What to know about burning sage

Sage contains compounds that could help ease insomnia. In recent years, taking herbal supplements and using essential oils have become mainstream. Another natural wellness technique, burning sage is a practice used for centuries in Egypt, Rome and Greek medicine, as well as within Native American healing traditions. Verywellmind.com in May highlighted five benefits of sage-leaf burning (also known as a spiritual ritual called smudging): 1. Removes bacteria from the air 2. Repels insects 3. Improves intuition 4. Improves mood 5. Reduces stress and anxiety The report indicated that, because poor…

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Pool safety tips for the summer

Tip of the week: Backyard pool Safety tips for the summer According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are several ways to stay safe around backyard pools this summer: 1. Never leave a child unattended in or near water. 2. Teach children how to swim. 3. Teach children to stay away from drains. 4. Ensure all pools and spas — both in your backyard and any public pool you may visit — have compliant drain covers. 5. Install proper barriers, covers and alarms on and around your pool…

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Amazon wants to send more than 3,000 satellites into space

In an effort to offer broadband, the company has requested the US government allow its Kuiper satellites into space. Amazon.com Inc. asked for U.S. permission to launch 3,236 communications satellites, joining a new space race to offer internet service from low orbits and challenge the fleet planned by Elon Musk’s SpaceX. Amazon in a July 4 filing told the Federal Communications Commission its Kuiper satellites will deliver broadband to tens of millions of consumers and businesses that now lack adequate access to the internet. The agency coordinates trajectories and radio-frequency…

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Jeffrey Epstein faces sex trafficking and conspiracy charges

US financier appears in court on Monday for allegedly molesting underage girls for years and faces life in prison. Billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein appeared in court on Monday charged with sex trafficking by US prosecutors who accused him of abusing dozens of underage girls, some as young as 14. Epstein, a 66-year-old US national and former hedge fund manager who once hobnobbed with some of the world’s most powerful people, pleaded not guilty to the charges. A bail hearing was set for Thursday. Prosecutors said the financier was a significant flight risk…

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Fans back women’s football team’s fight for gender equality

The lawsuit filed by 28 female players accuses their employer, the US Soccer Federation, of institutionalized gender discrimination. On Sunday, the US women’s football team will take on the Netherlands to retain their World Cup title. But once the tournament is over, they will also go to court to continue their fight against gender discrimination. The team is getting plenty of support on and off the field. Al Jazeera’s Heidi Zhou-Castro reports from Washington, DC.

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Anti-racists outnumber far-right Proud Boys at DC rally

Few skirmishes as heavy police presence keep both sides separated at ‘Demand Free Speech’ and ‘All Out DC’ rallies. Washington, DC – Counterprotesters outnumbered members of the far-right Proud Boys group and their supporters at a Saturday rally that took place a few blocks from the White House in Washington, DC. Despite a large police presence and a few minor scuffles between the opposing camps, no major outbreaks of violence took place. Held in the United States capital’s Freedom Plaza, the “Demand Free Speech” rally organised by the Proud Boys…

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‘Multiple’ injuries in gas explosion at Florida shopping center

At least 15 people injured as the blast sent large pieces of debris about 91 metres across the street. A powerful explosion from a suspected gas leak ripped through a shopping mall in Florida, injuring at least 15 people. Two of those were in serious condition after the blast in the town of Plantation in south Florida on Saturday. Between 15 and 20 people were injured, deputy fire chief Joel Gordon told reporters. Photos on US news outlets showed a large field of debris outside the Fountains Plaza shopping centre.…

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California hit by 7.1-magnitude quake, strongest in two decades

Friday’s quake was 11 times stronger than the previous day’s ‘foreshock’, seen as part of an ‘earthquake sequence’. Southern California has been rattled by its largest earthquake in two decades as a 7.1-magnitude tremor shook buildings and cut power supplies in parts of Los Angeles but did not cause major damage or deaths, officials said. The shallow quake struck near the small city of Ridgecrest on Friday at 8:19pm (3:19 GMT on Saturday), US seismologists said, and following a 6.4-magnitude earthquake that hit the same area the day before. The…

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