Brightwell forms alliance with All Care

16th of August 2011
Brightwell forms alliance with All Care

Netherlands-based All Care has become the sole representative for Brightwell washroom dispensers in the Benelux and Germanic countries - following the signing of an exclusive alliance agreement last month.

Brightwell, which has its headquarters in the UK, specialises in the development of dosing systems - from soap dispensers in washrooms to

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Bill Gates wants to reinvent the toilet

12th of August 2011
Bill Gates wants to reinvent the toilet

Microsoft chairman Bill Gates is spending $43 million in a bid to reinvent the toilet.

The billionaire philanthropist's foundation wants to provide better sanitation to the developing world by creating waterless, hygienic toilets that place no reliance on sewer systems.

Sylvia Mathews Burwell, president of the Bill & Melinda Gates

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Study: 19 percent of people drop phones down toilet

8th of August 2011
Study: 19 percent of people drop phones down toilet

A Google study has revealed that nearly 40 per cent of mobile phone users take their phone to the toilet with them.

And nearly half drop their phone down the pan according to research carried out by online address book site Plaxo.

A total of 19 per cent of people who took part in the Plaxo Mobile and Online Backup Trends Study admit they have

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MITIE takes full control of SMI

3rd of August 2011
MITIE takes full control of SMI

MITIE Group, the outsourcing and building services company based in the UK, has acquired the remaining 50 per cent share of Service Management International (SMI) to take full control. It had already owned the other half of the business.

It acquired the remaining share from Klüh Service Management, based in Germany.

Founded in 2000, SMI has

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Japanese rail firm punished staff with toilet cleaning

2nd of August 2011
Japanese rail firm punished staff with toilet cleaning

A Japanese railway company has been ordered to compensate train drivers and staff for forcing them to clean toilets and cut weeds as punishment for train delays and other lapses.

The Osaka District Court ordered West Japan Railway, or JR West, to pay a total of Y6.2 million (just over 50,000 euros) to 61 train drivers and other staff for its

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Pet dog loves to sweep streets

2nd of August 2011
Pet dog loves to sweep streets

A golden retriever loves cleaning so much that he sweeps the streets while walking with his owner.

The dog became an online star in China after he was photographed using a broom to sweep up while walking in Changchun, Jilin Province.

Under owner Xu Ming's instructions, the dog runs in zigzag pattern to sweep the streets clean.

As he works, he

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