Fighting fire with fire The drug that can block addiction

first_img Short URL Often parents who know what I do ask me what’s they should do when they’re worried about their children’s relationship with drugs and alcohol.In Gallagher’s experience most of his patients are looking to treat cannabis or alcohol addictions.Accepted addiction Source: Shutterstock/Axel BueckertYoung to middle aged women with relatively normal problems in their lives, maybe some problems in their marriage.What happens is something that creeps up on them, and they begin drinking at the weekends, to having a bottle during the week, to more than a bottle during the week.And some husbands wouldn’t even be aware that there’s a problem because it often happens after the kids and their husband go to bed – it becomes more secretive. Then there’s the compulsion to drink, and cravings for alcohol.He says that there is a problem in Ireland around the perception that alcohol is something to be protected and preserved in society.“People say to me that you could take a bus loads of their friends for treatment for dependence on alcohol. And that’s because from early childhood to our teenage years, that binge-drinking culture exists. Fighting fire with fire: The drug that can block addiction “It’s rare not to have a traumatic experience when you’re dependant on a substance.” Saturday 14 Jan 2017, 7:20 AM By Gráinne Ní Aodha Image: Shutterstock/David Smart Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jan 14th 2017, 7:20 AM They took cannabis or alcohol, and thought this really hits the spot, and something clicked in their brain.The clinic admits more women than men for alcohol addictions; 70% of patients treated for alcohol addiction are women, and 80% of those treated for opioid addiction are men.Family circlesBut progress is almost impossible without support from family and friends.Gallagher says that it’s most difficult to make positive changes if your social circle revolves around that substance, as well as added pressures from society.He says that this is where the government could pave the way, by resisting intense lobbying from the industry, and make alcohol less available and increase the minimum pricing.“It’s not going to destroy people’s lives by bringing it in, but quite the opposite. Those measures can make a real positive change.”He says that education around drugs for students and parents is one solution, particularly for men, who tend to be more averse to accepting help. 13 Comments center_img Image: Shutterstock/David Smart If you get implants of the blocker, which would last a few months, it means the job of taking the blocker is out of your control and it can get you past the cravings for the drug.Recently, this treatment is being used in America to treat prison inmates of their various addictions.But the blocker alone won’t cure addiction – it’s more of a springboard.Where it begins Source: Shutterstock/Marjan ApostolovicWhat goes along with the physical dependence of addiction is the history of why the addiction began in the first place.History of mental health problems and the general family make-up, as well as various experiences of the person can together help stop a person falling back into an addiction. Share Tweet Email3 18,621 Views IN THE BOOK The Outrun published earlier this year, Amy Liptrot delves into the world of addiction. She speaks about her childhood, her life in London, and how social drinking and a fast-paced city life swamped her.She soon found herself sitting in a rehab centre struggling to tackle her addiction and trying to build a normal life again.The more interesting part of this book is the overwhelming sense that she’s constantly in recovery mode – even after she’s been sober for months, she feels as though she’s an addict for life.Even when you’ve refrained for years from substance abuse, you’re constantly living in fear that your addiction will come back to drag you down.But what if you could stop the physical dependence on a substance just long enough to make a start at recovery?NaltrexoneDr Hugh Gallagher from the One Step Clinic treats addiction a bit differently. His clinic uses a substance called ‘naltrexone’ to treat patients by stopping them from getting pleasure from the drugs they take.The chemical works by blocking the receptors that are stimulated by drugs, so that the person doesn’t get a euphoric boost from the drug. It’s been used since the 1970s to treat addictions to opioids like heroin, and effectively removes the euphoric element of drug abuse – the entire reason that they’re taken.More recently, it’s being used for alcohol addictions to reduces cravings and block the parts of the brain that get pleasure from excessive drinking.The drug can be taken in oral form, implant form, or an injection, which is much more expensive. The oral substance isn’t exactly cheap though, costing €80 per packet of 28 tablets.The frequency of tablets depend on your addiction: Gallagher mentions taking “one a day”; or, as they are quite long acting, “taking it when tempted”.When asked about the ethics of replacing one drug with another, he says that naltrexone “doesn’t give any high, it’s not addictive, but people can get drowsy.” Other side effects include nausea, headaches, anxiety and withdrawal symptoms from the opioid. It’s rare not to have a traumatic experience with the people I meet. Domestic violence, bullying in school, which is extremely common, is usually what leads to dependence on a substance. It’s a cultural thing we almost pride ourselves on is a recipe for disaster really.He says that the changes to that behaviour aren’t about people having less fun, and that people don’t realise what they’re missing out on by binging on alcohol.“Getting wasted on a Friday night means you waste the weekend, and spending a day on the couch recovering cuts you off from the rest of the world.“Whereas drinking less frequently means we’re more happy, we feel better career-wise and work-wise, we participate more in society – it’s about getting up getting out and doing something.”Read: 500 people die of alcohol-related cancer in Ireland every yearRead: Drug-related deaths: 62% increase in fatalities over ten-year periodlast_img read more

Man arrested after gardaí discover pint of Guinness next to him in

first_img Image: Gardaí Feb 22nd 2019, 11:38 AM Image: Gardaí Friday 22 Feb 2019, 11:38 AM Man arrested after gardaí discover pint of Guinness next to him in car The man was stopped by gardaí at a Meath Roads Policing checkpoint on Wednesday night. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 55,946 Views No Comments Share379 Tweet Email9 Short URL By Cormac Fitzgerald A MAN WAS arrested Wednesday night in Meath after he was stopped at a checkpoint with a pint of Guinness next to him in the car.The man was stopped by gardaí at a Meath Roads Policing checkpoint on Wednesday night.Gardaí found a pint glass about a third of the way full with Guinness next to him. There were also six cans of Guinness next to the man on the passenger seat. He was arrested and charged and is due to appear at Drogheda District Court.The Checkpoint was on the R132 at Gormanstown.“Man arrested at a Meath Roads Policing checkpoint last night took drink driving to another level,” gardaí said on Facebook. last_img read more

Internet Explorer 9 disponible en version bêta

first_imgInternet Explorer 9 disponible en version bêtaÉtats-Unis – Attendu, Internet Explorer 9 est disponible en version bêta depuis lundi. La dernière ébauche du navigateur historique est concluante selon les spécialistes.Internet Explorer était attendu au tournant après les évolutions apportées par la concurrence à Firefox, Chrome ou Opera. La première bêta du neuvième opus du navigateur de Microsoft a convaincu sur certains points. Mais dans la rubrique reproches, on peut déjà citer la non sollicitation de Windows XP. Premier OS utilisé chez les particuliers, XP n’entre plus dans les plans de Microsoft. IE 9 est en revanche entièrement compatible avec Vista et bien sûr avec Windows 7. Un choix discutable.  Côté design, cette nouvelle version rappelle Opera avec des onglets tout en haut de l’écran et un menu qui disparaît. Concernant la rapidité, Internet Explorer 9 n’a rien à envier à la concurrence mais se trouve être extrêmement gourmand en matière de mémoire vive, si bien que 4 Go de Ram sont conseillés pour l’utiliser. Enfin, en travaillant directement avec la carte graphique, les pages chargent rapidement et plantent rarement.Le 16 septembre 2010 à 14:56 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Here Are The Contenders For Best New Artist 60th GRAMMYs

