The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2014-07-24T03:07:50Z Epson wins Canstar Blue 2014 Most Satisfied Customers Award – Printers, Small Business 2014-07-24T03:07:50Z epson-wins-canstar-blue-2014-most-satisfied-customers-award-printers-small-business In the latest Canstar Blue survey of small business owners and the printers they use Epson has won the prestigious Most Satisfied Customers Award – Printers, Small Business award for 2014.   Canstar Blue is one of the leading customer satisfaction research and ratings businesses that launched in July 2010 with the core purpose of helping consumers make better purchase decisions. Based on independent research conducted by Colmar Brunton, so far over 90,000 Australians have rated their customer satisfaction across more than 100 different categories. Canstar Blue is focused on product and service excellence.   In the Most Satisfied Customers Award – Printers, Small Business award, according to Canstar Blue Epson not only won the award but, “stood out in these 2014 results, achieving five stars in many areas; such as reliability, value for money, features, and overall satisfaction.”   Per category Epson received a five star rating for overall customer satisfaction, performance, reliability and value for money. Epson customers also gave the company five stars for satisfaction with their printer’s range of features such as scanning, printing different sized pages and printing photos.   How Canstar Blue rated office printers Canstar Blue commissioned Colmar Brunton to survey 855 small business owners and decision makers (i.e. the main decision maker for a small business) across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction with products and services related to their business. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who currently have an office printing device (including multifunction printers) that is used for work purposes – in this case, 749 small business owners/employees. Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey.   For the complete list of results please go to: http://www.canstarblue.com.au/small-business/office-printers/   For more information on the full range of Epson business printers go to: http://www.epson.com.au/products/printers_all_in_ones/Printers_For_Business/index.asp     Western Stainless Continues to Dominate Market for Stainless Steel 2014-07-23T03:08:59Z western-stainless-continues-to-dominate-market-for-stainless-steel Perth, WA, 23 July 2014 - Western Stainless Solutions proudly calls themselves "the foremost stainless steel fabricators in Perth.” Their projects range from standalone bars or restaurants to extremely large hospitals. They feel that their track record of success in providing stainless steel products in Perth and WA makes them uniquely qualified to inform the public what to look for when they need stainless steel products made for them.Paul Bartlett, Managing Director of Western Stainless Solutions, recently devoted a blog post to teach people how to use Internet research to find the right stainless steel fabricator for the job. Paul is so confident in his firm’s ability to provide the best workmanship, products and timeliness for any project, large or small, that he encourages potential clients to do their “due diligence.”According to Paul, “We love it when people do their research. We want anyone with a pending project to do their homework and find the firm that can provide the best solutions for their needs. That is because we know we will come out on top if an executive or project manager conducts sufficient industry research.”Paul recommends many different questions to ask, but he asserts that the two most important factors to research are a firm’s experience and their resources, which translate to their ability to get the job done correctly and on time.According to Paul, "A fabricator can have all the resources in the world, but if they don’t have industry experience and talent, those resources are rendered irrelevant. At the same time, a firm with industry experience and talent but no resources is going to fare equally badly."Paul continued, "The bottom line is that neither firm will get the job done right or on time. A stainless steel fabricator must have the hardware, the software, the experience and the ability to provide the appropriate set of solutions for any given project."Paul makes a series of recommendations for any prospective client or account. This includes going to their website first to see if it presents the firm in a professional manner. If the website indicates professionalism, it is then time to find out as much information as possible from the website. This would include a list of some finished projects, a short bio including industry experience and company ethos, a summary of available products and a list of testimonials.Paul also places a lot of weight on referred projects. According to him, "We are big on referred business. We have obtained some major hospital projects through referrals, which is a huge accomplishment. The medical field is the most demanding because of the stringent sanitation requirements. We challenge any other stainless steel fabricator in Perth to match our record when it comes to medical industry referrals."Paul