City Hall Flags Fly at Half Staff for 500,000 Who Lost Their Lives to COVID-19

first_imgCommunity News City Hall Flags Fly at Half Staff for 500,000 Who Lost Their Lives to COVID-19 CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Published on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 | 1:28 pm 9 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Business News CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribe STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDScenter_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * HerbeautyA Dark Side Of Beauty Salons Not Many People Know AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBet You Didn’t Need Another Reason To Stay Coupled Up This SeasonHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRobert Irwin Recreates His Father’s Iconic PhotosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Swears He’s Ready For Another Relationship. Is He Really?HerbeautyHerbeauty Community News Make a comment Top of the News STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes More Cool Stuff Flags at Pasadena City Hall will fly at half-staff through sunset Friday, Feb. 26, in remembrance of the 500,000 Americans lost to the coronavirus.“That is more Americans who have died in a single year of this pandemic than in World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War combined,” read a proclamation from the White House.“On this solemn occasion, we reflect on their loss and on their loved ones left behind. We, as a nation, must remember them so we can begin to heal, to unite, and find purpose as one nation to defeat this pandemic.”In Pasadena, there have been 10,783 cases of the virus and 307 fatalities.Los Angeles County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Fere paused for a moment of silence on Monday as she delivered a daily update on case numbers, noting the county has reported 19,906 deaths from the virus, even as infection rates improve.“I do want to start today’s update recognizing the heartbreaking loss of life from this deadly virus,” said Ferrer. “Half a million people have passed away across our nation, and here in L.A. County, we’re approaching the terrible milestone of 20,000 deaths. Let us remember and honor all those who have passed with a moment of silence.”As of Monday, a total of 1,181,469 cases were confirmed in Los Angeles County since the start of the pandemic about a year ago.Case numbers, infection rates and hospitalizations continue to tumble from the highs seen during the winter surge. Ferrer noted the current seven-day average of daily new cases has dropped to about 1,600 since an early January peak of more than 15,000 per day.The county’s COVID transmission rate — or the average number of people a COVID patient infects with the virus — dropped to 0.76, down from 0.81 a week ago. The county currently estimates that one in every 730 residents, excluding those who are in quarantine or isolation, are infected with the virus and capable of spreading it. That’s an improvement from last week’s estimate of one in every 460.last_img read more

Anti-VRT campaigner to run as Indepedent in Donegal NE

first_img 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Anti-VRT campaigner to run as Indepedent in Donegal NE By News Highland – December 10, 2010 Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Google+ Previous articleMac Lochlainn says Blaney’s LGH guarantees are an election stuntNext articleLarkin declines to comment on solo run speculation News Highland Pinterest Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Twitter Newsx Advertscenter_img Anti-VRT campaigner Ryan Stewart has annouced his intention to stand as an Independent General Election candidate in Donegal North-East.Mr Stewart has led a high-profile campaign  against the motor tax and his facebook page has currently over 12,000 supporters. The quota needed to get into the Dail in the 2007 General Election was 9,637.Mr Stewart says while VRT will be a central plank of his campaign, he’s more than a single issue candidate………[podcast][/podcast] Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Pinterest Facebook Twitter WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebook WhatsApp Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Positive sign in America’s food fight

