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Jun 3 / Rob

2013 Doomben Cup Results

First held in 1933, the Doomben Cuphas been one of Australia’s most anticipated horse race. The race is hosted by Brisbane Racing Club and it is open for horses three years old and over. This year, galloper Beaten Up won the coveted title and $500,000 cash prize thanks to Chris Waller, one of Sydney’s premier trainers.

Doomben Cup

Beaten Up was imported from the UK by Waller’s clients where he won his first three races. According to Waller, the horse has become in a better condition since he moved to Australia. “I think what Australia does for these horses is it’s a different training environment, it gets them keen and happy again,” he says. “You don’t need much when they’ve got the ability.”

Beaten Up’s jockey Leith Innes also expressed his confidence in the horse and he knew that they were going to win. He tucked away on the fence in a midfield position before bursting out and winning the race.

Punters have been excited too for Doomben Cup. All throughout the betting, Beaten Up was a $9 chance while his stablemate Foreteller was down to $4 from $4.20. Secret Admirer remained at $15. Beaten Up defeated Foreteller by only three quarters of a length while he defeated Secret Admirer by half away. As for the others that didn’t get a place in the race, Manighar had $8 chance while Lights of Heaven improved his chances from $3.80 to $4.20.

It was reported that the on-course market for the 2013 Doomben Cup closed at 110 percent. Aside from that, a lot of punters have placed their bets via free betting sites that offer free Doomben Cup bets. The easiest way to do this is to look through free online betting websites such as AU Free Bets, find the free bet offer that suits you and sign up for an account

Jan 9 / Rob

Are Quad Bikes Too Dangerous for Children?

As the holidays draw near, more and more children are preparing their Christmas wish lists. Bicycles are a common site on such lists, as are quad bikes, but is this something that should concern parents? Experts believe so, and insist that adults should not be making this purchase for their children, especially those of a young age. According to researchers from Monash University, quad bikes can be harmful to children, causing severe injuries. If your kids are determined they want a quad bike; buying a regular bicycle is often the safer alternative, however if they do currently own one, experts maintain that crush protection devices and helmets are extremely important in providing a layer between the ground and bike in the event of a child overturning the device. In addition, studies have also show that children make up the majority of fatalities and injuries attributed to quad bikes; reiterating that quad bikes are not ideal for young riders.

What is The Safest Bike for my Child?

Experts advise against the purchase of quad bikes for young children; however below is a list of the safest kid’s bicycles on the market, based on consumer rankings:

  1. Huffy’s So Sweet Bikes – These are targeted at young ladies. They come in various sizes, which make them perfect for any girl’s age. This is a colourful bicycle that is safe for kids to use.
  2. Kazam Balance Bike – This has been hailed as the best, most secure bike for toddlers aged between 3 & 6 years of age.  The balancing system makes it the ideal first bike as it teaching kids how to balance and at a young age, without the added technicality of pedals.
  3. Polygon Sierra Shimano Tourney 6 Speed Kids Bike – Don’t be fooled by the name of this bicycle, even with 6 speeds it is one of the safest kids bikes around. This is due to the exceptional manufacturing and materials used on this bike.
  4. Diggin Active Skuut Wooden Balance Bike –This unique bicycle is made of birchwood, and is useable on pavements, grass, or dirt roads.
  5. Schwinn Girls Petunia Bike – This bicycle is another product targeted at girls. This is designed for 3 to 4-year olds and come with training wheels and a rod at the back, which you can use to push your child around as they learns how to use a bike safely and responsibly. This rod is removable for when your child has learnt to ride unaided.

Each of these bikes is durable and safe to use; however experts recommend the supervision of an adult, unless your child is in their teenage years. The use of helmets is a legal requirement in all states for anyone riding a bicycle.

Jan 9 / Rob

Different Types of Mobile Advertising

Economy was pretty bad in the last few years.  Hence, businesses needed to adjust their marketing budget—including digital and mobile marketing concerns.

As a result, there has been a rise in the number of businesses employing various forms of mobile marketing like the use of SMS broadcast, email marketing,  multi-media message services, and the creation of mobile apps and mobile sites to name a few.

