22 August 2018 - Economic Cost of the Drought
The drought currently affecting large parts
of Australia is having a widespread social and economic impact. With the worst
affected areas located in outback NSW, southern Queensland, and northern
Victoria, farmers are battling to pay their bills and feed their livestock.
According to a new report from Commonwealth Bank, the potential cost of the
drought could reach $12 billion and have a significant effect on the domestic
economy. This massive expense is likely to affect all Australians in the months
to come, as the severe economic impact of the drought is passed on to consumers
through food price hikes.
20 August 2018 - How Far will the Property Correction Go?
Property prices in Australia have fallen
over the last few months, especially in the heated Sydney and Melbourne
markets. According to data from Domain Group, prices are now 2 percent lower
than their December 2017 peak, with many experts expecting further drops to
come. The property boom that defined the last few years is facing its toughest
pressure to date, with national prices recording their first negative year
since 2012. While no-one knows just how far the correction will go, most
analysts are expecting median prices to drop further before we see a
17 August 2018 - Dealing with Household Clutter
In a modern world that is increasingly full
and materialistic, it's no wonder that we find ourselves surrounded by more and
more clutter. While the first and most powerful step in de-cluttering involves
buying less stuff, there are lots of practical things you can do to organise
your existing possessions and make more sense of your personal space. Whether
it's putting away the laundry before it piles up or taking time to clean up
after the kids, it's important to value your space and have a regular de-cluttering
schedule if you want to avoid a messy and dysfunctional home.
6 August 2018 - Boosting your Metabolism
It's a common belief that speeding up your
metabolism helps you to stay healthy, burn more calories, and improve your
weight loss efforts. Even though there's a lot of truth to this statement,
there are also a number of myths associated with metabolism and how it
functions. While exercise, diet, and lifestyle factors can have a significant
effect on your metabolism, your age and genetic makeup also have an important
role to play.
2 August 2018 - Happiness & the Midlife Crisis
The midlife crisis has been partially
explained in recent research, with our happiness said to follow a distinct
U-shaped curve that bottoms out in our 40s. While only about 10 percent of men,
and even fewer women, actually experience a full-blown midlife crisis, our
middle years are the time when our happiness is tested the most. There is some
good news, however, with the general unhappiness experienced in our 40s and
early 50s almost always improving in the decades that follow.
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