Spending The Last Rites With Funeral Directors In Perth

Exploring the funeral industry is necessary when dealing with the death of a loved one. However, you can get confused and vulnerable while comparing prices and knowing your rights and choices.

CHOICE can assist you to avoid excessive prices while making a sustainable yet delicate farewell for your loved ones.

Why need the services of a funeral home?

Once a person dies, a physician has to sign a certificate confirming his or her death. If there’s anything questionable about his or her death, the coroner should be informed. Once you get a signed certificate, government websites suggest that funeral directorsin Perth will get involved by the executors of the will to pick up the body for safekeeping and to prepare for the funeral. However, CHOICE can’t find any ruling in Australia that this is obliged legally.

When to contact a funeral home

If you wish to call the services of funeral directors in Perth, it’s essential to know your rights first before making the initial call. It helps make you understand how the industry works.

Funerals can cost around $15,000 for a casket, burial and flowers, or if not a $4,000 for a basic cremation. However, just like weddings, the amounts can be endless to spend.

The typical items you need to pay when arranging a funeral through a commercial service include: funeral director fees, death certificate, permits, coffin, transport, burial/cremation, cemetery plot, and other expenses like the clergy or celebrant, the wake, newspaper notices and flowers.

Go with the trend and shop around

The funeral directors in Perth follow a fragile course between providing a sensitive yet professional service for the community, while also executing as a salesman charged to maximize profits for his or her company.

During the first call, the funeral directors in Perth will recommend arrangement meetings in which the bereaved family decides about the funeral to include the selection of the coffin, embalming, viewing, burial and cremation. It is often done in a span of 24 hours when the family member had died.

According to one funeral director: “As of this stage, the bereaved family hadspent two hours of planning and may think that it’s too late to back out.”

Certainly, you need to ask for an itemized price list on the phone, before you finally decide to meet with funeral directors in Perth.

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Greenery Calls To Buyers In Ploenchit-Chidlom

Central Bangkok’s Ploenchit-Chidlom area has recently become the hotspot for the buyers looking for a luxury lifestyle and a greener style of architecture. The district has seen an increase of high-end green buildings, with new condos, offices and hotel in Ploenchit featuring more environmentally-conscious design aspects popping up in the area; completed/to be completed this year, or the within the next two or three years.

According to a survey done by local news outlets, green projects in the area have received over Bt 100 billion since 2013, which has altered the area and made it into the Thai capital’s hub of high-end green architecture and living, with a considerable number of the new developments in the area having been designed  with the Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) concept in mind, and also having certification from the US Green Building Council.

An example is the 98 Wireless luxury condo by Sansiri, which was designed under the LEED Silver certificate, the first condo in Thailand that has attempted to receive such certification.

The Ploenchit-Chidlom area, however, has also recorded the highest land prices in Bangkok, with a deal in 2015 clocking in the area’s highest land price: the sale of a Chidlom plot to SC Asset Corp, which was priced at Bt1.9M/wah2. The plot is now home to a Bt8B luxury condo development, the 28 Chidlom, scheduled for completion sometime during 2019.

However, the bidding for a new project in the area looks set to beat that record. The bidding is not for a hotel in Ploenchit, but for the land of the UK Embassy in the area, currently sitting on Wireless Road, with pricing estimates clocking in at Bt2M/wah2 at minimum. According to Collier International Thailand, the property agency in charge of the plot, there will be announcements on the final deal as soon as the terms are agreed to.

Another major development in the area include the Langsuan Village, priced at about Bt26 B, made up of condos, serviced apartments, retail outlets and hotels.  This development also hosts three condo development projects in the same location, the Sindhorn Residence, Park View Residences and Park View Ton Son. The location also holds the Central Embassy mall, and the Central Park Hyatt Hotel, among other luxury projects and buildings.

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Couple Buys Back Home: Hires Furniture Removal In Sydney

Let’s say you’re a couple who has been recently married. Let’s say that you’re a newly-wed husband and is now about to move out from your parents’ house. Moving out is easy. You just pack your things nicely and get out of the house. The real headache comes in when you are in the process of looking for a new home where you will be living with your wife for the rest of your life. Regardless if you’re looking at a condominium unit with a loft or one-bedroom house, looking for the appropriate home for your needs and the limited amount of money that you are willing to spend requires a heavy amount of research works. Now, let’s assume that you’ve already found your future home and it’s bare naked meaning it has nothing inside it. This means you will need to bring your old stuff from your old house and transport them all the way to your new home. While you can do this on your own, it’s recommended that if you’re moving to a new home in Sydney in Down Under Australia, you hire an accredited company who does furniture removal in Sydney to make sure that your furniture sets and other home essentials are properly packed and transported.

