DECISIONS TO LIMIT EXPATS IN KUWAIT ON QUOTA SYSTEM

The Minister of Social Affairs and Labor issued executive decisions to form work team for preparing a mechanism for setting the maximum limit of expatriates based on Quota System for nationalities in Kuwait.

1. Reduce the number of issued visas for domestic workers available to the Citizens by 40% to 50%.

2. Reduce the number of employees in the companies that provide security services by 25% as well as the use of modern technology.

3. The maximum limit for the period of residency for foreign workers in certain professions is expected to be between 10 and 20 years.

4. Reduce the number of visas available to each person during a year and arrange it in coordination with the General Directorate of Information Systems of the Ministry of Interior.

5. Increase the fees for residency violators by 100%.

6. Legal action for those who help or incite domestic workers to runaway from their employers causing demographic imbalance by entering the labour market randomly .

This year Eid Al-Fitr may have 9 days holidays

This time, people in Kuwait may get up to 9 days holiday for Eid Al-Fitr if the Ramadan month completes 30 days, local Arabic news paper reported.

According to report, if the Ramadan month completes 30 days, the first day of Eid Al-Fitr will fall on Monday, June 26 and the previous day — Sunday, June 25 (Ramadan 30) — will be an official holiday. Since June 24 is a Saturday, and Tuesday, June 28 and Wednesday, June 29 will be the second and third days of Eid Al-Fitr holidays respectively, the total holidays will be from Friday, June 23 to Friday June 30 and official work will resume on Sunday, July 2.

However if Ramadan ends within 29 days, the first day of Eid Al-Fitr will fall on Sunday, June 25. The second and third Eid Al-Fitr holidays will be on June 26 and June 27 respectively. Considering the weekend on Friday, June 23 and Saturday, June 24, the total number of Eid Al-Fitr holidays will be only five days.

Move to increase residence fee

The Ministry of the Interior is planning to increase the residence fees of foreigners, local daily reported.

According to report, the fees for dependents (joining the family) is set at KD 300. The decision also includes a payment of KD 30 for each visit visa and temporary residence KD 20. The decision is expected to be referred to the National Assembly for approval.

31 held in brothel house, 56 illegal workers arrested

Kuwait Officers from Residency Affairs Department raided a house and arrested 31 women from different nationalities where they were practicing prostitution after receiving information that it is being used the housemaids who run away from their sponsors in the brothel, Meanwhile Ahmadi security men raided a zone in Wafra road and arrested 56 illegal and runaway expat workers, they were referred to the concerned authorities

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KUWAIT MONITORS ALGAE SLICK FLOATING IN SHUWAIKH PORT

Kuwait: A slick of algae floating in the waters of Shuwaikh port has caused no deaths in marine creatures, the Public Environment Authority said on Saturday. Analyses have shown that the floating slick comprises some harmful algae however no deaths among the living creatures have been recorded, These algae may kill some of the creatures, it said, EPA has been monitoring a status of the slick for some days.

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Facebook may start using your WhatsApp data from THIS summer as it nears a deal with privacy watchdogs

Facebook could soon be using your Whatsapp data to target ads. The company, which owns WhatsApp, is currently in talks with European regulators to gain access to user information this summer.  Last year, WhatsApp started 'coordinating' accounts with Facebook by sharing users' mobile phone numbers.  This was met with huge opposition by privacy watchdogs. 

At the time, they suggested WhatsApp had not obtained valid consent from its customers. As a result, Facebook agreed to suspend using data collected from UK WhatsApp users for advertising purposes. However, this could change by the summer. Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon, the lead EU regulator on privacy issues for Facebook said that the European Union might change its mind.   'I think we are in agreement with the parties - WhatsApp and Facebook - that the quality of the information provided to users could have been clearer, could have been more transparent and could have been expressed in simpler terms,' she told Reuters in an interview. 

WHATSAPP DATA SHARING 

WhatsApp, acquired by Facebook in 2014, last year said it would share user data with its parent company to better fight spam and improve users' experiences of both services .

The move was a subtle but significant shift for the messaging app, which has long promised to safeguard the privacy of more than one billion users around the world.

In September WhatsApp started 'coordinating' accounts with Facebook by sharing users' mobile phone numbers.

The two share device information, such as the type of operating system and other smartphone characteristics.

Facebook uses the phone number internally to better identify WhatsApp users on Facebook.

This means it can recommend friends or show targeted advertising.

The ads come through a Facebook program called 'Custom Audiences'.

In November, Facebook agreed to suspend using data collected from UK WhatsApp users for advertising purposes

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'We are working towards a solution on that.' It's not yet clear what information will be shared, but Facebook is likely to use it to help advertisers target the right kinds of people.   Last year, Facebook said the data WhatsApp collects is extremely limited and only a part of what is then shared with Facebook.

