The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2014-04-24T03:51:11Z Resistance to Care a Growing Problem in the Elderly 2014-04-24T03:51:11Z resistance-to-care-a-growing-problem-in-the-elderly Australia, 24 April 2014 - As Australia’s “baby boomers” turn into elderly citizens, more and more are beginning to require care. Whether this care is in the home or at a residential facility, many elderly Australians are resistant to care. In a recent blog post, Phil Usher, co-founder of Tall Trees Care Communities, explained this problem and possible solutions in great detail. There are many factors that combine to make an elderly person resistant to care. As one ages, the physical and mental capacities may start to deteriorate. It is human nature to not want to admit to losing either; this causes many elderly citizens to be in denial. In addition, the looming spectre of being vulnerable and needing care causes people to worry about losing their dignity and their independence. This fear can cause anger and depression, making it even more difficult to convince them to accept the care they need. They may also feel as though they are a “burden” or otherwise feel guilty about needing care. Mr Usher recommends some practical methods for helping the elderly realise that they need care. One of the most important recommendations is to always provide choices for the person who needs care. When a person has lived a long, full life and has been “in charge” for most of it, they are naturally resistant to taking a subordinate role in determining their own care. Consequently, it is helpful to present that person with choices and options, thus allowing them to continue to have control over their own care and their own destiny.Another strategy is to allow a professional such as a doctor to convince the patient that they need a higher level of care than they are currently receiving. Most people trust doctors more than their well-meaning relatives when it comes to health advice. When an elderly person is resistant to getting the care they need, a doctor may be the right person to inform them and convince them of it. According to Mr Usher, though, allowing the elderly to retain their dignity and independence is essential in providing any kind of care, whether in home or at a residential facility. According to Mr Usher, “When we started Tall Trees Care Communities, we consulted many elderly citizens including our own mums. Everyone we talked to said that the biggest thing they didn’t want was to have someone telling them what to do all the time. We listened to our mums and decided that if it isn’t good enough for our mums, it isn’t good enough, period.”Mr Usher concluded, “Respecting the independence and dignity of our residents has been the cornerstone upon which we have built our communities. In fact, many of our residents came on board after a trial visit. They liked it so much that they didn’t want to leave. Our residents own their own homes and care is available 24/7. If your loved one is resistant to care, a trial visit may be just what the doctor ordered.”Tall Trees Care Communities provide an alternative to traditional private aged care facilities and nursing homes. They have five locations in the Brisbane and Gold Coast areas. Residents own their own homes in the communities and choose their own levels of care. For more information, call (07) 3442 9378 or visit their website: http://www.talltrees.net.au/. Looking for an Effective Marketing Tool? Use Custom Made Flags, Expert Says 2014-04-24T03:33:56Z looking-for-an-effective-marketing-tool-use-custom-made-flags-expert-says Perth, WA, 24 April 2014 – ImagePak Marketing, a company known for providing promotional products, safety clothing, as well as embroidery and screen printing services, encourages business owners to consider custom made flags for their marketing campaigns.According to Scott Eaton, owner of ImagePak, custom made flags offer quite a number of benefits, most especially to businesses who are looking to spread good word about what they have to offer.He explained that as a marketing tool, flags can be quite effective, as these can easily catch attention. They can also be a good tool to promote a business, provided that the proper designs and messages are utilised.Eaton said: “What makes custom made flags good is that they are both simple and efficient. They can be used and installed easily and they are quite affordable. And to make them even better, businesses can just think of a good design and message, install the flags in a strategic location and expect people to see the message that they may want to share.”“Of course, this doesn’t mean you can just place any flag and expect to see immediate results. In order to get the benefits you want, you need to make use of the proper strategies. That is the general rule in marketing and that same rule applies when using custom made flags for promotion,” he added.Here are some additional things to know about custom made flags, as explained by Mr Eaton:Why Flags Are AttractiveFlags, depending on their designs, are quite attractive. They can be quite graceful as they “dance” and flap around, thereby making it easier to catch the attention of passersby, drivers or people walking down the road.However, businesses should be strategic. They must consider the designs that they intend to use, the message to be conveyed and even the area where the flag is to be installed. Accordingly, this can help increase the probability of more people seeing one’s business name and message, ultimately leading to