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  • India’s Sanitation Problem

    10/17/2014 6:19:32 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 51 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/17/14 | Jack Dini
    Diarrheal diseases kill 700,000 children in India every year Nationwide, at least two-thirds of India’s 1.2 billion people still defecate in the open, and many do not understand the dire public health consequences. Diarrheal diseases kill 700,000 children in India every year while also contributing to widespread malnutrition and childhood growth stunting, as well as diseases like typhoid and cholera. (1) In an attempt to improve upon this situation, Indian leaders are taking on the taboo of public hygiene, one of the country’s great problems. Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister, says building toilets is a priority over temples. His finance...
  • The Trouble With Keeping Commercial Flights Clean

    09/18/2014 6:31:21 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 18 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Sep 17, 2014 | Scott McCartney
    The Middle Seat The Trouble With Keeping Commercial Flights Clean With the Ebola Crisis in the Background, Standards for Disinfecting Planes Vary Based on Time, Class Just how clean are airplanes? Do they really get scrubbed down after each flight? WSJ's Scott McCartney joins Tanya Rivero on Lunch Break with the answers. By Scott McCartney Updated Sept. 17, 2014 The Ebola crisis and heightened concerns about the risk of spreading disease during air travel have focused concern on what airlines do to keep planes clean. It's a murky area without clear regulatory standards. The Federal Aviation Administration says it doesn't...
  • Reflections in the midst of extreme poverty and filth... trip in India [Warning: Graphic]

    01/05/2014 6:11:07 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 56 replies
    china smack.com ^ | Oct. 27, 20`0 | maxiewawa
    India is the dirtiest country I have ever been to. I have heard people say that Pakistan, which is to the west and Bangladesh, to the east, are worse, but that is probably beyond the limits of my imaginatio n. In two months in India, I went from south to north, visiting some tourist towns that I had read about. I also went by train and bus to countless towns and open fields that weren’t so famous, and everywhere there were people had something in common — dirty, messy and stank. Interestingly, I also saw countless foreigners having a great...
  • Tennessee Water Resources Employees Warned

    12/16/2013 12:02:05 PM PST · by John Semmens · 7 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 14 Dec 2013 | John Semmens
    Sandra Dudley, director of the Water Resources Division of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation sent an email warning her employees not to flush inappropriate items down the toilet. “People, it’s our job to improve water quality,” Dudley wrote. “It should be self evident that flushing shoes, pens, staplers, and similar items would tend to work against this objective. Please stop.” Administrative Assistant Sheeta Lotte said she considered the email warning “insulting. Everybody knows they shouldn’t be flushing this trash. But sometimes the job gets so boring you gotta do something to liven things up. Seeing what kinds of...
  • Ice in six out of ten restaurants has more bacteria than water from toilets

    06/05/2013 4:50:29 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 18 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | June 3, 2013 | Ben Ellery
    The ice served in six out of ten of Britain’s most popular high street restaurants contains more bacteria than the water found in their toilets, an investigation by The Mail on Sunday has found. Scientific tests have shown that ice from branches of McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC, Starbucks, Cafe Rouge and Nando’s all had higher levels of bacteria than samples of water taken from their lavatory bowls. Experts say it could be due to them being cleaned more often than the ice machines. None of the samples found presented an immediate health danger, but four contained such high levels of...
  • Survival Sanitation: How to Deal with Human Waste

    11/14/2012 2:14:03 PM PST · by Renfield · 54 replies
    This is the second post in a three-part series on survival sanitation.In a SHTF situation, proper sanitation is of utmost importance if you want to keep your family from getting seriously sick. When you add to that a lack of medical facilities due to grid-down issues, staying healthy becomes even more crucial.In this series I discuss the skills you need to avoid getting and spreading disease, and how to deal with waste and trash when your town and city services are no longer working. Survival Sanitation: It all Begins with the HandsSurvival Sanitation: Disposing of Human WasteSurvival Sanitation: Disposing of Garbage Off-Grid When the grid goes...
  • Occupy Admits Its Real Goal: Communism