first_img Nile RodgersPhoto: Paul Bergen/Redferns/Getty Images Best New Artist Contenders: 60th GRAMMY Awards here-are-contenders-best-new-artist-60th-grammys Who Are The Latest Performers? | 60th GRAMMYs Meet The GRAMMY Hall Of Fame Class Of 2018 Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban Uber Partners With Best New Artist Nominees Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Nov 28, 2017 – 5:30 am Best New Artist Nominees | 60th GRAMMY Awards RihannaPhoto: Steve Granitz/Getty Images See Full List Of 60th GRAMMYs 2018 Awards Winners KhalidPhoto: Justin Lloyd/Newspix/Getty Images Khalid Kendrick LamarPhoto: Lester Cohen/Getty Images News John Legend Lil Uzi VertWith a rapid-fire series of mixtapes starting in late 2015 and stemming across 2016, Lil Uzi Vert carved himself a noticeably standout niche into the exploding cloud rap genre. With a sound often meandering between rock and hip-hop stylings, Vert’s music has been sometimes called “emo rap,” though the 23-year old artist strives hard to avoid genre labels.Released in August, his debut album, Luv Is Rage 2, hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200.During his recent sit-down with Zane Lowe on Beats 1 Radio, Vert was quick to stir the pot when Lowe tried to nail down a name for his sound, summing himself up saying, “I think it’s [unidentifiable] … I just pulled up in a UFO, that means I’m an alien. [laughs] That’s all I can say.”Lil Uzi Vert is also nominated alongside breakout trap trio Migos for his feature verse on their summer smash hit “Bad And Boujee.”Julia MichaelsPrior to stepping into the solo spotlight with her breakout debut single “Issues,” Julia Michaels had already built an illustrious songwriting resume packed with writing credits for top-tier artists including Demi Lovato, Fifth Harmony, Gwen Stefani, Hailee Steinfeld, Linkin Park, and Justin Bieber.Speaking to the Recording Academy about “Issues,” Michaels revealed that the song was originally written over two years previously with the intent of giving away to a songwriting client, but she felt it too personal to give up, and sparked her decision to make the jump into becoming a performing artist. Luis FonsiPhoto: Victor Chavez/ Who’s Performing At The 2018 GRAMMY After-Party? Chris Stapleton, Sting Added To 60th GRAMMYs Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert, Madonna, and Queen Latifah perform at the 56th GRAMMY Awards Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert, Madonna, and Queen Latifah perform at the 56th GRAMMY Awards 2018 GRAMMYs: 60 Nominee Facts Clive Davis and Pharrell WilliamsPhoto: Michael Tran/FilmMagic/Getty Images See Full List Of 60th GRAMMYs 2018 Awards Winners RihannaPhoto: Steve Granitz/Getty Images Chris Stapleton, Sting Added To 60th GRAMMYs Watch GRAMMY Country Performances On Apple Music “I just thought, ‘I can’t do that. I can’t give this song to somebody’,” Michaels explained.  “That was my very first feeling of wanting to sing my own words.”Michaels is nominated for two GRAMMY Awards this year, with “Issues” bringing the singer/songwriter an additional nod for Song Of The Year.SZASZA began stirring up underground buzz as early as 2012, with her self-released debut EP, See.SZA.Run, which caught the attention of independent hip-hop label Top Dawg Entertainment, which signed her in early 2013.After releasing a pair of acclaimed EPs over the next two years, Top Dawg kept a tight lid on any and all details about SZA’s eventual debut album, Ctrl, which was eventually released this past June. Though the album’s success — gold certification and a No. 3 peak position — has resulted in somewhat of a whirlwind for the singer/songwriter, it’s given her a new perspective on her fans. Class Of 2018 Special Merit Awards Recipients 60th GRAMMYs: Who Are The First Performers? (L-R) Jay Z, Rapsody, Lady Gaga, Alessia Cara, Childish Gambino, SZA, Taylor Swift, Luis Fonsi, Bruno Mars, Cardi BPhotos: Alessia Cara, Khalid, Lil Uzi Vert, Julia Michaels, and SZA are officially the 60th GRAMMY nominees for Best New ArtistBrian HaackGRAMMYs Nov 28, 2017 – 5:36 am The Best New Artist category for the 60th GRAMMY Awards is positively stacked with talented creators who have built names for themselves on their own terms. Soprano Isabel LeonardPhoto: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images) Cardi BPhoto: Thaddaeus McAdams/ Performers Added To 2018 Person Of The Year Show Who Is Presenting At The 60th GRAMMYs? Who’s Performing At The 2018 GRAMMY After-Party? Rihanna Among Performers Added To 60th GRAMMYs 60th GRAMMYs: Full Performer List Meet The GRAMMY Hall Of Fame Class Of 2018 Dr. DrePhoto: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Oct 11, 2017 – 4:44 pm SZA’s “Drew Barrymore” Connection Kendrick LamarPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images ‘2018 GRAMMY Nominees’ Album: Buy Your Copy Watch GRAMMY Rap Performances On Apple Music Kelly ClarksonPhoto: Roy Rochlin/Getty Images 15 Records That Could Be Set | 60th GRAMMYs ‘2018 GRAMMY Nominees’ Album: Buy Your Copy Who Will Play With Lang Lang At GRAMMYs Salute? Cardi BPhoto: Thaddaeus McAdams/ Whitney Houston, 29th GRAMMY Awards Meet The GRAMMY Hall Of Fame Class Of 2018 (L-R) Jay Z, Rapsody, Lady Gaga, Alessia Cara, Childish Gambino, SZA, Taylor Swift, Luis Fonsi, Bruno Mars, Cardi BPhotos: Nile RodgersPhoto: Paul Bergen/Redferns/Getty Images Who Are The Latest Performers? | 60th GRAMMYs Whitney Houston, 29th GRAMMY Awards SZA See Full List Of 60th GRAMMYs 2018 Awards Winners Dr. DrePhoto: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic Miles DavisPhoto: Thierry Orban/Sygma/Getty Images Find Out Where 60 GRAMMY Nominees Were Born Email Kendrick LamarPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images 60th GRAMMYs: Who Are The First Performers? Who Will Play With Lang Lang At GRAMMYs Salute? Watch GRAMMY R&B Performances On Apple Music MusiCares Watch GRAMMY Rock Performances On Apple Music Alessia Cara Bruno MarsPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images John Legend Watch GRAMMY Rap Performances On Apple Music Tina TurnerPhoto: Bill Marino/Sygma Bruno Mars, Cardi B Added To 60th GRAMMYs Lineup Cardi BPhoto: Thaddaeus McAdams/ Luis FonsiPhoto: Victor Chavez/ Watch GRAMMY Jazz Performances On Apple Music Dave GrohlPhoto: John Shearer/ Rihanna Among Performers Added To 60th GRAMMYs Luis FonsiPhoto: Victor Chavez/ 15 Records That Could Be Set | 60th GRAMMYs Clive Davis Reflects On Pre-GRAMMY Gala 2018 GRAMMYs: 60 Nominee Facts Dave GrohlPhoto: John Shearer/ Whitney Houston, 29th GRAMMY Awards Bruno MarsPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Soprano Isabel LeonardPhoto: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images) Chris Stapleton, Sting Added To 60th GRAMMYs Some are songwriters who broke into the business penning hits for big-name artists before transitioning into their own solo careers; others are independent phenoms who leveraged their social media followings and artist amplification platforms such as SoundCloud to build a grassroots critical mass that made it impossible for the industry to ignore them.All five will surely be names to watch in the coming years. Here’s a closer look at this year’s Best New Artist nominees:Alessia CaraAlessia Cara’s debut single, “Here,” became a sleeper hit in early 2015, and was dubbed by MTV as the “new song for everyone who secretly hates parties.”Her debut album arrived soon after, with the third radio single “Scars To Your Beautiful” becoming a chart hit late last year when it climbed to No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100Leaving no doubt that the Canadian singer has officially arrived, in 2017 she was tapped for some impressive marquee collaborations on Zedd’s “Stay” and Logic’s “1-800-273-8255.” The former is nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, while the latter is up for Song Of The Year.KhalidSinger/songwriter Khalid’s explosive viral success with self-released tracks on SoundCloud saw the young artist tapped for numerous “artists you need to know” lists by publications such as Billboard and Rolling Stone just months after his high school graduation.His first official single, “Location,” released before the end of his senior year. The video collected more than 17 million plays on YouTube by the time his debut album, American Teen, dropped last March, and he promptly sold out every tour date of his 2017 summer tour.Khalid is also featured alongside Alessia Cara on Logic’s Song Of The Year and Best Music Video-nominated “1-800-273-8255.”The 19-year-old is nominated for a total of five GRAMMY Awards this year, with his Best R&B Song-nominated “Location” and Best Urban Contemporary Album-nominated American Teen rounding out his nods.Polls Who will GRAMMY voters choose for Best New Artist for the 60th GRAMMYs? Class Of 2018 Special Merit Awards Recipients Here Are The Contenders For Best New Artist | 60th GRAMMYs Bruno Mars, Cardi B Added To 60th GRAMMYs Lineupcenter_img Dave GrohlPhoto: John Shearer/ These 15 Artists Are First-Time GRAMMY Nominees KhalidPhoto: Justin Lloyd/Newspix/Getty Images Lady GagaPhoto: Lester Cohen/ Kelly ClarksonPhoto: Roy Rochlin/Getty Images Lil Uzi Vert Watch GRAMMY R&B Performances On Apple Music Kendrick LamarPhoto: Lester Cohen/Getty Images Miles DavisPhoto: Thierry Orban/Sygma/Getty Images (L-R) Nick Sanborn (Sylvan Esso), K.Flay, Cardi B, Kevin Hart, Logic, KeshaPhotos: MusiCares These 15 Artists Are First-Time GRAMMY Nominees Who Is Presenting At The 60th GRAMMYs? The 60th GRAMMY Awards will take place at Madison Square Garden in New York on Jan. 28, 2018, airing live on CBS from 7:30–11 p.m. ET/4:30–8 p.m. PT.Read more Dr. DrePhoto: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic MusiCares Watch GRAMMY Pop Performances On Apple Music Rihanna Among Performers Added To 60th GRAMMYs Class Of 2018 Special Merit Awards Recipients Clive Davis Reflects On Pre-GRAMMY Gala Watch GRAMMY Jazz Performances On Apple Music Performers Added To 2018 Person Of The Year Show Miley CyrusPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Kendrick LamarPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Cardi BPhoto: Thaddaeus McAdams/ Miley CyrusPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Performers Added To 2018 Person Of The Year Show Find Out Where 60 GRAMMY Nominees Were Born Bruno Mars, Cardi B Added To 60th GRAMMYs Lineup Facebook Watch GRAMMY Country Performances On Apple Music Choices RihannaPhoto: Steve Granitz/Getty Images 60th GRAMMYs: Full Performer List GRAMMY Performances Available Via Apple Music Miley CyrusPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Nile RodgersPhoto: Paul Bergen/Redferns/Getty Images Julia Michaels KhalidPhoto: Justin Lloyd/Newspix/Getty Images Watch GRAMMY R&B Performances On Apple Music Find Out Where 60 GRAMMY Nominees Were Born Who Will Play With Lang Lang At GRAMMYs Salute? Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban Chris StapletonPhoto: Steve Granitz/Getty Images John Legend Lady GagaPhoto: Lester Cohen/ Bruno MarsPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Who Is Presenting At The 60th GRAMMYs? (L-R) Jay Z, Rapsody, Lady Gaga, Alessia Cara, Childish Gambino, SZA, Taylor Swift, Luis Fonsi, Bruno Mars, Cardi BPhotos: Who’s Performing At The 2018 GRAMMY After-Party? Watch GRAMMY Rap Performances On Apple Music (L-R) Nick Sanborn (Sylvan Esso), K.Flay, Cardi B, Kevin Hart, Logic, KeshaPhotos: Tina TurnerPhoto: Bill Marino/Sygma Lady GagaPhoto: Lester Cohen/ Uber Partners With Best New Artist Nominees 60th GRAMMYs: Who Are The First Performers? Tina TurnerPhoto: Bill Marino/Sygma Chris StapletonPhoto: Steve Granitz/Getty Images Twitter Cardi BPhoto: Thaddaeus McAdams/ “Being noticed on a very different end of the spectrum is very intense, but it makes me feel like I have a responsibility because I feel like every person that I’m meeting at a meet-and-greet or at a show — or that’s listening to my album or that I’m seeing on the internet — I see that they’re genuine reflections of me,” SZA told with her Best New Artist nod, SZA has also drawn a Best R&B Song nomination this year for “Supermodel.” Uber Partners With Best New Artist Nominees Watch GRAMMY Pop Performances On Apple Music More 60th GRAMMY Awards News Watch GRAMMY Jazz Performances On Apple Music NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jul 26, 2017 – 1:09 pm Julia Michaels On Writing “Issues” (L-R) Nick Sanborn (Sylvan Esso), K.Flay, Cardi B, Kevin Hart, Logic, KeshaPhotos: GRAMMY Performances Available Via Apple Music Kendrick LamarPhoto: Lester Cohen/Getty Images These 15 Artists Are First-Time GRAMMY Nominees ‘2018 GRAMMY Nominees’ Album: Buy Your Copy Watch GRAMMY Rock Performances On Apple Music 15 Records That Could Be Set | 60th GRAMMYs Who Are The Latest Performers? | 60th GRAMMYs Cardi BPhoto: Thaddaeus McAdams/ Clive Davis Reflects On Pre-GRAMMY Gala Watch GRAMMY Pop Performances On Apple Music 2018 GRAMMYs: 60 Nominee Facts 60th GRAMMYs: Full Performer List Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert, Madonna, and Queen Latifah perform at the 56th GRAMMY Awards Prev Next Kelly ClarksonPhoto: Roy Rochlin/Getty Images Miles DavisPhoto: Thierry Orban/Sygma/Getty Images Watch GRAMMY Country Performances On Apple Music Watch GRAMMY Rock Performances On Apple Music Chris StapletonPhoto: Steve Granitz/Getty Images Soprano Isabel LeonardPhoto: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images) GRAMMY Performances Available Via Apple Music Clive Davis and Pharrell WilliamsPhoto: Michael Tran/FilmMagic/Getty Images Clive Davis and Pharrell WilliamsPhoto: Michael Tran/FilmMagic/Getty Imageslast_img read more

