The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-04-10T06:00:37Z Flooding offers mixed conditions for autumn planting 2017-04-10T06:00:37Z flooding-offers-mixed-conditions-for-autumn-planting Widespread rain across much of the country has created mixed conditions for planting winter pastures, with farmers advised to plant now or monitor soil moisture closely over the coming weeks. Allan Mudford is the Northern Product Development Manager for PGG Wrightson Seeds Australia and said the there is an opportunity for producers in the western zones of south east Queensland to plant oats and annual ryegrass. “Flooding and water logging in the eastern zones will however delay planting, but I would suggest farmers plant any higher ground with an annual rye grass like Winter Star II or Diamond T as soon as possible,” Mr Mudford said. “I would then suggest planting Italian varieties like Concord II or Nourish for late winter and spring/summer production when the lower country dries out.” Farmers living in flooded areas should also prepare for Autumn planting now. “Farmers living in flooded areas should be prepared to plant as soon as possible if no follow up rain occurs – before the colder soil and air temperatures set in,” Mr Mudford said. “In areas that have been dry all this summer current rain will allow a good opportunity to plant over the next two to three weeks.” Mr Mudford said Autumn offers the ideal window for planting winter pasture. “Autumn is that time of year that can set you up for 12 months of production. A good autumn planting can produce more pasture over your winter period, and that results in more profitability on farm,” Mr Mudford said. “When selecting a pasture variety, farmers should determine what periods they are more likely to need more feed and plan by using different varieties. For example, some producers need early winter production and some need more feed later in the winter.” An ideal planting profile would include early and late maturing pastures, to enable a high volume of winter feed and late-season pasture for hay and silage, that could be used for next winter or even in a drought. “10 years ago farmers used to plant one variety of pasture, now 60 percent of farmers use different varieties to create different production curves,” Mr Mudford explained. “There are better genetics in the varieties today and they are growing longer into the season then what they used to.” Timing is critical, with planting technique and soil moisture impacting optimum growth. “Some of the flood irrigation does not work - you can have plant damage, so the type of irrigation is very critical,” Mr Mudford explained. “It’s also important to have a good understanding of the root structure of your plants and monitor soil moisture, so you get the most bang for your dollar in terms of irrigation water.” Mr Mudford said Concord II is a good consistent variety of pasture that is suited to a wide range of soils and environmental conditions across Australia. “Concord II is fast establishing, has good rebound after grazing and has a nice densely tillered, which leads to more feed for the cows to consume,” Mr Mudford said. “It also has an exceptionally long season to it - in the north we get it to grow into late January and silage coming into Spring and Summer.” With 18 years’ experience with PGG Wrightson Seeds Australia, Mr Mudford visits a number of farms and advises farmers in different areas with different farming conditions. “Our staff have a good base knowledge of how farmers are achieving higher productivity in a large range of environments. We get to visit a wide range of farms and sometimes they have problems and sometimes they have great stories of high productivity, so we can share those stories,” Mr Mudford said. For more information on how Concord II can improve your pasture production, contact your local PGG Wrightson Seeds’ Sales Agronomist as listed at www.pggwrightsonseeds.com.au Ends. Photo Caption - Allan Mudford, PGG Wrightson Seeds Northern Product Development Manager For media enquiries: C7EVEN Communications Adam Arndell, 02 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 adam.arndell@c7even.com.au Leading South African vet to showcase trace mineral impact on bull fertility in Australian tour 2017-04-04T00:00:22Z leading-south-african-vet-to-showcase-trace-mineral-impact-on-bull-fertility-in-australian-tour Prominent South African veterinarian Dr Martin Ferreira will touch down in Australia this week for a tour highlighting the benefits of trace minerals on bull fertility and semen quality. Dr Ferreira, whose current research investigates the effect of injectable trace minerals on bull semen quality and its freezing and fawning, arrives on Saturday April 8 and will present at six events across Australia on the six-day tour. A guest of Virbac Australia, Dr Ferreira will present on the latest in trace mineral science and how trace minerals can assist in bull fertility and semen quality. The tour is targeted at cattle veterinarians, reproduction professionals, and beef/dairy producers and aims to improve knowledge and understanding of trace minerals, which are essential for fertility and optimal production in beef and dairy cattle. Virbac Australia Livestock Nutrition Specialist, Dr Jerry Liu, said the tour was a chance for industry participants to hear from Dr Ferreira, who has over 24 years consulting experience with leading South African animal health companies. “We are excited to be hosting Dr Ferreira, who will present cutting edge, world class information to Australian industry professionals and beef and dairy producers,” Dr Liu said. “For beef and dairy producers, the chance to learn the latest in trace mineral science from a global expert is truly unique.” He said in addition to his trace minerals work, Dr Ferreira had over 26 years of experience