The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-07-12T01:35:23Z CA Technologies announces a new goal to reduce GHG emissions 40 per cent by 2030 2017-07-12T01:35:23Z ca-technologies-announces-a-new-goal-to-reduce-ghg-emissions-40-per-cent-by-2030 SYDNEY, July 12, 2017 – CA Technologies (NASDAQ:CA) announced its commitment to reduce absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40 per cent by 2030, from a 2015 baseline, in its 8th annual Sustainability Report. The report highlights the company’s continued evolution of corporate social impact, from environmental stewardship to broader societal change. The report also demonstrates how Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) efforts are linked to CA’s business and positively benefits customers, employees and communities around the world. “We are exceptionally proud of the progress we’ve made over the past several years towards our sustainability goals, and this expanded commitment to reduce absolute GHG emissions is further evidence of how important these global issues are to CA Technologies,” said Erica Christensen, vice president, Corporate Social Responsibility, CA Technologies. “Just like our customers, CA must continue to embrace change and adapt to the environmental and social challenges in the marketplace, and we are committed to making the strategic investments that will advance sustainability for our employees, our customers and the communities we serve. Report highlights include: GHG emission reduction and target. Since 2006, CA has reduced its GHG footprint by approximately 37 per cent, an amount equivalent to powering 5,218 homes for one year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. After achieving its first GHG reduction target in 2015, CA set a second absolute reduction target of 40 per cent by 2030, based off a 2015 baseline. STEM education. CA is committed to building the STEM pipeline and increasing educational and professional participation by underrepresented groups, particularly women and students of color. This includes the Tech Girls Rock initiative CA created with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, our partnerships with nonprofits like 100Kin10, the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, Code for America, Code.org, Girls Who Code, NPower, DonorsChoose.org and PENCIL, and CA’s support of the European Commission’s Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs. UN Sustainable Development Goals. We carefully consider the relationship between our business and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Among the SDGs, Quality Education and Gender Equality (SDG 4 and 5) are core to CA’s commitments around diversity and STEM education. CA is also strongly committed to Affordable and Clean Energy and Climate Action (SDG 7 and 13). We have historically sought out Partnerships for the Goals (SDG 17)—with nonprofits, nongovernmental organisations, government agencies and other companies—to amplify our impact within our primary areas of concern. Water and waste management. CA data centers utilise closed-loop water systems for cooling, minimising water use. In addition, CA reclaims 100 per cent of rainwater from surfaces at its Hyderabad, India facility. The company also reclaims water from parking rooftops at its Islandia, New York facility for landscaping needs. Green buildings and green leases. CA incorporates sustainability elements into new leases, including provisions requiring the use of cleaning materials that are Green Seal-certified, inclusion of building-recycling programs, use of lighting sensors in common areas, and landscape irrigation systems that utilise rain sensor devices to minimise water use. Beyond traditional efficiency projects, CA combines telemetry with process automation to create bots that monitor demand and usage patterns to shut off and turn on servers. Employee generosity. For the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017, CA matched more than $1.6 million in employee donations to more than 1,700 nonprofit organisations. The company's worldwide employee volunteer initiative, CA Together in Action, takes place during the week of Earth Day in April. CA employees take time out of their workday to give back by participating in environmentally-focused volunteer projects and supporting the advancement of STEM learning. Inclusion and diversity. CA's THRIVE program helps create an inclusive and flexible workplace by attracting, nurturing and retaining a diverse workforce. In the United States, CA utilises a diversity candidate slate program to ensure all open requisitions have at least one diverse candidate for consideration in the interview process. The company always hires the best candidate for the job, and the program has strengthened its ability to do that. CA Technologies believes that today’s world needs products that are sustainable by design, with the inherent agility to take advantage of the application economy. Agile development contributes to sustainability by maximising resource utilisation and minimising unnecessary expenses. At the same time, a world driven by software must put people at the center. That’s why CA Technologies CSR efforts combine environmental benefits with societal programs that transform lives. This report, which covers the 2016 calendar year, was drafted in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 Standards at the Core level and incorporates the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact. For the sixth consecutive year, the report includes independent external assurance of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. About CA Technologies CA Technologies (NASDAQ:CA) creates software that fuels transformation for companies and enables them to seize the opportunities of the application economy. Software is at the heart of every business in every industry. From planning, to development, to management and security, CA is working with companies worldwide to change the way we live, transact, and communicate – across mobile, private and public cloud, distributed and mainframe environments. Learn more at www.ca.com. Follow CA Technologies Twitter Social Media Page Press Releases Blogs Legal notices Copyright © 2017 CA, Inc. All Rights Reserved. All trademarks, trade names, service marks, and logos referenced herein belong to their respective companies. Completion of Sale of EnviroSuite’s Consulting Practice 2017-06-26T04:31:19Z completion-of-sale-of-envirosuite-s-consulting-practice EnviroSuite Limited (ASX: EVS) (EnviroSuite or the Company) today announced the completion of the sale of its entire Pacific Environment Consulting practice, including DLA, (together PEC) to the world’s leading environmental and sustainability consulting group, Environmental Resources Management (ERM).  