Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Australian model Robyn Lawley strips to protest

Popular Australian model Robyn Lawley has stripped down to protest against the federal government’s approval of a coalmine project off the Queensland coast.

The 25-year-old model, who rose to fame after appearing on the cover of both Vogue Italia and Vogue Australia’s first plus-size issues in 2011, posted a semi-naked photo of herself on Instagram with the words ''Stop Coal Mining'' scrawled across her stomach with red lipstick.

''Coal is soon going to be a dead commodity only bought buy [sic] irresponsible countries who do not care about climate change and the damage on the world. I’m shocked and feel powerless so I decided to get people to read this one way or another, we have to stop them.....before its [sic] too late,'' she wrote to her 65,900 followers.
Robyn Lawley's political post has received more than 1600 likes on Instagram.

Robyn Lawley's political post has received more than 1600 likes on Instagram. Photo: Robyn Lawley/Instagram

Lawley, who is now based in New York, was speaking out about the Carmichael coalmine project which Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt approved on Monday, two months after Queensland’s Campbell Newman-led government signed off on the environmental approvals.

''Heres [sic] some more facts about this particular mine 28 thousand hectares big, taking over 20 thousand hectares of native bushland 4 x fossil fuel emissions than the country of New Zealand 12 billion liters [sic] of water per year with the coalmine to have a lifespan of 90 years the extinction of the black throated finch for a mine owned by Adani – instead of joining countries such as Germany and introducing more renewable energy to protect our great land for us and future generations, we continue to go backwards,'' she wrote.

The lingerie model and swimwear designer is a passionate advocate for the environment, regularly posting and sharing links from Greens and ALP senators with her 59,000 fans on her public Facebook page.

The Carmichael coal deposit in the Galilee Basin will be developed by Indian utility company Adani. It is planned to be a 60-million-tonne-a-year steaming coalmine, making it one of the largest mines in the world. 

The government has imposed 36 strict conditions on the project near Clermont and its subsequent 300 kilometre rail network, which will connect the mine to the Abbot Point coal port, near the Great Barrier Reef.

The mine, which will have a 60-year lifespan, is expected to create more than 3900 jobs and have an annual resource value of $5 billion, despite the falling prices of coal over the past three years.

''The absolute strictest of conditions have been imposed to ensure the protection of the environment, with a specific focus on the protection of groundwater,'' Mr Hunt said in a statement.

''I am pleased that we have been able to apply some of the strictest environment conditions in Australian history as part of this decision.''

Lawley is not the first Australian model to use her body as a placard for political purposes. At the 2013 Met Gala event held at the Costume Institute in New York, Abbey Lee Kershaw, who is set to star in the new Mad Max film, was photographed lifting up her custom-made Rag & Bone dress to show off the words ''Gun Control'' written on her torso in black ink.

13 Tips for Finding a Graphic Designer

Are you ready to hire someone to design your logo, collaterals, or artwork for your website? Well, here's just the information you need to get the best results from hiring your first (or your first successful) graphic designer.

To assure that we begin on the same page, a graphic designer designs your marketing materials - the print- and web-ready art which are then turned over to a printer or coded for the web for the final outcome. Some of their vocabulary can be foreign to you, and their processes may not be familiar either. We'll address that and more with these tactics.

This advice gives you the essentials for hiring the right person for this critical project. The more qualified the designer, and the better the match between you and your designer will lead to more appealing final designs. the more professional you and your business will look.

1. Look at their work samples. Many designers offer a portfolio of samples either on their website, by email as a PDF, or in a hard-copy format. When you review these, look for a general design style that you like, not necessarily whether they have lots of experience within your particular industry. In fact, deep experience within an industry isn't necessarily the best thing when you want a designer to put a fresh visual spin on your business and your issues.

2. Make sure they've actually done the work in their portfolio. This is especially true if you're reviewing design companies or firms. Make sure that the designers who are still on staff created the work that you really admire.

Where this can come into play with solo designers is if the portfolio isn't clear about their involvement in the development of all the design elements. For example, if they're showing a brochure design or a website in their portfolio, but you love the logo; make sure that they created the logo before hiring them.

