Drunk Pakistani arrested trying to avoid checkpoint; Asian arrested over fake passport

KUWAIT: A Pakistani man attempted to avoid a checkpoint in Beirut Street by driving up onto the curb, but was later arrested and charged with several offenses. The man drove the other way to avoid police and was found to be drunk. He was detained at Nugra police station, charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, escaping from police and endangering other people’s lives.

Body found in cemetery The body of an Indian man found in Subhan cemetery was sent to the coroner to determine whether foul play was involved in his death.

Asian arrested over fake passport An Asian man was sent to criminal detectives as he attempted to leave the country using a forged passport at Kuwait International Airport. The man was arrested and confessed to stealing a compatriot’s passport.

Citizen blackmailed for KD 3,000 Criminal detectives are looking for a citizen, who was recently released from prison, after he allegedly blackmailed a female citizen, asking her to pay KD 3,000 or he will publish her photos over social media. The woman went directly to criminal detectives and reported the suspect, who she said had promised to marry her. But he lied, so she broke up with him. The man responded by threatening and blackmailing her.

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Two EMTs dead in ambulance accident; Saudi busted with shabu

saudi-with-drugsKUWAIT: An ambulance that was heading to its station at Salmi border crossing turned over on the road, killing two emergency medical technicians (EMTs) inside. Paramedics who arrived at the scene found that a technician had suffered a cardiac arrest while the other was severely injured. A medevac was called in and transported the injured man to Jahra hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries. The victims’ bodies were recovered by the coroner. An investigation was opened to determine the circumstances behind the accident; which according to early investigations happened due to a ruptured tire.

Saudi busted with shabu Drugs Control General Department officers arrested a Saudi national with 1,000 grams of shabu (crystal meth) following information from an undercover source. The man was sent to concerned authorities.

Arrests The traffic department carried out several surprise campaigns in Kuwait’s six governorates between May 30 and June 5 that resulted to the impounding of 2,879 vehicles and 14 wanted vehicles on theft cases. In addition, 58 persons were detained for grave traffic violations, while 1,871 accidents, 176 injuries and five deaths were reported and responded to.

Apartment fire An electric cable at a house in Dhaher caught fire and spread throughout the flat, prompting Mubarak Al-Kabeer and Subhan backup fire centers to respond. The house was evacuated and fire put out without injuries. In another incident, a vehicle caught fire in Hawally and Hawally firemen put out the fire. No injuries were reported.

People rescued inside elevator An elevator malfunctioned in a Jabriya building locking a number of people inside. A Salmiya fire team was dispatched to the scene and freed those trapped inside.

By Hanan Al-Saadoun

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Five-year-old dies of burn injuries; Unsportsmanlike behavior

KUWAIT: Following up Saturday’s Jabriya fire where five people from the same family were rushed to Mubarak Hospital with various degrees of burns, the hospital announced yesterday that a fiveyear- old child who had sustained 90 percent burns passed away.

Unsportsmanlike behavior
Barcelona’s third goal during its Champions League final match against Juventus Saturday evening was the reason behind a scuffle between two Lebanese expats and a Kuwaiti man at a Hawally cafe where they were watching the match, said security sources. The problem started when the two Lebanese men, who are fans of Barcelona, made fun of the citizen, a Juventus fan, after the goal was scored. The man lost his temper and a fight soon ensued, the sources added.

‘Flying gravel’
A senior Ministry of Public Works official said the public prosecutor is investigating the problem of flying gravel on roads and expressways. Mohammed bin Nakhi, assistant undersecretary for maintenance engineering, said the ministry has hired a British institute to study the phenomenon and make recommendations on the best quality of asphalt mixes to be used in paving various roads. The step comes in order to restore roads and make sure that the problem does not happen again in the future

By Meshaal Al-Enezi

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Daesh Defeats Arab Intellectuals

It is clear that the “Arab Spring” only brought to Arab intellectuals (both Islamists and liberals) psychological defeat and intellectual setback to a point that their analyses were wrong, and their ideas went astray, so they searched for a joint enemy that fulfills the gist of their analyses and their disappointing conclusions.

Islamists were surprised that their efforts for nearly a century to create an Islamic state as an example got trampled by IS, that spoiled every Islamic entity with their introduction of a deformed ideology that made the entire humanity with all its religions and policies stand against and fight them, which removed all hopes of benefiting from an “Arab Spring” by “Arab Islamists” who bet on it.

The stand of “Arab liberals” came with the same feeling, even if it was out of the secularists’ failure to gain Western support for a plan, long thought of as an alternative to the religious direction, yet the West adopted extreme religious directions and bet on it to a create a new Arab reality that increased Arab divisions and made the Zionist enemy more secure.

All that made some Arab intellectuals – religious and secular – confused in analyzing the new Arab and Islamic reality, and that the bet to create “a new Middle East” is no longer a purely Western bet; rather there are new “Middle Eastern” and world powers that coalesced together despite the various intellectual pluralism, and with their different directions and many policies, they were able to prove their presence, while the West found necessary to deal with them at the expense of others after the failure of the “Arab Spring” and its turning into a destructive hurricane both intellectually and ideologically, which made the pragmatic West ready to have a dialogue with those who strategically plan for humanitarian cooperation out of the common understanding of universal cooperation between people that emerges from globalization and forms the human philosophic intellect that is based on the human being either “a brother of yours in religion, or your match in creation”.

So, for those who read the columns of some Kuwaiti religious or liberal writers, they will be surprised by where the world has gone with their new universal and intellectual thinking, and what those who are still chewing on Middle Ages thinking have reached by dividing the world into religious sects inside or look at people as psychological defeated minorities and feel sorry for them.

Here, the human being does not have any emotion other than to feel sorry for this thinking, and bypass their narrow thinking that made them look small even in front of IS militants, who present themselves as an alternative to Arab and Muslim intellectually ideologically and behavior.

The world today is no longer looking at countries and people as isolated oases or artificial boundaries – rather the reality has been imposed by the “new globalization” and drawn up by “intellectual and political” efforts that bypassed any sect and nationalism be it the Daeshis (IS militants) and their global intellect built on terrorism or those who resist them with their intellect that is built on the cooperation of humanity for the birth of a new global order that relies on a vision based on filling the globe with justice and fairness, unlike oppression and injustice, and this makes the entire humanity get together and plan to fight the old and new Daesh (IS) ideology and meet over the existence of a “global mercy” that needs new creative ideas and new methods, instead of ruminating sectarian and nationalistic ideas and opinions that were eliminated by the renewal era, and will be rejuvenated by the era of global improvisation with its new look.

So, we may feel sorry for those who divide people into groups and sects out of a religious approach or minority and majority out of a nationalistic approach, while people communicate between each other with modern technology without boundaries or sectarian barriers or nationalistic limits, as the youth of the world became one crucible, with its slogan being “human rights”, which does not differentiate between people by divisions that became obsolete by time and adopted by the Daeshis of all types, and some old religious and liberal activists shrunk in front of it.

—Translated by Kuwait Times

By Abdelmohsen Jamal

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Saudi-led air strikes kill 44 in attack on Yemen army HQ

Shiite rebels known as Houthis carry the coffin of a fellow Houthi who was killed in a Saudi-led airstrike, during their funeral in Sanaa, Yemen, yesterday. A series of pre-dawn Saudi-led airstrikes yesterday targeted the headquarters of Yemen’s armed forces in the rebelheld capital, killing tens of people, security and hospital officials said

Shiite rebels known as Houthis carry the coffin of a fellow Houthi who was killed in a Saudi-led airstrike, during their funeral in Sanaa, Yemen, yesterday. A series of pre-dawn Saudi-led airstrikes yesterday targeted the headquarters of Yemen’s armed forces in the rebelheld capital, killing tens of people, security and hospital officials said

