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Six Things You Must Do Before Hiring a Nanny in Australia

Service Week March 21, 2017 at 1:00 am

Nanny Looking After Kids Hiring a nanny is more complicated than hiring a new executive. It is bringing a stranger into your home and entrusting your children and your property to them. Some people have had good experiences with their nannies while others can recount harrowing experiences. The difference is in the hiring.

Here are six things you must do before hiring a nanny in Australia:

1. Choose a Reputable Agency

A solid agency which has been in existence for several years is likely to have proper controls and standards on who they accept. Compared with less established agencies, they are more likely to verify references and to do proper checks on the nannies they work with. Although it is not common, criminals may collaborate with unscrupulous agencies to obtain information about unsuspecting members of the public; your nanny could be a spy! It is important to do a little research on local agencies before deciding on one.

2. Conduct a Thorough Interview

The mistake many people make is to rush the process because they ‘need a nanny immediately’. They may skip an interview altogether or ask shallow questions. A face to face interview allows you to learn about attitudes, ethical stands, philosophies and the general life view of a person, to see if their beliefs agree with yours. This is a good chance to portray the situation at your home and to ask whether they would be willing to do the jobs you require help with.

3. Consider the Candidate’s Experience with Children

If you have small children, you need someone who has some experience in handling them. Dealing with children is not easy and it would be wrong to assume that a hire will learn on the job. Candidates who have worked in a daycare or kindergarten would be a good fit for this role.

4.  Ask About Education and Other Skills

Sometimes, children spend more time with their nannies than their parents. As such, children can learn a lot from these helpers. Go for someone with a high school diploma, at least. Other skills such as CPR and first aid are preferable.

5. Do a Background Check

Because of the role a nanny takes in your house, you need to trust them. Even though most agencies do their own checks, it is always good to be certain by doing your own check. A national police check in SA or elsewhere can be done online, often requiring very little time. A background check from Fast Police Checks may determine the safety of your kids.

6. Listen to Your Instincts

Many times you will be right if you trust your guts. If you have an uneasy feeling about someone, don’t hire them.

You can never be too sure about who you are bringing into your house, but conducting due diligence before hiring can prevent you from walking into disaster.

Protect Your Money: Find Shelter in Securities

Next Stop March 16, 2017 at 4:54 pm

Stack of coins​Inflation is the silent tax that steals the value of every pound. The more money printed, the less buying power you have for every bit of currency you hold. There is a way, however, for you to protect yourself from the stealthy devaluation of your money.

Currency versus Money

Money today is no longer really money. It is a currency. Most of the world’s currencies are indexed to the British Pound. A few decades ago, the British Pound was backed by gold. Today, it is backed by the debt of the people. When the GBP was taken off the gold standard, it meant that all currencies in the world were taken off the gold standard. The government became free to print as much money as it needed to. Inflation happened when there was more money available than the goods it could buy.

Keeping the Value of Money

One way to make sure your money retains its value is to buy securities. Securities are products that can hold the value of your money. In general, these come in the form of businesses, stocks, real estate, and commodities. The value of securities can rise along with inflation, such that if you buy silver bullion today, a few years from now it will have a similar buying power as it did when you bought it.

Choosing the Right Shelter

All these shelters are solid investments. The one caveat is that you need to know which security is the right one for you.

Businesses are management intensive and require finding the right people to work with. Stocks are notorious for their volatility, but there are ways to invest in stocks without having to stress over market temperament. Real estate takes a lot of capital and knowledge about the surrounding areas to make a sound decision. For commodities, you must either hold the items in your hand or find a reliable broker who can certify and ensure your holdings are legitimate.

Do your research and speak to experts in each field. Finding the right fit is the first step in ensuring you have sheltered your money in the right place.

Underwater Construction: Safety Devices You Need

Service Week March 10, 2017 at 4:00 am

Construction Near WaterFor those who work on construction projects beneath the water’s surface, you know it is essential to find the right underwater construction services for the job. For those who undertake this kind of work, the Underwater Construction Corporation says that there are important equipment that needs to be in place in order for any construction to begin.

1 – Blank Flange Lockout

A first must-do in underwater construction work is to create a lockout device to prevent unexpected flows of energy. A lockout device raises the safety level of the underwater environment and prevents the unregulated flow of chemicals or energy into the water.

The lockout devices provide a significant amount of protection to the workers.

