Communicate for a Successful Relationship

It’s a well-known fact that communication is a key ingredient in a successful marriage. Without effective communication, a couple is unable to discuss important issues and resolve their disagreements. This can often lead to feelings of detachment, anger or resentment in the long term. Although I refer to communication in relationships these tips are equally important in any important relationship in your life.

Communication can be tough, especially if it is with someone you have been in a relationship with for a long time. After a while, couples get comfortable with each other and, as a result, the level of communication tends to decrease. Assuming your partner already knows something or not taking the time to communicate with them can lead to a relationship breakdown over time.

Comfort should not equal less communication. There are many issues that may arise if you don’t keep yourself open and make an effort to communicate with your partner. Follow these simple tips to keep the communication lines open between you and your partner.

1. Never Assume
It’s important not to assume something unless you’ve communicated directly with your partner about it. This could be anything from a roster of household chores, to making assumptions about the way your partner thinks or feels about a particular issue. If you’re unsure, ask your partner and avoid arguments or misunderstandings.

2. Say what you mean
If you have something to say, say it. But make sure you’re clear with your communication and that you’re actually getting the right message across. There’s nothing more confusing (and frustrating) than receiving conflicting messages from your partner. In some cases, it may even help to write your thoughts and feelings on a piece of paper. By writing it down you are able to construct your thoughts in a clear and concise way and ensure you’re getting all the important bits of information across.

3. Don’t be afraid of a disagreement
If you disagree with something your partner has said or done, you should let them know in a calm and reasonable manner. Don’t avoid these conversations for fear of a disagreement. While a disagreement may be difficult to deal with in the short term, an open dialogue about such issues will do wonders for your relationship in the long run. By staying quiet about issues that are important to you, you will only become resentful and angry.

4. Communicate the good, not just the bad
Communication in relationships is not just important when there is an issue to address. If you have something good to say about your partner, say it loud and often. By communicating feelings of love and appreciation with your partner you will nurture the love and trust in your relationship.

5. Make time to communicate
With work and kids and extra curriculum activities it’s easy to see how some couples can’t find the time to communicate with each other. It’s very important you set aside some time on a regular basis to reconnect and communicate with your partner. This may be every day or simply on a weekly basis. Make sure you shut off all electronics and remove yourself from distractions to really focus on what each other has to say.

AusPsychology offers professional counselling services to people having communication difficulties. Their experienced counsellors can help you improve your communication skills and work towards better relationships with your partner or significant others. If you would like to talk to someone about relationship counselling Brisbane, contact AusPsychology today.

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Gas Fitters

Gas fitters are qualified to install and repair natural gas fixtures and appliances. Gas fitters also install related equipment like gas meters, regulators, valves and burners, ensuring that the fixtures and appliances will use gas efficiently and safely. As well as installing pipes and fittings for gas systems, gas fitters also disconnect equipment where necessary, and are able to provide services in residential, commercial or industrial settings. Gas fitters also complete installation of LPG systems in boats and caravans.

Performing a range of tasks related to the repair of gas systems, gas fitters need to consider assignments carefully and plan ahead. Before carrying out an installation, gas fitters need to study and interpret plans, drawings or technical specifications detailing the scope of the project and the materials that will be required to complete the job. They need to have a good understanding of the general plan in order to measure and mark the location where gas lines and equipment will be placed.

Gas fitters must test the pipes that will be used for the gas systems. They cut openings in the walls to place gas pipes after positioning the meters and regulators. These are then measured precisely and bent to link the gas meter to the appliance. The gas fitter also installs the remaining equipment and components, including the burners, valves, automatic controls, flues and vents. Gas fitters also test the gas system by turning on the gas and checking the pipes for leaks, using special gas detection devices. Once final testing has been carried out and the control mechanisms have been adjusted, the gas fitter’s installation work is complete.

