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Lawmakers grill religious affairs minister for ‘sudden’ haj cancellation

first_imgReligious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi found himself in hot water during a hearing with the House of Representatives on Thursday, as lawmakers on Commission VIII overseeing religious affairs criticized him for not consulting with the House before deciding to cancel the 2020 haj pilgrimage over coronavirus concerns.The minister announced earlier this month that Indonesia would prevent haj departures to Saudi Arabia this year, a decision that affected hundreds of thousands of would-be pilgrims in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation. Indonesia has the largest haj pilgrim quota of any country. John Kennedy Azis of the Golkar Party – a political party in President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s ruling coalition – questioned Fachrul’s sudden announcement of the policy on June 2, saying there had been no pressure for the central government to announce it immediately without consulting the legislative body.”There was no external pressure that we would be fined if we didn’t decide [on haj departures] quickly. Why couldn’t you wait for just two days? Why so sudden?” John said, referring to a planned House hearing with the government on the matter scheduled for June 4.The COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with Saudi Arabia’s indefinite suspension of haj and umrah (minor haj), were cited as reasons behind the government’s decision to cancel this year’s haj departure. Fachrul previously said the conditions had left the government without enough time to prepare visas and protective measures.Indonesia initially planned to send about 221,000 people on the annual pilgrimage, and nearly 180,000 people had already paid for the journey, Religious Affairs Ministry data shows. The government said the pilgrims would be placed on next year’s haj. Read also: Religious affairs minister to lobby Saudi Arabian government for bigger 2021 haj quotaFachrul said at the time of the cancellation that he had communicated with the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) and the House regarding the cancellation, but some lawmakers quickly fired back, saying he had not done so.John said to Fachrul – a retired military general – that he had made numerous controversial moves as a minister.The politician cited his past controversial support of a ban on the niqab in government compounds – a statement that Fachrul later backtracked from – and his past announcement of a plan to repatriate 689 people who had joined the Islamic State (IS) movement in the Middle East.He warned Fachrul that the House could use its interpellation and inquiry rights against him or could write a letter to the President if he continued his controversies. “Don’t underestimate us at the House […] This should be the last [controversial move].”John also highlighted a plan floated by Aceh to get their own, separate haj quota. The provincial administration was reportedly considering issuing a qanun (regulation) on the matter based on Law No. 44/1999 on Aceh’s special autonomy.”Regions are trying to apply for haj quotas themselves. If that happens, then where’s the government?” he said.Read also: Plan to ban niqab in government offices stirs controversyMuhammad Husni of the Gerindra Party said Fachrul had violated Law No. 8/2019 on the haj and umrah, which stipulated that matters related to haj funds should not be decided unilaterally by the government but should include the House.”Logically speaking, we should decide on the cancellation together. The Minister said that he had coordinated with House Commission VIII but we never knew that,” Husni said.In response to the criticism, Fachrul apologized to the lawmakers during Thursday’s hearing, saying the cancellation decision was not made by his ministry but by himself as a minister.”I personally apologize to the leaders and all members of the House Commission VIII for this incident,” said Fachrul.The minister explained that at that time, he felt obliged to announce the cancellation as soon as possible because it had exceeded the June 1 deadline for the government to announce the year’s haj departure date.Indonesia initially expected Saudi Arabia to announce its final decision on the haj pilgrimage – which attracts millions of Muslims annually from around the world – on May 13. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has plunged the 2020 haj into doubt as Saudi authorities have yet to announce any decision about whether they will accept haj pilgrims this year.”We needed to quickly give certainty to the pilgrims who had been waiting for the announcement,” he said.Topics :last_img read more

