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Brooklyn Beckham unveils new tattoo tribute with special message to Nicola Peltz

Brooklyn Beckham has revealed his shiny new tattoo in a touching tribute to fiancée Nicola Peltz.

The 21-year-old – who popped the question to model Nicola last year – is clearly a big fan of getting inked, and many of his tats are actually tributes to his wife-to-be.

In fact, after just over a year of dating, Brooklyn already has four tattoos to honour his lady.

And his latest ink job is certainly as romantic as ever, as the special message on his forearm proves just how serious he is about this romance.

“My life, my love, my truth, my breath, my reason, my beauty, my precious,” the new tattoo reads.

Brooklyn has dedicated yet another tattoo for Nicola

Gushing over Brooklyn’s latest tattoo, Nicola rushed to social media to share a snap of the sweet message.

“Forever my person,” she wrote alongside the snap.

Brooklyn’s other tattoo tributes to Nicola include her name inked on the side of his neck, as well as her eyes tattooed on the back of his neck.

Just last week, Brooklyn unveiled a tattoo he got done in a touching tribute to Nicola’s late grandmother.

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Brooklyn’s latest ink job was showcased on Nicola’s Instagram

The eldest son of David and Victoria had the name ‘Gina’ tattooed on his arm to mark his fiancée’s birthday.

Nicola, who turned 26 on January 9, was touched by the moving gesture and branded the notion her best birthday present.

Taking to social media on Tuesday, the actress shared a picture of Brooklyn’s arm that featured the newly completed ink.

“Best birthday gift,” Nicola wrote across the post, alongside an emoji.

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Just last week, Brooklyn Beckham got a tattoo in honour of Nicola’s late grandmother

Nicola was left devastated at the start of 2020 when her grandma Gina passed away just before her birthday in January.

After nine-months of dating, Brooklyn got down on one knee and proposed to Nicola in July.

The couple have shared lots of loved up snaps as they celebrated their engagement, and are reportedly planning to get married in 2022.

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Technology US

Mercedes-Benz unveils EQA electric crossover with less than 300 miles of range

Mercedes-Benz threw back the curtain on the EQA crossover, its latest electric vehicle as part of a slate of new EVs that are being planned for the coming years. The compact SUV will have a range of less than 300 miles, a 66.5kWh battery pack, and a net list price of €39,950 ($48,442).

The EQA, which is based on the German automaker’s GLA-class of SUVs, is scheduled to go into production this year in Europe, but likely won’t make it to the US anytime soon. That said, a spokesperson for Daimler, Mercedes-Benz’s parent company, said the EQA is still being considered for the US market.

American car buyers would do better waiting for the EQB electric crossover, which will be closely related to the boxier GLB-class vehicle. The EQB is also scheduled to go into production later this year. Meanwhile, the EQS and EQE models will be the first EVs built on Mercedes’ new modular electric vehicle platform.

The EQA is built on the same vehicle platform as the $68,000 EQC SUV, which was supposed to start shipping in the US at the start of 2020 but was pushed to 2021. And like with the EQC, Mercedes is relying on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) to make a range estimate of 486 kilometers (300 miles) for the EQA.

That’s unfortunate because the NEDC standard is widely considered to be outdated and is in the process of being replaced with the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) that is supposed to be a bit more stringent. The US Environmental Protection Agency performs its own testing to set range estimates for electric cars, which tended to be lower than the NEDC and are considered to be closer to real-world performance. If and when the EQA comes to the US, it’s very likely that its EPA-estimated range will be less than 300 miles.

The EQA, which is launching as “EQA 250,” will have a 66.5kWh battery pack, which is slightly above average for the EVs on the road today. Tesla’s biggest battery is 100kWh, available in the Model S and Model X, which is one of the biggest batteries currently available.

The EQA will start in Germany at €47,540.50. Mercedes says it plans to release additional variants of the crossover, including an all-wheel drive version with an additional electric powertrain that increases the power output to 200kW or more, while also offering a version with a range of more than 500 kilometers (310 miles) based on the WLTP standard.

Interested buyers will have some options when it comes to the EQA’s interior. They can either choose two 7-inch displays for both the instrument cluster and main infotainment screen, or a widescreen variant with two 10.25-inch displays. It won’t have Mercedes-Benz’s recently revealed, mammoth, pillar-to-pillar, 56-inch touchscreen that will debut in the upcoming EQS luxury electric sedan.

The EQA will come standard with the automaker’s second-generation MBUX infotainment system that eschews physical buttons in favor of a completely digital (and voice-controlled) in-car user experience.

