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FERGUSON --- Police in Ferguson are
vowing to walk the streets and talk to
residents more often as part of an effort
to repair frayed relations with the
community more than a year after the
fatal shooting of an unarmed black man
by a white police officer.
About 130 people turned out Saturday
at Greater Grace Church for the inaugural
presentation of the neighbourhood
policing plan, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
reported. The presentation, the first in a
series, comes as the St Louis suburb
works to rebuild trust after Michael
Brown was shot to death by Ferguson
police officer Darren Wilson in August
2014 during a confrontation in the street.
Brown's death helped spawn the
national "Black Lives Matter" movement
protesting police treatment of minorities.
The Ferguson neighbourhood policing
programme calls for teams of officers to
be assigned to a specific area, where they
would build relationships with residents
"We want to get the community more
involved in our efforts to develop a better
relationship," Ferguson Interim Police
Chief Andre Anderson said at the
"We know we can't do it without the
Anderson, who became interim police
chief in July, said his programme was
based on old-style policing in which
officers would walk the streets and
engage residents in conversations.
"I think we are on the right track. The
reality is that the police department can't
do it alone," he said.
No state or federal charges were
brought against Wilson in Brown's death.
Wilson claimed he shot the 18-year-old in
self-defence after Brown first tried to
grab the officer's gun during a struggle
through the window of Wilson's police
vehicle, then came toward him
threateningly after briefly running away.
Some residents voiced concerns about
how they said some officers continued to
treat residents roughly despite
assurances of change. (AP)
--- SONIA SOTOMAYOR
My diabetes is such a central
part of my life... it did teach
me discipline... it also taught
me about moderation... I've
trained myself to be super-
vigilant... because I feel bet-
ter when I am in control.
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e are obsessed
with sweetness -
no pun intended.
Indeed, some of
us are so
eating that we appear to be married to
it - until death do us part.
But, the harsh reality is that the
foods we eat are killing us slowly.
Take for instance the relationship
between food and type 2 diabetes. We
know that our weight and fat
distribution determines, to a large
extent, whether we will succumb to
the disease. We know too that other
factors like inactivity, age, family
history and race put us at greater risk.
Yet despite all of this knowledge -
loss of limb, heart and kidney diseases,
stroke and death - we continue to live
vicariously by eating the wrong kinds
of food, in the wrong portions with
little exercise and sometimes refusing
to take prescribed medications for our
Added to this is the widely held
view that although we suffer from the
disease we can eat what we like and
take the medication, immediately
after, to counteract the effects of the
food we ate.
It is these kinds of behaviours that
are reflected in the startling number of
people affected by this lifestyle
The International Diabetes
Federation estimates that worldwide,
387 million people are living with type
2 diabetes and it notes that 39 million
of those people live in the Caribbean.
The association is warning that if
something is not done soon the
number of people suffering from
diabetes, in this region, will escalate to
59 million by 2035.
Here at home, officials at the Bovell
Cancer and Diabetes Foundation
estimate that there is a 14 per cent
prevalence among islanders.
All of this does not mean that we
cannot enjoy food, it simply calls for a
common sense approach to what we
can eat, the portion sizes on our
plates, our level of physical activity
and regular check-ups at the doctor.
Simply put, it demands we do things
Of the reality of living with diabetes,
Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latin
American Supreme Court Justice in
America, writes: "My diabetes is such
a central part of my life... it did teach
me discipline... it also taught me about
moderation... I've trained myself to be
super-vigilant... because I feel better
when I am in control."
How else can we take charge of our
lives if we do not control what we eat
When we don't our actions become
a burden on the state, as millions of
dollars are spent to improve our
quality of life.
It is time we make a conscious
decision to chart the course of our
lives. And while we are at it our
cavalier attitude of "something has to
take you" must end immediately.
Merlyn Leander gets her sugar level tested by nurse Lois Alleyne, left, during a diabetes workshop at the
Cyd Gray Complex last Friday.
PHOTO: CASWELL GORDON
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