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Changes in visa processing at kuwait

Changes in visa processing: The Ministry of Interior’s Immigration Department has announced the following changes in visa processing, effective immediately. These changes apply to individuals from Iran, Iraq, Pakistan,Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen.
  • Commercial visit visas (CVV) are now allowed for these individuals, if they hold professional positions such as manager, engineer, chief accountant, etc.
  •  Family visit visas are now allowed for 1st degree family members only, which includes father, mother, wife and children .
  • Please note that dependent (residency) visas are still not allowed for individuals from Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen.
For more information or questions, please contact :
Muzaffar Khalil at ext. 2181, in Government
Services

Two Headed Snake

The two-headed monsters of myth, as a matter of fact, have a basis in reality. Two-headed snakes are very rare odd creatures but not unheard of, and one two headed snake recently found in  zoo in southern Ukrainen .

"Polycephaly is a condition of having more than one head. The term is derived from the stems poly- meaning 'many' and kephal- meaning "head", and encompasses bicephaly and dicephaly (both referring to two-headedness). A variation is an animal born with two faces on a single head, a condition known as diprosopus. In medical terms these are all congenital cephalic disorders.” - Wikipedia

A two-headed snake has gone on display at a zoo in southern Ukraine.
The "Skazka" (Fairy tale) zoo in the Crimean city of Yalta on the Black Sea said Wednesday that the albino California Kingsnake has two heads that think, react and eat separately, though one is more passive than the other.
Dmytro Tkachov, a zoo worker taking care of the snake, said he puts a barrier between the heads when feeding the snake lest one eats the other.
The snake will be on display at the zoo until mid-September.

US jobs barely rise, dousing recovery hopes

US employment growth ground to a halt in June, with employers hiring the fewest number of workers in nine months, dousing hopes the economy would regain momentum in the second half of the year.
Non-farm payrolls rose only 18,000, the weakest reading since September, the Labor Department said yesterday, well below economists’ expectations for a 90,000 rise.
The unemployment rate climbed to a six-month high of 9.2%, even as jobseekers left the labor force in droves, from 9.1% in May.
“The message on the economy is ongoing stagnation,” said Pierre Ellis, senior economist at Decision economics in New York. “Income growth is marginal so there’s no indication of momentum.
US stock index futures fell sharply on the data, while US bond prices rose. The dollar rose against the euro.
The government revised April and May payrolls to show 44,000 fewer jobs created than previously reported.
The report shattered expectations the economy was starting to accelerate after a soft patch in the first half of the year. It could prompt calls for the Federal Reserve to consider further action to help the economy, but Fed officials have set a high bar.
The US central bank wrapped up a $600bn bond-buying programme last week designed to spur lending and stimulate growth.
“This confirms our view that the Fed will continue to keep rates on hold into 2012 and if weak employment continues it will be pushed out even further,” said Tom Porcelli, chief economist, RBC Capital Markets in New York.
Hopes were high that the economy was starting to find firmer ground as motor vehicle manufacturers ramped up production and gasoline prices descended from their lofty levels.
Economic activity in the first six months of the year was dampened by rising commodity prices and supply chain disruptions following Japan’s devastating earthquake in March.
Signs the labour market is struggling is a major blow for the Obama administration, which has struggled to get the economy to create enough jobs to absorb the 14.1mn unemployed Americans.
The economy is the top concern among voters and will feature prominently in President Barack Obama’s bid for re-election next year. So far, the economy has regained only a fraction of the more than 8mn jobs lost during the recession.
“Today’s report is more evidence that the misguided ‘stimulus’ spending binge, excessive regulations, and an overwhelming national debt continue to hold back private-sector job creation in our country,” House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said in a statement.
The economy needs to create between 125,000 and 150,000 new jobs a month just to absorb new labor force entrants.
The private sector added 57,000 last month, accounting for all the jobs created, with government employment shrinking 39,000 because of fiscal problems at local and state governments.
Details of the report showed widespread weakness, though factory payrolls rebounded 6,000 after contracting in May for the first time in seven months, with the recovery reflecting a step-up in motor vehicle production.
Construction employment fell 9,000 last month after declining 4,000 in May. Government employment declined for an eighth straight month as municipalities and state governments continued to wield the ax to balance their budgets.
The report also showed the average workweek fell to 34.3 hours from 34.4 hours. Employers have been reluctant to extend hours because of the uncertainty surrounding the recovery.
Average hourly earnings slipped a penny, more evidence that wage-driven inflation is not a risk.

