Deputies urged to approve press law amendments passed by upper house

first_img News BahrainMiddle East – North Africa BahrainMiddle East – North Africa Organisation RSF_en German spyware company FinFisher searched by public prosecutors News March 17, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News Receive email alertscenter_img News to go further June 15, 2020 Find out more May 30, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Deputies urged to approve press law amendments passed by upper house October 14, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Bahrain Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives Reporters Without Borders today welcomed amendments to the press and publications law that were voted yesterday by the Majlis al-Shura (Consultative Council), the upper house of the Bahraini parliament. If the lower house, the Chamber of Deputies, approves the amendments, press offences will no longer be punishable by imprisonment.“Three years ago, the lower house rejected an earlier reform bill that included the decriminalization of press offences,” the press freedom organisation said. “If this second attempt succeeds, it will be a major legislative step forward and an inspiration to all countries in the region. We hope the deputies will approve this new bill in the spirit of King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa’s comments in favour of press freedom in May 2006.”As well as scrapping prison sentences, the bill passed by the Consultative Council on 28 May stipulates that editors can not be sued for articles they did not write. The current press law, which has been in force since 2002, provides for sentences ranging from six months to five years in prison for journalists convicted of press offences.Bahrain was ranked 111th in the latest Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index. Local media sources say more than 65 lawsuits have been brought against journalists since 2001. Although no journalists have been imprisoned since Hamad became king in 1999, they continue to censor themselves because the threat is still there. Tenth anniversary of Bahraini blogger’s arrestlast_img read more

