Saudi geologist returns from Antarctica

Updated 05 February 2013

Saudi geologist returns from Antarctica

Abdul Aziz bin Laboun, a Saudi geologist and faculty member at King Saud University in Riyadh, explored Antarctica as a member of the American Geological Society’s expedition, in which 96 scientists from 20 countries participated.
The expedition, which lasted 25 days and commenced on Dec. 27, aimed to broaden the scope of research on the climatic intricacies and geophysical changes occurring in the polar region.
Recounting the details of the journey, Laboun revealed that the expedition passed through Santiago city at the borders of Chile and Argentina, Stanley in the Falkland Islands, Sea Lion Islands and South Georgia Island before landing at the farthest station of the continent. The members conducted a number of lectures and workshops, as well as field studies during the trip.
“The members of the team participated in field studies to learn about the flora and fauna of the polar region, in addition to exploring the glaciers on the western side of the Antarctica and south of the Shetland islands,” Laboun said in his statement.
The geology and geophysics department in the College of Sciences at the King Saud University were keen to participate in this expedition to conduct advanced geological studies, especially after the recent discovery of rock glaciers in some locations in the Kingdom.
The participation of a faculty member from King Saud University in the expedition comes within the university’s efforts to upgrade its faculty to international standards. During the journey, Laboun gave lectures to his fellow geologists about the Ice Age in the Kingdom and its link to other parts of the planet.
Meanwhile, in another noteworthy development, Sahar Al-Shamrani from the Eastern Province was the first Saudi woman to travel to the South Pole.

Nicki Minaj shows off her quad biking skills in the UAE

Nicki Minaj recently released a new album. (AFP)
Updated 25 September 2018

Nicki Minaj shows off her quad biking skills in the UAE

  • Nicki Minaj just hit the sand dunes in Abu Dhabi
  • She was just in Milan attending Fashion Week

DUBAI: Pop superstar Nicki Minaj just hit the sand dunes in Abu Dhabi and posted a string of photos on Instagram to show off her skills.

“Ride wit Minaj (sic),” the rapper-singer captioned a snap on the social media site, showing her astride a dune buggy in the desert.

She also posted a video in which she can be seen speeding through the desert with her loose hair streaming in the wind. Earlier in the evening, she posted a video in which she runs along a beach in the UAE at night and talks in a British accent, saying she wants her fans to “see the water.”

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Before her trip to the Gulf country, Minaj sat front row at the Versace show at Milan Fashion Week.

She sat alongside Leona Lewis, Rita Ora, model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, actor Luke Evans and Italian influencer Chiara Ferragni in an enormous industrial space in the modern CityLife neighborhood where the runway show was held, according to Reuters.

“I’m so proud of you @donatella_versace You’ve never missed a beat. So tiny, but so powerful,” Minaj posted after the runway show.

“Loved the show tonight. Thank you for my gorgeous flowers & for playing like 75 percent of the Queen album at the show,” she added, referencing fourth studio album, which was released in August to mixed reviews.

Minaj also took a front row seat at the Fendi show in Milan, taking a turn for fans on her way in decked out in a Fendi puffer jacket and matching leggings and cropped top.

Other front-row celebs included Ferragni with her rapper husband Fedez, leaving home their much-Instagrammed infant, Leone, but trailing television cameras as they toured backstage.

While the front-row celebrity attire was highly branded Fendi streetwear, the runway collection by Karl Lagerfeld was more elegant and subtle, the Associated Press noted.

The artist is fresh off a bout of controversy involving US rapper Cardi B, who infamously tried to attack Minaj during a scuffle at a party held on the sidelines of New York Fashion Week earlier in September.

Minaj and Cardi B were the center of attention as A-list guests reportedly huddled around their phones to watch footage of the fracas.
A person who witnessed the incident, who asked for anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly, said Minaj was finishing up a conversation with someone when Cardi B tried to attack her, but Minaj’s security guards intervened, the Associated Press reported.
Video footage that circulated on social media at the time showed Cardi B lunging toward someone and being held back. Cardi B reportedly threw one of her shoes at Minaj.

Here’s to hoping Minaj has a more enjoyable time in the UAE.