The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-01-31T05:36:51Z MyNetFone appointed to Victorian Government Voice Services Panel 2017-01-31T05:36:51Z mynetfone-appointed-to-victorian-government-voice-services-panel Sydney – 31 January 2017 – MyNetFone, Australia’s largest provider of hosted voice and data communications services, today announced it has been appointed to the Voice Services Panel for the Victorian Government as part of the Government’s Telecommunications Purchasing and Management Strategy 2025 (TPAMS2025)[1]. Appointment to TPAMS2025 represents a substantial opportunity for MyNetFone. In 2013 the total fixed voice expenditure by Victorian Government was in the order of $30m per annum[2]. MyNetFone has been selected as one of only 3 providers to the fixed voice panel.   From February 2017, Victorian Government Departments and Agencies will be able to access innovative, cost effective voice services on MyNetFone’s smart new-generation Australian voice network. This represents the first time that Victorian Government entities have had the opportunity to choose a supplier that specialises in new-generation IP telephony through highly reliable and scalable SIP infrastructure.   “MyNetFone has significant experience meeting the voice services needs of government agencies.” said Rene Sugo, CEO of MyNetFone parent MNF Group. “I welcome this appointment and look forward to working with Victorian Government entities to optimise their voice services and achieve savings for the Victorian people.” The appointment is a result of the company’s long term strategy to address the Enterprise and Government segments in the Australian domestic market. It builds on the success of projects in Tasmania and New South Wales.   All Victorian Government Budget Sector Agencies must purchase their voice services from panel suppliers. Additionally, other government entities can also choose to purchase from the TPAMS panel providers. Budget Sector Agencies include all 7 central government departments including the Department of Education, Health and Environment, Land water and Planning and a further 22 government entities including Vic Roads, the Victorian Electoral Commission, and the Essential Services Commission.  /ENDS  About MyNetFone MyNetFone is Australia’s largest provider of hosted voice and data communications services for business, enterprise and residential users. MyNetFone is part of the MNF Group, which owns and operates Australia’s largest VoIP network and a global Tier 1 voice carrier network. MNF Group was founded in 2004 and listed on the ASX in mid 2006. It has a reputation for quality, value and innovation, having won numerous awards including the Forbes Asia’s 200 Best Under a Billion (2014, 2015), Deloitte Technology Fast 50 (2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015), PC User Product of the Year (2005), Money Magazine Product of the Year (2007) and many others. For further information about MyNetFone please visit: further information please contact: Sue Ralston Einsteinz Communications T: (02) 8905 0995 E:         [1] [2] Pg 3, Managing Telecommunications Usage and Expenditure, Victorian Auditor-General’s Report, September 2013 UTRC can employ Stawell Gold Mine’s new unemployed workers 2016-12-13T11:56:40Z utrc-can-employ-stawell-mine-s-new-unemployed-workers Following his Open Letter* to Stawell residents advising them of a misinformation campaign regarding UTRC’s removal of the largest tyre stockpile in Australia, Dr Matthew Starr is again imploring the Victorian Government to take steps that will see the business start employing many of Stawell Gold Mines’ retrenched workers. With up to 150 people losing their jobs at the mine (announced Tuesday, 13 December), UTRC offers Stawell a chance to employ up to 50 people in early 2017.  “All we request from the government is to waive some of the small regulatory fees that UTRC has been hit with, and provide greater support for our efforts to eliminate Victoria’s number one environmental hazard,” said Dr Starr. “UTRC is the only new business of size attempting to become operational in Stawell that can employ up to 30 per cent of the newly unemployed.  “UTRC is the best option for the unemployed workers who now face a very unhappy Christmas and New Year, with a bleak outlook for 2017.” The Stawell tyre stockpile comprises almost 9 million tyres, which UTRC purchased in June 2015 to create a new, environmentally-friendly, clean-tech facility to recycle the tyres. Dr Starr added, “We intend to support the workers of Stawell for the long term and as UTRC in Stawell has been classified as a Transfer Station for Victoria's used tyres, we can assure the town that there will be jobs well into the future.” * You can view the Open Letter, which is being delivered this week, at and a copy should be attached. Dr Matthew Starr can be contacted on 0402 457 315. Short + Sweet: SNACKABLETV youth broadcast network for short-form content launches 2016-12-01T00:16:58Z 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 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 Fiona Gulin +61 487 992 333 CONNECT WITH SNACKABLETV FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM #snackableTV MEDIA MATERIALS DROPBOX Multicap customers feel ‘confident and prepared’ as NDIS rolls out in Mackay 2016-11-03T00:38:44Z multicap-customers-feel-confident-and-prepared-as-ndis-rolls-out-in-mackay Multicap, a leading disability service provider, has been working closely with our customers in Mackay to ensure that every person transitioning to the NDIS is as prepared as possible. Multicap has prepared a number of new resources to assist with the planning and preparation for transition to NDIS. Members of staff are also available to accompany people with disability and their carers to National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) planning meetings to provide support, assistance and advice. At Multicap we are committed to achieving the best possible outcomes for all people with disability. Sharon cares for her brother Scott and she is one of many family members in Mackay that Multicap has been assisting to prepare for the NDIS to roll out. Sharon said: “Multicap staff have taken the burden off me as Scott’s carer. The preparation they have put into NDIS has been a life saver. They have been respectful and sympathetic yet professional and knowledgeable – nothing has been too hard for Multicap staff.” “Multicap has made the transition seem easy and understandable rather than frightening, I feel very well prepared and confident going into Scott’s planning meeting with the NDIA.  Multicap staff care about Scott, they love him and nothing is ever too hard for them. “If I could give a million dollars to everyone at Multicap I would!” Multicap CEO Joanne Jessop said, “Everything we do at Multicap is focussed on enhancing the lives of our customers and their families. The transition to NDIS is a fantastic opportunity for people with disability to have more choice in the support and services they access. The NDIS is a new world of possibilities.  “A new Mackay Multicap Hub will be announced early in the new year. The hub will welcome all members of the community, not just people with disability. Our new hub represents the commitment of Multicap to invest in the Mackay community, and provide a foundation on which we can deliver our sole purpose, ‘to enhance the quality of life of people with disability and their families’. “Mackay is the first region with Multicap services to roll out the NDIS, and we are very excited to walk alongside our customers and their families on this exciting journey.” To find out more about how Multicap can assist with the transition to NDIS please call Michele Steadman on 0427 038 115. Web links Multicap: About Multicap Multicap is a leading not-for-profit organisation supporting individuals with disability.  Operating for over 50 years, Multicap is one of the top disability service providers in Queensland offering individual and group day programs, supported employment, respite, social support and much more. Our passion is for every individual’s right to connect and realise the possibilities available to them and this drives us to always believe there is a way.  We create opportunity. We are champions of possibility. We inspire partnerships of support. Our door is always open.  Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Call for Papers DEADLINE 23rd October 2016 & ECI Excellence Awards 2016-10-10T00:49:46Z 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 Read more... Australian book industry welcomes the Marrakesh Treaty 2016-09-28T20:44:46Z australian-book-industry-welcomes-the-marrakesh-treaty The Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works to Visually Impaired Persons and Persons with Print Disabilities comes into effect today. It is an important step towards making the world of the written word accessible to those with vision and perceptual impairment. The Books Create Australia alliance supports the view that access to the written word is vital for all Australians. The Treaty establishes a copyright exception for visually impaired people and facilitates cross-border sharing of accessible versions of books in formats such as adapted electronic, braille, audio and large print. Cross-border sharing will increase the overall number of accessible versions of works in circulation worldwide by eliminating duplication and reducing friction in their delivery to print disabled people. Australian copyright legislation has had an exception for the vision impaired facilitating access for many years. “The Australian book industry has a long and proud tradition of making publications in accessible format and of making master files available to organisations working with the print-handicapped community. We look forward to working with all stakeholders to improve accessibility through practical solutions with real impact” said Michael Gordon-Smith, Chief Executive of the Australian Publishers Association. The Australian Publishers Association (APA), Australian Booksellers Association (ABA), the Australian Society of Authors (ASA) and the Print Industry Association of Australia (PIAA) support collaborative approaches to the implementation on the Marrakesh Treaty in Australia. As part of the book industry’s commitment to accessibility for the print disabled, the APA is