as a professional vet, with his work taking him to many parts of the African continent, including Kenya, Zambia and Uganda. “With Dr Ferreira’s current area of research being the effects of trace mineral supplementation on bull semen quality, it’s a unique opportunity to hear from a global leader in the field,” Dr Liu said. “Dr Ferreira has also provided productivity consultation for beef, dairy and feedlot operations as well as operating his own cattle property for 21 years.” Dr Ferreira is scheduled to speak at locations including Camden in NSW, Gippsland and Western Region in Victoria, and Toowoomba and Rockhampton in Queensland, on the tour. Whilst the events are invitation only, Virbac Australia welcomes the media to interview Dr Ferreira during his visit, as well as attend any of the local events. State Date Time Town Where NSW Saturday 8th April 9:00 – 16:00 Camden, NSW The University of Sydney, Mayfarm VIC Sunday 9th April Dinner time Gippsland, VIC TBA VIC Monday 10th April 11:30 – 13:00 Ensay, VIC Little River Inn (64-70 Johnston St) VIC Tuesday 11th April 10:30 – 12:00 Gazette, VIC Moyle Pathfinder Angus (2126 MacArthur-Penshurst Rd) 14:00 – 15:30 Camperdown, VIC Total Livestock Genetics (4969 Princes Highway) QLD Wednesday 12st April 12:30 – 15:00 East Toowoomba, QLD Toowoomba Motel (2 Burnage St) 18:30 onwards Toogoolawah, QLD South East Country Vets (31 Cairnscroft St) WA Thursday 13th April 10:00 – 12:30 North Rockhampton, QLD Park Avenue Hotel (Cnr Haynes & Main St) Media Opportunity Dr Martin Ferreira will deliver a presentation on bull fertility and semen quality, and how trace minerals can help. Interview opportunity with Dr Martin Ferreira, - Ends - Contact: Adam Arndell, C7EVEN Communications, 0403 372 889 / 02 6766 4513 Martin Ferreira: Martin Ferreira is a veterinarian specialist in herd health and preventative medicine. He completed his Masters of Veterinary Medicine (Bovine) at the University of Pretoria in 2000 and is currently completing his PhD at the University of Pretoria. His area of research investigates the effect of injectable trace mineral supplementation on bull semen quality, and its freezing and fawning. Mr Ferreira has over 26 years of veterinary experience in mixed practice, and over 24 years of experience working as a consultant for various animal health companies in South Africa. His work has taken him to various parts of the African continent, including Kenya, Zambia & Uganda. Virbac Australia: Virbac (Australia) Pty Ltd is a specialist animal health company, with its core business in sheep and cattle products, veterinary pharmaceuticals and vaccines, a wide range of pet care products for dogs and cats, plus a broad range of products for horses. Virbac Australia’s 2015 sales turnover was more than A$120 million. In Australia, Virbac employs around 260 personnel, all of whom are passionate about animal health. Virbac offers an injectable product called Multimin, designed to top-up important trace minerals (manganese, zinc, selenium and copper) in beef and dairy cattle. The focus of trace mineral supplementation has developed to beyond merely correcting deficiency symptoms. Strategic mineral supplementation is aimed at the optimisation of reproductive performance, immune function and growth, resulting in significant improvements in productivity and subsequently profitability. Further information on Multimin can be found here. PGG Wrightson Seeds Base AR37 tops Australian Forage Value Index 2017-03-02T05:00:14Z pgg-wrightson-seeds-base-ar37-tops-australian-forage-value-index PGG Wrightson Seeds Base AR37 perennial ryegrass, has topped the charts in the new Australian Forage Value Index, just released by Dairy Australia. The Forage Value Index has found Base AR37 perennial ryegrass to be the highest performing cultivar throughout South West Victoria, Gippsland, Northern Victoria and Tasmania across most seasons. PGG Wrightson Seeds, National Sales & Marketing Manager, Cameron Henley says the Index results support the company’s long-term, ongoing commitment to research and development, which he says is the foundation for developing great pasture cultivars. “Since 1938 PGG Wrightson Seeds has proudly led the development of improved pasture plant genetics in Australia and it is the rigour of our research and testing that helps us select elite material,” said Cameron. “We work closely with farmers to get the balance right and we are pleased that Base AR37 has been recognised as the top performing cultivar across south-east Australia.” The Forage Value Index is a rating system that helps Australian dairy producers and their advisors to make more informed decisions when selecting perennial ryegrass cultivars and provides an accurate, reliable and independent assessment of the potential economic value of perennial ryegrass cultivars in different dairy regions of south-east Australia. As an excellent late season quality feed Base AR37 has shown excellent persistence and very high tiller density, high dry matter production and is unsurpassed for dry matter yield. For more information on how Base AR37 perennial ryegrass can improve your pasture production, contact your local PGG Wrightson Seeds’ Sales Agronomist as listed at www.pggwrightsonseeds.com.au The Australian Forage Value Index is a partnership between Dairy Australia, Agriculture Victoria, DairyNZ, the Australian Seed Federation and Meat and Livestock Australia. Further information about the Australian Forage Value Index and the 2017 Forage Value Index Pasture Tables are available at: http://www.dairyaustralia.com.au/Pastures-and-Feeding/Pasture/Forage-Value-Index.aspx Ends. For media enquiries: C7EVEN Communications Adam Arndell, 02 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 adam.arndell@c7even.com.au Tech21 brings parents unlimited fun family time with Evo Play 