The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-04-08T03:07:45Z ACS Distance Education releases new Oenology (Winemaking) Course 2021-04-08T03:07:45Z acs-distance-education-releases-new-oenology-winemaking-course ACS Distance Education releases new Oenology (Winemaking) Course We are excited to announce that we have released a brand-new Oenology (Winemaking) course. This 100- hour course is a great way to understand how to make wine and the science behind winemaking. This course covers how to make different types of wines. You will also learn how to assess and analyse wine quality. You will investigate chemistry and microorganisms involved in winemaking and wine processing. Upon completion of the course, you will confidently know understand the winemaking process. The flexibility of this course gives students the opportunity to understand the fundamentals of oenology and winemaking in their own pace, in the comfort of their own home and when they like, with the support of a tutor who can help you and provide support when it is needed. This course is a fantastic addition to pair with our viticulture course for the full wine growing and wine making experience. The 100-hour Oenology course covers the following lessons:  ·         Scope and Nature of Oenology ·         Fermentation Science ·         The Winemaking Process ·         Factors affecting Grape Characteristics ·         Wine Classification ·         Sensory Science & Evaluation ·         Production of White Wine and Sparkling Wines ·         Production of Red Wines and Rosé Wine ·         Production of Spirits ·         Storage and Aging of Wines More details on this course are located here: With ACS, you are guided through the course with the assistance of your tutor and get the opportunity to practice what you are learning in a number of different ways. More information on how our courses work is     If you are interested in offering this course to your own students, we also offer course content licencing, for more information,   Microba Life Sciences partners with Unilever to target sleep through the gut microbiome 2021-03-15T23:19:07Z microba-life-sciences-partners-with-unilever-to-target-sleep-through-the-gut-microbiome Australia, 16 March 2021 – Experts in gut microbiome analysis, Microba Life Sciences, is empowering global consumer goods company Unilever to take a novel approach to this problem by exploring the links between sleep and the human gut with the aim to improve sleep for people across the globe.  The study will look at associations between the gut microbiome and sleep, with current data indicating that gut bacteria is involved in sleep quality, the regulation of circadian rhythms and the production of natural substances that aid in the promotion of sleep.   As a part of Unilever’s Future Food ambition, Unilever wants to play a role in helping people transition towards healthier diets and has committed to doubling the number of products delivering positive nutrition globally, by 2025.   The aim of the project is to utilise Microba’s database which cross references diet, lifestyle and sleep habits to discover associations that could help improve sleep. Microba is building the world’s largest consistently collected and analysed dataset of de-identified gut microbiome metagenomic data which is providing unparalleled insight into the role of the microbiome in human disease. This database will be leveraged to discover associations between the gut microbiome, nutrition and sleep. Unilever are interested to see whether the results can be applicable across their food and refreshments portfolio in the future. Dr Kylie Ellis, Research Manager at Microba, said that the project would advance research in the links between the gut microbiome and human physiology for the promotion of sleep and other gut-brain axis functions.    “We look forward to working with Unilever to understand more about the way that diet, lifestyle and gut bacteria influences sleep habits and quality of rest,” she said.   Born from ground-breaking research by Co-founders Professors Phil Hugenholtz and Gene Tyson, Microba is leading the way in precision microbiome analysis using metagenomics pioneered by the duo. This research is powering discoveries for greater advancements in human health.Ends. About Microba Life Sciences   Microba Life Sciences is a precision microbiome science company working to transform human health through their world-leading technology in analysing the microbiome. Microba’s proprietary analysis platform enables researchers to reveal important connections and make new discoveries with accurate measurement of the gut microbiome.  Powered by precision analysis, Microba’s end-to-end support includes a validated sample collection method, shotgun metagenomic sequencing and leading bioinformatics analysis. [1] COVID-19 event - 2nd GS1 Executive Dialogue on 18 March 2021-03-14T22:51:30Z covid-19-event-2nd-gs1-executive-dialogue-on-18-march Following the success of the first international GS1 Executive Dialogue, the second edition is happening on 18 March at 11pm AEST (other times below) and features top contributors from Ireland, Turkey and New Zealand. The event will be moderated by Deloitte. Participants will hear about practical experiences and recommendations for the use of global standards to achieve a safe and efficient distribution and administration of Covid-19 vaccines.Details of the 1-hour online event can be found here (which includes a recording of the first Executive Dialogue): event page and here’s the registration page. Other times below. EMM achieves a hat trick of international accreditations 2021-03-02T00:38:33Z emm-achieves-a-hat-trick-of-international-accreditations EMM Consulting is pleased to announce our recent attainment of international certifications ISO 9001:2015 (Quality Management Systems), ISO 45001:2018 (Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems) and ISO 14001:2015 (Environmental Management Systems). Having previously operated under the guidance of these standards, EMM’s Integrated Management System (IMS) now incorporates all of the company’s systems and processes into one complete framework.  