Australian Government Awards Aznac Class Frigate Contract

first_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Aznac View post tag: Frigate February 29, 2012 View post tag: Navy View post tag: Australian View post tag: awards Back to overview,Home naval-today Australian Government Awards Aznac Class Frigate Contract View post tag: Navalcenter_img View post tag: government Australian Government Awards Aznac Class Frigate Contract Share this article View post tag: contract A $300 million maintenance and repair contract for the Anzac Class Frigates will be negotiated with Naval Ship Management Australia, following their selection as preferred tenderer.Minister for Defence Materiel Senator Kim Carr said the new five-year contract was expected to provide better outcomes for industry and more effective, value for money outcomes for the Navy.“In June of last year my predecessor Minister Jason Clare announced the Government’s intention to reform the naval ship repair sector – commencing with the release of the tender for the repair and maintenance of the Navy’s eight Anzac Class frigates,” Senator Carr said.“I am pleased to announce the outcome of the Tender evaluation. I congratulate Naval Ship Management Australia, a joint venture of Babcock Australia and United Group Infrastructure, for being selected as the preferred tenderer.”Senator Carr said the announcement follows extensive consultation with industry on a new approach to contracts for repair and maintenance work.“In contrast to the previous arrangements which required every new maintenance activity to be individually contracted out, the grouping of ship repair and maintenance tasks offers the potential for significant cost savings. “These savings are achieved through reductions in contracting activity, greater ability to forecast work effort, and productivity gains through greater investment in workforce skills and infrastructure.“This initiative will provide industry with the predictability, certainty and stability that it needs to achieve efficiencies and provide job security for, and investment in, its workforce. “This new contracting approach is good for industry, it is good for job security and development, it is good for Navy, and it is good for Australian taxpayers who rightly demand maximum efficiency from every dollar spent on Australia’s defence.”Contract negotiations are expected to be finalised by June 2012.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , February 29, 2012; View post tag: class Industry newslast_img read more

Oxford SU criticised by government freedom of speech inquiry

first_imgOxford Student Union has been criticised for their support of a WomCam protest which shut down a pro-life event in November 2017, in a report released by parliament’s Joint Commission on Human Rights.The report, which focuses on freedom of speech at universities, condemns protests that “become so disruptive that they prevent the speakers from speaking or intimidate those attending.”The report specifies an event called ‘Abortion in Ireland’, organised by the Oxford Students for Life (OSFL) society last year, that was disrupted by a protest organised by the Oxford Student Union Women’s Campaign, or WomCam.The protest prevented the pro-life speakers from being heard for about 40 minutes of the event. Police were called, and the event organisers had to change rooms twice before the event could proceed.Despite the disruptive nature of the protest, the Student Union published two statements in support of the protest the next day. One statement was subsequently removed from the SU website, while the other is only accessible through their archives.An Oxford SU spokesperson told Cherwell: “Oxford SU believes that peaceful protest has played a major role in bringing about important social and political changes. Student groups should have the right to peacefully protest.“Over the past two terms, we have been working on creating a framework around free speech, with training and support for campaign groups around protests.“It was decided to remove one web post around the event due to the nature of the content. The other post naturally expired from our website as all posts do eventually.”The SU’s archived statement, called ‘Right to Protest, Right to Choose’, asserts: “We do not believe that the speakers invited should be hosted without challenge. We were not protesting Oxford Students for Life or their speakers’ right to free speech. “Rather, we were demonstrating that the speakers’ views deny millions of people bodily autonomy, that subject them to forced pregnancy, resulting in cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment, and sometimes death.”However, they went on to stress that “bodily autonomy is not up for debate”.An OSFL spokesperson told Cherwell: “Oxford Students for Life welcomes the report by the Joint Committee on Human Rights about Freedom of Speech in Universities.“The report recognises that there have been incidents, such as the protest at our ‘Abortion in Ireland’ event, that do inhibit free speech.“In our press release at the time, we noted that ‘WomCam of course have a right to freedom to expression. But a right to freedom of speech does not mean the right to prevent other people from speaking’.“We are encouraged that in such instances, the report recommends that both the university and the police take appropriate action.”The report contrasts Oxford SU’s response to that of King’s College London SU’s at a KCL Libertarian Society event in March 2018.The report states: “It is commendable that both the Student Union and University issued a statement the next day condemning the behaviour of protestors.“We are pleased to hear that KCL has committed to taking measures in accordance with the student disciplinary process if KCL students are found to be involved in violent protest.”The report also mentions the Charity Commission’s role in regulating student unions and its impact on freedom of speech of student union officers, suggesting the Commission could significantly expand regulations as a result of the inquiry.The report states that, in response to this suggestion, Jacob Rees Mogg MP, a trustee of the Oxford Union, said he was more concerned about the Charity Commission “saying that it is against the charitable objectives to invite somebody with controversial views’ than students objecting to controversial speakers.”He continued: “It is a matter of routine law that, if we invite people who break the law, we should certainly get into trouble, but if we invite people, whatever their views, who do not break the law, I have never really thought that it was the business of the Charity Commission.”Last term, Oxford’s LGBTQ+ Society condemned spiked magazine’s Free Speech University Rankings, after the Oxford received a ‘red’ ranking for a fourth year in a row.Oxford and Newcastle were named the most “ban-happy” universities in the rankings.The LGBTQ+ Society told Cherwell: “The term ‘free speech’ is frequently misused by the privileged to protect their right to spread hatred.”last_img read more