In regards to their role in the maintenance of gas systems and appliances, gas fitters may give clients informations on how to utilise and maintain the gas appliances in a correct, efficient and safe way. Gas fitters also provide repair and maintenance services for gas appliances, pipes and/or associated equipment when necessary, and will generally offer a 24/7 service in the case of emergencies like split pipes and leaking gas.

A gas fitter must be qualified and licensed. Formal training is essential in order to obtain qualification, and a number of licenses exist that a gas fitter can have, including permits, authorisations and certificates of competency.

If you are looking for a competent gas fitter for Hot Water System Repairs Brisbane, then contact Smart State Plumbing Services today via their web site.

If you are looking for a competent gas fitter for Hot Water System Repairs Brisbane, then contact Smart State Plumbing Services today via their web site.

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How to stop the flood of election junk mail?

reduce-junk-mail-political-partiesAnywhere on Earth, whether it is a Presidential, State, Local Council or Federal election, your mailbox will groan with the weight of materials aimed at winning your vote. It might be the electronic age, but it seems that a letter in your letterbox is still considered the most efficient way of getting a message across.

While an informed electorate is essential to the democratic process, there appears to be a glut of over-sending of junk mail for political purposes – and no clear way on how to solve this. What’s worse, the content of most of the political flyers is simply mudslinging about their opponents with no intellectual substance. Is anyone else reminded of children in the playground?

How can you help stop this frivolous waste of paper? Imagine the strain on our environment and the large volume of greenhouse gases generated from all the trees cut down, printing and transport of the materials. Grab a cup of tea or your water bottle and let’s get down to it.

We know in Australia that material that is deemed to be political, educational, religious and charitable is exempt from “No Junk Mail” signed letterboxes according to standards developed by the Australian Catalogue Association. So there is no way to stop it being dumped in your letterbox along with the other junk mail catalogues enticing you to buy all sorts of stuff you don’t really need. It is likely the same in other countries.

Step 1. Incorrectly addressed political mail
Much of your mail may be addressed to past occupants of the house. You need to “return this to sender” with the note “no longer at this address”.

Step 2. Contact every political party or politician that is mailing you
There is no central database so you will need to call the office of each individual sender and ask to be removed from their mailing list. Remember to be polite! You catch more bees with honey than vinegar.

Step 3. National Standard to stop political junk mail
Write a letter to the Electoral Commission asking them to implement a National Standard to limit the volume of pieces each political party is allowed to put in each household’s letterbox.

Step 4. Polling day
Don’t forget to recycle any materials you are given on the day – often the Greens Party has a box at the booths for such materials on polling day!

Written by Tracey Bailey, Director of Biome Eco Stores in Brisbane, specialists in water bottles and eco friendly, reusable choices for your home, body and lifestyle.

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Working Files and Graphic Design

Graphic design professionals design various graphic works for logos, brands, publications, product packaging and advertisements. The graphic works are designed with the help of graphic file formats such as EPS, PNG, GIF and JPG. All the above graphic file formats are known as the bitmap graphics which consist of thousands of small colored squares or pixels in the form of a checkerboard grid. Bitmap files are output by digital cameras and cell phones, and these files can be created, resized, optimized and edited easily to use in web programs. Most of the web browsers use JPG and GIF file formats as they compresses the size of the file for the efficient delivery of files through the internet.

GIF file formats are used for the creation of web graphics. GIF files support only 256 colors, and can be used in almost all the computer platforms. EPS file formats are used to create images with duotone/monotones and clipping paths. JPG file format is used for web graphics with great amount of gradations and colors. PNG is a file format created to overcome the limitations of GIF. PNG file formats provide lossless compression without any copyright limitations.

Working file formats are of two types- original as well as derivative files. Original files are the JPEG files or raw (unrendered) files that are created by the camera, whereas derivative files are created out of the original files. The rendered as well as unrendered formats are used as the working file formats. Raw files are used with PIE software and the rendered files are used both in pixel editing software and PIE. The JPEG file cannot be used as the working file because of the lossy compression. Working files cannot display graphics properly as they are mainly used for printing the documents. Working files cannot display quality images as required by the web based programs.

Working files are normally used for storing and viewing documents, notes etc. The different working file formats are .DAT, .DCF, .DCT, .DO, .DOC, .DTA, .FRQ, .FRW, .MAP, .SAS, .SD2, .SPS and .WRN. The working files can be included in a .ZIP file which contains a data file, different definitions of the date and other such documentation. The file types will differ according to the file format and the data type included. You can extract the working files from the .ZIP file. With the help of Winzip or PKUNZIP, you can extract the working files. Working files are primarily used for documentation, but design studios are creating graphics for various needs. It is not possible to create graphics using the working files. Hence, professional designers do not release working files.

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Shrink film – it is everywhere

Manufacturers across the divide continue to produce quality products. We are all too familiar, with the attractive transparent packaging of toys, imported fruits, clothes, pens amongst other things. Unlike the previous times, customers can still have a glimpse into their prospective purchases, carefully examining them without necessarily compromising their state or quality (food).

It is as a result of these demands that the shrink film was developed. In the formative years; we were all accustomed to the brown paper bags which had our tree population on the decline. Subsequent move to the opaque store-name-christened polythene was a further disservice. Then came the perfect solution to all these problems, the shrink film.Initially, the shrink film was exclusively made from PVC (Polyvinylchloride).This is a plastic polymer (third most used plastic in the world) that had the capability of sealing products with a thin layer of plastic sheet. These sheets were often transparent to allow the customer have a view of the product.

The sheet would be wrapped over the product and passed over a heat tunnel or a heat gun. Normally, the length or circumference of the product would be measured, 10% of this value would be added then the sum is divided by two, this would give the size of PVC shrink wrapping to be used. PVC has the ability to shrink by 40% percent giving the packaging a tight grip of the product.

However, with time it was noticed that PVC could release small amounts of hydrogen chloride giving the products a characteristic smell in addition to poisoning. The sealers also would have small carbon deposits. The presence of a plasticizer in PVC had the drawback of hardening and shrinkage during cold weather and extreme stetching with subsequent temperature increases.

These drawbacks meant a suitable shrink film devoid of a plasticizer be developed. Polyolefin was found to have the packaging abilities of PVC but lacked the setbacks that faced the latter. It became a preferred choice of packaging. Offering a stronger seal and fewer odours. Its lack of plasticizer meant no physical changes to the shrink film. It would become the perfect storage solution; all weather .Lack of chlorine in its polymer meant no hydrogen chloride previously characteristic of PVC.

However, while its predecessor PVC enjoys machine compatibility and low cost purchases, polyolefin is the opposite, it remains relatively expensive and hard to use alongside machines.PVC on the other hand remains a suitable choice for manufacturers who don’t deal with edible products. Owing to its cheap price and machine compatibility it is a manufacturers darling.

It is of note that, both polymers are ideal for different packaging purposes. The choice of a shrink wrap is determined by the product, budget and level of technology the producer in question has.

The undeniable fact is, packaging being the cornerstone of branding and advertising can be responsible for high sales volume or the reverse. Manufacturers and producers alike are today faced with the tough task of choosing the ideal packaging material. In the end the functionality of the shrink wrap can only be determined by the manufactures and producers.

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The Importance of Testing and Tagging Electrical Equipment

Electrical wiring and equipment is a large source of hazards in a workplace. In fact, about eighty percent of all fire-related incidents recorded in different parts of the world are caused by faulty electrical wiring of electrical and electronic equipment.

This could have been avoided if the building owners have complied with the test and tag requirements.

In the US, the Occupational health and safety Act mandates all workplace to be periodically tested by professionals through proper testing and tagging of electrical equipment. This is to ensure that they meet safety standards. The regular inspections are found to reduce the risk of electric shocks and short circuiting.

The Australian government also have the same requirement for offices to ensure that all electrical appliances are properly functioning and maintained. Test and tagging in the country is also called portable appliance testing or PAT. The process includes the inspection of damage, insulation, and resistance.

