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EE apologises for voice call fault


EE apologises for voice call fault

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Mobile phone provider EE confirmed that some customers were experiencing problems making voice calls.

The firm has now tweeted that the issue is resolved. Data and messaging services were not affected.

The fault appeared to largely affect calls to non-EE phone numbers.

Nearly 3,000 people left comments on the website Down Detector from around the UK, saying they were unable to make or receive calls, on some occasions for several hours.

"Some of our customers are reporting problems when trying to make calls to some numbers this morning," the firm said in a statement.

"All data and messaging services are working as normal. We're working to fix this as quickly as possible and apologise for any inconvenience caused."

EE also said on Twitter that emergency services numbers were still accessible.

Customers took to social networks and forums to complain.

"Can only call other mobiles in Nottingham, even local numbers aren't working, sort this out EE, ironically I received a text from EE promoting BT Sports app during this downtime!" wrote Pat on Down Detector.

At the end of September the firm apologised again after a fault affected customers using its UK home broadband service.

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Game of Thrones: Traffic banned from Dark Hedges road


Game of Thrones: Traffic banned from Dark Hedges road

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Image caption The famous tunnel of beech trees was used by the Game of Thrones crew to represent 'the Kingsroad'

Traffic is to be banned from part of a County Antrim road – made famous by the TV fantasy drama Game of Thrones – to protect trees known as the Dark Hedges.

The tunnel of beech trees on the Bregagh Road, near Armoy, has become a major international tourist attraction.

The scene was used by the Game of Thrones crew to represent "the Kingsroad" in the HBO drama series.

Stormont's Department for Infrastructure is introducing a ban on cars using the road from 30 October.

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The order will also prohibit buses and coaches from using the designated stretch of the Bregagh Road.

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Media captionTourists at the beech-lined avenue have welcomed the move

Any motorist who flouts the ban could face a fine of up to £1,000.

Some vehicles – including agricultural and emergency vehicles – will be exempt from the ban "in certain circumstances".

'National treasure'

The Dark Hedges were planted more than 200 years ago by the Stuart family, who created a tree-lined avenue along the entrance to their Gracehill House mansion.

About 150 were planted by James Stuart, but time has taken its toll over the centuries and now fewer than two thirds remain standing.

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Image caption A large branch of one of the trees fell onto the Bregagh Road in July 2016

In January 2016, during Storm Gertrude, high winds ripped up two trees, causing them to collapse.

Later that year, a large, rotten branch broke off one of the trees and fell across the road.

The Dark Hedges became a huge draw for tourists and TV fans after they appeared, albeit very briefly, in the closing scene of one episode of Game of Thrones.

Image caption A sign at the Dark Hedges marks the site's contribution to the TV show

Arya Stark, one of the show's main characters, was filmed travelling on a cart along the road, disguised as a boy.

Conservationists have expressed alarm about the increasing traffic levels in the area and the possible damage to the trees' roots.

During the Easter holidays this year, pictures of traffic jams were shared on social media, some criticising the number of vehicles lining the road..

The cycling blog NI Greenways described the Dark Hedges as a "national treasure" and claimed it was being slowly killed.

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The Department for Infrastructure published the banning order on 5 October.

It had proposed the ban last year, after "discussions with Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council and other interested parties".

It launched a consultation and said "four written objections were received and duly considered and no other representations were received".

The ban is will be enforced along Bregagh Road, from its junction with Ballinlea Road to its junction with Ballykenver Road.

The department said new traffic signs, advising the public of the ban, would be erected in the area "in due course".

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Students skate 352 miles during Chinese holiday week


Students skate 352 miles during Chinese holiday week

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Image caption Two students travelled 352 miles (567 kilometres), the same distance from London to Sheffield and back

A couple of Chinese students opted to avoid traffic jams during the Golden Week holiday by travelling 352 miles (567 kilometres) to their destination by roller skate, it's reported.