Just last March of 2017, it has been reported that couple, Christopher and Kerryn Monaghan, has decided to buy back their Sydney property which they originally sold 7 years ago for an amount of 5.8 million Dollars. This time, they paid 7.1 million Dollars to get their home back. While the reason for this unusual decision to buy back something someone originally sold, you can’t simply argue with the amenities and features that are found in the property of the couple. Aside from the astounding view of the Sydney Harbour, the entire property has an awesome architectural design and an L-shaped swimming pool. It has also large spaces for furniture sets which can be safely transported by hiring a company who specializes in furniture removal in Sydney, and also for keeping your friends and families entertained. The price of the property was said to be at 8 million Dollars back in May of 2016 and it had been ranging between 6.8 million and 7.4 million since then.

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The Result Of Bad Financial Counseling To Families

Hundreds of families in Australia are still waiting for compensations from businesses that have declared bankruptcy which and majority of it is to be blames on receiving bad financial advice. One of the victims is the couple Rob and Donna-Rose McAneney who were mandated to sell their house they have lived in for 17 years and resulted to them being penniless. This incident happened after they received a suspicious advice from Peter Spann who is a financial adviser in Australia under the company Freeman Fox.

They were regularly attending Mr. Spann’s public speaking engagement from the middle of the 2000s until the latter years where he was seen to have engaged with beginners in investing.

Ms. McAneney said that he was a very good sales person that it made them think that they were missing out on a great opportunity if they did not jump on it.

According to the advice given to them, they should invest about $500,000 with Macquarie Bank in order to purchase complicated structured products.

Mr. McAneney said that Peter told them that there is no chance for them to lose money. Tony Wheeler, a management consultant, was also advised to put in as much money as he can afford.

According to Mr. Wheeler, the product was presented by actual representatives from the Macquarie Bank and it was indicated to be safe with a low chance of volatility in either real estate or share market.

As soon as the financial crisis hit the country on a global scale, the safe products were not able to withstand the market and its value collapsed which resulted to a trap for the investors.

Mr. McAneney said that there was a lock in period and it was too late for them to do anything. They are devastated as they have invested everything they have, their resources and funds in order to sustain the products.

Mr. Wheeler said that he lost about $350,000 and he complained with the FOS or Financial Ombudsman Service. Due to the bad advice given by a financial adviser in Australia, FOS determined that he should be compensated with $137,000 but the sad news is that he is still waiting for the compensation along with the McAneneys and other victims.

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Legal Shield Protecting The Public CPAs Of Australia No Longer In Place

The legal conflict wherein the CPA Australia is involved resulted to the unfortunate loss of the protection provided for the members that are public practitioners. These means that for a period of at least six months starting this October, they will no longer have immunity from malpractice lawsuits that ranges up to multimillions of dollars.The legal shield provided by CPA Australia used to act as the accountant professional liability insurance of the public practicing accountants in the country.

According to the Professional Standards Council which is the regulator agency from the government, it has been confirmed that the professional standards program that has been protecting the body by limiting the liability received by the members of the public practice is not up for renewal despite the fact that it is expiring this 7th of October.

This will affect all public practice members that are located in a number of regions including Western Australia, South Australia, New South Wales and Queensland. This will result to member paying a higher amount for their professional indemnity insurance and they have a chance of being subjected to unlimited liability due to negligence.

It was last month that the legal conflict was revealed to the public but the CPA has been reassuring that the process is still ongoing with PSC and that they are trying to reach a resolution.

CPA remains firm with this despite the confirmation announced by PSC at the end of last month. According to the announcement, CPAs that are practicing under Victorian public will no longer have a legal shield starting October. CPA continues to affirm their members that their applications are still in active status and that they continue to settle with the PSC regarding the active application.

