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Don't sleep in too long on Jan. 19 -- getting up early means you'll avoid unsightly bed sheet wrinkles and have the chance to spend a full "day on" by taking part in the annual Martin Luther King Day of Service.You can volunteer in your community in an informal way -- offer help to an elderly neighbor, or spend a few hours at a food bank or soup kitchen -- or participate in an organized effort like Northern New Jersey's (call 973-627-4120) or Greater Philadelphia's (visit or call 215-665-2475).Visit and click "How to Serve" to find volunteer opportunities in your area for Martin Luther King Day ... and beyond.

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'I'm Freaked Out': Man Claims a 'ghost' Haunts His Bed After His Webcam Filmed a 'floating Head' Pul
This is the moment a man used a webcam to film what he claims is a ghostly figure playing with his bed sheets, before it disappears into thin air.It is unclear where the footage was filmed, or when it was taken, but it shows a seemingly floating head pull the bed sheets up and down.The man who recorded the video said that he had seen someone 'sitting on his bed at night' and so he set-up the webcam to capture them.His stunned daughter said she was 'freaked out' by the footage, posting it to Twitter and Reddit She wrote: 'My dad has been feeling his sheets being messed with and someone sitting on his bed in the night so he set up a camera. This is what he saw.'I'm freaked the f*** out. Look at the sheets lifting up and what comes out of the side of it.'It like dissolves in to thin air??' In the black and white footage, a figure seems to pull the sheets above her father's head, as he kicks out.It then pulls them back down before seemingly disappearing, it is claimed.The bed sheets can be seen ruffling throughout the video, although the grainy footage makes it difficult to see the supposed ghost.However, viewers on Reddit were skeptical of the ghost claim.One wrote: 'Yeah that's definitely just the dad rolling over. He's pushing the covers off his arm as he's rolling over making it look like a head is vanishing when really it's just his arm.' Another said: 'Just looks like he's moving his arm and kicking his sheets out. I do believe in ghosts but I can't see anything paranormal in this video.' While a third commented: 'It's not ''the head'', it's the dad's elbow. He is stretching and his elbow pops out from under the covers as he is rolling over.'
Patients Moved Out in Bedsheets with IV After Fire in Kolkata Hospital
Nearly 250 patients were moved to safety from the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital in central Kolkata this morning after a fire broke out in one of the buildings. Ten fire engines are at the spot to control the smoke. There are no reports of any casualties.The fire started the pharmacy of the hospital.The fire department was alerted after smoke was spotted from the building that houses the pharmacy at around 8 am. Apart from the firefighters and the police, West Bengal's disaster management authority officialshave also reached the medical college."The fire began in the ground floor of the medical college at around 7.58 a.m. The reason behind the blaze is yet to be ascertained," a fire brigade official was quoted as saying by news agency IANS. Though no flames were seen, black smoke billowed from the mail building of the hospital. Medicines stocked in the dispensary have been reduced to ashes.Calcutta Medical College, on College Street, has several buildings in the complex. There was chaos and panic after the fire broke out. Many patients had to be taken out of the building in stretchers and even bed sheets with their saline drips. Some of the patients were seen lying on the floor.Some of the patients were moved out of the hospital in ambulances and taken to other state-run hospitals."I have been told that patients have been evacuated. We are looking into the incident," Kolkata Mayor Sovan Chattopadhyay said.The Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata, commonly referred to as Calcutta Medical College, was established in 1835 and is the second oldest medical college in India after Ecole de Medecine of Puducherry.In December 2011, 92 people were killed in a fire at the AMRI hospital in Kolkata.The pre-dawn blaze in the hospital in south Kolkata's Dhakuria, choked to death mostly critically ill patients -many of them in their sleep - and two nurses.