a supporter of the Accessible Books Consortium (ABC). What is the Accessible Books Consortium? The Accessible Books Consortium (ABC) aims to increase the number of books worldwide in accessible formats - such as braille, audio and large print - and to make them available to people who are blind, have low vision or are otherwise print disabled. The ABC is a multi-stakeholder partnership, co-founded by the International Publishers Association, World Blind Union (WBU), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA). What is the Books Create Australia alliance? Publishers, bookshops, printers, authors, literary agents and readers have united in support of the #BooksCreate Australia campaign, voicing opposition to the proposed changes to copyright and PIRs by the Productivity Commission in their report on Intellectual Property Arrangements in Australia. Keep up with the latest news on the Australian book publishing industry’s advocacy campaign: #BooksCreate Twitter @bookscreateaus | Facebook Books Create Australia | Instagram @bookscreateaus For more information and/or interviews, please contact: Emma Rusher, House of Rusher T 0423 213 626 | E AIIA undertaking significant survey on analytics and data usage by Australian businesses, government and NGOs 2016-09-12T01:46:08Z 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 For more information about the AIIA please visit Australians Are Being Taxed To Death: Property Club Reveals 2016-08-24T05:35:47Z australians-paying-nearly-1-million-every-minute-in-taxes-property-club-reveals Governments throughout Australia should be focused on cutting taxes rather than penalising property owners through reducing tax benefits such as negative gearing as they are already collecting nearly $1 million in taxes every minute according to Kevin Young, Presidents of Property Club, Australia’s largest independent property group. Mr Young said that the latest official figures on taxation collection by all levels of Government show they collected $119,563 million in taxes during the three months covering the December quarter 2015. “That means Australians are now paying around $1,313 million in taxes every day, $55 million every hour and nearly $1 million every minute! We are born free and taxed to death. “And the amount of taxes being collected by Government is increasing with total taxation revenue increasing by 17.9% (6 times the inflation rate) over the December quarter. “The debate on negative gearing has helped to mask the massive tax take by Governments throughout Australia and a lot of this money is being collected from property owners. “By limiting negative gearing, the Government would in effect discourage investment in property and with fewer people funding their retirement through this form of asset creation, the financial burden on the Federal Government pension system will only increase.  “At the same time, State Governments would have to provide more social housing as there would be fever rental properties becoming available as property investors deserted the real estate market due to limitations on negative gearing.  “Governments throughout Australia need review their current expenditure levels rather than cutting tax incentives such as negative gearing.  “By dabbling with changes in property taxes, they will only distort the property market as has been the case with the previous change to negative gearing undertaken by the Hawke Labor Government. “Property Club predicts that quarantining negative gearing to new home building would result a fourteen-fold increase in demand for new homes as currently only 7% of investors buy new.  “I have been investing in property for 50 years and these proposed changes to negative gearing will result in a huge increase in prices of new housing because supply would not cope with the huge surge in demand.  “Currently, new home building approvals are very sluggish and it takes at least two years before the new home building sector is able to meet any upswing in demand due to the time lag in construction of new homes,” he said.  ENDS   Property Club Has 83 Millions Reasons For An Investigation Into Outrageous Profits Of Big Banks 2016-08-24T04:30:17Z property-club-has-83-millions-reasons-for-an-investigation-into-outrageous-profits-of-big-banks A lack of competition in the Australian banking industry is allowing the four big banks to fleece more than $83 million in profits every day from their mum and dad customers according to Kevin Young, Property Club president, Australia’s largest independent property group.  Mr Young said that last financial year, the big four Australian banks had a combined net profit of $30.3 billion, making them the most profitable in the developed world.  “Every year the big four banks report record profits for the benefit of their shareholders due to their stranglehold on the lending market in Australia,” he said.  “Property Club welcomes the establishment of a Royal Commission into the banking and finance sector but believes that the terms of reference should be wider than proposed by the Labor Party to include competition in the banking sector and the operation of the RBA.  “We have been calling for a Royal Commission into the big banks for several years because of this lack of competition and accountability in the banking sector has allowed the big banks serve the interests of their shareholders through rewarding them with massive profits while ripping off mortgage holders with their worldwide high interest rates.                          BIG FOUR BANK PROFITS (2015)                          Commonwealth                $9.1 billion                          Westpac                          $7.8 billion                           ANZ                               $7.2 billion                           NAB                               $6.3 billion  “The Reserve Bank (RBA) has failed to force the big four banks to offer more competitive interest rates and has presided over interest rates in Australia which are now much higher than the USA and the UK, for example, even though their relative economies are now stronger than ours.  “Through its high interest rate policy and ‘turning a blind eye’ to the big banks who have increased interest rates well above its own interest rate settings, the RBA has made these banks the most profitable in world.   “This was recently underlined by the world’s central bank, the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), the pre-tax profits of Australia's big four was the equivalent of 1.28 per cent of their total assets.  "Australians have every right to demand greater accountability from the Reserve Bank when you consider that its head is paid over $1 million a year which is around three times the annual salary of the head of the Federal Reserve in the USA.  “We believe that the RBA should be brought under the control of Treasury  so this key organization in the economy is more accountable. "This is why Property Club has been calling for a Royal Commission into the operations of the RBA as well as the big for banks. “We should not miss this opportunity to undertake a thorough review of competition in the banking sector through a Royal Commission with terms of reference that are too restrictive. “Since 1902, there have been more than 100 Royal Commissions and Commissions of Inquiry established by the Federal Government. These Inquiries have examined a range of industries over the last century such as sugar, tobacco, insurance, construction, oil, shipping, butter, fruit and pearl-shelling to name a few," he said. ENDS Property Club Says Scott Morrison Should Hammer The Big Banks To Pass On Full Interest Cut 2016-08-24T04:21:13Z scott-morrison-should-hammer-the-big-banks-like-peter-costello-so-they-pass-on-full-interest-cut A tough approach to the banks during the Howard/Costello period ensured that the banks passed on the full RBA rate cut unlike today according to Kevin Young, Property Club president. Mr Young said this strong approach was highlighted on 3 October 2001 when then Treasurer Peter Costello contact all the major banks to check when they would be passing on the RBA rate cut announced the previous day. “As a result of this strong approach all of the RBA rate cuts were passed on in full during the Howard/Costello period unlike the Turnbull/Morrison reign,” he said. “Instead of pushing the banks to pass on the full interest rate cut, Scott Morrison was making excuses for the big banks. “The big banks in Australia are already the most profitable in the world with their profit equating to a staggering 2.9 per cent of GDP, making Australian banks effectively the most profitable in the world.  “That means 2.9 per cent of every $100 earned in Australia ends up as bank pre-tax profit, compared to the US and UK at $1.2 and 90 cents per cent respectively. “The decision by The Bank of England to cut interest rates last week from 0.5% to 0.25% also shows the RBA in Australia is an international joke with an interest rate setting of 1.50%. “Currently, the UK had an unemployment rate of just 4.9% compared to nearly 6% in Australia despite our interest rates are now six times higher. "The RBA has presided over world high interest rates and an arrogant banking sector that is dominated by the big four banks. It is a fact that the RBA has the levers to pull that could force the banks to pass on the full rate cut to mortgage holders. "Property Club supports the call for a Royal Commission into the banking sector but believes the terms of reference should be widened to include the operations of the RBA,” he said. Editor’s Note:  Property Club has accumulated nearly 300 instances of the RBA's crystal ball failings and associated graphs.  This data reveals how the polices of the RBA has caused hundreds of thousands of jobless, lack of GDP wealth growth and contributed greatly to the gradual decline in living standards. SimpliVity named a leader in hyperconverged infrastructure 2016-08-17T00:28:00Z simplivity-named-a-leader-in-hyperconverged-infrastructure Sydney, Australia — August 17, 2016 — SimpliVity, a leader in hyperconverged infrastructure that’s revolutionising enterprise IT, today announced that the company was recognised as a Leader in The Forrester Wave: Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI), Q3 2016 report.   