    08/21/2012 3:09:00 PM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 50 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 20 August 2012 | Editorial
    The Left: An Occupy organizer admitted over the weekend that the goal of his protest group was to "overthrow the capitalist system and build communism." So the cat's out of the bag again on this bunch. Where is the outrage? The true agenda of the Occupy movement has been revealed — it's a totalitarian one. Billing itself as a spontaneous people's revolution and embraced by the media and Democrat political establishment, Occupy is really a destructive band of thugs whose goal is the violent demise of democracy. Speaking at a "People's Assembly" in Washington, former Amalgamated Transit Union local 689...
  • After raids, Wall Street protesters shift tactics (LA sanitation hauls off 25 tons of debris)

    11/30/2011 1:58:18 PM PST · by Libloather · 30 replies · 1+ views
    My Fox Maine ^ | 11/30/11 | CHRIS HAWLEY
    After raids, Wall Street protesters shift tacticsUpdated: Nov 30, 2011 4:37 PM EST By CHRIS HAWLEY Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) - The overnight police raids in Philadelphia and Los Angeles that dismantled two of the nation's biggest Occupy Wall Street encampments leave just a few major "occupations" still going on around the U.S. But activists are already changing tactics and warning of a winter of discontent, with rallies and marches every week. The camps may bloom again in the spring, organizers said, and next summer could bring huge demonstrations at the Republican and Democratic conventions, when the whole world...
  • Occupy Wall St. protesters secure three Porta-Potties in wake of sanitation and hygiene issues

    11/06/2011 12:28:35 AM PDT · by Upstate NY Guy · 43 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | November 5, 2011 | Rich Shapiro & Henrick Karoliszyn
    The Occupy Wall Street movement was flush with relief Saturday after protesters got their own potties. For the past seven weeks, demonstrators have marched to nearby fast food joints to do their business, sometimes riling customers and workers. But thanks to the help of local officials, the protesters have finally secured three Porta-Potties of their own. “It’s good because it provides a place to go so people don’t pee in the street,” said Rossi Meacham, 27, of Portland, Maine. “We can keep the park sanitary without having to rely on anybody else to use their facilities.” The portable toilets are...
  • Big Snowstorm Headed for the Northeast This Weekend

    10/28/2011 6:21:39 AM PDT · by libstripper · 32 replies · 1+ views
    AccuWeather.com ^ | October 28, 1011 | Alex Sosnowski
    Another storm coming Saturday to the Northeast bringing drenching rain also threatens a heavily populated part of the region with downed trees, power outages, and travel delays from heavy, wet snow. Fresh cold air will invade the Northeast through Friday, paving the way for major problems in the Northeast as the second and stronger storm in three days comes calling this weekend. If the storm develops to its full potential, thousands of trees could come down, and over a million people could be without power. The Saturday storm will bring a change to wet snow in many more places, compared...
  • Health expert condemns park rats (Zuccotti Park)

    10/22/2011 5:44:20 AM PDT · by libstripper · 45 replies
    New YOrk Post ^ | Oct. 22, 2011 | ANTONIO ANTENUCCI and CARL CAMPANILE
    Close this pigpen! Filth-ridden Zuccotti Park is a breeding ground for bacterial infection loaded with potential health-code violations that pose a major risk to the public, an expert who inspected the area warned. “It’s like Walmart for rats,’’ Wayne Yon, an expert on city health regulations, said yesterday. “There’s a lack of sanitation, a lack of controls for hot and cold water,” Yon said. He saw at least 15 violations of the city’s health code -- the type that would easily shut down a food establishment.
  • Zuccotti neighbors: Stop dumping on us

    10/21/2011 7:03:04 AM PDT · by libstripper · 35 replies
    Neew York Post ^ | Oct. 21, 2011 | JOSH SAUL
    Livid lower Manhattan residents went off on Zuccotti Park protesters at a heated Community Board 1 meeting last night and blasted politicians for not controlling the chaos. “They’re defecating on our doorsteps,” fumed board member Catherine Hughes, a stay-at-home mom who lives one block from the protest. “The cowbells start at 4 a.m. and the drumming goes past 10 a.m. A lot of people are very frustrated. A lot of people are concerned about the safety of our kids.”
  • NL's whale fountain shut off for sanitary reasons

    06/08/2011 11:25:05 AM PDT · by Immerito · 11 replies
    TheDay.com ^ | June 6, 2011 | Kathleen Edgecomb
    New London — The city turned off the water at the new whale tail fountain over the weekend after someone reportedly defecated in the water. "People are using the tail as a latrine,'' Evelyn Louziotis said. "It's an $11 million bathroom."
  • Ex-Streets and Sanitation boss Sanchez gets 2 1/2 years in prison (Chicago RAT thug & hiring scheme)

