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Direct Trade Sino Aust

According to The Australia China Business Council, direct trade from Australia to China contributes 5.5 per cent to Australian GDP, amounting to $79,150 million, nearly 200,000 Australian jobs (or one in 58 Australian jobs) is sustained by direct export activities to China. ‪#‎ACBC‬

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What is going on with the Nation’s Capital?

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What’s going wrong with home building in the nation’s capital?
Figures this week that showed that building approvals hit new highs nationally but there is concern that in Canberra things are taking a turn for the worse. The Property Council of Australia says that in the ACT there was a drop of more than 25 per cent in trend terms in the number of approvals this January compared with 2014 levels. The Property Council’s ACT executive director Catherine Carter says that reforms are needed in order to reverse the weakness of the region: “The ACT is simply not benefitting from domestic and foreign investment at the moment and there is also a potential emerging issue around building approvals not converting to actual starts due to costs, delays and obstructive policy settings.”
While there is continued pressure on the government and regulators to curb foreign investment, Carter says that would be a bad thing for Canberra and surrounding areas: “We can’t afford to be discouraging foreign investment, which is needed to turning approvals into actual builds.” She says that building is a powerhouse of the economy and policy reforms are needed to avoid it being stunted.
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Mist or Smoke this is how a cat reacts. What do dogs do, I wonder?

This Is How Cats React During A Fire

HOW CATS REACT TO FIRE

Cat communication is the transfer of information by one or more cats that has an effect on the current or future behaviour of another animal, including humans. Cats use a range of communication modalities including visual, auditory, tactile, chemical and gustatory.

The communication modalities used by domestic cats have been affected by domestication.

Vocalizations

Cat vocalisations have been categorised according to a range of characteristics.

Schötz categorised vocalizations according to 3 mouth actions: (1) sounds produced with the mouth closed (murmurs), including the purr, the trill and the chirrup, (2) sounds produced with the mouth open and gradually closing, comprising a large variety of miaows with similar vowel patterns, and (3) sounds produced with the mouth held tensely open in the same position, often uttered in aggressive situations (growls, yowls, snarls, hisses, spits and shrieks).

Brown et al. categorised vocal responses of cats according to the behavioural context: (1) during separation of kittens from mother cats, (2) during food deprivation, (3) during pain, (4) prior to or during threat or attack behavior, as in disputes over territory or food, (5) during a painful or acutely stressful experience, as in routine prophylactic injections and (6) during kitten deprivation. Less commonly recorded calls from mature cats included purring, conspecific greeting calls or murmurs, extended vocal dialogues between cats in separate cages, “frustration” calls during training or extinction of conditioned responses.

Miller classified vocalisations into 5 categories according to the sound produced: the purr, chirr, call, meow and growl/snarl/hiss.

Purr

The purr is a continuous, soft, vibrating sound made in the throat by most species of felines. Domestic cat kittens can purr as early as two days of age. This tonal rumbling can characterize different personalities in domestic cats. Purring is often believed to indicate a positive emotional state, but cats sometimes purr when they are ill, tense, or experiencing traumatic or painful moments.

The mechanism of how cats purr is elusive. This is partly because cats do not have a unique anatomical feature that is clearly responsible for the vocalization. One hypothesis, supported by electromyographic studies, is that cats produce the purring noise by using the vocal folds and/or the muscles of the larynx to alternately dilate and constrict the glottis rapidly, causing air vibrations during inhalation and exhalation. Combined with the steady inhalation and exhalation as the cat breathes, a purring noise is produced with strong harmonics. Purring is sometimes accompanied by other sounds, though this varies between individuals. Some may only purr, while other cats include low level outbursts sometimes described as “lurps” or “yowps”.

Domestic cats purr at varying frequencies. One study reported that domestic cats purr at average frequencies of 21.98 Hz in the egressive phase and 23.24 Hz in the ingressive phase with an overall mean of 22.6 Hz. Further research on purring in four domestic cats found that the fundamental frequency varied between 20.94 and 27.21 Hz for the egressive phase and between 23.0 and 26.09 Hz for the ingressive phase. There was considerable variation between the four cats in the relative amplitude, duration and frequency between egressive and ingressive phases, although this variation generally occurred within the normal range.

One study on a single cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) showed it purred with an average frequency of 20.87 Hz (egressive phases) and 18.32 Hz (ingressive phases). A further study on four adult cheetahs found that mean frequencies were between 19.3 Hz and 20.5 Hz in ingressive phases, and between 21.9 Hz and 23.4 Hz in egressive phases. The egressive phases were longer than ingressive phases and moreover, the amplitude was greater in the egressive phases.

It was once believed that only the cats of the genus Felis could purr. However, felids of the genus Panthera (tigers, lions, jaguars and leopards) also produce sounds similar to purring, but only when exhaling. The subdivision of the Felidae into ‘purring cats’ on the one hand and ‘roaring cats ’ (i.e. non-purring) on the other, originally goes back to Owen (1834/1835) and was definitely introduced by Pocock (1916), based on a difference in hyoid anatomy. The ‘roaring cats’ (lion, Panthera leo; tiger, P. tigris; jaguar, P. onca; leopard, P. pardus) have an incompletely ossified hyoid, which according to this theory, enables them to roar but not to purr. On the other hand, the snow leopard (Uncia uncia), as the fifth felid species with an incompletely ossified hyoid, purrs (Hemmer, 1972). All remaining species of the family Felidae (‘purring cats’) have a completely ossified hyoid which enables them to purr but not to roar. However, Weissengruber et al. (2002) argued that the ability of a cat species to purr is not affected by the anatomy of its hyoid, i.e. whether it is fully ossified or has a ligamentous epihyoid, and that, based on a technical acoustic definition of roaring, the presence of this vocalization type depends on specific characteristics of the vocal folds and an elongated vocal tract, the latter rendered possible by an incompletely ossified hyoid.

Meow

The meow is one of the most widely known vocalizations of domestic kittens. It is a call apparently used to solicit attention from the mother.

Adult cats commonly vocalise with a “meow” (or “miaow”) sound, which is onomatopoeic. The meow can be assertive, plaintive, friendly, bold, welcoming, attention soliciting, demanding, or complaining. It can even be silent, where the cat opens its mouth but does not vocalize. Adult cats do not usually meow to each other and so meowing to human beings is likely to be an extension of the use by kittens.

Language differences

Different languages have correspondingly different words for the “meow” sound, including miau (Belarusian, Croatian, Hungarian, Dutch, Finnish, Lithuanian, Malay, German, Polish, Russian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish and Ukrainian), mnau (Czech), meong (Indonesian), niau (Ukrainian), niaou (?????, Greek), miaou (French), nya (??, Japanese), miao (?, Mandarin Chinese, Italian), miav/miao or mjav/mjau (Danish, Swedish and Norwegian), mjá (Icelandic), ya-ong (??, Korean), ????? / Miya?un_ (Urdu) and meo-meo (Vietnamese). In some languages (such as Chinese ?, mao), the vocalization became the name of the animal itself.

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Who Free Trade Agreements Benefit

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Currently, the Obama Administration is in the process of negotiating two large scale so-called “Free Trade” Agreements. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) seeks to include the United States and European Union in a free trade zone akin to NAFTA and some of the more recent trade agreements with South Korea and Latin American countries. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) seeks to accomplish much the same among the US, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. Provision would be made to add Japan, the Philippines, Thailand, South Korea and other Pacific Rim countries later on.

The documents are extremely complex and lengthy. Negotiations are kept largely secret, and include input designed to consolidate financial, economic and political power in the hands of a relatively few large corporations. Local and national regulatory powers of governments that restrict corporate power regarding environmental and consumer safety, as…

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“If negative gearing is benefiting some people who are rich, then increase their taxes.”

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Soheil Abedian, founder of Gold Coast-based developer Sunland Group, has called on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to hike the company tax rate to 45 per cent and tax those earning above $1 million as highly as 75 per cent of their income. Abedian is the chairman of Sunland, which recently increased profit guidance for 2014-15 from $20 million to $28 million.

“I am one of the rich guys in Queensland; take it [tax] from me,” he told Fairfax Media. Abedian said he believes Australians earning under $50,000 should pay no personal tax, and the rate from there should progressively go up. He said it was not the percentage of tax that mattered, but rather, how much income a person was left with once they paid tax.

Abedian said that instead of scrapping negative gearing, the government should just increase taxes. “If negative gearing is benefiting some people who are rich, then increase their taxes,” he said. “If it’s increasing the profitability of the development industry, then increase the corporate tax rate. I would never advocate for industry to be destroyed. We took concessions off the textile industry. We took concessions off the car industry. Every single industry where we take concessions out we destroy the industry. Concessions are important for job creation.”

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Housing Goals are Changing….

Most of us would be familiar with the categorization of generations – where people are classified based on when they are born.

This is widely used in popular culture, where sociologists and consumer research organisations look to categorise and predict our likely social, financial and economic behaviours based on when we were born and in relation to how the world has changed around us.Happy Young Couple Moving House

Generation categories typically comprise of:

  • The Lost Generation – born 1883-1900
  • The Greatest Generation – born 1901-1924
  • The Silent Generation – born 1925-1942
  • Baby Boomers – born 1943 to the early 1960’s
  • Generation X – born early 1960’s to early 1980’s
  • Generation Y – born early 1980’s to the 2000’s
  • Generation Z – born around and after 2005

However, a new type of classification has made its way to our shores from overseas – and it has nothing to do with our birth date.

Instead, it is about whether we can afford to buy residential property as an owner occupier.

Those who cannot afford to do so, or those who choose not to, are aggregated into what is widely being regarded as Australia’s growing number of Generation Rent.

HOUSING GOALS ARE CHANGING

It is no secret that first time buyers continue to get priced out of the market, and that is it getting harder and harder to get onto the property ladder as an owner-occupier.

bigger housesThere are many reasons for this, including lack of affordability, accelerated house price growth, lack of desired supply and being unable to bridge the deposit gap.

In fact, research by Swinburne’s AHURI Research Centre indicates that around 4.5 million Australians now rent their homes, and renters range in demographic – singles, couples, families, the young and the old, so it pretty much affects everyone, everywhere.

This figure is almost double to the number of renters in 1981, when the Baby Boomer’s started to enter the market.

The significance of this is what appears to be a noticeable shift in housing tenure behaviours. That is, more and more of us are renting because it’s too expensive to buy.

For instance, Swinburne’s research shows that around 600,000 of the 1.8 million in private rental accommodation have been renting for more than 10 years.

That’s a long period of time to rent and may reflect, in part, the difficulty of trying to save a deposit while paying rent and meeting everyday living costs.

Furthermore, a survey of prospective first home buyers released by finder.com.au last December revealed that 1 in 3 people surveyed had chosen to rent rather than buy, despite record low interest rates.

This represented a significant increase from the 1 in 10 reported in the previous survey and is a possible indicator of changes in housing aspirations.

RENTING IS NOT NECESSARILY A DIRTY WORD

houseThe harsh reality is, there is and will be a generation of Australians who will be permanent renters (by necessity or design), or they will buy their first home much later in life – certainly later than the Baby Boomers did.

However, this is not necessarily all doom and gloom.

Yes, it is highly disappointing that many people simply cannot afford to buy their own home (the Federal and State governments need to fix this), but there are some benefits to renting that may help alleviate the disappointment of delaying home ownership, or not being able to become a home owner.

Specific benefits include:

NO MORTGAGE DEBT

One of the biggest barriers and turn-offs is the need for many borrowers, especially first time buyers, to borrow at or beyond their comfort levels.

Apart from signing a lease and paying a bond, there is no long term financial commitment.

AFFORDABILITY

More often than not, it is cheaper to rent than buy – with buying including saving a deposit, paying legal fees and stamp duty, and of course paying ongoing mortgage payments.

