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Australia’s Built Environment Places on Top of Sustainability Rankings

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Brisbane skyline and people in AustraliaReal estate landlords in Australia have become more conscious about saving energy and reducing carbon emissions, which could be one reason why the country ranked on top of the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark or GRESB rankings. Australia shared the top spot with New Zealand for the eighth year in a row. This indicates building owners’ efforts to become more sustainable such as choosing the right industrial flexible doors for energy efficiency.

Global Rankings

The Australia-New Zealand region scored 76 on the benchmark for 2018. By comparison, it listed the global average as 68. The wide gap could be attributed to the performance of the countries’ built environment on an environmental, social, and governance scale.

GRESB based its rankings for this year on more than 900 real estate developers, fund managers, and other groups from 64 countries. A total of 73 industry members in Australia and New Zealand took part in the evaluation. The Green Building Council of Australia said that this should encourage more property owners to improve their sustainability, given that there is enough support for them to adopt environmentally friendly practices.

Sustainable Practices

Net-zero emissions and solar energy comprise some of the sustainable efforts among Australian landlords. It is not just enough to have real estate in a strategic and prime location as buyers and tenants look for buildings that consume energy more wisely.

In response, some companies such as the GPT Wholesale Office Fund have launched ambitious plans to meet the growing demand for energy-efficient buildings. The company wants its 18 buildings in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney to emit zero carbon emissions by the end of 2020.

The rankings should only motivate property landlords to keep on finding new ways on how to improve the energy performance of their buildings. In some cases, it could be as simple as replacing your doors with an energy-efficient one.

The Process of Creating a Billboard

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A Billboard A billboard is a fairly straightforward format of ad. With a maximum of 6 to 8 words, it can already convey a marketing message that has been thought out over and over again. Its effectiveness is timeless. Despite the digital means of advertising, advertisers still turn to billboards, as it is a type of promotional material that cannot be shut down.

While billboards seem deceptively simple, there is a lot of things happening around its production. If you are interested to know about it or are even planning to start a business about it, here are some of the things you ought to keep in mind:

The Pre-Production Stage

The pre-production stage involves the bidding of costs provided by different suppliers. Printing companies like Jetmark who are working with ink providers and large printing services are invited to join here. The stage also involves the selection of talents, models, production designers, and photographers.

The Production Stage

Once the suppliers are approved, everyone will move to the production stage. This is where the products and models are shot. Sometimes, everything happens in a day, as having another day for the shoot will incur costs, which is why many advertisers maximise their talents and other suppliers. To make work efficient, production assistants create shot list so that no shots of the same pose or facial expression will be recorded.

The Final Artwork

After the shoot, the elements will be put together to create an ad. At the final artwork stage, final artwork artists will be tasked to clean the blemishes of the products or models, colour-grade the material, and make sure that the elements are compliant with the client’s brand guidelines.

That simple billboard that you have seen while you are on your way to work is not easy to make. That might have even taken months before it got produced.

Lose Excess Body Weight and Live a Better Life

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on a weighing scaleHere in Danvers, you can choose different weight loss systems for women designed to provide complete body transformation. The programs include increasing muscle tone, cardiovascular training, nutrition programs, and others to help you stay on track, how to be accountable and stay responsible. Losing weight has lots of healthy and helpful benefits aside from being able to wear your old small size shirts and pants so it’s well worth getting in shape.

Sleeping Disorder

In a study presented at the International Society of Endocrinology and the Endocrine Society, obese people who lose at least 5 percent of their body weight reportedly get better sleep quality. So aside from losing excess body fats, you get to have longer and better sleep.

No to Mood Swings

Weight loss also has positive effects on your lifestyle and even affects your behavior. By doing exercises, your body releases hormones called endorphins which causes analgesic effects in your brain. It then helps bring positive feelings through greatly reducing your susceptibility to negative feelings.

Improve Hormones

Getting your body into great shape also helps regulate body metabolism which has a direct effect on muscle strength. As you get into shape you get increased testosterone levels, libido, and blood flow that helps make you feel better stronger, and yes, helps stimulate sex hormones that help increase your performance.

