The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2014-10-31T00:41:36Z Brother Celebrates Winning the “Good Design Award 2014” Across Multiple Categories 2014-10-31T00:41:36Z brother-celebrates-winning-the-good-design-award-2014-across-multiple-categories Sydney, Australia - 30 October 2014 – Brother Industries, Ltd.(President: Toshikazu Koike), a parent company of Brother International Australia, one of the leading global manufacturers of laser and inkjet printing devices, has won a Japanese design award “Good Design Award 2014” (hereinafter Good Design Award) across multiple product categories including Business Colour Inkjet Multi-Function Centre® and Monochrome Laser Printer.Since winning for the first time in 1960 for its home sewing machine, Brother has won the Good Design Awards in 185 categories in total and has won awards for the 22nd consecutive year since 1993.Kelly Wilson, Senior Marketing Manager at Brother International Australia, said “Good Design Award evaluates not only the exterior beauty of products, but also user and environmental friendliness in design, the products’ ability to present new ideas to society, and various other aspects. Winning the award indicates that the concerted effort by all Brother employees involved in developing, manufacturing and delivering of products and services have been recognised.’’Brother is committed to designing products by always placing the customers first, based on Brother’s motto, “At your side.” It is determined to continue providing superior value through product designs by incorporating customers and all the other stakeholders’ opinions.About Good Design AwardsGood Design Award has been a sole comprehensive design evaluation and communication system in Japan since 1957. Many companies and designers from both inside and outside of Japan participate in the activity to enhance the industry or the quality of life through the design. “G Mark”, the symbol of the award has been recognised widely as a mark representing good design. For more information about Good Design Award visit: http://www.g-mark.org/?locale=en.Winning Brother International Australia products: Good Design Award 2014  Business Colour Inkjet Multi-Function Centre®MFC-J5320DW      Monochrome Laser PrinterHL-L2340DWHL-L2365DW About Brother International (Aust) Pty Ltd:With over 100 years in operation, Brother International is a leading global manufacturer of laser printers, label printers, Multi-Function Centres®, fax machines, P-touch electronic labellers, typewriters and sewing machines. A specialist in its product lines, Brother combines customer satisfaction and comprehensive measures for environmental conservation, to manufacture innovative, reliable and practical products to enhance the consumer's lifestyle.Brother Australia is a wholly owned subsidiary of Brother Industries, which was founded in 1908 in Japan. Brother Australia was established in 1977, with a head office located in Sydney and State offices located in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth.About Brother Earth:Brother always takes responsibility, acts respectfully and tries to make a positive difference. Brother Earth is Brother’s attitude and commitment to play a part in building a society with sustainable development. Help the environment now by giving a click at http://www.brotherearth.com. Brother will contribute to a variety of global environmental protection activities on your behalf. The number of clicks each project receives will determine proportionately how the funds will be allocated. Business made easier for retail and hospitality with MYOB Kounta 2014-10-30T20:52:18Z business-made-easier-for-retail-and-hospitality-with-myob-kounta-3 Australia’s leading business solutions provider MYOB has launched its new online point-of-sale (POS) solution, MYOB Kounta, making it more efficient for small and medium businesses to run their stores and manage their business.   MYOB Kounta is the first product to emerge from MYOB’s minority stake in the high growth start-up Kounta and another demonstration of the innovation-led strategy from MYOB. It is an online solution for MYOB clients that combines accounting and POS to eliminate compatibility and sync risk between systems.   MYOB General Manager, Connected Services, Andrew Birch said MYOB Kounta integrates the point-of sale system with the entire business in a powerful online platform, making it the simplest and easiest way to manage a busy environment.   “MYOB Kounta is perfect for retail and hospitality businesses of any size, particularly those that require multi-tasking to balance customer service, sales and inventory management. Daily peak periods require fast, accurate order processes.”   “MYOB Kounta’s features include ease of set up, robust order management features, shrinking and wastage tracking, automatic staff commission calculation, on account and lay-by functionality. For the hospitality sector, the special features include table management, split bills and queue busting,” he said.   MYOB AccountRight and MYOB Essentials customers can use their existing MYOB log-in for seamless access to MYOB Kounta, providing they have a datafile in the Cloud.  Their accounts can be integrated with the MYOB Kounta system to publish end-of-day journals, accounts receivables and print-outs directly. MYOB Kounta also integrates with other accounting software solutions.   “It is a single, scalable and adaptable POS platform which is simple to set up and run and delivers data securely to business owners anywhere, anytime on any device,” said Mr Birch. Pam Madytianos, Director of 2 Peas Pty Ltd and Bookkeepers4U, says her clients are excited about getting up and running with MYOB Kounta. “We’re transitioning some of our existing clients to MYOB Kounta. They’re really excited about the breadth of functionality this new system provides and love the fact that it integrates with add-ons like Collect Rewards and their existing social media channels. “This is an ideal system for businesses who don’t want to outlay a lot of upfront costs but still want a sophisticated system which helps them improve their overall business efficiency.” Lawrence Troiano, owner of Basecamp Espresso, says that he and his staff are enjoying being able to use MYOB Kounta on any device. “No more chunky registers. My staff and I can take cash register to the customer, if we want to, by logging in on an iPad or even a smart phone   “We also love that MYOB Kounta doesn’t hinder our customers’ creativity! They can be really specific about their order, which in the past could be tricky to keep track of, and we can easily modify the product on the system to match their special requests.”   Key product details:  MYOB Kounta No lock in contract Subscription: $50 AUD/month per store Includes one register Cloud based POS Unlimited number of products, customers, and users Separate free Lite plan available - Includes up to 10 transactions/day Integration with MYOB AccountRight Live, MYOB Essentials, Xero, Saasu, Quickbooks and more Log in and go set up Email/Chat support   - ENDS –  For further comment or to arrange an interview please contact: Naomi Beames                                                                                        Genevieve Mills MYOB Corporate Affairs and Public Relations Manager                               Haystac Public Affairs Account Director P:  02 9089 9039 / M: 0427 223 841                                                           P: 03 9693 5977 / M: 0423 939 203 Naomi.Beames@myob.com                                                                      E: genevieve.mills@haystac.com.au  About MYOB Established in 1991, MYOB is Australia’s leading accounting software provider. It makes life easier for approx. 1.2 million businesses across Australia and New Zealand by simplifying accounting, payroll, tax, CRM, websites, job costing, practice management, inventory, mobile payments and more. MYOB also provides ongoing client support via many channels including a network of over 40,000 accountants, bookkeepers and other consultants. It is committed to ongoing innovation, particularly in cloud computing solutions, and spends more than AU$35 million annually on research and development. For more information, visit myob.com.au.  About Kounta Kounta is a flexible and scalable Online Point of Sale Software System. Quick to get started, Kounta is easy to use yet powerful enough to run any store, on anything, both online and offline. Add, sell and update your products and inventory, centralise your management and reporting, connect to other online and mobile services, reward loyal customers with points and rewards and invite your team to your store to get involved, all in real-time. No downloads, no software and no setup fees and always up to date with new features. For more information, visit kounta.com.   Business made easier for retail and hospitality with MYOB Kounta 2014-10-30T19:55:02Z business-made-easier-for-retail-and-hospitality-with-myob-kounta-1 New Zealand’s leading business solutions provider MYOBhas launched its new online point-of-sale (POS) solution, MYOB Kounta, making it more efficient for small and medium businesses to run their stores and manage their business.  MYOB Kounta is the first product to emerge from MYOB’s minority stake in the high growth start-up Kounta and another demonstration of the innovation-led strategy from MYOB. It is an online solution for MYOB clients that combines accounting and POS to eliminate compatibility and sync risk between systems. MYOB General Manager, Connected Services, Andrew Birch said MYOB Kounta integrates the point-of sale system with the entire business in a powerful online platform, making it the simplest and easiest way to manage a busy environment. “MYOB Kounta is perfect for retail and hospitality businesses of any size, particularly those that require multi-tasking to balance customer service, sales and inventory management. Daily peak periods require fast, accurate order processes.” “MYOB Kounta’s features include ease of set up, robust order management features, shrinking and wastage tracking, automatic staff commission calculation, on account and lay-by functionality. For the hospitality sector, the special features include table management, split bills and queue busting,” he said. MYOB AccountRight and MYOB Essentials customers can use their existing MYOB log-in for seamless access to MYOB Kounta, providing they have a datafile in the Cloud.  Their accounts can be integrated with the MYOB Kounta system to publish end-of-day journals, accounts receivables and print-outs directly. MYOB Kounta also integrates with other accounting software solutions. “It is a single, scalable and adaptable POS platform which is simple to set up and run and delivers data securely to business owners anywhere, anytime on any device,” said Mr Birch. Annemaree Deed, from craft brewer Tuatara Brewing in Wellington, says her company is excited about the new solution and are looking forward to using MYOB Kounta to its full potential. “It’s as if MYOB Kounta was built for our business and the new direction we want to move in. As we grow, there are easy add-ons to completely customise the POS for our specific needs. In terms of marketing, MYOB Kounta has a really good customer database and loyalty programme – allowing us to drill-down into providing our customers with the best tailored service and rewards possible. “We’re