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  • 03 Oct 2018 10:23 AM | IJCSA (Administrator)

    BOSTON — A janitor says in a lawsuit against his former employer that he was discriminated against and mocked because of his devout Roman Catholic faith.

    The suit filed Tuesday by Arcadio Cruz says supervisors and co-workers for C&W Facilities Services, which provides janitorial service to Boston's Logan International Airport, taunted him for being open about the importance of religion in his life, visiting the airport chapel on lunch breaks, and carrying a Bible and rosary beads.

    The Lynn man says one supervisor told him to "call your God to clean the urinal."

    He says the company fired him after he complained about bullying and unfair treatment.

    More at source: Boston Herald

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  • 27 Sep 2018 12:12 PM | IJCSA (Administrator)

    Custodian Herman Gordon has been spreading kindness at Bristol University for more than 11 years. This summer, students of the UK university decided it was time to return the favor. Students launched a crowdfunding campaign to send Gordon, originally from Jamaica, on a weeklong trip to Kingston to see his family for the first time in nearly a decade. "I started it because 

    I know everybody loves Herman for his happy energy," said medical student Hadi Al-Zubaidi, who had the idea for the fundraiser. "I thought sending him to his home country of Jamaica would be a beautiful way of giving back for all that he does."

    More at source: CNN

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  • 24 Sep 2018 10:05 AM | IJCSA (Administrator)

    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) - Fayetteville residents are still recovering from the impacts left by Florence. 

    In the Cedar Falls neighborhood near Cedar Creek Road, piles of debris could be found along Bombay Drive on Sunday. 

    Some have returned to their homes, while others said they're looking for a new place to live. 

    Army Sgt. Roderick Haynes is staying with a friend in Virginia after coming to find his Fayetteville home was damaged during the storm. 

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    "It was hurting," Haynes said. "I was in awe. I didn't know what to think. It was my first time going through the experience, and it was something new to me. I didn't know what to do."

    Haynes had little time to prepare for the storm after returning from a deployment in Africa.

    "Not having the knowledge and understanding, and someone informing me, or having the insurance to cover half the damages, or all of the damages in that home, makes it more devastating as well, too," he said. 

    More at source: CBS

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  • 19 Sep 2018 9:55 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    The study found that those who lived in households where disinfectants were used weekly had a higher risk of being overweight by age 3 than those who lived in houses where eco-friendly substances were used.

    The study found that those who lived in households where disinfectants were used weekly had a higher risk of being overweight by age 3 than those who lived in houses where eco-friendly substances were used.  (iStock)

    Everyday household cleaning products may be producing unintended consequences for children. According to a study, disinfectants have the ability to change gut bacteria, potentially leading to higher body mass index (BMI).

    The study, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that those who lived in households where disinfectants were used weekly had a higher risk of being overweight by age 3 than those who lived in houses where eco-friendly substances were used.

    More at source: Fox News

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  • 14 Sep 2018 10:16 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Do Cleaning Products Really Cause Cancer?

    During the research, a control group of 787 women from Massachusetts who have been diagnosed with breast cancer were compared to healthy (non-cancer diagnosed) 721 women of the same or similar age who have lived in or around the same area. All participants were questioned about their family health history, living habits such as eating, smoking, alcohol use, exercise, etc. They were also asked about their use of pesticides and cleaning products.

    The Outcome

    The results from the study show that the top 25% of women who reported highest use of cleaning products were at least 2 times more likely to develop breast cancer than those who reported the lowest use. The participants who indicated that they use air fresheners and mould and mildew removers often had 70% increased chance of cancer. These statistics sound really scary, but there is a spinner.

    More at source: News Anyway

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  • 13 Sep 2018 10:47 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Janitors who have survived rape and sexual harassment in the workplace on Monday launched a 100-mile walk from San Francisco to Sacramento to urge Gov. Jerry Brown to support legislation to boost sexual harassment and violent training and prevention measures.

    Assembly Bill 2079, introduced by Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, includes provisions for peer training and counseling, which supporters say is essential for helping immigrant women and women in hidden professions like janitorial work learn their rights from someone they trust.

    The walk, which began at the Golden Gate Bridge this morning and paused for a noon rally at San Francisco’s City Hall, began the same day as a billboard campaign in the Bay Area urging Brown to sign the legislation.

    More at source: SF Examiner

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  • 06 Sep 2018 8:45 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    3. They can keep you from getting sick

    If nothing else, you should be wearing gloves to protect yourself against bacteria while cleaning.

    Think about the places you clean regularly -- the bathroom sink, the toilet, the kitchen sink. All three are places that are just teeming with bacteria. Oh and that sponge you use to clean the dishes? It's one of the most germ ridden thing in your home.

    Clean those places with bare hands and you run the risk of directly infecting yourself with nasty pathogens.

    More at source: CNET

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  • 04 Sep 2018 7:42 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)


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  • 27 Aug 2018 10:03 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    14 Wing Greenwood

    GREENWOOD, N.S. - The union representing Canada’s federal public sector employees is worried that a plan to privatize cleaning services at two air force bases signals a concerning trend.

    Colleen Coffey, Atlantic Canada executive vice-president with PSAC, says seven term-contract, unionized cleaners at 14 Wing Greenwood were recently notified that as of Sept. 30 their jobs would be terminated before their term positions could have rolled into full-time jobs.

    Instead, the government plans to contract out their jobs to a private company. The remaining 25 full-time cleaners will not be laid off but will have their positions replaced by contractors when they retire or leave the base. At Ontario’s CFB Kingston, there will be no immediate layoffs but the 186 unionized cleaners there will also eventually be replaced by contractors.

    More at source: Kingston County News Canada

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