Dusty weather during weekend in Kuwait

The weather during the weekend will be dusty due to the moderate and active winds, said the official at the Kuwait Meteorological Department Abdulaziz Al-Qarawi Thursday.

Speaking to KUNA, Al-Qarawi said that the lowest temperature during Thursday would reach around 23-26 Degrees Celsius during the evening while wind speed will be between 15-42 kilometers per hour (kph).

As for the status of the sea, Al-Qarawi said that waves would be light to moderate at a height of two to six feet. Friday weather will be dusty due to the active northwest wind at speeds between 25 to 55 kph, the high temperature will be between 34-36 Degrees Celsius, said Al-Qarawi. 

The status of sea Friday will be moderate to high waves at heights of four to six feet, said the meteorologist.
The lowest temperature on Friday will between 23-25 degrees. Al-Qarawi said that Saturday would be relatively hot with a moderate to active northwest winds at speeds of 20 to 50 kph causing dust. Highest temperature will reach 37 Degrees Celsius and the lowest between 23-25 degrees.

Status of the sea will be moderate to high waves at three to six feet high during daytime and light to moderate at the evening at two to five feet high.

Average salary of expatriate employees in private sector is KD 251

According to the recent statistics issued by the Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI), The average monthly salary of expatriate employees in government sector is KD 691 and the average salary of expatriate employees in private sector is KD 251 Al Qabas daily reported. As per the report the average salary of all expatriate employees in the country, excluding domestic workers, is KD 290. The average monthly of domestic workers is estimated as KD 117.

As per the report, the total sum of salaries offered to all expatriate workers in Kuwait will be KD 6.52 billion, report added.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi accepts Kuwait’s invitation; Sent thank you letter to Kuwait

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Indian Prime Minister Sri Narendra Modi accepted the Kuwait's invitation for visiting the country and sends a thank you letter to the Prime Minister of the State of Kuwait H H Sheikh Jaber Al Mubarak Al Hamad Al Sabah for the invitation.

However the date for Modi's visit to Kuwait is not yet finalized and as per informed sources, the date will be finalized after mutual consultation between the two countries.

Modi, in his reply, said that the relationship between India and Kuwait have historically been close, characterized by extensive people-to-people contacts and mutual respect. He also said that he will be looking forward to work with the Kuwaiti leadership to further deepen the ongoing bilateral political and economic cooperation between the two countries.

Indian PM Naredndra Modi also wished the friendly people of Kuwait in his letter to the Prime Minister of the state of Kuwait.

Earlier Kuwait Prime Minister had officially invited Narendra Modi to visit Kuwait. This will be the first visit by any Indian Prime Minister after 35 years. Modi's visit to Kuwait was a long time demand by the Indian community in Kuwait after he took charge as the Prime Minister of India. According to official figure, there are about 900,000 Indians living in Kuwait.

Thailand hosts World Cricket League event for first time

Teams during the warm-up matches of the World Cricket League Asia Qualifier

International men’s cricket makes a return to Thailand, with Chiang Mai hosting the ICC World Cricket League Qualifier- Asia, with teams aiming to qualify for the ICC World Cricket League Division 5.

The event is the Asian qualifying tournament and is the first step of the ladder for Associate and Affiliate members of the ICC as they strive for a place in the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2023 and beyond.

This takes place from 22 April to May 1, where seven teams will compete for one place in the ICC World Cricket League Division 5, where they will join regional qualifiers Ghana, Vanuatu, Cayman Islands and one from Europe. As well as Guernsey, Jersey and Italy.

WCL Division 5 will be a truly global event so the seven teams, Thailand, Bahrain, Bhutan, China, Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, have a lot to play for as they take part in a round robin league with each team facing a tough schedule of six 50-over matches within 10 days.

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Three matches will be played each of the seven playing days with three days also allowed for rest days or reserve days should the weather intervene, so it is a great chance for Chiang Mai to show off the excellent facilities available at the David Buck Oval at Prem International School, at Chiang Mai Gymkhana Club and at the newest ground at Royal Chiang Mai Golf Course.

