The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2014-10-24T00:08:44Z Usb Wall Socket Amazing New Charging Format 2014-10-24T00:08:44Z usb-wall-socket-amazing-new-charging-format Among the first to support this initiative, launched by the GSMAssociation, are the 3 Group, AT&T, HTC, KTF, LG, MobilkomAustria, Motorola, Nokia, NTT Docomo, Orange and Qualcomm. Rogers Wireless, Samsung, Softbank Mobile, Sony Ericsson, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, Telenor, Telstra, T-Mobile, Vodafone, Apple, NEC, RIM and TI are also in this group. The group has set an ambitious target that by 2012 a universal charging solution (UCS) will be widely available in the market worldwide and will use Micro-USB as the common universal charging interface. The group agreed that by the 1st January 2012, the majority of all new mobile phone models available will support a universal charging connector and the majority of chargers shipped will meet the high efficiency targets set out by the OMTP (Open Mobile Terminal Platform), the industry body who developed the technical requirements behind UCS. After implementation, the plan is projected to bring down production of replacement chargers by as much as 51,000 tons annually. This will eliminate 13.6 million to 21.8 million tons of greenhouse gases emitted during manufacture. Mobile Phones wont ship with chargers after this implementation as the Manufacturers assume you have one already. HTC is the first manufacturer to announce it wont include a wall charger with their new phone. Asia’s leading pool & spa event begins search for presenters 2014-10-23T00:48:37Z asia-s-leading-pool-amp-spa-event-begins-search-for-presenters The education program at Piscine SPLASH! Asia is a major feature of the event. The seminars held alongside the exhibition will address key issues in the pool industry, marketing opportunities and new technologies. Held every two years, Piscine SPLASH! Asia 2015 will bring together more than 1500 attendees to visit the trade show and hear from local and international speakers. Previous sessions have included clear water chemistry, landscaping, hydraulics, green technology & solar power, chlorination and chemical use, as well as business centred topics like social media, human resources and sales techniques. The deadline for paper submissions is Friday 28th November. For guidelines and further information visit   Piscine SPLASH! Asia May 20 – 21 2015 Marina Bay Sands, For more information contact: Melanie Robertson Marketing Manager, Interpoint Events Phone: 1300 789 845 (within Australia) +61 2 8586 6103 (International) Email: About Piscine SPLASH! Asia Piscine SPLASH! Asia is the result of the association of two reputed pool and spa show organizers sharing the same strategy: offering the international pool and spa industry the opportunity to develop export markets and building strong connections with international big players and buyers. Piscine Global (international leader show with 1000 brands gathered every two years) and SPLASH! (award winning trade show in Australia and New Zealand for pool and spa professionals) have merged their respective expertise in order to provide the Asian market with the most important show for the professional pool and spa market. Respectively started in 1991 and 1998, Piscine and SPLASH! Share a true international knowledge of the pool and spa industry and the same criteria for quality events. Any questions, contact the Piscine SPLASH! Asia teams: GL Events Exhibitions International +33 (0)4 78 176 291 Interpoint Events Singapore 800 616 3169 Australia 1300 789 845 New Kickstarter Titanium Outdoors Filter Campaign Launched by Go Walkabout 2014-10-22T23:19:16Z new-kickstarter-titanium-outdoors-filter-campaign-launched-by-go-walkabout The outdoors lifestyle is pretty demanding on gear. The freezing cold nights, hot days, packing, unpacking and carrying gear around all cause a lot of wear and tear. The Australian Walkabout Ti filters have been developed and designed with this in mind and, with a successful Kickstarter campaign, they will be introduced as the world’s first Titanium personal water filter. According to Go Walkabout Engineering Manager Matt Munoz, "We have made and tested filters using a number of different metals. We know that weight, size and ruggedness are always considerations when looking at outdoor gear, so decided to use Titanium for the Walkabout line of personal water filters. Titanium has the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any metal. It is also the most hypoallergenic material known and doesn’t add any flavor to the water you drink.” A Titanium filtration membrane forms the core of Walkabout Ti filters. Sealed inside a tough Titanium casing, this membrane can be safely frozen or boiled. The filtration process involves pre-filtration and filtration stages to hold back harmful bacteria and particles. On the larger filter an activated carbon filtration stage removes