Organ donation from deceased patients now allowed in UAE

A law allowing transplants of dead people’s organs, which was issued last year by President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, will be implemented next month.

“We will have a group of patients ready should an organ be available,” The National quoted Dr. Nick Richards, chief executive and chief medical officer of Seha’s dialysis services, as saying.

The principle of donations from a dead person had been agreed on more than two years ago “but when it was declared, there still needed to be an agreement of what brain death was”, Richards reportedly said. “The new legislation will make it much clearer.”

The first and only kidney transplant from a deceased donor in the UAE was in 2013 – from a Saudi donor to a 23-year-old woman from Abu Dhabi, the report said.

The surgery was performed at Seha’s Sheikh Khalifa Medical City but other cases were held up while the medical liability law was drawn up. “The organ that came from Saudi Arabia was an exception but not the rule,” Richards reportedly said.

He reportedly hoped donations from deceased patients would begin in “the next couple of months”.

The country that carries out the highest number of kidney transplants is Spain – where 44 transplants a year are done per million of the population, reported The National, adding that the number is 34 for every million in the UK while in Abu Dhabi it is 17 for every million.

There are 1,100 people on dialysis in Abu Dhabi and 30 to 40 transplants are carried out a year at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, the report said.

du’s phone number 058 888 8888 fetches Dh4.5m in auction

The exclusive mobile phone number 058 888 8888 by the UAE telecom firm du has fetched over Dh4.5 million.

The special number was bought by Indian businessman Balwinder Sahani, who made headlines for buying the car number plate 5 for Dh33 million in 2016, during an auction of 50 special mobile phone numbers that raised a total of Dh7.4 million, reported Gulf News.

For the first time, du Smart Platinum Plan was also on auction. In a tie up with Etihad Airways, du reportedly provides customers an opportunity to immediately attain Etihad Guest Gold tier status, for a premium travel experience with the UAE-based airline.

“Our customers always come first, and we have long since recognized that different customers have equally different requirements. We always look forward to delivering on exclusivity for our valued customers, and our auction enables us to offer them incredible plans and elite numbers, for seamless connectivity and the ultimate customer satisfaction,” Ahmad Abu Rahima, executive vice-president of government relations at du, reportedly said.

“We enjoyed our collaboration with du on bringing this auction to life. We were pleased to see great excitement around the auction and the exclusive numbers and we hope to host it again soon,” Ahmad Ahli from Online Auctions was quoted as saying.

Three Filipina models vie to win Asia’s Next Top Model

Jennica Sanchez, Anjelica Santillan, and Maureen Wroblewitz from the Philippines seek to change the trend by winning at Asia’s Next Top Model, a reality television show based on the American franchise America’s Next Top Model.

Sanchez, 20, is a graduate of Fashion Design and Marketing at the School of Fashion and Design (SoFA). She’s 5’6″ and she has a few tattoos, most visibly on her collarbone, reported GMA News.

Santillan, 22, plans on taking up Law, but for now, this 5’9″ (and half!) beauty wants to step into the heels of her idols Coco Rocha and Giselle Bundchen, the report said.

Wrobelewitz, 18, moved from Germany to the Philippines when she was 15. She stands at 5’6″, loves the arts, and her favorite designers are Vera Wang and Karl Lagerfeld, said the news portal.

Asia’s Next Top Model is one of the many global versions of America’s Next Top Model, the popular reality show created by Tyra Banks in 2003.

Pia Wurtzbach will appear as guest judge for this season on the Asia version, reported GMA News.

Rains lead to chaos on UAE roads

Amid incessant rains in Dubai and Sharjah, traffic had come to a standstill along all the major roads of the two emirates on Sunday.

Several accidents were reported on the highways including Sheikh Zayed Road, Mohammad Bin Zayed Road as well as other arteries.

An accident involving five vehicles happened on Al Garhoud bridge at around 5pm, Gulf News quoted Brigadier Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, Director of Traffic Department at Dubai Police as saying.

“One driver seriously injured and four people suffered minor injuries,” he reportedly said. The accident caused major traffic jams from World Trade Center roundabout to the bridge.

“Other minor accidents happened in the city, causing delays on roads,” he added.

While people had enjoyed the extended wet spell experienced by the emirates, the weather seems to have impacted the traffic adversely. Motorists heading back from work were the worst affected as continued rain caused tailbacks of several kilometers, said the news portal.

Roads connecting Sharjah and Dubai, including Ittihad road, Beirut Street as well as Emirates Road saw a heavier than usual volume of traffic with residents experiencing delays of more than an hour.

With MET forecast predicting more unstable weather, authorities have urged motorists to drive more cautiously, reported Gulf News.

UAE’s biggest school bus operator raises fees

Citing higher operational costs and adherence to tighter safety standards, the UAE’s biggest school bus operator has increased monthly bus fees by around Dh30 to Dh40.

School Transport Services (STS) transports 72,000 students every day on 1,800 buses for 65 schools in the UAE, reported Gulf News.

