The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2016-08-31T23:20:52Z Spring into Spring with these Gardening Tips! 2016-08-31T23:20:52Z spring-into-spring-with-these-gardening-tips Lyndall Keating, leading Horticulturalist, from Garden Society in Sydney shares her top Spring Tips for Garden design and growth. If you are looking a designing your garden now that the weather is warmer, here is Lydnall's advice: What do I need from my Garden? Who will use it? Do you want your garden to be an entertaining area for family and friends? Does your garden have a swimming pool or kid friendly features such as swings? Do you want to grow your own veggie garden? Don’t forget areas that you can relax in too! Do you need secure areas for pets or small children? To keep everyone safe, include fencing or hedging in your plan. Do you need to create privacy from neighbours or passing traffic? Consider adding hedging or feature screening to create your own space. What is the style of your home? Consider the architecture and street appeal of your home. Make sure your garden design complements the style of your house, so that the two sit happily together. Think about whether your property style is cottage, formal, minimalist or has more of a native Australian feel. What do I want from my plants? Plants can provide practical solutions like screening for privacy or noise reduction. However, plants are the real stars of the garden. They provide beauty through colour, texture and form so think about whether you prefer flowers or bold foliage colour. Some people are drawn to the structure of succulents or to native Australian plants.Your selection be affected by whether you need a low-maintenance garden. A garden does not need to be high maintenance to make a statement, but some passionate gardeners love taking care of plants that need a little attention. How exposed is my garden? Your garden is open to all the elements. Make sure that your plants will thrive in their environment, so study the sun direction, and the garden’s exposure to wind and rain. Choose plants according to your soil types, whether rock or sandy. What would be a great focal point? A good garden design has a focal point or a series of eye-catching interests. This is the easiest garden design principle to put into place. Try sculpture, feature plants, water features, firepits, garden benches or seating. Incorporate decorative screens or green walls for vertical interest. Horticulturalist, Lyndall Keating from Garden Society in Sydney shares her 5 must do's to get your garden growing in Spring: 1. Plant seeds for flowers and veggies and herbs for summer. If you are thinking about adding any new plants to the garden, this is the time to start. 2. Fertilise all plants and lawns as growth resumes. Mulch garden beds in conjunction with fertilising. This will help retain moisture and suppress weeds come Summer. 3. Watch for pests and disease on new growth such as aphids and snails. Aphids can be squashed or treated. Snails and slugs can be trapped or deterred. 4. Repot potted plants that are root bound. Don’t forget to treat your indoor plants as well. 5. Watch for weeds! If you have used a good layering of mulch then weeds should not be an issue. If weeds do pop up, then remove by hand or use a spray. Lastly, Lyndall shares her tips for creating a gorgeous outdoor room: When designing your room, your houses best attributes should be your starting inspiration. This may include aspect, view or other natural features. Do you want your outdoor room to capture the summer's northeasterly breeze, hide from the southerly buster or create a private sanctuary away from the peering neighbours. A careful consideration of aspect will greatly enhance your enjoyment of the space all year round. The money you spend on getting some professional advise will be a saving in the long run. The right plant selection and extra design tips will make all the difference. Some current trends include clusters of pots to separate areas. Try different scales and types to add texture and interest. Succulents are always a popular choice for the water conscious or time poor. They are hardy and thrive in hot and dry conditions. There are so many varieties, shapes and colours available and either mass planting or individual specimens are an exciting option. Think cacti for an individual architectural focus. Micro greens are another sensational choice. The delicate foliage look great and enhance any brunch menu. The key points to remember are that plants soften harsh edges, can be used as screening options, cool the area, add shade and are a wonderful addition to any outdoor room. Finally consider soft furnishings, artwork or designer lightening as a way to project your unique personality. This is a simple way to stay up to date with current trends, reflect the changing seasons or trial and exciting new ideas. All photos have been supplied by Garden Society About Lyndall Keating: Lyndall Keating is a qualified Horticulturalist with a Bachelor of Science. As one of Sydney's leading horticulturist Lyndalls plant knowledge and passion is well sought after. Lyndall brings over two decades of plant knowledge and experience in maintaining some of the worlds best gardens. Lyndall has also won many industry awards. About Garden Society: Garden Society can create a bespoke garden to suit your property. This includes reviewing your garden on site, plant recommendations, soil analysis, pest and disease reporting, irrigation planning, watering schedule, mulching choices, pruning, fertilizing programs and a written report. Garden Society also maintains gardens of all types and sizes. Lyndall and Nick also provide a Garden Design Service. A concept plan details the development for your garden. This gives the client an understanding of how the garden is formed with materials and elements like plants, decks, paving and pots. Each garden concept includes imagery and sun/shade and drainage considerations. Xplore Sets Rugged Tablet Industry Record as Only OEM to Exclusively Design and Deliver Rugged Tablets for 20 Years 2016-08-30T00:49:11Z xplore-sets-rugged-tablet-industry-record-as-only-oem-to-exclusively-design-and-deliver-rugged-tablets-for-20-years SYDNEY, Australia — August 30, 2016— Xplore Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ: XPLR) today marks the start of its 20 year anniversary celebration.  Since 1996, Xplore has exclusively engineered and delivered the most complete line of purpose-built rugged tablet technologies on Earth. According to VDC Research, out of all of the mobile computer original equipment manufacturers (OEM) operating today, Xplore is the only OEM to have focused on rugged tablets – and only rugged tablets – for 20 years.  