a higher chance for marketing success.Picking the Right DesignsIn order to maximise its potential benefits, flags should be used with the proper designs.Use bright colours to make them more eye-catching. Use witty and fun messages to catch the interest of people.If a business is known for a particular colour, then it would be a good idea to use such colour on the flags to be displayed. Strategically placing your business name or logo can also help make things even more efficient.How Custom Made Flags Benefit Marketing CampaignsConsidering how attractive custom made flags are and how they can be customised to suit specific preferences, then it would be safe to say that indeed, this option can be a great tool for enhancing one’s marketing campaigns.In addition, custom made flags are: easy to install and use, are large enough to place company names or marketing messages on and they are significantly more affordable compared to other marketing tools, such as billboards, newspaper ads and others.In short: they can be a big help to one’s business campaigns—and people should give them a try.About ImagePak MarketingImagePak Marketing, as part of the Artisan Group, has been providing promotional products, safety clothing and other services in Perth since 1979 and it is offering help to those who want to bring their businesses to better heights.To know more about the company, visit http://www.imagepak.com.au/ or call (08) 92444 111. GraphicMail AU & NZ launches new fully responsive Email Creator 2014-04-22T01:26:08Z graphicmail-au-amp-nz-launches-new-fully-responsive-email-creator Ralph McAllister, General Manager - GraphicMail AU & NZ. Sydney, Australia (PRWire) April 24th, 2014 Beta-test it for yourself now, it’s live! Even though autumn is here, we’re still keeping things fresh at GraphicMail AU & NZ with a new email editor, Ralph McAllister the general manager of the AU & NZ outlets, said today. The Email Creator lets you create newsletters that look fantastic on mobile devices easily. Its responsive attributes, great new features, including dozens of new responsive templates, now make it easier to design and send. According to VentureBeat, 65% of all email is opened first on mobile devices (February 2014). So it’s critical that your message shows up correctly on mobile. Newsletters that you design in the Email Creator are automatically resized to mobile screens, aligning your message and images so they look great on a small screen. It’s easy to edit and modify using drag & drop content blocks. Or you can upload your own customised template. We also host your images and  files, and we make it easy to personalise your newsletters if you have the data. Sending beautiful email newsletters is an easy way to kickstart your online marketing campaign to grow your business. Email marketing can serve any size business, and GraphicMail’s editor has all the powerful features needed for each and every one of your communication needs. You can post to social networks such as Twitter or Facebook, or you can boost your email messages with text message marketing. Over the next few weeks, Ralph McAllister said all users will see a notice in their account dashboard to demo or upgrade. Once you’ve moved over, this will be your primary email creator. The 2011 editor will be phased out over the next few months, and the 2008 editor will remain for those who upload their own HTML coded newsletters. All users will still have access to all previously created content. Ralph McAllister would also like to remind you that GraphicMail is more than just an Email Service Provider. It’s a self serve email, mobile and social cloud-based solution, which addresses all your marketing needs. “Beds for WAGs” – Djeego.com lists the Top 10 football destinations to visit for other reasons than the world game 2014-04-21T22:39:00Z beds-for-wags-djeego-com-lists-the-top-10-football-destinations-to-visit-for-other-reasons-than-the-world-game MEDIA RELEASE MEDIA RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE “Beds for WAGs” – Djeego.com lists the Top 10 football destinations to visit for other reasons than the world game With the FIFA World Cup just around the corner, there is more to football destinations than the sport for WAGs to explore Sydney, 22 March 2014 – With countries like Spain, Germany, Argentina and Portugal topping the ranks of the world football ladder, there are plenty more reasons for WAGs (football Wives And Girlfriends) to visit these destinations than supporting their players in the lead up to the World Cup. Jonathan Mason, Marketing Manager for Djeego.com®, operated by Travel Tact Pty Ltd., a leading online travel website, says: “With the World Cup just around the corner and football partners busy in preparation, there are many reasons for WAGs to explore their own or other great football nations for more than just the sport. The top ten ranked countries on the ladder offer perfect holiday destinations for a relaxed or adventurous short break or longer holiday.” “Whether you’re an avid sports supporter, love shopping, strolling on a sunny beach, partying all night, or simply enjoying great food, these football nations offer all you’re looking for in a holiday,” he said. “With international travel offering such good value right now, Djeego.com makes it easy to book accommodation online, allowing you to create your very own tailor-made football destination adventure. From five-star to budget accommodation, you can explore great daily deals right at your fingertips and find accommodation that suits your