Showing posts from April, 2018

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…