5 things every retirement villages should have

 

 Retirement villages are of several types where each of them has its own positive and negative aspects. Retirement villages are so popular among people because of several advantages which these houses have. Starting from restaurants, spas, hair salon, hospitals, the retirement village is like a small world in itself. So before you pick any retirement village you should be looking for these 5 things that are mentioned below:

 

  1. It should suit you: Depending on your needs you should pick the retirement village. You should check whether it is matching with all your preferences. Ask the person regarding all the amenities that you will be provided with and how far the village is from the main town in order to check whether you will be able to easily avail emergency services when required.

 

  1. The size must fit: Make sure that the size of the village is not too large or too small that can hinder your daily activities. So check the type of the apartment along with the size and location. You must speak with the manager of the village and check what are the advantages that you will be provided with. One should not invest at a place without knowing about all the details. Moving to the retirement village can be a huge lifestyle change so make sure you are doing it properly otherwise you will have to suffer at later stages.

 

  1.  Affordable: Make sure that you are not investing too much in a retirement village. It is true that it will provide you with huge facilities, but it should not disbalance your income to investment ratio. You must ask about the maintenance charge that you will have to pay and the other expenses. The expenses should be very much clear or transparent before you are signing the contract.

 

  1. Opinion: You should ask the opinion of various people who have bought a retirement village before you are buying one. In this way, they can tell you what are the privileges that you will be provided with and what one should expect at a certain price range. They might also help you to get the best place and get the information about new retirement villages.

 

  1. Friends: Before you are signing the contract paper of any retirement village you should speak to the people who are living in that place for a long time and ask them about all the minor detail of the place. Before you purchase anything it is quite obvious that the person who is selling it to you will only put the limelight on the good things so you must know what are the drawbacks of purchasing that place. There are a certain set of criteria which must match in order to make you buy a particular place to make sure the place has everything. Ask the people regarding the maintenance and how they enjoy living in that place. You should also ask about the outings, village life, and activities and how it is encouraged there.

 

These are the five things that you should be aware of before you are picking any retirement village for yourself.

Tips That must be Implemented while performing SEO

 

Once an SEO is on board, the optimization process should start immediately. In this process, they should make sure that maximum effort is put into making sure the site/business becomes more enhanced in terms of content and can provide some actual benefit to the consumers so that they keep coming back to increase the traction.

There are certain steps the SEO practice should implement to make sure that the business site makes it to the highest rankings. If you are not much aware of the SEO practices, you can simply hire SEO Wellington expert and he will do the rest and the best for you.

  • Push content Quality

This always comes first. Good content is what pushes a website ahead. Good content comprises of all the keywords that will make sure that your web page appears on the search engine. The content has to be original and useful so that people keep coming on the site and increasing the traffic. This content has to be unbiased and well researched so that the image of the web page can be deemed as reliable and actually useful.

  • Improve your engagement to improve quality

Another way to ensure that people come to your web page is by making your presence felt. Simply by creating good content, you cannot reach the first page on the search engine. So, on every platform, leave a comment to form conversations on other pages. Provide external and internal links wherever you can to ensure that traffic from other sites is also redirected. Engaging with maximum pages and on various social media is a powerful tool that an appointed SEO must utilize.

  • Put Page Titles and Meta Descriptions

An important step for on-page SEO. When search engines are ‘reading’ your pages, one of the first things they check is the page title, the description of the page, the headings and content which can be in the form of text, videos, and images. This is because they need to understand what the page is all about. After this based on other factors like off page SEO, domain authority, competition, they can rank the page in a position in their index.

  • Improve your page speed

This is a vital step in ensuring that the content gets out there in good time as page speed is a definite ranking factor because it is a known fact that faster pages generate more conversions. An SEO must ensure that they do whatever they can do to improve the loading time of their web page. If a page loads faster, more and more viewers will be able to gain access to it and that is the key to maximum optimization and increased visibility.