Details of the sale are set out in the Company’s announcement of 27 April 2017.   Robin Ormerod, Managing Director and Founder of EnviroSuite, said “This is a transformational transaction for EnviroSuite as it becomes a focused, well-funded, global SaaS technology business. I would like to thank the staff of EnviroSuite, our legal advisers Addisons, and corporate advisers TMT Partners, for their assistance in the transaction.  We look forward to working with ERM as one of our partners in the globalisation of the EnviroSuite platform.” - - -About ERM Environmental Resources Management (ERM) is a leading global provider of environmental, health, safety, risk, social consulting services and sustainability related services. Through more than 160 offices in over 40 countries and territories employing more than 4,500 people, ERM is committed to providing a service that is consistent, professional and of the highest quality to create value for its clients. Over the past three years, ERM has worked for more than 50 per cent of the Global Fortune 500 companies, delivering innovative solutions for business and selected government clients, helping them understand and manage the sustainability challenges that the world is increasingly facing.  About EnviroSuite EnviroSuite Limited (ASX:EVS), is a global provider of monitoring and operational management services through its leading software-as-a-service platform. The EnviroSuite platform provides a range of monitoring, management and reporting capabilities that are incorporated into a diverse array of operations from water treatment to large scale construction, open cut mines, food processing, port operations, environmental regulators and other industry uses. The leading edge software platform complements and facilitates the pace of technology adoption by industry and the growing expectations of communities the world over that hold environmental quality as key pillars to human health and wellbeing. EnviroSuite offers a stand-alone software service through to a comprehensive platform to assist companies with their environmental monitoring, management and reporting requirements. The EnviroSuite technology was developed, and continues to be driven and supported by some of the world’s best minds in environmental science and engineering.  EnviroSuite is receiving increasing global recognition for its innovative platform that is quickly working its way into the everyday operations of industry. ENDS Anthony Walsh joins Shark Shield as a Brand Ambassador 2017-06-20T23:14:54Z anthony-walsh-joins-shark-shield-as-a-brand-ambassador Anthony Walsh joins Shark Shield as a Brand Ambassador The world’s only scientifically proven and independently tested electrical shark deterrent Media Release - June 2017 Professional surfer, a regular at Pipeline, drone enthusiast and one of the world’s biggest GoPro surf video contributors, Anthony Walsh, has joined Shark Shield as their newest Brand Ambassador. Anthony is always on the hunt for some tube time and you’ll usually find him filming in a barrel in some exotic location somewhere on the planet, having Shark Shield on hand makes for a safer adventure. Anthony Walsh says, “I’m excited to represent the world’s only scientifically proven and independently tested electrical shark deterrent. I’ve tested out the devices for myself in Hawaii and yes without doubt Shark Shield does deter sharks without hindering surfing performance. Shark Shield launched their new Shark Shield FREEDOM+ Surf in 2016. The FREEDOM+ designed in partnership with two-time World Surfing Champion Tom Carroll and iconic surf hardware brand Ocean & Earth. Lindsay Lyon, Shark Shield’s Managing Director says, “We have created our products to enable ocean lovers to have the ability to enjoy their time in the water, personally protecting yourself from unwanted shark encounters is the only solution to enjoying the ocean without harming the environment. “We’re pleased to take on such a talented and professional surf legend as Anthony to be an ambassador of our proven technology. We look forward to sharing some of Anthony’s fantastic tube action and ocean footage ahead as he continues to travel around the globe with his Shark Shield. Stay tuned!” said Lyon. About the FREEDOM+ Surf The new FREEDOM+ Surf features a removable power module housed in a custom designed Ocean & Earth tail pad kicker, which can easily be transferred from board to board. All surfers need to do is install the new Ocean & Earth tail pad/decal antenna on each board in their quiver. The new tail pad houses the removable power module and includes a sticker-thin, adhesive decal that’s simply applied to the underside of the board. Light in weight, the solution offers nearly zero drag so there is little to no impact on surfing performance. The FREEDOM+ Surf is available now at an RRP of $599 and can be purchased from www.sharkshield.com. The Ocean & Earth tail pad/decal antenna is available for an RRP of $169. About Shark Shield Shark Shield is for professional adventurers. It is the worlds only scientifically proven and independently tested electrical shark deterrent. Sharks have small short-range electrical receptors in their snouts used for locating food. Shark Shield’s unique three-dimensional electrical waveform turns sharks away by causing unbearable spasms in these sensitive receptors. Used by professionals, such as navies around the world, Shark Shield is a safety device providing peace of mind, while supporting the conservation of sharks. If you’re serious about adventure, you wear a Shark Shield. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ For further information or to set up and interview with Lindsay Lyon or Anthony Walsh please contact: Rachel King @ 360 PR – 02 9571 4448 – 0423 833 814 – rachel@360pr.com.au SpaTap Portable Tap The Answer To The handwashing Problem 2017-06-19T01:45:33Z spatap-portable-tap-the-answer-to-the-handwashing-problem Today, 16th June 2017 the Hon Julie Bishop MP announced the winners of the Australian Government’s, Humanitarian Supplies Challenge, an initiative to take the best ideas from the private sector to improve the way in which Australia helps people in need. Thirteen winning products have been selected that address three common challenges faced in the immediate aftermath of a humanitarian crisis: water, energy and shelter. SpaTap was selected as a 1st prize winner due to its innovative water dispensing technology. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will now work with winners to secure appropriate amounts of each product to complement their existing mix of humanitarian emergency relief supplies that are stored in warehouses in Brisbane and Sydney for deployment in response to regional emergencies. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is responsible for leading the Australian Government’s response to international humanitarian crises. SpaTap® ultralight portable Tap & shower system helps to improve health and hygiene to those affected by humanitarian crisis. SpaTap’s innovative internal flange device turns water bottles into a handwashing station or portable shower through its ability to control the water flow rate. “We love helping people wash and save water and we are thrilled to play a part in how water is dispensed, used and enjoyed,” said Stuart Mason, SpaTap’s CEO. “We are honoured to be receiving our industry’s first humanitarian Supplies challenge award and we look forward to making many more impacts to improve people's health and hygiene in the years ahead.” SpaTap is committed to bringing the best personal and communal washing experience to children, adults, schools, campers, outdoor enthusiasts, WASH professionals and consumers around the world through its innovative SpaTap ultralight portable, pocket-sized, tap & shower system. SpaTap can be used as a personal tap or communally approximate amazing water saving water flow rates and hand washing capacity are, as follows: 1.25-litre bottle approximately 13 minutes 100 hand washes15-litre bottle approximately 2 hours & 36 minutes 1000 hand washesSpaTaps company mission is, “To supply A tap to the 2.5Billion people on this planet that don't have access to one" SpaTap conserves and dispenses water for the end user in disaster or long term development situations. SpaTap ultralight portable tap is used with humanitarian aid, disaster relief and outdoor recreation.We are actively seeking partnerships with Charities, NGO, WASH Sector, Government Humanitarian Aid Agencies, that want to solve the handwashing problem, please contact us. Press Contacts: Stuart MasonSpaTap+61 (0)408 847 1770408 847 177info@spatap.com WEBSITESwww.spatap.com/newswww.spatap.com/humanitarian This is the second major international award SpaTap has received for it innovative ultra light portable Tap & Shower System. 1st prize winner Water4Africa Standard Bank 2015http://water4africa.ideascale.com/a/pages/winners 1st prize winner Humanitarian Supplies Challenge 2017Promoting innovation in humanitarian action. Globally, humanitarian disasters are increasing in scale, frequency and impact. As demand for humanitarian assistance increases, the need for humanitarian response to be effective, efficient and accountable also increases. The Australian Government is committed to rapid and effective response to humanitarian crises, particularly within the Indo-Pacific Region. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is responsible for leading the Australian Government’s response to international humanitarian crises. http://dfat.gov.au/aid/topics/investment-priorities/building-resilience/humanitarian-preparedness-and-response/Pages/humanitarian-relief-supplies-challenge.aspx 28 July 2010, Resolution 64/292, the United Nations General Assembly Explicitly recognized the human right to water and sanitation and acknowledged that clean drinking water and sanitation are essential to the realisation of all human rights. May 29, 2014http://www.un.org/waterforlifedecade/human_right_to_water.shtml   According to the United Nations2.5 billion people do not have access to adequate sanitation or even a tap.783 million people do not have access to clean drinking water.SpaTap are doing something about this!www.spatap.com/humanitarian Beware of headlines promising lower electricity prices 2017-06-15T03:11:41Z beware-of-headlines-promising-lower-electricity-prices-1 Since the Finkel review was released late last week, there have been headlines stating that electricity prices would fall if the recommendations of the review were adopted.   Here’s a warning: These headlines are misleading.   While I am not in disagreement with the review or the recommendations put forward, what I take issue with is how they are falsely being framed and fed into mainstream media.   Based on my extensive knowledge of the electricity industry, a more accurate headline should be:  “Despite Finkel’s recommendations, prices will still rise for most”.   The review actually states that relative to ‘Business as Usual’ (the ongoing and unchanging state of the energy market operating within the present policy vacuum), wholesale electricity prices can somewhat improve from a forecasted ‘worst case scenario’, provided Finkel’s recommendations are adopted.   But here’s the catch: prices for most will not be lower than what we’ve seen to date. Because despite Finkel’s recommended solutions, we’re continuing to operate within the existing policy vacuum, which is pushing prices up.   Additionally, many businesses and residential users have not yet felt the full impact of the increases we have had over the last 12-18 months in the wholesale market. These increases will filter through over the next year or so as larger businesses re-contract and as retailers adjust their pricing for their other customers.   Some of this we are already starting to see with retailers announcing significant increases in pricing for residential users and small businesses from 1 July 2017. Ouch.   