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Choose the Right Professional House Cleaning Service in New York - 30 Dec 2015 22:13

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[[html]]However, with the great amount of options to choose from, picking the right services can get a little bit overwhelming, especially if you have no clue with how you can get the right folks to do the job for you.<br><br>An Introduction to Professional House Cleaning Services<br><br>When hiring a cleaning service NY company, the most important thing to remember is that you should pick someone who you can actually trust. Since you'll be leaving your home to a stranger, you will need an assurance that they will not rob you of your possessions, put your life in danger, and do a great job in keeping your home spic and span. This is why most maid service companies' main goal is to build their trustworthy reputation more than anything else. <br><br>There are several well established companies in the field of house cleaning service New York, so you will definitely have quite a number of options. These companies will have different things to offer, so make sure to check out what they can do for you before making a decision.<br><br>Other Considerations When Hiring Cleaning Services<br><br>Despite the special offers and features these various maid services have, there are a couple of basic things you will need to ask the house cleaning service New York company while looking for the right one. For example, you will have to know who will provide the cleaning equipment. Some companies will bring their own supplies, while others will need you to have your own.<br><br>Allergies should also be addressed directly, as some cleaning agents could be harmful to some people. Try to learn what cleaning agents your cleaning agency will and can use to avoid any health issues that can result from the cleaning process. If you can opt for someone who can use more natural products or those that do not produce toxic fumes, the better chances you'll get in ensuring the wellbeing of everyone in your household. A great number of chemicals used in cleaning can damage one's wellbeing, so avoiding them would always be the best bet in making a healthy environment out of your home.<br><br>Other matters like schedules and payment should also be discussed right away. Some house cleaning service companies may have their own systems in this matter, so make sure to learn about that as well to avoid any hassle.<br><br>Making the Right Pick for Cleaning Services<br><br>Great and thorough research will always help you when choosing the right cleaning service NY<br><br>company that you need. If you have additional requirements and preferences, you can also put those things on your check list. In the end, it will still be your choice with who you will be entrusting your home with.<br><br>Author's Bio:<br><br>The Picky Maid provides completely safe and eco friendly Cleaning Service ny to local Austinites and surrounding cities. All the professionals hired through the company utilize only non-toxic and biodegradable cleaning products. It offers several types of eco- friendly House Cleaning Service New York at very low prices picky maid service provides House Cleaning Service as well.<br><br><a href='http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/choose-the-right-professional-house-cleaning-service-in-new-york'>http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/choose-the-right-professional-house-cleaning-service-in-new-york</a><br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Keeping Sydney Clean and Green Through Effective Waste Management and Industrial Cleaning by Bill Williams - 30 Dec 2015 13:51

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[[html]]Keeping Sydney Clean and Green Through Effective Waste Management and Industrial Cleaning<br><br>by: Bill Williams<br><br>Like all big cities, Sydney has its fair share of environmental problems. In particular dealing with waste management, industrial cleaning and e waste are all presenting the city with enormous challenges. Sydney's rapidly spreading conurbation is likely to result in a megacity sometime this century with all the attendant environmental problems that involves. Here's how the city's environment firms and agencies are handling these problems of waste and pollution in Sydney.<br><br>Waste management in Australia is at the heart of environmental protection and is one particular area where Sydney is highly proactive. The use of the word management rather than disposal identifies that it's no longer just a matter of throwing away waste. Modern waste is too complex for such a simple solution. Waste management comprises a system of activities that includes waste collection, recycling and disposal, hazardous waste management, emergency response, laboratory services, asbestos removal and re-insulation. In a nutshell, waste management can be defined as a system to safely remove waste products to recycle as much as possible and cause as little impact on the environment as possible.&#13;<br><br>One major trend is the involvement of specialized firms in the provision of complete solutions for industrial waste. These firms are at the vanguard of environmental protection by offering a complete waste management solution for industrial clients. &#13;<br><br>Industrial cleaning is another area in which specialized firms are working for the benefit of the environment. One thing these companies are doing is providing on-site personnel who are experts in such key areas as high pressure water jetting, vacuum loading, tank cleaning, drain and sewer cleaning, sludge management, catalyst handling, and asbestos removal. &#13;<br><br>In short, environmental services Sydney handle every aspect of industrial plant and industrial equipment cleaning. As each site has specific industrial cleaning challenges, these firms tailor-make every solution including which solvents or specialised industrial cleaning equipment are used.