FIFA deny JFF’s request to postpone WC qualifier

first_imgFOOTBALL’S-world governing body, FIFA, has denied a request by the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) to postpone its World Cup Qualifier on Good Friday, March 25, against Costa Rica at the National Stadium at 7 p.m. “The JFF wishes to advise that it made representation to FIFA for a possible change of date based on the sacred nature of Good Friday to many Jamaicans,” informed a JFF release yesterday. It added: “FIFA has responded that the change in date was not possible as the 2016 international match calendar has been approved since 2013.” Captain Horace Burrell, the JFF president, apologised. “Because we are a Christian society, I appealed to FIFA and asked them to postpone the game and have us play on another date. However, FIFA came back to us and said no,” Burrell told The Gleaner. “We had no intention to offend the Christians, but nothing can be done,” he emphasised. Burrell said arrangements could be made for a church service inside the venue before game time. “I am thinking of having a church service at the National Stadium before the game starts,” Burrell said. Meanwhile, ticket prices remain Grandstand Category One $6,500, Grandstand Category Two $5,500 and Bleachers $1,200.last_img read more

TTCB To Discuss Logie’s Future

first_imgPORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): David Williams is one of the candidates being considered as a possible replacement for current Trinidad & Tobago Red Force head coach Gus Logie. The Trinidad Guardian said that Williams, the former T&T and West Indies wicketkeeper, as well as former national coach, could replace Logie, because of the Red Force’s results in the WICB Regional 4-Day Tournament. The Guardian said some members of the T&T Cricket Board (TTCB) executive are in favour of Williams because he was successful with the national team between 2006 and 2011. But Patrick Rampersad, the second vice-president of the TTCB, said Logie was still strongly favoured for the position. “We have had no discussion as far as Gus Logie is concerned,” Rampersad told the Guardian. “As far as I know, Gus is still the man in charge of the team, and he will be working with the players as they prepare for the Regional Super50 Tournament. “We have had no discussions as far as removing Gus from his position. “We are all disappointed over the results we have gotten in the first-class tournament and we are about looking to continue to put things right for the team.” TTCB officials will meet with Logie and the Red Force’s management in the coming days to discuss his side’s performance this season. After starting the season with great promise and a comfortable win over Windward Islands Volcanoes, the Red Force sunk to their third defeat of the season two Mondays ago, when the Guyana Jaguars crushed them by 10 wickets at the Guyana National Stadium. They are now last at the halfway stage in the six-team tournament on 35.6 points, heading into the long break in the season for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, plus the Regional Super50.last_img read more

US sanctions Congo election officials

first_img…says they obstructed voteThe United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on three senior officials from Democratic Republic of Congo’s electoral commission, accusing them of corruption and obstructing December’s presidential election.The US Treasury said in a statement that the commission’s organization of the Dec. 30 election, which led to Congo’s first ever transfer of power via the ballot box, “failed to ensure the vote reflected the will of the Congolese people.”Even so, the statement stopped short of calling into question the legitimacy of President Felix Tshisekedi’s victory, despite what sources told Reuters was outright rigging to deny runner-up Martin Fayulu the win.The US sanctions target commission President Corneille Nangaa, Vice President Norbert Basengezi and Marcellin Mukolo Basengezi, an adviser to Nangaa and son of Norbert Basengezi.Nangaa and Norbert Basengezi were not immediately available for comment. Marcellin Mukolo Basengezi could not be reached for comment.The Treasury statement focused on what it said were efforts by the three “to obstruct and delay preparations” for the election, which had originally been due in 2016, and corruption related to procurement of voting machines and other materials.File photo: President of Congo’s National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI), Corneille Nangaa, speaks during a press conference announcing the results of the presidential election in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, January 10, 2019 (REUTERS/Jackson Njehia)Former President Joseph Kabila was required by the constitution to step down in December 2016 following an election to choose his successor, but the commission repeatedly postponed the vote, citing logistical obstacles.Treasury said the three officials facilitated the delays by embezzling money meant to finance the vote into shell companies and accused Nangaa and Norbert Basengezi of bribing justices on Congo’s top court to approve an election delay in 2016.It also said that commission officials, under Nangaa’s leadership, inflated by as much as $100 million the cost of electronic voting machines “with the intent to use surplus funds for personal enrichment, bribes, and campaign costs to fund the election campaign of Kabila’s candidate.”Kabila’s preferred candidate, former Interior Minister Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, finished a distant third in the official results.Congolese sources in contact with Nangaa and other senior government officials told Reuters that Fayulu actually won the election but that top officials instructed the commission to award the vote to Tshisekedi, who the Kabila’s camp viewed as less hostile to its interests.Kabila and Tshisekedi’s camps both deny the vote was rigged.The United States sharply criticized the conduct of the election but eventually recognized Tshisekedi’s victory and said it was committed to working with his Government. (Reuters)last_img read more

