Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind How Does a Vasectomy Work: Your No-Frills Guide to Getting Snipped We woke up this morning to quite a shock. It wasn’t the snow on the ground or the cat hurling in the bed (don’t ask), rather the scrub we used in the shower.Adrenaline Junkie is the new energizing scrub from the amusing, yet dedicated grooming line, Billy Jealousy. Although sold as a face scrub we use it all over. The peppermint oil got our blood buzzing, the jojoba esters wiped away dead skin and city grime and the sunflower glycerides provided a natural moisturizer rich in fatty acids, the only kind of fat we need this morning, minus bacon.If you aren’t familiar with the line, Billy Jealousy was founded in 2004 (we were at the launch party, we don’t remember much) and has been an anchor in the men’s grooming market focusing on science and nature to provide awesome products that sell world wide. They also get points in the charity field – a portion of the sale of every product goes to one of their favorite organizations such as Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Green Corps. All of the products are also PETA approved.We suggest using this product a couple of times a week (not more as a scrub isn’t good for the skin on a daily basis) and of course any time a hangover is involved. How to Choose the Right Dress Shirt 10 Best Whiskies for Irish Coffee Why Mental Health Matters (and Why It’s Time to Change Our Perspective) Editors’ Recommendations
From New York to Bangkok, from Geneva to Kabul, the United Nations today marked the International Day of Disabled Persons, with Secretary-General Kofi Annan calling on the global community to work even harder for fully inclusive societies. “Today, as a result of a dramatic shift in perspective that has been taking place over the past two decades, persons with disabilities have started to be viewed as people who must enjoy the full spectrum of civil, political, social, cultural and economic rights,” he said in a commemorative message. “No society can claim to be based on justice and equality without persons with disabilities taking decisions as full-fledged members,” he added. The 2004 observance of the Day, first held in 1992, focuses on the involvement of persons with disabilities in the planning of strategies and policies that affect their lives. At UN Headquarters in New York the Day featured the showing of three short documentaries by award-winning filmmaker Victor Pineda – “In Cuba Disabled,” on the lives of people with disabilities in the developing world; “Broken Balkans,” which looks at life with disabilities in the former Yugoslavia; and “A World Enabled,” featuring testimonies of delegates drafting the first-ever UN convention on the rights of persons with disabilities. “The observance of the Day is an opportunity to foster changes in attitudes towards persons with disabilities and eliminate barriers to their participation in all aspects of life”, Johan Schölvinck of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs said. “The involvement of persons with disabilities in elaborating the convention on their own rights is an excellent example of how the principle of full participation can be put into practice.” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg issued a proclamation recognizing the Day, declaring: “This important event fosters an understanding of disability issues as it mobilizes support for efforts to promote the dignity, rights, and well-being of persons with disabilities.” Earlier this year, the UN Department of Public Information identified efforts to draft a treaty on the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities as one of ten stories the world should hear more about. In Geneva today, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour called for the adoption of that proposed convention. “For far too long, persons with disabilities have been denied equal access to basic rights and fundamental freedoms, be they health care, employment, education, the vote or participation in cultural activities.” On the other side of the world in Bangkok, Thailand, the UN Economic and Social Commission for the Asia Pacific Region marked the day with an exhibition, a forum of community members and the screening of documentaries. And in Kabul, Afghanistan, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) presented a report identifying some of the key difficulties facing people with disabilities as they strive to play a role in reconstruction efforts, including the continuing stigma associated with disabilities in Afghan society. “We probably see examples of disability in Afghanistan every day, but few of us fully appreciate the many challenges that disabled people face in society,” UNICEF Representative in Afghanistan Bernt Aasen said. “It is essential that a new debate begins, today, on how opportunities can be created for people with disabilities to play a fulfilling role in the rebuilding of their nation.” The report calls for public information campaigns to present the positive contributions that can be made by disabled people; improved knowledge about causes of disabilities, and how people with disabilities should be cared for; and advocacy by key influencers such as the media, religious leaders and health workers. It also advocates education about disabilities in schools, improved health services for people with disabilities and access to public buildings, and incentive schemes to encourage employers to recruit people with disabilities.
Anglo American Platinum has signed a contract for Topsoe’s world-leading Wet gas Sulphuric Acid (WSA) sulphur emissions control technology for their platinum smelter facility in Polokwane, South Africa. The statement said: “The WSA technology ensures compliance with environmental regulations and offers a perfect match to the often challenging requirements of metallurgical smelters and roasters. WSA is a proven and very cost-efficient technology to control sulphur emissions and produces commercial-grade sulphuric acid that can be sold.”The WSA plant is designed to drastically reduce emissions of SO2 from the platinum smelter from around 90,000 mg/Nm3 to less than 1,200 mg/Nm3. It will produce up to 148 t per day of sulfuric acid. “Sulphur emissions control has become a business prerequisite in the South African smelter industry. We wanted a solution that would ensure environmental compliance now and in the foreseeable future as well as make a convincing business case. WSA ticked both fields,” says Dr Lloyd Nelson, Head of Smelting & Refining Technology, Metallurgy, Anglo American Platinum.Newly enforced regulations in South Africa limits the emission of sulphur (SO2) and requires sulphur-emitting facilities to install an abatement technology. WSA is a leading sulfur emissions control technology for wet gas applications. Its recovery of process heat makes it extremely energy-efficient and consequently it uses no or very little support fuel. WSA does not produce any waste and requires only minimal cooling water.The WSA plant ordered by AAP will be the second in Africa. As governments and investors across the continent implement stricter environmental guidelines, the technology is expected to be adopted by many more African companies. Around the world, 160 WSA plants have been commissioned. The contract covers basic engineering, license, proprietary equipment, catalyst, training, and supervision services. Hatch in South Africa have been selected by AAP for Engineering, Procurement, and Construction Management (EPCM) and will be managing the completion of the project on behalf of AAP. Haldor Topsoe is a world leader in high-performance catalysts and proprietary technologies for the chemical and refining industries