the due dates.Finder Sports investigations also reveals that the stakeholders favourite, the MTN FA Cup awards have been maintained. Thus during the duration of the new contract, the 4th, 5th and 6th MTN FA Cup awards night will be witnessed.As with any good contract, there are obligations for each party with their attendant liabilities.It is expected however that with the good working relationship build over the last three years, the liabilities will never see the light of day. However, the GFA must ensure that the marketing and sales opportunities for the sponsors agreed to in the contract such as radio and television adverts, MTN logo on the jerseys and at the stadia are enhanced. More importantly the GFA must ensure that the tournament name is at all-time called the ‘MTN FA Cup’.Another benefit that must be provided well by the GFA to MTN to ensure further renewals in future is the organization of the final match as a grand event year on year.MTN came to the rescue of the FA cup three years ago at a time that the competition had been in abeyance for over a decade. Since MTN came on board, the competition has become a household name and very competitive with three different winners over the last three years; Nania in 2011, New Edubiase in 2012 and Medeama in 2013.With the introduction of the financial support to the Confederations cup, the competition over the next three years is expected to be fiercer.It is expected that GFA president, Kwesi Nyantakyi will append his signature to the document immediately he arrives from Cairo, Egypt this week.last_img read more

Eleven Wise appoints Johnson Smith as Technical Director

first_imgFormer Ghana Premier League side,Sekondi Eleven Wise has appointed former head coach of Kumasi Asante Kotoko Johnson Smith as technical director of the club.The club has also appointed Mr. Fitzgerald Josiah Kwofie onto its technical team as a technical advisor.Until his appointment, Johnson Smith was head coach of Bibiani Gold Stars. The former Sekondi Eleven Wise player joins the technical team with valuable experience having served as head coach of defending Premier league champions Kumasi Asante Kotoko and former premier league side Berekum Arsenal. He is expected to head the technical directorate of the club.Mr. Fitzgerald Josiah Kwofie until his appointment was the General Director of Samin football club , a division one league club based in Sekondi-Takoradi. He also serves as the technical director of Kpando based Heart of Lions.Their appointments take immediate effect and will last for the period of the National Division One Middle league subject to reappointment.Management is of the view that these appointments will strengthen the team’s technical department as the team prepares for the upcoming National Division One Middle League.  Management would however want to state categorically that Mr. Dedon Angelo remains Head Coach of the club and is expected to work hand-in-hand with the two technical directors.Sekondi Eleven Wisee hav qualified for the National Middle league after finishing second in Zone 2B with 28 points and are bent of making of a return to the elite league.last_img read more

What channel is NASCAR on today? Time, TV schedule for Michigan race

first_imgAs the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs approach, eyes are focusing more on Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer and Ryan Newman. The bad news for these three drivers is they’re flirting with the cut line for the playoffs (the top 16 qualify). The good news is all three have won at Michigan in their careers.Bowyer is 15th, 12 points ahead of both 16th-place Johnson and 17th-place Newman. Johnson and Newman are tied in points, but the Hendrick Motorsports driver holds the playoff edge by virtue of a higher finish on the season.After Sunday’s Michigan race, the last three events of the regular season will be at Bristol, Darlington and Indianapolis. What channel is the NASCAR race on today? What time does the NASCAR race start? These are the questions that plague race fans every Sunday, when each Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race will be on either NBC or NBCSN for the second half of the 2019 season with differing start times.As for Sunday’s race at Michigan International Speedway, the Cup Series’ second of two visits to the two-mile oval in the Irish Hills of southeastern Michigan this season, the channel that will broadcast the race is NBCSN. The start time for the race at Michigan is 3 p.m. ET. The 3 p.m. ET start time is the seventh such start time (and fourth in a row) for the Cup Series this season. As for the TV channel, the NASCAR Cup Series this weekend is on NBCSN for the sixth time this year. As part of NBC’s TV deal with NASCAR for the 2019 season, NBC was slated to show seven of the final 20 races of the season, with the other 13 scheduled to be shown on NBCSN.MORE: Watch the Michigan race live with fuboTV (7-day trial)Sunday’s race at Michigan, which will consist of three stages (60 laps, 60 laps and 80 laps), is the 24th race on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule (23rd when not counting the All-Star Race). There are 14 races left this season, and just four races left before the playoffs.Michigan is a two-mile oval with moderate, 18-degree banking in the turns, five-degree banking on the frontstretch and two-degree banking on the backstretch. Unlike in years past, with the rules package the Cup Series is using in 2019, drivers can hold the throttle wide open all the way around the track if they so choose.Below is all the info you need regarding how to watch Sunday’s NASCAR race at Michigan.What channel is NASCAR on today? Time, TV for Michigan raceRace: Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International SpeedwayDate: Sunday, Aug. 11Start time: 3 p.m. ETTV channel: NBCSNLive stream: fuboTVRadio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR RadioSunday’s 200-lap race at Michigan will be the sixth of 13 races this season to be shown on NBCSN. The network’s broadcast crew consists of Rick Allen, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte in the booth, with Marty Snider, Dave Burns, Kelli Stavast and Parker Kligerman reporting from pit road.In addition to the TV coverage on NBCSN, Sunday’s race at Michigan is available via live stream through fuboTV. New fuboTV users can sign up with a seven-day free trial.Q&A: Jimmie Johnson talks NASCAR’s future, midweek Cup races, moreThough Team Penske’s Joey Logano lost his Cup Series points standings lead to Kyle Busch last week, the driver of the No. 22 Mustang won at Michigan a couple months ago in dominating fashion, leading 163 of the 203 laps — the most in the history of Cup racing at this track. Logano will be among the favorites Sunday, as will his Penske teammate and Michigan native Brad Keselowski.Though Busch can never be counted out, Michigan has not been a good track for Joe Gibbs Racing or Toyota in general. A Toyota has won just four Michigan races in the last 20 years, and Busch specifically has only one victory at the track (2011). His average finish at Michigan is 17.9, one of his worst average finish marks on the schedule.MORE: Full 2019 NASCAR Cup Series schedulelast_img read more