And though the significance of this practice is often neglected by other countries, the importance of electrical equipment test and tag is continuously underscored.

Note that every power installation weakens over time as a result of oxidation and normal wear and tear. This alone shows the importance of testing and tagging.

Routine tests ensure that all the utility equipment is properly functioning. Professionals also oversee the insulation of the appliances to do away with possible electrical dangers. As a result, potential loss of property from fire-related mishaps can be avoided.

In turn, the employees are also more confident that they are working in a safe environment. This always translates to having more productive group of people geared towards the success of the company. More importantly, employers who actively foresee possible injury and dangers can lower their liabilities.

This means that building owners can be spared from dealing with expensive legal suits that may be filed by the victims against them, should any accident happen within the premises of the company.

On top of this advantage, having regular test and tag also lowers the price of paying for insurance premiums.

Insurance providers always peruse the compliance of companies to safety guidelines, and demand high payment for insurance premiums from those with potentially dangerous workplaces. In worst case scenarios, insurance companies may even decline the businesses’ application for such coverage.

Testing and tagging the electrical equipment may therefore be a way to lower insurance premiums.

One can therefore infer that routine test and tag shaves off additional expenses of a company. Obviously, a set of well-maintained office equipment eliminates the need to buy new appliances within a short span of time. And aside from liability fees, offices who ensure the proper operation of their electrical machines can also avoid hefty fines that come with non-compliance to safety standards.

In Brisbane, for example, companies who fail to conduct frequent test and tag face the risk of penalties of as much as $20,000. Imprisonment is also one of the possible consequences. The cost of fines and punishment vary in different countries or regions, depending on how serious the offenses are.

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Fine Food Wholesalers – A Comprehensive Wholesale Suppliers Resource and Inspiration Portal

When looking for innovative and exciting food products, you could literally scour the Yellow Pages or Google for hours or even days and still not find the information you’re after. What Fine Food Wholesalers offers is a huge and ever-growing directory of wholesale food suppliers who are keen to attract your business. Wonderfully, you don’t just get their contact details; you also get to access colourful images and a summary of the supplier’s business and product offerings.

Intuitive categories to browse

Being able to access at-a-glance information about suppliers is invaluable because it saves the time you would ordinarily have to spend searching, browsing, gathering information and bookmarking all your shortlisted results. On Fine Food Wholesalers, you can go directly to the category you need and turn up a number of suppliers who produce the wholesale foods you’re looking for.

Currently with 45 categories including Breakfast Food, Nuts, Cheese and Fruit & Vegetables, there is truly something for every type of food and beverage product. You’ll also find health-specific categories including Gluten Free, Health Food and Organic Food & Drinks as well as cuisine-specific categories such as Asian Food, International Cuisine and Australian Bush Tucker & Wild Foods.

Helpful for retailers, foodservice, food manufacturers and more

Fine Food Wholesalers is the go-to resource for many sectors of the food product-seeking community. It is of enormous value to the small café who is looking for home-style cookies and brownies, as well as the school tuckshop trying to find healthy options such as quality breads, wholesome snacks and sugar-free beverages for their hungry customers. Any kind of foodservice business, from the owner/operator fish and chip shop through to fine dining establishments will find an abundance of wholesale food choices.

Food manufacturers turn to Fine Food Wholesalers to connect with wholesale ingredients suppliers who offer staples such as flour, salt, olive oil and butter, right through to the more exotic products including saffron, truffles and hard-to-source seafood.

Food as a gift

This is a rapidly growing sector and gift hamper companies enjoy finding new and interesting wholesale food suppliers among the thousands of advertisers. It could be a new chocolate import, bush tucker destined for lucky overseas recipients or Christmas puddings and other treats.

Not only is Fine Food Wholesalers a comprehensive resource where businesses search for food suppliers but it is an inspirational portal that helps inform menu development and seasonal ranges and identify emerging food trends.

