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                                                               MoH starts disbursement of KD 100 allowance to administrative staff

CTC refuses to okay KD 1.2 m health sewers project due to inflated cost
                                                                                                KUWAIT CITY, Aug 11: The                       the project.                                      Meanwhile, the ministry is said to         experts and specialists in the nursing
                                                                                                Central Tenders Committee (CTC)                   Sources say the ministry will have          have commenced the disbursement of            field to train and improve the quali-
                                                                                                has refused to approve KD 1.2 mil-             to float the tender once again in such         KD 100 allowance to staff in the              ty of nurses in Kuwait, reports Al-
                                                                                                lion for the construction of health            a way that it guarantees more trans-           administrative sector as they were not        Anba daily. Sources said nurses
                                                                                                sewers in Ahmadi governorate due               parency, provides equal opportunity            granted any salary increment. The             would be trained in the most modern
                                                                                                to the inflated cost of the project,           to all bidders and saves public funds.         allowance is being paid in retroactive        ways of healing patients and work-
                                                                                                reports Al-Seyassah daily. The CTC             They added that such mistakes cause            effect from April this year.                  ing in hospitals. The experts will
                                                                                                said the Health Ministry had failed            delays in the implementation of                   Furthermore, the ministry is about         also lay down a broad plan to
                                                                                                in correctly estimating the cost of            important projects in the country.             to bring reputed international                improve the sector.

                                                                                                MPs plan to grill PM if session on
                                                                                                students’ problem bears no fruit
                                                                                                                                         Govt suffering from bad planning: Tabtabaei
                                                                                                KUWAIT CITY, Aug
                                                                                                11: Some lawmakers
                                                                                                intend to submit a
                                                                                                grilling request against
                                                                                                HH the Prime Minister
                                                                                                Sheikh           Nasser
                                                                                                Mohammad             Al-
                                                                                                Ahmad Al-Sabah in
                                                                                                case the proposed
                                                                                                emergency parliamen-
                                                                                                tary session on the
                                                                                                admissions problem at
                                                                                                Kuwait       University
                                                                                                does not yield the
                                                                                                desired results, reports
                                                                                                Al-Shahed daily.
                                                                                                   MP Musallam Al-Barrak
                                                                                                has derided the government
                                                                                                for its failure to quickly find
                                                                                                solutions to the problem. He
                                                                                                pointed out the University
                                                                                                Council has no intention to
                                                                                                do justice to the students,
                                                                                                who have been denied
                                                                                                admission to the university                                    HH the PM Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah (center) chairs the meeting.
                                                                                                despite meeting the condi-
                                                                                                tions. He said Minister of                              PM presides over development panel meet
                                                                                                Education and Higher
                                                                                                Education Ahmad Al-
                                                                                                                                      His Highness the Prime Minister                     The committee, during the session,             for firms taking part in the plan, an
                                                                                                Mulaifi has yet to present            Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-                     continued discussing the plan’s main             issue to be discussed in the next
                                                                                                solutions to the problem,             Ahmad Al-Sabah on Thursday at Al-                 facades; education, health and servic-           Cabinet session, scheduled August
                                                                                                asserting the government is           Sief Palace presided over the second              es, Minister of State for Planning and           21, Al-Haroun noted, adding that the
                                                                                                weak and it lacks the ability         session of the ministerial committee              Development Affairs Abdulwahab Al-               committee will carry on with its week-
                                                                                 KUNA photos    to address vital issues.              tasked with projects listed in the                Haroun said after the meeting.                   ly sessions to follow up on the devel-
             Top & above: Minister Al-Sayer visiting different health centers.                     “Apparently, the govern-           state’s development plan.                           The committee has set timetables               opment plan. (KUNA)
                                                                                                ment cannot manage national
                                                                                                affairs. It has done nothing
                      Al-Sayer visits health centers                                            but to manipulate the policies
                                                                                                and go around the law without
                                                                                                                                                Teachers, administrative staff should have computer skills
                                                                                                taking into consideration the
Minister promises to fill shortage                                                              importance of ensuring jus-
                                                                                                tice for all. I challenge anyone
                                                                                                to present proof that the gov-
                                                                                                                                      MoE announces conditions for granting bonus
of rehabilitation therapy specialists                                                           ernment has achieved any-
                                                                                                thing since its formation,” the
                                                                                                lawmaker added.
