The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2015-04-27T11:57:24Z 3rd Annual Middle East Smart Landscape Summit Begins Tomorrow 2015-04-27T11:57:24Z 3rd-annual-middle-east-smart-landscape-summit-begins-tomorrow April 27, 2015, Dubai, United Arab Emirates – The 3rd Annual Middle East Smart Landscape Summit 2015, held under the patronage of the Dubai Municipality, opens its doors tomorrow at Sofitel The Palm Resort and Spa, Dubai, UAE, with a stimulating agenda featuring presentations, panel discussions and case studies. The two-day summit is produced by global conference organizers, Expotrade. The summit will be inaugurated by Eng. Salah Amiri, Asst. Director General for Environmental & Public Health Services Sector, Dubai Municipality, who will also deliver a special address after the ribbon cutting ceremony. Dignitaries expected to attend include H.E. Jean-Paul Tarud-Kuborn, Ambassador, Embassy of Chile to the United Arab Emirates; H.E. Gcina Dlamini, Ambassador, Swazi Embassy in Abu Dhabi;H.E. Abdulkadir Sheikhey Al-Hatim, Ambassador, Somali Embassy in Abu Dhabi; H.E. Francisco Javier Alonso Escobar, Ambassador, Embassy of Mexico; H E Jennes De Mol, Ambassador, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands; H.E. Irene Florence Persis, Ambassador, Ugandan Embassy; H.E. Robert Noriega, Charge D'Affaires, Venezuelan Embassy in Abu Dhabi; H.E. Milos Perisic, Charge D'Affaires, Serbian Embassy; H.E. Marwan Bin Jassim Al Sarkal, Chief Executive Officer, SHUROOQ Sharjah Investment and Development Authority; H.E. Omary Mjenga, Consul General, Tanzanian Consulate in Dubai; H E Abdelkrim Belouassaa; Consul General, Algerian Consulate General in Dubai; H.E. Yibeltal Aemero Alemu, Consul General, Ethiopian Consulate General in Dubai; Perisa Kastratovic; Deputy Head of Mission; Montenegrin Embassy; Mohammed N Mashroom, Director General Projects Department, Dubai Municipality. The summit is in line with the Dubai Municipality’s vision for a green Dubai and will bring forward innovative and sustainable landscaping solutions from around the world, creating an ideal platform for knowledge sharing and networking. Expected to host over 400 participants, the summit’s agenda features over 20 sessions on topics such as landscape design, architecture and construction, artificial turf, irrigation and ecological restoration. Highlights of Day 1 include sessions on a range of interesting topics, including implementing sustainability across Dubai parks to be presented by the Dubai Municipality; impact of urban spaces on public health to be presented by Simon Oxenham, CEO, Convic; ecological restoration to be presented by Barbara Wilks, Principal, W Architecture & Landscape Architecture – US; use of aerial drones for landscape architecture to be presented by Dr. Mario Rossi, Landscape Architecture Manager, The Office of H.H. The Crown Prince of Dubai; living systems in Singapore to be presented by Damian Tang, President, The Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects and many more. The panel discussion will discuss artificial grass and its use in sports and recreational facilities in the Middle East. Day 2 highlights include sessions on branding national identities through landscaping to be presented by Kinder Baumgardner, President and Managing Principal, SWA; urban greenspaces and biodiversity to be presented by Dr. James Hitchmough, Head of Department & Professor of Horticultural Ecology, The University of Sheffield - Department of Landscape Architecture; benefits of using native plants to be presented by Andrew Anderson, Landscape Architect, Oman Botanic Garden, Diwan of Royal Court; use of smart technology in public spaces to be presented by Jaime Traspaderne, Senior Architect & Urban Designer, Arup and more. The panel discussion will talk about creative greening of open spaces. Also on the agenda is a case study discussion on integrated open space planning with the case of Madinat Al Nakheel, Iraq, Basra in focus, to be discussed by Akram Al Mahood, Head of Urban Planning, Dewan Architects and Engi Jaber, Sustainability Manager, Dewan Architects & Engineers - Abu Dhabi. The summit’s third edition is supported by Falconcity of Wonders, Convic, SLA, Sites International, Zeoplant, Grassco & Aratex, TigerTurf in association with Flora Engineering Services, Gulf Landscape and Irrigation Systems, Vision Project Services, Cape Reed, Gulf Perlite LLC, WT Burden Middle East, Global Light & Power LLC and many more. The exhibitor lounge will feature more than 30 companies showcasing the latest technology and products from all over the world. Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East, organizers of the conference, said, “The 3rd Annual Middle East Smart Landscape Summit brings together the world’s leading experts to discuss the latest solutions in landscaping from around the world. We are privileged to hold this event under the patronage of the Dubai Municipality, and we would like to thank them for their continued support. It also gives us great pleasure to present a platform to enable our speakers, delegates and sponsors to come together and share knowledge and experiences in developing smart landscapes for the future.” For event details, visit www.landscapesummit.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 Timber Supplier in Brisbane: “Be Careful when Buying Timber Flooring” 2015-04-27T05:00:54Z timber-supplier-in-brisbane-be-careful-when-buying-timber-flooring Brisbane, QLD, 27 April 2015 - Timber flooring is considered by many to be a mainstay in the Brisbane area and Narangba Timbers has played a major role. Narangba Timbers has supplied timber products such as flooring to the Brisbane area since 1972 and they take a lot of pride in their customer service, their knowledge and their experience with working with timber flooring. Recently, on their company blog, Narangba Timbers published a no-frills, easy on the eyes guide to the basics of timber flooring. They like to provide their customers with information whenever possible because they like it when people know the basics. When customers already know a lot about any product, customer service personnel can spend more time answering questions that are about a specific project or situation. This benefits the customer because they are asking more educated questions and are more likely to have a positive outcome with their project.Basics of Timber FlooringThe basic material for timber flooring is tongue and groove hardwood, which is built on top of bearers and joists. Hardwoods are rated on a hardness scale called the Janka rating. Ironbark is the hardest of the popular timbers with a rating of 14 while Spotted Gum comes in at 11 and Blackbutt has a 9.1 rating. They note that all hardwoods are hard, regardless of rating.Pine is not rated as a hardwood, but is still hard enough to serve as a floor, especially if built on top of a subflooring. The main benefit of pine is that it is very easily worked, saving a lot of time for DIYers and professionals alike.Timber flooring is available in three basic grades: select, standard and rustic. Narangba Timbers does not carry rustic, though, because they don’t believe in it as a high quality product. The ratings are based upon the visible characteristics in the timber, such as veins, burls and knots. Select grade has the least visible features while rustic has the most. Standard is in the middle.Choosing Timber for FlooringAccording to Jack Kyle, owner of Narangba Timbers: “There are a lot of different types of timber available for timber flooring. We carry nothing but high quality products, making the choices a matter of taste and usage. Even though all hardwoods are hard, flooring that is going to get heavy use should be of a timber with a higher hardness rating.”Mr Kyle continued, “The finish you put on a timber floor is important, too, as is the colour of the timber. Some people stain their floors while others prefer to let the natural colour and grain of the timber show through a clear finish. Some use oil while others use urethane. For heavy duty use, we recommend polyurethane because it is the hardest and most durable finish.”Mr Kyle concluded, “Our customer service staff are great at helping customers combine the aesthetics they want with the intended usage of the floor.”Narangba Timbers supplies timber flooring to the Brisbane area. They have been in business since 1972 and carry a full range of timber for other uses as well. Their knowledgeable staff has built a reputation for the utmost in customer service. To learn more, visit their showroom, call 1300 795 675 or visit their website: http://www.narangbatimbers.com.au/. Home Renovation Firm in Perth Refines Building Process to Perfection 2015-04-27T04:54:09Z home-renovation-firm-in-perth-refines-building-process-to-perfection Perth, WA, 27 April 2015 - Home extensions and second storey additions have become very popular in Perth during the last decade. Perth residents are beginning to realise that they can have a larger and better home by improving or renovating their current home. More and more Australians are seeing this as a preferable alternative to selling their old home, building or buying a new one and then having