NewsPoliticsRegional Cuban Delegation Starts Visit to the U.S. by: Cuban News Agency – June 2, 2016 24 Views no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Share Tweet Share HAVANA, Cuba, May 31 (acn) A Cuban delegation headed by Agriculture Minister Gustavo Rodriguez will visit the United States on June 1-3, 2016, at the invitation of the Secretary of Agriculture, Thomas Vilsack, the www.cubaminrex.cu website reported.In Washington, the Cuban minister will meet with executives of the Departments of Agriculture and Commerce, as well as with representatives of organizations supporting the lifting of the blockade and the normalization of relations with Cuba.From the U.S. capital, the Cuban delegation will travel to the state of Iowa, where it will visit production and agricultural research centers, accompanied by Secretary Vilsack.This visit will boost cooperation, as reflected in the Memorandum of Understanding signed in March, in areas such as scientific exchanges on animal and plant health, organic production, research related to the recovery of agricultural land, the conservation management of soils and forests, and agricultural irrigation, among others.The Cuban delegation is composed of officials of the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Science, Technology and the Environment, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the National Institute of Water Resources.
The unit was cited for its “outstanding performance for both administrative and operation matters that greatly contributed to the significant accomplishment of the CMOR mission in pursuing the ‘winning hearts, winning minds’ core purpose through unwavering commitment in service.” Captain Ariel Lacasandile (2nd from left), 14th Civil-Military Operations (CMO) Battalion operations officer, receives the award of the unit as Best CMO Battalion of the Year for 2020 from Colonel Arvin Lagamon (left), commander of CMO Regiment (CMOR), Philippine Army on Aug. 28. The awarding ceremony was part of the CMOR’s 67th Founding Anniversary celebration held at its headquarters in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. 14TH CMO BATTALION VIA PNA Major Arturo Dumalagan, commanding officer of 14th CMO, lauded the Negrenses’ support to their campaign for peace in the island, including their initiatives to provide slippers, toys and foodstuff to children and their families in remote barangays. Also recognized were two battalion personnel considered as Marawi heroes – Sergeant Weta Almarines as Best Enlisted Woman and Corporal Rommel Peñaflor as Best Enlisted Personnel of the Year. This year’s CMOR founding anniversary was anchored on the theme, “A Strong Partner Towards Sustainable Development, and a Just and Lasting Peace.” BACOLOD City – The Philippine Army’s 14th Civil-Military Operations (CMO) Battalion and two of its personnel tagged as “Marawi siege heroes” received top honors during the 67th Founding Anniversary rites of the CMO Regiment (CMOR) held at its headquarters in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.The “Voice of Peace” Battalion, based in Murcia, Negros Occidental, was awarded the plaque of recognition for Best CMO Battalion of the Year for 2020 on Aug. 28. Almarines, a Hijab trooper, catered to the needs of internally-displaced persons during the battle while Peñaflor served as a combat photographer alongside the troops who fought the ISIS-linked group. Dumalagan was represented by 14th CMO operations officer Captain Ariel Lacasandile during the awarding ceremony.The 14th CMO commanding officer also thanked the battalion’s followers on social media for their support and the news media for reporting on their efforts to pursue peace for the nation. The celebration, held at the headquarters’ Function Hall, was streamed over a video-teleconference in accordance with the health protocols against coronavirus disease 2019. The CMOR believes in the importance of touching the hearts and winning the minds of the people and strengthening the local community, and in the power of using philanthropic acts to help achieve transformational change. “We remain steadfast in achieving the Philippine Army’s mission by providing significant support to its operations by providing competitive CMO operators into its ranks,” the CMOR further said. (With a report from PNA/PN)
