Top news and what to watch in the markets on Monday, May 17, 2021.
Saudi Arabia plans to soon reopen to foreign tourists, a senior tourism official said on Monday after the kingdom announced the lifting of quarantine restrictions for certain foreign arrivals. Those new measures, however, only apply to residents, government and business travellers or those visiting friends and family but not foreign tourists, according to the Saudi Tourism Authority (STA). STA Chief Executive Fahd Hamidaddin told Reuters the kingdom would reopen to foreign tourists this year with an announcement expected to be made "very soon."
Miss World Malaysia 2018 Larissa Ping said she was ‘embarrassed’ for the country. This article, Ex-beauty queen becomes target of trolls after calling out Miss Universe Israel ‘cyberbullying’, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.
Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary says that the airline’s weekly bookings “have trebled in the last six weeks” and that people are “booking in their hundreds of thousands”. People in England and Wales are able to take holidays abroad in 12 countries on the UK Government’s ‘green list’ from today.
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Bitcoin hit a three-month low on Monday (May 17), before regaining some ground.In a wild trading session, investors initially sold and then bought cryptocurrencies. That in the wake of Tesla boss Elon Musk's latest tweets about the carmaker's bitcoin holdings.In one, Musk said "Tesla has not sold any bitcoin."But that came after weekend tweets which hinted Tesla is considering or may have already sold some of its massive holdings.Musk's enthusiasm has boosted crypto markets, but he has lately roiled trade by appearing to cool on bitcoin in favor of its one-time parody, dogecoin.Bitcoin fell more than 9% on Monday to its lowest since February 8, but then rallied more than 5%.Dogecoin fell nearly 7%, and is yet to fully recover from Musk describing it as a "hustle," on Saturday Night Live.Although he did boost the price last week by saying he was working to improve its efficiency.Last Wednesday (May 12), Musk said Tesla would stop taking bitcoin as payment for Tesla cars, due to environmental concerns.The virtual currency has lost almost a quarter of its value since that announcement.
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Juventus’ 3-2 win over champions Inter Milan in the 'Derby of Italy' kept their Champions League qualification hopes alive, but the game was overshadowed by a string of contentious refereeing decisions. Referee Gianpaolo Calvarese awarded two penalties to Juventus and one to Inter and sent off players from both teams, Rodrigo Bentancur and Marcelo Brozovic.
A Russian court on Monday postponed the first hearing in the "extremism" case against the political network of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, part of a campaign to outlaw the opposition to President Vladimir Putin.
Plans for foreign holidays have been thrown into disarray after health secretary Matt Hancock warned against visiting 'amber list' countries despite lifting the ban.
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The MTV TV and Film Awards returned after taking a break last year, and one show ruled the night."WandaVision!"The Marvel spin-off 'WandaVision' from Disney Plus took home four awards, including Best Performance In A Show for lead actress Elizabeth Olsen."That's crazy, you guys! Crazy!" Fellow Marvel star Scarlett Johannson was honoured with a Generation Award for her Hollywood Career.Her husband, SNL's Colin Jost, had a surprise waiting."MTV, you got slimed!""That's Nickelodeon!" Sacha Baron Cohen received the Comedic Genius Award, appearing as some of his alter egos. (As himself) "I'm afraid you're going to have to leave."(As Ali G) "Is it because I is black?"(As himself) "You are not black."(As Borat) "You are black? Not."And the late Chadwick Boseman picked up another posthumous award, winning Best Performance In A Movie for Ma Rainey's Black Bottoms. Actress Yara Shahidi accepted it on his behalf."We are eternally grateful for the ways his presence and his art has changed the world."The show was attended by a small, mostly unmasked but tested live audience.
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Reporting results fully seven and a half months after the fact, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort said that it lost nearly $1 million per day last year. For the financial year to September 2020, theme park and hotel revenues were $185 million. Net losses reached $341 million (HK$2.66 billion). The global coronavirus pandemic meant that the […]
The French rugby federation (FFR) will allow transgender women to play women's rugby as of next season, going against governing body World Rugby's guidelines, it said on Monday. Last year, World Rugby said that after months of research, it had "concluded that safety and fairness cannot presently be assured for women competing against trans women in contact rugby", however allowing national federations to implement grassroot policies. The FFR said that transgender women "must certify that they have been on hormonal treatment for at least 12 months" and "must not exceed the testosterone threshold of 5 nanomole/litre", meaning transgender women still transitioning can also be allowed to play women's rugby.
A travel bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore due to open on May 26 has been postponed for a second time, officials said on Monday, after a spike in cases in Singapore derailed the plan for quarantine-free travel between the financial hubs. The bubble was initially slated to begin in November last year but was called off after a rise in cases in Hong Kong. Hong Kong and Singapore have been largely successful in keeping the virus at bay over the past year with strict border controls and effective tracing of infections but new cases in Singapore this month have dashed hopes for the air travel bubble (ATB).
Kwasi Kwarteng says the government is “very pleased to reopen in the way we said we would”, as lockdown restrictions are relaxed in England under Step Three of the roadmap from today. Although there are rising coronavirus cases linked to the Indian variant in North West England, the business secretary said he is “confident” that Step Four of the roadmap will go ahead as planned on 21 June.
Outside the District Court, democracy activists chanted slogans, posed for pictures with supporters and spoke to the media before their trial.Next Digital Ltd shares were suspended on Monday after authorities froze assets of its jailed owner Lai under a new national security law.Lai, a democracy activist and staunch Beijing critic, was sentenced to 14 months in prison for taking part in unauthorized assemblies during anti-government protests in Hong Kong in 2019, and is among the most high profile arrests made under the security law. Lai and nine other activists pleaded guilty in the District Court to charges of organizing an unauthorized assembly on October 1, 2019, China's national day, as a trial began on Monday.
Ministers insisted local health bosses should still vaccinate in the correct order, as thousands queued for jabs in Bolton, where the Indian COVID variant is prevalent.