The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2015-11-26T13:04:34Z Advancements In Lighting Strategy And Technology Discussed At The 4th Annual Middle East Smart Lighting And Energy Summit 2015 2015-11-26T13:04:34Z advancements-in-lighting-strategy-and-technology-discussed-at-the-4th-annual-middle-east-smart-lighting-and-energy-summit-2015 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, November 26, 2015: Over 400 attendees from across the GCC had gathered across two days to attend the 4th Annual Middle East Smart Lighting and Energy Summit 2015, held under the patronage of the Abu Dhabi City Municipality. H.E Eng. Zahra Al Aboudi, Undersecretary at the Ministry of Public Works inaugurated the summit along with Mohamed Ahmed Alameri, Director Infrastructure (North), Abu Dhabi City Municipality in the presence of esteemed dignitaries and Ambassadors from the Embassies of Canada, Kuwait, Netherlands, Chile and Angola to name a few. Lighting industry specialists demonstrated and revealed different applications, techniques, initiatives, challenges and opportunities impacting this domain. Eng. Hussein Mohsen Al Saeedi, Head of Sustainable Standards and Specifications Section, Infrastructure and Municipal Assets Sector, Abu Dhabi City Municipality presented the opening session that emphasized upon the city’s lighting strategy, the key aspects of the DMA lighting specifications along with a few project case studies of the new lighting specifications that have been applied at Sheikh Zayed street and tunnel and Abu Dhabi Island Sector E48 Commercial District. He also spoke of the new project undertaken at Khalifa City, making it currently the largest Abu Dhabi Municipality internal road project designed to the DMA lighting specifications. Lighting expert Martin Valentine of Abu Dhabi City Municipality brought to the fore the future of lighting standards for Abu Dhabi. He laid particular emphasis on the energy savings that are now exceeding the original lighting strategy forecasts. During his presentation, he indicated that on an average around 80% energy savings are now being achieved. Additionally, he shared some insights into key aspects of the new draft of DMA lighting specifications. Havells Sylvania’s Bastiaan de Groot delivered a presentation on launching applications for the digital lighting area. He discussed in detail the existing and upcoming digital lighting offers and also shared an outlook on where the lighting industry is headed. Indicating that several cities in the Middle East are leading the transformation towards sustainability, Philips’ Paolo Cervini during his session on Connected Lighting: Value beyond Illumination spoke on how a sustainable city supports environmentally-friendly mobility and leisure. The summit also featured presentations from other global industry experts such as Martin Klassen; Regina Santos, Dr. Martine Knoop of Technische Universität, Lichtvision Design’s Meike Göessling and VInayan Karunakaran of Parsons who spoke on topics pertaining to smart lighting design; LEED platinum case study; natural light architecture and brand new light respectively. “We are extremely grateful to Abu Dhabi City Municipality for their continued support and patronage of our event. As the leading lighting summit in the industry, we ensure we provide our delegates an enriching experience by bringing together industry experts from across the globe to share their knowledge. The interest from all the stakeholders gets bigger every year and this year’s edition of the summit proved to be a resounding success.” said, Mr. Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East. The panel discussion on the first day moderated by David Andrew Dunn, Technical Delivery Manager – Utilities, Mouchel Consulting was on UAE making the best use of solar power in lighting to increase energy efficiency. He was supported by fellow panelists Aswathy Prasad of WSP Group; Elisa D’Emilio of Dorsch Consult and Faisal Rashid of Dubai Supreme Council of Energy. At the close of the first day of the summit, Abu Dhabi City Municipality organized a lighting tour for the delegates that covered a few of the city’s iconic landmarks - Baynuna Street, Mushrif Park, Sheikh Zayed Bridge, Salam Street Tunnel, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and Sheikh Zayed Street that were lit up in all its resplendent glory. The tour reiterated the city’s achievements in implementing smart lighting projects. The second day of the summit kick started with Florence Lam, Global Lighting Design Leader, Arup discussing the need for prioritizing human centric night-time design in urban development. Her session included a case study and research work which explored the notion towards the 24 hour city and illustrated the key role that night-time lighting play in augmenting cultural experiences, encouraging social interaction and contributing to cities’ night-time economy.  