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Auckland City Council Now Waiving Cremation Fees For Infants

It’s a sad day when parents have to look through cremation urns for infants, a sentiment that the Auckland Council empathizes and understands. The city count has recently announced that it’ll be waiving cremation fees for the cremation of infants under one year of age.

Starting at the 1st of July, the Auckland Council stopped cremation fees for infants under the age range, as a way of supporting grieving whānau (family). Manukau-Papakura Councillor Daniel Newman, one of the proponents of the regulation, says that the change was brought about by the deep sense of compassion and empathy for the families who have experienced such terrible tragedies like the death of someone so young. He says that he’s a councilor from South Auckland, but more importantly, he has empathy for families in his region.

The Auckland Council won’t be losing much from waiving fees for infant cremations, which only rakes in about $14,000 annually. Over the 12 months leading up the June of 2018, there was about 59 cremations of infants under one year of age at Manukau cemetery, 19 at North Shore, and 4Waikumete, with the fee costing about $170.

He expressed belief that grieving parents, who already had to look for cremation urns for infants, should not have to pay for the cremation fees of their babies. He adds that he’s looking to waive burial costs and the cost of burial plots, but that’s something he’ll leave for the next Annual Plan discussion.

President of the Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand, Gary Taylor, says that he welcomes the move, saying that it matches the organization’s compassionate to funerals and cremation. He says that the organizationdoesn’t want to put anything that might get in the way of anyone properly sending off their duly departed, regardless of how old their relative is. He says that the funeral industry should be looking and encouraging ways to make the process of grieving easier for people.

Not all city councils agree, however, with Hamilton City charging a cost-recovery fee of  $125, with them saying that there’s little chance of them waiving these fees currently. The Wellington City Council, meanwhile, charges for the cremations, with no plans to waive the fee.


Tips To Choose Good Packers For Shifting Houses In Sydney

Moving to a new home is a daunting and stressful task. It involves searching for the perfect packers and movers that can carefully package and transport all your precious belongings from your old home to new home. Hiring professionals companies is crucial to safely pack, move and unpack your goods.

Most of the clients are often confused about the whole process. Here is a complete guide to help you choose the right packers and movers services to take care of the packing in Sydney, unpacking and storage of your valuables.

  1. The first step is to declutter your home. Before you start the process of packing your belongings, sort them and giveaway unused clothes, toys and other items which you have not used in the recent past. Decluttering your home eases the packing process and allows you to carry on useful items.
  2. Organize all your belongings in order to make it easy to pack them. Pack fragile items like cutlery, valuable décor items and collectibles in clearly marked boxes. If you want to relax, consult professionals who specialize in packing and storing valuables.
  3. Ask for references from your family and friends who have recently shifted homes. They can help you choose the right company that offers packing in Sydney and other services like storage, unpacking and home organizing.
  4. You can also search the internet and read user reviews of a few companies and selected a reputed and reliable provider offering packing in Sydney and other services.
  5. Check the licenses and legal permits of the shortlisted companies before you finalise the deal. It is essential to choose companies with proper permits for a trouble free shifting process.
  6. Ask for the quotation from the shortlisted companies. Most of the companies who deal with packing, storage and other house moving services have their own websites. You can receive a free quote from the website or talk to the company representative and request a site visit to get the accurate quote.
  7. Compare the quotes given by different service providers. Look closely for any hidden costs and charges. Compare the quality of boxes and other materials used for packing and the storage facilities offered by different packers.
  8. Select the packing in Sydney Company that offers good quality service at competitive prices.


Partnership Schools To Uplift Thailand’s Educational System

When there is a good educational system, a country benefits from the presence of well-educated and skilled manpower for different industries ranging from technology to manufacturing. In Thailand, there are public and private schools including Thailand international school which is the first and largest British school for students from 2 to 18 years old.

For this academic year, the educational system of Thailand will be upliftedby the introduction of 50 partnership schools all over the country. The term “partnership” was chosen in order to reflect on the collaboration of all relevant parties that includes the private sector that is providing educational services to schools. A significant fact which must not be overlooked is the schools are from other state schools that operate independently.

The partnership schools have their own managers that can appoint school directors and teachers on their own without the need to undertake complicated bureaucratic processes. Even the budget can be managed by themselves without any outside influence.

Meanwhile, the curriculum will be adjusted to reflect local context and global trends according to the policies of the school. These schools have the responsibility to function as community learning centres when necessary.

One of the few partnership schools in Thailand can be found in Thongchaineurwittaya School in the north-eastern province of Nakhon, Ratchasima. The school passed all the criteria required to join the partnership-school initiative because it has been very efficient in educating students and strengthening the community.

Apart from its status as a partnership school, Thongchaineurwittaya is also a participant of CONNEXT ED project where Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF) guides the school on the application of HM King BhumibolAdulyadej’sSufficiency Economy Philosophy in education. With the assistance of CPF, the school was able to set up a Sufficiency Economy centre that focuses on Indian Oyster mushroom cultivation including harvest and distribution.