Chris von Martels and Eclips Win FEI Grand Prix Freestyle

first_img SIGN UP A strong Canadian presence in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI 4* in Tryon Stadium on Sunday resulted in a win for Chris von Martels (CAN) and Eclips, earning a 79.095%. Narrowly behind with a 79.025%, Lindsay Kellock (CAN) and Sebastien, the 2006 Rheinlander gelding (Sandro Hit x Feine Dame Good Hope’s x Fidermark) Kellock owns with Enterprise Farm Equestrian LLC, claimed reserve. Julio Mendoza Loor (ECU) danced to third and a score of 73.115% with Rosali, the 2005 Danish Warmblood mare (Blue Hors Romanov x Mosegårdens Ratina x Ragazzo) owned by Aileen Daly. Canadian Jill Irving was 4th with Arthur (72.860%) and Evi Strasser was 6th aboard Déjà Vu Tyme (68.605%)Von Martels and the 2009 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Apache x Kebora x Olympic Ferro) owned in partnership with Barbara Soederhuizen were aiming for a fun experience rather than a pressure-filled ride, which paid off after a strong weekend of competition under their belts. “He’s amazing. He’s my dream horse, and today we just went in with a fun expectation and to try to solve a few little rideability things that I’ve felt in the Grand Prix.“I tried a few things with a different approach and that worked out for me,” von Martels recapped. “He’s great… he is always a horse that gives 200%, and I really believe in him. Today he showed everybody that he can do it.”After placing third in the FEI Grand Prix CDI 4* on Friday, their Freestyle performance culminated in a win for Eclips, whom von Martels described as a showoff: “One of the reasons I chose to come here was because it is a real international atmosphere. Our horses do get used to competing just in the one arena at [the Global Dressage Festival], which definitely has a lot of pros, but they also need to of course see different places. My horse proved he is fine, and actually I think he enjoys a big venue like this. He’s a little bit of a showoff horse, so he likes to have some atmosphere around him.”From here, von Martels will go back to Wellington, FL for a few weeks and start making plans for training camp should he be selected to represent Canada in Tokyo later this summer. Though von Martels has competed at TIEC before, it’s been a while, and returning has been a positive experience, he reiterated. “It’s been a great week. Despite the weather yesterday, we have a beautiful sunny day today, and the horses are happy to be in this beautiful venue. The last time I showed here was right before the Rio Olympic Games, and I am always reminded of what a nice facility this is, and the show organizers are great. It’s good to be here.”Click HERE to watch Chris von Martels and Eclips ride to a score of 79.095% in the FEI Grand prix Freestyle CDI 4* at TIEC, courtesy of Richard’s Equine Videos!Adrienne Lyle and Salvino Duplicate their Friday Score for FEI Grand Prix Special CDI 4* WinAdrienne Lyle (USA) and Salvino replicated their Friday score almost perfectly to claim the win in Sunday’s FEI Grand Prix Special CDI 4*, earning a total score of 77.936% (after posting a score of 77.913% for their previous win). Olivia LaGoy-Weltz (USA) and Rassing’s Lonoir, a 2004 Danish Warmblood gelding (De Noir x Lorani x Loran) owned in partnership with Mary Anne McPhail, once again claimed second place, this time on a score of 75.149%. In third, Katie Johnson (USA) and Quartett, the 2008 Brandenburger gelding (Quaterback x Donnerwunder x Dream of Glory) owned by Kylee Lourie, scored 71.553% for a personal best. For Canada, Naima Moreira Laliberté and Statesman were 4th with 70.979% and Tina Irwin and Fancy That were 5th with 70.702%.“We got almost the exact same score!” Lyle recapped of her second winning ride at the venue over two days with the 2007 Hanoverian stallion (Sandro Hit x Dynastie x Donnerhall) owned by Betsy Juliano LLC. “For me, that is a huge thing to be consistent, especially when you’re vying for a team spot. He was able to go out and put in another solid test with no mistakes and that’s huge for us. I feel like he tried really hard today.“I think moving forward, this is the beginning of what will hopefully be a long summer,” Lyle predicted. “We will start to work more on fitness now so that we have just a little more stamina, by the time you get to the last day of the show like this with all the travel and everything, but I couldn’t have asked for more from him. He tries so hard, and he’s so honest.”Building stamina for travel situations is one of the main reasons Lyle chose to compete at the Tryon Spring Dressage 1 CDI 4*, since this weekend marks “the first time we’ve shown outside of Wellington in a long time,” Lyle revealed. “It’s been a couple years, I think. It’s great to be back on the road and remember all the stuff that goes into traveling… and competing away from home, so I’m thankful we came and could have this experience.”After a successful weekend extending her winning streak with Salvino to four CDI 4* victories in a row, Lyle had two people in particular to thank and one student to congratulate: I would like to thank my owner, Betsy Juliano, and my longtime coach, Debbie McDonald, who are always awesome.” Lyle concluded, “I’m super excited for Katie Johnson who’s been a student of mine for years, and this is her personal best. This is her first year doing the CDI Grand Prix and she just had the most beautiful and harmonious test today. I’m so excited for her.”View all CDI results from Tryon Spring Dressage 1 here. Tags: Dressage, Chris Von Martels, Arthur, Lindsay Kellock, Sebastien, Tryon, Eclips, FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI 4*, Horse Sport Enews More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. Email* Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding.last_img read more

Happy to See You! Alan Cumming Is Back in Cabaret Drag

first_img Cabaret Alan Cumming Show Closed This production ended its run on March 29, 2015 Related Shows Life is a Cabaret, old chum! Alan Cumming, reprising his Tony Award-winning role as the Emcee in the Sam Mendes/Rob Marshall revival, tweeted this selfie March 21 just before his first performance in the production at Studio 54. The Scot has been brutally honest about the changes he’s undergone in the last 16 years since he played the part, even tweeting about how he’s now a man who dyes his hair and talking about how he’s now an “ancient old hag” in interviews. Well, we can’t wait to see you at Studio 54, Mr. Cumming, you’ll always be young in our eyes. We do have a favor to ask, though: how about tweeting a hot shot of your co-star Michelle Williams? We really want to know what she looks like as Sally Bowles! Star Files View Commentslast_img read more

