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  • India’s government is now shaming people into using toilets

    09/09/2016 7:24:30 AM PDT · by C19fan · 5 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 8, 2016 | Rama Lakshmi
    India's government has been on a public toilet building spree. Now, it's trying to shame people into using them. An aggressive new campaign ridicules those who are no longer poor but continue to defecate in the open — a practice that remains common in rural India despite its growing wealth and trappings of modern life. Television commercials and billboards now carry a message that strike at the heart of the Indian contradiction of being the world’s fastest-growing major economy and also where relieving oneself in the open is the norm in most villages.
  • Filmed having sex with boys in school bathroom: The disturbing story...

    05/28/2016 7:01:03 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 48 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5/27/16 | Katie Mettler
    The 15-year-old girl had only been a student at South Fort Myers High School in Fort Myers, Fla., for two weeks when she went looking for her new crush in the boys’ bathroom. She’d spent the prior two years in and out of treatment facilities, her mother told NBC2, learning to cope with the horrors of the sex slave industry into which she had been trafficked at age 13. So when she tracked down her crush after school last week and he asked her for sex, her mother said through a victims’ advocate, the young teen agreed. But then word...
  • Backlash over PayPal decision to cancel NC expansion [NC Leaders Fighting Back!]

    04/06/2016 6:38:36 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 89 replies
    When PayPal announced plans to expand in Charlotte, it made headlines by promising 400 jobs and millions of dollars in payroll. Now PayPal is making bigger headlines nationwide as it backs out of the deal with Charlotte, citing the recently passed House Bill 2. PayPal said the law violates their values and principles concerning equality... Congressman Robert Pittenger...released a statement saying, “PayPal does business in 25 countries where homosexual behavior is illegal… yet they object to the North Carolina legislature overturning a misguided ordinance about letting men in to the women’s bathroom? Perhaps PayPal would like to try and clarify...
  • Pepsi chief executive joins criticism of North Carolina law on LGBT rights

    04/03/2016 3:22:08 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 98 replies
    The chief executive of Pepsi, a company with roots in North Carolina, has written to Governor Pat McCrory to ask him to repeal a new law preventing specific anti-discrimination rules for LGBT people over public accommodations and restroom use. In a letter hand delivered to McCrory on Friday, PepsiCo head Indra Nooyi called the law inconsistent with how her company treats its employees. Nooyi also said the law was undermining efforts to advance North Carolina’s interests, and she said she hoped McCrory would consider repealing the law when the state legislature reconvenes later this month.
  • No Squatting Or Using Toilet Floor, Top University Tells ‘International’ Students

    03/21/2016 4:00:34 PM PDT · by markomalley · 52 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | 3/21/16 | Liam Deacon
    A leading British university has put signs in their toilets, “designed for international students”, pleading with them not to stand or squat on the loos or leave their business on the floor.The signs appear on the University of Sheffield’s campus; a ‘redbrick’ Russell group institution, which is rated as one of the top ten universities in the country and top 100 in the world.However, some of the brainy students appear to be lacking in respect for, or cultural awareness of, western sanitary norms.One on the new signs read: “Do not put toilet paper on the floor,” followed by: “Put toilet...
  • ‘Multicultural Toilets’ For ‘Global Defecation’ Seek To Stop Migrants Pooping On The Floor

    02/04/2016 8:38:10 AM PST · by C19fan · 91 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 4, 2016 | Liam Deacon
    German bathroom manufacturers are developing “multicultural toilets” to help ensure Middle Eastern migrants need not adapt to European sanitation norms. Multiple reports have emerged of recent arrivals finding themselves utterly “mystified” by Western loos. Some have resorted to doing their business on the floor or outdoors, others have used showers, and many migrants will have never seen toilet paper before. The issue caused some serious confusion last year, with one small German village being accused of racism after issuing leaflets politely asking migrants to use to the correct facilities.
  • Composting Toilets

    11/04/2015 3:20:20 PM PST · by rey · 66 replies
    Does anyone know anything about composting toilets? I work for someone who wants to install one of these. How many people can they handle? How do they work? What is clean up like if there is no running water through them? Are they microbial? If so, how difficult is it to keep the microbes functioning? Is there anything else I should know? Is there a plumbing ping? Do Freepers know their s***? Thanks
  • NYC pol wants businesses to have unisex bathrooms

