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300 muggings reported in Kuwait last year

300 muggings reported in Kuwait last year
 
KUWAIT: Three hundred cases of mugging were reported in police stations across Kuwait in 2012, a local newspaper reported yesterday quoting annual statistics released recently by the Criminal Evidence General Department. Meanwhile, security sources who provided the statistical report to Al-Qabas newspaper noted that crime involving robbery by force saw an increase last year compared to 2011. The report showed that 147 of the cases filed in 2012 were classified as felonies, compared to 153 of misdemeanour.
 
Among suspects identified and arrested in the reported cases were police officers who according to the sources “have been convicted through evidence” for targeting expatriate residents. The insiders who spoke on the condition of anonymity said that security presence needed to be increased around the country, especially in areas like Jleeb Al-Shuyiukh, Khaitan and Taima from where a majority of mugging cases were reported.
 
The most common modus operandi of robbers was impersonating a police detective and snatch away wallets after intimidating pedestrians. In some cases, such culprits even robbed the residents after breaking into their homes. The sources explained that a majority of crimes were committed by juveniles and unemployed men, drug addicts and people with history of criminal activity
 
- Kuwait Times

Assembly panel calls for reducing expats in govt

Assembly panel calls for reducing expats in govt
 
KUWAIT: In the second move targeting expatriates in two days, the National Assembly’s legal and legislative committee yesterday approved a proposal calling to reduce the percentage of non-Kuwaitis in government jobs to just 20 percent, down from 28 percent at present. The proposal, which aims at creating more jobs for Kuwaitis, also calls on the Civil Service Commission to find jobs for Kuwaitis within six months of applying or alternatively pay them the salaries expected from the sought job.
 
Based on the latest official statistics, the number of government employees is 386,000 of whom 109,000 are expatriates who form 28 percent of the total. If to be implemented immediately, at least 30,000 expatriates working in the government must be dismissed and replaced by Kuwaitis. On Sunday, a parliamentary bloc called the Independents proposed that the government scrap all subsidies to commodities and public services andthen make expatriates pay full costs in a move if implemented would increase the electricity bill twentyfold. Official statistics show the number of expatriates at 2.6 million against 1.2 million native Kuwaitis.
 
The legal and legislative committee also approved a proposal calling on the government to raise the salaries of employees without setting a definite percentage or a timeframe and sent the proposal to the Assembly’s financial and economic affairs committee to discuss the details. The panel also approved a draft law raising penalties on traders in expired foodstuff to at least five years and up to life in jail.
 
The health and labour committee meanwhile approved the establishment of the government authority for labour, a move believed to pave the way for scrapping the sponsorship system which has been under strong criticism. The panel however refused an amendment to the labour law that would place the recruitment of expatriate labourers in the hands of the establishment, saying that businessmen should be allowed to recruit their own labour.
 
- Kuwait Times

World War II explosives found under proposed runway in southern Poland

World War II explosives found under proposed runway in southern Poland
Dozens of World War II German artillery shells have been found at the site where a new runway is to be built at the Katowice airport in southern Poland, an airport spokesman has said.

Katowice airport spokesman Cezary Orzech told The Associated Press on Monday that “large quantities” of shells have been found since the work began last week. The shells have been removed to a test range and detonated.

The area housed German artillery during the war and Soviet Red Army afterwards.

Mr. Orzech said the airport needs a new 3.2 km (1.9 mile) runway to handle large cargo planes. It should open in the second half of next year.
 
-The Hindu
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Marines won’t return to India for trial, says Italy

Marines won’t return to India for trial, says Italy
New Delhi examining Rome’s decision which may hit ties

Italy on Monday refused to return two of its marines being tried in India for killing two fishermen while on duty aboard a merchant ship. The move caught India by surprise as the marines had been let off once before and had returned.

The Foreign Office said it was examining the communication received late in the night from Rome but sources said this step would worsen ties already under strain.

Italy took refuge in the technicalities of an international law in declining to send back the marines. Their detention in India had become a political issue in the recently held Italian elections and was held out as a sign of weakness against then Prime Minister Mario Monty whose party fared badly.

