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  • 21 Nov 2011 4:21 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    A Metroplex company accused of sexually harassing women and persuading them to enter sham marriages to foreign nationals seeking U.S. citizenship has settled a federal discrimination lawsuit.

    Courtesy Building Services, a janitorial and construction company with offices in Dallas and Fort Worth, forced former Operations Manager Melissa Gaona and other women to work in a "good old boy" atmosphere, according to the suit by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Comments about women's bodies and references to the strip club across the street "were a constant occurrence," the agency alleged.

    The suit also alleged that Gaona and at least one other employee were pressured as part of their jobs and during work hours to agree to marry noncitizens who were friends of management. The marriages were "for the purpose of furthering attainment of citizenship for the noncitizen," according to the suit, which was filed in federal court last year.

    Read more at source; Star Telegram
  • 13 Nov 2011 4:22 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)
    Unless you always diligently line the oven with aluminum foil, every home cook will occasionally need to clean the oven. Even a self-cleaning oven isn't a self-sweeping oven. It just burns off spilled food at extreme temperatures. The charred remains (and typically some of the stuck spilled food) will still be in the oven.

    More at source: MNN
  • 13 Nov 2011 4:14 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    In what could be seen as something of an indictment of modern art, an overzealous cleaner damaged a $1.1 million installation in Germany by removing a “stain” that was in fact an integral part of the work.

    The janitor at Dortmund’s Museum Ostwall scrubbed away a patina intended to look like a dried rain puddle at the base of Martin Kippenberger’s

    Read more at source: TIME
  • 07 Nov 2011 9:13 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)
    Undersea exploration may seem a far cry from carpet cleaning. But iRobot, a company best known to consumers for its fully automated Roomba vacuum cleaner, also produces Seaglider, a robot capable of performing underwater missions of up to nine months on a single battery charge, and at a fraction of the cost of a manned research vessel.

    Read more at source: Fox News
  • 07 Nov 2011 9:09 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    (WXYZ) - Two women share some frightening stories about the same man they say terrorized them. He came to their homes when they responded to ads from a major department store to have their air ducts cleaned.

    What is disturbing is that this serviceman is a career criminal with a history of harassing women. 7 Action News Investigator Scott Lewis discovered this is not uncommon. Criminals are slipping through the cracks and into peoples' homes.

    Read more at source: ABC
  • 07 Nov 2011 9:06 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    A German museum is continuing to show a controversial $1.1m modern art installation after one of its cleaners deciding what the piece really needed was a good going over with some Cilit Bang.

    Martin Kippenberger's "When it Starts Dripping from the Ceiling" was on loan to Dortmund's Ostwall Gallery from a private collector. The piece consists of a lattice work of wooden slats surmounting a plastic tray. Under the tray was an artfully applied patina meant to look like a puddle of dried rainwater.

    More at source: The Register

  • 31 Oct 2011 6:45 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)
    More at source: Daily Herald
  • 31 Oct 2011 6:43 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    October is the time of year when cardboard gravestones pop up on front lawns and paper skeletons dance on porches, but one man hopes to spend his time year-round in cemeteries.

    Cleaning and maintaining gravestones gives Mark Henderson a chance to enjoy history while offering a hard-to-find service.

    "When you walk into a graveyard, you're walking into an open-air museum," said Henderson, who is also an officer with the Memphis Police Department. "I don't see a graveyard as a place full of dead people. I see it as a place full of history

    More at source: Commercial Appeal
  • 31 Oct 2011 6:42 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)
    At least, four labourers died on Sunday when they stepped down for cleaning an underground compost tank of a paper factory at the Model Town Humak in the jurisdiction of the Sihala Police Station.

    Two other labourers were rescued, but their condition is stated to be critical.

    According to information from the Sihala Police as well as people living around, labourers were assigned the task to clean the compost tank of the paper factory, in which raw material was soaked in chemicals for turning it into thick paste used for paper-making.

    According to information available from the Sihala Police Station, four labourers, who lost their lives, were identified as Naeem Shehzad, Ayaz Gul, Shahid Farooq and Wasim. Police till filing of this report could not make the names of the two survivors available.

    More at source: International News
  • 31 Oct 2011 6:40 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)
    This weekend after 87 students and four teachers came down with flu symptoms.

    Alcott Elementary School principal Lawrence Tunks said the students and teachers were either absent Friday or left early after becoming ill.


    The student population at the school is about 300, so the number of illnesses...

    More at source: WOWT

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