Great leap Forward

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Saudi Arabia reopens Mecca, Medina holy sites after coronavirus closure: state TV

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first_imgSaudi Arabia reopened two of the most holy religious sites in Islam, Al-Haram Mosque in Mecca and Al-Masjid al Nabawy in Medina, after they were closed for sterilization to halt the spread of the new coronavirus, state TV Al-Ekhbariya reported on Friday.Saudi Arabia closed the sites to foreign pilgrims and traditional tourists from some 25 countries to stop the spread of the virus. It also said that citizens and residents of Gulf Cooperation Council countries wishing to enter must wait 14 days after returning from outside the region.Saudi Arabia has reported five cases of the coronavirus.It was not clear from the Al-Ekhbariya report if pilgrims would be allowed to return to the sites.Topics :last_img

Top three Gold Coast houses going to auction this weekend

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first_img119-123 Tierney Drive, Currumbin Waters.LJ Hooker Currumbin agent Rueben Hickey said prospective buyers were impressed with the property’s features.“We’ve had a lot of interest so far,” he said.“In the last three weeks, we’ve had over 75 groups though the property.“We’ve had multiple offers too.”He said three people had so far registered to bid on the property, which was scheduled to go to auction on Saturday at noon. HOUSE RULES STARS SELL COAST RENO PROJECT 119-123 Tierney Drive, Currumbin Waters. 119-123 Tierney Drive, Currumbin Waters.WHETHER you are looking for a low maintenance home close to the beach or an acreage property further inland, there is a house to suit every buyer going to auction this weekend.A Currumbin Waters estate on a 2904sq m block is one of the first to go under the hammer.The sprawling four-bedroom residence at 119-123 Tierney Drive was designed to make the most of country living without straying too far from the Gold Coast’s amenities. 2/63 Sunshine Pde, Miami.NGU Real Estate Gold Coast agent Sean Graves said house hunters liked its position, quality and deluxe features.“We’re anticipating a big crowd,” he said.“In the first two weeks, we had over 30 groups through.“We also had an offer come forward before auction so there’s some good interest there.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45 35 Bollard Circuit, Clear Island Waters.“I fell in love with the home the first time I saw it,” Mrs Jury said.“It has a great floor plan and layout.“It not only has the master bedroom, kitchen and family room facing out to the water but also the two upstairs bedrooms and the upstairs living area.”The couple bought the five-bedroom home seven years ago but recently renovated it.Later in the day, a new three-storey Miami house will go to auction at 1pm.The modern four-bedroom duplex at 2/63 Sunshine Pde has a neutral palette, wood features and a rooftop terrace. 35 Bollard Circuit, Clear Island Waters. 119-123 Tierney Drive, Currumbin Waters.center_img 2/63 Sunshine Pde, Miami. At the heart of the Gold Coast, a Clear Island Waters property will be offered to the public on Sunday at 11am.The Hamptons-style house at 35 Bollard Circuit was designed to make the most of its waterfront position – a feature that made owners Tanya and Owen Jury fall in love with it. 35 Bollard Circuit, Clear Island Waters. 2/63 Sunshine Pde, Miami. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa15 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago INSIDE COAST’S TOP SALE OF THE WEEKlast_img read more

Sinai Liberation Day

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first_imgSinai Liberation Day is a public holiday in Egypt that commemorates the final withdrawal of the Israeli Defense Forces from the Sinai Peninsula in 1982, after 15 years of occupation. It is celebrated annually on April 25.  On June 5, 1967, Israel carried out a preemptive attack on Egypt, Syria, and Jordan, starting the Six-Day War. As a result of the war, Israel captured the Sinai Peninsula and the Gaza Strip from Egypt, the Golan Heights from Syria, and the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) from Jordan.Following the Israeli occupation of Sinai, Egypt refused to negotiate with Israel and began the War of Attrition that lasted from 1967 to 1970. When it ended with a ceasefire, Sinai was still controlled by Israel.Egypt once again tried to seize control over Sinai during the Yom Kippur War (known in Egypt as October War) in 1973. In 1975, Israel and Egypt signed the Sinai Interim Agreement. In 1979, a peace treaty was signed in which Israel agreed to gradually withdraw from the Sinai Peninsula.The withdrawal consisted of several stages and involved dismantling Israeli settlements. The last Israeli soldiers left the peninsula in April 1982. The anniversary of the final withdrawal is celebrated as a national holiday in Egypt.last_img read more