NAFCU’s Thaler pushes for simplified PPP forgiveness process

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Ahead of today’s House Small Business Committee oversight hearing of the Small Business Administration (SBA) and Treasury Department’s programs created to help mitigate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, NAFCU’s Brad Thaler reiterated the association’s call to simplify the forgiveness application processes for paycheck protection program (PPP) loans.“While credit unions are working with their members to assist them with the current loan form, the complexity of the forgiveness rules and application is posing challenges for many small businesses who may not have the staff or expertise for such a complex application, especially with the current economic challenges,” wrote Thaler, NAFCU’s vice president of legislative affairs.“We were pleased to see the SBA take steps to address this with the creation of the 3508EZ form, but NAFCU members report that they do not see a huge difference in terms of processing the application as they still need to verify expenses and supporting documentation to ensure that they are meeting the lender requirements,” Thaler added.Thaler also shared NAFCU’s support for bipartisan legislation – the Paycheck Protection Small Business Forgiveness Act – that would ease the forgiveness process for loans under $150,000. continue reading »last_img read more

Over 1,700 Donegal women on gynaecology waiting list

first_imgNew figures have revealed that 1,773 women are waiting to see a gynaecologist at Letterkenny University Hospital.The number of women waiting for a gynaecological outpatient appointment nationally is now almost 30,000 (29,152).The number of women waiting for an initial assessment has increased by 43% since 2014. Ireland has the third highest fertility rate in the EU, but less than half the EU average number of specialists in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.A group of leading Irish consultants have united to speak out on the impact of waiting times and consultant shortages on Irish patients.Dr Rhona Mahony, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and Director of Women’s Health at Ireland East Hospital Group said the figures on gynaecology care are distressing for women:“Waiting lists have a huge impact on quality of life. There are so many simple procedures that can change a life and radically improve a patient’s quality of life. Not to be able to offer that to patients, in a country like Ireland, is really quite distressing, mainly for patients, but also for those charged with giving care.” The Irish Hospital Consultant Association (IHCA) is calling on the government to act to address consultant shortages across our health services.The IHCA believes that the lack of access and increasing wait times are being exacerbated by the fact that almost 1 in 5 permanent consultant posts in our public health service are either unfilled or filled by temporary appointments. Added to this, Ireland has the lowest level in the EU of consultants working in our health service (43% below the EU average).According to the latest waiting list figures from the end of May, over 556,000 patients are now waiting to see a consultant for an outpatient appointment, while a further 68,000 who had been assessed by a consultant are waiting for follow-on treatment. The #CareCantWait campaign in addition to emphasising the impact of long waiting times on Irish patients is also encouraging patients, the public and those working in healthcare to support the IHCA’s call for the Government to address consultant shortages across Ireland’s health services.Over 1,700 Donegal women on gynaecology waiting list was last modified: July 2nd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:gynaecologyLetterkenny University Hospitallast_img read more

Campbell could join Holloway at Millwall

first_imgMillwall boss Ian Holloway is interested in taking DJ Campbell to The Den on loan from Blackburn Rovers.The Shepherd’s Bush-born 32-year-old played under Holloway at Blackpool prior to joining QPR in 2011.He signed for Blackburn after his Rangers contract expired during the summer but is yet to score this season.His stay at QPR was unsuccessful and he spent much of the time training with the club’s Under-21 squad managed by Marc Bircham, who recently left Loftus Road to join former Rangers man Holloway as first-team coach.Campbell’s career has also included spells at Yeading and Brentford.Holloway expressed an interest in taking him on loan from QPR when he was in charge at Crystal Palace last season.See also: Bircham faced challenges at QPR and can leave with his head held highSee also:Campbell joins Holloway at MillwallFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Use AI to Deliver a Seamless Consumer Experience

