The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2014-09-30T05:43:17Z Western Stainless Solutions Adds Perth’s Foremost Karaoke Bar to Satisfied Customer Roster 2014-09-30T05:43:17Z western-stainless-solutions-adds-perth-s-foremost-karaoke-bar-to-satisfied-customer-roster Perth, WA, 30 September 2014 - Recently, Western Stainless Solutions completed a custom stainless steel construction project for Ferrara Karaoke Bar. Ferrara Karaoke Bar is known in many circles as “Perth’s best karaoke bar.” It has a diverse customer base, including locals, tourists and the local business community. Ferrara Karaoke Bar also has over 3,000 selections of Japanese music, making it a destination bar for Japanese tourists. They also rent out their entire bar for parties and cater to local businesses.Ferrara Karaoke Bar has a lively, friendly staff, a host of Australian wines and a long list of imported beers. They are dimly lit, giving neophyte karaoke singers more confidence. The audience is an “easy” one; pretty much anyone who sings gets applause. They have been described as having an “urban vibe” by a reviewer.Considering their atmosphere and the fact that they have to please a diverse audience, ranging from stolid businessman to people out for a “night on the town,” Ferrara Karaoke Bar wanted stainless steel benchtops that provided an industrial “vibe,” but without looking like a sterilised medical environment. How Western Stainless Completed the ProjectA representative from Western Stainless Solutions met with the cabinetmaker onsite. They worked together and manufactured the substrates to clad. The main servery counter was adorned with 100 mm fascias, which helped provide a great work area with a “look” that is appreciated by customers. The rear bar was fitted with customised sinks and also insulated ice wells. The owner wanted to save money, so the job was done in a manner that allowed Ferrara Karaoke Bar to complete a do it yourself installation. The cabinetmaker pre-fitted the substrate tops and they were subsequently enclosed by stainless steel. The owner was able to pick up the completed pieces and simply drop them into place.According to Paul Bartlett, managing director of Western Stainless Solutions, the job was a success with full customer satisfaction: “The Ferrara Karaoke Bar project went very well for all parties involved. We were able to work with the cabinetmaker to provide a custom solution that fit all of their needs and will provide them with high performance, low maintenance and the utmost in cleanliness for years to come. It was a pleasure working with the Ferrara Karaoke Bar to provide exactly what they wanted: an industrial vibe and sanitary equipment that didn’t look like it was dropped there from a medical centre.”Paul continued, “Stainless steel is the perfect material for hospitality, medical and any industry that requires sanitation and easy cleaning, but it has its limitations. If it is designed or installed by people who don’t know what they are doing, both function and aesthetics can suffer greatly.”Paul concluded, “At Western Stainless Solutions, our designs combine the utmost in aesthetics and function. Right now, most of our business comes from referrals and repeat customers. That is no accident.”Western Stainless Solutions is a stainless steel fabricator located in Perth They provide custom design stainless steel construction and installation to numerous Perth businesses. To contact them for a consult, call 1300 794 647 or visit their website: http://www.westernstainless.com.au/. Martin’s Fertilizers sprouts new growth thanks to solar 2014-09-29T22:59:00Z martin-s-fertilizers-sprouts-new-growth-thanks-to-solar Sydney, Australia, 30 September, 2014: SolarMax announced today that it will provide grid-connected solar inverters to Martin’s Fertilizers; one of Australia’s leading manufacturers of premium bagged and bulk potting mixes, fertilisers and garden products through its installation partner, Ygrene Energy.   SolarMax will deliver six 15kW 15MT2 and one 10kW 10MT2 grid-connected inverters through Ygrene Energy to Martin’s Fertilizers for a 100kW rooftop solar PV system comprising of 420 250kW Yingli Solar solar photovoltaic (PV) panels in Yass, New South Wales.   The solar PV system will generate over 170MWh of solar power annually and this is expected to reduce Martin’s Fertilizers energy bills by up to $45,000 a year. The system will minimise Martin’s Fertilizers carbon footprint by 157 tonnes and deliver an internal rate of return (IRR) of 26 percent each year.   Brendon Martin, Director of Martin’s Fertilizers said, “We decided to turn to solar power as rising energy costs impacts on the price competitiveness of our products. The carbon footprint for the production of fertilizers and soil tends to be fairly large and as this requires a significant amount of energy for production, solar power makes perfect sense as it will reduce our reliance for electricity from the grid.”   Tim Davaris, Managing Director of Ygrene Energy said, “Solar energy safeguards manufacturers like Martin’s Fertilizers from rising electricity costs over many years. Being one of the first manufacturing businesses in Yass to turn to solar, Martin’s Fertilizers is a great case study to help businesses understand why solar is a great value proposition.”   Martin’s Fertilizers will rely on SolarMax’s remote monitoring platform and utilise MaxWeb xp to access the SolarMax WebPortal over the internet. This monitoring solution provides a real-time display of performance data such as input and output voltages, input and output currents, frequency, device temperature and yield and it will allow Martin’s Fertilizers to get ongoing updates on their systems’ performance.   Gavin Merchant, Key Account Manager for SolarMax Australia said, “We are delighted to be working with Ygrene Energy on another valuable project. Over the last 18 months, SolarMax has been installed at a number of sites around Yass and this has spawned from both the commitment of Ygrene Energy in driving the awareness for solar and the increased interest from organisations who are seeing the competitive and environmental advantage solar offers. SolarMax welcomes Martin’s Fertilizers to this wider growing circle of organisations who are turning to solar power and for choosing SolarMax.”   SolarMax’s MT series inverters are easy to install, reliable and designed to last. With a maximum efficiency of up to 98 percent, these inverters are suitable for both indoor and outdoor installations. The MT series inverters satisfy the safety requirements stated in AS/NZS 5033:2012 standards (IEC 62109-1/-2) as well as the AS 4777.2 and AS 4777.3 standards. SolarMax products are accredited by the Clean Energy Council (CEC). All SolarMax string inverters have a five year standard warranty which can be extended up to 25 years.   ###    About SolarMax Sputnik  Sputnik Engineering AG, a Swiss company, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of grid-connected solar inverters. Under the name SolarMax the company develops, produces and sells inverters, and has done for more than 20 years – from photovoltaic plants on single-family homes where the kilowatt output is modest, to the solar power plants where the output is measured in megawatts. The inverter is a key component of the solar plant, transforming the generated direct current into grid-compliant alternating current. The company’s 20 years of experience is not only reflected in the Swiss quality, highest efficiency, reliability, and durability of the SolarMax product range; but also in the way the company offers its customers exceptional international support in its, comprehensive warranty services, after sales support, and intelligent solutions for system monitoring.   SolarMax is a global company with approximately 300 employees located at the headquarters in Switzerland and at locations worldwide.  For further information, please contact: Gabriel Wong / Katie Pickford Espresso Communications Phone: +61 2 8016 2200 Email: gabriel@espressocomms.com.au / katie@espressocomms.com.au  Image material for the press release can be found using the following link: Link: http://media.wcd.ch/pindownload/login.do Pin: L1W8G Copyright: Ygrene Energy         IGEL Technology: from green IT to a green company 2014-09-29T04:08:50Z igel-technology-from-green-it-to-a-green-company With its thin client solutions, IGEL offers an extraordinarily energy-efficient alternative to conventional workstation PCs. The All-in-One UD 10 thin client, for example, recently received the Energy Star 6.0 label. The Bremen-based company has, however, also set ambitious, enterprise-wide environmental protection targets and has already taken significant steps towards achieving them – from the use of green electricity and the procurement of natural gas powered vehicles to the use of LED lighting. In an effort to reduce its environmental footprint, IGEL is now taking part, as a model company, in the "green-transformation" pilot project. The goal is to make environmental protection an organic part of the company culture by analyzing organizational structures and work processes. To do this, Climate Change Agents identify the various environmental protection issues within individual company divisions and prepare IGEL employees for further concerted change processes. Built in 2009, the IGEL headquarters in Bremen is a key milestone in the company's environmental protection program. It was constructed in accordance with the relevant energy-saving regulations and is supplied with green electricity. IGEL is also certified in accordance with ISO 9001 (Quality Management) and ISO 14001 (Environmental Management). The quality and environmental management system undergoes annual audits conducted by an independent certification body and is therefore improved on an ongoing basis. Further environmental protection measures include measuring the CO2 balance for the Bremen site in accordance with the GRI (Global Reporting Initiative), switching to LED lighting in the warehouse and assembly areas and procuring environmentally friendly natural gas vehicles for the company's own vehicle fleet. And there are many more projects on the horizon. Procurement management is to be made more environmentally oriented in order to further reduce CO2 emissions that result from manufacturing, using and disposing of IGEL products. In order to get employees even more involved, plans are also being made for an idea management system and a "Climate Day." "In order to achieve environmental protection goals within the company, we need more than just technical solutions," said Dr. Martin Schnatmeyer, Head of the Quality, Environmental & Safety Management division and a Climate Change Agent at IGEL Technology. "It's important to involve all employees in the change processes. This involvement can lead to many new ideas which staff are happy to put into practice voluntarily on their own initiative. That kind of motivation will help make IGEL a green company in all areas." Energy Star 6.0 In addition to its enterprise-wide environmental efforts, IGEL strives continually to improve energy efficiency in the IGEL product portfolio. The All-in-One, integrated UD10 thin client, for example, was introduced to the market meeting the requirements of Energy Star 6.0, the international standard classifying maximum allowable energy usage within given time frames. Most IGEL hardware products now come with the Energy Star 6.0 label. Contacts IGEL products are available in Australia and New Zealand from both WhiteGold Solutions and Connector Systems. For more information please contact Marc Doehnert on:  doehnert@igel.com Mobile:        +61 4 3210 3599 Connector Systems: AU: sales@connectorsystems.com.au     NZ: sales@connectorsystems.co.nz WhiteGold Solutions: sales@whitegold.com.au For media enquiries about IGEL Technology: Luke Frost Luke.frost@prdeadlines.com.au +61 407 271 064   Introducing Emergency App in Australia 2014-09-29T01:57:41Z introducing-emergency-app-in-australia Emergency App Pty Ltd. is pleased to announce that the launch of their exclusive application, the Emergency application is finally released and open to download in Australia. This app is available for both, Android and iOS servers with its release in the Google Play Store and Appstore. This emergency app promises to be a great handy service for many. The Emergency App is completely free of cost and is designed to assist people. In today’s time, anyone can be confronted with an emergency where all they need is help. The Emergency App acts as that call for help. The tagline for the product, “A panic button in your pocket” clearly indicates what this app does. The app is designed in a precise and resourceful way that assists anyone in need. It can store emergency numbers in one place and can quickly send out a call for help to many people, in just a matter of seconds. It also comes with a geo-locater that can send help services such as the police to wherever you are. All the person has to do is press the “Panic Button” and they will receive help immediately. This app was developed by a small yet innovative software firm in Queensland, made to help users in emergency situations. “Our goal is to make all Australians a little safer, through the use of today's technology. Being able to give your exact location can mean the difference between life and death,” say Neil Coningham and Leonie Vallance, Co-Founders of Emergency App. The founders, making this app free of cost, have informed the people that their motive is to make the world a safer place to live in. Along with the emergency service, Emergency App also features additional services such as Emergency Business Directory, which allows the user to find 24-hour businesses near them and a Weather and Traffic situation informer. It is a full resourceful app for people. The app is currently open for people in Australia but is under the development to be released outside Australia too.                                                                                              ###### Myionu increases safety for lone workers 2014-09-26T02:57:18Z myionu-increases-safety-for-lone-workers Perth September 26th 2014. GPS tracking service provider Myionu has introduced a range of safety monitoring devices from Blackline designed to increase the safety for the thousands of lone workers employed throughout Australia. Paul Delaney, General Manager, Myionu said “our technology is helping keep workers’ safe without invading privacy” Whilst there are many GPS tracking products on the market, very few are designed specifically for the safety of employees. Our employee product enables employers to monitor the safety of employees with a combination of automatic and manual safety alerting features including True Fall Detection®, man-down detection, missed check-in detection, emergency latch, and silent emergency. When safety incidents occur, the device communicates the employee’s identity, precise location, and an alert type to monitor personnel who are empowered to manage a pinpoint emergency response. One of the biggest issues using GPS to provide a location is that if the employee is in a building or under cover, a false location is given, this presents a real problem when trying to locate an employee in an emergency situation. The solution to this issue is to install low cost indoor location beacons. In areas where GPS location data is unavailable, our devices can communicate an employee’s location based on signals from nearby Loner Beacons. If an employee suffers an injury or health condition, his or her Loner safety monitoring device communicates the alert type, employee’s name, and location to monitoring personnel who manage a pin-point emergency response to the correct building, floor, and room. Installation is easy, requiring just a few minutes to mount a bracket and click the Beacon into place. The Beacons are self-powered by two C-cell alkaline batteries that provide five years of operation. Battery replacement is simple and cost effective. “With many employees working in remote areas where mobile phone coverage is poor or non-existent presents additional communication challenges” Said Delaney. “It not just a case of using satellite phones or standard satellite based communication devices. Simply put, if the user does not have a view clear view of the sky, traditional devices just won’t work”. To combat this issue Myionu has devices that connect to a portal base station to provide communications; Range General Use: up to 2 km; Range Hilltop to Hilltop: 10+ km; Terrain, foliage, and buildings will affect overall 900 MHz radio link range. Using the bridge provides employees with true satellite communication when in buildings and even underground. The Myionu suite of safety devices can be purchased directly from Myionu or from its network of Authorised Dealers.  Packages start from just $39 with annual service plans from $199 About Myionu:  Myionu is a division of AffiniftyOne Pty delivering a range of location based devices and services to business and individuals throughout the world to improve safety, security and productivity. Myionu systems are fully scalable and integrated into user friendly web and smartphone based portals, About Blackline: Blackline GPS is a wireless location leader that develops, manufactures, and markets products and services for worker safety monitoring, covert tracking, and consumer applications. Blackline solutions deliver safety, security, and location awareness through innovative wireless hardware and custom user interfaces, including web, mobile, messaging, and web services. Blackline's vision is to become the leading supplier of wirelessly connected worker safety monitoring and covert tracking products in the world. Blackline products allow customers to protect their personnel and valued assets, share the conditions of their environment, and connect with emergency services when necessary. Blackline solutions Protect. Share. Connect.® More Information Tata Consultancy Services Ranked Number One of Top 100 Companies in Asia in Sustainability Ranking 2014-09-24T06:08:15Z tata-consultancy-services-ranked-number-one-of-top-100-companies-in-asia-in-sustainability-ranking Hong Kong / Mumbai, September 24, 2014: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS) a leading IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, has been ranked number one amongst the top 100 companies in Asia in the inaugural Channel NewsAsia Sustainability Ranking. TCS also ranked number one of the top-three most sustainable companies in India. TCS achieved the top rankings against a broad-range of stringent criteria with particular recognition for its initiatives on water conservation and power consumption. Ranking first in the Sustainability Rankings is a strong testament to TCS’ adherence to honorable behavior in business as mandated in the Tata Code of Conduct, the guiding principles of the Tata group.   The Sustainability Ranking is a joint initiative between Channel NewsAsia, CSR Asia and Sustainalytics, the research partner. It is a first of its kind ranking to identify regional corporate sustainability leaders in Asia and lists the Top 100 sustainable companies who were selected on the basis of their sustainability performance across a broad range of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) indicators. The Ranking was officially introduced at the CSR Asia Summit held in Hong Kong, September 16-17.   TCS emerged at the top for criteria including its focus on water conservation, including how rainwater harvesting systems are installed across the buildings it owns, allowing for rapid replenishment of the surrounding groundwater and for its goal to be 100 percent groundwater neutral by 2020. Additionally, TCS was noted for having all new offices worldwide designed in accordance with the LEED Rating System, amongst other criteria.  Loic Dujardin, Director of Research, Sustainalytics, “TCS exhibits strong Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) policies and management systems. By setting quantitative targets with clear deadlines for reducing GHG emissions, understanding that commitment to human capital development will not only be beneficial for its long-term position but also offer brand differentiation and by adopting the Tata Code of Conduct, which aligns its strategies with the ten principles of the UN Global Compact, the company has become a sustainability leader in Asia”.  Vish Iyer, President, TCS Asia Pacific, “It is a great honor and fantastic accomplishment for TCS to be ranked number one overall in the Top100 of the Sustainability Ranking for Asian companies. Being part of Tata group, sustainability is in our DNA. While business performance is closely watched by analysts, getting recognized for sustainable practices reinforces our commitment to this important area. With operations across 46 countries and an employee base of over 300,000 globally, TCS has an impactful sustainability program while delivering industry leading business performance“.    