Where We Are Going Today: Sociale Cafe in Riyadh

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Updated 29 April 2022

Where We Are Going Today: Sociale Cafe in Riyadh

Looking for the newest cafe to hang out with friends or enjoy a quick coffee while studying? Sociale Cafe is a great place to consider. The cafe opened in mid-November and has already become a popular social hub for friends in Riyadh.
The cafe’s detailed, health-conscious menu and relaxing and eclectic atmosphere have quickly attracted the attention of visitors across social media platforms, with many videos going viral on TikTok and Instagram.
Located in the busy downtown Riyadh Tahlia Street, visitors will usually have a difficult time finding an empty seat, but the wait is definitely worth it.
Sociale Cafe offers a variety of healthy and shareable dishes and snacks including avocado toast, spinach dip, whole roasted cauliflower and many more.
The best dessert to try is the milk cake which offers a lightly sweet and creamy snack for visitors to enjoy alongside their lattes. The cafe is also the perfect location for studying or holding casual meetings with groups of people, with its spacious large tables. Wi-fi is provided for free.
The baristas and staff are extremely welcoming and make guests feel at home. Sociale Cafe also provides a game corner filled with board games to play with friends while enjoying your coffee.
During the month of Ramadan, the cafe will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. and also offers private iftar and sahoor reservations.
One thing to keep in mind is how busy the cafe becomes on weekends. We recommend visiting during the week to fully enjoy the tranquillity of the cafe.
Before visiting the location,
be sure to check the latest updates and offers on Instagram @sociale.cafe.


Baldwin expects no charges over fatal movie set accident

Updated 19 August 2022

Baldwin expects no charges over fatal movie set accident

  • A criminal investigation into the shooting is still ongoing, and prosecutors have not yet ruled out charges against those involved
  • "I sincerely believe... (investigators are) going to say that this was an accident. It's tragic," said Baldwin in a rare interview

LOS ANGELES: US actor Alec Baldwin said he does not believe anyone will be criminally charged over the fatal shooting on the set of Western film “Rust,” telling CNN he has hired a private investigator to assess culpability for the tragedy.
Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins died after being hit by a live round that came from a gun Baldwin was holding as he rehearsed on the New Mexico set of the low-budget movie last October.
A criminal investigation into the shooting is still ongoing, and prosecutors have not yet ruled out charges against those involved.
“I sincerely believe... (investigators are) going to say that this was an accident. It’s tragic,” said Baldwin in a rare interview about the episode, a portion of which was aired Friday.
Baldwin told CNN he had replayed the events leading up to the shooting over and over for the past 10 months.
While insisting he does not want to “condemn” Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the film set’s armorer and props assistant, Baldwin pointed the finger of blame at her and assistant director Dave Halls, who handed him the gun moments before the shooting.
“Someone put a live bullet in the gun who should have known better,” Baldwin said.
“That was (Gutierrez-Reed’s) job. Her job was to look at the ammunition and put in the dummy round or the blank round, and there wasn’t supposed to be any live rounds on the set.
“There are two people who didn’t do what they were supposed to do,” he added.
“I’m not sitting there saying I want them to, you know, go to prison, or I want their lives to be hell.
“I don’t want that, but I want everybody to know that those are the two people that are responsible for what happened.”
Baldwin, who was both the star and a producer of “Rust,” has been the subject of a number of civil lawsuits over the shooting, including from Hutchins’s family.
He has previously said he was told the gun contained no live ammunition, had been instructed by Hutchins to point the gun in her direction, and did not pull the trigger.
But a recent FBI forensic report concluded that the gun could not have been fired “without a pull of the trigger.”
Meanwhile, Gutierrez-Reed has sued the film’s ammunition supplier, accusing him of leaving real bullets among the dummy cartridges.
On Thursday, her lawyer criticized the FBI for failing to carry out DNA or fingerprint testing to establish who had handled the live rounds found on set.
“It is inconceivable that the sheriff would not seek answers to this fundamental question and it raises a serious problem with the entire investigation,” said a statement from Jason Bowles.
Following Baldwin’s latest interview, lawyers for both Gutierrez-Reed and Halls told CNN that the actor was trying to deflect blame away from himself.
Baldwin also used the CNN interview to address former US President Donald Trump’s public intimation that he could have killed Hutchins on purpose.
Trump last year told a podcast that Baldwin — who frequently impersonated and ridiculed the president on “Saturday Night Live” — was a “troubled guy,” suggesting that “maybe he loaded” the gun.
Baldwin told CNN he was consequently worried that some of Trump’s supporters would “come and kill me.”
“Here was Trump, who instructed people to commit acts of violence, and he was pointing the finger at me and saying I was responsible for the death,” said Baldwin.
“There is just this torrent of people attacking me who don’t know the facts.”


