APTN National NewsIn Saskatchewan, young Aboriginal hockey players got the chance to meet with a Metis man who suits up with the Montreal Canadiens, giving them a chance to see where hard work could take them.APTN National News reporter Larissa Burnouf spoke with some of those teens.
TORONTO — Ontario is seeking to strengthen consumer protection rules around home warranties, ticket sales, real estate practices, and travel services in an omnibus bill introduced Thursday.Changes to ticket selling laws include making so-called scalper bots illegal. The bots purchase a large number of tickets online for a concert, show, or other event, then resell them at a large profit.But those bots often operate from out of the country, which would make enforcement difficult, Attorney General Yasir Naqvi admitted, so the bill also aims to undercut both profit incentive and resale abilities.“There’s no one way, or silver bullet, of dealing with bots,” he said.The bill would ban tickets from being resold at more than 50 per cent of the face value and make it illegal to knowingly resell tickets that were purchased by bots.“Companies like Ticketmaster and Stubhub, which pretty much control about 80 per cent of the market in Ontario, they invest a fair bit of money in dealing with bots because it’s a nuisance for them as well,” Naqvi said.Ticket sellers would also have to display an itemized list of all fees, taxes and service charges, and resellers would have to disclose the face value of the ticket. Those rules, as well as the resale markup limit, provide an easy point of enforcement, Naqvi said.“We took a very pragmatic view as to how can we create laws within our own jurisdiction that create a level playing field and rules that we can actually practically enforce,” he said.Catherine Moore, a University of Toronto adjunct professor of music technology, said the scalper bot ban itself sounds difficult to implement.“If the person who is behind or the company and the people who are behind the bots are not based in Ontario or are not based even in Canada, how can you prosecute them, how can you fine them?” she said.Ministry of Government and Consumer Services agents would get the power to do inspections and lay fines against violators of the act. Companies themselves would also get the power to sue other companies for losses resulting from the use of bots.Both Ontario’s opposition parties said they support the bill, but New Democrat Jennifer French said the Liberal government created a loophole for scalper bots in the first place, “so it absolutely is incumbent on them to fix it.”The government changed the Ticket Speculation Act in 2015 to make it legal to resell tickets above their original face value.Ticketmaster did not return a request for comment, but StubHub said it supports the legislation, though it is wary of the cap on resale prices. It told the government during consultations that more regulatory burdens on the ticket market will drive sales off mainstream platforms that provide certain protections.“Price caps displace tickets from secure sources, therefore exposing fans to higher instances of fraud, less transparency around fees, non-existent customer service and reduced ability for enforcement,” Laura Dooley, the company’s senior manager of government affairs, said in a statement.The omnibus bill would also separate the provider of Ontario’s warranty program for new homes from the body regulating new home builders. It would also make the dispute resolution process easier for homeowners who discover a problem in their new home’s construction.A 2015 review found fault with Tarion Warranty Corp.’s complex structure and over-arching mandate — it has overseen nearly all facets of the home building sector for the past 40 years — with both builders and homeowners questioning Tarion’s objectivity.At the time of the review Tarion said all of the review’s recommendations, which included splitting its responsibilities, would weaken consumer protection, increase costs and create barriers to entry for builders. On Thursday, it said it will support the province on a “smooth transition” and delivery of its plan.The bill also tackles the issue of double ending, in which a real estate agent represents both a buyer and a seller in a transaction, though specifics are being left to regulations. Ontario Real Estate Association CEO Tim Hudak said it will allow for greater transparency and consumer protection.Real estate sellers, brokers and brokerages would also be subject to stiffer fines if they violate a code of ethics, up from $25,000 to $50,000 and $100,000 for brokerages.In the travel industry, the bill would create new rules for out-of-province travel sellers and set new registration requirements for travel salespeople.
Budget Director Mick Mulvaney testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, before the House Budget Committee hearing on President Donald Trump’s fiscal 2018 federal budget. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) Treasury chief to Congress: Raise debt limit before August by Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press Posted May 24, 2017 4:07 pm MDT Last Updated May 24, 2017 at 5:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told lawmakers on Wednesday that they should vote to increase the government’s borrowing authority — and avert a disastrous economic default — before their August recess.Within hours, the conservative House Freedom Caucus said it would oppose such a vote unless certain conditions are met.The timeline is earlier than previous estimates. It had been expected that Congress wouldn’t have to act on the politically painful measure until sometime this fall, but tax revenues are coming in lower than previously estimated.Mnuchin also urged the House Ways and Means Committee to pass the debt limit legislation as a bill without controversial additions, such as spending cuts sought by conservatives, that could complicate its approval.“We can all discuss how we cut spending in the future and how we deal with the budget going forward but it is absolutely critical … that we keep the credit of the United States as the most critical issue,” Mnuchin said.Democrats, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, have promised to support a debt limit increase provided it’s not weighed down by GOP policy changes. But such a vote is sure to be painful for conservative Republicans who opposed hiking the debt limit, presently set at almost $20 trillion.In a statement, the Freedom Caucus said it would oppose a “clean raising of the debt ceiling,” and “we demand that any increase of the debt ceiling be paired with policy that addresses Washington’s unsustainable spending by cutting where necessary, capping where able, and working to balance in the near future.”The Freedom Caucus counts several dozen conservatives who wield considerable clout in the House.White House budget director Mick Mulvaney told a separate House panel that the reason for the new deadline is that “receipts currently are coming a little bit slower than expected.”Mnuchin said in a letter to lawmakers in March that that he has started employing bookkeeping measures to avoid breaching the debt limit.Those manoeuvrs, set out in law, are deemed “extraordinary measures,” but in reality they have been employed numerous times by Mnuchin’s predecessors to buy time until Congress could pass the legislation needed to raise the borrowing limit.The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that the bookkeeping manoeuvrs Mnuchin can use will be exhausted by sometime in the fall.Mnuchin has urged lawmakers to move quickly to remove investor doubt about any potential default. Lawmakers had been expected to wait until September or later to act.
