Safety first: Indonesia applauds Saudi Arabia for capping number of pilgrims

first_imgHouse of Representatives Deputy Speaker Sufmi Dasco Ahmad of the Gerindra Party echoed the government’s statement, saying the move was in line with Indonesia’s decision to cancel this year’s haj trips over coronavirus concerns.“We must respect the decision,” Sufmi said.Read also: Lawmakers grill religious affairs minister for ‘sudden’ haj cancellationIndonesia – the world’s largest Muslim-majority country which holds the largest quota of haj pilgrims – decided earlier this month to cancel this year’s haj trips over health concerns, forcing 221,000 would-be pilgrims to put their haj plans on hold.The minister, however, asserted that those who had already paid for their pilgrimage could embark on the haj in 2021.According to the Saudi General Authority for Statistics, nearly 2.5 million people went on the haj pilgrimage last year, including 1.85 million from outside the country.Topics : The Indonesian government has lauded Saudi Arabia’s move to limit the number of haj pilgrims this year in an effort to curb the COVID-19 pandemic.Saudi Arabia announced on Monday that it would allow pilgrims already in the kingdom to proceed with the annual ritual, which is scheduled to take place next month. This means that only Saudi nationals and foreigners currently living or staying in the country can do the pilgrimage.“In the name of the Indonesian government, I express appreciation for Saudi Arabia’s decision to prioritize the pilgrims’ safety,” said Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi in a statement on Tuesday.last_img read more

Offshore masters on collaboration and new energy

first_imgWant to pick the brain of Leon Overdulve, CEO, OOS International or Adrian Cretoiu, Managing Director Western Europe, Schlumberger? Now is your chance as they will be offering their guidance and views.Tuesday 10 October, 15.00 – 17.00 hrsLéon Overdulve, CEO, OOS InternationalThe key components of successful and strategic collaborationIn this Master Class, Léon Overdulve will take participants on a journey through the history of OOS International’s fleet to the current newbuild Semi-Submersible Crane Vessels OOS Serooskerke and OOS Walcheren. In particular Léon brings the offshore challenges to discussion and shares his visions on the importance of collaboration to successfully complete innovative newbuild projects.Léon Overdulve is the CEO and founder of OOS International, an offshore construction company that provides clients optimal turnkey solutions to run their operations more efficiently, based on a unique fleet of innovative assets, unmatched quality and excellent offshore services worldwide. Before devoting his work fulltime to OOS International, Léon has proven its knowledge and experience for many years working in multiple offshore and onshore positions with an engineering and commercial background in the offshore industry. Together with a team of professionals, he draws the benefits for clients and our environment from the skills and insights gained over the years. Wednesday 11 October, 15.00 – 17.00 hrsAdrian Cretoiu, Managing Director Western Europe, SchlumbergerThe promise of geothermal – what’s in it for oil & gas companies?Geothermal energy can play a role in decarbonizing domestic heat and ultra-deep geothermal could even supply high temperature heat for heavy industry. Developing geothermal energy projects requires the same kind of techniques used in oil & gas, only the product differs. In this Master Class, Adrian Cretoiu will discuss the outlook for geothermal energy deployment and its potential for oil & gas companies. Participants are challenged to discuss the geological, economic and commercial conditions under which geothermal energy could take off.Adrian Cretoiu is Managing Director – Western Europe with Schlumberger. In this role he is responsible for the full Schlumberger business portfolio spanning exploration, drilling, characterization and production working with all European clients. Adrian joined Schlumberger in 1997 and has held managerial roles in line management and strategy development, business development and production management in the US, Norway, Malaysia, France, Singapore and Romania. Adrian holds an MSc Electrical and Electronics Engineering from INSA Lyon and Iowa State University and an MBA from Duke University – Fuqua School of Business. Both sessions will be guided by Arnoud Franken, Senior Consultant, InContext. You can register via the website Do note these Master Classes are specifically for final year students, starters and young professionals (<6 years work experience, <35 years old, min. Bachelor degree.).The Master Classes bring together masters and young talents in the offshore oil, gas and energy industry for an informal exchange of ideas and experiences, both technical and non-technical. The Master Classes are meant for final year students, starters and young professionals (<6 years work experience, <35 years old, min. Bachelor degree.).OEEC is one of Europe’s leading offshore energy events. It is unique in bringing together the oil & gas, offshore wind and marine energy industry. With the industry in transition, OEEC offers offshore energy professionals the ideal meeting place to network, discuss and learn about the future of energy. OEEC 2017 will be held at Amsterdam RAI on October 9, 10, 11, 2017.last_img read more

Grand Bay youngster remanded for attacking PCSS principal

first_imgLocalNews Grand Bay youngster remanded for attacking PCSS principal by: – April 5, 2012 A young male adult of Grand Bay who allegedly attacked the principal of the Pierre Charles Secondary School, Shirley Samuel on April 2nd, 2012 will have to spend the Easter holidays at the Stockfarm State Prison as his mother was unable to stand as his surety.Marley Albert of Grand Coulibrie who appeared before Magistrate Candia Carette-George on Thursday pleaded guilty to 4 out of 8 charges which were read to him.He was charged with battery on Shirley Samuel, wounding Shirley Samuel, Intimidating Shirley Samuel, Assault on Shirley Samuel, Trespassing on the school compound after being warned, riding a bicycle on the school compound without consideration for others, disorderly conduct; to wit fighting at the school and using threatening language to Shirley Samuel by saying; “Give me the f#$%(*&% bike before I f*$&%(^ kill you”.He pleaded guilty to the intimidating Shirley Samuel, trespassing on the school compound, riding bicycle on the school compound and using threatening language to Shirley Samuel.Police prosecutor Michael Laudat informed the Court that they were not opposed to bail but that Albert must have a suitable surety.His mother, Annie Dowe told the Court that she did not have any land title or cash and was therefore deemed as an unsuitable surety by the magistrate.When Albert heard the magistrate inform his mother that she could not stand as his surety without the necessary document, he wept openly in Court.Magistrate Carette-George informed his mother that she could get someone to stand as surety for him as she does not have the means to do so herself.The trial has been scheduled for April 23rd, 2012 at Grand Bay.Dominica Vibes News Share Tweet Sharecenter_img 31 Views   3 comments Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

EPL: Mourinho blasts scheduling of Tottenham’s winter break

first_imgTo make matters worse, if Tottenham draw at Southampton on Saturday they will have to play a replay on February 4or 5 – when they are supposed to have downed tools. Mourinho is less concerned about that, adding: “We really don’t care about the break really. “If we have to play Southampton in a second match it means we are still alive in the competition and it is better than losing. “If we can choose a result, the one we are going to try to get is of course to win the match, if we get a draw we are still alive. To play at home in the second match is better than to lose.” Spurs will head to St Mary’s without a recognised striker following their failure to sign a replacement for Harry Kane. Teenager Troy Parrott is their only other out-and-out striker, but he is 17 and Mourinho has said he is not ready to replace Kane. But he might get the chance to impress at Southampton. Troy Parrot may get the chance to impress Mourinho at Southampton on Saturday “He is ready to work with us every day like he is doing,” the Portuguese added. “He trains with the group, after training he has a special programme of individual development of his qualities as a striker and this club takes very good care of the players. “That is the only thing I can say. If he has to play with us, he will. “He will do his best, he will show his good qualities, he will show his fragilities because at this moment he is a 17-year-old kid with fragilities in his game. “But in this moment I cannot tell you, it is possible he is selected for this game.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Jose Mourinho has complained that the Premier League has timed Tottenham’s winter break wrong. Spurs, who are in FA Cup action at Southampton on Saturday, are due to clock off for two weeks after next Sunday’s league game with Manchester City. Jose Mourinho believes the Premier League has scheduled the winter break at the wrong time They will return to action against Aston Villa on February 16 – three days before their Champions League last-16 tie with RB Leipzig. The winter break is split over two weekends, so Spurs in theory could have had their game with Villa on the weekend of February 8-9, giving them more time to prepare for their European fixture. “It is what it is. I am not happy that the break comes in the wrong moment because the break should be before the Champions League,” Mourinho complained.“In the end before the Champions League we don’t have the break. We have to play Aston Villa on the Sunday before playing Red Bull (Leipzig) two days later.” Promoted Content8 Shows That Went From “Funny” To “Why Am I Watching This”Best Car Manufacturers In The World7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?9 Iconic Roles Nobody Wanted To Play10 Extremely Dirty Seas In The WorldYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Betterlast_img read more

Obama Vows To Fight ISIL With Airstrikes

first_imgPresident Obama address the nation Wednesday. (Image: NBC)WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Barack Obama addressed the nation Wednesday night saying America would combat the ISIL terrorist group with airstrikes and assistance from world allies.During the primetime speech, Mr. Obama said he would send an additional 475 troops into Iraq to assist current operations there, but pledged it would not become a ground combat.The president began ordering airstrikes in the Middle East last month which the military has now conducted over 150.President Obama told the nationwide audience, “So tonight, with a new Iraqi government in place, and following consultations abroad and congress at home,” President Obama said. “I can announce America will lead a broad coalition to rollback this terrorist threat.”“Our objective is clear. We will degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy,” the president noted, saying it would be similar to the airstrikes the U.S. has conducted before in Yemen and Somalia.“Moreover, I have made it clear. We will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country wherever they are. That means I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria, as well as Iraq.”“If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.”Mr. Obama addressed the nation just three hours before the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.Share your thoughts on our Facebook page as we expect more developments and reaction Thursday morning.Video courtesy of PBS NewsHourlast_img read more

Ansa McAl, Bartica Development Business Association on board

first_imgAS the sporting engines continue to rev-up on and off the water, the business community is also revving up support to ensure that the 2019 edition of the Bartica Easter Regatta is a resounding success.Joining the list of other entities that have come on board are Ansa McAl and the Bartica Development Business Association (BDBA). Ansa McAl’s cheque was handed over to the secretary of Bartica Easter Regatta, Ms Cianna Persaud, by Ms Darshanie Yussuf, Business Unit head, Ansa  McAl Trading Limited.Yussuf stated that her company was more than elated to continue its unflinching support for an event that has become a part of the Sports Tourism Calendar of Guyana.“We at Ansa McAl have been partnering with the people of Bartica for many years now in support of this most look-forward-to event.Bartica Easter Regatta Committee treasurer Kenneth Williams collects the Bartica Development Business Association cheque from secretary/treasurer Ms Sherrida Douglas.“Apart from the many sports activities which include the much anticipated power boat races, you have the pageant which is the oldest in Guyana and other activities for fans, visitors and Barticans to choose from. We here, at Ansa McAl, would continue to support this event and we wish you well.”Ms Persaud, in response, expressed thanks to Ansa McAl on behalf of His Worship Mayor Gifford Marshall and the organising team from the Town Council of Bartica, noting that they have always valued the partnership of Ansa McAl.“Your contributions over the years have been very much appreciated and we can assure you that it has contributed towards the empowerment of all, across the board. We are sure that this year would be no different as the many activities, sports and otherwise would be impacting, positively.”The BDBA cheque for $500 000 was presented by secretary/treasurer Ms Sherrida Douglas to Bartica Easter Regatta Committee treasurer, Mr Kenneth Williams.Ms Douglas, in handing over the cheque, said that their contribution will go directly towards the Powerboat races which will commence on Easter Sunday and conclude on Easter Monday“We at BDBA are proud to be making this contribution to one of the most looked-forward-to events on the Easter Regatta calendar. We are well aware of the level of investment that is needed to pull off a successful event and we are happy to be fulfilling our corporate and social responsibility as a collective.”Williams, in response, expressed gratitude to Ms Douglas and BDBA for their partnership towards another successful event.last_img read more

Admitted students grieve missed milestones

first_imgFirst-year incoming students are usually expected to submit final transcripts before joining USC but have been granted an extension until the end of Fall 2020 with exams around the world getting postponed or canceled. While Advanced Placement exams will still be held online, international tests such as International Baccalaureate and A-Level tests have been canceled.   The prospect of receiving a red acceptance package with a certificate of admission is a moment many USC applicants look forward to after putting in sleepless nights of work for their acceptance.  “I’ve been wanting to get into USC for a while now,” Tran said. “I was on FaceTime with a friend [when I got my decision], and I made them look first, and they’re like, ‘I can’t see it.’ So I looked, and I saw it, and I was in shock … I started crying.” “I guess I am a little sad because to see it physically, I feel like to have it in hand is so much more real,” Tran said. “But I understand the reasoning behind it [because of] the virus.” Prospective students celebrate their acceptances on an admitted students day in front of the Physical Education Building in 2018. USC will hold admitted students days virtually this year because of the coronavirus. (Photo Courtesy of USC Office of Admission) Chloe Tran, a senior at Temple City High School and the daughter of two USC alumni, had her heart set on USC since the age of 2. Her parents would take her to the University’s homecoming football games each year and where she dreamed of joining the student section.  “I’ve already started meeting a lot of other [admitted] students through Instagram and group chats on GroupMe, which is really cool,” Abiera said. “I’m starting to get to know some people before we even get to do these admitted students events, so we are finding our own ways to stay connected during this time.”  Dean of Admission Timothy Brunold said that while the circumstances are not ideal, USC has moved admitted student sessions online and is trying to support prospective students through general information sessions, financial aid panels and student services panels with USC Housing and Residential Education.  Tran, who plans to major in sociology, said she visited campus last September but wishes for the chance to explore it on her own before coming to campus in the fall. She added that she’s missing out on receiving the acceptance package.  “I’m trying my best to be understanding of the situation [because] I know it’s out of most people’s control,” Abiera said. “The only thing we can do is just be aware of ourselves and do everything we can to prevent this [pandemic] from getting worse.”  Abiera said even with limited options, admitted students have started interacting with each other through social media to celebrate their acceptance to the University.  The Class of 2024 received admission decisions online Thursday but will miss out on many of the programs that help make college decisions easier, including in-person campus tours and events for admitted students. The University is now hosting these events virtually to give prospective students a glimpse of campus life.   “All that new college freshman stuff that I don’t really get to experience like everyone else did really sucks because it’s really only our class this has ever happened to,” Obong said. “No one really knows what’s going on, and it’s just really hectic. No one prepares for this, obviously, so I don’t know how to react.”      While the University deadline to commit remains May 1, the frequently asked questions section on the admitted student website states that extensions would be considered on a case-by-case basis for extenuating circumstances. “Whether it’s virtual or in person, it’s all about meeting each other,” Brunold said. “It’s all about making sure that people have the information that they need, and we’re very much committed to that, so I’m optimistic about these sessions.” Brunold said informational sessions will be held via Zoom and other virtual platforms at different times of day to accommodate international students’ varied time zones. He added that regional hangouts, aimed at bringing students from similar geographic areas together, would be held in addition to specific sessions aimed at first-generation, marginalized, spring-admitted and international students.  Ini Obong, a senior at Arizona State University Preparatory School, said she is not only missing out on a traditional senior year with prom and senior night but also on a normal freshman experience.  “We know that students have been preparing for this next step in their educational journey for literally their entire lives to this point, and there’s really no reason why anyone should imagine that their studies would have to be interrupted,” Brunold said. “Regardless of what happens, USC is committed to do it doing the best that it can to continue to educate and support students.”  Madeline Abiera, a senior at the Orange County School of the Arts, said her acceptance to the School of Cinematic Arts brightened the period of quarantine. Despite missing out on typical prospective student experiences, Abiera said she is excited to join USC.last_img read more

Sušić: Kvesić instead of Salihović, without Misimović and Šehić

first_imgTomorrow, Manager of BiH football team, Safet Sušić will announce names of the players who’ll play against Slovenia.There are 20 players on his list, and the new name is the football player of Željezničar, Josip Kvesić.Sušić said to that tomorrow he’ll announce the names, and since Sejad Salihović won’t be playing, young football player of Željezničar Josip Kvesić will play instead.Sušić added: ” Concerning other names, we shan’t experiment a lot, because there is no need for that. Lately we’ve been playing very well and I don’t see why should we experiment.  Misimović and Ibrahim Šehić, who practically doesn’t have a club, won’t be on the list, but we do have two goal keepers and his absence won’t cause any problems.”last_img read more

Wonderwood Park Playground Equipment Installation Begins July 15

first_imgFacebook98Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of LaceyA contractor for the City of Lacey will begin installing new playground equipment at Wonderwood Park on Monday, July 15. During construction, visitors will not have access to the two playground areas in the park. The City expects the project to last two weeks.In May, the City asked the community to help select the new playground equipment that will replace Wonderwood Park’s current playground equipment, the oldest in the City’s inventory. The upgraded equipment includes features such as balancing and climbing structures, musical amenities, access ramps, and more.For more information, contact Jennifer Burbidge, Director of Parks & Recreation at or 360-491-0857.last_img read more

Sapias steps down as PNG rugby union president

first_imgSapias, who was elevated to the position of Oceania Rugby president in April of this year, said the new role required him to step down. Sapias was also appointed onto a regional committee for world rugby.“It has been a tough road since I took up the role and I think it is time for someone new with fresh ideas and will put rugby ahead of personal interests.“Someone who will bring clarity and have an honest, good track record to handle the huge responsibility of such an important position,” said Sapias.Sapias said there is so much work to be done, but finance has been a hindrance.“There is no quick fix-it solution, but I commend the full-time staff for doing a fantastic job with little funding,” said Sapias.He went on to say that the PNGRFU was doing well with limited funding to run its sevens programs.“In fact, we are doing well with very little support. As a Union, the challenges are immense and the body has better chances of achieving more on the world stage by working together,” said Sapias.In going forward, the New Irelander said in his capacity as the regional head, he will put forward a case for at least two Oceania teams to participate in the Hong Kong Cup of Nation’s tournament.“This is a strong competition for tier two nations and depending on how hard I lobby, I hope to gain access for Papua New Guinea to be one of those nations,” he added. Sapias announced his resignation in a media statement over the weekend. He was the president of the PNGRFU for 7 years.last_img read more