S. Africans reluctant to return to places of worship despite lockdown easing

first_imgTopics : ‘Not yet time’ Lockdown forced tech savvy South Africans to seek out online worship, challenging the ordinary and mundane nature of many religious services.”I’ve been streaming different sermons online… at first it was weird but now I am used to it,” said 22-year old Ntokozo Zulu, a devoted Christian living with her elderly mother. “It’s a way to make sure that I still keep in touch with God,” she said adding that for some people religion was a lifeline.”I can bet people needed that close relationship with God during this tough coronavirus lockdown.”But the reopening of places of worship has sparked controversy with religious leaders themselves perplexed on how to resume safely.In a letter to parishioners, clergy and bishops of the Anglican church, Archbishop Thabo Makgoba said there was a consensus that “it is not yet time to resume worship”.He said preliminary reports had shown many dioceses and parishes had raised concerns including the return of pensioners and clergy over 60-years old, what to do if more than 50 congregants arrive and how to respond if congregants begin singing or mingling spontaneously.Calling for further engagement with the South African Council of Churches and the state, the archbishop said it would take time to gather the data needed before a decision to resume Anglican services can be made.Even the Zion Christian Church, South Africa’s largest operating church, has opted not to resume services despite the easing of restrictions.  “Our first service was today… we didn’t have as many of our congregation members as usual,” Pastor Sylvain Malindhva of Peniel ministries told AFP. “The fear is there… a lot of people are still hesitating to come to the churches.”In Johannesburg’s crowded business district, some small evangelical churches have opened up for services under strict government regulations including the wearing of masks and social distancing.”God gave us also wisdom and intelligence. We can’t just say because we are praying we are not going to observe those preventative measures,” Malindhva said. But many religious locals are opting to stay away.center_img Strange space “I am praying at home, God hears me just fine when I pray at home with my family,” 57-year-old vegetable seller Gloria Msibi told AFP.”I love church but it is so dangerous to be in a closed space with so many people.”Since recording its first virus case on March 5, Africa’s most modern nation has reported nearly 46,000 infections and 952 deaths, registering at least 1,000 new infections daily in recent days.On Friday many South African mosques hosted their first prayers in more than two months.”We usually stand shoulder to shoulder. Right now we have to give space which is kind of strange,” IT technician Tunde Oladeji told AFP after prayers at a Turkish mosque in Midrand, north of Johannesburg. “It is still better to be here than to be at home because praying in a mosque is really special.”A fellow congregant described the prayer session as both “emotionally and spiritually challenging.””It is something different and so we have to adapt, and adapting is a challenge for some people. So it will take time, but hopefully … we will get through this together.” White plastic chairs are sprayed down with sanitizer and a smartly dressed cleaner says a prayer while dusting before a first service in her church in more than nine weeks.  President Cyril Ramaphosa gave places of worship across South Africa the greenlight to reopen from June 1 provided they could satisfy appropriate COVID-19 self-regulation measures.But few have done so to date, with many worshippers hesitant to return for fear of catching the coronavirus. last_img read more

$17b in Queensland homes were approved for foreign sales last year

first_img57-59 The Corso, Isle of Capri, sold for $15.5m this year to Chinese buyers.The figures saw the average value of established homes foreign buyers were targeting remain somewhat steady at just over $740,000 ($769,000 previously).FIRB said 13 per cent of complaints about foreign purchases of residential real estate involved Queensland property, compared to 47 per cent out from Victoria and 33 per cent NSW.It found 223 properties valued at $304.8m were found to be in breach of foreign investment rules, with owners fined over half a million dollars in total. This Hope Island mansion called Sails sold to a Chinese buyer for $11m this year. Picture: Supplied.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoOver $530m worth of Queensland approvals were granted to foreigners buying established properties, a figure which has dropped 33 per cent over the previous financial year.“The decrease can be attributed to a range of reasons including housing market conditions, state and territory policy changes, a shift to investment in new dwellings, and the introduction of fees and processing changes,” the FIRB annual report said.It said established homes could generally “only be purchased by temporary residents for use as their home while they remain in Australia” though a “small number” were allowed to buy homes to house Australian-based workers. 159 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach, sold for $13.25m this year to Chinese buyers.New residential real estate made up the vast majority of the approvals granted last financial year – valued at $16.36b – with developers and off the plan approvals making up the bulk ($13.15b), followed by individuals buying new dwellings ($2.55b), those buying vacant land (over $470m) and buyers looking at redevelopment of existing properties ($150m).Chinese buyers continued to top the list of foreign investment approvals in Australia’s real estate sector, with a 31 per cent rise in the value of their approvals over the financial year. The United States, the Netherlands, Canada and the United Arab Emirates were also in the mix.center_img 18-20 Southern Cross Drive, Cronin Island, is among homes sold this year to Chinese buyers at $11m.FOREIGN buyers were given the green light to buy just short of $17 billion worth of Queensland homes last financial year, a massive 62 per cent surge.Latest Foreign Investment Review Board figures show foreign buyers were given permission to invest in $16.9 billion worth of residential real estate across the state, up from $10.4b the previous year.The FIRB approved over 6,700 applications for Queensland property deals, a 33 per cent jump in the year, with the data also showing a 20 per cent rise in the average value of those residential investments to $2.5m.last_img read more