Role models

first_imgWhen most folks think of a Black man or woman refusing to move to the back of the bus, the late civil rights icon Rosa Parks usually comes to mind. But did you know that while serving in the military, Jackie Robinson was arrested for refusing to move to the back of a segregated bus? However, he made history “for real” in 1947 when he debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers and ended racial segregation in Major League Baseball. For those of you who may not know of this feat is it possible that “yinz” have been stranded at the international space station for the past 65 years? I walked onto the field at PNC Park last Thursday evening to participate in the annual honorarium of Jackie Robinson. As far as weather, it was a great evening for a baseball game, or two if we would believe the words of the late great Chicago Cub Ernie Banks who would always say, “let’s play two.”Usually I encounter a wide age group of kids and young adults from the inner city who have written a winning essay, or have received some sort of scholarship representing the excellence of the late great baseball superstar and activist. The 2012 participants totally broke the mold of seasons past.According to Chaz Kellem, manager of diversity initiatives for the Pirates, “more than 2793 total entries into the essay competition were received. 123 schools submitted entries.169 teachers submitted entries. There were entries from three states and 13 different counties in Pennsylvania.” It is encouraging that the legacy of Jackie Robinson impacted students crossing all color and gender lines as well.In sports as in life there should never be a specific race, gender or age that is forced to define what a role model should be. Two of my most influential role models were the late jazz and R&B trumpeter John “Squirrel” Mosley who I knew and who shook me up artistically, and the late Richard M. Nixon, the 37th President of the United States who I knew of most of my life; who shook my hand and offered me words of encouragement when I accompanied my father to a conference in Washington, D.C. in 1973.Sometimes even some of my colleagues may erroneously perceive that the color of a player’s skin may supersede what I perceive as quality. As I settled into the press box at Mellon Arena to cover my first Penguins game of the 2009-10 season against the New Jersey Devils, I ran into a colleague Josh Yohe. Josh said, “Aubrey I’m not sure if you know it or not but the Devils have two players of color on their roster, Mark Fraser and Bryce Salvador.” Josh is a great and classy guy and by no means was he directly or indirectly playing the race card. However, being my first game of the season I am sure that he was just attempting to raise my level of awareness.After the now retired legendary NHL strongman/enforcer Georges Laraque departed the Penguins, my interest in hockey did not decrease. The sport attracts my interest not because of the race of any of the players that take the ice on a daily basis.Laraque was born in the city of Montreal, Quebec four years after the death of Jackie Robinson and hundreds of miles from the segregated American south. In 2009 I spoke with him and asked him to name one of his most influential role models growing up.“There were no Black players in the NHL to inspire me, so I looked to learn from the experience of the Black baseball player Jackie Robinson. If he could become a great player after all he went through, so could I. One of the other things that I learned while reading all of the books about him was that he took advantage of all of his talents. I am respected as an enforcer. That ability has allowed me to play professional hockey and I am proud that I was given the opportunity to play in the NHL.”As professionals from every corner of business, medicine, entertainment and the world of sports, we must make an effort to reach all children and also encourage them to search outside of the box, becoming comfortable with and accepting motivation from any and all sources of intellect, positive influence and energy.According to mademan.com, “Shaquille O’Neal, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James have all had a major cultural and athletic impact on China, a country with over 1.3 billion people. Although there are no accurate statistics available, as of 2012 there may be less than 100,000 Blacks residing in China, yet the athletes mentioned above have had a significant impact on Chinese basketball lovers between the ages of 12 and 35.There are male, female, young and old Jackie Robinsons hailing from all backgrounds that are impacting society with no fanfare or hoopla. We must become “models” of citizenship as well as sculptors of character if more Jackie Robinsons are to emerge from our ranks.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@newpittsburghcourier.com or 412-583-6741.)last_img read more