The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-02-15T21:34:48Z Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) continues digital strategy with latest ERP System from Ramco 2019-02-15T21:34:48Z port-of-tanjung-pelepas-ptp-continues-digital-strategy-with-latest-erp-system-from-ramco JOHOR, MALAYSIA, Feb 15, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Pelabuhan Tanjung Pelepas Sdn Bhd (PTP), a member of MMC Group, has sealed an agreement with Ramco Systems to upgrade the port's current Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system.The upgrade is part of PTP's continuous efforts in empowering its digital strategy and enhancing its operational efficiency. In addition, it is also to supplement the port's growing customer demand and requirement of the industry.Under the agreement, Ramco will implement its comprehensive ERP suite comprising Procurement, Inventory, Finance, Maintenance, Human Capital Management, Treasury, Loan Management, as well as Planning & Budgeting.Marco Neelsen, Chief Executive Officer of PTP, remarked that the latest digital roadmap is testament to PTP's commitment in providing best-in-class service for its customers. "Given the pace at which technological advancements are changing the world, it is imperative for PTP to remain competitive and attractive. By investing in the latest technology, we are establishing our terminal as one of the best equipped and most technologically advanced terminal ports in the region"."We also wanted to choose a digital solution partner with tools that can aid us in our growth as well as give us the right platform to integrate to advanced technologies. With the product and service that Ramco provides us, we believe it will benefit us well".Virender Aggarwal, CEO of Ramco Systems, stated "as one of the leading trusted ERP software providers, our main objective is to enable the end-to-end digital transformation for our client organisations. PTP, being one of the world's premier and biggest transhipment ports will expand our expertise while we continue supporting their vision with our technologies and innovations.""Ramco's ability to offer a single integrated suite covering ERP, Finance, HR, and Asset Management all on the same platform coupled with capability to bring latest technology features such as Artificial Intelligence, Chatbots, Mobility and much more has been the key differentiator driving large conglomerates to embark on a digital transformation program," added Aggarwal.Ramco ERP has been delivering significant innovation, cost savings, and superior business processes to global organisations. Ramco's focus on usability, context-awareness, mobility, overall flexibility and comprehensive functionality has enabled smooth technological transitions for customers.About Port of Tanjung PelepasThe Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) is Malaysia's largest container terminal. The port delivers reliable, efficient and advanced services to major shipping lines and box operators, providing shippers in Malaysia and abroad extensive connectivity to the global market. Its terminal operations are backed up by state-of-the-art facilities, equipment and information technology systems linked to all port users. The Port is operating with 14 berths totalling 5.04 km in linear wharf design, and its container yard is one of the largest container storage facilities in the region with a capacity to 10.5 million TEU annually.PTP is grouped under MMC Port Holdings Sdn Bhd (MMC Ports), Malaysia's largest integrated logistics service provider. MMC Ports is a wholly-owned subsidiary of MMC Corporation Bhd (BM:MMC), a leading utilities and infrastructure group with long standing credentials and capabilities in Ports & logistics, Energy & utilities and Engineering. PTP is a joint venture between MMC Corporation Bhd (70%) and APM Terminals (30%), a leading global ports group with a global port network in 62 countries. For more information, please visit www.ptp.com.my.Visit www.mmc.com.my or call: Azrini Reezan Abd. LatiffHead of Corporate AffairsPort of Tanjung PelepasTel: +6019 791 4669 / +607 504 2222 (x 8602)Email: azrini@ptp.com.my Azlina AsharHead of Group Corporate CommunicationsMMC Corporation BerhadTel: +6019 6688 990 / +603 2071 1124, Fx: +603 2026 2431Email: azlina.ashar@mmc.com.my About Ramco SystemsRamco (RMCS:NSE) is a next-gen enterprise software player disrupting the market with its multi-tenant cloud and mobile-based enterprise software in HR and Global Payroll, ERP and M&E MRO for Aviation. Part of the USD 1 billion Ramco Group, Ramco Systems focuses on Innovation and Culture to differentiate itself in the marketplace. On Innovation front, Ramco has been focusing on moving towards Active ERP leveraging Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning by building features such as Talk It - which allows transactions to be carried out by simple voice commands, Bot it - which allows users to complete transaction using natural conversations; Mail It - transact with the application by just sending an email; HUB It - a one screen does it all concept built to address all activities of a user; Thumb It - mobility where the system presents users with option to choose rather than type values and Prompt It - a cognitive ability which will let the system complete the transaction and prompts the user for approval. With 1700+ employees spread across 24 offices, globally, Ramco follows a flat and open culture where employees are encouraged to share knowledge and grow. No Hierarchies, Cabin-less Offices, Respect work and not titles, among others are what makes the team say, Thank God it's Monday! For more information, please visit www.ramco.com. Follow Ramco on Twitter @ramcosystems / @ramcohcm and stay tuned to http://blogs.ramco.com. ESL evolves its master brand to reinforce founding values with updated visual identity 2019-02-15T20:56:59Z esl-evolves-its-master-brand-to-reinforce-founding-values-with-updated-visual-identity (Cologne) 14th. of February - ESL, the world’s largest esports company, today announced a brand refresh that highlights the company values and supports the strategy to continue leading the esports industry. ESL was founded with a core belief that everyone has a chance to fulfill their dreams. ESL has supported the growth of esports and set itself on a journey, over the last 19 years, to build leagues and tournaments for gamers that would create more opportunities for participation and progression than any other sport. The new brand positioning, “where everybody can be somebody”, reflects that founding story of the company that is still very much in its employees’ DNA. The new updated brand, developed with the global brand agency Superunion, is a metaphor for the journey to become somebody and stand out, creating a place for partners, players and fans to stand out too.   