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    Saudi Arabia has heaped pressure on foreign companies to move their Middle East headquarters to the kingdom, saying it will stop signing contracts with firms with hubs in other countries from 2024. The bold ultimatum could intensify competition for business and foreign capital between the kingdom and other Gulf states, especially its principal ally the United Arab Emirates, as they reel from an economic slump. 'Saudi Arabia intends to cease contracting with companies and commercial institutions with regional headquarters not located in the kingdom,' the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported, citing an unnamed official source. Saudi Arabia has heaped pressure on foreign companies to move their Middle East headquarters to the kingdom. Above, buildings are seen in Riyadh on February 16  'The cessation will include agencies, institutions and funds owned by the government and will take effect January 1, 2024.' The decision seeks to 'create more jobs, limit...
    TRAVELLERS entering Britain from 'red list' countries face an extra £1,200 in hotel bills if they test positive during their quarantine stay. As of yesterday, people arriving in the UK from 33 red list countries will be whisked straight to quarantine hotels costing £1,750 for a 10-night stay until they are given the all-clear from Covid. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 6Passengers being escorted into hotel quarantine from Heathrow Airport todayCredit: London News Pictures 6Passengers are being ferried by coach to their quarantine accommodationCredit: Reuters Travellers will be tested on the second and eighth day of their isolation period to ensure they are not infected. The government today confirmed that passengers who test positive will be forced to extend their quarantine for up to eight additional days at a rate of £150 a night. It comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson...
    How two countries take advantage of the pandemic to increase their influence in the world
    Article 19 of the Charter of the United Nations provides for a suspension of the right to vote in the General Assembly for any country whose amount of arrears is equal to or greater than the contribution due by it for the past two full years. Antonio Guterres specifies the amounts which, without paying off their total debt, would allow the countries concerned to recover their voting rights in 2021. Thus, Iran, hit by American financial sanctions, should spend $ 16.2 million, Niger, currently a non-permanent member of the Security Council, $ 6,733, Libya $ 705,391 and the Central African Republic $ 29,395. The other nations affected by a suspension of voting rights are Congo-Brazzaville ($ 90,844 to pay to recover it), South Sudan ($ 22,804) and Zimbabwe ($ 81,770). The annual operating budget of the United Nations is approximately $ 3.2 billion. That of peace operations, separated, reached...
    The lobby at the Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore. Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts is offering up to $190,000 in free medical coverage if a guest tests positive for COVID-19 during their stay at one of its Singapore hotels, the luxury hotel group announced on Tuesday.  The coverage is available to international travelers who come to Singapore between January 1 and June 30, 2021, from one of 11 countries that have special travel arrangements with the island city-state.  These countries are Australia, Brunei, mainland China, Germany, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam. Singapore, the first Asian country to receive Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine, is trying to revive tourism and form leisure travel bubbles with other countries in the region.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Luxury hotel brand Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts is offering a new coronavirus-era perk at its hotels in Singapore: up...
    Poland is telling over-70s to stay at home and drafting in military reservists to help deliver food to their homes as the country tries to avoid a full-scale coronavirus lockdown, with the second wave continuing to grow rapidly across Europe.   Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki declared the entire country a 'red zone' today after total infections doubled in two weeks while deaths reached a record 168 on Thursday.  It comes as Europe's daily coronavirus cases crossed 200,000 in a day for the first time after doubling in just 10 days, with many countries setting records and governments torn between fighting the virus and keeping the economy alive.    With seven out of 10 deaths in Poland coming among over-70s, Morawiecki urged the elderly not to go out unless necessary and promised a 'senior support corps' to get them through the crisis.  The 'senior protection' programme will include a mixture of government employees, volunteers, emergency...
    PEOPLE are most miserable around the age of 48, a study reveals.But those in their 70s are much happier. Research found happiness levels resemble a U-shape, getting progressively worse until we have almost reached the half-century mark — such as screen star Idris Elba who turned 48 eight days ago. 1British actor Idris Elba turned 48 just eight days agoCredit: Getty Images By that point our stress levels are at their highest and our finances stretched. Those who still have hair are going rapidly grey, according to David Blanchflower, the former Bank of England policymaker. But from the age of 48.3, life begins to turn a corner. And we are most content when we reach our 70s. Mr Blanchflower looked at data from some 500,000 individuals in 145 countries. And he found little difference between First World and developing nations. He said: “No ifs, no buts, wellbeing is U-shaped in...
    A Romanian family shares what's inside their fridge. Courtesy of Admiral Home Insurance Admiral Home Insurance asked 20 people from 20 countries to photograph their fridges and reveal more about what's inside. Some fridges are organized, while others describe theirs as "controlled chaos." People's favorite treats include fruit, dulce de leche, jalapeños, and almond butter. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The kitchen is often called "the heart of the home" because it's where people gather to cook and eat meals together. Refrigerators are a central part of kitchens around the world, and what people keep inside them can tell you a lot about their culture and household. Admiral Home Insurance asked 20 people from around the world to open their fridge, take a photo, and describe what's inside. Here's what people from 20 different countries like to eat.
    American women are more likely to not properly take their medications - or take them at all - compared to women in other countries, a new study suggests. Researchers found that women in the US were almost twice as likely to skip their prescriptions compared to Canadian women and three times more likely than Australian women. What's more, 25 percent of younger women said they couldn't adhere to their medication schedules due to the cost.   The team, from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York City, says this is not only likely because women take more prescriptions than men do but, if it continues, it could create future sex-related disparities. A new study has found one in four US women from ages 18 to 64 said they weren't taking their prescriptions due to cost compared to one in seven men in that age bracket (file image)...
