The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-07-24T04:00:38Z EMILYA COLLIVER NAMED CONTRIBUTING EDITOR TO MILRAY PARK 2017-07-24T04:00:38Z emilya-colliver-named-contributing-editor-to-milray-park SYDNEY, July 24, 2017 – Sally Bevan, Founder of Milray Park, today announced that Emilya Colliver has joined Milray Park Magazine as a contributing editor. Colliver is the Founder of Art Pharmacy, an online gallery that aims to make art accessible to everyone. The online gallery sells art by both emerging and established Australian-based artists. Colliver will be an ambassador for the Milray Park brand where she will consult on story ideas, provide insight on trends and design themes, and write for the magazine. “Art and interior design go hand-in-hand. Milray Park has made interior design simple and affordable, while Art Pharmacy has made art accessible to everyone. It was only a matter of time before we realised the great fit between our two initiatives. We couldn’t be more proud to have Colliver join the Milray Park team and contribute to our Magazine,” Bevan said.   Milray Park gives all Australians access to affordable interior design online for one simple flat-fee $299 price. The Milray Park Magazine is a playful exploration in design, culture and modern life. -- About Emilya Colliver Sydney-based, Emilya Colliver is the Founder of Art Pharmacy. Art Pharmacy is an online gallery that sells artworks by Australian-based, emerging and established artists. Emilya also runs Culture Scouts, a cultural walking tour company that gives people the chance to see Sydney differently, with carefully curated tours that blend art, food and conversation.   Emilya has an extensive background in visual arts, working for some of the top art galleries and institutions in the world and with private art collector, James Birch. This experience has given Emilya the ability to identify and nurture emerging art talents. -- About Milray Park Milray Park gives all Australians access to affordable interior design online for one simple flat-fee price.  Whether looking to pull together the look for a space with just a few finishing touches, or for a full-on transformation, Milray Park provides a tailor-made interior design service that works. The personal service starts with the client’s choice of interior design professional, who they then will collaborate with to create their dream space.    It finishes with exclusive access to the Milray Park Concierge™, who will take care of any post-design related assistance required, from product ordering to coordinating the timely delivery of purchases.  The Milray Park Concierge can also negotiate retail discounts so clients are able to shop like industry insiders and save up to 20% off tag prices.  Design packages start from $299 per room for a Designer, and $599 per room for a Senior Designer. Final week of Queensland Music Festival 2017 to resound through state with thousands of voices 2017-07-24T03:42:15Z final-week-of-queensland-music-festival-2017-to-resound-through-state-with-thousands-of-voices MEDIA RELEASE Final week of Queensland Music Festival 2017 to resound through state with thousands of voices The fourth and final week of Queensland Music Festival (QMF) 2017, July 24–30, will climax with an explosion of sound, from community choirs and classical stars, to Cuban jazz and a didjeribone, performed across the state’s stages, regional centres, nursing homes, islands, smartphones and schools. QMF Artistic Director Katie Noonan said final week performances would crown the 2017 festival with unforgettable experiences that place music at the heart of Queensland lives. “From thousands of community voices singing in unison at You’re The Voice and The Power Within, international percussion star Manu Delago’s world premiere Hang with QYO, and film scores and songs from our state’s brightest young artists in Score IT! and Jack Carty working with young budding musicians from regional Queensland for On Song, week four scales Queensland music talent and tastes from the grassroots to the world stage,” Ms Noonan said. At 5:30pm on Tuesday 25 July in Sunnybank, more than 100 Brisbane school children will sing out against domestic and family violence alongside QMF Artistic Director Katie Noonan and Choir of Hard Knocks Founding Artistic Director Dr Jonathon Welch AM in a rendition of John Farnham’s ‘You’re The Voice’. Part of QMF’s Cornerstone Living Schools Program and groundbreaking You’re The Voice choral project, the one-off concert is free, but bookings via SunPAC’s website are essential. At 5pm on Saturday 29 July, more than 4,500 people, including 135 choirs from across the nation, will join Australian music icons Kate Ceberano, X Factor winner and Eurovision grand finalist Isaiah and Katie Noonan in a national, mass rendition of Farnham’s powerful anthem, with over 2,500 choristers performing with the stars at South Bank Piazza. View the concert and join in via livestream from anywhere across Australia at or on QMF’s Facebook page. Later on Saturday evening at 8pm, QPAC’s Concert Hall will be graced by an exciting blend of classical and contemporary music, and international and home-grown stars, with Hang with QYO. Austrian star percussionist and Björk collaborator Manu Delago will play a the world premiere of a vibrant new concerto on the hang by emerging Queensland composer Dr Thomas Green, to honour the founding father of Australia’s youth orchestra movement, John Curro AM MBE. To complete the tribute, Delago is joined by the Queensland Youth Symphony, the Australian String Quartet’s acclaimed first violinist Dale Barltrop, the Curro family quartet, Katie Noonan, and prominent QYO alumni from Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Camerata. All ticket buyers for Hang with QYO will go into the draw to win return flights for two to Vienna – famed classical music hub and capital city of Manu’s home country, Austria. On Friday 28 and Saturday 29 July locals from the Isaac Shire will perform another QMF world premiere, on an outdoor stage in Moranbah – one of Queensland’s youngest towns. The Power Within celebrates the talent, diversity and resilience of Central Queensland’s agricultural and coal mining Isaac region, and is the culmination of an 18-month-long QMF community project. Set against an inventive industrial backdrop in Moranbah, the musical spectacular will unite more than 250 locals from Moranbah, Glenden, Dysart, Clermont, Middlemount and Nebo, including schools, choirs, instrumentalists, vocalists, dancers and horse riders. The Power Within reflects on the realities of pop-up mining towns – boom and bust cycles, the vagaries of weather, economic and social challenges – and the sheer power and beauty of a community united. The spotlight on the state’s talent continues on Wednesday 26 July with the ScoreIT! award ceremony, when Hollywood screen composer Cameron Patrick announces the student winner of an original film score competition at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. The winner’s score, composed to accompany a short film produced by Griffith Film School students, will be performed live alongside the film at the ceremony. Later in the week on Friday 28 July, Mr Patrick will deliver a lunchtime lecture on collaborating, compromising