    06/26/2015 4:10:14 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 26, 2015
    NEW YORK — New York City businesses could soon need to convert some of their bathrooms to gender-neutral facilities. The legislation comes after a report by Stringer’s office found that transgender people experience harassment in public bathrooms. Advocates say it is a common-sense step to tackling gender bias and harassment. New York’s proposal follows similar measures in Philadelphia, West Hollywood and the District of Columbia.
  • Game of thrones: When it comes to using less water, these toilets are king

    05/07/2015 12:22:47 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 64 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | May 7, 2015 | Susan Carpenter
    Whether it’s the “throne” or “loo” or “little girls room,” the sheer number of euphemisms speaks volumes about its taboo nature. Still, taboo or not, the toilet is a player in the drought, accounting for 27 percent of indoor water use, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The efficiency of a toilet helps dictate how much water a family uses – or doesn’t – in any given day. In Orange County, a typical home flushes about 19 gallons a day. That’s why engineers are working on all manner of toilets of the future.
  • Federal Workplace Safety Agency (OSHA) Takes On Transgender Restroom Access

    05/05/2015 2:25:27 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 8 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | May 5, 2015 | Jeryl Bier
    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) isn't just about hard hats and safer machinery anymore. The federal government agency charged with regulating workplace conditions has formed an "alliance" with a "national social justice advocacy organization for transgender people" primarily to promote gender-appropriate restroom access. The agreement, signed on April 27, is part of a larger OSHA program to partner with groups "committed to worker safety and health to prevent workplace fatalities, injuries, and illnesses."
  • 5 Kind-Of-Strange Things About Going To The Bathroom In Japan

    04/01/2015 1:01:32 PM PDT · by lulu16 · 63 replies
    Refinery 29 ^ | April 1, 2015 | Ellen Freeman
    It may not have been the Japanese who came up with the saying “cleanliness is next to godliness,” but the Land of the Rising Sun certainly has its share of neat-freakiness. After all, the word for “pretty” in Japanese, kirei, also means clean. This cultural obsession with keeping things tidy has resulted in the development of some uniquely Japanese habits regarding one of the more delicate aspects of daily life: the bathroom. For anyone planning a trip to Tokyo who doesn’t want to be caught with their pants down when nature calls (or anyone just looking for a little bathroom...
  • 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...
  • (European) Commission to regulate flushing of toilets and urinals

    10/29/2013 3:38:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 29 October 2013 | Georgi Gotev
    The European Commission will adopt criteria next week on delivering an Ecolabel to toilets and urinals, EurActiv has learned. The decision comes after years of efforts by experts working for the European Commission’s environment directorate, as well as “stakeholders” studying “user behavior” and “best practices”. … Work on developing an EU standard for toilets has started in January 2011, according documents of the European Commission’s Joint Research Center, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies. A first Ad-Hoc Working Group meeting was held in Brussels on October 2011, with the second such meeting held in the attractive city of Seville, Spain, in...
  • Zimbabwe City Residents Synchronize Toilet Flush

    09/23/2012 6:47:57 AM PDT · by SeminoleCounty · 31 replies
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | September 23, 2012 | Gillian Gotora
    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — City authorities in Zimbabwe's second largest city said Saturday they were appealing to home owners to flush their toilets at a specified time as a way to unblock sewers after days of severe water rationing. Bulawayo City Council has asked its more than 1 million residents to flush their toilets simultaneously at 7:30 p.m. when water supplies are restored. City officials say "synchronized flushing" is needed to clear waste that would have accumulated in sanitary facilities which will have been affected by days of water outages.
  • Bill Gates Names Reinvent the Toilet Challenge Winners

    08/18/2012 2:34:37 PM PDT · by null and void · 37 replies
    Bill Gates has announced the winners of the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge — an effort to develop “next-generation” toilets that will deliver safe and sustainable sanitation to the 2.5 billion people worldwide who don’t have it. The awards recognize researchers from leading universities who are developing innovative ways to manage human waste, which will help improve the health and lives of people around the world. California Institute of Technology in the United States received the $100,000 first prize for designing a solar-powered toilet that generates hydrogen and electricity. Loughborough University in the United Kingdom won the $60,000 second place prize...
  • What the Supreme Court Obamacare Ruling Means for the Drinking Age

