How to stop the flood of election junk mail?

Wherever you live in the world, whether it is a Local Council, Federal, Presidential or State election, your mailbox will groan under the weight of materials aimed at winning your vote. It may be the digital era, but it seems that a piece of paper in your letterbox is still considered the most efficient way of getting a message across.

While an informed electorate is crucial to the democratic process, there appears to be a glut of over-sending of junk mail for political purposes – and no clear way on how to fix this. What’s worse, the content of most of the political flyers is simply mudslinging about their opponents with no substance. Is anyone else reminded of children in the playground?

How can you help stop this frivolous waste of resources? Imagine the strain on our environment and the large volume of greenhouse gases generated from all the trees cut down, electricity and transport of the materials. Grab a cup of tea or your water bottle and let’s get down to it.

We know in Australia that material deemed to be political, educational, religious and charitable is exempt from “No Junk Mail” signed letterboxes according to standards conducted by the Australian Catalogue Association. So there is no way to stop it being dumped in your postbox along with the other junk mail catalogues enticing you to buy all sorts of things you don’t really need. It is probably the same in other countries.

Step 1. Incorrectly addressed political mail
Much of your mail may be addressed to former occupants of the house. You need to “return this to sender” with the note “no longer at this address”.

Step 2. Contact every political party or politician that is mailing you
There is no central database so you will need to call the office of each individual sender and ask to be removed from their mailing list. Remember to be polite! You catch more bees with honey than vinegar.

Step 3. National Standard to stop political junk mail
Write a letter to the Electoral Commission asking them to implement a National Standard to limit the number of pieces each political party is allowed to put in each household’s letterbox.

Step 4. Polling day
Don’t forget to recycle any materials you are given on the day – often the Greens Party has a box at the booths for such materials on polling day!

Written by Tracey Bailey, Director of Biome Eco Stores in Brisbane, specialists in water bottles and eco friendly, reusable choices for your home, body and lifestyle.

Why upgrade to enterprise risk management?

The Global Financial Crisis taught us the importance of robust risk management practices in identifying and addressing issues that have the potential to impact on overall business objectives. Many organisations have implemented risk management programs, however a significant proportion of these have yet to realise the benefits of upgrading their programs to best-practice Enterprise Risk Management.

What’s the problem with traditional risk management programs?

Historically, risk management has tended to focus only on the negative – how do we identify what might go wrong? How bad will things get if it does? How can we stop it?

Another feature of old-fashioned risk management has been the tendency for it to be “siloed”, with each section of an organisation having its own approach to managing risk.

Modern, best practice Enterprise Risk Management has moved contemporary risk management programs and thinking beyond these limitations.

Why is Enterprise Risk Management better?

Enterprise Risk Management (also known as ERM) has a range of benefits for contemporary businesses:

  • ERM achieves efficiencies across the whole of the organisation by integrating a common approach throughout all functional areas.
  • ERM avoids the pitfall of concentrating on minor risks (such as slip hazards) at the expense of big picture risks (such as failure of critical infrastructure).
  • ERM captures the positive side of risk management, by also considering opportunities for new services, process efficiencies, improved methods of service delivery etc.

What strategies assist adoption of Enterprise Risk Management?

 

QRMC frequently assists organisations to develop or expand their risk management programs to embrace Enterprise Risk Management. Our experience suggests that useful strategies to successfully move to Enterprise Risk Management include:

  • Strong committed, visible leadership.
  • Recognising that risk management is an ongoing (not once-off) process.
  • Treating risk management as a tool to achieve business objectives, not as a compliance exercise.
  • Extensive consultation with, and training of, personnel (at all levels).
  • Consistently integrating ERM across all systems and functional areas within the organisation.

Special considerations for business or department amalgamation

 

A regular feature of contemporary business is the process of amalgamation, either of existing segments of an organisation, or of one business with a completely independent second business (M&A).

Determining the business objectives of a new organisation formed in this way is not always a straightforward exercise. The clarity provided by the risk management process greatly assists this determination.

However, amalgamation poses particular difficulties when it comes to the risk management program:

  1. There are often difficulties involved in assimilating risk-related information from different sources, produced using different methods.
  2. Amalgamation poses the threat of extending the commonly experienced problem of risk management “silos” (as mentioned above) even further by creating silos based on the original business or department entities.

