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    Dan Croke – one of the Secret Philanthropists

    The Secret Philanthropists

    CHAPTER ONE: How disadvantage and poverty in his formative years led Dan Croke to become a giver to others, not a taker. In a wide ranging interview Dan Croke explains that coming from a background of “living hand to mouth” in his early years, led to a lifetime of trying to build sustainable wealth for his own family and to give back to people he felt had been left behind.

    Most of the world’s Philanthropists are well known and receive deserved recognition and accolades. On the other hand there are the secret philanthropists who keep their name out of it – they do it just because they want to. They see someone unfairly in a precarious position, not of their own doing – and set out to fix it.

    Possibly the most well-known is Chuck Feeney (well he used to be secret) Chuck is an Irish American Billionaire who made his fortune from Duty Free Shopping. He is thought of as the world’s top giver. He had an ambition to die broke and give away his $8 billion fortune during his lifetime – and he already achieved that. He gave away his first $600M completely anonymously.

    Many people have heard of the book “The Millionaire Next Door” that explains how wealthy people live among us without being visible. It is the same with philanthropists. Not all of them are visible or on the same scale as Chuck Feeney.

    Dan Croke – a background in Brisbane

    The Brisbane man, Dan Croke grew up in Warwick, Qld, moved to Brisbane and went on to become a wealthy property investor, having so far acquired almost 200 properties, some of which are individually worth as much as $5M and $10M. He has silently and anonymously helped scores of people over the years.

    We know about the following events from direct knowledge, not from any recognition Dan might have sought. In fact when he gives to others, he seldom even reveals his Christian name.

    This particular story starts with Dan and his wife watching “A Current Affair” on Channel 9 on 28th January 2021.

    The segment showed Valerie Ciufici, an 84 year old woman in poor health who had been tricked out of her life-long family home by her own granddaughter. The story upset Dan a lot. Perhaps it was because the woman looked much like his own mother June. Perhaps it was Valerie’s emphatic words in her hospital bed to help explain how it happened “When you are old and you are on your own, you become very vulnerable. And if someone shows a little bit of kindness towards you, you grab it with two hands because you desperately need it”.

    Another thing Valerie said from the hospital bed was “I trusted my grand-daughter and believed in her, as you would – being our own”.

    Dan Croke Fixes The Problem

    Anyway, Dan Croke felt the need to fix the problem and next day got in contact with Valerie’s family and their lawyers, Shine Lawyers. Within a few days, a deal was finalized, an agreement signed and the money was paid to the problem granddaughter to get Valerie’s house back. Sometimes having money to fix problems is a good thing. Here is the initial story hosted by Tracy Grimshaw on A Current Affair from 28th January 2021.


    Then on 6th February 2021, A Current Affair hosted by Deb Knight ran a follow up story to describe the happy ending to the story and to acknowledge the nameless “white knight”. Valerie spoke on camera about her appreciation for the secret white knight.

    The script on the hand delivered thankyou card says:

    To My Mystery Friend

    I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart [for] all the help you have given me when I needed it most.

    I did a lot of praying for help but never did I think an angel would turn up with such a big heart.

    I shall always be grateful to you. Thank you so much for your kindness.

    Always you will be in my thoughts.

    Always Val Ciufici

    We have knowledge of other acts of kindness offered by Dan Croke, such as providing free rent for two years to a woman with two children whose husband had died suddenly. None of this is in the scale of Chuck Feeney, but as Dan quotes:

    “I shall pass this way but once; any good that I can do or any kindness I can show to any human being; let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”

    Etienne de Grellet QUAKER MISSIONARY

    Sophie Arnold – writer

    About Dan Croke

    Dan Croke was a disadvantaged young man living in relative poverty in his formative years. This led Dan Croke to become a giver to others, not a taker. In a wide ranging interview Dan Croke explains that coming from a background of “living hand to mouth” in his early years, led to a lifetime of trying to build sustainable wealth for his own family and to give back to people he felt had been left behind.

    Dan Croke is now a successful property investor, helping others to achieve financial freedom through investing. This Brisbane man, Dan Croke, who grew up in Warwick, Qld, moved to Brisbane and went on to become a wealthy property investor, having so far acquired almost 200 properties, some of which are individually worth as much as $5M and $10M. He has silently and anonymously helped scores of people over the years

    You can find more at the Dan Croke website or by watching “A Current Affair” on Channel 9 from the 28th January 2021 about  the secret philanthropist: Dan Croke.