With the Dh30 increase, monthly bus fees at The Kindergarten Starters (KGS) in Dubai, for example, will vary between Dh400 to Dh440, depending on the bus route, the report said.

Referring to past STS circulars, KGS parents reportedly said the hike is the biggest since 2014, when monthly bus fees went up by Dh10. In 2015, the fees increased by Dh20 per month.

The latest hike of Dh30 per month surfaced earlier this month in a letter to parents. Parents pay bus fees for 10 months of schooling in a year, said the news portal.

A KGS parent, who only gave his initials, M.N., reportedly said: “Bus fees keep going up almost every year. This keeps adding to the financial burden on parents. If it increases again, what can we do? We feel powerless to do anything about it because no one is addressing our concerns.”

“The safety and well-being of our passengers are of the utmost importance to us. Consequently, we have invested in various safety features, such as advanced electronic attendance system, monitoring of all buses from the control room, video surveillance system, sleeping child check button, etc; creating a very high benchmark in the school bus industry. Our recently introduced STS App provides complete peace of mind to the parents,” he reportedly said.

“In order to maintain the current safe, reliable and efficient transport service for students, with the increased cost of operation and fuel price, we have made a slight adjustment in the transportation fees,” he added.

Twins found dead in washing machine in Delhi

A pair of three year-old twins died after falling into a washing machine in their house in Delhi’s Rohini area in India.

The boys were found with their heads down in the tumbler of the machine. Police say a probe has been initiated into the cause of death. Through a preliminary probe indicated it was an accident, the cops are looking at all angles, reported Times of India.

Doctors confirmed death by drowning. The bodies have been sent to a government hospital for autopsy, the report said.

The incident was reported around 12.40pm when their mother, Rakhi, left Laksh and Neeshu playing near the bathroom in their first-floor apartment. Rakhi told the police that she had piled up clothes near the washing machine -a top-loading, semi-automatic model -filled it with water and gone to a grocery store nearby to buy washing powder. The door of the flat had not been locked, said the news portal.

When she returned after no more than six minutes, she couldn’t find the children. She looked for them in the neighboring apartments and then informed her husband, Ravinder, who works as a manager with a private insurance company in Rohini.

They have another child, Aditya, 10, who was in school. Ravinder came home within 10 minutes and joined the search for the children. “The couple returned home around 1.10pm and checked the washing machine. To their horror, they found the children lying head down in the water,” TOI quoted a neighbor Jaya Sharma as saying.

The couple reportedly pulled them out of the tumbler and rushed them to a private hospital where the boys were declared dead. Ravinders then took them to Jaipur Golden Hospital in Rohini where doctors confirmed death due to drowning.

Meanwhile, Sharma had informed the police and a team from Vijay Vihar police station reached the house.”We found 12-15 liters of water in the washing machine.Though the family does not suspect any foul play, a probe has been initiated,” said M N Tiwari, DCP, Rohini. Prima facie evidence suggests that the children might have climbed on a bucket beside the washing machine and tried to peep into the tumbler. The bucket might have slipped due to which they fell head down into the water. However, it’s a mystery how both fell into the tumbler, the report said.

A crime and forensic team has lifted evidence from the scene. The washing machine had been purchased just a few months ago, said the news portal.

WART FACTS By Dr. Benjamin B. Bince

Common skin warts are raised oval growths on the skin that are caused by a

virus (human papillomavirus [HPV]). They can be skin-colored or darker. Some

warts may have tiny black dots in them which are actually clotted blood vessels.

One can be infected by the virus by direct contact with the wart, i.e. by touching

or rubbing your skin against it. The virus is more likely to infect injured or

softened (usually by water/moisture) skin. It can take up to six months for a

wart to develop after exposure.
A cartoon mutant monster offers a flower to another monster.

Skin warts are most commonly seen in children and young adults. People who

handle meat, fish and poultry frequently are also infected with the virus more

often. Not because the virus is present in these products but because their hands

are often wet and the virus could easily infect their skin. People with chronic

conditions such as eczema or a weakened immune system (e.g. AIDS or post-

organ transplant) are also prone to developing warts.

Common skin warts are often seen on the fingers, hands, knees and elbows.

When they are located around the nails, they are called periungual warts. These

warts enlarge and affect nail growth if left untreated.

Warts on the soles of the feet are called “plantar warts.” They can be

particularly bothersome because they can be painful and deep rooted which

makes it difficult to walk. Warts that infect the genital area are called “genital

warts.” These are sexually transmitted and may be a leading cause of cervical

cancer in women. An HPV vaccine is now available to protect sexually active

women from this virus.

Flat warts are commonly seen on the face. Several people come to a clinic, even

salons, to have their facial warts removed.

What can mimic a wart on the face? There are many lesions that can be

mistaken for a facial wart. The most common of them would be moles and a

benign growth on the skin commonly seen in Asians – Filipinos in particular –

and blacks called “dermatosis papulosa nigra (DPN)” or seborrheic keratosis.