Mercedes-Benz sees the EQA as an “entry point” into the automaker’s growing family of electric vehicles. More modestly priced than the EQC SUV, the new crossover is sure to find its fair share of interested buyers. The question is whether the German automaker can compete for EV-curious shoppers when Volkswagen, Tesla, BMW, and others appear to be progressing at a faster pace.

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Forbes unveils top Indian business leaders in the Middle East

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Forbes Middle East unveiled the Top Indian Leaders in the Middle East, recognizing the achievements of the Arab world’s most successful Indian business leaders.

The 30-member list is dominated by business personalities based in the UAE, with nearly half of them hailing from the Indian state of Kerala.

Yusuffali MA, Chairman of Lulu Group tops the list followed by Renuka Jagtiani of the Landmark Group, Sunny Varkey of GEMS Education, Sunil Vaswani, Ravi Pillai, PNC Menon and Dr. Shamsheer Vayalil among others.

Though the list is dominated by veteran business leaders, inclusion of new generation business owners like Adeeb Ahamed of Lulu Financial Holdings is a great recognition for the young generation Malayalee business leaders who are making an impact in the Middle East.

There are eight billionaires of Indian origin based in the Middle East, and some of the largest homegrown brands in the region were started by Indian expats featured in Forbes’ list, including Lulu Hypermarket, which is owned by billionaire Yusuff Ali.

The 2021 edition of the list included business leaders from various sectors like retail, industrials, healthcare, banking and finance.

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Technology UK

Watch live as Samsung unveils new Galaxy S21 smartphone along with fresh tech



It’s been a tough year for many of us – and quite frankly some of us would forget our own heads if they weren’t screwed on.

So excitement is brewing around today’s Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked 2021, where the tech giant is unveiling its new Galaxy S21 and another new drop.

The brand is also rumoured to be launching a bluetooth device tracker that could mean you never lose your keys again.

Leaks suggest the ‘Galaxy SmartTags’ could be attached to your most treasured possessions and synced with your devices.

Left your bag on the bus? The feature is tipped to use GPS tracking and nearby smartphones to pinpoint the location of your lost item – even once your phone is out of range.

Samsung’s teaser trailer ahead of Thursday’s virtual event suggests sleek new wireless headphones will be part of the package too.

The Galaxy Buds Pro are believed to include noise-cancelling features to rival Apple’s AirPods Pro, and estimated to cost around £200.

We’ll bring you the latest live from Samsung’s launch at the annual Consumer Electronics Show from 3pm (GMT) – from prices and new features, to where you can pre-order.

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GM unveils electric delivery van with 250 miles of range as part of new spinoff business

General Motors announced Tuesday it will be spinning out a new delivery and logistics business called BrightDrop, the first products of which will be an electrified pallet and delivery van. Both vehicles, which will be powered by GM’s Ultium battery platform, are slated for release this year.

The announcement of the new logistics business comes as GM is undergoing a massive, $27 billion pivot to the business of designing and manufacturing electric vehicles. For example, the company, which is the largest automaker in North America, just unveiled a new logo as part of an overall brand redesign. GM has been nipping at the heels of Tesla and other EV makers as it attempts to convince its investors that it has a firm grasp on the future of electric-powered transportation.

BrightDrop will be a key piece of that pivot, in which hundreds of thousands of electric delivery vehicles are expected to hit the road in the years to come. GM envisions the new company “creating a one-stop shop, a complete ecosystem” for electric-powered delivery, including vehicles, software, and other services, said Pamela Fletcher, VP of GM’s global EV program.

The first vehicle to roll out with the BrightDrop branding will be a delivery pallet called EP1. The pallet, which can be used to transport packages from a delivery vehicle to a customer’s front door, will have an Ultium-powered electric propulsion that will allow a top speed of 3 mph. Packages can be secured within the EP1 pallet, which comes with adjustable shelving and lockable cabinet-style doors. In addition, EP1 can carry up to 23 cubic feet of cargo and will have a payload capacity of 200 pounds.

Fletcher says that the EP1 is meant to address the problem seen with package delivery today, in which “packages are often strewn on city sidewalks,” haphazardly and unsecured. “We saw this as a solution to create a completely different environment for delivery,” Fletcher continued, “really to help package touch points, reduce errors, reduce physical strain on those delivering the goods, help optimize curb time, and help reduce overall operational costs for businesses.”

