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Less stress at home for children

Home schooling is far better than public schools in the education area (‘Facebook debate: Effectiveness of home schooling’, Gulf News, May 14). You don’t have to worry about people bothering you or picking on you in your classes. You can work at your own pace and actually have something you enjoy for lunch. Children or teens that are home schooled are more disciplined and have a better learning environment than students in public schools.

You won’t have to have all the stress about what you will wear in the morning and how you will look. Your image won’t really matter to you as much as it does in public schools. One of the major stresses in high school is that if you don’t think you look nice, then you feel uncomfortable. If you feel that you look as great as ever, nothing can stand in your way. Parents will also save a great deal of money if children are home schooled. You won’t have to pay for the school fees, nice clothes, lunch or expensive shoes.

From Ms Megna Rajagopal


So much talent

It is really shocking to know that India’s badminton star, Saina Nehwal, is likely to skip the Sudirman Cup to be played in Australia. The surprising fact is that it is not due to any injury, but for some personal reasons she is not accompanying the national team. For celebrities like Leander Paes and Nehwal have time and again skipped important games due to their personal whims and fancies. I feel it is time that such players are put in place as there is no dearth of talented players in our country in each and every sport.

From Ms Kavitha Srikanth

Thane, India

Drama in cricket

It seems the International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman, Shashank Manohar, had enacted a resignation drama like our politicians and is now sticking to his chair. Having snubbed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on the fund sharing, the ICC Members would have thought that he is the best man to tackle the cash rich BCCI and hence coerced him to withdraw his resignation. Moreover, Manohar knew that he will not get any post in the BCCI and thought it wise enough to volte-face. We are confident that the BCCI members would have realised their folly in promoting Manohar as ICC chief. Anyway, we the lovers of the game are happy that the BCCI is sending our team to participate in the Champions Trophy next month.

From Mr N. Mahadevan

Mylapore, India

What influences voters

Gulf News writer, Francis Matthew’s article clearly gives account of who possibly would go in what he foresees as a second round of voting on May 19 in the Iranian presidential election (‘Rouhani struggles to dominate Iran election’, Gulf News, May 11). Iran’s meddling in the Gulf Arab states doesn’t play a role as a serious topic in the elections campaign.

How far the Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s influence among voters is going to work remains to be seen, as sanctions have been a never fading striking memory of the past for the public. From Ebrahim Raisi, Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf and the incumbent President Hassan Rouhani who would come up elected is to be seen only after the election. Open provocation and unrealistic rhetoric by any candidate won’t be influencing voters. The failure to elect an apt candidate from the candidates by voters could lead to bad governance in a country. Meddling in other countries won’t be taking anybody anywhere.

From Mr Vijayan S. Kallunad


Watch out for scams!

I came across a report in Gulf News online about a specific scam from years ago (‘Etisalat warns customers as scam calls grow’, Gulf News, March 8, 2012). I am an expatriate in the UAE who recently arrived from the UK and sadly I became a victim of this exact same scam just the other day. It was a call allegedly from etisalat.

Of course it wasn’t etisalat, however, during the call I became suspicious as they became quite insistent and so I asked them not to proceed. I have reported this incident to etisalat and to my bank, who have since cancelled my bank card, as there were two financial transactions taken from my bank account during the call.

I want to alert Gulf News readers that this scam appears to have resurfaced.

From Mr Craig Watt


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