USA to Battle France in the Historic 2024 Paris Games Polo Challenge, Presented by U.S. Polo Assn.

The Thrilling Equestrian Event Will Take Place on Aug. 7 and be Broadcast on ESPN

PARIS, FRANCE AND WEST PALM BEACH, FL / ACCESSWIRE / May 7, 2024 / U.S. Polo Assn., the official brand of the United States Polo Association (USPA), and the Polo Club du Domaine Chantilly are proud to present the Paris Games Polo Challenge 2024, a tribute match between USA and France taking place on August 7. The Paris Games Polo Challenge will be open to the public and will air on ESPN2 to a global audience.

With the 2024 Summer Olympics taking place in Paris from July through August and equestrian events concluding on August 6 at Versailles, U.S. Polo Assn. invites sports fans to continue the equestrian celebration with polo, just 40 minutes outside Paris city center at the Polo Club du Domaine Chantilly. Chantilly is the home of the Great Stables of Prince de Conde and Chateau de Chantilly, and is, of course, the namesake of Chantilly lace, the famous silk laces that date back to 17th century France.

In partnership with the Federation of International Polo (FIP), the Federation Française de Polo (FFP) and the USPA, this historic match is the centennial celebration and tribute to the last time France hosted the Olympics, exactly 100 years ago. France will be seeking redemption at the Paris Games Polo Challenge 2024 for the VIII Olympiad which were held in Paris for the second time in the modern era. On June 28, 1924, in St. Cloud, France, and before the official opening ceremony, the match between the United States and France began. It ended with France losing 15-1. USA concluded the overall tournament with the silver medal, having lost to Argentina, who remained unbeaten and took home Olympic gold. The last Olympics to include polo was held in 1936 in Berlin, Germany.

As the Title and Apparel Sponsor, U.S. Polo Assn. will be providing apparel for USA and France Teams with performance jerseys, practice jerseys, and an assortment of U.S. Polo Assn. custom-designed country apparel to wear off the field, featuring the global sports brand’s iconic double horsemen logo. The USA Team will be wearing custom USPA Pro whites. U.S. Polo Assn. is also providing saddle pads, as well as groom and staff outfitting for the Polo Club du Domaine Chantilly. VIP gifts for the event will include event limited edition Paris Games Polo Challenge 2024 caps, t-shirts, scarves and pocket squares, as well as branded duffle bags.

"U.S. Polo Assn. is honored to be part of such an historic and celebratory polo event at the beautiful Polo Club du Domaine Chantilly, alongside the upcoming 2024 Paris Olympics," said J. Michael Prince, President & CEO of USPA Global, the company that manages and markets the multi-billion-dollar U.S. Polo Assn. brand. "This event brings FIP, FFP and the USPA together for only the second time in 100 years of history, making this tribute game a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for everyone that attends."

Polo Club du Domaine Chantilly will also be hosting two other high goal polo tournaments this summer, the Polo Nations Cup from June 13 – 23, and the French Open for men and women from September 4-22. These events are also open to the public.

"The French Polo Federation is extremely honored to welcome the Paris Games Polo Challenge to our country during the summer of the Paris Olympic Games 2024, with the support of FIP, the USPA and U.S. Polo Assn. at the prestigious Polo Club de Chantilly, headquarters of the French Polo Federation," said Jean-Edouard Mazery, President of the French Polo Federation. "This is a unique step for the French national team to play the USA Team during the Paris Olympic Games 2024, and a tremendous opportunity to develop a program for our French national team and promote our sport."

About U.S. Polo Assn. and USPA Global

U.S. Polo Assn. is the official brand of the United States Polo Association (USPA), the governing body for the sport of polo in the United States and one of the country’s oldest sports governing bodies, founded in 1890. With a multi-billion-dollar global footprint and worldwide distribution through more than 1,100 U.S. Polo Assn. retail stores as well as thousands of additional points of distribution, U.S. Polo Assn. offers apparel, accessories, and footwear for men, women, and children in more than 190 countries worldwide. A recent, multi-year deal with ESPN to broadcast several of the premier polo championships in the world, sponsored by U.S. Polo Assn., has made the thrilling sport accessible to millions of sports fans globally for the very first time.

U.S. Polo Assn. has consistently been named one of the top global sports licensors alongside the NFL, NBA, and MLB, according to License Global. In addition, the sport-inspired brand is being recognized around the world with awards for global growth, expansion, licensing, and digital growth. Due to its tremendous success as a global brand, particularly in the last five years, U.S. Polo Assn. has been featured in Forbes, Fortune, Modern Retail, and GQ as well as on Yahoo Finance and Bloomberg, among many other noteworthy media sources around the world.

For more information, visit and follow @uspoloassn. 

