Due to popular demand our favorite knee shaking, heart wrenching, tissue grabbing, flu is back! Are you all as excited I am for all the vaccinations and quarantines that we’re all gonna have to deal with all over again?
Apparently the Ministry of Health has taken the appropriate measures to deal with the issue and make sure it doesn’t spread. The two cases that have been diagnosed have been treated, and although this is usually an easily treated sickness, sometimes it gets complicated and cannot be cured overnight.
According to Kuwait Times yesterday, “these diseases have become more common due to the abundance of certain behaviors and patterns like obesity, smoking, and high blood pressure.” Surveys are being done that look at people’s behaviors socially in order to better understand the causes of the disease. These surveys may take up to 3 months to be done, but at least they’re starting somewhere!
The World Health organization has reported two recent deaths caused by Swine Flu so far. One case is of a 54 year old male in Saudi Arabia who died on January 14. Another case happened in Jordan to a 58 year old man who was diagnosed on December 25 and later died on January 23. This man became ill after traveling to Britain from November 21st till December 25th. It was also said that this man was with people who resided in Kuwait, which further might have caused the disease to come alive in Kuwait again.
Please be safe, and if you are feeling under the weather, make sure to visit a clinic just to be sure!
I think it’s really sad how workers in this country get treated on a daily basis. I have countlessly witnessed people abusing domestic workers regardless of if they were the street cleaners or maids.
I’m gonna go on a rant, but I can’t wrap my head around people who have kids and then have their nanny’s take care of them? Why? I understand that some women may be working moms, my mom was, and we had a baby sister to make sure we didn’t kill ourselves while she was at work and clean, but other than that my mom was our mom. My mom took us to parks, my mom fed and cooked for us, my mom was the one who carried us as children, not the nanny. You don’t have kids so someone else can raise them, you have kids so you can give another human being a part of your soul, your life, your everything.
Anyway, not my point. These poor workers haven’t gotten paid for the past 4 months, work in poor working conditions, and get zero respect from more privileged individuals. Imagine what it’s like to be paid, what? like 20 KD a month, stuck in a room with 40 other people and have to be awake at the crack of dawn to pick up other people’s garbage just to send home a couple bills to try and keep your family alive.
It’s sad. Bend down and pick up something, then throw it on the floor again and pick it up. Do that a couple times and see how good your back feels. Someone the age of your father does this for a living. People are so cruel and disrespectful it’s horrible.
Do good, everyone is fighting their own battles just to survive everyday. Be thankful for everything you’ve got, there are millions of people around the world who would be thrilled to have a roof over their heads.
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So, we’ve all heard about the deportation laws when someone’s caught speeding and what not, and I’m sure many other, myself included, have taken very lightly to it. BUT to much of my surprise, HUNDRED’s have already been deported in the last month for traffic violations alone, and this has raised many concerns for human rights groups in the nation.
According to telegraph.co.uk, a senior interior ministry official said that as many as 1,258 foreigners have been deported for traffic violations since a crackdown began about a month ago, according to the Al-Anbaa newspaper.
There are new computer systems installed in police cars where they don’t need to stop you to know if your papers have expired, instead they just scan your license plate number and all your information pops us. Fun stuff, ehh?
The Kuwait Society for Human Rights called on the government to halt the deportations describing them as “oppressive”.
“The oppressive measure against expatriates… violates the basic principles of human rights,” it said.
So be safe and make sure you’re all legally driving, please. If you’re gonna get in trouble and get kicked out of the country, at least let it be something worth it, not passing a red light or having expired papers. I know the ministry systems and the process of getting things done here is ridiculous, but it’s honestly not worth it.
Be safe x
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Looks like Ministry of Interior (MOI) is attempting a totally new approach to lessen/reduce traffic accidents on Kuwait streets and to encourage and promote defensive driving attitude. This time they didn’t go for fixing more speed cameras and radars, instead they are intending to give cash prizes up to KD300 for the best drivers in Kuwait that follow the traffic rules.
Apparently, 10 lucky drivers will get paid in cash and in full. To register your name in the new campaign click here
I’m liking the idea but do you think this will work?
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Our blog reader Abdul Rahman says he spotted what appears to be a caring daddy who obliviously lacks every aspect of the word child safety. Apparently, the busily-driving daddy was feeding his barely 1 year old little baby while accelerating, braking, and maneuvering among cars on Gulf Road. I thought they invented child seat for a purpose, but it never ceases to amaze how some parents are totally ignorant when it comes to their own child safety. Even an airbag could prove fatal! Parents beware!
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A co-worker has emailed an article published today on Al Qabas newspaper stating that MOI has just announced that they’re moving forward to install metal detectors and CCTV (AKA surveillance cameras) at the entrances of all major shopping malls in Kuwait to control the ever increasing crime rates, especially those involving stabbing. They say the metal detectors will be used to discover all stabbing weapons such as knives and other dangerous deadly weapons.
I commend such an action despite being too late, as I always say we only respond to catastrophes while prevention is utterly absent. Though, my little question to MOI is; what will happen if the criminals will get the weapons, say knives, from inside the mall itself? I mean they can step into any restaurant and get a steak cutting knife. Maybe someone can suggest a solution?
Read more here [link]
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While passing by Al Seef Hospital today I observed that the Gas Station next to it was shutdown and I thought to myself “Oh Baladiya finally realized that Gas Stations cannot be placed near hospitals and houses!”. Though my happiness didn’t last long because it turned that the Gas Station was only temporarily closed for renovation works.
I’m surprised Ministry of Health (MOH) and Baladaiya have done nothing yet. Many scientific studies have found that people (in this particular case; patients) living in the vicinity of gas stations are subject to serious health risks, not to mention the danger of fire. Below is a recent study published on the Daily Mail regarding this issue:
” ‘minimum’ distance of 50 metres should therefore be maintained between petrol stations and housing, and 100 metres for ‘especially vulnerable’ facilities such as hospitals, health centres, schools and old people’s homes.
Study co author Marta Doval, said: ‘Some airborne organic compounds – such as benzene, which increases the risk of cancer – have been recorded at petrol stations at levels above the average levels for urban areas where traffic is the primary source of emission.’
The study, published in the Journal of Environmental Management, shows the air at petrol stations and in their immediate surroundings is especially affected by emissions stemming from evaporated vehicle fuels. This includes unburnt fuel from fuel loading and unloading operations, refuelling and liquid spillages.”
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If you thought that steroids and smoking are the only dangers that threatens our youths these days, think again. I received sad news about a young (21 year old) Kuwaiti squash player from Kuwait National Team passing away from a heart attack due to presumably consuming three cans of energy drinks, I’m not yet sure which brand. Now this is indeed a tragic incident by all means and makes us Read the rest of this post »
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