Historic Change to Internet's Domain Name System

ICANN's (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) Board of Directors has approved a plan to usher in one of the biggest changes ever to the Internet's Domain Name System. The Board vote was 13 approving, 1 opposed, and 2 abstaining.

During a special meeting, the Board approved a plan to dramatically increase the number of Internet domain name endings -- called generic top-level domains (gTLDs) -- from the current 22, which includes such familiar domains as .com, .org and .net.

New gTLDs will change the way people find information on the Internet and how businesses plan and structure their online presence. Internet address names will be able to end with almost any word in any language, offering organizations around the world the opportunity to market their brand, products, community or cause in new and innovative ways.

ICANN will soon begin a global campaign to tell the world about this dramatic change in Internet names and to raise awareness of the opportunities afforded by new gTLDs. Applications for new gTLDs will be accepted from 12 January 2012 to 12 April 2012.

In short, it means, people/companies are going to be able to use other names, for example, .coke, .car, .red, .addidas etc.

The application fee is set to be $185,000, and an annual fee is $25,000

Residency Cap Eyed To Limit Expats - Foreigners Cut To 45% Of Population

Kuwait government is working on plans to introduce residency caps on expatriates to slash their number in the country to 45 percent of the total population, local Arabic daily Annahar reported on Sunday.

“The government will suggest imposing a cap of six years on unskilled labourers, eight years on semi-skilled employees, ten years on semi-skilled employees who are with their families and 12 years on skilled employees. Foreigners with rare expertise will be given an open stay,” Annahar daily quoted a source as saying, the report said.

According to 2010 estimates, the number of foreign workers in Kuwait stands at 2,340,000 and make up 69 percent of the population, the report said. The total number of Kuwaitis is said to be 1,120,000.
A source cited by the Annahar daily said the government is interested in proceeding with the residency cap plans after the World Bank ranked Kuwait as having the fourth highest rate of foreigners compared to the nationals.

The proposal to restrict the number of expatriates will be submitted by a committee made up of representatives of various ministries.

The source disclosed the Cabinet has instructed several ministries to present their recommendations to resolve the issue of foreign and marginal workforce in Kuwait.

The source explained the government decided to implement these plans when the World Bank released a report showing that the ratio of foreigners to citizens in Kuwait is the fourth largest in the world — 69 percent of the total population. The top three countries are Qatar with 87 percent, Monaco with 72 percent and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with 70 percent. Kuwait is also one of the biggest sources of remittances sent by immigrant workers to their native countries, the source added.

The Kuwait government already has in place the National Manpower Development Program, which started many years ago and enforces a law which requires private companies to have a certain percentage of Kuwaitis.

These percentages, depending on skills required by various industries have been increasing every year and transactions of firms not complying with the percentages are stopped.

Saudi Arabia last month said it will not renew the work permits of foreign workers who have spent six years in the country as part of its plan to create jobs for nationals.

However, it did not say when the decision would be implemented or whether it would be applied to all foreign workers or to specific jobs

Filipino teen Junrey Balawing declared world's shortest-man



A FILIPINO blacksmith's son who stopped growing when he was a toddler has been declared the world's shortest man as he celebrates his 18th birthday.
Measuring just 59.93cm, Junrey Balawing is the eldest of four siblings - the rest all of normal stature - born in the rural town of Sindangan on southern Mindanao island.

"Officially he is the world's shortest man," said Craig Glenday, editor-in-chief of the Guinness Book of World Records who measured Balawing in front of cheering relatives and villagers.

The previous record holder was Khagendra Thapa Magar of Nepal, who was measured in 2010 at just over 66cm.

"Thank you to all of you for supporting my son, the world's shortest man," Junrey's father, Reynaldo, told a crush of reporters and photographers.



