Family Reunion Ends In Tragedy As Crash Kills 2 In UAE

first_imgAn Indian tourist couple was killed and five others from the same family, including two children, were injured after their speeding vehicle flipped over multiple times in Sharjah late on Tuesday. The couple, who were on their first visit to the UAE for a family reunion, were being taken back after a desert safari when their vehicle crashed.Read it at Khaleej Times Related Itemslast_img

Chris Ross feels he let SMB down with ‘foolish fouls’ late in Game 3

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess San Miguel trimmed Phoenix’s lead to two, 90-88, after June Mar Fajardo’s quick layup with 22.9 seconds remaining.The Fuel Masters then, left the door open for the Beermen after JC Intal missed his freebies with 15.4 seconds left, but Ross couldn’t get the triple to fall as time ran out.“You all know what kind of team we have, we have a chance to win,” said Ross, who had eight points and five assists. “I just let my team down, so all that other stuff really doesn’t matter.”ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—It’s easy to pinpoint Chris Ross’ missed three in the dying seconds of San Miguel’s 92-90 Game 3 loss to Phoenix in the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals as his biggest regret on Sunday.But it wasn’t.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Beermen coach Leo Austria rues missed free throws in Game 3 losscenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ Ross said it was his two “foolish fouls” that were his biggest mistakes of the match that allowed the Fuel Masters to get to a 2-1 series deficit in the best-of-seven matchup.“I’m not even thinking about the shot, the two foolish fouls before that, which gave them the points,” said Ross Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I just fouled them and put them on the line. The shot is secondary. It would’ve been nice if it went in, but the two foolish fouls before that, I didn’t give my defense a chance to get a stop and it’s just stupid on my part.”Ross fouled Matthew Wright two times in the final 49 seconds of the game with the Fuel Masters star sinking all four of his charities to give his team a 90-86 lead. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View commentslast_img read more

Shikhar Dhawan’s comeback Test hundred another embarrassment of riches for India

first_imgShikhar Dhawan bounced back into the Indian Test team in style, smashing his fifth hundred as the visitors continued to dominate Sri Lanka after winning the toss in Galle.Incidentally, Dhawan had last scored a Test hundred against the same opposition at the same venue two years back. However, what followed was a lean patch of eight Test matches where he managed a highest of 84.The Delhi southpaw eventually found himself out in the cold after the Kolkata Test against New Zealand with a thumb injury. Lokesh Rahul, who came in as a replacement, made the opening slot his own and along with Murali Vijay kept Dhawan out for longer than he would have bargained.But a change of fortunes and a dramatic improvement in form during the IPL meant Dhawan was an automatic choice for the Champions Trophy and the tour of West Indies. On the bulk of his runs in England and the Caribbean islands, Dhawan was included in the Test squad for the Sri Lanka series.Luck smiled on Dhawan again when Vijay was out injured and Rahul was ruled out with the flu. Partnering Abhibav Mukund, Dhawan was the senior partner and played like one. He was aggressive and took the bull by the horn in conditions which have been difficult for Test openers.Dhawan had set the cricket world on fire with a record 187 on debut against Australia four years ago. He has since failed to ignite similar sparks in whites but his talent has mostly been beyond doubt. Moreover, this also complicates things further for the world’s number one Test team.advertisementIndia had to drop a triple centurion to bring back Rohit Sharma. Vijay has long been their first choice opener for all conditions while Rahul was sensational against Australia.However, for now, India would be relieved that Dhawan is making the most of his form as the team aims to extend its domination at the top.last_img read more