GM partnered with FedEx Express on a pilot last year to test out the EP1. Using the electric pallet allowed FedEx workers to handle 25 percent more packages a day, Fletcher said.

The EP1 will go into production in “early 2021,” Fletcher said. Following that will be the EV600, a 250-mile range delivery van with 600 cubic feet of cargo space and a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,000 pounds. It will have a peak charge rate of up to 170 miles per hour when hooked up to a 120kW DC fast charger. That vehicle will go into production in late 2021, with the first vehicles to be delivered by the end of the year.

The BrightDrop EV600 will include a security system with motion sensors to help keep the cargo area secure. Other features include front sliding pocket doors, wide cabin walkways, and a large auto-open cargo bulkhead door. The commercial vehicles will come with a number of advanced driver assist features, including blind spot detection, lane keep assist, and front and rear parking assist. A fairly sizable 13.4-inch digital infotainment screen is sure to be the centerpiece of the interior.

FedEx has expressed interest in buying an unspecified number of EV600 delivery vans, said Fletcher, who also alluded to several other unnamed interested customers. “We have letters of intent signed from a number of other customers, and we want to be talking to you about those in the not too distant future,” she said. Fletcher declined to reveal the suggested retail price for the EP1 and EV600.

BrightDrop is also offering a range of software to customers who purchase its new commercial vehicles. This will enable customers to track the location of each EP1 pallet, remote lock and unlock each pallet, and monitor battery status. EV600 will also get battery status and location monitoring features, as well as driver safety coaching and incident recording, remote diagnostics, safety alerts and predictive maintenance insights, and over-the-air updates.

Rumors of a GM-made electric delivery van, nicknamed “BV1,” first surfaced last year, after the company unveiled its Ultium EV platform along with plans to roll out two dozen new electric vehicles over the next few years.

GM has found success with its Chevrolet Express and, to a lesser extent, GMC Savana cargo vans. But it’s far from the only company working on an electric van. Mercedes-Benz is making an electric version of its popular Sprinter van, while Ford recently revealed the E-Transit with 126 miles of range and a $45,000 price tag. Amazon is working on an all-electric delivery vehicle with the EV startup Rivian. Two other startups recently unveiled electric vans: Bollinger with its Deliver-E and Canoo with its scalable vehicle, both due in 2022.

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Technology US

Acer unveils its AMD-powered Chromebook Spin 514

CES is just days away, but plenty of laptop companies are already unveiling their 2021 lineups. One of Acer’s first new releases is the Chromebook Spin 514, powered by AMD’s Ryzen 3000 mobile processors.

You can spec the Spin 514 up to 16GB of DDR4 DRAM and 256GB of storage. Acer claims you’ll get up to 10 hours of battery life. The 14-inch FHD touch display has a 78 percent screen-to-body ratio, and all models have two USB-C ports, two USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, and a microSD card reader. Some configurations include an HDMI port as well.

It’s not the lightest Chromebook around, at 3.42 pounds (1.55 kg) and 0.68 inches (17.35 mm) thick. But Acer says it delivers “military-grade durability” and can withstand up to 132 pounds of downward force.

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There’s also a business version, the Chromebook Enterprise Spin 514, which runs the enterprise version of Chrome OS. These models can come with up to 16GB of DDR4 DRAM and 256GB of storage.

The Acer Chromebook Spin 514 will be available in North America in February, starting at $479.99. The Enterprise Spin 514 is coming in March, and starts at $749.99.

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Canada

New Brunswick unveils list of top earners

Gaëtan Thomas, the former President and CEO of the New Brunswick Power Corporation, remained the highest paid public servant in the province during the 2019-2020 fiscal year with an annual salary between $ 550,000 and $ 574,999.

This is what reveals the report released Monday by the Office of the Comptroller of the Treasury Board which profiles the payments allocated annually to employees of the province.

Gaëtan Thomas decided to retire in May 2020 after his ten-year tenure as President and CEO of NB Power, before taking the helm of the New Brunswick Economic Council two months later.

Mr Thomas was by far the highest paid government employee, except for a long list of doctors in the province who were paid in the same period well above his own.

The report also lists the compensation of several senior NB Power executives, including Carl Gaunce, Mitchell Bodechon, Alan Sinclair, Keith L. Cronkhite, Darren A. Murphy and Michael D. Fairweather which ranged from $ 300,000 to 399,999. $ in 2019-2020.

Renaud Champagne, of Service NB, for his part pocketed between $ 325,000 and $ 349,999 during the reference period, compensation similar to that of the current and former CEOs of the Vitalité and Horizon health networks.

