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Bernhard Langer, 65, sets new record with US Senior Open win

STEVENS POINT, Wisconsin: Bernhard Langer won the US Senior Open on Sunday at SentryWorld to break the PGA Tour Champions’ career victory record. Pushing his record as the oldest winner on the 50-and-over tour to 65 years, 10 months, 5 days, the German star broke a tie with Hale Irwin for the victory mark with No. 46. Seven strokes ahead on the back nine, Langer bogeyed the final three holes for 1-under 70 and a two-stroke victory over home-state favorite Steve Stricker on the tree-lined course with thick rough.

VMS, Saudi Venture Studio, Acquires Stakes in Egypt’s Cash Cows

RIYADH: The startup ecosystem in the Middle East and North Africa region is poised to get a boost as Saudi Arabia-based venture studio VMS has acquired minority stakes in Egyptian startup accelerator Cash Cows.   The purchase of stakes is part of a strategic partnership agreement aimed at supporting the entrepreneurial ecosystem in both countries and in the wider MENA region, according to a press release.  

“King Abdulaziz Port Achieves Record Container Throughput of 206,415 TEUs”

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s quest to ramp up trade volumes has seen one of its major ports registering an unprecedented growth in cargo volume. The King Abdulaziz Port set a new container throughput record of handling 206,145 twenty-foot equivalent units in May 2023, according to data released by the Saudi Ports Authority, also known as Mawani. The Dammam port surpassed its previous record of 199,609 TEUs in August 2022.

ACWA Power gets $100m credit from Chinese bank to expand operations

RIYADH: In an effort to boost its operations, Saudi energy firm ACWA Power secured $100 million in a revolving credit facility from China Construction Bank. Engaged in collaboration with the Chinese bank since 2016, ACWA Power signed the three-year revolver agreement to scale up its power generation and water desalination portfolio in the Middle East, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.

New Electrical Transmission Line Connects Afar, Saudi Arabia to Yusufiya, Iraq

DUBAI: Aiming to step up energy security and usher in a new era in regional cooperation, Prince Saud bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz, the governor of the Eastern Province, inaugurated an electrical interconnection project between the Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority and Iraq. Saudi Arabia’s Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman said the connection was a dream turned reality, in an interview with Al-Arabiya. He said this landmark deal could achieve tangible economic benefits and enhance energy security.

Macron finalizes $100bn climate finance accord with leaders in France

PARIS: Wealthy nations finalized an overdue climate finance pledge to developing countries worth $100 billion on Friday and created a fund for biodiversity and the protection of forests, France’s president said, according to Reuters. Emmanuel Macron was speaking at a final panel of a summit in Paris where some 40 leaders, including two dozen from Africa, China’s prime minister and Brazil’s president had gathered to give impetus to a new global finance agenda.

TASI Market Cap Reaches $2.9tn with Strong Fundamentals: S&P

RIYADH: The market capitalization of the Tadawul All Share Index surged to over $2.9 trillion in June, up from $420 million in 2015, according to a report by S&P Global Ratings.   The firm suggested that the increase indicates solid economic fundamentals and positive investor sentiment in Saudi Arabia. Tadawul and the Capital Market Authority have launched several initiatives to expand the capital market in recent years as the Kingdom seeks to diversify its economy in line with the Vision 2030 initiative. 

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