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FUELLING UNDERSTANDING: “My art background has made me more
sensitive, and taught me to be more empathetic towards my
patients,” says Dr Sree. Photo supplied
Tuesday, February 18, 20202 GULF TIMES
COMMUNITY ROUND & ABOUT
Emergency 999 Worldwide Emergency Number 112 Kahramaa – Electricity
and Water 991 Local Directory 180 International Calls Enquires 150
Hamad International Airport 40106666 Labor Department 44508111,
44406537 Mowasalat Taxi 44588888 Qatar Airways 44496000 Hamad
Medical Corporation 44392222, 44393333 Qatar General Electricity
and Water Corporation 44845555, 44845464 Primary Health Care
Corporation 44593333 44593363 Qatar Assistive Technology Centre
44594050 Qatar News Agency 44450205 44450333 Q-Post – General
Postal Corporation 44464444
Humanitarian Services Offi ce (Single window facility for the
repatriation of bodies) Ministry of Interior 40253371, 40253372,
40253369 Ministry of Health 40253370, 40253364 Hamad Medical
Corporation 40253368, 40253365 Qatar Airways 40253374
PRAYER TIME Fajr 4.49am Shorooq (sunrise) 6.08am Zuhr (noon)
11.48am Asr (afternoon) 3.03pm Maghreb (sunset) 5.29pm Isha (night)
“Where there is love there is life”
– Mahatma Gandhi
Sonic The Hedgehog CAST: Jim Carrey, James Marsden, Ben Schwartz
DIRECTION: Jeff Fowler SYNOPSIS: Sonic tries to navigate the
complexities of life
on Earth with his newfound best friend — Tom Wachowski. They must
soon join forces to prevent the evil Dr Robotnik from capturing
Sonic and using his powers for world domination.
THEATRES: The Mall, Landmark, Royal Plaza
Bad Boys For Life DIRECTION: Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah CAST: Will
Smith, Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig SYNOPSIS: The wife and son
of a Mexican drug lord
embark on a vengeful quest to kill all those involved in his trial
and imprisonment – including Detective Mike Lowrey. When
Mike gets wounded, he teams up with partner Marcus Burnett and AMMO
– a special tactical squad – to bring the culprits to justice. But
the old-school, wisecracking cops must soon learn to get along with
their new elite counterparts if they are to take down the vicious
cartel that threatens their lives.
THEATRES: Royal Plaza
For movie timings and further details please scan
the QR code above with your mobile phone camera or visit
3Tuesday, February 18, 2020 GULF TIMES
COMMUNITYROUND & ABOUT
MIA Park Bazaar 2020 WHERE: MIA Park WHEN: Ongoing till April 25
TIME: 2pm — 8pm MIA Park Bazaar is a modern version of
the Old Souq tradition with vibrant mix of around 120 stalls. You
can browse and buy handicrafts, accessories, paintings, clothing,
food, jewellery, photography and art.
Artistic Gymnastic Classes WHERE: Qatar Academy Msheireb WHEN:
Ongoing TIME: 3:15pm – 4:15pm The Olympic sport using horizontal
rings and fl oor exercises on mats for the children from age 4 till
Metro Street Food WHERE: DECC Metro Station WHEN: Ongoing
TIME: 12:30pm Street Food is the ideal venue for a leisure
experience for the whole family off ering over 20 dine-in options
and 18-hole World Mini- Golf setup.
Hobby Classes WHERE: Mamangam Performing Art
Centre WHEN:Wednesday – Monday Mamangam is an art and
centre started with a vision of spreading our knowledge, interests
and experience in various disciplines in arts across different
countries for children and adults.
We offer regular classes in disciplines like traditional classical
dance, art and craft, Bollywood and hip-hop styles, Carnatic music,
robotics, percussion instruments, keyboard, yoga, zumba and martial
arts like Karate, Shaolin Kung Fu and Kalari. For those who wish to
register e-mail at [email protected]
or call on
Ballet Lessons WHERE: Music and Arts Atelier WHEN: Ongoing TIME:
4pm – 8pm For more info e-mail at registration@
atelierqatar.com or call on 33003839.
Qatar Food Fest WHERE: Sheraton Hotel Park WHEN: Ongoing till April
30 TIME: 4pm — 1am The festival is currently happening at
Sheraton Hotel Park. Qatar Food Fest features 77 stalls, food
trucks, and trolleys, bringing culinary and cultural experiences
from all corners of the globe to visitors and residents in
Public Speaking Classes for Adults WHERE: Sharq Capital, C-Ring
Road WHEN:Ongoing till July 1 TIME: 6:30pm – 9pm Get trained by
experts to be a good speaker.
Smedley Toastmasters is conducting a six-month speech-craft
programme that teaches new members to speak confi dently and
develop leadership skills. For more information, 66053485, 33232490
or visit www.SmedleyToastmasters.org
After School Activities WHERE: Atelier WHEN: Ongoing Music and arts
activities for students
taking place after they fi nish their day in school includes Group
Music lessons, Hip- hop, Ballet, Drawing and Painting, Drama
Theatre & Taekwondo. Ages between 5 and 10 years old after
2020 Grand Prix – Test and Race WHERE: Losail International Circuit
WHEN: March 6–8 2020 Grand Prix is set to take place from March 6
till March 8 at the Losail International
Circuit. Built-in just under a year, the circuit has been a regular
venue of the MotoGP calendar ever since. You can watch the races
with friends or family in an open-air setting where you will be
surrounded by the uproar of larger crowds.
Compiled by Nausheen Shaikh. E-mail: [email protected]
and timings subject to change
Tuesday, February 18, 20204 GULF TIMES
COMMUNITY COVER STORY
“ Painting should not be a profession. It should be a lifetime of
dedication,” observed Maqbool Fida Husain in an episode of Al
Jazeera’s One on One programme, aired in 2010.
Husain’s countryman, Dr Sreekumar Padmanabhan — known as Dr Sree to
his friends and patients — seems to have taken that advice to
heart. A resident of Qatar, the physician spends every spare minute
outside his job doing what he loves: painting.
