The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-06-23T00:39:16Z Public backlash highlights CommBank’s toxic fossil fuel problem 2017-06-23T00:39:16Z public-backlash-highlights-commbank-s-toxic-fossil-fuel-problem Sydney, 23 June 2017: Community backlash against the Commonwealth Bank’s support of fossil fuels is now so severe that the bank has been forced to set up a special taskforce to handle customers threatening to close their accounts.   The revelation comes after continued pressure by customers and concerned community members who have staged numerous protests outside CommBank branches across the country and peppered the bank’s Facebook page with messages pleading for the bank to “dump coal” and “stop supporting the fossil fuel industry”.   “Despite clear proof that fossil fuel investments are toxic, the Commonwealth Bank would rather create a PR team than deal with their customers’ concerns,” Greenpeace Climate and Energy Campaigner, Nikola Casule, said.   “Customers started out angry that the bank they trusted with their money is investing in fossil fuels that are damaging the environment and killing the Great Barrier Reef and now they are furious that those concerns are being ignored.   “The only substantial thing CommBank have done since their customers started telling them they wanted action on climate change has been to set up a team of people to try to convince people not to take their business elsewhere,” Dr Casule said.   The Commonwealth Bank made a public commitment to take action to limit global warming to no more than two degrees in late 2015, but last year lent a massive $3.886 billion to coal, gas and oil mining and infrastructure projects, making it the biggest funder of dirty fossil fuels in Australia in 2016.   Under questioning at a parliamentary inquiry in March, CEO Ian Narev was unable to provide a single example of the bank’s climate policy affecting lending decisions and last month it was revealed that CommBank had been secretly working with Adani to facilitate the construction of the Carmichael megamine. It has still not ruled out providing finance to the proposed mine.     A new international study into 37 banks’ fossil fuel lending policies by BankTrack yesterday put the Commonwealth Bank at the bottom of the pile because of its failure to evidence any policies to restrict coal, gas or extreme oil projects.   “I have been a CommBank customer for over 20 years. I have several mortgages and a business account,” Cabarita resident and business owner, Michael Rahme, said.   “Investing in new coal mines  and coal fired power stations has clearly and undoubtedly become an investment risk, a social risk, and an environmental risk that can no longer be ignored. The individuals on the Board of CommBank would be morally and ethically bankrupt to continue to do so.   “If Commbank do not publicly declare that they will no longer fund or lend or invest in new coal fired power stations, I will be leaving the bank and never coming back.”   Close to 85,000 people have signed a petition calling on CommBank to stop funding new coal, and over 4,500 CommBank customers have indicated they are considering changing banks over their support of dirty coal, oil and gas projects.   “Instead of action to address the concerns of their customers all we have seen is more empty repetition of the same PR rhetoric and spin in direct letters and emails to customers,” Dr Casule said.   “The Commonwealth Bank talks up the need to address climate change, invest in renewables and help us transition to a low-carbon economy, but they are not living up to their word.”   For interviews contact: Rachael Vincent, Media Campaigner rachael.vincent@greenpeace.org 02 9263 0354 | 0413 993 316   Notes Market Forces’ research shows CommBank is Australia’s dirtiest bank, lending $3,886 million to fossil fuels in 2016 and a total of $20.5 billion between 2008 and the first half of 2016 (including $4.523 billion to coal mines, coal fired power plants and coal ports). American Video Teleconferencing Corp. Announces Board Member Resignation 2017-06-22T20:15:05Z american-video-teleconferencing-corp-announces-board-member-resignation Las Vegas, NV / June 22, 2017 – American Video Teleconferencing Corp. (AVOT) today announces the resignation of its Director and Vice President, Rudy Chacon. Mr. Rudy Chacon has left the Company to pursue new interests.“I would like to thank Mr. Chacon for his contribution.” stated Mike Zaman, President /CEO of American Video Teleconferencing Corp. The Board will reduce from five to four members.About American Video Teleconferencing Corp.American Video Teleconferencing Corp., is developing two online platforms. One, being a video-sharing hosting service that allows user to upload videos to share for exposure, branding, marketing and advertising. The other being a voucher/coupon distribution mobile app accessible by smart phones, iPhones, androids and computers online, as well as being an online national business directory.This news release contains "forward-looking statements" as that term is defined in Section 27A of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Statements in this press release which are not purely historical are forward-looking statements and include any statements regarding beliefs, plans, expectations or intentions regarding the future. Such forward-looking statements include, among other things, the development, costs and results of new business opportunities. Actual results could differ from those projected in any forward-looking statements due to numerous factors. Such factors include, among others, the inherent uncertainties associated with new business opportunities and development stage companies. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this news release, and we assume no obligation to update the forward-looking statements, or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Although we believe that any beliefs, plans, expectations and intentions contained in this press release are reasonable, there can be no assurance that any such beliefs, plans, expectations or intentions will prove to be accurate. Investors should consult all of the information set forth herein and should also refer to the risk factors disclosure outlined in our annual report on Form 10-K for the most recent fiscal year, our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and other periodic reports filed from time-to-time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.Contact:American Video Teleconferencing Corp.Mike Zaman, President/CEO702-683-8946Source: American Video Teleconferencing Corp. Big Switch Networks appoints Claudio Perugini as VP Worldwide Channels 2017-06-21T00:00:00Z big-switch-networks-appoints-claudio-perugini-as-vp-worldwide-channels MELBOURNE, Australia – 21 June 2017 – Big Switch Networks, the Next-Generation Data Centre Networking Company, today announced it has appointed Claudio Perugini as Vice President, Worldwide Channels.   “I’m thrilled to welcome Claudio to the Big Switch team to drive the expansion of our worldwide channel program,” said Mike Hoffman, VP of Worldwide Sales and Chief Revenue Officer. “He brings channel expertise, leadership experience and a proven track record in sales and channel strategy and I look forward to partnering with him as we continue to scale our global GTM efforts.”   Perugini has extensive channel and sales experience in the networking industry, which spans more than 30 years. Most recently Perugini was EVP, Worldwide Sales at LightCyber (acquired by Palo Alto Networks, February 2017). Prior to LightCyber, Perugini spent nearly five years at Gigamon, as VP of Sales, Americas. Perugini began his career as a founding member at Fluke Networks, a division of Danaher, where he spent more than 25 years.   “Claudio is uniquely qualified to expand our global channel program to support continued growth at Big Switch,” said Susheel Chitre, VP of Business Development, Big Switch Networks. “He will play a meaningful role at Big Switch as we expand our programs to further support our global customer base with differentiated technology and choice that will enable transformation of legacy data centres.”   At LightCyber, Perugini significantly contributed to the company’s overall growth and resulting acquisition, evidenced by a 2.5x increase in bookings as well as a 2x increase in customer logo count. Perugini was also responsible for the build-out of LightCyber’s worldwide sales and engineering teams to support growing demand.   During his tenure at Gigamon, the company’s revenue increased from $30M to $180M, and under his leadership, the Americas sales team contributed more than 80% of total company revenue per quarter and had the highest producing region per sales person for four consecutive years. At Gigamon, Perugini grew the Americas sales organisation from a 6 person to an 85 person, multi-tier leadership team, which had a 98% retention rate.   “As a veteran of the networking industry I was incredibly impressed with the technology offerings in Big Switch’s portfolio, which enable customers to experience benefits that are not delivered via other solutions currently in the market,” said Claudio Perugini, VP of Worldwide Channel Sales, Big Switch Networks. “Given my 30-plus years in sales and sales management, my success has always been in working with the channel and partners. I look forward to growing the BSN channel program so that partners and end-users around the world can experience the flexibility, agility and intelligence of Big Switch’s next-gen products.”  About Big Switch Networks Big Switch Networks is the Next-Generation Data Centre Networking Company. We disrupt the status quo of networking by designing intelligent, automated and flexible networks for our customers around the world. We do so by leveraging the principles of software-defined networking (SDN), coupled with a choice of industry-standard hardware. Big Switch Networks has two solutions: Big Monitoring Fabric, a Next-Generation Network Packet Broker, which enables pervasive security and monitoring of data centre and cloud traffic for inline or out-of-band deployments and Big Cloud Fabric, the industry's first Next-Generation switching fabric that allows for choice of switching hardware for OpenStack, VMware, Container and Big Data use cases. Big Switch Networks is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA, with offices located in Tokyo, Melbourne, London and Istanbul. For additional information, email info@bigswitch.com, follow Big Switch on LinkedIn and Twitter, or visit www.bigswitch.com.   Big Switch Networks, Big Cloud Fabric, Big Monitoring Fabric, BigSecure, Big Chain, Switch Light OS, and Switch Light VX are trademarks or registered trademarks of Big Switch Networks, Inc. All other trademarks, service marks, registered marks, or registered service marks are the property of their respective owners.Media contacts Espresso Communications for Big Switch Networks Amy Rathbone/India Bednallbigswitch@espressocomms.com.au Ph. +61 2 8016 2200 Use the right charge out rates and team structure 2017-06-20T00:39:31Z use-the-right-charge-out-rates-and-team-structure The end of the 2017 financial year is upon us and with FY2018 just around the corner, we better start changing our charge out rates for our teams after determining the new wages of our staff. Determine your whole team's capacity and the resources you need. You should prepare your capacity spreadsheet before hiring extra staff even when your work load peaks and it is tempting to hire more. Remember that when workload drops because it's cyclical, you will have excess staff that will hit your bottom line. You have to achieve a win win balance for everyone through proper management of business and teams. Poor management means some stakeholders losing, staff not being paid decent wages, creditors not being paid, clients paying excessive fees or shareholders not getting their fair return of investment. As a manager, you have to run your teams “Narrow and Deep” and not “Shallow and Wide.” This means your teams should have a Client Manager with three Accountants. The Narrow and Deep structure is easier because there are more working accountants who are easier to find than managers. This is not only profitable, your Client Managers will also get the opportunity to develop their careers. You should avoid the Shadow and Wide structure where Client Managers work on their own with no staff doing the work. This means you have to find a superstar who is expensive and hard to find. These people charge their admin and bookkeeping tasks at accounting rates which can be a loss to clients. Alternatively, time is also written off. I encourage you to use the right charge out rates and the Narrow and Deep structure to run your teams for a more profitable and successful business. For more information about business in Australia, contact a Specialist to discuss your particular circumstances. For more tips and advice from other industry experts, visit www.chan-naylor.com.au Disclaimer Matter Launches Revolutionary Innovative ‘Solar for Dual-Occupancy’ in Australia 2017-06-19T06:40:10Z matter-launches-revolutionary-innovative-solar-for-dual-occupancy-in-australia Dual occupancies are an exciting investment where the landlord collects two rental incomes from a single property If you share one block of land between two rental dwellings then why not share one solar system as well? With 'Solar for Dual-Occupancy' a property investor can now have four incomes from a single property – accelerating their property returns Matter has launched the much-awaited innovative 'Solar for Dual Occupancy' a new service for property investors with dual occupancy properties, like duplexes, town houses, dual key and even granny flats.  It is the first anywhere in the universe, including Australia. Melbourne, Australia — June 19, 2017 — Matter Technology has launched a new ‘Solar for Renters’ service for Dual Occupancy property investments. Keeping up with the latest property investment asset class to capturing the imagination of developers & investors. Dual occupancies - a remarkable property investment where the landlord collects two rental incomes on one property and they are also a good way to increase equity. Matter thought well if you share one block of land with two rental dwellings then why not share one solar system as well? With 'Solar for Dual-Occupancy' a property investor can now make four incomes from one property.  