USPA Global is a subsidiary of the USPA and manages the global, multi-billion-dollar U.S. Polo Assn. brand. Through its subsidiary, Global Polo Entertainment (GPE), USPA Global also manages Global Polo TV, which provides sports and lifestyle content. For more sports content, visit

About The Federation of International Polo

The Federation of International Polo (FIP) is the international federation representing the sport of polo, officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee. The FIP was founded in 1982 by representatives of eleven national polo associations, and it represents the national polo associations of more than 80 countries. Its principal aim is to enhance the international image and status of polo.

In addition to organizing international tournaments, the FIP develops international tournaments for children, conducts umpiring and coaching seminars, encourages participation in the sport at all levels and ages, and makes the international rules of polo through a cooperative agreement with the Asociación Argentina de Polo, the Hurlingham Polo Association of Great Britain and Ireland, and the United States Polo Association (USPA). Visit

About the French Federation of Polo (FFP)

The Fédération Française de Polo (FFP) was created to make polo accessible to all, to promote the sport throughout France and to support the common interests of its member clubs in every way possible. The FFP organizes national and international polo competitions and championships, sets the technical rules for competitions by harmonizing them with foreign rules, and organizes the training and teaching of the equestrian discipline. Today, the FFP has over 30 affiliated clubs and more than 800 players within its organization. For more information, please visit

About the United States Polo Association® (USPA)

The United States Polo Association (USPA) was organized and exists for the purposes of promoting the game of polo, coordinating the activities of its Member Clubs and Registered Players, arranging and supervising polo tournaments, competitions, and games, and providing rules, handicaps, and conditions for those tournaments, competitions, and games, including the safety and welfare of participants and mounts. Founded in 1890, the USPA is the national governing body for the sport of polo. The USPA is currently comprised of almost 200 member clubs with thousands of individual members and oversees 40 national tournaments. For more information, please visit

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Lithuanian Biotech Pioneer ‘Nando’ Embarks on Global Expansion With New Management Team and Innovative Production Line

"Nando", a leading Lithuanian-owned biotechnology company known for its groundbreaking work in developing microbiological products for agriculture, that helped to save up to 50M on fertilisers, announces a significant bolstering of its management team and an ambitious expansion of its biotechnological production line. This move is set to position "Nando" not just as a leader in Lithuania but as a formidable player on the international stage.

KAUNAS, LITHUANIA / ACCESSWIRE / May 7, 2024 / In a strategic enhancement of its management team, "Nando" welcomes four seasoned professionals, each bringing a wealth of experience from reputable organizations. Gytis Kubilius, with a solid background in management at "SEB" and "Citadele" banks; Mindaugas Navickas, previously International Sales Manager at "Teltonika Networks"; Arūnas Jusas, former General Manager at "Timac AGRO"; and Giedrė Mockienė, who served as HR Manager at UAB "Yara", are now integral parts of "Nando’s" leadership, aiming to spearhead ambitious development projects.

To cater to the surging demand for microbiological alternatives to mineral fertilizers and plant protection products, "Nando" has invested about €3 million in a unique biotechnology line. This investment boosts production volume, enhances productivity, and ensures competitive pricing to meet the escalating market demand. With a technology that is currently patent-pending, "Nando" exports to over 20 countries, including Great Britain, Ukraine, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Poland, Romania and beyond.

Justinas Taruška, CEO of "Nando", stated, "Our main goal is to feature a highly automated biotechnological production line. This will not only elevate the agro-biotechnology sector’s value in Lithuania but also accelerate sustainable and economically viable agricultural technologies across Europe and other continents." The new production line is renowned for its unique microorganism purification technology, a rarity in the entire Baltic region. It promises an efficient production of stable, high-yield microbiological products in powder form, a technology with limited competition.

The inclusion of new management members, with their extensive international experience, underscores "Nando’s" commitment to employee development and its focus on penetrating foreign markets, including Europe, North and South America, Asian and Africa countries. This strategic move coincides with the launch of the new production line for microbiological products.

Founded in 2007, "Nando" stands at the forefront of the biotech industry, developing and manufacturing microbiological products and chemical additives for agriculture. With one of Northern Europe’s leading R&D centers and partnerships with global research institutions, "Nando" has introduced over 50 innovative products, vital to the agro, livestock. Currently, the company is intensifying its export activities, with operations spanning over 20 countries in Europe, North and South America, Asian and Africa. The "Nando Group" proudly employs more than 50 professionals dedicated to advancing global biotechnology solutions.