Mobile Marketing on the rise

Short message service (SMS) broadcast also refers to texting. Through this form of mobile advertising, marketing agencies use the text messaging service to promote their advertising content to consumers’ mobile numbers. As a result, consumers can forward this content to friends and family. Afterwards, these marketing agencies can sit back and wait for consumers to inform them that they are interested about the promotions they have received.

In Australia , Digital agencies such as Scorch provide these multi-media message services called SMS broadcast. They services slightly differ from normal services through the content sent out by these agencies. With multi-media message services, promotional content with audio and visuals are sent out with the promotional copy.  Through sending out bulk sms, more consumers can be reached at cheaper costs.

On the other hand, consumers are contacted through their email addresses when agencies choose to send out information through email marketing.

The creation of mobile sites and mobile apps also helps agencies promote their content. Long gone are the days where consumers get their information from their desktops. More and more people are sporting smartphones now, making it possible to browse the internet with their handheld gadgets. In order to reach out to more audience, businesses have opted to make their websites compatible to these mobile devices by creating mobile sites and mobile apps.

The use of mobile marketing, according to recent studies, is more effective compared to traditional forms of advertising. In fact, the studies also show that there is an increase in the interaction between the consumers and the brands they follow through mobile marketing schemes. Moreover, a separate study from Online Publishers Association showed that almost 40% of consumers are compelled to contact the brands after being exposed to their mobile advertising.

Given the added figures in consumer reach, only a minority of website/brand owners are utilising this marketing approach. If you still haven’t joined the bandwagon, what are you waiting for? Take advantage of this opportunity. Think about it, more consumer reach means more exposure for your brand. The added possibility of these consumers reaching out to your brand won’t hurt, too!

Well known SMS marketing agencies in Australia are :

Vison – http://www.vision6.com.au

 

 

 

Nov 8 / Rob

Hydraulics Industry Keeps Growing

Developments are pumping out in the hydraulics division of business. Different business ventures in hydraulic pump systems are flowing as the year rolls in with a continuous flow of revenue and progress. Keeping up with the ever growing needs for hydraulics, companies are moving forward in staying good in the business with logical solutions and acquisitions.

Using marketing plans and analyzing the national market when it comes to construction, mining and other needs for hydraulics, big name businesses like Wajax and Xylem are moving in for the big growth in the different sectors of their own businesses. Along the acquisition of other hydraulics companies, the two titans of hydraulics continue to make developments in their own lines of products. Continuously improving on their own products, both companies are looking at better futures and growth. 

Xylem, being one of the major players that operates in more than 150 countries, has acquired Heartland Pump, thus further increasing their wide array of product expertise and operations. The acquisition of Heartland cost Xylem a hefty 29 million dollars but is all well paid for since the big move is a step in making their name known. Heartland has been close partners with Godwin, which is widely known to be connected with Xylem. The move to buy Heartland is seen to bring Xylem a good name in dewatering solutions in the country. Various services, products and solutions in emergency flooding situations are a good standpoint wherein the company seeks to improve sales and marketability.

Wajax, on the other hand, in their acquisition of Ace Hydraulic has leaped to venture in significantly improving repair and service capabilities of the company. The move also helps the company to adjust its ability to support forestry, mining and other industries in that line. The hydraulics giant seeks to enhance its business ventures in Atlantic Canada and Quebec.

Clearly, hydraulic pumps have a wide array of uses and business opportunities that help shape and mold the future of the industry. The simple physical manifestation of valves, pistons and gears that make up pumps and other gears are the founding base of the business. Hydraulic pumps from  companies such as Hydac  can be used for all different businesses and is making its way to better fields, the industry is developing and significantly improving in different parts of the world.

Both companies showed the tenacity to shell out big money to improve business, pump priming the industry to yield more in development, not to mention profit.

Aug 18 / Rob

Health Systems in Australia

Australia is one of the healthiest countries in the world. Not surprising since Australia prides itself with pretty efficient health care systems, both public and private.

The public health system is under the Australian Government, specifically the Medicare. On the other hand, the private health care system is funded by private health insurance groups.

