Cuban 5 receive warm welcome in South Africa

first_img22 June 2014Ties between Cuba and South Africa continue to strengthen, with the latest engagement between the nations a two-week visit from the Cuban 5.The five Cuban nationals – Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labanino, Fernando Gonzalez, Antonio Guerrero and Rene Gonzalez – are in South Africa to thank the government for its support for their release from prison. They were welcomed to South Africa by the Department of International Relations and Co-operation.Doing timeAmerican courts sentenced the five to jail in 1998 on various charges, including espionage and colluding to commit murder.They were Cuban intelligence officers sent to the USA as part of La Red Avispa to monitor militant Cuban exile groups plotting to overthrow Fidel Castro’s government. Cuban exiles were implicated, for instance, when a Cuban passenger jet travelling between Barbados and Jamaica went down in 1976. Of the 73 people killed, 57 were Cuban.US intelligence was reportedly aware of the men’s presence in the US. They were arrested in Miami in September 1998, and were accused and convicted of spying against the US, with their sentences ranging from 15 years to life. Hernandez, the leader of the team, was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder in connection with the 1996 shooting down of the Brothers to the Rescue planes, which had dropped pro-democracy pamphlets on Cuba. Four pilots were killed.Their trial was controversial and the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and Amnesty International issued separate reports in the following years, on the fairness of the trial. Appeals courts first overturned and then reinstated the convictions.After spending 13 years in prison, Gonzalez was the first to be released in 2011; the remainder of the group were only freed in 2014. They were released from jail after an agreement was made between US President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro to improve relations between the countries, and as part of a swap for Alan Gross, an American contractor imprisoned in Cuba on suspicion of being a spy.“We are very happy that they are here,” said international relations spokesperson Clayson Monyela. “Cuba has been participating in the reconstruction of South Africa post-1994 by making several contributions. So to celebrate and mark their release, the Cuban 5 are here to participate in a series of events the government of South Africa is hosting.”Ties that bindThe five men served in Angola during the apartheid years, fighting against the national party regime. Following South Africa’s transition to democracy in 1994, Cuba continued its support with the implementation of joint programmes in health, social development, defence, housing and infrastructure.“In addition, the deployment of Cuban doctors, engineers and technical experts throughout South Africa is a further demonstration of Cuba’s commitment to work with South Africa to address the infrastructural backlogs inherited from the pre- 1994 period,” said the department.There are currently 3 000 South African medical students studying in Cuba; another 45 are scheduled to start their studies in September.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

The Best (and Worst) Startup Logos of 2010

first_imgaudrey watters Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#start#tips Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img The graphic design marketplace DesignCrowd has just published a list of its take on the best and worst startup logos from 2010. As logo design is one of the creative services most likely to be outsourced, it’s interesting to see DesignCrowd’s assessment of what design trends and styles were innovative and successful. The list breaks it down into the good, the average, and the ugly. On the list of good logos are many of this year’s most successful companies (Groupon, for example). But some of this year’s popular startups made it on the ugly logo list as well (such as Foursquare, not surprisingly). Here are a few of DesignLogo’s choices:The GoodRockmeltPlancastThe AverageCinchGraphic.lyThe UglyFoursquareGitHubYou can view the complete list of 50 logos here. I’m not sure I agree with all these assessments. I mean, hello, GitHub’s logo is awesome, and Hipmunk’s logo (my favorite, I think) is missing. What do you think of the list? What design successes – and failures – make your 2010 list? Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Report: Duke’s Jahlil Okafor In Phenomenal Shape, Looks “As Lean As Ever” Preparing For NBA

first_imgJahlil Okafor reacts to scoring a basket.CHAPEL HILL, NC – MARCH 07: Jahlil Okafor #15 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts after scoring against the North Carolina Tar Heels during their game at the Dean Smith Center on March 7, 2015 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)With the NBA Draft set to take place near the end of June, some of the top prospects in the country are currently in Santa Barbara, Calif., working out. Duke’s Jahlil Okafor, the potential No. 1 overall selection, is among the crop of players preparing for the draft at P3 Applied Sports Science, a training center in California. He reportedly looks pretty great. At @P3sportscience in Santa Barbara watching @BDA_Sports draft prospects working out today & tomorrow. Great group.— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) May 6, 2015At @P3sportscience: Jahlil Okafor, Frank Kaminsky, Stanley Johnson, Kelly Oubre, Robert Upshaw, Joe Young, the Harrison twins, and many more— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) May 6, 2015Jahlil Okafor has only been here for four days, but he came in phenomenal shape. As lean as I’ve ever seen him. Hasn’t been vacationing…— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) May 6, 2015Okafor played this past season at 270 pounds. A leaner, more explosive Okafor would be pretty unstoppable. The NBA Draft is set to take place June 25.last_img read more

