Hisham Fageeh: Comedy by coincidence

Updated 12 August 2013
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Hisham Fageeh: Comedy by coincidence

It all began when 25-year-old student Hisham Fageeh uploaded YouTube videos to communicate with his sister and update her about his daily life in a comical way. His videos received much acclaim from viewers who watched and shared his videos on social media networks. The ideas behind the videos are not cohesive because they represent Fageeh’s daily encounters and different inspiring moments.
His viewership expanded to span the entire Saudi community when he turned his initiative into a comedy and entertainment channel.
Fageeh and his sister often talk to each other impersonating characters and this is how the videos are taped. According to him, it was all a coincidence; he was supposed to post a video on his Facebook account but encountered some difficulties uploading the video, and opted instead to post it on YouTube. He enjoyed it and found himself uploading more videos.
At first, he received 20 views, then 60 and soon the numbers began to increase by the day, until one day he shared a video at night and woke up to 30,000 views and messages in his inbox.
As Fageeh rose to fame, many other Saudi comedians began approaching him, asking him to contribute to their online shows. He later participated in another YouTube comedy show called “Zizo and Fiss”. The show is a short series about twin brothers oppressed by their overprotective mother and driven to lose all sense of reality.
Fageeh is now participating and hosting different comedy shows both within the Kingdom and abroad. Fageeh has almost 134,110 followers on Twitter, and his YouTube channel, entitled “Hisham Comedy” has more than 54,603 subscriptions and more than 7,775,754 views.


Scientists amazed as Canadian permafrost thaws 70 years early

General view of a landscape of partially thawed Arctic permafrost near Mould Bay, Canada, in this handout photo released June 18, 2019. (Reuters)
Updated 19 June 2019
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Scientists amazed as Canadian permafrost thaws 70 years early

  • “This premature thawing is another clear signal that we must decarbonize our economies, and immediately”

LONDON: Permafrost at outposts in the Canadian Arctic is thawing 70 years earlier than predicted, an expedition has discovered, in the latest sign that the global climate crisis is accelerating even faster than scientists had feared.
A team from the University of Alaska Fairbanks said they were astounded by how quickly a succession of unusually hot summers had destabilized the upper layers of giant subterranean ice blocks that had been frozen solid for millennia.
“What we saw was amazing,” Vladimir E. Romanovsky, a professor of geophysics at the university, told Reuters by telephone. “It’s an indication that the climate is now warmer than at any time in the last 5,000 or more years.”
With governments meeting in Bonn this week to try to ratchet up ambitions in United Nations climate negotiations, the team’s findings, published on June 10 in Geophysical Research Letters, offered a further sign of a growing climate emergency.
The paper was based on data Romanovsky and his colleagues had been analizing since their last expedition to the area in 2016. The team used a modified propeller plane to visit exceptionally remote sites, including an abandoned Cold War-era radar base more than 300 km from the nearest human settlement.
Diving through a lucky break in the clouds, Romanovsky and his colleagues said they were confronted with a landscape that was unrecognizable from the pristine Arctic terrain they had encountered during initial visits a decade or so earlier.
The vista had dissolved into an undulating sea of hummocks — waist-high depressions and ponds known as thermokarst. Vegetation, once sparse, had begun to flourish in the shelter provided from the constant wind.
Torn between professional excitement and foreboding, Romanovsky said the scene had reminded him of the aftermath of a bombardment.
“It’s a canary in the coalmine,” said Louise Farquharson, a post-doctoral researcher and co-author of the study. “It’s very likely that this phenomenon is affecting a much more extensive region and that’s what we’re going to look at next.”
Scientists are concerned about the stability of permafrost because of the risk that rapid thawing could release vast quantities of heat-trapping gases, unleashing a feedback loop that would in turn fuel even faster temperature rises.
Even if current commitments to cut emissions under the 2015 Paris Agreement are implemented, the world is still far from averting the risk that these kinds of feedback loops will trigger runaway warming, according to models used by the UN-backed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
With scientists warning that sharply higher temperatures would devastate the global south and threaten the viability of industrial civilization in the northern hemisphere, campaigners said the new paper reinforced the imperative to cut emissions.
“Thawing permafrost is one of the tipping points for climate breakdown and it’s happening before our very eyes,” said Jennifer Morgan, Executive Director of Greenpeace International. “This premature thawing is another clear signal that we must decarbonize our economies, and immediately.”