ESL had a significant role in shaping the industry in terms of broadcast, production and event experience across the world’s most prestigious esports brands and products such as the IntelⓇ Extreme Masters, ESL One, ESL Pro League and ESL National Championships, pioneering stadium events and consistently breaking industry records. Esports enjoys worldwide recognition as the fastest growing segment of media and entertainment, with the youngest and most coveted fan base. This brand refresh is a key cornerstone of ESL’s growth acceleration strategy which will enable a better integration of its partner brands, clarify the path from zero to hero across the multiple leagues and tournaments, and continue attracting an ever-growing fan base.   “The updated ESL identity is more than a look and feel. It’s a strategic tool that helps ESL to meet its most important objectives. Creating a place where ‘everybody can be somebody’ was our purpose and what drove our founding members since the beginning of ESL to present and highlight the inspiring story of the company,” said Rodrigo Samwell, CMO at ESL. “We want to build a place where every fan has a voice. Where the path from zero to hero is as short as possible and where opportunities are endless. Over the next several months, we’ll continue to update our products to reflect our new global brand strategy.”   In 2018, more than 240 million people experienced ESL’s leagues and tournaments, witnessing players becoming stars and achieving greatness. Starting with ESL One Genting in January, ESL hosted 10 mega events throughout the past year in eight countries. More than 12,000 tournaments and cups were played online on the grassroot platform ESL Play. ESL’s strong presence in 2018 Katowice events, 169,000 fans filled Spodek for a front row seat to two of the most prestigious competitions in all of esports over the course of two weekends. ESL will continue driving esports all over the world in 2019 starting next with its flagship tournaments at Katowice 2019 beginning later this month.   More details about the brand refresh and the new visual identity can be found at the new corporate site of ESL at www.about.eslgaming.com. Please follow ESL on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date with the latest esports competitions.     ###   ESL is the world’s largest esports company. Founded in 2000, ESL has been shaping the industry across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline competitions. It operates high profile, branded international leagues and tournaments such as ESL One, Intel® Extreme Masters, ESL Pro League and other top tier stadium-size events, as well as ESL National Championships, grassroots amateur cups and matchmaking systems, defining the path from zero to hero as short as possible. With offices all over the world, ESL is leading esports forward on a global scale. ESL is a part of MTG, the leading international digital entertainment group. (www.about.eslgaming.com) Procular Releases Tips on Selecting the Best Binoculars for any Age or Usage 2019-02-15T06:22:39Z procular-releases-tips-on-selecting-the-best-binoculars-for-any-age-or-usage Well-known for their use in birdwatching, binoculars provide an ideal solution for a myriad of uses but choosing the right type can be confusing. As a leading consumer informational resource, Procular offers an extensive array of guides and reviews for choosing binoculars and telescopes. Binoculars aren’t a one-size-fits-all purchase. There are different magnifications to consider and some work better on land, while others are designed for marine environments or spotting objects in the air. Selection factors include the field of view and the distance between the eyepieces is especially important for anyone that wears glasses. Procular experts are always available to answer any questions people may have. The term binocular means a device that’s adapted for using one eye or both. Traditional binoculars are designed for use with both eyes, while a monocular is a compact magnification device that can be used by either eye. Some pursuits can be enjoyed with a set of modestly priced binoculars rather than expensive and complicated equipment. A good pair of binoculars is an essential item for going on a cruise, safari or vacation. Binoculars Australia will significantly enhance any experience, but the highest magnification level doesn’t automatically translate into the best view. The best binoculars for locating elusive animals on land won’t be the best option for a whale watching expedition from a ship. Dust, fog and moisture will also figure into the selection process. One of the biggest mistakes individuals make when selecting the best telescope for beginners is choosing one that’s too difficult to operate in relation to the user’s level of experience. A telescope is specifically designed for viewing items at night, but some binoculars are just as effective for stargazing and easier to operate by those new to amateur astronomy. The wrong choice can easily sour the entire experience for a beginner. The guides and product reviews available at Procular provide people with expert advice for choosing their first binocular, monocular or telescope. The guides are equally informative for experienced users that require a device for a new interest. Procular experts are also available to answer questions to ensure everyone has the best experience possible. About Procular We are fascinated with nature. We love the excitement of observing a spectacular moment, crystal clear and in perfect detail. Whether your passion is traveling, bird watching, hunting, star-gazing, sailing or exploring your environment, our expert guides will help you choose the best tool to enjoy it. As the Australia’s leading optics retailer, we also offer the largest selection of binoculars, monoculars, spotting scopes and telescopes. Media Contact Procular  Phone: 02 91997071 Address: 3 Osborne Rd Manly NSW 2095 Australia Best Electrician Near Me, EJ Electrical Works, Explains Affordable Decor Featured Ceiling Fans and Air Conditioning in Mermaid Beach, Gold Coast 2019-02-15T05:44:51Z best-electrician-near-me-ej-electrical-works-explains-affordable-decor-featured-ceiling-fans-and-air-conditioning-in-mermaid-beach-gold-coast With summer hotting up, Australians will be working on keeping cool, and some of the “low tech” solutions are still good ones says Gold Coast electrician EJ Barnes. What’s more, you might be interested in seeing how they’ve evolved – you might be in for a few surprises.Barnes knows more about ceiling fans than most people do: as a Gold Coast electrician, spring and summer callouts are often for the installation or maintenance of these standbys, and while you can go with basic and functional, you have far more options than you may have realised.From Smart Fans to Dreamy Décor FeaturesThe connected home trend hasn’t overlooked the possibilities it can explore with “smart” fans and several companies have come out with their versions of a high-tech ceiling fan. However, Barnes isn’t altogether convinced they’re worth getting.He’s done a lot of work on connected homes too and doesn’t see the point in remotely controlling an appliance that only works to cool skin because it moves air around. “A ceiling fan doesn’t change the air temperature. It just makes you feel cooler. When you leave the room, you may as well switch it off to save energy.”