Griezmann’s brace sinks Germany

first_img0Shares0000Antoine Griezmann netted a second half brace in the Stade de France as France came from behind to beat Germany in Paris. PHOTO/COURTESYPARIS, France, Oct 17- Antoine Griezmann hit a pair of second-half goals as world champions France came from behind to beat Germany 2-1 in the UEFA Nations League on Tuesday and cast further doubt on Joachim Loew’s future.Toni Kroos struck a 14th-minute penalty for Germany, but Griezmann engineered a rousing fightback in the first game between the nations at the Stade de France since the November 2015 friendly that was overshadowed by a series of terror attacks on the French capital. France coach Didier Deschamps fielded an almost identical team to the one that started the World Cup final, Presnel Kimpembe the lone exception in place of the injured Samuel Umtiti.Germany’s chastening 3-0 defeat by the Dutch on Saturday prompted Loew to make five changes, as he injected additional pace into the attack with the inclusions of Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry.Kylian Mbappe’s electrifying speed was soon on display, but Hugo Lloris initially proved the far busier of the two goalkeepers as Germany sought to end a run of three competitive matches without a goal.Lloris, who missed last month’s opening 0-0 draw in Munich, was forced to hack clear early on when N’Golo Kante’s intervention sent the ball rolling towards his own goal.However, he was beaten on 14 minutes when Kroos struck from the spot after Paris Saint-Germain centre-back Kimpembe was penalised for a handball as he slid to block a Sane cross.Lloris guessed correctly and dived to his left although the Tottenham keeper could only help the ball into the corner of the net.Germany immediately threatened a second as Sane burst clear on the halfway line, but his pass for Timo Werner was pushed away from the RB Leipzig striker by an outstretched Lloris.France, unbeaten in 14 matches since a friendly loss to Colombia in March, were again indebted to Lloris when he scrambled a Matthias Ginter effort behind after a chance fell invintingly to the defender at a corner.– Griezmann steps up –Olivier Giroud lifted over a difficult chance from a Lucas Hernandez cross just before half-time, shortly after a teasing Griezmann delivery eluded a lunging Mbappe in the Germany box.A vastly improved France nearly equalised through Mbappe minutes into the second half, the teenager denied by Manuel Neuer’s left boot as he bore in on goal.Sane scuffed wide from a Nico Schulz cut-back, but France levelled on 62 minutes as Griezmann rose magnificently to head a driven Lucas Hernandez cross beyond a helpless Neuer.Gnabry, making first Germany appearance since Nov 2016, intercepted a risky Kimpembe pass and saw a rasping 25-yard strike fisted away by Lloris.But France were awarded a penalty of their own 10 minutes from time when Paul Pogba slipped in Blaise Matuidi, the Juventus midfielder upended by Mats Hummels as he tried to round Neuer.Griezmann smacked the resulting spot-kick past Neuer to condemn Germany to an alarming sixth defeat in their last 10 outings, and rule Loew’s side out of Nations League title contention.France, who top the section on seven points, take on the Netherlands in their final game on November 16 in Rotterdam, while Germany must beat the Dutch in Gelsenkirchen next month if they are to avoid relegation.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