With the ever-increasing price of land, it can make a lot of sense for property investors to capitalize on the land value by developing a dual occupancy,  done right - it's a good way to increase equity.  ‘Dual-Occs’ with solar provides quad-income that accelerates becoming cash flow positive. For property investors this in turn speeds up building a property portfolio. Dual occupancy is an opportunity for people to change the composition of their negatively geared portfolio to create a neutral position, or even make it positively geared. Usually dual occupancy properties can get rental yields that are higher than what a suburb would typically deliver for typical rentals. And buying a property that is suitable for dual occupancy can also be a way for first time homebuyers to get their foot onto the property ladder. The most obvious way to boost income for dual-occupancy is why wouldn't you use the roof-space of both dwellings to generate more cash flow and increase value.  This is where Australia's startup Matter comes into the picture. They are the inventors of 'Solar for Renters' a popular service for property investors and tenants to benefit from Solar. ‘Solar for Rentals’ is a service that provides a straight forward way for property investors to generate considerable value from selling solar power produced on their investment property to their tenants. Instead of power utilities making all the money the tenant pays the landlord a reduced rate for solar power produced during the day. It’s a win-win, but it can make considerable value to a property investor. All this is possible because of the never-ending escalating price of grid power, Matter's innovative technology and their remarkable 'Solar-for-Renters' service. For an upfront investment of about the price of a decent paint job a property investor can generate extra value of somewhere around $85,000 when coupled with "Matter Money". Interestingly they can potentially make up to $200,000 of value if things go the investors way.  ‘Matter Money’ is a service from Matter that boosts value for property investors from ’Solar for Rentals’ cash flow. Demand came from property investors using 'Solar for Rentals' Matter's ever-growing property investor admirers have been pushing Matter to support multi-tenancy investment properties for a while, in particular dual-occupancy. They have been asking Matter to use their innovative technologies to boost property investors’ returns on dual-occs - they have been demanding 'Solar for Dual-occupancy'. Matter not has not only responded with a resounding yes for dual-occupancy. And have also opened up the possibility for dual-occupancy property investors making more from their investment from other common or shared things or services, like hot water systems, air conditioners and evaporative coolers to name a few. Matter will have more to say on this soon. Matter now supports not only supports single occupancy they have also included in their service repertoire dual- and multi- occupancy for its popular 'Solar for Rentals' service. This is good news for property investors as it opens up more avenues for positive cash flows. ‘Solar for Dual-Occupancy’ allows a property investor to install one solar system that is used by both rental dwellings in a dual-occupancy so that they can earn extra cash flow by providing tenants cheaper, cleaner energy that they are charged for. This coupled with “Matter Money” becomes rocket-fuel that generates significant value for a property investor. How Matter handles Dual Occupancy In a dual-occupancy tenants are charged for a premium energy product - Blended Energy - using Matter's innovative energy plan based on a "pay as you go" energy plan. So renters only pay for Blended Energy that they consume which worked out using Matter’s very accurate smart meters that measure this new Blended Energy. Matter's innovative technology that works out what portion of the Blended Energy is from the grid and what portion of the Blended Energy is from solar being manufactured from the dual-occupancy’s roof. Each tenant in the dual-occupancy receives a bill as part of the Matter service. Each Dual-Occupancy bill breaks down how the charges are arrived at. Tenants are able to also see how much they saved by using Blended Energy. The Blended Energy Plan uses a ‘piggy-back’ ToU (time of use) rate for the grid energy portion of the Blended Energy and flat rate for the solar energy proportion of the Blended Energy. The flat rate is normally priced at 20% less than what a tenant would pay from the utility for daytime power, so the tenant wins. For the Landlord Matter works out what the pricing structure (the Blended Energy Plan) for the ‘Solar for Dual Occupancy’ should be – and Matter also negotiates this with the tenant as part of the service. This ensures that the dual-occupancy property investor can cover cost of the grid energy and also make a good return for the solar energy part of the Blended Energy.  The idea is not to make money from the grid energy portion, but not to loose money on the grid-portion as well. In a dual occupancy the feed-in credit from the utility could be shared on a pro-rata basis or can be allocated to one particular tenant, or it can be allocated all to the property investor. In Victoria this can be 11.3 cents per kWh whereas in other states it can be as little as 5 cents/kWh. Since the property investor has the utility bill in their name the feed-in credit is typically not taken into account for the tenants and this feed-in revenue goes straight to the property investor as well. While Feed-in further boosts income for Solar Energy not consumed at the Dual-Occupancies. It’s worth noting that this isn’t the main reason why property investors install a ‘Solar for Dual-Occupancy’ system. As a rough guide ‘Solar for Dual-Occupancy’ costs the property investor 5.6 cents / kWh to generate solar energy and typically tenants pay more than 28.5 cents per kWh for daytime power from the grid – some utilities charge more in some places like Adelaide tenants can pay 35 cents per kWh. Why Matter invented Blended Energy Matter created the innovation Blended Energy for dual- and multi- occupancy in mind. In a dual occupancy situation to save on electrical wiring and buying extra expensive meters the solar power is automatically charged to each tenant based on pro-rata usage based on the their measured portion of the Blended Energy and solar and grid proportions, it is a very accurate, fair and cost effective way to charge tenants for this Blended Energy. Matter uses innovative smart meters for measuring Blended Energy that are accurate and but less expensive than utility grid meters. This avoids the property investor in dual occupancies running separate solar electricity wiring to each tenancy, and metering them individually. It’s a very clever practical way to bill dual-occupancy tenants for solar power that is mixed with grid energy that becomes Blended Energy. The property investor can now take advantage of rising energy prices and do something positive about the Australian energy crisis for their tenant, their investment portfolio and pocket. You use one property for dual rental income why not use one solar for two more incomes. One property, four incomes.  