May 30, 2013

Costco Ringwood Update, May 2013

I received an email about Ringwood store from Costco.

Construction is well underway with the concrete sales floor almost complete and the steel wall supports going up rapidly.


Costco temporary office is now open in the Eastland Shopping Centre. You can collect a Costco membership brochure, make enquiries about membership and employment, see some of the items we will have on offer in the warehouse, and meet our friendly team.

May 27, 2013

Costco - New Coupons for 27 May – 9 June 2013

Here is an introduction to our fresh departments, with some additional money saving coupons on a selection of fresh items, valid 27 May 2013 to 9 June 2013.


May 24, 2013

The truth about plane flying

There's no doubt some aspects of flying are shrouded in mystery, but never fear, we've got the answers to 10 things you've just got to know about air travel.

1. Does the brace position really work?

There are numerous - and some quite ridiculous - theories about why airlines push the brace position, including that it's only useful for preserving teeth and thus allowing for easier identification.

The  Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) says more than 70 per cent of airline accidents are survivable. But how many lives are saved by using the brace position? Well CASA cited an incident where a plane carrying 16 passengers crashed. While the rest slept or were reading, one passenger woke up and saw the plane was about to hit trees so he adopted the brace position. He was the only survivor. The absence of fatalities when US Airways Flight 1549 landed in the Hudson River has also been attributed to the position.

7 Skills You Will Need if You Are Managing Your Own Investment Property

The purpose of this article is to assess whether or not you have the skills necessary to be a property manager or if you need to call in the professionals to handle the property management of your rental property.
Some new owners relish in the role of landlord and never have an issue with the DIY tasks it
requires, while others see their hope to save 5-8% on property management fees backfire on them considerably.

1) Market the property

Make sure you know what similar properties are renting for and consider going to other open homes to see what else is on offer in the area and to pick up some tips on how to show people around your property.

May 22, 2013

Twelve ways to get your child into daycare

THERE'S an alarming shortage of childcare places on offer. Is it hard to find a spot? Yes. Impossible? Not with these expert tips. 
 
1) Get on the list
Don't wait until your return-to-work date is looming. In fact, don't even wait until your 12-week scan. As soon as you have a due date, you can join the waiting list. Minor details on the paperwork such as the name and sex of your child can be added later. "It's about forward planning," says Ginie Udy, CEO of not-for-profit childcare organisation SDN. "Some people enrol their kids in school as soon as they're pregnant and you need to have the same attitude to childcare."

2) Front up

May 14, 2013

Government commits $294 million for the East West Link (Victoria)

The East West Link is a freeway standard road linking the Eastern Freeway at Hoddle Street with the Western Ring Road in Sunshine West. It extends over 18 kilometres and would be constructed using a combination of methods, including tunnels, bridging and surface road sections. Key connections include the Eastern Freeway, Tullamarine Freeway, Port of Melbourne and the Western Ring Road.

The Victorian Government yesterday announced that it would allocate $294 million towards the East
West Link project as part of the 2013-14 Budget.

May 9, 2013

Letter for my daughter later on...  By Dr Flanagan

Dear Cutie-Pie,

Recently, your mother and I were searching for an answer on Google. Halfway through entering the question, Google returned a list of the most popular searches in the world. Perched at the top of the list was 'How to keep him interested'.

It startled me. I scanned several of the countless articles about how to be sexy and sexual, when to bring him a beer versus a sandwich, and the ways to make him feel smart and superior.
And I got angry.

May 8, 2013

Save your blurred photos

Blurry images are universal in our life. 

There are many causes for the blur: camera shakes, defocussing, or the rapid movements of the object... Restoration of these defective images is therefore an interesting and important scientific problem. 


Here is a tool, SmartDeblur, with comprehensive features aiming to remove the blurs and recover the details.And it's free!



May 7, 2013

cash rate lowered by 25 basis points to 2.75 per cent, effective 8 May 2013


The global economy is likely to record growth a little below trend this year, before picking up next year.

Among the major regions, the United States continues on a path of moderate expansion and China's growth is running at a more sustainable, but still robust, pace.

Japan has announced significant new policy initiatives aimed at strengthening demand and ending deflation.

The euro area remains in recession. Commodity prices have moderated a little in recent months though they remain high by historical standards. 

Melbourne Fuel Price Chart

This is the place to find out the current fuel price around Melbourne.

The fuel price shown on the here is read every 60 minutes from the public web site of
Motormouth (http://www.motormouth.com.au) by SearchVIC Communications' automated spider.

May 6, 2013

Bicentennial Park, Scotch Parade, Chelsea

Bicentennial Park is an old favourite with many locals who know

The new play space with lots of whimsical and fun elements for all ages was completed in December, 2010. There are two big mound slides which are the centre piece of the play space. Pick your slide depending on how much excitement you want. Next to the slides is a Smurf village with a music hut, story hut and play hut complete with a mooing cow in the middle of the village.

A simple and fun programming language - Scratch

Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- and share your creations on the web.

As young people create and share Scratch projects, they learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.

Scratch is developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab, with financial support from the National Science Foundation, Microsoft, Intel Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Google, Iomega and MIT Media Lab research consortia.

See the Credits page for a list of people who worked together to create Scratch.

May 2, 2013

National Trust releases 50 outdoor activities every child must experience

Great list for me to share with my daughter...

ADVENTURER

1. Climb a tree
2. Roll down a really big hill
3. Camp out in the wild
4. Build a den
5. Skim a stone
6. Run around in the rain
7. Fly a kite
8. Catch a fish with a net
9. Eat an apple straight from a tree
10. Play conkers (a game played using the seeds of horse-chestnut trees)

DISCOVERER
11. Go on a really long bike ride
12. Make a trail with sticks