KUWAIT: The Criminal Court sentenced ‘Kuwaiti’ political activist Abdullah Fairoz to five years imprisonment in a State Security case, reports Al-Seyassah daily. The daily added, the accused was found guilty of insulting HH the Amir through the social networking website Twitter. The daily also said Fairoz is not a Kuwaiti and that he did not get the nationality through naturalization but he claimed to belong to the wellknown Kuwaiti family until the authorities discovered he had forged the documents to get to claim the citizenship. The daily went on to say the State Security filed a case against Fairoz, the Public Prosecution had remanded him to 10 days police custody and he was detained at the Central Prison. The daily says Fairoz is Egyptian and that he will be deported after serving the sentence.
Job-seekers cheated: Scores of young Egyptian job-seekers were reportedly cheated by an unidentified influential personality by issuing them temporary tourist visas valid for three months only, reports Al-Qabas daily quoting the head of the Foreign Workers Office at the Kuwait Trade Union Federation AbdulRahman Al-Ghanim. The officials told the daily, the workers arrived into the country on visit visas after paying a lot of money and to their surprise they discovered the visas were cancelled immediately after they entered Kuwait making them illegal as per the local law in force. The official has called on the concerned authorities particularly the Ministry of Interior to allow these Egyptians to return to their country without being fingerprinted which would prevent them from entering the country again. Al-Ghanim has also requested the concerned authorities not to penalize these men in any manner saying they are victims of visa traders
KUWAIT: Minister of Health Dr Ali Al-Obaid disclosed that World Health Organization (WHO) will open its office in Kuwait soon, reports Al-Jarida daily. In a statement, Al-Obaid said he is eager to see the UN office in the country open, adding the office will be located in Sulaibikhat area at the ministries complex. He disclosed that WHO will appoint an agent or representative to run the office, while the technical crew will be provided by his ministry.
He explained the crew will be taken through training courses here in Kuwait and the headquarters of W.H.O in Geneva, as well as the Middle East regional headquarters in Egypt, indicating the crew will receive series of training to gain more experience in health planning. Dr Al-Obaid pointed out that the office will present the recommendations and decisions of WHO related to health policies, and “I discussed the issue with the regional director of WHO Dr Alaa Al-Deen Alwaan during his visit to Kuwait to attend the 76th summit of the health ministers of GCC countries”.
He also stressed the ministry is keen on fighting chronic non-contagious diseases, and working hard to enhance its observation on the risk factors to chronic diseases-not only in terms of prevention. He added non-contagious diseases such as heart problems, diabetes, and chronic lungs problems are also included in the risk factors watchsmoking, unhealthy eating habits, and lack of physical activities
KUWAIT : The Council of Ministers almost certainly will push back the Prophet’s (PBUH) Birthday holiday from Monday Jan 13 to Thursday Jan 16, reports Al-Jareeda daily.
Sources affirmed that Civil Service Commission will address the concerned authorities on the need to approve sick leaves with stringency prior to the Prophet’s (PBUH) birthday holiday to be able to check absenteeism among employees after the just-ended New Year celebration.
KUWAIT: The government terminated the services of 2,233 expatriate employees and sent them back to their countries in 2013 as they were found to be medically unfit, reports Al-Watan Arabic daily quoting Assistant Undersecretary for Public Health Affairs in the Ministry of Health Dr Qais Al-Duwaeri.
Al-Duwaeri explained the government did not renew the visas of those employees because 171 of them tested positive for AIDS, 495 (265 male and 230 female) have hepatitis C, 670 (438 male and 238 female) have hepatitis B, 35 (30 male and 5 female) suffered from malaria, and 862 (424 male and 438 female) have tuberculosis.
He asserted the government is serious in its bid to protect the health of citizens and expatriates. He said the GCC countries have started the implementation of the automated system for the medical tests of expatriate employees to prevent the migration of those suffering from infectious diseases from one country to another.
He added the ministry and its interior counterpart have coordinated their efforts to guarantee the successful implementation of the system in order to protect public health.
KUWAIT CITY, Jan 4: An individual was arrested for threatening to stab a policeman with a dagger, reports Al-Rai daily. A security source said patrolmen affiliated to the Farwaniya security department chased the motorist when he crossed the red signal with a car bearing a Saudi number plate. The source noted the patrolmen were surprised when three men alighted from the car and one of them threatened to stab the officer with a dagger, while the others managed to run off. He was later restrained and referred to Firdous police station and charged for attempted murder and humiliating a policeman on duty.
In last week’s online poll, the Arab Times asked voters if the ban on visas for certain nationalities should be lifted. An overwhelming majority of voters voted in favor of lifting the ban as it would give everyone a chance to live with their families.
About 42 % of the voters went for lifting the ban. The ban has been a source of diplomatic discomfort between Kuwait and the countries in question. The topic is raised whenever a leader from the one of the banned countries visits Kuwait, and gets glossed over with vague promises of resolution and open-ended deadlines.
However, for the affected expatriates, the ban has been very frustrating. “We are unable to bring our families over, and it’s affecting our personal lives.” Respondents said that if the object of the ban is to curb criminality, keeping the ban on would encourage criminal behavior in other ways.” They were alluding to sexual crimes.
About 16 % of the voters expressed similar sentiments but with a twinge of caution. They say that the ban should be lifted, however with a few restrictions. Talking to the Arab Times, respondents supporting this view explained that restrictions could be by way of greater scrutiny of criminal records and credentials of the visitor. “This would make getting a visa difficult, but would keep hopes alive.” Respondents also shared their experiences of trying to apply for visas to Europe and the US. The whetting process is very stringent, and it’s hard to get a visa. “However, if you make sure that all your records are in place and fulfill all eligibility criteria, then you can get a visa. This way the traffic of visitors from certain countries can be controlled, but not fully stopped.”
Aslightly higher number, 17%, of voters favored a flat ban. Their argument is that a ban would effectively cut crime rate in the country. 10 % of the voters felt that bans could be lifted for certain categories of workers, like the skilled workers. But many respondents begged to differ stating that it would be tantamount to discrimination against unskilled laborers. Some voters supported an extreme view, saying that the ban should be expanded to include more countries.
Although 7 % of the voters held this view, not many among the respondents backed them. The few who supported the view stated that Kuwait’s population has reached the threshold and it would be a bad idea to let in more people. They were mainly concerned about the country’s health sector, which is already strained by the volume of patients.
KUWAIT: The Kuwaiti citizens and expatriates have expressed their annoyance over the phenomenon of cheating prevalent in the fish markets where the selling prices of fish are increased way above the normal prices while some fishmongers sell rotten fish along with the good ones. They lamented that the lack of surveillance and control by the concerned authorities is the main reason behind the prevalence of such a phenomenon.
One of the consumers Bu Hussain said fishmongers have cheated him many times by selling rotten fish instead of fresh ones, adding that in such cases, he goes back to the sellers to get his money back. Another consumer Umm Hamad lamented that the prices of fish have increased recently due to which she hesitates to buy fish. She indicated that since her husband likes eating fish, she buys only one kilogram of fish due to the high prices.
On the other hand, a fishmonger Abdullah Mustafa insisted that he sells only fresh fish. However, he affirmed that only few sellers are honest, adding that some customers call for him to personally deliver their orders to their houses. Meanwhile, another fishmonger Essa Subhi indicated that manipulation of the selling prices in the fish market is not a new phenomenon. He revealed that many restaurants in Kuwait buy rotten fish at low prices, which are stored in rented apartments near the restaurants. He added that these restaurants trick their customers by using a certain concoction that contains lemon and garlic to remove the rotten smell of the fish.