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File Photo: US President Donald Trump welcomes His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah at the White House

WASHINGTON, Sept 9, (KUNA): His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah is highly respected and US President Donald Trump is looking forward to meet him soon, the White House affirmed on Monday.

The White House Spokesman, Jude Derry, has said in a statement that President Trump wishes His Highness the Amir will recover quickly after his admission at a hospital in the US to complete medical checkups. President Trump has been informed that his scheduled meeting with His Highness the Amir on Sept 12 has been postponed to a later date, the White House Spokesman said.

The President is looking forward to meet His Highness the Amir when he recovers, the Spokesman added. His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad is greatly respected and he has remained a “grand partner to the United States in the face of challenges in the region (the Middle East), he stated further.

Kuwaiti Minister of Amiri Diwan Affairs Ali Jarrah Al- Sabah announced on Sunday that His Highness the Amir had been admitted at a hospital in the US to complete medical checkups, thus his scheduled meeting with President Trump had been adjourned to a date to be set later.

Source: Arab Times

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 8, (KUNA): His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al- Jaber Al-Sabah has been admitted to a hospital in the US for medical tests, and thus rescheduled a meeting with President Donald Trump, Minister of Amiri Diwan said Sunday. Sheikh Ali Jarrah Al-Sabah said the hospital admission of His Highness the Amir forced the postponement of the summit meeting with Trump, and a date would be set later. Sheikh Ali prayed to Allah the Almighty to bestow His Highness the Amir with good health. His Highness the Amir was scheduled to meet with Trump on Sept 12.

Source: Arab Times


A company worker supervising the shifting of gas cylinders

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 7: Kuwait Oil Tankers Company (KOTC) affirmed that misuse of gas cylinders in the local market creates extra financial burden for the state, adding the cost can be reduced if cylinders are well managed with cooperation between concerned authorities and consumers.

In a press release, the company emphasized the need for cooperation among commercial and private consumers to preserve the cylinders. It explained that 90 percent of the destruction to cylinders is due to accumulation of filth in the commercial sector, especially in some restaurants, central kitchens and barbecues.

It added that 12-kilogram cylinders used for commercial activities are categorized for private usage, while lack of special storage to keep them amounts to non-compliance with the safety and security procedures. The company also observed that rolling of the cylinders and throwing it from high places cause destruction, indicating that placing cylinders in water closet, playing with the valves, placing solid materials on the cylinders, using unwarranted commercial products, trying to remove the caps with sharp objects, cutting the rubbers that are meant to protect leakages, using cylinders in an upside down position, and dumping cooking oil and other waste items on it are aspects of the misuse.

It revealed that 14,500 cylinders were destroyed in 2018 while 25,000 have been destroyed since the beginning of 2019 until date. This shows an increase in the rate of destruction to almost 10,500 in less than one year, urging concerned authorities to assist in protecting cylinders by issuing resolutions to prevent their misuse and reduce the rate of destruction.

Source: Arab Times

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Shop-owners unhappy with new investor

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 5: Al-Mubarakiya Market crisis has returned to the forefront again with the imposition of rent hike ranging from 100-300 percent by the new investor and acquisition levy of around KD1,300-KD5,000.

This issue had earlier instigated crisis in the ancient market and temporary solution was proffered by postponing rent increment until the recent development set in.

With the new imposition of high rent, the market is doomed as historical and heritage landmark of the country, which has always been the foremost attraction for citizens, expatriates and tourists. In this context, several tenants of the shops, restaurants and café joints in the market have expressed disappointment over the rent increment imposed by the company and high cost of acquisition levy during eviction.

They regarded the action as a method of killing the market. They declared that Al-Mubarakiya Market is gone forever if the investor company is given free hand to determine its fate with the raise in rents, especially the market has not been doing well in terms of sales except during festivals and special occasions.

According to Abu Ali, owner of a games shop, management of the market raised the rents in varying percentages. He explained that he used to pay KD 400 per month before reaching 100 percent raise with KD 800 and imposition of new acquisition levy of KD 1,300. He reiterated that restaurants were mandated to pay KD 5,000 acquisition levy, which is 300 percent increase. Whoever used to pay KD 1,000 now has to pay KD 3,000.

By Najeh Bilal Al-Seyassah Staff

Source: Arab Times


Image result for System for tracking postal shipments malfunctions

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 5: The system for tracking messages and postal shipments malfunctioned due to a glitch in the automated system on the ministry’s website, reports Al-Qabas daily quoting sources from the State Ministry for Services Affairs.


Sources said this completely froze access to postal shipping information for thousands of citizens and expatriates, indicating that the service has been suspended for more than one week.

On the other hand, sources said the technical sectors were alerted to address the defect in the automated system for tracking mails on the website. Sources affirmed the Postal Sector paid attention to the need to fix the glitch as soon as possible to enable customers to track mails and shipments.

Sources added the ministry has allocated a service for customers to obtain information about their shipments through correspondence and WhatsApp, stressing the defects will be fixed within one week.

Meanwhile, telephone Services Director for Jahra Governorate at the State Ministry for Services Eng Mussa’aed Al-Azmi stressed that the capacity of the new communication center at Jahra is 30,000 lines while the number of subscribers is 16,000, reports Al-Qabas daily. Al-Azmi pointed out that Undersecretary of the ministry Eng Khuloud Shehab issued a decision on July 15, 2019 to form a team tasked to respond to complaints, deal with them and solve them as soon as possible. He said the complaints are received either through social media site or directly at the ministry

Source: Arab Times

Image result for 9 new cases of human trafficking reported – Each visa sold between 2,000 and 1,500 KD

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 4: The Ministry of Interior has referred nine new issues of human trafficking to the Public Prosecution, reports Al-Qabas daily.

Sources familiar with the issue said those involved in human trafficking are individuals and companies who allegedly brought the workers into the country under the employment of fake companies.

The same sources indicated each visa is sold for between 2,000 and 1,500 dinars, depending on the nationality of the person.

The sources pointed out the human rights activists played a big role in helping the security authorities unearth this illegal activity, and asserted Kuwait continues to fight all forms of human trafficking.

Source: Arab Times

Image result for Rents dip, landlords lose as expats quit ‘sardine cans’ for bigger apartments

Families go home as Kuwaitization, rising living costs dig in

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 3: With the “boom” that led to high rental value several years ago, owners of residential buildings (landlords) made major changes and resorted to apartment partitioning, as they divided rooms that were comfortable for tenants into small partitions, which can only be described as “sardine cans”, reports Al-Rai daily.

This move by the landlords was aimed at capitalizing the rental value they receive from tenants, especially in buildings that were on the banks mortgage, as the rent of partitioned apartment increased by about 30 percent.

Real estate expert Abdul-Aziz Al-Dugheisham affirmed that greediness to increase their income led many landlords to change the partitioning of apartments in every floor and resorted to making smaller partitions in order to capitalize on rents, completely ignoring laws that oblige them to adhere to partitions as approved by the municipality.

Al-Dugheisham noted this move was adopted by many landlords in 2011 when the rental value witnessed a significant increase due to the market boom at that time, especially in buildings once mortgaged by the banks, as landlords who were urged to complete their mortgages as soon as possible used various skewed methods to do so.

The expert affirmed that many landlords got disappointed with the decline of rental value, because their tenants were going for apartments having moderate rental value, which were bigger than the so-called “sardine cans”. He explained that tenants took this step, because the supply of real estate is higher than the demand, which again has been affected by various factors such as Kuwaitization and high living cost that is forcing many expatriates to return their families to their home countries to enable them focus on savings.

“Many landlords have sustained major losses equivalent to what they may have earned several years ago when the real estate market was thriving, and now they have significant choices to make, especially after many landlords have reduced the value of rent in order to attract tenants”, Al-Dugheisham noted.

He pointed out that several landlords resort to wicked methods defying the law in order to capitalize the rental income, such as manipulating the architectural plan of the building and reducing the size of rooms or even partitioning an apartment in a manner that produces two apartments – even if it’s at the expense of the tenant’s comfort. Currently, most landlords are faced with hard choices.

The first choice is to wait until the demand in the real estate business outweighs the supply for the rental value to increase, something which is almost impossible to happen due to the current policies implemented against expatriates.

The second choice is to restructure the partitions of the apartment to its original architectural design, and the third choice that could be more suitable than the other two is for landlords to opt for rent reduction in order to attract tenants (the majority of whom are currently bachelors) looking for cheaper accommodation irrespective of the size of the rooms in the apartment

Source: Arab Times


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