FBI: Washington Jail Staff Spot Sheets Hanging From Cell; Foil Escape Attempt
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Staffers at a jail in eastern Washington state foiled an escape attempt by spotting a 100-foot trail of knotted bed sheets hanging from the window of a cell housing a suspect in a murder-for-hire plot. They saw the rope of sheets that nearly reached the ground around 4:30 a.m. Thursday and put the Spokane County Jail on lockdown. The escape "was thwarted by the good work of the staff," FBI spokesman Frank Harrill told the Spokane newspaper The Spokesman-Review.The cell belongs to James Henrikson, a felon linked to fraud and terror in North Dakota. Authorities told CBS affiliate KREM Henrikson busted out a window and tried to use sheets as a rope to escape from the building. Trending News Trump: Millions To Be Deported Flesh-Eating Bacteria Military Housing Investigation VIDEO: Ortiz Shooting Update After finding the dangling sheets, officials moved Henrikson and a cellmate to another part of the jail. The cell window is about 4 feet tall but less than 5 inches wide, according to Spokane County Jail Commander John McGrath.He was sent to Washington state to face federal charges of ordering the killings of a business associate that owed him nearly $2 million and his former trucking company employee.Since both inmates in the cell are federal inmates, the FBI is investigating, reports KREM. Inmates have regular weekly access to clean bedding as well as dirty laundry hampers located in their housing units, the station reports.Spokane county officials told KREM it's not clear if one or both of the inmates in the cell were involved with the escape attempt.In February, authorities investigated after another inmate reported that Henrikson planned to escape by having a team attack a U.S. Marshals Service van with guns, grenades and gasoline, according to court records. Prosecutors allege that Henrikson attempted to recruit others to assist in escaping the jail in return for a hefty cash payment, reports the station.Last September, Henrikson was indicted on murder-for-hire charges in the deaths of Doug Carlile and Kristopher "K.C." Clarke in Washington state. He was extradited to Washington from a North Dakota jail, where he was being held on illegal weapons charges.The indictment came nine months after Carlile, 63, was shot in the kitchen of his house in an upscale Spokane neighborhood after returning from church, and 2½ years after Clarke, 30, was last seen at Henrikson's trucking company, Blackstone LLC. Clarke's body has never been found. Henrikson, 36, formerly of Watford City, North Dakota, has told investigators that Carlile owed him nearly $1.9 million for their dealings in Kingdom Dynamics, an oil development firm.The indictment also alleges that Henrikson conspired to kill three other people.Ken Coburn, who was working out near the jail around 6 a.m. Thursday, said he was surprised to see the knotted-together bed sheets hanging from one of the jail's windows."That's the oldest trick in the book, next to putting a file in a cake," he said.
Teen Held After Mum's Body Found in Suitcase
The half-naked body of an American tourist has been discovered in a suitcase on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali - prompting the arrest of her daughter and daughter's boyfriend.The body of Sheila von Wiese Mack was found stuffed into the blood-smeared suitcase in the boot of a taxi in front of the five-star St Regis hotel in Nusa Dua.The 62-year-old was found with several wounds to her head and a doctor who examined her said it appeared as if she had put up a struggle.Police said the suitcase had been wrapped in a bed sheet and sealed up with tape.Local police chief Djoko Hari Utomo told reporters that Ms Mack had been staying in the hotel with her daughter, Heather, 19, and her daughter's boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, 21.Both have been arrested on suspicion of murder.Police investigations have found that Ms Mack was recorded on CCTV arguing with Mr Schaefer in the lobby of the hotel.The argument was filmed on Monday night, the day Mr Schaefer joined his girlfriend and her mother, who had arrived together several days before.Mr Utomo said that the next day the couple booked a taxi and loaded all the bags into the boot, asking the taxi driver to wait while they checked out.When they hadn't returned after a two-hour wait, he alerted hotel security staff who found spots of blood on the suitcase and suggested the taxi driver head to a police station.It was at the station that he suitcase was opened and the body discovered.They were later arrested on Wednesday morning at a hotel in Bali's Kuta area, about 10km(six miles) awayMr Utomo told AFP: "This is murder, and we will decide from our investigation whether it is premeditated or spontaneous."The victim's body has been taken to the main hospital in Denpasar, the capital of Bali.A doctor said she had several wounds to the head which appeared to have been caused by "blunt tools".A spokesman for the US embassy in Jakarta said they were "aware of the death of an American citizen that took place in Bali and we understand that two individuals have been arrested in connection with the case".The StRegisHotel is one of the most exclusive in Bali with rooms starting at $470 (£250) a night. According to its website it offers a 24-hour butler service.
