The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-11-15T05:26:12Z Mining industry super duo prove job sharing’s a win-win 2019-11-15T05:26:12Z mining-industry-super-duo-prove-job-sharing-s-a-win-win Brisbane, 13 November 2019. Part time work. Work from home days. Job Sharing. Flexible working arrangements are on the rise in Australia … and they’re here to stay. But many Australian employers, particularly large organisations, are hesitant or struggle to implement job sharing. Citing concerns such as lowered productivity, lack of supervision and feelings of unfairness among other employees, as well as IT security, possible impacts on customer service and the implications of flexible working on team dynamics. Catherine and Kristy are set to prove them wrong. Catherine and Kristy have been job sharing since 2017. As part of Australia’s rising share of part time workers (31% in 2018, up from 25% in 1998), they’re on the leading edge of the flexible working arrangements wave. And they’re on the leading edge of how to make job sharing really work. ‘From day one, everything we did, said or delivered was from ‘us’’, says Catherine. ‘We trust each other. If we didn’t, this relationship definitely wouldn’t work!’ Both Kristy and Catherine were working in the mining industry in senior roles, Kristy as a Project Management Office (PMO) Lead and Catherine as a Senior Advisor Project Finance, when they met. Like many women, they were reluctant to return to full time work after having families, but they also didn’t want to lose the careers they had worked so hard to obtain. When Kristy was approached for a job-sharing role, she accepted on the condition she could work with Catherine. So, what makes it work? ·      They have a professional charter. ‘We understand who our customer is, we know our expectations, we provide service and we are reputable’, say Catherine and Kristy. ·      They have systems in place to ensure that to do items are carried over and prioritised as needed. ·      They respond as one. They use a single mailbox so that all work items and necessary emails can be actioned by either one of them. ·      They know each other’s strengths and weaknesses. And the benefits to both themselves and their employer have been more than they could even have imagined. Rather than being less productive, their mining employer now has the benefit of a larger range of skills across two people, as well as a ‘get the job done’ mentality which far exceeds the average worker who generally has a five-day work week to accomplish projects. When either Kristy or Catherine take annual leave, there is still a person available who understands what is necessary for the role and is able to manage things while the other is away. Plus, they keep each other accountable. ‘Our output is far higher with much greater visibility than with your average full-time worker, but without the need for management micromanaging’, Catherine adds. ‘In fact, our management is absolutely speechless by how successful our job share has been.’ Of course, job sharing has had benefits for Catherine and Kristy as well, allowing them time with their families, while still maintaining their careers. It’s also given them the flexibility to follow other passions in their lives. In this case, those passions are in the form of a children’s design and décor shop, Homely Creatures. In fact, Homely Creatures is actually their second job share as they own and run it together. ‘We were looking for a gap in the children’s industry, something that we could feel good about aligning ourselves with’, Catherine says. ‘The opportunity to buy Homely Creatures arose and we decided it was a risk worth taking!’ Kristy and Catherine are passionate about bringing awareness and hope to others that may want to job share, as well as educating companies about the benefits and the process that can make job sharing a true success. Catherine says, ‘I have heard so many men and women complain about how hard it is to find part time work or a company that is willing to discuss job sharing opportunities with them. So many just find it too difficult.’ ‘The job sharing arrangement is still very immature within our company, but we are determined to help move it out of our department and into the global company and then out of the company into other companies in Australia’, Kristy adds. ‘Job sharing allows valuable workers who may only want or be able to do part time work back into the workforce. It makes us smarter and stronger as a whole. And it brings more skills and opportunities to businesses as well’, Kristy says. About Catherine and Kristy: Catherine Goos grew up on a cattle crop farm in Central Queensland riding dirt bikes and sliding down the banks of a clay dam. She relocated to Brisbane (a long time ago!) and now calls New Farm home. She started her working life in the tourism industry, but it wasn’t long before she jumped ship for the finance world. She has a passion for interior design, renovating homes and her family, including husband Kris and three-year-old son, Jack. Kristy Wong was born in Adelaide but made her way to Darwin via the middle of Australia, living in an underground house in Coober Pedy as well as Alice Springs. She came to Brisbane for university and this is where her love of technology was born. Her first ‘real’ job was at the Queensland Police where she started as a Graduate Database administrator but quickly moved up the corporate ladder to senior positions, including Quality Assurance Officer and Project Manager. This sent her to her current role in the mining industry. Kristy also has a passion for supporting families with premature babies, as her and her husband Ivan’s own twin girls were born in 2016 at only 27 weeks and 6 days.     *Catherine and Kristy are available for interviews.* Media enquiries Kristen Lowrey M 04 1286 4088 E Other enquires Homely Creatures M 0417 892 283 (Kristy) M 0418 735 550 (Catherine) E or visit the website,             Welders Run A 43% Increased Risk of Lung Cancer. 2019-11-12T22:45:00Z welders-run-a-43-increased-risk-of-lung-cancer The employer has the primary responsibility to ensure that welders, as far as reasonably practicable, are not exposed to health and safety risks whilst performing their job. The employer can achieve this by introducing engineering or administrative controls such as extract ventilation and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as welding powered air-purifying respirators (PAPR). 