    02/20/2011 8:04:02 PM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    Sun Times ^ | 2/04/11 | NATASHA KORECKI
    Ex-Streets and Sanitation boss Sanchez gets 2 1/2 years in prisonBy NATASHA KORECKI Federal Courts Reporter Feb 4, 2011 06:10PM The federal sentencing hearing Thursday of ex-Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Al Sanchez meant 2 1/2-years in prison for the onetime city official. It prompted opinions over this week’s disaster on Lake Shore Drive as well as a hiring scheme that has gone on in the city for decades. But it also did something else. It ended a seven-year run of federal prosecutions into city hall that began with the Hired Truck scandal in 2004. Sanchez was the very last defendant...
  • Blizzard Bungling Sanitation Bosses Were Harvard-Trained (on taxpayer's dime)

    01/20/2011 9:06:25 AM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Gothamist ^ | 1/13/11 | Ben Yakas
    Blizzard Bungling Sanitation Bosses Were Harvard-TrainedBy Ben Yakas in News on January 13, 2011 1:30 PM People have been extra riled up and angry at the Sanitation Department over their underwhelming performance cleaning up snow and trash after the Blizzageddon a few weeks back. But maybe people have been too hard on them—after all, it's not like they went to Harvard or anything! Except, they did: several top sanitation officials who are being investigated for the alleged slowdown were sent to Harvard for training—and it was paid for courtesy of taxpayers. Ten sanitation bosses were sent to Harvard for "management...
  • Video Proof that NY Sanitation Workers Sabatoged Storm Cleanup

    01/05/2011 9:06:22 AM PST · by Freepmanchew · 21 replies
    ChicoER Gate ^ | 1/5/10 | Chuck wolk
    Last week NY city sanitation union employees were told by their supervisors to keep away from some of the major arteries of traffic in order to cause havoc during the snow storm because they wanted to make a statement about their disagreement over budget cuts. So along with other tragedies, Sanitation Union workers are directly responsible for the death of a 22 year old college students new born baby.Well, now we have video evidence that proves the workers laid down on the job. Some slept like the sanitation worker in the photo to the left. Others were spotted in...
  • The Case Against Public Worker Unions – Video Of NYC Sanitation Slowdown

    01/05/2011 7:18:35 AM PST · by Biggirl · 35 replies
    http://radioviceonline.com/ ^ | January 5, 2011 | Jim Vicevich
    This has been one of the big causes of Fox New Radio host John Gibson, and may I say with good reason. Charges were made last week that NYC Sanitation workers staged a slowdown during the blizzard, leaving streets unplowed and generally causing chaos. That investigation continues now with video obtained by our sister station in NYC, CBS 2, as the evidence continues to mount that union supervisors orchestrated the slowdown as a protest to proposed salary and labor cuts. Is it time to outlaw public worker unions? Two videos for you. First up the original charge made by New...
  • NYC Sanitation Workers Absenteeism Double the Norm, As Union Head Says 'You Can Never Count

    01/02/2011 3:27:49 PM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies
    newsbusters ^ | 1/2/11 | Tom Blumer
    From the New York Times on Thursday, in an item put together with the help of a half-dozen Times reporters ("Inaction and Delays by New York as Storm Bore Down"): ... Harry Nespoli, president of the Uniformed Sanitationmen’s Association, said the problems late Sunday (during the initial stages of the northeast snowstorm -- Ed.) underscored how the city could not rely on outside contractors to help with snow removal and other jobs in such storms, particularly during a holiday weekend. “You can never count on the privates, because they don’t have to show up,” he said. “What obligation do they...
  • Sanit bigs boozed amid snow chaos: witnesses

    01/02/2011 2:48:58 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    ny post ^ | 1/2/11 | REUVEN BLAU and BRAD HAMILTON
    A group of on-duty Sanitation supervisors is under investigation for allegedly buying booze and chilling in their cozy department car for hours Monday night after the blizzard stranded a bus and three snowplows blocks away. The city Department of Investigation is probing the incident after witnesses said four snow blowers blew off their duties to get blitzed, buying two six-packs of beer from a Brooklyn bodega. The workers then walked five blocks to their car, which was in 20 inches of snow in the middle of 18th at McDonald avenues near the F train entrance, passing the stuck bus and...
  • Report: NYC (union) Sanitation Supervisors Ignored Duties to Drink Alcohol During Blizzard