Vibrant, Fairer Skin

With proper diet and exercise, your skin will be fairer and vibrant again. Fruits and vegetables help in detoxifying your body while sweating helps push out unwanted, dead skin cells. The combination of these two elements makes your skin glow.

Gain Friends

lean bodyHaving a fit body is truly a confidence-builder, so you won’t have to shy away from parties, get togethers, and other social gatherings. And just so you know, you also get to increase your circle of friends with the people you will meet during weight loss sessions.

Combine all these positive effects of weight loss and what do you get? You’ll have a positive outlook, a lot of energy and great looks all the while feeling better and better. So stay fit through proper exercise and well-balanced diet and face tomorrow with a brighter smile.

Despite Smaller Workforce, More Locals in Singapore Have Jobs in 2017

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Smiling professionalsSingapore’s Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said that more locals were employed in 2017 with around 21,300 people, up almost double the figure in 2016.

The increase occurred amid a decline in foreign jobs, which caused overall employment to drop for the first time in 15 years. While there were more locals with jobs, employment opportunities became more limited.

Employment numbers

During the last quarter of 2017, job opportunities fell by 20 per cent, according to a Morgan McKinley report. It also showed a 37 per cent drop in the number of people who looked for new jobs. This might indicate that competition became less evident in Singapore’s job market, but fewer opportunities negated any chance of easily landing a job.

Higher education, however, improves a person’s odds of finding work. If you seek to build a career in healthcare, a master’s degree in psychology from the James Cook University Singapore serves as one option to boost your credentials. Patrick Tay, National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) assistant secretary-general, believes that aiming to increase your skills and knowledge will be important to stay competitive and in-demand.

Further learning

Aside from higher education, Tay said that workers should intend to upgrade their skills in digital technology. It may also be crucial to prevent yourself from being laid off, as retrenchment occurs in some companies due to the “rapidity of digital and technology disruption,” he added.

Still, a positive outlook in 2018 may likely keep the retrenchment rate on par with the previous year. The MOM recorded 14,340 layoffs in 2017, down from 19,170 year over year. Manufacturing companies particularly downsized their workforce in the previous quarter, while construction and services laid off fewer workers, according to the ministry.

Singapore’s employment sector may have been a mixed bag in 2017, but knowing that you have the relevant skills for an in-demand job increases your chances of clinching work.

A Guide to Choosing the Best Building Supplies

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Contractors planningWhether you are a first-time builder or someone who has years of experience in construction, knowing where to source your building materials is critical. With a lot of available building supplies on the market, it may seem intimidating to start because of the variety of products available and the specifications readily on hand.

Ask yourself these three questions to ensure that you are getting the best building supplies in Australia:

What are my needs?

The most important step in determining the best supplies to get is determining your needs. What type of building do you have in mind?  Are you going to build a high-rise or a mid-rise building? These are among the first questions that you need to answer, as your building supplies are dependent on the type of project you have. You need different construction supplies for specific building elements. These include the structural frame, partitions and floor construction.

What is my budget?

Once you know the exact type of building that you need, it is time to think about your budget. Building an establishment does not come cheap and quality building supplies do cost more. It is wise to take your time and save up for the quality materials than hurry and buy cheap and substandard supplies just to save money.

Who am I talking to?

Reliable supplier will be glad to answer your queries and provide the information you need.

Choosing the best building supplies should not be too difficult. Take the time to answer these three questions and you are sure to get high-quality building supplies that fit your needs.

Procrastination: The One Thing to Avoid When Studying for the USMLE

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studyingPracticing medicine is rewarding because you get to help many people and you earn significant amounts of money. But becoming a doctor isn’t a walk in the park. You need to earn that “M.D.” title at the end of your name with blood, sweat, tears, and hours of keeping your nose to the grindstone.

Before you can practice medicine in the country, you have to pass the multi-part U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). Optimal discipline and focus can help you get through it. This exam is so important that you need to avoid the one thing than can ruin everything: procrastination.

Understand that procrastination is part of human nature. You can’t completely avoid it. The urge to procrastinate can cause you to lose focus when you’re at the peak of your review session. There are strategies to avoid procrastinating, though.