From Slap Gate to Lalit Modi sacking: 4 IPL controversies that shocked fans

first_imgThe Indian Premier League (IPL) is no less than a festival for the fans in the country. It is the perfect mix of cricket and entertainment. Not only does it entertain them with boundaries and sixes, but it also gets them to witness their favourite stars playing for their favourite teams.Looking back at the cash-rich league since its inception in 2008, it is clear that the IPL is more than just the fours and sixes or the wickets. Right from the start, every season has seen it’s share of controversies.Be it the “Slap Gate” in the opening season or “Spot-fixing fiasco” in 2013, there has not been one season when the tournament has not been marred by controversies.IANS takes a look at the major episodes that rocked the league in the first four years from its inception:1. 2008: Slap Gate S Sreesanth after being slapped by Harbhajan Singh (Source: Photobucket)April 18, 2008 was the day when the carnival began and as everyone expected, IPL quickly captured the imagination of fans as Kolkata Knight Riders posted a massive 222/3 against Royal Challengers Bangalore and went on to register a massive 140-run win, thanks to Brendon McCullum.The former Kiwi skipper hit a spectacular 73-ball 158 to set the ball rolling in what has gone on to become the most successful domestic T20 league.Everything seemed to have been going perfect for the BCCI and the fans until things turned ugly after just 12 days.On April 25, off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who was then leading the Mumbai Indians, was trapped in a major controversy after he was pictured slapping then Kings XI Punjab pacer S Sreesanth in Mohali.advertisementSreesanth was later seen crying bitterly on the ground while Harbhajan was banned from taking further part in the season, beside being banned from five ODIs as well by the BCCI’s disciplinary committee.According to reports, after Mumbai’s 66-run loss to his team, Sreesanth had told Harbhajan Singh ‘hard luck’ which provoked the spinner to take the action and stirred a major controversy in the inaugural IPL, a start which no one had wanted.2. 2009: End of road for Pakistani players Shah Rukh Khan with Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Akhtar (source: Youtube)The second season of the IPL saw the Pakistan Cricket Board first refusing to grant permission to its players to come and play in India after the 2008 Mumbai attacks.Simultaneously the Indian board also decided to keep the Pakistani cricketers away from the league.While there have been talks and requests quite a few times over the years, but the IPL has not opened its doors to cricketers from the neighbouring country.3. 2010: IPL Chairman Lalit Modi sacked IPL Chairman Lalit Modi was sacked after being charged on five counts in 2010. (Source: PTI)Lalit Modi, the man who started the league was ousted minutes after the final of the third edition for financial irregularities.It was a huge blow and the biggest controversy till then as Lalit Modi was charged on five counts — shady initial bids of Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab; a suspect broadcast deal with Sony; bid rigging of two new franchises this year and his behavioural pattern.Chirayu Amin was appointed as the new chairman.4. 2011: Cheerleader diary causes stir South African cheerleader Gabriella Pasqualotto was thrown out by Mumbai Indians in 2011. (Photo: thealternativecricketalmanac)South African cheerleader Gabriella Pasqualotto was thrown out by Mumbai Indians for blogging on how cheerleaders were treated poorly and cricketers misbehaved with the girls.”I was sent home as if I was a criminal. I was treated as if I had taken drugs or done something awful, and I was never offered an opportunity to give my side of the story. It’s a joke. There were cameras everywhere at these after-parties, watching what they got up to. The guys treated us like piece of meat. We couldn’t go anywhere without the crowds mobbing us,” she had told reporters after returning home.Also Read | Mankading controversy erupts in IPL: Is it fair to call R Ashwin a cheat?Also Read | IPL no-ball controversy: Cricketing fraternity slams umpiring blooperAlso Read | IPL 2019: England cricket stars slam R Ashwin after he Mankads Jos ButtlerAlso Watch | Umpire fails to spot no-ball as MI beat RCB under controversial circumstanceslast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy A70 India launch expected soon as page goes live on official website

first_imgThe Galaxy A70 was announced alongside the Galaxy A80 at Samsung’s “A Galaxy Event” in Bangkok earlier this week. During the event, Samsung did not mention the pricing or availability details of the Galaxy A70. Considering Samsung’s plan to launch a new Galaxy A phone in India every month, it was expected that the Galaxy A70 would be next in line to arrive in the country. Samsung has now confirmed its launch in India via a microsite of the Galaxy A70 on the Samsung India website.The Galaxy A70 microsite confirms that the device will indeed be launching in India soon, although Samsung is yet to provide an exact date. It is entirely possible that the Galaxy A70 could arrive later this month as the company looks to rapidly expand its portfolio. Samsung has already launched the Galaxy A10, A30 and A50 in India, while the Galaxy A20 was quietly announced last week.Samsung’s newest Galaxy A phone is similar in some ways to the Galaxy A50 (Review) and a step above in other aspects. Both the phones come with 3D glasstic designs and Infinity-U displays, but the Galaxy A70 is a bigger phone. It sports a large 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display with a FHD+ (2400×1080) resolution. The waterdrop notch on the display houses a selfie camera while allowing for a large screen-to-body ratio as well. The phone also supports optical in-display fingerprint sensor and face unlock like the Galaxy A50. The Galaxy A70 is offered in Black, Blue, Coral and White colours with a gradient, prism effect. It is powered by a 2.0Ghz octa-core chipset paired with 6GB or 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 512GB via a microSD card. The handset ships with One UI based on Android Pie, which means you can expect a redesigned interface for easier one-handed use and Night Mode, among other things.advertisementThe triple camera setup on the Galaxy A70 includes a 32MP primary camera with f/1.7 aperture, an 8MP ultra wide-angle camera and a 5MP depth camera. Up front, the Galaxy A70 sports a 32MP selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture. Notably, the Galaxy A70 houses a large 4,500mAh battery and the phone supports 25W fast charging over USB Type-C.Samsung hasn’t announced the price of the Galaxy A70, but it is expected to fall under Rs 30,000 given its specs and its closeness to the Galaxy A50. The Galaxy A50 is priced under Rs 20,000 and is currently one of the best value-for-money mid-range phone from Samsung.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A70 quick review: Has the goods to make it a winner in Indialast_img read more