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Moodle Learning Management System Overview

moodle-lmsMoodle is the world’s most popular learning management system. Moodle is flexible and scaleable software designed to help educators create interactive and collaborative online learning experiences. Moodle originated in Australia around a decade ago and has since been internationalised in more than 200 countries and 100 languages. The official community site has more than a million registered users.

There are numerous ways in which Moodle can be effectively used. These include
the delivery of online courses, workplace assessment, continuing professional development, induction training and staff compliance. Being open source software, there is a large amount of community support toward the development of third-party plugins to extend Moodle’s core functionality.

Moodle is distributable without licensing costs, however, it does take a degree of technical expertise to install, configure and secure the software on a web server. Once deployed, it can be easily managed by a qualified system administrator.

Moodle’s key administrative functions include the ability to control authentication, manage accounts, assign roles and permissions, change site appearance, perform bulk user actions, automate course backups and generate various reports. Moodle enables integration with external systems, e-commerce plugins and SCORM compliance. Moodle is proactive with respect to data security and information privacy of its users, hence, patches are released on a regular basis and there are global settings that can be configured by the system administrator.

Course creators can add online activities and resources intended for their students. Moodle’s standard activities include assignment, blog, chat, forum, messaging, quiz and wiki. The learning sequence may be totally non-linear or controlled so learners engage with online course objects in a predetermined fashion. User activity and course completion tracking are tracked, moreover, assessment grades and feedback can be reported in real-time via the web.

Moodle enables online content to be distributed in several ways. Course participants can quickly upload existing files from their device, disk, or network. Using Moodle repositories, it is possible to import content and media from Cloud-based services such as Google Docs, YouTube, Flickr, Boxnet and Dropbox. On the same token, content can be export from Moodle to third-party services.

Assess, track and report on your learners via the web. Get started now and learn more today about Moodle Sydney, Moodle Brisbane and Moodle Melbourne providers.


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Typical Legal Practice Areas of a Queensland Regional Law Firm

Following on from the previous item, the second set of most commonly provided areas of law in a solicitor’s office will be described here. We dealt in the first article with business and agricultural structures and arrangements, family and relationship law and not for profit. Leading law firms also provide services in the areas of property and conveyancing. This subject is regarding acting for people when buying or selling land and residential property. Most people do not understand the varying number of processes which are required in this area. Your lawyers can review a contract, keep a record of key dates, check on your financial requirements, help with transfer duty and the payment of this, arrange and attend the settlement, advise the council on change of ownership, and liaise with your bank.

Commercial and Property Law
Commercial and Property Law involves acting for people when they are developing property, or buying or selling rural property, industrial or commercial enterprises. Most of the processes are the same as for Property and Conveyancing, but can also include leasing, business structuring, planning law, guarantees and loan documentation, information on consolidations or subdivisions and advice on rates, land tax, ST and other taxes.

Environmental and Development Law
This area of law may be needed if there are any concerns over the use of the environment or the impact of building or running a business on the environment. Lawyers can help their clients in the Planning and Environment Court and represent clients faced with environmental protection orders. Included in this area is also Local Government Laws. Lawyers can act for the local government in interpretation of local laws, and give advice regarding civil litigation claims and freedom of information issues. For private clients, a firm may offer advice on government legislation, and local law and planning.

Native Title
Due to decisions in the High Court during the 1990s, there may now be Native Title over land that rural and mining clients will need advice on. With many grazing and term leases now coming due for renewal over Queensland, this is becoming a larger part of a law firm’s service provided to rural clients.

Tax Effective Estate Planning and Testamentary Trusts
Every family and financial situation is different from another. A lawyer working within this area of law will act for people in areas related to planning for their future and the future of their family. Lawyers need to gain a well-rounded picture of what each family’s wishes are. Services in this area would include wills, powers of attorney, health directives, trusts, succession planning, estate disputes and administration and superannuation nomination. And this may also include rural and business estate planning.

