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									                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ARAB TIMES, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2011


                                                   Legal Eagle

                                                                                                 Lawyer’s profession a noble service: Hafiz

‘Expats suffer due to lack of legal assistance’BA in political science.                       years ago, the firm has grown in busi-       beings, who were suffering in jails for        tape and so on make deliver of justice        rich country. ‘There is no question of
          By Valiya S. Sajjad
            Arab Times Staff                      He is thankful to his mentor in             ness. There are many legal experts,          no fault of theirs.                            difficult in India.                           resource crunches here,’ says
                                               Kuwait for placing faith in him, and           mostly from Egypt, who are now                 Several people call him from India,             However, he has faith in the judici-       Shanawaz, and that adds an element of
S   hanawaz Hafiz is a young lawyer
    who began practice in Kuwait just a
couple of years ago. He has gained
                                               allowing him to handle complex cases.
                                               He has gained an insight into nuances
                                               of Kuwait’s legal system. He has
                                                                                              working with him, and he is benefiting
                                                                                              a lot from their knowledge and experi-
                                                                                              ence. Shanawaz mostly handles cases
                                                                                                                                           thanking him for the help he gave
                                                                                                                                           them. ‘This is the true reward we seek.
                                                                                                                                           When we come to know that we have
                                                                                                                                                                                          ary of his country. ‘When it is a nation
                                                                                                                                                                                          of a billion people there is bound to be
                                                                                                                                                                                          resource crunches, which could lead to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        efficiency to the whole process of law.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ‘Yes, there are areas that need improve-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ments, but then there is no justice sys-
much insight into Kuwait law under             helped several compatriots and other           of Indians.                                  been a cause of happiness in some-             delays in verdicts. However, the judici-      tem in the world that is perfect.’
Tarek & Abeed Legal Services. He               expatriates in issues related to release          There are a lot of expatriates who        one’s life, the pains you take to help         ary is evolving and amendments are                His services are being increasingly
brings a couple of years’ experience           and passport. He has seen a couple of          suffer in Kuwait because of lack of          bring justice to an innocent man really        being made.’                                  appreciated by expatriates and the
from India.                                    dud cheque cases, which is a serious           legal assistance and ignorance of law,       pays off.’                                        Shanawaz thinks that movements             firm’s clientele has been growing
   Shanawaz finished his graduation in         offence in Kuwait. “People also come           says Shanawaz.                                 Shanawaz thinks that he was not              like that of Anna Hazare will expedite        steadily. On an average, the firm opens
law from Karnataka and enrolled in a           for signing company contracts,”                   Shanawaz considers his profession         able to do so much service while in            changes in the system for greater jus-        four to five cases a day. The foreign
district court to practice in Kerala. He       Shanawaz notes.                                is a noble service because he has been       India. He had his limitations: egoistic        tice.                                         embassies have also recognized the
pursued law after completing doing a              Since Shanawaz joined the firm four         able to help a lot of fellow human           bosses, complex legal formalities, red            Kuwait is a small country, and is a        importance of the law firm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Alternative Medicine