Christian Eriksen’s late goal secures precious win for Tottenham Hotspur

first_imgTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino described Christian Eriksen’s contract talks as a “special situation” on Tuesday after the Dane scored a crucial late goal to give his side a 1-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion.The 27-year-old has only one more season left on his contract and is widely-admired by some of Europe’s biggest clubs, prompting talk of a big-money summer move.He was not at his best on Tuesday as Tottenham endured a frustrating night battering away at Brighton’s barricades.But his 88th-minute strike was the moment of quality Tottenham required to put them in a strong position to finish the season inside the top four.Eriksen has made a habit of scoring crucial late goals — also earning his side a 1-0 win over Burnley this season with a 90th minute strike and scoring the 80th-minute goal against Inter Milan that kept Spurs in the Champions League.Pochettino said he hoped Eriksen would still be at the club he joined from Ajax in 2013 next season.”It’s a very special situation. Christian is a special person and we’re all different,” he told reporters.”Timing for him and the club and agreeing something are maybe different to other players. I hope he will be here in the future. Christian and us are so close and it’s not long until the end of the season.”Now it’s about being focused on the end of the season.”After three titanic matches against Manchester City in their last four games, including last week’s extraordinary Champions League clash which sent Spurs into the semi-finals, Pochettino praised his side’s maturity in difficult circumstances.advertisement”The team are not as fresh as we wanted, not just legs, but minds, so we have to congratulate the players. I’m so proud of them,” Pochettino said.”Brighton were a really brave opponent. The most important thing is we believed, we didn’t give up and we tried different ways to score. It is three very important points and to be in a good position in the table.”Tottenham remain in third place with three games left, but now have a three-point lead over fourth-placed Chelsea. Arsenal and Manchester United are four and six points behind respectively, having played a game less.Brighton have now failed to score in six matches, with five of them ending in defeat. They looked set to earn a crucial point but are now just three points above 18th-placed Cardiff City with games against Arsenal and Manchester City still to come.”The players will know how hard they’ve worked to get as close as we did,” manager Chris Hughton said.”We’re up against a team in the Champions League semi-finals. We put on a gritty defensive performance and that speaks volumes. We have to take that into Saturday against Newcastle and that becomes our biggest game.”Brighton skipper Lewis Dunk, magnificent at the heart of Brighton’s defence, said Eriksen’s goal was a “shattering” blow.”The positives are we showed again we’re hard to beat, we’ve got to keep going,” he saidAlso Read | Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling wants harsher punishment to tackle racismlast_img read more

QB Rising Says OSU Felt Like Home, Chooses Sooners Following Visit

first_imgOne of the top 10 quarterbacks in the country for the 2018 class made his decision official this weekend, as Cameron Rising made his announcement to commit to OU over a slew of suitors that included TCU, OSU, Miami, Ole Miss, UCLA, and others:It’s official!! ?⚪— Cameron Rising (@crising7) August 7, 2016“You can’t go wrong with a school like Oklahoma, with that history, the winning and coach Stoops,” Rising told the Ventura Star after his pledge.“Coaches told me that I’d get that feeling and I probably got it in two or three places,” Rising continued, also stating that he felt at home at OSU and TCU along with OU.Ultimately the Sooners won out, but OSU definitely caught his eye, telling PFB following his trip to Stillwater that the trip was “awesome,” and he enjoyed the visit, adding that he “loved Coach Arroyo [one of his recruiters] and Coach Gundy.”Rising has family in Ada, Okla., which likely played a factor in his decision, too. The Newbury Park, California prospect will now be just an hour drive away from family after moving to Norman next year.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

