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GREEPEACE MEMBERS JAILED IN RUSSIA ~ PLEASE HELP!

GREENPEACE CREW JAILED

ARCTICAna Paula and 29 of her Greenpeace crewmates are trapped in a Russian jail for trying to save the Arctic from oil drilling. But our community could set them free if we help Greenpeace build a massive global outcry targeting Russia’s biggest global partners.

AVAAZLet’s reach 1 million to free the Arctic 30 — sign now by clicking below to add your name to this global petition:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/free_the_arctic_30_loc/?blTFScb&v=30369

The following Youtube videos provide additional background information on Greenpeace members charged with piracy and jailed in Russia.

Published on Oct 5, 2013 by Real World News, “Russia charges Greenpeace crew with piracy” – Russian investigators have charged the entire 30-member crew of a Greenpeace ship with piracy for a protest at an oil platform in the Arctic. The charge, which carries a 15-year prison term, was filed on Thursday against 16 members of the crew, including a prominent Russian freelance photographer.

Published on Oct 5, 2013 by News World, “Greenpeace protests worldwide for release of activists held in Russia”, – From Hong Kong’s harbour to London and Toronto, supporters of Captain Pete Wilcox and his crew of imprisoned Greenpeace activists are sending a message to Russia today: “Free the Arctic 30.”

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BRITAIN’S 15 TON “FATBURG” FOUND ~ GROSS!

This event comes hot on the heels of Water Canada’s recent article “The Toilet Toll” (July/August 2013), which I posted last week on August 23.

Britain’s biggest-ever “fatberg” has been removed from a London sewer. Thames Water used the term to describe a “bus-sized lump” of festering food fat mixed with wet wipes that formed in drains under London Road in Kingston, Surrey.
YouTube video – 15 tonne blob of fat found in sewer

Gordon Hailwood, waste contracts supervisor for Thames Water, said: “While we’ve removed greater volumes of fat from under central London in the past, we’ve never seen a single, congealed lump of lard this big clogging our sewers before. Given we’ve got the biggest sewers and this is the biggest fatberg we’ve encountered, we reckon it has to be the biggest such berg in British history.”The congealed mass was so big, Hailwood says, it damaged the sewer and repairs will take up to six weeks. The blockage was discovered after residents in nearby flats complained that they couldn’t flush their toilets.

“If we hadn’t discovered it in time, raw sewage could have started spurting out of manholes across the whole of Kingston.”

Thames Water issued a press release explaining the dangers and costs of this kind of buildup, including sewage flooding homes, streets, and businesses. “When it comes to fat and wipes, please remember: ‘Bin it – don’t block it,” he adds.

 
 

HALT THE TOILET TOLL↓$$$↓

TOILET TOLL

The following article, ‘The Toilet Toll’ is taken from the July/August issue of WaterCanada.  Sewer systems—and taxpayers—are paying the price for what confused consumers deem “flushable.”

If you work in a wastewater treatment facility, you know better than to flush a toilet containing anything that isn’t water, human waste, or toilet paper. Unfortunately, that’s not the case for the general public. Every day, material such as baby wipes, feminine hygiene products, condoms, dental floss, cotton swabs, diapers, hair, bandages, candy wrappers, kitty litter, syringes, rubber and plastic gloves, cleaning wipes, pantyhose, and even toothbrushes are ending up in the sewer system.

This garbage leads to blocked private drain connections, clogged sewer mains, and damage to wastewater treatment facility equipment. Those blocked sewers can also lead to basement flooding and raw sewage discharges into our streams, creeks, and rivers.

Why are toilets being treated like trash cans? There are a couple of key reasons.

Confusing terminology. Over the past 30 years, the demand for and development of personal hygiene products has increased substantially. According to the Freedonia Group, for example, demand for disposable wipes in the United States is forecast to rise 5.1 per cent per year to $2.5 billion in 2016. Wipes for personal care, household cleaning, and industry cleaning can be made from paper, tissue, or non-woven material. Manufacturers classify some products as “flushable” without a clear definition. There are also “biodegradable,” “eco-friendly,” and “natural” wipes. No wonder people are confused.

Garbage collection limitations. Until recent years, household garbage collection did not have limitations or bag limits for collection. Changes to solid waste collection, however, have resulted in user-pay bag fees and more recycling and composting education. But the education has stopped at the curb. Paying for bag fees has encouraged some people to turn to their toilets as disposal units.

