The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2015-02-27T07:38:33Z Timber Supplier in Brisbane Decodes Durability Ratings for their Customers 2015-02-27T07:38:33Z timber-supplier-in-brisbane-decodes-durability-ratings-for-their-customers Brisbane, QLD, 27 February 2015 - Timber hardness and hazard ratings can be daunting for those trying to understand it in any depth. DIY builders know the ratings are important but don’t have time for a long-winded explanation when they are at the facility trying to find materials for their next project. Jack Kyle, owner of Narangba Timbers, who are timber decking and fencing suppliers for the Brisbane area, decided to “decode” ratings by giving a simple but thorough explanation of them on his company blog.According to Mr Kyle, “People don’t always have time for the long version. Some just want to hear the information they need, stated simply and plainly, without a bunch of confusing rhetoric that they don’t want to hear. We decided to take the information from a trusted source, timber.net.au, and distill it down into exactly what a customer needs to make a decision.”Timber durability ratings estimate the average usage in years of every species of timber sold in the marketplace. There are other factors besides the timber itself that come into play. Whether timber is used indoors with full protection, outdoors above ground or outdoors and in the ground help determine the life expectancy of any piece of timber. Timber is also sorted by hazard ratings, which take into consideration factors such as exposure to moisture, borers, termites, decay, severe decay, saltwater and marine borers. Class 1 timber has the highest durability rating. It is estimated to last for more than 50 years indoors, 50 years outdoors and above ground and 25 years outdoors and in the ground. Class 2 timber is the next most durable, rated at 50 years indoors, 30 years outdoors and above ground and 15-25 years outdoors and in the ground.H1 is the lowest hazard protection rating of any timber, and that means it is safe being used indoors and is protected from borers only. H3 and H4 are most commonly used for decking and fencing, and offer protection from decay, borers and termites. H4 offers more protection against decay than H3.The Narangba Timbers WayAt Narangba Timbers, they pride themselves on carrying high quality timber near the top end of the ratings, but at economical prices. According to Mr Kyle, “We like to help our customers put it on auto-pilot if we can by only carrying and recommending timber that is rated highly enough to give them great results. It’s a lot of work to build a deck or a fence. We would much rather see it provide 50 years of service than the 7-15 years that inferior timber would provide.”Mr Kyle concluded, “Our customer service team is very knowledgeable about timber. We know what makes a great deck or a great fence. Nothing makes us happier than to talk to a regular customer who is still enjoying a timber deck that he built in the 1970’s.”Narangba Timbers are timber decking and fencing suppliers. They serve the Brisbane area and the Sunshine Coast down to Gympie. They specialise in professional, friendly and knowledgeable customer service. To learn more or to place an order, call 1300 795 675 or visit their website: http://www.narangbatimbers.com.au/. Artificial Grass Manufacturer in Perth Commits to Helping Prevent Concussions in Children 2015-02-26T04:32:29Z artificial-grass-manufacturer-in-perth-commits-to-helping-prevent-concussions-in-children Perth, WA, 26 February 2015 - Justin Everley, owner of Green Planet Grass, an artificial grass manufacturer and installer from the Perth area, is committed to creating safer residential, playground and sport surfaces for children. Their child-specific landscape system is called GPG Play Grass. Green Planet Grass has installed Play Grass in numerous residences, playgrounds and parks. According to Mr Everley, GPG Play Grass was specifically created to cater to the needs of children. One of those needs is a safe surface that doesn’t cause concussions. Mr Everley refers to AS/NZS 4422:1996, which covers a concept called Critical Fall Height (CFH). CFH is a standard to which every playground must adhere. Mr Everley believes that artificial grass should not only meet CFH standards, but exceed them.According to Mr Everley: “Critical fall height is a great concept. It mandates that any playground surface must be safe for a child to fall from the highest piece of playground equipment without causing undue injury. It is determined by dropping an object meant to simulate the human head onto a surface and measuring the impact. When the impact reaches a certain threshold, the height that caused it is the critical fall height of that surface.”Mr Everley continued, “We think critical fall height is a great law, but we would rather supply a product that exceeds the standards whenever possible.”Due to extensive feedback from customers, Green Planet Grass created the GPG Play Grass System specifically for children. The system starts with a set of variables that are adjusted according to the needs of the customer. The amount of “give” in the surface can be controlled by variables such as the pile density, infill and the use of one or more shock pads. This same technique is used for all purpose athletic fields and surfaces for various sports such as Australian football, soccer, cricket and rugby. With sports, Green Planet Grass reproduces the field characteristics of a perfectly maintained pitch, striking a balance between safety and “playability.”When Green Planet Grass installs GPG Play Grass at a playground or a residence, they don’t have to worry about making a soccer ball bounce to a perfect height and they can focus more on child safety. For a child care centre, for example, they may use extra shock pads and a softer infill to make impacts as low as possible. For a playground, the challenge is to make the surface as low-impact as possible without producing a trampoline effect.Green Planet Grass is slowly putting together a track record of success with the GPG Play Grass system. According to Mr Everley: “We have produced one of the safest artificial grass surfaces in the Perth area. We have found a near-perfect balance between quality of play and reduced chance of injury.”Green Planet Grass is an artificial grass manufacturer and installer serving the Perth area. They offer a wide range of landscaping systems for residential, sport and commercial use. Their Green Planet Grass Play Grass system is renowned for its safety, durability and overall high quality. To learn more, call 1300 792 642 or visit their website: http://www.greenplanetgrassperth.com.au/. Aussies