Since his arrival in Qatar in 2007, Dr Sree has held 36
exhibitions, a dozen of which were solo. He is a
regular at Katara’s international and local painting exhibits, and
he’s taken part in Qatar Foundation’s popular Art Atelier workshop
and exhibition — all the while practising medicine.
The physician says that, as an artist and an Indian, the launch of
Husain’s Seero fi al Ardh art installation at Qatar Foundation’s
(QF) Education City — taking the artist’s vision to its conclusion
— makes him proud. But he would also expect nothing less in
“One thing about Qatar that is unique, and sticks out a mile, is
the generosity, respect and acceptance the country shows to
artists,” says Dr Sree. “It doesn’t surprise me that Qatar
Foundation would take an unfi nished work of Husain, complete it
and then share
“Choice of colours reflects the times (artists) live in”
— Dr Sreekumar Padmanabhan, painter-physician
One thing about Qatar that is unique, and sticks out a mile, is the
generosity, respect and acceptance the country shows to
— Dr Sreekumar Padmanabhan‘ ’
INSPIRATIONAL: The late M F Husain with his work of art that is now
the centre of all attention at the Qatar Foundation’s Education
it with the public — it’s a part of the personality of this
Though the physician never met Husain, he was captivated by his
style of painting, especially the use of certain colour
combinations in his artwork.
“I believe that where artists are concerned, the choice of colours
refl ect the times they live in, and the experiences they have,” he
“If you compare the manner in which Renaissance artists and Husain
used combinations of red, gold and amber, you’ll notice that the
European palette was far more subtle and restrained than Husain’s.
Husain’s bold colour choices mirror his life — and India.”
Dr Sree notes how first-time visitors to India are generally struck
by three things – noise, colour, and movement. Husain captured
these attributes in his paintings. They can be seen in the bold
colours he chose, and in the manner in which figures of people and
animals were positioned in a frame, portraying a sense of contained
The physician – who is a family medicine and occupational health
specialist – can’t remember a time when he was not painting or
doodling on a piece of a paper.
“Art was a part of my existence,” he says. “The only time when I
had to consciously make an eff ort not to paint was during my
studies in medical school.
“After qualifying as a doctor, I lived in another country in the
region prior to coming to Qatar – I never got the chance to explore
art as much as I wanted, there. So
I admit I was doubtful of what I could do in Doha, especially while
practising as a doctor.”
Today, Dr Sree says that his artistic experience in Qatar has
surpassed all his expectations — the last 12 years have seen him
produce more than 200 paintings,
conduct exhibitions at Katara and venues run by Qatar Museums, lead
art events supported by various embassies, and set up art groups
within the community.
A visit to his home in the Salata Jadeed neighbourhood of Doha
gives a better insight into the sheer
number of painting he’s completed since his arrival in Qatar. Every
nook and cranny is fi lled with framed paintings of all
In his studio on the third fl oor, cardboard cartons are stacked
against each other, bulging with portraits, and paintings that
depict animals to Arabian landscapes – and everything in
“It wasn’t just my art that progressed since I came to Doha. I did
all this while studying further,” he explains. “I acquired three
medical degrees and certifi cations while in Qatar. And I teach
courses at Hamad Medical Corporation, too.
When asked about the infl uence that painting has had on his
profession, he says, “I’ve noticed that my art background has
continuously sharpened my observational skills. It has made me more
sensitive, and taught me to be more empathetic towards my
Dr Sree says that Husain’s fi nal art installation is more than the
culmination of the artist’s life and work. He feels it is an
acknowledgement of one culture by another – and refl ects the
artistic opportunities that are opened up to residents of
“The magnanimity of Qataris when it comes to providing artists with
an outlet for their creativity has to be experienced to be
believed,” he notes. “I doubt if there is any other country in the
world where I would have experienced the level of respect and
recognition that I have been given here.
“The people of Qatar embrace art; it’s in their blood. I see
of it every day; in the way the eyes of my patients light up when
they learn I’m an artist; in the manner in which I am constantly
invited to paint or display at exhibitions.”
“Where else would artists like me get a chance to work and exhibit
artwork alongside those of renowned local artists such as Yousif
al-Homaid? And which other country would choose to preserve the
legacy of artists — like Husain — irrespective of nationality and
The installation comprises a suspended sculpture of Abbas Ibn
Firnas, a replica of the fl ying machine of Leonardo da Vince, fi
ve Murano glass horses, and fi ve vintage cars, all of which move
to music selected by Husain, with a giant mosaic of horses — paying
tribute to Qatar’s equine heritage and Husain’s love of the animals
— forming the backdrop.
The Seeroo fi al Ardh’s main show chronicles how fi rst nature,
then machines, advanced the ambitions of people throughout the Arab
region, allowing them to shape the world around them; and how —
even before the European Renaissance was born — the Arab world was
home to an age of enlightenment, experimentation, and
Performances take place at 9am, 11am, 5pm, and 7pm every day except
Fridays and are free of charge, but pre-registration is essential
and under-16s must be accompanied by an adult. To register, please
visit https://www. qf.org.qa/community/seeroo-fi - al-ardh
The Seeroo fi al Ardh’s main show chronicles how first nature, then
machines, advanced the ambitions of people throughout the Arab
region, allowing them to shape the world around them; and how —
even before the European Renaissance was born — the Arab world was
home to an age of enlightenment, experimentation, and
Tuesday, February 18, 20206 GULF TIMES
By Usha Wagle Gautam
N epal’s sport scene is grim: players are in dilemma about whether
to continue playing or put their
passions at the bay at the face of low remunerations and an
uncertain future. After passing mid-twenties, players in every
sport feel they have been dawdling enough, and consequently feel
they have to earn for themselves and their families. As a South
Asian country – the bastion of cricket – Nepal has some traces of
passion in the game. But a slow economy and lacklustre investment
takes a toll on players who might have played in diff erent
segments of league. Hence, many opt for green pastures abroad, and
Qatar remains to be the prime location of Nepalese sport wannabes.
But, old passions and old habits are hard to die.
