Have Cane Will Travel – Disabled Travel in Australia

Award-winning comedy writer, Ian Heydon (Kingswood Country, How Green Was My Cactus, The Samuel Pepys Show, The Year My Country Broke) recently took out an unexpected award – for writing about travelling with a disability.

In 2010 Ian was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. That led to the question – what does a writer who has a disability and who loves to travel write about? The answer was pretty obvious. Because Ian uses a cane for mobility assistance, he built a website called Cane & Able Travel and that site won the inaugural Business disAbility Award for Business Innovation in 2012.

Back in 2003, Ian had a travel book on Australia published called The Small Guide to A Big Country (Explore) and he subsequently bought a travel agent’s licence (Small Guide Travel). Much of Ian’s research for that book is still valid. As Ian says, “They haven’t moved the Sydney Opera House or most of Australia’s main attractions, so all I really needed to do was update where necessary and add the accessibility and disability facility information. It’s a bonus that the Small Guide Travel consultants can assist with itinerary advice and bookings.”

When Ian travels these days he uses both a cane and a wheelchair for getting around. “Before my diagnosis with MS I guess I felt a bit of pity when I saw other people in wheelchairs. I didn’t realise that wheelchairs give a person with a disability so much freedom. Mine allows me to get around much better at airports, especially when the boarding gate can be a fair distance from check-in, and it makes art galleries, museums and theatre so much more accessible and enjoyable.”

Ian first took his wheelchair on a trip to Dubai, London and Paris in 2012. While there are websites with attractions and disability information for those destinations in the pipeline, Ian’s first priority is writing about Australia. In late 2012 he visited Cairns and road-tested attractions like Skyrail and Quicksilver’s Great Barrier Reef as well as disabled-friendly accommodation. From this came the destination specific website, Cairns Disabled Travel.

The next cab of the rank was Canberra. According to Ian, Canberra is arguably Australia’s most rewarding destination for travellers with a disability. “There are flights from all other major cities and centres, they have an excellent public transport and wheelchair-assisted taxi system and all the major attractions are accessible, with many of them free. There’s excellent accommodation, terrific restaurants and bars and so much to see and do. It really is a fabulous tourist destination. Sure, after a couple of weeks there might be some thumb twiddling but for a few days away it is fabulous.” Ian visited Canberra in 2011 and 2013 to research accessible accommodation and attractions and the Canberra Disabled Travel website is now live.

Ian has a multi-destination itinerary on the drawing board for all Australian capital cities and major regional centres so you could see him soon in your part of the country. But the Kingswood? No, he won’t be taking the Kingswood!

Can I really save fuel with a Truck Wheel Alignment?

Most heavy vehicle owners in the transport industry are asking themselves – How can I save money on my running costs? How can I save on fuel consumption? Will a truck wheel alignment help?

Research & studies conducted around the world show that around 80 percent of medium to heavy vehicles are incorrectly aligned, or have a mis-alignment. If your truck, trailer or bus has incorrectly aligned wheels & axles, you have what we call increased rolling resistance when travelling on the road. This means the engine is working harder than required to push the truck along the road, and the end result is an increase in fuel consumption. Given that fuel can account for up to 50% of the operating costs of a truck or fleet, smart operators must explore all avenues to reduce fuel consumption.
Generally speaking, correcting even slight alignment issues have been shown to result in a saving of 3 – 10 percent on fuel.

3% doesn’t sound too significant does it? Lets take a closer look – One truck runs Brisbane to Sydney (return) 3 times a week (6,000 kms). That’s 312,000 kms a year. Fuel consumption average is 1.85 litres/km. That’s 577,200 litres, current local prices are around $1.49 per litre. Fuel cost for the year – $860,028.00. If you reduced fuel consumption by 3%, you would save $25,800.84!!
Your scenario may be different, but you can see that small changes can make a big difference to the bottom line of your business. There are other areas where you can save on running costs, which will be covered in another article.

If you own one truck or one hundred, and you are not having a regular truck wheel alignment performed as part of your maintenance schedule, you really need to contact your local truck wheel alignment specialist for a chat.

Truckologist is a mobile truck wheel alignment business based in Brisbane, Australia.

Moodle Learning Management System Overview

moodle-lmsMoodle is the world’s most popular learning management system. Moodle is flexible and scaleable software designed to help educators create interactive and collaborative online learning experiences. Moodle originated in Australia around a decade ago and has since been internationalised in more than 200 countries and 100 languages. The official community site has more than a million registered users.

There are many ways in which Moodle can be capably used. These include
the delivery of online courses, staff compliance, continuing professional development, workplace assessment and induction training. Being open source software, there is a great deal of community support toward the development of third-party plugins to extend Moodle’s core functionality.

Moodle is free to use without licensing costs, however, it does take some level of technical expertise to install, configure and secure the software on a web server. Once deployed, it can be easily managed by a qualified system administrator.

Moodle’s key administrative functions include the ability to control authentication, perform bulk user actions, manage accounts, assign roles and permissions, change site appearance, automate course backups and generate various reports. Moodle enables integration with external systems, e-commerce plugins and SCORM compliance. Moodle is proactive in terms of data security and information privacy of its users, hence, patches are released on a periodic basis and there are global settings that can be configured by the system administrator.

