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Solar Power Panels – Save Money While You Save the Environment

Apr 12 2014 Published by under 1

It is no surprise that eco-friendly methods of electricity are setting the standard for power generation. Solar electricity is only one of the sources many are investing in and using in their daily lives. Although the idea has been around for several years, finding a practical method to harness the sun’s energy has been elusive until recently. In fact, the very first solar cell was invented in the 19th century, but the idea lacked interest from the public at large.

Modern solar power panels are simply a light-collecting device that converts light into an electric current. The environmental movement and science community have long awaited the acceptance of solar energy by the masses, however, it has been slow to become accepted for many reasons. One of the reasons solar power didn’t become widely used in the beginning was due to the high demand of coal-based fuels. Coal was in great abundance and relatively inexpensive for many years. A growing industrial nation such as the US, found coal to be readily accessible and cheap to convert into useful fuels, however, the future of fossil energy would soon be in doubt.

The advent of scientific studies which reason carbon-based pollution was at the core of worsening environmental conditions caused law makers -and public perception- to be altered. The gas shortage of the 1970’s was the real beginning of the end for the use of coal as a source of energy. Higher gas and oil prices have many calling to have more oil wells drilled, and others want to have put in place solar power panels.

There are many advantages to using solar energy now. For one, it helps to reduce carbon emissions, leading to a far purer environment. The other compelling reason to utilize solar power is the cost savings average users will experience. The most common way to use solar power today is by having solar panels installed on your roof. You may have seen houses with several rows of panels mounted on the sunny side of roofs. Many builders have provided the installation of solar panels to entire communities, where each has solar power panels incorporated into the infrastructure.

It’s often believed that residential solar panels provide enough energy to supply the individual’s electrical demand. However, this is not normally the case. Power generated from panels installed on a home actually becomes part of the larger power grid in the community. You’re collecting energy and then transferring much of that energy back into the grid for use when it’s needed the most. Because you are providing electricity to be sent back into the grid, you are provided with substantial discounts on your monthly power bill.

It’s true that you could also collect and use solar energy solely for your home’s utilisation, but this requires an investment of back-up batteries and systems to store and deliver the power. This might be okay for a smaller home or holiday property with minimal electrical needs, but a standard home couldn’t be supported without having a large bank of solar power panels. This isn’t ideal for most homeowners as they don’t have the space or desire to set up a large number of panels.

Saving money is an effective way to motivate people to consider solar power, however, when you can save money and be environmentally-friendly at the same time, you have many more reasons to help advance solar technology into our everyday lives.

Solar power from solar panels is becoming an acceptable way of saving money on electricity over the long term. If you want true value solar systems, see what is offered by Todae Solar.


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    Originally posted 2012-03-06 21:47:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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    Metal Fabrication – History and Use in Mining Industry

    Apr 12 2014 Published by under 1

    Metal fabrication began in the earliest civilizations when the metals gold, mercury, silver, tin, iron, lead, and copper were discovered. These metals were worked by early artisans into decorative pieces, religious iconography, and jewelry. Items of a practical nature were forged from metal including coinage, tools, and weapons. Using heat and tools, metalworkers began to make functional objects and the industry developed through the years advancing and gaining value from society.

    As an industrialised society, the world cannot live without metal; it is essential to almost every industry from mining and heavy industry to agriculture and medical equipment.

    Specialist engineers and manufacturers fabricate metal and metal alloys, which are made from a combination of different metals for a staggering number of uses. The pivotal role of metal has been responsible for significant advances in technology, construction, transport, and agri-science. Metal has strength; it is very low maintenance and will last a lifetime and more. Specialist metal fabrication companies are made up of a group of skilled people who all have a role in the process of turning metal into supports for a building, heavy duty mining equipment or boilers and tanks to name a few.

    Metal fabrication is a series of processes used to manufacture an object from metal. The specialised equipment involved includes laser cutting machinery, turret punches, machine centers, rollers, welding machinery, water jets, and metal shears. The metals most commonly used for fabrication are aluminium, stainless steel, and carbon steel, which is in the form of sheets, tubing and bars. Most metal objects start life as sheet metal in varying thicknesses depending on the application. Thicker sheets are known as metal plate.

    The process starts with the design and then the fabrication begins with the metal sheet being sheared, laser cut or punched into shapes. Once the required basic shape is achieved, the object goes next to the press brake machine to form any bends a process known as forming. Dies are used in the press brake to make the correct accurate shape according to the design plans. The product may be finished at this stage or will be just one component in a series that requires moving on to the next process, which is welding.

