Several media outlets and news agencies have reported over the last 24 hours that Saudi Arabia had asked Muslims to “postpone” plans to perform the obligatory pilgrimage this year as the kingdom grapples with its COVID-19 outbreak.Saudi Arabia confirmed 1,720 COVID-19 cases and with 16 deaths on Thursday morning, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.“We have asked our Muslim brothers around the world to wait on making hajj plans until there is clarity,” Benten told state-run broadcaster Al Ekhbariya, as reported by Bloomberg.Read also: COVID-19: 42 Indonesian pilgrims stranded as Saudi Arabia imposes travel restrictions The Religious Affairs Ministry has made assurances that this year’s haj is still on schedule for July, dismissing reports that the Saudi Arabian government has asked Muslims around the world to put the annual pilgrimage on hold due to COVID-19 pandemic.Ministerial spokesman Oman Fathurahman said that Riyadh had not formally informed Jakarta of a suspension of the haj.“The Saudi government has not decided whether the haj will be deferred. We will continue with preparations as long as there is no official announcement from Saudi Arabia regarding the haj,” Oman said in a statement on Wednesday. However, Oman said that international media had failed to accurately translate Benten’s statement, which was made in Arabic.Rather than asking Muslims to put the haj on hold, Oman claimed that Benten had asked pilgrims to postpone any “haj contracts” for the time being, pending new announcements from the kingdom.“The Saudi minister […] only suggested that they not be hasty in booking accommodation for the pilgrimage. This might be because the Saudi government is still preparing the haj facilities,” said Oman, adding that Benten’s statement was similar to the letter the Indonesian ministry had received.The latest correspondence that the ministry received on the matter was a letter on March 6.In it, Saudi Minister of Hajj and Umrah Mohammad Benten asks Jakarta to delay finalizing the government-sponsored haj program until further notice, including transportation, accommodation and catering arrangements.Read also: Saudi king offers to pay for coronavirus patients’ treatmentOman added that the government had a backup plan if the haj was canceled, that Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi had promised to refund all pilgrims in such an eventuality.In the meantime, the government has asked Indonesian pilgrims to pay their haj travel fees in full by May 19.By Tuesday, more than 94,000 pilgrims had fully paid their travel costs, which ranged from Rp 31.4 million (US$2,169) to Rp 72.3 million per pilgrim.Around 221,000 Indonesian pilgrims have signed up for this year’s haj, with the first batch of pilgrims scheduled to depart on June 26.Topics :
Share LocalNews Indonesian Ambassador applauds Dominica’s efforts at universal secondary education by: – July 20, 2012 53 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Share Indonesian Ambassador to Dominica, Prianti Gagarin Djatmiko SinggihNew Indonesian Ambassador to Dominica, Her Excellency Prianti Gagarin Djatmiko Singgih has congratulated the Government of Dominica on its progress made at achieving Universal Secondary Education as well as its success in meeting some of the Millennium Development Goals.The Indonesian Ambassador made those remarks during her official presentation of credentials to Dominica’s Head of State, His Excellency Dr. Nicholas Liverpool on Wednesday July 18, 2012.“I would like to congratulate the Government of Dominica on this achievement of the Millennium Development Goals in accomplishing Universal Secondary Education by 83%, reducing extreme poverty from 39% in 2003 to 28.8% in 2009, improving national health and reducing child mortality”.Indonesia stands firm behind a policy that education is the foundation of a better human resource. Dominica established diplomatic relations with the Republic of Indonesia in April of 1994. Throughout the years of relations the Government of Indonesia has offered annual cultural scholarships to Dominican youth to pursue studies in Indonesia. The new ambassador confirms that this collaboration will continue.“Given the encouraging response starting from 2011, the Government of Indonesia has offered Dominican students a scholarship program called, “Developing Countries Partnerships Scholarship” in order to obtain graduate and post graduate degrees in various fields of study in the most prestigious universities throughout Indonesia.”The new Indonesian Ambassador to Dominica says the Indonesian Government is looking forward to heightened relations between the both countries through other training opportunities.