According to Beijing Youth Daily the two university students set off from Jining College in eastern Shandong province on 1 October and spent five days travelling by roller skate along the motorway to Beijing, where they had plans to spend their autumn break.

The Golden Week holiday sees millions of Chinese travel to their hometowns and villages to spend time with their relatives, but they usually choose conventional road, rail and air journeys.

The pair carried some clothes and basic food and water in backpacks, and chose to eat and sleep at places they came across at the roadside. English language newspaper China Daily says that they collectively wore out 12 bearings on their shoes during their journey, which is the same distance as travelling from central London to Sheffield and back.

Copycats discouraged

"Our families were concerned about our safety," one of the students told Beijing Youth Daily. "But before we set out, we sought the advice of professionals on where not to go, and how to stay safe."

Jining College confirmed the students' safe arrival by posting pictures of them on their official Sina Weibo microblog.

But state media have discouraged other students from copying their method of travel. Beijing Traffic Police told China Daily that the students violated traffic rules, and that others looking to carry out similar journeys could face fines.

Nevertheless, the students insist that they have no regrets about carrying out this journey. "This trip was interesting and meaningful. We just took advantage of this holiday and were able to realise a dream."

Reporting by Kerry Allen

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These 8 Skin Issues Can Ruin Your Body


Skin is a very important organ of any human being. We all want our skin to be as fresh and beautiful as it can be. But during the course of our busy life routine we are usually not able to take care of our skin properly. And when we take our skin for granted, at times its effects start popping up on our body. Sometimes these issues can be so severe that they result in ruining your body. Here some issues are mentioned which can your body in a very bad way. Have a look and start taking care of your skin now:

8. Freckles:

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Freckles are usually the brown colored small spots which occur mostly on face and then on other parts of body. They are usually caused because of skin’s exposure to the excessive sun rays. Laura Schlessinger, a very famous host, writer and social commentator says, freckles come on your skin to cover it up from the damage of the direct sun rays.

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Freckles can also be a symptom of skin cancer. Cancer is a very dangerous disease itself. So, take care of your skin and if you find some freckles emerging on your face, go t your dermatologist as soon as possible. As this issue can ruin your health and your body.

7. Super Dark Patches:

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The dark patches of skin which occur on the neck, beneath the arms is a disease known as acanthosis nigricans. Because of this issue the affected area skin becomes thicker, darker and weird to touch. This can also mean that your body has become insulin resistant. Which would mean that you are having symptoms of sugar (diabetes). So, if you find out any such patch on your skin go to some doctor quickly before its too late.

6. Breakouts:

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Due to high stress level, dead tight work routine, breakups acne flares up on your skin. Shainhouse said: Hormones do play a very important role in causing acne, which often involves the area of face and neck.

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And because of acne breakouts are a must to have. Try to find the cure of this issue as soon as possible otherwise it will destroy your body majorly.

5. Psoriasis:

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Psoriasis are also called as red patches. It is a disorder in which the skin cells are signaled by the immune system to grow very quickly. It means your body can not take away or shed the skin cells very fast. Rather the skin cells compile at one place which results in red patches.

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If you see any such thing on your body consult a doctor in the next hour because it can also lead to heart attack, Type 2 diabetes and very high blood pressure. So, instead of considering this issue very light go to the near Dermatologist so that your body will be saved from being ruined.

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4. Severe Itchiness:

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There are so many reasons present out there about itching. But out of all of them, the most common reason is some allergic reaction to anything that you ate, sudden change in your atmosphere or a severe reaction to some medicine that you took.

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Itching at times occur for a very small time but if it does not stop for a longer period of time go to a good doctor as it can also be a cause of some diseases like celiac, diabetes and even anemia. Generally you do not take itching seriously but if not taken seriously it can be very bad for the body. So, never take itching as an easy thing.

3. Paleness:

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You all must be aware of the word Pale. It is the condition in which the whole skin specially the face starts looking yellow. It is because of the deficiency of blood in the body. When there is not enough iron the body then in result the body starts looking pale. And with that a lot of weakness also comes. You are not able to move much because you feel lack of energy all the time.

