Airline owned by Metis woman taking shape and getting ready to take

first_img(Editor’s Note: APTN News originally reported that Teara Fraser was First Nations. This was incorrect. Ms. Fraser is Metis.)Tina HouseAPTN NewsCanada’s First Indigenous woman owned airline is getting ready to hit the friendly skies next year.Iskwew Air is owned by Teara Fraser who is Metis from Hay River, NWT.The airline will fly between small, remote

UNESCO chief saddened by fire and death at major Ugandan cultural site

17 March 2010The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today expressed her sorrow over the fire that destroyed the Tombs of Buganda Kings, a World Heritage List site in Uganda. The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today expressed her sorrow over the fire that destroyed the Tombs of Buganda Kings, a World Heritage List site in Uganda. Two people were killed during protests sparked by anger at the destruction of the site yesterday. Irina Bokova, UNESCO’s Director-General, appealed for calm, saying the agency stands ready to help Ugandan authorities to assess damage and take remedial action to restore the religious site. “The Tombs of the Buganda Kings at Kasubi is a World Heritage site of great cultural and spiritual significance. The destruction of this site is a tragic loss for the whole world,” said Ms Bokova. “I am also deeply distressed to learn that two people lost their lives in protests that followed the fire, and hope there will be a swift return to calm at this difficult time,” she said. Located on the Kasubi Hill, five kilometres from Kampala city centre, the historic site, including four royal tombs, suffered extensive damage in the fire, whose cause has not yet been established. The site’s buildings were made of dry grass thatch and wood and efforts to put out the fire were unsuccessful. According to media reports, police shot two people in a crowd that staged a protest at the site suspecting that the blaze was an act of arson. The Tombs of the Buganda Kings were inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2001, recognized as “a masterpiece of human creativity and an eloquent manifestation” of the cultural traditions of the Baganda people, Uganda’s largest ethnic group. The site has been an important centre of religious activity for the Baganda people since it was established in 1860. read more

Humanitarian situation in Sierra Leone shows signs of improvement UN official

Carolyn McAskie, the UN Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, who recently returned from the region, told a press conference at UN Headquarters that “with the apparent weakening of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) and with the considerably more robust presence of UNAMSIL [the UN mission in Sierra Leone], there is a sense that a solution is on the way in Sierra Leone.” She stressed, however, that it was premature to predict whether the trend would hold, noting that Sierra Leone was a very poor country and that there had been great difficulty in raising funds for the area.Against the background of some positive signs in Sierra Leone, the humanitarian crisis in Guinea and Liberia was worsening, Ms. McAskie said. In Guinea, the past few years had witnessed ongoing concerns about how to help the Government support hundreds of thousands refugees from Sierra Leone. To complicate matters, the country now had 300,000 internally displaced persons of its own because of the fighting along the borders with Liberia and Sierra Leone, she noted. In Liberia, rebel factions in the north of the country seemed to have joined forces against the authorities, Ms. McAskie said. As a result, Liberian President Charles Taylor was mobilizing the old territorial forces, which had been demobilized in 1997 and 1998, effectively creating a humanitarian crisis in the country. Potentially, there could be 60,000 internally displaced persons in Liberia alone, she pointed out. Describing it as “not a happy state at all,” Ms. McAskie said that in addition to the half-million refugees in the region, the number of internally displaced persons could reach three quarters of a million. read more

UN envoy reports Israeli commitment to suspend overflights in Lebanon

Staffan de Mistura, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Personal Representative for Southern Lebanon, said that Israeli Minister of Defence Benjamin Ben Eliezer had expressed the commitment to UN representatives during a “difficult but frank” meeting in Israel. On the UN side, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Terje Roed-Larsen, also took part in the talks.”At the end of the meeting, the Minister of Defence of Israel gave us the confirmation that, effective immediately, there will be a suspension of all overflights over the cities of Beirut, Tyr, Sidon, Tripoli and deep inside the territory of Lebanon, and that there would be no more sonic booms over such cities,” Mr. de Mistura said in a statement after his meeting today with Lebanese President Emile Lahoud, whom he informed of the development.”We are taking the words of the Minister of Defence of Israel seriously; they were said clearly and they were said firmly,” the UN envoy stressed. “Of course, facts in the skies of Lebanon will have to prove the consistency of this commitment.”Describing the reaction of President Lahoud, Mr. de Mistura said that Lebanese leader “very appropriately, reminded me that according to Lebanon any action beyond the Blue Line [of Israeli withdrawal] is an infringement. In fact, we as United Nations are mandated to request the respect of the Blue Line by all concerned and involved sides.” read more