ROBOT INVASION

first_imgBy Mark Jewell THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BOSTON – Long dominated by home-cleaning gadgets, the consumer robotics market is expanding with the arrival of ‘bots that can spy inside your home when you’re away or arrange virtual meetings of family or friends. Robotics experts say gadgets introduced Thursday could usher more socially oriented robots into the U.S. market. The new models bear little physical resemblance to humans or pets – unlike cuddlier robots embraced by consumers in Japan and South Korea. But they’re intended to help distance-separated people connect, rather than perform a tedious task like vacuuming a floor. For now, iRobot is offering limited quantities – it won’t say how many – under a pilot program. For $199, select participants can take the device home, test it out and offer feedback. The Burlington, Mass.-based company says ConnectR will become broadly available early next year for less than $500. Another product introduced Thursday at the DigitalLife technology conference in New York was developed by France-based Meccano and marketed in the U.S. by Erector, best known for its Erector Set kits. The gadget – Spykee the WiFi spy robot – bears little resemblance to the new iRobot product. It has tank-style track wheels and a camera vaguely resembling a human head perched above mechanical arms. Enthusiasts who want to be able to boast that they built their own robot can configure it in three different setups. Spykee’s audio and video technology resembles the new iRobot products, but it’s being pitched as a device to spy on your home when you’re gone, check on the pets when you’re on vacation, or find out what the kids are doing at home alone after school. Spykee’s makers also say the gadget potentially could help catch a home intruder if placed near a door or window. If the robot’s motion sensor is triggered, it can activate an alarm, or snap a digital photo and e-mail it to the homeowner. The robot is expected to be available starting Nov. 27 for about $299. Both new robots attempt to give remote users “virtual presence” – a concept that’s proven useful for doctors at a Baltimore hospital who rely on a $150,000 robot to remotely check in with hospital patients by sending the gadget to their bedside. Now, similar robots at lower cost are possible in the consumer market. “Advances in computer hardware, software, and lower-cost cameras, microphones and other sensing devices are enabling this to happen,” said Kuffner, the robotics professor. Neena Buck, a Cambridge, Mass.-based independent robotics analyst, said that although the models introduced Thursday are socially oriented, they’re still a far cry from the human-like robots that have caught on in Asia. “In the U.S., we want our robots to be utilitarian, and act as helpers to us,” Buck said. “In Japan and Korea, they think of robots as friends and pets, and as additions to their families.” But as prices come down, “I think Americans will be willing to experiment with cute-ish robots that do something like bring a family together,” she said. IRobot isn’t turning its attention away from task-oriented robots. On Thursday, the company also announced the Looj, designed to clean roof gutters – a messy job requiring repeated trips up and down a ladder. Looj, costing less than $100, propels itself via remote control as it sweeps out gunk. It still requires climbing a ladder to place the device in the gutter. And since Looj can’t turn corners, that means four trips up and down for the owner of a home with a square roof.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “As these kinds of devices mature in the years ahead, I expect them to gradually become more sophisticated in terms of providing gestures, object interaction such as picking things up, and eventually moving toward a more human shape,” said James Kuffner, an assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute. A new device by iRobot Corp. resembles the company’s disc-shaped Roomba vacuum cleaner, but with a webcam bulging from the top. It’s designed to enable a parent on a business trip to feel almost as if they’re at home. For example, a parent could remotely send the wheeled robot into the kids’ bedroom, where the children could flip open a book in front of the robot’s camera, microphone and speakers. The parent then can scan the words and read a bedtime story aloud while watching the kids’ reactions. While a remote control can direct the robot from within the home, it also can be controlled remotely, using a Web connection to access a home wireless network. The user could then operate the robot with either a joystick or a computer installed with iRobot-supplied software. Participants can hear over two-way audio speakers. Digital video streams in color one-way – meaning a traveling parent could see the kids, but not vice versa. Up to 10 parties can have PIN-number access to the gadget, allowing distant relatives or friends to remotely keep in touch, and immediate family. last_img read more