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Pale skin also causes anemia when it is combined with lack of inner energy and lost breath. But this is not an incurable disease. It can be treated with the help of iron supplements and by adding the food in your diet which are more iron filled. Such kind of food includes dark green vegetables, sea food and a lot of chicken and meat. But you should not take paleness light as it can also cause issues like leukemia or even bleeding.

2. Dry Patches:

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Dry patches usually occur during the cooler months. They occur because your skin is free to all sort of dirt. And all sort of barriers come down and because of that all the hydration also finishes. The University of Maryland conducted a research and they concluded that dry skin can also be caused because of deficiency of fatty acid omega 3. In that case you want to eat food which are more rich in omega, such as walnuts and grass-fed beef.

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If you experience some symptoms such as fatigue, constipation and gain in weight in the scaly skin then it might mean that you are having hypothyroidism. Consultant your nearby doctor as soon as possible.

1. Perma Blushing:

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If you feel as if you are looking embarrassed through out the day and all the week. That might be because of Rosacea. Its causes are still unknown. It might be because of cold weather, spicy foods and also stress.

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The Pulse Light treatment which usually deliver light through the surface of the skin are used to improve the appearances. And it also helps in the treatment of Perma Blushing.

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Nokia kills off Ozo high-end virtual reality cameras


Nokia kills off Ozo high-end virtual reality cameras

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Image caption The Ozo can livestream footage at 4K resolution to each eye at up to 60 frames per second

Nokia is winding down its high-end virtual reality camera division.

The Ozo and its follow-up the Ozo+ had been marketed to professionals as being able to capture the "highest quality" 360-degree footage possible, and had been used by Disney among others.

But despite a recent price cut, the Finnish firm indicated that sales had been weaker than expected.

One expert said it reflected the fact that public appetite for VR content was still very limited.

In a statement, Nokia said it now planned to dedicate its efforts to developing smart health products instead, and would leave it to others to build on its work in VR.

"The slower-than-expected development of the VR market means that Nokia Technologies plans to reduce investments and focus more on technology licensing opportunities," it said.

"The unit aims to halt development of further versions of the Ozo camera and hardware, while maintaining commitments to existing customers."

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Image caption The camera's price restricted its audience almost solely to professionals

It added that 310 jobs were being cut as a consequence, affecting posts in Finland, the UK and US.

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The original Ozo was first unveiled in July 2015. The handheld device featured eight cameras and the same number of microphones in order to capture both spherical video and spatial sound.

It initially had a $60,000 (£45,500) price tag, bringing it in line with the kind of other cameras commonly used for Hollywood movies and TV commercials.

Disney was one of the early adopters, using the equipment to create interactive behind-the-scenes footage for its Jungle Book film.

It was also used by London-based production house Alchemy VR for a forthcoming natural history documentary about the Galapagos Islands. The company's head of production welcomed the possibilities that its relatively small size opened up.

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Image caption Nokia brought out a second-generation product earlier this year at a lower price than the original

"The Ozo is probably the simplest camera in the world to use," Ian Syder told the TVTechGlobal news site.

"It's really changed the way we do VR. Suddenly, the riskier shots are possible – you can put it on a motorised dolly [cart], or strap it to a helicopter."

However, others were more critical.

The UK-based production house SpeedVR warned clients that the file sizes which the camera created were huge, and that it struggled with scenes featuring shadows or highlights.

"For around a tenth of the price you can get higher quality elsewhere," it blogged last year.

In April, Nokia announced a follow-up system – the Ozo+ – promising better dynamic range and sharper, cleaner images to address clients' criticisms.

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Image caption The amount of storage required and processing time involved add to the costs of using Ozo

It went on sale for $45,000 but was discounted to $25,000 five months later.

"The Ozo has clearly been a much smaller niche product than Nokia anticipated," commented Ben Wood from the CCS Insight tech consultancy.