&#13;<br><br>By taking advantage of one source facilities management, clients can get all their industrial cleaning done by one expert company leading to gains in synergy and coordination. The result is industrial sites running at optimum capacity with limited downtime as well as environmental friendliness.&#13;<br><br>Finally there's the pressing matter of e waste (electronic waste). A major new challenge in recent years has been dealing with the safe and effective disposal of electronic devices such as computers, printers and televisions. &#13;<br><br>This kind of waste is growing at three times the rate of other waste and has two important characteristics. Firstly, it contains valuable resources that are wasted when they end up in landfill. For example, e waste can contain significant levels of precious metals such as gold and platinum which can be extracted and recycled. &#13;<br><br>Secondly e waste harbours materials that require special handling including toxic heavy metals such as mercury along other poisonous items like cyanide-containing veneers and asbestos. Disposing of these in traditional landfills can result in serious dangers to both the environment and local residents. &#13;<br><br>Other types of e waste which can be effectively recycled are used printer cartridges. Instead of clogging up landfills with plastic, cartridges can be refurbished, refilled and sold. Mobile phones too can be efficiently refurbished instead of just being dumped.&#13;<br><br>At the time of writing, Australia has yet to enact laws on the disposal of e waste meaning it's up to private firms and local governments to take responsibility for this matter. Fortunately for waste recycling Sydney, the response has been very strong. Both public and private agencies have been very active in dealing with e waste recently. For example, the City of Sydney launched its E-waste recycling collections for residents in November 2008. This has resulted in 43.57 tonnes of electronic waste being recycled. &#13;<br><br>Meanwhile the leading environmental solutions firm Veolia Environmental Services in partnership with Sims E-Recycling launched Australia's first national e-waste recycling program in 2005. During the period 2007-2008, Veolia was involved in the recovery of close to 7 million kilograms of e-waste in Australia. &#13;<br><br>Effective environmental management requires concerted action on the parts of both national and local governments as well as the private sector. Sydney is fortunate to benefit from both in its efforts to surmount the challenges of becoming a clean and green metropolis for the benefit of its residents.<br><br><a href='http://www.articlecity.com/articles/environment_and_going_green/article_576.shtml'>http://www.articlecity.com/articles/environment_and_going_green/article_576.shtml</a>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Nigerian lawyer sent in to clean up state oil giant | Reuters - 30 Dec 2015 11:13

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[[html]]* New NNPC head had worked for ExxonMobil<br><br>* Colleagues expect him to clean up state oil firm<br><br>* NNPC accused of failing to account for billions<br><br>By Julia Payne and Alexis Akwagyiram<br><br>ABUJA/LAGOS, Aug 6 The new head of Nigeria'sstate oil company is a workaholic stickler for the rules with astrong background in law, qualities he will need if he is tooverhaul an organisation notorious for corruption andmismanagement.<br><br>Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, the new managing director of theNigerian National Petroleum Corp (NNPC), was previouslyexecutive vice chairman and general counsel for U.S. oil majorExxonMobil.<br><br>Former colleagues have called him smart, responsive,personable and the right person to clean up the mess at acompany that has been accused of failing to account for tens ofbillions of dollars.<br><br>"Dr. Kachikwu is a very diligent person. He's a team player… He is very unassuming and easy-going. He dresses well andmostly wears suits but nothing too expensive or extravagant,"said a former colleague, who declined to be named.<br><br>Kachikwu's first act on taking up his new post was to sack awhole layer of senior managers at NNPC.<br><br>Fixing how the state runs the oil sector, at the core ofwhich lies NNPC, will be the key to helping Nigeria.<br><br>Despite being Africa's biggest oil producer, years ofself-serving politicians taking money with impunity have leftthe country facing a cash crunch and no substantial savings tofall back upon.<br><br>Hailing from Delta state in the oil-rich south, Kachikwu isin his late 50s and has a wife who also works in the oilindustry for local producer Seplat. He is a high chief in theethnically Igbo town of Onicha-Ugbo, a role that he takesseriously.<br><br>His ability to win fans started early, before his HarvardLaw days, at the University of Nigeria in Enugu state.<br><br>"The students would create mock courts to sue each other andthe students union. There were several chambers and his was oneof the most popular," said Ugo Okoroafor, communications adviserto the central bank governor, who attended university withKachikwu.<br><br>"We knew he was on a strong trajectory."<br><br>Kachikwu also found time to start a publishing companycalled True Tales Publications, which now distributes Hello!Nigeria among other gossip and fashion magazines.<br><br>Uju Ifejika, one of the few female heads of a Nigerian oilcompany, Brittania-U, worked as a junior counsel under Kachikwuat Texaco in the late 1980s and saw him as a mentor.<br><br>"He gave us an opportunity to grow and believe in ourselves.But you must work day in, day out. He is a workaholic. He doesnot rest, so you can't rest," she said.<br><br>BREAK WITH THE PAST<br><br>Nevertheless, his appointment was a surprise to most asPresident Muhammadu Buhari broke with tradition by picking notonly a lawyer over an engineer, but an outsider to NNPC.<br><br>Kachikwu is also one of the few Christian southerners amongappointments made so far by Buhari, who is a Muslim northerner.Nigeria's population is roughly split between Christians in thesouth and Muslims in the north.<br><br>A presidency source said Buhari purposely sought out anoutsider and requested the records of those in top positions atforeign oil companies.<br><br>"His pedigree speaks volumes. His record shows he is acredible person, that is all I can say," presidency spokesmanFemi Adesina said.<br><br>Kachikwu will have to plug massive revenue gaps from NNPC'soil sales.<br><br>NNPC does not publish annual reports and its book-keepinghas been criticised for being opaque, which appears to haveallowed billions of dollars to disappear.<br><br>Such a combination of lapses and political interferenceallowed ten years worth of crude oil from one area amounting toover $12 billion to go unaccounted for, according the NaturalResource Governance Institute.<br><br>Even with strong direction from the top to help him curbcorruption in Nigeria's oil sector, Kachikwu will have tocontend with entrenched inefficiencies, such as weakcommunication between divisions and equipment replacementapprovals that take years.<br><br>"He is eminently qualified … when you are immersed, youmay not see things so clearly. An outsider can break in withfresh thinking and methods," a senior NNPC source said.<br><br>But some have questioned whether he will act as a diplomat,ironing out differences between independent oil companies andthe state, or represent a surrender to foreign interests. (Additional reporting by Felix Onuah; Writing by Julia Payne;Editing by Giles Elgood)<br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

How to Conduct a Cleaning Audit for Environmental Service Staff - 30 Dec 2015 09:31

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[[html]]From Cresta Books (Dr. Eric Brown)<br><br>The following is information on a great book for cleaning audits for your organization.<br><br>CONDUCTING A CLEANING AUDIT<br><br>Written by Dr Eric Brown, this textbook is a must for all those engaged in the monitoring of cleaning contracts, whether as client or as a service provider.<br><br>Adopting a fundamental concept of Total Quality Management, namely that the successful delivery of a service depends upon getting the input right, Conducting a Cleaning Audit considers monitoring not only cleaning standards but also those elements, such as training and staffing, that are essential for successful delivery of the service. Only in this way can problems be effectively rectified and, ultimately, prevented.<br><br>This book is intended for, and will be of particular interest to, all involved in Cleaning Management, especially:<br><br>-Cleaning Contractors.-Direct Labour Organisations.-Hospital Domestic and Hotel Services Managers.-Hospital Estates Managers.-Local Authority Cleaning Managers.-Property Managers.-College and Public School Domestic Bursars.-Training Managers.-Cleaning Consultants.-Industrial Caterers with a cleaning or housekeeping role.-Colleges offering cleaning or domestic management courses.<br><br>CONTENTS<br><br>Introduction<br><br>Why monitor? - As the service provider As the client Monitor what?<br><br>Part 1 Monitoring the Inputs<br><br>Monitoring head office support Monitoring on-site management Monitoring staffing issues have sufficient hours been allocated? site supervision; are the hours being achieved? signing in and out; clocking in and out; telephoning in and out; fingerprint/retina recognition; what level of sickness and absenteeism exists? what is the level of staff turnover? are staff receiving the correct wage? Monitoring training Monitoring quality management Monitoring equipment and materials Monitoring the provision of consumables Monitoring housekeeping practices Summary, checklist of inputs to monitor.<br><br>Part 2 Monitoring the Outputs<br><br>Defining standards of performance; hygienically clean, prestige standard, normal standard and basic standard Functional areas, very high risk, high risk, moderate risk and low risk Reasons for failure during an inspection.<br><br>Part 3 Mechanics of the Output Audit<br><br>Scoring systems weighting; by area, suggested by NHS scheme, by task, example of weighting by task in an office environment, weighting by cost, standard times to undertake certain tasks for 5000 square metres of office accommodation, example of audit results before weighting Starting out, how many rooms will you visit? how many tasks will you check? how will you make sure that your visits are random? will you select your sample from the entire site or just part of it? what pass rate are you seeking? is the auditor sufficiently qualified? if you are using a team are they consistent with each other? how often are you going to inspect? when should you carry out an inspection? should you make staff aware that you will be carrying out an audit in their area? Other issues.<br><br>Part 4 Processing the Results<br><br>Reasons for failure operative failure, materials failure, equipment failure, failure of the fabric of the structure, failure of the cleaning specification The nature of failures Analysing the results by frequency, by cost, by importance, notional weighting for each failure type Acting upon the results, correcting failures, preventing failures Disseminating the results Computerised systems.<br><br>http://www.cresta-books.co.uk/cleaning_audit.html<br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Should I still purchase sensor cleaning equipment or a kit if my camera has its own sensor cleaning function? - 30 Dec 2015 05:19

