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  • The Cycling life: How Natnael’ shard work led to the Tour De France!

    By Asmait Futsumbrhan |

    He is one of the cyclists that have made their country’s name shine in the cycling world. The Professional Cyclist, Natnael Brhane, not only did succeed in making his dreams come true, he also became an inspiration to young Eritrean potential athletes to follow the virtuous line of Eritrean cycling. “I believe that the Eritrean cyclist possesses a great potential, a potential that would make Eritrea stand out in the cycling world. And I work to set a good example so that many of the great talents would be provided with a platform to have a chance”, says the two-time champion of Africa. Besides earning many titles to his name, Natnael recently became the Champion of Africa 2019, adding more honor and also responsibility as he will be participating at the grand tour --Tour De France 2019 -- which is going to start on the 6th of July. He has the best African cyclist’s record, registered in 2016 in Qatar. The Eritrean professional road racer currently plays for the French Cycling Team, Cofidis. Getting hold of him on his busy schedule as he prepares to leave for the Tour De France, Q & A talks to Natnael about his expedition as a professional athlete.
    • The rise of the star

    I am a person who didn’t have the support of the family at the beginning. My parents never knew that I was into cycling, even when I was contesting at mountain biking. I don’t know how I was influenced to get in to cycling, but I remember that I developed an unconditional love for it. Of course, I lived in a neighborhood where many of the cycling contests were held. Besides, there were many cyclists in my neighborhood, which encouraged me to get into cycling. My family heard my name on the radio when I used to win contests, but they didn’t know that I was the Natnel who was winning the races. Now, they are my biggest fans. My mother tells the story every time she meets people going through the same path.

    • The hurdles and opportunities, the long road to become a professional cyclist

    The only Eritrean who had the opportunity to go to the UCI before me was Daniel Teklehaimanot. However, when I was presented with the chance, I set up my mind to believe that I had to accept and go through whatever obstacles that may come my way, if I was going to succeed in making my dream of becoming a professional cyclist come true. And, as I had anticipated, that journey initiated my career. Here, we didn’t know the proper ways of being a professional athlete. Everything is connected: how you eat, sleep, recover, etc. The lessons shaped me to think and breathe like a professional. By the way I would like to mention that we have a young female cyclist, Desiet Kidane, who is taking lessons at UCI. This makes me very happy.

    Becoming a professional cyclist sure has ups and downs. One of the biggest challenges we have been experiencing is racism. That is something that tags along everywhere. I can have the potential to lead a race, but there is no European cyclist that would want to work for my result, or even be given the chance to lead a race. But this is something that I have to go through to be successful. In 2015, there was an incident many media outlets talked about. During a race, one of the contenders insulted me with an offensive word and threw something at me. But I just didn’t care and carried on with my game. The thing that he threw ended up hitting another contender and it caused a lot of problems. The guy who was hit heard what he called me and told the authorities. They were surprised to find out what he told them was true. That kind of behavior could have made him suspended from competing, but I didn’t sue. This is just a simple example of what we go through as African professional cyclists. That is why I push to work hard, so that we would be recognized for our talents and many Eritrean cyclists would be presented with a chance to be the best they can be in cycling.

    • A two time Champion of Africa, still making a head way across the globe

    Over the years, I have participated in many contests such as World Champion, Tour de France, Jero de Italia, and Tour of Turkey in addition to local tours. These are just few of the major races I participated in. I have been fortunate to win in many races: I won the Tour of Algeria 2012. Again, one of the biggest races in Europe, Tour Turkey 2013, I was able to win the stage race and receive the yellow jersey, making me the first African to win in a European race. At Tour Gabon 2014, I became the first African to ever win the stage race. But that wasn’t the first time to make history there; I had also participated in Tour of Gabon in 2011 with the National Team where I won I stage. I also finished 2nd to the yellow jersey in Tour of Rwanda 2 0 1 0 . During t h e interview, a f t e r r e c e iving my award, I told them that I dreamt of becoming the first African to win the race. The dream came true in 2014 and that was one of my happiest moments. Besides winning twice the Eritrean champion 2015 and 2019, becoming a two-time African champion 2011 and 2012 is what I consider to be one of my best accomplishments. Whenever I watch the video of the African Champion 2011, I still get emotional. Hosting the game here puts an immense responsibility on the contenders. Not only that, but mind you, it wasn’t just a race that cycling fans watched, it was a championship the whole country anticipated with passion. To see the whole country rejoice for winning the title meant the world to me.