Whos Going Where As The NBA Trade Deadline Approaches

FiveThirtyEight Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Feb. 14, 2017), we’re joined by FiveThirtyEight’s Kyle Wagner, who helps us break down the latest trades in the NBA as the February 23rd deadline approaches. Next, Neil Paine takes us inside the collapse of the Detroit Red Wings’ dynastic greatness. Finally, we look forward to baseball season and ponder what the increase in home runs means for the sport. Plus, a significant digit on a streak.Links to what we discussed: ESPN is keeping track of the latest NBA trade news as the deadline approaches.The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor took a look at a trade that gave the Blazers their third first-round draft pick.You can read more of Kyle Wagner’s work here.Last week, Neil Paine explained why the Red Wings’ empire is crumbling.We explored the history of American hockey’s use of players from the Soviet Union — and the Red Wings’ role in bringing them to the States — in this episode of Ahead of Their Time.There are now more MLB players who hit 20 or more home runs in a season than there have been at any time in 50 years, writes Neil Greenberg of The Washington Post.Significant Digit: 4. On Monday night, the UConn women’s basketball team won their 100th consecutive game. Since their initial hot streak began on March 13, 2013, the Huskies have won four NCAA Championships and lost only one game of any kind. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code read more

Womens Volleyball Ohio State falls to Michigan State in four sets after

Ohio State freshman opposite hitter Vanja Bukilic attempts a shot against Northwestern on Nov. 4 at St. John Arena. Ohio State lost to Northwestern in four sets. Credit: Colin Gay | Sports EditorWhile individual players had record-breaking games, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team fell to Michigan State in four sets (25-18, 24-26, 25-19, 25-10) on Wednesday night. The Buckeyes came out at 12-15 overall and 3-12 in the Big Ten while the Spartans improve to 16-12 overall and 4-11 in conference action.Freshman opposite hitter Vanja Bukilić broke personal and team records with a team-high 17 kills, a career-high 21 points and four service aces. Back-to-back kills by Bukilić led Ohio State to a 26-24 win in the second set.The Buckeyes got off to a 8-3 lead in the third set, but Michigan State bounced back to tie the game at 17, finishing with a 25-19 win. Ohio State sophomore setter Becca Mauer had a career-high 15 digs and junior defensive specialist Camry Halm had nine.Michigan State redshirt senior outside hitter Maddie Haggerty had 18 kills and freshman setter Elena Shklyar had five service aces. Ohio State more than doubled Michigan State in errors, with the Buckeyes recording 29 compared to the Spartans’ 13.Ohio State will head back home to face Maryland at the St. John Arena on Saturday at 7 p.m. read more

Hamsik Napoli must try to reduce the gap to Juventus

first_imgNapoli captain Marek Hamsik believes it’s essential that they start making up ground on Serie A leaders JuventusCarlo Ancelotti’s side are second in the league table with 28 points and nine wins from 12 games this season.Things have also been going well in Europe with Napoli top of Group C with Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain trailing behind.However, Juventus are already six points ahead in the Serie A after having only dropped points on one occasion this term at home to Genoa.The Bianconeri snatched the Serie A title from Napoli’s grasp last season and are looking good for an eighth straight crown this time around.And Hamsik admits they must start closing the gap after the international break on Juventus, whilst confirming their last-16 spot in the Champions League.“We had a start with difficult matches, in the Champions League too,” Hamsik told Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“We’re in a good place, even if Juventus are already a bit ahead. After the international break we’ll try to get to the Champions League Last 16, and reduce the gap to Juventus.”Hamsik is yet to either score a goal or add an assist in his 12 appearances for Napoli this season.“On a personal level I haven’t had a perfect start, but I’ve improved a lot in the new role,” admitted Hamsik.“The coach [Carlo Ancelotti] noticed that things weren’t going exactly as they should and slightly tweaked the system.“I think Napoli are once again showing the strength we had, getting good results and performances.”Napoli will face Chievo Verona at home in a Serie A game on November 25 after the international break.last_img read more

Beer belly bad for your heart

first_imgIf you have developed a spare tyre, it is time you saw a doctor to assess your cardiovascular health as researchers have found that belly fat, even in people who are not otherwise overweight, is bad for the heart. “People with a normal weight but a fat belly have more chance of heart problems than people without a fat belly, even if they are obese according to BMI (body mass index),” said study author Jose Medina-Inojosa from the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”This body shape indicates a sedentary lifestyle, low muscle mass, and eating too many refined carbohydrates,” Medina-Inojosa said. BMI, which is weight relative to height in kg/metre square, is used to categorise adults as underweight, normal weight, overweight or obese. However, BMI does not account for the amount and distribution of fat and muscle.Central obesity is a store of excess fat around the middle of the body and is a marker of abnormal fat distribution. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThis study tested the hypothesis that people with normal weight and central obesity would have more heart problems than people with normal weight and normal fat distribution.From 1997 to 2000, the study enrolled nearly 1,700 people aged 45 years or older in the US. Participants underwent a clinical examination and measurements were taken of weight, height, waist circumference and hip circumference. Patients were followed-up from 2000 to 2016 for the occurrence of major adverse cardiovascular events such as as heart attack, stroke, and death from cardiovascular causes. Participants with a normal BMI (18.5-24.9 kg/metre square) and central obesity had an approximately two-fold higher long-term risk of heart problems compared to participants without central obesity, regardless of their BMI, the study said.”If you have fat around your belly and it’s greater than the size of your hips, visit your doctor to assess your cardiovascular health and fat distribution. If you have central obesity the target will be waist loss rather than weight loss,” Medina-Inojosa said.last_img read more