Archive for June, 2014

Tips and Tricks to Brewing Better Coffee at Home

Service Week June 25, 2014 at 4:51 am

coffeeThere are several ways to brew coffee –you can use a percolator, soft brew, aero press, coffee machine, or even a ceramic dripper. Percolators make a strong cup every time, soft brew guarantees a weak, yet rich pot, while an aero press brews coffee with “zest, care, and attention.” Automatic coffee machines are quick and convenient, and produce coffee at the proper temperature each time. Ceramic drippers, on the other hand, make a uniform brew.

Whichever method you choose to brew your next cup, 7GramsCoffee.com.au, retailer of coffee machines for homes and offices, says you need to follow the proper ways of brewing coffee if you want to enjoy the best cup possible. According to the site, the quality and flavour of your coffee depends not only on the brewing process, but also the way you prepare it.

Follow these tips and tricks to achieve the best tasting cup of coffee possible:

Prepare Your Equipment

Make sure your equipment is clean before brewing new coffee grounds. Grounds that collect on any part of the equipment and coffee oil build-up can produce a bitter, rancid flavour in future cups. Clean the equipment by rinsing it with hot water. Afterward, dry it with an absorbent towel.

Buy Fresh Grounds

Freshly roasted coffee is best if great flavour is what you’re after. Don’t purchase coffee in bulk. Buy only what your household can consume in a given period, ideally, one to two weeks.

Measure Carefully

Preparing coffee is like cooking; the correct proportion of ingredients is important to ensure a great cup each and every time. Find a balance between the right amount of coffee and water to use. Experts suggest adding two tablespoons of whole beans or coffee grounds for every six ounces of hot water.

Brew Only What You Can Drink

Freshly brewed coffee should never sit around for more than fifteen minutes; it should be enjoyed as soon as it’s done brewing. If coffee sits on a burner for too long, the natural oils that provide its great flavour and aroma will break down and evaporate, resulting in a scorched taste.

Brew your coffee the right way and enjoy a rich, aromatic, and great-tasting cup every time.

UN: More Than 50 Million Asylum Seekers And Refugees Displaced Worldwide

Service Week June 23, 2014 at 8:09 am

The number of asylum seekers and refugees displaced worldwide has already exceeded 50 million, the highest level since after World War II, according to a report by the United Nations.

Quantum Leap

refugeesIn the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) report, 51.2 million people have been displaced by the end of 2013, six million more than in the previous year. These include 16.7 million refugees who fled abroad, 33.3 million people displaced within their own countries, and 1.2 million asylum seekers.

Half of those displaced are children.

The Syrian civil war is the primary reason for the increase, according to the report. The Syrians who fled the country accounted for most of the world’s 2.5 million new refugees the previous year.

“We are really facing a quantum leap, an enormous increase of forced displacement in our world,” UNHCR commissioner Antonio Guterres said.

Australia’s Resettlement Program

Simultaneously, Australia’s efforts to help alleviate the crisis have remained idle, or worsened, as the country drops in the global rankings.

Australia’s refugee resettlement program ranked second in the world in 2013, while US ranked first, and Canada ranked third. The three countries hosted about 90% of resettled refugees in 2013.

Is Your Hospital or Clinic Putting Patients at Risk for Infection?

Service Week June 19, 2014 at 3:35 am

sterilization productsImproperly cleaned medical equipment sounds farfetched in the 21st century. We’re in the age of hip replacements and heart transplants, so the thought of a doctor neglecting to properly sterilize his scalpel or forceps sounds preposterous. But it happens more often than you think, and when it does the results are catastrophic.

When a hospital fails to follow the CDC’s guidelines for cleaning, especially for surgical instruments, patients will suffer severe infections that can even lead to death. Often, the problem isn’t detected until multiple patients have been affected. The medical facility faces heavy lawsuits, a ruined reputation, and in extreme cases may even be closed down. If you work at a hospital or clinic, how do you prevent this from happening?

Clinical sterilization products from infectioncontrolproducts.com and other suppliers allow medical staff to maintain a safe and hygienic practice. Apart from that, the hospital needs to maintain strict guidelines. When it comes to equipment that come into contact with the patient’s tissue or vascular system, such as cardiac catheters and scalpels, a constant procedure for cleaning should be put in place. Here is a simplified example.

• Remove all residues, such as blood and tissue, from the instruments
• Clean all instruments immediately after use
• Rinse for 30 seconds, and then dry.
• After thoroughly drying, place the instruments in sterilization pouches, which are labeled with instrument names, date, and your initials.
• Place the pouches in the sterilizer trays, leaving space to allow the steam to circulate. Do not stack pouches, and avoid overloading.
•Fill out an entry in the log book, writing down your initials, date sterilized, instruments, minutes of the cycle, heat of the sterilizer, and results.

