Donegal Rose to bloom in Tralee

first_imgUpdated: 26/08/2019Chloe Kennedy from Donegal Town is about to have her big moment representing Donegal in the Dome as she takes part in the 60th Rose of Tralee International Festival.The 20-year-old is one of 32 Roses who will be joining host Daithi O Sé for live televised interviews over two selection nights. Chloe will be appearing on the stage on Tuesday night for the final round of interviews. She will have a large crowd of friends and family supporting her in the Dome, while many more people will be cheering her on from home.Chloe will reign as the Donegal Rose for the next two years, due to new competition changes.And she is already relishing the ambassadorial role, having taken part in photoshoots, a parade and many events at home during the summer and this weekend in Kerry.Donegal Rose Chloe KennedyChloe has been sharing an important message of health and positivity during her Rose journey, having overcome cancer this year. She was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma near the end of 2018 and underwent 12 sessions of chemotherapy.Chloe deferred her psychology studies at Maynooth University to undergo treatment and received the all-clear shortly before being crowned as the Donegal Rose.“It was tough but I consider myself very lucky. Cancer touches so many people, but if I can raise awareness of it I’d tell people to be aware of your body, if you notice something’s up then go with your gut feeling and go to your doctor,” Chloe told DonegalWoman.ieChloe is the eldest of three girls and the Rose competition was always a popular event in their home. She is the daughter of Jenni Timoney and Pauric Kennedy, the Mayor of Donegal Town.She is a firm believer in using positivity to overcome life’s hurdles. “A good mental attitude will get you through anything. We all have bad days. But you tell yourself it will be okay and you will pick yourself up,” she said.Chloe is also keen to encourage other young women to enter competitions such as the Rose of Tralee.“You are learning valuable skills and making friends and your whole family comes together to support you. What more could you want, it’s fantastic!”Another contestant with close Donegal connections this year is the Boston and New England Rose Tanya Stanley, whose mother Theresa Stanley (née O Rourke) is from Ardara. South Carolina Rose Cat McWhirter also traces her father’s roots back to Donegal.Letterkenny man Ciaran Cannon is also enjoying the festival as a Rose Escort.The Rose of Tralee Selection shows air on RTE One this Monday and Tuesday at 8pm on both nights.Donegal Rose to bloom in Tralee was last modified: August 26th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:chloe kennedyDonegal Roserose of tralee international festivallast_img read more

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Bumming Herds of Hummingbirds into Evolution

