Barca stay unbeaten with stunning comeback

first_imgSevilla 2 Barcelona 2: Messi rescues leaders with late late show Alex Fisher Last updated 1 year ago 04:39 4/1/18 lionel messi - cropped Getty Images Barcelona scored twice in 53 seconds during a frantic finish to Saturday’s LaLiga clash with Sevilla to earn a 2-2 draw. Lionel Messi came off the bench to rescue Barcelona and extend their unbeaten run LaLiga to 37 games as the leaders scored twice in the closing moments to draw 2-2 with Sevilla. Barcelona had been unusually below-par at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan and were lucky to only be two goals behind as the game entered the 88th minute.But Luis Suarez – who had been so wasteful for the visitors – then halved the deficit and 53 seconds later Messi earned a point, the Argentine superstar beating Sergio Rico from 20 yards to cap his return from injury in an astonishing finish to the contest. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player It was harsh on Sevilla who had dominated proceedings and deservedly led through strikes in either half from Franco Vazquez and Luis Muriel.But they were made to rue wasted chances from that duo and Jesus Navas as Barca showed why they are the top side in Spain this season.The draw edges Ernesto Valverde’s side closer to the title – now 12 points clear of closest challengers Atletico Madrid – and leaves them one game short of equalling Real Sociedad’s unbeaten record in the competition.Final whistle! Sevilla 2-2 FC Barcelona Franco Vázquez and Luis Muriel / Luis Suárez and Leo #Messi #ForçaBarça #SevillaBarça— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) March 31, 2018And breathe…#SevillaBarça— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) March 31, 2018Barcelona rued the absence of Messi in the opening half as Suarez and Andres Iniesta lacked the quality in front of goal that their Argentine team-mate is renowned for.Suarez saw an early chance saved by Sergio Rico and blasted another wide soon after, the Uruguayan’s openings coming after Iniesta had failed to test the Sevilla goalkeeper.At the other end Ter Stegen’s goal led a charmed life as Luis Muriel and Joaquin Correa both headed wide under little pressure from the Barca defence.Vazquez showed much more composure with 36 minutes on the clock as Barca gave him the freedom of the six-yard box, the attacking midfielder slotting home Correa’s low cross.Gerard Pique should have levelled things up seconds before the break but he inexplicably chose to try and volley Samuel Umtiti’s deflected cross rather than use his head – the defender failing to connect at the back post.HT: #SevillaFC 1-0 @FCBarcelonaA fantastic half of football for #SevillaFC. Let’s have the same again come the restart #vamosmisevilla #SevillaFCBarça— Sevilla FC (@SevillaFC_ENG) March 31, 2018The hosts used the let-off to put Barca further behind five minutes after the restart, Muriel firing beyond Ter Stegen after the goalkeeper could only parry Sergio Escudero’s shot.As Messi warmed up, Sevilla should have been three in front when Navas raced through one-on-one, but Ter Stegen held him up momentarily before Pique cleared his shot off the line.The loose ball then fell to Vazquez and he was unable to convert from 12 yards.Valverde introduced Messi – who missed Argentina’s two friendlies with a hamstring problem – just before the hour and he gave the visitors much more quality in the final third.He was immediately involved to release Philippe Coutinho but Simon Kjaer intercepted the Brazilian’s low cross before Suarez could tap home.Another chance saw Suarez hit the post from a tight angle, but Sevilla still posed more of an attacking threat – Muriel and substitute Miguel Layun both wasting good openings.And they proved costly as Suarez finally beat Rico with an acrobatic effort, with more drama to come in the visitors’ next attack.Messi – it had to be him – snatched a point Barca scarcely deserved with a curling effort that Rico could only get a hand to as the league leaders completed an unlikely recovery.Key Opta Stats:- Lionel Messi has scored 24 goals against Sevilla in LaLiga, his favourite opponents in the competition. – Barcelona have won more points from losing positions than any other side in LaLiga this season (17). – Messi is the player with the most goals from outside the box in Europe’s top five leagues this season, alongside Paulo Dybala (seven apiece). – Barcelona faced 21 shots against Sevilla, more than in any other game this season in all competitions. – Messi has scored nine goals in his last 13 games as a substitute in LaLiga.- Luis Suarez has scored 25 or more goals in each of his four seasons for Barcelona. read morelast_img read more

JMI to host North-Zone Inter University Hockey Tournament

first_imgJMI to host North-Zone Inter University Hockey TournamentJamia Millia Islamia is all set to host the North-Zone Inter University Hockey Tournament where 35 universities will be participating.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiOctober 3, 2019UPDATED: October 3, 2019 17:35 IST Jamia’s Sports ComplexJamia Millia Islamia (JMI) will host North-Zone Inter University Hockey Tournament from October 5-11, 2019.As many as 35 universities are sending their teams to participate teams in the tournament. Matches will be played on playgrounds of MAK Pataudi Sports Complex and hockey ground of Faculty of Education of the university.The matches will start from 9am onwards. League matches will be played from October 9-11, 2019.The final will be played at MAK Pataudi Sports Complex on 11th October,2019.Prof. Najma Akhtar, VC, JMI, Mr. Zafar Iqbal, former captain of the Indian Hockey team and Mr. A.P.Siddiqui (IPS) Registrar, JMI will be among the dignitaries present at the inauguration of the tournament at 10:00am on October 5th , 2019 at MAK Pataudi Sports Complex.About Jamia Millia IslamiaJamia Millia Islamia, an institution originally established at Aligarh in United Provinces, India in 1920 became a Central University by an act of the Indian Parliament in 1988. In Urdu language, Jamia means ‘University’, and Millia means ‘National’.Also read: 20 UK vice-chancellors are in India to explore higher education opportunitiesAlso read: This new India-UK scheme will fund UK students to visit India for higher studiesGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAysha Nextlast_img read more