“Energy is the golden thread that connects economic growth, social equity and a healthy environment,” Ban Ki-moon told participants at a briefing on the Sustainable Energy for All initiative (SE4All). Launched by Mr. Ban in 2011, SE4All is a multi-stakeholder initiative that aims to achieve three inter-linked global targets, namely to ensure universal access to modern energy services, to double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency and to double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix, all by 2030.In 2015, access to affordable and clean energy became the 7th of 17 new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that world leaders will adopt next week at a special summit at UN Headquarters. These Global Goals are intended to stimulate action over the next 15 years in areas of critical importance towards building a more equitable and sustainable world for all.“I strongly commend the inclusion of Sustainable Development Goal 7 on energy,” Mr. Ban continued. “With targets on access, renewables, energy efficiency and means of implementation, this goal is a game-changer – for everything from eradicating poverty to combating climate change. […] But we can, and must, do more.” The Secretary-General announced that a new Sustainable Energy for All Partnership will now spearhead SE4All, and be led by the current World Bank Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, Rachel Kyte.In addition to becoming the first Chief Executive Officer of the Sustainable Energy for All Partnership, Ms. Kyte will also take over as the Secretary-General’s new Special Representative for Sustainable Energy for All on 1 January 2016.“If we are successful over the next decade or more in realizing the ambition in SDG 7, we will be successful in realizing the ambitions in many more of the goals, not least of which will be SDG 13 [climate action],” the new CEO stated. “Sometimes when we talk about energy, we talk about megawatts and kilowatts […]. But this agenda is firmly rooted in the ability of a woman to seek medical care in a hospital, knowing that the lights won’t go out. This is an agenda about being able to turn the irrigation pump on for the small farmer in a desertified part of the developing world. This is about being able to put the light on, do the homework, graduate, and go on and do more, and contribute back,” Ms. Kyte added.Meanwhile, the outgoing Special Representative for SE4All said that if the world wants transformative change, it will need major financing and major deployment of technologies.“To do that, we will need a new way of working with the private sector, not the philanthropic side of the private sector but in fact, the core investment part of the private sector,” Kandeh Yumkella underlined. “And that is what we’ve developed for you on the Sustainable Energy for All to drive about $120 billion a year into energy sector investments.”He added that he believes one of Mr. Ban’s biggest legacies for the UN is that, under his leadership, he was able to establish an energy agenda for the Organization – something that has been attempted but unrealized for 20 years. Also speaking at the event, Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said the international community now has, with this new partnership, a tool to make sure it delivers on Global Goal 7. “And I feel also supremely confident in the leadership transition from Kandeh’s dynamic strong leadership in the creation of this initiative, driving it forward, to Rachel Kyte now taking over, whom I’ve seen on the barricades of fighting for water and sanitation, climate change, and a number of issues where we have coinciding views.”Following a competitive and transparent bidding process, the SE4All Executive Committee has chosen Vienna, Austria, to host the new Partnership.
← Previous Story EHF CL: THW Kiel revenges against Veszprem, Chekhovski fails to win in Montpellier Next Story → France wants Men’s WCH 2017 FTC continues with their great display in the second phase of the Women’s EHF Champions League and now the “victim” is Krim Ljubljana. The Hungarians were trailing at half time, but in the end came out victors, winning 30:26. With three wins from three games now they’re very close to reaching the semi-finals, and one more victory will likely seal it.Buducnost Podgorica gained their first win in this second phase after winning 24:22 at home against Randers. Despite being huge favorites in this match the Adzic’ girls were unable to make any huge goal lead difference and the game came down to being decided in the final minutes of the match, and with this victory Buducnost now still stands a chance of being able to defend their CL title.
19,341 Views There are 27 empty houses for every one person in emergency accommodation The Simon Communities want vacant properties to be used to boost social housing supply. Thursday 2 Mar 2017, 7:00 AM By Órla Ryan THERE ARE 27 empty houses for every one person in emergency accommodation, according to the Simon Communities.The homeless and housing charity has said it is unacceptable that 198,358 homes lie empty in Ireland (about 13% of total housing stock) while 7,167 people live in emergency accommodation.The number of vacant houses is based on preliminary figures from the 2016 Census and excludes holiday homes and derelict buildings.The Simon Communities are today launching a 10-point plan about how they believe these vacant properties can be utilised to help tackle the ongoing housing and homelessness crisis.This plan makes a number of proposals including the establishment of a vacant housing register; incentive schemes to encourage property owners to sell or lease their properties to boost social housing supply; the introduction of compulsory leasing orders (CLOs) and compulsory purchase orders (CPOs); and the introduction of a vacant property tax for houses that are empty for more than 12 months.Simon said such a tax could be “calculated on the basis of property value or potential rental income and increased the longer a property remains vacant”.Meanwhile, CLOs and CPOs would enable local authorities to seek permission to force a lease or sale on the owner of an empty property so it can be used as social housing.Different parts of the countryThe Simon Communities deliver support and services to thousands of people and families who experience homelessness or are at risk of homelessness every year.In a statement, the charity notes: 30 Comments Image: Shutterstock/John And Penny Share1545 Tweet Email3 File photo of houses Image: Shutterstock/John And Penny Mar 2nd 2017, 7:00 AM In Cork there are 269 people living in emergency accommodation, while there are 21,287 vacant housing units. In Dublin, there are 3,247 people in emergency accommodation and 35,293 empty units. In Limerick there are 252 people living in emergency accommodation and 8,463 vacant housing units.Niamh Randall, national spokesperson for the Simon Communities, said the fact there are 27 empty houses per every person in emergency accommodation is shocking.“When you look at it, it’s extremely stark.”Speaking to TheJournal.ie ahead of today’s launch, Randall said better monitoring of and research around vacant properties is needed.She noted that not all of the vacant properties would be suitable for social housing but, given the number of empty houses, even if half or a quarter of them were, that’s still a significant number.