The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-01-27T08:15:20Z Espire Infolabs Enters into Global Partnership with Kofax 2020-01-27T08:15:20Z espire-infolabs-enters-into-global-partnership-with-kofax Gurgaon – 27 Jan 2020 – Espire Infolabs, with a decisive digital footprint in enabling digital transformation across the globe, announces today that it’s entered into a global go-to-market partnership with Kofax, a leading supplier of Intelligent Automation software to digitally transform end-to-end business operations. With Kofax’s Intelligent Automation platform, Espire can significantly enable digital transformation for end customers. Kofax’s fully scalable platform harnesses five highly integrated, unified, AI-driven capabilities including Advanced Analytics, Process Orchestration, Robotic Process Automation, Cognitive Capture and Mobility and Engagement. Espire is driving superior customer experiences, ensuring greater process efficiency while addressing today’s digital world.  “Kofax is proud to partner with Espire to help customers advance digital transformation,” says Chris Huff, chief strategy officer at Kofax. “Our cloud-enabled Intelligent Automation platform with embedded AI, natural language processing and machine learning is a big win for global customers seeking to add capacity, empower employees and improve customer experience. We look forward to collaborating with Espire to help customers scale faster, improve speed-to-value and drive enterprise worth.” As a key player in digital experience management and multichannel customer communication management, Espire attaches great significance to this partnership, as automation is an indispensable part of any digital transformation journey. As a certified RPA provider capable of delivering end-to end intelligent automation with its platform, Kofax has powered the digital transformation journey of thousands of organizations by creating an enriching customer experience – while also ensuring efficiency and compliance. Deliberating on the importance of RPA in the current business environment, Gagan Oberoi, CEO & MD at Espire Infolabs, remarks, “One of the most profound and disruptive technology trends or the tour de force is intelligent automation. It’s changed our business ecosystem significantly and has made a sustainable impact in the way organizations approach the millennial customer. Powered with mobility, chatbots and other intuitive processes, intelligent automation bridges the gap between organizations and customers, with their unique wants. “  Gagan Oberoi continues, “With organizations increasingly trying to get on top of the automation game, we’re very excited about our new Kofax partnership, and the unlimited possibilities for driving awe-inspiring customer experience at scale. Kofax is a leader and one of the only organizations capable of processing end-to-end automation with a deep set of content capture capabilities fully integrated into the platform. With AI embedded in the platform, we’re able to perform tasks natively without having to recourse to multiple technologies, creating a significant impact on our business.”                      About Kofax Kofax software enables organizations to Work Like Tomorrow™ – today. Kofax’s Intelligent Automation software platform helps organizations transform information-intensive business processes, reduce manual work and errors, minimize costs, and improve customer engagement. We combine RPA, cognitive capture, process orchestration, mobility and engagement, and analytics to ease implementations and deliver dramatic results that mitigate compliance risk and increase competitiveness, growth and profitability.  Kofax provides a rapid return on investment for over 20,000 customers in financial services, insurance, government, healthcare, supply chain, business process outsourcing and other markets. Kofax delivers its award-winning software and solutions through its direct sales and services organization and more than 650 indirect channel partners and integrators in more than 60 countries throughout the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific. For more information, visit kofax.com. About Espire  Espire Infolabs is a global IT services company that has been enabling digital transformation by crafting awe-inspiring strategies, with above-par intelligent and intuitive solutions such as Customer Journey Mapping & Customer Engagement Hub. With exceptional digital experience solutions through digital content management, multi-channel customer communication management, and enterprise applications, cloud computing, integration and analytics – we have been empowering businesses to drive growth and customer engagement. With a global outreach, and numerous customers spread across domains like insurance, education, banking, utilities, and print & manufacturing etc. As a SEI CMMI Level 5 Ver 1.3 (Dev + SVC) appraised company, Espire has ensured optimization of business processes while enhancing customer experience. For more information, visit espire.com. M.A. Cross Plumbing Celebrates 30 Years of Professional Excellence 2020-01-27T02:03:16Z m-a-cross-plumbing-celebrates-30-years-of-professional-excellence M.A. Cross Plumbing has experienced a variety of landmarks in its long history of service, the most recent of which is celebrating 30 years as a member of the Master Plumbers Association of Queensland. The company specializes in traditional and thoroughly modern and sustainable solutions. M.A. Cross Plumbing is an expert in the triad of plumbing, drainage and roofing needs. Situations can encompass any or all of those three elements, all of which the company is well-trained to alleviate. The company’s specialists are also trained in Green Plumbers techniques for customer savings that reduce environmental impact encompassing solar and hot water systems, waste water management, and water audit assessments. When clients need a plumber Logan, they can count on M.A. Cross Plumbing for prompt service for emergencies that include