On the positive side, these difficulties present an opportunity to reach solutions by upgrading existing risk management systems to Enterprise Risk Management. Moving the new entity to Enterprise Risk Management provides opportunities to:

  1. Clearly identify the objectives of the new entity, and what risks and opportunities exist in achieving these objectives.
  2. Break down barriers and foster a new organisation-wide approach to risk management and the determination of uniform risk appetite.

Next steps

 

Risk management as a discipline has proven its value over time. Now businesses can extend this value even further by upgrading to Enterprise Risk Management.

For more information on Enterprise Risk Management, safety management, business continuity management and management systems, contact us. We are experts in providing independent and objective facilitation of the process of upgrading or developing new Enterprise Risk Management programs. You can also access other informative articles on our News page dealing with Enterprise Risk Management, as well as newsletters downloadable from our Publications page covering Enterprise Risk Management issues.

Norths Leagues Mackay Is A Great Place For Food, Gaming and Live Entertainment!

Since 1994 Northern Suburbs League Club has been Mackay’s friendliest and most affordable location for great food, fun gaming, excellent company and weekly live entertainment. With membership available for only $5 for adults and $2.75 for pensioners it offers excellent value for money whether you are eating, enjoying the pokies or listening to one of the clubs regular live bands.

There is an excellent range of gaming options so if you enjoy pokie machines, poker with your mates, or trying your luck at Kino you can do it all at the Northern Suburbs League Club. Saturday and Friday nights at the club feature regular popular live local bands and entertainers along with great food and drink specials. For those members who may not have access to transport getting to the club isn’t a problem. A courtesy bus for members is run almost all days subject to conditions.

Discover more about why over 3,500 people have already joined Northern Suburbs League Club below.

Eating Options at North Suburbs League Club

People might join Northern Suburbs League Club for the company and to support their club but many stay for the food. The food at Northern Suburbs League Club is delicious, includes generous serving sizes and won’t break the bank. Special meal deals are run each month which include additional extras that provide even better value.

Popular regular special meals include Thursdays special steak dinner for only $14.95, Fish Friday for lunch and breakfast, the Club’s Cavery Sunday meal which includes a free glass of wine, beer or your favorite soft drink and Saturdays Vegas meal deal which includes dinner and a free $5 pokie money. Kino lovers won’t want to miss the free $1 quick pick that is provided with every steak meal purchased on Tuesday steak night. The club also runs happy hour from 4pm – 6pm weekdays with great prices on drinks.

Gaming at Norths Mackay features a great range of gaming options including pokies, keno, bingo, raffles and poker. The clubs popular pokie machines are available for use by the members any day of the week. In July the Club is running its highly popular meal deal vouchers. For every $75 payout on the pokie’s member receive a free meal deal voucher which is redeemable for lunch or dinner on Wednesday and Saturday. Saturday afternoon also features the clubs meat tray raffle from 12 – 2pm.

Other regular gaming options include; Friday morning Bingo from 9.30 am – 11.30 am, Spin the Wheel is on Wednesday night from 7pm – 8pm. For members who have missed on their TAB winners, there is the lucky loser draw on Saturday from 1pm – 3pm and a mega multi raffle on Friday evening. For members who favour poker there is the opportunity to take part in the Tuesdays 888 poker league which runs from 7.30pm onwards. Finally Sunday features the Red Hot triple reward points for those members who enjoy trying their luck on the clubs pokie machines.

Weekly Entertainment at Northern Suburbs League Club

Gaming, food and good company are not the only attractions available at Northern Suburbs League club. No evening out is complete without some good live music at the Club features acts each week. Live music usually available on either Saturday or Friday evening at the club. With popular favourites like Al’s Rock & Roll, Cameron Cusak and Warren Kearney Northern Suburbs League Club is a great place to kick back, enjoy a drink and listen to some great tunes.

Special Birthday Draw

Finally when you join the Northern Suburbs League Club at reception be sure to ask about the special birthday offer. Every member of Northern Suburbs League Club is entered into a special $1,000 prize draw during their birthday month. The draw takes place on the last Thursday of each month. All members are also eligible for one free birthday meal as a way of saying thanks for being supporting the Northern Suburbs League Club.

Finding out more about Northern Suburbs League Club

If you want to find out more about the Northern Suburbs Club or have questions about membership you can contact the club manager Wayne Percy by telephone or complete the email form which can be found on the clubs website. Alternatively visit reception at the club and they can answer any questions you may have or provide you with membership forms.