first_imgTags:#AI#AI Adoption#AI retail experience#customer experience#new customer solutions#retail Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Vince LynchCEO of IV.AI Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Vince Lynch is CEO of IV.AI, a global AI company that helps businesses better connect with their customers. It processes 150 languages so all customers can be heard regardless of their origin. Clients include SMBs and larger companies such as Netflix, Toyota, Estée Lauder, Telefonica, and Capital One. AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage AI is Not the Holy Grail of Sales, at Least Not… Old-school marketing techniques that include guesswork held up by flimsy market research don’t always reflect what consumers want. But now retailers can eliminate the guesswork and incorporate real consumer feedback to gain a competitive edge.Plus, Millennials are excited to work with robots, complain to robots, and date robots, so it comes as no surprise that they want robots to help them pick out an outfit, an automobile, or a weekend getaway.Whether it’s Amazon’s AI-fueled recommendations revolutionizing the product chain or the entire advertising industry adjusting to Google’s and Facebook’s algorithms, AI has been shaping the online retail space more than any technology besides the internet itself.It will only get more important from here: A report from Research and Markets projects that AI usage in the retail market will reach $27 billion by the year 2025. (For perspective, it was worth just $700 million in 2016.)Why is AI growing so quickly? In part, because it helps brands cater to their Millennial customers. This generation now makes up the bulk of the workforce, but they’re spending less than previous generations. Brands want those elusive consumers to gravitate toward their offerings, and AI helps achieve that goal by speaking their language.Catering to a New Generation Requires New SolutionsThe solution is simple to explain but hard to execute: Make the retail experience online feel as good as, if not better than, being in-store. The missing ingredient here is a voice. That’s a voice in a figurative sense (consumers should have their wants and needs listened to), a literal sense (consumers should be able to use language to direct their shopping experience), and a practical sense (brands need to have a clear tone).Starbucks, which might speak Millennial-ese better than any other brand, has executed on this brilliantly. The company’s app lets customers use their own natural language to place their order before reaching the store. As Starbucks knows, convenience is key, and natural language processing is making ordering personal and comfortable.Tech-Savvy Customers Expect QualityThis principle applies to commodities beyond pumpkin spice lattes, of course. Take clothing. In the stone age that came before AI-powered shopping, customers could scour a department store for hours, tearing through countless clothing racks only to discover that the item they were looking for doesn’t come in their size. Letting customers articulate their wants upfront is much more comfortable, and AI helps it happen.In the techless shopping experience, customers could easily have their time wasted by a brand, which would make them less likely to come back. But AI provides an alternative: so-called “frictionless commerce,” which incorporates purchasing seamlessly into regular life.A.T. Kearney found in a 2017 survey that brands are steadily turning to the personalized customer experience. Some brands can already initiate consumer-authorized purchases automatically based on real-time data from that user’s past behavior.All of this is happening right now, and it won’t be long before customers come to expect this level of service all the time.AI Will Keep EvolvingIn 20 years, the concept of a grocery list will feel as old-fashioned as the Phoenician alphabet. Intelligent automation will even save customers the hassle of ordering products. Research has found that shoppers are predictable, and 83 percent of shopping trips end with a repeat purchase, which means AI can do most of the shopping for you.Once AI learns a user’s cadence for standard purchases like bread or boxers, for example, it can automate purchases for those items after a given period of time passes from the last purchase. Based on a customer’s travel schedule, AI can offer suggestions to approve or deny an upcoming purchase that might come in handy on the trip.Forward-looking companies have already launched this type of service. Amazon’s Dash Button enables Prime members to reorder their most commonly purchased products with one click.And a service called Boxed Concierge, now being piloted, can automatically make bulk orders of frequently purchased goods. Hopefully, this technology will help reduce waste and encourage us as consumers to only purchase things we truly need in the right amount.That means consumers will have more energy for the kind of shopping they want to do — and AI can also help with that.Mark Baartse, the CMO of Showpo, an online fashion company, explained at Advertising Week APAC how his company is approaching AI.“We are experimenting with having our visual merchandising run by AI, tailoring the clothes displayed differently for every user based on a range of intent signals. Using this technology, we help to improve the discoverability of products relevant to each individual user, which should improve the conversion rate.”Smart, well-built AI can help people enjoy a continuous, transparent customer journey; there won’t be any more purchasing that misses the mark. That’s what this ascendant generation wants, so that’s what retailers should give them.AI has changed a lot of industries, but retail might have the most to gain because the Millennial customer base is still up for grabs — and they’re responding to a whole different set of incentives than generations past. Purchasing should be a seamless, curated end result of the customer experience. Instead of dragging customers down with the retail strategies of previous generations, take the easy route and listen first.last_img read more