Nepal Cricket Club (NCC), in Qatar, is one of such ensembles formed
by the community who work and play. The 20 players’ ensemble was
formed in 2004 which now includes 35. In 2009, NCC went on to
become the champions of TMC Club Tournament. In 2010, it repeated
its sportsmanship. In 2012, it became runners-up in the same
tournament. The team has excelled in prime community leagues in
2013. The team has performed exceedingly well in Gulf Premier
Leagues, Abu Hamour Champ Leagues and Qatar Premiere Leagues. The
factor encourages the most, with an over 400, 000 population,
Nepalese audience buy tickets of the play-off s in which Nepal is
playing overwhelmingly. As of now, NCC is gearing up for a new
Skipper of NCC, Ash Mohamed says he was a huge cricket fan. “Since
I arrived in Doha, I have been watching each and every cricket
show.” Gradually, his legs and hands itched, he started practising
himself. Thereafter, he played mini-series hosted by the community,
and ultimately got a chance to play friendlies with other
communities. That was the time when Nepalese community was unaware
that Qatar Cricket Association (QCA) was busy organising events
that would have encouraged the community to participate. In 2004,
he took a lead in forming NCC.
Manish Yadav, manager of the club, says, even though it was founded
in 2004, the team participated in TMC only in 2009. One of the
club’s mottoes is to showcase that Nepalese are not only the honest
and working bees but also agile sportspersons.
“Workmanship came along with sportsmanship.” The club also trains
the future players in the team; they train tricks of cricket trade
and instil confi dence in the newcomers. For the Nepalese team,
there is no shortage of fanfare – folks buy ticket passionately and
cheer up for the team. “They have
the passion”, Yadav says. “But it is not an easy task,” says
vice captain Entekhab Ahmed. There is a persisting anxiety over the
funds. Initially, the club members emptied their pockets to fund,
and second, there was no management body. “As players have migrated
here for work, then,
it would be unethical to ask them to empty their pockets for the
funds.” Slowly, they are starting to get funds from the community
members. As we sat for talking, Ahmed took the opportunity and
asked all to come forward in supporting the team and contribute
with whatever means they could.
“We thrive by the support of Nepalese community members,” Ahmed
Life is unbelievable: what we left clings onto us. This is the
thing that has happened to all of the cricked players at the NCC.
They had left cricket for jobs in Qatar, but they couldn’t do so
altogether. They have carried passion wherever they went.
Jannat Miya, NCC adviser, says they have the symbiotic relationship
with the community. “The community has to support and fund us, and
we entertain and bring pride to the community.”
Player Roshan Mandal is happy being in Qatar. “We earn something
and we are busy with work, but we put some money and some time in
cricket, so we are happy.” Mandal believes that cricket has brought
the players with natural freshness – physical and mental
Cricket is now becoming a craze in Nepal, a country who curiously
followed football for decades. Nepalese cricket team plays high
international matches and some players even play prestigious
leagues abroad. And, a proper cricket pitch is being built in the
west of the country, not by the government, but by the public. The
same craze is brought by the Nepalese in Qatar or wherever they
land. Nepalese are making cricket popular in Qatar, and are
participating in every match against the South Asian neighbours
making themselves and others happy.WINNERS: Nepalese players
express their joy after winning a tournament.
TEAM: Nepal cricket club team in a group photo.
7Tuesday, February 18, 2020 GULF TIMES
Qatar Oryx Chapter of ASHRAE conducts technical workshop Qatar Oryx
Chapter of ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and
Air- Conditioning Engineers) recently conducted a workshop on the
subject of ‘Smart Actuators and Digitalisation in HVAC Systems,
Thermal Balancing in Hot Water Network & Steel Butterfly Valves
in District Cooling Network’ for the air conditioning engineers in
Qatar at Intercontinental Hotel Doha – The City. Danfoss FZCO
supported the event. Around 100 engineers from various sectors in
Qatar attended the event. Stanley De Vries, Business Development
Director from Danfoss B.V Netherlands, was the visiting keynote
speaker with Oussama Rouis, Sales Engineer, and and Ismail Serhan
Ozten, Sales Director for ME/ Africa from Danfoss FZCO, were the
guest speakers for the day. Danfoss presented new connected
technologies in HVAC system to improve the eff iciency and
flexibility of chilled water systems. Kinan Fahs, chapter
president-elect and chairman of Electronic Communication
Committee for Qatar Oryx Chapter of ASHRAE, welcomed the engineers
and was the main co-ordinator for the workshop. In his address, he
informed about the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between
The Gulf Organisation for Research and Development (Gord) and
ASHRAE Qatar Oryx Chapter, to foster sustainable development
through joint initiatives. He also spoke about five workshops,
which were planned in the coming three months for the fellow
engineers in Qatar. Seenu Pillai, chairman of chapter’s Technology
Transfer Committee, was the master of ceremonies for the workshop.
The event speakers were later felicitated with appreciation
plaques. ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing
human well-being through sustainable technology for the built
environment. The society and its members focus on building systems,
energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and
sustainability within the industry. Through research, standards
writing, publishing and
continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment
today. ASHRAE, worldwide, have over 56,000 members with 183
chapters from 132 nations divided into 15 regions. The Qatar Oryx
Chapter of ASHRAE
was formed in 2008 and has about 260 member-engineers in Qatar. The
chapter holds regular technical workshops and seminars apart from
technical conferences in Doha.
Indonesians in Qatar celebrate Sport Day Celebrating the 9th
National Sport Day of Qatar, the Social Association of Indonesian
Community (which in Indonesian Language stands for ‘Ikatan Sosial
Warga Indonesia’ – ISWI), held its Sport Day at Al Khor
International School recently. Over 300 Indonesians attended the
event which off ered many sport activities like jogging, fun
walking, archery and bicycling even arm wrestling in three
categories for men, women and children. To attract more
participants, the organiser also prepared door prizes, including
two bicycles for lucky winners. Beside doing sport activities, the
participants enjoyed traditional Indonesia cuisines off ered by
five food stalls. The participants treated their homesickness by
tasting Indonesia cuisines. Various dishes from many parts of
Indonesia like Aceh, Minang, Sunda and Java were available on the
day. ISWI is the oldest Indonesian community group in Qatar. The
ISWI Sport Day is also served as an event to strengthen friendship
among the Indonesians in Qatar. A participant commented: “Our daily
job and activities sometimes made us diff icult
to meet our Indonesian colleagues. Not even once a year.” The
Embassy of Indonesia in Doha, led by Ambassador Mohammed Basri
Sidehabi, took part in the event by providing consular services for
the Indonesians and disseminating the importance of safe migration
using mobile application named Safe Travel. The application which
developed by the Ministry of Foreign Aff airs of Indonesia is very
Indonesians who travel abroad. In his remarks, the ambassador
expressed his appreciation. “While serving as ambassador to Qatar,
I have attended at least four ISWI Sport Day events. I always try
to attend every events held by Indonesian communities in Qatar. I
hope in the future ISWI could enhance its contribution for the
improvement of Indonesia’s image in Qatar.”