Justifying the move, the new Italian Government said it was refusing to honour an Indian Supreme Court order because India had not responded to requests for a diplomatic solution to the case. Therefore it was now raising a dispute over jurisdiction with India on the interpretation of a clause in the United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea (Unclos).

Italy says the ship was in international waters and therefore the marines who shot and killed two Indian fishermen from Kerala in February last year should be tried in Italy.

It admits that the marines were on a cargo ship but contends that they had been posted to prevent piracy under a recently passed law.

The Kerala state government and the Centre have said the shooting, mistaken or intentional, took place in its waters. In January this year, the Supreme Court ruled that Indian laws will apply to the marines. Later, interpreting the laws and upholding the validity of Unclos, the Court said the shooting happened outside Indian territorial waters of 12 nautical miles, which meant that the State of Kerala did not have jurisdiction to try the case but the Centre did have jurisdiction.

Earlier the Supreme Court had allowed the two marines, Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone, to return to Italy for Christmas vacations. They went for a second time to vote in the Italian general elections but did not return this time.

Their detention was a major issue in Italy, and Rome had tried hard to persuade India to return the marines. While public opinion here was generally to try the marines in India, some strategic analysts including M. B. Bhadrakumar had warned that India was heading for the diplomatic hot waters by doing so. New Delhi should accept the repeated entreaties from Italy including its Prime Minister and several visits by the Foreign Minister.

In Kerala, where the marines were being tried, the development triggered discussions in the legal circles. Commenting on the issue, Kaleeswaram Raj, advocate with the Kerala High Court, said the Supreme Court should have treated this as a case of individual crime involving foreign nationals and not as an international issue.

When the High Court allowed special leave for marines to visit family for Christmas, there was a clear contractual agreement at the Consulate level. This judicial and political foresight was missing when the Supreme Court allowed them to go for voting at February-end, he said.

With Italy deciding not to send the marines back, the judiciary has become helpless and now the issue can only be resolved politically, added Mr. Raj.

The new development would definitely set a wrong precedent in the judicial process, said A. Jayasankar, media critic and lawyer at the Kerala High Court. It was unfair that they were allowed to go home for Christmas.

The marines, attached to the six-member San Marco regiment team on board Italian-flagged oil tanker Enrica Lexie as part of the Italian Navy’s Vessel Protection Detachment, were arrested after it was confirmed that they shot two Indian fishermen to death.
 
-The Hindu
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Chemmanur Jewellery Kuwait Diamond Section Inaugurated

Chemmanur Jewellery Kuwait Diamond Section Inaugurated
Boby Chemmanur International Jewellers Diamond Boutique at Abbassiya showroom inauguration
by Mrs. Shanta Mariyam James (Chairperson for CBC Gulf Countries). Regional Manager Shabu,
Zonal Manager Biju George & Diamond Section head Shaju at the function.

Lulu Mall inaugurated by Kerala Chief Minister

Lulu Mall inaugurated by Kerala Chief Minister
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One of the largest malls in India – Lulu Mall in Kochi was inaugurated by Kerala State Chief Minister Oommen Chandy at a glittering function on 10 March, 2013. The Chief Minister inaugurated the mall with the traditional ribbon cutting and also unveiled a plaque to commemorate the grand opening of the mall. Leader of Opposition in the State Assembly VS Achuthanandan was the chief guest of the event, which was attended by  Union Minister Vayalar Ravi, who as the guest of honor  cut the ceremonial cake to mark the occasion. Shaikh Abdulla Al Saleh, UAE Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade who was also the guest of honor launched the mall manual. Also present were Union Minister Prof. KV Thomas who launched Lulu loyalty card, state minister PK Kunhali Kutty who launched Lulu Mall website. TKA Nair, Adviser to the Prime Minister launched a mall guide on the occasion. The opening ceremony was also attended by leaders of various political parties, government officials and a large crowd of well-wishers. Lulu group managing director Yusuff Ali MA welcomed the gathering and Executive Director Ashraf Ali MA tendered vote of thanks.

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After the inauguration, Oommen Chandy, VS Achuthanandan, Shaikh Abdulla Al Saleh, Vayalar Ravi, Prof. KV Thomas and other dignitaries toured various sections  of the newly built mall and congratulated group
managing director Yusuff Ali MA on the successful completion of the mall
and for providing the latest family shopping destination to the citizens and
residents of the state.

Lulu Mall is a 2.5 million sq. ft complex in 17 acres and spread over three levels. The mall is complete with a full line of amenities and facilities which includes best of international luxury and lifestyle brands, well-appointed food court that serves international cuisines, coffee shops, money exchange, dine-in outlets, 22,000 sq. ft entertainment zone, 5,000 sq. ft Ice Rink that is first of its kind in South India, prayer halls, baby care centre  among other facilities. The shopping mall which was built with an investment of INR 1,600 Crore is expected to become the family shopping destination of choice for residents and tourists as well. The architecturally excellent mall designed by WS Atkins, UK based consultants, has a parking capacity for 3000 cars with easy access from all the main roads. Well placed escalators, elevators, travelators and walkways make it easy for shoppers, diners, and fun lovers to get from one point of the mall to another.

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Located in Edapally, Kochi at the intersection of three important highways of Kerala: NH 47, NH 17 and the Kochi by-pass, the mall is within the easy reach of almost all landmarks and prominent facilities covering health centers and accommodation options. Furthermore it is within close proximity to almost all transport facilities, including Cochin International Airport  and railway station.  Also, within the mall’s expansive campus is the The Marriott - a magnificent 300 room hotel that caters to the unique accommodation needs of visitors and tourists to the God’s own country.

In addition, and in true tradition of Lulu stores across the Gulf, the mall will feature the widest choice of world class brands at the fairest prices and also offer a whole world of shopping with a good selection of brands and product lines under one roof. To give a Keral touch to the mall a special area has been designated to promote Keral products and handicrafts. The Mall will generate 8000 direct jobs and more than 20000 indirect job opportunities.

Lulu's winning formula of value for money quality shopping will be a matter of delight for the residents who will cherish the pleasurable shopping experience and the economy it offers. Lulu Hypermarket, Lulu Celebrate, Lulu Connect, Westside, PVR Cinemas are the anchor stores of the mall. Nine cinema screens with a total capacity of 2,250 seats will open in the mall by early April.

Inside the mall, there is a food court with a capacity for 3500 people and 18 food counters. The first McDonald's Restaurant in Kerala will be opened at Lulu Mall. The mall will have a 5-D cinema hall, bowling alleys, water rides and electronic games. The other facilities include ATM, money exchange, pharmacy, travel and holiday’s desk and a Federal Bank branch functioning in the mall.

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New ‘herbal’ hospital planned

New ‘herbal’ hospital planned
 
KUWAIT: Director of Natural Medicine Hospital Dr Ammar Al-Baroun said the contract to establish the new natural (herbal) medicine hospital with a capacity of 300 beds will be awarded soon and the consultancy office in charge of the project will submit agreements on March 10 to pave the way for floating the tender, reports Al-Rai daily.

Al-Baroun declared the plan is for the contract signing to take place by the end of this year and the construction of the new hospital will be through the Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) system. He said the company handling the project will be in charge of feeding, cleaning and other related services. He added the Ministry of Health’s function will be limited to dealing with issues concerning doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and the administrative staff.

According to the director, the ministry intends to equip Al-Zebn Health Center, one of the best centers in the country, with the most advanced machines to better serve the public. He stressed the center will have a health clinic, confirming that electricity has been installed and the outpatient clinics will be ready for operation soon after the construction of the central cafeteria that will take care of food supply in the hospital instead of those coming from the Mental Health Center.
 
- Arbaitmes

Earth to witness severe heat: experts

Earth to witness severe heat: experts
 
KUWAIT: Kuwait is among the hottest countries in the world during the summer seasons particularly some areas such as Al-Metriba due to increase in the level of carbon emissions that raises the temperature of the planet, reports Al-Seyassah daily quoting a knowledgeable source.