chlorine, heavy metals and odors. The flexible and lightweight filtration system can be used in a variety of ways such as a squeeze filter, gravity filter, pumped filter, filter straw, or as an inline filter. Since the filters are Titanium inside and out, the only real weak point is the O-ring seal. With this in mind, Go Walkabout has designed in an integrity indicator. This means that if a seal starts leaking, water drips out of the filter instead of through to the clean side. While Go Walkabout’s current equipment has successfully produced prototypes, the manufacturing process in uneconomical, making Walkabout Ti filters too expensive to be a good value in the outdoor gear market. Go Walkabout has determined that minimal additional tooling and equipment will result in the production of readily affordable filters Adequate funding through their Kickstarter campaign will allow Go Walkabout to purchase the needed material and tools. The funding target for this campaign is $48,000, and it will close on November 18th, 2014. The filters are being offered in their campaign below the expected retail price. To find out more about the campaign, please visit the campaign The official website of Go Walkabout is Tall Trees Teaches Elderly to Cope with Hay Fever Season 2014-10-20T03:29:43Z tall-trees-teaches-elderly-to-cope-with-hay-fever-season Australia, 20 October 2014 - Hay fever season is here, and one small network of independent living communities has provided a guide for the elderly for coping with it. Tall Trees Care Communities have five locations providing alternatives to aged care facilities in the Brisbane and Gold Coast areas. They are best described as independent retirement communities with 24-hour access to all levels of care that would be provided in an aged care facility or a nursing home. Phil Usher, co-founder of Tall Trees Care Communities, recently informed readers of his blog how to lessen the impact of hay fever. According to Mr Usher, “Hay fever is usually more prevalent in the 25-44 age group, but that is no consolation to elderly hay fever sufferers. At Tall Trees, we do everything we can to educate our residents on how to lessen the likelihood of a hay fever attack and provide the finest in medical care should they need it.”Hay Fever 101Hay fever is another term for allergic rhinitis, which is medical terminology for an allergy that affects the nose. Though it is usually caused by grass pollen, thus the name hay fever, it can also be caused by mould, dust mites or animal hair. Hay fever occurs when the immune system attacks the particles of pollen, mould, animal hair or dust mites that are breathed in. While six people out of seven have immune systems that don’t attack these particles, one in seven have immune systems that see them as a threat and attack them. This causes the symptoms with which hay fever sufferers are familiar: runny, blocked or itchy nose, watery or itchy eyes, itchy ears or throat or headaches. Symptoms can become so severe in some hay fever sufferers that it affects the ability to concentrate or fall asleep.Preventing or Lessening Hay Fever by Controlling Pollen ExposureDoctors advocate avoiding exposure to allergens as the best way to prevent hay fever. It is recommended that those who suffer from hay fever check the television or Internet each day to see how much pollen is in the air. On high pollen days, it is recommended to stay inside. This can be difficult since most spring days are high pollen days, but it can be necessary for those who suffer from hay fever. Other high pollen times are right after a thunderstorm or when the wind is blowing hard. Most hay fever sufferers are also allergic to the pollen produced by plants. Consequently, they should only have plants that are pollinated by bees instead of those that put seeds into the air.Mr Usher says, “Do whatever you can to limit your exposure to pollen. It’s the best way to avoid hay fever.”Tall Trees Care Communities provide an alternative to aged care on the Gold Coast. Their model is called independent living with consumer directed care, meaning that residents own their homes, decide their own level of care and remain independent for as long as possible. To learn more or to arrange a trial stay, call (07) 3442 9378 or visit their website: test 2014-10-20T02:34:46Z test-72 test Green Planet Grass Provides Another Solution for a Local Hospital 2014-10-20T02:32:43Z green-planet-grass-provides-another-solution-for-a-local-hospital Perth, WA, 20 October 2014 - Recently, Green Planet Grass completed another artificial grass installation at a major Perth hospital. Green Planet Grass has completed many high-profile artificial grass installations in the last few years and has developed a reputation for solving problems and providing positive outcomes.The Problems Presented by Natural GrassHospitals in the Perth area face a similar set of obstacles when they have natural grass on their grounds. The climate in Perth