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Kuwait: The Ministry of Health (MoH) on Tuesday announced allocating 29 medical centers to provide round-the-clock services across the country and the Health Minister Sheikh Dr. Bassel Al-Sabah affirms readiness to any emergency.

The move is meant to deal with any emergency caused by volatile weather conditions and expected heavy rains on the country within the upcoming hours.


In a press statement, the ministry identified the allocated centers in Al-Asimah Governorate as: Ali Thanyan Al-Ghanim in Sulaibikhat, Al-Ehqaqi in Daiya and Al-Saqr in Adiliya.

The centers allocated in Hawally Governorate are West Salmiya, Salwa, Rumaithiya, Al-Salam and South Sabah Al-Salem, it added.

The statement noted that the centers in Farwaniya Governorate are: Abdullah Al-Mubarak, South Al-Ferdaws, Al-Rabiya, Al-Andalus and South Farwaniya.
It went to say that the centers in Jahra Governorate are Saad Al-Abdullah Block 2, Jahra, Al-Qasr and Abdaly.

It named that the centers operating in Al-Ahmadi Governorate as Al-Rigga, Bnaider, Eastern Al-Sabahiya, Fahaheel, Ali Sabah Al-Salem, Wafrah, Sabah Al-Ahmad and Khiran.

Furthermore, Minister of Health Sheikh Dr. Bassel Al-Sabah stressed readiness of all sectors of the ministry for any development resulted from unstable weather, Dr. Bassel said he directed heads of all health centers and hospitals to show a maximum readiness for any emergency.

He added that the ministry last May reformed the coordinative committee of emergency represented in all sectors, and modernized its emergency plan.



Ministry of Interior’s Assistant Undersecretary for Operations Major-General Jamal Al-Sayegh affirmed Tuesday the ministry’s full readiness to face any emergency situation resulted from volatile weather.

Al-Sayegh, also Acting Assistant Undersecretary for Traffic Affairs, made his remarks after holding a coordination meeting with the ministry’s field security leadership to discuss preparations and coordination measures between MoI’s sectors to face the heavy rains, which are expected to fall within the next hours, the ministry said in a press statement.

There are officers in charge of communication and coordination, and ready to receive and follow incoming reports and calls, he said, adding there are also emergency teams, from all state bodies, that will be working around the clock.

Al-Sayegh also stressed the importance of raising public awareness of safety and security guidelines, in addition to contacting the emergency line (112) in case of any emergency or help.
Today’s meeting is part of security bodies’ preparations to alleviate the impact of recent unstable weather in the country.

It was held under the directions of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khaled Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah and supervision of MoI’s Undersecretary Lieutenant General Essam Al-Naham, noted the statement.

KFSD ready for Emergencies during rain


The Kuwait Fire Service Directorate (KFSD) said that it was ready to address any urgent situation or emergencies during the rain, the KFSD urged Citizens and Expatriates to contact the 112 number in case of emergency

Philippines Embassy denies it has implemented new rules for recruiting maids


Separately, Philippine Labor Attache to Kuwait Ma Teresa Olgado yesterday denied as “fake news” a report in Al-Rai newspaper which claimed the Philippine Embassy has started applying a new system for domestic helpers’ recruitment. The report, quoting an anonymous source, said a sponsor’s family must only have a maximum of four children to recruit one maid. If a family has more than four children, they should recruit an additional maid. If it is discovered later that the sponsor provided incorrect information about the number of family members, the embassy has the right to recall the maid, the report said.

Al-Rai said the new system stipulates that the recruitment contract which the sponsor signs must include a clause which allows embassy representatives to visit the maid and check on her at a time the sponsor agrees on. The embassy reserves the right to summon the sponsor if a complaint is made, the report said. Al-Rai added that the sponsor must provide the maid with a separate room, a cellphone connected to the Internet and one day off a week, while allowing the embassy to check on the maid on the day she starts working.

“This information is not true at all. Please refrain from writing articles attributed to the embassy that are not true and based only on speculations and unfounded information. This can damage and harm our normalizing relations with Kuwait. Please stop spreading fake news,” Olgado asserted. Kuwait and the Philippines signed a labor pact in May, paving the way for lifting a ban on Filipino workers’ deployment that was implemented after a Filipina maid’s body was found in a freezer.

“The technical working committee in charge of drafting the labor agreement held its first meeting in Kuwait a few weeks back. The second round is yet to be scheduled – maybe it will take place in the Philippines early next year, so there are no such provisions yet. The two countries’ parliaments will have to ratify the agreement too,” Olgado told Kuwait Times. The Al-Rai report’s clauses about visiting and reserving the right to visit the housemaid are not acceptable to Kuwait, she said, adding it will agree only if the visit is coordinated and assisted by local authorities.

