Wednesday, 30 April 2008
Tuesday, 29 April 2008
Mark Bromley: from soapy rags to riches (he hopes). As his first play opens at the King's Head, a window cleaner explains why he wants to get rid of his ladder and bucket. Thirty-six-year-old Mark Bromley is a window cleaner, but he's not washing today. He has written a pair of plays, and he's here to direct them. “I've got a ladder and a bucket and two days a week I listen to music and clean windows,” he says. “The sun's out - lovely. It could be very lucrative, but I don't want any more customers. I'm thinking about my play now.” He rubs a hand over red eyes. “And I'm flat on my arse financially.” To hire the theatre, Bromley had to raise £2,200, which he did through donations, a sponsored run and intensive window-cleaning. He is yet to pay the actors and has a 14-year-old daughter to support. “I want to do what I love doing, but I have no other means of income so I'll have to get up a ladder this week - and it's the most important week of my life.” Bromley's livelihood depends on how many tickets he sells and on bringing the production up to scratch to attract an agent. “I want to give up window cleaning this year. I've had enough of struggling.” “What gets me,” he says, sitting up, “is that Guy Ritchie - a one-trick pony - is swanning around making films, and he's not cleaning f***ing windows. I believe I have something better to offer, but I'm not given the chance,” he peaks before sitting back and grabbing his pint. “So I have turned back to theatre, it's more egalitarian.”
Dining downturn: Restaurateurs face rising costs & thriftier customers. The steaks at Cattlemens are a little smaller. The pizzas at Mary's Pizza Shack are a little pricier. The pastas at Flavor have less cheese and more vegetables. And the busboys at Checkers also wash windows. "In the 12 years I've been here, I've never seen anything like it," said Katherine Castillo, owner of Checkers Bistro & Wine Bar in downtown Santa Rosa. "It's a scary time right now, but I'm hopeful it's not going to last," says Castillo, who managed the restaurant for a decade before buying it in 2006. At Flavor, on Old Courthouse Square in Santa Rosa, chef and co-owner Charles Downing said the cost increases are brutal. She's cut back on fresh flowers. She's stopped using a window-washing service, asking the busboys to do it instead. ("They've got nothing but time," she says.)
Democratic senators want tougher OSHA penalties. People can get more prison time for mail fraud than for violating safety standards that can kill workers, Democratic senators said Tuesday as they called for tougher punishment for workplace fatalities and stricter enforcement from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The maximum OSHA civil penalty for a safety violation is $70,000 and the maximum prison sentence for a willful violation of a safety standard that leads to a worker's death is six months, said Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass. In contrast, mail fraud can draw a top sentence of 30 years. There were 5,840 fatal work injuries in the U.S. in 2006 - a fatality rate of 4.0 per 100,000 employed workers - the most recent numbers available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. OSHA said that the fatality rate was the lowest since the BLS instituted its Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 1992.
Normally, the Philadelphia School District would welcome a free window washing. But on this day, service comes with a healthy dose of youthful indignation. To represent their cause, protesters are dressed in head–to–toe white jump suits. Donning rubber gloves, they wash the building’s windows in staged protest. Reemerging from the district headquarters, the CEO dances with students to Outkast’s ”So Fresh So Clean” as the window washing continues. The din of chants and cheers subsides as she saunters to the mike to give her first public address to students since taking office.
Monday, 28 April 2008
Sunday, 27 April 2008
Saturday, 26 April 2008
Blaze killer faces life after killing a window cleaner & a fellow squatter by arson in Oxford, UK. James Cox, 63 a homeless man bearing a grudge was today found guilty of murdering his lover and her friend when he torched a cottage as they slept. A jury of five women and seven men took five hours to unanimously convict Cox of murdering Mrs Sanchez, 36, and Mr Blake, 51, at Redbridge Cottage, Old Abingdon Road, Oxford, on January 2, 2007. Former window cleaner and painter and decorator Howard Blake, 51, was born in Norwich but his family originated from Dublin. He leaves a son, Anthony, 13, who lives with his mother, Elizabeth, in Ireland.
Walter, the Window Washer (Honolulu). The job of a professional high rise window washer takes nerves of steel and will keep you on the edge of your seat. Andrew Tanaka of World Wide Window Cleaning gives me some advice, "The most important thing is probably really knowing your knots." He says, "I mean, that's our life line... If you don't know how to tie a knot, you're just going to go down the building." Then, they show me the tiny 18 inch seat i'll be dangling from, and the nerves start to kick in. Andrew Tanaka says, "My office view is better than anybody else's corner office. He adds, "I get to be outdoors everyday, and it's always something new no matter what." Watch video here.
Maid day, Chicago. Leave your spring cleaning to the pros—it’s not as expensive as you might think. Many female cleaning teams to choose from, including Merry Maids, Raquel’s Cleaning Specialists, Dust Bunnies (pictured) & Sparkle Queen. Dust Bunnies are a new company that sends scantily clad young ladies—they clean in lingerie, in French maid attire or topless—to your (presumably bachelor) pad.
