It is very common to see people asking questions about how the COVID-19 outbreak is going to affect housing prices. The bottom line here is that it is going to be negative for anyone that wants to sell their house as the prices are going to go down. There have been significant discussions about the property market and the wider effects of COVID-19 on the economy. Still, interest cuts that we were made are now easing the credit conditions for some. Property investment strategies for individuals with essential and secure jobs would include purchasing now while prices are low.
Stimulus packages and
the rate cuts
The rate cuts and stimulus packages are only going to do so much. The Reserve Bank of Australia has cut rates after the Coronavirus outbreak worsened. This is positive for the housing market on its own as prices will now stabilise and may even go up slightly. The bank is cutting rates due to the Coronavirus negatively impacting the economy as a whole; there is no escaping that. The government has already given out a stimulus package, but there is going to be a further fiscal stimulus to come. There are going to be more negative effects on employment also, bringing in an even bigger shock to the economy.
The housing market is going to see a pullback of buyers and will be taking forward drive out of the market. This will result in us seeing the prices fall. Even looking at what it has done to asset prices, it is evident that COVID-19 has hit the economy hard. Interest rates are low but so is the disposable income of many at this time due to job losses or uncertainty.
For those who have
wealth tied within the share market, their investment profits have diminished,
which means the potential for using that wealth to buy into the housing market
is lowered significantly.
Looking to buy?
At the moment, those who are in very secure jobs are really in quite a good position as the market has become weak. The virus has taken out a big group of buyers; those who are going by the wait and see approach and those who cannot buy due to a reduced income. Some people have not even been able to keep their job at all. These types of buyers have been taken out of the housing market for the time being.
I want to sell
If you are a seller,
then you need to appreciate that the market is going to become weaker. The
would-be sellers that once had flexibility are now deferring, which can cushion
those prices falling. There is still going to be those people out there that
need to sell their home for whatever reason. The turnover is going to decline,
but we are still going to see homes coming out in the property market.
For the property
The market has become difficult for investors. The investors can benefit greatly from the decline in rates. Still, this benefit is offset due to the declining rent as many lose their jobs and are unable to pay. If landlords are having to pay property management fees and pay mortgages to banks, it can be stressful if a tenant cannot afford their rent.
The Coronavirus is
causing a weakness in the economy, which is only going to accentuate the
downward pressure that is on rent within the short term and investors need to
be aware of this. If the prices come down, then the investors are going to be
in a more secure position to buy. However, the weakness is still going to
remain in the rent and will remain for sometime after this virus has
In each state, the markets are doing something different. Still, the main point is evident right across all the markets, which is that the virus is impacting the property market everywhere.
Almost all construction works require construction contractors to process the soil to help with the foundation. The type, size, and depth of the foundation would also determine the type of construction to be erected on the foundation. This processing of the earth, or earthwork is more important to the success of the overall construction project than any other developmental stage of the construction.
Building a major construction usually involves removing and moving large amounts of ground materials from the underground from the construction site to create solid foundations and other earthworks that can withstand all the several performance demands of the new construction project.
In a nutshell,any major construction project, from infrastructure to buildings begins with the construction of a strong foundation to support the building. Constructing a strong foundation or any other earthwork requires digging and removing a substantial part of the underground.
Nevertheless, some things are found underground that could disrupt a construction. These include tree roots, large stones/rock, water pipes, sewage pipes, electricity pipes, and gas pipe.
Tree roots are natural things that are found underground that can disrupt any construction project. Tree roots and underground earthworks, including foundation, are often incompatible. Any attempt to build a construction where there are lots of trees can pose a series of challenges to the construction.
This is because tree roots can largely affect the moisture levels in the soil, with soil swelling/heave, structure shrinkage and cracking being some of the most common risks. The presence of tree roots can end up causing foundations and other earthworks to shift and crack if not harm the entire construction structures. One such example is the invasion of tree roots in drains, a prominent problem faced by plumbers worldwide. Trees that stand very close to the earthwork ae not the only one with potential for serious damages. Even trees that are as far as 30m away from the construction site can pull moisture from the soil and subsequently lead to a host of problems.
If possible the tree may be removed before construction but sometimes due to environmental concern, the tree must not be removed. However, when it is evident that the earthwork would subsequently be affected by the tree root, a fairly deep trench could be employed. The trench should be filled with concrete but a compressible material must be used on both sides of the external trenches to counteract any swelling in the ground.
Large stones and rocks found underground can also disrupt a construction. However, these obstructions can be broken and removed to allow for work progress, though breaking or removing them may slow down the work process.
Water pipes can also disrupt construction. These are water pipes installed underground to serve the community. The water pipes can either be rechanneled to give way for the construction or made to pass through the soil or the concrete foundation. Though in this case, the already installed water pipe must be carefully handled to prevent damages to them. This fragility of the pipes is exactly the reason why plumbers opt for pipe relining, instead of manually tempering them, when doing plumbing maintenance.
Similar to the water pipes, sewage pipes can also disrupt construction. But unlike the water pipes, sewage pipes are more difficult to handle because they must not be trapped within the concrete but allowed to move freely. Hence the sewage pipes must either be rechanneled in such a way that they are unaffected or made to go much below the top of the foundation concrete.
Finally, before handling electricity, gas, water, or sewage pipes, it is important to consult buildings and warranty inspectors for their approval to excavated the underground before any construction. Understanding the types of soil that you are building on is also very important.
Choosing Soil Before Construction
Choosing construction sites with the best soil is very important in any building project. This is because all constructions are connected to the soil, be it a small apartment, tower, bridge, condo, etc. All constructions and buildings are erected on soil and most times with soil.
Constructions and buildings must be erected on strong and solid soils, otherwise, danger is looming. However, soils differ in strength. While some soils are very strong and capable of supporting a skyscraper, some other soils are so poor that they can hardly support the weight of a man. The truth is, if the soil under a building construction is unstable, the foundation of the building would either sink or crack or worse still, the building may fall. Even if you are not planning to construct a multi-storey building, soil quality is still very important for constructions with ‘lighter’ structures, such as an adult zip line park as an example.
There are several soils in Australia and as mentioned above, some of these soils are very good for construction works while some are very bad for construction. Here is a list of soils found in Australia that are good for construction.
Loam: this is widely known as the ideal type of soil. It is typically a perfect combination of clay, silt, and sand. The soil is soft, dark, dry and crumbly to the touch. This type of soil is the best for construction, especially foundations, because of its evenly-balanced properties. Loam maintains water at a balanced rate. The Otway tree top adventure in Lorne, Victoria, is built on top of loam soil, which due to its properties, will be able to hold the extra weight on top of the giant trees that are already growing on them.
Rocky soil: this type of soil includes shale, sandstone, limestone, bedrock, etc. It is very stable, has high bearing capacities, and is very good and strong for constructing foundations. As long as the rock particles are level, the foundation will be well-supported. Rock is impermeable to water and does not change size or shape when touched by water. More so, once fixed, rock does not move, shift, or slide. This makes it more useful for constructing foundations. Foundations constructed with rocks would not have cracks.
Sand: this type of soil is formed from small particles of weathered rock so it has a gritty texture. Though it is not good for constructing a foundation, it is good for constructing other structures because of its ability to drain out water easily. For additional stability, this type of soil may be compacted. Another reason why sandy soil is good for construction is because of its irregular shapes, the soil particles catch against one another to lock into place. This, therefore, provides additional stability. Sometimes, sand is added to building foundations and compacted to create a more stable ground.
Chalk: chalk is formed from very fine particles of alkaline rocks like limestone. Though chalk is a type of clayey soil, it is good for construction because it does not retain moisture and would no shrink or swell at the absence or presence of moisture respectively.
The four mentioned soil above are the types of soil found in Australia that are good for construction. More so, one of the most important physical properties to consider when choosing good soil for construction is the strength and stability of the soil. For instance, clay seemed to be more stable than sand but this is true only during the dry weather as clay becomes unstable in wet seasons. This is one reason why clay expands in the wet season and contracts during the dry season, leading to a crack foundation and walls.
Giving parents the option to choose their child’s sex is very controversial. People believe that it spreads harmful gender stereotypes and puts a falsehood over the parent and child relationship. Whatever your views on this issue, it’s best to do your research, and try to understand why people decide to do it for non-medical reasons. A couple who have struggled for years to have kids may come across a rare opportunity of having a child and if they have the opportunity to go through IVF gender selection, why shouldn’t they be able to? There are plenty of non-medical reasons that are legitimate. The main argument in this article encompasses free will between parents and their child, and of course, the link between other peoples negative opinions.
A local university researched this matter and published the revised guidelines for the IVF clinic. The results seem to include the consideration for allowing gender selection for non-medical reasons, but it appears that the guidelines are still maintaining the ban of choosing the gender of your baby without a medical reason. To put it bluntly, this means that all Australian parents can only select the embryo sex if there is a severe genetic condition that affects a specific gender.
Some people still campaign to have the law extended out to the people who have multiple children of the same sex and wish to have a child of the opposite sex. This is known as gender balancing and is legal in some countries like the USA. NHMRC showed that territories and states could pass the legislation to allow the process if they want to.
A professor from another local university in the School of Medicine states that this is not the right thing to do. She has also researched results that showed the freedom to choose as the main reason to allow sex selection doesn’t give the parents the freedom that they want or deserve.
It seems that parents only want to choose the gender because the freedom they want is to have a particular bond with the child. It seems it is their assumptions about the two different genders that are restricting the parents. Women wish to girls so they can play dolls, dress them in pink and play princesses and men want boys to take fishing and go to football games with.
Parents think certain things can only be enjoyed with a particular type of gender. According to research, it says there is no biological reason why parents cannot have that bond with the opposite sex.
Another professor states that the main issue here is people are equating sex with gender. Parents prefer to have a child of specific sex not because they are concerned about chromosomes, secondary sex characteristics or genitalia of the child but merely gender characteristics. There is no real evidence to support that gender is known as the behaviours, socially constructed roles, activities and the attributes that a place considers it appropriate for women and men being caused by one’s physical sex. Not that these different traits are hardwired to the female and male brain.