Sri Lanka clarifies fate of destroyed Muslim shrine

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first_img Tweet Share Share 21 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!center_img FaithLifestyle Sri Lanka clarifies fate of destroyed Muslim shrine by: – September 19, 2011 Share The demolition was denounced by both Muslims and Sinhalese (Photo courtesy: Sri Lanka Mirror)Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has clarified earlier reports about the fate of a Muslim shrine destroyed by a crowd of Buddhist monks.The shrine in the town of Anuradhapura was demolished by the monks earlier this month.Mr Rajapaksa told the BBC he could not order the structure to be rebuilt, as was reported earlier. But he criticised the monks’ action, which has been condemned by Muslim leaders and opposition figures. Some who attended a meeting on Monday between Muslim leaders and Mr Rajapaksa came away with the firm impression that he had ordered the rebuilding of the shrine.But Mr Rajapaksa said that he could only give protection for religious sites where it was sought, and that he was unable to order the shrine to be rebuilt.He said that issue should be discussed by Muslim and Buddhist leaders and taken to the religious affairs ministry.Asked what he thought of the destruction of the shrine, the defence secretary said no-one had consented to this act and that people should not take the law into their own hands or harm goodwill between communities.The monk who led the demolition said he did it because the Muslim shrine, reputed to be several hundred years old, was built on holy Buddhist land.He said he had persuaded the religious affairs ministry that it should be knocked down but he admitted pre-empting any government action.Local Muslim leaders have condemned those who attacked the shrine and an opposition politician in the area said the government should punish the perpetrators. There will be a series of local elections in several areas of Sri Lanka early next month including the capital, Colombo, which has a large Muslim population. By Charles HavilandBBC News, Colombolast_img read more

Atalanta ride wave of remarkable run in Champions League

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first_imgCoach Gian Piero Gasperini took over in 2016 and transformed the team. Loading… Read Also: UCL: Leipzig shot-stopper Gulacsi relishes Tottenham testZapata’s three-month injury absence did not hurt the team.“It gave us the opportunity to experiment with other solutions and it gives the opposition defence few reference points,” explained Gasperini.Luis Muriel was supported up front by Pasalic and Ruslan Malinovskyi.Slovenian Josip Ilicic, 32, has already outperformed his pervious best season in Serie A with 14 goals in 20 games, including a hat-trick and three braces.Colombian Muriel has scored 12 goals, with Zapata on eight, followed by Robin Gosens (7) and Papu Gomez (6) and Pasalic (5).Despite 32 goals conceded in 24 league games, Gasperini sees this defensive weakness as a motivator.“When we are under, we play better because we remove every inhibitor brake,” said Gasperini.The Italian upstarts are hoping to mete out more pain on their rivals.“Playing Atalanta is like going to the dentist, it’s really, really tough,” said Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola after being held 1-1 in the San Siro.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Their current form is a remarkable achievement for a club with a modest budget compared to rivals Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan.Their transformation follows the arrival of Gasperini in the summer of 2016 from Genoa.The 62-year-old previously coached Crotone, Palermo and briefly Inter Milan, where he was sacked after a run of five winless Serie A games and just one point.– ‘Extraordinary period’ –The team – founded 113 years ago by a group of students from a local school and named after Atalanta, a huntress in Greek mythology – had been relegated in 2003, 2005 and 2010.Gasperini guided them to a fourth-place finish in his first season to qualify for the Europa League.Last season they finished third, powered by Colombian Duvan Zapata’s 23 league goals, and qualified for the Champions League for the first time.“I think there are a series of elements that now allow this team to chase after the dream,” said Gasperini.“We have been playing at a very high level for three or four years.“It’s an extraordinary period of Atalanta.”Atalanta have the best attack in the league with 63 goals scored – 17 more than Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus.The club nicknamed ‘La Dea’ (The Goddess) finished second behind Manchester City in the group stage. Gian Piero Gasperini’s Atalanta are counting on the wave of enthusiasm generated by the Italian outsiders remarkable run in their Champions League debut season to surge past Spanish club Valencia in the knockout rounds. The team from Bergamo in the foothills of the Italian Alps take on Valencia on Wednesday in the last 16, first leg, at the 80,000-seater San Siro, which has nearly four times the capacity of their home stadium, 55 kilometres away. Atalanta are through to the Champions League last 16 on their tournament debut. “This is a game that we have been waiting months for,” said Gasperini. “Being able to play on front of so many of our fans at a venue like San Siro is a beautiful achievement that we have been waiting a long time for. “The Champions League is a dream which we’ll try to carry forward as much as possible.Advertisement “The whole city of Bergamo is practically travelling to Milan.” The team’s stunning run comes despite losing their opening three Champions League group games, including 4-0 away to Dinamo Zagreb before a 5-1 loss at Manchester City. But a 1-1 draw against Man City in the San Siro sparked the revival of ‘La Dea’ (The Goddess) who finished seven points behind the Premier League side in second to reach the knockout stage. Atalanta’s confidence has been further boosted after seeing off AS Roma 2-1 in a cauldron atmosphere on front of their home crowd at their Atleti Azzurri d’Italia stadium on Saturday. The victory consolidated fourth place in Serie A, six points ahead of the side from the capital and bolstered their hopes of Champions League next season. “This victory gives us confidence for the next games, it was a fundamental clash to be won,” said Mario Pasalic who came off the bench and hit the match winner 19 seconds later. Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Madelast_img read more