The Sustainability Ranking’s Top 100 companies were selected on the basis of performance across a broad range of environmental, social and governance (ESG) indicators. These companies rank at the top of their respective industries and among other companies in their region in areas such as environmental initiatives, impact on local communities, treatment of employees and supply-chain management. Top 100 companies are those that demonstrated strong public disclosure on company-wide ESG management and performance. The research process includes a thorough examination of sources including: annual reports, financial reports, CSR reports, CSR websites, news releases, online databases, government sources, NGO research and direct communication with key stakeholders.  Erin Lyon, Executive Director, CSR Asia, “Many congratulations to Tata Consultancy Services, ranked top of the Channel NewsAsia Sustainability Ranking this year. By disclosing environmental, social and governance information Tata Consultancy Services is enabling investors and other stakeholders to understand the impact of the company on the sustainable development of the region.  The ranking identifies leading companies in the region and we look forward to seeing more firms competing for the top spot in years to come.”     More about the Sustainability Rankings can be read in announcements at the following websites:   Channel NewsAsia: for more on the top 100 list and introduction of the Sustainability Ranking visit: http://sustainability-ranking.channelnewsasia.com/index.html Sustainalytics: for background on the ranking process, visit: www.sustainalytics.com/channel-newsasia-sustainability-ranking CSR Asia: for additional key information, including details on the official launch of the Sustainability Ranking at CSR Asia Summit, held in Hong Kong Sept. 16-17, visit http://www.csr-asia.com/CNA-Sustainability-Ranking.php   TCS adheres to Tata Code of Conduct, a set of principles that guide and govern the conduct of Tata companies and their employees in all matters relating to business. The Code, a dynamic document updated on a regular basis, lays down the ethical standards that Tata employees have to observe in their professional lives, and it defines the value system at the heart of the Tata group and its many business entities. More about the Tata Code of Conduct: www.tata.com/aboutus/articlesinside/Tata-Code-of-Conduct   TCS drives sustainability through various initiatives across its operations, supply chain and community, and customers. TCS has adopted the 'triple bottom-line' approach and recognizes that People, Planet and Profit as the central pillars of corporate sustainability. TCS publishes a Sustainability Report annually, prepared in conformance to the G3.1 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines published by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). The report addresses the key sustainability topics gleaned through interactions with the different stakeholder groups, based on the core principles of materiality and stakeholder inclusiveness. More about TCS sustainability initiatives can be viewed at www.tcs.com/investors/corp_responsibility In addition to the pillars of sustainable operation and corporate social responsibility, TCS has also invested significantly to develop a dedicated sustainability practice through its Eco-Sustainability Services unit.  TCS provides a broad range of energy management and environmental capabilities in numerous specialist areas, providing our clients and the broader market with the same solutions that have enabled TCS to gain recognition as a leader in corporate sustainability. Read more about TCS Eco-Sustainabiity Services at: www.tcs.com/offerings/eco-sustainability-services/   ###  About Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS) Tata Consultancy Services is an IT services, consulting and business solutions organization that delivers real results to global business, ensuring a level of certainty no other firm can match. TCS offers a consulting-led, integrated portfolio of IT, BPS, infrastructure, engineering and assurance services. This is delivered through its unique Global Network Delivery Model™, recognised as the benchmark of excellence in software development. A part of the Tata group, India’s largest industrial conglomerate, TCS has over 305,000 of the world’s best-trained consultants in 46 countries. The company generated consolidated revenues of US $13.4 billion for year ended March 31, 2014 and is listed on the National Stock Exchange and Bombay Stock Exchange in India. For more information, visit us at www.tcs.com.   Follow TCS on Twitter. Subscribe to an RSS Feed of TCS Press Releases.    About Channel NewsAsia Channel NewsAsia is an English language regional television news channel, reporting on global developments, with Asian perspectives, and viewed across 26 Asian territories. Based in Singapore, it has correspondents in major Asian cities and key Western ones, including New York, Washington D.C, London and Brussels. www.channelnewsasia.com  About Sustainalytics: Sustainalytics is a global investment research firm, specialised in corporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) research and analysis, serving investors and financial institutions around the world. Their international perspective is strengthened by 20 years of local experience and expertise in the Responsible Investment (RI) and Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) markets. www.sustainalytics.com  About CSR Asia: CSR Asia is a leading provider of advisory, research and training services on sustainable business practices in Asia. Since 2004, CSR Asia has built capacity and promoted awareness of sustainable development across the region. www.csr-asia.com  TCS media contacts:  Australia and New Zealand Email: alex.goldrick@tcs.com Phone: +61 (2) 8456 2800   Aussies searching for clean and quiet accommodation 2014-09-22T22:28:22Z aussies-searching-for-clean-and-quiet-accommodation Dirty rooms and noisy neighbours top the list of hotel bugbears for Australians. That’s according to a new survey by customer satisfaction research company Canstar Blue, which also reveals that 30% of Aussies have asked to swap rooms after checking into a hotel and being left unsatisfied with what they found. Unhelpful staff and hidden costs also get the blood boiling, while comfortable beds, luxurious amenities and included extras like welcome gifts and treats received the most thumbs up. Room service, breakfast, a good location and knowledgeable staff also featured highly. The Canstar Blue survey, of more than 1,200 adults who have made a booking through an accommodation website in the last 12 months, shows that toiletries are the most common “freebies” taken from hotels by Aussies, followed by drinks and toilet paper. Pens, writing pads, slippers, shower caps, towels and even pillows are also commonly taken. The survey reveals that a third of Aussies try to hold off making a booking until as late as possible in the hope of securing a bargain, while four in five said accommodation websites generally offer accurate reviews. Booking.com has received Canstar Blue’s Most Satisfied Customers Award – Online Accommodation Booking for the third year in a row and earned five-star ratings across all survey categories, including ease of site navigation and booking, range of accommodation available and value for