How diabetes diagnosis made Martin take note

first_imgMartin van Gee has been living with diabetes for 36 years. When Martin van Gee was diagnosed with diabetes, it didn’t come as a shock.“I used to consume six to seven 500ml bottles of Coke a day. I was always trying to quench my excessive thirst,” says Martin, a Grassy Park resident, who visits the Lady Michaelis Hospital in Plumstead once a month for his chronic medication.Martin has been living with diabetes for 36 years.World Diabetes Day on November 14 creates awareness about the disease that Martin and millions of others like him have learnt to live with and manage. Diabetes is a chronic disease caused when the pancreas doesn’t make enough insulin, the hormone regulating blood sugar, or when the body can’t effectively use available insulin.According to the World Health Organisation, the number of people with diabetes has risen from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014.“After my diagnosis,” says Martin, “I had to change many things, and I firmly believe that it is an illness you can control. This includes cutting out smoking and drinking. I was very positive about it.” It was hard to stop drinking, but he realised his health was more important. He was also able to kick a 15-year-long drug addiction, he says, thanks to his faith in God and his mother’s prayers.“When you drink alcohol and smoke, it makes the condition worse and therefore becomes more challenging to control your diabetes. I used to smoke 50 cigarettes a day but cut it out. I can’t tell any diabetic what to do, but I speak from my heart.”Martin says he enjoys motivating others with diabetes. “I visit the centre every six months to see the doctor, and once a month to collect my medication. During these visits, we sit as patients while waiting, and we share our stories with one another. Through these experiences, we each can take away something new and meaningful. We are like a family. The staff treat us well and as patients we learn from them and one another.”Martin says he also had to change his diet after his diabetes diagnosis.“I used to love meat. I spoke to my doctor, and expressed how much I love meat. He recommended I speak to the dietitian which I did. I was advised how to cut down on the amount of meat I would usually eat.” As a little boy, Martin had a great fear of doctors, and especially injections, so much so that he would stay home when the district nurse visited his school. “When I became a diabetic, I had to adapt. They taught me at Victoria Hospital how to inject myself. I caught the hang of it, and now it’s so easy to do.” Martin says although he’s diabetic he is still a happy person living a normal life. “Live life to the fullest. Make the changes needed. Do it for yourself. Don’t do it for someone else.”last_img read more

Bar gets into shape for ABSs

first_imgThe Bar Standards Board is simplifying criteria for approving new business entities, ahead of an application to become a licensing authority for alternative business structures. Several compulsory rules are to be made discretionary to make the authorisation regime more ‘agile’. These currently oblige entities to have: at least one practising barrister who is a manager and owner; an owner that is also a manager; and to conduct only ‘legal activities’. The revised criteria will be included in a policy statement to be published with a new Handbook due to go live in January 2014. Board vice-chair Patricia Robertson QC said: ‘The legal services profession is rapidly changing. We want to ensure that barristers can adapt to meet consumers’ needs in an increasingly competitive and innovative market and that our regulatory procedures respond to a changing market.’ Robertson said the change, together with amended public access rules and allowing self-employed barristers to conduct litigation, will ‘empower barristers to broaden their business base to better meet consumers’ needs’. Entities are likely to be companies or partnerships and the Legal Services Act 2007 requires them to be authorised before they can undertake reserved legal activities. The BSB’s initial proposals concern entities that are entirely owned and managed by lawyers. The BSB will apply to the Legal Services Board to be a licensing authority for alternative business structures, once its ‘non-ABS’ entity regulation regime has been approved. Barristers can already set up ABSs, but they currently need to be regulated by another approved regulator such as the SRA.last_img read more

Cameron promises youth justice overhaul

first_imgThe youth justice system could be overhauled as part of David Cameron’s vision for a ‘smarter state’, the prime minister and justice secretary announced today.David Cameron has asked Charlie Taylor, former chief executive of the National College of Teaching and Leadership, to lead a review into the system, in which the prime minister said he ‘especially’ wanted to see improvement.Announcing further details of the review, justice secretary Michael Gove said Taylor will look at the evidence and current practice in preventing youth crime and rehabilitating young offenders, how the system can interact more effectively with wider services for children and young people, and whether current arrangements are fit for purpose.The review will report back next summer.Charity Just for Kids Law welcomed the review, which it hoped would be ‘meaningful’ and ‘innovative’.Director Shauneen Lambe (pictured) said the organisation had ‘long maintained’ the way the system dealt with troubled young people in England and Wales was not working.‘We believe that as well as looking at how to reintegrate young people into society after they have been in custody, it is important, and cost-effective, to look at how we can prevent children from being entered into the system’.Charities wanting to work with specific types of offenders could bid for new prisons under government proposals to sell off ‘old, dark and overcrowded’ inner-city prisons and build ‘new, effective’ prisons ‘which are not just safe and secure, but contain facilities that will lower reoffending rates’.Cameron used his speech – billed as a trailer to November’s spending review but timed to coincide with the announcement of the new Labour party leader – to set out three principles of a ‘smarter’ state: reform, devolution and efficiency.He said the government’s priorities included ringfencing NHS and school budgets.‘These are the priorities we have chosen,’ he said. ‘And whatever difficult decisions we face, we will keep these promises, because they are fundamental to delivering the “one nation” [on the side of the working people] vision.’last_img read more