This market focus is what has made Xplore a trusted authority in the rugged tablet space. “In a tech culture where new mobile computing devices enter the market on a frequent cadence, and a one-to-two year rip-and-replace model is prevalent, it’s rare to see such a strong company commitment to the development of future-proof mobility solutions on the scale Xplore has sustained for 20 years,” noted David Krebs, Executive VP, Enterprise Mobility & Connected Devices, VDC Research. “Xplore has done a commendable job of meeting the demands for mission critical computing solutions by their core customers. Balancing the persistent pressures for innovation in the highly competitive rugged tablet market and providing strong lifecycle support represent some of Xplore’s guiding principles.” This unprecedented industry achievement comes on the heels of Xplore’s fifth consecutive year of market-exceeding growth. “The fact that Xplore is still at the forefront of the turbulent rugged tablet market after 20 years of changing market conditions and a rapidly evolving tech landscape is a true testament to the strength of our company and the value that customers put on the unique mobile computing capabilities only Xplore rugged tablets can provide,” said Brett Gross, ANZ Director of Sales “Rugged tablets are all we do, and we do it best.” Unlike other rugged tablet OEMs, Xplore has always worked side-by-side with customers and partners to architect complete mobility solutions, with the right feature sets, workflow capabilities, and accessories for each unique operating environment. Even the design, engineering, and testing of Xplore’s first rugged tablet, the GeneSys P133, was heavily reliant on customer involvement and acceptance. That is why Xplore is recognized as The Rugged Tablet Authority™ by thousands of public and private sector customers. These include the world’s most recognized brands in global industries such as telecommunications, utilities, manufacturing, military, public safety, transportation, distribution, and natural resources. Multiple generations of Xplore’s award-winning rugged tablets are used on a daily basis today by hundreds of thousands of mobile workers worldwide. That’s because Xplore, led by a team of visionaries, inventors, and innovators, engineers flexible rugged tablet technologies that allow customers to implement future-proof mobility solutions with immediate benefits. “At Group Mobile, we value our long-standing relationship with Xplore and are proud to offer their industry-leading rugged tablets to our wide array of customers,” said Darin White, president of Group Mobile, an Xplore Platinum Partner. “Xplore offers a full line-up of rugged tablets designed to meet all the different requirements needed by today’s mobile workforce in almost every vertical industry. Our customers want rugged tablets that are durable, but still affordable and Xplore is superior at executing just that.” For more information on Xplore Technologies, please visit About Xplore Technologies Xplore is The Rugged Tablet Authority™, exclusively manufacturing powerful, long-lasting, and customer-defined rugged tablet PCs since 1996.   Today, Xplore offers the broadest portfolio of genuinely rugged tablets – and the most complete lineup of rugged tablet accessories – on Earth. Its mobility solutions are purpose-built for the energy, utilities, telecommunications, military and defense, manufacturing, distribution, public safety, healthcare, government, and field service sectors.   The company’s award-winning military-grade computers are also among the most powerful and longest lasting in their class, built to withstand nearly any hazardous condition or environmental extreme for years without fail.  Visit for more information on how Xplore and its global channel partners engineer complete mobility solutions to meet specialized workflow demands. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn,  and YouTube. The Whitford Story Of Retail In Sydney 2016-08-29T23:59:00Z the-whitford-story-of-retail-in-sydney Whitfords of Five Dock, Sydney’s iconic home applicance specialist , started their retail story in 1922 in a small grocery shop attached to their residence. After just a few years, in 1926 and much enthusiasm, personal service and hard work, serving their local community, they built a large Corner Store with a Butcher shop and residences attached.   In these early days Whitfords stocked groceries, fruit and vegetables and a range of haberdashery, as well as a milk bar and lolly counter, which attracted the children on their way home from school. In the early 1940s George Whitford branched into sales of Speedwell cycles and BSA and Harley Davidson motorcycles. This was a successful enterprise and also established the hire of bicycles and had over 100 bikes on hire; all this was carried out at the rear of the corner store.   The arrival of the third generation into the Business in the 1950s of George, John and sister Frances assisted the expansion of another enterprise, a Real Estate Business of George A Whitford & Sons. The Real Estate business in those days was so different to today, as there was little or no bank finance ,and the arrival of migrants keen to establish their homes in the Five Dock area. George Whitford and family were able to provide a lifeline by organising their finance via insurance companies and private second mortgages; the rest is now history.   With the Real Estate Business selling the homes it was apparent that there was a need in the local area to provide a Home Appliance Store, and in 1955 Whitfords Home Appliances was established at 167 Great North Rd, Five Dock (next door to the Commonwealth Bank) as a family enterprise with third generation family selling refrigerators, washing machines and stoves also jugs, kettles, irons and toasters. With the advent of television in 1956 Whitfords Home Appliances was well established to meet the growing needs of the Community. During this busy period all three children married and started their own families, with eight children between them providing a fourth generation of the Whitford family. All descendants to date of the original George and Frances( have worked at Five Dock and assisted in the family business.   In the 70s, 80s and 90s, other branch Stores at Wentworthville, Burwood and Birkenhead Pt, as well as a large warehouse and commercial sales outlet at Concord, all enabled the Whitford Home Appliance brand to become a well known and trusted place to shop. As time passed John and his wife Janet and their three children, Andrew, Belinda and Peter have developed Whitfords Home Appliances to be a truly great family business which is respected for personal service, experienced and dedicated staff and customer satisfaction at all times.   Whitfords are one of Sydney's few independent and family owned electrical home appliance stores now also selling on the World Wide Web, delivering Australia wide. For more information please go to .   Start up transforming the Australian group gifting industry 2016-08-28T05:01:09Z start-up-transforming-the-australian-group-gifting-industry Sydney, Australia, GroupTogether, an online platform that takes the hassle out of collecting money from a group for a gift or personal cause has transformed the group gifting process in Australia. Over 10,000 people have chipped in online for group gifts for coaches, birthdays, farewells etc. Julie Tylman, Co-Founder of GroupTogether states: “Who wouldn’t want a GoPro camera, a surfboard or bracelet from Tiffany’s for their birthday? That’s why group gifts, where friends chip in together, are the way to go. But they are also a giant headache! Organising. Collecting. Reminding. Getting left shortchanged. GroupTogether makes it easy: it’s PayPal meets Paperless Post. Efficient, simple and gracious.” Friends receive a lovely invitation via email or link, they click through to chip in and add a message & photo to the card. The money is transferred to the organiser at the end of the collection. The organiser can then go and purchase a great gift or voucher. It’s still personal too as friends can write a message and upload a photo on the group card which GroupTogether provides as part of the package. Shayna Jones has used GroupTogether to collect money for an office farewell, a 40th birthday and an office bereavement. Shayna explains, “It’s a constant struggle trying to chase down people to contribute, collect and keep track of all of the coins and bank notes (don’t even get me started on giving change!!!) and then dealing with people who only respond once you’ve bought the item and the collection is over. Suddenly, I am able to set up a collection online on my tablet, smart phone or laptop and invite all of my regular suspects to contribute to something we know will be loved. Reminders are sent without me having to do a single thing, and collections can be made by credit card, bank deposit or PayPal. People who’ve taken part in my collections often remark about how easy it is to contribute and leave a message on a group card. Gone are the days of going from desk-to-desk looking for who has the giant novelty birthday card!” Co-founder of Group Together, Ali Linz adds “We’ve changed the paradigm of gift giving. Now people can give a gift that’s really wanted in a way that’s easier, less wasteful and with the option to give a portion to charity. It’s better all round.” -ENDS- Media Contact: Candice Meisels Deswik to showcase new mobile 3D scanning integration at ISM 2016 2016-08-25T21:31:07Z deswik-to-showcase-new-mobile-3d-scanning-integration-at-ism-2016 Brisbane, QLD, Australia – Deswik announces today the inclusion of new mobile 3D scanning tools in its upcoming software release, version 2016.2.  