opening a new microbrewery tasting room in central Wellington at the end of the year, and it’s really comforting to know that as we’re setting up a new business, we can rely on the great support we currently have with MYOB,” said Ms Deed. Feature set:   MYOB Kounta Vend Multi-platform y y Multi-store y y Multi-register y y Product list y y Product variants y y Price lists management y y Lay-bys y y Modifiers y n Tables y n Kitchen printing y y Kitchen bump y n y = yes n = no Key product details: MYOB Kounta No lock in contract Subscription: $50 NZD/month per store Includes one register Cloud based POS Unlimited number of products, customers, and users Separate free Lite plan available - Includes up to 10 transactions/day Integration with MYOB AccountRight Live, MYOB Essentials, Xero, Saasu, Quickbooks and more Log in and go set up Email/Chat support - ENDS – About MYOB Established in 1991, MYOB is New Zealand’s leading accounting software provider. It makes life easier for approx. 1.2 million businesses across New Zealand and Australia, by simplifying accounting, payroll, tax, practice management, CRM, websites, job costing, inventory, mobile payments and more. MYOB also provides ongoing support via many client service channels including a network of over 40,000 accountants, bookkeepers and other consultants. It is committed to ongoing innovation, particularly in cloud computing solutions, and now spends NZ$35+ million annually on research and development. For more information, visit myob.co.nz. About Kounta Kounta is a flexible and scalable Online Point of Sale Software System. Quick to get started, Kounta is easy to use yet powerful enough to run any store, on anything, both online and offline. Add, sell and update your products and inventory, centralise your management and reporting, connect to other online and mobile services, reward loyal customers with points and rewards and invite your team to your store to get involved, all in real-time. No downloads, no software and no setup fees and always up to date with new features. For more information, visit kounta.com. Business made easier for retail and hospitality with MYOB Kounta 2014-10-30T19:50:43Z business-made-easier-for-retail-and-hospitality-with-myob-kounta Australia’s leading business solutions provider MYOBhas launched its new online point-of-sale (POS) solution, MYOB Kounta, making it more efficient for small and medium businesses to run their stores and manage their business. MYOB Kounta is the first product to emerge from MYOB’s minority stake in the high growth start-up Kounta and another demonstration of the innovation-led strategy from MYOB. It is an online solution for MYOB clients that combines accounting and POS to eliminate compatibility and sync risk between systems. MYOB General Manager, Connected Services, Andrew Birch said MYOB Kounta integrates the point-of sale system with the entire business in a powerful online platform, making it the simplest and easiest way to manage a busy environment. “MYOB Kounta is perfect for retail and hospitality businesses of any size, particularly those that require multi-tasking to balance customer service, sales and inventory management. Daily peak periods require fast, accurate order processes.”  “MYOB Kounta’s features include ease of set up, robust order management features, shrinking and wastage tracking, automatic staff commission calculation, on account and lay-by functionality. For the hospitality sector, the special features include table management, split bills and queue busting,” he said. MYOB AccountRight and MYOB Essentials customers can use their existing MYOB log-in for seamless access to MYOB Kounta, providing they have a datafile in the Cloud.  Their accounts can be integrated with the MYOB Kounta system to publish end-of-day journals, accounts receivables and print-outs directly. MYOB Kounta also integrates with other accounting software solutions. “It is a single, scalable and adaptable POS platform which is simple to set up and run and delivers data securely to business owners anywhere, anytime on any device,” said Mr Birch. Pam Madytianos, Director of 2 Peas Pty Ltd and Bookkeepers4U, says her clients are excited about getting up and running with MYOB Kounta. “We’re transitioning some of our existing clients to MYOB Kounta. They’re really excited about the breadth of functionality this new system provides and love the fact that it integrates with add-ons like Collect Rewards and their existing social media channels. “This is an ideal system for businesses who don’t want to outlay a lot of upfront costs but still want a sophisticated system which helps them improve their overall business efficiency.” Lawrence Troiano, owner of Basecamp Espresso, says that he and his staff are enjoying being able to use MYOB Kounta on any device. “No more chunky registers. My staff and I can take cash register to the customer, if we want to, by logging in on an iPad or even a smart phone “We also love that MYOB Kounta doesn’t hinder our customers’ creativity! They can be really specific about their order, which in the past could be tricky to keep track of, and we can easily modify the product on the system to match their special requests.” Feature set:   MYOB Kounta Vend Multi-platform y y Multi-store y y Multi-register y y Product list y y Product variants y y Price lists management y y Lay-bys y y Modifiers y n Tables y n Kitchen printing y y Kitchen bump y n  y = yes n = no Key product details:   MYOB Kounta No lock in contract Subscription: $50 AUD/month per store Includes one register Cloud based POS Unlimited number of products, customers, and users Separate free Lite plan available - Includes up to 10 transactions/day Integration with MYOB AccountRight Live, MYOB Essentials, Xero, Saasu, Quickbooks and more Log in and go set up Email/Chat support - ENDS – About MYOB Established in 1991, MYOB is Australia’s leading accounting software provider. It makes life easier for approx. 