2017-02-21T02:20:13Z tech21-brings-parents-unlimited-fun-family-time-with-evo-play SYDNEY, 21 February, 2017 – Tech21, the leader in impact protection for mobile devices has launched its new range of cases for the iPad in Australia: Evo Play. “Kids + iPads” isn’t always the safest pairing if your iPad isn’t protected, but it can certainly be one of the most fun for inquisitive minds. Whether it’s watching the latest episode of Peppa Pig or navigating through the back garden jungle discovering new wildlife, iPads can open up a world of exploration, but more often than not, a small chip here or a little crack there means that fun can be cut short. Prolong the play time and keep that shiny new look and feel to your iPad even when little fingers have put it through its paces thanks to tech21’s new iPad case, Evo Play. This comfortable and lightweight case has been designed to offer unbeatable drop protection from up to two metres, and with its iconic design, vibrant colours and handy multi-use handle, this case will remove any glimmer of fear you had in handing over your iPad to your children. This case is constructed almost entirely from tech21’s unique material, FlexShock™ Foam, meaning all sides and surfaces are protected from drops as the material moulds snugly to your iPad. Better still, the case is entirely dishwasher safe, so it’s easy to keep clean, and when it’s on your iPad, its sealed outer shell is abrasion/bite resistant, preventing any bacteria from getting in under the surface. “We’ve designed the all-new Evo Play with kids in mind. We know children love to learn, play and explore, and we recognise iPads are a great way for them to do this. However, they may not love your precious iPad back, so Evo Play is there for you,” comments Jason Roberts, CEO, tech21. “Evo Play is lightweight and comfortable for little hands to hold, yet strong enough to keep your iPad safe from tumbles and drops.” Evo Play is available in pink/purple and blue/green colours from tech21.com, RRP $79.95 for Apple iPad mini, mini 2, mini 3 & mini 4, and RRP $109.95 for Apple iPad Air 2. Much like all of tech21’s products, Evo Play comes with a simple promise: it’s rigorously tested to work harmoniously with your iPad. Like the technology it’s designed to protect, it uses the latest science, ingenious design and unbeatable user-friendliness to make advanced impact protection possible. Tech21 calls it ‘Protection Made Intelligent’. ### For further information, questions, or cases for review, please contact: Jim Barker, tech21/Poem Phone: +61 418 163 770 Email: jim@poemgroup.com.au High-res images: Download here About tech21 Since 2005, tech21 has been developing the most advanced, scientifically proven cases and screen shields for mobile, tablet and laptop devices worldwide. Tech21 combines science, engineering and British design to create products that address three core consumer benefits: style, protection and performance. As the brand evolves to continue meeting the needs of its consumers, tech21 has developed the most advanced impact protection material on the market – FlexShock™. The ultra-thin and lightweight material absorbs and dissipates force and can withstand drops up to 4 metres. In addition tech21 puts all its products through a rigorous testing program, and in an industry first has partnered with the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) to develop its testing methodology. This ensures that the tests tech21 products have to pass are overseen by independent experts. Tech21 is the number one case brand in the UK. For more information, visit tech21.com. Virbac Australia's Commercial Manager recognised as a finalist in the 2016 Telstra NSW Business Women's Award 2016-09-27T02:47:04Z virbac-australia-s-commercial-manager-recognised-as-a-finalist-in-the-2016-telstra-nsw-business-women-s-award Virbac Australia’s Commercial Manager, Sarah Hunter has been named as a finalist in the 2016 NSW Telstra Business Awards. The highly sought after Awards not only recognise Australia’s most exceptional business women but are a symbol of business excellence. John Embling, General Manager Virbac Australia said: “Sarah is one of the most senior women in the $1Bn animal health market in Australia and her selection as a finalist in these Awards is a fitting accolade and we are thrilled that her contribution to the industry has been given the recognition it deserves.” With experience spanning two decades and two continents, Sarah says she sees her role as a finalist as an opportunity to promote Australian agriculture - and animal health - as a vibrant and exciting industry in which to build a career. “I am a proud Agricultural Science graduate from the University of Sydney and I love to showcase the myriad – and sometimes not immediately obvious – pathways that exist for those whose passion is for agriculture and veterinary science,” she said. “It is also great to show the way in which progressive leadership and business approaches fit naturally with creative problem-solving - a cornerstone of both agricultural and veterinary innovation” she added. Since joining Virbac Australia in 2004, Sarah and her team have been unlocking value at all levels by asking, “why not?” and breaking new ground in the way they do business and she says, anyone can do it. “All you need is to be prepared to test yourself, back yourself and not be afraid to tread a different path to everyone else.” Sarah is a finalist in the Corporate and Private Award category and will attend the Gala Dinner at Doltone House in Pyrmont on 11 October 2016 where the 2016 Telstra NSW Business Women’s Award winners will be announced. “We wish Sarah every success at the Awards and hope to see her contend the national award next month,” said John. Ends. MIKE BAIRD IS UP FOR ADOPTION! PETA NAMES GREYHOUND IN PREMIER'S HONOUR 2016-08-23T21:44:25Z