Diabetes ‘epidemic’ in L.A.

first_imgLOS ANGELES – The county’s public health department on Monday released its latest statistics on diabetes, and area doctors called the findings alarming.As of 2005, 8.6 percent of adults, or about 600,000 individuals, have been diagnosed as diabetics, public health officials said. This is up from 1997, when6.6 percent of the county’s adult population reported being diagnosed withthe disease. If left untreated, diabetes can lead to loss of vision, kidney failure, high blood pressure, and eventually, heart attacks and strokes.Rocky Estrada, a registered nurse and certified diabetes educator at Beverly Hospital in Montebello, said many people now spend too much time watching television, playing video games and onthe computer, rather than beingphysically active.“It’s a constant battle,” he said. “All of our technology has advanced us into obesity.”County Board of Supervisors Chairman Zev Yaroslavsky said the disease cost the county’s economy about $5.6 billion in medical expenses and lost workplace productivity in 2005.“Investing in early intervention is cost-effective,” he said.Doctors said there is no “magic bullet.” Prevention of the disease comes down to weight management, healthy diet and exercise.“Part of the solution is education,” Estrada said.Yaroslavsky agreed.“The public has to demand (necessary changes),” he said. “Right now the public needs to know what to demand.”Health professionals said while some ethnic groups seem more prone to the disease genetically, lack of access to healthy food and health care in low-income areas are also to blame.“It’s cheaper to fill up on chips and a soft drink than it is to buy healthy food,” Fielding said. Peters added that fresh fruits and vegetables are not readily accessible in many low-income areas.“(Lower income residents) can’t afford it and it’s not available,” she said. “You’ve got to make (nutritious food) easier to get.”Doctors said perceptions about food and physical activity need to change to head off the [email protected](562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051Diabetes ‘epidemic’ in L.A.By Bethania Palma, Staff WriterLOS ANGELES – The county’s public health department on Monday released its latest statistics on diabetes, and area doctors called the findings alarming.As of 2005, 8.6 percent of adults, or about 600,000 individuals, have been diagnosed as diabetics, public health officials said. This is up from 1997, when6.6 percent of the county’s adult population reported being diagnosed withthe disease.“It’s the No. 1 epidemic that we have in this county,” said Dr. Jonathan Fielding, public health director.Dr. Anne Peters, professor of medicine at USC’s Keck School of Medicine and diabetologist at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, echoed Fielding’s sentiments.“It’s a huge increase overall,” she said. “It’s a disturbing figure to me.”Diabetes is a chronic condition where the body’s ability to produce the hormone insulin is curtailed, limiting its ability to process sugar.The study found Latinos and African Americans are more than twice as likely as whites to suffer from the disease, as are people living below the federal poverty line compared with those above it.If left untreated, diabetes can lead to loss of vision, kidney failure, high blood pressure, and eventually, heart attacks and strokes.Rocky Estrada, a registered nurse and certified diabetes educator at Beverly Hospital in Montebello, said many people now spend too much time watching television, playing video games and onthe computer, rather than beingphysically active.“It’s a constant battle,” he said. “All of our technology has advanced us into obesity.”County Board of Supervisors Chairman Zev Yaroslavsky said the disease cost the county’s economy about $5.6 billion in medical expenses and lost workplace productivity in 2005.“Investing in early intervention is cost-effective,” he said.Doctors said there is no “magic bullet.” Prevention of the disease comes down to weight management, healthy diet and exercise.“Part of the solution is education,” Estrada said.Yaroslavsky agreed.“The public has to demand (necessary changes),” he said. “Right now the public needs to know what to demand.”Health professionals said while some ethnic groups seem more prone to the disease genetically, lack of access to healthy food and health care in low-income areas are also to blame.“It’s cheaper to fill up on chips and a soft drink than it is to buy healthy food,” Fielding said. Peters added that fresh fruits and vegetables are not readily accessible in many low-income areas.“(Lower income residents) can’t afford it and it’s not available,” she said. “You’ve got to make (nutritious food) easier to get.”Doctors said perceptions about food and physical activity need to change to head off the [email protected](562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It’s the No. 1 epidemic that we have in this county,” said Dr. Jonathan Fielding, public health director.Dr. Anne Peters, professor of medicine at USC’s Keck School of Medicine and diabetologist at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, echoed Fielding’s sentiments.“It’s a huge increase overall,” she said. “It’s a disturbing figure to me.”Diabetes is a chronic condition where the body’s ability to produce the hormone insulin is curtailed, limiting its ability to process sugar.The study found Latinos and African Americans are more than twice as likely as whites to suffer from the disease, as are people living below the federal poverty line compared with those above it.last_img read more

Minister Emphasises Importance of Sound Pension Governance

first_img Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Fayval Williams, has emphasised the importance of sound pension governance in safeguarding the interest of persons saving for retirement.Speaking at NCB Insurance Company (NCBIC) Limited’s pension seminar, held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, on May 29, the Minister said pension schemes are pivotal in facilitating the seamless transition from employment to retirement, adding that the funds accumulated can also influence the capital markets of the economies in which they are invested.The Minister argued that the extent to which pension funds impact the lives of beneficiaries and economies, “the governance framework must be a key consideration for trustees, managers and anyone who has responsibility for any aspect of their company’s pension commitments.”Mrs. Williams pointed out that sound pension plan governance facilitates well- informed decisions that meet the requisite prudency standard, as stipulated by law, while helping to minimise financial risks.She contended that these safeguards are key elements for the sustainability and longevity of any financial sector, of which the pension industry is a part.Mrs. Williams said the Government has, in this regard, ensured that the principles of the local pension industry’s effective governance, characterised by accountability, openness, responsiveness and transparency, are being exercised by the Financial Services Commission (FSC).She pointed out that the FSC is mandated to regulate and supervise the industry, noting that the Commission’s remit includes: approval and registration of superannuation funds, retirement schemes, trustees and responsible officers as well as licensing of administrators and investment managers.In this regard, the Minister said the FSC’s oversight is essential in protecting pension beneficiaries, and pivotal in directly supporting a robust and unwavering industry, adding that the Commissioner is also charged with promoting compliance with the provisions of the Pensions Act and its attendant regulations.Mrs. Williams said that effecting sound governance and adherence to the law is not solely the FSC’s responsibility, noting that it also lies with the trustees, their agents, administrators and investment managers.“It is therefore vital that these parties operate in an ethical manner by faithfully discharging their fiduciary and other responsibilities. Trustees must, therefore, keep beneficiaries up to date about their benefits and not withhold any information. Additionally, it requires an enabling environment in which pertinent information is effectively issued and people can respond in an unconstrained and truthful manner,” she said.In this regard, Mrs. Williams lauded NCBIC’s management on its pension scheme arrangement, noting that they can “attest to operating with good governance.”The Minister said NCBIC has steered its pension funds in the “right direction” and, in so doing, has been bestowed with accolades.These, Mrs. Williams pointed out, include: the 2010 and 2011 World Finance Global Pension Funds Award, and Best Pension Funds in the Caribbean from 2015 to 2017.In his remarks, NCBIC Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Vernon James, also underscored the importance of pension funds in retirement planning, adding that it as against this background that Tuesday’s seminar was staged.“It is no secret that proper preparation for pension is vital. We, therefore, see the need to (continuously) highlight the importance of preparing and making wise decisions for retirement,” he said.Mr. James lauded the Government on its decision to reform the laws and introduce new policies to improve the industry’s governance framework and arrangements through legislation.These, he reiterated, are the Pensions (Public Service) Act 2017, and Constitution (Amendment) (Establishment Fund) (Payment of Pensions) Act 2017, which will mandate pensionable public service officers to contribute five per cent of their salaries towards a pension.The Pensions (Public Service) Act 2017 aims to establish a segregated fund for contributions and gradually increase the retirement age to 65.The Constitution Amendment Establishment Fund (Payment of Pensions) Act, 2017 seeks to amend the Constitution to provide for the payment of pensions, gratuities and allowances out of the pension fund.“These two Bills seek to provide an improved pension system for workers… and we are pleased about the direction of this reform,” Mr. James said.The seminar was held under the theme: ‘Governance for Pension Funds – a Jamaican Perspective’. The Minister argued that the extent to which pension funds impact the lives of beneficiaries and economies, “the governance framework must be a key consideration for trustees, managers and anyone who has responsibility for any aspect of their company’s pension commitments.” Story Highlights Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Fayval Williams, has emphasised the importance of sound pension governance in safeguarding the interest of persons saving for retirement. Speaking at NCB Insurance Company (NCBIC) Limited’s pension seminar, held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, on May 29, the Minister said pension schemes are pivotal in facilitating the seamless transition from employment to retirement, adding that the funds accumulated can also influence the capital markets of the economies in which they are invested.last_img read more