The second day’s panel discussion had four industry leaders delve deep into a discussion on the future innovations and techniques impacting the lighting industry. The discussion was moderated by lighting expert Martin Valentine and he was accompanied by international lighting designers Martin Klassen, Florence Lam and Regina Santos. At the end of the 40 minute panel discussion, the attendees were curious to know more and asked a number of questions to the panelists on the stage. Over 25 renowned companies including Havells Sylvania, Yaming, Metrosmart International, Philips, Valmont France, Fagerhult Lighting Group, amongst others showcased their technological innovations and solutions at the exhibitor lounge. Speakers, sponsors and delegates commended the summit for its strong educational component. Hassan Habib, Roads Design Section Head, Department of Municipal Affairs - Western Region Municipality, commented, “The summit covered a lot of grounds on the smart lighting and sustainability of the new technology accomplished in the recent years. The topics were very beneficial and unique reflecting excellent vision on the actuality of each project illustrated during the two day summit. Many Thanks for offering us this great opportunity to meet other industry peers and know more about new technologies and ideas.” Arvind Rathore, Senior Electrical Engineer, CH2M Hill, said, “To attend the 4th Annual Middle East Smart Lighting & Energy Summit 2015 was a very good learning experience for me. It was great to know about the developments and features pertaining to smart LED lighting and its contribution towards energy saving.” Gopakumar Pillai, Senior Manager Facilities Management, Residential Properties Department, Asset Management, Dubai Properties, said, “Thank you for organizing a great summit and I really appreciated the topics and presentations that was very informative.  As a Senior FM and Energy professional, this summit not only got me thinking of new possibilities in future lighting but also raised my level of information for soliciting work for my current projects.” Commenting on the success of the summit lighting expert, Martin Valentine, said, “It was a wonderful event, with a good line-up of speakers and the response from delegates and supporters was phenomenal. I am very happy to have been involved throughout and enjoyed every second.” For more event details, please log on to About Expotrade  Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia and a regional office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events. For almost 15 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronized in the calendar. For more information, visit Contact information Lakshmi Ramarajan Expotrade Middle East FZ-LLC Tel: +9714-4542135+9714-4542135 Email: Call Send SMS Call from mobile Add to Skype You'll need Skype CreditFree via Skype LED Light Bulbs Offer a warm glow similar to Incandescent Bulbs 2015-11-25T21:48:08Z led-light-bulbs-offer-a-warm-glow-similar-to-incandescent-bulbs "Those lights make everything look blue." Ugh. we heard that remark about LED lighting too many times to count. For me, as a designer (aka home-problem-solver), it’s frustrating to hear friends reminisce about how the glow from 60-watt incandescent light bulbs would make their homes look and ‘feel’ so warm. Well, LED light bulbs can make your home look and ‘feel’ equally as warm as those 60-watt incandescent lights. True story. LED Lighting Bulbs Don't Have To Be Blue LED light bulbs don't have to be blue, there's lots of choices. 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The revolutionary printer is one model in a series of recently announced supertank printers that come loaded and ready with up to two years of ink in the box. Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, independent engineers and members of the trade media to honour outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge consumer electronics products across 27 product categories.  Products chosen as CES Innovation Honorees reflect innovative design and engineering in some of the most cutting edge tech products and services coming to market. The WorkForce ET-4550 EcoTank addresses a big customer pain point in printing: out of ink frustration. The WorkForce ET-4550 EcoTank is part of the supertank printer category that do not use ink cartridges. Instead the ET-4550 features super-high-capacity, refillable ink tanks, enough ink in the box to print thousands of pages, and ultra-low cost replacement inks.  In fact, the ET-4550 comes loaded and ready, with enough ink in the box to print for up to two years1, so users can print up to 11,000 black/8,500 colour pages2 – the equivalent to about 50 ink cartridge sets3. In addition to its dramatic in-box cost savings, replacement ink bottles are also at an ultra-low cost, each bottle cost as low as $12.99. Consumers now do not have to ration their printing and can enjoy the freedom to print in colour; the more they print, the more they save. Additionally, EcoTank printers deliver high quality output for which Epson is known – powered by PrecisionCore®, the ET-4550 delivers high-speed printing and laser-quality black text. The WorkForce ET-4550 was evaluated based on its engineering, aesthetic and design qualities, intended use/function and user value, how the design and innovation of the product directly compares to other products in the marketplace and unique/novel features present. The prestigious CES Innovation Awards are sponsored by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA™), the producer of CES 2016, the global gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, and have been recognising achievements in product design and engineering since 1976. For more information on the ET-4550 go to: 1 Based on average monthly print volumes of about 150 pages (ET-2500, ET-2550, ET-4500), 300 pages (ET-4550), and 800 pages (WF-R4640).2 Yields based on the ISO/IEC 24712 pattern with Epson's methodology. Actual ink yields will vary considerably for reasons including images printed, print settings, temperature and humidity. Yields may be lower when printing infrequently or predominantly with one ink colour. All ink colours are used for printing and printer maintenance, and all colours must be available for printing. For more information, visit About 50 cartridge sets estimate based on print yields of the included Black and colour ink bottles as compared to standard-capacity ink cartridge sets for similarly-featured cartridge printers as of March 2015.  