Monday, February 8, 2016

Add Urine and Saliva to the List of Possible Transmission Modes for Zika

Now scientists are warning the public about kissing due to the possible transmission of Zika in saliva. Brazil has been given high warnings due to Carnival just starting wherein people take part in alcohol-fueled parties and try to kiss as many people as possible.  Read on in this article from The Hour.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

From Mosquitoes to Sex - Zika Finds Another Way to Spread

According to the CDC, a patient in Texas has been diagnosed with Zika after being infected through sexual contact from their partner who had recently traveled to Venezuela.  This transmission raises concerns because it means that Zika could be spread without the aid of mosquitoes.  This article from the BBC news desk provides more details.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016


The last poll asked what the new Tahoma High School's square footage will approximately be.  The answer, 325,000 or so.  It will be the largest high school in the state.  The new high school slated to open in September, 2017 will house the current grade levels and will add ninth graders to its roster making it a 9 - 12 grade level school.  Other schools throughout the district will be reconfigured into middle schools and grade schools.  The current high school will become Maple View Middle School. The summer of 2017 is going to be a huge endeavor as all these changes take place.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Janitor of the Year 2016 - Here We Go Again!

Cintas Corporation has officially opened their doors to nominations for this years Janitor of the Year contest. Like last year, 10 finalists will be announced on March 15 at which time voting can begin for each contestant until it closes on April 15.  Here's an article regarding this contest. And here's the link to nominate a janitor of your choice.

Nominations here:


Cintas Kicks-off Nationwide Janitor of the Year Contest

Posted: Feb 01, 2016 7:12 AM PST
Often the first to arrive and the last to leave, school janitors work behind the scenes year-round to create a clean, safe and positive learning environment. To honor the best-of-the-best among school janitors, Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS) is accepting nominations for its annual Janitor of the Year contest to recognize those that often go unnoticed. Nominations will be accepted online at through March 1.
Created to shine a spotlight on janitors who often receive little recognition for their hard work and dedication, the contest will award $5,000 to the winning janitor and $5,000 in Cintas and Rubbermaid products and services to his or her school. A $500 cash prize will be awarded to an additional top nine finalists.
“Janitors are often the heart of the school and as much a part of the school experience as teachers and students,” said John Engel, Senior Marketing Manager, Cintas. “We want to highlight the important work janitors do in not only improving the well-being of students and staff, but in getting students and staff ready for their days by creating a clean and safe place for our children to learn.”
After nearly 100,000 votes were tabulated following last year’s contest, Sherry Albright of Trine University in Angola, Ind. was crowned the 2015 Janitor of the Year. Albright accepted her award during a campus-wide parade complete with a marching band, police cars, cheerleaders, a housekeeper drill cart line and a community-wide ice cream social.
Cintas’ Janitor of the Year contest is open to all elementary, middle, high school and university janitors who have worked at their school for at least two years. Nominations must be 500 words or less on why the janitor is deserving of the award.
As a premier sponsor in this year’s contest, Rubbermaid Commercial Products’ President Neil Eibeler had this to say, “Rubbermaid Commercial Products is proud to partner with Cintas in showcasing the Janitor of the Year. We realize how important their hard work is to our communities and we are committed to providing innovative solutions that make their jobs easier and safer.”
The top 10 finalists will be announced on March 15, at which time the public will be asked to vote for their favorite janitor. The janitor receiving the most votes will be crowned Janitor of the Year. Voting will be open until April 15.
For more information regarding the Janitor of the Year contest, please contact Jennifer Petersen at or 312-664-1532. A high-res Janitor of the Year logo is available via email or Dropbox at
About Cintas Corporation:
Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas Corporation provides highly specialized services to businesses of all types primarily throughout North America. Cintas designs, manufactures and implements corporate identity uniform programs, and provides entrance mats, restroom cleaning and supplies, tile and carpet cleaning, promotional products, first aid, safety, fire protection products and services. Cintas is a publicly held company traded over the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol CTAS and is a component of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.
About Rubbermaid Commercial Products:
Rubbermaid Commercial Products (RCP), headquartered in Huntersville, NC., is a manufacturer of innovative, solution-based products for commercial and institutional markets worldwide. Since 1968, RCP has pioneered technologies and system solutions in the categories of food services, sanitary maintenance, waste handling, material transport, away-from-home washroom and safety products. RCP, an ISO 9001:2000 manufacturer, is part of Newell Rubbermaid’s global portfolio of leading brands and continues to develop innovative products.
Copyright Business Wire 2016

Friday, January 29, 2016

Peeing in Public Now Okay

Well, if you live in San Francisco, it's now okay to pee in public, that is in the new outdoor, open style urinal at Dolores Park.  The city is trying to reduce urinating in public and this is one of their newest ideas.  Last year they experimented with paint that caused fluid to splash back on the person. This brief article will explain more about this newest park addition.