Property for Sale Townsville

The development of real estate has led to the rapid expansion of some towns in addition to providing social security to home owners. Any person with a burning desire to own real estate, whether for commercial or residential purposes should think of doing so in Townsville. It is a port city that offers beautiful scenery and attracts a big number of potential investors. Real estate Townville has undergone major changes to an extent that special firms have set up base to help the ever increasing number of interested home buyers. It is a town that provides a comfortable living atmosphere because of several factors.

Conducive Locality
Townsville is located at a strategic zone, thus enabling real estate owners to have a quick access to transport services. Being a port city, residents have a covetable opportunity to travel by sea to distant places along the sea within Australia. The presence of a major road network facilitates easy movement of both people and goods. The roads are well tarmacked, which means vehicles are guaranteed a long life span. A good number real of houses are constructed along the river banks that transverse the city. This means that the rivers could also offer alternate means of transport to the residents. Most of the magnificent estates are located near the parks away from the busy streets, thus providing dwellers with utmost peace and a chance to enjoy the natural fauna and flora.

Some estates are built along the coastal beaches thus providing a spectacular view from the balconies of the houses. The cool breeze emanating from the sea makes living in Townsville a memorable experience.

Availability of Home Loans
The ownership of real estate Townsville is not a preserve of the economically stable individuals. This is attributed to the entrance of firms that purchase real estate on behalf of individuals. The individuals will then repay the total amount accruing through affordable installments at very attractive interest rates. This mechanism has enabled a big number of residents to live a great life in modern housing units. Apart from housing units, there are numerous rental properties evenly spread throughout the City. This means that even those who are not permanent residents can still enjoy a great life in Townsville. Very friendly agents will facilitate the entire process on behalf of the potential tenant.They are available at pocket friendly rates and there is no reason as to why people should not give them a thought. For property for sale in Townsville, visit Ian Clarke Real Estate.

Modern Designs
Investors in real estate in Townsville have incorporated modern housing designs and this has added to their fabulous look. They have all the latest security appliances installed. This includes closed circuit television that monitors the movements of intruders. Burglar proof alarm systems have been seconded to all the strategic places. Some homes have electric fences in addition to digitalized gates that do not necessitate the need of a home guard. These features ensure the dwellers live comfortably without much worry. Individual gated housing units are available at special localities whereas those who prefer living as a community can still find modern flats that can accommodate several tenants.

Some houses have state of the art swimming pools as well as a complete gym facility to ensure that owners retain their physical agility all the time.

Availability of Adequate Social Amenities
Townsville being a commercial city, it presents numerous and adequate social amenities to its residents. For instance, the presence of major banks in the town ensure the residents have unlimited access to their finances. This has also led to the establishment of improved health facilities thus subjecting residents to great life. The people in Townsville also have an opportunity to sample some of the best sea delicacies due the presence of a major water body nearby.

The water body offers an appropriate environment to undertake sporting activities such as water skating, boat riding and sand bathing in the summer weather.

Maximum Safety
Due the revenue generated by the development of real estate Townsville, the local authorities have put in place proper security measures in place by providing metropolitan police. They carry out regular patrols around the estates thus assuring dwellers of a great life free from security threats. The roads to the estates are also well lit at night courtesy of the local authorities’ security policy.

Spider Veins – Cause and Treatments

Sometimes, you may have noticed red and blue blood vessels visible through your skin. Did you become slightly embarrassed or worried about them? Do you wonder what they are? They are known as spider veins. Here, we will discuss the causes and treatments of spider vein.

What causes spider veins?
Spider veins are a mild manifestation of venous reflux disease. They are small, tangled groups of blood vessels that are found just under the skin’s surface. These dilated veins have the appearance of branches or spider webs, and generally spread out on the legs and feet.

What are the risk factors?
Spider vein risk factors are similar to those associated with varicose veins, and include advancing age, obesity, occupations requiring extended periods of standing, hormonal changes and heredity factors (weak vessel walls). People can also develop this condition because of weak vessel walls or from exposure to ultraviolet rays.