IF LIFE really begins at forty, then we will be discussing matters targeting people who have just begun their lives. Many who follow this column belong to this category, with a good number a few years removed from enjoying the privileges of dual citizenship (read: senior moments).At the onset of 50, things begin to slow down but this is the stage where we think that the body can still achieve what the mind has conceived. If you believe in that nutritional supplement ad that has that line, go ahead. Reality bites hard for those who are in denial.To the golden years, there are physical things that’s hard to do anymore and if we force ourselves on these activities but miserably fail, we get frustrated and tend to hit the bars or restaurants around the city to gorge and imbibe the disappointments away. With hangovers and bloated tummies the morning after, the tendency is to loaf and lie around and wish for the discomfort to go away.To the non-sporty types and sofa warriors, all is not lost. The most underrated physical yet beneficial activity is ours for the taking. Walking. Except for a good pair of comfortable athletic shoes, no other equipment is needed for this activity and can be done almost anywhere. It’s also a fun way to socialize as it is easier to talk while walking. Research has shown that walking at least 9 kilometers a week significantly lowers the risk of strokes and heart failures by 31 percent. A slow paced one hour, 3-kilometer walk will do the trick. By walking just 30 minutes a day, it keeps the blood flow going smoothly and also reduces the risk of stroke by as much as 40 percent. To make it as a cardio workout, walk briskly. Increased intensity raises the heart rate which also increases blood flow to our bodies.Walking farther and faster doubles the benefit. Do warm ups before anything else. It loosens the muscles and helps prevent injuries and cramps.Brisk walking actually has the same effect in strengthening our hearts as running. Yes, as long as we do twice as much of it. Let’s say we run twice a week, let’s do our brisk walks 4 times a week. Those of us who have diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure can lower the risk factors if we do this regularly. Type-2 diabetics need the exercise as it gets the sugar out of the bloodstream and into the cells where it will be burned up for energy. Walking 10 to 15 minutes after every meal also helps.Ten thousand steps equals to 8 kilometers. For the techies, a pedometer can keep track of the steps taken. This will be an easy goal for the active types but for beginners, any number of steps will do as long as there is effort. The effort of walking from the sofa to the fridge does not count. A weekly goal of at least an increase of 200 steps, which is about 150 meters, is doable.Experts say that at least 300 minutes per week of brisk walking is ideal for losing weight. Broken down, it is only about 43 minutes a day. Yes, if we have time, why not. Just don’t entertain the idea that since we’re doing it on a daily basis, we can sneak in some delicious treats or have a few bottles of our favorite drinks. It defeats the purpose.As we age, joint pains are just a wrong move away especially on the ankles, knees and hips. Admittedly, I have intermittent visits of these unwanted sensations and it is not pleasant, to say the least. The human body is an intricate machine and like everything with moving parts, it needs lubrication to be in perfect working order. Walking gets the joint fluids in motion which then brings nutrients and oxygen to our joints and cartilage, preventing friction which causes pain. Walking regularly as a form of exercise trims our weight thus easing pressure on our hips, knees and ankles.Goals are to be set when we embark on a fitness routine, no matter what shape, size or age we are. Are we doing this to improve our health, lose weight or join a fun run? With our fitness aims identified, let’s check our body weights and other related information andmeasure them so it would be easier for us to track our progress. More importantly, the golden years need a doctor’s advice so it is a good idea to have a medical consultation to determine our fitness level prior to anyactivity and plan it to avoid any mishaps. Let’s go easy as we start and work our way gradually until we develop more stamina and resistance.We’re past our glory years so we should learn to know if our bodies don’t feel like exercising. We are overdoing things if we’re experiencing soreness everywhere except our tongues, have shortness of breath, feel sick or have dizzy spells. Let’s give time for our bodies to rest, recuperate and regain strength. All things considered, it’s not too late to look good. Really damn good. Sige a, malakat na ta./PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full] [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’FEEL THE GAME | As we age, walking becomes a good game’ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]BY BOBBY MOTUS[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]Saturday, May 27, 2017[/av_textblock][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]