In short, for most us, prices are likely to go up before we experience any relief produced from Dr Finkel’s recommendations. ends * Rod Boyte is the founder and a director of Smart Power Ltd. Rod is an independent energy management solutions specialist who has helped hundreds of organisations across Australia and New Zealand rethink the way they purchase and manage energy to achieve greater levels of sustainability and operational excellence. Rod has been a member of the Energy Management Association of New Zealand (EMANZ) since 1995 and served on the EMANZ board from 1998 to 2002 (Vice Chairman in 2002). Over the past six years Rod has represented consumers at all levels by sitting on various groups including the Frequency Standard Working Group, Policy Procurement Working Group and the Metering and Reconciliation Working Group.  Rod is a frequent guest speaker at key industry conferences and events providing insights and predictions into current and future issues. His most recent engagement was in May at Vic Water's 2017 Future State of Electricity conference. With 25 years in the energy management field, Rod Boyte is deemed to be one of the most experienced energy management executives in Australia. www.smartpowerenergy.com.auMedia enquiries: Rod Boyte can be contacted on 0420 266 866. Wendy McWilliams, WMC Public Relations, T: 03 9803 2588 / 0421 364 664 E: wendy@wmcpr.com.au Sale of EnviroSuite’s Consulting Practice 2017-04-27T08:15:36Z sale-of-envirosuite-s-consulting-practice EnviroSuite Limited (ASX: EVS) (EnviroSuite or the Company) today announced that it has entered into a binding agreement to sell its entire Pacific Environment Consulting practice, including DLA, (together PEC) to the world’s leading environmental and sustainability consulting group, Environmental Resources Management (ERM) for A$15 million (the Transaction). The Transaction is being conducted via a sale of the shares in EnviroSuite’s three PEC subsidiaries. On completion of the Transaction, EnviroSuite will enter into a Cooperation Agreement with ERM pursuant to which the two companies will, amongst other things, collaborate to bring a combination of EnviroSuite’s award-winning SaaS platform and ERM’s global consulting capabilities to clients across the world. All PEC staff will transfer to ERM when it acquires the three PEC subsidiaries.  The continuing EnviroSuite team will focus exclusively on the global expansion of EnviroSuite’s software service and ongoing feature development. The sale is subject to the satisfaction (or waiver) of various conditions, including: •      there being no material adverse change affecting PEC before completion; and •      other customary completion conditions, including landlord and key customer consents. Completion of the Transaction is anticipated to occur in late May to early June 2017.  The purchase price of $15m will be paid in cash on completion and will be subject to agreed adjustments for net debt and working capital.  EnviroSuite has agreed with ERM that it will apply $500,000 of the purchase price towards incentivising current and future leaders of PEC. Following the transaction, EnviroSuite will have a cost base that reflects a SaaS business with a focused technology team and a global sales outlook.  A detailed expense line review is currently being undertaken to ensure that the cost base remains as efficient as possible.EnviroSuite SaaS Focus The sale of PEC is a natural extension of EnviroSuite’s strategy to become the world’s leading provider of SaaS monitoring and operations management services for environmental management solutions. Funds from the sale of PEC will enable the Company to further invest in sales, marketing and ongoing development of the features of the EnviroSuite software platform, to maintain its market leadership and to continue to attract highly skilled individuals and partners.  The timing of the settlement of the sale will support the recent establishment and growth of the sales and marketing teams in the USA and Europe and will add to the current sales momentum in those geographies together with Australasia. With a rapidly growing pipeline, new sales partners and recent sales in Spain, UK, USA and Mexico across a range of industry sectors and government the Company is well placed to make this transition.  ERM has an established internal structure to identify and incorporate external technologies and services into its consulting projects. This paves the way for the development of a strong working relationship with EnviroSuite. ERM has already identified a number of current project opportunities in which it intends to involve EnviroSuite’s services. Robin Ormerod, Managing Director, EnviroSuite, said, “We are thrilled to announce this transformational deal with ERM. Our market-leading consulting business becomes a valued part of a highly respected global group, offering exciting career opportunities for the team. For EnviroSuite, working with the global leader in environmental management is an exceptional distribution opportunity and one that we expect will be a game changer for our business globally.”ERM’s Chief Executive Officer, Keryn James, said, “like ERM, EnviroSuite and its Pacific Environment consulting practice has a very strong reputation for professional excellence and client service. We have pursued this acquisition with great enthusiasm and we are confident that it will provide an opportunity to expand our respective offerings to existing clients, as well as a stronger capability and track record for us to pursue new clients in key markets together.”About ERM Environmental Resources Management (ERM) is a leading global provider of environmental, health, safety, risk, social consulting services and sustainability related services. Through more than 160 offices in over 40 countries and territories employing more than 4,500 people, ERM is committed to providing a service that is consistent, professional and of the highest quality to create value for its clients. Over the past three years, ERM has worked for more than 50 per cent of the Global Fortune 500 companies, delivering innovative solutions for business and selected government clients, helping them understand and manage the sustainability challenges that the world is increasingly facing.About EnviroSuite EnviroSuite Limited (ASX:EVS), is a global provider of monitoring and operational management services through its leading software as a service platform. The EnviroSuite platform presents a range of monitoring, management and reporting capabilities that are incorporated into a diverse array of operations from water treatment to large scale construction, open cut mines, food processing, port operations, environmental regulation and other industry uses. The leading edge software platform complements and facilitates the pace of technology adoption by industry and the growing expectations of communities the world over that hold environmental quality as key pillars to human health and wellbeing. EnviroSuite offers a stand-alone software service through to a comprehensive platform to assist companies with their environmental monitoring, management and reporting requirements.  