    Also, talking of the recent championship of Eritrea 2019, it was an excellent r a c e . Every one prepared well and s h o w e d a great competency. It was one of the best races I have ever been to. Of course, I prepared well and worked hard to win the title. If you have a big contest planned right after a competition, it motivates you to work hard on it. That is why, becoming a champion was important for me since I am going to take part in Tour de France 2019. While on topic, I would like to express my appreciation for Robel Tewelde who won third place, for his skills and proficiency. I believe he did well and he deserves support.

    • Preparing for Tour De France 2019

    Winning the championship has its honors and responsibilities. To participate in one of the biggest cycling races wearing a customized shirt with my flag, besides being the only Eritrean and few of African contenders, is going to make me feel honored and would make me carry a great burden to keep up the good work. This is also a great inspiration for the young Eritreans who have a great talent for cycling. Let me tell you something. I didn’t have the big dreams to be in big races such as the Tour de France; all that I cared about was to get to the first division just like the senior cyclists. But now, these kids have icons to look up to that were able to participate in international races and who managed to win many titles. This will make them upgrade their potential to get there. So, I have trained well and I am ready to be at the Tour de France. My first week will focus on working for the team result. Afterwards, the second and third week, I will be sprinting to get in rank. This is what I am working on, and I hope that I would come out as one of the winners

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  • Interview Tiffany Hadish

    “I don’t want to have to ask permission to come and see my people, I want to come when I want to come to be with my people”, Actress and Author Tiffanny Hadish

    No introduction needed to who she is. After her first visit last year, the Black Unicorn is back to celebrate the 28th Independence celebrations with her people in Eritrea. Ever since her recent reconnection with her Eritrean heritage, Tiffany has proudly been in-touch with her Eritrean side. Now that she is here to celebrate the biggest and glorious day for Eritreans, she managed to visit a number of places including the historical trenches of Nakfa, where she actually conducted the interview.

    -Welcome back Tiffanny, what new changes have you noticed since your last visit?

    I have seen a lot of things and advancements. For example, the roads to Massawa are not as bumpy as they used to be, it was a smooth and very nice ride. I love the roads to Massawa. I have also noticed more internet cafes which I was excited about, a lot more farmlands, which is really exciting to me, and more livestock. Most of all, the President showed me the amazingly beautiful Dams.

    -You have travelled to a number of places during your stay, how did you enjoy them?

    I have been to Asmara, Massawa, Dihil Island and Nakfa. Dihil is an Island where the Afar ethnicity inhabits. The food was really good and I enjoyed the singing and dancing. I also went to sleep in one of their traditional beds outdoors with the stars and everything, I was just knocked out, and it was so good. It was wonderful. And my most favorite place of all was the hot springs at Mai Wuei. It is a beautiful place; the hot springs have helped me with my knees, which I recently have just hurt.

    -Tiffany, you are here for the independence celebration, how does it make you feel, especially with the peace situation that the country has recently embarked on?

    Coming to Eritrea at the time where it celebrates its independence week, there have been many events I attended which one of them was the carnival. It was so much fun and I am happy that I could be part of it. All our freedom fighters sacrificed their lives to make sure that we have our independence and our own land. Personally, I feel like it’s not recognized enough.

    Now, we are here in Nakfa, the home of the heroes; the freedom fighters. The homes of the people were bombed and had to move away but they took care of the freedom fighters and look out for them. To be walking those trenches and seeing how they were defending their lands with the enemy just steps away, we had these people willing to sacrifice and to be strong. I was going through every emotion at the book. I was feeling every emotion you could feel. I am still feeling it. It is a lot of pain. Still is beautiful. Those trenches are Eritrean version of the Great Wall of China, the great trenches of Eritrea. I saw the trenches and I keep thinking to myself that, would I have done that? Would I have done all the things they did? So my gratitude, I am so grateful that they did that and were willing to sacrifice for the future, for their children and grandchildren. To me it’s a lot; it is a lot of emotions that I am dealing with. I am trying to figure out how to process all of this. I couldn’t imagine how someone could be lived through it and survived. I know it had to hurt tremendously to see someone that you care about die right in front of you and your home blowing up right in front of you. It is a sad situation. And the fact that I didn’t know about it for so long makes me really upset. I don’t understand why they don’t talk about it anywhere else in the world. But the fact that I am here now, and be able to celebrate those people that paid their lives for this, to show gratitude and appreciation, with every one teaming up and staying strong and not giving up, to me is amazing and I am grateful.

