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*:
|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.