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Mastering the AI Revolution: MetaHomes Ushers Intelligent AI Features into Real Estate Amidst Dubai’s Booming Market

Boasting a seamless online real estate platform, backed by innovative tools like Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence, MetaHomes sets new standards for excellence

DUBAI, ARAB EMIRATES / ACCESSWIRE / May 6, 2024 / The global real estate landscape is on the cusp of revolution, driven by artificial intelligence (AI). While headlines often focus on booming markets like Dubai (and for good reason), a quieter storm is brewing, poised to transform how we buy, sell, rent and manage property, ushering in an era of unprecedented efficiency and personalization.

Mastering the AI Revolution: MetaHomes Ushers Intelligent AI Features into Real Estate Amidst Dubai’s Booming Market

It is no doubt that Dubai’s real estate market has become a global phenomenon. Visionary infrastructure development projects like Palm Jumeirah, the Dubai Museum of the Future, Palm Jebel Ali and the iconic Burj Khalifa stand as testaments to the city’s commitment to progress. This, coupled with a robust economy and a safe bubble index (according to Statista), has attracted investors, fueling a vibrant real estate ecosystem.

The city’s relentless growth, with a staggering 19.3% property value increase in Q1 2024 compared to the same period last year, presents a unique opportunity for innovation and sustained growth. Developers are responding by launching new projects at an unprecedented pace, with a new one hitting the market every 17 hours according to Allsop & Allsop. As the city continues to solidify its position as a global hub for real estate expansion, investment and innovation, the spotlight shines brightly on MetaHomes, a prominent online real estate marketplace that offers a comprehensive suite of services for all, including real estate investors, developers, and agents.

The platform uses advanced algorithms and machine learning to analyze millions of data points from various sources, such as property listings, images, videos, and customer feedback. Based on these analyses, MetaHomes provides valuable insights and recommendations that help customers make informed decisions, optimize their strategies, and maximize returns. Luxury apartments and villas for rent, including furnished apartments, and commercial properties like retail and offices for rent are some of the properties available on MetaHomes.

In a statement, MetaHomes’ CEO, Jerry Wu, said: "We believe that AI is the future and we are committed to providing our clients with the best-in-class technology that can help them achieve their goals. Our platform is designed to be user-friendly, flexible, and scalable, so that it can adapt to any market conditions and customer needs. We are confident that our platform will revolutionize the real estate industry and set new standards for excellence."

The global real estate market presents a complex picture, with investors hungry for data insights. Navigating this dynamic terrain requires the need for innovative tools such as virtual reality facilities. With a rising tide of a tech-driven future championed by MetaHomes, the stage is set for an era of unprecedented growth and innovation in the real estate market.

Zohaib Pervaiz

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(LEAD) Seoul shares soar over 2 pct on looming hopes for U.S. rate cuts

SEOUL, South Korean shares shot up over 2 percent Tuesday as investors were buoyed by growing hopes that the U.S. Federal Reserve may carry out rate cuts this year. The local currency gained against the U.S. dollar.

The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) jumped 57.73 points, or 2.16 percent, to close at 2,734.36.

Trading volume was moderate at 523 million shares worth 10.9 trillion won (US$8 billion), with winners outpacing losers 582 to 285.

Investor sentiment was boosted by growing hope that the Fed may start slashing key rates this year, following reports the non-farm payroll growth slowed to 175,000 in April in the United States.

“The KOSPI was able to land over the 2,700 level on the back of gains from Wall Street over the South Korean holiday,” said Han Ji-young, an analyst at Kiwoom Securities.

The local financial market was closed the previous day, the alternative holiday for Children’s Day.

Foreign investors purchased a net 110 billion won worth of local shares, extending thei
r buying spree to a sixth consecutive session. Retail investors offloaded a net 183 billion won, while institutions bought a net 77.4 billion won.

Tech giant Samsung Electronics jumped 4.77 percent to 81,300 won, and No. 2 chipmaker SK hynix soared 3.7 percent to 179,600 won. Battery maker LG Energy Solution climbed 0.13 percent to 391,500 won.

Carmakers finished bullish as well, with Hyundai Motors rising 0.41 percent to 242,000 won and its sister company Kia gaining 1.58 percent to 115,700 won. Auto parts maker Hyundai Mobis climbed 1.11 percent to 228,500 won.

Financial firms were also among the major winners, with Samsung Life Insurance advancing 5.37 percent to 88,300 won and KB Financial moving up 0.27 percent to 73,900 won.

No. 1 pharmaceutical giant Samsung Biologics added 2.86 percent to 194,400 won, and Celltrion increased 2.86 percent to 194,400 won.

The local currency closed at 1,360.1 won against the greenback, up 2.7 won from the previous session’s close.

Bond prices, which move inversely
to yields, closed higher. The yield on three-year Treasurys fell 5.2 basis points to 3.448 percent, and the return on the benchmark five-year government bonds dropped 6.7 basis points to 3.482 percent.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

Antique to introduce Sibalom Natural Park as ecotourism destination

SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA: Antique will officially introduce its Sibalom Natural Park as an ecotourism destination in the southern part of the province on May 10.