Based on studies by related scientists, he indicated that there will be a severe rise in temperature in Earth whereby such locations in Kuwait will be hotter than usual in the upcoming summer season.
He pointed out that some studies have indicated a rise in the Earth temperature by 6 degrees at end of this century.

Based on a recent publication, the source explained that the planet Earth will become so hot that the temperatures will be similar to what it was around 11,300 years ago, adding that side effects of carbon dioxide emissions are likely to cause damage.

He disclosed that analyses were carried out in 73 locations across the world through which scientists were able to review records of Earth temperatures dating back to almost 11,000 years ago, adding that the latter have noticed the last ten years to be relatively hotter in comparison with 80 percent of the past years.
 
- Arabtimes

Minister of Amiri Diwan Affairs Sheikh Nasser visits India

Minister of Amiri Diwan Affairs - Sheikh Nasser visits India
 
KUWAIT: Minister of Amiri Diwan Affairs Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah headed to New Delhi yesterday accompanied by a host of officials on an official few-day visit, during which he is to forward a letter from His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al- Sabah to President Pranab Mukherjee of India. This comes upon invitation of the Indian Government, conveyed through Minister of External Affairs Salman Khurshid. Sheikh Nasser Al-Sabah is to meet senior officials to discuss means to further cooperation and coordination between the two friendly nations. The Kuwaiti delegation includes Deputy Chairman of Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry Khalid Al- Saqer, Kuwait Petroleum Managing Director Farooq Al- Zanki, Amiri Diwan Undersecretary Mazin Al-Eisa, and Kuwait Investment Authority Mohammad Al-Hilal Al- Mutairi.
 
- KUNA

MPs want expats to pay full charges for services

MPs want expats to pay full charges for services
 
KUWAIT: A parliamentary bloc consisting of eight MPs yesterday called on the government to scrap all subsidies on services and commodities and make expatriates pay full prices in a move that could increase electricity bills to around KD 100 per month. Spokesman of the Independents Bloc MP Nasser Al-Marri said in the proposals submitted to the National Assembly yesterday that they found that between KD 6-12 billion is squandered annually for providing subsidized public services and commodities. He said the bloc found that public expenditure is bloated not because of the high wage bill of Kuwaiti citizens as the government claims, but because of the huge bill paid for subsidies from which expatriates benefit. Marri said the solution to this is to scrap all subsidies, mainly on fuel, electricity and water, and then provide these services free of charge to Kuwaitis and subsequently make expatriates pay full costs.
 
Based on the latest official figures, the number of Kuwaitis is 1.2 million against 2.6 million expatriates, more than half of whom are either domestic helpers or low-paid menial workers whose monthly salary is less than KD 100 and clearly cannot cope with any increase in the price of essential commodities or services.
 
Based on statements by the electricity and water ministry, the government sells a kilowatt/hour of electricity for just two fils while its actual production cost is around 38 fils. Power prices have not been increased since the mid-1960. If the proposal is accepted, the monthly electricity bill for a medium size apartment, which is now at KD 5-6, will increase to as high as KD 100. The price of fuel has remained unchanged for the past 15 years and is considered one of the lowest in all oil-rich Gulf states. The government says it pays over KD 1 billion annually to subsidize its cost. The proposals must first be debated by Assembly panels before being debated on the floor. The government must accept them before they can be implemented.
 
- Kuwait Times

Delhi Gang-rape Accused Commits Suicide

Delhi Gang-rape Accused Commits Suicide

The main accused in the Dec 16 gang-rape of a 23-year-old has committed suicide in Delhi's Tihar Jail Monday morning, police said. According to a police official, Ram Singh, 33, the prime accused in the case committed suicide around 5.00 a.m. in ward no. 5 of Jail No.3 in Tihar jail.

