Women police in aircraft security

Women police in aircraft security : The first formative course on aircraft protection for police women concluded Wednesday under the sponsorship and attendance of acting Assistant Undersecretary for Special Security Affairs, Major General Shukri Al-Najar.

Some 15 women police officers participated in the two weeks course, and the closing ceremony was attended by Interior Ministry officials, Kuwait Airways Chairman Sami Fahad Al-Rushaid and CEO Ibrahim Abdullah Al-Khuzam. Major General Shukri Al-Najar congratulated the participants and urged them to exert efforts to benefit from courses organized by the ministry that aim to raise the level of performance, boost their practical life, and inspire a sense of responsibility among them.

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Philippine passport validity extended to 10 years

President Duterte signs legislation that extends Philippine passport validity from five to 10 years for Filipinos above 18 years of age

Good news to Filipinos who endure serpentine queues when applying for or renewing their passport.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday signed into law the Republic Act 10928 that extends the validity of Philippine passports from five years to 10 years.The law allows Filipinos over the age of 18 years to have passports valid for 10 years. Filipinos under 18 will be given passports with five-year validity, according to the law.

The Department of Foreign Affairs is now expected to issue the implementing guidelines to ensure that the process will be seamless, according to Philipine media reports.

The new law amends the Philippine Passport Act of 1996 or Republic Act 8239. 

Sulaibiya Cricket Ground has today started undergoing a total revamp with the entire ground

BREAKING NEWS:

Sulaibiya Cricket Ground has today started undergoing a total revamp with the entire ground being laid with Australian grass covering a total area of 14 400 sq. meters.

The facility will now also build and develop a full fledged academy consisting of 5 turf nets for junior and senior cricketers residing in the state of Kuwait registered with Kuwait Cricket.

The nets will also be available for rent to corporates, banks and veterans and cater to the entire fraternity of cricket in Kuwait.

The project will finish on the 1st of October and the ground will be ready to host ACC U19 Asia Cup qualifiers that will commence from the 10th of October onwards.

Stay tuned @kuwaitcricketofficial and follow all the latest news at www.kuwait-cricket.com

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More Fees for new health services for expatriates covered by the health insurance system

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From Oct 1st Fees for expats who pay annual health insurance:

The fee for getting medical treatment at the polyclinic will increase from KD 1 to KD 2; the fee for getting medical treatment at a public hospital will increase from KD 2 to KD 5; the fee for outpatient clinics at public hospitals will increase from KD 2 to KD 10; a stay in public wards will cost KD 10 per day (free currently).

A stay in the intensive care unit will cost KD 30 per day (free currently); a stay in a private room at a public hospital will cost KD 50 per day, and the deposit for the private room will cost KD 200. The fees include receiving medical treatment at outpatient clinics, medication, regular x-rays and regular laboratory tests. The fees for a stay in hospital do not include surgeries, laboratory tests and x-rays.

Medical checkups at the public maternity hospital will cost KD 10 and delivery charges will be KD 50 (free currently). This includes the delivery, ultrasound, laboratory tests, medication and hospital stay for three nights. For each additional night, the patient will pay KD 10 for a stay in the public ward and KD 50 in a private room. (These services are currently free of charge, apart from the private room).

For open heart surgeries, diagnostic catheterization will cost KD 90, and each stent will cost KD 250. The cost of these surgeries does not include medication, x-rays, laboratory tests and hospital stay.

Fees for visitors:

The fee for getting medical treatment at the polyclinic will cost KD 10 (not including medication, x-rays and laboratory tests); the fee for getting medical treatment at a public hospital will cost KD 20; the fee for outpatient clinics at public hospitals will cost KD 30; a stay in public wards will cost KD 70 per day; a stay in the intensive care unit will cost KD 220 per day; physiotherapy for patients staying at the hospital will cost KD 30 per session; a stay in a private room at a public hospital will cost KD 130 per day, and the deposit for the private room will cost KD 300 and KD 150 for the public ward.