Man Dies After Found Unresponsive On Hospital Grounds

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first_imgSt. Vincent Jennings Hospital.JENNINGS COUNTY, Ind. – An investigation is underway after the body of a Seymour man was found on the grounds of St. Vincent Jennings Hospital.North Vernon police said they were dispatched to the hospital after receiving a suspicious activity report early Sunday morning.Officers say they discovered 53-year-old Gary Keith Fields unresponsive in a grassy area on hospital property.He was pronounced dead at the hospital and an autopsy was scheduled for Monday.A cause of death has not been determined, police said.last_img

Brookville man arrested after police find heroin

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first_imgBROOKVILLE, Ind. — A Brookville man has been arrested after a traffic stop.According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, Joseph L. Thatcher, 32, is facing the charge of Possession of Heroin.Police say officers with the Franklin County Drug Task Force were conducting an investigation into suspected drug activity when an officer initiated a traffic stop on Thatcher’s vehicle.During a search of the vehicle, a small plastic baggie with a powdery substance believed to be Heroin was located.last_img

Life expectancy on downward trend in Ohio Valley

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first_imgStatewide—A new study says that US life expectancy has not kept pace with that of other wealthy countries and is now decreasing.Objective  To examine vital statistics and review the history of changes in US life expectancy and increased mortality rates; and to identify potential contributing factors, drawing insights from current literature and an analysis of state-level trends.Findings  Between 1959 and 2014, US life expectancy increased from 69.9 years to 78.9 years but declined for 3 consecutive years after 2014. The recent decrease in US life expectancy culminated a period of increasing cause-specific mortality among adults aged 25 to 64 years that began in the 1990s, ultimately producing an increase in all-cause mortality that began in 2010.During 2010-2017, midlife all-cause mortality rates increased from 328.5 deaths/100 000 to 348.2 deaths/100 000. By 2014, midlife mortality was increasing across all racial groups, caused by drug overdoses, alcohol abuse, suicides, and a diverse list of organ system diseases.The largest relative increases in midlife mortality rates occurred in New England (New Hampshire, 23.3%; Maine, 20.7%; Vermont, 19.9%) and the Ohio Valley (West Virginia, 23.0%; Ohio, 21.6%; Indiana, 14.8%; Kentucky, 14.7%). The increase in midlife mortality during 2010-2017 was associated with an estimated 33 307 excess US deaths, 32.8% of which occurred in 4 Ohio Valley states.last_img read more

Moyes wants more from Rooney

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first_imgManchester United manager David Moyes wants Wayne Rooney to improve even more on his recent form. Moyes sidestepped that question at his press conference on Friday lunchtime, however, ahead of Sunday’s visit to Manchester City, the United boss confirmed he will carry on demanding more of the striker. “I think we just go step by step,” said Moyes. “If he could score another two goals at the weekend that would be the next step forward wouldn’t it? “He’s played really well and we want him to maintain that. “If anything I’m asking him to step up again. I want him to keep getting better.” However, Rooney’s form has underlined the suggestion from the United camp at the start of pre-season that he had returned fitter than he had done for years. “Wayne was in great shape just before he damaged his hamstring in Thailand,” said Moyes. “I told you that but I don’t know if you all believed me. Rooney has returned from a bad gash to his head in sensational style, scoring three goals in a week, including a double in Tuesday’s Champions League win over Bayer Leverkusen that saw him become only the fourth player in United history to reach 200 goals. That has inevitably led to speculation United may offer the 27-year-old a contract extension, something ex-manager Sir Alex Ferguson appeared to pave the way for with his conciliatory statements on Thursday – his first comments on the player since revealing he had asked to leave. “We thought (his hamstring) was going to be okay, but it wasn’t. “We kept him working really hard and he was in really good shape. “I was really impressed with the condition he was in and the work he did in pre-season. “He is getting the fruits of that. He’s worked hard and is showing everyone exactly what he can do.” Rooney is not the only United player who has had an impressive week. Antonio Valencia has also caught the eye, having switched from the coveted number seven shirt back to his original 25. He scored only his second goal since April 2012 on Tuesday and Moyes hopes there are a few more to come. “He’s done very well,” said the Scot. “They kept telling me that he needed to change his number, so we got that changed for him because sometimes psychologically it can make a difference to a player. “Overall, I’ve been really pleased with him. “I actually said to him today ‘you should be getting yourself seven or eight goals a season regularly’. “He squinted at me a bit but hopefully he knows what I mean. “He only got one last season but he’s got off to a good start and hopefully he’ll get close to the target I’d like to him get this season.” Now Moyes must decide on his line-up for Sunday, and his first encounter with Manuel Pellegrini since the City boss dumped him out of the Champions League qualifiers with his Villarreal side in 2005. “There is an excitement for any derbies in any big city in the world,” said Moyes. “I’ve experienced derby games in Glasgow and on Merseyside. “They are all really important to your own supporters. “They are important to the players as well but ultimately it’s about what happens come the end of the season and how many points you get together to see who is top. “These points could be really important towards that, but also they may not be.” Press Associationlast_img read more