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A minute with ClicksandWrites – Al Ain Air Championship 2015

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The Al Ain Air Championship (formerly known as Al Ain Aerobatic Show) is one of the longest running events held in the United Arab Emirates was held from 17-10 December 2015. The event is one of the world’s largest and prestigious aerobatic performance festivals, attracting a glittering array of the world’s foremost military and civilian aerobatics teams and flying champions. Held in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi’s heritage heartland, the event was designed to deliver a weekend of unforgettable family fun– in the air, on the ground and across the destination.

Al Ain’s unique cultural heritage, natural assets and many attractions make it the perfect place to host such a dynamic championship event.

The show was organised by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) and is supported by the UAE Air Force, Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) and Al Ain Municipality and partners.

A minute with ClicksandWrites is a series designed to highlight various events that I attend or location that I visit through short videos. The video also has a key safety message that is to remind each and every one that safety is a priority for all, especially road safety.

#StartEarlyDriveCarefullyReachSafely is the prime message that is the need for the hour. Beware of other drivers mistakes and drive carefully and cautiously see through to have a blessed day.

#StartEarlyDriveCarefullyReachSafely  #SafetyFirst  #PassionatePhotographers

#ClicksandWrites  #AminutewithClicksandWrites #AlAinAirChamps

#InAbuDhabi

Fill it, Dig it, Forget it! – Kadugodi Whitefield Road that WORKS

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In an year how many times this small stretch of road at Kadugodi Whitefiled has been filled, digged again and then left like that! Pathetic! Even the tractor guys are finding it difficult to drive. So you can imagine how difficult it is for cars and two wheelers. The way the work for pipeline is being carried out at one point here, I feel, very soon, they will find oil here! No one can drive. Not to forget the speed at which the two wheelers ride on these roads. So, imagine the plight of those elderly or children who walk through this stretch to the Volvo Bus stand or Whitefield Railway station. Authorities – please open your eyes and do a neat job, once and for all.

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Be SAFE, OR…

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Cover page - Be SAFE orIt’s monsoon season in Kerala and raining heavily in most of the parts. It is also coinciding with the summer holidays and Eid holidays and the state is filled with tourists and residents visiting the state for short holidays.  Add to it the numerous student communities who are on transitory phase moving from one course to another. Every possible tourist destinations are full.

Due to heavy rains and the prevailing weather conditions, the sea is very rough these days. At most of the places, statutory warnings have been placed not to venture into the sea when it is rough. There are police and safety personnel in place.

However, it is often noticed that certain young individuals never follow these warnings. They do risk their life and then get themselves in dangerous situations with no possible way to come out.

An incident happened last week during my visit where a group of students from professional colleges drowned at Kovalam beach. 1 died and no information about 4 others! It is sad to know that they were warned by the safety wardens to stay away. But..

I was at another prominent beach on the same day and the situation there too was not different. The sea was rough and many were risking their life and playing in the rough sea.

This is not a one-off situation. We come across the same or different life threatening situations many times.

Why is that our youth do not respond to safety warnings with promptness and respect?

Does that show the need for including HSE as an important individual subject in our curriculum and teach children from a young age to be alert and be safe at all times.

Do you agree with me? (I value your comments).

As I update this post late night 5 days after the incident, there is absolutely no news about the 4 young professionals who were swept away by the tides of Kovalam beach. I also pray for their safe return, with little hope, and for the courage of their friends and family for any adverse news.

The same day, as I visited another beach and watched the violent sea and numerous youth ignoring safety calls, I noticed this dog relaxing on the granite boundaries, in a no emotion mood. The photo illustrated portrays the feelings, one similar to the helpless situation of the classmates of the students who went missing or dead on that day.   All efforts failed as nothing could be done at this point of time except to remain silent at the probable loss of valuable human life.

If you are in a group, the tendency to explore and enjoy will be more. But remember always “SAFETY FIRST”.

“Wherever you are, Whatever you do, Be alert, Be Safe and think always about safety with an outlook – Safety for You, Safety for Me, Safety for All.”

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi
23rd July 2015

Road tragedy a call for education – Letters to the Editor – The National Dt 15th July 2015

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My reaction to your news story, Dubai police officer dies trying to help woman (July 12) is that this is a tragedy – and especially because it was the second recent incident in which a police officer has been killed in this way.

It once again confirms that most people just don’t realise that disobeying traffic rules not only jeopardises their own lives but also those of others. It is a lesson some people seem determined to only learn the hard way.

These type of accidents are likely to encourage the authorities to enforce stricter traffic rules for the people’s own good. That is the right choice.

All drivers in the UAE– and especially the young ones – need to be educated about being patient behind the wheel, not texting or speaking on the phone while driving and not driving while tired.

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi

Take the right path – Gulf Today – Short Take Dt 11 July 2015

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Take the right path

I love to explore and experience the beauty of this country, its culture and values. Each day brings out a joy of learning a thing new, irrespective of which side I get up, who double parks in front of my car, or who speeds and misses hitting my car while travelling between work and home.

The country is growing in pace and volume and along with it the diverse culture and style.

Several times I ask myself why the public has a tendency to violate rules and values when they clearly know that these are not to be violated especially during this holy period. A self-realisation from within is essential.

Ramesh Menon

Gulf Today, Short Take Dt 11th July 2015

Use registered taxis for safety and comfort

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Use registered taxis for safety and comfort

Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort

Abu Dhabi Airport arrival is changing day by day. In the earlier days when passengers arrive, they are welcomed by two types of people. One, their or friends or family and second the illegal taxi operators hanging around. As the authorities renovated and made things beautiful at the arrival section, they also came out with a dedicated section for Taxis. No more stopping and following by unauthorized taxi operators, whose vehicle condition or status are unknown. Travel safe. Enjoy your stay in Abu Dhabi. Thanks to Abu Dhabi Airport authorities for this welcome change.

Road Safety and Self Discipline

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Road Safety and Self Discipline
Road Safety and Self Discipline

This evening, I was casually looking through the windows down to the busy street of Abu Dhabi. Down to my building was a busy junction and vehicles passed to all side without any interruption. After watching a few minutes, I noticed one thing. Each time the signal turns red, the drivers tend to maintain a safe distance from the pedestrian crossings!. I thought it was a one-off instance. My curiosity lead me to observe the flow of traffic for some more time. Each time the signal turned red, I found the vehicles maintaining a safe distance for pedestrians! Isn’t nice to see this and term it as a success of the sustained effort of Abu Dhabi Police authorities to maintain a safe road! Sincere appreciation and wish if the same attitude was maintained by all on highways too! Each day, when we read the newspaper, there are reports of accidents due to speeding. A minute of careless attitude to safety of self and others on the road resulting in dangerous situation which may be fatal or lifelong. How we can make things better was the thought that crossed my mind. More efforts required to make self discipline on the road a mandatory priority at all times. Remember, “Safety First” and think “Safety for Me, Safety for You, Safety for All” when you are driving.

Don’t delay the midday break – Letters to the editor – The National Dt 08 June 2015

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With the temperature consistently remaining high, I would suggest the midday break be implemented with immediate effect. If you visit a construction site, you will notice how exhausted the workers are. It’s also necessary to ensure they get an adequate supply of water.

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi

To read it in original, please visit The National online