The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2015-03-06T01:22:47Z Scottish Pacific records 23.4 percent turnover growth 2015-03-06T01:22:47Z scottish-pacific-debtor-finance-records-23-4-percent-turnover-growth MARCH 2015 - Scottish Pacific Debtor Finance CEO, Mr Peter Langham, said the group recorded 12 month turnover in 2014 of $5.38 billion, which is up 23.4 percent from the 2013 result of $4.36 billion. The result was on the back of strong demand from SMEs across a range of sectors looking to fund growth. Funds advanced by Scottish Pacific peaked in December 2014 at $405 million, compared with $320 million in December 2013. Scottish Pacific has SME clients around Australia, predominantly in industries such as transport and logistics, wholesale, manufacturing, labour hire, business services and recruitment. Client numbers have grown from 867 in June 2013 to 967 in December 2014. Mr Langham forecast a pre-tax profit of $19 million, tracking towards profit growth of 25 percent. The industry body DIFA reports that its members overall have not experienced growth over the past 12 months to December 2014. DIFA members have a $62.7 billion turnover and provide vital funding to startup and SME businesses looking to fund growth. Scottish Pacific's share of industry turnover amongst DIFA members doubled to 7.22 percent in the three years to 2013. Since then its share has grown to 8.6 percent. Scottish Pacific has been operating in Australia and New Zealand for more than 26 years and provides facilities to enterprises from start up to $200m turnover. "About one in five businesses using debtor finance are with Scottish Pacificand we continue to play a significant role in funding Australian SMEs, providing a range of working capital solutions," Mr Langham said. About Scottish Pacific Scottish Pacific Debtor Finance Pty Ltd provides working capital solutions to SMEs, offering the broadest range of trade and debtor finance solutions in Australasia. Established in 1988, Scottish Pacific has full operations centres in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Auckland and China. Scottish Pacific was awarded the 2014 Best Cash Flow Lender by broker publication The Adviser, as voted by brokers, in their inaugural Non-Bank Lending Awards. www.debtorfinance.com.au Follow Scottish Pacific on Twitter - @ScottishPacific Follow Scottish Pacific on LinkedIn - Scottish Pacific Debtor Finance TETRAN Joins MSPAlliance® 2015-03-05T04:15:25Z -179 Sydney, 5 March– Managed Services provider TETRAN today announced that it has become a member of MSPAlliance, the oldest Managed Services group and the only Accrediting and Standards based body created specifically for the Managed Services Industry. The membership reinforces TETRAN’s continued commitment to provide leading IT services and recognizes the company’s steady growth in Australia and New Zealand.   With over 25,000 corporate members world-wide, MSPAlliance is a powerful and influential global network of IT professionals. MSPAlliance works in a collaborative effort with service providers, technology enabling vendors, governmental bodies as well as other industry associations, to further the acceptance of the managed services and cloud industry to the business consumer. Commenting on the development, Don Francis, Chief Executive Officer at TETRAN stated “Meeting the needs of modern IT customers requires world class technical capabilities and industry knowledge. Through our membership, TETRAN will be collaborating with other industry leaders to maintain industry best practices and promote innovation within business IT. We look forward to supporting the MSP community through this alliance.” MSPAlliance Member companies’ are able to achieve MSP and Cloud Certifications including, SSAE16 Audits and ultimately achieve certification through the MSPAlliance MSP/Cloud Verify System™ “We are delighted to haveTETRAN as a member of our global association,” said Celia Weaver, MSPAlliance president. “By upholding the MSPAlliance Managed Service Provider’s Code of Ethics,TETRAN will work with MSPAlliance, as well as their industry peers, to help ensure the integrity of the managed services and cloud profession.” # # # ABOUT MSPALLIANCE For the past 14 years, the MSPAlliance has been the only unified voice for the Managed Services Industry, and the only organization that promotes the highest level of professionalism, reliability and integrity. As the world’s largest Professional Association and Certification Body for the Managed Services Industry, the MSPAlliance was created to meet the needs of the Managed Services Professional and to educate and protect the consumers of managed services and cloud. For more information, visit www.mspalliance.com Aussie Brand ASPERA Launch Ultra-Rugged 4G Smartphone 2015-03-05T00:54:08Z aussie-brand-aspera-launch-ultra-rugged-4g-smartphone SYDNEY, Australia – March 5, 2015 – Australian mobile brand ASPERA, today announced their new ruggedised 4G flagship; ASPERA R6. Fast, powerful, and tough, R6 makes no compromise on outright smartphone performance in adding IP68 certification for total dust protection and water protection at more than 1 metre for 30 minutes. R6 comes with Gorilla® Glass 3 for ultimate screen durability and a ruggedised, shock resistant outer body. Supercharged with a 1.7GHz Octa-core processor, dual band Wi-Fi and blistering-fast 4G data