“It’s extremely hard for us but I can’t take a taxi or bus to go somewhere even if my feet hurt” from walking, said Parmis’ mother Shahpar.”My daughter was depressed at home, so I brought her out shopping to cheer her up,” said the 45-year-old housewife.”They [the children] haven’t been going to school, and they are scared of the virus,” she told AFP.As she spoke, cars and buses flew past at irregular intervals after sling-shooting out of Vanak Square — one of the capital’s biggest intersections where traffic normally snarls at that time of day. Topics : Gone too was the pollution that usually shrouds the sprawling city of more than eight million, thanks at least in part to the reduced congestion.That was of little comfort to 39-year-old architect Pejman, who expressed fears about the spread of the novel coronavirus.”The disease has disrupted our lives. We are scared. There are no masks, and no alcohol for disinfection. People need them but cannot find them,” he told AFP.’People are frightened’ Businesses are suffering too.Pejman said some of his work colleagues were suspected of having the virus and ordered to stay away at home.”It has had a bad effect on our company. They now test our temperatures every morning before we enter the office,” he said.The economic slowdown was tangible on the streets.Shop assistants passed the time by playing games, cleaners meticulously wiped down the doors and windows of empty restaurants, and taxis sat idle on the side of the road waiting for customers.”The streets are empty,” Jamshidi said as his taxi driver colleagues shared a meal and engaged in rowdy banter.”It’s my job to… take people where they need to go, but nobody is leaving their homes to go anywhere,” he told AFP. “If the situation remains like this, we won’t have enough money to eat. Yesterday I earned very little and so far today I haven’t had any passengers.”Hamid Bayot, who owns a juice shop on Vanat Square, said sales were down by 80 percent since the coronavirus outbreak emerged last month.And that is despite steps the business has taken to reassure its customers.”We disinfect everything three times every day. But people are frightened and haven’t been buying anything from us,” said Bayot.”If the situation remains like this, we’ll go bankrupt and we will have to close our shop.”In an apparent bid to cure the boredom of youths, state television has been airing light-hearted shows on its typically austere news channel.It has shown blooper home videos in the past few days and on Monday it broadcast a Pink Panther cartoon as well as the trailer of The Revenant, a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio.”We have to stay at home and do nothing. We can’t see our friends and we are no longer happy,” Parmis said grudgingly through the face mask given to her by her mother. Cooped up at home for days because of Iran’s coronavirus outbreak, Parmis Hashemi was desperate, so her mother took her shopping — even though they only had one mask between them.Despite their fears of catching the disease, the mother and her 13-year-old daughter were out pounding the unusually quiet streets of downtown Tehran on Monday afternoon as officials announced yet another spike in deaths and infections.Schools have been shut across the country as part of measures aimed at stemming the rapid spread of COVID-19, the virus that has now claimed 66 lives out of more than 1,500 cases in Iran.