CARICOM and EU Sign Financing Agreements

first_img Six Financing Agreements of European Union-CARICOM cooperation, valued at €114.8 million, which will have a direct impact for the citizens of the Caribbean Region, were signed today (April 15). The agreements were signed by Secretary-General, CARICOM and Caribbean Forum of African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (CARIFORUM), Ambassador Irwin LaRocque; and Commissioner in charge of International Cooperation and Development in the European Commission, Neven Mimica, during a ceremony held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. Story Highlights The six areas facilitated under the agreement include strengthening the Framework for CARICOM Integration, €13.5 million; support for CARIFORUM States in furthering the Implementation of their Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) Commitments, €21 million; Caribbean Investment Facility, €50 million; Coconut Industry Development Expansion and Enhanced Support for the Caribbean, €6 million; support for the Effectiveness of Criminal Justice Systems in the Caribbean, €14 million; and Promoting Regional Integration in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), €10.3 million.center_img In his address, Mr. Mimica said the signing is a testimony to the commitment of both the EU and CARICOM/CARIFORUM to the importance of regional cooperation and integration as a means to address the enormous challenges faced by this region.He noted that the projects seek to create economic efficiencies, liberalise certain areas, promote sustainable development and ultimately foster job creation and improvement in the lives of people in the region.“This is the case for our support to the Caribbean Coconut Industry, which focuses on promoting a sustainable agriculture that is adapted to the realities of climate change,” he said.Mr. Mimica said the EU’s support to the implementation of the EPA, will help the region’s efforts towards a deeper integration, both within the region and with the wider global economy.“The Caribbean Investment Facility (CIF) has proven to be an extremely useful tool in the region since 2012. With this new €50-million contribution, we will assure the financing of a new set of projects during 2019,” he informed.For his part, Mr. LaRocque said the EU remains the single largest source of grant financing to the Caribbean region.He noted that the value of the package of development cooperation, in the form of grants, made available to CARIFORUM under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) exceeds €1 billion.Regarding the Caribbean Investment Facility, Ambassador LaRocque noted that this will provide financing for private-sector development, renewable energy, transport infrastructure, climate change financing, water and sanitation, protection of the environment, and social infrastructure.“This will be achieved through direct investment grants, interest rate subsidies, guarantees, risk capital operations and other risk sharing mechanisms,” he said.As it relates to support for the Effectiveness of Criminal Justice Systems in the Caribbean project, Mr. LaRocque said this will help to modernise and strengthen court systems, processes and services; train and equip judicial officers and court staff and support judicial reform. It will also assist in clearing the backlog of cases in the judicial systems in the region.“I look forward to timely commencement of implementation, so that the benefits to be derived can be felt in the short to medium term,” Ambassador LaRocque said. Six Financing Agreements of European Union-CARICOM cooperation, valued at €114.8 million, which will have a direct impact for the citizens of the Caribbean Region, were signed today (April 15).The agreements were signed by Secretary-General, CARICOM and Caribbean Forum of African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (CARIFORUM), Ambassador Irwin LaRocque; and Commissioner in charge of International Cooperation and Development in the European Commission, Neven Mimica, during a ceremony held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.The six areas facilitated under the agreement include strengthening the Framework for CARICOM Integration, €13.5 million; support for CARIFORUM States in furthering the Implementation of their Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) Commitments, €21 million; Caribbean Investment Facility, €50 million; Coconut Industry Development Expansion and Enhanced Support for the Caribbean, €6 million; support for the Effectiveness of Criminal Justice Systems in the Caribbean, €14 million; and Promoting Regional Integration in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), €10.3 million.Director General of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Dr. Didacus Jules (left) and Commissioner in charge of International Cooperation and Development in the European Commission, Neven Mimica, sign the financing agreement for the Promoting Regional Integration in the OECS initiative valued at €10.3 million, at a ceremony held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on April 15.last_img read more

Security Council condemns terrorist bus attack in Iran

The Council’s reaction to the attack on the vehicle carrying Iranian security officers in the south-eastern city of Zahedan came in a statement to the press delivered by the current president of the 15-member body, Peter Burian of Slovakia. “The members of the Security Council reiterated that no cause can justify the use of terrorist violence,” he said. “They underlined the need to bring to justice the perpetrators, organizers and sponsors of this terrorist attack, as with all terrorist attacks.” The Council’s words came on the heels of a similar statement issued yesterday by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Both extended condolences to those affected by the attack. 15 February 2007Condemning yesterday’s terrorist bus attack in Iran which killed at least 18 people, the United Nations Security Council today called for those responsible for the deadly incident to be brought to justice. read more

Canadians can now register ca website addresses with French accents

Canadians can now register .ca website addresses with French accents by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 14, 2013 12:39 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Canadians can now properly register a .ca website address in both official languages.The Canadian Internet Registration Authority has added the ability to create a web URL with French accented-characters, along with the standard letters, numbers and hyphens.The owners of .ca domain names have the exclusive rights to purchase accented variations for their web addresses.The new registration rules officially kicked in Sunday. read more

