Premature deaths hit poorer areas hardest

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Of 133 cities and communities studied, the 33 with the highest rates of premature deaths included Lancaster, Lake Los Angeles, Long Beach, Norwalk, Pomona and South El Monte. The cities with the 10 lowest rates of premature deaths included Beverly Hills, Calabasas, Hermosa Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, San Marino, Sierra Madre, Westlake Village and La Caada Flintridge, which had the fourth-lowest rate of premature deaths. “Well, I think it’s great,” La Caada Flintridge Mayor Anthony Portantino said. “Obviously, heart disease and cardiovascular issues are a significant problem in America. My father died of a heart attack at age 48. It’s something I think about as I turn 45. I’m glad to see in this community that people are walking, exercising and eating right.” In recognition of February as American Health Month, Portantino said the city declared it Wear Red Month to help bring awareness to cardiovascular diseases. The report found that chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes have become the leading causes of death in the county, accounting for 80 percent of deaths and $48 billion in health care costs in 2002. Heart disease and stroke were the leading causes of premature death and disability, accounting for 40 percent of deaths. “Cities and counties can play a vital role in improving the health of their populations,” Fielding said. “Policies and programs that increase physical activity, improve nutrition, discourage smoking, and increase access to health care can have the potential to greatly reduce the burden of heart disease and stroke, as well as diabetes and other chronic diseases.” The report gave recommendations for cities and residents to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. For example, cities can promote physical activity by creating more walkable communities and establishing joint-use agreements with school districts to more fully utilize school land and facilities for community recreational programs. Communities can also organize walking clubs. Cities can reduce the rates of smoking among youths by establishing retail tobacco licensing and using the fees to support enforcement of laws prohibiting tobacco sales to minors. Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A higher percentage of people die prematurely from heart disease and stroke in the South Los Angeles area and in some communities in the northern and eastern parts of Los Angeles County than in more affluent areas, according to a report released Monday. The report by the county Department of Health Services found that the high rates of premature deaths are tied to the levels of economic hardship in those areas. “We found that communities that have problems of overcrowding, poor housing stock, poverty, high levels of unemployment, poor educational attainment, high levels of dependency on government programs and low incomes are the communities where we have the highest rates of premature death from heart disease and stroke,” county Health Officer Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding said. The first-ever report documenting the burden of heart disease and stroke found that the differences in individual communities likely reflect such behaviors as smoking and physical inactivity, as well as socioeconomic disparities in access to health care and differences in work and living environments. last_img read more


first_imgAoife Porter who represented Junk Kouture in Cannes during the Cannes Film Festival. Aoife is from Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana.Popular recycled fashion competition Junk Kouture hit the French Rivera with a bang during this year’s 66th Cannes Film Festival. Three winners who proved they could bring junk back to life with their designs were selected to travel to the South of France to enjoy the atmosphere during the Cannes Film Festival.One of the teams to win the ‘Bank of Ireland Glamour Prize’, which saw them jet off to Cannes, was ‘Skin Deep’ – a plastic fantastic design, which uses plastic packaging and welded chain metal. This was designed and constructed by Orla O’Hagan and modelled by Aoife Porter, both from Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana. They were accompanied to the French Riviera by their proud teacher Mrs Veronica Buchanan. The team took part in numerous photo shoots whilst in Cannes and made appearances in the playground of the rich and famous – Monte Carlo! They weren’t the only celebrities in Cannes this week! They were joined by the Hollywood elite, including Leonardo DeCaprio, Stephen Spielberg and Nicole Kidman to name a few, who were in town for the annual Cannes Film Festival.Junk Kouture, which is famed for transforming everyday waste and junk into pieces of high fashion art, has gone from strength to strength since launching in 2010. It has seen thousands of teenagers’ work submitted with some spectacular and awe-inspiring pieces gracing the competition’s regional and national catwalks, as well as the red carpet at the Royal Première of ‘The Hobbit’ in London. Junk Kouture is the leading fashion and art competition for second level school students across Ireland and has a reputation, among many, as being the most creative. The other designs which made their way to Cannes included ‘Pre-Madonna Girl’ from Monaghan – a white, lace creation crafted from broken pearls and discarded lace curtains; Bold as Brass – a creation inspired by the topical Great Gatsby and made with spend bullet cases from Clonmel and the overall winner of this year’s competition, ‘UltraVioletWash’ from Limerick, which is constructed from hundreds of clothes pegs and a tin of UV paint. All designers are second level students from across Ireland (exact details in editors’ notes).Founder of Junk Kouture, Elizabeth O’Donnell from Buncrana had this to say about Junk Kouture’s appearance in Cannes: “Our ethos at Junk Kouture is to inspire and motivate all our entrants. We decided that following the success of Junk Kouture at the Royal Première last year we wanted to give our entrants another opportunity to showcase their designs at a high-scale event and also on an international level. This was our first time in Cannes and we loved every minute!”Damien Daly, Director of Marketing had this to say about Bank of Ireland’s involvement with the Glamour Prize saying, “‘Bank of Ireland are delighted to sponsor the Junk Kouture Glamour Prize. The drive and passion shown by the students can be seen in their fantastic creations. A trip to the Cannes Film Festival is a once in a lifetime experience that no doubt will inspire more creative outfits from these young talented designers. This will be a big stepping stone to great careers in the fashion world.’’   BUNCRANA STUDENT AOIFE TAKES HER JUNK KOUTURE TO CANNES FILM FESTIVAL was last modified: May 21st, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BUNCRANA STUDENT AOIFE TAKES HER JUNK KOUTURE TO CANNES FILM FESTIVALlast_img read more