INTERVIEW BONGO THE TALKING BEAR ABOUT HIS NEW PINEAPPLE CIDER 2015-11-25T00:46:24Z interview-bongo-the-talking-bear-about-his-new-pineapple-cider AUSTRALIAN PINEAPPLES ARE READY TO TAKE ON ENGLISH APPLES!IT'S THE HOTTEST CIDER THIS SUMMER! Here’s some exciting news for all cider devotees. Bear Essentials Pineapple Cider, Australia’s original Pineapple Cider, a new Australian invention, has just been released and it looks like it’s going to give the apple one a run for its money. This is the only Pineapple Cider in Australia, it is fully Australian made with Queensland Pineapples and boasts the cutest company spokesperson: The Bongo Bear (He is Australia's only bongo playing Bear).  Bongo has already been spotted in Bondi sipping his Pineapple cider with the Bondi Rescue Lifesavers as well as The Bachelorette’s Dave Billsborrow and Davey Lloyd. “I always loved pineapples and now they have been made into 8% Pineapple Cider. Bear Essentials smooth sweet tropical Pineapple Cider is so naturally refreshing that you can BEARly resist it.” Says the Bongo Bear. For anyone who loves the natural taste of Pineapple, then this is the cider to drink.   This delicious beverage is not a pineapple flavoured cider but rather a genuine Pineapple Cider made naturally from pineapples and its smooth sweet tropical flavour is just the thing, for hot summer days or warm summer nights.  Made from quality Queensland pineapples, all the sweetness comes from the juiciest pineapples on the planet, which are grown and harvested by Australia's finest pineapple farmers up north.This thirst quencher is naturally fermented so there is no added chemicals, artificial preservatives or cane sugar. Rather than using chemicals (as most Ciders do) Bear Essentials Pineapple Cider has been fully pasteurized.At 8% Alcohol each 275ml bottle of Bear Essentials Pineapple Cider is 1.7 Standard Drinks and made purely from pineapples, nothing else. It is completely natural and delicious. Bear Essentials Pineapple Cider can be purchased online at TO INTERVIEW THE BONGO BEAR or for samples email or call Max on 0412501601   PS…..If you are having a work Christmas party, please let us know and the Bongo Bear can deliver some complimentary Bear Essentials Pineapple Cider. The Latest Lighting Technology Now Offers LED Downlights, LED Tubes 2015-11-24T22:13:48Z the-latest-lighting-technology-now-offers-led-downlights-led-tubes The technology of LED (light-emitting diode) is utilized in numerous industries, particularly in phone and computer manufacturing, advertising and interior designing. It provides lights for some phones and computers alike. The advertising industry also uses this technology in billboards and vans to promote products and services. This technology is about to dethrone incandescent bulbs in homes as well. Some countries have already ordered the phasing out of incandescent bulbs and LED is being tapped as the next frontrunner in home lighting solutions. As a home lighting solution, several LED products are offered to cater to different lighting needs. In addition to bulbs, there are also study lamps and table lamps that use LED. LED downlights and LED tubes are available as well. Downlights Downlights are usually placed in gardens, display cabinets, walk-in closets and along the driveway. Unlike the lights installed in ceilings, the surface of a downlight is either flat or looks like half of a sphere. In gardens, downlights have an aesthetic purpose. Lampposts provide general lighting for this area but the downlights improve the view during nighttime. Downlights have the same purpose in display cabinets and gardens. Additionally, they make it easier for you to find items. You can also use downlights to highlight a feature in your display cabinets. There are other areas in your house where you can place downlights. It can be installed in bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens to enhance the rooms' lighting. It is a good addition to the garage as well. Portable downlights are also available. You can choose these if you are shopping on a tight budget. You can just move it in the areas where you need the additional lighting. Tubes Unlike downlights, tubes are typically attached to the ceilings. They serve as the main source of light in a room. Tubes come in different lengths. When you are quite budget-conscious, don't just go for shorter tubes because they are cheaper. Keep in mind the function of these lighting solutions. They should be able to provide efficient lighting for your rooms. Aside from length, check the brightness of the tubes as well. Price Right now, the price of downlights and tubes that use LED are higher than LED bulbs. One reason is that, unlike the latter, the options for LED downlights and LED tubes are limited. Some downlights may be as cheap as the bulbs. However, these ones are usually the smaller ones. LED lights don't spread light as efficiently as bulbs. 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Foresters are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the world's first aerial prescribed burn, conducted in the Pingerup forest block between Shannon River and Walpole. This was a milestone event in the history of bushfire management’ said Lachlan McCaw, the Chairman of the WA Division of the Institute of Foresters.’ Prescribed burning is essential to reduce fuel levels in the forest, thus minimising the risk of large, intense bushfires. Before aerial burning, foresters could not get enough burning done for it to be effective.’ After a successful Pingerup burn, a second trial burn was conducted in coastal country south of Nannup a few weeks later. By the following year the Forests Department was burning 80 000 hectares each year using aircraft and incendiary bombing technology. Dr McCaw paid tribute to the early research scientists George Peet and Rick Sneeuwjagt who, working at Manjimup, perfected the science of matching bushfire behaviour to weather and fuel conditions.’ Along with the invention of a safe incendiary and a bombing machine (in collaboration with the CSIRO), this was the key to the early success of the aerial burning program’ Dr McCaw said. Chairman of the Bushfire Front in WA, Roger Underwood, was the district forester at Pemberton during the pioneering years of aerial burning, and implemented the department's program. Mr Underwood, also a long serving member of the Institute, has recently published a book describing the development of the aerial burning technology and the first operational burns in the karri forest. ‘We made some mistakes along the way’ Mr Underwood recalls, ’But the great thing was that every mistake led to a lesson learned and a refinement in the technology and burning operations'. Following the success of the first aerial burns near Shannon River, the technology was later adopted across Australia and in many overseas countries. ‘Although today's technology is far superior to the seat-of-the-pants approach we used back in the 1960s, the principles are still the same’ said Mr Underwood. ‘Bushfires will always start, so the trick is to minimise the damage that they do, and make them easier and safer to control.’  Ends… Media contact: Lachie McCaw 0447 217 485 Have You Created a Powerful Brand For Your Business? 2015-11-24T03:40:56Z have-you-created-a-powerful-brand-for-your-business Brand awareness and differentiation were identified as some of the biggest challenges faced by small business owners across Australia and New Zealand in a recent ReachLocal Survey. That’s why; we’re providing you with the facts on branding, tips on developing a strong business brand and some suggestions on how to build brand awareness. The Facts on Branding:  Branding is more than just your logo. Branding is a way for customers to recognise and experience your business. Branding can be reflected in everything from your customer service style, staff uniforms, business cards and premises to your marketing materials and advertising. Branding involves a lot of thought and research. You need to work out why customers should be attracted to your business. A strong brand will help customers remember your business and feel confident that your products or services will suit their needs. Branding Can Help You Stand Out. Your brand should reflect what your business stands for and what sets it apart from your competitors – your branding should express the qualities, strengths and ‘personality’ of your business. Developing a Business Brand It may feel daunting to develop an entire brand for your company but it can be an integral component for the success of your overall business vision. 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Driven downlights and LED tubes are accessible too.  Downlights  Downlights are normally set in greenery enclosures, show cupboards, stroll in wardrobes and along the carport. Dissimilar to the lights introduced in roofs, the surface of a downlight is either level or looks like portion of a circle.  In greenery enclosures, downlights have a stylish reason. Lampposts give general lighting to this zone yet the downlights enhance the perspective amid evening. Downlights have the same reason in showcase cupboards and greenery enclosures. Also, they make it simpler for you to discover things. You can likewise utilize downlights to highlight an element in your presentation cupboards.  There are different territories in your home where you can put downlights. It can be introduced in rooms, bathrooms and kitchens to improve the rooms' lighting. It is a decent expansion to the carport too.  Compact downlights are additionally accessible. You can pick these on the off chance that you are shopping on a tight spending plan. You can simply move it in the zones where you require the extra lighting.  Tubes  Dissimilar to downlights, tubes are ordinarily joined to the roofs. They serve as the fundamental wellspring of light in a room.  Tubes come in diverse lengths. When you are entirely spending plan cognizant, don't simply go for shorter tubes in light of the fact that they are less expensive. Remember the capacity of these lighting arrangements. They ought to have the capacity to give effective lighting to your rooms. Beside length, check the shine of the tubes also.  Cost Involved At this moment, the cost of downlights and tubes that utilization LED are higher than LED bulbs. One reason is that, dissimilar to the recent, the choices for LED downlights and LED tubes are restricted.  