demand easy to use microwaves 2015-02-25T21:55:13Z aussies-demand-easy-to-use-microwaves The vast majority of Aussies simply couldn't do without their microwave, with three out of five using it every day of the week. That’s one of the findings of a new survey from consumer research service Canstar Blue, which also found ease of use to be the biggest driver of customer satisfaction when buying microwaves. “Microwaves are becoming more advanced and equipped with all sorts of impressive features. But our results suggest that many consumers are simply looking for a no-nonsense microwave that they can walk up to, press a button, and quickly heat their food,” said Canstar Blue spokesman Simon Downes. “Microwaves represent the ultimate cooking convenience and most of us couldn’t get by without them. They are perfect for days when you get home late from work and want something to eat as quickly as possible. Do you want to stand around for a couple of minutes trying to work out the appropriate settings, or do you just want a microwave that is easy to use, but effective? It seems many are looking for simplicity.” Drivers of satisfaction % of respondents Ease of use 24% Even heat distribution 20% Functionality 19% Value for money 16% Appearance and design 10% Ease of cleaning 10% Source: Canstar Blue Microwaves survey 2015. The survey found that very few microwaves are sitting idly by in kitchens, with 94% of respondents using theirs at least a few times each week. Baby Boomers (61%) were most likely to use their microwave every day. Meanwhile 86% of the 1,010 adults surveyed, who have purchased a new microwave in the last year, said it was an essential appliance in their home. Microwave use % of respondents Every day 58% A few times a week 36% A few times a month 5% Rarely 1% Never 0% Source: Canstar Blue Microwaves survey 2015. “We might love our microwaves, but many of us aren’t as kind to them as perhaps we could be,” added Mr Downes. “One in ten people told us they have broken a microwave by not using it correctly, and the same number admitted they rarely or never clean it. For Gen Y survey respondents, that rose to 22% who rarely or never get their hands dirty.” Cleaning frequency % of respondents Daily 18% Weekly 42% Fortnightly 15% Monthly 15% Rarely 9% Never 1% Source: Canstar Blue Microwaves survey 2015. Breville has picked up Canstar Blue’s Most Satisfied Customers Award for microwaves, scoring five-star ratings in the key research categories of value for money, ease of use and overall customer satisfaction. LG, last year’s microwave award winner, once again performed well but just missed out on top spot. It’s been a very successful few months for Breville, which also took out a Canstar Blue Innovation Excellence Award for The Boss blender in September. “Congratulations to Breville on a very impressive set of results,” said Mr Downes. About Canstar Blue Canstar Blue was launched in July 2010 by CANSTAR - Australia and New Zealand’s premier researcher of retail finance information for more than 350 institutions across the finance sector. Canstar Blue releases regular surveys to measure and track Australian consumer satisfaction to help consumers make the best purchasing decisions for their needs.   What are the Canstar Blue ratings? Canstar Blue researches, compares and rates products and services according to customer satisfaction across categories including banking, telecommunications, appliances, electronics, utilities and FMCG. Results are freely available to consumers who are encouraged to use the ratings as a guide to product excellence. The full range of results can be seen on the Canstar Blue website at www.canstarblue.com.au. Epson launches RIPS - The Future of Business Printing 2015-02-25T20:54:31Z epson-launches-rips-the-future-of-business-printing Epson Australia has announced what it is calling “The Future of Business Printing” - WorkForce Pro RIPS - which stands for Replaceable Ink Pack System, an entirely new way for small to medium size businesses to cut costs and improve efficiencies when it comes to office colour printing. Utilising this revolutionary system, Epson's new WorkForce® Pro R5000 series and R8000 series multi-function printers can deliver up to 75,000 printed pages(1) in both black and colour before the ink needs to be replaced. These printing solutions allow customers to print high impact colour documents with ultra-low operating costs and minimal maintenance. Craig Heckenberg, General Manager - for Epson’s Business Division explained, "RIPS truly revolutionises business printing with its incredible efficiency and benefits to the environment. Epson's unique approach transforms office printing by allowing companies to focus on running their business, not on managing printer supplies. These new models also allow IT managers and business owners to bring extremely affordable colour printing to the office while reducing the hassles normally associated with printer maintenance.” By using RIPS companies looking to reduce their consumable cost per page can save up to 80% when compared to equivalent lasers. In addition, the ultra-low power consumption associated with Epson’s Micro Piezo inkjet technology contributes to further savings of up to 70% in power usage when compared to laser technology. WorkForce Pro RIPS is a compelling choice for environmentally conscious businesses. Offering the highest page yield in its class, RIPS significantly reduces the need to stock many consumable items and parts. As a result storage, transport and logistics are all kept to a minimum, while eliminating the need to recycle empty cartridges. The WorkForce Pro WF-R8590TC multifunction printer is Epson's fastest business colour printing solution, featuring print speeds of 24 ISO ppm (black and colour)*, an 1831-sheet maximum capacity supporting up to A3+ media and includes ink supplies able to deliver up to 75,000 printed pages. The WorkForce Pro WF-R5690 multifunction printer and WF-R5190 printer deliver print speeds up to 20 ISO ppm (black and colour)*, a 580-sheet capacity and also include ink to print up to 50,000(1) pages before requiring replacement. RIPS is also equipped with Epson’s award winning, high density resin coated pigment ink - DURABrite. This new four colour (CMYK) ink set is water and smudge resistant and produces ultra sharp detail and vibrant coloured graphics on plain and specialty papers including semi-gloss, gloss and double sided matte up to 256gsm. The new WorkForce Pro RIPS models also feature Epson PrecisionCore™ technology, built-in connectivity features including Ethernet, USB, wireless b/g/n2 and Wi-Fi Direct®(2) to easily print from tablets and smartphones(2), and include remote printing and access to the cloud. Additional features include IT tools such as remote setup and custom settings for multiple printers, and support for popular security protocols to protect confidential documents. The printers also support PCL3 and Adobe PostScript and come standard with Document Capture Pro Scanning software for seamless integration into locally managed documents and cloud services. The WorkForce Pro WF-R8590TC, WF-R5690 multifunction printers and WF-R5190 printer are available through authorised Epson commercial dealers and MPS partners. For more information on Epson’s WorkForce Pro RIPS solutions go to:http://www.epson.com.au/products/printers_all_in_ones/Printers_For_Business/index.asp About PrecisionCore Technology