needs. And, each booking can earn you points towards great awards with Djeego.com’s Cash Rewards™ loyalty program,” Mr Mason said. Djeego.com highlights a selection of the best football nation destinations for football ‘Wives And Girlfriends’ around the world, not to be missed. Barcelona, Spain With Spain on top of the football world ranking ladder, this destination is home to the famous FC Barcelona. But there is more to explore in this Southern European city. Barcelona is the 10th-most-visited city in the world and the third most visited in Europe after London and Paris, great to visit year round with its mild climate. Well-known for its Rambles, the destination for fashion shopping, cafes and souvenirs, its historical monuments, great night life and one of the best beaches in the world, Barcelona is the most popular city to visit in Spain. Hidden secret: Plaça Prim, in the area of Poblenou, a little square that brings you back in time and remains its charm with its little white stone houses and orange trees. But, it’s also the location of Els Pescadors, one of the city's finest fish restaurants. Berlin, Germany We all know about how the Germans play the football game, but have you discovered their unique city of Berlin, yet? Post-war Berlin has developed in a unique blend of historic and new architectural master pieces. Regarded as one of the most famous landmarks in Europe, the Brandenburg Gate is a must visit for historical culture seekers. During the day, visit one of the hundreds of art galleries, any of the more than 150 museums, the Berlin Zoo with the most diverse range of species in the world or find your way to the streets around Alexanderplatz or Kurfürstendamm for great shopping. In the evening, experience the diverse gastronomy scene with a mix of Michelin star restaurants and small local outlets to bite in a Bratwurst or vegetarian dish. At night, enjoy Berlin’s diverse party scene with on weekends no fixed closing time so you can party around the clock. Hidden secret: Neu-Venedig, an area in the South-East of Berlin with canals, lagoons and magnificent views, reminding you of places like Venice. Take a tour on the water to view picturesque water front properties and gardens or sit down at one of the little cafés to enjoy the sunshine and a glass of rose. Zurich, Switzerland Ranking fifth on the FIFA football raking, Switzerland’s key travel destination is Zürich. As a “metropolis of experiences” by the water, with a magnificent view of the snow-capped Alps on the horizon, Zürich offers a unique mixture of attractions – over 50 museums and more than 100 art galleries, international fashion labels and Zürich designs, and the most flamboyant and lively nightlife in Switzerland. Recreational activities range from a visit to the riverside and lakeside bathing areas in the very heart of the city, to a spectacular hike on the Üetliberg mountain, which offers a panoramic view of the entire city of Zürich and the Lake of Zürich. Hidden secret: Take a boat from the Landesmuseum along the river – with romantic views of the old town - to Zürichhorn Casino on the lakeside. Walk back along the lake for lunch or dinner at Fischstube, a water front seafood restaurant with amazing views of the lake, city and the Alps in the background. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Rio de Janeiro, a cidade maravilhosa, is one of Brazil's most spectacular scenic cities, backed by coastal mountains, forests and fronted by the Atlantic. The city has international acclaim for its climate, lifestyle, beaches, beautiful people, Carnaval, and festivals. Enjoy the nightlife in Copacabana, Ipanema and other districts for dance clubs, nightclubs, bars and classical arts performances. Visit Corcovado by miniature train through the rainforest for a great view of Rio and a visit to Cristo Redentor, the famous statue of Jesus Christ. The many Samba schools will have you embrace the Rio Carnival spirit, or get active with sports like golf, cycling, diving, surfing and hang-gliding as only few of the many options at hand. Hidden secret: Rio is a surfer’s paradise. Visit one of the amazing beaches by catching the Surf Bus, which is especially designed to transport surfboards, and runs three times a day from Rio’s city centre to its more western beaches. If it’s not to get active, the surf crowd will make you smile. Amsterdam, The Netherlands Amsterdam is one of the greatest small cities in the world. From its canals, do take a canal boat tour to see the back streets of this ‘Venice of the North’, to world-famous museums and historical sights, Amsterdam is one of the most romantic and beautiful cities in Europe. Amsterdam is also a city of tolerance and diversity. It has all the advantages of a big city. On culture you’ll find the famous Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh museum and Anne Frank house. For nightlife, visit many small bars and clubs around key areas like Leidseplein or the Jordaan. The city has many outdoor markets throughout the week with food, clothing and souvenirs aplenty. But, don’t forget a visit to the Heineken brewery for a tour and a beer or two, international restaurants and cuisines to enjoy for late night dining, and good transport to get home. It’s a safe and friendly destination with history beyond many other European cities. Hidden secret: Elected as # 1 Most Bicycle Friendly City in the World, Amsterdam is absolutely crazy for bikes: evidenced by the six-story parking garage at the train station, for yes, bikes only. If you don't want anyone in the bike