isn’t friendly to grass in high traffic areas. In addition, Perth and its suburbs are on watering restrictions during the hot, dry summers. This creates a situation where grass doesn’t have enough water to grow. Conversely, in winter, foot traffic when the ground is wet kills the grass. Between the seasons, natural grass doesn’t have much of a chance.How Green Planet Grass Solves Those ProblemsArtificial grass provides a perfect solution for hospitals, sport teams and homeowners who find it hard to grow natural grass lawns. Once an artificial grass lawn is installed, it can last as long as twenty to twenty-five years. Every day, regardless of the Perth weather or foot traffic, Green Planet Grass provides a lush, green surface that never suffers from degradation. In addition, maintenance costs are lowered because the only maintenance required for a Green Planet Grass lawn is to pick up debris and hose down any spots where organic materials have stuck to the grass. This means Green Planet Grass doesn’t need mowing, watering, weeding or re-seeding. No expensive mowers or tractors are needed. No petrol, herbicides or pesticides are needed. This saves money on equipment, chemicals, water and labour. For schools and hospitals, this can represent substantial savings. Green Planet Grass had already completed previous installations of artificial grass for the Joondalup Health Campus and St John of God facility in Subiaco and had developed a great reputation within the Perth health industry for their high quality and great customer service. They find themselves being contacted a lot for high profile hospital, school, industrial and sport applications by people who know of one of their previous installations.Justin Everley is the director of Green Planet Grass. He is proud that his company has obtained such a hard-earned reputation in Perth:“We always strove to design, create and install the best artificial grass we are capable of. We committed long ago to environmental responsibility, too. We do the best we can to use as low a carbon footprint as possible”.Mr Everley continued, “The end result has been that, after more than 4,000 installations of Green Planet Grass, we have developed a reputation for quality and integrity. Companies and homeowners hire us now because they heard about us from a friend or colleague. We feel fortunate to have such great word of mouth advertising. At the same time, though, we’ve worked hard for it.”Green Planet Grass is an environmentally responsible artificial grass manufacturer in Perth. With manufacturing facilities located in WA, they provide synthetic grass for numerous uses, including hospital, industrial, sport and residential applications. To learn more, call 1300 792 642 or visit their website: Why should I visit Mount Gambier 2014-10-19T23:30:09Z why-should-i-visit-mount-gambier Since Mount Gambier is a regional city we keep developing different aspects to our environment.In my second blog, I cover the most recent aspects to this  Timber Decking Oil Becomes the Popular Option in Brisbane 2014-10-17T03:14:43Z timber-decking-oil-becomes-the-popular-option-in-brisbane Brisbane, QLD, 17 October 2014 - When it comes to finishing timber, one variety does not fit all. Different finishes are more appropriate for different applications. When it comes to timber decking, decking oil has become the decking finish of choice for many in the Brisbane area. Why Decking Oil is PopularDecking oil has properties and advantages that make it effective for protecting and finishing a deck. It is specifically created for outdoor applications and is readily absorbed into the timber. It acts as a filler and sealer that protects timber from fungi and dust. It also replaces the natural oil that tends to “bleed” out of timber over time, making it less likely dry out, crack or flake.Decking oil makes the surface of timber stronger by not only bonding to individual timber fibres, but connecting them. As opposed to finishes that cover or blanket timber, decking oil integrates itself into the timber and produces a stronger structure. How to Oil a DeckThe process of oiling a deck is simple, but must be followed and executed correctly for best results. The first stop is to clean the deck. Jack Kyle, owner of Narangba Timbers, a timber decking supplier in Brisbane, recommends using two cups of Napisan with a half bucket of warm water as a cleaner for a deck with an area of 5 sqm. The cleaning solution should be spread lightly on the deck with a stiff bristled decking brush and allowed to sit for fifteen minutes. Then, the deck should be scrubbed with the brush, wetting it in the solution as needed. The deck should be allowed to sit and dry for an average of two days. This not only allows drying but also allows old oils from the timber to bleed out.A decking oil is then applied with a soft-haired brush that is much like a paint brush. The oil can be easily spread and excess oil can be sponged up with the