2 – Wire ropes and Airlift

A wire rope will support the equipment for underwater construction projects. Choose a wire rope based on the underwater conditions of the site. Typically, you should choose a wire rope that is highly resistant to abrasion, highly flexible, and could carry the weight of your equipment.

An airlift, on the other hand, removes debris, sand, and mud from the construction site. Sometimes called a suction dredge, this is vital in clearing the area to make sure it is safe for everyone.

3 – Taking Measurements

You should be familiar with the sub sea technology structures for construction. These structures include bridges, pipelines, intakes, and dams. All of these aid in completing the final work, but taking measurements of all the structures and of the location where you will put up these sub sea structures is also an important step.

When you list down accurate measurements and give allowances, you are helping to build a more reliable underwater construction area and providing a safer environment for the workers.

For any underwater construction project, it is important to know the safety equipment you need to have in place before any work can take place.

Water Stains On The Ceiling Are Signs You Need To Check The Roof

Service Week February 21, 2017 at 9:45 am

Damaged Ceiling
The formation of water stains on the ceiling indicates roofing problems that need to be resolved immediately. Failure to do so may worsen the issue and with repair cost that could blow through the roof.

The surface of your ceiling may start to show small stains with the passing of time. But if huge water stains suddenly appear, it may indicate a bigger problem with your roof and would need immediate attention. Failing to resolve this speedily could compound the issue and lead to more major problems. Below are some of the telltale water stains that indicate you may have roof problems.

Ceiling Water Stains

Perhaps one of the most telling sign that you have a roof problem is the formation of water stains on your ceiling, as pointed out by Star Tribune. The trouble with this is that water stains rarely form underneath the section of the roof that may have a leak. In fact, it would have been better if the leak is big because there is a chance it will create ceiling stains directly underneath. If the leaks are a wee bit, pinpointing the problematic spot on the roof could be tough.

Pinpointing the Problematic Section

If your ceiling is roomy enough to accommodate your size and if you are up to it, you can wiggle your way inside. Usually, ceiling water stains travel along the lumber, trusses or roof panels in your ceiling before finally dripping on the stained area.

It is even possible that the leak may be located some distance away from where ceiling water stains appeared. What you can do is to trace the water trails from the stained spot until you find the source. This could take some time, but with patience and some detective skills, you will be able to locate it.

Determining the Cause

If the stains seem to worsen especially after a downpour, the culprit could be the flashing. This is among the issues pointed out by Real Estate Inspector. You should know that changing step flashing can be complicated because you need to fit it in with the roof and nearby siding.

If you feel this job is beyond you, getting in touch with experts on roofing in Tauranga like Kiwispout NZ LTD  should be your next option. Another possible cause of the leak is damaged sealant strips due to critters getting inside your roof. To prevent these animals from going to the roof, you need to trip branches touching or near your roof.

You need to thoroughly examine your roof at the first sign of water stains forming on the ceiling. Do not wait until it worsens because these nasty stains can cause other problems besides an ugly mark.

If you do not have the time to do it or have no experience with roof problems, you can contact a roofing inspector. They can check the roof for you and make a determination what is causing it, then provide recommendations on how it can be resolved. Remember, the roof plays a major role in your house and giving it proper attention and care should always be paramount.

 

 

Why Delayed Projects are a Big No-No in the Construction Industry

Uncategorized February 7, 2017 at 8:44 pm

Construction Delays

Delay is one of the greatest enemies of efficiency in any workplace. It slows down work and ruins projected plans. The stakes are higher with a construction project; the cost of delayed delivery of construction projects may lead to contract termination or lawsuits between owners and contractors.

Ensuring that a building project proceeds with little to no delays is not that easy to achieve. It requires coordination and professionalism throughout the process. Here are a few factors you need to consider.

Hiring the Right People

The heightened consequence of delays in a construction setting makes it more necessary to hire a construction company with an intensive knowledge of the industry and has the expertise of all the steps in the building process. Form Direct states that high-quality and reliable concrete construction supplies and equipment in every construction project are also vital to warrant there will be no unforeseen problems in the process.

Taking in the right people is so important that the Australian government recently announced that it would be establishing the Critical Infrastructure Centre to ‘protect vital national infrastructure from sabotage, espionage and coercion,’ Reuters reported.