plugged toilets that present a substantial health hazard, the repair of broken or leaky water pipes, and leaking water heaters. Damage from leaks often exists long before they’re discovered and can result in significant damage to multiple areas of a structure. The company’s services range from grey water and storm systems to water pumps. The company experts perform plumbing and drainage for renovations, new home construction, and commercial usage. The plumber in Logan is trained in roofing, guttering, leaf free gutter systems, and general maintenance of systems and services that can also affect basements and foundations. Systems can break down for any number of reasons and Michael Cross, owner of M.A. Cross Plumbing, has been responding to emergencies of all types for almost 40 years. Even ordinary water taps can present complicated problems. In many instances, repair requires more than a simple change out and can mean reworking of the setup. The plumber in Brisbane has established and maintained the high standards of excellence required to be a member of the Master Plumbers Association of Queensland for 30 years. The company offers free no-obligation quotes and is committed to providing modern, environmentally friendly solutions for residential and commercial projects in the Southern Suburbs of Brisbane. About M.A. Cross Plumbing Michael Cross is able to assist you with products and solutions that best fit your needs. We are fully qualified trades people and we are here to offer you sustainable solutions while delivering quality workmanship and expert advice. We’ve been a member of the Master Plumbers Association for 30 years. We were sponsors of the first Sustainable House Brisbane built at Seventeen Mile Rocks in 2007. The Dessert Queen & Goddess of Sustainable Fashion in MRSA 2020-01-25T03:25:37Z the-dessert-queen-amp-goddess-of-sustainable-fashion-in-mrsa We are so excited to have Lakshmi Gowda of Lakshmi Bee as our official and exclusive fashion designer who will dress up our gorgeous Miss Runway Supermodel Australia candidates in the upcoming Pre Finals night on the 1st of March 2020 at The Barnet Long Room Customs House.  Lakshmi Bee is a sustainable - Exclusive, Sustainable, Luxury Couture. Their mission is to create beauty from ashes healing the planet and people through fashion recreation. Creating hand tailored luxury pieces made from preexisting clothing, vintage creations, fabric off-cuts and scrap remnants. They want to help combat fast fashion by restoring the art of real fashion, back to the days of our true couturiers. The creations are living arts worn everyday, which you can take now your very own pieces of modern history. Lakshmi designs and creates this beautiful Haute Couture and Luxury Collections with her mum, Bee. And so, their label is "Lakshmi Bee". We can't wait to see our Miss Runway Supermodel Australia 2020 finalists to rock all her creative piece of arts on the runway. Tickets are sold from Sticky Tickets. Get yours now!  Website: www.missrunwaysupermodel.com New Disinfectant Stops Spread of Virus, Including Coronavirus Strain from China 2020-01-24T20:53:40Z new-disinfectant-stops-spread-of-virus-including-coronavirus-strain-from-china-1 Sydney, 25 Jan (ACN Newswire) - Australian researcher Steven Kritzler says his Evocide Extra disinfectant is able to stop the spread of virus, as in the present outbreak in Wuhan City, China. This new strain of Coronavirus is a SARS-like virus that has caused hundreds of infections in China, and has spread to Thailand, Japan and South Korea. Steven Kritzler of Novapharm Research (Aus) Pty Ltd "Both the Wuhan virus, known as 2019-nCoV, and SARS belong to the family of viruses known as Coronaviridae, which can be deactivated by many materials, such as Evocide Extra," says Kritzler, who is based at Novapharm Research near Sydney, and is a committee member of the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).Kritzler garnered attention at the Symposium on Advanced Infection Control in November when his Evocide Extra disinfectant formulation was presented. "Coronavirus is a type of enveloped virus -- a virus that develops viruses. My formulation can deactivate any virus, including enveloped and non-enveloped viruses.""Coronavirus is microscopic, hence face masks alone cannot effectively prevent spreading the virus. I suggest that the best way to protect from spreading the virus is to wash your hands regularly, for example when you touch the door handle. And remember to use the disinfectants in time," says Kritzler.Southern Cross, another formulation by Kritzler, are eco-friendly skin and hard surface disinfectant paper wipes that can deactivate viruses such as HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), hand-foot-mouth (EV71), influenza A (H1N1) and measles, and like Evocide can kill 99.999% of bacterial pathogens including super bacteria.The Chinese Spring Festival holiday begins later this week, increasing the risk of spread of the new virus. The holiday period typically sees hundreds of millions of Chinese traveling throughout the country and overseas. Australian Father Launches International Campaign To Bring His Abducted Children Home 2020-01-24T13:01:00Z australian-father-launches-international-campaign-to-bring-his-abducted-children-home-1 MEDIA RELEASE: AUSTRALIA - EMBARGOED: FRIDAY 24 JANUARY 2020 - MIDNIGHT AEDT +1100UTC:Australian Father Launches International Campaign To Bring His Abducted Children Home TODAY, in a desperate bid to rescue his two small children after a family holiday turned to disaster with the abduction and illegal retention of his children in Colombia; Australian father of two, Robert Clarke, has launched an Australia Day international appeal 'Help Bring My Children Home' for assistance from authorities and the public to help bring his two precious little Australians home.Grave fears are held for Mr Clarke’s son Benjamin (Benny) Clarke (4) and his baby daughter, Lucia (now 16 months) who were abducted and are being illegally retained by their Colombian mother Maria Nelly Yepez Oviedo and her family in Ipiales on the border of Colombia and Ecuador where corruption, violence and criminal activity are rife with travel warnings issued by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for the region.“I’m hoping the authorities and people from all corners of the globe will join me in my appeal for help from the President of the Republic of Colombia, Iván Duque Márquez and sign our petition calling on the President to honour the Colombian Government’s international responsibilities under The Hague Convention and expedite the immediate return of my two precious children to their habitual residence in the country of their birth, Australia,” Mr Clarke said.Robert Clarke, who hasn’t seen his children since February 2019 when he was forced to leave Colombia under threat to his personal safety, holds desperate fears for the well-being and safety of his two young children Benny and Lucia who have been the subject of an international legal battle to return them to Australia.Immediately following their abduction by their mother, Mr Clarke applied for the return of his children to Australia under the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction and the Australian Family Law (Child Abduction Convention) Regulations 1986.In the first Hague Convention case of Australian children being abducted and unlawfully retained in Colombia; to date the Colombian Government has failed to honour their agreement under The Hague Convention causing serious harm to young Benny and little Lucia as a result of their non-compliance placing their personal safety at risk while living in an environment where kidnapping, extortion and violence are an everyday occurrence. “When two countries are both Contracting States to the 1980 Hague Convention as both Australia and Colombia are, the procedure for the return of children to their home country is designed to be simple and swift to minimise the harm caused to children by their illegal retention by the offending parent,” said Mr Clarke.“However, what should have been a straight-forward legal process under The Hague Convention to return Benny and Lucia to Australia, the Colombian authorities (including the Colombian Central Authority) and the Colombian Judge Hernan Rodriguez Reina knowingly delayed proceedings in what appears to be an attempt to justify the illegal abduction and retention of Benny and Lucia by their mother in Colombia,” he said.After unprecedented delays, on 29 November 2019 the first hearing took place in Ipiales 9 months and 9 days (282 days) after the children’s unlawful abduction on 20 February 2019, and 8 months and 15 days after Robert, their father, filed his formal Application for the Return of The Children with the Australian Central Authority.On 5 December 2019, Colombian Judge Hernan Rodriguez Reina handed down his ruling and although he agreed that the children had been illegally retained by their mother (according to The Hague Convention), he failed to order their immediate return to the country of their birth and habitual residence asserting that “the children are now settled and should stay in Colombia as it would be harmful to the children for them to return them to Australia”.In February 2020, Robert Clarke and his Australian family have just one opportunity to appeal this decision.The lawyer for Mr Clarke said this deliberate delay of proceedings showed a complete lack of vigilance and failure in the execution of the six-week limit to order the return of the children to the country of their birth which is in direct contravention of the fundamental principles of The Hague Convention. “The children’s retention is wrongful and the Colombian Government has an international obligation to preserve the safety and well-being of these two little Australians and expedite their immediate return to the country of their birth and habitual residence in Australia,” said Fernando J Herrera Ramirez.The ruling by Judge Hernan Rodriguez Reina is a direct breach of the principles of The Hague Convention that clearly maintains: “Where a child has been wrongfully removed or retained in terms of Article 3 and, at the date of the commencement of the proceedings before the judicial or administrative authority of the Contracting State where the child is, a period of less than one year has elapsed from the date of the wrongful removal or retention, the authority concerned shall order the return of the child forthwith.”“My children are living with their mother in the home of Mrs. Oviedo Heurtas (the maternal grandmother) who is a convicted criminal serving four (4) years home detention for crimes committed in Colombia and who shows little respect for the law and authority in a community where crime and violence are accepted as a part of everyday life. “The longer Benny and Lucia remain in Colombia, the more they are being emotionally and mentally harmed as a result of their illegal retention, while the risks to their safety increases daily in a country ranked 5th in the world for violent deaths by the World Health Organisation (WHO),” Mr Clarke said.With statistics released in 2017 showing that Colombia had 23,530 violent deaths (the second leading cause of death in Colombia) compared to Australia’s 224, Mr Clarke and his Australian family are living in constant fear for the safety of their two precious little Australians.“Every day Benny and Lucia remain in Colombia, I fear for their safety and well-being. I worry about the values and dangers they are exposed to. I worry about the emotional harm being inflicted on them. I worry that every day they are there, their Australian culture, their birthright, is being erased and that soon I will come to mean nothing to my beautiful children. I worry that the laughs, hugs, lessons and values I shared with them will be erased by a narrative being told to them that is untrue – that I abandoned them. I can already feel this happening.