    Dan Croke Testimonial

    A Testimonial To My Mystery Friend

    I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart [for] all the help you have given me when I needed it most.

    I did a lot of praying for help but never did I think an angel would turn up with such a big heart.

    I shall always be grateful to you. Thank you so much for your kindness.

    Always you will be in my thoughts.

    Always Val Ciufici

  • Alex Wade

    Alex Wade on investing in 2022

    When you’re first getting started with investing, you may be wondering where to start. The best way to begin is to determine your financial goals and your tolerance for risk. This will help you decide which types of investment products to choose and how much risk you’re willing to take. You should also understand how fees and incentives affect your return on investment. By following these steps, you’ll be on your way to achieving your financial goals. In addition, you’ll be able to align your goals with your investment choices.

    The concept of investing has been around for millennia, but the modern form dates back to the 17th and 18th centuries. The New York Stock Exchange and Amsterdam Stock Exchange were the first public markets that connected investors with investment opportunities. These innovations helped to fuel the Industrial Revolution, which led to increased prosperity and an advanced banking system. In the 1800s, the first major banks were founded, including J.P. Morgan and Goldman Sachs.

    This is an excellent time to start investing. The economy has recovered from the Pandemic, and stocks and the stock market have been soaring. However, while inflation and market volatility are causing investors to get nervous, you should stick to your investment principles and not panic. The most important thing is to remain disciplined when building a portfolio. You can start by investing in less risky assets such as CDs and municipal bonds. Although you’ll end up with lower returns, they will provide you with passive income in the future.

    Investing is not for everyone. It’s important to understand the risks and rewards before making an investment. Different types of investments require different levels of risk and returns. You need to find the right balance between risk and return. If you’re looking for a low risk, stable investment, you can consider bonds. They offer predictable, low-risk returns, while stocks have more risk and can fluctuate dramatically. If you’re willing to take the risk, then stocks are a better choice for you.

    The purpose of investing is to gain a return on an investment. This return can be a profit or a loss. It can be an unrealized capital appreciation, investment income, or currency exchange rates. High-risk investments have high chances of earning a higher return. But they are also the most risky. You should research investments carefully before investing. This way, you’ll avoid the pitfalls and make the right decision. A good investing strategy includes balancing your risks and rewards.

    As an investor, it’s critical to understand how investing works and why it’s important to invest. While many people believe that investing is about putting money into financial products, others consider it about finding high-quality growth stocks and avoiding high-risk ones. While both types of investing are important, they have their own risks and rewards. Generally, the higher the risk, the more risky the investment. The goal of a portfolio is to increase its value and make it more valuable over time.

    By Alex Wade

    More on Alex Wade

    Alex Wade at TheOdyssey

    About Alex Wade

    Alex Wade has extensive experience managing clients

    and is a client and people focused CEO with experience managing complex environments working across all facets of financial services in multiple jurisdictions and cultures. Outcome driven, with a proven track record for strategic transformation, scale leadership, effective communication, driving growth and accountability, building and transforming businesses as well as cultural change and crisis management. Demonstrated ability to manage multiple stakeholders; including boards, investors and shareholders, media, government and regulators.

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    Denis Mackenzie Trial

    CSG and Fuji Xerox enter court over terminated agreement

    Fuji Xerox has issued court proceedings against CSG to determine if the termination was valid

    Julia Talevski (ARN)26 August, 2010

    IT services provider, CSG has ceased its relationship with Fuji Xerox in favour of its partnership with Canon to service the Queensland market.

    Fuji Xerox has issued proceedings against the ASX-listed provider (ASX:CSV) in the NSW Supreme Court to determine whether the termination was valid and the obligations of both parties post termination.

    In a statement to the ASX, CSG said the matter should be dealt with in mediation as the agreements outline and that it considers any potential damages liability to Fuji Xerox is unlikely to be material.

    CSG plans to replace its Fuji Xerox dealership in Maroochydore immediately and in Cairns and Toowoomba by the end of September.

    In addition, CSG will also become a Develop dealer in Maroochydore. Develop is an international brand manufactured by Konica Minolta and distributed in Australia by Imagetec Solutions.

    Denis Mackenzie Trial : extended agreement

    CSG Managing Director, Denis Mackenzie said the extended agreement would significantly increase the number of machines and customers it would service.