Germanys Bayer plans to buy Merck Cos consumer care business for 142

Germany’s Bayer plans to buy Merck & Co.’s consumer care business for $14.2 billion by Linda A. Johnson, The Associated Press Posted May 6, 2014 4:29 am MDT TRENTON, N.J. – Germany’s Bayer plans to buy U.S.-based Merck & Co.’s consumer health business, creating a combined medicine cabinet of household names from Bayer’s aspirin to Merck’s Claritin allergy pills.The $14.2 billion deal announced Tuesday would vault Bayer AG atop the nonprescription medicine business across North and Latin America. It would make Bayer No. 1 worldwide in skin and gastrointestinal products, a strong No. 2 in the huge cold and allergy category, and No. 3 in pain relievers.“We are combining two highly complementary businesses with virtually no overlap that will improve our product position over multiple categories,” Marijn Dekkers, Bayer’s CEO, said on a conference call with journalists.Merck, widely considered the most research-driven U.S. pharmaceutical company, would divest a slow-growing business it inherited in 2009 when it bought Schering-Plough Corp. to get its experimental prescription medicines.Bayer, which invented aspirin more than a century ago, already has a major over-the-counter division whose brands include Aleve pain reliever, Alka-Seltzer and One-A-Day vitamins. It would add Merck’s Claritin, the Coppertone sun-care line, Dr. Scholl’s foot-care products and MiraLAX laxative.The transaction is part of a recent surge in pharmaceutical industry deals. Some drugmakers are selling or swapping business segments to focus on areas where they have the most expertise, marketing prowess and prospects for growth, as Merck is doing. Others, like Bayer, are making acquisitions to beef up their portfolios of products or experimental drugs to boost future sales.Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier said in January that he was evaluating options for Merck’s consumer and animal health businesses, both units without enough scale to grow quickly. On Tuesday, Merck said it would use the sale proceeds to invest in business areas with the highest growth potential and beef up its drug pipeline with “external assets.”Merck is a different company than Merck KgaA, which is based in Darmstadt, Germany. The American company is known as MSD, for Merck, Sharp & Dohme, outside the U.S. and Canada.The transaction, expected to close in the second half of 2014, requires regulatory approval. Bayer will borrow money to pay for the deal, which will bring it significant tax savings and about $200 million in savings on marketing and production costs by 2017.“The extra revenue creates the synergies for us,” Dekkers said, adding that the deal “marks a major milestone on our path towards global leadership in the attractive non-prescription medicines business.”Ana Nicholls, a health care analyst at The Economist Intelligence Unit, noted Bayer has offset price-cutting and recession in Europe with a big push into emerging markets.“It now has a geographical reach that should allow it to take its newly acquired U.S. brands, such as Claritin and Coppertone, and roll them out pretty much worldwide,” she added.Meanwhile, Bayer and Merck also agreed to co-operate on developing and selling drugs in a new class known as sGC modulators, which have potential for treating some heart conditions — long a Merck strength. Merck would initially pay Bayer $1 billion, with up to $1.1 billion in future payments contingent on sales.The partnership includes a Bayer drug approved in the U.S., Adempas for treating high blood pressure in lung blood vessels. It also features a chronic heart failure drug in midstage patient testing and other experimental drugs in earlier stages of research.Merck, like other major drugmakers, has seen prescription drug sales slide amid cheap generic competition for several drugs that once raked in billions annually. Those include asthma and allergy pill Singulair, allergy spray Nasonex and blood pressure drugs Cozaar and Hyzaar.Merck, based in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, in April reported a 7 per cent rise in first-quarter earnings, mainly due to cost cutting across its businesses, including eliminating another 2,000 jobs in the quarter.In late afternoon trading, Merck shares were down $1.39, or 2.4 per cent, at $57.24 in New York. Bayer shares fell nearly 1 per cent in Germany.Dekkers said any layoffs after the deal closes, either in the U.S. or Germany, would not be significant.“This is not a deal that hinges on job eliminations as a key value driver,” he said.Bayer, based in Leverkusen, Germany, said the combined consumer care business would be based at its new U.S. health care headquarters in Whippany, New Jersey.Merck’s consumer business, based nearby in Summit, New Jersey, has about 2,250 employees. Bayer’s consumer business, nearly 2 1/2 times the size of Merck’s, has about 8,000 employees.___AP reporters David McHugh in Frankfurt, Geir Moulson in Berlin and Tom Murphy in Indianapolis contributed to this story.___Follow Linda A. Johnson at In this photo taken July 6, 2009 worker Roland Ulbrich presents an Aspirin pill made for Italy at the pharmaceutical plant of the Bayer Bitterfeld company in Bitterfeld-Wolfen, eastern Germany. Germany’s Bayer AG says it plans to buy U.S. pharmaceutical company Merck & Co. Inc.’s consumer care business, whose products include the Coppertone suncare range, Claritin allergy medicine and the Dr. Scholl’s footcare products, for US$ 14.2 billion. (AP Photo/Eckehard Schulz) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Stock markets advance amid solid US jobs data weak Canadian employment report

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed modestly higher Friday amid a solid U.S. employment report for May and weak Canadian jobs data.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 38.72 points to 14,838.9, weighed down by mining stocks as copper and gold prices lost ground.The Canadian dollar was slightly lower as job creation figures for Canada came in above expectations, up 25,800 for the month.But Statistics Canada said the gains were part-time and the unemployment rate edged up to seven per cent from 6.9 per cent as more Canadians went looking for work in May. The loonie was down 0.01 of a cent to 91.49 cents US.The U.S. Labor Department said the American economy cranked out 217,000 jobs, roughly in line with expectations. That’s down from 282,000 in April, which was revised slightly lower. Despite the gains, the unemployment rate remained 6.3 per cent.“It’s confirmation that things are, as expected, improving,” said Wes Mills, chief investment officer Scotia Private Client Group.“The more disappointing numbers were the Canadian ones. The headline number looked OK but underneath, part-time jobs increased and full-time lost.”In New York, the Dow Jones industrials gained 88.17 points to 16,924.28, the Nasdaq advanced 25.17 points to 4,321.4 and the S&P 500 index was ahead 8.98 points to 1,949.84.Industrials led TSX gainers, up 1.3 per cent. Air Canada (TSX:AC.B) shares rocketed to a 52-week high amid an upgrades from Walter Spracklin of RBC Capital Markets. He boosted his target price for the airline by nearly 42 per cent to $17, saying the carrier is undergoing a fundamental and structural cost reduction initiative that is playing out in a climate of steadily increasing demand for air travel. Its shares closed up 54 cents to $10.47 after going as high as $10.58 on heavy volume of almost five million shares.Commodity markets were mixed in the wake of the jobs data with July crude in New York 18 cents higher to US$102.66 a barrel.The TSX energy sector was ahead 0.34 per cent as the Financial Times reported that EU officials have decided to change a draft of a fuel quality directive, something Canadian officials have lobbied their European counterparts to do. Proposed EU environmental legislation would have set heavy penalties on petroleum products made from Alberta’s oilsands, citing higher carbon emissions associated with its production.There has been speculation in Ottawa that the crisis between Russia and Ukraine may have helped Canada’s cause. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has suggested that Europe should reduce its dependence on Russian energy supplies and look to Canada for some of its energy.“It’s not so much that the oil wasn’t going to continue to be developed, it’s that the stocks were being shunned and also some environmentally-conscious funds would say, no, we don’t want to own them,” added Mills.“And they may still say that but the fact that the Europeans… can’t depend on the Russians and they’re highly dependent at this point.”The TSX was weighed down by a 1.87 per cent slide in the base metals sector, while July copper fell four cents to US$3.05 a pound.The gold sector lost about 0.3 per cent as August bullion shed early gains to decline 80 cents to US$1,252.50 an ounce.The TSX ended last week up 234 points or 1.6 per cent, leaving the Toronto market ahead 8.9 per cent year to date, led by gains in energy, mining and financials.U.S. markets also gained ground last week with the Dow industrials ahead 1.24 per cent. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 6, 2014 6:49 am MDT Stock markets advance amid solid U.S. jobs data, weak Canadian employment report read more

