The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2016-12-01T01:16:58Z Short + Sweet: SNACKABLETV youth broadcast network for short-form content launches 2016-12-01T01:16:58Z short-sweet-snackabletv-youth-broadcast-network-for-short-form-content-launches Meet SNACKABLETV, a revolutionary digital youth network housing the best in bite-sized content. It’s an entirely new way for young people all over the world to access high quality short-form entertainment for FREE, without annoying advertisements or subscriptions. VIEW THE SIZZLE REEL Millennials are diverse, curious and engaged - so, SNACKABLETV is too. It does not discriminate against gender, sexuality, race, creed or socio-economic status, only against beige content. SNACKABLETV launches with solid collaborations and partnerships as official Youth & Content Broadcaster for Sydney Festival, co-produced podcasts with the team from Melbourne’s Sans Pants Radio and short films produced by future creative superstars from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS). Offering something for everyone, SNACKABLETV plays host to content across seven channels; Culture, Film, Gaming, Music, Podcast, Style, and a dedicated hub for today’s news, events, and the best of the net; What’s Hot. Original series’ will feature respected members of the creative community including; street artist Scott Marsh; music journalist Danny Clayton; celebrity fashion stylist Mikey Ayoubi; mindfulness coach Kylie Ryan; comedians Rhys Nicholson and Robbie Armfield; musicians Client Liaison, Sleep Makes Waves and The Jezabels; and so much more incredible talent in front of and behind the lens. In the face of a fracturing media landscape, SNACKABLETV also offers a solution for brands to target a millennial audience utilising quality native content by creating this ‘safe space’ free of subscriptions and free of pre-rolls and pop-up ads to give viewers a great experience which will keep them coming back for more. The network will lead the fight against ‘Digital Litter’, a result of too much access to poorly made content. Everything on SNACKABLETV is short, sharp, and captivating. It’s video that is never boring, always inspiring, with an added dose of learning for the socially aware, completely free of charge to the viewer. SNACKABLETV Co-founders Kate Edwards and Shae Constantine said today: “We are extremely proud to be launching Australia’s first short form broadcast network made especially for young people. “SNACKABLETV is purpose built as much for the consumer as it is for the creator – it’s a conduit between the two worlds. We identified a gap, in that there is so much good content out there and before now it hasn’t had a home or a chance to get to an audience who will appreciate it. “Our doors are wide open to young creatives and creators. We want to distribute the best short-form content the world has seen, and this is only possible with a truly robust digital platform to facilitate the relationship between creator and audience. That platform is SNACKABLETV.” Content is currently available online (mobile, tablet or desktop) via SNACKABLETV.tv The bar has been set high and SNACKABLETV is committed to pushing the boundaries in both the controversy and quality stakes. New content will be released on all channels across the network constantly. Stay tuned for updates on exciting co-productions and distribution partnerships. In the face of a fracturing media landscape, SNACKABLETV also offers a solution for brands to target a millennial audience utilising quality native content by creating this ‘safe space’ free of subscriptions and free of pre-rolls and pop-up ads to give viewers a great experience which will keep them coming back for more. Interview and content requests contact The Lantern Group: Louisa Read +61 412 955 101 louisa@lanterngroup.com.au Fiona Gulin +61 487 992 333 fiona@lanterngroup.com.au CONNECT WITH SNACKABLETV FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM #snackableTV MEDIA MATERIALS DROPBOX Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Call for Papers DEADLINE 23rd October 2016 & ECI Excellence Awards 2016-10-10T01:49:46Z early-childhood-intervention-eci-call-for-papers-deadline-23rd-october-2016-eci-excellence-awards 27th NSW/ACT Conference - Call for Papers Call for Papers DEADLINE EXTENDED - 23rd October 2016 In order to build the best conference program, we are seeking papers for sessional workshops. ECIA NSW/ACT is inviting professionals to submit abstracts for presentations, workshops or panels that explore innovative practices, challenges, research and policy directions. Click here to view or download the 'Call for Papers' Flyer. Click here to view or download the Abstract Submission Template to aid with your submission.* *Note: The Abstract Submission Template may automatically begin downloading in your default browser. Check your browser or go to the Downloads folder on your computer to access this document. Read more... Excellence Awards The Excellence Awards aim to honour and recognise outstanding achievements in the ECI sector that have contributed to the improvement of the lives of children with disability and/or developmental delay and their families. The Excellence Award categories celebrate and acknowledges teams and organisations that demonstrate excellence, passion, vision and a commitment to assisting children with disability and/or developmental delay and their families to achieve their goals. The ‘Excellence Awards’ will be presented for outstanding achievements in the ECI Industry at the NSW/ACT Conference on 25th - 26th May 2017 at the Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach. Award Categories The following award categories will be open for nominations: Outstanding family-centred practice Champion of Inclusion Team around the child Innovative practice Applications and Nominations Applications will open on 14th November 2016. Nominations must be for a team or organisation in the early childhood intervention sector operating in NSW or ACT and includes; early childhood educators, special educators, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, audiologists, social workers and psychologist. Applicants can self-nominate their team or organisation or nominate another team or organisation. Nominations for individuals will not be accepted. ECIA Members and Non Members are eligable to apply.