Talabat partners with Bedaya to support Made in Qatar initiative
Talabat and Bedaya have committed together in the initiative to
support Qatari youth and new business by bringing you brands which
are Made in Qatar. Talabat has agreed to work together to off er
their services to the Qatari youth in close co- operation with
Bedaya Center. Bedaya Center is a lively and enjoyable place to be
for Qatari youth, where it is possible to network, get good career
advice, learn new ideas and entrepreneurship. Currently Talabat off
ers brands like Kassra Khaneenah, Mondialya, Feel Qatar and Al
Fawah with more brands coming onboard soon. Commenting about the
agreement Ruqaya al-Sada, Entrepreneurship Adviser at Bedaya
Center, said, “We are delighted to partner with
Talabat to facilitate the seamless delivery of Qatari local
products off ered through ‘Dukan Bedaya’ using the Talabat
platform. This partnership will go a long way in supporting our
entrepreneurs and their products. ‘Dukan Bedaya’ is located at the
Cultural Village – Katara opposite to Ard Kanaan restaurant and the
working hours are from 10am to 10pm.” Francisco De Sousa, Managing
Director for Talabat, commented: “Talabat is constantly looking for
initiatives for supporting Made in Qatar brands and the Qatari
youth.” Talabat is one of the largest food ordering and delivery
platforms in the Middle East, operating in seven countries: Kuwait,
Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and
Tuesday, February 18, 20208 GULF TIMES
Dreama hosts Association of African Ambassadors’ Wives in
T he Orphan Care Center Dreama recently hosted the Association of
African Ambassadors’ Wives in Qatar. The members of the association
attending the event
were the wives of ambassadors of Mali, South Africa, Republic of
Djibouti, and Republic of Niger.
The visiting delegation was briefed on the experience of cultural,
artistic and media empowerment carried out by the centre for its
children, which is a unique and distinct experience of its kind at
the regional level.
The association chose to visit Dreama Center as it is one of the
best orphan care centres in the Middle East. We looked through the
plans of Dreama in all fi elds and methods of care and services
provided to children.
The centre worked to promote development work in the fi eld of
children’s rights, in line with the sustainable development plans
established by the United Nations.
Mariam Bint Ali Bin Nasser al-Misnad, Executive Director of the
Center for Orphans Empowerment and Care Dreama, expressed her
happiness over the impact of joint co-operation with the
association in Qatar. She outlined her aspirations to launch a new
stage for the centre that would be more open to the international
community, the diplomatic community, and humanitarian and
She also thanked the African ambassadors’ wives in Qatar for their
participation in the volunteer teams in Dreama and for organising
regular visits to orphans, and their contribution to promote the
integration of abandoned children and orphans into society and
empowering them with knowledge, culture and sports. Al-Misnad said:
“I am glad to see the crowd of diplomatic fi gures today who have
united on one humanitarian goal, which is advocating the rights of
orphan children. Humanitarian issues always require
concerted international and domestic eff orts to improve the
conditions of human lives.
“The Dreama Center has become fully responsible for the United
Nations development goals, including raising the state of
co-ordination and international co- operation in the fi eld of
She added that the vision of the centre has become more open to
achieving social and humanitarian co-ordination between Dreama and
the heads of diplomatic missions in Qatar to serve the interests of
She emphasised the role of eff ective international partnerships in
exchanging experiences and the solidarity of civil society
organisations at the local and international levels to achieve the
sustainable development goals.
Al-Misnad underlined the need to focus on development fi elds
related to children’s rights, noting the role of the centre in
promoting social integration and empowerment for the children of
Dreama, raising awareness of social responsibility towards this
important segment of society,
and working against the social stigma that may accompany orphaned
children of unknown descents.
The visiting delegation thanked the executive director of Dreama
for good reception and provision of adequate information on the
vital role that Dreama takes over in providing high-quality
services to the children in Qatar and working to empower and
integrate them into society. The association also agreed to be the
part of the volunteer team in Dreama and to organise regular visits
to the children of the centre.
GUESTS: The members of the Association of African Ambassadors’
Wives that attended the event included the wives of ambassadors of
Mali, South Africa, Republic of Djibouti, and Republic of
9Tuesday, February 18, 2020 GULF TIMES
VCUarts Qatar to host lecture on Artificial Intelligence and Art
V irginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar
(VCUarts Qatar) in Education City, a Qatar Foundation partner
will be hosting a lecture by Dr James She from Hong Kong University
of Science and Technology (HKUST), titled, ‘AI and Smartphone
Technologies for New Artwork Creation, Interaction and
The lecture will take place at 12:30pm on Tuesday, February 18
(today) at the Atrium at VCUarts Qatar. All are welcome to
Emerging Artificial Intelligence (AI) and smartphone technologies
are making disruptive changes and new possibilities for people in
business, manufacturing, travel, education and even art.
In this talk, examples of AI and smartphone technologies will be
selected to show how recent developments in those technologies
could facilitate the creation of, and interaction with, artworks.
Dr James She will also share the story of how his artworks are
evolving due to the related technologies invented by himself and
Through these artworks, Dr James She, a new media artist and
university professor who is interested in merging traditional and
new media techniques, will explore trends in artwork creation, new
forms of artwork, and novel interaction modalities. He will discuss
a few key moments in art history, and rethink definitions of art,
craftsmanship, ownership and other related matters which may affect
how we evaluate artwork produced by AI and smartphone
At the same time, the Gallery at VCUarts Qatar is hosting an
exhibition that combines augmented reality, art, and the music of
Johann Sebastian Bach from an album by acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma,
to give visitors a unique and immersive audio- visual gallery
experience. The exhibition, titled, ‘Into the Light’ will run until
The exhibition opened on January 15 with a well-attended panel
discussion titled, ‘Art + Technology: How do artists
use it to shape their craft and the way their audiences experience
Amir Berbi, the Dean of VCUarts Qatar, explained that the lectures
and exhibition highlight how the university is increasingly
combining art, design, AI and VR technologies, and is bringing them
into the classroom and to new audiences with lectures and
exhibitions by renowned experts.
“Artificial intelligence and virtual reality are increasingly being
used in our programs, such as Art Foundation, Interior Design, and
Graphic Design, and they have enormous benefits for our graduating
students who are entering industries in Qatar and around the world
where these skills are much in demand,” he said.
Dr James She, who is the founding director of HKUST-NIE Social
Media Lab, is currently a visiting professor at the College of
Science and Engineering at Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar, and
launched the first AI and Art event in Qatar in 2019.
His recent interests explore the use of smartphone and AI
technologies which have been developed by him and others to create
visual or interactive artworks.
In the last six years, he has been exhibiting his interactive
artworks in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Brisbane, etc. His
scientific research includes AI for Art, Design and Media, Data
Science in Social Media and Multimedia, and Green IoT technologies
for future social and interactive media. EXPERT: Dr James She
SAMPLE: AI and Smartphone Technologies
ISL Qatar wins first place at Global Act Impact Awards Students at
the International School of London (ISL) participated in the
‘Global Act Impact Awards’ (GAIA) at the recent THIMUN Qatar 2020
and won first place for their Solar Panel project. The main purpose
of the ISL Qatar students’ project was to plan for the installation
of solar panels in the reception area of the school, so that this
area can run independently of the national grid. The next phase is
to transition each sector of the school to run off solar energy.
This project looks to help the environment along with advocating an
important cause and preventing the disastrous effects climate
change has on the planet. The more people that can engage in a
project as broad as a renewable-energy project, the more we can
gradually improve the state of the Earth. THIMUN Qatar has worked
to become a platform for global impact and change. In such spirit,
as part of their MUN Impact initiative, this year’s THIMUNQ
conference hosted the first ever GAIA contest. ISL Qatar has an
outstanding reputation for high academic standards, prestigious
International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes and an impressive
record of admission to the best universities worldwide.
Tuesday, February 18, 202010 GULF TIMES
ARIES March 21 — April 19
CANCER June 21 — July 22
LIBRA September 23 — October 22
CAPRICORN December 22 — January 19
TAURUS April 20 — May 20
LEO July 23 — August 22
SCORPIO October 23 — November 21
AQUARIUS January 20 — February 18
GEMINI May 21 — June 20
VIRGO August 23 — September 22
SAGITTARIUS November 22 — December 21
PISCES February 19 — March 20
You could receive some sort of windfall today, Aries. Use it
Consider buying some time to figure out what you want to do
your life. It’s likely that your career isn’t exactly ringing your
these days. You’re ready for new challenges and
Meditate on what would make you happy and then take a
approach to achieving it.
Today is meant for socialising and connecting, Cancer. Your
creativity is at an all-time high, so also try to work in some
where you can do some writing or painting. If friends invite you
in the evening, by all means, take them up on the off er. You
meet someone who could be pivotal to your career. Be open to
You’re ready for a career change, Libra, or at least a change of
Have you considered telecommuting one day per week? That
give you the variety you seek without needing to find a new
You may meet someone today or in the near future who will have
dramatic influence on your career decisions. Listen
You’re about to experience a major change in your life’s
Capricorn, and it may occur today. Keep your mind open to all
of possibilities. You’re likely to receive some important
Of course, you may not realise its importance right away. It’s
with the passage of time that you will look back on this event
pivotal. Make sure you don’t miss it.
It’s likely that you will succeed at whatever you set out to
today, Taurus. If you’ve been held back by worries over the
of a relationship or the long-term prospects of a partnership, you
dispel concerns by confronting the person directly. You may find
or she has the same feelings about you! Honesty is important
You can’t help but notice that your home looks a bit drab, Leo.
you could plan to do something about it. It won’t take much
just time and a little creativity. Paint some samples on the walls.
spirits will improve. You can make big changes to the mood of
place simply by introducing more colour.
What is your dream, Scorpio? Answer that question as specifically
possible today, then set about attaining that goal. All signs
that whatever you begin today will pay off big time. Even though
may feel that your dreams are too ambitious, there’s no need to
overwhelmed. Vow to take things one step at a time. Keep in
the old adage, “Once begun is half done.”
You’re unstoppable today, Aquarius. It seems you can do
Your confidence and energy are high. There’s no question that
ready to take the world by storm. Is the world ready for you?
carefully as you formulate plans for your new project. Whatever
do will succeed, but be sure you’re doing what you really want to
rather than what others expect of you.
Your energy may flag a bit today, Gemini. There’s nothing to
about, though you could take better care of your health. What
happened to that exercise regimen you vowed to start? It’s
too late to improve your eating habits and begin working out.
if you only walk three times a week, you will notice a
diff erence in your appearance and outlook.
You have a to-do list a mile long today, Virgo. You may spend a lot
your day running errands. It certainly takes a lot to run a
as you no doubt realise. Try not to get overwhelmed with all that
feel needs to be done. Most of the deadlines are self-imposed.
one will know if you don’t meet them.
This may seem odd, Sagittarius, but you may not be the person
think you are. There are indications that you have hidden talents.
they come out today, no one will be more shocked than you!
could take your career in an entirely new direction. Strategise
to incorporate this talent into your career. Your work will take on
new dynamic, and you will take a major leap forward.
It’s likely that you’re being held back by certain traumatic
events. Before you can make further progress in your life,
you must address these painful memories for the last time. If it
too frightening to do alone, seek professional help. You will find
mustering the courage to do this diff icult, emotional
is more than half the battle.