College GameDay Announces That It Will Head To Philadelphia For Temple vs. Notre Dame

first_imgCollege GameDay graphic for Temple vs. Notre Dame.Instagram/American_confComing into the season, Temple looked to be one of the easiest games on Notre Dame’s schedule. Two months later, Temple is 7-0 and a favorite in a very solid AAC conference, and Saturday’s game in Philadelphia is one of the best on the schedule. Now, College GameDay is officially heading to the City of Brotherly Love, making this potentially one of the biggest weekends in Temple football history.We’re coming to Philly! See you Saturday, @Temple_FB and @NDFootball.— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 26, 2015Temple is very excited..@CollegeGameDay @Temple_FB @NDFootball— Temple Owls (@TempleOwls) October 26, 2015While we love seeing GameDay at places with a ton of history and classic college football Saturday atmospheres, it is always cool when the show heads somewhere new and unique. Temple certainly fits that bill. The Owls and Fighting Irish kick off at 8 p.m. on Saturday night. Notre Dame opens as a 10.5 point favorite in the game.last_img read more

Nick Saban Reportedly Losing Top Assistant To Big Ten Program

first_imgalabama head coach nick saban at the national title gameSANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during warm ups prior to the CFP National Championship against the Clemson Tigers presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Nick Saban and Alabama’s football program have reportedly lost another top assistant coach.The Crimson Tide have already lost two key assistants in offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, who’s taken the Maryland head coaching job, and offensive line coach Brent Key, who’s taking an assistant gig at Georgia Tech.Now, Alabama has reportedly lost another one.Josh Gattis, the Crimson Tide’s co-offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach, is reportedly leaving for Maryland.He’ll become the Terps’ offensive coordinator.Alabama’s Josh Gattis to join Mike Locksley’s staff at Maryland— Tony Tsoukalas (@Tony_Tsoukalas) January 10, 2019From Gattis is set to join Mike Locksley’s staff at Maryland, has learned. After serving as Alabama’s co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach this past season, Gattis is expected to take on the role of offensive coordinator at Maryland.Gattis joined Alabama this season after spending the past six seasons working as a receivers coach under James Franklin at Vanderbilt (2012-13) and Penn State (2014-17). He played an integral role working with Locksley in Alabama’s offense this past season, helping the Crimson Tide finish No. 3 in scoring offense (45.6 points per game) and No. 6 in total offense (522 yards per game). Gattis also helped develop Biletnikoff Award winner Jerry Jeudy, who recorded 68 receptions for 1,315 yards and 14 touchdowns through 15 games.It’s going to be an interesting offseason for Saban and Co.last_img read more

Former All-American, College Football Hall Of Famer Has Passed Away

first_imgThe Rose Bowl game for Iowa vs. Stanford.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: A general view of the exterior of the Rose Bowl before the 102nd Rose Bowl Game between the Stanford Cardinal and the Iowa Hawkeyes on January 1, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Maxx Wolfson/Getty Images)The Washington Huskies and the college football world lost a legend this week. Hall of Fame quarterback Bob Schloredt, formerly one of the best multi-dimensional players in college football, has passed away.Per ESPN, the University of Washington released a statement that Schloredt passed away on Thursday night. He was 79 years old and reportedly battling illness for a long time.As a player, Schloredt was an option quarterback who led Washington to its first-ever bowl win in the 1960 Rose Bowl. He shared MVP honors with George Fleming after a 44-8 win over Wisconsin.Schloredt made history with the Huskies the following year, becoming the first player to win Rose Bowl MVP honors twice after leading the team to a 17-7 Rose Bowl victory over the Minnesota Golden Gophers. The feat would only be replicated three times, by Charles White, Ron Dayne and Vince Young. He would be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1989, and into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 1991.Bob Schloredt, one of @UW greatest football players ever, died. Schloredt quarterbacked the Dawgs to two straight Rose Bowl championships after the 1959 and ’60 seasons. Always a leader and a gentleman, Bob Schloredt died after a long illness. He was 79 years old.— KIRO 7 (@KIRO7Seattle) May 17, 2019Schloredt’s pro career was short-lived. He was drafted by the CFL’s BC Lions and the AFL’s Dallas Texans, opting to sign with the former.He played two years of professional football before returning to Washington as an assistant coach, where he worked from 1963 to 1973.Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Schloredt’s family and loved ones.last_img read more