Bhutan and Thailand during their warm-up match prior to the ICC WCL Qualifier - Asia

The competition also gives Thailand’s men’s team the chance to come out of the shadow of the successful women’s team as they play their first major competition since December 2012 when Chiang Mai hosted the Asian Cricket Council Challenge for the last time. The new look Thailand squad looks to be a good mixture of young Thai players joined by several experienced expats and it will also be a good chance to play against strong teams as Thailand builds up for the South East Asia Games in Malaysia later this year.

Thailand will face some familiar opponents who have taken part in ACC Challenge competitions in 2008, 2010 and 2012 when the host country each time managed to reach the semi-finals without taking the extra step which would have seen them qualify for ACC Elite tournaments and earlier editions of the World Cricket League.

Bhutan took part in the ICC World Cricket League Division 8 when it was held in Samoa in September 2012 and faced teams from Norway, Japan, Vanuatu, Samoa, Ghana, Suriname and Belgium. Bahrain and Kuwait both played in WCL Division 6 held in Jersey in 2013 where they faced Argentina, Jersey, Nigeria and Vanuatu.

Bhutan and Thailand shake hands after their warm-up match before the ICC WCL Qualifier - Asia

It is difficult to work out the relative strengths of the seven teams as several of the participating countries haven’t played in international competitions for a number of years. China did play in the Asian Games T20 event in 2014 but they managed to lose to hosts South Korea, while Thailand were regularly in the top four teams in ACC Challenge competitions without gaining promotion to the Elite.

Bhutan reached the Challenge Final in January 2009 by beating Thailand in the semi-final to gain promotion, then in December 2010 Saudi Arabia beat Thailand in the semi-finals and then two years later it was Bahrain who completed an unwanted hat-trick for Thailand.

The most recent form guide comes from the revamped ACC Elite competition (new second division beneath a six team the Premier) played in 2014 which saw Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and Bhutan take part in a 50-over league along with Singapore and Maldives. Saudi Arabia and Kuwait each won four out of five matches, but Bahrain won only match and Bhutan lost all five. Thailand. China and Qatar, also losing semi-finalists in 2012.

Play gets under way on Saturday with Bhutan facing Thailand at Prem, China meeting Saudi Arabia at Gymkhana and Kuwait facing Qatar at Royals. The final round of fixtures will be played on 1st May and there is a lot at stake for all seven teams as they take their first steps on a clear pathway to ICC Cricket World Cup.

 

Source: www.icc-cricket.com

 

Vijay Mallya arrested in London

Liquor baron Vijay Mallya, wanted in India for defaulting on over Rs 8,000 crore in bank loans, was arrested here on Tuesday. Within hours, a court granted him bail. Metropolitan Police said Mallya, 61, was taken into custody after attending a central London police station.

The Westminster Magistrates' Court later gave him bail on a 650,000 pound bond. The next hearing of the case will be on May 17. A Metropolitan Police statement said officers from the Extradition Unit arrested Mallya on an extradition warrant from India. "Mallya was arrested on behalf of the Indian authorities in relation to accusations of fraud," the statement said.

After getting bail, Mallya tweeted: "Usual Indian media hype. Extradition hearing in court started today as expected." Mallya fled to Britain in March 2016 after being pursued in courts by Indian banks seeking to recover Rs 8,191 crore owed by his now defunct Kingfisher Airline.The banks had been able to recover only Rs 155 crore. Despite multiple injunctions, Mallya failed to appear before investigators -- and then flew out of India.

In February, the Indian government handed over to the UK authorities a formal request for Mallya's extradition, saying it had a legitimate case against him on charges of financial irregularities and loan default.

Mile-wide asteroid nicknamed 'The Rock' will make its closest pass to Earth in 400 years TOMORROW

A ‘potentially hazardous’ asteroid estimated to be nearly a mile wide is set for an relatively close flyby with Earth tomorrow.

Object 2014 JO25, dubbed The Rock after wrestler Dwayne Johnson, is said to be ‘among the strongest asteroid radar targets of the year,’ and will pass by our planet within just 4.6 lunar distances tomorrow. According to NASA, it’s the closest shave we’ve had with an asteroid of this size in the last decade, and isn’t expected to come this close again for at least 400 years.

