Feras Bugnah’s many faces

Updated 02 October 2013
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Feras Bugnah’s many faces

Saudi actor Feras Bugnah’s YouTube show called ‘Youmak Maai’ (Your day with me) invites viewers to reconsider people who have a different status in society. The show teaches viewers how to deal with them correctly.
In his show, Bugnah impersonated five different characters, starting with a street cleaner in the streets of Riyadh. He lived a whole day with them filming their every move while they cleaned the streets for nine hours. The other characters were a street beggar, blind man, physically disabled man and a man with a kidney failure.
Youmak Maai attracted many viewers who shared the videos on their social media page saying it was an eye-opening program that showed the other side of life.
Bugnah has over 560,972 followers on Twitter, and his YouTube channel, also entitled “Youmak Maai,” has more than 78,000 subscriptions. His videos have seen around 4,645,000 views and counting.


Antarctica is losing ice 6 times faster today than in 1980s

Updated 14 January 2019
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Antarctica is losing ice 6 times faster today than in 1980s

  • Study says Antarctica has lost almost 252 billion metric tons of ice per year since 2009
  • The recent melting rate is 15 percent higher than what a study found last year
WASHINGTON: Antarctica is melting more than six times faster than it did in the 1980s, a new study shows.
Scientists used aerial photographs, satellite measurements and computer models to track how fast the southern-most continent has been melting since 1979 in 176 individual basins. They found the ice loss to be accelerating dramatically — a key indicator of human-caused climate change.
Since 2009, Antarctica has lost almost 278 billion tons (252 billion metric tons) of ice per year, the new study found. In the 1980s, it was losing 40 billion metric tons a year.
The recent melting rate is 15 percent higher than what a study found last year.
Eric Rignot, a University of California, Irvine, ice scientist, was the lead author on the new study in Monday’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. He said the big difference is that his satellite-based study found East Antarctica, which used to be considered stable, is losing 56 billion tons (51 billion metric tons) of ice a year. Last year’s study, which took several teams’ work into consideration, found little to no loss in East Antarctica recently and gains in the past.
Melting in West Antarctica and the Antarctica Peninsula account for about four-fifths of the ice loss. East Antarctica’s melting “increases the risk of multiple meter (more than 10 feet) sea level rise over the next century or so,” Rignot said.
Richard Alley, a Pennsylvania State University scientist not involved in Rignot’s study, called it “really good science.”