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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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  • 11 Nov 2010 7:01 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)
     

    * No new information on possible sale, IPO

    * 9-mth revenues up 7 pct, operating profit rises 10 pct

    * Sees full-year revenue growth in line with Jan-Sept

    COPENHAGEN, Nov 11 (Reuters) - Danish cleaning group ISS [ISSHG.UL], which is mulling a stock market flotation, reported higher nine-month profit and revenue with growth mainly in emerging markets.

    ISS, owned by Goldman Sachs Capital Partners (GS.N) and Swedish private equity fund EQT Partners, did not provide new information on Thursday about a possible stock offering or sale to other buyout firms.

    In August, ISS said it was looking into a flotation and that it had hired Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley to help it carry out a strategic review. [ID:nLDE67O0DK]

    An ISS initial public offering could be the biggest IPO in Denmark in years. The firm's owners are also in talks with private equity firms over a possible sale. [ID:nLDE6A01O8]

    "The process is progressing as planned," ISS Holding A/S said in its report. "ISS does not expect to publicly disclose additional information regarding the status of the process, including the options available, their likelihood or possible timing, until the review has been completed."

    ISS said there was no guarantee that the review would lead to a sale or what the timing would be.

    Operating profits rose to 2.76 billion Danish crowns ($511 million) in January-September from 2.50 billion in the same period last year, and revenues grew 7 percent to 54.78 billion.

    Revenue growth was driven by 48 percent growth in Latin America and 30 percent expasion in Asia.

    "The emerging markets now comprise 18 percent of the total revenue," the outsourcing giant said.

    ISS says it is one of the world's largest providers of facility services and employs more than half a million people who clean offices, cook school meals, guard buildings and operate call centres in more than 50 countries.

    "Organic revenue growth experienced in the first nine months of 2010 is considered sustainable and the full year organic growth is expected to be in line with the first nine months of 2010," ISS said.

    The company will focus on managing its debt level, significantly reducing acquisition spending and continue to focus on cash flow, ISS said. (Reporting by John Acher. Editing by Jane Merriman) ($1=5.406 Danish Crown)

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  • 11 Nov 2010 6:58 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Verona Police were called to Badger Ridge Middle School in the 700 block of N. Main Street, Wednesday around 4:30p.m.

    A janitor was cleaning up an empty classroom when the deer jumped through a window.

    The janitor was able to direct the deer into a closet across the hall.

    The deer stayed put until officials put up a fence to lead the animal outside.

    Police think the deer may have been injured.

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  • 11 Nov 2010 6:55 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Maid American Style is one of the most reputed cleaning service providers in the Washington D.C. and Virginia areas. They offer comprehensive cleaning services specializing in superior residential cleaning and commercial cleaning services. This company has introduced a brand new green clean, New Baby Cleaning service for pregnant women who may be experiencing complications associated with pregnancy such as fatigue, bed rest, high blood pressure, postpartum depression, etc .

    Online PR News – 25-October-2010 – Manassas,Virginia - Maid American Style has launched a brand new cleaning service that offers valuable service to pregnant women and new mothers. This new baby cleaning service will provide new mothers with a sense of peace and more time to relax and enjoy valued time with their families and newborns. Maid American Style will prepare the home and keep it ready to welcome the newborn. Everyone knows that bringing home a new baby involves a lot of preparation. It is vital that the newborn gets a clean and safe environment to sleep, grow and call home. Mike Smith the Director of Sales at Maid American Style in northern Virginia says “our goal is to provide an all-inclusive program where Pregnant women and new mothers can experience a worry-free Maid and cleaning service. We have designed packages focused on pregnant women while listening carefully to their concerns and needs while going through and after pregnancy”.

    Maid American Style which is one of the most trusted names in residential and commercial cleaning services purpose is to help women by offering impeccable cleaning services during this precious time. Jennifer in Arlington, VA states “words cannot express what a comfort it was to not have to worry about doing laundry or house cleaning after delivering our first baby, thank you M.A.S”.

    Maid American Style is a Full service cleaning company that offers all types of cleaning services to include Residential cleaning, Apartment cleaning and Commercial Cleaning services. Their wide range of services also includes Office cleaning and Janitorial cleaning, Warehouse Cleaning, Carpet Cleaning, Laundry Services, Window Cleaning, Junk Removal Services and more. You may review a complete list of services by visiting their website at www.MaidAmericanStyle.com. The new baby cleaning service in particular has received a great welcome amongst its customers. “Kimberly, from D.C. states “this is just a valuable service as I was not able to find any other company that caters to offering Maid and cleaning services to pregnant woman. I don’t know what I would have done without them”. As part of this new service, Maid American Style also offers labor and delivery packages, bed rest services and in-home diaper service for the new mothers.

