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JANUARY 2018

Issue 03

Are you ready to be our School Bus Safety Ambassador?

Follow the 10 golden Rules

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he first issue of The Journey in 2018 is brimming with the latest news and views from STS, as well as several entertaining and educational features that cover everything from advice from Aster Clinic on how to stay healthy during the winter months through to how students can become our School Bus Safety Ambassadors. We speak to two Principals of leading schools in Dubai, who explain how bus travel benefits students for social development and travelling safely. Our team went live on the local radio station Dubai Eye 103.8, with reporter Zeena Zalamea spending a full day with us. Zeena went behind the scenes at our operational control centre and travelled with students from Safa Community School. All of the action was reported live and highlighted the fact that school bus transport is both convenient and remains the safest way of travelling to and from school.

We were pleased to be able to present at two important and prestigious events: NATRANSExpo, bringing together global leading experts on smart technologies, and the Road Safety Awareness Day, organised by STS’s corporate social responsibility partner, Serco. More than 100 delegates attended the event from a broad range of responsible organisations, including Dubai Police and Road Safety UAE. During both events, STS reiterated its values and commitment to provide services that are Safe, Timely and Smart. We also look back on the Winter Festival celebrations, where STS celebrated with over 40 UAE schools. There’s plenty more inside this issue of The Journey too, and I sincerely hope you enjoy the news and views that we have put together for you

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04 Contents

In This Issue.....

SAFETY MATTERS P13 Say no to tailgating and yes to Road Safety!

Become the next School Bus Safety Ambassador!

EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT P21 Find out about what our employees have been up to.

FIT AND FUN ZONE P22 Do you know everything about safety? Solve our safety puzzles!

HEALTH AND WELL-BEING P32 Stay fit and healthy this winter with tips from Aster Clinic.

COVER STORY P06

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ALL ABOARD FOR EVENTS AND ENTERTAINMENT P28 Check out what events STS has planned for you in 2018.


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Be an STS School Bus Safety Ambassador! At STS, we always aim to promote safety and good behaviour on our buses in an engaging and interactive manner. One of the ways we do this is through our ‘School Bus Safety Ambassador’ award in which, every month, a student from primary and secondary years is chosen as the School Bus Safety Ambassador from each of our buses for following all the safety rules. The student is rewarded with a badge and house points in collaboration with their respective schools. This unique initiative was created to motivate students to follow the 10 golden safety rules while they are on the bus, and to help set an example for others about the importance of road safety.

To be the School Safety Bus Ambassador you should follow the 10 golden rules: 1. Be ready and on time for departure and pick-up. 2. Do not stand on the roadway while waiting for the school bus. 3. Only travel on your designated bus. 4. Scan your ID card while boarding and leaving the bus. 5. Sit facing forward at all times. 6. Remain seated on the designated seat and wear your seatbelts throughout the bus journey. 7. Keep the aisles and walkway clear at all times. 8. Be courteous and follow the bus attendant and driver’s instructions. 9. Make sure the road is safe before crossing the street. 10. Avoid the danger zone areas that surround all sides of the bus by maintaining a distance of at least ten steps away from the bus where the driver can see you. You should NOT: 1. Stand while the bus is moving. 2. Distract the bus driver. 3. Throw objects of any kind on the bus. 4. Shout or be disrespectful towards others. 5. Damage the bus in any way. 6. Bring friends onto the bus. 7. Place anything outside the windows of the bus. 8. Leave any items on the bus.

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Celebrating Success 09

Talking with the STS Maintenance Team Farook Khan is a member of the STS maintenance team, a group of people who ensure that all of the company’s 2,600+ vehicles are fully maintained and fit for the road. We talk to him about his job, its challenges, and its rewards. The Journey: Tell us more about what you do? Farook: Our three workshops in Dubai and Sharjah offer a complete range of automotive services for many different vehicles, but we specialise in school buses and non-school buses. We cover preventive maintenance, corrective maintenance, mechanical, electrical, AC, body shop, painting, breakdown and roadside assistance, and registration, amongst other works. The Journey: How do you manage over 2,600 buses? Farook: The fleet is maintained according to the Preventative Maintenance Plan. We also have 15 teams deployed for roadside breakdown assistance in Deira, Bur Dubai and Sharjah.

The Journey: What’s the most rewarding part of your job? Farook: Knowing that I am part of something that provides safe and reliable transport services and transport management solutions for our customers. The Journey: Describe what you do at work on a daily basis. Farook: The appointments are scheduled according to the nearest workshop, but before the work is carried out, job cards are made up according to the maintenance schedule of a particular bus. These are then handed over to the respective section. It is all very professional and efficient.