SimpliVity’s position as a Leader in Forrester’s assessment of the 12 most significant hyperconverged infrastructure vendors was based on the company’s performance across Forrester’s 28-criteria evaluation, which included such criteria as hyperconverged functions, high availability and data protection, manageability and ease of operations, and customer feedback.   According to Forrester, SimpliVity “offers a very rich set of global multisite data management functions anchored by an always-on global deduplication architecture. It includes a comprehensive set of backup, deduplication, snapshot, and clones with multisite data replication and [disaster recovery] capabilities along with wide-area network (WAN) optimisation.” “Forrester put it best in its report, ‘Hyperconvergence is a concept whose time has come,’ and we couldn’t agree more. We believe that SimpliVity is driving this transition – illustrated by even the largest global enterprises transforming their IT with SimpliVity,” said Marianne Budnik, CMO, SimpliVity. “It’s been exciting to watch the growth in the market, especially as we continue to gain momentum by expanding our enterprise customer base while demonstrating an exemplary customer experience. Our customer loyalty and satisfaction metrics are striking – standing at a Net Promoter Score of 90 – 47% higher than the industry average. The hyperconverged market will only continue to expand over the next year, and judging by Forrester’s report, I believe SimpliVity will lead the charge.” “It’s not surprising to see SimpliVity listed as a leader in hyperconverged infrastructure; it’s something we’ve known for a long time. As soon as I saw the first SimpliVity demo, I knew they were doing something revolutionary,” said Ray DeCrescente, CTO, Capital Region Orthopedics Group. “We were really looking for a solution that would improve our disaster recovery, data protection, and business continuity capabilities. We evaluated multiple vendors and solutions before finding that SimpliVity could reliably run all our mission-critical healthcare applications, give us an improved disaster recovery posture, and would help to modernise and advance the performance of our PACS application. I believe SimpliVity is unlike anything else on the hyperconverged market, and feel this report signals that firms like Forrester agree.” Download a complimentary copy of The Forrester Wave: Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI), Q3 2016 report [link].Resources Read the blog about SimpliVity’s evaluation by Forrester Follow SimpliVity on our corporate blog, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube and Google+ About SimpliVity Founded with a mission to simplify IT, SimpliVity is a pioneer in the hyperconverged infrastructure market, disrupting the status quo of complex and cumbersome legacy IT systems. SimpliVity’s hyperconverged IT platform delivers enterprise-class performance and availability that today’s IT leaders require, with the cloud economics their business demands. No other company has taken on the mega task of assimilating all IT elements below the hypervisor (8 to 12 disparate functions) into a simple 2U building block of x86 shareable resources to deliver unmatched IT simplicity, operational efficiency, and 3x TCO savings. The company’s unique data virtualisation architecture improves performance, protection and data efficiency, while also enabling global unified management from a single console. SimpliVity has revolutionised IT systems for hundreds of enterprises around the world. Headquartered in Westborough, Mass., the company has raised $276 million in venture capital and employs about 750 worldwide. SimpliVity’s business model is 100 percent indirect, and its solutions and professional services are available worldwide through its network of resellers and distributors. 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All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. eVestigator® Cyber Forensics Expert Simon Smith says 'POKÉMON NO' to Augmented Reality 2016-07-26T09:36:16Z evestigator-r-cyber-forensics-expert-simon-smith-says-pokemon-no-to-augmented-reality PRESS RELEASE 26/7/2016 CYBER FORENSIC EXPERT ISSUES NATIONAL SECURITY WARNING EVESTIGATOR CYBER FORENSICS EXPERT SIMON SMITH SAYS 'POKÉMON NO' TO AUGMENTED REALITY Availability for further interview / discussion TV – Aus-Wide – 24hrs notice, Radio – 8 hrs notice –© Simon Smith 0410 643 121 - Written consent needed to reuse/quote from this release. Contact: Simon Smith. (eVestigator® aka Simon Smith, an expert in Cyber stalking and Cybercrime Investigations and a Master in Computer Digital Forensics says that our children and teenagers are severely at risk of physical, sexual and psychological harm from the use of this game) © SIMON SMITH - EVESTIGATOR® URGENT PUBLIC MEDIA RELEASE © - CREDIT & PERMISSION ASKED FOR IN WRITING BEFORE USE eVestigator®, Computer Forensics Cyber Expert – CHFI, Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator, Private Investigator Phone: 1800 CYBER I, Direct: 0410 643 121 Melbourne, July 26, 2016: Mr. Simon Smith of, and, a top Australian Computer Forensics expert, Cyber-crime Investigator, cyber-stalking expert and programmer of 25 years knows all too well the other side of what it looks like in a