Palm Cove property with view to Coral Sea for sale

first_imgViews for days.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago“Set directly behind Palm Cove from an elevated position with amazing uninterrupted views through from Double Island to the Coral Sea, the upper level features two separate pavilion style bedrooms as well,” he said. “The main suite is elegant and built with space and style in mind. It also comes with your own cinema.“The home has a separate home-theatre that even Steven Spielberg would be impressed with.”The award-winning five-bedroom, four-bathroom Foley Rd house is only a few minutes drive from beach and cafes and restaurants of fabulous Palm Cove.Built with entertaining in mind there is a well-equipped kitchen inside and an outdoor poolside bar built around high ceilings, breezeways and decking. 9/63 Foley Rd, Palm Cove is on the market.On the market with Ray White Port Douglas’ Jason Monk and Mark Flinn, this home is set on 2590sq m and sprawls over two levels including a separate guest wing on the lower level. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:55Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:55 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenIslands for sale around Australia00:55THIS slice of Far North paradise will mean your guest bedrooms will never be empty. One of the property’s four bathrooms.A 10 kW solar power system with battery back up which means minimal power bills and the private gated estate has only nine properties.The home is on the market with a price tag of $2.5m.More details here.last_img read more

Anjorin wins new contract at Chelsea

first_imgTino Anjorin has won a new contract at Chelsea. Anjorin Sky Sports says Chelsea are set to announce that Anjorin has signed a new long-term deal. Blues boss Frank Lampard handed Anjorin his first Premier League appearance in March’s 4-0 win over Everton.Advertisement The manager has fought hard to keep him at Stamford Bridge. read also:Tino Anjorin agrees long-term deal with Chelsea Both Manchester clubs, Liverpool, Arsenal and Dortmund had all been monitoring the 18-year-old midfielder, who joined Chelsea as an Under-7. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading…last_img

Saido Berahino could start for West Brom as Tony Pulis notes better behaviour

first_img The striker could now start against Stoke on Saturday after Pulis claimed he was lucky to be on the bench for Monday’s 1-0 win over Newcastle. He was a substitute for the eighth straight game as Pulis hinted at behind-the-scenes troubles. Any deal will have to be significantly better business for the Baggies with the previous bids based around clauses and Tottenham’s final amount rising to £23million in several stages. And Pulis reiterated Albion’s stance on selling the 22-year-old. “I was asked that question two (transfer) windows ago and I said exactly the same,” he told a press conference. “The club would love to keep him.” Salomon Rondon and James McClean remain banned for the Baggies and the club will assess Jonas Olsson and Victor Anichebe (both hamstring) ahead of the visit of Stoke. Press Association Berahino’s time-keeping is understood to have been a problem in the past and it has been his general attitude which Pulis has taken issue with, not any specific flashpoint, but the boss has drawn a line under it. “It’s got nothing to do with anybody apart from me and Saido,” Pulis said. “He’s trained well this week, he’s been in on time and he’s done everything that everyone else has done. “He just lapses, it’s not because he’s a bad lad or anything. It’s just the way he is, it’s just him growing up and recognising it’s about the group, about the team, and the football club. “That’s all done and dusted, we’ve moved on from that. “The kid came on and did really well for 30 minutes (against Newcastle) and he’s got a great chance of playing on Saturday.” Berahino has scored just three goals this season after threatening to strike on deadline day when the Baggies rejected two bids from Tottenham. West Brom are braced for further interest from Spurs in the transfer window after they rejected four offers in total in the summer. West Brom boss Tony Pulis insists Saido Berahino has improved his behaviour after he was warned about his attitude.last_img read more