Liverpool firm rescued from administration as Simpson Millar opens £50m warchest

first_imgNational firm Simpson Millar today announced the acquisition of a Liverpool personal injury practice – and the resurgent business says this is just the start of its growth strategy.The acquisition of EAD Solicitors and the transfer of all its 70 staff was confirmed as Simpson Millar outlined its aim to create a business of ‘scale and volume’.EAD is highly regarded in Liverpool and known for its working in representing trade unions, as well as representing families of football fans who died at the Hillsborough disaster. The Gazette understands talks have been ongoing for some time about a takeover, but these were accelerated when EAD directors filed a notice of the intention to appoint administrators. The sums involved have not been disclosed.Greg Cox, chief executive of Simpson Millar, said: ‘EAD Solicitors is an excellent fit with Simpson Millar. Both firms share a similarly rich heritage of supporting trade unions and the trade union movement. We believe that the combined firm can better service its existing clients.’After securing significant investment in the business from its owners, we are very excited about the future and the potential opportunities that lie ahead for the combined business.’Simpson Millar was owned by a failed listed company called Fairpoint but was officially bought by capital provider Doorway in January. The firm says it has £50m to invest in an  investment growth strategy.The firm, which already has eight offices across the country, will invest ‘substantial’ sums in marketing, technology, staff development and attracting new talent.The acquisition of EAD is believed to be one of a number of similar deals in the pipeline, ranging from the purchase of work in progress to the buying of other law firms. Simpson Millar said it wants to create a ‘business of scale and volume, and to be one of the leading consumer law firms in the UK’.Cox added: ‘We are not going to go gung-ho and we will do the right acquisitions. We have been very careful and prudent over the last 12 months and building to execute our strategy.’Ian Cohen, national head of personal injury and medical negligence and a member of Simpson Millar’s senior management team, will be based out of the new office in Liverpool.Cathy Fielding, one of 11 EAD partners who will move across, said: ‘This is a deal that works for both businesses, reflecting our shared values of putting our clients first. This acquisition strengthens the legal offer to clients across the region and we are delighted to be joining Simpson Millar.’Founded in 1974, EAD carved out a reputation as a specialist in personal injury litigation. Its most recent financial accounts, covering the 2016/17 year ending 30 April 2017, show the firm made £2.2m profit before tax based on turnover of around £6.6m.last_img read more

Renewed call for quotas to help women become equity partners

first_imgSenior legal figures have reignited a debate on whether gender quotas should be introduced to improve diversity with their opposing views.Delivering a lecture on judicial diversity earlier this week, the lord chief justice, Lord Burnett of Maldon, said his scepticism about targets ‘extends to principled opposition to quotas’, which he thinks are incompatible with appointment on merit and affect public confidence in the judiciary.Lord Burnett said: ‘They would undermine the overall standing of the judiciary and fatally undermine the authority of judges who were known or thought to be “quota judges”. I suspect that there is barely a person in the country who would support the suggestion that a surgeon should be appointed by quota, rather than on his or her ability in the operating theatre. It is difficult to imagine anyone being comfortable being operated on by a “quota surgeon”.However, Dana Denis-Smith, solicitor-founder of The First 100 Years Project, which has been charting the history of women in the law, said the time has come for quotas. Denis-Smith: many firms ‘hampered by industrial levels of inflexibility’She said: ‘One hundred years ago, the battle was for participation in our legal system. That battle has been won, with more women than men now entering the profession.  What we now need is to see equal numbers of men and women in leadership positions, receiving the same remuneration. Women are still not sufficiently represented at equity level, amongst QCs or in the judiciary and when they are, they are not paid as much as their male counterparts. We should be demanding equal representation and pay.’Denis-Smith wants an end to the salaried-partner position ‘that is so often where senior women find themselves – promoted to partner but without the voting power conferred by being in the equity, giving firms the cover of higher female partner numbers. When women are not adequately represented at the top things do not change’.Although women have overtaken men as a majority of practising solicitors, they account for a third of partners. Several firms have set female partnership targets. But Denis-Smith thinks self-regulation ‘will only take us so far’.She said: ‘There are many firms and chambers out there who recognise the importance of diversity but are hampered by industrial levels of inflexibility. The reality is that our workplaces can be incredibly rigid, inflexible and artificial places that don’t reflect our real lives. We need to start from the top, unravelling the practices and structures that do not work for women and increasingly, many men. We need to interrogate working conditions to see if they are fit for purpose rather than the expectation being that women should fit into them.’last_img read more

