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Tragedy could be avoided

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T he tragic fire incident that took place in Fujairah gave me goosebumps (“Fujairah fire: Shaikh Saif, Shaikh Hamdan visit mourning family”, Gulf News, January 23). I cannot imagine the plight of that mother who lost her children in seconds. There have been many stories and cases of fire accidents which should highlight the fact that there is a deeper problem. While buildings are equipped with fire safety measures, can people use them? Do children know the right procedures when faced with a fire? Teaching fire safety needs to be made mandatory in schools. Sometimes, despite the situation being averse, knowing certain survival skills might help. My heart goes out to the whole family. I appreciate the fact that the rulers came to pay their respects to them. It was a real tragic story and I hope that it never happens again. Fire safety, awareness and equipment is a must. From Ms Sadie Summers Dubai

Safety first and mandatory

F orget about school or any other educationa­l institutio­n. It is important that children are taught some kind of basic things like teaching them how to face fires and other stressful situations. I hope the souls of the children rest in peace. From Mr Hashim Faiz UAE

No place to play

I think there is no such place where children can play, as sometimes there is a fine if they play in parks too. The municipali­ty should give them some place to play (“Dh500 fine for playing cricket in undesignat­ed area”, Gulf News, January 23). Children now have forgotten what football; cricket and baseball are, as they only play on their mobile phones. It is such a shame. Thy make more concrete jungles instead of building a place where children can play. From Mr Afsar Khan UAE

Fines are fine

T hey should be fined. Last year, a cricket ball just missed hitting my car. If I didn’t slam the brakes and stop immediatel­y, I would have got hit. Who would have paid for repairing the car? Let’s hope that they do their job right and get on the streets to stop these people from playing cricket in undesignat­ed areas. From Mr Paul Kinnock UAE

Careless drivers

D riving to work in the morning, I saw someone almost have a huge accident,

after he lost control of his car and started drifting on the highway road. I drove next to him and saw that he was smoking a cigar. From Mr Salam H. Abu Dhabi

Reduce, reuse and recycle

I t is great that the UAE has organised a way for collecting municipal waste. It is the responsibi­lity of inhabitant­s to separate domestic waste into organic waste, paper and plastic (“Flood of waste stirs uproar in Lebanon”, Gulf News, January 24).

Organic waste includes food waste, vegetable peels and more. Plastic waste includes bottles, carry bags, polythene covers, packs and other plastic things. Paper waste, which is a lot more in comparison, includes tissue papers, books and newspapers. Organic waste can be converted into biogas which saves money spent on LPG. Paper can be converted into recycled products. Plastic waste should be recycled to protect our Earth. If there is a local agency to take up waste separately, it would be great. Money as rewards should be given to those who cooperate with this. Awareness shall be given to every building. Small actions make for a huge effort to protect our planet. From Ms Sabina Shine UAE

Bitcoin prices tumble

C rypto currencies are sheer speculatio­n (“Bitcoin futures cop says it will remain on beat during shutdown”, Gulf News, January 22). There is nothing surprising about the yo-yo effect that is taking place. Men in the shadows manipulate the forex markets, hence the

VAT ain’t a problem

O nce again without hesitation, the UAE took action to prevent any flaws in the country which is what I believe is one of the best things about this country. Since the implementa­tion of VAT, which began on January 1 many of us have been puzzled with misinforma­tion and incorrect policy applicatio­n from many stores, as some would impose additional fees without proper justificat­ion. This issue is now resolved by issuing over 20 fines to stores applying VAT wrongly and it’s just been two weeks into the year. I express my gratitude as usual to the government that never fail to impress and satisfy its people to create a better future for everyone. From Mr Badr Osman UAE

To lie or not to lie

I read the newspaper mostly when I go home after school (“Focus: intelligen­t liars?”, Gulf News, January 19). I enjoy the articles that I can understand on my own. I have read articles written by adults on this subject, however, I too would like to share my views as a young boy. I like my family, school and most of the people I meet. Some of the boys I meet are easy to make friends with. But most are different and making good friends is not easy. I find it comfortabl­e and to cherish the friends who speak the truth. For me, the friend who speaks the truth is the one I can rely on. I have not been punished when I say the truth even when it’s bitter. So in my life, I try not to lie and it has always been rewarding. People lie to gain better things or avoid bad consequenc­es. A victory can be small or big, but it has to be real. From Mr Sanith Santhasa Piyadigama­ge Dubai

Loneliness is killing

I t’s interestin­g to know that Britain has nominated Tracey Crouch as the Minister of Loneliness, to address the problem of isolation, which is on the rise in Britain (“Britain names minister for loneliness to tackle isolation”, Gulf News January 18). Reports say that a majority of people above 75, lead a lonely life, and for months are unable to make conversati­on with people. Loneliness is a serious issue in modern life and it would definitely lead to depression. Britain has more than 200,000 older people above the age of 75 and now; the British government is seriously addressing

gulfnews.com/saveananim­al Depressed and lonely

I remember watching a video where this man was taking part in a social experiment in which he was not allowed to leave his home, speak to anyone, use social media or turn on the television for three days. On the first day he found the task easy but as the hours went by, he started getting bored, agitated and depressed. This is how a lot of old people spend their lives in Britain. They can go for days without talking to someone. This shows that the problem needs to be addressed. Old people are often left by their families and have no one to look after them and be there for them. Appointing a minister for this is a great move because I think it will help make the situation better. The government can think of ways in which old people can be entertaine­d, or build clubs where they can interact with others and make friends. No one should be lonely and everyone deserves to be taken care of. From Ms Millie Hopper Indiana, US

Lack of civic sense!

I really don’t understant people sometimes. A couple of days ago, I was in the fast lane on Shaikh Zayed Road, when a Civil Defence vehicle came up from behind and asked me to move out of the way, which I did promptly. They moved ahead, expecting others to follow suit. Instead, nobody let them get through! Shocking behaviour to say the least. It is basic knowledge that they are in a hurry to save lives or help someone. God forbid, if one of us is in the same situation and do not get help because people could not be bothered to let an emergency service vehicle through! Quite awful, indeed. From Ms Anya Singh Dubai

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