x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 17 January 2018

Ponting's out after a long knock

A reader praises the Australian cricketer who batted his last innings yesterday. Other letter topics: eco-friendly shipping, factory safety and disabled access.

As Ricky Ponting leaves the crease for the last time, a reader sings his praises. Robert Cianflone /Getty Images
As Ricky Ponting leaves the crease for the last time, a reader sings his praises. Robert Cianflone /Getty Images

Shipping emission reductions can make a difference

It is about time for the world's blue-water commercial fleet to go green (Ships 'to become more energy efficient', December 3).

Globalisation means a lot more ships, bigger ones, carrying more cargo than ever around the world.

I understand the advantages of this, but every 1 per cent improvement in shipping efficiency - tonne-kilometres per litre of fuel consumed - will result in very large reductions in emissions.

There are a lot of targets for energy efficiency, and shipping is a big one.

Roberto Colavito, Abu Dhabi

Factories must be safe for workers

Protests follow Bangladesh fire (November 27), about the blaze that killed 112 garment-factory workers, was well reported.

However, it should be highlighted that the presence of these factories greatly reduces unemployment, meaning at least some people who would otherwise be living below the poverty line are able to fend for themselves and don't go hungry.

But workers must be protected and factories should be shut down when they are found guilty of endangering human lives.

This issue must be pursued by the overseas companies whose branded apparel is being created in these factories.

N Kamal, Abu Dhabi

Ponting's out, after a very long knock

Ponting's swagger masked substance (December 3) seemed slightly backhanded in its praise of the Australian cricketer's formidable talent.

Quite simply, Ricky Ponting has been the greatest Australian batsman since Sir Donald Bradman. His statistics - 13,378 test-match runs for an average of 51.85 - speak for themselves.

While he scored just eight runs from 23 balls before being caught out at the WACA in his final innings yesterday, he was given a well-deserved hero's farewell.

Yes, there is a feeling that he stayed in the game too long, but he will be missed nevertheless. And he will surely continue to be a great presence behind the scenes, as a commentator on television.

Kevin Barnes, Dubai

'War on terror' will claim more lives

I refer to your editorial, 'War on terror' was a mistake from the start (December 3).

I'm sure this will provide consolation for the 100,000-plus people killed due to this mistake.

Sadly, it will happen again.

Frederick Mellick, Australia

Disabled facilities are appreciated

I was pleased to read The capital's battle to make paths easier (December 1).

My family recently had a holiday in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. We had a fantastic experience, but at times it was extremely difficult.

My son has a medical condition that requires him to be in a powered wheelchair. Some things were easier to do than when we are in Australia, others were more difficult.

Dubai's Metro system is amazing - but once we got out of the station, high kerbs with no access points required us to use a portable ramp.

I believe that people in wheelchairs should be able to have access to all places.

Lee Grigg, Australia

Nation's big day ended on a high

The National Day celebrations on the Corniche on Sunday night were a lot of fun.

My husband and I were struck by the cheerful demeanour of almost everyone, and the open spirit in which people mingled, just to feel good.

And thanks to those who sponsored the fireworks show.

Karen Doyle, Abu Dhabi

I am writing in reference to Traffic police raining on Dubai's motor parades (November 29).

These kind of strict laws are needed to curb the nuisance on the roads during special occasions such as National Day.

The many motorists who genuinely do not wish to participate in the parades or rallies are made to suffer the most, since they usually get stuck in traffic jams and are tremendously delayed in reaching their destinations.

F Suhail, Dubai

Freedom for bears a welcome move

It was a great relief to read Dancing bears finally given freedom (December 3).

I saw this practice on a visit to India four or five years ago.

Our young daughter was very upset afterwards, and even a hardened pragmatist like myself got a little rattled at the sad state of that poor animal.

Michael Khoury, Dubai