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Teachers Credit Union Co-operative Society Limited
Notice is hereby given that the 52nd Annual General Meeting of the Teachers
Credit Union Co-operative Society Limited, will be held at the Centre of
Excellence, Macoya on Saturday 28th June, 2014 at 8:30am to transact the
1. To receive and consider the accounts for the year ended 31st March, 2014.
2. To receive the reports of the Board of Directors, Credit and Supervisory
Committees for the period 1st April, 2013 to 31st March,2014.
3. To approve the dividend to be paid to members for the year ended
4. To elect members to the Board of Directors, Credit and Supervisory
5. To approve resolutions and to select an Auditor for the Year ending
31st March, 2015.
6. To transact any other business which may be properly transacted at an
Annual General Meeting.
1. Registration closes at 10:30am.
2. Only members in good standing are allowed.
3. No children are allowed
4. A VALID FORM OF ID IS REQUIRED
(Drivers Permit, National ID, Passport)
By order of:
The Board of Directors
There has been a major effort in the
past several years to reduce the rate
of early elective deliveries. Those are
births that for no medical reason are
hastened by inducing labour or per-
forming a cesarean section before the
pregnancy has reached 39 weeks of
While those last few weeks in the
oven may not seem like a big deal,
groups including the March of Dimes
and the American College of Obstetri-
cians and Gynecologists warn that
babies delivered even a few weeks before
full term (39 to 40 weeks) can face
short- and long-term health problems
including feeding issues, breathing
problems and developmental deficits.
Now, government data suggest those
efforts are working.
The proportion of singleton births
that were induced fell to 23.7 per cent
in 2011 and to 23.3 per cent in 2012,
after increasing for nearly 20 years and
peaking at 23.8 per cent in 2010,
according to the National Center for
Health Statistics, part of the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention.
The stats cover women whose labour
was induced for medical reasons, such
as hypertension, as well as nonmedical
reasons, like easier scheduling for the
doctor or baby s parents, at all stages
of gestation. But the report says the
overall drop in induction rates may be
fueled by doctors cutting down on their
use of elective early induction as aware-
ness of its potential hazards has spread.
Declines in induction rates between
35 and 38 weeks between 2006 and
2012 were "widespread by age, race
and state," says Michelle Osterman, a
statistician and author of the report.
The biggest drop was in induction at
38 weeks, which dropped 16 per cent
over that time period.
Conventional wisdom used to be that
babies born a few weeks early were
"just little [full-]term babies," says Billie
Short, chief of the division of neona-
tology at Children s National Health
System in Washington, DC. But as
research documented problems---and
extra costs---hospitals started pressuring
doctors to change, she says.
A C-section delivery may be needed
to protect the health of mother and
child. But too many are done for the
wrong reasons, doctors say.
Dr Edward McCabe, chief medical
officer at March of Dimes, says the
data are part of a larger pattern sug-
gesting a change in behaviour on the
part of doctors, moving early-term
births to full term. A March survey of
hospitals by the Leapfrog Group, a
coalition of big employers that purchase
health benefits, showed that the nation-
al rate of early elective deliveries fell to
4.6 per cent last year.
"It used to be that a woman who
had reached 37 weeks had crossed the
goal line," says McCabe. "The goal line
It s important that women who have
a real medical reason for delivering early
aren t scared off from doing that, he
says. But for everyone else, he advises
giving the baby an "extra edge" of those
last few weeks. (NPR)
It s not your usual selfie.
"The sensation is happening
again," Stacey Yepes tells the cam-
era. "It s all tingling on left side."
"I don t know why this is hap-
pening to me."
The Toronto-area woman was
having her third stroke in three
days. And this time, she refused
to suffer in private.
Yepes recorded a selfie video of
her symptoms after pulling over
while driving. The next day, the
video would help doctors at Toron-
to Western Hospital correctly diag-
nose her with transient ischemic
attacks, or "mini-strokes," due to
plaque buildup in her arteries.
Now, according to Yepes, she is
on cholesterol-lowering medication
and blood thinners, and hasn t had
any more strokes.
The video may have saved her
Two days before the recording,
doctors at a local emergency room
in Toronto dismissed her face
numbness and slurred speech as
stress-related. They told her stroke
tests had come back negative and
counselled the 49-year-old legal
secretary on breathing techniques.
Those were ineffective, and
Yepes suffered two additional
mini-strokes in consecutive days---
the first leaving the hospital park-
ing lot on April 1.
She knew something had to be
"I think it was just to show
somebody, because I knew it was
not stress-related," she said in an
interview with the Canadian
Broadcasting Corp. "And I thought
if I could show somebody what
was happening, they would have
a better understanding."
That was exactly what hap-
pened. Yepes filmed the third
"mini-stroke" the next day en
route to work. After arriving, she
showed the video to co-workers,
who immediately suggested she
go to a different hospital.
Still, Dr Markku Kaste with the
World Stroke Organisation said he
believes Yepes was lucky.
His advice: "Don t waste time
on a video, just call 911."
Kaste and his organisation are
working on an upcoming campaign
targeting women and their likeli-
hood for strokes.
According to the National Stroke
Organisation, 55,000 women have
strokes each year.
As in Yepes case, the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention
said signs of stroke generally
include sudden numbness, con-
fusion and difficulty walking.
The American Stroke Associa-
tion uses the acronym Fast ---
meaning face dropping, arm weak-
ness and speech difficulty are all
signs that it s time to call 911.
Usually, paramedics, emergency
responders and doctors correctly
identify the situation and will get
individuals the help they need.
Stroke 'selfie' helps save
Canadian woman's life
Babies delivered even a few weeks
before full term can face short-
and long-term health problems.
YOUR DAILY HEALTH
News and Advice
The left side of Stacey Yepes' face
droops during a stroke which she
filmed on her cameraphone.
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