Whicker: Brandon Morrow brings the heat, humility for the Dodgers

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The No. 7 pick in the 2006 MLB draft got the first 21 outs Thursday night. The No. 5 pick came in, got the next two.The No 7 pick has three Cy Young Awards and an MVP and never has suffered a serious arm problem.The No. 5 pick is on his fourth major league franchise and is playing his third role. He also has been betrayed by multiple body parts, like most of those who defy God’s intentions and try to throw baseballs as hard as they can.Brandon Morrow, the No 5, is far more typical than Clayton Kershaw, the No. 7. He is also pitching his way toward a major speaking part in this 2017 Dodger story.He has retired 35 batters, given up four hits, walked one and hit one, and he has struck out 14. No earned runs or any other kind, going into Saturday.Morrow and Pedro Baez are the lead-ins for Kenley Jansen, the closer. He came to camp hat-in-hand, knowing that the Dodgers have the largest welcome mat in baseball.“I could have opted out at a certain date,” Morrow said. “The vibe was good, everybody was welcoming. This team has a chance to get to the playoffs. I haven’t been there yet. It’s kind of a big goal for me.”Nor has Morrow thrown 200 innings in a season, and he is three career wins short of 50, at age 32.center_img “I think I’ve always known I’d be OK after each thing I’ve gone through,” he said, “even though I’ve had every piece of my arm hurt.”When given a chance, he has done extraordinary things.In his first-ever major start, for Seattle, he took a no-hitter two outs deep into the eighth inning against the Yankees. No one had done that since Boston’s Billy Rohr in 1967, 41 years prior.In 2010 with Toronto, Morrow pitched three shutouts, held left-hand batters to a .188 average and, on Aug. 8, became the fourth pitcher since 1954 to strike out 17 in a complete game one-hitter. Tampa Bay’s Evan Longoria singled, two out in the ninth.““People were going crazy but I felt a weird emotion at the end,” Morrow said. “I was just gassed. I’d thrown 137 pitches. It was the best game of my life. Then somebody hit me with a Gatorade cooler and nearly knocked me to the ground.”Morrow struck out 12 Yankees in his next start.The next year he led the American League with 10.2 strikeouts per nine innings.“Elite stuff,” said Alex Anthopoulos, a Dodgers’ assistant general manager who was Toronto’s GM when Morrow was there. “Every time he had a setback, he managed to get back to that.”But in 2009 there was bicep tendinitis. In 2012 there was an oblique strain. In 2013 Morrow suffered an entrapped radial nerve in his forearm.In 2014 there was a torn tendon sheath in a finger. In 2015 came the big one, a right shoulder impingement that required surgery, while he was with San Diego..Although Morrow says he doesn’t always have a “cheery disposition” when the bumps arrive, he got through it with a certain detachment. And, occasionally, amusement. He said the finger rehab was the strangest.“I was stuck in really boring rehab for four months,” he said, “sitting there with a surgeon and a veterinarian. One of the things we did was manipulating a clothespin.“Then right in the middle of rehab from the shoulder, I got valley fever, this fungal pneumonia. I’d lost 10 pounds from the surgery, and now 15 more. Last year was devoted to rehabbing and building myself up. When I got to the Dodgers I was feeling pretty good.”Beyond that, Morrow was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 18 and has worn an insulin pump.At the moment he is another example of the Dodgers’ 30-team radar, their sense of when to rescue someone’s career. The Angels are doing much the same thing with 6-foot-9 Alex Meyer, once Minnesota’s top minor league pitcher. Meyer is getting his moving parts together. He gave up one hit in six innings against the Dodgers, although he struggled with control. He could become a rotation fixture, a blue-light special in a game where development is complicated.“Teams draft players and put so much into them, want them to succeed so much,” Anthopoulos said. “Sometimes the pressure builds up. The player goes somewhere else and there’s a clean slate, the expectations are lower.”Gratitude replaces ambition. Morrow seems to savor every loud fastball pop into the mitts of his catchers. “I just like pitching, man,” he said, unnecessarily.last_img read more

WHS Daily Bulletin: Prom tickets go on sale Monday

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Friday, April 8, 2016:Friday•Almost Maine production, 7 p.m.Saturday•JV tennis at Chaparral.•ACT Test.*Regional solo at Andover Central.•Almost Maine production, 7 p.m.Today’s lunch — Pancakes with Syrup, Sausage Links, Tri Tater, Juice, Mixed Fruit and MilkMonday’s lunch — Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, Garden Spinach Salad, Garlic Bread Stick, Chilled Pears, Peas and Milk.Today’s News: *Prom Tickets will be for sale by the student entrance before and after school starting on Monday. Cost is $30 unless you sold 5 magazines your Junior year. Out of town dates are $30, unless you earned your ticket- then they are $15.*Crusader Creators- We will have our meeting next week on Monday, not Tuesday as previously planned.*Any sophomore interested in serving the Prom dinner on Saturday, April 23rd, please sign up in the office.  TODAY is the last day to sign-up.*Prom RSVPs were due on April 4th. If you plan to attend prom and do not turn in your RSVP,  you will have no dinner. If you’re lucky, we might find extra salad crackers for you to eat. Turn in your RSVP pronto to Ms. Ford if you plan to attend prom! Also, if you are interested in participating in the entertainment portion of prom, please pick up a  prom entertainment application from Ms. Ford.* The 4th Annual WHS Career Fair will be held in the auxiliary gym from 1 to 3 pm on Wednesday, April 13th, 2016.  The event will feature approximately 30 local business professionals, post-secondary education representatives, military personnel, and adult service representatives who will set up informational booths and speak informally with students about options after high school.  Students who complete evaluations forms will have their names entered to win four random prize drawings at the end of the day.   *Girls Basketball team can turn in uniforms this week to Mrs. Brown. Also, don’t forget that the team dinner is tonight 6:30-8:00. It will be held at the First United Methodist Church.*Seniors: If you are needing  extra graduation announcements, we do have a few in the counselor’s office. They are $1.25 each.*Crusaders of the Stage presents Almost Maine on Friday, April 8th and Saturday, April 9th at 7:00 pm in the High School Auditorium. You can purchase advanced tickets from a cast member or from Mrs. Kelly.  Students- $4 or $6 at the door. Adults- $5 or $7 at the door.*Sophomores: If you ordered a class ring or class tag from Jostens, they will be delivered on Monday, April 18th during the three lunches in the commons.*Seniors: If you were unable to pick up your Senior Orders, please stop by the counselors office. The order will need to be paid in full before you can pick up your items. At this time no personal checks will be allowed- cash or money orders only. If you are going to pay by credit or debit card you will need to contact Jostens. If you have not ordered your cap , gown, stole and tassel and you want to participate in graduation ceremonies, please go to jostens.com to place your order. You will need to do this as soon as possible.*Seniors: The Kansas All-Star scholarship application is now available on their website which is www.ksallstarsholarships.com. Those who qualify will be awarded a $1000 scholarship to be used toward their post-secondary education. Applications will be accepted now through April 15th.Guidance news:Wednesday, April 20 – Butler Community Colleges.Today is National…National All is Ours DayNational Empanada DayNational Zoo Lovers DayFollow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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