speeds, R6 runs Google’s Android OS (v4.4.4 KitKat). R6 also packs a whopping 3300mAh battery, high resolution 13MP rear camera, 1200 x 720 HD display, and dual-SIM functionality. R6 is available now and retails for just $599. Following the success of the Aspera 3G R5 model - R6 is set to make waves in the Australian ruggedised 4G market. Launched in November 2013, ASPERA R5 burst on to the scene securing spots in top retail chains nationally and has procured steady channel sales growth in retail and Commercial B2B distributors alike. Farming Ahead awarded R5 the Best Reception Smart-phone in July 2014 and in August 2014, independent consumer watch-dog CHOICE, recommended R5 as the “Rugged/Tradie Champion” and top “What to Buy”  mobile phone -  triumphing over other market-leading brands and scoring 84% in the areas of reception, call sound quality, web browsing and network performance. Built on proven innovation and genuine consumer demand, ASPERA believes the R6 smartphone is poised to be the ruggedised force for 2015. Channel partners interested in reselling the ASPERA R6 are encouraged to contact ASPERA distribution partner Scholastic Australia on 1800 665 774. About ASPERA ASPERA is an Australian brand headquartered in Sydney, Australia. ASPERA provides a complete range of rugged mobile devices that are built to last in extreme environments, are certified IP67 and IP68 for water and dust resistance. ASPERA is dedicated to providing quality, durable, mobile devices suitable for the workplace and the great outdoors. For additional information about ASPERA visit www.asperamobile.com ASPERA R6 IMAGE LINK:  https://app.box.com/s/erg4xracmfrxr4apkk4bspi4o626olnf   Young Aussies on course to repeat sun safety mistakes of the past 2015-03-04T21:46:50Z young-aussies-on-course-to-repeat-sun-safety-mistakes-of-the-past The majority of Australians have regrets about their exposure to the sun and concerns about skin cancer – but still continue to ignore health warnings. Consumer research service Canstar Blue surveyed almost 2,000 adults and found that two-thirds (66%) wish they had been better protected from the sun when they were younger. For Baby Boomers, that number rose to 75%. But despite that regret, 63% admitted they STILL don’t protect themselves as well as they should. “Young Australians seem to be making the same mistakes as their parents and grandparents,” said Canstar Blue spokesman Simon Downes. “While a greater percentage of older Aussies admit to sun safety mistakes in the past, it’s now young people who are most guilty of ignoring the slip, slop, slap message and could live to regret it. Findings                    Overall          Gen Y          Gen X     Boomers I wish I had been better protected from the sun when I was younger 66% 45% 62% 75% I should protect myself from the sun better than I currently do 63% 68% 67% 59% I often sunbathe 15% 23% 18% 10% I often get sun burnt 22% 34% 30% 13% Source: Canstar Blue Sunscreen survey 2015. “The failure to learn from our mistakes is particularly surprising given that four out of five adults have concerns about skin cancer. Too many people seem to have fallen into the ‘it won’t happen to me’ trap. It’s shocking that so many Aussies are regularly getting sun burnt – despite all the warnings, and their own concerns.” Findings                    Overall          Gen Y          Gen X     Boomers I’m concerned about skin cancer 81% 78% 79% 84% I regularly have mole checks 42% 31% 34% 51% Source: Canstar Blue Sunscreen survey 2015. Survey respondents were also asked how often they use sunscreen in summer and winter, with Gen Y the least likely to protect themselves all of the time. Sunscreen use in summer                    Overall          Gen Y          Gen X     Boomers All of the time 21% 16% 25% 21% Most of the time 49% 56% 47% 49% Only occasionally 26% 24% 26% 27% Rarely 3% 3% 2% 3% Never 0% 1% 0% 0% Source: Canstar Blue Sunscreen survey 2015. “Cancer Council Australia warns that Australians need sun protection whenever the UV index is 3 or above, with those in some parts of the country advised to use sunscreen all year round. But that message is not being followed by everyone,” added Mr Downes. “As you would expect, survey respondents in Queensland are most likely to use sun block in winter, but most of those only do so occasionally or rarely.” Sunscreen use in winter                    Overall          Gen Y          Gen X     Boomers All of the time 5% 4% 7% 4% Most of the time 14% 15% 15% 13% Only occasionally 29% 30% 29% 29% Rarely 29% 26% 26% 32% Never 23% 25% 24% 23% Source: Canstar Blue Sunscreen survey 2015. The Canstar Blue survey saw 13 different sunscreen brands rated by consumers across a range of research categories, with Australian made SunSense the only brand to achieve a five-star rating for overall customer satisfaction. Alan Oppenheim, Managing Director of Ego Pharmaceuticals – makers of SunSense – says it’s “concerning” that so many Aussies are still failing to protect themselves from the sun as well as they should. “It’s been known for some time now that UV is the leading cause of skin cancer and now we also know it’s the biggest contributor to premature skin ageing,” he said. “The UV index is high in parts of Australia even throughout winter, so it is very important to maintain our daily sunscreen habits throughout the year. “We have put over 25 