Improper sterilization only becomes a problem when the sterile processing department becomes lax or overworked, and starts taking shortcuts. Before that happens, establish a culture of strict compliance to hygiene requirements. Make sure that all employees, both new and old, are properly trained in handling, cleaning, and storing medical equipment. And be careful when pushing for maximum efficiency; while it is important to keep sterile processing fast, it should not come at the cost of quality.

Brand Investment: Instagram Aims To Introduce Ads Globally

E-Paper Weekly June 11, 2014 at 2:10 am

Instagram, the photo-sharing service owned by Facebook, announced that it would start expanding ads to international users later this year.

International ad push

social appThe company will start introducing ads to Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. However, more countries could be added in the near future.

“We are committed to learning as much as we can while building Instagram as a sustainable business,” Instagram said in a statement.

The app, which allows users to take photos and then apply various filters, said it had more than 200 million users all over the world.

Promising results

Facebook approached advertising slowly at Instagram in an attempt to keeping users happy and satisfied.

“It’s a logical next step for Instagram to roll out advertising in these English-speaking countries, enabling global brand advertisers to extend their Instagram efforts outside the US,” Debra Aho Williamson, social media analyst at eMarketer, said in a statement.

Title: It’s Getting Warm, Is Your Garden Ready for Summer?

Back2School June 9, 2014 at 7:55 am

gardenIt’s time to enjoy the warm weather; to go out and have some fun. The temperature is rising and the wind is blowing mildly. You might have booked your next vacation or out of town trip. You’re decorating your home and planning to invite some friends for a pool party.

But are you missing something important? How about your garden? Is it ready for the hot season? Oakleigh Manor provides tips on how to prepare your garden for the summer.

Check Your Water Supply

Plants need more water during the hot season, so make sure you have enough supply. Check the irrigation system and repair or replace old and broken pipes. You might want to buy additional sprinklers for your lawn. Be sure to water the plants regularly to keep them from wilting and dying.

Expect the Unexpected

Sure, summer days will be hot, but you should always expect downpours. You must be ready to protect the garden from damage when heavy rains strike. Setting up a greenhouse is a good way to do this. You can also build up the soil around each plant or simply raise the beds. This will loosen the soil and improve the roots’ ability to absorb nutrients.

Add Some Colour and Style

Your garden also deserves an upgrade. Why not add accessories, such as umbrellas, to make it more appealing? Sow seeds of flowering plants to add a splash of colour to your garden. You can also build a gazebo to improve your landscape’s ornamental features. It also provides shade and shelter during a hot sunny day.

Kill the Weeds and Fertilise

Weeds affect your plants’ growth and make your garden look messy and unattractive. Remove them to allow flowering plants to stand out. Don’t forget to apply the right amount of fertiliser to keep them nourished throughout the season.

Preparing your garden for the summer is easy with the help of experienced landscapers. A gardening expert will provide ideas on how to improve your outdoor space and keep the plants healthy.

Under-age Drinking on Licensed Premises

Service Week June 5, 2014 at 4:52 am

alcohol drinkingA cornerstone in the management of licensed premises is Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) and ensuring that alcohol is only served to patrons 18 years or over.

It is illegal for anyone under 18 to consume alcohol on licensed premises such as pubs, small bars, and nightclubs. They are prohibited from bringing alcohol, too. Also, these licensed premises cannot sell or supply alcohol to them. Therefore, it’s an offence for anyone under the age of 18 years to enter or remain on licensed premises except under specific circumstances outlined in the Liquor Control Act 1988.

The penalty is a $200 infringement or maximum $2000 fine. It may also depend on the offender.

  • Licensee or Manager: $1,000 infringement or maximum $10,000 fine
  • Employee: $400 infringement or maximum $4,000 fine
  • Any other person: $200 infringement or maximum $2,000 fine

To learn about this and other RSA related issues, you must complete your RSA certification online. You must be RSA certified to work in licensed premises in WA and Australia. To receive proper certification, consult AHA(WA) – the leader in online RSA training for hospitality staff in Perth WA. They offer easy to navigate courses that are 100% online.

These courses are designed by hospitality professionals for people seeking employment in the service of alcohol industry. AHA (WA)’s fully online course is easy-to-use and allows students to gain their WA or national RSA qualification certificate quickly from the comfort of their home, university or workplace.