The Dual Caregiver: Grief and Loss

first_imgGrief and loss – makes you think of death, right? It might remind you of a time you mourned for a loved one who passed away, or the feeling you get when you think of a friend, or family member that has passed.Did you know that grief and loss are natural feelings that come with caregiving? I had no idea until about a year ago. I’m still trying to figure out why I didn’t realize this sooner. Why wasn’t ‘grief and loss’ being discussed in caregiver groups that I had attended? Why have I not heard about this topic in the caregiving community; a community that I have been part of for over eight years? Why hadn’t any prior counselors I’ve sought help from shared this crucial piece of information with me…until I met Andrea Cangiano, a therapist with the Southern Caregiver Resource Center in San Diego, CA.The Time I First Met AndreaAndrea Cangiano and Nikki StephensI found myself foggy and depressed sitting in a waiting room, getting ready to meet Andrea. This was my first official visit with her, in a counseling setting. I had met her previously at a committee meeting where I shared by personal experiences as a military caregiver and caregiver to my son with autism. Andrea wasn’t your average therapist, she specialized in caregiving and has worked with caregivers from all walks of life.When I walked into the therapy session, Andrea’s raspy voice greeted me, accompanied by a huge smile. She was just as friendly as I remembered her from our committee meeting where we first met.As soon as I sat down in front of Andrea we began talking about my caregiving journey. I just talked, never really knowing where to begin and where to end. The continual “word vomit” left me with little room for breath, unless it was to gasp for air, all in the hopes that she could decipher my verbal mess and offer some sort of feedback and support. I tried giving her a brief background on John (my veteran husband) and Kealan (my son with autism). I shared about all my kids and how stressed and overwhelmed I had become.I tend to be that person who acts as though all is right within the world, when in reality I feel the world is crumbling before my very eyes. I’m not sure why I do this, but I always have. I have often associated it with my upbringing, which happens to be a whole other can of worms. I wonder if this is a coping mechanism I picked up long ago?Back to my conversation with Andrea – I felt unusually safe with her. After I finally stopped talking for a moment for her to get a word in, she very nonchalantly mentioned, “Have you heard of grief and loss as it pertains to caregiving?”. I paused, confused by her statement. After a couple of moments of trying to process I asked, “What do you mean?”.As Andrea began describing the feelings of grief and loss and providing examples, as well as talking about the states of grief and loss, I realized that in this very moment she had put a name to what I was feeling: sadness, anger, frustration and a sense of lack of control. All these feelings could be attributed to my grief and loss. I was angry that others’ lives are moving along as usual and mine wasn’t. Are all of my feelings associated with anger? All these years I had perceived these emotions as something else entirely. I had very naively confused grief and loss, as resentment.I’ve always been aware of the ugliness of resentment and the many feelings; negative feelings that can evolve. For the last several years I had struggled with the idea that I resented my husband, but in actuality, it wasn’t resentment at all!In that moment, the largest lump in my throat grew, the kind of massive lump that you get when you’ve been sideswiped by an emotional typhoon. I had my “Ah-Ha” moment. I was not resentful – I was grieving. Grieving the life that I thought my husband and I would have when we first married, just as I’m sure he does too.RecognitionWithin a few minutes I realized how relevant this topic of grief and loss was not only to my relationship with my husband, but to my son who is autistic. Often times I think about what differences there may be between Kealan and his twin brother, how their abilities would differ and how Kealan’s autism will affect them in the future. What does an adult with autism look like? Will Kealan marry? Will he ever experience the love that his father and I experience with one another?I grieve for my other four children as well because of the challenges that come with living with someone with autism, as well as having a father that has a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and posttraumatic stress (PTS). Normal outings to the movie theatre or a day at an amusement park happens few and far between. It is something we are always working toward, but can be difficult for my son and husband.In the past I always felt that if I were to express my sadness or grief in regards to what I feel, with what I face both with my son and husband, that it would be viewed as mean and unkind and not understanding. Who am I kidding? I still struggle with this. But Andrea has helped me realize that these are normal feelings that most caregivers experience and face at some point in their caregiving journey. This realization has been a relief, and quite empowering for me.Tips for My Fellow CaregiversUnderstanding that my misinterpretation between resentment and grief and loss, simply came from the idea of always associating grief and loss with death. And because I am caring for two people who are very much alive, those two simple terms did not correlate with me. It was kind of an oxymoron.For my fellow caregivers, know that you can mourn for many different reasons and loss can be felt in many different ways. The degree of grief and loss that one might experience varies from person to person, as does the time experienced. I think it is important that we are able to name our grief, identify it and move forward with it.Having the ability to speak openly about my feelings of loss with someone I trust has been much needed. Sharing with others what your grief looks or looked like and how you learned to cope and move forward offers support to the caregiving community, who may not have yet identified that feeling on their journey. Just know that at some point you will feel grief and loss on this journey, but always remember, you are not alone. For more information on the various types of grief and symptoms, I would suggestion checking out the Family Caregiver Alliance’s site on Grief and Loss.Much love!Nikki StephensJoin me as I continue to share my journey as a “dual” caregiving to my wounded warrior and child with special needs. You can find my biography and links to blog post at: Nikki Stephens, “The Dual Caregiver.”last_img read more

Stopping diabetes in its tracks

first_imgThe solution to diabetes lies in your plate and your running shoes.Diabetes is big money all right. You know this when you are invited to a conference at a five-star hotel to witness a high level committee deliberating over policies and guidelines for diabetes management in the workplace.The 2nd National Non-communicable Diseases (NCD) Summit was organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in collaboration with Eli Lilly and Company and IMS Health. The idea was to help shape public health strategies for comprehensive diabetes management, particularly amongst Public Sector Enterprises, with the objective of making India “better prepared” to combat the rising burden of diabetes. Since diabetes steals people’s health, companies who are better prepared for the impending crisis of diabetes will ultimately safeguard the health of employees, and ensure higher productivity. This certainly counts when you consider the fact there are nearly 254 central Public Sector Units (PSUs) across India, that employ over 14.44 lakh people.At a subliminal level, the idea being pushed at us is that we should prepare ourselves for diabetes – it’s the price we are paying for “economic development.” The two factors that represent our prosperity and are held responsible for disease are processed foods and a sedentary lifestyle.Indeed, the picture is grim: There are already 60 million diabetes patients in India and the number is expected to rise to 100 million in the next 15 years. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in people of working age and a major cause of lower limb amputation, kidney failure and stroke.advertisementHypertension and heart disease also strike many. Glucose monitors and blood pressure cuffs have found their way into people’s homes and are predicted to stay. Everyone seems to be getting comfortable with the idea that diabetes is a progressive and lifelong disease that needs to be managed with pills and insulin.We will need to get our vision tested regularly, track our sugar level and pop pills to control this, have weekly foot examinations and ensure we don’t acquire yeast infections in our orifices.This is an expensive proposition. “The annual cost for India due to diabetes was about $38 billion in 2011,” says Dr Chitra Gupta, CEO, Arjate WHealth. According to the WHO, if one adult in a low-income family has diabetes, “as much as 25 per cent of family income may be devoted to diabetes care.” Also, it’s scary to be confronted with a vision of the future that involves taking pills every day just to live normal “healthy” lives: Statins to keep our cholesterol down, metformin to keep our blood sugar levels in check, and beta blockers to tackle high blood pressure.The only way out is to challenge the notion that diabetes is an inexorable, progressive disease that has to be better “managed” by our health care system. Our perspective must shift from management to prevention, since there’s enough research that proves that intensive lifestyle and dietary changes can halt this disease in its tracks and even reverse it. Research shows that losing 5 per cent to 10 per cent of your body weight and getting in 150 minutes of exercise a week may help you slowdown the progress of type 2 diabetes.A groundbreaking study published in the journal Diabetologia a few years ago proved that type 2 diabetes can be reversed through diet changes. Many can control or reverse their diabetes using focused, scientifically based nutritional interventions: Eating a high fibre, plant-based diet of vegetables, nuts, limited whole grains, fruit and lean animal protein; Taking supplements like multivitamins, fish oil, Vitamin D and other nutrients such as chromium and alpha lipoic acid, which help balance insulin; Exercising vigorously for 30 minutes five times a week and strength training for 20 minutes on alternate days.Of course, we must increase diabetes screening and adopt measures that will help people stay healthy in the workplace. But diabetes campaigns need to stress more on the adoption of a healthy lifestyle. Workplaces need to build time for exercise into employees’ lives