Sports News Jasprit Bumrah’s bowling action a hit in Pakistan – Here is proof

first_imgNew Delhi: Jasprit Bumrah has been India’s best death bowlers in the last couple of years. Armed with an unorthodox action, the Gujarat pacer has been sensational for Virat Kohli’s side delivering yorkers and deceptive slower balls at will.  Also Read | Pakistan’s warning to India on Indus Waters Treaty: Will trap you in your own bluffNot surprisingly, Bumrah’s action is a hit in Pakistan, a country that has produced quality fast bowlers for several decades. A video shared by Pakistan Twitter user Umair Afridi (@afridiomair) shows a young five-year old kid copying Bumrah’s action very effectively.  Bumrah made his ODI and T20I debut during India’s tour to Australia in 2016. Having lost their first four ODIs, Bumrah made his debut in Sydney and bowled wonderfully to help India salvage some pride. His death bowling skills, honed for many years while playing for Mumbai Indians in the IPL, helped India whitewash Australia 3-0 in the Twenty20 International series.  Read | Indian cricket team all set to join elite league in ODIsIn Tests, Bumrah made his debut in the South Africa series in 2018 and has proven to be a revelation, playing key roles in India’s wins in Johannesburg and Trent Bridge. Replying to the Tweet, Bumrah said he felt on top of the world that someone was copying his action.  center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Rain puts halt on Guyana NRA 150th Shoot

first_img-three Guyanese into the final roundTHREE Guyanese are into the final round of the Guyana National Rifle Association (NRA) 150th Anniversary shoot after yesterday’s rivalry at the Timehri Rifle ranges.However, rain put a damper on the final two ranges, the 900 and 1000.At the end of the three ranges, Jack Alexander of Ireland leads with 103 point and 12 V’s, as he beat out Andrew Paul William Daw of England on a countback.Local rifleman Lennox Brathwaite with 103 points and 7V’s picked up third place after a countback with the Falkland Islands’ Trevor James Bryan and Alexander Gill of Ireland, both scoring the same.The other Guyanese in the shoot is Fullbore Captain Mahendra Persaud with 100 and 4V’s and vice-Captain Dylan Fields 99 and 6V’s At the 300 yard ranges, Brathwaithe posted a 34 and 5V’s with Alexander scoring a 35 and 4V’s, with Persaud shooting a 33 and 2 Vs and Fields marking a 33 and 1 V.At the 500 range, it was again Jack with a 35 and 5 V’s with Brathwaithe again hot on his tail with a 35 and 3 V’s. Persaud shot a 34 with 1V with Fields marking a 33 and 3 VsAt the 600, Alexander dropped two points off a possible 35 to post a 33 with 3 V’s with Brathwaithe hitting a 34 and 1 V to close off the day.Shortly after lunch, the heavens opened up and it was the end of the day’s proceedings.Today will be the  meeting of the West Indies FullBore Council with shooting resuming  on Saturday with the Milex Cup. Following the conclusion of that cup, the Guyana NRA 150th Shoot will conclude.last_img read more

United Come from Two Goals Down to Beat Newcastle 3-2

first_imgThe hosts spurned a couple of great chances before Juan Mata netted a beautiful free-kick on 70 minutes and Anthony Martial levelled matters on 76 minutes after a lovely move involving Pogba.With the clock ticking down, substitute Sanchez made the winning contribution as he nodded home from Ashley Young’s cross in the final minute of normal time to seal a dramatic three points for United – and perhaps save the job of their manager.Football journalists everywhere must have been writing their obituary to Mourinho as Manchester United manager at the half-time break. His team was hopeless, the Portuguese looked like a beaten man.However, he delivered the team-talk of his life and his team delivered. Any argument that the players don’t want to play for the 55-year-old was defeated, as United produced a stirring comeback. The last 20 minutes was almost like a tribute to Sir Alex Ferguson and how his teams used to play at Old Trafford. Various reports suggest Mourinho would be sacked post-match, no matter the result. It would take a very brave person to fire him after this.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Alexis Sanchez scored a dramatic late, late winner as Manchester United yesterday came from two goals behind to complete a thrilling 3-2 victory over Newcastle United at Old Trafford.Amid speculation that Jose Mourinho is set to be sacked by the board anytime soon, United made a horrific start as goals from Kenedy on seven minutes and Yoshinori Muto three minutes later put the visitors two goals clear.After witnessing one of the worst first-half performances at Old Trafford in recent history, Mourinho changed to a back-three at the break, with Paul Pogba placed at the heart of defence. And the response was immediate.last_img read more