    I also got my citizenship here in Eritrea. Signing those papers and getting the validation meant the world to me. That is something my father wanted. I love my father so much and maybe he didn’t get to raise me but he installed enough for me in my blood. He thought me a lot during the time I did get to spend with him. I want to honor him and I just want to be a good daughter. I want to help my family who still live here and want to do good things for them. I always had to ask permission to come and see my family and people but I don’t like that I had to ask permission to see my family. Now I got my citizenship and I can come and see my family when I want to see my family. I don’t want to have to ask permission to come see my people.

    -Before we conclude our interview, would you please share with us what you have been up to since your last visit?

    Well, I started my own productions, the she ready productions. I am putting together TV shows and movies. One of my goals is to come here and make some movies and take the opportunity to give them good line of movies and really get it out in the world. To make sure the world can see how beautiful the people and Eritrea is. We got great stories to tell that the world needs to know about. I also got cartoons coming out. My goal is to one day own my own studio so that people who work with me have a generational wealth.

    -Well thank you for having us, before we say our good byes, do you have anything to say?

    I am so happy my daddy was born here because now I have a place to go, as a citizen of Eritrea, I am happy to be home and I can’t wait to keep coming back home and learning more and more to share with the world. The world needs to know how amazing this place is.

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  • ክንክን ኣእጋር ኣብ ግዳያት ሕማም ሽኮር