3 persons jailed over ‘tong-its’

first_imgRecovered from their possession were P265 bet money and a deck of playing cards. They were residents Irene Azuello, 29; Rex Alegre, 50; and Joesel Dalmacio, 52, a police said. Dalmacio, Alegre and Azuello were nabbed after police chanced upon them playing tong-its around 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 20. BACOLOD City – Three persons were caught engaging in illegal gambling in Barangay 9, Victorias City, Negros Occidental. The suspects were detained in the custodial facility of the Victorias City police station, facing charges for violation of Presidential Decree 1602, which prescribes stiffer penalties on illegal gambling./PNlast_img read more

Tay Tung tops Nopsscea girls’ beach volley

first_imgBacolod Tay Tung High School Thunderbolts – Nohlin Jundana, Marixi Maligmat and Joan Doguna – rules the 2017 Nopsscea girls beach volleyball tournament in Bacolod City. PHOTO BY NOHLIN JUNDANA [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Tay Tung tops Nopsscea girls’ beach volley ‘ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=’30’ subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=” av-medium-font-size-title=” av-small-font-size-title=” av-mini-font-size-title=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”]BY ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”]Tuesday, November 21, 2017[/av_textblock][av_textblock size=’18’ font_color=” color=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”]BACOLOD Tay Tung High School Thunderbolts extended its domination at the sands after ruling the 2017 Nopsscea girls beach volleyball tournament in Bacolod City. Thunderbolts – Nohlin Jundana, Marixi Maligmat and Joan Doguna – claimed the tiara after defeating St. John’s Institute 21-15, 21-7 on Sunday.“Hard work paid off for Nohlin, Marixi and Joan,” said Jose Montalbo, Tay Tung’s vice chairman for sports. “The girls trained for months. They deserve this championship.”Tay Tung also ruled elementary boys’ basketball by beating University of St. La Salle Baby Stingers 76-65 at the STI-West Negros University gym.John Ordas led the way with 22 points, Thomas Pillado chipped in 15 markers, while Marvin delos Santos contributed 13 points for the Renato Callora-mentored Baby Thunderbolts.Moreover, Tay Tung claimed the overall title in kakatedo. Paulina Liza Kalan won gold in kata and silver in kumite, while Francis Zohann Lita bagged gold in kumite and silver in kata.Meanwhile SJI captured badminton gold medals in secondary girls (Ellana Tan, Mia Manguilomotan, Sophia Reyne Gustilo, Mariella Jereza, Pretzel Giana Ong, Mica Uy, and Alyanna Arceo) and elementary boys (Christopher Anglo, Brendan Lui Anglo, Allen Yusay, Gabriel Ananoria, Gabe Benedict Tan, Ronald Gustilo, and Ramon Feria) team events.SJI failed to achieve a three-gold feat when its elementary girls’ team suffered a 2-1 defeat to St. Scholastica’s Academy. Its high school boys’ squad, on the other hand, settled for bronze./PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full]last_img read more

NEOSI Top 10 NBA Power Rankings for November 23rd

first_img Matt Medley This is about as a balanced a start to an NBA season as we’ve seen in recent years. There are 11 teams in the Eastern Conference above .500 and only five teams with winning records in the West. There are many surprises and unexpected slow starts around the league so let’s take a look at this week’s top ten teams.1. Golden State Warriors (15-0)Last Week: 1It seems like it will never end. The Warriors had a couple of scares, including an overtime victory against Brooklyn and overcoming a 23-point deficit to Chris Paul and the Clippers.Golden State’s win Sunday night against Denver tied the best start to a season in NBA history as the Warriors became the third team to ever start a season 15-0.The way they are playing, it’s not out of the question that they could be undefeated heading into a Christmas showdown with the Cavaliers, but that is over a month away. Golden State will have to get through a seven-game road trip between now and then, but none of the teams on their schedule really instill fear into their opponents. They gotta lose eventually, right? Pages: 1 2 3 4 Related TopicsNBANBA Power Rankings Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio.Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games.last_img read more

