Daily Archives: May 31, 2020

Qatar Airways and UNHCR Establish Partnership to Deliver Vital International Aid Supplies for the Displaced Globally

DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways is proud and honoured to announce a two-year partnership with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency to deliver on its purpose of providing humanitarian relief and assistance to the displaced globally. The partnership, which is a first between both organisations, will involve a strategic collaboration whereby Qatar Airways will support with the delivery of crucial aid supplies to those most in need during these unprecedented times.

The agreement, which was signed in Doha on 19 May 2020 is an important synergy between Qatar Airways and UNHCR and a clear response to the current challenges that are presented by COVID-19. The partnership, which will be effective through to May 2022 will see UNHCR work closely with Qatar Airways to utilise the airline’s hub-and spoke network out of Hamad International Airport in Doha. By having access to a fleet of more than 200 aircraft, UNHCR will be able to deliver lifesaving support including water, medical care and hygiene materials to keep refugees, internally displaced people and host community members safe around the world.

Speaking about the new partnership, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “We are incredibly proud to join efforts with UNHCR to provide relief aid to people and communities most in need. By having a robust international network, we are pleased to be able to give a helping hand to support this great cause. During this crisis, we have worked closely with governments and NGOs to prioritise the shipment of medical and aid supplies transporting over 175,000 tonnes, the equivalent of approximately 1,750 fully loaded Boeing 777 freighters. We are committed to making a difference and by working together, we are confident we will overcome the current adversities with strength, solidarity and resilience.”

Speaking about the current challenges presented Khaled Khalifa, Senior Advisor and Representative to the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries at UNHCR said: “As the depths of COVID-19 continue to take the world captive, we never imagined the magnitude its impact would have, or just how many lives it would touch. Our primary focus at UNHCR is to safeguard the rights and wellbeing of the most marginalised and vulnerable members of society. It is times like these when we must take action and strive to find lasting solutions which is why our partnership with Qatar Airways is crucial. With limited access to water, sanitation systems and health facilities, refugees are particularly at risk right now and that is why we are developing key responses to mitigate these challenges, alongside our respected partners Qatar Airways. Together, we must drive action.”

Qatar Airways Cargo flies to several international destinations across Africa, Asia, Europe, The Americas, and Oceania from its base at Hamad International Airport and its global network will support UNHCR in reaching an extensive network of vulnerable groups of people. The airline will provide air cargo services for up to 400,000Kgs of essential supplies, which will be distributed to UNHCR operations worldwide.

During this time of crisis, Qatar Airways Cargo has significantly increased operations to support global trade and the transport of essential supplies and relief goods to impacted regions. The airline’s freight division continues to operate a significant cargo schedule with approximately 180 cargo flights per day. In addition to operating scheduled freighters and belly-hold passenger flights, the cargo carrier is also utilising passenger aircraft to carry freight only and operating special freight charters to maintain vital global supply chains. Freight charters are being operated to multiple countries including China, India, Iran, Kuwait, Lebanon, France, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Poland, United Kingdom, the United States and Australia. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet includes two Boeing 747-8 freighters, 21 Boeing 777 freighters and five Airbus A330 freighters.

 

Source: Qatar Airways

Global coronavirus cases surpass 6 million

London, Global coronavirus cases surpassed 6 million on Saturday, according to a Reuters tally, as Latin America reported a grim milestone of 50,000 deaths from the disease.

 

Countries such as Brazil, Chile and Mexico are struggling to stem the spread of the virus, which initially peaked in China in February before large-scale outbreaks followed in Europe and the United States.

 

The COVID-19 respiratory illness has claimed more than 367,000 lives worldwide, though the true number is thought to be higher as testing is still limited and many countries do not include fatalities outside of hospitals.

 

The first 41 cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Wuhan, China, on January 10 and it took the world until April 1 to reach its first million cases. Since then, about 1 million new cases are reported every two weeks, according to a Reuters tally.

 

The pandemic has claimed more than 367,000 lives worldwide, though the true number is believed to be higher because testing is still limited and many countries do not include fatalities outside of hospitals.

 

Despite the continued increase in cases, many countries are opening schools and workplaces following weeks of unprecedented lockdowns that have stemmed the spread of the disease – but also hammered economies and thrown millions out of work.

 

Source: Bahrain News Agency

New coronavirus losing potency, top Italian doctor says

Rome,  The new coronavirus is losing its potency and has become much less lethal, a senior Italian doctor said on Sunday.