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Goldsmith Agio Helms Announces the Sale of the Rotational Molding Division of The Plastics Group, Inc. - 29 Dec 2015 18:30

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[[html]]<img style="float:left;margin:10px;border:none;" src="http://www.carpet-cleaning-equipment.co.uk/images/products/rotovac-360i-machine-only--carpet-tile--grout-cleaning-machine663.jpg" width="301" /><br><br>MINNEAPOLIS(BUSINESS WIRE)The Lower Mid-Market Group (LMG) of Goldsmith Agio Helms is pleased to announce the sale of the Rotational Molding Division (RMC or the Company) of The Plastics Group, Inc. (TPG), a Chicago-based portfolio company of Chicago Growth Partners. RMC, a highly profitable Maple Plain, Minnesota based manufacturer of custom rotationally molded plastic products, was sold to Rotonics Manufacturing, Inc. (Rotonics) a portfolio holding of Minneapolis-based Spell Capital Partners, LLC. <br><br>HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE TRANSACTION <br><br>Just prior to the acquisition of RMC, Spell Capital Partners purchased a controlling interest in Rotonics Manufacturing, Inc. (Rotonics), a rotational molding company that had been publicly traded. RMC is an add-on acquisition. Rotonics offers a diverse product line to customers in the commercial, agricultural, refuse, pharmaceutical, marine, recreation, medical waste, healthcare, retail, recreation, and residential markets in the United States. RMC will provide Rotonics with access to new end-markets such as defense, fluid management, commercial vehicles, cleaning equipment, and industrial equipment with its superior engineering and custom manufacturing expertise. <br><br>Brian Beth, CEO of The Plastics Group, said of the divestiture of TPGs rotational molding division, This divestiture allows us to focus on our core business of blow molding. The superior financial results of our rotational molding business gave us the opportunity to realize a strong return on our investment and the additional financial resources to take advantage of growth and consolidation opportunities in the blow molding industry. <br><br>Added Mike Moore, CFO, In selling RMC to Rotonics, which is focused on rotational molding, and its new owner, Minneapolis-based Spell Capital Partners, we believe that weve found a good home for RMC and its employees. <br><br>Goldsmith Agio Helms has completed more than 50 M&amp;A assignments in the plastics industry. Bill Jarrett, an LMG Managing Director, said, The fragmented rotational molding industry is undergoing changes, as the result of a number of recent sales and acquisitions. Last year, we sold another custom rotational molder (Elkhart Plastics) to a larger rotational molder which, like Rotonics, had recently been acquired by a financial buyer. The sale of RMC will enable The Plastics Group to focus on aggressively growing its blow molding business. <br><br>THE COMPANY <br><br>RMC manufactures custom rotationally molded plastic products for a strong customer base that compete in a wide variety of industries, including defense, fluid management, commercial vehicles, cleaning equipment, and industrial equipment. For over 50 years, the Company has been a leader in rotational molding and has differentiated itself from its competition by its engineering and manufacturing expertise and customer service. Much of the Companys superior engineering and manufacturing expertise is the result of its ability to work with a variety of resins to achieve stringent design requirements for its customers. <br><br>THE BUYER <br><br>Spell Capital Partners, LLC (www.spellcapital.com) is a private equity and buyout firm based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They are engaged in the acquisition of controlling interests in well-managed, historically profitable manufacturing, distribution or service businesses. The plastics industry is an industry of focus for Spell Capital Partners. <br><br>ABOUT GOLDSMITH AGIO HELMS <br><br>Goldsmith Agio Helms (www.agio.com) provides sophisticated corporate finance advisory and investment banking servicesto middle-market businesses. The firm's services include mergers and acquisitions, private placements of debt and equity, distressed advisory and restructuring, and financial advisory and opinion services. The firm operates internationally from its offices in Minneapolis, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and London. The Lower Mid-Market Group works with clients across a broad range of industries in the lower mid-market, which is defined as companies with an estimated enterprise value of less than approximately $50 million. <br><br>If you would like more information about this transaction,contact Bill Jarrett, moc.oiga|tterrajb#moc.oiga|tterrajb, at 612-339-0500. <br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/0PVSz-F2x6A&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/0PVSz-F2x6A&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br><a href='http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20070228005943/en/Goldsmith-Agio-Helms-Announces-Sale-Rotational-Molding'>http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20070228005943/en/Goldsmith-Agio-Helms-Announces-Sale-Rotational-Molding</a><br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Special List Of Maintenance Supplies by Rudy Silva - 29 Dec 2015 12:14