Dr Browne believes that sex selection was symbolic to the gender roles that are confronted and dismantled but only is Australia is serious about getting to gender equality.
IVF Sex selection is not just a symptom of gender essentialism, but it aids in preserving it. People are for the fact that if a child has genetic problems that are linked to a specific sex, then the family should be able to choose the opposite sex. Whether the changes happen to let parents choose the sex of their children we don’t know but so far in Australia, it is banned and does not seem to be changing in the near future.
Countries with special building codes that are enforced can prevent devastating structural damages. Apart from building codes, maintaining plumbing systems is easy when builders adhere to plumbing standards. According to Australia’s plumbing standards regulations, certified plumbers must follow the technical requirements for the design of plumbing systems, and installation of materials. Let’s explain what some of the notable plumbing codes in Australia mean.
What Is A Plumbing Code?
A code of practice defines how professionals in certain industries should behave when they execute projects. Generally, the code of practice is a set of technical provisions or guidelines for a specific industry. When government regulators implement a code of practice concerning any sector, everyone expects compliance because codes are often backed by legislation. Inspectors ensure compliance during civil constructions and sanction erring contractors. Also, approval will not be given to plumbing systems that violate the Plumbing Code of Australia.
How Does the Plumbing Code of Australia (PCA) Work?
Usually, any set of building rules in Australia is part of the overall National Construction Code. Like the Plumbing Code of Australia (PCA), industry regulators ensure that plumbers use the right designs, materials, and follow technical details during installation and maintenance tasks which include the clearing of a blocked drain. Every state in Australia and territory adopts the Plumbing Code of Australia 2019 (PCA). So, these set of codes apply to plumbers and building contractors.
In simple terms, the PCA is a pact between territory and state plumbing acts and regulations. Apart from the construction of facilities that use water, the technical provisions in Australia’s plumbing code cover maintenance jobs, replacement, and upgrades. Additionally, it’s the duty of the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) to ensure that contractors are compliant.
Description of Plumbing Code of Australia (PCA)
To make general inquiries regarding plumbing and drainage plumbing projects, visit the Water Efficiency Labeling and Standards Regulator (WELSR) in Australia. However, building and plumbing contractors will need to certify and authorize their designs before commissioning any project. Some aspects of plumbing and drainage projects require basic levels of compliance from the PCA.
Water services, and residential drainage systems
Sanitary plumbing, and stormwater drainage systems
Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems
Onsite facilities for wastewater (treatment) management systems
Onsite facilities for liquid and waste management systems
Benefits of the Plumbing Code Of Australia
With the plumbing code, contractors can achieve acceptable standards during installation, and maintenance of plumbing systems. The right standards will improve hygiene, public health, safety, and quality of facilities. Also, ensuring proper plumbing codes helps to sustain infrastructure, manage resources, conserve the environment, and water. While ensuring the accountability of contractors, plumbing codes help to set up a transparent framework that checks the quality of materials. Materials of lower quality have been proven to be bad for the long run as these create more problems fast which would require more frequent drains repair. Additionally, the PCA is a national objective for assessing the performance of plumbing and construction projects.
Some Notable Plumbing Codes
Sanitary Drainage Systems
Sanitary plumbing codes for drainage systems cover sanitary appliances and fixtures. This regulation prevents loud noises from plumbing and disposal systems. So, contractors should install sound insulators on plumbing and drainage systems. It will dampen the noise from built-in mechanical components.
Accessible Plumbing and Drainage Fixtures for People with Disability
The requirements for designing and constructing sanitary facilities in any building must be friendly to people with disability. In the PCA, there’s a clear directive that plumbers should implement accessible facilities for people with disability.
These requirements include verification processes for pressure and temperature control devices. Under the water service section of Australia’s plumbing code, warm water systems must maintain specific storage temperature. Also, the regulation requires heated water service pipes and drinking water pipes to be connected.
Laminate, Timber Veneer, and Solid Timber have a part to play in the building of furniture equally in Healthcare and Commercial software. Generally Engineered timber is much more commonly utilized in Healthcare programs while Laminate and Timber Veneer are more frequently utilized in the industrial offices. There are also other applications for each of these timber products. In order to be able to use it effectively, we have compiled the information and benefits of the three products to give you a general idea on when to use them.
Laminate is a decorative coating made from multiple layers of paper that are resin made out of thermosetting resins, this Surface is then glued into a strand board. Laminate is available in countless patterns, colors, and finishes. The principal benefits to laminate are that it’s lasting & hardwearing- it’s resistant to warm water (around 180ºc) dry heat, staining, and impact. This item is ideal for use on desktops, tables, and sideboards which frequently have exposure to fluid. They likewise don’t scratch as easily as wood meaning tops which are often subjected to heavy traffic and challenging conditions such cutlery are prone to survive longer. Laminated timber is normally more affordable than solid timber, hence, an economical option for low budget jobs. The drawback of using Laminate compared to wood is its physical appearance. Laminate can seem very unrealistic and lack the heat and one of a kind grain of the genuine wood.
From a healthcare product standpoint, Laminate is excellent for jobs with a lesser budget and perfect for furniture which will be subjected to the day daily moisture and overall daily wear and tear of all items like Dining tables, Bedside cabinets, and sideboards.
Timber Veneer is actual timber that’s sliced very thinly and is then pushed onto MDF or particle board substrate. Veneer has the appearance and textures of strong timber with no price tag. The most important benefit of Timber Veneer is the fact that it has the heat and texture of genuine wood minus the price-tag of strong timber. Timber veneer can be offered in a vast assortment of distinct species and grain instructions. Timber veneer may also be stained to match present furniture or fittings. Veneer can be more flexible than solid wood for architectural curves and may be flexed and molded readily. The drawback is that of all three timber products, veneer wood has the least resistance to water. If cared for rather than subjected to moisture, Timber veneer will endure for several decades. The drawback of veneer is it is vulnerable to harm. When the veneer is subjected to liquid, then it gets through fibers at the veneer resulting in swelling and water damage. It may also be readily dented and scratched and shouldn’t be utilized in heavy business traffic places.
For safety concerns, timber veneer shouldn’t be employed on dining tables or bedside tables under any conditions. However, it is ideal for joinery, bookcases, and cabinetry that aren’t subjected to liquid.
Commercially Timber Veneers are fantastic for executive offices, boardroom tables, and joinery.
The most exclusive solid Timber Furniture made in Tasmania is usually made with the rare Huon Pine. The benefit of strong, solid timber is its durability and is frequently known as a “life” merchandise, with the majority of pieces available using a 10+ year guarantee. Not only can it be a robust and durable product in general but it may also be readily refurbished for a portion of the price of replacement. In case the surface of the wood is stained or damaged it could be machined, sanded and resurfaced. Solid Timber can be not as inclined to swell in overall usage. The building of solid wood products increases its durability, with many wood joinery techniques just utilized in solid wood furniture. The organic look and warmth of strong weathered are unmistakable. Timber is organic, unique but may also be stained to match present furniture. A group of merchandise like a dining table, chair and sideboard can be made with a single species of wood allowing all goods to coincide. Solid Timber is also, nevertheless, a more expensive alternative to Laminate or Veneer. Additionally, there are limitations concerning accessibility to large pieces of wood and a variety of species available. Contrary to Laminate the Lacquer on wood can be broken with higher warmth, vulnerable to scratching or scratching from other or cutlery utensils. Solid Timber is perfect in Healthcare programs like dining chairs, tables, and frameless cabinets merely to mention a couple.
Today’s big news brings to light that women are not the only plastic surgery patients nowadays. Men are also pruning to the benefits plastic surgery, and cosmetic remedies provide. From body contouring into facial rejuvenation, plastic surgeons are seeing more and more male patients in their workplaces every year. With lots of factors driving the trend, it does not look the growth in plastic surgery for men is destined to slow down anytime soon. The rise in celebrity culture, social media, and social peer pressure could be factors contributing to the trend, which are not necessarily positive. Though some procedures are necessary and can greatly improve the quality of life of recipients.
Popular Cosmetic Surgery Procedures Amongst Men:
Men are indulging in both surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures, the most popular surgical procedures are:
Rhinoplasty (nose reshaping): men are now also seeking the optimal nose shape or merely undergoing the process to fix any nasal and breathing problems.
Liposuction: again, often undertaken by those who have had physical transformations from weight loss to remove excess fat deposits, commonly on the thighs, stomach, and arms.
Rhytidectomy (facelift): surprisingly, facelifts are increasing in popularity amongst men as more an more men put effort into their skincare and become conscious of their facial appearance.
As more men are finding the capacity to restore their manly contour through surgical procedures, more guys are going to the plastic surgeon’s office for this purpose.
Men also had a multitude of nonsurgical cosmetic remedies, including the following:
Botox Injections: smoothing out fine lines and plumping the skin, men suffer from wrinkles too!
Botox has become a standard procedure in general as more and more individuals want to extend the youthfulness of their skin.
Laser Hair Removal: we see the sleek, hairless men an TV and in movies, now more and more men are going for the hairless look in real life. Laser hair removal is convenient, and long lasting compares to waxing and shaving, hence the popularity amongst men who want a low maintenance look.
Chemical Peels: laser skin treatments and peels are for those who are serious about their appearance, treatments can be customised and are useful in reducing lines and wrinkles, sun spots, freckles and small scars.
Dermal Filler Injections: plumping and increasing youthfulness of the skin. Ageing skin loses elasticity and hydration; dermal fillers restore volume plump up areas including the chin, cheeks, and jawline. Expect to see more men down at the dermatology studio or skin clinic in the coming years as well as tailored packages for men.
