When Shirley Adrain became a mother in her 40s, she adopted a healthier lifestyle. Aspiring to live to 100, she exercised at least five times a week, consumed a sugar-free, low-carb diet, and only occasionally drank wine. Recognised for her people development skills, she left her 20-year career in banking and founded a leadership coaching and diversity and inclusion consultancy, enabling her to have a better work-life balance. But, in August, 2020, a doctor’s devastating diagnosis threatened to derail Adrain’s best-laid plans. Thinking little of it at the time, she consulted with her doctor about a sore throat and pain between her ribs. Five days later, after many tests, Adrain, 51, was shocked to learn she had stage IV lung cancer – non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), or adenocarcinoma, the most common type of the disease. Lung cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer and the leading cause of cancer death in Hong Kong, according to the city’s Department of Health, … [Read more...] about ‘Getting cancer has been the greatest lesson,’ says lung cancer survivor
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Kindly Share This Story: By Timi Olubiyi SMALL and medium-sized enterprises, MSMEs, are generally regarded as the engine of economic growth in developing economies. Similarly, a large concentration of SMEs, including micro and nano businesses, are easily noticeable in Lagos State the economic hub of Nigeria. The state enjoys a high presence of SMEs, Micro and Nano businesses more than any state in Nigeria. Why is that? The simple metric to this is that Lagos State has a population size of about 15 million, according to United Nations, UN, projections and it appears like a country within a country considering the strength of economic activity and the populace. In fact, without a doubt, Lagos State has a population estimate that is higher than some West African countries, namely: Guinea (13,132,795), Benin (12,123,200), Togo (8,278,724) and Sierra Leone (7,976,983). Even the population of the state is higher than that of some developed countries such … [Read more...] about Towards driving economic growth from SMEs perspective in Lagos
VIENTIANE – As an important project along the “Belt and Road”, the Laos-China railway has been on a nine-year journey since it was approved by the Lao National Assembly in 2010 and officially started construction in 2016.The project provides employment opportunities and brings a wonderful life dream for thousands of local people, which is called a well-being project of bilateral cooperation. While more and more developing countries applaud the high efficiency and cooperative win-win of the Belt and Road initiatives, a few western medias are recently criticizing the project’s political and economic impact on Laos for illegally confiscating farmers’ land, slow compensation and relocation work, trying to negate the Laos-China railway completely. The insidious tricks reflect their ambivalence that they neither have willing to do themselves nor allow others succeed. To comment on the railway, comparing the critics who are lack of basic political and economic knowledge, the Lao … [Read more...] about Defaming Laos-China Railway is Ignoring Lao People’s Future
In the lockdowns of 2020 and 2021, a quote from Joan Didion that I came across 15 years back came back to me with new significance. She said: “We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” I understood this on a visceral, emotional level when I first read it. I’d been recently divorced , I was unemployed and the career path I’d been on had been shattered. I was in the depths of chronic depression , with the typical symptoms that included, lack of motivation , low self-esteem , dysphoria, suicidal ideation and an inability to set goals or to care for the self. I had lost the plot, or the story I needed in order to live. I’d lost the marriage -for-life and the career-for-life story and in this state, it seemed to me that I needed to find a new story to live for. If I had something big to believe in, or failing that, a personal goal to aim for, I could get myself out of the downward spiral. That’s perhaps a good image—something solid like a stick or sign, above a … [Read more...] about What Story Will We Live by Now?
Kindly Share This Story: Some Nigeria soldiers wounded during various encounters with the Boko Haram insurgents in the North East have vowed to return to the battlefield until the insurgents are defeated. The soldiers made the pledge when Sen. Ali Ndume (APC-Borno), Chairman Senate Committee on Army, paid a fact-finding visit to the 7 Division Medical Services and Hospital in Maiduguri on Sunday. Cpl. Abubakar Bukar, who received bullet wounds during an insurgents ambush on troops at Damboa Road in December 2020, said he was ready to return to the battlefield to join his colleagues to continue the fight. “Well, I want to thank God to have survived the attack. But as a soldier, I am ever ready to go back to join my colleagues to continue fighting until we liberate our country,” he said. Another wounded soldier, Cpl. Kolawole Omosheye said they were attacked by the insurgents in Tunkushe on Dec. 29, 2020. Omosheye said while engaging the … [Read more...] about We will continue to fight until Boko Haram’s defeated, wounded soldiers vow