Peter the Anteater Featured in Newport Beach Boat Parade and Rose Parade

Appearances by UCI mascot are in honor of campus’s 50th anniversary

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Peter the Anteater featured in Newport Beach boat parade and Rose Parade

Appearances by UCI mascot are in honor of campus’s 50th anniversary

Newswise — Irvine, Calif., Dec. 10, 2015 – The University of California, Irvine’s anteater mascot, voted Mashable’s 2015 Mascot Madness champion, will host an entry in the 107th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and will be represented on the Irvine Chamber of Commerce/Destination Irvine’s boat. Peter’s appearances are part of UCI’s 50th anniversary celebration and help illustrate the spirit of innovation shared by the campus and larger community.

The boat parade’s UCI @ 50 entry, funded by alumni donors and friends, highlights the university’s commitment to sustainability. Students will pedal stationary bikes connected to generators to power the craft’s lights. A giant, inflatable likeness of Peter the Anteater and the live mascot himself will be on board. Jesse Colin Jackson, assistant professor of art in UCI’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts, designed the yacht’s decorations.

“My research group, which volunteered to create and build the design focused on the 50th anniversary, is fundamentally concerned with merging technology, creativity and sustainability,” Jackson said. “We decided running the lights from bicycles would not only align with our campus’s renewable energy initiatives and UC system’s 2025 carbon neutrality goal, but would also just be so cool!”

The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade runs from 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, through Sunday, Dec. 20.

On New Year’s Day, a floral depiction of Peter will reign over the Rose Parade route in Pasadena on a float themed “Innovation Rocks!”

“Irvine and UCI have a global reputation for innovation and the adventure of life-changing discovery,” said Linda DiMario of the Irvine Chamber of Commerce/Destination Irvine. “[Our entry] celebrates this with a fantastical lab scene featuring an array of colorful beakers, helixes, elements and animated gears designed to explore the fun of science, technology, engineering and math.”

Covered in statice, black seaweed and other organic materials and wearing a lab coat, Peter the Anteater portrays a whimsical scientist surrounded by animated gears, beakers and test tubes in a nod to UCI’s role as a medical and technology innovation leader.

The 127th Rose Parade starts at 8 a.m. Friday, Jan. 1.

About the University of California, Irvine: Currently celebrating its 50th anniversary, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 30,000 students and offers 192 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $4.8 billion annually to the local economy. For more on UCI, visit http://www.uci.edu.

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Chapman annual forecast predicts steady O.C. job growth, but recovery from recession still lags

Jobs in Orange Region are on pace to grow at a healthy and balanced price this year and so next, but most neighborhood markets have yet to totally recover from the Great Recession, baseding on a new evaluation of the economy.

Pay-rolls in the county will expand by 3.2 percent this year but 2.5 percent in 2016, Chapman College financial experts predict in their yearly projection of the neighborhood, state as well as national economies.

Some 1,500 neighborhood business people and also ladies participated in a discussion of the projection Wednesday at the Segerstrom Facility.

The projection is authored by James Doti, a financial expert that is additionally Chapman’s head of state, but Esmael Adibi, director of the college’s Anderson Facility for Economic Study.

Orange Area’s work development today is “reputable,’ Adibi said in an interview prior to the discussion. “Overall, the economic climate still reveals resiliency at the national as well as the state but local degree.”

Yet he additionally kept in mind that over the previous 8 years, county payrolls have actually expanded at a puny rate compared with other California areas and also the state in its entirety.

“In Orange County, payroll work is only 21,000 above the pre-recession peak,” Adibi claimed.

“San Francisco is way smaller sized compared to us, therefore is Silicon Valley, however they have created 162,000 and also 146,000 job positions specifically,” he noted. “I would certainly like to have that for Orange County.”

Orange Area’s workforce, which includes those functioning and also those seeking job positions, expands by regarding one percent a year. Yet payrolls in the 3rd quarter of this year were only 1.2 percent above they were eight years earlier, simply prior to the slump.

That sluggish recovery, partly as a result of the economic crisis’s large influence on the area’s crucial housing sector, compares with San Francisco’s 17.7 percent growth over the same duration, Santa Clara’s 15.8 percent, San Diego’s 5.7 percent, the Inland Realm’s 3.9 percent and Los Angeles’ 2.5 percent.

Of the state’s major city locations, just the Sacramento area, which delays its pre-recession work by 1.3 percent, has actually carried out even worse than Orange Region.