Considering the risk factors, some people will be more prone to this problem than others. For example, if you work as a surgeon, a nurse or a teacher, the chances are higher that you may suffer from spider veins. Similarly, for people with a genetic history of weak vein valves, the probability of developing spider veins is also high. The same applies regarding hormonal changes, which generally occur during puberty, pregnancy and menopause.

The exact cause of spider veins is yet to be established. The existing risk factors can be divided into two wide sub-divisions, i.e. congenital causes and acquired causes. In congenital causes, is port-wine stain, Maffucci’s syndrome and hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (also known as osler-weber-rendu syndrome), among others. The acquired causes include acne rosacea, chemotherapy and lifestyle/occupation risk factors (as mentioned above).

Spider vein symptoms
Spider veins can be painful in some cases, with cramping and aching. They are also closely linked to heaviness in the legs, and throbbing, burning or tingling sensations. In addition, other symptoms such as fatigue, itching and swelling can also be experienced. In serious cases, this condition can develop ulcers, large sores and phlebitis. However, spider veins are detected by their appearance in the majority of incidences.

Tests and Diagnosis
Doctors generally employ non-invasive diagnostic tests to diagnose this condition. These tests are perfectly safe and painless, with no scalpels, needles or medication being involved. The entire procedure is normally very brief, and probably won’t take more than one hour from start to finish.

There are three main questions that doctors seek to answer through these diagnostic tests. First, they are seeking to establish any evidence of deep vein blood clots. Secondly, they ascertain if the veins are functioning properly. And lastly, they test the Greater Saphenous Vein (GSV) to determine whether it is working well.

Any competent vein specialist will always undertake this exercise before treating your condition. Some of the procedures that you can expect include:

*Color-flow Duplex Exam – This is used to evaluate the anatomy of the affected veins. It determines the direction of blood flow, openings and blockages. This procedure is also important in the process of vein mapping (done for skin deep problems).

*Bi-directional Doppler Exam – This is an ultrasound exam used to determine the speed of blood flow and whether it pauses during normal breathing. It also identifies whether the veins are working properly.

*Photoplethysmography – Phew! Don’t let this complicated medical word intimidate you. Photoplethysmography is basically a diagnostic procedure that determines the efficiency of your calf muscle pump.

*Pressure Calf Exam – In performing this exam, you’ll be asked to lie facing upwards with your legs raised higher than your chest. This diagnostic procedure identifies vessel blockages.

Treatment
After establishing the specific nature of your problem, the doctor will then recommend the best treatment for you. Here are several available options:

Sclerotherapy
This treatment involves the doctor injecting a saline solution into the affected veins. This solution then damages the affected vessel walls, causing them to swell and seal shut. Within several weeks the scar tissue will fade. The procedure takes approximately thirty minutes, and has only mild side-effects. Although the injection may be a bit painful, the stinging sensation is usually gone within a few minutes.

Laser and Intense Pulsed Light
This treatment option employs the use of a specialized device that focuses laser energy to the damaged tissue. The procedure will just take 20 minutes, and has minimal side-effects.

Natural Remedies
Using natural remedies can mean the difference between undergoing medical procedures or not, and are valuable alongside medical treatment. Some recommended herbal remedies include:

*Horse Chestnut Seed – Studies show that this seed improves blood circulation in the legs thus strengthening the veins and capillaries.

*Bilberry Extract – This herbal extract stimulates new capillary formation thus strengthening the capillary walls.

*Butchers Broom – This herb strengthens veins.

*Gotu Kola – A very effective extract which addresses venous insufficiency, foot swelling and water retention. It therefore provides a good solution to spider veins found on the legs.

*Distilled Witch Hazel – This is directly applied on the affected areas using a cotton ball. Numerous clinical studies have shown that this extract can help strengthen blood vessels.

Caution: For health safety purposes, do not start using any herbal remedies without consulting a qualified doctor.

Spider veins prevention
Two of the most important things regarding the prevention of spider veins are eating well and getting regular exercise. Eating a diet higher in fresh, raw fruits and vegetables than meat and convenience food is crucial, and if your job requires you to stand for a long time, you should regularly shift your body weight from one leg to another as well as standing evenly balanced.

To sum things up, the procedure of a spider vein removal is chosen by several key factors. Your specialist will determine the optimum treatment options based on the results obtained from the diagnostic tests. We hope that this article will provide all the necessary guidance you need in addressing this problem.

For more information about spider veins Brisbane, contact the leg vein doctor Brisbane today.