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Factors To Consider When Buying Balloons To Send}

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Submitted by: Jayne Waldorf

A balloon can be defined as an inflatable flexible plastic bag that could be filled with a type of gas, such as normal air, hydrogen, helium etc. Balloons are commonly known for being good beauty accessories for venues of any celebration functions. They come in many different colors and sizes. When people find colorful balloons in party venues, they get psychological preparation for some merry making activity.

Another reason for buying balloons could be to send as a gift to someone. Balloons to send are normally bought in probably a dozen and sent without being inflated. Let us discuss at some of the factors that one has to consider when buying balloons to send to anyone.

1. Theme: In most cases balloons are used to decorate a host venue for some celebrations. Any party or function is made even more colorful when the organizers have a certain color theme. For example most weddings are bound to have thematic dress codes. Everything else including the balloons will then have colors that blend in with the rest of the accessories.

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2. The venue of the intended function: This is mostly factored in when the function is held outdoors. An outdoor function is subjected to direct sunlight that can easily blowup the balloons. When balloons are well inflated with air, they become very weak and can blow up by a simple touch. In fact sunlight would expand the balloons further making them to burst whilst the function is on progress. It is very important to factor in the venue of the function before buying any balloons to send.

3. The packaging and transportation of the balloons: In case a balloon gets a simple prick, it becomes a waste. No matter how tiny the prick is, the inflated air would slowly ooze out rendering the balloon useless. Even placing heavy and rough luggage on top of a balloons sachet would mess the balloons. Always consider proper handling of balloons to send to anyone.

4. The size of the venue to be decorated: In case you are the expected supplier of balloons for a particular function, it is advisable for you not to do a substandard job. Probably everyone else is looking up on you and expects no fail. For example a dozen of balloons (12 pieces) cannot be enough to decorate an entire church for the function of a wedding. Prior confirmation of the size of the venue to be decorated is of paramount importance.

5. The best size of balloons. The size of the balloons to send should also be well understood by the buyer. For example a birthday party inside a house does not need extra large balloons. They would just fill the house and not look so cute. The bigger the size of the balloons the more challenging it is to inflate it. Especially for elderly or children, large size balloons would give them a head ache in trying to inflate them.

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Report urges Kenya to ban plastic bags

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

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They are cheap, useful, and very plentiful, and that is exactly the problem, according to researchers. A report issued on Feb. 23 by a cadre of environment and economics researchers suggested that Kenya should ban the common plastic bag that one gets at the checkout counter of grocery stores, and place a levy on other plastic bags, all to combat the country’s environmental problems stemming from the bags’ popularity.

British minister claims Chechnyan government plans to eliminate gay community by late May

Friday, April 28th, 2017

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

In a speech to the British Parliament, minister of state for the British Foreign Office Sir Alan Duncan stated he had been informed of plans within Chechnya to eliminate the former Soviet country’s LGBTQ community by the start of the Muslim holy season of Ramadan on May 26. According to representatives from the Russian LGBT Network and reports that appeared in the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta in early April, over 100 homosexual men in the Chechen Republic have been rounded up and taken to prison camps, with at least three killed.

Human rights groups report that these anti-gay campaigns and killings are orchestrated by the head of the Chechen republic.

“Human rights groups report that these anti-gay campaigns and killings are orchestrated by the head of the Chechen republic, Ramzan Kadyrov,” said Duncan. “He has carried out other violent campaigns in the past, and this time he is directing his efforts at the LGBT community. Sources have said that he wants the community eliminated by the start of Ramadan.” Duncan went on to condemn the arrests as “utterly barbaric”.

Earlier this month, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe director of human rights Michael Georg Link asked the Russian government to investigate allegations of the arrest, torture and death of gay men in Chechnya. The United Nations high commissioner for human rights also issued a statement asking Russia “to put an end to the persecution of people perceived to be gay or bisexual … who are living in a climate of fear fuelled by homophobic speeches by local authorities.” Last Thursday, representatives from Vladimir Putin have backed the Chechen government’s denial that persecution based on sexual orientation is taking place.

The Network’s Svetlana Zakharova told MailOnline and the BBC that some of the prisoners had escaped and reported that they had all been kept in the same room with between 30 and 40 other men, some of whom were beaten, given electrical shocks or even killed, with some released to their families for the purpose of honour killing.

If [homosexuals] existed in Chechnya, law enforcement would not have to worry about them since their own relatives would have sent them to where they could never return.