and schools need to give children the opportunity to play more sports. Eating to stay healthy needs to become everyone’s motto. The solution to diabetes ultimately lies on your plate and in your running shoes!IVF RevolutionisedIt’s slowly becoming a woman’s world after all. Today, a woman over the age of forty can actually get pregnant without fear. The chances of having a perfect baby have skyrocketed for those who can pay for it, with brand new technologies. The IVF egg retrieval procedure differs from regular IVF, by ensuring a healthy pregnancy with minimal risks.advertisementA flash freezing method called ‘vitrification’ is used to freeze a woman’s eggs, which can be used a decade later to create a baby. Screening is done after fertilisation with sperm to check for the perfect embryo, which is free from genetic abnormalities. Then, a single embryo is implanted in a woman’s uterus, which has 90 per cent chances of maturing into a healthy foetus.No amount of alcohol is healthyIf you have justified that daily glass of wine or shot of whisky with the fact that drinking moderately is good for your heart, here’s some news that you won’t greet happily. A new study in the British Medical Journal shows that cutting back on alcohol consumption even for moderate drinkers, will improve their heart health and lower their blood pressure. Disappointingly, there really is no research that shows the benefits of alcohol to the health!Euthanasia discussion rages onShould a person in a vegetative state be allowed to die, and even assisted in ending his or her life? The question of “mercy killing” has fuelled debates across the world and each society has come up with its own conclusion. This is illegal in some countries such as Switzerland, which have legalised “assisted suicide” instead, and the issue of “assisted dying” is still active in the UK parliament. Earlier this week, the euthanasia debate was revived in India and the Union health minister, Dr Harsh Vardhan said that a national consensus was called for on the matter of ‘passive’ euthanasia, in which terminally ill people with no chances of revival, should be allowed to die. Three years ago, the Supreme Court of India pronounced a verdict that made the withdrawal of life support to a person in a vegetative state legal, in the Aruna Shanbaug case.While active euthanasia (which refers to the use of lethal compounds to end a person’s life), is still illegal in India and other countries, passive euthanasia passes muster. “Active euthanasia is a very complex matter, so many countries have not been able to formulate a clear policy on it. It’s hard to take an absolute position on this matter. We need to consider all viewpoints when deciding about ending life,” says Dr Samir Parikh, Director, National Mental Health ProgramThe writer specialises in health issuelast_img read more

Top Filipina cue artist Rubilen Amit offers to train aspiring lady pool players for free

first_imgPBA D-Leauge: Metropac-San Beda rallies to beat SMDC-NU Amit will accommodate one to two players every Wednesday for two hours at the Philippine national team’s training venue at Rizal Memorial Sports Complex.“Just send me a private message for us to work out a schedule, first come first serve,” said Amit who’s also a four-time gold medalist in the Southeast Asian Games.“My dream is to have more Pinay World Champion,” said Amit.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments MANILA, Philippines—Rubilen Amit, one of the Philippines’ most prolific cue artists, is offering free coaching lessons to all lady players who are interested in the sport of billiards.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAmit won two WPA Women’s World Ten-ball Championships in 2009 and 2013 and she’s willing to share her expertise with aspiring Filipina pool players for free.“Shout out to all lady players who are interested and open to learning more about billiards, I am offering a free coaching session,” posted Amit on her Facebook account. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:37Drug-free Philippines almost impossible now — Sotto00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more