The PSC clarified that the new program was not created before the expiration of the Professional Standards Scheme expires thus they are not sure when the replacement program will be implemented. They have given a time estimated of a minimum of six months before the new program is given an approval. For the meantime, public practicing members would have to be careful as they will be practicing with no accountant professional liability insurance for the time being until such time that a new scheme is put in place.

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Businesses In West Texas Pooled Together To Help Air Force Groom On Wedding Day

We all know how expensive weddings can be. Not everyone has the luxury to spend on their dream wedding. There are many expenses to consider such as the wedding reception and contractors such as party hire in Melbourne. This is why merchants from West Texas decided to do their part by helping a groom who is serving in the Air Force.

The donated wedding was something no one will forget for a long time. There were blue flowers, piano music from the period era of 1940s as well as white linens everywhere. The wedding was held at the Cactus Hotel.

The bride is Sarah Davenport and her groom is Jeffrey Mercado who is currently on active duty. The groom was assigned at the Goodfellow Air Force Base. The couple couldn’t hide how happy they are for their wedding day.

Cactus Hotel is a favorite venue for many couples and they are host to many weddings annually but this one is a special case because the couple did not spend a dime for it.

According to the owner of Happily Ever After which is a local wedding organizer company, Tinker Keeney, they did not spend anything except for personal items such as the toasting glasses and the garter.

Keeney has been trying for years to put together a donated wedding for a military member in their community. It was November of last year when the base told her about Davenport and Mercado.

They have been planning to get married but they just don’t have the budget to do so. Keeney decided to choose them as the recipient for the donated wedding she has been planning because of their love story and the fact that Mercado is serving in the military.

Keeney started by asking for support from business on their local community and she was happy to know that everyone was very excited to be a part of it. The floral arrangements were donated by Southwest Florist, the music from Terry Mikeska and Eclipse Mobile DJ, the catering provided by Village Café owned by Kenny Blanek and the space was courtesy of Cactus Hotel.

The wedding turned out to be something the couple will never forget as well as the community. In Australia, couples who are planning to wed are busy looking for contractors such as party hire in Melbourne as well as the venue for wedding. The Mercado couple is very lucky indeed to have such a beautiful community.

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Next Electric Retains 20% Ownership After Selling Majority Stake To IES Holdings

 

Next Electric LLC based in Waukesha, Wisconsin has sold majority of its stake to a Houston-based company IES Holdings, Inc. Next Electric employs more than 100 workers majority of which are electricians to provide electrical work, installations, repair and maintenance for healthcare, commercial and other industries.

Last year, the revenue of Next Electric was $25 million. It was founded in 2012 to provide services to both residential and commercial structures. According to company president Chris Surges and other managers, they sold 80% ownership stake to IES Holdings while keeping 20% ownership stake. As of this writing terms of the deal were not announced to the public.

Next Electric will retain its name but it will operate as a subsidiary of IES. Chris and his team will be able to retain a meaningful ownership in Next but the long term investment of IES including its ownership culture will allow them to grow. IES President Robert Lewey welcomed Chris and his team of 100 workers during the press conference as partners of the company.

IES is a holding company that has ownership in several electric contractors. A month ago, one of its subsidiaries within its commercial and mechanical segment, STR Mechanical LLC acquired the remainder to Technical Services II LLC in Virginia to be able to provide mechanical maintenance services that include commercial heating, ventilation, air conditioning, food service equipment and electric services including plumbing. 80% of the STR Mechanical has already been acquired by IES last April 2016.

Last March, another subsidiary has bought Freeman Enclosure Systems LLC in Cincinnati for an undisclosed amount. According to a December filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, IES was successful in acquiring five subsidiaries since the middle part of 2015. At present, IES is ranked No. 83 on Houston Business Journal’s Largest Houston-Based Companies because of its more than $695.9 million annual revenue.

If you have issues with your electric installations, your best option is electrician in Cannon Hill that has gained a reputation for unquestionable professionalism and quality service. He puts extra care to the project and ensures that work is done right the first time to save your time and money.

 

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Salvation Army To Provide A More Affordable Funeral Service For Australians

Consumer advocates are happy. Salvation Army has entered the funeral industry of Australia. Consumer advocates are seriously concerned with some unscrupulous funeral service providers that prey on newly bereaved families. Because there is lack of competition in several areas, families do not have much choice.