Wizards reportedly showing an interest in Jeff Green

first_img Ashley Bastock CLEVELAND– With LeBron James now gone, the Cavs realistically have two big-picture options when it comes to the future of their franchise: They can either try and remain a playoff contender or they can start dealing away current assets to the best of their ability to focus on youth.Of course, over the past four years the Cavs have prioritized acquiring vets, such as  Jeff Green. But now with rebuilding a very real possibility, Green, an unrestricted free agent, is drawing interest from the Washington Wizards, according to a new report from David Aldridge.Wizards, needing to replace bench production of @mikescott after he agreed to terms with Clippers, have contacted Cavs’ UFA @unclejeffgreen, per sources.— David Aldridge (@davidaldridgedc) July 3, 2018Green averaged 10.8 points and 3.2 rebounds with the Cavaliers this past season.It wouldn’t be surprising to see Green walk this summer. It’s arguable that next season, a lot of his reps would go to someone like Cedi Osman as the Cavs will need to focus more on youth out of necessity in a slow rebuilding process that is a natural part of life after LeBron James. Related TopicsCavaliersCavsClevelandCleveland CavaliersJeff GreenNBAWashington Wizardscenter_img Ashley is a former basketball player who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and high school sports for NEO Sports Insiders. She also covers the Cavs for SB Nation’s Fear The Sword. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of John Carroll University and previously worked in political journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyBastock42last_img read more

Mike Tyson to make boxing comeback at 54 against Roy Jones Jr.

first_img KEYWORDS Mike Tyson, Roy Jones Jr. “It’s just going to be amazing,” Tyson said during a video call on ESPN.Tyson shrugged off any notion of danger for serious injury for himself or Jones, saying that California rules will require they both wear headgear for the fight.”We’re both accomplished fighters,” Tyson said. “We know how to protect ourselves. We’ll be alright.”Tyson finished 50-6 with 44 knockouts while Jones, who last fought in February 2018, is 66-9 with 47 knockouts.Tyson vowed it would be competitive rather than for show — “we’re showing our skills and fighting” — and said he wants to recapture the fearsome form he once displayed.”It’s 100 percent of it looking to be Mike Tyson in the ring,” Tyson said. “I’ve got one speed — forward.”In a battle for the aged, Tyson said he wants to show older can still mean exciting in the sports realm.”It’s because I can do it and I believe other people believe they can do it,” Tyson said. “We aren’t washed up. Somebody says overage is washed up but they have a bigger fan base than the guys who are training now.”Tyson envisions elder statesmen events of mixed martial arts and NBA fame, mentioning such former NBA stars as Dennis Rodman and Allen Iverson.Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion in history at 20 years and four months when he stopped Trevor Berbick in the second round in 1986 to win the World Boxing Council crown.Within a year, Tyson was the undisputed champion and dominated the division, earning his nickname as “The Baddest Man on the Planet” and going 37-0.But in February 1990 at Tokyo, Tyson suffered a 10th-round knockout at the hands of James “Buster” Douglas in a stunning upset.He was arrested for rape in 1991 and convicted in 1992, serving three years in prison before his 1995 release and return to the ring.Tyson regained the title but lost twice to Evander Holyfield, disqualified the second time for biting his rival’s ear, earning a suspension that kept him sidelined for 18 months.He had one last chance at the heavyweight crown, losing to Britain’s Lennox Lewis in 2002, and retired after six rounds against Kevin McBride in 2005 in his final fight, days shy of his 39th bithday.”I’ve been through some experiences and now I’m back here,” Tyson said. “I’ve taken care of my body.”Jones has done much the same since winning his first middleweight title in 1993 and rolled through the super middleweight and light heavyweight ranks at 49-1 before dropping three fights in a row in 2004-05.His championship run included a 2003 victory over John Ruiz for the World Boxing Association heavyweight title, a crown he never defended before rejoining the light heavyweight ranks.Jones fought at least once a year into 2018 but has spent more time as a commentator than fighter in recent years. Mike Tyson attends a celebrity golf tournament in Dana Point, California, on Aug. 2. | AP Los Angeles – Mike Tyson, the former world heavyweight champion who retired in 2005, said Thursday he will make a comeback at age 54, fighting Roy Jones Jr. on Sept. 12 in Los Angeles.On his Legends Only League website, Tyson announced the eight-round exhibition bout against Jones, a 51-year-old fighter who briefly held the heavyweight title and has fought consistently into his 50s.center_img RELATED PHOTOS GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more