to move.Not only are they saving the time and energy that it takes to sell, buy and move, they are also saving money while adding value to their homes. One of the more prolific home renovation providers in Perth is Next Level Extensions. Between owners Craig Johns and Allan Williams, award winning home improvement designer Max Sardi and other staff members, they have more than 70 years of experience providing home renovations in the Perth area. According to Mr Johns, “When we started Next Level Extensions, we knew that we were going to settle for nothing less than 100% customer satisfaction. Everything that we have done before and do now is directed towards keeping that record spotless. We take customer service seriously and we take high quality design and workmanship seriously.”As a firm that solicits constant customer feedback and uses it to improve their system, Next Level Extensions has done a lot to evolve their building process making it easier for them to provide 100% customer satisfaction. Their goals have always been to provide high quality design and workmanship with minimal intrusion into the client’s lifestyle.Providing 100% Customer Satisfaction: How the Process WorksNext Level Extensions has a five step process that has 18 sub-processes. The result is that nothing is left to chance and the customer gets exactly what they want in the time that was quoted to them. The highlights are below.Initial ContactThe initial contact starts when the customer contacts Next Level Extensions via telephone or an enquiry form on their website. The homeowner then receives a free consult from Mr Sardi. When the homeowner and Mr Sardi have agreed upon what the homeowner wants to accomplish, the customer is provided with an estimate of the cost. Design PhaseThe next step is to take measurements of the home. Mr Sardi uses the measurements and the information gathered in the initial discussion to draw up tentative plans. Once Mr Sardi and the homeowner come to an agreement, the homeowner is provided with a 3D perspective of the proposed project. Once the homeowner authorises the plans, a clear, concise contract is written out. ApprovalsOnce the homeowner has approved the plans, Next Level Extensions begins work on the engineer’s drawings. These are followed by the final working drawings, the site survey and approvals by local statutory bodies.Then, the home is ready for construction. Upon completion, Next Level Extensions provides four months of maintenance and a six year warranty.Next Level Extensions offers home extensions and second storey additions in Perth. They feature more than 70 years of combined experience in providing home renovations to the Perth area. Bolstered by award winning home improvement designer Max Sardi, they have an unparalleled record for customer satisfaction. To learn more, call 1300 948 094 or visit their website: http://www.nextlevelextensions.com.au/. Submersible Pumps Flying Off Shelves in Anticipation of Rainy Season 2015-04-24T04:28:18Z submersible-pumps-flying-off-shelves-in-anticipation-of-rainy-season Perth WA. 24 Friday 2015 -  For many of us in the Perth area, rainy season means flooding. Unfortunately, flood water doesn’t just flow away from homes, especially those that are low-lying. In many cases, a pump is needed to rid a home of flood water. The kind of pump that works the best is a submersible pump. Submersible pumps are used for many purposes. Besides being used to dewater homes, they can also be used for slurry and sewage. They are popular for many mining and wastewater industry applications. Submersible pumps are pumps that can be submersed in water with no ill effect. The pump motor is inside a hermetically sealed housing that protects the motor and the electrical input cord. Submersible pumps work better for dewatering than other types of pumps for a number of reasons. The first is that they are self-priming. The pump is already submersed, meaning that whenever there is water that needs to be moved, the pump is already primed. Submersible pumps turn rotary energy into kinetic energy. The impeller then pushes the water through direct contact. This is much more efficient than a vacuum pump because it is more efficient to push water through direct force than it is to pull it into a vacuum. This allows a submersible pump to work faster and last longer. In many submersible pumps, such as those in the Tsurumi LB series, the pump has electrodes that sense water level and turn the pump on and off. That allows a homeowner to set a Tsurumi pump in a flooded area, knowing it will turn off automatically when the job is