For visitors, a major surgery will cost KD 500, medium-risk surgery KD 300 and minor surgery KD 250. Surgery that needs specialized skills will cost KD 600. Kidney stone fragmentation will cost KD 150 per session. Outpatient one-day surgery will cost KD 100. Maternity checkup will cost KD 30, and a natural delivery will cost KD 400.

Separately, a committee responsible for developing the insurance market in Kuwait completed reviewing a study by Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) and reached a decision that second-party insurance must be raised. The study said that prices should be raised by between KD 4 to KD 5 on top of the current prices. The decision was submitted to the interior ministry for review.

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Solar panels on the building of the Kuwait University – Faculty of Science

A picture of the new solar panels  on the building of the Faculty of Science at the new university where will be installed many other panels in the rest of the sections and buildings adjacent to the new campus

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KUWAIT INTERNATIONAL TENNIS CENTRE.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

Opening in 2018, the 360 Mall Complex is unique! In addition to providing a five star Hyatt Hotel and high-end retail, this extension to an existing Kuwaiti shopping mall also includes; and indoor multipurpose events arena, a tennis centre with indoor and outdoor courts, a 1,500-seat competition tennis stadium, and offices for the Kuwait Tennis Federation.

THE ARENA

The Arena is an integral part of the shopping mall and hotel. With 5,000 spectator seats and fifteen luxury skyboxes, it is designed to serve the activities in the Mall, such as product launches, function as an extension to the Hyatt Hotel ballroom, and operate as a standalone multipurpose arena.

Maximum flexibility of use is achieved by designing the entire spectator seating on telescopic platforms. This creates and intimate and exciting atmosphere for small floor events, like basketball, yet allows all of the seating to be retracted creating 3,500sm of open floor for banquets and exhibitions.

An important influence on the Arena design is the need to accommodate international tennis competitions with seating for 4,000 spectators. In its tennis configuration, the Arena directly connects with the Tennis Club and outdoor tennis courts.

There is a high degree of VIP facilities provided with skybox occupants entering the building through a private drop off and three-storey entrance atrium. The atrium is specifically design to accommodate the owner's prized Dale Chihuly glass sculpture. Private lifts take customers to the VIP level. Here a high level of service and catering is provided in the 500sm lounge/restaurant. This level also provides access to the fifteen skyboxes. Each box is designed to comfortably accommodate 12 people in luxurious surroundings with great views to the event floor below.

Throughout the Arena high quality finishes creates an environment more akin to a luxury theatre than a typical multipurpose arena.

THE TENNIS CENTRE

The Tennis Centre is a significant part of the development and provides eight indoor tennis courts and eight outdoor tennis courts. In addition, a 1,500-seat outdoor tennis stadium is provided. The Centre is designed as a private members club, an elite athlete training centre, and an international competition venue. It can accommodate ATP 250 events and is designed to be easily expanded in order to host ATP 500 and Davis Cup competitions.

The outdoor areas are heavily landscaped to provide a welcoming environment, comfortable gathering space, and shade for the spectators and Club users. Both indoor and outdoor courts are acrylic surfaced and designed to international competition standards. Spectator seating is provided for every court and the spectator seating numbers can be increased, as needed.

THE FEDERATION OFFICES

Within the tennis Clubhouse one level is devoted to the Kuwaiti Tennis Federation offices. This is the new headquarters for the Federation. This level is directly connected to the VIP seating area in the tennis stadium. In addition to offices, classroom space is also provided for the Federation's educational programs.

The 360 Mall Extension marks a new level of integration of sports facilities into a larger mixed-use development. This approach assures daily use of the sports facilities and enhances the synergy between the different activities taking place in the development.

 

 

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi sworn in as prime minister of Pakistan

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was sworn in as prime minister of Pakistan in an oath-taking ceremony held at President House on Tuesday.

President Mamnoon Hussain administers oath to Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, who was elected as the successor to ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif today. ─ DawnNews

President Mamnoon Hussain administered the oath to Abbasi.

Abbasi was elected prime minister by lawmakers in the National Assembly earlier today, bagging 221 votes to become the successor to ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

PPP's Syed Naveed Qamar secured 47 votes, Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rashid received 33 votes, and four MNAs voted for Jamaat-i-Islami's Sahibzada Tariqullah during the ballot.