2019 meta-analysis on exposure to welding fume Based on the 2017 IARC reclassification of welding fume and the more recent 2019 meta-analysis on exposure to welding fume and the risk of lung cancer, all employers of welders should consider reviewing their risk assessments for welding activities and revise where necessary their control measures to protect those undertaking welding activities. If you want to learn more about the 2019 meta-analysis on exposure to welding fume and the risk of lung cancer, Australian Welding Supplies have just released their 2020 Welding Fume Update.  The paper takes a closer look at the 2019 statistical study on welding fume which concluded that welders run a 43% increased risk of lung cancer when compared with those who have never welded or been exposed to welding fume. The welding code of practice  The Welding Code of Practice released by Safe Work Australia stipulates that employers ‘must ensure that air monitoring is carried out to determine the airborne concentration of a substance or mixture at the workplace to which an exposure standard applies if: - you are not certain on reasonable grounds whether or not the airborne concentration of the substance or mixture at the workplace exceeds the relevant exposure standard or - monitoring is necessary to determine whether there is a risk to health (1)’. Australian & New Zealand Work, Health and Safety Laws Under both the Australian Work, Health and Safety Laws and the New Zealand Health and Safety at Work Regulations, a person who directs the carrying out of work (eg. employer) at a workplace must provide PPE to workers carrying out work unless the personal protective equipment has been provided by another person conducting a business or undertaking, like a labour-hire company. As an employer, once you have selected the appropriate PPE ‘you must provide the worker with information, training, and instruction in the proper use and wearing of that PPE’ (1). Proper guidance should be given on the storage of equipment and care and maintenance guidelines should be clear and adhered to. Where to from here? For help on selecting suitable respiratory protection for your specific welding application, or training and instruction on the proper use, fitting, or care and maintenance of your welding PPE, please contact AWS or use the links below. Download the 2020 Welding Fume Paper Here References 1) Welding processes code of practice, Safe Work Australia, May 2018 I Own a 3M Speedglas 9100 FX Air. How do I upgrade to the NEW Speedglas G5-01 Welding Helmet? 2019-11-11T00:01:21Z i-own-a-3m-speedglas-9100-fx-air-how-do-i-upgrade-to-the-new-speedglas-g5-01-welding-helmet By now you’ve likely heard about the new 3M Speedglas Heavy Duty Respiratory Welding Helmet G5-01. If you are one of the tens of thousands of Australian or Kiwi welders who own a 3M Speedglas 9100 FX Air and would like to upgrade to the new 3M Speedglas G5-01 Welding Helmet, you have TWO options:   1.      Keep your Adflo PAPR and Upgrade Your Head-Top Only The most economical way to upgrade to the new 3M Speedglas G5-01 Welding Helmet is by hanging onto your existing Adflo PAPR and simply upgrading your head-top. The 3M Speedglas G5-01 Upgrade Kit comes with the new 3M Speedglas G5-01 Flip-Up Welding Helmet and the new Speedglas G5-01 Welding Lens with True-View and Variable Colour. Simply attach the helmet to your existing Adflo PAPR and you can benefit from all the features of the New 3M Speedglas G5-01 Welding Helmet including climate control, larger welding lens with a shade 14, larger grinding visor, narrow more streamlined design, TrueView and Variable Colour, Bluetooth Connectivity and a number of configurable extra protection and lighting options. 2.   Upgrade Your Complete System The second option is obviously to upgrade your complete kit. The new 3M Speedglas G5-01 comes with a heavy-duty Adflo PAPR which gives you approximately 12 hours of battery life. If you’d like to take advantage of the configurable task light then we recommend this heavy duty battery option, as the task light draws its power from the Adflo battery. The complete kit also comes with the new 3M Speedglas Heavy-Duty Carry Bag to protect the welding helmet and respiratory system in between uses.   To Upgrade Your Speedglas FX Air Click Here Marks Carpet Cleaning Is Now Serving In Adelaide 2019-11-09T09:48:01Z marks-carpet-cleaning-is-now-serving-in-adelaide Marks Carpet Cleaning Services is now providing carpet cleaning services in Adelaide. The company has already delivered its services throughout many suburbs in Australia. It is the dedication and hard work of the workers which has led them to achieve great success in Australia. The professionals of the company are fully trained and equipped with advanced and efficient tools so they can clean all types of stained and dirty carpets easily. It is acknowledged by countless people that the services they got from this company were totally outstanding. The company always deliver quality work to its clients. Adelaide people have got lucky because they will be providing their best carpet cleaning services to them at affordable costs.  Thousands of people deal with dirty carpets at their homes every day and try various methods to get rid of the problem. All those who face difficulty to clean their carpets on their own can get it cleaned by hiring the experts from Marks Cleaning Services. With having more than a decade of expertise in this industry they never fail to deliver the best services to their customers. The company have become a noteworthy organization in the Adelaide thus, people residing there trust them for carpet cleaning. Offering the best services for carpet dry cleaning, stain removal and making the clients content is the main goal of their job. The team of Marks Carpet Cleaning can work with attentiveness and passion so that they never feel exhausted while serving customer’s needs. After been working in this business for more than 10 years their professionals have learned several accurate and secure methods to clean all types of dirt and stains from the carpets. They have praised by everyone for providing the most beneficial services for many years. The happy clients of the company keep on writing reviews on their websites every day and thank them for providing the results they always needed for carpet steam cleaning and other services.  