A ‘potentially hazardous’ asteroid estimated to be nearly a mile wide is set for an alarmingly close flyby with Earth tomorrow (stock image). Its diameter is estimated to fall between 640 meters and 1.4 kilometers (0.4 to 0.9 miles)

The object was first spotted by the Mt Lemmon Survey in Arizona in May 2014.  Not much is known about the celestial object, but Nasa has predicted that it is twice as reflective as the moon. This means it could be visible from Earth.  Its diameter is estimated to fall between 640 meters and 1.4 kilometers (0.4 to 0.9 miles) and it will travel at about 33 meters per second (73 mph).

It will pass at a distance of 1.1 million miles - or about 4.6 times the distance from Earth to the moon.  It is due to pass tomorrow at 8:24AM ET (1:24PM BST). Space Explorer Ron Baalke, of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, warned of the object in a tweet last year, showing how its orbit brings the massive space rock frighteningly close to Earth.

Asteroid 2014 JO25 is classified as a ‘potentially hazardous Asteroid,’ according to NASA.

Space Explorer Ron Baalke, of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, warned of the object in a tweet last year, showing how its orbit brings the massive space rock frighteningly close to Earth.

But, it’s expected to flyby safely at about 4.6 lunar distances (roughly 1,766,400 km or 1,097,590 miles).

‘The 2017 flyby is the closest by an asteroid at least this large since the encounter by 4179 Toutatis at four lunar distances in September 2004,’ the space agency explains.

‘The next known flyby by an object with a comparable or larger diameter will occur when 800-m-diameter asteroid 1999 AN10 approaches within one lunar distance in August 2027.

‘The 2017 encounter is the closest by this asteroid for at least the last 400 years. There are no known future encounters by 2014 JO25 as close as the one in 2017 through 2500.’

 
 

NASA'S ASTEROID REDIRECT MISSION 

Nasa is planning ambitious mission that will see a robotic spaceship visit an asteroid to create an orbiting base for astronauts.

The robot ship will pluck a large boulder off the space rock and sling it around the moon, becoming a destination to prepare for future human missions to Mars.

Nasa plans to study the asteroid for about a year and test deflection techniques that one day may be necessary to save Earth from a potentially catastrophic collision.

Although the target asteroid is not expected to be officially selected until 2020, NASA is using 2008 EV5 as the reference asteroid while the search continues for potential alternates.

Before beginning its trip to lunar orbit, the ARM spacecraft will demonstrate a widely supported asteroid deflection technique called a gravity tractor. The spacecraft plus the mass of the captured boulder will create a small gravitational attraction to alter the orbit of the large asteroid. After collecting a multi-ton boulder from the asteroid, the robotic spacecraft will slowly redirect the boulder to an orbit around the moon, using the moon's gravity for an assist, where NASA plans to conduct a series of proving ground missions in the 2020s.

There, astronauts will be able to select, extract, collect, and return samples from the multi-ton asteroid mass, and conduct other human-robotic and spacecraft operations in the proving ground that will validate concepts for NASA's journey to Mars.  Earlier this month, the famous Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacombini-Kresák, flew past our planet at the closest distance since its discovery.

On April 1, the object came 13.2 million miles (21.2 million km) away from Earth. Comet 41P belongs to the group Jupiter comets, which are objects that have been caught up in Jupiter's massive gravity and now orbit between the sun and the giant planet.

Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacombini-Kresák (circled) alongside Dusty (middle), an edge-on spiral galaxy and the owlish Messier 97 (right), a planetary nebula, in a telescopic image

The comet was first discovered in 1858 and circles the sun every five and a half years. But this year the comet's perihelion point, the part of its orbit that is closest to the sun, is just outside Earth's orbit. This created a six-day period from March 29 to April 3 when the comet will come closer to Earth than ever before. It reached its closest point, roughly a tenth of the distance between the sun and Earth, on April Fool's Day. 