    ብሕማም ሽኮር ዝተጠቓዕካ ግዳይ ምስ እትኸውን፡ ብሓያሎ ጸገማት ናይ ኣእጋር፡ ንኣብነት ቁስሊ፡ ክትሳቐ ትኽእል ኢኻ። ሓካይም ከም ዘመልክትዎ፡ ሕማም ሽኮር ዘለዎም ሰባት፡ ብመጉዳእቲ መትንታትን ሻምብቆታት ደምን ናይ ምጥቃዕ ተኽእሎኦም ዝለዓለ እዩ። እዚ፡ ንረኽሲ ቆርበትን ካልእ ቁስልን ዝተቓልዑ ይገብሮም።
    ሕማም ሽኮር ኣብ ዘለዎም ሰባት፡ ዙረት ደም ናይ ምድንጓይ ባህሪ የርኢ እዩ። በዚ እቲ ቆሲሉ ዘሎ ክፍሊ ሰብነት ቀልጢፉ ክሓዊ ኣይክእልን። ምስ ሕማም ሽኮር ዝነብሩ ሰባት፡ ግቡእ ክንክን ምስ ዘይገብሩ፡ ህዋሳዊ (sensory) ስምዒቶም ካብ ግዜ ናብ ግዜ እናተሓተ እዩ ዝኸይድ። ኢዶም ወይ እግሮም ተጎዲኦም እንከለዉ ከይተሰምዖም ነዊሕ ክኸዱ ስለ ዝኽእሉ፡ እቲ ረኽሲ ተጋዲዱ ትረኽቦ።
    ሽኮር ኣብ ኣካላትና ንዘጋጥመና መጉዳእቲ፡ ግዜ ከይበልዐ ብቐሊሉ ንኽሓዊ ናይ ምዕንቃጽ ተኽእሎ ኣለዎ። ስለዚ ኣብ ኣካላትና ብፍላይ ድማ ኣብ መሓውርና ኣዝዩ ልዑል ጥንቃቐ ክንገብር ከም ዘለና እዮም ሓካይም ዝመኽሩ። ሽኮር ዘለዎም ሰባት ካብዞም ዝተጠቕሱ ጸገማት ንምግልጋል፡ ከዘውትሩዎ ዘለዎም ወይ ከዘውትሩዎ ዘይብሎም ምኽርታት ስዒቦም ተዘርዚሮም ኣለዉ ክትጥቀሙሎም ይግባእ።
    ከዘውትሩዎ ዘለዎም፦
    => መጠን ሽኮር ኣብ ደምካ መዓልታዊ ክትልክዖ ይግባእ። ኣብ ግዚኡ ግቡእ ሕክምናዊ ፍወሳ ትገብር ብምህላውካ፡ ነቲ ሽኮር ተቖጻጺርካዮ ከም እትርከብ ከተስተብህል የድሊ። ብግቡእ ክንክንን ኣብ ግዜኡ ፍወሳን ዝገብር ግዳይ፡ ካብቲ ክንክን ዘይገብር፡ ብረኽስን መቑሰልቲ ኣእጋርን ካልእ ክፍሊ ሰብነትን ክሳቐ ዘለዎ ተኽእሎ ዝተሓተ እዩ።
    => ኣእጋርካ መዓልታዊ ክትሓጽቦ ይግባእ። ሕማም ሽኮር ዘለዎም ሰባት መዓልታዊ ኣእጋሮም ዓይነት ፍወሳ’ዚ ናይ ክኢላታት ምክትታል ዘድልዮ ብምዃኑ ቅድሚ ክንጥቀመሉ ምፍታንና ንክኢላታት ክንውከስ ኣድላዪ ይኸውን።
    => ምኽሳዕ (obesity)፦ ምኽሳዕ ንምጉዳል ጾም
    ብዝሓየለ መልክዑ ክግልገለሉ ጸኒሑ እዩ። ጾም፡ ኣብ ጸላም ከምዲ ዝርከብ ኤንዛይም፡ ኣብ ዝተፈላለየ ክፍሊ ኣካላትና ብፍላይ ድማ ኣብ ሽምጥና ዝርከብ ስብሒ፡ ከምኡ’ውን ኮሌስትሮል ብቕጽበት ከም ዝቃጸል ብምግባር ንጥዕናና ኣገዳሲ ዝኾነ ናይ ሓሞት ኣሲድ (bile acids) ናይ ምፍጣር ዓቕሚ ኣለዎ። እዚ ኣገዳሲ ናይ ሓሞት ኣሲድ ንመስርሕ ሜታቦሊዝም ብምቅልጣፍ ኣብ ሰብነትና ዝርከብ ስብሒ ብቐሊሉ ናብ ጽዓት ክቕይሮ ይኽእል። ብሓገዝ ክኢላታት ሕክምና ዝካየድ ጾም፡ ብዘይ ዝኾነ ኣሉታዊ ሳዕቤን፡ ኣብ ሰብነትና ተኸዚኑ ዝርከብ ዘየድሊ ስብሒ ንምቅጻል ዝሕግዝ እቲ ዝበለጸ ኣገባብ እዩ።
    => ምንፍርፋር (Epilepsy)፦ ሕማም ምንፍርፋር ኣብ ሓንጎልና ብዝርአ ምዝንባዕ እዩ ዝኽሰት። ጾም ከምዚ ዓይነት ሕማም ንዘለዎም ሰባት እቲ ዝበለጸ መድሃኒት ምዃኑ እዮም ክኢላታት ዘመልክቱ።
    => ቅርጥማት ወይ ነድሪ መላግቦ (Rheumatoid Arthritis)፦ ቅርጥማት መላግቦ፡ ኣብ ተዓጻጸፍቲ መላግቦታት ነድርን ምቅጻልን ዝፈጥር ሕዱር ሕማም እዩ። ነቶም ኣብ ከባቢኡ ዝርከቡ ኣካላትን ቲሹታትን’ውን ብዝለዓለ መልክዑ እዩ ዝጸልዎም። ብሓገዝ ሓካይም ዝግበር ጾም ነዚ ዓይነት ጥዕናዊ ጸገም’ዚ ኣብ ምፍዋስ ልዑል እጃም እዩ ዘለዎ።