soft-haired brush. For a 5 sqm deck, five litres of decking oil is recommended. The oil is applied in two coats. The first coat ideally takes an hour to dry. The second coat is then applied and the deck is allowed to dry. The Finer PointsMr Kyle provided some advice for the finer points of applying the perfect finish to a deck. According to Mr Kyle:“If you execute the fundamentals correctly, you can have a beautiful deck. You can use tinted deck oil for colours or you can use natural timber grain and colour. We recommend using merbau, which is an orange-brown timber when it is cut. As it matures, it tends to redden a bit. Merbau is a beautiful timber; it looks so good that you won’t need to use tint in your decking oil.”Mr Kyle concluded: “Merbau and decking oil are a perfect combination.”Narangba Timbers is a timber supplier. They provide timber for decking, flooring and many other uses to the Brisbane area. To learn more about what Narangba Timbers has to offer or to use their decking calculator, call 1300 795 675 or visit their website: Home Renovation Firm in Perth Says: “DIY Home Renovations are Risky for Small Investors.” 2014-10-15T03:12:31Z home-renovation-firm-in-perth-says-diy-home-renovations-are-risky-for-small-investors Perth, WA, 15 October 2014 - A recent poll that appeared in Perth Now estimated that 46% of WA residents plan on renovating their homes. The proliferation of home renovation in Perth and WA as a business model has turned renovation into a competitive field. Numerous small investors are now using a business model that consists of buying homes available for low prices, renovating them to add value and selling them.However, this has caused problems for the average investor. While those with construction experience can complete DIY projects and sell their renovated homes for a profit, many who don’t have the know-how or experience in the field end up losing money due to projects going over budget and past deadlines.Recently, Craig Johns, Director of Next Level Extensions, a provider of home renovations in Perth, provided a guide for DIY renovators on his company’s blog. We present a summary of Mr Johns’ recommendations below.Start SmallBeginners often “bite off more than they can chew” by purchasing homes that need extensive structural renovation. This can derail the budding career of a renovator before it starts.Keep the Property Consistent with the Target MarketRenovations should be consistent with other homes in the area. For example, if the target market is young families or first home buyers, a $50,000 kitchen probably isn’t necessary.Know the NumbersAccurate valuation is important before and after renovating to assess the profit potential of a property. Quality Work over Low PriceMr Johns points out that many DIY renovators will offer work to the tradesmen or builders who bid the lowest. He recommends hiring only tradesmen or builders who have a history of prompt completion and high quality.Hire ProfessionalsMr Johns recommends that only those with professional experience in the building industry attempt DIY home renovations for profit. Due to the competitive nature of the home renovation for profit business model, the margin for error has decreased to unprecedented lows. Small mistakes can be magnified to a point where the investor loses money instead of making it. According to Mr Johns, “Do it yourself home renovation is a lot of work. Whether you do some of the work yourself or act as a project manager, there is still a lot to worry about and a lot to put together to make a project work. Failure to pay attention to any of many small details can result in a huge financial loss.”Mr Johns concluded, “When you hire a professional firm with a track record of success such as Next Level Extensions, it may cost more, but you will profit more, too. You will know the costs before the project even begins. You don’t even have to worry about costs or deadlines. You just set it and forget it.”Next Level Extensions is a home renovation and home extension provider in Perth. They combine high quality with timely completion and reasonable prices. They are a full service provider, from design to the smallest finishing details. To learn more or for a consultation, call 1300 948 094 or visit their website: Green Planet Grass Installs Match Cricket Wicket in East Fremantle 2014-10-15T02:43:31Z green-planet-grass-installs-match-cricket-wicket-in-east-fremantle Perth, WA, 15 October 2014 - Recently, Green Planet Grass installed the match cricket wicket at Preston Point Reserve in the Town of East Fremantle. Green Planet Grass had previously installed wickets for the Town of East Fremantle as well as several southern suburbs including Thornlie and Baldivis. We were delighted that once again the Town of East Fremantle chose Green Planet Grass to install an artificial grass cricket wicket.The Town of Fremantle had the same problems that many other facilities in the Perth area do. Their natural