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‘Brotherhood tunnel’ to connect Istiqlal Mosque, Jakarta Cathedral

first_imgThe Istiqlal Mosque renovation project will include the construction of an underground tunnel to be called the “brotherhood tunnel” that will connect the mosque with the Jakarta Cathedral across the road in Central Jakarta, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has said.“There was a suggestion to build a tunnel from Istiqlal Mosque to the cathedral and I have agreed. It will be a tunnel of brotherhood,” Jokowi said after reviewing the progress of the renovations on Friday, as stated in a media statement released by the State Secretariat.Located across the road from each other, the relationship between Istiqlal Mosque and the Jakarta Cathedral has been praised by many, as the managements of each house of worship regularly provide parking spaces for each other during religious celebrations including Idul Fitri and Christmas.  The renovation of Istiqlal Mosque began in May last year. The building is an important cultural heritage site and hosts many of the city’s religious and social activities.Jokowi said the renovation would be biggest made to the mosque in 41 years and would cost Rp 475 billion (US$34 million), although he did not specify how much would be spent on the construction of the tunnel.The renovation, carried out by the Public Works and Housing Ministry, includes improving the building’s interior and exterior in accordance to a master plan.“There will also be landscaping [around the mosque]. The river that runs through the complex will be improved, as will the park,” Jokowi said.Two stories of underground parking will also be built to increase the mosque’s parking capacity from 500 cars and motorcycles to approximately 745 vehicles.Jokowi expressed hope the renovations would be completed before Ramadan this year.“We hope it will all be finished in April,” he said.Topics :last_img read more

Men in black? Dark shadows? Trump hits full conspiracy theory mode

first_imgOn Tuesday, he told reporters about an “entire plane filled up with the looters, the anarchists, the rioters.”The president then teased: “I’ll see if I can get that information for you.”He didn’t.But distinct similarities emerged between Trump’s plot and a conspiracy theory about airborne leftist provocateurs circulating on Facebook earlier this summer, prompting US media to ask if that was his supposedly secret source. Topics : Eight weeks before the US election, President Donald Trump is hurtling down a rabbit hole of conspiracy theories filled with black-clad saboteurs, “dark shadows,” the deep state, QAnon, and claims that he is victim of a coup and/or plans to rig the polls.The Republican’s latest story is that a planeload of agitators deployed to disrupt his party convention in Washington last week — or something like that.”We had somebody get on a plane from a certain city this weekend and in the plane it was almost completely loaded with thugs wearing these dark uniforms, black uniforms, with gear and this and that,” he told Fox News on Monday. Election rigging The men in black and “shadows” narratives are just two threads in a Trump tapestry depicting his presidency as besieged by an unidentifiable “deep state” seeking to wreck his first term and fixing the election to ensure he doesn’t get a second.He characterizes official probes into his relations with Russia — which US law enforcement has repeatedly accused of working to boost Trump’s 2016 election chances — as a “hoax” and a “coup.” Almost daily, he claims that increased mail-in voting, due to the coronavirus pandemic, is a gambit to “rig” the November election against him.The scale of the claims, made without evidence, is not far off the viral QAnon conspiracy theory that has been bubbling under the surface ever since early in the Trump presidency.QAnon posits that an anonymous, high-level government insider codenamed Q is heroically working to expose an anti-Trump cabal which is somehow also running an international Satanic pedophile child-trafficking ring and controlling the world.Q has ever-growing numbers of supporters both online and in real life, including among members of the public who come out to cheer Trump at rallies or other events. A Republican QAnon believer, Marjorie Taylor Greene, just won selection to run for a congressional safe seat in Georgia.Trump, who heartily congratulated Greene, is doing nothing to tamp down Q fever.”It is gaining in popularity,” Trump said approvingly last month. “They like me very much.”Rich Hanley, a professor at Quinnipiac University’s School of Communications, says Trump reflects — and profits from — a society ever more lost in the smoke and mirrors of the internet.”He may be an outlier among presidents, but not among a growing number of conspiracy theory loving Americans,” Hanley said.And with presidential election results potentially coming out only days after the polls close, due to much greater use of mail-in voting, paranoia and rumor-mongering is likely poised to hit an all-time high.”It will be the Woodstock of conspiracy theories regardless of who wins, because this sort of fiction is so embedded now in the alternate reality of millions of people,” Hanley said. Fact checking has become an industry in the age of Trump. Keeping up, though, is impossible.In the same Fox interview, Trump said that Biden, who leads in many polls ahead of the November 3 vote, is a puppet controlled by “people that you’ve never heard of, people that are in the dark shadows.””Sounds like a conspiracy theory,” the Fox interviewer, Laura Ingraham, said.”They’re people you haven’t heard of,” Trump repeated.last_img read more