What Is Housekeeping in the Hotel
Housekeeping means performing all the duties towards cleaning & maintaining of a house or a business property like the hotel. The housekeeping duties involve maintaining the hotel in the best possible state in terms of cleanliness and keeping it at highly desirable for customers.The concept of housekeeping in the hotel is looking simple. But it becomes a huge task when considers maintaining a house of several hundred rooms. Housekeeping in a hotel is a very difficult job that includes many tasks to keep rooms & hotel areas clean & fresh. Housekeeping is a physical and very tiring job. The role of housekeeping is to keep clean, comfortable, and safe house. Typically, in this case, housekeepers were responsible for cleaning many rooms per shift.Hotel housekeeping is the most hectic task for the hoteliers but if that's not done nicely then the hoteliers should not think of making it to the top. Badly maintained rooms can never attract more & more customers.Hotel management should ensure that cleanliness is maintained at all places in public areas such as the lobby, lifts, parking, swimming pool etc. Coffee shop, conference hall, banquet hall, and restaurants should also have to be well maintained.The primary role of the hotel's housekeeping department is cleaning guest rooms. The housekeeper should clean rooms and areas before, during and after a guest has used the hotel's room. The housekeeping is responsible for tidiness, maintenance and cleanliness of the whole area. Housekeepers are also responsible for cleaning and sanitizing guest rooms before & after the guest leaves the room.Hotel survives on the sale of rooms, food and beverages, and other minor operating services, such as laundry, health club, business centre etc. It is responsible for guest check-in and check-out, mail and information services. Hence housekeeping performs more work in guest rooms and areas to provide a clean, comfortable environment for guests to enjoy. Customer's heart can only be won by the clean and healthy way.The housekeeping department usually has an Executive housekeeper, an assistant housekeeper & a floor Manager. Without these employees, a common areas and rooms would never be clean. Housekeeping departments also have supervisors who inspect work and several types of line staff, including room attendants, laundry attendants & other working staffs. Stacking towels, bed sheets, pillowcases, table napkins separately into different sections of shelves is also a duty of room attendants.Hotels are usually designed for the comfort of their guests rather than their housekeeping staff. This fact makes it very difficult to improve working conditions for housekeepers. It also performs the duties pertaining to the decoration of hotel premises. It takes care of repairing types of furniture, and painting of the Hotel area.Cleanliness decides which hotel clients should go to and which hotel they should not. Efficient housekeeping in a hotel makes more customers.Room attendants generally use a cart to hold their tools. Carts are stocked with chemicals and cleaning materials to clean surfaces in guest rooms and bathrooms. They clean by the vacuum cleaner, broom and trash bag. Teamwork can provide more evenly distributed muscular work. The whole team is involved in the planning of the work. Floors, walls, windows, mirrors, and bathrooms are adequately cleaned.Housekeeping generates the first impression on a guest's mind. Housekeeping takes the pride in keeping the hotel clean and comfortable so as to create a home away from home. Housekeepers are also responsible for other areas, such as public restrooms, convention space and offices. Clean room and clean surroundings make a happy customer. A well-planned cleanliness program should be maintained by the Hotel to win the heart of customers. To attract guests and remain competitive, hotel management pursues a policy that everything should be so clean & it sparkles by the customers.
Bed Bugs - Get Rid of Them Now!
