x Abu Dhabi, UAE Thursday 20 July 2017

Bollywood emphasis is welcome

A reader likes our new Arts & Life section, especially the focus on Bollywood films. Other letters topics: Sport grounds for teens, visitabudhabi.ae, carbon storage and banks profiting on charity.

A reader appreciates the Bollywood coverage in the new Arts & Life tabloid. Satish Kumar / The National
A reader appreciates the Bollywood coverage in the new Arts & Life tabloid. Satish Kumar / The National

Thank you for Teens need a place other than street (May 14).

A lot of these problems can be solved by having playgrounds or play areas where there is high population density. This should be included in building codes.

Renters and property developers should respectively demand and provide areas for teenagers.

Also there could be more sports clubs and competition for boys and girls. Then community teams could be formed in basketball, small goal football or volleyball.

Regular competition would encourage a healthy lifestyle. And when parents get involved, mentoring becomes easier.

Also, parents should be charged if their kids misbehave or cause public problems.

Name withheld by request

How many 'last chance' reruns?

Your headline Last chance for Greece to averty debt chaos (May 13) made me laugh out loud.

How many last chances have the Greeks had already?

How many more will they have, before the EU kicks them out?

Irwin Fletcher, Dubai

Tourism website due for upgrade

'With only one chance at first impression, how does Abu Dhabi fare?' (May 11) was very informative.

However, I want to draw your readers' attention to a very pertinent source of destination information to enhance visitors' experience of Abu Dhabi emirate. This is www.visitabudhabi.ae - the website of the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority.

Now there is more good news: an enhanced, refreshed version of the site is to be launched on June 1.

Google research shows that 85 per cent of leisure travellers consider the internet to be their main source for planning travel. And 45 per cent of leisure travellers and 54 per cent of business travellers have made travel plans based on online reviews or others' experiences.

The enhanced version of the website will carry the latest information on the emirate's attractions, experiences and sporting activities, with full search options for hotels and restaurants all available in English, Arabic, French, German, Italian, Russian, Japanese and Chinese.

The site will be very user-friendly and visual, allowing visitors to interact and comment on every page.

Barbara Saunders, Senior Communications Adviser, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority

No safe way to store carbon

Carbon capture fights its corner (May 13) is quite correct.

The problem is not unlike the nuclear waste issue. Humans have never been able to invent a container that will remain sealed and safe for millions of years.

With this crazy carbon capture scheme we're going to bury it, but that doesn't make it go away. It sits there until one day it will find a way to re-release or morph into another toxic substance into the environment.

There will be earthquakes and earth shifts, and the gas will seep out of the Earth in ways we cannot even envision, as we have no long-term history of unpredictable outcomes to consult.

This gentleman singing the praises of his invention in Norway is making a bundle. Let's find a way to invest these huge carbon capture dollars into just stopping putting greenhouse gases and pollution into our atmosphere in the first place.

Pam Jacob, US

Compact section seems bigger

I have been enjoying the new smaller-format Arts & Life section. It feels meatier and more varied than the old version. And in my household we all like the added emphasis on Bollywood.

JV Ramachandran, Abu Dhabi

Banking on charity can work out well

The bank that's selling charity (May 13) was most interesting.

My first reaction to the heading and subheading was that it's typical of banks to find a way to squeeze a penny out of the poor. But as the article made clear, there's more to this than that.

We've seen stories lately about India's crops going to waste because of poor planning and lack of storage; I think it's currently the same with charitable giving: poorly organised and almost random, some of it helps the truly needy but the spending is not optimised to help those who need it most.

Wiser giving, even if the bank makes a profit, could truly help almost everyone involved.

Alain Khoury, Dubai

It's shameful that the Royal Bank of Scotland should be reaching its manicured fingers into the begging bowls of the poor.

Will the company at least donate half its profits from this new line of business to good causes?

DM Joshi, India