lane to know you're a tourist, head to Bike City in the hip Jordaan neighborhood. Other top-10 ranking football nation destinations to visit: Lisbon, Portugal Montevideo, Uruguay Milan, Italy Buenos Aires, Argentina Bogota, Colombia Visit the Top-10 Beds for WAGs destination deals at www.djeego.com/beds-for-wags For global travel deals, and a great travel experience, visit www.djeego.com. -Ends- For further information, please contact: Jonathan Mason / Raimond Simons Djeego.com Tel. 1300 788 599 Email: info@djeego.com About Djeego.com and Travel Tact Pty Ltd Djeego.com is a leading global travel booking and deals website, owned and operated by Travel Tact Pty Ltd. We search and list hot travel deals from many travel providers and review them for you make an educated choice before booking our next accommodation worldwide. Djeego.com is focused on finding you the lowest available rates worldwide to book online with instant confirmation with no booking fees or credit card fees, our rates are all-inclusive with no hidden fees. And with Djeego.com’s Cash Rewards loyalty program you can earn unlimited travel rewards towards your next holiday. Djeego.com is the best place to go for the best places to stay. Travel Tact and Djeego.com are registered trademarks of 10316 Miles Intellectual Property in Australia and/or other countries. Other logos or product and company names mentioned herein may be the property of their respective owners. © 2014 Travel Tact Pty Ltd.  All rights reserved. 1 DriveAway Holidays launches Peugeot Leasing 2014-04-17T03:04:11Z driveaway-holidays-launches-peugeot-leasing Selected Peugeot Leasing vehicles have been drastically reduced for collection until the end of 2014.  Book any of the following nine models by 2nd May to take advantage of this sale: -  208 Economy, petrol 1.2L BVM (EDMVD7) -  208 Pack, petrol 1.2L BVM + GPS (EDMVD2) -  2008 Pack, petrol 1.6L BVM + GPS (EFMVD1) -  308 Nouvelle Pack, diesel 1.6L BVM + GPS (CDMDD6) -  3008 Pack, diesel 1.6L BVM + GPS + Cielo (CFMDD4) -  3008 Select, diesel 1.6L BVM + GPS + Cielo (CFMDD5) -  308 SW Ancienne Pack, diesel 1.6L BVM + GPS + Cielo (CWMDD4) -  5008 Pack, diesel 1.6L BVM + GPS + Cielo (FFMDD2) -  508 SW Select 2L HDI BVM + GPS + Mi-Cuir + Cielo (FWMDD4) Peugeot Leasing is ideal for extended holidays through Europe for 21 days – 175 days giving access to drive through more than 30 European countries. To book, simply visit www.driveaway.com.au, call our dedicated Peugeot Reservations Team on 1300 363 500 or see your local travel agent. How to decorate Easter Eggs for the holidays 2014-04-16T22:39:43Z how-to-decorate-easter-eggs-for-the-holidays Easter is fast approaching and it’s a wonderful time to be creative with the kids. Here are some crafty ideas to decorate eggs during the Easter holidays. Kids, make sure you have an adult’s permission before starting any of these crafts. THREAD WRAPPED EASTER EGGSOne simple way to give Easter eggs a crafty, homespun look: Add a bold stripe to dyed eggs with neon thread.Hold the loose end of a spool of thread against the egg with your finger, and wrap the spool around the egg, securing the loose end with the loops as you work; tack periodically with Mod Podge. Once you’ve achieved the desired coverage, snip the thread from the spool; tuck the end under, and glue in place.LACE EGGSMaterials• Eggs• Standard egg dye• Rubber bands• Rubber bands• Inexpensive lace trimmings (or scraps from a curtain or tablecloth)• Scissors• Foam board fitted with flathead pinsSTEPS1. Cut lace into strips long enough to wrap around eggs and still have extra to form a sash for holding. Wrap eggs, securing lace with rubber bands.2. Dye eggs according to dye package instructions. Lift out, cut off rubber bands, and unwrap lace. Let dry on foam board fitted with flathead pins.STENCILLED EGGSWith stencils made of waterproof vinyl adhesive tape and cut-out shapes, you can create perfectly rendered patterns on your Easter eggs.Tip: Any color that you cover with tape will remain unchanged throughout the process.Materials• Eggs• Food coloring• Waterproof vinyl adhesive tape and stencils• Burnishing tool (available at art-supply stores)• Small bowls• Paper towelSTEPS1. Start with a white egg or one dyed a pale color. Band the egg twice lengthwise with a 1/4-inch-wide masking tape, repositioning as necessary to get a tight fit. Firmly rub the tape with your fingernail or a burnishing tool so that the dye can’t seep underneath.2. Dip egg into dye, raising and dipping until the color deepens as desired. Blot egg with a paper towel. Let dry ten minutes. Remove tape.3. Band the egg’s width with tape at its widest point, then repeat to make smaller circles around each end. (Try alternating wide strips of tape with narrow ones.) Burnish, dye, and dry as before.4. Remove tape. If you used a raw egg, carefully blow out contents.Deluxe Products is a fully Australian-owned company with a focus on offering quality in-demand lifestyle and consumer products direct to the public. We have been selling online since February 2001. To learn more, visit http://www.deluxeproducts.com.au Australian Elite Soccer/Football Academy and Sports Camps Australia team up to bring the best of football to the schools kids of Sydney. 2014-04-15T08:44:54Z australian-elite-soccer-football-academy-and-sports-camps-australia-team-up-to-bring-the-best-of-football-to-the-schools-kids-of-sydney George Lazarou, the founding Football Director of AESFA, and his exceptionally experienced team of coaching staff, have created an exciting football opportunity these school holidays.   