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first_img“This is a social health movement that promotes healthy lifestyles,” said Ana Treasure, a representative of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), which is a proponent of Honduras Actívate. “We hope other nations follow this pioneer approach that Honduras has taken. We would like a Guatemala Actívate, a Costa Rica Actívate, a Panamá Actívate. We want all Central America active.” Besides the government’s support, business sponsors donate t-shirts, beverages and some of the awards for the winners, who receive medals but also mountain bikes, sports equipment, free hotel stays and gym memberships. Honduras Actívate, a new program spearheaded by the country’s government and Armed Forces to improve the civilian population’s health, “began as a small initiative to promote tourism and healthy entertainment opportunities to the residents of focused areas,” according to Artillery Colonel Jorge Fuentes, the effort’s National Coordinator. The program’s success has led Military officials to evaluate its scope and frequency. Col. Fuentes is considering launching a Honduras Actívate Extreme event in the northern Department of Atlántida, after the rainy season, when the Cangrejal River is optimal for rafting. Latin music with upbeat rhythms grows louder as thousands of adults, teenagers and children wearing brightly colored t-shirts and caps fill Honduras’ streets during the early hours. In addition to bringing business to host cities, the initiative has also helped Military and law enforcement authorities improve public safety in local neighborhoods where criminals had been operating. “Through this program we have recovered spaces, some of which had been damaged by drug traffickers and other delinquents,” Col. Fuentes said. Still, promoting fitness and tourism are its primary aims. “The goals of Honduras Actívate are geared towards the prevention of nontransmissible diseases, like hypertension and obesity, which lead to other illnesses; but we also want to stimulate tourism and we want to create the conditions that result in economic growth for the communities where the events take place. If people have a positive experience, they will return on their own.” Col. Fuentes and his team, which is supported by members from each branch of the Armed Forces, are responsible for scouting areas where exercise programs are held. Military officials register participants, provide security the day of the event and even run, walk or bicycle with some of the participants to build enthusiasm. The Armed Forces officials also transport some participants to events and administer emergency medical care, if needed. “We want 20 points activated to begin with, but we hope to have these mini exercise sessions in all the 298 municipalities of Honduras eventually,” Col. Fuentes said. “We are establishing new platforms because we want this to be a system, rather than a sporadic occurrence.” By Dialogo July 20, 2015 I would like to find the link about the boat that sunk with the oxen in Pará. “We want everyone to find an activity that suits them,” Col. Fuentes said. “We have high-intensity options for professional athletes, but we want to encourage everyone to engage someway, whether it’s 18 kilometers on a bike, a 30-minute walk or something lighter.” The next event, in May, was a success, with about 3,500 people showing up to Gracias, Lempira to trek through its cloud-forest mountains and for the bike and distance-running competitions. Armed Forces officials held it at Celaque National Park, a main source of water for the western part of the country and home to its highest peak, Las Minas – 2,870 meters above sea level. They chose the area, known for its colonial architecture and history, because Honduras Actívate “wanted to highlight the zone as a premium destination for ecological and adventure tourism as well.” Some families and groups of friends made it a weekend affair, filling the town’s hotels and restaurants, providing a significant boost to local businesses. center_img In July, Armed Forces officials are planning to host at least an hour of Zumba on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at different points in the nation’s two largest cities, Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula. A wide array of activities “I like the initiative. I like that it’s a family environment. I am happy sports are promoted because a person with these habits is healthier and keeps stress at bay.” The program is also expanding into the workplace, where government employees will use part of their day to exercise, developing routines that address occupational health problems. The program has expanded to include other sports, with community members leading activities like Zumba, karate and boxing lessons; organizers are also offering table tennis and chess to those seeking less strenuous activities, while young children play in inflated bounce houses at Honduras Actívate events. But since then, the initiative has grown, hosting an event every two weeks, including activities in Lake Yojoa, in La Tigra (close to Tegucigalpa); in Tela; in San Pedro Sula; and most recently, in July in La Ceiba in the Honduran Caribbean. It’s also gaining popularity, as the number of attendees rose from 7,000 for the fourth event to a record 20,000 for the sixth event, in San Pedro Sula. Its first event occurred in April, when the Navy organized a series of athletic competitions, such as bike races and distance running, on the island of Amapala in the Pacific Ocean. Attendance was modest, but Military officials saw the program’s potential. Sabrina Estrada, a two-time participant of the intermediate cycling competition, told Honduras National Television she is very pleased with the program. Plans to expand the program Because the program focuses on improving the civil population’s health, it’s popular with various government agencies and private businesses. “Different sectors have seen the value of what is being done and have decided to partner,” Col. Fuentes explained. last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An 18-year-old man was killed in a high-speed crash while driving a Lamborghini in his hometown of Mount Sinai early Friday morning.Suffolk County police said Samuel Shepard was driving the Italian sports car northbound on County Road 83 when he lost control and struck a guardrail near Route 25A at 2:25 a.m.The victim was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.His 49-year-old passenger, Michael Power, of Port Jefferson Station, was taken to the same hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.Investigators believe that that excessive speed was a factor in the crash.Sixth Squad detectives impounded the car, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone who may have witnessed the crash to call them at 631-854-8652 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.last_img read more