Killing Bed Bugs Many people have lived most of their lives without seeing once of these nasty little creatures. But in recent years there has been a resurgence of these pesky little bugs that is almost akin to an epidemic.Bed bug infestations are showing are turning up in homes, condos, apartments, hotels, motels and dormitories. It is generally agreed that while their bite is a nuisance, it is not a health hazard since they do not carry diseases.This is why the Public Health Departments are slow in reacting to the bed bug epidemic. Of the larger cities only Boston and San Francisco have declared them a public nuisance and enacted regulations for dealing with infestations.Part of the problem with dealing with the bed bug is that many pest control professionals don't know how to treat for them. Most will treat an infestation the same way that they would a cockroach problem and that just doesn't work. The other part problem that the bed bug is highly resistant to many chemicals that are used to kill other pests.What Is A Bed Bug?The actual bug is small, usually the adult is only ¼ of an inch or less. They are also flat so they can hide in cracks and crevices during the day. They survive by feeding on the blood of warm blooded hosts. This is why bed bugs will usually be found near the sleeping areas though sometimes they are also found in chairs or sofas.They hide during the day to avoid light and will generally come out only at night when they bite and suck blood out of their victims.You can sometimes smell the waft of a foul odor if there is a large infestation. Pull up the bed sheets from a corner and check along the mattress seams. If the area is infested, you will see dark spots from their waste or blood from crushed bugs. You might even see an actual bed bug.How Do You Kill Them?It is because they are so shy of the light and expert hiders that it is so hard to get rid of bed bugs. You must use a multi-pronged approach.Just remember that having bed bugs is not usually a statement about the cleanliness of your home. They are just an opportunistic invader that you can kill if you use the right methods.
Is a Duvet a Comforter Or a Comforter a Duvet?
What is the difference between a duvet and a comforter? This is a question I often encounter in my daily business so let me take a little time to address in a detailed manner. The difference has often confounded many people, one is often mistaken for the other, but there is quite a stark contrast between the two.A comforter is a blanket that is usually thick and fluffy and made with layers of fabric. It is often colorfully adorned with patterns and usually dyed, not made with embroidery like like a quilt. It is usually filled with synthetic fiber. It "acts" as a bedspread and does not need a cover. It's usually washed when dirty much like normal bed sheets.A Duet (french for "down"), on the other hand, is simply a cloth bag filled with down feathers and down. In the States a "duvet cover," which is the correct term to use, is called a "duvet", while in Europe and Canada a down comforter is often called a duvet.A duvet cover is a protective, usually decorative cover that slips over the down comforter/duvet. It can be said that it is a pillowcase that acts like a blanket. Duvets can be wonderful when the quality is good, very warm when needed, but not exceedingly so.For final clarification; the main difference between the these closely related bed clothing is that a duvet has a cover with down inside that is placed inside a more decorative cover. The idea behind this is that you remove the outer shell and wash that alone. The duvet often replaces flat bed sheet so you only need the fitted sheet. The inner part of the duvet is rarely washed. A comforter, on the other hand is just one piece that cleaned by itself. Some comforters are usually to large to fit a domestic washer and often taken out for cleaning.Quality is usually the deciding factor about which is more comfortable. It also depends on how warm you need be. Most comforters are made of synthetic fillers but some are made of down. Down breathes, much better and synthetic materials are know to make you sweaty. However, some people are allergic to feathers and will have to settle with the synthetic fills, which can have varying degrees of comfort depending on the kind of materials used.