1.2 million businesses across Australia and New Zealand by simplifying accounting, payroll, tax, CRM, websites, job costing, practice management, inventory, mobile payments and more. MYOB also provides ongoing client support via many channels including a network of over 40,000 accountants, bookkeepers and other consultants. It is committed to ongoing innovation, particularly in cloud computing solutions, and spends more than AU$35 million annually on research and development. For more information, visit myob.com.au. About Kounta Kounta is a flexible and scalable Online Point of Sale Software System. Quick to get started, Kounta is easy to use yet powerful enough to run any store, on anything, both online and offline. Add, sell and update your products and inventory, centralise your management and reporting, connect to other online and mobile services, reward loyal customers with points and rewards and invite your team to your store to get involved, all in real-time. No downloads, no software and no setup fees and always up to date with new features. For more information, visit kounta.com.     WA Proposes Work Health and Safety Bill 2014-10-30T03:32:27Z wa-proposes-work-health-and-safety-bill Western Australia (WA) has introduced draft legislation designed to harmonise the safety laws of the state with the rest of the country.  This bill, known as the Work Health and Safety Bill 2014, is a version of the Model Work Health and Safety Bill (WHS) developed by Safe Work Australia. It has been implemented by all Australian states and territories to date except for Victoria.  The Work Health and Safety Bill will replace the existing Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1984. The proposed bill is similar to other versions of the bill adopted in other states.  Commonalities include placing the duty of care on the person conducting business or undertaking (PCBU), while company officers bear the obligation of due diligence.  The bill includes penalties for infractions as well.  Previously, Western Australia has not adopted specific penalties to avoid potentially burdening small businesses.  Lex McCulloch, the WorkSafe WA Commissioner, said WA intended to keep the “core provisions” of the WHS Bill, but adapted and refined it to suit the “best interests of WA businesses.” Some of the provisions of the core WHS bill did not make it into the WA version.  Those are: Union right of entry – in WA this is provided for under industrial relations legislation already in place; Safety representatives’ direction regarding cessation of work – WA legislators believe this decision should lie with each individual worker in cases where there is risk of serious harm; Reverse onus of proof of discrimination – WA believes including this section is contrary to one of the issues that initiated the process of harmonisation. McCulloch called for a three month period of public comment.  He strongly urges anyone associated with workplace safety in WA to participate.  Comments are invited until 30 January 2015. by Stacey Wagner for myosh Safety Management Software http://myosh.com/ Tweet Hands-on Safety Management 2014-10-30T03:07:38Z hands-on-safety-management Hands-on Safety Management An important consideration in any organisation is managing safety. Safety management software can help by offering Dashboard and Mobile modules to manage your safety program effectively. This is an important step in creating a culture of safety and putting responsibility into the hands of both managers and workers. When workers and managers have the tools to manage safety properly, safety becomes a company-wide priority. When practiced over time, safety becomes engrained in the company culture. Managers make hundreds of decisions on a daily basis. Dashboards can help managers make more effective decisions by providing a big picture of safety data fed by the organisation. These powerful visual charts give an overview of company safety, allow for better decision making, and enhance safety throughout the company. Dashboards are highly configurable and accessible on any device. For examples visit: http://www.myosh.com/modules/dashboards/ Most safety incidents occur in the field or on site, nowhere near the convenience of a computer or a desk. Mobile apps such as myosh Mobile empower workers to take ownership of safety by logging incidents and recording hazards in their workplace. When encountering an incident or hazard in the field, workers can record it immediately using the app on their Android or iPhone, even when offline. They can also upload pictures and access safety documents. For examples visit http://www.myosh.com/modules/mobile/ Safety management is improved through worker participation when they are given the tools to become active participants in the safety process. Mobile apps give employees the responsibility for safety management by giving them the power to spot and record unsafe situations in their own work environment and take ownership of these issues.Giving employees myosh modules such as Dashboards and Mobile apps, organisations can begin creating a strong culture of safety, where everyone feels responsible for safety and are encouraged to work for change. Actions can easily be taken when needed to report unsafe conditions. Safety Management Software like myosh helps to eliminate paperwork and gaps in responsibility between management and workers. To obtain a free trial of myosh Safety Management Software, visit www.myosh.com Article