The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-02-09T23:25:43Z Aussie app DoTalk breaks down language barriers instantly: First FREE messaging app provides real-time and accurate translation of up to 90 languages 2017-02-09T23:25:43Z aussie-app-dotalk-breaks-down-language-barriers-instantly-first-free-messaging-app-provides-real-time-and-accurate-translation-of-up-to-90-languages Aussie app DoTalk breaks down language barriers instantly  First FREE messaging app provides real-time and accurate translation of up to 90 languages  Sydney, Australia – February 10, 2017 – DoTalk, the first free, instant, voice- activated translation chat app has officially launched today. Invented locally in Cairns, Australia, DoTalk breaks down all barriers to communication, with the ability to rapidly translate chats in words and voice, in up to 90 different languages. Created with accessibility in mind, DoTalk is available across all iOS and Android Smartphones and any Internet connected devices.   DoTalk’s proprietary technology enables users to simultaneously engage in cross-language communications easily and more accurately than any other messaging app available, with six different translation APIs and speech recognition tools combining to provide the most accurate translations possible.   Users have the option to message either via text or a ‘hold & talk’ microphone, and can also conduct group chat with up to 10 people in multiple languages in real time. The interface is intuitive, with inviting contacts and adding language and accent being a simple process.   “Our goal with DoTalk was to create a free, fun and easy-to-use app which provides an open forum for people to easily connect and communicate, regardless of language barriers or location and without delay,” says Aussie founder, Reno Nicastro.   “With applications across everyday life, from business to travel, dating and everything in between, now nothing will be lost in translation. We live in a truly global economy so DoTalk has benefits for absolutely everyone.”   “Whether you are travelling, booking a cab or hotel overseas, want to communicate with international relatives, someone exotic you’ve met online, as the modern-day pen pal, or you just want to learn another language – DoTalk is the tool to connect you to people regardless of where they are or what language they speak.”   The language industry is big business, with the worldwide language services market growing at an annual rate of 5.52% according to The Common Sense Advisory, 2016 Report. The size of the overall global language industry in 2016 was estimated at $40 Billion (USD), with estimates of up to $45 Billion by 2020.    Already trialled extensively in beta testing, DoTalk has registered users from a wide range of countries and languages, with English, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, French and Indonesian proving the most commonly used in the app.   Nicastro and his team are focused on continuous development within the app, and will utilise user feedback to add more features and functionality over time that will further enable broader industry applications including regional/global conference calls, customer service, education, media and customer engagement.   “As the market continues on a growth trajectory, we believe we have assembled an exceptional team and that we have the best messaging app platform in the market. We are currently working on DoTalk Premium applications that will run with the current DoTalk Realtime Translation Technology Engine, and "DoTalk Team" for Business. DoTalk Premium will break down language barriers by providing real-time communications tools to get the job done.”   “As a nation of travellers and world-beaters in business, it is only appropriate then that this app was conceived in Australia, and believe DoTalk will only further facilitate our ability to take on the world!”, Nicastro added.  Features DoTalk provides a fully integrated chat app service that includes the following features:   Real time translation of 90 different languages through the app or Internet enabled device Instant voice translation for 50+ languages Voice to text dictation Group chat including simultaneous translation in conference Private messaging Send and receive files Search and add friends 256 Bit encryption/MP4 file storage Instant sync across devices  Images and availability Please download images from the following link: DoTalk images. DoTalk can be accessed via web at DoTalk or downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.   For more information and interview opportunities, please contact:   Rebecca Blasina                                                     David Wolf Closer Communications                                          Closer Communicationsrebecca@closer.com.au                                         david@closer.com.au 0420 805 567                                                          0411 111 787  About DoTalk One world. One Language. Chat to anyone, anytime, anywhere, in 90 languages. DoTalk changes communication around the globe by removing the language barrier and allowing you to chat and translate your messages in real-time. DoTalk can also be used as an ordinary chat between friends in the same language. Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Call for Papers DEADLINE 23rd October 2016 & ECI Excellence Awards 2016-10-10T01:49:46Z early-childhood-intervention-eci-call-for-papers-deadline-23rd-october-2016-eci-excellence-awards 27th NSW/ACT Conference - Call for Papers Call for Papers DEADLINE EXTENDED - 23rd October 2016 In order to build the best conference program, we are seeking papers for sessional workshops. ECIA NSW/ACT is inviting professionals to submit abstracts for presentations, workshops or panels that explore innovative practices, challenges, research and policy directions. Click here to view or download the 'Call for Papers' Flyer. Click here to view or download the Abstract Submission Template to aid with your submission.