This structured approach allows for the identification of risks and integrating control measures into all business activities. ISO 9001:2015 is based on a number of quality management principles including a strong client focus, the process approach, and a commitment to continual improvement.  Underpinning this framework is EMM’s objective to be highly respected professional advisors with the company being distinguished by the consistent quality of its work, its integrity and its commitment to clients.    ISO 45001:2018 specifies requirements for an occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system with a focus on safe and healthy workplaces by preventing work-related injury and ill health, as well as by proactively improving OH&S performance.  At EMM, there is nothing more important than our team’s mental and physical health, safety and welfare, and accordingly, this continues to be a driving focus and an integral part of our culture. ISO 14001:2015 is the internationally-recognised standard for the environmental management of businesses, prescribing controls on activities which affect the environment. The framework enables EMM to achieve the intended outcomes of our environmental management system, which provide value for the environment, the company, our clients and the broader community. Commenting upon the achievement, CEO Luke Stewart noted: “We are excited by the attainment of our Quality, Environment and Occupational Health and Safety certification which consolidates and rewards the approach that has made EMM successful for the past 11 years. Our commitment to remaining compliant with industry standards and best practices provides our clients confidence in our business and the way in which we operate”. EMM was awarded third-party accreditation through QMS Certification Systems, one of Australia’s leading providers of assessment and certification. Microba Life Sciences joins renowned Microbiome Therapeutics Innovation Group to drive life-saving therapeutics forward 2021-02-22T23:39:52Z microba-life-sciences-joins-renowned-microbiome-therapeutics-innovation-group-to-drive-life-saving-therapeutics-forward AUSTRALIA - Leading biotech Microba Life Sciences has joined the ranks of prominent microbiome therapeutic, biopharmaceutical and bioscience companies as a new member of the Microbiome Therapeutics Innovation Group (MTIG). Microba’s commitment to developing life-changing therapeutics derived from the gut microbiome will add a valuable voice to MTIG’s mission of accelerating microbiome therapeutic development to advance medicine. The addition of Microba brings MTIG’s membership to six companies pursuing regulatory approvals for microbiome therapeutics and microbiome-based products, as well as a new voice in Microba’s CEO Blake Wills as a new Director of MTIG’s Board. A leader in gut microbiome analysis and precision microbiome science, Microba’s expertise in combining accurate measurement of the gut microbiome with a human-first, data-driven approach to therapeutic discovery is being used to develop microbiome-derived treatments as new solutions to human health problems. Joining other members Seres Therapeutics, Rebiotix, Siolta Therapeutics, Takeda and Vedanta Biosciences, Microba will add to the collective voice of the group which aims to address unmet clinical needs, improve clinical outcomes and reduce healthcare costs. Leveraging the status of the human microbiome as a new frontier in medical innovation, MTIG is an independent coalition of companies lending their voice to research and development of FDA-approved microbiome therapeutics and microbiome-based products. “At Microba, our mission is to develop life-enhancing therapeutics to progress medicine by harnessing the microbiome as a rich source of novel therapeutics,” said Blake Wills, Microba CEO. “Our core belief is that comprehensive and precise measurement of the human gut microbiome and our unique approach to genome-directed isolation are integral in driving new opportunities.” Chairman of MTIG, Dr Ken Blount, PhD, said that Microba’s addition to MTIG would assist in their mission to advance health globally through innovative microbiome therapeutics. “Microba Life Sciences brings a unique viewpoint as a pre-clinical biotech utilizing an innovative, data-focused approach to identifying therapeutic discoveries,” he said. “We welcome their efforts as we seek to advance the regulatory field for microbiome therapeutics.”   