by Stacey Wagner for myosh Tweet Hands-on Safety Management FOR SALE: MACQUARIE PARK DEVELOPMENT SITE 2014-10-29T23:25:52Z for-sale-macquarie-park-development-site UrbanGrowth NSW is set to release for sale the largest of its development sites within the fast-growing North Ryde Station precinct. The 1.2-hectare mixed-use ‘superlot’ will form part of Lachlan’s Line, a masterplanned development announced by the Government in 2013 as part of the North Ryde Urban Activation Precinct (UAP). At completion, Lachlan’s Line will be home to around 3,000 new homes within 10 minutes of a major train station. It is expected to create 9,000 new jobs during construction from civil and apartment works, and at least 250 onsite jobs in retail and hospitality. “Macquarie Park is a fast-growing area that is in huge demand due to its access to the university, hospitals, major shopping and local parks, so we’re expecting strong interest in this land release ,” said UrbanGrowth NSW Development Director, Simeon McGovern. “This isthe largest superlot within the precinct and is the only one to include the retail and neighbourhood centre,” The superlot for sale is the first land release in Lachlan’s Line, and sits at the key corner of the site, bound by Wicks, Epping, Delhi Roads and the M2. It has the potential for 860 apartments and a 7,000sqm shopping centre, comprising a supermarket, specialty stores, cafes and restaurants. The property is being marketed through CBRE and Matrix Property who will run a local and international expression of interest campaign in early November. CBRE Director of Residential Development, Matthew Ramsay said the high demand for apartments within Macquarie Park and the lack of supply made it a highly-prized site. “This is the only superlot within the precinct to include the potential for retail use and it’s at a very strategically located corner, so we can expect extremely strong interest from the market,” he said. Matrix Property Group Director Andrew Antonas said he expected a hot contest among local and international developers. “This is a trophy site for mixed-use specialists looking to secure unrivalled access to a significant precinct, and to be part of a new vision for Macquarie Park,” he said. Expressions of Interest will close around early December. ENDS  About UrbanGrowth NSW UrbanGrowth NSW is the State’s lead organisation responsible for urban transformation. Our ambition is to drive world class urban renewal that will deliver housing and jobs growth, and improve the amenity and liveability of our urban spaces. We collaborate with government, private and community stakeholders in the planning and delivery of our projects. Media contact: Holly Reynolds 0409 462 112 yd. uses Epson SureColor SC-F7100 64” large format dye sublimation printer for new spring/summer advertising campaign 2014-10-29T21:50:05Z yd-uses-epson-surecolor-sc-f7100-64-large-format-dye-sublimation-printer-for-new-spring-summer-advertising-campaign Recently yd., the innovative menswear retailer, had a requirement to produce a fresh, new advertising campaign for their current spring/summer range in 97 standalone stores across Australia and New Zealand. With the creative concept completed by agency Paper Stone Scissors the decision was made to print the campaign on Epson’s new SureColor SC-F7100 64” large format dye sublimation printer at Flash Graphics. The SC-F7100 was supplied to Flash Graphics by Andreas Johansson of graphic arts, sign & display specialists and Epson dealer Kayell Australia.   Head of Marketing at yd. Georgina Toskas explained, “For spring/summer 2014 we wanted to produce a campaign that created a strong visual impact. We wanted a young, fresh, modern look and feel that defines our brand position with confidence in the marketplace. The purpose of this campaign is to show yd. as the first stop for on-trend menswear to cover all occasions. To achieve this, we brought in the expertise of creative agency Paper Stone Scissors who did an amazing job of delivering our vision for the season.”   Paper Stone Scissors used Flash Graphics to uniquely print the in-store campaign on fabric, something Toskas sees as adding significant weight to the creative.   She continued, “The print on fabric looks fantastic! It creates such a positive and strong branding message. From afar, you cannot tell that the images are produced on fabrics, they look that good! The results have well exceeded our expectations and the quality and detail in the shots have translated onto the prints effortlessly. The amount of detail that has been able to come out on the fabrics is amazing. These are by far the best print results we have ever seen.”   Epson’s SureColor SC-F7100 64” large format dye sublimation printer has been designed for high-speed - up to 59m2/hr - roll-to-roll production and incorporates the very latest in inkjet technology - Epson's revolutionary new PrecisionCore™ Thin Film Print (TFP) head. The PrecisionCore TFP head consists of micro-fine nozzles that provide exceptionally high resolution imaging with pinpoint positional accuracy and outstanding uniformity. The head also supports resolutions up to 720x1440 dpi with Variable Sized Dot Technology for superior colour, finer detail and minimised ink consumption.   Georgina Toskas concluded, “The quality of the prints from the F7100 in our spring/summer campaign is exceptional. The prints create such a strong impact in store, especially being in black and white, as they stand out and do not get hidden by all the other ‘noise’ that is happening around them.”   