For more about Matter's ‘Solar for Dual Occupancy’, please visit http://www.matter.solar/ Availability ‘Solar for Dual Occupancy’ available from 1st July 2017 # # # For more information, images, or to request a spokesperson interview, please contact: Aurelia Glod Matter Technology Ltd E: media@matter.solar M: +61 (0)2 8097 1420   About Matter Solar panels collect energy. Matter lets landlords sell it. Matter is an Australian-based technology start-up and the emerging leader in ‘Solar for Rentals’. Matter is redefining the way consumers and businesses buy energy and how property investors make more through such leading product and service innovations. Our service enables landlords to earn money from solar by charging their tenant for daytime electricity generated from their roof. For tenants this means lower prices, clean electricity and more in their pocket. Matter’s goal is to use technology to help make energy cheaper and cleaner for everyone whilst putting more in property investors pockets. Matter’s advanced platform delivers outstanding experience to tenants who are unwilling to compromise on service quality and value.   For more information, please visit  http://matter.solar   First-Year Performance of Global Systematic Multi-Strategy Fund 2017-06-17T09:41:10Z first-year-performance-of-global-systematic-multi-strategy-fund SINGAPORE, June 15, 2017 - (ACN Newswire) - The Board of Directors of Singapore eDevelopment Ltd ("SeD" or "the Group") wishes to announce that its Global Systematic Multi-Strategy Fund ("GSMS Fund") managed by Hengfai Asset Management Pte Ltd ("HFAM"), a wholly owned subsidiary of SeD's investment-arm SeD Capital Pte Ltd, achieved a gross and net return of 15% and 10%, respectively, in its first year of operation. The net returns are calculated by its fund administrator, Maples Fund Services.Launched on 1 June 2016, the GSMS Fund adopts an "all-weather" strategy that seeks to produce consistent risk-adjusted returns regardless of market volatility. The GSMS Fund employs a systematic approach focusing on liquid exchange traded securities that are diversified across asset classes, geographical regions and time-frames.HFAM intends to allow investors the option to receive 100% of the net profits (after all fees) on an annual basis or to reinvest all profits back into the fund. HFAM also intends to offer the GSMS Fund to global fund of funds.HFAM is a registered fund management company regulated by the Monetary Authority of Singapore. As at the date of this announcement, HFAM manages two (2) live funds, namely, the GSMS Fund and Global Opportunity Fund. As announced by the Company on 15 May 2017, HFAM also intends to manage two (2) additional funds, namely, Global Property Development Fund and Global High Yield Income Fund. The Company will make subsequent announcements to update its shareholders when there are material updates as may be necessary or appropriate.The acquisition of HFAM is part of the Group's efforts to develop new revenue streams and is in line with the Group's pursuit of providing capital services and creating opportunities to accelerate SeD's corporate recovery.SeD website: www.sed.com.sg HFAM website: www.hf-asset.com About Singapore eDevelopment LimitedIncorporated on 9 September 2009 and listed on the Singapore Exchange Catalist (SGX:40V) in July 2010, Singapore eDevelopment Limited is involved in (i) property development and investments primarily in the United States and Western Australia; (ii) Information Technology-related businesses; (iii) development, research, testing, manufacturing, licensing and distribution of biomedical products; and (iv) investment activities.Issued on behalf of the Company:WeR1 Consultants Pte Ltd 3 Phillip Street, #12-01, Royal Group BuildingSingapore 048693Mr Ian LauE: ianlau@wer1.netT: +65 6737 4844 Topic: Press release summarySectors: Alternatives http://www.acnnewswire.com From the Asia Corporate News Network Copyright © 2017 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. A division of Asia Corporate News Network. IMPACT: Origin Energy Increases prices by up to $559 2017-06-16T04:15:39Z impact-origin-energy-increases-prices-by-up-to-559 IMPACT: Origin Energy Increases prices by up to $559 ·       Last of the Big 3 retailers in Australia to increase their New South Wales pricing ·       Impact ranges from 11.7% to 21.2% depending on region, tariff structure and annual usage ·       Adding between $128 and $559 to a residential customers annual bill Origin Energy is the incumbent retailer across Sydney’s Western Suburbs (Endeavour Energy network region) and Country New South Wales (Essential Energy network region). The changes are closely aligned to the movements by both EnergyAustralia and AGL reflecting the rising costs in the electricity wholesale market. The impact of some individual c/kWh pricing is significant, adding 29-32% to the current price. Anytime Usage Customers – Annual % Increase   Western Suburbs - Parramatta, Penrith etc (Endeavour) Country (Essential) Sydney and Surrounds (Ausgrid) Low 12.5% 12.5% 12.3% Medium 14.5% 14.5% 14.4% High 16.4% 16.4% 15.8%   Time Of Use Customers – Annual % Increase   Western Suburbs - Parramatta, Penrith etc (Endeavour) Country (Essential) Sydney and Surrounds (Ausgrid) Low 17.4% 12.6% 13.5% Medium 21.2% 15.0% 14.7% High 22.8% 16.2% 15.2%   Anytime Usage Customers – Annual $ increase   Western Suburbs - Parramatta, Penrith etc (Endeavour) Country (Essential) Sydney and Surrounds (Ausgrid) Low $128 $149 $131 Medium $249 $285 $259 High $393 $431 $398   Time Of Use Customers – Annual $ increase   Western Suburbs - Parramatta, Penrith etc (Endeavour) Country (Essential) Sydney and Surrounds (Ausgrid) Low $188 $159 $139 Medium $374 $297 $251 High $559 $436 $362 * Low user is 2750 kWh/year, Medium user is 5500 kWh/year, High user is 8250 kWh/year (Anytime usage customer) Tim Wolfenden, Managing Director at Energy Bill Doctor (www.energybilldoctor.com.au) “These changes come as no surprise, following what we have seen from both EnergyAustralia and AGL.  However, the impact of these increases will bite hard on their incumbent customer base who will be seeing close to freezing temperatures throughout July and August.” Vulnerable customer must seek immediate support from whichever retailer they are with. It’s imperative that all users start using less and paying less – make sure you: 1)      Have a discount or a fixed price deal with no lock in fees with your current retailer or switch to one who will 2)      Focus everyone in your home to use less and employ some sensible energy saving measures such as: a.       Make use of Mother Nature - open blinds / curtains and let the sun warm your home in the cold winter months b.       Set your thermostat right - find what's comfortable but around 18-20 c is going to save you a lot of money vs 24-26 c in the winter c.       