Yemen UN reports uptick in civilian deaths as fighting in country continues

In the period spanning 11 to 15 June, a total of 50 civilians, including 18 children and 11 women, were killed, bringing the total number of civilian deaths in the Gulf state to 1,412, with another 3,423 confirmed as injured, OHCHR spokesperson Rupert Colville told reporters in Geneva earlier this morning. The UN recently reported that the total casualty figures of the country’s conflict have surpassed 2,600. The OHCHR spokesperson noted that another 14 civilians were reportedly killed as a result of violent clashes between local armed groups and military forces acting together against Al Houthi-affiliated Popular Committees in Lahij, Taiz, Dhale and Aden Governorates. Meanwhile, at least 36 civilians were reportedly killed as a consequence of airstrikes carried out by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition in Sana’a, Hudaydah, Dhamar and Sada’a.Adding to the scale of destruction, Mr. Colville today also observed that at least 13 civilian public buildings had been impacted during the five-day reporting period, bringing the total to 141 civilian public buildings partially or completely destroyed as a result of the armed conflict. Yemen’s hostilities – which began in mid-March – have only deepened the country’s already existent humanitarian crisis, plunging civilians even further into despair. Already the poorest nation in the Gulf region prior to the fighting, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) recently stressed that more than 15 million Yemenis do not have access to basic healthcare, with 53 health facilities closed and malnutrition increasing. Eighty per cent of the country’s population is currently in need of critical humanitarian aid.In addition, the country’s extensive archaeological and historic heritage has been increasingly under threat following a surge in aerial bombing raids in the Old City of Sana’a, Yemen’s capital.Also addressing the press briefing in Geneva, UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) spokesperson, Christophe Boulierac, warned that the number of children in Yemen who had been killed in the last 10 weeks was four times more than the number of children killed in 2014. Mr. Boulierac suggested that this showed the brutal impact of the country’s escalating violence and explained that the use of children in the conflict – whether to man check-points or carry arms – had also increased precipitously. Beyond that, he said, an estimated 9.4 million Yemeni children remained in need of humanitarian assistance as much of the population continues to struggle with food, power and water shortages. The grim humanitarian statistics come as international, regional and Yemeni stakeholders meet in Geneva for a series of UN-backed consultations opened yesterday by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. According to UN spokesperson, Ahmad Fawzi, the UN Special Envoy on Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, is currently meeting with the various delegations and will brief the press once the consultations are concluded. read more

Grand Overpowers Lady Spartans Photo Gallery

The Lady Spartans couldn’t erase a five-run deficit in a loss to Grand High School on Friday.Emery fought back after falling down by five runs in the third inning. The comeback fell just short, though, in the 12-11 defeat against the Red Devils. Emery managed nine runs in the failed comeback.Cambrie Jensen, Madisyn Alton, Ambree Bennett and Taleigh Price fueled the rally with RBIs. Both teams exchanged the advantage back-and-forth in the game, but Grand eventually took the lead for good after a home run in the seventh inning.Emery had 13 hits on the day. Price, Raegan Rassmussen, Alton and Adrianne Childs all managed multiple hits for the Lady Spartans. Price went 3-4 at the plate to lead Emery in hits.Up next, Emery (7-3, 3-2 Region 15) will travel to Blanding (3-9, 0-5 Region 15) on Tuesday to take on San Juan. read more

Verizon Wireless to notify users of data usage by text message

first_imgWhether Verizon Wireless is reacting to customer concerns over its new, tiered data plans or they were planning to do this for months is up in the air. Regardless, the company said today they would help people understand how much data they’ve been using by sending them messages over the course of their billing cycle. The new plans take effect for new customers today.Current customers don’t need to worry – even if they upgrade their phone in the near future they’ll be able to keep their plans. Regardless, it’s just a matter of time before the free ride for current customers will be over and everyone will have to keep a close eye on their data usage.To help customers get familiar with how much data they actually use, and how much they have left during a billing cycle, Verizon Wireless announced that they’ll send text messages (free, of course) to customers when they hit 50%, 75%, 90%, 100%, and 110% of their monthly data allowance. The 50% and 75% warnings can be opted-out of, but the last three will be mandatory.Additionally, Verizon Wireless also reminded customers that they can call #DATA from their Verizon phone or log in to their account on the Web to see data usage at any time. The latter two are good, but it’s the text messages that may actually make a difference to many users.By proactively letting customers know how much data they’ve used, they can make the judgment call after a few weeks or months whether they’re subscribed for the right type of plan. If a user goes a whole month without ever getting an alert, they’re probably paying for data they’ll never use. If a customer has a 4G phone and burns through 50% in the first three days, it’s time to either upgrade to a bigger plan or start using Wi-Fi.Read more at PR Newswirelast_img read more

