x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 18 January 2018

Fog lights should be mandatory

A reader says all cars sold in the UAE should be fitted with fog lights at the factory. Other topics: quality education, school food and expensive restaurant water.

A reader says fog lights should be standard equipment on all new cars sold in the UAE. Mark Asquith / The National
A reader says fog lights should be standard equipment on all new cars sold in the UAE. Mark Asquith / The National

Slump prediction means we should tighten our belts

I refer to 'Alarmingly high risk' of worldwide slump: IMF (October 10). The International Monetary Fund has reduced the estimates of global growth down to 3.3 per cent and underscored that the US and Europe must get their fiscal acts together.

Even emerging economies like India, which were basking in 8 per cent to 9 per cent growth rates, are struggling at 5 per cent.

Lower growth rates imply more unemployment, homelessness and violence in the streets.

It is a pity that this economic collapse, triggered by the manipulations and greed of bankers and financial brokers in the US in 2008, has crippled the global economy.

In developing economies like India, poor governance and corruption are destroying confidence in the economy and national leadership.

President Barack Obama was elected in a whirlwind of hope, that he would accelerate the US recovery. However, unemployment remains one of the major issues in America.

The poor and middle classes would do well to live within their means and save for some rainy days ahead.

Rajendra K Aneja, Dubai


Waiter, a choice of waters please

Thumbs up for Angry at cost of bottled water? You're not alone (October 9).

Sadly, waiters in the UAE are trained to serve you their most expensive imported water if you simply ask for a bottle of water.

Sometimes if you ask if they serve local water, their attitude changes and they give you that "Oh, you're cheap" look.

When there is a choice available to the customer, waiters should always ask first before bringing the expensive bottle.

If it happens to you, send them back and don't be bullied into paying for it just because the waiter has already opened the bottle.

Ziad Q, Abu Dhabi

Perhaps I'm a bit naive, but the solution seems simple: if the UAE Government really wants restaurants to offer local water, make it a law and enforce it with a threat of immediate shutdown for non-compliance.

On the other hand, who can imagine the Government shutting down half the coffee shops in the country because they refuse to sell cheap water?

Rates of caffeine-withdrawal-related deaths would go through the roof; nobody would be safe.

Donald Glass, Abu Dhabi

Praise for school food regulation

All I can say regarding Ministry reads school the diet act (October 10) is: it's about time.

Schools sell mostly chocolates, chips and other junk.

This makes it near impossible to teach your children healthy habits when all the other kids are overindulging in junk at school.

I applaud the Ministry of Education's efforts and I hope the new rule will apply to private schools as well. N Alnaizy, Dubai


Story sharing is the write stuff

Thanks for sharing Write from your heart - and have a million people read your words (October 9) so that we can try out the Listserve project for ourselves.

What a lovely idea it is. Now we can read the thoughts of perfect strangers across the world and allow our common humanity to shine forth.

J Cannavan, UK

Fog lights should not be an option

In reference to Dubai skyline engulfed by fog (October 10), I'm looking at buying a new car and was shocked to learn fog lights are not automatically a feature of all new cars.

They are seen as a bonus, but they should be made mandatory from point of manufacture, as they are in Europe.

G Learman, Dubai

Quality the key to early education

I applaud the move towards licensing early education programmes (KHDA to take regulation of early learning, October 9).

By moving to a common definition of basic quality, this protects the children and parents who have entrusted themselves to the care of a learning centre.

I would like to see more dialogue on what signifies a quality early childhood educational programme.

With a boom comes the danger of inappropriate practices, and schools springing up just to satisfy an economic need.

Parents need to educate themselves (or be educated) on what is good practice in early childhood education.

Linda Travers, US