Kuwait to lend 9.5 million dinars

To finance the Bamako water supply project

(KUNA) - The Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) has signed a loan agreement with the Republic of Mali worth KD 9.5 million (about US $ 32 million) to finance the project of providing drinking water to the city of Bamako. 

The project aims to support the economic and social development of the city and surrounding areas by providing adequate and sustainable water from the Niger River to meet the rapidly increasing demand for water, the IMF said in a press release on Saturday. 

He added that the project consists mainly of civil and electromechanical works to expand the Bamako water project - the first stage through the construction of a new water treatment plant and the laying of pipelines, as well as the construction of reservoirs, pumping stations, distribution networks, household connections and water taps.

The project also includes the provision of consultancy services for the preparation of detailed designs, tender documents, supervision of implementation, institutional support and project management. 
He pointed out that the Fund depends entirely on its own resources in providing loans and development assistance that serves Kuwait's foreign policy. 

He said that the loan came in line with the initiative of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, announced at the Arab-African Conference hosted by Kuwait in November 2013 on the Fund to provide soft loans amounting to a total of one billion US dollars and to contribute to financing development projects in countries Africa in five years.

The loan was the 13th of its kind to be submitted to the Republic of Mali, with 12 loans totaling JD 50.4 million (about US $ 166.9 million) to finance projects in various sectors, as well as three technical grants from the Government of Kuwait worth 6.7 million Million dinars, equivalent to 23 million dollars and withdrawn completely. 

The Loan Agreement was signed on behalf of the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development by Deputy Director-General Hisham Al-Waqayan and the Republic of Mali and Minister of Finance Lababou. 
The Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development was established as a Kuwaiti financial fund on December 31, 1961, with the aim of providing and managing financial and technical assistance to Arab and developing countries in support of Kuwait's foreign policy and strengthening its global standing.

Philippine president withdraws threat to expel European diplomats

A spokesman for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Friday that the latter was based on inaccurate reports of his threat to expel European ambassadors, stressing that Manila was not planning to expel European missions.

Douterti threatened on Thursday to expel European ambassadors, accusing their governments, without evidence, of plotting to expel Manila from the United Nations.


"You think we are a bunch of idiots here, you idiots, we can cut off diplomatic relations tomorrow and you will leave all my country in 24 hours," he said.

His spokesman Ernesto Labila issued a statement on Thursday evening confirming the threat to expel European ambassadors, but issued a new statement on Friday indicating no orders had been issued.

"There are no orders to do that," he told the White House when asked if European ambassadors should leave his country.

He said Dutarti was frantic because of media reports about a small group of European MPs and their aides who arrived in Manila and held a press conference on Monday to condemn the bloody war on drugs.

"He was reacting to what he was reading," he said, adding that Duterte "believed" the reports were correct.

The European Union mission in the Philippines confirmed that these people were not members of the EU mission. Which was confirmed by Abella.

The government has not provided an explanation for the angry comments by Douterti so far, a media official of the EU mission in the country said.

MOI arrested a neurological formation of 6 people

The Criminal Security Department, represented by the General Directorate for Drug Control, has been able to control a neurological formation consisting of 6 people, including customs personnel and another in civil aviation, bringing in drugs from one European country and bringing them into the country for trafficking, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. 

In the details, the Department explained that information was received from one of the sources of the General Directorate for Drug Control, according to which one person brought large amounts of psychotropic substances and pills through the air cargo and with the assistance of a group of people of different nationalities. Fahaheel was found in possession of a quantity of narcotic substances.

The administration pointed out that, upon confronting the accused with information and investigations, he confessed to committing such acts and that a large consignment of narcotic substances was being completed without being revealed by his partners, two of whom were working in the General Administration of Customs. At the farm of one of the Wafra, a large quantity of Cepagon pills, estimated at 30 thousand tablets. 

The administration confirmed that the defendants admitted and admitted that they brought the narcotics in this way and with the help of a group of people, and that the shipment is still in the air cargo building where the shipment was revealed and it was a collection of bags (personal belongings) and inside a large quantity of narcotic pills by about 2 million grain. 

All the accused were arrested and referred to the competent authority to take legal action against them.