  • Smarter use of multimedia

To make your page more attractive and user-friendly make sure that the content can capture their attention span for a longer duration as this will definitely help your page. A sure shot way of doing this is by using more videos gifs, better images, and other multimedia. This makes the page look more wholesome and chances are that your viewers will stick around for a longer duration thus increasing traction.

The steps that SEO takes can go a long way in ensuring the future of an online business. So credible actions that have a useful impact is the key to make a page successful and reach the best ranks.

 

 

 

Tip Top and Whittaker’s create new ice cream range: Is it any good?

It sounds like a sure fire hit: Two iconic Kiwi food brands joining forces to make a new range of chocolate ice creams.

The Herald Lifestyle team got their hands on the creations, not due in the shops until Monday.

As you might imagine, it was extremely difficult to find volunteers, but seasoned taste tester Storme Hitaua eventually agreed, roping in fellow Flava host Sela Alo.

Herald social media producer Eleanor Barker, of chocolate brownie mayo fame, also stepped up to the plate

Are these fancy new creations wrapped in swirling galactic packaging the best thing since Whittaker’s K Bar? Here’s what our panel had to say.

1. Chocolate, salted caramel, pretzel and 62 per cent cocoa dark chocolate

Initial reactions are a round of satisfied nods and, uttered through a gooey mouthful, a “that is real good”.

Big fans of the chocolate and salted caramel, this was Storme and Sela’s favourite of the three.

2. Coffee, chocolate, cacao nib and 35 per cent cocoa creamy milk chocolate

While this was the least popular among our taste testers, they agreed anyone chasing that coffee ice cream note will be into this one. The coffee flavour is certainly pronounced and on the bitter side, rather than sweet.

3. Vanilla, salted maple, cashew praline and 33 per cent cocoa creamy milk chocolate

Eleanor’s favourite of the three, she deemed it an ice cream with impressive complexities with a pleasing amount of salt.

So if you’re looking for an ice cream for summer that’s without a doubt delicious and also free of nasties such as palm oil, our panel reckon these are your best bet.

Popping up and sticking around
While many collab food products are created for a limited time, this ice cream range is here for good.

But if you’re after a taste as soon as possible, two pop-up stores are giving away thousands of the new ice creams for free.

• Auckland Tip Top Whittaker’s #Happimess Pop-Up: 21A Remuera Rd, Newmarket, Auckland. 22 September from 12pm
• Wellington Tip Top Whittaker’s #Happimess Pop-Up: 142 Lambton Quay, Wellington. 27 September from 12pm

NZ Herald

Foodstuffs gobbles six months of Hawke’s Bay organic ice cream in one sitting

Hastings’ iconic ice cream maker Rush Munro’s is going national, after a leading supermarket chain gobbled up six months of supply in one sitting.

Just one month after Hastings-based Rush Munro’s started a new organic product range, sales representatives offloaded 34,300 tubs of ice cream at their first pitch to Foodstuffs NZ, which owns the New World, Pak’nSave and Four Square supermarket chains.

Baked rice cake with leeks and cheese and spicy tomato sauce

This is a bit of an all-season dish, good cold in the summer and hot in the winter. It may be too prosaic to describe this as a frittata made with boiled rice — it is much better than that. All it needs is a simple green vegetable like green beans or sweet-stem broccoli to go with it.

For the spicy tomato sauce
3 Tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
1 Onion, finely chopped
1 Cinnamon stick
3 Garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 pinch Chilli flakes, or use more to taste
2 cans Chopped tomatoes, approx. 800g
2 Tbsp White wine vinegar
1 Tbsp Sugar
1 handful Coriander, coarsely chopped
For the rice cakes
200 g Risotto rice, or paella rice
3 Tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
1 Small onion, finely chopped
3 Garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 stick Celery, thinly sliced
2 Leeks, white part only, thinly sliced
5 Eggs, lightly beaten
1¼ cups Grated tasty cheese
½ cup Parmesan cheese, fresh, finely grated
3 Tbsp Chopped parsley