    07/02/2012 5:20:32 PM PDT · by george76 · 83 replies
    Newsweek/Daily Beast ^ | Jun 29, 2012 | Caitlin Dickson
    The Supreme Court justices’ stance on President Obama’s Medicaid expansion provision could be good news for states that want to lower their drinking ages from the federally mandated 21. ... The Supreme Court ruled that threatening to take away a state’s Medicaid funding unless the state does what the federal government wants is “unconstitutionally coercive” and declared it invalid. Because any given part of a Supreme Court decision can set a precedent for future laws and can even invalidate an established law if it is challenged using the Supreme Court’s new argument, the Medicaid decision could affect the National Minimum...
  • Flush With Germs: Lidless Toilets Spread C Difficile

    01/11/2012 12:04:59 AM PST · by Pining_4_TX · 31 replies · 1+ views
    Medscape Today ^ | 12/29/11 | Jenni Laidman
    Put a lid on it. That is the conclusion of research examining the amount of Clostridium difficile that flies into the air and contaminates surrounding surfaces with the flush of a lidless toilet. The investigation, published online December 2 in the International Journal of Hospital Infection, is the work of E. L. Best from the Microbiology Department, Old Medical School, Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds Teaching Hospital National Health Service Trust, United Kingdom, and colleagues. Using fecal suspensions of C difficile, the researchers measured airborne suspension of the bacteria in addition to surface contamination by the bacteria after flushing of both...
  • Low Flow Toilets Equals No-Flow Sewers In San Francisco

    03/02/2011 5:11:31 AM PST · by mattstat · 60 replies
    If you’re an environmentalist, particularly a San Francisco version of that creature (one of the most virulent of the breed), it must have come as quite a shock for you to learn that your muck stinks just as bad as a Rush Limbaugh fan’s output. The stench from the sewers in that earth-loving city has become overwhelming, “especially during the dry summer months.” Why? The low-flow toilets insisted upon (by force of law) by enlightened legislators are not saving the San Francisco environment as the science said they would. According to SF Gate, the near water-free commodes have forced city...
  • Low-flow toilets cause a stink in SF

    02/28/2011 6:33:25 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 112 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 28, 2011 | Phillip Matier,Andrew Ross
    San Francisco's big push for low-flow toilets has turned into a multimillion-dollar plumbing stink. Skimping on toilet water has resulted in more sludge backing up inside the sewer pipes, said Tyrone Jue, spokesman for the city Public Utilities Commission. That has created a rotten-egg stench near AT&T Park and elsewhere, especially during the dry summer months. The city has already spent $100 million over the past five years to upgrade its sewer system and sewage plants, in part to combat the odor problem. Now officials are stocking up on a $14 million, three-year supply of highly concentrated sodium hypochlorite -...
  • World Toilet Day will put the focus on a worldwide need

    11/22/2010 8:34:21 AM PST · by billorites · 46 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | November 15, 2010 | Sandy Bauers
    Imagine a toilet that knows how long you've been there and flushes accordingly. Or one that raises the lid as you approach and lowers it as you walk away. Indeed, the toilet of the future will do everything but wash your . . . oh, wait, it does that, too. And then dries you when it's finished. But the toilet of the future is also a molded plastic potty perched over a pit, the waste composting below. These are the two directions toiletry is headed - ultra luxury for the high-end, ultra simplicity for eco-types. Not to mention the 2.6...
  • Not such a bright idea.

    09/29/2010 5:25:43 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 45 replies
    Fresh Ink (GOPUSA) ^ | September 29, 2010 | Kay Daly
    When the government regulates how much water a toilet can flush, or what kind of lightbulbs you can put in your table lamps at home, the Constitution looks pretty small in the rear view mirror. Exactly where in the Constitution does it say that it is the government's business how much water my toilet is flushing or what kind of lightbulb illuminates my household? But the busybodies in the environmental movement have folks convinced of a lot of things that just aren't so. Remember the campaign that passed the lightbulb bill? The holier-than-thou greenies told us that if we only...
  • Shopping centre bosses approve 'Asian squat toilets' following cultural awareness course

    07/14/2010 8:52:22 AM PDT · by C19fan · 51 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | July 14, 2010 | Staff
    Middle Eastern-style 'squat' toilets are to be fitted in a shopping centre after bosses attended a cultural awareness course. WCs at Rochdale's Exchange shopping centre will include two Nile pans alongside traditional western toilets when they reopen following a refurbishment. The pans differ from western toilets as the user is able to squat over them, rather than sitting.
  • Boston toilets may become eateries

