MP Safa Seeks Ban On Expat Drivers

Kuwait MP Safa Al-Hashem proposed to halt the issuance of new driver licenses for expatriates

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5000 UNDOCUMENTED FILIPINO IN SAUDI BACK HOME

Saudi : Some 5000 undocumented overseas Filipino workers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are expected to be flying home soon after the Saudi government implemented its amnesty program for illegal migrants.
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) had been deployed to facilitate the processing of qualified OFWs in Saudi Arabia so they could avail themselves of the three-month amnesty program.

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ANNOUNCEMENT : Breaking News:

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Kuwait Cricket Board is pleased to announce the shorlisted 18 probables for the all important ICC World Cricket League Division 5 Qualifier scheduled to take place in Chiang Mai, Thailand from 20th April until the 1st of May 2017.

Kuwait will compete against Bahrain, Bhutan, China, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Thailand and the winner of the tournament will qualify for ICC world cricket league division 5.

18 probables in Alphabetical order:

Aamir Javed
Abdullah Khan 
Ali Zaheer 
Adnan Idrees 
Basharat 
Fahad Bastaki
Fiaz Ahmad
Haroon Shahid
Kashif Shareef
Muhammad Amin 
Muhammed Asghar
Muhammad Irfan
Muhammed Hussain Ghulam 
Mudassar Ali
Muhammad Murad 
Sajid Kalam 
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Usman Waheed

Head Coach: Ghayoor Ahmed
Senior Coach:Tahir Khan

Kuwait Cricket Board will continue to closely monitor the fitness, discipline and performances of the shortlisted 18 probables in the ongoing coaching and training camp.

Congratulations to all the 18 probables and wishing all the players the very best for the final selection of 14.

Stay tuned for regular updates @kuwaitcricketofficial & www.kuwait-cricket.com

Kuwait shuts down Shuaiba refinery

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The decision to shut down Kuwait's long-running Shuaiba refinery was the result of thorough studies that found the facility to be unfit for business, Minister of Oil Essam Al-Marzouq said on Thursday.

Speaking to the press, Al-Marzouq, who is also Minister of Electricity and Water, said that the decision to close the refinery on Friday is largely an economical one and that the establishment will still be used to store oil products. Moreover, he noted that the country seeks to boost its oil refining capacity to meet the growing needs of the local market, adding that the closure of Shuaiba refinery will not be detrimental to oil production.

Kuwait's Mina Al-Ahmadi Refinery will meet the growing need for gasoline consumption with Shuaiba refinery out of the picture, Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) CEO Mohammad Al-Mutairi said on Thursday as quoted by Kuwait News Agency, KUNA. In a statement to the press, Al-Mutairi said that Mina Al-Ahmadi refinery features two units for gasoline production, in addition to a third for gas compounds.

Moreover, he said that KNPC's refining capacity would be 746,000 barrels per day (bpd) after the closure of the long-running Shuaiba refinery, a figure that largely hinges on the needs of the local market. He pointed out that after KNPC's "Clean Fuel Project" comes to fruition next year, the company's refining capacity will be boosted to 801,000 bpd.

The KNPC CEO also spoke of plans to import fuel oil as local fuel consumption has skyrocketed.

A Citizen woman has been detained by police in Kuwait for filming her Ethiopian maid falling from the seventh floor

A Citizen woman has been detained by police in Kuwait for filming her Ethiopian maid falling from the seventh floor in an apparent suicide attempt without trying to rescue her. 

The Kuwaiti woman filmed her maid land on a metal awning and survive, then posted the incident on social media, Al-Seyassah newspaper reported. The 12-second video shows the maid hanging outside the building, with one hand tightly gripping the window frame, as she begged for help in an apparent last-minute change of mind. The woman holding the camera is heard telling the hanging maid: 'Oh crazy, come back.'

The terrified maid is seen screaming 'hold me, hold me', just before her hand slipped and she fell down to hit the awning, which appears to soften the impact. The employer made no reaction as she continued filming. Later, paramedics rescued the maid and rushed her to hospital where she was found to have a broken arm as well as a bloody nose and ear.

The criminal investigation police referred the employer to the prosecution over failing to help the victim, the newspaper reported.  The reasons for the maid's attempted suicide were not revealed. The Kuwait Society for Human Rights on Friday called on the authorities to investigate the case and refer it to court.

Gulf state is home to more than 600,000 domestic helpers, a majority of them Asians, many of whom complain of abuse, mistreatment and non-payment of wages. 

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Asteroid the size of a BUS came closer to the Earth than the moon last night

An asteroid as big as a bus came closer to Earth than the moon last night. The object, dubbed 2017 FJ101, zoomed passed within 202,000 miles (325,087 km) of our planet. But the near-Earth asteroid posed no threat to our planet or the moon, scientists said.

The White House has released an official document describing the plan if a meteor or asteroid was to head our way, and it shows we are under-prepared. Artist's impression pictured

 

WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED IF IT HIT? 

According to an asteroid-impact simulator called 'Impact Earth!' by Purdue University, if a porous rock asteroid of 111 feet (34 meters) long hit Earth at a 45-degree angle, the simulator found, it would have exploded as an air burst.

The site says the blast would have released about 700 kilotons' worth of energy — dozens of times more powerful than the atomic bomb detonated over Hiroshima.

However, since it would have occurred from a distance of about 10 miles high, it probably wouldn't have had much effect on the ground; if anything, a high-altitude boom may have sounded as loud as heavy traffic on the ground.