And, ask what the client's involvement in the design of that logo is-if the client came to the designer with a sketch of the logo already created, then the logo may not be reproducible by the designer or firm alone.

3. Talk to the designer. Having an actual conversation with them can really help for two reasons:

To make sure you can communicate well with each other. If you each have very similar styles of communication, levels of energy, or enthusiasm about the project, then the project will most likely run very smoothly (or has a great potential for success). Also, make sure that you each understand what the other is saying-having similar definitions for concepts is amazingly helpful. When you don't understand something, ask questions! To see if the two of you "gel" together. You'll be working closely, so make sure that you get along! If you don't like their personalities or vice-versa, then the relationship will most likely become strained and difficult. 4. Review their skills. This becomes especially important if you're hiring a web designer-make sure the designer is qualified to provide you with all the technical components you'll need. For example, web coding, forms coding, HTML newsletter integration and Search Engine Optimization are all somewhat technical fields that not all designers can deliver. Make sure you'll be able to get what you need.

5. Check their references. If you really like a particular project in their portfolio, see if you can get that client's contact information. But, if the designer can't release it, that's not necessarily the worst sign-maybe the client prefers that their contact information be kept private. Or they've moved, and haven't told the designer how to get in touch with them. Be open to reasons why they may not be able to furnish a particular reference.

6. Learn about their processes. Find out how they plan to execute on the work that you'd like to have done. Ask what the designer needs you to do, what you'll be asked to review and approve, how decisions are made, and how they're made final. Make sure your designer is able to guide you through the design process, providing all the information you'll need along the way.

7. Check their turn-around time for replying to emails, sending quotes, and returning calls. Make sure that it's in line with the turn-around time that you expect throughout the project. Turn-around time here can also indicate the designer's level of excitement about your project. However, if it's a bit slow, make sure they weren't just out of their office at meetings for the day, or tied up in another deadline-understand that they're a small business as well, and the fact that they're busy is probably a sign of how effective they are for their clients!

8. Review the rights that they're selling to you. Make sure that you have the copyright and reproduction rights that you want. Think as far into the future as possible-you want to make sure that you'll have what you need as your business grows. You don't want to have to come back to your designer and re-negotiate your rights in a few years!

9. You may be tempted to ask for some sample designs for your specific project. This is known as work on "spec" (speculation) -having a designer do work without a guarantee of getting the project. While designers can understand your fears-what if you don't like the logo we develop, what if we don't "get" what you want, what if...

Asking a designer to work on spec isn't very fair. The first round of designs on any project is the most time-consuming to create-it often consists of researching your company and your competitors, brainstorming on the creative side, and generating first ideas. You wouldn't ask a doctor to diagnose you before paying for his time, and then offer to pay him if you like the diagnosis-it's no more fair to do so with a designer.

10. Make sure that you'll get the deliverables you expect. Some designers don't plan to include final files in their deliverables to you-if you want to have the original files delivered to you along with printed collateral or the final files uploaded to your web server, make sure the designer knows that up-front. It may change the pricing.

If you want to be able to edit the final files, make sure that the designer can deliver the files to you in a way that you can edit them. Realize that, depending on the software that you have, this may either limit the design or be impossible, but you probably won't get the files in the specific format you want unless you ask!

And, if you envision having your final files in a particular format-such as having your letterhead in Microsoft Word-be sure to ask for that. Many designers don't consider Word files to be part of a standard set of deliverables.

11. Have a realistic schedule and check the designer's turnaround time. Allocate enough time for your project to be completed-rush jobs never turn out to be as good as they could be if enough time were allotted. An average logo project takes weeks, not days!

Also, be sure that they have time available in their schedule to complete your project on your timeline. Check for upcoming vacations, and whether they work evenings and weekends if your timeline calls for that.

12. Make sure that you're both clear about revisions. Many designers include a set number of revisions in their project packages. Make sure that you understand what constitutes a revision, how many you'll get and what happens once they're all used up.

13. Get it in writing. A contract can help to lay out expectations for the project on both your end and the designer's. Once you have a contract from your designer, make sure to read it carefully-it will often state exactly what you're going to get out of the project, how you're expected to pay for designs, what you're paying for, and how to get out of the contract (in case you have to cancel the project for any reason). And, if it doesn't make things clear, ask the designer to elaborate for you.

Following these steps gives you all of the background information you need for optimum results when hiring a designer. Use them as a reference when you review designer's websites, meet with, or interview your potential designer. Understanding the process and expected outcome does wonders for a smooth transition from ideas to reality.

How to Manage Your Graphic Designer to Get Great Design for Your Nonprofit

Nothing is as compelling as managing the design, of a printed piece or web look for your organization, service or campaign. It's easy to get swept away envisioning the impact it will have on your target audiences. And the creative adventure of bringing that piece, or web design, to life, is usually a welcome change from strategic and administrative work.

However, the excitement often fades when you dive into the process of finding, hiring, and managing a designer or design team. Let's be honest. It's challenging to manage a designer's creativity into a design take that meets your organization's needs can be challenging. You definitely want to give the designer the opportunity to channel her creative genius into something powerful. On the other hand, you want to ensure that she translates your marketing concept into something that speaks to your audiences and motivates advocacy, donations, registration, inquiries, or whatever call to action you need.

I've run up against this challenge time and again, first as an in-house marketing director in several publishing houses, and at the Foundation Center, and most recently as the marketing firm point person for nonprofit and foundation clients. Over the years, I've devised a few strategies that ensure that the design process goes smoothly. And they really work.

I advise you to take these five steps. When you do, you'll generate the design results that make the greatest impact for your organization:

Step One: Take your time to find the RIGHT designer.

NOTE: Take this step immediately, not when you're in desperate need of a designer.

I have, over the years, developed a stable of about seven good designers. They are all the RIGHT designer, but not one of them is the right designer for every single design project.

The question is how do you find your stable of RIGHT designers? You're likely to need relationships with three or four designers. The number depends on the volume of design work, the range of looks you're trying to achieve, and the diversity of materials and online projects to be designed. My situation is unique. Because I work with many clients with diverse needs, I require more of a range of design skills and price points than would any single nonprofit or foundation.

Here's how to find your designers:

Step Two: Gather favorite design samples Keep a folder of favorites, printed materials you identify as good design in the same range as your organization's image or the image you want to establish. Bookmark website designs in the same way.

Make sure that some of your picks are produced by nonprofits and foundations.

Step Three: Compile your list of prospective designers Contact communications colleagues (make sure you like their design sensibility first, judging by their products) and ask for designer recommendations. Get basic information on pricing, work style, and client base.

Contact the communications director at those organizations who produced the print materials or websites you've tagged. Start by contacting the folks at organizations closest to yours in focus and/or budget. It's most likely, but not a definite, that their designers are the best fit.

Step Four: Hone your list to the top three or four by interviewing ten to twelve designers Contact the top ten to twelve before you have a design project ready to go. At that point, you won't want to waste a minute in getting design estimates in.

Here are some of the questions I ask prospective designers:

    How long have you been designing? With this firm/working freelance?
    Have you worked with nonprofit organizations? If so, who are some of your clients? How did you get into design work for nonprofits?
    Do you design for print and online media?
    Could you show me a few samples of what you consider to be your strongest design projects? What is the average size (dollar-wise) of your design projects?
    Take me through the design process for a brochure? How about an annual report?
    Do you have references I can call?
    Will you personally be designing our work, and be my point person? (for non-solo designers)
    These are the quirks you'll face in designing for our nonprofit (explain any, from the Executive Director thinking she's a designer--and putting her stamp on every piece--to a boss who always changes his mind completely on what a piece should feature when he sees a design concept)
    While reviewing past work is a very important consideration, be sure you also spend some time talking to their clients to find out more about their design process, working styles, and the results of the project.