courtroom when somebody is the victim of cyber-stalking or white collar crime. He is often giving forensic evidence or reports in relation to high-tech computer crimes as an expert witness or private investigator. He has also worked on cases involving child pornography and the police, and is a strong advocate against Cyber-bullying, Cyber-stalking and Cyber-crimes civilly and criminally, and has helped hundreds of people attain justice and resolution in many cases, especially involving children and violence and forensic impersonation. As a Commonwealth Appointed Family Dispute Practitioner, with the very difficult job of dealing with awkward family disputes along with his specialised cyber forensic knowledge and cases as a private investigator, he speaks of cases where he has dealt with kidnapping, abductions, cults, poisoning and more. Never, however did Mr. Smith predict that what he calls “Cybergeddon™” would come so soon. Simon explains the term “augmented reality” in the new Pokémon game as going too far. “Imagine walking in a straight line and a cartoon character appears in front of you. That is simply what it is. A technology that draws a computer-generated image on a user's view of the real world (knowing on their phone where they are via the GPS), in this case a character or an object named a Pokémon. It then uses the camera on the back of the phone to paint the background, so it looks like there is a cartoon in your view”. He further says, “the earth is made up of various known areas comprising longitude and latitudes. These are known to the game and randomized, and the object of the game is to find Pokémon and physically step within a meter or so of it to interact, and likewise, collect other objects in the game”. He further explains that “these objects are randomly placed on or around you are on earth without any data verification”. Mr. Smith asks you to imagine your child, or teenage son or daughter walking around with head buried in their phone, jumping complete stranger’s fences, in and out of their neighbourhood, exploring places they shouldn’t be – knocking on stranger’s doors, asking if they can collect a Pokémon from their backyard. Then he asks you to “stop imagining because it is actually happening now”. He then asks you to imagine a “destination” that may be randomly picked in the game for your child to visit. Imagine if one of these stops was say in the case of America, “The Windsor Hotel in Phoenix Arizona”. Would you be concerned if you knew that in this instance, this was a halfway house for sex offenders? He also asks you to not imagine, and says, “Well, that happened too!” Mr. Smith deals with reverse cyber stalking cases all the time. Finally, he asks you to imagine that a group of bullies had a special directory which told them where a victim would be going at a certain time. It would allow them to lay a trap, and wait for the prey. Of course Mr. Smith says, “let’s not imagine - that actually happened too. In fact, only a few days after launch a gamer was robbed at gun point in dangerous unchartered neighbourhoods because the attackers knew he’d be chasing Pokémon they used game bonuses to lure there.” Mr. Smith, both as an IOS and Android programmer and cyber stalking forensic investigator and court expert witness strongly warns the community and rates this at a risk of 10/10 to any parent. He states that It could be used as a directory for stalkers and paedophiles to find children, and cause danger to society in an already understaffed and underqualified area of policing, being organised cyber-crime. Mr. Smith further states that it could even be considered the “Yellow Pages of Children and Teens” for Sex Predators – it could be easily argued that this is in fact no longer “augmented”. Mr. Smith strongly advises everyone to be conscious of the line that has just been crossed – and understand that crime is still crime even if it is hidden in what appears to be a ‘fun super-artificial method of game play’. “It is not a game anymore”, Mr. Smith strongly states. “It’s dangerous, it’s real and it is most likely in the hands of your children now”. Mr. Smith feels very passionate about the dangers he sees, in his expert opinion, he would strongly “recommend parents remove the game after doing further research” as he truly believes it crosses the line by masking serious cybercrime. He finishes by stating that, “It is ironic that people used to be afraid of the psychological effect of what violent artificial games may have on people, now I’m saying backed by evidence and experience, they should really be worried – because it has now crossed over to reality." This is general advice and not to be taken as legal advice and naturally, not all game players are likely to contribute to this conduct, this is an opinion expressed by me raising concern in this area of augmented reality. eVestigator®, Simon Smith Computer Forensics Cyber Expert – CHFI, Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator, Private Investigator © SIMON SMITH - EVESTIGATOR® URGENT PUBLIC MEDIA RELEASE © CREDIT & PERMISSION ASKED FOR IN WRITING BEFORE USE Please consider the environment before printing Australian Institute of Project Management