x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Hammour should be kept off fancy menus

Readers also comment on need for multi-storey carparks, hit-and-run case, hunting for fun, Canada's gold rush and young journalists.

A reader criticises a recipe for hammour fish because the species is threatened. Jaime Puebla / The National
A reader criticises a recipe for hammour fish because the species is threatened. Jaime Puebla / The National

In regard to your article Parking to become easier in capital (July 21), the photo of the new Mawaqif parking area looks very spacious. It does not appear that it is boxed in by buildings the way other Mawaqif areas are.

Why then would the municipality simply draw new lines for this open space instead of building a car park that would house two or three times the number of cars? There are repeated complaints and letters to the editor from residents saying that areas now served by the Mawaqif system still do not provide sufficient spaces and in the evenings these parking lots are crowded with illegally parked cars. Multi-storey car parks are desperately needed in high density areas of the city.

Cora Yanacek, Abu Dhabi

Hit-and-run not an isolated case

In reference to the story Hit-and-run arrest after Burjuman accident (July 21), I was very saddened by this lunatic's actions. Inshallah the woman and her child will make a quick recovery without any scars, mental or physical.

Sadly this person is not the sole culprit, many others use Burjuman car park like a race track. Last week, a woman in a black Range Rover drove at me while I was walking to my car; she missed of course but was rewarded with ripping off her wing mirror on the concrete column. I thinks it's time for speed bumps or speed cameras to be installed in Burjuman.

Ahmet Klanin, Dubai

Hunting for fun should be illegal

Dear Deer! Rym Ghazal's was a well written article (Thoughts on wholesale slaughter - at a hunting exhibition, July 14). As a vegetarian myself I am biased too, but hunting in today's world - how can it be fun?

On a trip to Kenya, we walked into one of the shops in Nairobi which proudly displayed stuffed animals and items made from animal skins. The hunter's biography described his illustrious career while I just wondered how could this be a "fun" sport.

Killing cannot be a mark of bravery. If you want to be a marksman, do so on a dart board.

But spare the animal or the bird flying free.

With biodiversity being threatened all over the world, conservationists are working hard to preserve the species left.

Nature reserves like Sir Bani Yas island, an initiative of Sheikh Zayed, need to be multiplied all over the country and around the region to preserve all the varieties of species of fish, birds, reptiles and mammals of the region.

Sandhya Prakash, Dubai

Keep hammour out of chic recipes

I was very disappointed to see a few weeks back that you featured in M magazine a recipe with hammour fish (Marco Pierre White: Three recipe special, June 22).

It is pretty apparent that the people in the UAE who care are pushing for a ban on this endangered fish, including top restaurants, chefs and some markets.

A little more social and environmental awareness would endear you to the public more than a tres chic attitude would.

Kirsten Chong, Abu Dhabi

Canada had its own gold rush

Regarding the feature A Moment in the Sun: Contender for the Great American novel (July 22), check your geography!

The Klondike gold rush, shown in your review article, was based in Dawson City, Yukon, Canada not the USA. There was a gold rush in California prior to the Klondike; perhaps using a picture of California would have been appropriate.

Clark Beattie, Abu Dhabi

Mini newsroom a real eye-opener

I write on behalf of my four-year-old daughter, Vani. We took her to Kidzania last weekend and she was immediately fascinated by The National mini newsroom. Upon donning the uniform, she became a bit serious as if to portray all the professionalism she could muster.

The hustle and bustle matched that of a "real newspaper". Some of the older children took charge of different sections and Vani got assigned to the kids photographing a live interview. She stood in awe looking at the reporter ask the public about the DSS activities. The photographer and his assistant (Vani) captured the details in their camera.

The tempo with which the children worked reminded you that there was a deadline to meet. The news page had to be ready and then sent to the printers.

In all, I would say that it was a fascinating day for both Vani and I.

I wish to convey our best wishes to The National team for their continued good job.

Reena Kumar, Abu Dhabi

 

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