* *Note: ECIA Members can nominate at no cost. Non ECIA Members are required to pay an application fee of $99 (inc. GST). Theme: ECI: Beyond Possibilities - Investing in the Future Location: Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach Dates: Thursday 25th and Friday 26th May 2017 Early Childhood Intervention Australia NSW/ACT 2017 Conference has as its theme ‘ECI: Beyond Possibilities - Investing in the Future’. This provides an exciting opportunity for service providers and professionals interested in Early Childhood Intervention and Early Childhood, to come together with a focus on building the capacity of our sector and the community, understanding the NDIS and the impact on children with disability and/or developmental delay and their families. The conference will have a strong focus on the key issues affecting practice in early childhood intervention, now and into the future. State Conference Registrations NOW OPEN Register now to receive the Early Bird discount! Registrations for the NSW/ACT Conference ECI: Beyond Possibilities - Investing in the Future are now open. You can register to attend the two day conference on: Both days – Thursday 25 & Friday 26 May 2017 Day One Only – Thursday 25 May 2017 Day Two Only – Friday 26 May 2017 Two Days One Day Early Bird ECIA NSW/ACT Member Rate* $505 $305 Early Bird Non-Member Rate* $585 $345 ECIA NSW/ACT Member Rate $560 $360 Non-Member Rate $640 $400 *Early Bird rates will finish on 24th March 2017 If you have any queries about registering for the conference or need any further information, contact Libby Forsyth on (02) 9873 2593 or admin@ecia-nsw.org.au. Read more... AIIA undertaking significant survey on analytics and data usage by Australian businesses, government and NGOs 2016-09-12T02:46:08Z aiia-undertaking-significant-survey-on-analytics-and-data-usage-by-australian-businesses-government-and-ngos FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12 SEPTEMBER 2016 Encourages new and established organisations in all sectors to participate in order to develop the most comprehensive report possible The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak member body for the ICT industry, today announced it is undertaking a major survey of Australian organisations on analytics and data usage. The purpose of the survey is to find out what differentiates those business, government and NGO organisations that effectively use data and analytics for senior decision making. The survey is open to individual respondents via the AIIA website until 31 September 2016. It is anticipated that a whitepaper will be published towards the end of the year incorporating an analysis of the results and providing a body of knowledge that will help guide business leaders on ways to incorporate data and analytics into their organisation in order to remain competitive. Rob Fitzpatrick, CEO of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), says, "On a global scale, we see those organisations that know how to use data effectively are usually the strongest performers. If Australia is serious about driving an ideas boom and creating new employment opportunities, we need to ensure that we help local organisations better understand and then take advantage of data to be competitive. “This is not just a survey for tech companies. The information generated will benefit all industries and we encourage participants across all sectors whether they be in education, retail, finance, or others, as well as established and newer companies to participate,” added Fitzpatrick. This initiative is being led by the AIIA’s Data and Analytics Special Interest Group, which is chaired by Dr Roger Kermode, director of business consulting firm Alimua Pty Ltd and former practice principal for analytics and data management for Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Graeme Wood, general manager of marketing for Semantic Software Asia Pacific. “There is mounting evidence that data-driven organisations tend to require fewer assets, execute with greater insight and less risk, and ultimately generate higher returns. We believe incorporating these practices is an important part of creating a sustainable and growing economy in Australia and is crucial to seeing our standing in world innovation and growth rankings improve,” says Dr Kermode. The data collected will be analysed by data scientists at the University of Technology Sydney. Professor Michael Blumenstein of UTS Sydney says, “Much has been published on big data, automation and the use of analytics at an organizational level. However, despite the recognition of data increasing in importance, the use of data between and within organisations varies widely. The AIIA survey has been constructed to find out why. It’s designed to enable deep diagnostics and analysis of what actually take place inside organisations across different functions and different levels, not just what is visible externally.” Numerous leading Australian organisations are encouraging their members to complete the survey, including: Data61, The Knowledge Economy Institute; NSW State Government; Advance Australia; FINSIA; CPA Australia; StartupMuster; UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT; and, the UTS Business School. # # # About AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 the AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favourable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. MEDIA CONTACT For more information, please contact Joanna Stevens Kramer at 0408 466 410 or email joanna@filteredmedia.com.au For more information about the AIIA please visit https://www.aiia.com.au TCS Awarded for Empowerment of Woman 2016-05-01T22:00:00Z tcs-awarded-for-empowerment-of-woman Sydney | Mumbai, May 2, 2016: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS) a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, was named Platinum winner in the “Empowerment of Women Award” category at the Global CSR Conference and Awards recently held in Bali, Indonesia. The Global CSR Summit & Awards raises awareness of corporate social responsibility (CSR) as a core strategic corporate function. It honors outstanding individuals and companies around the world for their contributions in seven areas of focus on environment preservation, community transformation and poverty alleviation, women’s rights and welfare, workplace practices and product innovations. Out of 200 entries received worldwide, a final selection of 42 companies were honored in seven award categories. TCS prevailed in the Empowerment of Woman category, named the Platinum awardee in a category that also included Bank Indonesia (Gold),