first_imgAny well-designed animal can be forced into an evolutionary story if you allow the rules to evolve, too.A new paper in Current Biology claims to organize the phylogeny of hummingbirds, those “iridescent… jewel-like” stars of Illustra Media’s film Flight: The Genius of Birds, with their unique flying abilities and specialized nectar-trapping tongues.  Do the authors succeed?  It depends; tweak enough parameters, and anything can happen.We studied hummingbird diversification by estimating a time-calibrated phylogeny for 284 hummingbird species, demonstrating that hummingbirds invaded South America by ∼22 million years ago, and subsequently diversified into nine principal clades… Using ancestral state reconstruction and diversification analyses, we (1) estimate the age of the crown-group hummingbird assemblage, (2) investigate the timing and patterns of lineage accumulation for hummingbirds overall and regionally, and (3) evaluate the role of Andean uplift in hummingbird speciation. Detailed analyses reveal disparate clade-specific processes that allowed for ongoing species diversification. One factor was significant variation among clades in diversification rates. For example, the nine principal clades of hummingbirds exhibit ∼15-fold variation in net diversification rates, with evidence for accelerated speciation of a clade that includes the Bee, Emerald, and Mountain Gem groups of hummingbirds. A second factor was colonization of key geographic regions, which opened up new ecological niches. For example, some clades diversified in the context of the uplift of the Andes Mountains, whereas others were affected by the formation of the Panamanian land bridge. Finally, although species accumulation is slowing in all groups of hummingbirds, several major clades maintain rapid rates of diversification on par with classical examples of rapid adaptive radiation.In short, evolution is slow except when it’s fast, it speeds up except when it slows down, and rules for one group don’t apply to other groups.  Diversification rates can change as much as 15-fold to keep the story in order.  Since these evolutionary biologists expected hummingbirds to evolve in the time allowed for them according to evolutionary theory, the whole exercise was a case of theory incest (see DIDO in the Darwin Dictionary).  There is no reference to fossils or other hard evidence independent of Darwinian assumptions.The authors commit a logical flaw as well, confusing cause and effect.  They attribute mountains and land bridges as causes of diversification.  There’s nothing in a mountain that can force a bird to develop a specialized tongue to fit a flower, or to evolve a unique shoulder joint that permits hovering.  If that were a law of nature, why didn’t it happen to every bird?The popular press, predictably, celebrated this wondrous confirmation of Darwin without any critique.  Science Daily quoted a smiling co-author Jimmie McGuire: “One of the really cool features of hummingbird evolution is that they all eat the same thing yet have diversified dramatically,” McGuire says. “It really is a big surprise that hummingbirds have divided the nectarivore niche so extensively.”Live Science posted a photo gallery of hummingbirds of the world.  While they differ in terms of coloration and details of beak or wing shape, they are all clearly hummingbirds.  Science Daily, though, says that this “marvel of evolutionary engineering” (12/05/13) evolved from non-hummingbirds:The new, time-calibrated evolutionary tree shows that ancestral hummingbirds split from the swifts and treeswifts about 42 million years ago, probably in Eurasia. By about 22 million years ago, the ancestral species of all modern hummingbirds had made its way to South America, and that’s when things really took off.In other words, their presumed ancestral home in Eurasia was left vacant.  Now, all hummingbirds inhabit the American hemisphere.  By “time-calibrated,” the sentence implies that data about hummingbirds were forced into evolutionary time.  That’s why the authors speculate that diversification rates varied so dramatically among different groups.  The Eurasian hummers presumably lived happily on the other side of the world for 20 million years, until by unexplained processes, one “made its way” to South America.  Then, they all migrated en masse or died out in the Old World.Nothing was mentioned about fossils.  A link to a May 2013 story tells about a potential ancestor of swifts and hummingbirds, but that fossil was from Wyoming, and its interpretation is vague.  In addition, it contained melanosomes, casting doubt on its assumed age of 50 million years.One can only wonder what took evolutionists so long to look at these amazing birds with Darwin eyes.  “Hummingbirds have radiated into a diverse assemblage of specialized nectarivores comprising 338 species,” the authors said, “but their evolutionary history has not, until now, been comprehensively explored.”Creationists do not deny a degree of diversification among hummingbirds in terms of coloration and specificity of flowers they feed on, but those are minor considerations within the range of built-in variability.  It’s the underlying flight systems that defy naturalistic explanations.  We don’t need to elaborate here; watch Flight: The Genius of Birds for arguments why Darwinism cannot explain hummingbirds (or any other bird), and why intelligent design is the best explanation for avian flight.  The sequence on hummingbirds is particularly compelling.  Take away the speculation out of the evolutionary paper, and what is left?  Darwinists ignoring the obvious, and repeating “Evolution is a fact” among themselves in an echo chamber.  Their puzzle-solving project of forcing every creature into a Darwinian phylogenetic scheme apparently gives them pleasure, but it’s not science, if by science we mean understanding the natural world (see “How Not to Work a Puzzle,” 5/01/08 commentary). 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Minnaar: one of South Africa’s greats