    Welding is a skilled practice and the artistry of the welder is to take the component parts shaped and formed previously and weld all the pieces together to make the final product in accordance with the design. This final assembly is critical and it is up to the welder to use the welding technique necessary for the job in hand.

    Metal fabrication is essential to heavy industry such as mining. The manufacturing of support equipment, skids, conveyor belts, tanks, crushers, drill rigs and hydraulic lifting equipment through to pipe work are all the result of the metal fabrication process. In the mining industry there are very often special requests for one off pieces of equipment that are needed in a hurry and the metal fabrication business that can design and manufacture the product to implementation on site is the company that has the advantage. Metal fabricators may also be called upon to repair equipment or weld a broken object. Mining relies upon rugged, tough machinery often needing custom manufacturing or enhancements making metal fabricators an essential support service to the industry.

    Reputable metal fabricators have the ability to design high quality, complex products with precision and manufacture them to full compliance with the specification, which is essential to mining companies who need to be operational at all times. Other metal fabrications for the mining industry include chutes, bins, screen stands, safety guards, stairs, catwalks, platforms and wear plates.

    Metal is an essential material for mankind and industry and has the ability to be recycled over and over again which makes it a valuable resource for the global environment. The long working life of all metal fabrications due to its durability means once your product is manufactured, you will not have to worry about it, as it is highly unlikely it will need your attention again.

    The mining industry is reliant upon the equipment and the expertise of metal fabricators not only for mine construction but also for ongoing support and maintenance in such rugged environments. For metal fabrication Mackay or metal repairs Mackay, contact 3D Engineering Mackay today.


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      Originally posted 2012-09-19 09:23:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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      WEB DESIGN USING GRID-BASED LAYOUT METHOD

      Apr 12 2014 Published by under 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Originally posted 2013-12-21 05:56:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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      Plantar Fasciitis Treatment Options

      Apr 12 2014 Published by under 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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        Originally posted 2012-09-20 13:32:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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        Brisbane Website Design – Consider WordPress

        Apr 12 2014 Published by under 1

        If you desire a Brisbane website design team to enhance your company’s website, or to redesign your site, Nicholas Burge can do the hard yards for you. With the use of the wordpress templates, he will make a unique site, the content you need, and a fully functional site, on both ends. With several developmental features, different design styles, and customizable designs for any online business, regardless of the kind of site, or the customers they service, with the proper web design services, and the right template, your online site is truly going to deliver on all fronts.

        Free & Open source –
        One of the major reasons to utilise wordpress for your site’s template is the fact that it is free. There are zero hidden costs if you reach a particular size, or if a certain amount of visitors visit, nor are there hidden fees you will see, based on the style chosen, or the format of your site. It is also possible for you to use a diverse selection of codes, making it easily accessible, easy to modify, and easy to create a fantastic looking site, for a very affordable cost.

        Plugins –
        With wordpress, you can also add a huge selection of plugins ,with ease, and make modifications when you choose. From adding photos, galleries, forums, blogs, shopping carts, or any other add ons, you can swiftly and easily do these, and make these modifications, when the format used for your site design is wordpress. So, whether the business owner decides to modify, or whether you turn to Nicholas and his team of Brisbane website design professionals, they can quickly and easily add, edit, or modify plugins, for anything the business owner desires to add or remove from the company site.

        User friendly –
        WordPress is arguably the most user friendly choice for a website. Whether it is a blog, forum post, or a company site, wordpress is easy to use, and extremely easy to navigate. WordPress is also constantly improving the CMS, and adding several new features, to make the site even easier to use, and make additions to or subtractions from. All visitors are going to adore the ease of use, layout, and the background design choices there are to choose from when they are on a site that is wordpress based.

        Themes –
        If you require a specific theme for your site, wordpress is the ultimate solution to this concern as well. Whether you decide to go with one of the thousands of free pre existing themes, or whether you want Nicholas and his Brisbane website design team to develop a custom design, with wordpress there are no boundaries. You can select the color combinations, designs, layouts, format, font, and the entire look and layout of the page. No matter what the business owner needs, or what aesthetic and layout they are searching for, when wordpress is the selected format for their site, they are going to get the overall look they want their customers to see on their end.

        Security –
        WordPress is also ridiculously easy to keep secure. It takes only a few minutes to install, and with constant updates, changes and new security features being added on a regular basis, business owners can be assured that their site is secure. In turn, customers who utilise the shopping cart feature, or submit other sensitive information on the company’s site, can feel relaxed that their material and their personal information is wholly safe and secure when they go to a particular site.

