The Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn region is a magnificent area with high mountain ranges, glaciers and is actually the most glaciated part of the European Alps.
Visiting this area can be done relatively easy by car and if you want to go up, by train up to 3,400 metres above sea level, the highest train ride in Europe, the Jungfrau Railway is very impressive (and expensive!).
The area is on the UNESCO World Heritage list because of its unique and wide range of flora and fauna and geological importance regarding the creating of the High Alps.
Tap Water Before Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico
Should you drink tap water in Puerto Rico?
(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Buzz) – People in Puerto Rico have been told to boil water after Hurricane Maria.
That’s a great piece of advice.
However, it’s important to understand that the health hazards related to tap water in Puerto Rico have existed before Hurricane Maria.
It’s not safe to drink tap water in Puerto Rico, ever. You can drink it and may not feel anything immediately – such as gastroenteritis or other health concerns – but you may not be aware of longer term effects of such practice.
We put together a couple of links with information of the status of tap water in Puerto Rico, and also mainland USA to substantiate.
Tap water is not safe to drink. Unless you run each cup through a lab test, it’s probably best to use a good filter first.
If you decide to drink tap water in Puerto Rico, please read this first. Make an informed decision.
In 2015, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) found that:
“Puerto Rico suffers the worst rate of drinking water violations of any state or territory in the nation. In 2015, 99.5 percent of Puerto Rico’s population was served by community water systems in violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act, and 69.4 percent of people on the island were served by water sources that violated SDWA’s health standards. The data contained in this report reflect significant drinking water violations in Puerto Rico. These numbers are based on Safe Drinking Water Information System (SDWIS) data reported by the Puerto Rico Department of Health to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).”
Read the full report here: https://www.nrdc.org/sites/default/files/threats-on-tap-drinking-water-puerto-rico-ip.pdf
Fox Business: Why You Should Think Twice Before Drinking Tap Water
“The Environmental Protection Agency is working hard to remove deadly toxins from drinking water being consumed by over six million Americans.”
“The move comes after Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health released a new study showing high levels of industrial chemicals such as polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs)—which are linked to cancer and other health problems—have exceeded federally recommended safety levels in public drinking water in states like California, New Jersey, North Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Pennsylvania and New York.”
Read the full article here: http://www.foxbusiness.com/features/2016/08/11/why-should-think-twice-before-drinking-tap-water.html
Here’s another look at additional issues with tap water from One Take Fitness and Nutrition in the UK:
“Don’t forget that once your water leaves the water treatment plant it travels through pipes, some of which may have been underground since Victorian times. It is almost impossible for the water not to become contaminated by something undesirable. How many of us still have lead pipes feeding into our houses? You can pretty much guarantee that if your house was built before about 1970 it’s probably still fed by a lead pipe at the very least from the water main in the street to your stop tap, so there’s every chance of heavy metal contamination.”
Read the full article here: http://martinwhitaker.co.uk/the-truth-about-drinking-tap-water/
There are some that report that tap water is beneficial. That is correct, but only when these contaminated conditions do not exist.
Could we go further in additional findings? Yes. But our goal here is to inform our readers with a basic understanding of the tap water situation. It has been and it is a health hazard that all should be made aware of.
Think before you drink.
Hoffa: Autonomous Vehicle Bill Has Room For Improvement As It Makes Its Long March Through Congress
(WASHINGTON) The following is a statement by Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa on the vote in the U.S. House of Representatives to pass H.R. 3388, the SELF DRIVE Act, legislation allowing for the nationwide deployment of automated driving technology.
Further Action Needed to Safeguard Workers, Public Safety
“As the legislation concerning autonomous vehicles moves forward through Congress, the interests of working Americans and the safety of our roadways must be a top priority for lawmakers.”
“The Teamsters Union is encouraged by recent improvements to the bill, including the bipartisan consensus among members of Congress that commercial motor vehicles should be exempted from this legislation.
“However, more work needs to be done. The exemption for commercial vehicles must be clarified prior to final passage. We look forward to working with members of both parties to ensure that workers and the motoring public will have the safe and reliable transportation system they deserve, both today and far into the future.”
“The testing of autonomous vehicle technology must be transparent and any technologies that have not been fully vetted and proven should certainly not be rushed into implementation in any commercial capacity.”
“We will continue to closely monitor legislation concerning autonomous vehicles and share our concerns with members of Congress in order to ensure that workers are safeguarded and highway safety is protected.”
Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Visit www.teamster.org for more information. Follow us on Twitter @Teamsters and “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/teamsters.
Watch the solar eclipse in Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN (Puerto Rico Buzz) – A solar eclipse will occur on August 21, 2017. It will be viewable as a total eclipse across North America, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA.)
However, in Puerto Rico it will only be viewed as a partial eclipse. Although you may feel as if once more, Puerto Rico can’t catch a break, the partial viewing will nonetheless promise to be impressive.
“If you have an opportunity to see this, take it,” said Alex Young, a solar scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. “You will not be disappointed.”
The solar eclipse will last 2 hours and 35 minutes, starting at 2:11 p.m. Its maximum view locally will be at 3:34 p.m. By 4:46 p.m. it will have ended.
You will probably get a sense that it is another cloudy day or perhaps nighttime came early.
“The hair on the back of your neck is going to stand up and you are going to feel different things as the eclipse reaches totality,” said Brian Carlstrom, Deputy Associate Director of the National Park Service Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Directorate. “It’s been described as peaceful, spiritual, 3 exhilarating, shocking.”
With the correct safety equipment, you will be able to see the “one of nature’s most wondrous experiences” as NASA describes the event.
NASA recommends that you don’t use regular sunglasses or homemade devices.
“The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or hand-held solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun; they transmit thousands of times too much sunlight,” according to NASA.
Here’s list of brands that the American Astronomical Society recommends:
- American Paper Optics (Eclipser) / EclipseGlasses.com / 3dglassesonline.com
- APM Telescopes (Sunfilter Glasses)
- Baader Planetarium (AstroSolar Silver/Gold Film)
- Celestron (EclipSmart Glasses & Viewers)
- DayStar (Solar Glasses)
- Explore Scientific (Solar Eclipse Sun Catcher Glasses)
- Lunt Solar Systems (SUNsafe SUNglasses) [see their unique kid-size eclipse glasses]
- Meade Instruments (EclipseView Glasses & Viewers)
- Rainbow Symphony (Eclipse Shades)
- Seymour Solar (Helios Glasses)
- Thousand Oaks Optical (Silver-Black Polymer & SolarLite)
- TSE 17 (Solar Filter Foil)
A full list of safety recommendations by NASA can be found here.
If you have to stay in the office or don’t feel like going outside, you can also view the livestream provided by NASA here.
Update: an earlier version stated that the maximum was at 2:34 p.m. It was corrected to 3:34 p.m.
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