“The longer this goes on, the greater the harm caused to my precious children who have the right to live and grow up happy and safe in the country of their birth with all the privileges that being an Australian citizen affords.“I hope people will add their voices to my pleas to the President of the Republic of Colombia, Iván Duque Márquez and sign the petition to help bring my children home.” Mr Clarke said.To learn more about Robert Clarke’s plea to President Iván Duque Márquez to help bring his children home and how you can help, sign and share our petition, please visit: HelpBringMyChildrenHome.com or Follow us on Facebook.#HelpBringMyChildrenHome #HagueConvention #BennyandLuciaClarke #SignPetition-ENDS-MEDIA REQUESTS: https://helpbringmychildrenhome.com/media/ PETITION: https://helpbringmychildrenhome.com/sign OR http://chng.it/vC2b9y6SSN Youtube Channel: Various video including footage of Rob with the children, interviews with Rob, his mother Dr Alison Clarke and his sister Dr Emily Clarke. ***HELP BRING MY CHILDREN HOME CAMPAIGN JOURNALIST NOTESThe aim of Robert Clarke and his Australian family’s campaign is to attract global media attention on the illegal abduction and retention of Benny and Lucia Clarke under The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. A key focus of the campaign is to draw international attention to the failure on the part of the Colombian Government to honour their agreement under The Hague Convention and publicly reveal the harm being caused to young Benny and Lucia as a result of Colombia’s non-compliance. How can people help? People are invited to sign and share our petition across social media channels, write to President of the Republic of Colombia, Iván Duque Márquez the Australian Prime Minister and other high ranking officials asking for their support to bring Benny and Lucia home and print posters from our website to increase awareness of Benny and Lucia’s plight.For more details on how you can help please visit our website here: HelpBringMyChildrenHome.comTHE ABDUCTION AND ILLEGAL RETENTION OF AUSTRALIAN CHILDREN, BENNY & LUCIA CLARKE IN COLOMBIARobert Clarke is the father of two Australian born children, Benny (4 years) and Lucia (16 months) Clarke.Their Colombian mother Maria Yepez Oviedo, has lived in Australia since 2013 and is a permanent resident.Both children were born in Melbourne, Australia: Benny April 3rd 2015 and Lucia September 18th 2018.Benny and Lucia are both Australian citizens and hold Australian passports.Both children had resided in Australia from birth prior to being abducted and unlawfully retained in Colombia.On 20 February 2019, while on a family holiday, Benny and Lucia were illegally retained in Colombia by Maria and her family. Robert has not seen his children since.On 12 March 2019, Robert commenced legal proceedings under The Hague Convention to have his children returned to the country of their birth.On 20 December 2019, the Colombian judge ruled the Clarke Children had been illegally retained in Colombia but failed to rule that they be returned home to Australia.This ruling by Judge Hernan Rodriguez Reina in Ipiales Colombia, is in breach of The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.In February 2020, Robert Clarke and his Australian family have just one opportunity to appeal this decision.COLOMBIAN GOVERNMENT FAILS TO MEET OBLIGATIONS OF THE HAGUE CONVENTIONThe Hague Convention exists for the purpose of protecting children from the harmful effects of cross-border abductions (and wrongful retentions) by providing a procedure designed to bring about the prompt return of such children to the State of their habitual residence.Benny and Lucia Clarke are the first Hague Convention case of Australian children being abducted and wrongfully retained in Colombia.With many Colombian citizens living in Australia, this case will set a precedent for others that may follow so it is vital that the Colombian Government fulfil their obligations under The Hague Convention.Robert Clarke, his family with the support of the Australian Central Authority have consistently and rigorously undertaken every legal avenue possible to have his Australian born children returned to the country of their birth under the Hague Convention. However, contrary to the principles of The Hague Convention “to expedite the process”, the Colombian Government has failed to meet its obligations as an Admitted State to The Hague Agreement.The Colombian Central Authority (ICBF) and the Colombian Judge Hernan Rodriguez Reina deliberately delayed proceedings showing a complete lack of vigilance and failure in the execution of the six-week limit as determined by The Hague Convention to order the return of the children to the country of their birth. This delay obstructed compliance with The Hague Convention; the effects and consequences of which are both human and international in nature and in direct contravention of the principles of The Hague Convention.KEY FACTS - BENNY AND LUCIA CLARKE’S ABDUCTION & ILLEGAL RETENTION IN COLOMBIA Benjamin (Benny) Murray Clarke (4 years) and Lucia Marie Clarke (16 months) were both born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Both are Australian citizens and hold Australian passports.On 20 February 2019 (the family’s scheduled return date to Australia following a holiday in Colombia), Maria Nelly Yepez Oviedo (the children’s Colombian mother) abducted Benny and Lucia and illegally retained them in Ipiales, Nariño in the home of Maria’s mother, Mrs Irma Oviedo who is serving a 4-year home detention sentence for crimes she committed in Colombia.There was no agreement on the part of Robert Murray Clarke, the Australian father of Benny and Lucia Clarke, for his children to remain in, or relocate to Colombia.The children’s retention is wrongful under The Hague Convention and the Australian Family Law (Child Abduction Convention) Regulations 1986.Australia and Colombia are both Contracting States to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.On 12 March 2019 (20 days after the children were wrongfully abducted and retained