first_imgI bumped into him about four months before the Worlds, having not seen him since he had won in Austria. “Now you’ve done it,” I joked with him about the pressure he would face. He laughed in his typical, humble manner, but the truth was the pressure could not have been greater. That victory made him a three-time world champion. He’s also a three-time runner-up in the World Championships. In addition, Minnaar has won the overall World Cup title three times and finished as runner-up four times. He has more World Cup podium finishes than anyone in history. He’s a humble, down-to-earth, special talent. I’ve been in sports journalism for 17 years now and he carries that assurance, confidence and humility I have previously witnessed in only those sportsmen and -women at the very top of their disciplines. All of those achievements put him in the conversation as one of South Africa’s greatest sportsmen ever. 6 September 2013 It’s worth remembering that his World Cup win in Pietermaritzburg in 2012 was also achieved under severe pressure. His father, Jeff, was in ICU in hospital at the time and it was uncertain whether Greg would race or not. He had not trained in a week, but eventually he took the decision to race. The big build-up was on and the song began to be played frequently. By Sunday, the air was electric. The pressure must have been immense on Minnaar, who would be the fifth last man down the mountain. Stars that come to mind in other sports include golf legend Gary Player; cricket all-rounder Jacques Kallis; batsmen Graeme Pollock and Barry Richards; rugby’s Danie Gerber, Naas Botha and Frik du Preez; swimmers Natalie du Toit and Penny Heyns; boxers “Baby Jake” Matlala and Vic Toweel; footballers Ace Ntsoelengoe, Lucas Radebe and Kaizer Motaung. ‘Sick Mick’ on the hot seatAustralia’s Jared Graves occupied the hot seat for a long time with the fastest time before being dethroned from the top spot by his compatriot Mick Hannah as the event neared its completion. “Sick Mick” put together a superb run, smashing Graves’ time by three seconds to become the first man to dip under four minutes. Like Federer It was Greg Minnaar who brought to an end Vouilloz’s run of five World Championship downhill titles in six years way back in 2003. It took him another nine years before he won a second rainbow-striped jersey, but in that time he narrowly missed out three times, when he finished second, and won three World Cup overall titles. He has deliveredEach and every time there has been huge pressure on him to win and, as champions do, he has delivered. In 2009 and 2012, he won the downhill, while he was second in 2011, just 0.2 seconds behind the winner, Aaron Gwin. This year, though, it was different. Ever since he was crowned the world champion in Leogang, Austria in 2012, the pressure was on because the World Championships were coming to his home town. A legend I have attended every UCI Mountain Bike World Cup held in South Africa. It has been easy, I have to admit, as the Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg is literally within walking distance of my home. I never want to miss one because they have been some of the best events I have attended as a journalist and a sports fan, and Greg Minnaar has been the main reason for that. It has been almost a week and I still get a buzz out of it. Just thinking back or watching YouTube videos brings a smile to my face. You see, I was there on Sunday, 1 September, when South Africa’s Greg Minnaar blasted his way to victory in the downhill at the 2013 UCI MTB & Trials World Championships in Pietermaritzburg. Because of him, I am already looking forward to the 2014 UCI World Cup Pietermaritzburg. I wouldn’t miss it. My advice to you: if you have not been to a World Cup at the Cascades MTB Park before, make a plan to be there and see this superstar in action. You won’t regret it. If you’ve been there before, the chances are good you will be there again. On the Saturday at the World Champs, the song by Duck Sauce, known as Barbra Streisand started playing over the massive sound system at the Cascades MTB Park. Instead of saying Barbra Streisand, though, the words were Greg Minnaar, and I am sure they sent a small shiver of excitement through all South African supporters. It was going to be alrightSo onto the most recent event, the 2013 UCI MTB & Trials World Championships: throughout its duration, everything was building towards the men’s downhill, the last event on the final day of competition. And while European athletes were racking up the medals and leaving South Africa’s best in their wake in the trials, cross country and cross country eliminator, there was always this feeling within me that it was going to be alright because South Africa had Greg Minnaar. That was a massive margin to make up, but Minnaar, wearing a helmet emblazoned with Nelson Mandela’s face, pulled something out of the bag to somehow cross the finishing line 0.396 ahead of the likeable Australian. And he did it with a back wheel puncture he had picked up on the last rocky section! That was what a champion does. Two years ago, Greg Minnaar was a great of downhill racing. However, by winning two World Championships and finishing runner-up in the World Cup twice since, he has become a legend of the sport. It’s the old story of it being difficult comparing athletes from different eras. Take the example of Sir Donald Bradman, by common consensus the greatest cricketer of all time. His batting average of 99.94 is way ahead of the number two man on the list, Graeme Pollock, who averaged 60.97. Yet only a fool would believe Bradman could achieve such dominance in this day and age. You can pick your favourite from whatever sport, but with a record like his, Minnaar has to be in the conversation. The powerfully-built, square-jawed Hannah is an ideal fit for the Cascades downhill course and his time would be hard to beat. Minnaar, on his run, was close at the first split, but on the second split was 0.866 down, less than 40 seconds from the end. There’s only other man in the conversation when it comes to the greatest downhill racer of all time, although Australia’s Sam Hill is a narrow third: France’s Nicolas Vouilloz. He won the World Championships a record seven times and topped the World Cup standings five times. At first glance this trumps Minnaar’s achievements, but Vouilloz was dominant mostly in the sport’s early days, when the competition was not as tough as it is today. Martin Whiteley, a highly respected long time team manager on the UCI MTB World Cup circuit recalled seeing Minnaar for the first time in an excellent video by Gary Perkin on Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/73418053): “I was doing a course walk late in the afternoon during practice and this rider went past me. It wasn’t the speed he went past at, but it was the way he shifted line from one side of the track to the other. It just caught my eye. It was just a beautiful riding style, so I took his number, looked it up later and saw that he was a junior from South Africa,” Whiteley said. With his father watching the event on a laptop in the hospital, Greg delivered another outstanding victory, giving dad Jeff a huge boost as he made his recovery. Steve Smith, the winner of the previous World Cup stop in Mont-Sainte-Anne in Canada crashed out as he attempted to match the South African superstar. Aaron Gwin, the overall World Cup winner in 2011 and 2012, also crashed and Gee Atherton, the World Cup standings’ leader, simply couldn’t match Minnaar’s pace. He had defended his world title. I was walking proudBeing there, feeling the patriotism, the pride of being a South African watching a legend is action is hard to describe. The cowbells, the vuvuzelas, the horns, the cheers, the yells of joy seemed to go on forever. As a South African, I was walking proud, thanks to Greg Minnaar. In some ways, in my mind, the way Minnaar wins reminds me of Roger Federer. The man from Pietermaritzburg is tall at 1.90m (6 foot 3), but he has a grace and technical brilliance, even in the pursuit of speed, that stands out and confirms his status as special.last_img read more