years of research and development in to SunSense to ensure we make sunscreen that Australians will love to wear and we’re very proud to see that reflected with our Canstar Blue award.” Canstar Blue’s customer satisfaction ratings for sunscreen saw four different brands pick up five-star ratings for effectiveness, but just one scored top marks with regards to value for money. “Naturally consumers are most concerned about the effectiveness of sunscreen, but plenty of other factors are also important to people,” said Mr Downes. “After effectiveness, texture and consistency was the next biggest driver of customer satisfaction, followed by value for money. As we’ve discovered, some people don’t use it as often as they should, but Aussies know their sunscreen and they know what they like.” Indonesia target 1000 outlets - Watch out for “OK” Smart Wearables ! 2015-03-03T23:16:00Z indonesia-target-1000-outlets-watch-out-for-ok-smart-wearables For Immediate Release Target 1000 outlets in Indonesia – Watch out for “OK” Smart Wearables !! OK Smart Wearables (www.ok-wearables.com) has finalized a deal with Indonesian Public Company PT Island Concepts Indonesia Tbk to open a range of “OK” Branded Stores to sell the “OK Wearables” Smart device range throughout Indonesia. Working with a boutique Club interior designer, the OK Wearables Brand will be targeted at the youth. With a targeted stores count of 1000 over the next 18 months, the Indonesian leg of OK Wearables expects great growth in this marketplace. Indonesia ranks a staggering third after India and China in the world for smartphone growth in 2015. Kevin Walsh, forecasting director at GfK, said, “Our forecasts show seven new entries in the top 10 smartphone markets for 2015, in terms of growth by value - and these are all emerging markets, which have overtaken developed markets where smartphone saturation is nearing completion.” Source GFK  See our BLOG It is also predicted that there will be a 22.1 Million sales increase in Smart Watch Wearables from 2014 to 2015 / Total predicted 2015 Sales of Smart Watches is 26.1 Million units.Source GfK Mr. Pascal Van de Putte - General Manager for OK Wearables Indonesia comments that “ We are at the beginning of great growth in smart wearables and we are planning to immediately have product ready for our Indonesian consumers” OK Watches and Wearables produces a range of SIM card based Network ready Smart Watches and Wearables, they have steered away from the Bluetooth “hangers on” tethered devices preferring the future of wearables is in the SIM card independent smart devices.  OK intends to release a Childrens Safety games watch in July, a Tradesmans Watch with inbuilt Laser for pointing and measuring, a Sports Watch and an Aged care safety watch later this year. Also a range of accessories and other wearables are planned for a 2015 release into every marketplace. OK Watches and Wearables has established markets in Australia, New Zealand and now Indonesia with soon to be releases in Singapore, Malaysia and the United States in 2015. ABOUT “OK Wearables” OK Wearables is a designer, producer and distributor of the OK Branded smart devices. Established in 2013, OK Wearables has been designing and developing wearable products to be released to consumers in 2015. OK Wearables will release smart wearable devices in the general consumer sector, the Tradesman sector, the sports and leisure market, also the Children’s and Aged Care market. All OK Wearable smart products are SIM card independent GSM and Data smart phones. For further information please review www.ok-wearables.com ABOUT “PT Island Concepts Indonesia Tbk.” PT Island Concepts Indonesia Tbk is an Indonesia publicly listed Company engaged in the hospitality industry, whose stocks are traded on the IDX under ticker symbol “ICON”. The Company's business activities consist of property development, accommodation, lifestyle and catering services and urban facility maintenance services. It provides catering services and urban facilities maintenance services through its subsidiary, PT Patra Supplies and Services. ICON is headquartered in Jakarta with regional offices throughout Indonesia, including Bali where the company was foundered in 2001. For further information feel free to contact: OK-Wearables Indonesia Head Office & Showroom Jalan Raya Petitenget No. 469 Seminyak, Bali 80361 Indonesia Tel +62 361 847 8228/+62 361 473 6656 Synthetic Grass Gains Popularity in Perth: This Comparison Tells Why 2015-03-03T07:38:49Z synthetic-grass-gains-popularity-in-perth-this-comparison-tells-why Perth, WA, 03 March 2015 - Recently, Justin Everley compared synthetic grass to natural grass on his blog. He compared it in three areas: cost, appearance and maintenance. Mr Everley is one of the Directors of Green Planet Grass, who provide synthetic grass landscaping systems for a comprehensive range of residential, sport and commercial applications. CostsThe costs for natural grass are ongoing. An initial installation can be done by spreading grass seeds and using fertiliser, but many people choose to go with roll on for their initial lawn. Throughout the life of a natural grass lawn, money must be paid for ongoing maintenance costs and materials, including water.Synthetic grass has a higher initial cost, but there are almost no ongoing maintenance costs and the only water costs are when water is used to