Rumpl NanoLoft Puffy Blanket is Made Entirely Out of Recycled Material The Mitte Water Filter is (Almost) Ready to Provide the Best Damn Water Ever Considering how water is a basic necessity of life, you’d think folks would have an easier time drinking it. According to a 2013 study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however, 43% of Americans don’t even come close to the recommended six to eight cups per day. Perhaps it’d be easier if people could track their water intake with a smartphone app?That may sound like a joke, but it’s precisely the thinking behind HidrateMe, a smart water bottle that syncs with your devices and reminds you to stay hydrated. The HidrateMe Kickstarter campaign launched on June 1, and has already surpassed its goal of $35,000 by a factor of 10. Who knows where they’ll be by the time the campaign ends on July 13. We’re talking Reading Rainbow-level success.Related: Feel Good Fridays: Soma Water FiltersIf you’re feeling bone tired despite getting plenty of rest and exercise, water could be the missing piece of your otherwise healthy lifestyle. As the Kickstarter pitch video points out, there’s no easy way to track precisely how much water you drink in a day. The HidrateMe water bottle seeks to fill this void in a big way.Once HidrateMe is ready to roll, you can download the app and enter your weight, height, age, and gender. The app will then use this information to automatically calculate your recommended daily fluid intake. It will also adjust its daily recommendation based on temperature, elevation, humidity, and other considerations. As you drink from your HidrateMe bottle throughout the day, you can check your phone to see your water intake climb to 100% of the recommended amount. If you’re not drinking enough, the HidrateMe bottle will glow as a gentle reminder to drink up.Since HidrateMe has already been so spectacularly funded, they will likely start hydrating folks in December 2015. They’re still accepting contributions — you can be among the first to receive a HidrateMe bottle with a pledge of $45 or more.Learn more at the HidrateMe Kickstarter page. Allbirds and Just Water Collaborate on Sneakers to Save the Amazon Rainforest The Most Refreshing Sparkling Waters to Sip On Right Now Oliver Cabell’s New Phoenix Sneakers Are 3D-Printed With Recycled Plastic Bottles Editors’ Recommendations
“The Secretary-General is deeply concerned by the acknowledged increased participation in the fighting in Syria by Hizbollah, as well as by the risk of spillover in Lebanon, which has witnessed growing tension over the past week,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement. “All in the region should act responsibly and work towards lowering rhetoric and calming tensions in the region.”According to media reports, two rockets hit a Hizbollah-run area in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, on Sunday, a day after the Lebanese group’s leader pledged to keep supporting Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.“The Secretary-General reiterates the paramount importance of preventing a dangerous spillover of the conflict across borders,” the statement said. “He believes that strict adherence to the Baabda Declaration will help preserve Lebanon’s stability and security, and calls on all Lebanese leaders and parties to renew their commitment to it and keep Lebanon safe from conflict.”The Baabda Declaration, which was issued during a National Dialogue meeting in June 2012, calls for keeping Lebanon neutral from regional tensions and crises. The Declaration is named after the Baabda Presidential Palace, where the meeting was held.In the statement, Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said the Secretary-General has consistently opposed the transfer of arms and fighters from outside Syria to either side inside the country and has repeatedly urged respect for the national sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries in the region. “As preparations are ongoing for the international conference on Syria, the Secretary-General urges all countries, organizations and groups immediately to cease supporting the violence inside Syria and instead to use their influence to promote a political solution to Syria’s tragedy.”Mr. Ban also reiterated that protecting civilians must be a priority and urged all parties to abide by their obligations under international humanitarian law.Since March 2011, fighting between the Syrian Government and opposition forces seeking to oust Mr. Al-Assad has killed more than 70,000 people, and left 6.8 million people in need. In addition, the UN estimates that some 1.5 million Syrians have fled their country to escape conflict.
BOTH GOVERNMENT PARTIES have received a boost in support, according to a new poll printed today.The Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll shows support for Fine Gael and Labour up by four and three per cent respectively.This weekend’s exit from the Troika bailout programme has seen support for the parties stabilise, with Fine Gael tightening their grip on their standing as the most supported party in the country, with 30 per cent support.Labout is up three per cent, but still falls short of ten per cent support, sitting at nine per cent.Fianna Fáil is unchanged on 22 per cent, while Sinn Féin, which has experienced a torrid month, is down two per cent.Support for independents and others is down five per cent to 18 per cent.Approval for how the coalition is running the country is up six per cent to 26 per cent.LeadersThe good news for Labour leader Eamon Gilmore doesn’t end there, however. His personal satisfaction rating is up four per cent to 19 per cent.The Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s support is now 33 per cent, up two per cent. Also up two per cent is Kenny’s Fianna Fáil adversary Micheál Martin, who now has a 29 per cent approval rating.Embattled Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has taken a two per cent hit in his approval rating, down to 27 per cent.Read: Cabinet meets this morning to consider economic strategy for the next seven yearsRead: ‘Give it another push Seán’: All smiles as Christmas tree lights go on at Leinster House