Saturday, 01 November 2014  -  08 Muharram 1436 H

No work permits renewal for yellow firm workers after completing four years

The Ministry of Labor will no longer renew work permits of foreigners working in firms that are in yellow category of Nitaqat if they have completed four or more years in the Kingdom.

Is there no solution to the housemaid problem?

Makkah Daily reported recently that the recruitment of a housemaid might soon cost about SR50,000.

Chewing gum that costs SR30,000

I wanted to buy some chewing gum while I was in Singapore so I stopped at a grocery store, but I was unable to find what I was looking for. I did not ask myself why a grocery does not sell chewing gum and proceeded to go to several other stores where I was told the same thing.

1,256 publishers from 59 countries to take part in the Sharjah International Book Fair

HUNDREDS of thousands of books will be on display at the 33rd edition of the Sharjah International Book Fair, with a rich parallel program that includes a large number of cultural and intellectual activities.

Pharaonic temple found under Egypt house

A group of men discovered a 3,400-year-old pharaonic temple from the reign of warrior king Thutmosis III under their house in a city south of Cairo, Egyptian officials said. Antiquities Minister Mamdouh Al-Damaty said the seven men made the find during an illegal excavation in Al-Badrashin, 40 kms (25 miles) from the capital.

Getting married at an early age – the bitter truth

MANY young girls are lured into getting married early thinking marriage is the key to eternal bliss and a way of freeing themselves from over-protective parents who constantly keep looking over their shoulders. But is getting married early as romantic as it seems?Many youngsters insist on getting married at an early age but then find themselves unable to bear the responsibilities that come with tying the knot.The children from such marriages pose additional challenges. Speaking to such women in Saudi Arabia, it seems they are far from finding the prince charming of their dreams.

Who takes the big share of marriage expenses?

THERE has been an increased demand to have an equitable distribution of marriage expenses among the couple.

New generation of Kurd fighters in Iraq - Peshmerga 2.0

AFTER a tough day battling extremists in northern Iraq, a group of young peshmerga fighters discuss English football results around a table littered with smartphones and drinks.

Australia’s angry birds swoop to protect young

EVERY year in spring, Australians are seen wearing bicycle helmets with spikes on top or caps that have images of eyes on their back. The colorful head gear is not a fashion statement. Instead, it protects wearers from the swooping magpie, a quintessentially Australian experience where the bird flies low, clacking its beak and sometimes drawing blood by pecking the head of a human victim.While Australian native animals such as the box jellyfish, funnel web spider and several snake species continue to top the world’s most deadly creature lists, the magpie also regularly hits the headlines.

Diving in the dark for treasured coal

Gripping a rubber hose between his teeth that will be his lifeline, Than Hlaing takes a last gulp of relatively untainted air before plunging into the murky gloom of the fast-flowing Yangon river in Myanmar’s main city.

Al-Hilal eyes long overdue third ACL title

Saudi Arabian giant Al-Hilal will bank on some fervent home support to overturn a 1-0 deficit against fledgling outfit Western Sydney Wanderers in the second-leg of the AFC Champions League (ACL) final Saturday as it bids for a third title.Such success is long overdue for a team that was voted Asian’s club of the century in 2009 and whose attendances dwarf those of other teams in this year’s competition.

Who will confront the brainwashed?

An internal inquiry has determined that Mumtaz Qadri imprisoned for murder in Pakistan’s high security Adiala prison in Rawalpindi incited Muhammad Yousuf, a prison guard, to shoot Muhammad Asghar a

No need for VIP cars on Riyadh Metro

With regard to the article “Final designs for Riyadh Metro Line 3 train unveiled” (Oct. 29)

Foreign fighters in Syria are ‘lost souls’

I am writing with regard to the article “Where have these fighters in Syria come from?” (Oct. 29).

Long-term expats are willing to invest in the Kingdom

I am writing with regard to the post “Saudi Arabia will always need expats” (Oct. 29).

Children of Saudi mothers have a right to citizenship

With regard to the article “Granting citizenship to the children of Saudi mothers will enrich our culture” (Oct. 29).

school shooting’ (Oct. 26)

It is the ease with which firearms are readily available in the US and the violence depicted every day from cartoons to action films on TV, which has brought about this curse.

‘Stop these preachers of hate!’ (Oct. 26)

The root causes of extremism need to be addressed. Where extreme wealth exists, with extreme power concentrated in very few hands, and where extreme poverty, injustice and inequity also exist, then

‘Saher is not enough’ (Oct. 26)

Saher is nothing more than another business, a money maker for those who collect the fines. It does nothing to make driving safer.

‘Just how bad is our airport?’ (Oct. 27)

Jeddah’s airport is good but the treatment by immigration staff is very bad. No one knows how to speak English. Immigration officers are very rude.

‘Dependents of expats can work without transferring Iqama: MoL’ (Oct. 24)

Why is the government one minute making all these rules and the next going back on them; it’s pure stupidity.

Israel reopens Al-Aqsa mosque

sraeli police deployed heavily around Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound as it reopened Friday for Muslim prayers after a rare closure during clashes over the killing of a Palestinian by

Bombs near Baghdad kill 15 people

A series of bomb attacks struck marketplaces near Baghdad on Friday, killing at least 15 people.

