By Jennifer Pagliaro City Hall Bureau Sun., Dec. 9, 2018 “Do not drink this water,” warned the signs taped to fountains and bathroom sinks in a small Ontario town. For thousands of people in the rural community 150 kilometres northwest of Toronto, the water they once used to brush their teeth, bathe their children and prepare their meals had become a hostile enemy. Jugs of clean water had to be delivered to a depot. Hospitals were overrun with new patients. Children were pulled out of school. Businesses closed. The tainted-water scandal in Walkerton in the spring of 2000 devastated the community, with thousands falling ill and seven people dying. It was one of the worst health epidemics in the province’s history. Nearly 19 years later, environmental advocates say Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative government is posing one of the greatest risks both the environment and public health have faced in decades. Article … [Read more...] about Tories’ Bill 66 would undermine clean-water protections that followed Walkerton tragedy, victims and advocates warn
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caption Swimmer Ben Lecomte before his journey began, age 51. source Seeker/The Swim More than 1,200 miles from the coast of Japan, a 51-year-old Frenchman is swimming in the Pacific Ocean right now. Or he’s eating. Those are pretty much the only two activities Benoît Lecomte does these days, as he attempts to become the first person to successfully swim across the Pacific Ocean. “I wake up throughout the night because I’m hungry,” Lecomte told Business Insider by phone from the 20-meter sailboat, called Seeker, that’s traveling with him. Lecomte set out from Japan in June, and is making his way toward California. An eight-person crew is sailing along with him, collecting data about the health of both the ocean and Lecomte along the way. Their mission is far less concerned about crushing records than it is with breaking bad habits. “We’re addicted to plastic,” Lecomte said. “That’s something … [Read more...] about A French swimmer is racing to become the first person to swim across the Pacific. Here’s what his days in the water are like.
By Fadi Tawil The Associated Press Wed., Sept. 26, 2018 TAANAYEL, LEBANON—Every part of Lebanon’s national drink, arak, is infused with tradition — from distilling the aniseed-tinged liquor to the ritual of mixing it at the table, when the transparent liquid suddenly turns milky white as water is added. Arak is a staple of big Sunday meals. With a sweet taste and high alcohol content, around 40 per cent, it’s best consumed with food — lots of it. That makes it perfect for Lebanon’s traditional meze, spreads of never-ending small dishes that family and friends linger over for hours. Aficionados say arak is vital to digesting the homemade raw meat dishes that are central to a meze. The real impact comes at the end of the meal, when you stand up after all that eating and the alcohol from glass after glass really hits. But the tradition is facing competition in Lebanon as young generations opt for liquors like vodka or whiskey that are … [Read more...] about Lebanon’s national drink cause for cheers — and a debate
By Alison Sider The Wall Street Journal Patrick McGroarty Mon., Sept. 24, 2018 Airlines are trying to persuade economy-class passengers that they can buy meals on the plane as good as they would find in a restaurant. American Airlines Group Inc. said Monday it is forming a partnership with Zoës Kitchen, a Mediterranean-inspired fast-casual dining chain, to offer a menu with choices including a pita-and-veggie meal with two types of hummus, a turkey “Gruben” sandwich, and waffles with hazelnut spread and fresh berries for breakfast. Onboard menus are changing as airlines try to keep up with improved dining options at many airport terminals, with more people gravitating to healthier fare. “The fast-food restaurants are going away and more of the healthier concepts are moving into airports,” said Russ Brown, director of in-flight dining and retail at American. “That’s what we’re competing against.” Other carriers … [Read more...] about Airlines try to whip up better meals for coach fliers
NEW YORK: I wonder how we all survived — and even thrived — in our younger years without the plethora of water bottles that nearly everyone seems to carry around these days.In reading about the risks and consequences of dehydration, especially for the elderly and anyone who exercises vigorously in hot weather, it’s nothing short of a miracle that more of us hadn’t succumbed years ago to the damaging physical, cognitive and health effects of inadequate hydration.Even with the current ubiquity of portable water containers, far too many people still fail to consume enough liquid to compensate for losses suffered especially, though not exclusively, during the dehydrating months of summer.For those of you who know or suspect that you don’t drink enough to compensate for daily water losses, the good news is you don’t have to rely entirely on your liquid intake to remain well hydrated.Studies in societies with limited supplies of drinking water suggest you … [Read more...] about How to meet your body’s water needs