The EnviroSuite technology was developed, and continues to be driven and supported by some of the world’s best minds in environmental monitoring and management. EnviroSuite is receiving increasing global recognition for its innovative platform that is quickly working its way into the everyday operations of industry.ENDS MDBA fails rural communities: those most affected are the source of the solution 2016-11-25T04:44:43Z mdba-fails-rural-communities-those-most-affected-are-the-source-of-the-solution I hope you're well. Please see attached a Letter to the Editor commenting on the level of disconnect between the Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) and the communities affected by the proposed changes to the Basin Plan.  Kind regards, Harold Clapham Deniliquin, NSWP: 03 5881 7700  M: 0408 668 943E: haroldc@mainlandfinance.com.au I hope you're well. Please see attached a Letter to the Editor commenting on the level of disconnect between the Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) and the communities affected by the proposed changes to the Basin Plan.  Kind regards, Harold Clapham Deniliquin, NSWP: 03 5881 7700  M: 0408 668 943E: haroldc@mainlandfinance.com.au Water has never been easier to buy 2016-11-10T04:08:24Z water-has-never-been-easier-to-buy For generations of Australia’s farmers, the greatest challenge facing livelihood has always been the unpredictability of the future. For many irrigators and farmers, income is highly seasonal. There are key planting and harvesting milestones throughout a season that require significant investment which has a direct impact on cashflow. Water is central to a successful future but until now, managing the inflexible purchase process has been challenging. Irrigators have longed for a product that frees up cash flow but secures their water resources for the current season. Waterfind have been working with their customers to develop a product that does exactly that – Deferred Delivery. Available exclusively through Waterfind, Deferred Delivery, enables irrigators to secure temporary water parcels with a deposit rather than funding the full amount upfront. Full payment is due upon delivery of the parcel, which is set at an agreed future date in the current water season. CEO Alister Walsh remarked that this marked another step forward for Australia’s water markets, “Today we are excited to announce a further innovation, bringing greater flexibility to irrigators and water users alike across the Murray Darling Basin and Southern Connected Systems.” The tool has been well received by those who have been trialling the product. “Through discussions and experience with our customers, many irrigators plan ahead and purchase some or all of their water requirements early, to avoid peak season pricing. Deferred Delivery provides low cost access to secure the supply they need throughout the season at a price that they’re comfortable with. The feedback we have had suggests that this will become a key resource for irrigators in future seasons,” Alister said. Recognised as a leader in the Australian water market, Waterfind has been at the forefront of new technology, products and services since its inception in 2003. Currently facilitating the largest water market in Australia, servicing over 14,000 customers across all water markets, tools and services developed and released by Waterfind have helped grow, mature and educate the Australian water market. All these elements and first-to-market products that have advanced the Australian water market to lay the foundations for the Deferred Delivery tool, another essential product in an already extensive kit available to market participants. Deferred Delivery will be rolled-out through a staged process. Entitlement holders in the Southern Connected System, which encompasses the River Murray in South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales as well as Murrumbidgee, and northern Victorian rivers of Goulburn, Loddon and Campaspe will be the first to access the new product. Waterfind hope to offer Deferred Delivery to all water markets in the near future. Forestry and water catchments 2016-10-19T00:33:56Z forestry-and-water-catchments More than 80 people attended a workshop about forestry and water catchments in WA last month which covered important issues such as bushfire management, rehabilitation after bauxite mining and enhancing ecosystem health. Hon Rick Mazza, Hon Mick Murray and Hon Nigel Hallet along with former-MPs Dr Chrissy Sharp and Bernie Masters attended the forum titled Managing forested catchments- threats and opportunities, which was organised by the Institute of Foresters in WA. Other attendees included people with interests in conservation and ecosystem health, staff from a range of Government departments, representatives of industry, academia, biologists and foresters. IFA spokesman Frank Batini said, ‘It was a pity that no Government Ministers attended, though several were invited, but I think the importance of effectively managing water catchments was well understood by the Shadow Minister for Forestry and the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party representatives who came along’. ‘Water catchments for domestic and irrigation use cover a million hectares of jarrah forest between Mundaring and Collie. Water catchments integrate a range of land uses- water supply, biodiversity, ecosystem health, bauxite mining, recreation and silviculture; and require protection from wildfire, disease, pollution and reduced stream-flows’, said Frank. Speakers addressed changes in ecosystem health due to lower rainfall and the need to protect catchments from wildfire - noting that unless you can manage wildfire, you cannot effectively manage for any other value. The need to thin-out rehabilitation after bauxite mining was emphasised along with the need for appropriate silviculture to enhance ecosystem health and stream-flow, the value of lower-slopes and stream-zones for protecting biodiversity of flora and fauna and the much higher costs faced by irrigators when their water-supply is reduced. Frank said, ‘Beneficial changes to catchment management, such as thinning vegetation to improve stream-flows and effective fire management, could be implemented at no nett cost which would greatly reduce the current costs to Treasury of desalination and wildfire suppression’. The workshop concluded with a half-hour discussion from the participants that produced useful advice on the next steps. There was support for continued involvement by establishing a broader advocacy group, to develop proposals and to lobby Government.   