‘Window cleaner’ makes triumphant return. To generations of Dubliners he is known simply as the ‘Window Cleaner’. However, Sonny Knowles, who is enjoying every minute of an unbelievable return to live performing, may have to change that nickname to ‘Lucky’. A new CD that has sold tens of thousands of copies, TV appearances and sold out gigs at Cork Opera House, the National Concert Hall, Gaiety Theatre and the Civic Theatre, Tallaght, has proved that Sonny is as popular, if not more popular, than ever before. Suffering from ill-health, Sonny is known as the window cleaner due to his trademark mannerism of moving the palms of his hands in a clockwise motion while belting out a tune, bringing smiles and chuckles from every Irish person young and old.
Friday, 25 April 2008
Thursday, 24 April 2008
1 Polyethylene terephthalate ethylene (PET or PETE) is used in disposable water, juice and soda bottles. It presents no known health hazards, particularly if used only once.
2 High density polyethylene (HDPE) is used in opaque milk jugs, bleach and shampoo bottles, and some plastic bags. No known health hazards.
3 Polyvinyl chloride (PVC or V) is used in cling wrap, some squeeze bottles, peanut butter jars and window-cleaner bottles. Many chemicals are added to PVC to make it soft and flexible. Some of these compounds are suspected toxins or endocrine disrupters.
4 Low-density polyethylene (LDPE) is used in grocery bags, most plastic wraps and some bottles. No known health hazards.
5 Polypropylene (PP) is used in longer-lived plastics, straws and some baby bottles. No known health hazards.
6 Polystyrene (PS) is used in egg cartons, carryout containers, disposable cups and opaque plastic cutlery. It is made from styrene, a suspected carcinogen, and other chemicals believed to be endocrine disrupters.
7 All other plastic resins, including polycarbonates (PC), which are used in clear baby bottles, 5-gallon water bottles, food can linings and dental fillings. Polycarbonates contain bisphenol-a or BPA, which has been linked to a variety of maladies.
R. T. Services was created by Ryon Campbell and Taylor Sundali. In the highly competitive winter sports that we partake in, the supposed off-season (summer) is actually very crucial to training. Unfortunately, this is also the time where we are expected to rake in money to fund our expensive endeavors. Attempting to hold a regular job while training 20 hours a week is nearly impossible, so this is why we’ve created our own versatile summer job. A job where we’re the bosses so we can achieve the best possible schedule for training and pay. We have the equipment and resources required to do a fantastic job, the only thing we need now is an abundance of houses to sustain work. If you’re going to get your windows washed, you might as well get it done by us. We’ll do a better job for the same price, and at the same time, you’ll be helping out local athletes in need!
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
LONG BEACH - As if leading the government of the fifth-largest city in California weren't enough, Mayor Bob Foster now does windows, too. On Monday morning in the lobby of City Hall, Foster demonstrated the use of new environmentally friendly cleaning products that soon could be used in all city buildings. Pictured: Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster cleans a City Hall window with a Sun Valley Green cleaning product under the eye of company founder Teresa Cochran. Foster announced a pilot program to give the firm's green cleaning products a trial.
Tuesday, 22 April 2008
How long have you lived in the Rogue Valley? I've been here 40 years and (Jan) is a native. What inspired you to go into this line of work? I worked at Med-Ply, SWL and Roseburg Lumber Co., and my brother-in-law had started a window cleaning business; I was looking to do something other than work in a plywood mill forever. What decision or action would you change if you could do it again? I would probably build the business faster. We didn't advertise in the Yellow Pages for about 10 years and we could have taken on employees from the beginning. We choose a different route for expansion rather than employees. We have expanded by starting a franchise system. By doing that, we've enabled to let a lot of people build their own business and do a quality job with our name. Who are your competitors? Long-time competitors would be like Mountain View in Ashland and Daley's Window Cleaning. Sometimes we are our own biggest competitor because of our franchising system. We showed up to bid a job once in Grants Pass and pulled up along side one of our franchisees who was making a bid at the same time; usually we don't directly compete. What's your advice for budding entrepreneurs? Keep your overhead low and be confident. Lots of times you second-guess yourself and a lot of times you don't take the opportunity to grow. Whenever you come back to the customer for a second time ,you've got to look at them in the eye and know you did a good job the first time.
Integrity National Corp. (INC) won a contract with NASA to support the Johnson Space Center complex in Houston. Company officials call this a landmark contract, although financial terms were not disclosed. "This NASA award is our most substantial customer acquired by INC in our 10-year history," says INC President Antoninus H. Hines. "In 2007, the NASA contract was the most sought federal services contract in our industry amongst small businesses." Integrity National Corp. will provide janitorial, solid waste removal, recycling, exterior pest control and exterior window cleaning for the entire three million square foot complex. In addition to the NASA contract, INC has hired Richard Terrell as the new regional operations manager. He will oversee the NASA contract as well as business development in the San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, Houston and South Texas markets. He will be based in San Antonio. INC is a Maryland-based company that has more than 500 employees grouped in four business areas: janitorial; grounds maintenance; facility operations and maintenance; and construction.