Ends. Star Scientific Limited’s cutting-edge hydrogen innovation to help drive Philippines sustainable economic development 2021-01-28T21:16:37Z star-scientific-limiteds-cutting-edge-hydrogen-innovation-to-help-drive-philippines-sustainable-economic-development (Sydney, Australia) Leading hydrogen research, development and deployment company, Star Scientific Limited, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Department of Energy of the Republic of the Philippines to help drive the country’s energy self-sufficiency and economic development through green hydrogen as a fuel source. At the heart of the MOU is Star Scientific Limited’s breakthrough technology, the Hydrogen Energy Release Optimizer or HERO®. The S&P Platts award-winning HERO® technology is a true catalyst that converts hydrogen and oxygen into heat and water, without degrading the catalyst. There is no combustion, and the only outputs are heat and pure water. The HERO® can generate temperatures beyond 700 degrees Celsius in just over three minutes, and it is being used as the heat source in the HERO® heat exchanger system. For the Philippines, which is largely reliant on imported fossil fuels, HERO® heralds the hydrogen revolution and provides an opportunity for energy as well as water security and self-sufficiency in an environmentally sustainable and responsible way. The objectives of the MoU will see Star Scientific Limited and the Department of Energy of the Republic of the Philippines to study retro-fitting existing coal-fired power plants to run on the HERO® system powered by green hydrogen. They will also work together to explore the utilization of green hydrogen production in the Philippines using an abundance of offshore wind resources. Additionally, the parties will investigate decentralised scalable power systems for all of the Philippines’ inhabited islands utilising green hydrogen, HERO® and the new breed of supercritical CO2 turbines. The parties also aim to use the HERO® system for decentralised desalination of ocean water. The aim of the working relationship is to bring abundant clean energy and desalinated water to the people of the Philippines. Additionally, the Philippines will have the opportunity to offer global companies zero emissions manufacturing capability. As part of the MoU, the Star Group will assist the Philippine Department of Energy with the development and implementation of funding models to attract global financing for the different aspects of all the projects as they develop. Global Group Chairman of Star Scientific Limited, Andrew Horvath, said he was proud that an Australian innovation had captured the attention of a national government that wanted to drive its economic development through an environmentally sustainable energy source for power generation and water desalination. “This agreement with the Department of Energy of the Republic of the Philippines represents a significant milestone in the development of the global hydrogen economy. Thanks to this bold and visionary step by the Philippines, we can begin to see the reality of whole economies turning over to hydrogen and a rapid acceleration to sustainable energy on a global scale. This is just the start,” Mr Horvath said. “This will represent the largest single boost to Australia’s role in developing the global hydrogen economy, heralding a new era of research, development and deployment in the manufacture and installation of all parts of the hydrogen supply chain. We are particularly grateful and excited to be part of the next phase of the Philippines’ economic growth.” ENDS About Star Scientific Limited Star Scientific Limited is a leading hydrogen research, development and deployment company based in Australia, with a global reach and scope. Star Scientific Limited discovered and developed a breakthrough technology for converting hydrogen into heat without combustion – the Hydrogen Energy Release Optimiser, or HERO®. HERO® is unique. It has been patented globally and has no competitor. While hydrogen - particularly green hydrogen - is enjoying significant global attention at present, there is a gap in its deployment for industrial purposes. Star Scientific Limited believes this is where HERO® will allow hydrogen to achieve its full potential, whilst simultaneously enabling supercritical CO2 turbines to also achieve their full potential. HERO®, which won the S&P Platts Global Energy Award for Emerging Technology of the Year 2020, has been designed to begin its commercial deployment through retrofitting coal-fired power stations, which will ensure the ongoing life of the industrial infrastructure associated with power generation whilst making it zero emissions. HERO® will be deployable for decentralised small-scale power solutions in remote locations or for large scale legacy power generation and industrial heat production. HERO® will also be deployable for highly efficient decentralised ocean water desalination at a large or small-scale. Microba partners with UQ to tackle Parkinson's Disease by mining the gut microbiome 2021-01-22T02:32:02Z microba-partners-with-uq-to-tackle-parkinson-s-disease-by-mining-the-gut-microbiome Brisbane-based biotech Microba have partnered with researchers from The University of Queensland’s (UQ) Faculty of Medicine to develop new treatments and biomarkers for Parkinson’s disease by investigating changes in the gut bacteria of those with the disease. Parkinson’s disease is the second-most prevalent neurodegenerative disease worldwide, with more than 10 million suffering from the disease at varying degrees. The disease is characterised by the loss of brain cells that produce dopamine. There are currently no early diagnostics, and treatments only assist to manage some symptoms. Research is increasingly pointing towards the gut microbiome as playing a role in the development of Parkinson’s, with evidence showing that changes in gut function often come many years before the onset of symptoms such as tremors. Microba’s expertise in analysing the gut microbiome with leading sequencing technology called metagenomics will be used by UQ researchers to study changes in the microbiome with the aim of identifying biomarkers for earlier diagnosis and developing new therapeutic interventions. The partnership will involve a combination of human studies in Parkinson’s disease patients and work in animal models.   The partnership’s first clinical trial, funded by the Queensland Government’s Advance Queensland Program, is set to commence in 2021 at multiple sites in Queensland. It will determine if a new treatment can restore beneficial gut microbiome species and improve symptoms such as constipation in Parkinson’s disease patients. Microba Co-founder Professor Gene Tyson said this project would take an important step towards advancing research on the gut microbiome in neurodegenerative diseases. “We believe that this partnership will uncover disease-related signals in the microbiome that have not been seen before. We are excited to apply Microba’s leading measurement and analysis tools to enable discovery in this debilitating disease” Research Lead and Group Leader in Clinical Neuroscience at the Translational Neuroscience Research Group, Dr Richard Gordon, said that the team were excited to work with Microba for this important research program. “The microbiome represents a new frontier in our understanding of Parkinson’s. With Microba’s expertise we hope to gain unprecedented insights into the functional role of the microbiome in the disease process to guide our quest for new treatments and biomarkers for early diagnosis,” he said. Microba continues to work on developing diagnostics and therapeutics derived from the gut microbiome in the areas of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and Immuno-Oncology. Ends. Space for Cemetery Software in Unique Funeral Traditions Around the World 2021-01-19T01:52:35Z space-for-cemetery-software-in-unique-funeral-traditions-around-the-world Death and taxes, they say, are inevitable. But that tells us nothing of the innovative and curious ways in which death is “celebrated” across the world. Yes, death signifies the passing of a human being from this mortal world. Some believe that we just cease to exist as conscious beings, but many, many others around the world – across cultures and traditions – believe otherwise. For many, death is a milestone in our existence, where our souls transition from this world into the next. Those who work in the world of modern death care today would see funerals and interment connected to cemetery software and management. Death is conceived differently across traditions, cultures, religious communities, and even occupations. A Glimpse into Lesser-Known Funeral Traditions For many of us in the West, death is a sombre affair, and the funeral process tends to be a colourless one. Yet, it’s what we consider to be normal. In traditional Christian and Jewish funerals, the bereaved attend the church or synagogue wearing all (or mostly) black. The prayer ritual takes place and eulogies are given. Once at the cemetery or graveyard, flowers – often roses – are gently placed into the casket of the dead before the deceased is lowered into the ground. In a similar vein, wearing all (or mostly) white is customary when one attends a Hindu funeral. For Muslims, a process similar to that of the Jews and Christians takes place – to some degree – and while wearing black is not a custom, it’s customary to wear clothes that don’t attract much attention. What’s common across all these religious and cultural traditions is this: death is a momentous event! It’s for this reason that other traditions from around the world have considered the rituals and rites surrounding death as something not to be seen entirely as a sad, dreary event, but something to be celebrated, where the dead receive a send-off or are interred in curious and fascinating ways. It also opens up various avenues for cemetery software and digital memorial requirements in the contemporary world. As we cement ourselves further and further into the digital age, we should perhaps take a leaf from their proverbial books and reshape our collective mindsets about how we perceive death and how we remember the dead. This is where cemetery management and digital memorial overlap. Is death the end? For many, they’re almost certain that it isn’t! How do others send off their lost loved ones today with traditions that may possibly shake up our sensibilities? Death as the Everyday – The Philippines In the Philippines, there are a host of contrasting practices revolving around death, interment, and funerals. Taking a look at the Tinguan people, those who passed in their community take their place on a chair, sat upright and dressed in their best clothes. To put the icing on the cake, as it were, a cigarette is placed between their lips, too. A lively death get-up or a severe smoking warning? You decide.  