Norwegian drops COVID-19 testing, vaccination and masking. MarketWatch asks health experts, ‘Would you take a cruise?’

President Joe Biden has said the pandemic is over, despite more than 300 people dying from COVID-related illness every day. Now cruise lines, which experienced severe disruptions during the early days of the COVID-19 outbreak and, in some cases were stranded offshore due to ports refusing them permission to dock due to coronavirus outbreaks onboard, … Read more

The link between inflation and climate change

Even though the RBI has raised the repo rate by 50 basis points, the probability of inflation, as measured by the consumer price index (CPI), remaining higher than the central bank’s tolerance band is increasing by the day. The risks are primarily from three sides: The depreciating rupee, fast-depleting grain stocks, especially of wheat, and … Read more

Want to gamble your savings on a quick collapse in inflation?

Inflation is running at 8% or higher, depending on how you count it (and who’s counting). The Federal Reserve is clearly panicking. And the markets are clearly panicking too. So at this point, Uncle Sam would like to offer you a bet. How would you like to wager your hard-earned retirement savings that inflation is … Read more

21,000 Saudis study on scholarships in US

Saudi Gazette report JEDDAH — The number of Saudi students on scholarships in the US reached 20,954, as the Kingdom is trying to send more students to Ivy League universities. The US is among the targeted countries per the new strategy of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques program for scholarships launched by Crown Prince … Read more

Bill O’Reilly’s new book tackles the potentially fatal price of fame

Bill chats about fame factor Fifteen minutes have passed so time for another Bill O’Reilly book. His 12th in his Killing Series, out tomorrow, is “Killing the Legends: The Lethal Danger of Celebrity.” In a recent phone call, he said, “Celebrity is killing the celebrities.” Me: Which means what? “People once hid stuff. Nobody exposed … Read more

Weekend reads: How to manage your finances when inflation is high and interest rates keeping shooting up

Financial markets have reacted in shock to the Federal Reserve’s strengthened vow to continue tightening of monetary policy to fight high inflation. The S&P 500 has declined 10.5% over the past month and the average interest rate on a 30-year mortgage loan has increased to 6.29% from 6.02% in only one week, according to Freddie … Read more

Brace for recession as the Fed spikes interest rates and inflation soars

Consumer prices surged again last month — they’re now up 8.3% over last year. But what do you expect? President Joe Biden and Congress have done zilch to stem the tide and instead have kept fueling it. That’s left the job to the Federal Reserve, which will now have to risk a painful “hard landing” … Read more

No specific percentage fixed for students to apply for scholarship program

Okaz/Saudi Gazette RIYADH — The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Scholarship Program announced that no specific percentage has been fixed for students to apply for the scholarship program. It stressed that the general and specific conditions for scholarships must apply for each track along with obtaining unconditional acceptance from accredited educational institutions. One student … Read more

Review: A ranking of ‘Valorant’ modes for the video game’s second anniversary

The COVID-19 pandemic brought many difficulties: mask mandates, toilet paper shortages, and most importantly, the lack of socialization. Online school wasn’t the most interactive way of getting an education because I couldn’t interact with classmates. The only way I socialized was with my friends online, playing “Valorant.” Named the “Game of the Year” in 2020 … Read more