in Colombia by their mother), Robert commenced legal proceedings through the Australian Central Authority (ACA) and filed an Application for the Return of Children in accordance with the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Children Abduction for the Return of Children Wrongfully Removed from or Retained outside Australia.This is the first Hague Convention case of Australian children being abducted and unlawfully retained in Colombia.On 16 April 2019, the ICBF in Bogota received Australia’s fully translated complete Hague application (less than 2 months after the illegal retention).On 31 May 2019, the ICBF Ipiales completed its investigations and Maria (the mother) refused the voluntary return of the Australian born and raised children, Benny and Lucia Clarke.The ICBF has consistently been extremely slow and frequently unresponsive to the ACA's requests and inquiries, with the ACA required to ask to the Australian Embassy to intervene to achieve any responses from the ICBF regarding court orders.The ICBF delayed sending Colombian court orders to ACA despite knowing that these orders had to be translated by the ACA before they could be understood and acted on. The ICBF should have been liaising with the Colombian Court to facilitate judicial proceedings.The ICBF failed to provide a complete copy of the court order.Despite repeated requests to have access to a copy of the mother’s statement to the court (Maria's affidavit – Doc ID - E301201 Dated 31/5/19) this document has not been supplied providing the children’s father with no opportunity to see the mother’s statement to enable a detailed and accurate account of the matter to be submitted to court.The sudden refusal of all the dates originally proposed by Judge Hernan Rodriguez Reina for hearings in October came just 1-2 days after successful video linkup testing occurred raising unanswered questions.No court hearing was held until 29 November 2019. A six month delay.Concerns for the children’s welfare and safety are paramount. Benny and Lucia are the only known Australians currently residing in Ipiales - A Spanish speaking town on the border of Colombia and Ecuador where the children are at risk of serious harm as a result of their abduction and unlawful retention in Colombia.The children’s father, Robert and their extended Australian family (Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles) fear for the children’s safety and for the loss of the children’s Australian identity, culture and heritage.Studies on the harm caused to children who are illegally abducted and retained by a parent in another country show long-lasting and very significant harm in terms of their mental health, and that these effects are ongoing into adulthood continuing for many years after their abduction.The children are also at risk of physical harm due to the culture of the community where they have been illegally retained.The Colombian Central Authority (ICBF) the Colombian Court and Judge Hernan Rodriguez Reina have deliberately and knowingly delayed court proceedings in an attempt to justify the illegal abduction and retention of Benny and Lucia Clarke by their mother in Colombia.To date, the Colombian Government has failed to honour their agreement under The Hague Convention which has caused grave harm to young Benny and little Lucia as a result of their non-compliance.The unlawful retention of Benny and Lucia and the Colombian authorities’ failure to return the children to the place of their birth and habitual residence in Australia, is in serious breach of The Hague Convention created for the purpose of child protection.According to The Hague Convention, Benny and Lucia Clarke must be immediately returned to the country of their birth, Australia to preserve their safety and well-being.It is hoped that the Colombian authorities will honour their commitment to the principles of The Hague Convention and immediately return the children to their habitual residence in Australia.THE PENALTY FOR COLOMBIA’S FAILURE TO ADHERE TO THE PRINCIPLES OF THE HAGUE CONVENTIONAustralia and Colombia are both Contracting States to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. Given the serious nature of Colombia’s non-compliance to the principles of The Hague Convention in the case of Benjamin and Lucia Clarke; should the Colombian Government fail to rectify their non-compliance and act promptly to correct this breach by ordering the immediate return of the children to their home State of Australia, there will be calls for their removal as a Contracting State to The Hague Convention.BENNY & LUCIA ARE AT GRAVE RISK OF SERIOUS HARM BY REMAINING IN COLOMBIAEVIDENCE OF HARM BEING CAUSED TO BENNY AND LUCIA CLARKECourt documents put before Judge Hernan Rodriguez Reina on 24 May 2019 demonstrate the psychological harm being caused to Benny and Lucia as a result of their abduction and wrongful retention by their mother in Colombia.Having a child returned to the parent left behind can be relatively straightforward when the other country is a signatory to the Hague Convention. However, when a country breaches the principles of The Hague Convention as Colombia has done in this case, serious long-term harm is known to be caused to the victims of wrongful retention – the children.Since Benny and Lucia were abducted and retained in Colombia by Maria (their mother) and her family, the harm already perpetrated on these precious two little Australians, Benny and Lucia, has been extensive.Benny and Lucia have been deprived of:Access to their father who has parental responsibility and rights.Meaningful parenting by their father who has played a loving and attentive role in their lives.Their Australian culture and language.The comforts of their home and neighbourhood where they were born and raised.Significant loving relationships with grandparents, aunts and uncle etc., their beloved cousin Samantha and their little friends, their toys, Benny’s dog Nacho and their loving Australian family.Access to their Australian