Man, 27, Found Dead in Duala

first_imgA man believed to be about 27 years was yesterday morning found dead in the open Duala Market, Bushrod Island with no one to claim the body.Barry, as he was later identified by curious onlookers, was said to have spent the entire Tuesday, March 15, in the Duala Market, earning his living as a shoe-shiner. No one recalled him complaining of any ailment.Some eyewitnesses, among them female residents, described the late Barry as being very respectful in the community to anyone who came his way. “For good behavior, we will miss him,” a female resident said in tears. “I don’t even know what killed him,” Mariama, a Fula business woman remarked.She described the death of Barry as untimely. But other accounts described the deceased as a drunkard.Another person claiming to be a friend of the late Barry, said the shoe-shiner, never argued with anyone whether his customers or passers-by for whatever reasons.Meanwhile, in keeping with Muslim tradition, Barry’s remains was reportedly removed the same afternoon and buried, but up to press time last night, the cause of his death was not established.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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GECOM CEO yet to deliver on his constitutional duty – Commissioner

first_imgEven as more uncertainty hovers over the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) pertaining to preparations for elections, a Commissioner is calling out Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield for his part in the entire dilemma.When contacted on Sunday, People’s Progressive Party (PPP) nominated Commissioner Bibi Shadick expressed concern over the continued failure of the secretariat to provide detailed work plans to the Commissioners.She explained that Lowenfield was absent without leave (AWOL) at the meeting where this decision was made and appearing in his place was Deputy CEO Roxanne Myers. Shadick said no excuse was provided for his absence.“That decision came after we discussed the need for the secretariat to present work plans, which they have not presented to us. It is the duty of the Chief Elections Officer. He was not present in person at Tuesday’s meeting. The DCEO was there and she was not committing to anything. She never says she knows this or that.”“She always has to refer to the CEO himself, who was not there and for whom no excuse for his absence was provided. My question was why he wasn’t at work. Was he doing some other Commission business? Did he just have lunch and lie down and had a nap? Or is he sick? Nobody could tell me.”According to Shadick, Lowenfield must bear some responsibility since he must have known since last year that elections in three months were a possibility and important documentation like work plans had to be prepared.“To prepare the work plan should have been done ever since. At the last meeting that was the decision, that the work plans would be prepared and presented to the operations subcommittee to give the different scenarios. I have had cause to remind him that he is a constitutional officer. There are duties that he has to perform with or without the approval of the Commission. The Commission will be infGECOM CEOKeith Lowenfieldormed by him in his capacity as the CEO.”“And so the Chief Elections Officer, I think, is in dereliction of his duties. He needed to present those plans ever since. And as we stand here today, the President needs to call those elections and GECOM must and can and will be ready whenever the President calls it. I don’t care if they are playing (politics). The Constitution speaks clearly.”Following last Tuesday’s meeting at GECOM, the Secretariat had agreed to provide members of the Commission with several work plans detailing the various options and the timelines regarding the holding of General and Regional Elections.But on Saturday, another PPP nominated Commissioner had spoken out about the foot dragging, revealing that despite these promises, they were yet to receive these work plans.“No excuse, or attempt at an excuse, has been forthcoming for this refusal and or neglect to provide these work plans, which should have been ready or in any event, easily prepared, from the Secretariat,” he said.These plans were to be submitted on Friday and were to be discussed by members of the Operations Committee at a meeting scheduled for this Monday. However, Gunraj said on Saturday that no such documents have been received nor was any excuse forthcoming from the secretariat.According to the Opposition Commissioner, this is just another tactic that is being employed to delay the commencement of preparations for holding elections in the constitutionally mandated timeline.“I have had cause to comment, both within GECOM meetings and publicly, about the obvious dilatory tactics that are being employed to prevent the commencement of preparations for holding of elections in the constitutionally mandated timeline. I view this as another such delay,” Gunraj noted.The parliamentary Opposition and other observers have accused Government of attempting to delay the holding of the constitutionally mandated elections following the no-confidence resolution of December 21, 2018. The three-month time frame in which the polls should be held was validated in last Thursday’s interpretation by acting Chief Justice Roxane George, who declared that the motion was validly passed 33-32.GECOM has been unforthcoming about its preparedness for the mandatory elections despite being mandated by the Constitution of Guyana to hold elections within three months of the passage of a No-confidence Motion.In fact, during a meeting with Opposition and Government Chief Whips, the Chairman of GECOM, retired Justice James Patterson abruptly ended a meeting on the Commission’s preparedness after he was pressed for answers.last_img read more