* *Note: The Abstract Submission Template may automatically begin downloading in your default browser. Check your browser or go to the Downloads folder on your computer to access this document. Read more... Excellence Awards The Excellence Awards aim to honour and recognise outstanding achievements in the ECI sector that have contributed to the improvement of the lives of children with disability and/or developmental delay and their families. The Excellence Award categories celebrate and acknowledges teams and organisations that demonstrate excellence, passion, vision and a commitment to assisting children with disability and/or developmental delay and their families to achieve their goals. The ‘Excellence Awards’ will be presented for outstanding achievements in the ECI Industry at the NSW/ACT Conference on 25th - 26th May 2017 at the Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach. Award Categories The following award categories will be open for nominations: Outstanding family-centred practice Champion of Inclusion Team around the child Innovative practice Applications and Nominations Applications will open on 14th November 2016. Nominations must be for a team or organisation in the early childhood intervention sector operating in NSW or ACT and includes; early childhood educators, special educators, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, audiologists, social workers and psychologist. Applicants can self-nominate their team or organisation or nominate another team or organisation. Nominations for individuals will not be accepted. ECIA Members and Non Members are eligable to apply.* *Note: ECIA Members can nominate at no cost. Non ECIA Members are required to pay an application fee of $99 (inc. GST). Theme: ECI: Beyond Possibilities - Investing in the Future Location: Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach Dates: Thursday 25th and Friday 26th May 2017 Early Childhood Intervention Australia NSW/ACT 2017 Conference has as its theme ‘ECI: Beyond Possibilities - Investing in the Future’. This provides an exciting opportunity for service providers and professionals interested in Early Childhood Intervention and Early Childhood, to come together with a focus on building the capacity of our sector and the community, understanding the NDIS and the impact on children with disability and/or developmental delay and their families. The conference will have a strong focus on the key issues affecting practice in early childhood intervention, now and into the future. State Conference Registrations NOW OPEN Register now to receive the Early Bird discount! Registrations for the NSW/ACT Conference ECI: Beyond Possibilities - Investing in the Future are now open. You can register to attend the two day conference on: Both days – Thursday 25 & Friday 26 May 2017 Day One Only – Thursday 25 May 2017 Day Two Only – Friday 26 May 2017 Two Days One Day Early Bird ECIA NSW/ACT Member Rate* $505 $305 Early Bird Non-Member Rate* $585 $345 ECIA NSW/ACT Member Rate $560 $360 Non-Member Rate $640 $400 *Early Bird rates will finish on 24th March 2017 If you have any queries about registering for the conference or need any further information, contact Libby Forsyth on (02) 9873 2593 or admin@ecia-nsw.org.au. Read more... AIIA undertaking significant survey on analytics and data usage by Australian businesses, government and NGOs 2016-09-12T02:46:08Z aiia-undertaking-significant-survey-on-analytics-and-data-usage-by-australian-businesses-government-and-ngos FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12 SEPTEMBER 2016 Encourages new and established organisations in all sectors to participate in order to develop the most comprehensive report possible The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak member body for the ICT industry, today announced it is undertaking a major survey of Australian organisations on analytics and data usage. The purpose of the survey is to find out what differentiates those business, government and NGO organisations that effectively use data and analytics for senior decision making. The survey is open to individual respondents via the AIIA website until 31 September 2016. It is anticipated that a whitepaper will be published towards the end of the year incorporating an analysis of the results and providing a body of knowledge that will help guide business leaders on ways to incorporate data and analytics into their organisation in order to remain competitive. Rob Fitzpatrick, CEO of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), says, "On a global scale, we see those organisations that know how to use data effectively are usually the strongest performers. If Australia is serious about driving an ideas boom and creating new employment opportunities, we need to ensure that we help local organisations better understand and then take advantage of data to be competitive. “This is not just a survey for tech companies. The information generated will benefit all industries and we encourage participants across all sectors whether they be in education, retail, finance, or others, as well as established and newer companies to participate,” added Fitzpatrick. This initiative is being led by the AIIA’s Data and Analytics Special Interest Group, which is chaired by Dr Roger Kermode, director of business consulting firm Alimua Pty Ltd and former practice principal for analytics and data management for Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Graeme Wood, general manager of marketing for Semantic Software Asia Pacific. “There is mounting evidence that data-driven organisations tend to require fewer