SANAA: Saudi-led air strikes killed at least 44 people during an air raid on the main headquarters of the Yemeni army in central Sanaa yesterday, the state news agency Saba said. More than 100 people, including women and children, were also wounded in the attack, which destroyed private houses in the Tahrir district of central Sanaa adjacent to the compound, Saba said. Residents earlier reported four explosions at the compound, where soldiers allied with the Iranian-backed Houthi group that now controls large parts of Yemen including the capital had gathered since Saturday evening to get their pay cheques.

Saba, now also Houthi-controlled, quoted a source at the Health Ministry as saying rescue teams were still working to find people under the rubble. Saudi-led forces have been pounding Houthi forces as well as allied troops loyal to former longtime president Ali Abdullah Saleh since March 26 in an attempt to restore President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to power.

Saudi Arabia and fellow Sunni Muslim-ruled Gulf monarchies fear that the Houthis will extend the reach of the region’s main Shi’ite power, Iran, in a country already beset by separatism and home to the most active branch of al Qaeda. Despite the continued fighting, Hadi’s exiled Yemeni government in Riyadh and the Houthis have agreed to attend United Nations-sponsored peace talks in Geneva on June 14.

UN special envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed held talks on Saturday in Oman, which has been trying to mediate in Yemen, the Omani state news agency ONA reported. In the central Yemeni city of Taiz, local officials and medics said eight Houthi fighters had been killed in an attack by Hadi loyalists. Residents also reported air strikes on military camps east and west of Sanaa, but there was no immediate word on casualties.

The Saudi-owned al-Arabiya television said warplanes had attacked a Yemeni army Scud missile base in Faj Attan, south west of Sanaa. One witness reported at least four air raids and saw thick smoke rising from the area. Saudi Arabia said on Saturday it had intercepted a Scud missile fired by Yemeni army units towards the Saudi city of Khamees Mushait, the first reported use of ballistic missiles in the conflict.

Saba reported on Sunday that the death toll from air strikes and shelling on a school and medical facilities in Hajjah province the day before had risen to 59. The report could not be independently verified. — Reuters

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Iraq troops advance against IS in key refinery town


Iraq’s Badr Brigades Shiite militia detain four men that they suspect of militants of the Islamic State group outside the oil refinery in Beiji, some 155 miles (250 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq. Iraqi troops backed by Shiite militias recaptured key parts of the northern refinery town of Beiji from Islamic State militants

BAGHDAD: Iraqi troops backed by Shiite militias recaptured key parts of the northern refinery town of Beiji from Islamic State militants yesterday, a general said. The commander of the Interior Ministry’s Quick Reaction Forces, Brig. Gen. Nassir al- Fartousi, told state TV that the Iraqi flag was raised on a local government building in Beiji and that troops were advancing to other areas, without elaborating.

There was no word on the fate of the contested refinery on the town’s outskirts. Beiji, some 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of Baghdad, fell to the extremist IS group during its blitz across northern Iraq nearly a year ago, but parts of the town and nearby refinery have since been retaken by government forces. The town is strategically significant as it lies on the road to IS-held Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city.

Iraqi and Kurdish forces have managed to roll back the IS group in many parts of the country with the help of US-led airstrikes, and recaptured the northern city of Tikrit in April. But last month the IS group captured Ramadi, the provincial capital of the western Anbar province, in the extremists’ most significant advance since last year.

The IS group has declared an Islamic caliphate in the territories it controls in Syria and Iraq, and has used oil facilities and smuggling to finance much of its operations. In neighboring Syria, the US-led coalition carried out airstrikes against IS positions in the northern town of Souran, which IS captured last week from Syrian rebel groups and members of al-Qaida’s affiliate in Syria, the Nusra Front. The Local Coordination Committees and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the airstrikes occurred Saturday night.

