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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 18 June 2018

Sport has the power to unite when all else has failed

Readers discuss the power of snakes, diabetes and the environment

Iraqi fans cheer on their team during the international friendly football match between Iraq and Saudi Arabia at the Basra Sports city stadium. The match has been a symbol of rapprochement between the two nations. Haidar Mohammed Ali / AFP
Iraqi fans cheer on their team during the international friendly football match between Iraq and Saudi Arabia at the Basra Sports city stadium. The match has been a symbol of rapprochement between the two nations. Haidar Mohammed Ali / AFP

In reference to your editorial, Sport is a force for unity and peace in a troubled region (March 2), the editorial is both right and extremely timely. Sport brings players and spectators together. When India and Pakistan had ceased to talk to one another some years back, US President George Bush urged the two countries to play a game of cricket. The match was watched by the prime ministers of both countries and led to a genuine thaw in the relationship. The recent Winter Olympics have also led to significant peace overtures between North and South Korea. The friendship and dialogue between common people that sport engenders is the best way to ensure peace among nations.

Rajendra Aneja, Dubai

Exercise greater caution after recent UAE snake spottings

I write in reference to your article Rarely seen venomous snake spotted in UAE (March 4): Snakes have always ignited powerful feelings of fear in people. It is scary to know that this venomous species has been spotted recently in the country. People should exercise caution when going to wadis and other mountainous and sandy areas as these form the natural habitats for snakes and other dangerous creatures due to their hot climate.

Fatima Suhail, Dubai

Causeway connects this city to its past, present and future

I refer to your online article Timeframe: Forget Sheikh Zayed Bridge, crossing into Abu Dhabi 1963-style (March 5). This is very much part of the broader story of Abu Dhabi.

Asyah E Meel, Abu Dhabi

Medical research deserves regular vocal praise today

I refer to your article Study could help diabetics receive tailored treatment (March 4): the previously accepted view that there were two types of diabetes has been dashed with a recent research study in Sweden. It is the latest major development in the medical world. With more types of diabetes, there are likely to be more treatment options. Today research plays a vital role in medicine and health. I am of the view that this study will significantly help sufferers of this terrible illness.

K Ragavan, Bengaluru

Banishing straws is a must for our shared environment

In reference to your article Dubai restaurants ‘stop sucking’ in bid to reduce plastic waste (March 1), I don’t need a new straw with every refill.

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