clean a spill or a “trouble spot.”AppearanceNatural grass is attractive when it is expertly maintained. When it is at its best, most people agree that natural grass is beautiful. However, it is affected by summer, winter and excessive wear and tear, all of which can turn it brown and riddle it with bare spots.Synthetic grass looks the same every day of the year; the extremes of the Perth climate have no effect on it. “New generation” forms of artificial grass, such as Green Planet Grass, look and feel so much like perfectly maintained natural grass that most people can’t tell the difference unless they are standing on it.MaintenanceNatural grass needs a high amount of maintenance to keep it in its optimum condition. Too much sun, rain or foot traffic all degrade the surface, affecting both appearance and performance. Natural grass must be watered, mowed, weeded, re-planted and otherwise maintained on a regular basis.Synthetic grass needs almost no maintenance. It is unaffected by the Perth climate. Artificial grass needs to be kept free of debris and “trouble spots” need to be cleaned. Water is usually enough to clean artificial grass; “trouble spots” occasionally need soap and water. Synthetic grass also needs brushing from time to time if a path begins to wear into a high traffic area. Comparing Natural Grass and Synthetic GrassMr Everley is of the opinion that a growing number of Australians are beginning to favour synthetic grass over natural grass, especially in the Perth area. According to Mr Everley: “When you put all of the factors together, synthetic grass comes out on top every time, especially a new generation grass like Green Planet Grass. Australians seem to be placing a higher premium on their time than at any era in history. We don’t want to spend time or money each week on lawn maintenance when we don’t have to.”Mr Everley concluded: “Most of our customers recoup their initial investment between three and six years after installation. After that, Green Planet Grass is money in the bank.”Green Planet Grass manufactures and installs synthetic grass in the Perth area. They are Australian owned and their range of artificial lawns are also manufactured in Australia. They carry a wide range of artificial grass landscaping solutions for commercial, sport and residential applications. To learn more, call 1300 792 642 or visit their website: http://www.greenplanetgrassperth.com.au/. VictorsFood and Sabre Corporate Development to Launch New Alliance at AIME in Melbourne 2015-03-03T04:31:48Z victorsfood-and-sabre-corporate-development-to-launch-new-alliance-at-aime-in-melbourne Sabre Corporate Development Managing Director Talan Miller says, "We are delighted to announce our strategic alliance with VictorsFood. The design and delivery of high-end team and leadership development events with a sophisticated food component is far more than just a simple cooking class. The team at VictorsFood are innovative professionals in the food event field and this alliance creates a suite of unique food based team building options." VictorsFood Director Jim Bahr says, “We’re excited to be working with the team at Sabre. They are true professionals, and such an experienced company. It’s a fantastic way for us to be able to offer our clients a great new range of events while maintaining the highest quality of outcomes. We’ve developed some unique, new events that combine the talents of our companies to engage client’s teams like no one else can.” To find out more about what’s new with VictorsFood, visit Stand 1617 (‘Destination Sydney’) at AIME and say hello to Jim Bahr, Wanitha Tanasingam and Emma Gardiner. For further information, please visit www.victorsfood.com.au or follow us on Twitter @VictorsFood. For further information about AIME, please visit http://www.aime.com.au/ -ENDS- About VictorsFood VictorsFood is Australia’s ultimate food experience company.   We create memorable, interactive team building, cooking parties, cooking classes, corporate events, international food tours , Australian regional food tours and market tours so people learn, have fun and eat well.   We also offer professional services in food consulting, training & coaching, demonstrations & presentations. As part of the principle of eating well, VictorsFood encourages the use of sustainable practices in everyday lives by supporting minimal food miles and local growers. John Morris Industrial Signs Distribution Agreement with Crystal Instruments 2015-03-03T01:27:34Z john-morris-industrial-signs-distribution-agreement-with-crystal-instruments Sydney, Australia – John Morris Industrial (a Division of John Morris Scientific Pty Ltd), a growing force in the test and measurement / condition monitoring equipment supply market announced today that it has signed a distribution agreement with Crystal Instruments covering Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands. “We’re pleased to be promoting Crystal Instruments CoCo-80, CoCo-90 Dynamic Signal Analysers and the Spider-80X Vibration Controller System. Offering such vibration data loggers and vibration control systems caters to both Condition Monitoring and Test and Measurement applications. Coupled with PCB and IMI sensors, John Morris Industrial can now offer an end to end noise and vibration data acquisition solution,” said Duncan McLeod, John Morris Industrial Division Manager. John Holler, International