Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound — the third holiest site in Islam after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia — reopened on Sunday after being closed for more than two months because of the coronavirus pandemic.Dozens of worshippers in protective masks were let into the compound before the first prayers of the day, held in a cool and windy night.Chanting “God is greatest, we will protect Al-Aqsa with our soul and blood”, the group gathered in front of the large wooden doors were welcomed by mosque director Omar al-Kiswani, who thanked them for their patience. It is also the holiest site to Jews, who refer to it as the Temple Mount and believe it to be the location of two biblical temples — the second of which was destroyed in 70 AD.On the first day of the Eid holiday, scuffles had broken out between Israeli police and Palestinians as worshippers tried to break through barriers to enter the compound.Known to Muslims as the Haram al-Sharif, the site is under the custodianship of neighbouring Jordan, which controlled the West Bank, including east Jerusalem, up until occupation by Israel in the Six-Day War of 1967.With the number of COVID-19 cases declining, in recent days both Israel and the Palestinian territories have eased restrictions.Israel has reported more than 17,000 cases, including 284 deaths.Fewer than 500 infections and just three deaths have been confirmed in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, which have a combined population of around five million.Following the deadly shooting on Saturday, the Palestinian leadership demanded that whoever killed the man be brought before the International Criminal Court.The incident happened in the alleys of the walled Old City near Lions’ Gate, an access point mainly used by Palestinians.There have been fears that Israeli plans to take advantage of a controversial green light from US President Donald Trump to annex swathes of the West Bank could stoke further violence.Topics : It followed a fraught day in annexed east Jerusalem, where the compound is located.Israeli police on Saturday shot dead a disabled Palestinian they mistakenly thought was armed, prompting furious condemnation from the Palestinians.The religious site, which houses Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock, had closed its doors in March as part of measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.Muslims believe the Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven there, and the site has often been a flashpoint in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Click on image to zoom in.New Point, Ind — The New Point Volunteer Fire Department is holding a Georgia Peach Fundraiser for Decatur County Special Olympics.Full boxes or about 25 pounds are $28, half boxes or about 12 ½ pounds are $18. The peaches from Pearson Farms have been grown for five generations and known for their sweet, juicy flavor.Orders can be placed by calling 812-222-2988 or by emailing [email protected] Orders must be placed by June 15. Peaches will be available for pickup during last week of June or the first week of July.The proceeds will be split between Decatur County Special Olympics and the New Point Volunteer Fire Department. Organizers have sales goal of 1,500 cases.
According to the U.S. News and World Report, Florida, for the third year in a row, is rated first in the nation for higher education. Florida, however, is behind in educational attainment (the number of people who are 25 or older with an associates degree or higher). Florida came in at No. 27 in that area.The U.S. News and World Report based Florida’s No. 1 ranking on the time it takes students to complete two- and four-year programs at public institutions, the relatively low amounts of debt when students graduate and the cost of in-state tuition and fees.Washington was rated second-highest in the country, followed by Wyoming, California and North Dakota. Pennsylvania was the state that ranked last.
Munster’s Champions Cup trip to Stade Francais is the latest to be called off in the wake of the recent terror attacks in Paris.All clubs are in agreement that the games involving French sides will be eventually be played.Previously, Bath chairman Bruce Craig had claimed that there was simply no window for their round 1 Pool 5 game with Toulon to be played.