Iran seeks 25 billion to modernise its oil tankers

first_imgIran is seeking $2.5 billion investment to modernise its oil tankers fleet following the lifting of sanctions against Tehran, the managing director of National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) was quoted as saying Saturday by state news agency IRNA.Iran emerged from years of economic isolation after crippling sanctions were lifted in January in return for Tehran complying with steps to curb its nuclear ambitions.Reuters reported last month two Chinese firms were pushing for multi-billion-dollar deals with Iran to modernise its shipping fleet and build a high-speed railway.”To expand Iran’s oil tanker activities, $2.5 billion will be invested in it,” said Ali Akbar Safaei, managing director of NITC.NITC has around 70 tankers, but many of them are ageing and require valid insurance, testing, inspection and certification — known as ship classification — to be able to ply international waters again.Safaei said NITC was the first Iranian company that managed to rent its ships to foreigners after the lifting of sanctions.last_img read more

Political Roundup Sessions Testifies And Rep Green To Retire

first_imgIt’s time again for the Houston Matters weekly political roundup with analysis of national, state, and local political stories with an eye for how it all might affect Houston and Texas.The stories we discuss this week include: Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifying before the House Judiciary Committee, Pres. Trump’s tour of Asia, and Congressman Gene Green announcing he wont seek another term.This week, our panel includes: Brandon Rottinghaus from the University of Houston and co-host of Houston Public Media’s Party Politics podcast; Nancy Sims, lecturer at the University of Houston’s political science department; and Andrew Schneider, New 88.7’s politics and government reporter. X 00:00 /19:14 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Sharelast_img

