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Searing Heat Vetos Doha Olympics

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Chicago was among the four cities picked as finalists Wednesday for the 2016 Summer Olympics, setting the stage for a high-profile bidding contest between candidates from the United States, Europe and Asia. Also making the IOC shortlist were Madrid, Spain; Tokyo, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Eliminated from the race were Doha, Qatar; Prague, Czech Republic, and Baku, Azerbaijan.

Doha, capital of a tiny but wealthy Arab Gulf country of about 1 million people, had loomed as the wild card as it sought to bring the Olympics to the Middle East for the first time. It cited its hosting of the 2006 Asian Games as evidence that it can handle the Olympics. Due to Qatar’s searing summer heat, Doha proposed holding the games in October, outside the IOC’s preferred time frame of July or August.

June 5, 2008 Posted by | Community, Doha, ExPat Life, Living Conditions, Political Issues, Qatar, Social Issues, Weather | 5 Comments

Good News in Kuwait


This is from yesterday’s Kuwait Times, and I don’ t know why I didn’t blog it except maybe I ran out of time:

Crooked Cops Beware

KUWAIT: After publishing several violations committed by police officers, the ministry of Interior has started a campaign to catch corrupt police officers and clean up the name of Kuwaiti law enforcement. The ministry pointed out that it plans to form inspection teams which will supervise patrols and police officers daily.

The police officers on the inspection teams will be undercover, wearing civilian clothes, and will also comprise of male and female members.

The Interior Ministry will also be adopting stricter penalties against police officers who violate the laws. The ministry further noted that complaint reports filed by citizens against policemen and high ranking officials will all be looked into immediately. It also plans to develop the military colleges and police academy’s teaching curriculum and will also give more women an opportunity to be a part of the police force.

In every country in the world, the police force and military forces often attract people who want power, but some few don’t handle it responsibly. It takes a very courageous and determined Ministry of Interior to start a clean-up campaign. I am so impressed. BIG wooo hoooo to the Ministry of Kuwait, and I propose dancing in the streets of Kuwait.

Oh! Wait! Women can dance on the Corniche, and men in front of the Liberation tower. No mixed dancing in Kuwait in public, please. 😉

June 5, 2008 Posted by | Community, Crime, Cross Cultural, ExPat Life, Kuwait, Law and Order, Living Conditions | 12 Comments

Light Blowing Dust

Usually when the weather report says “light blowing dust” or “light haze” we are totally socked in, with a visibility of like 100 – 200 meters. Today, I can see almost all the way to the horizon, there is a stiff breeze out of the north creating some white-cap action, the temperature is only 95°F / 35°C and I can imagine people walking happily on the beach, collecting seashells.

June 5, 2008 Posted by | ExPat Life, Kuwait, Living Conditions, sunrise series, Weather | 9 Comments

Spam for Today

Today, in my spam queue, some lotto ticket guy wrote:

Are you proud of your blog, because it’s a mess.

I know it was only spam, and I know he sent it to thousands of people, and that is how WordPress picked it up as spam. I KNOW it wasn’t personal. But my feelings feel hurt anyway! LLOOLL at myself.

June 5, 2008 Posted by | Arts & Handicrafts, Blogging, Communication, WordPress | 7 Comments