Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Window Cleaning Snippets

Rachael Rays daytime talk-show was watched by hundreds of window cleaners in the past week. Titled "Human Lab-Stay Warm," Alex Lambrinides of "window cleaning resource" was on hand to try out some gloves in cold weather. Alex says "They contacted ACWC in late November looking for a window cleaner who wanted to test some cold weather products for the show. I volunteered because I thought it would be a great opportunity to get some tv time in a WCR shirt. Turns out, when you are filming a television show they do not allow any logos or anything that looks like a blatant plug. So, no WCR shirts, no ACWC shirts and they made me look like a goofy tool. But its ok. It was an experience."
"A field producer and a camera crew came to Vernon and filmed me "working" on a mock job (my girlfriends parents house). There they had me test out some gloves that claimed to keep your hands warm. Long story short, they got wet in 1 second and didn't work for me. About a week later I went into the city (nyc) to film the studio segment." "Either way, I will be on the Rachael Ray Show January 15th looking goofy for your entertainment."

Tim Hunter of "Gleaming the view" in Oregon has put out an open invitation to get listed on his site by uploading your window cleaning business details & links. Go here & contact Tim to add your window cleaning business to a growing list.

ABM Industries [NYSE:ABM $20.30 /share] is the largest contractual facilities servicer in America for industrial and commercial properties. About 5% of total revenues come from Canadian operations. The company provides janitorial services (including floor cleaning and finishing, wall and window washing, and other cleaning services) parking, engineering, and security to hundreds of properties throughout North America. They also market janitorial supplies and equipment. The type of services ABM provides are not particularly economically sensitive nor are they readily deferrable. This has shown to be true over many years. Fiscal 2009 (ended Oct. 31, 2009) marked the fourteenth year of the past sixteen that saw higher year-over-year EPS.

Depressed dad found dead by his son: A window cleaner was found hanging at home by his distraught son, an inquest heard. Dad-of-one James Downing took his own life after suffering with depression and financial difficulties, Hartlepool Coroner's Court was told. The 38-year-old was found hanging by his 19-year-old son, James, at his home in Christopher Street, Hartlepool, earlier this week. The court heard his dad had suffered with depression and had sent a text message only hours before he died saying he wanted to hurt himself. He had also taken overdoses twice within the last year before calling relatives for help. Coroner Malcolm Donnelly said: "I'm struggling to find an alternative explanation to that he took his own life. "He would have been aware of the risks involved and the length of time it takes. "The only sensible conclusion I can reach is that he took his own life, probably for reasons only he will know, but he was obviously depressed." The inquest heard that James junior, an apprentice bricklayer, was at his home in the town's Cedar Walk on the morning when he got a phone call from an uncle saying his dad had not turned up for work and asking if he had a key to his house. James junior went round to the house himself and found him hanging from an exercise bar by a belt at 8.40am on Tuesday. He rushed outside and called for help. Police officers arrived at the address and Mr Downing was pronounced dead. Mr Donnelly recorded a verdict of suicide.

Group's goals for creating businesses are ambitious: SCORE is a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration and has 12,400 volunteers in 364 chapters nationwide. Many of them give business advice online and can be brought into the mix when a client needs additional help from outside of the local chapter. Retired and still working volunteers have small-business and corporate experience in most industries. The key is finding the best match for each client. "This new direction for SCORE is exciting and I hope you find it as invigorating as I do," Jeannette Watling-Mills told the local volunteers. She is chairwoman of Manasota SCORE and the owner of Bob's Window Cleaning. "Let's make 2010 the best year ever." But to make it the best year, SCORE would have to beat its previous numbers that SBA reported to Congress. In 2010, it would have to create more than 25,000 jobs and form more than 19,732 businesses nationwide. To help, SBA and Congress increased its funding for the national SCORE Association to $7 million from $5 million.

LORAIN, Ohio - Mike Kennedy's optimism could fill the many vacant storefronts along Broadway Avenue. He purchased his piece of the street about nine years ago, "a vacant building with tumbleweeds in front of it," he says with a laugh. He quickly opened a pool hall in the space, purchased the building next door and added a kitchen. Earlier this month, he turned his enterprise into Road Runners, a bar featuring a stage for live music. He really wants to run charity poker games here and train and pay homeless people to deal the cards. Ohio laws forbid such a vision – at least for now. He's trying to get the laws "tweaked." "I could raise a million dollars for charity," says Kennedy, who runs a window-cleaning business from Lorain.

Popular window cleaner Basil Carpenter from Chingford dies, aged 84. A popular window cleaner with a “kind and gentle” nature has died suddenly, aged 84. Basil Carpenter, of Rolls Park Road in Chingford, was found dead in South Chingford Library last Monday after going there to return some books. The news came as a shock to his wife of 60 years, Pat, 81, and their children Roger and Denise, who said he was very fit and had not been unwell. Mr Carpenter was born in Hackney in 1925, and moved to Brindwood Road in Chingford where he grew up with his two older brothers. As a child he was a Sea Cadet who went on to carry out his national service with the Royal Navy. Following the Second World War, he started his own window cleaning business in Walthamstow, which he continued until his retirement.

A home-made collection of bombs, guns and knives, this is the arsenal found hidden at the Yorkshire home of a bus driver who was a member of the British National Party. Locked away in an untidy attic bedroom, the cache, assembled over 10 years by former soldier Terry Gavan, was so large it took police and counter-terrorism experts six days to complete a forensic survey of the house. Gavan was jailed for 11 years yesterday after pleading guilty to charges relating to 54 improvised explosive devices, including nail bombs and a booby-trapped cigarette packet, as well as 12 firearms. But police later revealed the cache they uncovered was even larger, featuring about 40 knives, a crossbow and arrows, and more than 30 firearms, including pistols, revolvers and a re-activated British Mark I rifle. He was discharged in November 1993 after being jailed for six months at Bradford Crown Court for producing a firearm in a "threatening manner" during an argument in a pub in Dewsbury. Latterly, he had been living with his mother, working as a bus driver and running his own window cleaning business.

Schools forced to spend teaching funds on bills: A Primary school will be forced to pay for heating with money which should be going towards pupils' education after it emerged budget cuts would lead to a £19,000 fuel bills shortfall. Parents campaigning against slashing budgets have issued new warnings to council chiefs that further cuts will also mark the end of specialist music and PE teachers and lead to basic stationery supplies running out. Members of the Edinburgh Parent Council Network (EPCN) have gathered evidence and produced a document to show how budget cuts over the next few years will have a "catastrophic" impact. They warn that every aspect of education provision will be affected, from learning assistants being axed to headteachers being forced to spend more time teaching than managing schools. They say parents are having to foot the bill for basics such as jotters, books, chairs and even window cleaning.

Ex-miners are being urged to make a second claim for Vibration White Finger if their first payout failed to cover a loss of ability to perform simple household tasks. Jordans solicitors has launched a dedicated website providing information on how to reclaim losses on previous compensation claims. Christine Sands, a partner at Jordans, said it appeared many miners were allowed to settle without receiving compensation for a loss of ability to do DIY, car washing and maintenance or window cleaning as a consequence of their symptoms.

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