Kyoto uses toilet etiquette signs in bid to flush out bad behaviour

1st of September 2015
Kyoto uses toilet etiquette signs in bid to flush out bad behaviour

Japan has gone to great lengths to welcome foreign visitors but for the locals of Kyoto - one of the most popular destinations - there has been a rather unwelcome side effect - stinking public toilets.

"We have seen an increasing number of people from overseas misuse our toilets based on their own cultural norms," said Chikashi Ono, an official

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ISSA names new executive director

28th of August 2015
ISSA names new executive director

Global cleaning industry association ISSA - which has its headquarters in the US - has appointed a new executive director to replace John Garfinkel, who has led the organisation for the past 25 years. He is John Barrett, who has worked in senior positions in companies including Frontenac, SMS Assist, Compass Group, Kimco Corp., York Management,

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Hygiene inspectors name UK's filthiest food stores

27th of August 2015
Hygiene inspectors name UK's filthiest food stores

The UK's filthiest supermarkets and shops have been revealed by hygiene inspectors. They have listed the 14 food stores which were given a 'zero' hygiene rating during routine checks aimed at protecting customers from food poisoning.

Among the culprits is a Tesco store in an upmarket part of London. In fact the survey results show Tesco and Asda

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Hand washing really does reduce infections, trial scheme finds

25th of August 2015
Hand washing really does reduce infections, trial scheme finds

A three-year study into the effects of hand washing on reducing illnesses has proved that the practice really does work.

The study, which involved 20,000 adults, is the first large-scale randomised test to confirm that increased hand washing leads to lower rates of infection. It looked at the impact of hand washing on rates of acute respiratory,

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Russian cosmonauts clean space station windows

21st of August 2015
Russian cosmonauts clean space station windows

Many of us do it balanced on chairs and ladders, but window cleaning is far more extreme in space, as a pair of Russian cosmonauts found when they cleaned the windows of the International Space Station (ISS) while floating 250 miles (400 km) above the Earth.

They completed their window cleaning task during a six-hour spacewalk during which they

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Hand washing awareness low among Indian doctors says study

20th of August 2015
Hand washing awareness low among Indian doctors says study

Awareness regarding hand washing and hygienic practices is low among doctors and nurses in India, according to a study by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and Lady Hardinge Medical College (LHMC).

The study found that a majority of doctors still believe cleaning hands with soap and water is the best way of ensuring hygiene even

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