Media contact: Frank Batini (IFA - WA): 08 9457 1952 The most ambitious school building project in Victorian history 2016-05-06T03:47:40Z the-most-ambitious-school-building-project-in-victorian-history 06/05/2016 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) congratulates the Victorian Government for its investment in the future growth and development of education infrastructure in Victoria which will underpin future innovation across the State. To safe guard the $1.1b investment and ensure both the Victorian Government and the people of Victoria are getting value for money in this initiative, the AIQS recommends the government engage AIQS professionally qualified quantity surveyors from the outset of these projects to ensure costs are controlled and managed. AIQS quantity surveyors, by working side by side with the Victorian Government, will control costs, minimise risks, and provide certainty to ensure potential cost overruns experienced on some school projects undertaken during the BER are not repeated. Part of this cost control process is ensuring the procurement of contractors to deliver these projects is done in a manner to provide ‘value for money’ and not simply flood the market with projects. With rates for education projects ranging from $1,500/m2 to $4,500/m2 dependent on the scale of the work required, it is important that the 23 new schools and upgrades to 147 schools have this professional quantity surveyor advice from the initiation of each project. This will ensure that each project has a skilled professional as part of the team to assist in identifying and minimising risks associated with time, cost, quality, environment and safety. For more information, contact Peter Clack (AIQS President) on 02 8234 4000 or president@aiqs.com.au. The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) is the peak professional body for Quantity Surveying in Australia and Internationally, with over 4,000 Members. Through its leadership, Standards, and Code of Professional Conduct, AIQS ensures that practising Quantity Surveyors are dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of professional excellence. The Institute promotes AIQS Quantity Surveyor members in providing impartial, independent, expert advice which benefit construction and infrastructure projects, by ensuring that design and construction costs are managed as efficiently and effectively as possible. The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) Level 3, 70 Pitt St Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia (02) 8234 4000 www.aiqs.com.au Multiparameter Water Quality Meters. 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Timber Supplier in Brisbane Provides the Ultimate DIY Timber Guide 2016-03-31T05:27:42Z timber-supplier-in-brisbane-provides-the-ultimate-diy-timber-guide Brisbane, QLD, 31 March 2016 - There are a lot of timber suppliers in Brisbane but one in particular consistently goes out of their way to educate their customer base and make it easier for them to understand the process of selecting the right materials for the right job: Narangba Timbers. Recently, on his company blog, Narangba Timbers owner Jack Kyle provided a guide for DIY enthusiasts to help them select the right timber for various DIY projects. The guide, called “An Overview of Timber for DIY Projects,” explained the various varieties and grades of timber in “plain English” without turning it into a tech manual. It revealed an insider’s viewpoint of why certain timbers are better than others for various projects.According to Mr Kyle, “We love timber and we wanted to make it easier for DIY enthusiasts to select the right materials. We wanted them to understand the basics of which timbers work the best for which projects. But because most of the DIY enthusiasts we know would rather get busy than spend a lot of time reading, we made it short and easy to understand without a degree in physics.”The guide covers various varieties of timber. For example, varieties of engineered timber include veneers, plywood, laminated timber and reconstituted timber products. It then explains solid timber and how it is divided into softwood and hardwood. Softwoods are from the pine family. They aren’t as strong as hardwoods, aren’t as durable and don’t have the rich, dark colours that hardwoods do. However, they are the easiest timbers to work with and are appropriate for all non-structural indoor projects involving timber.Hardwoods provide more strength and durability. They also contain the grains and colours that provide the classic timber aesthetic. They are used for most structural projects, though some softwoods and engineered timber have the strength to provide structural support. Hardwoods come with four durability ratings from 1, which is the most durable, to 4. Narangba Timbers only carries hardwoods with a rating of 1 or 2.Timber decking and timber flooring are usually completed with hardwood. Merbau is a favourite for timber decking in Brisbane while many different hardwoods are used for timber flooring. Timber fencing is built with CCA treated pine or hardwood. The CCA treatment is necessary to protect against termites. It isn’t appropriate for timber decking or flooring because it can be toxic to both humans and animals with prolonged exposure. Mr Kyle concluded: “We are glad to provide our readers with a basic guide to selecting timber for their DIY projects. We have a customer service staff that we really feel is second to none in the industry and we feel it is even easier for them to