Monthly Archives: January 2015

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Reasons You Should Consider Living in Brisbane

brisbaneIt is common to hear residents of Australia’s two biggest cities, Sydney and Melbourne, downplay or ignore poor Brisbane just because they believe their cities have everything and lacks nothing. While it is true that Sydney and Melbourne have plenty to offer, Brisbane has just as much or maybe even more to offer Australians when compared to its neighbours.

An Emerging Challenger

Although Brisbane did not quite live up to expectations last year, it did manage to set the stage for an impressive comeback that threatens to rival Sydney and Melbourne. A property boom looms over Brisbane as investors and homeowners escape the heat of surging prices in neighbouring cities. Instead of risking being priced out, investors are taking their money to take advantage of the huge price difference and better investment opportunities.

Convenient City Living and Transportation

Pointcorp believes the opportunities are dwindling for people having second thoughts, as residential properties, such as apartments in Brisbane, easily sell out. People are moving to Brisbane because they are tired of the mayhem of the two biggest cities. Some residents who moved to Brisbane cited that they do not want to spend hour-long commutes from home to work anymore that is why they chose to move. The city’s intricate road system allows suburban dwellers to travel easily between the main area and other suburbs.

It is Well Suited for a Family Lifestyle

Sydney residents are moving to Brisbane to find more affordable lifestyle and raise their families. More and more Sydneysiders are finding it hard to navigate through hours of bumper-to-bumper traffic in the city because it takes too much time they would otherwise be spending with their families. The rising prices of housing property also leave many Sydney families with limited options, that is why they are taking advantage of low median prices in Brisbane while they still can.

From an underrated city, Brisbane is rapidly becoming Australia’s city to watch in 2015. The promising property market, convenient city life, and relaxed family lifestyle are attracting investors and homebuyers who want to break free from the stressful hubbub of life in a big city.

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Whose Fault Is It? The 4 Most Common Causes of Car Crashes

car damagedCar accidents can be traumatic, whether they are minor or not. Even with the advancements in technology, such as seatbelts, autonomous braking, and side view assist system, the number of people who died or suffered serious injuries due to car accidents continue to rise.

This article lists down the most common causes of vehicle accidents.

Distracted Driving

This continues to be the top cause of car accidents in the United States. Eating, taking a picture, and talking on the phone with a friend may seem harmless. But, just a few seconds of divided attention can cause serious injury or death.

Being involved in a car crash can be stressful and frightening, not to mention costly. So, it pays to know how to deal with it. Miller & Steiert, P.C., a top law firm in Denver, “believe[s] that individuals, governmental entities and businesses that wrongfully injure others should be held accountable for their behavior. People who sustain severe injuries need great help and support. The medical expenses are almost always high and victims could need a long time away from work. Even if the injuries are not permanent, the road to recovery is long, difficult and often lonely.”

Drunk Driving

Statistics available shows that three people die every two hours in alcohol-related highway accidents. When you drink, you can’t focus, think, and function properly. Liquor could affect driving by causing impaired vision and reduced reaction times. This is the reason drinking alcohol is dangerous for those who are operating a vehicle. If you are going out for a drink, tell someone who is sober to be a designated driver.

Careless Driving

If there are slow and safe drivers, there are careless and reckless motorists. Aggressive drivers are those who don’t follow road rules, beat red lights, and change lanes frequently. To avoid car accidents, it’s best to keep distance and only change lanes once it is safe.

Speeding

You have already seen them on the road: drivers who feel like they are part of the “Fast and Furious” movie franchise. Many people ignore speed limits, which increases the likelihood of accidents and makes the crash severe.

Making the right choice behind the wheel is important. Those who are unaware and careless land themselves in jail.

Weight Management

Weight Management: 4 Tips to Keep Weight Off for Good

Weight ManagementSo you’ve managed to shed those extra pounds and achieved your ideal weight.

What next?

Anyone who has gone on a diet—successfully or otherwise—knows that as hard as dieting is, keeping the lost weight off is even harder. A sad trend among dieters is that they often end up weighing more than ever only a short time after finally achieving their ideal weight.

Nutritional counseling services note that dieters often make the mistake of seeing their desired weight as the end goal instead of staying fit.

