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  • 23 Oct 2018 11:00 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    As a result, employees haphazardly doused floors and restrooms, judging whether a surface was clean by how it looked and smelled. They wasted cleaning products and caused more dirt to accumulate, Ivey said, because the puddles of cleanser attracted residue.

    “It used to be we were eyeballing measurements of chemicals, thinking, ‘Oh, it should be such-and-such,’” said Elsie Tucker, who has worked as a cleaner and supervisor at BART for 20 years and will take over training now that Ivey’s contract is up.

    More at source: San Francisco Chronicle

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  • 22 Oct 2018 9:39 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Really what this is all about: whether workers are allowed to leave for greener pastures or their bosses are given the green light to put up such high fences around them that they’re forced to stay. In other words, it’s about power: who has it and who doesn’t. Or, more precisely, whom we give it to and whom we don’t. 

    If we create a legal framework that puts workers on an equal footing, then they can go get a raise without having to wait for their employers to deign to give it to them. But if we don’t, then those bosses, secure in the knowledge that their employees can’t easily leave, can get away with offering only minuscule pay increases, if that.

    More at source: Washington Post

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  • 19 Oct 2018 9:14 AM | IJCSA (Administrator)

    The anonymous tip that brought state investigators to the former Cantrell Funeral Home at 10400 Mack Avenue revealed nine bodies in a cardboard box, and two inside a trash bag placed in a casket. 

    The building's new owner, who purchased it about a month ago, said the interior smelled horribly, and he'd removed four dumpsters of garbage as he started renovating it into a community center. 

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    Officials on Sunday still had no answers to why the bodies were there, and none of the identities of the infants or their relatives had been disclosed. 

    Lisa Croff, spokeswoman from the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office, said the office is working with Detroit police and other agencies to get the infants and families identified.

    More at source: Detroit Free Press

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  • 16 Oct 2018 8:29 AM | IJCSA (Administrator)

    Robots are poised to disrupt every single industry, starting with more workers being replaced from assembly line factories by industrial robots. Next, self-driving cars have already logged nearly two million miles 

    on public roads, and soon robots will mix our margaritas at our favorite bars, collect our garbage, and stock supermarket isles more efficiently.  They will also look after our elderly. But getting humans out of harm’s way .. 

    More at source: Forbes

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  • 11 Oct 2018 9:59 AM | IJCSA (Administrator)

    Megan Williams, left, and roommate Kaylee O'Brian take belongings from their destroyed home after several trees fell on the house during Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Fla., Oct. 10, 2018.

    Florida Governor Rick Scott promised a strong relief effort from his administration Thursday after the state was slammed by Hurricane Michael, the most powerful storm to hit the U.S. mainland in 50 years.

    “We are going to be aggressive with recovery and response over the coming days and will do everything we can to assist our communities that have seen impacts from this devastating storm,” Scott said.

    He also called on people in hurricane-hit communities to stay in their homes to give emergency crews room to carry out their work.

    After daylight Thursday, residents of the Florida Panhandle would begin to take stock of the disaster.

    More at source: VOA News

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  • 08 Oct 2018 9:10 AM | IJCSA (Administrator)

    Flu shots might sting. They might leave you achy. They might not be fail safe. But, experts say, get one anyway.

    New Jersey health care providers are touting flu shots as the best way to prevent the outbreak of an illness that last year resulted in a record 900,000 hospitalizations and 80,000 deaths nationwide.

    "We’re still trying to wrap our head around that number," Dr. Roger Thompson, a physician with Integrated Medical Alliance in Middletown, said. "Just think of that number."

    It comes on the heels of a devastating year in which New Jersey alone reported nearly 26,000 cases of the flu, including the deaths of five children.

    Len Iamundo, 62, of Middletown, is taking no chances. He didn't used to get the flu shot. But since he had open heart surgery eight years ago, he and his wife, Denise, heed their doctors' advice.

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    Don`t wait folks! Get your flu shot, cleaners are even more at risk of catching the flu than any other profession. 

  • 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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