No H5N8 human infection in Kuwait - Ministry of health

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The Ministry of Health emphasized Monday that no human infection of the deadly H5N8 virus was detected in Kuwait.

In a press statement commenting on a report by a European news agency, the MoH Assistant Undersecretary Dr. Majeda Al-Qattan stated that no reports about receiving H5N8-inftected people were received from hospitals and medical centers and institutions across the country. Al-Qattan assured that the highly contagious H5N8 is spreading among poultry, but the likelihood of human infection is low. This virus does not represent a threat to public health in Kuwait, she stressed. She affirmed that the ministry, however, is ready to deal with any case, if there, as per the international standards. 

She concluded that the Health Ministry and the Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources would continue coordination and contacts with relevant international institutions to exchange information in this regard.

Kuwait reported an outbreak of the highly contagious


Kuwait reported an outbreak of the highly contagious H5N8 bird flu virus in ducks, geese and pheasants, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Monday, citing an official Kuwaiti report. Some 144 birds were found dead in the region of Al Jarah, according to the report posted by the Paris-based OIE.This prompted the World Health Organization to call on all countries on Monday to monitor closely outbreaks of the deadly virus in birds and poultry and to report promptly any human cases that could signal the start of a flu pandemic. The H5N8 virus is highly deadly for poultry but has never been found in humans

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Kuwaiti navy to carry out live ammunition drill Jan. 24/25

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The Kuwaiti Naval Force will be conducting live ammunition exercises on January 24th and 25th, from 7:00 AM until 5:00 PM, the Ministry of Defense announced on Sunday. The shooting range will be 16.5 nautical miles east of Ras Al Julai'a to Qaruh island and six nautical miles east of Ras Azzour to Umm Al-Maradem island, a statement by the ministry noted. To ensure maximum safety, the statement urged sea-goers to steer clear of the area on the announced dates

KOC: Oil leak SE Kuwait contained

Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) announced on Monday that the oil leak in southwest of Kuwait on Sunday has been contained, the company's spokesman said.

Menahi Al-Enezi, also Acting Deputy CEO for Administrative and Financial affairs, said in a statement that the concerned teams managed to contain the leak and work is now ongoing to secure the oil well in accordance with the relevant protocol.
He anticipated that full control of the well will be completed within the few coming hours, expecting re-operation of the well for production

Saudi Finance Ministry says no to fees on foreign workers' remittances

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RIYADH: The Saudi finance ministry said on Sunday there would be no fees applied on remittances out of the country, days after the kingdom's advisory Shoura Council said it was looking at a proposal to impose a 6 percent levy on expatriate remittances.  Saudi Arabia is "committed to the principle of free movement of capital in and out of the kingdom, in line with international standards," the ministry said on its official Twitter account. Around a third of Saudi Arabia's 30 million inhabitants are foreigners, many of them attracted by the absence of tax and higher pay than they can get at home.

But the country has been facing a budget squeeze from low oil prices and announced reform plans last year, which included a proposal to impose income tax on foreign workers. Proposals endorsed by the Shoura Council are not always adopted and the kingdom's central bank governor and finance minister said in the autumn that there were no plans to tax remittances or income. The country has already introduced a range of new fees to help close a budget gap created by low oil prices.
For example, the government has raised the cost of visas and introduced gradually rising monthly fees on expatriate workers and their dependents.

KOC announces emergency after oil leak SE Kuwait - spokesman

Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) announced a state of emergency following an oil leak in southwest of Kuwait on Sunday, the company's spokesman said. Menahi Al-Enezi, also Acting Deputy CEO for Administrative and Financial affairs, said in a press statement KOC teams were at the scene of the leak and dealing with the situation in accordance with the relevant protocol. Al-Enezi said no reading of toxic gases was detected

Man arrested after setting his friend on fire

Man set on fire in extreme prank Media users call for stringent action as joke went too far


A Kuwaiti man has set his friend on fire in an extreme prank that went too far and sparked calls for punitive action. Jassem Rajab who has made a name on social media platforms for his short clips imitating candid camera pranks, posted a one-minute video in which he was engaged in a daring game with his friend, Saudi news site Al Marsad reported on Sunday.

"I am here in a challenge to Abu Rajab," said the friend who had his hands tied behind his back and his eyes covered with a blindfold, referring to the prankster as the two stood facing the camera.Jassem said the friend was famous for having the loudest shouts on Instagram "as if to show off how virile he is."

"Do you want me to show you how much I am?" he asked. The victim dared him to prove how masculine he was "I dare you and I challenge ten people like you," he said.
When the unsuspecting victim confirmed the challenge, the prankster calmly poured gasoline on his clothes and set him on fire. The victim was horrified and sought to escape from the fire engulfing him before the operation crew intervened to put it out and to free him. The video later showed the two men together and the prankster insisting that he had taken all the precautions to ensure that nobody was at risk.

"All arrangements were taken to make sure he is not affected by the fire," Jassem said. "We had a special cream to protect him and we had fire extinguishers nearby."

The victim, visibly shaken by the dangerous stunt, said that he had not expected to be set alight by his fire as part of a joke."I saw death with my eyes. I thought it was going to be a light joke, but I did not expect to be set on fire."

Social media users said that Jassem had pushed the prank too far and that he should be severely punished for his action. Rima, a user, said that extreme pranks should be punished. "It was highly dangerous and terribly horrible, and the prankster should be punished." Wise Words, another user said that the prank lacked imagination, common sense and good humour.Salman expressed concerns about the extent of the actions taken by some people to attract attention on social media. "We have a grave problem with the Instagram generation who, save for a few, lack morals, good education and satisfactory attitudes," he posted.

Kuwait dispatches humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees in Turkey

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A Kuwaiti convoy carrying medical aid earmarked for Syrian refugees crossed into southern Turkey on Sunday, Kuwait's Al-Rahma International Charity announced. Head of Al-Rahma International's office in Syria Waleed Al-Suwailem told KUNA that a contingent of doctors from Kuwait Medical Association has tended to around 625 patients at Emel Hospital in the town of Reyhanli in the southern province of Hatay. Moreover, he noted that the aid is part of a campaign launched by Al-Rahma International to provide relief for the people of the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo. On the scope of assistance, Al-Suwailem said that Al-Rahma International has delivered USD 70 million worth of aid since the start of the Syrian conflict.

Meanwhile, Kuwait's Al-Najat Charity distributed humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees in the province of Hatay, which included food baskets, heaters and pecuniary assistance. Speaking to KUNA, Head of Al-Najat Charity's relief projects Thamer Al-Sahib said that the aid also comprises recreational and educational activities for children. He also added that the aid aims to mitigate the misery that thousands of Syrian refugee families are mired

Source : KUNA

Bin Duaij fountain ... oldest, most iconic drinking fountain in Kuwait

Bin Duaij fountain, which was established by charitable figure Abdulaziz Mohammad Al-Duaij in 1876, is considered the oldest and most iconic drinking fountain in the State of Kuwait. The Ministry of Awqaf (Endowment) and Islamic Affairs was the body responsible for maintaining the fountain since 1966; however, this duty was transferred to the Kuwait Awqaf Public Foundation

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