Step Five: Write a creative brief the moment you get a whiff of a pending design job A creative brief is the most effective way to get everyone (your colleagues and the design team) started with a common understanding of what needs to be accomplished. An effective creative brief gives the designer direction and provides your team with benchmarks against which to evaluate design concepts. Spending the time to complete a thorough creative brief will save you a lot of time up front, and ensure that you get the design product you envisioned. In two pages at most, your brief should:

    Define the project and its objectives
    List, characterize and prioritize audiences
    Present Unique Selling Proposition(USP), one sentence about what makes the organization, program or service unique
    List top features and/or facts about the program, service or organization, and its value to audiences
    Detail tone or image
    Specify budget and time frame
    Outline internal review and approval process

These five steps will lead you to strong relationships with the right designers. As a result, I guarantee that your print and online design work will be more effective than ever in engaging and spurring recognition from your target audiences.

Start right now by diving into the stacks in your office. It's likely that, when you do, you'll find some great design samples that will lead you to more effective (and maybe even less expensive) graphic design for your organization.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Online Cash Advances: Money Options When Credit Worthiness Limits Others
Are you living in a cashless society? If your wallet is filled with plastic and your bank account left with very little surplus money, chances are good that you are one in many who no longer live in a world where items are paid for in cash. Money management becomes a bit more challenging in a cash-less society. Many people who live paycheck to paycheck struggle with having enough in their bank accounts to cover all the payment demands. More often than not, these folks end up searching for some sort of extra line of cash. Credit cards and safe online cash advances are used depending on a person's credit worthiness.

With debt totals continuously increasing, it is not surprising the amount of people who are now credit challenged. This description is defined as a financial state in which obtaining new credit lines and/or handling credit balances is too much to handle. Many household budgets are crumbling in debt. Alternative money measures become an important go-to when credit cards are no longer available. The tough spot about these alternative money opportunities is that they tend to be pricier than credit cards as far as interest rates and often demand collateral to support potential insolvency.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Residential and business Roof Contractors

There ar several roofing contractors obtainable to the overall public. The exhausting half is in selecting the correct contractor that you just will trust to induce the duty done properly, and at a good worth. Considering the quantity of harm which will be caused by having a roof put in improperly, you ought to continuously ask for a longtime and intimate with contractor before sinking for somebody down the road that says he will provide you with the most effective worth.

Residential comes ar what individuals ar most accustomed to compared to business roofing practices. Most residences have a typical asphalt shingled roof. Shingles ar continuously budget friendly, last a awfully long-standing, and ar pretty sturdy through the weather. If you happen to measure in an exceedingly space that's systematically beat on naturally, your different choices embody metal roofing, and even a system that uses wood shingles. These 2 differing kinds generally value more cash than asphalt shingles, however they'll setback to inclemency way more systematically, and can last a far longer time. Your roofing contractor will assist you to settle on which kind of roofing system would be best for your home, looking on your required budget.

Commercial comes ar way more sophisticated and complex than residential roofs for varied reasons. one in all the highest reasons is that this style of roof must last longer. additional reason another excuse  they're therefore complex is as a result of they need to possess sure peaks that facilitate to empty water down more expeditiously considering the sheer size of the roof. chiefly utilized by roofing contractor with kind this kind of application may be a metal roof of some sort, or it will even be a concrete building that does not have any style of ancient roofing system that you just ar wont to seeing. Some business buildings, like offices, will still use a similar shingles a home would use. All of this simply depends on the dimensions of the building.

Roofing contractors may also facilitate individuals upset their insurance corporations if they're trying to exchange their existing roof thanks to storm harm. they will assess the roof so as to inform the house owner or business owner if the harm done to their roof was caused naturally. during this case, you'd simply have to be compelled to pay the deductible, and so you primarily get a free roof. notwithstanding your insurance does not offer you with paying for repairs, your sure roofing contractor will repair your existing roof at cut price costs, creating any roofing possibility more clearly you can visit St. Louis Metal Roofing as a guide

Personal Rapid City Lawyers corporations And Their Roles In Compensation Claims

The previous couple of decades have seen extraordinary changes in Law corporations in Ontario. Today, there's a zoom of company law corporations and therefore the emergence of world mega corporations has additional strained the normal partnership model of management. Today, a growing variety of law corporations in Toronto believe that it's time to maneuver on and adopt a a lot of up to date sort of structure and management. a number of the most effective law corporations area unit on the market in North American country that have the expertise in managing challenges of the new business surroundings. They cater to the legal problems with folks staying in numerous elements of larger .

