0 Preview • X-mini’s Evolve Bluetooth headphone doubles as a wireless speaker (hands-on) Headphones X-mini Evolve Share your voice 45 Photos Best wireless Bluetooth headphones for iPhone XS, XS Max and XR Post a comment Tags The X-mini Xtlas Plus earphones offer great sound without costing too much. Aloysius Low/CNET X-mini is best known for its capsule speakers, but the Singaporean company took a new approach last year with new wireless and wired earphones. I’ve previously tried out the Evolve speaker headphones and liked them, but I wasn’t too sure how the company would fare outside of its comfort zone. Tuning a pair of tiny earphones is a lot different from engineering small speakers for loud sound, after all. But it appears the company’s bet for its Xtlas Plus line paid off. Weighing just 0.6 ounces (17 grams), the Xtlas Plus uses a triple-driver setup with two balanced armature drivers alongside a dynamic one. Pairing a dynamic driver with the armature driver gives it more oomph in the bass department — in theory, at least. And the Xtlas Plus sort of succeeds on that front. Braided cables help you avoid tangles. Aloysius Low/CNET X-mini’s sound tends to focus on the clarity of the trebles, and its earphones pretty much stick to the same formula. The company’s speakers usually try not to overdo the bass, and the Xtlas Plus is the same. There are times where you just want a strong bass, especially for electronic tracks, and the Xtlas Plus feels a tad too tame there. That said, put on tracks with strong vocals and the earphones really shine. The sound is clear and crisp, and you can hear plenty of detail. If you like listening to classical tracks, you’ll love how much clarity the Xtlas Plus delivers for each individual instrument. It’s also Hi-Res Audio certified.At S$130 in Singapore (about $95, £75 or AU$135 converted), the X-mini Xtlas Plus earphones are pretty good value for what they offer. There’s also a carrying pouch bundled and three pairs of ear tips for the right fit.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina addresses a function marking the 88th birth anniversary of Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatun Nesa Mujib at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Dhaka on Wednesday. Photo: PIDRecalling the role of Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatun Nesa Mujib in country’s independence, prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said Bangamata in all critical times in different phases of the national history helped Bangabandhu to take right decisions.“Bangamata was a source of inspiration, strength and courage for father of the nation. Like Bangabandhu, she worked with dedication for the people, making her perfect accompaniment to shape the political thoughts of Bangabandhu,” she said.The prime minister said this while addressing a reminiscence meeting organised by the women and children affairs ministry marking the 88th birth anniversary of Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatun Nesa Mujib at city’s Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the city.“My mother used to live very simple life, even when Bangabandhu was in the office of the prime minister after liberation. But, her thinking was very high and very prudently she dealt with everything with patience, courage and wisdom when Bangabandhu was in jail,” she also said.Bangamata will remain in the heart of Bangalee nation and be remembered for her sacrifice, patriotism and love for the people, Sheikh Hasina said, reports BSS.The premier said “My mother always used to encourage Bangabandhu to do politics for the people….never cared about her own interests. She never thought what she would get in her personal life.”But, the anti-liberation force killed the noble lady brutally on the fateful night of 15 August 1975,” said Sheikh Hasina, the eldest daughter of Bangabandhu.“There were many crucial times in different phases of the nation’s history. During those times, my mother helped Bangabandhu in taking right decision… and my mother guided the party leaders and workers like a leader and guardian as well when Bangabandhu was in jail,” she said.Sheikh Hasina particularly mentioned the role of Bangamata in two important events saying she (Bangamata) played a big role in persuading Bangabandhu in delivering speech ‘as he wishes’ before millions of people on the historic 7 March 1971.Bangamata also played role in denying the parole of Bangabandhu granted by Pakistani rulers to join the roundtable conference in Pakistan when movement for six-point rose to its peak after 1968, she said.“Independence of Bangladesh would have never come if Bangabandhu went Pakistan in parole,” she added.Recalling the sacrifice of Begum Mujib in her whole life for the people of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina said, “Bangamata as a woman and a wife had no demand in her life. She always led a simple life like the common people of Bangladesh and taught us it.”Bangamata was always loyal to all political decisions of Bangabandhu and ready to face any situation amidst political repression of Pakistani juntas throughout the political life of Bangabandhu, she also said.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina addresses a function marking the 88th birth anniversary of Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatun Nesa Mujib at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Dhaka on Wednesday. Photo: PIDThe premier said Bangamata even used to serve the families of the detained leaders in their economic hardship, children’s education and illness when Bangabandhu was in prison.“My mother was like a guerrilla rebel,” she said, adding that denying the restriction of Pakistani rulers she used to come out of her home frequently changing her attire and shoes to reach information of Bangabandhu to the party leaders.The prime minister said Bangabandhu wrote in details about Bangamata in his biography published as ‘Unfinished Memoir of Bangabandhu’.From the book, many unknown aspects of Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatun Nesa Mujib including her mental strength, sacrifice, courage, wisdom and sufferings came to light.Bangamata, stood beside Bangabandhu, established rehabilitation centres for the suppressed women who were violated and tortured during the liberation war, she added.The prime minister urged the party leaders and workers to nourish the ideals of Begum Fazilatun Nesa in their life to materialise her dream and build a happy, prosperous and peaceful Bangladesh.“Now Bangladesh has no crisis for food…. but we have to go a long way to fulfil the dream of Bangabandhu and Bangamata,” she said.On the occasion, speakers paid glowing tributes to Bangamata recalling her crucial and prudent role in all the activities of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and movement for nation’s independence.Terming Bangamata Fazilatun Nesa one of the most courageous, intelligent, dedicated, loving and affectionate ladies in the country’s history, they said the history would certainly remember the contribution of the highly politically conscious and great patriotic lady along with remembering Bangabandhu.State minister for women and children affairs Meher Afroze Chumki presided over the function while Fazilatunnesa Indira, MP was the keynote speaker.Chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on women and children affairs ministry Rebeka Momen and chairman of Jatiya Mohila Sangstha Momtaj Begum were present as special guests while secretary of the ministry Nasima Begum gave welcome address.A video documentary on the life and works of Bangamata was screened on the occasion.On this day in 1930, Begum Fazilatun Nesa, wife of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was born in a noble Muslim family in Tungipara of Faridpur district. She was assassinated along with Bangabandhu and most of her family members on 15 August 1975.