assets, execute with greater insight and less risk, and ultimately generate higher returns. We believe incorporating these practices is an important part of creating a sustainable and growing economy in Australia and is crucial to seeing our standing in world innovation and growth rankings improve,” says Dr Kermode. The data collected will be analysed by data scientists at the University of Technology Sydney. Professor Michael Blumenstein of UTS Sydney says, “Much has been published on big data, automation and the use of analytics at an organizational level. However, despite the recognition of data increasing in importance, the use of data between and within organisations varies widely. The AIIA survey has been constructed to find out why. It’s designed to enable deep diagnostics and analysis of what actually take place inside organisations across different functions and different levels, not just what is visible externally.” Numerous leading Australian organisations are encouraging their members to complete the survey, including: Data61, The Knowledge Economy Institute; NSW State Government; Advance Australia; FINSIA; CPA Australia; StartupMuster; UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT; and, the UTS Business School. # # # About AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 the AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favourable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. MEDIA CONTACT For more information, please contact Joanna Stevens Kramer at 0408 466 410 or email joanna@filteredmedia.com.au For more information about the AIIA please visit https://www.aiia.com.au Sam & Nic Chapman Confirm First Australian Tour 2016-07-12T23:05:00Z sam-nic-chapman-confirm-first-australian-tour Sam and Nic Chapman, internationally renowned makeup artists, YouTube sensations and the names behind Real Techniques - Australia’s number one selling makeup brush collection, have today confirmed their very first Australian Tour this September 2016. In partnership with Priceline Pharmacy’s Beauty School campaign, Chemcorp International – the exclusive distributor of Real Techniques in Australia – are thrilled to confirm that the girls will be hosting events in Sydney and Melbourne. Fans of the brand and followers of their YouTube channel Pixiwoo will have the chance to meet the girls and take part in an exclusive one-off masterclass. About Real Techniques: Real Techniques brushes combine high-tech materials with innovative design to make creating a pixel-perfect look easier than ever. Using only Taklon bristles, Real Techniques brushes are ultra plush and smoother than the hair you’ll find in other brushes. As Taklon is a synthetic fibre, all Real Techniques brushes are 100% cruelty-free. The soft fibres work to create a flawless, high-definition finish in any type of light – from sunlight to harsh indoor lighting. For further information or to arrange a pre-tour phone/email interview with Sam and Nic Chapman, contact: Lisa Solomons @ 360 PR – P: 02 9571 4448 M: 0416 175 518 E: lisa@360pr.com.au Rachel King @ 360 PR – P: 02 9571 4448 M: 0434 820 542 E: rachel@360pr.com.au Assignments Key Assignment Writing Services Reach Global Proportions 2016-06-24T08:27:52Z assignments-key-assignment-writing-services-reach-global-proportions Ask any foreign native student studying in colleges in the US, UK, Canada, Australia or other countries about college assignment submissions and they'll all tell you how difficult it is for them to complete the assignment on time while meeting the high standards of assignment expected of them. Today there are hundreds of online assignment writing and essay writing services that help students with assignment writing help. 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The exhibition will showcase the six students work throughout MODE’s head office in Fortitude Valley on Friday 17 June from 6:00pm. Associate Director and Group Landscape Manager for MODE, Alayna Renata, says the industry partnership with QUT has allowed all students to experience working on a real world project with MODE’s Landscape Architecture team. “MODE and QUT worked closely together to allow the students an opportunity to test out their skills and knowledge on the Nudgee Beach Environmental Education Centre, a project that MODE’s Landscape Architecture team has been heading” said Alayna Renata. Liam Cridland, Senior Landscape Architect at MODE, as well as, Debra Cushing, Lecturer, and Gillian Lawson, the Head of the Landscape Architecture discipline at QUT, have praised the industry on supporting the up and coming landscape architects by allowing them an insight into the profession, and offering a real world perspective on the discipline’s critical role in building communities. “As part of MODE’s ethos, we support and encourage student work in our projects. We are right behind QUT’s real world methods and strive to provide students with opportunities to show off their work to industry leaders and design firms,” said Liam Cridland. The Industry Partner Exhibition will see students and their families, MODE, QUT and the project client attend the exhibition. Leading industry partner, the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) will also be in attendance to view what the next generation of landscape architects have to offer. The Industry Exhibition will be a first for MODE, who will continue supporting QUT students specialising in design courses.   --ENDS   Photos can be supplied after the event. Essay Clues Providing High Quality Assignment Writing Services at Affordable Prices 2016-05-21T08:22:32Z essay-clues-providing-high-quality-assignment-writing-services-at-affordable-prices Essay Clues is your gateway to resolving all assignment writing problems. Every years hundreds and thousands of students from all over the world take admissions in colleges in the US, UK, Australia and Canada. Getting admission in top business colleges is not all that easy but sometimes more than the admission the studies could turn out to be difficult. At most colleges assignment writing is a dreaded thing especially if someone happens to be a non-native English student and in urgent need of assignment writing with assignment deadline not far away. 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The company takes orders from a multitude of locations around Canada, the US, the UK, Australia and the Middle East.https://www.assignmentskey.com The most ambitious school building project in Victorian history 2016-05-06T03:47:40Z the-most-ambitious-school-building-project-in-victorian-history 06/05/2016 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) congratulates the Victorian Government for its investment in the future growth and development of education infrastructure in Victoria which will underpin future innovation across the State. To safe guard the $1.1b investment and ensure both the Victorian Government and the people of Victoria are getting value for money in this initiative, the AIQS recommends the government engage AIQS professionally qualified quantity surveyors from the outset of these projects to ensure costs are controlled and managed. AIQS quantity surveyors, by working side by side with the Victorian Government, will control costs, minimise risks, and provide certainty to ensure potential cost overruns experienced on some school projects undertaken during the BER are not repeated. Part of this cost control process is ensuring the procurement of contractors to deliver these projects is done in a manner to provide ‘value for money’ and not simply flood the market with projects. With rates for education projects ranging from $1,500/m2 to $4,500/m2 dependent on the scale of the work required, it is important that the 23 new schools and upgrades to 147 schools have this professional quantity surveyor advice from the initiation of each project. This will ensure that each project has a skilled professional as part of the team to assist in identifying and minimising risks associated with time, cost, quality, environment and safety. For more information, contact Peter Clack (AIQS President) on 02 8234 4000 or president@aiqs.com.au. The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) is the peak professional body for Quantity Surveying in Australia and Internationally, with over 4,000 Members. Through its leadership, Standards, and Code of Professional Conduct, AIQS ensures that practising Quantity Surveyors are dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of professional excellence. The Institute promotes AIQS Quantity Surveyor members in providing impartial, independent, expert advice which benefit construction and infrastructure projects, by ensuring that design and construction costs are managed as efficiently and effectively as possible. The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) Level 3, 70 Pitt St Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia (02) 8234 4000 www.aiqs.com.au TCS Awarded for Empowerment of Woman 2016-05-01T22:00:00Z tcs-awarded-for-empowerment-of-woman Sydney | Mumbai, May 2, 2016: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS) a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, was named Platinum winner in the “Empowerment of Women Award” category at the Global CSR Conference and Awards recently held in Bali, Indonesia. The Global CSR Summit & Awards raises awareness of corporate social responsibility (CSR) as a core strategic corporate function. It honors outstanding individuals and companies around the world for their contributions in seven areas of focus on environment preservation, community transformation and poverty alleviation, women’s rights and welfare, workplace practices and product innovations. Out of 200 entries received worldwide, a final selection of 42 companies were honored in seven award categories. TCS prevailed in the Empowerment of Woman category, named the Platinum awardee in a category that also included Bank Indonesia (Gold),
Mastercard Asia Pacific (Gold),
Qualcomm Wireless Reach (Silver),
PT Omron Manufacturing of Indonesia (Bronze). Melvin Chan, Founder of The Global CSR Summit & Awards commented: “This category was strongly contested. While the other contenders scored high in some areas, the overall highest average score went to TCS where they were excellent in showing the close integration of their gender equality policy with their business practices. The success of TCS' culture of inclusiveness and diversity is clearly evident in the strong contribution of their large women workforce towards their bottom lines." TCS won the Empowerment of Woman award specifically for its “TCS Go4IT” program in Australia. TCS Go4IT is designed to overcome the shortage in Australia of woman who pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (“STEM”) and to inspire interest for young woman to pursue careers in the ICT sector. (recent data shows 75% of the fastest growing roles in Australia require STEM backgrounds, and that woman occupy 20% of roles in ITC, compared to 45% in all occupations nationwide). TCS Go4IT is assisting to alleviate this national concern, providing an intensive work experience program available for young woman. By the end of 2016, over 250 young woman from over 75 schools in Australia will have competed the TCS Go4IT program. Key outcomes of the program thus far include: increased interest of students to study technology at high school and university; increased interest in a exploring a career in technology; changed perceptions of gender in technology; and Increased confidence and employability skills. More about TCS Go4IT can be read here: http://www.tcs.com/about/corp_responsibility/corporate-social-responsibility/Pages/TCS-Go4IT-work-experience-program-girls-IT.aspx Girish Ramachandran, President, TCS Asia Pacific added: “TCS is committed to creating opportunities for woman in technology and dismantling gender stereotypes that exist in the industry. As one award-winning example we are very proud of, the TCS Go4IT program in Australia is successfully offering opportunities for young woman to become passionate about careers in technology, helping to inspire a new horizon of national innovation and leadership in an exciting, dynamic and highly-in-demand profession”. The Empowerment of Woman award is the latest recognition for TCS, a company on a global drive to make gender equality a core tenant of its operating model. TCS is committed to enabling women to fulfill their professional ambitions across all areas of its organization, while championing everyday equality in the workplace. On 20 April, TCS was named as one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women in the UK. TCS employs over 100,000 women globally, a third of its total workforce. TCS also invests in training to help women at all levels excel in their roles, including one-to-one coaching when they take up senior roles, a Rising Stars Program for women with three-to-five years’ of experience, and the Pathways to Success Workshop, a leadership programme for women with five-to-eight years’ experience. TCS has had a formal Diversity & Inclusion corporate function since 2010, designed to provide strategic guidance and support for diversity programmes across the globe. This initiative is led by senior managers who act as role models and help to demonstrate the positive impact that diverse teams and recruitment can have on the business, with a focus on gender equality. About Global CSR Summit and Awards The Global CSR Summit & Awards 2016 was started 8 years ago. The event has grown from strength to strength and attracted a strong following of over 200 global and regional companies globally that participated or followed the event. The Global CSR Summit & Awards has become known as a global brand known for raising cutting edge ideas and topics in matters of societal transformation, product innovations that change the world and controversial topics that aim to inspire bold ideas to drive large scale changes and improvements to the environment, people and the planet. This year, the organisers have incorporated a new dimension into the Global CSR Summit by co-locating a new event, The Global Good Governance Award. More about the Global CSR Summit & Awards can be found here: https://globalcsr.pinnaclegroup.global/2016/ About Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. (TCS): Tata Consultancy Services is an IT services, consulting and business solutions organization that delivers real results to global business, ensuring a level of certainty no other firm can match. TCS offers a consulting-led, integrated portfolio of IT, BPS,infrastructure, engineering and assurance services. This is delivered through its unique Global Network Delivery Model™, recognized as the benchmark of excellence in software development. A part of the Tata group, India’s largest industrial conglomerate, TCS has over 353,000 of the world’s best-trained consultants in 46 countries. The company generated consolidated revenues of US $16.5 billion for year ended March 31, 2016 and is listed on the National Stock Exchange and Bombay Stock Exchange in India. For more information, visit us at www.tcs.com. For TCS global news, follow @TCS_News. Contacts Global: Email: pradipta.bagchi@tcs.com Phone: +91 22 6778 9999 India: Email: h.ramachandra@tcs.com | shamala.p@tcs.com Phone: + 91 22 6778 9078 | +91 22 6778 9081 Asia Pacific: Email: sean.davidson@tcs.com Phone: +65 9139 3668 Don’t bank on a pay rise in 2016 new report warns 2016-03-16T23:13:38Z don-t-bank-on-a-pay-rise-in-2016-new-report-warns Sydney, 17 March 2016: Despite consumer and business confidence trending up, most employers (79 per cent) do not plan to offer wage increases in 2016 and of the 21 per cent who will, the majority (57 per cent) will offer modest increases between 2 and 5 per cent, the 2016 Adecco Employment and Talent Report has found. Performance, local economic conditions and competition for talent (86 per cent) are the major influencers for employers considering wage rises while aligning wage rises with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) has lost favour with just (14 per cent) using it as a reason for increases. Nor is it surprising that employee disengagement is costing the national economy $54.8 billion annually with the report showing 76 per cent of Australian workers are in two minds about their jobs or worse still, are completely disengaged. “It is well documented that disengaged workers are less profitable, less loyal, less safe, less innovative and less likely to stay,” Lindsey Monroe Ruth, Head of Marketing at the Adecco Group Australia & New Zealand said. “This report clearly shows that employers need to address common pitfalls like lack of direction, relying too heavily on pay as a motivator, not recognising achievements or ignoring career progression and consider ways to enhance employee engagement. These could include articulating the organisation’s values, fostering behaviours that align with these values, showing gratitude, emphasising the positives and understanding what inspires their employees,” she added. The report also found that better opportunity (46 per cent) is the major reason employees leave an organisation, followed by salary (20 per cent) and lack of career (progression) 14 per cent. Flexible hours (43 per cent), and education and training (34 per cent) continue to be the key benefits while bonuses remain popular (20 per cent). And if you