Trump awards Kuwaiti emir ‘prestigious’ decoration, White House says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump awarded the U.S. Legion of Merit, Degree Chief Commander, to Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, the White House said in a statement on Friday, adding that it was the first time the honor has been given since 1991.

The 91-year-old emir arrived in the United States in July to complete medical treatment, the Kuwaiti state news agency said at the time, adding that he was in stable condition after having undergone successful surgery in July.

The emir’s eldest son, Sheikh Nasser Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, accepted the award on behalf of his father at a private ceremony with Trump on Friday.

The White House praised the emir as an “unwavering friend and partner to the United States” who gave “indispensable support to the United States throughout Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and the Defeat-ISIS campaign.”

Operation Iraqi Freedom refers to the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq to oust former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein; Operation Enduring Freedom to the 2001 U.S.-led military operation that drove the Taliban from power in Afghanistan; and the Defeat-ISIS campaign to the coalition effort to end the Islamic State militant group’s control of territory in Syria and Iraq.

The White House described the award given to the Kuwaiti emir on Friday as a rare, prestigious decoration that can only be bestowed by the president, typically to foreign heads of state or government.

On Monday, Kuwait’s prime minister told the Kuwaiti cabinet of the improvement of the emir’s health.

In July, Kuwait’s cabinet tweeted that the emir arrived at Rochester airport in the United States, without specifying which U.S. city of that name. The main campus of the Mayo Clinic, among the top U.S. medical centers, is in Rochester, Minnesota.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, two sources familiar with the matter said the emir is being treated at the Mayo Clinic. The clinic referred queries to the Kuwaiti government, which issued a statement largely echoing the White House’s comments about the emir receiving the award.

(Reporting by Makini Brice, Tim Ahmann, Arshad Mohammed and Steve Holland; Editing by Chris Reese and Paul Simao)

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Tauranga kitchen designer wins big in prestigious awards

A Tauranga kitchen designer has received top recognition in a prestigious nationwide competition.

Chelsey Mathieson of Vekart received six awards, including a supreme recognition, in the annual 2020 National Kitchen and Bathroom Association Excellence in Design Awards.

Mathieson won the Excellence in Design Supreme Kitchen Design Award for the kitchen she designed for a Tauranga family who love to entertain.

She was also awarded the Excellence in Design Kitchen Distinction Award $60,000 to $80,000 Award, the Excellence in Design Lighting Design Award and the Excellence in Design Bay of Plenty Chapter Kitchen Recognition Award.

Mathieson also snapped up the BOP Chapter Bathroom Recognition Award.

The Excellence in Design Supreme Kitchen Manufacturer Award went to Vekart for the company’s extraordinary work on the kitchen fabrication.

The 33-year-old said she has won runner-up in a local category before but never anything “this big” and thanked owners Kevin and Tracy Murphy for their support.

“This is the first time the Bay of Plenty has ever had a supreme award so it is pretty massive.

“It’s so unexpected and quite overwhelming. It is just massive to be recognised among your peers more than anything. It is really humbling.

“You just think you’re plodding away in little old Tauranga and not realising you’re doing some pretty epic stuff that is now nationally recognised.”

The annual awards celebrate the work of the creme de la creme of kitchen and bathroom designers and manufacturers in New Zealand.

Tauranga designer Chelsey Mathieson. Photo / Supplied
Tauranga designer Chelsey Mathieson. Photo / Supplied

More than 100 designs were entered this year, and 18 designers were recognised for their work located around the country.

Mathieson’s Supreme kitchen design was described as having a calm, luxurious and relaxed vibe with natural materials and texture.

“The kitchen is for a small family that have a love of entertaining, a strong passion for interior design and a vision for the overall outcome,” she said.

A Tauranga kitchen designer has received top recognition in a prestigious nationwide competition.

“The coastal inspiration was pulled from the Tauranga environment of warmth and texture, looking out across the beach with a view of Toi Toi, grasses, wood and water.

“The clients have lived in Sydney and so a strong influence came from interiors and themes often seen in Australian homes.”

The founder of Niche Design Co in Tauranga said she also wanted to acknowledge her clients.

“It was a huge input from them. It wouldn’t have been what it is without her. It was a real joint effort… Client satisfaction is why I do what I do.”

The winning kitchen. Photo / Supplied
The winning kitchen. Photo / Supplied

Mathieson said she had been designing kitchens and bathrooms for 16 years after leaving school and began working in the family business alongside her father and brother who are both cabinet makers.

“I just started drawing kitchens and found a passion for it and became a certified kitchen designer in 2011. I’ve just always loved design and everything that goes along with it.”

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Trump Awards Kuwaiti Emir ‘Prestigious’ Decoration, White House Says | World News

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump awarded the U.S. Legion of Merit, Degree Chief Commander, to Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, the White House said in a statement on Friday, adding that it was the first time the honor has been given since 1991.

The 91-year-old emir arrived in the United States in July to complete medical treatment, the Kuwaiti state news agency said at the time, adding that he was in stable condition after having undergone successful surgery in July.

The emir’s eldest son, Sheikh Nasser Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, accepted the award on behalf of his father at a private ceremony with Trump on Friday.

The White House praised the emir as an “unwavering friend and partner to the United States” who gave “indispensable support to the United States throughout Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and the Defeat-ISIS campaign.”

Operation Iraqi Freedom refers to the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq to oust former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein; Operation Enduring Freedom to the 2001 U.S.-led military operation that drove the Taliban from power in Afghanistan; and the Defeat-ISIS campaign to the coalition effort to end the Islamic State militant group’s control of territory in Syria and Iraq.

The White House described the award given to the Kuwaiti emir on Friday as a rare, prestigious decoration that can only be bestowed by the president, typically to foreign heads of state or government.

On Monday, Kuwait’s prime minister told the Kuwaiti cabinet of the improvement of the emir’s health.

In July, Kuwait’s cabinet tweeted that the emir arrived at Rochester airport in the United States, without specifying which U.S. city of that name. The main campus of the Mayo Clinic, among the top U.S. medical centers, is in Rochester, Minnesota.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, two sources familiar with the matter said the emir is being treated at the Mayo Clinic. The clinic referred queries to the Kuwaiti government, which issued a statement largely echoing the White House’s comments about the emir receiving the award.

(Reporting by Makini Brice, Tim Ahmann, Arshad Mohammed and Steve Holland; Editing by Chris Reese and Paul Simao)

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