done.Mike Hurlbatt is the owner of Pump Solutions Australasia, a firm in Perth that sells pumps to everyone from homeowners to major corporations. According to Mr Hurlbatt:“Rainy season can represent a challenge for everyone from mine operators to restaurant owners to homeowners. We carry numerous pumps from numerous companies and we have found the Tsurumi brand to be the best of the lot for submersible pumps. For home and light industrial use, our favourite is the Tsurumi LB General Dewatering Pump.”Mr Hurlbatt continued, “The Tsurumi LB has a lot of features that make it great for emergency use, especially in rainy season. It is light and designed for use in tight spaces, but it is very powerful. It has some great features, too. It has electrodes that sense water levels, turning the pump on and off to save power and prevent dry running. The hose coupling at the top is multi-directional and can be pointed horizontally or vertically. This allows the pump to be aimed in any direction and provides maximum flexibility and versatility.”Mr Hurlbatt concluded, “For homeowners, the Tsurumi LB is the perfect dewatering pump. For larger operations, it is great as a backup or for more pumping power in emergencies.”Pump Solutions Australasia carries submersible pumps and a full range of other pump varieties for home, industrial and commercial applications. They are located in Perth and are known for their high quality pumps and knowledgeable customer service. To learn more, call 1300 922 973 or visit their website: http://www.pumpsolutions.com.au/. Never pay to replace a charger again. With a USB Wall Socket 2015-04-23T06:36:19Z never-pay-to-replace-a-charger-agian Introducing the future of USB Wall Power Sockets. Never Pay to replace a charger again. USB Wall Socket has a twin USB powered 5 Volt 3.5 AMP socketand is SAA certified. Perfect for charging mobile phones includingipads, mac air, ipods, tablets, most hand held devices,tools etc. No longer do you need those bulky charging transformers that take up to much room on the socket or go missing. 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Check our web site for the best USB wall socket range available at the best prices. www.usbwallsocket.com.au Aussies want a dishwasher they can trust 2015-04-23T01:59:17Z aussies-want-a-dishwasher-they-can-trust The majority of Australians don’t trust their dishwasher to do a good job – but still couldn’t do without it. Consumer research and ratings service Canstar Blue surveyed more than 1,700 adults and found that 87% inspect their dishes and cutlery before putting them away, just in case they haven’t been cleaned properly. Despite that, 73% of Aussies prefer using their dishwasher to cleaning by hand, and 42% use it every day. “As the old saying goes: ‘If you can’t trust someone to do the job properly, then do it yourself’. Yet when it comes to cleaning dishes, it seems many people don’t trust their dishwasher, but still refuse to put in some elbow grease themselves,” said Canstar Blue spokesman Simon Downes. “Given that most households only replace their dishwasher when it stops working – and we keep them for an average of 7.7 years – perhaps it’s no surprise that some dishwashers are not performing as well as they once did. “More than a quarter of people fail to rinse their dishes before loading them into the dishwasher, roughly the same number tend to use the cheapest brand of detergent available, and 41% admit they rarely or never clean their machine. So perhaps some people aren’t taking as much care of their dishwasher as they could.” Forty per cent of the 750 adults surveyed, who have bought a new dishwasher in the last three years, said they replaced their old appliance because it broke down. One in five purchased a new machine because they moved home, 15% were renovating their home, and 12% said their old dishwasher simply wasn’t cleaning efficiently. The survey also found performance to be the biggest driver of customer satisfaction. Drivers of dishwasher satisfaction % of respondents Performance 38% Design 16% Warranty and service 12% Internal layout 11% Value for money 10% Quietness while operating 10% Ease of use 3% Source: www.canstarblue.com.au Dishwasher survey 2015 “Spending an average of $810, it seems many people are happy to pay a good price for a dishwasher they can trust, even if they wait for their old one to break down first,” said Mr Downes. “Ultimately, consumers want a reliable machine that saves them the time and hassle of cleaning their dishes by hand – and they would prefer it to last for a reasonable length of time.” Miele has retained