The Caviteño people, who live near Manila, opt for something a tad more romantic, burying their dead in a hollowed-out tree trunk. Just as some might ensure they’ve got a casket ready before they pass on, the Caviteño select their preferred tree while they’re still alive. Among the Benguet of northwestern Philippines, the dead are blindfolded and placed next to the house’s main entrance. It’s a stark reminder that death is something we’re all going to taste, as well as a reminder that the bereaved have loved ones waiting for them on the other side. Similarly, the Apayo people of this nation bury their dead under the heart of the home – the kitchen. Play for the Dead, Care for the Dead Jazz burials in New Orleans and skull burials in the Republic of Kiribati, in the Central Pacific, could not be more different, yet they’re one of the more vivid ways of sending off the dead and – this may sound strange to some – caring for the dead. In New Orleans, jazz and music is entwined with the city’s culture. It comes as no surprise, then, that jazz accompanies many a funeral procession, with a big horn band at the helm! The music begins with more solemn tunes, gradually transitioning into more lively jazz and blues melodies as onlookers and the bereaved engage in furious dancing. In Kiribati, the dead are exhumed from their graves. Their skulls are taken to be oiled, polished, and preserved by their families. The skull is then displayed in their homes, with offerings of food and tobacco made to it. To some degree, the funerary tradition of Famadihana in Madagascar sees people dig up their dead every half a decade or so. The dead partake in dances, they’re perfumed and taken care of, and stories are shared about them and with them. Transforming the deceased body While lack of burial space in South Korea has led to the phenomenon of burial beads – bodies are cremated and pressed into jewellery-like beads – Australia is working on the idea of the Earth Funerals. It’s a proposal that tackles lack of burial space in urban areas by advocating for natural, environmentally-friendly burials in newly-planted vegetation belts around Australian cities. This builds on ecologically-friendly burial practices – something that most Muslims, many Jews, and others practice today – where plain, cloth shrouds are used instead of caskets or coffins for burials. The Dead Tell Tales – Cemetery Software Allows for Richer Stories All these practices have one thing in common – there’s a narrative around death. Those who passed live on through memory and through the stories we tell about them, their lives, and the impact they’ve had on us and the world. No matter the culture, funeral rites and cemetery managers serve the community. Throughout time, these rites have evolved and we’ve continuously innovated the way we manage burials and cemeteries.  While each culture and tradition has (sometimes wildly) different death practices, cemetery software can lighten the load and make the management process simpler. This allows cemetery administrators and managers the time and resources to serve their community better and to help tell stories of those in the community who have left, enriching cultures and keeping traditions alive. Image source: Australian company Star Scientific breaks through as winner of S&P Global Platts Global Energy Award 2020-12-11T00:29:10Z australian-company-star-scientific-breaks-through-as-winner-of-s-p-global-platts-global-energy-award Sydney, Australia – 11 December 2020 –Australian hydrogen research and development company Star Scientific has won the 2020 Global Energy Awards’ Emerging Technology of the Year. Andrew Horvath, Global Group Chairman, Star Scientific Limited said this was a proud moment for the entire team at Star Scientific Limited who have worked passionately to develop HERO® to what it is today. We were chosen as finalists from some 300 entries from over 36 countries, acknowledged for ingenuity and commercialisation potential. The award recognises that HERO® has created its own category in the energy sector, primed to address a gap that will significantly change global hydrogen use. “Star Scientific is a proudly owned Australian company, with a global reach and aspirations. Our technology brings about a seismic shift toward hydrogen as the energy choice of the future. While green hydrogen is enjoying significant global attention at present, there is a gap in its deployment for industrial purposes. We believe this is where HERO® will emerge as the final link in the hydrogen chain. “The world is watching to see how Australia will capitalise on its unique advantages to develop a large-scale hydrogen industry. This award further highlights the global interest in Australia’s hydrogen production and use capabilities. The future for hydrogen is very exciting and we are delighted to be a part of that. “The award is a vindication of the hard work and commitment of everyone at Star Scientific Limited. From our tremendous engineering and science teams to our shareholders, finance and administration arm, everyone has worked tirelessly to progress HERO® and today we received global recognition for that work,” Horvath concluded. Martin Fraenkel, President, S&P Global Platts said, “We congratulate Star Scientific for its win of Emerging Technology of the Year. In a year that was so tumultuous, it was particularly impressive and heartening to see how this year’s group of winners re-organized around obstacles, forged ahead on ground-breaking technology, completed transformative deals and maintained focus on long-term energy sustainability. Tonight’s winners, and finalists, alike, are to be congratulated for their individual and collective accomplishments.” The S&P Global Platts Global Energy Awards is an annual award hosted by independent provider of information and benchmark prices for the commodities and energy markets, S&P Global Platts. Established in 1999, the S&P Global Platts Global Energy Awards highlight achievement in in 21 categories spanning the entire energy sector. A full list of Awards categories and list of winners is available at: ### About Star Scientific Star Scientific is a leading hydrogen research and development company based in Australia, with a global reach and scope. The company develops technologies to help businesses and governments transition to a new energy economy. Our breakthrough is the Hydrogen Energy Release Optimiser, also known as HERO®. It produces unlimited, affordable, safe and reliable energy – with zero emissions. EMM Announces New Board Members 2020-12-09T02:39:43Z emm-announces-new-board-members EMM Consulting Chairman Gary Flowers recently announced the appointment of two new members to the company’s board of directors, effective immediately. Joining the board are Nicole Armit and Paul Gibbons, in an exciting evolution of the company’s governance, management and strategic direction.  