In a statement to the Interfax news agency, Alvi Karimov, spokesperson for the Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, rejected the claims by denying the existence of homosexuals in Chechnya: “You cannot arrest or repress people who just don’t exist in the republic[.] If such people existed in Chechnya, law enforcement would not have to worry about them since their own relatives would have sent them to where they could never return.”

Chechnya does not admit many foreign journalists, and Ekaterina Sokirianskaia of the International Crisis Group admitted that clear information has been scarce, saying there were yet to be any “confirmed cases”. This may be due to the extreme secrecy surrounding homosexuality in Chechnya, where most gay men remain closeted. “It’s next to impossible to get information from the victims or their families,” she told The Guardian, “but the number of signals I’m receiving from different people makes it hard not to believe detentions and violence are indeed happening.”

The Russian LGBT Network has provided more information through a hotline and appealed to Russia’s Federal Investigation Commission but Zakharova said that, as of April 10, there was “still no reaction at all”.

Sir Alan Duncan is the first openly gay Conservative member of Parliament.


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Much of inland New South Wales, Australia affected by flooding

Friday, April 28th, 2017

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Much of the interior of New South Wales, Australia continues to be affected by floods caused by heavy rains. With more rain predicted, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology has issued a flood watch for all western flowing rivers in New South Wales from the Namoi River in the north of the state to the Murrumbidgee River in the south.

Coonamble, in the central-western plains district of New South Wales, has been isolated by major flooding of the Castlereagh River. The State Emergency Service estimates that around 2,760 people are currently trapped in Coonamble. Mudgee, Canowindra, Eugowra, Dubbo, Wellington, and Young have also been severely affected.

A number of major highways in Western districts of the state have been closed or had diversions put in place, including the Newell Highway near Mirrool Bridge, the Castlereagh Highway between Gilgandra and Walgett, the Oxley Highway between Gilgandra and Warren, and the Lachlan Valley Way between 28km north of Cowra and 6km South Of Gooloogong. A number of local roads have also been affected.

Emergency Management NSW has declared the local government areas of Mid-Western Region, Weddin, Wellington, Warrumbungle, Cootamundra, Coonamble, Harden, and Young as natural disaster areas where significant damage to property and infrastructure has occurred.

Evacuation orders have been issued for parts of Wagga Wagga and parts of Coonamble due to flooding.

The SES is advising people who require assistance due to flooding to call 132 500 and to contact 000 for life threatening emergencies. For road closure information, residents are encouraged to contact their local council.

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Peter Andren, Australian MP dies aged 61

Friday, April 28th, 2017

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Australian federal member of Calare, Peter Andren died on Saturday after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. He was aged 61.

Mr Andren who had held the seat since being elected in 1996 had previously announced his intention to run for the senate after his electorate was changed for the 2007 federal election. After Mr Andren was diagnosed with cancer in July, he announced that he would be retiring from politics at the election.

Mr Andren’s 1996 campaign platform was based upon retaining services in regional Australia, particularly banking, health and telecommunications. Over the next 11 years, Mr Andren’s primary vote grew and at the 2001 and 2004 elections was elected without preferences, achieving a majority primary vote.

In 2001, Mr Andren disagreed with his electorate on refugees. The electorate supported the government’s tough stance but Mr Andren could not support the government’s border protection measures. Following this, a vicious letter-box campaign rose up saying “you might like Peter Andren … but you won’t like what he’s got to say about keeping our borders safe”.

Fellow NSW independent member, Tony Windsor said Mr Andren’s stance on asylum seekers was just one sign of his compassion and strong belief in human rights.

Mr Windsor described Mr Andren as the “conscience” of parliament. “Peter Andren was a true representative of the people of the Calare electorate, a man of the highest integrity and the conscience of the Parliament,” he said.

“He was subjected to vitriol from time to time within the Parliament over issues, but if he believed in something he stuck to it. He didn’t compromise and I think that’s a lasting legacy that Peter will leave.”

Prime Minister John Howard said despite having a difference of opinion with Mr Andren on many issues, he had a lot of respect for him.

“I respected his skills as a local member,” he said.

“Mr Andren and I frequently disagreed on major issues and he made no bones about that and I made no bones about it either but that didn’t stop me respecting him and acknowledging the tremendous work he did for his electorate.”

Labor leader Kevin Rudd described Mr Andren as a true independent.

“Peter Andren will be a great loss to the Australian parliament,” he said.

“He was a man of principle, a man of commitment, a man who was an absolute independent.”

Leader of the Greens, Bob Brown said Mr Andren was an example of how a politician should be.