Fredrik Uden from Flash Graphics added, “The complete yd. spring/summer campaign was produced on the SureColor SC-F7100 on 400 large fabrics. What made the SC-F7100 perfect for this campaign was that it showed off the quality of the photography and the texture in the clothing - every detail is there.We purchased the SC-F7100 as we have a good relationship with Kayell and Epson and together we are always aiming for print perfection. It makes sense that after an Epson proof follows an Epson Print. The SureColor SC-F7100 and its superior build quality gives us a high speed solution that produces the best possible results.For transfer-type dye sublimation this machine represents great value and we have not seen anything that prints sharper than the SC-F7100. It also gives great tracking of media with good drying capacity even at high speed. Even before we started the yd. campaign we were very confident the SC-F7100 would deliver the results the client was looking for as we had already seen the quality of the prints it produces.”   The Tuffline Fabric ® used in the yd. campaign is part of the Adversol range of products and was provided by specialist supplier Charles Parsons & Co. Sales manager at Charles Parsons & Co. Gary Di Losa, who saw the yd. campaign in production added, “The Adversol range of products are specifically developed for use within the print media sector and thus were ideal for the yd. campaign. I walked through production while the job was being printed and I can honestly say it was one of the best black and white print jobs I have ever seen on polyester. Getting black and white to look good on fabric is far more difficult than colour, which made this job even more impressive.”   For more information on Epson’s new SureColor SC-F7100 including official resellers and Where To Buy the printer go to: www.epson.com.au/textile Dubai’s Smart City Vision to be showcased at Arab Future Cities Summit 2014-10-29T09:18:26Z dubai-s-smart-city-vision-to-be-showcased-at-arab-future-cities-summit Endorsed by ‘Dubai Municipality’ this year’s Arab Future Cities Summit in Dubai will see over 350 delegates participating at the event. This 2 day conference is scheduled to take place on the 10th and 11th November at the Sofitel, The Palm Resort & Spa, Dubai (UAE). The Arab Future Cities Summit is one of the largest Smart cities events globally. The Arab Future Cities summit is a high-profile international gathering of government authorities, developers, urban planners, investors, academics and cutting-edge technologists aimed at giving direction to smart city development across the Middle East region, and a platform for organizations to showcase their achievements, upcoming projects and smart technologies. The event has been successfully held in Doha, Qatar, under the patronage of H.E. Sheikh Abdul Rahman Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Qatar’s Minister of Municipality & Urban Planning for the past 3 years, and we are delighted to announce the 4th edition to be held in Dubai. The conference will cover issues like Digital Strategies for a Successful Smart City, Smart Security Using Security Analytics & Threat Intelligence, Healthcare, Building Design & Sustainable Urban Planning, eSystems of Logistics & Transportation, Big Data for Smart Cities, Energy Consumption, E-Government and much more. A panel of professionals and educators will discuss Future Cities Sustainable Development in the Arab World, Intelligent Transport Systems & Smart Building Design & Sustainable Urban Planning. H.E. Eng. Abdulla Rafia, Assistant Director General – Engineering & Planning Sector, Head of The Sustainability Committee, Dubai Municipality will be presenting on ‘The strategic plan, projects and initiatives to transform Dubai into a Smart City’. From the City of Copenhagen Marc J. Jorgensen will put a light on ‘COPENHAGEN – Smart City and Urban Development’. Other speakers include Ahmed Qurra Baig from Dubai World Center, Chris De Lavigne from Frost & Sullivan, Dr. Ahmad Ibrahim Saif Kalban from Dubai Health Authority, Eng. Salah Mohammed Al Marzouqi from Department of Transport (Abu Dhabi), Farouk Benouared from Dubai Municipality, Hashem Al Mansoori from Emirates Advanced Investments Group, Rayan Qutub from King Abdullah Economic City and many more. This year you will see leading innovators and experts from SAP, Autodesk Middle East, Tronic Smart City Pte. Ltd., THALES , Renault , Huawei Tech, ZTE Corporation, Robotina, ALGO Consulting Group, Waseela Telecom, Armada Electromechanical, GET Group Holdings, Diyar United Company, Cubic Art Technologies, Atlantech, ISYX Technologies, Omnix, Imex Systems Inc., iTech Management Consultancy, Lafon Technologies, ITQAN for Smart Solutions, Emirates Technology Company, Green Parking UAE, Digital interiors, Helles Gruen DMCC and many others. Expotrade Global is a conference and event organizer headquartered in Melbourne, Australia with a regional office in Dubai. We work with government authorities from various cities to host events in the fields of construction, infrastructure, banking, landscape, IT, lighting & energy, and sustainability. For more information: www.smartcitiesdubai.com Social Media and the Law: essential reading for the 21st century 2014-10-29T00:17:56Z social-media-and-the-law-essential-reading-for-the-21st-century Social Media and the Law: essential reading for the 21st century This essential title covers employment law, privacy, defamation, competition and consumer laws, copyright, litigation and the criminal justice system SYDNEY, 29 October 2014 — While the continued rise of social media is delivering extraordinary benefits to the widest cross section of the community, it also exposes individuals and organisations to enormous risks making the newly published Social Media and the Law an essential reading not just for legal practitioners and academics but also business and corporate managers, HR departments and the broader business community. For example, the chapter Social Media and Employment Law explores the balance between social media and workplace relations. At worst, employees face dismissal while employers who don’t have a comprehensive strategy on social media in place are at great risk. The reality is that social media blurs the boundaries of what can be considered ‘conduct at work’ and ‘conduct at home’, yet at the same time magnifies the consequences of ill-judged comments and actions.  