"The challenge was that this was extremely early stage technology and users often found it took a long time to process the content.

"And unfortunately, 360-degree content and virtual reality more broadly have not taken off as quickly as many in the industry had hoped – despite the support of platforms including Facebook and YouTube."

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The Best Birth Control Natural Remedies You’ve Never Heard Of


Although many consider children to be a blessing, some people have their own reasons for not wanting to be parents. Some people just do not like the responsibility and think it is better to just have pets while others are concerned about the resources, the choice is not that easy. In any case, birth control has become exceedingly popular. Other than abstinence, people use all kinds of birth control methods, including male and female condoms, morning-after pills and other contraceptives. These methods are quite popular but have their pros and cons too. Nevertheless, nature has provided us with all kinds of herbs which can be used for a variety of purposes. Here are a few natural remedies you should know for birth control.

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1. Neem:

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Neem is one of the most famous herbs. It is used all over the world for a number of reasons. Neem is used in all its forms, from neem leaves to neem oil and extract. Using neem as a contraceptive is a rather popular practice, by men as well as women, all over the world.

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Neem is a very strong contraceptive given that a minute amount of the herb, in form of oil, when injected to the uterine horns, can make a woman infertile for a year, without messing with the ovaries, menstrual or hormonal cycle. Neem not only works as a contraceptive for women but men can also use it.

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For a man, neem can adversely affect the motility of the sperm cells, which makes them unable to reach the female egg and fertilize it. It takes neem oil less than 30 seconds to kill a sperm cell within a vagina. It can also cause infertility in men. It may be used within a capsule, on a daily basis, to use as a birth control pill. The good news is that your sperm productions or libido do not get affected by the intake of neem, in any form.

2. Queen Anne’s Lace:

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Also known as the wild carrot, Queen Anne’s Lace is yet another herb used for birth control. The seeds of the herb disrupts the implantation by blocking the steroid hormone, progesterone synthesis and the fertilized egg finds implantation very hard. The seeds of the herb are collected and work as the contraceptive.

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Various studies have been carried out on using this herb as a contraceptive and it has been gaining popularity. This herb is best used as an emergency contraceptive. However, using Queen Anne’s Lace has some mild side effects too. Women who are breastfeeding should not use this herb.

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Using this herb is not a good idea for people who have had issues regarding gallstones or kidney. Some may also experience constipation for a few weeks. The herb has an uncanny resemblance to toxic plants like water hemlock and poison hemlock. One should make sure that they do not confuse Queen Anne’s Lace with these plants. Here’s how you can use the herb: 8 hours after, take a tablespoon of Queen Anne’s Lace and chew the seeds. To get the maximum effect, do this for 7 days.

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Another popular remedy is to drink Blue Cohosh tea after. Blue Coshosh is also known as squaw root and blue or yellow ginseng. The root of this herb can affect implantation due to the two uterine-contracting substances it has. This herb has been used to induce uterine contractions. Using this herb is ideal for when you forget to use a contraceptive.

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Like all other herbs, it has some side effects too and it is excellent to use it after consulting a specialist, to avoid any problems in the future. To one-quarter of boiling water, add a teaspoon of the herb and for five minutes, let it steep.

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Keep drinking this tea until you get your period. Make sure to not drink more than 400mg a day.

4. Pennyroyal:

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This herb was used by the ancient Greeks and Romans as a contraceptive. The herb works as a contraceptive on the principle that it maximizes menstrual flow, acting as anemmenagogue. This herb can be combined with other herbs to make it work like contraceptive and maximize the effect. It can also cause severe results which not only include maximum menstrual flow but also abortions. Pennyroyal has leaves which may be used dried or fresh.

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Although Pennyroyal is a very effective contraceptive, it should be used cautiously. It can not only damage the nervous system but also cause liver and kidney issues. It may even disturb your hormonal cycle. One should make sure not to drink more than 300mg of Pennyroyal in the timespan of 6 days. In case you do not get your period or you get more than 10 days late, you should stop Pennyroyal intake immediately. The herb should be used immediately after for full effect.