    Maid American Style offers green cleaning services which are non-toxic to you and your baby. In addition they also use HEPA vacuums and special microfiber dusting cloths to ensure a deep safe clean. Indeed this is a very thoughtful cleaning service provided by Maid American Style earning them an excellent reputation while offering excellent cleaning services.

    Maid American Style offers competitive and affordable package prices. I have found this company to be one of the most competitively priced cleaning companies in the area. Their top-quality cleaning services are never compromised despite their low prices. For more information please visit www.MASClean4MyBaby.com.

  • 11 Nov 2010 6:53 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Daimer®'s enhanced KleenJet® Supreme 3000CVP provides cost-effective germ-killing, steam cleaning and extraction for janitorial professionals in demanding environments.

    Online PR News – 10-November-2010 – WOBURN, MA, U.S.A. – November 10, 2010 -- Daimer Industries, Inc.®, an acknowledged source of equipment for cleaning professionals, has now shipped its latest KleenJet® Supreme 3000CVP steam cleaners. The professional-grade machines include an EPA-compliant antiseptic technology, wet/dry extraction plus more than thirty tools and add-ons.

    "We've engineered these new steam cleaners for cleaning pros who need antibacterial technology and high performance at an affordable price," revealed Daimer.com technology spokesman Matthew Baratta. "These KleenJet® machines also include a new anti-allergen filtration technology for customers concerned about pollen, pet dander and other potential toxic substances."

    Steam Cleaners Offer EPA-Compliant Sanitization

    The new 3000CVP systems include wet and dry extraction. The wet capability is designed to extract fluid during cleaning, which reduces the need for wiping and towel-drying common with steam cleaners lacking wet extraction.

    The dry capability traps dirt, pollen, pet dander, bed bugs and myriad allergy-causing substances found in household and public settings. The vacuumed substances are evacuated to a water filtration system for easy disposal.

    The extraction systems also have HEPA filters for air purification that removes microscopic particles and leaves air fresh and clean.

    Each of the 3000CVP steam cleaners heats cold water to nearly 329ºF, in under 17 minutes. The machines offer rated pressure levels of 96 psi.

    The ATIS® antibacterial system is housed in the boiler and has been lab-tested to kill a variety of disease-causing bacteria, microorganisms, including salmonella and staph.

    Each of the machines is sold with over 35 tools and accessories, ranging from carpet attachments to hard floors brushes to upholstery tools to glass and mirror add-ons.

    For additional information about Daimer®'s new steam cleaners, upholstery steam cleaner products, top steam cleaner for floors and best vacuum steam cleaner for commercial applications, visit www.daimer.com/steam-cleaners or call Matthew Baratta at (888) 507-2220. The steam cleaner machines are also available to customers in most countries. Minimum order quantities may apply.

    About Daimer Industries, Inc.®: Daimer®, www.daimer.com, is a major supplier and worldwide exporter of the cleaning industry's leading line of KleenJet® steam cleaners/vapor steam cleaners/steam cleaning equipment; Super Max™ commercial and industrial pressure washers, including cold water, hot water, and steam pressure washing machines; XTreme Power® floor cleaners, including carpet cleaners, hard surface cleaners, and floor buffers/scrubbers/burnishers; and the line of Micro-Blasting® Eco-Green® environmentally friendly cleaning products that employ unique technologies and a patented, proprietary chemistry.

  • 09 Nov 2010 5:37 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Bedbug sightings on the rise in area schools‎
    Ledger Independent - Karen Stein - 5 hours ago

    The entire staff is to keep an eye out for possible bite marks on children and janitorial staff are inspecting for evidences of droppings or egg casings.


    Janitors 'clean up'‎
    New York Post - Yoav Gonen - Cathy Burke - 22 hours ago

    Twenty public-school janitors rake in more than $140000 a year -- far more than the teachers whose classrooms get tidied up ...


    Janitor accused of flooding, setting fire to North Rose Elementary ...‎
    MPNnow.com - Mike Maslanik - 22 hours ago

    A janitor at North Rose Elementary School is accused of flooding a locker room and setting two fires in the school, ...



    House cleaner charged in theft‎
    Seacoastonline.com - Elizabeth Dinan - 2 hours ago

    PORTSMOUTH undefined An Exeter woman, hired to clean a city home, cleaned out the homeowner's jewelry box and pawned nine stolen gold pieces, ...


    Child-proofing the house - what's realistic?‎
    Stuff.co.nz (blog) - Melissa Mcdonnell - 13 hours ago

    We have added locks to the cupboards that contain the cleaning chemicals, as well as some of the heavier kitchen sliding draws that could chop off the tips



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