DPN’s are very common among kabayans and I would say the most common

lesion mistaken for a “wart.” Fortunately, removing a wart and a DPN requires

the same method. However, DPNs are not caused by a virus and are not


Many treatment regimens are available for warts but it depends upon where the

wart is located and how much it bothers the person.

Home treatment regimens discussed online, such as salicylic acid, may be

beneficial to many types of warts if used correctly. People with neuropathies,

nerve damage that causes numbness, should not use these home remedies.

There are also prescription treatments available. Cautery is a favorite treatment

for warts, especially among Filipinos; this should be performed only by a

competent specialist.

You also have to be sure it is a wart that is being removed. Recurrences may be

alarming and if you are not properly advised, this can be a stressful situation.

You should consult your healthcare provider if:

 You are not sure if your skin growth is a wart.

 Your skin wart did not improve with home treatment regimens.

 You would like to use home treatment, but you are not sure which

treatment is right for you.

 You have been treated for warts and have developed signs of a skin

infection, such as redness, pain, or pus-like drainage from the treated


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Dr. Benjamin B. Bince is a Specialist Dermatologist at THE MEDICAL CITY

located at Al Diyafah Street, Jumeirah First, beside Enoc Petrol Station,

Dubai, UAE.

Contact No. 04-3434265, 055 135 4820 website:


Fairytale marriage proposal costs developer Dh1m

When we love someone, we always want to go the extra mile to show our love. But this man in Dubai has simply raised the bar extremely higher.
An unidentified property developer in Dubai spent a whopping Dh1 million, to pop the question to his fiancee, The Independent reported.
The company that planned the expensive proposal, The Proposers said that the original cost was £150,000 (Dh691,000). A celebrity appearing during the wedding proposal however upped the price tag by an extra £70,000 (Dh322,000), the report said.
The founder of the company was also quoted in the report as saying: “I spent about £20,000 just on the flowers.” She also goes into detail as why the proposal cost so much.
The proposal saw the couple taking a yacht holiday to the Mediterranean before taking a helicopter ride to a hotel in Monaco. They then walked to a garden filled with small notes containing reasons why the man loved his partner so much. This was followed by a live jazz band where the man popped the question – it wasn’t over at that moment however, said the news portal.
The couple then walked into a cave where a makeshift cinema was set up. In the cinema, they watched a video containing greetings from their friends and family.
A celebrity also made an appearance in the video. After that, they had a dinner surrounded by flowers. At the end of it all, their family and friends showed up at the location to celebrate with the newly-engaged couple, reported Khaleej Times.

Mary Jane Veloso to testify before PH court

Death row convict Mary Jane Veloso, will be narrating her ordeal on April 27, two years since her temporary reprieve.
In a four-page resolution dated Feb. 13, Judge Anarica Castillo-Reyes of the Sto. Domingo Regional Trial Court Branch 88 said the taking of written interrogatories in the Yogyakarta prison, where Mary Jane is currently detained, will proceed on April 27, reported
The taking of the written interrogatories will be conducted by a Philippine consular official in Indonesia while Judge Reyes will serve as an observer, the report said.
Judge Reyes added that she has not yet received any temporary restraining order from the Appellate court, where the accused sought an appeal, questioning the Nueva Ecija court’s earlier decision to allow Mary Jane’s testimony.
Mary Jane and her family’s lawyers from the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) reportedly lauded the court’s decision, saying that this is “another legal vindication for Mary Jane and the Veloso family.”
“Finally, after protracted and tedious legal wrangling over quite novel circumstances, Mary Jane will be able to freely tell her whole story and cruel ordeal which will be officially considered by the Philippine trial court,” the NUPL was quoted as saying.
The lawyers added that Mary Jane, being the victim, is the “most credible and competent witness” that can prove the allegations against the accused, her recruiters and neighbors Maria Cristina Sergio and live-in partner Julius Lacanilao. They said that only Mary Jane can provide the “full and unabbreviated circumstances that led to her conviction in Indonesia.”
Mary Jane was scheduled to be executed at dawn of April 29, 2015. The Indonesian government granted her a temporary reprieve due to strong public outcry regarding her being a victim of human trafficking, said the news poral.
“The Veloso family prays that no further delays or impediments shall come along the way. To them, justice that is delayed is, much more in fact than in law, justice that is denied,” the NUPL reportedly said.

Mysterious white creature found in Philippines

Photos of a huge carcass covered in white hair and 4.5-meter long went viral during the past few days after they turn up on one of the Dinagat Islands in the Philippines.
It is a 20-foot long body which appears to be covered with white hair. Some called it the horrifying ‘sea monster’ while others thought of it as the body of a creature that was probably killed in Earthquake, reported Khaleej Times.
The locals of the area who found it started speculations on social media and its images spread everywhere. People even compared it with the giant shitzu ‘The Neverending Story’, the report said.
However, researchers have come to know that the carcass is actually a whale which may have been hit by a ship, it added.
Regional officials issued a statement saying that the creature was a whale, but they have so far been unable to determine what type due to its advance decomposition, said the news portal.