Lazarou, a vastly experienced player and coach both nationally and internationally, is joined by Adamos Pierettis and Perry Moustakis, both who boast international playing and coaching careers at the elite level. Each is heading up three football camps in three different locations these school holidays: Sydney Olympic Park, Punchbowl Boys High School and Strathfield Golden Goal complex. The camps span 4 days and are being held from the 14th to the 17th April during Term 1 school break. Players of all ability levels are welcome and sessions include activities to improve coordination, agility, close ball control, skills, technique, game awareness and small-sided games. Those looking for an opportunity to really improve their football skills and playing ability while having fun, this is for you! AESFA places particular focus on junior development, assisting players at all levels through the use of structured development programs, and this camp will be no different. Sports Camps Australia has joined with George and the team at AESFA to make the conduct of the camps possible by providing all registration and administrative support. This means AESFA can get on with what they best, which is coaching and improving young enthusiastic football players! Campers, parents, and coaches interested in finding out more the camps can visit www.sportscampsaustralia.com.au or call 1-800-753-127 Notes: Sports Camps Australia (SCA) is partnered by US Sports Camps, Nike and the Healthy Kids Association and are bringing camps in over 12 sports to the Australian market in an effort to get kids active and healthy. SCA teams up with the country's best coaches and clubs to direct camps and provides them with valuable administrative and marketing support.   Australia Elite Soccer/Football Academy (AESFA) provides football players in Australia, the opportunity to train within an environment that is on par with the top academies in leading football nations such as America, England, Spain, Brazil and Germany. It has a particular focus on junior development and is committed to the growth of the round ball game. Sports Camps Australia is Off to a Flying Start! 2014-04-15T08:36:37Z sports-camps-australia-is-off-to-a-flying-start Sports Camps Australia (SCA), partnered by US Sports Camps, Nike and the Healthy Kids Association are bringing camps in over 12 sports to the Australian market in an effort to get kids active and healthy. Sports Camps Australia (SCA) was founded in late 2013 and is headquartered in Sydney, Australia. SCA have partnered with US Sports Camps, the largest and most successful sports camps operators in the United States who are responsible for the widely successful NIKE Sports Camps program in the United States.  Chief Executive Officer of US Sports, Mr Charlie Hoeveler said of their Australian partner, ‘Australia is known around the world for its passion and participation in sports of every kind. The SCA team have the skills, knowledge and passion to bring this opportunity to the children of Australia and we are confident thatSports Camps Australia will be a huge success in such a sporting nation.’ SCA teams up with the country's best coaches and clubs to direct camps and provides them with valuable administrative and marketing support.  Its new website www.sportscampsaustralia.com.au is a one stop shop where you are able to find out what camps are being held nationally in 12 or more different sports, what the program for the camps is, how much it will cost, where and when it will be held, and how to sign up immediately! Having just officially opened for business in late January, SCA is offering camps in football, futsal, horse polo, biking, and tennis, with many more camps looking to sign up for the April school break. The company’s mission is getting kids active and healthy while at the same time helping to promote the sporting clubs and associations of Australia. Sports Camps Australia aims to be the premier sporting camp company in Australia and with heavyweight partners such as NIKE, HEAD and US Sports Camps, its already got some major runs on the board and significant support. Its ethos of healthy kids are active and educated kids is also in line with the Australian Governments push to reduce child obesity. The Healthy Kids Association has become an official supporter of SCA to further promote and endorse this message.   Healthy Kids Association is a non-profit health promotion charity based in Sydney, Australia. Their mission is to promote and influence healthy food choices for children. Healthy Kids gets its message out there by partnering with food companies, sports programs or other organisations to deliver healthy-eating messages through their channels.  Jillian Lewis, Communication Manager at Healthy Kids said of the partnership, ‘Sports Camps Australia was a natural fit with the initiative and together they will aim to educate and encourage Australian children of today to make the right choices in both what they do and what they eat!’ With an ever growing list of camps, in a range of places, and in a variety of sports on offer, its now time for the kids of Australia to get on to the Sports Camps Australia website and sign up for the camp that best suits them. Mr Sandon Stolle, Co-Director and founder of SCA said, ‘We are excited to be working with coaches and children all over Australia to promote a love of fitness, sport and healthy living.’ Campers, parents, and coaches interested in finding out more about SCA can visit www.sportscampsaustralia.com.au or call 1-800-753-127 Myionu Launches TrueView - Ultra Fast GPS Tracking 2014-04-14T07:57:54Z myionu-launches-trueview-ultra-fast-gps-tracking GPS Tracking Service Provider Myionu announced the launch of its brand new service called TrueView. Myionu TrueView provides vehicle telemetry updates every Second reporting back their web based portal which can be accessed from anywhere in the world. Along with the location of the vehicle, TrueView will deliver fuel usage based on manufactures consumption figures, vehicle speed and heading along with range of driver behaviour data including harsh breaking and excessive acceleration.     Paul Delaney GM of Myionu said “The TrueView service has been developed following an increased customer demand for even more detail than our current 1 minute and turn by turn packages”. Delaney continues “We see TrueView as a natural evolution in vehicle tracking. TrueView is available on the Telstra Next G network at $49 Inc. GST per month including unlimited access and data costs” Myionu customers can view the real-time data in a map format using Google as well seeing overview using a trip simulator which allows users to “fly “above the route at around 100 meters off the ground.   With so much data available Myionu TrueView is supported with a comprehensive range of management reporting along with rules based alerting platform.   For more information visit myionu.com.au/trueview Mould Control Tips for Homeowners 2014-04-14T07:13:42Z mould-control-tips-for-homeowners Mould is not a plant, but a member of the fungi kingdom. Like some mosses and ferns, mould generates seed-like reproductive spores that are designed to move in air freely. These mould spores exist indoors as well as outdoors. Mould health problems Mould can cause a host of health problems if left alone. It can cause sinus infections, repository problems such as allergy (itchy eyes, runny nose, coughing, sneezing) as well as asthma problems in asthmatics. It’s also known for mould to cause skin rashes, and in rare cases flu like organic toxic dust syndrome. Toxic mould causes serious toxic reactions if eaten. Tricoderma, Fusarium, Mamnonellia, some species of Penicillium, and Aspergillus, and Stachybotrys has not yet been proven to cause toxic reactions when breathed in at the levels found in residential and office settings. So how do you protect your home against mould? Homeowner Tips ·         When noticing plumbing or roof leaks inside, respond immediately. If wet areas are dried within 24-48 hours, mould growth can be usually halted and restricted. ·         1. Air conditioner drip pans should be kept clean at all times and drain lines free. Mould growth behind, in or near your AC can be very dangerous as it can be blown into your atmosphere via the AC ducts. ·       2.   If you live in a humid climate, ensure you keep all doors and windows closed. ·       3.   If you notice moisture growth or condensation on walls, pipes, air conditioners or ducts, act straight away. Dry the moist area and decrease the humidity level. ·        4.  Dryers in the laundry should have an outlet outside so condensation doesn't grow inside the house. Renter Tips When renting, it’s your right to live in a safe environment. When you spot moisture problems or plumbing leaks report it instantly to your property manager or Strata. Hunt for moisture and mould growth at home or the office. If you do find some, don’t attempt to remove it or clean it yourself. Hire a professional for inspection, assessment, testing, and recommendations. Disclaimer: These mould tips are helpful tips and not in any way the final answer or a cure for mould removal. Before you act, have a mould test and inspection conducted by a trained and certified mould inspector if you suspect problems. Visit the Deluxe Products website for more information.  How to Maintain your Sauna For Better Useage 2014-04-14T07:11:03Z how-to-maintain-your-sauna-for-better-useage Many years ago, the Finnish discovered that pouring water over heated rocks in an enclosed room created a dry, hot heat. This is where the sauna was born. Nowadays, you see saunas everywhere, from resorts, spas and even in the home. With their many health advantages, saunas have become a natural way of helping treat a range of medical conditions. With very minimal maintenance you can keep your sauna looking great. STEP 1: Do not paint, varnish or stain the interior portions with normal paint or varnish. The wood needs to breathe. Artificial finishes can create a much hotter surface on the wood, creating fumes from the wood treatment, and take away some of the “softness” of the heat and steam penetrating the wood. STEP 2: Keep a hand brush near the sauna door. The last person out dips the brush into a bucket of water, and does a quick scrubbing on the benches, walls, backrests, etc. This 30-second ritual will prevent the need to use anything stronger than clan water on the wood portions. STEP 3: After you are finished using your sauna, and cleaning it, prop the duckboards off the floor. Leave the sauna door open to air it out. The heat remaining in the rocks and wood will dry the sauna completely. It can even dry the shower area down, if it is adjacent to the sauna room. STEP 4: If you get some dirt or sweat stains developing use a hand brush, but ensure to use warm water with mild detergent. To get the benches looking like new, lightly sand your benches about once a year. It will whiten them to a “like new” condition. If you should happen to have mold develop anywhere clean with bleach. STEP 5: Depending on how frequently you use your sauna, occasionally wet-mop the floor, with a liquid deodorizing cleaner. With these simple maintenance tips your sauna will stay inviting, fresh and enjoyable to use.  