    01/02/2011 9:12:40 AM PST · by Libloather · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/02/11 | REUVEN BLAU and BRAD HAMILTON
    Report: NYC Sanitation Supervisors Ignored Duties to Drink Alcohol During BlizzardPublished January 02, 2011 New York Post Instead of plowing, they got plowed. A group of New York City Sanitation supervisors is under investigation for allegedly buying booze and chilling in their cozy department car for hours Monday night after the blizzard stranded a bus and three snowplows blocks away. The city's Department of Investigation is probing the incident after witnesses said four snow blowers blew off their duties to get blitzed, buying two six-packs of beer from a Brooklyn bodega. The workers then walked five blocks to their car,...
  • Bloomberg Takes Blame for Response to Snowstorm

    12/29/2010 11:36:01 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 34 replies · 13+ views
    Bloomberg Takes Blame for Response to Snowstorm By PATRICK McGEEHAN Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg accepted responsibility Wednesday for the city’s response to a crippling snowstorm, pledging to have every street plowed by morning and then to figure out why his administration’s clean-up efforts were inadequate. Speaking at a hardware store in the Hunts Point section of the South Bronx, Mr. Bloomberg said he was “extremely dissatisfied” with the performance of the city’s emergency management system. He said the response was “a lot worse” than after other recent snowstorms and was not as efficient as “the city has a right to...
  • Meet The Hundreds Of NYC Sanitation Workers Who Earn Over $100,000

    12/30/2010 11:07:41 AM PST · by Nachum · 56 replies · 51+ views
    Business Insider ^ | 12/30/10 | Gus Lubin
    New York City sanitation bosses think they've got it so bad that they intentionally delayed snow-removal, according to the NY Post.So how bad have they got it? City workers enjoyed steady employment through the recession, killer benefits and a generous pension package. Then there's the pay. 315 sanitation workers earned over $100,000 in 2009, according to SeeThroughNY. The top guy, John Doherty, earned $205,180.There are also perks that come with the job.
  • Sanitation Workers Slowed Efforts Result Of Budget Protest?

    12/30/2010 9:10:11 AM PST · by Biggirl · 9 replies · 6+ views
    http://radioviceonline.com/ ^ | December 30, 2010 | Steve McGough
    I’m not sure how much faith you can put in reports from anonymous New York City Sanitation Department employees who met with a city councilman yesterday, but you might as well read about it. They say the “message” sent – supported and encouraged by management - was in retaliation for demotions, attrition and budget cuts. Obviously, clearing upwards of 20 inches (or more) of snow from New York City is a pretty big task. Where do you put the stuff? From what I understand, they need to use dump trucks to move it out of the city. That said, a...
  • Rumaitha area gets multiple upgrades

    06/14/2010 8:33:28 AM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 125+ views
    U.S. Forces Iraq ^ | Staff Sgt. Christopher Jelle, USA
    MUTHANNA PROVINCE -- Iraqi and U.S. Forces recently completed three construction projects here, providing residents with six new electrical power transformers, a new pedestrian bridge and a school with a working sanitation system. U.S. State Department Provincial Reconstruction Teams help U.S. forces improve the stability of provincial governments by helping them address the needs of their communities, to include rebuilding infrastructure damaged by years of conflict. U.S. forces, working with the provincial governments, have constantly been building new structures and facilities that will bring a positive change to the people of Iraq, said Maj. Scott Vance, civil affairs officer, 3rd...
  • IslamoCare

    04/19/2010 10:16:42 AM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies · 500+ views
    frontpage mag ^ | 4/19/10 | Dr. John Kenneth Press
    The UK Department of Health recently announced that it would loosen hygiene rules for Muslim and Sikh doctors and nurses. From now on, Muslim female staff will not need to wash their hands before procedures as it compromises their modesty. Instead, they will have the admittedly less sanitary option of wearing disposable plastic over-sleeves. Acknowledging the danger of microbes and death, a Department of Health spokesman said, “The guidance is intended to . . . balance infection control measures with cultural beliefs.” But, believe it or not, from a culturist perspective, the death of some patients is not the main...
  • County pulls plug on free coffee, doughnuts at Camarillo store