"An inquiry has been ordered into the suicide incident to ascertain how Ram Singh committed suicide in the high security Tihar Jail," said G. Sudhakar, DIG (Prisons), Tihar Jail .

Singh, who had been charged in 13 cases in connection with the Dec 16 incident, had been facing day-to-day trial in a district court. He was supposed to be taken to the court Monday.

He had confessed to the crime, police said.

Singh was rushed to Deen Dayal Upadhyay hospital where he was declared dead.

On Dec 16, 2012, a trainee phyisotherapist was allegedly brutally gang-raped by Ram Singh and his five associates in a moving bus in the national capital.

She died of her injuries in a Singapore hospital two weeks later

Indian Business Directory

‘Indian Business Directory’

The Embassy of India, Kuwait, in association with Prisma Media Advertising, Kuwait, organized a function at Embassy’s premises on March 7, 2013 to launch the publishing of Indian Business Directory. 

2.      The programme was attended by more than 200 prominent Indian businessmen and community representatives in Kuwait.  H.E. Mr. Satish C. Mehta, Ambassador of India, in his speech, deliberated on the importance of this initiative which would strengthen connectivity within the Indian community in Kuwait as well as between business communities of India and Kuwait.  As India’s product and service offerings increase, this would open new avenues for business for the Indian community in Kuwait. 

3.      In her presentations, Mrs. Indu Malhotra, Project Manager, Prisma Media Advertising and head of this project, said that besides relevant information about Indian businesses in Kuwait, the Directory would have information on prominent Indians in Kuwait, Indian executives, doctors, schools etc.  In addition it would have important and useful information about India and Kuwait that would contribute to enhancing trade and economic cooperation between the two countries. Mr. Mahar, General Manager, Prisma Media Advertising, outlined the contents of the directory and the methodology to collect and collate information.  

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Egyptian woman denied U.S. courage award

Egyptian woman denied U.S. courage award
The physiotherapy student who was brutally gang raped on a moving bus in New Delhi and nine other women will be honoured in United States for their courage on Friday. But the US government has decided against presenting the award to Egyptian activist Samira Ibrahim.

The decision emerged on Thursday after it was found that she appeared to voice support for terrorist acts and made anti-Semitic statements in a series of tweets last year.

Ms. Ibrahim, 26, was selected for the award after she exposed “virginity tests” conducted by the Egyptian army on girls arrested in Tahrir Square during the revolution.

On Friday State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the decision not to give Ms. Ibrahim the award was made after reviewing her tweets, including a statement on the anniversary of 9/11 in which she said, “May every year come with America burning.” In other posts, the Egyptian declared Saudi Arabia’s royal family “dirtier than Jews” and tweeted a quote attributed to Adolf Hitler referring to Jews “having a hand” in all societal crimes.

“We obviously had to do what we considered right under the circumstances. It’s unfortunate, but it was the right thing to do,” Ms. Nuland said at a briefing, adding that Ms. Ibrahim was being sent back to Egypt at US expense.

Secretary of State John Kerry will preside at the ceremony and First Lady Michelle Obama also will attend. The award has been presented annually since 2007 to recognize women who have shown exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for women’s rights and empowerment often are at great personal risk.

Other recipients include women from Afghanistan, Honduras, Nigeria, Russia, and Somalia. Recipients from China, Syria and Vietnam were not able to travel and will be honoured in absentia, the State Department said.

The ceremony coincides with International Women’s Day.
 
-The Hindu
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Minister plans to shun separate clinic hours proposal for citizens

Minister plans to shun separate clinic hours proposal for citizens
KUWAIT CITY: Minister of Health Dr Mohammad Al-Haifi is intending to reject the proposal for separate allocation of clinic hours for citizens, indicating that it would lead to discrimination in providing health services among citizens and expatriates, reports Al-Anba daily.

In a press statement issued by the minister, he revealed that the matter is being studied and a decision in this regard has not been taken.

He indicated that he has requested for statistics on the beneficiaries of the health services in the country, which he will study before he takes a decision regarding this matter.