Sitting more may raise heart disease risk in older women
S pending a lot of time sitting may increase heart disease risk
among overweight and obese post-menopausal
women, warns a study. “Reducing sitting time
improves glucose control and blood flow, and engaging in physical
activities, even light- intensity daily life activities like
cooking and shopping, show favourable associations with reduced
mortality risk and prevention of heart disease and stroke,” said
lead study author Dorothy Sears, Professor of Nutrition at the
Arizona State University College of Health Solutions in Phoenix,
In this study, published in the Journal of the American Heart
Association, the researchers measured the sitting habits of older
women and who were overweight or obese.
The study included a total of 518 women with an average age
63 years and an average body mass index (BMI) of 31kg/m2.
Study participants wore accelerometers on their right hip for up to
14 days, removing the devices only to sleep, shower or swim.
The accelerometers were used to track and record sitting and
physical activity of the study participants throughout the
A single blood test, concurrent with accelerometer wear, measured
blood sugar and insulin resistance.
Each additional hour of sitting time per day was linked with a more
than 6 per cent higher fasting insulin and a more than 7 per cent
increase in insulin resistance, the results showed.
Each additional 15 minutes in average sitting period was associated
with a greater than 7 per cent higher fasting insulin and an almost
9 per cent increase in insulin resistance.
“We were surprised to observe such a strong negative link between
the amount of time spent sitting
and insulin resistance, and that this association was still strong
accounted for exercise and obesity,” Sears said. – IANS
Tuesday, February 18, 202012 GULF TIMES
Every letter of the alphabet is used at least once. Squares with
the same number in have the same letter in. Work out which number
represents which letter.
: P uz
on a 9x9 grid. The grid is
also divided into nine (3x3)
boxes. You are given a
selection of values and to
complete the puzzle, you
every column, every anone
13Tuesday, February 18, 2020 GULF TIMES
Across 1 Taking new hanky out? There’s gratitude! (5,3) 6 European
Monetary Union gets the bird (3) 9 Sea in which canoe collapsed?
(5) 10 Reg hops about finding burrowing rodents (7) 11 Cured fish,
apparently very filling (7) 13 It turns backwards and forwards (5)
14 Rodney wanders over there (6) 15 Sweet that’s doubly good in
France (6) 18 Darkness is an odd thing (5) 20 Name of girl from a
strange nation (7) 21 Taking issue about press operator (7) 22 Drag
one’s feet in a cubicle? (5) 23 Fellow turning to move his head?
(3) 24 A printer turning turtle (8)
Down 2 One who’d change for dance (7) 3 Religious woman not aff
ected by revolution (3) 4 Preparation for guy or Tibetan leader -
food made from curdled milk (6) 5 Top giving me support (9) 6
Standing up before empty court? (5) 7 Incompetent psychiatrist
entered, not getting less? (12) 8 No boy demands new version of
Dickens novel (6,3,3) 12 Handling medicine (9) 16 Language
translated by Belgian (7) 17 Leatherworker finding old coin (6) 19
Blush when injured by animal’s horns? (5) 22 Watering place in
Tuesday, February 18, 202014 GULF TIMES
Kartik Aaryan and Sara Ali Khans onscreen chemistry in Love Aaj Kal
has failed to a create spark at the box offi ce.
The Imtiaz Ali’s fi lm managed a mere Rs28.51-crore haul at the
domestic market after the fi rst day of over Rs12 crore.
“Love Aaj Kal is rejected... Dips on Day 2, falls fl at on Day 3...
Advantage #ValentinesDay (Day 1), else *3-day total* would be
lower... Tough road ahead (weekdays)... Friday Rs12.40 crore,
Saturday Rs8.01 crore, Sunday Rs8.10 crore. Total: Rs28.51 crore.
#India business,” posted trade expert Taran Adarsh.
Trade Analyst Komal Nahta also tweeted: “As against Love Aaj Kal fi
rst day of Rs12 crore, the second day witnesses a drop in
collections rather than a jump. Will the second day close at Rs8
crore or 7 crore or 6.5 crore? Probably Rs6.5 crore! That would be
a big drop!”
Love Aaj Kal is Ali’s remake of his own hit of 2009 of the same
name that had starred Sara’s father Saif Ali Khan with Deepika
Padukone. The fi lm narrates two parallel love stories — one set in
the past and one in the present — to trace generation gap through
the changing perception of love over the decades.
Initial reaction of the Valentine’s Day audience was mixed after
the fi lm was mostly panned by critics. The fi lm failed to
capitalise on the fact that it was a solo Bollywood release this
past weekend. — IANS
Love Aaj Kal fizzles out at the box off ice
My film choices are the gift of success: Tapsee
By Arundhuti Banerjee
B ollywood actress Taapsee Pannu is gearing up for multiple
projects in the coming months, and she says that success has
her the confi dence to make unusual choices when it comes to
signing fi lms.
“Success has given me the confi dence that I am heading in the
right direction and my judgment on fi lms are right. So, my choices
of fi lms are the gift of success. If I give inputs in the process
of making a fi lm and people listen to me, it is because I have
managed to become a bankable actor. Filmmaking is a business and
unless producers have the confi dence that investing in my fi lms
will get a fi nancial return, why would they put their money,”
Taapsee told IANS.
The actress recently won the Best Actress (critics) award at a
popular awards gala along with Bhumi Pednekar for her 2019 Diwali
release Saand Ki Aankh. Last year Taapsee also played pivotal roles
in fi lms like Badla, Game Over, and Mission Mangal.
Starting her career with regular fare in the south Indian fi lm
industry, she made her debut in Bollywood with the David Dhawan
slapstick Chashme Baddoor in 2012, but went on to become a face of
content-driven cinema after her role in Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury’s
2016 fi lm, Pink. She also gained popularity with strong
performances in fi lms like Baby, Naam Shabana, Mulk and
“How I stand for gender equality and women’s right has nothing
do with success, but everything to do with upbringing. I was never
told that I am any less because I am a girl. I have a sister and,
whether it is education, jobs or any other choice we made, in our
house my parents never questioned it because we are girls. So the
choice of fi lms that I
make is a refl ection of my mindset. My audience sees my belief in
my choices,” she said.