Commercial Litigation
Commercial litigation involves working for people in business having disputes. This may be an individual, a contractor, shareholder, executor or company. Services provided in this area may be litigation or dispute resolution for building, construction, trusts, wills, debt collection, contracts, workplace relations, bankruptcy or corporate issues.

The content in this article is for information only. It does not represent legal advice and is provided solely for the information of the reader. Always consult a lawyer before taking any action on matters which affect your legal rights and obligations.

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New Techniques in Cosmetic Dentistry

Whilst not strictly essential, there is a lot to be gained by having a nice smile that you can be proud of. It can effect your confidence a great deal and cause you to be more out going and less self-conscious.

Whilst dentistry always focused on the essentials of oral health and hygiene, it’s only relatively recently that a lot of emphasis has been placed on new advancements in cosmetic dentistry.

How the finished “product” looks is now deemed as important as it’s functionality.

So what are some of the main advancements in cosmetic dentistry over recent years?

One technique that certainly deserves a mention is dental implants. A good cosmetic dentist can make the false teeth attached to an implant look every bit as natural as real teeth, and provide the same amount of functionality.

Whereas in the past, bridges, crowns and dentures looked only slightly realistic, false teeth attached to dental implants are almost indiscernible from natural teeth. They also function in the same way, whereas false teeth in the past could become loose leading to embarrassing situations.

There was also a limit to the types of foods that someone could eat with conventional bridges, crowns and dentures. With dental implants, individuals can consume a much greater variety of foods.

The implant itself consists of a (usually) titanium shaft-shaped object that is implanted directly into the bone of the skull and jaw. The bone then osseointegrates (bonds) with the implant. Which means that the implant mimics a real tooth root. This can either be done as a single implant, or a series of implants, depending upon the amount of lost or severely damaged teeth.

In the case of former Red Hot Chilli Peppers guitarist, John Fruciante, he had all of his front teeth removed and replaced by dental implants after a mouth infection. Looking at him now, you would never know the difference between his implanted teeth and natural teeth.

Since their inception, dental implants have improved a great deal, and are now skilfully used by almost every cosmetic dentist. As their use with implants increases, dentists are becoming increasingly more advanced in the techniques they use with regards to dental implants.

In the coming years, it may not even be necessary for the process to contain separate components. There is work under way to create dental implants which are a one-piece. These one-piece implants will be manufactured from zirconia, which is a material widely used already in hip replacements. This zirconia has properties similar to that of titanium, but has a white, tooth-like appearance. After a few more years of extensive testing, it’s thought that zirconia dental implants will be available to every cosmetic dentist.

It’s not only implants which have come a long way in recent years

Anyone who had fillings in the 70′s, 80′s and 90′s or earlier, will testify to the fact that they often looked ugly. These fillings were manufactured using silver, which would quickly turn black and was not an attractive look.

Although silver fillings are still available, any good cosmetic dentist worth their salt will offer their patients the option of using a composite resin. This composite resin is much closer in color to that of a natural tooth, so these fillings are only visible upon a close inspection.
They are every bit as strong and binding as a classic filling, but significantly more attractive.

Modern dentistry is evolving rapidly

It’s not only that the techniques are changing rapidly. It’s also that people are becoming more aware of what their dentist can offer them, and the reasons to visit their dentist.

In the past, going to the dentist was a preventative measure, to ensure you teeth do not become damaged or fall out. You could have minor repair work carried out, but it was never comparable to preserving your teeth through excellent dental hygiene.

Although dental hygiene is still essential to good oral health, a dentist is not just someone who preserves your smile, they can increasingly restore you smile as well. We are not all perfect, and we don’t all take good care of our teeth. For those who have lapsed in their oral health, or who have had an unfortunate accident, a cosmetic dentist can put things right again and help you smile with confidence.

There are so many new techniques in cosmetic dentistry, that they are almost too numerous to mention. And things are improving all the time. For more information about cosmetic dentist Gold Coast, contact Robina Dental Group.

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