Almost everyone in Australia is covered by Medicare. However, those with temporary resident visas won’t benefit from the public health care system. The only exception is that if these temporary residents are coming from regions that have Reciprocal Healthcare Agreement with the land down under. Countries like Italy, Netherlands, Malta, the Republic of Ireland, Belgium, United Kingdom, Sweden, New Zealand, Finland, Norway, and Slovenia. Otherwise, temporary residents are advised to get health insurance plans from private health care providers like IMAN Australian Visa Health Plans.

Temporary residents, who are not eligible for the Medicare benefits should not fret. Like previously stated, the private health care system in Australia is as efficient as its public counterpart. In a nutshell, private health plan holders are entitled to the following: choice of attending doctor, choice of hospital, and less waiting time for hospital treatments. Another important thing that one can get from private health care systems is that there are certain medical treatments covered like physiotherapy, optical, chiropractic, and dental treatments, which are not covered by Medicare. Aside from the aforementioned, members of private health care organisations are assured of great services.

IMAN members are entitled to assistance services like the monitoring of hospital matters from hospital admission until discharge. Another thing is that your health plans will be verified and assurance that hospital costs will be accounted for. On worst case scenarios, burial expenses are also covered.

Regardless of the private health provider you choose, you should always make sure that you understand the fine details that are stated in the cover that you are getting. Likewise, take your time looking for health plans that are most suitable for your needs. Afterwards, you’ll end up getting the best health cover with proper research.

Australia is one of the healthiest countries in the world. Not surprising since Australia prides itself with pretty efficient health care systems, both public and private.

The public health system is under the Australian Government, specifically the Medicare. On the other hand, the private health care system is funded by private health insurance groups.

Almost everyone in Australia is covered by Medicare. However, those with temporary resident visas won’t benefit from the public health care system. The only exception is that if these temporary residents are coming from regions that have Reciprocal Healthcare Agreement with the land down under. Countries like Italy, Netherlands, Malta, the Republic of Ireland, Belgium, United Kingdom, Sweden, New Zealand, Finland, Norway, and Slovenia. Otherwise, temporary residents are advised to get health insurance plans from private health care providers like IMAN Australian Health Plans.

Temporary residents, who are not eligible for the Medicare benefits should not fret. Like previously stated, the private health care system in Australia is as efficient as its public counterpart. In a nutshell, private health plan holders are entitled to the following: choice of attending doctor, choice of hospital, and less waiting time for hospital treatments. Another important thing that one can get from private health care systems is that there are certain medical treatments covered like physiotherapy, optical, chiropractic, and dental treatments, which are not covered by Medicare. Aside from the aforementioned, members of private health care organisations are assured of great services.

IMAN members are entitled to assistance services like the monitoring of hospital matters from hospital admission until discharge. Another thing is that your health plans will be verified and assurance that hospital costs will be accounted for. On worst case scenarios, burial expenses are also covered.

Regardless of the private health provider you choose, you should always make sure that you understand the fine details that are stated in the cover that you are getting. Likewise, take your time looking for health plans that are most suitable for your needs. Afterwards, you’ll end up getting the best health cover with proper research.

Jul 18 / Rob

Lance Armstrong Under Scrutiny from USADA

 

Lance Armstrong is under fire once again. United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) is charging the 7-time Tour de France champion and some of his colleagues with doping.

The announcement was done amidst investigations concerning his alleged use of illegal performance-enhancing drugs. The USADA recently filed a formal case against Armstrong, claiming their Anti-Doping Agency has samples of the renowned cyclist’s blood collected from 2009 and 2010. According to investigations, the blood samples are “fully consistent with blood manipulation including erythropoietin (EPO) use and/or blood transfusions.” Given these allegations, Armstrong’s unbeatable legacy is on the line; the retired cyclist is in danger of losing his 7-time Tour de France championship title and may even be banned from participating in Ironman triathlons.

In relation to the charges that Armstrong is facing, three of his former colleagues have been given lifetime bans for violating anti-doping rules. These violations are said to have happened while cycling team trainer Jose “Pepe” Martí Martí , cycling team doctor, Dr. Luis Garcia del Moral and consulting doctor, Dr. Michele Ferrari were all part of Lance Armstrong’s previous cycling teams. USADA claims that Dr. Ferrari developed a kind of drug that helped with the recovery of the cyclists during training and racing events. It is also said that Dr. Ferrari instructed cyclists on how to use EPO without it being detectable in urine drug tests.