An NA session to elect a new prime minister had been called by President Mamnoon Hussain following a landmark Supreme Court ruling on the Panama Papers case on Friday, in which Nawaz Sharif was disqualified as PM after being deemed unfit to hold office.

Following the SC verdict, the PML-N had agreed upon Abbasi, the former petroleum minister, as its candidate for prime minister for the interim period till the 'permanent' replacement could be elected. Abbasi has to eventually give way to Shahbaz Sharif, who is likely to compete for the National Assembly seat lying vacant following the ouster of his elder brother and then stand for the chief executive's office.

Following the announcement of Abbasi's victory by NA Speaker Ayaz Sadiq, the PML-N benches in the Lower House had erupted with loud sloganeering in favour of Nawaz Sharif.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi's acceptance speech

Addressing the lower house soon after his victory was announced, Prime Minister-elect Abbasi said: "I am grateful to you all, for following the democratic process — whether you voted for or against me."

"I am grateful to the people of Pakistan, and I am grateful to the 'people's prime minister', Nawaz Sharif," he continued.

"I am also grateful to the opposition and Imran Khan for remembering us in their daily slandering," he jibed.

Moving on, Abbasi termed the Supreme Court's verdict on the Panamagate case "unprecedented", saying that although the party was blind-sided by the judgement, "we accepted it as it was".

"We did not challenge the courts, there was no division in our ranks. The party stands as it was. No one wanted to joust for power — whoever the prime minister [Nawaz Sharif] named was supported unanimously," he said, rebuffing rumours of cracks in the party's ranks following the verdict.

"Everybody wants the [prime minister's] chair. Tell me, who in this house doesn't? It is to the PML-N's credit that all party members rallied unanimously behind whoever was nominated by our leader.

"Within four days, the democratic process is back on track. There were no defections. There was no dissension in our ranks.

"Justice mandates that though a 1,000 guilty people may go free, not even one innocent person should be wrongfully convicted. I will not go into details of Friday's decision — I only want to say that there will soon be another court — one held by the people. There will be no JIT there," he said, referring to the upcoming general elections in 2018.

"I am sure that the real prime minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, will return to this seat."

However, he said that, "I am the country's prime minister — bet it for 45 days or 45 hours — and am not here just to keep the seat warm."

"If I am here for 45 days, I will try to complete the amount of the work that requires 45 months," he vowed.

Continuing, the prime minister-elect urged that the Constitution be respected. "Politics, which has come to be seen as a disreputable profession, will be made respectable again."

"Be it the government, bureaucracy, opposition or the army — we are in the same boat, and a hole in this boat will sink everyone," he cautioned.

Abbasi's promises

"We will continue taking difficult decisions," Abbasi said as he promised to take action against "private militias" providing security to citizens.

"There is not a single country in the world which allows the licencing of automatic rifles for citizens. If you go outside parliament right now, you will see a private militia," Abbasi remarked.

"Action will be taken against them if my cabinet allows for it. The federal government will seize all automatic weapons, compensating people in return," he promised.

The premier, carrying forward Nawaz Sharif and the PML-N's promises, vowed to eliminate loadshedding by November this year as he highlighted various infrastructure and development projects initiated by his party's government as examples of its commitment to the country's growth.

"In Pakistan's history, power projects with the capacity to generate 17,000 mega watts were set up before our government. We have added 10,000MW," he said.

"Pervez Musharraf may have ruled the country for eight years, but show me just one major development project from that era," he said.

"One thing that is very close to my heart is [the collection of] taxes," Abbasi continued.

"The perception here is that paying taxes is optional [...] if my cabinet approves, I will set my sights on non-taxpayers," he promised.

Abbasi also briefly mentioned a focus on agriculture, education and health services.

"Agriculture is the backbone of the country," Abbasi said. "Although I am not an agriculturalist, I feel their pain," he said.

Speaking about the state of education, the premier called for improvements in higher education and the need for a national testing mechanism.

Abbasi also touched upon the PM's Health Card scheme introduced by Nawaz Sharif ─ "the largest system in South Asia".

