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Bid to save costs, prevent tampering

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 19: The Director of Information Systems Department at the Ministry of Health Eng Ahmad Al-Ghareeb announced 300,000 sick leaves were issued following the activation of the new system since the beginning of last December in all health areas except the Al-Sabah medical zone, reports Al-Anba daily.

Al-Ghareeb told the daily the implementation of the electronic sick leave system will save costs and pointed out the aim of the new sick leave system is to facilitate the issuance and prevent tampering or granting the sick leave retroactively. The new electronic sick leave system provides an opportunity to verify the validity of data and sick leaves through the application of the Ministry of Health MoH KW for smart devices, pointing out that the issuance of sick leave electronically will be through the application and the electronic portal of the Ministry of Health moh.gov.kw, and approved by doctors registered in hospitals and documented by the system of the Ministry of Health, and do not need the signature or stamp of doctors of hospitals or health centers.

He stated the government agencies can verify the validity of the sick leave issued electronically using the Ministry’s application, through the rapid response code on the leave form.

Source: Arab Times

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 19: “People may feel reassured about eating organic food. However, organic food products are usually expensive due to which people may limit eating fresh vegetables and fruits because of their prices. Therefore, we recommend diversification of food sources without the need to focus on consuming only organic food”, reports Al-Qabas daily quoting an expert on food science and nutrition at Kuwait University Dr Dalal Al- Kazemi.

She advised people to buy seasonal fruits and vegetables from local farmers or those closest to Kuwait, and ensure they are washed well, and any crusts and leaves that are most contaminated with pesticides are removed even though this will reduce the important nutrients in the produce that are required for the body. Dr Al-Kazemi stressed the need to avoid buying candies and organic chips because processed foods are not healthy, and could be high in sugar and salt, which the body does not need.

She explained that there are some health benefits from consuming organic foods compared to others. The differences are that organic foods contain a greater percentage of nutrients and essential omega-3 fatty acids. They contain a lower percentage of agricultural pesticide residues and bacteria resistant to treatments with conventional antibiotics and cadmium, which is a toxic metal in traditional fertilizers.

Despite some studies that concluded these differences, the specialists agree that there is not enough information on the differences in terms of the overall health benefits. And, there is no need to spread panic among people because these differences are variable with different areas, seasons and crops in the mentioned studies. Fertilizers and hormones in organic agricultural methods prevent many traditional methods and techniques of production such as the use of artificial fertilizers that feed the soil and most pesticides, the use of wastewater as fertilizer, genetic engineering, and the use of antibiotics or hormones to increase the growth of livestock and poultry, and radiation treatment against diseases and food preservation.

This type of food includes organic practices of using use plant wastes and livestock to enhance production and improve soil quality as well as use of natural methods of insects, plants and weeds to reduce epidemics and control pests. Dr Al-Kazemi noted, “However, authorized pesticides may be used for organic farming, while animals are raised in environmentally friendly health conditions with the possibility of going out for natural grazing, and providing organic food to them”.

Source: Arab Times

MPs plan to submit bill on Social Security for discussion


KUWAIT CITY, Jan 14: Minister of State for Municipal Affairs, Engineer Walid Al-Jassem is said to have rejected any increase in services fees for citizens and expatriates, such as the cleaning fee added to the electricity and water bill, transaction fees, licenses, issuance of certificates, documents, etc., reports Al-Rai daily.

The daily quoting reliable sources said there have been some proposals in this regard, which the sources added, “require a flood of study.” The sources pointed there are some laws and regulations which are being reviewed which can be amended, if necessary.

The sources quoting the Minister said any approach that affects the pockets of the citizens will not be approved until after a thorough study, whether positive or negative. The sources stressed all proposals submitted to the executive will be subject to research, especially those submitted by members of the Municipal Council.

The sources added the higher management in the Municipality is currently looking at the observations made by the Audit Bureau, specifically those related to financial issues, which the sources say, have “decreased significantly and this indicates the procedures and proper management of the executive body.”

Meanwhile, a number of MPs plan to submit a bill during the upcoming Parliament session to urgently consider amending the Social Security Law and present it on the agenda, in a similar manner, to discuss all matters related to proposals for retirees, reports Al-Anba daily.

In this context, MP Ali Al-Deqbasi said most of the deputies agree on the necessity of alleviating the suffering of the citizens in general, especially the retired people, and providing the something that brings justice and equality for all with regard to their rights.

Al-Deqbasi added: “We are striving for the Public Institute for Social Security (PIFSS) to provide a decent life for retirees, especially with the noticeable increase in prices of all commodities and its negative impact on the lives of citizens, especially retirees.

Moments before the sunset near the Souk Sharq. (Noura Dhabiya – KUNA)

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 14: Kuwait Meteorological Department has announced that the country will witness a significant decrease in the minimum temperatures to less than 3 degrees Celsius, resulting in frost formation in agricultural and desert areas, reports Al-Rai daily. In this regard, a number of weather experts said they are expecting the continuation of the cold wave this week, and that some areas are likely to witness light rain tomorrow due to the cold wave causing the European high air pressure to be concentrated in the northern part of the Arabian Peninsula.

They urged people of the mainland to wear heavy winter clothes for protection from the bitter cold, warning against the danger of igniting black coal inside closed tents which could cause suffocation. A weather forecaster in Kuwait Meteorological Department Abdulaziz Al-Qarawi said he expects the continuation of the cold wave, which led to a temperature drop below 3°C in the evenings until Tuesday. He attributed the decrease in temperature in the last two days to the control of the European high air pressure in the north of the Arabian Peninsula and Kuwait, accompanied by active northwest winds of speeds up to 45km per hour.

Al-Qarawi indicated that there is a slight chance of light rain on Tuesday in some areas of northern Kuwait. Meanwhile, meteorologist Mohammad Karam explained that he too is expecting the cold wave to continue until the end of the week, due to decrease in the maximum temperature in the last two days to between 17 and 18, and the minimum temperature to 6 degrees Celsius. This is in addition to the concentration of the European air pressure in the north of the Arabian Peninsula, accompanied by northwesterly winds.

There is a possibility for cloud formations on Monday evening, which could increase the chances of light rains in some areas of Kuwait on Tuesday. The flat nature of Kuwait differs from the topography of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and some countries of the Levant and Egypt where there are heights.

The snowfall in those areas during the past days was on the mountainous areas. On the other hand, the temperature in Kuwait did not reach below zero due to which there was no snow. However, cold waves during the season of quadrangle (winter square) can be expected, through “it will be intermittent, as seen in the current wave.” In the same context, astronomer and historian Adel Al-Saadoun said that the weather on Monday was cold during the day with northwesterly winds of speed fluctuating from light to moderate, and in the evening, it became cold with winds of variable direction.

He stressed that the cold wave in Kuwait during the current period is the result of the control of the European and Siberian depression over the regions of the Levant and the Arabian Peninsula, highlighting that the temperature at night could sink to 5 degrees Celsius on land.

Al-Saadoun advised people of desert to wear heavy winter clothes to avoid the bitter cold wave, warning them against burning black coal inside their tents to avoid suffocating without realizing. Regarding snow, he indicated that it is very rare in Kuwait, recalling that the last time snow fell on Kuwait was in the year 1930.

Al-Saadoun said that the Levant and Egypt share Mediterranean climatic conditions whereby temperatures sometimes fall during the winter to below zero. In response a question about the possibility of the end of Kuwait’s winter without a severe cold, Al-Saadoun replied, “The specialists’ expectations of climate phenomena cannot extend for more than three days.”

Source: Arab Times


Embassy ground not our jurisdiction: local police


KUWAIT CITY, Jan 13: An unidentified Asian expatriate woman, identified only as KK, has filed a case against the ambassador of her country in her home country, a copy of which has been obtained by the daily, reports Al-Rai.

The plaintiff in her lawsuit claims the incident happened back in mid-November 2018 when the ambassador tried to rape her inside his office after she had allegedly turned down several indirect approaches over a long period of time.

The woman claims in her lawsuit, she is a social worker and often visited the embassy premises and had face to face contacts with the ambassador since 2005 but was unaware that the envoy could go to such an extent. She went on to say the ambassador, presumably under the influence of alcohol would call her in the middle of the night and talk to her lustfully but she disregarded because she knew he was under the influence of alcohol. The night previous to the incident, she says in her lawsuit, the ambassador telephoned her past midnight and said he wanted to see her in office the following morning saying he has something important to discuss which could not be done on phone.

However, when she arrived at the embassy premises at the appointed time, she discovered the ambassador had cancelled all appointments and in a few minutes after she arrived, the ambassador’s secretary left. She went on to say, “The ambassador then got up from his seat and bolted the office door from inside and started verbally abusing me and accused me for not giving in to his wishes. He then grabbed me and pulled me towards him and put his hands on my body and when I threatened to scream, he let me go.”

The woman said she went to the local police station and attempted to file a complaint but the police did not entertain her saying the ambassador has the immunity and moreover, the embassy ground is beyond the jurisdiction of the Kuwaiti security.


‘Government working to stabilize prices of goods’


KUWAIT CITY, Jan 9: Kuwait has started expanding its import of strategic goods – as part of the strategic stock of necessary goods introduced in support of public stocks, in anticipation of contingencies or other developments in the region, reports Annahar daily.

The daily quoting government sources added the steps taken by government do not necessarily mean ‘anticipation of war’, noting it started preparations since the Strait of Hormuz crisis began, due to which the authorities adopted a precautionary policy to increase the strategic stockpile for a year or more – instead of six months.

They stated that Kuwait over the past one year has opened new markets to its institutions in support of capabilities to overcome crises, whether commercial, political or security – especially as wars and crisis in the world are no longer military but commercial and financial. They noted the best evidence for the aforementioned observation is the commercial crisis that happened between the United States and China whose repercussions affected the rest of the world. They stressed the strategic stock of necessary commodities is able to meet the country’s needs for about 10 months instead of the previous six-month period, which means Kuwait has raised its strategic stock by an additional 4 months.

“In parallel with stability of the size of the food stock, the government is working to stabilize prices of goods so that consumers and citizens do not feel the existence of crisis resulting from the decline in stock”.

They noted “the step taken by government is consistent with what is used internationally in securing strategic stock of necessary commodities”, pointing out that a complete market survey was carried out in cooperation with the Union of Consumer Cooperative Societies, the ministries and relevant authorities, showing the strategic stock of Kuwait is in a very reassuring situation.

They reiterated that Kuwait recently expanded its commercial map, in addition to its dependence on alternative plans in the event of the suspension of oil exports in the usual ways. Kuwait also raised the level of its stock of gasoline, natural gas and other major petroleum products to face any emergency the oil market may witness in future against the background of long-lasting political and security tensions.

Source: Arab Times



KUWAIT CITY, Jan 7: The Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI) has denied rumors that new IDs must be issued to expatriates who still have residence stickers on their passports, reports Al-Qabas daily.

In response to the news circulating in this regard, the sources stated “the residence permit is valid as long it is printed on the passport however those who have stamped the residence after the decision was issued to do away with the sticker and have renewed the residence must have the civil ID to enable them to travel.” PACI have warned residents against applying for the civil ID which should be done within 30 days so as not to pay the fines.



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