Errors Lead To Reversal Of Veteran’s involuntary Commitment

first_img Errors Lead To Reversal Of Veteran’s involuntary CommitmentOlivia Covington for wwwtheindianalawyer.comA trial court’s order mandating the involuntary commitment of a veteran has been vacated after the Indiana Court of Appeals found that the Department of Veterans Affairs failed to follow proper legal protocol in serving documents and did not prove that the veteran posed a risk to himself or others.M.E., an army veteran living in Marion, has a well-established diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia. In March 2016, Police officers brought M.E. to the Veterans Affairs hospital, and in April, the Department of Veterans Affairs Northern Indiana Health Care System filed an application for emergency detention with the Grant Circuit Court, which granted the application the same day.Shortly thereafter, the NIHCS filed a petition for regular commitment with a physician’s statement attached, but those documents were not served to M.E. or his counsel. The trial court issued a commitment hearing order April 7, scheduled a hearing for April 12, a notice of rights and procedures and a mental illness summons. Also on April 7, M.E. signed a waiver of right to be present at his commitment hearing.However, M.E.’s counsel did not learn of the documents until a day later when the VA’s counsel called him, so counsel had to request that the documents filed with the court be sent to him, and the hearing was continued to April 20.At the hearing, Dr. Masood Kahn, a staff inpatient psychiatrist at the hospital, testified that M.E. had a history of hallucinations, had been admitted to the acute mental health unit at least 31 other times and had been physically restrained in the past. But M.E. testified that he did not know why he had been taken to the hospital and also said he was capable of paying his rent and taking care of himself, despite his mental constraints. Regardless, the court issued an order of regular commitment finding him to be mentally ill, dangerous and gravely disabled, so M.E. appealed.In the case of In the Matter of the Commitment of M.E. v. Department of Veterans Affairs, 27A02-1605-MH-987, M.E. argued that the VA failed to serve him with the documents it filed with the trial court, that the waiver he signed was invalid and that the involuntary commitment was not warranted because the V.A. failed to establish that he exhibited a grave disability or dangerousness to himself.The Indiana Court of Appeals agreed Wednesday, writing that a proof of service is required for all civil commitment cases, and the fact that M.E. appeared at the hearing with counsel is insufficient to prove service.“Indeed, the individual and his counsel may have learned of the hearing through purely serendipitous circumstances, which is precisely what occurred in the present case,” the appellate court wrote.Further, the court wrote that M.E.’s waiver was invalid because “any waiver presented to and signed by an individual who has been involuntarily detained, and is alleged by the VA to be mentally ill, cannot be valid.”Finally, the appellate court wrote that because Dr. Khan had testified in court that it had been three years since M.E. had been physically restrained and that he had provided no facts as to how M.E. may be dangerous, the doctor had not proven that M.E.’s behavior constitutes a substantial risk that he would harm himself or others. Additionally, the Court of Appeals agreed with M.E. that there was no clear and convincing evidence to establish a grave disability.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