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French Cup kings PSG wait for January transfer moves

first_imgExtending that sequence is the priority at the start of the new year, with the game in Brittany being followed by a League Cup quarter-final at Amiens on Wednesday before Ligue 1 resumes next weekend.The Cups are “very important objectives”, coach Unai Emery insisted in an interview with AFP this week, as his side returned to training after the winter break.In the back of their minds will be the Champions League last-16 showdown with Real Madrid in February, with the chase for European success the main reason they committed to the two biggest transfer deals in history to sign Neymar and Kylian Mbappe at the start of the season.Emery, whose team are nine points clear at the top of Ligue 1, added: “The league shows how consistent a team is, and our start to the season has been close to excellent.“We want to maintain our consistency, and the league helps you for other competitions, ensuring that you are better prepared for the Champions League club.”While PSG could give some fringe players a run-out in the upcoming Cup games, they are hoping to move on the likes of Lucas Moura and Hatem Ben Arfa this month.Javier Pastore reportedly wants out too, hoping that more regular game time elsewhere will help him clinch a place in Argentina’s World Cup squad.And with Emery hoping to strengthen his midfield, France midfielder Lassana Diarra has been heavily linked with a move to the club.“I know him well. When he was at Real Madrid he put in some great performances. Last year he played well for Marseille,” said Emery.Diarra, 32, has been playing for Al Jazira in the United Arab Emirates.Lagging behind PSG in the league and already out of Europe, the French Cup takes on added importance for Monaco, who visit fourth-tier minnows Yzeure.Radamel Falcao will miss the opening game of the year, ahead of which coach Leonardo Jardim spent more time batting away questions about possible departures in the January window.“Monaco are not used to making big sales in winter. It is our strategy. The players understand and know how it works here,” said Jardim.Speculation continues to link Thomas Lemar with a move away after Liverpool and Arsenal failed with big offers in August.Fabinho is more likely to leave in the summer, while Terence Kongolo and Soualiho Meite have already moved on loan to Huddersfield Town and Bordeaux respectively.French Cup last-64 fixtures (only games involving Ligue 1 clubs)SaturdayToulouse v Nice, Pontarlier (5th tier) v Montpellier, Le Mans (4th tier) v Lille (all 5pm), Yzeure (4th tier) v Monaco, Guingamp v Niort (Ligue 2), Hazebrouck (6th tier) v Caen (all 8pm), Nancy (Ligue 2) v Lyon (11pm)SundayMarseille v Valenciennes (Ligue 2), Granville (4th tier) v Bordeaux, Strasbourg v Dijon, Saint-Etienne v Nimes (Ligue 2), Angers v Lorient (Ligue 2) (all 4:15pm), Senlis (5th tier) v Nantes, Sochaux (Ligue 2) v Amiens, Dunkerque (3rd tier) v Metz, Still (8th tier) v Troyes (all 7:30pm), Rennes v Paris Saint-Germain (11pm)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe, seen in action during their French League Cup round of 16 match against Strasbourg (RCSA), at the Meinau stadium in Strasbourg, on December 13, 2017 © AFP/File / FREDERICK FLORINPARIS, France, Jan 5 – Paris Saint-Germain play their first game in 2018 as they begin their quest to win the French Cup for the fourth year running with a trip to Rennes on Sunday.PSG may have missed out to Monaco for the Ligue 1 title last season but they won both domestic cups. Indeed, they have won 33 consecutive domestic cup ties going back four years.last_img read more

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Messi and Ronaldo depart World Cup as new star Mbappe shines

first_img0Shares0000Agony: Cristiano Ronaldo sees his World Cup dream ended in Russia © AFP / Adrian DENNISKazan, Russian Federation, Jun 30 – Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi saw their World Cup dreams snuffed out on Saturday as French teenager Kylian Mbappe flew the flag for a new generation in Russia.Ten goals were scored on a gripping first day of the knockout phase as France progressed to a quarter-final tie against Uruguay but Messi and Ronaldo may have played their last games on football’s biggest stage. In the first match, in Kazan, France roared back to beat Argentina 4-3, with 19-year-old Mbappe scoring twice in an electrifying display.Later in Sochi, Ronaldo — who started the World Cup with a hat-trick against Spain — was powerless to prevent Portugal slipping out of the tournament as Edinson Cavani scored twice in a 2-1 win to send the European champions home.Has Lionel Messi played his final World Cup game? © AFP / Jewel SAMADThe Paris Saint-Germain striker opened the scoring with an early header and curled a superb first-time shot past Rui Patricio to win the match after a Pepe equaliser.Cavani, who forms a dangerous front-line pairing alongside Luis Suarez, later limped off, helped by Ronaldo, sparking fears for his World Cup future.Ronaldo, who will be 37 by the time of the next World Cup, was unable to keep Portugal alive despite incessant pressure from his side in the dying stages of the match.But Portugal coach Fernando Santos said the Real Madrid forward still had plenty to offer.“Cristiano still has a lot to give to football and I hope he will stay to help the young players grow and develop,” he said. “We have a team with many young players and of course we all want him there with us.”Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez said Cavani had sustained an injury and it was unclear how serious it was.“As always we will bank on the strength of our team as a collective,” he said. “That is our best chance against any adversary, and we know that France will be very tough indeed.“But we will try our best and look to impose our way of playing on them, using our strengths,” he added. “We’re here to play all seven matches, right up until the final, and we will see what happens.”– France pace –France, the 1998 champions, looked a totally different side from the one that struggled to find their cutting edge in the group stage, pouring forward with pace and purpose to stretch the ageing Argentine defence.Antoine Griezmann gave France the lead from the penalty spot but the South Americans levelled with a sweet hit from Angel Di Maria and edged ahead shortly after half-time through Gabriel Mercado.But defender Benjamin Pavard equalised with a thunderous strike to pull France level and once more change the complexion of the game.That set the scene for Mbappe, who netted two goals in four second-half minutes to become the first teenager to score at least twice in a World Cup match since a 17-year-old Pele in 1958.Sergio Aguero gave Argentina late hope but they ran out of time and head home after a rollercoaster ride in Russia that ultimately ends in bitter disappointment for the two-time champions.Man-of-the-match Mbappe, who is Cavani’s teammate at PSG, brushed off comparisons with Brazil great Pele.Uruguay’s Edinson Cavani celebrates his winning goal in the World Cup last 16 against Portugal © AFP / Odd ANDERSEN“I’m very happy, and it’s flattering to be compared to a great player like Pele,” he said.“But he’s in another category. Still, it’s great to join the list of players that have achieved such feats.”Mbappe was born in 1998, the year Les Bleus secured their first World Cup title under captain Didier Deschamps.Deschamps, now national manager, praised his team’s character to fight back from 2-1 down.“We answered the call, we have a lot of character and it was not easy as we were leading, then there was an equaliser, then we were 2-1 behind, but we kept fighting.“There is an excellent mentality in this group and we did everything to go further. Since I am responsible for everything, particularly when it doesn’t go well, I’m very proud.”– Ragged Argentina –Beaten finalists four years ago, Argentina only reached the last 16 by the skin of their teeth after a shambolic group phase and despite a brave effort against France, the age of their players and an unbalanced squad ultimately caught up with them.France forward Kylian Mbappe celebrates his second goal against Argentina © AFP / Luis AcostaBarcelona’s Messi, 31, has spent the tournament trying to hold the squad together, even apparently bypassing coach Jorge Sampaoli to give coaching instructions in the 2-1 win against Nigeria that saved the South Americans from a humiliating group-stage exit.He has scored only once and Argentina’s campaign was defined as much by Diego Maradona’s erratic and emotional outbursts.Astonishingly, neither Messi nor Ronaldo have ever scored a goal in a World Cup knockout match, in a combined 14 games.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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10 DRINK DRIVERS CAUGHT EVERY WEEK IN DONEGAL DESPITE WARNINGS

first_imgInspector HarrisonGARDAI arrested TEN people EVERY WEEK for drinking and driving in County Donegal in December – despite warnings from officers.Up until yesterday officers made 40 arrests for drinking and driving during the Christmas campaign which began on December 1.“It is particularly disappointing when you consider the highly publicised campaign launched by both An Garda Siochana and road safety groups,” said Inspector Michael Harrison. The head of the Donegal Traffic Corps said the number of arrest represented a slight increase in 2012.“It is clear that the despite all our warnings and all the warnings about the dangers of drinking and driving that there are still so many people who are prepared to risk their own lives and the lives of others by getting behind the wheel with drink taken,” the inspector told Donegal Daily.“People who drink and drive and live to tell the tale pay an enormous price. They lose their driving licenses and the freedom to drive again and in some cases they lose their liberty.“I have to once again ask people – is it worth the risk? I implore once again that people out and about for the remainder of the holiday period, if you are going to drink, never drink and drive. It could be the difference between the price of a taxi and the price of a life, and there’s no choice there.” Thirteen people died in County Donegal’s roads in 2013, the latest being Maura Porter, a 70-year-old woman who died after being knocked down near her home in Carndonagh on Monday night. Gardai are keen to stress that there was no drink driving involved in that incident.However the death has devastated a 13th family in the county.The RSA says 190 people died in the Republic in 2013, 24 more than in 2012. A woman injured in Mayo on December 23 died last night.TV presenter Gay Byrne, who spends a lot of his time with his family in west Donegal where he has a home, has blamed Garda cutbacks for the increase in road deaths, saying more officers are needed. 10 DRINK DRIVERS CAUGHT EVERY WEEK IN DONEGAL DESPITE WARNINGS was last modified: January 1st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegaldrink drivingInspector Michael Harrisonroad deathslast_img read more

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Smith lifts world surf junior crown

first_img11 January 2007It seems there is no stopping Jordy Smith. The 18-year-old Durban surfer claimed the Billabong ASP World Junior Championship title after a hard-fought victory over Brazil’s Adriano de Souza, ranked twentieth in the world, at the weekend.The R430 000 event is the most prestigious event on the junior calendar and Smith’s victory saw him join a list of winners that includes three-time world champion Andy Irons and Joel Parkinson, the only two-time winner of the competition.Previously, Smith had problems advancing beyond the third round of the elite event, but after winning the ISA Surfing Games open title in Huntington Beach, finishing third in the Billabong Pro, and garnering the Van’s Triple Crown of Surfing Rookie of the Year award in Hawaii during 2006, his confidence was on a high and he showed it at North Narrabeen in Sydney.One versus twoIt came down to a showdown between De Souza, the top seed and a World Championship Tour surfer, and Smith, the second seed, and when it was all over Smith was the first ever South African winner of the World Junior Championship title.The final was held in 1.3-metre waves and it was a back-and-forth affair as the lead changed hands four times before Smith clinched victory with the highest scoring ride of the heat, a 7.67.Making his victory more remarkable was that Smith had to return to the beach near the end of the showdown for a replacement surfboard.‘It’s amazing’“It’s amazing,” Smith said afterwards. “I’ve never really done well in this event so it was great to be able to pull off a win for my family and friends back home in South Africa.”“It was a good final and I’m stoked for Jordy right now,” De Souza said.Smith’s victory not only saw him get his name alongside those of his idols, Irons and Parkinson, on the silverware, it also increases the likelihood of him campaigning with them on the elite World Championship Tour in 2008.Besides adding about R45 000 to his bank balance, his victory earned him preferential seeding at every World Qualifying Series event in 2007. That will provide him with a big lift as he aims to finish in the top 15, which would qualify him for the World Championship Tour. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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BRICS summit preparations under way

first_img9 October 2012Preparations for South Africa’s hosting of the 5th BRICS Summit in March 2013 are at an advanced stage, International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim said on Tuesday.“Our logistics team has already started with preparations … and are well advanced for hosting the summit,” Ebrahim told reporters in Pretoria following last week’s meeting of the BRICS inter-ministerial committee, which advises the Cabinet on the hosting of the summit.South Africa was admitted to the grouping of powerful emerging economies, which includes Brazil, Russia, India and China, at the third annual summit of the bloc’s leaders in China in 2011.At this year’s summit in New Delhi, India, South Africa was awarded the hosting of the 2013 summit, which will take place in Durban.BRICS development bankAmong the key decisions expected to come out of the South Africa summit include the formation of a BRICS-led South-South development bank, funded and managed by the BRICS and other developing countries.The plan is a subject of discussion among BRICS leaders, who see it as a possible alternative financial institution to the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. Such a bank could help its member countries pool resources for infrastructure development and lend among themselves during difficult global times.Asked on Tuesday if South Africa believed the idea was feasible, Ebrahim said: “A technical team has been established, and hopefully when we meet in March that team will be able to tell us if it is feasible or not.“We think that a bank like that will assist the group and South Africa.”The bank is part of a strategy, agreed in New Delhi last year, to look at long-term investment opportunities within BRICS countries.BRICS bank ‘would boost South Africa’In June, Business Unity South Africa CEO Nomaxabiso Majokweni told an African National Congress (ANC) business forum that an immediate benefit of a BRICS bank would be “a massive injection in our infrastructure development plan, which could help the government meet some of its very ambitious growth targets”.Majokweni said that a BRICS bank would “promote growth and investment in its member states and other emerging markets, and will be a strong voice in the lobbying for the reform of international financial institutions”.Also in June, South African President Jacob Zuma, Chinese President Hu Jintao, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Mexico.During their meeting, the five leaders discussed the possibility of setting up a currency swap arrangement and a foreign exchange reserve pool within the five-member framework.The foreign exchange reserve pool would act as a financial safety net, creating a joint pool of reserves to be used in case any member country was faced with sudden capital flight.SANews.gov.za and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Law student to be shifted to another college in U.P.