                                                                                                                                      KUWAIT CITY, Aug 11: The
                                                                                                                                      Ministry of Education has announced
                                                                                                                                                                                        puter skills and electronic websites for
                                                                                                                                                                                        easy communication to be eligible for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Meanwhile, sources affirmed a new
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         mechanism for documenting inter-
                                                                                                                                      the conditions for granting bonus to              the bonus. Sources said the committee            views for all specializations and super-
KUWAIT CITY, Aug 11, (KUNA): Health            sidelines of the tour, that the hospital lacks      Al-Barrak lamented the             teachers and administrative staff in              tasked to lay down the conditions                visory posts through video will be
                                                                                                government’s performance              public schools, reports Al-Rai daily              requires     teachers,    administrative         implemented soon. Sources clarified
Minister Dr Hilal Al-Sayer went on an          staff of rehabilitation therapy specialists,     has gone from bad to worse in
inspection tour to Al-Sabah medical dis-       and Dr Al-Sayer promised to fill the short-      the last six years. He said the
                                                                                                                                      quoting sources.                                  employees, supervisors, principals and           this is aimed at reducing the number of
trict to follow up the functioning of the      age of specialists as soon as possible.          government cannot boast of              Sources explained the teachers and              educational district directors to use            complaints or objections submitted to
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation              Dr Al-Sayer stressed the need to shorten      any achievement and most of           administrative staff should have com-             social networking sites.                         the ministry.
Hospital, Badriya Al-Ahmad Center for          the wait time of patients, in order to pro-      its members were appointed
Chemotherapy          and    Stem      Cell    vide the needed service, as well as the          through the use of influence.                                                                                                            a global downturn have since sent
Transplantation, Hussain Makki Juma            need of the presence of senior officials at         Meanwhile, MP Waleed               Why is Iraq                                       agricultural resources. It should gain
                                                                                                                                                                                        strength rather than drag the people into        investors scurrying to their traditional
Centre of Oncology and Yaqoub                  the hospitals at all times, Al-Wadaani said.     Al-Tabtabaei is of the view                                                             issues that may divide the nation.               safe haven — US Treasuries — whose
Behbehani Center for Laboratories and             During his visitation, Al-Sayer was           that the government is suffer-                       Continued from Page 1                 On the other hand, Kuwait should not          prices have risen each day this week.
                                                                                                ing from bad planning as is                                                                                                                 In a blog post, Joseph Nye, a Harvard
Transplants.                                   briefed on the quality of services provided      evident in its failure to imple-
                                                                                                                                                                                        agree on the formation of any Iraqi com-
   During his inspection tour, Al-Sayer dis-   by the different centers and hospitals, and                                            Kuwait was part of Iraq; thereby, violat-         mittee, because they are not the Security        University professor, argued that US
                                                                                                ment its development proj-            ing all previous agreements and disre-            Council or the UN. It should not compro-         domestic problems are soluble and that
cussed on Wednesday with officials of the      stressed to improve the quality of health        ects. “If the government can
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation           services across the country.                                                           garding good neighborly relations. After          mise the rights of Kuwaitis, including the       perceptions of American decline, particu-
                                                                                                find ways to admit the stu-           that the Ba’ath Party rose to power, fol-         compensation, archive and other pending          larly vis-a-vis China, are exaggerated.
Hospital the best ways to improve the             Furthermore, Dr Ahmad Al-Awadhi               dents in the second semester,         lowed by Iraq’s recognition of the inde-          issues. We should learn from the experi-            Nye said the symbiotic nature of the
level of medical services provided by the      from Hussain Makki Juma Center of                why not do it now? Why                pendence of Kuwait on 14 Oct 1963 and             ence of Hitler, who ‘burnt’ the Jews in          relationship meant Beijing could not realis-
hospital for the patients, and to overcome     Oncology said that the Minister called the       leave the students hanging in         Iraq respected the approved borders               1945. Until now, Germany is still paying         tically hold Washington hostage by selling
all the difficulties.                          technical department of the center to reha-      the balance for half of the           according to the 1932 agreement.                  compensation for the damages caused by           dollars or ceasing to buy US securities.
   The hospitals’ director Dr Dalal Al-        bilitate the first and second wards of the       academic year? It is better to           A huge disaster however, occurred on           Hitler. Iraq is also required to do the             “If it dumped its dollars, China would
                                                                                                give them seats at the univer-                                                                                                           bring the United States to its knees, but
Wadaani told Kuwait News Agency on the         old cancer center as soon as possible.           sity now rather than making
                                                                                                                                      2nd Aug 1990, when Iraq occupied                  same. Iraq is a rich country and it should
                                                                                                                                      Kuwait. At the time, Saddam Hussein               deal wisely with its neighbors.                  might also bring itself to its ankles,” Nye
                                                                                                them wait for one semester,”          appeared on a foreign television channel,             Email:                wrote. “The situation, analogous to the Cold
                                                                                                he suggested.                         bragging that he had done something the                                                            War’s balance of terror, where the price of
                                                                                                   MP Hussein Al-Huraiti                                                                                                                 aggression was the inevitable destruction of
                                                                                                says the government’s failure
                                                                                                                                      previous Iraqi presidents have failed to
                                                                                                                                      do. He was speaking like a gang leader,           Waning powers                                    both sides, has both sides eager to maintain
                                                                                                to address the admissions             not the president of a state.                                                                      the balance of interdependence.”
                                                                                                problem at the university only           The borders issue was finalized through                       Continued from Page 1                However China’s elites privately assess
                                                                                                entails lack of cooperation           Security Council resolution number 833                                                             the situation, its state media could not resist
                                                                                                with       the     Ministry      of   dated 27th May 1993, but Iraq did not                                                              scolding the United States for the down-
                                                                                                Education         and       Higher                                                         Kennedy, a Yale University historian
                                                                                                                                      acknowledge the resolution until its forces       whose 1988 analysis “The Rise and Fall           grade, saying it was caused by US military
                                                                                                Education. He urged the pre-          were established on the Kuwaiti borders in                                                         over-reach — a view that dovetails with
                                                                                                mier to look into the issue,                                                            of Great Powers” suggested a relative
                                                                                                                                      1994 when Iraq was ‘betting’ on the solidar-      erosion in US power.                             China’s desire to see US influence in Asia
                                                                                                find appropriate solutions and        ity of the international community. When                                                           retreat and its own spread.
                                                                                                prevent its recurrence in the                                                              “As long as it ... cannot get its fiscal
                                                                                                                                      Iraq felt an attack was brewing against it, its   house in order, it’s going to be a crippled         “Since the collapse of the Soviet Union,
                                                                                                future.                               government retreated and accepted resolu-                                                          the United States, as the world’s sole super-
                                                                                                   Meanwhile, the Cabinet                                                               sort of giant,” he added.
                                                                                                                                      tion number 833, which was approved by               However, James Dobbins, a former              power, has relied on its powerful military
                                                                                                has extended the grace period         the Iraqi People’s Council and published in                                                        to meddle everywhere in international
                                                                                                for public utilities to stay in                                                         American diplomat now at the Rand
                                                                                                                                      the official gazette after being signed by        Corporation, said any tarnishing of the          affairs, advancing hegemony, and paying
                                                                                                their current locations in            Saddam Hussein.                                                                                    no heed to whether the economy can sup-
                                                                                                Shuwaikh until 2013, reports                                                            US reputation was likely to be transitory.
                                                                                                                                         After all, any Iraqi official, who wants          “It has some short-term effect,” he said.     port this,” said a commentary on the
                                                                                                Al-Shahed daily quoting               to be popular among the Iraqis, denies the                                                         Xinhua news agency, noting the cost of the
                                                                                                sources.                                                                                “The longer term will depend more on fun-
                                                                                                                                      border resolution, besides criticizes com-        damentals, whether the economy does go           US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
                                                                                                   Sources confirmed the public       pensation Iraq has been paying and the                                                                US President Barack Obama has
                                                                                                utilities will be asked to aban-                                                        into some sort of nose-dive or not, rather
                                                                                                                                      Mubarak Al-Kabeer port. It seems that             than the more effervescent impact of a par-      moved to limit American commitments
                                                                                                don their current locations after     they have forgotten or pretend to have                                                             abroad, scaling down American troops in
                                                                                                the deadline in line with the rec-                                                      ticular political confrontation.”