David Herbert Donald

first_imgDavid Herbert Donald was one of the enormously influential group of American historians who, after World War II, re-envisioned major segments of the American past. They put a new face on political ideas and party behavior (Richard Hofstadter), the post-Civil War South and Jim Crow (C. Vann Woodward), immigration and ethnicity (Oscar Handlin), culture and society (Daniel Boorstin), Colonial intellectual history (Bernard Bailyn), and African-Americans and racism (John Hope Franklin), American law (J. Willard Hurst), and business (Alfred D. Chandler, Jr.). In doing so, they made their discipline, for a season, a significant intellectual force in the wider culture.One of David Donald’s signal contributions to this enterprise was to bring an unmatched psychological understanding to the lives of major figures in the American past: Charles Sumner, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Wolfe. And although he was a white Southerner, a Mississippian, whose family came to America in the 1630s, he retold, with elegance, eloquence, and understanding the antislavery/Union side of the great American saga of the Civil War and Reconstruction. In this he shared with John Hope Franklin (who died less than two months before him) the distinction of freeing the Civil War-Reconstruction period from the fetters of region and race by which it had so long been bound.David Donald was born in Goodman, Mississippi, a town of 650 people, half white and half black, on October 1, 1920, to the family of a large cotton farmer. His mother was a graduate of Mississippi State College for Women and a schoolteacher. He earned his B.A. degree in the South, from Millsaps College, in 1941, but then went North to the University of Illinois to get his M.A. (1942) and Ph.D. (1946), studying with the distinguished Lincoln scholar J. G. Randall.Donald’s teaching career, like his restless, probing mind, was peripatetic. From 1947 to 1949 he labored as an Instructor of History in the lightly compensated sweatshop of Columbia’s School of General Studies. He then vaulted into the sunny uplands of real-faculty status as an associate professor at Smith College (1949-1951), and returned to Columbia at the reduced rank (but Graduate Faculty status) of assistant professor (1951-1952). In 1952 he gained tenure and stayed at Columbia until 1959. Then he went to Princeton University (1959-1962), to Johns Hopkins University (1962-1973), and finally to Harvard University as Charles Warren Professor of History (1973-2001).As if the many stops on the Grand Tour of his mainstream career were not enough, he put in visiting stints at Amherst College (1950), as a Fulbright Lecturer at University College of North Wales (1953-1954), and as Harmsworth Professor at the University of Oxford (1959-1960).By common consent Donald was a gifted teacher. He was awarded Harvard’s Levinson Prize for outstanding instruction. His precise and ordered mind, combined with unusual verbal facility, made his lectures intellectually stimulating and widely accessible. His graduate students were well aware of the special benefit of studying with him, and they gave their Festschrift to him the apt title A Master’s Due (1985).His customary persona was of courteous demeanor swathed in a warm Southern accent. Beneath the courtly manner lay strong convictions, and if he thought he was improperly challenged he let you know it. His relationships with his departmental colleagues could be edgy, but they stemmed from the fact that he cared so deeply about the students he taught and the discipline he loved.Donald’s great legacy is, of course, his work: more than thirty books that recast, and deepened in maturity, the prevailing perception of the Civil War era and the men who did so much to shape it.This achievement was reflected as well in his more general work on the period. He took on the task of updating the leading survey, James G. Randall’s The Civil War and Reconstruction (1961, 2001), thereby bringing his lucid, balanced, and probing mastery of the subject to a large student audience. He reached out as well to the substantial number of readers who sought to understand this most contested segment of the American experience with Why the North Won the Civil War (coauthored with Randall, 1960), the insightful Divided Union: The Politics of Reconstruction (1965), and most influentially, Lincoln Reconsidered (1956, 1961). This was a brilliant collection of essays about Lincoln and his context, which illuminated its subject much as Hofstadter’s The American Political Tradition (1948), Woodward’s The Strange Career of Jim Crow (1955), and Hurst’s Law and the Conditions of Freedom in Nineteenth-Century America (1956) did theirs.It was as a biographer that Donald made his most profound impression, and for which he will be best remembered. His first book was Lincoln’s Herndon (1948), a study of Lincoln’s closest associate. Correcting encrusted myths about Lincoln, it announced the appearance of an important new voice in Civil War studies. Charles Sumner and the Coming of the Civil War (1960) and Look Homeward: A Life of Thomas Wolfe (1987) won Pulitzer Prizes in Biography. His work on Sumner, a brilliant, strongly psychological study of that complex and conflicted man, was completed with the appearance of Charles Sumner and the Rights of Man in 1970.Lincoln (1995) secured his place as the preeminent Civil War era scholar of his generation. Donald said that his intention was “to tell the story of Lincoln’s life as he saw it, making use only of the information and ideas that were available to him at the time.” To carry off this notably self-limiting task was a triumph of the biographer’s art. The result stands as a summation of Donald’s work at large: balanced yet insightful, elegant and convincing in its artful directness and simplicity.At the time of his death, Donald was at work on a character study of John Quincy Adams. It was perhaps not the least of the misfortunes that dogged Adams’s life that he was not to be the beneficiary of the master’s elegant, insightful due.Donald was married from 1955 until his death to Aida DiPace, longtime editor-in-chief of the Harvard University Press, Theodore Roosevelt biographer, and co-editor with her husband of the first two volumes of the Diary of Charles Francis Adams. Their son Bruce is Gross Professor of Computer Science at Duke University and Professor of Biochemistry at Duke University Medical Center.Respectfully submitted,Morton KellerJohn StaufferJames T. Kloppenberg, Chairlast_img read more

ND research warns Indiana K-12 schools to enforce masks, safety precautions

first_imgA recent study conducted by researchers at Notre Dame modeled coronavirus transmissions in classrooms and cautioned Indiana K-12 schools to enforce mask wearing and limited capacity, or face grim consequences.Alex Perkins, an expert of infectious disease epidemiology and population biology and member of the Notre Dame Eck Institute for Global Health, said the objective of the research was to study how health interventions within K-12 schools could impact the larger Indiana COVID-19 situation.The study concluded that schools with little to no compliance towards safety precautions, such as mask wearing, could increase coronavirus infections to 2.49 million cases in Indiana, with more than 9,000 deaths by the end of the year.“Without interventions like face masks and reduced capacity in classrooms, the threat of infection in the state alone is very concerning,” Perkins said.To conduche team gathered data such as reported cases, deaths, hospitalizations and tests in Indiana, and then simulated the transmission of the virus.The study projected outcomes from the last two weeks of August through the end of the year. The study also accounted for variables such as asymptomatic infection and the various of infection between children and adults.“There are some scenarios we did not examine in this study,” Perkins said, such as differences between groups attending classes in-person or remotely, the different methods of modularization employed by various schools and school districts and testing strategies.Models for K-12 students, teachers and families were each studied separately. Transmission rates were tested in multiple different scenarios such as schools at 50, 75 and 100% capacity and 50, 75, and 100% mask wearing compliance.In the study, schools opening at full capacity without face masks led to 2.49 million infections and 9,117 deaths.In a scenario of fully remote instruction, shelter-in-place practices and face mask compliance within communities at mid-August levels, the researchers estimated 19,527 cases of infection and 360 deaths through the remainder of the year.In the scenario of 50% capacity adhering to face mask wearing, similar results to full remote instruction were achieved.Schools operating at “high levels” of capacity with low face mask compliance also concluded in a higher risk of death for teachers and family members.“What these results show clearly, however, is how face mask compliance and reducing capacity in schools could significantly impact the burden of COVID-19 on Indiana residents as their children return to school,” Perkins said.Tags: COVID-19, COVID-19 research, Eck Institute for Global Health, indiana, Notre Damelast_img read more

Channel 3 News Receives National Award

first_imgWCAX-TV in Burlington, Vermont has been awarded first place honors in the small market television category of the 2003 Edward R. Murrow Awards Competition. WCAX-TV was honored for The Channel 3 News at 6:00.The Edward R. Murrow Awards represent national competition among television and radio stations across the United States. Only regularly scheduled newscasts are eligible for entry in the “Best Newscast” category, and only one entry is allowed per news organization. The entry must represent the news organization’s best effort at producing a newscast.The RTNDA states, “The Radio-Television News Directors Association has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. Murrow’s pursuit of excellence in journalism embodies the spirit of the awards that carry his name. Murrow Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the broadcast news profession.”The Radio-Television News Directors Association is the world’s largest professional organization devoted exclusively to electronic journalism. RTNDA represents local and network news executives in broadcasting, cable and other electronic media in more than 30 countries.WCAX-TV News Director Marselis Parsons said, “We are deeply honored by the national RTNDA award. It recognizes the hard work of many people at Channel 3 News, from reporters and producers, to photographers and technicians who work every day to bring our audience the most comprehensive coverage and in-depth stories from our region.”“An award named for Edward R. Murrow symbolizes the best in broadcasting, and WCAX-TV is honored to be singled out from hundreds of entries as having the best newscast (in markets 50 and smaller) in the country.”The Channel 3 News at 6:00 had been awarded “Best Newscast” and “Best Overall Excellence” in the regional competitions for the Murrow Awards earlier this year. Regional winners went on to be considered for the national award.WCAX-TV is the CBS affiliate in Burlington, Vermont, and is owned and operated by Mt. Mansfield Television, Inc.last_img read more