money. “Consumers are looking for easy to navigate websites and the best deals possible, and with plenty of choice on offer, they don’t mind shopping around,” said Canstar Blue spokesman Simon Downes. “Four in five survey respondents told us they use numerous websites to try and find the best accommodation deal possible, while 70% said that after finding offers, they check directly with the provider to see how the price compares. “In such a competitive market, consumers have the power to take their business elsewhere with just a couple of clicks. So for Booking.com to win our Most Satisfied Customers award for the third year in a row is a truly fantastic achievement. Congratulations to everyone involved at Booking.com – you are clearly keeping your customers very happy indeed.” The Canstar Blue survey also found that more than half of Aussies prefer international holidays to domestic travel. That number rose to 70% for Gen Y. Richmond Football Club Kicks Carbon Emissions with 99.77kW Enphase Microinverter System and Yingli Solar Panels 2014-09-22T01:40:00Z richmond-football-club-kicks-carbon-emissions-with-99-77kw-enphase-microinverter-system-and-yingli-solar-panels MELBOURNE, Australia. – September 22, 2014 – Enphase Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: ENPH) and Yingli Green Energy Australia Pty Ltd* have announced the installation of a 99.77kW solar system using Enphase Energy® microinverters and Yingli Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, at Richmond Football Club. At the time of installation, the system was the largest solar system using Enphase Microinverters in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere. Metro Solar, a family-owned, national solar installer and official Sustainability Partner for the club, provided the solar solution to meet the high energy consumption of the iconic Punt Road Oval. Yingli Solar PV panels and Enphase microinverters now power the roof of the famous black-and-yellow ME Bank Centre, the club’s headquarters and training facility.  As one of the first AFL clubs to go green, the Tigers are proud of their decision to install solar and the example they are setting for the broader community. Club CEO Brendon Gale says, “Metro Solar was able to deliver a solar solution to meet the club’s power consumption and exploit the roof’s energy potential, using a top-quality solar system that can generate more energy than other systems.” The elite sports facility, housing a high-performance training gym, treatment and recovery clinic, education, workplace and retail spaces, has an extremely large base load, most of which is consumed during the day. To achieve maximum yield and performance for the system, Metro Solar utilised Yingli Solar’s high-efficiency multi-crystalline panels with the Enphase Microinverter System to produce the highest energy utilisation for the club. Enphase’s patented “Burst Mode” technology, which initiates during low-light conditions, allows the system to produce additional generation in the morning and at dusk, increasing overall savings for the Tigers. During “Burst Mode”, the microinverter stores a small trickle of power coming from the panel, until there’s enough to send a burst of energy. By doing this, the microinverter is able to maintain highly efficient operation during low-light conditions, extending the system’s daily production hours. Anthony O’Connell, CEO of Metro Solar, commented, “We’re proud to assist Richmond Football Club in becoming greener and of our role in giving them energy independence. On such a high-profile site, quality and reliability are paramount. Both Yingli and Enphase are world leaders, and their proven reliability is something we proudly stand behind as a solar installer.” Using Enphase Energy’s intelligent, cloud-based Enlighten software platform, Metro Solar was able to integrate powerful energy production data into their proprietary monitoring package. In real-time, the software reports on the performance and health of the Punt Road Oval solar system, which they proudly display to the public at the clubhouse. The solar system is part of a broader effort by the Tigers to make their 170-year-old training headquarters eco-friendly, and they are now considering ways they can promote renewable energy to the broader community through the example they have set. Yingli Solar has a long history of involvement with sporting organisations across the world in developing and implementing sustainable energy solutions at stadiums and other sporting facilities. Most recently, as a sponsor of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Yingli Solar equipped the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro and Arena Pernambuco in Recife with over 5,100 Yingli Solar PV panels. * Yingli Green Energy Australia, known as Yingli Solar, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Yingli Green Energy, which is the world's largest vertically integrated photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturer.  ENDSAbout Richmond Football Club The Richmond Football Club, also known as the Tigers, is an Australian rules football club which competes in the Australian Football League. Since the club's inception in 1885, it has been based at the Punt Road Oval, formerly known as the Richmond Cricket Ground. The club's training and administration headquarters are at the Punt Road Oval and from 2011 are called the ME Bank Centre. For more information visit www.richmondfc.com.au  About Metro Solar Metro Solar is the largest microinverter installer in Australia in residential and commercial installs.  With a national presence, they look to create bright and sustainable futures with solar providing the highest-quality solar products with the most innovative technologies. Metro Solar’s administration office and warehouse is located in Lynbrook, Victoria. For more information on Metro Solar please visit www.metrosolar.com.au.  About Yingli Green Energy Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited (NYSE: YGE), known as "Yingli Solar", is the world's largest photovoltaic module manufacturer in terms of production capacity and shipments. Yingli Green Energy's manufacturing covers the photovoltaic value chain from ingot casting and wafering through solar cell production and module assembly. Headquartered in Baoding, China, Yingli Green Energy has more than 30 regional subsidiaries and branch offices and has distributed more than 10,000MW  PV modules to customers worldwide. For more information please visit www.yinglisolar.com and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Weibo.About Enphase Energy, Inc. Enphase Energy delivers microinverter technology for the solar industry that increases energy production, simplifies design and installation, improves system uptime and reliability, reduces fire safety risk and provides a platform for intelligent energy management. Our semiconductor-based microinverter system converts energy at the individual solar module level and brings a systems-based, high technology approach to solar energy generation. Connect with Enphase