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Kuwait imposes fee on public toilets?

LOL – there are public toilets in Kuwait? Where? Women always memorize which buildings have public restrooms, but aren’t those owned by the buildings? And holy smokes, what do we do if we don’t have small change left after all our shopping??? Men are more . . . umm. . . err. . . flexible, but women need privacy, i.e. restrooms!

TRAIN your cleaners! Give them proper supplies! Hold their supervisors responsible for their inspection and maintenance of standards! This is called ACCOUNTABILITY.

Charging for use of public restrooms will impose, at the very least, inconvenience for women, and most likely, embarrassment for those who don’t have the money, at the very worst times, like when you have seven children with you and three of them need to use the toilets. Charging fees for usage? Bad idea.

Municipality to impose fees on public toilets
Staff Writer From this morning’s Al Watan

KUWAIT: Kuwait is seriously mulling over the notion of imposing nominal fees for using public toilets.

Mohammad AlـAmri, the Convener of the Cleansing Committee at Kuwait Municipality, stated that the fee is aimed at providing better sanitary services along the lines that are implemented in certain neighboring countries. The official also noted that the current cleaning contracts are scheduled to expire in November 2010.

In a related development, the outgoing Minister of State for Municipal Affairs and Minister of Public Works Dr Fadhil Safar disclosed that Kuwait Municipality is currently working on a proposal to implement a new mechanism in keeping track with the performance of cleaning companies to ensure that the garbage is disposed off at the assigned dumpsites. He added that the system has been already implemented in the Kuwait City Governorate and is expected to be applied in all other governorates soon.

Last updated on Thursday 26/3/2009

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March 26, 2009 Posted by | Building, Bureaucracy, ExPat Life, Financial Issues, Health Issues, Hygiene, Kuwait, News, Shopping, Social Issues, Women's Issues | 11 Comments

First Kuwaiti Policewomen Graduate

Wooo HOOO on you, Kuwaiti policewomen! It is always hard to be in the vanguard, you take the criticisms, you take the disbelieving stares, and you handle questions, even from your own families. It’s always tough to be out front – to be a leader.

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First group of policewomen graduate
From today’s Al Watan

KUWAIT: His Highness the Amir and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces Sheikh Sabah AlـAhmad AlـSabah has attended on Wednesday the graduation ceremony of the 35th batch of military cadets, the 20th batch of specialized officers and the first batch of female cadets at the Support Authority Institute of the Saad AlـAbdullah Academy for Security Sciences.

The ceremony witnessed the graduation of the first batch of policewomen in the country. His Highness the Amir who arrived at the academy at 10:30 a.m. was warmly received by the Minister of Interior Lieutenant General Sheikh Jaber AlـKhalid AlـSabah, as well as other senior police officers.

The ceremony was also attended by His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf AlـAhmad AlـSabah, Vice President of the National Guards Corps Sheikh Mishaal
AlـAhmad AlـSabah, His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser AlـMohammed AlـSabah, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defense Sheikh Jaber AlـMubarak AlـSabah, as well as other members of the ruling family, senior statesmen and members of the families of the graduating cadets.

Representatives of the 35th batch of military cadets then handed over the national flag to the representatives of the 36th batch. The Assistant Director General of the Academy for Education and Training Affairs Brigadier Dr. Waleed Khalaf BinـSalama read the ministerial decrees before inducting the new male and female police officers into the police force.

His Highness the Amir handed the graduates awards and certificates in appreciation for their efforts and then received the shield of the academy, that is dedicated to him, from Major General Yousef Mubarak AlـMedhahka. ـKUNA

Last updated on Thursday 26/3/2009

March 26, 2009 Posted by | Adventure, Character, ExPat Life, Kuwait, Law and Order, Leadership, Living Conditions, Social Issues, Women's Issues | Leave a comment

Sunrise March 26, 2009

It is a glorious sunrise. There are just enough clouds to radiate and reflect the glory of the rising sun, the haze has retreated, at least temporarily. Looking closer, however, you can see a totally separate layer of brownish yellow, and in this photo, it is even higher, above the rising sun. As I watched the layer, it morphed from a whale’s tale, to an elephant spouting water, to a scorpion tale, rising out of the rising sun.

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It looks like we can breathe more safely today, Kuwait, as we get ready for the weekend. Yesterday, I couldn’t keep my eye make up on – I didn’t even know it but I was rubbing it off as I rubbed my irritated eyes. Let’s hope today is a better day.

We’re having a little cold spell – temperatures will be a little lower today. For all my friends in Germany, in Seattle, New York and other assorted – and cold – places, that was a little joke. We have had temperatures up in the 80’s and 90’s.

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Perfect weather for fishing. I want this boat:

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March 26, 2009 Posted by | ExPat Life, Kuwait, Living Conditions, sunrise series, Weather | Leave a comment