From professional and industrial-level printers to desktop inkjets, PrecisionCore is the next generation of inkjet printing technology. PrecisionCore features Epson's advanced thin-film piezoelectric (TFP®) elements, which are produced via a MEMS manufacturing process. At the core of this proprietary technology is the PrecisionCore MicroTFP print chip that produces dots at the micron level. Each nozzle on the printhead delivers up to 50,000 droplets per second for increased precision and print quality. Picture credits:The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-R8590TC, WF-R5690 multifunction printers and WF-R5190 printer. NotesSpecifications are subject to change without notice. EPSON, TFP and WorkForce are registered trademarks, PrecisionCore is a trademark, and EPSON Exceed Your Vision is a registered logomark of Seiko Epson Corporation.Wi-Fi Direct® is a registered trademarks and Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ is a trademark of Wi-Fi Alliance®. All other product and brand names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Epson disclaims any and all rights in these marks. Copyright 2015 Epson America, Inc.* Black and colour print speeds are measured in accordance with ISO/IEC 24734. Actual print times will vary based on system configuration, software, and page complexity. For more information, visit www.epson.com/printspeed1 75,000 pages available with WorkForce Pro WF-R8590TC only. 50,000 pages available with WorkForce Pro WF-R5690 & WF-R5190 only Replacement cartridge yields are based on ISO/IEC 24711 tests in default mode, printing continuously. Replacement ink pack yields are based on testing with IS0/IEC 24712 patterns with Epson's methodology. Yields may vary considerably for reasons that include 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 have to be installed for printing. For print quality, part of the ink from the included cartridges or ink packs is used for printer start up and a variable amount of ink remains in the cartridges or ink pack after the "replace ink" signal. For more information, see www.epson.com/cartridgeinfo.2 Wi-Fi CERTIFIEDTM; level of performance subject to the range of the router being used. Wi-Fi Direct may require printer software.3 Not all media types are supported for PCL printing.  ***ends*** Qatar Explores Key Dynamics of Building Smart Cities 2015-02-25T08:42:21Z qatar-explores-key-dynamics-of-building-smart-cities Doha, Qatar, February 25, 2015 – A smart city, by its very definition, conjures up visions of developed urban spaces created with for the purpose of providing a high quality of life for its citizens. To achieve this end, the city focuses on excellence in key areas such as mobility, environment, infrastructure and systems. The drivers for these would be human capital, social capital and ICT. And ultimately, this movement has to be viewed against the overarching theme of sustainable economic development. Qatar, with its vision for 2030, is poised to be one of the key Gulf players in this global move towards smart cities.  A complete understanding of such key elements of smart city management can only be achieved when they are viewed against the context of an actual modern city. Doha can be taken as an example. Its newfound eminence as a major city based on its position in the global energy market has led to a boom in its expansion plans and its attendant resource requirements. With knowledge becoming the new buzzword in a post-oil scenario, Doha’s new urbanism becomes all the more relevant for Qatar and its 2030 vision. Backed by political commitment and with financial resources at its command, Qatar is constructing a new urban development brand. This creation of ‘Dohaization’ is a carefully crafted one. Understanding the dynamics of constructing such a brand can offer keen insights into the well-planned process for building Qatar’s new identity. Hear Prof. Ali A. Alraouf, Prof. of Architecture and Urbanism, Head of CB, Training, Research and Development, QNMP Doha, Qatar speak on branding Qatar via Doha’s emerging knowledge-based smart urbanism at the Arab Future Cities Summit.  Coming down to brass tacks, any push for smart city development needs to include citizen participation and empowerment. With open innovation and ecosystems in the cities increasingly coming to the forefront, strategies must be developed with an eye on understanding newer and newer concepts of innovation and collaboration, global innovation chains, transformative and reactive governance models, and the crucial role of the citizen in shaping the direction of participatory urban development. Hear Katalin Gallyas, Policy Advisor, City Council of Amsterdam, speak at length on open innovation ecosystems in cities at the Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar 2015.  But such strategies will be deemed incomplete unless ground-level realities are considered. Take parking, for instance. With modern cities acutely aware of the potential pitfalls of an improperly planned parking management system, they usually have a tailored policy in place, to deal with it. However, all plans can go awry unless this policy is integrated with the full scheme of the city transportation plan. With many cities in the Arab world instituting plans to improve public transport and sustainable modes of transportation, the challenge can often be to understand the subtle difference between adequate, inadequate and extra parking areas usually meant for private passenger vehicles. Hear Mohammad Nabil Ibrahim, Lead Transportation Engineer, Integrated Transportation Planning Division – Surface Transport Sector, Department of Transport, Abu Dhabi, talking about smart solutions for these very real challenges in his session on planning for parking at the Arab Future Cities Summit.  The Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar 2015 will be held on 13-14 April, 2015 at the Ritz-Carlton in Doha, Qatar. The summit is produced by global conference organizers, Expotrade.  