Kuwait’s power grid strains amid summer conditions, high demand

Kuwait, Kuwait witnessed a power outage due to a surge in peak summer demand for electricity and sweltering summer conditions, where temperatures have risen higher than normal levels. The Ministry of Electricity and Water has taken pre-emptive steps, including brief interruptions of power, to keep stability in the national power grid, KUNA reported. The ministry called on the public to limit consumption during peak hours, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Source: Bahrain News Agency

Millions worldwide suffer heatwave at start of summer

London, Heatwaves are sweeping across cities on four continents as the first day of summer hits the Northern Hemisphere, suggesting that climate change may push temperatures to new highs, potentially exceeding last summer's record heat. Countries around the Mediterranean have faced another week of soaring temperatures, leading to wildfires from Portugal to Greece and along the northern coast of Africa in Algeria, according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In Serbia, meteorologists forecast temperatures to reach around 40 degrees Celsius in the coming days, driven by hot winds from North Africa pushing a heat front through the Balkans. Northeastern United States is experiencing a "heat dome," with over 86 million people under heat advisories today, according to the US National Weather Service. A heat dome occurs when a strong high-pressure system traps hot air over an area, preventing cooler air from entering and keeping ground temperatures high. New York City, under its heat emer gency plan, has announced the opening of cooling centers for the first time this year. New Delhi, India's capital, recorded its hottest night in 55 years on Wednesday, with the Safdarjung Observatory registering a temperature of 35.2 degrees Celsius. Typically, temperatures drop at night, but scientists say climate change is causing nighttime temperatures to rise. In many parts of the world, nighttime temperatures are increasing faster than daytime temperatures, according to a 2020 study by the University of Exeter. Scientists warn that heatwaves will continue to intensify if global emissions of greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels are not curbed. According to the World Weather Attribution group, a collective of scientists studying the link between natural phenomena and climate change, if global temperatures rise by two degrees Celsius above current levels, heatwaves could occur 5.6 times every decade on average. London, Heatwaves are sweeping across cities on four continents as the first day of summ er hits the Northern Hemisphere, suggesting that climate change may push temperatures to new highs, potentially exceeding last summer's record heat. Countries around the Mediterranean have faced another week of soaring temperatures, leading to wildfires from Portugal to Greece and along the northern coast of Africa in Algeria, according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In Serbia, meteorologists forecast temperatures to reach around 40 degrees Celsius in the coming days, driven by hot winds from North Africa pushing a heat front through the Balkans. Northeastern United States is experiencing a "heat dome," with over 86 million people under heat advisories today, according to the US National Weather Service. A heat dome occurs when a strong high-pressure system traps hot air over an area, preventing cooler air from entering and keeping ground temperatures high. New York City, under its heat emergency plan, has announced the opening of cooling centers for the first time this year. New Delhi, India's capital, recorded its hottest night in 55 years on Wednesday, with the Safdarjung Observatory registering a temperature of 35.2 degrees Celsius. Typically, temperatures drop at night, but scientists say climate change is causing nighttime temperatures to rise. In many parts of the world, nighttime temperatures are increasing faster than daytime temperatures, according to a 2020 study by the University of Exeter. Scientists warn that heatwaves will continue to intensify if global emissions of greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels are not curbed. According to the World Weather Attribution group, a collective of scientists studying the link between natural phenomena and climate change, if global temperatures rise by two degrees Celsius above current levels, heatwaves could occur 5.6 times every decade on average. Source: Bahrain News Agency

Five drowned, 68 rescued during attempt to reach Spain’s Canary Islands

Madrid, Spain's authorities reported today that dozens of migrants were rescued while attempting to reach the Canary Islands on a fishing boat that had been disabled by rough seas, resulting in the deaths of five people. The Spanish Coast Guard stated that the bulk carrier "Philipp Oldendorff" spotted the drifting migrant boat 440 nautical miles (815 kilometres) south of Tenerife on Wednesday. The crew provided initial assistance to the migrants, while the cruise ship "Insignia" was redirected to the area to rescue the survivors. The "Insignia" managed to retrieve three bodies from the boat, but adverse weather conditions prevented the retrieval of two additional bodies. Consequently, the ship left a location marker to facilitate further search efforts. In recent years, the Canary Islands have become the primary entry point for illegal migrants from Africa to Spain, though the route remains the most dangerous maritime crossing. Last week, the migration rights group Walking Borders reported that nearly 5,0 00 migrants had perished on this sea route during the first five months of 2024. Source: Bahrain News Agency

HH Shaikh Nasser hails HM King’s support for charitable work

Manama, His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, HM the King's Representative for Humanitarian Work and Youth Affairs, hailed the efforts of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the Honorary President of the Royal Humanitarian Fund (RHF), and initiatives aimed at supporting charitable and humanitarian work within the Kingdom. Commenting on HM the King's directives on transferring all budgets allocated by official authorities for the celebrations of the Silver Jubilee of HM the King's accession to charitable organisations and funds, through the Royal Humanitarian Foundation (RHF). HH Shaikh Nasser emphasised the importance of this directive in strengthening community partnership. HH Shaikh Nasser highlighted the continuous contributions made by official entities towards community development. HH Shaikh Nasser commended the support of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, towards humanitarian work in the Kingdom. Source: Bahrain News Agen cy

HM the King Addresses Letter to Govt. Head on 7th General Population-Housing Census