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[[html]]Maintenance supplies are instrumental in most business organizations and residential as they maintain orderliness and cleanliness and ensure safety particularly during emergency situation such as fire and flood hazards.<br><br>Among fire-safety supplies are sprinkler system installed on the ceiling or cylinders contained against the wall and covered with a glass. There are also gloves, eye protection, helmet, shoes, and coveralls that are all designed with fire resistance. These supplies are a must in all buildings whether they are hotels, condominiums, apartments, corporate offices, warehouses, industrial plants, malls, and other business type buildings.&#13;<br><br>They should also be present in residential houses. Sprinkler systems feature a fire alarm system, so that when smoke or fire occurs, the alarm will go off while the sprinkler will commence emitting water to put out the fire as much as it can.&#13;<br><br>Buildings where electrical or electronic products are manufactured should have extensive fire alarm system because the whole working place is vulnerable to fire.&#13;<br><br>Medical supplies are another type of maintenance supplies that must be included. Buildings or structures that are non-medical, non-chemical, and non-biohazard may not have an extensive supply for medical applications. It would suffice that they have first aid kits, which contain bandages, gauzes, anti-septic and anti-bacterial cleansing agent, and cotton.&#13;<br><br>Hospitals and laboratories need more extensive medical supplies such as mask, helmet with oxygen system, coverall suit, gloves, and specialized footwear. These supplies are especially made to protect the individual wearing them. In biohazard laboratories, employees are handling different chemicals with various levels of dangers. It is imperative that employees should not have contact with these substances.&#13;<br><br>Commercial cleaning companies of course are among the enterprises that have complete cleaning supplies depending on their niche. Some cleaning companies focus on one niche, 2 or more. Commercial cleaning services must have janitorial equipment, cleaning products, carpet cleaning supplies, and window cleaning.&#13;<br><br>Most of these cleaning supplies include minor cleaning equipment such as brushes, broom, mops, pails, ladder, and window wipers. Gears are cleaning boots, gloves, and masks. Carpet cleaning supplies are mostly vacuum cleaners and cleaning products because the carpet cleaning company focuses on one niche.&#13;<br><br>Hotels, resorts, and vacation rentals have extensive maintenance supplies for cleaning because cleanliness is a rule that must be obeyed with absolution. It is among the criteria that clients scrutinize.&#13;<br><br>Residential homes also maintain cleaning supplies to ensure that everything in the house is clean and germ-free. Two areas in the house that must be kept clean and disinfected with germs and bacteria are kitchen and toilet and bathroom. Although harmful bacteria are found anywhere, they mostly lurk around kitchens and toilets.&#13;<br><br>The toilets are the most laborious place to clean if it is not maintained very well. Bowls from inside and out should be free from molds, algae, and dark spots. Tiles on the floor and wall must not have molds as well.&#13;<br><br>Kitchens need to be cleaned 100% because it is where food is prepared. Thus, among the maintenance supplies that must be abundant are cleaning products.<br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Henkel sells Tank Cleaning Equipment. (Company Evolution). - 27 Dec 2015 16:52

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[[html]]Henkel Ltd of Hatfield has agreed to sell its Tank CleaningEquipment business in the UK to Ledbury-based Breconcherry Ltd.<br><br>The business originally came to Henkel as part of the acquisition&#13;of Atofina, the chemical branch of TotalFinaElf, Paris by Henkel Surface&#13;Technologies in spring 2001. It produces and markets a range of&#13;equipment for the in-place cleaning of mixing and storage vessels,&#13;primarily within the brewing, food and road transport industries.&#13;&#13;<br><br>Contact: Henkel on tel: +49 211 797 6321&#13;&#13;<br><br>COPYRIGHT 2002 Food Trade Press Ltd.<br><br>&#13; No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.&#13; <br><br>Copyright 2002 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.<br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Hoarding; One Aspect of Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder - 27 Dec 2015 10:13

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[[html]]<img alt="Hoarding is a serious problem among individuals with Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder." data-caption="Hoarding is a serious problem among individuals with Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder." data-credit="Photos ?Malysa Stratton Louk. All rights reserved." data-credit-link="http://malysastrattonlouk.suite101.com" src="https://static.suite.io/article_images/orig/0cc69fb2-2433-458a-9ab2-005dba989496.jpg" title="Hoarding is a serious problem among individuals with Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder."/>Hoarding is becoming more and more recognized by the general public, largely due to media exposure. Some believe hoarding is a mental illness of its own, however true hoarding is much more than simply collecting miscellaneous items or having a home full of clutter. Rarely do hoarders exhibit symptoms of hoarding without other signs of mental illness.