Kuwait Airways : Launches the first commercial flight of the new plane Boeing 777-300ER to Dubai

 

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Kuwait Airways launches the first commercial flight of the new plane Boeing 777-300ER to Dubai

286 Arrested in security raid in Jleeb

 

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286 Arrested in security raid in Jleeb

 

In an intensive security campaign at Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh area, 286 individuals were arrested for various violations.

The campaign was conducted under the guidance of Undersecretary of Ministry of Interior Lieutenant General Sulaiman Al-Fahad. The security men closed all areas, streets and roads in the area to carry out the campaign, the arrested individuals included 2 involved in criminal cases, 20 involved in civil cases, 12 reported as absconding by their sponsors, 185 who did not have their civil IDs, 49 with expired visas , 1 who entered the country illegally and 9 for behaving indecently, 9 for liquor cases, 200 traffic violations. The campaign also resulted in seizure of 35 vehicles and 45 plates removed from vehicles.

 

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3500 people have been released after their documents were verified, The MOI confirmed that such intensive campaigns will continue to maintain the security of the nation.

 

 

Twitter poses direct broadcast video feature

 

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Twitter poses direct broadcast video feature

 

Twitter announced that now anyone can broadcast live video directly from its apps. Powered by Periscope, live video on Twitter allows people to share and experience everything from significant moments to daily life together with an audience - all through a Tweet.

"We started Periscope because we wanted to give people the superpower to share live video with an audience. Bringing this capability directly into the Twitter app is an important step because it brings that superpower to the hundreds of millions of people who use Twitter,” said Kayvon Beykpour, CEO of Periscope. “Twitter's already the place where people go to see what's happening. With this update, anyone can now broadcast what's happening live."

Members of the audience within a live video on Twitter can interact with the broadcaster by commenting and sending hearts to show their support. Tweets that contain live video can be Retweeted, liked, and shared anywhere that people can share a Tweet.

Anyone on Twitter can now create and Tweet live video with the latest Android and iOS updates.

Additional updates:
• You do not need to download Periscope to go live on Twitter with this update. You can go live straight from Twitter.
• The feature is not available to India only - this is global for everyone on iOS and Android as of today and rolling out during the next 24 hours.
• Periscope was the first to popularize live video and you've been able to view live video in Twitter since January. This update brings the creation and engagement aspects of live video into Twitter natively.

Sponsors Kuwaiti Rights group calls to end kafala system

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Kuwaiti Rights group calls to end kafala system

 

A Kuwaiti rights group yesterday called on the government to abolish its “kafala” system for foreign workers, which has long been criticized as a form of bonded labor or even slavery. In its 2016 annual report, the Kuwait Association for the Fundamentals of Human Rights called for “abolishing the current kafala system and replacing it with rules according to international standards”. The system prevents workers from moving to a new job before their contracts end without their boss’ consent, resulting in a wide range of abuses.

The rights group also expressed concern over the so-called administrative deportation of thousands of foreign workers every year by the interior ministry. “The association demands that no foreigner is deported out of Kuwait without a final court order,” it said. The report criticized the segregation of Kuwaitis and expatriates at public health centers, saying it was discrimination on the basis of nationality.

The association warned of the growing “language of hatred” against foreigners and expressed concern over racial discrimination in Kuwait. It criticized the government’s crackdown on freedom of expression through arresting bloggers. The rights group called for introducing a “humanitarian and legal solution” for around 120,000 stateless people – locally known as bedoons – who are deprived of many basic rights. Bedoons were born and raised in Kuwait and claim the right to Kuwaiti citizenship, but the government says only around a third qualify for consideration and that the rest hold other nationalities.
But the association welcomed “favorable” government measures including issuing a special law for domestic helpers and legislation to set up a national human rights body. In July, Kuwait became the first Gulf state to set a minimum wage for its hundreds of thousands of mostly Asian domestic workers. In its 2016 “Trafficking in Persons” report, the US State Department upgraded Kuwait from tier three, the worst level, to tier two while keeping it on watch list, citing an improvement in its treatment of migrant workers, including maids. Around 25 million foreigners live and work in the energy-rich Gulf states, making up half of the population.

China to build 2 hospitals in Kuwait for expatriates

 

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China to build 2 hospitals in Kuwait for expatriates

 

Kuwait Health Assurance Company (KHAC) on Tuesday signed a 162 million dinar ($531 million) deal with the China Metallurgical Group Corporation (MCC) to build two
hospitals with a 600-bed capacity, KHAC said.

The hospitals will serve insurance-paying expatriates who account for some 70 percent of Kuwait’s 4.4 million population. 

KHAC, which was set up by the government in 2014 in partnership with the private sector, aims to provide health care services to expatriates separate from those provided by the government to Kuwaitis.

Chief Executive Ahmed alSaleh, who signed the deal in Kuwait City with a senior MCC offi cial, said the contracting company would design, build, equip and maintain the two hospitals, which will be located in Al-Jahra and Al-Ahmadi districts

Severe cold weather expected from next week

 

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Severe cold weather expected from next week

Kuwaiti astronomer Adel Al-Marzouq has warned that Kuwait will experience severe cold weather from Dec 19.