Gilles Lanteigne, like his replacement at the head of Vitalité France Desrosiers and the director of the Horizon network Karen McGrath, all obtained compensation ranging from $ 300,000 to $ 324,999 during the year.

With a salary of $ 151,400, current Prime Minister Blaine Higgs could practically be a poor child, some would say. He was nonetheless the highest paid provincial elected to the Legislative Assembly during the 2019-2020 period, having pocketed about $ 20,000 more than most of his ministers.

Fewer “millionaire” doctors in 2020

The report also reveals the list of payments made to physicians in the province at the end of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2020.

These payments were made by the Department of Health for medical services insured under the Medical Services Payment Act.

This list includes a total of 35 New Brunswick physicians who have earned compensation over the past year that exceeds the million dollar mark. At this time last year, that list of so-called “millionaire” doctors stood at 37.

With a salary between $ 1,900,000 and $ 1,949,999, Dr. Martin Finnegan was the highest paid health care professional in New Brunswick in 2020. The Moncton radiologist resumed his title of highest paid physician in the province , a title that had eluded her last year in favor of Dr. Sunita MacMullin. However, the latter can be consoled as her compensation was between $ 1,850,000 and $ 1,899,999 during the last fiscal year.

Drs. Kenneth Roberts, Robert Javidi, J. Stewart MacMillan and Houfar Sekhavat all received compensation in excess of $ 1,500,000 during the same period.

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Home Minister Shah unveils Arun Jaitley’s statue at DDCA premises


New Delhi, December 28

A controversial build-up notwithstanding, the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) on Monday unveiled the statue of its former president Arun Jaitley at its premises in the memory of the late administrator and political figure.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah unveiled Jaitley’s life-size statue, prepared by 96-year-old renowned sculptor Ram Sutar, the man behind the making of the iconic Statue of Unity in Gujarat.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah unveils the statue of former union minister late Arun Jaitley at Feroz Shah Kotla stadium. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

Former India cricketer Bishen Singh Bedi had severely criticised the DDCA for choosing to install the statue of an administrator instead of an inspirational cricketer and even demanded that his name be removed from one the stands at the Feroze Shah Kotla ground.

BCCI President and former India captain Sourav Ganguly, India opener Shikhar Dhawan, ex-India opener Gautam Gambhir, who is also a BJP MP from Delhi, BCCI vice president Rajeev Shukla and Union Minister Hardeep Puri attended the unveiling ceremony along with a number of DDCA officials.

BCCI president Saurav Ganguly and former BCCI president Anurag Thakur during the unveiling of the statue of late Arun Jaitley at Feroz Shah Kotla stadium. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

“Arun was like an elder brother to me. He was known for his sportsmanship spirit in political circle. He remained aggressive in his speeches but never lowered the dignity of the Parliament,” Shah said in his tribute to Jaitley, who remained DDCA president for 13 years.

“Arun always put his own interest at the back, never sought publicity and rose during the Emergency days when he spent 19 months in jail. His political journey started then. He was multi-talented and fulfilled a range of responsibilities,” Shah added.

Ganguly said Jaitley’s contribution was immense in the development of cricket in Delhi, though the DDCA had been in “turmoil” for some time.

BCCI president Saurav Ganguly, Shekhar Dhawan with Gautam Gambhir during the unveiling the statue of former union minister late Arun Jaitley at Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi on Monday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

“When we play and get 100, it gets recognition but a lot of people work behind the scene and help the cricketers. He was a cricketer’s person. that is the role of an administrator,” he said.

“I remember a phone call (he) made during the 2003 World Cup in South Africa. We had lost the first game and the whole country went berserk but he (Jaitley) said that association supports you and you play well. These small things matter, he was a great human being,” said Ganguly.

“This is a remarkably talented state which has produced so many players, Virat Kohli, Ishant Sharma, Rishabh Pant now and many in the past. A settled DDCA is good thing for Indian cricket and hopefully they can do it,” he added.

Gambhir said the installation of Jailtley’s statue is a perfect tribute to him.

“We won the Ranji trophy during his tenure and the stadium was also built. Honesty, (being) intellectual and absolute transparency are important for any administrator and he had that,” said Gambhir. PTI





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Joe Biden unveils his Education Secretary pick Miguel Cardona

President-elect Joe Biden unveiled his pick for education secretary Wednesday – the current Connecticut education commissioner, Miguel Cardona.  