Reasons for the Trend:
Besides the growth in men looking for treatment for gynecomastia, there are different motives behind more men looking for plastic surgery now. An increasingly young workforce is forcing middle-aged guys to look for attention in their look to stay competitive in the workplace. These guys are often searching for procedures to shave a couple of years in their appearance without undermining their distinguished, older characteristics entirely. Other guys are moving ahead with the operation as more male actors open about their particular experiences with decorative remedies.
Successful procedures which may be tailored to the particular aims of this male patient will also be driving the trend. Cosmetic surgeons are studying ways to accommodate procedures like facelifts and anti-aging shots to find the outcomes men are searching for. Subtle differences might consist of shaping the jawline without undermining the manly profile and removing some wrinkles while leaving the others intact to accentuate the face.
Finding the Ideal Plastic Surgeon:
Men who are considering cosmetic processes ought to start looking for a plastic surgeon that’s experienced with operating with the male individual. Besides understanding how to tailor approaches to the unique needs of men, these surgeons also attempt to create an environment in their workplaces which is as comfy to male patients because of the feminine origins and stigma. Men should seek experienced practices with appropriate surgical instruments and skills to carry out surgery for men’s needs. Since cosmetic surgery for men may require custom instruments and consultations, specialist surgeons are most suited especially for invasive procedures like male breast reduction. These offices that are understanding and cater for men’s needs will put men at ease in speaking about their aesthetic objectives and let them select the processes which are going to be the best match for them.
Renovations and home extensions may improve the liveability and sustainability of your house with careful preparation, thoughtful layout and a considered choice of builder.
Most local authorities have planning policies which allow minor external and internal changes which don’t change services or structure to be manufactured without council approval, but it’s almost always best to check. Alterations to providers (pipes, drainage, gas and electric) do need approval and review by the appropriate authority but may not need planning or construction approval. You may also need approval if you will be needing crane hire as depending on the size, part of the street may need to be closed off, etc.
Consider engaging a construction sustainability assessor to mimic the entire home if this wasn’t done through the concept design phase. The majority of states currently require that minimal sustainability benchmarks be fulfilled as a condition of acceptance for considerable improvements. A NatHERS rating might not be mandatory but provides invaluable input for your design development procedure.
Your designer needs to have a fantastic working relationship with a construction sustainability assessor. Many designers are licensed construction novelty assessors however other assessors specialise in evaluation completed layouts instead of in layout itself. Go for an assessor who’s equipped to advise on layout as you build providing you with the latest information.
Construction simulation utilizing construction sustainability assessment software describes opportunities to be manipulated or flaws to be overcome via positioning of new chambers or the deletion or ‘sustainable renovation’ of badly located ones. After your basic details are entered into the program, easy modelling of choices may be an affordable means to fine-tune your layout as it evolves.
Construction sustainability assessment Program
Frequently a single window or room could be a source of unwanted summer heat gain or winter heat reduction. Building sustainability evaluation software can simulate various window sizes, orientations and glazing forms to determine which mixes add thermal performance for the most cost efficiently. The summary applications outputs show ‘level hours’ outside a decent assortment of thermal relaxation temperatures for every room and explains the need as well as decrease in thermal mass and glazing and proper shading and insulation levels for the climate.
Ensure that your construction sustainability assessor can offer this level of service. Some do not.
Together with the first investigation in hand, you and your designer may detail the incorporation of its own recommendations such as the implementation of architectural timbers. Use the checklist below to the most frequent recommendations and see more in depth information in other pertinent your house posts. This information is for ponds requiring varying amounts of cooling and heating (95 percent of Australian houses). For detailed tips for cooling (tropical) climates visit Passive cooling system.
Windows and glazing
Fine-tune dimensions and orientation of your own windows. Minimise the size of west and east windows and increase those facing north-west where they get solar access. If you are unable to access solar, just moderate levels of glazing, contemplate low mass building and maximise insulation amounts (see Design for climate; Orientation; Glazing).
Specify appropriate glass kind for climate and every orientation. Orientation-specific glass forms are frequently utilized to conquer adverse orientations or the requirement to catch perspectives. Check that climate proper solar heat gain coefficients (SHGC) and U-values are given (see Glazing).
Specify climate suitable opening fashions and eyeglasses. Utilize insulating frames (wood or PVC) or make certain that aluminium frames possess a ‘thermal break’ in cold and cool climates. Utilize maximum opening area (casement or louvre) in warmer climates (see Design for climate; Passive solar heat; Exotic cooling; Glazing).
Fine-tune shading details. Use horizontal overhang for eaves above north facing glass and flexible or vertical sealing apparatus for west and east (see Orientation; Shading).
Balance glass into mass ratios. Take into consideration thermal mass at the present arrangement and layout sufficient air motion pathways to transport solar profits or night-time cooling empowered by your inclusion to those present resources of storage (see Passive solar heating system; Passive heating; Thermal mass).
Skylight and clerestory window specifications to be weather proper. Double glaze them in cold and cool climates; layout for pile venting in hot and temperate climates. Thermally different light tubes by sealing at mid level or possess controllable lovers in warmer climates (see Skylights).
Design documentation and detailing
Finish your layout and design before starting this stage. Design changes made in this period may add to layout prices, especially if you decide to alter the spot of structural timber beams. Begin with revisiting the ecological aims given at concept stage to be sure they are carried through the comprehensive specifications and plans, which can be submitted to council, tendered by contractors and annexed to a construction contract.
During detailed design finish:
Final floor plan
layout of structural assistance and building systems (see Building systems)
ultimate selection and specification of substances
alterations to space dimensions and measurements to match standard fabric sizes where potential
selection of building materials and systems with famous low waste speeds (see Waste minimisation)
layout of solutions like lighting design, smart design and shifting, water drainage and systems such as recycling or reuse (see Lighting; Smart meters, screens appliances)
detailing of fittings and fixtures including cabinets and joinery
window and glazing program such as dimensions, location, design and glass kind
detailing of shading, thermal mass and cross venting enhancements
specification of insulation type, evaluation and setup particulars
specification and setup details for heating and heating system, hot water service and other stationary appliances (see Heating and cooling; hot water support; Appliances).
Picking a builder
The procedures of building a new home and renovating have considerably a lot in common however, renovation and extension builders require a pair of skills, which fluctuate depending on the period you’re at.
By way of example, do you need the builder to add design solutions, Council approvals, technology certification, construction certificate (if private), the hire of low loaders if necessary and survey or geotechnical reports or is the designer managing these?
Check the contractor’s background — notably in renovations and additions. Extensive renovation experience is crucial. Ask the builder these queries:
Just how long are you in operation?
Are you really comfortable with and enthusiastic about sustainable practices?
What expertise have you got in this kind of project?
Perhaps you have done renovations and developments such as these before?
How can you approach reuse, recycling and waste minimisation?
What aspects of environmentally sound structure would you see as most important?
How can you guarantee that substances come from sources that are environmentally preferred?
Are you really comfortable with certificate protocols such as GreenTag, GECA or FSC certificate?
Are you prepared to purchase materials from nominated, favourite providers?
Are your subcontractors environmentally conscious?
Which Reviews can you take and what guarantee do you provide?
What facilities will you need on the job (e.g. bathroom and kitchen access, materials storage in garage or backyard area)?
How would you divide the website (and dust, noise, vibration) in the living spaces?
Request to see a current job. Speak to previous customers and inspect their houses where possible. Request the customers about and assess for proof of a well-organised, clean and clean and secure website; polite and thoughtful contractors and employees; and environmentally sound practices such as energy efficient windows, durable eco-certified substances, sediment fences and waste separation.
Prior to signing a contract, be sure you are comfortable you can work together with the builder and they have sufficient funds to carry outside the project, adequate ability and expertise to construct this, and therefore are dedicated to sustainable results.
As household sizes continue to diminish and a rapidly growing population, this results in a critical housing shortage and housing unaffordability seeping into the real estate market. This makes apartments and flats a great investment property option as demand is constantly increasing.
With more young people preferring to reside within our cities and state authorities implementing urban growth boundaries in a bid to curtail outside suburban sprawl, it appears the answer lies at greater density housing, namely single bedroom apartment style complexes. As an investor, you have a distinct advantage if it is possible to observe where home trends are heading to the future, especially given that land investment is a long-term endeavour. Selecting the upcoming huge suburb can be hard and fraught with risk, but monitoring lifestyle and household trends is a lot simpler and can offer some fantastic insights to the kind of house you need to be considered for the portfolio. Before, Australians traditionally shied away from 1 bedroom flats in favour of large houses on large blocks of property. Times are changing, however, as is evident from recent statistics published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics which forecasts an increase in the number of single person households. It follows that not only will more home be demanded, but smaller sized dwellings will be highly sought after as need develops.
As an investor looking at property for sale this home revolution generates some exciting changes, especially given that smaller, 1 bedroom flats are often more viable concerning pricing. Many investors that understand that place is crucial in regards to producing powerful, long-term capital gains have become concerned lately about having the ability to split into the desired inner city and bayside suburbs. Together with the value of home rising significantly in those proven high growth regions within the last ten years, it is little wonder some believe they’ve missed the ship. There are still rules to see when choosing the best possible flat. What exactly makes a fantastic apartment investment?
Location: We are aware that inner city regions are in increasing demand from younger generations and that a lot of the very proven investment places lie within a 10-kilometre radius of our major CBD’s. But it is not only about the postcode; your flat needs to be within walking distance of the comforts, like stores, restaurants, and public transportation. In addition, you will need to find the very best road in the area; rather one that is quiet and tree lined, and constantly avoid purchasing on active roads. Many exclusive apartments are sold through private real estate listings so do your research and find a winner.
Architectural Style: In the conclusion of the past decade many elements of both Melbourne and Sydney were over-developed using generic, higher rise style flat complexes. These mega-towers started to dominate the city skylines and produced a concrete jungle in their aftermath. A good deal of investors had been stung by off the strategy prices rather than gained a return in their purchase because they forgot the golden rule, you must always get a property which has scarcity value (a point of difference) and will maintain always strong need. And generic flats surely do not fit the bill there are simply too many of the same thing. Instead, you have to go for something in an old, smaller complex of ten to twenty flats. Obviously buying something which needs a small face-lift gives a chance to add value and boost your rental yield instantly. Luxury inner city apartments designed celebrity style obviously have the most value but you can always employ some stylish decor to give that vibe. Couples are looking for contemporary and practical apartment living not a dull space that looks just the same as the next block.