                                                                                                                                                                                                               Another side to the story

                                                                                                                                                                                              Fat good for us,
                                                                                                                                                                                              say diet experts
                                                                                                                                                                                                         By Mia Ponzo                   over again that the fat on meat,
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Special to the Arab Times            chicken skin, and other fatty por-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        tions of the animals we eat are not
                                                                                                                                                                                              KUWAIT CITY, Sept 14: When                good for us and will cause a vari-
                                                                                                                                                                                              we talk about eating more natural-        ety of diseases.
                                                                                                                                                                                              ly and cutting out high and refined          Well… while I’m sure the peo-
                                                                                                                                                                                              carbohydrates from the diet, there        ple who started that concept had
                                                                                                                                                                                              is another side to the story that is      entirely good intentions, sorry to
                                                                                                                                                                                              important that many people don’t          say it, but they were wrong.
                                                                                                                                                                                              talk about. We began to touch on          Animal fat is not only acceptable
                                                                                                                                                                                              this last week. It’s what many diet       to eat, but is actually good for us
                                                                                                                                                                                              experts are beginning to empha-           and we need it. Think about those
                                                                                                                                                                                              size and what has been actually           Eskimos and other tribes around
                                                                                                                                                                                              practiced for literally thousands of      the world that traditionally eat
                                                                                                                                                                                              years, but has fallen out of fashion      almost entirely meat and fat.
                                                                                                                                                                                              for the past few decades since the        Those are the people who don’t
                                                                                                                                                                                              low fat craze became popular.             get sick, don’t get heart disease,
                                                                                                                                                                                                 I’m talking about fat. For years       don’t have vitamin deficiencies,
                                                                                                                                                                                              fat in food has been the nemesis of       don’t have high cholesterol, and
                                                                                                                                                                                              most people, particularly doctors.        more.
                                                                                                                                                                                              Not me though. I have always                 It’s only when those traditional
                                                                                                                                                                                              thought that fat had to be impor-         cultures start to blend their diets
                                                                                                                                                                                              tant. Since way before I ever             with outside cultures that eat more
                                                                                                                                                                                              understood why, in fact, since I          carbohydrates that the diseases
                                                                                                                                                                                              was a young child eating fat (but-        begin. Even in America (where
The prize distribution of the 2nd Draw of BEC’s Grand 2011 raffle was held on Sept 12, at the BEC Head Office in Mirqab. Richard Meredith, Senior Regional                                    ter, the charred fat around the edge
Director — Middle East — MoneyGram give away the prizes in the presence of E.D. Titus, Director & General Manager of BEC. A high level team from both                                                                                   people have been eating more car-
                                                                                                                                                                                              of steak, etc) was something I not        bohydrates traditionally), heart
                 companies, including Mahar, Farbes from MoneyGram and Jose Thomas & Paul Lewis from BEC also attended the function.                                                          only enjoyed, but it also made me         disease and other health ailments
                                                                                                                                                                                              feel healthier somehow. When I            only became a serious problem
                                         Statistical tests fail to confirm difference in crashes                                                                                              was an adolescent, fat fell from          after eating animal fats became
                                                                                                                                                                                              favor, and carbohydrates were in.         out of fashion and artificial and
                                                                                                                                                                                              If you wanted to be healthy, you

Driving restrictions may not save lives
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        refined fats became popular (think
                                                                                                                                                                                              had to eat a low fat diet (which my       margarine, corn oil, etc). When
                                                                                                                                                                                              mother, being a nurse and also            the people were eating all those
                                                                                                                                                                                              being perpetually on a diet, kind         highly saturated fats (like lard and
NEW YORK, Sept 14, (RTRS):                     and who they could have as a passen-           crash rates for 17- or 19-year olds.         just take them off the road, without               of enforced in our house). That is        tallow) their health was better.
Programs that keep young drivers from          ger (no more than one other teenager).            And statistical tests couldn’t confirm    necessarily improving behavior and                 exactly when my weight started to         Interesting isn’t it?
taking the wheel at night, or with a car       Now, every state has some degree of            any difference in crashes among all 16-      future driving, said Pinar Karaca-                 go up!
                                                                                                                                                                                                 What I didn’t know at the time            So, if people want to take good
full of teens, may reduce the risk of          graduated driver-licensing program.            to-19-year-olds combined, with or            Mandic, a health economist from the                                                          care of their health, going back to
fatal crashes in some drivers — but               To test their effect on all teen drivers,   without the driving policies, Masten         University of Minnesota.                           that scientific researchers and diet
                                                                                                                                                                                              experts now know, is that fat is          what is more natural is definitely
increase that risk in others.                  researchers led by Scott Masten from           and colleagues report in the Journal of         The new findings don’t mean that                                                          the first step that must be taken. I
   A study that compared death rates           the California Department of Motor             the American Medical Association.            graduated driver licensing programs                good for us. Not all fat, mind you.
                                                                                                                                                                                              But, there are many fats that are.        know it is difficult to change one’s
found fewer fatal crashes among 16-            Vehicles combined data on fatal crash-            Based on those findings, they calcu-      aren’t working, researchers empha-                                                           thoughts on eating, particularly
year-olds, but more among 18-year-             es in adolescents ages 16 to 19 between        lated that since 1996, graduated driving     sized. They just show there’s room for             Think of naturally occurring fats
                                                                                                                                                                                              first. The first fats you want to         when so-called “experts” are the
olds, when states had so-called gradu-         1986 and 2007.                                 licensing programs have been linked to       more research, and more policy tweak-                                                        ones giving you the information,
ated driver licensing programs in place.          On the whole, fewer teens died in car       1,348 fewer fatal crashes in 16-year-        ing.                                               think about are those that are not
                                                                                                                                                                                              processed, changed or enhanced            but this is what we must do if we
And there was no difference in fatal           crashes when stricter driving policies         old drivers and 1,086 more of those             “We definitely don’t want to scrap                                                        ever hope to turn our health issues
crashes among all teen drivers com-            were in place. With no driving restric-        deaths in 18-year-olds.                      these programs,” Masten told Reuters               in any way. What most people still
                                                                                                                                                                                              don’t know is that, if you wish to        around. People want to be healthy
bined under the programs.                      tions, about 47 of every 100,000 teens            Other studies generally haven’t           Health, adding that the findings are
   Teens “learn well and react well,”                                                         shown an uptick in crashes in older          also limited because they only include             be thin, you must, must, must eat         but they just don’t know how, and
                                               died in a car crash every year, on aver-                                                                                                                                                 are at the mercy of the “health
said Jean Shope, from the University of        age. With strict programs, including           teens under the licensing programs,          fatal crashes, not more minor acci-                fat!
Michigan Transportation Research                                                              researchers say — but that doesn’t           dents.                                                The main types of fats that are        professionals” who don’t know
                                               both nighttime driving and passenger                                                                                                                                                     themselves what to do when it
Institute. Figuring out the best way to        restrictions, that decreased to 30 in          mean it’s not a possible consequence.           Anne McCartt, from the Insurance                not refined, treated, have chemi-
start them driving, she told Reuters                                                             Shope, who was not involved in the        Institute for Highway Safety in                    cals added, or have changed their         comes to eating properly for good
                                               every 100,000 per year.                                                                                                                                                                  health.
Health, is “quite challenging. If we              When the researchers accounted for          new study, said that some experts have       Arlington, Virginia, and the author of a           entire composition are: butter
want teens to get driving experience           other factors, including how often peo-        wondered whether more young drivers          commentary on the new study, said that             (you know... that delicious creamy           What is not known by most
while they’re teens, we have to face the       ple drove in each state and in what sea-       will wait to get their licenses until they   national trends have generally shown a             fluffy stuff that comes directly          people (and doctors, too) is that
fact that they are teenagers and still         son car crashes occurred, they found           turn 18 to avoid restrictions that only      drop in teen crashes since restrictions            from milk cream, not that fake            the most stable cooking and bak-
have development issues going on.”             that 16-year-olds were 26 percent less         apply to younger teens.                      went into effect.                                  stuff that comes in tubs or squeeze       ing oils (to be used at high tem-
   Car crashes account for more than           likely to die in a crash when states had          Another possibility is that even teens       Previous studies have also suggested            bottles that goes by the name of          peratures) are the animal fats (and
one-third of deaths in US teens,               strict driving restrictions than when          who get a license earlier will have less     benefits from pushing back the age that            margarine, butter twin, or whatev-        some vegetable fats like palm and
according to the Centers for Disease           they had none.                                 experience driving alone and under           teens can get their license and requiring          er), olive and other naturally            coconut oils, which are also high-
Control and Prevention, and are the                                                           challenging conditions when they hit         supervised driving with an adult, she              pressed fruit, nut, or vegetable oils     ly saturated). So, going back to
leading cause of death for that age                              Likely                       18, said Dr. Motao Zhu, who studies          added.                                                                                       eating and cooking with rendered
                                                                                                                                                                                              (not those processed ones that we
group.                                           However, 18-year-olds — who no               traffic injuries at West Virginia               “I think these studies may help us              buy at the supermarket these days,        animal fats has got to be the wave
   Starting in 1996, states began putting      longer faced the restrictions — were 12        University.                                  identify ways to make teens even safer,            which are closer in chemical              of the future if we hope to keep
restrictions on drivers under 18, includ-      percent more likely to have a fatal               Researchers still need to tease out       but we’ve been doing a much better job             makeup to poison than food), and,         our health in check.
ing on what hours they could take the          crash.                                         whether driving restrictions help teens      than we used to,” McCartt told Reuters             finally, animal fat! Yes, I said it!         So, next week we are going to
wheel (not after midnight, for example)          There was no difference in fatal             drive more safely — or whether they          Health.                                            Animal fat!!!                             talk about how to render tallow
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Surprised                   (beef fat) for use in cooking and
                                               was introduced in April. This has allowed      been the introduction of the online appli-   Application Centre from an average of ten                                                    frying. Stay tuned!
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                                                                                                                                           all applications, excluding applications           bly reading this with a surprised
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Narcotics Anonymous: NA can help                                                                                                           ing your visa application are available on         son we don’t like it any more is          and more on Squidoo!
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                                                                                                                                           Visit Shiatsu Therapist: Come and
Treasure of talents: Piano music,                                                                                                          join visiting Shiatsu Master Therapist
vocal, theory of music lessons. Treasure                                                                                                   Vassilis Koulouris who will be visiting us     be a open format audition to see what new        The exhibition will be held at the Tilal
of talents (est 1992) invites for music les-                                                                                               from Greece from September 17-27th.            talent is on offer this season and then       Gallery.
sons at all levels (incl academic) by high-                                                                                                Please call 9967-2918 or e-mail on: han-       from 3 pm-6 pm everyone in attendance            Female Photographers Heba Al-
ly qualified European teachers, prepara-                                                                                                   lon to attend.              dives into the first rehearsal working on     Jad’aan, Duha Al Mutawa and Zainab
tion for int’l exam, competitions, concerts                                                                                                                                               the group numbers for the show. For more      Abdal from Sept 18-22, 2011.
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and yearly Treasure of Talents festivals.                                                                                                                                                 information and directions to the theatre
   Contact and info: 66549009, 66568600,                                                                                                   Kuwait Little Theatre auditions:               log on to the KLT website                     Fouzan from Sept 25-29, 2011.
25320427                                                                                                                                   Mad Musicals is coming back to the                                      The exhibition hours 10 am-2 pm and
              ❑       ❑        ❑                                                                                                           Kuwait Little Theatre for a 7th year!                                                        5:30 pm-9:30 pm.
                                                                                                                                           “Mad Musicals 7: Stage & Screen” will                       ❑         ❑       ❑
UK Embassy starts online visa:                                                                                                             be an energetic night for 30 numbers from      BAIA Carnival Day: The British                  Sept 20
The British Embassy in Kuwait processed        Ahmadi St Thomas Indian Orthodox Syrian Church is sponsoring the con-                       20+ Broadway and West End musicals             Academy of International Arts (BAIA)
55,779 visa applications for the UK in                                                                                                                                                                                                  AWARE diwaniya: “The AWARE
                                               struction of Mar Theodosius Memorial ward costing IRS. 75 lakhs for the                     PLUS – for the first time ever – will          organises Carnival Day on Sept 17, 2011       Center cordially invites you to its
2010. Of those, 48,481 were made by            Parumala St Gregorious International Cancer Center. Parish Trustee Simon                    include some classic numbers that have         at the BSK Campus from 10:00 – 13:00.         diwaniya presentation Tuesday September
Kuwaiti nationals. Kuwaiti nationals and       John P. handed over the first installment IRS. 15 lakhs draft for the construc-             only appeared in movie musicals or big            Registration on priority basis. Address:   20, 2011 entitled, “Returning to Hand
residents may apply for entry clearance in     tion to the hospital CEO Fr Alexander Kudarathil. Hospital official Ajay Paul               screen versions of the stage classics. If      BSK campus, Salwa Area 1, Street 1.           Skills and Fair Trade” by Lynn Whyte and
all categories at the Visa Application         Varghese, Medical Director Dr Alex Paul and parish representative Roy M.                    you are interested in getting involved then                                                  Janette Hermann
Centre in Kuwait City.                         Tharakan were present on the occasion. The 30-bed Mar Theodosius ward is                    you should be at The KLT on Saturday,            Sept 18                                        Lynn and Janette are two designers of
   New innovations have been introduced        fully dedicated to poor cancer patients and providing them with the best med-               Sept 17, ready to start at 2 pm. You need                                                    clothing, accessories and crafts. They
in 2011 improve the serviced offered to        ical care available free of any charge. St Gregorious International Cancer                  to bring nothing but yourself (and some        Photo Frenzy: Four exhibitions reflect-       design with the global woman of Kuwait
visa applicants. The first of these changes    Center aims at providing world class cancer treatment and palliative care in                friends to get involved with you if you        ing four different types of photography. A
was the new appointments system which                      Kerala and conducting advanced research in the field.                           like!). The first hour of the afternoon will   picture is worth a thousand words.                      Continued on Page 31

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