first_imgNeal immediately knew something was wrong and pulled his car over. 15-20 yards away he saw Joe Casiuk badly wounded and losing blood fast. By quickly applying a tourniquet and calling for help, but largely because of how close behind he was, Neal is believed to have save Casiuk’s life. Back on June 23, New York State Trooper Joshua Neal was driving along I-88 in Fenton when he noticed a motorcycle next to him. After losing sight of it around a curve, Tpr. Neal saw a cloud of dust, and the bike crashed on the shoulder. Despite losing roughly a third of all of the blood in his body, Casiuk only fractured his clavicle in addition to his leg injury. Trooper Neal said he was simply doing his job, but the experience as reaffirmed his livelong passion to be a police officer. Casiuk said after recovering for four weeks in the hospital, he has a renewed sense of life and an understanding of what’s important to him.center_img “If he wan’t there, at the time that he was with how quickly he responded, I would have been dead,” Casiuk told 12 News Tuesday. FENTON (WBNG) — Sometimes, you just happen to be in the right place at the right time.last_img read more

first_img“We’ve taken preventive measures. Alhamdulillah [thank God] the situation is now under control,” Sabrar said.Read also: Military personnel allegedly attack a police headquarters in North Sumatra, injuring sixSabrar also said the assault did not represent the actions of the TNI.”As an institution, it is our duty to maintain solidarity and synergy,” he said.Sabrar explained that the incident started on Thursday afternoon when several police officers were controlling traffic on the trans-Sumatra road at Silangkitang village in North Tapanuli, following a truck accident in the area.A minibus carrying military personnel from Yonif 123/Rajawali forced its way through the police barricade. The police officers responded by trying to stop the minibus and a dispute ensued.”Our personnel were in a hurry so they drove against the traffic, that was the cause of the misunderstanding. Hearsay about the dispute then provoked other personnel, resulting in the attack on the police station,” said Sabrar, adding that he had reported the assault to his superiors.He also claimed that he had instructed the perpetrators to apologize to the victims and repair any damage from the attack on the Pahae Julu Police station.North Sumatra Police chief Insp. Gen. Martuani Sormin Siregar said he hoped no such incident would recur in the future, and that both personnel of the National Police and the TNI could strengthen their solidarity. “Such an incident should never happen again in the future. I hope we can strengthen the solidarity between the TNI and the National Police. We may have different uniforms but we both serve Indonesia,” Murtani said. (nal) Topics : Bukit Barisan Military Command (Kodam) 1 has removed Capt. Ridwan, company commander of Infantry Battalion (Yonif) 123/Rajawali, from his post following an attack on Pahae Julu Police station in North Tapanuli regency, North Sumatra.Commander of Bukit Barisan Kodam 1 Maj. Gen. Sabrar Fadhilah said the decision to remove Ridwan from his position showed the Indonesian Military’s (TNI) commitment to punishing its members who commit crimes or breach discipline.”Do not doubt [our commitment], we will definitely enforce disciplinary sanctions on our military personnel who are found guilty [of misbehavior],” Sabrar said during his visit to Pahae Julu Police headquarters on Sunday.center_img Sabrar said Second Sgt. Salahuddin Hasibuan would replace Ridwan in the position of commander of Yonif 123/Rajawali.During his visit, Sabrar also handed over aid to seven victims of the assault, which comprised six police officers and one civilian.”I’m sorry for the incident. I apologize, I hope such an incident will never happen again,” he said.He said Bukit Barisan Kodam 1 and the North Sumatra Police had cooperated to make sure that the assault would not cause further trouble.last_img read more