    03/05/2010 6:03:30 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 43 replies · 1,338+ views
    The Ventura County Star ^ | February 24, 2010 | Mark Storer
    Ty Brann likes the neighborly feel of his local hardware store. The fourth-generation Ventura County resident and small business owner has been going to the B & B Do it Center on Mobile Avenue in Camarillo for many years. His company, Kastle Kare, does pest control, landscaping and plant care, and he’s a B & B regular. So when he learned the county had told B & B it could no longer put out its usual box of doughnuts and coffee pot for the morning customers, Brann was taken aback. Poll Should coffee and doughnuts be considered food service? Yes...
  • Panjshir PRT medics improve medical sanitation

    05/18/2009 5:30:50 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 402+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Senior Airman Ashton Goodman, USAF
    5/18/2009 - BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (AFNS) -- As soon as the Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team arrived in the Panjshir Valley in November 2008, they noticed a need for a more sanitary way of disposing of contaminated needles. "We saw that they were using cardboard boxes and buckets for [sharps] disposal. We also observed needles laying all over the ground," said Tech. Sgt. James Bailey, a PRT medic from Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. To solve this problem, Sergeant Bailey and Tech. Sgt. Alfred Greene, a medic deployed from Shaw AFB, S.C., met with the Panjshir director of Public Health to...
  • Sanitation Trucks Keep Baghdad Clean

    02/27/2009 3:36:17 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 287+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell, USA
    An Eastern Baghdad local leader answers questions from the Iraqi media about 20 waste sanitation trucks turned over to the government of Iraq during a ceremony at Forward Operating Base Loyalty, Feb. 25. Photo by Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell, Multi-National Division – Baghdad. FOB LOYALTY — Twenty waste sanitation trucks were turned over to the Government of Iraq during a ceremony here, Feb. 25.The new trucks, used for sewage maintenance and repair, give the Iraqis additional capacity to work out sanitation problems in eastern Baghdad, said Conrad Tribble, the chief of the embedded Provincial Reconstruction Team with the 3rd Brigade...
  • Householders to be charged for each flush of toilet

    02/16/2009 6:48:40 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 67 replies · 2,443+ views
    news.com.au ^ | November 16, 2008 03:00pm??? | n/a
    HOUSEHOLDERS would be charged for each flush under a radical new toilet tax designed to help beat the drought. The scheme would replace the current system, which sees sewage charges based on a home's value - not its waste water output. CSIRO Policy and Economic Research Unit member Jim McColl and Adelaide University Water Management Professor Mike Young plan to promote the move to state and federal politicians and experts across the country. "It would encourage people to reduce their sewage output by taking shorter showers,recycling washing machine water or connecting rainwater tanks to internal plumbingto reduce their charges,''Professor Young...
  • Nagin vows to cut sanitation services to French Quarter in budget dispute

    01/27/2009 4:52:05 PM PST · by BBell · 24 replies · 500+ views
    The Times-Picayune ^ | January 26, 2009 | Frank Donze
    The political tug-of-war over New Orleans' 2009 budget continued Monday as Mayor Ray Nagin announced he will make cuts in the level of sanitation services in the French Quarter next week despite steps taken by the City Council to preserve the "Disneylike" cleaning that has won raves from locals and visitors since it debuted two years ago. To head off what he said would be a $7.5 million budget shortfall, Nagin said he has ordered SDT Waste & Debris Services to stop providing mechanical street and sidewalk sweeping and flushing in the city's premier tourist district beginning Feb. 1. At...
  • Sab al Bour Starts New Sanitation Program

    01/16/2009 3:47:03 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 171+ views
    The Sab al Bour City Surface Developer explains to a market owner his obligation while maintaining the Government of Iraq issued trash can outside of his establishment in Sab al Bour, northwest of Baghdad, Jan. 13, 2009. Photo by Sgt. Robert Marin, 25th Infantry Division. SAB AL BOUR — Cleaning up the streets here is a priority for the city. To help get the mission done, local Iraqi Police, along with Multi-National Division-Baghdad Soldiers, helped sanitation workers distribute trash cans along two of the busiest market streets here, Jan. 13 - 14. A total of 500 trash cans were signed...
  • Study: Women lead men in bacteria, hands down