on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. www.enphase.com/auNote to Editors: Hi-res images from the installation can be downloaded here: https://www.cubbyusercontent.com/pl/Richmond%20Football%20Club/_749917e892034d299ddb584d01ff90d6  For further information, please contact: Olivia Smith, Enphase Energyosmith@enphaseenergy.com Phone: +61-402-044-811 Gabriel Wong / Gloria Lee Espresso Communications for Yingli Green Energygabriel@espressocomms.com.au / gloria@espressocomms.com.au Phone: +61 2 8016 2200   Enphase Energy®, the Enphase logo and other trademarks or service names are the trademarks of Enphase Energy, Inc. Flatline Pest Control offers you huge discounts on the eve of Halloween 2014-09-19T11:42:53Z flatline-pest-control-offers-you-huge-discounts-on-the-eve-of-halloween Narara, 18.9.2014:  Flatline Pest Control has decided to announce huge discounts on the eve of Halloween. Halloween is the time of the year when every house hold in the world deserves to have a happy time. Flatline Pest Control has been operating in this area for the more than 10 years. “With Halloween round the corner, we have decided to put up special discounts for Halloween. Halloween has been that time of the year, where every home is put up in the celebration and needs to have their homes in the best possible support. The discounts as put up on Halloween are just a little gesture, from the part of the company to the people of the neighborhood of Narara; for their intense support to our business round the year.” “We at Flatline are dedicated to making homes in the suburb pest and tension free, while also being full of life. The support that we received from the entire community, throughout the time frame has been wondrous. We extend our total gratitude to the people of the community in return,” says Tod Sim, CEO Flatline Pest Control Central Coast. About Us Flatline Pest Control specializes in residential premises pest control methods. This is a fully licensed firm, with insured professionals that work round the clock. The methods that Flatline use are meant to be having the maximum impact on the pests that we find lurking around the corners of our homes. The reason is to have the least possible impact on the family which is then on the very festive mood. Our concern to our environment is as great as anyone else. This has led us to creating the least possible damage to the environment while we are actually working to keep your homes clean. Trained and adept professionals form our team, carefully making sure that your homes are completely free of pests. Ants, termites, wasps, bees, rodents, cockroaches, millipedes, spiders, fleas and bed bugs—name the pest and we have got the eradication methods to it. Our aim has always been to eradicate all types of pests from your homes, devise innovative methods to keep your homes pest free, care for the environment, quick service and an enviable reputation. For further information contact: Tod A Sim 45 Baree Avn, Narara, NSW 2250 451 677 228 todsim@bigpond.com Flatline Pest Control can get you pest free homes this Halloween. The service also comes at a discount, so there is absolutely no break in your Halloween joy. Dangerous personalities could be putting your workplace at risk 2014-09-19T02:49:43Z dangerous-personalities-could-be-putting-your-workplace-at-risk The study, of more than 1400 professionals across a diverse range of industries, found a strong correlation between an individual’s measurable personality and values and the likelihood that they will be safe or unsafe at work. According to the study, the types of personality traits that are associated with better safety behaviours include prudence, patience, fairness, diligence, social boldness and they tend to value security. The results revealed that men are more diligent and committed than women to being safe at work, in fact, women are less likely to participated in OHS practices and are more likely to disobey their organisation’s rules. Also workers which are older than 45 tend to display more safety conscious attitude and more display more attentive to safety behaviours than younger workers. The study highlighted that workers in the utilities, local government and FMCG sectors tend to have higher overall safety behaviours. Workers in these industries are more motivated to ensure safety at work, more likely to comply with workplace health and safety rules and to participate in improving safety at work.  State government employees tend to be less safety conscious and compliant than local government. This may be explained by a higher prevalence of office jobs in state government, which like professional services, arts and media communications are less concerned with safety compared with other industries.  Many local government roles, like utilities and manufacturing, involve physical labour and onsite jobs that tend to attract more safety consciousness. It's your responsibility to look after the safety and well-being of your workers. Now is the time to take action. WHS Solutions can provide you with the proper certification so you can operate in confidence allowing your employees to feel safe and act in their workplace.  If you are worried or unsure about how compliant your company is with workplace health and safety regulations, just 20 minutes with an experienced WHS consultant you can learn if your company is covered and how you can improve. Contact the team at WHS Solutions today for your free initial business consultation. WHS Solutions is an outsourced team of health and safety consultants, we work side-by-side with you manage your occupational health and safety systems with our WHSS Safety System. This ensures that your employees are fully covered and working in the safety possible environment. For more information regarding WHS Solutions, please contact: Email: enquiries@yoursafetysolutions.com.au Telephone: 08 9427 1788 Or visit http://yoursafetysolutions.com.au/ MediaCom helps increase awareness of Queensland Government's new Bushfire Survival Plan 2014-09-18T00:59:32Z mediacom-helps-increase-awareness-of-queensland-government-s-new-bushfire-survival-plan In partnership with Queensland Government, MediaCom’s specialist division, MediaCom Beyond Advertising (MBA), has created a campaign that encourages people and families living in high-risk areas of Queensland to plan and prepare for bushfire season.   The campaign identified 100,000 properties at very high or high risk of bushfires – MBA then created and placed targeted and instructive information about how to prepare and what people need to do if they receive a warning.   Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services Jack Dempsey said the Rural Fire Service Queensland had used sophisticated mapping technology to identify the properties: “We want all Queensland families to remain safe this bushfire season and our mapping technology has allowed us to directly target properties at risk,” Minister Dempsey said. Having created a campaign based on the premise ‘understanding is surviving’, MBA in conjunction with Queensland Government, will educate families online by defining the three levels of bushfire warning; Advice, Watch & Act, and Emergency Warning.   