Opposition remarks

PPP's Naveed Qamar was given the floor next by the NA Speaker to share his remarks. He thanked his party leadership for allowing him to be nominated for the post of PM.

"My advice to the prime minister elect would be that the onus is on you. This seat has not been occupied very frequently in recent years and you will make it stronger if you continue to sit on it. Your power flows from this house, and if this house is strong, you will be strong," he said, cautioning Abbasi that this would only be the case "if you pay attention to the members".

"The advice you get from technocrats and others will sound very logical, but the advice you get from this house will be that which matters to the people."

"You said you have 45 days, but I will nonetheless insist that you have 10 months. How much change can you bring about in this time? You will only progress if you focus on two or three areas and take them forward," he advised.

"Prioritising agriculture will make the country stronger," he said.

"The country and the country's politics have reached a point where smooth transitions are not visible," he lamented."

"We are here to give you all the support you require, as long as you are working in the larger national interest."

The AML's Sheikh Rashid, the second runner-up, also congratulated Abbasi on becoming the prime minister-elect "through a democratic process".

"However, it would have been great if you had talked about foreign policy in your speech," Rashid remarked.

Rashid also expounded on shortcomings in the PML-N's economic policy, including a $5 billion decrease in exports, an "unbelievable" $35bn loan, and unemployment of about 1 million people.

NA session proceedings

As the session started, NA Speaker Ayaz Sadiq had taken an oath from JUI-F lawmaker Usman Badini, who was recently elected from the NA 260 constituency.

The members then prayed for MNA Ejaz Jakhrani's deceased brother, MNA Ghulam Mustufa Shah's deceased mother and those who passed away during recent incidents in Quetta, Parachinar, Ahmedpur East and Lahore.

The speaker then read out the house rules, briefing the lawmakers about the process through which the National Assembly will be voting for a new head of government.

Sadiq announced that Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Naveed Qamar, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed and Sahibzada Tariqullah are the four valid candidates competing for the office of the prime minister.

PML-N leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan was also in attendance. He briefly became the centre of attention during the voting process as the treasury members were seen conversing with him.

Abbasi also met Chaudhry Nisar and both were seen laughing.

Meanwhile, the lawmakers were also seen taking pictures with PML-N nominee Khaqan Abbasi.

The PTI and PML-Q lawmakers voted for Sheikh Rashid, while MQM, PML-N and allies voted for Abbasi.

PTI leaders had earlier said that party chief Imran Khan will also attend the NA session, but he failed to show up.

The members who wished to vote for Shahid were asked to go to lobby A, while those wanting to vote for Naveed Qamar approached to lobby B. Meanwhile, lawmakers wanting to vote for Sheikh Rashid and Sahibzada Tariq were asked to approach lobbies C and D, respectively.

At the end of the polling process, after casting their vote, the PML-N members had returned to the house carrying porters of their ousted leader Nawaz Sharif, prompting repeated warnings from Speaker Ayaz Sadiq and protests from the opposition.

MQM backs PML-N

Hours before the NA session, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) had announced it was withdrawing its candidate Kishwar Zehra in favour of AbbasiDawnNews reported.

MQM leader Dr Farooq Sattar announced the party's decision in a joint press conference following a meeting with PML-N leaders in the federal capital on Tuesday.

MQM's Sattar and Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar had met with Abbasi, Saad Rafique and Abdul Qadir Baloch.

Talking to the media, Sattar said that despite their differences with the political parties, MQM is trying to maintain a working relationship with them.

"We have welcomed the delegation from PML-N and expect them to resolve our grievances," added Sattar.

Following a PPP parliamentary meeting, Syed Khursheed Shah had also withdrawn his name in favour of the party's other nominee, Naveed Qamar.

New health fees to go into effect from Oct 1

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Health Minister Jamal Al-Harbi yesterday issued two ministerial decisions to increase health fees that will go into effect from Oct 1 in all hospitals and health centers. The move is part of the government’s plan to revise service fees due to the rising cost of medicine and medical services, and as per the recommendations of technical committees that evaluated health service fees at hospitals and health centers for expatriates and visitors, as these fees have not changed since 1993.