Sales Director at Crystal Instruments, said "The distribution agreement with John Morris Industrial will play an integral role in placing Crystal's predictive maintenance, data acquisition, and vibration control products at the forefront of top markets. John Morris' complete solution platform will place Crystal's products in clear sight of potential buyers."About John Morris Industrial As providers of complete solutions for noise and vibration measurement and analysis, John Morris Industrial partners with the region’s leading engineers and scientists to deliver solutions for the measurement of acceleration, force, load, pressure, shock, strain, torque, noise and vibration. John Morris Scientific has a proud family heritage spanning almost 60 years. We specialise in the supply, installation and servicing of technical instrumentation and consumables covering diverse industry sectors throughout Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific region. Contact our John Morris team toll-free: AUS 1800 251 799 and NZ 0800 651 700 email: industrial@johnmorris.com.au Web: http://industrial.johnmorris.com.au/ New Research Survey Aims to Capture Non-Profit Sector Key Challenges & Shape Future Support Programs 2015-03-02T23:54:52Z new-research-survey-aims-to-capture-non-profit-sector-key-challenges-amp-shape-future-support-programs The Telco Together Foundation today launched a new research survey to capture a meaningful view of the common issues and challenges faced by the non-profit sector of Australia. Telco Together is calling on all staff, management and volunteers working for a charitable or non-profit organisation, to please help by completing the simple online Charity Insights Survey, which involves a time commitment of between five – 15 minutes, depending on the complexity of the story or challenge being shared. Click here to take survey. Insights gained through this research will be analysed using an innovative and cutting-edge research tool, SenseMaker. Key findings from the survey will help define future Telco Together funded strategic community programs that support Australian charities.  “We are seeking input from charities Australia-wide, across an extensive range of causes and challenges, to help us identify key patterns and trends,” said Maria Simonelli, Programs Manager at Telco Together Foundation. “Many of us working in the non-profit sector will likely have more than one challenge in our daily working lives, so this research tool allows for individuals to take the survey multiple times, sharing a different challenge each time the survey is completed.  “By taking the survey, you will be helping Telco Together obtain greater insight and understanding of the challenges you face on a daily basis. Insights gained will then be used to help inform future strategic programs that support the non-profit sector, which will be of direct benefit to Australian charities,” said Ms Simonelli. The online tool being used to conduct this research – SenseMaker - works like a short survey, asking participants to share a story about a time when they needed help at work, followed by a series of brief exploratory questions. Each individual’s input to the survey is anonymous, and key results will be made available to participants in future. This nation-wide survey is kindly being supported by Volunteering Victoria , Volunteering Queensland and Volunteering ACT, who will be distributing the survey to thousands of Australian charities they support and work with throughout the year.  For more information about the Charity Insights Program click here, or to share comments or feedback, please contact the Foundation directly. Charity Insights Research Contact Maria Simonelli Programs Manager, Telco Together Foundation T: (03) 9923 3573, E: maria@telcotogether.org.au About Telco Together Foundation Launched in July 2012, Telco Together Foundation is a registered charity that brings together the telecommunications industry in support of Australian communities in need across areas including Indigenous communities, the homeless, mental health and refugees. The core focus of the Foundation’s work is the development of community projects that build on the technology, reach and capabilities of the telecommunications industry to support the not for profit sector of Australia, as well as promoting fundraising, volunteering and workplace giving across member organisations.   Members of the Foundation include Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, NBN Co, M2, iiNet, Cisco, Alcatel-Lucent and 16 other ICT organisations. The Foundation is governed by an Advisory Board that has Executive Officer level representation from members. For more information, please visit our website www.telcotogether.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @TelcoTogether. Create A Unique Statement In Your Garden 2015-03-02T03:29:00Z create-a-unique-statement-in-your-garden Spending some relaxing time in a beautiful garden is food for the soul in every essence! A blooming space that celebrates nature, calms the soul and inspires creativity is most often found in public gardens which are filled with interesting design choices. But what if you can create the same choices when planning a garden at home? Today we’ve got some answers! Here are a few options for a nature-filled space that makes a unique statement. Use of Flowering Plants with Evergreens Add flowers or flowering plants in conjunction with evergreens – splashes of colour break up green, provide variety, contrast and focal points.  