KUWAIT: Kuwait Fire Services Directorate's (KFSD) Public Relations and Media Department said five citizens were found after being lost at sea for over 10 hours and rescued back to shore in good health. Notably, the five citizens had headed out on jet skis, but were late in returning, which made their friends waiting ashore report them missing. Coastguard boats and choppers launched a search operation that lasted 10 hours before they finally found them on Um Al-Namel island where their jet skis got stuck in the mud due to low tide. Accordingly, marine fire squad manager Lt Col Bader Al-Kadem urged all sea-goers to notify the coastguard before they sail, out reporting on their destination and the time they expect to be back.

Sales licenses

Ministry of Commerce and Industry's Assistant Undersecretary for Commercial Supervision and Customer Protection Eid Al-Rasheedi stressed that due to the advent of Ramadan, his department would issue sales licenses in 48 hours instead of a week.

Social security

MP Rakan Al-Nisf hailed the efforts exerted by Minister of Social Affairs and Labor Hind Al-Subaih and her team in discovering forgeries in social security. "Such manipulations confirm that corruption is prevailing and need more persistent efforts to fight it," he said, noting that tackling the issue would help do justice to those who actually deserve social aid. Nisf also urged Subaih to exert more efforts to expose all officials and employees involved in the process regardless of any pressure to kill the investigation.

Project site

The Supreme Council for Planning And Development's secretariat general for follow up and predictions yesterday visited the environmental fuel project site, said secretary general Iman Al-Mutairi, noting that the visit included a meeting with the project manager Hashim Al-Refaei and a number of his assistants, where they reviewed the project's phases and challenges. Mutairi added that the project was one of the most significant ones in the second five-year development plan and that it would cost KD 4.6 billion and earn monthly revenues of $50 million.

Mutairi added that the project aims at developing Ahmadi and Mina Abdullah refineries and building new ones. "The project will provide around 1,200 job opportunities," she stressed, noting that it would also open new markets for Kuwaiti petrochemical products in the US and Europe.

Cleaning companies

Head of the environment committee at the Municipal Council Mane Al-Ajmi said the committee recommended putting into practice the recommendations made by the environment police concerning monitoring cleaning companies' handling of waste and cooperation with the Municipality. Ajmi explained that the recommendations included appointing an liaison officer from the municipality to link all municipality emergency teams with the environment police to provide them with the needed equipment.

By Meshaal Al-Enezi