Sunday, June 26, 2016

Kuwait Sues International Olympic Committee for $1 Billion

KUWAIT, June 22 (KUNA) -- Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Sheikh Salman Al-Humoud Al-Sabah said the State of Kuwait is taking the International Olympic Committee to the Swiss courts for damages amounting to USD one billion as a result of the IOC unjustifiable decision to suspend Kuwait Olympic Committee (KOC).
It's totally unacceptable that Kuwait is treated with this unfair way and is barred from international sports activities without conducting an appropriate probe," the minister said in reference to the decision made by the IOC Executive Board (EB) in late October, 2015.
Sheikh Salman made the press remarks on the sidelines of a "Ghabqa" (Ramadan dinner banquet) held at the Public Authority for Sports Affairs on Wednesday night.
From the very beginning, Kuwait did its utmost to prevent the OIC EB decision and showed a sincere desire to cooperate, but all to no avail. We sent a UN-sponsored delegation to Geneva to explain to the world sports body that the Kuwaiti government intervenes by no means in the sports activities.
However, we were put in an embarrassing situation in the eyes of the international sports circles and looked as if we were outlaws," he complained.
Regarding the stances of KOC and Kuwait Football Association (KFA) towards the decision, Sheikh Salman regretted that the two bodies "called for the suspension and were happy of it." "It is strange that the KOC and KFA officials, who rose to eminence only through the support of the Kuwaiti government and who are supposed to represent us, revealed documents only after the ICO EB made their decision," he wondered.
The minister expressed hope that the amendments, recently introduced by National Assembly to the sports laws, will prepare the ground for creating common vision for the development of the sports activities in a more orderly way.
The complaints from inside Kuwait led to unprecedented and unfair decisions by the international sports bodies without any respect for the status of Kuwait, he went on.
Sheikh Salman reaffirmed that the Kuwaiti sports regulations ban any government interventions in the administrative and technical affairs of the local sports bodies. "There is only positive intervention in the form of support and backing for the sports bodies meant to promote the Olympic movement," he made clear.
Looking ahead, we stress the need for a common stance and cooperation involving all concerned parties without excluding anybody. All of us have to put the interests of Kuwait above any other considerations, spare no effort to promote sports and bring back the youth to the international sports events," he concluded.

LWDLIK - Well that's one way of dealing with it. Good luck Kuwait, be great to see them back in.

Friday, June 24, 2016

And We're Out! Bye Bye EU Silly Laws.

Glad to see the pound rising again I have no doubt the low pound will encourage plenty of tourists to come and spend this summer. I am a firm believer that we should make our own laws and steer our own ship. 

Go Britain!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

International Yoga Day Event

The event will be held from 0600 hours on 24 June 2016 (Friday). Partners for this event are ‘Art of Living’, ‘Sahaj Marg’, ‘Artistic Yoga’, ‘Harmony House’, ‘Sevadarshan’ and ‘AMMA’ Kuwait, all based in Kuwait. Various Yoga asanas will be performed, followed by Pranayam and Meditation session as per Common Yoga Protocol. 

To register [link].

Water Sports For Kids

When Wine Was Free on Kuwait Airways 1972

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Horrendous Dog Massacre at Security Company Based in Kuwait

This has been all over the social media all morning and was really upsetting and disturbing. Happy to see a lawyer is already on the case and the environment police and municipality are involved and have also filed cases.

There are 91 dogs still at the premises and KARU Q8 are working on ensuring their safety. 

A huge thank you to all those people who were involved in bringing this to light and following through with a case against the company.

Kuwait Animal Rescue Unit Q8 can be found on Instagram KARUQ8 if you wish to follow their progress.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Gergayan Parties

Come celebrate Gergayan in a fun and kid-friendly environment at The Promenade, Hawally from 19 – 21 June. 

Activities each night include:

“Hababa” storytelling – 8:30pm and 9:30pm at PCC

Puppet Shows – 9:00pm and 10:00pm at PCC

Ice Skating Demonstrations – 9:30pm and 10:30pm at Promenade Ice

Prizes will be given to the best dressed children in Kuwaiti costume!

 - There will be a gergayan party at the Scientific Center this coming Saturday, 18th at 9pm. 

Check back for more updates on other gergayan parties.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Gergayan ou Girgian

Gergayan, which is the second week of Ramadan, when the kids dress up in adorable Arabic outfits and go house to house for treats (not unlike Halloween). It can be spelled in several different ways thus making it very difficult to Google :O) So I thought I'd give you a run down. 

First step is to find an outfit for your little one there are many places to find them here are just a few:

1. Awqaf Complex next to Centrepoint, Murgab

2. Souq Mubarikiya near the playground

3. Baboona  also at Baroue, Avenues

4. Souq Safat upstairs

5. City Centre, Salmiya

6. Seham's Studio (Instagram)

7. Peekaboo Kids Kaftans (Instagram)

8. Mishref Co-op

Boys outfits are usually a white dishdasha and colourful waistcoat and girls wear vibrant arabesque dresses/outfits. Most important is the bag to hold their sweety stash in. 

In cooler months it is quite common to see kids going house-to-house in Kuwaiti areas, they sing a little song and hopefuly will be rewarded with sweets, nuts and a few hundred fils coins. Last year my daughter and cousins were rewarded with ice creams and cold water which was much appreciated as it was so hot. Some parents even go a step further and hire a donkey/horse and cart to take the kids around the neighbourhood reminiscent of their own childhoods. 

The gergayan song.

Some of the malls put on gergayan events so look out for their schedules. 

This year, as the weather will be unbearably hot outside, my mother-in-law will have a smallish gergayan party at her house and the adults will throw huge baskets of sweets in the air for the kids to scramble on the floor for. Everyone gets involved even the maids are ready with their bags.

Top tip buy an outfit NOT scatchy or you'll never get your kid in it. Or try a cotton T underneath.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Women's Football Tournament 2016 Sponsored by Burgan Bank

Burgan Bank is pleased to invite you to attend the Women’s Football Tournament 2016 at Spowers Soccer Fields in Khaldiya from 12 to 24 June, 2016. Stay tuned on Instagram to get the latest updates.

Wise Will

Saturday, June 4, 2016

RIP Muhammad Ali - An Inspiration To All

'Champions aren't made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them: a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.' - Ali said this prior to a fight against George Foreman in 1974.
'At home I am a nice guy: but I don't want the world to know. Humble people, I've found, don't get very far.'    
'If you even dream of beating me, you better wake up and apologize.' 
'My way of joking is to tell the truth. That's the funniest joke in the world.' 
'I am America. I am the part you won't recognize. But get used to me. Black, confident, cocky, my name not yours. My religion, not yours; my goals, my own; get used to me.' - Ali said this in 1970 when he was convicted of draft evasion. 
'The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses—behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.'
'He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.'
'It's lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.'
'Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee.'

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The Miraculous Golden Paste - Tumeric, Olive Oil and Black Pepper

Turmeric benefits are many BUT to fully UNLOCK turmeric’s powerful healing potential you NEED to understand a few things.
We suggest you BEGIN by reading these 3 articles FIRST to fully understand Turmeric uses and it’s benefits (click on the links below to take you to each web page).

Once you’ve read these 3 articles it’s time to move onto these articles to get you started:

LWDLIK - Tried and tested and well impressed.

The Kuwaiti Women Philanthropic Team