The costs of toilets as trash cans:  The costs of clogging are enough to warrant the attention of every municipality across the nation. Clearing clogs could include flushing operations at the sewer main, emergency main blockage removal, damage to flooded residences and businesses, or raw sewage overflowing into creeks and rivers. At wastewater treatment facilities, workers may have to unplug equipment and remove unwanted, non-flushable material.

Turning these activities into duties can include preparing work orders, isolating equipment, cleaning equipment, and having maintenance personnel repair equipment, replace parts, and return the equipment to service—all of which take considerable time and resources.

According to the Canadian Gazette Part 2 Volume 146 Number 15, there are 3,700 wastewater treatment systems in Canada. A recent survey of some municipalities from across Ontario estimated that $80,000 is budgeted yearly for this type of operations and maintenance. Some municipalities have reported spending up to $5,000 per incident. That means, across the country, hundreds of millions of dollars are being spent fixing problems that, with a little education, could be avoided.

There are capital costs, too. Upgrading equipment like coarse screens comes at a much larger expense—usually hundreds of thousands of dollars. If municipalities think grinders are the solution, they should think again. A grinder is expensive to install and does not remove the garbage material. Instead, it creates smaller pieces of garbage that seem to collect in the most inconceivable locations. The result is unwanted surprises and removal challenges when the masses break free or grow.

Moving forward?  At a recent Municipal Enforcement Sewer Use Group (MESUG) meeting, members agreed to send letters to federal, provincial, and municipal officials identifying their issues and asking for assistance with the spiralling costs. Letters also went to major manufactures that label some of their products “flushable.”

The Canadian Standards Association hosted a meeting in February 2013 with major manufacturer members of the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA), officials from MESUG, and the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association. This meeting identified issues that misleading labels are causing for wastewater systems, and MESUG argued a third-party, regulated standard should be created for Canada. Though many Canadian municipalities have spent time, money, and resources developing and delivering educational programs detailing what is and what is not flushable, INDA suggested the problem is related to a lack of public education and awareness.

It’s clear there is an enormous cost to using a toilet as a garbage can, but it’s even more evident that municipalities need to work together to serve the public and protect the environment. Manufacturers also need to provide the public with products that are safe for personal use and marked with proper disposal instructions.

Posted on July 15, 2013, written by Barry Orr.  Barry is the sewer compliance officer for the City of London, Ontario.

For comments see:
http://watercanada.net/2013/the-toilet-toll/

“ATTR.ACTION” ~ STUNNING PERFORMANCE! ~ BRITAIN’S GOT TALENT

ATTRACTION LIVE THEATERPHOTOPAD

SHADOW1Attr.action Black Light Theatre is a black light and shadow theatre group from Budapest, Hungary, with a unique act of creating pictures with shadows of their bodies. Here we see them performing to the musical track, “Read All About It” by Emeli Sande, in the first week of 2013 auditions of Britain’s Got Talent.

Because of Freemantle content embedding is blocked for this video so please click play then click on “Watch on YouTube“.  There are a number of different versions of this video, but I chose this one so you can listen to the brief description of the group and can also hear the judges comments at the end of their performance.

BRITAINS GOT TALENT LOGOFUZZYPHOTOPADPublished on Apr 13, 2013 by Britain’s Got Talent

This performance by Attr.action leaves Amanda speechless with the exceptional dramatics and outstanding expertise of their art.

There won’t be a dry eye in your house after watching shadow theatre company Attr.action perform – Amanda certainly welled up! Stunning magical dramatics that put our hand shadow of a bird to shame. Simon Cowell sums it all up by saying, “We’ve just never seen anything like this before!”

London Olympics 2012 Opening Ceremony Hungary Ungarn Attr.action Black Light, published on Jul 25, 2012 –Attr.action Black Light and Shadow Theatre official video – Unique shadow, silhouette Opening performance at Hungarian Olympic Oath Ceremony 2012 Palace of Arts Budapest.  You can see the symbols of Budapest and London like Chain Bridge, Statue of Liberty, Heroes Square, Holy Crown of Hungary, Hungarian Parliament, The London Bridge, Big Ben, London Bus, Olympic Torch and the Olympic mascots Wenlock and Mandewille.

 Attr.action SHADOW THEATRE DANCE ‘NEW YORK!’, published on Apr 16, 2013

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You’ll find interesting background information about members of ‘Attraction’ here ~

http://hungarian-success-stories.co m/2013/04/29/emotional-performance-without-spoken-words/

After watchng these videos many times,
I am still amazed and in awe of this
phenomenally talented theatre group!!!

SUPERB PERFORMANCES!!!

 

YOU EAT 3,496 LITRES EVERY DAY!!!