But the near-Earth asteroid posed no threat to our planet or the moon, scientists said. Pictured is a diagram showing the orbit paths of the Earth and asteroid 2017 FJ101

But the near-Earth asteroid posed no threat to our planet or the moon, scientists said. Pictured is a diagram showing the orbit paths of the Earth and asteroid 2017 FJ101

The asteroid, which is 26ft (eight metres) wide, was first spotted by the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope located on the summit of the Haleakalā volcano on Maui, Hawaii on March 25. On average, the moon orbits around 238,855 miles (384,400km) away from our planet.

But the bus-sized object came around 36,8555 miles closer to the Earth than the moon last night.  For years scientists have been trying to work out how to deal with the threat of an asteroid, which could hit us with little or no warning. Now the White House has released an official document describing the plan if a meteor or asteroid was to head our way, and it shows we are under-prepared. 

The White House published its 'National Near-Earth Object Preparedness Strategy'.

Qatar Airways to offer free laptops on US flights to get around ban on electronics

Qatar Airways said it will offer free laptops to business class passengers flying to the United States, in an effort to get round an American ban on electronics.

In a statement, the Doha-based carrier said it would begin offering a 'laptop loan service' to those travelling in business class from 'next week'. The computers would be collected by US-bound passengers from their departure gate just before boarding, said Qatar Airways. A similar laptop proposal is being considered by fellow Gulf carrier, Emirates, which is also affected by the US ban. Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways meanwhile said it would offer free Wi-Fi and tablet computers to first and business class passengers on US-bound flights.

The move comes after Washington earlier this month stopped electronic devices bigger than mobile phones from being taken on direct flights to the United States from 10 airports in seven Middle Eastern countries and Turkey.A similar ban was also imposed by Britain, but this exempted some of the Gulf airlines, including Qatar.

US officials said the measure was intended to thwart possible attacks on airliners with small explosive devices hidden in consumer electronics.

A Qatar Airways plane approaches Los Angeles International Airport on March 21, 2017. The carrier said it will offer free laptops to business class passengers flying to the United States, in an effort to get round an American ban on electronics

Kuwait Amir invites PM Narendra Modi to Kuwait

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His Highness the Amir of the State of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah has invited Indian Prime Minister Sri Narendra Modi to Kuwait. The invitation has been delivered to PM Modi in Delhi, informed Indian Ambassador to Kuwait Sunil Jain.

However the date for Modi's visit to Kuwait is not yet decided and it will be finalized by mutual convenience of both the countries, ambassador said. Two weeks back India's National Security Advisor Sri Ajit Doval, who is possibly India's second most important man after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had visited Kuwait and held high level meeting with HH The Amir of Kuwait and other high level officials.

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. This will be first visit by any Indian Prime Minister after 35 years. The Last visit of an Indian Prime Minister to Kuwait was in 1981 when the then Prime Minister Smt. Indira Gandhi visited Kuwait. The Prime Minister of Kuwait Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah had visited India in November 2013.

According to Forbes' Narendra Modi is India's populist prime minister and remains hugely popular in India. Modi has raised his profile as a global leader in recent years during official visits with Barack Obama and Xi Jinping. He has also emerged as a key figure in the international effort to tackle climate change, as planetary warming will deeply affect millions of his country's rural and most vulnerable citizens.

MP reiterates charging expatriates for using roads!

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Manama: A Kuwaiti lawmaker who has called for the taxation of foreigners has said her stance was outcome of her patriotism for the country and not because of xenophobia. Safa Al Hashem, Kuwait’s only female lawmaker, has called for taking strict measures to to address the demographic imbalance in the country. Downplaying her recent comments regarding foreigners, she told the Kuwaiti daily Al Qabas on Thursday that she had “full respect” for expatriates in Kuwait.

“But, I had to sound the alarm regarding the demographic imbalance when citizens are outnumbered by foreigners by two to one,” Al Hashem said. “Regardless of how much a country is wealthy, the overuse of its services inevitably drains its resources and undermines its society. There are many unskilled and untrained foreigners doing odd jobs in Kuwait,” Al Hashem said.

“I do not see why they [expatriates] get upset. I do understand that anything that comes free is received with great pleasure. However, there are realities on the ground. I did not call for preventing expatriates from visiting Kuwaiti hospitals and getting medicines. I simply said they should pay for it. In Egypt, I was once told to leave a hospital because it was exclusively for Egyptians. I did not mind and left,” she added.

Defending her proposal to impose road taxes on foreigners. Al Hashem said she wanted to help solve the problem of traffic congestion.

“We have a traffic situation that requires prompt solutions, and we have cases of foreigners owning up to six cars,” she said. She also proposed that expatriates be allowed to get a driving licence after a minimum stay of two years in the country. Al Hashem said she was also shocked when a minister recently proposed to recruit plumbers from Egypt. She dismissed claims that Kuwaitis would never do such menial jobs. Foreigners make 70 per cent of Kuwait’s total population of 4.4 million. Al Hashem’s repeated calls to impose taxes on foreigners have sparked a heated debate in the country on ways to deal with the demographic imbalance.

Source: Gulf News

New power, water tariffs from Aug 22

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The ministry of electricity and water said that the new power and water charges on apartments will come into effect from Aug 22. Three months earlier, the new rates become effective on the commercial sector. The new rates apply on government offices from late November and on the industrial and agricultural sectors in February next year.

The ministry said in a statement that the new rates on shops and apartments will be 5 fils per kilowatt instead of the existing rate of 2 fils a kilowatt. Kuwaiti citizens are exempted from the increase.

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