Five arrested for unlicensed weapons, ammunition possession

gunsKUWAIT: Ministry of Interior’s Relations and Security Media Department said that criminal security detectives recently arrested five suspects with possession of unlicensed weapons and ammunition during raids carried out by weapons detectives after the grace period to hand over unlicensed weapons was over. According to case papers, investigations led to a citizen possessing unlicensed weapons and ammunition at his house in Fintas.

On raiding the house and searching it, detectives only found some bullets, but the suspect confessed that he sold the weapons to a person in Sabah Al- Salem. The buyer’s house was later raided and detectives found an AK-47 rifle, a gun and a huge amount of ammunition inside. Consequently, the second suspect led police to a third one in Rumaithiya and after raiding his house, detectives found a gun and a cardboard box of ammunition. Accordingly, the third suspect led police to a fourth man; to whom he had sold a gun, and he was later arrested.

Rumors refuted
Separately, the Relations and Security Media Department denied social media reports alleging that some masked and armed radicals broke into a citizen’s house in Mubarak Al-Kabeer, destroyed the house’s contents and threatening the citizen and his family, before fleeing. A citizen in his sixties had called 112, reporting that masked militants had broken into his house. But when police rushed to the scene, no trace of any break in was detected even after checking neighbors’ surveillance cameras.

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Amir lauds solidarity, unity among Kuwaitis

His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah meets Amir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani

His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah meets Amir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani

KUWAIT: His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah expressed great admiration of the unity and solidarity among Kuwaitis since the terrorist attack on Al-Imam Al-Sadiq Mosque on Friday. His Highness the Amir said this unity has shown the true image of Kuwaiti people as one family that is loyal to the homeland and united behind its leaders against violence and extremism. His Highness the Amir underlined that the crime of killing of innocent people contradicts with all religious teachings.

This attack has drawn wide-scale condemnation from the whole world, he said. His Highness the Amir hailed the highly-efficient work of security agencies which helped unveil the circumstances and arrest those involved in the crime. His Highness the Amir also thanked the armed forces, Ministry of Health, Kuwait Fire Service, Ministry of Information, and local and international press and all the bodies and organizations that contributed to the efforts and measures taken after the attack.

His Highness the Amir expressed thanks to His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al- Sabah, National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanem, the National Guard Chief His Highness Sheikh Salem Al-Ali Al-Sabah, Deputy Chief of the National Guard Sheikh Mishaal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, His Highness Sheikh Nasser Al- Mohammad Al-Sabah, His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, parliament members, citizenry and residents on their good sentiments after the tragic incident. His Highness the Amir thanked leaders around the world and heads of the government and international organizations which condoled with Kuwait.

Amir receive PhD holders
Separately, His Highness the Amir received at Seif Palace yesterday a host of academics who offered him copies of their PhD theses. Sheikha Dr Shamayel Ahmad Al-Sabah offered His Highness the Amir her PhD thesis on management of emergency business operations. Sheikha Dr Ruqaya Salman Al-Sabah offered His Highness the Amir a PhD thesis on management of engineering contracts in the Arabian Gulf. His Highness the Amir was offered a PhD thesis by Dr Sanaa Ali Al-Asfour on a guiding behavioral program for developing social skills among juvenile delinquents in Kuwait. Dr Meshari Mohammad Al-Mutawtah dedicated His Highness the Amir a PhD Thesis on the effect of a sports and diet program on certain physical and physiological changes among the obese in Kuwait. His Highness the Amir was offered a PhD thesis by Dr Tahani Masoud Al-Adwani on measuring quality of Islamic banking services in Kuwait.

Amir receives envoys
Meanwhile, His Highness the Amir received outgoing Bosnian Ambassador to Kuwait Senahid Bristric, and the Vatican’s outgoing Ambassador to Kuwait Archbishop Petar Rajic. Deputy Minister of Amiri Diwan Affairs Sheikh Ali Jarrah Al-Sabah was present in both meetings.