HACKED: Allen outplayed by Penn State freshman Hackenberg in Syracuse loss

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 31, 2013 at 7:08 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — There was one moment Saturday when Drew Allen looked like the quarterback he was expected to be.Jeremiah Kobena blazed past Malcolm Willis in the third quarter and Allen got enough time in the pocket. He stepped into a perfectly arced throw, over the top of Willis and into Kobena’s outstretched arms at the 10-yard line for a 55-yard completion.“It’s fun to watch when it’s perfectly timed and the trajectory is beautiful,” SU quarterbacks coach Tim Lester said. “He put it up in the air, Kobena ran the perfect route.”But the fun came too sparsely for Lester and the Orange’s (0-1) coaching staff. Allen completed just 16-of-37 passes for 189 yards and a pair of interceptions in Syracuse’s season-opening 23-17 loss to Penn State (1-0) in front of 61,202 at MetLife Stadium. He was outdueled by a true freshman — Christian Hackenberg went 22-for-31— and completed too few of his supposedly signature deep balls to outweigh the poor decisions.There was the deep ball to Kobena, a 13-yard completion along the right sideline to Adrian Flemming and a 27-yard strike across the middle to Ashton Broyld, but there were also passes that sailed down the field and out of bounds or into coverage.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOnly 43.2 percent of his passes ended up in his receivers’ hands. Two passes ended up in the hands of Allen’s opponents. None ended with one of his targets standing in the end zone with the ball.“We came up short,” Allen said. “Ultimately we wanted to come out with a win.”For the first half it wasn’t entirely his fault — SU was simply reluctant to open up its offense.He stumbled on the first play of his Syracuse career, slipping in the backfield for a 3-yard loss. He followed it up with a pair of completions, and even threaded a ball past a defender for the sideline completion to Flemming.He completed his first five passes, but just one of his next seven to finish the first half 6-for-12. Just two of those completions, though, went for more than 10 yards.“That was by design,” Lester said, “trying to establish the running game, not putting him in some of those awkward situations early and then open it up as we kind of settled into the game.”The issues seemed evident: Allen tended to stare down his receivers and had no problems with throwing the ball where defenders were. His completion to Flemming was nearly intercepted. So was a swing pass in the third quarter to Prince-Tyson Gulley that ended up giving the Orange a first down.At the end of that period the recklessness finally caught up to him. He gunned a pass straight into Stephen Obeng-Agyapong’s chest for his first interception.His second came on a desperation heave during SU’s final drive, but several passes bounced off defenders’ hands in jump-ball situations as he tested throws downfield.“Drew is a competitor,” Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer said. “I liked his moxie, I liked his energy and I liked his fight.”On the other side was an even less experienced signal caller. Hackenberg was wildly impressive in his debut, throwing for 278 yards and two touchdowns, but mixed in with the flashes of stardom were the mistakes of a freshman.He threw his first career interception in the second quarter when Jeremi Wilkes jumped in front of a pass to Jesse James. His second turnover, an interception by defensive end Robert Welsh, nearly let Syracuse back into the game when the Orange capitalized with a Jerome Smith touchdown run.“(Hackenberg’s) got a tremendous future,” Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien said, “but we’re not ready to waltz him into the College Football Hall of Fame and certainly not the NFL Hall of Fame — we’re just saying he’s a talented guy.”He was certainly benefitted by the play of Allen Robinson — the wide receiver was suspended for the first half and scored a touchdown on just his second play from scrimmage — but he also made a spectacular 54-yard throw to Eugene Lewis to give the Nittany Lions their largest lead, 23-10, with 11:39 left in the game.It was the turnovers, though, that ultimately defined the inexperienced quarterbacks’ play in this year’s New York’s College Classic.For every chance the defense gave SU, its offense seemed to hand it away. After Wilkes’ interception, Smith fumbled. After a strip and long return by Brandon Reddish, Syracuse came away without any points. Syracuse managed just 10 points off PSU’s four turnovers.Allen’s first interception was simply a careless mistake. His second was understandable, but squashed any chance at a Syracuse comeback.Allen said he didn’t have any jitters making his first career start, but it was still his first game in an SU uniform. He wasn’t the Orange’s savior like some built him up to be, but he can only get better.“I’m proud of that guy right there,” Shafer said, pointing at Allen.His quarterback nodded.“He’s going to be a damn good football player.” Commentslast_img read more