STEP 6:  For all the outdoor saunas, it’s best to put it under cover when the item is not in use. The wood could crack under dramatic temperature difference or strong sun light.   Disclaimer: The above is a general guide. Maintain your sauna at your own risk. Visit Many years ago, the Finnish discovered that pouring water over heated rocks in an enclosed room created a dry, hot heat. This is where the sauna was born. Nowadays, you see saunas everywhere, from resorts, spas and even in the home. With their many health advantages, saunas have become a natural way of helping treat a range of medical conditions.  For more information, visit the Deluxe Products website. How to Eliminate Stains at home 2014-04-14T07:08:34Z how-to-eliminate-stains-at-home Stains are simply a part of life. It’s almost impossible to avoid them. Although some stains such as clothing stains can be stubborn, they can be removed quickly if acted on quickly. The sooner you get to the stain, the more likely you are to get it out. Here are some tips on removing stubborn stains from your clothes and home. Blot and Scoop When you spill liquid of any sort, blot it with a cloth. Work from the outside in so you don't spread the stain. When solid liquids such as sauce is spilt, scoop it up with a dull-edged knife before blotting away the excess. Sprinkle and Dab Sprinkle any oily stains with cornstarch. Wait 10 to 15 minutes and then scrape it off. Don’t rub or press stains. Dab it with cool water. This will lighten most spots and remove others altogether. How to Whiten With Lemon Lemon has many properties that make it a powerful, natural cleaner. Lemons can actually whiten napkins, linens and even socks. Fill a pot with water and add a few slices of fresh lemon. Bring it to a boil. Turn off the heat, add linens (make sure you don’t overload the saucepan), and let soak for up to an hour. Launder as usual. For extra brightening, spread them out in the sunlight to dry.   How to Launder With Baking Soda Baking soda is an effective cleaner, deodorizer, and fabric softener for the home. To make your own power paste, mix 4 tablespoons of baking soda and an equal amount of water. Apply this to stains to absorb odour and break down grease. How to Launder With White Vinegar Naturally acidic, white vinegar cuts grease, softens water, and whitens fabrics when added to the rinse water. Depending on the size of the load, add anywhere from 1/8 cup to 1/2 cup. How to Eliminate Static Cling Having static in your clothes is very annoying so follow this tip to remove static you’re your clothes. Remove clothes from the dryer while slightly damp and allow to air dry. Humidifiers are inexpensive and can cut down on electrical charges by putting moisture into the air. If your clothes are clinging to you with static, mist the air with water from a spray bottle, then walk through it to discharge the static. Antistatic spray coats the surface of the fabric with salts that absorb moisture in the air. Dryer sheets also help inhibit static, better than fabric softeners. How to Wash Baby Clothes When you bring your newborn home from the hospital, it’s important to know how to properly clean their clothes as harsh detergents can irritate newborn skin. Soaps such as Lux are made to leave fabric soft, and they contain little additives that can cause irritation. But they are less alkaline than detergents so they don't have strong cleaning properties. This means you might have to live with a few stains, especially in the early months. When treating stains, use the mildest product to do the job. For more information, visit http://www.deluxeproducts.com.au/ ART,FASHION and TECHNOLOGIES. 2014-04-11T23:18:34Z art-fashion-and-technologies Drj Mathieu, the French creator, couturier of the years 1980/1990 emigrated in 1993 to a fantastic, optimistic and creative country: Australia.In 2003, in Sydney, drj launched his brand: drj mathieu. In 2013, he opened his own Gallery Online: les-arts-exclusive.com  to sell his artworks ( Giclee Prints, limited edition of 35 only ). As these are the highest standard of prints and with drj's history as a professional designer, creator of new forms, using news technologies. This should interest Galleries, Museums, Curators and Collectors. Today, drj mathieu propose a 30% reduction on all his artwork collections.  With the sales of his Online Gallery he will create a new Fashion collection for young peoples. Now, you have the opportunity to help him by buying artwork from his website or by a donation. Please, see the website, thank you. http://www.les-arts-exclusive.com     Launch of a new guide book about the stories behind the Sydney Writers Walk at Sydney Cove 2014-04-11T05:36:22Z launch-of-a-new-guide-book-about-the-stories-behind-the-sydney-writers-walk-at-sydney-cove Sydney Writer’s Walk Honoured in Pros Friday 11 April 2014, Sydney NSW – The Rotary Club of Sydney Cove today announced the launch of a new book that reveals the man stories behind the Sydney Writers Walk. Written by Roger Cherry, “Sydney Cove Writers Walk Plaques – The Guide” has been timed to coincide with the upcoming International Rotary Convention, which is expected to attract over 18,000 visitors to Sydney from 1-4 June, 2014. A distinctive feature of the Sydney Cove foreshore, the Writers Walk comprises a series of 60 large brass plaques