Chinas Blizzardknockoff theme park opens

first_imgWorld Joyland, a Chinese theme park known in the West for rather shamelessly ripping off Blizzard properties, has opened to its first visitors, and some English speakers have written a detailed diary of their trip.Located in Jiangsu province, World Joyland claims to be the first game-themed park. With 600,000 square meters of territory to cover, early visitors reporting for English-language site Shanghaiist found plenty homage paid to Chinese clones of World of Warcraft and StarCraft.As it is a theme park, our reporter heroes focused on the ride experience and found ridiculous descriptions for each (in both Chinese and English) and a rating on the Splendor Index, Happiness Index or Thrill Index. A typical log ride was described as a “beast-bloody journey” as it took participants through an uphill tunnel filled with orcs before dropping them into inevitable wetness. Afterwards, other park patrons inserted coins into water gun machines to keep spraying riders.“Massive copyright infringement” abounds. The area themed on the WoW clone shows no distinction between Horde and Alliance as Tauren, Night Elves and humans are found mingling with one another, and with dragons and mermaids as well. Staff, on the other hand, wore “glorified Bam-Bam outfits.”For our experimental patrons, the WoW zone gave way to a StarCraft area by way of a change in color palette, as the Azeroth-esque reds and browns shifted to a more Protoss-ian blue and yellow.Joyland’s alleged dedication to games goes beyond the rides. The park was built for 200 million yuan (approximately $30 million) and includes “anime-and-game” expo pavilions and R&D facilities, a technology training center, and even an eSports Competition Center.The Shanghaiist reporters noted with some concern that after only being open for less than two months, handrails were already rusty and paint cracks were abundant.Read more at Shanghaiistlast_img read more

Medicaid service provider CUP to stay in county

first_imgColumbia United Providers officials on Friday got the news they and thousands of Clark County residents have been waiting months to hear: CUP can continue to serve local Medicaid managed care members.State Health Care Authority Deputy Director Preston Cody said Friday the state had approved a contract that would allow CUP and Community Health Plan of Washington to work together and remain in Clark County.“I hope everybody is pleased with the outcome,” Cody said. “I know the Health Care Authority certainly is.”After months of uncertainty, the state appears to have found a solution that benefits everyone involved. Medicaid patients will remain with their current providers, if they so choose. Renegotiated physician reimbursement rates will save the state money. And CUP and Community Health Plan will continue to operate in Clark County.“We’re happy,” said Lance Hunsinger, chief executive officer of Community Health Plan. “We have historically served in Clark County. Our interest was to continue to serve that population, and this result allows us to continue to do that. so we’re pleased.”The agreement will also mean no disruption in care for local Medicaid members, which was an ongoing concern for CUP officials.“Our goal from the start was to keep this critical health care safety net intact for this community,” Ann Wheelock, CUP chief executive officer, said in a written statement.last_img read more

Suspect who drove SUV into Homestead home given 1k bond

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A police chase that ended with an alleged stolen car crashing into a Homestead home landed a suspect in bond court, Friday.According to authorities, Robert Aldama was a passenger during a pursuit that left a family with thousands of dollars worth of damage to their home.Related: Family wakes up to SUV on doorstep after police chase ends in crashThursday morning, police said, Carmen Goodman and her 82-year-old mother were sleeping inside their home, located along Northwest Eighth Avenue and 17th Street, when Aldama was a passenger inside an SUV that crashed into the home, destroying their front entrance and living room.Aldama received a bond of $1,000.Fortunately, no one inside was injured.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Conservative Duque takes lead in Colombia election

first_imgColombian presidential candidate Ivan Duque (C), for the Democratic Centre party addresses supporters in Bogota, after winning the first round of the Colombian presidential election on 27 May. Photo: AFPConservative candidate Ivan Duque won the first round of Colombia’s presidential election Sunday but fell short of the 50 per cent threshold needed to avoid a runoff next month.The 41-year-old senator will face former guerrilla Gustavo Petro on 17 June, the first leftist candidate to contest a runoff in Colombia.Duque polled 39.7 per cent of the votes, compared to Petro’s 25 per cent, in a poll which showed deep divisions over a peace deal with former rebel movement FARC.It was the first presidential poll in half a century free of the threat of the FARC, though Duque, 41, has campaigned strongly on a pledge to rewrite a peace agreement with the group.Polling was “totally normal,” said electoral authority chairman Juan Carlos Galindo. Turnout was a higher-than-usual 53.2 per cent in a country traditionally plagued by voter apathy.The peaceful election was an achievement praised by outgoing president Juan Manuel Santos after casting his ballot in Bogota.Ironically, the peace Santos made with the FARC, which is now a political party, has opened sharp divisions, reflected in the two candidates to succeed him.Rewrite accordDuque has vowed to rewrite an accord he sees as too lenient on a group that waged a decades-long war of terror in Colombia before transforming itself into a political party.Duque’s pledges to defend private enterprise and introduce tax cuts also won him support.“I want a country of legality, a full-on fight against corruption, a country where peace can breathe throughout the land,” said Duque after casting his ballot in Bogota.Outside one Bogota polling station, Paula Rubio, 38, said she voted for Duque “to maintain order in the country.”Petro, a former member of the disbanded M-19 rebel group, defied expectations in a country where presidential elections have traditionally been the domain of the right.His total of more than 4.8 million votes is almost double the previous best showing for the left in a presidential election, in 2006.“It’s obviously going to be very polarized in the second round,” said analyst Andres Macais, with both sides scrambling to form alliances with defeated candidates.Conservatives backing Duque have a majority in the Congress after sweeping the legislative elections in March.Leftist candidates Sergio Fajardo, a former Medellin mayor who polled 23.7 per cent of the vote, and peace negotiator Humberto De la Calle, have previously refused to ally with Petro.Petro said he wanted a Colombia “present and future” without hatred or vengeance and to leave behind “the machinery of corruption.”The 58-year-old rallied many Colombians with his campaign speeches against inequality and corruption, making him the country’s first leftist candidate going to the second round of a presidential poll.“I voted for Petro… who has helped the poor people,” said domestic worker Gladys Cortes, 60.Analysts said turnout could be a key factor in the second round.“There is an increase in participation, but abstention is still high, we will have to see if it is still possible to move that absentee vote towards Petro. The second round is going to be very close,” said analyst Medofilo Medina.Santos stepping downSantos-who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for the 2016 deal with the FARC-steps down in August.Duque, a gray-haired senator and former economist, is backed by the Democratic Centre party of former president Alvaro Uribe, which swept legislative elections in March. If successful, he can count on the support of Congress.Uribe fell out with onetime ally Santos over his drive for peace with FARC, setting up his own party in 2013.Many voters see Uribe’s guiding hand behind the inexperienced Duque’s campaign. Like Santos, the 65-year-old Uribe is constitutionally precluded from seeking a third term.Colombia, ravaged by corruption and glaring inequality, is still struggling to emerge from the longest armed conflict in the Americas.The world’s leading producer of cocaine, the country continues to battle armed groups vying for control of lucrative narco-trafficking routes in areas FARC once dominated.‘No impunity’The peace deal, in effect for little more than a year, remains fragile.The FARC, now in the form of a political party, did not win much support in March legislative elections, failing to add to the 10 parliamentary seats it was awarded in the peace deal.“What we Colombians want is that those who have committed crimes against humanity be punished by proportional penalties, which is incompatible with political representation, so that there is no impunity,” Duque recently told AFP.The senator has pledged to eradicate “the cancer of corruption” and to revive a sluggish economy, while vowing to defend traditional family values.Petro’s crowds grew steadily as his campaign went on, in what some analysts see as public support for the peace deal and the rehabilitation of FARC as a political party.“Society has overcome the fear of violence and terror, and what we are seeing today is the political expression of that, filling public places and drawing crowds,” Petro told AFP in the final days of his campaign.last_img read more