“The telephone access was added as per a request of our president, but he did not demand an Internet connection too. Of course, if the employer is generous enough to provide it, this is a welcome gesture,” she said. The copy of the contract of both the parties was provided to Kuwait Times by Olgado. “Whatever is written here is only the current agreement that the embassy is implementing. There are no additional provisions because the labor agreement is yet to be ratified,” she concluded.

Source: Kuwaittimes

Expats will be banned from public hospitals

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Well-informed health sources said the health ministry said expats will be banned from treatment in public hospitals within less than three years. The ministry also rejected parliamentary demands and proposals to cancel a decision to exempt some expats from increased health fees and only apply the exemption to domestic helpers, children of Kuwaiti women and GCC nationals.

The sources said lawmakers had complained that too many expats have been exempted, such as health ministry staff and others, and that these groups still pose a burden on public hospitals and prevent citizens from getting proper medical services on time.

The sources said the health ministry argued that treating expats in public hospitals will be phased out shortly, but stressed that it was premature to start such measures now, because health insurance hospitals haven’t begun operations and private hospitals are not currently equipped to deal with all expats.


Source: Kuwaittimes

Kuwait Cricket Conducts a successful Tri-Series for Women's Cricket Development

Kuwait Blue remains unbeaten and crowned deserving champions

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After a successful talent hunt program in August and September 2018, Kuwait Cricket hosted a one day Cricket Festival in the form of a Tri Series for aspiring Women Cricketers in the presence of large number of families and supporters at Entertainment City Cricket Ground - Doha.

Kuwait Green led by Captain Amna Tariq, Kuwait Blue led by Priyada Murali and Kuwait Red lead by Khadija Khalil took part in this prestigious event as part of Kuwait Cricket's development program for Women's cricket.

Kuwait Blue played Kuwait Red in their opening match followed by Kuwait Green v/s Kuwait Blue and Kuwait Green v/s Kuwait Red at the picturesque facility of Entertainment City Cricket Ground - Doha.

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Kuwait Blue remains unbeaten and crowned deserving champions.
Kuwait Red won one match and lost one, hence claiming the 2nd position.
Kuwait Green lost both of their respective matches and finished 3rd.

Highlights of the Matches:

First match between Kuwait Blue vs Kuwait Red.

Kuwait Blue elected to Bowl. Kuwait Red Scored 82/2 in 12 allotted overs.
Top scorer from Kuwait Red was Khadija with 13 runs. Kuwait Blue’s captain Priyada took one wicket for 18 runs.

In reply, Kuwait Blue chased down 83 losing only one wicket in 9.2 overs.
Priyada scored 45 runs, Shivon scored 12 runs. Akriti took one wicket for 18 runs.
Kuwait Blue won by 9 wickets.

Priyada declared the Player of the match for her all-rounder performance.

Second match between Kuwait Blue vs Kuwait Green.

Kuwait Green elected to field. Kuwait Blue Scored 73/5 in 12 allotted overs.
Maria Scored 18 runs. Mariyam Ashraf took 2 wickets for 20 runs. Amna took 1 wicket for 17 runs.

In reply, Kuwait Green put up a good score of 71 runs losing 5 wickets in 12 allotted overs.
Captain Amna 21 runs and Maryam Ashraf 17 runs played sensible innings, however, an excellent diving catch from Priyada to get Amna out was the turning point of the match.
Kuwait Blue won the nail biting match by 2 runs.
Shivon was the most successful bowler with 3 wickets giving away only 11 runs. Maria took one wicket for 14 runs.

Maria declared the Player of the match for her all-rounder performance.

Third match between Kuwait Red vs Kuwait Green.

Kuwait Red elected to bat. Kuwait Red Scored 88 runs losing only one wicket of Khadija who played a prudent knock of 33 runs and was well supported by Ankita and Afia.
Left arm all-rounder Mariyam hyder took 1 wicket giving away 14 runs only.

In reply, Kuwait Green’s Mariyam Hyder played very well whilst scoring 38 runs along with Captain Amna (20 runs), however, they could not chase down the target and lost by only 3 runs in a nail biting finale. Shrouq took one wicket for 15 runs.

Khadija declared the Player of the match award for her Captain’s inning.

Overall, there was some high standard of cricket at display throughout the day. Impressive batting from Amna, Priyada, Hyder, Khadija and Maria along with disciplined and quality bowling from Maria, Hyder, Priyada, Amna, Ankita, and Afia.

The presentation party was conducted by Umer Salahuddin where Director General Sajid Ashraf appreciated the support of all parents and families for encouraging young girls to come forward and be an integral part of Kuwait Women's Cricket development programs and lauded Coach Tariq Rasool Shah for his consistent efforts towards the women cricketers with a certificate of appreciation.

