Tehran residents choking on pollution



TEHRAN // Hundreds of Tehran residents have been taken to hospitals and emergency rooms with respiratory or cardiac problems since Dec 8, when air pollution rose to alarming levels in the city. The number of deaths caused by cardiac arrest increased by 15 per cent in the week that followed when the pollution was particularly high, according to Tehran cemetery officials. The pollution has been persistent as the temperature currently hovers at about 0°C and traps the fumes from cars and industries over the city, forcing emergency rooms and hospitals to operate on a high state of alert, health ministry officials said. "A close relative of mine who has asthma had to be rushed to the hospital last week when her health condition got seriously worrying. She hadn't even been out because of the warning about the dangerous level of the air pollution," said Zahra Afsari, a 45-year-old housewife. This month, electronic display boards that register the level of air pollution in the city's busiest squares and streets frequently have shown alarming levels of carbon monoxide and solid particles. Both are considered very dangerous to one's health. "Since winter cold began it is not possible to go out and not return home fatigued, nauseated, with itchy eyes, a sore throat, a bad headache or even with all of these symptoms," said Mehdi Gharakhanlou, a 38-year-old businessman. "I work in the commercial centre of the city where despite the ban on the use of private cars and enforcement of even-odd licence plate system, the problem is even worse than in other parts of the city. I wear a mask when I am out, but even that doesn't help much," Mr Gharakhanlou said. Yesterday, the Tehran Police Authority started implementing a traffic control plan aimed at cutting the city's air pollution. Police will now confiscate cars visibly contributing to pollution and enforce a 70,000 rial (Dh26) fine on drivers whose cars have failed to pass a safety inspection. Several hundred thousand of the more than three million cars in Tehran are old, with very poor fuel efficiency. Authorities said more than 80 per cent of the pollution is caused by carbon monoxide spewing from car exhausts. Jaffar Tashakkori Hashemi, the deputy mayor of Tehran, was recently quoted by newspapers as saying that only 20 per cent of the vehicles navigating in the city meet the requirements of the emission standards of the European Union. "One of the best ways to overcome this huge problem is phasing out the old cars with new, more fuel-efficient, ones. The government can help this by offering loans to owners of old cars to buy new ones. They are doing that, but too slowly," said Hassan Ebadi, 56, a taxi driver. "They can enforce higher emission control standards on automakers. Improving the metro network and public transportation in general can also greatly help. But nobody seems to take the problem seriously enough to do something really serious about it." According to traffic authorities, the quality of the air in Tehran is below the standard level considered as healthy on more than one-third of the days of the year. Tehran's geographical location contributes to the problem of air pollution too. Tall mountains surround the city from north, east and west and form a trap for the fumes from cars and industries. msinaiee@thenational.ae

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Transmission: seven-speed DSG automatic

Power: 242bhp

Torque: 370Nm

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Important questions to consider

1. Where on the plane does my pet travel?

There are different types of travel available for pets:

  • Manifest cargo
  • Excess luggage in the hold
  • Excess luggage in the cabin

Each option is safe. The feasibility of each option is based on the size and breed of your pet, the airline they are traveling on and country they are travelling to.

 

2. What is the difference between my pet traveling as manifest cargo or as excess luggage?

If traveling as manifest cargo, your pet is traveling in the front hold of the plane and can travel with or without you being on the same plane. The cost of your pets travel is based on volumetric weight, in other words, the size of their travel crate.

If traveling as excess luggage, your pet will be in the rear hold of the plane and must be traveling under the ticket of a human passenger. The cost of your pets travel is based on the actual (combined) weight of your pet in their crate.

 

3. What happens when my pet arrives in the country they are traveling to?

As soon as the flight arrives, your pet will be taken from the plane straight to the airport terminal.

If your pet is traveling as excess luggage, they will taken to the oversized luggage area in the arrival hall. Once you clear passport control, you will be able to collect them at the same time as your normal luggage. As you exit the airport via the ‘something to declare’ customs channel you will be asked to present your pets travel paperwork to the customs official and / or the vet on duty. 

If your pet is traveling as manifest cargo, they will be taken to the Animal Reception Centre. There, their documentation will be reviewed by the staff of the ARC to ensure all is in order. At the same time, relevant customs formalities will be completed by staff based at the arriving airport. 

 

4. How long does the travel paperwork and other travel preparations take?

This depends entirely on the location that your pet is traveling to. Your pet relocation compnay will provide you with an accurate timeline of how long the relevant preparations will take and at what point in the process the various steps must be taken.

In some cases they can get your pet ‘travel ready’ in a few days. In others it can be up to six months or more.

 

5. What vaccinations does my pet need to travel?

Regardless of where your pet is traveling, they will need certain vaccinations. The exact vaccinations they need are entirely dependent on the location they are traveling to. The one vaccination that is mandatory for every country your pet may travel to is a rabies vaccination.

Other vaccinations may also be necessary. These will be advised to you as relevant. In every situation, it is essential to keep your vaccinations current and to not miss a due date, even by one day. To do so could severely hinder your pets travel plans.

Source: Pawsome Pets UAE

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Label: Republic Records

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Stormy seas

Weather warnings show that Storm Eunice is soon to make landfall. The videographer and I are scrambling to return to the other side of the Channel before it does. As we race to the port of Calais, I see miles of wire fencing topped with barbed wire all around it, a silent ‘Keep Out’ sign for those who, unlike us, aren’t lucky enough to have the right to move freely and safely across borders.

We set sail on a giant ferry whose length dwarfs the dinghies migrants use by nearly a 100 times. Despite the windy rain lashing at the portholes, we arrive safely in Dover; grateful but acutely aware of the miserable conditions the people we’ve left behind are in and of the privilege of choice. 

if you go

The flights

Emirates have direct flights from Dubai to Glasgow from Dh3,115. Alternatively, if you want to see a bit of Edinburgh first, then you can fly there direct with Etihad from Abu Dhabi.

The hotel

Located in the heart of Mackintosh's Glasgow, the Dakota Deluxe is perhaps the most refined hotel anywhere in the city. Doubles from Dh850

 Events and tours

There are various Mackintosh specific events throughout 2018 – for more details and to see a map of his surviving designs see glasgowmackintosh.com

For walking tours focussing on the Glasgow Style, see the website of the Glasgow School of Art. 

More information

For ideas on planning a trip to Scotland, visit www.visitscotland.com

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Rating: 3/5

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Financial considerations before buying a property

Buyers should try to pay as much in cash as possible for a property, limiting the mortgage value to as little as they can afford. This means they not only pay less in interest but their monthly costs are also reduced. Ideally, the monthly mortgage payment should not exceed 20 per cent of the purchaser’s total household income, says Carol Glynn, founder of Conscious Finance Coaching.

“If it’s a rental property, plan for the property to have periods when it does not have a tenant. Ensure you have enough cash set aside to pay the mortgage and other costs during these periods, ideally at least six months,” she says. 

Also, shop around for the best mortgage interest rate. Understand the terms and conditions, especially what happens after any introductory periods, Ms Glynn adds.

Using a good mortgage broker is worth the investment to obtain the best rate available for a buyer’s needs and circumstances. A good mortgage broker will help the buyer understand the terms and conditions of the mortgage and make the purchasing process efficient and easier. 

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1. Black holes are objects whose gravity is so strong not even light can escape their pull

2. They can be created when massive stars collapse under their own weight

3. Large black holes can also be formed when smaller ones collide and merge

4. The biggest black holes lurk at the centre of many galaxies, including our own

5. Astronomers believe that when the universe was very young, black holes affected how galaxies formed


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