DUBAI, 1st April, 2020 (WAM) — The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, MBRSC, has released a GIF image of the decrease in nitrogen dioxide, NO2, concentration in the GCC countries, between 26th November, 2019, until 27th March, 2020.
The Remote Sensing Department at MBRSC published the results using data acquired by the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-5P mission. The drop in NO2 concentrations beginning late-February coincides with the region-wide precautionary measures taken to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Nitrogen dioxide is mainly produced from engines, power generation and other industrial processes, according to the World Health Organisation. In view of the lockdown announced in various countries, fewer vehicles are on the road, fewer planes are taking flight and industries have also been affected over the period. This has led to the decline in NO2 concentrations, which in turn has improved air quality.
Can you walk alone, or drive to and from work before 8pm? Here are the answers.
Several readers wrote to Khaleej Times, seeking clarity on the UAE attorney-general’s resolution about fines and penalties against violators of the Covid-19 coronavirus measures. We posed some of these questions to Emirati lawyer Abdul Moneim Bin Suwaidan of Bin Suwaidan Firm for Advocates and Legal Counsels.
Q. I have a move permit and got flashed by radars while driving. What do I do?
The radar flashes on any car. But the fines are later cancelled for move permit holders.
Q. If I don’t work in an essential sector, will I be fined for driving to and from work before 8pm?
People stepping out for work purposes are not fined. They need to present a proof, a document of that.
Q. Do I have to get a movement permit to go to the supermarket in the day time?
Movement permits are required during the sterilisation process timings.
Q. If I get fined for a violation, should I pay it immediately to the police?
There is a special prosecution handling such cases. One is summoned there and he can also object (to the fine).
There are several more questions, please do visit and read, Khaleej Times.
ABU DHABI, 31st March, 2020 (WAM) — Warehouse421, the home-grown arts and design centre based out of Mina Zayed, has launched its virtual experience and online programing featuring a series of video lessons, podcasts, book readings, community talks and curatorial tours, enabling audiences to remotely engage with regional narratives in art and design.
Warehouse421 conversations launched its first episode ‘Art and Artists in Times of Disruption’ on 25th March, tackling the current interruptions in the local art ecosystem and the various ways that livelihood in the arts can continue during times of disruption. The podcast is available through Warehouse421 website, YouTube channel, and Spotify, and will soon be accessible through all podcast platforms.
Read more at: WAM
Evening bhajan sessions continues, whatever the situation we are in, wherever we are. Another opportunity for me to play Tabala.
The above picture is a Powerpoint creation. A visualisation from our family temple.
Theatre of Digital Art launches expert web classes
ToDA Dubai is collaborating with two prominent UAE-based artists, Laila Ali Masri and Amrita Sethi, who will each take to Instagram to demonstrate impressionist art techniques perfected by legendary artists that include Claude Monet, Georges Seurat, Wassily Kandinsky, Vincent Van Gogh and more.
Starting April 3, ToDA Dubai will run a novel ‘stay-at-home’ challenge inspired by the viral Dutch Instagram account Tussen Kunst & Quarantaine – meaning ‘Between Art & Quarantine’ (@tussenkunstenquarantaine). The concept asks you to replicate history’s most iconic artworks by following four simple steps to recreate the works at home:
Head to @todadubai on Instagram and choose a painting to recreate.
Find three things (or people) around the house.
Recreate the painting with the selected props.
Tag @todadubai when uploading the final image to Instagram.
Read more at: Khaleej Times
Anything You Need From Us?
We are in a different world these days, that was never expected a week or two ago. The case is the same for each and everyone of us here. A majority of people are now working from home and an important percentage of people are still onsite in various roles, keeping guard to make sure everything continues as is.
It is not an easy task. With huge stress on IT infrastructure and personnel to make sure that things happen, the only option for all of us is to form smaller teams and continue to be in touch through whatever means possible.
I was in a Teams meeting the other day with our headquarters where most of my peers and counterparts participated. What was all the more interesting was that people were expressing systematically, how they came together and acted upon their day to day activities and planning for the days ahead. The way they expressed, inspired each and every speaker who followed, to present clearly their version. None of them wanted to stop!
The highlights of this meeting was the way the meeting organizer carefully listened to each one of them and ended it with the question to them: Anything you need from us? Do not hesitate.
What more you need to instill confidence among team members? Thank you Kevin Hannaford and team for your assuring words. We are super-charged.
The sessions re-affirmed that the management above you and those below you are more determined now, to stay e-connected and be together in mind and deeds and continue to focus on our goals. We Will Win this. I am confident.
#Total #MakeThingsBetter #WorkingTogetherWorks
“When the Fingers Speak” – daily practice session in progress… playing randomly as it comes to my mind. A deliberate attempt to move out from the plus and minus in the real terms of mathematics involved.
Thaniyavarthanam by Palakkad Karthik At Meenkshi Kalyana Mahotsavam Abu Dhabi during Abhang Mela by Shenkottai Harihara Subramanian Bhagavathar, Harmonium by Nelluvai Manikandan and Dholki by Palakkad Radhakrishnan at Meenakshi Kalyana Mahotsam 8th and 9th January 2015, Abu Dhabi
Earlier, Dubai had also suspended public parking fees during the hours of the sterilisation drive.
Abu Dhabi announced suspension of parking fees on Sunday.
Abu Dhabi’s Department of Municipalities and Transport announced the suspension of Mawaqif parking fees for a period of three weeks starting from March 30 (Monday).
The policy will be subject to revision and extension.
Source: Khaleej Times