Don’t Park Illegally!

Post by Mark

I’ve asked a few people and it seems the video above is current but don’t take my word for it. Lifting a car with a forklift is a pretty extreme move considering the cars would most likely get dented or scratched. In any case, I’d avoid parking illegally for the next few weeks until the cops go back to their usual routine.

I also got the screenshot below supposedly showing the new fines for breaking the law. I doubt its real though since there are a bunch of spelling mistakes and translation errors, but then again, that could also mean its authentic. If it’s true then those new speeding fines are gonna make me go broke. UPDATE: It’s false!

notreal

Thanks Holla


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Baladia Confirms Rat in Supermarket Video

Post by Mark

The other day I shared a video that was circulating of a rat at a local supermarket. In an interesting and unprecedented move, the baladia have gone and confirmed the incident in the viral video. BUT, they didn’t mention the supermarkets name!

البلدية: تؤكد صحة الفيديو المتداول عبر وسائل التواصل الاجتماعي

If the incident did happen and the supermarket violated health codes shouldn’t the public be made aware of what supermarket this is? [Link]

Thanks Forzaq8

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Things to do in Kuwait this Weekend

Post by Mark

battle

The Battle Fitness Festival takes place this weekend and in addition to Crossfit they’ve added a 5K obstacle course this year. The Battle Fitness Festival is one of the most recognized and respected crossfit events in the Middle East and over 200 athletes will be taking part this year. It’s really a world class event bringing in competitors from around the world and creating a fantastic show for everyone in Kuwait to take part in and to watch. I definitely recommend checking it out. Other than that, check out the full list of this weekends events below:

Thursday
Kuwait Open 9-Ball Championship
Exhibition: Ain’t Nowhere to Hide
Wamda Mix n’ Mentor

Friday
Kuwait Open 9-Ball Championship
The Battle Fitness Festival
Tai Chi in the Park
Hatha Yoga with Rosie
Good Game: Magic – The Gathering
Salwa’ Walk and Socialize Meetup
Kuwait City Jam

Saturday
Kuwait Open 9-Ball Championship
The Battle Fitness Festival
Khalik Riadi 5K Fun Run
Yoga with the 3 (Workshop and Yoga Session)
Q8 Books Literary Nights
Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed Cultural Center Fireworks Show
Gardening at The Secret Garden
THIS / Poetry & Short Film

If you’d like to share an event on the blog [Email Me]
For a full list of upcoming events click [Here]

Sometimes events get canceled or have details changed so always double check with the organizers.


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Movies Now Showing in Kuwait

Post by Mark

The movies below are now showing at Cinescape and Grand Cinemas:

New This Week:
American Pastoral (6.2) ♦
Doctor Strange (8.0)
Kill Kane (3.9)
Space Dogs Adventure to the Moon (5.2)
The Great Gilly Hopkins (6.6)

Other Movies Showing:
Deepwater Horizon (7.2)
Inferno (7.1) ♦
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (7.4) ★
Keeping Up with the Joneses (5.4)
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (7.2)
Ouija: Origin of Evil (6.8)
Storks (7.1)
The Accountant (7.8) ★
Under the Shadow (7.5)

Numbers in brackets refer to the IMDB rating at time of publishing.
★ is for movies I’m interested in. ♦ implies movie might contain censorship.


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Kuwait Law: Termination Indemnity/End of Service Benefits

Post by Fajer Ahmed

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I am writing this in the simplest terms possible (and not in legal jargon) because I want to make the law simple and understandable by all.

Here is a simple guide to calculating your termination indemnity (for private sector employees):

Payment Method

Who terminated the contract

Years Worked

Days Paid

monthly

you were terminated

Less than 5 years

15 days per year

monthly

you were terminated

more than 5 years

one month per year

monthly

you terminated the contract

3 to 5 years

1/2 of 15 days per year

monthly

you terminated the contract

5 to 10 years

2/3 of one month per year

monthly

you terminated the contract

more than 10 years

one month per year

daily or weekly

you were terminated

Less than 5 years

10 days per year

daily or weekly

you were terminated

more than 5 years

15 days per year

daily or weekly

you terminated the contract

3 to 5 years

1/2 of 10 days per year

daily or weekly

you terminated the contract

5 to 10 years

2/3 of 15 days per year

daily or weekly

you terminated the contract

more than 10 years

15 days per year

Please note the following:

– You are being paid by days. Your end of service is an x amount of working days. So it is important how to calculate how much your day is worth. For those paid on a monthly basis you divide your salary by 26 even if you only work 20 days a month (unless your policies and regulations at work are different, giving you less working days a month)

– If you are Kuwaiti, you still deserve end of service benefits, but your social security amounts accured towards your company will be deducted.

– You have one year since the day you leave work to ask for your end of service benefits.

– If you are ending the contract then I am assuming you have an indefinite contract

If you are having any issues with your employer, please email me ask@fajerthelawyer.com. I have made a promise to myself to personally get back to everyone within 24 hours (unless it is the weekend)!

Post by Fajer Ahmed – Legal Counsel
The legal opinions expressed in this post are those of the author Fajer. Opinions expressed by Mark or any other writer on 248am.com are those of the individual’s and in no way reflect Fajer’s opinion.


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Truefitt & Hill Barbershop Now Open

Post by Mark

truefitt

Truefitt & Hill is the oldest barbershop in the world established back in 1805 in London, and they recently opened their first location in the Middle East at Symphony Mall. Their prices surprisingly are fairly reasonable, similar to other local barbershops with a haircut costing KD10 and a shave KD5. For some reason I was expecting them to charge a lot more since in London a shave costs around KD12 and a haircut around KD20. Thats double the price of Kuwait.

Their phone number is 25770770 and they’re on instagram @truefittandhillkuwait


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Internet Will Be Slow Until November 6th

Post by Mark

Minister of Communications said Tuesday GBI company would be carrying out maintenance to the underwater internet cable in the Arabian Sea on November 2-6, which would affect internet service in Kuwait and GCC countries.

The ministry, in a brief statement, urged local internet providers in Kuwait to seek alternative international cables during the maintenance period to prevent slow service. [Source]

Just an FYI in case your internet provider starts blaming sharks again.


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Hermanos Kitchen – Filipino Asian Restaurant

Post by Mark

hermanos1

A couple of weeks back I was driving in Salmiya when I got stuck in a bit of inside road traffic. While waiting for it to clear up I spotted a small hole in the wall restaurant next to me called Hermanos Kitchen. So I looked for it on instagram to see what the place was and it turned out to be a Filipino restaurant. It looked like a nice place so yesterday I decided to pass by and try it out.

hermanos2

Hermanos has only been open for a few of months now and so is still fairly new. The interior is small with around 6 tables and looked good for a hole in the wall. They had a Westlife concert playing on the television which is actually exactly what I would have expected at a Filipino restaurant. The menu was hand written on the wall and I couldn’t understand any of it. I had’t really had any Filipino cuisine previously and so had no idea what all the items were. It was one of those occasions where I wished the menu had pictures alongside the dish names or at least a description in English.

hermanos3

The waiter tried his best to explain and recommend dishes and I ended up ordering three of them, the Astig Na Chicken BBQ, Fish Be Wit U and the Manoy Bikol Express. Also ordered an A&W Root Beer Float!

hermanos4

From the three dishes I ended up liking only the chicken BBQ, but the other two I actually wouldn’t have ordered if I knew exactly what they were since they contained ingredients I generally don’t like. My favorite thing though obviously had to be the A&W Root Beer float, hadn’t had that since A&W shutdown over a decade ago.

There a lot of different Filipino restaurants in Kuwait but this one just seems like the nicest one. The prices are pretty good with my bill coming out to around KD7. I just wish it was more non-Filipino friendly, an English menu would have made things much more easier. If I do go back it would definitely have to be with an Asian a Filipino friend which I just realized, I don’t think I have.

Check out Hermanos Kitchen on instagram under the account @hermanoskitchen and on Facebook [Here]. They’re located in Salmiya behind Johnny Rockets [Google Maps]


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Rat Caught on Video at a Local Supermarket

Post by Mark

According to my lawyer I can’t mention the name of the supermarket. I also had to mute out the audio in the video since the guy recording mentions the name so I replaced the audio with music that sounds like something out of a Nintendo game.

On a side note is it bad that I am more upset with the fact that I can no longer find Haribo gummy bears, Dove Men+Care Antiperspirant or Sensodyne Extra Fresh Toothpaste at the branch I frequent more than I care about this rat?

Also just got the following response from the supermarket:

Hello Mark,
****** is aware of what is being circulated and is investigating it, as ****** takes pest control very seriously and deals with the best and most reliable pest control companies in Kuwait, making sure all hygiene standard are exceeded. Our Operations team, in coordination with our Pest company, has done a full and detailed check of the store and no issues were found till date. (Noting that Prior to the video being circulated in a day, the store had gone through the normal scheduled deep clean exercise with no issues found)

rat


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Watch Yesterdays Opening of the Cultural Centre

Post by Mark

If you missed the opening event of the Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre yesterday, you can now watch it on YouTube. It’s 2 hours long and features dancing, comedy and music including a performance by Andrea Bocelli.

andrea

Sadly it’s not in HD and the aspect ratio of the video is squished hence why Bocelli looks really skinny in the picture above (come on KTV, get your act together). If you want to skip to the Andrea Bocelli part, his performance starts at the 1 hour 43 minute mark. [YouTube]


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