With the addition of Cardona, whose parents moved to Connecticut from Puerto Rico, Biden continues to make good on his diversity pledge.   

‘Already there are more people of color in this cabinet than in the history of the United States,’ Biden said at the Queen theater in Wilmington, Delaware. ‘There are more women than ever. The first openly gay Cabinet member. It’s a Cabinet that looks like America. That taps into the best of America.’ 

Miguel Cardona

President-elect Joe Biden introduced Connecticut’s education commissioner, Miguel Cardona, as his secretary of education pick during a brief appearance Wednesday in Wilmington. Cardona, who’s Latino, adds more diversity to Biden’s cabinet 

President-elect Joe Biden (center) announced his education secretary Miguel Cardona (right) on Wednesday at the Queen theater in Wilmington alongside Vice President-elect Kamala Harris (left)

President-elect Joe Biden (center) announced his education secretary Miguel Cardona (right) on Wednesday at the Queen theater in Wilmington alongside Vice President-elect Kamala Harris (left) 

Biden, whose wife Dr. Jill Biden is an educator, had long-promised to pick someone with classroom experience to lead his Department of Education. 

Cardona taught fourth grade in the same public school system he attended in his youth and went on to become the state’s youngest principal. 

He was the first Latino to serve as Connecticut’s education commissioner. 

Cardona has pushed for schools to stay open amid the pandemic – with safety protocols put in place.  

‘Reopening schools safely will be a national priority in a Biden-Harris Administration,’ Biden said Wednesday. 

He’s said he wants to see public schools reopened within his first 100 days in office.  

Throughout the pandemic, the Trump administration also pushed to have in-person instruction, as oppposed to at-home, virtual learning.

On the campaign trail, Biden took issue with this because the administration didn’t provide educators with personal protective equipment to reopen schools safely.    

On Wednesday, Biden criticized the ‘mixed signals from the White House that have left more confusion than calm, that have left so many parents and schools feeling like they’re on their own.’     

Biden said education-related COVID funding would be needed for testing, transportation – so students can be more socially distant on school buses – and also for school buildings, to provide them with adequate ventilation systems, as well as cleaning services and protective equipment.  

Cardona vowed to ‘forge opportunity out of crisis.’

‘Though we are beginning to see some light at the end of the tunnel, we also know that this crisis is ongoing, that we will carry its impacts for years to come, and that the problems and inequities that have plagued our education system since long before COVID will still be with us even after the virus is at bay,’ he said. 

Cardona also talked about his uniquely American story: from growing up in a housing project in Meriden, Connecticut, to being the first member of his family with a college degree.

‘And I, being bilingual and bicultural, am as American as apple pie and rice and beans,’ he said. 

‘For me, education was the great equalizer,’ he continued. ‘But for too many students, your zip code and your skin color remain the best predictor of the opportunities you’ll have in your lifetime.’

Cardona warned that public education in the country had become a ‘flor pálida: a wilted rose, neglected, in need of care.’ 

‘We must be the master gardeners who cultivate it, who work every day to preserve its beauty and its purpose,’ he said.  

After Biden, Cardona and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris spoke, the president-elect ignored reporters’ questions as he left the Queen’s stage.     

President Donald Trump shocked Washington Tuesday night by suggesting he could veto a giant spending and COVID-19 stimulus package. 

Some of the asks Biden mentioned Wednesday are in the bill – including $7 billion to increase broadband access. 

‘How can it be in America that a parent must drive to the parking lot of a coffee shop or library for WiFi they can’t afford at home so their children can sit in the car to participate in class or do their homework?’ Biden said. 

If Trump refuses to sign the bill, or runs out the clock, Congress would have to pass it all over again, with Biden able to sign the legislation after he’s sworn-in on January 20. 

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Dubai Press Club unveils agenda for 19th edition of Arab Media Forum

People reading Gulf News paper and the website at a cafe in Sharjah. the event will explore strategies to advance the industry’s digital transformation and assess how the sector can take advantage of new opportunities and technologies to accelerate its growth.
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Dubai: The Dubai Press Club (DPC) on Saturday announced the agenda for the 19th edition of the Arab Media Forum (AMF), which will be held virtually on December 23 under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The Forum will bring together prominent regional and international media personalities and industry leaders to discuss the outlook for the region’s media sector.

Organised under the theme ‘Arab Media: The Future is Digital’, the event will explore strategies to advance the industry’s digital transformation and assess how the sector can take advantage of new opportunities and technologies to accelerate its growth. Some of the sector’s most accomplished thought leaders will analyse the current state of the industry and its future prospects to shape a new vision for Arab media.

The AMF’s 19th edition will take a deeper look at the challenges facing news organisations, which are going through significant changes amid a rapidly evolving regional and international environment. Participating speakers will discuss the unprecedented disruptive shifts facing the sector as news consumption increasingly moves from traditional media to new digital platforms. The Forum will explore new forms of content creation that have gained popularity in recent years.

Key speakers

Key speakers at this year’s Arab Media Forum include Dr. Mostafa Madbouly, the Prime Minister of Egypt, Dr. Nayef Falah Mubarak Al-Hajraf, Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Dr. Osama Haikal, Egypt’s Minister of State for Information and Michael Friedenberg, President, Reuters News.

Mona Al Marri

Welcoming the speakers, Mona Al Marri, President of Dubai Press Club and Chairperson of AMF’s Organising Committee, said: “We look forward to listening to perspectives of the distinguished speakers on the massive transformations sweeping the globe and various developments impacting the political and economic landscape, including the global pandemic. This year’s Forum will examine the role of these developments in accelerating existing digital transformation and setting in motion new shifts.”

The President of DPC noted that the discussions at AMF 2020 will explore how the region’s media can better prepare for the future. She pointed out that the COVID-19 crisis has forced news organisations to speed up their adoption of digital alternatives. yhe Arab Media Forum will explore how regional media organisations can ride the waves of transformation.

Maitha Buhumaid, Director of Dubai Press Club said: “The global repercussions of COVID-19 and the restrictions it imposed resulted in many media organisations speeding up their digital transformation. The consequent high rate of digital adoption has highlighted the importance of anticipating the future needs of this vital sector.” The AMF organising committee has designed an agenda that will foster a constructive discussion on these vital issues, which will yield insights that can help media organisations adopt the optimal strategies for thriving in the future, she noted.

Buhumaid said the Forum will be broadcast live on a special digital platform. The Forum’s activities will also be shared on DPC’s various social media accounts.

Keynote address

Dr. Mostafa Madbouly, the Prime Minister of Egypt, will deliver the keynote address this year. He will discuss the role of media in combating challenges facing the region, including the spread of misinformation. He will also share Egypt’s experience in the media sector and how digital technologies can be used to enhance excellence in the media.

Opening session

In the opening session of the Forum, Michael Friedenberg, President, Reuters News, will discuss the profound disruptions impacting the media industry and the ways in which news organisations can respond to global changes. Expanding on the theme ‘The Future is Digital’, Friedenberg will share his observations on the current state of the news industry and the opportunities that emerging technologies offer. He will also throw light on how new technologies like AI and machine learning are impacting the industry.

The Arab Media Landscape

This year’s main dialogue session featuring Dr. Nayef Falah Mubarak Al-Hajraf, Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), will discuss the future of the Arab world in the light of current regional and global circumstances and the role of GCC states in ensuring the stability of the region.

Middle East Region: New paths

Author, reporter and columnist Thomas Friedman will join AMF this year to discuss the prospects for peace in the Middle East and the impact of the UAE, Bahrain and Sudan’s agreements with Israel to promote the stability of the region. Friedman’s session, to be moderated by journalist and TV host Zeina Yazigi, will also highlight developments that triggered geopolitical changes in the region at a time when GCC countries are increasingly enhancing their contributions to promoting global security and stability.

Arab Media: Geopolitical transformations

In a session titled ‘Arab Media: Geopolitical Transformations’, Dr. Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of the Defence, Interior and Foreign Affairs Committee in the Federal National Council, Dr. Fahed Al-Shelaimi, President of the Gulf Forum for Security and Peace and Sawsan Al Shaer, Journalist and Columnist, will discuss new trends shaping Arab media. Moderated by Hussain Al Sheikh, TV Presenter in Al Hadath channel, the session will explore how media can continue to serve people and address social issues.

Reshaping the Arab Media

In a session titled ‘Reshaping the Arab Media, Abdulrahman Al-Rashed, Journalist and Chairman of Al Arabiya’s Editorial Board, will discuss the impact of regional events on Arab media. Al-Rashed’s session, to be moderated by Sky News Arabia TV Presenter Chantal Saliba, will also share his insights on global media development in the post-COVID-19 period.

The Arab Media Forum is one of the major events that form part of the DPC’s annual calendar of events. The Arab Journalism Awards Ceremony, to be held virtually on the same day of the Forum, will honour outstanding journalists in the Arab world.