“We need to see if all these houses are empty and why, as soon as possible. We need to act quickly on this. Who owns them, how can we make them available?”Slow paceRandall said Simon “absolutely welcomed” Rebuilding Ireland, the government’s plan to tackle housing and homelessness issues, describing it as “the most comprehensive plan we’ve ever had” in this area.However, she said the charity was “concerned about the pace” at which extra social housing is being made available.“We know house building in slow, we need to look at low hanging fruit like empty houses – how we can turn them around quickly and make them available.”Randall noted that as well as the 90,000 or so people on the social housing and the more than 7,000 people in emergency accommodation, there are many others dealing with the stresses of housing insecurity, such as two families sharing one house, or parents and children moving in with their grandparents.Properties owners have said the almost 200,000 empty houses are vacant for numerous reasons, including probate, investment and property being inherited through the death of relatives.“[Rebuilding Ireland] contains a number of initiatives aimed at reducing vacancy in the private and public housing stock. Effective resourcing and implementation of these initiatives is required to have a meaningful impact on the current vacancy rate.“The commitment to develop a vacant housing reuse strategy is positive, a coordinated response is now needed to maximise the potential return of empty homes that would bolster social housing supply, providing permanent homes quickly for those that need them most,” Randall said.She also stressed the importance of keeping the housing and homelessness crisis at the top of the government’s agenda, regardless of what other issues are going on.“There are current political issues dominating the agenda, no matter who is in the role of Taoiseach in the coming weeks we need to make sure that housing and homelessness remains a number one priority,” she said.‘Significant level of investment’ Speaking to the Oireachtas housing committee yesterday, Housing Minister Simon Coveney said 2017 will see “a very significant level of new investment in housing”. Simon Coveney Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie“As I have previously stated, housing is an absolute priority for this government and this is clearly evidenced by the level of resources that have been allocated to support my department’s housing programmes this year. The revised estimates show that €1.2 billion is being made available for housing programmes in 2017.“In addition, local authorities will fund a range of housing services to the value of €92 million from surplus Local Property Tax receipts, bringing the total housing provision to almost €1.3 billion. This investment will see the housing needs of 21,050 households being met in 2017.Through a provision of €732 million for capital expenditure – made up of €655 million Exchequer funding and €77 million self-funded by local authorities from LPT receipts – local authorities and approved housing bodies will be in a position to deliver 4,450 units through a combination of construction, acquisitions, rapid build and returning vacant units to productive use.Coveney added that a new vacant repair and leasing initiative will “allow local authorities to provide financial assistance to property owners to bring vacant properties up to standard which can then be leased for social housing”.“The scheme is being rolled out nationally with total available investment of €32 million, which will support up to 800 vacant properties to be brought back into use as new homes for families on local authority waiting lists.“A new ‘Buy and Renew’ initiative will support local authorities and approved housing bodies to purchase private housing units in need of remediation, renew them and make them available for social housing use. An initial capital provision of €25 million will be available for this initiative in 2017,” Coveney stated.Read: FactCheck: Are there really 8,500 social housing units currently being built?Read: FactCheck: How many new social housing units does the government plan to build? Short URL File photo of houses https://jrnl.ie/3265373 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Two Greek Australian students from South Oakleigh Secondary College have taken out two prestigious overseas awards, with one student, Alexia Stathopoulos, receiving the highest honour; representing Greek students from Australia at Greek parliament this year. The Year 11 Modern Greek student won first prize in an essay writing competition with the theme ‘anti-bullying’. Her essay was marked by scholars and she gained excellent results in content, grammar and syntax. The trip is fully funded by the Hellenic Parliament and facilitated by the Education Consul at the Greek Embassy. This is a very prestigious award highlighting the strength of Modern Greek students. Anastasia Stavrinou, a Year 10 Modern Greek student, has been chosen by the Red Cross to attend the 58th International Study and Friendship Camp which will be held in Langenlois, a beautiful city in Austria. She will be participating in various programs titled, Dare To Share, the Torchlight peace walk and the Festival of Nations. She was a Red Cross volunteer while she was living in Greece and has been chosen for her excellent contribution to community service. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Street View : les demandes de floutage abondent en AllemagneAllemagne – Après de nombreuses péripéties, Google Street View sera bientôt mis en service en Allemagne. Mais des centaines de milliers de citoyens outre-Rhin ont envoyé une demande de floutage de leur habitation. Google serait-il en train de payer sa “malencontreuse” collecte de données personnelles par ses voitures Street View ? En accord avec les autorités, le géant américan a laissé aux Allemands jusqu’au 15 octobre pour faire une demande de floutage de leur habitation sur le futur logiciel. Celui-ci doit être mis en service avant la fin de l’année dans les vingt plus grandes villes du pays. Résultat : des centaines de milliers de demandes de floutage sont parvenues chez Google. Un chiffre qui va bien au-delà des estimations du géant d’Internet. La population reste certainement sensible à l’usage fait de ses données personnelles.Le 21 septembre 2010 à 10:59 • Emmanuel Perrin
It was said that Wayne Rooney has had a couple of problems with Sam Allardyce but the English offensive player himself denied such a thing and he said that he admires his current manager.The former England international insisted that the coach should be given a credit for the improvement of Everton’s results despite the end of the season was a bit rough – but overall, the former Albion coach did a good job.The former Manchester United player spoke about his side’s coach as he said, according to Sports Keeda:“It’s me that gets highlighted a bit more than it would with other players.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“There was no issue with me and the manager or with me coming off. I respect the manager’s decision but of course, there was frustration because I wanted to stay on.“I spoke to him [afterwards] but really we spoke because of how it was getting built up to be something it wasn’t. There was no issue over it.”“We were panicking a bit when he took over. There was the talk of relegation and he has steadied that.”