James followed up his 51-point performance in Game 1 with 29 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds in a far tamer finals sequel – and a much more lopsided one – minus the utter craziness of a drama-packed opener three days prior.Game 3 is Wednesday night in Cleveland.“We want to continue to be uncomfortable,” James said. “Just because we’re going home doesn’t mean we can relax.”Kevin Love had 22 points and 10 boards for the cold-shooting Cavs, who will now try to gain some momentum back home.Curry had the shot of the night with 7:54 to play, making an off-balance swish from several feet behind the 3-point arc over Love as the shot clock wound down, then scooted backward in delight. Curry fell into the first row of fans with a baseline 3 again over Love and four-point play at the 5:44 mark of the fourth.“He’s a big shot taker, big shot maker,” Draymond Green said. “Tough shot taker, tough shot maker.”The long shot over Love stood out to Curry’s Splash Brother, Thompson.“About seven seconds on the clock he just kept going backward, I don’t know why, but he just threw it up and I didn’t think it had any chance of going in,” Thompson said. “That was kind of like a dagger shot. It just gave us all the momentum back.”The two-time MVP made 11 of 26 shots and was 9 for 17 from deep.James pointed with both hands after his 3 with 11:04 remaining got his team within seven, before Curry answered from deep the next two trips down the floor.“Those moments when you can come down and answer and keep the momentum on our side, it’s big,” Curry said. “Keep the crowd into it.”Curry and James had a tense moment in the third, too.James became irate at the officials for a no-call on Curry, who ran beneath the Cavs star and didn’t let him land with 3:54 remaining in the quarter as James caught Love’s long pass and went out of bounds. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue was hit with a technical, saying afterward he didn’t say much but was on the court.Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reacts after scoring against the Cleveland Cavaliers.JaVale McGee scored 12 points, making all six of his shots in his first career NBA Finals start as Kerr made a lineup switch that proved spot on.The typically efficient Durant connected on 10 of 14 shots after going just 8 for 22 – 1 of 7 on 3s – in the opener but still scoring 26 points.Last year’s NBA Finals MVP made his initial five field goals Sunday, driving right at James on offense and doing all he could to fluster him on defense.James hit a 3 over Durant’s outstretched arm midway through the third, then Tristan Thompson’s basket the next possession pulled the Cavs within 72-66. But they couldn’t contain Curry and the rest of the Warriors for extended stretches.The Warriors vowed to make it harder for James to generate good looks after he shot 19 for 32 in the series opener, and James went 12:06 of game time between made baskets.James went 10 for 20, showing few signs his shot was altered by a bloodshot left eye. He had been taking antibiotics and using drops after being poked in the eye by Green in the first half Thursday.The Warriors earned a wacky 124-114 overtime win in Game 1 Thursday night – featuring J.R. Smith’s blunder when he grabbed an offensive rebound in the waning moments of regulation and dribbled back toward halfcourt rather than shooting for the victory, and an overturned charge call against James.Smith received rousing cheers from the home fans during pregame introductions and “M-V-P!” chants greeted him when he went to the foul line.Thompson played after bruising his lower left leg when Smith slid into him in the first quarter Thursday. The Warriors All-Star has never missed a postseason game.Kerr went with 7-foot big man McGee to start in place of Kevon Looney – McGee’s 10th career start in the postseason.McGee scored the first four points as Golden State made its initial seven shots and 10 of 11.Another key role player, Shaun Livingston, made his five field-goal tries for 10 points to give Golden State a lift in the first half after making all four of his shots Thursday.“They’re a dangerous ballclub no matter what,” James said. “It starts with those four guys, those four All-Stars. Everybody else just does their job and they don’t miss a beat when they put someone in or they take someone out.” (AP) Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry. AP OAKLAND, California – Stephen Curry backpedaled in pure joy. He skipped, hollered and let the ball fly from everywhere with that feeling he gets when there’s no way it will miss – unwavering even with a defender’s hand in his face.Curry dazzled in outdueling LeBron James as the two superstars traded big shots and celebratory moves, hitting an NBA Finals-record nine 3-pointers and scoring 33 points to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 122-103 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night for 2-0 lead.“Pretty special night,” Curry said, “and hopefully some more special things happen and we get two more wins.”Kevin Durant found his steady stroke to score 26 points to go with nine rebounds and seven assists while also handling a load of the defensive assignment against James. Klay Thompson added 20 points playing on a tender left leg to put the defending champions two wins from a repeat title they have talked about since the season began last fall.