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The Importance of “Putting Your Mask on First.”

first_imgAs a caregiver do you ever feel overwhelmed, stressed, or exhausted?Often, caregivers spend so much of their day taking care of others that they eventually stop taking care of themselves properly.It is stressed to family caregivers to take care of themselves, because they won’t be able to take care of others if they are not taking care of themselves. Although this makes sense logically, many caregivers still struggle with self-care. The guilt of putting yourself first, even for an hour a day, can discourage caregivers from continuing the practice of self-care.When speaking to military service providers at Fort Bliss in Texas, self-care seemed to be a common theme or issue when speaking of caregivers. Watch the video below as Monica Lawson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker from the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic in William Beaumont Army Medical Center, shares her thoughts on self-care.What do you do for self-care?What suggestions do you have for family caregivers who struggle with self-care?This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on November 25, 2016.last_img read more

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$2 Billion to Renovate 100 Police Stations

first_imgStory Highlights One hundred police stations are to be renovated at a cost of $2 billion under a two-year rehabilitation project being funded by the National Housing Trust (NHT).This was disclosed by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, during his contribution to the 2019/20 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on March 19.He pointed out that the NHT, for which he has portfolio responsibility, will partner with the Ministry of National Security and Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) in executing the engagement.Mr. Holness said work on the first 11 stations is slated to commence in the 2019/20 fiscal year, and would cost approximately $1.2 billion.Among the stations are Port Antonio and Buff Bay in Portland, and the Mobile Reserve Barracks in St. Andrew, where work is already in progress.The sums earmarked to continue work at these facilities in the upcoming year are Port Antonio – $125 million, Buff Bay – $95 million, and Mobile Reserve – $89 million.The other shortlisted stations are Port Maria, St. Mary ($250 million); Savanna-la-Mar ($165 million), Little London and Frome ($60 million each) – Westmoreland; Anchovy, St. James and Lacovia, St. Elizabeth ($60 million each); Olympic Gardens ($114 million); and Spanish Town, St. Catherine ($120 million).He pointed out that based on discussions with the Ministry, it was decided that the earmarked funds could be more effectively utilised to rectify deficiencies identified at the stations.The Prime Minister said it was also determined that the undertaking would have a greater impact on communities with a higher concentration of NHT contributors, with a focus on the larger police stations.“We need to demonstrate the value we place on the service given by our security forces, and also the security of our people. One way of doing so is improving the conditions under which they work,” Mr. Holness said. He pointed out that the NHT, for which he has portfolio responsibility, will partner with the Ministry of National Security and Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) in executing the engagement. One hundred police stations are to be renovated at a cost of $2 billion under a two-year rehabilitation project being funded by the National Housing Trust (NHT). This was disclosed by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, during his contribution to the 2019/20 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on March 19.last_img read more

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Investments by Chinese Companies at US$2 Billion

first_imgThe economic and trade relationship between Jamaica and the People’s Republic of China is very active, with some 15 Chinese companies operating in Jamaica with cumulative investments of US$2 billion.This was disclosed by Counsellor for Economic and Commercial Affairs at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, Fan Jianghong, during a news conference regarding the sports cooperation programme with China, held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston on January 2.“The investments keep growing each month. The two-way trade has more than surpassed what it was in 2017. International development cooperation has reached a new high, as we saw more than 3,000 Jamaicans who have been invited to China on short-term training programmes, which cover a wide range of subjects that are key to Jamaica’s social economic development,” Mr. Jianghong said.Additionally, he cited the scholarships for academic degree programmes and the current three-year technical agreement on sport between both countries as areas of cooperation.Under the current technical agreement, more than 400 Jamaican athletes will travel to China for training over the next three years.The first batch, representing seven disciplines – Synchronised Swimming, Gymnastics, Swimming, Badminton, Women’s Volleyball, Women’s Football and Women’s Basketball – completed 60 days of intense training at specialised facilities across China in the summer of 2018.Also, in January 2018, a contingent of Chinese coaches and administrators came to Jamaica to assess certain national teams and collaborate with local coaches and administrators.In addition, the Chinese government will donate equipment to the seven sporting disciplines.“We see the acceptance and the popularity [of the] programme in Jamaica over the past year. I would like to thank everyone who made this programme successful. As we welcome a new year of 2019, we are very confident that with a concerted effort and closer collaboration together, we can make a lot of things happen to benefit both countries and peoples,” Mr. Jianghong said.last_img read more

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UPDATE FROM NAD REGARDING OPERATIONS AT LPIA

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 6, 2017 – Nassau – The Nassau Airport Development Company announces that operations will continue as normal at Lynden Pindling International Airport through to end of day, Thursday, September 7th, 2017. All stakeholders are encouraged to complete the securing of their premises and vehicles in order to have the best possible outcome.   The public is reminded to check with their individual airline regarding any changes in flight times, or cancellations.Airport operations will resume only when the “All Clear” is given by the Met Department/National Emergency Management Agency, after which all airport employees will be expected to safely report for duty to assess any damage, clean up and restore premises to normal condition, for the ordinary resumption of operations.   A statement will be issued by NAD to advise the traveling public as to when the airport resumes full operations.The public is requested to listen carefully to the formal media for updates regarding both cessation and resumption of airport operations as there might be changes in the forward movement of Hurricane Irma requiring adjustments to the operations timelines.Press Release: NAD Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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The 10 best vacuums to use for kitchen cleanup

first_img Most kitchens have hard floors, whether it’s wood, tile, or linoleum, so you need a vacuum that does well on these types of surfaces. Luckily, there’s the Spiffy Maid Bagless Broom Vacuum from Fuller Brush, which will blow you away with its ability to pick up dirt, dust, hair, and more off hard floors. Reviewers say it has amazing suction and is incredibly lightweight and easy to use. Notable Amazon customer review: “This is the perfect lightweight vacuum, electric broom, whatever you want to call it. I have a Dyson and it’s a great vacuum but it does not work well on tile floors. Others may disagree but mine have little grooves in the detailing and it just didn’t do the job. This Fuller product is awesome, it picks up EVERYTHING in it’s [sic] path.” Post a comment Tags $98 at Amazon Already have a vacuum that you like? You might not want to spend too much on a supplementary cleaning tool, and in this case, the Black+Decker Handheld Vacuum is the perfect fit. It costs less than $30, and it’s the ideal compact tool for cleaning up spills around the house. It even comes with a brush and crevice tool to help you get into the little nooks and crannies in your kitchen. Notable Amazon customer review: “I feel so silly for not purchasing this sooner!!! I have two toddlers that throw crumbs and food everywhere at every meal time. It was such a pain having to pull out the big vacuum after every meal time because my toddlers would always get in the way or try to play with the cord, so I just needed something small and cordless that would pick up the crumbs quickly and this does exactly what it was intended to!” Dyson Shark This little vacuum is absolutely perfect for kitchen cleanup. The Shark Wandvac weighs just one pound, and it comes with a convenient docking station that you could put under your sink or even on the counter. It may be small, but it delivers powerful suction to pick up both big and small debris, and then you can empty it with the push of a button.  Notable Amazon customer review: “Initially, I scoffed at the idea of spending $100 on a souped-up dustbuster, but as long as this unit lasts, it is worth it. I love the fact that this is super light and has excellent suction. I love the attachments. I love the super easy charging station, and that it only needs 2.5 hours to fully charge. I love the easy dump one button dirt canister. This hand vac literally has many, many uses around the house.” 6. A lightweight vacuum that excels on hard floors: Fuller Brush Spiffy Maid Bagless Broom Vacuum Cleaner $179 at Walmart $224 at Amazon Fuller Brush Co. If your family is always tracking dirt through the kitchen, you can keep the floors looking pristine with the help of a robotic mop. Despite sounding really fancy, the iRobot Braava isn’t at the highest end of the price spectrum. It can do wet and damp mopping, as well as dry sweeping. It acts just like a robot vacuum, navigating around obstacles and getting into corners — your kitchen floor will be cleaner than ever before!Notable Amazon customer review: “I don’t normally fall in love with an object so quickly (or any objects for that matter), but Mr. Cleanie (aka my iRobot Braava) is the best thing I’ve ever bought. He is like having a new pet that cleans up. We have vinyl wood floors and he glides over them, goes around table legs, goes underneath beds, couches and dressers. Best thing I’ve done for helping me around the house in the longest time. I wish I hadn’t waited so long.” 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. The Shark Navigator is a top-rated canister vacuum among reviewers thanks to its light weight, HEPA filter, powerful suction, and lift-away canister. Its many features make it a versatile cleaning tool, and if you’re in the market for a new vacuum to use in the kitchen and beyond, this product should definitely be on your short list. Notable Amazon customer review: “This Shark is a very powerful, compact, and maneuverable vacuum! It pulls more crud out of my carpets than any other vacuum I’ve ever used. The rotating beater bar pulls the unit through even very plush carpets with ease — very similar to the feel of a self-propelled mower.” 4. A super affordable handheld vacuum: Black + Decker Handheld Vacuum 2Ah 3. A robotic mop to keep your floors immaculate: iRobot Braava Jet 240 Robot Mop 5. A wet-dry vacuum for hard floors and carpets: Bissell CrossWave Floor and Carpet Cleaner with Wet-Dry Vacuum Miele $699 at Amazon Kitchen messes happen, whether it’s a spilled bowl of cereal, dropped bag of flour, or broken plate. These little disasters are inevitable, and while you could just use a dustpan and broom to sweep them up, you can make the task a lot faster and easier with the help of a top-rated vacuum. There are a variety of vacuums available today that are perfect for kitchen messes — some are compact enough to store under the sink, while others can tackle both wet and dry spills at the same time. No matter your needs, one of the following vacuums, all of which get top marks from Amazon reviewers, is sure to be a welcome addition to your kitchen. Read: Roomba gets an upgrade and a new floor mopping sidekick(While these vacuums are loved by many, no product is perfect, so make sure you take a look at some of the negative reviews as well to see what potential problems you might run into.)Disclosure: CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site. $270 at Walmart $126 at Amazon If you’re tired of using vacuums with mediocre suction, it might be time to upgrade to a high-end model like the Miele Electro+ Canister Vacuum, which is one of the best overall vacuums available today. It has adjustable suction control, a five-height carpet brush head, a specialized hard floor head, a HEPA filter, and more. Yes, the price is up there, but if you’re ready to retire your old vacuum and upgrade to a new one that you can use all around the house, this product is worth the investment. Notable Amazon customer review: “It is amazing — my carpets have never been so clean! I actually like vacuuming now, and it’s so quiet, the cat doesn’t freak out and hide when I turn it on. If you are on the fence, like I was, get it! You won’t regret it.” Share your voice Bissell 8. A unique v-shaped vacuum for hard floors: Bissell Hard Floor Expert Corded Stick Vacuum Cleaner Eufy Modern robot vacuums models are incredibly efficient and much more affordable than they used to be. In particular, people love the budget-friendly eufy BoostIQ RoboVac, which has a short 2.85-inch height that allows it to clean underneath most furniture, including couches and coffee tables. It can run for up to 100 minutes per charge, and it will keep your kitchen floor spotless without you having to move a muscle. Notable Amazon customer review: “I don’t consider my house clean unless the floors are spotless. With 2 dogs and 2 cats (one of whom sheds enough to knit a sweater each year), my house rarely meets my own unattainable standards. Eufy gets me close.” iRobot Appliances Black and Decker Bissell CrossWave Floor and Carpet Cleaner with Wet-Dry Vacuum $55 at Walmart 0 Shark This vacuum might look a little funky at first glance, but the V-shaped brush head is actually pretty smart. The Bissell Hard Floor Expert Stick Vacuum uses its unique shape to trap debris in its path, and it makes it easier to clean in crevices and around furniture. However, as you may have guessed by its name, this vacuum is designed for use on hard floors — great for the kitchen, but maybe not so much for other areas of the house. Notable Amazon customer review: “This thing sucks up every last dang thing on your floor.” When it comes to cordless vacuums, no one can really compete with Dyson. The Dyson V10 Absolute has it all — up to an hour of run time, a wide variety of attachments, a wall-mounted docking station, and more. It’s lightweight and powerful, making it ideal for cleaning up small messes, and its soft roller head will pick up even the finest particles off of your kitchen floor. Notable Amazon customer review: “The V10 Absolute doesn’t disappoint. While it’s weird to get used to holding this tiny piece of machinery, it really does an amazing job. I vacuumed with my Dyson floor vacuum first and then with the V10, it was incredible how much dog fur it still picked up! I was pretty grossed out to be honest, to think I lived in this atmosphere for this long ‘thinking’ it was clean is nuts!” 10. One of the best overall vacuums you can buy: Miele Electro+ Canister Vacuum 7. A slim robotic vacuum to clean under furniture: Eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 11S $140 at Amazon 9. A powerful vacuum with a lift-away canister: Shark Navigator Upright Vacuum with Lift-Away Handheld HEPA Filter This post was written by Camryn Rabideau. $500 at Walmart Where has this vacuum been all our lives?! With the Bissell CrossWave, you can mop up wet messes and suck up debris at the same time — ideal for cleaning up cereal spills and other kitchen mishaps. You can use it on tile, hardwood, carpet, linoleum, and more, and the best part it that it’s surprisingly compact and easy to stash in the closet, unlike many other carpet cleaners. Notable Amazon customer review: “My Crosswave just arrived today and I was on my way out but decided to stay home as I was excited to try it out. We have a large area consisting mostly of wood but have some tile and marble areas. What a breeze it was not having to use different cleaning products and mops and I could just go right through the house on different surfaces without even vacuuming.” $29 at Walmart 1. One of the best cordless vacuums out there: Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute Bissell 2. A compact hand vacuum to store under the sink: Shark Wandvac Handheld Vacuumlast_img read more

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Comilla road crash kills one hurts 6

first_imgA man was killed in a road accident in Mirshani area on Dhaka-Chittagong highway in Chauddagram on Sunday.The deceased was identified as Mohiuddin, son of Amzad Hossian, hailing from Adabar area in Dhaka.Mohammad Rahmat Ullah, additional superintendent of highway police (Comilla circle), said a Chittagong-bound bus of Hanif Paribahan hit a road island in the area in the morning and then overturned, leaving one of its passengers dead on the spot and six others injured.On information, police recovered the body and sent the injured to Comilla Medical College Hospital, he added.last_img read more

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BGBBSF conference starts in New Delhi

first_imgRepresentatives of BGB and BSF at border coordination conference in Indian capital New Delhi on Monday. Photo: BSS.A director general (DG)-level conference of BGB-BSF began Monday in Indian capital New Delhi, which is scheduled to go on till 8 September, reports BSS.Curtain of the conference was raised at 4:00pm (Indian time) at Chawla Camp of the Border Security Force (BSF) in New Delhi.Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) DG Md Shafeenul Islam is leading a 14-member Bangladesh delegation, including representatives from prime minister’s office, ministry of home affairs and ministry of foreign affairs at the conference.BSF DG KK Sharma, is leading a 20-member Indian delegation including BSF senior officials, inspector general of different BSF frontiers, representatives from Indian home and foreign ministries.The conference agendas include incidents of shooting at unarmed Bangladeshi civilians along the border of two brotherly nations, smuggling of arms, ammunition, drugs, detention of Bangladeshis, infiltration into Bangladesh, construction of audience gallery on both sides of the border to witness joint retreat ceremony, increasing border of crime free zone, protection of banks of rivers along the border and taking necessary steps to further increase mutual trust between the two frontier forces.The BGB chief, during the visit, will pay courtesy calls on Indian home minister and secretary. A joint record of discussions (JRD) will be penned on 7 September.Meanwhile, a seven-member delegation of Shimanto Poribar Kalyan Samity (SPKS) headed by its chairperson Shoma Islam also visiting India to further strengthen existing friendship between the two forces.The SPKS delegation will hold meeting with delegation from BSF Wives Welfare Association (BWWA) on issues related to mutual interests and will visit different activities.last_img read more

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