“The only real use I can think of for smart fans is to set them up so that they’ll be off during the hours you aren’t using rooms or when you’re at work, and a simple timer switch could do the same thing for a lower price.”However, it’s the arty innovations on the theme that make Barnes enthusiastic. Sometimes, it’s special touches to the classic ceiling fan design – like using genuine wood blades – sometimes it’s a move towards a steampunk look, or it could be unexpected blade shapes. There are some really creative fan designs, but Barnes warns that functionality comes first.“I like the idea of ceiling fans being an important décor feature, but the size of the fan, the strength of its motor, it’s ability to run silently, and its energy efficiency are all more important than looks.”Ceiling Fan, Air Conditioning, or Both?The way we use ceiling fans also needs a little rethinking, say Barnes. As an alternative to air conditioning, they will certainly save energy. They could still save you energy if you use them as a way to delay the decision to use air conditioning, but they probably won’t work to reduce energy consumption if you use both at the same time.The theory is that people with ceiling fans will choose higher temperature thermostat settings when they turn on the AC, but a Florida researcher disproved that back in 1996 after checking thermostat settings against ceiling fan use and finding no significant differences.“Fans are very effective for cooling if you position them well and if you choose the right fan for the space,” says Barnes. “There’s a specific formula for choosing the right size fan, and you also need to think about its power. After that, you can look at extras like those super-cool fan designs.”EJ Electrical Works are Gold Coast electricians, tackling everything from big construction projects to minor home repairs for local householders. They can be reached via their website or by calling 07 - 3833 4405.Syndicated by Baxton Media. Macquarie Cloud Services Bolsters Launch™ Health Cloud Offering as Government’s Cyber Security Compliance Deadline Looms 2019-02-15T04:59:33Z macquarie-cloud-services-emphasises-launch-health-cloud-offering-as-government-s-cyber-security-compliance-deadline-looms SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, 15 February, 2019 – Macquarie Cloud Services, a division of Macquarie Telecom Group, has bolstered its dedicated healthcare private cloud offering, Launch™ Health Cloud, as the Department of Human Services’ (DHS) stringent Secure Cloud Strategy compliance deadline looms for Australian software companies. The DHS Secure Cloud Strategy has been designed to protect the integrity of people’s data entrusted to the Department. Its mandatory compliance policy applies to third-parties using cloud services who connect with the Department to deliver services such as Medicare, PBS, DVA, NDIS, MyHealthRecord, Aged Care and Child Care. The deadline is timely as the Office of Australian Information Commission’s (OAIC) most recent report revealed that healthcare remains the highest ranked sector in Australia for breaches, representing over a third (36%) of all data breaches reported. Phil Wallace, Head of Customer Experience at Macquarie Cloud Services, said readying for compliance is not an ‘if’ or ‘when’ but a ‘must now’ and should be ranked high on the priority list for Australian software companies connecting with DHS online services. “The fact the compliance deadline has moved from a fixed date in April to become tied to individual product accreditation renewals means many software developers may be caught unprepared, non-compliant and as a result unable to connect specific products to DHS online services. “The accreditation and compliance process takes several months so every Australian healthcare software company should be documenting its specific product renewal dates and factoring in a 3-6 month accreditation timeline tracking backwards from that date,” said Mr Wallace.   Mandatory DHS accreditation includes Australian Signals Directorate CCSL Certification and Data Sovereignty stating all data must remain onshore within Australian jurisdiction. Highly desirable is physical separation of server infrastructure and security clearances being limited to citizens holding NV1 clearance. Macquarie Cloud Services launched its dedicated healthcare private cloud, Launch™ Health Cloud, that meets these stringent requirements in June 2018. The company is now working with the Medical Software Industry Association (MSIA) to proactively educate the industry on policy and mandatory accreditation requirements. It’s first education session will be held in Sydney on March 21st and will include speakers from DHS, MSIA and learnings from Mike Smith, CEO of Greenlight ITC as one of the earliest partners to achieve compliance. Emma Hossack, CEO of MSIA has commended Macquarie Cloud Services for its support and programs guiding cyber security compliance for the Australian medical software industry.   “Healthcare organisations today are already subject to the Australian Privacy Act and Notifiable Data Breaches scheme and cyber security continues to be a very important area for our membership,” said Ms Hossack. “Offering both educational sessions as well as a straight-forward path to accreditation and compliance is a part of our ongoing vigilance in this area.”   Macquarie’s ‘built-for-government’ secure Launch™ Health Cloud was designed from the ground up to meet the most rigorous security requirements. Its features include: ·        All data to remain onshore; ·        All data to be in a physically separated cloud, dedicated to Australian health system data; ·        Formal NV1 personnel certifications ·        Data will be stored on ASD accredited CCSL cloud infrastructure. “We’re Australia’s most-recommended cloud provider because we’re everything others aren’t. We’re 100% over here, not over there.  We work with 40% of all federal government agencies, with over 100 NV1 engineers and with our own Australian Data Centres. Because security is at the heart of everything we do, our solutions are independently certified for peak standards including ISO (data security), PCI (financial data), ISM (government), DHS (healthcare), and for PROTECTED Data (certified by the Australian Signals Directorate, and powered by Macquarie Government) “In essence, when we couldn’t find the perfect cloud solution for the Australian healthcare industry, we went ahead and built it from the ground up,” said Mr Wallace.   