Existing workplace issues including bullying, harassment and vilification continue to take place on social media while the temptation for employers to use social media platforms as a means of pre-employment screening and workplace surveillance raises fresh issues. Social Media and Privacy looks at an individual’s right to privacy in face of social media’s power to broadly disseminate all manner of personal and private information. Already, high-profile defamation cases arising from social media have begun to illustrate the perils involved for social media authors and their subjects.  Numerous ‘twibel’ cases in the UK have sought to redress damage wrought by libellous comments on Twitter, while Australia has recently seen its first social media defamation case proceed to determination resulting in a judgement for $105,000 and copious media coverage. All online behaviour is subject to Australian state and federal laws and the chapter on Social Media and Criminal Law explain how harmful communications may breach the criminal law and the dire consequences of that, citing real live cases to drive home the point. In addition to employment law, privacy and defamation, the book also analyses social media developments relating in competition and consumer laws, copyright and litigation. “Social Media and the Law is not just for lawyers,” explains LexisNexis Pacific’s Chief Operating Officer Dr Marc Peter. “It is the new frontier in communications and as with all new frontiers it is fraught with risks. And while most are generally aware of the old rules, how they apply is a very different matter making Social Media and the Law essential reading for providers and users.”Social Media and the Law is published by LexisNexis Butterworths and is available online at https://store.lexisnexis.com.au/ as well as all academic bookstores around the country.                                                             ####  Media Contact: Louise Nealon, CallidusPR, Tel: +61 2 9283 4114; email: louise@calliduspr.com    About LexisNexis Legal & ProfessionalLexisNexis© Legal & Professional is a leading global provider of content and technology solutions that enable professionals in legal, corporate, tax, government, academic and non-profit organizations to make informed decisions and achieve better business outcomes. As a digital pioneer, the company was the first to bring legal and business information online with its Lexis® and Nexis® services. Today, LexisNexis Legal & Professional harnesses leading–edge technology and world–class content, to help professionals work in faster, easier and more effective ways. Through close collaboration with its customers, the company ensures organizations can leverage its solutions to reduce risk, improve productivity, increase profitability and grow their business. Part of Reed Elsevier, LexisNexis Legal & Professional serves customers in more than 175 countries with 10,000 employees worldwide.  LexisNexis® Pacific is the leading provider of local and international news, business, tax and legal information, using leading-edge technology, tools and digital solutions. Both in Australia (www.lexisnexis.com.au) and New Zealand (www.lexisnexis.co.nz) LexisNexis Pacific works in close collaboration with its customers to provide content enabled-workflow systems for professionals in law firms, corporations, government, law enforcement, tax, accounting, academic institutions and compliance assessment. Greentree Business Software a must for Perigon's visibility 2014-10-28T03:39:26Z greentree-business-software-a-must-for-perigon-s-visibility Perigon works on large-scale electrical projects. It specialises in apartment buildings and also does installation work for Queensland’s gas industry.It’s a fast-growing business with plans to expand its range of contract services. However, its systems weren’t delivering the information it required, to work more efficiently and to grow.“We couldn’t see what was happening with purchase orders – whether they’d been receipted or invoiced,” says Administration Manager, Mel Golding. “We were doing double data entry to keep tab on invoices and on outstanding purchase orders.” Both Mel and General Manager, David James, had worked with Greentree before and had no doubt that it would deliver what they needed.“With Greentree we can see everything that our project managers in the field are doing. It’s real-time, it’s easy to use and you can get all the data that you want,” Mel says.Read the full story here. Unisite Takes on Lions Park 2014-10-28T03:24:43Z unisite-takes-on-lions-park Unisite, manufacturers of exceptionally stylish and functional outdoor park furniture and facilities has recently worked with Banana Shire Council in Queensland to implement customised bench seating and outdoor park furniture at its local Lions Park. Lions Park visitors can now enjoy customised and stylish park bench seating to get a well-earned rest or enjoy the natural surroundings. Unisite’s task for this project includes providing a furniture solution that could handle high traffic and usage from the park’s large volume of visitors, withstand the sometimes harsh Central Queensland climate, and also be anti-graffiti and vermin resistant. At the same time, the park’s bench seating had to be low maintenance, pleasing to the eye, and fit in with the Lions Park surroundings. Unisite’s solution was fully customised bench seating the company’s award-winning TimberImage.  