Bill Signing, Education, Press Release, Schools That Teach Harrisburg, PA – As part of the 2016-17 budget, Governor Tom Wolf signed into a law a bill that allows course work in computer science and information technology to count toward high school graduation.“There is a consistent and expanding need in Pennsylvania’s economy for a workforce with 21st century computer and information technology skills,” Governor Wolf said. “For too long, however, students pursuing these types of classes were not able to get credit towards their degree – they were treated as electives. We have now changed that and given interested students real incentive to pursue this career path early on.”House Bill 833 amends the Public School Code Section 1605 – Courses of Study. Beginning with students graduating at the end of the 2016-17 school from a public high school and each year after, a student who completes a course in computer science or information technology during grades 9-12 will be permitted to apply up to one credit earned for completion of such course to satisfy the student’s mathematics or science credit requirement for graduation.The governing body of the student’s public high school will have discretion to determine the graduation credit requirement to which the credit earned by the student shall be applied.“Incorporating computer science coursework into school curriculum will ensure that students today can explore the careers of tomorrow and leave high school prepared for the evolving workforce,” said Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera. “As demand for high priority occupations grows, it is a commonsense measure to provide paths to success in those fields during a student’s K-12 education. This change will not only teach students critical skills and information in computer science, it will keep them active and engaged in learning.”For the purpose of this bill, “public high school” will mean a public school, including a school within a school district, a charter school, a cyber charter school, a regional charter school or an area vocational-technical school that offers grade 12.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Governor Wolf Signs Bill To Promote Study of Computer Science in High School July 21, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
March 17, 2017 Press Release, Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today provided an update on the state’s continued response to cleanup efforts in Northeast Pennsylvania following Tuesday’s snow storm. Specifically, the governor announced that Pennsylvania Game Commission resources will be utilized to help assist the City of Wilkes-Barre with snow removal.“The aftermath of Winter Storm Stella has left many communities in the northeast stretched so thin, they simply aren’t able to dig out on their own,” said Governor Wolf. “We are working closely with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) to meet the needs of these municipalities as quickly as possible, and in some cases, that means reallocating our resources and heavy equipment from state agencies like the Game Commission.”The Game Commission is providing ten-ton dump trucks, backhoes and snow plows – run by Game Commission operators – to the City of Wilkes-Barre, which had filed a request with PEMA for assistance with snow removal.Governor Wolf has allocated additional PennDOT resources, including loaders and dump trucks, to the City of Hazleton to help with snow removal there. PennDOT has also directed salt suppliers, through its contract through the Department of General Services, to replenish the salt supplies of municipalities’ in the heaviest-impacted areas prior to supplying salt to the department, should salt be requested.“Helping to keep the public safe is our top priority and we’ve been working around the clock on that mission through this storm,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said. “We’re happy to assist our local partners when we’re able to share our resources.”Over the course of the last three days, PEMA personnel coordinated state resources to municipalities that requested snow removal assistance in both Luzerne and Wyoming counties. PEMA staff also provided guidance to counties for ways to seek support from local volunteer organizations for needs such as meal and medication delivery and shoveling private properties for those unable to do so.“Recovering from a significant event like this is truly a team effort,” said PEMA Director Richard D. Flinn Jr. “We will continue to work with impacted counties to ensure that whatever assistance the state can provide is offered in those areas.”Additionally, the Pennsylvania National Guard was tasked with missions in Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Monroe, Northampton, Schuylkill, Susquehanna, and Wayne counties to support law enforcement operations, emergency management, and 9-1-1 staff transport, as well transport of medical personnel to vital healthcare facilities. During the height of the storm, the Pennsylvania National Guard, Pennsylvania State Police, PennDOT,and the Department of Health also coordinated an emergency 80-mile transport of a 23-month old child in need of urgent medical care from Pocono Medical Center in East Stroudsburg to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.Before the storm, Governor Wolf made a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency, which allows