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2008-09-17 21:00:21

By Shivani Mehra Amritsar: While the concept of National Child Labour Project (NCPL) special school was well-received and applauded too, the one being run in the premises of government elementary school, Gate Hakeeman , portrays a rather disappointing picture. For the school is denied of even basic facilities like drinking water, toilet etc besides adequate number of rooms. Notably, the NCLP schools were started in September 2001 by the labour ministry of India to provide education to...

2008-08-19 12:00:29

By Kiera Hay Journal Staff Writer A planned overhaul of Santa Fe's six-year-old toilet retrofit program may soon prove a boon to Santa Feans looking to replace water-guzzling appliances or make a little extra money. Ideas floating around City Hall include having developers install water-efficient fixtures in residents' homes or using city funds to pay water customers to conserve water. One of the proposals already under discussion -- created by the city water resources staff -- would...

2008-07-27 09:00:23

By JAMES PRICHARD By James Prichard The Associated Press GRAND HAVEN, Mich. WHEN NATURE CALLS, campers at Michigan's Grand Haven State Park can now go "green" at a new, environmentally friendly toilet-shower building that is the first of its kind in the state park system. Construction on a similar facility at Otsego Lake State Park near Gaylord is scheduled to begin this fall. Officials hope to eventually replace all the rest-rooms at Michigan's 97 state parks and recreation areas...

2008-07-14 09:00:35

AR A When it comes to saving water, every drop counts . A home's bathroom is a good target, because that's where a lot of water goes down the drain. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, residential toilets account for about one-third of our nation's indoor household water use, or more than 2.1 trillion gallons of water a year. So what's an environmentally conscious homeowner to do when a spare bathroom is needed? Choose a low-flush toilet, which will conserve water...

2008-06-24 02:30:06

Metal thieves have stolen stainless steel toilet units from a block on the A158 near Langworth. The units had just been replaced after a similar theft a few months ago. The block has now been boarded up and closed to the public while a decision is made on what to do and whether alternatives can be made. Area highways manager Alan Brown said metal gullies and road signs had also been taken. He said the toilets were stainless steel and all four toilets from the ladies and gents had been...

2007-12-13 12:00:32

AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The best-kept plumbing industry secret continues to escape the attention of public officials. A majority of low flush toilets can easily be adjusted from 1.6 gallons to as high as 4.4 gallons per flush, said Robert Easter, CEO H2O Guard, Inc. "A study by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) exposes how a homeowner or plumber installing an after market valve and flapper into a 1.6 gpf toilet can use up to 36% more water. Goodbye...

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2007-11-09 15:00:00

By BURT HERMAN SUWON, South Korea - Sim Jae-duck has made his political career as South Korea's Mr. Toilet by beautifying public restrooms. Now he's got a home befitting his title: a toilet-shaped domicile complete with the latest in lavatory luxury. Sim is building the two-story house set to be finished Sunday to commemorate the inaugural meeting later this month of the World Toilet Association. The group, supported by the South Korean government, aims no less than to launch a "toilet...

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2007-07-11 18:00:00

BEIJING - They're flush with pride in Chongqing, where a recently opened porcelain palace features an Egyptian facade, soothing music and more than 1,000 toilets spread out over 30,000 square feet. Officials in the southwestern Chinese city plan to ask Guinness World Records to have the free four-story public bathroom listed as the world's largest, state-run China Central Television reported Friday. "We are spreading toilet culture. People can listen to gentle music and watch TV," said Lu...

2006-06-07 01:50:00

BEIJING -- Beijing residents can do their bit to ease the city's severe water shortage problem from the comfort of their toilet seat, according to an exhibition which opened on Wednesday. The Saving Water Toilet Exhibition for Beijing Olympics Gymnasium showcased a range of prototype urinals, bowls, and traditional Asian crouching platforms aimed at having a more positive impact on the environment. Beijing is the driest major city in the world and a report last month said it would face severe...

2006-04-02 20:11:16

By Lars Paronen TORONTO (Reuters) - A man was killed in a "wall of flames" in a downtown Toronto coffee shop on Sunday, after a device exploded inside a washroom, according to police and eyewitnesses. Eyewitness Jenny Phillips said she heard bangs -- like pops from a firecracker -- and a scream "that will haunt me forever" as she left the washroom area in the Tim Hortons shop, an iconic Canadian coffee and doughnut chain recently spun off from parent company Wendy's International...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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