Entries by Tim

Hilton, Marriott and AMEX donate free hotel rooms for medical workers responding to coronavirus crisis

Beginning Monday, Hilton and American Express will donate 1 million hotel rooms for  medical professionals working on the coronavirus pandemic response. The rooms will be available to doctors, nurses, paramedics, emergency medical technicians and other workers through the end of May, according to Hilton. “They truly are heroes,” Hilton President and CEO Christopher Nassetta said in a statement. “We […]

Apple and Google working together to help track the coronavirus

Apple and Google are partnering to help authorities track exposure to the coronavirus using Bluetooth technology. The two Silicon Valley giants will work on a platform to enable contact tracing, a measure that identifies people who have been exposed to the virus and who they have been in contact with, the companies announced Friday. The companies will first […]

Oil agreement could support stocks

An agreement by oil-producing nations on Sunday to cut output by a record amount may sustain a recent bounce in stocks, although stay-at-home restrictions and closures tied to the coronavirus pandemic still weigh on the global economy. OPEC and allies led by Russia agreed to cut oil output by a record amount – representing around […]

Qatar launches $10bn three-part ‘dream’ bond sale

  Qatar launched a $10 billion three-part Eurobond sale that has attracted more than $25 billion of orders, as developing-nation borrowers start to issue again following last month’s turmoil in global markets. The Gulf monarchy, which is the world’s biggest exporter of liquefied natural gas, rated AA- by S&P Global Ratings, launched $2 billion in […]

GoCar Malaysia and Shell Malaysia Join Forces to Support Healthcare Frontliners

In a gesture of support for the Malaysian government’s efforts to flatten the COVID-19 curve, GoCar Malaysia and Shell Malaysia are joining forces to make travel easier for the healthcare frontliners. From now until 14 April 2020, GoCar is offering 200 Nissan Almera located at 127 Shell stations across Peninsular Malaysia for free, and Shell […]

Malaysia needs to introduce a Covid-19 law to help the economy to recover

Since March 18, Malaysians have been #StayingAtHome or #DudukDiRumah under the movement control order (MCO) declared by the government to help stop the Covid-19 pandemic. The speed at which this disease spreads is like nothing we have seen before. Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said on March 27, “We are a nation at war with invisible forces. The situation we […]


ACS International School Doha has compiled its best practical advice for parents who are adapting to their new role of both parent and educator, as Qatar-based schools continue to educate their students through distance learning. ACS’s tips aim to help families make the best of new and unfamiliar learning environments, and equip parents for the more […]

Qatar to Pay Private Sector Salaries as Virus Cripples Business

Qatar will temporarily pay some private sector salaries as policies meant to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus keep most businesses shuttered. Privately owned companies incorporated in Qatar can apply for three months of salary support for their workers. If accepted, employees will receive money directly in their Qatari bank accounts under a program […]

Foreign tourist spend reach RM86.14bil in 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: Foreign tourist receipts (expenditures) grew 2.4 per cent to RM86.14 billion from 26.10 million people who visited the country last year. Tourism Malaysia said foreign arrivals had increased by one per cent from 25.82 million tourists recorded in 2018. “The Asean region remained the biggest contributor, contributing a total of RM43.72 billion, followed […]