DANIEL SAYS CHRISTMAS WON’T BE THE SAME WITHOUT HIS BELOVED MUM

first_imgDaniel O’Donnell has admitted that Christmas will be very different this year as it will be his first without his beloved mum Julia.Daniel and late mum Julia.The much-loved 94 year old passed away in May after a short illness.Heartbroken Daniel, 52, said his mum loved nothing more than having all her family home in their native Donegal for the festive season. “Of course we’ll be home for Christmas. This Christmas will be very different for us all, as it will be the first without my mother. She will be greatly missed by all of us, as she loved having all the family home for Christmas,” he said.Daniel will spend Christmas with wife Majella at their home in Kincasslagh and will sing at midnight mass at St Mary’s Church in the local village.The singer is already experiencing pre-Christmas freezing temperatures as he tours the US amidst huge snowfalls.He revealed “As I write this note I’m sitting in our cabin in Branson, Missouri. It’s a lovely hot sunny afternoon but boy it hasn’t been like that all the time we’ve been here. We’ve had the coldest weather I’ve ever experienced since I first came here in 1997. “One night in particular it went down to 19 F / -7c. These calculations might not be exact but they are as near as I can go in my head. So it was “Winter Woollies” all the way.”But the chart-topping star said it was extra special being in America at this time because his wife Majella could not travel last year as she was undergoing her cancer treatment.“It was great having Majella with me, as you know last year she was going through treatment at this time, so thank God everything has gone well for her,” he said.Daniel’s latest album ‘Stand Beside Me’ has just entered the UK charts – making it the 27th year in a row that he has had an album in the UK charts.DANIEL SAYS CHRISTMAS WON’T BE THE SAME WITHOUT HIS BELOVED MUM was last modified: November 24th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:CHristmasdaniel o’donnelldonegalmum Julialast_img read more

Picture Special: Snowmen spring up across Donegal!

first_imgParts of Donegal were transformed into a winter wonderland as Storm Emma brought snow in abundance to areas in north Donegal, with other areas getting a light dusting.Magical memories were made as kids (and adults!) across the county constructed igloos, led full-out snowball wars, and snowmen sprung up across the county (with even a few minion snowmen spotted amongst them!).As the snow melts and schools reopen, it seems that it’s back to business as usual for Donegal tomorrow. Thanks to our readers for sending these fantastic pictures our way:When a Donegal hairdresser and Cavan beautician get the day off work and don’t know how to pass the time! Pic by Sinead GallagherWhen a Donegal hairdresser and Cavan beautician get the day off work and don’t know how to pass the time! Pic by Sinead GallagherPicture by Vitalija Jancenkovaite-stonieneA very suave snowman from Creeslough by Danny and Christine McLaughlinThe whole family – cat included! Pic by Maria LynchThe smallest snowman in Donegal! Made by Kelly in Portnoo. Pic by Aaron BreenBrody and his snowman in Bundoran. Pic by Eamonn DuffyPic by Deirdre DohertyThis guy is about 8 and a half/9 foot tall! Made in the Isle of Doagh. Pic by Aine McLaughlin Derrybeg snowman. Pic by Sarai Doherty.Michaella, Nicole, Alan, and Aiden Doherty from Derrybeg. Pic by Sarai Doherty.Snow minion spotted in Milford! Pic by Sinead HaganSnow in Buncrana with Oran, Shay & Felim. Pic by Carmel QuigleyPic by Fergal PrenterA Buncrana snow minion! Pic by Deirdre DCarrigart igloo! Pic by Gerlyn CoyleBuncrana kids Abigail and Conor got to play in the snow, make snowmen and have snowball fights this week! Pic by Maggie Green & Danny McFaddenGreat Dane puppy, Blue loved the snow and spent her time bouncing through the deep snowfall trying to catch snowflakes along with Abigail and Conor! Pic by Maggie Green & Danny McFaddenDebby the Mk 2 Golf in Falcarragh. Pic by 427 MotorsportsDebby the Mk 2 Golf beside a snowy Errigal. Pic by 427 MotorsportsThis dedicated Malin GAA player didn’t let Storm Emma get in the way of his training sessions! Pic by Maggie McLaughlinPic by John Gerald ConnaghanThe beast from Milford: Snowman built by Kevin, Luke, Emma & Eddie, over 7 & a half ft in height! Pic by Kelly FrielBuilt by Eamon Doherty and co in Buncrana! Pic by Denise ViršilėDownings Beach covered in a blanket of snow. Pic by Michelle O NeillQuigley’s Point. Pic by Nan CrampseyBloody Foreland. Pic by Denis McGeadySnowy Errigal. Pic by Paul LapsleyPicture Special: Snowmen spring up across Donegal! was last modified: March 5th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:donegalgallerypicture specialpicturessnowlast_img read more