mike-baird-is-up-for-adoption-peta-names-greyhound-in-premier-s-honour-1 For Immediate Release: 24 August 2016 Contact: Laura Weyman-Jones 0415 889 419; LauraWJ@peta.org.au Ashley Fruno +852 6718 4282 (Hong Kong); AshleyF@peta.org.au MIKE BAIRD IS UP FOR ADOPTION! PETA NAMES GREYHOUND IN PREMIER'S HONOUR Group Thanks Premier Baird for Racing Ban With Namesake Pup Sydney – In the wake of the Parliament of New South Wales' historic decision to end greyhound racing in the state, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Australia has sponsored and named a dog after Premier Mike Baird. Last night’s vote to pass the legislation through the lower house means anyone who conducts greyhound races in the state after July 2017 could face a year in jail. Three-year-old Mike the dog (photo available here) recently arrived at Friends of the Hound in Newcastle after being surrendered by a local racing owner. "Not unlike Mike Baird the politician, Mike Baird the dog loves a bit of exercise as well as spending time on the couch watching The Bachelor", says Friends of the Hound volunteer Kay Mills. "After spending the past three years running for his life, he deserves a loving home and family." New South Wales joins a list of governments around the world that have banned greyhound racing. In the industry, greyhounds are "discarded" once they're deemed too old, slow, or injured to race profitably. "Thanks to the Baird government, tens of thousands of dogs' lives will be saved", says PETA Australia Associate Director of Campaigns Ashley Fruno. "But the responsibility does not rest solely with policymakers, as everyone can do their part to ensure dogs like Mike finally get the life they deserve." PETA encourages all prospective dog guardians to adopt from an animal shelter instead of buying from pet stores or breeders. For more information about adopting Mike, go to FriendsOfTheHound.org.au or PETA.org.au. Interview Offer: vegetarian eating up 30 per cent in NSW 2016-08-16T22:45:03Z interview-offer-vegetarian-eating-up-30-per-cent-in-nsw Have you noticed that more and more people you know have stopped eating meat? The official numbers are in: during the past four years, vegetarian eating has boomed in Australia – and especially in New South Wales, where it has jumped more than 30 per cent. A poll released this week by Roy Morgan revealed that between 2012 and 2016, the number of Australian adults who eat "all or almost all vegetarian" foods rose from 1.7 million people (9.7 per cent of the population) to almost 2.1 million (11.2 per cent) – and vegetarian eating in New South Wales rose from 9.5 per cent to 12.4 per cent! Researchers also found that while more than 60.7 per cent of Australian adults are overweight or obese, the same is true for only 45.4 per cent of vegetarians, who tend to have a lower body mass index. And it seems that word is spreading about the health benefits associated with giving meat the chop, as more than half (53.4 per cent) of Aussies agree that they're "eating less red meat these days". Besides a slimmer waistline, there are many other benefits to eating vegetarian. Meat has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, and the World Health Organisation has classified processed meat as carcinogenic and red meat as probably carcinogenic to humans. In addition to being bad for our health, animal agriculture is a leading contributor to "the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global", according to the United Nations, which has also said that a global shift towards vegan eating is vital to combat the worst effects of climate change. And of course, there's the inexcusable suffering endured by the 600 million animals who are killed annually in Australia for their flesh. We'd be happy to arrange for a spokesperson to talk with you about the rise of vegetarian eating in Australia, so please let me know if you're interested. Warm regards, Laura Weyman-Jones Press Officer PETA Australia 0415 889 419 LauraWJ@peta.org.au FRACTIONAL PRIVATE JET OWNERSHIP HEADED TO AUSTRALIA 2016-02-19T02:49:19Z fractional-private-jet-ownership-headed-to-australia Australia is set to receive the latest mode of air travel, fractional jet ownership.  After more than 12 months of planning, YOURJET was formally launched during an event hosted by the QLD Government Department of State Development and the Australian High Commission in Singapore. Company Director Jason Hazell recognised an opportunity to bring the model to Australia after hearing the same messages from people every time he travelled.  “People are increasingly frustrated with commercial air travel but left with few choices.  YOURJET brings the efficiencies and benefits of private jet travel to people that don’t need or can’t justify the cost of an entire aircraft.”  YOURJET’s fractional model is based on successful programs operating in Europe, Asia and the US with enhancements to suit the Australian market.  A fleet of brand new aircraft each owned by up to four businesses or individuals will be managed and operated by YOURJET.  Owners will automatically gain access to the entire fleet significantly increasing aircraft availability even when “their” aircraft is being used by another owner. Flight bookings are made with the easy to use online reservation system, which is backed up by a 24/7 customer support team.  The flight operations department takes the hassle out of jet ownership by managing all maintenance, servicing, fueling, cleaning and catering.  This means that all the owner has to do is arrive at the private jet terminal and get on their way.  The use of private jet terminals is where the model really offers time savings, doing away with airport queues and waiting around.  