In response to the bans sanctioned on his former associates, Lance Armstrong has filed a case against USADA, in the hopes of stopping the charges against him; however this lawsuit was dismissed by District Judge Sam Sparks. According to the judge, “this Court is not inclined to indulge Armstrong’s desire for publicity, self-aggrandizement.” Despite dismissing the lawsuit filed by Armstrong and his legal team, the district judge allowed them to file another case but advised the legal team to file a lawsuit that follows the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, meaning Armstrong’s case against the USADA should be a “short and plain statement of detailed facts, not a mechanical recital of boilerplate allegations, nor …a lengthy and bitter polemic against the named defendants.”

Armstrong supporters have lashed out at critics, telling them his 7 Tour De France wins are due to his amazing talents and the innovative team at Trek Bikes, who custom- made and designed Armstrong’s bicycles.

Mar 27 / Rob

House prices continue to fall

And that’s just the start of the concern of many people out there, not to mention those who took loans, finance agencies and other parties.

Houses prices Dropping

Houses prices dropping

Australia has been experiencing a continuous drop on house prices in the past years following a property price bubble in 2010. The condition is starting to make more and more people worried since it may soon become uncontrollable.

Then there is the homeowners’ concern that their loan would have ended up doing nothing. More specifically making them work harder for the loan money. Banks have warned that as the price of houses fall, more and more people may become at risk in getting house loans for their mortgages.

An idea behind this is that the price drop usually leads to devaluated prices and as well as in equity value. A 400,000 dollar worth of property coming in at a 5% interest will have its equity value decline to zero once the house price devaluates by 10%. Instead of saving the house and some money, homeowners may be forced to go into a losing fight over the falling house prices and unpaid mortgages.

Another scenario is that people may end up paying more than what the property is recently valued at. This leads to the worries of most people and in the business sector. Falling house prices may lead to more mortgage payments and if not paid on time, may lead to more serious financial problems like bad credit scores and even bankruptcy.

That’s the worst case scenario but at times like these, people have to be prepared for the worse, but hopefully, not the inevitable. People who are more at risk in these kinds of situations are those with cheap home loans.

Home loans can be great for starting off in new families in new environments but investing in a home may not be advisable during these recent times.

But it seems, home loans and borrowers are not the only ones to take a hit. Big companies are now facing the same bad situations since many companies are relying on refinanced properties for their income. Lower house prices translate to lesser refinanced loans, thus, smaller income and possible negative numbers as this trend continues.

Companies rely on refinancing to create bigger income as people tend to fuse different loans for a single payment loan. This means that for example, previous home loans can be merged into a more convenient loan. But this also means longer payments for the borrower and an increased length of debt payment.

Learning the different technicalities and workings of the lending companies may help borrowers assess their needs for refinancing and other possible mortgage payments. People may probably wiser to expect their properties’ prices to be lower than what they usually expect to be.

Cheap home loans may soon be less popular among would- be borrowers. Australia has seen a wide spread house price drop that may discourage many people to reconsider refinancing their properties and appraisal. Check out Australian companies such as Homeloans Ltd for several options for cheap home loans and use their home loan calculator to calculate your repayments

 

Nov 21 / Rob

Solar Panel Manufacturer in Australia to Stop Production

Solar panel manufacturer SilexSolar has recently decided to stop manufacturing in their Sydney facility located in Homebush Bay. SilexSolar, which also happens to be the only solar panel manufacturer in Australia, has decided to stop producing cells that go into their solar panels because the Chinese imports have affected their business. It could also be noted that the company feels it hasn’t been supported as much by the government. Furthermore, prices for solar panels have been decreasing. It is also held accountable for the current challenge that SilexSolar is facing.

