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SAN JUAN/LAVENTILLE REGIONAL CORPORATION
Tenders are invited from ALL CONTRACTORS for works under the Development
Programme 2013/2014 for projects under the Local Roads and Bridges Programme
Tender packages can be obtained from the Tenders Department from Wednesday 12th
March 2014 located at the ground floor, Administrative Department of the MTS Plaza,
Aranguez Main Road San Juan Telephone number 674-5843/638-7391 Ext 122. Upon
presenting a receipt showing that a Non Refundable Tender Deposit of One Hundred
Dollars ($100.00) per project, (cash deposit only) has been paid.
The deposit slips can be obtained from the Accounts department, the tenderer must then
go to First Citizens Bank San Juan to make the deposit.
Prospective tenderers or their representatives must attend a pretender meeting in
the Council Chambers, on the ground floor at the Administrative Department of the
MTS Plaza, Aranguez Main Road San Juan on Monday 10th March 2014 at 10:00am
followed by a site visit so as to ascertain the nature of the works to be executed.
Further information relating to the projects can be obtained from Mr. Fayzool Ali,
Road Officer III at 638-7391 Ext 113
Envelopes must be deposited in the designated tender box located in the lobby of the
Administrative Office, San Juan Laventille Regional Corporation, MTS Plaza no later than
WEDNESDAY 26TH MARCH, 2014 12:00PM.
Tenders would be opened publicly on WEDNESDAY 26th MARCH 2014 at 1:30 pm and
the tenderer or his representative may be present at this opening.
Late tenders would not be accepted under any circumstances and the Corporation
does not bind itself to accept the lowest or any other tender.
The San Juan/Laventille Regional Corporation reserves the right to cancel the bidding process
in its entirety, without defraying any cost incurred by any firm in submitting their tender.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
SAN JUAN/LAVENTILLE REGIONAL CORPORATION
Pregnant women who eat a diet rich in vegetables,
fruits and whole grains and drink plenty of water
may have a lower risk of giving birth before their
pregnancy reaches full term, a large new study from
Preterm delivery, defined as giving birth between
22 and 37 weeks of pregnancy, is linked with short
and long-term health problems in children, and
accounts for nearly 75 per cent of all newborn deaths,
according to the study.
Pregnant women in the new study who ate either
a diet of fruits, veggies and whole grains, or a diet
of boiled potatoes and fish were less likely to have
a preterm birth compared with women whose diets
included salty and sweet snacks, and processed meat,
researchers reported last Tuesday in the journal BMJ.
But the findings don t establish a causal link
between diet and preterm birth, the researchers said.
"We don t completely understand preterm labour,
and nutrition is only one factor," said Christine Metz,
an obstetrics researcher at The Feinstein Institute
for Medical Research in Manhasset, NY, who was
not involved in the study.
The biggest risk factor for preterm labour is having
a previous preterm birth, though factors such as
smoking, alcohol or drug use, inadequate prenatal
care or having twins or triplets also play a role, Metz
told Live Science.
The new study was based on data from the Nor-
wegian Mother and Child Cohort Study, which
includes 66,000 Norwegian women who gave birth
between 2002 and 2008. The women completed a
questionnaire about their dietary habits during the
first four to five months of pregnancy. Women who
had diabetes, and those who did not deliver a single,
live baby were excluded from the study.
The researchers classified the women s diets as
prudent, traditional or Western. A prudent diet con-
sisted of raw and cooked vegetables, salad, fruit and
berries, nuts, vegetable oils, whole grain cereals,
poultry and water to drink. "OB/GYNs are always
going to recommend a prudent diet," Metz said.
A traditional diet, by contrast, was mainly composed
of boiled potatoes, fish, gravy, margarine, rice pudding,
low-fat milk and cooked vegetables.
Lastly, a Western diet contained a lot of salty
snacks, chocolate and sweets, cakes, French fries,
white bread, ketchup, sugar sweetened drinks,
processed meat products, and pasta.
Preterm births occurred in 3,505 women, or 5.3
per cent of those in the study. Eating the prudent
diet was linked to a lower risk of preterm birth, espe-
cially for women who were having their first baby,
the analysis showed. Eating the traditional diet was
also linked to a lower risk of preterm delivery com-
pared with the Western diet, but to a lesser extent
than the prudent diet.
It may be more important for pregnant women to
consume more healthy foods than it is to cut out
junk food or processed food, the researchers said.
The findings reinforce existing nutrition guidelines
for pregnant women, but they don t establish a causal
relationship between diet and preterm delivery, said
Dr Shilpi Mehta-Lee, an OB/GYN at NYU Langone
Medical Center who was not part of the research.
However the study opens the question of whether
there should be trials testing diet changes in pregnant
women, Mehta-Lee told Live Science.
It s not clear whether the findings apply to other
populations, the researchers noted. The preterm birth
rate in the United States is 12 per cent, compared
with 6 per cent of pregnancies in Nordic countries.
Diet can increase the risk of conditions such as
gestational diabetes, obesity, preeclampsia (high blood
pressure during pregnancy), which in turn might
affect the health of the mother or fetus, Metz said.
Eating a healthy diet could also benefit the mother
Mom's diet linked to
risk of preterm birth
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long before or after pregnancy, too.
"Pregnancy is one of those teachable moments in
a woman s life where she could implement a better
diet," Metz said. (LiveScience.com)
A diet rich in vegetables, fruits and whole
grains helps lower the risk of preterm birth.
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