concluded, "Every referral represents another project that we executed to perfection."Western Stainless Solutions are stainless steel fabricators located in Perth. They provide bespoke stainless steel solutions for a variety of sectors including the hospitality, mining, construction, medical and mechanical services industries. To learn more about what they have to offer, call 1300 794 647 or visit their website: http://www.westernstainless.com.au/. Oneflare acquires Australia's largest online renovations community 2014-07-23T00:14:26Z oneflare-acquires-australia-s-largest-online-renovations-community Sydney, Australia, July 2014 - Online home services marketplace Oneflare today announced it has acquired Renovate Forum, Australia’s largest online renovation community, home to over 40,000 members. Renovate Forum is the largest and most established go-to community for renovators seeking advice and expert opinion for home improvement jobs. The free forum of over 40,000 members, has over half a million visits every month, and houses hundreds of threads with questions, ideas, inspiration, and common mistakes.  The acquisition means members of Renovate Forum will now be able to better connect with Oneflare’s competitive marketplace of over 45,000 certified tradespeople, vastly improving the offering of both platforms. Marcus Lim, Founder and CEO of Oneflare, said the acquisition of Renovate Forum marked an exciting new direction for the startup. “Renovate Forum taps into the same industry as Oneflare, but in a completely different way. It complements what we are currently doing and enriches the experience of users of both sites. “Oneflare is all about connecting customers with home services businesses. Renovate Forum takes our model one step further by allowing and encouraging our customers to start conversations with each other. In the past, we have lacked the social community aspect to our site. Today’s announcement enriches the experience of users of both sites. “Tradies also have free access to Renovate Forum and can easily jump into any conversation with their professional opinion and advice.  “This nationwide home services community is set to completely disrupt the industry -- a far cry from the days of the yellow pages.”  Oneflare is a startup changing the way customers look for service providers, with a free platform to post a job request and let professionals bid for the work. Aussies no longer need to spend hours searching the internet and chasing the best quote. $50 million worth of jobs have been requested on Oneflare, and there are currently tens of thousands of service providers registered on the site including accounting, building, catering, computers, legal services, pest and weed control and renovations, to name a few. Media Contact Marija Bijelic oneflare@clickpr.com.au 02 8006 0132 Asleen Mauthoor Maleficent’s Makeover To Miss World Australia 2014 National Finalist. 2014-07-22T23:23:58Z asleen-mauthoor-maleficent-s-makeover-to-miss-world-australia-2014-national-finalist There are so many fantastic ways to raise funds for a charity, and this year we've seen an incredible & most dare daring attempt from Asleen Mauthoor, one of the Miss World Australia 2014 National Finalists creating her version of Maleficent Fundraiser Photoshoot for Variety the Children's Charity. Disney films have always conflated natural beauty with inherent goodness, unnatural beauty as inherent wickedness, giving their princesses and heroines the eyes, hair, lips, and skins female villains would kill for. Bad girls are trendsetters. There’s something undeniably attractive about evil, and that’s why the outfits popularised by villainous characters have been finding their way onto catwalks for years. How else would Goth become an actual thing? However it’s rare that we get a character who’s so deliciously evil that’s such a trendsetter, and we have to take the opportunity to worship at the altar of Maleficent, with these top four JC Indahaus favourite things about Asleen Mauthoor's recreation of the one and only Maleficent's evil beauty look:1) Statement Makeup✔️ We’re fans of statement makeup here at JC Indahaus - go big or go home, and Asleen Mauthoor certainly went big for this character. Those ruby red lips are simply divine, and strike a perfect contrast to the stark paleness of her shock white visage.2) Gaga Would Be Proud✔️ Few people can pull off novelty horns as headwear, but Asleen Mauthoor made it look so unbelievably cool. We haven’t been this impressed with the ability to turn the ridiculous into a fashion trend since Gaga herself.3) Black on Black✔️ There can never be too much black, that’s why black never go out of style. Maleficent’s creative use of the world’s most slimming colour, subtly accented with darker hues of purple, lend it a versatility we’ve never seen before with Asleen Mauthoor's creative team, recreation of what we call Black on Black. 4) Pop Your Collar✔️ Admittedly, we normally don’t like it when people pop their collar. It’s all too ‘high school boy trying to make his uniform look cool, but actually makes themselves look like a plonker’ for us. Asleen Mauthoor's recreation of Maleficent’s statement collar however, is making us reconsider the look. Evil has never looked so good & inspirational across high fashion. Asleen Mauthoor rallied her incredible line up of A-team of creatives and held a fundraiser photoshoot for her as one of the Miss World Australia 2014 National Finalists. She will be competing in the finals this weekend at the beautiful Hunter Valley. We all fell in love with the film Maleficent, and knew they had to recreate Jolie's dark and dramatic look. They created an entire outfit, sourced a venue, and we advertised across all the Melbourne creative groups that any interested photographers who made a $20+ donation to Asleen Mauthoor's Variety Australia campaign could come along and shoot. In the end they had 14 photographers, 2 models and they had some incredible images produced. A very big thank you to everybody involved over the weekend, without them Asleen Mauthoor couldn't have achieved this on her own. Vanee Pham from Babydolls Make Up Artistry, who's makeup is second to none, contoured perfectly to get Jolie's cutting cheekbones, and sourced piercing green contacts. Award Winning Teressa Au Hair Artist from X-Per-Tease Award Winning Hair Studio.created the main masterpiece hair sculpture horns! A perfect replica, Teressa actually wrapped Asleen's hair up to recreate the Maleficent look. Catherine Machell from The Willow Branch's bouquets never fail to stun us, but her 15kg wings made from gum leaves were truly a work of art. Her staff completed the look.Luisa Mars was a perfect Aurora, capturing her beauty, vulnerability and innocence. I was dressed in a spectacular Ashleigh Voce gown and adorned with moody Feathers by Faith and Zsaneta Bridal Couture cape. Luisa wore a dreamy Zsaneta Zsaneta gown and a gold circlet by The Willow Branch. Greg Miles, Mary Costello and Kayla Au were the perfect time keepers and assistants, keeping everything running smoothly and on time. How Maleficent’s look has been translated into clothing, jewelry, makeup lines & commercial photography in Australia? Some people might decide that they are in a Maleficent mood and they have to be Maleficent for a day. Maleficent and other villainesses are glamorous in part because they have this power and knowledge that makes them attractive. Glamour requires a certain maturity rather than girlish prettiness. For grown-ups, the stylistic appeal of the live-action version of Maleficent is not about viewing evil as glamorous as much as it is about appreciating her sophistication and power. Some clothing capsule collections, on the other hand, are not so much a literal interpretation as much as they are an evocation of Maleficent’s costumes in the second half of the film, which shows Maleficent as an adult wearing mostly black in much heavier fabrics with lots of volume and sculptural shapes. Whether that will help fuel a demand for Maleficent-inspired fashion is unclear. What’s evident is that those who may want to channel their inner dark fairy will have plenty from which to choose. Costume is not fashion, but fashion is costume. What we wear and how we go about every day is a performance of our lives. Some people might decide that they are in a Maleficent mood and they have to be Maleficent for a day. In a world that often tells women to be silent in their anger, we saw Maleficent as a powerful, vengeful woman who made a choice and followed it through to the end. And she did it with poise, grace, power, fury, eloquence, and intelligence. She didn’t rant and rave. Maleficent commanded. Sure, she could have used a better brand of henchmen, but she was regal without a crown. Like the Morgan La Fey of Arthurian Myth, she was a power unto herself. She made her choice and she followed it through, faced the hero and at the end of 'Maleficent', she soars into a heavenly sky like a righteous respected woman. So should we hail the dark fairy as a complete feminist icon? Last but not least, JC Indahaus Media Publicists, Cassidy Poon & Johnny Saluni would like to congratulate Asleen Mauthoor, Miss World Australia 2014 National Finalist for the re-creation of Disney's Maleficent made famous by Angelina Jolie and GOOD LUCK for the National Finals at Hunter Valley this weekend! HAVE YOU BOOK YOUR MISS WORLD AUSTRALIA 2014 CROWNING GALA? Last year, Sydney based Opera singer Erin Holland took home the crown. This year a record 45 finalists will vie for the coveted title of Miss World Australia. You are invited to experience the suspense and excitement of the crowning of Miss World Australia 2014. STRICTLY LIMITED TO 300 TICKETS. Book Now!Date: 27 July 2014Venue: Oaks Cypress Lakes, Hunter ValleyTime: 6pm Red Carpet for 7pm Start. This Media Release & LinkedIn Pulse Blog Feature Article is proudly supported by JC Indahaus Media Influencers, Cassidy Poon & Johnny Saluni for Miss World Australia Organisation and Asleen Mauthoor, Miss World Australia 2014 National Finalist. For upcoming media inquiries & interviews, please kindly contact JC Indahaus Media Publicist & Social Media Sensation Icon, Cassidy Poon by email at jcindahaus.media@yahoo.com or LinkedIn InMail and we will endeavour to get back to you as soon as we can. Thank you. Concerns about carbon monoxide poisoning from gas-powered forklifts 2014-07-22T07:31:19Z concerns-about-carbon-monoxide-poisoning-from-gas-powered-forklifts ATTENTION