That Microsoft update is virus

Security company Sophos has warned users against a fake anti-virus attack that masquerades as Microsoft Update.

According to Sophos, criminals are looking for increasingly convincible ways to persuade consumers to download fake antivirus and copying Microsoft's own security seems to be their latest trap.

"We are seeing the criminals behind fake antivirus continuing to customise their social engineering attacks to be more believable to users and presumably more successful," said Chester Wisniewski on the Sophos blog.

"This week they've started to imitate Microsoft Update." According to Sophos, the drive-by page is an exact replica of the real Microsoft Update page, but only appears on Firefox.

"It only comes up when surfing from Firefox on Windows," said Wisniewski. "The real Microsoft Update requires Internet Explorer."

According to Sophos, the attacks are becoming increasingly complex and targeted and it is time users start considering communications from software providers with the same level of suspicion previously reserved for fake bank emails.

"They use high quality graphics and are using information from UserAgent strings that are sent by the browser to customise your malware experience," Wisniewski said.

"Just like visiting your bank, you should only trust security alerts in your browser if you initiated a check with Microsoft, Adobe, Sophos or any other vendor for updates to their software." 

Save a cow, eat this dress instead


Chinese movie star Gao Yuanyuan poses in a gown made of lettuce and cabbage leaves during an event organized by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia in Beijing, in this file photo taken June 8, 2011.
It was made of lettuce leaves, part of an effort by animal rights group PETA to encourage consumers to go vegetarian as meat consumption in China keeps on rising.
Draped in the dark green, form-hugging leaves, Gao also sported a necklace made of gleaming red chili peppers.
"After going vegetarian, I feel so much lighter," Gao told a media event.
"When I first started the vegetarian diet, I was not used to it and so I ate starchy foods in big amounts, and gained a little bit of weight. Still, I felt much more energetic."
Chinese, historically, had a vegetable-heavy diet, but as incomes and living standards have rising among the nation's growing middle-class, people are eating more meat.
On average, each person consumes 55 kilograms a year.
China's consumption of meat has quadrupled over the last four decades, resulting in a number of health problems.
"Per capital consumption is still lower compared to the Western world, but it's changing -- it's getting worse," he said, noting that factory farming of meat has begun in China as well.
"Consumption is going up, and related to that so are diseases related to meat consumption - cancer, heart disease."
Still, meat eaters remain skeptical.
"I think going vegetarian doesn't always equal health," said a Beijing resident who gave only her surname, Wang.
"You still need to have both meat and vegetables to have a balanced diet. If you only eat vegetables, there's bound to be some lack in your dietary requirements."

Mother who smoked thousands of cigarettes while pregnant insists it was GOOD for her daughter

Twenty-year-old mother believed that smoking would make her unborn child stronger by restricting oxygen supply

A young mother smoked 3,500 cigarettes while pregnant claiming it was good for her baby.
Charlie Wilcox, whose daughter Lilly is now 14 weeks, reckoned that smoking would make her unborn child's heart stronger by restricting her oxygen supply and forcing her heart to work harder.
While she was pregnant Wilcox said: "It's making the baby use its heart on its own in the first place, so that when it comes out, it's going to be able to do them (sic) things by itself. Where's the proof that it's so bad to smoke?" Lilly weighed just 2.78 kilos at birth more than 450 grams less than the UK average of 3.25 kilos. She was also born ten days early.
Midwives tested 20-year-old Wilcox's carbon monoxide levels when she was pregnant and discovered they were six times higher than the level considered safe for a baby.
Harmful stress
But Wilcox, of Rainham, Kent, insists she was right to continue smoking. She said: "I think it was my right and I don't believe it was hurting Lilly. I wasn't ready to give up smoking. I think if I'd given up mid-way, straight away the stress would have been more harmful to the baby. "I felt her kick every day, and on every scan I went to, she was healthy and growing. I did manage to cut down to five a day when I was six months' pregnant up to when I gave birth.
"There is nothing wrong with her. I think she was a good weight, and she's developing well and now weighs 13lb(5.9 kilos) ."
Wilcox, who had hoped to join the police but currently lives on benefits, even claims giving up smoking caused a friend's miscarriage. She said: "My mate gave up smoking and she miscarried at nine weeks, on the same day I gave birth to Lilly.
"Me and my friends think it's because she gave up smoking. The mother-of-one told BBC3's Misbehaving Mums To Be that she typically smoked one cigarette every 45 minutes during her pregnancy, up to a minimum of 20 a day.