and composing for the screen. Students continue to take Queensland’s stages by storm in On Song, as six students selected from a statewide search of aspiring musicians from regional and rural schools perform alongside award-winning singer-songwriter Jack Carty in their hometown. On Friday 28 July, two students chosen from the six finalists will perform at a special free concert with Carty in Brisbane as part of QPAC’s Green Jam program, further boosting regional talent in front of a statewide audience and industry leaders. Silver Memories continues to serenade aged care centres in Brisbane, Toowoomba and the Sunshine Coast to the end of July. Jazz and classical music concerts will be performed by vocal quartet ConChord, directed by Karin Schaupp, exclusively for residents, their family and friends. Backed by evidence-based research grounded in reminiscence therapy principles, these intimate events harness the healing power of music, celebrate memories and perhaps even make a few too. Jazz to a different tempo will conclude the JMI Up Late Series on 28 July with the Gai Bryant Quintet’s unique take on energetic Cuban jazz styles. A soon-to-be doctor of Cuban folkloric music, Gai Bryant and band will have Bowen Hills buzzing with the sounds of the sax and trumpet, and booming with the conga and drums. Meanwhile on stunning North Stradbroke Island, masterworks by Haydn, Mozart, Schumann, Janáček, Brahms, Dvořák, Poulenc and Szymanowski will be performed from Friday 28 to Sunday 30 July for the Stradbroke Chamber Music Festival. Two special concerts will link musical miniatures to Indigenous North Stradbroke Island author Oodgeroo’s Dreamtime stories in a tribute to Quandamooka cultural heritage. In another tribute, this time to the festival within a festival’s 10th anniversary, Israeli-Australian composer and pianist Yitzhak Yedid will premiere a new composition. More idyllic Queensland settings, including rainforests, rivers and reefs around Brisbane, Noosa, Tin Can Bay, Maryborough, Hervey Bay, Yeppoon, Airlie Beach, Townsville and Cairns, can be experienced through ‘acoustic ecology’ by downloading AURALITY, a free mobile app created by multi-award winning Australian sound artist Leah Barclay. In another unique music experience, Tjupurru’s The Didjeribone Show will continue touring Queensland schools until 15 September, working with students of all year levels to create inventive songs and soundscapes using the didjeribone, blending the traditional with the contemporary to create new compositions that blend cultures, technologies and sounds. “The final week of Queensland Music Festival 2017 brings music to Queenslanders wherever you are – into streets, concert halls, islands, rainforests, regional centres and homes, through our livestream of the rousing and empowering You’re The Voice performance. We invite you to join us and use your voice for change,” said Ms Noonan. For more information and to book visit ENDS Queensland Music Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet. Queensland Music Festival is a state-wide celebration of music with a vision to transform lives and communities through music. Follow QMF on: Facebook: /qldmusicfest Twitter: @qldmusicfest Instagram:@qldmusicfest YouTube:/qldmusicfest Hashtag:#qmf17 MEDIA CONTACT For further information and interviews please contact: Jean Smith Jack Doonar Agency North Agency North 0474 385 109 0450 735 779 ABRI calls on the Federal Government to implement industry recommendations for the introduction of a national battery stewardship program 2017-07-24T02:56:00Z abri-calls-on-the-federal-government-to-implement-industry-recommendations-for-the-introduction-of-a-national-battery-stewardship-program On July 28th, Environment Ministers will consider recommendations from the Industry Working Group on a pathway forward to establish a national recycling program for rechargeable batteries under 5 kgs.   Industry has invested much time and resources to evaluate options and prepare a workable and realistic path forward.  Without government support of these recommendations, industry will pull out of the process and action will be delayed many years, resulting in environmental and community health impacts and leading to greater cost to government.   ABRI fully supports the Industry Working Group recommendations and encourages others in industry to ensure government understand the need for responsible battery stewardship by contacting the Environment Ministers directly.  We have also called on the government to expand the scope of the recommended scheme to include a phased approach to cover ALL batteries.  Why? We are looking at an increasing avalanche in the volume of waste batteries over the coming years If not managed correctly, batteries will end up in landfill, leading to increased incidences of landfill fires with significant increases in releases of dioxins into the atmosphere causing serious ongoing community health impacts and costs to health services Research indicates the community has a strong desire to recycle batteries safely and will see this approach as a success Some battery chemistries have the potential to catch fire if they overheat, are crushed, or make contact – whether in the home, during transport or while in storage if not managed correctly Button cell batteries present a significant risk to children if swallowed (ACCC reports that 20 children present to hospital emergency rooms each week) However, government are in a prime position to facilitate an industry lead solution.  Contributing resources to establish the program and committing to introducing light regulation to ensure the inclusion of all batteries by 2020 and for ensuring equitable industry participation.  This is needed to avoid free riders taking advantage of responsible industry partners. By doing so, we can expect to see a big jump in safe and responsible recovery of batteries - much beyond the current very low level of recycling (less than 3%).  This will lead to significant industry development and investment in local battery recycling in Australia, adopting new technologies and establishing new jobs. Now is the time for action!  Contact your Environment Ministers this week to show your support for battery stewardship in Australia Contact About the Australian Battery Recycling Initiative (ABRI) Libby Chaplin AUSTRALIAN BATTERY RECYCLING INITIATIVE PH: 0467 515 260 ABRI has been formed by a group of battery manufacturers, distributors, collectors, recyclers, government bodies and environment groups to promote the collection, recycling and safe disposal of all batteries. ABRI supports the principle of product stewardship: that responsibility for environmental management of products, including their recovery at end of life, is shared by organisations at every stage of the product life cycle.  