Share Here’s a look at some specific proposals, along with the page number where the items appear in the bill.Autistic children: A measure called “Kevin and Avonte’s Law” funds grants aimed at education and prevention to stop autistic children from wandering off unsupervised. Pg. 1,937.Abuse of young athletes: This measure in the bill provides grants aimed at preventing sexual and other abuse of athletes. It encourages education on the issue as well as oversight of the U.S. Olympic Committee. Pg. 1,968.Animal waste in the air: A measure known as the FARM Act exempts animal waste particles that enter the air from some environmental regulations. Pg. 2,023.Baseball team owners: The bill contains a one-page provision that would exempt minor league baseball team owners from having to pay their players minimum wage. This could end several players’ lawsuits that are currently underway. Pg. 1,967.The CLOUD Act: This highly significant cyber measure sets new standards for when a government seeks data held in a location outside of that country. That could affect U.S. citizens’ data that is stored overseas. It’s a complex measure that has strong industry supporters, as well as consumer advocate opponents. Pg. 2,201.Child worker background checks: Camps and organizations that work with kids, the disabled or other vulnerable populations will have a new background check system that will give them increased access to the F.B.I. fingerprint database. Pg. 1,959.Fighting wildfires: In a particularly big win for Western states, the omnibus sets aside a fixed pot of money, between $2 billion and $3 billion each year, to address wildfire prevention and disasters. Recent fire efforts had no clear funding source and occasionally were paid for by borrowing from other programs. Pg. 1,780.Flood Insurance: A win for House Republicans, the bill funds the National Flood Insurance Program through July of this year. That could force a discussion about longer-term reforms. Pg. 684.Giant building photos: The bill blocks the Capitol architect from using federal funds to create and hang a giant photo or drawing of any Capitol Hill building outside of that building when it’s being renovated. (This was done when the Supreme Court building was renovated.) Pg. 1,077.Grain glitch (farm) fix: A fix for an unintended problem caused by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the omnibus rewrites a tax benefit that went to farmers who sold goods to cooperatives. Pg. 2,047.Guns: The bill has three significant measures on guns: 1) The ‘Fix NICS’ measure will push agencies to submit more data to the current background check system; 2) The STOP School Violence Act funds grants for schools to increase security and learn how to identify potential threats; and 3) The bill clarifies that federal dollars can be used to research gun violence, reversing the existing de facto ban on federally funded gun research. Pg. 1,971.H2B Temporary Workers: This measure allows the secretary of Department of Homeland Security to increase the number of H-2B visas, which allow temporary guest workers into the country. Pg. 1,760.Israel and the Palestinian Authority: The bill includes the Taylor Force Act, which freezes aid to the Palestinian Authority unless it stops compensating families of those convicted of terrorism against Israeli or U.S. citizens. Pg. 2,011.Opioids: Approximately $3.6 billion dollars would go to fight the opioid crisis. Pg. 939.Workers earning tips: The omnibus blocks a proposed Trump administration rule that would have allowed employers to keep or pool some of the tips earned by servers and other workers. Pg. 2,025.Lisa DesjardinsBy — Lisa DesjardinsLisa Desjardins is a correspondent at PBS NewsHour. Photo by REUTERS/Joshua RobertsSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill on March 20, 2018. Lawmakers are moving forward with a massive omnibus spending bill.It is a Tyrannosaurus Rex of a bill. And it’s poised to become law in two days.At 2,232 pages long, the omnibus appropriations billreleased late Wednesday is nearly too long for members of Congress to read from cover to cover before the scheduled vote Friday.The bill includes funding for big-ticket items like pay raises for troops and border security. But it also includes funding on programs that have received less attention during the spending debate this week.