For nearly 60 years, Thailand international school is very proud of its distinct accomplishments in the academic, sporting and artistic fields. This is partly due to the school’s policy that allows the students greater scope to discover their passions and interests. Students are provided with an extensive campus and outstanding facilities to enjoy the greatest number of opportunities.


Christmas In July Drive For The Seniors

Christmas is not only celebrated during the month of December. For many, Christmas in July holds a lot more meaning because it gives them the chance to do something in the spirit of gift giving. This is why Senior Services Inc. decided to hold a campaign this month in celebration of Christmas in July. This is not the same as the holiday season where people get to wear ugly sweater and enjoy food and family gatherings. Instead, they get to organize a drive in order to gather funds to buy food, supplies and household items for the unfortunate senior citizens.

The drive is to start at the first day of July and will last until the 31st which is the last day of the month. The organization has already created a list of the things they need to buy such as peanut butter, canned goods, soup and cereal. There are personal care items included in the list as well like deodorant, adult diapers, paper towels, disposable bed pads and dishwashing liquids.

For those who want to see the complete list they can visit the website of Senior Services. Individuals planning to donate and contribute anything are welcome to do so. Drop off point is at Piedmont Federal Savings Bank branch located in Forsyth County or it can be sent directly to Senior Services office located at Shorefair Drive.

A special program is also organized for the caregivers called Lunch and Learn. This is going to be held at Senior Services Inc and everyone is welcome to join on July 19. The program will start from 11 in the morning until 1 in the afternoon. There are speakers coming to the event to talk about a specific topic which is Navigating the Healthcare System. Free lunch is sponsored by Brookridge Retirement Community and participants should register in advance.

These programs are created in order to help those who are in need and those who might need assistance. This provide a more meaningful Christmas in July where everyone, regardless if wearing their ugly sweater or not, will be able to feel the spirit of the holiday by giving and volunteering.


Laws You Should Follow When Travelling To Another Country

When planning for a trip, we get excited about where we are going or if we are going to stay in one of the beach villas in Thailand but we tend to forget to look up about local laws. You have to be familiar with local laws if you don’t want to end up in prison instead of enjoying your holiday. Authorities have warned holiday goers that they should read about local news because many of the famous tourist destinations have made some changes with their laws in 2018.

For instance, at the beginning of this year, the government of Thailand has mandated that there will be smoking ban in a number of popular beaches in the country including Krabi, KohSamui and Phuket. There are going to be designated spaces for smoking in these beaches and offenders will pay 100,000 or they could face a maximum of 12 months in prison.

There are also some new laws in Majorca and tourists destinations in Spain regarding alcoholic drinks. It is now illegal to consume them on the streets therefore offenders will have to pay a fine reaching 3,000 euros. The penalties are even higher in Magaluf, a resort in Majorca, because the amount is four times. Aside from the streets, drinking alcohol in public areas such as beaches is also banned.

Those visiting the town centres of Croatia should know that it is now welcomed by the locals when tourists go around with only their swimsuits or if they roam around shirtless. This practice is imposed in a number of tourist destinations including Hvar and Dubrovnik. The law is communicated to the public through the signage and those who go against it will have to pay a fine on the spot.

If you go diving in Turkey, there is a probability that you will find treasures such as old coins. According to their law, bringing them outside the country is prohibited unless the rules say otherwise.

These new laws might sound very simple but it should be something everyone should remember regardless if they are enjoying the beach villas in Thailand or diving the oceans in Turkey.


Ford Introduces Advanced Suspension Technology On Its European Focus

The suspension system is one of the popular products of Auto Parts Canada because it improves performance and safety. Contrary to what many people assume, the suspension system does not reduce the shock of a bump in the road. It keeps the car wheels down on the road so that power and control is not lost when the car goes over a bump.

Potholes are problems that will not be going away any time soon that is why Ford is introducing an advanced suspension technology that will reduce the impact of damaged roads. The redesigned European Focus which will be on sale in Europe has an innovative pothole detection technology. The suspension system can detect when the wheel is going to fall into a pothole so that it can adjust suspension to limit how far the tire drops.

Since the tire and wheel do not really fall as far, they will not strike the opposite sides of the pothole as harshly as exit. Usually, the rear suspension responds faster than the front due to a signal from the front wheel that provides a pre-warning to the rear wheel before it reaches the pothole.

According to Guy Mathot, Focus vehicle dynamics supervisor, Ford engineers are actually looking for the roughest roads so that the limits of the innovative suspension system can be tested; however, it seems that the rough roads are finding them. The suspension systems of Ford are used at specially created roads in their test facility in Belgium.

Ford engineers were able to create an exact replica of worst potholes and hazards all over the world. After the test, the engineers refine the system with hundreds of hours of additional testing on different European roads. Loads and strains are monitored using equipment similar to what seismologists use when monitoring earthquakes.

Potholes on roads can make a journey very uncomfortable not to mention the damages caused to the vehicle’s suspension system, tires and wheels. If the suspension system is seriously damaged, there are aftermarket replacements available through Auto Parts Canada that will give you better control and more power. Improved suspension systems are critical for those who are seeking improvements in vehicle performance.


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