First it was toilet paper. Disinfectant wipes. Beans. Coins. Computers. Now, desks are in short supply because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Millions of kids logging onto virtual school this fall has parents scrambling to find furniture for them. It’s a small indignity compared with the kids who don’t even have home internet or computers, but it’s a hassle for parents lucky enough to have the space and money to afford desks just the same.
At the same time, some people are realizing they’ll be working from home for the long haul and require new furniture. To find desks, people are scouring stores near and far and even making their own.
Elizabeth Rossmiller, a teacher working from home for the first time, needed to upgrade from her temporary setup: an upside-down laundry basket on a nightstand.
The desk she wanted from Amazon was out of stock. None were available for under $200 at Target or Walmart. Her husband found a floor model at a store 45 minutes away from their home in Gresham, Oregon.
It was smaller and more dinged up than she expected, but “better than a laundry basket!”
Target and Ikea are restocking home office supplies due to high demand. Amazon and Walmart did not respond to requests for comment. But John Furner, who runs Walmart’s U.S. stores, acknowledged low stocks of kid’s desks and laptops in an ABC News interview on Sept. 11.
Online, sales of desks and accessories, such as desk chairs and lamps, were up 283% in August from the year before, according to Rakuten Intelligence, which tracks shopper behavior. Sites that offer used goods show spiking interest: On Facebook Marketplace, interest in desks has doubled in the last month from the month before. But prices aren’t necessarily cheap.
Shaynah Dungan, who needs a desk for when she starts esthetician school in January, said desks similar to the sold-out one she wants from Ikea were overpriced on Amazon and OfferUp, an app where people sell their stuff.
People are figuring out other solutions, sharing advice on turning dressers or book shelves into makeshift desks on Pinterest and Facebook.
Megan Fry, who is starting a new work-from-home customer service job in Indianapolis in October, said she had to go the “DIY route” after visits to Walmart, Ikea and other stores found no desk options under $150. She made her own using a $30 legless tabletop from Ikea placed on top of two short bookcases from Amazon, which cost $42 apiece.
“It’s not as cute or trendy as a bought desk and I wish it had drawers for storage,” said Fry. “But I’m happy it’s clean and has a large surface on top for my monitors and laptop.”
Instead of bookcases, Patrick Brugh went with crates to build a desk for his 6-year-old after he couldn’t find a desk at Ikea or Amazon. The Baltimore university administrator built it in two days, spending about $70 at Home Depot on four crates and a board that he painted in bright blue.
Will the homemade desk make it through the school year?
“There’s goo on the top from his snack,” said Brugh, whose son spends about 40 hours a week on it for virtual classes. “I could not believe in three weeks how much damage he’s done to this desk.”
Saudi Arabia's Heritage Commission has announced the discovery of ancient human and animal footprints dating back more than 120,000 years in Tabuk in northern Saudi Arabia, reports Xinhua.
Jasir Alherbish, head of the Heritage Commission, said during a press conference in capital Riyadh that the archaeological discovery in Tabuk, which represents the first scientific evidence of human life on the Arabian Peninsula, was made by a joint team of Saudi and international archaeologists.
The team identified footprint traces of seven humans, 107 camels, 43 elephants and other animals, according to the results of the archaeological survey.
In addition to the footprints, hundreds of fossils were found at the site, including 233 skeletal remains of elephants and oryx, along with signs of the presence of predators at the time by identifying traces of their tusks on the bones.
Alherbish said that such discoveries "help us better understand the journey of our forebears from ancient civilization to where we are today."
The Heritage Commission is currently overseeing the conservation and restoration of several archaeological sites, which will eventually be open to visitors.
Plans to host archaeological exhibitions locally and abroad are also underway.
Amid debate among city dwellers over protecting stray dogs, Lal Sabuj Society, a voluntary organization, came forward with a unique initiative to save street dogs as well as people.
The organization put reflecting belts around the necks of 50 stray dogs at TSC and Kala Bhaban area of Dhaka University on Sunday, aiming to protect them from road accidents and make pedestrians aware about their presence, said a press release.
Reflecting belt is a type of belt that reflects light even if slightest light from a distant place falls on it, read the release.
Drivers of different vehicles will realize from a distant place that there is a dog there and it will help reduce the number of accidents as well as loss of lives of both human and dogs.
Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) reportedly took an initiative to relocate stray dogs from the capital city to other parts of the country.
But hundreds of animal lovers put up a fight against the decision, urging the DSCC to change their stance over the issue.
Also read: Attention DSCC: "Dogs' Lives Matter"
Following an online campaign, animal lovers formed a human chain in front of Nagar Bhaban recently to press home their demand.
The participants said the move to relocate dogs from the city is a violation of the Animal Welfare Act, that was amended
Describing dogs as essential to the urban environment, they requested the authorities to retract so as not to disturb the balance in the city's ecosystem.
The detrimental effect of the COVID19 pandemic is yet to over. The second wave of this pandemic is about to rise around the world. In the meantime, the government has decided to keep the educational institutes closed until the situation improves. But should the process of education remain closed? Homeschooling can be a safer and pragmatic solution to keep the children active and enlightened during the pandemic days. Though homeschooling can’t compete with academic education, following some effective ways you can make it work. Read this article to know some valuable homeschooling tricks for parents during the coronavirus pandemic.
With a vision of utilizing the quarantine period properly in teaching your child at home, you need to prepare a plan about how far you want your child to go. Prepare an outline for education goals for your child depending on its age and current level of learning. Then align a day-to-day curriculum for your kid to achieve the expected learning outcomes.
You can prepare separate objectives for different subjects considering the areas where the kid needs more attention. It would be the best idea, to share the designated learning goals with your kid. As every child is different, they have different concerns regarding learning. If your kid is a little grown-up, you can create the homeschooling education plan together to make it more effective.
By virtue of technological advancement, the homeschooling process has become versatile. At present diverse local and international platforms are providing huge online resourceful targeting the process of homeschooling. Navigating to these websites, you can access creative study materials compliant with the curriculum of your child.
For providing online education to the Bangladeshi students, Sangsad Television runs the program ‘Amar Ghore Amar School’. Students can participate in their online classes free of cost. To get the updated routine for students of class one to ten, check out the following link http://dshe.gov.bd/.
JAAGO Foundation has started a praise-worthy initiate ‘Ghore Boshei Shikkha’ to encourage online education for pupils all over the country. This program is designed with free digital classes for students up to class-five. The latest routines for classes one to five are available at https://jaago.com.bd/DigitalClass.
Besides these, diverse international sites are offering enormous online resources that can help your kid’s homeschooling process. Navigating to these online knowledge-sharing platforms you can also learn about some useful homeschooling tricks for parents during the COVID19 pandemic.
Your kid can play at any place or corner of the home. But for regular study purposes there must be a designated place, like a study room, reading table, or study corner, etc. Give some effort to prepare a place where your child can find interest to sit and study with patience. Here comes the necessity of a learning environment. If the learning space is noisy or untidy, the kid may not pay attention to study. Therefore, it is behooved upon the parents to designate a neat learning space assured with a peaceful environment.
Kids can do better when their life is organized by a daily routine. The journey of homeschooling would be much easier if you can prepare an effective schedule depending on how much time you can give to teach your child. Like the class routine, you can assign different days for different subjects and reserve some time for playing, eating, and sleeping amidst learning hours. Using color pencils, sign pens, or markers, you can make the routine look attractive for your child. However, if you have multiple children, make special learning schedules for each kid.
It is a good idea to keep a connection with the parents of your child’s classmates. Sharing your problems with other parents can not only assist you in solving your problems but also help those parents too. Furthermore, while sharing experiences you can learn about some helpful ways or online resources that can make your kid’s homeschooling process more successful. Such collaboration can encourage both you and your kid in running the homeschooling battle with greater enthusiasm and creativity.
The proverb goes ‘all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’. During the pandemic situation, you may not allow the kid to play outside. But you can find some innovative ways that can both assist the learning process and provide fun to your kid. Knowing the specific area of interest of your kid, you can plan a passion project like writing an essay, solving analytical problems, doing science projects, spelling contest, etc.
If your kid can reach its weekly or monthly study goals, don’t forget to celebrate this success. Reward the kid with its favorite dish, comic book, or virtual game. These little incentives would encourage the child to continue the learning process with more excitement.
So far we have discussed some homeschooling tricks for parents. However, these tips and tricks may not work equally for every kid. Depending on the specific nature, persona, and age level of your kid, you can customize and invent ways to make the learning process effectual and fun for the child. Happy Learning!
French lords designed an elaborate underground castle nearly 1,000 years ago for a doomsday attack that never came.
From outside, the Chateau de Breze may appear to be just another opulent castle in France’s Unesco-designated Loire Valley with its crenellated towers, glittering ballrooms and Renaissance-style exterior. But if you descend below its dry moat, there's a surprise for you.
You'll find that the bulk of this medieval royal residence lies hidden underground in a vast maze of hand-dug fortifications that stretches more than 3km, forming the largest subterranean estate in Europe and one of France’s first doomsday bunkers, reports BBC.
Dating from at least the mid-11th Century, the castle and its subsequent secret chambers were likely designed and developed by the chateau’s long line of lords as an escape against France’s many Viking raids during the Middle Ages.
Over time, these limestone-hollowed tunnels expanded to encompass underground bedrooms, storage spaces, bakeries, stables, ice houses, defensive galleries and a deep sky-lit hall, forming a true castle under a castle where royalty could wait out anything from pillaging to pandemics.
Nearly 1,000 years after the tunnels were first dug, much of this underground labyrinth remains undiscovered, with only 1km accessible to the public. Ironically, we’ll never know how effective these elaborate bunkers were, because from the time they were built, the castle was never actually raided.