In case a decision is taken in favor of the proposal, he stressed that it will not ban the expatriates from visiting the casualty departments of the clinics anytime for emergency cases.

He insisted that he has issued clear instructions to the directors of health zones to receive and treat any patient anytime in the casualty departments before they are transferred to the appropriate hospitals.

Meanwhile, the Health Ministry has received 48 new ambulances, the first batch of vehicle purchases to support the emergency service across the nation, Health Minister Dr Mohammad Al-Haifi announced Wednesday.

In statements to KUNA, the Minister said the final batch of ambulances will be delivered to Kuwait before the end of March.

“The new purchases will take the number of ambulances of the Ministry’s Emergency Department up to 193,” minister Al-Haifi said.

He pointed out that the new ambulances are equipped with the latest technologies that provide maximum safety for patients.

The minister added that the vehicles will be distributed to various areas across the nation according to their needs and the rate of emergency case.

He also revealed that the Ministry is planning to increase the number of emergency centers in residential areas as well as on highways.

“Ministry’s Emergency Department has a sophisticated communications system that reveals accurately the caller’s address on electronic map and help the ambulance reach the scene in the shortest time,” the Minister said.

He unveiled that the Ministry has plans for several future projects to improve the efficiency of the emergency service.
 
-Arab Times
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Bid to hire sign language personnel in hospitals

Bid to hire sign language personnel in hospitals
KUWAIT CITY:  The Civil Service Commission (CSC), in response to the request of the Health Ministry for 30 employment slots to recruit sign language personnel, stressed the need to merge these slots with those approved earlier, reports Al-Watan daily quoting sources.

Sources said the ministry wants the sign language personnel to work in hospitals and other public health institutions under its wing to enhance procedures for understanding deaf patients during diagnosis.  Sources explained this step is aimed at minimizing errors in diagnosing deaf patients.
Sources revealed there have been many complaints from the parents of deaf patients on wrong diagnosis due to miscommunication as there are no sign language experts to assist the doctors.
 
-Arab Times
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IKEA stops selling sausages

IKEA stops selling sausages
- Portugal finds horse drug
LISBON, March 8, (Agencies): Burgers and meatballs sold in Portugal by French retailer Auchan have been found to contain horsemeat with small traces of an animal painkiller that is potentially harmful to humans, Portugal’s consumer watchdog said Thursday.
The country’s consumer protection association DECO said it had “detected anti-inflammatory drugs in horsemeat found in food products on sale in Portugal, which may pose a risk to public health as the use of such drugs is banned in animals destined for human consumption.”
“Phenylbutazone was detected in samples of Auchan hamburger and in Polegar meatballs, which according to an initial analysis, contained horse DNA,” the group said in a statement.
Polegar is Auchan’s low-price brand.
According to Deco, the samples showed only low-level traces of phenylbutazone, also known as “bute”, and did “not present an immediate danger” to people’s health.
The association announced on Monday that these meat products sold in Portugal by Auchan, as well as lasagnes sold by the Spanish El Corte Ingles group, contained traces of unlabelled horsemeat.
Meanwhile, Swedish retailer IKEA has stopped selling sausages in its 14 Russian stores after tests showed that sausages from its local supplier contained horsemeat, the company said on Thursday.
The world’s No. 1 furniture retailer, known also for the restaurants at its huge out-of-town stores, said that the tests confirmed the presence of horsemeat in sausages produced by meat processing company Remit.
Remit was not available for comment.
Last month IKEA withdrew IKEA-branded wiener sausages produced by Familjen Dafgard from stores in a number of European countries and stopped nearly all sales of the same supplier’s meatballs across the region.
Those withdrawals did not affect meatballs in Russia and IKEA said on Thursday that tests revealed no horsemeat in meatballs being supplied to IKEA’s Russian stores by local producer PIT-Product, which is owned by Finnish group Atria .
A European scandal erupted in January when tests in Ireland revealed that some beef products also contained horsemeat, triggering recalls of ready meals in several countries and damaging confidence in Europe’s vast and complex food industry.
 