Some downlights may be as modest as the bulbs. Be that as it may, these ones are normally the littler ones. Driven lights don't spread light as effectively as bulbs. In the event that you introduce little downlights, the scope will be restricted and the shine will be lacking.  With respect to the tubes, the expense of the less costly ones is twofold the cost of run of the mill LED bulbs. The cost for shoddy LED bulbs ranges from $10 to $13. Then again, the cost for shabby tubes with LED ranges from $17 to $26. The cost of costly ones can go as high $400. The costly LED tubes have an edge however; these ones are harder to break than shoddy ones. In this way, the costly tubes are more tough than their less expensive partner.  Is it accurate to say that you are searching for more data with respect to drove downlights? 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We're here to help take the pain out of finding growth capital." Afiniation co-founder Ian Dunbar said, “To say FinTech financing is booming is an understatement and CapitalPitch and their clients are a great example of what’s happening in this space.” CapitalPitch, an early Afiniation partner, has two parts to their business, those they help better prepare for capital raising which include all startups on their platform and those that are actively raising. One of these such companies is SMSFCheck the Afiniation member whose tailor-made reports summarise each area of an SMSF’s investment strategy and highlights areas that might need attention. SMSFCheck co-founder Rebecca Sullivan explained how the company’s relationship with Afiniation and CapitalPitch has led to immediate growth opportunities, “We attended the Afiniation showcase in September as the timing was perfect to launch our new service and we wanted to make more financial services industry contacts. It was also great to get feedback from attendees and seek opportunities for partnerships. Afiniation provides a community of other companies in the early stages of development that are trying to evolve the financial services industry. We believe the industry is being challenged with its traditional methods of advice delivery by consumers and the opportunity to respond to changing needs is greater than ever.” As part of an Afiniation member deal Sullivan ended up discussing the company’s future plans with CapitalPitch as she added, “We met Jeremy Liddle of CapitalPitch at the Showcase day and given that we are trying to raise capital to grow our business, this was great timing. We really liked their structured on-line approach to making the capital raising process more accessible to start-ups who can't afford the big dollars to hire professionals to out-source it to. I think the more events and networking opportunities Afiniation can provide the more vibrant the FinTech start up space will be. It's tough going up against the big guys without the capital and resources so it's great to have a support network to make it a little easier. As a result of our involvement with Afiniation we are now in the process of raising capital via CapitalPitch.” With capital raising in the FinTech space projected to top $14 billion globally in the next twelve months Ian Dunbar sees companies like CapitalPitch as a key component to the FinTech industry’s growth as he concluded, “CapitalPitch can help every business it interacts with – hence why we introduce them to Afiniation members. Put simply SMSFCheck and SWIPE will now be better prepared for capital raising and be introduced to the most committed investors in CapitalPitch’s pipeline. 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Anna Kay Edit Yoga poses can make you too flexible? Understanding Range of Motion during yoga poses. So then we must ask during our yoga practice, if a joint has a less-than-optimal range of motion, should we do anything to increase the range of motion? This is often referred to as stretching or opening up a joint. If the range of motion is restricted due to weak and/or tight muscles and tendons, then the answer is “yes”: we do want to increase the range of motion. If the range is limited due to the body’s structure (the bones and the ligaments), then, the answer is “no.” Most of us never become so flexible as to feel that our bony structure is limiting us in our ability to go deeper into a yoga pose. Muscle is elastic and is meant to be flexible as well as strong. If flexibility is not maintained, the muscles will once again shorten. They have the ability to go back and forth from being short (inflexible) and being long (flexible) Tendons are the endpoints of the muscles where they attach to bones. Like ligaments, tendons are strong but not particularly elastic. Tendons will stretch, but only so far before they too will become injured. Healthy muscles will have a balance between flexibility and strength. Overly flexible muscles without strength will not be able to support joints as well when they come under stress, thus predisposing one to joint injuries. Overly tight muscles reduce range of motion, which can limit daily activities and predispose one to straining or tearing muscles. Can we be too flexible?  