Directions

To make the spicy tomato sauce

Heat the oil in a frying pan over moderate heat and add the onion, cinnamon, garlic and chilli flakes. Fry gently, without browning for 10 minutes or until the onion is soft.
Add the tomatoes, vinegar and sugar, mix well, bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes or until thick like chutney.
Discard the cinnamon stick. Taste and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Cool to room temperature and stir in the coriander just before serving.
To make the rice cakes

Heat the oven to 200C. Line a 24cm diameter springform cake tin with baking paper.
Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil. Add the rice and boil 10 minutes. Drain well and cool.
Heat the oil in a deep frying pan and add the onion, garlic, celery and leeks. Fry gently, without browning for 15 minutes or until the onion and leeks are soft. Remove from the heat and spoon everything into a large bowl.
Add the cooled rice, eggs, cheeses and parsley. Mix well, taste and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Pour the mixture into the paper lined cake tin and place in the oven for 40 minutes or until well set. If the top gets too brown, cover with foil until done.
Remove from the oven and then remove to a serving platter. (Remove the paper by inverting the cake onto a plate, peeling off the paper then inverting it again onto the serving platter.)
Serve in wedges, hot or warm, with the tomato sauce.

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Steps to follow while choosing a diamond

 

There are a lot of diamond rings to pick from and so finding the right one which is just right for you can feel like an overwhelming and confusing task. But on the other hand, visiting just a jewelry store won’t be enough as the stock there is limited. But regardless of where you want to buy your diamond from, here are some steps you can follow to choose the best diamond rings you can:

  • First step: The very first job is to identify what the diamond shape is which is wanted by you or the recipient you are planning to give it to. If you don’t know what to give them try considering the princess cut or the round cut.
  • Second step: Set up a carat weight according to what your plans are for yourself or for what the person you are gifting it to wants.
  • Third step: Based on the previous two steps, start selecting with the best quality diamond regarding the shape as well as carat weight. Use this as an elimination method till you get a diamond which fits your budget. If you are thinking of which area to begin your concessions first, then first go for lower clarity. Ideally, go till ‘VS2’ and no further. Next comes the colour. Here you can go as low as ‘H’ before you begin making concessions in the last area which is the cut. In the case of round diamonds, go till ‘Very Good’ and no lower. For other types of diamonds, stop ideally at ‘Good’.

What To Do If It Still Doesn’t fit in The budget

Here are some steps to follow if the diamond still isn’t settling in your budget:

  • You can shave off some of the carat weight in order to close off the gap. Something like a 10% difference when it comes to carat weight is difficult to visually detect.
  • Go lower in terms of Clarity. You can go till ‘SI1’ or even ‘SI2’ if you want a diamond which is less than one carat.
  • In terms of color, you can drop till ‘J’. If you already know that the diamond will get set in something like yellow stone, then a drop till ‘K’ will also work.
  • Lastly, comes the cut. You can go till ‘Good’ when it comes to round diamonds, but in case, of fancy shapes, you can drop till ‘Fair’.

Tips in Regards To Shape Buying

Most people do have a shape preference and while other factors like quality and price do come before.  Here are some tips to follow in regards to set in on a shape:

  • Round diamonds have more scintillation and brilliance when compared to shapes. They also can accommodate any form of ring setting. They also never really go out of fashion.
  • If you aren’t really sure about what shape you would ideally like to select then seeing diamonds of various types of length to width ratios within that particular shape till you get what you are aiming for.

All the numbers and abbreviations stated within quotations are just gradually decreasing terms of measurement of various factors in regards to diamonds. These tips and steps detail the way you can choose a diamond for yourself without much hassle or confusion.