Here are 4 tips to help you keep from regaining the weight you’ve worked hard to shed:

1. Stay on the Scale – Make it a point to weigh yourself regularly. This way, you can monitor if the pounds you’ve shed may be creeping back. While this, by no means, implies that you hop on it every waking hour, it pays to regularly keep a close eye on it.

2. Set a Goal – It’s always better to have a target to aim for. Do this so you won’t lose focus. In addition, it pays to place mini-goals that are easier to achieve. This can keep you going through long periods.

3. Keep Things in Writing – Knowing how far you’ve come and what you’ve accomplished can boost your morale. In fact, you should track even your derailment period. Seeing a lack of activity can motivate you to exert more effort.

4. Create a List – Jot down a list of all the things you’re not supposed to do and all the things you can’t eat. This can help you avoid all the things that have derailed you in the past, and keep you from backsliding. You can even post it in a prominent place as a constant reminder.

Losing weight is only half the battle. The other half is making sure you keep the weight off. With a positive attitude and a commitment to stay in shape, you can manage to keep those lost pounds from creeping back.

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You’ll Never Pick up a Shaker Again

saltEverybody knows that Iodine is an essential element to keep the body healthy, and its most common source is iodized salt. Nevertheless, there’s a difference between the most common and the best, and the fact is that iodized salt isn’t the best place to get iodine.

Salt =/= Iodine

First, you need to discard the myth that salt, specifically table salt, is a naturally rich source of iodine. The more direct sources of this element are actually iodine solutions, according to Green Gold Nutrition. The information regarding table salt and iodine is based on an old report by the RDA that people can satisfy their body’s iodine needs by consuming half a teaspoon of iodized salt.

What the original researchers of these findings never found, though, is that iodine can evaporate in containers. They also didn’t mention the fact that the body can’t absorb iodine in salt form very well. It’s not clear how much iodine the body really absorbs, as there are still people who deny that table salt is useless despite the evidence.

Table Salt =/= Salt

The one thing most people subconsciously know, but can’t manage to connect the dots is that what we know as table salt is actually a manufactured form of sodium: sodium chloride. Table salt does originally come from natural salt sources, but it’s heated to 1200°F to get rid of the bacteria. The downside of this process is that the salt loses around eighty of the essential elements that make it so valuable.

To compensate for the loss, manufacturers use chemicals such as potassium iodide, fluoride, and sodium bi-carbonate to mimic the taste and approximate the minerals of natural salt. The evidence for this salt processing lies in the color of the salt itself.

Naturally occurring salt isn’t white at all – it goes through a bleaching process, as most people are put off by its dark shade. Why is natural salt black? Mainly because a lot of it is residue from crude oil digging.

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Amalgam Disposal Should Not Be Mercurial: Safe Methods of Recycling and Disposal

dental amalgam fillingAs mercury is toxic, its use for any purpose has several regulations. In the dental industry, mercury is in the manufacture of dental amalgam, used as dental filling material. According to law, disposal of dental amalgam should be separate from other medical waste to avoid polluting water with mercury.

Legislation requires all dental clinics to have basic disposal practices for this element. This also governs the recycling of dental amalgam, though exact practices may differ by state.

Infectioncontrolproducts.com cites several of these below.

Amalgam and Mercury Disposal Systems
  • Amalgam Separators
    This equipment captures particles of amalgam from the waste water, to prevent it from entering the sewage system.
  • Vacuum Collection
    These pump filters hold sludge or water that contains amalgam.
  • Chair-Side Traps
    These capture amalgam wastes during procedures to place or remove amalgam fillings.
  • Plumbing Measures and Sink Traps
    An installed system that prevents amalgam accumulation, which could cause blockages in pipes.
Disposal Kits

You can buy these amalgam waste filtering products from your local dental supplies provider, and if you are unsure about the particular model for your dental service, talk to an expert. Your supplies dealer or other dentists who have recently installed dental amalgam waste management equipment in their clinics can help you make an informed decision.

Maintenance and Safe Practices

Clean and maintain amalgam waste disposal equipment to remove the accumulated material. An airtight container can collect such waste, then sent to a waste disposal or recycling company. A number of recycling companies specialize in the handling and disposal of amalgam wastes to avoid polluting the environment.

