RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, made a telephone call today to Indonesian President Joko Widodo.
During the telephone call, HRH Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman expressed his condolences and consolation to the President on the death of his mother.
For his part, the Indonesian President expressed thanks to and appreciation of HRH the Crown Prince for his noble brotherly feelings.
The Indonesian President congratulated HRH Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman on the success of the extraordinary virtual summit of G20.
RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Arabia’s energy minister said on Friday that OPEC and its allies, a group known as OPEC+, were working to hold their oil output policy meeting on Saturday. ‘The conditions right now warrant hopefully successful meetings. Coordination is under way to hold OPEC and OPEC+ meetings tomorrow afternoon’, Prince Abdulaziz … Continue reading BUSINESS | OPEC, Allies Coordinating To Hold Saturday Meeting: Saudi Arabia
RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Luxury carmaker Bentley is cutting about 1,000 jobs in the United Kingdom amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, the BBC reported late on Thursday. The cuts at the Volkswagen – owned brand are expected to be announced on Friday, according to the report. The carmaker is likely to offer workers the … Continue reading BUSINESS | Luxury Carmaker Bentley To Cut About 1,000 Jobs In UK Amid Virus Outbreak, BBC Reports
RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and allies led by Russia, a group known as OPEC+, will meet on Saturday, June 6, Algeria’s Ennahar TV channel reported on Friday, citing an OPEC Sources. The sources added that the meeting will discuss extending a deal on oil output cuts.
Some of Mexico’s most well-known tourist hotspot, Cancun Tulum, and Riviera Maya, aim to welcome international travelers by June 8-10, according to Mexico News Daily. The Quintana Roo tourism board (the state in which the destinations are located) told Riviera Maya News that this reopening will coincide with resumption of flights from the U.S., Canada, … Continue reading TRAVEL | Cancun, Tulum, and Rivera Maya Hope To Be Back In Business, Tourism – Wise, By June 8-10
CORONAVIRUS CRISIS | New York’s Cuomo, Concerned About COVID-19 Spread, Asks Protesters To Get Tested
NEW YORK – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday said several days and nights of demonstrations in the state after the killing of George Floyd could accelerate the spread of the coronavirus, and urged protesters to get tested. ‘I’m not a nervous Nellie. I’m just looking at the numbers’, said Cuomo, nothing that an … Continue reading CORONAVIRUS CRISIS | New York’s Cuomo, Concerned About COVID-19 Spread, Asks Protesters To Get Tested
NEW YORK – In a rare public statement, former President George W.Bush said he and former first lady Laura Bush were anguished by the killing of George Floyd and disturbed by the injustice and fear. ‘Yet we have resisted the urge to speak out, because this is not the time for us to lecture. It … Continue reading U.S. | George W. Bush Releases Rare Public Statement On George Floyd Protests
AMMAN – Jordan said on Thursday it would open hotels and cafes, allowing sporting events without spectators and shorten a night curfew as of Saturday, further easing its coronavirus lockdown that has hit the aid-dependent economy. But Prime Minister Omar al-Razzan told reporters that while Jordan had now returned to near normality, it would toughen … Continue reading BUSINESS | Jordan To Reopen Hotels, Cafes In Further Easing Of COVID-19 Lockdown
BUCHAREST | ROMANIA – Facebook Inc. will start labeling Russian, Chinese and other state-controlled media organizations, and later this summer will block any ads from such outlets that target U.S. users, it said on Thursday. The world’s biggest social network will apply the label to Russia’s Sputnik, Iran’s Press TV and China’s Xinhua News, according … Continue reading SOCIAL MEDIA | Facebook Places State Media Labels On Russian, Chinese Outlets
JEDDAH | SAUDI ARABIA – Kuwait agreed to cut the government entities’ budget for fiscal year 2020-2021 by at least 20%, Kuwait’s cabinet said on twitter on Thursday. The cabinet also ordered the ministry of finance to coordinate with all the governmental entities to review public services and the value of government subsidies.