        These are a few of the multitude of reasons to choose wordpress as your theme, as opposed to drupal or other web design substitutes. When you need the most professional Brisbane website design company to do the hard yards for you, manage and update your site, and keep it current for your visitors, Nicholas Burge and his highly trained team will do the work for you. With the most experienced team, the industry experience, and the wordpress themes you will adore, all business owners will find what they are searching for with this design group. And, if you do not want to maintain your own site, they will also run and operate your online business for a minimal monthly fee.


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          Originally posted 2012-12-12 15:05:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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          Brisbane Fashion Stylists and You

          Apr 12 2014 Published by under 1

          For most people, the idea of a ‘fashion stylist’ creates a sense of Hollywood, and creates the image of a glamorous celebrity dressed in high-fashion clothing, posing in a photo shoot.

          The Importance of Fashion Stylists Brisbane

          But what about you? You might be wondering, “What would I do with a fashion stylist?”

          Brisbane Fashion Stylists are vibrant and positive people, trained to enhance positive qualities of their clients. With a natural flair for choosing just the right type of colours, fabrics, clothing and accessories that suit their client and any particular occasion, stylists can offer advice regarding hair and make-up, as well as body awareness and even the way you speak.

          However, stylists are skilled beyond just making people look good. They are skilled in helping people with improved self-image, and one of the greatest things about a relationship with a stylist is the boost to confidence that many people report afterwards.

          People in Brisbane can now hire fashion stylists to help with style questions for numerous events, such as for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, parties, corporate events, etc.

          Although we are aware that every celebrity has their own fashion stylist, if you live in south-east Queensland you can now make yourself feel and look fabulous by sharing your desires with a personal stylist. Brisbane fashion stylists are making themselves popular for everyday people, as well as offering skills in various work such as image and branding for corporate customers, for TV commercials, fashion shows..you name it! While focussing mainly on the personal touches that improve a person’s look, a stylist is also able to take in the bigger picture, for example discussing themes with publishers, managers, PR people, etc and seeing which styles might be needed for an event or photo shoot etc, that not only shows their client to their best advantage, but projects and maintains a great image.

          Stylists work is beyond just making people look good. It is about beautifying a person overall. Looking for a fashion stylist Brisbane, contact La La Styling, Brisbane’s best fashion stylist.


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            Originally posted 2012-05-17 05:13:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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            Stradbroke Island Queensland – Travel Guide

            Apr 12 2014 Published by under 1

            Located on Brisbane’s eastern doorstep, North Stradbroke Island (“Straddie” to the initiated) is one of Australia’s natrual treasures and a perfect escape destination. Something of a secret, it is only in recent years that Stradbroke Island has started to show up on the tourist and property radar.

            Travel to Straddie through the township of Cleveland will take you about fifty minutes on the vehicle ferry. Cleveland is a half-hour drive from Brisbane International Airport or the centre of Brisbane, and one hour’s drive from the Gold Coast. The boat ride across Moreton Bay is the first step that makes Stradbroke Island such a wonderful destination.

            Stradbroke Island covers 27,530 hectares, which means it is the world’s second largest sand island. The elongated sand island shields much of the southern part of Moreton Bay and the smaller islands from the ocean swells. It’s beaches are accessible by four-wheel drive, bicycle or on foot, with numerous popular camp sites dotted down Main Beach, and views are visible from almost everywhere on the island.

            Thirty-five kilometres of white sandy beaches fringe the island’s eastern side, from Point Lookout in the north to Jumpin Pin in the south. From the Point lookout headland, the towering jungle of the Gold Coast can be clearly visible, and is a constant reminder of the stark contrast to the slower pace of Straddie.

            North Stradbroke (Minjerriba to the indigenous Noonuccal people) was the home of famous Aboriginal poet Kath Walker, or Oodgeroo Noonuccal. There is much Aboriginal and European history in the area of Dunwich where water taxis and barges land.

            The waters of Moreton Bay ripple against the shores of the island’s western fishing towns. The lack of agriculture and the filtering effects of the sand produces clean water which sea-life, and particularly Stradbroke Rock Oysters thrive upon.

            North Stradbroke attracts four-wheel drivers, anglers, surfies and beach-lovers to the free lengths of accessible coast and rugged granite headlands, and the Island also offers a wide range of accommodation, restaurants, cafes and holiday attractions. With a diversity of attractions available and beautiful places to explore, North Stradbroke is a popular holiday place for families, couples and adventure-seekers alike. The ideal way to see the Island is by Four Wheel Drive, but there are many stunning coastal walks and a mountain bike and whale watching map are an easier and more environmentally sound alternative.