“He was an exemplar of representative politics for his electorate and the people of Calare kept returning him with a bigger and bigger majority,” he said.

“[If] anybody ever asks me how a politician should be, I am going to say, ‘Look at the record of Peter Andren'”

“He was a great Australian representative and he is a great loss to this country.”

During his political career, Mr Andren fought the sale of Telstra, introduced a bill to allow MPs to opt-out of their generous superannuation schemes, opposed the Iraq war and campaigned on environmental issues.

Mr Andren was born at Gulargambone, near Dubbo in Western NSW in 1946. Before he entered politics Mr Andren worked as a teacher before moving into journalism. Mr Andren worked as a news producer in Sydney for the Seven and Nine networks, before moving back to regional NSW where he worked as the news editor for both Radio 2GZ and Prime Television.

Mr Andren is survived by his partner and two sons.

Rephouse Rubber Floor Covering For Lismore Aquatic Centre}

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Rephouse Rubber Floor Covering for Lismore Aquatic Centre


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The latest project using Rephouse’s recycled rubber flooring is the Lismore City Council Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre.

The latest project using Rephouse’s recycled rubber flooring is the Lismore City Council Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre. Designed by Sydney architect Facility Design Group and brought to life by Spantec Builders, this $15 million sporting and leisure facility features over 2000 square metres of Decoflex Universal and 1500m of Neoflex 600 Series.

Decoflex Universal is a very cushioned indoor polyurethane sport floor that is designed to meet the most demanding sports conditions. One of the very unique characteristics of this rubber floor collection is that the thickness of the surface can be modified to suit different design and usage requirements. This is due to a resilient black rubber base mat that can be supplied in different thicknesses.

The rubber base mat is 100% recycled, intensifying the ecological profile of Rephouse’s rubber floors products. This sound absorbing flooring material is ideal for the discerning sportsman.

“Having supplied our rubber floors to various prestigious projects such as the 2004 Olympics, the Pro-Badmington Centre in Malaysia and the Hong Kong Football Club only to name a few, we have certainly developed a reputation as a specialist provider of sports surfacing materials” says Newton, the Managing Director of Rephouse.

One of the major design trends in the sports industry is ecological consideration and the use of sustainable flooring materials has become a big element of the equation when choosing the right floor covering.

“The design of sports facilities is showing more character and the flooring that is used plays a key role. Whether a new sports facility is being designed and built or an existing one renovated, one must never undervalue the impact that flooring can have” says Tony Newton.

The natural rubber flooring solutions from Rephouse are recognised for their quality and ability to provide flooring solutions to various high-scale commercial projects. All of the rubber flooring products mirror the company’s dedication to quality, performance, practicality and sustainability.

“One of the problems is that sports and aquatic facilities, facilities that are built to improve our health and welfare have done quite the opposite. This is because many floors of sports facilities have been covered with flooring materials that is hazardous. Volatile compounds such as Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVC) are a key issue. All of our rubber floors are PVC free making them very safe to use for commercial and sports facilities.” Says Newton.

“There is a lot of competition for sports facilities. The centres that take chances with their floor designs can attract new members. Not only that, many designers agree that of all the design considerations that are involved in developing a new sports centre, the flooring is the one element you cannot afford to compromise on and get wrong” Newton continues.

Established in 1985, Rephouse has become the leading manufacturer of quality durable rubber flooring solutions that are idea for the architectural, recreational and sports industries. Rephouse is the world-leader in decorative rubber flooring solutions with their Decoflex, Neoflex, Playflex and Evopave.

Decoflex Universal is a very cushioned indoor polyurethane sport floor that is designed to meet the most demanding sports conditions. One of the very unique characteristics of this rubber floor collection is that the thickness of the surface can be m

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Need Of Data Loader During The Conversion Of Databases}

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Submitted by: Kenneth Wilsons

In this technologically developed world, data is one of the most significant portions of todays development system. Each and every person, whether in the field of business or education or science, wants to maintain a proper data management system. Afterwards, one can use database management software according to his/ her requirements. In some of the cases, like some of the major technical changes with the resources, there is always a need of conversation of data from one database management software to different due to the technical constraints. Here, the requirement of Data Loader comes for the conversation of data easily. This software can be effectively implemented to transfer data from MSSQL to MySQL. If you are already familiar with the service of this software, then you will be aware of the diverse nature of the MySQL server.

