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12 Tips for Managing Money in Times of COVID-19

12 Tips for Managing Money in Times of COVID-19

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In an earlier post, we shared some practical tips for saving money as an expat in Dubai. Due to the current health crisis, however, we may have to re-think our financial management ways. Whether we like it or not, the local as well as global economy is affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many businesses have closed, some people have had their salaries reduced, while others have unfortunately been laid off. Indeed, everyone is struggling financially. Still, there are some things that we can do to manage the situation and emerge stronger than ever before! How to Manage Your Money Amid the Current Global Crisis In light of the current circumstances, here are some money management tips that all of us can do to survive — and endure — in times of COVID-19: 1. Re-evaluate your budget.
6 Best Places for Filipinos to Live or Stay While in Dubai

6 Best Places for Filipinos to Live or Stay While in Dubai

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Are you a newcomer looking for a place to stay in Dubai? Or perhaps you are already a resident searching for a more affordable flat or apartment to move into. If you also happen to be a kabayan, then don’t worry because we’ve got some really great suggestions just for you! It goes without saying that there is a huge Filipino population in Dubai. Everywhere you go, you are bound to hear fellow kabayans speaking in Tagalog, or come across a restaurant serving your favourite Filipino food. And when it comes to finding an apartment, you’d be happy to know that there are places in Dubai where Pinoys would feel right at home! Places in Dubai Where Pinoys Feel Right at Home Whether you are a beginner or a more “seasoned” overseas Filipino worker (OFW), you most likely deal with
Escape to the Seychelles from Dubai for Dhs3,705

Escape to the Seychelles from Dubai for Dhs3,705

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Vacation mode, on… Wondering what to do with yourself this summer? Well, how does a vacation in the breathtaking part of the world that is the Seychelles, sound? Emirates is offering special rates to UAE citizens and residents to help them escape to paradise for a vacation. The Seychelles, found in the Indian Ocean, is known for its picture-postcard azure sea, pristine swathes of sandy beaches and lush green forestry. Whether you’re there to relax, explore the exquisite marine life or go hiking through the forest, there’s so much to see. Rates are available on Emirates flights for UAE citizens and residents. For Economy Class passengers, fares start from Dhs3,705. For Business Class passengers, rates start from Dhs10,915 and for First Class, fares start from Dhs22,045. The offe
A Man Who Was Presumed Dead Five Years Ago Has Been Found Alive

A Man Who Was Presumed Dead Five Years Ago Has Been Found Alive

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In a series of events that are almost stranger than fiction, a man thought by British police to be missing for the past five years has been discovered, alive and well...   People going missing is always mysterious ...   But the story of Ricardas Puisys is truly mind-boggling.   It's hard to go missing nowadays.   Given the fact that technology is spookily tracking our every move…   But it is possible.   Which make missing person stories all the more mysterious!   But one story is absolutely baffling police this week.   As a missing man they presumed had been murdered has been discovered – alive.
Three Texas Teenagers Hospitalized After TikTok Video Went Wrong

Three Texas Teenagers Hospitalized After TikTok Video Went Wrong

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In recent years, there has been a bizarre trend for online challenges. Remember the Tide Pod challenge? The company ended up having to speak out against the trend, as a worrying number of people decided to film themselves eating these highly dangerous (and undoubtedly disgusting) laundry detergent capsules. It's clear that these challenges aren't for the weak-hearted. But one that has recently taken the internet by storm looks potentially even more hazardous than the rest - and it's left three teens in hospital already. If there's one thing the internet loves, it's a challenge.   via: Shutterstock The idea of setting a task that few can complete (but many will enjoy watching) is something fairly unique to the online community.   ...
Combating Coronavirus: Call For Special Prayers On May 14 To End Pandemic

Combating Coronavirus: Call For Special Prayers On May 14 To End Pandemic

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It will be a day for fasting, prayers, and supplications for the good of all humanity. The Higher Committee of Human Fraternity has called on people all over the world to pray to God for an end to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, noting that the world is facing a great danger that threatens the lives of millions of people due to the growing spread of the virus. The committee invited believers of the world of any and all faiths to make Thursday, May 14, "a day for fasting, prayers, and supplications for the good of all humanity". The committee said, "Each one, from wherever they are and according to the teachings of their religion, faith, or sect, should appeal to God to lift this pandemic off us and the entire world, to rescue us all from this adversity." The committee called...
Combating Coronavirus: 50,000 Indians In UAE Register On Online Portal To Return Home

Combating Coronavirus: 50,000 Indians In UAE Register On Online Portal To Return Home

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The missions are yet to begin analysing the data. As of 8pm on Thursday, a total of 50,000 Indian citizens have registered on the online portal collecting data of citizens who wish to travel home amid the Covid-19 pandemic in less than 24 hours since its launch late Wednesday night. Consul General of India in Dubai, Vipul, said: “The figures stands as of 8pm on Thursday (April 30). The data collection process would continue. However, we haven’t begun analysing the data as such.” The missions expect the numbers to rise in the coming days. Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said during his daily Covid-19 briefing on Thursday that a total of 353,468 Keralites in 201 countries have registered on the Norka-Roots portal to return as and when the lockdown ends. “A majority of this is
Egypt Billionaire Threatens Suicide If Coronavirus Curfew Continues

Egypt Billionaire Threatens Suicide If Coronavirus Curfew Continues

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Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris has threatened to commit suicide if measures to combat the spread of coronavirus are not rescinded after 2 weeks Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris has threatened to commit suicide if measures to combat the spread of coronavirus are not rescinded after two weeks. In an interview with local television channel Al-Hadath, Sawiris said “let me tell you something, I will commit suicide if they extend the [curfew] period.” Sawiris, who is Egypt’s second richest man, added that workers should return to factories at the end of the curfew on 8 April, to prevent a nationwide economic collapse. “We need a revolutionary decision, regardless of the consequences… even if people get sick, they will recover,” Sawiris told Al-Hadath. The business tycoon cited skewe
The COVID-19 Virus May Have Been in Humans For Years, Study Suggests

The COVID-19 Virus May Have Been in Humans For Years, Study Suggests

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As COVID-19 has hitchhiked around the globe, causing lockdowns, pneumonia and fear, scientists have been racing to determine where the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus has come from. While we don't have all the answers yet - including whether it came from an animal reservoir - a new analysis has definitively put to rest the conspiracies that claim it's a lab-made disease. The study raises some interesting possibilities regarding the origin of the new coronavirus. One of the scenarios suggests the virus may have been circulating harmlessly in human populations for quite a while before it became the pandemic that's now stopped the world in its tracks. "It is possible that a progenitor of SARS-CoV-2 jumped into humans, acquiring [new genomic features] through adaptation during undetected human...
We Need To Fight Climate Change Like The Coronavirus Pandemic, Warns UN

We Need To Fight Climate Change Like The Coronavirus Pandemic, Warns UN

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The world should fight climate change with the same determination it is showing in the battle against the new coronavirus, the United Nations said on Wednesday. The UN's World Meteorological Organization said it was time to flatten the curve on climate change as well, with its impact on the planet "reaching a crescendo" in the past five years - the hottest on record. The trend is expected to continue, the WMO said on Wednesday, as it marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day - an annual event to demonstrate support for environmental protection.​ Carbon dioxide levels at one key global observing station are about 26 percent higher than in 1970, while the average global temperature has increased by 0.86 degrees Celsius in that time, the WMO said.​ Temperatures are also 1.1 Celsius