Airbag maker Takata shuffles top managers to improve response to recall crisis

by The Associated Press Posted Dec 24, 2014 3:57 am MDT TOKYO – Takata Corp., the Japanese maker of airbags at the centre of massive recalls in the U.S. and elsewhere, apologized and said Wednesday that it was reshuffling its top executives, who plan to take pay cuts in response to the crisis.Takata’s president Stefan Stocker is moving aside to let its chairman, Shigehisa Takada, take over, the company said in a statement.Stocker is remaining on Takata’s board and the move is not intended to be a demotion, said company spokeswoman Akiko Watanabe.The reorganization is meant “to centralize and speed up the decision-making process, and to step up handling” of the problem, she said.The defective airbags can explode with too much force, spewing shrapnel at drivers and passengers. At least 10 automakers have models with Takata driver and passenger airbags, and tens of millions of vehicles may eventually be recalled.Takata offered an apology to those killed or injured by its faulty airbags, saying it “takes seriously” the trouble it caused to many customers and their family members.Takada, Stocker and three other top executives of the company will take pay cuts ranging from 20 per cent to 50 per cent, for four months. The pay cuts are in response to the company’s huge losses and cancellation of dividend payments, Takata said. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Airbag maker Takata shuffles top managers to improve response to recall crisis read more

Great 2009 mining industry safety performance in Ontario Canada

first_imgAs we approach International Mining’s June issue with its safety focus, the excellent news from Canada is that mining was the second safest industry among Ontario’s industrial sectors in 2009. The mining sector achieved a collective lost time injury rate 0.6 incidents per 200,000 hours worked, which came next to the education sector with a lost time injury rate of 0.5 per 200,000 hours worked in 2009. The average lost time injury rate for all industrial sectors was 1.3 in 2009. Mining’s 0.6 rate for lost time incidents was ahead of the electrical industry and the pulp and paper sector, both at 0.9, and ahead of the average for manufacturing at 1.0 incidents per 200,000 hours worked.All industries in Ontario are working to improve safety in their workplaces and deal with their own special circumstances and conditions in their own ways. Compared with many other jurisdictions, Ontario stands out as home to safe and productive workplaces. Within that context, mining has worked extremely hard to improve its safety performance. The 0.6 lost time injury rate of 2009 is a 57% improvement compared with the lost time injury rate of 1.4 in 2000.For 2009, mining was three times safer than forestry, construction and health care, which all had lost time injury rates of 1.8 per 200,000 hours worked and four times safer that agriculture and transportation, which had lost time injury rates of 2.4.Mining safety statistics are moving in the right direction because of personal diligence and concern for one’s self and one’s colleagues. There are a number of initiatives and institutions supporting this progress. Ontario Mining Association (OMA) programs, the Internal Responsibility System, inspections and programs from the Ministry of Labour, regulatory changes and adjustments to Common Core skills training along with the role of the sectoral safety group Workplace Safety North and unions have played strong parts in these gains.“Overall, employees in the Ontario mining industry are safe, highly skilled, highly paid and highly productive. While the safety performance of Ontario’s mining industry day-in and day-out is certainly worthy of recognition, no one in the industry would consider it good enough. Collective efforts on many fronts to get these various incident statistics to zero are ongoing throughout the industry,” the OMA reports.The OMA is holding a conference — The future of mining in Ontario: Is it golden? — June 13 to 15, 2010 in North Bay. One of the presenters at the conference is Candys Ballanger-Michaud, President and CEO of Workplace Safety North. Her topic is New Mine Safety Organisation’s Role in Boosting Industry’s Safety Performance.”Ontariolast_img read more

Satellite crashes into the Atlantic but what about next one

first_imgFRAGMENTS FROM A science satellite crashed into the Atlantic Ocean yesterday – but what about next time?The European Space Agency says one of its research satellites re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere early Monday on an orbit that passed over Siberia, the western Pacific Ocean, the eastern Indian Ocean and Antarctica.The 1,100-kilogram satellite disintegrated in the atmosphere but about 25 percent of it — about 275 kilograms of “space junk” — slammed into the Atlantic between Antarctica and South America, a few hundred miles from the Falkland Islands, ESA said. It caused no known damage.The satellite — called the GOCE, for Gravity field and Ocean Circulation Explorer — was launched in 2009 to map the Earth’s gravitational field. The information is being used to understand ocean circulation, sea levels, ice dynamics and the Earth’s interior. The satellite had been gradually descending in orbit over the last three weeks after running out of fuel Oct. 21.But how much space junk is out there? Here’s a look:Space junk in the CosmosSome 6,600 satellites have been launched. Some 3,600 remain in space but only about 1,000 are still operational, according to ESA. Not all are still intact, and the US Space Surveillance Network tracks some 23,000 space objects, ESA said.A lot of junk comes down unnoticed, said ESA Space Debris Office deputy head Holger Krag. Statistically, he said, “roughly every week you have a re-entry like GOCE.”What happens when it falls?About 100 to 150 metric tons (110 to 165 tons) of space junk re-enters Earth’s atmosphere each year, according to Heiner Klinkrad, the head of ESA’s Space Debris Office.In 56 years of spaceflight, a total of 15,000 metric tons (16,500 tons) of human-made space objects have re-entered the atmosphere.How fast do they travel?Space junk — mostly satellites and rocket stages or fragments — typically travels at about 17,400 mph shortly before re-entry at about 75 miles above the earth, according to ESA.It starts to slow down and heat up in the dense atmosphere. In the last 10 minutes, it hits a travelling speed roughly equal to that of a Formula One racing car —between 125 mph to 190 mph.How dangerous is it?There have been no known human injuries or significant property damage caused by space junk, according to ESA.Unlike meteorites, which hurl into the Earth as solid chunks travelling about three times faster, space junk typically falls as fragments and is distributed over a fallout zone up to 600 miles long. Krag says fragments from a satellite came down in 2011 over the Netherlands, Germany and the Czech Republic but no pieces were ever found.Can we redirect these objects?When systems are still functioning, spacecraft can be maneuvered to try and direct them to land in areas where there would be minimal impact, like into an ocean.In the case of uncontrolled re-entries, scientists are able to predict where the impact will be — but that can be a very wide swath. The GOCE satellite’s systems kept on working much longer than expected, providing data that Krag said will be invaluable in helping scientists figure out prediction models for future space junk descents.1979 file image of Skylab, at the end of its mission in 1979 when it crashed back to Earth.One of the best-known cases is NASA’s Skylab space station, which re-entered in 1979. About 82 tons hit the Earth — some of it in Australia and the rest falling into the Indian Ocean.Fragments of Russia’s Mir space station weighing about 149 tons came down in 2001 in a controlled dive into the Pacific Ocean. More recently, in 2011, NASA’s UARS satellite crashed into the Pacific and Germany’s ROSAT satellite landed in the Bay of Bengal. None caused any damage.Read: European satellite to crash to earth this weekend>Read: Irish to compete in €1 million satellite ideas competition>last_img read more