grass playing surface suffered from degradation due to weather, play and lack of water. The Town of Fremantle, like many Perth suburbs, is under severe watering restrictions during dry months. As a result, it is difficult to water the surface enough to properly maintain it in the hot Perth sun. In addition, the nature of cricket, where people run fast and change directions, is tough on natural grass. The end result is a wicket with too many brown patches. This can cause bad bounces and can even be dangerous to players under certain conditions.The Green Planet Grass SolutionEnter Green Planet Grass, who have provided solutions for over 4,000 sport teams, sport venues, homeowners, schools and business owners. Artificial grass is an effective solution for so many different applications around Perth for many reasons. It doesn’t require watering, mowing, replanting, weeding or insecticides. Not only does this save a lot of labour hours for sport, school and industrial applications, it removes the need for expensive lawn equipment, petrol and other chemicals involved in maintaining a natural grass surface.The most-cited benefit is that Green Planet Grass is perfect, 365 days a year. It is green, lush and unchanged by heavy foot traffic or extreme summer heat. For sport applications, there is a huge added bonus: it retains perfect playing characteristics 365 days a year. Artificial grass surfaces can now be “tweaked” to provide virtually the same playing conditions as a perfect natural grass surface, but without the imperfections and “bad bounces.”Justin Everley, Director of Green Planet Grass, is proud of the installation and the results:“We are proud of the cricket wicket installation in East Fremantle. We always enjoy sport installations because we enjoy all sports. We have worked very hard to make our sport surfaces play as close to natural grass as possible”.Mr Everley continued, “This was a great job to be awarded as we have installed other cricket wickets in the area and it was nice to keep that relationship in full swing. We are proud to have provided a solution for the Town of East Fremantle.”Mr Everley concluded, “They now have a wicket that will give them years of perfect performance. We are glad we could help.”Green Planet Grass proudly bears the Australian Made and Owned logo, with manufacturing facilities in WA. They manufacture and install environmentally responsible artificial grass for commercial, sport, industrial and residential applications. To learn more, call (08) 9209 2669 or visit their website: NZ SHOULD FOLLOW AUSTRALIA’S LEAD IN CHANGING ATTITUDES TOWARDS SUN PROTECTION AS NEW RESEARCH POINTS THE FINGER AT FASHION FOR RISE IN CANCER 2014-10-14T00:02:26Z nz-should-follow-australia-s-lead-in-changing-attitudes-towards-sun-protection-as-new-research-points-the-finger-at-fashion-for-rise-in-cancer Oasis Beauty, New Zealand’s leading expert in sensitive skin and sun protection products says that New Zealanders should follow the example set by their Australian cousins by unequivocally adopting sun protection as new research blames skimpy clothing for the rise in cancer rates. The Canterbury-based manufacturer of the signature brand, Oasis Sun SPF30, is working alongside organisations such as Molemap, Auckland Dermatology and Skin Institute to help New Zealanders understand the implications of the latest studies in sun damage prevention. According to a new retrospective research study conducted by investigators in the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, changes in fashion and clothing design which have meant increasing skin exposure over the last century, are largely to blame for the rise in the incidence of melanoma. Their findings are the subject of a report, “More Skin, More Sun, More Tan, More Melanoma,” in the October 6, 2014 issue of the American Journal of Public Health. The authors surmised that early diagnosis and improved reporting practices do not fully account for the steady rise in cases of melanoma. They analysed clothing styles, social norms, medical paradigms, perceptions of tanned skin, economic trends and travel patterns. For comparisons between periods, they estimated percentage of exposed areas of the body. For example, early in the 20th century people donned clothing that almost totally concealed the body from head to toe. “Porcelain” skin was favored over the “tanned” skin, which was associated with a lower class of people who worked outdoors. Changes in medical practice also would pave the way for a shift. For example, sunshine became widely accepted as treatment for rickets and tuberculosis, and was considered to be good for overall general health. This led to a growing belief in the benefit of tanning. People also began to enjoy more leisure time and to favour swimwear and sportswear that progressively covered less skin. Another contributing factor, the researchers concluded, has been the reversal in attitude about tanned skin, which became