<br><br>Hoarding, Clutter, Collections and Sentimental Value (what is hoarding)<br><br>The American Psychiatric Association defines hoarding as the inability to discard worn-out or worthless objects even when they have no sentimental value. The excessive accumulation occurs to the point in which the intended use is impossible.<br><br>Hoarding goes well beyond the typical clutter found in many homes, particularly in homes with children, collections of various items or hanging on to items of sentimental value. Refusing to give up an old record collection or the inability to part with your great-great-grandmother's worn and tattered quilt collection passed down through generations is not an accurate definition of hoarding.<br><br>Hoarding ranges in severity from mild to severe and negatively impacts the individuals environment, without regards to personal safety or the well-being of others. Identifying hoarding can be more difficult in mild cases where the items are hidden or stored in a secret location such as one room in the house, a public or private storage shed or a vehicle.<br><br>Hoarding generally starts out as mild, although can quickly become severe as the person is unable to keep the objects confined to their secret location. Rather than discarding old objects to make room for more, new piles and stacks start appearing in different locations.<br><br>The most severe cases of hoarding are easily identifiable. The persons home is so filled with junk that the floor, shelves, counters and other surfaces appear non-existent. Large piles of stacked items create minimal pathways throughout the house; some areas such as a spare bedroom are not even accessible.<br><br>The hoarder may or may not see a problem. If he is able to identify that there is a problem, it is usually that there is not enough space to put everything, rather than a need to eliminate unnecessary items. He may be frustrated with all the stuff lying around everywhere, although this is generally a result of not having room to add more stuff.<br><br>Hoarding Money, Animals, Food, Clothes, Information and Trash<br><br>Hoarding is not limited to any specific set of objects. Hoarders who have obsessions and compulsions about certain items or objects may limit their excessive collections to specific items. For example, a person with a germ obsession and hand-washing compulsion may hoard bottles of soap, cleaning agents, cleaning equipment and other items, filling entire rooms with supplies.<br><br>Many hoarders are very specific as to the items they hoard such as money, food, clothing and animals due to unreasonable fears of not having enough or just in case it might be needed someday. Money hoarding is not the same as maintaining a savings account or investing in a retirement fund. Money is hoarded as something not to be spent or given away ever. People who hoard money often go without the basic necessities of life, including food, adequate housing or clothing and refuse to help anyone else in need, despite having the financial means of doing so.<br><br>Food hoarding doesnt mean going to the grocery store and stocking up on one or two month's worth of canned goods or stocking up when items are on sale. Food hoarders generally purchase large amounts of canned or boxed foods simply because they are on sale without any real intention of using the items. They cannot throw them out because that would be a waste of food, a waste of money and may be needed someday. For example, boxed macaroni and cheese goes on sale for ten boxes for a dollar as opposed to the regular price of two for a dollar. A food hoarder will purchase 20 to 40 boxes, store them away, purchase more the next time they go on sale and store them with the others. The food remains stored well beyond the expiration date, is not thrown out and continues to accumulate.<br><br>Animal hoarders acquire different animals over a period of time, regardless of whether they have the means to care for them or not. Animal hoarding is a serious problem resulting in uncared for and unfed animals, unsafe and unsanitary living conditions, and overcrowded environments. Basic needs are ignored and both the animals and humans suffer.<br><br>However, hoarding is not always limited to a single group of items or objects. Some hoarders keep everything broken appliances, old newspapers or magazines, outdated coupons and mail, soda cans, glass jars, food containers, wrappers, boxes, worn out clothes, destroyed furniture and other items that most would consider trash.<br><br>They may keep all of their child's clothes and toys, despite now having grandchildren. Rather than handing down the used clothing to someone who could use it, it remains forever stored amongst the heaps and piles throughout the home. Hoarders are unable to give away or throw out anything just in case they might be able to use it someday. Unfortunately, everything piles up to the point where it becomes unusable and the hoarder has likely forgotten he even has the item in his possession.<br><br>Hoarding as a Sense of Control over Self and Environment (Why do hoarders hoard?)<br><br>Outsiders who see a hoarder's home filled with piles of useless stuff often think of the person as being lazy or sloppy. However, hoarders are mentally unable to discard the items, even if they are themselves bothered by the mess.