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Monthly Archives: June 2015

Pay Zakat to bail out Greece?

Greece is on the precipice of making history and being the first nation to be expelled from the Euro Zone.

In an effort to raise the much needed billions of Euros to remain an EU nation, all outlandish methods are currently being considered, inlcuding crowd funding.

Take a look:

greece, crowd funding, Eurozone, bailout, no chance

click me to visit donation page!

Personally, I think the Greek government need to reacquaint themselves with the Drachma, or start selling passports at AFFORDABLE RATES.

Just sayin’.

The Igloo Mosques of Kuwait

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Lets face the facts; Kuwait is hotter than walking through the Sahara at 3PM in a fur coat and thermal gear; a lot of people do strange things to keep cool, some bathe in icewater, others keep their AC’s at freezing low temperatures.

However, for the latter, it is important to remember that usually during the Summer months Kuwait undergoes an electricity scare whereby the power available is not enough for everyone’s requirements.

Now on the opposite end of the problem spectrum, as schools are currently out and those students that have not travelled are lazing about, often in large gangs of 10 or more, with no place to contain them they always head for the nearest place where people can gather and escape the heat; the mosques.

Now this caused problems in that these children were loud and rambunctious, and more often than not distracted people going to the mosque to pray, especially at Fajr time (3:30AM). In addition to these gangs of children, fathers who take their infant children with them to the mosque and leave them to run around in the back screaming whilst they pray also add to the conundrum.

The Imams have called time and time again for fathers to not bring their children to the mosque if they lack discipline, and have requested the gangs to stay out, to no avail.

Now however it appears that the mosque next door has found a good way to keep people from overstaying… the thermostat.

The mosque is freezing cold at Fajr time, to the point where on the weekends where one stays in the mosque from Fajr to Dawn, I have to take a jacket with me.

This seems to be working in that there are no kids running around, but it seems rather thrifty of a mosque that is meant to promote the values of conservation.

What to do?

The Major Design Flaw of Mosques exacerbated during #Ramadan

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We see the world through the eyes of our profession. Naturally, we spend so much time bettering ourselves in our chosen fields that we forget to take off those work goggles when outside of work.

During Ramadan, mosques are filled to the brim with eager practitioners hoping to get in on the “good deed bonanza” that comes with fasting – all good deeds are multiplied! Start Good-ing!

However, through the eyes of my profession, I see a major design flaw with mosques.

Lets talk inventory – FIFO (First In, First Out) vs. LIFO (Last In, First Out).

The current structure sees people entering the mosque to fill the lines starting inside i.e. right behind the Imam, crossing the most distance to get to prayer. As the rows fill up, those who come in later walk shorter distances (from the entrance to where they pray), and seeing as how they are late, they might have missed a prayer or two, meaning that once the imam is done, everyone who made to prayer on time will have to wait to exit because these people are still praying (and you cannot cross within arms length of someone praying).

The current system is LIFO, the last to come in would be the first to go out as they keep everyone at bay till they are done, whereas it should be FIFO, the first to go in should be the first to get out.

The only way this can be done is through a door at the forefront of the mosque.

Most mosques now have already established “exit paths” located at the far sides.

Next we’ll tackle the haphazard behavior of prayer goers who recklessly toss their shoes aside in any which way at the entrance, completely oblivious to the fact that this creates an eyesore and a distraction, as opposed to attempting to put their shoes properly where they should go.

One day at a time…

Spotting Phone Spammers – a Quick how to @ZainKuwait @AlMullaExchange

There are two kinds of people in this world; those who work honestly, and those who honestly are not working.

The latter tend to overshadow the former, and lead to such things as the get-rich quick and pyramid i.e. ponzie schemes.

As the saying goes, a fool and his money are quickly separated, and the easiest way to get a fool to part ways with his money is with the promise of more money.

There is a number in the UAE, I cannot recall it exactly, that calls you in Kuwait and claims to be from Zain, stating that you have won KD 20,000. They then give you a number to call in Kuwait to claim your prize.

This number called my dad, and he asked me to investigate.

To do so, I simply plugged the number into TruCaller, and voila, it was listed as “Scam Kuwait Dubai”.

Apparently what happens is the person will ask you to go to Al Mulla Exchange and transfer an amount to an account as “processing fees”, then you get nothing.

If you ask me, Zain and Al-Mulla should definitely go public and say that they are not affiliated with this scammer, who incidently is using an Ooredoo line.

Kuwait’s Most Wanted Criminals

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Kuwait’s Most Wanted Criminals: Interpol – aka the international police has a list of crim… @lordaymz botamba.com/post/g3gp

Interpol – aka the international police has a list of criminals wanted around the world for various crimes, Kuwait has 18 such criminals, of Kuwaiti and Expat origins.

In case you were wondering, when people are arrested at checkpoints and the news reports that they were wanted for “other crimes”, these are the other crimes.

Here are a few of the worst offenders:

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Charges:

1) LEAVING THE SCENE OF A FATAL ACCIDENT

2) DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE (IMPAIRED)

3) DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE (0.08)

(1) LEAVING THE SCENE OF A FATAL ACCIDENT;

(2) DRIVING WHILE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF INTOXICATING LIQUOR;

(3) EXTREME DRIVING OR ACTUAL PHYSICAL CONTROL WHILE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF INTOXICATING LIQUOR OR DRUGS

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Charges: HEALTH CARE FRAUD (118 COUNTS)

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Name: Mohammed Owihan

Charges:

1) Receipt and Distribution of Child Pornography

2) Possession of Child Pornography

 

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Charges: Receiving Stolen Material worth $5,000.