Coupled with the ability to fly directly to their destination, owners can shave hours off their current travel times particularly when flying from capital cities to regional centres. Speaking after the event in Singapore, Mr Hazell said “Almost 1.5 Million people flew between Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne in November 2015 alone.  Even with each person spending one hour wasted in transit, that’s a lot of unproductive time.  We’ve been talking to businesses that can’t afford that kind of waste and are looking for a flexible, affordable option to move key staff between cities across Australia.” The Singapore Airshow provided the opportunity for some of the first potential participants to view the aircraft that they could own a share in, the Embraer Phenom 300.  The award winning aircraft is the leader in the light jet category, quickly becoming the most popular choice for fractional ownership programs, particularly in the US. Not just for the business traveler, YOURJET also caters for individuals looking for the flexibility and convenience of private travel.  The range of the Phenom 300 means a party of eight can easily fly direct to places like Queenstown or Fiji from the East Coast of Australia while South East Asia can be reached with a short stop for fuel in Darwin. YOURJET will employ a team of experienced pilots that will receive training on the jet from the manufacturer.  Ongoing training will be provided by a major Australian flight training school to ensure their skills remain current. Mr Hazell continues to operate other successful aviation businesses providing consulting and aeronautical design in Australia and the Asia Pacific Regions.  As a highly experienced aeronautical engineer Mr Hazell brings more than 30 years of aviation knowledge to YOURJET ensuring the program offers quality and value for the owners underpinned by the highest standards of aviation safety. With a maximum of four owners per aircraft, the first aircraft are expected to be taken up quickly.  “There’s no other program in Australia that lets you own a brand new jet for a ¼ of the price.  We’re really excited to launch this innovative model today and offer our customers the ability to transform their travel with YOURJET.” For media enquires contact:   Paul Robbie General Manager 1300 598 538 paul.robbie@yourjet.com.au Veterans Week Family Fun Day 2015-09-29T02:58:53Z veterans-week-family-fun-day Veterans Health Week Family Fun Day “PTSD affects everyone in the Family” Sunday 11th October 11:00am – 17:00 Semaphore Foreshore + Semaphore Port Adelaide RSL 10 Semaphore Road Cost free / donations Veterans Week Family Fun Day “PTSD affects everyone in the Family” Event Summary  Veterans’ Health Week Family Day will kick-off around 11am with a day of Fun, free and ticketed family entertainment. Families can enjoy carousel rides, inflatable games, a petting zoo, Face Painter, ARMY Display, Music, Activity games, and much more!  Many activities are free, some activities require a $2 donation and some are at cost. Pack your Picnic Rug and chairs, bring your own picnic or something from one of the nearby café’s and takeaways. There is also a BBQ Lunch which will be served from 12pm thanks to the Semaphore & Port Adelaide RSL. Stick around for a Family Disco Karaoke (Bop till you Drop) at 4:00pm at the nearby Semaphore & Port Adelaide RSL. Were all the Raffles and Prizes will be given out. Detailed list of activities: Petting Zoo free 11 – 3pm Inflatable Bounce free 11 – 1pm $2 Donation 1 – 3pm Carousel Rides free 11 – 1pm at Cost 1 – 3pm Mini Games and Races free 130 – 3pm Musician free 1pm Information Stands / Displays free 11 – 3pm o    ADF / Army o    DCO – Defence Community Organisation  Soldier On DVA – Department of Veterans’ Affairs Defence Shed / Semaphore Port Adelaide RSL Family Disco Karaoke (Bop till you Drop) free 4:00pm – 530pm  Musician free 530pm-7pm Family Fun Day is for Young Veterans’ / Current Serving ADF Personnel and their Families, Older Veterans and their Grand Children to enjoy time out together. Family Fun Day will take place down on the grass area on the Semaphore foreshore. The Event is an opportunity to raise awareness of, and encourage participation in, activities that promote and maintain mental health and wellbeing of our veterans, war widows, widowers, current and ex-Australian Defence Force members and their families. Veteran’s will be able to connect with the local Community and other Veteran’s to help influence the health and wellbeing of themselves and their friends. Monies raised during the event will go towards the Semaphore Port Adelaide Defence Shed. See Defence Shed NETGEAR announces world's first 100% wireless high-definition smart house security camera 2015-03-26T05:23:06Z netgear-announces-world-s-first-100-wireless-high-definition-smart-house-security-camera SYDNEY, Australia — 26 March, 2015 —NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTGR) (www.netgear.com.au), a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers, is today launching in Australia a breakthrough in self-monitored home security with its new Arlo™ Smart Home Security Camera (www.Arlo.com/au). It will be available from today at all major retailers. Arlo is the first and only 100 percent wireless WiFi security camera with crystal-clear, high definition video. Monitor your home from every possible angle, inside or out, with these outdoor-ready cameras that are equipped with night vision to give you HD video around the clock. The combination of easy installation, battery-operated true wireless design, and weatherproof construction provides you with the ability to set up a camera wherever you want, without worrying about finding a power outlet or the hassle of inconvenient power cords. The clean compact design of the Arlo camera – smaller than a bar of soap – takes up minimal space so you can easily and discreetly place them where you want – from the baby’s room to the