Dianah Shaw Installed as 2019 President of DC Association of Realtors

first_imgBy George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff WriterDianah Shaw of POWER Consulting and Real Estate was installed as President of the District of Columbia Association of Realtors at the New Hampshire Avenue Northwest Headquarters this month- promising to continue connecting the industry, the people and the government together.“I’m excited,” Shaw said in an interview with the AFRO. “I’ve been on the board for a few years and decided that I would step up. I am excited because of an opportunity to bring the state Association (DCAR), this industry and my love and passion for the community together.”D.C. Council member Anita Bonds swearing in Dianah Shaw as the President of the District of Columbia Association of Realtors. (Courtesy Photo)District of Columbia Council member Anita Bonds swore in Shaw at the ceremony. Also on hand was Elizabeth Mendenhall, the past president of National Association of Realtors who installed new Board members and executive committee for 2019.Shaw will be responsible for directing the internal and external activities of the Association, attend all meetings of the DCAR Board of Directors and Executive Committee, represent the organization at important meetings and business functions as well as serve as the official spokesperson for the Association on issues relating to the local housing market and real estate industry, according to a press release.“Our goal this year is to be in the community,” Shaw said. “We want to hit every ward and leave something there – installing a bench, planting a tree, something that represents the DCAR and something that has longevity.”A Springfield, Massachusetts native, Shaw owns and operates POWER (People Organizing With Economic Resources) Consulting and Real Estate an independent, woman and African-American owned firm doing business primarily in the Washington, D.C. metro region.  POWER specializes  in the property management, residential sales and services and investor acquisition and support categories. The firm plans to expand operations in Shaw’s native Massachusetts as well as other markets in the coming years.While showing up is one thing Shaw wants to accomplish for the community, education is another touchstone for the new President.“It’s really important that we are educating the public,” Shaw said. “Education is powerful. As a service provider your clients depend on you. You help them get educated about what it is you can do for them as a professional – that is critical. Especially folks who are in the market today.”Shaw spoke about the current real estate and the need for liaisons in the field.“Rent rates are out of control,” Shaw said. “I say that only because your average family who is thinking to rent or buy in this area. The area has grown up. We function as a big city being the Capital although we are geographically limited.”“I try to encourage more young people to look at non traditional ways of living, like shared living spaces. There ware ways to be creative to be affordable.”Another important issue Shaw wants to tackle is collaboration of resources.“From the community side, we are working with nonprofits and other organizations so we can address some of the issues of affordable housing,” Shaw said. “We want to be in partnership with D.C. government and the community about the things they’re concerned about.”Shaw begins her year long term January of 2019.last_img read more

What if Kickstarter projects Wasteland 2 and Double Fine Adventure fail

first_imgGame designers have it rough these days as producers are looking for the next Call of Duty franchise, Angry Birds, or Halo. So, most developers that are pitching a new/quirky title are denied funding. At least that was the case until Kickstarter began successfully funding crowd-sourced projects — projects that appeal to gamers, funded by gamers.Tim Schafer’s Double Fine Adventure Kickstarter (recently revealed as “The Cave“) was the first to receive an unprecedented amount of support: $3,336,371 of funding from a total of 87,142 backers. Wasteland 2 was the next big project that came to Kickstarter, which also received a huge backing from 61,290 people and $2,933,252 to support it. And while these funding projects are already pioneers for the Kickstarter cause, I hate to think what would happen if one of these projects (or both) was an utter failure.Put aside your optimistic outlook for a moment, and imagine that you invested your hard-earned money into one of these games (or maybe you actually did). Next, imagine receiving this game after waiting months and it stinks; on Metacritic’s scale it’s a 50 or less. What happens?Breaking down the pitchesThe one thing about Kickstarter is also a weakness: it puts the power of investing in the hands of the people. It’s not that people don’t know what they want, it’s recognizing the difference between a project that has a higher chance of delivering what they want versus one that might not.When I first saw Double Fine’s Kickstarter project I was amused and drawn in by Schafer’s quirky video. But that’s all it was: a quirky video asking for money from fans to build an adventure game because he’s Tim Schafer. To his credit, he has a reputation for consistently making great games. But if this were the television show Shark Tank the investors would have looked at him with a sideways stare and denied him funding because all he has to recommend him is his reputation.Brian Fargo of the Wasteland 2 Kickstarter at least told potential investors what his game was all about, as well as backing his promises up with a resume that shows experience. He clearly has a vision for this game and has worked in directing, programming, and producing roles. But when you take a peak at the recent work his studio InXile Entertainment has done, you begin to see a list of games that did not perform very well.Know what you are getting intoPutting down the minimum $15 for Wasteland 2 gave investors the chance to 1) be a part of something new and revolutionary and 2) pre-order the game. But in doing so, there’s a risk of your investment not being returned. Kickstarter isn’t held liable to return your money on a project that hasn’t delivered your reward, and neither is the developer beyond being expected to offer a refund if a project won’t be completed.To some extent investors could be compared to gamblers: it’s understood that once they lay down that money there’s a good chance it won’t be returned. Everyone who invests in a Kickstarter should consider his or her money gone the minute the project is successfully funded, because it is. That might seem logical, but it’s not the mindset of most investors.Most, if not every person, who invested in Tim Schafer’s adventure game and Wasteland 2 are still in the honeymoon phase — waiting for the day when the game is finished and a copy arrives in the mail. But regardless of which game it is, or some other high-profile Kickstarter project that drops the ball, it’s bound to happen eventually. And when it does happen, the Internet will come down on Kickstarter and developers with a fiery wrath usually reserved for the Mass Effect 3 and Star Wars forums.A high-profile failure might be what the community needs to adjust to this new funding model so members (and gamers) understand that Kickstarter isn’t responsible for your money or investments, you are.last_img read more

Does Inadequate Clinical Information in Emergency Radiology Consultations Really Affect the Error

first_img Teleradiology Solutions (TRS), a global leading telediagnostic delivery company, announced that during RSNA 2016, one of its Senior Radiologists, Anjali Agrawal, M.D., presented her paper titled “Inadequate Clinical Information in Emergency Radiology Consultations – Does it Really Affect the Error Rate or is it Merely a Bugbear?”“The frustration of receiving inadequate clinical information during a referral is well known to any practicing radiologist,” said Agrawal. “We sought to determine if there was any correlation between the quality of clinical information and the types of errors in our emergency teleradiology practice.”Among her findings, Agrawal discovered that detailed histories were surprisingly less frequent in cases without quality assurance (QA) than those with QA or error. Additionally, more history did not reduce the rates of obvious errors or any errors. The level of clinical information was not associated with any reduction in the proportion of significant error when compared to no error.In conclusion, Agrawal claims it is likely that experienced radiologists do not require much clinical information to reach an accurate radiological diagnosis in the emergent setting with a relatively well defined mix of cases. Whether this is also true for radiologists-in-training or those in the early years of practice needs to be tested. Perceived inadequate clinical information by radiologists does not translate to increased rates of radiologic error, at least in an emergency radiology setting with experienced radiologists.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Ultrasound Imaging | May 15, 2019 Clarius Releases Clarius Live Ultrasound Telemedicine Solution Clarius Mobile Health released a telemedicine solution called Clarius Live. The simple-to-use feature allows any… read more Related Content News | Teleradiology | April 10, 2019 vRad Receives 19th Patent vRad (Virtual Radiologic), a Mednax Radiology Solutions practice, announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office… read more News | Teleradiology | May 06, 2019 Chipmunk Health Chooses Philips HealthSuite for Telehealth Services Philips announced that telehealth service provider Chipmunk Health, with locations in the Netherlands and Canada, is… read more News | PACS Accessories | June 13, 2019 M*Modal and Community Health Network Partner on AI-powered Clinical Documentation M*Modal announced that the company and Community Health Network (CHNw) are collaborating to transform the patient-… 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 News | Enterprise Imaging | April 15, 2019 Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Implements Change Healthcare Enterprise Imaging Change Healthcare successfully implemented its Radiology PACS (picture archiving and communication system), Image… read more News | PACS | June 07, 2019 PaxeraHealth Wins Four New PACS Projects in Chile Picture archiving and communication system/radiology information system (PACS/RIS) developer PaxeraHealth has won four… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | May 13, 2019 FDA Approves Zebra Medical Vision’s HealthPNX AI Chest X-ray Triage Product Zebra Medical Vision has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for HealthPNX, an artificial… read more News | PACS Accessories | December 09, 2016 Does Inadequate Clinical Information in Emergency Radiology Consultations Really Affect the Error Rate? Teleradiology Solutions’ Senior Radiologist Anjali Agrawal, M.D., Presented Paper at RSNA  News | PACS Accessories | May 28, 2019 Intelerad Showcases Clario SmartWorklist at SIIM 2019 The Clario SmartWorklist intelligently manages picture archiving and communication system (PACS) reading workflow by… read more News | PACS | May 22, 2019 Brazil’s Santa Casa Hospital System Chooses Carestream for Unified Diagnostic Workflow Santa Casa de Misericordia has selected Carestream to replace its legacy diagnostic workflow technology across all… read more last_img read more