a sign of the leisurely upper class quality of life and good health. Graphs tracking the incidence by year and percentage of estimated skin exposure show that these developments rose in parallel with the rise in melanoma cases in the U.S. The increased incidence of melanoma over the years has been a particular concern, especially with the average age of diagnosis and death from melanoma trending younger than for most of the other major cancers. The study, however, did cite one positive trend point into Australia, widely considered the “skin cancer capital of the world”, which the researchers say has managed to turn things around, possibly with the help of a public education campaign and a change of view about tanning. Oasis Founder, Stephanie Evans says `At work, at play or simply chilling out, as our climate changes and we are exposed to more sunshine, it makes sense to put sun protection first. This research backs up the work by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia[1] which shows beyond doubt that not only does the use of sunscreen product reduce the risk of cancers, regular sunscreen use retards skin aging in healthy, middle-aged men and women. How fantastic is that? The use of our skincare products will keep you looking younger.’ Oasis Sun SPF30 is formulated for the whole family Made for sensitive skin Suitable for face and body Loved by babies, children & big manly men Non greasy & non whitening Does not stain clothes No colour or fragrance Paraben free & non-nano Cruelty free & suitable for vegans Made in New Zealand   It contains ontains 94% natural/organic ingredients including jojoba oil, shea butter and vitamin E to moisturise against wind, water and sunlight.   More information can be found at, along with a list of retailers stocking Oasis Beauty products. -Ends- Contact: Peter Boyes: - 09 5757 003 or 0275 540 500 Stephanie Evans: or 021 070 9729     [1]Sunscreen and Prevention of Skin Aging: A Randomized Trial, Maria Celia B. Hughes, MMedSci; Gail M. Williams, PhD; Peter Baker, PhD; and Adèle C. Green, MBBS, PhD Ann Intern Med. 2013;158(11): 781-790. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-158-11-201306040-00002   International firefighters on only $40 AUD a month 2014-10-13T23:27:38Z international-firefighters-on-only-40-aud-a-month With so many amazing worldwide causes and projects happening, it’s common these days to discover a goodwill project that has been flying under the radar for quite some time.  The Society for Assistance to International Firefighters’s (SAIF) mission is to enhance community safety and public health in developing nations through training, resourcing, and supporting local emergency responders and public safety agencies.   Concept Safety Systems was approached by SAIF’s Board Member and Director, Trevor Doyle who along with his SAIF commitments is a Senior Firefighter at Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES). Through his contacts Trevor has sourced an incredible amount of donated equipment filling up 25 pallets to be shipped to Central America and make a real difference to full-time firefighters. The equipment includes over 100 sets of turnout gear, 500 sets of structural firefighting globes, over 500 Oxy Vivas (emergency resuscitation equipment), 9 breathing apparatus sets and cylinders and hydraulic gear. After hearing about this incredible cause, Concept Safety Systems (CSS) keenly offered to donate $2500 to assist with the transportation of the shipping gear to Central America. Concept Safety Systems CEO John Hummelstad said after the company was approached by Trevor and told the story of SAIF’s struggle for shipping funds and lack of equipment, they were honoured to help.  “The communities of firefighters they support are in some of the most treacherous firefighting regions in the world. We were stunned that they were so unsupported by the international community,” he said. “We hope to support logistically with our donation and use our industry contacts to help get their story out.” SAIF are currently working in two key areas of Central America, Nicaragua and Guatemala, which are two of the lowest socio-economic countries in the region.   They work with the local fire departments to provide equipment and training to up-skill international fire fighters who are paid on average $40 AUD per month and in some cases, raise animals such as ducks in the fire station to help feed themselves. Nicaragua firefighters make about $54 a month, working as many as six days a week. Full-time firefighters in Guatemala work 24 on 24 off shifts and earn between $80 and $300 per month with $60 taken out of this total to pay for their own work uniforms. Due to the lack of government or tax-funded support, it’s not uncommon to see the firefighters standing on street corners and jumping on buses to chase donations. Despite their struggle to raise funds, the staff are extremely motivated and can achieve amazing things with very