Iowa To Host Big Ten Tight End Transfer

first_imgAn Iowa fan wearing a corn shaped hat at a football game.IOWA CITY, IOWA – OCTOBER 26: A fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes wears a foam corn hat during the first quarter against the Northwestern Wildcats on October 26, 2013 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa won 17-10. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)It is hard to think of a program more attractive to a tight end right now than Iowa. The Hawkeyes expect to have two first rounders at the position taken in today’s NFL Draft at the position: T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant.Now, Iowa is in contention to land yet another tight end. This one comes from another Big Ten program.Rutgers’ Travis Vokolek is leaving New Jersey after two seasons. He will have three years to play two, wherever he winds up transferring.This weekend, he is making a trip to Iowa City. It is one of three major programs he’s set to visit.From Rivals:“Iowa, Arkansas, and Kansas State,” said Vokolek. “I’m still looking at my options, but I plan on visiting those three.”That process will begin this week as Vokolek leaves tomorrow for an official visit to Iowa, which is the first trip that he has scheduled.“I’m looking forward to getting to know some of the guys on the team and get a better feel for the campus,” Vokolek told Vokolek caught 16 passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns in 2018.He started seven games for the Scarlet Knights last season.The 6-foot-6 pass catcher is originally from Missouri, though he has family in Iowa as well, which may help the Hawkeyes. He was a three-star recruit in the 2017 class.247Sports ranked him No. 2030 overall in the class, and No. 94 among tight ends.[Rivals]last_img read more

Panel to recommend raising minimum age of marriage for Muslim girls

The committee was set up in 2009 by the then Lankan President, For instance, when non-Muslim MPs, Hirunika Premachandra and M.A.Sumanthiran, took up the issue in and out of parliament, agitated Muslim leaders said that non-Muslims had no right to interfere.Sumanthiran was shouted down in parliament by Muslim ministers and MPs.However, among Muslims themselves,  a good section is in favor of  making a change in tune with the times.For example, S.M.Aliyar, the Qazi of  the all-Muslim town of Kattankudy in the Eastern Province, told Express that Muslim law does not say that marriage at 12 is mandatory for girls. The minimum age could vary from country to country and as per the culture of the times. If the government and people of a country, in their wisdom, decide to raise the age of marriage, there should be no objection, Aliyar said. (Colombo Gazette) Mahinda Rajapaksa.It is headed by the retired Supreme Court Judge Saleem Marsoof. One of the key organizations associated with it is the Muslim Women’s Research and Action Forum (MWRAF) headed by the well known social activist, Jezima Ismail.The committee has been on the job for long because of the sensitive nature of the issue.While social activists, human rights workers and the majority Sinhalese community have been clamoring for raising the age of marriage for Muslim girls to 18, to put it on par with the minimum age for the rest of Lankan females, the community itself has been wary about the bid for change. “Discussions are still going on and we hope to submit our recommendation in June,” the member said. The Sri Lankan Presidential panel set up to suggest amendments to the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act of 1951, is likely to recommend raising the minimum age of marriage for Muslim girls from 12 to either 16 or 18, a member of the panel told the New Indian Express on condition of anonymity.“The committee favors raising the age of marriage, but it is yet to decide if it should be raised to 16 or 18.” read more