Siri hacks reportedly being blocked by Apple

first_imgThings just aren’t getting any easier for Siri hackers. Apple had already made things tough by requiring a live ID token from an iPhone 4S in order to access Siri. This has led to a situation where Siri can only be installed on non-4S devices via complicated workarounds. Now, even the users who went to the lengths of setting up a Siri proxy are having problems. It appears that Apple has changed its requirements for establishing a Siri connection.Though there has yet to be a simple “install app, use Siri” solution for accessing the virtual assistant, there are ways for more advanced users to hack Siri onto other devices. They require you to either set up your own personal proxy, as well as have regular access to an iPhone 4S. There is a free Cydia app called Spire, which acts as the front end, but it’s useless without a Siri proxy on the back end.Now users of Spire and Siri proxies are running into problems. Apple has reportedly added a new activation token to the list of requirements, which causes these connections to error out. There is, fortunately, a workaround already in place. Hackers who are running into the new problems can simply delete the file (located in var/mobile/Library/Preferences/). If Apple is indeed going after unauthorized Siri hacks, then we wouldn’t bank on this workaround lasting for long.Of course it’s possible that this is simply part of some updates on Apple’s end (preparing for Siri on the iPad 3, perhaps?). But it wouldn’t be out of character for the company to block hackers. Much like it routinely patches jailbreak exploits in iOS updates, Siri could introduce us to a new cat & mouse game between Cupertino and hackers.via iDownloadBloglast_img read more

IBM algorithm predicts steampunk to be the fashion wave of the retro

first_imgIBM, not exactly a noted fashion industry icon or analyst, has predicted that steampunk will emerge as a major fashion trend in 2013. Based on analysis of over half a million posts on message boards, social media and news sites, and blogs, IBM expects steampunk to to “bubble up and take hold” of the retail industry.According to IBM, the fashion industry will incorporate the steampunk genre into its clothing and jewelry, and options will be readily available from major fashion labels. IBM noted that from 2009 to 2012, mentions of the genre has increased by a factor of 11, and feels that within the next two years, the creation of steampunk products will shift from low abundance, expensive vendors to mass production, terrifying Etsy right down to its artsy core.Using its Social Sentiment Index — a combination of natural language processing and advanced analytics that can discern between positive, negative, and neutral chatter — IBM has broken down its steampunk analysis into some interesting facts. It found that Twitter is the top social network for steampunk talk, and 33% of online steampunk discussions can be found on gaming sites. 63% of steampunk fashion talk is had by people under the age of 30, and 55% of social steampunk chatter comes from blogs.We don’t know if steampunk will ever rise to the mainstream, but the conspirator in us wonders if IBM might be trying to set the trend so it can release some wooden, steam-powered tablets full of knobs.For whenever IBM decides to analyze its next punk-suffixed trend, we’d like to be seen as having gotten in on the ground floor, so we’re going to quickly discuss a few punk sub0genres that we predict will become the next major fashion trend. If you’ve played Dishonored, you’re acutely aware of whalepunk, a style similar to steampunk, but focused on whale-based aesthetics. If you read regularly, you might be aware of a telephone network that used barbed wire to connect users, which is a great representation of the under-recognized genre of ranchpunk. If you’re a very well-traveled patron of the internet, or only like music your friends don’t like, you also might be aware of seapunk, which cites the Sega game Ecco the Dolphin as a popular influence on the movement.And finally, IBM’s steampunk infographic (probably not a phrase you ever expected to read)…last_img read more

TCI Against The Dominican Republic in Rugby Football

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #tcivsdrrugbyfootball Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, May 3, 2017 – Providenciales – The Turks Head Brewery & Turks & Caicos Islands Rugby Football Union will be hosting their TCI against Dominican Republic rugby football match on Saturday, 6th May at the Meridian Field, Grace Bay Village (behind Chopsticks Restaurant), Providenciales.Proceeds from this event are in aid of the TCI Rugby Development Programme. All gates will open from 3.30pm, while kick off is at 4pm. The admission is free, refreshments will be on sale and entertainment will be provided by DJ Viper.#magneticmedianews#tcivsdrrugbyfootballlast_img read more