    06/08/2010 3:10:51 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 46 replies · 119+ views
    UPI ^ | June 7, 2010
    BOSTON, June 7 (UPI) -- Some Boston officials say they want to convert two former public toilet facilities into upscale outdoor eating establishments. The idea of converting the aging gothic-style "Pink Palace" at Boston Commons and a grungy closed-up restroom called the Duck House in the Back Bay Fens neighborhood will be presented to lawmakers at a Statehouse meeting Tuesday by the city's Parks and Recreation Commission staff, the Boston Herald reports.
  • The Potty Parity Act, a bill to even out toilets at men's and ladies' rooms

    05/13/2010 9:30:14 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 37 replies · 905+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 13, 2010 | Joe Davidson
    Vivian Y. Bright likes to watch her congressman at work, but she was glad when Rep. Edolphus Towns finally gaveled to a close a hearing on sexual disparity in federal restrooms -- because she had to find one. "Just now, we experienced it," she said. "We went to the ladies room. There's a line." The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which Towns (D-N.Y.) chairs, heard testimony Wednesday on legislation to develop a more equitable sexual balance in the number of toilets in federal buildings.
  • Replacing old Austin toilets means landfill trash

    03/26/2010 3:19:13 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 28 replies · 557+ views ^ | 3-26-10 | AP Story
    Old toilets are backing up Austin-area landfills. The City Council plan approved last month to help apartment complexes install new water-efficient toilets has resulted in older models packing rapidly filling landfills. Critics say up to 280 tons of toilets could be dumped in county landfills, contradicting the city's long-held commitment to recycling. "It's a clear example of the City of Austin's left hand not knowing what its right hand is doing," Rick Cofer, co-chairman of the city's Solid Waste Advisory Commission, said in Friday's editions of the Austin American-Statesman. The city offers free and discounted water-saving toilets to homeowners and...
  • Finally 'Women Only' Toilets on Airline

    02/24/2010 10:20:25 PM PST · by cakid1 · 25 replies · 655+ views
    cbs47 ^ | 2-24-10 | cakid1
    Airline: Women only toilets Some will say it's about time ... but others will ask how is this possible in these 'tough economic' times? Just the same Japan's All Nippon Airways plans to start offering a toilet - for women only. (So much for putting the lid down.)
  • Ancient Mayans Likely Had Fountains and Toilets

    12/23/2009 6:54:38 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 50 replies · 1,500+ views
    LiveScience ^ | Wednesday, December 23, 2009 | Charles Q. Choi
    The ancient Mayans may have had enough engineering know-how to master running water, creating fountains and even toilets by controlling water pressure, scientists now suggest... Scientists investigated the Mayan center at Palenque in Chiapas, Mexico. At its height, this major site, inhabited from roughly 100 to 800 AD, had some 1,500 structures -- residences, palaces, and temples -- holding some 6,000 inhabitants under a series of powerful rulers. The center at Palenque also had what was arguably the most unique and intricate system of water management known anywhere in the Maya lowlands. These involved elaborate subterranean aqueducts to deal with...

    07/27/2009 5:04:36 PM PDT · by navysealdad · 8 replies · 408+ views
    WASHINGTON -- The feds are spending tens of millions of stimulus dollars to repair and build toilets across the nation, in an outflow of taxpayer funds that critics have branded "potty pork." From humble sylvan outhouses to "historic" restrooms, cash from the $787 billion stimulus is going to spruce up or completely replace aging toilets, government releases show. In New Mexico alone, the feds are spending $2.8 million for toilets in national forests.
  • Just for laughs: Funny toilets

    05/21/2009 10:51:54 PM PDT · by Justaham · 13 replies · 1,227+ views
    Some of these toilets are absolutely hilarious. They are enough to make you wet yourself laughing. Bet you thought going to do the business was just another unpleasant chore people just had to get on with. When you gotta go, you gotta go, as they say. But some people, like the owners of these funny toilets, like to do with style, with imagination, with a flourish. Don't these zany toilets make the dready job of relieving yourself a whole lotta extra fun!
  • "Bottom reached": “Natural living” advocates unveil the reusable toilet wipe