Currently, Taapsee is gearing up for the release of Anubhav Sinha’s
directorial venture Thappad. The fi lm is scheduled to open on
February 28. — IANS
Dhvani dreams of becoming India’s pop icon
Budding singer Dhvani Bhanushali of Dilbar and Vaaste fame has
tasted success in Bollywood as well as in the pop music scene.
That’s not the end of her dreams, though. She wants to be India’s
pop icon someday.
“That dream is going to be fulfi lled through non-fi lm songs. It
also gives me a chance to feature in my own videos and the song is
associated to my face and name instead of being a voice for someone
else’s face,” Dhvani said.
She joined the music industry in 2018 and in less than two years,
she has touched great heights. Vaaste, a non-fi lm song that was
co-sung by Nikhil D, grabbed the second spot on YouTube Top
Trending Music Videos in India last year.
On handling success, she said: “I have never let all of this get
into my head. I think that’s how a person can grow. I love singing
and it’s my passion. I don’t want to become stagnant by letting
this get into my head. Yes, I love the response the audience gives
me for my work and that just encourages me to work harder.”
There are relatively less solo songs by female singers in
Bollywood. “I’m aware that there are less songs for females in fi
lms and I feel that should change and get better but I think I make
up for it by having an independent career,” said the Psycho saiyaan
She has teamed up with many singers like Sachet Tandon, Diljit
Dosanjh and Sukhbir. She feels that there’s always something to
learn from every artiste.
“Each artist has a diff erent point of view towards the same thing.
And it’s not about being right or wrong, it’s just that in the end
we have to be on the same page and in that process, you learn a
lot,” said Dhvani.
She has often collaborated with composer Tanishk Bagchi. “Tanishk
sir is one of the best persons in my life. Working with him is so
eff ortless,” said the singer, who had teamed up with him on songs
such as Leja re and Na ja tu.
She doesn’t see anyone as her competitor though. “I am my own
biggest competitor. I look up to a number of artistes, but I want
to be known as myself,” she said.
Dhvani has made a name for herself in the original as well as
recreations spaces. Recreated songs are not always loved by the
original creators or singers. — IANS
COMMITTED: “My audience sees my belief in my choices,” asserts
COMPETITION: “I am my own biggest competitor,” says the
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 15GULF TIMES
The obsession with rebooting your favourite TV shows
TAKING A SHINE: Supporting actors David H Holmes, left, and Da’Vine
Joy Randolph steal the show in High Fidelity.
By Neal Justin
A new streaming service is trying to drum up enthusiasm by
promising to reunite six beloved “friends”
who last fl irted and fought their way into our hearts more than 15
years ago. But don’t reserve a table at Central Perk just
Peacock is bragging about bringing back Saved by the Bell, the
1989-93 sitcom so tone deaf about teenage life that it made Welcome
Back, Kotter seem like a documentary. The NBCU-owned newcomer,
which launches in April, is also working on the further adventures
of Punky Brewster and yet another reboot of Battlestar
Executives would obviously rather be promoting the return of Ross
and Rachel, but these days programmers are eager to recycle any
familiar titles they can get their hands on.
This week alone off ers the updated versions of The Soup, Extreme
Makeover: Home Edition and a Hulu adaptation of High Fidelity. ABC
announced last month that it plans to bring back both
Thirtysomething and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.
Either Hollywood is running low on fresh ideas or viewers have an
unprecedented appetite for nostalgia. The gatekeepers are betting
on the latter.
“In the climate we’re living in, it feels like this show is the
warm hug everybody needs right now,” said Loren Ruch, senior vice
president of production for HGTV, at the Television Critics
Association press tour. HGTV has tapped Jesse Tyler Ferguson of
Modern Family as the new host of Extreme Makeover, which last aired
as a regular series in 2012. “And who would you rather get a good
warm hug from than Jesse and his team?”
Part of the strategy is that time-tested titles will help attract
viewers bombarded with a staggering number of options. More than
500 scripted series debuted last year. The upcoming addition of new
competitors like Peacock and HBO Max in 2020 is certain to blow
that record out of the water.
“In a marketplace where it is very hard to launch new shows, having
built-in familiarity is great,” said Heather Olander, an NBCU
senior vice president who greenlit reboots of Temptation Island and
The Biggest Loser for USA Network.
To a certain extent, the strategy has worked. Many shows that got
rebooted during the past fi ve
years — MacGyver, Charmed, Lost in Space, The Twilight Zone, Queer
Eye, Dynasty, American Idol — have done well enough in the ratings
to remain on the air. Others, like 24: Legacy, Ironside and Murphy
Brown, were barely out of the starting gate when viewers were put
out of their misery.
“As you can imagine, the bar is very high,” said HBO Max’s head of
original content, Sarah Aubrey, who is developing a new version of
Gossip Girl with the soap’s original creators, Josh Schwartz and
Stephanie Savage. “I think one of the benefi ts of having the
original creators involved is that they are very clear on what the
essential elements of the show are and are not. But they’re also
really excited to bring a modern lens to it 10 years later.”
Same old, Same old That formula almost worked
for Will & Grace. Viewers were initially thrilled to see what
the old gang was up to after an 11-year hiatus. But it soon became
apparent that not much had changed. The new episodes became hard to
distinguish from the classic reruns. Interest faded; the series
wraps up (again) later this year.
On the other hand, the revival
of Roseanne — later retitled The Conners — remains a solid hit for
ABC, in large part because the fi ring of Roseanne Barr forced the
show to focus on her daughters, braving a frontier of fresh, and
often funny, challenges.
Some of the best reboots have avoided the temptation of cast
Freeform’s Party of Five has relocated from San Francisco to Los
Angeles, where the Acosta kids are struggling to keep their
household and family restaurant from falling apart after their
parents are deported to Mexico. The siblings share some of the
personality traits of the Salinger children growing up in the ‘90s.
But, at best, they’re cousins twice removed.