With the International Congress for Mine Surveying (ISM 2016) taking place next month (Brisbane, Sept. 13-16), Deswik will use this event as a platform to officially launch and showcase this exciting new functionality to the mine surveying industry. 3D mobile scanning has been gaining popularity in recent years as a rapid and effective solution for a variety of underground survey applications. Deswik has partnered with Peck Tech Consulting Ltd., the industry leader in this field, whose offerings include the uGPS Rapid Mapper™ solution. This product was purpose-designed and built for the underground environment and can generate 3D point clouds from virtually any moving platform- a mine vehicle, LHD (Load, Haul, Dump machine), All-Terrain Vehicle or even a remotely-operated robotic vehicle. A uGPS Rapid Mapper™ unit has been deployed at the Goldcorp Hoyle Pond mine site near Timmins, Ontario since May 2016.  Surveyors on site have been processing its 3D scan data in the Deswik software. Their feedback on these processes has proven invaluable in developing a streamlined, integrated workflow in the upcoming Deswik version 2016.2. The integration of uGPS data within the Deswik software suite is focused around turning data into information quickly, simply and effectively.  The uGPS Rapid Mapper™ is used to rapidly collect 3D point cloud data in the field and can be imported, meshed and ready for analysis in Deswik with a few clicks of the mouse.  The new suite of powerful analysis tools can then be used to georeference and align scans, obtain rapid drift dimensions for ventilation or project engineering purposes, calculate volumes, investigate the incidence of overbreak/underbreak, determine shotcrete thicknesses to control overspray and more. These rich data sets also include intensity information which can be highlighted within Deswik to reveal a variety of important features such as survey targets, ventilation tubing, utility pipes, rock bolt plates, water infiltration, cracking in shaft liners and even geological nuances for mapping purposes.  This full suite of applications will be available within Deswik 2016.2. Integration has been a key driver of Deswik’s software development since its inception. The software platform currently integrates with most mining packages and a myriad of file formats. With Deswik’s focus on empowering its users to achieve productivity improvements, the 3D scanning integration is a welcome addition as the company continues to expand its integration capability across the mine planning value chain. Please visit the Deswik booth at ISM 2016 to learn more about this exciting partnership and how to seamlessly integrate mobile 3D scanning into your existing Deswik workflows. ABOUT DESWIK Deswik is a global consulting and technology company that delivers efficiency focused solutions to the mining industry across all sectors – Open Cut Coal, Underground Coal, Open Pit Metals and Underground Metals through innovative consulting, software and customized training. With a combined workforce of mining engineers and software developers Deswik has maintained a focus on pioneering new solutions for clients through an innovative approach to software development. ABOUT PECK TECH Peck Tech Consulting Ltd. defines, develops and delivers innovative technology solutions to their customers that can lead to improved safety, maximized productivity and minimized operating costs. As an established technology leader in the mining industry, Peck Tech Consulting Ltd. has extensive domain experience and understanding of mining technologies for both underground and open-pit operations.  ABOUT GOLDCORP INC. Goldcorp is a senior gold producer focused on responsible mining practices with safe, low-cost production from a high-quality portfolio of mines.  A Canadian company headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Goldcorp employs more than 15,000 people worldwide. The Company is committed to responsible mining practices and is well positioned to deliver long term value.  Improving health and safety management for tradies 2016-08-22T00:14:46Z improving-health-and-safety-management-for-tradies August is Tradies National Health Month, so it’s a good time to reflect on the priorities for health and safety management for this key industry sector. Frankly, the issue of tradies health and safety needs a lot of attention. According to data from Safe Work Australia, tradies are among the highest ranked sectors in regards to serious injury and disease compensation claims. Statistics have shown that 1 in 5 serious workplace injuries involve someone working as a tradie. Safeguarding tradies’ health and safety involves three key groups of people:employers, physiotherapists and, of course, tradies themselves. Each of these groups has a unique role to play and neither can do the work alone. We want to focus on what each group can contribute to the health and safety of tradies’ work environment, why this work must be cooperative to be successful, and how to go about managing such a multi-layered health and safety strategy. Physios The Australian Physiotherapy Association is behind the effort to recognise August as Tradies National Health Month, which they created “to help provide valuable information for tradies on the importance of full body health and safety.” The organisation has taken an active approach to promoting the health of individuals working in occupations that involve labour-intensive manual work or repetitive physical work. This makes perfect sense in light of the finding that the number one cause of serious injury claims across all occupations is muscular stress, which is to blame for about 33% of all incident reports. If left untreated, musculoskeletal conditions can have far-reaching consequences. Research in the United States has found a significant uptick in treatment spend for musculoskeletal afflictions among the general population. Employee Benefit News has reported on the relationship between musculoskeletal health conditions and work: In addition to medical cost, treatments for musculoskeletal conditions can have a significant impact on employee productivity, absenteeism, mental health and overall well-being. Recovery times for the most invasive surgeries can last several months. Depression, psychiatric disorders and increased risk of prescription pain medication abuse are also common. EBN also reports that invasive treatments, such as surgery, do not necessarily result in the long-term benefits that patients seek. This is a great argument for