    02/27/2009 2:15:30 PM PST · by seanmerc · 46 replies · 1,330+ views ^ | 27 Feb 09 | Andrew Bolt
    Bottom reached “Natural living” advocates unveil their latest planet-saving invention - the reusable toilet wipe.
  • Woman finds python in hotel toilet

    09/16/2008 12:29:12 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 15 replies · 150+ views ^ | September 16, 2008
    A GUEST at a Dutch hotel found a live, 2.5 metre python in the toilet, alerting authorities who arrested four people for illegally trading in rare animals, it was reported today. In yesterday's incident the snake is believed to have slithered up the drain from a room below, where authorities discovered about 30 exotic animals, ANP reported, quoting the police. The animals included snakes, geckos, frogs, salamanders and a baby crocodile.
  • Getting poor to use toilets a major health conundrum, forum told

    08/27/2008 1:56:54 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 41 replies · 630+ views
    Terra Daily ^ | August 21, 2008
    More than one billion people worldwide have no toilet and defecate outside, while some have to be shamed into changing their habits when presented with conveniences, a conference was told. Humanitarian organisations have for decades tried various ways -- be it new systems, pumps or subsidies -- of getting people in developing countries to stop defecating outdoors due to the serious health risks concerned. But despite their efforts, an estimated 1.2 billion people, primarily in Asia and Africa, still don't use toilets to defecate, a forum of experts meeting in Stockholm was told. For many extremely poor people who are...
  • Muslim-friendly Flats Opened

    06/03/2008 2:08:53 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 31 replies · 102+ views ^ | 03 June 2008 | Staff
    New flats for elderly people have opened in Bristol - with toilets that do not face Mecca. The Muslim-friendly Very Sheltered Housing (VSH) scheme in Lincoln Street, Lawrence Hill, also includes beds that allow a tenant's feet to point in the right direction. Lincoln Gardens cost more than Ł6 million, has 55 bedrooms and was put up by the city council and the Guinness Trust on the site of the former Wainbrook elderly persons' home. It includes 19 flats suitable for "tenants from the Muslim community" following local consultation. A council spokesman said: "The toilets in these flats are orientated...
  • Cancel toilet contract, city told (Seattle's breathtakingly-expensive johns to be flushed)

    03/25/2008 5:01:51 PM PDT · by Stoat · 38 replies · 1,452+ views
    The Seattle P.I. ^ | March 25, 2008 | ANGELA GALLOWAY
    Andy Rogers / P-I Justin Hall leaves the automatic public toilet at Hing Hay Park, one of five installed by the city in 2004. Hall, who is homeless and trying to get off the street, uses the toilets regularly. A recently completed report by Seattle Public Utilities recommends that the city cancel its contract for the costly self-cleaning lavatories. Cancel toilet contract, city told By ANGELA GALLOWAY P-I REPORTER The naysayers may have been right: Seattle's multimillion-dollar, high-tech public toilet program looks like a washout.Some city officials, including the city's wastewater utility director, want to remove the five automated,...
  • Lack of toilets putting millions at risk: UN

    03/20/2008 11:50:10 AM PDT · by em2vn · 56 replies · 683+ views
    physorg ^ | 03-20-08 | staff
    About two in every five people still have no access to a proper toilet, said the World Health Organisation and the UN Childrens Fund (UNICEF), warning that the lack of sanitation is putting 2.6 billion people at risk of disease. "In the world today, there are 15 million deaths caused by infectious diseases," said David Heyman, WHO's assistant director general for health security and environment. "If we had good sanitation today, and good water supplies, we could decrease that immediately by two million -- those children who are dying unnecessarily from diarrhoea diseases."
  • Another Olympic problem — squat toilets

    03/19/2008 9:09:14 AM PDT · by cowtowney · 95 replies · 2,729+ views
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 3/19/08 | STEPHEN WADE
    BEIJING - Among all the protests, pollution concerns and talk of boycotts surrounding the Beijing Olympics, a more basic problem has arisen for organizers: the toilets. At the more than 30 test events held by organizers, the presence of squat toilets at many of the new and renovated venues has drawn frequent complaints. "We have asked the venues to improve on this, to increase the number to sit-down toilets," Yao Hui, deputy director of venue management for the Beijing organizers, said Wednesday. "Many people have raised the question of toilets."
  • Auburn nursing home toilets explode, setting off sprinklers (Washington state)