The Journey: What daily challenges do you face? Farook: The biggest challenge is to deliver the fleet on time. The buses that come in for maintenance have to be delivered before their respective trips. We make sure that the maintenance work is carried out in accordance with our Preventative Maintenance Plan.

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10 Advertorial

Creating Beautiful Smiles for Life FOREO, the makers of the world’s first silicone electric toothbrush, is launching the ISSA™ mikro, the first power toothbrush made completely from silicone for the youngest of brushers. Specifically tailored for small children up to four years of age, the ISSA mikro has been developed to bring innovation, enjoyment and oral health to their brushing routines.

The ISSA mikro offers several key features and benefits, including: Hygienic silicone design: Nonabrasive, soft silicone bristles provide an effective clean, with the ultra-hygienic, nonporous silicone brush minimising the spread of germs by being resistant to bacteria build-up.

The design of the ISSA mikro means that introducing a brushing routine to infants just couldn’t be simpler, with a seamlessly attached brush head that is small and rounded to clean small baby teeth at any angle. Extremely soft silicone bristles channel delicate pulsations in two modes that massage and relieve itchy gums from teething and gently clean away plaque.

“The ISSA mikro was born from the need to address the number one chronic children’s disease in the country, tooth decay,” explains Justin Wang, FOREO president. “Addressing a gap in the market – for the first time in infant oral care – the new launch goes beyond simple silicone and incorporates soothing vibrations to make brushing for babies enjoyable… as well as painless for parents.”

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Soothing sonic pulse technology: For the first time in infant oral care, delicate pulsations (via two modes, brush mode and massage mode) are effectively channelled through the bristles to remove plaque while being gentle on teeth. Safety and ease of use: 100% waterproof, non-toxic, BPA, PVC, latex and phthalate-free, the ISSA mikro is ergonomically designed to be safe and easy to use. The ISSA mikro comes in five eyecatching colours: Fuchsia, Kiwi Green, Sunflower Yellow, Pearl Pink, and Bubble Blue.


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How to register for the STS APP STS just became even smarter with its latest version of the STS App, which is available for free on Google Play Store and iOS App Store. The interface has been designed to be extremely easy to navigate, whilst downloading the app is simplicity itself. All you need to do is: 1. Open the app on the device and tap register 2. Enter the Registered Mobile Number (RMN) 3. Scan the student ID card with the camera or enter the 14 digit Student ID Number manually 4. A four digit OTP will be sent to the RMN as a text message; enter the OTP in the OTP Box 5. After entering the OTP, all the other fields will be automatically populated 6. Enter a password to complete the registration of the STS app. The password should be a combination of letters (one capital letter is required at minimum), numbers and special characters. The password length should be a minimum of six characters and a maximum of 10. For example: Abcd@1234 7. Agree on the terms and conditions, tap ‘Register’ and you’re done!

Find “STSS” in Playstore for Android & Appstore for iPhone Our user friendly app interface

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12 Advertorial

High Flying, Adored:

Evita - The Musical!

Readers can take advantage of a 25% discount, too! Simply use the code PQKUS7C and brace yourself for an unforgettable evening at Dubai Opera.

From 22nd January through to 3rd February, 2018, Dubai Opera presents Evita, the hit musical based on the life of Eva Duarte, a B-movie Argentine actress who eventually became the wife of the country’s President, Juan Perón. This is no ordinary production though, for with a starstudded international cast performing alongside local children of various nationalities it promises to be a uniquely spellbinding show. It was Dubai Opera’s wish to give children from the local community the opportunity to perform on a major stage, and so they invited young actors from schools and institutes across Dubai to take part, including Dubai Performing Arts, Diverse Choreography, GEMS FirstPoint School - The Villa, GEMS Wellington Academy - Silicon Oasis, Jumeirah Primary School, Bradenton Preparatory Academy, and GEMS Wellington International School. Evita, first launched in London’s West End in 1978, has received numerous awards over the

years such as the Lawrence Olivier Award for Best Musical as well as being the first British musical to win a Tony Award for the Best Musical. Since the curtain first went up 40 years ago, Evita has been translated into 14 different languages, and is being showcased in Dubai for the very first time. The child actors, all aged 9 to 11, were selected based on auditions, where they had to learn and sing the Santa Evita choir music in front of a panel from the Broadway Entertainment Group, Dubai Opera and Dubai Eye 103.8. The audition process involved selecting two performing groups, each consisting of one female soloist, in addition to eight boys and eight girls. Lyricist and composer, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s partnership is the stuff of legend, and Evita is one of the main reasons for this. So don’t miss out on this unique opportunity - catch either a matinee or evening performance and enjoy a show you will remember forever!