Solar Panels

Solar Panels

This situation has affected all employees in the engineering, administrative, production, and technical departments. Also, the Homebush facility has been placed in care and maintenance mode. However, the company still has 20 employees, who are mostly in the sales and marketing department. According to Silex System Chief Executive Michael Goldsworthy, they are taking every step in analysing the issue. Results are expected in the following months. It is believed that SilexSolar still has more than enough products in their inventory for sales to be made in the next few months. Michael Goldsworthy also adds that it is ironic SilexSolar has suspended manufacturing of solar panels just when carbon price issues are going to be passed in law.

On the other hand, a spokesperson for the New South Wales Energy Minister mentioned, “It’s unusual Silex didn’t wait until IPART handed down its draft determination into a fair price for solar before announcing a suspension of activity – given the draft report is due to be released by the end of November”.

Meanwhile, a new solar panel company is expected to be fully operational this month. Tindo Solar will be producing solar panels in their Mawson Lakes facility. It is believed that they expect to manufacture about 250,000 solar panels each year.

Solar power in Australia is rapid growing business and its is predicted that most of the world’s power will be solar within 50 years. Leading retailers A1 Batterypro have had large increase in Solar Panelssales in the business year of 2011. Electricity prices are only going one way and with the growing fear of the world’s economy ,  expect another successful year for solar panel energy.

Nov 4 / Rob

Australian Dollar Takes about a 2-cent Drop Overnight

The Australian dollar has been decreasing in its value as of late. Just recently, the Australian dollar has gone down at US 1.58c. In relation, Europe and the US have been having issues with their stocks.

Due to the overnight 2-cent decline in stock exchanges, the European Central Bank (ECB) has offered their assistance in handling the debt crisis that has been plaguing the region. It has also been noted that other countries like Italy could be affected by this debt crisis.

According to Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, regaining market confidence cannot be accomplished just by having a weekend meeting with the heads of states in EU. However, a strategist reminds that it is against the EU rules to use European Financial Stability Funds just to provide guarantees for the bonds.

Fears arising from the decline of stock values are not uncommon. Mr. Ronald Randall, the aforementioned strategist, notes that, “Any escalation of fear is going to encourage those long risks to take it off the table and I expect that to continue and the Aussie to trade a little softer.”

Due to the decline in the Australian dollar, people have been waiting for news regarding the EU heads’ decision about the situation, as stated by Will Richardson, the Macquarie Bank director of FX. In relation, Martin Parkinson, Australian Treasury secretary, states that Australia must keep a close watch over any decision from the EU.

Australia has been able to bounce back from the credit crisis experienced 2-3 years ago. However, Mr. Parkinson, who also happens to be a board member of the central bank, says that “The bigger risk to the Australian economy would be if Europe failed to deliver a comprehensive response to the sovereign debt crisis and found itself in a situation where it was dragging the rest of the world into a second global recession.”

Debt crisis or not, it is always a good idea to save for the future. On the off chance that you’re already on a debt crisis of your own, you can consider debt consolidation specialists such as Debt Assist and Debt Relief as a possible solution to your debt problems.

Oct 25 / Rob

LED Work Lights for Security and Aesthetic Purposes

LED Work Lights

LED Work Lights

Flood lights and LED work lights are important. They can either be used at home, in the office, and in your vehicles. These types of lights can be used for both aesthetic and security purposes. For example, the flood lights can be placed in dark places surrounding the home or office. This way, any intruder can be easily seen and may be discouraged from entering a well-lit area. As for  aesthetic purposes, it is also possible to change the colors of the lamps. One moment you can have a romantic atmosphere; the next, you can just have a homey feel to the area.

In relation, J.W. Speaker will be releasing an oval LED work lights. This specific model will be called the  Model 7150. It boasts of a 14-diode lights pattern and promises to give off bright white lights. This LED work lights from J.W. Speakers features 3,000 lumens. Not only that, it comes in aluminum housing. It also has state of the art electronics, making it perfect for use in any situation. You can even use it if you need something resistant to vibrations and shocks. What makes it even better is that users can use this LED work lights for configurations like flood lights, trap lens, or spot. The  Model 7150 has a four year limited warranty and comes in 24V/12V.

In Australia , S3 Performance have announced that they will release the oval model of LED Work lights before the Christmas season.