give great customer service to a customer who already has access to some information before talking to them.”Narangba Timbers are the leading timber suppliers in the Brisbane area. They stock timber for all projects, including timber decking, timber fencing and hardwood flooring. To learn more about Narangba Timbers, you can visit their Brisbane location, call them on (07) 3888 1293 or visit their website: http://www.narangbatimbers.com.au/. When Drinking Big Wet Spring Water Just Isn’t Enough 2016-03-31T02:37:36Z when-drinking-big-wet-spring-water-just-isn-t-enough We all know that Big Wet’s natural spring water is crisp, clear, refreshing and drinking it is good for you. But now Big Wet customers have the opportunity to spend a weekend bathing in it! Big Wet’s water comes from a source in the scenic village of Musk, Victoria, just on the outskirts of Daylesford and Hepburn Springs. This area is found on the foothills of the Great Dividing Range and is known for its natural spring mineral spas. In fact the region is home to more than 80 per cent of Australia’s mineral water reserves. The location of the Big Wet’s water source is a picturesque property with an established holiday house available for rental, allowing guests an endless supply of the same spring water they might drink from their water coolers at home or at work. It is literally on tap! Soak in the bath or sit under the stars, relaxing your muscles in the outdoor spa and of course drink endless glasses of Big Wet spring water, all while enjoying the country air and sweeping views. The Musk Springs holiday house is fully equipped with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, a full kitchen, wood stove for chilly nights as well as a cubby house for the kids.  Big Wet customers have the opportunity to stay at Musk Springs for 20% off the regular rate. Bookings can be made through Daylesford Accommodation Escapes by ringing 5348 1448 or go to http://www.dabs.com.au . Mention you are a Big Wet customer to receive your discount. For further information on Big Wet please visit the website at http://www.bigwet.com.au . Timber Decking Supplier in Brisbane Warns Customers: “Be Careful When Building a Timber Deck in a Bushfire-Prone Area.” 2016-03-24T04:11:32Z timber-decking-supplier-in-brisbane-warns-customers-be-careful-when-building-a-timber-deck-in-a-bushfire-prone-area Brisbane, QLD, 24 March 2016 - Timber decking is a popular DIY project in the Brisbane area and across Australia. For many Australians, there is nothing quite like enjoying BBQ and cold beverages on a timber deck. However, according to Jack Kyle, owner of Narangba Timbers, those who want to build a timber deck need to know if they are in a bushfire-prone area.According to Mr Kyle: “It is crucial for anyone building a timber deck to know their home’s Bushfire Attack Level. Once they know their Bushfire Attack Level, they can decide what precautions to take and what materials. If there’s one really good thing that has come out of the bushfires over the last seven years, it’s the raising of building standards in bushfire-prone areas.”The Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) is a number that reflects the risk of a home being damaged by a bushfire. It measures the threat that radiant heat, ember attack and direct flame contact pose to a home. The most important factor in determining the BAL is the area’s Fire Danger Index. Other factors are also important, such as: the slope of the land on which the building is constructed, the buildings that are nearby and the vegetation that surrounds the dwelling.The scale for BAL is simple and takes a lot of the guesswork out of deciding what materials to use for a timber deck. Those whose homes are rated as “BAL Low” can use whatever materials they want with no special consideration to bushfires. Those whose homes are rated BAL 12.5-40 need to use building materials that are either bushfire resistant or non-combustible. It is also necessary to enclose the space below the timber deck to prevent ember attacks from starting a fire underneath the deck.If a home is rated as a BAL Flame Zone, every precaution must be taken to prevent combustion. The space below the deck must be closed and the materials must be non-combustible. The deck should contain steel framing and no timbers can be exposed. The decking boards should contain no gaps. Both the decking boards and the sub-floor should be made of dense timber.According to Mr Kyle: “Even with stringent standards, there are still plenty of timber decking options for homes in the Brisbane area. We are happy the standards are there because they protect homeowners and their families. I like to see homeowners build a bit above the standards. For example, merbau is a popular timber choice. It is naturally fire-resistant and makes a beautiful, solid timber deck that lasts for years. It is a great choice for most timber decks, even those that are in BAL Low zones.”Mr Kyle concluded: “Whatever you build, do it right. Keep your home and your family safe in all conditions.”Narangba Timbers is the leading supplier of timber decking in the Brisbane area. They carry a comprehensive inventory of timber for all building uses. Their customer service staff is second to none. They have a display deck on which customers can view various timbers and finishes for a timber deck. They also have a decking calculator which calculates how much timber is needed for any given project. To learn more or to place an order, call (07) 3888 1293 or visit their website: http://www.narangbatimbers.com.au/. Terrorism Impacts Global Supply Chain 2016-03-23T23:39:02Z terrorism-impacts-global-supply-chain Increased number of terrorism incidents contributed to major disruptions to international shipping in Europe and Middle East. In 2015, BSI noted a number of cross-border issues that threatened supply chains across the world. This included damages caused by cargo theft worth AUD$29.7 billion; increased number of terrorism incidents contributed to billions of dollars in losses to global shipping companies; an influx of migrants in Europe that harmed supply chain integrity across the continent; economic downturns in Argentina, Brazil, and China; and issues of political transparency that drove social unrest in Africa and Central America. Extreme weather events, including many attributed