WATER FOOTPRINT

The Global Water Footprint of Humanity

ANGELA MORELLI PHOTOAngela Morelli is an Italian designer. She gained her MA in Communication Design with distinction from Central St Martins, where she specialised in Information Design. Her first degree was in Engineering from Politecnico di Milano and she has an MA in Industrial Design from Milan. She has collaborated with a number of research and commercial organisations in Europe and works as a Graphic and Information Designer. She is based in Norway.

WATER FOOTPRINT1The Global Water Footprint of Humanity is her final MA project, based on research carried out by Unesco and The University of Twente in the Netherlands, and awarded Honorable Mention for Outstanding WOrk at the INDEX:|AIGA Aspen Design Challenge Designing Water’s Future.

Angela Morelli – The Global Water Footprint of Humanity

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Angela Morelli is an Italian information designer based in London. Her love of mathematics led to an engineering degree from the Politecnico of Milan. Her love of design led to a long journey through industrial, communication and information design. Her love for the planet led to a strong passion for global water issues. Her love for science led to dialogues and collaborations with research and commercial organisations in Europe.

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She believes that bringing about change is not an easy task and it can only follow from a true understanding of a problem, from awareness and reflection. Design has a vital, irreplaceable role to play in achieving this understanding through empathic thinking and emotional intelligence.

WOMENS’ WATER POLO GOLD ~ FIRST TIME WIN FOR USA!

WATER POLO ICON2Water polo made its Olympic debut at the Paris Games in 1900. It was not included in 1904, but would be present at each subsequent edition of the Olympic Games.

In the early days, the players rode on floating barrels that resembled mock horses, and swung at the ball with mallet-like sticks. This made it similar to equestrian polo, hence its name.

London 2012 Men’s Olympic Water Polo gold medal team ~

WATER POLO MEN GOLD MEDALGIMPCroatia secured gold in the men’s Water Polo final at London 2012The Balkan outfit have been the outstanding side of the London 2012 tournament, with eight wins from eight matches, and end it as worthy champions.  Their dominance in defence was too much for the Italians, who are reigning world champions.

YouTube video ~Water Polo  Men’s Gold Medal Final – Croatia v Italy Full Replay from the Water Polo Arena at the London 2012 Olympic Games. – 12 August 2012, Published on Aug 12, 2012 by

Americans won their first ever Olympic women’s water polo title.  United States secured gold in the women’s Water Polo final at London 2012 against Spain.  Americans finished 3rd in 2004 and 2nd in 2000 and 2008.

YouTube video ~ Water Polo Women’s Semifinal Round – United States v Australia. Full Replay from the Water Polo Arena at the London 2012 Olympic Games ~ Published on Aug 7, 2012 by

USA women make a splash for Water Polo Gold – full replay.

http://www.olympic.org/videos/usa-women-make-a-splash-for-water-polo-gold-full-replay

WATER POLO ICON2YouTube video, “a guide to water polo“, uploaded by on Mar 23, 2007 ~”A simple explanation of why water polo is the toughest sport on earth. It’s my first video I’ve ever made. The song is “The Show Must Go On” by Queen. I think it captures the game of water polo well.”

‘ONLY IN BRITAIN’ YOU SAY, OLD CHAP?

WHAT A HOOT! OR SHOULD I SAY, ‘TOOT’? (As in ‘toot your own horn’ ~ ha! ha!)

 
 
 

LONDON’S VERY OWN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA PAYS TRIBUTE TO TEAM GB.

Fresh from recording all 205 National Anthems to be played at this summer’s games, the London Philharmonic Orchestra has teamed up with MINI for one more performance. All stand please for conductor Gareth Newman and the London 2012 Limited Edition MINI’s unique tribute to Team GB.
With just 2,012 made, you can test drive a genuine piece of history by clicking here.  Published on Jul 3, 2012 by MINIUnitedKingdom

Links ~ London 2012 Olympic Games

YouTube links for those of you who might have missed watching these spectacular events ~

The Queen Sequence – Opening Ceremony – London 2012 Olympic Games ~ a very humourous video with Daniel Craig, AKA James Bond, accompanying Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth to the Opening Ceremony of the Games in a most unusual fashion!

On July 27th, 2012, Daniel appeared alongside the Queen in a short film titled Happy and Glorious. Directed by Danny Boyle, the film was the highlight of the Olympic opening ceremony. It was actually the Queen’s first ever acting role, a joint celebration of 007’s 50th anniversary in film, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AS-dCdYZbo&feature=player_embedded

The Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4As0e4de-rI&NR=1&feature=endscreen

The Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ij3sgRG5sPY

Have a ‘tooting’ great weekend everyone!