little. They have become incredible trouble-shooters and are highly respected in their communities. The equipment is booked to leave Brisbane soon and will be in Central America by Christmas. If you are interested in volunteering with SAIF, you can send your expression of interest to   Grandchildren Build Better Relationships with Grandparents by Helping with Their Care 2014-10-13T06:20:50Z grandchildren-build-better-relationships-with-grandparents-by-helping-with-their-care Australia, 13 October 2014 - Phil Usher, the co-founder of Tall Trees Care Communities, recently outlined some ways to get grandchildren involved in the care of grandparents who need some help taking care of themselves. Tall Trees Care Communities provide independent living with consumer directed care. That means the residents own their homes, come and go as they please and have access to any level of medical care all the way up to that of a nursing home.Tall Trees Care Communities encourage their residents to have their grandchildren visit them often. They know of many studies indicating that visits are beneficial for both the grandparents and grandchildren. Recently, on the company blog, they provided a guide on how to involve grandchildren in the care of grandparents who are in need of various degrees of care. SittingTeenagers can function as “sitters” or carers and can be of great help by making tea or coffee. They can also serve or heat pre-made meals for their grandparents. Whatever they do, the idea is to give grandparents and grandchildren quality time together. Both benefit from each others’ company. In addition, it gives teenagers a higher sense of responsibility and can help their self-images.PuzzlesChildren or teenagers can work side by side with their grandparents to solve puzzles. Anything from math puzzles to crossword puzzles to physical puzzles is great as long as it gets everyone working together for a common goal. ReadingA grandchild reading to a grandparent can be very empowering for the grandchild and very comforting for the grandparent. If the child is reading something from school, they can get their homework done in the process. Reading stories that encourage the reader and listener to make pictures in their minds can be very helpful for the grandparent.Classic MoviesWatching movies from a bygone era with grandparents is enriching to both sides. The grandparents get to reminisce about their era while the grandchildren can experience that era for themselves with help from their grandparents. It is a lot of fun to discuss how the world has changed from era to era: what it used to be like compared to how it is now.Family History BookAnother recommended activity is to create a family history book. It allows the grandparents to pass history down to the grandchildren and gives the grandchildren a better sense of their roots as a family.Why it MattersMr Usher is committed to helping residents of Tall Trees Care Communities keep their independence as long as possible. He is also a firm believer that keeping the elderly engaged with life is the best way to provide a higher quality of life. According to Mr Usher:“We love it when grandchildren visit our residents. Sometimes their faces glow for days afterwards. It is truly beneficial for everyone.”Tall Trees Care Communities provide an alternative to aged care in the Brisbane and Gold Coast areas. Their business model combines independent living with consumer directed care. To learn more or to arrange a trial stay, call (07) 3442 9378 or visit their website: Timber Supplier in Brisbane: “You can Build a Deck Yourself in One Weekend.” 2014-10-13T05:52:33Z timber-supplier-in-brisbane-you-can-build-a-deck-yourself-in-one-weekend Brisbane, QLD, 13 October 2014 - When one thinks about building a DIY deck by themselves, it usually seems like a month-long or even season-long experience. Most people have to work and only have nights and weekends to spend on projects such as a deck. It can be cost-prohibitive to have the deck built by someone else. This creates a conundrum for many would-be deck builders. Jack Kyle, owner of Narangba Timbers, has a solution to the problem: a realistic way to build a deck in one weekend. It may not be as big as the one overlooking the 18th green at a typical country club, but it will be big enough to provide years of enjoyment to the average family. Mr Kyle was inspired by customers who have built decks in one weekend and decided to research the idea. He was able to formulate a workable plan for completing a deck in one weekend. Here are the highlights.It’s All in the PlanningTypically, there is a lot more planning and mental work to be done than actual physical work. Mr Kyle proposes that it is more efficient to do all of the planning and mental work ahead of time and then save the actual physical process of building the deck for one weekend. According to Mr Kyle:“It all starts with planning. The first thing you need to do is look online for deck