Rainwater Harvesting Tanks

In Australia drought and water conservation are of constant concern. We are a dry continent; in fact we’re the driest inhabited continent on Earth. Every drop of water is precious, and investing in rainwater harvesting is of benefit to both individual households and our nation as a whole.

Rainwater harvesting simply means the collection of rainwater for re-use, instead of allowing it to run off into the ground. The rain water collected has a myriad of uses; gardening, irrigation, water features, livestock, washing, bathing and heating.

With minimal treatment, rainwater can also be used as drinking water, and is just as safe as the water that comes out of your tap. Just as solar power provides free energy, rainwater harvesting provides free water. Not only will it reduce your utility bill, it increases the sustainability of our reservoir and groundwater supplies. Rainwater harvesting means that you can bypass water restrictions to some extent, using your own supply instead of a limited supply of main water.

Not only is Australia a land of droughts, in many areas floods are a constant concern. Without rainwater harvesting, almost all flood water is wasted as it washes away and becomes contaminated. Not only does rainwater harvesting find use from this abundance of water, it reduces the burden on storm drains and other water safety measures.

Domestically, the most common method of rainwater harvesting are roof catchment systems. Rain that falls on the roof is siphoned off via gutters into a large collection tank. Hundreds of litres can be stored this way. With proper installation and the right filters, no effort is involved in rainwater collection other than the initial setup, gravity does all the work. Due to their size, roofs can collect an enormous amount of water. In a single story house the surface area of the roof is usually greater than the surface area of the house itself. Based on the average floor space of an Australian house, over 200 litres can be collected during a decent rainfall. Any excess is simply filtered out.

Rainwater collection technology is constantly developing in order to deliver cleaner and more abundant water to harvesters. “First flush” diverters protects stored water from contaminants, which are most prevalent during the first flush runoff. Highly advanced meshes keep leaves and debris from blocking the gutters. Outlets and valves ensure a steady, stable flow of water.

There is a variety of water tank systems available. While the tanks themselves are fundamentally the same, a variety of inputs and outputs can be used. These can range from a simple gravity tap to an electric pump that delivers water into the house. Gauges can also be installed in order to monitor and regulate water levels.

The advantages and benefits of rainwater harvesting are so numerous that every household can benefit from installing some form of rainwater harvesting system. There are sizes and systems available for every budget, and the amount saved from reducing utility bills should be considered a discount to every purchase.

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Good News for Australian Expats

australian expat home loansMoving to a new country is quite exciting. Prospects of greener pastures in lifestyle, work or just new experiences make it worthwhile. Just because one has moved to a new country, you need not cut all contacts with the mother country. In Australia, financial institutions understand that a non-resident may still be interested in acquiring a property for investment in real estate or simply for maintaining familial links.

For their reason, they provide Australian Expat home loans. Thanks to these loans, Australian citizens who live overseas continue investing in the country`s property market. The loans enable an applicant to refinance their current mortgage as long as one secures it with an Australian property. If you are looking to take advantage of this financing you should speak to an expert first. The reason for this course of action is so that the entire process can be simple and straightforward. Often, applicants find it difficult to understand lending guidelines.

Fortunately, experts in Australian Expat home loans are available. One should conduct a thorough background check to ascertain that the expert holds a licence from Australian authorities and is legitimate before settling for any particular specialist. Go through the guidelines discussed below in order to decide on the best financial broker or adviser.

Amount of Loan
The amount of credit awarded depends on your financial position. If an applicant has stable employment, an excellent credit history and high income, they can borrow between 90% and 95 % of the property`s buying price. This treatment is applicable to Australian non-residents working overseas, Australians living abroad and married to foreigners, or those currently staying in Australia but wish to relocate overseas later. For one who does not provide enough documents to establish their foreign income, their borrowing is constrained to 80% of the property`s value.

Interest Rates
Contrary to popular belief, a non-resident does not pay higher interest rates to acquire the loan. The only instance that the interest rate can be higher is when the non-resident fails to prove their foreign income. However, a number of banks favor residents when it comes to discounts on the loans. This observation does not mean that expats cannot enjoy discounts as other financial institutions also consider them. The key is to locate those who slash interest rates for expats and residents alike. Consultation with an expert who deals specifically with expatriates will help you obtain finance.

