Daily Archives: December 23, 2012
Almost 20 years ago, the GCC approved a resolution that basically gave the citizens of one GCC country working in another the same employment-related rights as the citizens of that country. It was the beginning of a campaign to facilitate the movement of labor at all levels across GCC member borders.
Statistics released Thursday by the Secretariat of the GCC show that the agreements have led to an increase in employment opportunities across national borders.
The number of GCC citizens working outside their own country doubled from about 12,000 in 2002 to some 24,000 in 2011. Kuwait ranked first in attracting citizens of other Gulf countries to work in its government and private sectors. In 2011, Kuwait hosted 19,536 workers from other GCC countries, an increase of 77 percent over 2002.
Assistant Secretary of Human and Environmental Affairs, Abdullah Al-Hashemi, told Al-Hayat newspaper that the number will double again once Gulf citizens begin to undertake technical work.
Saudi Arabia ranked second in attracting other GCC nationals in 2011. The number of GCC workers in the Kingdom reached 1,438, an increase of 102 percent over 2002. Qatar and Oman ranked fifth and sixth respectively as the number of workers reached 596 and 32, respectively.
According to Al-Hashemi, working environments in the Gulf states are similar as are the demands of the industries of each country. Efforts are being made to formulate common employment standards for employing those of specific educational backgrounds.
Statistics also show an increase in the number of GCC nationals working in the public sector of other member states. The number grew from 10,000 in 2000 to 17,000 in 2011, an increase of 70 percent.
Kuwait, again, ranked first in attracting citizens of other member states to work in its government. The UAE ranked second while Qatar ranked third. Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Oman followed.
The number of GCC nationals covered by retirement plans of other countries in 2011 reached 9,140 people.
The UAE led the way with 4,012 citizens of GCC countries receiving retirement benefits while Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain Oman and Saudi Arabia followed, in that order.
According to the report, the total number of GCC nationals covered by the social security systems in other member states in 2011 was 6,069 compared to 1,430 in 2004, an increase of about 324 percent.
via Zawya . com
- Following follow-up of a summary report about major local events that happened during the the passing year, 2012.
MEDIA AND CULTURE: On January 16, the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters (NCCAL) signed an cooperation agreement with a British archaeological mission for monumental exploration and search in Kathma area. On February 1, the Al-Arabi magazine issued its first scientific edition. On February 12, the Kuwait Society for Plastic Arts organized Kuwait’s sixth plastic art festival. On March 18, Kuwait and France signed an agreement for opening a branch of the French Cultural Center in Kuwait. On March 19, Kuwaiti Cultural Days were organized in Tokyo. On March 30, a new book on Kuwaiti-Russian relations during the era of late Kuwaiti Amir Sheikh Mubarak Al-Sabah was issued in Russia. On April 18, the Arab Cultural Center opened a photography exhibition for Kuwaiti-Russian relations in Kazan City in the Republic of Tatarstan. On May 7, the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters (NCCAL) signed an executive program for cultural and media cooperation between Kuwait and Iran between 2012 and 2015. On June 30, Kuwait Radio finally regained 27 boxes of its archival cassette tapes from Iraq, which were stolen by Saddam Hussein’s regime during the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990. On June 8, Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) signed a deal with Peru’s official news agency for bilateral media cooperation.
In below video, TV anchor is taking interview of Adel Alhashash (investigators) who explanied that how this sad incident of avenue happened and how police traced and caught this guy (above pic).
According to Adel Alhashash the argument started in parking spot (basement) of avenues mall, The killer was with three friends. They traced the victim, bought the knife from carrefour and stabbed badly to death.
Avenues has helped a lot to investigators by providing required CTV footages but the video was not enough clear to recognize the faces of victims but finally they identified one guy, concern investigator team approached to his home but finally he found from a camp in bneider. he is 22 years old but remainning three guys still have not been caught.
Via KUWAIT TIMES
A young doctor was hacked to death with a cleaver by four men at the Avenues mall late on Friday, allegedly over a parking dispute. The victim, 26-year-old Jaber Samir, a Lebanese dentist at Jabriya clinic whose mother is Kuwaiti, died a few hours later at a hospital. The suspected killer, a 22-year-old non-Kuwaiti, was arrested yesterday, but his three accomplices are still at large, according to Col Adel Al-Hashash, PR Director at the Ministry of Interior. Hashash said that after initial interrogations, the suspect said he and the victim had a dispute over a parking spot which angered him. The suspect then purchased the murder weapon from the mall, followed the victim and stabbed him to death.
Asked about enhancing the deployment of policemen in the Avenues, Hashash said the administration of the mall also shared part of the responsibility.”Our officers are present and we have an office at the mall along with first aid staff to deal with any emergency, but it is a huge mall. The Ministry of Interior had previously suggested and demanded from the mall management to install weapon detectors at all entrances of the mall, similar to the ones installed at hotels. However, they did not respond to our suggestion,” Hashash said.
Some eyewitnesses also said the attackers tried to harass a woman accompanying the victim. “The parents of these criminal teenagers and youngsters are responsible for their bad behavior. They have become careless and are not bothered about their children. They care little where their children go or what they do. If they were properly raised and had strict parents, they would not have dared to commit such a crime,” said 35-year-old Noora.
“Youngsters are able to find light weapons such as knives very easily across Kuwait. Since they always expect to land up in a fight, especially in the shopping malls, they always carry these weapons with them. Often, the result is fatal. Also, the victims and those who commit these crimes are usually very young,” said 28-year-old Ahmad.
Not applying the laws and resorting to wasta is the reason behind these crimes, according to 50-year-old Mahmoud. “Such a person can kill someone whom he doesn’t even know over a silly reason, just because he knows he will not be sentenced to death. If he knew he will get the death penalty, he wouldn’t commit such a crime. Also, wasta plays a great role, as many criminals believe their wasta links will save them even after a serious crime,” he pointed out.
Some regular visitors of this mall said they do not feel safe going there, especially during the weekends. “After the news about fights that I read on weekly basis, I am not surprised by anything. I do not like to visit the mall on weekends, but my daughters insist on going as they have school on other days and their friends are going. So I have to take them. But I cannot let them roam about alone and have to be with them all the time. Also, I always leave a mall before 10:00 pm as I feel it becomes more risky after some shops close,” said 42-year-old Manal.
MPs blamed the Minister of Interior Sheikh Ahmad Al-Humoud Al-Sabah. MP Safa Al-Hashem asked where Sheikh Ahmad was at a time like this, and warned against attempts to use any wasta in favor of the criminals. MP Yousef Al-Zalzalah said that this crime was an evidence of the inability of the government to maintain law and order in the country, and that some veteran officers at the ministry need to be shunted out. He also warned of more problems if the prime minister did not make changes in the Ministry of Interior and rectified the poor choices of ministers.
By Nawara Fattahova and Hanan Al-Saadoun