SPOKANE — The explosion of a car in Spokane that sent two people to the hospital appears to have been an accident.Sunday’s explosion injured a man and his 3-year-old daughter.Spokane police say the two had gotten into the car and driven just a few blocks when the vehicle exploded Sunday afternoon in the Garland District.Police said Monday that preliminary results of their investigation indicate the man was using butane and drug paraphernalia in the car and lit a cigarette, causing the explosion. Police say they intend to file charges against the man.The man was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and is in satisfactory condition. The girl is in serious condition at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane.
Hyderabad: Notwithstanding denial by the All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary over the change in the leadership of Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC), lobbying for the post of TPCC chief is continuing. Of late AICC secretary and senior leader of the State Congress V Hanumantha Rao has thrown his hat into the ring. He has demanded that the TPCC chief’s post be given to a candidate belonging to Backward Classes instead of leader from Reddy community. Also Read – Solve farmers problems, demands Congress in Kamareddy Advertise With Us He said, “There is no other BC leader in the State who is qualified to be selected for the PCC president post than me. The posts of TPCC president and leader of the CLP were given to Reddy leaders during the previous Assembly.” Hanumantha Rao said that the posts should be given to a loyalist and he was the utmost loyalist of the party. He also said that he would hold a meeting of the loyalists of the Congress party in July and would discuss the issues of the party in it. Also Read – Woman found dead, relatives stage dharna in Kamareddy Advertise With Us On the other hand, the leaders from the Scheduled Caste community are also eager to grab the post of TPCC president. They have been continuing their efforts through their channels in the high command. Senior leaders hailing from SC community like C Damodara Raja Narasimha, and Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka have been trying to secure the TPCC president post. AICC secretary and leader from the SC community S A Sampath is also in the race. Advertise With Us Meanwhile, a section of the party has been arguing that there was no need to change the TPCC leadership and suggested that N Uttam Kumar Reddy remain in the post. They said that since there are no elections to the Assembly or Lok Sabha in the next three years, there was no need to change the leadership. As the ordinary elections to the rural local bodies are over there would be no big election before the party. The leaders argued that now it was time for the party to focus on strengthening the organisation and steps should be taken to build the party from the booth level. They have been suggesting that the party should focus on the municipal elections to be held in next four or five months and strive to achieve success in them to protect the party.
Imran Khan knows all about winning the World CupSTEPHEN DUPONT/AFP/Getty ImagesThe man who led Pakistan to their only World Cup title is now the chief executive of the entire nation. Imran Khan hosted the Pakistani squad selected to represent the country at ODI cricket’s biggest event. According to reports, the former captain spent nearly an hour talking to the selected players and gave them plenty of advice.We don’t know whether Khan keeps an eye on the cricket being played these days but there are some eternal pearls of wisdom that the country’s Prime Minister can present to the current crop, based on his own experience of winning the World Cup in 1992.Importance of self-beliefImran Khan went into the 1992 World Cup with a conviction that he will take home the trophy. In a television show, Ramiz Raja talked about how he and other teammates of his were amazed at their captain’s confidence even when they were on the verge of being knocked out. But it was this belief that eventually powered Pakistan beyond the hurdles and to the title. Having this self-belief would be necessary for the current Pakistan team also.Trusting young talentOne area where Imran’s captainship shone most brightly was his nurturing of young talent. It was at this World Cup that Inzamam-ul-Haq first came into prominence and where Wasim Akram made the world take notice of him. The current Pakistan team has no dearth of young talent also. If these players are promoted half as well as Imran did youngsters of his time, Pakistan would be serious contenders. Sarfaraz Ahmed can use Imran’s wisdom to improve his own teamISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty ImagesNot going down without a fightOver the years, Pakistan have been notorious for having one of the weakest lower orders in world cricket. At a time when batsmen batting lower down the order have been contributing more and more, Pakistan’s batsmen, no 8 onwards, have tried to back away and attempt big strokes. This is something Imran hated. Before the famous West Indies tour of 1988, Imran had announced that anyone who shows fear of the ball would be sent home. Such intolerance for lack of fight would serve the current team also.Leading from the frontIn the final of the 1992 World Cup, Imran Khan batted at no. 3. This may seem like a normal thing today because of batting-friendly conditions but in those days required great skill. This was an example of the captain leading from the front. The current Pakistan side is not blessed with a captain that has the same level of skill but Sarfaraz has spunk and doggedness. If he has an opportunity to lead by example, he has to take it. Maybe, batting higher up the order in a difficult situation is just what he needs. This would also silence the doubts about his place in the team.Managing fast bowlersOne of the most famous stories of the 1992 World Cup was how Akram was encouraged by his captain to bowl fast. The left-arm seamer revealed in several interviews that he was bothered by the problem of bowling too many extras and thought about cutting down his pace. Then, he saw an interview of his captain where the latter stated that he wants his young pacer to bowl as fast as he can, despite the wides and no-balls. This relieved Akram and he delivered his best. Pakistan have two teenagers in their team, one of them known to bowl at high speeds. Perhaps Sarfaraz can take a cue from his illustrious predecessor in how to manage fast bowlers.