Syracuse rides defense to blowout win over Wake Forest

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 18, 2014 at 3:08 pm Contact Jacob: [email protected] | @Jacob_Klinger_ WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Apart from the kicking game, the Syracuse defense was on the field every time the Orange scored on Saturday.While Cole Murphy’s nine points from field goals would have been enough to beat Wake Forest on Saturday, the SU defense put the game out of reach.Syracuse’s defensive linemen, linebackers and defensive backs played the Demon Deacons (2-5, 0-3 Atlantic Coast) off the field and home fans out of the stadium at BB&T Field on Saturday. They scored two touchdowns of their own and blocked for another. They sucked the life out of an already-sputtering Wake Forest offense and pushed SU (3-4, 1-2) past the only team in the conference struggling more than it. They won, 30-7, in front of 25,107.“One thing we pride ourselves on defense is winning the game,” Syracuse defensive end Robert Welsh said. “No matter how we have to do it.”Dyshawn Davis crushed Wake Forest quarterback John Wolford as he threw the ball to his right. Welsh caught it and ran 42 yards down the left sideline and into the end zone.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe kept running, away from the outstretched arms of teammates Durell Eskridge and Isaiah Johnson, all the way to the end of the Syracuse bench on the opposite side of the field. Welsh needed air and Gatorade. He had put the Orange up 17-7 with 5:05 left in the second quarter and he was tired.Davis’ hit left Wolford lying on the field. He was out of the game with a suspected concussion and Wake Forest was finished with its first of three quarterbacks for the day.“Then Tyler (Cameron) got in there and struggled, then you have your third-string quarterback, Kevin (Sousa) in there and he is running scout team all week,” WFU head coach Dave Clawson said. “There is about half a dozen plays in the offense that he knows how to run. It is not fair to him.”With about three and a half minutes left in the first half it was SU on defense calling back-to-back timeouts, trying to prolong the half. The Orange left the field for halftime up 10.An offense that wouldn’t score again sat in the Wake Forest locker room while Micah Robinson sat in SU’s. He had already helped Syracuse score, taking the field with Welsh and fellow defensive lineman Ron Thompson for the Orange’s jumbo package as AJ Long ran in a 4-yard touchdown in the first quarter.On first-and-10 at the SU 32 with just less than 10 minutes left in the third quarter, Brandon Reddish lit into Cameron, popping the ball loose. Robinson scooped it up for a 51-yard touchdown to give SU a 27-7 lead.“I scoop the ball, I’m running and then I’m noticing there’s nobody really around so I’m just like ‘I’m getting a touchdown,’” Robinson said.There weren’t many Wake Forest fans at BB&T Field to begin with. The Demon Deacons averaged just 31 rushing yards per game before playing SU. They got 71 rushing yards Saturday and 99 in the air.With 8:36 left in the game, a WFU assistant pumped his fists and yelled, celebrating a tackle that limited the Orange’s fifth-string running back, Ervin Philips to 4 yards on the play. But Philips didn’t need any. SU had a 23-point lead.Wake Forest had more female cheerleaders standing on platforms behind the Syracuse bench than points on the scoreboard. And for the first time in 36 days, SU had a win.“We came out here ready to play, ready to hit people,” Robinson said. “We’ve been hurting for the last few weeks, losing and stuff like that.“We didn’t like it.” Commentslast_img read more