With this removed, there’s less stress on finances, and with less net income devoted to housing costs there’s more money left over to spend, save or invest.

GREATER FLEXIBILITY

Buying means committing to an area for a minimum period of time, usually 5 to 7 years if you are looking for capital growth.

If you sell early, you may end up being worse off if prices don’t move and you take into account your purchase and selling costs.

On the other hand, it is much easier for renters to move due to career changes, to get a better home or location, and to perhaps even get cheaper rent.

You can also move into areas you can’t afford to buy into – like inner city areas or other popular suburbs.

Less Risk

Home owners are exposed to financial risks like interest rate hikes, negative equity, repossession, capital loss, default and adverse credit reporting.

As a renter, the most you’re likely to lose is your bond, although you must ensure you make your rent payments on time each month as this is something future landlords will be looking for.

NO MAINTENANCE COSTS

When you are renting, repairs and maintenance is your landlord’s responsibility.

Landlords are also responsible for council rates and taxes, and building insurance.

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As a renter, you are required to pay your rent and other utilities like water, gas, electricity and telephone, as well as insurance if you want to cover your own belongings.

So despite what you might read in the press, it’s not all bad news when it comes to renting.

It might not be everybody’s end goal, but there are positives that come from being a renter – the main one being able to afford to put a roof over your head.

However, to make renting more appealing and more equitable form a social perspective, and to help alleviate some of the downsides of renting, the laws protecting tenants could do with a bit of tightening up.

This is especially so around things like lease terms, the ability for tenants to make minor alterations, keeping pets and the issue of eviction notices.

In other words, addressing these problem areas would help provide tenants with better lease tenures and encourage them (or better still, require them), to take as much care of their rented property is if it was their own.

That way, everybody wins.

Article by Peter Boehm is the Consulting Finance Editor with onthehouse.com.au which offers a unique information source on virtually every property in Australia and provides data on a property’s sold and rental history as well as current property valuations

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Here are 8 ways to spot emotional manipulation and how to protect yourself from it:

1. There is no use in trying to be honest with an emotional manipulator. You make a statement and it will be turned around. Example: I am really angry that you forgot my birthday. Response – “It makes me feel sad that you would think I would forget your birthday, I should have told you of the great personal stress I am facing at the moment – but you see I didn’t want to trouble you. You are right I should have put all this pain (don’t be surprised to see real tears at this point) aside and focused on your birthday. Sorry.” Even as you are hearing the words you get the creeped out sensation that they really do NOT mean they are sorry at all – but since they’ve said the words you’re pretty much left with nothing more to say. Either that or you suddenly find yourself babysitting their angst!! Under all circumstances if you feel this angle is being played – don’t capitulate! Do not care take – do not accept an apology that feels like bullshit. If it feels like bullshit – it probably is. Rule number one – if dealing with an emotional blackmailer TRUST your gut. TRUST your senses. Once an emotional manipulator finds a successful maneuver – it’s added to their hit list and you’ll be fed a steady diet of this shit.

2. An emotional manipulator is the picture of a willing helper. If you ask them to do something they will almost always agree – that is IF they didn’t volunteer to do it first. Then when you say, “ok thanks” – they make a bunch of heavy sighs, or other non verbal signs that let you know they don’t really want to do whatever said thing happens to be. When you tell them it doesn’t seem like they want to do whatever – they will turn it around and try to make it seem like OF COURSE they wanted to and how unreasonable you are. This is a form of crazy making – which is something emotional manipulators are very good at. Rule number two – If an emotional manipulator said YES – make them accountable for it. Do NOT buy into the sighs and subtleties – if they don’t want to do it – make them tell you it up front – or just put on the walk-man headphones and run a bath and leave them to their theater.