    02/26/2008 2:33:59 PM PST · by EveningStar · 43 replies · 521+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | February 26, 2008
    An employee of an Auburn nursing home called firefighters for help because the toilets were exploding with steam...
  • PC WC

    01/29/2008 8:09:22 AM PST · by bs9021 · 10 replies · 113+ views
    Campus Report ^ | January 29, 2008 | Deborah Lambert
    PC WC by: Deborah Lambert, January 29, 2008 If you think the level of academic conferences can’t sink any lower, read on. Last fall, New York University offered a day-long seminar titled “Sex, Gender and the Public Toilet: Outing the Water Closet.” Cultural commentator/author Roger Kimball reported that it took four departments to tackle this weighty topic: the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, the Department of Media, Culture and Communication, the Center for Religion and Media, and the Council on Media and Culture. Kimball noted that the gathering “brought together pioneering scholars of sex and gender with...
  • Robo-toilets proposed to stop 'gay' cruising

    07/08/2007 10:26:36 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 71 replies · 2,254+ views
    WND ^ | July 7, 2007 | WND
    Robo-toilets proposed to stop 'gay' cruising Mayor: 'Homosexuals ... engaging in sex, anonymous sex, illegal sex' Posted: July 7, 2007 6:55 p.m. Eastern Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle says his city has a problem with "homosexual activity" in public restrooms and he has a plan to stop it – robotic toilets that allow occupants to stay inside for only a short time before the door automatically opens. "We're trying to provide a family environment where people can take their children who need to use the bathroom without having to worry about a couple of men in there engaged in a...
  • New toilet design to tackle bullying

    05/02/2007 6:11:01 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 56 replies · 2,095+ views
    This is Local London ^ | May 2, 2007 | Mark Chandler and Michael Reilly
    UNISEX wash basin areas could be built in schools to help tackle bullying. The move is part of recommendations covering schools in England being rebuilt or refurbished as part of the Government's Ł45bn Building Schools for the Future (BSF) scheme. BSF aims to rebuild or renew every one of England's 3,500 state secondary schools during the 15-year lifetime of the initiative. The new guidelines were issued by the Government agency responsible for delivering the programme, Partnerships for Schools. Toilets in Schools was published earlier this month and details new toilet block designs to be incorporated into all BSF schools. It...
  • Unisex toilets to cut out the school bullies

    04/25/2007 11:14:04 AM PDT · by bedolido · 15 replies · 547+ views ^ | 04-25-2007 | staff writer
    Unisex toilets should be built at schools to stop bullying, according to the Government. Guidelines issued by the Department for Education today also recommend installing glass-panelled walls between hand-washing areas, scrapping urinals and installing trough sinks to make flooding more difficult.
  • London Prison Changes Direction of Toilets in Respect to Islamic Law

    01/30/2007 9:41:24 AM PST · by Alouette · 138 replies · 2,740+ views
    Fox News ^ | Jan. 30, 2007
    Toilets in one London prison are getting a face-lift — or rather, a change in direction — to accommodate Muslim inmates who can't use them while facing Mecca, a British newspaper reported. Government officials ackowledged using tax dollars for the changes to the facilities, but maintained that moving the toilets was part of "on-going refurbishment," according to an article in The Sun. Islamic code prohibits Muslims from facing or turning their backs on the direction of prayer when they use the bathroom. Muslim prisoners complained of having to sit sideways on toilets so as to not break code.
  • 1,500 cruise ship passengers without toilets for 'three days'

    10/23/2006 6:17:19 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 572+ views
    Around 1,450 passengers on a luxury cruise ship have been left without toilets for three days, according to people on board. A series of blockages in the plumbing system is said to have led to "mayhem" on board Thomson's Destiny cruise ship. Tour operator Thomson admitted that there have been problems with the vacuum system of the toilets, but said it was bringing in a team of "super-technicians" to fix the system overnight. A spokeswoman said: "The team of 10 experts will be working through the night to ensure that the problem will be sorted." She was unable to confirm...
  • Arnold to sit and think over no-flush urinals (Calif law)