first_imgIs there light at the end of the “diabesity” tunnel? New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention seem to confirm that recent reports showing the U.S. diabetes epidemic beginning to decline are not a statistical blip. The CDC reported this week that the number of new diabetes cases in the United States rose by 1.4 million in 2014, a rate more than three times that of the early 1980s, but significantly lower than the 1.7 million of 2009. Frank Hu, a professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the principal investigator of the diabetes component of the landmark Nurses’ Health Study, responded to the CDC findings in an interview with the Gazette. While cause for hope, Hu said, these slim gains are no reason to relax efforts in the nation’s fight to reverse the epidemic.GAZETTE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released statistics showing new cases of diabetes declining from prior years in 2014. What is the significance of these numbers?HU: I think the new data confirmed that the trend we have been seeing in the past several years is not an artifact; it’s real. So I think that’s good news.The number of people diagnosed with diabetes increased dramatically from early 1990s until 2010-2011, then plateaued over the past several years, and came down substantially in 2014. I think the trend is pretty robust.GAZETTE: Even with the decline, we’re still getting more than a million new cases in a year. What is the overall picture of diabetes today?HU: The prevalence remains very high. That’s the reason it’s really too early to celebrate. We are still facing a diabetes epidemic and a major public health challenge in the U.S. and globally in terms of diabetes. Right now, almost 29 million people in the U.S. have diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes. So that’s a huge number. And that large number of diabetes patients will have major implications for health care costs and impose a large burden on the health care system.GAZETTE: What kinds of complications do you typically see with diabetes?HU: The most common complication, of course, is cardiovascular disease. About two-thirds of people with diabetes will die of heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular events. That’s the reason it’s extremely important to reduce cardiovascular risk factors among people with diabetes.Diabetes is the most important cause of several other devastating complications such as blindness, non-traumatic lower limb amputations, and dialysis and kidney failure. That’s the reason it’s so expensive to manage and treat diabetes.Right now, we don’t have a cure and people with diabetes have to be put on multiple medications to control their blood sugar. Eventually, those drugs are not effective anymore and these patients have to be put on insulin. It’s a lifelong treatment.GAZETTE: How tightly bound are the diabetes and obesity epidemics? Is it possible to fight one without affecting the other?HU: Obesity and type 2 diabetes go hand in hand. That is the reason we have this new terminology called “diabesity.” Obesity is the single most important risk factor for diabetes and the recent increase in diabetes in the U.S. and globally is largely due to rising obesity.GAZETTE: Is the slowing growth in diabetes cases an indication that things are getting better with obesity?HU: That’s an interesting question. Of course diabetes is a multifactorial disease, but, as I mentioned, obesity is the single greatest risk factor for diabetes.In the past several years it looks like the obesity epidemic has plateaued in the U.S., although the last wave of data indicated a modest increase in women. But overall, when you look at the trend in the past decade, the increase has been much smaller. The plateau of the obesity epidemic may account for the plateau of diabetes prevalence and perhaps even a modest reduction in the diagnosed diabetes cases.Another potential factor is an overall improvement of diet quality in the U.S. We published a recent paper in Health Affairs and, in that study, we found that there is modest improvement in overall diet quality in the U.S. That is primarily driven by two factors. One is that the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages has declined by almost 25 percent and [the other is] the consumption of trans fats has decreased by 70 percent.Those are major positive trends in terms of diet. Both factors are important for diabetes. There is also modest improvement in consumption of fruits and modest reduction in red meat intake.Improvement in diet quality accounts for about a 12 percent reduction in diabetes prevalence in the U.S. in the past decade. That’s actually independent of changes in body weight and an interesting finding that hasn’t been widely described in the media or the literature.GAZETTE: So the quality of our diet improving could have a positive effect on diabetes even if the obesity rate continues to inch up?HU: If you look at the question from another perspective, the improvement in diet quality may have also contributed to the plateau of the obesity epidemic because we know that both quality and quantity of the diet are important.We don’t have good data on quantity of dietary intakes — the number of calories consumed daily — but in terms overall quality it looks like there has been modest improvement. But we still have a long way to go in terms of achieving a more optimal diet quality. Overall, I think improvement in diet quality may have contributed to the plateau of both obesity and diabetes in the U.S. population.GAZETTE: Any idea what might be working as far as intervention strategies?HU: Sugar-sweetened beverage consumption had decreased substantially. I think there is increasing public awareness about the deleterious effect of sugary beverages on obesity and diabetes. And there are certainly more policies that have helped to reduce consumption of sugary beverages in schools, in government buildings, and perhaps in certain communities.GAZETTE: Do we know how these numbers break down among subgroups?HU: The CDC did present data by different ethnic groups and different educational levels. There is a huge disparity in terms of diabetes prevalence by race and SES [socioeconomic status]. African-Americans and Hispanics have disproportionately higher prevalence of diabetes and people with a lower SES also have a much higher prevalence of diabetes.This disparity in diabetes prevalence corresponds very well to the gap in obesity prevalence and also the gap in diet quality. We have seen diet quality improve much greater for those in the higher SES group than for those in the lower SES group and also much greater improvement in normal-weight people than obese people.GAZETTE: What is most important for the public to know about diabetes today?HU: Diabetes is largely preventable by diet and lifestyle.A lot of people think diabetes is a genetic disease and cannot be modified by what they eat and what they do. Diabetes runs in the family, but genetics plays only a small part in the diabetes epidemic. Unhealthy diet and lifestyle account for the vast majority of type 2 diabetes cases.That’s the reason we need multipronged approaches to tackle this problem. We need to encourage people to change their diet and lifestyle, their behavior, habits, and I think equally important — perhaps more important — to create a healthy environment that can facilitate and support individuals to adopt healthy behaviors.last_img read more