    11/03/2008 6:51:25 PM PST · by Dysart · 49 replies · 1,201+ views
    AP-Breitbart ^ | 11-3-08 | RANDOLPH E. SCHMID
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Wash your hands, folks, especially you ladies. A new study found that women have a greater variety of bacteria on their hands than men do. And everybody has more types of bacteria than the researchers expected to find. "One thing that really is astonishing is the variability between individuals, and also between hands on the same individual," said University of Colorado biochemistry assistant professor Rob Knight, a co-author of the paper. "The sheer number of bacteria species detected on the hands of the study participants was a big surprise, and so was the greater diversity of bacteria...
  • Amish Protesters Plan Shower Strike To Support Sanitation Rebel (Satire)

    01/07/2009 4:42:14 PM PST · by SvenWaring · 211+ views
    DotPenn.com ^ | 1-7-2008 | Sven Waring
    In what's been referred to as a black hat and bearded version of Mumia Abu-Jamal and Bobby Sands political prisoner movements, Old Order Amish activists are rallying behind Andy Swartzentruber, who is facing persecution from Pennsylvania's extreme sanitation police.Swartzentruber was asked by the sewage enforcers not to deposit human sewage near his home and farm.Proper human waste disposal, according to Jacob Crapzengruber, chairman of the Free-eth Swartzentruber Committee Agin' Sewage Imperialism and Poop Hubris, is contrary to the Old Amish sect's strict religious practice of self-denial and annoying neighbors.
  • Get Joe the Plumber: Safe Water Supplies Would Reduce Poverty and Disease Globally

    10/21/2008 7:56:50 AM PDT · by cogitator · 8 replies · 453+ views
    Terra Daily ^ | October 21, 2008 | Staff Writers
    Simply installing toilets where needed throughout the world and ensuring safe water supplies would do more to end crippling poverty and improve world health than any other possible measure, according to an analysis released by the United Nations University. The analysis says better water and sanitation reduces poverty in three ways. + New service business opportunities are created for local entrepreneurs; + Significant savings are achieved in the public health sector; and + Individual productivity is greater in contributing to local and national economies. UNU also calls on the world's research community to help fill major knowledge gaps that impede...
  • Don't drink from glasses in hotel rooms!

    06/05/2008 5:42:55 AM PDT · by Renfield · 42 replies · 77+ views
    View the video at this link, and be prepared to get very angry: http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1329217643?bctid=1329232712 This is a public health issue. Send this link to everyone you know.
  • Iraqis Learn Longevity Tips from Coalition (Basics a US Boy Scout knows by 1st Class Rank)

    04/30/2008 5:10:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 51+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Tami Hillis, USA
    Soldiers from 703rd BSB, 4th BCT, teach villagers the importance of purifying water during a cooperative medical engagement in the village of Samrah, Iraq. U.S. Army photo by Capt. K.C. Woody. FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU — Coalition forces are trying to increase Iraqis life expectancy by teaching basic hygiene, and reinforcing the importance of drinking clean water.Under the auspice of a cooperative medical engagement, Soldiers from 703rd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, taught classes on water purification and handed out 150 water purification systems to families in Samrah, Iraq.The engagement allowed villagers to learn about...
  • Toilet business can bring staggering profit of 900 percent

    03/31/2008 1:49:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies · 1,236+ views
    Pravda ^ | March 24, 2008
    Researchers from the UN University found out which business can bring a lot of profit to an investor. It is a construction business, although it does not go about the construction of large shopping malls or grocery stores. It goes about the construction of toilets. Every dollar invested in this business can bring the staggering 900-percent profit. For example, if an entrepreneur builds a 100-dollar bathroom, he or she may have the return of $900 in a certain period of time. Experts studied statistics on the issue and conducted their own research before they came to such a surprising conclusion....
  • Ughhhhhhhh

    11/29/2007 2:33:39 PM PST · by Baladas · 12 replies · 41+ views
    Michelle Malkin.com ^ | November 28, 2007 | Michelle Malkin
    You know those hotel workers who are supposedly “doing the jobs Americans won’t do?” Looks like one of the jobs the hotel workers won’t do is wash dirty glasses properly. MyFoxAtlanta, a local news station in Georgia, went undercover earlier this month to investigate housekeeping sanitary practices at several hotels–and once you watch the results of their hidden-camera probe, I guarantee you’ll never want to drink out of hotel cups or mugs again (via Duane at The Black Informant with a hat tip to Ace of Spades). Make sure to stick through ’til the end and find out where the...
  • Caption sanitation activist's new house (marks the launch of World Toilet Association)