5MANCHESTER UNITED will be the biggest financial losers of all 20 Premier League clubs if the season is scrapped.The campaign was put on hold on March 13 due to the coronavirus crisis with most clubs having nine games left.⚠️ Read our coronavirus in sport live blog for the latest news & updates5 The total cost to the 20 clubs of scrapping the Premier League season could be as much as £1.08bn5 The two Manchester clubs would be hit in the pocket most if the season was called off with a combined £225.7m lossLeicester’s 4-0 win over Aston Villa four weeks ago was the last match to go ahead before Mikel Arteta and Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive for the virus.Now discussions are underway to try and work out how to complete the season.But in the event of the campaign being scrapped entirely, the monetary implications could be massive.The total cost to the 20 clubs collectively could be as much as £1.08bn – but none would lose as much as the Red Devils.Overall, according to figures from the Daily Mail, the Old Trafford club would lose £116.4million.That is made up of £48m from TV cash, £17.6m for matchday revenue and a further £50.8m from commercial and retail.Local rivals Manchester City are second with £109.3m with Liverpool, who are 25 points clear at the top of the league – third with £102.6m.5The Reds would lose more in terms of revenue from the broadcasters than any of their top-flight rivals with £55.2m. United come out on top for matchday revenue, helped by having the biggest stadium, and commercial and retain income.London powerhouses Chelsea (£91m), Tottenham (£83m) and Arsenal (£74.8m) ensure the traditional ‘big six’ take up the top six spots.Leicester would not only see their Champions League dreams put on hold for at least another year but also miss out on £55.6m, more than the rest of the remaining sides.The further down the Premier League table, the less clubs will earn in TV revenue meaning bottom-club Norwich would miss out on £14.6m.However, the Mail suggest Sky TV may be willing to take a bit of a hit and not demand the entirety of their share of the £762m owed to broadcasters in what would be a hugely-popular move.Similarly, other than the ‘big six’, West Ham and Newcastle, no club is expected to see damages of more than £3.8m from matchdays.Burnley (£12.5m) and Everton (£7.2m) would be the other main losers from a commercial and retail perspective.5Overall, the current bottom three of Aston Villa, Bournemouth and Norwich would also be the three clubs to lose out the least should the season be axed.The Cherries and Canaries, as well as Newcastle and Tottenham, are the Premier League clubs who have placed non-playing staff on furlough so far.Runaway leaders Liverpool announced they would but then quickly made a sheepish U-turn after coming in for heavy criticism.Manchester City and cross-town neighbours United have both told their staff they will continue to be paid in full and won’t face furlough.For the likes of Burnley, there is a genuine worry about the club’s future should the financial implications of the virus be as bad as predicted.The Premier League encouraged all players to take a 30 per cent wage cut but – while the players want to support the NHS financially at this difficult time – the PFA believe that would actually mean the government missed out on £200m in tax revenue.Naturally, many will be determined to work out a way of getting the season completed.CORONAVIRUS CRISIS – BE IN THE KNOWGet the latest coronavirus news, facts and figures from around the world – plus essential advice for you and your family.To receive our Covid-19 newsletter in your inbox every tea time, sign up here.To follow us on Facebook, simply ‘Like’ our Coronavirus page.Latest Premier League newsExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsLive BlogTOON LATESTNewcastle takeover LIVE: Follow all the latest updates in Saudi sagaLive Blogblues newsChelsea news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeLive Blogunited newsMan Utd news LIVE – Latest updates from Old TraffordLive BlogGunners newsArsenal news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidHEAT IS OFFHeaton will miss Aston Villa’s 10-game relegation dogfight with knee injuryPASSED THE TESTHuge boost to Project Restart with ZERO positive results in new Covid testsAlthough this certainly won’t be in early May, there have been various suggestions of getting the remaining 92 matches played in a short time frame with games every few days, various team camps in the Midlands and neutral grounds.Fifa has already waived the usual June 1 deadline in which to finish the season, with the Premier League given the green light to play on well into the summer.But while the season could be declared null and void in order to preserve the 2020/21 competitions, Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin insists he “can’t imagine a scenario” where Liverpool are not crowned champions.Sean Dyche criticises Matt Hancock’s ‘massive generalisation’ as he warns MPs to lay off playersGive now to The Sun’s NHS appealBRITAIN’s four million NHS staff are on the frontline in the battle against coronavirus.But while they are helping save lives, who is there to help them?The Sun has launched an appeal to raise £1MILLION for NHS workers.The Who Cares Wins Appeal aims to get vital support to staff in their hour of need.We have teamed up with NHS Charities Together in their urgent Covid-19 Appeal to ensure the money gets to exactly who needs it.The Sun is donating £50,000 and we would like YOU to help us raise a million pounds, to help THEM.No matter how little you can spare, please donate today herewww.thesun.co.uk/whocareswinsappeal