How to Prove Income
When the question of interest rates arises, that of determining foreign income arises as well. To show foreign income, one merely needs to provide foreign tax returns and pay slips. Regardless of the language used in these documents, several financial institutions have translators to translate the details contained in them. One needs not worry about the language barrier. It should not be an obstacle to mortgage finance. Some lenders accept a letter from a borrower`s employer for a loan not more than 80 % of the total property value. This route can act as an alternative for one who works in a country where formally written payslips do not exist.

Advantages of Australian Expat Home Loans
The best part about the loans is that they are easily accessible and do not require individual approval by the Australian Government. This source of financing is reliable, trustworthy and does not attract high-interest rates for an expat. One can even get discounts at a number of financial institutions. Since we work via online platforms, you can apply for the loan within the comfort of your own home, by just uploading the necessary documents and providing required information. It is important to have a financial broker who is formally qualified, experienced and licenced in Australia and specialises in Australian Expats since the lending guidelines and application process for expats differs somewhat to that of a resident. You can have the security and peace of mind knowing that the lenders we recommend are blue chip Australian Banks and Lending Institutions.

In summary, an individual can quickly access Australian Expat home loans. The bottom line is to have an experienced and qualified Australian Expat specialist

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What is Baltic Amber?

Many people don’t realise that amber is actually tree resin, not a stone. More specifically, it is the fossilized resin from an extinct species of trees, and is millions of years old!

What makes Baltic Amber special?
Baltic Amber has an active ingredient called Succinic Acid, which has been known to have many medicinal qualities. Succinic Acid is a natural analgesic that assists with pain relief.

Succinic acid is now produced commercially and is approved for use by the United States Food and Drug Administration.

Baltic Amber teething necklaces have been a source of traditional healing passed on for many generations and are widely used and treasured throughout Europe as unparalleled alternative medicine with proven health benefits.

Baltic amber in ancient times
While some of us here in Australia may think that amber necklaces are quite a new thing, even in ancient times infants were given amber necklaces to wear.

Amber was thought to contain magical powers, and it was widely known to have healing properties. Besides the healing properties, infants were given the necklaces to guard against baby swapping, offer protection from evil forces, and help against witchcraft!

Ancient Germanic tribes such as the Goths, Nordic peoples, Celts, Romans, Greeks, Arabs and Chinese, all valued amber for its beauty and protection.

Amber necklaces as a baby teething remedy
Baltic Amber is popular with baby teething products as it helps with pain relief, it has a calming affect and it stimulates the thyroid to assist with the redness and drooling associated with teething.

Baltic Amber necklaces are made for wearing, not for chewing. By wearing Baltic Amber close to the skin, the amber produces an oil (rich in Succinic Acid) which your skin then absorbs into the body.

Baltic Amber teething necklaces are the ideal solution when you choose to care for your baby in a natural way.

Silicone Teething Necklaces
It’s a well known fact that babies and toddlers love to chew when they are teething.

They will chew on anything they can get their hands on! Our necklaces are designed so that they can have a safe and soft product to chew on when teething.

These necklaces also provide a stimulating object for babies to play with while breastfeeding.

Not only functional, these necklaces are fashionable and look great with any outfit. It can be very difficult for mums to wear long necklaces or jewellery with babies and toddlers, as they love to grab everything and can very quickly break an expensive piece of jewellery.

Our silicone teething products are made with the highest quality 100% food grade silicone, and are guaranteed to be BPA and PVC free.

All Beauty of Amber silicone necklaces have been tested and are fully compliant with Australian & New Zealand Standards (AS/NZS IOS 8124-1:2010).

Why choose Beauty of Amber?
Beauty of Amber specialise in Baltic Amber teething products, all of which are hand-crafted and made with authentic Baltic amber. Our genuine Baltic Amber is of the highest quality and sourced only from the Baltic Regions of Europe. We also have an extensive range of Silicone teething necklaces.

We are passionate about natural alternatives when dealing with the pain associated with teething, and offer excellent customer service.

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WEB DESIGN USING GRID-BASED LAYOUT METHOD

With any beautiful design or structure, from architecture to painting, there lies beneath it a grid-based layout from which these creations were originally derived. It is, in essence, the unseen mathematical component of all design that, for many web designers, has become standard in the pursuit for the perfect web design.

To understand what a grid-based layout for web design is, we first need to understand why it is referred to as “grid-based.” A grid is a structure consisting of intersecting straight vertical and horizontal guidelines that are made up of margins, flow-lines, columns, rows, gutters, modules, and spatial zones. This potentially complex composition provides the perfect structural base that allows a web designer to create graphic elements from, or to organise content within. It is this reason that grid-based layout is used in web design.

By using grids in the website design a sense of uniformed structure is achieved for the overall website, this helps achieve better usability for website visitors as they are able to navigate and engage with the website much easily than if the content was simply thrown together without structure. Another reason grid-based layouts are used is efficiency. By designing to a grid, the actual design process is simplified because design guidelines are already in place, therefore making it easier to decide on design elements, such as width and height.

When using grid-based layouts in our web design, we can either create our own grid, or download a ready-made grid template. If we create our own grid, we will need to rely on what option works best for us and the web design project we are working on. It is therefore valuable to follow some simple guidelines when creating our own grids. These are:

• Use only enough columns as needed for the web design. In other words, if you are only going to use ten columns, then only create ten columns – and not twenty.
• Watch the spacing. As a general rule, columns should have the same number of pixels across as rows are high.
• Don’t box yourself in. If you need to move outside of the grid for specific graphic elements, then do so. A grid is only there for structural support, and is not the end product.

If creating your own grid-based layout isn’t appealing, or you simple do not have the time to invest in it, then downloading a pre-designed grid template is available. There are many online sources that provide such templates, and by downloading a grid template you can save on time and have, at your disposal, an effective grid template ready to use.

It is important to re-emphasise that grid-based layouts for web design should not be mistaken for a strict rule by which all graphic elements or content must adhere to. Naturally, when creating anything we can move beyond specific rules in order to achieve our creative goal, and grid-based layouts are no different. If we use grids as a structural guide in our web design, then we are better able to create amazing web designs that will not only appear organised on our web page, but will hopefully inspire and engage every website visitor. Article from, web developer brisbane Nets and Webs

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Plantar Fasciitis Treatment Options

Plantar fasciitis is extremely common affecting around 10% of the adult population at some time in life. Commonly plantar fasciitis is associated with heel spurs however on x-ray only 50% of patients with plantar fasciitis have evidence of calcification through the heel (DiMarcangelo, 1997).

Commonly plantar fasciitis symptoms start as an awareness or ache in the morning. Relief treatment can be quite simple at this time however if it is left, these symptoms will often slowly progress to pain that significantly impacts quality of life.

When targeting plantar fasciitis symptoms your practitioner will guide you through the best strategy or combination of strategies to help relieve and control your individual pain. At Body Leadership Australia we recommend a multimodal approach utilising a number of different treatment options.

Soft Tissue Release
Tightness of the muscles surrounding the foot have been found to pull hard enough on the bones that they alter the natural shape of the foot and ankle often leading to plantar fasciitis pain. Accordingly, release techniques and stretching of the lower limb muscles can have an effect on decreasing symptoms associated with plantar fasciitis.

Stretching
Strategic stretching of the calf muscles and Achilles tendon or on the plantar fascia itself can decrease pain associated with plantar fasciitis. You should get a program tailored to your individual needs.

Orthotics
Orthotics can help to relieve the effects of plantar fasciitis. Changing the weight load through the foot can allow the inflammatory response to settle by supporting the foot appropriately.

Night Splints (Strassburg Sock)
The use of a night splint can reduce recovery time compared to the same protocol utilising standing stretches through the calf.

Cortisone
Cortisone was always a last resort due to potential complications and pain post injection. Now with ultrasound guidance outcomes have improved and we see them used more effectively. Cortisone options can be discussed with your health care professional.

Surgery
A number of studies found 75% to 95% of patients had long term improvement as measured by various criteria. Up to 27% of patients still had significant pain, up to 20% had some activity restriction, and up to 12% had moderate pain that impaired function (Brown et al., 1999; Davies et al., 1999; Fishco et al., 2000). Surgical options are always a last resort.

Once your pain is treated and controlled it is important to understand your individual factors that predispose you to plantar fasciitis which can be explained by your physiotherapist. You can then be taught a home program to release tension, particularly through the calf as well as the foot to nip problems in the bud. This can also be optimised using home exercises to improve strength for better control of your biomechanics long term.

If you, your friend or family member suffer from plantar fasciitis please do not hesitate to contact one of our friendly Brisbane sports physiotherapists on 07 3847 8040. Our Brisbane sports physios can also provide treatment from our Brisbane Sports Physiotherapy practice.

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Reflections on Life

Life – what is life! Life can be described in many ways and has many facets and interpretations. It presents us with an ongoing stream of experiences of situations, events and interactions of all kinds with other people and our environment.

It is creation in its magnificent splendour – the original bringing into existence of the universe by God.

For humans it is a journey encompassing all the seasons, colour and streams of life’s experiences.

The miracle of new life in any form of creation brings wonder and amazement as we become aware of the intrinsic formation of such an unexplainable divine plan.

For humans there are many rituals and traditions that help celebrate the different seasons and significant moments in life.

A welcoming of a new child might entail a ritual of a Christening or Blessing in the Christian tradition or perhaps a Naming Ceremony for those less religious. In other cultures and belief systems children are welcomed in a variety of ways but none-the-less mostly it is found to be a joyful celebration of the miracle of new birth.

Life can sometimes be brief – the miracle taken back from where it began just as life is beginning – the mystery of why these sad experiences happen not to be explained.

Life changes for humans as the body grows and life is experienced in new ways. Learning takes place as the brain develops and intelligence is gained and used for the betterment of human kind.

At times the human body suffers from physical limitations this being a challenge as strength of spirit and courage come to the fore.

During the seasons of life ritual is shown to be important such as times of celebration when a person reaches the age of eighteen – a time of maturity and starting out as an adult on life’s journey.

Permanency of relationships can be celebrated by the ritual of Marriage as people start a new chapter along the journey called life.

The miracle of new life can emerge again in this relationship of Marriage as a new life is created and welcomed to the world.

As the continuing seasons and cycles of life are observed, life can represent colour as of a rainbow in these seasons of new beginnings, celebrations, changes and endings.

Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet – colours of the rainbow – how symbolic of life’s journey as the rainbow is composed of the entire spectrum of colour from the shortest wavelength violet to the longest wavelength red.

A closing ritual now takes place as the body has accomplished its purpose and the ending of life as humans know it is honoured and the life celebrated as the spirit travels back to the Divine from whence it came.

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This article supplied by Sandra Hill, Brisbane Wedding Celebrant. For more information about Sandra Hill, weddings, renewal of vows and naming ceremonies in Brisbane, please contact Sandra today.

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Osteoporosis Treatment

osteoporosis treatment Osteoporosis is a disease that affects the bones. As the bones start loosing their usual density they become weaker & are more likely to break. Studies have shown that every one in two women & every one in four men above the age of 50 tend to break bones due to osteoporosis. It can cause serious complications & appropriate measures must be taken to avoid extreme consequences.

There is no exact cure for osteoporosis. The idea of the osteoporosis treatment process is to strengthen the bones in order to protect them. The treatment primarily consists of a combination of drugs and suitable lifestyle changes that help in minimising the rate of bone resorption.

Preventive measures include a modification in the general lifestyle factors, doing more muscle-strengthening exercises and ensuring adequate intake of calcium and vitamin D.The medications used for osteoporosis treatment are anti-resorptive agents. Osteoporosis occurs when the rate of resorption in the bones overtakes the rate of bone formation. The anti-resorptive agents intend to inhibit the rate of resorption to put things back to a balanced state.

Drugs are the most aggressive way to hinder bone loss. Bisphosphonates are the most commonly seen osteoporosis curing drugs. They decrease the risk of hip, wrist and spine fracture for those who are affected with osteoporosis. The different types of bisphosphonates used are alendronate (Fosamax), ibandronate (Boniva), risedronate (Actonel) & zoledronic acid (Reclast). The side effects of these drugs can range from acid reflux to nausea and they can even cause damage to the bones in the jaw. To reduce these side effects & to enhance the absorption of the medicine all bisphosphonates taken orally should be taken on an empty stomach in the morning, at least 30 minutes before breakfast.

For those people who are unable to tolerate bisphosphonates, hormones can be used as an alternative source of osteoporosis treatment. For Post-menopausal women who are usually at a very high risk of osteoporosis because of the dip in the levels of protective estrogen production, Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators (SERMs) like Raloxifene (Evista) do the job of bone-preservation to a certain extent. Thyrocalcitonin is a hormone that helps in regulating the calcium levels in the body. Synthetic thyrocalcitonin or calcitonin (Fortical, Miacalcin) is available as nasal spray or as injection. But the hormone treatment can increase risks of stroke, blood clots, breast cancer and heart attack. So, it is only used as a second or third line of defence for the patients.

osteoporosis-treatment-hipOne way to slow down the rate of bone loss is to add ample amounts of calcium and vitamin D in the diet. Calcium-rich foods like soy products, dairy products, grains, fresh green vegetables and breads can prove to be very helpful in terms building stronger bones.

Last but not the least, exercising is probably the most intriguing, positive way to take on the this complex disorder. Exercising not only helps in lessening the rate of bone loss & increase bone density, it improves physical posture, body balance & overall health. Exercises like weight training, walking, jogging or biking can act as a boost for the entire body including the bones.

These lifestyle changes & treatments can work together to produce the desired results. The patient would be well advised to discuss these things in detail with the doctor, weigh the hazards & the benefits and come up with an osteoporosis treatment plan that works best.

Fairy Floss Brisbane

Parties, or any event that gathers a number of people in a single location, are always filled with fun and enjoyment. Food, people in good spirits, and a whole lot of merriment fill the air of any event where children and adults alike gather to celebrate a special occasion.

One sure thing that can always bring a smile to anyone’s face, be it a fully grown adult or small child, is fairy floss. Fairy Floss King, Brisbane’s best provider of fairy floss machines, has been in the business for more than fifteen years. Fifteen whole years of bringing smiles to birthday parties, fund raiser events, school fetes, and even corporate work events. This trusted and reliable fairy floss provider is the best that you can find in the whole Brisbane area. Together with their machines and/or operators, you get to enjoy four hours of fairy floss, hundreds of sticks, a sugar mix, a table, and three full flavors to choose from. Free delivery is available in Brisbane, Logan, Redland, Gold Coast, and Ipswich. Fairy Floss King also offers other party needs to complete any party.

What once was only available in carnivals and circuses can now be had at your very own backyard, school, or corporate building. You can opt to hire the machine only and operate it by yourself, or hire an operator with the machine to eliminate the hassle of setting up and making the fairy floss for your guests. This will give you more time to focus on other things at your party and actually enjoy the event itself. If you want to make the fairy floss by yourself, though, it definitely won’t cause any problem as the machines are easy to operate and can start concocting the perfect fairy floss in just a few seconds.

Aside from giving your guests a great party atmosphere with Fairy Floss King, you can also hire the machines to make money at your event. Selling fairy floss at your school event can be a fantastic way to raise funds for charity or for any other purpose. Set up a Fairy Floss King booth and watch guests line up to get their taste of three available flavors and colors to choose from. Little girls will delight in the pink floss with a full raspberry flavor. Little boys will also enjoy the blueberry flavor that comes in the color blue, and green for apple. Every child in the event will definitely enjoy a fairy floss or two.

Fairy Floss Kings offers two packages for you to choose from: Package 1 consists of hiring the machine only, for $220, while Package 2 consists of hiring the machine plus the operator for $220 and $25 for the operator’s fee. With these packages come 250 paper sticks, sugar mix that’s good enough for 250 serves, and a table for set up. You can enjoy the machine right at your event for a whole four hours, making it a staple at your party. Should you need a generator, especially if your event venue is outdoors and away from an electric outlet, Fairy Floss King can happily provide it for you for an additional cost of $150.

Along with these packages, fairy floss brisbane can give you everything you need for a fantastic party. You can opt to add other party equipment such as Jumping Castles, a popcorn machine, and snow cones together with the fairy floss machines. Fairy Floss King will happily provide you with combo deals to create a complete party package for your event.

Fairy Floss King’s website is very easy to navigate. Should you have any questions about hiring fairy floss machines, you can easily go to the website where big, bold, colorful letters welcome you to an array of photos of Fairy Floss King’s previous clients and events. Everything you need to know can be found on the website’s Frequently Asked Questions tab. If you want to hire Fairy Floss King, a contact number can easily be reached with a friendly customer service agent on the other line to help you book a machine for your event. You can also fill out an online form where information such as your date of event, delivery address, required machine delivery time, mode of payment, and other essential information are needed to book your Fairy Floss King machine.

Welcome your guests with Fairy Floss King and expect your party to be unforgettable, keeping your guests happy with these delicious sugar concoctions.

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