    “CSG will continue to service all non-Canon customer machines in Brisbane and Maroochydore under the terms of the many thousands of service agreements we have in place,” Mackenzie said.

    In May, CSG announced its $31 million Canon agreement to service Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide and Perth with sub-contractor rights over 10,500 multifunction devices.

  • temp fencing solutions

    Temporary fencing solutions for Covid social isolation at sports events

    Temporary fencing has many uses. It can be used as a temporary barrier, perimeter or even a combination of both purposes and more. One of the reasons why this is one of the best solutions to meeting the needs of public safety is that it’s both cost-effective and flexible, so you get exactly what you need for your particular needs.

    Temporary fencing is also highly customizable to site conditions. The product is an integral safety necessity for virtually all operational sites. There are multiple locations for the temporary fencing system. For instance, if you are looking for shade, the fencing can be a decorative, functional or safety net to provide protection from the sun, wind, debris or other hazards. If you are looking for a fence to keep people in place, safety, aesthetics, or privacy, then you can use the fencing in any of these situations as well.

    You can purchase the temporary fencing panels in pre-fabricated sizes to save money and get exactly what you need. Alternatively, you can individually order the components needed to meet your needs. For example, if you need a barrier to keep children in, then you can order a 20mm temporary fencing panel. Pre-fabricated panels will be available in different sizes to accommodate your specific traffic volume. As long as you specify the required height, width and length and the material you prefer, you can have your construction fencing panels delivered to your door with absolutely no problem.

    More: http://www.turningfilm.com/vsma-reviews-sam-chara/

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    Take your business results to new heights with coaching in 2021

    Business results are the tangible results that an organization creates. They usually fall into two broad categories: Financial and Non-financial results. They also include the intangible results of a firm’s operations that, on an intellectual level, contribute to the firm’s growth and development as a business.

    The top companies in most industries have clearly defined and measurable business results. These top firms have achieved the pinnacle of most corporate ladder because they found innovative and experienced managers and leadership, who understood the real value of competition and set out to build a company on solid fundamentals. Finding a mentor with the necessary skill set and drive to achieve the level of results that your company wants is a critical first step for all businesses. Toyota established itself in North America by hiring and training the very best and the brightest from a pool of former Toyota employees. Finding a mentor is essential if you want to be a global player.

    Having a business coaching mentor gives you two years of insight into how to develop your business and meet the product development goals that you have laid out. Having a coach who can provide you with continuous guidance and advice helps you create an environment where your employees are empowered and motivated to take on challenging projects and improve processes. Having an objective outsider provide candid advice about business results gives you a clear way of measuring and communicating the results to key stakeholders, investors and customers. Having someone like this around to guide you through the sometimes difficult process of change can be priceless.


  • health,  Uncategorized

    How to choose a trusted online pharmacy

    An online pharmacy such as Ozpills, is by definition a commercial eCommerce website that functions over the Internet and delivers orders to consumers via mail, postal services via teir online pharmacy website. This can can be a great way to purchase medication at reasonable prices, if you can find one that has good feedback from satisfied customers, have competitive rates, and are located near your place of residence. Most of these websites require the consumer to pay for shipping of purchased merchandise, but some do not. The best online pharmacies will provide a toll free number for customer service. Some offer free trial trials as well as shipping discounts and coupons. If you find an online prescription drug store that is reputable and has a good reputation by consumers and has received high ratings, you can order from that site.

    Some of the top online pharmacies include CVS, Walgreens, Target, Medicaid, Sam’s Club, and GNC. These pharmacy sites will give you the information you need on each of the products that they carry. For example, CVS works with health insurance and Medicare. You can order your prescriptions online and pick them up in your local area. Walgreens provides products from brands that are approved for safety by the FDA, including GenF20 and Zestropin. Target stores offer brand name and generic products.

    Another popular online way of purchasing is the mail order pharmacy. You can order your medications online, over the phone, through a mail order form, or by visiting their website. With a mail order pharmacy you have many options, including shipping and delivery to your home or office, and you have access to many new and improved products. In addition, you will be able to order your medications online with a lot less hassle than with your regular neighborhood mail order pharmacy. Most mail order pharmacies now offer you the convenience of ordering your medications online and delivering them right to your door. This makes it a good option if you don’t want to drive across town to pick up your medication.