Visit www.arabfuturecities.com for event details.  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 10 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 www.expotradeglobal.com  Contact information  Rukmini Sengupta Roy Marketing and Communications Manager Expotrade Middle East FZ-LLC 1002 Al Thuraya Tower 2 PO Box 500686 Dubai Media City Dubai, United Arab Emirates Tel: +9714-4542135 Fax: +9714-4542136 Email: marketing@expotrade-me.com Using Safety Software To Influence Commercial Overheads 2015-02-24T04:06:27Z using-safety-software-to-influence-commercial-overheads Today, myosh, a global provider of hosted and scalable safety management software solutions, is pleased to announce that Troy Mahony of Integrated Safety Management has been selected to speak at the myosh@work Forum, to be held on 18 March. The forum will be held in Western Australia at the Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle. Troy Mahony is a safety consultant who has developed a diverse range of commercial and safety based skills. These include risk management, asset management, and return to work/injury management. He focuses on maximising return on financial investment in safety systems. At the forum, he will be speaking on myosh as a tool to influence commercial overheads in a business. The session will outline how information contained within the various myosh modules can be utilised to provide leverage to reduce business expenses, such as workers compensation insurance, public liability insurance and business/asset insurance. In addition to featured speakers, including Mr. Mahony, the forum will feature topics on QR Codes and how they can maximize your safety management system. Dashboard reporting and Mobile app functionality will be highlighted, and Inspections, Training Management and Contractor Management modules will be discussed in depth. Find out how to become a myosh Certified Professional and offer feedback to shape the future of safety management. To register for the forum, visit http://myosh.com/forum/. About myosh Since its inception nearly 12 years ago in Western Australia, the company has grown to become a worldwide vendor in workplace health and safety management systems. myosh serves the safety needs of many industries including government, defence, aviation, manufacturing, construction, and mining. Article by Stacey Wagner myosh Contact Information: Sarah O’Leary marketing@myosh.com Integrated Safety Management Contact Information: Troy Mahony troy@isafety.guru Zeoplant returns to Smart Landscape Summit Dubai as Silver Sponsor 2015-02-23T07:19:02Z zeoplant-returns-to-smart-landscape-summit-dubai-as-silver-sponsor Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 23, 2015 – The Middle East Smart Landscape Summit proudly announces Zeoplant’s participation as Silver Sponsor at the 2015 edition of the event, to be held on April 28-29, 2015, at Sofitel The Palm Resort and Spa, Dubai, UAE. Held under the patronage of the Dubai Municipality and produced by global conference organizers Expotrade, the two-day summit will focus on the major initiatives undertaken towards urban landscape development, viewed against the context of the Dubai Municipality’s aim of converting Dubai into a green paradise in time for the World Expo 2020. Zeoplant’s position as the world’s leading natural moisture retaining soil additive makes it ideally suited to be associated with the event, with its focus on sustainable landscaping including innovative irrigation techniques. The Dubai Municipality’s ‘Dubai 2020’ vision that projects a total of 12,200 hectares of green space through landscaping and horticulture projects has spawned a number of major greening initiatives, leading to significant growth opportunities for the landscape sector in the Middle East. A robust irrigation network will form the bedrock on which the success of such initiatives rest. Evidence of this abounds across the UAE, with the surge in building of new parks and landscaped zones. Urban green spaces are well and truly on the rise in Dubai. And what is important is that all of it is sustainable. Sustainability, in terms of landscape architecture and environmental design are some of the core issues to be discussed at the Smart Landscape Summit, later this year. Existing public areas can often face critical irrigation water shortages during the peak summer months, while newer developments can experience difficulties getting connected to the TSE or potable water network. Reducing irrigation water requirements by half using a proven and reliable additive can save not just on infrastructure investment, but also reduce operational and maintenance cost. The importance of such a solution is stressed on by Ralf Stahl, Managing Partner, Zeoplant LLC, who will be speaking at the event on ‘Sustainable solution for the increased irrigation water shortage in our booming environment’.  He feels the summit is ideal, saying, “Zeoplant once again partnered with Smart Landscape Summit because we see the event as the outstanding platform for the landscaping industry in the region to address and meet the experts and decision makers from the public and private sector.” Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East, organizers of the conference, welcomed the partnership, saying “The Middle East Smart Landscape Summit, with its theme of sustainable urban landscape development in general and topics revolving round innovative irrigation in particular, is the perfect platform for Zeoplant to showcase their offerings to the right audience. Zeoplant’s return as Silver Sponsor is indicative of the confidence and trust they have reposed in us. I look forward to an even more meaningful association with Zeoplant.” For more details on the summit, visit www.landscapesummit.com About Zeoplant Zeoplant is the world’s leading natural moisture retaining soil additive, which guarantees a minimum irrigation water reduction of 50%. Zeoplant is added in a 3% ratio to the soil and is able to hold and retain irrigation water to be available for the plant roots. Due to its purely mineral origin, Zeoplant is a one-time application. Zeoplant established a convincing international track record where it had been applied to landmark projects since its inception in 2003. Due to the increasing demand for natural moisture retaining soil additives, Zeoplant has been successfully introduced in Australia, USA, South Africa and Europe. The Zeoplant team is in regular communication with landscape architects, irrigation designers and the executing contractors to ensure an effective quality control from design to execution and operation to achieve the highest grade of sustainability and feasibility for the client. For more