News / UK and world by Press Association November 19, 2018, 12:53 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Poor countries around the world are facing a dangerous shortage of toilets that puts millions of live at risk, according to campaigners marking World Toilet Day by urging governments and businesses to invest more in sanitation. The toilet crisis is most severe in parts of Africa and Asia facing extreme poverty and seeing a population boom. One in five primary schools and one in eight secondary schools globally do not have any toilets, the group WaterAid said in a new report to mark the UN-designated toilet day, observed on Monday, as part of efforts to end the global sanitation crisis. An estimated 4.5 billion people across the world lack access to proper sanitation, said the report. Some 2.5 billion among them do not have adequate toilets, according to UN figures. The lack of toilets forces many to defecate in the open, in the … [Read more...] about Campaigners urge investment in sanitation on World Toilet Day
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When Valerie Pecresse the president of the greater Paris region of Île-de-France announced this week she wanted to double the number of toilets available on the Metro most Parisians (at least those with a Twitter account) reacted with shock. Pecresse said: "Sorry to talk about the smells, the unease that can be felt in the morning... We must at least double the number of toilets on the Metro so that travellers are a little less uncomfortable when they take it. Pecresse added that she wanted to give Parisians the desire to use public transport by making it "comfortable" and "clean". Parisians were left stunned, not so much because they were surprised by Pecresse's much-needed plan to improve cleanliness on the Metro and the conditions of travelling for passengers but because they had no idea there were any toilets on the Metro or RER train network. One Twitter wag pointed out that doubling zero still leaves you with zero. But Paris transport authority RATP took to Twitter to … [Read more...] about Did you know there are toilets on the Paris Metro and RER?
The City of Lights has debuted an especially flashy new way to curtail public urination: bright red eco-toilets for those on the go. Industrial designer Faltazi created the waterless urinal, called "Uritrottoir," to be filled with straw that can be composted. The tops of the urinals double as flower beds. 'Manafort and His Lies' at Heart of Case, Prosecution Argues Several of the toilets were first rolled out in the spring to a muted reaction, The New York Times reported. But a backlash has developed after one was recently installed on the picturesque Ile St. Louis, according to reports. Not everyone is saying oui, oui to the attention-grabbing boxes, which include signs illustrating how to use them. Women take photos on the Seine river banks on the Ile de la Cite where an urinal has been installed, Tuesday, Aug.14, 2018 in Paris. Some residents have written to the town hall to demand its removal from this touristic area not far away form Notre Dame … [Read more...] about Bright Red Outdoor Urinals Pop Up in Paris
Location, location, location There's a lot of choice in Paris: around 65 000 Parisian homes up for grabs on the website, more than anywhere else in Europe, so take your time to find the accommodation that suits you best. “The most important thing is to choose a flat in Paris that is where you want to be”, said Roman, a worker in the sales department of BnBLord, a company that helps Airbnb hosts manage its properties. Before you book, think about what you want to get out of your Paris trip. If you mainly want to visit the sites, then you'd be best to rent a place around the 1st arrondissement. This area is close to many of the city's most famous museums and Notre Dame cathedral. Staying in this area means you'll barely have to take the Metro other than to see the Eiffel Tower or Montmartre. But touristy areas are often expensive, and can be very busy in the day but quiet at night and devoid of native Parisians. Again, it depends on … [Read more...] about The things you need to think about when renting an Airbnb flat in Paris
THE GRANDDAD at the centre of Australia's worst mass shooting in 22 years "sounded strange" the day before the brutal killings, a neighbour has said. Peter Miles, 61, is thought to have shot his wife, daughter and her four autistic kids before turning the gun on himself at their farm in Osmington, Western Australia. Neighbour Richard Dossor said he spoke to Miles, who was found with a bullet wound as he lay slumped in a deck chair on the veranda, about doing farm maintenance work on his property, The West Australian reported. He said: “[He was] just not someone who I would have thought was keen to find a new client or customer. “He didn't seem enthusiastic if you know what I mean?” Three guns found at the property were registered to the grandfather, police say. Police are also probing a phone call which alerted officers to the tragedy at 5am yesterday morning - believing it may be the key to the slayings. The call, made directly to cops via the national 000 … [Read more...] about Osmington murder-suicide suspect, grandfather Peter Miles, sounded vague’ day before worst mass shooting in Australia for 22 years