As dental amalgam contains about 50% mercury, it is wise to recycle it, or at least dispose of it properly. Federal law stipulates that these are “universal waste”, meaning that you can recycle it without a permit, although the same law states that disposal must be within a year. Specialized disposal equipment are available in most dental supply stores.

Flat Tummy

From Flabs to Abs: Tummy-Tucking

Flat TummySometimes, dieting and exercise do not immediately give you the flat abs you desire, then you could consider a tummy tuck. Known medically as abdominoplasty, this procedure is a cosmetic surgery that flattens the stomach by removing excess skin and fat, tightening the muscles in the region.

Abdominoplasty is a major surgery, so it is always better to have information about it before going under the knife. Here are a few things to know about it.

Before Surgery

Guestwell.com advises that a tummy tuck suits healthy men and women. Women who have undergone pregnancies and individuals who were once obese with loose folds of skin in the abdomen can undergo this procedure.
However, women who have chances of getting pregnant again and those who plan to lose a lot of weight must avoid this surgery. Ideally, use abdominoplasty as the last recourse for flat abs, and certainly not as a quick solution for weight loss.

Prepare for the procedure by:

•    Consulting a good cosmetic surgeon.
•    Quitting smoking and drinking at least 2 weeks before the surgery.
•    Eating balanced meals.
•    Stopping intake of other medications.
•    Preparing yourself for scarring, though the clinic will prescribe creams to diminish the scars in time.

The Surgery Proper

A tummy tuck can last anywhere between 1 and 5 hours. You will be under anaesthesia during the operation and may have to stay in the hospital overnight.

After Surgery

After abdominoplasty, follow the surgeon’s instructions to the letter for faster recovery. Limit strenuous activity and eat a balanced diet to speed up healing and avoid complications, such as infections, blood clots and bleeding under the skin.

Know what a tummy tuck is all about and then make an informed decision if you are ready to go under. You may need to consult your doctor first before undergoing any kind of surgery.

picket fences

The Best Way to Protect Success

picket fencesIf there’s one thing that separates successful people from the rest of the world, it’s their priorities. Ask any normal person on the street what they need most to succeed and they’ll probably say money or fame. Ask a successful person what the normal man needs to get ahead, and they’ll say security.After all, what’s the use of earning top dollar if you can’t keep it anyway?

In today’s world, financial security can mean different things. The digital world is a popular place to store liquefied assets, but there are still some people who insist on keeping their notes close, and have their valuables safe in their own homes.

Old Fashioned Defence

There’s nothing wrong with this approach, and it’s actually better for non-monetary items such as jewels and precious artefacts. But, most people have no idea what they’re doing when it comes to exterior defences. This is especially true when it comes to choosing gates for WA properties, according to boardwalk.com.au.

Gates are the first line of defence of any home, regardless if they have anything valuable to protect or not. Instead of adopting new technology that creates a more versatile security system, most people are content with surrounding themselves with high walls and gates. Solid structures are great against siege attacks; they don’t have much to offer for stealthy break-ins, though.

I See You

Shutter gates are actually preferable to solid ones in terms of security, because of one important quality: visuals. When a homeowner installs a solid gate, the outside world can’t see the house. That’s a double-edged sword though, as the people inside can’t see what potential intruders are doing outside either.

Shutter gates can give owners the lay of the land beyond their domain and can be built with slats too small for anyone to use as foot and hand holds. The fewer places burglars have to hide the more successful the security will become.

Comments:
  1.  Security is very important, and statistics back that up.
  2.  I guess this makes sense, seeing your enemy is definitely better than hiding from them.
  3.  Now that I think about, it’s a lot harder to sneak around when the entire neighbourhood can see you from the outside.
Business Speaker

The Secrets of Business Speakers

Business SpeakerOne of the most important, yet neglected parts of being a successful entrepreneur is being able to take care of your people. Public speakers always talk about delivering excellent service and taking risks, but none of them ever gave the advice of thinking about the people who made the machine work.

What do Employees Want?

Just as ancient civilizations were built on the backs of its people, good companies are built on the backs its employees. It just makes good business sense to take care of the things that prop the whole thing up. Still, what can employers do to make sure that happens?