Salvo Funerals was launched in Sydney after a successful 6-month trial period where it delivered more than 90 funerals. According to Malcolm Pittendrigh, chief executive of the funeral homes, the social enterprise is designed to meet the requirements of the community and return money to the not-for-profit. He has worked with the Salvation Army for almost 20 years and he pitched the idea of funeral services to the senior management as a “natural extension” of the work they provide.

The funeral market in Australia is dominated by two big players and Salvo Funerals hope to provide a more affordable option. People must have an opportunity for a fairer price model which is more transparent for bereaved families. Salvo Funerals hope to meet the needs of people in the lower economic class who cannot afford to pay thousands of dollars for funeral services.

The cost of funeral services in Australia varies widely. According to industry members that were interviewed by Guardian Australia, $10,000 is the average in Sydney. Salvo Funerals has a base offering of $2,180 for no-service, no-attendance cremation which is less than the $4,000 quoted by Asic for basic cremation.

Only 20% of people have made pre-plans for their funerals and the vast majority does not have any clue on how to organize a funeral. InvoCare dominates Australia’s funeral industry with 3 national branches and 30 regional operations. In 2016, its full year results showed almost 12% increase in its operating earnings after tax to $55.2 million. Its overall gross sales reached $450.7 million, up by 3.3% from the previous year.

Losing a loved one is very frustrating but there is funeral director in Rockingham who will provide the best advise on the most affordable options that will meet the needs of the family. Aside from providing personal attention to detail, you can expect empathy, patience, understanding and kindness from the funeral director and his staff.

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3 Benefits Of Using Illustrated Maps

Illustrated Maps have been around since the dawn of time. Maps were created and utilized to provide detailed information on a particular area without the need for words. In lieu of wordy explanations, maps utilize symbols to guide the user to a particular spot. Nowadays, you can find different types of maps in the market or in your local library but one of the most preferred types are those with illustrations due to the following reasons.

Useful patterns

One of the benefits of illustrated maps is it has patterns that easily depicts roads, pavements, dirt roads,  highways and other guide that will make it easier for the user to find his way if ever he gets lost. To use maps accurately, it would be best to familiarize road patterns and other symbols that are generally used in Illustrated Maps. These symbols are indicated on the legend at the bottom or on the side of the map.

Understandable figures for landmarks

Because they have symbols and landmarks, illustrated maps are easier to use and understand. You can easily tell if you are looking at a school, cathedral, park, a train station, a community or residential area or a bridge or major waterway. With this, you can easily determine where you are and your exact location including the spot that you are trying to locate. A traditional map only indicates the name of thestreet or area but it does not indicate what you can find in the place.

Locate the area faster

With Illustrated Maps, there are more details on it so you can easily find areas or the spot that you are looking for. Once you are aware of your exact location, you can easily determine where your target location is and how you can get there easily. An illustrated map has road patterns so you can easily tell if you are on the right track or how to get back to the right direction in case you get lost. The good thing about illustrated maps is that they are less complicated and easy to use.

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Business Tourism in York to target Conferences and Events

Attracting events to a city is now becoming an important component of tourism. New conference venues are being built in cities for international events. However, it is also important to train new conference managers to proactively target high profile business events.

In York, there is a new tourism drive that is being launched to attract conferences, business visitors and events to the city. Make It York campaign was planned to significantly enhance the value of business tourism. The campaign will focus on promoting the city as world-class destination for conferences, meetings and events.

VisitYork4Meetings, the business tourism brand has invested in a new enquiry system called Gratis. This is a global web-based booking system that will match venues with buyers to make bookings in York quicker and more efficient. On the other hand, Incentive England is a new marketing campaign that is being funded by Discover England Fund through a partnership with VisitEngland to attract London-based Destination Management Companies to hold their events in York.

Incentive Travel is a reward that will be given to corporate sales teams. York is in a good position right now to benefit from the lucrative market where companies spend an average of £800 per person per trip. Companies that are looking for high end luxury trips can opt for York that offers business visitors unparalleled experiences, attractions and highest quality accommodations and dining options that are ideal for the incentive travel sector.

VisitYork4Meetings has recently hosted a workshop that included 40 tourism-related companies all of which are interested to gain a slice of the incentive pie. Among the companies that attended include Grand Hotel, Principal York, Betty’s Café Tea Rooms and the Yorkshire Chauffeur Company. These companies can join up with other businesses to offer ready-made packages and maximize the benefits from the conferences and meetings that will be held in York.