                                                                                                                                      forgotten that Bubiyan Island is part of             “Anybody looking at the United States         Iraq and Afghanistan and seeking to con-
                                                                                                ommendation of the Public             Kuwaiti territory. Iraq has no right to                                                            strain the US role in the air campaign
                                                                                                Services Committee. Sources                                                             today would have to say, ‘Well, compared to
                                                                                                                                      form a committee to study the port proj-          what?’ Britain is burning. Europe is in the      against embattled Libyan leader
                                                                                                said the committee deems it           ect, because this is illegal and an outright                                                       Muammar Gaddafi. American defense
                                                                                                beneficial for the country if the                                                       middle of a financial crisis that is consider-
                                                                                                                                      interference in the internal affairs of           ably more serious than the American. Japan       and security budgets, which have surged
                                                                                                plots occupied by the public          Kuwait. Actually, the problem is avoiding                                                          in the last decade and remain by far the
                                                                                                utilities are offered for sale with                                                     has been in a stagnant situation for consid-
                                                                                                                                      the use of stern language in order not to         erably more than a decade,” he added.            world’s largest, are tightening as
                                                                                                estimated revenues of KD 50           provoke the other party. We tried this tac-                                                        Washington grapples with US deficits.
                                                                                                million. Sources added several                                                             By conventional metrics, the United
                                                                                                                                      tic before but failed because Iraqis invad-       States remains an overwhelming power                State     Department        spokeswoman
                                                                                                authorities and public utilities      ed Kuwait within two hours, so what is                                                             Victoria Nuland rejected the idea that the
                                                                                                still occupy plots in North                                                             despite the rise of China and India.
                                                                                                                                      the use of taking the same step?                     In a book published this year, Dobbins        S&P downgrade had any meaningful
                                                                                                Shuwaikh even if they have               Iraq will not rest unless it has ‘exported’                                                     effect on US foreign policy or reflected
                                                                                                branches or offices in other                                                            made the case that the United States
                                                                                                                                      its internal problems to us, because it can-      reached the zenith of its power in 1945,         an America in decline.
                                                                                                areas.                                not disregard an international resolution                                                             “The United States is still the country
                                                                                                                                                                                        when it produced and consumed half of the
                                                                                                                                      that it has accepted. I remember now those        world’s wealth and had a monopoly on             that the world looks to for global leader-
                                                                                                                                      who tried to help Iraq get out of the             nuclear weapons.                                 ship,” she said. “When a fragile democra-
                                                                                                                                      Seventh Chapter and those who moved to                                                             cy needs support, who do they call?
                                                                                                                                      serve their personal interests, not that of                         Slipped                        “They call the United States, and the
                                                                                                                                      Kuwait. We suffered the painful attacks by           By 1970, its share of global GDP had          United States tries to pull together an
                                                                                                                                      Iraq and our wounds are still bleeding. We        slipped to one quarter, where it has largely     international coalition of support. When
                                                                                                                                      are not calling for war. We want to live in       stayed, and there were four other nuclear        there’s a famine in Africa, who is the
                                                                                                                                      peace, so the Iraqi government should             powers, two of them hostile, he argued.          largest donor? It’s still the United States.”
                                                                                                                                      exert efforts to arrange internal matters and        “Economically, the United States has             Her comments echoed Obama’s blunt
                                                                                                                                      co-exist peacefully with its neighbors,           held its place since then, with almost no        response to the US stock market nosedive
                                                                                                                                      instead of instigating conflicts.                 change in its proportion of global GDP,”         the Monday after S&P’s downgrade.
                                                                                                                                         Iraq was destroyed because of the wars         Dobbins wrote. “Militarily, its relative            “Markets will rise and fall, but this is
                                                                                                                                      it experienced from 1980 to 2003. It is           advantage over the rest of the world has         the United States of America,” he said.
                                                                                                                                      now time to rest and transform the coun-          grown, not diminished.”                          “No matter what some agency may say,
                                                                                                                                      try into a tourist destination, taking               One of the ironies of the S&P down-           we have always been and always will be
          Do you want know more?                                                     Al-Barrak                  advantage of its natural, industrial and          grade on Friday was that renewed fears of        a triple-A country.”

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