information, please visit www.zeoplant.com 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 10 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 www.expotradeglobal.com Contact information  Rukmini Sengupta Roy Marketing and Communications Manager Expotrade Middle East FZ-LLC 1002 Al Thuraya Tower 2 PO Box 500686 Dubai Media City Dubai, United Arab Emirates Tel: +9714-4542135 Fax: +9714-4542136 Email: marketing@expotrade-me.com     Stainless Steel Supplier in Perth Warns Customers: Take Care of Your Stainless Steel 2015-02-23T07:11:22Z stainless-steel-supplier-in-perth-warns-customers-take-care-of-your-stainless-steel Perth, WA, 23 February 2015 - Western Stainless Solutions is a firm that has provided stainless steel products to the Perth area for more than thirty years. They are a custom stainless steel manufacturer for numerous restaurants, pubs, kitchens, food processing facilities, water processing plants and medical facilities in the Perth area. They have supplied major hospitals such as the Fiona Stanley Hospital with medical grade equipment. They have also supplied numerous workshops and mining facilities with stainless steel equipment. Stainless steel is a preferred product for so many applications because it is corrosion resistant and easy to clean. Stainless steel has a long “shelf life” and is the easiest material for those looking to comply with strict sanitation standards. However, stainless steel must be properly maintained and cleaned for maximum performance.Recently, in a post on their company blog, Paul Bartlett, managing director of Western Stainless Solutions, provided a basic guide to keeping stainless steel properly cleaned and maintained for maximum longevity and performance. According to Mr Bartlett:“Stainless steel is the material of choice for many applications, due to its corrosion resistance and its cleanability. However, both of these qualities play into the other. Stainless steel must be properly cleaned and maintained on a regular basis or its corrosion resistance can be diminished.”Cleaning Stainless SteelStainless steel has a chromium content of 10.5% or higher. The chromium on the outer surface reacts to oxygen in the environment to form a coating of chromium oxide on the outside of the surface. This protects the surface against any other oxidation and makes it more “cleanable,” making stainless steel the most easily sanitised metal for many applications.There are two important factors when cleaning stainless steel. The first is that stainless steel performs better when it is cleaned on a regular basis. The second is that abrasives and chemicals such as chlorine can damage the outer layer of chromium oxide and compromise the integrity of the surface.According to Mr Bartlett: “It is important to clean stainless steel on a regular schedule. When cleaned correctly, stainless steel doesn’t wear out like many surfaces do with repeated cleaning. However, you do have to make sure that you do it right. We recommend using the most conservative treatment you can use whenever cleaning stainless steel.”Mr Bartlett continued: “If sanitation isn’t required, use water and a soft cloth to remove most dirt and stains. Be careful not to rub any of the dirt into the surface. Then, simply rinse the surface and dry with a soft cloth. If this isn’t sufficient, we recommend a mild detergent that doesn’t contain chlorine. If you need to use a mild abrasive, always check with your manufacturer and clean with the grain.”Mr Bartlett concluded: “If you take care of your stainless steel correctly, it will take care of you for a long time.” Western Stainless Solutions provides stainless steel products to businesses inside and outside of the Perth area. They provide bespoke stainless steel solutions for the hospitality, medical and mining industries as well as for a host of other industrial uses. To learn more, call 1300 794 647 or visit their website: http://www.westernstainless.com.au/. Young Aussies struggling with smartphone expectations 2015-02-23T05:52:24Z young-aussies-struggling-with-smartphone-expectations One in four young Australians have felt under pressure to buy the latest smartphones in order to keep up with their friends or family. And one in five have been locked into a mobile phone contract they struggled to afford. Consumer research company Canstar Blue surveyed 1,800 adults and also found that 13% of Gen Ys have been burdened with a mobile phone debt. “This survey highlights how many young Aussies in particular feel the need to keep up with the latest trends in consumer technology, even if it means getting into financial difficulties,” said Canstar Blue spokesman Simon Downes. “Many people feel under pressure to have the latest and greatest gadgets to keep up with their peers, and new smartphones seem to be one of the biggest ‘must have’ accessories. But consumers should make sure they keep their spending in check, particularly when signing up to a plan to get the phone they want. Mobile phone contracts are a serious financial commitment and should not be taken lightly, no matter how badly you want a new phone.” The survey also found that 29% of Gen Y respondents have felt pressured into signing up to a contract in order to get the phone they wanted, while 30% have been shocked by the size of a bill. Cutting back on smartphone costs There are three main areas in which you can save on your smartphone. 1)       Carrier costs 2)       Device costs 3)       Lifetime repair/ancillary costs Which phone plan/prepaid option will work out the cheapest? The most important thing to consider when signing up to any mobile phone contract is whether or not you can realistically afford the monthly payments. Be honest with yourself and don’t underestimate the significance of what you’re doing – a mobile phone plan represents a serious financial commitment over an agreed period of time and not keeping up with payments will have consequences. First, consider whether or not a prepaid option could work best for your circumstances. This really depends on how much data you tend to use, how many calls you make, and how many texts you send. If the answer is “not much” then prepaid could be a good idea – allowing you to set budgets and make sure you don’t spend what you can’t afford. However, if you rarely put your phone down and use lots of data, there could be better value in signing up to a good plan. Joseph Hanlon, Editor of tech comparison site WhistleOut, says there are big saving to be had if you’re willing to resist the temptation of upgrading your smartphone. “It’s terrible that so many Aussies feel that they struggle with the cost of their phone service,” he said. “The good news is that if you have a working smartphone, and