State home sales slide

first_imgMore proof that the long-anticipated real estate market chill is gaining traction arrived in November as sales of previously-owned homes fell an annual 11.2 percent in California, while prices continued their run of double digit gains, a trade association said Thursday. But for the first time in 47 months, the median price of a home in two Santa Barbara County markets declined from its prior annual level, according to the California Association of Realtors. For all of Santa Barbara County the median fell 2.8 percent since last year to $650,000, while along the county’s more upscale South Coast the median price declined 7.1 percent to $1.12 million. The median, the midpoint of prices, increased in the 17 other major markets tracked by the Los Angeles-based association. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Association president Vince Malta said that it now appears that the statewide median price for the entire year will increase by the previously anticipated 16 percent from 2004. Price swings are not unusual in Santa Barbara County, but the overall market is showing signs of change. “I definitely think this is more evidence that the peak has passed, and we’re leveling off – and in some markets people are holding onto the edge of their chairs to see if a bubble is going to burst under them,” said Jack Kyser, chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. But sales could still finish the year in record territory thanks to robust activity in Southern California, which resulted in record prices in Los Angeles County and the High Desert in November. But the Bay Area and Central Valley totals will fall below last year’s levels, said Robert Kleinhenz, deputy chief economist for the association. “We knew we’d see a bit of a decline relative to the 2004 number, but it was steeper than we anticipated,” he said of the sales drop. If the entire year matched November’s sales pace, about 579,560 properties would have change hands. That’s the first under-600,000-unit sales pace since the end of last year, he said. Rising interest rates contributed to the sales drop, Kleinhenz said, by pushing some buyers into the market sooner rather than later in the year. The statewide median price of $548,400 was a 1.8 percent rise from October. The forecasted soft landing for the market, with fewer sales and a less robust rate of annual appreciation, is still anticipated, the association said. During November: !bbox! In Los Angeles, the median home price jumped an annual 21.2 percent to $575,310, while sales dipped 4.8 percent. !bbox! In the High Desert, which includes the Antelope Valley, the median price soared 29.2 percent, the biggest gain in the state, to $320,860. Numbers for Ventura County were not available. Inventory, while still tight, improved to a 3.9-month supply versus 2.8 months a year ago. This is how long it would take to deplete the supply at the current sales pace. The interest rate on a 30-year fixed rate loan averaged 6.33 percent during November, up from 5.73 percent a year ago. Kyser said it will take a while for a trend to set in, but some markets bear watching. “The traditional canary-in-the-mineshaft San Diego has prices moving sideways. It’s going to be interesting to watch this over the next couple of months,” he said. — Gregory J. Wilcox, (818) 713-3743 [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more