Both Nicole and Paul bring with them a wealth of experience and a diversity in thought.  Their combined skills and experience including industry reputation, technical/professional skills and behavioural attributes were acknowledged and endorsed by all board members.  These appointments also reflect the growth and expanded geographic footprint of the company. A respected leader with expertise spanning two decades, Nicole has held various technical and geographic leadership roles across the Asia Pacific region.  Since her appointment at EMM in 2015, Nicole has played a key role in the development and delivery of the company strategic direction as a member of the senior executive team.  With a background across both industry and professional services, Nicole has been integral in cementing the company’s footprint in the Hunter and across regional NSW.  Commenting on her new role, Nicole said: “I’m really excited to be a part of the next evolution of our board, and to have the opportunity to further contribute to the strategic direction of EMM. It’s an exciting time for our business, as we continue to grow in the services we offer and the  geographies in which we operate, and I am looking forward to playing a further part in that”. Similarly, Paul has experience across various sectors including roles with Planning SA, BHP Billiton and Iluka Resources.  His professional services background commenced in 1998 and has included roles in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Australia since 2002. Paul was the founding member of EMM’s Adelaide office in 2017 and has been central to building the EMM brand in South Australia. Paul highlighted: “I am looking forward to contributing towards the continued success of EMM and the Board, and am grateful for the opportunity to work for a truly unique culture and value driven company”  The composition of the board has been an important focus in recent years and formed part of the company’s 2019- 2021 strategy.  This announcement follows the appointment of Non-Executive Director Mark Elliott in February 2020. Polish Club awards 100kW Solar Contract to Unified Energy 2020-11-11T06:01:20Z polish-club-awards-100kw-solar-contract-to-unified-energy Sydney’s Polish Club, located at 11 East Terrace in Bankstown, have announced it has awarded their solar contract to build a 100 kilowatt (“kW”) solar PV system to Unified Energy. Unified Energy is a known leader in the commercial solar industry that has provided small and large scale systems to clients including IKEA, Coles, and SWINBURNE University. Unified Energy were approached by the Polish Club to provide a renewable energy solution, with the objective of tackling their rising energy costs, and to align to the club’s initiative of becoming powered by 100% renewable energy. As demonstrated through a business case prepared by Unified Energy’s National Sales Manager, Tremaine Fernandez, the 100kW Solar PV system will generate an estimated 131.8MWh per year, with annual savings of $64,957 and offsetting their carbon footprint of 29.91 tonnes of Co2 annually.   The new system is consisting of 242 Industry-leading SunPower P3 410W High-Performance Panels and 3 SMA Sunny Tripower 3 Phase Inverters.   “With continually rising energy prices, low rate business loans, Government rebates, the instant tax write-off, and a local Ausgrid Power2U grant, you don’t think twice at an offer like this, you say yes. The repayments alone with the Commonwealth Bank are lower by almost half our current energy costs.” said the club’s project consultant, Michael Lubieniecki. COST OUTLAY The project investment would cost the club approximately $114,000. Taking into account the Government’s STCs (small-scale energy certificates) and AusGrid’s local Power2U Grant of $25,000, this has benefited the club positively with an end investment of $65,987. A saving of $47,983. The Return on Investment has been calculated at approximately 3-4 years. The Polish Club utilises on average 105kW per day or 36,480.80kW annually, and they intend to export all non-required energy back to their retailer for credit, and as a cash refund to offset their financing option. PROJECT BUILD The Solar PV System is scheduled to commence installation in early December and will consist of 242 Industry leading SunPower P3 410W High Performance Panels and 3 SMA Sunny Tripower 3 Phase Inverters. The SunPower panels feature a 25 Year warranty and are rated to output a minimum of 85.5% after 25 years with minimal degradation. Are Any of Us Really Free of Trauma? 