And of course the rest are wanted for fraud and dud cheques.

The full list can be found here

65 Celsius Weather in Kuwait Predicted?

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With recent news of the temperature expected to rise to 65*C in Ramadan, we thought it best to give a few comparisons.

For those of you that forgot science, alcohol has a boiling point of 78*C, meaning that anyone intoxicated on the streets might feel a “cooling sensation” as the alcohol in their blood reaches boiling point.

On 13 September 2012 the World Meteorological Organisation disqualified the record for the highest recorded temperature, exactly 90 years after it had been established at El Azizia, Libya, with a measurement of 58*C. The official highest recorded temperature is now 56.7*C, which was measured on 10-July-1913 at Greenland Ranch, Death Valley, California, USA.

That’s because an international team of meteorologists finished an in-depth investigation of what had been the world-record temperature extreme of 58*C, recorded on 13-Sept-1922, in El Azizia, Libya. The group found that there were enough questions surrounding the measurement and how it was made that it was probably inaccurate, overturning the record 90 years to the day it was recorded.

So apparently, the temperature in Kuwait is expected to exceed that?

I find that highly doubtful, but we have messed up Mother Nature as a collective, so I would not be surprised if there was some minor merit to the claim.

Please, Please, Please, Please, before you drive to work in the morning, place a few bottles of water into the fridge and give them out the next day to anyone working on the street.

Corporate A**holery – A Double Edged Sword

I am a corporate a$$hole (CA).

CA is a new term coined by a dear, dear friend of mine as a result of my “corporate shenanigans”. By shenanigans I am referencing the several times I posted to this blog regarding my dissatisfaction with certain services and using my online voice to “call out” the culprit – corporate businesses.

It all started way back with this post right here, which as the namesake of this post suggests, is a good thing coming out of a bad thing.

More often than not, when faced with bad service, we mumble to ourselves, have a grumpy day, yell at our spouses etc. We never direct our anger towards the true source of our anguish – corporate business.

So now we are faced with two choices; either remain quiet and seethe for the rest of our lives, or try to do something about it. I decided it is high time to do something about it, and I would succeed:

Now the thing is, I do not parade companies dirty laundry without first emailing them personally to resolve the issue, I use the blog to add to my voice.

As of late, I have a positive step with my corporate a$$holery, and that is to commend good conduct when I see it, meaning I take the time out of my life to a) get in touch with corporation via Twitter to ask how to b) give a customer recommendation for outstanding performance c) explain that this is NOT a joke (they know me from before) and d) insist they give me the email of the manager responsible for such.

So, as long as you balance corporate a$$holery with decency, everything will be ok.

edit – thanks Kuwait Trail Mix for the title edit ^_^

The hidden pitfalls of Austrian Schengen Application in Kuwait

If you plan on traveling to Vienna, read this:

As a rule of thumb, the majority of Euro Nations have outsourced their visa procedures to outside agents in Kuwait. This reduces the traffic at embassies an ensures smooth sailing for all concerned.

Today my wife and I applied for the Schengen – Austria. Being someone in the field of reviewing processes and procedures, I felt the process could use a bit of sprucing.

The embassy website reads:

Appointments

Visa applications require appointments scheduled in advance: online appointment

This does not mention that the appointment is at the embassy itself, in addition once the registration steps are completed (which are long and separate for each application – passport number, expiry date etc.), no confirmation email is sent. The confirmation page that appears with the passport details of the applicants does not mention that the appointment is at the embassy either.

The website then mentions cooperation with VFS Global, in bold. this captures peoples attention immediately, even the fact that their location is put in bold on the website and no address is shown for the embassy makes people focus on the address of the agent, not the embassy – ergo emboldening the assumption that all appointments are at the agent.

The next major headline is “Nationals of Kuwait and Bahrain require a valid visa or a residence permit to travel to Austria.”, which leads readers to believe that all the information following pertains to nationals of Kuwait and Bahrain.

It is only in the 10th paragragh that you discover that appointments can also be made at the embassy, but who has the time (or patience) to read all that?

  • The office hours of the visa section of the embassy are from Sunday to Thursday, from 09:00 to 13:00.
  • You need to book an appointment in advance. Please click online appointment
However, there is also a repitition of the online appointment line, which is confusing. 
 
The website does not state directly the cost of the visa; if it had stated that there are two methods of paying – one at the embassy (KD 20) and one at the agency (KD 29.25), people would understand that there is a choice to be made regarding the location where you wish to go.
In the end, I missed my appointment at the embassy and had to pay an extra 18.5KD to process our papers at the agent; further, the agent refused to accept papers that were printed on both sides (hotel and flight confirmation) despite this being the general direction that all human beings looking to “go green” are doing, printing on both sides of the paper.
Now I am no average joe when it comes to applications; for example, despite it not being mentioned, I printed our marriage certificate as a precaution because my wife did not yet open a bank account, in addition to providing her salary cheques (which they asked for), they then asked for the marriage certificate.
So, the website could use a serious update.

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