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KUWAIT: The Criminal security department, represented by the anti-counterfeiting and forgery department arrested two persons who had stolen medicines from a health center affiliated with the Ministry of Health. The accused were hand in gloves with a person who was working in the health center.

KUWAIT: In terms of mobile Internet speed for the month of May on the “Speed Test” index, Kuwait ranked fifth globally and third in the Gulf region after the UAE, which is second globally and Qatar, which is third globally, reports Al-Rai daily. In fixed broadband Internet speed, Kuwait ranked second in the Gulf and 22nd globally. The mobile Internet download speed in Kuwait was 104.47 MB per second, and 105.07 MB per second for the fixed broadband Internet download speed.

Also, the mobile Internet download speed in Kuwait reached 22.40 Mbps, and 26.33 Mbps for fixed broadband. According to the Global Speed Test Index for the month of May, Norway and Singapore topped in terms of global mobile speeds with average download speed of 129.40 Mbps and fixed broadband speeds of 209.21 Mbps. It should be noted that Ookla’s Speed Test index compares Internet speed data from around the world every month. The global benchmark data comes from hundreds of millions of tests conducted by real people who use Speedtest every month to test their performance online.

KUWAIT: The inspection teams of the Occupational Safety Center at the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) recently recorded dozens of violations by companies that forced their workers to break the ban on outdoor work during the afternoon hours, reports Al-Qabas daily. According to the “Heat Kills Them” campaign by the Kuwait Society for Human Rights, 730 similar violations had been recorded from June 1 to June 21.

The inspection teams carried out a wide inspection campaign on companies that violated the decision to ban outdoor work during the noon time, based on communications they received concerning the Hessa Al Mubarak suburb of the Capital Governorate. During the tour of the construction projects in the suburb, dozens of violations were recorded, including the presence of motorcycle delivery workers at the construction site. Head of the inspection team in the Capital Governorate Eng. Mohammad Al-Ajmi explained that workers delivering orders using motorcycles and in open places are covered by the decision to prevent outdoor work during noon time. However, they are not stopped on the roads for their safety.

Contact was made with their companies after recording their presence during the ban period. The citations issued are related to workers who are in violation of the residency or domestic labor law. The inspectors apply the law on the violating companies, and their officials are summoned, after recording the notifications, to sign a pledge to abide by the decision before re-discovering and recording the violations. Engr. Al-Ajmi called on companies to register as absconding those workers who do not adhere to the labor law or work in places other than their workplace.

The authority records notifications and refers the files of violators of the residency and labor laws to the concerned authorities, if they are in projects they do not belong to. The companies bear the responsibility at that time. Meanwhile, the “Heat Kills Them” campaign of the Kuwait Society for Human Rights issued a statistics this week, as per which 272 violations of the decision were detected through workers delivering orders via motorcycles, and 254 violations through construction workers. Also, 113 cleaners were spotted working in the afternoon, as well as 27 road workers and 64 guards of accommodations.

KUWAIT: Kuwait national football team dropped by one spot in the new FIFA world ranking after failing to qualify in Asian Cup 2023. Kuwait now ranks 148th globally and 28th in Asia. Morocco advanced its lead among Arab countries from 24th spot to 20th above Tunisia which rose by 5 places to 30th spot. Egypt was placed 40th ahead of Algeria which rose by 3 places.

Qatar rose by 2 places and was placed on 49th spot, Saudi Arabia dropped by 4 places to be placed on 53rd spot ahead on UAE on 69th, Iraq on 70th, Oman on 75th, Bahrain on 85th, Jordan on 86th, Syria on 89th, Palestine on 94th and Lebanon on 100th spot.
New classification will be listed on Aug 29th, current top 10 ranking are as below
1 Brazil
2 Belgium
3 Argentina
4 France
5 England
6 Spain
7 Italy
8 Netherlands
9 Portugal
10 Denmark
Meanwhile FIFA has approved bigger 26-man squads for the World Cup in Qatar, deciding Thursday to extend soccer’s relaxation of rules that help coaches and players during the COVID-19 pandemic. The move was expected from the FIFA Bureau – comprising the presidents of FIFA and soccer’s six confederation – after 23 – player rosters were expanded for recent continental championships.

Adding three players to the typical World Cup roster follows UEFA doing the same for the European Championship last year. There were 28-player squads also approved for the Copa América tournament in South America last year and at the African Cup of Nations in January.

The extra numbers help the coaches of the 32 teams cope with possible outbreaks of virus cases. It also means additional players are already following health protocols within the camp in Qatar rather than be brought from their home country.

The squad size change will send a total of 96 extra players to the World Cup being played from Nov. 21 to Dec. 18. The 28-day tournament compares to 32 days four years ago in Russia. Most of the extra players will likely come from European clubs whose domestic seasons must pause by Nov. 13 for the first World Cup held during the northern hemisphere winter. Squads will be together for just one week before the tournament kicks off instead of the usual preparation time of about two weeks.