Datalicious appoints new Head of Data Science & Engineering to drive superior customer outcomes 2017-07-24T02:15:12Z datalicious-appoints-new-head-of-data-science-amp-engineering-to-drive-superior-customer-outcomes Sydney, June 28, 2017 - Datalicious, the global marketing data specialists is challenging today’s digital agency org structure with the consolidation of its data science, engineering and web analytics teams under the new Head of Data Science & Engineering. Yorgos Moschovis, was hired to lead the company’s strategic effort to push forward the integration of separate specialist areas into one fully integrated cross-functional team that will work together to amplify their collective impact. The global agency aims to increase the breadth of its data science and engineering offering as well as make it more accessible to its blue-chip clients. Datalicious’ Founder and CEO, Christian Bartens said the role aims to eliminate silos: “We live in a multi-channel world where all too often silos prevent marketers from realising the true potential of their data assets. There simply shouldn’t be the concept of separate channels; they are all just touchpoints as part of a customer journey. At Datalicious we recognise this and Yorgos brings the right experience to the business to help eliminate our own silos and enable us to better service our customers.” Prior to joining Datalicious, Moschovis was the Director of Data and Audience Insights at Fairfax Media managing the Digital Analytics teams both in Sydney and Melbourne. Before that, he was working with Singtel as the Head of Business Intelligence leading a team of 74 Marketing Analytics experts. Moschovis brings over 20 years’ of in-depth analytical and technology expertise to the company. He joins Datalicious at the end of June. As part of Datalicious’ data-driven approach, the company has become an exponent of ‘person-based marketing’ that transcends channels, recently publishing the truth behind today’s mobile data and it’s measurement challenges in a joint study with Facebook ------ ENDS ------ About the study - people-based measurement Datalicious analysed Medibank’s, Foxtel’s and Telstra’s advertising campaigns performed only on paid media channels between October up until December of 2016. The three-month study revealed 1.2 conversions* with 87 million purchase paths combined. For further information about Datalicious People-Based Measurement and Media Attribution models please visit *Conversions are not limited to actual purchased but to media touchpoints. About Datalicious Datalicious is a global full-service data analytics agency. From its origins as a specialist consultancy based in Sydney, Australia, the company attracted investment from the Veda Group, an Equifax company and has expanded globally through our growing product and services divisions. Datalicious products include the SuperTag tag manager, DataExchange user ID management tool and OptimaHub cross-channel marketing analytics platform. For further information, please contact: Andrew Newell General Manager, Business Development – Datalicious 0413 570 286 “That’s how my earthmoving business was born at Tocal Field Day" Jake Keevers, Jake Mini Excavators 2017-07-24T01:53:30Z that-s-how-my-earthmoving-business-was-born-at-tocal-field-day-jake-keevers-jake-mini-excavators Jake Keevers always wanted to be in earthmoving and heavy machinery. It’s in his blood. Passed on from grandfather to father and now Jake.  When Jake and his mate went to the Tocal Field Day in 2016 they didn’t have a clear plan on what to do. Jake didn’t own a machine and he didn’t have a business. “Maybe that’s why a few of the sales guys from the different displays treated us like time wasters,” said Jake. “Any way, we ended up at the WesTrac stand talking to Mark Standing about Cat® machines. He took the time to answer all our questions and helped us out even though we weren’t a big customer, or even a small one yet.”  “When Mark Standing started talking to us I quickly realised that there’s a bit more to making a business work than owning a machine. Mark gave me all the ins and outs of the Cat mini excavator range. He also ran through all the other things that I would need to make a go of my own business. He showed us the trailer and a few different basic worktools, such as buckets and an auger and the custom made trailer.” “But the thing that impressed me the most was WesTrac’s service and support. I learnt that if a machine isn’t working then the business isn’t earning an income. And the customers aren’t happy and coming back for more. So I guess what impressed me the most was WesTrac’s ability to keep my machine working in top condition after they sold it to me. After I had all my questions answered, some numbers and a brochure in my hands I left Tocal thinking I could make a go of it,” says Jake. “The next time I saw Jake was the following Monday when he called into our Tomago branch,” said a surprised Mark Standing. “He had a hand written cheque for a 10% deposit on a Cat 301.7 mini excavator bundle with a trailer, buckets and auger. His grandad, Dudley Keevers, had backed him and told him to go ahead and make a go of it. Dudley told him he’d be in good hands with a Cat machine and when Jake told me that it almost brought a tear to my eye. It’s one of the most rewarding parts of my job as a WesTrac sales representative,” said Mark. “Dudley is now in his 90’s but he used to be a well digger in the bush.” Jake says, ‘I’d like to grow my business with a skiddie and do more farm work, track and dam building. I live in Medowie and I like the bush. I’ve done work as an operator but there’s nothing like having my own machine and working on my own business. Stando reckons I’m the youngest customer he’s had.” “Mark and the WesTrac boys stay in touch to see if there’s any way they can help my business. It’s a good set up. The service, the quality of the Cat machine, it’s all worked out really well. I think grandad was right, with WesTrac and Caterpillar I am in good hands.” For more information on WesTrac visit or call 1300 88 10 64.  Million Dollar Fines Looming Sept 1 2017-07-24T01:51:11Z million-dollar-fines-looming-sept-1 THOUSANDS of unsuspecting NSW businesses and body corporates could be in breach of new ACCC guidelines on credit card surcharges which come into effect September 1, potentially facing pecuniary penalties of up to $1.1mllion.   The new laws, which officially came into effect in 2016 for ‘large’ merchants, are designed to stop payment surcharges that are more than the actual cost of accepting that payment method.   Until recently, credit card surcharges had been limited to ‘reasonable cost’ to the business of processing the transaction – with the worst offenders notably being the airlines, which brazenly bankrolled as much as 17% in some cases on card payment fees.   The legislation also helped stem the lexicon of euphemisms including ‘booking fees’ and ‘service fees’ as big business looked for ways around the law.   However, while roundly applauded, there are claims by one of NSW’s leading business advisory firms that many small and medium business owners will fall foul of the changes, unaware of amendments to the Bill and their obligations.   Alan McGillivray, who has served on numerous State and National tax committees, is widely regarded as one of NSW’s most experienced small to medium business authorities.   Having also been called on to provide expert advice to national courts, Mr McGillivray says the practice among many small/medium businesses in passing on excessive credit card charges to customers will soon be a thing of the past as the new regulations roll out – however it is becoming increasingly apparent that very few merchants are aware of the Bill and the tough penalties for breaches. “ In some cases banks have started to provide businesses with annual statements showing ‘average percentage cost’ over the year for each type of card they accept, “ says Mr McGillivray   “ That amount is what you will be able to pass on to customers.   “Unfortunately, many small to medium sized businesses, including those may not use English as their first language are blissfully unaware of what is about to become law or the penalties.”   According to the ACCC website, listed corporations could be hit with infringement notices of up to $108,000 while incorporated businesses can be fined up to $10,800.   If court action is required, pecuniary penalties can be as high as $1.1m for body corporates.   Mr McGillivray said that while the September 1 ban did not prevent businesses from imposing a payment surcharge as a flat or fixed fee there was absolutely no absolutely no obligation to pass the surcharge on. D2L’s Brightspace Summer17 Gives Instructors More Time to Reach Every Learner 2017-07-24T00:14:30Z d2l-s-brightspace-summer17-gives-instructors-more-time-to-reach-every-learner WATERLOO, ON—July 24th, 2017—D2L, a global learning technology leader, has unveiled the Summer17[1] release of Brightspace, its award-winning learning management system (LMS). With the Summer17 enhancements, instructors save time on common tasks to enable them to reach every learner. “Our D2L teams have been working closely with instructors and learners of all ages in hundreds of design sessions. They made it clear they want to spend more time personalising learning,” said John Baker, CEO at D2L. “We’ve listened to our customers and the new abilities in Brightspace make it easier for instructors ¾ in schools, on campuses, and in workplaces ¾ to connect with all of their learners and help them reach their potential.” Geoff Thomas, Vice-President APAC at D2L, said, “Learning – whether it’s in K-12, higher education or in the corporate space – relies on ongoing development that can be catered for each individual user. To adequately prepare Australian students and professionals in today’s digital economy, learners must be equipped with dynamic resources that enable them to better understand the unique needs of every learner in order to build meaningful relationships and optimise outcomes.” Jen Brookes, Online Support Assistant at Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu (The Correspondence School), said, "As a distance education provider, having our students being able to easily submit photos and audio online and receive feedback from their teachers to the students and their family will truly enhance our core offering. The expanded capabilities of Brightspace allow us to extend our education platform which help further improve the personalised online learning experiences we can provide.” TIME-SAVING FEATURES FOR K-12 TEACHERS “Designed to help K-12 educators reimagine blended learning, Brightspace helps instructors deliver a personalised experience for each student ¾ with fewer headaches, and in less time,” said Ken Chapman, VP of Market Strategy at D2L. “Brightspace can be used by students, teachers, parents and administrators at any grade level. It’s one central platform that’s easy and mobile-ready.” BRIGHTSPACE ACTIVITY FEED Brightspace for K-12 is a game-changer for teachers as well as students. The new Activity Feed in Brightspace is designed like a social media platform, to be easy to use and set up. The Activity Feed provides a place on the course home page for teachers to communicate easily with students about reminders, upcoming assignments, new content or discussions in an engaging, familiar format to keep all their students on track. Teachers benefit from simple integration with Google Drive and the ability to easily link to YouTube, other videos, their favorite sites, and more. BRIGHTSPACE LESSONS Brightspace Lessons jumpstarts the classroom by loading content for teachers. It helps create an amazing blended learning experience using content from publishers, school-provided content, Open Educational Resources (OERs) and their own materials. The drag-and-drop features make it easy for teachers to add, change and arrange content. Suggested pacing helps them to see how the materials fall into their class calendar so they can adjust where necessary. Finally, Lessons provides useful visualisations to see how a course’s content aligns to standards, and teachers can map their own custom content with just a few clicks. Setting up lessons for a classroom has never been easier, faster or more intuitive than in Brightspace. MORE EFFICIENCY FOR HIGHER ED “Data Access is a well-constructed series of datasets that will allow combining Brightspace data with other data sources,” said Cheryl Ainoa, COO of D2L. “We know that our customers want to do their own mashups so we’re now offering smart access to data. D2L is the only LMS that includes it as part of the core offering and it’s a part of Summer17.” DATA ACCESS Today D2L announces access to 50+ category-based datasets. This will enable customers to combine Brightspace data with their own data sources and achieve their organisational goals. While some vendors provide visualisations and others provide data, Brightspace offers both — visualisations and category-based data extracts for business intelligence tools. Institutions will be empowered with the information they need to make better decisions. As the only LMS vendor included in the 2016 OVUM Student Success Report, D2L continues to lead the LMS industry in learning analytics and predictive analytics, and for designing Brightspace to put the key data in the hands of instructors or advisors when they can make the most impact for their learners. Instructors, as well as learners, can achieve better results such as improved retention, graduation rates, and completion rates when knowledge from data is connected to action. BRIGHTPSPACE QUIZZING It’s now faster to create a quiz in Brightspace. Shuffling the order of quiz questions is a great way to improve the integrity of a quiz and keep it fresh, and now it’s as easy as clicking a button. Within the new Quiz tool, instructors can save setup time by copying and pasting from other sources, such as Microsoft Word, and retain formatting and images when creating a quiz. DAYLIGHT: THE INDUSTRY’S BEST VISUAL DESIGN D2L’s new any-device Daylight interface was created using cutting-edge responsive design so that the experience will be similar for learners regardless of the device they use, whether they’re on a mobile phone, tablet, Chromebook™ or PC. Since not all families have access to the latest devices, this equalises learning for all. SIS INTEGRATIONS D2L introduces new configuration options that will enable system administrators to set up integrations quickly and efficiently. For K-12, the recently Certified adapter for IMS OneRoster 1.1 creates an opportunity for integrating with any OneRoster 1.1 compliant SIS (or Integration as a Service Platform) that provides OneRoster 1.1 Rostering data via REST or CSV. This standards-based approach lowers the barrier to adoption for schools and districts. For Higher Education, the new adapter for Ellucian Intelligent Learning Platform (ILP), gives Colleague™ and Banner™ customers real-time