Macquarie Cloud Services Medical Software Accreditation Session: When:             8.00am – 10.00am, Thursday 21 March Where:            Ballroom, Macquarie Cloud Services, level 15, 2 Market Street, Sydney Registration   Call 1800 004 943 or register at https://macquariecloudservices.com/events/health-cloud-2019/ Cost:               Free however places are strictly limited so register early # # # About Macquarie Cloud Services Macquarie Cloud Services are Australia’s most-recommended provider of Data Centre, Hybrid and Private cloud solutions for business and government, and home to the leading LaunchTM Health Cloud platform. Books in Homes Australia to partner with the GIANTS to share the importance of reading and literacy 2019-02-15T04:49:02Z books-in-homes-australia-to-partner-with-the-giants-to-share-the-importance-of-reading-and-literacy Books in Homes Australia is delighted to announce its new partnership with Australian Football League (AFL) club—the Greater Western Sydney Giants (GIANTS). The GIANTS work with community partners and charities as part of their social responsibility initiatives within Western Sydney, the ACT, Southern NSW and broader communities. Within this context, Books in Homes will work within the GIANTS communities to share the importance of reading and literacy, while identifying the schools with the greatest need for books.   Books in Homes Australia is a charitable foundation that provides books-of-choice to children living in remote, disadvantaged and low socio-economic circumstances, ensuring crucial early literacy engagement and the development of reading skills needed for lifelong achievement. The program aims to overcome the inequality of educational opportunities in communities where access to books for families is limited or non-existent and resources are often scarce. In doing so, the program contributes to helping overcome generational poverty by enhancing the chances of success in early education thereby opening up options, choices and potential in later life. Since 2001, Books in Homes has distributed over 2.5 million new books to children through schools and communities around Australia.   Books in Homes Australia’s vision is to create an Australia where every child and family has access to books in the home, and one of the areas where this focus is needed is the Western and South Western suburbs of Sydney.   Peter Large, CEO from Books in Homes Australia, said, “Books in Homes is partnering with the GIANTS with a common cause for the Western Sydney region. We have worked with members of the GIANTS Community team for several years now and we greatly value the work they do in reaching, supporting and encouraging youth from the many diverse backgrounds in Western and South Western Sydney. Books in Homes has had many years’ experience in promoting literacy and reading in Western Sydney. Our partnership aspires to deliver a powerful and exciting future for the families of the supporter base of the GIANTS and Western Sydney children.”   The partnership will have its first public appearance at the GIANTS Fan Day, which will be held on Saturday 16 February 2019 from 3:00 to 5:00pm at Blacktown International Sports Park, Eastern Road, Rooty Hill NSW 2766. Books in Homes will hold live readings and storytelling sessions for children at its stand, featuring some of Australia’s finest children’s authors, illustrators, as well as Storyville storytellers.   ENDS     Coolangatta Airport People Movers Request For High Season, Gold Coast Family Car Rentals CEO Warns Customers About High Season Foreign Credit Card Fees 2019-02-15T04:46:28Z coolangatta-airport-people-movers-request-for-high-season-gold-coast-family-car-rentals-ceo-warns-customers-about-high-season-foreign-credit-card-fees International visitors to the Gold Coast are rising in numbers, and peak season starts soon. Gold Coast Family Car Rentals CEO, Darryl Essington-Wilson, has issued a warning to foreign visitors visiting the Gold Coast during the upcoming high season. And that is to watch out for hidden fees which are added to some credit and debit card transaction charges when they are used in other countries.He said that fees added by some banks might come as a shock to car rental customers. And that could even be the case when they hire cars from his Gold Coast Family Car Rentals business, which has done its best to keep the rental charges as fair as possible. His family car rentals business has achieved Gold Medal status for Consumer Fairness in all 27 categories, carries a Best Value guarantee, and keeps add-ons and charges, like insurance excess, at low levels. However, there’s nothing he can do about bank charges. The only way to avoid that possible shock when viewing the statement, Darryl says, is for visitors to consult their banks with regard to fees before leaving home.Credit CardsNot every card holds the same fees for transactions overseas, some include fee add-ons in one area and not another, and add-on charges can differ between credit unions and banks. This can make it difficult for travellers visiting the Gold Coast to be prepared for sudden additions to their overseas spending budget. In some cases, travellers might be relieved when they don’t find any nasty surprises when they see their statement at the end of their travels, but could later be shocked when hit with a substantially higher annual card fee included by the bank to cover extra costs like transaction charges or currency conversion fees.Swiping a foreign credit card for cash at an ATM in another country can bring on withdrawal fees averaging at around 4%, even if there is usually no charge added to the same credit card on home soil. It is also possible that withdrawal fees could be charged by both the bank that issued the card, and by the local ATM operator. And not all credit cards offer reimbursement of these ATM operator charges.Currency conversion fees could cost anywhere between 2 and 4%. And any delay in settling the credit card balance in time, which could occur while away from home, could see more interest added to the already bigger total.Travel and Debit CardsWhile international travellers who use debit cards may have fewer problems than credit card users, they may still face the addition of a foreign transaction (or currency conversion) fee of somewhere between 1 and 3% when purchasing. And there could be international ATM fees of between 1 and 5 % when drawing cash, plus separate charges issued by the local ATM operators. Sometimes these duplicated ATM fees will be refunded by the home bank, and sometimes not.While travel cards might seem to be the ideal answer, Darryl warns that some card providers might start adding charges if the card is left idle for several months between trips, and, at the same time, charge cancellation fees should the cards be cancelled to avoid those charges.Pay in Local CurrencyDarryl also warns visitors to reject suggestions that they pay in their home country’s currency when settling their account. If they accept the suggestion, they could sometimes find themselves settling a payment fattened up by a poor exchange rate and a merchant fee, as well as a conversion fee, in addition to any bank fees the transaction could involve, so enlarging the payment still further. He advises that the best way to avoid these piled-on costs is to stick to paying in the local currency