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World News The Cat’s Out Of The Bag On Pest Control

Pest control can be a real pain, costing a lot of time, money and effort, but it seems that China has come up with a unique approach to the problem. According to reports, Beijing's Forbidden City have a policy of keeping almost 200 cats at the Imperial Palace Complex, to keep rats and vermin away from the cultural relics.

While stray cats are an annoyance for residents in the rest of capital, the museum curators have neutered over 180 felines in the last fi ve years, some of them which are even rumoured to be descendants of royal pets, according to museum offi cial, Ma Guoqing.

The Tom-and-Jerry approach may seem somewhat odd, but it’s proving to be very effective. Ma commented: “They are a powerful deterrent to museum rats and we have not found

a single piece of a cultural relic damaged by cat claws.”

The museum vaccinates the cats, gives them vitamins, and lets them stay inside in cold weather. The one downside is that the cats could pose a threat to visitors, and their excrement is defi nitely an eyesore, so while pest control is at its peak, cleanliness is taking a backseat.

A Nasty Surprise

Some unusual things can be found during the daily cleaning grind, but one resident of Nimbkar society, from the Mulund Colony in Mumbai, got a nasty fright when she discovered a 6ft cobra in the comode of her bathroom.

Shilpa Desai had gone to clean the bathroom when she felt something unusual and noticed that her toiletries had been strangely scattered around the washroom. She telephoned her husband Vipul to come and investigate, when the cobra started to creep out the toilet like something out of a horror movie.

Panic-stricken, the family locked the toilet door and called for help, and the cobra was taken to be released into the forest nearby. Offi cials believe that he might have entered the bathroom through the sewer line.

Cold Jet Opens New Office in Madrid to Meet Global Needs

Office Staffed with Commercial Director and Parts and Service Technician Cold Jet®, the global leader in dry ice manufacturing and dry ice cleaning solutions, announced the opening of their newest global offi ce in Madrid, Spain. The offi ce, located at 28223 Pozuelo de Alarcón, in the high growth area of Somosaguas, is just 15km away from the historical center of Madrid.

“We opened the Madrid offi ce to support the Spanish and Portuguese markets directly, with a plan for further expansion in the southern Europe territories, including Italy, Greece and the Balkan countries,” said Wim Eeckelaers, Global Business Director & Commercial Director EURAF of Cold Jet. “Also, due to the large number of sales in the last 10 years via Praxair (our distributor) we realized the need for local maintenance and support in order to serve our customer base more effi ciently.”


The offi ce will stock the full range of Cold Jet dry ice cleaning systems, and have onsite sales and service staff trained in the utilization, inspection, maintenance and repair of Cold Jet systems. Cold Jet Madrid shares a three story building (Foro de Somosaguas) with construction companies, language academies and marketing and communication agencies.

Carlos Sainz is the Commercial Director for Southern Europe; prior to joining Cold Jet, he served as an advisor for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). He also held multiple analyst positions within Caja Madrid in the Risk Admission and Organization departments, as well as a trader position in

Carlos Sainz

Allfunds Bank. Carlos holds a degree in Business Administration, majoring in Finance, from Centro Universitario de Estudios Financieros (CUNEF) in Madrid and speaks Spanish, English and French fl uently.

Raúl Hernández is the Parts and Service Technician. Prior to joining Cold Jet, Hernández served as a Technician Salesman for Telce and held many Technical Industrial Engineer positions, most recently for ThyssenKrupp Elevators in Spain. Raúl has 10 years of experience in dry ice cleaning and holds a Technical Industrial Engineering degree from the University of Salamanca – Béjar in Spain, and speaks Spanish and English.

Raúl Hernández

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