provisioning of users, courses, enrollments and more. The instructor-driven grading workflows support sending last date of attendance, midterm and final grades back to the Student Information System (SIS), reducing redundant and error prone data re-entry by instructors. A UNIFIED LEARNING EXPERIENCE FOR EMPLOYEES “Brightspace gives the modern workforce the learning experience platform it requires – based on personalising learning, easy content creation and curation, rich video support and valuable insights from data – to engage and grow employees,” said Koreen Pagano, Product Management Director, Corporate, D2L. MANAGER DASHBOARD With the new Manager Dashboard[2], managers can save time by easily managing course enrollment and tracking course completion for teams, organisational groups, and individual users. Managers can create and manage groups based on flexible attributes such as team, sales region, hire date, or other custom attributes. Rules-based assignment makes it easy to automatically enroll employees based on attributes or reporting structures, ensuring that the right people are getting the right learning content. Activities such as onboarding new hires, skills development and coaching, and leadership development have never been so easy to manage. D2L IS AN INNOVATOR D2L’s track record of innovation has been widely recognized. In March 2016, Fast Company Ranked D2L #6 on the Most Innovative Companies of 2016 list in the Data Science Category, amongst Google, IBM, Spotify, Costco and Blue Cross Blue Shield. eLearning Magazine rated D2L as #1 in Adaptive Learning, and Brightspace was recently named the #1 LMS in Higher Ed by Ovum Research. To learn more about the features within Brightspace Summer17 please visit: To learn more about Brightspace, visit: ABOUT D2L D2L is the software leader that makes learning experiences better. The company’s cloud-based platform, Brightspace, is easy to use, flexible, and smart. With Brightspace, organizations can personalize the experience for every learner to deliver real results. The company is a world leader in learning analytics: its platform predicts learner performance so that organizations can act in real-time to keep learners on track. Brightspace is used by learners in higher education, K-12, and the enterprise sector, including the Fortune 1000. D2L has operations in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, Brazil, and Singapore. PRESS CONTACTS Virginia Jamieson, Vice President of PR and AR, D2L Ltd., +1 650 279 8619,, Twitter: @D2L © 2017 D2L Corporation. Nermin Bajric, Watterson for D2L, +61 2 9929 7533,, The D2L family of companies includes D2L Corporation, D2L Ltd, D2L Australia Pty Ltd, D2L Europe Ltd, D2L Asia Pte Ltd, and D2L Brasil Soluções de Tecnologia para Educação Ltda. All D2L marks are trademarks of D2L Corporation. Please visit for a list of D2L marks. [1] Named based on the Northern Hemisphere calendar [2] Currently available in North America for new clients only App Annie: Asia Pacific leads the way in finance app usage globally, shaking up the financial ecosystem 2017-07-23T23:59:45Z app-annie-asia-pacific-leads-the-way-in-finance-app-usage-globally-shaking-up-the-financial-ecosystem App Annie, the most trusted mobile app market data and insights company, today announced its first Asia-Pacific Retail Banking report, which analyses how mobile is transforming banking and financial services in the region. This report covers the growth of retail banking and fintech apps and provides best practices with a focus on the countries most impacted in the Asia-Pacific region, namely Australia, China, Japan and South Korea. Finance category downloads grew faster between 2014-2016 than all other app categories excluding games combined worldwide. Globally, total sessions in Finance apps have increased more than 100% over the past two years. While the Americas and Europe grew rapidly, APAC’s growth was the strongest. In Asia-Pacific, more than 110 billion sessions took place in finance apps in 2016. From mobile banking, mobile payments, and peer-to-peer transfers, to personal budgeting and investing, mobile apps simultaneously provide unparalleled convenience for consumers and create new opportunities for financial institutions to grow their businesses. “More and more people are turning to mobile apps for their banking and finance needs and apps have now become central to these companies’ customer initiatives,” said Danielle Levitas, SVP of Research at App Annie. “Apps provide a convenient, secure and personalized service for the ever-connected consumer to execute financial transactions. They provide banks and other financial institutions with a unique opportunity to enrich relationships with customers, reduce costs associated with in-branch transactions, and create new growth opportunities,” Levitas added. Report Highlights Include: Asia-Pacific Leads the Way in Finance Apps Usage Download growth in finance apps exceeded download growth for all app categories excluding games across major Asia-Pacific markets. China experienced a 230% spike in downloads in 2016 to 6.7 billion, and more than tripled the growth rate of the sum of downloads across all apps excluding games. Total sessions in finance apps more than doubled in 2016 compared to 2014 in Australia and South Korea. Users in South Korea had over 7 billion sessions in banking apps in 2016. This was nearly 4x as many compared to Australians. Meanwhile, mobile banking apps in Japan have seen lower engagement levels due to the country’s entrenched cash-based culture. In Australia, banking apps have become the gold standard for routine banking transactions. The number of average monthly sessions in the top 10 Australian banking apps exceeds more than 25 times per month, indicating mobile banking apps are part of Australians’ daily routine. Different Ball Game: Apps Have Disrupted Mobile Finance in China WeChat Pay and AliPay are the leading mobile payment platforms in China with usage penetration that is approximately 7x greater than the average of the top five banking apps in China. The success of both WeChat Pay and AliPay provides insight into how non-banking technology players can challenge the finance and retail banking sectors. The full report can be downloaded here: Fellowship supports search for new disease treatments 2017-07-23T23:55:35Z fellowship-supports-search-for-new-disease-treatments La Trobe University and leading Australian biotech company AdAlta have received new funding to identify and develop potential treatments for a range of human diseases using the company’s novel class of drugs, known as i-bodies. La Trobe University’s Dr Chris Hocking has been awarded a Science and Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF) Business Fellowship worth $427,000 ($210,000 from the CSIRO), further strengthening the collaboration between La Trobe University and AdAlta. The SIEF Business Fellowship Program aims to build deeper connections and collaborations between researchers and industry, accelerate the adoption of new ideas and technology, while also helping to grow into larger and more profitable organisations. Furthermore, the program provides practical industry experience for early career researchers. The SIEF Fellowship grant will support Dr Hosking’s work with