Amenities: When some characteristics of an apartment have been regarded as an optional bonus by renters, like your own laundry centres or backyard or balcony, others are a must have. It is important to supply a car space to the renter, despite the fact that they may be public transportation users. The fact is, even if they don’t require a car, potential customers may and it is buyers that determine real estate values.
Views: A flat with a nice view is obviously likely to show more popular than one with a window which overlooks the neighbours area or a brick wall. It’s also wise to seek an apartment that is bright and light. Ensure that you consult the local council to find out whether any development is intended next door later on and if so, which kind.
Layout: A lot of men and women believe a 1-bed apartment will probably be uninviting, however when the design is right they could consume as much, or even more allure than something big and imposing. Ensure there is plenty of storage and a decent kitchen.
In Summary: Together with our changing lifestyles and considering over half of the families in Australia are one and two person families, nicely situated spacious one bedroom flats make excellent investments and will provide powerful capital and rental growth in the long run.
The company card is one thing that digital will not completely replace anytime soon. Here are a few reasons why the old school business card remains significant, and why you need to have a pocket full of them constantly.
Swapping contact information digitally is unbiased
Networking is about making real connections. Sending contact info via text or email on the place is convenient but it is also extremely impersonal. Engaging in eye contact and real conversation is the way real relationships begin.
Two people with their heads buried in their telephones typing away will not produce any sort of significant memory of their experience. It is easy to transfer the data from a business card to your mobile device after the dialog.
They are the best direct marketing tools
Email advertising, search engine optimization and paid press all do an excellent job of bringing prospects and leads, but they still are not as successful as an in-person meeting sealed with a handshake together with a business card exchange.
You can encounter a possible lead or contact anytime; tradeshows, business conventions, happy hour, airport lounges, at a restaurant. When choosing to equip yourself with business cards at all times, you will make certain you never miss a chance to earn a valuable company connection. Keep some in your pockets, wallet, money clip or notebook bag so the next time you encounter a prospect you are prepared.
A business card is the first impression of your brand
When you meet somebody that could possibly be an excellent prospect or connection, do you want them to walk off with a terrific first impression? A memorable business card, with a specific print design does a lot more than simply pass on an email address or telephone number. When I make a connection via my business card, I really do not want my new related to the word cheap. A retail store hoping to make a terrific first impression would not produce a storefront sign using a bit of cardboard and a Sharpie, perhaps go to an actual printing business and get some signage printingdone. I have that exact same mentality in regards to my business cards. Yes, they may cost more, but think of how many unnecessary expenses you can cut to allocate funds for good business cards. Hold off on the Ping-Pong table and espresso machine to your office and get some business cards in which will make a terrific first impression.
Creative business cards become shared — continuing to advertise for you wherever you are
A business card is a physical thing with positive prospect which leaves the experience with your client. Your brand remains with them. If you meet with a prospect and exchange email addresses and telephone numbers you every walk away with a different contact on your cellular phone — it ends there. If you hand over a creative business card which makes a excellent impression that person is very likely to reveal it to others, putting you and your brand before additional prospects.
Business cards show you are prepared
Have you had someone want to give you their contact detail but cannot as they do not have a pen or paper? How about somebody that had a cell phone with a dead battery? It is not the most professional approach.
If you met two people and one was scrambling to locate a pen and something to write on and another person simply pulled out a company card, who would you want to work with? Showing that you are ready at all times is a wonderful indicator that you are professional.
For most young people and prospective first home buyers, looking at house prices in Australia can be just gloomy. They are out of reach, beyond the wildest dreams of many. You know it. We know it. It has been shown in survey after survey, in decidedly average cottages selling for almost $4 million, in un-renovated houses going for far over the book, in weatherboards flatly described as “tired” going for more than $1 million.
Between 2002 and 2014, home ownership rates for 25 to 34-year-olds dropped almost 10 points, to below 30 percent. Australia was crowned with the ignoble distinction of being third least affordable housing market in the world, with Sydney’s median home price — around $800,000 — between 10 and 12 times the median earnings, depending which poll you look at. A current Domain survey found there were just 17 suburbs in the greater Sydney area where homes were inside the median price point of $469,000.
What exactly are young people and aspiring homeowners to do right now? Let’s say you have a savings program and a monthly budget, your savings account is growing steadily, you are diligently socking away your shift, you are avoiding spending large at the pub on nights out, and you have even cut down avocado toast and soy lattes, and don’t forget cutting back on gaming coins — but you are still nowhere close scraping together enough to get a housing deposit.
HuffPost Australia chatted to five currency specialists — financial advisors, economists and much more, and we asked, in general terms, what a young man (for the sake of the debate, aged between 20 and 30) with an adequate amount in their bank accounts (for the sake of the debate, between $10,000 and $30,000) could be doing to increase their savings, rather than looking at the bitcoin exchange rate.
Obviously the main thing, once you’re saving, is to keep saving. Laura Higgins, senior executive director of fiscal capability with ASIC’s Money Smart service, said putting together a simple budget was a simple way to highlight unnecessary expenses and boost your savings.
“ASIC’s ‘monitor my spend’ tool will help you reach the point where you are on top of handling day-to-day expenses. It makes it possible to identify needs from desires, to discover places you could find to put away more,” she said.
Every little bit counts. When we speak with our younger clients about saving, as opposed to talking about the long run and how you must save $100,000, you should consider it in tiny increments. The total sum doesn’t appear insurmountable that way. As soon as you’ve got a good amount saved up, it is time to consider how to deploy that cash. Interest rates are at record lows, so keeping it locked up in a bank account probably will not add much to your bottom line at the moment. Each of the experts suggested aspiring homeowners check out investments — stocks, managed funds and the like, as a means to boost these savings, even try asking your commercial agents for advice on the matter.
Managed funds see your money directed into the stock exchange, but rather than you going directly to your stockbroker or online to make trades, or on house or office leasing, you put your cash in the hands of fund managers who make those choices for you. Your money is pooled with a number of other individuals, and invested in a selection of different stocks. It will cost more, as you are paying for specialists to make those investment decisions for you, but you leverage off the knowledge of these experts and do not need to rely on yourself to make the perfect call. Our specialists also recommended speaking to financial planners about what to do with your cash. A financial planner will take account of how much money you have, how much you need to invest, how long you are prepared to keep your money in that investment and if you’d like it back, and how much risk you are prepared to take on — as they say, more risk, more reward.
Get In Early
While considering stocks can appear intimidating and rather grown-up, experts say you’re never too young to dip your toe in the investment seas. Many investing manuals are geared toward older people with more wealth and resources, young people can get in the industry even if they are not aiming for a major purchase like a house. St George’s Chan said young people could consider investing to raise money for a vacation, new car or another enjoyable buy.
Do Your Homework
But while investing and cash tricks can be a fantastic way to boost your savings up, being smart about other choices can be just as important. In buying a house, for example, it pays to learn more about the first home buyer grants, bonuses and incentives available around the nation.
Mortgage broker marketing is based on traditional advertising procedures. Marketing automation enables mortgage brokers to make automated messages based around individual customer requirements and feedback. Let us look at a few essential marketing tips for Mortgage Brokers, which are all about engaging customers and fostering loyalty, while also lowering your workload.
Utilize social media to your advantage
If you are not active on social networking, you are passing up the chance to connect with new prospective clients. Marketing for mortgage brokers is essential, and so is social media. This is an excellent way to display your knowledge as a mortgage agent, join with other businesses in the community, to build brand awareness, answer customer questions and more. Use automated sociable media management to get the most out of your time.
You will need to create your mortgage broker services stick out from the crowd
One method to call positive attention to your business and attract new customers is by obtaining referrals. After every client you help, request a referral. You can easily do this via easy online surveys. An all-in-one mortgage broker advertising solution will let you easily create and distribute surveys. You will not receive a referral from each client, however you’ll find some, together with a great deal of useful feedback that will help you improve your services.
Track your internet contributes to detail so that you can connect with them personally
Even if a guide comes to your site and does not leave their contact information, it is still possible to gather plenty of information about them. Lead monitoring follows a lead, can track where they come from, records which links they click and so forth. This builds up a detailed personal profile for each guide. If the lead does leave their email or contact number, you can then reach out. Constantly gathering online data enables you to understand which parts of your site get the most attention so that you can optimize the website. Personal profiles also let you get in touch with leads according to their unique interests and online activity.
Chat live with customers and leads directly on your website.
A live chat tool is valuable as it provides a means to contact online visitors immediately instead of them calling and waiting on the telephone. While they are surfing your site, the live chat is always available on their display. You’re there to answer any questions or point them in the ideal direction.
Produce personalized mortgage broker campaigns for all your customers
With marketing automation, emails may automatically go out to each customer based on their particular needs and preferences. This can help you build loyalty and involvement with customers, but you do not need to spend any additional time creating campaigns. Simply select how you want your messages to be sent and they will go out to your customers at the suitable time.
How can I do all these communication and marketing tasks?
Which sort of solution lets you accomplish all these varied mortgage broker marketing ideas? An all-in-one marketing automation solution is the best way to go. It is possible to use multiple solutions to look after all your communication and marketing needs but that adds up fast. It is expensive paying a great deal of different monthly statements and it gets complicated with multiple accounts and multiple sellers.
An all-in-one mortgage broker marketing solution keeps all of your data in one location so you can reuse it as needed. You have just one bill to pay, so it is affordable even in case you’ve got a small business. All your customer data is stored in one area, as are all of your campaigns, content and images. By doing this, you have access to everything if you want it and you’ll be able to grab information instantly.
