Singapore starts campaign for cleaner toilets

SINGAPORE – Singapore plans to give its toilet cleaners more potty training.

Already famous for its spotless streets, Singapore is stepping up a campaign against filthy restrooms: The government has initiated a training program to boost the status and skills of the city-state’s toilet cleaners, a newspaper reported Thursday.

More than 50 toilet cleaners will be promoted to “restroom specialist” upon completing the three-day pilot course taught by Japanese experts in the latest toilet technology, The Straits Times reported.

The program, sponsored by the city-state’s National Trades Union Congress and the Singapore-based World Toilet College, aims to boost the image and wages of professional toilet cleaners by training them to do more on the job.

The college has flown in three top Japanese trainers to conduct the course on improving cleaning techniques and technical expertise to the initial group of 51 cleaners.

Blinking beer ad leads to hotel evacuation

PLYMOUTH, Ind. – The beer ad attracted attention – but not in the way Pabst Blue Ribbon had intended.

A bartender called police because he thought a blinking red light was a bomb, resulting in the evacuation of 35 people from a resort hotel.

Guests were allowed back in their rooms less than an hour later, after a sheriff’s officer determined the light was part of a Pabst Blue Ribbon ad. The ad was suction-cupped to the window of the Sam Snead restaurant in Swan Lake Resort.

The bartender called authorities about the suspicious flashing light at 12:30 a.m. Monday, and guests were evacuated about six minutes later, said Doug Leedke, general manager of the resort in Plymouth, 25 miles south of South Bend.

The false alarm is a sign of the times, Leedke said.

“Our employee saw something unusual and reported it,” he said.

Police say drunk man nearly destroyed engine

BALDWIN PLACE, N.Y. – William Collins was going nowhere fast.

Collins was drunk and had passed out at the wheel of his parked, running van in a lot, according to police in upstate New York. They said his foot was flooring the accelerator for so long that the smoking engine nearly blew up.

When troopers could not awaken the 37-year-old Collins, they broke the van’s window and shut off the motor. One trooper cut his hand in the process and needed stitches. Collins was charged with driving while intoxicated.

“By the time the troopers responded, the guy’s engine was about to blow up,” said Sgt. Joseph Lutz of the state police.

From Herald news services

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