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They finally did it! I just read that MOH will now deploy air ambulances for transportation of patients to and from healthcare facilities and accident scenes, finally! What took them all those years to finally take this crucial step is totally beyond me! This would definitely help saving lives because every minute counts.

The unbearable traffic congestion during rush hours coupled with the abuse of emergency lanes in Kuwait has made it near impossible for medical services team to reach the accident scene in a short time. I overheard that in some cases its taking over one hour from onset of an accident for the paramedics to arrive. Hopefully with the introduction of air medical services this problem will be largely solved. According to the sources, the responsible medical teams are now under one month training and the actual implementation will commence shortly afterwards. Thanks MOH!

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Now this is quite terrific, they did it with Souk Mubarkia and now it seems they finally agreed to do the same with Salem Al Mubarak Street in Salmiya. Municipality is moving forward to turn Salem Al Mubarak Street into pedestrians only street. Yes, that means no more looking left and right when crossing the streets because no cars will be allowed.

I’ve been waiting for this to happen for years, literally! I mean isn’t it fun to only see people walking and shopping just like in Europe. They also intend to further develope the area which is great. However, this makes me wonder where will cars park since there’s not any parking lot in the vicinity. It’s about time!

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الكاميرات الجديده في الكويت تصور حارة الامان وحزام الامان بالاتجاهين واستعمال الهاتف . موجوده اخر الدائري الخامس مقابل الافينيوز.

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Parents of the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls are hoping for a miracle. So far, all they have is a hashtag and Unless you live under a rock, you’ve see it, #BringBackOurGirls. It only took over three weeks after Islamic extremists abducted the girls for anyone to pay any attention but do you think that this sudden online interest will last? Will it take it from just a trending topic to an actual call for action.

Police say, more than 300 girls were abducted from their secondary school in the country’s remote northeast, and 276 remain in captivity. Though details of the abductions have been public since they were carried out, the case was not widely followed until #BringBackOurGirls and other hashtags attracted attention.

More than 2.1 million tweets using #BringBackOurGirls have been posted. Interest was relatively low until last week, when celebrities including singer Chris Brown sent messages that were widely circulated. More than 380,000 tweets carried the hashtag Wednesday, including one from Michelle Obama, who has been retweeted more than 53,000 times.

The flurry of attention on Nigeria brings to mind a similar campaign two years ago that introduced many people to Joseph Kony, a guerrilla leader whose group has abducted many Ugandan children who then became sex slaves or fighters. A video about Kony went viral in 2012, but public attention waned, and the warlord remains at large. Unfortunately the #BringBackOurGirls campaign appears far closer to the Kony campaign than to the kind of social media activity that organized much of the Arab Spring movement. The campaign lacks the information to do much more than educate.

So social media won’t find them, but it could fuel discussions on injustice and what led to the kidnappings.

 

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Do you think that we live in a small world? We’ll we don’t. Social media makes you think that world is right there, in your backyard, but we forget that the we are just drops in it’s huge vastness. We live in a world that is ever changing, one that shifts and rotates without any notice. Blink and you might miss it, especially when you consider these numbers.

One minute in the digital world means a whole lot more than 60 seconds.

 

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A friend to our blog has sent us this short clip showing the waste and trash left over from Ministry of Awqaf & Islamic affairs after removal of their spring camp. I thought Baladiya & K-EPA wouldn’t allow for such uncivilized acts go unpunished! I’m shocked to see such an irresponsible act from an official govermental body that supposedly represents Islam.

Thanks [Nawaf]

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Afraid of heights? Well then this is definitely not meant for you! The above view is looking-down from the 78th floor trestle from the tallest building in Kuwait, Al Hamra Tower. We can see the top of the Luxury Center and the parked cars as tiny dots. I wish the same photo can be taken at night!

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Via [City of my Way] [Shamon MagicHands]

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We all have those friends who drive waaaay too fast for no reason, (I’m guilty of it-sometimes!). Some of us have also lost love ones, family members, or witnessed accidents first hand. I got into my first accident last week and I’m still traumatized. A man ran into the side of my car at a roundabout and pushed me half way down the road before he took his foot off the gas. I am so thankful that my car is so friggin old because otherwise, I would have died that night.

Anyway, here’s a video of people who thought they were meeting a friend or loved one somewhere and instead where invited to their own funeral. The video is in French, so make sure to have the subtitles on in English. Click on the little icon that looks like a letter on the bottom right hand of the video, click on and make sure it’s in English, (This is better known as the CC or closed caption, but if you’re computer illiterate like me, you’re welcome:P)

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