This life saving campaign will ensure that Queenslanders are familiar with the official Bushfire Warnings System and have a completed Bushfire Survival Plan to action via radio announcements, online and social media advertising, an infographic film which details what the warnings mean as well as a dedicated website. For more information, visit www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/bushfires.   Recognised and respected by the industry’s best, this campaign sees MBA continue on the path of behaviour change with Queensland Government having successfully launched a campaign, ‘End HIV’ which helped change attitudes towards HIV earlier this year.  - ends -For  the video, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piRnUGuw7TE For the microsite, see: https://ruralfire.qld.gov.au/bushfires/  “Get the Most Out of Your Timber,” Supplier in Brisbane Says 2014-09-17T04:34:41Z get-the-most-out-of-your-timber-supplier-in-brisbane-says Brisbane, QLD, 17 September 2014 - Timber flooring, decking and fencing have become popular in the Brisbane area. Many homeowners find timber attractive because of its natural appearance, especially when the grain shows through. Timber helps a home blend into natural surroundings and, in the eyes of many decorators, can even help integrate the outdoors into the home’s decor. One of timber’s drawbacks is that if it isn’t properly treated, it becomes vulnerable to the elements, especially insects, fungi and water. Recently, Owner Jack Kyle of Narangba Timbers informed readers of his company blog about ways to ensure that timber lasts as long as possible. Mr Kyle centred his post around two aspects of getting the most out of timber: life-extending protective treatments and choosing the right timber for the right project. According to Mr Kyle:“When it is selected right and treated right, timber can last longer than the person who builds the project. If everything is done correctly, one can expect their timber project to be around for as long as they own their home, even if they stay in it for life.”Mr Kyle recommends that timber be treated for water and insects whenever possible, then protected with a finish such as varnish or paint. This dual-protection strategy protects timber on multiple levels from insects, water, fungi and excessive swelling or drying due to changes in heat and humidity.Fencing and CCA TreatmentFencing can be treated with CCA, which stands for Chromated Copper Arsenate. Although it isn’t cleared for applications in which any of the chemical can contaminate a home or its occupants, it is cleared for fencing because the amount of arsenic that bleeds into the earth doesn’t significantly raise the level of arsenic that is already present as a mineral in soil.CCA protects fencing from insects, moisture and fungi. In addition, it makes finishes adhere to the timber better. The only caveat is that one should dispose of old fencing at a facility instead of burning it in the yard due to possible toxic fumes when burning.CCA treated fencing can be purchased from many timber suppliers, including Narangba Timbers.Retail Timber TreatmentsRetail outlets have plenty of DIY timber treatments available for various insects and for water. They are all cleared for residential use with only one caveat: always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Timber FinishesThere are two ways to approach finishing timber. One can use paint to cover and protect it or one can use a varnish to protect the wood. Stains can be applied before varnish or the varnish can be applied over bare timber, allowing the natural colour of the timber to show through.  Varnishes can range from an “old school” oil-based varnish to a coating made of plastic such as polyurethane. Mr Kyle concludes, “If you protect your timber correctly, it will provide years of service.”Narangba Timbers is a timber supplier for projects such as fencing, decking and flooring. They have served the Brisbane area since 1972. They pride themselves in giving friendly, knowledgeable customer service. For more information or a quote, call 1300 795 675 or visit their website: http://www.narangbatimbers.com.au/. Green Planet Grass Improving Lifestyles for Many Families 2014-09-17T02:54:26Z green-planet-grass-improving-lifestyles-for-many-families Perth, WA, 17 September 2014 - Artificial grass is rapidly becoming ubiquitous in the Perth area. There are many documented benefits to artificial grass, but Justin Everley, Director of Green Planet Grass, recently pointed out a benefit that is not often cited: enhancement of family life. According to Mr Everley, “The documented benefits of an artificial lawn are well-known, but each of those benefits also has its own benefit: improving family life.”The Documented Benefits of Synthetic GrassSynthetic grass have proven to be an effective solution for many homeowners who had problems maintaining a full, green natural grass lawn in the Perth area due to the climate. Here are some of the benefits of an artificial lawn from Green Planet Grass.SafetyGreen Planet Grass has a system called “PlayGrass” that is formulated to be the ultimate “safe surface” for children. It uses a combination of lush fibres, child-friendly infill and shockpads to provide a surface that exceeds Australian Critical Fall Height Standards. In addition, since an artificial grass surface doesn’t degrade from heavy use or extreme weather, the surface is always consistent. There are no slippery puddles or bare spots on a Green Planet Grass lawn. Pest-FreeGreen Planet Grass is manufactured using an antimicrobial agent that makes it resistant to bacteria and fungi. This makes it impossible for microbial pests to gain a “foothold.” Since there is no food for insects, they tend to stay away. There is nothing for vermin to eat, either, making Green Planet Grass unattractive to all pests. No ChemicalsGreen Planet Grass doesn’t require chemicals such as weed killers, pesticides or fertilisers. These are all chemicals that can be accidentally ingested by children and also contaminate the immediate environment. Minimal MaintenanceThe only real maintenance required to keep Green Planet Grass in shape is to keep it free of debris and take care of spills as soon as possible. This saves a lot of time and money.How Documented Benefits Create Family BenefitsAccording to Mr Everley, when the documented benefits of artificial grass are viewed through a “big picture” lens, they create a host of benefits for families:“Since we created our next generation artificial grass, we have known of these benefits. But the real magic happens when families take advantage of them. The inherent safety of Green Planet Grass PlayGrass makes it far less likely that their children will be injured while playing. Even if they do sustain bumps and bruises, they are usually less severe than on a natural grass playground.”Mr Everley continued, “Children play more on a Green Planet Grass lawn because it is so green and so soft. Usually, a Green Planet Grass lawn turns into the neighbourhood play hub. The kids get more exercise and