Striving for more and more flexibility during our yoga poses and practice without a good reason may cause more problems than it prevents. So as yogis we must ask ourselves, Why do we want to become more flexible doing yoga poses? It may be because we are rehabilitating an injury, and that specific stretches will help bring us back into balance. Or perhaps we are compromised in our daily activities from a lack of flexibility. As yogis our main reason for increasing flexibility during yoga poses should be, to be healthy and to be comfortable sitting in meditation. A healthy body is easier to forget during meditation than an unhealthy, uncomfortable, nagging one. So how flexible do we need to be? That depends on the individual. If a person is healthy and able to sit comfortably in a chair and go deep into meditation, then being able to put his foot behind his head is probably an unnecessary goal. Another individual may be motivated to experience the subtle energetic benefits of meditating in the lotus(cross legged) posture. If so, then a safe and gradually progressive yoga pose practice of some of the deeper stretches may be appropriate. On the other hand, some bodies may not be meant ever to go into a full lotus position. Such differences must be respected. How should you practice your yoga poses? You have to know if oyu are already very flexible or not so. Most injuries during yoga poses are most likely due to pushing one’s flexibility far beyond the natural range of the muscles. The ligaments and tendons take the stress and become injured. It takes time to safely increase the flexibility of muscles; forcing a stretch is always a recipe for problems. An example for forward bending or leg stretches; If one feels the thighs stretching all the way to the knees, but not in the knee joints themselves, then it is okay. If there is some stress in the joints, often props can be used to alleviate the stress by decreasing knee flexion (e.g., sit on a cushion placed between the legs under the buttocks, or place a cushion between ankles and buttocks).. Yoga poses and practice should bring our bodies and minds into balance. Yoga should help heal our knees and backs as well as calming our minds. The consciousness and intention of our yoga practice and teaching are all important to the results of yoga practice. How can you strengthen your yoga pose practice? Pilates can create the balance you are looking for. If you have become too flexible you may like to try some Pilates classes for strengthening you whole body and keeping your ligaments, tendons and muscles strong during your yoga pose practice. contact The Business of Yoga ; ph 0429435726 Lighting technology now offers LED Downlights and LED Tubes with more efficiency 2015-11-23T06:00:17Z lighting-technology-now-offers-led-downlights-and-led-tubes-with-more-efficiency The advancement of LED (light-emitting diode) is utilized as a part of different business wanders, particularly in phone and PC collecting, advancing and inside sketching out. It offers lights to a couple phones and PCs alike. The publicizing business moreover uses this development as a piece of declarations and vans to propel things and organizations. This advancement is going to dismiss incandescent bulbs in homes as well. A couple of countries have authoritatively asked for the wiping out of incandescent bulbs and LED is being tapped as the accompanying pioneer in home lighting courses of action.  As a home lighting game plan, a couple LED things are offered to consider differing lighting needs. Despite bulbs, there are in like manner consider lights and table lights that use LED. Driven downlights and LED tubes are open as well.  Downlights Downlights are regularly set in greenery walled in areas, show pantries, walk around closets and along the parking space. Not in the slightest degree like the lights presented in rooftops, the surface of a downlight is either level or looks like bit of a circle.  In greenery fenced in areas, downlights have a sleek reason. Lampposts give general lighting to this zone yet the downlights improve the point of view in the midst of night. Downlights have the same reason in showcase pantries and greenery fenced in areas. Also, they make it less complex for you to find things. You can similarly use downlights to highlight a component in your presentation organizers.  There are diverse areas in your home where you can put downlights. It can be presented in rooms, bathrooms and kitchens to enhance the rooms' lighting. It is a better than average development to the garage moreover.  Adaptable downlights are in like manner open. You can pick these in case you are shopping on a tight spending arrangement. You can just move it in the extents where you require the additional lighting.  Tubes Not in any manner like downlights, tubes are normally joined to the rooftops. They serve as the crucial wellspring of light in a room.  Tubes come in unmistakable lengths. When you are completely spending arrangement mindful, don't just go for shorter tubes in light of the way that they are less costly. Keep in mind the limit of these lighting courses of action. They should have the ability to give capable lighting to your rooms. Close to length, check the sparkle of the tubes moreover.  Taken a toll  As of now, the expense of downlights and tubes that usage LED are higher than LED bulbs. One reason is that, not in any manner like the last, the choices for LED downlights and LED tubes are confined.  Some downlights may be as unassuming as the bulbs. In any case, these ones are typically the more diminutive ones. Driven lights don't spread light as adequately as bulbs. If you present little downlights, the degree will be limited and the brightness will be inadequate.  Concerning the tubes, the cost of the less excessive ones is twofold the expense of standard LED bulbs. The expense for shabby LED bulbs ranges from $10 to $13. 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In the Perth area, outdoor kitchens are the “hottest” home renovations of them all.The price of buying a new home or even a larger home has become too high for a lot of Australians. Consequently, more and more people are waking up to the realisation that they can turn their current homes into their “dream homes” for far less money than it would cost to buy a larger home. More Space for Less MoneyWhen it comes to increasing space and improving lifestyle, the outdoor kitchen is one of the most cost-effective ways to get the job done. An outdoor kitchen doesn’t cost as much to build as an indoor kitchen because there isn’t as much structural work to be done. Most outdoor kitchens consist of a roof and a patio floor as the only serious structural components. This is much less expensive than tearing down your current indoor kitchen and building a new one. Restaurant Meals at HomeRestaurants can cook meals that most people can’t duplicate in their indoor kitchens because of the ventilation that is required. Restaurants have commercial vents and stainless steel hoods with exhaust fans to transport the smoke, heat, grease and exhaust from cooking food with a heavy duty charcoal grill, deep fryer or stone pizza oven.With an outdoor kitchen, the equipment is outdoors instead of being enclosed indoors. The smoke and heat are dissipated into the air, allowing use of smokers and heavy duty grills without making the home too hot or smoky. No exhaust hoods or fans are necessary. Increases Home ValueThe two most cost-effective ways to increase home value for sale are to expand the living space with an alfresco living area or remodel the kitchen. An outdoor kitchen accomplishes both. Some people are able to profit by adding an outdoor kitchen for immediate resale of the home, while others live in their homes long term and find out that their homes sell for more money than others in the neighbourhood because of the outdoor kitchen.Alfresco LivingAn outdoor kitchen is the ultimate alfresco living area. With the addition of more patio space and some outdoor furniture such as lawn chairs and tables, an outdoor kitchen allows the homeowner to entertain large groups of friends or neighbours whenever they want. It also allows them to enjoy their outdoor kitchen and dining area in privacy if they like.According to Craig Johns, director of home renovations firm Next Level Extensions, “Recently, outdoor kitchens have become extremely popular. We love our food, beverages and downtime. An outdoor kitchen and alfresco living area helps us enjoy all three.”Next Level Extensions provides home renovations in the Perth area. They have more than 70 years of combined experience in outdoor kitchens, home extensions, second storey additions and other home renovations. They offer 100% satisfaction guaranteed workmanship, guided by award winning home renovations designer Max Sardi. For more information or a free consult with Mr Sardi, call their Perth office on 1300 948 094 or visit their website: Campaign for Australian Aid: we can’t make poverty history unless we make carbon pollution history 2015-11-22T23:53:47Z campaign-for-australian-aid-we-can-t-make-poverty-history-unless-we-make-carbon-pollution-history 23 November MEDIA RELEASE Campaign for Australian Aid: we can’t make poverty history unless we make carbon pollution history From this Friday, 27 November, tens of thousands of Australians will stand alongside one another in what will be the largest climate march ever - the People’s Climate March. Meanwhile, world leaders will gather in Paris for the United Nations climate summit to discuss a global agreement that has the potential to stop catastrophic climate change. Campaign for Australian Aid, the largest coalition of Australian International Development NGOs in history, is using the march to drive home the link between climate change and poverty. “It’s simple: we can’t make poverty history unless we also make carbon pollution history,” said Campaign Director for the Campaign for Australian Aid, Tony Milne. “The long-term threat posed by climate change is serious. The world is facing the hottest decade on record and people living in poverty are being hurt first and hardest.  The World Bank is warning that the impacts of climate change could drive 100 million people into extreme poverty.” The People’s Climate March will take place from Friday, 27 November through to Sunday, November 29 with events being held in each city. The colour red will be worn by those marching with Campaign for Australian Aid to represent people living in poverty who are facing the impacts of climate change. “The commitments made so far are encouraging and signify progress, but they’re not enough to stop disastrous climate change - they jeopardise the goal of eradicating poverty by 2030. The government can’t afford to stall on this issue any longer: we need our nation’s leaders to act on climate change now.” Australians can go to to find out where they can march in their city, or register to march with the Campaign for Australian Aid here. If you’d like to arrange an interview or photo opportunity with Mr Milne, please contact Sarah Cannata on 0407 536 133. About Campaign for Australian Aid The Campaign for Australian Aid is a joint initiative of the Make Poverty History and Micah Challenge coalitions, for all Australians who believe we can and should do more as a nation to end extreme poverty around the world. It represents over 65 aid and development organisations, church, business and community groups. Distributor Gives Grundfos Pumps Seal of Approval for Food Industry 2015-11-20T07:26:42Z distributor-gives-grundfos-pumps-seal-of-approval-for-food-industry Perth, WA, 20 November 2015 - Pump Solutions Australasia imports pumps from around the world for use in virtually any industry. They have been in business since 1990. In that time, they have made it a point to learn which companies make the most reliable and efficient pumps for a multitude of applications. They have selected ten firms from around the world as their suppliers to ensure the highest quality and the least downtime. For the food industry, Pump Solutions Australasia gives their unofficial seal of approval to Grundfos Pumps. Grundfos Pumps trace their lineage to 150 years ago in Europe. They make stainless steel pumps that are designed for applications in which the utmost in sanitation is mandatory. Grundfos pumps have been traditionally used in Europe and around the world by confectionaries, chocolate factories, food processing plants and dairies. They are designed to help move liquids and food products while maintaining the consistency, the integrity and the safety of food products. Grundfos pumps are compatible to Clean in Place (CIP) and Steam in Place (SIP) protocols. Grundfos pumps are so popular that they have service operations in Australia and more than fifty countries across the globe. Grundfos has spent 150 years building a reputation for keeping food safe and sanitary due to their high quality stainless steel production. Grundfos pumps are reliable, sanitary, efficient and easily cleaned.Dairy ApplicationsGrundfos pumps are mainstays in the dairy industry, where sanitation is essential because of the high potential for spoilage or contamination in milk products. In particular, Grundfos makes hydraulic pumps that help keep milk free of cross contamination while preserving their freshness.Confectionary and Chocolate ApplicationsProcess control, precise handling of solids and precise temperature control are all important in chocolate and confectionary operations. The end result is an easily cleaned system that provides a safe, sanitary, high quality product.Food ProcessingFood products can become highly viscous mixtures that must be kept in motion to prevent bacterial growth. Grundfos pumps not only handle viscous food mixtures, but also handle crystallines and abrasive or corrosive media.Plant Service SystemsIn addition to handling all of the processes involved in food and dairy operations, Grundfos pumps are also world class for handling plant service systems and processes. Grundfos pumps can handle any stage of the water supply circuit, including the delivery of water into the plant and the transport of water to various operations within the plant. They also supply pumps that transport wastewater from the plant.Why Grundfos is So PopularMike Hurlbatt is the owner of Pump Solutions Australasia. According to Mr Hurlbatt: “Food operations need pumps that they can trust. They need to be sure that their food and dairy products will be kept safe from contamination. They also need pumps that deliver high efficiency and keep downtime to a minimum. Grundfos is the world’s most popular pump in the food industry. That is no accident.”Pump Solutions Australasia imports the world’s finest pumps into Australia from around the world. They select the most dependable and efficient pumps because they know failure or downtime can cost a business thousands of dollars. Their customer service is professional and knowledgeable. To learn more or to enquire about pumps for any applications, call 1300 793 418 or visit their website today: Young Farmers receive scholarships to study with ACS Distance Education 2015-11-20T06:11:38Z young-farmers-receive-scholarships-to-study-with-acs-distance-education ACS Distance Education principal John Mason, recently attended the Inaugural Awards Ceremony for the Young Farmers Scholarship held on the 11 November at Parliament House in Melbourne. The Young Farmers Scholarship is an initiative that is being supported by the Minister for Agriculture in Victoria, Jaala Pulford. The scholarship program was established by the Victorian Government in order to increase the skills and opportunities for young farmers under the age of 35 from within the state. Thirteen young farmers were awarded grants of up to $10,000 that included scholarships for further education in agriculture and career development in agriculture. It has been confirmed that two of the thirteen grant recipients will undertake their studies with ACS Distance Education. John Mason, Principal of ACS Distant Education said, “We are delighted to be given the opportunity to have these students study with ACS. Given our commitment to education in agriculture, we wish the students all the best for their bright future in this vital industry.” The courses offered by ACS Distance Education are ideal for rural students, allowing them to study remotely and with limited resources- with one of the students studying by correspondence as she has limited access to reliable internet. This is a pro-active initiative by the Victorian Government and ACS is excited to have a role in the futures of these Young Farmers. If you would like more information on this, please contact .