2020-11-08T22:47:44Z are-any-of-us-really-free-of-trauma ‘Trauma is the response to a deeply distressing or disturbing event that overwhelms …’[1] As many as 75% of Australians will experience a potentially traumatic event at some point in their lives[2], and this statistic includes children. Author, Susan Fuss, has written about a topic that concerns her and that she has had to deal with during her three decades of teaching mostly primary school children and also, juvenile offenders. There are some children who cannot relate to others, cannot concentrate well enough to learn, have deep trust issues and show extremely guarded behaviour. Instead of asking, ‘Why are you behaving this way?’ we should be seeking answers as to what has caused such anti-social behaviour. Fuss’ debut psychological thriller, I Am the Sand, tells a mesmerising tale that could be true. Dark and challenging, at the heart of this story, is a vulnerable but courageous teenage girl, Chloe, held captive by an unhinged predator—yet, this same perpetrator has himself been a victim of childhood trauma. He shows a different face to the world … shades of the notorious, Ted Bundy. As their two worlds clash, the perspectives of both characters unfold. How will this play out? It is a skillfully woven narrative that drip-feeds data to the reader so creating nail-biting suspense. And even if Chloe escapes, having experienced such intense and repetitive trauma, can she really recover from this sort of violence and cruelty? Colleen Stan, dubbed ‘the girl in the box’[3], a survivor of long-term captivity, abuse, and torture says in her autobiography, ‘Two things most people don’t understand are fear and evil.’ Fuss creates a tense tale that draws us in as these two dark topics—that affect both characters so very differently—play out. [1] UNYTE (2020), Trauma Defined, Karen Onderko, viewed October 2020, <> [2] Australian Government – Australian Institute of Health  and Welfare (2020, Stress and trauma, viewed in October 2020, <> [3] Colleen Stan (2009), The Simple Gifts of Life, iUniverse HEARING AUSTRALIA - World-first solution for face masks effects on speech 2020-10-12T04:02:51Z hearing-australia-world-first-solution-for-face-masks-effects-on-speech The National Acoustics Laboratories (NAL) has developed a solution to a challenge faced by hearing aid users worldwide in 2020 - the impact of face mask use on their understanding of speech.  NAL, the research division of Hearing Australia, has issued recommendations for audiologists across the world on how best to adjust hearing aids to counter the effect of face masks for people who use hearing aids.  “Face masks are a powerful tool against the spread of COVID-19 but they also soften speech sounds,” says Dr Brent Edwards, NAL Director.  “NAL’s recommendations are designed to help hearing aid users worldwide communicate with people wearing masks. Now that we can share our evidence-based solution, we anticipate it will have implications nationally and internationally, which is most exciting.”  Evaluation, involving computational models of speech and hearing as well as laboratory speech tests, has proven that the adjustments help hearing aid users understand speech just as well as when the speaker is wearing a mask as when they are not. NAL’s solution details specific adjustments that can be made to any type of hearing aid to counter the effect of different types of face masks on speech sounds.  It follows extensive research into the effect of face mask use on speech understanding and how best to counter it.  Hearing Australia has already started implementing the solution in its centres across Australia and this is proving popular among its clients. “Our clients have indicated they’ve noticed a marked difference with NAL’s hearing aid adjustments. They have improved their understanding of masked speakers while having no impact on the sound of their own voice or other sounds,” says Emma Church, Hearing Australia Audiologist.  “Restoring the ability to understand speech takes the stress out of everyday tasks like shopping and attending health appointments; so we’re keen to spread the word about our solution,” says Dr Edwards.  NAL’s recommendations have been released to audiologists worldwide and detail how they can implement the adjustments to their patients’ hearing aids to allow them to better understand people wearing masks.                                                                                                               -Ends- About the National Acoustic Laboratories (NAL)  NAL is the research division of Hearing Australia. Since 1947, research conducted by NAL into hearing has opened new ways to help people with hearing loss. NAL’s mission is to lead the world in hearing research and evidence-based innovation to improve hearing health and transform the lives of people with hearing difficulties.  About Hearing Australia  For over 70 years, Hearing Australia has been helping Australians rediscover the joy of sound. Its purpose is to provide world leading research and hearing services for the wellbeing of all Australians. Hearing Australia operates in 168 permanent hearing centres as well as visiting sites across Australia and is the nation’s largest provider of government-funded hearing services for children, young adults up to 26, eligible adults with complex communication needs, some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, pensioners and veterans.  New tech needed to boost rice growing water productivity by 75% 2020-10-09T21:19:39Z new-tech-needed-to-boost-rice-growing-water-productivity-by-75 AgriFutures Rice Program is reaching out to innovators across the country in search of new technologies to boost water productivity in rice growing by 75 percent within five years. With sustained drought and reduced water allocations leading to one of Australia’s smallest annual rice harvests on record, the AgriFutures Rice Program Open Innovation Challenge presents a novel opportunity for creative thinkers to contribute their ideas, wherever they are based and regardless of their industry. The Challenge is hosted on the Brightidea platform, an online system popular with many of the world’s most innovative companies, such as Bayer, Cisco, Dell and MasterCard. Impact Innovation, as the premier partner for Brightidea in the APAC region, has enabled AgriFutures Rice Program to open up the Challenge to anyone with an existing or emerging technologies that will help the rice industry significantly increase its dollar return per megalitre ($/ML) of water. “The Australian rice industry needs transformative yet competitive and sustainable solutions, so the Challenge welcomes input not just from the rice industry but also from other industries, like remote sensing technologies, water management strategies and plant genetics,” said Impact Innovation’s managing director, Brian Ruddle. “Crowdsourcing ideas using Brightidea’s online engagement tools means tapping into the brain power of researchers, R&D practitioners, engineers, environmental entrepreneurs and farmers all over the country and across many different industries,” Mr Ruddle said. Selected technologies or solutions may attract funding through the rice research, development and extension program, with the ultimate objective being industry-wide adoption. The Challenge is open until midnight (AEDT) Tuesday, 13 October 2020, with a shortlist of solutions to be presented to the AgriFutures Rice Program Advisory Panel in November. To register for the Challenge and submit innovative ideas, visit Ends.  Media enquiries: Brian Ruddle, Impact Innovation Group & chair of the AgriFutures Australia Emerging Industries Panel tel. +61 1300 299 505 RICE FACTS & FIGURES - Rice is grown in more than 100 countries and sustains two-thirds of the world’s population. - Australian rice growing regions are concentrated in the Murrumbidgee and Murray valleys of southern New South Wales, with smaller areas in Northern Victoria and Far North Queensland. - 80% of rice produced in Australia is exported to the Middle East, Papua New Guinea, Japan and other Asian and Pacific countries. - Australian-grown rice uses 50% less water than the global average. @AgriFuturesAU, @Impactinnov, @Brightidea, #rice, #innovation, #waterproductivity New therapies for depression with Australia's Microba and Boston biotech Holobiome 2020-10-06T01:23:13Z new-therapies-for-depression-with-australia-s-microba-and-boston-biotech-holobiome A Queensland Government grant will support Boston-based Holobiome to access Microba’s world-leading technology to develop new therapies for depression. Funding from the Queensland Government’s Biomedical Voucher Program will be used to examine the impact of specific gut bacteria in laboratory models of depression, and to analyse stool in human clinical samples. The project – valued in excess of $500,000 – will support a partnership with Boston-based Holobiome, a private biotechnology company developing human-derived bacteria that target the “gut-brain-axis”, for depression and other conditions related to the nervous system. The partnership will bring Microba’s world-leading expertise in metagenomic sequencing and sophisticated bioinformatics tools together with Holobiome’s promising microbiome therapeutic pipeline in an effort to change lives on a global scale. Microba and Holobiome’s collaboration will lead the way in analysing the impact of specific bacteria on the gut microbiome (community of bacteria living in the gut) in depression. Microba CEO Blake Wills said that the combined capabilities of both companies would assist in potentially changing lives. “The high-resolution analyses using Microba’s proprietary data processing platform will explore the gut microbiome of clinical samples,” he said. “This will help to identify if specific gut bacteria are linked with depression, which has the potential to positively impact the lives of those suffering from clinical depression.” The Queensland Government will provide matched funding for this research project to enable faecal samples to be analysed in Microba’s world-leading laboratory based in Brisbane. Queensland Minister for State Development, the Hon Kate Jones MP, said that Microba’s work had been recognised at the 2018 AusBiotech excellence awards where the company was named as the Australian Emerging Company of the Year. “The Biomedical Voucher Program grant will assist the company to continue valuable work on analysis aimed at identifying links between gut bacteria and mental health conditions such as depression,” Ms Jones said. Holobiome CEO Philip Strandwitz said that this international collaboration will support advancement of their existing microbiome products in development, in addition to providing a better mechanistic understanding of the link between the gut microbiome and disorders of the brain, like depression. “Depression is a tremendous and underserved global health problem. We strongly believe that international collaborations like what we plan to do here with Microba will be essential in furthering our understanding of the disease, with the ultimate goal to create solutions for those who desperately need them,” he said. “Our work and others in the field have identified possible mechanistic links between depression and the gut microbiome. Given the need, we’re excited to have the chance to leverage our microbiome discovery platform to pursue this, and grateful to the Queensland Government for the funding.” Microba is rapidly increasing its operations worldwide, with an increasing number of active collaborations and research projects with both local and international biotechnology companies. ENDS