Canstar Blue’s Most Satisfied Customers Award for dishwashers, beating six other top brands for overall satisfaction. It is the third time in four years that Miele has won the award. It’s been a very successful start to 2015 for Miele, having also earned Canstar Blue’s Most Satisfied Customers Award for front loader washing machines. “Congratulations to Miele for another impressive set of customer satisfaction results,” said Mr Downes. “Miele clearly seems to be striking a chord with consumers.” Cool initiative encourages NZ businesses to hand in unwanted refrigerants 2015-04-22T22:13:51Z cool-initiative-encourages-nz-businesses-to-hand-in-unwanted-refrigerants BOC together with Recovery Trust and Patton Ltd is encouraging New Zealand businesses to think sustainably this year by safely disposing of their unwanted refrigerants.   Jamie Burley, General Manager, Sales New Zealand explains that BOC is proud to be partnering with the Recovery Trust and Patton to increase the number of regional collection points offered through the annual Refrigerant Recovery Program this year.   “We are excited to be part of this nationwide initiative which offers businesses the opportunity to safely dispose of their unwanted refrigerant gases particularly chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) which can be ozone-depleting if released in the atmosphere,” said Mr Burley. “Many older refrigeration and air conditioning units still contain these gases so it’s vital they are destroyed when a unit comes to the end of its life.   “This year, as well as being able to drop off used refrigerants at a number of permanent Patton locations, businesses will be able to drop off cylinders at several of our BOC Gas & Gear stores in Whangarei, Gisborne, Napier, Blenheim, Greymouth, Timaru and Dunedin.”    Recovery Trust has now collected and destroyed over 310,000 kilograms of unwanted refrigerants saving over 420,000 tonnes of ozone and reducing the build-up of greenhouse gases by up to 300,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent.   “We encourage any profession from refrigeration and air-conditioning specialists to supermarket operators and mechanics to drop off their unwanted refrigerants to their local collection point. Both Patton and BOC will accept approved cylinders and containers with quantities above 10 kilograms at no charge to the participant,” added Mr Burley.   BOC’s first collection has kicked-off at Whangarei Gas & Gear located at 54 Rewa Rewa Road, Whangarei and will conclude 27 April 2015. A full-list of collection points can be found here: www.refrigerantrecovery.co.nz/news.html World Day for Health & Safety at Work 2015-04-22T13:25:16Z world-day-for-health-amp-safety-at-work World Safety Day is celebrated on the 28th of April around the world as a day where the occupational health and safety of workers is recognised. Workers, employers and governments take this day to remember and prioritise the importance of a health and safety culture. This is the 12th anniversary of the event. Spearheading the event is the International Labour Organisation, partnering with the International Organisation of Employers, the International Trade Union Confederation, World Health Organization, International Social Security Association, Korea Occupational Safety and Health Agency, National Research and Safety Institute for the Prevention of Occupational Accidents and Diseases, the Workplace Safety and Health Institute and Workplace Safety and Health Council. The theme for 2015 is The Prevention of Occupational Diseases. Approximately 2.3 million die each year due to work-related causes, 160 million illnesses are reported and 300 million non-fatal accidents occur. While prevention in the workplace has saved millions of lives, reduced accidents and disease, there is still work to be done.  Not only does prevention increase productivity, but many work-related diseases have no effective cure. For example, adaptation of work environments, such as ergonomics, can prevent repetitive strain injuries. Workplace wellness programs can also help treat risk factors such as smoking and obesity to improve overall worker health. Visit the ILO for resources to promote World Safety day including presentations, brochures, and posters: http://www.ilo.org/safework/events/safeday/lang--en/index.htm myosh is a globally recognized supplier of safety management software. Visit www.myosh.com for a free trial and more information. By Stacey Wagner UTC Building & Industrial Systems Joins Smart Skyscrapers Summit as Gold Sponsor 2015-04-22T12:10:57Z