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KUWAIT CITY, Feb 28: A defect in the online system of Public Authority for Manpower allowed transactions related to transfer of labor even though these transactions are in violation of the conditions and regulations of PAM, reports Al- Nahar daily quoting informed sources.

They said some companies took advantage of the glitch in the system to transfer their laborers despite expiry of the salary certificates, knowing that the law bans transfer of expired and invalid certificates. The leaders of PAM gave immediate instructions to tackle the glitch in the system as soon as possible in order to follow up the violating transactions

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 26, (KUNA): Commemorating the 28th Anniversary of Liberation on Feb 25, Monday, the Kuwaiti people will be remembering the leaders and heroes of the anniversary who took all necessary measures to bring freedom to Kuwait and its people.

Since the early hours of August 1990 Iraqi invasion, the heroes of liberation vowed unchain Kuwait from the unlawful aggression, which befell upon it. Thanks to the wise leadership of the late Amir His Highness Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the late Father Amir His Highness Sheikh Saad Al-Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, and His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah — who was a Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister — as well as the assistance of the Kuwaiti people, the country was able to gain support of the international community and to achieve liberation.

As soon as the aggression took place, the world condemned it and the UN Security Council issued a host of decisive resolutions, starting with Resolution 660, which demanded an immediate withdrawal of the Iraqi forces from Kuwait. Then other ones followed under Chapter VII of the UN Charter. On Nov 29, 1990, the Iraqi regime was dealt a surprising blow with UNSC Resolution 678, which called for the use of military force to liberate Kuwait from the Iraqi aggression.

Aside from Kuwait’s own heroes, the crisis produced champions from the region and the world, chiefl y amongst them were late Saudi King Fahad bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud and late 41st US president George H. W. Bush. In his address to the Saudi people on Aug 3, 1990 — a day after the invasion — King Fahad said that he felt pain for the plight of the Kuwaiti people, deeming the Iraqi invasion as unethical especially coming from a fellow Arab country. Along with King Fahad, George H. W. Bush played a crucial role in rallying efforts to pass UNSC Resolution 660.

The late US president also launched “Operation Desert Shield” on Aug 7, 1990 where some US 500,000 troops — around 74 percent of an international alliance — arrived in Saudi Arabia. On Jan 21, the US president managed to convince Congress to use force to liberate Kuwait from the Iraqi invasion, resulting in “Operation Desert Storm”, headed by General Norman Schwarzkopf and Saudi Prince Khaled bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud.

While those leaders played an important role in the liberation, the Kuwaiti people will also not forget citizens and expatriates who laid their very own lives in the quest to rid Kuwait from the atrocities committed by the invading Iraqi forces. His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al- Sabah on Tuesday congratulated citizens and residents on the 58th anniversary of National Day and the 28th anniversary of Liberation Day.

His Highness the Amir appreciated their joyful and exuberant participation in various public festivities that refl ected highly civilized conduct, and national unity and amity. His Highness Sheikh Sabah urged everyone to be well aware of, and grateful for, the bliss of liberation, security and welfare, to maintain national unity and to harness all potentials and energies for development and prosperity. The efforts of all state agencies involving police and army to ensure smooth national celebrations marking the country’s national occasions were also highly commended by His Highness the Amir


Left-right: Martin Koren during the performance of a high jump on the motorbike during an event next to the Kuwait Towers

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 17, (KUNA): With firefighters — saving people from eminent danger — and extreme athletes — doing stunts that seemingly go against the rules of gravity — adrenaline becomes an essential hormone that electrifies muscle memory and enhances the senses. Adrenaline is the most powerful hormone rushing through the bloodstream intensifying strength of people when they face dangerous alarming situations, entering the thin line between life and death. On this focus; extreme sports athletes, a psychologist and a fireman all acknowledged in statements to KUNA that when the adrenal glands pump out adrenaline out of stress, fright, rage or a situation involving powerful emotions; blood rushes through the body, intensifying the actions of individuals releasing an adrenaline rush reinforcing them to overcome danger. The brain is obscured in the differentiation between danger and euphorically low danger, whether the “fight-or-flight response is generated from a reaction, exhilaration, facing fire or stunts; the brain reacts the same way and releases this rush,” said Dr Juliet Dinkha, a Psychologist Professor at American University of Kuwait (AUK). Nonetheless, different types of fear result in either extreme shortlasting rush or average adrenaline.

An entertaining thrill releases endorphins that interacts with the brain’s receptors which diminishes extreme pain and stress, causing less fear, whereas pure fear could help one not succumb to death, she added. Biologically, adrenaline causes contracted blood vessels, lungs expansion, racing heart rate and hypervigilance leading to better concentration and a razor-sharp memory. Dr Dinkha — also a licensed clinical psychologist — stated that conversely, the rush could cause high blood pressure and lack of sleep.

“If you do not get a rush, you are not challenging yourself,” said the doctor, in regards to those who are too familiar with getting into danger. The psychologist warned not to get used to an adrenaline rush because “the rush is a learned behavior, once you get it you would want it some more.” The brain’s memory evokes the first rush felt into chasing it which adds up to becoming an addiction risk.