Perpetual Balance Act

Any project manager can attest that there should always be a balance of three components for a project to work out: time, quality, and cost. However, there is an innate quality of these three factors that makes it hard to improve one thing without compromising the other. For example, speeding up the construction means you have to spend more on additional resources.

Cutting back on the cost, on the other hand, might jeopardise the quality of the project.  Additionally, if you try to add more features and improve the function of a construction project, it takes a toll on time and budget.

Although it is a laborious and complicated process, a good project manager finds a way to advance these three factors without sacrificing the other.

Delayed construction projects can be very costly and, in some cases, may lead to lawsuits. To avoid this, you should hire the right people, have an excellent project management and reliable equipment.

Businesses for the Environment

Service Week January 30, 2017 at 8:52 am

Helping the Environment in UtahEven businesses here in Utah need to do their part to help the environment. You don’t have to plan for a big green initiative. You can do several small and easily done things in your business that can reduce your company’s impact on the environment.

Simple Programs

You can start with a waste segregation, recycling, and waste diversion program. A first step is to find a strategic location for your garbage collection bins. The strategic location must be in a place where your employees find it easy and convenient to throw any trash or waste such as in the break room.

Next, you can station your trash, recycle, and compost bins next to each other, yet use differing colors for each of the bins. You can also place signs above the bins that can illustrate which items go in which bin. All of this help in making waste segregation easier for people. Once finished, you can notify the whole company, especially the janitorial staff, about the program.

Another Green Step Forward

You can further improve on your waste segregation, recycling, and waste diversion with a few simple tricks. For one, you can encourage your employees to use washable dishes, mugs, and silverware. You can reduce the amount of paper your company consumes by printing double-sided and by re-using printed material with mistakes as scratch paper.

A Green Step Even Further

You can go a step even further if your business is a large industrial company. You can hire an environmental services provider that offer remediation and other services. Environmental services can help manage waste and other environmental elements in mining, oil, and other industries.

To find the right environmental services provider, you can look for one that will manage all your environmental projects in the long term. You can also consider the technological and regulatory expertise of the provider. Finally, find a provider that can speak board language as well as optimize EH&S processes.

No matter the size of your business or company, you can greatly impact the environment. You can choose to help it.

Outsource or Maintain an In-House Janitorial Staff?

Service Week January 11, 2017 at 6:57 am

Janitorial Services

Business owners should fully understand the importance of workplace cleanliness, as it plays a major role in the productivity of their workforce. It contributes greatly to the public’s perception, as well. You wouldn’t want prospective clients to be turned off, do you?

As cleanliness and sanitation affect many aspects of your business, you should never take it lightly despite how busy you are. Fortunately, many janitorial services in Dallas, TX are available to provide you with a cost-effective and efficient solution that keeps the workplace safe, healthy, and hazard-free for everyone.

Custodial Staff: Maintaining an In-House Team

Before hiring an in-house custodial team, you should first explore your options. More companies today choose to outsource all sorts of services, from information technology to commercial cleaning.

Convenience is a primary factor. Before you can build your own cleaning staff, you need to complete the hiring process. This will take up a lot of time, though, since you have to conduct individual interviews and perform background checks on each applicant. Even if you have a human resources department, this means more work for them. The greater the additional amount of work, the more resources you spend.

The Outsourced Janitorial Service Advantage

Outsourcing doesn’t only benefit your business in the short run; it also delivers a number of long-term benefits. The biggest of these is the considerably reduced overall cost. Outsourcing cleaning services means eliminating the need for allotting a monthly budget for personnel and materials. You can expect them to have their own cleaning equipment, tools, and other essentials.

Do your part in making sure you choose a firm that’s known not only for delivering top-notch services, but also highly trustworthy and experienced custodial members.

3 Essential Tips Cow Breeders Should Know

Product Review December 13, 2016 at 8:46 am

Cow BreedingAs a responsible dairy farmer, you need to ensure that your cows are getting the proper care. From the right food to the right type of activities, knowing these best practices can help you raise a good animal that can yield good produce.

Inspect the stock before buying them. What you want are cows that look alert with eyes bright and free of any discharge. Pay attention to how the animal breathes. The breathing shouldn’t be laboured, rather, it should be regular and smooth. Watch out for coughing animals or the ones that have mucus running down from the nose. Check the animal’s body for any swollen parts and watch them move. Healthy animals should be able to stride easily.