The first thing managers can do is provide employees with the things that they want to get the most out of their jobs. The pay can be good, but any astute recruiter knows that money isn’t everything, especially when employees have other considerations in mind. According to Humphrey & Pace Benefit Planning, one of those considerations is health.

The Healthy Message

It’s an open secret that health benefits are one of the biggest draws in attracting fresh talent, along with keeping the old ones. A comprehensive plan does two things: first, it keeps health and attendance at optimum capacity, ensuring productivity; second, it communicates the idea that the company cares. The second point is an abstract, but important item that businesses need to recognize and use.

The worst thing a manager can do to an employee is make them feel like parts of machine that just need to get plugged in to work. An employee needs to feel that they are part of a community, have a chance for advancement, and keep themselves composed during stressful months.

This sounds like putting too much stock in a single program, but it gets the initial point across. Sustaining that point is up to how employers manage their teams after they convince them to come on board.

roller shutters

Pros and Cons of a Roller Shutter

roller shuttersIn days past, thick metal bars, electric fences and galvanised gates used to provide security for homes. These afforded protection but looked very awkward and out of place. These days there are better alternatives, such as roller shutters.

A roller shutter is increasingly popular, becoming the preference of many homeowners. This is because it offers the security of other options without being as ugly.

Here are some things you should know about these devices.

Advantages

These offer adequate protection from both burglars and the weather. They form an ideal barrier and can be a deterrent against intruders, and can protect storms, rain, winds and hail. They can also protect against burning embers from bushfires.

Most roller shutters in Perth, WA, come with automatic locking system and remote operation capabilities, and they have two varieties: electric and manually operated ones. Some roller shutters add some measure of insulation as well, especially if they cover an existing portal, thus saving energy bills.

Shutters also come in a number of styles, sizes and colours. In style, you have integrated, built-on, built-in, and door options available. Thus with this kind of protection you get functionality with style and security with beauty.

Disadvantages

Roller shutters do not have that many disadvantages compared to its alternatives, but some people feel that they are expensive. Still, if you calculate the money you save on your electricity – and the projected cost of a burglary or theft – then the cost of this kind of such a device will level out eventually.

Some also feel that if you close these, the room tends to become dark especially if there are no windows in the room. Perforated shutters however are available, which answers this problem.

Some manually operated shutters can get a little difficult to handle without proper maintenance and greasing, although most now use electric shutters.

Thus the disadvantages are surmountable issues, and more than balanced out by its advantages and the reason you need one. You will realise that this is the best method of security for your homes without going overboard.

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Straightening Your Smile Through 3D: Invisalign

invisalignA big step ahead of the braces, dental technology has advanced to give the needy an inconspicuous solution to the problem of misaligned teeth. Called Invisalign, this is available in most cities around the world, and this technology is your best bet if you want to straighten your teeth.

Here are some facts about Invisalign:

What Does Invisalign Look Like?

Invisalign is a transparent aligner that does the same as that of a conventional metal brace. These consist of a thermoplastic material, and 3D-molded and customised to suit the current teeth alignment of the patient. This will then act to align the teeth to their desired position.

How Does Invisalign Work?

To correctly align your teeth using Invisalign, a Perth dentist will recommend a series of aligners or teeth trays that you will wear for specified periods successively. Each teeth tray makes small adjustments to the position of your teeth, so that at the end of the treatment your teeth would be at the projected place.

To put it more clearly, there are two things that these aligners do to get your teeth into the right position:

• They apply controlled force to align the teeth.
• Invisalign devices also time the application of force so that during each stage it only moves certain teeth.

The exact degree of force and the timing are the results of an individualised Invisalign treatment plan.

The Big Benefit

The biggest benefit of Invisalign technology is that it is not visible at all, so no one will ever know that you wear such a contraption. In addition, the aligners have several advantages, namely:

• Easy to remove and wear.
• Do not hamper speech or eating.
• Have no wires or metal brackets that could cause irritation to your teeth or gums.

Invisalign is the friend in need of people who have crooked teeth but do not want people to know they wear braces. More than anything, this is a gentler – and more aesthetically pleasing – approach to teeth alignment.