Also yesterday, His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al- Sabah received at Seif Palace the visiting former president of Al-Azhar University Professor Ahmad Omar Hashim. Hashim, a member of Al-Azhar Council of Senior Scholars, expressed condolences and deep sympathy to His Highness the Crown Prince over the victims of the suicide attack that hit Al-Imam Al-Sadiq Mosque in Kuwait City on Friday killing 26 people and wounding 227 others.

He wished those injured speedy recovery, and prayed for Kuwait’s security and safety under the wise leadership of His Highness the Amir. His Highness the Crown Prince appreciated Professor Hashim’s warm sentiments and lauded his efforts and moderate approach in preaching Islam. His Highness the Crown Prince also expressed his condolences to Egypt over the killing of the country’s chief prosecutor on Monday. —KUNA

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أسباب ارتفاع أسعار مطاعم ماكدونالدز في الكويت

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كنت أنوي الحديث عن هذا الموضوع قبل حادثة تفجير مسجد الامام الصادق في الكويت يوم الجمعة الماضي ولكن بسبب الاحداث الاخيرة فضّلت أن أقوم بتأجيله الى اليوم

أسعار الشركات والمطاعم والكافيهات في الكويت بشكل عام مرتفعة بطريقة غير مبررة على الاطلاق وربما في كثير من الاحيان على اتفه الاسباب ان كان هناك سبب في الاساس! شوتايم رفعت الاسعار للمرة الثانية هذا العام مسببة انها قامت باضافة قناتين جديدتين (سأقوم بشنر موضوع كامل عن ماحدث معي بالضبط) تويوتا أيضا رفعت الاسعار في خدمة السيارات وأخيرا ماكدونالدز!!

قمت بمراسلة حساب ماكدونالدز على تويتر وفي اليوم التالي وصلتني منهم رسالة بالايميل منهم:

شكراً للإستفسار، علماً بأنّنا نأخذ استفسارات عملائنا على محمل الجد. لقم تم رفع أسعار منتجاتنا هذا العام نتيجة لعدد من العوامل.

1. انخفاض قيمة العملة الكويتية مقابل الدولار بنسبة 8- 9 %.

2. الزيادة في أسعار البنزين التي بناءً عليه زادت تكاليف النقل و التكاليف اللوجستية التي يتم عن طريقها نقل المواد الأولية الغذائية.

3. زيادة تكاليف المواد الأولية الغذائية بنسبة تصل إلى 5 %.

4. زيادة في أسعار إيجارات المطاعم وخصوصاً في الجمعيات التعاونية الغذائية بنسبة 100 % خلال السنتين الماضيتين.

5. زيادة في تكاليف سكن الموظفين. حتى بعد الزيادات في الأسعار لازالت أسعارنا تنافسية في مجال خدمة المطاعم السريعة منذ أن تم افتتاح ماكدونالدز في عام 1994. لقد حافظنا دائماً على مستوانا الرائد في تقديم الطعم المميز بالسعر المميز . نأمل أن يكون هذا الجواب مُرضياً. بالختام، نهنئك بالشهر الفضيل ونودّ أن نعرف ما هو رأيك بوجبة رمضان المتكاملة والتي أطلقناها حديثاً.

رمضان كريم!

مع تحيات فريق ماكدونالدز الكويت

كل الشكر لهم على الشفافية الكاملة في الموضوع والرد بطريقة مهنية على عكس بعض الشركات الاخرى التي كانت لي قصة طويلة معهم.. عموما عن أي أسعار “بنزين” يتحدثون؟ ففي الكويت مازال البنزين بسعر التراب!! الا اذا كانوا يقصدون خدمة التوصيل التي هي بالاساس بسعر ثابت 750 فلس وهو الاغلى في الكويت على الاطلاق بين كل المطاعم!!

