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Olympic sailors disgusted by Rio’s foul waters | WashPost.com

Olympic sailors disgusted by Rio’s foul waters | WashPost.com | Water | Scoop.it

Olympic sailors on Saturday checked out the venue for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.


Many didn’t like what they saw.


“I’ve been sailing all over the world for 20 years now, and this is the most polluted place I’ve ever been,” said Allan Norregaard, a Danish bronze medalist in the 2012 London Olympics. “It’s really a shame because it’s a beautiful area and city, but the water is so polluted, so dirty and full of garbage.”


Rio’s local Olympic organizing committee has promised the pollution will be cleaned up when the Olympics open in 2 1/2 years. Government officials have pledged to reduce 80 percent of the pollution flowing into the bay.


But the sailors doubt the problem can be fixed after festering for decades, and many worry about their health. Environmentalists call measures being taken “stopgap,” likely to mask the problem and not cure it.


The Associated Press has documented over the last several weeks that nearly 70 percent of Rio’s waste goes untreated into surrounding waters. Famous beaches like Copacabana and Ipanema are dirty. Untreated sewage pours into a lagoon bordering the Olympic Park, the heart of the games.


Norregaard said that while sailing the last few days he’d seen entire trees floating in the bay, doors, chunks of timber with nails protruding, swollen mattresses and endless plastic bags.


Another sailor talked about a horse carcass in the 148-square-mile bay, which opens into the Atlantic just above Rio’s famed Copacabana beach.


The Dane said the floating debris makes racing unfair and dangerous. The other issue is the health risk with high levels of fecal coliform bacteria in the water.


“I would definitely not swim in it,” Norregaard said. “We have had a couple of incidents where people went in the water and came up with red dots on their body. I don’t know what’s in the water, but it’s definitely not healthy.”


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4 Major Sleep Related Factors That Affect Our Cognitive Performance

4 Major Sleep Related Factors That Affect Our Cognitive Performance | Water | Scoop.it

If you want to be an active, energetic person, that is successful in your business, there is an essential key factor that will really help you achieving those goals you have set to yourself: a good night sleep.  This may just sound common sense, but there is actually loads of new research coming out that evidences  the benefits of regular seven to nine hour sleep.  Even though everyone knows about the need of a full night sleep, unfortunately we are still trying to get rid of a strongly entrenched trend in society that for decades has confused sleeplessness with vitality and high performance,  particularly in the corporate cultures.  Who doesn´t know (or hasn´t identified with)  the ambitious person who works all the time, sleeps five to six hours a day for weeks in a row, and is addicted to cups of coffee (the world’s second-most widely sold commodity, after oil) ?

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Gain Website's curator insight, December 8, 2013 9:34 PM

 A good night sleep enables a person's brain to relax and recover from stressful thinking due to a very heavy work load. As they said, lack of sleep can cause various psychological effects towards attitude and behavioral activity.


A business minded person somehow can sacrifice his/her time from sleeping but sacrificing that is done everytime is not good towards health and mental health. So be cautious of budgeting time if you want to have a successful career towards business. 


If in case you have problems with sleeping patterns and observe slight changes towards your attitude you can do some research to overcome this kind of situation. But if you don't have spare time researching and reading articles online you can consult to a psychologist who can manage and let you fully understand the concept of your problem and aids to help you over come such.


A good psychologist in Delaware that can help you with this kind of situation is Dr. Carl Shekhar. View her webpage to know more details about this certified psychologist in Delaware: www.CarolGrahamShekhar.com 

Angie Mc's curator insight, December 9, 2013 10:10 AM

7-9 hours a night recommended. 

Julien Cuyeu's curator insight, November 23, 2014 12:37 AM

insomina is a very bad one