<br><br>Hoarding is part of a larger issue Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder. Rarely is true hoarding seen as a stand-alone issue. Hoarders will also exhibit a combination of additional symptoms, including:<br><br>Ordering and reordering their possessions. They tend to make sense out of the clutter by rearranging it, moving it from one place to another. This makes them feel as though they are cleaning up the mess or accomplishing something worthwhile. Most often, the end result is merely a relocation, rather than actually eliminating the problemAn inability to accept help. Family members quickly find that the offer to help clean up or organize a hoarder's home is met with hostility, reluctance, resistance and hurt feelings. They are unable to allow others to help them because they feel it will not be done the way they want. If help is allowed, it is done so reluctantly and accompanied by a strict set of orders detailing what to touch, what not to touch, where to put this item and where not to put that one.Rigidity, stubbornness and controlling. Hoarders are often rigid and stubborn in all aspects of their life, views and beliefs. They must feel they are in complete control of themselves, their environment and other people in their life at all times. This often results in very few friendships or leisure activities involving others due to an inability to control others or as a result of their own stubborn and controlling behaviors.Family members trying to help in a hoarding situation are often met with hostility or made to feel guilty for trying to help. The best way to help a family member or friend is by having them seek a mental health specialist.<br><br>In severe cases where children and pets are in danger because of the hoarding behaviors, contact the proper authorities immediately. The hoarder may resent you for taking this action, but the health, safety and well-being of children and pets must take the highest priority.<br><br>Additional Articles Related to Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder and Hoarding<br><br>Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder versus OCD Behavior <br><br>Animal Hoarders Abandon Pets in Foreclosed Home; 31 Found Dead <br><br>The Negative Impact and Consequences of Animal Hoarding<br><br>Characteristics of Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder<br><br>*While the designation he may be used to represent all children or adults, the use of he does not imply this is relevant only to males. The behaviors and strategies are equally relevant to females. The designation of he or she should be considered interchangeable.<br><br>Photos Malysa Stratton Louk. All rights reserved. Photos may not be copied, borrowed, altered or reproduced in any way, either electronically or in print, without prior written permission from the copyright holder.<br><br>References and Resources:<br><br>DSM-5 Development; American Psychiatric Association; May 19, 2010<br><br>DSM-IV-TR Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders; The American Psychiatric Association; 2000.<br><br><a href='http://suite101.com/hoarding-one-aspect-of-obsessive-compulsive-personality-disorder-a343935'>http://suite101.com/hoarding-one-aspect-of-obsessive-compulsive-personality-disorder-a343935</a>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

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[[html]]Business Check List on Takeover Day <br><br>These Check Lists are madeon the assumption that anyone taking a lease or a tenancy will have been fully briefed by their Solicitor on their responsibilities within the constraints of the lease and the lists are for guidance and assistance in the taking over of a normal retail or manufacturing business.<br><br>Everyone buying a commercial property, especially a lease should have a full survey to establishtheir commitment in respect of dilapidations.<br><br>In addition always use a Lawyer specialising in Commercial Property, it can be a minefield.<br><br>The lists are in alphabetical order first and priority second, higher priority are in block letters in the alphabetical list.<br><br>1. Advertising<br><br>2. Always go for completion at the beginning of the month, it helps cash flow by using your credit terms to the full, if you takeover at the end of the month, you get a bill within a week, if you have a months credit, you effectively get nearly six weeks credit.<br><br>3. Asbestos Report including old Artex Ceilings and Walls<br><br>4. Bank business accounts<br><br>5. Cash and Carry Account<br><br>6. Cash and Change for Tills and Machines<br><br>7. Certification for all electrical appliances where applicable <br><br>8. Cleaning Equipment, understand good cleaning methods<br><br>9. Charities Local, to support<br><br>10. Cleaning supplies for Toilets etc<br><br>11. Close Business until at least mid-day for stocktaking<br><br>12. Cold Storage Check if necessary<br><br>13. Contract to buy Business, Signed and completion time.<br><br>14. Contracts of Employment for Staff <br><br>15. Delivery time and other Delivery Days for essentials on takeover day<br><br>16. Delivery Days for all suppliers and order Days<br><br>17. Diary for all Bookings and Incidents<br><br>18. Environmental Health &amp; Health and Safety, Registration if applicable<br><br>19. Energy Suppliers, Annual Contract<br><br>20. Environmental Performance Certificate<br><br>21. Equipment details of any outstanding rented or financed equipment<br><br>22. Epos Tills make sure you know how they work<br><br>23. External Notices for Car Parks, Gardens etc.<br><br>24. Finance for completion<br><br>25. Fire Risk assessment. <br><br>26. Fire safety equipment contract. <br><br><img style="float:left;margin:10px;border:none;" src="http://www.easypacelearning.com/images/cleaningequipment.jpg" width="277" /><br><br>27. First Aid Boxes.