family through phone and video contact to eradicate their memories of home.Significantly, they have been deprived of their Australian way of life, their heritage, their birthright and all the opportunities Australia has to offer them.STUDIES ON HARM TO CHILDREN ILLEGALLY ABDUCTED & RETAINED BY A PARENTOf the studies conducted into the extent of psychological harm caused to children when abducted and illegally retained by a parent, the most comprehensive study into the long-term effects of international child abduction found more than 70 per cent of the children involved reported suffering significant effects on their mental health.Overall, the studies and reports refer to child abduction by a parent as ‘child abuse’. DR MARILYN FREEMAN - PARENTAL CHILD ABDUCTION: THE LONG TERM EFFECTS - 2014British researcher and family law specialist Dr Marilyn Freeman conducted the study which determined that children who had been abducted spoke repeatedly about their confusion, feelings of shame, self-hate, loneliness and insecurity. The study found that a high proportion of the participants reported suffering very significant effects from their abductions in terms of their mental health, and that these effects were ongoing into their adult lives very many years after the abduction.The study concluded more must be done to protect children from parental abduction and its effects.Freeman, M. (2014) Parental Child Abduction: The Long Term Effects. International Centre for Family Law, Policy, and Practice. http://childcentre.info/public/PROTECT/Research_report_web_1.12.14_R.pdfAdditional studies that demonstrate the harm perpetrated on children abducted by a parent include:DR LENORE C TERR - CHILD SNATCHING: A NEW EPIDEMIC OF AN ANCIENT MALADY - 1983Terr, L. (1983) Child Snatching: A new epidemic of an ancient malady. Journal of Paediatrics. 103(1). 151-156https://scholar.google.com.au/scholar?q=Terr,+L.+(1983)+Child+Snatching:+A+new+epidemic+of+an+ancient+malady.+Journal+of+Paediatrics.&hl=en&as_sdt=0&as_vis=1&oi=scholartDR NANCY FAULKNER PhD – PARENTAL ABDUCTION IS CHILD ABUSE - 1999https://canadiancrc.com/Nancy_Faulkner_Parental_abduction_is_child_abuse_1999.aspxDr Dorothy S. Huntington PhD - PARENTAL KIDNAPPING: A NEW FORM OF CHILD ABUSE - 1982Huntington, DS (1984) Parental Kidnapping: A New Form of Child Abusehttp://takeroot.org/ee/pdf_files/library/Huntington_1982.pdf BENNY AND LUCIA – THEIR PERSONAL SAFETY IS AT RISK IN COLOMBIAThe reporting by the international media of the ongoing violence, corruption and illegal activity; and, the high number of road deaths in Colombia has emphasised the terrible risks to Benny and Lucia’s personal safety which is of grave concern to their father, their family and to Australia as a whole. The statistics published by the World Health Organisation (WHO) relating to road deaths and deaths by violence provide clear evidence that both Benny and Lucia Clarke’s safety is at risk in Colombia and that they should be immediately returned home to the country of their birth, Australia.ROAD DEATHS IN COLOMBIA COMPARED TO AUSTRALIAMaria and her family in Ipiales do not own or use child car safety restraints. Maria and her Mother, Irma Oviedo Heurtas both hold baby Lucia in their arms when being driven. Adult seat belts are seldom used even if available.According to divs released in 2017 by the WHO :Colombia had 605% more road fatalities (9133) compared to Australia (1295) with a 328% increase in ‘risk of death’ by road accident.Colombian road fatalities accounted for 4.28% of total deaths or 18.82 deaths per 100,000 head of population) compared to Australia which had road fatalities accounting for 1% of total deaths or 4.94 deaths per 100,000 head of population.Death caused by Road Traffic Accidents is the 7th leading cause of death in Colombia compared to Australia which is ranked 18th.NOTE: Although Mrs. Oviedo Heurtas is a convicted criminal sentenced to 4 years home detention, prior to receiving any work permission, she has openly left her house and travelled with Maria and the children demonstrating her lack of respect for the legal process. Evidence of this breach has been provided to Fernando Montenegro at INPEC Ipiales. To date nothing has been done. VIOLENCE IN COLOMBIA COMPARED TO AUSTRALIAAccording to divs released in 2017 by the WHO :Colombia had 23,530 violent deaths compared to Australia’s 224; equating to 10,405% more deaths due to violence in Colombia Vs AustraliaViolence is the second highest cause of death in Colombia with 47.07 people per 100,000 head of population dying violently. Compared to Australia where death by violence is ranked 41 with 0.92 people per 100,000 head of population dying violently.Globally, Colombia is Ranked 5th for Violent Death compared to Australia who ranks 166. THE HIGH RATE OF CRIME & VIOLENCE IN COLOMBIAOverall, Ipiales has a high crime rate making it an unsafe place for Benny and Lucia to live compared to their home in Australia. In Ipiales robberies are common place. Mobile phones are not used on the street and cars are never left on the street overnight. Houses have security bars and suburbs pay for their own security guards, etc. There has been both paramilitary and FARC presence in this community.The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) have issued a travel warning for Australian’s travelling to Colombia advising “to exercise a high degree of caution”.This travel warning was taken seriously by representatives of the Australian government who felt it was unsafe to travel to Ipiales for the hearings into the abduction and illegal retention of Benny and Lucia Clarke.SEE LINK TO DFAT - https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/destinations/americas/colombia THE RISKS OF PERSONAL DANGER TO BENNY & LUCIA ARE EXTREMELY CLOSEThe children’s maternal grandfather, Jairo Miguel Yepez Ponce, a business man in Ipiales has been a victim of extortion and a bombing attack that destroyed the entry to his home. Mr Yepez Ponce used a friend in the Police to investigate and found that the man behind the attack was one of Mr Yepez Ponce ex business partners.Benny and Lucia spend significant time at Mr Yepez Ponce home increasing the risks to their personal safety. KIDNAPPING & EXTORTION IN COLOMBIA – GRAVE FEARS ARE HELD FOR BENNY & LUCIA’S SAFETYThere are profound fears that Benny and Lucia (the only Australian children living in Ipiales) will become targets for kidnap and extortion.Kidnapping and extortion is a grave risk in Colombia. On New Year’s Eve (2015/16) Carlos Julio Bravo (a friend of Maria’s) was travelling between Ipiales and Pupiales (about 10 kilometres away) when he was kidnapped and held for ransom. The local kidnappers tried to extort $900KAUD (approximately) from the young man’s wealthy father. When the police launched a rescue operation, Carlos Julio Bravo was killed.Articles relating to the kidnapping and death of Carlos Julio Bravo include:https://diariodelsur.com.co/noticias/judicial/alias-troilo-fue-detenido-por-el-secuestro-de-carlos-julio-b-404944https://www.radioipiales.co/2016/02/en-frustrado-operativo-de-rescate-murio-carlos-julio-bravo/https://noticias.canalrcn.com/nacional-regiones-pacifico/comerciante-secuestrado-narino-murio-durante-operativo-rescate COLOMBIAN MOTHER ALIENATES BENNY & LUCIA FROM AUSTRALIAN FATHER, THEIR FAMILY, CULTURE & THE LAND OF THEIR BIRTHMaria Yepez Oviedo, mother of the children and her family have taken significant steps to alienate the children from their father, their Australian heritage and their large Australian family who have loved and cared for them from the moment they were born.Maria has consistently denied Benny and Lucia contact with their loving Australian family and failed to provide photographs of the children (for six months) to Benny and Lucia’s grandparents.There is a great deal of evidence that substantiates Robert’s assertions that Maria and her family are actively alienating Benny and Lucia from their Australian father, their family, their culture and heritage.DR ALISON CLARKE (BENNY & LUCIA’S PATERNAL GRANDMOTHER) WAS DENIED ACCESS TO THE CHILDRENFor seven-and-a-half months (7.5), Dr Alison Clarke (Benny and Lucia’s Australian grandmother) has consistently tried to speak with her beloved grandchildren making 52 voice phone calls to Maria. These calls were unanswered or declined. 4 calls were answered – 3 calls in March (9, 14 and 21 of March 2019) and 1 call on 2 November 2019.SAM CLARKE (BENNY & LUCIA’S UNCLE) WAS DENIED ACCESS TO THE CHILDRENBenny and Lucia’s paternal Australian uncle Sam, and the father of Benny’s much loved cousin Samantha has made seven (7) video calls to Maria in the hope of speaking with Benny and Lucia and so little Samantha can speak with her best little mate, Benny. Maria has never answered or returned those calls. Sam also sent two messages via WhatsApp pleading with Maria to allow them to speak with Benny and Lucia. Maria did not respond.DR EMILY CLARKE (BENNY & LUCIA’S AUNT) WAS DENIED ACCESS TO THE CHILDRENBenny and Lucia’s paternal Australian aunt, Dr Emily Clarke has made 23 calls to Maria in the hope of speaking with Benny and Lucia. Of these, Maria ignored or missed 19 calls, answered 4 calls, and returned Emily’s calls 4 times.ROBERT CLARKE – FATHER’S ONLY CONTACT WITH HIS CHILDREN – LONG DISTANCE PHONE CALLSBetween 22 February 2019 (the date Robert was forced to return to Australia) and 18 August 2019, Robert has spoken with his children Benny and Lucia 110 times. The average length of Robert’s phone calls was 35 minutes, with the longest being 1.04 hours. During these calls, Benny showed distress that he was being retained in Colombia away from his father and Australian family. He desperately wanted his “Daddy”.When the court hearing commenced, Robert’s contact with his beloved children was thwarted when Maria stopped taking Roberts calls, cutting off all access and communication between father and son.The last time Maria allowed Robert to speak with his children was 3 January 2020Daily, Robert continued to try and speak with his son but he’d been blocked by Maria and her family.Maria and her parents also blocked the children’s Australian family (Emily, Murray, Alison and Sam) on WhatsApp and other social media applications – effectively blocking their ability to communicate with Benny and Lucia and alienating the children even further from their homeland.After Robert’s many appeals to Maria to be allowed to speak with Benny, Maria told Robert that she would only permit him to speak with Benny if he sent her a phone and a sim card with pre-paid data.Robert is arranging for a phone and sim card in the hope that Maria will allow him to speak with Benny. However, based on Maria’s previous actions it is believed that she will continue to deny father and son to maintain their close-knit bond. MOTHER REPORTS FALSE & MISLEADING INFORMATION TO THE COURTAs part of the court process, the court ordered two reports be prepared: Psychological Assessment Report, Social Worker Report.These two poorly researched and written reports were presented as evidence to Judge Hernan Rodriguez Reina (Reports dated 20 May 2019 and 24 May 2019). However, the people involved in preparing these reports failed to conduct adequate research to verify the facts including interviewing Robert, (the father). This incompetent reporting resulted with conclusions based solely on the view of Maria (the mother) which contained many untruths with the reports strongly biasing the opinion of the Judge to rule in favour of the mother. THE REPORTS SHOULD BE DISCREDITED & INADMISSIBLE TO THE COURTThe information provided in those reports appears to be ‘tailored’ and provides a large number of false accounts and accusations made by Maria including: In regard to the social conditions in which Benny and Lucia are being wrongfully retained.The report fails to include mention that the Australian children are living with a convicted criminal (the maternal grandmother) who is serving four (4) years home detention for crimes committed in Colombia. This