tree trunk in the front yard, or on the backyard fence. Arlo’s real-time notifications give you peace of mind that your home, children, pets, car, holiday house, small business, or any other site of importance, is being monitored. You’ll get email or app notifications with best-in-class cloud access on your smartphone or tablet. With the intuitive free Arlo app, you can watch live streamed or recorded videos, see motion event recordings, customise activity alerts and arm/disarm motion-sensors. Arlo will alert you instantly if an event occurs, and you can tap into as many as four simultaneous camera streams to watch from your desktop, notebook computer or favourite mobile device. You’ll never again have to wonder if your children arrived home safely, if the package was delivered as planned, whether you left the garage door open, or what (or who) is getting into your rubbish bins at night! There is an overwhelmingly positive response from consumers to the prospect of a fully connected smart home, according to research from GfK.** “As consumers become more tech savvy they increasingly rely on technology to support and manage their lifestyle,” says Norrelle Goldring, Spokesperson for GfK Australia. “This is evidenced in Australia where sales of smart devices, when taken together, now outsell traditional devices. Share of WiFi is increasing in almost all technical consumer goods product categories.” Demand for connected home products is on the rise here in Australia, with retailer JB Hi-Fi seeing continued growth in the category. “We have entered the growth stage of the “Connected Home”, says Bruce Thierbach, JB Hi-Fi, General Manager IT and Accessories. “Products that allow us to control and secure our home environment are now finally in the hands of consumers, they will add real value and this is only the start. These products, such as lighting system controls, power saving plugs and home security and monitoring devices are easy to set up and they remove the cost of expensive wiring and programing, opening up our customers to the world of Secure, Monitor and Automate. We welcome Arlo to the market, being one of the first products to fit these criteria.” The Arlo camera is designed to enable devices to communicate with one another and even act as triggers for other connected devices. NETGEAR is partnering with innovative Internet of Things (IoT) device manufacturers to further enhance the Arlo Home Security Camera. To that end, NETGEAR has formed a partnership with LiFX® (LiFX.co), a leading provider of WiFi and mesh radio enabled, multi-color, LED light bulbs. The integration of LiFX light bulbs will bring endless manipulation of home lighting to Arlo customers. Stay tuned for the exciting developments of this partnership and others throughout 2015. “With the explosive growth and early adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT), consumers are telling us they value smart devices that help them monitor property and loved ones to give them peace of mind,” said Pat Collins, vice president of smart home products at NETGEAR. “But not everyone needs a professionally-monitored, expensive security system with 24/7 surveillance, and on-call personnel. Furthermore, people want to place cameras in places where a power outlet is difficult to come by. Arlo is the only camera that can deliver secure monitoring in HD, without the need for a power outlet at all. Because the camera is battery operated, you can take it anywhere inside a perimeter of up to 150 feet from the base station. Because it’s easy to initialise with a push of a button, setup is seamless.”Key Features of Arlo Smart Home Security Camera The Arlo Smart Home Security Camera offers many desirable capabilities and benefits that will make remote monitoring hassle-free, day or night, indoors or out: ·       Patented 100 percent wire-free design for easy placement and convenient relocation from room to room ·       Stunning HD detail (720p resolution) with a wide 130-degree field of view to catch the activities you need to see ·       Night vision for crystal-clear images even in the dark ·       Robust, weatherproofed double-shell case for maximum protection from sun, wind, rain, snow and curious pets and children ·       Motion sensors activate customisable alerts for real-time email or app notifications ·       Easy setup with magnetic mounts for installing multiple cameras in minutes ·       Compact, discreet form factor for inconspicuous placement ·       Ultra-low power consumption with long-lasting battery life up to 6 months* ·       Secure cloud storage infrastructure and up to four concurrent camera streams to mobile or desktop browsers ·       Free apps for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets and for the Kindle™ for watching live streamed or recorded videos  Pricing and Availability The NETGEAR Arlo Smart Home Security Kits start with one camera (VMS3130) available from $349 and go all the way up to three camera kits from all major retailers. Add-on cameras (VMC3030) will be sold separately from $249. Items sold separately require an existing Arlo Smart Home Security Kit. The Arlo Smart Home Security Camera Kits include: ·       HD outdoor cameras (number of cameras vary depending on kit purchased) equipped with motion sensors and night vision capability ·       Smart home base station that can also “talk” to other connected devices ·       Four magnetic dome mounts per camera– two for securing each camera wherever you need it, and two extra mounts to make moving each camera around the home easy ·       200 MB of free cloud storage for videos ·       Free apps for displaying and managing the cameras and video from iOS or Android™ smartphones and tablets ·       Access via popular browsers on Mac® computers and PCs  More Information Learn more about NETGEAR Arlo Smart Home Security