A reader says that coffee, like all things, should be consumed in moderation. Sammy Dallal / The National
A reader says that coffee, like all things, should be consumed in moderation. Sammy Dallal / The National

Brew brouhaha

Reversal of taxi rule shows Dubai's strength

I am writing about Ban on sharing a taxi is reversed (August 1).

This is what I love about Dubai's authorities: they are not afraid to reverse something that is wrong.

Now, if only can they sort out why there are no cabs on the street at shift change.

I'd also like to see someone address the problem with drivers who refuse to pick you up until they know where your going.

Alan Godfrey, Dubai

The new arrangement is fair, so long as it is left to the passengers to work out a method of sharing the fare.

Name withheld by request

Two sides to the coffee equation

This letter refers to the editorial A jolt of happiness (August 1), about the results of a study on the consumption of coffee recently published by the Harvard School of Public Health.

It claims that those who drink more than two cups of coffee per day are less likely to commit suicide.

As rightly noted in your editorial, one should not be surprised if another study contradicts this contention. There is plenty of other research out there that doesn't look quite so kindly upon coffee drinkers.

Recently, the New Yorker published an article arguing that while coffee may heighten focus, it also puts a squeeze on creativity.

Then, of course, there are coffee's well-known negative effects, such as insomnia and disturbed sleep cycles.

This kind of thing happens all the time, especially when research is sponsored by the manufacturers of products as a part of a marketing strategy to boost sagging sales.

I think it is better to stick to the adage that any excess is bad.

CS Pathak, Dubai

A lesson in how US law works

HSBC and Standard Charter find cleaning up their acts expensive (July 28) was a timely and relevant article about the repercussions of failing to abide by extraterritorial US laws.

I encourage people to look closely at the multi-billion-dollar industry that compliance has become for the US, in particular. It is a big revenue generator for various government agencies, including the treasury department.

Given America's continued stale economic indicators, I guess they have to make money somehow.

Name withheld by request

Informative story on a difficult issue

I refer to Asmaa Al Hameli's blog post A personal experience with polygamy (July 29).

It was a well-written and balanced article that explains the reasoning behind a controversial and heavily debated issue.

A Abubakar, Dubai

How many new states for India?

I am writing in reference to Telangana defies the protests to be 29th state (July 31).

After a long struggle and lots of perseverance, the Indian government has sanctioned Telangana as a separate state. This is a dramatic development in Indian politics.

Despite mixed opinions from other political parties, the decision was taken by the ruling Congress party's high command.

It is likely that people in other areas will now start raising their voices to achieve statehood.

The question is: will these new states be viable?

K Ragavan, India

Dress codes must be fully enforced

I found it interesting that the picture accompanying Hotel warns guests on Ramadan dress code (August 1) had no less than three men clearly wearing shorts - walking past the sign prohibiting the wearing of shorts.

Rules and dress codes are all fine and well, but they must be enforced.

Name withheld by request

I think they should not just post boards, but enforce decent clothing by not letting people into the premises in the first place.

Some will never learn respect for other people's culture otherwise.

Aziza Al Busaidy, Dubai

People must respect where they are.

C Baron, Abu Dhabi

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3

Director: James Gunn

Stars: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper

Rating: 4/5


6.30pm Al Maktoum Challenge Round-1 Group One (PA) US$65,000 (Dirt) 1,600m

7.05pm Handicap (TB) $175,000 (Turf) 1,200m

7.40pm UAE 2000 Guineas Trial Conditions (TB) $100,000 (D) 1,600m

8.15pm Singspiel Stakes Group Two (TB) $250,000 (T) 1,800m

8.50pm Handicap (TB) $135,000 (T) 1,600m

9.25pm Al Maktoum Challenge Round-1 Group Two (TB) $350,000 (D) 1,600m

10pm Dubai Trophy Conditions (TB) $100,000 (T) 1,200m

10.35pm Handicap (TB) $135,000 (T) 1,600m

The National selections:

6.30pm AF Alwajel

7.05pm Ekhtiyaar

7.40pm First View

8.15pm Benbatl

8.50pm Zakouski

9.25pm: Kimbear

10pm: Chasing Dreams

10.35pm: Good Fortune


Creator: Tima Shomali

Starring: Tara Abboud, Kira Yaghnam, Tara Atalla

Rating: 4/5

EA Sports FC 24

Developer: EA Vancouver, EA Romania
Publisher: EA Sports
Consoles: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4&5, PC and Xbox One
Rating: 3.5/5