She went on to explain different types of people who are after an adrenaline rush, which are either genetically or personality based. “Thrill-seeking individuals are prone to being more into risk-taking,” said the psychologist, pointing out that said individuals do stunts leading the brain into a state of emergency. Having an adrenaline rush is sometimes a requirement while carrying out tasks aimed at saving people’s lives, especially for firefighters on duty. “Hard to describe, but it feels like you have tripled your strength,” said Kuwaiti Firefighter Salman Qassem, who became a firefighter because he was saved by one, adding that adrenaline can save lives. When faced with danger, firefighters go beyond what they are normally capable of to save lives, said Qassem, pointing out that “anyone can be a firefighter depending on how determined they are.” Just pure adrenaline, the mind can be tricked into what Qassem considered “suicidal thoughts if it does not contain endorphins,” which is counterproductive to firefighters.

On the other side of the spectrum, constantly chasing endorphins can become an impulsive behavior heading towards self-destructive situations, perishing to pure adrenaline

“Broken arm, dislocated shoulder, fractured ribs, and cracked pelvis,” Qassem listed his injuries that intensified after the adrenaline rush faded. The rush of an extreme sports risk-taker and a firefighter are “kind of similar because we both face dangerous situations,” he replied, when asked about the similarities between his job and extreme sports.

Speaking of danger, Czech Rider and FMX4Ever Team Leader Martin Koren said that extreme athletes in freestyle motocross (FMX) always take “calculated risks” when doing dangerous stunts mid-air.

At the age of three, he rid a kid motorcycle, eventually practicing daily to become a professional stuntman. Dangerous tricks such as the Tsunami Back Flip are practiced on a foam pit, disciplining himself into controlling his mind and emotions, except it is more challenging to control the body, which lead to, “broken femur, tibia, fibula, wrists, fingers, shoulder, ribs, spine and knee.”

Despite being a long-term professional with a high pain threshold, Koren acknowledged that even when he abstains from stunts “for a long time, it’s always scary,” pushing his heart rate to the max and having a “feeling of absolute life,” while being alert with fast refl exes, covered in protective equipment. On the flipside, he said that FMX challenged him to push his limits because the sport has “many styles of riding depending on the terrain,” exclaiming that anyone with passion and will can be an FMX rider.

Koren’s teammate and compatriot FMX4Ever Rider Radek Bilek began learning stunts because he “spent a lot of time riding in the circus” where he met friends who drove him to “work with my body and understand how it works,” adding that he still has far-off skills to acquire. Step by step, he kept practicing tricks in his “own park where there is a 21 meter long ramp with a landing.” Handstands, techniques, agility, flexibility dexterities and BMX skills are all coordinated into the execution of “tricks that look easy and smooth, like everyone can do it,” said Bilek. In mid-air for 2-3 seconds, right before performing stunts, it is “hard to explain, a little bit nervous but pumped to ride, especially in a good place with a really good crowd” nightmarishly energized, he is “scared for sure.” Fear is generally deemed as a weakness even though adrenaline activates out of it. People will use their survival skills even if it results in self-harm to be death escapers. What scares them intensifies their strength’s awareness into adrenaline episodes enabling them to cross boundaries, eventually with ease, then the rush’s adaptability pushes the limits further into a higher adrenaline rush threshold. Through the brain’s decipherment, the rush alternates then galvanizes the body’s imperceptible skills

By Loulwa Tarek

Advanced machines to be employed

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 29: General Traffic Department yesterday launched an experimental operation to issue and renew driving licenses electronically similar to the Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI), reports Al-Anba daily quoting informed sources.

They affirmed that the machines will be operated initially for receiving the transactions of citizens in principle followed by opening the door for expatriates in the near future.

It was earlier reported by the daily that the department would be using advanced electronic machines for the electronic issuance and renewal of Kuwaitis’ driving licenses all six governorates.

Sources from Ministry of Interior explained that a number of employees were given training on how to use the new system, and issue and renew the licenses electronically.

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 30: An Asian woman, who was accused by her Kuwaiti husband of posting intimate video clips of them on pornographic sites, has been arrested, reports Al-Rai daily.

The woman was seized with an Asian man who she claimed was an employee of her country’s embassy and was with her to protect her from her husband. However, he turned out to be a compatriot who posted the sex videos on the pornographic site for money. Both were arrested and referred to the concerned authorities.

It was earlier reported by the daily that the husband had lodged a complaint with security authorities against his wife, accusing her of selling video clips of their private life.

According to a security source, few months after he married the woman, he discovered that she had sold their sex videos to a pornographic site, and that she did this with the cooperation of her compatriots.


When confronted, she had denied the accusation, screamed hysterically, accused him of assaulting her, barged out of the house, and went to the embassy of her country where she requested for protection.

The husband then lodged the complaint, and provided police with evidences of her behavior including some pornographic clips, which he said he found by chance.

Source: Arab Times

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 30: Director General of the Public Authority for Manpower Ahmad Moussa has issued Decision No.1868/2019 amended by the provisions of cabinet resolution no. 904/2002 to determine the employment ratio for non-governmental agencies based on their employment rate and other economic activities, reports Al-Anba daily.

The decision takes into account great achievements of the national personnel to give them a chance to work in private sector. Al-Moussa affirmed that the decision will be implemented from June 2019 and imposed on the agencies that do not abide by the national employment quota and annual fee of KD 300 for every extra work permit issued to a non-Kuwaiti employee

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 28, (KUNA): The Kuwaiti Cabinet announced on its twitter account on Monday that Sunday (Feb 24) would be an official holiday, and work will resume on Wednesday (Feb 27).


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