The Observatory said the airstrikes killed eight IS members, including a local Syrian commander, and wounded 20. The coalition airstrikes against IS in Souran were the first in the area since the extremist group launched an offensive last month on the northern parts of Aleppo province close to the border with Turkey. IS has captured several villages and towns from the Nusra Front and Syrian rebels. Since September, the coalition has carried out hundreds of airstrikes against IS in Syria. The coalition has also carried out a handful of airstrikes against the Nusra Front.

The U.S. says it has targeted a Nusra Front cell plotting attacks on Western interests. The main Western-backed opposition group, the Syrian National Coalition, says government warplanes have been attacking rebels in Aleppo province, claiming that the “terrorist interests” of President Bashar Assad’s government and the IS group are aligned. In the northeastern city of Hassakeh, government forces have launched a counteroffensive and regained ground lost to IS last week, state media said. State news agency SANA said government forces have retaken the power station south of Hassakeh as well as the juvenile prison that had been recently seized by the IS group. —AP

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Canada, Dutch triumph but fans the big winners

Canada’s Allysha Chapman (15) and China’s Wu Haiyan (5) battle for the ball during a FIFA Women’s World Cup soccer match

Canada’s Allysha Chapman (15) and China’s Wu Haiyan (5) battle for the ball during a FIFA Women’s World Cup soccer match

EDMONTON: Canada scored a heart-stopping injury time win over China to kick off the Women’s World Cup on Saturday as the spotlight returned to action on the field after a deflating week of scandal away from the pitch. Christine Sinclair sent a capacity crowd at a sunkissed Commonwealth Stadium home happy by slotting the winning spot kick in a 1-0 victory over China.

The Dutch were also celebrating after the Netherlands made a winning World Cup debut with a 1-0 victory over New Zealand. But the biggest winners on the day were the fans who basked in the excitement and joy the ‘beautiful game’ can create rather than dwell on the dreary details of a corruption bribery scandal that has engulfed the sport’s governing body, FIFA. “It was an amazing atmosphere to kick off this World Cup in front of 50,000-plus fans, I’m so proud of our team,” said Canadian midfielder Sophie Schmidt, who was named player of the match. “There was never a doubt that game was going to get away from us.” While the World Cup got off to a rousing start, it is unclear if the scandals and controversy have had an impact on the tournament that will conclude with a championship game on July 5 in Vancouver.

The Canadian Soccer Association announced that close to a million tickets had been sold for games at the six venues across the country and while it remains an impressive number, it falls well short of the 1.5 million organisers have targeted. The biggest event in women’s sport, the World Cup was far from the only show in town. While the sporting world stops for the men’s World Cup, for the women’s tournament it barely slows down.

The Formula One Grand Prix of Canada, a Stanley Cup playoff game, a Triple Crown winner in thoroughbred racing and golfer Tiger Woods’ nightmare round all grabbed a chunk of the Saturday North American sport spotlight. A superb Champions League final in Berlin between Juventus and Barcelona also satisfied much of the soccer appetite. With the wider soccer world caught in the grip of a corruption and bribery scandal, grabbing attention has proven a challenge for the women’s showcase.

The Women’s World Cup has not been touched directly by the scandal but the questions and media’s search for answers hung over the tournament buildup like a dark cloud. A controversy over the use of artificial turf that triggered a lawsuit and claims of discrimination by a group of unhappy players also lingered as Canada and China took to the plastic pitch. In the end it was a column by Globe and Mail columnist Cathal Kelly bashing Edmonton as an unfit venue for the prestigious kick off that provided the greatest outrage in the host nation.