The personal injury lawyers focus on cases involving automobile accidents, fatal automotive accidents, bike and bicycle accidents furthermore as slip and fall accidents. If you become involved in an exceedingly slip and fall accident in Toronto, then you'll be able to contact the most effective personal injury professional and find recommendation. On the opposite hand, if there has been a automotive accident, and your insurance firm isn\'t willing to pay claim and there\'s a dispute, hiring a private injury professional are terribly useful. The professional can represent your legal case and additionally get you adequate compensation from the owner of the vehicle, in order that you'll be able to pay your medical bills, utility bills, loss of pay, alternative expenses.

The compensation quantity also will protect the mental trauma caused as a results of the accident. The insurance firms also will got to cowl the damages if the proof is provided. In fact, Toronto Law corporations have a number of the most effective consultants UN agency focus on managing disputes relating to insurance claims. The law corporations on the market in Toronto focus on managing legal cases involving personal injuries and alternative insurance disputes.

In most cases, the insurance firms area unit craving for ways that to avoid paying amount of money for the non-public injury. just in case of slip and fall accidents or dog bites in Toronto, wherever there has been a heavy injury and therefore the patient might need a cosmetic surgery, the insurance firms typically refuse to get hold of the high-priced surgeries. It is then, that by hiring a private injury professional, you may be ready to get adequate compensation from the party answerable for the accident. The law corporations additionally give Associate in Nursing accident profit arrange, and therefore the personal injury lawyers add coordination along with your doctors, family and insurance firm, so as to optimize the advantages that you just area unit entitled to beneath your specific arrange.

If you would like Associate in Nursing out of court settlement, the non-public injury lawyers in Toronto area unit skilled negotiators for compensation claims. they need a really high level of legal case settlement rate and area unit extremely most popular by the folks in Toronto. the Rapid City Law Firm area unit excellent for any legal problems requiring a mediation or arbitration, however once an endeavor is needed, they need the experience to represent your case within the court of law.

If you've got gotten concerned in Associate in Nursing accident and suffered a private injury as a results of it, a private Injury professional will assist you get the compensation you be. talk over with our Injury professional and find free consultation for your claim.

Knowing Development Effect Fees

If you are considering a increase a increasing group, you may come up against development effect Charges. They are one-time fees that are associated with the facilities that is required for a new development. They are not regarded a tax.

DIF must be used straight to create these kinds of services-they cannot be used to back up current ones. The concept of an effect fee is that new associates of a group pay for the solutions that they will use instead of the tax pressure of offering those solutions dropping on current associates of the group. if are a well-known system in places of fast growth where an current inhabitants is having difficulties to keep up the facilities for the new inhabitants.

These fees can also help places prevent out of control town crowds. By demanding greater fees for residence that is further away from the town middle and thus further away from the facilities hub, places decrease the threat that designers will miss over nearer area that is nearer to the town middle. Developers then may be more likely to create the preferred residence nearer to the town middle. if also have benefits for improvements. They can create sure that a new development gets the required facilities before the development is finish.

Each condition has different regulations about exactly how impact fees can be organized and used. If you are considering a increase an place where if are in use, you may want to get in touch with a attorney who focuses primarily on these fees. A attorney can create sure that the if you are required to pay endure condition regulations. if need a experienced municipality team for the IF to be effectively organized and implemented-the way the fee is applied may not always be lawful. Often periods, if can be taken to judge in declares where there is not a set precedent on the abilities a group has to impose .

A property Rapid City lawyer who focuses primarily on IF in your place can help you figure out if a positive change fee is genuine and reasonable. If you are a designer in an place with IF, you will have to choose how you will balanced out the fees. You will either have to process some of the impact fee price or successfully transfer the fee to your customers. In a well-known requirement place, you may be able to quickly successfully transfer the impact fee to your customers, but you should examine out your competitors first-you may be near the impact fee border and thus in competitors with other contractors and actual property costs that are reduced because they do not indicate a positive change fee.