Spencer German Related Topics0-162017 BrownsCleveland BrownsDallas CowboysNew England PatriotsPittsburgh Steelers Browns fans can handle their team being the butt of the joke. A 1-31 record over the last two seasons, combined with more than a decade of dysfunction has made that the norm. And yet, through these dark times, Browns fans — perhaps to a fault — pride themselves on their unwavering loyalty to the franchise, so much so that Cleveland is still largely considered a “football town,” first and foremost.That immovable passion, however, wasn’t enough to boost Browns fans in a recent study by Dr. Micahel Lewis of Emory University ranking the best and worst fan bases in the NFL. Using three main factors to formulate his list, including fan equity, social media equity and road equity, the Browns faithful came in as the fifth-worst fan base in the NFL on Lewis’ list.Lewis was thorough in defining each of the three metrics he used in determining his ranking. Fan equity is simply, how much money fans spend to both at the ticket office and on team branded merchandise and memorabilia. Social equity essentially measured how much fan engagement each team has over all social media platforms. And lastly, road equity was used to analyze how a team draws on the road.Loyal as Clevelanders may consider themselves to their beloved Browns, they leave much to be desired in all three areas according to Lewis’ findings. Browns fans ranked 24th in fan equity, 20th is social equity and a deplorable 31st in road equity — only the Texans were worse. For what it’s worth, attendance has dropped significantly for the Browns since 2013 when the First Energy Stadium was packed regularly with an average of more than 71,000 fans. This past season, Cleveland averaged about 63,000 spectators per game, the franchise’s lowest attendance since 1984.The four fan bases that ranked below the Browns overall in Lewis’s study were the Jacksonville Jaguars (29), Kansas City Chiefs (30), Los Angeles Rams (31) and Tennessee Titans (32). Conversely, it should come as no surprise that teams with massive national followings like the Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers ranked first, second and fifth respectively. Additionally, the entire NFC East ranked in the top 10.Here’s the full list, and if you disagree with the results remember, this is just one data driven study that doesn’t account for fan emotion.
IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES The 19-year-old is expected to be out of action for two to three months.“This is the biggest injury I’ve had,” Nishikori said. “I’ve hurt my abdominal, lower back and various other places before, but I’ve never taken a rest for such a long period like this. So I’m pretty vexed. My ranking has been going down as well. There’s nothing I can do. . .”Nishikori’s ATP ranking was once as high as 56th, but dropped to 116th in the latest ATP rankings released on Monday.It is tough to peer inside this soft-spoken Japanese talent’s mind, not because his ranking was has plummeted but rather because he’d been working on getting back on track by rigorous rehab and training in Florida.But what happened to him now will force him to miss two of the biggest tournaments he was looking forward to participating in.First, Nishikori decided on May 19 to put off coming back to the court in the ongoing French Open because he still had a little pain and he thought he wouldn’t be strong enough physically to compete.And now, after the more serious injury revealed, he will have to miss Wimbledon, which begins in late June, as well.“I was told to rest by my doctor, that I have an inflammation (in my right elbow) after the tournament in Indiana Wells (BNP Paribas Open) in March. And I rested for eight weeks,” Nishikori said. “And then, I started practicing three weeks ago for the French Open, which I was looking forward to.”“Then, I was going to go to the Wimbledon. But as I went to a checkup, (my elbow) turned out to have a stress fracture.”Asked if the fracture occurred in exactly the same spot, Nishikori’s agent, Hideyuki Sakai, said that it wasn’t certain because the actual medical certificate hasn’t been delivered to Nishikori yet. But he added that it was in a place that was difficult to detect, even on an MRI.Nishikori will be in Japan for the next few weeks, visiting his native Shimane Prefecture and Tokyo and spending time with his family, before returning to the United States for another checkup in New York.Depending on the result of the MRI, they will come up with plans for his return, consulting with his medical team, according to Sakai. And Nishikori may try to participate in the U.S. Open (Aug. 31-Sept. 13).