KUWAIT: The Court of Appeals has sentenced a Kuwaiti singer to 3 years in prison, who challenged the rights of the HH the Amir and spread false news on her Twitter account, reports Al-Rai daily. The daily did not give more details.

KUWAIT: According to a senior security source, about 10,800 residents who were in violation of the residency law were deported during the period from January 1 to June 20, reports Al-Seyassah daily. In a press statement, the source explained that most of the deportees were marginal workers residing in bachelors’ residential areas such as Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh, Mahboula, Shuwaikh Industrial Area, Bneid Al-Gar, Wafra Farms and Abdali area. The security campaigns are continuing, and are not exclusive to one region without another.

The source denied the report about the violating workers fleeing from Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh and migrating to other areas in order to escape the intensive security campaigns, insisting that there is a security cordon and continuous monitoring of the situation. He highlighted that First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Ahmed Al-Nawaf and the Undersecretary of the ministry Lieutenant General Anwar Al-Barjas have been diligently following up on a daily basis the file related to violators of the residency law and security campaigns. He said, “There is absolutely no problem for anyone who resides in any of these areas as long as his residency is valid and his status is legally sound”.

DOHA: Kuwait is starting its first offshore oil exploration and building the world’s biggest oil refinery, Kuwait Petroleum Corporation’s chief executive said on Tuesday. Kuwait is also committed to investing to meet increasing demand for hydrocarbons. “Kuwait can go higher than current output and is ready to meet any increases OPEC authorizes,” Sheikh Nawaf Saud Al-Sabah told the Qatar Economic Forum hosted by Bloomberg in the capital Doha.

Sheikh Nawaf said the company was supplying all customers, but that multinational oil firms were not matching the investment of national oil enterprises. He also said the first offshore rig had arrived in Kuwait and would begin drilling soon. “We have never touched the offshore in Kuwait. The first offshore drill rig arrived in Kuwait a week ago and will start soon,” he said. The new refinery would come online by the end of 2022, Sheikh Nawaf added. “It will be the largest refinery in the world at 615,000 barrels of oil a day capacity,” he said adding that it would help meet increased demand from Europe and elsewhere.

Sheikh Nawaf said there was a “dangerous trend”, with world consumers wanting energy but not being prepared for the change from polluting hydrocarbons to green energy. “That is a paradox here that is causing quite a tremendous disruption in the investment cycle. We are making the long-term investments, but not international oil companies.” Sheikh Nawaf said the world currently produces and consumes about 100 million barrels of oil a day but that the equivalent of Kuwait’s production – about 3.5 million barrels a day – was being lost through declining fields.

Sheikh Nawaf later said a $30 per barrel “war premium” has been built into the cost of oil. “I see a war premium of about $30 in the price right now,” he told Bloomberg TV on the sidelines of the forum. He also said European buyers are asking about more refined oil from the country, partly in anticipation of its Al-Zour refinery coming fully onstream. “We’re getting more calls for products,” he said. “By the end of the year, we’ll have about 615,000 barrels of oil a day being converted into mostly diesel and very low sulfur fuel oil.”

Consumers must be prepared to endure up to five years of turbulent oil markets, the head of ExxonMobil said Tuesday, citing under-investment and the coronavirus pandemic. Energy markets have been roiled by the Ukraine war as Russia has reduced some exports and faced sanctions while Europe has announced plans to wean itself off dependency on Russian fossil fuels in coming years.

Speaking ahead of ExxonMobil’s unveiling as the fourth international partner for Qatar’s natural gas expansion, chairman and chief executive Darren Woods said major uncertainty lies ahead. “You are probably looking at three to five years of continued fairly tight markets,” Woods told the Qatar Economic Forum. “How that manifests itself in price will obviously be a big function of demand, which is difficult to predict.”

On top of under-investment in finding new oil sources in 2014-2015, Woods said the pandemic “really sucked a lot of revenues out of the industry”. Woods said companies and governments needed to think long-term. “We are going to see a lot of volatility and discontinuity in the marketplace if we don’t get to more thoughtful policies,” he predicted. Representatives from the Middle East energy industry also renewed calls for better planning in consumer countries.

Qatar’s Energy Minister Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi meanwhile criticized the “demonization” of oil companies, and the windfall taxes on oil majors that many governments are proposing. “I don’t see the governments coming to pitch in when they (oil companies) were losing money and borrowing when the oil price was negative in Texas,” he said.

ExxonMobil has taken a 6.25 percent stake in the expansion of Qatar’s North Field, which contains the world’s biggest natural gas reserves. The stake is the same as France’s TotalEnergies while Italy’s Eni and US firm ConocoPhillips have 3.13 percent shares. Woods said the project will “bring balance to the global market”. – Agencies

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