-Arab Times
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McDougall leaps off Al-Hamra – Australian jumper sets record

McDougall leaps off Al-Hamra –
Thousands cheer as Australian jumper sets record
KUWAIT: Shot of pure adrenalin, anyone? Australian Chris McDougall, the renowned extreme adventure base jumper, leapt off Kuwait’s tallest tower Al-Hamra yesterday to set a Kuwait record as thousands of people watched the gut-wrenching event and cheered him. McDougall’s jump was a first for Kuwait and was organized by Al-Hamra Tower to celebrate National and Liberation Days.

Thousands of people who gathered to watch the nail-biting act by the adventurer, cheered MacDougall as he jumped off the 414-meter tall tower in Kuwait City. Base jumping is a sport in which a parachutist jumps from a building, rather than an airplane. “I was very much nervous when he jumped. I thought for a moment what if the parachute wouldn’t work. If I had seen a dead man, I would have probably collapsed,” said a Lebanese woman in the crowd. The jump took place around 2 pm and was the first of the two jumps he planned in Kuwait. “It was a fascinating jump with a very beautiful landing. I want to see him again for the second jump,” said another spectator at the foot of the tower.

The street leading to Al-Hamra Tower was temporarily closed at the time of jump to accommodate and provide space for the large crowd. Some of them were seen waiting since 12 noon. “I have been waiting here since 12 noon. I read about it in your paper, so I brought my children along with me to witness history being made,” an Indian said who came with his four kids and wife.

McDougall was introduced to Kuwaiti media last Wednesday along with Kuwaiti skydiver Mohammad Al-Refai. Al-Refai has skydived more than 400 times in various locations too around the world, but not the base jump. McDougall plans to train Al-Refai in base jumping in the next few months. McDougall jumped twice yesterday to the delight of the spectators. “Base jumping is a very dangerous and serious sport, a single mistake means death. But whether I have sponsors or not, I like it a lot and I want people to see why I like the sports,” McDougall said. He set the record in Kuwait and currently holds the record for trouble-free jumps, with 2,600 base jumps and 10,000 sky jumps.

“I am setting a record in Kuwait as there is no record for base-jumps as yet, so I am here to set the record and not to break anybody’s record.” McDougall has been training people in some 40 countries for more than 15 years.  Al-Hamra Tower is 414 meter above sea-level and is known to be Kuwait’s tallest tower and has become a landmark. Base jumping, also written as B.A.S.E. jumping, spells an acronym that stands for four categories of fixed objects from which one can jump: buildings, antennas, spans (bridges), and earth (cliffs).  The event was sponsored by Zain, Gulf Bank, Dominos Pizza, Go Sports, Torino Lamborghini and Camco Global Events.
 
-Kuwait Times
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Real Women Overcome Odds

Real Women Overcome Odds

                                                                          Author: Kori Ellis Collection: AVM

Oftentimes, we let little things get to us. Even something as simple as bad rush-hour traffic or a missed appointment can ruin our day. It's these times that we need to hear inspirational tales that help us learn to appreciate life. These two stories are about real women who overcame real obstacles to embrace everything life has to offer.

Inspirational women

With the hustle and bustle that goes hand in hand with everyday life in today's society, it's quite easy to take our very existence for granted. Most people feel at ease in their own routine and don't dare leave its comforts. However, there are those who strive for bigger and better things - whether out of ambition or simply a will to survive. I spoke with two inspirational women who told me their stories about why they reached for the stars and how they arrived at their destination. Both women, Rebecca and Cindy, have encountered daunting obstacles in life but have overcome by utilizing grace, determination and an undying love of life.