What We Are Playing Today: Award-winning co-op game 'It Takes Two'

Updated 19 August 2022

What We Are Playing Today: Award-winning co-op game 'It Takes Two'

  • The award-winning production was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S in March 2021

Married life can be hard; sometimes couples must cooperate to solve their problems. They need to know when to be firm or relent, so it takes two to make the relationship work.

This is exactly the aim of the action-adventure platform “It Takes Two”, which was created by Hazelight Studios and released by Electronic arts.

The story centers on a couple Cody and May who are seemingly incompatible and plan to divorce. They break the news to their daughter Rose late in the afternoon.

Rose then goes upstairs to her room and using two handmade dolls that resemble her parents, acts out a scene where they reconcile.

Rose’s tears, however, magically transfer the souls of her parents into these two dolls, who are now trapped and desperate to return to their bodies. In order to do that, they are forced to work together. 

The production was awarded The Game Award for Game of the Year 2021. It was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S in March 2021.

“It Takes Two” has top-notch graphics, with many details for surfaces and a rotating view. You can move the camera angles around and explore the environment.

It is a multiplayer video game and does not have a single-player option.


Arab royals across the decades, through lens of Pakistani family of photographers

Updated 16 August 2022

Arab royals across the decades, through lens of Pakistani family of photographers

  • Hakim Ally filmed the flag ceremony in 1971 after the UAE came into being as a federation
  • Ally’s children are now successfully running the family studio and taking international assignments

DUBAI: The iconic photographs of a flag ceremony in 1971 after the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was declared an independent, sovereign and federal state were taken by none other than a Pakistani photographer. 

Hakim Ally, who began his photography career in Karachi in 1959, captured the historic moment in the life of the emerging Gulf nation, setting in motion a path that would see two following generations of his family documenting significant events not only in the UAE but also Saudi Arabia and rendering services to the royal families of the two countries.

“My late father [Hakim Ally] and Noor Ali Rashid [another famous photographer] were friends,” Rafiq Ally, also a photographer, told Arab News earlier this month “When my father came to the UAE in 1971, [he] captured the symbolic footage of the union of the Emirates on 8mm reel which was a rare feat.”

Rashid, who proposed Ally’s name to cover the flag ceremony, was based in the Emirates since 1958 and taking photographs of their rulers. His recommendation was taken seriously, and Ally was hosted by the late UAE ruler, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, as a state guest.

Ally had an impressive resumé by then, having launched his international career by photographing King Faisal bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia on multiple occasions while continuing to maintain his base in Pakistan.

According to Rafiq, his son, Ally had a “humble beginning” and took up photography as a hobby before setting up Ruby Studio in Kharadar, Karachi, which he named after his daughter. It was also during the same period that Ally moved into film production and started making television commercials.

His children spoke of playing with his old cameras as toys.

“My father also covered the visit of Prince Karim Aga Khan to Pakistan with my elder brother after which I also got interested in the profession,” Rafiq said.

He recalled his own visit to the UAE two decades ago to meet his father’s old friend.
 