to the El Nino phenomenon, caused supply chain disruptions and threatened business continuity in multiple regions. There were also several industries that were plagued by poor enforcement of labour regulations, allowing for significant rates of child or forced labour in Argentina and India, among other nations. Nearly AUD$30 billion was lost due to cargo theft worldwide in 2015 from a variety of supply chain threats, predominantly driven by security concerns. South Africa has seen a 30 per cent increase in cargo truck hijackings over the last year, with thieves using high levels of violence and switching from targeting only high value goods to also targeting lower value items. Daring vehicle shipment thefts have become increasingly commonplace in China, with a recent series of in-transit vehicle thefts occurring along the busy G45 highway. More sophisticated attacks were observed in India throughout 2015, where criminal gangs masterminded new techniques to steal goods without breaking customs seals in order to avoid detection – a major risk for companies participating in international supply chain security programs. In Europe, disruptions in trade caused by the ISIS terrorist group clearly highlighted the link between terrorism and the supply chain. Border controls in France following the November attacks in Paris are estimated to have cost the Belgian shipping industry AUD$4.6 million. Terrorist-linked smuggling rings were also identified to be colluding between Spain and the Middle East, the groups illegally transporting shipments of stolen electronics, drugs, weapons and other contraband. Elsewhere, the Jordanian trucking industry suffered AUD$990 million in lost revenue since conflict began in the Middle East in 2011. In addition to theft, business continuity-related threats such as extreme weather events and political and social unrest, led to significant losses for individual companies and national economies last year. 2015’s top five natural disasters caused a collective $33 billion of damage to businesses. In 2016, BSI has identified emerging health crises, such as the Zika virus, could also pose a significant threat to the global supply chain and may lead to work stoppages and protests similar to the supply chain disruptions seen in conjunction with the Ebola epidemic. Labour unrest and factory strikes have also caused considerable financial damage across the world. Factory strikes in China increased by 58.3 per cent from the previous year due to pay disputes, as factory owners struggled to pay workers due to a slowing economy, leading to protests. The withholding of wages was cited as a major cause in 75 per cent of protests and generated losses of up to AUD$35 million in the footwear industry. Labour unrest is likely to continue in China in 2016, regardless of whether the economy improves. Numerous cases of child and forced labour were exposed in 2015, highlighting the need for visibility into corporate supply chain to mitigate the risk of human rights abuses. Nearly 80 per cent of Argentina’s textile industry was found to be sourcing from unregulated facilities, where forced, child labour and poor working conditions are common. BSI also noted an increase in the risk of child labour use in India due to the existence of loopholes in labour reforms approved in 2015. In response to these and other recent concerns, European countries and the United States last year moved to pass laws mandating reporting on corporate social responsibility issues in corporate supply chains.   Jim Yarbrough, Global Intelligence Program Manager at BSI commented: “Companies are facing an increasingly wide range of challenges to their supply chain, from human rights issues to acts of violent theft and natural disasters. Such complexity creates extreme levels of risk for organizations, both directly affecting the bottom line but perhaps more seriously, hidden threats to the supply chain which, if ignored, could do serious harm to a company’s hard-earned reputation.” The biggest threats to the global supply chain in 2016 include: Global cargo theft cost estimated to grow by a further AUD$1.3 billion in 2016. Increased concerns in China, Germany, India, Mexico, South Africa, and United States Continued tensions in South China Sea predicted to lead to further protests and disruptions On-going conflict in Syria will continue to impact supply chains Migrant crisis will continue to lead to port disruptions. European Union/Schengen border controls predicted to have far-reaching impact. ISIS is predicted to remain a significant threat to disrupt supply chains Labour unrest in China is predicted to persist, as a slowdown in the Chinese economy continues and more jobs move to neighbouring countries Weather disruptions e.g. La Nina phenomenon Global health crises e.g. Zika and Ebola The report is based on data from BSI’s Supply Chain Risk Exposure Evaluation Network (SCREEN), which provides continuous evaluation across 22 proprietary risk factors and 204 countries. BSI’s 2015 SCREEN data and analysis reveals a clear picture of the changing global threat landscape and how this varies by country, continent, and industry sector. To download a copy of BSI’s 2015 Global Supply Chain Intelligence Report, please click here.  - ENDS-   About BSI BSI (British Standards Institution) is the business standards company that equips businesses with the necessary solutions to turn standards of best practice into habits of excellence. Formed in 1901, BSI was the world’s first National Standards Body and a founding member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Over a century later it continues to facilitate business improvement across the globe by helping its clients drive performance, manage risk and grow sustainably through the adoption of international management systems standards, many of which BSI originated. 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Our intelligence-infused supply chain solutions and global network empower our clients to understand global supply chain risk with unequaled precision. To learn more, please visit www.bsi-supplychainsolutions.com      Media enquiries: BSI Marketing Department                Tel: +61 2 8877 7131          Email: marketing.au@bsigroup.com Marc Barnes Managing Director - BSI Group Australia and NZ Tel: +61 2 8877 7100 Email: marc.barnes@bsigroup.com