You don’t specifically have to plant flowers – a wide range of herbs and vegetables have beautiful flowers as well as all flowering vegetables and fruits.  You can also include cascading plants such as vines against your garden fence to add texture and length as shown in the image below. Or add a special pot that makes a statement and contrast the size of the plants or pots you surround it with and create dominance with the pot you want to highlight as the key feature.    Water Features Water features are always a calming presence in the garden and they also help to diffuse external noise. Deciding where and how to install them can take much thought and careful planning. Consider the space itself, the type of surrounding vegetation involved, and what is practical for your time and budget.   Stylish Fencing A fence is not just a structure that divides boundaries anymore. If chosen correctly, it not only adds privacy and structure to your garden, it also can add to the wow factor to today’s indoor/ outdoor living. Try to choose materials that are low maintenance. For example, a timber fence may look great to start with and the pricing of it will also seem very attractive in comparison to other fencing materials. However, timber fences are also bound to deteriorate quickly with rotting and termite infestation – which then brings up the cost in terms of regular maintenance; not to mention the effort! On the other hand, the more expensive brick walls are prone to cracking especially when they are near root systems.  Hence, you can opt for cost-effective modular wall and fence products which are low maintenance, rot and termite resistant, much more aesthetically appealing and can be installed in just a matter of days. For more details on our modular walling and fencing solutions, please click here.   Garden Seating   Gardens are quiet places of contemplation, and nothing promotes this thoughtfulness like a welcoming place to sit. Don’t hesitate to keep it simple!   Garden Pathways   Pathways create movement throughout the garden. Taking the time to make these walkways as beautiful as they are functional enhances an outdoor space. Instead of placing concrete tiles side by side, leave some room in between the stones, as shown below. Timber Supplier in Brisbane Decodes Durability Ratings for their Customers 2015-02-27T07:38:33Z timber-supplier-in-brisbane-decodes-durability-ratings-for-their-customers Brisbane, QLD, 27 February 2015 - Timber hardness and hazard ratings can be daunting for those trying to understand it in any depth. DIY builders know the ratings are important but don’t have time for a long-winded explanation when they are at the facility trying to find materials for their next project. Jack Kyle, owner of Narangba Timbers, who are timber decking and fencing suppliers for the Brisbane area, decided to “decode” ratings by giving a simple but thorough explanation of them on his company blog.According to Mr Kyle, “People don’t always have time for the long version. Some just want to hear the information they need, stated simply and plainly, without a bunch of confusing rhetoric that they don’t want to hear. We decided to take the information from a trusted source, timber.net.au, and distill it down into exactly what a customer needs to make a decision.”Timber durability ratings estimate the average usage in years of every species of timber sold in the marketplace. There are other factors besides the timber itself that come into play. Whether timber is used indoors with full protection, outdoors above ground or outdoors and in the ground help determine the life expectancy of any piece of timber. Timber is also sorted by hazard ratings, which take into consideration factors such as exposure to moisture, borers, termites, decay, severe decay, saltwater and marine borers. Class 1 timber has the highest durability rating. It is estimated to last for more than 50 years indoors, 50 years outdoors and above ground and 25 years outdoors and in the ground. Class 2 timber is the next most durable, rated at 50 years indoors, 30 years outdoors and above ground and 15-25 years outdoors and in the ground.H1 is the lowest hazard protection rating of any timber, and that means it is safe being used indoors and is protected from borers only. H3 and H4 are most commonly used for decking and fencing, and offer protection from decay, borers and termites. H4 offers more protection against decay than H3.The Narangba Timbers WayAt Narangba Timbers, they pride themselves on carrying high quality timber near the top end of the ratings, but at economical prices. According to Mr Kyle, “We like to help our customers put it on auto-pilot if we can by only carrying and recommending timber that is rated highly enough to give them great results. It’s a lot of work to build a deck or a fence. We would much rather see it provide 50 years of service than the 7-15 years that inferior timber would provide.”Mr Kyle concluded, “Our customer service team is very knowledgeable about timber. We know what makes a great deck or a great fence. Nothing makes us happier than to talk to a regular customer who is still enjoying a timber deck that he built in the 1970’s.”Narangba Timbers are timber decking and