voices concerns around new cabinet titles 2016-07-22T01:06:02Z australian-institute-of-project-management-voices-concerns-around-new-cabinet-titles The Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) welcomes the re-appointment of Darren Chester as Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, and of Paul Fletcher as the Minister for Urban Infrastructure. “AIPM congratulates Ministers Chester and Fletcher and we look forward to working with them to drive improvement in the delivery of infrastructure projects across Australia,” said Yvonne Butler, CEO of AIPM. “Both Ministers are experienced in the portfolios and understand the significant economic and social contribution of infrastructure. “AIPM joins with other professional bodies to highlight the criticality of the Ministers prioritising Infrastructure Australia’s 15-Year Plan, which sets out a long term blueprint to ensure Australia’s infrastructure can deal with future challenges. We are currently working closely with Infrastructure Australia and will be pleased to support the realisation of the plan. AIPM notes with some concern the title change for Minister Fletcher from Minister for Major Projects Territories and Local Government to his new title. Prime Minister Turnbull has said that the new title was a way of “clarifying” Fletcher’s role in delivering a major raft of infrastructure projects in urban areas across Australia. Ms Butler said that the explicit focus on delivery of these major projects should not be under-estimated. “Too many projects in Australia still fail to deliver the required value and benefits anticipated in business cases. This is in no small part due to the fact that there is insufficient focus on the governance of the projects and the effective utilisation of project managers who have been certified as competent by the peak body to actually deliver the projects.” AIPM cites the PwC report that found approximately 80% of projects classified as high performing use a certified project manager (PWC: Insights and Trends: Current Programme and Project Management Practices 2012. S) “AIPM encourages the Federal Government to support the hiring and contracting of independently assessed project managers to help improve the performance of projects, especially major infrastructure projects.” MS Butler went on to say. “We estimate that these projects and the project managers who deliver them contribute in excess of 30% of Australia’s GDP. We must be relentless in safeguarding that policy implementation and social outcomes are delivered as efficiently and effectively as possible and Government leadership in this area is critical. Ms Butler also noted that approximately 10% of the Australian workforce is involved in project management and that the opportunities for jobs in the public and private sectors over the coming years will be enormous, especially given the government focus on infrastructure. “Further we would encourage the Government to ensure that the infrastructure projects that sit across the portfolios of Ministers Chester and Fletcher are managed in an integrated manner, as all portfolios should be. The interrelationships and interdependencies must be carefully planned and understood, as should the risks and opportunities inherent in each project and across programs.” The Australian Institute of Project Management is the peak body for Project Management in Australia. Celebrating its 40th year, its aim is to drive the professionalism of project management and to be regarded as a world authority and advocate on project management practices and competency. Its mission is to foster the application of project management skills and techniques in order to deliver exceptional organisational outcomes. AIPM has been a key driver behind Australia becoming a world leader in professional participation in project management. AIPM Chief Executive Officer Yvonne Butler will be available for comment at request. Media Contact: Michael Martin National Manager Marketing and Communications, AIPM P: +61 2 8288 8751 E: Twitter: @the_AIPM 22 July 2016 Matthew Beeche joins the Sydney Matters Independent Team 2016-07-16T20:50:13Z matthew-beeche-joins-the-sydney-matters-independent-team Sydney Lord Mayoral Candidate Councillor Angela Vithoulkas today announced that media entrepreneur Mathew Beeche will be running as a candidate for Sydney Matters Independent Team in the September 2016 local Government elections. 30-year-old Beeche, founder of Shoe String Media and the popular online tech start-up publication, Startup Daily, announced his candidacy noting, “when Angela Vithoulkas approached me to join Sydney Matters I had multiple conversations with my team, mentors and fellow entrepreneurs in the tech space. It was through these conversations that I realised joining the Sydney Matters team was an opportunity to have a voice inside local government that intimately understands the pain points and needs of high-growth tech companies”. Councillor Angela Vithoulks said, ‘Matthew’s passion and knowledge of the tech start-up ecosystem will bring a fresh perspective to the City of Sydney. I believe the City of Sydney’s Tech Start-up Action plan provides a basis for further development, but Australia, and Sydney in particular must keep punching above its weight. We cannot be complacent in attracting, developing and expanding our footprint in this area. If we don’t then another city will. The Sydney Matters Independent team remain steadfastly focused on working with all levels of Government to ensure that Sydney is recognised as globally competitive leader in the tech start-up space. While Beeche acknowledges that that the City of Sydney are generally proactive in supporting a number of tech-startup and entrepreneurial-related ventures and events, he believes that the City is currently out of sync with the state government and its current innovation projects; and that represents a huge problem. 