Andy Murray wins five-set epic on return to Australian Open

Andy Murray wins five-set epic on return to Australian Open
Andy Murray, ranked 113 and playing as a tournament wild card, showed his trademark fighting spirit to edge home in the gripping final set. (Reuters)
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Updated 18 January 2022

Andy Murray wins five-set epic on return to Australian Open

Andy Murray wins five-set epic on return to Australian Open
  • The three-time Grand Slam champion is playing with a metal hip following career-saving surgery in 2019
  • ‘It’s amazing to be back and winning a five-set battle like that, I couldn’t ask for any more’

MELBOURNE: Andy Murray battled to his first win at the Australian Open since 2017 with an epic five-set victory over 21st seed Nikoloz Basilashvili on Tuesday.
The three-time Grand Slam champion, playing with a metal hip following career-saving surgery in 2019, wrestled with the Georgian for almost four hours before claiming his place in the second round.
Scotland’s Murray, ranked 113 and playing as a tournament wild card, showed his trademark fighting spirit to edge home in the gripping final set and clinch a 6-1, 3-6, 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 6-4 victory in 3 hours and 52 minutes on John Cain Arena.
It comes after his tearful exit from the 2019 Melbourne event with the hip injury which raised the possibility of his imminent retirement from tennis, before he went ahead with surgery just weeks later.
“Amazing, been a tough three or four years. Put in a lot work to get back here,” a relieved Murray, 34, said on court.
“I’ve played on this court many times and the atmosphere is incredible.
“It’s amazing to be back and winning a five-set battle like that, I couldn’t ask for any more.”
It continued a keen rivalry between the pair with Murray rallying from a set down to defeat the big-hitting Georgian last week in Sydney and also prevailing over four sets in the first round at Wimbledon last year.


Actress Sonia Ben Ammar continues glamorous streak on Cannes red carpet

Actress Sonia Ben Ammar continues glamorous streak on Cannes red carpet
Updated 1 min 13 sec ago

Actress Sonia Ben Ammar continues glamorous streak on Cannes red carpet

Actress Sonia Ben Ammar continues glamorous streak on Cannes red carpet

DUBAI: The Cannes Film Festival 2022 has gotten off to a glittering start, bringing together cinema’s biggest stars from all points of the globe for film premieres in their most glamorous get-ups. Indeed, the annual film festival is just as much about the glitzy red carpet as it is about the films, so French-Tunisian model, singer and actress Sonia Ben Ammar made sure to deliver a strong look as she attended the “Maverick: Top Gun” red carpet premiere on Wednesday. The “Scream” star chose a silk gold Alberta Ferretti gown. She paired the sleeveless, floor-trailing dress with delicate jewelry from Bulgari and black pumps.

When it came to her beauty look, the multihyphenate raked her chocolate lengths back into a middle-parted voluminous updo with two face-framing strands on either side of her cheeks. As for her makeup, Ben Ammar channeled the 1990s with a warm, bronzed complexion, groomed eyebrows and mocha-colored lipstick.

Sonia Ben Ammar wearing Alberta Ferretti at the 75th edition of the Cannes Film Fesitval. Getty Images

Despite being just 23-years-old, Ben Ammar is a seasoned Cannes red carpet star.

The actress made her Cannes Film Festival debut in 2016 at the red carpet premiere of “The BFG” wearing a beige, floral-printed slip dress.

The French-Tunisian star went on to capture attention on La Croisette the following year, stealing the spotlight at the 2017 red carpet premiere of “The Beguiled” in a black embellished gown.

In the years that followed, Ben Ammar continued to experiment with head-turning pieces with a penchant for glamorous gowns, such as the Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini mini dress with a long, trailing train that she wore to the “BlacKkKlansman” premiere at the 71st edition of the film festival.

No matter what the film premiere is, Ben Ammar always shows up with a striking look that oozes glamour and for that reason alone, she remains one of the most exciting faces on La Croisette.  


Here’s what you need to know before Tadawul trading on Thursday

Here’s what you need to know before Tadawul trading on Thursday
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Here’s what you need to know before Tadawul trading on Thursday

Here’s what you need to know before Tadawul trading on Thursday
  • In line with the Saudi index, stock exchanges of Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Bahrain, Egypt, and Kuwait all advanced in the previous session, led by a 2.1 percent gain for Kuwait’s BKP

RIYADH: Saudi stocks nudged higher on Wednesday in line with a rise in oil prices.