you can resist the temptation to upgrade to a newer model, there are huge savings in SIM-only monthly phone plans. People who have been paying $70 a month or more will find they can halve their bill each month and not lose any of the service they have come to expect.” Service providers are starting to make it easier for consumers to understand what sort of plan works best for them. For example, Vodafone recently earned a Canstar Blue Innovation Excellence awards for its new Data Workout Plan, helping customers understand how much data they actually need each month. You should also consider what other consumers think about their mobile phone service provider. Canstar Blue’s most recent customer satisfaction survey saw amaysim rated highest for both plan and prepaid services. Which smartphone should you buy? Look at the costs of your potential smartphone handset purchase, divide the cost by the number of months you’ll have your carrier plan for, and see how it compares to a plan that bundles an included device. If it works out to be cheaper, great! If it’s a similar price, you might find that it’s ultimately a more cost effective choice to bundle. If you decide to purchase outright, phone prices will vary widely in both online and retail stores. Shop around for a price you’re comfortable paying. Canstar Blue’s latest smartphone ratings offer an interesting insight into what consumers think about their phones and which they believe stand out in different areas, with LG phones deemed to offer the best value for money, although Apple and Samsung couldn’t be beaten for overall satisfaction. Lifetime repair/ancillary costs More than a third of survey respondents said expensive repair costs were a pet hate of owning a smartphone, while 40% bemoaned the fact that they’re easily damaged in the first place. Dropping your device effectively ensures you’ll end up paying through the nose to repair the tiny components inside. Because of this, invest early on in a durable, no nonsense phone case. There are plenty of reviews online for countless devices. The other big costs are apps, games, movie and TV rentals, digital music subscriptions, etc. They all seem cheap on the surface, but the small amounts add up over time. Go into your Apple or Google account and add up what you spent in the previous year – you might be surprised. Timber Supplier “Writes the Book” on Timber Decking in Brisbane 2015-02-23T04:38:34Z timber-supplier-writes-the-book-on-timber-decking-in-brisbane Brisbane, QLD, 23 February 2015 - At Narangba Timbers, timber decking is an important part of their business. Timber decking is so popular in the Brisbane area that Narangba Timbers changed locations so they would have room to build a display deck. Recently, on the company blog, owner Jack Kyle provided their readers and customers with a comprehensive overview of what a DIY builder needs to know to create a timber deck and have all of the correct materials delivered to his or her door.Narangba Timbers has refined the process for building a timber deck, making it easy for their customers to have exactly what they need with no “surprises” at any point of the process. It starts with a call to customer service to talk with a “deckspert.” Narangba Timbers provides a link to full plans for building a timber deck if the customer needs more information.The next step is a visit to Narangba Timbers to check out the display deck. The display deck has many different timbers and different finishes. It gives customers a chance to see firsthand exactly what their timber deck can look like with any of the materials available at Narangba Timbers.Once the design and types of timber have been decided, it is then time to use the decking calculator to figure out exactly how much timber is needed. After the timber decking materials are purchased, Narangba Timbers delivers them to any location in the Brisbane area and down the Sunshine Coast to Gympie.The Importance of Correct MaterialsTimber decking, for the most part, is regulated by Australian Standard AS1684. It determines basic hardness ratings and what is required for various parts of a timber deck. Joists and bearers, for example, should be at least 50mm wide with a few exceptions. This prevents cracking or failure of structural elements when decking boards are nailed or screwed to them.All structural elements must be carefully connected in a manner that allows them to bear the full load of the deck, deck furniture, BBQ and however many people are going to be using it at once. It must be durable enough to last for the projected fifty year lifespan of the timber. Fasteners must be made of corrosion-resistant materials such as heat dipped, galvanised stainless steel. In addition, a timber sealer should be applied to any joint or interface to keep moisture from degrading the timber.The timber should be a Grade 1 hardwood such as merbau or blackbutt, unless treated pine is used. Putting it All TogetherMr Kyle recommends paying close attention to detail. According to Mr Kyle, “It is important to get the details right so that there are no surprises. That’s why our experienced customer service people work so closely with our DIY builders. We want them to build a deck that lasts a lifetime.”Narangba Timbers supplies timber decking in the Brisbane area. They have been in business since 1972. They specialise in professional, thorough, attentive customer service. They offer a full range of timber products including decking, flooring, fencing and structural building materials. To learn more, call their Brisbane area office on 1300 795 675 or visit their website: http://www.narangbatimbers.com.au/. Blueprint for an Ageing Australia Recommends Increased Philanthropy Among the Elderly 2015-02-23T03:28:05Z blueprint-for-an-ageing-australia-recommends-increased-philanthropy-among-the-elderly Australia, 23 February 2015 - In the second of a series of blog posts discussing the Blueprint for an Ageing Australia, Phil Usher took a closer look at the recommendations for increased philanthropy among the ageing generation. Mr Usher is the co-founder of Tall Trees Care Communities, which provide an alternative to traditional aged care on the Gold Coast.According to Mr Usher: “We like the idea of encouraging seniors to contribute to charity, whether it’s time or money. Those who still have the energy to give of themselves get a great boost because it feels so good to do something for someone else. We pride ourselves on preserving and nurturing the independence and dignity of our residents. There is nothing like giving to the less fortunate to make someone feel better about themselves.”Australia Lags Behind Some CountriesAccording to Blueprint for an Ageing Australia, Australians