Mark, The owner of the company has followed a rule since he started working and that is to work with full dedication and zest. Passion for work had played an important role in his life hence, he has made the company succeed great success. He was always conscious of his job and maintained his team to work with commitment as well. After kept working hard for years his company has now become distinguished in various suburbs. And he has spread the carpet cleaning business to countless suburbs in Australia. Customers satisfaction is the major responsibility of the company. So he always delivers the best results to them. Summary: If you are looking for a reliable company for the carpet cleaning Adelaide then you can rely on Marks Carpet Cleaning. They are reputable, famous and provide merely quality work to their customers. They served in many commercial areas too. To get answers of any of your query you can talk to the 24*7 customer care representatives they will aid you in an emergency too. Get your bookings done on weekdays too.  Our Carpet Cleaning Location Areas:- * Carpet Cleaning Melbourne * Carpet Cleaning Brisbane * Carpet Cleaning Sydney * Carpet Cleaning Hobart * Carpet Cleaning Canberra * Carpet Cleaning Perth * Carpet Cleaning Bendigo Company Name:- Marks Carpet Cleaning Contact Person:- Mark Email Id:- Phone Number:- 0421 830 164 City:- Adelaide State:- South Aurstralia Postal Code:- 5000 Country:- Australia Luxo Living Presents the most exciting Trivia Frenzy in Australia 2019-11-08T06:29:36Z luxo-living-presents-the-most-exciting-trivia-frenzy-in-australia This coming November 12, 2019, get ready for Luxo’s most surprising FRENZY PROMO! Luxo Living offers shoppers the chance to win $500 Luxo Cash Voucher, plus a $5 discount coupon for every correct answer in their trivia questions. The discount coupon can be used with a minimum purchase of $250 worth of furniture items. What’s great about this would be the opportunity to obtain discounts, only by answering easy questions. The game will start at 6:30PM AEDT (Sydney time) until 7:30PM AEDT. And theres more! From 7:30PM AEDT, a free cotton rich bedsheet set  will be given away every 2 minutes. The bed sheet includes a fitted sheet,  flat sheet and 2 pillowcase. The winners may choose any colour and size he/she wants. Luxo Living will post 10 questions on their website. The lucky contestant with the most correct answers will win the Grand Prize. In case of a tie, a draw will take place. Watch out for surprises and giveaways on their Luxo Frenzy event. Complete your shopping experience with low-priced items from all categories on the Luxo Living website and shop with discount coupon from different collections. Gather your friends and family and have fun while getting vouchers and other surprises on their website. Luxo Living value every customer, that's why they're so eager to make this year's Trivia Frenzy Promo even more unforgettable. So, make sure to list November 12 into your calendar. Luxo Living is dedicated to bringing every Australian household with the best online shopping experience. Famous for their various promotions all-year-round, the company aims to make furniture shopping a fun and rewarding experience for everyone. From delivery offers to discount coupons, Luxo Living never fails to surprise devoted customers and new furniture shoppers. Luxo Living's 11.11 Singles' Day Sale 2019-11-08T06:22:28Z luxo-living-s-11-11-singles-day-sale 11.11.2019! Achieve the ultimate comfort of your home by joining the best furniture shopping spree of the year as Luxo Living brings you the most enticing online deal today, full of discounts, surprises, and enjoyable online shopping experiences. Luxo Living’s 11.11 Singles’ Day Sale offers customers the opportunity to fill their homes with low-priced items from all categories in exciting deals from various collections. This day is all about getting the best discounts on different furniture items- from purchasing a classic leather sofa, or those trendy accent chairs or perhaps even the latest traditional sauna! This day is the most fabulous day to design your home as the holiday season is coming near! What's fantastic about all this would be the endless choices you have at your fingers. Browse for exclusive deals and get unique discounts and offers from different furniture items. Luxo Living guarantees that shoppers wouldn't have to wait a long time to reap exclusive benefits from various collections. Enjoy discount vouchers and free shipping offers. For furniture shoppers who have been waiting on the perfect time to splurge, get ready as Luxo's 11.11 sales event is near. This sale will happen on November 11, 2019, as this one-day sale will give you any furniture that suits your taste. Concentrating on the finest and quality items for sale, this concept also highlights the best possible rates for you and the furniture you want to have. So, make sure to list November 11 in your calendar. By providing a great selection of quality furniture that is comfortable, fashionable, durable, and affordable, Luxo has developed a strong market presence. Through the advent of online shopping, they promise to deliver and set up your purchase with their SAME DAY delivery option in Sydney. Luxo quality product lines come with fair daily pricing, offering much lower prices than most retailers in the Australian market. For any enquiries contact Luxo Living at 02 8999 1114 or try their Live Chat, and they will immediately get back with all the information anyone requires. High Density Shelving Systems Now Available! 