The Royal Flying Doctor Service is a key service which dedicates their time to the local and rural community. The Royal Flying Doctor Service Central Operations (serving SA/NT) has announced the launching of a significant partnership with outback icon and among the country’s largest beef producers, S. Kidman & Co. In recognition of this $500,000-plus sponsorship deal, a RFDS ‘flying intensive care unit’ bearing the S. Kidman & Co logo was unveiled last week by the corporation’s Executive Chairman, Gina Rinehart, in the RFDS’ aeromedical foundation at Adelaide Airport.
The medically-equipped aircraft, the Pilatus PC-12 VH-FXW (Foxtrot-X-ray-Zulu), is one of 67 RFDS aircraft located across the nation, many of which serving the outback regions of northern and central Australia in which the S. Kidman & Co channels and communities operate within.
Kidman & Co runs over 160,000 beef cows across 11 pastoral properties and a feedlot covering 80,000 square kilometres in three states and the Northern Territory. It is owned by Australian Outback Beef, a joint venture of Hancock Prospecting and Shangai CRED. Hancock Prospecting Executive Chairman, Mrs. Gina Rinehart, says she is quite happy to be aligning the S. Kidman & Co brand alongside Australia’s pioneer in aeromedical and primary healthcare in remote and rural Australia.
“The RFDS has provided a lifeline to the bush communities for almost 90 years. It’s remarkable to think that in South and Central Australia alone the RFDS airlifts 25 patients every day – over 100 across the country every day,” Mrs Rinehart says.
“Our board and our staff are proud to be playing a role in helping to make this happen, and to now have the Kidman brand on a RFDS ‘flying intensive care unit’ that will conduct two missions every day is something we hope will be helpful to many people and help to save lives,” she says.
VH-FXZ or ‘Zulu’ as it’s known to crews, is the latest $7 million ‘flying intensive care unit’ to combine the RFDS Central Operations fleet situated across Adelaide, Port Augusta, Alice Springs and Darwin bases. ‘Zulu’ is the 1500th PC-12 made by Pilatus, and the 20th delivered to RFDS Central Operations who was also the worldwide launch customer of the Pilatus PC-12 in 1995. In only its first ten months of service to the community, ‘Zulu’ has hauled 119 patients from 38 remote and rural locations throughout South Australia — and beyond.
The aircraft came to aeromedical service on 1 October this year and has been tasked with airlift injured and critically-ill patients throughout South Australia, from regional centers like Mt Gambier, Renmark and Port Lincoln, to outback places as varied as Coober Pedy, the Nullarbor and Marree on the Birdsville Track. Its initial interstate flight came on October 10; the move of a newborn baby from Adelaide to Melbourne for life threatening heart operation.
For another decade VH-FXZ will continue to help members of the community, providing services which range from the:
Emergency evacuation of the wounded or critically-ill from outback communities;
Aeromedical transport of patients interstate for live-saving operation like organ transplant and heart operation on newborn infants
Delivery of essential primary health care like GP consultations and immunisation of children during ‘fly-in’ health clinics to remote communities; and
Transport of patients from regional and bush hospitals to major hospitals in Adelaide, Alice Springs and Darwin for higher levels of care.
Acne is caused when the pores of the skin become clogged with excessive oil, or sebum. Rampant hormones cause the body to create this additional sebum, which may become a breeding ground for bacteria that thrives in the extra oil on puberty fueled skin. Coupled with this, as dead skin cells regenerate and drop from the skin, they could get trapped in this fatty, bacterial combination.
The acne many teens experience is called ‘acne vulgaris’ and appears on the neck, face, chest, shoulders and back.
Do genes play a role in acne?
While you might have suffered from acne on your own teenage years, no research has yet concretely proven genes play an integral role in problem skin. But if your adolescent’s skin is comparable in oil production to yours in the period of puberty, it appears likely they’ll also experience acne.
Acne versus pimples
There is a clear difference between acne and the occasional pimple. Acne also seems persistently and for extended periods in the very same regions of skin. Some over-the-counter treatments will create pimple outbreak, whereas acne, and specifically severe acne, requires more aggressive treatment and must be treated with medication or acne treatment prescribed by a dermatologist.
What treatments will help my child’s skin improve?
During puberty, the best remedy for acne is a combination of advice and topical remedies prescribed by a GP or dermatologist, also keeping the skin clean, not touching the affected area and improved diet to relieve symptoms, or you could try laser treatment.
Diet and acne
Some experts consider foods high in both saturated and trans fats contribute to migraines in the skin prone to acne. Others consider diets high in carbs, or excessive food intake, result in higher hormone production and therefore more acne breakouts.
Tension and acne
Contrary to popular belief, studies haven’t yet found stress alone to be a cause of acne in pubescent skin. When stress and teenage hormones mix, they can trigger the skin to produce more sebum or oil, which leads to blocked pores. Furthermore, acne itself will often lead to extra strain for a teenager, which makes her feel self-conscious about her spotty skin.
Therapy of acne
In case you have concerns about acne or problem skin throughout your adolescent’s puberty, take her to see a GP, or better still, a dermatologist. A health professional can assess the degree of the acne and also take action to improve the condition of the skin. Dermatologists are the best equipped to deal with severe acne; those treatments may take the kind of medication or medicated creams to decrease the effect of the problem.
There are a bevy of over-the-counter products to care for the occasional pimple and even moderately severe acne, from cleansers, on-the-spot treatments, lotions, creams and face masks. Be wary of the merchandise you buy, as some can contain ingredients too harsh for young skin and cause additional inflammation. Search for terms like ‘oil-free’, anti-bacterial, and ‘deep cleansing’, and always follow instructions. Watch the amount of alcohol in a product; also much will dry out the skin, causing it to make even more oil.
Acne and Care
There are some basic hygiene tips to keep acne at bay for teenagers experiencing bad skin:
– Wash the skin on the face lightly twice a day using a medicated wash. Also do the exact right after vigorous game, or a hot day.
– Use a gentle toner, which has balancing and antibacterial properties within the skin after washing.
– Follow with an oil-free, anti-acne cream or ointment with anti-bacterial properties.
– For body acne, use a medicated body scrub in the shower, and wear loose fitting, breathable clothing.
– A deep cleansing, anti-bacterial mask once per week can extract built up oil in the skin.
The ongoing evolution of the modern car is arguably among the most exciting and most important developments in the technology world today. In reality, it is probably among the most important business and social stories we have seen in a while. If ever there was an industry ripe for disruption; and needing a technician overhaul, the automotive sector is it. The reason? Insufficient progress on advancing the firm’s automobiles ahead in the technology domain, especially with respect to electric vehicles, autonomous driving and new kinds of transport service-focused business models. As has been noticed by many, these three capacities; electrification, autonomy, and automobiles as a service are considered the key trends driving the automobile market now and into the future, at least as far as Wall Street is concerned. In fact, the picture is not nearly that easy, but it is apparent the tech-industry-driven initiatives are driving the agenda for today’s car makers. And it is pushing a number of them into uncomfortable positions. Advancements in technology means that adding steel bull bars won’t help in today’s growing society, we will all have to consider upgrading to multimedia.
It turns out, however, that in spite of the importance of this crucial evolution of cars, this is one of the problems that is a lot more difficult to conquer than it first seems. Part of the problem is that as automobiles have advanced and various technologies are integrated into them, they have evolved into enormously complex machines. Rather than just adding slight changes to your car or the way it looks, for example by adding a nudge bar or some hot wheels, cars today will be adding a multimedia installation, or perhaps two. Today’s cars have as many as 150 programmable computing components (commonly called Electronic Control Units, or ECUs), surprisingly big (and heavy) quantities of wiring, numerous unique kinds of electronic signaling and interconnect buses, as well as 100 millions of lines of applications, as well as the thousands of mechanical components necessary to run a vehicle. Frankly, it is somewhat of a miracle that modern cars run and they do, although reports of technical glitches and other problems in newer cars do appear to be on the upswing.
Besides the mechanical and computer architecture benefits of the cars themselves, the organizational and business model sophistication of today’s car companies and the entire auto supply chain also add to the problem. Having evolved over the more than 100-year history of the automotive sector, the system of multiple Tier 1 providers, such as Harman, Delphi, Bosch and many others, purchasing components from Tier 2 and Tier 3 suppliers down the chain and auto brand OEMs (including Ford) piecing together multiple subsystems from various mixtures of Tier 1s to construct their cars is notoriously intricate. But throw in the fact that there are often groups within the car maker that are especially responsible for a particular ECU (for example, say, heating, air conditioning and other “comfort” controls) and whose jobs might be at risk if someone suggests that the company switch to a simpler structure.
If ever there was an industry ripe for disruption, and needing a technician overhaul; the automotive sector is it. That is why many conventional car makers are involved, and why many tech companies are salivating at an opportunity to have a piece of the multi-trillion-dollar international automotive sector. The technological and business model for autos is slowly but surely moving towards a software-and-services-focused strategy. It is also why companies like Tesla have made such a splash. Despite its very small sales, it is regarded as a credible effort to drive the sort of organizational and technological disruption that lots of individuals believe is required to transform the automotive sector. In truth, though, due to the inherent and ingrained nature of the automobile supply chain, even Tesla must follow a number of the conventions of numerous Tier 1 providers, etc., that its rivals use. The issue is that deeply embedded.
But even as those issues get addressed, they are really only a prelude to yet more innovations and opportunities for disruption. Like many contemporary computing devices — and, to be clear, that is what today’s automobiles have become — the technological and business model for autos is slowly but surely moving toward a software-and-services-focused strategy. To put it differently, we are moving toward the software-defined “digital vehicle.” For that to occur, several key challenges require to be addressed. Most of all, major enhancements in automotive safety; both through architectural alterations and software-driven advances need to happen. The capacity for life threatening problems if either autonomous or standard automobiles get hacked should make this point painfully obvious. Connectivity options, speed and reliability additionally have to be improved, and that is where industry-wide attempts like 5G and particular goods from vendors like Qualcomm and Intel can make a difference.