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed with the Uttar Pradesh government’s offer to facilitate the transfer of a woman law student from Shahjahanpur, who had levelled harassment allegations against former Union Minister and BJP leader Swami Chinmayanand, and her brother to law colleges affiliated to the Bareilly University.Additional Solicitor General Vikramjit Bannerjee told a Bench led by Justice R. Banumathi that the siblings would be provided hostel facilities. “Their future is important,” the court said.The Bench requested the Bar Council of India (BCI) to increase the seats in the colleges where the woman and her brother would be shifted for LLM and LLB courses respectively.The top court disposed of the suo motu petition. It said the petition, filed by women lawyers last week, was entertained because the woman was missing at the time. She was subsequently traced to Rajasthan. The apex court had intervened and directed the State police, heading back to Shahjahanpur with her, to bring her to the Supreme Court instead. The Bench of Justices Banumathi and A.S. Bopannathen had an in-camera session with the woman. She conveyed to the judges that she did not want to continue her studies in the college run by Chinmayanand’s ashram at Shahjahanpur. She was allowed last week to stay back in Delhi with her parents for the time being.‘Free to go back’On Wednesday, the court said the woman and her parents were at liberty to go back to Shahjahanpur under Delhi Police escort.The court had on Monday directed the Uttar Pradesh government to set up an SIT, headed by an IG rank officer, to investigate the charges levelled by the woman, as well as two related FIRs. It said that an Allahabad High Court Bench would monitor the investigation.last_img read more

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Phogat sisters still await their cash awards

first_imgAt a time when the Haryana government is doing every bit to encourage girls to take up sport after Sakshi Malik’s bronze medal winning feat at the Rio Olympics, the famous Phogat sisters, who changed the face of women wrestling in the country, are still to get their cash awards of nearly Rs 60 lakh promised by the state government.A peeved Mahabir Phogat, who introduced his daughters – Geeta and Babita — and niece Vinesh – to the sport – has shot off a letter to Haryana Sports Minister Anil Vij and other top officials drawing their attention towards the pending cash prize which the Phogat sisters and their cousins – Geeta, Babita, Vinesh, Sangita and Ritu – were promised by the state government for their international achievements in wrestling for the past four years.Mahabir, who received the Dronacharya Award, is upset with the state government’s attitude towards his family. In the letter, a copy of which is with Mail Today, Mahabir writes: “On behalf of my daughters and niece, I wish to inform you that they have not received the cash awards for many of their national and international achievements from 2012-13 to 2014-15.””We had submitted their application forms for the cash awards in your office and even approached the head office in Panchkula many times. But till date, the girls have not received the cash awards for most of their medals.”Talking to Mail Today, Babita confirmed that the state government has ignored their requests despite several reminders. “Yes, our cash prizes are still pending. It’s been four years now,” she said.advertisementMahabir Phogat first shot to limelight after his elder daughter Geeta won gold medal at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games and then became the first Indian woman wrestler to qualify for the Olympics. She also won a bronze medal at the world championships (2012). Following her footsteps, Babita and Vinesh also made it big at international events winning medals at the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games. Ritu and Sangita have also taken impressive strides at the junior level.It was heartbreak for Vinesh in Rio as she was forced to concede her 48kg bout against China’s Yanan Sun 1-2 after a freak knee injury. The 21-year-old Haryana grappler was leading 1-0 before she hurt her knee. Vinesh was taken off on a stretcher. She is now being treated in Mumbai.”All my expenses were paid by JSW so I didn’t ask anybody else for it. Haryana government has told me that they will provide whatever help I want. However, JSW took all the responsibility.”Well, it’s true that I am also yet to get my pending dues. I don’t know the exact amount, my brother knows it. I only work hard so that I win medals for my state and my country,” she said.Asked about her injury she said, “I am recovering well and hopefully very soon I will resume training with an eye on 2020 Tokyo Olympics.”The buzz around the Phogat sisters amplified when Aamir Khan signed up to play Mahabir in his upcoming movie Dangal. Mahabir is the sarpanch of village Balali in Haryana. His decision to train his daughters in a male dominated contact sport like wrestling – in a state where women are expected to keep their heads covered all times – has turned him into a poster boy for women emancipation in the state.last_img read more

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4 Things to Consider Before Becoming a Stay-at-Home Mom

first_img“4 Things to Consider Before Becoming a Stay-at-Home Mom” was provided by MoneyTalksNews.com.When considering the option of becoming a stay-at-home mom (or dad!), there is more to consider than just the loss of a paycheck. In fact, when you do the math, being a stay-at-home mom might actually save you money.Sometimes you can’t put a price on things — and the intangible benefits of being a stay-at-home parent is certainly one of them — at least it is to me.According to the most recent Census Bureau report, there are approximately 5.1 million stay-at-home moms in America. That equates to a little more than one out of every five married-couple family groups.Being a stay-at-home mom isn’t for everyone, though. After all, not only is it one of the most difficult jobs in the world, but it doesn’t come with a paycheck, either.According to a Salary.com study, if the average stay-at-home mom did get paid, her annual compensation in 2012 would be $112,962.Interestingly enough, a similar study by Salary.com in 2011 found that stay-at-home dads put in roughly half the time their female counterparts do. As a result, their compensation – assuming they actually got a paycheck – would only be $60,128 annually.But I digress.My mom was a stay-at-home parent and I still marvel at all the things she used to do: cooking, cleaning, shopping, paying bills, yard work, running errands, and shuttling me and my sister all over town – even when she wasn’t feeling well.My mother was responsible for a lot of our home maintenance, too. For example, when the walls needed a fresh coat of paint, she was on it. I even remember one year she spent the entire summer painstakingly stripping and restaining all the woodwork in our house (and there was a lot of it).I also have very fond memories of enjoying an after-school snack while I filled my mother in on the details of my day. After all these years, those moments are still fresh in my mind and, let me tell you, they are truly special.Needless to say, after debating the pros and cons of one income versus two, my wife and I decided to go the stay-at-home-mom route about 14 years ago. Yes, we’ve since forfeited well over a quarter-million dollars in lost salary over that time – but it’s a decision neither of us regrets.If you’re thinking about being a stay-at-home parent, here are a few financial tips and considerations you’ll need to keep in mind:Determine your expensesFor some families, the benefits of having an extra paycheck are often almost completely offset by additional taxes, childcare, and other work-related expenses. Even so, before making the jump from two incomes to one, you’ll first need to evaluate whether you can live within the confines of a reduced income.If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to determine all of your non-discretionary expenses – like your mortgage, utilities, insurance, groceries, and retirement contributions. Be sure to set aside money to handle unexpected expenses like car repairs or unexpected medical issues. Once you’ve done that, you’ll know how much you have left for the discretionary spending, like vacations and entertainment.Don’t forget to subtract your work-related expensesRemember, by staying home, you’ll end up saving money by eliminating work-related costs like childcare, commuting expenses, clothing, and lunches. And because you’ll have the time to cook more meals at home, it’s possible you’ll be eating out less, which leads to even more savings.Consider your alternativesIf you’ve cut your expenses to the bone and still can’t seem to make the bottom line work, don’t despair. There are alternatives to making it work, even while both parents are still working. For example, perhaps one parent can take advantage of 4-day/10-hour shifts or working part-time, and some people have enough flexibility with their work schedules to allow one parent to be home with the children while the other works.Don’t stop networkingBecause job loss is always a concern in a one-income family, it’s important that stay-at-home parents continue networking after leaving the workforce. Stay in touch with your old co-workers and business partners and, if you haven’t already done so, create a profile on an online professional networking site, like LinkedIn.Being a stay-at-home mom can be extremely rewarding, but it’s not a choice that works for every family. However, if you do want to stay home with your children and are in a position to make it work, following these guidelines will help make the endeavor a success. Post navigation Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Relatedlast_img read more

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