By Muhammad YamanyMINA, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - As nearly 2 million pilgrims from around the world braved heavy rain in Saudi Arabia on Sunday to begin the annual haj ritual, the country's health minister said there was no sign of any outbreaks of disease. Worshippers arrived in the kingdom last week for the five-day ritual -- a once-in-a-lifetime religious duty for every able-bodied Muslim who can afford it, which retraces the route Prophet Mohammad took 14 centuries ago.Heavy rain and thunderstorms forced pilgrims to take cover in tents and trudge through puddles, with civil defense warning of possible flooding throughout the evening.Some prayed at the Grand Mosque before heading to the Mina area or towards Mount Arafat, east of Mecca, where the Prophet is believed to have delivered his final sermon to followers. They will all arrive by Monday morning at Mount Arafat. Eid al-Adha, or feast of the sacrifice, begins on Tuesday, when pilgrims begin three days of casting stones at walls … [Read more...] about Muslims begin annual haj pilgrimage amid heavy rain
MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) - Despite the rainy weather, thousands of people came out on Saturday for the 44th annual Milford Oyster Festival.The festival took place at Lisman Landing.The event has the largest variety of oysters at any festival in the United States.Related Content: 8 Things To Do This Weekend: Big Bounce House, Hamburg Fair & Milford Oyster FestThis year, about 40,000 oysters of roughly 21 varieties from eight states were brought to the festival.Along with the oysters, there was also a great deal of entertainment for all to enjoy! … [Read more...] about Thousands attend annual Milford Oyster Festival
Shelley Mays Nashville Tennessean Published 3:24 p.m. UTC Aug 19, 2018 The 7th annual Franklin Watermelon Festival celebrated the fruit of summer with activities like watermelon carvings by the Leipers Fork Carving Club, free slices of watermelon from Delvin Farms, cooking demonstrations with watermelon and the popular watermelon eating contests for children and adults. The highlight of the festival was the watermelon eating contest where children competed for a first place ribbon and bragging rights. The goal of the contest was to eat a wedge of watermelon down to the rind within a minute and hands behind the contestants' backs. The event was held at the Franklin Farmers Market on Saturday and more than 900 Tennessee grown watermelons were available for shoppers. … [Read more...] about 7th annual Franklin Watermelon Festival
Partners rate Sophos 100 for “Ease of Doing Business” BURLINGTON, Mass., Aug. 19, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sophos (LSE: SOPH), a global leader in network and endpoint security, today announced that it has once again swept the Network and Endpoint Security categories of CRN’s 2018 Annual Report Card (ARC) awards. Sophos has been named “Overall Winner” in Network Security for the third year in a row, as well as “Overall Winner” in Endpoint Security. In both categories, Sophos ranked highest in all sub-categories based on solution provider satisfaction across product innovation, support, partnership, and the new sub-category, managed and cloud services. Sophos also scored a 100 in “Ease of Doing Business” in Network Security, and is the only vendor to receive that score for that criteria across all categories. /EIN News/ -- This year’s group of honorees was selected from the results of an in-depth, invitation-only … [Read more...] about Sophos Sweeps Network and Endpoint Security Categories in CRN’s 2018 Annual Report Card – Again!
Entertainment By Elizabeth Pitts West Hawaii Today [email protected] | Sunday, August 19, 2018, 12:05 a.m. Share this story Celebrity judges Sam Choy and Aaron Sanchez sample mai tais on the eve of the the 10th Annual Mai Tai Festival Friday evening at the Royal Kona Resort. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today) Huggo's bartender Billy Gienger puts the finishing touches on his entry for the 10th Annual Mai Tai Festival Saturday at the Royal Kona Resort. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today) Huggo’s bartender Billy Gienger puts the finishing touches on his entry for the 10th annual Mai Tai Festival on Saturday at the Royal Kona Resort. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today) Andrew Woodley, representing Myna Bird in Honolulu, creates his drink for the festival on Saturday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today) Defending champion Kevin Beary from Three Dots & A Dash in Chicago presents his drink creation at the 10th annual Mai Tai Festival on Saturday … [Read more...] about Locals, celebrities get a taste of famous drink at annual Mai Tai Festival