اذا كانت ماكدونالدز الكويت ترضخ لرفع سعر إيجار 100% فكان الاجدر لهم البحث عن مكان آخر والكشف عن الجمعيات التي رفعت هذه القيمة! ان سكوت ادارة ماكدونالدز على الايجار بنسبة 100% ورفع السعر بالمقابل على المستهلك أمر غير مقبول على الاطلاق!

أتمنى منهم اعادة النظر في الاسعار من جديد واعادتها الى ماكانت عليه بالسابق

Expats visa fees increase pending minister’s approval

Sheikh Mazen Al-Jarrah

Sheikh Mazen Al-Jarrah

KUWAIT: A project to increase on increasing the fees collected for services provided to expatriates has been submitted to Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Mohammad Al-Khaled Al-Sabah for review and remarks pending final approval, Interior Ministry’s Assistant Undersecretary for Citizenship and Residency Affairs Major General Sheikh Mazen Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah said.

The services include commercial and tourist visit visas, temporary residencies, as well as self-sponsorship and dependant visas. The project is in line with similar studies being considered by other state departments to increase fees collected for services provided to expatriates, Sheikh Mazen Al-Jarrah said, adding that the Health Ministry is one of those departments.

Meanwhile, Sheikh Mazen Al-Jarrah indicated that the ministry’s Citizenship and Residency Department is keen on ‘activating’ all laws and regulations such as that included in article 12 of law number 17/1959 and article 15 of law 640/1987, pertaining with linking the visa’s duration to the passport’s validity.

Postponing the implementation of the new condition to the beginning of 2016 provides expats with a six month grace period to legalize their statuses and renew their passports accordingly, Sheikh Mazen said.

The new condition would be imposed on holders of all types of residency visas, be them public or private sector, dependant or domestic helpers, he explained. “Expats will not be given residency visas unless their passports were valid for at least two years,” he underlined, adding that a passport should at least be valid for six months to apply for a visit visa.

Sheikh Mazen Al-Jarrah also urged all expats to take advantage of the grace period and legalize their passports’ statuses in order to avoid the confusion and fines imposed on mandating expats update their passport information. — Al-Rai

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Pakistani parliament speaker’s letter to Marzouq Al-Ghanem

I am writing to convey to the people and Parliament of the brotherly State of Kuwait the deepest anguish and condemnation of the people and Parliament of Pakistan on the recent terrorist incident in a mosque during the Friday congregation in Kuwait City.

I am equally saddened to note that as a result of this cowardly act, many innocent lives were lost and numerous were injured. In these testing times, my thoughts and deepest condolences are with all the bereaved families, who have lost their loved ones and are passing through this trauma. Please convey the sympathies of the entire National Assembly of Pakistan to them.

This heinous act of terrorism in the holy month of Ramadan is a reminder to entire Muslim World, and indeed to every peace-loving human being around the world, that we are all confronted with the same challenge and therefore must jointly address this menace, Pakistan has been braving such cowardly acts of terrorism for the last one decade. We are, nevertheless, firm in our conviction to fight out this menace for the peace and progress of the entire humanity.

I, therefore, assure you my nation’s complete support and pray that that the brave brothers and sisters of the State of Kuwait will soon overcome this tragic incident.

With my profound regards and respects.

Yours sincerely

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq

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Ambulance driver assaulted

KUWAIT: Two citizens and an expatriate obstructed an ambulance, smashed its windows and assaulted its driver without paying any attention to the patient inside. Case papers indicated that the ambulance was carrying a patient from Mubarak Al-Kabeer to Al-Razi Orthopedic hospital when it was obstructed by a traffic congestion caused by two slow-moving vehicles.

After blowing the ambulance siren to signal the two drivers, one of the drivers started blocking the ambulance, chasing it and almost pushing it to slam into the cement barrier in the middle of the road. The driver then chased the ambulance all the way to Andalus traffic light where he blocked the ambulance, forcing it to stop. The driver and two others then stepped out of the vehicle, started smashing the ambulance windows and collectively assaulted the driver. The expat driver and his two citizen companions were later arrested. A case was filed and further investigations are in progress.