Use Off Peak (even though it’s gone up significantly it will be cheaper than Peak or Shoulder rates) - if you have it, use it, it can be 4 times cheaper d.       Heat or cool a smaller area - if some rooms are not in use, shut those doors e.       Insulate for drafts - a towel or blanket to block the wind through doors or window will save you money f.        Keep the dryer as a secret weapon - check the weather and wash on the days with good sun and wind All press enquiries to: Tim Wolfenden (Managing Director): tim@energybilldoctor.com.au 0430 641 786   About Energy Bill Doctor Energy Bill Doctor creates Happiness through Healthy Electricity Bills. Energy Bill Doctor delivers a 100% accurate online bill healthcheck and switching service (no need to chat on the phone for 30 minutes) – we’ve removed all data entry (that a traditional switching service has) and take care of all the paperwork, making it quick (switch in under 60 seconds), simple and easy for you to switch to a cheaper, healthier energy deal in just a matter of minutes. Energy Bill Doctor helps consumers Take Back Control of their energy bills. With Energy Bill Doctor you can health check your bill anytime, if it’s healthy, there’s no need to switch – plus you will have the peace of mind that you are on a great deal www.energybilldoctor.com.au     BREAKING: EnergyAustralia to increase electricity prices in Sydney by 19% 2017-06-16T04:13:58Z breaking-energyaustralia-to-increase-electricity-prices-in-sydney-by-19   BREAKING: EnergyAustralia to increase electricity prices in Sydney by 19% Early warning of Sydney energy price hikes from EnergyAustralia. Average Increases Sydney and Surrounds (Ausgrid):   % Increase $ Increase (annual) Low 17.7% $184 Medium 19.6% $346 High 20.8% $517 * Low user is 2750 kWh/year, Medium user is 5500 kWh/year, High user is 8250 kWh/year (Anytime usage customer) Tim Wolfenden, Managing Director at Energy Bill Doctor (www.energybilldoctor.com.au) “It’s imperative that users start using less and paying less – make sure you have a discount or a fixed price deal with no lock in fees with your current retailer, or switch to one who will – then focus everyone in your home to use less and employ some sensible energy saving measures” All press enquiries to: Tim Wolfenden (Managing Director): tim@energybilldoctor.com.au 0430 641 786 About Energy Bill Doctor Energy Bill Doctor creates Happiness through Healthy Electricity Bills. Energy Bill Doctor delivers a 100% accurate online bill healthcheck and switching service (no need to chat on the phone for 30 minutes) – we’ve removed all data entry (that a traditional switching service has) and take care of all the paperwork, making it quick (switch in under 60 seconds), simple and easy for you to switch to a cheaper, healthier energy deal in just a matter of minutes. Energy Bill Doctor helps consumers Take Back Control of their energy bills. With Energy Bill Doctor you can health check your bill anytime, if it’s healthy, there’s no need to switch – plus you will have the peace of mind that you are on a great deal www.energybilldoctor.com.au     AIIA South Australia iAwards winners showcase the best of Australian innovation 2017-06-16T00:10:00Z aiia-south-australia-iawards-winners-showcase-the-best-of-australian-innovation Adelaide, Australia – 16 June 2017 -- The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the nation’s peak member body for the ICT industry, has today announced the iAwards winners and merit recipients in South Australia for 2017. AIIA’s iAwards is Australia’s leading awards program for innovation in the digital economy. Entrants competed in five core award categories comprising Business Services, Community Services, Consumer Markets, Industrial & Primary Services, and Public Sector & Government. Entrants have also been successfully recognised for additional contributions – as startup of the year, research & development project of the year, and as outstanding infrastructure and platform innovations. An independent panel selected by the AIIA judged all nominations.   At a gala event held last night at the Adelaide Convention Centre, Jay Weatherill, Premier of South Australia, said:   “Innovation, risk-taking and exploring new horizons are embedded in South Australia’s DNA.   “In 2017, we have a terrific opportunity to further extend that leadership into the sphere of ICT and to build on the advances we’ve already made.   “I really appreciate the work this industry does to generate jobs, and to create smart and valuable products, and congratulate every individual and business that receives recognition here this evening.” Winners and merit recipients across all categories will go on to represent South Australia and compete at the National iAwards. National winners will be announced on 30 August 2017 at the prestigious AIIA 2017 iAwards Gala Dinner and Ceremony, held in Melbourne, which will be attended by startups, innovators, investors, business and community leaders and federal and state politicians.The South Australia 2017 state iAwards winners and merit recipients are:Business Services: Pernix Pty Ltd - High Performance Sports Analytics Platform (Winner) Accodex – Accodex (Merit) Industrial & Primary Services: Resolution Systems – MaxMine (Winner) Public Sector & Government: DST Group & Data61 - Cross Domain Desktop Compositor (Winner) Service SA, Department of the Premier and Cabinet - Whole of Government electronic forms platform (Merit) Student: Murray Bridge High School – Life In High School [Junior Students] (Winner) Murray Bridge High School – ImagineAR [Senior Students] (Winner) Community Services: DXC Technology - The Dandelion Work Experience Program (Winner) Mobility Innovation of the Year: LMZ Capital Pty Ltd - Golf Partner Connect (Winner) iCorp Digital - iCorp Digital (Merit) Startup of the Year: Life Whisperer Diagnostics Pty Ltd - Life Whisperer (Winner) Big Data/Machine Learning Innovation of the Year: Life Whisperer Diagnostics Pty Ltd - Life Whisperer (Winner) Pernix Pty Ltd - High Performance Sports Analytics Platform (Merit) Research and Development Project of the Year: DST Group & Data61 - Cross Domain Desktop Compositor (Winner) Infrastructure & Platform Innovations of the Year: DST Group & Data61 - Cross Domain Desktop Compositor (Winner) South Australia Premier’s Award for Public Sector Transformation: Department of the Premier and Cabinet - South Australian Resources Information Gateway (Winner) Now in its 23rd year, AIIA’s iAwards program is a critical platform demonstrating the impact that its members and the broader technology sector are driving to improve Australia’s social and economic prosperity. In the age of the ‘ideas boom’, the impact of the technology sector that AIIA represents, is more crucial to Australia’s future than ever before. The 2017 iAwards are proudly supported by Major National iAwards Partner Victorian Government, National Program Sponsors Informed Solutions, NDIA, AuDA, National Student and State Student Sponsor, WiseTech Global and National Category Sponsor KPMG. The 2017 South Australia iAwards is proudly supported by State Sponsors the Government of South Australia, and Bronze Sponsor DW Fox Tucker.                                                                                                       -ENDS-About the AIIA’s iAwards AIIA’s iAwards honours both companies at the cutting edge of technology innovation as well as leading professionals across the Digital Economy. Most importantly, the iAwards recognises the achievements of home-grown Australian innovators. http://www.iawards.com.au/  Join the conversation AIIA’s iAwards get people talking about Digital Innovation. Take advantage of the hype by joining the conversation on Twitter, liking iAwards on Facebook and staying in touch with LinkedIn.  About the AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favorable 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 Joanna Stevens Kramer Tel: 0408 466 410joanna@filteredmedia.com.au   Jeffrey Coote Tel: (02) 8188 3616jeffrey@filteredmedia.com.au     AIIA Victoria iAwards winners showcase the best of Australian innovation 2017-06-16T00:07:21Z aiia-victoria-iawards-winners-showcase-the-best-of-australian-innovation Melbourne, Australia – 16 June 2017 -- The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the nation’s peak industry body for the technology sector, has today announced the iAwards winners in Victoria for 2017. AIIA’s iAwards is Australia’s leading awards program for innovation in the digital economy. Entrants competed in five core award categories comprising Business Services, Community Services, Consumer Markets, and Industrial & Primary Services. Entrants have also been successfully recognised for additional contributions – as Startup of the Year, Research & Development Project of the Year, Infrastructure and Platform Innovations of the Year, Big Data/Machine Learning Innovation of the Year, and the inaugural Victorian Diversity Award. An independent panel selected by the AIIA judged all nominations. At a gala event held last night at KPMG’s Victorian offices in Docklands, Melbourne, The Hon. Philip Dalidakis MLC, Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Victorian State Government, said: “Congratulations to the companies and individuals taking part in this year's 2017 Victorian iAwards. These companies are playing a vital role in growing our tech capabilities and creating new jobs here in Victoria. We are proud to be showcasing our very best digital tech innovations here in Victoria, Australia's tech and innovation hub." Winners and merit recipients across all categories will go on to represent Victoria and compete at the National iAwards. National winners will be announced on 30 August 2017 at the prestigious AIIA 2017 iAwards Gala Dinner and Ceremony, held in Melbourne, which will be attended by startups, innovators, investors, business and community leaders and federal and state politicians.The Victoria 2017 state iAwards winners and merit recipients are:Business Services: Conduct, HMR Referrals - HMR Referrals (Winner) LiveHire – LiveHire (Winner) Envato - Envato Market (Merit) Hivint Pty Limited - SecurityColony.com (Merit) Industrial & Primary Services: SensaData and La Trobe's Centre for Technology Infusion - Smart-r-Tag (Winner) Consumer Services: frank green - Smartcups and SmartBottles by frank green (Winner) BajaBoard – BajaBoard (Merit) Student: RMIT University - VICHyper Hyperloop Team [Undergraduate Tertiary Students] (Winner) Community Services: OnDigital Pty Ltd – SchoolTV (Winner) Scapegrace Pty Ltd - Quitch (Merit) Research and Development Project of the Year: Data61 (CSIRO) and Diving Australia - Dive Mechanic (Winner) Mobility Innovation of the Year: Scapegrace Pty Ltd – Quitch (Winner) Smileyscope – Smileyscope (Merit) Infrastructure & Platform Innovations of the Year: LiveHire – LiveHire (Winner) Hivint Pty Limited - SecurityColony.com (Winner) Conduct, HMR Referrals - HMR Referrals (Merit) Startup of the Year: Scapegrace Pty Ltd – Quitch (Winner) Big Data/Machine Learning Innovation of the Year: Gooroo Ventures - Gooroo Hirer: Predictive screening of IT talent (Winner) Inaugural Victorian Diversity Award BeInSync Pty Ltd - LLULAS Universal Communication Now in its 23rd year, AIIA’s iAwards program is a critical platform demonstrating the impact that its members and the broader technology sector are driving to improve Australia’s social and economic prosperity. In the age of the ‘ideas boom’ the impact of the technology sector that AIIA represents is more crucial to Australia’s future than ever before. The 2017 iAwards are proudly supported by Major National iAwards Partner Victorian Government, National Program Sponsors Informed Solutions and AuDA, National Student and State Student Sponsor, WiseTech Global and National Category Sponsors KPMG and National Disability Insurance Agency. The 2017 Victoria iAwards is proudly supported by State Sponsors the Victoria State Government, National Program Sponsors Informed Solutions and AuDA, National Category Sponsors KPMG and National Disability Insurance Agency and State Student Category Sponsor WiseTech Global.                                                              -ENDS-  About the AIIA’s iAwards AIIA’s iAwards honours both companies at the cutting edge of technology innovation as well as leading professionals across the Digital Economy. Most importantly, the iAwards recognises the achievements of home-grown Australian innovators. http://www.iawards.com.au/  Join the conversation AIIA’s iAwards get people talking about Digital Innovation. Take advantage of the hype by joining the conversation on Twitter, liking iAwards on Facebook and staying in touch with LinkedIn.  About the AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978, AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favorable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. AIIA does 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 Jeffrey Coote Tel: (02) 8355 3130jeffrey@filteredmedia.com.au   Rian Newman Tel: (02) 8006 5740rian@filteredmedia.com.au     MEDIA RELEASE: Link Group launches integrated voice and online shareholder meeting technology 2017-06-15T23:07:40Z media-release-link-group-launches-integrated-voice-and-online-shareholder-meeting-technology   MEDIA RELEASE  Link Group launches integrated voice and online shareholder meeting technology Z Energy becomes world’s first company to host an Annual Shareholder Meeting with hybrid telephone, online (virtual), and in-person voting participation 16 June 2017: Link Group (ASX: LNK), a global provider of share registry, shareholder management, analytics, and fund administration services, today announced the successful   launch of a “dial-in” feature for company shareholder meetings. Investors are now able to attend, ask questions, and vote at meetings by phone, in addition to attending and voting online, or in person. Launched at the Annual Meeting of New Zealand-based company Z Energy (NZX: ZEL) yesterday, the offering reflects a global push to increase shareholder engagement and participation rates via more easily accessible methods of communication. 85 people across New Zealand and Australia participated in the Annual Meeting, with 2 shareholders opting to use the dial-in option, 53 online, and 30 in person. Shareholders were able to dial in and listen to the meeting, fully participate in asking questions, as well as submit their vote by pressing the options on the dial pad of their phone. Shareholders who attended the Annual Meeting in person also had the option to use a smartphone app, LinkVote, to submit their voting instead of completing a poll card. This range of technology is now available globally for companies and other membership organisations, using Link’s meeting services software. Link offers multiple interactive channels for participation in meetings, and its services are not just limited to existing clients, but are available to all companies and societies who need such services. Link Group Corporate Markets CEO, Paul Gardiner said, “The Annual Meeting is transforming, as shareholder demand drives innovation in the development of more convenient ways to participate in Annual Meetings and communicate with the board. “We envisage technology playing an increasing role in Annual Meetings as they transition from face-to-face, to hybrid-structures and perhaps even entirely virtual affairs in the not too distant future. The enduring benefit of having a telephone component is that it adds a human element to a virtual process – allowing participants to ask questions and engage with the board in real-time”. “Link Group is committed to developing new innovations to support shareholder engagement, working closely with listed company clients to stay ahead of market needs,” Mr Gardiner added. Z’s Chief Governance Officer, Debra Blackett, said she was really pleased with the new technology and the participation it enables. “People are choosing to participate in annual meetings, and to engage with companies more generally, in an increasingly diverse range of ways. We are committed to using technology to ensure our company is as open, transparent and accessible as it can be.”  Ends   For further information, please contact:Media enquiries: Rachel Maher Honner Ph: 0434 191 290 Email: Rachel@honner.com.au  About Link Group (ASX: LNK) Link Administration Holdings Limited (Link Group) (ABN 27 120 964 098) administers financial ownership data and drives user engagement through technology. Underpinned by our investment in technology, people and processes, we deliver comprehensive data and information solutions for companies, large asset owners and trustees across the globe. We are a market-leading provider of technology-enabled administration solutions, continually developing our offerings to expand with our clients’ needs. Our core business, which consists of fund administration and securities registration, is complemented by our expertise in digital solutions and data analytics. Our clients represent all industries and include some of Australia’s largest superannuation funds and the world’s largest corporations. For more information, please visit: www.linkgroup.com Jim’s Financial Services And Budget One Create A Clever Small Business Finance Product 2017-06-15T04:39:16Z jim-s-financial-services-and-budget-one-create-a-clever-small-business-finance-product Over the past two years, we at Budget One, have been formalising our own business model to better support franchisors in their challenge of creating an enhanced franchising value system that protects their brand and positioning in the market place. Our Start Up Success and Business Success programme is centred on providing franchisees with a 3rd party business planning advisory service that is flexible and responsive to the ever-changing nature of business, as well as to help the owners anticipate customer trends and track performance to build on their success. Together with Jim's Financial Services, we have created a unique financial services product called geTraction. Aimed at the small business finance market, our 2 step program equips owners with the cash, business planning tools and a mentor for 12 months to keep them focused and succeed. Divisional Manager, Tony Gale from Jim’s Financial Services explains, "While other lending or broking firms head down the 24 hr funding turn-around path, Jim’s Financial Services had decided it needed a solution that would back its trusted franchise reputation. Our brand is quintessential with small business success and longevity. Budget One’s Start Up Success program reinforces this philosophy and provides entrepreneurs and the community with the knowledge and resources to steer their way during the often turbulent first-year of a business start-up." Read more on our success story AGL New South Wales Price Increases: The Devil Is In The Detail 2017-06-14T05:16:06Z agl-new-south-wales-price-increases-the-devil-is-in-the-detail   AGL New South Wales Price Increases: The Devil Is In The Detail ·       Very High users to see over 50% increase when they use over 2000 kWh a quarter ·       Off Peak and Controlled Load users across the state to see increases ranging from 21.7% to 63.5% ·       Average increase for Sydneysiders 14.4% ·       Western Suburbs hardest hit with average increases up to 17.7% for High Users AGL price increases announced on Friday 9th June 2017 provide NSW consumers warning signs that the devil is truly in the detail. Whilst the signal is that prices are increasing by the most the state has ever seen in one change, the detailed signs could be much worse for some NSW energy customers Average Increases:   Sydney and Surrounds (Ausgrid) Western Suburbs - Parramatta, Penrith etc (Endeavour) Country (Essential) Low 13.0% 15.0% 6.7% Medium 14.3% 16.6% 8.3% High 15.8% 17.7% 9.9% * Low user is 2750 kWh/year, Medium user is 5500 kWh/year, High user is 8250 kWh/year (Anytime usage customer) ** Comparison between Standard Rates last published on 27th April 2017 compared to rates effective from 1st July 2017  For very high users in Sydney, if they pay anything over $600 per/qtr they will see rates 52.6% higher.  Looking at those extremes here are increases mapped to quarterly bill sizes: Ausgrid Anytime Usage Customers Bill Increases Current Qtr Spend (rounded) % Increase Annual usage (kWh) Current Annual Spend $600 13% 7480 $2,400 $800 23% 11300 $3,200 $1,000 29% 15120 $4,000 $1,200 33% 18950 $4,800 $1,400 36% 22780 $5,600   Controlled Load users across the state will see rates rise anywhere from 21.7% up to 63.5%.  A controlled load tariff is a dedicated circuit that might be in place for customers with underfloor heating, pool pumps, electric hot water heating systems and reverse cycle air conditioning units. Tim Wolfenden, Managing Director at Energy Bill Doctor (www.energybilldoctor.com.au) “The energy market is not a ‘one size fits all’ environment – and these increases will impact everyone differently and uniquely.  Retailers pricing in the past has provided more competitive rates for higher users – that trend appears to be coming to an end – which means those users currently spending more than $600 a quarter will get hit hardest by this round of increases. We’ve also identified that Controlled Load users will see up to a 63.5% increase – and if this is a trend across the Big 3 retailers, those customers are going to have to look hard about when, how and why they are using their energy tied to the tariff, and do everything they can to minimise usage. It’s imperative that users start using less and paying less – make sure you have a discount or a fixed price deal with no lock in fees with your current retailer, or switch to one who will – then focus everyone in your home to use less and employ some sensible energy saving measures” All press enquiries to: Tim Wolfenden (Managing Director): tim@energybilldoctor.com.au 0430 641 786 About Energy Bill Doctor Energy Bill Doctor creates Happiness through Healthy Electricity Bills. Energy Bill Doctor delivers a 100% accurate online bill healthcheck and switching service (no need to chat on the phone for 30 minutes) – we’ve removed all data entry (that a traditional switching service has) and take care of all the paperwork, making it quick (switch in under 60 seconds), simple and easy for you to switch to a cheaper, healthier energy deal in just a matter of minutes. Energy Bill Doctor helps consumers Take Back Control of their energy bills. With Energy Bill Doctor you can health check your bill anytime, if it’s healthy, there’s no need to switch – plus you will have the peace of mind that you are on a great deal www.energybilldoctor.com.au   As Fear of Recession Looms Greatly over Australia in 2018 - Cash Fast Loans Introduces “No Credit Check Finance Solution” 2017-06-14T04:05:46Z as-fear-of-recession-looms-greatly-over-australia-in-2018-cash-fast-loans-introduces-no-credit-check-finance-solution Sydney, 14th June 2017: According to Gerard Minack (one of the world's leading financial market strategists), “Australia is confronting a 1-in-3 chance risk of a home-grown recession next year”. Housing's share towards growth will weaken in 2018, even with a soft landing it is expected to tug on growth. By rising energy costs, business investment will be hit. Mr Minack observes that “If the domestic energy collapse goes on, the chance of substantial investment spending will disappear". Flourishing LNG exports may have assisted in lowering global gas prices but they have increased domestic prices. There is a material risk of recession in 2018 if non-mining investment cripples at the same time as housing. When the economy is not very promising with the likelihood of impending recession, pawnbrokers are a great source wherein one can get instant cash to pay off unexpected bills, pay the medical bills of family members and sail through the tough period of unemployment or for any other sudden emergencies that might come up. Cash Fast Loans is a family owned and operated licensed pawnbroker, established in the year 2002, has substantial experience in offering a cash lending service to the residences’ of the state New South Wales. Cash Fast Loans will not carry out any type of credit checks or background checks, so anyone can get a no credit check cash loan from Cash Fast Loans for a short-term easily. Cash Fast Loans have always lent the highest amounts of money against cars, motorcycles, boats, trucks, machinery item etc. At Cash Fast Loans, anybody can easily get cash loan against their collateral. To get in touch with the Cash Fast Loans, call 1300 227 432 or SMS your details with asset photos on 0437 648 227. Visit for more information: https://www.cashfast.com.au/ Crown Equity Holdings Inc. Announces Board and Officer Appointments and Resignations 2017-06-14T00:45:07Z crown-equity-holdings-inc-announces-board-and-officer-appointments-and-resignations Las Vegas, NV / June 13, 2017 - Crown Equity Holdings Inc. (CRWE) today announces the appointments of its new Directors Brian P. Colvin and Deborah P. Robinson, and the resignation of Steven Onoue as Director and Rudy Chacon as Director and Vice President. Mr. Rudy Chacon and Mr. Steven Onoue have left the Company to pursue new interests. “As we welcome Brian Colvin and Deborah Robinson to the company, I would like to thank Rudy Chacon and Steven Onoue for their contribution.” stated Mike Zaman, President /CEO of Crown Equity Holdings Inc. The Board will remain with six members. Brian D. Colvin has a vast background in I.T., Telecommunications, and Finance with the combined history of over 25 years. Deborah Robinson has expanded her career from Canada, Australia, India, United Kingdom to the United States with over 25 years prior experience as a Principal, Managing Direct and Business Development Marketing Director for various industries. About Crown Equity Holdings Inc. Together with its digital network of websites, Crown Equity Holdings Inc. (CRWE) provides and offers advertising branding, marketing solutions and services to boost customer awareness, as well as merchant visibility as a worldwide online multi-media publisher. The company focuses on the distribution of information for the purpose of bringing together its targeted audience and the advertisers that want to reach them. Its advertising services cover and connect a range of marketing specialties, as well as provide search engine optimization for clients interested in online media awareness. Crown Equity Holdings’ objective is making its CRWE WORLD (www.crweworld.com) endeavor into a global online news and information source, as well as a global one stop shop for various distinct products and services. The company launches, invests and manages select businesses, projects and real estate endeavors. For more information regarding Crown Equity Holdings Inc., please visit: http://www.crownequityholdings.com. This news release contains "forward-looking statements" as that term is defined in Section 27A of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Statements in this press release which are not purely historical are forward-looking statements and include any statements regarding beliefs, plans, expectations or intentions regarding the future. Such forward-looking statements include, among other things, the development, costs and results of new business opportunities. Actual results could differ from those projected in any forward-looking statements due to numerous factors. Such factors include, among others, the inherent uncertainties associated with new business opportunities and development stage companies. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this news release, and we assume no obligation to update the forward-looking statements, or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Although we believe that any beliefs, plans, expectations and intentions contained in this press release are reasonable, there can be no assurance that any such beliefs, plans, expectations or intentions will prove to be accurate. Investors should consult all of the information set forth herein and should also refer to the risk factors disclosure outlined in our annual report on Form 10-K for the most recent fiscal year, our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and other periodic reports filed from time-to-time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Contact: Mike Zaman President/CEO702-683-8946info@crownequityholdings.com Source: Crown Equity Holdings Inc.