Run down, depressed, or trying to stay positive? Don’t reach for a tub of ice cream or a big bag of chips. There’s growing evidence that you can boost your mood with food, but it has to be the right food. Diet decisions that improve the rest of the body may also improve the brain’s … Continue reading HEALTH | 5 Foods That May Help Up You Stay Positive And Get A ‘Mood Boost’
LONDON – OPEC+oil producers could still hold a virtual ministerial meeting this week if Iraq and others that have not fully complied with current oil supply cuts agree to boost their adherence, three OPEC+ sources told Reuters on Thursday. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies led by Russia, a group known … Continue reading BUSINESS | OPEC+ May Meet This Week If Laggards Agree To Comply: Sources
RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Pakistan now has 85,264 confirmed cases of Covid-19, authorities said, becoming the latest country to overtake the total in China, where the pandemic began. At least 1,770 virus-related deaths have also been recorded in Pakistan. The country lifted its nationwide lockdown in early May, though the rate of new infections … Continue reading CORONAVIRUS | Pakistan Has More Confirmed Covid-19 Cases Than China
NEW YORK – U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams said to expect new outbreaks of the coronavirus from the nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd that have seen thousands of people gather in close proximity. While a majority of protesters nationwide have worn masks and face coverings as they demand justice for Floyd, … Continue reading CORONAVIRUS | Surgeon General Warns Of Coronavirus Outbreak From Floyd Protests
While addressing plans to reform the Los Angeles police department earlier today, Mayor Garcetti said he will not be increasing the police budget. He explained that ‘this is bigger than just a budget’, and ‘it’s time to move our rhetoric towards actions to end racism in our society’. He announced that the city had identified … Continue reading U.S. NEWS | Los Angeles Mayor Says He Won’t Increase The Police Budget
RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi minister of culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan just established Al – Diriyah Biennale Foundation for Contemporary Art, the first art biennale to be set in Saudi Arabia. The biennale will focus on two central themes: an exhibition of contemporary art for the first edition set for 2021 … Continue reading ARTS & CULTURE | Thunaiyat Al-Diriyah Foundation is KSA’s First Art Biennale
NEW YORK | Zoom Video Communication Inc. nearly doubled its expectations for annual sales on Tuesday, riding on a surge in usage of its video conferencing platform due to coronavirus – driven lockdown measures globally. However, the latest quarterly reported shows the issue had little impact on its numbers. The company said it now had … Continue reading BUSINESS NEWS | Zoom Doubles Full-Year Revenue Forecast On Remote – Work Boost
NEW YORK | Twitter Inc. said on Tuesday that it appointed Patrick Pichette, former chief financial officer at Google, as chairman, replacing Omid Kordestani. Pichette has been the lead independent director on Twitter’s board since the end of 2018, and his appointment as chairman coincide with the microblogging site’s escalating tensions with President Donald Trump. … Continue reading BUSINESS | Twitter Names Ex-Google CFO Patrick Pichette Chairman
MADRID | Spain – Dancing with masks on, sipping drinks with straws and keeping to market off areas of the dance floor are among post-lockdown safety proposal aimed at helping Spain’s nightclubs reopen their doors in time for the summer season. Clubs have been shut since the government imposed one of the most stringent coronavirus … Continue reading BUSINESS | Spanish Nightclub Industry Draws Up Code To Allow Safe Parting
RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud order on Monday the appointment of 156 men and women with the rank of investigative lieutenant to Saudi Arabia’s Public Prosecution. Attorney General Skeikh Saudi bin Abdullah Al-Mujab said the order is in line with King Salman’s ongoing … Continue reading NEWS | Saudi King Orders Appointment Of 156 Members To Judiciary
DUBAI – Dubai will allow the full reopening of malls and private business starting on Wednesday, its media office said, in the latest easing of coronavirus restrictions, the emirate’s media office announced. ‘Shopping malls and private sector businesses in the emirate will fully operate at 100 percent from Wednesday’, the Dubai Media Office tweeted on … Continue reading BUSINESS | Malls, Private Businesses To Reopen In Dubai On Wednesday
PARIS – French luxury goods group LVMH’s board called a meeting in Paris to discuss its $16.2 – billion offer for Tiffany & Co amid a deteriorating situation in the U.S. market, fashion trade publication WWD reported on Tuesday, citing sources. Tiffany did not immediately respond to a request for comment and LVMH declined comment.