2019-11-07T04:43:16Z high-density-shelving-systems-now-available Brice Australia now brings a new shelving system by Tonon to the Australian market. Italian designed and manufactured, Tonon produce high density modular shelving systems that have been crafted to maximise space utilisation. Tonon’s shelving system is suitable for use in cool rooms, supermarkets, commercial kitchens, restaurants, butcher’s shops, poultry shops, delicatessens, and various other food and hospitality settings. Tonon’s modular shelving system is 100% customisable. Using 3D imaging of the customer’s facility, Tonon can manufacture the ideal shelving system. Some of the key advantages of this shelving system are: manufactured from food grade materials, antibacterial and hygienic compliant shelving, made from recyclable materials, easy to assemble and setup, easy to clean and caters to room temperatures ranging between -30o C and +90o C. This makes the shelving system ideal for food preparation facilities that rely on clean and food-friendly storage equipment that can store various produce of differing types, sizes and weights. The shelving system is self-supporting and does not need to be secured to floors or walls. This inherent feature minimises installation time, simplifies assembly, promotes customisation and suits owners or tenants who want to limit modifications to their premises. Corner configurations can also be installed to maximise space usage by using corner brackets instead of frames which securely lock into neighbouring shelves. Depending on the space of the room, up to 90% of the room can be utilised with Tonon’s shelving system. Accessories available with Tonon’s shelving system include: dividers, colour coded racks, fall arresting bars, additional supports for heavier items and assorted brackets. About Brice Australia Established in 1939, Brice Australia serve the commercial and domestic food and hospitality industries in Australia with user-friendly, reliable and quality food-preparation equipment. From small hands-on equipment through to fully automated process-line equipment, Brice Australia can satisfy any sized business with effective food preparation solutions. The company has partnered with prestigious manufacturers in Europe to provide the Australian market with some of the highest quality, elegantly refined and superior performance equipment available. Brice Australia stock slicers, food processing equipment, mixers, meat processing equipment, light kitchen equipment, ovens, grills, manual wrappers, vacuum packers, weighing scales, access control systems and shelving. All products have been crafted to achieve maximum benefit to the user to help minimise downtime, improve productivity and satisfy common operational requirements. For more information, please visit: Rizing, LLC: Thirteen Countries, One Company, One System, With SAP® SuccessFactors® 2019-11-05T03:18:09Z rizing-llc-thirteen-countries-one-company-one-system-with-sap-successfactors SYDNEY, November 1, 2019 – Rizing, LLC, is pleased to announce its go live with SAP SuccessFactorsEmployee Central in 13 countries. The journey is about more than technology; it’s about the consolidation of multiple SAP solutions and platforms into one centralized system. Rizing has the capabilities of a much larger firm and the personal touch of a neighborhood corner store. In tandem with the SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central go live, Rizing is consolidating its multiple brands into one brand: Rizing. Rizing Chief Executive Officer Mike Maiolo says, “Rizing is experiencing a revolution with SAP cloud solutions that enable the type of business transformation that was once only the domain of the largest enterprises. SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central is allowing our firm to operate as one company with the best software in the world for Human Resources.”   GLOBAL BUSINESS CHALLENGES SOLVED IN THE CLOUD   The challenges Rizing faced were the ability to have a clear line of sight to talent across 13 countries in three regions. Rizing incorporated four acquisitions across the globe over one year, resulting in multiple systems and processes across the business. Rizing needed to create alignment, a common vision and shared values. Furthermore, data integration and tracking were necessary to meet compliance and reporting mandates and to attract and retain talent that fit the core competencies and culture of Rizing.   “We are honored to accompany Rizing on their journey as they look to create one brand and one vision for their growing organization, with a consistent employee experience across the globe,” said Greg Tomb, President, SAP SuccessFactors. “With SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central, Rizing can now truly put people at the center of their business by using technology to automate and streamline key HR processes and engage its global workforce in new and meaningful ways.” SAP SUCCESSFACTORS IS POWERING THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE AT RIZING   SAP was selected because the flexibility of its cloud solutions meets Rizing’s needs for scalability as the company continues to grow. The ability to achieve an expeditious implementation, minimize maintenance and deliver ongoing innovation with the software were key criteria. These qualities of an HR system will allow Rizing to focus more time and attention on their core business: that is, their commitment to provide best-in-class solutions to meet global client demand for consulting, implementation services and innovative products.   SAP SuccessFactors allows Rizing to go beyond simply managing headcount. By adopting and deploying end-to-end processes for recruiting, onboarding and continuous performance management and development, Rizing is able to create a workforce experience for its managers and employees that is intuitive, engaging and consistent. This is essential with a workforce that is spread across many different locations and often not tied to a corporate office. Furthermore, with SAP SuccessFactors serving as a single source for accurate employee data, Rizing is also able to implement a single sign on (SSO) approach to company systems, simplifying and securing the management of user records, but also creating a more enjoyable experience for employees.  In the future, Rizing will introduce analytics using Lyra, Rizing’s proprietary application, in order to achieve a more complete, real-time picture of employee engagement and the effectiveness of current HR programs.   