x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 January 2018

All is not lost in cricket

A reader hopes cricket lovers in India will regain their trust in the game. Other topics include: UAE culture, Monster Jam, Two Boys from Aden College, crime and punishment, Cyber crimes.

A reader believes a handful of unscrupulous players cannot tarnish the image of cricket. Andrew Yates / AFP
A reader believes a handful of unscrupulous players cannot tarnish the image of cricket. Andrew Yates / AFP

Expats must show respect for UAE's culture and rules

The article Kissing teens to be deported from the UAE, (June 25) is very disturbing.

If expatriates don't respect the rules and culture of this country, how can they expect to get respect from its people. It's surprising that even teenage expats are so ignorant.

Although such things are normal at this age, parents should exercise some control and warn their children that they should not sit right outside a police academy and act foolishly.

Moiz SA, Sharjah

Take callous parents to task

The police were lucky to have found the three-year-old boy alive in the car (Police hunt after parents leave child, 3, in car and then forget where they'd parked,June 26).

The boy's parents must face prosecution for such irresponsible behaviour.

It is not OK to leave your child, or even an animal, inside a car with its engine on for two hours while you enjoy shopping in a mall.

Carelessness that leads to a life-threatening situation is a crime by all means.

Ausama Albu-Hadla, Sharjah

A story everyone is likely to enjoy

I am writing about the book Two Boys from Aden College (Aden College is sadly tedious despite its promise, June 21).

This is a wonderful story which both western and eastern readers would enjoy. It explains in simple and calm dialogue many of the false assumptions and misconceptions of both groups about each other, including those pertaining to religion, faith, relations and culture.

As an Emirati Muslim originally from Yemen, I found myself living the lives of the characters in the novel, as if I was there in their midst. The author, like an accomplished artist, painted pictures of cities and countries which I have never visited, and yet I found myself smelling the smoke in their air, and the sweetness of their flowers, and looking into the souls of some heartless fiends among their people.

This is a story with a profound meaning.

Tahani Shihab, Sharjah

Punishments do not match crimes

It was interesting to read about the sentence passed down by the criminal court recently on three men (One year in jail for trio who stalked and raped, June 25).

They were found guilty of impersonating policemen, being in possession of a stun gun, stealing and raping two women over a period of time. Each of the accused got one year in jail.

Peter Shand, Dubai

Cyber criminals can hurt economy

The cyber attacks on oil companies in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait prove that crooks are one step ahead of the rest of the people (UAE on high alert for oil-protest hackers, June 23).

It is good news that the UAE was not affected. But that should not be a reason for complacency. These attackers can strike the UAE any time, anywhere and even in a worse manner.

Petroleum is the lifeline of these countries and by attacking oil facilities, the cyber criminals have made their sinister intentions clear. The objective may not be only to lay hands in those facilities and earn money but the intention also could be to cripple the economies of these nations.

Cyrus M, Abu Dhabi

Cricket's image hit by a few players

I refer to Ajay Jacob's blogpost Cricket - is it for real or just theatre? (June 5).

I enjoyed reading it. But saying that the game of cricket has lost its integrity due to the misconduct of a temperamental cricketer and a couple of unknown first-class players who have never seen large amounts of money is going a little too far.

I hope cricket lovers in India will regain their trust in the game as dedicated players (the number of whom I believe is still larger than that of the unscrupulous ones) continue to do their job and bring laurels to the country.

John, India

Bring electric cars to the UAE

I know the UAE is promoting and supporting clean energy. In Amsterdam I saw electric cars and I thought that this is one thing the UAE should look at urgently. These vehicles cut pollution by using less oil and gas.

Brigitte von Bulow, Abu Dhabi