“I’m not interested in people who say, ‘I can’t fi nd the original
in this show.’ I didn’t reboot the show to give them the exact same
thing,” said writer and producer Amy Lippman, a driving force on
both Party versions. “We had the opportunity to reboot the show
over and over and over again, but the reasons were never good
enough because I thought we did it OK the fi rst time around. The
reason you do it now is to say to the audience, ‘There are
qualities in the original that are present
here, but it’s a new story and a new family. But it’s told by the
same people. If you liked it then, I guarantee there’s something to
watch in this one.’?”
One Day at Time, which kicks off its fourth season next month, also
decided to return with a Latino family. There are obvious cultural
adaptations — grandma Rita Moreno occasionally throwing a tantrum
in Spanish — but the series also refl ects other issues that
weren’t addressed during its 1975-84 run. Justina Machado’s
character, for example, struggles with post-traumatic stress
disorder from her time in the Army.
Refl ecting the times But the show’s chief adviser
is wary of making too much of the diff erences between the two
“This is just another version of that show as we did it at another
time,” said Norman Lear, who is also enjoying success these days
with ABC’s live reenactments of some of his other classic sitcoms,
including All in the Family. “I never sat down to cure America of
its problems. We just refl ect them. I think that’s what television
and theatre does. It refl ects the problem and then we get up,
out and talk about it and live our lives perhaps just a hair diff
erently as a result.”
In High Fidelity, which premieres Friday on Hulu, the main
character, played by John Cusack in the 2000 movie, is now being
tackled by Zoe Kravitz. Producers hope the gender swap will help
distinguish the series from both the fi lm and Nick Hornby’s
“I didn’t want to redo it without making this change,” said series’
co-writer Veronica West. “We watch a lot of romantic comedies with
female leads and their problems always seem to be that they can’t
fi nd the right man or they’re desperate to get married or they’re
self-destructive in some way. But when a man is the lead, the
problems are internal. It was interesting for us to tell this from
a woman’s point of view and let her issues with romance really just
be about learning how to fi gure herself out and not being about fi
nding Mr Right.”
Of course, all the rules about making radical changes could go out
the window if Hollywood ever arranged that Friends reunion. Fans
would be thrilled to hear Phoebe still performing Smelly Cat — at
least for a little while.
— Star Tribune (Minneapolis)/ TNS
By Mudassir Raja
“ Comedy is a necessity to get through life with the fewest scars.
Humour is the best antidote to help relieve all struggles”,
rightly said by Suzy Kassem, a prolific American thinker, poet,
writer, and philosopher.
Thanks to diverse population of the country, there is a taste and
demand for a variety of comedy and comedians visiting from diff
erent parts of the world. And so people in Qatar frequently get
chances to attend and enjoy comedy shows by comedians of
international fame and standing.
Seriously funny comedy by an award-winning stand-up comedian is
soon coming to Qatar. He is both well-known and notorious for his
comic jibs and attacks. He does not shy away from
Omid Djalili, a British stand- up comedian, actor, television
producer, voice actor and writer, is all set to amuse Doha audience
at Marsa Malaz Kempinski The Pearl on April 8. The comedian’s show
is being arranged in Qatar following the popular demand. The
stand-up comedy show is organsied by Swiss Events Group, an event
organising company in Qatar.
Though it is not going to be the fi rst show by Omid, he is no
doubt popular enough to be heard live by people who follow stand-
up comedy. There are certain controversies around the man who has
won many accolades for his political and social jokes.
Djalili was born in Chelsea, London, to Iranian Baháí parents. He
attended Holland Park School and then the University of Ulster in
Coleraine, Northern Ireland, studying English and theatre
The fi rst signifi cant success of his stand-up comedy career was
at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1995 with Short, Fat Kebab Shop
Owner’s Son, followed by The Arab and the Jew with Jewish comedian
Ivor Dembina in 1996.
He has performed in numerous countries, including Qatar, Australia,
Ireland, Sweden, Belgium, Canada and the United States. In US, he
had his own HBO Special and did 22 episodes of the NBC sitcom
Whoopi with Whoopi Goldberg.
He did his part for Comic Relief after the 2004 Indian Ocean
earthquake and tsunami and also in 2005 he appeared on the British
TV show Top Gear as a celebrity driver. The same year he broke
Edinburgh Festival box offi ce records with over 16,500 ticket
In 2006, Sky Television picked him to be the face of their
Award-winning comedian Omid to perform in Doha on April 8
night fi lm premières, and he also announced a new tour of the UK
called No Agenda. In 2007, he was voted by the British public as
the 60th best stand-up comedian in a Channel 4 programme The 100
The same year, he guest- presented the BBC political quiz show Have
I Got News for You. The Omid Djalili Show started on BBC1 on 17
November 2007. The series was a mix of sketches and stand-up
material. A second series was recorded in late 2008 and began
broadcast on BBC 1 on 20 April 2009. He performed on We Are Most
Amused on ITV1 to mark Prince Charles’s 60th birthday in
As far as his acting career is concerned, Djalili has appeared in a
number of fi lms, most notably Gladiator, The Mummy, Mean Machine,
The World Is Not Enough, Alien Autopsy, Spy Game, Sky Captain and
the World of Tomorrow, Grow Your Own, Notting Hill, Mr Nice,
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Sex and the City 2 and
provides his voice in Over the Hedge.
In 2009, Djalili became the voice of Yusuf Amir in the popular
gaming series Grand Theft Auto.
He took up the role in the Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony
spin-off game. In 2010, he starred in the David Baddiel-scripted fi
lm The Infi del.
For the years to come, he starred and was part of many movies and
TV shows. In 2019 he appeared
as Dr Lenselius in the BBC adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark
Like other celebrities, his life is also not free of controversy.
In 2019, Djalili was criticised for making disparaging remarks
about the Welsh language on Twitter
Djalili has won awards for his comedy. These include the EMMA
Award, Time Out Award, and LWT Comedy Award for Best Stand-up
Comedian, Spirit of the Fringe Award as well as the One World Media
Award for his Channel 4 documentary, Bloody Foreigners.
In 2007, Omid Djalili was voted by the British public as the 60th
best stand- up comedian in a Channel 4 programme The 100 Greatest