Battling dyslexia

Rebecca, who I met at a business conference in Las Vegas, is one of the smartest people I know. Even if you were around her for an entire day, you probably wouldn't notice her disability. "I was born with severe dyslexia," Rebecca explains. "Due to my learning disability, I was in special education classes for most of my elementary and middle school years." Despite the challenge, she refused to let dyslexia dictate her life. Every day, she worked on overcoming her disability with the help of her parents. "My dad would spend an hour every morning helping me with math," says Rebecca. "In the evenings, my mom would have me read books out lout and then she would quiz me on the content." Rebecca's hard work paid off. By high school, she had advanced from special education classes all the way to honors classes. When high school came to an end, she kept striving. "When I was a young, no one thought I could ever go to college," she confides. Not only did Rebecca end up going to college, she graduated near the top of her class. Was her journey over? Hardly. "I always had a vision," says Rebecca, "of one day being a lawyer. But it seemed like such a crazy aspiration that I never told anyone." Today, Rebecca's vision is a reality. She graduated from law school and is currently working her way up in one of the largest law firms on the East Coast. Rebecca says: "I wouldn't change a thing. My learning disability still makes life a challenge but it also gave me the determination to make my dream come true."

Another inspirational woman next!

Overcoming challenges

Speaking of determination, that word aptly describes Cindy's greatest strength. Seven years ago, Cindy was a housewife who was raising five-year-old twin boys. However, one fateful day, her life was turned upside down. Ron, Cindy's husband, was in a boating accident that sent him to death's doorstep. Though he survived, Ron was left without use of his legs. "That whole day seemed like it was in slow motion," explains Cindy. "From the time Ron was on life support to the time they told us he was paralyzed from the chest down, it felt like an eternity. And then from there, breaking the bad news to Ron when he awoke was almost unbearable." After months of rehabilitation, Ron was able to return home. But with four mouths to feed and Ron unable to work, Cindy realized what she needed to do. "I graduated high school but I didn't like the idea of college," says Cindy. "Though at that point, life gave me no choice." Cindy enrolled at a local community college and found out that she had a passion for numbers. Two years later, she transferred to a university and decided to major in accounting. "Raising twins, helping Ron and going to school were challenging," she says, "but comparatively speaking, I had it easy." Cindy now works as an accountant at a large corporation and is fully able to support her family. "I'm proud of myself but I don't think I did anything spectacular," says Cindy. "I just played the cards life dealt me."

 

Indian man denied emergency leave tries to commit suicide

Indian man denied emergency leave tries to commit suicide
 
KUWAIT: An Indian man, who works at Arifjan Camp, tried to commit suicide when he was denied emergency leave to travel to India and visit his dying mother.

Reportedly, the victim had submitted several leave applications to the director of his company, which has a contract with the US Army, to permit him to see his dying mother but his requests were declined.

Since he was in good terms with the American soldiers at Arifjan Camp, he requested for their help but they refused to interfere with the management of the company.

When there was no way left for him to obtain the emergency leave, he decided to commit suicide by hanging himself. However, the American soldiers rescued him in time and rushed him to Adan Hospital. The friends of the Indian victim appealed to the concerned authorities and the Indian Embassy to convince the management of the company to provide them with basic human rights.

A statement issued by these friends indicated that the company is focused on achieving profits through illegal methods.

They revealed that the American soldiers at Arifjan Camp have warned the company management against misbehaving with some officers and their inhumane manner of dealing with the employees.
They lamented that no investigations were carried out to even know the reason for his decision to commit suicide.

The victim is currently undergoing treatment at Adan Hospital and necessary action will be taken after the revival of his health.
 
- Arabtimes

More than 500 illegals held in Sulaibiya fruit market raid

More than 500 illegals held in Sulaibiya fruit market raid
 
KUWAIT: The General Security Department at Ministry of Interior launched impromptu security campaigns recently at the fruit and vegetable market in Sulaibiya, during which 531 individuals were arrested.

The campaigns were launched based on directives by high-ranking officials from Ministry of Interior, Immigration Department, General Traffic Department and other authorities.

The suspects were arrested for non-possession of valid residencies, for working under different sponsors and for working with residency under Article 20.

The arrested individuals were referred to the concerned authorities for necessary legal action against them.

The Media Security Department of Ministry of Interior confirmed in a press statement that such intensive campaigns will continue to arrest violators of law and to maintain the security of the nation.
 
- Arabtimes
 
 
 
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