ALL BUSINESS OWNERS!Earlier this month, four workers at Australian Premium Dried Fruits suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning after working inside a cool room for extended periods of time. The workers experienced headaches and nausea at work and were taken to hospital. Mike Maynard, the company’s chief executive said they have decided to replace gas-powered forklifts with electric forklifts from now on. “We’re just thankful that everybody’s come out of it because the potential was there with that build-up of gas and there was nothing to indicate what was going on until it affected those employees, so it was concerning,” he told ABC News. Carbon monoxide is the single most common cause of poisoning in industry. Carbon monoxide is produced whenever organic material such as oil, petrol or gas is burned. It is a colourless, odourless, non-irritating gas with no inherent warning properties. If not discovered carbon monoxide poisoning can lead to drowsiness, impaired judgement and eventually collapse, coma and death. The South Australian Government has issued a safeguarding document, Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, it says that, “carbon monoxide, particularly from LPG-powered forklift trucks occurs frequently with little or no warning. Every workplace should be assessed for potential carbon monoxide hazards and definitive corrective measures must be applied whenever a risk can be identified.” ABOUT WHS SOLUTIONS Don’t let put your employees at risk! If you are worried or unsure about how compliant your company is with workplace health and safety regulations, just 20 minutes with an experienced WHS consultant you can learn if your company is covered and how you can improve. The team at WHS Solutions has combined experience of over 132 years and works with companies all over Western Australia. WHS Solutions is an outsourced team of health and safety consultants, we work side-by-side with you manage your occupational health and safety systems with our WHSS Safety System. Our highly trained team of consultants provide assessment and certification to meet all our applicable workplace health and safety regulations. This ensures that your employees are fully covered and working in the safety possible environment. Enlisting WHS Solutions to manage your occupational health and safety is the smartest way to avoid not only workplace incidents but also big money losses. For more information regarding WHS Solutions, please contact:Email: enquiries@yoursafetysolutions.com.auTelephone: 08 9427 1788Or visit http://yoursafetysolutions.com.au/ Clean Energy Week 2014 2014-07-22T04:39:42Z clean-energy-week-2014  Going green is our future and it is only fitting for tradeshows such as Clean Energy Week to be emerging.  This is a must visit for anyone in the industry and one of the first steps in ensuring cleaner energy and a cleaner future for Australia. And it all starts this week when thousands of Australia's best solar installers and clean energy industry specialists flock to Sydney for the internationally recognised Clean Energy Event. The conference, hosted by the Clean Energy Council, is an opportunity for businesses across Australia to make worldwide contacts and learn about the latest green initiatives and technologies. Clean Energy Week 2014, Australia's biggest event for the renewable energy and energy efficiency industry will be held in Sydney from Tuesday 22 July to Friday 25 July. Held across two venues Clean Energy Week will incorporate ATRAA (Australia's largest solar event), a huge trade show and two awards programs. The engaging two-day conference program, which attracts high-level speakers from across all areas of the government, industry and the globe, will take place at one of Sydney's most prestigious manor homes, Doltone House. The Conference will be followed Clean Energy Week's huge trade show, which attracts more than 100 sponsors and exhibitors from across the industry. The Trade Show will be housed at the Sydney Showground, situated in the busy Sydney Olympic Park Precinct. They will also host the Clean Energy Council Professional Development Day and ATRAA Conference, attended by more than 2000 of Australia's solar installers and industry representatives. Clean Energy Week will celebrate outstanding achievement in the sector with the annual Clean Energy Council Industry Awards on Tuesday 22 July, and wrap up with the Solar Design and Installation Awards and ATRAA Dinner on Thursday 24 July. For additional Information visit: http://www.cleanenergyweek.com.au/ New Product combats Non-Compliant Phone Chargers 2014-07-22T04:37:04Z new-product-combats-non-compliant-phone-chargers If you have seen the news in the past few days you would have heard about the risks of non-compliant phone chargers. Unapproved phone chargers have flooded the market with very little way of knowing what's approved and what isn't. A great way to ensure you are not getting dodgy non-compliant chargers is to have a quality Clipsal USB installed by Reactive Energy. You can't put a price on safety. New to the market:The Clipsal USB Charger Outlet – the perfect answer to the "where is the charger?" question!  Designed in Australia for Australian conditions. Clipsal's innovative 30 Series USB Charger Mech provides an adaptable, efficient and reliable solution. Use to charge phones, tablets and other consumer electronic devices in a wide variety of market segments, without needing the manufacturer's original charger. It will change the way people charge their devices. • Conveniently charge multiple electronic devices, simultaneously and quickly.• Safe to use and reliable.• Fits multiple wall switches and power outlets that you may already have in your home.• Install or upgrade today. If you would like to know more, please do not hesitate to contact us on 1300 859 882 or email us enquiries@reactiveenergy.com.au. How the 1 July QLD Electricity Price Rises affect you 2014-07-22T04:34:48Z how-the-1-july-qld-electricity-price-rises-affect-you You may or may not have heard that electricity prices have gone up once again, 13.6% from the 1st July 2014!  The Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) says bills have risen by about 50 per cent over the past three years. We encourage our customers to shop around for a better deal with retailers. There are comparison calculators now available, however we have found these to be hard to understand and compare apples with apples, especially for customers with solar or off-peak tariffs. This is why we have created our own comparison with all the correct up to date information. We can sit down with you and compare your figures and help you choose the right retailer to suit your needs. Let's hope the Federal Government's carbon tax is repealed, to eliminate this portion of your bill! Contact Joe or Luke at Reactive Energy on 1300 85 98 82 to book in your one on one appointment today.  Employee killed in forklift accident in Port Macquarie 2014-07-22T03:36:27Z employee-killed-in-forklift-accident-in-port-macquarie ATTENTION ALL BUSINESS OWNERSOn June 24th, a 51 year old man was killed in a forklift accident in a warehouse after being crushed by an engine. The Port Macquarie man had worked at Expressway Spares in Sancrox, for more than a decade and died at the scene. WorkSafe inspector, Paul Fuller from Port Macquarie Police, said an engine fell while being lowered from an overhead bay. "The engine was lowered to a height of about one metre from ground level, where it was supported by the forklift," he reported. The man was standing in front of the engine inspecting it for a spare part, when the engine fell off the forklift.Fuller continued by saying, “Somehow the engine has fallen forward, and crushed the 51 year old between the engine that fell, and another spare engine that was at ground level." Expressway Spares is a business that deals with the sale of spare parts for large earthmoving equipment but has not had an accident like this recorded before.“The engine weighs more than one and a half tonnes, and it appears he was killed instantly." Fuller concluded. Police will prepare a report for the coroner, and WorkCover inspectors were on the site almost immediately.ABOUT WHS SOLUTIONSDon’t let this type of sudden accident happen to your employees!WHS Solutions can help safeguard you against workplace incidents. WHS Solutions is an outsourced team of health and safety consultants, we work side-by-side with you manage your occupational health and safety systems with our WHSS Safety System. Our highly trained team of consultants provide assessment and certification to meet all our applicable workplace health and safety regulations. This ensures that your employees are fully covered and working in the safety possible environment. Enlisting WHS Solutions to manage your occupational health and safety is the smartest way to avoid not only workplace incidents but also big money losses.The team at WHS Solutions has combined experience of over 132 years and works with companies all over Western Australia. After just 20 minutes with an experienced WHS consultant you can learn if your company is compliant and how you can improve.For more information regarding WHS Solutions, please contact:Email: enquiries@yoursafetysolutions.com.auTelephone: 08 9427 1788Or visit http://yoursafetysolutions.com.au/ Legal action against drone operator who allegedly hit a triathlon runner 2014-07-22T03:27:02Z legal-action-against-drone-operator-who-allegedly-hit-a-triathlon-runner The runner, Raija Ogden, sustained head injuries during a triathlon in Geraldton this year after the drone flying over the race crashed into her.  The drone, filming the race, is owned and operated by videographer Warren Abrams.Mr Abrams initially claimed that someone nearby may have “channel-hopped” his device, taking over control and crashing it. However it has since been found that neither Mr Abrams nor his company appear on the list of 92 safety CASA certified drone operators. CASA is now gathering evidence and interviewing witnesses in order to request the matter goes to court.Recently the CASA has relaxed the rules covering the use of drones, removing the need for commercial operators to have a licence for remotely piloted aircraft under two kilograms. However the drone-users group, Australian Certified UAV Operators, say two kilogram units are still dangerous and these new regulations could open up the skies to more rogue, untrained operators.To avoid facing these charges and increase the workplace safety and health of your employees WHS solutions can work side-by-side with you to manage your occupational health and safety systems.In order to maintain the highest levels of protection for your employees we consistently check and monitor what we have implemented, guarantying full attention to your safety needs. This ensures that your company is complying with the most up to date regulations and reduces the risk of injury to your employees. Don’t let time fly by, be proactive and invest in health and safety management system! ABnote Australasia Win Medicare Contract 2014-07-21T22:15:31Z abnote-australasia-win-medicare-contract Melbourne, 22 July 2014 Fort Lee, New Jersey – 22 July 2014 – ABnote, a leading global card manufacturer and provider of secure and financial credentialing solutions announced that its ABnote Australasia unit had won its first national healthcare card program, with Australia’s Department of Human Services.  ABnote will manage and perform all stages of the Department’s card manufacturing and personalisation services for Medicare, Veterans Affairs and Centrelink (a senior citizen’s concession card program).  Medicare is a universal health care scheme in Australia, under which Australian citizens and permanent residents are entitled to subsidised treatment from medical professionals. Medicare is the primary funding body of healthcare within Australia. Currently, the Department of Human Services issues, on an annual basis, an estimated 12 million plastics cards to its customers nationally for the Medicare Service Delivery Brand (Medicare), Health Identifier, the Centrelink Services Delivery Brand (Centrelink), and as a service on behalf of the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA). ABnote Australasia’s Chief Executive, Nicholas Ficinus, stated. “ABnote are proud to be associated with such an important program in servicing the healthcare, social and benefit needs for all Australians.”   About ABnote ABnote, with facilities in North America, Europe, Africa, and Australasia, is a premier and trusted provider of innovative high security payment and identity solutions. We provide solutions to global customers including financial, retail, government, and many other commercial markets. ABnote’s primary products include financial cards (Dual Interface, EMV, magnetic stripe), identification and credential cards (Drivers’ Licenses, Healthcare cards, National ID cards, Student ID), transit cards, hotel, facility and theme park  access cards and membership programs, retail plastic cards (gift, loyalty, RFID), barcodes and labels and secure documents (vital records, certificates, passports, and more); along with complimentary secure services, including instant card issuance, NFC mobile payments, TSM, personalization, secure warehousing, distribution and fulfilment.  W: www.abnote.com.au NEWS: Jobpac readies for increased activity in the construction industry 2014-07-21T21:30:00Z news-jobpac-readies-for-increased-activity-in-the-construction-industry SYDNEY, Australia, July 22, 2014: Jobpac International Systems Pty Ltd (JIS), ANZ’s leading construction software company, anticipates strong growth in the construction industry and, in support, announces the appointment of a new Business Development Manager, Sebastien Soum. As the construction sector continues on a positive trend, Soum has joined the team to support the growth of Jobpac as the region’s leading construction software solution used by forty-five of the top 100 construction and civil companies across ANZ. Prior to Jobpac, Soum worked in the transport and logistics industry and has been selling software for more than seven years. The construction industry shows signs of positive growth, with Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF), Construction Market Report, May 2014 Forecasts predicting total Residential Building expenditure to grow at an average annual growth rate of 2.3% between 2013-14 and 2022-23. Spending by the Australian Government in ongoing infrastructure investment, particularly in roads has been on a strong upward trend over the past decade. Large-scale projects such as WestConnex and NorthConnex (formerly, F3 to M2) in New South Wales and the Gateway project in Western Australia will continue to contribute towards roads construction spending at levels above the historical average over the projection period says ACIF. “In 2013, Jobpac was used to help manage and control more than AU$86 billion of works, said Ian Desbrow, CEO of Jobpac International Systems. “As building and engineering contractors continue to strengthen the construction sector’s return to positive growth, they increasingly rely on technological tools, such as Jobpac’s construction cost control software, to manage and implement projects efficiently and cost-effectively. We welcome Sebastien to the team and help expand the uptake of Jobpac.”Population growth further drives construction activity Growth in the construction sector, particularly in the housing sub-sector, can be attributed to an increase in population. "The figures show Australia's population reached 23.32 million by the end of 2013, having added around 396,000 people in the year during 2014," said HIA Economist Geordan Murray in a statement. "This is equivalent to a growth rate of 1.7 per cent over the year which is down from 1.8 per cent a year ago but still well above the long term average." New employment data, released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), shows increased home building activity drives further growth in the Australian construction sector. ABS reports indicate the construction sector gained an additional 43,544 workers and contractors over the past 12 months, with total employment numbers now topping 1.029 billion.  Housing Industry Association (HIA) senior economist Shane Garrett noted that the result was encouraging for the national labour market. "The composition of that is also encouraging because full time jobs have started resuming growth in creation again," said Mr Garrett. Construction employment figures are now at the second highest level seen in Australian since the ABS first started recording this figure in 1984. —ENDS— About Jobpac Jobpac International Systems Pty Ltd (JIS) develops, services and supports integrated accounting and project management software for the construction industry to give customers better control and visibility of project costs and profitability.  Jobpac construction software is feature-rich and based on deep industry knowledge. Suited to all types of construction companies – medium to large – from civil to commercial and industrial, subcontract to maintenance works – the Jobpac web-based platform is easy to install and use. JIS is the region’s leading construction software solution, used by forty five of the top one hundred construction and civil companies across ANZ. In 2013 Jobpac was used to help manage and control more than AU$86 billion of works. www.jobpac.com.auContact: Shuba Paheerathan Progressiva PR M: +61 (0)438 606 424 E: shuba@progressiva.com.au   Synthetic Grass Becoming More Popular in Perth 2014-07-21T01:49:16Z synthetic-grass-becoming-more-popular-in-perth Perth, WA, 21 July 2014 - The business climate has become more competitive in recent years. Businesses scramble to lower operational costs to compensate for decreasing margins and harried owners and executives have less and less free time to spend on items such as making sure their grounds look good. That is why many business owners and managers are turning to synthetic grass for their properties. Why Synthetic Grass?Synthetic grass provides a stable, low-maintenance solution for many businesses. While a lawn wouldn’t seem to be of much importance, appearance means a lot for many businesses. If a business lets up on the maintenance of a natural grass lawn for even a week, it starts to look extremely unprofessional. In other words, an unkempt lawn can do a lot of harm to a business, turning its "best foot forward" into an eyesore. Synthetic grass looks the same, day in and day out, every day of the year: like a perfectly-groomed lawn. This is one less thing for an executive or business owner to think about during the typical long day of multitasking, "putting out fires" and decision-making.A natural grass lawn requires a lot of maintenance. While many businesses hire landscaping companies to do the work, many choose to do it "in house." Either way, it costs a lot of money to maintain a natural grass lawn. For all of that money, the business gets a lawn that may look its best for six months out of the entire year and is plagued by barren and brown spots the rest of the year.For a business on a large piece of property, such as a hospital, the costs of equipment and materials alone can be staggering. A tractor or heavy duty lawn mower is first, followed by fertilisers, weed killers and pesticides. It also costs a lot to water a large property on a daily basis. It costs even more for the labour over a longer period of time.Synthetic grass requires minimal maintenance and doesn’t need mowing, fertilising, weeding or seeding. That considerably reduces costs for equipment, materials and labour. Justin Everley is the Director of Green Planet Grass and a veteran of over 4,000 artificial grass installations. According to Mr Everley, "Businesses are becoming aware of the fact that an artificial lawn looks great 365 days a year and is almost maintenance-free after it has been installed. After the initial cost of installation, Green Planet Grass pays for itself in a few years due to all of the money saved in watering, materials and labour."Mr Everley continued, "Green Planet Grass provides a one-stop solution for many businesses. Once we have installed their synthetic grass, maintenance is a matter of keeping it free of debris and cleaning the trouble spots with soap and water."Mr Everley concluded, "Synthetic grass provides a comprehensive, problem-free solution for any business."Green Planet Grass manufactures and installs synthetic grass. They serve the greater Perth area and offer a full range of artificial grass products for residential, business and sport use. To learn more about Green Planet Grass, call (08) 9209 2669 or visit their website: http://www.greenplanetgrass.com.au/. STING is the proud official supplier of boxing equipment for the Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games. 2014-07-20T23:13:47Z sting-is-the-proud-official-supplier-of-boxing-equipment-for-the-glasgow-2014-xx-commonwealth-games-1 Sting is thrilled to support the upcoming 2014 Glasgow XX Commonwealth Games, as the official supplier of boxing equipment. As the major fitness and contact sports equipment company fully owned and operated in Australia, Sting is highly regarded by industry professionals worldwide for producing the highest quality equipment, designed to withstand the rigours of high-performance training and competition. Sting gear combines innovative design, technical materials and traditional manufacturing techniques to provide maximum protection and functionality for athletes of all levels, from amateur to elite. Sting products have been tried and tested by athletes across the globe to produce the best feel, fit and performance, and are made to deliver when the demands are high. Sting is an International Boxing Association (AIBA) approved and licensed supplier, and has been actively supporting boxing in several Commonwealth countries, including Australia,Northern Ireland and New Zealand,for more than a decade. Sting have supplied gloves and headgear at many local and international events including the 2012 AIBA Oceania Qualifying Event (Australia), the 2013 AIBA Junior Youth/Female World Championships (Bulgaria) and the 2013 AIBA American Continental Championships (Chile), and  are extremely excited to extend their support to athletes at the highest level of competition in the Glasgow Games. Arjun David, Managing Director of Sting, said ‘Boxing is a huge passion of our company and we are proud to be the first Australian company to officially supply boxing gear to athletes at a Commonwealth Games. To be involved as a supplier for the 2014 XX Games is particularly special, as Glasgow is the first time that women’s boxing will be included on the sports programme at a Commonwealth Games’. Fund Manager continues its impressive track record of performance 2014-07-18T03:02:22Z fund-manager-continues-its-impressive-track-record-of-performance La Trobe Financial’s Chief Wealth Management Officer Randal Williams, has announced that the Pooled Mortgages Option (“PMO”), an investment option in the La Trobe Australian Mortgage Fund, has again been recognised with a “Recommended” rating by Zenith Investment Partners. In the report, Zenith Analyst, Dugald Higgins states that “La Trobe Financial has achieved an impressive track record in the mortgage sector driven by its deep lending experience spanning over 60 years as an organisation.” The PMO was established in 2002 to provide investors with exposure to a diversified, Australia-wide pool of loans secured by first ranking mortgages. Higgins mentions in the report that “unlike some other funds in the sector, it has always been able to pay eligible redemptions and continues to hold its track record of not having ever returned a capital loss to investors, a feat which several prominent mortgage funds have been unable to replicate over the past three years”. Higgins further notes “that the PMO is most suited to those seeking capital stability and an income return which should solidly exceed the cash rate through investment cycles.” The PMO’s manager, La Trobe Financial, was established in 1952 as a credit specialist. Randal Williams, Chief Wealth Management Officer at La Trobe Financial, stated that “the La Trobe Financial team was driven by the need for consistency and repeatability of performance. With equities markets experiencing such volatility, our investors are targeting capital stability and reliable income at a premium to cash. We have provided that since inception.” Williams further stated “Like any fund, the performance of the PMO is driven by the quality of its assets. We therefore welcome Zenith’s description of our credit assessment processes as `robust’ and `stringent’”. Chris Andrews, Head of Funds Management at La Trobe Financial noted “that it was particularly pleasing that Zenith recognised the PMO as having … the highest level of diversification in the mortgage fund sector”. Andrews added “La Trobe Financial’s unique co-investment model diversifies the funding sources for each individual loan, meaning that the PMO can massively increase its number of investments and decrease its average size of investment. This achieves enhanced diversification, which smoothes asset performance for investors and thereby contributes to an exceptionally stable absolute return profile”. La Trobe Financial is also rated by SQM Research (4 Stars Superior), Lonsec (Recommended) and Australia Ratings (Strong). The Group’s flagship PMO has also been judged as the Best Mortgage Fund in Australia by personal finance journal Money magazine for 5 consecutive years (2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010); a first for Money magazine. The organisation has also received international recognition from International Alternative Investment Review (IAIR) for 2 consecutive years for Excellence in Mortgage Fund Management (2014 & 2013) and Excellence and Innovation in Australian Management (2013). The ratings can be viewed on the La Trobe Financial website latrobefinancial.com.au La Trobe Financial will be making further rating announcements shortly. Visit http://www.latrobefinancial.com.au for more information. Like La Trobe Financial on Facebook!