Monday, 21 April 2008
The dad of two, who also worked as a window cleaner, went to his GP a few years ago about his leg. They found it was an inch shorter than the left and gave him a special shoe to walk around with. But when it became unbearable again, he decided to go back. A further investigation showed the two broken sections of his femur, the thigh bone, did not knit and were joined only by the bone marrow. The same happened to the bones in his shin. “I had an X-ray which showed the leg was still broken and it had never healed up tidy,” said Roy.
Sunday, 20 April 2008
It’s been called the Olympics of window cleaning — an international competition to determine the speediest window washer and one local man is a medalist. Competitors travel from around the globe some dressed in jumpsuits in their country’s colours to compete for the best score in the International Window Cleaners Association event and to earn the coveted glass trophy. Jeremiah Hickey of Grover Beach came close, placing third at the competition in February in San Diego. He considers himself America’s fastest window washer. The first and second-place finishers were from Japan. “We take it seriously, to the extent that we want to win,” Hickey said Thursday. “But it still is mostly friendly.” Competitors must clean three 45-inch square glass panes with a mop and squeegee in a matter of seconds. Hickey did it in 13. He said he actually had the best time but was penalized for a couple of drips of water left on the clear glass.
Saturday, 19 April 2008
The window cleaning business coach has just changed his offer. That is anyone can get the book FREE, simply by signing up for a two month free trial of the dossier. If you want to cancel the dossier anytime, that's fine, all you need to do is cancel before the two months are up, and the books still yours. So, basically, anyone right now can get a FREE 2-month subscription to the dossier, and then also receive the brand-new book as a bonus, whether they decide to keep their dossier subscription active or not!
The other option is to buy the book & if you sign up to window cleaning resources - you get 50% off the book price! For those that don't want to try out the dossier risk-free, and receive the book for free as a bonus, they can still order the brand-new book under an even better arrangement! Now, they can order it for $0, I'll ship it to their door, and they'll have 2 months to preview it before they even have to decide if they're going to keep it or not!
"Freddie Goodall was my friend. Then again, you'd be hard-pressed to go anywhere in Broome County and not find someone who called themselves a friend to Freddie Goodall. His heart was so big, it's hard to believe it could fit inside the body of one man. He always had a smile tucked away just for you. No matter how bad I felt, he could always make me smile. You can't buy that. I told him he was the best man in Binghamton, and there is not doubt in my mind that he was. No man truer of heart, no man purer of spirit, no man with a deeper twinkle in his eye, walking the walk, rain or shine. One day I said to him, "Freddie, if there ever comes a time you can't wash windows anymore, you just come anyway, and I'll pay you just to see you smile." He just smiled and said, "Alleluia, praise the Lord. "Freddie, you are sorely missed but never forgotten. Your spirit lives in my heart, always coaxing me to be a better man."
"It has been a long time but if I am right this Freddie used to wash windows at Dunkin Donuts in the early '90s. He was a sweet heart and a beautiful soul. I always loved being able to talk with this man, it was like an honor to have him touch my life."
"I remember Freddie from the time I was a little girl. He used to wash the windows at the Crystal Tea Room. There was never a sweeter,kinder man known to man. I became a nurse and had the opportunity to take care of him. He was just as delightful and kind. His wife is a gem also. What a beautiful family. The world lost one of the few gentleman in this world. His children should be so proud!"
How will you be remembered?
Friday, 18 April 2008
Mark Henderson of Window Cleaning Resource UK has joined forces with Alex Lambrinides (featured above) of Window Cleaning Resources USA! In joining together they hope to expand the knowledge base between the two continents. In the above message, Alex welcomes all you new potential members from "Yurup" to join the forum.
Thursday, 17 April 2008
The men knew they had to break through the wall, but no one had a knife or any other tool. That's when Mr. Demczur thought of his squeegee. He took off the handle and started scratching the wall. "He kept working at it with this squeegee," said Alfred Smith, one of the occupants of the elevator. "It was like he was meant to do that… like he had a willpower that we are going to get out of here." The four men took turns and finally dug deep enough that they were able to kick through the wall to a 50th floor bathroom. The men then fled the building, only five minutes before it came crashing to the ground.
Demczur couldn't have imagined he'd tell this story to so many, or that his squeegee handle and uniform would become a part of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Where only today, a window cleaner has fallen at least 50 feet to his death. D.C. Fire Department spokesman Alan Etter says rescuers were called to the museum on the National Mall about 10 a.m. Thursday. It's not clear whether the man's safety harness failed or whether it had been engaged properly when he started work.
In the UK, every month nearly 100 people fall off a ladder at work and suffer serious injuries costing the economy £60 million each year. The HSE has promoted ladder safety messages through a ‘ladder exchange’ which aimed to remove 4,000 ‘dodgy’ ladders from workplaces in Great Britain. In 2005/06 a total of 46 workers died and a further 3,351 employees suffered major injury as a result of a fall from height in the workplace. This campaign lasted for three months.