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I'll confess here that I was around and in front of the TV - albeit as a young child, when England lifted the World Cup in 1966, so as you might imagine, having followed our team's rather disappointing fortunes since then, I've rarely been able to hold out much hope for a repeat performance. But hey, you never know...
Something else I'm hoping we can emulate is the incredible actions of some of the fans. I'm always thoroughly ashamed of the thuggish behaviour exhibited by some fans (not just British!) and many of those who attend these huge events who feel that it's OK to leave their litter (and sometimes worse) for the cleaners to deal with.
I say ashamed because we're all human beings, and while we all 'should know better', some of us don't. The 'incredible actions'? Well, first it was the Japanese fans, in news brought to my attention by Christopher McKaig @Coachmckaig who tweeted:
"This is my favourite moment of the World Cup so far; Japan fans picking up litter after their victory vs Columbia. The lessons in life we can take from the game."
There's a video of them in action at: here
I can recall thinking that with the Japanese culture, these thoughtful efforts should not come as a surprise, but I later read that they weren't alone: fans from Columbia, Senegal and Portugal also cleaned up their mess as well as some left behind them by other supporters. Now if this action could spread like a Mexican Wave I'd be very happy indeed - as no doubt, would the cleaners!
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Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae - the subject of an updated rapid risk assessment published by the European Centre for Disease Prevention & Control - represent a risk to patients and healthcare systems, causing infections associated with high mortality due to the limited treatment options available.
Outbreaks in healthcare settings have been reported by several EU/EEA countries including the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain and the UK.
Rentokil, which trades as Initial for these services, and Cannon are two of the three largest specialist providers of products and services found in washrooms across the UK.
FXI, the producer of innovative foam products, reports that a groundbreaking study by Charles P. Gerba, Ph.D., a renowned professor of microbiology and environmental sciences at the University of Arizona, reveals that using a kitchen sponge made of polyurethane foam significantly reduces the spread of E. coli, decreasing the risk of infection by up to 90%, when compared to a traditional cellulose sponge.
According to the study, levels of fecal bacterium E. coli were always 99.9% less in polyurethane sponges than in cellulose sponges after use in households for one month.
Founded by Shlomo Margolin in 1993, Ramot, based in Tel Aviv, employs more than 750 staff and manages an extensive portfolio of facilities. Ramot's substantial capabilities include technical maintenance, project management, cleaning services, reception administration and environmental health and safety.
Supported by leading industry players and proving its industrial success with a record level of attendance in 2016 (more than 1600 industrial professionals from 65 countries), this year's Tissue World Istanbul will welcome for the first time the non-woven hygiene machinery suppliers, alongside the regular contingent of retail industry representatives, logistics companies, tissue suppliers, consulting firms, non-woven producers, related civil society organisations and public authorities.
Singapore's National Environment Agency is introducing a new Food Hygiene Recognition Scheme for licensed food retail establishments. It will phase out the existing food hygiene grading system upon implementation of the new Food Hygiene Recognition Scheme in late 2020.
The new Scheme will recognise and affirm consistent efforts in upholding high hygiene standards. Under the new Scheme, food retail establishments with two or more years of strong track record in food hygiene will attain a Bronze, Silver or Gold award based on the following criteria:
Chris Klopper, founder & CEO of Mulberry Marketing Communications, a PR and marketing communications consultancy Chris started in 1995 which now has seven offices on four continents, passed away on Sunday after a short illness.
Veritiv Corporation, a North American business-to-business distribution solutions provider, is making its Reliable Brand of comprehensive facility solutions products, such as towel and tissue, bin liners, chemicals, floor pads, and hand hygiene products - available in Canada for the first time.
"For more than 20 years, Reliable Brand products, ranging from paper towels to tissues to cleaning solutions, have earned a reputation across the US as a cost-effective product line based on quality and value," says Barry Nelson, Veritiv's senior vice president for Facility Solutions. "As part of our brand strategy to expand Reliable Brand, we are excited to now offer these products in Canada."
Georgia-Pacific announced on Tuesday that it has reached an agreement to sell Georgia-Pacific Steinfurt GmbH, the company's European nonwovens business, to Glatfelter, a global manufacturer of speciality papers and engineered products headquartered in York, Pennsylvania.
The proposed transaction, priced at $185 million, also includes Georgia-Pacific's sales offices in France and Italy, but not Georgia-Pacific's US-based nonwovens business, including operations at Mt. Holly, North Carolina; Green Bay, Wisconsin, and the nonwovens R&D center in Memphis, Tennessee.
Today, the final day of the Facilities Show 2018, boasts a world-renowned (if you follow rugby) keynote speaker: at 11.30 - English rugby legend and management pioneer, Sir Clive Woodward OBE, will be discussing the key attributes needed to create a winning team.
With over 300 exhibitors from more than 40 countries, visitors can find the right solution for their specific needs. The event covers all FM sectors from cleaning, maintenance and gritting, to mechanical and electrical, energy and waste management, catering and more.
Operating for more than 55 years, family-owned City Wide of Southwest Connecticut has recently invested in the Clorox Total 360 System with a view to remaining proactive and better able to deal with cross-contamination and outbreaks of viruses such as influenza.
According to the Connecticut Department of Public Health and the 2017-2018 Influenza Season Update for Week 17 of the season, the state of Connecticut has seen a reported total of 11,351 influenza positive laboratory tests, with nearly a third of those cases reported from Fairfield County.
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