    The Nordic nations are continuing to hold out against face masks even as most of the world either orders or recommends their use.    Masks are a rare sight in supermarkets, on buses and along the streets in Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo, Helsinki and Reykjavik, and most who do wear them are tourists.   According to a recent survey by YouGov, only five to 10 per cent of respondents in the Nordic countries said they used a mask in public settings, a figure that has remained stable since the start of the crisis in March. At the same time, the corresponding figures have risen to between 70 and 80 per cent for most of the other 20 countries polled, including India and the United States. This graph from YouGov shows the percentage of people in each country who say they are wearing a face mask in public places. The countries along the...
    NurPhoto / Getty Images The near-mutual travel ban between the EU and the US has separated trans-Atlantic couples indefinitely since March.  Some countries are making exceptions for love. As of July 27, Dutch residents with non-EU partners can get a "love contract" to present at the border if they have been together at least 3 months. Those who lie on the contract are subject to perjury charges.  Other countries, including Denmark, are granting 'sweetheart visas' to couples of more than 6 months. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The European Union's strict ban on non-essential non-EU travelers went into effect in March and has been indefinitely separating trans-Atlantic partners ever since. But EU officials have urged countries to make exceptions for lovers ("#loveisessential #loveisnottourism", tweeted EU commissioner for home affairs Ylva Johanssen), and many have complied. Denmark has created a "sweetheart visa" for couples who can prove...
    (CNN)For months, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's hair kept growing.As the coronavirus pandemic kept barbershops closed to customers, his tidy trim grew into a wave that evolved eventually into a mop with bangs. For some, the mane came to embody the shared sacrifices that Trudeau -- quarantined at his home in Ottawa -- was asking fellow Canadians to endure to stop the spread of coronavirus.Things progressed differently 450 miles south in Washington. President Donald Trump's hair has appeared unchanged during the crisis as he makes no attempt to model the guidelines and recommendations his government is recommending to stay safe -- including wearing a mask, avoiding large crowds and limiting travel to essential business only.On Wednesday, the differences in the two approaches will be front and center as Trump marks the official beginning of the new North American trade agreement that is a signature achievement for all three participating governments:...
    As of July 10, Belgians and citizens of 59 countries will no longer be quarantined upon arrival in England, according to a list released on Friday. Transport Minister Grant Shapps talks about a big step in reopening the country. According to The Telegraph, the government hoped to get a list for the whole of the UK, but disagreement with Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon killed that hope. Travelers from Belgium, Germany, France, Spain or even Italy in particular will no longer, from July 10, be subject to compulsory quarantine. But, at the risk of confusion, the British government has also decided that these exemptions would only apply to arrivals in England and that 14-day quarantines would still be compulsory for anyone arriving in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland , punishable by fine. The director of Visit Britain, the UK tourist office, Patricia Yates, welcomed the “timely boost to the...
    TALLINN (Reuters) - Four European countries, including Belgium, use only Chinese gear in their 4G mobile networks and in many large countries more than 50% of equipment comes from China, Danish telecoms research firm Strand Consult said on Tuesday. Washington wants the world to ban Chinese supplier Huawei from new 5G networks, saying its equipment can be used by Beijing for spying - allegations the company strongly rejects. Belgium, Malta, Cyprus and Lithuania use only Chinese equipment in their 4G mobile radio networks, Strand said, adding the market share of Chinese equipment was 57% in Germany, just over 50% in Spain and Italy, 40% in Britain and 25% in France. While telecoms operators often mention their vendors, the market share data is not publicly available. Strand calculated the figures based on talks with sources and more than 100 operators across Europe. With the technology switch to 5G, operators will need...
    Rebecca Nakamanya rolls her eyes, downplaying a question about school fees. What really worries her is how to feed three children and a jobless couple with a daily salary of less than $ 3, after subtracting transportation to and from their job as a cook. “We haven’t even started to think about school enrollment,” he says. “When do we not have what to eat? When the landlord is also waiting? ”. Around a Kampala bus terminal is a normally bustling maze of shops. There, Nakamanya and other women sit idle in their open-air restaurant, waiting for customers who have barely arrived. They are lucky to have some work. Business has gone so badly because of the coronavirus quarantines that its closest competitors have closed. Their restaurant is still open mainly because their landlord deferred their rent payments, a rare gesture of goodwill. The COVID-19 pandemic could cause millions of women...
    India's official coronavirus death toll leapt by more than 2,000 to reach 11,903 on Wednesday as Germany advised its nationals to consider leaving the country because of growing health risks. Mumbai revised its toll up by 862 to 3,165 because of unspecified accounting 'discrepancies' while New Delhi saw a record jump of more than 400 deaths, taking its total to more than 1,800. It was not immediately clear how many of the deaths had occurred in the past 24 hours and how many were from adjustments over a longer period. The pandemic has badly hit India's densely populated major cities and Chennai ordered a new lockdown from Friday because of a surge in cases that will last until the end of June. Pictured: People wearing protective gear carry an abandoned body of a victim who died from coronavirus, during a burial at a graveyard in Chennai on June 16,...
    The Minneapolis police academy trains young soon-to-be officers for 16 weeks before they're assigned weapons and sent out on the streets as rookie cops. They then spend six months paired with training officers who show them the ropes. On May 25, two rookie officers, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane, held down George Floyd's back and legs as their training officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee down on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes. Floyd's death, which was ruled a homicide, catalyzed a nationwide movement to drastically change the way policing is conducted in America. Around the world, police who are required to go through years of rigorous training and study before they can wear a badge saw the latest example of America's antiquated and deadly law enforcement training system, according to Maria Haberfeld, a professor of police science at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  Trending News Children's remains...
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