located around Circular Quay between the Opera House and the International Passenger Terminal. Each plaque commemorates the life and works of a prominent writer who has influenced the Australian literary scene, including such luminaries as Dorothea Mackellar, Manning Clarke, Banjo Paterson and P.L. Travers. Cherry began researching the plaques out of personal interest and said he decided to write the book to share what he learned. “I first noticed the plaques while wandering around the Quay after attending a performance at the Opera House and was curious about the stories behind the tributes. Once I began researching the different authors, I was fascinated by what I discovered and the book developed from there,” he explained. Originally launched with 49 plaques in February 1991 by the then Minister for the Arts, Peter Collins, the Walk was extended with an additional 11 plaques in 2011. The Rotary Club of Sydney Cove plans to promote the book during the upcoming Rotary International Convention, with all sales from the book going to support the Club’s various initiatives and causes, including projects to feed the homeless, support sick children and disadvantaged youth, eradicate polio and bridge the digital divide. Club President, Jeremy Wright, said the book was an opportunity to provide a deeper insight into one of the lesser known attractions of Sydney Cove at a time when Sydney is about to receive a significant influx of tourists for the Rotary International Convention. “With thousands of Rotarians and guests about to visit Sydney for the International Convention, we hope to use Roger’s book to raise awareness of the Writers Walk while also raising money for our important charity work,” he said. The book’s cover features an original painting of Sydney Harbour by renowned local artist, Ken Done, who donated the artwork to the Club in recognition of its many contributions to the community. The Rotary Club of Sydney Cove was established in 1988 with the common goal of giving back to the community in which we live and work. With over 90 members, the Rotary Club of Sydney Cove is one of Sydney’s largest and most active clubs, supporting 30 community service projects including: working with the homeless, disaster relief, assisting organisations caring for the disabled, youth leadership programs, providing education resources support, international scholarships and the support of local charities. The Club meets every Friday morning from 7.15-8.45am on the Captain Cook Cruise boat moored at Pier 6 on Circular Quay. For more information contact Alex Allwood | alex@holla.com.au ###   Full-bodied wines expected from 2014 Mount Barker vintage 2014-04-10T16:45:12Z full-bodied-wines-expected-from-2014-mount-barker-vintage After near perfect growing conditions, full-flavoured, intense wines are expected from the 2014 Mount Barker wine region vintage. Growing conditions have been ideal with mild temperature without heat spikes, cool night-time temperatures, and low rainfall recorded. Some Mount Barker wineries have finished picking while others are in their final week, according to Mt Barker Wine Producers Association president and Galafrey chief executive officer Kim Tyrer. Yields appear to be mixed across the region, with some producers experiencing lower yields, with others showing yields up between 5-10 per cent. “Galafrey is a dry grown vineyard, so the drier than normal conditions have resulted in lower yields in some varieties, particularly the reds, but the flavours are awesome,” Ms Tyrer said. “We have produced some quality fruit which in turn produces a quality product in which to showcase Mount Barker.” Plantagenet Wines winemaker Cath Oates said it had been an excellent vintage with good settled weather conditions without peaks of high temperatures, and consistently cool nights which had produced high acidity in the fruit. “I am happy with what we have in the tank. Crops looked to be about normal but with smaller berries which have produced good flavours and colour; I expect wines with intense, concentrated flavours,” Ms Oates said. “I am particularly happy with our Riesling which at this stage is very aromatic with strong floral notes. So it will be exciting to see how that progresses.” West Cape Howe Wines winemaker Gavin Berry said it had been a great season for them with rainfall in September coming at a critical time. “The rain in September-October set us up for a good season – it helped our vines establish a good canopy. The analysis looks like we have great fruit flavours coming through, there has been no disease pressure and the fruit has been allowed to ripen in a consistent manner,” Mr Berry said. “We are just finishing picking our reds, but all in all I don’t think we could have asked for a better season.” The Mount Barker wine region is located about three (3) hours south of Perth, and produces around 37% of wine grapes grown in WA making it one of Australia's largest regions. The climate in the region during growing season offers warm and sunny days providing important sunlight availability and excellent fruit ripening conditions, while the cool nights enhance and retain acidity. Producers in the region include: Plantagenet Wines, Arcadia Wines, Galafrey Wines, West Cape Howe Wines, Chatsfield Wines, Clouds Estate Wines, Hawkers Ridge Wines, Gilberts Wines and Cafe, Poachers Ridge Wines, 3 Drops Wines, Windrush Wines and Vineyard Cafe. For more information contact Mount Barker Wine Producers Association president Kim Tyrer on 0418 941 551 or go to www.mountbarkerwine.com.au.