“The Excellent Recession had a destructive effect on payroll tasks in The golden state and so its largest cities,” Adibi kept in mind, building that Orange County’s pay-roll decrease of 11.3 percent was also a lot more severe compared to California’s 8.3 percent decline.

Adibi mentioned that only three Orange County industries have even more tasks today compared to before the economic downturn: education but health services; convenience as well as friendliness, but professional and company solutions.

6 major Orange Region sectors have fewer tasks than they did before the recession: trade, transportation as well as utilities; production; building; federal government; economic tasks and so entry.

By contrast, Adibi kept in mind, California’s recovery is more broad-based, with five of the 9 industries counting more tasks than before the economic crisis.

The sizzling growth of California’s high technology economic climate, much more powerful in the North compared to in the South, is a big factor. And also profession works are additionally growing statewide, many thanks partially to the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach and also Oakland.

One more challenge: “Orange Region lost so numerous jobs in building and also economic activities,” Adibi said. “They are returning, yet not to their previous optimal.”

While home building rose in 2013 but 2014, growth because sector is now tapering. Very first time buyers are discouraged by the absence of budget-friendly housing, while building contractors focus on high-profit high-end developments, he claimed.

Property buyers making the average household income will certainly require to invest 37.2 percent of their income to purchase a median single-family residence in Orange Area in 2016, the forecast predicts. “This proportion is dramatically above the 26.4 percent needed in 2012,” it says.

The region’s average single-family residence rate will certainly rise by 2.8 percent this year and 2.5 percent in 2016, the Chapman economic experts forecast.

The expected growth in construction, though modest, will sustain customer investing and also thus even more job positions, the projection noted. Construction is among the biggest multipliers in the economic situation due to the fact that brand-new residence customers also buy every little thing from drapes to washering.

New design will offset an expected slow-down in exports, due to China’s more modest development and so a sharp surge in the worth of the dollar, the forecast claimed.

Although Orange Region might lag in task development, it has the third lowest out of work price in the state: 4 percent. But sinking joblessness country wide is due to one positive aspect, work creation, and so one “alarming” element– a shrinking of the proportion of functioning Americans, the forecast noted.

The participation of California grownups in the workforce came to a head at 66 percent in 2008, it built, while today it stands at 62 percent.

Theories abound, consisting of the truth that employees are discouraged by low wages and also an inequality between their skills and available jobs. “Labor force engagement is in fact going down much more for younger employees compared to for workers over 65,” Adibi stated. “Yet no one has a clear explanation.”

Contact the author: mroosevelt@ocregister.com!.?.!; Twitter @MargotRoosevelt

Northwood’s Toohey resigning as football coach after two seasons

Dean Toohey said Wednesday he has surrendered as head football train at Northwood after 2 seasons.

Toohey, who consumed for previous coach Rick Curtis, had a 9-12 document in two seasons. The Timberwolves went to the CIF playoffs in Toohey’s first season but completed 2-8 this previous year as well as did not breakthrough to post-season play.

Toohey left a voice message with the Irvine World News to announce his decision and also messages have actually been entrusted him.

Athletic director Philemon Roh verified that “Dean Toohey has resigned his position as head instructor of Northwood’s football program.”

Toohey was the defensive organizer at Northwood prior to taking over for Curtis.

Conjecture could start that Curtis, that was lately dismissed as head train at Santa Margarita, will certainly take over for Toohey.

Call the author: tburt@ocregister.com!.?.!

Heavy fog causes flight cancellations, delays for travelers at John Wayne Airport

Terminated flights at John Wayne Airport terminal

DEPARTURES . 6:45 a.m. to Boise (Southwest)

. 6:45 a.m. to Chicago ORD (American)

. 6:45 a.m. to Las Vegas(Southwest) .

6:45 a.m. to Little Rock (Southwest) . 6:45 a.m. to Oakland (Southwest)

. 6:45 a.m. to Phoenix metro(American)

. 6:45 a.m. to San Francisco (Southwest)

. 6:55 a.m. to Denver(United) .

6:55 a.m. to Philadelphia (Southwest) . 6:55 a.m. to Phoenix metro (Southwest)

. 6:55 a.m. to Washington Dulles (United)

. 7:25 a.m. to Denver (Southwest)

. 7:45 a.m. to Houston (Southwest)

. 7:45 a.m. to Las Vegas (Southwest)

. 7:45 a.m. to San Jose (Southwest)

. ARRIVALS

. 7:32 a.m. from Los Angeles (Delta)

. 9:36 a.m. from Ontario (United)

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To check the condition of an air travel at John Wayne, go ocair.com. For LAX, visit lawa.org.