and to check bills carefully before swiping the card.Coming to grips with unavoidable card costs, and discovering ways to get around the avoidable ones, involves consultation with the relevant credit union or bank before settling on the best card to use. But when it comes to hiring the best value for money Gold Coast car rental, all it involves is booking online with Car Hire Gold Coast or Gold Coast Airport Car Rental, or call + 61 7 5508 3333. Pick up and drop off at the Gold Coast Airport can be arranged.Syndicated by Baxton Media. THE SAPPHIRES SET TO SPARKLE AT HOTA 2019-02-15T04:45:19Z the-sapphires-set-to-sparkle-at-hota Written and directed by Tony Briggs, this intimate and heart-warming tale is inspired by the true story of Tony Briggs’ mother and affirms life and the realisation of dreams during landmark changes to Aboriginal rights in 1968. In its first major Australia tour, The Sapphires comes to the Home of the Arts to share the incredible journey undertaken by a singing group of four Yorta Yorta women, who sing Motown soul hits against the backdrop of personal change and massive social upheaval. Headlining the show is Lorinda Merrypor as ‘Julie’ (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), Mindy Kwanten playing ‘Cynthia’ (FAME The Musical & Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Matilda Brown as ‘Kay’ (Stolen & The Cherry Orchard) and ‘Gail’ played by Ngaire Pigram (Cut the Sky & The Sapphires). Supporting the production is a talented young ensemble of first nation performers in all the Indigenous Australian roles, as well as a cast of other multicultural performers. HOTA CEO, Criena Gehrke, said this uplifting production will leave audiences smiling. “I love the fact that this performance explores complex issues in such an entertaining way. “It’s an incredible story where fact and fiction are intertwined to tell a story full of raw emotion but also joy,” she said. The Sapphires is described as a fun, energetic production that engages the audience through a deep sense of emotion and is headed by a highly credentialed Indigenous Australian directing and design team. This joyous performance will take to HOTA’s stage on Friday 15th March at 7.30pm and Saturday 16th March at 1.30pm. “A gem of a play. Briggs mixes fact and fiction to lay bare and flesh out his celebratory tale, which though political in patches, is focused on the personal. The Sapphires is heartfelt and joyous. Superb.” – Sydney Morning Herald “The Sapphires is a play about fulfilling dreams and challenging stereotypes. It is a play about hope.” – The Herald Sun Adult: $48 Pensioner/Senior/Groups (6+): $42 each Student/Child (3-15 yrs): $26 Student Groups (6+): $21 each For more information, visit their website: www.hota.com.au/theatre/the-sapphires/ *Images available to download from this LINK. - ENDS – FOR ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Amy Stalinescu – M10 Collective M: 0411 789 195 |E: amy@m10.com.au Popup Media Sets the Tone for any Event with its Media Wall Summer Sale 2019-02-15T03:54:18Z popup-media-sets-the-tone-for-any-event-with-its-media-wall-summer-sale A media backdrop isn’t just for red carpet events and Popup Media, is conducting a summer sale on its media wall Brisbane selections designed to make any event a five-star special occasion. The company also has highly-knowledgeable staff to assist clients in choosing and customizing their media wall. Media backdrops offer an easy solution when appropriate space for photo opportunities may be limited. They’re a cost effective way to honor donors and sponsors at corporate affairs or charity events. The walls are equally appropriate for educational functions, reunions, festivals, and competitive events, along with birthdays, retirements and anniversary celebrations. Media walls are ideal for product launches and grand openings. During the Popup Media Summer Sale, individuals will save on five of the company’s most popular and versatile media wall Brisbane selections that include: • 2m wide x 2.3m high media wall for two people • 2.4m wide by 2.3m high media background for two to three individuals • 3m wide by 2.3 high curved arc media wall to frame three to five people • 6m wide by 2.3m high media backdrop for a group of six to eight individuals • 3m by 2.3m wide arc curved media wall to accommodate three to five people While not on sale, the media wall Melbourne company also has additional slim, curved and custom media backgrounds for clients with more extensive requirements. Selecting a media wall Melbourne is easy. The photo backdrops will be an important element and the Popup Media staff can help clients throughout every step of the process, from choosing the right size to the images, graphics and logos that will adorn the media background. A media backdrop is highly effective for generating publicity prior to an event and can be used in a variety of marketing campaigns. Popup Media backdrops are reusable, easy to set up, lightweight and highly customizable. A professional media wall Melbourne features seamless fabrics, a non-glare surface to facilitate photos, and they’re eco-friendly. The summer sale at Popup Media is an ideal opportunity for any company or organization to get a head start on their marketing, public relations, and social media campaigns. A media backdrop performs an integral role during events and is highly appreciated by sponsors, donors, honorees and members of the media. About Popup Media Popup Media is a Sydney-based company specializing in the production of media wall backdrops for all events and occasions. Our focus is on details and our talented team of creatives will assist you select and design the right solution for your event. Our products are functional, reusable, high-quality and feature modern design. Our products are versatile, portable, lightweight and easy to set up. The entire system is sturdy and fits in a handy aesthetic carry bag. Media Contact Popup Media Phone: 1300 909 446 41 Birmingham Street Alexandria Sydney, NSW 2015 Website: www.popup-media.com.au Press Release: How to get a home loan post-royal commission 2019-02-15T01:42:00Z press-release-how-to-get-a-home-loan-post-royal-commission Good morning, Your Investment Property has put together a complete guide on how to get a home loan in a tough market. Please find a media release below and let me know if you would like further information. Cheers, Lisa MEDIA RELEASE  For immediate release Friday 15 February 2019  Experts reveal how to get a home loan post-royal commission The events of the last 12-24 months have conspired to make it extremely challenging for Australians who are keen to buy property. From the APRA-led credit slowdown, which forced lenders to limit the number of investors and interest-only loans on their books to the Royal Commission, which obliterated the banks over their irresponsible lending practices and a nationwide slow-down in property price growth, a number of factors have made it harder to get a home loan now compared to a few years ago. Tighter lending criteria and longer processing times are making it difficult for even the most vanilla borrowers to secure finance – culminating in what some in the industry are calling “the near prime mortgage crisis”. With the recommendations from the banking royal commission hot off the press, the latest issue of Your Investment Property takes a deep dive into what homebuyers can do to get a loan in the current environment. “The royal commission called out the banking industry for its lax practices, such as its failure to thoroughly check living expenses. It’s now harder for borrowers to get a loan as lenders require them to list every single expense,” says Your Investment Property editor Sarah Megginson. “You need to present the best possible case regarding your ability to service a new loan, which is why we’ve spoken to the experts to get their tips on how to boost your serviceability.”  