x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 January 2018

Readers write in about prison reform and Nato

Readers write in about climate energy, Fernando Torres and Abu Dhabi's airport

Regarding the story on Keith Clarke, the chief executive of the global engineering consultancy WS Atkins on a climate change mission, An unlikely eco-warrior rides out (April 15), it's very sad to see that most governments don't take effective measures to tackle climate change issues. How many are aware of the Kyoto protocol?

I congratulate Mr Clark for his efforts, his initiative and his leadership . I'm sure that as a leading engineering company, Atkins can show us the way forward in tackling this issue.

Muhammed Jamshid, Dubai

Solutions for airport woes

Travellers from Abu Dhabi airport are blessed with a choice of checking in 24-hours prior to their flight. But the current charge of Dh30 per person is on the high side, especially for those travelling in groups.

Passengers also don't gain any extra on baggage allowance checking in that way. This service charge could be lowered so that more passengers are attracted to it, thus reducing crowding at the airport.

Secondly, boarding passes issued from the City Terminal don't carry the gate numbers for departures. Passengers should be guided appropriately to avoid confusion and a last minute rush. A text messaging system could also inform passengers about their flights and gate numbers.

Thirdly, at the entry gate, staff on duty could allocate a priority line for baggage screening to those already carrying a boarding pass, or elderly passengers or those with special needs. This will avoid long queues.

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi

Torres hung out to dry by media

I write to express my surprise at the article Fernando Torres' eternal promise to come good for Chelsea (April 6).

The piece asserts that "since netting against Wolverhampton Wanderers, the striker has managed just a solitary shot on target, and that against a downwardly mobile Blackpool". One must have missed the lovely goal Torres scored against Manchester United that was disallowed because of a David Luiz foul in the box, but don't let the "facts" get in the way of emphasising a point.

Apart from the inevitable teething problems of adapting to a new team, I suspect the way that Torres has been hung out to dry by Liverpool and being the target of a vicious media frenzy has had a massive impact on his form. Sadly, the latter doesn't look like it will abate anytime soon and I suspect it may lead to him returning to Spain sooner rather than later.

Catherine Rudge, UK

Better oversight could help nation

The news article about the death of the British tourist Lee Bradley Brown, British prisoners reject move from police cells (April 18), has naturally attracted a lot of media attention, both in the UAE and in Britain.

No matter what offence he is alleged to have committed, his care and well being were the responsibility of the Government.

An independent post-mortem should be conducted. The British embassy should do far more than it is doing to ensure the well being of its citizens whilst they are abroad.

Sadly, it is the whole of the UAE that suffers from this negative sort of publicity.

Unless dramatic steps are taken to review the prisoner handling process, it unfortunately won't be the last.

Michael Holmes, Dubai

Superbus could work on roads

The proposed High-speed Superbus debuts in Dubai (April 11) is an idea that merits consideration.

An innovative system that is safe, affordable, comfortable, flexible, rapid - 140kph to 160kph - road based, and sustainable (clean Euro V/VI compatible), could actually provide a solution.

Using clean, locally available fuels and currently produced and available vehicles, the project could be implemented within one year throughout Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Al Ain high speed or volume transport corridors.

It's a well-proven technology and system.

It could also be driven, maintained and operated by locally-trained drivers and staff.

Sumi Tiwari, Dubai

Nato disappoints in Libya struggle

I concur with the opinion piece It's time for Nato to uphold its mandate in Libya (April 18). Unfortunately, Nato is incompetent without US involvement.

The tyrant of Libya and the freedom fighter are both beginning to realise this.

Mike Smith, Abu Dhabi