Europa League group stage draw

Group A: Villarreal, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Astana, Slavia Prague.
Group B: Dynamo Kiev, Young Boys, Partizan Belgrade, Skenderbeu.
Group C: Sporting Braga, Ludogorets, Hoffenheim, Istanbul Basaksehir.
Group D: AC Milan, Austria Vienna , Rijeka, AEK Athens.
Group E: Lyon, Everton, Atalanta, Apollon Limassol.
Group F: FC Copenhagen, Lokomotiv Moscow, Sheriff Tiraspol, FC Zlin.
Group G: Vitoria Plzen, Steaua Bucarest, Hapoel Beer-Sheva, FC Lugano.
Group H: Arsenal, BATE Borisov, Cologne, Red Star Belgrade.
Group I: Salzburg, Marseille, Vitoria Guimaraes, Konyaspor.
Group J: Athletic Bilbao, Hertha Berlin, Zorya Luhansk, Ostersund.
Group K: Lazio, Nice, Zulte Waregem, Vitesse Arnhem.
Group L: Zenit St Petersburg, Real Sociedad, Rosenborg, Vardar





Rooney's club record

At Everton Appearances: 77; Goals: 17

At Manchester United Appearances: 559; Goals: 253


Edinburgh: November 4 (unchanged)

Bahrain: November 15 (from September 15); second daily service from January 1

Kuwait: November 15 (from September 16)

Mumbai: January 1 (from October 27)

Ahmedabad: January 1 (from October 27)

Colombo: January 2 (from January 1)

Muscat: March 1 (from December 1)

Lyon: March 1 (from December 1)

Bologna: March 1 (from December 1)

Source: Emirates

Brief scores:

Manchester City 2

Gundogan 27', De Bruyne 85'

Crystal Palace 3

Schlupp 33', Townsend 35', Milivojevic 51' (pen)

Man of the Match: Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace)

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Transmission: Eight-speed dual-clutch auto
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Top speed: 330kph
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Drishyam 2

Directed by: Jeethu Joseph

Starring: Mohanlal, Meena, Ansiba, Murali Gopy

Rating: 4 stars


6.30pm: Al Maktoum Challenge Round-2 Group 1 (PA) US$75,000 (Dirt) 1,900m

Winner: Ziyadd, Richard Mullen (jockey), Jean de Roualle (trainer).

7.05pm: Al Rashidiya Group 2 (TB) $250,000 (Turf) 1,800m

Winner: Barney Roy, William Buick, Charlie Appleby.

7.40pm: Meydan Cup Listed Handicap (TB) $175,000 (T) 2,810m

Winner: Secret Advisor, Tadhg O’Shea, Charlie Appleby.

8.15pm: Handicap (TB) $175,000 (D) 1,600m

Winner: Plata O Plomo, Carlos Lopez, Susanne Berneklint.

8.50pm: Handicap (TB) $135,000 (T) 1,600m

Winner: Salute The Soldier, Adrie de Vries, Fawzi Nass.

9.25pm: Al Shindagha Sprint Group 3 (TB) $200,000 (D) 1,200m

Winner: Gladiator King, Mickael Barzalona, Satish Seemar.

Our legal consultant

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Position: legal consultant with Al Rowaad Advocates and Legal Consultants


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Squad for first two ODIs

Kohli (c), Rohit, Dhawan, Rayudu, Pandey, Dhoni (wk), Pant, Jadeja, Chahal, Kuldeep, Khaleel, Shami, Thakur, Rahul.

$1,000 award for 1,000 days on madrasa portal

Daily cash awards of $1,000 dollars will sweeten the Madrasa e-learning project by tempting more pupils to an education portal to deepen their understanding of math and sciences.

School children are required to watch an educational video each day and answer a question related to it. They then enter into a raffle draw for the $1,000 prize.

“We are targeting everyone who wants to learn. This will be $1,000 for 1,000 days so there will be a winner every day for 1,000 days,” said Sara Al Nuaimi, project manager of the Madrasa e-learning platform that was launched on Tuesday by the Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, to reach Arab pupils from kindergarten to grade 12 with educational videos.  

“The objective of the Madrasa is to become the number one reference for all Arab students in the world. The 5,000 videos we have online is just the beginning, we have big ambitions. Today in the Arab world there are 50 million students. We want to reach everyone who is willing to learn.”