Republic Act 11038 declared SNP a natural park. It extends to 18 villages of Sibalom, including Mt. Porras in Barangay Imparayan, and covers an area of 6,778.44 hectares.

SNP Protected Area deputy superintendent Joery Oczon said in an interview Tuesday that they will provide forest tours, serve food and beverages, and offer a community experience distinct to the area.

‘The tour-guiding, housekeeping, customer service, and other skills required by tourists will be done by the trained Bantay Gubat (Forest Guardian) volunteers,’ he said.

He said the opening the park as an ecotourism destination is an offshoot of the tour-guiding and community-based ecotourism development training conducted by the United Nations Development Program-Biodiversity Finance Initiative (UNDP-BIOFIN) in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DEN
R) since 2022.

The UNDP-BIOFIN and DENR identified the SNP as a recipient of its ecotourism product development training, being home to the wildlife Visayan warty pig, tarictic hornbill, Walden’s hornbill and spotted deer.

‘The world’s largest flower Rafflesia speciosa grows in the SNP aside from the boulders of gemstones,’ Oczon said.

The Rafflesia speciosa is considered the world’s largest flower because it can expand up to 56 centimeters in diameter when in full bloom.

SNP has ready amenities such as picnic tables, gazebos, and cottages to cater to families and organizations wanting to hold their meetings or stay overnight stay.

‘Bantay Gubat volunteers will entertain tourists and visitors with local songs and dance,’ he said.

Local dishes such as native chicken dishes porbida (cooked in alupidan leaves) and papisik (stuffed with tomato, onions, and garlic cooked on a clay pot and firewood) that won in the 24th SNP anniversary cooking competition on April 23 will be served.

Rafflesia, a concoction o
f fruits growing within the area, will serve as signature drink.

He said Bantay Gubat volunteers are now putting up their makeshift reception and orientation facility made of bamboo and coconut leaves, among other preparations for the launch.

‘We envision the SNP to soon become a world-class ecotourism site after its launching,’ Oczon said.

Source: Philippines News Agency

Pangasinan youth tapped for anti-illegal drug drive

MALASIQUI: Youth groups in Pangasinan, headed by the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Provincial Federation and the Pangasinan Youth Development Council (PYDC), have been tapped to help the government in its fight against illegal drugs.

Angelo Tejoso, officer of the PYDC, in an interview on Tuesday, said they have started empowering young people, especially the leaders, through dialogues that will make them aware of their role in the campaign against illegal drugs.

‘Bago sugpuin ang problema ay inempower muna ang mga kabataan sa mga dialogue kasi hindi sila aware na kasama sila sa Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC). Ang unang ginagawa ng PYDC at SK Federation ay iinform ang mga kabataan na included po tayo sa mga council sa mga barangay para sugpuin ang mga drug cases (Before we could solve the problem, we need to empower first the young people through dialogues since they are not aware that they are part of the BADAC. What we do at PYDC and the SK Federation is first inform the youth that they are included
in the anti-drug council in their barangays),’ he said.

Tejoso said aside from participating in sporting events, the youth can also volunteer for the government’s anti-drug campaign.

‘Please bear in mind that there are also youth groups who are concerned about your welfare and we can seek help from the government and most of all from God. Go back to God if you may have strayed and He will guide you,’ he said in Filipino addressing his fellow young people.

He said the PYDC and the Pangasinan SK Federation have committed to align their programs and projects in the anti-drug campaign based on the shared reports of various stakeholders that took part in the Buhay Ingatan, Droga’y Ayawan (BIDA) program in the province on May 4.

As part of the program, a fun run – participated in by over 5,000 Pangasinenses – was held to promote a healthy lifestyle among the youth and encourage healthy interaction among them.

Aside from discussing the effects of illegal drugs on the body, Interior Local Government Secretary Be
njamin Abalos Jr., in a speech during the activity, also cited the various anti-illegal drug programs of the government.

He also cited the importance of guidance from parents or guardians, the academe, and the community in the war against illegal drugs.

‘Habang hinuhuli ang mga nagsusupply, ang mga gumagamit ay proteksyunan at magkaroon ng programa para sa mga kabataan para huwag silang gumamit. Kaya ‘yon ang ginagawa naming ngayon minimeeting lahat ng mga magulang, SK, eskwelahan, para magkaroon sila program na iiwas ang mga bata sa droga (While we go after those who supply illegal drugs, we should protect those who could be lured into drug use. There should also be programs to discourage them from taking illegal drugs. That is what we are doing, meeting with the parents, SK, and schools so they could also have programs to veer the youth away from drugs),’ he said.

Source: Philippines News Agency