Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 24 October 2020

Flamingos in Abu Dhabi: are the birds thriving because humans backed off?

Flamingo breeding activity has increased by 12 per cent. Courtesy: Environment Agency Abu Dhabi 
Flamingo breeding activity has increased by 12 per cent. Courtesy: Environment Agency Abu Dhabi 

With reference to Anna Zacharias's report Abu Dhabi flamingos enjoy record breeding season as nature benefits from Covid-19 restrictions (July 21): this is probably due to the fact that people have not been disturbing the colony since March.

Janet Humphrey, Abu Dhabi

Parents in two minds over schools having pupils wear masks

With reference to Gillian Duncan's report Abu Dhabi pupils to wear masks as authorities set out new school rules (July 21): it is easier to just keep the children at home and homeschool them.

Saif Omar Al Suwaidi, Abu Dhabi

I think secretly parents are hoping online classes will continue. The stress of sending children to formal school as of now is way too high.

Monika Arora Agarwal, Dubai

Teachers will need all the luck trying to get the pupils under 10 to follow social distancing rules and wear masks for the entire day. I cannot picture these poor children playing at 1.5m spacing. I don't see how it can happen.

Aashiq Kumandan, Al Ain

UAE enters the history books for launching Mars probe

With reference to Sarwat Nasir's article UAE joins elite space race nations as Mars probe makes first contact (July 20): this is truly a spectacular feat all the more so given the challenging year it has been for the world. For such a young nation to launch this probe and embark on a 200-day journey to the Red Planet is the result of a great vision. It was wonderful to read about the UAE's leadership complimenting the young engineers and technical people for their contribution to accomplish this in such a short span. It is a historic occasion. It was wonderful to read about the UAE’s leadership complimenting the young engineers and technical people for their contribution to accomplish this in such a short span. It is a historic occasion. Kudos to the UAE for making it happen.

K Ragavan, Bengaluru, India

A day's earnings for Jeff Bezos could help millions

With reference to the report Amazon's Jeff Bezos adds record $13bn to his wealth in one day (July 21): it is amazing to think that his one day's earnings can rescue a small country in these challenging times.

Mirey Kara Dantziguian, Beirut, Lebanon

Kanye West's meltdown is a red flag and should be taken seriously

With reference to the report Presidential run in jeopardy as Kanye West says wife tried ‘to lock me up’ (July 21): this video is uncomfortable to watch. It is not to be taken lightly. His breakdown evidently shows him suffering from mental health issues. That he's having an episode so publicly is hurtful to watch. Hope he checks in to a hospital and gets the help he needs.

Amina Bashir, London, UK

Updated: July 22, 2020 02:47 PM

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