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Iranians fearful as virus infections rebound amid eased lockdown

first_imgWhile many people in Iran’s capital are taking advantage of loosened COVID-19 controls, some worry about a new spike in infections in what remains the Middle East’s deadliest virus epicenter. “The line of fools,” muttered shopkeeper Manouchehr, peering disdainfully at a queue of customers outside a foreign currency dealer in the Sadeghieh district of western Tehran.Many in the long line stood close to one another and did not wear masks. Topics : ‘Endangering our lives’ The capital’s streets, bazaars and malls are now bustling after being nearly deserted for weeks.Milad, a shopkeeper in a mall, was conflicted about the easing of movement restrictions.”All these customers coming in will endanger our lives — us who are forced to come” to work, he said.The mall gets very busy in the evenings, noted the 22-year-old, who did not wear any protective equipment.The COVID-19 respiratory disease has killed 6,640 people in Iran since the first two fatalities were reported in the city of Qom on February 19, according to authorities.Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi has called Tehran the country’s “Achilles heel” in the fight against the virus.Its eight million residents are densely packed together and the capital is a magnet for hundreds of thousands of workers from other provinces. The government moved to ease restrictions even as Tehran remained at red, the top level of its color coded risk scale.Schools, universities, cinemas and stadiums remain closed for now. A traffic policeman told AFP such queues have appeared regularly ever since the money changers re-opened. People rarely observe basic anti-contagion protocols, he complained.The government began paring back coronavirus controls outside Tehran a month ago, arguing that the economy — already sagging under punitive US sanctions — needed to get back to bare bones operations.It allowed small businesses to reopen in the capital a week later, before permitting malls to welcome customers on April 21 and barbers on Wednesday.At 802, declared daily infections in Iran on May 2 had reached their lowest level since early March.center_img ‘Life costs money'”People being careful made infections drop, but as soon as the disease was deemed less of a concern, we saw cases grow,” said Masoud Mardani, an infectious disease expert at the health ministry.The rise is “partly due to the reopening and people going out shopping,” he told the semi-official ISNA news agency, while also citing an increase in travel in Tehran province.Health officials have vowed to re-impose stringent measures if cases continue to climb, and have already done so in the southwestern Khuzestan province.But many Iranians remain adamant that they have to work to avoid financial ruin.”Life costs money,” said Hamed. “People have to go to work since this virus has been with us for about three months now.” The 22-year-old was among those out on the streets without a mask, deeming such protection “largely ineffective”.He had travelled over 150 kilometers from Qom to Tehran for banking business for the private firm that employs him.It is a trip he has to undertake every few days and says he cannot refuse for fear of losing his job.A few streets away, pedestrians were shopping for fresh vegetables and dried fruit — mostly women or older men, but this time, mainly in masks.”I think maybe only half the people follow health protocols” across the capital, said Zahra, a 30-year-old accountant. “Either people don’t care or don’t have the patience” to wear a mask, she said.Mohammad, a former building contractor, complained that masks were expensive and in short supply. A disposable surgical mask can cost from 49,000 rials (30 US cents, using the unofficial rate) to 10 or 15 times that amount for the better quality durable coverings.”They should have given them to people for free,” said the mask-less 58-year-old.But Mohammad’s biggest gripe was overcrowding on buses, where red crosses marked on half of the seats to ensure social distancing are routinely ignored. But this critical daily number has since begun resurging, breaching 1,500 on Saturday and, the following day, taking the total number of confirmed infections beyond 107,000.”The situation should in no way be considered normal,” said health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour, who warned of “a critical situation” in parts of the country.In the capital, a member of the virus taskforce warned that current health protocols could not contain the spread of the illness in Tehran.”With businesses reopening, people have forgotten about the protocols,” Ali Maher told ISNA news agency, adding that “maybe it was too soon” to return to normal life.last_img read more