Know your Enemy

The best way to know what to do is by understanding why you’re procrastinating. Are you having a hard time understanding the topics? Do you feel overwhelmed by the volume of materials you need to read and memorize? Be completely honest with yourself to find a suitable solution.

Be Antisocial for a Moment

Before and during your review session, keep your laptop and mobile gadgets away. If you need them for your studies, like accessing study materials from, make sure you stay away from social media and other unnecessary websites. If you really can’t avoid checking your feed for five minutes (that turns into one hour), ask a friend to change your password for a while.

Mind the Environment

Study in a place or area where you’re comfortable – but don’t study on your bed. Being too comfy can make you feel sleepy, which is procrastination in some sense. Find a place outside your home. Some love the isolated and quiet corners of the library, while others prefer crowded cafes with soothing music.

Individuals have different ways of concentrating on their studies. Your main goal is to avoid succumbing to procrastination so you can study better for that exam.

Path of the Engineer: The 3 Core Lessons Engineers Learn in School

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EngineerEngineering is far from a joke. The profession of building has already so far ingrained itself into modern society. From bridges to bars, cell phones to your toothbrush, engineers have played a key role in its making.

With the technical field already finding its niche in society, it is only then a fact that many young students today go on to university to take up engineering. This dreaded five-year course is filled with many research tasks, design projects and of course the nightly math homework.

Whatever they face, they will always have three key principles ingrained on them.

1. The Principle of Effectiveness

All engineering students have design projects. And these projects have only one accepted outcome: they work. All engineering projects have to get the job done in relation to its objectives first set forth at the drawing board.

Engineering students are taught that in whatever they do, the result must always be satisfactory. This means that they can apply whatever solution they can come up with, so long as the final product conforms with the requirements. This way, when they go on to their profession, they can design a bridge or a car as long as it works.

2. The Principle of Efficiency

The second lesson builds upon the first principle. When engineering students work on their given projects, they do so with limited resources. They do not always have the pick of the material they can work with. Sometimes, they will have to do with less because of limited funds. As designers and builders, they have to take into account the cost of their design plan.

It is a difficult task, but students who can implement a cost-efficient design utilising abundant materials to perform special functions are the ones that really learn the lesson. If they learn this second lesson well, they stand to be exceptional practitioners of the profession.

3. The Principle of Safety

Engineers build things for society: bridges, roads, cars – you name it. But it is exactly this fact that makes them accountable for it all as well. As students, they undergo training and lessons in considering the welfare of not only themselves and their team, but also the greater populace.

If you are an engineer who designs and builds a bridge, you will be accountable if it collapses and harms people. Students graduating from university always keep a page of their Take 5 Safety booklet with them for reference. This last principle is equally important with the other two, and is the sustaining credibility engineers have with people.

While ranked from importance, each is mutually dependent upon the others, meaning the lesson is incomplete without all three.

4 Natural Candida Remedies Sitting in Your Fridge

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garlic - Candida RemedyCandida is a fungal form of yeast present in small amounts in our mouth and intestines. It is one of the numerous organisms providing purposeful benefits for our bodies. Its vital functions include destruction of harmful bacteria and aid proper digestion.

Whilst candida poses a number of benefits, overproduction of this organism is harmful to our health. Candida overgrowth causes intestine wall breakdowns and release of toxic byproducts, which leads to leaky guts. Out of control candida results in numerous health problems, ranging from digestive issues to psychological depression.

Causes of Candida Overgrowth

Healthy bacteria in the gut regulate candida levels. Several factors cause overgrowth of candida population in the body. lists the following:

  • Stress-riddled lifestyle
  • Over consumption of alcohol
  • Diets high in carbohydrate and sugar
  • Antibiotics that kill good bacteria
  • Oral contraceptives
Natural Remedies to Candida

Alternative practitioners recommend patients specialized treatment programs that combine supplements and a healthy diet. In fact, some of them are sitting in your fridge. Here are some easily available natural remedies for yeast infection:

  • Coconut Oil – this miracle oil serves as an effective remedy to candida due to its supply of fatty acids such as capric, lauric, and caprylic acid. These saturated fats contain anti-microbial properties that kill the fungi.