TimberImage’s wood-look process provides the beauty and warmth of timber with the durability and ease of aluminium. The benefits of the finish include: being more durable than composites, termite and insect proof, easy to clean and resilient to warping, rotting and cracking. These precision cut lengths were fitted around a 5m diameter round seating enclosure.  This was complemented by 240 litre bin enclosures. The Banana Shire Council commended the work: Unisite has consistently proven themselves with their products, service, guarantee, and knowledge of local government requirements, to ensure that the most suitable and effective products were used.” Unisite’s full and flexible range includes seating, tables, barbeques, drinking fountains, shelters, bike racks, lighting, grandstands, outdoor classrooms and fitness systems. Its outdoor park furniture expertise also extends to cafés, restaurants and conference seating. Every one of its products is designed and manufactured to exact quality and safety standards, using the best materials and treatments. Its focus is on achieving extraordinary performance, comfort and durability, with minimal upkeep and great looks to match. === Contact Brisbane — Showroom/Office 10B Campbell Street, Bowen Hills, BRISBANE, QLD, 4006 (by appointment) Phone: 1300 552 102 Top of the game: Red porous crushed brick 2014-10-28T03:15:26Z top-of-the-game-red-porous-crushed-brick Ecogroup, Australia’s leading supplier of products that reduce waste within the landscaping industry, has just launched red porous crushed brick for tennis courts and baseball fields. The red porous crushed brick, or red brick dust, is crushed to 2.5mm and ideal for surfacing clay tennis courts and baseball triangles. Crushed from pure red recycled brick, our red porous crushed brick is a great sustainable surface option for sports fans and club owners.  Red porous crushed brick is available in 25kg, 1m3 bulka bags or loose by the cubic metre. Distributed in Victoria by ET Richards & Sons, a fourth generation tennis court construction company, red porous crushed brick can be delivered to Melbourne and surrounding suburbs. Ecogroup also has a number of other environmentally friendly services and products available including asbestos removal, demolition, excavation, bin hire, recycled bricks and pavers, mulch, crushed brick, briquettes and roof tiles.   Red Porous Crushed Brick Orders: 1300 326 754 https://www.facebook.com/Ecorecyclers Intelligent location and smart spatial solutions at GeoNext 2015 2014-10-27T22:57:58Z intelligent-location-and-smart-spatial-solutions-at-geonext-2015 The GeoNext Conference has a reputation for attracting leading speakers in the geospatial sector, and in 2015 keynotes at the event will include Julian Carver, from Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) and Chris Sheldrick, of What3Words. For the last nine years Julian Carver has led strategies and projects across central and local  government agencies, CRIs and Universities, the private sector and NGOs. Julian led the IT and Geospatial strategy for the Christchurch earthquake recovery, is now Acting Group Manager Business Development at LINZ, and will share his experience and key learnings at GeoNext. Co-founder and CEO of What3Words, Chris Sheldrick, will also join the conference as a keynote. What3Words is a revolutionary mobile application which can pinpoint any location in the world using just three words. In response to popular demand, the one day conference will be held in Melbourne at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground. This is a move that will see GeoNext continue to be a forum for cutting edge knowledge, software and hardware in a format where delegates can enjoy in-depth presentations as well as network with industry colleagues. The rest of the speaker line-up is still to be determined, and call for papers is now open. The conference committee welcomes submissions based on the following topics: Transport Intelligent Transport Systems Smart Cities Sensorisation, Ubiquitous hyperlocal sensors The role of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) Travel & navigation Presentations can be submitted online, at www.geonext.com.au/call-for-papers. About GeoNext ConferenceGeoNext is the event for leading and like-minded developers, users and entrepreneurs, and experts in the GIS field. Delegates attend GeoNext to learn what’s next in the world of Geographic Information technology, the latest start-ups, gadgets and much more. Delegates include App developers, Engineering and Location Information professionals, ICT professionals, Business Consultants, Architects, Town and Transport Planners, Insurance underwriters, Emergency Managers, Surveyors, Game developers, Academics, Representatives from all levels of Government, and many more. www.geonext.com.au More informationMelanie Robertson Marketing Manager, Interpoint Events Phone: (02) 9660 2113 Email: melanie@intermedia.com.au One of Australia's largest Hackathon events - tickets now on sale 2014-10-27T08:52:40Z one-of-australia-s-largest-hackathon-events-tickets-now-on-sale One of the biggest Hackathons in the country, the Wollongong 'HackagongX' event, venue and date confirmed: UOW UniCentre, 29-30 Nov 2014. The Hackagong event is a little broader than many 'programming-only' style hackathons. Anyone with an idea they want to bring to life is invited to attend. 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