LONDON – Formula One is set for a series of firsts after publishing a revised eight – race schedule on Tuesday that will see Austria’s Red Bull Ring and Britian’s Silverstone circuit each host two grands prix without spectators in July and August respectively. The season, which originally envisaged a record 22 races, has been … Continue reading SPORTS NEWS | F1 Set For A Series Of Firsts With Revised Race Calendar
BLACK LIVES MATTER | Small, Independent Fashion Brands Are Leading The Fundraising Efforts For Black Lives Matter And Bail Funds
While much of the fashion community has posted about the Black Lives Matter movement on social media, the number of companies that have announced sizable donations to causes are few. Yes, Rihanna’s lingerie line, Savage X Fenty, has donated to Black Lives Matter’s New York chapter and the Bail Project, and Ganni has pledged $100,000 … Continue reading BLACK LIVES MATTER | Small, Independent Fashion Brands Are Leading The Fundraising Efforts For Black Lives Matter And Bail Funds
RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – The Saudi-led coalition engaged in Yemen shot down two drones launched in the direction of Saudi Arabia by the Houthi group, Saudi States News Agency SPA reported, citing a coalition spokesman. The two drones were launched the border town of Khamis Mushait, SPA said, accusing Houthi forces of targeting civilian … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Saudi-Led Coalition Says Shot Down Two Drones Launched By Yemen’s Houthis: Agency
BUCHAREST | ROMANIA – U.S. President Donald Trump told President Vladimir Putin in a phone call on Monday about his idea of holding an expanded Group of Seven Summit later this year with a possible invitation for Russia, the Kremlin and the White House said. Trump said on Saturday he would postpone a G7 Summit … Continue reading NEWS | Putin and Trump Discussed G7 Summit, Oil Markets In Call: Kremlin
RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi foreign reserves dropped sharply in April for a second consecutive month as the kingdom used tens of billions of dollars to back investments of its sovereign fund abroad while its economy is hit hard by the new coronavirus. Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter, is suffering from historic … Continue reading BUSINESS | Saudi FX Reserve Down Sharply In April To Back Wealth Fund Investments
The Seychelles is taking the bold step of banning all cruise ship tourism through the end of 2021 as a measure to prevent the spread of the COVID-19. The East Arica island nation’s largest, the Seychelles Nation, reports that Didier Dogley, the country’s Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, made the decision. According … Continue reading TRAVEL | Seychelles Bans Cruise Ships Through 2021 To Prevent Covid-19 Spread
LONDON – Russia has no objection to the next meeting of OPEC and its allies, known as OPEC+, being brought forward to June 4 from the following week, three OPEC+ sources familiar with the meeting’s preparations told Reuters on Sunday. Algeria, which currently holds the presidency of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), has … Continue reading BUSINESS NEWS | Russia Has No Objection To Earlier OPEC+ Meeting: Sources
LONDON – Six times Formula One motor racing champion Lewis Hamilton has criticized his sport for its silence on the killing of George Floys, an unarmed black man who died after a white U.S. police officer knelt on his neck. The death in Minneapolis triggered a wave of outrage and violent protests in the United … Continue reading SPORTS NEWS | Hamilton Criticizes F1 For Staying Silent On Floyd Death
JEDDAH | SAUDI ARABIA – Coty Inc. is set to announce that Peter Harf, its current chairman, will become the cosmetics company’s new chief executive officer, replacing Pierre Laubies, that Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, citing people familiar with the matter. Coty declined to comment on the report. Harf’s appointment would come as a … Continue reading BUSINESS | Coty To Appoint Chairman Peter Harf As Its New CEO: ESJ