Comic book fans reach for stars at Riyadh’s Stan Lee Super Con

Comic book fans reach for stars at Riyadh’s Stan Lee Super Con
Many fans once again turned up to the convention dressed as their favorite characters, some in elaborate costumes.
Updated 16 November 2019

Comic book fans reach for stars at Riyadh’s Stan Lee Super Con

Comic book fans reach for stars at Riyadh’s Stan Lee Super Con
  • Many fans once again turned up to the convention dressed as their favorite characters, some in elaborate costumes

RIYADH: Star-studded panels of actors, directors and producers provided stellar entertainment for comic book fans on the second day of the Stan Lee Super Con in Riyadh.
The cast of “Charmed” — a television fantasy drama that ran from 1998 until 2006 — were greeted with loud cheers from the convention crowd. Actors from the series who took part in the event were Holly Marie Combs, Brian Krause, Drew Fuller, and Dorian Gregory and they recalled their time on the show. Fuller said: “We are an extended family and so many years later we are still close and will stay with one another. I also miss the food, the food they fed us every day was just amazing.”
Addressing fans Combs said: “When we began filming, the show was very underrated, we never knew if there would be another season. Now, knowing that we reached out to so many people all the way to Saudi Arabia, it is a bit unexpected but extremely rewarding.”
Another panel welcomed “Game of Thrones” star Daniel Portman, who played Podrick Payne. He talked about how lucky he was to be acting along with his father, the Scottish actor Ron Donachie.

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Many fans turned up to the convention dressed as their favorite characters, some in elaborate costumes.

“I like how in every season we had a family representative, as my father was in the pilot and a few other episodes, and then I was there for the rest of the seasons. I learned a lot from these actors because I was only 19 when I joined the cast. We laughed from the first moment we met until the very end.
“I was doing different shows, I have movies scheduled and another TV show that will hit the TV next year, so hopefully I will be bringing my own show for you guys next time,” he added.
Many fans once again turned up to the convention dressed as their favorite characters, some in elaborate costumes.
Ahmad Harasi wore a Spider-Man outfit, even sporting the exact movie hairstyle of Tom Holland who played the character Peter Parker and his superhero alter-ego Spider-Man.
“Ever since I saw the movies, I was looking forward to the comic con to dress up as him. People have been stopping me for pictures, so I am very happy about it,” Harasi said.


Saudi ‘virus busters’ on fast track to global success 

Updated 02 December 2020

Saudi ‘virus busters’ on fast track to global success 

Saudi ‘virus busters’ on fast track to global success 
  • California latest state to praise Kingdom’s rapid-response strategy

MAKKAH: Saudi Arabia’s efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus are gaining global attention after researchers across the Kingdom highlighted the success of a string of measures adopted in recent months.
Since the outbreak of the pandemic in early March, the Kingdom has launched a range of health protocols that have reduced the number of infections from a high of approximately 5,000 in mid-June to only hundreds today.
The World Health Organization has praised the Kingdom’s approach, while many heads of state cited the Saudi example as a “success story” during the G20 leaders summit on Nov. 22.
A study published in the Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal titled “Importance of early precautionary actions in avoiding the spread of COVID-19: Saudi Arabia as an example,” highlighted the effectiveness of the Kingdom’s efforts.
Speaking to Arab News, co-author Khalidah Alenzi said that the objective of the research was to measure the readiness of countries around the globe to deal with the pandemic.
The study, co-authored by Dr. Thamir Alshammari and Dr. Ali Altebainawi, was recently praised by Gavin Newsom, the governor of California, who said that he planned to use it — together with studies from France and Germany — as model for tougher restrictions in the state.
Alenzi, supervisor of the Ministry of Health’s Regional Center for Drug Information and Vigilance in Tabuk, said: “When the Californian governor presented Saudi Arabia as one of the best models for preventive and precautionary measures against the coronavirus, based on the research of the Saudi team, he shed light on only a tiny fraction of Saudi capabilities that have excelled in dealing with the pandemic.”
She said that the research team had shown that preventive and precautionary measures and health protocols had limited the number of deaths, despite criticism directed at these measures initially.
“We were surprised to find that we started early compared with other countries hit by the pandemic, especially those bordering China such as South Korea, and countries in East Asia,” Alenzi said.
“Based on this logic, we got the idea of carrying out independent research on Saudi Arabia to detect the cases of early reaction and present these as a model to be followed. In the beginning we thought of presenting comparative research with other countries such as Italy and France, but we discovered that data analysis would be marked by a huge difference.”
Alenzi said that the Kingdom’s initial measures faced criticism from some foreign experts for being too strict.
Critics had later “backtracked” after a spike in cases and the uncontrollable spread of the virus in their respective countries, she said.
“Had it not been for the extreme precautionary measures proposed by the research team, we never would have been able to avoid a second and third wave of the pandemic,” Alenzi said.
She said that countries such as Spain, where there are over 1.6 million confirmed cases and rising, have faced protests against measures adopted by their governments, and are now suffering from a second wave because of their failure to follow protocols set in place.
Residents of the Kingdom, in cooperation with the government and its institutions, were able to maintain control and have successfully controlled the spread of the pandemic. Saudi Arabia’s total confirmed cases are at 357,000, with less than 5,000 active cases as of Tuesday.
“This pandemic has proven the Kingdom’s highly capable and skilled cadres compared with European states. It has set an example with its ability to provide precautionary and treatment medicines to fight the pandemic,” she added.