Why Twitter finally migrated to Tensorflow

first_imgA new nest in the same old tree. Twitter have finally migrated to Tensorflow as their preferred choice of machine learning framework. While not many are surprised by this move given the popularity of Tensorflow, many have surely asked the question – ‘What took them so long?’ Why Twitter migrated to Tensorflow only now Ever since its inception, Twitter have been using their trademark internal system called as DeepBird. This system was able to utilize the power of machine learning and predictive analytics to understand user data, drive engagement and promote healthier conversations. DeepBird primarily used Lua Torch to power its operations. As the support for the language grew sparse due to Torch’s move to PyTorch, Twitter decided it was high time to migrate DeepBird to support Python as well – and started exploring their options. Given the rising popularity of Tensorflow, it was probably the easiest choice Twitter had to make for some time. Per the recently conducted Stack Overflow Developer Survey 2018, Tensorflow is the most loved framework by the developers, with almost 74% of the respondents showing their loyalty towards it. With Tensorflow 2.0 around the corner, the framework promises to build on its existing capabilities by adding richer machine learning features with cross-platform support – something Twitter will be eager to get the most out of. How does Tensorflow help Twitter? After incorporating Tensorflow into DeepBird, Twitter were quick to share some of the initial results. Some of the features that stand out are: Higher engineer productivity – With the help of Tensorboard and some internal data viz tools such as Model Repo, it has become a lot easier for Twitter engineers to observe the performance of the models and tweak them to obtain better results. Easier access to Machine Learning – Tensorflow simplified machine learning models which can be integrated with other technology stacks due to the general-purpose nature of Python. Better performance – The overall performance of DeepBird v2 was found to be better than its predecessor which was powered by Lua Torch. Production-ready models – Twitter plan to develop models that can be integrated to the workflow with minimal issues and bugs, as compared to other frameworks such as Lua Torch. With Tensorflow in place, Twitter users can expect their timelines to be full of relatable, insightful and high quality interactions which they can easily be a part of. Tweets will be shown to readers based on their relevance, and Tensorflow will be able to predict how a particular user will react to them. A large number of heavyweights have already adopted Tensorflow as their machine learning framework of choice  – eBay, Google, Uber, Dropbox, and Nvidia being some of the major ones. As the list keeps on growing, one can only wonder which major organization will be next on the list. Read more TensorFlow 1.9.0-rc0 release announced Python, Tensorflow, Excel and more – Data professionals reveal their top tools Distributed TensorFlow: Working with multiple GPUs and serverslast_img read more