Make sure you have a proper maternity pen for your pregnant animals. These pens should be placed in a quieter area of your barn. Make sure there’s a good air flow and the area is well lit and insulated. The bedding is usually made from long straws and should be at least 4 inches thick. Cleaning the maternity pen before the animal gives birth will help lower the risk of having navel infections and other illnesses when the calf is born.

Ensure that the calves are eating properly and getting the right nutrition. Now, a calf meal like Takanini Feeds is usually decided by the farmers but typically, calves consume milk from their mothers only for a short period of time. After which, farmers can then decide to continue feeding them milk from other herds or other calf meals to make sure they’re getting the right nutrients they need to grow strong.

Raise Them Well

Raising a healthy breed of animals require a good eye, good institution, dedication and best practices. If you are planning to breed cows or raise them for dairy produce, use these tips to help you raise a good stock.

Planning to Open Your Own Plumbing Business? Here’s What You Need to Know

Next Stop November 23, 2016 at 6:42 am

Plumbing Business in IrelandOne of the fastest growing sectors in business is plumbing, along with related work such as pipe laying, pipefitting, and steamfitting. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a growth of 16% in this sector between 2008 and 2018.

This is a good sign if you are interested in starting a plumbing business. A small plumbing business can take care of ordinary household issues like broken faucets or clogged drains and could even help with major projects such as building construction, housing developments, and city pipelines.

To start your business, here are some reminders:

Apply for permits

Your plumbing company needs liability insurance, a tax identification number, and several other permits and licenses. Depending on your area, you may also need to take an exam to earn your license, and this only follows a specific period of apprenticeship. You will also need a retail license if you’ll be selling plumbing equipment or parts.

Buy your equipment and tools

You’ll need equipment and tools, of course. Teschem Engineering Ltd says that it’s important to build a relationship with other businesses that can help yours, like gasket suppliers. You will need a vehicle that can carry your equipment, too. A van or a pickup truck is a good option. Get some office items, such as a computer with software designed for plumbing businesses, a phone, and fax machine.

Learn how your competitors do business

This is largely about how other plumbers bid on projects. You should find out how much they are likely to charge for a particular service. Use your fax machine or email for sending bids. Throw in some value-adding freebies if you can. Sometimes, that freebie will help a customer decide to choose you over another company with the same bid.

Advertise

Don’t forget to tell people about your business. Phone book ads are great, but you might want to build a website. Get on the popular online lists like Google My Business, Angie’s List, and Yelp. To increase your chances of getting calls, pay for SEO services.

These are some of the basic steps that should help you get that plumbing business off the ground. As long as you love what you’re doing, you’ll always find the motivation to succeed.

Studying Abroad: 5 Ways to Prep You Up for the Big Trip

Back2School November 7, 2016 at 4:39 am

Studying AbroadThe results are out and you are one of the few to receive an opportunity to enter a great study program abroad. The idea alone can make you feel giddy and excited, but this is only the beginning of everything.

James Cook University Singapore and other educational institutions noted that whether it is a university in Asia or somewhere else, knowing these would get you ready for your educational journey ahead:

Things to Prepare

Ready your passport and visa. The passport will serve as your pass to enter and/or leave the country to travel abroad. Most countries require foreign students to obtain a student visa to pursue the course program you want. To prevent any hassle, be sure to prepare these two and other related documents ahead of time.

Get to Know the Country

Research and take the time to learn more about your destination. From the people and its culture down to its current economic situation, it is best to know the important details. Otherwise, it can affect your future travel and study plans.

Read the Consular Information Sheet

This provides up-to-date news on the country you’re possibly traveling. It offers detailed information on topics that might be your concern, especially your own safety and security. This may include the laws and regulations and the location of consular agencies, consulates, and your embassy.

Be Prepared Emotionally & Mentally

Throughout the course of your stay, you’ll certainly meet many people. Be prepared for these things. There’s a big possibility that they have different views on certain ideas, issues, and concepts. Expect the unexpected and try to widen your understanding.

Be Ready Financially

This is the biggest challenge of studying somewhere far. You are responsible in all of your finances from your accommodation, allowances down to your other expenses. Therefore, you need to practice managing your budget properly even before you travel. It’s always good to bring extra in case something happened you’re ready for it.

If you want to be ready for a whole new experience, it’s best to make some preparations. Remember to stay updated and informed about the things around you for a safer travel experience.