designs. There are plenty of plans available free online. These plans have complete blueprints, making it easy to build a deck correctly. In addition, they contain a materials list that has every piece of material you will need, from the largest support post to the tiniest screw. If you can’t find a free one you like, there are plenty available for purchase, too.”After the next step, Mr Kyle recommends ordering the materials from a timber supplier, such as his facility in Brisbane. After materials are delivered, Mr Kyle recommends preparing the area where the deck is going to be built. This is done by staking the area out with twine and digging the post holes. On the WeekendMr Kyle recommends that power tools are used to make the job easier, especially a circular saw and a nail gun. A person who is working alone can get the job done in one weekend if he is handy and has learned the plan thoroughly, but Mr Kyle suggests an effective way to make the outcome more certain: inviting friends to help. According to Mr Kyle:“If you have everything planned and your materials and tools are all ready, you can do it in one weekend. But it’s a lot easier if you have a couple of friends to help you. Keep them well-fed and keep plenty of soft drinks or coffee out for them. Make a party of it. It will go quicker than you think.”Narangba Timbers is a timber supplier in Brisbane. They supply a full line of timber products for decking, floors, framing and all timber projects. To talk to a knowledgeable customer service specialist, call 1300 795 675 or visit their website: Aussie Natural Spring Water to the rescue of Chittering Residents 2014-10-10T06:32:55Z aussie-natural-spring-water-to-the-rescue-of-chittering-residents The fire commenced at about 6.45 am with the prevailing wind blowing smoke and ash in an easterly direction towards Rosa Park, where it settled on roofs and gutters. Later in the morning heavy rain washed this material into rainwater tanks on many properties. The controlled burn’s ash has rendered the water undrinkable as the ash has introduced potentially harmful by-products from the burnt bush, plastics and metals. The Shire of Chittering recommended that the water is indefinitely not used for preparing foods, washing and bathing, cleaning teeth or watering animals. Over the last week extensive water tank testing has been carried out by the Shire and thankfully the contaminant levels identified within the water were deemed “negligible”. This outcome meant that the Rosa Park Residents will experience no long or short term health effects following use of the water, although aesthetically there is a lingering taste and smell, making the water undesirable to drink. This has caused a great inconvenience caused to nearly fifty properties after they were left stranded without water for several days. However, well-known Perth natural spring water company, Aussie Natural, kindly stepped in and donated clean, pure drinking water for the affected residents. The company supplied everyone with bags of their natural spring water which is easy to use in many instances due to its unique tap fitting. Having this supply of fresh water has allowed the residents to have access, once again, to drinkable and safe water. Effected Rosa Park locals, Pia and Kerry Juner, have expressed their appreciation saying, “We would to take this opportunity to thank you and your team very much for your prompt, professional manner in all your dealings with this matter. Nothing was ever too much trouble for you, we would like to thank you for all your effort and hard work!  Please pass on our thanks also to Aussie Natural Spring Water for the water.”\ People who are still struggling and have not yet claimed their bags of spring water should head to the Shire of Chittering’s office as there is a large stock supply available there for the community. Alternatively call the friendly team at Aussie Natural on 1300 360 332 to organise the free delivery of your bags of spring water. If you are unsure about the quality of the water in your tank contact the Shire of Chittering’s Health Services on 9576 4600 to see if you are eligible for free water testing. ABOUT AUSSIE NATURAL SPRING WATER Aussie Natural Spring Water is 100% Western Australian owned and operated. As a business with a long-standing reputation for great customer service, our friendly staff are always committed to providing high quality assistance to cater for a variety of needs. Our natural spring water is drawn from carefully selected and protected springs in the Darling Ranges, just south of Perth, within which the natural spring water has been chosen for taste and quality.  Aussie Natural Spring Water provide premium spring water to the workplace and households across the Perth metro area and regional WA in many different forms including water coolers, PET water bottles , water filtration systems and bags of spring water.  For more information: Visit: Call: 1300 360 332 Email: