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It's okay to say goodbye to an acquaintance

As adults, we are always on the run, detaching from people, places and positions. We let go of something, perhaps each day. Of the many lessons I picked up during my growing up years, the one closest to me is about last conversations. Never leave home in anger or sleep over a fight, I was told. These are words of wisdom. The thought of what if some conversations are the last troubles me. I am not referring to conversations made near deathbeds, but the ones we leave incomplete because of lack of time, inflated egos or different points of view. Life has its way and makes us react differently to situations and people. A couple of weeks ago, it took an acquaintance and me on different paths. We may never meet again, but what will remain are the last words we shared. It makes me wonder: isn't it important to remember one another with fondness? If it were a business transaction, we'd close the deal. Why not then do the same in a personal interaction? Why not say goodbye? Why not lo…

We need to heed warnings on digital currencies

Conditions are dire in Venezuela as people suffer from widespread food shortages. Living costs have skyrocketed and hyperinflation could hit 13,000 per cent this year, according to the International Monetary Fund. The currency, the Bolívar, has collapsed. Worse, Venezuela has been hit with sanctions, but the country is not trying to make amends or looking for concessions. Instead, it is looking to tap into its oil reserves and raise money through cryptocurrencies to tide over the economic crisis. It plans to raise $60 billion through the sale of 100 million 'Petros', the price of which is backed by the price of oil, to honour its financial commitments. The pre-sale of 38.4 million tokens, at $60, has reportedly attracted over $735 million on its first day. The sale is on until March 19. After that another 44 million will be offered through an initial coin offering. Petro is the first digital token whose pricing is linked to something substantial, in this case oil. It is clear…

Ajman authorities intensify safety inspections

The Ajman Civil Defence did not take in the role in the accidents as there was no fire; it was just an explosion. The Ajman Civil Defence has intensified inspections at labour accommodations and warehouses following the incident where nine workers were moderately injured in a gas cylinder explosion at their living premises.
Lt-Col Faisal Mohammed Al Shaiba, deputy director of civil protection and safety department at the Ajman Civil Defence, said the incident happened on Monday. "A number of gas cylinders exploded at a labour accommodation causing injuries to nine workers. The civil defence did not take in the role in the accidents as there was no fire; it was just an explosion. The Ajman Police and ambulances arrived at the scene and dealt with the accident."
"In order to reduce such accidents, the authorities have intensified inspections at the industrial areas to check the storage of flammable material or gas cylinders. 
"Many warehouses stored over 100 gas cyl…

Pedestrians warned against use of mobile phones while crossing roads

Authorities urged pedestrians to abide by the traffic law preventing them from crossing roads in undesignated areas to avoid being fined. The Abu Dhabi Police have warned pedestrians against the use of mobile phones while crossing roads to avoid accidents.
Authorities from the Traffic and Patrols Directorate said it is dangerous for pedestrians to chat or text messages on their mobile phones while crossing the road as it often leads to distracted walking and run-over accidents that cause deaths and severe injuries.
Through their social media sites including Twitter and Instagram, the Abu Dhabi Police have issued several messages warning residents about the seriousness of this habit, common among many phone users.
"Pedestrians who use their mobile phones while walking or crossing roads pose a danger to themselves and other road users, because their attention is taken by what they are doing and they tend to forget about the traffic around them," said Jamal Al Ameri from the t…

England's number one jersey is up for grabs

Just three months out from the World Cup in Russia, England manager Gareth Southgate has admitted his "number one jersey is up for grabs" with four goalkeepers vying to start against Tunisia on June 18. Burnley's Nick Pope has forced himself into Southgate's reckoning with a fine season and is part of a four-strong group of goalkeepers for England's final World Cup warm-up friendlies against the Netherlands on Friday and Italy on March 27 before Southgate names his World Cup squad. Here, AFP Sports looks at the contenders to be England's number one in Russia: He is, by a distance the most experienced of the quartet of 'keepers in Southgate's squad with 74 caps, but his career has been in free fall since England's last major tournament. Hart was at fault for Iceland's winner as the Three Lions crashed out in the last 16 of Euro 2016, as a familiar weakness down to his left was exposed by Kolbeinn Sigthorsson. Despite being ousted from Manchest…

Del Potro hopes to make another big splash in Miami

The stars are finally starting to align for Juan Martin Del Potro who will be seeking his third straight ATP title at the Miami Masters this week. The south Florida showcase got an additional boost on Sunday when Del Potro saved three championship points to hand world number one Roger Federer his first loss of 2018 in a thrilling 6-4, 6-7 (8/10), 7-6 (7/2) victory at the Indian Wells Masters. With the win, combined with injuries to Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, it is now looking like Del Potro is the biggest threat to Federer's rule over the ATP Tour. "It's time to celebrate this, because I made the big effort to win it," Del Potro said. "And then be ready for Miami. It is one of my favourite tournaments on tour. "Many Latino-American people are expecting my game there. That make me feel special. I would like to keep surprising myself and see how far I can go." Del Potro, 29, captured his second ATP title in a row and recorded his bigg…

Spain experimenting with its forwards ahead of WC

Spain entes the final stage of its World Cup preparations with coach Julen Lopetegui experimenting up front. Lopetegui has called up several different forwards since taking over the national squad and has plenty of options to choose from before announcing the final list for Russia in a few months. It won't be an easy decision because Spain has thrived in attack with a deep stock of strikers. The team has outscored opponents 52-10 in the 16 matches played under Lopetegui. The coach will get a chance to have a final look at some of his forwards in the high-profile friendlies against Germany on Friday in Dusseldorf and Argentina on Tuesday in Madrid. Still unbeaten since Lopetegui arrived after the 2016 European Championship, Spain will go to Russia trying to rebound from disappointments in the last two major soccer tournaments - it was eliminated in the group stage of the 2014 World Cup and in the last 16 at Euro 2016. Here's a closer look at the key issues three months before …