Bed Sheet Washing Tips - How to Wash Sateen Sheets
Fortunately, cotton towels are very easy to care for. Just throw them in the washing machine with your favorite laundry detergent and put them in warm water for best results. Dry in the machine or in the washing machine over low or medium heat and remove from the dryer immediately to reduce wrinkles. It is really very easy to take care of your luxurious cotton towels.Is global warming a scam?No. The government is not scamming us. It's very real. You people can thumb down my answer, but it really does not back up your pathetic conspiracy theoriesGlobal Warming Question?(1) If global warming is real, dangerous, and man-caused (3 separate questions), then everyone is a stakeholder. (2) If we are going to do something about it planet-wide (whether or not it's real, dangerous, and/or man-caused), then again, everyone is a stakeholder. (3) Companies that can make a profit from it, such as Al Gore's carbon-trading company. (4) Research institutions that get grants on the subject, such as East Anglia University.Is global warming a myth?No! it's sure about that. You could lots of relevant details onlineGlobals warming theorists says when its warm or hot its caused by global warming?Yup, way to cover their behinds, right? I mean, they are right either way, believe them and allow them to be in charge of our lives, they know what is best. Silly liberals, they are all the sameWhat is Global Warming and what are the major reasons for Global Warming?Al Gore eating at Taco BellIs global warming true or not?Real and a GOOD thing that it happens. If it did not we would be like Mars here. Man has nothing to do with a natural earth cycle that has been going on since the time began. Also the biggest greed...I mean green house gas is WATER VAPOR...I.E. CLOUDS...But you can not tax those, huh?Global Warming: Real or Not?its not real. ok? its just not.Is global warming real?NO! you people r freak n retarded! if you anything, then u would see that ice caps are melting but they r also forming. a volcano erupting gives off more carbon dioxide than we have in our whole existance. Now scientists are saying we "fixed" the ozone layer and now itz green house gasses. CRAP! they r paying scientists to say this and if you say u do not think this is true. scientists get fired. people r so stupid and nieve! im sorry but itz the hard truthwhat is global warming?Global Warming is a giant can of worms. The impacts Of Global warming are great rifts in many general points of view ,Splitting humanity apart philosophically,politically and socially. Not to speak of the physical & mental.aspects concerning all life on Earth . We need more categories There are several main frames that include CLIMATE CHANGE, Global Warming ?, Global warming and People , People and Climate change(yes) ---------------------------------------------------------------- 1)A lot of people are into the physics of Global warming. Its existence(true or not), Its causes, Its meanings , Its timings. 2)Some try to Explain ,Deny or Justify that . 3)Others want to be blissful in ignorance and will fight hard to maintain that. 4)And some sell this view for other more devious motives 5)Some don, t give a damn for the planet but are more concerned with Humanity, as if the two can be separated 6)Others are concerned about the planets present conditions in relation to life as a whole,and what has caused so much damage in the past as well as, and accelerating today ,that with intelligence ,foresight and ingenuity could have been prevented. This is the undeniable Human factor.the desertification s ,deforestations ,pollutions,the pillaging s of Nature and the vast changes made on this planets surface . We have all together here opened a giant can of worms,that appears to increase in complication daily There are NO single explanations Take your pick of any of the many views that are given.IS global warming real?Of course it is!About Global Warming?Tell every government official that represents you (at local, state, and federal levels) that you want nuclear power promoted as an clean, safe, cheap, alternative energy source. It's the simplest and by far the most effective thing you can do.
Time to Add Some Great Drapes to Your Interiors
Are you planning to give your living a room a great makeover anytime soon? If so, you must check window & door curtains online along with some amazing range of bed sheets online to enhance the overall look of your room. Drapes and curtains form a very important element of your space. Whatever the season it be, you need to ensure that you have the right drapes for you to provide you warmth and comfort.If you are still confused about adding the perfect drapes to your interiors, here are some of the draping ideas that will help you pool the right look there:1. Going for the smarter blend of drapes This season is talking all about minimalism and industrialism where the smarter blends are taking the industry by a storm. Well, here you think of the polished drapes shuttered by their smart features while you pull out various choices. The subtle glow that these drapes will provide you will bring off the chic aesthetics in your home. These kinds of drapes are available in many styles and they are here only to create a modern styled appeal that is realistic, practical and enticing in all its looks.2. Think about brown this time Well, this year is ruling the interior world with the various ethnic and wooden finishes. The best of the living room trends are inspired by the wooden forests of winters where the brown is peeping from the soothing white snow. This trend is going to stay there for long and cause a new revolution in the draping style of our interiors.Nowadays, brown curtains with a hint of heavy work are in trend. These kinds of curtains are creating a textured shadow around the house that helps to keep the sunlight away and even protect you from strong winds during winters.3. The softness is going to rule the home front One more iconic trend that we want to talk about is the soft drapes. Softness always rules the world and the soft flow will provide an elegant look to your interiors for sure. When it comes to soft upholstery, there is nothing better than linen. Linen is a lightweight dyed fabric in pastel hues to match your entire theme and provide a subtle look along with its amazing tailoring. These drapes are popular because they are the most absorbent fabric available in town.4. The natural hues will look the best Well, last but the least we would like to introduce you to the natural shades like coral, tangerine and so on. The different tints and shades of corals are assumed to be ruling the drapery world. The shades like plum, russet, damson are there to brighten up your living.You can go for a simple look or adopt a drape which is tinted with fresh and dainty florals that gives you a feel of a tropical ambiance.We hope that this guide would be a great help to you once you start hunting for your drapes this year.The writer has rich experience in writing on decor and lifestyle products with keen interest in rich fabrics and knowledge about a great range of bed sheets and curtains designs.