fencing suppliers. They serve the Brisbane area and the Sunshine Coast down to Gympie. They specialise in professional, friendly and knowledgeable customer service. To learn more or to place an order, call 1300 795 675 or visit their website: http://www.narangbatimbers.com.au/. McLaren trifecta on track for first round of Australian GT Championship 2015-02-27T06:27:07Z mclaren-trifecta-on-track-for-first-round-of-australian-gt-championship-1 McLAREN TRIFECTA ON TRACK FOR FIRST ROUND OF AUSTRALIAN GT CHAMPIONSHIP   Round #1 2015 Australian GT Championship presented by Pirelli Clipsal, Adelaide, South Australia (28 February-1 March)   Three McLaren GT cars will hit the track this weekend for the opening round of the 2015 Australian GT Championship. The Adelaide Clipsal race weekend will be held from Thursday 26 February to Sunday 01 March with three McLaren GT3 vehicles competing. The McLarens will be driven by last year’s champion, Klark Quinn, who will compete alongside his father, Tony Quinn, and McLaren newcomer, Tony Walls.   Klark Quinn, will compete in the Darrell Lea McLaren 12C GT3 for this year’s Australian GT Championship and Tony Quinn will be debuting an all-new McLaren 650S GT3.      Tony and Klark Quinn say of their partnership with McLaren: “After a great season last year, Darrell Lea Racing is excited to again be campaigning with McLaren, this year with two race-bred high performance GT3 cars.  We are looking forward to an exhilarating and highly competitive season with McLaren and the Australian GT Championship.”     Tony Walls of Objective Racing will race one of McLaren’s newly built 650S GT3s, one of only 15 manufactured globally for 2015. Tony finished fifth in the 2013 and 2014 Carrera Cup Elite Championship after just two years in the racing.   On competing in this year’s Australian GT Championship, Walls said: “It is a privilege to be awarded one of the first new race cars to come out of the McLaren GT factory for 2015. The global growth in GT racing over the past two years has been extraordinary and the Australian GT Championship is shaping up to have its best year ever in 2015.”   Head of Sales and Operations, McLaren Automotive Asia Pacific, George Biggs said: “Racing is in McLaren’s blood, and we’re thrilled to see three McLaren race cars competing in the Australian GT Championship this year and showcasing, once again, McLaren’s heritage and pedigree in motor racing after 50 years on the track.”   Joining the three McLaren GT3 models in Adelaide will be a Storm Grey 650S Coupe, which will be on display at the racetrack for attendees and fans to view. With its uncompromised design and innovative engineering, the Storm Grey 650S combines exquisite materials with race-bred technology for an unrivalled super car driving experience.   Ends    Notes to Editors: A selection of high resolution images accompanying this release is available to download from the McLaren Automotive media site – www.media.mclarenautomotive.com.  About McLaren Automotive: McLaren Automotive is a British manufacturer of luxury, high-performance sports cars, located at the McLaren Technology Centre (MTC) in Woking, Surrey.   Following the global launch of McLaren Automotive in 2010, the groundbreaking 12C was launched in 2011, the 12C Spider in 2012, and the limited-run McLaren P1™ went into production in 2013. In keeping with its plan to introduce a new model each year, the company unveiled the 650S, in coupe and Spider form in 2014, and has announced the Sports Series among the models to be introduced in 2015. The brand continues to expand, and McLaren posted a profit during 2013 – only the third year of vehicle production. This was followed in 2014, by a third consecutive year of growth in sales with a record 1,648 vehicles delivered via a dedicated global network of retailers in every major automotive market.  McLaren Automotive Partners To support the development, engineering and manufacture of its range of innovative and highly acclaimed sports cars, McLaren Automotive has partnered with world leading companies to provide specialist expertise and technology including, AkzoNobel, ExxonMobil, Pirelli and SAP.  Designed for the track; Developed for the road The connection between Formula 1 and road cars at McLaren is a natural process of experience, knowledge, principles and process transfer. Through the integration of 50 years of Formula 1™ racing expertise and knowledge, and over 20 years of heritage in producing landmark sports cars, McLaren Automotive designs, develops and builds a range of technologically advanced and groundbreaking high performance sports cars which are designed to be a no compromise drive on both road and track.   McLaren has pioneered the use of carbon fibre in vehicle production over the past 30 years, and since introducing a carbon chassis into racing and road cars with the 1981 McLaren MP4/1 and 1993 McLaren F1 respectively, McLaren has not built a car without a carbon fibre chassis.   Visit cars.mclaren.com for more details.     