How to remotely monitor hosts over Telnet and SSH Tutorial

first_imgDone.Disconnecting from… done. In the preceding example, first, we imported the fabric.api module, then we set the hostname and password to get connected with the host network. After that, we set a different task to perform over SSH. Therefore, to execute our program instead of the Python3, we used the fab utility (fab dir), and after that we stated that the required tasks should be performed from our  In our case, we performed the dir task, which creates a directory with the name ‘fabric’ on your remote network. You can add your specific task in your Python file. It can be executed using the fab utility of the fabric module. SSH using the Paramiko library Paramiko is a library that implements the SSHv2 protocol for secure connections to remote devices. Paramiko is a pure Python interface around SSH. Before using Paramiko, make sure you have installed it properly on your system. If it is not installed, you can install it by running the following command in your Terminal: $ sudo pip3 install paramiko Now, we will see an example of using paramiko. For this paramiko connection, we are using a Cisco device. Paramiko supports both password-based and  key-pair based authentication for a secure connection with the server. In our script, we are using password-based authentication, which means we check for a password and, if available, authentication is attempted using plain username/password authentication. Before we are going to do SSH to your remote device or multi-layer router, make sure they are configured properly and, if not, you can do basic configuration by using the following command in a multi-layer router Terminal: configure tip domain-name cciepython.comcrypto key generate rsaHow many bits in the modulus [512]: 1024interface range f0/0 – 1switchport mode accessswitchport access vlan 1no shutint vlan 1ip add ‘set_ip_address_to_the_router’ ‘put_subnet_mask’no shutexitenable password ‘set_Your_password_to_access_router’username ‘set_username’ password ‘set_password_for_remote_access’username ‘username’ privilege 15line vty 0 4login localtransport input allend Now, create a script and write the following content in it: import paramikoimport timeip_address = “host_ip_address”usr = “host_username”pwd = “host_password”c = paramiko.SSHClient()c.set_missing_host_key_policy(paramiko.AutoAddPolicy())c.connect(hostname=ip_address,username=usr,password=pwd)print(“SSH connection is successfully established with “, ip_address)rc = c.invoke_shell()for n in range (2,6):print(“Creating VLAN ” + str(n))rc.send(“vlan database\n”)rc.send(“vlan ” + str(n) + “\n”)rc.send(“exit\n”)time.sleep(0.5)time.sleep(1)output = rc.recv(65535)print(output)c.close Run the script and you will get the output as follows: student@ubuntu:~$ python3 pmiko.pyOutput:SSH connection is successfuly established with VLAN 2Creating VLAN 3Creating VLAN 4Creating VLAN 5 In the preceding example, first, we imported the paramiko module, then we defined the SSH credentials required to connect the remote device. After providing credentials, we created an instance ‘c’ of paramiko.SSHclient(), which is the primary client used to establish connections with the remote device and execute commands or operations. The creation of an SSHClient object allows us to establish remote connections using the .connect() function. Then, we set the policy paramiko connection because, by default, paramiko.SSHclient sets the SSH policy in reject policy state. That causes the policy to reject any SSH connection without any validation. In our script, we are neglecting this possibility of SSH connection drop by using the AutoAddPolicy() function that automatically adds the server’s host key without prompting it. We can use this policy for testing purposes only, but this is not a good option in a production environment because of security purpose. When an SSH connection is established, you can do any configuration or operation that you want on your device. Here, we created a few virtual LANs on a remote device. After creating VLANs, we just closed the connection. SSH using the Netmiko library In this section, we will learn about Netmiko. The Netmiko library is an advanced version of Paramiko. It is a multi_vendor library that is based on Paramiko. Netmiko simplifies SSH connection to a network device and takes particular operation on the device. Before going doing SSH to your remote device or multi-layer router, make sure they are configured properly and, if not, you can do basic configuration by command mentioned in the Paramiko section. Now, let’s see an example. Create a script and write the following code in it: from netmiko import ConnectHandlerremote_device={‘device_type’: ‘cisco_ios’,’ip’: ‘your remote_device ip address’,’username’: ‘username’,’password’: ‘password’,}remote_connection = ConnectHandler(**remote_device)#net_connect.find_prompt()for n in range (2,6):print(“Creating VLAN ” + str(n))commands = [‘exit’,’vlan database’,’vlan ‘ + str(n), ‘exit’]output = remote_connection.send_config_set(commands)print(output)command = remote_connection.send_command(‘show vlan-switch brief’)print(command) Run the script and you will get the output as follows: student@ubuntu:~$ python3 nmiko.pyOutput:Creating VLAN 2config termEnter configuration commands, one per line. End with CNTL/Z.server(config)#exitserver #vlan databaseserver (vlan)#vlan 2VLAN 2 modified:server (vlan)#exitAPPLY completed.Exiting….server #……..switch#Creating VLAN 5config termEnter configuration commands, one per line. End with CNTL/Z.server (config)#exitserver #vlan databaseserver (vlan)#vlan 5VLAN 5 modified:server (vlan)#exitAPPLY completed.Exiting….VLAN Name Status Ports—- ——————————– ——— ——————————-1 default active Fa0/0, Fa0/1, Fa0/2, Fa0/3, Fa0/4, Fa0/5, Fa0/6, Fa0/7, Fa0/8, Fa0/9, Fa0/10, Fa0/11, Fa0/12, Fa0/13, Fa0/14, Fa0/152 VLAN0002 active 3 VLAN0003 active 4 VLAN0004 active 5 VLAN0005 active 1002 fddi-default active 1003 token-ring-default active 1004 fddinet-default active 1005 trnet-default active In the preceding example, we use Netmiko library to do SSH, instead of Paramiko. In this script, first, we imported ConnectHandler from the Netmiko library, which we used to establish an SSH connection to the remote network devices by passing in the device dictionary. In our case, that dictionary is remote_device. After the connection is established, we executed configuration commands to create a number of virtual LANs using the send_config_set() function. When we use this type (.send_config_set()) of function to pass commands on a remote device, it automatically sets our device in configuration mode. After sending configuration commands, we also passed a simple command to get the information about the configured device. Summary In this tutorial, you learned about Telnet and SSH and different Python modules such as telnetlib, subprocess, fabric, Netmiko, and Paramiko, using which we perform Telnet and SSH. SSH uses the public key encryption for security purposes and is more secure than Telnet. To learn how to leverage the features and libraries of Python to administrate your environment efficiently, check out our book Mastering Python Scripting for System Administrators. Read Next 5 blog posts that could make you a better Python programmer “With Python, you can create self-explanatory, concise, and engaging data visuals, and present insights that impact your business” – Tim Großmann and Mario Döbler [Interview] Using Python Automation to interact with network devices [Tutorial] In this tutorial, you will learn how to carry out basic configurations on a server with Telnet and SSH configured. We will begin by using the Telnet module, after which we will implement the same configurations using the preferred method: SSH using different modules in Python. You will also learn about how telnetlib, subprocess, fabric, Netmiko, and paramiko modules work. This tutorial is an excerpt from a book written by Ganesh Sanjiv Naik titled Mastering Python Scripting for System Administrators. This book will take you through a set of specific software patterns and  you will learn, in detail, how to apply these patterns and build working software on top of a serverless system. The telnetlib() module In this section, we are going to learn about the Telnet protocol and then we will do Telnet operations using the telnetlib module over a remote server. Telnet is a network protocol that allows a user to communicate with remote servers. It is mostly used by network administrators to remotely access and manage devices. To access the device, run the Telnet command with the IP address or hostname of a remote server in your Terminal. Telnet uses TCP on the default port number 23. To use Telnet, make sure it is installed on your system. If not, run the following command to install it: $ sudo apt-get install telnetd To run Telnet using the simple Terminal, you just have to enter the following command: $ telnet ip_address_of_your_remote_server Python has the telnetlib module to perform Telnet functions through Python scripts. Before telnetting your remote device or router, make sure they are configured properly and, if not, you can do basic configuration by using the following command in the router’s Terminal: configure terminalenable password ‘set_Your_password_to_access_router’username ‘set_username’ password ‘set_password_for_remote_access’line vty 0 4 login local transport input all interface f0/0 ip add ‘set_ip_address_to_the_router’ ‘put_subnet_mask’no shut end show ip interface brief Now, let’s see the example of Telnetting a remote device. For that, create a script and write following content in it: import telnetlibimport getpassimport sysHOST_IP = “your host ip address”host_user = input(“Enter your telnet username: “)password = getpass.getpass()t = telnetlib.Telnet(HOST_IP)t.read_until(b”Username:”)t.write(host_user.encode(“ascii”) + b”\n”)if password:t.read_until(b”Password:”)t.write(password.encode(“ascii”) + b”\n”)t.write(b”enable\n”)t.write(b”enter_remote_device_password\n”) #password of your remote devicet.write(b”conf t\n”)t.write(b”int loop 1\n”)t.write(b”ip add\n”)t.write(b”int loop 2\n”)t.write(b”ip add\n”)t.write(b”end\n”)t.write(b”exit\n”)print(t.read_all().decode(“ascii”) ) Run the script and you will get the output as follows: student@ubuntu:~$ python3 telnet_example.pyOutput:Enter your telnet username: studentPassword:server>enablePassword:server#conf tEnter configuration commands, one per line. End with CNTL/Z.server(config)#int loop 1server(config-if)#ip add loop 23server(config-if)#ip add In the preceding example, we accessed and configured a Cisco router using the telnetlib module. In this script, first, we took the username and password from the user to initialize the Telnet connection with a remote device. When the connection was established, we did further configuration on the remote device. After telnetting, we will be able to access a remote server or device. But there is one very important disadvantage of this Telnet protocol, and that is all the data, including usernames and passwords, is sent over a network in a text manner, which may cause a security risk. Because of that, nowadays Telnet is rarely used and has been replaced by a very secure protocol named Secure Shell, known as SSH. Install SSH by running the following command in your Terminal: $ sudo apt install ssh Also, on a remote server where the user wants to communicate, an SSH server must be installed and running. SSH uses the TCP protocol and works on port number 22 by default. You can run the ssh command through the Terminal as follows: $ ssh host_name@host_ip_address Now, you will learn to do SSH by using different modules in Python, such as subprocess, fabric, Netmiko, and Paramiko. Now, we will see those modules one by one. The subprocess.Popen() module The Popen class handles the process creation and management. By using this module, developers can handle less common cases. The child program execution will be done in a new process. To execute a child program on Unix/ Linux, the class will use the os.execvp() function. To execute a child program in Windows, the class will use the CreateProcess() function. Now, let’s see some useful arguments of subprocess.Popen(): class subprocess.Popen(args, bufsize=0, executable=None, stdin=None, stdout=None, stderr=None, preexec_fn=None, close_fds=False, shell=False, cwd=None, env=None, universal_newlines=False, startupinfo=None, creationflags=0) Let’s look at each argument: args: It can be a sequence of program arguments or a single string. If args is a sequence, the first item in args is executed. If args is a string, it recommends to pass args as a sequence. shell: The shell argument is by default set to False and it specifies whether to use shell for execution of the program. If shell is True, it recommends to pass args as a string. In Linux, if shell=True, the shell defaults to /bin/sh. If args is a string, the string specifies the command to execute through the shell. bufsize: If bufsize is 0 (by default, it is 0), it means unbuffered and if bufsize is 1, it means line buffered. If bufsize is any other positive value, use a buffer of the given size. If bufsize is any other negative value, it means fully buffered. executable: It specifies that the replacement program to be executed. stdin, stdout, and stderr: These arguments define the standard input, standard output, and standard error respectively. preexec_fn: This is set to a callable object and will be called just before the child is executed in the child process. close_fds: In Linux, if close_fds is true, all file descriptors except 0, 1, and 2 will be closed before the child process is executed. In Windows, if close_fds is true then the child process will inherit no handles. env: If the value is not None, then mapping will define environment variables for new process. universal_newlines: If the value is True then stdout and stderr will be opened as text files in newlines mode. Now, we are going to see an example of subprocess.Popen(). For that, create a  script and write the following content in it: import subprocessimport sysHOST=”your host username@host ip”COMMAND= “ls”ssh_obj = subprocess.Popen([“ssh”, “%s” % HOST, COMMAND],shell=False,stdout=subprocess.PIPE,stderr=subprocess.PIPE)result = ssh_obj.stdout.readlines()if result == []:err = ssh_obj.stderr.readlines()print(sys.stderr, “ERROR: %s” % err)else:print(result) Run the script and you will get the output as follows: student@ubuntu:~$ python3 ssh_using_sub.pyOutput :student@’s password:[b’Desktop\n’, b’Documents\n’, b’Downloads\n’, b’examples.desktop\n’, b’Music\n’, b’Pictures\n’, b’Public\n’, b’\n’, b’spark\n’, b’spark-2.3.1-bin-hadoop2.7\n’, b’spark-2.3.1-bin-hadoop2.7.tgz\n’, b’ssh\n’, b’Templates\n’, b’test_folder\n’, b’test.txt\n’, b’Untitled1.ipynb\n’, b’Untitled.ipynb\n’, b’Videos\n’, b’work\n’] In the preceding example, first, we imported the subprocess module, then we defined the host address where you want to establish the SSH connection. After that, we gave one simple command that executed over the remote device. After all this was set up, we put this information in the subprocess.Popen() function. This function executed the arguments defined inside that function to create a connection with the remote device. After the SSH connection was established, our defined command was executed and provided the result. Then we printed the result of SSH on the Terminal, as shown in the output. SSH using fabric module Fabric is a Python library as well as a command-line tool for the use of SSH. It is used for system administration and application deployment over the network. We can also execute shell commands over SSH. To use fabric module, first you have to install it using the following command: $ pip3 install fabric3 Now, we will see an example. Create a script and write the following content in it: from fabric.api import *env.hosts=[“host_name@host_ip”]env.password=’your password’def dir(): run(‘mkdir fabric’) print(‘Directory named fabric has been created on your host network’)def diskspace(): run(‘df’) Run the script and you will get the output as follows: student@ubuntu:~$ fab dirOutput:[student@] Executing task ‘dir'[student@] run: mkdir fabriclast_img read more