Ricky Smith, the executive director and CEO of the Maryland Aviation Administration (MAA), who leads BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, has presided over record breaking growth at the airport during his tenure, which began in July 2015. But, he cites the good fortune of a relatively strong economy (at least by some metrics), as much as his work ethic and leadership skills.Executive Director and CEO of the Maryland Aviation Administration, Ricky Smith. (Courtesy Photo)“I have to be frank, as much as I would like to take absolute responsibility, a lot of it has to do with the economy,” Smith told the AFRO. “I’m not trying to be political, but the fact of the matter is people want to use the most economical transportation…the economy is humming and people have the disposable income to fly. They are choosing to fly out of BWI because we offer more low fares…more non-stop destinations than any of the other airports in the Baltimore, Washington, Philadelphia area…that’s part of the reason why we’re winning D.C.”Specifically, he says the airport can offer lower fares because it maintains lower operating costs than its regional competitors. According to Smith, BWI Marshall’s operating cost is about $9.53 per passenger, versus Reagan National at about $15 per passenger, Dulles at $24 per passenger and Philadelphia International at $14 per passenger.According to the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), BWI Marshall is the busiest airport in the Baltimore-Washington region (July marked 25 consecutive monthly passenger records according to MDOT). More than 24 million domestic and more than one million passengers traveled via BWI Marshall during the airport’s last fiscal year, which ended in July 2017.Before coming back to Maryland, Smith, a native of West Baltimore operated in essentially the same capacity in Cleveland (CEO of the Cleveland Airport System) as his current position at BWI Marshall. However, he says a call from Gov. Larry Hogan changed the trajectory of his career.“I was in Cleveland doing pretty well for 10 years…Cleveland was good to me,” said Smith. “I got a call from Gov. Hogan…he didn’t like that I went to Cleveland in 2006. He reached out to me and I thought I could take the airport where he thought the airport could go. He is the reason why I’m back in Maryland,” added Smith.Smith, the state’s first Black executive director and CEO of the MAA, is originally from the West Baltimore neighborhood once known as Whitelock City (within the larger community of Reservoir Hill). He continues to be inspired by the people from his old neighborhood who invested in him in multiple ways.“It’s not just the fact I’m African American, when I speak to groups I let them know I’m from Whitelock Street. I take a lot of pride in it,” Smith said. “I represent a lot of people who put me on their backs to help me make it through.”Smith says he is purposeful in crafting opportunities for others who may have come from circumstances similar to his own.“There are more women and (people of color) working at this airport than most other airports,” Smith said. “It is because we create an environment where they can get here and make a career working at the airport.”He points to the, “Launchpad Program,” which recruits smaller businesses owned by women or people of color, many from economically challenged communities to set up shop at BWI Marshall. “About 75 applied and we narrowed it down to four…Four African-American females won out. They are now operating here at the airport and are doing very well,” Smith said. “The airport is open for business or employment for anybody interested in pursuing an opportunity here. If we can get that person in the airport…and teach them how to operate in this very complex environment, that can make a huge difference for that person.”Ultimately, Smith’s overarching vision for BWI Marshall is tied to the level of buy in on the part of the people he leads.“The most important thing that I’ve accomplished…I’ve created a performance driven culture,” Smith said. “We have a vision to be better and a very aggressive strategic plan. Every employee is tied to the strategic vision of the organization. They feel like they are part of something bigger than themselves.”
By Lenore T. Adkins, Special to the AFROWords matter and are not to be taken lightly, University of the District of Columbia Professor Bernard “Bernie” Demczuk told nearly two dozen Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) recruits on their mandatory Black History tour along U Street April 20.In his opinion when people say “riot,” they’re talking about Black people violently reacting to tragedy. That’s why Demczuk instead calls the unrest along U Street following Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in 1968 an uprising or rebellion.Bernie Demczuk speaks to officers during the U Street tour. (Photo by Lenore Adkins )“Thug means Black, middle-class means White,” said Demczuk, who is White and teaches African-American history and culture at the University of the District of Columbia. “Urban means Black, riot means Black. I don’t have time to give you a long history lesson on how much there was White rioting against Black people over the last 250 years. Do they call them riots? No, they don’t call them riots.”The police department has partnered with UDC to deploy a training program for D.C.’s roughly 3,800 police officers and 660 civilian personnel to help them understand the city’s rich African American history and the historic racial tension between Black communities and law enforcement.While violent crimes have fallen in the District, according to Mayor Muriel Bowser, negative interactions between Black residents and police officers continue to be a point of contention — a larger issue when considering African Americans comprise 47.7 percent of the District according to the 2016 U.S. Census.Meanwhile, demographic data from D.C. police shows Blacks represent 52.12 percent of the force, while 35.1 percent are White, nearly 9 percent identify as Hispanic, 3.61 percent are Asian, and the rest are either Native American or biracial.The one day program requires several hours of lectures led by Demczuk and professor Sharita Thompson, as well as tours of the Smithsonian African-American Museum of History and Culture and the U Street Corridor. Training started in January and 550 officers have gone through it as of April 20, Demczuk said.On the tour, Demczuk took the recruits along a vibrant five-block stretch of U Street that was once home to “Black Broadway,” and formed in response to segregation on New York City’s Broadway. With its jazz clubs, Black businesses, famous residents and its proximity to Howard University, U Street was ground zero for Black life, society and culture.Today, tension simmers in the rapidly gentrifying corridor between long-time Black residents who saw the neighborhood through its tough times and the new, young White residents moving in, Demczuk said. It’s a something he said police need to know and understand when it comes to doing their job.The two-hour tour led officers through alleys to see vibrant murals, including the one near the landmark Ben’s Chili Bowl (where Demczuk serves as its historian), past Lee’s Flower and Card Shop and Industrial Bank, two other longtime Black businesses, to the African American Civil War Memorial and other historic points of interest.Many people on the street stopped in their tracks, curious about why so many cops were walking up and down U Street — several others joined the tour for short stints. Along the way, Demczak introduced the officers to some of the people who make U Street tick, including Tony, a homeless man who implored the cops not to arrest him if they’re ever walking the beat and Shun Pittman, owner of Corps d’Elite hair salon.“I am so amazed and grateful for this program that Bernie is doing and I hope it takes off nationwide because it’s something that’s needed,” Pittman told the AFRO. “Education is the key for everything, you know? It brings people together.”The police department isn’t relying on data or evidence to show the program works, public affairs specialist Karimah Bilal told the AFRO. It instead acts as an initiative that offers insight into the culture and background of the Black communities D.C. police serve, while drilling down on the historic mistrust between law enforcement and Blacks.Through the training, veteran officer Sarah Snapko learned there’s a reason D.C. doesn’t have vagrancy laws on the books — because they were often used to target Blacks who were hanging out when it was too hot in their homes.She’s hopeful that her fellow officers don’t close their mind to learning something new and wishes she had this training when she joined the force 15 years ago.“A citizen looks to you as the person who can solve the problem for them and yet there’s so much more you don’t realize, you don’t know especially when you’re coming from an outside city and you’re growing up in a different culture,” said Snapko, who is White and is from suburban Cleveland. “Here, it’s a culture shock and to have this type of training and to serve that community, it’s a benefit.”