Mastercard Asia Pacific (Gold),
Qualcomm Wireless Reach (Silver),
PT Omron Manufacturing of Indonesia (Bronze). Melvin Chan, Founder of The Global CSR Summit & Awards commented: “This category was strongly contested. While the other contenders scored high in some areas, the overall highest average score went to TCS where they were excellent in showing the close integration of their gender equality policy with their business practices. The success of TCS' culture of inclusiveness and diversity is clearly evident in the strong contribution of their large women workforce towards their bottom lines." TCS won the Empowerment of Woman award specifically for its “TCS Go4IT” program in Australia. TCS Go4IT is designed to overcome the shortage in Australia of woman who pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (“STEM”) and to inspire interest for young woman to pursue careers in the ICT sector. (recent data shows 75% of the fastest growing roles in Australia require STEM backgrounds, and that woman occupy 20% of roles in ITC, compared to 45% in all occupations nationwide). TCS Go4IT is assisting to alleviate this national concern, providing an intensive work experience program available for young woman. By the end of 2016, over 250 young woman from over 75 schools in Australia will have competed the TCS Go4IT program. Key outcomes of the program thus far include: increased interest of students to study technology at high school and university; increased interest in a exploring a career in technology; changed perceptions of gender in technology; and Increased confidence and employability skills. More about TCS Go4IT can be read here: http://www.tcs.com/about/corp_responsibility/corporate-social-responsibility/Pages/TCS-Go4IT-work-experience-program-girls-IT.aspx Girish Ramachandran, President, TCS Asia Pacific added: “TCS is committed to creating opportunities for woman in technology and dismantling gender stereotypes that exist in the industry. As one award-winning example we are very proud of, the TCS Go4IT program in Australia is successfully offering opportunities for young woman to become passionate about careers in technology, helping to inspire a new horizon of national innovation and leadership in an exciting, dynamic and highly-in-demand profession”. The Empowerment of Woman award is the latest recognition for TCS, a company on a global drive to make gender equality a core tenant of its operating model. TCS is committed to enabling women to fulfill their professional ambitions across all areas of its organization, while championing everyday equality in the workplace. On 20 April, TCS was named as one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women in the UK. TCS employs over 100,000 women globally, a third of its total workforce. TCS also invests in training to help women at all levels excel in their roles, including one-to-one coaching when they take up senior roles, a Rising Stars Program for women with three-to-five years’ of experience, and the Pathways to Success Workshop, a leadership programme for women with five-to-eight years’ experience. TCS has had a formal Diversity & Inclusion corporate function since 2010, designed to provide strategic guidance and support for diversity programmes across the globe. This initiative is led by senior managers who act as role models and help to demonstrate the positive impact that diverse teams and recruitment can have on the business, with a focus on gender equality. About Global CSR Summit and Awards The Global CSR Summit & Awards 2016 was started 8 years ago. The event has grown from strength to strength and attracted a strong following of over 200 global and regional companies globally that participated or followed the event. The Global CSR Summit & Awards has become known as a global brand known for raising cutting edge ideas and topics in matters of societal transformation, product innovations that change the world and controversial topics that aim to inspire bold ideas to drive large scale changes and improvements to the environment, people and the planet. This year, the organisers have incorporated a new dimension into the Global CSR Summit by co-locating a new event, The Global Good Governance Award. More about the Global CSR Summit & Awards can be found here: https://globalcsr.pinnaclegroup.global/2016/ About Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. (TCS): Tata Consultancy Services is an IT services, consulting and business solutions organization that delivers real results to global business, ensuring a level of certainty no other firm can match. TCS offers a consulting-led, integrated portfolio of IT, BPS,infrastructure, engineering and assurance services. This is delivered through its unique Global Network Delivery Model™, recognized as the benchmark of excellence in software development. A part of the Tata group, India’s largest industrial conglomerate, TCS has over 353,000 of the world’s best-trained consultants in 46 countries. The company generated consolidated revenues of US $16.5 billion for year ended March 31, 2016 and is listed on the National Stock Exchange and Bombay Stock Exchange in India. For more information, visit us at www.tcs.com. For TCS global news, follow @TCS_News. Contacts Global: Email: pradipta.bagchi@tcs.com Phone: +91 22 6778 9999 India: Email: h.ramachandra@tcs.com | shamala.p@tcs.com Phone: + 91 22 6778 9078 | +91 22 6778 9081 Asia Pacific: Email: sean.davidson@tcs.com Phone: +65 9139 3668 Proposals to cut access to Family Tax Benefits will only produce hardship and complicate system - National Foundation for Australian Women statement - Marie Coleman available for interview 2015-11-30T01:22:35Z proposals-to-cut-access-to-family-tax-benefits-will-only-produce-hardship-and-complicate-system-national-foundation-for-australian-women-statement-marie-coleman-available-for-interview FTB changes - NFAW Statement   30th November -The National Foundation for Australian Women is profoundly concerned by revised proposals by the Government to substantially cut access to Family Tax Benefits Parts A and B. The cuts will produce hardship for low income families, especially single parent families. They further confuse and complicate the system of family payments, rather than simplifying. They are not likely to have any positive impact on female work-force attachment. They will hit hard in identifiable regions with high concentrations of low incomes families and lack of employment opportunities- outer suburban areas of capital cities, and the regions. (Electorates with the lowest rates of families claiming FTB and so less likely to be impacted include Wentworth and Curtin.) Hypothetically, it is suggested that losses in family payments will be offset by access to cheaper child care. A parent of a 13 year old won’t be getting much out of that switch. The changes will penalise those sole parents who are already in employment- for each $ earned there is a $ loss in FTB. For the households where the parent, or parents are already working, the changes won’t produce additional workforce participation. These proposed changes are an attempt to make the lowest income families repair the Budget at a time when overall outlays on family benefits are in steady decline. It is completely untrue that Social Security payments for families are rising unsustainably. NFAW agrees with ACoSS- there is a need to change FTB- but that should have a focus on adequacy and the alleviation of child poverty, not just achieving savings. The Government’s proposals undermine our confidence in anything else proposed in the name of welfare reform. It is worth remembering in the context of current talk of changes to the tax mix and the need for compensation that the current structures being gutted were introduced by the Howard Government as compensation for the introduction of the GST. NFAW urges Senators to reject the changes once the new Bill is tabled. NFAW notes that the Senate Community Affairs Committee report on the previous Bill is due to be tabled on Monday 30 November. This alone will be a cause for confusion as the as yet unseen untabled Bill is considered. -ENDS- For further comment: Marie Coleman AO PSM, Chair, NFAW Social Policy Committee.  0414483068   New ASI Resources Show Smaller Not-for-Profits How to Achieve Stress-Free Member/Donor Management 2015-10-09T05:31:39Z new-asi-resources-show-smaller-not-for-profits-how-to-achieve-stress-free-member-donor-management Advanced Solutions International (ASI), a leading global provider of software and services for associations and not-for-profits, is expanding its resources for smaller membership and fundraising organisations to include webcasts, real-world success stories, and whitepapers they can use to easily and affordably evaluate, purchase and use a new member/donor management system. Melbourne, Australia (October 9, 2015) - Advanced Solutions International (ASI), a leading global provider of software and services for associations and not-for-profits, is announcing new resources (webcasts, whitepapers, and real-world success stories) particularly for small-staff organisations that need a new member or donor management system but are not sure where to start. Learn more at www.advsol.com/APresourcesPR. The iMIS 20 Engagement Management System (EMS)™ is specially designed to help smaller associations and not-for-profits manage their data, websites, events, email broadcasts, online stores, fundraising and more in one affordable, easy-to-use system. Resources include: Webcasts ASI is presenting the following separate webcasts for smaller associations and fundraising organisations at convenient times for associations and not-for-profits right across Asia Pacific region: iMIS 20 Overview for Small Associations Thursday, 15 October 2015 -- 11.00am AEDT (1pm NZDT) Thursday, 22 October 2015 -- 3.30pm AEDT (12.30pm MYT/SGT, 10am IST) Monday, 16 November 2015 -- 11.00am AEDT (1pm NZDT) Thursday, 26 November 2015 -- 3.30pm AEDT (12.30pm MYT/SGT, 10am IST) Thursday, 10 December 2015 -- 11.00am AEDT (1pm NZDT) Thursday, 17 December 2015 -- 3:30pm AEDT (12.30pm MYT/SGT, 10am IST) iMIS 20 Fundraising Overview for Small Not-for-Profits Thursday, 15 October 2015 -- 2.00pm AEDT Monday, 16 November 2015 -- 2.00pm AEDT Thursday, 10 December 2015-- 2.00pm AEDT Client Success Stories In working with more than 4,000 clients worldwide, ASI gathers success stories from association, fundraising clients of all sizes. Lab Rescue of the LRCP is an example of a small organisation that has achieved big things with iMIS: Lab Rescue of the LRCP uses iMIS to manage all of their donor data. They chose iMIS in part because they could also use it to manage web content, their online store and self-service options on their website. Everything is integrated in one system, which helps them maximise their time. Since Lab Rescue started using iMIS, donor satisfaction levels are way up, partly because they can now easily send out thank yous and other regular communications faster and more frequently. Their small volunteer staff doesn’t have to juggle with numerous different spreadsheets any longer; they have more time for dog placements and fundraising, including a monthly giving program that offers a brand-new revenue and donor cultivation stream for the organisation. Read the full testimonial and other client success stories. Whitepapers ASI has updated and commissioned several new reports and whitepapers as part of its "Not-for-Profit Executive Guide" series that are filled with industry tips, trends, and best practices that smaller organisations can leverage: -- Proven Strategies For Evaluating Member/Donor Management Systems -- Real-Time, Real-World Mobile Strategies -- 2015 Global Benchmark Report on Membership Performance -- 2015 Global Benchmark Report on Fundraising Performance About ASI Advanced Solutions International (ASI) is a recognised global, industry thought leader that focuses on helping associations and not-for-profits increase operational and financial performance through the use of best practices, proven solutions, and ongoing client advisement. Since 1991, ASI has served nearly 4,000 clients and millions of users worldwide, both directly and indirectly through a network of over 100 partners, and currently maintains corporate offices in the USA, UK, Canada, and Australia. ASI Announces the 4th Major Release of its iMIS 20 Engagement Management System (EMS) 2015-10-08T05:41:26Z asi-announces-the-4th-major-release-of-its-imis-20-engagement-management-system-ems According to ASI, a leading global provider of software and services for associations and not-for-profits, this latest release will help clients increase staff efficiency, better engage with their constituents, and achieve continuous performance improvement; learn more at www.advsol.com/ap/imisvideo.  Alexandria, VA, USA (7 October, 2015) — Advanced Solutions International (ASI), a leading global provider of software and services for associations and not-for-profits, announced today that the Q4 2015 release of its iMIS 20 Engagement Management System (EMS)™ is now available.  This is the third major release of the iMIS 20 EMS since its launch in May 2013.  Learn more at www.advsol.com/ap/imisvideo. With each new iMIS 20 release, ASI continues to extend its vision of the only Engagement Management System for the not-for-profit world, replacing obsolete CRM and member/donor management systems.  iMIS 20 Q4 2015 builds upon and enhances the EMS, RiSE web development platform, and Continuum business intelligence features to help clients increase staff efficiency, better engage with their constituents, and achieve continuous performance improvement. The RiSE web development platform — the central nervous system of iMIS 20 — makes all of this possible by concentrating database management and web publishing into a single, easy-to-use application.  With iMIS 20, an organisation’s website and business system are one and the same. The iMIS 20 Q4 2015 release contains many additional new features and enhancements, including: --  New responsive staff administrative site -- Ability to run data-driven stored procedures -- 20+ more alerts and tasks -- Dashboard enhancements -- New browser-based SDK/API -- 75+ new features and enhancements! According to the US-based 2015 Lehman Reports™ Member Management Systems Study, iMIS 20 is already top-rated in member self-service options, e-commerce flexibility, built-in web CMS capability, executive dashboards, social media capabilities, and mobile delivery. Learn more about iMIS 20 at www.advsol.com/ap/imisvideo. About ASI Advanced Solutions International (ASI) is a recognised global, industry thought leader that focuses on helping associations and not-for-profits increase operational and financial performance through the use of best practices, proven solutions, and ongoing client advisement. Since 1991, ASI has served nearly 4,000 clients and millions of users worldwide, both directly and indirectly through a network of over 100 partners, and currently maintains corporate offices in the USA, UK, Canada, and Australia. New Travel Cost Calculator To Save Motorists 2015-06-04T00:24:24Z new-travel-cost-calculator-to-save-motorists Bayswater Car Rentals want to give their customers more because they know there is nothing worse than having to fork out big bucks for petrol at the end of a long drive. Last month, the ‘no birds’ car rental company launched the Fuel & Trip Calculator to help with budgeting petrol cost and travel time, which anyone can use, not just their customers. CEO Arnold Kluck said Bayswater Car Rentals was established to cater to the budget conscious when it comes to hiring a car. “The feedback we get about petrol costs, over and over, when it comes to filling up at the end of the hire period,” he said. “People often forget to factor this into their travel plans. If you are not watching your dollars, it is easy to get caught out.” The Fuel & Trip Calculator calculates how much it costs to fill a tank from one point to another. Arnold said the calculator uses the government rating for fuel efficiency for the cars in the Bayswater Car Rental fleet of Toyotas. “Users can enter the exact amount petrol costs at the time, select from our range of cars and then nominate their starting and finish point – and the calculator works out how much petrol will cost,” he said. “This is great for all because we have made the calculator available for free to everyone from our website. “We offer it to our own customers as a way for them to estimate their fuel costs. But we also offer it to anyone who wants to estimate the fuel cost of a trip, all they need to do is input their own car's fuel consumption, which is easily found online.” The Fuel & Trip Calculator also tells the traveller how far it is door-to-door and how long it will take to get there – so you can plan your stops to rest and revive. Hayley Birtles-Eades, director of Love Lockets, said she used the calculator to plan a recent promotion. “It made organising and budgeting so much easier. Our winner won a LOVEly Day Out and taken by a chauffeur driven car to a number of different venues,” she said. “We used Bayswater’s Fuel & Trip Calculator to work out how much petrol we needed to budget for and how long it would take to travel to each location – we had organised a massage, make over, lunch and creation of the winner’s own Love Locket. “It took the guess work out of creating the schedule and we knew exactly how much we had to pay for petrol based on the price that weekend.” Arnold said because petrol prices differ from state to state, the driver can overestimate the price. “From one state to another, even suburb to suburb, there can be a big difference in price. If you use the most expensive price, you will not be surprised,” he said. For those who are not sure how they want to travel, using the calculator is a handy tool to help compare the cost of different types of travel. “You can compare flying vs driving vs bus vs train to find the cheapest way to travel,” Arnold said. With five offices across NSW and Western Australian, the family-owned Bayswater Car Rental has been around since 1958. Arnold said simplicity is key. “We provide quality service with ‘no birds’ and keep prices low for our customers,” he said. The Fuel & Trip Calculator is at www.bayswatercarrental.com.au/fuel-calculator ENDS Australian workers disengaged, disloyal and demotivated 2015-04-16T00:23:17Z australian-workers-disengaged-disloyal-and-demotivated The average Australian worker would not recommend their workplace to others, is disinclined to do any more than what’s expected, and is probably on the hunt for another job, a new nationwide employee survey has found. The State of Employee Engagement in Australia, conducted by Engaged Marketing, asked 3,361 Australians about their attitudes towards their current workplace and employer. On the whole, Australian employees are unlikely to recommend their workplace as a great place to work to friends and family, with a low national employee engagement score of -23% (negative 23%).  This score was calculated by subtracting the percentage of 'Detractors' (43%) from the percentage of ‘Promoters’ (20%).  Only 37% were found to be ‘Passives’ or neutral. Workers also say they are disinclined to do more than what is expected in their day-to-day job, with an average discretionary effort score of just 5.8 out of 10.  Furthermore, employee loyalty to their current workplace was also low at just 55.3%. Engaged Marketing Managing Director Christopher Roberts said the results were of great concern to Australian organisations as it pointed to significant productivity, referral and recruitment issues. “It’s alarming how few Australians would recommend their current workplace as a great place to work to family and friends.  Given the power of word-of-mouth, this has the potential to significantly and negatively impact an organisation’s future recruitment prospects,” he said. “Worker discretionary effort is also low, with many staff not willing to do any more than what is expected of them during the normal nine-to-five working day.   “This is another alarm bell for organisations, as staff who give you discretionary effort are the ones who deliver customer and client experiences worthy of recommendation and find new ways to increase efficiencies and reduce costs.  Interestingly, the discretionary effort scores of ‘Promoters’ are 77% higher than those of ‘Detractors’.” Mr Roberts said there was a strong link between internal employee engagement and employee loyalty, with “Promoter” employees almost three times more loyal than “Detractor” employees. “Given 43% of the population are classified ‘Detractors’ of their workplaces, this is a real human resource issue for organisations that may result in greater costs to recruit and retrain new employees,” he said. “Employee stated loyalty is low, which not only means that many are thinking of leaving, but you also have to wonder how productive an employee with this mindset is going to be while they’re still working there.”  Mr Roberts said employers needed to do more to truly engage their employees, which in turn would improve workplace recommendation, discretionary effort and loyalty. “Staff engagement is more than just staff satisfaction, it’s about ensuring staff feel genuinely valued, are having some of their core human needs met, and understand the role they play in delivering organisation’s business strategy. “Ultimately, this boils down to the type of leadership in the organisation.  Leaders need to understand exactly what is driving employee commitment, and then link the organisation’s business strategy to employees’ core needs, motivations and purpose to drive engagement.” A complimentary copy of The State of Employee Engagement in Australia is available to download from here.   Engaged Marketing is a strategic consultancy that focusses on helping businesses grow by developing fresh customer, marketing and organisational strategies. Engaged Marketing is an approved Net Promoter Score® Loyalty Partner. Christopher Roberts is an Industry Fellow at the University of Queensland, Australia.  Net Promoter, NPS and Net Promoter Score are trademarks of Satmetrix Systems Inc., Bain & Company and Fred Reichheld. Brisbane city will be seeing red for charity 2015-02-27T00:23:43Z brisbane-city-will-be-seeing-red-for-charity For immediate release Brisbane, 27th February 2014 BRISBANE CITY WILL BE SEEING RED FOR CHARITY BRISBANE workers braving the early morning rush hour are being warned they'll be seeing red this Friday – and not of the footpath rage variety. The annual Red Bow Day, Friday 6th March 2015 will see hundreds of students out in force to sell red bows and round up donations for Muscular Dystrophy Queensland. Hundreds of year 11 girls from All Hallows’ School will descend on the CBD to sell the charity's famous red bows in a bid to raise more than $20,000 in just two hours before their classes. Muscular Dystrophy Queensland’s (MDQ) CEO, Helene Frayne said the annual event provides desperately needed funds for Queensland families living with MD. March is our annual Red Bow Appeal where we raise funds for people with muscular dystrophy and their families by providing vital equipment such as electric adjustable beds, breathing aids and wheelchairs and many other essential services. "It makes a huge difference to the MD community, without these funds much of our work would not be possible.” You can support Muscular Dystrophy Queensland by buying a bow or holding a Morning Tea for MD this March! "I'd like to thank the girls and everyone who buys a bow. Your contribution improves the lives of those with Muscular Dystrophy."  Note to EDs.  What: Red Bow Day supporting muscular dystrophyWhen: 7am-9am Friday 6th March 2015Where: Brisbane City CBDWho: www.mdqld.org.au  Other facts: Since 1994 the All Hallow’s School has raised over $230,000 for MD. Muscular Dystrophy refers to a group of over 60 genetic conditions that cause progressive deterioration of the body's muscles, with increasing weakness and disability. More than 4,500 Queenslander's live with Muscular Dystrophy. Currently there is no cure for MD and no way to stop its progression.  PHOTOS/IMAGES AVAILABLE – contact Celeste for high resolution versions.  ASI’s iMIS 20.2 Engagement Management System Now Available 2015-02-12T04:27:34Z asi-s-imis-20-2-engagement-management-system-now-available Advanced Solutions International (ASI), the largest, privately-owned global provider of software for member- and donor-based not-for-profits, today announced the general availability of iMIS 20.2, the latest edition of its game-changing Engagement Management System (EMS).  This second major release of iMIS 20 since its launch in May 2013 continues to build upon and enhance the EMS, RiSE web development platform, and Continuum business intelligence features to help clients better engage with constituents and improve operational performance; learn more here.   Alexandria, VA, USA (February 12, 2015) — Advanced Solutions International (ASI), the largest, privately-owned global provider of not-for-profit software, today announced the general availability of iMIS 20.2, the latest edition of its Engagement Management System (EMS).  The second major release of iMIS 20 since its launch in May 2013 continues to build upon and enhance the EMS, RiSE web development platform, and Continuum business intelligence features to help clients better engage with constituents and improve operational performance.  Learn more about iMIS 20 here. With each new release, ASI continues to extend its vision of the only Engagement Management System for the not-for-profit world, replacing obsolete CRM and membership/donor management systems.  By delivering a flexible platform focused on engagement, iMIS 20 offers not-for-profits a catalyst that drives their missions at every level. Built-in analytics guide organisations down a path of continuous improvement. The RiSE web development platform, the central nervous system of iMIS 20, makes all of this possible by concentrating database management and web publishing into a single, easy-to-use application. With iMIS 20, an organisation’s website and business system are one and the same.  Significant new features and add-on modules available in iMIS 20.2 include: New iMIS Certification management to streamline program management, automate notifications, and allow the organisation’s constituents to apply and track their progress online New iMIS Process Automation tools to help organisations improve performance by displaying alerts about important information for their constituents and staff, as well as automating manual tasks such as email notifications and report distribution New RiSE responsive website templates and language translation features to empower associations/not-for-profits to better engage with constituents on any device and around the world New and improved Continuum business intelligence features to create a continuous performance improvement feedback loop for organisations through more dynamic visual dashboards, enhanced engagement tracking and measurement, and additional reports iMIS 20.2 is packed with other  new features, such as Facebook sign-on, contact merge, email enhancements, group administrator roles, and more to boost an organisation's ability to communicate, connect, and engage with their constituents. ASI also just released a new success story video that features interviews with clients about their iMIS 20 experience; watch the video here. About ASI Advanced Solutions International (ASI) is a recognised global industry thought leader that focuses on helping associations and not-for-profits increase operational and financial performance through the use of best practices, proven solutions, and ongoing client advisement. Since 1991, ASI has served nearly 4,000 clients and millions of users worldwide, both directly and indirectly through a network of over 100 partners, and currently maintains corporate offices in the USA, UK, Canada, and Australia. ASI is the provider of iMIS 20, an Engagement Management System (EMS) ™ that enables organisations to engage members, donors, and other constituents anytime, anywhere, from any device. It includes constituent relationship management, commerce management, member self-service, online fundraising, social engagement, private communities, and mobile access in one seamless cloud-based system. Constituents – as well as staff – can access the complete system from a web browser. Plus, iMIS 20 has the flexibility to work with an existing Content Management System (CMS) or – for many organisations – the power to manage their entire website. LEGENDARY WOMEN’S ADVOCATE MARIE COLEMAN ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S 100 WOMEN OF INFLUENCE 2014-10-02T01:13:32Z legendary-women-s-advocate-marie-coleman-one-of-australia-s-100-women-of-influence 2 October 2014   LEGENDARY WOMEN’S ADVOCATE MARIE COLEMAN ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S 100 WOMEN OF INFLUENCE   Marie Coleman has been announced as a winner in The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards for 2014. Marie has been recognised in the Diversity category for her contribution as Chair of the Social Policy Committee of the National Foundation for Australian Women (NFAW). “I am delighted that two NFAW members - Georgie Somerset and myself - are represented among the finalists this year, this recognises the quality of the NFAW input to the community and to the public policy debate. NFAW, with its partners in the women’s sector, continues to argue the case for business and Government actions to reduce the gender wage gap - which has increased rather than decreased in recent times”.   Now in its third year, the 100 Women of Influence Awards celebrate outstanding women from a wide variety of sectors across Australia. There are ten categories: Board/Management, Public Policy, Young Leader, Social Enterprise and Not-for-profit, Philanthropy, Global Influence, Innovation, Local/Regional Community, Diversity and Business Enterprise. Entrants into the awards were assessed by a panel of esteemed judges and have been recognised based on their outstanding ability to demonstrate vision, leadership, innovation and action in and beyond their fields.   Gail Kelly, Westpac Group Chief Executive Officer said, “The breadth and calibre of our 100 Women of Influence for 2014 is remarkable.   “It is such a privilege to be able to recognise and celebrate the outstanding contributions these women are making to Australia. The 2014 winners will join the now 300 strong, prestigious alumni of these awards. "With over 40% of leadership roles at Westpac filled by females, I am fortunate to be surrounded by inspirational women every day.  We are blessed to have such great numbers of influential women doing incredible things in many industries and organisations right across Australia.   Fairfax Media CEO Greg Hywood said: “This year’s 100 Women of Influence join a growing movement that is changing our society for the better in a myriad of ways. Thanks and congratulations to everyone for the contribution they are making. “Many of this year’s finalists were nominated by men. It’s a powerful development to see men wholeheartedly supporting women across all the categories. In order to move the dial, more men need to step up and take an active interest, alongside women, in addressing gender equality.” On Wednesday 22 October, a gala event will be held at Sydney’s Town Hall to celebrate these women and the significant impact that each has made within their chosen field. The ten category winners and overall winner for the year will also be announced on the evening.   For further information please visit: www.100womenofinfluence.com.au.  [ENDS] Please join the conversation at #100WOI   Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Westpac or www.facebook.com/financialreview Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/Westpac or www.twitter.com/financialreview  Media Enquiries: Augusta Goldsmith                                                                                Map and Page                                                                                      P: 02 9368 4508                                                                        M: 0411 612 850                                                                                    E: augusta.goldsmith@mapandpage.com.au                      NEW WAY TO DONATE TO CHARITY JUST BY SHOPPING ONLINE 2014-06-21T01:38:25Z new-way-to-donate-to-charity-just-by-shopping-online Shopnate.com.au has recently launched giving Australians a new way to donate to charity just by shopping online. Over 50% of Australian’s shop online and annual spending continues to grow, currently at a staggering $15.25 billion. Shopnate aims to ensure a portion of money spent online ends up in the hands of Australian charities. Shopnate has partnered with hundreds of famous online retailers including The Iconic, Strawberrynet and Expedia, all who have agreed to pay a commission to charity for anyone who makes a purchase through the Shopnate website. Shoppers choose which charity to support and don’t pay any extra for their purchases as it’s the retailers who make a contribution on your behalf. Charities are quickly getting behind the initiative with nine signing up in the first month, more are signing up daily. Chantelle Baxter Co-Founder of charity One Girl supports the initiative saying, "It's a win-win for us. Our supporters can use Shopnate and make extra donations to us while they shop. They can buy what they want and make a difference at the same time. Brilliant!" Similar sites in the UK have raised over $20million using this fundraising method and Shopnate believes that with Australians love of donating to good causes it has the potential to replicate that success here. More information can be found at www.shopnate.com.au "H. P.T.U." 2014-05-21T09:25:00Z h-p-t-u                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Ray Thyer " H. P.T.U. "        The only thing that the "I'm in again Parties" - you know the ones that go in when the other mob goes out and can't you hear them yell 'I'm in Again!'?          The only thing they create is H.P.T.U.- H  for HARDSHIP P    "   PAIN T    "   TAXES U    "   UNEMPLOYMENT           they have been in an out so many times they must be worn out and past their use-by date.            AUSTRALIA NEEDS A NEW ERA! "N.K.F.L." N   for NO MORE LOSS OF JOBS. K    "   KEEP MANUFACTURING IN AUSTRALIA F     "   FREE DOCTOR VISITS - REVERSE $7 FEES. L     "   LESS TAXES. IT CAN BE SO!  I KNOW HOW TO DO IT - THEY DON'T! KICK THEM OUT - JOIN "AUSTRALIA NEW ERA PARTY" I NEED 1650 MEMBERS NOW TO REGISTER MY PARTY! TIME IS SHORT!  Send me an email with "I wish to join" subject line to ray.thyer@bigpond.com for an enrolment form if you think you will make a SENATOR/ MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT/ STATE PREMIER/  LOCAL MAYOR. Send no money.   LIKE ME ON FACEBOOK.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               (    JOIN " AUSTRALIA NEW ERA PARTY" TODAY FOR A BETTER FUTURE! 2014-05-19T01:27:00Z join-australia-new-era-party-today-for-a-better-future JOIN "AUSTRALIA NEW ERA PARTY" TODAY! I need 1650 members to get my party registered - Let's make things happen together.  BLACK TUESDAY 13 BUDGET IMPOSTS  ARE ALL UNNECESSARY! - A RECIPE FOR DISASTER- THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO!  What lies ahead? Disease now for our children - no $7 - no vaccine! CRIME WAVE- If  no dole for six months. DEATH- If pensioners can't pay Co-payments. END - of Medicare- Medicare attacked. GST - now a big problem for all States - Gov slashed $1 Bn public hospitals funding! JOBS- 16,500 JOBS GONE! Jobs only for road and tunnel makers. MANUFACTURING- Assistance Packages cancelled. YOU- Higher taxes and levies. YOURS- Family Part A frozen part B cancelled at $180k. and MUCH MORE PAIN! BROKEN PROMISES BY TONY ABBOTT- he promised "I will not cut pensions or raise taxes" in 2103 electiond campaign. Our promised future in the budget is nothing more than "PIE IN THE SKY!"  This budget will bring pain and hardships to the majority of Australians. ENOUGH ALREADY! We deserve better, our families deserve better! You will only achieve a better future by joining "Australia New Era Party" TIME IS SHORT- Send an email with your name, email address and telephone number to ray.thyer@bigpond.com for an enrolment form. Don't send any money! Australia is in your hands.