China deal up in the air and soggy soils underfoot

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Doug Tenney, Leist MercantileBloomberg News reported on Feb. 28 that the U.S. and China are in the final stages of negotiating a 150-page executive order, which may be ready to be signed by President Trump and President Xi yet this month. Final details are still being hammered out. The pact will include six “memorandum of understanding” points agreed to last month. Those six points are: forced technology transfer and cyber theft, intellectual property rights, services, currency, non-tariff barriers to trade, and agriculture.Late last month, White House Economic Adviser Kudlow indicated the U.S. is on the verge of an historic pact with China. The weariness is readily apparent for all in the ag industry in regard to the months long U.S./China trade issues. Producers have paid with the decimating hit they took to their bottom line with the sharp decline in soybean prices since last June. With the huge amount of selling pressure in recent weeks, it appears traders are looking for specific things to occur, a date to be announced for the trade signing by the presidents, and the actual signing to happen.Winter is still hanging on with claws outstretched. The first weekend of March saw a major cold pattern moving through the Midwest with another in the forecast for the second March weekend. Ohio had snow with that first weekend storm. It is also bringing rain into the U.S. Delta and Gulf States. This cold, wet pattern will prevent timely corn planting in the Delta.The annual USDA Outlook Conference was held last month. Their projection of 2019 U.S. acres included, corn 92 million acres, soybeans 85 million acres, and wheat 47 million acres. Last year the U.S. planted 89.1 million acres of corn, 89.2 million acres to soybeans, and 47.8 million acres to wheat. Wheat acres for 2019 are the lowest in 110 years. The next monthly Supply and Demand Report will be on March 8. The yearly Prospective Plantings Report will be March 29.With March now well underway it is most obvious that plenty of fieldwork needs to be completed before spring planting of corn and soybeans can get underway. Producers knew months ago the time for fieldwork was going to be a gargantuan struggle this spring. Ohio is not unique with field work delays rampant across the eastern Corn Belt. Last fall’s harvest was a slow and difficult one for producers across Ohio as well as the Midwest with many rain delays. Those that finished harvest by mid-December were not able to complete their normal fall tillage work. Others were only able to finish harvest after leaving severe ruts in fields. Those ruts have not been filled in this winter as desired. Soil compaction will be a major issue for years to come, affecting yields while bringing back bad memories along the way. The deluge of rainfall also left numerous producers with unharvested soybeans. That harvest disappointment across Ohio has been further compounded as nearly 10 inches of rain fell during January and February. It was wet across Ohio on March 1.Old crop soybean basis has been weak for months and dimes wider than average at the start of March. Closer examination reveals new crop soybean basis levels have already seen widening take place. Numerous locations across Ohio have seen new crop soybean basis levels widen by a dime or more in January and February.The 30- to 60-day weather forecasts suggest above normal precipitation across the Corn Belt. Expect planting delays, high frustration, and continued grain prices disappointment.last_img read more

Finally, a Right-Sized Furnace

first_imgFor years, builders of energy-efficient homes have been frustrated by the lack of low-load furnaces. An article I wrote in 2013 about this problem began with this question: “Why are the smallest available American furnaces rated at about 40,000 Btu/h?”A 40,000 Btu/h furnace is likely to be more than twice the size of what is needed to heat a small energy-efficient home. Many homes in this category have a design heat load of only 12,000 or 15,000 Btu/h.I once asked John Straube, a professor of building envelope science at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, “With so many builders frustrated by the problem of oversized furnaces, are equipment manufacturers paying any attention?” Straube answered, “Not really. We’ve talked to Trane, Carrier, Lennox, and we’ve told them that we want a smaller, cheaper alternative. Their response is always the same: ‘No, we’re not interested. We are not seeing any demand.’”Finally, a Canadian company named Dettson Industries has come to the rescue. They have developed a modulating gas-fired furnace, the Dettson Chinook C15-M-V, rated at 15,000 Btu/h. At its low fire rate, the furnace has an output of 6,000 Btu/h.Compared to an oversized furnace, a right-sized furnace has several advantages. It will have longer operational cycles, which should improve occupant comfort compared to a furnace with short cycling problems, and it should do a better job of keeping the interior temperature at the thermostat setpoint than a furnace that short cycles.The Dettson Chinook furnace is available in several sizes ranging up to 120,000 Btu/h. Needless to say, lots of furnace manufacturers offer models in the 40,000 Btu/h to 120,000 Btu/h range, so the larger furnaces manufactured by Dettson are nothing special. This article will… Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

