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Buchan trap, blind siphon or Bristol interceptor – whatever you call it, it’s playing havoc with my drains | Ian Jack 22.11.2014 Guardian: Comment is Free
A Victorian house is a fragile and aging thing, filled with potential hazards and parts as unnecessary as tonsils or the appendix Of all the divisions in the world, one of the most telltale (almost as dependable as a litmus test) must be that between those who know what a Buchan trap is and those who don’t . The knowledgable will almost certainly live in a particular age of house, built most probably between the 1870s and the 1930s, where they’ve been exposed to a particular kind of distress, one consequence of which is that the householder develops a lasting disbelief in the reality of the sewer scenes in The Third Man and Les Misérables. Too clean! But that’s the least of it. A Victorian house is such a fragile thing. This has been a bad year for ours. The gutter sprang a leak, a bedroom ceiling collapsed, crushing the bed beneath with surprisingly heavy chunks of Victorian plaster, and in August the drains backed up and flooded the cellar with stinking grey slime. We weren’t there when it happened, ...
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World Toilet Day. Yuck! 20.11.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
The psychology of disgust helps explain why there is resistance to talking about toilets and how to get around it. Today is World Toilet Day ! An initiative of the World Toilet Organisation (the other WTO), World Toilet Day was originally an attempt to get people talking about toilets. Jack Sim the founder of the WTO ( Toilets ‘R’ Him ), wants a ‘Potty in every pad’. Matt Damon has sworn not to use a toilet until worldwide access is a reality. Richard Branson, Bono and Olivia Wilde have plunged in ...
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Ensuring women's access to safe toilets is 'moral' imperative: Ban 20.11.2014 Sify News
With one out of three women worldwide lacking access to safe toilets, it is a moral imperative to end open defecation to ensure women and girls are not at risk of assault and rape simply because they lack a sanitation facility, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged on World Toilet Day on Nov 19.
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Chinese ‘quack’ doctor whose patients died was freed from jail to kill again 20.11.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest
Hu Wanlin is jailed for 15 years for illegally practising medicine after deaths of at least 16 patients, state media reports Continue reading...
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BMC must allow councillors to use their funds for cleaning water tanks, says MNS corporator 19.11.2014 DNA: Popular News
A Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) corporator had demanded that Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) allow councillors to use their funds for cleaning water tanks in housing societies. This, he feels, would go a long way in tackling complaints of water contamination. The corporator concerned made this demand through a notice of motion, which is expected to be discussed by city corporators this month. BMC supplies 3,750 million litres of water daily in Mumbai. The actual demand is 4,200 million litres. Water is brought to Bhandup Complex, where it's filtrated before being pumped to residences. However, though BMC claims it takes due care in making clean water available to residents, unclean water/suction tanks lead to water being contaminated. "Despite BMC supplying clean water, people in societies sometimes receive contaminated water. This is because they don't clean suction tanks. And when diseases strike on account of this, residents blame the BMC or the local corporator. More than BMC, it's the ...
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Hookah smoking more harmful than beedi smoking: Indian Asthma Care Society 19.11.2014 DNA: Health
Hookah smoking more harmful than beedi smoking: Indian Asthma Care Society
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Learn from Ebola crisis:WHO to SE Asia countries on sanitation 18.11.2014 ET: Healthcare
A major study on 2006 data estimated, that in India, inadequate sanitation amounted to a loss equivalent to about 6.4 per cent of GDP
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Death of a dolphin 18.11.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Langstone Harbour, Hampshire: Exposed to the sun and wind, the skin was already losing its laminated sheen, and beginning to wrinkle, bubble and peel like a bad car paint job

The beached cetacean was ominously still. My spirits rose as it appeared to shift slightly in the water, but as I waded out I realised that it was just the pull of the outgoing tide on its inert body. The dolphin was dead.

There was no mistaking the bulbous forehead, stubby beak and prominent sickle-shaped dorsal fin of a bottlenose dolphin. Measuring 2.6 metres from beak to tail, it was clearly a juvenile, as an adult bottlenose can reach 4 metres in length.

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Should we be worried about drinking milk? 16.11.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
A study linked drinking more than a glass a day with an increase in fractures in women and a rise in the risk for men of dying from heart disease Angelina Jolie, David Beckham and Elton John have all sported milk moustaches to persuade us to drink enough to keep our bones strong. Milk contains a range of nutrients, including calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and vitamin B12. Government guidelines say adults need 700mg of calcium a day (a 200ml glass of semi-skimmed milk contains 247mg). The Dairy Council lists the benefits of milk as reducing the risks of osteoporosis, breast cancer and heart disease. Milk, it continues, is the only drink other than water that dentists recommend between meals. However, recent research threatens milks goody two shoes image. A Swedish study reported in the British Medical Journal followed more than 61,000 women and 45,000 men for between 13 and 22 years. The researchers found that drinking more than one glass of milk a day was associated with an increase in deaths and ...
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Ebola: 'I kept repeating to myself: I am a survivor. I am a survivor' 14.11.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest

Doctor who contracted Ebola while caring for Patrick Sawyer, the first patient diagnosed with the virus in Nigeria, gives a powerful account of her treatment and recovery

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BARC approves AAU projects 12.11.2014 The Assam Tribune
BARC approves AAU projects
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Why so many cases of cancer, wonders a Greater Noida village 12.11.2014 Noida - City - The Times of India
Currently, there are officially 47 cancer patients among about 40,000 residents in these six villages in Bisrakh block, now described as Greater Noida’s ‘cancer belt’.
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Media exaggerated Mumbai dengue menace: Mayor 11.11.2014 TOI: Cities
Mumbai mayor Snehal Ambekar on Tuesday claimed that the media had exaggerated the intensity of the dengue outbreak in the city, only to clarify later that she had been ...
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Canal boats: the last option for affordable city-centre living? 11.11.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page

You have to be very aware of the batteries, power, how much water you have got and where the nearest water point is. Certainly emptying the toilet every week is not everyones idea of bliss, says Emily Morus-Jones, one of the growing number of people choosing to live on the canals in London.

The 28-year-old, who is looking to make her way in the entertainment business, says the community of the canal has been a lifesaver. Currently sorting the consequences of a bilge-pump failure that flooded much of her boat, Awol Again, in Camden, she admits the lifestyle is not for everyone. Especially if you are working nine to five, you might find one day of your weekend is taken up doing all the boaty things, she says.

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Science quiz test your knowledge 6.11.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
It's been a month of technological firsts, from the unveiling of the flying car to the Queen joining Twitter, but have you kept up with all the science news? Continue reading...
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Forget Ebola, is Mumbai dengue-ready? 5.11.2014 DNA: Money
With 10 deaths and 659 dengue-positive cases in the city this year, the disease continues to be a bigger problem for Mumbai as compared to Ebola's worldwide scare. Dengue vs Ebola in numbers While 13,567 cases of Ebola have been reported across the world in 2014, official reports state 20,500 dengue cases occur in a year in India alone. Moreover, in a country that has 1.2 billion people, the under-reporting must be as much as 300 times, say experts. Researchers have estimated that at least 58 lakh people in India suffer from dengue every year. Where is aedes mosquito breeding? Believe it or not, it is a posh man's disease. According to BMC, 80-85% breeding sites of the aedes aegypti mosquito have been found inside people's houses, with over 50% breeding found in plush or middle class housing societies — the very societies and bungalows whose owners do not give access to civic officials to screen their property for breeding sites. How are residents responsible for this? Dengue mosquito breeds inside ...
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Food security, courtesy Odisha's tribal women 4.11.2014 India Together - Agriculture

In 25 villages across Rayagada district of Odisha, tribal village women have reclaimed the denuded commons and achieved a remarkable turnaround in food security and livelihoods through eco-friendly alternatives to shifting cultivation. Abhijit Mohanty highlights a few successes of the project.

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Manoj Bhargava to announce Rs 500 crore for development project in Uttarakhand 4.11.2014 ET: Economy/Finance
Bhargava, who is one of the richest Indians in America, has already given more than Rs 300 crore to over 151 organisations across India, with 406 completed.
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Homeopaths offer services to help fight Ebola epidemic in west Africa 30.10.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest
Scientists condemn homeopaths as irresponsible and cruel for offering victims false hope and for putting lives at risk Continue reading...
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How insects could feed the world 30.10.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Is eating bugs the solution to feeding the worlds growing population of human beings and livestock? Emily Anthes chews on locusts, beetles, mealworms and more as she tries to find out At first, my meal seems familiar, like countless other dishes Ive eaten at Asian restaurants. A swirl of noodles slicked with oil and studded with shredded chicken, the aroma of ginger and garlic, a few wilting chives placed on the plate as a final flourish. And then, I notice the eyes. Dark, compound orbs on a yellow speckled head, joined to a winged, segmented body. I hadnt spotted them right away, but suddenly I see them everywhere my noodles are teeming with insects. I cant say I wasnt warned. Ive agreed to be a guinea pig at an experimental insect tasting in Wageningen, a university town in the Netherlands. My hosts are Ben Reade and Josh Evans from the Nordic Food Lab , a non-profit culinary research institute. Reade and Evans lead the labs insect deliciousness project, a three-year effort to turn insects into tasty ...
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