Further information  Media ContactJennifer Gillis, Ashleigh Favaloro or Elizabeth Abbott at DEC PRMclaren@decpr.com.au / (02) 8014 5033  Media website: www.media.mclarenautomotive.comFacebook: www.facebook.com/mclarenautomotiveTwitter: www.twitter.com/McLarenAutoYou Tube: www.youtube.com/mclarenautomotivetv   The Latest Australian Marriage Statistics 2015-02-27T00:43:45Z the-latest-australian-marriage-statistics In 2013 there were 118,962 marriages registered in Australia. This number is down from the previous year record high of 123,244. The 3.5% decrease is expected after over a decade of steady growth since 2001. The number of marriages from here on is likely to plateau rather than decrease over the next few years. While marriages experienced a slight decline, the good news is that divorce rates also declined by 4.6%.  In similar fashion to 2012 the age at which couples tie the knot has again marginally increased. The median age of males at marriage was 31.5 years while the median age of females at the time of marriage was 29.5 years. This represents an increase of 0.1 years since 2012. Since 1993, the age at which males and females marry has steadily increased.  For the majority of brides and grooms this represented their first marriage with 81.3% of brides and 79.7% of grooms not married before. 16.3% were first marriages for one partner while 11.4% were remarriages for both partners. It is interesting that couples that lived together prior to marriage decreased in 2013 to 76.6%, down from 77.6% in 2012.  A traditional church wedding ceremony isn’t the norm for most Australian couples. The proportion of marriage ceremonies performed by civil celebrants has again increased to 72.5%, up from 71.9% in 2012. Of the religious ceremonies that did take place 32.3% were Catholic and the second most common were Anglican at 15.7%. The statistics in the report reflect Australia’s multicultural society. In 2013, 55.1% of couples that married were both born in Australia. 31.6% were born in different countries and 13.2% were born in the same country overseas.  Spring and autumn weddings again proved the most popular times to say ‘I do’. The most popular month to marry in 2013 was November with 14,592 marriages, followed very closely by March with 14,584 marriages. Winter weddings not so popular with July proving to be the least popular month boasting only 5,393 marriages.  While couples may take longer to eventually walk down that aisle, weddings are certainly not going out of fashion. Weddings are adapting to modern society and marriage is reinventing itself to remain an integral social institution.  The Modern Wedding brand, as well as a successful quarterly title includes a range of annual publications that focus on specific elements of the wedding planning process. Modern Wedding Cakes, Modern Wedding Flowers and Gowns magazine are just a few of these titles.  To find out more about Modern Wedding visit: http://www.modernwedding.com.au 134 Old Pittwater Road  Brookvale  NSW 2100  Sydney  Australia Resource - http://www.modernwedding.com.au/latest-australian-marriage-statistics/ New Training Workshop Focuses on Life Cycle Costing for Mobile Mining Equipment 2015-02-26T23:37:11Z new-training-workshop-focuses-on-life-cycle-costing-of-for-mobile-mining-equipment Eskko Services has launched the first in a series of practical Asset Management workshops and training courses. Running in Brisbane and Perth during April 2015, Life Cycle Costing for Large Mining Equipment is a hands-on workshop that focuses on the application of life cycle costing methods for mining equipment. Through a combination of classroom presentation, real-world examples and a detailed case study, life cycle costing of large mining equipment is a must for maintenance managers, bid managers, cost analysts and purchasing managers looking to apply life cycle costing to mining equipment for the purpose of equipment selection, strategy optimisation, investment decision making, zero based budgeting or economic life determination. For more information please visit www.eskkoservices.com/courses Eskko Services Personnel Now Certified to Provide ISO55000 Assessment 2015-02-26T23:31:37Z eskko-services-personnel-now-certified-to-provide-iso55000-assessment Eskko Services Pty Ltd now has personnel certified to offer Asset Management assessments against the international Asset Management standard, ISO55001. The Certified Asset Management Assessor (CAMA) status is recognised in Australia, Canada, Brazil, France and the USA. For more information visit the Asset Management Council website, www.amcouncil.com.au. Certification is provided through the Worldwide Partnership in Asset Management.  The Worldwide Partnership in Asset Management is a joint venture for Certification in ISO 55001 for Asset Management Assessors. The certification assures the quality of assessors, and confirm their knowledge and comprehension in asset management systems. Stakeholders responsible for this initiative include ABRAMAN-Brazilian Maintenance Association, a private, scientific society with 2700 professional and organisational members; the USA Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals Certifying Organisation (SMRPCO), formed by practitioners to advance reliability and create leaders in the field; the Plant Engineering and Maintenance Association of Canada (PEMAC), a national association providing global leadership, education and certification in world class maintenance, reliability and physical asset management practices, and in Australia, the Asset Management Council; committed to promotion of best asset management practices in industrial, commercial, academic and government organisations.  For more information please visit www.eskkoservices.com.