Win The Chance To Meet Lady Gaga By Donating To Charity

first_imgAttention ‘Little Monsters’ – your biggest dream just became possible – and for only $10! Beginning today, Lady Gaga fans can log on to, make a $10 donation to the Young Storytellers Foundation and be entered for a once-in-a-generation chance to be whisked away with a friend to Costa Rica to meet Lady Gaga backstage and watch her perform in the concert of a lifetime, (remember to breathe) complete with airfare and a two night hotel stay.Meet Lady Gaga!Every five entries from this online sweepstakes empowers an underserved student with a year-long arts mentorship through Young Storytellers Foundation. You can read more about the Lady Gaga experience here.Omaze offers everyone the opportunity to engage in once-in-a-lifetime experiences with celebrities, athletes and the world’s greatest thinkers with the proceeds benefitting a social cause. The process works similar to a charity raffle. The user friendly site allows anyone to enter to win an Omaze experience of their choice by donating just $5. Once the deadline to enter for the experience passes, they collect all the entries and select the winners through a third party computer generated random selection process. The proceeds are delivered to benefit a specific social cause. The goal of the campaign is clearly quantified and they track the impact overtime so you can see how your support has impacted lives.last_img read more

Unusual alliance in Sri Lanka forged to save blue whales

When the feeding grounds of blue whales overlap with busy shipping lanes, it’s often bad news for the endangered marine mammals.In Sri Lanka, however, an unusual alliance has been forged: conservationists and shipping companies have aligned in a bid to move the traffic lane about 28 kilometres (17 miles) away to help avoid collisions between whales and freighters. The only holdout is Sri Lanka, which has so far declined to sign off.While shipping companies say they’re willing to absorb the cost of the moved corridor, the Sri Lankan government says it’s worried the relocation might make ships less inclined to stop in the country. After years of lobbying from scientists and the shipping industry, Sri Lanka said a decision might “hopefully” be made in March.Maria Cheng, The Associated Press read more

Peaceful transfer of power in Zambia after elections offers an example to

23 September 2011Zambia has set an example for the rest of Africa and the wider world about how power can be transferred peacefully, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today as he congratulated its people for its staging of presidential elections. The long-time opposition figure Michael Sata is the new President after narrowly defeating incumbent Rupiah Banda, according to media reports.In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban commended Zambians for holding the ballot “in an environment that was overall peaceful and orderly,” and gave credit to the country’s electoral commission for the role it played in ensuring a credible and transparent election process.Saying he “notes with satisfaction that today’s hand-over of power has been smooth and dignified,” Mr. Ban congratulated Mr. Sata on his success and praised Mr. Banda for his “message to the nation” in defeat.“The Secretary-General is pleased that Zambians have today shown Africa and the world that change can be brought about peacefully when democracy is allowed to flourish.” read more

Markets update at midmorning

On the markets at midmorning (ET):The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was up 42.77 points to 16,045.55, after 90 minutes of trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 20.93 points to 23,369.67. The S&P 500 index was up 2.75 points to 2,575.58 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 22.36 points to 6,721.32.The Canadian dollar was trading at 77.61 cents US, down from Monday’s average price of 77.90 cents US.The December crude contract was up down nine cents to US$54.06 per barrel and the December natural gas contract was down six cents to US$2.91 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down $8.20 to US$1,269.50 an ounce and the December copper contract was down one cent to US$3.10 a pound.