3. Crazy making – saying one thing and later assuring you they did not say it.If you find yourself in a relationship where you figure you should start keeping a log of what’s been said because you are beginning to question your own sanity –You are experiencing emotional manipulation. An emotional manipulator is an expert in turning things around, rationalizing, justifying and explaining things away. They can lie so smoothly that you can sit looking at black and they’ll call it white – and argue so persuasively that you begin to doubt your very senses. Over a period of time this is so insidious and eroding it can literally alter your sense of reality. WARNING: Emotional Manipulation is VERY Dangerous! It is very disconcerting for an emotional manipulator if you begin carrying a pad of paper and a pen and making notations during conversations. Feel free to let them know you just are feeling so “forgetful” these days that you want to record their words for posterity’s sake. The damndest thing about this is that having to do such a thing is a clear example for why you should be seriously thinking about removing yourself from range in the first place. If you’re toting a notebook to safeguard yourself – that ol’ bullshit meter should be flashing steady by now!

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4. Guilt. Emotional manipulators are excellent guilt mongers. They can make you feel guilty for speaking up or not speaking up, for being emotional or not being emotional enough, for giving and caring, or for not giving and caring enough. Any thing is fair game and open to guilt with an emotional manipulator. Emotional manipulators seldom express their needs or desires openly – they get what they want through emotional manipulation. Guilt is not the only form of this but it is a potent one. Most of us are pretty conditioned to do whatever is necessary to reduce our feelings of guilt. Another powerful emotion that is used is sympathy. An emotional manipulator is a great victim. They inspire a profound sense of needing to support, care for and nurture. Emotional Manipulators seldom fight their own fights or do their own dirty work. The crazy thing is that when you do it for them (which they will never ask directly for), they may just turn around and say they certainly didn’t want or expect you to do anything! Try to make a point of not fighting other people’s battles, or doing their dirty work for them. A great line is “I have every confidence in your ability to work this out on your own” – check out the response and note the bullshit meter once again.

5. Emotional manipulators fight dirty. They don’t deal with things directly. They will talk around behind your back and eventually put others in the position of telling you what they would not say themselves. They are passive aggressive, meaning they find subtle ways of letting you know they are not happy little campers. They’ll tell you what they think you want to hear and then do a bunch of jerk off shit to undermine it. Example: “Of course I want you to go back to school honey and you know I’ll support you.” Then exam night you are sitting at the table and poker buddies show up, the kids are crying the t.v. blasting and the dog needs walking – all the while “Sweetie” is sitting on their ass looking at you blankly. Dare you call them on such behavior you are likely to hear, “well you can’t expect life to just stop because you have an exam can you honey?” Cry, scream or choke ‘em – only the last will have any long-term benefits and it’ll probably wind your butt in jail.

6. If you have a headache an emotional manipulator will have a brain tumor! No matter what your situation is the emotional manipulator has probably been there or is there now – but only ten times worse. It’s hard after a period of time to feel emotionally connected to an emotional manipulator because they have a way of de-railing conversations and putting the spotlight back on themselves. If you call them on this behavior they will likely become deeply wounded or very petulant and call you selfish – or claim that it is you who are always in the spotlight. The thing is that even tho you know this is not the case you are left with the impossible task of proving it. Don’t bother – TRUST your gut and walk away!

7. Emotional manipulators somehow have the ability to impact the emotional climate of those around them. When an emotional manipulator is sad or angry the very room thrums with it – it brings a deep instinctual response to find someway to equalize the emotional climate and the quickest route is by making the emotional manipulator feel better – fixing whatever is broken for them. Stick with this type of loser for too long and you will be so enmeshed and co-dependent you will forget you even have needs – let alone that you have just as much right to have your needs met.

8. Emotional manipulators have no sense of accountability. They take no responsibility for themselves or their behavior – it is always about what everyone else has “done to them”. One of the easiest ways to spot an emotional manipulator is that they often attempt to establish intimacy through the early sharing of deeply personal information that is generally of the “hook-you-in-and-make-you-sorry-for-me” variety. Initially you may perceive this type of person as very sensitive, emotionally open and maybe a little vulnerable. Believe me when I say that an emotional manipulator is about as vulnerable as a rabid pit bull, and there will always be a problem or a crisis to overcome.

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