Police Investigating Violent, Hate-fueled Messages Left in Calgary Community
Police believe two hate-fuelled messages threatening violence against two women in a southeast neighbourhood are linked.In the early hours of Saturday morning, hateful messages with racist overtones- seemingly authored by the same person- were left at a pair of Deer Run and Queensland area homes, one accompanied by a cantaloupe-sized rock that smashed through a living room window while a single mom and her teenage twins slept inside.The 40-year-old mom named Candice, whose last name Postmedia agreed not to publish, was shocked to discover not only the vandalism, but a note left outside along with a ceramic pig on her doorstep. The note included a threat to burn her house down with a Molotov cocktail because she had supported incumbent Mayor Naheed Nenshi in October's civic election."You are a Muslim sympathizer pig and you will pay.I was that close to the window with a molatov (sic) instead," read a portion of the note scrawled in a black marker."The police won't protect you. They are not going to post someone to watch you 24/7, 365 for the next seven years."The note ordered her to move from her home of five years, seek "forgiveness" by erecting a sign bearing the author's symbol- a Canadian flag with a red cross in place of the Maple Leaf- or have her house burned down "in the next few years.""The violence of that note, and even the violence of throwing the rock- it's very disturbing," Candice said."I feel a lot less safe than usual but I will not let this shake me, or scare me."The note that was left with the rock was signed "Integra - He who stands for the integrity of Canada."Candice was targeted shortly after an unknown individual spray painted vulgar grafitti on a bus used by a local charity that provides haircuts for homeless people.Its owner, Misty Wind Shingoose, discovered the vandalism along witha threatening note scrawled on a white bed sheet left on her lawn.The message, which called her "Misty the Liar" suggested it was written by the same person who had initiated the towing of the bus parked in front of her house last month. It was later returned with the fine lifted, when the Calgary Parking Authority learned it was used for charitable purposes."Your lies to the news have not gone unpunished," it read in part. "I hope you like the changes to your bus."The note's language targeted Shingoose's Aboriginal heritage and threatened to sexually assault and kill her. Both included the same Canadian flag with a cross symbol.Staff Sgt. Paul Wyatt, with the Calgary police community and youth services section, said the incidents, believed to have unfolded between 1 and 3 a.m., are thought to be the work of one person."Based on what we know, we believe those two incidents to be connected," he said. "They're certainly hateful messages."Despite the messages, police don't believe people living in the communities targeted should feel threatened."I don't think there's anything that the neighbourhood should be particularly be concerned about," Wyatt said, adding he doesn't expect increased police patrols in the area."We spoke (to the women targeted) at length, so we gave them some instructions and some safety planning- I'm comfortable that they're safe."Shingoose said she's troubled police don't seem to be taking the threats seriously."It's really concerning to me that they're not considering upping their patrols or canvassing houses like we're planning to do," she said."We're sitting ducks literally in our own neighbourhood, in our own homes," she said.Wyatt said police are asking anyone with information or video of the evening in question to come forward to help with the investigation.Police are also planning to talk to a man who allegedly made racist remarks during a separate incident at a Superstore over the weekend.
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