Cigar association stresses ‘Freedom, Unity’ for all Vermont citizens

first_imgContrary to its motto – ‘Freedom and Unity’ – the state of Vermont is one step closer to tightening its current smoking ban by prohibiting the use of tobacco and other smoking products in all workplaces throughout the state.The International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association says the freedom of all Vermont citizens – smokers and non-smokers alike – is at stake and state legislators should be spending their time on issues that truly matter – like jobs and the economy.”The United States Constitution gives the right to employers to decide how to conduct their businesses, and that includes whether or not to allow smoking on their premises. The state of Vermont preempted that right by legislating a smoking ban in 1987 and would be adding insult to injury now by tightening those decades-old restrictions,” said Chris McCalla, legislative director of the IPCPR.”Why is this important to the estimated 675,000 non-smokers and smokers who live in the state? They all should be concerned because their constitutional rights are being further tampered with and further deprivation of their rights would be in the offing,” he explained.McCalla pointed out that, in contrast to what is claimed by pro-ban and anti-smoking forces, secondhand smoke in the workplace has been declared a virtual non-issue by the very federal organization that has been assigned the responsibility for wellness in the workplace – the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.”In the first place, OSHA has established safe levels for secondhand smoke in the workplace and, secondly, those safe levels are so high that the air quality in most bars and restaurants would not come close to reaching them let alone exceeding them,” McCalla said.McCalla cited official documentation from senior officials of OSHA that states, in part, “It would be very rare to find a workplace with so much smoking that permissible exposure levels would be exceeded.”Vermont’s current smoking ban plus on-going trends in the marketplace have led to an increasing number of business owners banning the use of tobacco in their establishments.”Legislated smoking bans are simply not necessary when the market is adjusting accordingly on its own. Why bother with something that’s already working when there are so many other more important issues to deal with such as jobs and the economy?” he said.Source: The International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers AssociationSource: MONTPELIER, Vt., April 9 /PRNewswire/last_img read more

Call for inquiry into ‘ongoing tragedy’ of child abuse

first_imgTVNZ News 16 January 2012The death of a two-month-old Wanganui girl has prompted calls for a Commission of Inquiry into violence against children in New Zealand. Family First say the case is further proof of the urgent need for an independent inquiry completely removed from political parties. Both Labour and National are rejecting the idea. Family First director Bob McCroskie said child abuse deserves more focus. “I think a lot of people are saying ‘come on, we really need to tackle this issue head on,’” he said. “We’ve had commissions into the Christchurch earthquake and yet we haven’t had a Commission of Inquiry into our greatest and ongoing tragedy of child abuse deaths.”Last year the Government promised a solution to New Zealand’s high rate of child abuse and launched a green paper asking for public submissions on what should be done. But McCoskrie believes independent advice is needed to figure out how abuse is happening. “I think that we just need to take it away from it being a political process where it’s about political points scoring and posturing and election stunts,” he said. “Put it in the hands of independent experts and and get the very best people to look at some of the issues.”Social Development Minister Paula Bennett said there is no need for an inquiry. She says the green paper has already garnered 500 submissions, and is an inclusive opportunity for all New Zealanders to offer their solutions to stop child abuse. Bennett said she will be touring the country next week to get more people involved. Labour’s social development spokeswoman Jacinda Ardern also says an inquiry is not needed. She said Labour has been calling for the Government to work across political parties on child welfare issues for some time. Family First’s Bob McCoskrie on ONE News read more

Must Have Feet On Ground In Copa America Final: Everton

first_imgTeresopolis: Brazil forward Everton has played down his team’s favourite tag to win Sunday’s Copa America final against Peru, despite the hosts’ 5-0 win over the same opponents during the competition’s group stage.Peru won only one of their three matches in the first phase but overcame Uruguay on penalties in the quarterfinals before beating Chile 3-0 in their semifinal on Wednesday.Brazil, meanwhile, have won four and drawn one of their matches and have yet to concede a goal. The five-time world champions earned a berth in the final with a 2-0 defeat of rivals Argentina on Tuesday.“It’s important to have confidence and that’s normal when you face an opponent that you have already beaten,” Everton said of Peru during a news conference.“But we also know that it will be a totally different game. They have made some changes since then (the 5-0 win in Sao Paulo) and have peaked at the right time. We have to have our feet on the ground and know that there will be a real battle. It will be a game that is decided by the smallest details and we have to be well prepared.”Brazil will be aiming for their ninth Copa America crown and first since 2007. Peru won the last of their two titles in 1975.Sunday’s clash will be Brazil’s first fixture at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium since their 3-0 win over Spain in the final of the 2013 Confederations Cup.Everton confessed that the final would be different to anything he has experienced for his club Gremio.“Everyone here has played important games in their lives but representing the national team at the Maracana has greater weight,” the 23-year-old said. “We have to be focused on playing a great match and make sure that the fans get behind us.” IANSAlso Read: Peru Stun Chile To Reach Copa America Finallast_img read more