Assaults A female citizen recently filed a complaint against her sister-in-law accusing her of assaulting and injuring her, said security sources noting that the victim also provided a medical report of her injuries. A case was filed and the inlaw is being summoned for further investigations. In a similar story, a female Egyptian recently accused her Syrian neighbor of assaulting her. Case papers indicated that the woman filed a complaint with Rumaithiya police accusing her neighbor of assaulting her because of old problems between them, said security sources.

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Ministry employee arrested for forgery

KUWAIT: A female employee of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor (MSAL) was recently arrested for forging official documents and changing the maximum labor requirement number for a company from 15 persons to 154, said security sources. Case papers indicated that a company’s owner somehow managed to change his labor assessment from 15 to 154 and after arresting him, the owner confessed that a female MSAL employee helped him change the assessment in exchange for some valuable gifts. A case was filed and further investigations are in progress.

Family threatened A citizen took his drunk brother to Na’eem police station in Jahra for terrifying family members and threatening to kill all of them. A case was filed.

Robber caught on tape A citizen with a criminal record was recently arrested after being caught on video stealing a bike in Mubarak Al- Kabeer, said security sources. Case papers indicated that a citizen reported that his expensive bike was stolen and provided the police with a video recorded by a surveillance camera at his house showing the suspect during the robbery. Once indentified, policemen ambushed and arrested him. And on questioning him, the suspect confessed to committing nine similar robberies and led the police to some of the items he had stolen.

 

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Iftar for Jihad

Makkah was conquered during the last ten days of Ramadan in 9 Hijri, which coincided with Jan 10, 630, that is during winter. Yet, because jihad is considered the peak of Islam and because it is prioritized to any other ritual, in that particular incidence, the Prophet (PBUH) asked for a cup of water and then held it up high so that everybody could see it before he started drinking and giving permission to Muslims to break their fast during jihad.

This proves that iftar for jihad is prioritized to that allowed for travelling or during sickness because of its great benefit to Islam in general.

In addition, not fasting when fighting an enemy provides the strength Almighty Allah ordered us to have before meeting the enemy. “Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power” (Al-Anfal 60). The Prophet (PBUH) also advised his solders on the eve of a battle to break their fast to have enough strength.

In June 1948, the Egyptian army fought the war in Palestine during Ramadan. At that time, the head of Al-Azhar Sheikh Hasanein Mohammed Makhlouf said that ‘mujahideen’ fighting in Palestine could break their fast following the Prophet’s (PBUH) footsteps because he knew that fasting soldiers may become weaker and thus, Al- Azhar issued this fatwa on June 12, 1948, because according to military sciences, armies surrender for many reasons, on top of which is sustenance deprivation.

In the holy war of Ramadan in 1973, Al-Azhar and the Syrian scholars also issued a similar fatwa allowing both the Egyptian and the Syrian armies’ soldiers to break their fast during the war because battles’ timings were unpredictable and war needs strength and power.

Before the June 1967 war, Tel Aviv University scientists conducted a practical study to verify European military rules of providing a soldier with at least one liter of water daily during battles.

The experiments conducted on soldiers in the Negev desert showed that a soldier needed five liters of water, which they provided during the war, and thus more Arab soldiers died of thirst than by bullets. Kuwait’s ambassador to Washington asked the US administration how they knew of Saddam’s intention to start moving his troops towards Kuwait a few days before he actually invaded it (on July 28, 1990). He was told that water, rations and other logistics are usually kept behind troops when they are holding stationary positions (in Basra) and that they had noticed moving those supplies ahead of the troops towards Kuwait, which meant he was marching to Kuwait.