When your business is holding an event, it is important to have conference managers who will be in charge of day-to-day management of finances, marketing, catering, public relations and other important elements of an event. They will ensure that all the services provided will meet the needs of the business and the event effectively.

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3 Advantages Of Fantastic Wooden Trunk

Shopping for furniture whether for your bathroom or other areas of the house can be stressful and time-consuming. If you want to make the process speedy, determine what you want and what you need. For instance, if you are looking for trunks, you can look directly for a Fantastic Wooden Trunk, if that is what you fancy. Go directly to websites that offer such products. There are different types of wood that are used for making trunks but one of the most ideal furniture materials is oak wood. Here are some of the reasons why:

Elegant appeal

One of the positive qualities of oak furniture or trunks is that they look classy and elegant even without doing so much on the woodwork. It can also easily blend with other materials in your areas. You can place it alongside with glass or other furniture such as those with metal frame. This will give your place an adventurous appeal and even a hint of luxury on it. Another positive quality of an oak trunk is it improves over time instead of deteriorating. Over time, oak furniture becomes more rustic and aesthetically appealing.

Durable material

One of the reasons why oak is excellent to be made as Fantastic Wooden Trunkis that it is proven to be durable. It can sustain exposure to sunlight, moisture and even with extra weight. Because of these qualities, trunks made of oak become one of the most reliable furniture materials today. Oak furniture is carved out of a solid piece of wood. It is scratch resistant and cannot be stained easily.

Available and affordable

Oak furniture such as Fantastic Wooden Trunk are in demand in the market today. You can find wooden trunks made of oak in furniture shops and among online suppliers. With all the options you have, finding a good wooden trunk would not be so challenging. And because they are widely available, you can be sure to find promo items and good deals out of the product. Visit at least five online suppliers to get the product easier and at a lower price.

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Pune Station Showcase Airport Board Signs

The administration of the Pune railway in collaboration with the students and faculty members of the MIT Institute of Design has developed the latest signage board system that is based on scientific studies. The same signage boards can be seen displayed at the airport. The signage will aid passengers in directing them around the railway station in Pune because it is known to cover a large area. The board system will also help the passengers in keeping track with the schedule of the trains operating in the station. The boards will feature three different languages including Marathi, Hindi and English. It is expected that within this month the board system will have been installed already all over the station.

According to the DRM or division railway manager of Pune, BK Dadabhoy, these signage board system was created to offer a station that is passenger friendly. Through this new signage, every passenger will be able to easily locate where they are going. The same signage system can be seen at the airport which has served the passengers in a good way. He added that the project will cost about Rs 20 lakh to be completed and it will take one month in order for the entire board system to be installed all over Pune railway station.

The director of the institute, Professor Dhimant Panchal, is the one responsible for heading the said project. He said that the signage system was developed with the people as their focus since its main role is to assist the passengers. While designing the system, a number of scenarios were considered whether the person is a passenger, dropping someone off or waiting to pick up someone.

Panchal worked with a number of people for the project including RajendraThakre, assistant professor and two postgraduate students of the graphic design course, NilanjanChakrawarthy and AkhilKomath. The developers said that some of the signage boards will have a backlit while others such as those to be installed in the platforms will be normal ones. This new generation of signage boards is also commonly seen as office signs in Sydney along with the traditional wall decals people are still used to seeing.

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How To Fill Out A Courier Quote

There are many ways to make your required services easier to obtain just as there are several ways to make the available technology work for you. Nowadays, courier companies have made their service delivery even more convenient. They have tools on their website which allow customers to fill out a courier quote to get an idea how much they are going to pay for the courier service. If you are not sure how to do it, here are the steps:

  • Visit the website of your preferred courier company.
  • Click the “Get a Quote” tab.
  • Fill out the form found therein. The good thing about getting cost estimates is that in some courier companies, they offer up to 50% savings on your shipping costs compared to going directly to their office to send a parcel.
  • The courier quote form is very simple and does not require personal information. You just have to fill in your country and location then the country and location of the parcel’s destination. You are also required to put in the parcel detail such as its length, width, weight and height.
  • The next step would be to select a courier of your choice. You will find different courier companies including their rates. You also have to select your preferred options such as the collection and delivery date, the type of courier service and other choices. You can get information about the type of services offered on the same page.
  • After that you will be directed to the next page wherein you will fill out the details of your address and the recipient.
  • The next step is the declaration of the contents and the insurance requirements. Then you would have to agree on the courier policies.
  • The next step would be the processing of the secure payment. After that, you will be directed to the last page of the courier quote, which is the completion stage.
  • As a side note, make sure that you accurately indicate the exact weight and declare the real contents of the parcel to avoid surcharge and even rejection of service if there is any illegal content on the parcel.
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Unexpected Windfall To Fund Sydney’s Key Projects

Billions of dollars are being earmarked by the state government for two key projects in this year’s budget. Sydney’s road and rail building will get bigger due to the unexpected windfall. State-owned assets were sold to fast track a second Harbour tunnel crossing and the new M6 motorway located south of Sydney.

At least $10 billion is expected to be earned from the sale of Land and Property Information Service and Endeavor Energy. It is understood that Transport Minister Andrew Constance is for pushing for the completion date of the Western Metro rail link so that it can be completed on 2025 instead of 2030. That will be 5 years ahead of schedule.

Government sources say that funds coming from planned privatizations will pave the way for more infrastructure projects that have gained government support but lacked adequate funding. If more funds are available, there will be more opportunities to deliver roads, transport, schools and hospitals for the people of the state.

According to Premier Gladys Berejiklian, it would be rather inappropriate to speculate on the proceeds that will be generated through the asset recycling transactions because they are still underway but at least $1.5 billion net is expected from the sale of the Land and Property Information Service. The proceeds have already been earmarked for the building of a stadium and development. On the other hand, the figures may even be higher than expected.

S16 billion was received by the government from the sale of Ausgrid and $10 billion from Transgrid. Another windfall is expected from the privatization of 50% of Endeavor Energy.

The planned second Harbour tunnel that will connect new WestConnex motorway at Rozelle and cross underneath the Sydney harbour was priced at $4.5 billion in 2014. Sales proceeds will allow the government to commit more funds towards development of infrastructures.

When you are looking for plastering and plastering repairs, the best option is plastering in Sydney that boasts of more than 2 decades of serving customers in area. Experienced plasterers will provide quality workmanship for your business or home. You can call the plasterers for a free quote or send email for professional consultation.

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Argentina And Brazil Reaching Out To Allies In South America

In a recent announcement made by the presidents of two South American countries – Brazil and Argentina – they are looking for a more ambitious trade with the Latin American countries. They quipped that regional ties should be stronger than ever because their relations now with Washington are in the brink of uncertainty.

Mauricio Macri, the president of Argentina, said in Brazil that they have already discussed with Michel Temer, his counterpart, regarding the fact that they should have stronger ties in all areas excluding football.

Macri said that there are now a lot of doubts when it comes to the issues they are facing globally but it is clear that alliance in the region is necessary.

Macri also talked about the troubles that Mercosur is facing as well as other trade bloc such as Uruguay, Paraguay and the now suspended Venezuela. He expressed that they should discuss a deal with the European Union because the organization is intent in creating accord with countries.

Temer also discussed about creating ties with areas such as Alianza del Pacifico because it has trade bloc under it that covers Peru, Mexico, Colombia and Chile.

Temer said after the discussion that they were able to talk about the further integration of countries in Latin America, more importantly Mexico and South America.

The motivating factor behind these all is the protectionist shift of Donald Trump, the newly elected president of the United States. Because of the new administration, the US is no longer a part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and he is now in the process of renegotiating with the NAFTA pact made between Mexico and Canada.

According to analysts, countries with shaky economic status such as Brazil should benefit if they create a partnership with Mexico and other southern countries.

Brazil and Argentina are neighbours and recognizes the fact that they should come together. These two countries have a lot in common and both current presidents are now inclined in committing liberal reforms to stop the recessions as a result of a long leftist leadership.

To drive the economy, they are trying to attract more tourists through tour packages offered by various companies such as www.southamericatours.com.au.

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How Cities Will Be Transformed By Economic And Business Trends

In the next 20 years, the global urban environment will change with cities at the centre stage of the environmental and social challenges. According to the 2016 estimates of McKinsey Global Institute, the world’s most economically powerful cities account for at least 75% of the global GDP. When cities change, everything is affected from lifestyles, businesses and the economy.

Right now, changes are very quick because of the growing number of people who prefer to stay in cities. According to figures from the United Nations, 54% of the world’s population lives in cities and it is expected that the numbers will continue to increase by 2050.

Cities will be shaped by economic and business trends as proven by the rise of New York and London due to the global finance industry. Every city in China like Beijing and Shanghai will be transformed by the nation’s improving economy. Dubai in the United Arab Emirates has soared skyward as the region diversifies away from oil to services.

One of the most important influencers in urban centres is advancing technology which is expected to result into dramatic changes in the next two decades. In order to predict how urban centres will change, consider as example the small city of Singapore.

Singapore is the city of the future with its sustainable development and strict traffic management policies. The city has addressed major infrastructure challenges like housing. Singapore is very densely populated but it does not feel chaotic or oppressive. Singapore’s high rise buildings accommodate its workforce.

Landlords are taking notice and they are getting more creative with office fitouts to attract tenants and to create a more collaborative workspace. The number of start-ups in Singapore from 24,000 in 2005 to 42,000 in 2013 which requires a higher level of supply of office real estate in the market.

An outdated office environment can be easily transformed into an inspiring workplace through office fitouts in Canberra. Creating a new office design will be the priority but the kind of office environment required will also be considered. A team of professionals will ensure that office design, décor and furnishings will meet your satisfaction.

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How To Choose Liberty Automotive Protection

There are several benefits of having your car’s important parts covered by automotive protection. For one, you get peace of mind that whatever happens to your vehicle, when you need to have it repaired or an important part has to be replaced, your expenses will be reimbursed because you have Liberty automotive protection. If you are planning to have an automotive protection, take a look at the following advice on how to get the right policy for you.

Know your needs

There are different plans for you to choose from. Take time to read each policy to find out which of them provides all your auto protection needs. You also have to consider what your priorities are in terms of protecting your car. Do you want to protect only the major parts of your vehicle or do you want a comprehensive coverage which means that all your auto parts will be protected. There are also plans that cover expensive cars and there also the type that only covers maintenance. Regardless what your needs are, a specific plan will be offered to you. Talk to a customer service representative to get more ideas.

Consider your budget

The rates differ depending on the type of Liberty automotive protection that you will get. Before you sign up for a plan, consider what your budget is for your auto protection then start looking for the right plan for you. You can consult an expert mechanic or the company’s customer service representative for advice and also to get ideas on the most suitable auto protection for you.

When do you need it?

Another point of consideration is when you are going to sign up for an automotive coverage plan. Ideally, you should have your vehicle covered all year round because you never know when a vehicle issue would come up. Especially if you are frequently on the road or you use your vehicle most of the time, it is important that you get a reliable Liberty automotive protection that you can depend on. Check the website to find out how you can sign up to a policy today.

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Alleged Native Vegetation Removal Under Investigation

A United States investment firm’s property arm in Australia that promotes high environmental standards is subject to allegations of illegally removing native vegetation located in Victoria.

Illegal removal of some native vegetation

Corinella Farms Pty Ltd., which is owned by the US company Proterra Investment Partners, has been purchasing farmland in the areas of Navarre and Donald in order to grow grain crops.

Concerns were raised by the Donald Landcare group against Corinella Farms who have been eliminating native vegetation with no permit on the farms the company purchased south of Donald, close to Lake Batyo Catyo. The group also asked for an investigation from the Northern Grampians Shire Council.

A different investigation is conducted by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and the Northern Grampians Shire Council into a ‘few cases’ of supposed illegal clearing of the native vegetation on the land located at Navarre which is north of Stawell.

The owner of these several properties is said to be Corinella Farms.

A source from the Northern Grampians Shire Council mentioned that there were trees in ‘hundreds’ removed and also burnt on the properties located at Navarre.

The Weekly Times, however, is not indicating that Corinella Farms is held responsible for this vegetation removal.

A member from the Donald Landcare group, who wished to stay anonymous, has claimed that limbs from a lot of black box trees were smashed off at Batyo Catyo.

The Landcare member claimed that Corinella deep ripped other trees to get them under stress through ‘clearing by stealth.’ Lignum had been cleared and burnt also in the property.

Some piles of these black box trees are still at the Batyo Catyo properties.

A spokeswoman from the Northern Grampians Shire Council mentioned that the council did not get any planning applications from landlords in the area to eliminate native vegetation for greater than a year.

Corinella Farms is said to have purchased the properties half a year back.

Permits are needed when removing native vegetation, as well as lopping branches, especially when done on the designated ‘tree protection zones.’

Conclusion

While these are still accusations or allegations without proper investigation yet, it is really important that individuals and companies consider their actions especially with removing trees, vegetation and even just branches. Regardless if it is just a tree lopping in Melbourne or tree lopping in Perth – and most especially if it is total clearance or removal – this should be done legally and with permits.

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What Rules And Regulations Can Business Expect Under The Trump Administration?

One of the campaign promises of Donald Trump during the presidential campaign is to get rid of red tape that has been strangling small businesses. Now that Trump has been elected as US President, will he follow the promise of a pro-business populist platform?

In his speech at the New York Economic Council, Trump said that over-regulation is costing the US economy $2 trillion every year which results into a reduction of household wealth by $15,000. The study made by SBA Office of Advocacy in 2010 released the same conclusions that US regulations are costly and cumbersome.

Some businesses respect that the government want to protect consumers. They consider the regulations as minimal annoyance that is not overly intrusive. Some of the regulations are issued through Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Transportation, Occupational Safety and Health Administration and other state-level or city-level agencies.

In practice, the regulations are frustrating and non-productive; however, they are intended to protect businesses and the health and safety of consumers. Taxes and regulations are onerous burdens while compliance with healthcare regulations can be quite difficult. Small businesses find it hard to navigate the different kinds and levels of regulations. Keeping track of all the regulations can be tricky and hurts the ability to compete in the global market.

Startups have certain hurdles to overcome. For example, selling alcohol has to be licensed in virtually every state of the US independently from others. Regulations make it difficult to ship a bottle to a consumer in Denver or sell to a liquor shop in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Businesses must devote time to track changes in regulations. Sometimes, small business owners learn that there is new regulation when they are fined for violating it. There is no fraud or deception involved but simple ignorance of the law which is not an acceptable excuse.

One of the challenges that a business has to face is global competition. Since business processes constantly evolve, it is important for a business to understand how to implement workflow technology to solve their challenges. Workflow technology can improve the way that business processes are captured, reengineered, optimized and automated.

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Truck Driver Shortage In 2016 – Truck Drivers Needed To Help Economic Growth

There is a large demand for jobs for truck driving to eradicate the shortage. First of all, the shortage of truck drivers is a big threat to logistics, which will bring the economy to a standstill. The shortage did not just emerge this year, as this has been an ongoing problem that remains unresolved over the past few years. There is a continuous and compounding shortage of thirty thousand drivers annually and from now on, there is a need to hire additional one eighty-nine thousand truck drivers annually to eradicate the shortage.

High Turnover Rate

Jobs for truck driving may be in demand because fewer people are answering the pool and there are many causes. For one, there is currently an all-time high in the turnover rate. This is because the annual demand is never met and continuously grow, add to the fact that every year, there is a constant number of long-term drivers that need to retire. Another reason is that the job is very rigorous that the rate of drivers that quits before retirement age is very high.

Regulations on Hours in Service

There are existing stringent regulations governing the number of hours a truck driver has to drive while on duty, one of them is not to exceed 11 hours of driving without taking a mandatory 8-hour break. Because safety is paramount and the driver must have complete attention on the task at hand and on the road, this just sounds fair, however, truck drivers are paid by the mile they cover and not by the hour. This limits the driver’s’ income and may have contributed as to why commercial truck drivers search for better opportunities in other industries.

Speed Limits

Because of existing regulations on hours of driving and the drivers are paid by the mile and not by the hour, truck drivers are forced to drive faster in order to be able to bring more to the table. But another regulation exists that hinders them in trying to make ends meet. Speed limits are in place especially for commercial drivers primarily to avoid accidents. The objective of the regulation is fair, however, it causes the drivers to cover lesser miles in a day and therefore, lesser pay.

Conclusion

Shortage in the truck driving pool is worrisome and the industry needs to address this by increasing benefits and incorporating the use of technology to reduce drivers’ workload. With this, truck driver retention will hopefully increase to eradicate the shortage.

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