Strikes fail to stem foreign fighters flow

Foreign fighters continue pouring into Syria at a rate of more than 1,000 a month, a pace that has not changed despite the US-led air campaign against the self-proclaimed Islamic State militant.

2 held for plotting attacks in Morocco

Morocco said Thursday it has arrested two miltants who were planning to attack banks and multinational companies in the North African country and in France.

Peshmerga leave ‘without paying bill’

They came, they saw and they left, purportedly, without paying the bill. Amid confusion over the plans of the Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters set to cross from Turkey to fight militants in Kobane,

‘Egypt has right to build Gaza buffer zone’

Egypt has the right to use a Gaza buffer zone to boost its security, but should also be concerned about the impact on local communities, the United States said Thursday.

Avoid dangerous herbal medicines

THE popularity of herbal medicine is increasing across the Kingdom with people opting for this mode of treatment due

India political dynasty flounders 30 years after Gandhi killing

WHEN Indira Gandhi was gunned down by her bodyguards on Oct. 31, 1984, the instant elevation of her son Rajiv to the

As insurgency burns - Revival of Thai south script points way to peace

A high-pitched chorus pours out from a Muslim nursery school in Thailand’s insurgency-battered south.

Cosmopolitan new Afghan first lady backs French veil ban

AFGHANISTAN'S cosmopolitan new first lady has backed France’s controversial ban on the niqab.

Shelters fill up after Lanka mudslide

Sri Lankan authorities warned of more landslides at a tea plantation where a deadly torrent of mud swept away scores of homes this week, but residents said Friday there was no room left at the

Burkina president ousted from power

The head of Burkina Faso’s armed forces took power on Friday after President Blaise Compaore resigned amid mass demonstrations against an attempt to extend his 27-year rule in the West African

3 bombs rock north Nigeria bus station

hree bombs concealed in bags rocked a bus station in north Nigeria’s Gombe state during Friday morning rush hour, the latest in a series of attacks targeting commuters blamed on Boko Haram, police

Hong Kong activists mull Beijing visit

Hong Kong student protest leaders are considering visiting Beijing while it hosts a major Asian summit next week to press their demands for greater democratic reforms.

Outrage at Al-Aqsa closure goes viral

The outrage at the temporary closure of Al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam’s third holiest site, in Jerusalem on Thursday went viral on the social networking sites all over the Kingdom.

Penal action against 27 shops

The Ministry of Labor has started taking penal action against violators of its regulations in all the three phases of feminizing women accessory shops.

Foreigners can own 100% of projects

The head of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) said the Kingdom is the only country in the region that allows foreigners 100 percent ownership of their projects.

SR205,000 in penalties for 11 nurses

Acting Minister of Health Adel Fakeih has issued a directive that penalizes 11 Saudi nurses at King Faisal Hospital a combined SR205,000 for negligence.

Purefoods nails first win at GlobalPort’s expense

With Marc Pingris back in action, the Purefoods Star Hotshots came from behind to hack out an impressive 81-75 victory.

Daunting task for Aussies to save second Test

Australia was left with a daunting task to save the second Test and series after Younis Khan hit an epic double

Berdych makes ATP Finals

Tomas Berdych guaranteed his place at the season-ending World Tour Finals for the fifth straight year.

Gerrard casts doubt on Liverpool future

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says he could be forced to play for a different team next season if the club doesn’t

World-leading goal-machine quits at 44

Singapore great Aleksandar Duric bid farewell to one of football’s most extraordinary and prolific careers when he

Colsaerts on top

Big-hitting Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts fired a superb eight-under 64 Friday to take a one-shot lead after the second

Fate twists the Rumble legacies

In a reversal of roles, the outspoken Muhammad Ali won the “Rumble In The Jungle” 40 years ago but has become a

Fine Boys to meet Lance & 3rdy

Cellar dweller Fine Boys (FB) Rhinos bowled one of their most cohesive outings to defeat their five opponents as Mel

Hello Kitty success story

When she came to life in 1974, she was a kitty without a name, sitting sideways in blue overalls and a big red bow.

Aramco gets bids for 11 stadiums

Saudi Aramco has received bids from nine pre-selected groups for 11 stadiums it has been ordered by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah.

Riyadh: Number 10 in World Urban Transit Price Index

Riyadh is number 10 among the 60 most affordable cities in the world ranked in the Urban Transit Price Index.

New luxury car brands showcased at auto show

The undersecretary of the Ministry of Transport, Faisal Al-Zabin, inaugurated on Wednesday the 8th edition of Luxury

Sony's quarterly loss balloons

Sony's losses ballooned to 136 billion yen ($1.2 billion) last quarter as the Japanese electronics and entertainment

Saudi auto sales seen to slow down in 2H ’14

SAUDI Arabia’s auto market had a record first half sales this year, selling 412,921 vehicle during the first 6 months

It didn’t take long for the Israeli authorities to reopen Haram Al-Sharif after they had closed it down following the shooting of a Jewish activist. Apparently, Israel took seriously the warning by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas that the closure would be “a declaration of war”.