    10/14/2007 6:15:45 AM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies · 68+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 10/14/07
    A steel and glass toilet-shaped house is under construction in Suwon, 40 kilometers south of Seoul, on 10 October. The house owned by South Korean sanitation activist Sim Jae-Duck will be open on November 11 to mark the launch of the World Toilet Association.(AFP/Jung Yeon-Je) South Korea's leading sanitaton activist Sim Jae-Duck poses at his office in Seoul, on 10 October. Sim, head of the Korea Toilet Association, is building a toilet-shaped house to mark the launch of the World Toilet Association in November.(AFP/Jung Yeon-Je) This handout computer graphic image by designer Koki-woong shows a toilet-shaped house in Suwon, 40...
  • Alexandria sanitation agency to try seizing 10 acres after unsuccessful bid[Virgina-Eminent Domain]

    08/03/2007 10:49:38 AM PDT · by BGHater · 15 replies · 647+ views
    The Examiner ^ | 03 Aug 2007 | Maria Hegstad
    Alexandria’s sanitation authority is trying to take more than 10 acres of property through an eminent domain seizure, offering nearly $10 million less than it bid on the land in 2005. The authority needs to expand its wastewater treatment plant, according to a condemnation petition filed in Alexandria Circuit Court in June. But it is not willing to pay the $51 million value of the property located between Eisenhower Avenue and the Beltway, said the property’s owner, Charles Hooff III. The sewer authority has made several offers on the property over more than two years, according to the authority’s petition....
  • Austrians Urged to Count Dog Droppings

    09/14/2006 1:47:44 PM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 22 replies · 580+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | 14 Sept 2006 | Staff
    VIENNA, Austria -- Organizers of a campaign trying to clear Vienna's streets of dog droppings urged residents Thursday to record how many turds they see in the space of five minutes and report the figure as part of an impromptu census. The Vienna Dog-Dropping Initiative said it would compile the figures and present them to city officials on Monday as part of its stepped-up effort to pressure the Austrian capital to deal with the problem.
  • Afghan, Coalition Doctors Provide Care to Villagers

    03/30/2006 5:18:13 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 199+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Marti Ribeiro, USAF
    MEHTAR LAM, Afghanistan, March 30, 2006 – Afghan and coalition troops provided medical care to 1,500 people in Laghman and Nuristan provinces in recent operations. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Kimberly M. Kauffman administers deworming medication to a child in Nangaresh, Afghanistan. Kauffman was part of an Afghan and coalition medical team that provided medical care and sanitation classes to men, women and children in seven villages in Laghman and Nuristan provinces March 19-24. Photo by Staff Sgt. Marti D. Ribeiro, USAF   At seven remote villages, men, women and children received treatment for ailments ranging from headaches to heartburn March 19-24....
  • City Sanitation Dept. Brings Smiles to Sailors

    01/25/2006 4:45:01 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 324+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Jan 24, 2006 | Lt. j.g. Jennifer Stephens
    ABOARD USS AUSTIN, Jan. 24, 2006 - Crew members of the amphibious transport ship USS Austin (LPD 4) received a late Christmas surprise Jan. 20 when several pallets of care packages were delivered by helicopter. The care packages were sent by the New York City Sanitation Department, a project that was spearheaded by Gloria Coletti, the mother of Austin Sailor Ensign John Holzer. “I am a mom on a mission,” said Coletti. She said she wanted to ensure that everyone on board received something. The care packages included numerous items, such as DVD movies, snacks, toiletries and more. “I'm very...
  • The Flimsy Wall of China (the likely epicenter of a pandemic)

    10/24/2005 8:21:19 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies · 654+ views
    Newsweek ^ | 10/23/05 | Melinda Liu
    The Flimsy Wall of China It may be the epicenter of an epidemic, and its health-care system is in tatters. That's a recipe for disaster. By Melinda Liu Newsweek International .../snip... Zhang may be closer to getting her apocalyptic wish. Bird-flu jitters are spreading worldwide, as the tempo of new cases continues to escalate. Last Wednesday, in China's first reported H5N1 outbreak in months, mainland authorities revealed bird flu had killed 2,600 birds on a poultry farm in the Chinese province of Inner Mongolia, less than a day's drive from Zhang's home. Taiwanese authorities discovered the H5N1 virus among exotic...
  • Sanitation problems plague mountaineers in Alaska (or Poop Piles Plague Paths)