Nominations received for the CUNA board elections

first_img continue reading » CUNA has received several nominations for its board elections. The deadline for nominations and seconds is Nov. 6.  In contested elections, voting will begin Nov. 12 and close Dec. 18.Nomination information can be found on the CUNA Website.Receipt of the following nominations for the Board elections has been confirmed:Dallas W. Bergl, president/CEO, INOVA FCU, Elkhart, Ind. (District 2, Class B); CUNAcenter_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

These maps show how Joe Biden won Michigan and Wisconsin

first_imgYoung men point at an electoral college map at an event at Lulu Bar on November 04, 2020 in Wellington, New Zealand hosted by the United States Embassy and the NZ U.S Council to watch the results of the 2020 U.S election come through. on November 04, 2020 in Wellington, New Zealand.Lynn Grieveson | Newsroom | Getty Images It looks like the Blue Wall held this time.Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will carry Michigan and Wisconsin, two of the states that propelled President Donald Trump to the White House four years ago, according to NBC News projections.Those expected wins leave Biden with 253 electoral votes, just shy of the 270 he needs to win the 2020 presidential election. All eyes have turned to the 20 electoral votes in Pennsylvania, a state too close to call as it tallies its final ballots.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Democrats saw reclaiming the Midwest as their clearest path to denying Trump a second term. Fueled by a strong performance in rural areas, Trump carried both Michigan and Wisconsin in 2016 in the first wins there for a Republican since 1988.Preliminary, unofficial results show Biden could flip as many as four counties across the two states that Trump won in 2016. His success in turning narrow Democratic losses four years ago into close wins this week came from running ahead of Hillary Clinton in key counties. – Advertisement –center_img In Michigan, Biden leads by roughly 147,000 votes, or 2.6 percentage points. Trump carried the state by just under 11,000 votes in 2016.- Advertisement – Wisconsin looks like a closer race than Michigan. Biden leads by about 20,000 votes there, compared with Trump’s roughly 23,000-vote margin of victory in 2016.The state’s most populous city of Milwaukee gave Biden a major boost. He picked up about 69% of the vote in Milwaukee County versus Clinton’s 66%, and gained roughly 20,000 net votes.Biden saw major gains in Dane, the home of the state capital Madison and the University of Wisconsin. He improved on Clinton’s margin there by about 5 percentage points, or roughly 35,000 votes.Biden also saw about a 5 percentage point, or more than 7,000-vote, improvement in crucial Waukesha County west of Milwaukee.Subscribe to CNBC on YouTube. Success for Democrats in Michigan starts with the state’s most populous city of Detroit. Biden’s margin of about 37 percentage points in Wayne County, where Detroit sits, is about the same as Clinton’s was in 2016. Still, he saw margin of victory of more than 320,000 votes in the county.Measured by how much he improved on Clinton’s 2016 margins, Biden fared better elsewhere. In Oakland County in Detroit’s suburbs, he performed 6 percentage points better — good for about a 55,000-vote swing.In Washtenaw County, which includes the college town of Ann Arbor, he outperformed Clinton by about 5 percentage points, or roughly 23,000 votes. In both Ingham — which includes the state capital of Lansing and another college town in East Lansing — and Kalamazoo Counties, Biden saw a shift of more than 5 percentage points or 10,000 votes.last_img read more