SDPD dispatcher to donate kidney to save life of SDPD officer

first_img KUSI Newsroom, SDPD dispatcher to donate kidney to save life of SDPD officer January 30, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Posted: January 30, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A good police dispatcher can be counted on to help an officer get through the diciest of situations.Debra Ballard is taking that commitment to another level. Next week, the 24-year member of the San Diego Police Department’s Communications Division will give up one of her kidneys to give an ailing law enforcement colleague a new shot at a better. longer life.SDPD Officer Art Calvert, who for decades has suffered from renal kidney disease, has been waiting almost two years for an organ donor — his third, including his mother and sister.He said he was “just overwhelmed” that Ballard would make such a serious sacrifice for him, and do so with such aplomb.“She calls me, just as cool as can be, saying, `Hey, I’m a match — when do you want to do this?,” the officer told reporters this afternoon outside downtown SDPD headquarters.After deciding she wanted to give a lifesaving gift to Calvert, with whom she once worked at the SDPD’s Northern Division station, Ballard underwent extensive testing that ultimately deemed her an organ-donor match.The two co-workers are scheduled to take part in one final blood test before undergoing transplant surgery Feb. 7.In explaining her weighty decision, Ballard said the nature of dispatchers’ duties creates a kind of  “maternal instinct” that makes them “just want to take care” of people.“As a spiritual person, I believe everything happens for a reason,” she said. “If I can save his life, why would I not?” last_img

The top 9 essential oil diffusers to buy from Amazon

first_img Best sleep aid diffuser This sleek ultrasonic diffuser from VicTsing features a wood-grain exterior, screw-on cap, a continuous cool mist output of 10 hours, optional timer and automatic shutoff. It’s also super-quiet, thanks to ultrasound technology, and it allows you to choose from seven ambient colors of LED lights for an all-around spa effect. For less than $40, buyers on Amazon dote on the value — though due to its popularity, it’s currently out of stock. $67 at Amazon For a few bucks less than the best overall pick, you can get this ultrasonic diffuser and cool mist humidifier from InnoGear that reviewers say “does what it’s supposed to.”Like the VicTsing, the InnoGear also offers seven colors of LED lights to choose from, as well as automatic shutoff. Many buyers note that this diffuser is best used in smaller rooms because its aromatherapy output isn’t as strong as some other diffusers.  VicTsing SpaRoom Aromifier Fyng Best budget diffuser InnoGear Upgraded Aromatherapy Diffuser Vitruvi Stone Diffuser $20 at Amazon $33 at Amazon Best smart and supported diffuser $55 at Amazon $79 $40 at Amazon $69 Wellness SpaRoom Aromatherapy is a great way to create a soothing environment and help calm the mind. The easiest way to get started is with an essential oil diffuser. As long as you fill your device with oils and a scent from a reputable brand, your diffuser will pump a relaxing, health-boosting scent throughout your home.Before you start shopping, check out our guide to buying the best essential oil diffuser — from nebulizer diffusers to ultrasonic diffusers — and the most-loved ones you can get on Amazon according to enthusiastic reviews.How to choose an essential oil diffuserYou could choose from literally hundreds of oil diffusers that range in price from $10 to more than $100. Before you buy, consider these factors in selecting the best essential oil diffuser.Capacity: Diffuser water capacity can run anywhere from 100 milliliters (3.4 fl. oz.) of water to more than 1 liter (32 fl. oz.) of water, but the average sits around 300 ml. You may want a larger water capacity if you don’t want to be bothered to refill the water very often, or if you need your diffuser to run for a long time in a large space.Run time and timers: Do you want to be able to set your diffuser for one, three or five hours? Do you want a continuous run option for aroma and mist? How long do you need it to run for? These are all important questions to consider when purchasing a diffuser.Automatic shutoff: Even if you’re typically not a forgetful person, choosing a diffuser with auto shutoff is a smart move. If you forget to power down your diffuser when there’s little water left, it can overheat and break.Area coverage: For small rooms, you don’t need to worry too much about the square footage your diffuser covers. If you’re looking to use it in an open space or large room, however, look for diffusers with a high square footage.Lighting: Many diffusers offer ambient LED lights and/or double as night lights. This is very much a personal preference thing, so if you definitely don’t want a light, make sure the diffuser you want to buy doesn’t have one, or that you can easily turn it off.Mist settings: Do you want a continuous cool mist that runs for hours for diffusing essential oils, or an intermittent mist?Intensity: For a stronger scent or mist, look for nebulizing diffusers. Nebulizer diffusers vaporize the oil before pumping out the fine mist. These are often more expensive than standard diffusers, but can be worth it if you find standard diffusers to be weak.Humidity: Many essential oil diffusers double as a cool mist humidifier. This can be a great two-in-one option if you live in a dry climate.These products and services are independently chosen by our editors. CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site. $17 at Amazon How To • Make Google Home get your groceries Stadler Form Julia Diffuser Stadler Form $99 Crutchfield $13 at Amazon Walmart This ultrasonic diffuser from Stadler Form runs for a whopping 53 hours. It will run up to 18 hours on a continuous operation or 53 hours on interval mode, where it runs on a 10-minutes-on, 20-minutes-off cycle. It also offers an oscillation feature, and buyers love its generous mist and its quietness.  Mentioned Above Google Home Exqline 1,500mL diffuser If you’re an all-in-one kind of person, this cute box-shaped diffuser was made for you. It functions as a speaker, a cool mist humidifier, a night light and a clock all at the same time — oh, and as an essential oil diffuser, of course.  Dularf Can’t live without your essential oil diffuser? Take this one along with you wherever you go. One of the pros of the SpaRoom Aromifier is that it works with a USB, but you can also run it on two AA batteries, so you can travel with this portable diffuser even if you won’t have access to a USB port. This diffuser comes in different colors and emits a soft blue LEDlight. Amazoncenter_img InnoGear Ellia Gather Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser News • Black Mirror season 5 has three new trailers to stress you out today Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Talk about a trifecta: This diffuser from Ellia combines sound, aromatherapy and sight for an ultra calming effect to help you get a good night’s sleep. It’ll play sleep sounds while emitting ambient light along with the scent of the essential oils you bought it for.  See It Best overall Vitruvi Google Home 2 Best humidifier diffuser $119 at Amazon Ellia Share your voice Many small diffusers don’t adequately fill larger rooms with a scent. This Exqline ultrasonic diffuser has an impressively large 1,500mL water capacity, along with an output of 450 square feet. Amazon reviewers love the powerful output — one buyer even said this ultrasonic diffuser can handle a “huge living room with cathedral ceilings.” CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It Dularf smart essential oil diffuser Calling all smart home fanatics: You can power on this ultrasonic wood grain Dularf diffuser with your voice or via the LinkyHome app, and it connects to both Amazon Alexa and Google Home. You can also adjust the color, brightness, timer and intensity on this smart ultrasonic diffuser.  Tags See it Comments Best all-purpose diffuser Review • Google Home is better than ever, but you probably shouldn’t buy it Best portable diffuser VicTsing Cool Mist Ultrasonic diffuser Preview • For your consideration: Google Home seeks employment as your family’s Rosie the robot Exqline Fyng Aromatherapy Diffuser with Bluetooth speaker, night light and clock Best run time $99 at Amazon Best diffuser for large rooms This Vitruvi diffuser emits 2.3 fluid ounces of water per hour, making it a great option for people who want the scent that comes with an essential oil diffuser and the moisture that comes with a humidifier. Its chic porcelain finish and stable legs are a bonus.last_img read more

