Iran imposes lockdown to check all citizens for virus

first_img‘Right direction’ Zarif also appealed to the United Nations for an end to US sanctions, which he said were “undermining our efforts to fight the COVID-19 epidemic in Iran”.The United States is currently pursuing a policy of “maximum pressure” aimed at crippling the Iranian government’s finances.President Donald Trump launched the campaign in 2018 after unilaterally withdrawing the US from a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers and reimposing sanctions.In theory, humanitarian items are exempt from the US sanctions, but in reality banks tend to turn down transactions involving Iran to avoid being exposed to potential litigation.The World Health Organization praised Iran as a delegation of WHO and public health experts left the country after a five-day mission.”We see that Iran’s strategies and priorities to control COVID-19 are evolving in the right direction,” said Richard Brennan, WHO regional emergency director.”But more needs to be done,” he said in a statement.”We agreed on several priority areas for scale-up with the national health authorities, based on informed experiences in China and elsewhere.” Topics : Among other top brass at the gathering was Gholamreza Soleimani, who heads the Basij, a volunteer militia loyal to the establishment, as was Defense Minister Amir Hatami.Bagheri appeared in front of the cameras later to say a newly formed commission had been charged with overseeing the “emptying of shops, streets and roads” within the next 24 hours. Entire nation to be monitored “During the next 10 days, the entire Iranian nation will be monitored once through cyberspace, by phone and, if necessary, in person, and those suspected of being ill will be fully identified,” he said.It was difficult to estimate on Friday the real extent of the measures announced by the general.News of the lockdown came as Iran said the novel coronavirus had claimed another 85 lives, its highest single-day toll since the first deaths were announced on February 19.”Sadly, 85 people infected with the COVID-19 disease have died in the past 24 hours,” health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said.”Across the country, at least 1,289 infected people have been added to the list of confirmed patients.”In all, the ministry says 514 people have been killed by the illness out of 11,364 confirmed cases of infection in Iran.Several politicians and officials have been infected, with some dying from the illness.The latest suspected case was Ali Akbar Velayati, who advises Iran’s supreme leader on foreign policy.Velayati fell ill with “mild symptoms” on Wednesday and has been placed in quarantine, according to Tasnim news agency.Iran on Thursday said it asked the International Monetary Fund for its first loan in decades to combat the coronavirus outbreak.Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif urged the IMF to “stand on the right side of history”.center_img But despite those and other measures including the cancellation of the main weekly Friday prayers, the official number of deaths and infections has continued to grow exponentially.Iran’s supreme leader on Thursday ordered the armed forces to lead the battle against the outbreak.Ayatollah Ali Khamenei instructed the security forces to bring their services together and expand efforts to combat the virus.Acting on those orders, armed forces chief of staff Major General Mohammad Bagheri chaired a meeting on Friday that included Revolutionary Guard commander Hossein Salami and police chief Hossein Ashtari. Iran said Friday the security forces will clear the streets nationwide within 24 hours so all citizens can be checked for coronavirus — its toughest measure yet to combat the outbreak.The COVID-19 epidemic in Iran — a nation of more than 80 million people — has now claimed over 500 lives and infected more than 11,000.Since it announced the first deaths last month, Iran has shut schools, postponed events and discouraged travel ahead of Nowrouz, the country’s New Year holidays.last_img read more

May Jobs That Pay Update: Attracting Employers, Bolstering a Competitive Workforce, Improving Infrastructure

first_img Economy,  Education,  Environment,  Infrastructure,  Innovation,  Jobs That Pay,  PAsmart,  Round-Up,  The Blog,  Transportation,  Workforce Development This month, Governor Wolf continued to welcome expanding companies to the Keystone State, launched numerous partnerships to provide critical skills to tomorrow’s workforce, and announced nearly a billion dollars in projects to improve Pennsylvania’s infrastructure and air quality.Attracting Employers and Creating New JobsThe commonwealth continued to welcome companies seeking to expand their manufacturing footprint in a location that can provide the talent and resources necessary for long term growth.This month, Governor Wolf announced business expansion plans and small business loan approvals that will help create and retain nearly 1,000 jobs across the commonwealth.Bolstering a Competitive WorkforceSince taking office, Governor Wolf has made it a priority to support programs that prepare Pennsylvanians for 21st century jobs that pay.Building on that effort, the governor announced workforce development programs have supported the training of more than 120,000 workers since the start of the Wolf Administration.In addition, the governor launched a new fellowship program to partner university students with local manufacturers and announced $2 million to support more than 600 summer internship programs across Pennsylvania.Improving Pennsylvania’s Infrastructure and EnvironmentOver the last month, Governor Wolf announced more than $921 million in projects to improve roads, bridges, public transportation, and water infrastructure across Pennsylvania. In addition, the governor announced more than $118 million in new grant and rebate programs, funded by the U.S. EPA settlement with Volkswagen Group of America, to improve air quality in the Keystone State.Highlights from April – May 2018Governor Wolf Announces Funding to Increase Welding Training Opportunities in Bedford and Somerset CountiesGovernor Wolf Announces $60 Million Investment in Water Infrastructure Projects in 12 CountiesGovernor Wolf Celebrates Revitalization at Groundbreaking Ceremony for The Highline in PittsburghPennsylvania Submits Nominations for Qualified Opportunity Zones to U.S. Department of TreasuryGovernor Wolf Announces Administration’s Efforts Helped More Than 2,000 Companies Train Their Existing WorkforcePennsylvania Investing More Than $2.8 Million to Expand Summer Internship ProgramsWolf Administration Previews 2018 Northeastern Region Construction Season, Highlights Recycled Asphalt Paving ProgramWolf Administration Previews 2018 Indiana-based Region Construction Season, Highlights ProjectsGovernor Wolf Announces Expansion of USSC Group, Creation of More Than 240 Manufacturing Jobs in Chester CountyGovernor Wolf Announces IRIS USA Expanding into Pennsylvania and Creating 95 New Jobs in Luzerne CountyGovernor Wolf Highlights PAsmart Workforce Proposal at Monroe Career and Technical InstituteGovernor Wolf Launches New Fellowship Program to Connect Students and Manufacturers to Advance Innovation in PennsylvaniaGovernor Wolf Announces New Small Business Loan Approvals for Eight Projects in Six Counties, Supporting Nearly 700 JobsGovernor Wolf Announces Grant for New Manufacturing Training Program in the Lehigh ValleyGovernor Wolf: 82 Improvement Projects to Bolster Public Transit, Communities Across PennsylvaniaGovernor Wolf Announces $2 Million in Business Education Partnership Grants for In-Demand JobsGovernor Wolf Announces $118 Million Volkswagen Settlement to Fund New Air Pollution Reduction ProgramGovernor Wolf Announces New Funding to Expand Machining, Welding Training Programs in Northwest PennsylvaniaHighlights from Instagram By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf May Jobs That Pay Update: Attracting Employers, Bolstering a Competitive Workforce, Improving Infrastructure May 16, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Defense keys Badgers’ success

first_imgMATTHEW KUTZ/Herald photoWisconsin volleyball head coach Pete Waite couldn’t have scripted a better start to the Big Ten season for his team. After opening conference play at home with a big upset win over Minnesota, the No.8-ranked Badgers went on the road this weekend and defeated a pair of top-ranked Big Ten opponents.Wisconsin beat the No. 21-ranked Purdue Boilermakers 30-27, 31-29, 28-30, 14-30, 15-9 for the Badgers’ first Big Ten Conference road win of the season this past Friday and followed the emotional five-game victory up with a 3-0 sweep of Illinois Saturday.”I was really happy with our play this weekend at Purdue and at Illinois,” Waite said at his press conference Monday. “Going into Purdue, they’re a top-20 team and they play in a small gym with a big crowd and they’re an extremely scrappy team.”And going into Illinois was another good match for us,” he added. “We had lost there the last three years, I believe, and to come out of there with a three game win was fantastic.”Waite noted that his team’s ability to prove it can win Big Ten matches on the road early on in conference play was crucial for the team’s goal to capture the conference crown.”[Being able to win on the road] was huge,” Waite said. “That’s something we have not done as well as we needed to the last couple of years and the Big Ten is tough. I’m really proud of our team and how they did so I think that said a lot for the road games … It was a great test for us and I’m really happy to come away with those wins.”Conference Rivalries: Wisconsin already toppled one of its biggest rivals in Minnesota earlier this year, but with fellow foe Penn State coming to town this weekend one can speculate which one is the better rivalry.Waite said the two rivalries are almost equal, but that his team may be getting the better of both the Golden Gophers and the Nittany Lions this season.”I would almost say Minnesota and Penn State are the two [biggest rivals] because of the border battle with Minnesota and the way the three programs have gone since 1999,” Waite said. “After you win, you go down a little bit, but I feel like we’re on our way back up and again we have a lot of sophomores starting so we’re still young and learning, but we’re right up there with the top of the pack.”The trio has been dominant in the conference and national scene the past few years with Penn State winning the national title in 1999, the Badgers making the national tournament every year since 1996, including a Big Ten title in 2001, and with Minnesota being a perennial top-25 team.Defense, the key to success: While Waite’s squad has had the reputation as being a great offensive team, it hasn’t always had the same success on the other side of the net. Nevertheless, he has worked extremely hard to improve the team’s defense and passing this year.As a result, the Badgers have become a much more balanced team and Waite is quick to point out that it all comes back to the defense.”The last couple of years I don’t think we were as balanced as a team that we needed to be offensively as opposed to defensively,” he said. “We had the block and we had the offense, but if you don’t pass and don’t dig then you can’t stay in game with the best teams.”We’ve improved that partly by recruiting by getting someone like Jocelyn Wack in there and also just trained hard for the last 8-10 months since last season to improve our season to improve our defense,” he added. “Our numbers are more balanced now, we’ve got the offensive threats, and its coming together better for us.”While all may sound perfect for the volleyball team this year as they are winning on the road, blocking well and passing well, Waite was reluctant to say his team doesn’t have anything to improve upon.”As a coaching staff, we know the things we need to work on and the players do too, and that’s the tough thing,” Waite said. “Sometimes I actually have to remind them to be more excited about the good things they do because they’re always thinking they should be better. They don’t realize they’re a top-10 team and they’ve beaten some very strong teams this year already, but because we’re always trying to make them better they feel like they have much more to learn, so they’re definitely hungry for more and trying to get better as the season goes on.”last_img read more

To the editor: Please take the time to be informed the old fashioned way

first_img 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 (9) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close 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 Big D · 210 weeks ago It wasn’t too many years ago when there was an opportunity for the packing plant to expand their operations and the city council pushed them away. With that, the employment increase and the increased revenues from employees spending their wages went West to Harper. We want our children to stay local and for people to buy local…..well we need to open to expansion and not just if it fits our personal fancy. Report Reply 1 reply · active 210 weeks ago -10 Vote up Vote down guest · 210 weeks ago That packing plant is an eye sore and it smells. I was out there yesterday talking to someone in the parking lot of the Chinese place. The smell was awful and the number of flies buzzing around was disgusting. I’ve driven from the packing plant to the round-a-bout and seen a trail of blood on the highway. Very unappealing to say the least. And remember, there’s a crosswalk for the Kennedy School kids to use…streaked with blood from the hauling of hides or whatever from the packing plant. That plant should have never been built so close to town. For you old timers you may recall, when they put that business in it was to be a no-kill plant. That changed. I’m glad they did NOT expand that stinky place. Report Reply +6 Vote up Vote down Chris Hutchens · 210 weeks ago I hope Cowley will include a GED class. Wellington really needs this service. They sponsored the classes that were given at the Senior Center several years ago. Report Reply 1 reply · active 210 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down guest · 210 weeks ago Dynamic Learning Center in Belle Plaine offers FREE GED classes. They are on-line, self-paced and laptop computers are made available to students. Shari Mills can help you enroll – open enrollment any time of the years. Dynamic Learning Center 823 Main St. Belle Plaine, Kansas 67013 Phone: 620-488-5638 Contact Shari Mills @ [email protected] Website: Facebook:… Report Reply +3 Vote up Vote down Tired Taxpayer · 210 weeks ago This is a for profit college. Why should it be subsidized with tax money? If it is profitable then they will come to Sumner County without a tax shake down. We are taxed enough already. It’s time this county cut some taxes. Lets try a novel idea of user fees. Pay for the service as you use it instead of forcing someone else to pay your bills. Report Reply 1 reply · active 210 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down SuCo Pride · 210 weeks ago Cowley College is a Kansas Community College, not a for-profit university. Report Reply +8 Vote up Vote down Belle · 210 weeks ago Great advice Phil White! Get informed people…we need Cowley College and this project in order to grow!! Please let our County Commisioners know you want to be heard!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 210 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down Jeff · 210 weeks ago Mr. White: your points are well taken. However, please remember the average resident here has already been drained dry by the city council’s spending beyond our means, law suits, poor real estate transactions, draconian utility increases and a 12 million dollar school security bond. A few of us are still somewhat solvent, but John Q. Wellington is “busted flat in Baton Rouge” – as Janis Joplin would say. The piggy bank is empty, sir. This should (and could) have been done long ago before money was extinct. Report Reply 0 replies · active 210 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down LEAH SOMMERHOFF · 210 weeks ago So well written Phil, it is a great advance for not only Wellington, but for our County. Not to mention everyone it will serve as a great educational resource! Report Reply 0 replies · active 210 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to 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 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 comments To the Editor:  It is looking like we as Sumner County citizens may be presented with an opportunity to take a step toward fighting our county’s population decline by welcoming Cowley College and its superb educational opportunities and technical training programs to Wellington!Phil WhiteSure, it’s a step that will cost each of us money, but it is perhaps the best opportunity our community has seen in quite a while.However, before we as taxpayers begin debating whether we can afford to help support such a facility, we owe it to ourselves to learn what is being proposed, what it truly will cost, and what economic benefit Sumner County can realistically expect.Contrary to what seems to be the trend, the answers to these questions are not found on social media or in anonymous comment sections. They’re found the old-fashioned way: Visiting in-person with those asking for our support. That’s also the best way to ask questions and voice any criticism we may have.We have the opportunity to do exactly that tomorrow, Monday, August 1st. Cowley College President Dennis Rittle and the Sumner County Economic Development will be hosting two town hall meetings. The meetings will be at 10 a.m. and at 6 p.m. Both will be in the Wellington High School Auditorium.Please do everything you can to attend one of these meetings so you can ask questions, voice your concerns, and ensure you are armed with direct information as you consider this important decision.Philip B. WhiteWellingtonFollow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more