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  • 14 Nov 2010 10:13 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    The Spokane river had a soap-scum problem. Runoff from the region's dishwashers was loaded with phosphorus, which helped get glasses and plates sparkling clean but was also fueling the growth of algae, which, in turn, were making Washington State's waterways an icky green. Besides repelling swimmers, the algae were sucking up so much oxygen they were suffocating other aquatic life. Experts estimated that as much as a third of the phosphorus at wastewater-treatment facilities was from dishwasher detergent

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  • 14 Nov 2010 10:11 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Question: Because I've had hip surgery, I cannot bend down low without the risk of dislocating my hip. We had to get a "raised" toilet seat. Being up a little higher is a lot more comfortable. Why are standard toilets so low and can you give me information on higher toilets for home use?

    - Betty, Minnesota

    Answer: First off, I'm not a history expert. But, I can share information that has been passed on to me. Many people have told me about bathroom designs in some areas where you basically are squatting over a pot or trough with a little running water. I've been told that many people ...

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  • 14 Nov 2010 10:07 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    OCEAN PINES -- Ocean Pines Police charged a 28-year-old woman with a series of jewelry thefts from Ocean Pines residences while she was employed as cleaning lady. As the result of an investigation involving several jurisdictions, Tracie Sterling, 28, of Salisbury was charged with three counts of theft over $1,000 and a count of theft scheme. Police said Sterling is accused of similar crimes in Wicomico County, where she is being held, and said additional charges will be filed by Delaware State Police.

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  • 14 Nov 2010 10:07 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Interline Brands Inc. (IBI) agreed to buy a California distributor of janitorial and sanitation supplies for $60.1 million in cash.

    The deal, which is expected to be neutral to Interline earnings this year but will boost them after that, fits with the company's strategy to acquire well-run businesses with leadership positions in attractive facilities-maintenance markets, according to Chairman and Chief Executive Michael J. Grebe. Interline currently supplies products to plumbing, electrical and janitorial sectors.

    He also said the purchase will open opportunities to increase sales and improve profitability.

    Interline agreed to take over CleanSource Inc. for $54.6 million in cash and $5.5 million in cash earn-out, which will be paid out over the next two years as Cleansource reaches certain capital and other adjustments.

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  • 14 Nov 2010 8:39 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Clean and Green Solutions, a local cleaning service provider serving areas of Houston including Humble, Kingwood, Atascocita, Summerwood and Harris and Montgomery Counties, recently announced it's bringing the Cleaning for Heroes program to area veterans and first responders.

    Based out of Warwick, Rhode Island, Cleaning for Heroes is a non-profit organization that connects residential service companies across the nation to deserving veterans who have been injured or disabled in the line of duty.

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  • 14 Nov 2010 8:37 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- A Colorado State University janitor says he was denied one of the free vaccines given to more than 10,000 other university employees, students and family members because of his age.

    The university held the two free vaccine clinics on Nov. 5 and 11, following a meningococcal disease outbreak in Larimer County. Five people have died from the disease, since June.

    The free vaccines were provided to people in the CSU campus community under the age of 30.

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  • 12 Nov 2010 7:18 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    PORTSMOUTH undefined A house cleaner who police say admitted to cleaning out a homeowner's jewelry box has hired a lawyer and is now maintaining her innocence.

    Bonnie Colotti, 55, of 36 Exeter Farms Road, Exeter, appeared Monday in Portsmouth District Court for arraignment on a felony count of theft. She was accompanied by attorney Stephen Gaige and entered a plea of not guilty.

    Police allege she was hired to clean a city home and while there, stole nine pieces of gold jewelry. According to an affidavit by Officer Laura Catabriga, the homeowner reported $5,000 to $6,000 worth of jewelry stolen from a jewelry box hidden in a bedroom closet. The officer also reported finding evidence that Colotti pawned the stolen jewelry at the Fox Run Mall for $635 and when confronted, made an immediate confession.

    "She said she was sorry for taking the jewelry, but times were tough and she was broke," according to the police report.

    On Monday, Colotti's bail was maintained at $5,000 personal recognizance, and she was scheduled to return to the court for a Nov. 30 probable cause hearing.

  • 12 Nov 2010 7:16 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    In order to bring down the number of infections which are transmitted during a stay in hospitals, collaboration is underway between the National University Hospital and Changi Hospital and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research. The collaboration has been named as Project Safe Hands.

    The joint initiative would encourage healthcare employees to regularly wash their hands in order to limit the transmission of infections. The washing of hands would be done by the use of an identification badge to check, who is washing their hands and who is not complying with guidelines.

    The reminder for the washing of hands would involve a subtle beep, whenever hospital employees leave a specific area of the hospital.

    Chairman of the Medical Board, Changi General Hospital, Associate Professor Low Cheng Ooi stated that one of the key priorities of the initiative was to control the spread of infections in hospital. He added that the maintenance of hygiene would help in reducing the transmission of germs.

    He expressed happiness that the hospital was teaming up with, the Changi General Hospital to encourage the practice of regularly washing hands among hospital employees.

    The Chairman of A*STAR, Mr. Lim Chuan Poh stated that the new initiative would enable healthcare facilities in Singapore to upkeep the medical requirements of people.