Ultimately, prestige car companies and critical providers need to work out the types of services that customers will be prepared to pay for and deliver platforms and architectures that may enable them. Like many other kinds of hardware devices, profit margins on automobiles are not so big, and with the increasing amount of technology they are going to need, they might even begin to shrink. Because of this, car businesses will need to think through various means of generating income.
Luckily, a number of technology startups and established sellers, such as Harman, are focusing on creating cloud-based platform delivery systems for automotive services which are anticipated to begin bringing these capabilities to life during the next several decades. Like any major transition, the move to a digital vehicle model will not be easy, fast, or bump-free, but it is certain to be an interesting ride.
An online ruckus has erupted over women’s shoes. Well, not actual shoes. Emoji shoes, the red emoji stiletto, to be specific. The ruckus all began when a public relations expert pushed the Unicode Emoji Subcommittee to create a ballet flat emoji. Why should women be restricted to a hot red stiletto – the only official women’s shoe now available in emoji-land? The public relations expert claimed in her proposal, that a pair of women’s comfort shoes would help pave the way to a more non-sexualized pictorial representation of the footwear category.
Given all the serious things which are sapping women’s energy and stealing our focus these days – reports of strong, serial sexual predators; fulltime Twitter trolls; the normal offhand misogyny that conveys our daily lives – maybe it sounds silly to discuss red women’s heels or some other aspect of women’s wardrobes. But women’s styles exert legitimate power over women’s lives, and too often, we pay a steep price for the shoes and clothes we are expected to wear. Comfort is an issue in any women’s wardrobe from a young age through to the rest of their lives, and the stiletto, which keeps us in pain and prevents us from catching that bus, embodies this notion.
The problem starts early. University of Michigan sociologist Karin Martin observed over 100 kids at five preschools and concluded that the way young women were dressed inhibited their ability to manoeuvre around. Turns out it’s tough to creep around in a dress. The women also had to track how they moved in their own clothes. Wearing a dress meant you could not follow suit once your playmates propped their feet up on a desk. The girls’ clothes were a continual source of diversion. Tights needed to be yanked up. Bows needed to be straightened. Martin watched five year old women playing dress-up with a set of women’s shoes. The girls practiced walking, their measures little as they imitated how mature girls move in heels.
Researchers in Kenyon College examined dozens of Halloween costumes, Valentine’s Day cards and action figures targeted at either boys or girls. Nearly 90 percent of the female characters in those parts of pop culture were embellished with what the researchers called “decorative clothes” – clothes that impede movement. In contrast, almost 80 percent of male characters wore functional clothes that encouraged free motion. A Spider-Man suit enables you to run and play without worrying about exposing your body or tearing your costume. A crinoline-boosted princess dress requires you to sit like a woman, manage to avoid tripping in your skirts, and keep your head upright; helping you hold up your tiara.
Things don’t appear to change much when girls become women. We wear Spanx to conceal any jiggling, because controlling our body shape is more important than comfortably drawing oxygen into our lungs. We wear skirts that must get tugged down when we walk, tops which need to be pulled up when we lean over. We wear dresses which need us to “suck in” for hours.
And then you will find the shoes. Stanford law professor Deborah Rhode started visiting professional women made late to meetings since the heels they wore required them to wait in cab lines rather than walking. This is to say nothing of the fact that frequently walking in heels may have a permanent, negative impact on your gait and leave you at higher risk for osteoarthritis. These options feel natural in a civilization where the sexual objectification of women is rampant. A study found that the more women thought of themselves as sexual objects, the less likely they were to pick clothing with comfort in mind.
I’ve been there, on the top shelf of my cupboard, where a pair of strappy heels sits collecting dust. The last time I put them on, my spouse said: “Are you sure you want to wear these? Won’t they make your feet hurt?” His questions left me speechless for a minute. Obviously they would hurt my toes. At the end of the day, I’d definitely be half-hobbled in pain. But isn’t that just what girls do?
I’ve been thinking a lot about stilettos recently, ever since I read about an event known as “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.” It is a combination fundraiser and awareness campaign to resist sexual assault and gender violence, where guys actually walk a mile in women’s shoes: red stilettos. I was struck by the picture of a red stiletto-wearing man sprawled on the floor at the conclusion of the walk, presumably exhausted in the mile-long trek in such punishing footwear. And I felt tired, too. Tired of a good deal of things, but also tired of our clothes and our shoes which make it more challenging for girls to be current and effective in the world.
We’ll learn in November if the public relations experts’ suggestion was successful, when the Emoji committee makes its official statement. That little blue emoji ballet shoe will not rid the world of sexism. However, it might provide a bit of inspiration to women struggling to find balance between being trendy and being comfortable, to girls who wish to appear good but also need to have the ability to run if they need to. Do emoji shoes matter over the long list of critical issues facing women? Of course not. We have many battles to fight. It would be fine if our wardrobes did not slow us down along the way.
Robots and AI are replacing employees at an alarming speed, from simple manual tasks to creating complex legal conclusions and medical diagnoses. However, the AI itself, and really most applications, remains largely programmed by people. Yet, there are indications that this may be changing. Several programming tools are emerging that help to automate software testing, among which we’ve been developing ourselves. The prospects appear exciting; but it raises questions about how far this will encroach on the profession. Could we be looking at a universe of terminator-like software authors who consign their human counterparts to the dole queue?
A frequent method of testing applications entails running a program, requesting it to do certain things and seeing how it copes. Known as dynamic analysis, many tools exist to assist with this procedure, usually throwing a large number of arbitrary choices at a program and assessing all the responses through software testing.
According to an AI engines are designed to analyse and understand what a program is doing, the business is developing a number of automated tools to assist developers. An individual will find bugs and compose software evaluations; another will discover flaws that could be exploited by hackers; a third will make improvements to code, which may be better expressed or will be out of date.
A new developed software testing service is devoted to bug hunting. Software bugs are often only an innocent slip of the finger, such as composing a “+” instead of a “-“; not so different to typos in a Word file. Or they could be because computer scientists prefer to count differently, beginning at zero rather than the number one. This may result in so-called “off by one” errors. Office employees then go about their regular administrative responsibilities in the daytime and report any bugs in applications as they find them. Overnight, when everyone is logged off, the machine enters a “dream-like” state. It makes small adjustments to the computer code, checking each time to find out if the adjustment has fixed the reported problem. Feedback from each run of this code is used to notify which changes will be far better try next time.
We tested it for four months in an organisation with approximately 200 users. In that moment, it noted 22 bugs and all were fixed automatically. Each solution was discovered on those “night shifts”, meaning that when the developer arrived in the office in the morning, a list of suggested bug fixes were awaiting them. The concept is to set the developer in control and change their job, meaning less regular checking and more time for creativity. It is roughly equivalent to how spell checkers have taken a lot of the plod from proof reading a document. Both tools support the author, and decrease the amount of time you likely spend swearing at the screen. We have been able to prove that the identical system could be applied to other jobs, including making applications run faster and improving the accuracy of applications designed to forecast things.
It is easy enough to see why programs such as these might be helpful to applications developers, but what about the downside? Will companies be able to downsize their IT requirement? Should developers start fearing that Theresa May moment, once the automators appear with their P45s? We think not. While automations enjoys these increase the possibility of companies cutting back on certain junior programming functions, we believe that introducing automation into applications development will allow developers to become more innovative. They will still have the ability to spend more time creating instead of maintaining, with the capacity for endlessly stimulating results.
Careers in computing will not vanish all together, but some dull tasks probably will. Programmers, software engineers, and coders will have more automatic tools to make their job easier and more efficient. But jobs will most likely not be lost so much as changed. We have little choice but to adopt technology as a society. If we do not, we will simply be left behind from other countries developing faster than us.
Can Melbourne have the best cafe options in the world? It makes you think about what makes Melbourne cafes so great, and it really is an excuse to spend some time exploring. After lounging at communal tables around town, we came up with a few reasons why we believe Melbourne’s cafes are the best.
In Brunswick, some young people with beards and large glasses can turn a dead corner store into a fantastic place to hang out and drink coffee; and the entire neighbourhood joins in. In A Minor Place, the corner comes living with chairs on the footpath, dogs hitched to the old verandah place and audiences at the tables inside. In Reservoir, another row of dusty shop fronts at a forgotten side road has an op-shop refit to become Lady Bower Kitchen, whilst at Kew a sister and brother has converted their regional milk bar, maintaining the homey feel and the lolly jar on the counter.
Footscray includes a brand new cafe created, appropriately, from shipping containers planted on a landscaped empty lot (Rudimentary); Carlton has Brunetti, the final word in New World Mediterranean design, a lunch cafe which never sleeps and where the marble and brass trace the journey of Melbourne’s Italians out of poorhouse into townhouse; while the CBD is sprinkled with java holes in unlikely places; from channel underpasses and switchboard cabinets to office lobbies and the portico behind St Paul’s, and it appears there is a intelligent coffee bar down each one of Melbourne’s famous laneways.
They are not all in Fitzroy
Even though sometimes it seems like that. The best all day breakfast can be found in many different locations around Melbourne, through suburbs as varied as Reservoir to Mordialloc, Gardenvale, Werribee, Burwood and Hawthorn East. Build it and we’ll come — especially for great coffee, creative, tasty food and casual but exceptional spaces to enjoy it in.
Not just for hipsters
There could be colourful tattoos, large glasses, craft beards and skinny jeans, but not everybody can be pigeonholed by eyewear or facial hair. Research by Roy Morgan earlier this year found that 63 percent of Melbournians went to a lunch cafe just to drink coffee. You also see employees moving corporate lanyards or wrapped in high-vis vests, parents with pushchairs and dog-walkers with poodles, schnoodles and labradoodles. We may be catching up with old friends, indulging in a family ritual, taking preschoolers for a morning walk, hatching plans for a job, working on a thesis or just whiling away the day. A cafe in Melbourne is the best place to do all of those things in.