Course creators can add online activities and resources intended for their students. Moodle’s standard activities include assignment, blog, forum, chat, messaging, quiz and wiki. The learning sequence may be totally non-linear or controlled so learners engage with online course objects in a predetermined fashion. User activity and course completion tracking are monitored, moreover, assessment grades and feedback can be reported in real-time via the internet.

Moodle enables online content to be shared in various ways. Course participants can quickly upload existing files from their device, disk, or network. Using Moodle repositories, it is possible to import content and media from Cloud-based services such as Google Docs, YouTube, Flickr, Boxnet and Dropbox. On the same token, content can be export from Moodle to third-party services.

Assess, track and report on your learners via the web. Get started now and learn more today about Moodle Sydney, Moodle Brisbane and Moodle Melbourne providers.

 

Reflections on Life

Life – what is life! Life can be described in many ways and has many facets and interpretations. It presents us with an ongoing stream of experiences of situations, events and interactions of all kinds with other people and our environment.

It is creation in its magnificent splendour – the original bringing into existence of the universe by God.

For humans it is a journey encompassing all the seasons, colour and streams of life’s experiences.

The miracle of new life in any form of creation brings wonder and amazement as we become aware of the intrinsic formation of such an unexplainable divine plan.

For humans there are many rituals and traditions that help celebrate the different seasons and significant moments in life.

A welcoming of a new child might entail a ritual of a Christening or Blessing in the Christian tradition or perhaps a Naming Ceremony for those less religious. In other cultures and belief systems children are welcomed in a variety of ways but none-the-less mostly it is found to be a joyful celebration of the miracle of new birth.

Life can sometimes be brief – the miracle taken back from where it began just as life is beginning – the mystery of why these sad experiences happen not to be explained.

Life changes for humans as the body grows and life is experienced in new ways. Learning takes place as the brain develops and intelligence is gained and used for the betterment of human kind.

At times the human body suffers from physical limitations this being a challenge as strength of spirit and courage come to the fore.

During the seasons of life ritual is shown to be important such as times of celebration when a person reaches the age of eighteen – a time of maturity and starting out as an adult on life’s journey.

Permanency of relationships can be celebrated by the ritual of Marriage as people start a new chapter along the journey called life.

The miracle of new life can emerge again in this relationship of Marriage as a new life is created and welcomed to the world.

As the continuing seasons and cycles of life are observed, life can represent colour as of a rainbow in these seasons of new beginnings, celebrations, changes and endings.

Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet – colours of the rainbow – how symbolic of life’s journey as the rainbow is composed of the entire spectrum of colour from the shortest wavelength violet to the longest wavelength red.

A closing ritual now takes place as the body has accomplished its purpose and the ending of life as humans know it is honoured and the life celebrated as the spirit travels back to the Divine from whence it came.

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This article supplied by Sandra Hill, Brisbane Wedding Celebrant. For more information about Sandra Hill, weddings, renewal of vows and naming ceremonies in Brisbane, please contact Sandra today.

Social Media for Brisbane Businesses Explained

Online social media has absolutely altered not only the way we interact, but more importantly the way that a customer will fundamentally interact with business.

With more than 900 million users worldwide, Facebook on its own is a gigantic marketing body, with many others like Youtube, Twitter, Google Plus and Linkedin. Although there is a lot of media hype and hysteria, social media sites have -in the most basic sense- altered the way that all kinds of company that has a public presence will operate, and are now as necessary to businesses as an email address and a web-site.

But with all the obvious differences that social media has made to marketing, it is essential to hold a realistic perspective of its capabilities and results.

Unfortunately, with any kind of new marketing bandwagon comes innumerable shonky or inexperienced firms and “social media experts” who focus on new businesses by over-hyping the potential but under-delivering.

Millions of dollars and countless hours are wasted on useless social media ventures every day. But the key to remember is that social media is not magic. Without good marketing and business basics behind you, a social media presence can only fail and -depressingly- be a waste of time and money.

Despite hyping the illusion of “free” advertising with its lack of start-up and/or hosting fees, social media must have a continual presence, site maintenance and fresh content to show good results, which means valuable time spent on it that many businesses simply can’t spare. That’s why Social Media Brisbane offers to do all the work for you, while allowing for approval and oversight by their clients.

Examples of how businesses often go wrong with social media include:

• Bad Content
Uninteresting or stolen items, outdated advice, and embarrassing attempts to be groovy are all too common regarding content published online. People who do business on the internet are perceptive, and can recognise deviousness and condescension from miles.

• Impatience
Developing a good online social network takes time and perseverance. A successful network won’t just spring up in a day, you need time and content in order to grow. A business may create a social media profile, watch the results for a short period of time and then quit with annoyance when they don’t get the results they expected.
This also ties into:

• Consistency
Spacing out your content on a regular basis across numerous platforms is a lot better than using all of your content up at once or especially not updating at all. Nobody likes a spammer, but with the overload of information that we receive every day, if there isn’t a steady reminder of your brand’s presence you will very quickly be forgotten. Even only a fortnightly update will see results regarding maintaining and developing relationships with customers.

The team here at Social Media Brisbane comprehend exactly how social media operates, and treat it as a part of your marketing strategy rather than the only important thing.

We also integrate revolutionary Search Engine Optimization procedures into our work, something that no other social media group does.

Choosing consultants that value gimmicks instead of content and that throw around buzzwords like “viral” or “Web 2.0” instead of giving strategy and goals can only end up as an exercise in frustration.

If you are looking for a social media consultancy based in Brisbane, contact the Brisbane SEO Company today on 3166 9622.