Pneumonia kills 2 children per hour in Bangladesh Report

first_imgSpeakers at the third annual launch of ‘Global Childhood Report 2019’ by Save the Children Bangladesh at National Press Club. Photo: UNB Pneumonia is still the leading cause of death among children under five in Bangladesh, killing two children on average every hour, according to a report published Wednesday, according to UNB.The third annual launch of ‘Global Childhood Report 2019’ by Save the Children Bangladesh in the capital’s National Press Club revealed the situation.Bangladesh is positioned at 127 out of 176 countries with the overall decreasing rate of child mortality at an impressive 63 per cent.According to the report, since 2000, Bangladesh has the highest reduction rate of children mortality in South Asia at 63 per cent. Other countries with closest reduction rate are Bhutan at 60 per cent, Nepal at 59 per cent and India at 57 per cent.Ishtiaq Mannan, deputy country director of Save the Children Bangladesh, said, “Children born in Bangladesh today have a much better chance of growing up healthy, happy, educated and protected, than they did 20 years ago.”However, he said that tackling the threat of Pneumonia, especially among remote rural communities, remains a challenge for everyone.Sabbir Ahmed, adviser to Save the Children Bangladesh, pointed out that malnutrition, pre-existing illness and environmental pollutions as three key factors responsible for Pneumonia.”According to WHO Health Observatory, Pneumonia claimed lives of approximately 16,960 children in 2016 in the country. Globally, 16 per cent of the total under-five deaths were due to Pneumonia the same year,” he said.Sabbir also said Bangladesh has scopes to improve the scenario as good progress has been made in immunisation coverage.Save the Children Bangladesh suggested inclusion on pneumococcal vaccine in the government’s routine EPI system to protect the majority of the children.Launched ahead of International Children’s Day, Save the Children’s Global Childhood Report 2019 includes the annual End of Childhood Index, which finds that circumstances for children have improved in 173 out of 176 countries since 2000.The report also shows that displacement due to conflict is on the rise, with 30.5 million more forcibly displaced people now than there were in 2000 – an 80 per cent increase.Singapore tops the rankings as the country that best protects and provides for its children, with eight Western European countries and South Korea also ranking in the top 10.The most dramatic progress was among some of the world’s poorest countries, with Sierra Leone making the biggest improvements since 2000, followed by Rwanda, Ethiopia and Niger.The Central African Republic ranks last, with Niger – despite recent progress – and Chad rounding out the bottom three countries where childhoods are most threatened.last_img read more

Dengue hits Dhaka dwellers harder

first_img.Mosquito-born dengue fever has intensified in Dhaka city this year in comparison to past few years, said officials of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).According to DGHS, some 2,300 people have already been affected by dengue, a virus infected fever. Of them, three persons including a physician have died.A person, 53, died on 25 April while undergoing treatment at a private hospital in the capital. The other two died respectively on 28 April and 2 July while they were taking treatment at another private hospital.The DGHS officials have warned the number of dengue patients may rise further this year.They said dengue spreads through Aedes mosquitos. It generally intensifies between April and June. People are mostly affected in September-October.According to statistics of Health Emergency Operation Centre and Control Room at DGHS, a total of 1,713 people were affected by dengue in June alone, which is five times higher than that of the people affected by dengue only in June in last three years.In the first four days of July this year, some 358 people were affected and underwent treatment at different hospitals in the capital. A total of 142 people were affected on Thursday alone.The DGHS collected information from 47 public and private hospitals.Ayesha Akter, an assistant director of Health Emergency Operation Centre and Control Room at DGHS, said reports are being collected from many new public and private hospitals this year. So the increased number of patients is being recorded.DGHS director professor Sania Tahmina said to Prothom Alo, “The density of population in Dhaka is very high. The environment in Dhaka is favourable for Aedes mosquitos’ breeding. The construction is going on in the capital. Mosquito lays eggs on water in the construction area. So the intensity of Aedes mosquito is higher in the construction areas.”In Dhaka North City Corporation, DGHS has identified some areas as breeding grounds for Aedes mosquito. The areas are: Tejgaon, Turag, Pallabi, Magbazar, Uttara, Gulshan, Banani, Kafrul, Khilgaon, Rampura, Mirpur, Pirerbagh, Mohammadpur, Shewraparam, Kazipara, Banani, Kazipara, Banani and Baridhara.The areas in the Dhaka South City Corporation are: Doyaganj, Narinda, Swamibag, Gendaria, Dhakkin Mugdapara, Basabo, Maniknagar Biswaroad, She-e-Bangla Nagar, Hazaribag, Magbazar, Ramna, Segunbagicha, Shahbag, Farashganj, Syampur and Uttar Jatrabari.A total of 74 dengue patients have been undergoing treatment in Dhaka Medical College Hospital till Thursday.Eighth grader Newton Roy, a resident of Rampura, has been undergoing treatment at ward No. 602 of the hospital. His mother Auruna Biswas said she admitted her son with fever to the hospital on 30 June. My son was diagnosed with dengue. She said she lives at Ulon Road in Rampura, where mosquitoes buzz all around.Auruna Biswas said she did not see the city corporation to spray mosquito medicines in the area.While talking to Prothom Alo correspondent, five dengue patients, who are residents of Jatrabari, Khilgaon, Shahjahanpur and Madartek, said they are affected by mosquito menace.They also said they did not see spraying mosquito medicines.DNCC and DSCC chief health officials said they are working to tackle mosquitos.The officials said they are launching awareness campaigns involving mosque Imams and school teachers.Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) director Meerjadi Sebrina said to Prothom Alo, “The number of dengue patients will increase if the breeding of Aedes mosquitoes are not tackled.”“If the affected people feel pain in the stomach and suffer diarrhoea, they have to be taken to hospital immediately,” said Robed Amin, associate professor of Medicine Department at DMCH.This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam.last_img read more