Mar 6, 2015 ... To give potential offenders a fair warning, Reuters reports the group has put up signs that read “Do not pee here! We pee back!” The paint ...

What Went Wrong?

Read this story from Madison, WI as posted on  Then ponder what went wrong. What's one of the first things you learn NEVER to mix together?  That's why caution is in order every time you clean and use chemicals.  We can all learn from stories like these.

The Madison, WI, Fire Department was deployed to a Department of Corrections housing facility Tuesday night after residents complained of breathing issues.

The issues were caused by an unsafe mixture of cleaning chemicals, according to a story on An incident report filed by the fire department indicated that toilet bowl cleaner and bleach had been mixed together, releasing dangerous chlorine gas into the facility.

After the facility was evacuated, a hazardous incident team was dispatched to monitor the air quality before allowing people back in. 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Zika Alarm Level - "Extremely High"

Zika hit the news a few weeks ago and now it's become a WHO concern and the alarm levels over it are "extremely high".  Here's what an article from said today.

The alarm level over the Zika virus has become "extremely high," said Dr. Margaret Chan, the director-general of the World Health Organization in a speech to member nations. She has called an emergency meeting to discuss whether the outbreak qualifies as an international public health emergency on Feb. 1. The WHO warning came as scientists in Brazil said it is possible the virus, which is linked to an increase in the number of babies born with severe birth defects, is carried by the common mosquito.

The Zika virus is strongly suspected of causing birth defects and may infect 3-4 million people in the Americas, including 1.5 million in Brazil, a World Health Organization expert said on Thursday. Honduras has registered 1,000 cases of the virus since December. There are no known vaccines, specific treatments or rapid diagnostic tests for the virus, something WHO has highlighted as a particular concern. Zika is similar to dengue and chikungunya and causes mild fever, rash and red eyes. An estimated 80 percent of people infected have no symptoms, making it difficult for pregnant women to know whether they have been infected.

The possible links, only recently suspected, have rapidly changed the risk profile of Zika, from a mild threat to one of alarming proportions.
WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan
Note:  Here's a few posts from 2014 and 2016 regarding chikungunya and dengue as mentioned in the article above. 

Jan 7, 2016 ... Diseases like Zika, dengue (breakbone fever) and chikungunya (meaning "that which bends up" because of the contorted physique of the ...
May 19, 2014 ... If You Travel, Beware of Chikungunya. The last couple of weeks I posted information about MERS and the concern over this new virus that has ...
Jun 5, 2014 ... Those rascally little mosquitoes continue to share their pain with over 100,000 people now being infected with the Chikungunya virus. I posted ...

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Who's Involved with Zika Now? WHO

As the Zika virus hits the news and the U.S. more and more, the concerns over it spreading and the affect on the population grow.  Now WHO has issued warnings regarding this new disease.  And since most people in the U.S. have not been exposed to Zika it poses an even greater risk.  Here's TIME's take on the situation.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Microcephaly and Zika Hits Hawaii

Over the last couple of weeks I posted information about concerns over the Zika virus.  Now, more cases are being confirmed in the U.S. with one case wherein a baby was born with microcephaly in Hawaii.  Follow this link to an article on MSN about what's happening with Zika.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Zika Slips Into the U.S.

I posted an article about the Zika virus a few days ago and the concerns over it entering the U.S. Now it has.  This article from Time magazine gives some details on the virus, preventive measures and what scientists are doing.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Itinerant Virus Approaching United States

A virus called the Zika virus is beginning its travels around the globe.  Initially confined mainly to Africa and Asia, last year it jumped to the Western Hemisphere affecting some one million people in Brazil.  Now it has spread to Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico and nine other countries.  The virus is a mosquito borne virus and causes flu-like symptoms.  A possible side effect (which is currently being researched and is of great concern) is that it appears to affect some newborns with microcephaly, a congenital condition wherein babies are born with abnormally small heads and incomplete brain development.  The increase in microcephaly in Brazil after the disease appeared there seems to indicate a strong connection between the disease and this condition.

The mosquito known as Aedes is the primary culprit. Diseases like Zika, dengue (breakbone fever) and chikungunya (meaning "that which bends up" because of the contorted physique of the person affected) are all spread by this mosquito.  With warmer and moister areas increasing around the globe, mosquito-borne illnesses will increase.  Itinerant viruses and even pestilence will continue to plague humans as world conditions worsen.

For more detailed information on Zika, click here.