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Official Country Ubuntu Mirrors

The official Ubuntu country mirrors for Kuwait (kw.archive.ubuntu.com and kw.releases.ubuntu.com) are now hosted by Qualitynet.

What does this all mean? That all you Ubuntu fans can enjoy full speeds when updating and downloading Ubuntu as you will be download them from a server at Qualitynet. Also, if there is an international cable cut, you most likely wont be affected if you wanted to update your packages. If you get bored during a cable cut, and can’t find anything else to do, download a distro of Ubuntu and play around until things get back up and running.

You can find more information on these links:

https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+mirror/ubuntu.qualitynet.net-archive
https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+mirror/ubuntu.qualitynet.net-release

Apply for the Best Job in the World

Island Whats the best Job imaginable? This may be a bit far fetched but Australia has recently announced the best job offer in the world. It only lasts for six months but according to the details it is well worth it.

The Job pays $100,000 a month! Thats about 30,000 KD! For six months thats a total of 180,000 KD. Of course all travel expenses would be covered by the employer.

All thats really required for the employee to

 

stroll the white sands, snorkel the reef, take care of "a few minor tasks" — and report to a global audience via weekly blogs, photo diaries and video updates.

Wow.

Do you want to apply? Go here: http://www.islandreefjob.com/en/ You might want to hurry though. The applications close at the end of February 2009.

Good Luck! ;p

What’s the Latest News about Kuwait

Female fan’s kiss ends music concert in Kuwait

Sun Oct 5, 9:51 AM ET

KUWAIT CITY – A Kuwaiti official says authorities abruptly ended a music concert by an Egyptian singer in this conservative Muslim country when a young female fan jumped on stage, hugged the male singer and gave him a kiss.
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Qanas al-Adwani, who heads the government department that monitors public entertainment, says the girl’s behavior at Friday’s concert “defied the conservative traditions” of Kuwait.

Al-Adwani also said Sunday that the fan’s behavior broke controls on public entertainment, which were imposed by influential Muslim fundamentalists after they failed in 1997 to ban concerts altogether. Concerts have to be licensed by the government, and monitors from the Information Ministry watch the crowd to make sure nobody stands up to dance.

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081005/ap_en_mu/ml_kuwait_concert_kiss

There you go folks, the latest news in Kuwait around the internet.

It bothers me how this is the type of news that makes it around. I’m sure people will voice their hate and calls for “freedom” and “democracy” in the unjust religious country of Kuwait after seeing something like this. I mean come on, there are ethics of behavior still, and norms. This news article sort of just makes it worse.

Eid Mubarak

Ramadan is over. It’s like it started yesterday. This has been one of the most eventful months in a while, many of these events I cannot share, not now at least.

I have not been around much, for those who expected me so, I apologize. I have had some time to reflect on so much and especially the path I wish this blog to take. It is not all too clear but I hope it will be soon.

For now I wish you all a pleasant and lovely Eid.

P.S. Posted using the worspress app on my new iPod touch.

Today’s Headlines

I haven’t written about the news in a while, so today I’m going to share some headlines I read in the newspaper.

Eight Digit Phone System to Be Effective Oct. 17th
As you all have heard (and might have noticed) we are running out of phone numbers in Kuwait. With a new communication company opening up soon, there will be a huge shortage, and the ministry has to account for expansion in the future. The system will be as follows*:

New Number Comments
0 International Calls 00
1 112 will replace 777. Only for emergency calls (fire and police)
2 All land line numbers.
3 For future ministry numbers.
4 Zain telecommunication company lines starting with the number 4.
5 For the third telecommunication company 50-000-000 -> 59-000-000
6 For all Wataniya lines which start with the number 6.
7 To be added to Zain and Wataniya lines which start with the number 7.
8 Reserved for future.
9 To be added to Zain telecommunication company lines which start with the number 9.

I found it surprising and quite great that 112 is slowly becoming the universal emergency number. It was recently introduced in the EU and is making its way now to the middle east it seems.

Female Police Cadets’ admission starts Sunday 29th June
The article claims that females with degrees ranging from High School (60% in Science major and 65% in Arts) and up to University graduates will be accepted into the program. Classes will be held only in the mornings and the program will only be one year.

I’m not sure how I feel about this. It would be a good thing I suppose to have women who are ready to serve and protect. This would also benefit in terms of dealing with female citizens for those who feel uncomfortable around men. Though I wonder if their trainers will all be men or not?

How do you feel about female police officers in Kuwait? Share your thoughts below!

* Data from Al-Watan Daily newspaper, June 23rd 2008.

Burning Car in Rumethiya

Question: Are you traveling this Eid or New Year, or both? I know there is a long way between both vacations but I’m sure expats who have left for Christmas or are planning to leave soon will be gone until after the New Year (please take me with you). What are your plans?

Burning Car in Rumethiya As I was driving to work this morning, I passed by what was obviously a burning car. I can only assume that the people in the car have fled the scene and were getting some help.

I was very tempted to stop and get the fire extinguisher out of my car and use it, however there was no way to get to the burning car without obscuring the current path I was in.

What shook me was that there wasn’t ANYONE who was standing there using some type of fire extinguisher to put out the fire! Wasn’t it required by law that every car have one? How long has this car been burning already? I’m sure it has been at least burning for five minutes, I could see the flames from the opposite light!

I’m slowly beginning to believe that in a time of crises, people would flee rather than help, which is a very very sad thought.

My take on: Planet In Peril

Planet in Peril Today I finished watching CNN’s two part two hour special, Planet in peril. I haven’t been so moved in a very long time! At first, I was very reluctant to watch it. Everywhere you turn there is a natural disaster. You are always reminded of the sad stories around the world in the news and everywhere around us. I acknowledged it, but I didn’t want to get myself exposed more than I already have been.

What got me to watch this show was that I wanted to see the big picture of what is really going on. What I saw was something far beyond what I had expected, I also discovered a few things I did not know about myself.

The program brought up the issues of global warming, deforestation, over population, and species extinction. Some of the cast went around the world to confront these issues and expose first hand what is happening at the source or the areas most affected by these issues.

Sure it was sad to see some of the effects of these issues in the world. However, what affected me the most was the pollution in China, and how it affected innocent families. We may not like to see and hear repeatedly how we are destroying our own world, but this does not mean that we should turn our back, and close our eyes and ears.

Since we are all a part of this world, we all should play an important role. Whatever it may be, and no matter how little it is, be sure that you can make an impact on the future.

It was an Earthquake in Iran

earthquake_iran Yesterday I posted about the building wobbling (my new word). It turns out it is the aftereffects of a 5.1 magnitude earthquake that hit Iran. It was later reported that it was felt on the coastline in Kuwait. My colleague and I thought it was related to a construction nearby.

Street Fighter Cat

shoryukenkz2 For those of you who are fans of Street Fighter. I’m sure you have heard that Street Fighter IV is coming out soon. Well, here is a link to the Street Fighter IV Trailer. Enjoy.

New Building Burning in Downtown Kuwait

This is what I saw when I arrived at 7:40pm September 29th 2007. The top few floors of what seems to be a new building are burning pretty badly. There is a helicopter circling the location, probably finding a quick route for ground support. However, I couldn’t find anything about it anywhere in the radio, or TV for that matter. All I could think about was how the owner the building must feel. Allah ekon fe 3ona, o enshalla no one got hurt!

Location: Murgab, Kuwait

Reserved, going to add something here later.