preventive strategies and alternative treatments that may increase an individual’s physical strength and resilience. Some suggestions are as simple and common-sense as getting enough sleep and quality nutrition. Others may require more conscious motivation, but should not be overlooked: stretching for 10-15 minutes daily, using good posture at all times, and doing exercises that strengthen core muscles. For those involved in managing tradie health and safety, it may be worthwhile to have a local physio perform an assessment of your worksite or provide a long-term health partnership for your employees. For more information and help finding a qualified physio in your area, we recommend the APA’s Find a Physio tool. Employers After muscular stress, the following major cause of serious injury claims are physical workplace hazards, which result in slips, trips, and falls. These incidents comprise about 22% of claims across all industries. Avoiding these hazards is the joint responsibility of tradies and employers. Anyone in the business of managing tradies should have a straightforward strategy for incident reporting and follow-through. There are two components to this approach: knowing the law and being able to communicate effectively to workers.Both principal contractors and subcontractors may be held liable for injuries that occur in the workplace, and are required by law to conduct a thorough evaluation of the safety of their site to ensure it does not pose harm to others. Any PCBU (person conducting business or undertaking) must have a safety management system that is compliant with Australian Standard AS4801 for occupational health and safety management systems. A workplace safety management system should also incorporate employee training. Unfortunately, many programs are often cumbersome, meaning that important information is lost in translation. The Tradie has reported that "Workplace Health and Safety Queensland’s November e-Safe alert reports that a recent compliance campaign suggests workers may be relying solely on their training and experience to manage risks. It was also found that workers believe safety documentation is difficult to understand and not enforced or checked by management. Workplace Health & Safety Qld have information available about Safety Management Systems. It is vital the system be easy to understand and be user friendly." A good training program should be able to identify and test prior knowledge, communicate crucial new information clearly and have a reasonably friendly user experience. The key to demonstrating responsibility for health and safety is to know your role. Tradespeople and apprentices are only as successful as their supervising contractors. The work performed by tradies usually involves multiple layers of accountability, so it’s up to the supervising contractors and site personnel to be the role model for safety. Set the tone by openly discussing safety with your crew. Inform and train employees regarding site protocol, paying special attention to younger and less experienced workers. The organisational hierarchy on a single site can make the work of health and safety management quite complicated. The task of managing so many layered responsibilities can make for fuzzy accountability and reporting practices. The principal contractor or site supervisor is usually responsible for the safety of all on the site. However, the subcontractors are the ones who directly supervise tradies and end up managing immediate incident reporting. Principal contractors, site supervisors and subcontractors should all strive to achieve consistency and uniformity in their health and safety management system from end-to-end and top to bottom. A culture of communication can do wonders for achieving this type of cohesion, but it must begin at the top level of organisation. Tradies Last but definitely not least, tradies should not neglect to take an active approach to their physical and mental wellbeing. The major causes of workplace incidents and injuries among tradies are musculoskeletal conditions and psychological stressors, but there are additional health problems that may develop as a result of prolonged exposure to physical elements (chemicals or materials) or environmental elements (sun exposure or excessive noise). Whether or not you have access to a workplace physiotherapy program, there are a few guidelines you should always keep in mind. Something as simple as using proper lifting and manual handling technique may even save you a visit to the physio. Always be cautious of environmental hazards–you wouldn’t forget your goggles when working with chemicals, so don’t neglect the sun block when working outdoors. Surrounded by the pleasant sounds of jackhammers and drills? You might need earplugs. All of these precautions may save you from having to file an injury claim or taking time off for medical treatment. Source: Australian Physiotherapy AssociationIf you’re dealing with immediate pain or discomfort, don’t wait for the problem to get worse. These aches may seem like just a pesky nuisance, but they can develop into real health concerns over time and may result in disability and inability to work. Take the initiative to find a physio that can help you take the steps to overcome these aches before they escalate. We would be remiss if we were to overlook tradies’ mental health, a subject that is finally getting the attention it deserves. Despite the various physical hazards associated with the work of a tradie, it is psychological stress that actually causes the most damage. In fact, construction workers are six times more likely to die by suicide than from a workplace accident. Especially for men, the tradie work culture often encourages superhuman toughness and resilience, and discourages open expression, which is seen as a vulnerability (In case you missed it, here's an awesome story on this exact topic). The situation can turn volatile when these expectations are combined with financial stresses, alcoholism or family problems. Fortunately, there are several upstanding organisations working to help individuals who are struggling with thoughts of depression, anxiety and suicide. Mates in Construction is focused on the mental health of construction workers, and Beyond Blue and Lifeline Australia provide services to the general public. The APA tradies health page has advice and resources on dealing with everything from work injuries to depression and bullying. They have also created several useful resources to be used as informational and training material. Hop on over to their resource page and YouTube channel for more inspiration. Do you have thoughts on improving tradie health and safety? Join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag  #tradieshealthmonth. Buy Subaru Used Car Parts in Melbourne to Repair Your Car 2016-08-19T02:34:31Z buy-subaru-used-car-parts-in-melbourne-to-repair-your-car Getting your car fixed up can be relatively cheap if you undertake the task yourself. Don’t spend your money on brand new parts when there are quality used parts available. The team at Aus Auto Parts salvage parts and re-condition them to sell at affordable prices. Here’s how to determine where to buy Subaru parts to repair your car.   Try Your Dealership If you’ve got a Subaru you can get in contact with your dealership and they will be happy to assist. If they haven’t got the part they will order it in for you. When you buy through them they will provide a warranty if you experience any problems. Whilst this is somewhat convenient and guarantees you’ll have a part in excellent condition, it’s a really expensive option. You don’t have to compromise on quality when looking at used Subaru parts in Melbourne. Sparing yourself the extra expense of purchasing new is unnecessary when you can get a second hand part in great condition.  Head Online Internet shopping is very popular and is another option when looking at purchasing a particular car part. You can search for it and find thousands of sellers to ensure you get the cheapest price. Whilst you can save big bucks on parts using this way you can’t be 100% sure about what you have bought. There’s no guarantee the part will do what it should. It could be damaged or in poor condition. Saving money on second hand Subaru parts is a good idea; however, this should be done by compromising on quality.  Find a Reputable Used Parts Dealer If you want a reasonably priced and quality part for your car without the headaches that can come with online shopping try your local second hand parts dealer. An experienced used parts dealer will have a large inventory that has a large range of parts. Having a record of all of their parts makes it easy for you to chase particular used Subaru parts in Melbourne. Unlike internet shopping you know you are getting a great product as their knowledgeable technicians recondition the part before selling. Ring around to find the part you are after and pick up the part on the same day.  Buying brand new parts is expensive and when you can get a used part that does the same job it makes sense to opt for second hand. The internet can assist with your search for second hand parts but doesn’t assure you of the state it’s in. Phone or visit your local auto parts dealer to check if they have the part. If you are looking for Second Hand Subaru Parts, Aus Auto Parts will be able to assist you. Browse us online at or Call us at 03 9315 2600. Radio Personality, Jac Bowie, resigns from Mix 104.9 Darwin 2016-08-17T10:52:47Z radio-personality-jac-bowie-resigns-from-mix-104-9-darwin Darwin, Australia, 17th August 2016, Jac Bowie, Australian radio personality and entrepreneur, has resigned from her role on The Cruze with Jac Bowie, an afternoon drive show, on Mix 104.9 FM. Jac has also left the role of Online Content Manager for Mix 104.9 and Hot 100 stations. Jac Bowie states, “Thank you for tuning into my first ever radio gig, The Cruze. Thanks for the support today, feeling a lot of love right now! Thanks Darwin. Keep posted here for what’s next on my Twitter or Instagram @msjacbowie.” Jac Bowie is a successful business woman who decided to jump into her childhood dream of radio presenting. She is the founder of the successful women’s business networking group Business in Heels. Business in Heels started as a small monthly event went on to have franchises in 45 locations worldwide within 18 months, with locations as far and wide as Canada, Spain, Singapore, Thailand, New Zealand, United States and even Nepal. She sold the business to franchisees in 2014. Bowie also boasts a ten-year career producing world class events and bringing hit shows into Australia. She produced The Hurly Burly Show from London’s West End. The Burlesque Ball, Miss Burlesque Australia, La Femme and The Ruby Revue. Jac Bowie has gathered an impressive audience herself of over 30K+ followers on Facebook, 20K+ on Instagram, and 30K+ on Twitter. In her spare time, Jac loves to help other women in business in a mentoring/consulting capacity, and working with charities. She has given her time and support to many great causes such as Sanfilippo Children’s Foundation, The Leukemia Foundation, and YMCA Swimathon to name a few, and helped organize events for NAIDOC Week and Refugee Week. Jac Bowie exclaims, “Darwin, it ' s been a pleasure... Although you gave me midges and frizzy hair! I’m grateful I got to spend my first radio gig with you all, and experience the beautiful Top End. Hopefully, I can enjoy a few more beautiful Darwin sunsets and moments... and thank you SO MUCH for all the messages and support, keep in touch! I hope to turn up on another radio show very soon.... " Follow Jac’s next chapter @msjacbowie on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.. Media Contact: Candice Meisels Pumps Drive the Gas and Oil Industry in Refineries Around the World 2016-08-17T06:06:17Z pumps-drive-the-gas-and-oil-industry-in-refineries-around-the-world Perth, WA, 17 August 2016 - The Mobil refinery in Altona uses more than 580 pumps to supply products to Australia. Their process is known as one of the safest and most efficient in the industry. According to Mike Hurlbatt, Owner of Pump Solutions Australasia, they are a perfect example of why it is important for any industry that relies on pumps to make quality their first consideration when purchasing pumps for any operation.Mobil Altona uses a team of four engineers to monitor and maintain their pumping systems. These engineers are leaders who have many more underneath them, but they spend their time performing a variety of tasks related to their pumping systems, including procuring, troubleshooting, upgrading, monitoring, upgrading and optimising the various pumps and systems in their facility.Their job is one of balance. They need to keep all of their systems running reliably and efficiently while upgrading and always searching for ways to increase efficiency. They keep their pumping systems upgraded with the newest equipment, but at the same time, they have to make sure they aren’t upgrading so fast that they run into diminishing returns.Choosing the Right Pump Means EverythingThe most important part for the engineers at Mobil Altona is making the right choice when determining what pumps to use for any given system. The process will determine the design of any pumping system. Engineers determine the flow rate and the pressure they will need to produce a perfect hydraulic fit.The materials have to be right for the application, too. It is also important to make sure there are no unsafe emissions from the process. The safety, reliability and longevity of the system are all important components. Another important consideration: government and industry standards. Even though Mobil Altona is located in Australia, it is subject to the standards of the American Petroleum Institute. There are also standards established by Australia and Victoria. In addition, Mobil has their own internal standards that apply. When changes are made, it takes teamwork from a number of different departments within the facility. Engineers from different departments combine to ensure that the expenditure for updating is not so expensive as to detract from acceptable profit margins.According to Mr Hurlbatt: “In a facility like Mobil Altona, pump reliability is at a premium. They replace and update before it is actually needed to make sure they run smoothly and efficiently with no downtime.”Mr Hurlbatt concluded: “Ultimately, reliability is important for any facility that has a pumping system. Downtime can cost thousands of dollars to some of the industries we serve. That is why we only handle pumps from the best manufacturers in the world. Nothing is more important than keeping an operation up and running efficiently and smoothly.”Pump Solutions Australasia imports and distributes pumps from around the world. They only do business with the finest pump manufacturers because of their commitment to providing quality and consistency to their clients. They import a wide range of pumps into Australia from world renowned manufacturers for a host of applications in many different industries, including petroleum, chemical, mining, medical, food processing, wastewater and clean water. To learn more or to talk to their world class customer service, call 1300 793 418 or visit their website: Snowden and Microsoft form strategic partnership 2016-08-17T04:14:43Z snowden-and-microsoft-form-strategic-partnership Snowden is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with Microsoft to drive cloud-first solutions to the mining industry. With an agreed strategy to make cloud technologies relevant to mining, both parties are working closely to develop and market Snowden’s new cloud platform. Due for launch later this year, the new platform will deliver rich end-to-end capability from data import and storage through to the application of advanced analytics, machine learning and visualisation. The platform is built on the latest services provided by Microsoft’s cutting edge cloud platform Azure. Snowden’s platform enables the rapid implementation of Internet of Things solutions, ingesting data from devices and traditional data sources alike, extracting valuable insights and presenting those insights through powerful visualisations. It also delivers high-tech cloud-based applications which leverage the depth of technical mining knowledge in the Snowden team and partners it with the power of scalable cloud computing to provide solutions to complex problems that can be run on a PC, tablet, or even a smartphone. Providing this level of highly configurable data mining, without the need to install additional software, places Snowden at the forefront in effectively applying this technology to the mining industry. John Hearne, CEO of Snowden says “The support of Microsoft is a strong endorsement of the strategy of our technology business. Our decision to invest in the development of a world-class cloud platform on the latest technology is something the mining industry is demanding to drive productivity improvements. We look forward to introducing Microsoft’s leading technologies to our clients, and exploring the wealth of opportunities that arise from this association”. Microsoft is committed to working with strategic industry partners such as Snowden to provide integrated cloud solutions, enabling business and technical people with the right tools and real-time data to optimise collaborative analysis, business insight, innovation and environmental responsibility. Rob Taylor, Head of Strategic Deals at Microsoft Australia says “Empowering mining organisations to achieve more becomes possible when industry leaders such as Snowden invest and innovate in the sector. We are excited to work with Snowden to bring increased flexibility, scalability and adaptability to mining organisations through this strategic partnership.” For more information on our technology business, please contact us at For more information on Microsoft’s partner network please visit their partners page. Xplore Receives $13.5M Follow-On Order from Top Telecommunications Service Provider for Android™-Powered Fully Rugged Tablet PCs 2016-08-17T01:18:34Z xplore-receives-13-5m-follow-on-order-from-top-telecommunications-service-provider-for-android-powered-fully-rugged-tablet-pcs SYDNEY, Australia -- 16 August 2016 Xplore Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ: XPLR) today announced that one of the largest broadband and wireless telecommunications companies in the United States has ordered more than 9,000 XSLATE D10 fully rugged tablet PCs, a move that will deliver significant cost savings to this long-time Xplore customer. With this $13.5 million investment, the customer intends to completely eliminate the use of laptops by its fiber optic service division. Instead, it will mobilize personnel with a long-lasting, high-performance PC solution powered by Android™ 5.1 Lollipop and an Intel® Atom™ E3845 Quad Core Processor. As a result, technicians will be empowered to expeditiously complete quality installations of video, internet, and telephony services in residential and commercial properties nationwide. Mark Holleran, president and COO of Xplore, stated: “Having successfully supported the Construction division for several years, we are pleased to expand our relationship through the addition of a second division at this leading telecommunications customer. Given the unique field service objectives and IT infrastructure requirements, as well as the scale and impact of such mobility projects, each division must independently evaluate the various PC form factors available in the market today.” After extensive field testing, the XSLATE D10 rugged tablet was the only mobile computing solution with the flexibility and adaptability to meet the division’s field-service performance standards and Total Cost of Ownership target. That success reflects the dedication of Xplore’s employees, who spent several months evaluating the challenges, understanding the goals, and then defining the mobility needs of this particular fiber optic service division. They then collaborated on customization of the XSLATE D10 feature set, such as equipping the 10.1” tablet with an HDMI-in port that will enable technicians to conduct network quality tests for all video, voice, and internet offerings using a single PC device. Custom-designed software structures were also integrated into the IP65 rated and MIL-STD-810G certified tablet PC to meet the customer's back office and workflow-specific compatibility requirements. “Our close collaboration with this customer is another example of how hard we work to deliver the exact combination of mobility, ruggedness, connectivity, and software compatibility necessary for our customers to achieve maximum business results, including performing routine service actions, responding to field issues, and proactively selling revenue-generating upgrades,” Holleran stressed. “We are proud that once again Xplore was the only solution provider in the world capable of satisfying this telco’s very specific mobile computing criteria without requiring any compromises on their part.” This global-reaching telecommunications network and service provider had previously transitioned its U.S.-based Construction division from pen-and-paper processes to Xplore’s RangerX Pro Android Tablets beginning in 2014. Now, the telco’s fiber optic service workers will also enjoy real-time access to several data collection and analysis tools once the XSLATE D10 rugged tablets are rolled out. This includes everything from the Multi-Touch (Pen and Glove) capabilities of the outdoor viewable LED backlit display to the camera and voice inputs. The technicians will also be able to securely transport and utilize the rugged tablets in their vehicle via the Xplore G2 Vehicle Docks and xDIM modules purchased by the fiber optic service division as part of the overall Xplore-delivered mobility solution. Xplore expects this order to ship in its fiscal second and third quarters. Xplore Platinum Partner SHI International Corp. will manage the configuration and implementation of the XSLATE D10 rugged tablet solution for the telco, ensuring proper integration with all workflow applications and refining the solution as needed. “According to VDC Research, in 2015, Xplore held a 34% share of the existing worldwide Telecommunications and Cable Operator market for rugged tablets. This order demonstrates Xplore’s unique ability to convert customers served by laptop platforms, consumer grade solutions or paper workflows not included in that addressable market opportunity to more efficient and cost-effective mobile rugged tablet solutions, thereby expanding the total addressable market and gaining market share,” noted Peter Poulin, CMO, Xplore. For more information on Xplore’s rugged tablet solutions purpose-built for telecommunications service providers, please visit To learn more about the XSLATE D10, its high-performance standards, and its workflow-specific capabilities, please visit About Xplore Technologies Established in 1996, Xplore Technologies Corp. is the number two provider of rugged tablet computers worldwide. With its recent acquisition of the Motion product line, the company now has the broadest range of purpose-built tablets for a variety of industries including energy, utilities, telecommunications, military and defense, manufacturing, distribution, public safety, healthcare, government, and other field service sectors. The company’s award-winning tablets are among the most powerful and longest lasting in their class – able to withstand nearly any hazardous condition or environmental extreme. Xplore's products are sold and serviced on a global basis across the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific regions. For more information, visit the Xplore Technologies website Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, , and YouTube. Forward-Looking Statements  This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, which may cause actual results to differ materially from the statements made. When used in this document, the words “may”, “would”, “could”, “will”, “intend”, “plan”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “estimate”, “expect” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements reflect Xplore’s current views with respect to future events and are subject to such risks and uncertainties. Many factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the statements made including those factors detailed from time to time in filings made by Xplore with securities regulatory authorities. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described herein as intended, planned, anticipated or expected. Xplore does not intend and does not assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements. Sydney Pool Builder Offers Revolutionary Low Maintenance Pools 2016-08-17T00:54:25Z sydney-pool-builder-offers-revolutionary-low-maintenance-pools Boutique Pools is using PCC 2000 in-floor cleaning and circulation systems to create pools that take a fraction of the time to clean and maintain compared with traditional pool designs. Paramount Leisure Industries is the world's #1 in-floor cleaning system manufacturer. By utilising Paramount products along with innovative pool design and landscaping, Boutique Pools is now creating the most advanced pool and spas in Sydney. With breakthrough technologies the self-cleaning pools not only require less time and effort to clean but also conserve water and save energy. The cutting edge design of the PCC 2000 in-floor cleaning and circulation system cleans 99% of the pool. Boutique Pools is now offering custom designed low-maintenance pools for residential and commercial properties in the Greater Sydney region. Who is Boutique Pools? Boutique Pools and Spas is one of Sydney's premier pool construction businesses. With hand-picked tradesmen and some of the industry's most awarded pool designers, Boutique Pools and Spas creates stunning one-off designs that add genuine value to your property. The team will tailor your pool design to the unique requirements of your property and desires. With an extensive catalogue of lap pools, swimming pools, plunge pools, spas and infinity pools, Boutique Pools and Spas can make your dream pool a reality. For a free consultation, call the team on 0404 821 693, or visit the Pool Builders Sydney website. 3rd Generation Family Business Worldpoly Shortlisted for Australian Technologies Competition Award 2016-08-16T01:13:26Z 3rd-generation-family-business-worldpoly-shortlisted-for-australian-technologies-competition-award Australian owned and run 3rd generation family business Worldpoly is amongst 38 of Australia’s leading technology companies short listed into the Australian Technologies Competition (ATC) for 2016. The company’s PolyForce high density polyethylene pipe (HDPE) welding technology was nominated for both the Energy Resources Award & Mining Technologies Award. The Australian Made & Designed PolyForce technology provides automated, safe and consistent welding of HDPE pipe systems using current hydraulics and electronic controls and designed for remote and rugged use. Worldpoly are in the company of an exceptional group of Australian companies who are taking world leading innovation to global markets in fields as varied as energy, manufacturing, food & agritech, mining, medtech & pharma, cyber security and smart cities. The subcategories of awards include: ·         Australian Technology Company of the Year ·         Advanced Manufacturing Award ·         Cyber Security Award ·         Energy Resources Award ·         Food & Agribusiness Award ·         Global Development Award ·         Medtech & Pharma Award ·         Mining Technologies Award ·         New Energy Award ·         Smart Cities Award ·         Social Entrepreneurs About The Australian Technologies Competition The Australian Technologies Competition (ATC) has today shortlisted thirty-eight of Australia’s most exciting technology companies for the ATC16 Business Accelerator. These Semi Finalists are industry leading innovators with the capability to become game-changers across the sectors of energy, manufacturing, food & agritech, mining, medical technologies, cyber security and smart cities. Now in its sixth year, the ATC finds, mentors and develops Australia's best technology companies with the Greatest Global Potential. The ATC16 Business Accelerator helps turn good technologies into great businesses. The judging panel features the country's leading experts in commercialisation, finance, intellectual property and technology development from companies such as Deloitte, Bird&Bird and FB Rice. With a focus on building global success stories, the judges are looking for not only the best technologies but also the best managers and the best business plans. This year’s 146 entries have jointly spent $190 million to date developing their technologies and have over 600 employees. Whilst many of the Semi Finalists are already selling solutions, they are jointly seeking an additional $80m to bring all the solutions to market. The companies are developing a range of incredible innovations that address the big growth opportunities and challenges of the future. Solutions for food, agriculture, energy, mining, cities, medicine and cyber security will create new knowledge and skills intensive industries that will be Australia’s future. This year's Semi Finalists includes a brain monitor that assesses anaesthetic effectiveness, energy efficient airconditioners, 3D printing to create high efficiency heat exchanger and continuous, composite pipelines. "This year we have partnered with the Federal Government’s Industry Growth Centres to identify and work with technologies from the Government’s priority sectors ", explained John O'Brien, the competition organiser. “The Semi Finalists will have unmatched profiling opportunities with industry that will help them get to market and realise their potential in Australia and globally.” Other supporters and partners on the 2016 program include the NSW Department of Industry, National Energy and Resources Australia (NERA) and industry associations including AustMine, AusBiotech, AMTIL and the Facilities Management Association. In addition, export opportunities are provided through the support of UK Trade & Investment and the Hong Kong Trade and Development Council. "We are thrilled to see so many amazing companies with their eyes firmly set on global markets. We receive incredible feedback on the value of this program and it is always a privilege to work with so many talented entrepreneurs," O’Brien added. Winners will be announced at a Gala Awards Dinner in Sydney on 2 November. For further information on the Australian Technologies Competition visit For further information please contact: Nikita Hall Marketing Manager Worldpoly  Mobile: +61 (0)438 356 959  Phone: +61 (0)3 8795 3802 Email: Monthly Drone | AUGUST 2016-08-15T23:39:09Z monthly-drone-measure-australia Monthly Drone | AUGUST-TV and talkback worthy drone news from around the world -  From drone deliveries to obstructing firefighters, it was a month of rapid innovation and significant challenges for drones worldwide.   The use of drones for deliveries took centre stage this August across the globe, with Amazon partnering with the British government in order to expand drone delivery testing, not to mention 7-Eleven delivering its first Slurpee via drone.   Locally, we  saw the Queensland Government commit to invest $1 million into drone research, flagging the vast opportunities that drones present for an array of industries.   This month also saw drone regulations enforced as drone pilots were arrested around the world for flying over bushfires in California and football games in England. This has resulted in demand for tighter drone regulations and pressure on regulators to keep up with drone innovation.   With Australian summer just around the corner, this begs the question – are Australian authorities prepared for the substantial increase in drone use and its potential impact on the upcoming bushfire season?   Aonghus Stevens, Chief Technology Officer of Australia’s leading drone service provider; Measure Australia, flags the importance of this as he states “Drone use is growing exponentially for both commercial applications and hobbyists. While drones are primarily used for good they can have potentially dangerous consequences when they interfere with vital services such as bushfire control.”   Measure Australia is Australia’s leading drone service provider with national clients in insurance, real estate, agriculture, mining, infrastructure and telecommunications industries. To learn more, visit  If you would like to speak to a drone expert from Measure Australia on any of the stories and issues outlined above or any other issue related to drones, please contact:  Daniel Anderson Account Director 0418 686 Blasina Account Co-ordinator 0428 073   Klika's Global Expansion Kicks off in New Zealand 2016-08-15T21:50:13Z klika-s-global-expansion-kicks-off-in-new-zealand MELBOURNE – August 16 2016 – KLIKA, one of Australia’s top 20 online retailers with satellite offices in two other countries announced it has expanded to the New Zealand market where overall online shopping is rapidly increasing. Pure play E-tailer Klika embarks on its latest strategic direction and has landed in New Zealand. While setting its sights on generating business revenue coming from Asia and Europe, Klika continues to expand its range of branded and privately labeled products. These products include kitchen and home appliances, trampolines, power tools, fitness equipment, consumer electronics and an expanded range of manchester and bedding, currently offering close to 2,000 products to shoppers in Australia. “We think that New Zealand is an attractive market in the long term given its proximity to our Australian home base, and as a significant part of our current product offering is in high demand with our neighbors across the Tasman, we’re excited about filling that supply chain gap.” Klika's Director of Commercial Operations, Leo Zaitsev said, “The bricks and mortar businesses in New Zealand have been too comfortable with lack of competition and lax with their pricing strategies, and product offerings for far too long, however, will soon need to come to grips with the fact that the world has changed and we're all part of a global economy.  The expansion means our customers in NZ can now gain access to a wider range of products and brands at sharper price points.” Zaitsev continues A recent AC Nielson study shows that 52%of New Zealanders will attempt to buy New Zealand made products, however Zaitsev was quick to point out that it was dependent on product category, brand and most importantly price.  "We have run trial campaigns on a number of online platforms with products being shipped out of Australia, and even factoring in the associated shipping fees and delivery time-frames, we are able to deliver products to New Zealand customers in some instances 30% cheaper than they could buy them locally, and in just 4 days from purchase."  "By partnering with multiple verticals in NZ, we have gained the ability to tap into customers that we may not have been able to do so quickly. As a result, our customers can shop more and get their parcels quickly when it matters most, and bring unprecedented levels of relevancy and timeliness to their shopping needs”.  Zaitsev said One of the verticals which Klika has partnered with is Trade Me which is the largest internet-auction site in New Zealand and as of August 2015 had 3.7 million active users in a country with a population of 4.7 million.  Head of Trade Me Marketplace Stuart McLean said “We’re stoked to have Klika join Trade Me’s stable of international sellers. Kiwi kids love trampolines and gazebos are a hot ticket item over summer, so we reckon our members will benefit from their range.” Whilst at present the products are being shipped out of Australia, Klika is in discussions with a number of logistics partners in New Zealand with a view of setting up local warehousing, to shorten the delivery time-frame and expand its offering to the bulkier lifestyle products it is well known for in Australia.   “We have shipped out millions of parcels in Australia and most of our customers are repeat customers, said Zaitsev. Our wide range of products, helpful sales staff, improved website, local warehouse and ability to ship out bulky items that many of our competitors can’t, all play a part in our ongoing success. Unlike some other online shopping platforms out there, we focus on products that customers are actually looking for. Our approach has proven to generate a greater acquisition and conversion rate thus far which we are confident will be mirrored in our expansion to New Zealand” said Zaitsev.  Klika has been around for over a decade and continues growing unlike many one hit wonders in the online retail space. Where churn is generally high in the online retail space, Zaitsev talks about their bullet proof retention rate and believe the key to their success understands the different demographics within their database. “We have a great Customer Intelligence Team (CIT), which through its analytics helps us engage the right person with the right message at the right time”. Zaitsev said matter-of-factly. About Klika Founded in 2005, Australian owned and operated Klika, has grown to become one of Australia’sleading online department stores. Awarded as Top 20 Online Retailers in Australia, Klika offers over 1,500 products to shoppers covering everything from fitness equipment, tools, home living, music instruments and outdoor furniture, with a flat shipping rate nationwide for $9.95. It operates out of 15,000 sqm central warehouse in South Oakleigh, Victoria with satellite offices in two other countries.  Klika customers are not only spoilt with a wide range of product categories to shop from, but also with Klika’s range of private labels and well sought for brands such as Sunbeam, Sony, Breville, Apple iPhone, Huawei, Jason, educational toys from Colorific, Disney licensed toys and bedding, VTech, Uniden, Belkin, Oricom, to name a few. -ENDS- For further information please contact Jabeen Pastore 0411 391 366 E: