Month: February 2012

Road Safety Campaign by Nikhil Suresh and team of Cambridge High School Abu Dhabi

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Road Safety Campaign by Nikhil Suresh and team of Cambridge High School Abu Dhabi

An interesting video by Nikhil Suresh & his friends (students of Cambridge School, Abu Dhabi), who participated in a road safety campaign program organized as part of the Yas Marina F1 Events, ‘Yasalam Responsibly’. Student groups from various universities and schools were invited to prepare a short film and a presentation to increase road safety awareness. Nikhil and his team came out as winners. You will agree with them, when you watch this video. An example of students participating and projecting Road Safety values.

Well done and keep your eye open on such topics of social importance.

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi
29.02.2012

Padma Shri Peruvanam Kuttan Marar on history of Arattuppuzha, Peruvanam, Urakam poorams

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An excellent narration by Padmashree Peruvanam Kuttan Marar on the history of Arattuppuzha, Peruvanam, Urakam poorams and different type of melams performed in those temples during the pooram festivals.

After all, we love cricket – Vow Virat !

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What a match man! What to say? All through the last two months the team saved me from my valuable TV time with display on fiield and off. Honestly, I have never been a big fan of you for your four lettered usages, but today, just take time to salute you man.

 “When you are winning you can stay on tour for five months. You won’t mind a single day, but when you are not doing well as a team it is really difficult to hold yourself together mentally”. That was his post match comment. Sidharth Monga wrote it rightly at cricinfo “There is something dangerous about those who have lost it all.”

We, as mad cricket fans, have lot to look forward if you play like this. Well done, but as usual, we all put ourselves and love to be in situations to be at the mercy of others, or their deeds to move ahead. I am not different and my national cricket team too. No choice other than to wait till Australia play Sri Lanka and hopefully win over them in the next match.

Pet alert: Vicious dogs brought to book

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Pet alert: Vicious dogs brought to book

Authorities distribute booklets on dangerous breeds so that the cannine calamity that struck Dubai Pet Show is not repeated.

  • By Muby Asger, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 00:00 February 23, 2012
  • Dubai: Following a controversy surrounding the death of a toy poodle caused by an American Staffordshire terrier at Dubai Pet Show, the debate rages about whether certain breeds of dog, including all types of pitbulls, should be banned as pets.
    While authorities have stepped up efforts to educate the public on the import of vicious dog breeds, dog owners have mixed views.
    Following the incident, booklets issued by the Government of Dubai and Dubai Municipality were found outside doors at veterinary clinics and homes across Dubai. The book, written in Arabic and English, serves as a reminder that “there are many breeds of dogs of an aggressive nature and dangerous to public safety”.
    Although in distribution since 2008, the booklet has gathered renewed interest since February 3 incident. Titled Vicious Dog Breeds, the book lists dog breeds banned from importation into Dubai; breeds banned from being kept in apartments and shared accommodation and the reasons behind the ban.

    There have been over 150 cases of dog bites and attacks investigated by the veterinary services section in Dubai Municipality from 2007 to the end of 2010.
    However, just as important is the safety of the animals.
    According to information from Dubai Municipality, “most of these [banned] breeds are used for wrestling and fighting, which is considered a violation of animal welfare legislation and laws”. The book states that it’s important to provide proper space to these animals to express their natural behaviour, thereby forbidding certain breeds in flats. “Maintaining the safety of animals also involves protecting the animals from being used as a target for hitting by arrows, or enjoying dog wrestling, as our Prophet (PBUH) forbade us in so many traditions.”
    Residents, meanwhile, have mixed opinions. Linda Fernando, a Mirdif pet owner, says that although she has nothing against any breed of dog, she leans towards the belief that not all breeds make ideal pets. “I would like to know why people feel the need to have these specific breeds in their homes. They may be cute and cuddly for a little while, but just as suddenly they may also go the opposite way. In countries such as New Zealand and Australia, if you do somehow own one of these breeds, it is compulsory to have them sterilised and muzzled at all times when out in public. Anyone who gets caught with a dangerous dog left unmuzzled would be taken to court,” she says.
    Storme W, a Jumeirah resident, who shares her home with two American Staffordshire terriers, says, “My Staffies aren’t dangerous. They wouldn’t harm a fly, but if the law says they need to be muzzled in public, then muzzled they will be. However, if I’m just taking my two girls out for a walk, I won’t muzzle them. We’ll go to a quiet area, away from the public. When we went to the dog show earlier this month, both my dogs had on a soft muzzle which wouldn’t hurt them. But as to why they are banned breeds, I’ll never understand.”
    UK dog behaviourist and Abu Dhabi expat Jane Sigsworth said: “Back in the UK, we have a saying about dogs: Deeds, not breeds. What that means is that a dog should be judged on its own merit and individuality, not on its breed,” she says. “Just because two dogs share a breed does not necessarily mean they share a behaviour.”
    Despite the banning of certain breeds, the number of annual dog bites has not decreased. “Banning breeds doesn’t always work,” says Sigsworth. “What we need is to educate people. Dog owners need to learn their pet’s language. Most dogs would never bite out of the blue, they always give out warning signals which people fail to read. Attacks could be prevented if people were more educated about their dogs,” said Sigsworth.

    My comments as follows:

    Added 15:46 February 23, 2012

    I was a participant at the Terry Fox Run that happened at Abu Dhabi Corniche on 17th. I witnessed some bringing along their pet dogs, some of them looking fierce in size and expressions. In the wake of the recent incident that happened at the Dog Show in Dubai, I address a concern: should we allow pet dogs to be brought to public events of this magnitude, where large gathering, including toddlers, children and all others are present. If by chance another dog pass by and intimidate or even due to any other reason, the dog, which is even though on a leash get intimidated, the scene would turn nasty. I love dogs, do have them back home with proper care and exercise and control, and not am against having them as our favorite pet. However, on a public gathering of this size, I raise concern whether they should be allowed in by authorities who organise them or even by public authorities as a standard restriction.

    Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

    To read it in original, please visit GULF NEWS online.

    Campaign – Clean up your medicine chest

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    Campaign – Clean up your medicine chest

    I was alarmed by the unused medicines lying at the medicine chest at my home. I can imagine the reason, because, many times medicines prescribed are not consumed in full. This is the quantity cleared, usable and not expired during this week-end clean up.
    Why not you devote a few minutes during this weekend to clear medicine chest at your home too.

    I am sure, you will save some space, avoid children/elders taking medicines already expired.

    I am not sure, these days, organisations take in those non-expired medicines that could be reused, if so, it will save money for some needy and come handy to those poor patients.

    Any campaigners to take my thoughts, welcome in advance.

    Ramesh Menon
    23 Feb 2012