Daily Archives: August 1, 2020

Repeat victory for H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani’s Ebraz in G1 (PA) Qatar International Stakes rounding off Qatar Goodwood Festival

The fifth day and finale of QREC-sponsored Qatar Goodwood Festival came with a massive Qatari victory when H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani’s Ebraz won the G1 P/A Qatar International Stakes for four-year-old and older Arabians, for the second year on the spin. Ebraz managed to keep his title in the opener of the eight-race card and give a second success in the prestigious event for his trainer Julian Smart and his jockey Maxime Guyon in much the same way the triple did last year.

The mile contest is a G1 contest for purebred Arabian horses and forms the first leg of the Doha Triple Crown. Following his victory in 2019, Ebraz went on to become the first winner of the Doha Triple Crown, with victories in the Qatar Arabian World Cup at Longchamp and the HH The Amir Sword at Doha. With this repeated victory under his belt, Ebraz, the highest rated Arabian in the world, sends a strong message that he is targeting the Doha Triple Crown once more. The performance which son of Amer made at Goodwood shows he is not content with the historic achievement that he is only horse ever to have landed the coveted title, but has already started his new journey for landing the title again; an accomplishment, if realised, may not be repeated by any other horse.

Deryan, trained by Didier Guillemin, was the runner-up under by Ioritz Mendizabal. HH Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al Thani’s Tayf, the runner-up last year and the winner of the 2017 edition, finished third with Olivier Peslier in the saddle. He is trained by Thomas Fourcy.

Trainer Julian Smart said: “Ebraz is very special. He is one of the best – he already proved that in Doha, winning the Triple Crown, winning the Amir Sword three times. This is the fourth time he has come to Goodwood – he has been unlucky on two occasions and has managed to win it the last two years. Now we go to France for the Qatar Arabian Gold Cup and who knows, maybe the unthinkable. We already thought the Arabian Triple Crown couldn’t be done and he has done it; maybe he can do another one, you never know. We will obviously target the Arc meeting for the Qatar Arabian Gold Cup and then we’ll see, do we go back to Doha or do we leave him in France to go to stud? That will all be decided if he is sound in October.”

Second Qatar Lillie Langtry Stakes for Enbihaar

 Enbihaar, trained by John Gosden, justified her favouritism to win the G2 Qatar Lillie Langtry Stakes for the second year in succession. Partnered by Jim Crowley, the five-year-old Redoute’s Choice mare overhauled leader Snow, trained by Aidan O’Brien and ridden by Ryan Moore, entering the final quarter mile. Enbihaar comfortably saw off the challenge of Cabaletta, trained by Roger Varian and ridden by David Egan, to score by three and a half lengths.

Thady Gosden, assistant trainer to his father John, said: “Enbihaar has run really well and is such a lovely horse. It was only a three-runner field, but she has that lovely long stride and she picked up well in the straight.”

Society Lion wins Qatar Handicap for Sir Michael Stoute’s first of Qatar Goodwood  Festival 2020

Sir Michael Stoute picked up his first winner of the Qatar Goodwood Festival when Society Lion and Ryan Moore landed the Qatar Handicap, a Class 2 over 7f for three-year-olds rated 0-105. He managed to win the race by 1 and a quarter lengths in front of Mister Snowdon, trained by Richard Hughes, who was ridden by Shane Kelly. The Roger Varian-trained King Ragnar was third under David Egan

Comfortable victory for Treacherous in Unibet Stewards’ Sprint Handicap

Treacherous, trained by Ed de Giles, was the comfortable winner of the six-furlong Unibet Stewards’ Sprint Handicap, the contest for horses eliminated from the Unibet Stewards’ Cup. Under Harry Bentley, the six-year-old delivered his challenge entering the final furlong and was never in any danger thereafter, coming home a length and three quarters to the good over Dream Today, who is trained by Jamie Osborne and was ridden by Saffie Osborne. The Lamplighter, trained by George Baker, was third under Shane Kelly.


Source: Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club

A Global Foundation: Iraq Ranked Fifth In The Arab world, With A Debt Of $ 73 Billion

Baghdad, International Classification Foundation revealed today, Saturday that Iraq’s external debt amounted to $ 73 billion.

According to the statistics published by the Foundation during the year 2020,: The United States ranked first in the world with more debt, with 17 trillion and 910 billion dollars, followed by the United Kingdom with a debt of 8 trillion and 126 billion dollars, and then France comes in third with a debt of 5 trillion and 360 billion Dollars.

It added that: The UAE comes at the forefront of the most indebted Arab countries with 237 billion dollars, followed by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at 205 billion and 100 million dollars, and then comes in third place Qatar with 167 billion and 800 million dollars, then Egypt ranked fourth with debts of 77 billion and 470 One million dollars, and then Iraq ranked fifth with a debt of 73 billion and 20 million dollars.

The Governor of the Central Bank, Ali al-Alaq, revealed, in March 2020, the foreign debts of Iraq, amounting to about 23 billion dollars, while the internal debt is about 40 trillion dinars.

It is mentioned that after the drop in oil prices, Iraq borrowed from international financial organizations and many countries to reduce the deficit in its financial budget.


Source: National Iraqi News Agency

PSG complete domestic treble with League Cup triumph

Paris, Paris St Germain completed a domestic treble as they beat Olympique Lyonnais 6-5 on penalties to lift the French League Cup on Friday with the match ending in a 0-0 stalemate after regular and extra time.


Second-half substitute Pablo Sarabia scored PSG’s final penalty in the shootout after goalkeeper Keylor Navas had saved Bertrand Traore’s spot kick to give the Ligue 1 champions and French Cup winners their ninth League Cup trophy, Reuters reported.


It was the last roar for the competition, which was founded in 1995, as the French Professional Football League (LFP) decided in September to scrap it as of next season until further notice.


The LFP had failed to secure a broadcaster for the 2020-2024 period but reserved the right to relaunch the competition in the future.


Lyon keeper Anthony Lopes made a string of good saves in a cagey contest played in front of 5,000 fans at Stade de France, who were allowed into the stadium in line with coronavirus safety regulations.


Lopes denied Brazilian forward Neymar three times and also kept out shots by Angel Di Maria and Idrissa Gueye, while Navas kept out a Maxwel Cornet free kick at the other end.


Lyon defender Rafael da Silva was sent off in the last minute of extra time for a professional foul on Di Maria and Neymar blazed the free kick over the bar.


The Brazilian held his nerve to keep PSG alive in the shootout before Navas blocked Traore’s penalty and Sarabia calmly slotted his shot past Lopes to spark wild celebrations among his team mates.


PSG, who beat St Etienne 1-0 in the French Cup final last Friday, will have a chance to complete a quadruple as they face Italian side Atalanta in the Champions League quarter-finals on Aug. 12 in Lisbon.


Their win over Lyon also means that Stade Reims, who finished sixth in the French League, have snapped up a berth in next season’s Europa League qualifying.


Source: Bahrain News Agency

Saudi Hajj Ministry applies pilgrims’ digital identity via smart card

Mina, For the second year, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has applied the “smart card” service to provide qualitative services to pilgrims, and to take advantage of technology to facilitate the journey of pilgrims while performing the rituals of Hajj.


Supervisor General of the Planning and Development Agency at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, Dr. Amr Al-Maddah, said that this step is part of the ministry’s strategy for digital transformation by creating virtual platforms to facilitate and reduce procedures, keep pace with the technological developments and achieve the goals of the Vision 2030 Executive Program called “Serving Pilgrims”, which is a confirmation of the Commitment to developing and expanding smart services being provided to pilgrims, Saudi Press Agency (SPA).


Dr. Al-Maddah considered the “Smart Card” as an extension of the “Smart Hajj” platform project launched by the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, which is a digital identity for a pilgrim, indicating that with the requirements of this year’s Hajj season 2020, a number of services related to the card that includes the pilgrim’s personal, medical and residential information were developed.


The “smart card” contributes to guiding pilgrims to their residence in holy sites, controlling entry, and to the various facilities, in addition to its role in reducing illegal Hajj.


The Smart Card has vital features designed according to 5 basic colors of program services, pilgrim grouping and transportation, and it also includes technology for the near field contact (NFC) to read the Hajj data through the self-service machines as well as on a “barcode” that is read by the personnel working in Hajj to know all the information of a pilgrim.


It is worth mentioning that the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah provided the “smart card” service during last year’s Hajj 1440 AH (2019) at a limited scale, however it expanded the service this year to include all pilgrims and participants.


Source: Bahrain News Agency

Apple removes thousands of game apps from China store – research firm

Shanghai, Apple Inc removed 29,800 apps from its Chinese app store on Saturday, including more than 26,000 games, according to data from research firm Qimai.


The takedowns come amid a crackdown on unlicensed games by Chinese authorities.


Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment, a report by Reuters said.


Earlier this year, Apple gave game publishers an end-of-June deadline to submit a government-issued licence number enabling users to make in-app purchases.


China’s Android app stores have long complied with those regulations. It is not clear why Apple is enforcing them strictly this year.


The smartphone maker removed more than 2,500 titles from its app store over the first week of July. Games affected by the sweep included titles from Zynga and Supercell, research firm SensorTower reported at the time.


The Chinese government has long sought to enforce stricter regulations on its gaming industry to remove sensitive content.


The approval process for games looking to enable in-app purchases is long and complicated, hurting all but the largest game developers, industry insiders say.


“This affects small- and mid-sized developers’ incomes the most, but due to the difficulties of acquiring a business licence, it’s devastating to the whole iOS game industry in China,” said Todd Kuhn, marketing manager for AppIn China, a firm that helps overseas companies distribute their apps.


Source: Bahrain News Agency