Low interest rates lure of big refund serve as temptation for RRSP

OTTAWA – A low interest rate and the promise of a supercharged tax refund may be the tempting lure of an RRSP loan.If people haven’t been maximizing their RRSP contributions every year, chances are they’ve accumulated a fair bit of unused contribution room.An RRSP loan may be one way to catch up on retirement savings, but they are not without possible pitfalls.Jamie Golombek, managing director for tax and estate planning at CIBC, says the key is to earn an investment return on the money being borrowed that is greater than the interest being paid on the loan.“If you are just going to invest your RRSP in a GIC which will have an interest rate lower than the rate of interest on your RRSP loan, then I would say it doesn’t make sense,” he says.Golombek says the other equally important consideration is how fast the loan can be paid back.“You want to try and pay it back as soon as possible,” he said. “Otherwise you get into a situation where you’re no further ahead in the game if this just increases your total debt load.”The RRSP contribution limit for a given year is based on income from the previous year. However, unused contribution room from earlier years is carried forward and can be used in future years.Golombek says for people who have received a large bonus or a big severance payment last year, borrowing may be a strategy that makes sense.“If the cash isn’t available because maybe they used that bonus to pay down some debt or pay down the mortgage or something else, this would be an opportunity to be able to borrow quickly, put it in and get a large tax deduction,” he said.Richa Hingorani, senior manager for financial planning support at Royal Bank, says people can reduce their taxable income by contributing to an RRSP.“The higher the taxable income for the year, the more advantageous contributing into an RRSP is and by that factor, the more advantageous taking an RRSP loan would be,” she said.However, RRSP loans aren’t for everyone.People need to be careful when considering borrowing to invest if they already have any debt, especially if they cannot afford to pay back the money quickly.“You don’t want to get into higher debt when you already have debt,” Golombek said.Hingorani says even though interest rates are now low, people need to be sure they can handle payments to pay off their loans quickly.She also recommends people use their tax refunds to help reduce the amount outstanding.“Although the loans can be expanded up to 10 years, it is not ideal to take an RRSP loan for that length of time,” she said. Low interest rates, lure of big refund serve as temptation for RRSP loans by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 4, 2016 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Feb 4, 2016 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Prospect of negotiated peace in Afghanistan never been more real – UN

Tadamichi Yamamoto said those developments included the appointment of a team to negotiate with the country’s former rulers, the Taliban, and the announcement of a peace advisory board representing a broad range of political views, together with recent initiatives by key international partners.The critical task at hand is to allow political space for the main actors to formulate their positions, he added, briefing the Security Council on Monday.“The key next step would be for representatives of the Government and the Taliban to meet, or at least to formally initiate what in mediation is referred to as talks about talks,” he said.“For the sake of a peaceful future of Afghanistan, these opportunities must be fulfilled, and the risks managed,” added Mr. Yamamoto, expressing hope that the current momentum will bring parties together and allow them to explore how they can move towards a peaceful settlement.Mr. Yamamoto, who is also the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan, urged countries in the region “to contribute” to create an environment conducive to peace talks, allowing the people of Afghanistan to resolve their internal differences through negotiations.“All international efforts, including those by regional actors and neighbours, need to be in concert and aligned with the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace efforts,” he saidMr. Yamamoto informed also briefed Council members on October’s parliamentary and presidential elections, the continuing high numbers of civilian casualties, and the need to implement anti-corruption reforms in the interest of economic development.Fall in opium production, but ‘high rates’ of drug useYury Fedetov, the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), also highlighted the importance of combatting corruption and controlling illicit narcotics in the country.He said that even though the area under opium cultivation – and the quantity of opium being produced – fell overall, largely due to drought, production levels were still high, resulting in “high rates” of drug use.“This poses a grave threat to public health and safety and hinders peacebuilding, economic growth and stability,” said Mr. Fedetov, adding that “balanced responses” to drug supply and demand are therefore critical.The head of UNODC also updated Council members on the work of his Office in Afghanistan, including its work helping with anti-corruption, governance, rule of law, and human rights issues across the country, as well as regional assistance.“[The UNODC Office] in Kabul is supporting the Afghan Government in identifying common targets under a regional counter-narcotics strategy, which should be fully plugged in with existing coordination mechanisms.” read more