utc-building-amp-industrial-systems-joins-smart-skyscrapers-summit-as-gold-sponsor Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 22, 2015 – The Smart Skyscrapers Summit proudly welcomes UTC Building & Industrial Systems as Gold Sponsor of the 2015 edition of the event, to be held on 11-12 May 2015 at Sofitel The Palm Resort and Spa, Dubai, UAE. The summit is produced by global conference organizers Expotrade. UTC Building & Industrial Systems will be showcasing vertical transportation and integrated building technologies at the summit. Richard K. Pulling, Vice President – Sales, Global Major Projects, Otis Elevator Company, UTC Building & Industrial Systems, will be speaking at the summit with a presentation titled, ‘Vertical Transportation and Integrated Building Technologies – Creating Order and Convenience.’ UTC Building & Industrial Systems’ commitment towards innovation and sustainability finds the ideal platform at the Smart Skyscrapers Summit, which seeks to showcase the latest innovative technology and solutions to fuel sustainable and smart skyscrapers. UTC Building & Industrial Systems’ presentation will explain how the use of vertical transportation and security systems integration enables safe and convenient ‘wayfinding’, and will detail the use of technology to create relationships among building systems and building tenants to benefit all concerned. The discussion will also showcase integrated building technologies to enable the smart skyscraper to be ‘green’, efficient and enhance the tenants’ building experience. Rapid urbanization across the world has led to greater demand for spaces for office as well as residential spaces. With space availability an issue, modern urban development has led to the emergence of taller buildings. In such a scenario, the importance of vertical transportation that takes into account energy efficiency as well as user comfort is magnified further. It is especially relevant for Dubai and the UAE, which are making rapid strides in sustainable urban development. The importance of sustainability and innovation in urban buildings and the choice of the Smart Skyscrapers Summit is put into perspective by Rolando Furlong, Vice President, UTC Building & Industrial Systems Middle East & Turkey, who says, “As the world’s largest provider of building technologies, UTC Building & Industrial Systems is committed to creating a future with buildings that are sustainable and provide superior functionality through smart system integration. By participating in events such as the Smart Skyscrapers Summit, we aim at sharing our knowledge and experience in this matter with top professionals in the industry. We hope that through open dialogue we can support this trend and improve the awareness on how UTC Building & Industrial Systems is innovating on the field of building efficiency, system integration and better occupant experience.” Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East, organizers of the conference, said “The partnership with UTC Building & Industrial Systems is a particularly relevant one, given our common aims of promoting sustainability and innovation in skyscraper building. We are very happy that the Smart Skyscrapers Summit affords a perfect opportunity to showcase their solutions in vertical transportation and integrated building technologies and we look forward to a long and meaningful association with them.” Learn more about smart skyscraper technology and solutions at the Smart Skyscrapers Summit 2015, to be held on 11 – 12 May at Sofitel The Palm Resort and Spa, Dubai. For more details on the summit, visit www.smartskyscrapers.com About UTC Building & Industrial Systems UTC Building & Industrial Systems is the world’s largest provider of building technologies. Its elevator, escalator, fire-safety, security, building automation, heating, ventilating, air-conditioning and refrigeration systems and services promote integrated, high-performance buildings that are safer, smarter and sustainable. UTC Building & Industrial Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. Our company is built on a proud and long-standing tradition of innovation and sustainability that has enabled us to become an industry leader, bringing cutting-edge solutions to our customers around the globe. For more information, visit www.BIS.UTC.