are young and unemployed you probably need to lower your salary expectations as 21 per cent of employers attribute youth unemployment to high salary expectations and 15 per cent to lack of experience. Moreover, with new generation, come new expectations. Work life balance (65 per cent), salary (54 per cent) and the opportunity to grow (51 per cent) seem to be the key motivators for candidates seeking a new role. “Tomorrow’s workplace will be very different to the workplace today. It will evolve into a mixed environment where workers can relax and play. We are already seeing the seeds of this change. Organisations such as KPMG and IBM have adopted activity-based workplaces that are designed to heightened transparency and creativity. Employers are turning their minds as to how best manage a multigenerational workforce and employees will continue to strive for better work/live balance,” Lindsey Monroe Ruth concluded. Ends/ More information on Adecco Group: www.adecco.com For further information, please contact: Lindsey Monroe Ruth, Head of Marketing Adecco Group Australia & New Zealand LindseyMonroe.Ruth@adecco.com.au or +61 425 203 033 OR Louise Nealon, Callidus PR louise@calliduspr.com or + 61 2 9283 4114 About the Adecco Group The Adecco Group, based in Zurich, Switzerland, is the world’s leading provider of HR solutions. With more than 32,000 FTE employees and around 5,100 branches in over 60 countries and territories around the world, Adecco Group offers a wide variety of services, connecting around 700,000 associates with our clients every day. The services offered fall into the broad categories of temporary staffing, permanent placement, career transition and talent development, as well as outsourcing and consulting. The Adecco Group is a Fortune Global 500 company. Adecco S.A. is registered in Switzerland (ISIN: CH0012138605) and listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ADEN). Adecco Offers Ambitious Young Professionals the CEO Role 2016-03-16T01:57:53Z adecco-offers-ambitious-young-professionals-the-ceo-role A springboard to brighter career prospects, with one candidate proceeding to become Australia Adecco ‘CEO for One Month’ alongside Ger Doyle and in the running for the global top job Sydney, 16 March 2016: Adecco Group, the world’s leading provider of HR solutions, is giving 50 entrepreneurial and ambitious young professionals the chance to become ‘CEO for One Month’ alongside the Adecco top management in their home countries. In Australia one lucky person will hold the role of Australia Adecco ‘CEO for One Month’ alongside Ger Doyle for the month of June, significantly boosting their CVs and career opportunities. For one only, there is the once-in-a-lifetime chance to become Group ‘CEO for One Month’ working with Alain Dehaze. Online applications are open until April 15 at www.adeccowaytowork.com. Youth unemployment is still a big concern for Adecco around the world and at home with data showing around 73 million youngsters are unemployed in the world today, and a rate of 12.10 per cent in Australia, more than twice that of the average unemployment rate. Yet at the same time, a striking shortage of talent across the globe hinders economic development and prosperity. Some 40 per cent of employers say lack of experience is the main barrier for entry level vacancies. To play its part against this trend, the Adecco Group has devised its ‘CEO for One Month’ and Adecco Way to Work™ programs. The goal is to support talented young professionals in their career prospects by providing valuable work-based training to boost their employability. That includes one month internships alongside Adecco Country Managers in 50 countries, letting youngsters learn on the job, gain insights and inspiration for their eventual professional choices, as well as adding a unique experience to make their CVs really stand out. One of the 50 will have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to become Adecco Group ‘CEO for One Month’ alongside Group CEO Alain Dehaze, further enhancing their training with international exposure and a global outlook. The position includes a rewarding salary to sustain the successful youngster’s further education and development. In 2015, there were more than 18,000 applicants from around the world and over 583 Australian applicants. ‘CEO for One Month’ has proved its ability to boost young people’s employability and opportunities. James Kaluschke the Australian ‘CEO for One Month’ in 2015 is now working as a client service associate at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management in Brisbane. "The CEO For one Month program provided me with an invaluable insight to upper management”, said James Kaluschke. “During the experience I made important business contacts which have ultimately lead me to my current position at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management." Alain Dehaze, Adecco Group CEO, commented: “Our future depends on the skills, confidence and experience of today’s youngsters. It’s a shared responsibility to help them build their careers through training, guidance and opportunities. This is what ‘CEO for One Month’ is about. Youngsters will challenge themselves, gain hands on experience alongside Adecco’s top management, and get a taste of how to run a global company. I look forward to welcoming the 50 ‘CEOs for One Month’, receiving these Millennials’ insights and helping them to build their way to work”. Beyond the ‘CEO for One Month’, Adecco Way to Work aims to fight youth unemployment by providing ‘readiness to work’ initiatives and work-based training opportunities all over the world. Over 3,000 internships and apprenticeships were provided in 2015. In 2016, Adecco Street Day will be celebrated on March 17 to share Adecco’s expertise and guidance to job seekers in almost 60 countries with local staff hitting the streets in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and visiting Universities and TAFEs to help graduates and young people get their feet on the career ladder. Learn more on how to apply for ‘CEO for One Month’ and lots of job application tip and tricks from preparing your CV without work experience to acing job interviews at the Adecco Way to Work portal at: http://www.adeccowaytowork.com. Watch: The experience of Alexa Tirziu, CEO for One Month Romania The CEO for One Month experience in the words of the ‘CEOs’ Adecco Way to Work™ resources Facebook: www.facebook.com/AdeccoWaytoWork Twitter: www.twitter.com/AdeccoWayToWork For further information, please contact: Lindsey Monroe Ruth, Head of Marketing Adecco Group Australia & New Zealand LindseyMonroe.Ruth@adecco.com.au or +61 425 203 033 OR Louise Nealon, Callidus PR louise@calliduspr.com or + 61 2 9283 4114 About the Adecco Group The Adecco Group, based in Zurich, Switzerland, is the world’s leading provider of HR solutions. With more than 32,000 FTE employees and around 5,100 branches in over 60 countries and territories around the world, Adecco Group offers a wide variety of services, connecting around 700,000 associates with our clients every day. The services offered fall into the broad categories of temporary staffing, permanent placement, career transition and talent development, as well as outsourcing and consulting. The Adecco Group is a Fortune Global 500 company. Adecco S.A. is registered in Switzerland (ISIN: CH0012138605) and listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ADEN). Anti-Bullying Day; 'Sextortion' and cyberbullying posing a serious threat to Australia's youth 2016-03-10T03:15:30Z anti-bullying-day-sextortion-and-cyberbullying-posing-a-serious-threat-to-australia-s-youth FOR FOXES SAKEEducating kids way to safety says sex educator For immediate release - March 2016 In the lead up to the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence, sex educator and author Rowena Murray lifts the lid on cyberbullying; identifying it as the greatest threat to Australia’s youth. With the rise of ‘sextortion’ or ‘revenge porn’, young women in particular are found to be amongst the most vulnerable. A recent study conducted by beyondblue and Norton by Symantec found that a startling one in ten Australian women said they had experienced ‘revenge porn’ or ‘sextortion’. Most women (76%) under 30 were found to be the victim of online harassment, ranging from verbal abuse to threats of violence. “Revenge porn has far-reaching impacts, with victims often feeling fearful, frightened, violated and abused. Having intimate photos or footage out there can be awful enough, and is exacerbated if online abuse or bullying follows it,” states Rowena. “Young people shouldn’t be shamed into isolating themselves by going offline, as the perpetrators are the criminals here. They shouldn’t be shamed by their families, schools or friends when they need support. Slut-shaming, especially when it’s directed at someone in their teens, only serves to further perpetuate alienation.” In another study conducted by McAfee in 2013, it was found that Aussie teens and tweens were some of the most exposed to cyberbullying; 81% had witnessed cyberbullying, whilst over a third were victims themselves. “Though cyberbullying is sometimes inescapable, young people can take preventative measures to protect their own safety by keeping as many details, such as their location and school private,” says Rowena. “Adults can also help by having two-way conversations with young family members and friends about the digital challenges facing today’s youth.” In her book For Foxes Sake, Rowena educates young people on how they can protect themselves from cyberbullying and on sex in the digital age.  “You’re dealing with a very open internet. There’s also more bullying than ever before because people’s brains go missing when they’re behind a keyboard and they turn into total idiots. Law enforcement, legislation and public attitudes haven’t caught up with the realities of online behaviour.”    -   ends   - Journalists please note: For interviews, images and requests please contactRachel Service  That Comms Co.RachelS@thatcomms.com 0431 339 497Chloe Tran That Comms Co.ChloeT@thatcomms.com 0405 955 025 New choices to toughen up Microsoft Surface Pro 2016-02-29T04:36:54Z new-choices-to-toughen-up-microsoft-surface-pro Microsoft Surface Pro laptop-replacement-tablet is quickly growing lots of fans in schools and businesses. Good news: there are new choices in rugged cases to protect Surface Pro through a busy day in the classroom or out in the world – including military-grade rugged cases.   For some Surface users  who just need to protect the device while in transit, a sleeve to tuck it safely away while its not in use is ideal. Incipio ORD Sleeve for Surface Pro 3 has a protective nylon exterior and a soft faux fur lining, so your tablet will be protected at all angles. Handy pockets and two pen holders make it easy to carry around. If you like to be a bit more office-like, try theTargus Folio Wrap case for Surface 3. For others, keeping Surface Pro safe from drops, bumps and more while using it for work or learning is important. Features such as handles, carry straps and sealed ports can take your device to a whole new level of function and endurance, maximising your work day wherever you are. Incipio’s Capture Case for Surface Pro 4 is engineered for durability. This multi-layered Capture Case featuring an adjustable 360° rotating handle and comfortable strap for secure grip. Shock absorbent layers give it maximum drop protection, however keeping it charged and in use all day is easy with sealed but accessible ports including power and USB. But there are people who really test out the durability of a device and need more protection so that it can keep going, without damage or needing to be replaced.  