at www.Arlo.com/au. About NETGEAR, Inc. NETGEAR (NASDAQ: NTGR) is a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers. For consumers, the company makes high performance, dependable and easy to use home networking, storage and digital media products to connect people with the Internet and their content and devices. For businesses, NETGEAR provides networking, storage and security solutions without the cost and complexity of big IT. The company also supplies top service providers with retail-proven, mobile broadband solutions for their customers on the go. NETGEAR products are built on a variety of proven technologies such as wireless, Ethernet and Powerline, with a focus on reliability and ease-of-use. NETGEAR products are sold in approximately 45,000 retail locations around the globe, and through approximately 36,000 value-added resellers. The company's headquarters are in San Jose, Calif., with additional offices in over 25 countries. NETGEAR is an ENERGY STAR® partner. More information is available at www.NETGEAR.com or by calling (408) 907-8000. 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NETGEAR undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. Inspiring Women Calendar 2015 targets $20,000 for animals 2014-11-05T21:41:11Z inspiring-women-calendar-2015-targets-20-000-for-animals THE first Inspiring Women Calendar aims to raise $20,000 for the Animal Welfare League of Qld (AWLQ) to re-home 40 pets when it is officially launched on November 14 at the Urban Paradise Gallery in Surfers Paradise. Calendar founder Karen Low, of Inspiring Change Now, said the idea came to her ‘within five seconds’ at an Inspiring Women of the Gold Coast event in May this year. “I’m passionate about animals, the environment, supporting people to achieve their goals, making a positive, sustainable difference and I’ve always wanted to be body painted!” Ms Low said. “It’s about inspiring women who are community minded and supporting animals.” The calendar features women body painted by artist Robyn Janetzki as animals to raise funds for animals and most feature in the month of their birthdays. They include for January - Aldwyn Altuney (lion); February - Trudy Vesotsky (peacock); March - Donna Fisher (weedy seadragon); April - Jo Kane (bilby); May - Julie Kay (golden retriever); June - Annette Spanski (rainbow lorikeet); July - Kobe Steele (orangutan); August - Ro London (sea turtle); September – Karen Low (tiger); October - Kerry Fitzgibbon (southern corroboree frog); November - Simone Sleep (lizard) and December - Taflyn Fiola (sugar glider). The cover photo is model Alana Nicholls, who was painted as a butterfly. Ms Low said the AWLQ cared for about 10,000 stray and abandoned animals annually from south-east Queensland.  “They receive no government funding for welfare work, relying predominantly on the community for support,” she said. “The AWLQ cannot continue its welfare work, caring for homeless animals without the financial support of the community.  The direct costs involved in re-homing each animal are about $500.” She said the charity fundraising project was important to support animals and raise awareness for amazing organisations and people within the community, who often gave so much to others without acknowledgement or recognition.  “The Inspiring Women Calendar 2015 acknowledges inspiring women supporting the welfare and humane treatment of animals and pets that need re-homing,” she said. “I plan to continue releasing a calendar each year, supporting a charity or community organisation, as animals, community and making a difference are important to me and close to my heart.” The calendar launch on Friday, November 14, will be at the Urban Paradise Gallery, in Piazza building, 3221 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise, from 7-10pm. Entry is $25, which includes a calendar, drink on arrival, nibbles, art auction, live body painting, laser light show, music and raffles. To book or purchase a calendar for $15, go to www.inspiringchangenow.com.au and connect on www.facebook.com/InspiringChangeNow   Action Sheds Australia Provides Tips for Removing Stubborn Stains from a Shed’s Concrete Slab 2014-08-15T03:44:16Z action-sheds-australia-provides-tips-for-removing-stubborn-stains-from-a-shed-s-concrete-slab Perth, WA, 15 August 2014 - No matter what kind of shed one has, it usually has a concrete slab as a floor. Since sheds are often used for so many different hobbies, errands or work-related tasks, they are subject to a variety of spills, ranging from food to chemicals of all varieties. Recently, on the company blog, Action Sheds Australia owner Max Italiano provided a guide to removing problem stains from cement shed floors. In his many years of providing sheds of all shapes and sizes to the Perth market, Mr Italiano has been asked to help satisfied customers with a wide range of problem stains. General RecommendationsMr Italiano recommends some broad overall guidelines when working with stains in an enclosed shed. One of the first things he recommends is to blot all spills immediately with a paper or cloth towel and make sure not to use a wiping motion. Due to the porous nature of concrete, a wiping motion can push the spill deeper into the concrete, making it more difficult to remove.Often, immediate attention that includes spraying the area with a water hose can remove many substances before they have time to become stains. Mr Italiano also recommends a proactive approach: purchasing cleaners specifically made for any chemicals or substances that are regularly used in the shed.However, Mr Italiano cautions that one must always pay close attention to the labels of any cleaner or solvent and keep the shed well-ventilated when using any solvent or chemical.One of the more tried and true methods for removing spills and stains from concrete is to use