Lost in disappointing year for Badger football, Jonathan Taylor ready to finish historic season

first_imgIf I told you before the season began that Jonathan Taylor would be entering the Badgers’ bowl game with 1,989 yards, 15 touchdowns, an average of 7.1 yards per carry and 7.5 yards per reception, you would probably assume that the Badgers would be fresh off a Big Ten championship victory against Ohio State, and looking forward to an Orange Bowl date with No. 1 Alabama.Well, sitting after the regular season at 7-5 overall, 5-4 in Big Ten play and waiting to play Miami (again) in the Pinstripe Bowl, it’s clear that those dreams didn’t come to fruition. Despite falling short of preseason aspirations, do not let the disappointing year overshadow how truly remarkable Taylor has been this season.Graduating high school in 2017 as the 18th best player at his position, and only fielding offers from Wisconsin, Boston College, Virginia Tech and other lower Division I programs, Taylor entered school without the high expectations associated with being a top recruit. But it took him only two weeks to earn his spot in the national spotlight, rushing for 223 yards and three touchdowns against Florida Atlantic. He then continued to back up his breakout performance by rushing for 249 yards and two touchdowns against Nebraska, 219 yards against Purdue and 149 yards against rival Minnesota.Football: Jonathan Taylor, offensive line highlight Big Ten Award recipients from WisconsinDespite an underwhelming regular season overall for the University of Wisconsin football team, the Badger offense was well represented during Read…Taylor’s freshman year as a whole was as impressive as they come, rushing for 1,977 yards and 13 touchdowns at an impressive clip of 6.6 yard per carry, good enough to break Adrian Peterson’s record for the most rushing yards by a true freshman in NCAA history. Seven months later, getting ready for the 2018 season, expectations were sky high for him and his team, with many analysts pegging the Badgers as high as fourth their preseason top 25.As the 2018 season unfolded, despite a lackluster passing attack to complement Taylor’s proficiency on the ground, Taylor surpassed all expectations and then some, and is line to finish with one of the greatest running back seasons in Wisconsin history. Specifically, Taylor will enter the bowl game 11 yards short of 2,000, and only 120 yards short of Ron Dayne’s mark of 2,109 yards in 1996, the second greatest season a Wisconsin running back has ever had.“It means a lot to be mentioned with those guys,” Taylor said. “[Melvin Gordon] is one of the best to ever run the ball here so to be mentioned with him, it’s something you kind of dream about.”Taylor’s 2018 record breaking campaign began with a 145 yard, two touchdown performance against Western Kentucky in week one. He then continued with a 253 yard, three touchdown game against New Mexico in week two, and proceeded to rush for over 100 yards in all but one game during the season, that performance coming the only time he did not carry the ball at least 15 times.A perfectionist’s craft: Wisconsin kickers detail their training regimen, how they deal with outside stigmaIt’s 8 a.m. on a Tuesday morning in the McClain Center, and Wisconsin football spring practice is underway. The defensive Read…His season also received a bow tie Thursday night, as he was presented with the Doak Walker award, the trophy awarded to the nation’s best running back. Taylor is the fourth Badger to receive the honor, coming after Dayne in 1999, Montee Ball in 2012 and Gordon in 2014.“I’m just appreciative of what my teammates do and what my coaches do each and every week to put us in the best opportunities to be successful,” Taylor said.Taylor will return to Madison for at least his junior season. Now with 3,966 yards and counting through his first two seasons, Taylor has a chance to make history, as he’s currently on pace to break Ron Dayne’s career rushing record of 7,125 yards. Yet, despite his collegiate success, Taylor recognizes where his game will need to grow as he eventually transitions to the NFL.Men’s basketball: Badgers fall 69–74 to in-state rival Marquette in overtimeThe 125th chapter of the I-94 rivalry took place this Saturday, this time in the brand-new Fiserv Forum that is Read…“One of the biggest things you have to look at is consistency,” Taylor said. “What the coaches do to prepare us here is teaching us how to be consistent every single week, and I’m going to take that moving forward and use that to try to help me further my career”Taylor will look to continue his dominance as the Badgers finish their season Dec. 27 when they take on Miami in the Pinstripe Bowl in New York City.last_img read more