            Point Lookout is the main tourist hub, and only a 30km drive on a sealed road from Dunwich. The North Gorge Headland is 40m above sea level and known as a leading land-based whale-watch area throughout between May and November, and world-class surfing and fishing throughout the year.

            Point Lookout’s beautiful beaches and headlands are perfect for swimming, surfing and fishing all year round. Whales, dolphins, turtles and manta rays are regularly spotted from the spectacular North Gorge at the northern tip of the island. The island is listed as one of the world’s most ecologically important wetlands with several freshwater lakes, waterways and lagoons that are accessible by 4WD or on a guided tour with one of Straddie’s friendly tour operators.

            One of the best experiences on the island is being able to purchase fresh seafood directly from local fishermen. Look for signs at Amity Point and Point Lookout which direct you to their homes and the freshest, most delicious catch-of-the-day around. For those who would rather the work be done for them, Straddie’s restaurants and cafes all make use of this fabulous island resource in their menu.

            “The Point” offers several alfresco style cafes, a bakery, chemist, post office, newsagent, corner store and supermarket. The island also has a bus service linking all 3 towns to ferries and water taxis.

            North Stradbroke Island is the ultimate paradise for the many enthusiasts who visit each year. On a good day it’s possible to surf right past the pub, along the evocatively named Cylinders Beach, on waves that peel dreamily for hundreds of metres. Stick ten bucks in the back pocket of your boardies and drop in for a quick beer on your way back around -you may even bump into world ranked surfer and local Bede Durbidge! Straddie boasts what is perhaps the last truly old-school surf shop in the country, that makes it’s business selling surfing equipment rather than fashion.

            The jewels in Stradbroke’s crown is Point Lookout and the natural wonder of the North Gorge Walk, along with the surf, the choice of beaches, all sheltered in differing winds, the whale watching, and the spectacular coastal walk around the gorges. If you are looking for Stradbroke Island Accommodation, make sure you visit: http://www.discoverstradbroke.com.au/


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              Originally posted 2011-09-28 10:51:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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              Protection along with style and appeal of insulated ceiling panels

              Apr 12 2014 Published by under 1

              Soundproofing is becoming much more than a scientific necessity now. This has become an important and sophisticated means than just muffing up the ceiling of your house with some material. The insulated ceiling panels are now easily available in the markets which can be used to protect the rooms and buildings from unwanted sounds fire and temperature effects. They are an ideal way to decorate your home ceilings too. The ceiling panels are much more like the tiles that we use for our floors but the difference is just that they are used on ceilings. So if you are also looking for some help to make your homes or offices sound proof then ceiling panels are the best option.

              For people who are much more involved into music and such activities generally require these kinds of insulations for their rooms to make them sound proof so that there are no echoes in the room and even sound reverberation is avoided. These ceiling panels also allow you to keep the sounds limited to the room only and no other sounds can enter the room as well. And with so much of advancement they are becoming a hot trend for decoration as well.

              They are available in different materials and colors that they can be very easily incorporated into your house and will add to its beauty. The process of using these panels is also very simpler. You just need to fix the base of the ceiling panels of your room and then the panels can be fixed later on them. The trend of popcorn ceiling panels and 3d panels are also coming back to fashion and you can easily find them in most of the shops. There are different designs and patterns for your offices, for your rooms and even totally different ones for your bathrooms. They protect your bathrooms from unwanted bacterial attacks also.

              These designs and patterns resemble to the ones that were first created in the Victorian times and from that time are being used. Many amendments have been made since those times and today they are perfect to be used for any building construction that may be an office, apartments, mansions etc. these days many of the interior designers also deal into these ceiling panels. They have their own designs and architects who help fixing these panels to your home. They are even a creative way to cover the wiring inside your ceilings. They can easily be pulled out if anytime you want to make a change and once you are done, you can fix them back. They also make you free from the tedious work of breaking the ceilings and then adding wires inside it.

              You can complement the walls and floors of your house with these insulated ceiling panels and make you house look more appealing and beautiful. They are amongst the best aids that help you get away from those unwanted sounds, fire protections and all this in an alluring look.


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                Originally posted 2011-09-12 05:39:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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

                Apr 12 2014 Published by under 1

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

                Intuitive categories to browse

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

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

                Helpful for retailers, foodservice, food manufacturers and more

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

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

                Food as a gift

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

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

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                Communication: a fundamental ingredient in a successful relationship

                Feb 18 2014 Published by under 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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