British tabloids will try to make news of anything, especially if its sleaze, so try not to have a heart attack as the venerable Sun tries to make hot coffee out of one Briton’s report that the latest Tiger Woods game, Tiger Woods PGA 11 for the Sony PlayStation 3, has a glitch that allows you to golf naked. Heaven forfend!According to the Sun reader who reported the glitch, after creating her avatar in-game, she suddenly lost her top when her character took a swing…. and now she can’t get her in-game top back. She says she believes a programmer put the glitch in on purpose to reference Tiger Woods’ sordid affairs back in 2009.Of course, the truth is a lot more pedestrian: even console games have bugs. Even if it’s not a bug, Electronic Arts is being extremely firm about the matter:“We have extensively investigated and have determined that this situation is not possible through a retail copy of the game. The player model is clearly modified as a result of hacking.” Given how easy it is to hack the PS3 these days, they may be right, although the girl in question doesn’t exactly seem bright enough for it. My guess? This is just a titillating bug, not a conspiracy on either side.Read more at The Sun
Feature | March 03, 2015 | Jeff Zagoudis Mobile C-arms Keep Moving Forward This article appeared as an introduction to a Comparison Chart on Mobile C-arms in the March 2015 issue. As healthcare and radiology continue to evolve rapidly, flexibility in the operating room (OR) and imaging lab are key. Consequently, imaging systems need to be versatile as well as able to handle a variety of applications and adapt to any space. These needs have led to the increasing popularity of mobile C-arms, the latest generation of X-ray technology. Today, they are being adapted to handle fluoroscopy, vascular imaging, cardiology and 3-D imaging. With this inherent adaptability, hybrid ORs are some of the most common places to find a mobile C-arm. They also offer a less expensive alternative to most fixed angiography systems, being smaller and more portable.Aside from a lower price point, there are a number of elements that make mobile C-arms an attractive option.Easy to HandleOne of the greatest advantages of mobile C-arms is their ability to move around the patient, achieving the optimum angle for a high-quality image while keeping the patient comfortable. The newest models offer a variety of features geared toward easy movement and positioning, such as motorized axes. The Ziehm Vision RFD Hybrid and RFD 3D are the first mobile C-arms to offer four motorized axes, giving the surgeon total control through a dual-joystick system. Precision is important, both for image quality and patient safety, and with so much mobility, it could be difficult to return to a previous position. That’s why several vendors now include position memory features, which allow the C-arm to remember and store its current alignment. If the operator wants to return to that position, they simply call up the data and can see at a glance exactly how to place the machine. Models from both Ziehm and Philips can store up to three positions at a time for quick, easy interchange. In many cases, though, a technologist will be on hand to manipulate the C-arm at the surgeon’s direction. To facilitate better communication between them, several models now include reference features, like the color-coded axes on Ziehm’s Vision line. Philips’ newest C-arm, the Veradius Unity, adds reference numbers directly on the unit for even more precise repositioning. The Magic TouchWith the proliferation of tablets and smartphones on the market, imaging machines are starting to utilize touch-screen interfaces, including mobile C-arms. With the touch of a finger, users can change imaging functions, adjust the area and level of focus and, in the case of the Veradius Unity, even draw directly on the screen to highlight a particular section.Ziehm employs touch-screen technology with the Solo Portable, designed for use in smaller ORs. The flat screen monitor is mounted directly to the C-arm, reducing the footprint even further and allowing for easy breakdown and transport. The Solo Portable is not approved for sale in the United States. The Digital Revolution In order to compete with the high image quality provided by fixed angiography systems, many mobile C-arms are beginning to switch over to flat panel digital detectors from traditional image intensifiers. The flat panels offer several advantages over their predecessors. The primary benefit is that they offer higher image quality at a lower radiation dose. Digital operation means there are no electronic components to potentially distort the captured image. They also offer a wider field of view than image intensifiers, in some cases as much as a 16 cm edge length, significantly decreasing radiation dose. In addition, the flat panel detectors take up less peripheral space than the bulky image intensifiers, opening up more room to maneuver around the patient and helping to make them more comfortable. Two for OneBiplane systems capture horizontal and vertical views simultaneously, minimizing the need for repositioning. Swedish company Scanflex Healthcare Group specializes in biplane mobile C-arms and is preparing to introduce its Biplanar 600 model, which offers rotation-free orthogonal anterior-posterior/lateral-medial (AP/LM) image capture with one push of a foot pedal to the United States. This results in shorter operating times, which means a smaller radiation dose to the patient. The Biplanar 600 employs flat panel digital detectors, joining the likes of Siemens’ Axiom Artis dBC. Stay Cool As with any other X-ray imaging device, mobile C-arms generate a significant amount of heat and must be kept cool. Traditionally, cooling systems have been air-based with a fan pushing cool air through the unit. Ziehm, however, has begun implementing liquid cooling in its newest models. The cooling gel is stored inside the X-ray unit and pushed up through the component, passing through a heat exchanger. This prevents the C-arm from overheating, even remaining cool to the touch. As an added bonus with Ziehm’s Advanced Active Cooling, the system notes when the temperature is rising and slows the pulse rate, allowing continuous imaging while the unit cools down. Liquid cooling also provides advantages in terms of space and noise: The tubing takes up much less space within the C-arm than a fan unit and is significantly quieter. Feature | Mobile C-Arms | April 18, 2018 | Jeff Zagoudis Mobile C-Arms Mature But Improving The market for mobile C-arm techn… read more Reference:1. Nyanue W, “Trends in Mobile C-Arms.” Imaging Technology News, April 2014. http://www.itnonline.com/article/trends-mobile-c-arms. Accessed Jan. 20, 2015. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Mobile C-Arms | February 18, 2019 Philips Launches Zenition Mobile C-arm Platform Philips announced the launch of Philips Zenition, its new mobile C-arm imaging platform. 