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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.

Rush 
“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

Injuries
“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.

Stunts
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).

Discussion on hold

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 23: The technical committee of the Municipal Council has postponed the discussion on the proposal which has been submitted by member Hammoud Aqla Al-Enezi on the burial of expatriates in the respective governorates, reports Al-Rai daily.

The daily said, the issue will be discussed during the next meeting in the presence of concerned administration members of the Kuwait Municipality. The Director of the funerals department Dr Faisal Al-Awadi told the daily the response of the Municipality to the proposal was to divide the cemetery as follows: The burial of the deceased who lives in the Capital City, Sulaibikhat, Hawalli, Farwaniya and Jahra will be buried in the Jahra Cemetery and those from the Mubarak Al-Kabir and Al-Ahmadi governorates will be buried in the Sabhan Cemetery.

He added, “The burial will be according to the address written in the civil ID of the deceased explaining that “the approval is as per the technical regulation to reduce the pressure on the cemetery of Sulaibikhat and has nothing to do with the Sharia side.

He pointed out that “the proportion of the deceased buried in Sulaibikhat only is between 40 and 50 percent of the total number of people buried and the cemetery cannot be expanded any more. He said no date has been set to begin the implementation of the proposal especially as the Municipality is waiting for official approval, pointing out that “the municipality will consider in the event of any objections from the people related to the burial site.”

Source: Arab Times

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 23: A knowledgeable security source has denied the authenticity of what was reported about allowing expatriates to enter the country on medical treatment visit visa and receive the costly therapeutic treatment in the government or private hospitals, reports Al-Anba daily.

The source said: “There are very specific cases and visits were allowed upon orders from the high command. These were for therapeutic visit in government hospitals and patients came from Syria, Iraq and Yemen in limited numbers.

The source added: It is unreasonable that the Ministry Interior allows such visits especially in light of the high cost of treatment and shortage of beds in hospitals. The source explained that the door for the therapeutic visit can be opened in private hospitals so that these hospitals can receive certain cases and be able to treat them fully provided that the patients reside in the hospital. The sources pointed out that such visits will be subjected to meeting financial obligations to be determined later, adding that no therapeutic visits have been approved for private hospitals, so far.

Source: Arab Times

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