Authorities at John Wayne and L.a International airport terminals stated Wednesday that thick fog that gathered Wednesday evening led to some canceled or drawn away air travels. On Thursday early morning there were 15 terminated departures as well as two arrivals from John Wayne, according to the airport’s flight tracker internet site.

The Federal Aeronautics Administration declared a ground stoppage Wednesday night at LAX for showing up trips stemming at flight terminals around 1,500 miles away. The FAA Rate 2 ground standstill began at 7 p.m. but affected flights from the Western United States and so Northern Mexico, said Nancy Castles of L.a Globe Airports, the city agency that runs L.a International Airport.

The fog in Orange Area started between 5 and 5:30 p.m., baseding on Rachel Gibson, a spokeswoman for John Wayne Airport terminal. She said “a number” of arrivals but cancellations took place Wednesday pertaining to the fog. Baseding on the flight terminal web site, at the very least four air travels as a result of arrive around 9:30 p.m. were terminated and a minimum of five others were delayed.

A dense fog advisory was expected to be in position up until 10 a.m. on Thursday, according to the National Climate Solution.

Diverted trips would likely be shifted to LAX or Ontario, according to Gibson. To check the condition of a trip at John Wayne, go ocair.com. For LAX, go to lawa.org.

At least 13 air travels meant for L.a International Airport terminal on Wednesday night were drawn away to LA/Ontario International Airport, Castles claimed. 2 air travels meant for John Wayne Airport in Orange Area were likewise drawn away to Ontario.

City Information Service supported this report.

Is Stroke Prevention Taking a Back Seat to Stroke Treatment?

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Newswise — Irvine, Calif., Dec. 9, 2015 — Many strokes that required immediate treatment in emergency rooms may have been preventable, according to a University of California, Irvine study.

While therapy for acute stroke continues to advance and improve patient outcomes, the findings stress that stroke prevention – including the close monitoring of blood pressure, cholesterol levels and cardiac conditions – needs to keep pace. The work appears online in JAMA Neurology. Link to study: http://archneur.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2474503.

Using a prevention scale they developed for this study, UCI neurologist Dr. Mark Fisher and colleagues discovered that 76 percent of acute stroke patients exhibited some degree of stroke preventability, while 26 percent exhibited high preventability.

The results “point to an apparent paradox,” Fisher said. “The recent breakthroughs in acute stroke therapy have led to massive efforts to streamline the evaluation of acute stroke patients and institute therapy as fast as feasible. These efforts will lead to more effective mitigation of brain injury consequent to acute ischemic stroke.

“However, our data suggest that the difficulties faced by acute stroke patients extend far beyond the rather narrow period of emergency stroke treatment. If one takes what could be characterized as a more holistic approach to the problem of stroke, there’s a vast expansion of the window of intervention to include the very stroke prevention efforts that appear to be lacking in so many hyper-acute stroke patients.”

He and colleagues reviewed records of 274 patients (mean age 67) discharged with a diagnosis of ischemic stroke from UC Irvine Medical Center between Dec. 2, 2010, and June 11, 2012, and evaluated the preventability of each person’s stroke. Their 10-point scale focused on the effectiveness of treatment for hypertension (0-2 points), hyperlipidemia (0-2 points), atrial fibrillation (0-4 points), and the use of antithrombotic therapy for known prior cerebrovascular and cardiovascular disease (0-2) points.

Seventy-six percent of patients scored 1 or higher, and 26 percent scored 4 or more. This, Fisher said, points to one conclusion.

“Stroke preventability and stroke treatability are closely associated,” he said. “This emphasizes the enduring importance of stroke prevention in an era of increasingly effective stroke treatment. These findings raise the question of whether resources for acute stroke treatment are being directed toward those patients whose strokes are, in fact, the most preventable.”

Annlia Paganini-Hill, Lisa Moores and Dr. Mohamad Alsharif of UCI contributed to the study, which was supported in part by the National Institutes of Health (grant NS 20989).

About the University of California, Irvine: Currently celebrating its 50th anniversary, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 30,000 students and offers 192 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $4.8 billion annually to the local economy. For more on UCI, visit www.uci.edu.

Media access: Radio programs/stations may, for a fee, use an on-campus ISDN line to interview UC Irvine faculty and experts, subject to availability and university approval. For more UC Irvine news, visit news.uci.edu. Additional resources for journalists may be found at communications.uci.edu/for-journalists.

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