You can see the tiny humans on the photo to get a bigger picture on just how large this billboard is, pun intended. LG officially entered the Guinness World Record for the largest billboard advertisement ever made. At the size of two football fields, LG is expecting 20 million people to see their ad.(Source)
A technician fearing for his life posted his story on reddit, it’s relating to a popular way of gulping a lot of money in Kuwait. Getting a contract for a big project and charging 300%+ it’s initial cost. This time however, someone died in the process due to this corrupted agreement. His story is below, it’s an interesting read.
“This one is a little long, but please be patient. I work for a maintenance contract company (private firm) in Kuwait Ports Authority, Shuwaikh. A few months ago the maintenance engineer of the port (Mr. A, government employee) came up with a proposal to “upgrade” the electrical panels at the port. The proposal was accepted and a tender was floated (KD 200,000) which was picked up by another maintenance company (Company A, another private firm) at the port. So Mr. A goes to company A and tells them that he will fulfill the tender agreement using his connections. He made an agreement that company A will get KD 30,000 just for being the front (doing nothing) and he be given the rest KD 170,000 for doing the up gradation work. Company A agrees. Mr. A then involved his relatives and makes a cheap quality panel and equips it at the port. The panel is such bad quality that soon after the installation many connected equipment catch fire. A technician working for company A who was helping in the installation gets killed during the installation process. He died because of the cheap quality of the panel as it has 0 safety features and the whole equipment is a death trap. His death was quickly covered up as an “accident”. The man who died was an immigrant so nobody higher up looked into the matter. Now, after the death of the employee company A backs out of helping in the installation process and Mr. A starts to harass other companies working inside the port to help finish the work. The other companies somehow managed to install it so it works. But it is still a death trap. My problem is, since ours is a maintenance company we will be required to do routine maintenance on the equipment in the future and more deaths will happen. What can I do so people higher up takes notice of this issue and bring in experts to investigate the matter. It’s corruption so vile that they are playing with people’s life just for money. And this is not politicians playing with people’s life, it’s a maintenance engineer (not that politicians are allowed to). I feel helpless as an immigrant myself with little connections. I urge you Kuwaitis to stand up to this issue and guide me on what I should/can do.”[Link]
I wonder if there’s a hotline in Kuwait for reporting corruption.
It was a matter of time till something this weird happens, the walkway is separated by a path where you stare at your mobile and bump with everyone else staring at their mobile, and a normal walkway. We need something similar to this in Kuwait, except mobile-only roads, not walkways since more people drive while staring at their phone or recording than actually looking at the road.
Photo via AndroidSpin
I’m not going to share the video that went viral of a police officer taking a video of himself verbally abusing a Canadian lady and her daughter in Arabic. I am glad however he is getting disciplined by the Monitoring and Inspection Department for violations after the minister himself ordered for his arrest. It’s an irony when your job is to do justice when you arrive and videotape injustice.[Source]
I’ve been a fan of Pick Yo well before it started trending, and what I don’t like about it trending is I can no longer schedule meetings there anymore, because it’s too packed and too hot. Qurtoba residents are going to love having it though, there’s barely anything in the co-op area apart from Burger King, Caribou and a shawerma place.
Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you now know that iPhone users are finally going to get to enjoy the big screen Android users have been enjoying well over 3 years. Although I’m not a big Samsung fan I couldn’t help but laugh at how ironic Apple’s situation is right now.
It reminded me of how when most of the iPhone users defended Apple’s small screen size because it was common sense (ad below), since the thumb can’t reach the full distance of a bigger screen. Even Apple’s pretty sure it’s common sense, well they apparently lost they’re common sense altogether by releasing a 5.5 inch iPhone contradicting everything they worked hard to build.
I really doubt Apple would have released this device or even considered making it if Steve Jobs was alive today.
I had a meeting yesterday at Free Zone and after I was done I decided to pass around the ghost town and see if I find anything new. Ended up infront of this building blinking a few times, the guy that made the cafe was probably too excited. Not sure if he’s licensed to do that.
I got a phone call yesterday from Abu Dhabi, at first I thought it was a friend calling to check to see how are things but when I picked up the phone there was a guy speaking English with an Indian accent. He explained he was from Ooredoo Headquarters in UAE and then congratulated me for winning KD 20,000 with Ooredoo.
I knew it was a scam on the spot and was about to call him out but instead I continued to see how far things go. He shamelessly asked me to say Al’Hamd’Lellah after telling me I won, it couldn’t get any worse. Funnily enough he told me the money will be transferred using Al Mulla Exchange.
So here are the main reasons this is a scam
- I didn’t sign up for any contest/lottery to begin with
- My line isn’t Ooredoo, I switched to another telecom more than a year ago but since it started with ‘6’ he thought it was
- The Qatari owned telecom does not operate in UAE, which means they don’t have a headquarters there
- Ooredoo is an operating telecom in Kuwait, if I won something they would at least call from Kuwait
- What happened after he declared my prize was also significant proof it was a scam
The guy then gave me a number to call and claim my prize. I wanted to go all the way to see where the scams flourishes but unfortunately the guy mistakenly only gave me 7 digits. What normally happens is I call someone, he says to claim the prize I have to pay an amount of money to finish the paperwork etc, which normally ranges KD 50 – 200. They take that money and disappear.
I hope someone from Ooredoo is reading this post, as for the rest, please beware.
The number from Abu Dhabi, UAE that called was +971 50 842 7560
The number he gave me to call that was in Kuwait was 6090379
Disclaimer: Ooredoo the company have nothing to do with what has happened, it was an impersonator pretending to be them.