Rabat - His Majesty King Mohammed VI, may God assist Him, addressed a letter to the Head of Government, Aziz Akhannouch, on the 7th general population and housing census, which will be organized in late summer of this year. Here is the full text of the Royal Letter: 'Praise be to God May peace and blessings be upon the Prophet, His Kith and Kin My devoted servant Mr. Aziz AKHANNOUCH, Head of Government May God protect you and guide your steps on the right path Since I assumed the supreme responsibility of leading the nation, I have constantly attached the greatest interest to the general population and housing census and to the periodicity of its organization. Thanks to the multitude and importance of generated data and indicators, this operation represents a valuable tool to achieve our societal project and to properly deploy our development model, built on the principles of political democracy, economic efficiency, human development and social and territorial cohesion. The periodic renewal of this operation, at regular intervals every ten years, is a thoughtful choice that allows us to be better equipped to accurately grasp the demographic and socio-economic evolution of the country, anticipate the changing needs of our citizens and devise relevant policies accordingly. I have therefore decided, with the help of God, to actively tackle it by organizing, late this summer, a new general population and housing census, the 7th since 1960, which aims to be innovative and ambitious. Innovative by its approach and the technological means that will be mobilized to collect and process information. Ambitious by broadening the fields of investigation to new themes that are close to our hearts, notably the structuring societal project of social protection. Mr. Head of Government, You are well aware, in view of the pursued objectives, of the strategic importance of this ten-year event that is of interest to the whole nation and beyond: national and international institutions, political, trade union and economic actors, civil society, Moroccan families and all foreign residents. I am therefore convinced that you will spare no effort to meticulously ensure the full success of this operation of national scope that requires, beyond the broad mobilization of significant human and logistical resources, commitment and close and effective coordination of all public administrations, public institutions, decentralized services, as well as regional, provincial and local authorities and elected councils. In this regard, I call on the Interior Minister, the High Commissioner for Planning and all walis and governors to ensure optimal operational organization of this census in compliance with the deadlines and in close coordination with other stakeholders on the ground. For the full success of the general census operation, I urge My loyal citizens to demonstrate, as usual, full cooperation and active participation in this exercise of general interest by providing reliable and accurate information. Furthermore, I invite the High Commission for Planning, upon completion of data collection, to diligently ensure their processing and analysis, as well as to make results accessible and usable by decision-makers and stakeholders concerned as soon as possible. This speed in the exploitation of data will allow, among other things, the rapid identification of emerging trends with a view to developing relevant public policies and adapting various programs for the good of our Nation and the well-being of our people. My devoted servant, May the Almighty grant you success. Source: Agence Marocaine De Presse

Heatwave Expected across Several Provinces in Morocco from Saturday to Monday

Rabat - The General Directorate of Meteorology (DGM) has issued a warning of a significant heatwave set to affect multiple provinces in Morocco from Saturday through Monday. According to the DGM's announcement on Thursday, temperatures are forecasted to range between 37 and 42°C (around 99 and 108°F) during this period. The affected provinces include Beni Mellal, Fquih Bensalah, Khenifra, Settat, Rehamna, Youssoufia, and Chichaoua, where residents are advised to prepare for high temperatures as part of an orange alert level. Additionally, the heatwave is expected to impact several other provinces, including El Kelaa des Sraghna, Marrakech, Moulay Yaacoub, Fez, Meknes, Taounate, Sidi Slimane, Khemisset, Sidi Kacem, Errachidia, Zagoura, Tinghir, Tata, and Aousserd. Source: Agence Marocaine De Presse

Rabat: Tripartite Partnership Agreement to Improve Access to Healthcare for Refugees

Rabat - A partnership agreement to improve refugees' access to healthcare was signed on Thursday in Rabat between the Noufissa Pharma 5 Foundation, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Moroccan Family Planning Association (AMPF). Signed on the occasion of World Refugee Day by Yasmine Lahlou-Filali, Vice-President of the Noufissa Pharma 5 Foundation, François Reybet-Degat, UNHCR Representative in Morocco, and Abdellatif Maamri, Executive Director of the Moroccan Family Planning Association, this tripartite partnership agreement aims to strengthen the joint medical program between the UNHCR and the AMPF for the benefit of refugees. It marks a significant step in the ongoing commitment of the three stakeholders to work together to create an inclusive and supportive environment to support refugee populations. Under the terms of this partnership, which takes effect in 2024 and runs until 2026, the Noufissa Pharma 5 Foundation undertakes to donate medicines worth one million dirhams over three years for the benefit of refugees on Moroccan territory, as part of the joint health program between the AMPF and the UNHCR. The first endowment was delivered by the Noufissa Pharma 5 Foundation to the AMPF, which is responsible for distributing it to its Health Centers, in its capacity as implementing partner of the UNHCR Health component in Morocco. This tripartite agreement follows on from the framework agreement signed on December 19, 2023 between the Noufissa Pharma 5 Foundation and UNHCR, covering the years 2024/2025/2026, and aimed at strengthening joint efforts to facilitate refugees' access to medicines, education and economic and social integration in Morocco. Indeed, the partnership between the Noufissa Foundation and UNHCR, which dates back to 2019, has already laid the groundwork for this strengthened collaboration. By focusing on access to healthcare, education and employment, this partnership aims to offer refugees the opportunities they need to rebuild their lives and make a pos itive contribution to the Moroccan society that welcomes them. According to the signatories, this joint commitment is in line with the principles of solidarity and inclusion advocated by His Majesty King Mohammed VI towards refugees. Source: Agence Marocaine De Presse

Bahrain, US discuss financial and economic partnership

Manama, Shaikh Salman bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Finance and National Economy Minister, met with Steven C. Bondy, US Ambassador to Bahrain. The minister underscored the longstanding and historical Bahrain-US relations, in light of the keen interest of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, and the continuous follow-up of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, to further develop these relations across various domains. The meeting discussed topics of common interest, and means to enhance cooperation at all levels, particularly the financial and economic sectors. Source: Bahrain News Agency