tend to give less to charity than a lot of developed countries. Those who give to Deductible Gift Recipient organisations contribute an average of 0.35% of their taxable income. Blueprint for an Ageing Australia cites less tax money going towards education, the arts and medical research as an indication that more money from charities will be necessary for all of these fields.Seniors Tend to Give More than Other DemographicsAccording to research compiled by Blueprint for an Ageing Australia, the 55-74 age group donated nearly 20% more than any other age group to charity between December 2010 and February 2014. In addition, Australians aged 65 and older gave 10.8% more for the twelve months ending February 2014 than they did during the twelve months ending February 2013.Barriers to Donating TimeSenior citizens have more time on their hands than those actively in the workforce. Consequently, they are among the most generous when it comes to donating their time for good causes. However, a number of barriers are presenting themselves that often prevent the elderly from donating time. These can come in the form of raised insurance premiums, health and safety laws or workplace regulations. Sometimes, unions will complain because they feel volunteers are “stealing jobs” that should go to paid employees.What the Blueprint for an Ageing Australia ProposesBlueprint for an Ageing Australia proposes that seniors be encouraged to give of their time and money to charitable causes. The creators of the plan feel that the current ageing generation is among the most generous in Australia and that many would give more if encouraged and empowered.The Tall Trees Care Communities SolutionMr Usher feels that Tall Trees Care Communities enable and encourage their residents to give freely to charities and those less fortunate. According to Mr Usher: “When we started Tall Trees Care Communities, we wanted our mums and dads to have the kind of place they wanted to live in. We asked them what they wanted and they wanted to keep their independence and dignity. We have found that giving to those less fortunate is a great way to reaffirm independence, dignity and self-worth.” Tall Trees Care Communities provide an alternative to aged care facilities on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane. For further information about their communities and services, visit their website: http://www.talltrees.net.au/ or call (07) 3442 9378. Gourmet Pawprints introduces "Absolutely Fabulous" Thurs Nights in March at Westbeach Bathers Pavilion in St Kilda. 2015-02-23T03:09:51Z gourmet-pawprints-introduces-absolutely-fabulous-thurs-nights-in-march-at-westbeach-bathers-pavilion-in-st-kilda Gourmet Pawprints brings you Ab Fab Thurs Nights – food, wine and walks with your dog on St Kilda beach. Thurs 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th March from 6pm - 8pm. Every Thursday evening in March, we are inviting the food, wine and dog lovers of Melbourne to Westbeach Bathers Pavilion in St Kilda. Come and join us for a casual social drink and romp on the beach with your dog. Westbeach Bathers Pavilion is situation right on the sand at the western end of St Kilda beach with a restaurant/café and bar it is perfectly set up to entertain all canine and hooman guests. You can lounge about in a deck chair or hammock, chat over a fizzy something or orders some nibbles to share and your pooch gets to romp in the sand at your feet. We pride ourselves on hand selecting all our venues and making sure it comes up to our pawfect standards of being dog welcoming. This certainly meets all criteria! This is a free social event and open to all responsible dog owners. Are your Children safe ! OK Watches can help..! 2015-02-22T22:08:28Z are-your-children-safe-ok-watches-can-help OK Watches and Wearables will release a Children's Safety GPS Watch in August 2015.  This OK Smart Watch is targeted at the child ages of 5yo to 13yo. If the child is lost or in an uncomfortable position, the child just needs to push an SOS button to call their parents or guardian. Its for those moments when your child misses the BUS, or gets lost in the Shopping Center. With the OK Children's Safety Watch, the child can always be in contact with its parents or guardian.   This OK Children's Safety Watch also has GPS tracking and an electronic fencing feature, so Parents can always find or keep an eye on the whereabouts of their Children. Its a safety precaution for your Children. At the ages between 5 to 13, this watch does not have all the social media Apps, it simply is a safety smart watch, an SOS phone with 5 numbers programmed and is GPS enabled for the ability to locate your child. Safety is the primary concern at OK Watches and Wearables.  Pre- Orders are now available at info@ok-watches.com  Sales Advertisement and more info at our OK Blog ABOUT OK Watches and Wearables OK Watches and Wearables is an Australian design and development company focusing on Smart Wearables. Please see www.ok-watches.com for further information. Please contact Sales and Marketing – Sean Neylon sean@ok-watches.com for further details. Growing Trees Smarter in Marrickville 2015-02-20T22:16:10Z growing-trees-smarter-in-marrickville-1 Trees usually come second to footpaths, roads, kerbs and gutters – but Marrickville Council is determined to turn this thinking around. So when a footpath was being upgraded in Cavendish Street Stanmore, Council’s ‘whole of street’ approach presented an opportunity to remove and replace three very large Ficus hillii with an in-road tree planting of three super-advanced Waterhousea floribunda (Weeping Lilly Pilly). This new approach by Council means that damage from tree roots to nearby properties and structures will be prevented. It’s all part of a new initiative called Connecting Marrickville. Connecting Marrickville puts people and the places they live in at the centre of all infrastructure planning. It aims to make streetscapes better now and into the future. How? By integrating all elements that make up a liveable sustainable community. Gwilym Griffiths, Council’s Coordinator Tree Management, was part of the multi-disciplinary team who worked on the design, construction and communication. He said the objectives were to demonstrate a new way of managing the conflicts between trees and infrastructure; plan for large trees in tight urban spaces so that there is significantly less need for pruning and patching of damaged infrastructure, and to integrate tree works and footpath replacements in one project. The project site construction started early May 2014 and finished in June 2014. “There is more and more pressure on street trees,” he said. “In many towns and cities, development means that people and trees are brought into increasingly closer contact. Space for large trees to establish to full maturity is limited. It’s all exacerbated by poor or disturbed soil conditions in built up areas, and conflicts with underground and aboveground services,” Griffiths said. “And there’s this idea that large trees cause damage or can be dangerous. They might drop branches, or block sunlight, or damage infrastructure,” he added. Connecting Marrickville will manage these issues by planning for the needs of the trees (providing them with the soil and space for long term growth) instead of just planting trees in the spaces ‘left over’ after development. In a council video about the project, residents commented on the bumpy footpaths, saying while they wanted more greenery, they didn’t want tree roots ripping up the path. The three large trees roots were also growing into people houses, with one even growing into someone’s bath. Council removed those trees, fixed the footpath, and planted the new trees in-road using the Citygreen Stratacell system.         “We chose this system because it provided the best soil volume per dollar when compared with other structural soil systems such as aggregate soil and pier and beam vaulted systems,” Griffiths said. “Adequate soil volumes are crucial for sustainable tree growth. Providing soil volumes upfront for trees provide better trees and less impact on infrastructure,” he said. The system, Griffiths said, is very easy to install and doesn’t require specialist skills. They had very minor difficulties fitting cells around numerous services, and during the initial design phase, in getting the specification correct. “We also received a lot of rain during construction, which required pumping out and modification of the gutter to reduce the amount of water flowing into the pits,” he said. Ryan Hawken, Council’s urban water engineer, said although the upfront cost was higher than previous projects, there are long term benefits such as much less damage to footpaths and houses. Council will monitor costs over time in order to continuously improve performance and management of streets and trees. Since the project was completed, Griffiths said the biggest issue has been to maintain adequate water to the trees. “Initial water budget estimates were quite low and since completion have been increased to accommodate actual site requirements,” he said. The project included planting of biodiverse species of grass and ground cover and stormwater management by adding permeable paving over the tree pit to capture surface water. “And the Stratacell fits well with this,” Griffiths said. “Today, the trees look good and are stable. We would definitely use a similar system again,” he said. The project is being used as a case study for Council’s Connecting Marrickville initiative. This project delivers on a range of Council strategies and provides Council with a great example of what can be achieved with the right thinking. For a full project view, see the multifunctional infrastructure case study video created by the Marrickville Council. It includes commentary from the projects landscape architect Yvonne Vale, Gwilym Griffiths, Council’s Coordinator Tree Management, Water Engineer Ryan Hawken, and Cavendish Street residents. Government’s ‘Our Green Home’ Project to drive energy costs down for Aussie households 2015-02-19T22:41:58Z government-s-our-green-home-project-to-drive-energy-costs-down-for-aussie-households Sydney 20 February 2015 – Participating householders across the country will be making real savings in their electricity costs, thanks to the ‘Our Green Home’ Project, under a program supported and funded by the Australian Government.  Under this project qualifying households receive free installation of an energy monitoring device, giving real-time information on power consumption via their mobile phone or computer. Rather than waiting for a bill to arrive, households can access their electricity usage and associated costs anytime via their online accounts, just like online banking, and users can immediately see the cost impact of turning on an electrical appliance, such as a dryer or air conditioner, and they can also budget their energy usage. Nicole Green from Bankstown (NSW) says she joined the program to help her family to save money – with three teenage children she was concerned about rising bills.  Now she can see how much it costs each time she turns on a device. It’s encouraged her to turn off lights, flick power points off too and change the daily routine for activities like washing. David Swan, a retiree from Denistone East (NSW), has been using an energy monitor for two years. He said he was surprised by how much power was being used, even in the dead of night. “The monitor told me that, even at three in the morning, I was still consuming 200 watts of power. It all mounts up.”  Now he limits his usage by turning devices off fully at night. Glenn Beames is an electrical contractor who has installed many of the monitors for householders in the ‘Our Green Home’ Project. He says people sign-up to save money, but they also have an interest in lessening their ecological footprint. “Retirees in particular want to avoid bill shock. But many have also said to me that they have been on the planet for a long time, and they see this as a way of helping to reduce their carbon footprint.” Mr. Beames says it doesn’t take long for people to see the impact of their actions.  For example, few people expect microwave ovens to be so much more economical than conventional ovens; or understand how much energy can be saved by replacing halogen lighting with more energy efficient lighting. This government funded program is offering the monitor and installation service completely free to 600 households with annual incomes up to $45k for singles, $60k for couples and $75k for households with dependent children. Applications are open until 31st March 2015, at www.ourgreenhome.com.au/takepart.  To be eligible households must also have a broadband internet access connection and applicants cannot be renting from a government agency, such as public housing.    / Ends   Background : "Our Green Home" Funding : This program received funding from the Department of Industry as part of the Low income Energy Efficiency Program. Project Lead: Sustainable Business Australia Consortium Partners: Connection Research, Ecocreative, KPMG, McCullough Robertson Lawyers, Object Consulting Community Partner : APEX Australia    For media information contact: Dana Dobbie or Pru Quinlan Einsteinz Communications Tel: + 61 (0)2 8905 0995 Mobile:+ 61 (0) 416 072 625 Email: dana(at)einsteinz(dot)com(dot)au or pru(at)einsteinz(dot)com(dot)au