Carnival Corps 2017 booking volumes pricing well ahead of 2016

first_img Share Tuesday, March 28, 2017 Posted by Travelweek Group MIAMI — Forward bookings for the rest of 2017 for Carnival Corp.’s cruise lines are outpacing 2016 at considerably higher prices, according to the cruise company’s first quarter results.Both booking volumes and pricing for the remainder of 2017 are running ahead of last year, said the company.“We are off to a good start delivering another quarter of operational improvement on top of a very strong first quarter last year,” said Carnival Corporation & plc President and CEO Arnold Donald. Carnival Corp.’s performance was driven by increased demand, particularly for its core Caribbean itineraries, leading to higher year-over-year ticket prices which allowed the cruise company to overcome “the significant negative impact of both fuel and currency”, he added.“Wave season, our peak booking period, was strong leaving us well positioned with bookings at considerably higher prices and with less inventory remaining for sale in 2017 compared to the prior year, resulting in increased earnings guidance.”More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureGuest experience innovations, creative marketing and public relations programs are boosting the bottom line, said Donald.Carnival Corporation’s net income for the first quarter of 2017 was US$352 million, up from $142 million in Q1 2016. Revenue climbed from $3.7 billion at the start of 2016 to $3.8 billion in Q1 2017.Net revenue yields increased 3.8% for Q1 2017. Net cruise costs increased 3.2%.Highlights during the first quarter included the unveiling of Carnival Corp.’s Ocean Platform featuring Ocean Medallion. The Ocean Medallion wearable tech bracelets will debut on Princess Cruises’ Regal Princess in November 2017 followed by additional Princess ships in 2018.Fleet enhancement milestones included the debut of Seabourn Cruises’ newest ship, Seabourn Encore, with its naming ceremony in Singapore. The company signed on with shipbuilder Fincantieri to build two new cruise ships: one for Holland America Line, to be delivered in 2021; and the other for Princess Cruises in 2022.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsAlso in Q1 Carnival Cruise Line received approval to begin operating cruises to Cuba. Carnival Paradise will be the largest cruise ship to sail to Cuba from the U.S. when it begins calling in Havana in June 2017.The company expects full year 2017 net revenue yields to increase 3% over 2016.center_img Tags: Carnival Corporation, Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Profit Report Carnival Corp.’s 2017 booking volumes, pricing well ahead of 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

More reports that the Mexico Tourism Board offices are closing

first_imgMore reports that the Mexico Tourism Board offices are closing TORONTO — Just days after Mexico Tourism Board’s Montreal office shut its doors, comes more confirmation that just about all of the MTB’s international offices will close.Considering how important tourism is for Mexico, does the news of these closures have to be so shrouded in confusion?In a story that ran in the Jan. 24, 2019 issue of Travelweek, Marc Murphy, Director General for the Riviera Nayarit CVB, also confirmed that the decision to close the Mexico Tourism Board offices worldwide had already been made and that the closures will likely start happening over the course of this year.As Murphy put it, it’s sad news and still unbelievable considering all the work the MTB does and the value their offices bring to source markets.Rumours started swirling in fall 2018 that Mexico’s new government was looking at potentially closing the MTB offices as a cost-cutting measure.The new government under newly-elected President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office on Dec. 1, 2018 but even before that, in late November 2018, Mexico’s travel media outlets were reporting that the Tourism Promotion Council of Mexico (CPTM) would “disappear”, with the president of the Tourism Commission of the Chamber of Deputies, Luis Alegre Salazar, saying “the Tourism Promotion Council of Mexico is disintegrating”.The news seemed to be confirmed in early December by new Secretary of Tourism Miguel Torruco, who said that elimination of the CPTM was indeed underway as part of the new government’s austerity strategy.According to both Salazar and Torruco, Mexico’s consulates and embassies are supposed to pick up the slack, promoting Mexico in global markets.Meanwhile the money saved from dissolving the CPTM and closing the MTB offices will reportedly be diverted to funding the so-called Mayan Train, the 1,500-kilometre rail line linking Campeche, Chiapas, Quintana Roo, Tabasco and the Yucatan. The proposed $7.4 billion railway is aimed at creating more economic development in some of Mexico’s top tourism destinations.There will still be resources for promotion, but exact specifics are still up in the air.More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthEven with all the confirmations, the idea that Mexico would close its long-standing MTB offices – and hand the tourism promotion file over to its consulates and embassies instead – seemed so preposterous that the question kept coming: Will they close or won’t they?As reported by Travelweek’s sister publication, the Montreal office closed the doors on its Place Ville Marie location, which had been open to the industry and to the public, on Jan. 31, 2019. Fernanda Rosas, Director of Mexico’s Tourism Promotion Board in Montreal, and her collaborators Gabriel Gordona and Lorena Torres are currently working from home and available to help with industry requests, according to In a few weeks it’s expected that Mexican tourism promotion in Montreal will be deployed under the direction of the Mexican Consulate. It’s also been confirmed that the Toronto MTB office will close its doors.Meanwhile every sun wholesaler in Canada has Mexico product and a major vested interest in keeping Mexico destinations front and centre with travellers and the trade.Canada is one of the largest markets for Mexico tourism, delivering close to two million travellers to the country annually.While we’re a distant second to the U.S. – Mexico’s top market with more than 10 million visitors a year – Canada is a staunch supporter of Mexico’s tourism product at a time when confusion over the U.S. State Department’s travel advisories for Mexico has led to a dip in U.S. visitor numbers and lift. Mexico’s safety challenges, though localized, are also well-known, with one industry insider here saying that Mexico shouldn’t be closing its tourism offices but instead focusing on marketing efforts and keeping people safe.For Transat, Mexico represents 34% of its capacity, making it Transat’s top sun destination. The first resort in Transat’s much-anticipated hotel division is scheduled to open in Puerto Morelos on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, between Cancun and Playa del Carmen, in 2020.Mexico is also one of Sunwing’s most consistently popular destinations, says Andrew Dawson, President of Tour Operations for Sunwing Vacations. Sunwing has eight sun arrival airports across Mexico for winter 2018-19 including Acapulco, Cancun, Cozumel, Huatulco, Ixtapa, Los Cabos, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta – not to mention nearby destinations such as Playa Mujeres, Isla Holbox, Puerto Escondido and Riviera Nayarit. “We have always enjoyed a close relationship with the Mexico Tourist Board and welcome their support as we continue to expand our Mexican product range,” says Dawson.More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upAnd it’s not just the tour operators, but the hotel companies too who work closely with the Mexico Tourism Board to promote travel to Mexico. Frank Maduro, VP of Marketing for AIC Hotel Group, the company behind Hard Rock Hotels, says Mexico as a destination “is extremely important to our company”, with four properties in Mexico currently and another two set to open this year. “This means that more than half of our room inventory is in the destination. We continue to believe and invest in Mexico as it is a proven world-class tourism destination. Its people and infrastructure provide a vacation experience that is second to none.”Other resort companies sharpening their focus on Mexico in recent years include AMResorts, with 10 new resort openings in the country by 2020 alone.An article written by Murphy before the new government took office says “there’s no doubt” that the biggest reason the world knows about Mexico’s tourism product “is due to the efforts consistently put forth by the Mexico Tourism Board (MTB) offices worldwide”.Slashing budgets and trimming expenses in just about every aspect of the government may be a worthy proposition on some levels, says Murphy, but the idea of shuttering the 46 offices of the Mexico Tourism Board abroad could very well have a chilling effect on one of the country’s top sources of revenue. Tourism is huge for Mexico, and Canada will be watching.Murphy added: “The incoming administration has indicated they don’t believe the current numbers justify the current marketing expenses of the international offices. I would beg to differ.” Share Posted by Travelweek Group center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, February 12, 2019 Tags: Closures, Feature Story, Mexico, Mexico Tourism Board, MTBlast_img read more