AdAlta’s Chief Scientific Officer, Professor Mick Foley, at the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science. “Under the SIEF grant we will screen the i-body library to identify and develop new i-body candidates against difficult to access drug targets, such as complex signalling proteins called GPCRs,” Professor Foley said. “Chris is an excellent candidate for the Fellowship because he has extensive experience working with phage displays and screening libraries. Chris brings significant expertise to the AdAlta team.” La Trobe Pro Vice Chancellor Industry and Engagement, Dr Daniel Grant, congratulated Dr Hosking. “La Trobe recognises the importance of engaging with, and building strong partnerships with, innovative companies,” Dr Grant said. “We have had a longstanding and productive relationship with AdAlta and this Fellowship is a great outcome for both parties.” I-bodies are a promising, novel class of drugs that offer a new and more effective approach to treatment of a wide range of human diseases. AdAlta pioneered a technology that mimics the shape and stability of a crucial antigen-binding domain, which was discovered initially in sharks and then developed as a human protein. More: INTERNATIONAL BEST SELLING AUTHOR OF THE TIPPING POINT MALCOLM GLADWELL IS COMING TO AUSTRALIA! 2017-07-23T23:49:10Z international-best-selling-author-of-the-tipping-point-malcolm-gladwell-is-coming-to-australia INTERNATIONAL BEST SELLING AUTHOR OF THE TIPPING POINT MALCOLM GLADWELL IS COMING TO AUSTRALIA! International best seller Malcolm Gladwell who coined the term ‘Tipping Point’ and went on to write ‘Blink’, ‘Outliers’, ‘David and Goliath’ and ‘What the Dog Saw’ is coming to Australia to speak with Steven Levitt, Economist and Author of ‘Freakonomics, and’ SuperFreakonomics, at  The Future: Disrupted & Reimagined, a one day seminar in Melbourne on Monday December 4th and Sydney on Wednesday 6th December presented by The Growth Faculty. The Future: Disrupted & Reimagined is a powerful one-day seminar which blends a combination of economics and behavioural science to decode what drives human behaviour, motivation and success.  Gladwell has been named one of the 100 most influential people by TIME magazine and one of the Foreign Policy’s Top Global Thinkers. He explored how ideas spread in The Tipping Point, decision making in Blink, the roots of success in Outliers, and in David and Goliath, he examines our understanding of the advantages of disadvantages, arguing that we have underestimated the value of adversity and over-estimated the value of privilege.Gladwell’s next book was a 10-part podcasts of the Revisionist History  where Malcolm re-examined an overlooked or misunderstood aspect of past events. He has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1996. He has won a national magazine award and been honoured by the American Psychological Society and the American Sociological Society. Levitt invites audiences to go beneath the surface of modern business practices. Through witty, first-rate storytelling, Levitt exposes new ways to create behaviour change, the incentives that work and don’t work and the value in asking unpopular questions . He is a tenured professor in the University of Chicago's economics department and was the 2003 recipient of the American Economic Association’s prestigious John Bates Clark Medal, given to the country's best economist under 40. Two of the most influential minds of our times converge; burning curiosity, alarming intuition and an appetite for exposing concealed truths in the seemingly mundane, these two masterful storytellers explain the hidden side of everything.The Future: Disrupted & Reimagined blends a combination of economics and behavioural science to decode what drives human behaviour, motivation and success. It demonstrates that these stories are more surprising and fascinating than we could have imagined.  The Future: Disrupted & Reimagined is  on Monday 4th December from 8 am to 3.30pm at the MCEC Melbourne and on Wednesday 6th December at the ICC Sydney.  One day delegate tickets start from $795 each. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION OR TO BUY TICKETS T0 INTERVIEW MALCOLM GLADWELL OR STEVEN LEVITT email or call Max Markson 0412 501 601  ABOUT THE GROWTH FACULTY OUR GOAL IS TO PROVOKE IDEAS, STIMULATE ACTION & DRIVE PROFITABLE GROWTH. WE PROVIDE TOOLS FOR LEADERSHIP, STRATEGY, EXECUTION, PEOPLE,CULTURE, INNOVATION & GROWTH.The Growth Faculty, which was established in 2006, is a leading provider of world-class education for entrepreneurs and executives of dynamic Australian companies. We provide access to the world’s finest business minds and offer highly effective tools and programs to help drive growth, and address relevant issues facing business today and into the future. Guest speakers have included George Clooney, Sir Martin Sorrell,Tim Ferris, Jim Collins, Martha Stewart, Russell Simmons, Muhammad Yunus, Verne Harnish, Marcus Buckingham and many more.“The Growth Faculty provides the very best strategic thinking from around the world and connects global thought leaders with Australian business people.” Karen Beattie, founder.     State of play: National study reveals our video game habits 2017-07-23T23:07:54Z state-of-play-national-study-reveals-our-video-game-habits Sydney, Australia – 24 July 2017 – New research by Bond University and the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA) has found video and computer games are right up there with the kitchen sink with 97 per cent of Australian households with children stating they have video game devices, eight out of 10 owning multiple game devices. Digital Australia 2018 studied 1,234 Australian households and 3,135 individuals, revealing it’s not only kids that appreciate game time. Almost half of parents play games online with their kids, with reasons for playing together including family enjoyment, education, and as a way to monitor what children play. The study revealed that 67 per cent of people surveyed play video games. Older Australians continue to make up the largest group of new players over the past six years with 43 per cent of people aged 65 and over playing video games. Females account for 46 per cent of all players. Dr Jeff Brand, Professor at Bond University and lead author of the report, said that the average age of players has increased by a year to 34 and that motives for playing are shifting. “The fun continues through interactive games, but the research shows that games increasingly serve other uses. Australians are playing for social connectedness, whether that be with family or friends. They’re playing to reduce stress, to be challenged, to learn, to keep the mind active, or for physical and mental health benefits.” “Everyone finds their own reason for playing. Our research shows that motives for playing video games differ by life stages. Young adults play to help pass time, have fun, and de-stress, whereas older Australians, while also playing for enjoyment and to pass time, report keeping the mind active as a top reason for playing.” The Digital Australia study, which has been running since 2005, also highlights just how social game play has become. This year’s report found only eight per cent of Australians play alone, with the