On SU’s 1st depth chart, RBs Howard and Adams among 5 players not listed

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ The Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.Just after head coach Dino Babers said Monday that he didn’t want to comment on player availability for Saturday’s season opener against North Carolina, SU football released its Week 1 depth chart. SU’s first depth chart provides the first glimpse since the spring at important position changes, as well as players who impressed the coaching staff during a shortened training camp. “All that stuff’s going to come out, unless it comes out some kind of other way. Once we play the game, I’ll be willing to talk about some of that stuff,” Babers told reporters on Monday.Below are some key takeaways from the Orange’s Week 1 depth chart:AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe not-listedFive expected contributors were left off the depth chart. Players can return during the season under NCAA rules, so the omission doesn’t necessarily mean that the players have opted out of the season.Running backs Abdul Adams and Jarveon Howard, guard Dakota Davis, linebacker Tyrell Richards and transfer offensive lineman Chris Bleich were not listed on the depth chart. As of Monday, none of those players have publicly opted out.Adams and Howard were projected to be the one-two punch in a backfield that lost Moe Neal when he graduated in the spring. But last week, both Adams and Howard were omitted from a team recap of a scrimmage, leading to questions about their statuses on the team. As SU’s second string back last year, Adams averaged 30.5 rushing yards per game and scored three touchdowns. Howard, more of a short-yardage power back, recorded nearly identical stats (30.6 ypg, 3 TD). Without the duo, redshirt freshman Jawhar Jordan and redshirt junior Markenzy Pierre will assume the workload.The unavailability of Davis and Bleich hurts an offensive line that Pro Football Focus ranked 101st out of 130 FBS teams in 2019. Bleich, a transfer from Florida, submitted his waiver for immediate eligibility in April but reportedly hasn’t heard back from the NCAA. “We’re not allowed to talk about all that stuff because it’s tied into the NCAA,” Babers said Aug. 24. “I will say that we’re really interested in hearing some news so we can decide what’s going on with him.” Richards, a redshirt junior and special teams standout, recently expressed discomfort with playing sports during a time of racial unrest in the United States. Following the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the linebacker tweeted, “Why am I playing in a country to entertain people that don’t care about our well being unless we’re on the field. F*** playing sports, we don’t need to distract them from s***, make everyone look at what’s really going on because at the end of the day … I AM JACOB BLAKE.”  Where is Chris Elmore playing? Elmore said earlier this summer that he’s been lining up numerous different spots during camp, but his listing as a left guard on the depth chart is by far the biggest surprise. There, Elmore will join Airon Servais, Chris Vettorrello, Darius Tisdale and Matthew Bergeron on an offensive line that struggled in 2019. Moving Elmore, who’s played fullback, tight end and defensive tackle, could be related to Davis’ absence. Babers has also said that some offensive linemen were banged up during camp. The 6-foot, 288-pound utility man from Chicago considered opting out of the season early on during training camp before committing to going “all-in.” Elmore has recorded nine total tackles, 65 rushing yards on 28 carries, three touchdowns and one reception in his career. Notably, the senior wears a No. 5 jersey, which is not permitted for offensive lineman in college football. Ineligible players, who can’t receive forward passes, must wear numbers between 50 and 79.Position switch-ups Preseason All-American Andre Cisco will be SU’s first rover, a position unique to the 3-3-5 defense. Cisco, the active FBS leader in interceptions (12), will now be tasked with playing deep coverage in the middle and joining the box to stop the run. His athleticism and ability to read the quarterback should make him an effective rover. He’s also proven to be a strong open-field tackler — he has 87 solo tackles in 22 career games. Eric Coley, who’s listed at boundary safety, told reporters that he’s also been practicing the rover position. He and Cisco may be used interchangeably. “We’ve got guys that know more positions, so if someone goes down, it’s easy to move somebody over and they already know what they’re doing,” Coley said Sept. 1. “Don’t really need much practice. So I feel like that’s why the switch happened.” Other noteworthy position changes since spring include Garrett Williams, who moved from third to first string cornerback. Williams redshirted last year but will now have an important role in the defensive back-heavy 3-3-5. True freshman Stefon Thompson will start at strong-side linebacker, another unexpected move on the defense. He came to Syracuse rated the No. 41 inside linebacker in his home state of North Carolina, per 247 Sports. “No football teams have gone through what all the teams have gone through this year,” Babers said. “Coaches really have to take a step back and players are really going to get to step up.” Comments Published on September 7, 2020 at 2:25 pm Contact Danny: [email protected] | @DannyEmermanlast_img read more

Updated: Conway Springs teacher will return to the classroom Monday

first_imgTom Leahy(Updated Sunday) Sumner Newscow report — Conway Springs teacher Tom Leahy, who was on leave for two weeks after showing a controversial anti-bullying film, will return to his teaching position Monday, district officials said.In a written statement, officials said he “will be allowed back in the classroom with some safeguards in place to make sure the students in the classroom are okay which is our number one concern.” Superintendent Clay Murphy would not provide details on the safeguards or elaborate on the written release.The one-page statement, sent to Conway Springs parents and media Friday, was issued on behalf of the district and Leahy, Murphy said, and would be “our final statements on this issue.”“We will have no further comment on the topic,” it says.Leahy confirmed by phone to the Wichita Eagle Friday that he did not plan to comment further.“The fact is that the vast majority of complaints were about the graphic suicide scene and some of the comments made after the film had ended,” the statement said.Leahy said he no longer plans to speak to Conway Springs school board members at their regular meeting Monday night. It was unclear Friday whether board members would address the topic.Thursday, Leahy reversed a previous decision that he would tender his resignation to the Conway Springs School Board (see story here).Leahy was asked to leave after he showed his eighth-grade history students “Love is all you need,” a short film that depicts a fictional town in which heterosexual children are bullied by homosexual classmates. The film was shown as a teaching tool about tolerance, Leahy said.Leahy said he showed the film after a history lesson took a disturbing turn. He directed students last month to create their own colonies, like early American settlers, and several students declared that homosexuals would not be allowed in their colonies, Leahy said. Other students created colonies where everyone was welcome, which led to heated debates and hard feelings.He and Superintendent Clay Murphy were scheduled to address the community at a joint news conference on Thursday, but the event was canceled shortly after noon at Leahy’s request, Murphy said.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (3) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +26 Vote up Vote down Nancy · 248 weeks ago Good for him! Report Reply 0 replies · active 248 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down big D · 248 weeks ago Now, if the school board will do their part and use logic , not personal feelings and bias to make a decision. Report Reply 0 replies · active 248 weeks ago -8 Vote up Vote down learn more · 248 weeks ago I understand the teacher had the students work on a project about colonies, but how did keeping homosexuals out of them even become an issue? Schools are not the place for social issues such as homosexuality. I think every school should focus more on “reading, writing and arithmetic.” Report Reply 0 replies · active 248 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Win it for me, Pirlo tells Juve

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp “I say this as a friend and a former teammate who knows him well – he deserves it,” Pirlo wrote. “This is the only thing he’s missing.”The 38-year-old said Real would be formidable opponents but were not unbeatable.“There are reasons to be wary of them, but that is true of every team at this level. If Juve approach this clash the way they know how, they’ve got a great chance. They’ve not gone wrong in all the matches that have counted so far this season.” Rome, Italy | AFP |  Juventus and Italy legend Andrea Pirlo has told his former team-mates to win Saturday’s Champions League final for him.“Here we are: Juve-Real in the Champions League final. I say ‘we’ because even if this time I will not be on the pitch, I will be the number one supporter,” the veteran midfielder wrote in a column for La Stampa, the daily based in Juventus’s home city of Turin.Now playing for New York City FC, Pirlo said he would be racing home after his new club’s MLS clash with Philadelphia to watch the final on television.“I don’t think I’ll be able to sit still,” he wrote.Pirlo won four Italian titles in his 2011-15 stint at Juventus. He was part of the side that lost the 2015 final to Barcelona and the pain lingers still.“Sometimes I think back to that night two years ago in Berlin. When you lose a final you find yourself back there in your mind and you’d love to play it again. Unfortunately for me, I can’t do that, but I’m happy they can.”Pirlo, who won European football’s biggest prize twice with AC Milan, said a Juve triumph would be a fitting honour for club captain Gigi Buffon as the Italy goalkeeper nears the end of his trophy-laden career.last_img read more

When will parts of Palm Beach County open up?

first_imgPalm Beach County officials are busy working on a strategy in collaboration with the Department of Health to open parts of the county.But when will that be?Palm Beach County leaders said last week that plans to reopen non-essential businesses will come in phases, but it won’t happen until the county reaches its peak of cases.Palm Beach County Vice Mayor Robert Weinroth is giving residents some insight into the county’s plans.In a Facebook post this week, Weinroth said they have identified a recent downward trend in hospitalization and coronavirus cases, which support the county beginning to slowly reopen in a “measured and phased approach.”Weinroth said the county’s effort to flatten the curve have been working over the last 30 days.“In the month, we have done that. We have seen a real result,” said Weinroth.He said the next phase the next phase, known as Phase 2, would slowly reopen parts of the county where people can still maintain CDC guidelines.“We have to do this with the idea that people have free will, and just because we open up a venue doesn’t mean you have to go,” said Weinroth.He says the proposed strategy in Phase 2 begins with reviewing relaxing restrictions to the following locations:1) Natural Areas and Parks2) Boat Ramps, Marinas and other water activities3) Golfing and Golf Courses4) BeachesThe vice mayor said the county is developing work groups that are meeting this week to “finalize the proposed rules, regulations and enforcement associated with the partial reopening of these areas.”On Thursday, Weinroth said an update will come from the county either Friday or early next week on when the public can see an actual plan for loosening some of the stay-at-home order restrictions.A key model used by White House said social distancing measures should continue into May or June for much of the country. The model shows Florida should be among the last state to lift so-called “stay-at-home” orders.“I think this is something that is best left at a local level,” said Weiroth in regard to the model used by the White House.Weinroth said it’s hard to lump all of Florida together with the difference in coronanvirus numbers from county-to-county.He said Palm Beach County has been working closely with the health department and other experts on how to safely take action.“It is not so easy just turning on a switch,” said Weinroth.last_img read more

Fort’s Latest Redevelopment Announcements Include Former Commissary, PX

first_imgOCEANPORT – A flurry of activity was on the agenda of the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) Nov. 13 for one of their last monthly meetings of 2019. All properties in play are located in the Oceanport section of the former Fort Monmouth. The same evening, FMERA voted to extend Oceanport Partners’ due diligence period on the 14-acre Warehouse/ Post Office parcel for 90 days to complete its investigation of the suitability of the property for redevelopment. Engineering and environmental studies are ongoing, officials said. The firm, which anticipates a total capital investment at that site of over $31.4 million, plans to use it for office, research and related product storage and distribution with a focus on medical, biotechnology and software development within three Class A office buildings. The extension lasts until Feb. 23, 2020. Noting there has been “a lot of trepidation” over the project locally, Coffey said, “RPM has done a lot to assuage our concerns in the past couple of months. We are ready to move forward but will be looking long and hard at it.” OCEANPORT PARTNERS EXPANDS ITS REDEVELOPMENT SCOPE By unanimous vote, FMERA made this 79-acre parcel along the New Jersey Transit railroad tracks and Parkers Creek, within a portion of the Horseneck area, available through its Offer to Purchase Process. Located one-half mile from the Little Silver Train Station, the site is designated for redevelopment as the borough’s “town center” community hub, with mixed uses including residential, retail, commercial and civic/institutional. NURSES QUARTERS 400 AREA Fort Monmouth’s Commissary is among the key former U.S. Army buildings developer Oceanport Partners is in the process of acquiring for redevelopment.Photo courtesy FMERA RPM Development, LLC will invest a minimum of $6.69 million to renovate and reuse the fort’s former 24-unit Nurses Quarters following last week’s unanimous approval of a Purchase and Sale Agreement for the 3.75-acre site. RPM, which purchased and renovated the fort’s former Officers Housing area as the East Gate residential project, now nearing completion, proposes to turn the Nurses Quarters into 24 one- and two-bedroom rental apartments. In addition, 10 three- to four-bedroom owner-occupied townhomes will be constructed. Seven of the apartments will be designated as affordable housing. The plan is subject to FMERA’s mandatory conceptual review and Oceanport’s Planning Board review. By Laura D.C. Kolnoski The bid package should be released next month with a deadline for submissions in late March. IN OTHER NEWS “It’s a fairly major development,” said Bruce Steadman, FMERA executive director. “We are making the Request for Offers to Purchase very broad. We want Oceanport’s approval.” Developer Oceanport Partners, an entity of Denholtz Management Corp., has entered into a Purchase and Sale Agreement to redevelop the fort’s former Commissary and PX (Post Exchange) complex, along with a 6-acre parking area. The firm, which will pay $3 million for the property, is already working toward redeveloping the adjacent former Post Office area and Warehouse District. Oceanport Partners will be responsible for all demolition and associated costs, and its total capital investment will be no less than $23 million, officials said. The Commissary building is slated for rehabilitation. Intended uses include retail, office, recreational, entertainment, craft production, research and development and culinary-related. The company estimates creating 111 part-time and/or full-time permanent jobs within 24 months of the project’s completion or pay a penalty of $1,500 per job not created as per FMERA rules. FMERA has said the parcel is well-suited for the development of “a vibrant, transit-oriented development” with 234 residential units and a Main Street character. Sixty-three buildings on the site, which the U.S. Army used for residences, administrative buildings, warehouses, research and development, and general purpose, are deemed obsolete. Alternative development scenarios will be considered, but all proposals must embody the transit-oriented development concept. “Oceanport can see the finish line at this point,” said Mayor Jay Coffey, a voting FMERA member. “This has been subject of a great volume of discussion in our town. There is no train station here. Horseneck Point residents are anxious to see what comes in and what transpires.” “I reached out to (RPM CEO) Ed Martoglio and tried to outline Oceanport’s concerns,” Steadman said. “Ed was 100 percent willing to take responsibility.” The project is expected to create a minimum of 38 part-time or full-time temporary construction related jobs and a minimum of one full-time or part-time job upon completion, or pay a penalty of $1,500 for each job not created. FMERA bid adieu to its director of real estate development of seven years, David Nuse, but not really. Nuse is returning to the New Jersey Economic Development Authority in Trenton, where he previously worked for 25 years. The EDA oversees FMERA operations. Nuse will remain a presence at FMER A’s monthly meetings, taking on the role of the EDA’s voting representative to the authority’s board. “Our time with Dave has been outstanding,” Steadman said. “He is a man of integrity, character and has legions of fans. He’s done great work here and we’ll miss his daily input.” Nuse said that he plans to stay “deeply involved” in the fort’s redevelopment.last_img read more