No more embarrassing texts WhatsApp could soon let you UNSEND messages within five minutes

Many of us have at least one message we wish we had never sent.  Now, Whatsapp is working on a way to help us retrieve embarrassing texts up to five minutes after we've hit send. The feature recently appeared temporarily in the latest WhatsApp beta release, and is believed to only work on messages that haven't yet been read. 

Many of us have at least one message we wish we had never sent. Now, Whatsapp is working on a way to help us retrieve embarrassing texts up to five minutes after we've hit send 
No more embarrassing texts: WhatsApp could soon let you UNSEND messages within five minutes

Whatsapp has not yet responded to MailOnline for comment, and it remains unknown when, and if, the feature will be rolled out to all users Twitter account @WABetaInfo, first revealed details of the 'unsend' feature in the Android v2.17.150 beta. It claims the Facebook-owned service is likely to launch with WhatsApp's next official iOS update.

'The revoke feature (called now 'unsend') should be available very soon, but probably we should wait the next iOS official update before,' the account tweeted. The beta release also includes other changes, including the ability to share your location with other users and a new font shortcuts. There's also a new 'change number' feature, which allows users to more easily tell contact if they've got a new number. 

The feature is disabled by default, so users must switch it to inform their friends they have changed their details.  Last year WhatsApp began testing version of the unsend feature that only allowed users to take back messages if they hadn't already been seen by the recipient.

 

OTHER UPDATES

The beta release also includes several other changes, including the ability to share your location with other users and a new font shortcuts.

There's also a new 'change number' feature, which allows users to more easily tell contact if they've got a new number.  

Twitter account @WABetaInfo, first revealed details of the 'unsend' feature. It claims the Facebook-owned service is likely to launch with WhatsApp's next official iOS update

When users pressed on a message, the new update presented them with two options - 'Edit' or 'Revoke' The first enabled the user to update the content of their message, while the second enabled them to recall it completely. The latest update suggests the firm is trying out different way to make the feature work.    WhatsApp has not officially confirmed the new feature. 

Over the past few months, you may have noticed a trend across social media – shortly after Snapchat introduces a feature, Facebook seems to follow suit. According to a new report from The Information, the ‘copycat’ behaviour comes as a part Facebook’s efforts to take down its rival by mimicking its most popular features.

The firm has even created a ‘Teens Team’ in attempt to win back its teenage user-base, and some internal groups tout the mantra ‘don’t be too proud to copy, according to CNBC.

The report claims Facebook doesn’t hide its tactics internally – and, it says employees even pass around memes in jest of the company’s ‘Snapchatization.’

While the move could prove to be successful, similar strategies by other companies in the past have had the opposite outcome, CNBCnotes.

In efforts to compete with Google roughly a decade ago, Microsoft launched Bing.

 

WHATSAPP TO OPEN UP 

WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned messaging service used by more than 1 billion people worldwide, is testing a system that would let businesses talk directly to WhatsApp users for the first time, according to communications about the project seen by Reuters.

The tests, which are being conducted with a handful of companies that are part of the Y Combinator startup incubator, are an important signal of how WhatsApp plans to make money from its massively popular service. 

WhatsApp has not developed a business model in the three years since Facebook Inc bought it for a hefty $19 billion.

WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned messaging service , is testing a system that would let businesses talk directly to users for the first time.
 
 

WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned messaging service , is testing a system that would let businesses talk directly to users for the first time. WhatsApp, a pun on the phrase 'What's up?', has helped to upend mobile services by allowing users to text or call friends and family for free, without text message charges. It competes with similar services such as WeChat, a unit of China's Tencent Holdings Ltd.

One potential revenue source is to charge businesses that want to contact customers on WhatsApp.  But the company is working carefully to avoid problems with spam messages, the documents show.

And, the search engine remains far less popular. A similar effect was seen when Google attempted to challenge Facebook in 2011 with its social network Google+. The claims come just weeks after Facebook introduced yet another Snapchat-like feature called Facebook Stories along with two other new features - Facebook Camera and Direct in its latest update.

Facebook Stories highlights decorative content in a horizontal layout over News Feed that disappears in 24 hours - just like Instagram Stories.

 

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.

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