Capcom celebrating 30th anniversary with 8bit arcade games

first_imgCapcom came into existence as a company back on June 11, 1983. That means this year is the Japanese company’s 30th anniversary and a celebration is in order.Rumblings about what form that celebration would take started to appear earlier this week, with Famtisu Magazine stating a Capcom Arcade Cabinet: Retro Game Collection was being released in Japan. The idea being, Capcom would update a number of 8-bit arcade classics for re-release on Xbox Live and PSN.The Capcom Unity blog has since confirmed that the Arcade Cabinet collection will be coming to Western consoles. The complete list of games hasn’t been released yet, but the first games to appear are expected to be Black Tiger, 1942, Commando, Gun.Smoke, and Trojan.These releases will be arcade perfect ports (including any bugs), meaning they are also going to be quite hard games. But Capcom has taken that into consideration and will be adding a number of modes to allow for difficulty adjustment. Rest assured though, you’ll be able to play the games as originally intended if you so choose.Full details of what games will be included and how much they are going to cost will be revealed on February 7. For now, Capcom has released a couple of teaser screenshots we’ve included here.If the predicted games turn out to be the initial line-up, then Capcom is certainly sticking with action titles. Black Tiger is a platform game from ’87, 1942 a shoot-em-up from ’84,  Gun.Smoke a shooter from ’85, Commando a shooter also from ’85, and Trojan is a side-scrolling action game from ’86. It’s worth pointing out Capcom has 144 arcade titles from which to choose, so I’m sure there’s more to come.via Capcom Unitylast_img read more

Watercolour and controlled strokes

first_imgAkbar padamsee, Jai Zharotia, Sudip Roy, R.K. Saini, Anubhav Som, all these artists from different stages in their career have one thing in common; the confidence of working with watercolour. The Challenge: Watercolour as a Medium is an exhibition of artworks by Indian artists spanning several generations who used watercolour as a medium. The exhibition is being organised by Gallery and is open since the 12 October.Watercolours can be called ‘Quick visual notes’ or ‘Visual Diaries’ as life is captured on paper with urgency yet in controlled strokes. It’s a percolation of ideas and experiences using pigment, water and light to create artworks which have luminosity and confidence. The amount of controlled fluidity demanded from this medium is unlike other mediums of painting.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The show has works by senior artists like Akbar padamsee, Jai Zharotia, Sakti Burman, Ganesh Haloi, Laxma Goud; senior Contemporary artists namely Sudip Roy, R.K. Saini, Bikash Poddar and  also younger contemporary artist like Anubhav Som, Ramesh Jhawar and Karan Thapa. These artists have the attributes of fluidity, immediacy and intuition evident in their artworks and have understood and overcame the challenges of watercolour as a medium.When: On till 11 November (Monday to Saturday) Where: Five Art Gallery Consultants, Lado Sarailast_img read more

Epic Allscripts and Cerner Signal Paradigm Shift in Population Health Management

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 During the first quarter of 2017, Black Book surveyed 140 chief information officers (CIOs), 159 chief financial officers (CFOs) and 448 hospital managers involved in planning and executing population health initiatives within the next 12 months. Ninety percent of the collective respondents revealed that future population health management (PHM) systems will essentially be projected to perform as next-generation patient accounting systems.Ideally, these systems will be able to identify a plethora of patient groups and predict where, when and how to best engage them. In addition, they should have the ability to coordinate care across the entire healthcare continuum, support care team collaboration and measure the activities, outcomes and overall performance of providers within the network. “Where the industry is on its journey, however, we see that progress remains nascent, but the activity and energy is high,” said Doug Brown, managing partner of Black Book Research. “Clearly, the best articulation of this energy is coming from the leading electronic medical record (EMR) suppliers, namely Epic Systems, Allscripts and Cerner, that have previously provided fee-for-service (FFS) platforms and are now fully investing in new, non-FFS tethered platforms to manage population health.”The shift from quantity-based healthcare to quality-based patient-centric care is clearly the impetus for this change.“It’s true that many systems were developed to track separate healthcare encounters in order to get paid in a fee-for-service reimbursement model,” said Alan Hutchison, vice president of Connect & Population Health at Epic Systems. “Those systems are struggling to accommodate the need to transition to a holistic understanding of their patients, with cost and utilization tracked at every point along the care continuum. This leaves single-solution systems (SSSs) and systems built through acquisition less able to effectively understand the total cost of care and where the greatest opportunities are to reduce variation, improve outcomes and lower costs.”Some EMR systems have handled managed care for years, and those that have deep experience with capitation and managed care will be better able to translate that knowledge into value-based initiatives, Brown said. “Systems like Epic that were developed from the start as a single, longitudinal patient record spanning inpatient, outpatient, post-acute and billing will have the advantage.”Optum, Philips and IBM are also fast developing solutions to gain a foothold in the market. “To see the leading EMR companies building from scratch and being considered by non-EMR buyers – such as accountable care organizations (ACOs), health plans and government agencies – speaks to the progress and momentum of these vendors,” Brown said. 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Gathering actionable data from a plethora of placesBlack Book’s survey reported expansion around techniques and methods available to aggregate data from a variety of sources, as consumers demand more access and higher security measures to protect their private medical information.From the consumer-focused perspective, remote patient monitoring – including Livongo, FitBit and Apple Watch – is delivering more data as an increasing number of medical centers launch home patient monitoring tools. “There is an overriding potential of the IoT to integrate wearables into patient portals, EMRs and PHM solutions,” Brown said.The continued expansion of functionality into patient portals and more secure texting and mobile engagement with the patient is evidenced by Cerner’s leveraging of America Well’s network, for example.“The management of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and heart failure, are life-long journeys,” Hamilton said. “Life occurs outside the care setting in our homes, at work, at schools and in our communities. Technology has transformed how we connect with friends and family, manage our finances, access transportation and shop. Consumers now expect a unified, personalized, mobile-optimized healthcare experience, as well. By building that sentiment into a consumer engagement strategy, providers give patients better tools to manage their conditions on a daily basis, including reminders, education and real-time access to their care teams so they can intervene early and avoid complications.”For Medicaid-sponsored patients, there is tremendous potential for collaboration between public and private sectors. Medicaid enterprises control troves of data that could be paired with EMR data – such as claims, immunizations, welfare/socioeconomic data, public health records, PDMP data and more. But this world of data opportunity would require alignment between commercial health systems and state Medicaid agencies. Alabama has an interesting model to consider, with regional care organizations (RCOs), which are basically Medicaid ACOs, offering capitated payments to commercial hospitals for taking on Medicaid patients.By far the easiest and most effective solution is to leverage existing interoperability networks – such as Epic’s Care Everywhere, Carequality and CommonWell – that provide real-time access to clinical information for a majority of the U.S. population.“Payers, providers and state and national agencies should look for a PHM solution that can offer an effective and sustainable way to aggregate clinical data for large patient populations across a broad network of EHRs,” Hutchison said. “But equally important is the solution’s ability to make that data actionable for analytics and effective care management. The system must be able to create a single longitudinal plan of care from disparate sources and encourage action across all participants, including patients.” Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more A nurse examines a patient in the Emergency Department of Cincinnati Children’s, where researchers successfully tested artificial intelligence-based technology to improve patient recruitment for clinical trials. Researchers report test results in the journal JMIR Medical Informatics. Image courtesy of Cincinnati Children’s. News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more The future: Consolidation and an increase in value-based consulting“Clients are looking for enterprise-class, near real-time platforms that close the loop back into clinical and consumer workflows,” Hamilton said. “They want unified platforms that can identify the various cohorts of an individual, predict where and when to engage, manage a personalized longitudinal plan for each person, match activities to the appropriate resources and empower consumers.”These platforms should also measure activities, outcomes and performance of providers within the networks. “Organizations want partners that can grow with them, that are source-agnostic, and that provide open ecosystems enabling them to span the technology diversity of their networks,” Hamilton said.Black Book predicts another wave of consolidation similar to what the industry saw in the early 2000s, as organizations moved from best-of-breed to integrated platforms. “Single solutions will likely continue to merge, be acquired, or be usurped by integrated technologies within comprehensive platforms that are natively integrated at the point of care (POC) and accessible by patients and community-based organizations,” Brown said.“The newness of the population health market created a tendency to employ a best-of-breed approach – purchase an individual solution to solve an individual population health need,” Hamilton agreed. “Over time, as more solutions are needed, each with its own data sources and user interface, it becomes almost impossible to ensure that the different data feeds remain functional, while also maintaining data consistency and integrity between multiple solutions.”Black Book’s Q2 2017 consultant surveys reveal a tremendous amount of energy in advisory services. Only 11 percent of providers report engagement intentions for consultants on PHM vendor selections, as the reality is most have already contracted for population health, electronic data warehousing (EDW), care coordination and disease management solutions. “With little to no integration, niche PHM and EDW agreements are much more easily displaced than an EMR system,” Brown said. “It doesn’t require a major amount of advisory assistance to get out of a PHM or EDW contract.”As we head into into 2018-2019, Black Book forecasts a 177 percent leap in healthcare advisory engagements in the use of PHM and value-based consulting (VBC) for services related to care management, analytics, business reporting, operational excellence and financial guidance.The 2017 Black Book survey of VBC strategy consultants ranked KPMG as the leader in that space. “For providers running health plans, there’s also an emerging services business around health plan creation and financial administration, along with provider network management, which play directly into KPMG’s advisory strengths,” Brown said.Payers and providers are focusing on technology that will help bring together their knowledge of risk and utilization management and analytics with the hard work of healthcare delivery to align incentives through strategic partnerships.And, as is true in so many facets of healthcare, a one-size-fits-all solution isn’t the answer. That’s where VBC can help.“We’re seeing increased interest among our Epic customers in VBC that helps organizations understand how to manage their transition from fee-for-service to value-based reimbursement,” Hutchison said. “Is 100 percent capitation the best model for everybody? Likely not. What is the ideal ratio between fee-for-service and value-based reimbursement for a given organization? How do they adjust care delivery based on their historical performance to reduce total cost of care while improving outcomes? The answers differ depending on the organization, their patient population and payer mix. That type of guidance is important to provide throughout the development and execution of any population health strategy.” As the healthcare industry continues its metamorphosis, and providers and payers struggle with various solutions, vendors with the ability to multitask will have a distinct advantage in the marketplace.“Transformation is a combination of people, processes and tools,” Hamilton said. “Payers and providers are increasingly looking for partners that can provide a combination of advisory services, solutions and operational services to guide and accelerate their transformation.”For more information: blackbookmarketresearch.comcenter_img Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Related Content The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | June 15, 2017 Epic, Allscripts and Cerner Signal Paradigm Shift in Population Health Management Black Book confirms the healthcare industry is moving toward population health management systems that will double as next-gen accounting systems Maximizing data to improve engagement and outcomesCapturing data that spans the health continuum can seem overwhelming, but organizations need to think comprehensively and meaningfully when it comes to data, said Ryan Hamilton, senior vice president of population health at Cerner. “Healthcare stakeholders can make more informed decisions if they can assemble and react to a comprehensive health profile that reflects a person’s health and care experiences across time and care settings.”Hutchison agreed: “What’s exciting is that we can now go further, consolidating multiple sources of data across electronic health records (EHRs), payers, pharmacies and consumers into a single view for providers, care managers, patients and affiliates.”We know the majority of a patient’s health is impacted by factors outside the traditional walls of hospitals and clinics. Users need an integrated social and community platform to understand the location and quality of community-based services, their associated outcomes and whether their patients are participating and benefiting from them. This will aggregate richer data sets that include environmental and socio-demographic factors to fully understand the social determinants of health impacting their patients.“Population health is shifting the focus of healthcare from managing episodic encounters to managing individuals across the continuum,” Hamilton said.“Organizations are redefining their boundaries by building clinically integrated networks, and engaging and empowering consumers to manage their own health and care. They’re increasingly looking to integrate the Internet of things (IoT), social care, public health, transportation, community resource and retail capabilities. Risk-holding organizations – health systems, health plans, ACOs, employers and government agencies – are looking for enterprise platforms that can span the heterogeneous nature of the emerging networks, but allow for deep integration into the provider workflow.”Cerner, in particular, is one EMR that’s been talking about the need for clinically driven revenue cycle management (RCM) for some time, Brown said. “We now are envisioning a world where more clinical, risk-based scenarios are input upstream in the workflow versus being worked on the financial backend.” News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | July 31, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Solution Improves Clinical Trial Recruitment Clinical trials are a critical tool for getting new treatments to people who need them, but research shows that… read morelast_img read more

