x Abu Dhabi, UAE Friday 21 July 2017

Cricket conundrum

With talk of a day-night Test match between Pakistan and India in the UAE, a reader tackles the issue of what colour the ball should be. Other topics: food safety, bank service and rape in India.

With talk of a day-night match being held as part of a Pakistan v Sri Lanka Test series in the UAE, a reader suggests a way to resolve the issue of what colour the ball should be. Satish Kumar / The National
With talk of a day-night match being held as part of a Pakistan v Sri Lanka Test series in the UAE, a reader suggests a way to resolve the issue of what colour the ball should be. Satish Kumar / The National

Enforcement of food-standards law is welcome

I refer to Inspectors close 53 restaurants in 6 months (August 22).

I am glad to see that there is zero tolerance when it comes to food safety and hygiene standards at restaurants, bakeries and other eateries across Dubai.

I hope other emirates follow suit and take tough measures against those who are found violating the food-safety regulations.

Fatima Suhail, Dubai


Banks offer poor level of service


I agree 100 per cent with Nima Abu Wardeh's article, Banks can't shoot straight on customer service (August 24).

Service at most branches is horrible, with counter staff following a "take it or leave it" attitude in connection with any product they have to offer.

My question to them is: don't you need my money?

The only other place I have received the same poor level of service is at immigration counters abroad, but that is excusable in the interests of national security.

Name withheld by request

Regulations can help prevent falls

In reference to Girl, 2, plunges 14 floors to her death (August 22), Dr Taisser Atrak is correct in saying that parents have a responsibility to watch and protect their children.

He is also right that, in many cases, these deaths could have been prevented with a bit more awareness of the dangers.

However, the blame should not be placed only on the shoulders of the parents.

Dr Atrak's comments suggest that governments have a role to play in preventing such deaths by enforcing regulations.

As a father of three, I know it is difficult to watch children "all the time".

Donald Glass, Dubai

Indian government must act on rapes

Mumbai police arrest suspect after photo journalist gang raped (August 25) offered some good news following a very sad incident.

It seems that Mumbai, in common with other major Indian cities, is now no longer safe for women.

It is high time for the Indian government to implement stronger laws, but this is being held up because some activists and political parties have mixed opinions about implementing the death penalty in such cases.

K Ragavan, India

The Indian government is not doing enough to protect girls and women.

Do the offenders in these cases not realise that their victim is somebody's daughter, wife or sister? Do they forget that they also have female relatives who are vulnerable to the same kind of attack?

Their behaviour is shameless, as is the fact that nobody is taking control of the situation.

Real men don't rape.

Name withheld by request


While imposing strict punishment for rape, the Indian government also needs to take a more proactive role in preventing attacks against women.

C Murphy, Abu Dhabi

Hope for calm in labour camps

I am writing about Dozens injured in labour camp brawl (August23).

The men in these camps must have a hard life and they must be missing their families.

I feel for them, even though what they did was not right.

There must be huge tension among workers from so many countries, beliefs and cultures.

I hope that one day they will be able to work together in peace.

Brigitte von Bulow, Dubai

Simple solution to day-night dilemma

I would like to comment about the type of ball to be used in a possible day-night Test match to be held in the UAE (Pakistan and Sri Lanka could play day-night cricket Test, August 15).

Instead of using pink or orange balls, which are probably not satisfactory for either day or night play, why don't the teams simply use a traditional red ball during daylight hours and switch to a white ball when it gets dark?

Does this make sense or am I missing something?

Callum Campbell, Dubai