<br><br>28. Fixtures and Fittings, check quality and reject damaged fittings, if damaged since exchange of contracts, ensurethat you have enough to equipment to trade with, many vendors remove equipment without realising that they have been paid for by the purchaser. <br><br>29. Graph to record Day to Day Takings<br><br>30. Heating Service Record for Boilers and any others<br><br>31. Inland Revenue if you have staff ensurethat you are registered<br><br>32. Insurance, Business and property, public Liability<br><br>33. Interview Staff<br><br>34. Licences Machinery, any equipment/vehicle that requires an operators licence <br><br>35. Local suppliers Accounts<br><br>Butcher, Baker, Builders Merchant, Catering equipment, Computer Service, Dry Goods, Frozen and Fresh Food, Gaming Machines, Garage local, Greengrocer, Ironmonger, Local Brewers, Office Equipment, Plumber, Electrician, Refrigeration Engineer, Wine Supplier, etc. depending on your business.<br><br>36. Music Licences for piped music<br><br>37. Operating schedule if required, certain businesses selling alcohol require these.<br><br>38. PDQ Machines for Credit Cards <br><br>39. Performing Rights and PPL Phonographic Performance if applicable<br><br>40. Phone Numbers of Essential Contacts<br><br>41. Rates payable and dates<br><br>42. Refuse Collection<br><br>43. Service <a href="http://www.its-africa.co.za/index.php/">Cleaning Equipment </a> Contracts, Rodents, Equipment, Cleaning<br><br>44. Smoking legislation signs etc<br><br>45. Snagging list and all queries<br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/UGGvgCKUt4U&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/UGGvgCKUt4U&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>46. Staff Dress Code, if appropriate<br><br>47. Staff Job Description (Jobs Manual is worth considering)<br><br>48. Staff paperwork Inland Revenue, hours etc<br><br>49. Staff References <br><br>50. Staff Redundancy, Details of possible redundancy commitment for existing staff in cost, to you.<br><br>51. Stocktaker for retail businesses<br><br>52. Suppliers Delivery time and other Delivery Days<br><br>53. Telephone Details &amp; Internet<br><br>54. Trading accounts for 55. VAT Registration<br><br>56. Weights and measures signs and compliance<br><br>Order of Priority for Check List<br><br>1. Contract to buy Business, Signed and completion time.<br><br>2. Finance for Completion<br><br>3. Close business for part or whole of day for takeover.<br><br>4. Stocktaker for retail businesses<br><br>5. Fixtures and fittings<br><br><img src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_4hddR6TPQU8/S9qfwhCa8vI/AAAAAAAAAAU/48nnQjWsduI/s1600/carpet-cleaning-machine.jpg" width="263" /><br><br>6. Delivery time and other Delivery Days for essentials on takeover day<br><br>7. Staff paperwork Inland Revenue, hours etc<br><br>8. Staff References <br><br>9. Staff Redundancy, Details of possible redundancy commitment for existing staff in cost, to you.<br><br>10. Contracts of Employment<br><br>11. Bank Business Accounts<br><br>12. Trading accounts for major suppliers, and credit details<br><br>13. Snagging list and all queries<br><br>14. Refuse Collection<br><br>15. Local suppliers Accounts<br><br>Butcher, Baker, Builders Merchant, Catering equipment, Computer Service, Dry Goods, Frozen and Fresh Food, Gaming Machines, Garage local, Greengrocer, Ironmonger, Local Brewers, Office Equipment, Plumber, Electrician, Refrigeration Engineer<br><br>16. Weights and measures signs and compliance<br><br>17. Performing Rights and PPL Phonographic Performance licenses if applicable<br><br>18. Smoking legislation signs etc<br><br>19. Phone Numbers of Essential Contacts<br><br>20. Telephone Details of Pub/Restaurant<br><br>21. Deliveries on the Day<br><br>22. Cash and Change for Tills and Machines.<br><br>23. PDQ Machines for Credit Cards <br><br>24. Delivery Days for all suppliers and order days<br><br>25. Epos Tills understanding how they work<br><br>26. Fire Risk Assessment<br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/N-BaAYOjlco&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/N-BaAYOjlco&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>27. Fire Safety Contract<br><br>28. Asbestos Check, including old Artex Ceilings and Walls.<br><br>29. First Aid Boxes<br><br>30. Inland Revenue if you have staff, ensurethat you are registered<br><br>31. VAT Registration<br><br>32. Operating Schedule for businesses selling alcohol<br><br>33. Licences for machinery or equipment that requires registration<br><br>34. Insurance Documents, plus Public Liability<br><br>35. Staff Job Description (Jobs Manual is worth considering)<br><br>36. Equipment Details of outstanding rent or hire agreements<br><br>37. Certification of Electrical Appliances etc<br><br>38. Staff Dress Code<br><br>39. Cash and Carry account<br><br>40. Cold Storage Check if necessary<br><br>41. Environmental Health &amp; Health and Safety Registration<br><br>42. Heating service record Boilers etc<br><br>43. External Notices for Car Park and Gardens<br><br>44. Environmental Performance Certificate<br><br>45. Energy Suppliers, annual contract<br><br>47. Diary for all Bookings and Incidents<br><br>48. Cleaning supplies for Toilets etc<br><br>49. Interview Staff if available<br><br>51. Rates payable and dates<br><br>50. Cleaning equipment, understand good cleaning methods<br><br>52. Service Contracts, Rodents, Equipment, Cleaning etc. <br><br>53. Advertising<br><br>54. Always go for completion at the beginning of the month, it helps cash flow by using your credit terms to the full, if you takeover at the end of the month, you get a bill within a week, if you have a months credit, you effectively get nearly six weeks credit.<br><br>55. Graph record of day to day Business<br><br>56. Local Charities to support<br><br>suppliers, <br><br><a href='http://www.infobarrel.com/Business_Check_List_on_and_before_Takeover_Day'>http://www.infobarrel.com/Business_Check_List_on_and_before_Takeover_Day</a><br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

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