Virgin Voyages will sail the Caribbean in 2020 offering unique and very

first_img“Thousands of future sailors and travel professionals shared their thoughts with us and tasked us with delivering the most irresistible vacation at sea and that our name alone should leave them dizzy with anticipation,” said Branson. “I’m excited to reveal we are now Virgin Voyages, and while we have lots of work ahead to build our three ships, we can’t wait to welcome you aboard the ship of things to come.”Virgin Voyages expects the multibillion dollar financing package for the purchase of its three ships to be finalized shortly. McAlpin outlined a ship building schedule including steel cutting in early 2017, followed by the keel laying in Genoa in the fourth quarter of 2017.“This is anything but just another cruise or holiday, it will be a transformational experience delivering a very ‘Virgin style’ of adventure,” said McAlpin.Virgin Voyages’ first ship will arrive at PortMiami in 2020, hosting more than 2,700 passengers and 1,150 crew. For the first ship, Virgin Voyages will offer a range of Caribbean itineraries to ports that deliver “unique and very social experiences”. See Tags: Virgin Group Wednesday, October 19, 2016 Posted by Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Virgin Voyages will sail the Caribbean in 2020, offering “unique and very social experiences” MIAMI — Forget cruising, says Sir Richard Branson. On a Virgin ship, it’s a “voyage”. Virgin Voyages, coming in 2020, aims to convince all those consumers who say they’ll never cruise that a vacation on a ship can be hip, sophisticated and fun. It’s what the cruise industry has tried to do, with varying degrees of success, for decades.The Virgin Voyages name and logo was unveiled yesterday at Faena Hotel Miami Beach, complete with a theatrical performance where Virgin Group Founder Branson appeared with two performers who danced on deck chairs in front of an audience of international news media, Miami politicos and business leaders.Together with Virgin Voyages President and CEO Tom McAlpin, the two shared that Virgin Voyages has officially signed a ship building contract for three vessels with Italian master shipbuilder Fincantieri, and that the company will be the first cruise line to adopt the clean energy system, Climeon Ocean. Travelweek Group last_img read more

Police begin clearing Occupy Frankfurt camp

first_img Patients with chronic pain give advice FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – German police on Monday carried out a court order to remove anti-capitalist protesters from an Occupy Frankfurt camp set up almost ten months ago next to the European Central Bank headquarters.Police put up barricades around the camp and asked people to leave voluntarily, then started to carry out activists who refused and sat down. A small crane picked up heavy objects such as old sofas and loaded them in the back of a truck for removal. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top Stories New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The clearing of the remaining several dozen tents followed a court decision upholding the city’s effort to enforce rules against camping on city-owned parkland. City official Joerg Bannach said Monday the police were trying to clear the camp “as peacefully as possible.”The city’s latest authorization for the almost 10-month-old demonstration permits protesting on the adjacent public square between the ECB and the Frankfurt Opera but banned tents.“Tents are not a means of protest,” said Bannach. “That’s been the case from the beginning, but we tolerated it.”An activist who would only give his name as Thomas Occupy disagreed, saying: “It has been a protest all along. We have never stopped protesting. Demonstrating yes, camping no.”The Occupy activists protested what they saw as the speculative abuses of the financial system and other forms of economic injustice. The camp acquired infrastructure that included recycling bins and portable toilets. Yet the number of people there dwindled over the months.The city said activists had rejected an offer under which one symbolic tent would have been allowed on the grassy areas of the park, and an information stand and three tents on the pavement square nearby. Comments   Share   last_img read more