for the commonwealth to get resources to communities as quickly as possible when requested. Governor Wolf and PennDOT directed Three Mobile Equipment Teams to the northeast, in addition to the resources that were currently deployed there. Each team consisted of five plow trucks, 10 equipment operators, and one supervisor. Teams were dispatched from PennDOT’s northwestern Pennsylvania district to the Scranton area, from the Pittsburgh-area district to Monroe County near Stroudsburg, and from southwestern Pennsylvania to the Lehigh Valley area.PEMA continues working diligently to process municipality resource requests by working with the counties. In addition, six PEMA staff were deployed as liaison officers to work in county emergency management offices where requested: Bucks, Carbon, Franklin, Lackawanna, Lancaster and Union counties.It will take several days for storm costs to be reviewed and submitted to PEMA. PEMA encourages municipal governments to track damages and costs and report them to their respective county emergency management agency.Motorists can continue to check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles by visiting http://www.511PA.com. PennDOT’s Automated Vehicle Locator plow tracking tool is available for all of the more than 2,200 PennDOT-owned and rented plow trucks, with vehicle locations viewable on 511PA. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Allocates Additional Resources for Snow Removal in Northeast PA
This house at 25 Merinda Street, Greenslopes sold under the hammer for $1.265 million.A BRAND new tri-storey house, forced to auction after the developer defaulted on a loan, sold for $1.265 million yesterday.There were wooden spoons for bidding paddles at the auction of 25 Merinda St, Greenslopes but from the moment the auction began it was clear this was to be a slow cooked affair, not a stir-fry.There were only two public bids in the 30-minute auction and the eventual buyer never took the wooden spoon out of his jacket pocket.MORE REAL ESTATE STORIES McGrath Bulimba-Balmoral estate agent Gunther Behrendt and the buyers of 25 Merinda St, Greenslopes, go through the paperwork after the auction.“Wow, they’ve got a bargain,” said one woman who’d lived in the area for 30 years.Mr Lin, who lives in the inner city, had been looking for a house for his son for six months and was ‘pretty excited’ by the result.“I reckon we got a good price,” he said.“A mortgagee sale always attracts people who come to buy.” “It is strategy,” new owner James Lin said after the auction.“You don’t bid initially, it won’t work. You only waste your time.“I always buy the property like that, I wait to see where it settles and then bid through that.”A $25,000 marketing campaign brought seven registered bidders to the five-bedroom property on 405sq m and they were among 45 people who lined the walls and sat on the coach, with a six metre void above them in the main living area. The growth suburbs to watch The living area where people gathered for the 11am auction.Moments before the auction started, McGrath auctioneer Justin Marsden was told the reserve price.“Being a mortgagee and control auction we are not aware of the reserve until the auction starts,” McGrath Bulimba-Balmoral agent Gunther Behrendt said afterwards.“I have no idea where the price is throughout the whole campaign. I still don’t know what it is, only the auctioneer knows, which is fine because we go about our business the same way.”A representative of the property, who was waiting in a front room, instructed Mr Marsden to drop the reserve price during the auction to secure its eventual sale. The auction opened with a bid of $900,000 from the couch, where a couple and their toddler were lounging comfortably. There was an answering bid of $1 million from someone in the kitchen. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoThe view toward the kitchen where bidders were standing.“We’ve had better offers than this prior to as you’d expect,” Mr Marsden told the crowd.“If it passes in it goes behind closed doors.”The auctioneer then made a vendor bid of $1.2 million before hitting the pause button.Mr Lin and his family were standing near the walk-in pantry and for the best part of half an hour, the real estate agent and auctioneer pounded the tiles between them and other bidders in an effort to bring the price closer to its reserve.“They’re working hard,” one onlooker said.During those private negotiations, Mr Lin made his first offer of $1.25 million and then increased it to $1.265 million. Mr Marsden returned to announce the property was on the market and with no further bids, it sold under the hammer. FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK The new owner of 25 Merinda St, Greenslopes, Daniel Lin (centre) with his parents James Lin and Chen Hueijung.“That was very stressful,” Mr Behrendt said when he finally got to sit on the couch after the auction.“The job of an auction agent is to get bidders to property. The bidding to inspection ratio was pretty good, one to six. The market was here.”Mr Marsden agreed: “I would have thought you would have had more bidding from people but it just goes to show that people are still a little apprehensive but when someone else sees that there is good value in the market place they are happy to purchase.”Locals in the 45-strong crowd, who had watched the house being built over a two-year period, were surprised by the result. Inside the dream home you can rent for $20,000 a day
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Photo: Supplied by Glamping Hub.Ms Grant said while hotels were much easier to plan and travel to, there was something special about being secluded on a lake, compared to taking a dip in a hotel pool. “With social media gaining popularity, staying in a refurbished barn or a luxury safari tent is much more “Instagram-able” than your typical hotel set up,” she said.“Especially when the accommodation resides in a valley between mountains, overlooks the coast or is nestled into a rainforest.” ISLAND THAT’S A MAGNET FOR A-LISTERS Glamping Hub’s Laura Grant said property owners had become more creative with their spaces.“I have seen refurbished ambulances or school buses as well as gypsy caravans and tipis,” Ms Grant said.“Transforming spaces is definitely a big part of glamping since there are plenty of renovated barns, cabooses or storage containers. But, many will build brand new tree houses, cabins or tiny homes too. “Since glamping has been around for a few years, a safari tent or yurt is a bit more typical, but definitely still plays a major role in what glamping is.” She said nature-based accommodation were at the top of the list for glampers.“Our total audience in Australia is currently growing 25 per cent year over year,” she said. Restored Queensland train carriage, Glass House Mountains. Photo: Supplied by Glamping Hub.Queenslanders are swapping swanky hotels and resorts for luxury tents and tree houses as a desire to connect with the great outdoors drives a new generation of happy glampers.With a desire to connect to nature, glamping — an upscaled version of camping — is growing in popularity with unique short stays proving popular.Data from Glamping Hub shows refurbished shipping containers and pods allow users to immerse themselves in nature, without sacrificing some basic, and sometimes very extravagant, amenities. MORE: PROJECT WITH A ‘DRY SPA’ Source: Glamping Hub LUXURY RIVERSIDE UNITS SELLING FAST Top five accommodations booked in Queensland 2019 Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:55Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:55 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenIslands for sale around Australia00:55 Eco-Friendly rental perfect for a getaway at Agnes Water, Queensland. Photo: Supplied by Glamping Hub. “When a traveller feels connected to a destination, it makes them want to come visit again and tell their friends about it which is obviously good news for tourism”.Ms Grant said there was a major surge in searches online for luxury tents. “This year’s list of top booked accommodations are tents. This holds true to the top booked accommodations in all of Australia as well,” she said.Also a hit with glampers is the Victorian train carriage in the Glass House Mountains, one of only 23 built between the years 1882 and 1886, and the only one owned privately. The restored carriage has a double size bed in a carpeted bedroom. An eco-friendly rental perfect for a getaway at Agnes Water, Queensland. Photo: Supplied by Glamping Hub.The top three accommodations booked in Queensland last year included a family-friendly cottage with a hot tub at Wongawallan, a riverfront cottage rental on a working farm near Imbil, and a treehouse near Noosa Heads.Tourism and Event Queensland CEO Leanne Coddington said the state was home to some of the world’s best natural assets, be it the Great Barrier Reef or the Daintree Rainforest, world-class islands or iconic beaches.“It’s no surprise that travellers want to be a part of that,” she said.“We know that today’s travellers want to do so much more than just visit a place to tick it off a list. They want to experience what it is like to immerse themselves in a destination and a huge part of that is feeling connected to the natural environment. Inside the treehouse near Maleny. Photo: Supplied by Glamping Hub.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours ago Treehouse with spa bath near Maleny. Photo: Supplied by Glamping Hub. 1- Safari tent, Diddillibah2- Luxury tent for couples, Point Lookout, North Stradbroke3- Studio-style tent with deck, Amamoor4- Restored Queensland train carriage, Glass House Mountains5- Rainforest cabana, Mission Beach
Image courtesy of TellurianThe Houston-based LNG export project developer Tellurian said 20 companies have shown interest in partnering the company on its Driftwood LNG terminal project. The company, founded by Charif Souki and Martin Houston, is developing a 27.6 mtpa LNG export facility and an associated pipeline in Louisiana.Tellurian president and CEO Meg Gentle, said, “There are more than 20 companies conducting detailed analysis in our data room for Driftwood Holdings and we expect to be able to identify our partners soon.”Gentle added the company intends to start the construction of the facility in 2019 and produce first LNG in 2023.In its quarterly report, Tellurian reminded it has initiated the process to raise $24 billion for Driftwood Holdings, which will own the Driftwood liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility, one or more pipelines, and natural gas production assets.The company generated approximately $6 million in revenue from LNG marketing, and ended its first quarter of 2018 with approximately $112.5 million of cash and cash equivalents, remaining debt free.