— Translated by Kuwait Times

By Sami Al-Nisf
Al-Anbaa

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Liberia announces return of Ebola – Authorities start tracing victim’s contacts

A red cross workers, wearing protective suits, carrying the body of a person who died from Ebola during a burial with relatives of the victims of the virus. —AFP

A red cross workers, wearing protective suits, carrying the body of a person who died from Ebola during a burial with relatives of the victims of the virus. —AFP

MONROVIA: Liberia announced the return of Ebola yesterday following the death of a 17-year-old boy, dealing a worrying blow to the country’s recovery three months after its last known case. Deputy health minister Tolbert Nyensuah said the teenager had tested positive and died in Nedowian, a village beside the international airport, about an hour’s drive from the capital Monrovia. “We are investigating to know the origin of this new case. We ask all Liberians and all other nationals living in Liberia to continue taking preventive measures,” he had earlier told public radio.

The case comes with the country still reeling from a nightmarish outbreak which wrecked its health service and economy and left thousands dead, just as it was recovering from more than a decade of civil war. “Liberia now has the capacity to contain the new case, but remains vulnerable until we reach zero Ebola cases throughout the region,” UNMEER, the UN’s Ebola emergency response organization, tweeted.

Liberia had diagnosed its last victim, the wife of a cured patient, on March 20 — its only case in more than a month-and the country was finally declared Ebola-free six weeks after the woman’s March 28 burial. Nyensuah said experts had traced and quarantined anyone who may have had contact with the latest victim, without giving numbers or any further details on the patient. Liberia’s neighbors Guinea and Sierra Leone are both still battling the outbreak, which has killed more than 11,200 people, but the coastal Margibi County where the teenager died is much nearer Monrovia than either border. The death follows equally disappointing news from Sierra Leone, which reported last week that the capital Freetown has suffered a fresh outbreak of Ebola, three weeks after its last case.

‘Surveillance working’
“The body has been buried in a safe manner, so there was a safe burial team that has been dispatched and buried the deceased person properly,” World Health Organization (WHO) spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told reporters in Geneva. “This really shows that the surveillance system is working. This case has been picked up and has been tested even after death.” Local media reported that the victim had fallen ill on June 21 and died three days later, although this could not immediately be confirmed. The epidemic killed more than 4,800 Liberians before the WHO declared the outbreak over in Liberia on May 9. But several governments and international organizations urged caution, with Washington warning the world not to forget that the outbreak was still going on in Sierra Leone and Guinea. “We must not let down our guard until the entire region reaches and stays at zero Ebola cases,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said at the time. The WHO also warned that because the Ebola outbreaks were continuing in neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone, the risk remained high that infected people could reenter the country.

Shocking scenes
Sierra Leone and Guinea had been seeing numbers of new cases drop dramatically but the decline has halted and the countries have been recording around 20 to 27 new cases a week since the beginning of May. During the months of peak transmission from August to November last year Liberia was the setting for some of the most shocking scenes from the West African outbreak, by far the worst in history. At the height of the crisis in late September Liberia was suffering more than 300 new cases a week, with uncollected and highly infectious bodies piling up in the streets of Monrovia, a sprawling, chaotic city at the best of times.

The health system-embryonic before the crisis, with some 50 doctors and 1,000 nurses for 4.3 million people-was devastated, losing 192 health workers out of 378 infected. Schools remained shut after the summer holidays, unemployment soared as the formal and black-market economies collapsed and clinics closed as staff died and non-emergency healthcare ground to a halt. Liberia, which recorded 389 deaths in one week last October alone, finally saw fatality counts drop below 100 late last year, and into single figures by the start of 2015. News of the re-emergence of the virus comes just a day after Liberia announced that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf had been congratulated by the head of the UN for ridding the country of Ebola. “This is with great credit to your personal leadership in uniting the country, and to the determination and resilience of the Liberian people,” a statement from the presidency quoted Secretary-General Ban Kimoon as saying. —AFP

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