1 Sydney Matters, 388 George Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000 “I think that all levels of government should play the role of enabler and exemplar when it comes to supporting their tech sectors” says Beeche. “A perfect example of that is the NSW State Government’s Data NSW platform – an open-source portal of up-to-date information on everything that the state government touches”. Beeche believes that that the community is missing out on some bright up-start coming up with a solution that has a real-impact because the City’s main focus to date has been more around supporting events and conducting round-table discussions. “It’s time to stop discussing though” says Beeche. “It’s time to start-doing”. ____________________________________________ Notes: Mathew Beeche is the founder of Startup Daily one of the country’s leading publications on technology, startups and innovation. In 2014, Pinstripe Media owned by television personality David Koch purchased forty percent of the business. Beeche now oversees editorial and sales for all publications across the two businesses. Beeche believes that supporting Councillor Vithoulkas’ candidacy and running as an independent on her ticket is an opportunity for the Sydney tech ecosystem to have someone inside council that actually understands the needs of the sector – that can advocate clearly and passionately on their behalf. Action is needed because Sydney has dropped from a ranking of number 12 to number 16 when it comes to global startup city-ranking. ____________________________________________ Sydney Matters media contact:  Joanne Ryan: 0421 059 866 Sydney Matters Independent Team: City of Sydney council election cock-up continues 2016-07-06T21:49:14Z sydney-matters-independent-team-city-of-sydney-council-election-cock-up-continues Independent City of Sydney Councillor Angela Vithoulkas is calling on City of Sydney Council to immediately extend the deadline for business operators to register to vote at the local government elections in September following the recent discovery of a multitude of errors.   “Clover Moore has been publicly opposed to businesses having any vote at the local government elections and unfortunately it seems that her wish has come true,” Councillor Vithoulkas said today.  Councillor Vithoulkas says Council has listed two conflicting deadlines for businesses to register: 4 July for corporations (Pty. Ltd) and 14 July for sole traders, partnerships and individual operators.  People are confused and frustrated.   “The 4th of July may have been Independence Day in the US, but in the City of Sydney, it was the day that democracy died for thousands of business operators who have been robbed of their chance to have a vote.  “Even after repeatedly raising my concerns about the series of errors and misinformation being given to thousands of business owners, over and over again, Council has refused to respond on how it plans to fix it. What’s apparent is that Council sat on their hands, knowing that the first deadline (the 4th of July) for businesses was looming. Now that’s passed.  “That’s why I have written to the CEO seeking an urgent extension of the registration cut-off to allow businesses to register who have missed the cut-off through no fault of their own. After all, why can’t all businesses have until 14 July to register, why the differing dates? It’s only adding to the confusion.  “I continue getting calls from business owners who want to vote but don’t know when or how to. You only have to go to Council’s website to see that the errors haven’t been fixed. It’s unfair that these hard-working business operators are not only being denied democracy but face the additional threat of fines up to $2,200 if they fail to register.”  Councillor Vithoulkas says she has also written to the Minister for Local Government Paul Toole asking that he hold an urgent inquiry.  “The Minister must intervene to ensure that the registration process is being carried out with the utmost transparency – he must investigate why Council has given businesses wrong and confusing information and then has done nothing to amend it. I am now extremely concerned that Council’s mistakes and misinformation have the real potential to impact the validity of the election. Businesses have been silenced, but maybe that was the aim all along.”  Sydney Matters media contact:   Joanne Ryan:                          0421 059 866   Richard Lenarduzzi:               0411 254 390