Diplomat José Agostinho Neto dies

Diplomat José Agostinho Neto, brother of Angola’s first president, died Saturday in Lisbon, Portugal, aged 85, due to illness.

In a note sent to ANGOP Sunday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MIREX), which announced the misfortune, expressed “deep sadness and high compassion” and expresses its heartfelt condolences to the family.

In the document, signed by the Angolan top diplomat Teté António, recalls that “Tio Loló”, as he was affectionately known, was Angola’s extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador to the Republics of Congo, Tanzania and Botswana.

A diligent member of the ruling MPLA party, the ambassador was also a BPC – Banco de Poupança e Crédito (Savings and Credit Bank) member and non-executive director of the António Agostinho Neto Foundation (FAAA), where he looked after the legacy of his older brother.

“On behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Department, the entire diplomatic class and other officials, I express my condolence to bereaved family”, Teté António’s message reads out.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

FP- ICGLR Speaker arrives in Angola

The Speaker of the Forum of Parliaments of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (FP-ICGLR) Jemma Nunu Kumba arrived in Luanda Sunday for a five-day working visit.

Jemma Nunu Kumba, who is accompanied by a delegation of the organ, was welcomed by the first vice speaker of National Assembly, Américo Cuononoca.

Jemma Kumba said that the visit to Angola is part of the effort for the parliamentarians to interact.

She said that she will take advantage of her stay in Angola to present to the President of the Republic, João Lourenço, the declaration from the last forum held in South Sudan.

The agenda also includes a meeting with the Speaker of the National Assembly, Carolina Cerqueira, to exchange experiences.

FP-ICGLR is an inter-parliamentary organisation that brings together national parliaments from the 12 Member States.

They are Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic (CAR), Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Republic of Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia.

The Forum was established on 4 December, 2008 in Kigali, Rwanda, following the signing of the Inter-Parliamentary Agreement.

The body comprises the Plenary Assembly, the Plenary Assembly Bureau, the Conference of the Speakers, the Executive Committee, Commissions and the General Secretariat.

Angola was officially invited to be a member of the Parliamentary Forum of the Conference on the Great Lakes Region in January 2013.

It joined the organisation in November 2014.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

After the ceremony, the Congolese president laid the foundation stone for the project.

President of the Republic of the Congo Denis Sassou Nguesso yesterday attended a ceremony for the opening of a road construction project launched by the China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) in the country’s northern province of Sangha.

During the ceremony, Jean-Jacques Bouy, minister of development, territorial equipment and major works, underlined the importance of the project for the economic and social development of local governments, highlighting the constant high-efficiency and high-quality demonstrated by CRBC over the years in the country.

After the ceremony, the Congolese president laid the foundation stone for the project.

The 47-km road will connect the city of Ouesso to the urban community of Pokola.

The project also includes the construction of a 616-meter bridge over the Sangha river.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

‘I am humbled by the athletes’ drive and dedication’: Mocke

Team Namibia’s physiotherapist on their European Grand Prix Tour of Jesolo, Italy and Nottwil, Switzerland, Ruan Mocke says he is humbled by the para-athletes’ dedication and drive despite their impairments.

Mocke who is co-owner of the Ruan Mocke & Marieke Kirchner Physiotherapy has been a physio for several sports teams nationally.

In an interview with Nampa on Saturday, Mocke said working with athletes living with a disability has challenged him to bring fields together that he previously saw separately.

“I have enjoyed growing as a physiotherapist through being exposed to high-performance athletes with disabilities. Simultaneously, I have been humbled by the dedication and drive of these athletes despite their impairments. They are truly ambassadors for the Land of the Brave,” he said.

He added that he enjoys the challenge of combining these fields, which he has experience in, to try and achieve optimal movement efficiencies which can help the athletes to perform at their best.

Mocke stated that on his journey with the National Paralympic Committee (NPC), he has learned that due to hard training schedules and a natural desire to perform it’s important for athletes to be well cared for.

“Athletes are exposed to high levels of physical and mental stress. Mental health is very important as other factors, external to the track and field have the potential to influence athletes negatively. This includes being away from home, not always travelling with your coach and having less contact with your support network. In these instances, having someone to assist with mental coping mechanisms is important,” Mocke said.

He also said the importance of having a physiotherapist in the team is to avoid common injuries that athletes pick up during training.

“The last two trips that I travelled with [NPC] to Morocco and Italy we saw athletes picking up hamstring, groin and lumbar spine related injuries. Physiotherapists have the knowledge and ability to treat and manage injuries, implement rehabilitation exercises and assist with recovery,” he said adding that physiotherapists can also indicate to coaches what training and intensity is safe to do with the injured athlete.

Mocke said he is grateful to have seen very good outcomes from different interventions during his trip with the Para-athletes who had hamstring strains and acute severe low back pain, but it was managed in such a manner that the athletes could perform on the field the next day instead of withdrawing.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency