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Aussies Shunning Traditional Services, With Unique Trends Increasing In Popularity

Industry research company IBISWorld decided to look at how funerals were being held in Sydney funeral homes and across the world. They noted how funeral directors have now moved away from the traditional, religious service, instead opting for providing innovative alternatives for families.

From live-streaming services for family members and friends who can’t attend, to turning the remains into compost that can be used to promote growth and renewability, new, creative ways. As a result, funeral directors have been embracing new trends and developments in order to differentiate themselves from the competition.

IBISWorld Senior Industry Analyst Tom Miller says that religious services have dropped in popularity in different demographics, with close friends, and family have been increasingly embracing new and different ways to celebrate the lives of the duly departed, like streaming services, green funerals, and even DIY funerals.

Live streaming is particularly popular for families with members spread out across the world, as it gives them a chance to attend the funeral, take part in the proceedings, and be there for the people they care for, even if distance normally separates them.

Company OneRoom Funeral Webcasting is one of the key drivers behind the idea of setting up cameras inside venues and streaming live footage of services, all with the convenience of a few clicks. Once a service has been booked and scheduled, guests receive e-mails with secure login details, allowing them to see the service via the internet.

IBISWorld also noted how increasingly popular cremation has been getting over the past half-decade for Sydney funeral homes and other Aussie companies, with Australia seeing approximately two-thirds of deaths ending up cremated.

Meanwhile, the costs and lack of suitable land for traditional burials have also increased the popularity of green funerals, which have marketed themselves based on cutting down on the environmental impact caused by a burial.

The firm notes how innovations regarding green burials, as well as other options, have been becoming more and more popular over time, with some companies even experimenting with energy-intensive cremation, like water cremation.

Notably, the US state of Washington, earlier in 2019, legalised the process of composting remains as part of environmentally-friendly burial trends.


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Majority Of Raw Materials From Native Forests Goes To The Landfill

There are two different kinds of businesses – those that care for the environment and those who don’t. One of the best examples of the former is Academy Supply which is a school furniture supplier driven with the goal of providing quality furniture in a sustainable and eco-friendly manner. Sadly, there are many businesses that belong in the latter category.

This is why native forests are now suffering the consequences of the greedy actions of these companies. In Victoria, there are many native forests and majority of them are carbon-dense. Those who are logging in these areas would say that it is a good thing since the furniture they are making becomes carbon storage for a long time.

The problem is that these claims are not 100 per cent factual. In fact, majority of the trees that are logged for furniture in Victoria only ends up being transformed into pallets, woodchips and pulp – all of which have very short life spans. At the end of the day, these by-products just end up being thrown in landfills. When this happens, carbon is emitted back into the ozone layer as soon as the material decomposes.

This goes to show just how important is the native forests in Australia as they serve as carbon storage for long-term. Consumers are now waking up to the reality that wood products that do not have longer life spans actually contribute to carbon emission which is not the most ideal use of the precious native forests.

It is time to debunk the myth that logging native forests is helpful since the carbon is retained in the finished product. This is not a guarantee because the proportion between the forest biomass and the longevity of the product should be determined first. Research shows that once wood products have reached the end of their life span, these are also sent straight to landfills.

Consumers should be more conscious when purchasing products from companies. Schools planning to purchase furniture should choose reliable and green companies such as Academy Supply to make sure that they are not contributing to the destruction of the planet.

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Samsung Launched Three New Smart Home Gadgets

Security is a top priority among homeowners nowadays. This is the reason why businesses such as locksmith in North Lakes is urging everyone to upgrade their home security and make sure their locks can withstand intruders. For tech giants such as Samsung, this is a chance to release new products in order to answer the growing need of homeowners for more products to ensure their homes and loved ones are safe.

There has been some questions regarding the plans of Samsung when it comes to their smart home products because of some inconsistencies and pending projects. Many are still waiting for the release of Galaxy Home, a smart speaker that was originally promised to be released by the company along with another product called Bixby.

It was 2014 when Samsung decided to purchase the company SmartThings. It is a startup firm that specializes in home automation. The status of the company ever since the acquisition has been steady despite some issues with Samsung’s delay in releasing some products. Recently, the company announced that they are going to launch three additional products in the smart home line. These three will be available to consumers as a package as it will comprise their starter kit for a home security system. Their main goal is to offer a starter kit that is within the affordable range for consumers.

These three gadgets are the WiFi Smart Plug, Two and the SmartThings Cam. The best thing about this starter kit is that it does not need a separate hub. The Smart Bulb though needs one but it is reasonable because the suggested retail price for the product is only $10. SmartThings Hub by Samsung is currently on sale in the market for about $70.

The camera is worth $90 and it can take a video with 1080p resolution and set at a 145 degree angle. It can change into night vision as soon as the lights in a room have been turned off. It has the capacity to record HDR and is equipped with a two-way radio. According to experts and locksmith in North Lakes, despite the presence of smart home equipment, it is still advisable to have locks that are durable so as to avoid intruders entering the property.

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Northern Virginia – Home To More Than 100 Data Centres

It is not only healthcare organizations that benefit from the IT solutions offered by Rend Tech Associates but the real estate industry. Cloud computing has been revolutionizing different industries and real estate is no exception. When customer data is stored in the cloud, it can be accessed from anywhere to make the life of a real estate agent a lot easier.

According to local media, a chunk of prime real estate in Data Centre Alley in Northern Virginia was purchased by Digital Realty. According to Washington Business Journal, the date centre developer purchased the 13-acre property on Filigree Court in Ashburn for $28 million.

The property is near the cluster of data centres operated by Equinix that specializes in making physical connections that will tie up the internet together. While Data Centre Alley is the focal point in the deployment of cloud computing capacity, Equinix in Ashburn is the primary network intersection of the region.

The purchase is only one of the series of moves that Digital Realty has made for future growth in Northern Virginia, the largest and most important data centre market in the world. Northern Virginia is home to more than 100 data centres. It was estimated in 2018 that 270 megawatts of capacity was leased by developers of data centres from the Northern Virginia market.

Data centre developers are scrambling to acquire property in Northern Virginia for future development because of the increasing demand for cloud computing from companies and the enterprise sector. Northern Virginia is experiencing an unprecedented activity in leasing and new constructions. New players are entering the market and established companies are planning for expansion.

In Northern Virginia, Digital Realty has more than 370 megawatts of capacity that are spread on 3 existing campuses in Ashburn: Digital Ashburn, Ashburn Corporate Centre and Digital Loudoun. Digital Realty is the largest data centre operator in the world.

Cloud computing is revolutionizing the healthcare industry. Through the assistance of Rend Tech Associates, clinic and hospitals were able to cut down costs and improve patient experience. The use of cloud technology allows healthcare providers to efficiently process, deliver and analyze data into meaningful information.

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DrChrono Working With 3D4Medical To Bring In 3D Models To Healthcare Providers

EHR provider DrChrono is working to bring innovations to medical facilities. Following partnering up with medical inventory management provider, FlexScanMD, it’s now partnering up with 3D4Medical, a 3D technology company, in order to give medical practitioners access to 3D modelling and animation videos.

This partnership aims to bring 3D4Medical’s 3D interactive anatomy models to medical providers that use DrChrono’s mobile EHR solution, particularly those specialising in the areas of chiropractic, cardiology, dentistry, ophthalmology, orthopedics, and physical therapy.

Utilizing their tablets and stencils, doctors can draw on these models, as well as display and move around cross-sections of anatomy in order to help inform patients about their bodies and what conditions they might be dealing. If the patients need more information, the mobile EHR solution can now access 3D animation.

3D4Medical President Niall Johnston says that, instead of having to rely on 2D photos, physicians can now show patients interactive 3D models that can easily and clearly illustrate what’s happening in their bodies in a way that still, flat images can’t. Partnering with DrChrono, he notes, brings this 3D technology to patients where physicians are already utilizing iPads and iPhones to access key medical information. Now, physicians can easily access their Complete Anatomy app, which will let them use the iPad to display in-depth cross-sections of anatomy.

3D4Medical is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, and is a provider of medical, educational, and health and fitness applications for healthcare professionals, patients, students. These apps utilize 3D technology to change how medical education works.

DrChrono, meanwhile is a Sunnyvale, California-based business that produces EMR platforms for Apple  devices. The company was founded back in 2009, and has collaborated with other companies and organisations in order to deal with issues in the healthcare space.

Late in 2017, it teamed up with FlexScanMD, a medical inventory management provider in order to help healthcare providers keep track of their inventory. This partnership let FlexScanMD integrate with DrChrono’s EHR system and practice management platform, with joint updates on both companies’ platform. Following that, the EHR vendor expanded its cooperation with CoverMyMeds with the goal of improving electronic authorisation and providing greater price transparency.



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New Order Aims To Regulate Illegal Hotels

There are many legally operating hotels and serviced apartment in Bangkok but there are also those that continue to operate despite the lack of legal papers and authorization from the government. This is why the Prime Minister of Thailand, Prayut Chan-o-cha has decided to use the section 44 in order to exercise his power in terms of putting a stop to over 20,000 hotel establishments and accommodations that are operating illegally all over the country. This way, the state will have more control over them as they are regulated and this will ensure the safety of all the guests visiting the country.

Due to his authority as the National Council for Peace and Order chief, the Prime Minister was able to execute the order. The main goal of the execution is to legalize all accommodation services that have been noted to have violations when it comes to the laws of city planning, hotel business, land use and building control.

According to the order, many citizens are leasing their apartments, houses and buildings as if these were hotels when they do not have the permission or the appropriate management required by the law. The order revealed that thousands of these types of businesses are operating illegally all over the country and they are spread out in over 50 provinces of Thailand.

Owners of such businesses should go to their nearest local officials immediately if they know they are operating legally so they can be assisted to make their operations legal. The order highlights the importance of all hotel establishments following regulations in order to prevent fires from happening.

With this regard, a hotel must have a fire extinguisher installed with 200 square meters interval. Every floor must have a minimum of two fire extinguishers. These should be hand-held for ease of transport and use.

Once the Royal Gazette has published the announcement of the order, the hotel must follow within 90 days in order to avoid being reprimanded. Guests are more likely to book hotels and serviced apartment in Bangkok if they know the establishment is safe and legally operating.

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