first_imgKlungkung Police spokesman Comm. Adj. Putu Gede Ardana said the officers noticed yelping and whimpering coming from the motorbike. They forced open the seat and found two puppies.“The puppies were making noises for help, so we rescued them,” Ardana said on Wednesday as quoted by kompas.com.Read also: Pandemic leaves animals abandoned, starving in Bali, West Nusa TenggaraHe added that the motorcycle owner had not come to the Klungkung Police station to retrieve the bike and puppies. The police said they would give a warning to the motorcycle owner and would return the puppies if the motorcycle’s owner intended to keep them.The Klungkung police were tipped off to the street racing by locals. (dpk)Topics : The Klungkung Police rescued two puppies stuck inside the seat of a confiscated motorcycle at their station in Bali on Wednesday.The motorbike was confiscated after the police dispersed illegal street racers on the Ida Bagus Mantra bypass road early on Wednesday. last_img read more

first_imgWawan explained that, based on Bareskrim’s preliminary investigation, Hengky is believed to have ordered and paid for the package using money from a banking account opened by Hasrul.“The money was used by Hengky to conduct the transaction, including to pay the import tax on the package,” Wawan said as quoted by kompas.com on Friday, adding that Hengky had also ordered a person identified as Aci to track down the package’s whereabouts. Aci remains at large.Herianto allegedly picked up the package at the DHL Makassar office on Aug. 10, after receiving orders from Sunardi. The police arrested Herianto at the DHL office.In addition to the drugs, the police seized five cell phones as evidence. (vny)Topics : The National Police’s Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim) has reportedly foiled an attempt to smuggle nearly 5,000 ecstasy pills into the country from the Netherlands.Bareskrim narcotics division deputy director Sr. Comr. Wawan Munarwan said the drugs were delivered to the city of Makassar in South Sulawesi using the service of international logistics company DHL Express. The pills were put inside a blue suitcase labeled “wedding dress”.The police have named four suspects, Herianto aka Anto, Sunardi aka Doyok, Hengky Sutejo aka Hengky and Hasrul aka Ardi. Sunardi, Hengky and Hasrul allegedly handled the transaction from behind bars.last_img read more

first_imgRelatedPosts NOC joins 2020 Olympic Day celebration NOC mourns Abba Kyari NOC’s AGM gets date The Nigeria Olympic Committee in collaboration with Sport for All Commission under the auspices of the International Olympic Committee and Olympic Solidarity has concluded plans to organize a two-day seminar for Fitness/Aerobic Instructors in Nigeria. The objective of the seminar is to enable participants understand the values of aerobic exercise, gain more knowledge on massaging techniques, increase energy, endurance, help to reduce the risk of developing heart diseases, diabetics, body fat, maintain weight, reduce stress, tension, anxiety, depression and improve on their sleeping methodology. According to the release signed by Phemmy Adetula, the Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, the seminar is the first of its kind to be organised in Nigeria with fitness clubs both from public and private Gyms expected to take advantage of the programme to update their skills. Participants at the seminar will be drawn from the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, States Sport Councils, National Institute for Sports and Fitness clubs operating in Lagos State. The seminar will take place at the Duban International Hotels Limited, Ogba, Ikeja, Lagos from February 20 to 21, 2020.Tags: Nigeria Olympic CommitteeNOClast_img read more

first_imgBeijing: Ten-time winners China overwhelmed Thailand 3-0 to qualify for their 13th straight Sudirman Cup final on Saturday. China will play the final on Sunday against the winner between Japan and Indonesia who will vie for the other spot later in the day. The men’s doubles turned out to be a lopsided match as world’s No. 3 Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen outscored Tinn Isriyanet and Kittinupong Kedren 21-14, 21-17, helping China secure the final berth. En route to the final, China only conceded one game by sweeping India and Malaysia in group stage, both at 5-0, and beating Denmark 3-1 in the quarterfinals. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more