Mobile phone users at greater risk of brain cancer, WHO says

Mobile phone users may be at increased risk from brain cancer and should use texting and hands-free devices to reduce exposure, the World Health Organisation's cancer experts said

Mobile phone users may be at increased risk from brain cancer and should use texting and hands-free devices to reduce exposure, the World Health Organisation's cancer experts said.
Radio-frequency electromagnetic fields generated by such devices are "possibly carcinogenic to humans," the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced at the end of an eight-day meeting in Lyon, France, on Tuesday.
Experts "reached this classification based on review of the human evidence coming from epidemiological studies" pointing to an increased incidence of glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer, said Jonathan Samet, president of the work group.

Scare of cucumbers

A bacteria named  Escherchia coli outbreak linked to contaminated cucumbers that has killed 14 people  and made more than 300 seriously ill in Germany has spread to other north European countries and is expected to worsen in the coming week.
The source of the virulent strain of the bacteria is unknown, German  authorities said ahead of a crisis meeting of federal and state officials in Berlin. Most of the deaths have been in northern Germany.

Kuwait bans visa issuance to five nationalities

Nationals from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan banned from entering Kuwait


Kuwait has banned nationals from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan from entering the country, local media have reported.
The ban includes suspending all tourism, visit and trade visas as well as visas sponsored by spouses, immigration sources said, quoted by Kuwaiti media on Saturday.
They attributed the blanket visa ban to the "difficult security conditions in the five countries" and to "the remarkably increasing tendency of nationals from the five countries to apply for visas to bring in relatives who faced or could face arrest by the local authorities to Kuwait."
The sources said the authorities insisted that no exception in the visa application would be tolerated, but added that the ban was temporarily and would be lifted after the security situation stabilised.
Last month, a social affairs and labour official denied reports that Kuwait was planning to impose a ban on issuing visas to nationals from the five countries

Manal al sheriff, Saudi woman Re-arrested for driving


In a tough setback for aspiring Saudi female drivers, Saudi police have arrested female activist Manal al-Sharif, who boldly posted a video of herself behind the wheel online on Friday.
More than 600,000 people watched the video of al-Sharif chatting with a friend as she drives around the eastern Saudi city of Khobar. The seemingly mundane scene is in fact anything but.
Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that bans women — both Saudi and foreign — from driving. The prohibition forces families to hire live-in drivers, and those who cannot afford the $300 to $400 a month for a driver must rely on male relatives to drive them to work, school, shopping or the doctor.
Al-Sharif was reportedly arrested on May 22 while driving, released for a few hours then taken back into custody. A Saudi security official said she is being accused of “violating public order”, and will be held for five days while the case is investigated. The video she made was  removed from you tube  following her arrest, as was the face book page . she created calling on Saudi women to collectively defy the driving ban on June 17.
Nevertheless, a new face book page was created  almost immediately, and the video survived on video sharing site YouTube, re-posted by Al-Sharif’s supporters.









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Fig


Fig is native to the Middle East and western Asia. Botanically, it belongs to the mulberry family. Fig is a very tasty and pulpy fruit, filled with tiny seeds. It is heart shaped and slightly violet in color when ripe some of the great health benefits of figs are as follows.

  1. Figs help people lose weight. A great source of dietary fiber, figs can work wonders for those who want to lose weight. Figs with their high fiber content can help in weight management.
  2.  Figs are also great for post-menopausal women and for those who have breast cancer. Research has shown that women, who consume fiber-rich fruits regularly, reduce their own chances of getting cancer
  3.  Figs are good for those with diabetes
  4.  Fig is very rich in high quality dietary fiber. It is therefore very beneficial for your digestive system. Not only does it improve metabolism but also it keeps stomach related ailments such as constipation and indigestion at bay. This is one of the most important fig benefits. Daily intake of figs is also very beneficial in curing piles.
  5. Figs are also rich in potassium. Therefore, regular use of figs in your daily diet helps in controlling your blood pressure and keeps you away from hypertension and heart diseases.
  6. Figs are also rich in an enzyme known as pectin. Eating one or two figs a day helps in reducing cholesterol in your blood due to the presence of pectin.
  7. Calcium intake is very essential for your bones; and figs are very rich in calcium. If you are allergic to milk or other dairy products, regular intake of figs makes up the deficiency of calcium in your body.
  8. Figs also posses excellent aphrodisiac properties. They are widely used for the treatment of problems related with the male reproductive system.
  9. Figs benefits include boosting your memory as well. In fact, certain constituents of figs are very helpful in curing sleeplessness and insomnia.
  10. Figs also contain a rich quantity of iron. If you experience deficiency of iron and anemia, you must include figs in your daily diet. It will help alleviate the iron deficiency.
  11. One of the more important fig benefits is what it does for your heart. Daily intake will help prevent coronary heart disease.
  12.  Figs are replete with antioxidants. Therefore, regular consumption of figs in your diet will help you in keeping yourself younger for much longer.
  13. If you experience acne or pimples on your face, mash two figs and apply the paste on your face. Let it dry and rinse with normal cold water. Doing this twice a week will help cure the problem.
  14.  These are some of the more common fig benefits. While there are no known fig side effects, excessive intake may result in diarrhea.

Kerala’s education channel to go online

IT@School ViCTERS, Kerala’s educational channel for schoolchildren, will be available live on the Internet from New Year’s day. It will allow students, teachers and general public watch the channel live at http://www.victers.itschool.gov.in/ from any part of the world, an official said here yesterday.The entire programme telecast on the channel from 6am to 11pm would be available online, benefiting millions of schoolchildren, including those in the Gulf countries and Lakshadweep islands where schools follow the Kerala curriculum. The advanced video streaming technology enables viewing through an Internet connection with a minimum data transfer speed of 150 Kbps.Since most of the broadband Internet connections that are available possess higher data transfer rates, the streaming of the channel would deliver real-time watching without any disruptions. Students need not subscribe to any cable or DTH services to watch ViCTERS. All the schools in the state are currently equipped with broadband Internet connectivity and the students could watch the programmes in their classrooms or computer labs with the aid of their teachers. The programme schedules would be available a week in advance.ViCTERS (Virtual Classroom Technology on Edusat for Rural Schools) is the only channel in the State to air specific curriculum-based programmes, international programmes on science and technology prepared by Deutsche Welle, the German broadcaster, the BBC as well as classic Indian films produced by National Film Development Corporation (NFDC). Initially, the channel was available to students and public through receive-only terminals but it is now available through almost all local cable and direct-to-home (DTH) networks in Kerala.It also airs popular programmes like Haritha Vidyalayam, an educational reality show and the state school festival, the biggest youth festival in Asia. This year’s festival will be held January from 17-23, 2011 and it will be telecast live on ViCTERS.“Students would also be able to select their specific choice of programmes through facilities like ‘Video on Demand’ which is proposed to be implemented this year,” said K Anvar Sadath, the executive director of IT@School project and the ViCTERS. “We are also getting requests from other states as well for sharing content that can be dubbed into the respective regional languages.”

Kuwait Airways grounds its Airbus A300 fleet

Kuwait Airways has grounded its fleet of five Airbus A300 to conduct an inspection of the jets, the state-owned carrier said yesterday. The carrier did not specify what prompted the suspension, other than that Airbus had asked the airline to conduct a check-up on its A300 planes after Kuwait Airways “submitted notes” to the manufacturer. “The procedure has resulted in delaying some flights until the check-up is done and this type is back to flying,” Adel Broslay, Kuwait Airways’ director of public relations and media, said in a statement. Broslay said Kuwait Airways could lease aircraft if the maintenance works were delayed.

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