“Since I tasted this much frustration this time, I will be able to enjoy playing when I come back,” said Nishikori, who was selected the 2008 ATP Newcomer of the Year and the first Asian to earn the accolade. “For now, I’d like to focus on resting my brain as well as my body, and perform to more than 100 percent of my ability the next time I play.” Sugiyama ousted PARIS (Kyodo) Ai Sugiyama lost to Aravane Rezai of France 6-3, 6-2 in the first round of the French Open on Monday.Rezai needed just over an hour to take care of Sugiyama, having won her first career WTA Tour singles title two days ago at the Strasbourg International.The 33-year-old Sugiyama made her 60th consecutive Grand Slam tournament appearance, a record for both men’s and women’s tennis. Although he appeared composed, with a mild smile on his face, for young Kei Nishikori, this is probably the biggest disappointment he’s experienced in his tennis career.Nishikori revealed at a Tokyo news conference on Monday that he suffered a stress fracture in his right elbow on May 20, as a result of a recent MRI checkup by his doctor in charge in New York. RELATED PHOTOS Disappointing announcement: Kei Nishikori tells reporters on Monday he has a stress fracture in his right elbow. The injury is forcing him to miss the French Open and Wimbledon. | KYODO PHOTO
The players will assemble in Brighton from Tuesday, May 16 until Thursday, May 18, before England face the Barbarians on May 28.Eddie Jones’ side then play two Tests against Argentina in June.Forwards (14)Josh Beaumont (Sale Sharks), Rob Buchanan (Harlequins), Will Collier (Harlequins), Ben Curry (Sale Sharks), Tom Curry (Sale Sharks), Tom Ellis (Bath Rugby), Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby), Jamal Ford-Robinson (Bristol) , Ross Harrison (Sale Sharks), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Nick Schonert (Worcester Warriors), Jack Singleton (Worcester Warriors), Will Spencer (Worcester Warriors), Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons).Backs (12)Mike Brown (Harlequins), Danny Care (Harlequins), George Ford (Bath Rugby), Mike Haley (Sale Sharks), Willi Heinz (Gloucester), Sam James (Sale Sharks), Joe Marchant (Harlequins), Jonny May (Gloucester), Ryan Mills (Worcester Warriors), Denny Solomona (Sale Sharks), Jason Woodward (Bristol Rugby), Marland Yarde (Harlequins).
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PNG Hunters captain Ase Boas, weightlifter Morea Baru and cricketer Mahuru Dai were among the finalists named in the Male Athlete of the Year category at the Brewkettle in Port Moresby on Friday. The finalists in the Female Athlete of the Year category are Rachael Sapery James (athletics), Abigail Tere-Apisah (tennis) and Dika Toua (weightlifting). Three finalists for each of the 11 categories were selected from a pool of nominations that came from all over the country. The special guest for the event scheduled for May 26 at the Crowne Plaza will be retired Australian Olympian and 45-year-old Aerial Skier Jacqui Cooper. Cooper, who sent a video message, said she was excited to attend the presentation night. The chairperson for the SP Sports Awards selection panel and PNG Olympic Committee secretary-general Auvita Rapilla congratulated the finalists and said it was a great achievement in itself. “While one of you will receive the award for your respective categories, all of you are champions in your own right,” she said. Rapilla said the committee held two meetings to deliberate and select the final list of athletes, officials and teams. Rapilla thanked the general public for a positive response to the call of the nominations based on recognition and appreciation they have for the country’s sportsmen and sportswomen. “This year the community sports initiative category received 14 nominations, which is a big increase from previous years,” Rapilla said. She added that the increase in nominations for these awards demonstrates the recognition of sport as a powerful tool for community development. She urged more people and institutions with such programs to submit their nominations for this award in the future. The other categories are: Team of the Year finalists – PNG Garamuts (cricket, mens U19 National team), PNG Mosquitoes (AFL) and SP Hunters (rugby league Intrust Super Cup team); National Performance Award – Delisha Koime (Basketball), NCD Cricket team (cricket) and Port Moresby Womens Softball team Gold (Softball); Community Sports Initiative: Girls Empowerment Program (Cricket PNG), Pink Nose/No school-No Surf program (Surfing Association PNG) and POM Womens Softball Association (Softball); WESTPAC Junior Male Athlete of the Year: Geoffrey Loi (table tennis) Igo John Mahuru (cricket), Hewago Paul Oea (AFL); WESTPAC Junior Female Athlete of the Year: Amity Alarcos (Squash) Patricia Apisah (tennis) and Violet Apisah (tennis); Best Sports Person with Disability: Haoda Agari (Tennis), Steven Allen (Team Central) and Vero Nime (Table tennis /athletics); OSEP Sports Official of the Year: Jonathan Ila (AFL), Alu Kapa (Cricket) and Michael Marum (Rugby League); Sports Media of the Year Award: Godwin Eki (EMTV), SP Sports Breakfast Show (FM 100) and The National (The National Newspaper); and Sports Photo of the Year Award: Layup (Picture by Post-Courier’s Mark Talia), Pitch Perfect (Picture by Post-Courier’s Simon Keslep) and Celebration Roar (Picture by Troy Taule of Loop PNG TVWAN). The finalists will gather at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Port Moresby for the presentation night which will be held on May 26.
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