AU Somali troops try to win back country roads

first_img Comments   Share   Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Men’s health affects baby’s health too “They try to ambush us in such places. It’s not easy. We must pass here with vigilance,” an AU soldier groaned as he peered through the bulletproof glass of an armored personnel carrier.AU troops in August forced al-Shabab out of the capital, Mogadishu. Earlier this year Ugandan and Burundian troops began taking control of suburbs of the capital. Now they are moving far to the northwest in an attempt to secure a supply line from Mogadishu to the former al-Shabab stronghold of Baidoa. Many of al-Shabab’s top foreign fighters are said to have fled to Yemen already.But the rebels remaining continue their attacks. A week ago al-Shabab fighters ambushed a convoy, wounding one soldier. As the AU area of control widens, the challenges of holding the new territory increase.There are about 17,000 troops in the AU force, including soldiers from Kenya in the south of the country. With so few troops to control such a wide area, they are relying on public support to keep roads safe from roadside bombs.“A friendly population is better than tanks,” said Capt. Henry Obbo. “They are driving a dying horse. Public support is with us now.”Yet in rural villages, residents silently stare at troops. A soldier’s wave typically gets no reaction, except from children. Insurgents often kill suspected supporters of the Somali government, so even waving can invite trouble. But executions, floggings and strict social rules cut down the militants’ public support. Associated PressWALAWEYN, Somalia (AP) – African Union peacekeepers must drive along rough dirt roads that snake through sand dunes and shrubs to reach newly won territory in Somalia’s countryside, exposing themselves to possible ambushes by al-Shabab rebels.Though the peacekeeping forces travel in armored vehicles, the guerrilla fighters can inflict casualties. The psychological trauma of knowing an ambush can happen at any time makes life tough for the AU soldiers from several countries who battle the al-Shabab rebels allied to al-Qaida.center_img Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Sponsored Stories “Al-Shabab was in no way good for us. They conscripted our children and forcibly extorted our farms. They made life hell for us,” said Abdullahi Yassin, an elder in the town of Walaweyn. He said his area has neither the security nor the aid it hoped to see from Mogadishu’s weak government.“No difference yet, except a little freedom,” he said of al-Shabab’s ouster.Late last week, African Union forces and Somali troops captured the Blidogle airport, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) northwest of Mogadishu. The troops intend to open the road all the way to Baidoa, about 250 kilometers (155 miles) northwest of Mogadishu, said Hussein Arab Isse, Somalia’s defense minister, speaking at the airport.“They (al-Shabab) can’t stop our brave soldiers from reaching their goals,” Isse said.Though al-Shabab is being pushed back, their deadly attacks and clashes still haunt the region.The AU troops are visibly in control of the residential areas and roads, but the stretches of forest seem to be no man’s land.“Our operations will continue because this is not the end,” said Brig. Gen. Michael Ondoga, the commander of the Ugandan contingent. “We still have some distance to go to get to Baidoa.” Check your body, save your life 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Centerlast_img read more

Cebu Pacific takes delivery of 31st Airbus A320

first_imgCebu Pacific (CEB), the Philippines’ airline, took delivery of its 31st brand-new Airbus A320 aircraft which arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on February 4, 2015.With this delivery, the airline now operates a fleet of 54 aircraft comprised of 10 Airbus A319, 31 Airbus A320, 5 Airbus A330 and 8 ATR-72 500 aircraft.CEB’s aircraft fleet’s average age is 4.34 years, which is one of the youngest in the world.Between 2015 and 2021, Cebu Pacific will take delivery of 7 more brand-new Airbus A320, 30 Airbus A321neo, and 1 Airbus A330 aircraft.The brand-new Airbus A320 is the airline’s twelfth aircraft equipped with Sharklets, they are 2.4 meter wingtip devices that enable lesser fuel burn and lower emissions.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img

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first_imgThis January, Rosewood London’s Mirror Room will launch an Art Afternoon Tea. Imagined by Rosewood London executive pastry chef, Mark Perkins, the afternoon tea is inspired by London’s vibrant and unique art scene, and will celebrate five iconic artists: Yayoi Kusama, Alexander Calder, Mark Rothko, Damien Hirst and Banksy.To be served in Rosewood London’s Mirror Room – itself a stunning work of art – the art- inspired afternoon tea will encapsulate creativity and modernity in keeping with the artistic philosophy of Rosewood London itself, the interiors of which reflect the British capital’s unique and stylish history, culture and sensibilities.Mark Perkins says: “London is one of the leading lights in the arts world, and I am continuously excited and surprised by it. Taking inspiration from some of the works exhibited here in the capital, I am delighted to present Mirror Room’s first Art Afternoon Tea.”With a menu that is a work of art in itself, incorporating Mark’s very own illustrations of his sweet serves, the tea will follow the format of a quintessentially British afternoon tea. Guests will first be presented with delicate sandwiches filled with time-honoured and perfectly executed flavours, as well as freshly baked scones also from the pastry kitchen, served with clotted cream, lemon curd and homemade strawberry jam.last_img read more

Fireman police lose shift pay appeal

first_imgThe administrative court this week rejected a group appeal by some 200 police officers and firemen against cuts in shift allowances during the economic crisis.The same court ruled in favour of seven mental health nurses who were among the applicants, as it was deemed that, in their case, the termination of one of their allowances violated the principle of equal treatment.All applicants, police officers, firemen and civil servants working on a 24-hour shift system, appealed to the administrative court over the implementation of the 2014 law on state budget concerning cuts in allowances for overtime and shifts.These concern the abolition of the afternoon shift allowance, the reduction by 25 per cent of the allowance for work on Sundays and public holidays, reduction by 20 per cent of the night shift allowance and reduction by 33 per cent of overtime pay during public holidays.Among the applicants four firemen also challenged the lawfulness of the act in relation to the 25 per cent reduction in an allowance they had received for non-work on public holidays but who had reached their fixed hours during the rest of the week.The mental health nurses had also filed an appeal for being excluded from beneficiaries of a special allowance for hazardous work given up to that point to nursing staff employed in Mental Health Services. The allowance was after 2014 limited only to nurses employed in secure hospitalisation units.The court ruled that, concerning police men and firemen, “in the appeals before us, it is firstly apparent […] that the state was in a great financial crisis” and had to comply with its obligations with its Troika of lenders. Therefore, it said, cuts are justified on grounds of public interest.As regards nurses, court ruled that excluding some categories of nurses from the right to the hazardous work benefit was illegal, as it violates the constitutional principle of equality which does not allow for arbitrary differences in the reduction of the allowance between civil servants of the same category.The decision to cut that allowance to some, the court said, was on the basis of making savings and no study was made in relation to the work hazards of one group over the other.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoGundry MD ProPlant Complete Shake SupplementTop Cardiologist Reveals “Fascinating Trick” That Combats Weight GainGundry MD ProPlant Complete Shake SupplementUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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