 

“In reality, the virus clinically no longer exists in Italy,” said Alberto Zangrillo, the head of the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan in the northern region of Lombardy, which has borne the brunt of Italy’s coronavirus contagion.

 

“The swabs that were performed over the last 10 days showed a viral load in quantitative terms that was absolutely infinitesimal compared to the ones carried out a month or two months ago,” he told RAI television.

 

Italy has the third highest death toll in the world from COVID-19, with 33,415 people dying since the outbreak came to light on Feb. 21. It has the sixth highest global tally of cases at 233,019, said Reuters.

 

However new infections and fatalities have fallen steadily in May and the country is unwinding some of the most rigid lockdown restrictions introduced anywhere on the continent.

 

Zangrillo said some experts were too alarmist about the prospect of a second wave of infections and politicians needed to take into account the new reality.

 

“We’ve got to get back to being a normal country,” he said. “Someone has to take responsibility for terrorizing the country.”

 

The government urged caution, saying it was far too soon to claim victory.

 

“Pending scientific evidence to support the thesis that the virus has disappeared … I would invite those who say they are sure of it not to confuse Italians,” Sandra Zampa, an undersecretary at the health ministry, said in a statement.

 

“We should instead invite Italians to maintain the maximum caution, maintain physical distancing, avoid large groups, to frequently wash their hands and to wear masks.”

 

A second doctor from northern Italy told the national ANSA news agency that he was also seeing the coronavirus weaken.

 

“The strength the virus had two months ago is not the same strength it has today,” said Matteo Bassetti, head of the infectious diseases clinic at the San Martino hospital in the city of Genoa. “It is clear that today the COVID-19 disease is different.”

 

Source: Bahrain News Agency

MOCI Announces Setting Working Hours for Commercial and Service Activities From Sunday

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI) has issued Circular No. 23 of 2020 on setting working hours for commercial and service activities so that they would be from Sunday, 31 May 2020 be from 07:00 AM to 01:00 PM, with the exception of some activities.

The Ministry said that within the framework of the preventative measures taken by the State of Qatar to curb the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and in order to complete the previous decisions and measures, working hours for commercial and service activities have been set so that they would be from Sunday, 31 May 2020 from 07:00 AM to 01:00 PM. The below activities are expected from excepted from this decision on setting the working hours:

–    Outlets selling food products, consumer goods, and subsidized supplies, hypermarkets, supermarkets, groceries and shops selling fruits and vegetables.
–    Petrol stations and car service stations.
–    Maintenance companies (plumbing, electricity and electronics services).
–    Companies delivering orders through electronic apps.
–    Telecommunications companies.
–    Pharmacies.
–    Maintenance workshops and agencies.
–    Logistics services companies and freight firms operating in ports, airports, and customs services.
–    Companies operating in the hospitality sector.
–    Factories.
–    Bakeries.
–    Restaurants, cafeterias and cafes (coffee shops) are allowed to deliver or hand over orders to customers outside the business place. However, restaurants and cafes in malls are allowed only to process delivery orders. These outlets are prohibited from handing over orders to customers, both inside and outside the premises.

 

Source: Government of Qatar

MOEHE Releases Distance Learning Survey

The Ministry of Education and Higher Education has launched a questionnaire to measure parents’ opinions about the distance learning system that was applied during the second half of the second semester due to the precautionary measures taken by the state to prevent the spread of the Corona-Covid-19 pandemic.

The Ministry affirmed that, due to its belief in true partnership with parents, the Educational Policy and Research Department of the MOEHE seeks to measure the parents’ satisfaction with the distance learning system, with the aim of improving and developing the educational process for e-learning, valuing the parents’ participation and response to this questionnaire. Moreover, the Ministry noted that the answers will be dealt with confidentially and used for educational support purposes.

 

Source: Government of Qatar

MOTC Announces Plan To Update all “Hukoomi” Services

The Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC) has stated the plan of the management crisis and the sustainability of works in the State of Qatar supports the remote work system thanks to shared government services, in addition to the preparedness of the necessary infrastructure to provide online services for individuals and companies. The Ministry has revealed that the plan includes updating all services via Qatar Official e-Government Portal “Hukoomi” website, providing above 1000 digital services and 40 smart phone applications and working on preparing the infrastructure for providing online services.

The shared government services include the government network, the system of government correspondences, the Government Data Center (GDC), the platform for exchanging government data, the Government Contact Center (GCC) and message portal.

The Portal has witnessed the re-categorization and rearrangement of content including services, information, news, events and smart phone applications according to the different categories of the audience in the State of Qatar. Thus, this enables individuals, visitors, government and business sector to have direct access to information and their services through this new feature.

 

Source: Government of Qatar

ترو رويالتي تي.في يمد جولة التمويل الجماعي بناءً على طلب الجماهير

لندن، 31 مايو 2020 / PRNewswire / – قررت شركة ترو رويالتي تي.في “True Royalty TV“، لخدمات الاشتراك عند الطلب (SVOD) التي تتخذ من لندن مقراً لها والتي يطلق عليها اسم نتفيكس أف رويال تي.في “Netflix of Royal TV“، التوسع في نطاق حملتها لجمع التبرعات Crowdcube بعد تزايد الطلب على ذلك.

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تضاعفت مبالغ التبرعات بالفعل وتجاوزت هدفها الأولي بمليوني دولار أمريكي في أسبوعين، ولا يزال الرقم في ارتفاع. ستُستخدم هذه الأموال التي تم جمعها للاستفادة من الزخم خلال العام الماضي وتسريع النمو خلال عام 2020، من خلال تنشيط قنوات التوزيع الجديدة وتوسيع البصمة الدولية للخدمة. تتبع حملة Crowdcube اكتتابًا خاصًا يزيد مجموعه عن 9 ملايين دولار أمريكي من المستثمرين الأمريكيين ومن المملكة المتحدة وشخصيات تعمل في صناعة الإعلام.

في الأشهر الستة الماضية، تضاعف عدد المشتركين مقابل رسوم في ترو رويالتي تي.في في المملكة المتحدة وأيرلندا وأستراليا وكندا ونيوزيلندا وخاصة الولايات المتحدة، حيث يوجد طلب كبير على المحتوى الخاص بالعائلة الملكية. كما تم تسجيل زيادة نسبة المشاهدة بنسبة 40٪ في أثناء أيام الحظر بسبب جائحة كوفيد-19.

تعتبر العائلة المالكة البريطانية رابع أكبر علامة تجارية في العالم *. تظهر الأبحاث أنه في الولايات المتحدة يوجد 25 مليون شخص ممن يتابعون برامج البث المباشر للتلفزيون قد أبدوا اهتمامًا ملحوظًا بمشاهدة المزيد من المحتوى عن العائلة المالكة البريطانية. شكلت شركة True Royalty شراكات مفيدة مع منصات التلفزيون الرائدة في الولايات المتحدة بما في ذلك كوكاست “Comcast” وكوكس “Cox” وديش “Dish” وروكو “Roku“، وستعمل بنشاط على تسويق القناة لهؤلاء المشتركين وعبر أكثر من 50 مليون منزل.

وقد صرح جريجور أنجوس “Gregor Angus“، الرئيس التنفيذي وشريك مؤسس قناة ترو رويالتي تي.في قائلًا ” إنً ترو رويالتي تي.في هي قصة نجاح بريطانية رائعة، حيث يزيد عدد المشتركين فيها بسرعة وتوقع اتفاقيات شراكة تمنحنا وضعًا متقدمًا ومركزيًا في أكبر منصات التلفزيون في الولايات المتحدة، مع وصول سلس إلى أكثر من 50 مليون أسرة. في حين أن هناك زيادة كبيرة في المشاهدة حاليًا أثناء الحظر المنزلي، فنحن نرى إمكانات هائلة للنمو على المدى الطويل من خلال الاستفادة من الطلب العالمي على البرامج التي تدور حول العائلة المالكة البريطانية بالإضافة إلى التغييرات الهيكلية المستمرة في طريقة استهلاك المشاهدين للمحتوى التلفزيوني”.

(* بعد أبل و أمازون و جوجل و براند فايننس 2017 ” Brand Finance 2017“)

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نبذة عن ترو رويالتي “True Royalty

شارك في تأسيس ترو رويالتي جريجور أنجوس (الرئيس التنفيذي) ونيك بولن “Nick Bullen” وإدوارد ماسون لتصبح المنصة الأولى والوحيدة التي تقدم خدمة الاشتراك في مشاهدة الفيديوهات مقابل اشتراك، والمخصصة لتزويد المعجبين بمجموعة واسعة من البرامج عالية الجودة التي تدور حول العائلة المالكة البريطانية. للمزيد من المعلومات قم بزيارة:  www.trueroyalty.tv

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