500 dinars penalty transfer of 5 cylinders gas in a private car

Deputy director of fire warned to play with the head of the cylinder for fear of exploding at any moment

Deputy Director-General of the Prevention Sector in the General Directorate of Fire Brigade, Brigadier General Khalid Abdullah, warned against the transfer of more than 4 gas cylinders in private cars, revealing the violation of five or more persons with 500 dinars.

Brigadier General Abdullah told Al-Rai that the decision to ban the transfer of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) has been implemented since the beginning of the year. There is coordination with the General Directorate of Traffic for the non-licensing of any gas transport vehicle unless it complies with the instructions of the fire department and its protective conditions. Provide any special transport vehicle with more than 4 cylinders or a transport vehicle unless they are in accordance with the conditions, as well as the agreement with the National Petroleum Company for not supplying any car with the vehicles unless they comply with the conditions and specifications of security and safety.

He pointed out that there is cooperation between companies and individuals in this regard, and the evidence is not to register any violation since the implementation of the resolution earlier this year, indicating that there are general conditions, the most important are the vehicles to transport gas cylinders of diesel-powered species, and prevents the use of any vehicle for transport purposes Or the sale or distribution of gas cylinders unless they meet all the safety requirements and obtain a license from the General Directorate of Firefighting. The license of the gas cylinder transport vehicle should be renewed periodically after being subjected to the examination procedures by the firefighters. Funding any sites dedicated to GAR Re-sell, distribute or replace gas cylinders without having a license from the firefighter for this activity.

LPG cylinders are prohibited from supplying sites unless they have a valid license from firefighters using gas cylinders, specifying the number of cylinders allowed to be used at the designated location, and prohibiting the use of closed vehicles such as passenger cars, closed vans and the like, More than two LPG cylinders with a capacity of 25 kg per cylinder.

Brigadier General Khalid Abdullah urged citizens and residents to install a gas detector in the kitchens with an automatic shutter valve so that if a gas leak occurs and the alarm bell rings, the gas will be separated directly. This type is required in commercial buildings, restaurants and large kitchens. The most problems that have been monitored by the inspectors are futile Workers in the head of gas cylinders in order to withdraw more gas and unsafe and lead to damage to the head and may lead to the explosion of the cylinder at any moment warning of tampering in gas cylinders.

2928 violations and seizure of 132 vehicles and 55 violators during a traffic campaign

A traffic campaign was carried out in all areas of Kuwait under the supervision of Assistant Undersecretary of the Interior Ministry, Major General Fahad Al-Shawi. All traffic departments and operations departments of the Traffic Sector participated in the liberation of 2928 traffic violations and 132 vehicles transferred to the parking garage. Two to the General Directorate for Drug Control, as well as three events to the concerned authorities.

Maj. Gen. Al-Shawi said in a statement on the sidelines of the campaign that "traffic campaigns continue on all areas to reduce acts of recklessness and care in the leadership and work on the application of the law to protect the users of the road," stressing that "traffic men through fixed and mobile patrols monitor the misconduct and direct the direct violations And indirect so that this deterrent to the violators.

 The campaign began for 12 hours from 5 pm to 5 am today.

The Public Relations and Security Information Department at the Ministry of Interior confirmed the continuity of the awareness campaigns in all the print, audio and video media, the Ministry of Interior website and the street signs in order to increase awareness and traffic culture among road users and to protect public and private lives and property.

China's space station will crash to Earth within MONTHS, and no one knows where the debris will land

When Chinalaunched its first space station in 2011, it had great ambitions of using the craft to set up a larger space complex. 

But the Chinese space agency lost control of Tiangong-1 in September 2016, and now experts predict the 8.5 tonne craft will come crashing back down to Earth within months.

Worryingly, experts are unsure precisely when the space station will head towards Earth - or where the debris will land.   

The Chinese space agency lost control of Tiangong-1 in September 2016, and now experts predict the 8.5 metric ton craft will come crashing back down to Earth within months

Chinese officials confirmed that they had lost control of the spacecraft in September 2016, and have now predicted that it will come down to Earth between October 2017 and April 2018.

The station's orbit has also been steadily decaying, and in recent weeks it has started to fall faster.   

Speaking to the Guardian, Dr Jonathan McDowell, an astrophysicist from Harvard University, said: 'Now that [its] perigee is below 300km and it is in denser atmosphere, the rate of decay is getting higher. 

'I expect it will come down a few months from now – late 2017 or early 2018.'

The Chinese space agency has been tracking the space station, and vowed to issue warnings if there are any potential collisions imminent.

But not everyone is convinced by this. 

Thomas Dorman, an amateur satellite tracker, told Space.com: 'If I am right, China will wait until the last minute to let the world know it has a problem with their space station.

Chinese officials confirmed that they had lost control of the spacecraft in September 2016, and have now predicted that it will come down to Earth between October 2017 and April 2018

'It could be a real bad day if pieces of this came down in a populated area, but odds are it will land in the ocean or in an unpopulated area.'

Much of the spacecraft is expected to burn up in the atmosphere upon re-entry. 

But Dr McDowell says that some parts might still weigh up to 100kg when they crash into the Earth's surface - a size that could cause some serious damage.  

The station's orbit has also been steadily decaying, and in recent weeks it has started to fall faster
The Chinese space agency has been tracking the space station (pictured before it was launched in 2011), and vowed to issue warnings if there are any potential collisions imminent. But not everyone is convinced by this 

And Dr McDowell added that we may only have hours of warning about where the spacecraft will land. 

He said: 'You really can't steer these things.

'Even a couple of days before it re-enters we probably won't know better than six or seven hours, plus or minus, when it's going to come down. 

The vehicle is 10.4 metres long and has a main diameter of 3.35 metres. It has a liftoff mass of 8,506 kilograms and provides 15 cubic metres of pressurized volume

'Not knowing when it's going to come down translates as not knowing where it's going to come down.' 

Tiangong-1, which means 'Heavenly Palace', was launched in September 2011 with the hope of creating a larger space complex that China wants to be operational in Earth orbit around 2020.

The module performed a series of docking exercises, including the uncrewed Shenzhou-8 mission in 2011 and the crewed Shenzhou-10 mission in 2012.

According to the China Manned Space Engineering (CMSE) office, Tiangong-1 also contains Earth observation instrumentation and space environment detectors 

According to the China Manned Space Engineering (CMSE) office, Tiangong-1 also contains Earth observation instrumentation and space environment detectors.

In a statement in 2014, officials from CMSE, said: 'Tiangong-1 has obtained a great deal of application and science data, which is valuable in mineral resources investigation, ocean and forest application, hydrologic and ecological environment monitoring, land use, urban thermal environment monitoring and emergency disaster control.' 

Source: Mail Online

Ranked world's safest cities

Kuwait City ranked third in the Arab world and 36th in the world's safest cities in 2017, which was recently released by the Economist Intelligence Unit and sponsored by NEC, with 67.61 points out of 100 points. 
The report measures relative safety in 60 cities around the world based on a 49-indicator index divided into four categories: digital security, health security, infrastructure security, and personal security. The report included interviews with 14 experts in this area, making it possible to understand improvements in urban safety from different angles. In the report, Kuwait City came third after Washington DC and Frankfurt in the rate of vehicle accidents, with 28 thousand accidents per year per million people, while the number in the German city to more than 30 thousand accidents, and about 36 thousand incidents in Washington DC C.
In addition, Kuwait ranked 8th in the world among the cities classified by the Economist for the pace of the terrorist attacks unit, preceded by the Arab Cairo, which ranked sixth in the world. Karachi, Istanbul and Mumbai are on top of this list.
In the Arab world, Abu Dhabi ranked first, followed by Doha, and entered the city of Cairo this year, and ranked 51th in the world and the last Arab registered 58.33 points.
Tokyo ranked first in the world's safest cities, ranking second in 2015, with the Japanese capital scoring the highest score in the Digital Security Index, and improvements in health security, but failed to rank among the top ten for the category Infrastructure security.
On the other hand, the deterioration of America's infrastructure has been reflected in its ratings, with the exception of San Francisco, which has booked itself among the top 20.

"FOUND TWO ROCKETS" .. in the area of Kebd

 A citizen  in the area of Kebd told the interior operations of the presence of strange objects that he found while digging and repairing inside his grave. 
A security source said that a foreign ministry reported that a foreign body was found in the area of Khabd inside the village of Jakhour. 

$ 500 million from Kuwait for disease control in Africa

The Minister of Health Jamal al-Harbi on Wednesday, the efforts of Pakistan and the World Health Organization in the success of the 64th session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean. 
"Kuwait is an active member of the Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean and we are keen not only to exchange experiences but also to share our success story with other member states," Harbi said at the conclusion of the four-day committee. 
Before his departure, he congratulated Pakistan on his Pakistani counterpart Sarah Farah and the regional director of the World Health Organization for the Eastern Mediterranean. Mahmoud Fikri successfully held regional meetings hosted by Islamabad and began its activities last Monday and concluded yesterday. 
Al-Harbi also expressed his appreciation for the meeting with Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussein, praising the good organization, hospitality and political commitment of Pakistan to health through several projects signed in the presence of health ministers in the region.

Disease Control
in the context, the Kuwaiti Fund for Economic and Social Development said yesterday that Kuwait is one of the first donor countries to financers eradication program of marginalized tropical diseases in Africa since 1974. 
He said in a press statement that it will host during the period from 23 to 24 of this first meeting of the eradication program These diseases in collaboration with the World Health Organization in Africa to discuss ways to control and eliminate some of these diseases and finally without the need for the use of drugs on a continuous basis. 
He said the program would cover 47 African countries with one or more of these diseases and would benefit about 300 to 400 million people a year, with pharmaceutical companies providing between 700 and 800 million tablets for free.
The Fund works to ensure the provision of medical care and provide better service to improve the health status of the population of the countries with which it cooperates to positively influence the indicators of social and economic development. 
To this end, the Fund has funded more than 20 projects with an estimated $ 550 million spread over several countries, most of which are located on the African continent.

Second-hand laboratory efficiency , the Ministry of Health announced yesterday that its public health laboratory has fully evaluated 100 percent of the World Health Organization's efficient reference laboratories for screening viruses. 
The Assistant Undersecretary for Public Health Affairs in the Ministry d. Majda Al-Qattan The Kuwait Public Health Laboratory has received a 100% evaluation of the efficiency test carried out by the organization within the framework of the annual program to evaluate the efficiency of reference laboratories for influenza virus. (KUNA)

Philippine president threatens to expel European diplomats

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterti on Thursday threatened to expel European ambassadors, accusing their governments of plotting to expel Manila from the United Nations.

Duterti said in a speech that he would not accept the Europeans' criticism of his drug war, in which at least 3,850 people have been killed by police since he took office 15 months ago, prompting human rights groups to warn against labeling them as possible crimes against humanity.


Duterti accused the European Union of meddling in Philippine internal affairs and working to expel the Philippines from the United Nations.

"As simple as you tell us, you will be excluded from the United Nations," the Philippine president told reporters. Adding that European countries were exploiting the Philippines as a poor country.

"Give us money and then start to dictate things that must be done and what we should not do in our country, you scum, we have passed the colonial stage, do not mess with us."

Duterti said he was ready to expel European ambassadors from the country if their governments sought to exclude the Philippines.

"You think we are a bunch of idiots here, you idiots, we can cut the diplomatic channel tomorrow and you will leave all my country in 24 hours," he said.

There was no public statement from the European Union on the exclusion of the Philippines from the United Nations.

But the European Parliament passed a resolution last year expressing concern about the "huge death toll of police operations" in the war on drugs, and appealed to Douterti "to end the ongoing wave of executions and extrajudicial killings." On Thursday night, the EU mission in the Philippines issued a response to Duterti's comments, which focused on bilateral cooperation, including at the United Nations.

"The European Union and the Philippines are working together in a constructive and productive manner in close cooperation in various fields and backgrounds, including of course the United Nations," the statement said.

Duterti's spokesman was unable to comment on why the president had spoken of the EU's bid to exclude his country from the United Nations.

Duterti's aides have warned journalists not to deal with all his statements, pointing out that some of the most controversial are only "exaggeration" or "rhetoric".

Douterti won the presidency last year after pledging to end the drug trade in six months and vowed to kill 100,000 people.

Many Filipinos still support the process, but a poll last month revealed the first major decline in Duterti's popularity.

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