remaining 92 per cent playing with friends, partners, family and strangers online at least once in a while. Most players share their enjoyment of games with others in the community through various methods. Seven in 10 Australian players have watched videos and used walkthroughs to help their gameplay and more than a quarter have posted their own videos of gameplay. Australians also enjoy watching other people play games, particularly at a competitive level with a third watching e-sports. “Games are no longer a subculture – everyone plays. We’ve moved far beyond the classic clichés that dogged video games in their early years,” said Dr Brand. “Interactive games are woven into the fabric of our culture – a culture more nuanced and capable of enjoying the benefits of the digital economy than ever before.” Ron Curry, CEO of IGEA, said, “Digital Australia 2018 shows how the state of game play in Australia has progressed. Games are one of the many things shaking up traditional viewing culture, and Australians are consuming games in more ways than ever before.” “We’re also playing with purpose, with more and more Australians recognising the value of games, beyond entertainment, in the family home, schools, workplaces and socially.” Other key findings of the Digital Australia Report 2018 include: The average Australian consume games just like other media – 89 minutes is the average daily total of all game play. Gaming for health – Australians value play for better health and positive ageing, whether that be to improve thinking skills (84%), improve dexterity (78%) or manage pain (59%). Ninety per cent say they play to increase mental stimulation, 80 per cent state video games help fight dementia, and 54 per cent agreed playing games can help increase mobility. Gaming for education – Games are increasingly finding their way into education, learning and training settings. A third of Australians have used games at work, and one in two parents reported their children have used games at school. Parents are also speaking with their children about playing online safely (84 per cent). About Digital Australia 2018 Digital Australia 2018 is the seventh study in a series of national Australian research that began in 2005. The report, which is based on a study of 1,234 Australian households and 3,135 individuals, looks at the demographics of Australians who play games, play habits, behaviours and attitudes. About IGEA IGEA is an industry association representing the business and public policy interests of Australian and New Zealand companies in the computer and video games industry. IGEA’s members publish, develop, market and/or distribute interactive games and entertainment content and related hardware including mobile and handheld games. For more information, please visit Media spokespeople available Ron Curry, CEO of IGEA Dr Jeff Brand, Professor, Bond University and lead author of the report Consumer case studies and subject matter experts For all interview requests, please contact Amy Rathbone, Espresso Communications, on +61 2 8016 2220 or Ancestry photos day 2017-07-23T14:19:40Z ancestry-photos-day Ancestry - We saw many old photos today Today was a day where  we saw many old ancestry photos.  Clients came in with their precious old photos to have them turned into forever keepsakes.  They had previously seen us at the market and decided they wanted to old ancestry photos to be photo engraved into jewelry to create their forever keepsake. We saw  lots of photos of Nonnas, pappa's, it was truly amazing.  Many people had called me to ensure we were at the Queen Victoria Market to give us their precious ancestry photos.  They then took time to view our jewelry range to select the perfect piece to suit the photo and its purpose. Many were gifts for loved ones, so they spoke to other family members before ordering to ensure it was the correct piece.  Many where of a similar vintage and we even had older photos.  I think one today originated back to the early 1930's.  It was her mothers grand father.  Truly amazing day for us at Memory Keepsakes. eziFunerals The first online funeral planning and bidding platform 2017-07-23T12:55:29Z ezifunerals-the-first-online-funeral-planning-and-bidding-platform A Western Australian digital entrepreneur is on the verge of digitally disrupting the business of one of the ASX’s most reliable and consistent performers of recent years with a world first integrated funeral planning and bidding online platform.  Invocare (ASX: IVC) has a market cap of around $1.48B; its share price has climbed significantly over the last five years and it’s increased its dividend every year since 2005. It has many brands including White Lady, Guardian and Simplicity Funerals. To many pundits, it’s an infallible defensive stock with 33% market share, multiple brands across multiple price-points and a market (i.e. death rate) that is largely independent of economic cycles or government policy; indeed the ABS projects an increasing death rate through to 2034.  Its status within the funeral industry is undisputed – its 33% market share is even larger in Peter Erceg’s home town of Perth where some experts believe it is beyond 40%.  However it was this market size and power, largely obtained through strategic acquisition, that gave Mr Erceg the idea of a consumer focused digital disruption site which excludes Invocare and only allows for membership from independents.  “The ACCC has repeatedly let Invocare’s aggressive growth from acquisition through to the keeper,” Mr Erceg said. “My view is that if the regulators won’t stop the funeral market becoming increasingly oligopolistic, and the power going to a supplier instead of the consumer, then I will,” he said.  “eziFunerals is about choice – the consumer logs their request online and specifies in detail the options they want in a funeral. This request goes out to our (independent) member funeral homes who can opt to quote line-by-line to specified requirements within 24 hours. The consumer and respondents see the transparent quotes come back in and before the 12-hour mark can sharpen their pencil and re-quote.”  Mr Erceg said that whilst he originally considered eziFunerals as being open to all funeral homes including Invocare, he decided that the independents needed a way to get back into the frame.  “This levels the playing field and puts the consumer back in the pilot’s seat in what is in effect an auction for their business by the independent funeral providers,” he said.  The eziFunerals system allows the consumer to request quotes to their specification for a fee of $9.95. The respondents’ quotes are easily comparable with a transparent, line-by-line comparison of variables such as: The type and style of funeral service Preparation of the body and viewing arrangements Burial or cremation The specific cemetery or crematorium Type of coffin or casket Minister or Celebrant Memorial book and memorial cards Death notices, flowers, mourning vehicles etc, and Special features like a poem or piece of music.  “You may want a horse-drawn carriage or maybe a heavy metal band. A direct cremation or a huge traditional Italian funeral with the works; this system allows for all independents to quote with full transparency,” Mr Erceg said.  “…If it all goes to plan and Invocare’s profits “flat-line” then maybe there will be some market investors wishing me my own funeral!”   eziFunerals, , is set to launch in late February across all Australian capital cities. Equity opportunities are available. About eziFunerals  eziFunerals is the world’s first online funeral planning and bidding platform that supports individuals and families cope with end of life decisions, death and funerals. We are an independent, Australian-owned and operated company, and are not a subsidiary of any other corporation. We are not part of any other funeral company. Founded by consumers frustrated by how difficult it was to get independent information, eziFunerals supports consumers plan a funeral, compare prices and select the right funeral director anywhere, anytime. World first shopping platform launches at funeral giant 2017-07-23T12:54:44Z important-release-from-ezifunerals MEDIA RELEASE: 24 July 2017 World first shopping platform launches at funeral giant A new start-up company, eziFunerals will take on the funeral giant, InvoCare by launching a world first online funeral planning and bidding platform. About 160,000 Australians will die this year. 85 percent of these Australians will die in a medical or residential care institution. Invariably the advice customers receive directs them to a funeral director to remove the body. Their business model is largely built around selling the “disposal” as well as the “send-off”. This is when complex and costly decisions need to be made, and it is at a time when the consumer is most vulnerable. eziFunerals founder, Peter Erceg said it was time to shift the power back to consumers. "This is a disruptive innovation. This is going to touch a cultural chord. It aggregates the decision making and it gives people a sense of empowerment,” Erceg said. “What we needed to do was to simplify and streamline this process by empowering consumers to plan and document their funeral needs, thus sparing families from having to make difficult, costly decisions in a sales focused environment, while they are grieving”. eziFunerals currently has over 600 independent funeral directors listed on the site and offers families information tailored to their needs. This includes comprehensive funeral plans, itemised price quotes and consumer reviews. Instead of picking a funeral company by guesswork, families will be able to shop around for funeral directors, and get the right funeral at the right price. “It pays to do your homework” he explains. “People are not aware that several funeral businesses may be associated with the one parent company, such as Invocare, Australia's only listed funeral company, who control almost 40% of the Australian market.  So, when looking for a funeral director, the first piece of advice is: know who you are dealing with". Erceg sees his online funeral platform model not as undermining funeral directors economically, but as empowering small to medium family owned funeral homes to increase their market share and give huge firms, like Invocare, a run for their money. About eziFunerals eziFunerals is the World’s First online funeral planning and bidding platform that supports individuals and families cope with end of life decisions, death and funerals. We are an independent, Australian-owned and operated company, and are not a subsidiary of any other corporation. We are not part of any other funeral company. Founded by consumers frustrated by how difficult it was to get independent information, eziFunerals supports consumers plan a funeral, compare prices and select the right funeral director anywhere, anytime. About the Founder eziFunerals was founded by Peter Erceg following extensive involvement and research into the funeral industry. "After meeting and talking to many people, it was clear to us that coping with death and planning a funeral is one of the most difficult things we will ever be asked to do. It can be a very challenging and emotional time. What makes it harder is that we are generally unaware of our funeral rights. We don t know how we can have genuine and meaningful involvement in the funeral process, and we are often unprepared and don t know what to do when someone close to us dies. People often said to us things like 'If only we had more information'. 'It all happened so fast'. 'We had no previous experience to help us '. 'We felt quite vulnerable when the funeral director came '. People often said to us things like 'If only we had more information'. 'It all happened so fast"". 'We had no previous experience to help us '. 'We felt quite vulnerable when the funeral director came '. We understood what people were going through, and the challenges they face with death and organising a funeral. It was clear that there was a need to establish eziFunerals, a fully integrated service to give people the information and support they need at a very difficult time." ENDS Media Information Contact: More Information: Peter Erceg, EziFunerals – 0466 890 703 or EziFunerals - New online funeral shopping site launches 2017-07-23T12:53:02Z new-online-funeral-shopping-site-launches Shopping for a funerals online could become commonplace if a new funeral entrepreneur has his way. Peter Erceg has launched Australia's Largest Funeral Marketplace called eziFunerals. What Erceg offers is do it yourself funeral planning and quote comparisons along with consumer reviews of funeral directors. “eziFunerals is about choice – the consumer logs their request online and specifies in detail the options they want in a funeral. This request goes out to our (independent) member funeral directors who can opt to quote line-by-line to specified requirements within 24 hours.” The eziFunerals system allows the consumer to request quotes to their specification for a fee of $9.95. Funeral director quotes are easily comparable with a transparent, line-by-line comparison of variables such as:
 The type and style of funeral servicePreparation of the body and viewing arrangementsBurial or cremationThe specific cemetery or crematoriumType of coffin or casketMinister or CelebrantMemorial book and memorial cardsDeath notices, flowers, mourning vehicles etc, andSpecial features like a poem or piece of music. eziFunerals is not just about getting the best service and price, you're also able to read reviews and select the right funeral director knowing they will handle both you and your loved one in a respectful manner. The story of eziFunerals is a perfect example of someone who saw a market opportunity and came up with a solution. I hope this service helps people plan a meaningful funeral for the one they love and saves them time, money and unecessary grief. ENDS More Information: Peter Erceg, EziFunerals – 0466 890 703 or EziFunerals - About eziFuneralseziFunerals is the world’s first online funeral planning and bidding platform that supports individuals and families cope with end of life decisions, death and funerals. We are an independent, Australian-owned and operated company, and are not a subsidiary of any other corporation. We are not part of any other funeral company. Founded by consumers frustrated by how difficult it was to get independent information, eziFunerals supports consumers plan a funeral, compare prices and select the right funeral director anywhere, anytime.