a poultice which usually consists of a cleaner or solvent covered with an absorbent material such as cat litter, which seems to be the most popular choice. Specific StainsChewing GumTo remove chewing gum, Mr Italiano recommends using ice to make it cold first. This solidifies it and often makes it possible to remove it all in one step. If it doesn’t all come off, a poultice consisting of methylated spirits and cat litter will usually remove the remaining gum.CoffeeCoffee can often be removed by soap and water. Obstinate coffee stains can be removed by a poultice consisting of one part glycerol to four parts water. It is recommended to let the poultice sit for 24 hours.FungusSince fungus is a colony of living microorganisms, it is easily neutralised by chlorine bleach. It is recommended to let the bleach sit for two days and then use a stiff bristled brush to remove the residue.Oil and GreaseOil and grease are typical “shop” spills and should be treated immediately with cat litter or sawdust. After it dries, any remaining oil or grease should be removed by a degreaser or solvent that is product-specific to whatever was spilled.According to Mr Italiano, “As long as you obey fundamentals and manufacturers instructions, you’ll be fine.”Action Sheds Australia provides storage sheds, industrial sheds, farm sheds and barns from their location in Perth. To learn more or for an estimate, call 1300 778 628 or visit their website: http://www.actionsheds.com.au/. Poor Ventilation Can Put Horses and Cows at Risk 2014-07-11T03:55:18Z poor-ventilation-can-put-horses-and-cows-at-risk Perth, WA, 11 July 2014 - Ventilation is an important factor that is often overlooked by barn owners. Even in barns that are only used for equipment, it is important to keep air flowing through the barn to keep gases, dust and pathogens to a minimum.Health ConcernsIn a barn with animals, the consequences of bad ventilation are easily perceived. Animal waste contains gases such as hydrogen sulfide, methane and ammonia. All are toxic, two are flammable and all smell so bad that most people are convinced of the importance of ventilation in their presence.Humidity plays a factor, too. A barn that is too dry causes dust that can affect animals’ respiratory systems and can dry out the nasal mucosa of a cow. A barn that is too humid can make a cow or horse’s coat less effective as an insulator, causing them to suffer from temperature extremes or sudden changes.A barn that is too drafty can be difficult for cows and horses, as it is on humans. A consistently ventilated barn controls humidity and drafts while allowing gases to exit efficiently.Fire ConcernsMethane and hydrogen sulfide from animal waste are flammable and need an avenue of escape so they don’t reach dangerous levels. In addition, many farmers store flammable chemicals and solvents in their barns, any of which are likely to ignite with inadequate ventilation. When this is combined with heat and a lack of humidity, it can “set the table” for both explosions and spontaneous combustion. Premature Ageing of BuildingA barn that isn’t ventilated will have to sustain extremes of heat and humidity, besides the occasional “hot and dry” condition. Hot air can rise and condense as it cools, making building materials moist and more susceptible to mould, fungi and other microorganisms. These can combine to make materials age faster. In the case of a wood barn, this combination can cause rotting and deterioration. A Shed Barn May be the SolutionCompanies such as Action Sheds Australia make their barns out of steel. The barns are essentially large industrial sheds but with the shape, appearance and function of barns. According to Max Italiano, Owner of Action Sheds Australia, “Sheds made into barns are the best solution for most farmers for numerous reasons relating to function and cost.”Mr Italiano continued, “Our sheds and barns, for example, are made of BlueScope steel. They are ShedSafe certified, meaning that factors such as your terrain, wind region, shielding and topography factors are measured and used to determine minimum safety standards for your barn. Then your barn will either meet or exceed those standards.”Mr Italiano concluded, “Most of all, ventilation is never a problem with our barns. We combine efficient design with numerous ventilation options designed to keep your barn safe and comfortable for cows and horses. You might even forget you’re in a barn.” Action Sheds Australia provides barns, stables, sheds and garages in Perth. They are ShedSafe certified and are experts at providing shed solutions costing a fraction of the price of bricks and mortar. To learn more, call 1300 778 628 or visit their website: http://www.actionsheds.com.au/. "H. P.T.U." 2014-05-21T09:25:00Z h-p-t-u                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Ray Thyer " H. P.T.U. "        The only thing that the "I'm in again Parties" - you know the ones that go in when the other mob goes out and can't you hear them yell 'I'm in Again!'?          The only thing they create is H.P.T.U.- H  for HARDSHIP P    "   PAIN T    "   TAXES U    "   UNEMPLOYMENT           they have been in an out so many times they must be worn out and past their use-by date.            AUSTRALIA NEEDS A NEW ERA! "N.K.F.L." N   for NO MORE LOSS OF JOBS. K    "   KEEP MANUFACTURING IN AUSTRALIA F     "   FREE DOCTOR VISITS - REVERSE $7 FEES. L     "   LESS TAXES. IT CAN BE SO!  I KNOW HOW TO DO IT - THEY DON'T! KICK THEM OUT - JOIN "AUSTRALIA NEW ERA PARTY" I NEED 1650 MEMBERS NOW TO REGISTER MY PARTY! TIME IS SHORT!  Send me an email with "I wish to join" subject line to ray.thyer@bigpond.com for an enrolment form if you think you will make a SENATOR/ MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT/ STATE PREMIER/  LOCAL MAYOR. 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