“Another way in which we can increase our people to people interaction is through our diplomatic corps. In this regard, as former head for [the] Centre for Education and Training in the Ministry of Education in Indonesia, we would like very much to offer diplomatic training for mid- career diplomas and as such we will be discussing this with your Ministry of Education here.”Like Dominica, tourism is one of the most important aspects in Indonesia’s national revenues. The Indonesian Ambassador to Dominica said that the Government of Indonesia has developed a special “creative economy” program to boost the numbers of tourist coming to Indonesia. She noted that this program is also geared at encouraging villages in Indonesia to become attractive destinations for tourists by promoting customs, value and culture.Ambassador Singgih said for the year 2012, her government has targeted two hundred villages to develop into touristic destinations. The new Ambassador is hoping that the Ministry of Tourism in Dominica will seek to pattern on tourism initiatives adopted by tourism authorities in Indonesia to boost the islands tourist product.“I think it’s an honor to offer the Government of Dominica a chance to have learning experiences in the enhancement of its tourism industry especially in the development of diversification of tourism destination, such as developing touristic villages similar to Indonesia, and the development of human resources in collaboration with the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association- (D.H.T.A).”The new Indonesian Ambassador during her exchanges with the Dominican Head of State pledged continued good relations between both countries.“The Indonesian Government would like to maintain this relationship as well as heighten cooperation to more concrete and mutually beneficial cooperation.”In accepting the letters of credentials from new Indonesian Ambassador to Dominica, His Excellency Liverpool expressed confidence that the new Ambassador will continue the work of her predecessors in further strengthening the bonds of friendship and cooperation between Dominica and the Republic of Indonesia.Government Information Service
49ers clinch playoff berth with:49ers win AND Rams loss or tie OR49ers tie AND Rams lossSeattle Seahawks(at Rams)Seahawks clinch playoff berth with:Seahawks win or tieAFC playoff pictureRavens (10-2)Patriots (10-2)Texans (10-2)Chiefs (8-4)Bills (9-3)Steelers (7-5)In the hunt: Titans (7-5), Raiders (6-6), Colts (6-6), Browns (5-7)NFC playoff pictureSaints (10-2)Seahawks (10-2)Packers (9-3)Cowboys (6-7)49ers (10-2)Vikings (8-4)In the hunt: Rams (7-5), Bears (7-6), Eagles (5-7), Buccaneers (5-7), Panthers (5-7) MORE: Full NFL playoff picture for Week 14There’s also a wacky scenario in which the Bills, not the Ravens, the Patriots or the Chiefs, would become the first AFC team to clinch a playoff spot. It’s an unlikely scenario that would have to begin with Buffalo upsetting Baltimore on Sunday, but it’s a possibility nonetheless.If Buffalo beats Baltimore, Tennessee beats Oakland, Denver beats or ties Houston and Tampa Bay beats or ties Indianapolis, then the Bills would clinch a playoff berth before the Patriots and Chiefs get their chances to do so in the late Sunday afternoon window. You never know.Here are all the Week 14 NFL playoff clinching scenarios for the Ravens, Bills, Chiefs, Patriots, 49ers and Seahawks.NFL playoff clinching scenarios for Week 14Baltimore Ravens(at Bills)Ravens clinch AFC North title with:Ravens win AND Steelers loss or tie ORRavens tie AND Steelers lossRavens clinch playoff berth with:Ravens win ORRavens tie AND Texans loss or tie ORRavens tie AND Titans loss or tie ORTexans loss AND Colts loss or tie AND Raiders-Titans tie(UPDATE: The Ravens clinched a playoff berth with their win over the Bills.)Buffalo Bills(vs. Ravens)Bills clinch playoff berth with:Bills win AND Raiders loss or tie AND Texans loss AND Colts loss or tieKansas City Chiefs(at Patriots)Chiefs clinch AFC West title with:Chiefs win AND Raiders loss(UPDATE: The Chiefs clinched the AFC West title with their win over the Patriots and the Raiders’ loss to the Titans.)New England Patriots(vs. Chiefs)Patriots clinch playoff berth with:Patriots win ORPatriots tie AND Steelers loss ORPatriots tie AND Texans loss or tie ORPatriots tie AND Titans loss or tie ORTexans loss AND Colts loss or tie AND Raiders-Titans tieSan Francisco 49ers(at Saints) NFL playoff clinching scenarios are growing in numbers as we near the end of the 2019 regular season, and in Week 14, six teams have chances to clinch either postseason berths or division titles.The Saints last week became the first team in the NFL to clinch a playoff spot when they beat the Falcons to win the NFC South title. This week, the Ravens and Chiefs are the only teams that can clinch their respective division titles. The Bills, Patriots, Seahawks and 49ers have scenarios in which they would clinch playoff berths but not the AFC East or NFC West.