The caprylic acid present in coconut oil kills Candida yeast cells by destroying cell walls. Combined with lauric acid, these fatty acids are guaranteed killers of harmful Candida yeast.

  • Yogurt – Probiotics are essential in battling yeast infection. The Lactobacillus acidophilus culture present in yogurt produces lactic acid, which keeps the yeast balance in check. Women who eat yogurt regularly suffer less from yeast infection.
  • Garlic – Garlic is a proven antifungal one should add to their candidate diet. This vegetable is effective against pathogens such as candida. Garlic contains properties that destroy candida wall cells, decreasing risk of yeast infection. In addition, garlic also boosts your immune system, reduce cholesterol and blood sugar.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – This vinegar is rich in natural enzymes that regulate candida levels in your body. It encourages healthy bacteria growth and balances the body’s PH levels. Apple cider creates a toxic environment, killing the fungi instantly.

These natural remedies ensure support against candida infections. To know more about available solutions, consult with your physician. Battling yeast infection need not be expensive. Just look into your fridge and see the answer there.

Straighten Up for Your Health: Benefits of Good Posture

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maintain good postureRemember being scolded to stand and sit straight? It turns out that these words are not mere orders to help you boost your self-esteem.

Centers, such as Allcare Physical Therapy, say that good posture is important not only for displaying a confident stance, but also for your health. Primarily, it keeps you from experiencing unnecessary muscular strains. The following sections detail the benefits you will get from maintaining good posture.

Efficient Breathing

Good posture will allow for more efficient and proper breathing. When you stand or sit properly, you actually allow your lungs and diaphragm to expand properly. This will facilitate the proper inhaling and exhaling of the air. In turn, you will require less effort when breathing and speaking.

When you breathe properly, you also get to improve your thinking. More air means more oxygen, a component that helps the brain function well.

Keeping Pains at Bay

Slouching may mean leaning your head and shoulders forward. This position will cause a strain on your back and shoulders, as certain muscle groups are not coordinated. When this happens, muscles work beyond their capacity just to support your weight, whether you’re standing, sitting, or doing something.

Easier Digestion

As you slouch, your internal organs below the chest get compressed. Compression affects the normal flow and function of your digestive organs. This leads to difficult digestion of food. It also contributes to the development of some gastrointestinal problems, such as constipation and acid reflux. Proper posture, on the other hand, allows the organs to assume the right position and prevent strain from affecting them.

These are only some of the benefits of having good posture. Adjusting may be difficult, but you’ll get the rewards if you work hard on it. Make sure that you maintain your proper posture for years to come.

4 Simple Tooth Brushing Mistakes That Ruin Your Oral Hygiene Efforts

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tooth brushingPoor hygiene is the leading cause of dental complications. This is why people should brush their teeth every morning and after every meal. While many are aware of the importance of proper oral care, many still suffer from gum infections and other tooth complications due to neglect.

The leading dentists from offer the following tips to help you get the best out of your oral hygiene efforts.

1. Brush your teeth long enough

Experts say the ideal length of a tooth brushing session is two minutes. Very few people attain this time goal. Brushing your teeth long enough increases your chances of cleaning every part of your mouth thoroughly to get rid of all food particles and accumulated bacteria.

2. Use the right motion and apply pressure

Contrary to the assumption that moving your toothbrush back and forth as vigorously as possible is the best way to clean them, dentists advise on gentle circular brushing motions. Vigorous brushing will not only harm your gums, but also push dirt into your tooth crevices. Gentle brushing will cajole the dirt out.

3. Do not overdo it

Brushing your teeth every now and then might not be as healthy as it sounds. Brushing your teeth three times a day is acceptable. Doing more will expose your teeth and gums to trauma, especially if you use strong toothpaste.

4. Change your toothbrush regularly

The toothbrush accumulates some bacteria whenever you brush your teeth. Proper disinfection should take care of the issue. Continued use of a toothbrush forces the bristles to bend, making it less effective in cleaning between and around your teeth. Swapping your toothbrush once every two months is sufficient.

Observing proper oral hygiene does not mean you don’t need to visit a dentist occasionally. But, brushing your teeth well will reduce the risks of bigger problems.