Your Investment Property’s tips on getting loan approval include: ·        Be prepared to look beyond the big four – while the big banks have tightened their loan application criteria, making it harder to access lending in the current mortgage market, smaller institutions and non-bank lenders can often be more flexible    ·        Talk to a broker – A reputable broker will help you find the best rates and most suitable loan products on the market and may be able to guide you to products you were not aware of  ·        Prepare early – The increased burden on banks to get it right when assessing applications means many lenders are asking for extra information, which can also affect application processing times. "It is a really confusing time for investors and there are so many unknowns, but one thing that history does tell us is that good quality property always rises in value, so don't let the current market confusion deter you from taking action,” says Megginson. The complete guide on how to get a loan in 2019 is available in the new issue of Your Investment Property magazine. Also in this issue, we profile a property investor who has survived plenty of ups and downs, including the GFC, to amass a portfolio worth over $9m; we walk you through the process of investing interstate; and reveal how to conduct your own DIY building and pest inspection when you find the right property. This and more in the March issue of Your Investment Property magazine, on sale from 14 February at leading newsagents and Coles supermarkets nationwide or available online.  -ENDS- Ocean Lovers Come Clean. 2019-02-15T01:39:36Z ocean-lovers-come-clean OCEAN LOVERS COME CLEAN. REDUCING OUR PLASTIC FOOTPRINT. FOSTERING THE BYO REUSABLES CULTURE. Plastic Free Bondi and Sydney Water are helping tackle the issue of plastic waste of on Sydney’s waterways and beaches with the Beat the Bottle beach clean-up from 9.30am to 12.30pm on Saturday, 16 February at Bondi Beach. Let the rhythmic sounds of percussion group Jackyard Beats entertain you as you collect litter along the beach with like-minded ocean lovers. There will be face painting for the kids and plenty of opportunities to help raise awareness of the impact of plastics on our beaches, oceans and waterways. Lauren Hockey, founding volunteer, Plastic Free Bondi, said: “Our growing community is raising awareness about the issue of plastic pollution and empowering businesses and individuals to reduce single-use plastics”. Dr Alicia Lloyd, Project Manager, Plastic Free Bondi, said the most common types of plastic waste seen at beaches were cigarette butts and plastic food packaging. “We hope that involving the community during the clean-up will inspire people to ‘be the change’ that they wish to see for our oceans,” Dr Lloyd said. Sermin Erden, local business engagement volunteer, Plastic Free Bondi? said the easiest way to reduce plastic bottle pollution in our waterways and beaches is to refuse single use plastics and always choose to reuse and refill. The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) and Waverley Council support Plastic Free Bondi and the Beat the Bottle initiative. To learn more and to register for the free event, visit https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/beat-the-bottle-with-plastic-free-bondi-tickets-54685538919. Dr Alicia Lloyd, Lauren Hockey and Sermin Erden are available for interviews. For all media inquiries, please contact Dr Lloyd on 0438 259 295 or plasticfreebondi@gmail.com. For images and media assets, visit: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/tuzof5v89shee8t/AABnqfjJ-jPnF4fs67EP_xKca?dl=0 QUICK STATISTICS About 480 billion plastic bottles were sold globally in 2016 – that’s the equivalent of a million bottles per minute. Less than half of these bottles were collected for recycling (source: The Guardian). NSW and Queensland are among the nation’s biggest litterers (source:Keep Australia Beautiful Litter Index25 January 2018). Sydney Water removes more than 1 million plastic bottles from Sydney’s waterways each year – before they get to our beaches. Globally, there are around 8 million metric tonnes of plastic going into the oceans each year (source: The Conversation 2015). The UN estimates that by 2050, there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish. Sydney has some of the strictest drinking water monitoring standards in the world. It undergoes 70 different tests before it reaches our taps. It takes up to seven litres of water and one litre of oil to produce one litre of bottled water. Most water bottles end in landfill accounting for 38% of the total rubbish volume. Drinking water has 1% the environmental impact of bottled water. Bottled water production makes 600 times more carbon dioxide than drinking water. Drinking an average of 8 cups of water a day saves 1,825 litres of water that would have been used to produce bottled water. HCL Technologies and IBM Collaborate to Accelerate Clients’ Hybrid Cloud Journey 2019-02-15T00:57:22Z hcl-technologies-and-ibm-collaborate-to-accelerate-clients-hybrid-cloud-journey Noida, India and Sunnyvale, CA — February 14, 2019 — HCL Technologies (HCL), a global technology company, today announced a collaboration with IBM (NYSE: IBM) designed to help advance the hybrid cloud journeys of organisations worldwide. HCL today announced new re-platforming and refactoring services to enable enterprises to build and migrate applications to IBM Cloud Private from within the company’s HCL Cloud Native Labs. The services will be orchestrated and available from HCL’s Cloud Native Labs in London, New York, and Noida, later this year. HCL offerings include cloud strategy planning, application transformation, cloud-native cultural transformation, proof of concept building, and next-generation cloud native software development services – all of which are being extended to include the IBM Cloud offerings. Additionally, HCL will offer services to help migrate ISV solutions to IBM Cloud. Finally, HCL and IBM plan to collaborate to assist clients in building joint solutions that include IBM AI capabilities. “HCL will provide the necessary