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  • 21 Apr 2019 7:05 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

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  • 17 Apr 2019 7:15 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    The dozens of new infections take the count to 465 confirmed cases this year, the second-greatest number of reported cases in a year since 2000, when measles was declared eliminated in the United States.

    At the current rate, the country would surpass by midyear the number of measles cases in 2014, when an outbreak among unvaccinated Amish communities in Ohio helped drive the total to 667 reported cases, the high mark for this century.


    In Brooklyn, a large outbreak in the Orthodox Jewish community prompted New York City to declare a public health emergency on Tuesday. Mayor Bill de Blasio said that the city would require unvaccinated people living in select ZIP codes in the Williamsburg neighborhood to receive the measles vaccine.

    More at source: NY Times

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  • 12 Apr 2019 4:07 PM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    A new tech trend has emerged at the world's largest retailer, as Walmart brings on board thousands of robots in nearly 5,000 of its 11,348  stores. According to CNN Business, these robots will be scrubbing floors, scanning boxes, unloading trucks and tracking shelf inventory at mostly domestic U.S. locations.


    Robots will replace lower-level jobs—serving in janitorial functions as well as performing basic inventory work—in order to manage rising costs. A new robot unloader has already been used on the docks in hundreds of stores, pulling boxes from delivery trucks while automatically scanning and sorting merchandise. The unloader will be deployed at over 1,100 retail locations in the near future.

    "Automating certain tasks," according to Walmart CEO, Doug McMillon on CNN, "gives associates more time to do work they find fulfilling and to interact with customers." 

    More at source: Forbes

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  • 07 Apr 2019 1:30 PM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Everybody needs clean clothes, but the chemical pollution and greenhouse gases created on laundry day can be bad for the planet.

    Use cold water

    Using hot water to wash your clothes can be useful because it kills bacteria and germs. If you’re cleaning bedsheets that were used by a sick person, for example, you’ll want to turn up the heat. But hot water also loosens dyes, which are really just stains that you want on your clothes.


    Hot water washing comes with environmental problems too. Up to 90% of the energy your washer uses goes to heating water. Flip the dial to cold and you’re not only conserving energy, you could be saving up to $0.60 per load. By some estimates, the average American family washes more than 300 loads a year, meaning they could annually save more than $180 by keeping the water temperature down.

    More at source: Popular Science

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  • 06 Apr 2019 10:52 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Cleaning is often associated with spring. It is a refresher for the home during a season embodied by growth and new beginnings. In that spirit, do-it-yourself cleaning products are an easy, cost-effective and environmentally conscious way to accomplish the task.

    The term “DIY” can sometimes translate into “difficult” or “time consuming,” but not so with homemade, toxin-free cleaners that combine inexpensive household items, said Aaron Virgin, vice president of Group for the East End. 


    There are several reasons to use do-it-yourself cleaners, he said. 

    “When you buy the products at the grocery store and read the label, it will probably be a list of ingredients you’ve never heard of. These chemicals are persistent and they stay in the environment for a long time,” Virgin said. “Even someone who doesn’t consider themselves an environmentalist can feel better knowing that less-harmful chemicals will be around their house and they’ll be saving money. It is a win-win.”

    More at source: North Forker

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  • 04 Apr 2019 10:28 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    How America’s Biggest Theater Chains Are Exploiting Their Janitors

    Every night, after the last show ended at the AMC theater in Santa Monica, Maria Alvarez arrived at work.


    She and her husband had a key to let themselves in. It was after midnight, and the building was empty. Together, they cleaned all seven auditoriums. They vacuumed the carpets and mopped the floors. They cleaned the bathrooms and restocked the toilet paper. They polished the escalators and scrubbed the glass concession cases.

    They finished after sunrise. On weekends, when the theaters were especially dirty, they stayed later, until 9:30 a.m. Alvarez worked seven days a week. There were no days off, no sick days, no holidays.

    Read More At Source: Variety

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  • 22 Mar 2019 7:32 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    On a recent late-winter afternoon, 31-year-old Faizan Sheikh, cofounder and chief executive officer of Avidbots, shows off what the company’s 1,050-pound cleaning robot, Neo, can do. Inside an enclosure made of thousands of giant white, blue and yellow Lego bricks at the company’s factory in Kitchener, Ontario, the robot goes through a quality assurance test, turning corners and scrubbing the floor as it goes.


    Lights along the bottom of the machine glow blue as it moves autonomously, then turn fuchsia as it stops to remap its route, aided by artificial intelligence. Once the machine is fully vetted in the Lego test zone, it will be loaded into a wooden crate and lined up with a handful of others that are waiting to be shipped to customers. Walking the floor, Sheikh, wearing a gray puffy jacket over a blue Avidbots T-shirt, can barely contain his excitement. “Avidbots,” he says, “is like a fantasy space for engineers.”

    More at source: Forbes

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  • 19 Mar 2019 9:19 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    NEW YORK, March 19, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ABM (NYSE: ABM), a leading provider of facility solutions, today announced it will continue its partnership with AEG, the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company, in providing janitorial services for five of AEG’s premier West Coast facilities: STAPLES Center, Microsoft Theater, Pechanga Arena San Diego, Dignity Health Sports Park and L.A. LIVE.

    “In renewing our partnership with AEG, we understand that AEG is entrusting us to service these world-class facilities. It is our responsibility and privilege to help ensure that these venues offer exceptional experiences for all guests and event staff, and we take it very seriously,” said Rene Jacobsen, Executive Vice President and President of Business & Industry at ABM.


    This renewal underscores the confidence AEG places in ABM, as well as the productivity AEG has been able to achieve with a facility solutions partner like ABM, who can flex with its needs. STAPLES Center, for example, celebrated the hosting of its 200th “double header” in 2018.

    This amazing milestone was possible in part because of ABM’s quick turn-around of the venue between events. Video Below: 

    “We are proud of our longstanding relationship with ABM,” said Nick Baker, Chief Operating Officer, AEG Global Partnerships. “We partner with ABM in Southern California, across the U.S., and around the globe because they continually demonstrate that our success is their success. ABM is a best-in-class partner that helps us create exceptional experiences at our facilities for our fans and guests.”

    More at source: Globe News Wire

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  • 18 Mar 2019 8:07 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - It’s the last weekend of winter and on Wednesday we’ll be welcoming spring.

    With warmer temperatures on the way, it’s time to start thinking about spring cleaning. While scrubbing, dusting and mopping, it’s important to stay healthy.

    First, check the labels. The American Lung Association suggests choosing products that have no, or low amounts of things called VOC’s, volatile organic compounds. Many cleaning products, such as aerosol sprays and chlorine bleach, release these dangerous chemicals. The gases can irritate your eyes, nose and throat, make you nauseous and can even damage your central nervous system.

    Tips to stay safe during spring cleaning

    Also, make sure the room or space you are cleaning is ventilated. If you're using harsher cleaners like bleach, wear gloves or other protective clothing to avoid contact with your skin.

    More at source: Wave 3 News

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