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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 Technology | April 06, 2015 TeraMedica Debuts Analytics Platform for Evercore VNA at HIMSS 2015 Users can access dashboards with one-click statistical data summaries, forecasts and data trending analysis Video Player is loading.Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success – Part 1Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:44Loaded: 1.86%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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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 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 April 6, 2015 — TeraMedica will introduce a sophisticated analytics platform and dashboard for its vendor neutral archive (VNA) at the 2015 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual conference. The new platform leverages the Evercore VNA’s existing customized, role-based dashboards to simplify data management, detect and forecast imaging data trends and access system performance at a glance. It will deliver interactive reporting with dynamic data filtering and trending analysis across categories. To increase user productivity and insight, the platform features one-click statistical data summaries and forecasts. The latest technology introduction complements the solution’s new user interface with simplified data management, access and quality assurance introduced as part of version 6.0.TeraMedica provides interoperability among data from disparate healthcare IT applications with shared formatting and centralized archiving. It supports a patient-centric view of data, easily displaying comprehensive image-enabled patient records. Systems typically integrated with a VNA include hospital information systems (HIS), picture archive and communication systems (PACS), radiology information systems (RIS) and an electronic health record (EHR) as well as departmental imaging systems. The technology makes image data sharing more universal by allowing doctors to view a large variety of formats, including both non-DICOM and DICOM images.For more information: www.teramedica.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Remote Viewing Systems | July 16, 2019 Anatomage Releases Anatomage Cloud Platform Anatomage Inc. released an update to the Anatomage Cloud platform that allows medical and dental professionals to… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more Related Content Video Player is loading.Building the Right Team for Success in the Consolidated Enterprise – Part 2Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:52Loaded: 1.65%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:52 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more PreviousNext News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more Dave Whitney 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 Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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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 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 | 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 Dave WhitneyConsolidation of health information is key to providing a comprehensive patient record —not only for visibility across the continuum of care, but also as the record set for value-based care. The advent of the electronic medical record (EMR) has pushed organizations into consolidating and collecting as much clinical information as possible within a single contextual data library. As this data feeds into the clinical data library, it can be visualized as a component of the patient record within the EMR. Traditionally, this contextual data alone could be considered an organization’s health information library. However, clinical contextual data by itself represents only a partial view of the patient record. Dave Whitney is a recognized business leader in radiology, imaging, and healthcare platform design and innovation. He provides subject matter expertise in the fields of medical imaging, driving radiology practice success, business collaboration and publisher of healthcare thought leadership. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Enterprise Imaging TransformationAs we saw with contextual data consolidation within an EMR, a similar pursuit is happening in the medical imaging space. The need to consolidate enterprise imagery increased as clinical service line image access requirements began to overlap. Historically, the radiology picture archiving and communications system (PACS) infrastructure stood mutually exclusive of cardiology PACS and other image producing service lines. Limitations of PACS storage methodologies meant there were equally limited ways to ingest and centralize foreign image types without integrity and data loss. Organizations were burdened with disparate image visualization systems and fragmented patient jackets, which became a major driver in the deconstruction of PACS and enterprise imaging transformation.Deconstruction was accomplished by decoupling storage, workflow and visualization functionality, and creating individual multi-vendor software applications. The result was a stratified model of applications with the vendor neutral archive (VNA) at the core of the architecture. The VNA allows flexibility to ingest and consolidate multi-ology image data without the storage limitations of a traditional PACS. By extending the capabilities of image storage to include all other service lines, a single platform can now represent a complete image library for the healthcare enterprise. Feature | Information Technology | May 03, 2018 Fundamentals of the Health Information Library Clinical contextual data by itself represents only a partial view of the patient record Philosophy of the Health Information LibraryThe health information library can be loosely described as respect for the inclusion of contextual and image data in the philosophy of record management. This philosophy binds the contextual data and image data libraries as clinical source repositories for complete patient records. To stay in sync, interoperability creates awareness of each other’s datasets for automated auditing and amendment. Finally, coupling these systems with a lightweight diagnostic viewer enables contextual data-driven image library visualization.Traditionally, contextual data within the EMR could be considered an organization’s comprehensive health library. Although this was a widely accepted philosophy, the addition of image visualization has become a considerable component of the patient record. Only when an organization utilizes the philosophy of a true health information library can they respect collective patient data and embrace a comprehensive view of the patient record. Related Content Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more