This undated photo shows Rafiq Ally and his family in their studio in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Supplied)

“When I met Noor Ali [Rashid], he asked me to stay in the UAE,” he said. 

On Rashid’s advice, Rafiq began his career in the UAE, filming an Indo-Pak television production shot that was in Sharjah.

His wife, Shakila, trained in production techniques, joined him in the Gulf state and started helping him at their studio, Digitally. She also started covering weddings across the country soon after.

“It was needed at the time and I loved doing outdoors,” she told Arab News.

As their business spread, Rafiq’s children, Aroosa and Farhad, also joined their parent’s business. 

The family was part of the team that captured the inauguration of Dubai Islamic Bank by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, in 2006.

So far, they have visited 30 countries to perform various assignments.

In 2017 and 2018, the family captured a gathering of over 150,000 people in Tajikistan, and about 100,000 people in Syria. They have also regularly covered events in Pakistan’s mountainous Hunza region.

“We have been part of landmark projects, both in Dubai and across the world,” Ally’s grandson Farhad, who heads business development for the company, told Arab News. His sister Aroosa is the creative director of the studio and takes care of most wedding events.

“I grew up eating food at weddings while my mom was at work,” she laughed. “So, it’s natural that I became part of the profession too.”


What We Are Reading Today: Salmon Wars

Updated 12 August 2022

What We Are Reading Today: Salmon Wars

Authors: Douglas Frantz and Catherine Collins

In Salmon Wars, investigative journalists Douglas Frantz and Catherine Collins bring readers to massive ocean feedlots where millions of salmon are crammed into parasite-plagued cages and fed a chemical-laced diet.
The authors reveal the conditions inside hatcheries, and at the farms that threaten our fragile coasts. They draw colorful portraits of characters, such as the big salmon farmer who poisoned his own backyard and the American researcher driven out of Norway for raising the alarm about dangerous contaminants in the fish.
Frantz and Collins document how the industrialization of salmon threatens this keystone species, and they show how it doesn’t need to be this way.


Metallica, Mariah Carey to play New York show for foreign aid

Updated 11 August 2022

Metallica, Mariah Carey to play New York show for foreign aid

  • Rosalia, Charlie Puth, Maneskin and Mickey Guyton will join them in taking the stage at the event
  • The Central Park concert is slated for September 24

NEW YORK: Metallica, Mariah Carey and the Jonas Brothers will be among the acts performing in New York’s Central Park at this year’s Global Citizen Festival, the organization announced Thursday.
Rosalia, Charlie Puth, Maneskin and Mickey Guyton will join them in taking the stage at the event, which is now in its 10th year and is aimed at drumming up support for preserving international aid to eradicate extreme poverty, in addition to a number of other causes.
The Central Park concert is slated for September 24 as is a sister show in Accra, where Usher, SZA, Stormzy, H.E.R., Sarkodie, Stonebwoy and Tems are all scheduled to perform.
Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo said in a statement his country was “honored” to host Global Citizen.
“We owe to the next generation to live in a world free from poverty, disease and the degradation of the environment,” he said. “We must align forces to make an impact in Africa.”
Taking place since 2012 as world leaders gather in New York for the UN General Assembly, Global Citizen distributes tickets for free to supporters who pledge to take actions such as sending letters to their governments in support of development aid.
The 2022 event, which Priyanka Chopra Jonas will host, calls on world leaders as well as philanthropists to relieve debt, empower girls, improve food access and invest in climate solutions in countries that suffer climate change’s worst effects but whose carbon emissions pale in comparison to the globe’s richest nations.
“Decades of systemic and political failures have led humanity into the midst of converging and rapidly deteriorating crises — climate, hunger, health, war and conflict,” Hugh Evans, Global Citizen’s co-founder and CEO, said in a statement.
“The most marginalized populations are paying the price of the stagnant inaction of our leaders, and now millions of lives, and the future of our planet, are at stake.”