5 Tips To Keep In Mind When Hiring AV Services

 

When organizing any event, it’s always about creating that just perfect experience which will stun everyone. To create something that special many just get one chance, so it’s imperative that it’s special and impressive. But not everyone is an expert in AV so it gets difficult to decide from where to begin, let alone how to deal with all the jargon related to it like the power required to operate it, the equipment needs and such. For such matters, there’s a need for AV experts. So if you are planning to hire one, then here are some tips to follow:

Remember that AV Suppliers are more than that

Always try to get the best deals out of your AV supplier. For this get to know about all the types of services that they offer. Many offer support during events from the very beginning till the end along with giving assistance and advice to ensure that the event goes off smoothly. But no matter what, make sure to you get a dedicated manager who will be on standby so as to help you get the best results possible.

Make sure that you involve the AV guys early on

Don’t contact an AV supplier right at the last minute. Ensuring that you hire one as early as possible makes the AV set up more securely in the event. This ensures that you get the most professional work which can be tested time and time again to ensure that everything goes well. Make sure that the AV suppliers bring with them stand builders, designers, and plans out all the needed AV requirements right from the time the plan has been developed and also approved.

Check on the power

An AV hires Auckland, Christchurch or from any other place will tell you just how important getting a continuous and proper power supply is. But one shouldn’t assume that you will have enough of it to get through the event. For this, check and then double check the venue where the event is being held to know about its power capability. Also, remember that many venues charges for these separately so that makes it more pertinent to check for those.

Map out the restrictions of the venue

Before hiring any AV service, it’s important to survey the venue where you will be setting up the AV. This should be done keeping in mind the kind of restrictions it can pose to AV use. So make sure that you arrange the venue as soon as possible before you start thinking about AV options. If you are not sure what to ask when it comes to judging restrictions, which avenue might possess, get a professional.

Assess the content

The content which will be displayed at the event is what matters supreme so after you are done with your display, make sure to check that it is in the right format. Make sure to double check it after the AV is set up. If the set up is interfering with the content in any way then contact the AV service to get it solved.

Following these tips will ensure that you have everything under control and get to organize a successful event.

Difference between fire protection engineering and fighting engineering

 

Fire engineering is something that has different sectors of workings, like many other jobs. The two basic different sections in this job are firefighting and fire protection. Since these are two different sections, work performed here are also different. Following are the points that will prove it.

  • The first and basic difference between the two types of engineering is the way in which the process of the rescue is done. Fire protection is the process in which different engineering methods are used and applied to stop the fire and the damages caused by it. This method included the analysis of the accidents, the management and the maintenance after the caused damage. On the other hand, fire fighting is the application of various science and technique to prevent the fire from occurring. The person who has the skills and knows the respective technique is called fire protection or fire prevention engineer.

 

  • A fire fighting engineer knows how to control the fire, about the equipment and tools that are required for getting rid of the fire. He knows and understands the density of fire and thus is able to take the required action for controlling or removing it. On the other hand, a fire prevention engineer is the person who knows how to prevent the place or the person from the fire. He knows about the measures and steps that are important for preventing fire.

 

  • Fire prevention is a course in which the students have to read about equations and has to do case studies to understand the actual problems related to the field. The students also need to do a practical application after the proper calculation. This is important, as these practical applications help in getting the idea of the worst condition possible. In the future, the engineers can perform their activities well and can prevent the loss and damages caused by the fire.

 

  • In case of a fire fighting course, the students are taught a lot of practical things. There is a lot of action in this course, as the work they do in the future requires it. They also get the knowledge of differentiating between two types of fire and thus they know about the damage that the type of fire cause.

 

  • Training of both engineering is also different. Fire fighting engineers undergo training that has a lot of physical activities, while fire protection engineers do not go through any such training. In the fire prevention training, you get the knowledge of how to prevent the fire from occurring. To prevent fire, You should take care of the wooden things in your home, should not leave the burning cigarette here and there, burning candles should be taken full care, electrical outlets also should be under surveillance.

So, these are the differences between fire protection and fire fighting engineer has. The reason behind so many differences is the difference in their work. The work of both engineers is different, so there are these differences.