The openness of MySQL database facilitates enhanced performance, reliability and flexible of operation. The expenses associated with maintenance and operation of MySQL servers are comparatively minimal than other database formats. Software like Data Loader has made it easier to convert MSSQL to MySQL and conversions can also be made from oracle servers also according to the users goal. Nowadays you can find various versions of the data migration tool available with different software development organizations. Some of the features of data migration tools are,

The latest version of data migration software does not need a data driver.

Bulk loading of data can be done into different columns and rows of the database within no time.

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Different sessions can now be saved and can be programmed within different intervals.

Conversion of one type of data to the other type can easily be done.

Different formats of data exists in different data base, like CSV (Comma Separated Value), MySQL, Oracle, MS office, etc. If you want to do MySQL import CSV, then first you have to install a MySQL tool. Here you need a data migration tool to perform the task. Lets see how CSV database format can change loaded to MySQL database format. By following these simple steps one can convert CSV to MySQL database with data loaders.

Select the source data type and the destination data type.

Setup the server details and connect with preferred source database. Then a list of table within the database will be open.

In this step find the desired destination database where you want to relocate your exiting database.

Loader will open the source and destination tables, you can click on column button to perform column mapping.

Save and schedule the session. There are various options, you must pick according to your performance.

Press the start button to initiate the transfer of your CSV file.

This simple process allows you to get your MySQL file on CSV database. Or else Data Loader will be very helpful for you, which is relatively easier and more controlled process to convert your database. Because of the available of data migration tools MySQL import CSV becomes very easy.

About the Author: Kenneth Wilson has reviewed so many software programs intended for importing and exporting data between common database formats. He has found (

)Data Loader to be a simple, but powerful tool for MySQL import CSV and several other data migration activities. The tool has features like full column mapping, bulk inserts, folder polling, etc. You can download the free trial version to check its capability.


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New law to help asbestos sufferers in Victoria, Australia

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Saturday, May 24, 2008

New legislation in Victoria, Australia will provide for greater compensation for victims suffering from effects of exposure to asbestos. The legislation is called “Bernie Banton law”, after the late campaigner for asbestos-related issues. The law will remove a restriction which prevented asbestos victims from making another claim after being diagnosed with a terminal illness. Banton contracted mesothelioma after working for the Netherlands-based company James Hardie, and died in 2007.

Prior to the Banton law victims of asbestos exposure could seek compensation for asbestosis, a disease resulting from exposure which causes lung scarring, but were unable to seek compensation if they were later diagnosed with mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma is a cancer which develops in the sac surrounding the lungs and chest cavity, abdominal cavity, or the sac surrounding the heart. Patients with malignant mesothelioma generally do not have positive outcomes, and once diagnosed have six months to a year to live. Asbestos usage has been banned in Victoria, Australia since 2003.

Allowing an exception to the normal rule that court-awarded compensation is final will allow compensation for the true effects of asbestos exposure.

Victorian Premier John Brumby welcomed the legislation, saying: “Victorian workers deserve fair compensation for illnesses and injuries they have received just by doing their job.” Brumby acknowledged that Victoria had lagged behind other states in its asbestos compensation practices. “Allowing an exception to the normal rule that court-awarded compensation is final will allow compensation for the true effects of asbestos exposure,” explained Brumby.

Bernie Banton’s widow, Karen Banton, stood alongside John Brumby as the legislation was announced, and spoke out in favor of the law. “The uncertainty that these Victorian families have suffered up until this point, the dilemma of whether I claim and whether I wait … it would be a terrible choice to have to make,” she said. She said her late husband would have been honored by the legislation’s passage, and was appreciative that his name was associated with the cause of justice in the country. “I’m sure Bernie’s looking down from heaven, feeling very honoured and humbled that his name continues to be associated with the fight to correct injustice,” she said.

There’s a lot of asbestos around, this is a live issue for the community and we strongly welcome this initiative.

The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union and the Victorian Trades Hall Council supported the legislation’s passage, as did Martin Kingham of the Asbestos Diseases Society of Victoria. Kingham said that in the past asbestos sufferers were wary about whether or not to make a claim: “They’ve had to gamble on whether to make a claim now and to cut off any compensation for more serious fatal illness or to, basically, sit it out and wait and see what happens to them and potentially not getting compensated for their original asbestosis.”

“There’s a lot of asbestos around, this is a live issue for the community and we strongly welcome this initiative,” said Australian Manufacturing Workers Union Victorian secretary Steve Dargavel. Victorian Trades Hall Council secretary Brian Boyd called the legislation “a good and decent thing” but said more action was needed to better protect asbestos victims’ families. The additional claims are expected to help approximately 50 people each year. The legislation will be introduced in the State Parliament next year.