The first decision includes fees for health services for non-Kuwaiti visitors and those not registered in the health insurance system. The second decision decides fees for health services for expats who are included in the health insurance system. The decisions do not include any increase in health insurance charges – these will remain at KD 50 for an expat worker, KD 40 for his wife and KD 30 each for his children.

The decisions took into consideration and exempted some cases over humanitarian and social circumstances, within the rules. Exemptions include the following categories: Children under 12 suffering from cancer; non-Kuwaiti wife of a Kuwaiti citizen; non-Kuwaiti mother of a Kuwaiti; children of a Kuwaiti woman married to a non-Kuwaiti; inmates of care homes; inmates of social care homes; GCC citizens; bedoons (stateless residents);

members of official delegations; transit passengers; foreign prison inmates; scholarship students at the education ministry; blind patients in private rooms of ministry hospitals; all employees of the health ministry, their spouses and children are exempt from x-ray and nuclear medicine fees. The decision stipulates that handicapped non-Kuwaitis shall be treated as Kuwaitis with regards to prosthetics.

Kuwaiti Insurance companies are in the process Raise the value 20 dinars to 100 dinars

Kuwaiti insurance companies are seeking official approval to raise third-party vehicle insurance from KD 20 to KD 100, an increase of 400 percent.

The current fees have been the same for more than 55 years, since the issuance of law 24/1961 with regards to insurance companies and brokers. The sources said most insurance companies are reviewing insurance programs to get official approval.

30-metre asteroid set to skim past Earth in October

On October 12, a 30-metre is set to make a 'close' flyby of Earth.

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The asteroid, named 2012 TC4, will pass just 4,200 miles (6,800 kilometres) from Earth for the first time since it went out of range in 2012.

Nasa is using this opportunity to test it's 'planetary defence system' put in place to protect Earth from a doomsday asteroid threat. 

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On October 12, the 2012 TC4 asteroid will be just 4,200 miles (6,800 kilometres) from Earth for the first time since it went out of range in 2012. Nasa is using the opportunity to test its 'planetary defence system'

Asteroid 2012 TC4 is estimated to be between 10 and 30 metres in size.

Michael Kelley, a scientist working on the Nasa TC4 observation campaign, said: 'Scientists have always appreciated knowing when an asteroid will make a close approach to and safely pass the Earth because they can make preparations to collect data to characterise and learn as much as possible about it.

'This time we are adding in another layer of effort, using this asteroid flyby to test the worldwide asteroid detection and tracking network, assessing our capability to work together in response to finding a potential real asteroid threat.'

Nasa hopes to use its international network of observatories to recover, track and characterise 2012 TC4.

 

THE PLANETARY DEFENCE SYSTEM 

Nasa hopes to use its international network of observatories to recover, track and characterise asteroid 2012 TC4. 

As it starts to approach Earth in the coming months, large telescopes will be used to detect it and establish the asteroid's precise trajectory.

The new observations are expected to help refine knowledge about its orbit, narrowing the uncertainty about how far it will be from Earth at its closest approach in October.

 

On October 12, the 2012 TC4 asteroid will be just 4,200 miles (6,800 kilometres) from Earth for the first time since it went out of range in 2012. Nasa is using the opportunity to test its 'planetary defence system'

Professor Vishnu Reddy, who is leading the campaign, said: 'This is a team effort that involves more than a dozen observatories, universities and labs across the globe so we can collectively learn the strengths and limitations of our near-Earth object observation capabilities.

'This effort will exercise the entire system, to include the initial and follow-up observations, precise orbit determination, and international communications.'

Based on predictions made at Nasa's Centre for Near-Earth Object Studies, 2012 TC4 will pass no closer than 4,200 miles from Earth, although it will more likely pass much farther away, as far as 170,000 miles (270,000 kilometres).

Based on predictions made at Nasa's Centre for Near-Earth Object Studies in Pasadena, California, 2012 TC4 will pass no closer than 4,200 miles from Earth, although it will more likely pass much farther away, as far as 170,000 miles (270,000 kilometres)
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