    06/16/2005 5:56:45 AM PDT · by Gordon Pym · 13 replies · 599+ views
    reuters ^ | Wed Jun 15, 2005 03:54 PM ET | Yereth Rosen
    Sanitation problems plague mountaineers in Alaska Wed Jun 15, 2005 03:54 PM ET By Yereth Rosen ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - Mountaineers who ascend North America's loftiest peak are often brought down to earth by "virus-laden poo" left behind by previous climbers, a medical report says. The unsanitary conditions created by piles of human feces on Mount McKinley can cause diarrhea among climbers, which can lead to widespread problems when combined with the physical stress of a mountain expedition, according to the report in the journal Wilderness and Environmental Medicine. Of 132 climbers interviewed on the 20,320-foot (6,200-meter) peak in the...
  • Four Family Members Accused Of Beating Up Trash Collector

    03/03/2005 12:41:04 PM PST · by stainlessbanner · 4 replies · 308+ views
    wftv ^ | March 3, 2005
    PHILADELPHIA -- Four members of a Philadelphia family are facing aggravated assault charges for allegedly beating up a city trash collector. Richard Meyers says it started after he passed a house that didn't have its trash at the curb. Meyers says he and a co-worker were slowly following their city garbage truck, picking up trash bags, when a man yelled for the truck to stop after it passed his house. Meyers says the truck kept moving, although slowly enough for the man to put his trash in the back. Meyers says the man got angry -- then began hitting and...
  • Nigerian City Battling with Mountains of Garbage

    02/04/2005 1:15:17 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies · 464+ views
    IPS ^ | Jan 23 | Toye Olori
    LAGOS, Jan 23 (IPS) - Tonnes of garbage dot market places, bus stops and bridges, overwhelming efforts to clean up Nigeria’s commercial hub, Lagos. The residents of this sprawling city of over 10 million people dump refuse indiscriminately. Some defecate and urinate in open places. Last year alone, the Lagos state government spent more than 10 million dollars on clearing and disposing of refuse, and demolishing of illegal structures. Despite its efforts, the city still remains one of the dirtiest in the country. Lagos was regarded as the dirtiest capital in the world in the seventies, but the trend changed...
  • Holiday trimmings clogging sewers (flush twice, it's a long way to Venice Beach)

    11/28/2004 12:33:02 AM PST · by BurbankKarl · 25 replies · 908+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 11/28/04 | Dana Bartholomew
    Carrot peels. Spud skins. And a sludge of turkey drippings. Such holiday leavings each year end up in the kitchen sink from Thanksgiving through Christmas, clogging the nation's largest sewer, Los Angeles sewer officials say. "It's wild," said Kent Carlson, a wastewater collection supervisor for the Bureau of Sanitation. "Beginning with Thanksgiving, everyone gets their cholesterol levels up in the season of family and big eating, with comfort food, gravy and taters. "It's like our arteries -- we start having problems." The Bureau of Sanitation works two shifts daily, seven days a week, to keep 6,500 miles of sewer lines...
  • Just flush with pride

    11/26/2004 11:26:00 AM PST · by Radix · 32 replies · 732+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | November 26, 2004 | Jehangir S. Pocha, Globe Correspondent
    BEIJING -- Authorities here are always eager to show off their accomplishments, so when Beijing hosted the World Toilet Organization conference last week, delegates were given a grand tour of the city's toilets. "But this was not just any restroom. A Viennese waltz floated around the room, ''to relax and help patrons,"
  • PPG working on self-cleaning counters that kill, resist bacteria

    07/24/2004 3:27:40 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 30 replies · 3,239+ views
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | July 24, 2004 | The Associated Press
    PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Arsenals of anti-bacterial sprays and other cleaners crowding cupboards in kitchens across the country could become unnecessary if the company that created windows that partially clean themselves can bring the technology indoors. Researchers at Penn State University and PPG Industries are trying to develop self-cleaning countertops that would keep bacteria from getting a toehold and also kill them on contact. "If you have a food preparation area, and you think you've cleaned it, the truth of the matter is if you go back in and take swabs, the bacteria are still there," David Diehl, a senior scientist...