Katie Obi, Chief HR and Transformation Officer at Rizing says, ““Our business is a people business. We need an inspired and engaged workforce and this begins with knowing who we are. Who is our talent? Do we have the right skills to meet our current and upcoming business and customer needs? How do we effectively manage and develop our people to be the best they can be? How can we find more people that fit Rizing's culture and growth objectives? These are the questions that the integrated SAP SuccessFactors suite is helping us address.” HCM SUITE SUCCESS: SAP SUCCESSFACTORS INTEGRATED FOR SUCCESS   “SAP SuccessFactors will enable Rizing to have an integrated view of each employee from day one through various aspects of their career development, and help us achieve a competitive edge,” says Mike Maiolo, Rizing’s Chief Executive Officer. “As one company, with one system, we can maximize our talent across all lines of business and geography – which is a win-win for employees and for Rizing.” For more information, press only:  Contact Sherryanne Meyer, Rizing Corporate Communications Director,    About  Rizing   Headquartered in Stamford, Conn., USA,  Rizing  is a privately held multinational company leading the development of the intelligent enterprise through our portfolio of services that includes Human Capital Management expertise for SAP SuccessFactors and SAP ERP HCM; SAP Enterprise Asset Management and SAP Consumer Industries. Rizing provides consulting and support services, SAP Partner Managed Cloud payroll and our proprietary apps leveraging the SAP Cloud Platform to Fortune 500 and small and medium enterprises.  For more information, please visit or contact: Rizing, LLC at +1 (203) 517-0400,     Embracing lifestyle choices of sustainability, Two Design Lovers continue to grow their online designer marketplace 2019-11-03T06:33:32Z embracing-lifestyle-choices-of-sustainability-two-design-lovers-continue-to-grow-their-online-designer-marketplace Deb Achhorner and Emilia Harrison are the design enthusiasts behind an exciting new approach to shopping for home furniture. Frustrated and dismayed by the country’s growing landfill issue and the continuing trend towards buying poor quality, unethically produced and disposable furniture, the duo launched the online marketplace,Two Design Lovers, in early 2019. A marketplace for homeowners and professional stylists alike, Two Design lovers, offers consumers the ability to buy and sell new and used vintage, modern and designer brand home decor. A beautifully curated  selection of eclectic, used pieces, floor stock samples and new designer furniture are available all at below retail prices. Based on the principle that beautiful design will stand the test of time the partners are hopeful consumers will see an alternative to buying new, mass produced poor quality furniture, and instead invest in better made, second-hand pieces for a similar price, that can be enjoyed and put to good use, again and again. Motivated by the desire to put existing resources to use, Two Design Lovers have created a convenient platform that beautifully presents second hand items and excess stock/samples/seconds as a viable alternative to a new decor purchase. “To think that approximately 800,000 3-seater sofas, 1.6 million dining tables and 6.8 million chairs are thrown away by Sydneysiders every year fills us with horror. We need to shift our thinking away from disposable to long-term and appreciate the beauty and craftsmanship of well made pieces.” commented Deb Achhorner.  Buyers can enjoy browsing a broad and interesting selection on a site that is easy to navigate with secure payment options and delivery included! With no listing fees, sellers can take advantage of the extra services that Two Design Lovers provides free of charge, including photography correction and detailed item descriptions. Items will be marketed to a design-loving audience with a price that is reflective of the age and quality of the piece.  ENDS ____________________________________________________________________________ For more information contact: Deb Achhorner 0413 716 769 Emilia Harrison 0425 059 331 Urban Brew puts a sweet spin on your Nespresso®* machine 2019-10-31T02:56:32Z urban-brew-puts-a-sweet-spin-on-your-nespresso-machine Urban Brew has taken their Australian made biodegradable coffee pods to the next level, with the launch of their hot chocolate pods that are now available on their website. This adds yet another exciting addition to their range of Nespresso®* compatible pods and are the perfect indulgence that will have the whole family hooked! Australian entrepreneur and founder Toby Strong, AKA ‘The Podfather’, noticed a demand for chocolate pods, yet Nespresso®* and other compatible brands didn’t seem to have plans to meet this demand. He made it his mission to create them, and now his goal has become a reality. These chocolate pods have only been available for a couple months but have already had an incredible response from customers who were eagerly awaiting their release. The new chocolate pods offer Nespresso®* machine users a change from their usual coffee with the ease of simply popping a pod and whizzing up some milk for a sweet, chocolatey treat. Urban Brew have done extensive experimenting and development to ensure they have captured the classic taste of hot chocolate that everyone knows and loves. “We wanted to create a pod with an exciting twist that gives you an experience like no other. They are sweet and silky, with flavours that linger and leave your sweet tooth satisfied” said Toby. “They have just the right amount of delicious ingredients packed into a convenient pod. Perfect for those who have kids begging to use the coffee machine, or for those who are a sweet tooth!” Urban Brew also produce coffee pods that are compatible with Caffitaly®* and K-Fee®* machines, but their hot chocolate pods are currently only available for Nespresso®* machine owners. About Urban Brew Urban Brew is the passion project of Australian entre-pod-neur Toby Strong, who was the first person in Australia to launch Nespresso compatible pods. They provide biodegradable coffee pods, an environmentally friendly alternative to aluminium pods, to thousands of Australian’s with Nespresso®*, Caffitaly®* & K-Fee®* machines. The pods are roasted and packed in-house and are sent directly to customers. For more information please visit Viva Energy Fuels the Future of Shipping 2019-10-31T01:05:14Z viva-energy-fuels-the-future-of-shipping 31 October 2019 | Melbourne, Australia – Viva Energy Australia Pty Ltd ("Viva Energy") has announced the launch of its new very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO), developed to meet the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) new regulations on fuel sulphur content. The new regulations will limit the sulphur content in marine fuels to 0.5% from the current level of 3.5%, in a move to reduce sulphur oxide emissions globally. Vessels worldwide will be required to comply by 1 January 2020. The introduction of the IMO’s new sulphur cap on fuels is one of the most significant events in the shipping industry since ships started transitioning to fuel oil from coal over 100 years ago. Viva Energy is proud to be supporting this transition. Manufactured locally at Viva Energy’s Geelong Refinery, the new VLSFO is the first low sulphur fuel oil to be produced in Australasia. The fuel, which has been in development for over 12 months, has been successfully trialled by a number of customers and is now available in Melbourne and Geelong. Viva Energy CEO, Scott Wyatt said, “The introduction of this new fuel is a significant milestone for Viva Energy and our shipping customers. It’s a testament to our technical and refinery capabilities, our ongoing commitment to meet the needs of our customers, and our support for tighter fuel quality standards which can benefit the environment. “By leveraging our technical and local refining expertise, we have created a high quality fuel that ships can rely on to ensure compliance with the new regulations, with no detriment to operational safety and efficiency, while driving significant savings versus other fuels such as MGO. “Adding a VLSFO to our comprehensive suite of fuel products further strengthens Viva Energy’s position as a leading fuel manufacturer and supplier to the maritime industry in Australia,” Mr Wyatt said. In comparing Viva Energy’s new VLSFO to other IMO2020 compliant fuels, namely diesel and Marine Gas Oil (MGO), the company said the new fuel has some notable advantages, including an expected price benefit. Thys Heyns, Geelong Refinery’s General Manager commented, “Viva Energy’s VLSFO is expected to be cheaper than diesel and MGO. Its viscosity and lubricity are better than diesel’s, and it is higher in density meaning ships have the ability to run further on VLSFO. Compared to high sulphur fuel oil (HSFO), VLSFO is superior in terms of fuel economy, ignition characteristics, and of course, the environmental benefits it has through reduced sulphur oxide emissions. “Because we manufacture the fuel locally ourselves, we have full control over the process and can guarantee a high quality and consistent product. This means less risk and no surprises for our customers who use the fuel. It is compatible with most existing fuel systems on board, meaning ships can use the fuel without having to make significant upgrades.” TT-Line, operator of Spirit of Tasmania I and II, is the first customer to make the switch to Viva Energy’s VLSFO following a successful trial in July and August this year. Spirit of Tasmania General Manager Marine Operations Captain Stuart Michael, said “Based on trial conditions, VLSFO has shown itself to be a suitable fuel for burning in the main engines (MEs) and the auxiliary engines of Spirit of Tasmania vessels. The trial proved the fuel to be volatile and allowed the engines to reach maximum power output. Operating pressures and temperatures were within acceptable limits and similar to those when operating on marine gas oil (MGO) or MFO380. Adverse wear to fuel injection equipment has not occurred under trial conditions. The MEs fuel oil circulation and filtration system was not compromised with the change to VLSFO. Trial conditions have recorded a minimum 3% saving in consumption overall compared to MFO380. " Visit for more details on VLSFO. - ENDS – About Viva Energy Viva Energy is one of Australia’s leading energy companies and supplies approximately a quarter of the country’s liquid fuel requirements. It is the exclusive supplier of high quality Shell fuels and lubricants in Australia through an extensive network of more than 1,250 service stations across the country. Viva Energy owns and operates the strategically located Geelong Refinery, in Victoria, which converts imported and locally sourced crude oil into petroleum products including gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, aviation gasoline, gas, solvents, bitumen and other specialty products. Viva Energy operates bulk fuels, aviation, bitumen, marine, chemicals and lubricants businesses supported by a nationwide fuel supply chain with an extensive import, storage and distribution infrastructure network, including a presence at 52 airports and airfields. Visit Viva Energy Australia is a Shell Licensee and uses Shell trademarks under license. The views expressed in this release or statement, are made by Viva Energy Australia and are not made on behalf of, nor do they necessarily reflect the views of, any company of the Shell Group of Companies. Media contacts: Carla Alderuccio That Communications Company M: 0400 221 123 Anoosha Delpechitra That Communications Company M: 0449 758 324 How to Find the Best Plumbers Near You ... Guaranteed! 2019-10-30T05:08:03Z how-to-find-the-best-plumbers-near-you-guaranteed No matter who you are, what you do, where you live or how much money you make, there is a great leveller - the need from time-to-time to find the best plumbers near you. And it's not just about toilets flushing and hot water coming out of our taps. Efficient plumbing keeps homes, families and communities safe and hygienic. Industry innovations boost efficiency and help the environment, and smooth-operating plumbing makes our lives more comfortable at home, and makes driving profits easier for small business. In short, plumbing is no mere afterthought. Not all plumbers are created equal But in Australia alone, there are 27,000 plumbing businesses, with over 65,000 people working in the industry in total - and not all of them are up to the job. In fact, some of them are downright dodgy. For instance, the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) found that in 2017, four out of every ten hot water system installations were not up to mandatory standards. It was found that an incredible 40% of all hot water systems were being installed with defects as serious as missing tempering valves, insufficient pressure relief valves, no safe trays and poorly-supported bases. We consulted with an industry expert who told us that poorly installed hot water systems can cause flooding, deliver contaminated water to your home, or even explode. The QBCC describes the alarming 40% statistic as a "major concern", and in response began to ask local governments to help to address the problem. An online club for only the best plumbers near you An online service called Best Plumbers Club is also now playing a major role in the sweep to ensure only great local plumbers who deserve to survive and thrive are connected with the hard-working public. Put simply, the service exists to help consumers find the safest, most trustworthy, and overall best plumbers in their local area. As it states on the website, finding a plumber good enough to be trusted with your home and family involves checking their local credentials, double-checking their licensing, and then triple-checking online reviews to ensure people are recommending them. But even if you do have time to read the reviews yourself, the top business magazine Forbes says you should not automatically trust them. The CEO of Fakespot, a service whose mission is to ferret out fake reviews, says businesses are "constantly" not only faking positive reviews, but blasting their competitors with negative ones. Weeding out the fake reviews from the real ones is, therefore, a mammoth and complex task. "But who has time for that?" Best Plumbers asks on its website. "'I need the best plumbers near me now!' Well, we've done all the hard work for you." The importance of real reviews The combination of dodgy businesses and even dodgier online reviews means that the proliferation of recommendation services and websites is in overdrive all over the web. Why? Because they're changing the way we shop - for the better. Before these types of recommendation services started to get noticed, finding a service provider was like playing darts in a blindfold. But now, these services are skilfully helping local consumers make educated, informed, safe and smart decisions about how they spend their money to improve their lives. You might even say that these sorts of recommendation services are the great new moral additions to the big, bad, world wide web. So in this world of dodgy hot water installations, Best Plumbers is the go-to service for people struggling to trust the search results when they search in the hope of 'finding the most trustworthy plumbers nearby'. A rigorous standard for joining the Best Plumbers Club Every local plumber in the Best Plumbers Club is not just verified on the basis of an approval process for quality workmanship, excellent service and licensing. They are also hand-picked for their verified recommendations and their real, positive online reviews. Not just that, the Best Plumbers Club guarantees that every eligible Australian-owned local plumber offers a range of peace-of-mind protections, including up-front pricing, compliance certification, and workmanship guarantees. But perhaps the best part is the way Best Plumbers goes about verifying those online reviews. Google Maps has a service called Local Guides, and the idea is that actual people gain points as they feed in information based on real feedback and personal experience. And every plumber in the Best Plumbers Club has been verified by at least a level 5 Local Guide, having gained 500 or more points. Good not just for consumers, but for great plumbers too For the local resident or business owner, the process of using Best Plumbers is as simple as typing in your details and sitting back for a leisurely coffee until the best and most trustworthy plumber near you calls to book a time. It really is that simple. Users of Best Plumbers often report not only that they found the best plumber near them, but that the entire plumbing job was done fast and done well - all with a workmanship guarantee. And the success of the plumber verification process is not just great news for the consumer - great plumbers are also incentivised to get in on one of the smartest plumber marketing investments they can possibly make. One Gold Coast plumbing business went from being a one-man-band to turning over more than $1 million a year with 4 vans and multiple plumbers on the road. How? With hundreds of monthly leads at a price five times cheaper than Google Ads - and all adding up to an 8,000% (yes, 8,000%) increase in organic traffic. To join the success story, a plumber needs to prove beyond a doubt that they are actually among the Best Plumbers in their local areas - but the result is a win for absolutely everyone. So if you're sick of Googling 'best plumbers near me' when your plumbing goes bung and getting second-rate outcomes, or you really are one of the best plumbers looking for a service custom-designed for success, get in touch with the Best Plumbers Club. Sydney’s Expert Property Management Company, LeaseTeam Creates Strategic Partnership With i4Tradies 2019-10-29T10:39:12Z sydney-s-expert-property-management-company-leaseteam-creates-strategic-partnership-with-i4tradies Melbourne, Australia, October 29, 2019 – (Press Release)LeaseTeam, an expert property management company servicing greater Sydney has partnered with i4Tradies taking their property maintenance service for tenants to the next level of excellence with better process efficiency, transparency, security and compliance. Ashley Johnson, CEO and founder of LeaseTeam believes a key strategy to continuing the company’s high growth is to provide pro-active maintenance that will ensure tenant happiness and in turn minimise vacancy periods.  “Our innovative investor-centric business model calls for a modern style, value added property maintenance service and we believe i4Tradies can help up deliver just that,” says Johnson. “We realise that befriending technology is the only way forward to deliver higher efficiencies and better customer experiences to our tenants as well as our landlords who have trusted us to get the most of their properties. Working with i4Tradies lets us tap into the vast pool of qualified tradies and resolve issues faster.”  Founder and CEO of i4Tradies, Logan Nathan has worked with a number of short-term and long-terms property management groups and one thing that he finds common is how i4Tradies has truly changed the process of handling property maintenance jobs from start to finish.  “Responding to tenants’ requests in a timely manner, being able to quickly get quotes from licensed and insured trades companies, tracking progress of maintenance jobs in real time and being able to resolve conflicts faster with everything recorded and saved automatically as proof of job, are some of the things that will revolutionise the property management business in the days to come,” says Logan. About LeaseTeam LeaseTeam Property Management offers a truly unique business model based upon improving the complete life cycle of property management. Their value proposition to landlords is to offer a complete service that ensures optimised yield on investment. LeaseTeam backs this up by applying more value to 8 key areas of property management that help ensure best outcomes for landlords’ property goals. Website: Phone: 0492 274 234 About i4Tradies Founded in 2016 to disrupt the status quo and shake the traditional ways in which Trades Services industry operates, a team of innovators walking in the Trades business owner's shoes day in and day out set out to deliver an unparalleled service delivery experiences for their customers, namely Trades Associations, Real Estate, Strata and Facilities Managers. i4Tradies is a Google Cloud Platform partner. Website: Phone: 1800 i4Tradies (1800 448 723) MBS Insurance & CRA merger realises early integration benefits – exciting growth opportunities on horizon 2019-10-29T02:45:24Z mbs-insurance-amp-cra-merger-realises-early-integration-benefits-exciting-growth-opportunities-on-horizon The merger of MBS Insurance (MBS) and Complete Risk Analysis (CRA) that was announced in August has been completed, systems/processes integrated and the higher industry profile and national presence realizing many benefits for the new entity said spokesperson Kris Mason.   Commenting further Kris Mason said the benefits of the merger and national footprint have been immediate with increased productivity and access to new business, growth and JV/alliance opportunities.      “MBS CRA clients have been the first to benefit and access the opportunities of size and the broader range of specialist risk advice services”.      “Although the combined risk advisory business now comprises 18 authorised financial advisers supported by 40 skilled administrative staff members and approximately $55 million in premiums under management – the boutique personalised approach to client service and engagement has/and will continue”, affirmed Kris Mason.    “The broad demographics of the combined MBS CRA adviser team ranges from 28 to 60 and is another benefit for clients seeking a more personalised engagement with their risk advice practitioner”.   The depth and wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise contained within the adviser team is also being utilized to support and mentor newer members that join the group.    Kris Mason confirmed that the announcement of the merger has been the catalyst for a steady stream of advisers seeking to join the group.     “This is understandable considering our specialisation, industry knowledge and dedicated infrastructure, flexibility and scale”, said Kris Mason.   “However, our aim is to manage growth carefully in order to continue being an intimate organisation that delivers personalised professional risk advice and service.    “We are not obsessed with attracting advisers for growths sake!”   With respect to the future, the need for growth is required in order to have sufficient scale to manage operating expenses, implement technology and process advancements and meet compliance costs.   Kris Mason confirmed that scale has also allowed the group to hire a lawyer to address the complexities of compliance by implementing robust modern processes and systems throughout the organisation.   Prior to the merger, MBS and CRA had 10 formalised JVs and alliances between them.  This is another area of interest since the two risk specialist groups joined forces and one that is expected to increase rapidly in the future.   “Our success in partnering with large professional advisory businesses, financial advisory firms and accounting groups is projected to grow as these companies embrace JVs and alliances to deliver a more comprehensive range of benefits to their clients”, said Kris Mason.   “Insurance and its myriad of variations, options and offerings is highly complex and there is no online or over the phone ‘one size fits all solution’ as promoted in many advertisements – especially for HNW clients, professionals and business owners”.   “Personnel with qualifications and skill sets needed to provide professional compliant risk insurance advice are in short supply and the number of practitioners declining rapidly.  Hence, companies seeking an alliance partner or JV with our group that has these required capabilities and capacity”.   Looking to the future, Kris Mason is confident the MBS CRA growth trajectory will continue to be positive with the group and its network of advisers going from strength to strength on the growing demand for professional risk specialisation services and advice.    Kris Mason also confirmed that they are in discussion with a number of potential JV and alliance partners.   ENDS   Issued jointly by    MBS Insurance and Complete Risk Analysis Pty Ltd                Media Enquiries:    Mr. Joe Perri, Joe Perri & Associates Pty Ltd                               Mob:  +61 412 112 545     Email:    Australian Paintings Exhibition at Lauder and Howard, Hobart Tasmania - Mid 20th Century Artists 2019-10-24T07:31:51Z australian-paintings-exhibition-at-lauder-and-howard-hobart-mid-20th-century-artists Australian Paintings Exhibition at Lauder and Howard, Hobart Mid 20th Century Artists Opens 9th Saturday November  2019 @ 2pm   Lauder and Howard, one of Australia’s leading fine art and antique dealers, is pleased to announce the Australian Painting exhibition from 9th November 2019 at their 185 Campbell Street, Hobart gallery.   Featuring paintings by Elaine Haxton, Judy Cassab (twice winner of the Archibald Prize for portraiture), Jean Bellette, Ellis Rowan, Eileen Brooker, Roma Thompson, Roland Wakelin (including an interesting image of Hobart and Mount Wellington), Michael Kmit, John Santry, Adrian Feint among others.    For more information about the exhibition and any further images please contact Leslie Lauder on 0408 409 900 or