have a better social life, as do their parents who can spend the time usually spent maintaining a natural lawn in their garden with their loved ones.Mr Everley concluded, “This is a family’s best-case scenario.”Green Planet Grass manufactures and installs artificial grass. Their offices are in Perth and their manufacturing plant is in WA. They provide synthetic grass for numerous residential, commercial and sport applications. To learn more, call 1300 792 642 or visit their website: http://www.greenplanetgrassperth.com.au/. Tall Trees Care Communities Encourage Friendship for Health’s Sake 2014-09-15T05:44:32Z tall-trees-care-communities-encourage-friendship-for-health-s-sake Australia, 15 September 2014 - Tall Trees Care Communities are known for their revolutionary approach in providing an alternative to standard aged care. Their model is based on consumer-directed care, which means that their residents elect the level of care they receive. Unlike standard aged care facilities or homes, residents of Tall Trees purchase their own homes and retain the same rights that any other homeowner would have.Residents of Tall Trees don’t feel like they are in an aged care facility because they aren’t. Tall Trees can be better described as a retirement community with the options for chef-prepared meals, 24 hour nursing care, world class medical care and amenities that encourage social interaction between residents. Those amenities include the community grounds, the community centre, a dining room, a lounge and other common areas. Recently, on the company’s blog, Co-founder Phil Usher explained why their approach is so centred on encouraging the residents to socialise and become friends. Mr Usher cited some well-documented conclusions that have resulted from studies concerning the relationship between friendships and health. The Relationship Between Friendship and HealthMost studies concerning the effects of social interaction and friendship on health, especially when compared to isolation and sadness, have concluded that positive emotions and events have a positive effect on health while negative emotions and events have a negative effect on health. The more scientific studies usually credit the positive effects of friendship and socialisation to the neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine and beta-endorphins. Negative effects are seen as being caused by stress-related hormones such as cortisol. The macro-analysis is that happy people live longer, better lives and sad people tend to live shorter lives with diminished quality of life.According to Mr Usher, savvy use of this information can help seniors live longer, happier lives:“Ten years ago, when we decided to create the kind of haven that our mums and dads would like to live in, we found out all we could about ageing, health and quality of life. Most of all, we asked our mums and dads what would make them happy. We found that independence, dignity and social interaction were very important to them. So, we decided we would create a model in which independence and dignity were valued and encouraged. We also decided that we would provide plenty of opportunities for social interaction and friendship.”Mr Usher continued, “We wanted to make sure that our residents could maintain their independence but avoid the isolation that so often happens to the elderly. At the same time, we wanted to maintain a standard of competent but non-obtrusive care.”Mr Usher concluded, “The result has been five communities that have exceeded my original expectations. We are proud to have the ability to make a difference in so many lives.”Tall Trees Care Communities are providers of an alternative to the traditional aged care and nursing home models in the Brisbane and Gold Coast areas. They currently have five locations where residents purchase their homes and determine their own level of care. To learn more, call (07) 3442 9378 or visit their website: http://www.talltrees.net.au/. Home Extensions Improving Lifestyles of Many Perth Homeowners 2014-09-15T04:01:11Z home-extensions-improving-lifestyles-of-many-perth-homeowners Perth, WA, 15 September 2014 - Due to record high housing prices, home extensions are becoming a very popular item in the Perth housing market. The median price for a home in Perth is currently $565,000. Many families that find they have outgrown their homes don’t want to spend the time or money to sell their old home, buy a new one and move.This situation has made home extensions a convenient and economical option for many families looking for more living space. Here are some typical reasons why homeowners opt to expand their homes.Larger FamilyWhen a couple buys its first home, they often don’t expect their family to grow as large as it ultimately does. Many couples plan to have no children or only one, but end up with two or more. If they bought a two-bedroom home when they first got married, thinking it would be large enough for their needs, they find themselves needing more space.Many families opt to build a second storey addition with extra bedrooms and bathrooms. This provides enough bedrooms for children and gives parents some peace. Sometimes, the family decides to renovate the downstairs with an open floor plan or an extra family room while putting the master bedroom upstairs with the rest of the family. Both of these solutions provide enough extra space for a family to grow and thrive. More Entertainment SpaceOne of the more popular options is to expand the first floor to include a family room that transitions into an alfresco living area. This is for families that like to entertain guests often or find that their home has become a hub of their social group. Adding a party area that seamlessly integrates the outdoors into the home can create a lot more living space while making the living area look even larger than it is.Home Office or Hobby RoomsAnother use for ground floor house extensions is adding a home office and/or one or more hobby rooms. More and more Australians are working at home and the trend doesn’t look like it will stop anytime soon. The home office is becoming a popular addition to Perth homes. Hobby rooms are also popular, especially as baby boomers become empty nesters and reconnect with hobbies and pastimes of their youth. For example, a rekindled interest in art or music is well-served and nurtured by adding an extra room to the house. A husband and wife with different hobbies can add two hobby rooms to their home and have space left over for a family room. Craig Johns, Director of Next Level Extensions, a home extension builder from Perth, has helped numerous families achieve better lifestyles without moving from their current homes: “For someone who doesn’t want the monumental expense or hassle of selling, buying and moving, home extensions are a lifesaver.”Next Level Extensions provides home extensions in Perth. They are equally proficient in providing ground floor or second storey home additions. To learn more or for an obligation-free consultation, call their Perth office on 1300 948 094 or visit their website: http://www.nextlevelextensions.com.au/.