TICKETS for one of Bahrain’s biggest gaming and anime conventions have gone on sale.
The eighth edition of Animania, set to be held on September 28 and 29 at the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC), will feature cosplay competitions, video game tournaments and vendors selling all kinds of pop-culture merchandise.
Tickets are currently available at Stickhouse in Seef Mall and City Centre Bahrain, The Raven’s Nest in Garden Plaza, Budaiya; Doob Store in Seef and Ice Games in Jid Ali.
Tickets cost BD8 for one day and BD12 for two days while a two-day VIP ticket is priced at BD30. More locations and how to buy tickets online will be announced closer to the event as well as the tournaments, competitions and other features of the show.
More than 7,000 people attended the convention last year.
August heats up
AUGUST was warmer than usual with below average relative humidity, according to the Meteorological Directorate.
The mean maximum temperature was 39.6C, which was 1.8C above the long-term normal, with the highest temperature recorded during the month reaching 44.5C on August 5 at Bahrain International Airport and 45.6C in Durrat Al Bahrain on August 5 and 7. Last month there were 11 days with temperatures exceeding 40C, while the average maximum humidity hit 71 per cent. The lowest temperature recorded was 30.4C on August 28 at the airport and 27.6C at Durrat Al Bahrain on August 21.
Drugs suspect held
A BAHRAINI man, aged in his 50s, has been arrested for selling and possessing marijuana.
Upon his arrest police also confiscated a marijuana plant from his home in Muharraq.
“The Public Prosecution received information about the defendant selling drugs,” said prosecutor Ahmed Al Ramadan in a statement issued yesterday.
“Authorities searched his apartment and confiscated a marijuana plant and tools in growing the drug. The defendant confessed to growing, selling and possessing marijuana.”
The defendant was remanded into custody for seven days pending an investigation.
2,521 rifles seized
US Navy officials have released an updated figure of a large weapons cache seized from a stateless skiff near the Gulf of Aden. A total of 2,521 AK-47 automatic rifles were seized as part of the shipment on board a skiff by sailors from USS Jason Dunham, a guided missile destroyer operating under the Fifth Fleet, which is based in Bahrain. The count follows an initial estimate of over 1,000 rifles. The origin and intended destination of the skiff have not yet been determined.
The seizure on August 28 comes after four weapons seizures in 2015 and 2016 accomplished by Fifth Fleet assets and the Combined Maritime Forces.
Two lanes closed
TWO lanes on Shaikh Isa Bin Salman Causeway in Muharraq will be closed in stages tonight for resurfacing work. The Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Ministry said the closure will take place in co-operation with the Traffic Directorate. The closure will be effective from 11pm tonight until Sunday 5pm for westbound traffic leading to Manama.
Anti-BCCI role of members rapped
Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) chairman Sameer Nass yesterday accused some members of Bahrain’s business community of acting against the best interests of the chamber. Such acts aim to serve sectarian agendas and personal interests and undermine the chamber’s democratic approach in running its businesses, he said. In a statement to our sister paper Akhbar Al Khaleej, he described such behaviour as childish, inappropriate and unacceptable altogether, in form and substance.
Bahrain’s efforts to develop its educational system have won international recognition. The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) Report 2018 ranked Bahrain fourth in the Middle East and North Africa region in education, totalling 62.9 points. The 2011 BCG Report ranked Bahrain 12th among the MENA countries, with 43.4 points. “The BCG report noted Bahrain’s tangible educational strides since 2011,” said Education Ministry assistant under-secretary for planning and information Nawal Al Khater.