Director Seniors and Corporate Rishi Jayan, Director Match officials Naveen Jayan and Director Logistics and facilities Robert Dsouza gave away the Player of the match awards.

Director Women’s Mehboob Khan along with Director General Sajid Ashraf gave away the winner’s trophy to Kuwait Blue’s captain Priyada Murali.

Senior umpires and match officials Nadim, Hisham, Aslam, Fahim and Coach Tariq Rasool gave away the certificates to all the participants.

‘World’s first’ commercial flying car to be showcased in Kuwait

PAL-V Liberty is expected to receive full certification in 2020


The ” world’s first commercial flying car” PAL-V Liberty will be displayed in Kuwait this month, its manufacturer has confirmed.

Dutch aircraft manufacturer PAL-V’s production model was first unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show earlier this year.

The vehicle will make its Middle East debut at the Dutch Embassy in Kuwait on November 12, a statement said.

PAL-V is currently finalising its last steps of pre-production certification with compliance demonstration.

“It takes a lot of testing to prove that the PAL-V Liberty complies with the regulations,” said Mike Stekelenburg, PAL-V’s chief engineer.

“We deliberately chose to design, engineer and manufacture our flying car with proven instead of immature technologies, complying with existing road and air regulations (EASA and FAA). This approach focuses on safety and enables a realistic and imminent product delivery date.”


Since the Geneva Motor Show, the overall interest towards the vehicle by customers and investors “has been beyond expectations”, the company said.

“In recent years, many government institutes and private persons in the Middle East region expressed particular interest in the PAL-V Liberty’s capabilities and advantages,” said Ir Robert Dingemanse, CEO of PAL-V.

“It opens the door to a new form of mobility, enabling a more effective policing, border control, coast guard and first aid.”

According to Dingemanse, the potential in the GCC is exceptional.

“It’s the perfect region to demonstrate the versatile employment of the PAL-V Liberty,” he said.

Once full certification is granted in 2020, PAL-V will hand over the keys of the PAL-V Liberty to the first customers, the statement added.

According to the company’s website, the PAL-V Liberty Pioneer can be booked with a non-refundable fee of $25,000, while the PAL-V Liberty Sport can been booked with a non-refundable fee of $10,000.

Kuwaiti and Egyptian inmates tie the knot

Kuwait City: A convicted Kuwaiti national and an Egyptian woman got married in a first in Kuwait, Al Qabas reported.

The inmates, who are serving jail terms, signed their marriage today morning at the palace of justice in the district of Ruqai.

The Ministry of Interior gave the go-ahead for the wedding ceremony, after obtaining a legal opinion and the approval of senior security officials.

The Kuwaiti, who is serving a five-year jail term, sent a request to the Interior Ministry Assistant Undersecretary seeking approval to marry the convicted Egyptian woman.

The police escorted the couple to the palace of justice to sign the marriage contract before taking them back to their respective prisons.

The Ministry of Interior will allow them to meet and consume their marriage under the “Family Home” project which allows inmates to have “private family reunions”.

More than 50 babies born to HIV/AIDS mothers in Kuwait

Kuwait City: More than 50 babies were born to mothers infected by the human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) in Kuwait, Al Qabas reported.

Health Ministry Assistant Undersecretary for Public Health, head of the permanent National Committee for Combating AIDS, Dr Majida Al Qattan said all the babies were HIV/AIDS negative.

Dr Al Qattan unveiled the official statistics as she launched awareness aimed at encouraging people to undergo tests.

She announced that voluntary test clinics would be opened soon to ensure people’s privacy and enable them to obtain instant lab test results.

Held under the theme “AIDS is curable .. Have the Test”, the awareness campaign targets up 20,000 male and female students,

Citing latest officials, she revealed the overall number of seropositive patients stood at 414 Kuwaiti men and women, pointing out that annually 1 million HIV/AIDS tests are conducted on average in Kuwait.

The Ministry has launched a national strategy to slash the rate of new HIV/AIDS cases by 50 per cent by the year 2021.

Special budget requested for railway project


KUWAIT: Director General of the Public Authority for Roads and Transportation Ahmad Al-Hassan said the authority is waiting for approval from the Finance Ministry on its request for a special budget of KD 18 million for an international advisor designing the railway project, adding it asked for the amount to be made available during the next fiscal year.


The authority will commence work on the project after approving the budget form the finance ministry, he said, adding that the authority is removing all obstacles surrounding the project. Meanwhile, Assistant Director General for Construction Organization and Structural Planning Mohammad Al-Zubi explained that the special budget is necessary in order to pay the amounts due for the company working on the design, operation and maintenance of the traffic monitoring system.

By Meshaal Al-Enezi

Source: Kuwaittimes