Image courtesy of LRClassification society Lloyd’s Register said that PaxOcean has delivered a 26,000-cbm floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) to Indonesia-based Jaya Samudra Karunia (JSK).The Karunia Dewata is the largest FSRU to be built in China and the first to feature Type C cargo tanks, LR said in its statement.The unit will be based in Indonesia and will be capable of regasifying around 50 million cubic feet per day.The unit was built at PaxOcean’s Zhoushan Shipyard to Lloyd’s Register’s (LR) rules for the classification of ships and provisional rules for LNG ships and barges equipped with regasification systems.LR supported the PaxOcean’s first FSRU construction through its connections with equipment manufacturers that it had previously worked with on other projects, to aid procedures and deliver the product on schedule and in accordance with LR’s rule requirements.
MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (June 19) – An even bigger payday is possible for veteran IMCA Late Model drivers following the Deery Brothers Summer Series to Marshalltown Speedway next Tuesday, June 24.The Miller Lite 50 tour event pays $3,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start.Former promoter Steve Priske, now owner of Rumor’s Bar & Grill is Marshalltown, will pay a $500 bonus to the highest finishing Late Model driver who competed at Marshalltown between 1985 and 1990. H & F Distributing, also of Marshalltown, adds another $500 to the veteran who can win the feature.The first of 22 Deery Series events at Marshalltown was held in 1987; the division was sanctioned there weekly from 1987 through 1990. “The Late Models, the Deery Series and IMCA have all been important to the history of this race track,” noted promoter Toby Kruse. “These bonuses are a great addition to the evening’s purse during our 50th anniversary season.” Deery drivers with roots in the 1985-1990 Late Model era at Marshalltown have enjoyed their share of success there: Curt Martin of Independence has won five local Deery features, Jeff Aikey of Cedar Falls has prevailed at three while Jay Johnson of West Burlington and Ray Guss Jr. of Milan, Ill., have each won twice. Terry Neal of Ely also owns a pair of Deery wins at Marshalltown. Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. next Tuesday. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. with racing to follow.Spectator admission is $15 for adults and $5 for children 11 and under. Pit passes are $30.Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods race for $1,000 to win and IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars for $500 to win at Marshalltown.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded in both classes; Stock Cars also run for Arnold Motor Supply Northern Region points.More information about the June 24 race program is available by calling 515 231-5444 and at the www.marshalltownspeedway.com website.Deery Brothers Summer Series top 20 point standings – 1. Justin Kay, Wheatland, 235; 2. Andy Eckrich, Oxford, 228; 3. Joel Callahan, Dubuque, 216; 4. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls, 210; 5. Jason Rauen, Farley, 204; 6. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon, 202; 7. Tyler Bruening, Decorah, 196; 8. Matt Ryan, Davenport, 187; 9. Ray Guss Jr., Milan, Ill., and Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, both 175; 11. Scott Fitzpatrick, Urbandale, 173; 12. Tommy Elston, Keokuk, 165; 13. Brian Harris, Davenport, 158; 14. Terry Neal, Ely, 134; 15. Colby Springsteen, Wapello, 129; 16. Nate Beuseling, Silvis, Ill., 118; 17. Jeremy Grady, Story City, 106; 18. Curt Schroeder, Ames, and Ron Klein, Sherrill, both 97; 20. John Emerson, Waterloo, and Jay Johnson, West Burlington, both 96.
Batesville, In. — The Southeastern Indiana YMCA challenges local middle school students with the “The Amazing Race” Friday, March 15 from 7 to 9 p.m.Students are invited to bring their teams to the Y for competition, food and prizes. For more information please call 812-934-6006.