Harlequins douse Doha's title dream



ABU DHABI // Sam Cook and Jamie Clarke, the Abu Dhabi Harlequins flankers, combined to douse the title aspirations of Doha and make this season's Prosperity Premiership a two-horse race between themselves and Bahrain. The two loose-forwards were outstanding in the defence and at the breakdown as the reigning Gulf champions quelled a second-half fight-back from the traveling Qatar side at Al Ghazal this afternoon. Cook, the industrious blindside who was eventually named man of the match, also distinguished himself in attack, setting up the second try for Tim Harwin with a sharp break and neat offload on the left touchline. That bolstered the advantage already earned by the scrum-half Patrick Hegarty's earlier score, which was brought about by a smart interchange of passes with his half-back partner, Murray Strang.

Holding a 15-0 lead, the Quins looked comfortable at half-time. Strang knocked over a penalty after the restart and, although Doha asserted a semblance of pressure after Tom Fisher was sin-binned for a late tackle, the hosts were good value for their victory. The four points were gratefully received by the champions, who were missing their injured captain Alastair Thompson, and had not played a 15-a-side match for more than two months. Their top-of-the-table clash in Bahrain before Christmas was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, while Kuwait Nomads also pulled out of their planned fixture the previous week. Victory also maintained the capital outfit's 100 per cent record in the league, and kept up the pressure on Bahrain, with whom they were level on points ahead of this weekend's matches. @Email:pradley@thenational.ae

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Stars: Chris Pratt, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Day, Jack Black, Seth Rogen and Keegan-Michael Key
Rating: 1/5

The specs: 2018 Nissan Altima


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Getting there

Etihad (Etihad.com), Emirates (emirates.com) and Air France (www.airfrance.com) fly to Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport, from Abu Dhabi and Dubai respectively. Return flights cost from around Dh3,785. It takes about 40 minutes to get from Paris to Compiègne by train, with return tickets costing €19. The Glade of the Armistice is 6.6km east of the railway station.

Staying there

On a handsome, tree-lined street near the Chateau’s park, La Parenthèse du Rond Royal (laparenthesedurondroyal.com) offers spacious b&b accommodation with thoughtful design touches. Lots of natural woods, old fashioned travelling trunks as decoration and multi-nozzle showers are part of the look, while there are free bikes for those who want to cycle to the glade. Prices start at €120 a night.

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Stars: Rachel Zegler, Peter Dinklage, Viola Davis, Tom Blyth

Rating: 3/5

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July 16, 1995: Amazon formally opens as an online bookseller. Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought becomes the first item sold on Amazon

1997: Amazon goes public at $18 a share, which has grown about 1,000 per cent at present. Its highest closing price was $197.85 on June 27, 2024

1998: Amazon acquires IMDb, its first major acquisition. It also starts selling CDs and DVDs

2000: Amazon Marketplace opens, allowing people to sell items on the website

2002: Amazon forms what would become Amazon Web Services, opening the Amazon.com platform to all developers. The cloud unit would follow in 2006

2003: Amazon turns in an annual profit of $75 million, the first time it ended a year in the black

2005: Amazon Prime is introduced, its first-ever subscription service that offered US customers free two-day shipping for $79 a year

2006: Amazon Unbox is unveiled, the company's video service that would later morph into Amazon Instant Video and, ultimately, Amazon Video

2007: Amazon's first hardware product, the Kindle e-reader, is introduced; the Fire TV and Fire Phone would come in 2014. Grocery service Amazon Fresh is also started

2009: Amazon introduces Amazon Basics, its in-house label for a variety of products

2010: The foundations for Amazon Studios were laid. Its first original streaming content debuted in 2013

2011: The Amazon Appstore for Google's Android is launched. It is still unavailable on Apple's iOS

2014: The Amazon Echo is launched, a speaker that acts as a personal digital assistant powered by Alexa

2017: Amazon acquires Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, its biggest acquisition

2018: Amazon's market cap briefly crosses the $1 trillion mark, making it, at the time, only the third company to achieve that milestone

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Company: Eco Way
Started: December 2023
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Education: Mr Al Bahar was born in 1979 and graduated in 2008 from the Judicial Institute. He took after his father, who was one of the first Emirati lawyers


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