Amazon Shipments to the Moon May Be Possible by 2023

first_img Oh Amazon, that once plucky little e-tailer. My how you have grown. Enough that your CEO, Jeff Bezos, makes enough to dump billions into Blue Origin. Because of that cash, the spaceflight company, which Bezos owns, may be able to make moon launches a regular thing by 2023.NASA, too plans to be back on the moon in that timeframe. Musk claims SpaceX will be there sooner, but that’s also Musk time, and who knows when it’ll actually happen. But, with the massive successes, SpaceX has been able to claim recently, it’s likely the most on-track. NASA can obviously get there, but there’s always that pesky US budget to work with, and that’s as fiddly a thing as they come. But, the kicker here is that Blue Origin sounds like it wants to have the infrastructure and capacity to get products to the moon en masse. Blue Origin business development director AC Charania told Geek Wire that the company’s goal for 2023 was “our first step to developing a lunar landing capability for the country, for other customers internationally, to be able to land multi metric tons on the lunar surface. Any permanent human presence on the lunar surface will require such a capability.”And they definitely have a point. Any sustained development on the moon will need to interact with Earth regularly. Or, at least it should if we’re serious about developing that as our next phase in human-dom. And, duh, moon bases are sweet as hell. We should definitely be getting on this. Because Blue Origin is also expecting public space flights next year as well, it’s likely that Bezos’ big push will be to just keep gobbling up all the world’s money by making more customers, but in space. So, there is that tinge of capitalist dystopia underlying all this. But common, you can’t have a moon base without a dystopic society. That’s not how this works. The universe isn’t kind; it’s cold and uncaring. *grabs a glass*But…*and a bottle*Also really badass. *pours a drink*So, here’s to Amazon space bases!*takes a shot*Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Amazon’s ‘Marvelous’ Gas Station Discount Causes Chaos in CaliforniaAmazon to Donate Unsold Products Instead of Trashing Them Stay on targetlast_img read more

A tasty affair

first_imgDelhi Cant resist its watering mouth as the most cherished food fantasy comes alive. Paatra – The Indian cuisine restaurant at Jaypee Vasant Continental announces special Kebab promotion An Affair with Kebab.  The fare is a culinary delight for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians with an array succulent kebab cooked perfectly in tandoor. Relish unlimited quantities of five vegetarian and non vegetarian kebabs along with biryani, dal, breads and desserts accompanied by a bucket of beer. The scrumptious kebabs can also be paired with the finest selection of liquor available at Paatra. So head on and order some!Where: Paatra, Jaypee Vasant Continental When: 23 May to 8 June        PRICE: 1699 plus taxes per person TIMINGS: Both Lunch and Dinnerlast_img

More trade fairs needed in Bengal Hakim

first_imgKolkata: State Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim stressed the need for holding more and more trade fairs across the state, for developing the spirit of entrepreneurship among people.”Earlier, there was not much interest in doing business in the state, but people like Chandra Shekhar Ghosh of Bandhan Bank have been great initiators in starting micro industries in the state. If we have more and more such trade fairs, there will be a rise in people-to-people interaction and the spirit of entrepreneurship will develop,” Hakim said at the inaugural ceremony of India International Kolkata Trade Fair (IIKTF) at Karunamoyee Ground in Central Park, Salt Lake. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe minister, who was the chief guest at the ceremony, maintained that such platforms are great for initiating link between buyer and seller. “I request Bengal Chamber to initiate classes in entrepreneurship, where young people can come and learn not just about manufacturing products, but also learn how and where to sell them. Our Chief Minister is very supportive of economic activity and we need to develop entrepreneur skills so that the per capita income of Bengal rises with economic growth,” Hakim added. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt may be mentioned that this is the first edition of IIKTF. The total number of stalls is 305 and the fair is on from June 1 to 11.”The Bengal Chamber of Commerce & Industry is the oldest and one of the most respected institutions of its kind in India. It is a powerful enabler, lobbying for the development of the economy and Infrastructure in India. The fair was jointly organised by The Bengal Chamber of Commerce & Industry and G S Marketing Associates. The purpose of the trade fair is to promote business and trade around the region. The partner country of IIKTF is Bangladesh and the focus country is Thailand and Sri Lanka this year. The other countries which are participating are Turkey, Egypt, China, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Myanmar and Netherlands”, stated Chandra Shekhar Ghosh, president, Bengal Chamber and chairman and MD, Bandhan Bank.The industry segments whose products are on display and sale include international companies, government departments, furniture and interiors, processed food, lifestyle, health and fitness, electronics, children’s products, auto show etc.last_img read more