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Road Safety Awareness Day is Front Page News Serco, STS’s CSR-partner, recently hosted the second ‘Road Safety Awareness Day’, held in Ghantoot, in association with RoadSafetyUAE. The event, which was attended by more than 100 delegates from various organisations, featured an impressive line up of speakers that included Dubai Police, MIX Telematics, SafetyMedia, Michelin, Tyreplus, and of course Serco, STS, and RoadSafetyUAE.  STS showcased its latest school bus and staff bus technology, whilst Tyreplus conducted a free tyre safety check of all attendees’ vehicles, providing suggestions for improvement where required. The event was also a great networking opportunity, with many delegates commenting on how useful the occasion was with regard to making new connections. The press were out in force too, with the Khaleej Times, Gulf News and The National all in attendance. The event even made the front page! Needless to say we are already looking forward to welcoming everyone back in 2018.

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Too Close for Comfort Tailgating is a rather bizarre driving habit as there’s seemingly so little to be gained by doing it, yet so much to lose. In fact, tailgating is incredibly dangerous and a highly selfish form of driving, as the consequences that typically result in an accident rarely involve the offending driver alone. This was clearly underlined when RoadSafetyUAE and QIC Insured released the findings of their latest YouGov research study, which shed further light on what is always among the top five reasons for deaths on the UAE’s roads. Thomas Edelmann, Managing Director of RoadSafetyUAE, summarises the key findings: “The majority of UAE motorists recognise the dangers of tailgating. However, only 59% ‘never’ tailgate! Tailgaters blame slower vehicles in front or the fact that they are ‘running late’ for their offensive behaviour. There is little empathy for the ones getting tailgated, despite the fact that tailgaters are well aware of the stress and distraction they cause. Most of those being tailgated just want to move out of the way, and they admit that tailgaters make them nervous.” A whopping 43% of motorists say that they do not to know the official safety distance, despite the fact that everyone learned this at driving school! When asked for the recommended safety distance at 100 km/h (the proper response is two seconds or 56 metres), only 24% could answer correctly.

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Almost as many (22%) believe that a mere ‘one car length’ is the recommended distance! When asked how to improve this dismal state of affairs, motorists see education as the main opportunity to improve driving habits, followed by more police presence and enforcement, in addition to in-vehicle technology and higher fines. As seen in previous behaviour studies conducted by RoadSafetyUAE and QIC Insured, young drivers score worst: they tailgate more often, have less empathy with the ones they tailgate, and show the least willingness to get out of the way when they get tailgated themselves. It seems that there is no doubt that the older motorists get the more experienced and ‘wiser’ they become. Consequently, education efforts must be aimed fairly and squarely at the young!


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SCHOOL BUS DRIVER

Road Safety Awareness

With the largest private school transportation operation in the UAE, delivered by over 2,400 trusted drivers, STS is always at the forefront of the latest safety and customer service initiatives, underlined recently when it held its annual ‘School Bus Driver Road Safety and Customer Service Excellence Awareness’ event at GEMS Wellington Academy, Silicon Oasis. Steve Burnell, Managing Director of STS, states: “We foster an approach that encourages our employees to fully understand our responsibilities as a passenger transport provider, and team engagement in these

forums ensures that we are all aligned in our mission, in that everything we focuses towards being safe, timely and smart.” Thomas Edelmann, Managing Director of RoadSafetyUAE comments: “STS plays a strategic role in the portfolio of our road safety supporters by educating children about road safety inside the school bus – we refer to this concept as the ‘extended classroom’. School bus drivers are the key stakeholders in this context and hence, we applaud STS for holding this great event for their bus drivers.”

I TAKE THE PLEDGE…

To Wear The Seatbelt At All Times!

Whilst proving on a daily basis that safe, timely and smart transportation is our primary goal, at STS we never turn down an opportunity to deliver what is for us the most important message of all – that of road safety. With this in mind, we recently collaborated with GEMS New Millennium School to spread road safety awareness, encouraging every individual to take road safety seriously. This was achieved by visiting the schools to inform students about various aspects of road safety; there was even a fun ‘Quiz Time’ session

to ensure that everyone understood the message loud and clear. The students then pledged to wear seatbelts at all times and to tell their friends and families to do the same. The message that STS put across was heard loud and clear by all of the young people present: ‘Be Cautious, Life is Precious’.

STS is the flag bearer for school bus safety on RoadSafetyUAE’s platform: www.roadsafetyuae.com/around-schools-and-school-buses/

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Dubai Eye Brings

STS’S WORLD INTO FOCUS We thought it would be a great idea to show our parents and students exactly what it’s like to be on a school bus, and what goes into making it the safest form of transportation. With this in mind, we invited reporter, Zeena Zalamea, from Dubai Eye to the STS operation control centre to experience what goes on ‘behind the wheel’. Beginning at 9.00am, and with a live link into the breakfast show, The Agenda, questions were asked about the company’s set-up and how we monitor the movements of all of the buses. OCC Manager, Vivek Bahuguna, who gave informative responses to probing questions, assisted Zeena. Later that day, at 3.00pm, there was a live link to The Ticket Show… from a school bus. Zeena joined children on the bus from Safa Community School and was amazed at how much fun the youngsters were having, particularly after a hard day in the classroom. She then spoke to Operational Manager, Sean D’souza, who explained the whole process for both pre and post trip.

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Finally, at 5.00pm the day was wrapped up with a live link on Drive Live in Education Matters, with Steve Burnell, Managing Director at STS, concluding: “It’s a fact that bus travel is safer than a private car. Our drivers are professional, seasoned drivers and they have received additional driving licensing tests, plus ongoing training in defensive road skills. So they can focus on the road and the traffic around them; there are no distractions for our drivers inside the bus. Students are all seated and wearing seat belts and, while social interaction between students is a positive one, it’s monitored by a female bus attendant to ensure the journey is calm and safe.”


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STS SHOWCASES SAFETY AT NATRANS-EXPO NATRANS-Expo, a two-day event held at the Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection, in Dubai, brought together the world’s leading experts to present and discuss a broad range of smart technologies and new applications that are vital to the effective running of the region’s major rail networks, roads, aviation and maritime operations. Focusing on everything from hybrid vehicles, alternative fuels and bio-fuels through to electric motors, taxi services, commercial vehicles, logistics, trains, boats and public

security, it was attended by 5,000 wellinformed and enthusiastic delegates, including STS. Indeed, STS participated in a NATRANSExpo workshop which, extremely well attended, highlighted the many safety features that the company has developed for use on its fleet of vehicles. And with both media and government representatives in the audience, STS also took the opportunity to talk about its work, business philosophy, and vision for the future.

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A FAMILY AFFAIR Service Delivery Representative, Sam Licuanan, has been with STS for almost 10 years now, ensuring that everyone on the bus is comfortable and safe, and that all of the students arrive to school on-time, every time. We chat with Sam about her work at STS, whose drivers and bus attendants, not forgetting the students, are, she says, “all part of my family.”

The Journey: How many parents do you deal with on a daily basis? Sam: Right now, I am running two schools - American School of Dubai and Little GEMS International - Al Barsha. If we are talking about emails and phone calls from parents, I’d say a handful on a daily basis. This includes after school activity bus requests or, what we call, ‘late bus’ requests. Parents also make payments and, of course, give feedback and make enquiries for new students. The Journey: How do you address their problems? Sam: I always put myself in the parent’s shoes. I always ask myself: ‘If I were in their situation, how would I feel, what should be done?’ Timely response and appropriate actions and solutions are the keys to addressing any problem. The Journey: How quickly are you able to address the problems? Sam: It depends on the seriousness of the problem. As much as we can, we try to solve it on the same day or within 24 hours. Sam: What do you enjoy most about your job? The Journey: Knowing that our students are safe, comfortable and happy riding our school buses. It makes me really happy to see so many nationalities from different cultures and backgrounds getting along and becoming friends.

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Take learning to new and exciting heights! Learn amazing facts from design to construction, interestingly recreated in a children’s documentary. And don’t forget to say hello to Mr Burj, who will test your knowledge and whisk you through fun adventures with interactive games. For school bookings and inquiries, Call 800 ATTHETOP (288 43 867) or email schools@atthetop.ae


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APPRECIATE YOU We cherish our family dearly here at STS, and never miss out on an opportunity to show our appreciation - 2018 will be no different. Indeed, we are genuinely thrilled to announce that we will be holding a ‘Driver and Support Staff Appreciation Day’ in order to honour our drivers and support staff for their continual hard work and

dedication. The event will take place on the school grounds at GEMS Modern Academy, where there will be many exciting and fun activities, including ‘STS Got Talent’ where our support staff will present a wide array of entertaining, and often surprising, performances.

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Can you find all the words in the School Bus Safety Word Search below? BUS BUSSTOP CAREFUL CONDUCTOR CROSSING DANGERZONE DRIVER LISTEN LOOK PASSENGER RESPECTFUL RULES SAFETY SCHOOL SEATBELT SIGNAL SIT STOP


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Stop, look and listen! Do you know everything about road safety? Complete the crossroad below: Across 2. We must ______ for cars honking while we are on the road or pavement. 3. Cars stop when the traffic signal shows the ___ light. 6. Look in every _________ before crossing the road. 7. When the pedestrian signal shows a man _______, it is safe to cross the road. 8. Before crossing the road, we must stop and ____ to see that no vehicle is coming. 10. Inside a vehicle, we must always fasten our _______.

Down 1. We must walk over this when moving from one side of the road to the other. 4. Never walk in the middle of the ____. 5. You must stay on the ________ when you’re not crossing the road. 9. Cars move when the the traffic signal is _____.

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Take the Bus to School! Help the bus driver get the children to school.

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Spot the Differences! There are ten differences in this picture. Can you spot them all?

Go to page 39 for Fit and Fun Zone Answers!

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26 School Insiders

REAL PROFESSIONALS

DOING THE JOB! Thomas Mathew

Principal at GEMS Own English High School Dubai

In addition to school buses being the safest mode of transportation for children, Thomas Mathew, Principal at GEMS Our Own English High School – Dubai, believes that the positive environment created in buses is also important.

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The Journey: Aside from safety, in which other ways do students benefit by riding the school bus? Thomas Mathew: There is a lot of social interaction on the bus, which students don’t get if they come along with their parents. So I see three important benefits: safety, social interaction, and the guarantee that they will always be on time. The Journey: Technology is increasingly important in the world of transportation; are you seeing the benefits of this on the school bus runs? Thomas Mathew: One good thing about STS is that they keep updating their technology. So initially we started with the cameras, and then scanning, which takes place when the children enter and exit the bus, and then onto the child check button. I think when it comes to technology, STS are the leaders.

The Journey: Have you ever visited STS headquarters? Thomas Mathew: Yes, and I have personally seen how they monitor the buses. I’ve also sent my students to see the control room. It’s only when you see it that you realise what the operation is like.” The Journey: How has STS benefitted GEMS Our Own English High School? Thomas Mathew: I’ve been with GEMS for 22 years, and I recall the days when the Principal had to look for drivers, as well as tracking what was happening to vehicle maintenance. A lot of time was wasted. Now that STS has taken over, we have real professionals doing the job! So we get to spend time on what we’re meant to – the school and academics!”


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WHERE THE BUS IS

PART OF THE SCHOOL DAY Alan Williamson

Principal at Kings’ School Al Barsha

More and more children are travelling to and from school on school buses, so we took the opportunity to speak to Alan Williamson, Principal at Kings’ School - Al Barsha, to get his thoughts on this welcome trend and how it is benefitting the school and its students.

The Journey: Do you welcome the increasing popularity of the school bus? Alan Williamson: Yes, and we definitely encourage their use. Obviously, one of the factors for us is that although all three of our schools have good car parking facilities, they were not built for 1,700 children arriving at the same time! So the more children we can get onto STS buses, the better. The Journey: Are there other benefits? Alan Williamson: Clearly, there are environmental advantages too. There’s also a socialising aspect around coming to school by bus with other children. One of the things that is interesting in the Kings’ Group

is that we use the three schools as central hubs to get to the high school. So three primary schools, but one high school, and in terms of our goals we want every Kings’ primary student to join our high school. And the fact that STS links all of our schools is vital to achieving this objective.” The Journey: STS’s safety record must also be a big plus? Alan Williamson: Safety initiatives introduced by STS, such as seat belts, have helped to give peace of mind to parents.

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MAKING MERRY

AT THE WINTER FESTIVAL In the spirit of the festive season, STS participated in the Winter Festival, which took place at the American School of Dubai, GEMS Wellington International School, GEMS New Millennium School - Al Khail, and GEMS International School - Al Khail. We set up our own stand at the festival, where we handed out STS goodie bags, magazines, information packages, and enjoyed end of year celebrations with the children.

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SPRING IS IN THE AIR

STS is thrilled to announce that it will yet again be participating in this year’s Spring Fairs in schools throughout the length and breadth of Dubai. The whole team is looking forward to meeting staff, students and teachers at these fairs in order to explain the services offered by the company, as well as taking the opportunity to have a genuinely exciting and fun day with everyone present. This time, we will be back with lots of surprises, interesting games and prizes. More details of these events, including venues and dates, will be released in the not too distant future. We look forward to seeing you!

SAFETY ON THE GO! Among the many thrilling events we’ve planned for 2018, we’re especially excited about our Safety Bus Campaign! We will be taking one of our buses around to every school... but this won’t be your typical bus. We’re creating an interactive bus that will be filled with high-tech safety features that primary and secondary students can try out, as well as games and quizzes.

This is one educational experience you will not want to miss!

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30 Other Services

THE SKY’S THE LIMIT

RELAY FOR LIFE

A series of stunning displays at the Dubai Airshow, given by some of the world’s finest pilots and teams, provided spectators with a show full of anticipation and excitement. STS was there to support the event, which has grown to become one of the largest and most successful airshows in the world. Indeed, this international trade exhibition, which took place at the World Trade Centre, attracted 79,380 people and connected aerospace professionals from all around the world. STS was proud to be the transport provider for such a great event.

STS was recently on hand to support the Friends of Cancer Patients initiative, Relay for Life, the world’s largest cancer fundraiser, at the American University of Sharjah. STS provided shuttle buses for the transportation of participants from Dubai to Sharjah, as well as shuttle services on the university’s campus, making it easier and more convenient for everyone to get to the event before their walkathon for what is an extremely worthy cause.

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PUTTING TRASH IN ITS PLACE STS is extremely proud to have participated in the fourth edition of ‘Clean Up UAE’, a campaign organised by The Emirates Environmental Group (EEG). The EEG team was joined by approximately 10,000 committed Clean Up volunteers, including the team from STS, at Nad Al Sheba, Dubai. The atmosphere was electric, with everyone able to sense the enthusiasm and motivation, as volunteers, equipped with cotton re-usable gloves, caps and t-shirts, picked up a wide range of trash, one item at a time, collecting an impressive 21,750kg of waste. It took a little effort on the part of all participants, but made a big difference to the local environment.

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32 Health and Wellbeing

WINTER HEALTHCARE TIPS BY ASTER CLINIC

YOUR HEALTH

THIS WINTER Dr. Sreekumar Sreedharan Specialist Internal Medicine at Aster Clinic Karama (UMC)

Even though the UAE doesn’t face extreme cold weather, the winter months bring various health issues. The common cold, rhinitis, influenza, and other respiratory infections, for instance, increase during the winter months. People often create warmer environments indoors, however when you step outside, the body undergoes changes while adjusting to the outside temperature, hence causing an allergic response resulting in you falling sick.

Common Cold & Flu Staying indoors or in closed environments causes easy spread of germs and infections. School children are also at risk of developing these conditions from their peers. So ensure you take preventive measures: get flu shot vaccinations and eat a healthy and balanced diet. Dry Skin Dry and dehydrated skin is a common issue during the winter. Nourish your skin regularly by drinking lots of water. Keep moisturising your skin with thick cream based moisturisers instead of water based light creams. Also switch to a moisturising sunscreen. Allergies Allergies can weaken your immune system and make it resistant to fighting off germs. Immune responses can be mild, from a cough and runny nose, through to a life threatening reaction called anaphylaxis. Hygiene practices need to be ramped up during the winter months. Hygiene practices need to be ramped up during the winter months.

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Dry Eyes Winter is the time when people complaint of dry, itchy, irritation and watery eyes. Take occasional blink breaks from the digital eye strain, although this is a tip for all times and not only during the winter. Women must avoid waterproof make-up because it is hard to remove and harsh make-up removers strip the skin off essential oils. Change in appetite People often tend to gain weight during the winter because of the craving for some warm comfort food during the cold nights. Workouts reduce during the winter months, because people prefer to cuddle in their blankets. Nevertheless, regular workouts should be a part of your daily schedule irrespective of the season.


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ALTER YOUR DIET TO EASE

WINTER BLUES While people in cold counties experience the winter blues during the cold weather, most Dubai residents enjoy the light breeze and occasional rain. However, the winter season can be rather challenging for an individual’s mental and physical health. Most of us feel sluggish, and for some, the bleak wintertime can develop into a serious medical condition. With this in mind, below is a list of food items you should stock up on to help avoid the winter blues:

Fish Fatty and oily fish, including salmon and mackerel, are an important source of Vitamin D. Meat One should opt for lean meat instead of fatty meat or organ meat. A bowl of warm chicken, meat or vegetable soup is winter’s best food. However, avoid cream and salt. A bowl of warm lentil soup can be your best friend during the cold months. Pulses Choose a variety of pulses as they are a great source of protein, particularly if you are a vegetarian. Cereals and Cereal Products Cereals are more than just convenient breakfast options. Wholegrain products are especially good for you and are high in zinc and soluble fibre. Dairy Milk and cheese (as well as tofu for the lactose intolerant) are good sources of calcium, protein and vitamin D, which are all essential to maintain a healthy immune system. However, choose low fat dairy products, which are always healthier.

Eggs Always try to incorporate eggs into your breakfast as they are a source of whole protein and adequate vitamin D. Dark Leafy Greens Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, bok choy, cabbage, cauliflower, kale etc. are an effective defence against winter. They are high in vitamins A, C and K. Nuts Walnuts and almonds are low in fat and their regular intake during the winter also helps keep excess weight in check. Dates, figs and apricots are a healthy combination that ensures an active and healthy nervous system. The only way to lead a healthy life is by following a holistic approach towards being healthy at all times. A healthy plate should contain something from all five food groups, giving the body all the essential nutrients it requires for proper functioning.

Dr. Jasna Kizhakkeve Dietician at Aster Clinic Qusais

About Aster Clinic Since its inception in 1987, Aster Clinic has successfully reshaped the healthcare landscape in the Middle East with qualitative changes in the medical services it provides. It has now become one of the largest and most widespread networks of clinics across the Middle East by operating across neighborhoods. As part of the history of a prodigious organisation like Aster DM Healthcare, Aster Clinics put patients at the core of its operations. It has developed robust quality standards, enhanced professional expertise and spacious infrastructures to render the most comfortable and satisfying patient experience. Continually ushering qualitative changes in the medical field, Aster Clinics have set extraordinary benchmarks for healthcare in the region. With 45 multi-disciplinary clinics, 425 skilled doctors and 700 paramedical staff, Aster Clinics are constantly expanding and evolving to better serve the communities in which they operate. They’ve got your back, always have and always will because they value the trust you have in them. YOU CAN CALL THEM ON 044400500 OR VISIT WWW.ASTERCLINIC.AE

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HAPPY BIRTHDAYFROM STS!

A birthday is a momentous occasion; it’s not every day that you get to celebrate you! And birthday wishes certainly add cheer to the big day, which is why at STS we like to celebrate with the youngsters, presenting each student who travels by school bus with a unique birthday card and other goodies. Log onto: www.schooltransportservices.com/parents to receive birthday goodies from us. OCTOBER John Xavier 8, M. Adnan 8, Akash 11, Bijo P. Varghese 10, Tehseen 12, Abdul Haseeb Butt 7, Sisilkumar 17, Rejani 7, John Kurian 15, Adesh Atthreya V. 9, Farhia Aden 9, Sajith 6, Deepthi 6, Sreeshanth M. K. 6, Abdul Sattar 12, Mohideen 7, Nishi 9, Katie Downey 8, Bhavesh 8, Amna Abbas 18, Mohsin Aziz 7, Sindhu.Baburaj 9, Rhiza Ravago 8, Nabil Altehlaoui 8, Jyothi Madtha 10, Thomas 9, Jamsheeda Sameer 10, Johncy 11, Johncy James 6, Kamila 11, Mini Menon 8, Pavan 8, Alfred Dcosta 13, Pratish Philip 12, Mary Jane Lopena 10, Tejas Sanghavi 9, Baby Joseph 12, Thangamuni Muniyandi 17, Jennifer Bonifacio 8, Ganesh Shenoy 7, Vijaya Merudi 8Balajee8, Melvin James 10, Anu Jacob 6, Ratan Bhattacharjee 8, Asha 11, Maiah Sian 9, Manish Gupta 3, A.Ravikumar 12, Krishnasen 16, Shoukath Ali 7, Vyshali Shankar 8, Imran Ahmad Khan 10, Munawar Hussain 14, Anup Kumar 7, Afia Shahid Shaikh 9, Astre Dsouza 10, Jitha Nair 11, Sumathi 8, Mohamed Shafeek 8, Ashok 7, Sreejith K. 12, Yusuf 13, Edwin Rajkumar M. A. 8, Sheela Dileep 13, Subbarao 9, Vikas Jain 6, Sonal Amit Jain 11, Sathesh Babu 12, Cecilia B Guevara 7, James Pulcikal 13, Sunil Sebastian 9, Roshini Nasar 10, Sarah 9, P. J. Shaji 9, Mani P. V. 6, Nikhil 7, Richa Jain 9, Anup 9, Ptm Rajan 12, Madhupriya 10, Binumon A. T. 7, Loretta Carr 14, Jamsheeda Sameer 6, Rosy D’Mello 9, Manoj Mathew 8, Iqra 6, Abdul Saleem 8, Eden Acbang-Plata 7, Flavia Noronha 11, Shuhaib 13, Syamjothy 3, Mathew Mathai 9, Girish Pillai 6, Parmeshwar 10, Nasreen 7, Rasheed Rawther 15, Rashidha 8, Josey George 11, Subhashini Naruka 14, Shameel Sp 7, Huda 8, Nidhi 9, Ali Imran Khan 6, Nisha Santhosh 17, Irosha 8, Pratheesh 9, Renan Untivero & Nelvie Untivero 6, Jakira Ismail Sange 9, Prasannaraj 8, Joy Jose 7, Nisha Cerejo 7, Jayan 11, Mathew Joseph 7, Janet Alphonso 7, Manoj K Isacc 7, Rajie Annie Joseph 12, Anoop Vijayan 7, Hend Mahmoud 8, Maria Gundimi 7, Radhika 3, Divya Jayavelu 6, Rochelle Remonte 8, Thomas Augustine 9, Sam 12, Huzefa Tarwala 12, Shanid Cheriya Kayyath 6, Veena 14, Ronald Alvares 11, Manish 7, Palak Kedia 7, Palak 7, Dinil Nair 6, Padam 11, Komal Keshkani 7, Sanju Rajan 8, Anas Al Issa 6, Moataz 10, Brendon Paynter 9, M.Pavani 10, Muhammad Tariq 7, Parin Somaia 8, Sidrah Faiz 12, Rajesh 6, Sanu 12, Jehan Eltayeb 10, Alma Jacob Puatu 8, Hanif Kalmata 18, Maria Consuelo Garcia 7, Mommy Michelle 11, Mohamed Ilyas 15, Yoosuf Ansari 13, Muneer 7, Mohammed Atha 7, Liyakhat Ali Mir 9, Hanif Kalmata 18, Mian Bilal Ahmed 8, Mahamood Nangathan 10, Shamsudeen 7, Mahinour 11, Brayn Beltran 6, Sajithkumar 6, Fathy N Sella 7, Sylvia Lobo 8, Ryhana Shajudeen 17, Govind Raj 10, Chandrika Rajeeva 13, Rajaraman Packrisamy 6, V S Sinunadh 10, Rajani Santhosh 12, Ayman Mohamed 13, Jino Pathil Joy 7, Roopa Sukhbalani 8, Silvia 6, K.Shenoy 10, Krushna Pragna 14, Amgad Micheal 6, Hariharan.N 7, R.Saman Pushpakumara 10, Poonam Shah 4, Afreen 9, Rizwan Ahamad 13, Ravi 6, Sonia 9, Rajesh Kumar V. P. 9, Hasan Naveed Anjum 5, Roshini Nasar 10, Shanavas 10, Bhagya Susan Abraham 8, Caroline Dcosta 5, Uppa 10, Rizwan Masood 7, Uthaman Chamandy 13, Akash 17, P. Jithesh 5, Praveen Kumar 5, Sunita 10, Ranjan 7, Mitchele Julian 7, Neelam Bahtia 7, Marwa 12, Marwa Al Ozaibi 12, Ajay Nand Badlani 12, Petal Gracias 8, Scaria 7, Priya Manglani 10, Lalit 7, Pratima And Kirankumar Nagare 10, Sharmila Das 6, Thapan V. P. 9, Mamta 5, Swarna Lata 14, Rayapoodi 7, Sirisha 6, Hadiya Murtuza 5, Uzma 8, Shikha Bhardwaj 8, Realyn Nebre 7, Abdul Muthalif 8, Santhosh M. K. 9, Zaida 5, Sudha Haribaskar 6, Biju 4, Saurabh Singh 5, Maryam Sana 10, Sanjoy Behera 11, Suthas Subramaniyam 8, Suthas 5, Rashida Murtuza 7, Sebastian Sabu 7, Shantha Asiri Ekanayake 6, Manesh 8, Mohammed Buhari 8, Paromita Ghosh 6, Shamoon Ali 8, Sheriff 5, Mangash Nadgauda 5, Nowshad 6, Fathiyah 6, Qarshi 14, Samreen 11, Soumya Rajesh 12, Surati 13, Masud Mizan 13, Sreeja 10, Akshan De Silva 13, Nieva Shinjo 11, Vinod Krishnan 8, Madhavi Sharat 6, Rahi Kadam 6, Manjula 7, Rajesh John James 11, Salahuddin 15, Syed Aijaz 8, Imran 8, Tehseen Shaikh 15, Wah Wah Shein 6, Sunil Mathews 6, Mohanasundaram 12, Vanisha 11, Bhupesh 10, Bhupesh S. Patil 7, Prashanth K. R. 5, Paulina Joseph 5, Ravi Kiran 14, Krishnaraj 5, Mridula Chandak 8, Ragoo Bruno 18, Hend Hamdy 8, Lucky Dharmani 7, Shajahan Kuniyil 7, Shazia Shafi 7, Syed Aijaz 6, Mohammed Ashraf 10, Taha Al Akshar 7, Murtuza Calcuttawala 7, Thajuddeen Kuniyil 7, Naseefa Shajahan 7, Rochelle 8, Sathesh Babu 13, Kamila 9, Nowshad 6, Jeeson Pynnadath Antony 13, Sathesh Babu 13, Rhiza 8, Nevin Coutinho 5.

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