The communal table
A large, low table made for lounging near the floor or a top table with stools to match could function as symbols of ancient 21st-century Melbourne civilisation. The communal table is one of the important ways our cafes indicate themselves as shared public spaces in which the only cost for taking part is that the price of a cup of java. You may bring your laptop or your book-club book or just yourself. The communal tables in our cafes don’t have any time limit on them.
Start- up cafes generally have young, energetic and entrepreneurial owners, an indication which it is possible to make your way in Melbourne having a fantastic idea and hard work. Cafes provide us an enlarged sense of what it means to dwell in this town, with a link to neighborhood that chain stores and shopping malls may not make.
Cuisine: Australian cafe
When you travel overseas individuals often ask, “What’s Australia’s cuisine?” And you answer “barbecues” (too American), “meat pies” (too British), “fish” (too vague) or “pasta, sushi, pho and…” (multicultural fusion). Perhaps we should be saying avocado smash with Vegemite, or a dukkah dusting, or a spritz of lime and coriander is our national dish — just add a poached egg. How about a brioche bun stuffed with pulled pork, egg and bacon, or new crayfish? Why not ideal corn fritters (crisp outside, creamy inside)? Australian cuisine could mean Melbourne cafe cuisine: comfy, casual and casual food.
Kitchen appliances are constantly changing as technology advances, as we are now seeing new appliances on the market this year. Below is a guide to buying new and trendy kitchen appliances in 2017.
French Door Ovens
French door wall ovens are stylish, but they are also a great option in minimal areas because you don’t have to permit space for a standard door to fold down. This new GE Monogram design is equipped with Bluetooth so that you can manage oven functions from another location with your smartphone.
Touch and Swipe Controls
Induction cooking, which heats up via electromagnetic field instead of through convected heat, is all the rage because it is quick and allows for skillful control over simmering. Get your local services such as Priority One Melbourne to install your new kitchen appliances.
White White is back, however it does not mean you need to revisit the 1980s (whew). The modern take on white appliances is all about state of the art surfaces and ingenious design touches. For example, Ice Collection devices from Whirlpool have a shiny surface influenced by smartphones and include stainless steel manages for a fresh, tidy look.
Are your appliances fully functional? Rather than calling appliance repair service Mornington Peninsula, install some new appliances such as the steam oven, so you don’t have to worry about those nasty services. Steam ovens prepare food much faster than conventional ovens do and help food maintain its nutrients and flavor. The Wolf oven integrates steam and convection modes with a series of preset configured dishes so that all you need to do is put the food in as the oven does the work of finding out which modes to apply to get the very best results. You can even inform the oven what time you desire your meal to be ready, and it will switch on and change the cooking procedure as essential to end up at precisely the ideal minute.
Retro Style Classic styles are making a come back in the kitchen, with Retro appliances taking a fresh new look this year, with hot and trendy new colours of the 1950s. You can buy Retro refrigerators and appliances, microwaves and dishwashing machines in eight standard colours: Beach Blue, Pink Lemonade, Cherry Red, Buttercup Yellow, Jadite Green, Black, White and Orange.
Counter Top Beer Brewing
For the little sacrifice of 20.5 inches of counter top width, you can turn your cooking area into your own customized microbrewery. The PicoBrew Zymatic permits craft beer lovers to brew whatever styles they pick in your home, and track data from their brewing sessions through smart device app. Developing active ingredients in the machine takes around four hours, followed by a fermentation and chilling period of up to three weeks in a separate keg.
Bluetooth innovation is changing the way we use kitchen devices. This innovation permits its Profile Series to speak to the microwave, synching up clock times and instantly switching on vents and lights when the cooktop is in use. Inning Accordance with Lou Lenzi, commercial design director for GE Appliances, says GE is working on its next innovation, which aims to integrate cooking times for the microwave, and variety so that main dishes and sides all arrive at the goal at the same time, which will be perfectly cooked.
Specialized Fridge Storage Zones The days of the basic crisper drawer are long gone. Now, highly specialized storage zones make your refrigerator an accuracy tool. Whirlpool’s PerfectPlaces system, has nine distinct storage zones, including a freezer pocket for boxed pizza and a temperature controlled drawer with a setting for defrosting frozen meats.
The Opal Ice Maker is the first appliance that enables you to make soft, chewable ice in your house, just like you discover in dining establishments and at fast food chains. However, if you desire one you’ll need to register now for delivery in July 2016.
Due to smart house technology, houses are becoming progressively advanced; such as your toilet, including the toilet seat. Smart toilet seats with integrated bidet attributes are the innovation of today, which not only enhances the look of the toilet but also increases customers overall health, hygiene and financial savings. Bemis’ fresh Renew Plus Bidet Cleansing Spa toilet seats make it possible for customers to enjoy the benefits of a cleansing spa experience in the comfort of their own home in a stylish, low profile seat that doesn’t hinder bathroom design and fashion. The innovative features of the Renew series Bidet Cleansing Spa toilet seats provide superior hygiene and cleaning to offer lasting freshness.
Toilets with high tech functions such as heated bidet seats, air conditioners, light systems, self-cleaning possibilities, and remote-controlled panels are increasing in popularity in the Australia, according to market researchers. In actuality, the electronic-toilet marketplace in Australia is expected to grow 8.5% annually in the next five decades. Australians are spending more on master baths, therefore there is a growing market for these products and they recognize the many advantages of a bidet seat including decreased waste, decreased plumbing issues and increased hygiene.
Growing in the bidet seat marketplace can also be credited to the environmental advantages. Each year, we use countless toilet paper rolls, wiping out countless trees. Having a bidet seat, the small amount of water used is quite insignificant in comparison with the large environmental impact produced by the production, transport, chemicals, and disposal of toilet paper and its packaging.
The new, tech advanced toilet seat offers a warm aerated wash permitting users to adjust the water temperature, pressure, nozzle and spray position for a comfortable and thorough clean satisfying any need. The constant heated water supply ensures customers won’t ever have to wait for the water to heat up before washing. The heated seat feature adds extra warmth and comfort. The signature remote control makes using the seat even easier and suitable for everyday use. The remote keeps personalized settings for two users that may be saved and used from anywhere in the toilet. The tech savvy seats provide added benefits such as an automatic deodorizer that neutralizes odors for a continually fresh smelling toilet. The exceptional nightlight illuminates the toilet with a soothing glow. Renew Plus also includes a warm air dryer for a comfy end. Our new tech advances seats provide customers with the luxury they anticipate in their houses, while maintaining our promise to provide superior cleaning and freshness all day long. Additionally, a bidet seat is beneficial to people with limited mobility and can mean the difference between independence and dependence upon others.
The Renew and Renew Plus Bidet Cleansing Spa toilet seats are easy to install and can be fitted to any bathroom bowl. The only necessary item for your chair is a wall socket near the toilet bowl. The seat can be set up in a few straightforward steps by electricians, or by plumbing services. The benefits of a very simple installation mean that the seat and lid is easily removed for cleaning and replacing. The Renew is available in white with a list price of $899. The Renew Plus is available in white (list $999), biscuit and cotton white (list $1,049). Renew seats enable consumers a better way to remain fresh and clean, while also benefiting the environment. Bidets Reduce toilet paper waste and lessen plumbing issues such as blocked drains. Consumers can go green and feel better about their health with the new toilet seat technology.
Is it time you considered using a business coach? These entrepreneurs explain how it helped their small businesses.
No matter how successful your small business may be, no owner has all the answers. But knowing when you need outside help – and who from – may be challenging for most. We spoke to four small business owners who enlisted the help of business coaches to give them a leg up.
The first step – take a step back
Small business owners often don’t spend enough time thinking about where their business is going, as opposed to the urgency of the day job, says Andy Mee, a ‘business doctor’ covering the Oxfordshire area. Entrepreneurs need to focus more time towards working on their business, rather than in it, he says.
Landscape architect, Anthony Stiff has been working for Mee for 18 months. During the recession, for maybe five years, we survived but it wasn’t the happiest time. We thought we’ve got to do something positive and grow the business, and this was a way we could do that,\” he said.
One lesson Stiff took away from working with Mee is to make time for what she calls the ‘golden hour’. So on a Monday morning or Friday afternoon you should spend an hour looking at your business and reviewing the week that’s just gone by and planning the week ahead she said, just being conscious of the goal that you might set yourself. It’s very easy to lose sight of that.
Build your confidence
Whether you have a team around you or not, running your own business can be lonely. Sometimes you may not have anyone that you can turn to for reassurance that you’re on the right path when your chips are down.
Nila Holden, who runs a luxury biscuit wholesaler, used a business coach for reassurance that she was doing the right things for her business. Holden received coaching by Jo Densley, founder of Relish Marketing. For several months Densley helped look at potential markets to launch into and what would be required to do so. I have my aspirations for the business; I think about the sorts of places where we should be selling and the partners we should be working with. But I never had the confidence to do those things, Holden said. She thought her ambitions were just pipe dreams, but having a mentor by her side telling her that her goals were actually realistic, gave her the confidence to take steps forward.
According to Mee, small business coach training helps owners realise the potential of where their business can go is a big part of consultancy. We try and make business owners see what the opportunities are for their business. You become pre-conditioned by what’s happened in the past, not what can happen in the future, he says.
Change your outlook
Like many small business owners, journalist Natasha Courtenay-Smith found herself running a small business unintentionally. Back in 2008 she launched an online press agency, ‘Talk to the Press’, where she sold exclusive news stories and real life features to national magazines and newspapers, maybe because my background wasn’t business, I didn’t massively grasp that I was running a business, she said.
She said the greatest benefit of working with mentor was helping her to change the way she thought about her company, it completely shifted how I looked at Talk to the Press, she says. It gave me the vocabulary and everything I needed to understand that it was an asset and it had value.
Understanding the value of her business quickly led Courtenay-Smith to think about the potentially for selling it, which she did. I don’t think actually in the process of working with my mentor we started packaging it up for sale, I did that myself. But it did give me all the vocabulary and the understanding I needed so that when I came to sale I knew how to make it look really compelling.