TASI the main index added 0.2 percent to close at 12,713, while the parallel Nomu market gained 0.6 percent to 22,832.

Shares of state-owned Saudi Electricity shed 8 percent after posting a drop in first-quarter profit.

In line with the Saudi index, stock exchanges of Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Bahrain, Egypt, and Kuwait all advanced in the previous session, led by a 2.1 percent gain for Kuwait’s BKP.

However, Dubai and Oman bucked the trend to close lower, down 0.9 and 0.2 percent, respectively.

Crude prices extended gains on Thursday, with Brent crude up 1.4 percent to $110.68 and US West Texas Intermediate trading 0.8 percent higher at $110.41 as of 9:13 a.m. Saudi time.

Stock news

Gulf Union Alahlia Cooperative Insurance Co. managed to narrow its net loss before Zakat by 64 percent to SR20.4 million ($5.44 million)

Saudi Real Estate Co. received shareholders’ nod to raise capital to SR3.7 billion

United Cooperative Insurance Co.’s net loss before Zakat was trimmed by 26 percent to SR19.9 million last quarter

Aljazira Takaful Taawuni Co. saw its net profit drop 32 percent to SR9.4 million in the first quarter of this year

Shareholders of Alujain Holding Corp. approved a dividend payout of SR1 per share to be paid for 2022 and 2023

Al-Hammadi Co. for Development and Investment got the Capital Market Authority’s approval to increase capital to SR1.6 billion

Tabuk Cement Co. swung into losses of SR6.92 million in its first-quarter earnings as sales dropped

SABB Takaful Co. turned into losses of SR957,000 before Zakat during the first quarter of 2022

Saudi Co. for Hardware’s shareholders approved a dividend freeze for 2021 after posting a 92 percent drop in quarterly profit to SR1.11 million

MBC Group-backed advertising firm Al Arabia more than doubled profits to SR64.9 million in the first quarter of 2022

Alkhorayef Water and Power Technologies Co.’s quarterly profit fell from SR26.9 million to SR25.3 million

Calendar

May 22, 2022

Start of Amwaj International Co.’s IPO subscription

Start of Ladun Investment Co.’s IPO subscription

May 25, 2022

End of Amwaj International Co.’s IPO subscription

May 26, 2022

End of Ladun Investment Co.’s IPO subscription 


Saudi business leaders honored at the Top CEO forum in Dubai

Saudi business leaders honored at the Top CEO forum in Dubai
Updated 24 min 37 sec ago

Saudi business leaders honored at the Top CEO forum in Dubai

Saudi business leaders honored at the Top CEO forum in Dubai

DUBAI: Saudi Electricity Co. and Bawan Co. were among the leading Saudi Arabian companies honored for their outstanding operational excellence as the Top CEO forum concluded on May 18 in Dubai. 

Amid a standing ovation, Khaled bin Hamad Al-Gnoon, the acting CEO of SEC received the honor, followed by Bawan Co.'s CEO Fozan bin Mohammed Al Fozan. 

Around 100 CEOs from the Gulf Cooperation Council listed companies received the Top CEO awards based on their financial performance, size and corporate governance. The companies were spread across 10 sectors including banking, energy & utility, finance & investment, logistics & industrials, malls, real estate and construction, and mining, metal & chemicals.   

Other CEOs who were honored during the event include Sami Al-Safran of Middle East Paper Co., Salman Abdulaziz Al-Badran of Mobily, Fahad Salem Al-Matrafi of Advanced Petrochemical Co., Omar Al-Ruhaily of Saudi Kayan Petrochemical Co., and Abdullah Ali Al-Khalifa of Alinma Bank. 

Leejam Sports Co. CEO Shaden Hamad Alsagri, L’azurde Co. for Jewelry CEO Sélim Chidiac, and SRMG's Jomana Rashid Al-Rashed were also recognized for their outstanding achievements. 

The winners were selected based on the financials and corporate governance metrics for the financial year 2021. The organizer stated that the winners’ final list, which was audited by KPMG, was prepared based on a formula developed in partnership with INSEAD Business School and Hawkamah Institute for Corporate Governance. 

 


Moroccan TV star Salma Bensaid discusses new platform to promote her homeland’s heritage

Moroccan TV star Salma Bensaid discusses new platform to promote her homeland’s heritage
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Moroccan TV star Salma Bensaid discusses new platform to promote her homeland’s heritage

Moroccan TV star Salma Bensaid discusses new platform to promote her homeland’s heritage

PARIS: Salma Bensaid is a television presenter and producer who has worked on the design and production of several projects aimed at young people and the Moroccan public — focusing on lifestyle, housing, crafts, social issues and heritage.

For shows such as “Dar Wa Décor” and “Decocoeurs,” Bensaid and her team have visited more than 380 Moroccan families and over 20 accommodation centers, fitting out and furnishing more than 400 spaces. She has traveled across Morocco, meeting women and men passionate about their culture, tradition, and art.

Bensaid spoke to Arab News about her new platform, Dialna Maroc — which she has created to help preserve and promote her country’s rich cultural heritage.

Q: Tell us about your recently launched Dialna Maroc platform. What are its aims?

A:The Dialna movement and the Dialna Maroc platform are the natural continuation of a journey of 21 years in audio-visual production and content creation. The promotion of Morocco, its know-how, its history, arts, and heritage were among my priorities, but what accelerated the launch of this movement was the meeting I had with a family of craftsmen in Fez. They had suffered the full brunt of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic — the border closure and the drastic reduction in tourism. Moroccan craftsmen suffered during this period when economic activity was completely at a standstill.

Our mission consisted of finding alternative markets and sources of income for artisans and relaunching production in certain workshops. We first created demand in a market abroad and, in a continuous spirit of solidarity, we continued with the production of a collection called “SB,” marketed via a digital platform. The objective is to keep productivity up among these craftsmen and to create a link between the artisan and the customer.

Dialna Morocco is a unifying ecosystem. It’s a platform for networking, relaunching a dynamic of creation, meetings and debates around a multicultural country.

It makes it possible to support craftsmen and serves as a bridge between art curators, historians, influencers, and Moroccan youth. Our main mission — through an inclusive culture and shared responsibility, is to revive the legacy of the past; to protect it, to enrich it and to pass it on to future generations.

With the help of its members and its ambassadors, Dialna Maroc disseminates its values ​​through its various content and alliances, in Morocco and beyond. Our projects spark debate and stimulate creativity. Our main themes are Moroccan identity, coexistence, savoir-vivre, artistic and cultural characteristics and skills, architectural heritage, and gastronomy.

Q: What are the main challenges Moroccan artisans face?

A: The question we’re addressing is how to provide them with effective tools so they can promote their skills, build networks, and enter new markets without depending on one-off events. With Dialna Morocco, we’ve launched “Artisan w Aala Bal,” which provides artisans with training in marketing, digital, and e-commerce and offers image coaching.

Q: Morocco is renowned for its cultural richness. How are you promoting and passing on this legacy?

A: In terms of architecture, crafts, art and gastronomy, there are things specific to Moroccan culture that are the subject of international recognition. Unfortunately, our craftsmen do not have any real support. These professions — and a part of our heritage — face the risk of disappearing. Cultural transmission is a common responsibility. And a necessity. The protection of heritage needs to be at the heart of the debate, stimulating interest among young people and encouraging research, reflection and a sense of community.

Q: Can you give an example of how you are helping to do that?

A: For example, we’ve launched a photo contest for students and academics. The objective is to bring together young people who wish to better understand and analyze their history and heritage. We offer them the opportunity to immortalize a moment through photographs.

Other projects are planned too. The goal is to engage with others to preserve our heritage and our culture. Our mission is to encourage young talents, and ensure they get access to necessary training to perpetuate ancestral professions, and become the guarantors of our cultural heritage. Our identity is what we are: Our past, our present, and what we will leave to future generations.


Israel fires missile defenses near Lebanon after misidentification

Israel fires missile defenses near Lebanon after misidentification
Updated 37 min 21 sec ago

Israel fires missile defenses near Lebanon after misidentification

Israel fires missile defenses near Lebanon after misidentification
  • “Due to a misidentification, the air defense soldiers launched interceptors and as a result an alert was activated,” said the military

JERUSALEM: Israel activated its missile defenses on Thursday after mistakenly identifying a threat near the border with Lebanon, the Israeli military said.
The incident also set off air raid sirens in parts of northern Israel.
“Due to a misidentification, the air defense soldiers launched interceptors and as a result an alert was activated,” the military said.