STM Dux Case for Surface Pro 4 goes to the top of the class for rugged case protection. This tough case is tested to meet or exceed U.S. Department of Defense Standard 810F/G durability tests, yet works seamlessly with the Type Cover and pen. Ports are protected but accessible, and the case is ventilated to keep your device as cool as you are. There is a STM Dux case almost as tough for Surface Pro 3, too. Kensington BlackBelt 1 for Surface Pro 3 is another military-grade choice, with a strong, cushioned TPU layer that meets military-grade MIL-STD-810G testing for all-around protection against drops and scratches. And for its price, its great, tough case value. Other rugged cases for Surface Pro 3 and 4 include Trident Cyclops Case with dust filters and a patented audio design that redirects sound to the front of the screen   Powered Life www.poweredlife.com.au maximises your mobile technology – whether you are a school with iPad and laptop fleets to manage, or a family that needs to kidproof its iPads, as well as businesses large and small. Do more and reduce cost and time of managing devices. Find out more at www.poweredlife.com.au or call 1300 POWER 4 (1300 76937 4), email hello@poweredlife.com.au. Live a powered life! Professionals in the construction sector and every-day Australians have a lot to lose from the proposed changes to negative gearing 2016-02-24T07:05:17Z professionals-in-the-construction-sector-and-every-day-australians-have-a-lot-to-lose-from-the-proposed-changes-to-negative-gearing 24/2/2016 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Professionals in the construction sector and every-day Australians have a lot to lose from the proposed changes to negative gearing With the federal budget set for release in May and the federal election set for the latter part of 2016, reducing the deficit is high on the agenda. With a raise in GST now off the agenda, proposed changes to tax depreciation schedules is currently being discussed in order to return to surplus. With tax depreciation often forming a large part of those working in the built environment and associated industries such as Quantity Surveying, proposed changes in legislation could have a high impact on industry and every-day Australians including: Construction Cost Managers; Building and Engineering Economists; Financial, Resource and Contractual Managers; Dispute Resolution Professionals; Quantification of Material and Labour Professionals; and Every-day Australian looking to invest or rent property. "The building and construction sector is currently playing a big role in re-balancing the Australian economy due to the retraction currently being experienced in the mining sector. With demand in Asia slowing and the cost of oil, mining and gas at significant lows, the building and construction sector is currently helping to stabilise Australia’s economy." The proposed changes could have a big impact on the demand for tax depreciation schedules that poses a risk of lower investment in infrastructure and construction by industry and could therefore limit the jobs available for every-day Australians. Every-day Australian’s will also be impacted by this change if implemented. Without investors being able to fund losses through negatively gearing their property, the average person may see a rise in rent; due to this increased cost no longer available to be offset through tax depreciation schedules. The current Government is considering a cap on deductions, which will include deductions on rental properties. If the Coalition wins and deductions are capped (the plan is to cap work related deductions and rental property deductions to a percentage of the taxpayer’s income), then there will also be a reduction in the need for tax depreciation schedules. If elected, Labor is promising to remove negative gearing from all purchased buildings (excluding new buildings) from 1 July 2017. Under the Labor model, if the interest costs, rates, management fees on the rental property washes out most or all the rent, a tax depreciation schedule is no longer required as deductions cannot go above rent - therefore it cannot be negatively geared. AIQS will be actively lobbying and liaising with both parties, in order to highlight the impact these policy positions will have on the Quantity Surveying profession. For more information, contact Lee Edmondson (AIQS Marketing & Communications Manager) on (02) 8234 4004 or ledmondson@aiqs.com.au. The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) is the peak professional body for Quantity Surveying in Australia and Internationally, with over 4,000 Members. Through its leadership, Standards and Code of Professional Conduct, AIQS ensures that practising Quantity Surveyors are dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of professional excellence. The Institute is a national organisation with Chapters and Divisions in all States and Territories. It also has a strong overseas membership and is the Australian peak body to the International Cost Engineering Council (ICEC) and the Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS). A diverse range of professionals in the Building and Construction industry are part of the AIQS Institute, including high-level ‘decision makers’ at Director and Executive level, Business Owners and Managers, through to young cadets, students and graduates. Associated industries to Quantity Surveyors include; Cost Planners, Cost Estimators, Project Managers, Developers, Building and Professional Services. The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) Level 3, 70 Pitt St Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia (02) 8234 4000 www.aiqs.com.au