Brockcommunity study to improve wheelchairs for children with cerebral palsy

From left: Brock researchers Nota Klentrou, Stephen Cheung, Bareket Falk and Alan Rigby are part of a study looking to improve wheelchairs for children with cerebral palsy.A five-member Brock University research team has partnered with two community groups – Niagara Children’s Centre and Niagara Prosthetics and Orthotics – to find out more about how and why children with cerebral palsy produce heat and get sweaty in their chairs.“At the end, we will be able to recommend a seating system that would allow children with cerebral palsy and others – from spinal cord injured to elite athletes in wheelchairs – to be in their seat for a long time without the risk of developing pressure sores,” says project team leader Bareket Falk, Professor in the Department of Kinesiology.Alan Rigby, co-owner of Niagara Prosthetics and Orthotics who began his PhD studies at Brock three years ago, is one of the research team’s members in the CoolWheel Study.Rigby says the team’s research came out of a problem he and his colleagues noticed with children at his centre.Children with cerebral palsy sitting in wheelchairs can get particularly hot, sweaty and uncomfortable. They get pressure sores that, when infected, cause a lot of suffering.“We treat children who are in wheelchairs and, for the most part, are unable to communicate for themselves,” says Rigby.“When we pick them and take them out of the chair, they are soaking wet. They’re damp from sweat. So that’s that moment of: this can’t be right. Is this normal? Can we do anything about it? And what impact does it have?”The other members of the research team are Stephen Cheung, Gary Hodges and Nota Klentrou, all from the Department of Kinesiology. Chris Tawill and Julie McNamara from the Niagara Children’s Centre will be working with the team.Cheung says children with cerebral palsy are particularly vulnerable to becoming overheated.“The added stress of cerebral palsy is that much of the time they’re contracting their muscles, so they’re building extra heat, they’re changing their local tissue blood flow because they are in a high state of involuntary contraction all of the time,” he says.Oksana Fisher, chief executive officer of the Niagara Children’s Centre, says her organization is “very pleased” to be partnering with Brock in in the CoolWheel Study.“Examining whether better heat dissipation can improve skin quality and integrity is a novel concept,” she says.“This information is very relevant to the therapists at the Children’s Centre as it will support the development of the most appropriate care protocols for our clients who spend significant periods of time seated in a wheelchair.”Associate Vice-President Research Joffre Mercier says the team works well together to solve an issue “of substance to the members of the Niagara community.”“What you’ve done as a team is to identify a problem that needs to be solved and that can’t be solved by any one member of the team,” he says. “Synergy occurs when you have members of the team with complementary skills, so when you put them together, you solve the problem.”The Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada awarded the team more than $585,000 earlier this year for the study. read more

WhatsApp groups for parents become overrun with vitriolic tirades  leading headmaster warns

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. He told how WhatsApp groups or email chains often end up being “dominated by a few key players” and become “home to vitriolic tirades”.  “Minor complaints become amplified to an unintelligible degree: one lost sock takes on a proportion never intended and, far from being constructive, perspective can quickly be lost,” he said.Mr Floyd described how the fall-out from these group communications can spiral out of control, and even have knock-on consequences for the parents or even pupils, especially when issues are “left to fester”.Schools should encourage as much dialogue as possible with parents but rather than becoming over-reliant on online forums, they should return to old fashioned face-to-face conversations.“We all know that email is a poor method of communicating as tone, nuance and language become subjective,” he said.“Even punctuation can be left open to interpretation. Of course, it is possible to argue that these groups are just a digital version of the ‘school gate’ culture of old.“But people talked at the school gate, face-to-face, and issues didn’t take on such a life of their own.”Mount Kelly, a co-educational school for children aged three to 18, charges up to £30,000-a-year for full boarders in the senior school. Teachers have previously complained about parents bombarding them late at night with emails.Members of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, which is now part of the National Education Union, have raised concerns about the increase in angry emails from parents demanding details about their child’s day at school. Schools should encourage as much dialogue as possible with parents  Schools should encourage as much dialogue as possible with parents  WhatsApp groups for parents create a “forum for negativity” full of “vitriolic tirades”, a leading headmaster has warned, as he urges schools to return to face-to-face communication.Dominic Floyd, head of Mount Kelly’s £24,000-a-year preparatory school in Devon, said there is a “worrying” trend towards schools setting up mass email chains or large group conversations on social media platforms for parents.He said that these can undermine the “delicate and critical” relationship between parents and their child’s school.Writing in the Spring edition of Attain magazine, he explained that this relationship has been “eroded” in recent years as a result of “messages posted through WhatsApp groups or round-robin emails to all parents in a particular year”.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––While these can be a useful way for teachers to communicate with mothers and fathers of pupils in a particular form or year group, he warned that they also have a downside.  “The rise of these form or year group gatherings demonstrate a worrying state of affairs for some parents,” Mr Floyd wrote.“While these groups can be helpful, and really positive, they can also fuel misunderstanding and become a forum for negativity.” read more