A recent Amnesty report ranked 11 companies that run the world's most popular messaging apps, including Skype, Snapchat and Facebook Messenger

Two arrested in Kuwait for human trafficking

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Police raid apartment and free two women from Sierra Leone who were held captive by two men from Uganda

Security authorities in Kuwait have freed two women from Sierra Leone and arrested two men from Uganda for human trafficking.

The case emerged when the police received a tip-off about women being held by two Ugandans in an apartment in Salmiya, a district in the capital Kuwait City. An investigation was launched and after securing a legal warrant, the police raided the flat where they found two Sierra Leoneans in a terrible state physically and morally, Kuwaiti daily Al Rai reported on Thursday, citing a security source.

The police also found bank notes, plane tickets and visa forms for several Africans. The two women said that they were taken from their home country in West Africa to neighbouring Guinea overland after showing the authorities documents they were on their way to the Senegal further north.

“The two women were taken to an asylum centre to receive proper health care following the humiliations and pains they suffered from the two Ugandans and which lasted about one month since they were taken out of their home country and moved to Guinea then to a flat in Kuwait,” the source said. “Investigations have revealed that the two Ugandans were trafficking in humans in partnership with accomplices in both Uganda and Guinea. They will be referred to the competent authorities for legal action.

103 Arrested, 34501 Traffic Violations Issued In Traffic Campaigns

Kuwait : The traffic sector conducted campaigns throughout the six governorates recently led to the issuance of 34501 citations, impounding of 536 vehicles, 13 motorcycles seized, 7 vehicles recovered, arrest of 103 individuals who committed major traffic violations and referral of 2 persons to the Deportation Center for driving without driving license, The department affirmed these campaigns are ongoing round the clock in all parts of the country in a bid to strictly implement the traffic regulations and to protect the road users

 

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Aerosols to protect Earth from global warming will be sprayed into the stratosphere NEXT YEAR

Aerosols to protect Earth from global warming will be sprayed into the stratosphere NEXT YEAR, but scientists warn the results could be 'catastrophic

The first-of-its-kind experiment from scientists at Harvard University in Maryland will pump small amounts of aerosol gases into the stratosphere to reflect the sun's rays away from Earth.

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WHAT COULD GO WRONG? 

In 2014, researchers warned of what might happen if climate engineering stopped after a few decades for technical or political reasons.

‘For several methods we saw a rapid change in the simulated climate when climate engineering ended,’ said Dr David Keller from the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research in Kiel, Germany.  

For example, if after 50 years the sun's rays were no longer partially blocked, Earth warmed by several degrees within a few decades.

Dr Keller said: ‘This change would be much faster than the current rate of climate change, with potentially even more catastrophic consequences.’ 

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SIDE EFFECTS OF OTHER GEOENGINEERING STRATEGIES 

Afforestation: This technique would irrigate deserts, such as those in Australia and North Africa, to plant millions of trees that could absorb carbon dioxide.

Drawback: This vegetation would also draw in sunlight that the deserts currently reflect back into space, and so contribute to global warming.

Artificial ocean upwelling: Engineers would use long pipes to pump cold, nutrient-rich water upward to cool ocean-surface waters.

Drawback: If this process ever stopped it could cause oceans to rebalance their heat levels and rapidly change the climate.

Ocean alkalinisation: This involves heaping lime into the ocean to chemically increase the absorption of carbon dioxide.

Drawback: Study suggests it will have of little use in reducing global temperatures.

Ocean iron fertilisation: The method involves dumping iron into the oceans to improve the growth of photosynthetic organisms that can absorb carbon dioxide.

Drawback: Study suggests it will have of little use in reducing global temperatures.

Solar radiation management: This would reduce the amount of sunlight Earth receives, by shooting reflective sulphate-based aerosols into the atmosphere.

Drawback: Carbon dioxide would still build up in the atmosphere. 

 

WHAT IS CALCITE? 

After examining stratospheric chemistry and ruling out most of the periodic table, the researchers landed on calcite - a constituent of limestone.

It is the most stable form of calcium carbonate. 

They found that this could neutralise emission-based acids in the atmosphere while also reflecting light and cooling the planet. 

Calcite is one of the most common compounds in the Earth's crust, and only a small amount would be needed for the solar geoengineering. 

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Calcite is one of the most common compounds in the Earth's crust, and only a small amount would be needed for the solar geoengineering.

The researchers are currently testing calcite in the lab conditions designed to mimic the atmosphere.

While it may help to alleviate the problem, the researchers note that this method of solar engineering is not a solution to climate change.

'Geoengineering is like taking painkillers,' said Keutsch.

'When things are really bad, painkillers can help but they don't address the cause of a disease and they may cause more harm than good. We really don't know the effects of geoengineering but that is why we're doing this research.'

The research is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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