    => ነድሪ ላልሽ (Pancreatitis)፦ ላልሽ፡ መግቢ ንምሕቃቕ ዝሕግዝ መረቕ ከምኡ’ውን ኢንሱሊን ኣብ ምፍራይን ልዑል ግደ እትጻወት ኣካል እያ። እታ ላልሽ ቀቀልጢፋ እናሻዕ ናይ ምቅጻል ባህሪ ከተርኢ እንተጀሚራ ድማ፡ ነድሪ ላልሽ ተፈጢሩ ኣሎ ማለት እዩ። ምጻም’ምበኣር እቲ ዝበለጸ ነዚ ከምዚ ዓይነት ጸገም ንምፍዋስ ዘገልግል ኣገባብ እዩ።
    => ናይ ፍወሳ መካኒዝም (Healing Mechanism)፦
    ጾም፡ ናይ ምሕካምን ምሕዋይን ዓቕሚ ኣካላትና የሐይሎ። ኣብ ከስዐና ንዝተወሰነ ሰዓታት መግቢ ምስ ዘይህሉ፡ ኣካላትና ኣብ ክንዲ ኣብ ምሕቃቕ መግቢ፡ ኣብ ሜታቦሊዝምን ስርዓተ ምጽዋር ዓቕምን ኣብ ዝኣመሰሉ ካልእ ኣገደስቲ ንጥፈታት ንኸተኵር እዩ ዝግደድ።
    => ንጥዕና ልብን መትንን (Cardiovascular
    Health)፦ ንዝተወሰነ ሰዓታት ዝካየድ ጾም፡ ዋህዮታት ሓንጎል ማለት ‘ኒውሮንስ’ ከም ዝነቓቕሑ ስለ ዝገብር፡ ኣብ ሰብነትና ዝህሉ ግሉኮስ ኣብ ምቍጽጻርን ንጥዕና ልብን መትን ኣብ ምሕላውን ልዑል ተራ እዩ ዘለዎ። እዚብዝተፈላለዩ ሕክምናዊ መጽናዕትታት ክረጋገጽ ክኢሉ እዩ።
    => ቅድምን ድሕሪን መብጣሕቲ፦ ሓካይም ብዛዕባ ኩነታት ጥዕና ዘድሊ ምልክታት ንምርካብ ዘካይዱዎ መርመራ ዕዉትን ንጹርን ምእንቲ ክኸውን ካብ 2 ክሳብ 8 ሰዓታት ክትጸውም ከም ዘለካ ይሓቱኻ እዮም። ኣብ ስርዓተ ምሕቃቕ መግቢ ዝካየደሎም ክፍሊ ኣካላትና ኣብ ዝካየድ መጥባሕቲ ብፍላይ፡ እቲ ሕሙም ቀዳምነት ዝወሃቦ ምኽሪ ክጸውም ከም ዘለዎ ዘመልክት እዩ። እዚ እቲ ሕሙም መደንዘዚ
    ኣብ ዝወሃበሉ እዋን ሳንቡእ ካብ ከስዐ ዝኾነ ትሕዝቶ ንኸይትረክብ ይኽልክል።
    ብሳምናን ልብጥ ብዝበለ ማይን ክሓጽቡዎ ይምከር። ኣእጋሩ ብዝግባእ ከንቅጾ’ውን ይግባእ። ኣብ ኣእጋሩ፡ ከምኡ’ውን ኣብ መንጎ ኣጻብዕቱ፡ ጠሊ ከም ዘየለ ከረጋግጽ ይምከር። ነዚ ምስ ኣረጋገጸ ጥራሕ’ዩ ጫማ ክወዲ ዝኽእል።
    => ኣብ ጽሬት ኣጻብዕቲ ኣጽፋርካ ግቡእ ምክትታል ክትገብር የድሊ። ሕማም ሽኮር ዘለዎ ሰብ ኣጽፋሩ ብጥንቃቐ ክቖርጽ ይግባእ። ንምምልኻዕ (ብፍላይ ደቀንስትዮ) ዝኾነ ዝልከ ነገር ኣብ ኣጽፋርካ ክትገብር ኣይግባእን።
    => ኣእጋርካ ልዕሊ ዓቐን ከይደርቕን ከይነቅጽን ምክትታል። ኣእጋርካ ድሕሪ ምሕጻብካን ብዝግባእ ምንቃጽካን ቅብኣት እናለኸኻ ንኸይደርቕ ክትሕልዎ ይምከር።
    => ነእጋርካ ነጻነት ዝህቦ ጫማ ክትወዲ ይግባእ። ጸቢብ ወይ ተሪር ጫማ ምውዳይ ረኽሲ ክፈጥር ከም ዝኽእል ኣይትዘንግዕ።
    => ክብደት ኣካላትካ ንምቁጽጻር ጻዕርታት ኣካይድ። ምኽሳዕ ሓደ ካብ ጠንቅታት ሕማም ሽኮር እዩ። ክብደት ኣካላትካ ብኣገባብ ብምቁጽጻርን ብምንካይን ኣብ ደምካ ዝህሉ መጠን ሽኮር ናብ ንቡር ደረጃ ንምውራዱ ከም ዝከኣል ኣስተብህል።
    ከዘውትርዎ ዘይብሎም፦
    => ብውዑይ ማይ ኣእጋርካ ክትሓጽቦ ኣይግባእን - እዚ ንስኻ ከይተረድኣካ ንቖርበትካ ከቃጽሎ ስለ ዝኽእል ክትጥንቀቕ የድሊ። ሓንሳብ ቆርበትካ እንተተቓጺሉ ድማ ናብ ዝበኣሰ ቁስሊ ከተምርሕ ትኽእል ኢኻ።
    => ጥራይ እግርኻ/ ብዘይ ጫማ ክትጐዓዝ ኣይግባእን። ብጥራሕ እግርኻ ምጕዓዝ ንዝኾነ መጉዳእቲ ዝተቓላዕካ ምዃንካ ኣስተብህል።
    => ቁስሊ ምስ ዝህልወካ ካብ ትእዛዝ ሓኪም ወጻኢ ባዕልኻ ክትሕክሞ ኣይግባእን።
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