The government is raising the minimum wage to 3.000 kuna net

first_imgYesterday, the 128th session of the Government was held in Banski dvori. In the open part, 39 items on the agenda were discussed, including the proposal of the Minimum Wage Act and the Decree on the amount of the minimum wage, which will increase its amount to HRK 3.000 net.”As for the minimum wage, we will make a decision in which we will increase the minimum wage, which today amounts to HRK 2 net, to HRK 751 net. This is an increase of HRK 3, but this means an increase compared to 000/248. of 2018 percent. The gross amount, which today is 19, will be HRK 9, or HRK 3 higher”, Said the Prime Minister Andrej PlenkovićComparing with other Central and Eastern European countries, Plenković pointed out that according to Eurostat from July in Croatia at that time the minimum gross salary was 464 euros, and it was already higher than in Bulgaria where it is 261 euros, Lithuania where it is 400 euros , Romania where it is 407 euros, Latvia where it is 430 euros and Hungary where it is 445 euros.”After this increase, the minimum wage in Croatia will be higher from the New Year than in the Czech Republic where it is 469 euros, Slovakia and Poland where it is 480 euros and Estonia where it is 500 euros”, Plenković singled out.Compared to European Union countries, according to Eurostat, the minimum wage in Croatia (€ 464) in 2018 is higher than in:Bulgaria (261 €) Lithuania (400 €)Romania (407 €) Latvia (430 €)and Hungary (445 €)From 1 January 1, the minimum wage in Croatia (€ 2019) will also be higher than in: the Czech Republic (€ 505)Slovakia (480 €)Poland (480 €)and Estonia (€ 500).Additional costs for entrepreneurs will be prevented Minister of Finance Zdravko Marić presented the Proposal of the Law on Amendments to the Law on Accounting, emphasizing that the main goal is the abolition of the so-called licensing of accountants, ie deletion of part of the provision of Article 7, paragraph 4 of the Accounting Act, which was supposed to enter into force on 1 January 2019, which will prevent additional costs for entrepreneurs in the form of increasing prices for licensed accounting services.This solution will prevent additional costs that would inevitably spill over to micro and small entrepreneurs that make up the largest part of the market in the form of an increase in the prices of licensed accounting services.”, Explained Minister Marić.The Minister pointed out that additional administrative burdens are provided to entrepreneurs in a way that enables them to convert paper accounting documents into electronic documents, for the purpose of their storage and archiving.last_img read more

Muhammadiyah calls for Muslims to hold Idul Adha prayers with family, small congregations

first_imgReading out the circular during a press conference at the Muhammadiyah headquarters in Yogyakarta, Agung said that Muslims should not hold Idul Adha mass prayers in public squares with large congregations.“Those who want to conduct the prayer can do so at home together with their own family members in the same way as it is conducted in squares,” Agung said during the event held Wednesday, which was also aired live on the organization’s media channels.Read also: Muhammadiyah allows mosques to hold mass Friday prayers with strict health protocolsThe circular states that only people living in “green zones” – referring to cities and regencies where the risk of infection is the lowest– may organize Idul Adha mass prayers in small open spaces in their respective neighborhoods while complying with strict health protocols. Indonesia’s second-largest Muslim group, Muhammadiyah, has said that its members and Muslims in general may take part in mass prayers for Idul Adha (Day of Sacrifice), expected to fall on July 31, with their own families or in small congregations in their neighborhoods with strict COVID-19 health protocols in place.The group announced its stance in a circular jointly signed by Muhammadiyah chairman Haedar Nashir and deputy secretary Agung Danarto.The circular came alongside guidance on Idul Adha observance and worship amid the pandemic issued by the organization’s tarjih (law making) and tajdid (reform) council. “The spread of COVID-19 has yet to decrease significantly. Conducting Idul Adha prayers in squares is allowed, but only in small [open spaces] or with a small number of people,” said Syamsul Anwar of Muhammadiyah’s tarjih and tajdid council.Muhammadiyah previously announced that this year’s Idul Adha would fall on Friday, July 31. Observance of the Islamic holy day includes holding mass prayers in the morning followed by qurban (animal sacrifice), the meat from which is distributed to the poor.The group also encouraged Muslims in its circular to convert their qurban to sadaqah (alms) to help those who have been hit hard by the pandemic, or to do both if they could afford it, as Muhammadiyah acknowledged that the health crisis had caused social and economic problems that had forced many into poverty.“That is why it is very advisable that Muslims prioritize sadaqah over slaughtering sacrificial animals,” Agung said while reading out the circular.Topics :last_img read more