More information: R. Kyong-Song et al. Evidence for partial melt in the crust beneath Mt. Paektu (Changbaishan), Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea and China, Science Advances (2016). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1501513AbstractMt. Paektu (also known as Changbaishan) is an enigmatic volcano on the border between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and China. Despite being responsible for one of the largest eruptions in history, comparatively little is known about its magmatic evolution, geochronology, or underlying structure. We present receiver function results from an unprecedented seismic deployment in the DPRK. These are the first estimates of the crustal structure on the DPRK side of the volcano and, indeed, for anywhere beneath the DPRK. The crust 60 km from the volcano has a thickness of 35 km and a bulk VP/VS of 1.76, similar to that of the Sino-Korean craton. The VP/VS ratio increases ~20 km from the volcano, rising to >1.87 directly beneath the volcano. This shows that a large region of the crust has been modified by magmatism associated with the volcanism. Such high values of VP/VS suggest that partial melt is present in the crust beneath Mt. Paektu. This region of melt represents a potential source for magmas erupted in the last few thousand years and may be associated with an episode of volcanic unrest observed between 2002 and 2005. (Phys.org)—A team with members from the U.K., the U.S., China and the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea, has worked together to learn more about a volcano sitting on the North Korea/Chinese border. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the team describes how they set up seismic monitors and collected data for a two year period and what that data revealed. Baekdu Mountain—Baitoushan volcano (Paektu-san), in the Changbai Mountains along the border of China and North Korea in Northeast Asia. Credit: Wikipedia 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. North Korea, as most are aware, is a secretive country, allowing very little information in our out regarding almost everything, and that includes geological data. Unfortunately, this has until recently included what has been described as a dangerous volcano on the border between North Korea and China—back in 946 AD it went off in what has been called one of the largest eruptions on record. It also sits in the vicinity of 1.6 million people. The volcano is called Mount Paektu on the Korean side and Changbaishan on the Chinese side. North Korean researchers have been studying the volcano for some time on their side of the border and Chinese researchers have been studying their side—what has been missing is a concerted effort to study the volcano as a whole to both learn more about it, and to see if it might be possible to determine if the volcano is likely to erupt again anytime soon.The collaborative effort consisted of setting up six state-of-the-art seismic monitors in a 60 kilometer-long line east from the summit to far into the countryside and monitoring them for the period August 2013 to August 2015. Analysis of the data from the monitors revealed a large portion of the crust below the volcano appeared to be at least partially molten, a hint that the volcano could erupt. The team also studied the area around the volcano, looking for debris thrown from the volcano during prior eruptions, and found evidence of superheated clouds of very hot gasses and ashes sweeping downhill along with large mudslides. That suggested that if the volcano erupts again, it could cause serious flooding if the summit lake is unleashed, or worse a worldwide climate impact as ash is pushed into the sky and sulfur dioxide is released. Alaska volcano settles down after late March eruption Explore further Journal information: Science Advances Citation: International team gets a seismic look at North Korean/Chinese volcano (2016, April 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-04-international-team-seismic-north-koreanchinese.html © 2016 Phys.org
India’s biggest offering of organic products ranging from food, fabrics and furniture to wellness, personal care and solar products is being held at Dilli Haat, INA in the national Capital. Organised and sponsored by the Union Ministry of Women & Child Development as an annual affair, the ‘Women of India Festival 2016 – Organic Products’, celebrates and promotes women entrepreneurs from across India. The Women of India Festival 2016 was inaugurated by the Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi on October 14. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe main aim of the Festival is to support and encourage women and women-led groups that promote organic farming, thus supporting their local community’s economy, creating jobs and keeping farmers thriving, in addition to spreading awareness about the benefits of organic products with the motto, “Eat Healthy, Live Healthy”. The Women of India Festival of Organic Products is also intended to highlight the health and environmental advantages of organic goods, provide a platform for women engaged in it and boost the development of sustainable and easily accessible sales outlets for producers of organic products from remote corners. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveManeka Gandhi, who is also widely recognized as an environmentalist and animal activist, explains the importance of making the shift to organic.“Organic foods have been proven to contain far more vitamins, minerals and nutrients than similar foods produced with chemical fertilizers, pesticides and preservatives. Organic farming relies on techniques such as crop rotation, green manure, compost, and natural methods of pest control,” she said.“Organic plants and food crops have also been found to contain higher amounts of salicylic acid which fights bowel cancer and the hardening of arteries responsible for heart conditions, strokes and other ailments. Salicylic acid is produced naturally in plants to fight stress and disease, but pesticides inhibit the plant’s ability to produce salicylic acid,” she added. The exhibition has more than 220 stalls selling organic produce. Until the October 23, people will also get the opportunity to taste a variety of home-cooked and organic food at Dilli Haat.Over 400 women entrepreneurs from Leh to Kanyakumari and from Kohima to Kutch, have come together with their organic products, such as fabrics, dyes and dresses, cosmetics, household products, organic ice cream, aromatherapy products, and many other products.