  • 12 Nov 2010 7:13 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Atlanta (PRWEB) November 11, 2010

    There is mounting evidence that many cleaning products contain chemicals that are known or suspected carcinogens, reproductive toxins, neurotoxins, or irritants to the skin, eyes, lungs, kidneys or other organs. Children have been identified as the most susceptible to health problems resulting from chemical exposures. As a result, today's consumers are taking a somber look at the approaches, products, equipment and technology used to clean their homes, according to consumer surveys conducted by Maid Brigade, an innovator in cleaning and consumer health advocacy for more than 25 years.

    Maid Brigade consumer research found that 53 percent of survey participants say they would hire a green cleaning service as opposed to a traditional service with 77 percent who say they would choose a green alternative over a traditional cleaning product. Their main concern? Fifty-one percent say they would or do use green products to protect their family's health.

    Based on this information, Maid Brigade developed Green Clean Certified® standards and a training program for all Maid Brigade cleaning team members that ensures the healthiest cleaning methods available are being used consistently. This includes being the first household cleaning services company to introduce VapurClean® Advantage, a dry steam vapor cleaning method that utilizes absolutely no chemicals as part of the cleaning process. The company is testing this revolutionary new technology in select markets across the U.S. This green cleaning approach penetrates deep within the surface pores where germs hide and multiply, killing them on contact, and is proven effective against MRSA, avian and swine flues, salmonellas, e.Coli, staph and other infectious diseases.

    When contemplating hiring a green cleaning services company, Maid Brigade suggests asking the following five questions to protect the health of today's families and the environment.

    1.    Does the company use cleaning solutions that are recognized and/or certified by Green Seal or a similar, specific or tangible standard? Ask for a list. The safest way to clean involves no chemicals and includes dry steam vapor treatments such as VapurClean? Advantage offered by Maid Brigade in test markets nationwide.
    2.    What about vacuums? Are they closed canister, multi-level filtration systems as opposed to conventional upright vacuum cleaners? This will ensure removal of 99.9 percent of all pollen, pet dander, hair, mold, dust, dust mites and other respiratory irritants, which are common asthma and allergy triggers.
    3.    What about cleaning cloths? Are they reusable microfiber? The special scientific weave of microfiber is so effective that fewer cleaning chemicals are necessary. Do they reduce landfill waste or manufacturing processes? Do they include post-consumer recycled material or organically grown material?
    4.    What about staff training? Does the staff undergo formal training and certification to properly use green products and procedures? What assurances are provided that every cleaning adheres to these standards? Programs such as Maid Brigade's Green Clean Certified® program requires all of its franchisees and their cleaning teams to study and become certified because green house cleaning is better for consumer health, better for the maids and better for the environment.
    5.    Has the company conducted tests to substantiate the health and/or environmental benefits of their total cleaning process? Are they consumer health and wellness advocates? Ask for proof.

    "Providing a holistic green cleaning approach is imperative to ensuring every household has the safest and most effective cleaning possible," commented Marie Stegner, consumer health advocate for Maid Brigade. "Make sure the cleaning services company you choose uses tested and proven methods such as Maid Brigade's VapurClean® Advantage along with products and equipment that reflect the latest green science and have been tested for health and safety."

    About Maid Brigade
    With more than 25 years of experience, Maid Brigade is the national leader in green cleaning practices and has a longstanding legacy of offering the latest in maid services and technologies. The company is the first and only Green Clean Certified® cleaning services franchise that implements a certification program for green house cleaning so customers know that they're getting a green cleaning that is safe and truly green.

  • 12 Nov 2010 7:11 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)
    An 8-year-old student at Chester Community Charter School was punched in the mouth on the playground during recess this week by an unusual bully - the school's janitor, police said.

    The incident was caught on video surveillance, but instead of calling the police or the boy's father, the school sent the young victim home on the bus with a fat, bleeding lip.

    "They didn't call the police; they didn't notify the authorities; they didn't even send him to the nurse," said the victim's father, Valdez May. "They left him to clean his own self up."

    Police said that about 11:30 a.m. Monday, the third-grader was sitting on an outdoor wall when he was approached by Jorge Alvarado-Barbosa, 18, a cafeteria janitor, who muttered something about putting the boy's brother in a headlock.

    When the boy said he didn't care, Alvarado-Barbosa grabbed both of the boy's arms in one hand, and swatted or punched him with the other, police said.

    In a written statement, the school's chief executive, Steven Lee, said a teacher was in the area when the altercation occurred and reported it to the principal.

    "The principal, subsequently, initiated a phone call, through the student's brother, to alert the children's father," Lee wrote.

    But May said that call didn't come until more than four hours after the alleged assault.

    May said that he met with the principal that day but that a meeting he had scheduled for yesterday with the principal was "abruptly" called off. He said he couldn't get anyone at the school to talk with him yesterday.

    His son, meanwhile, has been out of school since Tuesday, and May has no assurance that he'll be safe if he returns.

    May said that earlier this year, his son's teacher was fired after she hit a student. Police confirmed the incident and said they charged the teacher, but the case was dismissed at the magistrate level.

    Alvarado-Barbosa, of Chester, has been charged with aggravated assault and related offenses and was terminated from his job at the school, police said.

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