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UNITED IN PRAYER
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
...We must continue to
harness and preserve our
rich traditions art forms
and other noteworthy
essentials to showcase
to the world."
Secretary of Tourism, Culture and Transportation
-- Councillor NADINE STEWART-PHILLIPS during
the ceremony to honour Calypso Rose
Pastors pray for acting ACP Garfield Moore, centre, during an inter-ministerial service at James Park last Sunday.
Holy cow! California police find 2 calves crammed inside car
BEAUMONT---It was one of the more
unusual calls the California Highway Patrol
has received: Someone reported seeing a
cow trying to climb out of a small car
parked alongside an interstate.
Officers responding Saturday along a
mountain pass in Southern California's
Riverside County discovered a calf trying to
escape from a Honda Civic's open trunk.
Another calf was crammed into the floor
of the backseat. Both calves' hooves were
tied. Investigators say the driver was
nowhere to be found. The car is registered to
an address in Tulare County, more than 250
miles away. Authorities said Monday that
the vehicle had not been reported stolen. It's
been impounded as evidence.
The calves will be cared for at a ranch
while officials try to determine who owns
The Economic Cost of Lifestyle Diseases
The thrust initiated by Secretary
of Health, Wellness and Family Devel-
opment---Councillor Dr Agatha Car-
rington to educate the public on
lifestyle diseases is highly commend-
ed.For too long we have suffered from
a lack of relevant information on the
dangers of eating certain kinds of foods
and maintaining a sedentary lifestyle.
Most of the information is not ori-
ented to Caribbean cuisine. Not that
relatable information will change how
we life but the fact that its available
will change how we view how we live.
We cannot ignore that information if
we do it will be to our own peril.
Of course, we know of associated
dangers: heart disease, stroke, diabe-
tes, obesity, metabolic syndrome,
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease,
and some types of cancer, but we
continue seemingly unconcerned
about the impending physical, emo-
tional, spiritual and economic trauma.
Lifestyle diseases can result in loss
of independence, years of disability,
or death not to mention the con-
siderable economic burden to the
Internationally, the cost of chronic
diseases is a major public health con-
cern. In 2005, the World Health
Organization (WHO) estimated that
61 per cent of all deaths---35 million---
and 49 per cent of the global burden
of disease were attributable to chron-
It noted too that by 2030, the total
global deaths due will likely increase
to 70 per cent. The African and East-
ern Mediterranean regions are expect-
ed to affect the most.
In Tobago, our body mass index has
increased over the years so much so
that the $34 million Magnetic Reso-
nance Imaging (MRI) machine was
deemed inadequate to accommodate
many members of the population.
We were told that the Mag-
netom Avanto (MRI machine)
installed at the MRI/Cath Lab
Hospitals should have been a 70
c.m bore machine and not the
60 c.m. bore which was delivered
It costs the Tobago Regional
Health Authority $4000 to have
a patient undergo a similar pro-
cedure in Trinidad.
That cost does not include
airfare and a nurse to accompa-
ny the patient.
Managing obesity is costly.
According to a Reuters report,
health insurance premiums are
higher especially for the obese.
The government has to provide
bigger seats on public transpor-
tation wider, stadiums, parks, bus
stops and public toilets.
The Reuters's article also
pointed to the economic cost of
obesity as 'startling.' Noting too
that billions of gallons of gasoline
were being used annually to
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