According to Al-Anba daily, Al-Marzouq indicated that the nights are going to be longer and daytime will be shorter, reiterating that there will be sharp drop in temperatures from mid of next week.

Kuwait to witness Meteor shower Tuesday evening

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Kuwait to witness Meteor shower Tuesday evening

Kuwait will witness several astronomical phenomena such as latency stars hiding behind the moon (Al-Debran), the process of observing full moon (AlBader), and the meteor showers (Altoomyat) this week, informed Director of Astronomy and Space Science at the Scientific Club Bader Hamoud AlOmairah.


Al-Omairah declared that Al-Debran - a glossy red star called Alpha Bull, which is 65 light years from the earth equaling to around 616 trillion kilometers - will hide behind the Constellation Taurus at exactly 8:09 am on Tuesday.

The moon on Wednesday will enter the phase of becoming full moon and completion, noting this full moon is the super type because it will move closer while rotating in its orbit around the Earth’s distance of approximately 353 thousand kilometers.

Kuwait will have a date with other meteor showers this year, namely, Altoomyat from Tuesday evening until early Wednesday, he added.

Central Bank to send warnings to customers who have not submitted invoices for loan amount

 

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Central Bank to send warnings to customers who have not submitted invoices for loan amount

 

The Central Bank of Kuwait (CBK) will send warnings to customers who have not submitted their invoices and bills for clarifying the purpose behind taking personal loans from local banks.

According to local Arabic news paper Al-Shahed daily, CBK has renewed the demand from several banks to ensure their customers who took personal loans to submit the invoices.

As per report, large number of customers are not aware of the gravity of the situation and the punitive measures or sanctions the banks will impose on them if they do not comply with the terms after the end of the grace period. CBK informed that the instructions should not be taken lightly and failure in compliance to this instruction could force CBK to penalize the bank.

Sabah Al-Ahmad Heritage and Folklore Village to open for visitors

 

 

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Sabah Al-Ahmad Heritage and Folklore Village will start receiving visitors — citizens, other GCC nationals and expatriates — on Dec 16, 2016.

In a press statement, the Supreme Committee for the center urged all those who wish to participate in the heritage competitions in all categories to submit their applications. The competitions will begin on Jan 15, 2017 under the patronage of HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber AlSabah.

Qatar abolishes sponsors "Kafala" system for expats

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Qatar abolishes sponsors "Kafala" system for expats
Qatar will abolish expatriates' sponsors system, known as Kafala system, as of Tuesday. On Tuesday December 13th, Law No. 21 of 2015 will come into effect introducing new provisions regulating the entry, exit and residency requirements for all workers in Qatar, Minister of Administrative Development Labour and Social Affairs Dr. Issa bin Saad Al Jafali Al Nuaimi.
He added that the new measures come one year after the Qatari Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani signed the reforms into law. The law abolishes the Kafala system and guarantees greater flexibility, freedom and protection to Qatar's more than 2.1 million workforce, he argued.
"The State of Qatar is enormously grateful to the millions of workers who have come to Qatar to build our nation's infrastructure during this period of rapid change. The new law is the latest step towards improving and protecting the rights of every expatriate worker in Qatar. Minister Al-Nuaimi stated that the new law replaces the Kafala system with a modernised, contract-based system that safeguards worker rights and increases job flexibility.
"We welcome any comment or constructive criticism, and will continue to do so in the future. However, we urge the international community not to draw any definitive conclusions until there has been time to see the new law in action. At its core, we are doing this because we believe it is the right thing to do and because it provides tangible new benefits to expatriate workers," he said. He stressed that the government will work diligently to ensure it is properly implemented, including increasing our monitoring capabilities and hiring more compliance inspectors to tighten the net on companies who violate the law.
On the subject of enforcing the law, Brigadier Mohammed Ahmed Al Atiq Director General of the Department of Passport and Expatriates Affairs in the Ministry of Interior said: "Enforcing Law No. 21 of 2015 is a government priority. Its success will be measured by how it is implemented in the weeks, months and years ahead."
Under the new rules: Freedom of movement is explicitly guaranteed. Expats have the right to leave the country after notifying the employer, whether to take leave or for an emergency.
Expats also have the right to permanently leave the country before or after completing the duration of their contract, after notifying the employer according to the terms of the contract. If the employer rejects a leave request, the migrant worker can appeal to the Exit Permit Grievances Committee, which has to respond to all requests within 3 days. The applicant will be able to leave the country unless he is wanted in connection to any active criminal proceedings, or has defaulted on any debt in Qatar that remains unsettled.
Expats will no longer need approval from their existing employer to change jobs if they complete the length of a fixed-term contract. Individuals in open-ended contracts will also be able to change jobs without their existing employer's permission, provided that they complete a five-year service period. All prospective migrant workers will be able to see a copy of their job contract, prior to leaving their country of origin, as obtaining a work visa will now require the existence of a job contract approved by the Ministry. Employers found to have confiscated passports can be fined up to QR25,000 per worker. When enacted, this will be the toughest financial penalty against passport confiscation within the region.

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