Search teams heard people calling out from within the partially submerged ship when they climbed aboard the upside-down hull, CCTV reported more than 12 hours after the ship went down in Hubei Province about 9:38 p.m. Footage from the broadcaster showed rescuers in orange life vests climbing on the upside-down hull, with one of them lying down tapping a hammer and listening for a response, then gesturing downward.Divers later pulled out at least one survivor, a 65-year-old woman, from inside the overturned hull, CCTV said. Then, rescuers reported an additional five people rescued, though no details were given on those rescues, which brought the total number people who reached safety to 18. Many of the initial survivors swam ashore.The broadcaster said five people were confirmed dead.The overturned ship had drifted about 3 kilometers (almost 2 miles) downstream before coming to rest close to the river shore, where choppy waters made the rescue difficult. The location is about 180 kilometers (110 miles) west of the Hubei provincial capital of Wuhan.The fact that the capsized ship drifted downstream was a good sign for rescuers because it meant there was enough air inside to give it buoyancy, and could mean there are enough air pockets for survivors to breathe, said Chi-Mo Park, a professor of naval architecture and ocean engineering at South Korea’s Ulsan University. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies CCTV reported that 6 inches (150 millimeters) of rain had fallen in the region over the past 24 hours. Local media reported winds reached 80 mph (130 kph) during the accident.Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is reported to be traveling to the accident site. Xinhua reported that President Xi Jinping had ordered a work team of the State Council, the country’s Cabinet, to rush to the site to guide the rescue work.___This story has been corrected to show that the survivor’s age is 65.___AP writers Jack Chang and Ian Mader and news assistant Yu Bing in Beijing, news assistant Fu Ting in Shanghai, and writer Tong-hyung Kim in Seoul contributed.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Comments Share Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility “It all depends how much space there is inside the vessel,” Park said.The official Xinhua News Agency quoted the captain and chief engineer as saying the ship sank quickly after being caught in a cyclone. The Communist Party-run People’s Daily said the ship sank within two minutes. CCTV said the two were under police custody.CCTV said the four-level ship had been carrying 406 Chinese passengers, five travel agency employees and 47 crew members. The broadcaster said most of the passengers were 50 to 80 years of age.Many of the ships passengers started out in Shanghai, taking a bus to Nanjing for the departure to Chongqing. Relatives of passengers gathered in Shanghai at a travel agency that had booked many of the trips, and they later headed to a government office to try to get more information about the accident.Huang Yan, 49, an accountant in Shanghai, wept as she told a reporter that she believes that her husband, 49, and his father, who is in his 70s, were aboard the boat. But she said she couldn’t be sure because she hadn’t seen an official passenger list yet.“Why did the captain leave the ship while the passengers were still missing?” Yan shouted. “We want the government to release the name list to see who was on the boat.” Sponsored Stories A group of about a dozen retirees from a Shanghai bus company were on the trip, said a woman who identified herself only by her surname, Chen. Among them, she said, were her elder sister and her elder sister’s husband, both 60, and their granddaughter, 6.“This group has traveled together a lot, but only on short trips. This is the first time they traveled for a long trip,” Chen said.The ship sank in the Damazhou waterway section, where the river is 15 meters (about 50 feet) deep, and drifted about three kilometers (almost 2 miles). The Yangtze is the world’s third-longest river and sometimes floods during the summer monsoon season.Several rescue ships were searching the waters, and divers had been deployed. The broadcaster said rescue personnel were trying to determine whether they could right the sunken ship.More than 50 boats and 3,000 people were involved in search efforts.The Eastern Star measured 251 feet long (76.5 meters) and 36 feet wide (11 meters) and was capable of carrying a maximum of 534 people, CCTV reported. It is owned by the Chongqing Eastern Shipping Corp., which focuses on tourism routes in the popular Three Gorges river canyon region. The company could not be reached for comment. WUHAN, China (AP) — Rescuers pulled six survivors to safety after hearing cries for help Tuesday from inside a capsized cruise ship that went down overnight in a storm on China’s Yangtze River with 458 people aboard, most of them elderly, state broadcaster CCTV said.At least other 12 people are known to have survived, including the captain and chief engineer, and five people were confirmed dead in the accident late Monday during a cruise from Nanjing to the southwestern city of Chongqing, the broadcaster said. Top holiday drink recipes
The Queensland tourism industry has received a massive boost as Gold Coast Airport reports a rise in passenger arrivals, the first year on year gain since the chain of natural disasters that hit last year.Recent figures reveal almost 26,000 more passengers arrived into the Gold Coast Airport in March 2012 than in the same month a year ago.Internationally, 67,023 passengers arrived into Gold Coast Airport in March, up 5.5 percent from last year, and 389,688 domestic passengers, up 5.7 percent.Queensland Airport Limited managing director Dennis Chant said the last 12 months had been a challenging year for the region but there are positive signs for the future ahead.”In the next six months we have more seats allocated to the Gold Coast both domestically and internationally,” Mr Chant said.”The loads are starting to pick up too, particularly out of Japan.”Additionally, Ardent Leisure chief executive officer Greg Shaw who represents theme parks Dreamworld, Skypoint Climb and Water World has reported an increase in visitation for the company’s March quarter.”We are happy with the momentum of the theme park division,” Mr Shaw said.”We are in a much better position than we were in the prior year.”Queensland Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey said the Gold Coast was turning around and gaining momentum.”The arrival of budget carrier Scoot next month will be another positive boost to our tourism industry,” Ms Stuckey said. Theme Park boss talked of a turnaround in business Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P