services to enable a customer’s cloud native journey covering portfolio assessment, platform design / build, applications transformation, software engineering, and platform operations, which makes this collaboration significant,” said Kalyan Kumar, HCL Corporate Vice President and CTO. “The HCL teams will now help customers to understand the Art of the Possible, and see where ICP / IBM hybrid cloud can enable their cloud native journey. The HCL Cloud Native Labs would become a single location where the complete IBM tooling and methodologies come together and offer the customer a unified cloud enablement journey based on the full set of IBM capabilities.” “Application & Platform Transformation is a critical entry point for organizations on their hybrid cloud journey, yet we see that only few enterprise workloads have been modernized to date,” said Denis Kennelly, General Manager for IBM Hybrid Cloud Integration. “Our IBM hybrid cloud solutions combined with the expertise HCL will simplify this for clients and accelerate their journey to the cloud enabled via their Cloud Native Labs. We are excited to work with HCL to drive true transformation for clients worldwide.” About HCL Technologies HCL Technologies (HCL) is a leading global technology company that helps global enterprises re–imagine and transform their businesses through Digital technology transformation. HCL operates out of 44 countries and has consolidated revenues of US$ 8.4 billion, for 12 Months ended 31st December, 2018. HCL focuses on providing an integrated portfolio of services underlined by its Mode 1–2–3 growth strategy. Mode 1 encompasses the core services in the areas of Applications, Infrastructure, BPO and Engineering & R&D services, leveraging DRYiCETM Autonomics to transform clients' business and IT landscape, making them 'lean' and 'agile'. Mode 2 focuses on experience–centric and outcome–oriented integrated offerings of Digital & Analytics, IoT WoRKS™, Cloud Native Services and Cybersecurity & GRC services to drive business outcomes and enable enterprise digitalization. Mode 3 strategy is ecosystem–driven, creating innovative IP–partnerships to build products and platforms business. HCL leverages its global network of integrated co-innovation labs and global delivery capabilities to provide holistic multi–service delivery in key industry verticals including Financial Services, Manufacturing, Telecommunications, Media, Publishing, Entertainment, Retail & CPG, Life Sciences & Healthcare, Oil & Gas, Energy & Utilities, Travel, Transportation & Logistics and Government. With 132,328 professionals from diverse nationalities, HCL focuses on creating real value for customers by taking 'Relationships Beyond the Contract'. For more information, please visit: www.hcltech.com Wilted roses – understanding post-Valentine’s day disappointment 2019-02-15T00:41:42Z wilted-roses-understanding-post-valentine-s-day-disappointment St Valentine’s day has a certain irresistibility – why is this so? Are people overly romantic about romance? A recent survey of 845 Australians by Better Place Australia shows how strongly the prevalence of romantic beliefs are amongst both males and females. The survey looked into romantic beliefs and focussed on three common themes of romantic ideals relating to ‘there can only be one true love for me’, ‘all you need is love’ and ‘love at first sight’.   Serge Sardo the CEO of Better Place Australia says, “To our surprise men have higher levels of romantic beliefs than women. When comparing results between men and women, we see that 65% of men agree that all you need is love compared to 57% of women. This rate increases to 70% for men aged 30-39 years and 64% for women in the same age group. Men are more inclined to believe that if you truly love each other the relationship will work despite any differences, problems or obstacles.”  Most people are romantic optimists with over 60% of respondents believing that if another person and I truly love each other, the relationship will work despite any differences and problems.  With such a rosy picture how can it be that St Val’s dinner dates don’t all lead to the altar? Romance still reigns, however, we as a community may have outgrown the one and only true love belief. Survey respondents did not all think that you will only ever have one true romance. Only 40% believe that there can only ever be one true love whom I will be with forever. The survey indicates that we now include the possibility of more than one romantic partner in our lifetime. Serge Sardo says, “As a provider of relationship counselling and family dispute services we know that the longer you wait to get married the less likely you are to get divorced, and the higher levels of satisfaction you’ll experience. You can have more than one true love. Don’t be disappointed if last night’s dinner wasn’t a bed of roses. The St Valentines romantic date is another step in your journey – don’t expect it to be the turning point. The understanding and distinction between an immediate desire and a deep caring love is important. Recognise that love at first sight is making a life-long commitment over the date dinner table whilst in a state of pressure may not be very prudent.” So, if you’re in first phase of attraction reflect upon your dinner date for what it is and hold off on the wedding plans. Perhaps wait till you transition through the smelly socks, interfering parents, irritating habits and the expanding waistlines before you say, “I do”. Serge Sardo is available for interview - 0439 578 277. He is also available to travel to Melbourne Studios.  Other media contacts - Graeme Westaway 0438 318 311 graeme.westaway@betterplace.com.au 2019 Campdrafting competition and performance horse sale declared a record-breaking success 2019-02-15T00:30:00Z 2019-campdrafting-competition-and-performance-horse-sale-declared-a-record-breaking-success Tamworth’s 2019 Landmark Classic Campdraft & Sale, Australia’s nine-day Campdrafting competition and performance horse sale is all wrapped up – and Landmark Equine’s Hannah Murray reports that it’s been a phenomenally successful year. “Sales exceeded $7 million for the third year running, and we also sold 83% of horses, hitting an average of $14,672.52, which is only just shy of last year’s average. John & Jenn Corbett’s Lot 262 “Yaven Smooth Spin” was the star of the show, setting a new Australian Performance Horse record when she sold for $230,000 to Steve & Toni Hart. It’s a fantastic result and one we are hugely proud of,” she says. “There’s an ever-growing passion for Australian-bred performance horses – and the popularity of this year’s event is a true testament to the dedication of the vendors, who are consistently striving to improve the genetics and training of their horses,” continues Hannah. Attended by competitors, vendors, purchasers and spectators from every corner of Australia and beyond, the livestream smashed view records from more than 16 countries, including notable responses from the US, Canada, India, Hong Kong, New Zealand, UK, and the Netherlands. Some of the events highlights this year included the Prydes EasiFeed Australian Performance Horse Challenge final on Monday night, which has become a real highlight of Classic week and a showcase of some of the best hands in the industry. “Monday night was full of suspense, thrills, spills and some exciting runs,” says Hannah. “Local trainer Wyatt Young rode “Sheady Spin N Pepsi” owned by Wayne & Lisa McDonell through a beautiful final round to claim victory with a score of 323.21 and was crowned the 2019 Prydes EasiFeed Australian Performance Horse Champion.” Tuesday night’s final rounds kicked off with the AELEC Arena Bar Dash For Cash, an exciting hit out between the top 10 geldings. A cash pool of $5,000 was awarded to winners Jason Wanstall & “Ervines Dundee” owned by the Great Southern Syndicate, who nabbed the title with a well-earned 89-point run. The Mavericks Western Wear Masters Final was next, with 15 competitors on open-aged horses vying for the Champion title. Troy Palmer added another Masters win to the book, riding Terry Snow’s mare “Hell’s A Comin” for a 90 in the final and a 178 overall. Billy-Jo Rae and “Cooinda Knight’s Eve” triumphed in the 2019 Martins Stock Haulage Open Campdraft, with a smoking run for 91 in the Tuesday night final, which took their aggregate to 268, enough to steer ahead and take the 2019 title. On Wednesday night, the Prydes EasiFeed NCCA Champion Rider event was taken out by Pete Comiskey & Paris (team ACA) who over three rounds scored a 90, 88 and an 89 to win the aggregate by 5 points. The riders from GCA won the teams section, with $2,000 donated to their chosen charity Cancer Council of Australia. Next up was another highlight, the Charlie Maher Memorial Young Guns, featuring the Campdraft stars of tomorrow. Josh Barnett romped to victory on the family stallion "Barnlodge Omega Destiny" smashing out an 89 in the final. The 2019 Landmark Classic Campdraft was another hotly contested final, which had spectators on the edge of their seats. Wyatt Young aboard “Nashville Nightman” owned by Marg Hinde, Royce Howard & Jason Bower, laid out a textbook run for a tidy 88 and the 2019 Classic Champion title. “It was an amazing accomplishment for Wyatt, a young local trainer who won our two biggest incentive events of the year,” says Hannah. Finally, the Dalgety Stallion Shootout final on Friday night was a big hit, with a huge crowd – and it was a nail-bitingly close event. Natasha Carlon and family owned “Heatwave”, put together a fantastic cut-out to snatch the win with an aggregate of 200.5. “We’d like to say a big thank you to 4CYTE Equine and Kintala Performance Horses (David & Jessica Bell) for their sponsorship of the fantastic 4CYTE Gelding Incentive,” says Hannah. The event offered a cash pool of $10,000 to the top 5 placed geldings, and was won by Jon Templeton on Jeremy Storrier’s “Salt And Cat”. Hannah is also full of praise for everyone involved in this year’s event. “We cannot thank our staff, sponsors, cattle donors and vendors enough for their hard work. To all the traders, spectators, Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre (AELEC) staff, contractors, buyers, vendors and volunteers, thank you. We could not run an even like this without your support. And congratulations must also go to the Classic Ladies Foundation and their supporters, who raised over $70,000 for Kiss Goodbye to MC and the Foundation for Breast Cancer Care – a tremendous effort once again.” “There are some exciting times to come for the Australian Performance Horse industry,” Hannah concludes. “We are extremely proud to be part of it, and we look forward to moving even further onwards and upwards in the future.” Photos & Video Files: available for download here. Credit to be provided to @ Wild Fillies Photography. ENDS Media Enquiries: C7EVEN Communications Adam Arndell (02) 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 adam.arndell@c7even.com.au Nouvelle announce new blonding shampoos 2019-02-14T22:42:28Z nouvelle-announce-new-blonding-shampoos Nouvelle, Italy’s leading haircare brand have now released their new range of blonding shampoos in Australia. Featuring four products in the range, there is a product for every shade of blonde. Banish nasty yellow, orange and golden tones thanks to this Vitamin E enriched new range of colour correcting shampoos and conditioning masks. Petra Kostopoulos, Co-Founder of Nouvelle Hair & Beauty Supplies say, “We’re really excited about this product launch in Australia. It’s been such a great success overseas and the trials we’ve run have produced amazing results.” Key facts about Nouvelle’s new blonding shampoo & mask collection: All enriched with Vitamin E Available in four shades Gently cleanses and ensures longer lasting colour Neutralises orange, yellow and gold tones Suitable for colour treated blondes Products in the range: True Silver – Gently cleanses, with the most innovative anti yellow formulation for white and grey hair. Filled with Vitamin E to improve hair growth, whilst the Linseed oil and Aloe Vera hydrate and nourish the cuticle and protect against heat sources. True Blonde – Gently cleanses and provides the most strength in the innovative anti yellow formula for light blonde and bleached hair, from tone depths of 7/8. Filled with anti-oxidants, that renew the hair’s condition, whilst providing hydration, regeneration and protecting against heat sources. True Platinum Blonde – Gently cleanses with a softer innovative anti yellow formula that is specific for golden reflects on coloured or bleached hair at tone depths of 9/10. Filled with proteins that reinforce the hair fibres, this nourishing and hydrating formula provides instant luminosity and protects against heat sources. Orange Killer – Gently cleanses, with the innovative anti orange formulation that is designed for darker toned blondes and bleached hair from tone depths of 5/ 6. Filled with nourishing ingredients, this formula addresses the orange and red tones throughout the hair while improving circulation on the scalp and gives hair back its lustre. True Blonde Mask – This product is the most nourishing treatment to compliment all of the shampoos in this range. Formulated with antioxidants including; Linseed Oil, Aloe Vera and Vitamin E, the mask is designed to strengthen the hair, whilst soothing the scalp. These ingredients encourage regeneration, protect against heat sources and provide a beautiful shine. Nouvelle’s new blonding shampoo collection is available in 200ml for an RRP of $16.99 and the True Blonde Mask in 250ml at an RRP of $19.99 from www.nhbs.com.au or local salons. About Nouvelle Hair & Beauty Supplies: Nouvelle Hair & Beauty Supplies (NHBS) are the exclusive stockist and distributor of Italy’s Silky and Nouvelle hair care product ranges. The team at NHBS are constantly expanding their range of retail and salon products and accessories, plus they even import their own furniture for local salons, making them a one-stop-shop for salon owners.