    09/07/2006 11:47:53 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 85 replies · 1,245+ views
    Alameda Times-Star ^ | Steve Geissinger
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has until the end of the month to decide on legislation aimed at further conserving water. SACRAMENTO — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will soon decide if he wants to save millions of gallons of water annually by using even lower-flush home and public toilets, and a new military favorite that's reminiscent of portable potties — waterless, no-flush urinals in public buildings. Legislation — which involved an 11th-hour deal between labor and manufacturers to clear the way for nonwater urinals — slipped around the public spotlight during lawmakers' end-of-session rush. Even so, the measure praised as "making California a...
  • Toilet Terrorism

    06/06/2006 8:18:37 AM PDT · by tomzz · 23 replies · 665+ views
    self ^ | 6/6/06 | self
    There are a number of issues with which a competent republican propagandist could beat the dems and libs to death in short order, and which we don't ever read about. The easily made case that Saddam Hussein was behind the anthrax attacks which followed 9-11 is one such. Another involves toilets. You can get a feel for this one by doing a google search on the two terms 'toilet' and 'smuggling'... One of the hits which turns up notes: Canadian Toilet Smuggling Ring Flushed Out The U.S. has beefed up their Canadian border patrol in midst of severe water shortage...
  • IDF razes toilets of Palestinian cave dwellers in West Bank

    05/31/2006 7:13:02 AM PDT · by Alouette · 23 replies · 775+ views
    Haaretz ^ | May 31, 2006 | Mijal Grinberg
    The Civil Administration on Wednesday knocked down 13 structures - most of them toilet facilities - donated by Christian groups to Palestinians living in two cave communities in the West Bank. The Civil Administration, a branch of the Israel Defense Forces that deals with civilian issues in the territories, sent troops Wednesday afternoon to knock the buildings down. The facilities serve dozens of residents of the Mrar al-Abid and Safieh communities, which are otherwise not connected to a water supply or any electrical grid.
  • Brits Turn Toilets for Muslim Prisoners

    04/20/2006 1:55:16 PM PDT · by joyspring777 · 53 replies · 1,043+ views ^ | 4-20-2006 | Carl Limbacher
    British authorities are spending taxpayers’ money to rebuild prison toilets so Muslim inmates don’t have to face Mecca while using them. The Islamic religion prohibits Muslims from facing or turning their backs on the Kiblah — the direction of prayer — when they use the toilet, according to the Sun newspaper in London. Muslim inmates complain that they have to sit sideways on prison toilets to comply with that prohibition. But now jail officials have bowed to pressure from Muslim leaders and agreed to turn toilets 90 degrees at London’s Brixton prison. Authorities have refused to reveal the cost of...
  • Group protests lack of toilets

    12/15/2005 10:12:07 AM PST · by CAWats · 21 replies · 560+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 12/15/2005 | PHYLLIS FURMAN
    A group that wants to see more public toilets in the city is about to make a big stink. Get ready to see men urinating on the street - cardboard copies that is. These peeing Toms, set to hit the streets tomorrow, are part of a guerilla ad campaign being plotted by a band of potty-demanding New Yorkers called The Privy Council. Just in time for the Christmas rush, the group plans to spread the life-like cutouts, as well as cardboard toilets, in high traffic areas across the city, including Times Square and Rockefeller Center. The faux toilet seats will...
  • Experts debating toilet standards (Pols Present Poop on Privy Policies)

    09/27/2005 3:40:50 PM PDT · by Cowman · 20 replies · 970+ views
    BBC News ^ | Tuesday, 27 September 2005
    Experts debating toilet standards Toilet experts have gathered in Belfast for a conference to explore issues of public lavatory standards in countries across the globe. It is the first World Toilet Summit to be held outside the Far East. Delegates come from such sectors as public health and educational authorities, hospitality and tourism bodies as well as toilet providers. The Bog Standard campaign to raise the calibre of Northern Ireland's school toilets is also being launched. It wants to "bring awareness of the health and learning benefits of better toilets for pupils", a statement said. The campaign will also encourage...
  • Lid blown on women's toilet habits

    07/27/2005 6:42:19 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 36 replies · 891+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 28 July 2005
    IT'S enough to make you wonder why they insist on putting the seat down. A new survey shows 22 per cent of professional Australian women crouch or squat over the toilets in their workplaces rather than risk contact with the seats. And another 14 per cent - making more than a third of women overall - wipe the seat first, then crouch over the seat just to be safe. The survey, conducted by Initial Healthcare, gathered the responses of 200 women working in advertising agencies, publishing, finance, pharmaceutical and general business in Australia last month. Forty-six per cent of respondents...