How To Choose The Right Streaming Music Service — A Guide

first_img12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout GroovesharkNumber of Songs: 13.2 millionPrice (monthly): Free (unlimited) / $9 per month for premium Geographic Availability: Everywhere but Germany and DenmarkMobile Platforms: HTML5 Web app, plus Android and an unofficial Windows Phone appOffline Syncing: NoSound Quality (bit rate): VariesWeb App: YesKiller Features: More fluid catalog with rare (and sometimes unauthorized) materialUsers: 20 million monthly uniques (not the same as registered users) Related Posts SpotifyNumber of Songs: 20 millionPrice (monthly): Free for desktop (limited) / $5 – $10 for premiumGeographic Availability: 23 countries (mostly western Europe & U.S.)Mobile Platforms: iOS (iPhone & iPad), Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone 8, SymbianOffline Syncing: YesSound Quality (bit rate): 160 kbps on desktop & “low bandwidth” mobile; 320 kbps option on mobileWeb App: YesKiller Features: Ability to import local MP3s; 3rd party add-on apps are excellentUsers: 24 million RdioNumber of Songs: 20 millionPrice (monthly): Free for desktop (limited) / $5 – $10 for premiumGeographic Availability: 24 countries (mostly western Europe & The Americas)Mobile Platforms: iOS (iPhone & iPad), Android, Windows Phone, BlackberryOffline Syncing: YesSound Quality (bit rate): 192 kbpsWeb App: YesKiller Features: Vastly superior UI designUsers: Unknown  DeezerNumber of Songs: 20 millionPrice (monthly): Free for desktop (limited) / $5 – $10 for premiumGeographic Availability: 182 countries (U.S. launch expected in 2013)Mobile Platforms: iOS (iPhone & iPad), Android, Windows Phone 7, BlackberryOffline Syncing: YesSound Quality (bit rate): Up to 320kbpsWeb App: YesKiller Features: Ability to import local MP3sUsers: 26 million  RhapsodyNumber of Songs: 16 millionPrice (monthly): $10Geographic Availability: U.S. onlyMobile Platforms: iOS (iPhone & iPad), Android, Windows Phone, BlackberryOffline Syncing: YesSound Quality (bit rate): 128 kbps – 192 kbps on desktop; 64kbps on mobileWeb App: YesKiller Features: Sells high bitrate MP3s for downloadUsers: 1 million (paid) 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#digital music#grooveshark#rdio#spotify#streaming music It’s going to be an interesting year in online music. The all-you-can-stream music subscription space is set to heat up, with rumored Spotify competitors from Google and Amazon potentially in the offing and an already-huge European service called Deezer planning to launch in the U.S. In the meantime, there are already a number of music subscription services to choose from, depending on where you live. None of them are perfect. Spotify and Rdio generally the lead the pack, each with its own impressively massive library of music. Spotify wins points over Rdio for letting you import your own MP3s, whereas Rdio’s interface design, especially on mobile, is vastly superior to that of any other offering.Then there are solid offerings from Grooveshark and MOG, both of which face an uncertain future, for completely different reasons. MOG was acquired by headphone maker Beats Audio, which plans to launch a new service called Daisy this year. Meanwhile, Grooveshark has faced a barrage of lawsuits from record labels, who accuse the startup of copyright infringement, but remains standing… for now.Which service is right for you? It depends on how much you value things like audio control, design aesthetics, music selection and user control. A year from now, the landscape may well look totally different and we’ll be updating this post accordingly. For now, here’s a comparison of the major all-you-can-stream music services.  john paul titlow 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… MOGNumber of Songs: 16 millionPrice (monthly): Free for desktop  / $5 -10 for premiumGeographic Availability: United States and AustraliaMobile Platforms: iOS and AndroidOffline Syncing: YesSound Quality (bit rate): 320 kbpsWeb App: YesKiller Features: Streams are high quality audio by defaultUsers: 500,000last_img read more