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guardian.co.tt Tuesday, July 25, 2017
The photo above shows the present state of one of the major electrical feeders to Carenage and Chaguaramas.
Location is the roadway up to Bayne Lands just east of "The Buoys" turning.
No adequate anchoring has been provided for the high voltage electrical transmission poles and it seems to lean
forever more towards the sea. It has been like this for many months, possibly years, with nothing being done
As it leans it appears to be pulling the adjacent pole along with it. What has become of preventative
MUST BE TURNED ON
The introduction of body cameras
for the police is a step in the right di-
rection. However, as a recent incident
in the United States illustrates, we
should not get too carried away that
this measure would necessarily ena-
ble us to identify cops whose behav-
iour is less than desirable.
In that incident in Minneapolis,
Minnesota, a police officer fatally shot
an Australian woman, Justine Da-
mond, who had called 911 to report a
possible sexual assault near her home.
Damond was shot by the officer in
the passenger seat through the open
window on the driver's side, as she
conversed with the driver. According
to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal
Apprehension which is investigating
the incident, "Both officers were
wearing body cameras, but the cam-
eras were not turned on until after the
shooting...The squad car camera also
was not turned on."
Damond's death is not the first
controversial police shooting involv-
ing an officer who wore a body cam-
era but failed to capture the critical
footage. In a high-profile case, one of
the Charlotte (North Carolina) police
officers who fatally shot Keith Scott
there last year failed to activate his
body camera as soon as he responded
to the situation, violating departmen-
tal policy. Which begs the question:
does the TTPS have an official policy
on the use of body cameras by police
On the positive side, many police
shootings have indeed been captured
by body cameras. There is no doubt
they can be useful but they have to be
turned on. I can already hear a rogue
officer saying he turned it off to go
to the bathroom and forgot to turn it
back on, hence the reason his ques-
tionable behaviour was not captured
by his body camera.
In an interesting aftermath to the
Damond incident, Minneapolis Police
Chief Janeé Harteau resigned last
Friday, less than a week after Damond
was shot. Mayor Betsy Hodges said
she asked Harteau to resign because
"I've lost confidence in the chief's
ability to lead us further---and from
the many conversations I've had with
people around our city, especially
this week, it is clear that she has lost
the confidence of the people of Min-
neapolis as well." Any chance that
something similar could ever happen
I don't dislike milk. I dislike
the quantity of milk people
take. I dislike the advertising
that goes on. I dislike the ef-
fects of milk on my patients.
But I don't dislike milk. Milk
is all right. Except, over the
years something magical has
happened to cow's milk. Milk,
human milk, is a wonder food.
Cow's milk has managed to
usurp this position and become
the "perfect food". It's aston-
Two completely different spe-
cies producing two completely dif-
ferent milks have somehow or the
other, morphed into one. Perhaps
it's because they are both white?
One white is the same white? If it
white it good? There are people
who used to mix condensed milk
with water until it became whitish
and feed it to their children. They
believed they were doing good.
Until the children died.
Don't sigh. In Baltimore I was
told by a well respected paedia-
trician from Iraq about a peasant
from the country who came to the
city hospital in Baghdad for help in
getting his wife pregnant. He had
had intercourse many times with
her. When they examined the girl,
she was a virgin. She had horrible
Sounds like the kind of story
Donald Trump would tell after
dinner at Mar-a-Lago Club.
People tell me that cow's milk is
better than breastmilk because it's
thicker! So "ticker" is better than
svelte? It's thicker, partner, be-
cause calves are bigger than babies,
grow faster and need more protein
and fat. Elephant milk is even
. And by two months of
age, whales feed their calves once
a day, for about five minutes, so
full of protein and fat is their milk.
That's despite baby humpbacks
needing 150 gallons of whale milk
a day to support their incredible
growth, between 50 and 55 pounds
Fascinating stuff, animal milk.
Last week a reader sent me a
lovely article on the Ayurvedic
Perspective on cow's milk point-
ing out the difference between
the fresh, warm milk he drank
as a child in India and the old,
processed stuff we have today,
even though he recollects that his
mother stopped him from drinking
cow's milk as a child because she
thought it as the cause of his many
childhood illnesses. But the milk
your child drinks today is nothing
like the milk your grandmother
drank as a child. Today's milk
comes from sick, unhappy cows,
hooked up to machines and treated
with antibiotics and hormones to
overproduce until they drop dead
at which time they are ground up,
horns, skin, hooves, intestines and
all to produce hamburger or hot
Don't sneer at the unhappy cow
scenario! Unhappy animals pro-
duce less milk that is nutritionally
inferior and contains stress hor-
mones. What those hormones do
is a matter of debate. But why take
the chance that inferior, processed
milk can harm your child when
your child does not need cow's
milk after the age of one year?
So no, Mary, I am not anti-milk.
It's about tidiness. Correctness.
This is what gets me vex about
There are three common scenar-
ios that I am tired of seeing. About
two to three times a week parents
come into the office complaining.
i) Their two year old is not
drinking milk. Doesn't want any
milk since he turned 15 months.
The child is well, active, full of en-
ergy, seldom ill etc. Healthy child
but he not drinking milk. Parents
are deeply concerned. Eating
everything else, blue food, rice and
peas, callaloo, fish, egg, pumpkin,
mango, no problem.
But he not touching the milk.
Parents worried like hell. They
have been told by doctors and
family and friends that if the child
does not drink milk, he will be-
come sickly, bones weak, bad teeth
and so on.
Happens a dozen times a year.
Multiply by 40, that's nearly five
hundred times I have made my
little speech about children not
needing to drink milk after one
year of age. Getting bit tired. Chil-
dren do not need milk. They get
all the calcium they need from fish
and vegetables etc. Drinking too
much milk (more than a glass a
day) has serious side effects. Anae-
mia. Obesity. Constipation. Dry
skin. Colic. Ear infection. Delayed
development. Slow speech.
Please, leave the popo alone
eating table food and worry about
crime or corruption or how you
going to manage the SEA now that
the Archbishop has joined me in
calling the exam child abuse.
ii) Child drinking plenty milk,
parents happy. Big, fat children,
poor tone, not very active, whiny,
clingy, bottle pushed into mouth at
every opportunity, keep the damm
chile quiet nuh woman, ah watch-
ing Man United! Some of these
poor children drink astronomical
amounts of milk a day, up to 60 or
70 ounces. See above comments re
iii) Child drinking plenty milk,
parents concerned and want to
know why he not eating! Well? If
his belly is full of milk, 60 ounces
in 24 hours, how can he tolerate
The sad thing is that these are
fine parents. They want to do the
best for their child. They have
been totally fooled by a malignant
combination of poor doctoring and
rampant, uncontrolled advertising
for milk to believe that their child
must drink milk to be considered
healthy. It's madness!
That is what bothers me, Mary.
That is what bothers me. Good
parents, fooled by milk companies
and poorly educated doctors, wor-
ried about the wrong thing. When
they should be worried about the
child drinking milk, they worried
about the child not drinking milk.
It's a shame and not their fault.
And we haven't even touched on
the "special" milks bobol: the "fol-
low-ons" or "growing-up" milks.
That is real mamaguy!
DAVID E BRATT, MD
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