Streetlights not turned off during day

first_imgOld Alwal: Even as there is severe power crisis in the State with unscheduled power cuts, street lights in Sampath Chitari Colony in Old Alwal were seen on during the day time as the departmental staff concerned failed to switch them off. The street lights are on even during time in many other parts of the city. The explanation that was given was that due to the fault in the automatic switches by which the street lights get operated. The street light has been on from past three days. Residents of the area made an appeal for a periodic check by the officials. It is the responsibility of the officials to make sure that they prevent such wastage of electricity, which is a concern for the public as well as the government.last_img read more

Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 This beauty pageant finalist to enter as Anurags

first_imgErica Fernandes and Parth SamthaaninstagramLooks like after Hina Khan aka Komolika, another actress has bid adieu to popular show Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2.Priyal Mahajan, who played the role of Tapur Basu aka Anurag and Nivedita’s sister on the show, will reportedly get replaced on the show. Before Priyal, the role of Tapur was essayed by Upasana Salunke. According to a Tellychakkar report, model and actress Aastha Abhay, who is Miss Earth India 2016 Finalist, has apparently replaced Priyal as the new Tapur. However, the reason for replacing Priyal is yet to be known.Meanwhile, Namik Paul, who was supposed to enter Ekta Kapoor’s Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 in an important role, opted out of the show despite having signed the papers. Apparently, after a lot of discussions, the makers decided to rope in Namik as the male lead in Ekta’s supernatural show Kavach 2 rather than him entering Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 in a key role.In other news, rumours are rife that Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 stars Erica Fernandes and Parth Samthaan, who play the roles of Prerna and Anurag, are dating in real life. Apparently, a lot has been brewing up between the alleged lovebirds. The couple is going strong and is spending more time together than usual. A source told SpotboyE that Parth and Erica often arrive together on sets and also wait for one another to have afternoon and evening meals together. Not just that, they often leave the sets together as well.While there were speculations about Parth and Erica’s closeness earlier, it intensified when Hina, wasn’t invited for Parth’s birthday. It should be recalled that Erica and Hina are not the best of friends on the sets and it was also confirmed by Hina later.last_img read more