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Here is how you can use the herb: You may take 8 ounces of water, which may be distilled or spring and add one teaspoon of dried leaves of Pennyroyal after you have taken it off the stove. Let it stand for 15 to 15 minutes and then strain it. You may also add in a small amount of honey.


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Ένα μωρό έχει ιδιαίτερες ανάγκες και χρειάζεται επιπλέον φροντίδα και περιποίηση για να μεγαλώσει σωστά και με ασφάλεια. Έτσι, κάθε νέα μητέρα που θέλει το καλύτερο για το παιδί της θα πρέπει να επενδύσει στον κατάλληλο εξοπλισμό όπως είναι τα βρεφικα ειδη, ένα ασφαλές καθισμα αυτοκινητουπαιδικα σεντονιαπροικα μωρουθηλασμοςπαιδικα σεντονια όπως επίσης να επιλέξει μέσα από μία μεγάλη γκάμα σε παιδικα καροτσια αυτό που καλύπτει τις ανάγκες της. Όλα τα παραπάνω θα βοηθήσουν στο να αντεπεξέλθει σε όλες τις απαιτήσεις της μητρότητας, της ασφάλειας του μωρού και της σωστής ανάπτυξης.

Καθώς όμως η ποικιλία στα καταστήματα βρεφικών ειδών είναι πραγματικά τεράστια, είναι αρκετά δύσκολο, ειδικά για τις νέες και άπειρες μητέρες, να αποφασίσουν τι πραγματικά θα χρειαστούν για το μωρό τους και τι ανάγκες μπορεί να προκύψουν στην πορεία.

Πώς λοιπόν μπορεί η μητέρα να είναι σίγουρη ότι κάνει τη σωστή επιλογή για το μωρό της; Ακολουθούν μερικά tips που θα βοηθήσουν αποτελεσματικά.

Καταγράψτε τις βασικές ανάγκες του μωρού

Πριν ξεκινήσετε να αγοράζετε ότι χαριτωμένο βρίσκετε στα μαγαζιά (θα το κάνετε κι αυτό κάποια στιγμή) βεβαιωθείτε ότι το μωρό σας έχει όλα τα απαραίτητα που χρειάζεται στην καθημερινότητα του, από τη διατροφή και τον ρουχισμό μέχρι την διασκέδαση και τη μεταφορά του. Όταν βεβαιωθείτε ότι καλύψατε εντελώς αυτές του τις ανάγκες, μπορείτε να ψωνίσετε ότι άλλο σας αρέσει.

Συζητήστε με άλλους γονείς

Μπορεί μερικά πράγματα να σας κάνουν εντύπωση ή να σας φαίνονται χρήσιμα και σημαντικά, όμως στην πορεία να αποδειχθεί ότι η αρχική σας κρίση ήταν εντελώς λανθασμένη. Το καλύτερο που έχετε να κάνετε πριν ξεκινήσετε να αγοράζετε, είναι να ρωτήσετε γονείς με μωρά τι πραγματικά χρειάστηκαν και τι όχι, απ’ όσα αγόρασαν όταν γεννήθηκε το μωρό τους.

Επενδύστε σε επώνυμη ποιότητα

Οι μεγάλες εταιρείες, ακριβώς επειδή έχουν όνομα στο χώρο και θέλουν να διατηρήσουν την καλή τους φήμη δίνουν πολύ μεγάλη σημασία στην ποιότητα, οπότε ένας γενικός κανόνας είναι ότι τα βρεφικά είδη επώνυμων εταιρειών, συνήθως είναι προσεγμένα, ποιοτικά και πολύ πιο υγιεινά.

Βρείτε όλα τα βρεφικά είδη που χρειάζεστε για να καλύψετε όλες τις ανάγκες του μωρού σας στο ηλεκτρονικό κατάστημα