 

 

Different places in the world that serves the best ice cream

 

A foodie person’s mind always has a foodie thought in it. He or she loves to explore the different flavours of a particular dish. If you too belong to the same category and always have a craving for ice cream, then we have bought the list of some of the best ice creams in the world and the name of the places where you can find them. Here is the list.

Ted Drewes Frozen Custard, Missouri

The specialty of the ice creams that you will get here is that they are prepared from fresh ingredients. The freshness of the ingredients that are used in the making of this ice cream makes it tastier in every aspect. The key ingredient of this ice cream is frozen custard, as the name and the taste suggests. Other things that are used in the making of this ice cream are cream, eggs, milk, and sugar. If we talk about this parlor, then it has been serving ice-creams here since 1913. Other ice creams that you can get from this place are frozen custard shakes, root beer floats, Hawaiian delights, and carter Copernicus.

Devon House, Kingston

If you are planning a trip to Kingston and you have included Jamaica in your list of visiting places, then the Devon house is a big recommendation. If you love ice creams, then you cannot resist yourself from going here. This place serves you 27 different flavours of ice cream and you can have it all. All the flavours that you get here are classics. Some of the popular flavours are mango, coconut, cherry, and soursop. There is a special ice cream that has a beer in it. It is called Devon Stout. If you visit this place, then you must try this ice cream as it is once in a lifetime experience.

Capogiro Gelato, Philadelphia

The ice creams that would find here are made from the fresh handpicked ingredients. It is said about this place that it has such flavours of ice cream that is not found anywhere else. Some of the uncommon, yet delicious flavours of ice cream that you can find here are Thai coconut milk flavour, pomegranate flavour, Saigon cinnamon flavour, and pumpkin flavour. All of them are worth trying, at least once in your life.

Bombay Ice Creamery, California

The uniqueness of this ice cream center lies in its name. The name only suggests that this must be related to India, somehow. If you are thinking so, then you are right. It is one of those ice cream centers where you can find the flavours related to India. Not only the name, but the taste too will remind you of your country. The flavours of ice cream that you get here are Chiku, cardamom, tea, saffron, rose and ginger. If you are an Indian, then these flavours are no surprise for you, but those who have not visited India, find these flavours different and lovely too.

So, these were the name of the best ice creams and the places where you can get them.

 

Tips to consider when hiring a property manager

Owning a property is a big responsibility and it requires a lot of efforts to manage it. The best person to contact within the case of property management is a property manager, but finding a good one is a tough task. So, here are a few of the tips that one should consider before hiring a manager for their property.

The license of the manager

The first tip that one should consider while hiring a property manager is to look for his or her license. By the term license, we mean that you need to check whether that particular person whom you are hiring has done any course related to this or not and if he has done the course then the institute from which he has passed is recognized or not. Also, the most important thing is whether he has passed the exam for getting a license from the state government or not. So, before you hire a property manager you need to check all this.

Experience of the person

Next thing that you need to check is the experience that he has. Before you hire any of the property managers you need to check his or her recent work. So, while checking these you will have to keep in mind that you check it properly whether his former records are good or not. You should not consider any such property owner who has a bad record in the past, on any cost as this will harm you in every way. You can even go to the particular owner for whom he has worked and gets your doubts clear.

Fees

The third thing that is considered for hiring a property manager is the fee that you are giving him. Some people have enough money and they do not think about this tip before hiring any staff or spending it anywhere, but why to waste it if you can get a better person in less costing. So, before you hire any property manager, you should check and compare the fee with other good persons in the town and then only hire one. This will not just save your money, but will also help you in getting a better property manager for yourselves.

The way of working

The working of every individual is different, but you should let your property manager work in the way you want and this thing should be cleared at the time for appointment itself. For example, some of the managers cut the cost of the maintenance from the rent that your tenants pay whereas some of them give you the proper bill of the particular repair. So, it depends on you that how you want this thing to be worked. If you will get the bill every time, then there won’t be any case of fraud and you too will be aware of what is happening with your property.

So, these are a few of tips that every person should consider before hiring a property manager and this is helpful for all those who are new property owners.