There are a few best practices that apply to any type of site project. It doesn’t matter if you’re only making a few tweaks to a website or redoing the entire thing. The data management system doesn’t apply to those best practices, nor will the business that your organization is in.
It’s completely possible that the whole site redesign that you want to do is a much bigger job than what you really want to attain. By conducting website user testing on your own site, you have the ability to ascertain whether or not a complete redesign is warranted, or if instead you only have to add extra conversion chances to the design and tweak the header. Even if the results demonstrate that a redesign is essential, you might use the information for a reference to examine the new custom web design against it.
The analysis typically runs on customers’ sites is the 5-second evaluation. In this viewer sees your site for 5 minutes, and then answers a few questions about the plan, such as:
What is the company name?
Where could you find pricing details?
What’s the service or product the website provides?
Would you think this site is trustworthy?
By running this short evaluation for 100 or so results, you get answers to the big picture questions for your site, such as does your site have strong branding and logo design, does this convey your distinctive value proposition, is it easy to navigate, etc.
UsabilityHub is perfect for consumer testing. You may use whatever audience they develop with, or you might pay extra to target specific demographics, such as your ideal customer.
Have a web site content plan
Among the biggest challenges in completing a website, redesign will be overhauling your posts and getting it ready to go to your designer. Not having a plan for who your digital copywriter is for reviewing the content and when can indicate the work deadline has to be pushed. Writing content for a site, or other stuff always takes longer than expected. It’s not an easy thing to put into words exactly what your company actually provides, or what you’re trying to educate your reader.
Doing a web page content first website redesign means utilizing the material almost finished before the design even begins. The plan should match the content and display it as much as possible, not the other way around. Furthermore, your designer can read your posts and also have new suggestions for the design, especially when it comes to getting a good hierarchy on the page.
It has been seen on several tasks before in which the designer has been brought to the work much later than they should have. There are places where they may have shared expertise and the job may have taken a different route, which might have benefited the client.
Bringing on your designer earlier than you think means that they can observe the tradition of this job and discover a better sense of how the project will unfold. Should they see the content is taking longer to be produced, or that there are questions on how much of the site there is to redo, they might have their own opinion. Building a website that’s profitable due to their customer is a principal aim.
Powerful communication also involves sharing expectations which all parties may have concerning the redesign procedure. You might believe that the designer needs something, but it ends up they need other things first. Getting on precisely the exact same page as your designer generally means nobody will be left feeling frustrated and the job will run simple.
Every job has its own quirks, and a few other projects lasting over a month or two will experience unforeseen troubles. Sicknesses, vacations, technical challenges, and business changes can all affect how in which the project deadline functions in real life. Ideally, all deadlines are met and everyone’s happy, but the reality is that we’re all human and things come up, this even occurs with top business advisors believe it or not.
The question is how to greet these issues and find a way around them.
Possessing the job
Your website redesign job must be a priority for you, not just something you’re working on on the side. Your new website is a priority for your own designer, and if you treat it exactly the exact same way, and require ownership of the procedure, then you’ll have higher communication and fewer issues.
The very best salesperson for your company is the website. It is often the first impression someone has about your organization.
Taking ownership means being available to your designer, following up on questions which they ask, and asking questions to get everyone on precisely the exact same page. This means pulling in additional resources if necessary to discover the work done (like a content writer or photographer), and you’ll feel accomplished when the new site is up and you’re proudly sharing it with your co-workers.
The online design method is an iterative thing, and often every job differs from my end. Maintain these best practices on your mind and carry out a strategy out with your designer to be sure that you’re all on the exact same page. Remember that fresh attributes might need to wait until after launch, and websites will constantly change and it doesn’t have to be ideal.
It Started with a concept to choose his wife’s kitchen towels and hang them on his waistband just like a quarterback.
Michael Luscher, today the Founder and Chief Executive Officer in POINT 3 Basketball had a difficulty that assails several basketballers – he’d play basketball for hours at a hot gym, his palms getting sweatier and sweatier. The frustration of needing to cease play to wipe off his palms eventually became enough of a hassle. Plus, it spawned the notion of producing his existing business, which places smart technologies such as terry fabric detailing in shorts and dominate loop sleeves which place silicone grips onto a participant’s hands. The idea to re-evaluate the basketball apparel sector came to Luscher at August 2009. From there, things moved quickly. POINT 3 filed its initial patent application in September 2009, went via a family and friends round of financing quickly thereafter, and officially launched as a completely operable firm with a craft web site in 2010. Luscher spent this year seeing factories and textile mills, attempting to discover a means to construct basketball shirts and equipment the “right way.”
Dubbed as the man you just don’t want to guard on the basketball court since he sweats heaps, Luscher went on a mission to make equipment that solved his very wet and uncomfortable problem.
POINT 3 today generates what it calls “The World’s Greatest Basketball Shorts,” including DRYV panels for ballers to wash their hands on, bonded pits (not stitched) so that they never cling or stick while running and leaping, heat transfer panels for easy venting and cool maintenance when playing inside and heavy, articulated pockets to keep valuables from falling out (and out of the way when running). Not merely are the shorts ideal for basketball, but they’re comfy for additional athletic applications too. What might be of all import into this consumer is that they’re also quite aesthetically pleasing.
The basketball shorts are just one of many advanced products now Offered by POINT 3 Basketball. The organization’s line of product includes comfortable basketball hoodies; comprising thumb loops at the sleeves which set silicone grips at the hands of the participant – ensuring that a pass is never missing, a “SNYPER” top with built in DRYV panels onto your shoulders and a “Base Tank” with compression technologies.
Luscher understood that there was a gap in the space for a brand focused primarily on the demands of basketball players. He noticed that when people consider basketball equipment, they think of product designed for the ankle and below. In his words, “There hadn’t been a basketball innovation in the basketball space above ankle since the tank top.”
While there’s lots of promise with this youthful three-and-a-half-Year-old firm, it’s already faced its own share of challenges. Initially, Point 3’s thought was to market its merchandise wholesale to retailers. In May 2011, Modell’s Sporting Goods became among Point 3’s earliest customers. But, Point 3 immediately recognized that its margins were reduced and its capability to develop through its current business model was slender. Therefore, it did a pivot and purchased all of its things back from every merchant under contract with them. It sells its revolutionary products directly to the user through four stations – its web agency designed e-commerce site, direct to basketball players in tournaments around the nation, an “Alpha Program” – 25 agents based around the USA that are fulltime coaches and coaches and sell Point 3 equipment to children they train and coach, and the organization’s own catalogue. Luscher has decided that his firm has the best opportunity to increase if he concentrates on grassroots outreach and places particular focus on the growth of his Alpha Program.
Point 3 also discovered itself filing lawsuits early in its own existence. But, it was a litigation that it hailed as a plaintiff. On April 21, 2011 Point 3 Basketball registered a complaint at Nike in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, where it alleged that Nike infringed on the youthful firm’s trademark. Point 3 claimed that Nike’s “Jordan Fly Wade” lineup of basketball footwear and related apparel comprised a stylized “3” design emblem, which was almost identical to Point 3’s federally documented emblem. The situation resolved when the case was voluntarily dismissed by the parties on October 6, 2011. The lawsuit unintentionally served to increase the profile of Luscher’s brand.
The next challenge for Point 3 could be the increasing of funds, Although Luscher seems to have a grip on this too. While he couldn’t discuss specifics concerning the sum which his firm plans to increase, Luscher did disclose in a FORBES interview that his company is at the center of raising capital for a Series A round, that was established approximately April 1 and needs to be closed within 30 days. Point 3 isn’t yet earning a net profit, but it did record that a triple digit percentage earnings growth has been achieved within the last two years.
Luscher believes he has a fantastic product, with his biggest challenge being “getting the word out, scaling up and getting people to know who we are”. Luscher is by no means a newcomer and has had plenty of experience around the sports industry; he has spent 6 years at the MLB Commissioner’s Office and then worked for the NFL for 4 years.
Point 3 has invested a great deal of time building its brand on social websites (over 60,000 likers on its own FB page) and wishes to mimic the amazing project Under Armour has achieved in telling a wonderful story about what its own new brand signifies on a wide scale.
Point 3’s plan would be to redefine its own brand in the brain of this consumer as a company that’s evolving basketball equipment. It’ll focus mostly on the user in the upcoming few years of its presence. Meanwhile, the Point 3 includes 3-to-4 designs for new goods in the hopper which Luscher claims are equally as advanced as “The World’s Best Basketball Shorts” fabricated by his firm.
“If we can’t make a product that’s better, it’s not going to have our logo on it,” Luscher said as he finished an interview with FORBES. “We will continue to push the bar in thinking what a basketball players needs around their body to help them perform at their best.”
An online shopping site called wish.com, was recently advertising some plus size leather look shorts at an extremely low price of only $9. But what caused some super reactions was how they were modeled on the site.
Unbelievably, they showed images of a skinny model standing with both legs inside one side of the shorts, making it look like a skirt. What they should have done is find a pluz sized model to actually wear the shorts the way they were meant to look.
A recent article in Cosmopolitan.com.au had this to say:
“The brand of the pants isn’t actually listed on the site – probably just mass imported from China, which is what would make them so cheap – but apparently this isn’t the first time this tactic has been used by the image supplier, Herry He’s.
While the images themselves may not violate any rules of the site, they are just plain rude and insensitive, which begs the question, where do these mass online stores draw the line when it comes to human compassion and common decency? All of that fluffy stuff aside, what about customers just actually wanting to see how the shorts look on a body they were designed for so they can determine whether or not they should actually buy them? It’s all just a bit of a mockery, really
Is it not a standard practice that these types of site check the images before they are published on a site? Cosmo asked the question, “WHAT ON EARTH WERE THEY THINKING”?! While it is true that they cannot always control the way their products are shot, they certainly would have the last say when it comes to what goes live on a site and what does not. How hard would it have been to find a plus sized model to model those shorts?? Or was there more going on?