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 Aquaponics Ebook Out Now 2015-04-22T05:56:57Z aquaponics-ebook-out-now We are excited to announce that we have released a new ebook called “Aquaponics”. Written by John Mason and the staff of ACS Distance Education, the Aquaponics ebook provides readers with an insight into practising aquaponics and setting up their very own system. Aquaponics involves growing fish or crustaceans in water; and then taking that water and using it to grow plants. It is an intensive way of producing food that can be used on a small scale at home, or on a large scale for commercial farming. The level of sophistication involved in aquaponics can vary from low to high. The biggest challenge is to ensure that when the same water is used to grow two different things, the characteristics of the water needs to be compatible for both. Aquaponic farming allows individual families to grow a much wider range of produce, in a much smaller space. They can provide the protein needed for their diet (from fish), as well as the vegetables and fruit they need. Aquaponic systems can be as small as a few cubic meters; or as large as many acres. They are an ideal way of improving productivity on a hobby farm; can be used by restaurants to produce the freshest produce on site, or established inside buildings, in big cities, for urban farming. This book explores some of the more important considerations, and aims to inspire and inform you about the possibilities for aquaponics, in whatever circumstances you may consider using it. ISBN: 978-0-9925878-6-4 This ebook is now available for purchase from our online bookshop and there is also a free sample available here: http://www.acsbookshop.com/product-aquaponics-pdf-ebook-5964.aspx   If you would like a reviewer copy of this ebook, please contact sarah@acs.edu.au . Sustainable Landscaping Discussed at 3rd Annual Middle East Smart Landscape Summit Next Week 2015-04-21T12:03:10Z sustainable-landscaping-discussed-at-3rd-annual-middle-east-smart-landscape-summit-next-week April 21, 2015, Dubai, United Arab Emirates - The 3rd Annual Middle East Smart Landscape Summit 2015 will take place next week in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on April 28 and 29, 2015. Held under the patronage of the Dubai Municipality, the two-day event will take place at Sofitel The Palm Resort and Spa, Dubai, UAE and is produced by global conference organizers, Expotrade. The event will be attended by over 400 senior level landscape architects, government authorities, urban planners, developers, environmental specialists and contractors from across the GCC, committed to the development of sustainable landscapes across the Middle East region.    The summit will be inaugurated by Eng. Salah Amiri, Assistant Director General, Dubai Municipality. The two-day by-invitation-only summit will feature stimulating keynote speeches, thought-provoking panel discussions and interesting case studies from both local and international experts on topics that bring into focus sustainable landscaping in the region, ranging from greening initiatives, landscape design, architecture and construction, to artificial turf, irrigation, urban greenspaces and ecological restoration. The summit is in line with the Dubai Municipality’s ‘Dubai 2020’ plans of a verdant and green Dubai and seeks to showcase the latest in smart, innovative and sustainable landscaping technology and best practices.   Speakers and panelists at the summit will include H.E. Salem AlMoosa, Chairman & General Manager, Falconcity of Wonders; Dr. Mario Rossi, Landscape Architecture Manager, The Office of H.H. The Crown Prince of Dubai ; Barbara Wilks, Principal, W Architecture & Landscape Architecture – US; Kinder Baumgardner, President and Managing Principal, SWA; Damian Tang, President, The Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects; Andrew Anderson, Landscape Architect, Oman Botanic Garden, Diwan of Royal Court; Akram Al Mahood, Head of Urban Planning, Dewan Architects; Engi Jaber, Sustainability Manager, Dewan Architects & Engineers - Abu Dhabi; Simon Oxenham, CEO, Convic; Rasmus Astrup, Partner, International Project Director, SLA; Paul Langford, Managing Director, TigerTurf UK; Abdul Kader Kazzaz, Operations Manager, Gulf Landscape and Irrigation Systems LLC; Peter Scott, Manager, Urban Planning & Landscape Architecture Department, Khatib & Alami; and many more.   The event is supported by some of the most reputed names in the business such as Falconcity of Wonders, Convic, SLA, Sites International, Zeoplant, Grassco/Aratex, TigerTurf in association with Flora Engineering Services, Gulf Landscape and Irrigation Systems, Cape Reed, Gulf Perlite LLC, WT Burden Middle East, Global Light & Power LLC and many more. The exhibitor lounge will showcase the most innovative solutions for sustainable landscaping from over 20 exhibitors.  Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East, organizers of the conference, said, “The Middle East Smart Landscape Summit aims at showcasing the most innovative technology and solutions in sustainable landscaping from around the world, in line with the vision of turning Dubai into a green city. We are honored to be supported in our endeavor by the Dubai Municipality, whose continued patronage has made this event a truly special one. It gives us great pleasure to present this platform for knowledge-sharing and networking to our speakers, delegates and sponsors.” For event details, visit www.landscapesummit.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 Bank customers putting convenience ahead of hip pocket 2015-04-21T03:44:53Z bank-customers-putting-convenience-ahead-of-hip-pocket Almost eight out of 10 Australians are more likely to apply for credit cards or personal loans from the institution they bank with, rather than make the effort to find the best value possible. That’s one of the findings a new study by consumer research company Canstar Blue, which found that the very young and the very old are the most likely to stick with their bank and not shop around. Overall, 89% of the 5,549 adults surveyed said they are happy with their bank, despite one in three being hit with unexpected fees or charges. Just 18% said they would like to take their money elsewhere. “It’s encouraging that so many people are happy with their bank, but very concerning that the vast majority of consumers seem willing to take out financial products based on convenience rather than value,” said Canstar Blue spokesman Simon Downes. “Regardless of who you bank with, it’s absolutely crucial that you thoroughly compare all financial products available – otherwise your loyalty could end up costing you big. “Banking bliss could lead to complacency – and that’s where you can make serious financial mistakes. Don’t fall into the trap of assuming your bank offers great value products, just because it gets the day-to-day stuff right.” A total of 78% of survey respondents admitted they are more likely to apply for products like credit cards and personal loans from their bank, with those aged 18-24 (84%) and those aged 70 or older (82%) the most likely. Those two demographics were also found to be most content with their bank. The following tables show the vast difference between the minimum and maximum interest rates for personal loans currently on CANSTAR’s database – emphasising the need to shop around for the best value. On a $5,000 loan over three years, for example, you could pay as much as $1,100 more in interest than you need to. Personal loan interest rates - variable          Min          Max          Avr Unsecured personal loan 5.1% 18.99% 13.3% Secured personal loan 5.1% 13.99% 10.4% Source: www.canstar.com.au. Based on loans of $5,000. Personal loan interest rates - fixed          Min          Max          Avr Unsecured personal loan 7.99% 17.49% 12.68% Secured personal loan 6.49% 12.99% 9.76% Source: www.canstar.com.au. Based on loans of $5,000. Canstar Blue also found that good problem and inquiry-handling outranks the importance of fees, charges and interest rates for consumers when it comes to determining overall satisfaction with banks. Drivers of banking satisfaction % of respondents Inquiry and problem handling 38% Fees and charges 15% Branch service 11% Product range 11% Internet banking service 10% Interest rates 7% Source: www.canstarblue.com.au Banking survey 2015 “It’s slightly worrying that so many consumers place more emphasis on problem-handling than fees, charges and interest rates, which are ultimately the ways that banks take money from you,” added Mr Downes. “Whether it’s online, over the phone, or in a branch, people expect their concerns to be taken seriously and their queries to be handled efficiently. But poor customer service won’t cost you as much as an unfavourable interest rate on a credit card or personal loan, which could leave you thousands of dollars out of pocket. “Some Australians seem to be putting convenience ahead of value, which could be a big mistake.” Survey respondents were asked to rate their financial institution across a range of research criteria and for the second year in a row, NAB rated highest of the big four banks for overall customer satisfaction, while Teachers Mutual Bank rated highest of 14 challenger banks.  The Canstar Blue survey also found that 35% of Aussies find dealing with money stressful and overwhelming, while 69% believe financial security is important to be happy in life and 33% “live for today” when it comes to their finances.