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Topics : The country has put the holy cities Mecca and Medina on lockdown to prevent the virus from spreading. The hajj is due begin in late July.Mecca, birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad, is home to Islam’s holiest site inside the Grand Mosque. Medina is where Islam’s founder is buried. The umrah pilgrimage alone brought almost 7 million visitors from October 2018 to May 2019, according to government data.The hajj is obligatory for all able-bodied adult Muslim’s once in a lifetime Saudi Arabia asked Muslims to put on hold plans to perform the obligatory annual hajj pilgrimage this year as the kingdom grapples with the coronavirus.“We have asked our Muslim brothers around the world to wait” on making hajj plans “until there is clarity,” Mohammad Benten, the ninister of hajj and umrah, told state-run Al Ekhbariya TV.Saudi Arabia reported 110 cases of the virus on Tuesday, bringing the total to 1,563, including 10 deaths. Halting the hajj, which attracts millions of pilgrims to Islam’s birthplace, would be unprecedented in recent history. The kingdom suspended the lesser, non-obligatory umrah pilgrimage last month.
LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. — An agriculture teacher and a manufacturing training leader have been appointed to the Southeast Regional Board of Trustees for Ivy Tech Community College, filling vacancies created with the retirements of two long-serving board members.Amanda Briggs, the agriculture teacher and FFA Advisor at Madison Consolidated High School, and Brett Hofer, the Safety and Training Coordinator at Batesville Tool & Die, join a seven-member board that guides the college, which includes approving the college’s regional budget and serving as student and community advocates.Briggs and Hofer will each serve three-year terms. Ivy Tech’s state board appoints regional trustees with the aim of keeping the region in touch with local needs. Members represent various economic sectors, including commerce, manufacturing, agriculture, and education.
Costa, who had opened his account in the 3-1 victory at Burnley on Monday night, was on hand to convert from close range just after the hour, which ended the brave resistance of the Foxes. Eden Hazard stroked in a second for Jose Mourinho’s men on 77 minutes. Press Association Oscar was unfortunate not to give Chelsea the lead at the start of the second half when his curling 20-yard effort came back off the inside of the far post. Ivanovic’s header was palmed away by Schmeichel from the follow-up attack. Schurrle was then flattened by a sliding challenge from Dean Hammond on the far touchline – which had the Chelsea bench remonstrating with the fourth official, but referee Mason produced only a yellow card. Leicester closed down the free-kick and broke quickly, with the ball eventually worked out to Nugent on the left side of the Chelsea penalty area. His low shot was deflcted goalwards and kicked away by Courtois. As the match opened up, Ivanovic was denied by another fine save from the Leicester keeper, this time an angled drive touched over. The visitors could have taken the lead on 55 minutes when Nugent beat the offside trap to run clear on goal, but Courtois made a smart save to push the ball wide. Almost straight away and Chelsea were in at the other end, as Cesc Fabrgeas ghosted into the right side of the Leicester penalty area, where his angled chip was palmed behind by Schmeichel. The breakthrough finally came on 63 minutes. Oscar played Ivanovic into the right side of the area, and his cutback was chested down by Costa, before the Brazil-born Spain international, signed from Atletico Madrid, drilled it past Schmeichel from six yards. Chelsea immediately made a change as Schurrle was replaced by Ramires. On 68 minutes, Leciester sent on Marc Albrighton to make his debut after joining from Aston Villa, with Mahrez coming off. Hammond was then also substituted, hobbling into the away dugout as Gary Taylor-Fletcher came on. Chelsea looked to have wrapped things up with 13 minutes left when Hazard collected the ball on the left, cut inside before drilling a low shot past Schmeichel into the corner. Stamford Bridge was soon rocking again when Didier Drogba was sent on for a cameo, the veteran striker having rejoined the club in the summer – with owner Roman Abramovich leading the applause. With two minutes left , Schmeichel tipped a 25-yard drive from substitute Willian over the crossbar. Chelsea’s £32million striker Diego Costa scored again as the Blues maintained their 100 per cent start to the Barclays Premier League season with a 2-0 win over Leicester. Leciester, back in the top flight for the first time since 2003/2004, had proved hard to break down and could have taken the lead when David Nugent was put clean through, but Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois – again picked ahead of Petr Cech – made a smart save. Both sides were positive during the opening stages, and Leicester, playing in red and having made a couple of changes from their opening-day 2-2 draw with Everton, were not looking in awe of a side expected to contest the Premier League championship once again. A deflected shot from Brazil midfielder Oscar looped up over Kasper Schmeichel and onto the roof of the net before World Cup winner Andre Schurrle drove his 20-yard effort high into the Shed End. Leicester, last season’s Championship winners, offered some threat on the break themselves. On 17 minutes, a dangerous cross from Ritchie De Laet on the overlap down the right had to be headed behind by Branislav Ivanovic. Algerian Riyad Mahrez forced a decent save from Courtois with a low strike after weaving into space at the edge of the Chelsea penalty area. Chelsea looked to step up a gear as Costa pulled the trigger from 18 yards, but Foxes captain Wes Morgan flung himself in the way to deflect the ball over. Blues boss Mourinho was out of his technical area claiming a penalty moments later when Costa went down under a strong challenge from the defender, but referee Lee Mason was unmoved, which on replays looked the correct call.
According to reports, a municipal police chief in Mexico has been arrested for allegedly being involved in the mass murder of a family near the U.S.-Mexican border.Mexican authorities have arrested Fidel Alejandro Villegas, and authorities believe the murders were due to conflict between local drug cartels battling for control of the area.3 women, and 6 children were killed in Sonora state on November 4th.The arrest comes a month after President Donald Trump said he wanted to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations.
“To be playing in the Premier League for a big club like West Ham, I’m really looking forward to the season,” added the player, who will be reunited with former City fullback Pablo Zabaleta at the Hammers.Hart won the Premier League twice with Manchester City, and has been capped 71 times by England, but fell out of favour after Pep Guardiola took over as manager.Although he will not play against City in the league, Hart could face his parent club as soon as Aug 4 in a pre-season friendly match in Iceland.West Ham’s season starts against Manchester United at Old Trafford nine days later.“I’ve obviously left Manchester City on loan this season, but the club as a whole, especially the supporters, have always been fantastic to me,” said Hart. “I’d never change how I feel about that club, as it’ll always be a very special club to me.“It’ll be fun to play against them because I’ll be banned when it comes to the actual season, while I’m sure Manchester United will welcome me with open arms if I get the nod and start the season away at Old Trafford.”Media reports have indicated that City will pay part of Hart’s wages under the deal.West Ham finished last season in 11th place under Croatian manager Slaven Bilic.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram England goalkeeper Joe Hart has joined West Ham United on a season-long loan from Premier League rivals Manchester City, the London club announced on Tuesday.The 30-year-old played for Torino in Italy’s Serie A last season on loan.“It’s important for me to play football, and to get the opportunity to come here and play is absolutely awesome,” he told West Ham TV.
MIRAMAR, Florida – As the coronavirus continues to spread throughout Florida, Mayor of Miramar, Wayne Messam declared a state of emergency for Miramar over the weekend. Below is his statement to residents of the community:Miramar Residents,As the mayor of our city and in the interest of public safety, I signed a Declaration of State of Emergency for Miramar on Saturday, March 14th. This action was required to position our city to receive the vital resources and reimbursements for the utilization of assets and needed supplies to keep Miramar as safe as possible as we face the threats of COVID-19.Our city administration has been working very diligently over the past several weeks in preparation of this very action along with the guidance of our federal, state and county peers.I am have been in communication with Governor DeSantis and fellow mayors in Broward County as we pool information and resources as a region.Broward County has the largest number of confirmed COVID-19 confirmed cases and with Miramar being the 4th largest city in Broward, I my number one priority is public safety.In an effort to ensure public safety, please take note of the following declarative actions:As a result of my mayoral order along with the City Manager’s authority, effective this week the City of Miramar will· Suspend senior services until further notice.· All rentals in City facilities will be canceled or postponed. Patrons will be fully refunded for rental fees for all canceled events.· Activities at City parks will be cancelled until further notice.· Parents and caregivers will be required to wait in the lobby of childcare and adult daycare facilities for participants to be brought out to them.· The Fire Department will be in contact with the State Department of Emergency Management to ensure appropriate coordination and to comply with reimbursement policies required for the State of Florida and the Federal governments.· The Fire Department has been tasked with the purchase of all applicable tools and equipment for City use for the duration of this State of Emergency.· All City organized sports activities suspended until further notice.· Parks will remain open.· Pools will remain open· Fitness centers closed.· PAL and Optimist canceled all activities.The below City of Miramar events will be postponed until further notice:· Commissioner Yvette Coulborne’s Census 2020 Business Lunch and Community meeting 3/19· Miramar Family Night, 3/20· Paw Central Grand Opening 3/21· Women in Fire-Rescue 2020 Summit 3/28You can be assured your city government is working diligently on behalf of our residents, corporations and city staff. Miramar has a Plan and our mission is Public Safety. Stay tuned and be informed.In Service,Mayor Wayne M. Messam
The local Black Stars team have stepped up with preparations ahead of their trip to Ivory Coast next week for the second leg qualifier against the Ivorians. The team after the first leg which they won 2-1 in Kumasi returned to Obuasi to continue with their preparations. Team coach Maxwell Konadu and his team are expected to leave Obuasi for Accra this coming weekend for their trip to Abidjan. Joel Fameyeh who is the only lower division player in Maxwell Konadu’s team says everything is going well as they prepare for the return leg.“It wasn’t all easy but we have been training for six weeks now. So we are getting to know each other a little bit. Playing with them is gradually becoming a training session, we are not getting scared.”“Our coaches also have been giving us tactics to play, everyone has a role to play on the team.”“We have much experienced players in the team, we are young and new so the experienced ones are really helping us.” Fameyeh scored both goals for Ghana in the first leg victory over the Ivorians.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports
How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire “Obviously, understanding that every game is very difficult, but when you’re playing a division rival that essentially counts as two games. So to have the guys you want in a particular lineup, that’s what we feel is best.”Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.What the Dodgers also feel is a sense of urgency. Roberts acknowledged that his team has “dialed it up” over the past week.“I think the focus, tightening things up regardless of opponent – we had to do that,” he said. “I’ve seen that over this past week. We’ve dialed it up a couple notches – which we needed to.“Up and down the lineup, we’ve taken better at-bats. I think that’s how I can sum it up – consistently better focus each at-bat. … Yeah, I think that’s a sense of urgency. It’s no longer a long season. You’re not going to hear those things. We have 30 games left. It’s a sprint and every game matters.”CLOSER CALLFollowing a rough ninth inning in which he gave up two runs Tuesday night, Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen vowed to “figure it out.” He has given up seven runs on 10 hits (including four home runs) in four innings since being treated for atrial fibrillation. “I’ll let this whole – whatever you want to call it and put it past me,” he said. “I’ll figure it out.”Jansen will have to figure it out while holding down the high-wire job of closer for a team in the middle of a playoff race. It’s questionable how much patience the Dodgers can afford to have with Jansen.“Can we afford to? I think it’s just more of we expect him to figure it out,” Roberts said. “He and Honey (pitching coach Rick Honeycutt) are working some things out. With a guy like Kenley, the track record has to carry some weight, the trust in the player and the person has to carry some weight. And also you do have to factor in the recency, for sure. But right now, I’m counting on him to figure it out.”PUIG APPEALThe Dodgers are still awaiting a decision on Yasiel Puig’s appeal of his two-game suspension for an incident involving catcher Nick Hundley of the San Francisco Giants on Aug. 14.Puig’s hearing was held by conference call on Tuesday but no decision was made by MLB chief baseball officer Joe Torre by Wednesday’s game time. Puig started the game in right field.ALSOWith five games left in the Pacific Coast League regular season, left-hander Julio Urias has been transferred from Class-A Rancho Cucamonga to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Urias pitched most recently on Monday, going two innings for the RC Quakes. Urias has had at least four days off between appearances since returning from shoulder surgery.In six appearances (two in the Arizona Summer League, four in the California League), Urias has allowed five runs and eight hits (including three home runs) in 10-1/3 innings while striking out 19 and walking four.UP NEXTDiamondbacks (TBA) at Dodgers (LHP Rich Hill, 6-4, 3.50 ERA), Thursday, 7:10 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available)Related Articles ARLINGTON, Texas — Acknowledging the importance of the upcoming stretch to their playoff hopes, the Dodgers have shuffled their starting rotation so their ace, Clayton Kershaw, will face the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies in his next two starts.Kershaw will get an extra day’s rest before starting Saturday’s game at home against the Diamondbacks. That puts him in line to also start the opener of the Dodgers’ series in Colorado next week – also on five days’ rest thanks to an off day before the series.Never a big fan of deviating in his routine, Kershaw has actually made 13 of his 20 starts this season on more than four days’ rest. In those starts, he is 5-2 with a 2.13 ERA (slightly better than his mark on regular rest).“This time of year when you have 30 games left and you have an opportunity to maximize each starter and put them in the best position to have success, it only makes sense,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of the shuffle, which will have Rich Hill and Hyun-Jin Ryu start the first two games against the Diamondbacks, Kershaw on Saturday and Walker Buehler in the series finale on Sunday. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season