To Quell Growing Rebellion House GOP Leaders Promise Action On Immigration In

first_imgJ. Scott Applewhite/APSpeaker of the House Paul Ryan (left) confers with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy during a May 16 news conference.House GOP leaders promised Republicans Tuesday they will bring up immigration legislation in June, even though that pledge threatens to divide the party and undermine the staying power of House Speaker Paul Ryan.“What we’re trying to do is find where the consensus sweet spot is,” Ryan told reporters. “It’s a very difficult issue. Immigration is an issue that has a lot of passionate positions, a lot of passionate thoughts, and our members come from various different perspectives.”Those passions took down unrelated farm legislation on Friday, when a bloc of House conservatives voted against a measure they support as leverage to force the House to vote on a hard-line immigration bill authored by Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va. The farm bill is now on hold until a path forward on immigration is clear.At the same time, a competing group of more moderate Republicans continues to advance a discharge petition — over the vocal opposition of the speaker — to force the House to vote on a competing series of immigration proposals. The goal is to ultimately pass a more centrist bill that Democrats can support.“I think that it’s important to have something that will get 60 votes in the Senate; that means getting Democrats on board. We will have Democrats on board in the House as well,” said GOP Rep. Jeff Denham of California, one of the discharge petition advocates who said he expects more lawmakers to sign on to the effort Tuesday.A discharge petition is a rarely used parliamentary tool that can force a vote on legislation if at least 218 lawmakers sign on to the maneuver. If successful, it requires a short waiting period and can only be voted on in the House on the second or fourth Monday in a month the chamber is in session. It rarely succeeds because, by design, it undercuts the will of the majority party, and Ryan reiterated Tuesday he opposes that effort.“I can guarantee you a discharge petition will not make law, so what’s the point?” the speaker said.To a growing number of lawmakers, the point is that inaction on immigration is worse than taking tough votes in an election year. Retiring Pennsylvania GOP Rep. Ryan Costello signed the petition and said good policy isn’t nullified just because it has support from Democrats.“If you get 200 Republicans and 100 Democrats or 50 Democrats, is that all of a sudden a bad bill?” Costello said. “I don’t think so.”Leaders say the moderates control far fewer than 200 votes, meaning Democrats would have to provide the vast majority of the votes to pass any bipartisan immigration bill.But the petition is attracting support from more than just a small cadre of moderates. New York Republican Chris Collins was one of President Trump’s earliest supporters in Congress and a backer of the conservative Goodlatte bill — and he signed the petition.Collins told reporters he signed with the hope that Republicans will rally around Goodlatte, even if the evidence suggests they won’t.“It’s a risk,” Collins said. “For those of us who told our constituents we’re going to fight for them, we can go back and say, ‘While I’m disappointed something didn’t pass, I’m fighting the good fight. I’m doing my best. I’m going to keep fighting the good fight.’ “House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer told reporters Tuesday he expects they will be able to do just that.“Every Democrat, I think, is supportive of bringing a bill to the floor that would fix and protect DACA,” Hoyer said. “I’m hoping that we can get sufficient signatures to discharge a rule which allows for four different alternatives and allows the speaker to offer anything he wants. How much more open and fair and transparent can you be?”That may be enough for Republicans who are frustrated with months of inaction from GOP leaders.“I’m tired of defending nothing. Even if nothing passes, you’ve got to put forth the effort so you know where people are. Now that may be an entirely ludicrous thought but that’s where I’m at,” said Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., who has signed the discharge petition. “Guess what: I’m not trying to sow discontentment or mutiny — I’ve just frankly run out of patience with, ‘Yeah, we’ll get to it.’ “Costello also rejected the political argument that pushing an immigration debate could further threaten the GOP’s grip on the House majority.“I just don’t agree with that because there’s a lot of members in districts similar to mine, middle-of-the-road districts, where they’re just looking for people to solve problems, and when you’re willing to just have the courage to just go solve problems, voters reward you for that,” Costello said.House Republicans have never been able to come up with an immigration bill that can pass with GOP votes alone, although that is clearly the continued preference of conservatives like Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, R-N.C., one of the Republicans who took down the farm bill last week.“It’s going to have to be something that garners 218 votes. I won’t get everything I want; moderate members won’t get everything they want. Hopefully in the end we’ll find a compromise,” Meadows told reporters.While lawmakers, including Meadows, continue to voice support for Ryan’s leadership, the immigration debate may test not only his ability to stay on as speaker through the election as he plans but also the ambitions of the Republicans who want to move up the leadership ladder when he is gone: Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La.Republican leadership elections are determined solely by sitting lawmakers, but outside conservative activists’ groups are already calling for Ryan to step aside to let a new leadership team lead the House GOP through the elections.“Lame-duck leaders never help much. I think it’s time for new leadership,” said conservative activist Brent Bozell of the Media Research Center, a frequent critic of House and Senate GOP leaders.Bozell signed a public letter along with more than 100 conservative leaders on Monday calling for leadership elections now and throwing their support behind Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, a prominent member of the House Freedom Caucus. Conservative activists are closely watching the upcoming immigration debate.“I don’t want to be overly dramatic here but it’s not just consequential; I think it might be existential,” he said.It may be up to members to decide whether he stays in power, but Ryan said Tuesday that he believes most Republicans still support him.“Obviously, I serve at the pleasure of the members,” Ryan said. “Those are the people who drafted me into this job in the first place, but I think we all agree the best thing for us is to complete our agenda and not wedge into the middle of the completion of our agenda a divisive leadership election.”Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., said the conference stands behind Ryan, but he acknowledged that the immigration debate is one of the toughest issues members can confront in an election year.“I think it’s precarious for the conference, it’s not for him. It’s extremely difficult. It’s hard to come together around and we have different opinions, but you just have to keep working the issue and get there,” he said.Cole, a former campaign chairman, said he thinks the political risk will be affected by whether Republicans allow a bill to pass without the support of a majority of Republican lawmakers.“Depends. If it’s a majority of Republicans, no. If it’s a minority of Republicans, yes,” he said.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more

Pair call for public discourse on treating wastewater contaminated with birth control

first_imgCombined oral contraceptive pills (COCP) Image: Wikipedia. More information: Environmental science: The hidden costs of flexible fertility, Nature 485, 441 (24 May 2012) doi:10.1038/485441aUrgent public debate is needed over a European proposal to regulate environmental levels of the active ingredient in birth-control pills, say Richard Owen and Susan Jobling. Journal information: Nature Explore further Chinese team develop fuel cell that can clean water as it generates electricity One class of drug in particular has many environmentalists concerned; those that are found in birth control pills. One such ingredient in the “pill” is ethinyl estradiol, which is a type of estrogren. In people, it helps prevent pregnancy, in other organisms, however, it might cause problems with the development of sexual organs leading to infertility or birth defects. This is possible because when wastewater is treated before being dumped back into an ocean, lake or river, no attempt is made to remove this particular chemical. And that is why a college professor and a ecotoxicologist have teamed up to write a paper (published in the journal Nature) suggesting that a public discourse on the matter be held before public officials decide whether to dedicate funds to cleaning such drugs from wastewater, or not.Millions of women the world over take the pill every day; its development and use has given modern women the freedom to make choices their ancestors never dreamed of. But as with most advances in science, there is a price to pay and it can be found in the possibility of intersex fish and other amphibians that live in habitats close to where effluent from wastewater treatment facilities is pumped. The emphasis is on the possibility of it happening though, as thus far, it has not been proved that this occurs outside of testing labs.In their paper, Richard Owen and Susan Jobling argue that decision-making regarding expenditures to clean such chemicals from wastewater should follow a public discourse. This is in response to the announcement that the European Parliament legislative committee is set to decide whether to recommend to the full Parliament, allocating some €35 billion for cleaning the chemical from wastewater across Europe, in November. They don’t believe such an important issue should be addressed and decided in private, without input from non-invited scientists or those that will be footing the bill, i.e. regular people.They say whatever decision is made will likely set a precedent, which other countries are sure to follow, which makes it all the more important that as many voices as possible be heard.center_img ( — As people go about their daily lives, it’s easy to overlook the impact their lifestyle has on the environment. Resources are used and as a result of their use, certain elements are placed back into the environment, some of which many people may not even think about. One of these is what happens to chemicals we take in after our bodies finish with them? Some are breathed into the air though most are flushed down the toilet after being deposited into our feces and urine. Workers at waste treatment facilities could point out chemical ingredients found in shampoos, for example, or those used in the production of food for another and most particularly drugs that we take to keep our various ailments at bay. © 2012 Phys.Org Citation: Pair call for public discourse on treating wastewater contaminated with birth control pill chemicals (2012, May 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Everyone Hates Their Cable Provider Apparently

first_img 4 min read Most of us couldn’t imagine life without our cable or satellite TV, high-speed Internet access and wireless communications. They’ve become basic utilities, and we pay handsomely for them. Yet, we aren’t very satisfied with the service we get.According to the latest American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), customer satisfaction with subscription TV (cable, satellite and fiber optic service) and Internet service providers continues to decline.Satisfaction with pay TV fell 4.4 percent, to an ACSI score of 65 (on a 100-point scale), while ISPs—which include many of the same companies—dropped 3.1 percent to 63. These are the lowest scores of all 43 industries tracked by ACSI.”Customers question the value proposition of both, as consumers pay for more than they need in terms of subscription TV, and get less than they want in terms of Internet speeds and reliability,” said Claes Fornell, ACSI chairman and founder.The survey finds that customers are much more dissatisfied with cable TV than with fiber-optic and satellite service. Dish Network (67), the lowest-scoring satellite TV company, still rates higher than the best cable company, Cox Communications (63). Comcast (parent company of CNBC) (60) and Time Warner Cable (56) have the most dissatisfied customers.ACSI Managing Director David VanAmburg noted that for the last decade or so, the price of these communications services has been rising much faster than inflation. Some households, especially people living in an apartment, now pay more for TV and Internet service each month than they do for gas and electric. Another complaint: When there is a service issue, the customer service experience is not very good.”These are not companies that do a very good job of providing good call center customer care or good face-to-face customer care,” VanAmburg said.Wireless service and a new cell phone favoriteAmericans aren’t exactly thrilled with their wireless providers, but customer satisfaction is holding steady at 72 out of 100. Customers are much happier with their cellphone service than they were five years ago.”It’s definitely an improving service, although it’s still one of the least satisfying,” VanAmburg said.Verizon’s ACSI score went up 3 percent to 75, which helped separate it from the other major wireless companies. T-Mobile went up 1 percent (69), while Sprint (down 4 percent) and AT&T Mobility (down 3 percent) both scored 68.What makes customers unhappy?Consumers don’t like long-term contracts with early termination fees, even though that’s why they get a huge discount on the price of the phone. And signal reliability is still an issue. Wireless companies have spent billions to build-out and improve their networks, but there are still dead spots and dropped calls.A growing issue is bandwidth: providing the capacity to handle all the things our more powerful smartphones let us do, like stream a movie or watch live TV.”Wireless carriers are constantly playing catch-up to try to keep up with the ever-increasing demand for more data and more streaming,” VanAmburg explained.Satisfaction with the cellphone itself is up for a second-straight year, now at a new all-time high of 78. This is largely due to the steady switch to smartphones, which get very high customer satisfaction scores.And the favorite smartphones are now made by Samsung. With an ACSI score of 81 (up 7 percent from last year), Samsung beats Apple in overall customer satisfaction for the first time in this survey. Apple dropped for the second year in a row, down 2 percent to 79. Motorola Mobility and Nokia (now Microsoft) are both close behind at 77.”Samsung has gone from an up-and-comer to top-of-the-heap on the strength of its smartphone portfolio,” he said. “Apple’s magic isn’t gone, but the luster has dulled on its older models.”You’ll find the full report on the telecommunications industry on theAmerican Customer Service Index website. This story originally appeared on CNBC Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals May 20, 2014 Register Now »last_img read more

Costa Rican lawmakers approve association agreement with European Union

first_imgNo related posts. After several hours of negotiations lawmakers on Tuesday night approved an association agreement between Central America and the European Union (EU), with 37 votes in favor and four against.The European bloc, formed by 27 countries, is Costa Rica’s second largest trading partner after the United States.Exports to Europe exceeded $2 billion in 2012, which represented some 18 percent of the country’s total exports.The most demanded products by European consumers are agricultural goods, mostly bananas, pineapples, coffee, rice, flowers and yuca, followed by shrimp, tuna and textiles.The regional agreement, already approved by Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Guatemala and El Salvador, will enter into effect on Aug. 1.To be fully adopted in Costa Rica the agreement still requires approval in a second round of voting in the Legislative Assembly, and it must be ratified by the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court. It then would be sent to the Central American Integration System.Once it enters into force, the EU would eliminate 92.1 percent of its tariffs on Central American products. Facebook Commentslast_img read more