    These days, you may find generic forms of the medication on sale illicitly at places like night clubs or gentlemen’s strip clubs – but this should be avoided so as to ensure avoiding impure contraband medications.

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    Staff recruitment during Covid – how to hire in difficult times

    During normal business conditions, the staff recruitment and selection processes typically are thought of as a single procedure. But the steps that should be taken during Covid, when planning staff recruitment, selecting and proceeding with the selection process and how to recruit appropriate candidates will all make the difference in the final outcome, especially when remote working may become needed during restrictions throughout 2021. The questions that you need answers to are: how to identify the best candidates for each job category, what steps to take when choosing between candidates and what are the recruitment costs? And, of course, how to conduct the actual job interview remotely over Zoom.

    Staff recruitment and selection are most often thought of as a fairly straightforward procedure where candidates who have successfully completed an onboarding process in one recruitment agency or another will be sent a resume and other materials and the on-site manager will perform an interview with the selected candidates. This “one-shot” process may work well if you have simply entered a new arrival into your organization or if the position you’re recruiting for requires some sort of on-going training, remote learning or supervision. But what if you need to replace an existing member of staff or add a new hire to your staff? If your employer has established an onboarding program, you could very well be stuck in the same position as before, subject to the same recruitment costs and the same criteria as your old onboarding candidate. And if you need to go through the same recruitment process with your new arrival, you may end up with two or more new arrivals instead of one.

    Recruitment costs can quickly add up if you are looking to hire a brand new hire and, because recruiting is often done by contract, you may be stuck with recruitment costs that exceed the value of your contract. If your business is growing, hiring can also be a costly proposition. So, to avoid such pitfalls, follow the advice of seasoned staff recruitment consultants and take a multi-faceted approach to recruiting and finding the right people with the right educational background for your organization. For more about recruitment procedures during covid see the Australian Government website.

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    How To Fix A Bad Online Reputation

    The Consequences of a Bad Reputation Online

    Online reputation management is widely regarded as one of the most helpful and affective ways to improve negative opinions about a business or brand. There can be a number of reasons why a company might have suffered with this type of event; from being targeted by a competitor hoping to outshine you in search results, right through to a fake review from a customer. There are simply so many things that could impact your business that half the challenge is keeping on top of them.

    What can happen if you are spoken of in a negative light online?

    One of the biggest concerns that many businesses in this position face is the potential to become less profitable. Although search engines like Google will try to remain impartial, if they spot that a website is held in low regard online they could end up favouring the competition, so the victim site might slowly see a decline in their search result position.

    As you might imagine, this could take a drastic toll on the potential to reach an audience, which can potentially lead to less conversions and a drop in profits.

    Over time, businesses could find themselves facing complete bankruptcy and unfortunately, this happens to more companies than you might imagine. The consequences of a bad online reputation can be dire indeed and that’s why more and more brands and individuals are turning to the assistance of reputation management specialists like MyReputationRepair

    What do reputation management companies do?

    As their name might suggest, it’s the job of these types of experts to manage their client’s digital presence. This could be as simple as monitoring reviews, right through to creating a brand new website to push down negative listings in search results or running a promotional campaign with pens or other promotional items offline. Campaigns are often developed from the ground up, whereby the expert will introduce measures that can help to reduce the damage done from a poor opinion, in favour of helping their client to build themselves back up again.

    One of the most common issues that can impact a brand is a decline in their search result position and this is why the concept of replacing (as opposed to rebuilding) can be so appealing.

    What does this mean?

    If a brand’s site or online presence has become particularly negative and is still visible for specific pages in search results, it can sometimes be more convenient to introduce measures to drop those pages and replace them with fresher ones. Say for example that a website has been hit with multiple unfair reviews, it might still rank well, but the reviews could be affecting conversion rates.

    Instead of tackling those reviews, it could make more sense to create new platforms to force the unsavoury remarks down in search result listings; until they are no longer a concern. This can be quite a technical task to undertake properly however, so enlisting the aid of an expert should be a top priority. With their support and guidance, it can be possible for even the most damaged reputation to repair itself – and for a company or brand to enjoy profitability once again.

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    Who loses when environmental hazard spills go out of control

    The Saudi Oil Fire – Who Loses Out the Most?

