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Saturday, 17 November

20:30

Seddon Makers Market Markets and Fairs in Melbourne

Saturday 17th Nov, 9.30am 3.00pm, Seddon Uniting Church
Melbourne

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Saturday, 20 October

22:00

Malvern Valley Primary School Carnival Markets and Fairs in Melbourne

Saturday 20th Oct, 11.00am 4.00pm, Malvern Valley Primary School
Melbourne

Monday, 15 October

20:05

Fitness scams healthy international students blog

If something is too good to be true then it usually is! Unfortunately fitness scams keep popping up everywhere in the world. Most of them are from unqualified people whether it would be from a personal trainer to a nutritionist.

Heres one thing: you want to lose the weight by XXX amount of weeks for a wedding or a special event! Its all fine and dandy but within that period of time you might not lose much.

We all know that weight loss is hard work and very time consuming.

MLM scams (excluding Herbalife)

Unfortunately they are legal.

But many of them are get rich quick schemes and lose the weight quick schemes.

But Herbalife is a great company with their sports range and I find that they are quite useful along with real food. Whilst I am happy to be their customer I dont like the recruiting and selling process. This is time consuming and I have lost a few friends along the way.

Very skinny models on Instagram

Unfortunately there are many and thats how people develop an eating disorder. They have those six pack abs and muscles and people get so jealous of it. They also promote some bad advice.

As for chiukatherine on Instagram there are no skinny models on her profile but there are lots and lots of food and parks and moods. And no she doesnt like the whole hype thats out there

Some trainers

Make sure that you have a chance to see what they are like on the gym floor before signing up to that package.

The Its not your fault that you are fat

It completely is. You are in control of your own body. You know what works and what doesnt. A lot of the very pushy people will use this tactic to sell you something that you dont need.

12:20

The Melbourne Model David Holmgren transitionyarra

 

For the last 50 years, the debate about suburban sprawl vs high rise has been repeated ad infinitum with very little questioning of the assumptions behind the debate. Adam Carey & Timna Jacks article in The Age 22 Feb, 2018 is a current example of the restatement of these outdated options in the context of the supercharged apartment construction frenzy that is taking over inner Melbourne.The article references Infrastructure Australias latest report including a third model for Melbournes future; medium density London instead of high density New York or sprawling traffic bound Los Angeles. This deft pitch assumes that we must put up more buildings to accommodate the projected 2.8 million extra people who will make Melbourne home by 2046.

The entrenched interests of Australias largest industry, property development and construction, myopia and lack of rigor in the academia and politics and a mostly disempowered public have combined to see the debate intensify but never consider any real alternatives, including my RetroSuburbia strategy which aims to create the Melbourne Model of urban renewal.

RetroSuburbia involves making full use and creatively repurposing what we have already built over the last 40 years, the longest running property bubble in human history, before we build and develop over more water and carbon absorbing land that we need to feed ourselves into the future. In this maddening frenzied rush, we condemn our children to live disconnected from nature that we depend on for our daily life and well being.

RetroSuburbia is based on the lived reality of a growing number of ordinary Australians who have been influenced by the permaculture concept, a vital emerging global movement, first taken root in the suburbs of Melbourne 40 years ago. The impact of permaculture, and UK spin off, The Transition Towns movement is at the progressive edge of communities building resilience in a climate changed world. Locally, Permablitz activism that continues to empower young people to hack their habitats for the better, has also spread around the world from Melbourne.

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05:26

We need wage theft laws now "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

A pre-election campaign to to raise the need for laws against wage theft in Victoria is being directed at Liberal Party leader Matthew Guy. There is a petition out now, and you can sign it via this Megaphone link.

Everyone deserves a ob they can count on. And no-one deserves to have their hard-earned wages stolen by their boss.

We want the Victorian government to add a clause to the Crimes Act (1958) which makes deliberate, dishonest wage theft a crime punishable by a term of imprisonment.

Daniel Andrews has committed to introduce wage theft laws. Now were calling on Matthew Guy to step up and protect young workers by making the same commitment.

Why is this important?

Right now, some businesses are exploiting young workers. Instead of contributing to our community, theyre stealing from vulnerable young people, and conditioning them for a life of exploitation.

I was one of those young workers. I worked for a year at a cafe in Camberwell, just outside of the Melbourne CBD. During my time there, I was classified as a part-time worker. That means I should have had regular shifts and access to paid annual and sick leave but instead I was treated as a casual, at the cafes beck and call, and had no access to paid leave.

Over $8000 in wages and $700 in superannuation were withheld from me by my boss in just a year and it took months of negotiations and a review of my full roster history to get the wages I claimed back paid to me.

Im just one of thousands. Wage theft is an epidemic. At least a fifth of young workers have reported that their hard-earned wages have been stolen from them in scams; they are paid for fewer hours than they work, are illegally denied correct pay, have their superannuation stolen or their accrued leave withheld.

All these forms of wage theft are against the law, but they still happen. Bosses know that theyll only receive fines or warnings if they get caught- and that theyre not likely to get caught.

A series of audits by Fair Work in 2016 revealed that almost 58% of hospitality businesses (cafes and restaurants) and 39% of retail businesses were stealing wages. Thats potentially hundreds of thousands of cases of wage theft! But only a fraction of these cases ever end up in court. It shows that the current legal system is stacked in favour of bad employers who choose to underpay workers to increase their profits.

 

 

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