But scandals big and small evaporated in the roar of the largest Canadian crowd for a national team soccer game as 53,058 filled a sunkissed Commonwealth Stadium, topping the 51,136 that watched the Canadian men draw 1-1 with Brazil 21 years ago in Edmonton. “Three points, Canada is on a roll,” beamed Canada coach John Herdman. “Good start, three points in the bag, exactly where we want to be.” —Reuters

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Peroia Design to represent Modou Milan in Kuwait – ‘Kuwait the fastest growing market in GCC for interior design

The leading decor contracting company in Kuwait Peroia Design officials announcing its representation of Modou Milan in Kuwait at a press conference

The leading decor contracting company in Kuwait Peroia Design officials announcing its representation of Modou Milan in Kuwait at a press conference

KUWAIT: The leading decor contracting company in Kuwait – Peroia Design -yesterday announced its representation of Modou Milan in Kuwait, by far the most prestigious company in engineering and interior design located in Italy, with head offices in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi and now in Kuwait. Modou Milan company is one of the companies that made a quantum leap in the field of luxurious interior design, as it was able in recent years to leave an outstanding imprint in interior design in the UAE.

The firm is credited for undertaking most of the prominent projects in the Emirates, such as the Hilton hotel designs in Masdar city in Abu Dhabi, as well as branches of the Gucci brand, in addition to other projects in the Behar market and Jumeirah Beach Residence, as well as some of the projects in the Al-Hamra Tower in Kuwait. General Manager of Peroia Design Co Basil Ashqar commented:”We are delighted to announce this partnership that complements our expertise and services with that of Modou Milan company, with its large presence in the GCC. With Peroia Design’s pursuit to gain a greater share in the interior design market in Kuwait, which is the fastest growing in comparison with its neighboring countries, figures show that the value of interior design market in the GCC amounted to 7.35 billion dollars, Saudi Arabia acquires 43 percent, and the UAE to 31 percent.

Ashqar pointed that Peroia Design has undertaken a number of different projects, fore-fronted by Al-Mutawa tourism and travel agencies, in addition to a series of affiliated health and cosmetic sector projects, yet most notably its restaurants projects. Ashqar highlighted the keenness of the Peroia Designs to provide added value to any work handled in different engineering fields. “The interior design market in Kuwait – one of the most promising markets for the next five years – presses a major challenge for competitors to generate the greatest possible profits, with an estimated total area in the market of about 3.1 million square meters distributed between all kinds of interior design market sectors such as offices , restaurants, schools, retail stores, clinics, hospitals, sports and health clubs, etc … in total, that space represents a total sales value of nearly 290 million Kuwaiti dinars in the next five years. “ Ashqar added.

He explained that the interior design market within the retail sector in the State of Kuwait accounts for about 20 percent of total activity and sales for the coming period. Ashqar also noted that Peroia Designs attracts many companies seeking innovative design with international standards, and looks forward to further expansion within the promising local market to which all indicators point a prospective growth. Proof of this lies within the heart of the capital, which is considered the most attractive regions of the State of Kuwait for interior design with a total sales space of approximately 24 percent of the total Kuwaiti market.

This also confirms the Kuwaiti government’s direction towards transforming Kuwait into a pivotal important financial center in the region by 2030. Ashqar concluded by stating that the interior design market is one of the markets that are dominated by technical elements, which gives it the competitive advantage of distinguishing the marks between different companies, and this is what Peroia Design Company seeks in its partnership with a group of international companies. Managing Partner at Modou Milan, Ravallela Carnivalli said: “We believe in Modou Milano company that our partnership with the Peroia Design Co. will bring us the widespread expansion we require within the Kuwaiti market. It will also contribute to strengthening our network with a wide range of clients, in light of the expected growth of the enterprise market in the GCC countries to $172 billion during the current year 2015.” Carnivalli also noted that Modou Milan company has managed during the past years to build their own elite reputation through the implementation of projects exceeding customer expectations on time and with such quality that adheres to that of the seven stars criteria, assuring that all the projects that have been implemented vary between private and public sectors and works have been executed by the Italian team of Modou Milan at the company’s head office in the Emirate of Dubai.

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