    At 4am on Sunday local time, the biggest oil refinery in the world (located in Riyadh) was hit by drone strikes, being impacted in no less than 17 spots. The strikes resulted in a huge oil fire which was contained and controlled due to the rapid response of the Saudis. Around the world, many are worrying about not only the potential act of war; but the effect on the environment, the impact on the local community, the effects on healthcare and water supplies, and the rise in fuel prices.

    Who does the fire affect?

    Saudi Arabia is one of the richest countries in the world, due in large to the fact that it distributes oil to many locations across the globe.

    The first people to be affected will be those that rely on petrol for their vehicles. Within just a few minutes of the fire being announced, prices began to increase.

    Next in line, the fire would have taken its toll on the local flora and fauna species, mainly due to the smoke and toxins entering the atmosphere. With ash settling on the ground nearby, entire plant populations could find themselves struggling for sunlight, so it’s been predicted that many succulents and other hydration-storing flora will suffer.

    With the smoke entering the upper atmosphere over the course of the next few days, the impact is expected to affect the entire region; with toxicity in the air that could take months to properly dissipate.

    Perhaps most extreme of all is the impact on the local farmland – with many suppliers of dairy products, fish, eggs, chicken and livestock, vegetables and fresh fruit all taking a hit. Many farming associations have already placed appeals for funding to help them to overcome the effects of toxins within the soil as a result of the fires calling on the government to bring in foreign environmental spill control and containment specialists Stratex from Australia

    How does the future look?

    In a word; bleak. Although the fires were under control in a matter of hours, the sheer volume of smoke contributed more toxins to the environment than people might imagine. As these toxins are able to spread, the quality of oxygen depletes. Because Riyadh is a dry region, there simply aren’t enough trees to provide fresh supplies of oxygen to counteract the results.

    Fortunately, the wind rapidly changed direction after blowing toward the South-East during the fire and this has helped to dissipate many of the toxins present. The largest volumes will have fallen onto the ocean, which in turn may not affect people directly, but could go on to impact aquatic life and so slow the fishing industry down over the course of the next few years.

    These incidents should never be taken lightly and although contained; the long-lasting consequences of the smoke, ash and toxicity remain to be seen. Sewage equipment experts and environmental scientists are still working on their evaluations of the potential damage for the future.

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    Home Conversions for 2019

    Converting your Home in to a Luxury Home

    Owning your own home is something that most people aspire to in their lives, and not just for the ability to own a property. For many people, a home represents a personal space; something that is as much a part of you as any family member. Decorating a home can be very exciting, although the way in which a home is furnished can make a huge difference to the overall look and feel of the property. Here’s a look at the subtle differences that spell the cross between a standard home and a trend setter home.

    Colour Schemes for Renovations

    It’s no secret that different colours create different atmospheres within a home, and choosing the right theme is the first step in defining whether yours will be one of the luxury homes in Perth, or fall by the wayside. Whether you’ve had your home built by a luxury home builders firm, or if you purchased it from another owner; there’s nothing to say that you can’t strip it down to its bare bones and start over new.

    Pinks, peaches and light reds always create a pleasant, warm atmosphere and even the largest rooms can benefit from a few coats of paint in these shades. Alternatively; shades of green and blue can help to create a more comfortable atmosphere, and these colours promote the feeling of life and vibrancy.

    Unique Features of a home renovation

    One of the main differences between standard and luxury display homes are the features that are contained without the home itself. These features include swimming pools, balconies, walk in wardrobes and even conservatories. The whole point of owning a luxury home is to live in luxury, so the more of these features that you can install; the better the result will be.

    Fortunately, luxury display homes in Australia are few and far between. With the most predominant homes being surrounded by wilderness; owners are often free to choose from any styles or preferences that they prefer. Installing a swimming pool is usually best undertaken by professional luxury builders, as they will know exactly what needs doing to ensure that the project is handled correctly.

    When installing balconies, it’s also important to consider the direction that they will be facing, as they can often create a ‘greenhouse’ effect within any rooms connected to the balcony; and this can be very unwanted during those hotter months.

    Converting Previous Features

    Most homes will contain a full list of specifications that will include the size of the rooms, where they are located, any access points and window spaces too. Most planning authorities will overlook internal changes to a home, although if a more extensive conversion is required then the home owner will require planning permission.

    A luxury home should do exactly what is says on the tin; to provide luxury to the occupants in a noticeable fashion. Anyone entering the home should appreciated the aesthetics, and anyone living there should feel like they are entirely relaxed at all times.

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