woman is not financially well resourced having limited capacity to provide an appropriate environment for the children, now or in the future.https://www.fiscalia.gov.co/colombia/noticias/fiscalia-imputo-cargos-por-peculado-a-extesorera-del-municipio-de-ipiales-narino/The psychological assessment and conclusions in the report are drawn on the basis of minimal examination during a single visit for a limited period of time.This report is based primarily on the view of the mother reporting an extensive number of untruths and ignoring substantiated evidence. This includes failing to acknowledge the loving and caring relationship shared between Robert and his children from the moment of their birth in AustraliaThe report also fails to acknowledge that the care and raising of the children was shared equally by their father from birth until the mother wrongfully abducted and illegally retained Benny and Lucia in Colombia.The report is based on untruths and false assertions throughout including Maria’s claim that Robert abandoned her when he travelled to Cali in preparation for his brother’s wedding. This is easily proven to be untrue. The airline tickets purchased by Robert for Maria and the children to fly to meet him for the wedding verify this fact. Maria unilaterally chose to remain in Ipiales with the children (as per evidence given by Irma Lucy Oviedo Huertas in court) to action her premediated plan to illegally abduct and retain the children in Colombia.By providing misinformation Maria is perpetrating untruths to the court to substantiate her wrongfully retention of Benny and Lucia in Colombia which is causing serious and long-term psychological harm to the children.The psychologist who prepared the report has failed in his duty of care to undertake appropriate investigations assuming that everything Maria has told him is true and correct and failed to take an appropriate clinical perspective and conduct an interview with Robert. It appears that the psychologist has not considered the case appropriately having failed to investigate if the claims made by Maria (included in his report) are truthful; and significantly, has failed to consider possible alternate reasons behind these claims including Narcissistic Personality Disorder.Narcissistic Personality Disorder is the working diagnosis of Maria’s psychologist in Melbourne, on the basis of repeated consultations (as per Point 16 of Rob’s Reply Affidavit dated 13 August 2019). Narcissistic Personality Disorder is characterised by lying, manipulation, a lack of empathy, sense of entitlement, lack of guilt and relationship difficulties. THE CHILDREN’S MOTHER’S FURTHER MISREPRESENTATION OF TRUTHUnder instructions from his client, Maria’s lawyer stated in court that Dr Alison Clarke (the Australian grandmother) was unable to help Maria care for the children because she needed to care for her invalid husband. This is untrue. Dr Murray Clarke is fit and well. Dr Murray Clarke continues to undertake numerous physical activities including extensive hiking and bike riding. Maria is aware that both paternal grandparents enjoy an active retirement. In January 2019, Murray and Alison completed a 4 day hike to Cuidad Perdida in Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia and a 9 day hike in Patagonia, Chile. Medical reports of the health and fitness of the paternal grandparents have not been requested by Judge Hernan Rodriguez Reina. Medical reports can be provided to the court to refute this assertion made by Maria in an attempt to support her illegal retention of the children in Colombia.SOCIAL WORKER REPORT – EDIT MARIELA CARDENAS ROSASIn the psychological assessment report submitted to Judge Hernan Rodriguez Reina on 24 May 2019, it states:Page 17: Under Conclusions and Recommendations, “Taking the foregoing into we recommend this for the divs of authority and affection: Encourage the parties to carry out the voluntary return of the children in order not to produce major trauma”Page 10: “We are told by the person in charge of the Goticas de Colores kindergarten that he (Benny) has been losing his identity as, initially, he would speak English and would show different cultural manifestations.” And, “At the beginning there were difficulties with the changes in the different environments, but because of the boy’s age there were no major difficulties”.It is evident that on his return to Australia, Benny will experience few difficulties in becoming happily settled in the environment in which he was born and raised and where he shares loving relationships with his father, his cousin Samantha (of the same age), his grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends, and where he was to attended pre-school with a number of his little Australian friends. THE DESTRUCTION OF BENNY AND LUCIA’S AUSTRALIAN IDENTITY, CULTURE & HERITAGEWhile growing up in Australia, Robert and his family consistently encouraged the children’s family connection to the Colombian culture. However, while they continue to be illegally retained in Colombia, Maria and her family are actively discouraging the children’s connection to Australia, their family and their heritage.In accordance with the principles of The Hague Convention, Benny and Lucia Clarke must be returned to Australia. While they remain in Colombia, the continuing harm caused to the children is extensive and includes their loss of identity as Australian citizens – the loss of their birthright.Benjamin (Benny) Clarke was born in April 2015. Lucia Clarke was born in September 2018. Both were born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.Both Benny and Lucia are Australian citizens by birth and hold Australian passports.Robert encouraged the children’s Colombian heritage and Benny would communicate with his relatives in Colombia via skype or WhatsApp daily.Robert and his Australian family learned to speak Spanish to encourage the children’s Latino culture.Annually, the family would travel to Colombia for lengthy periods to nurture the children’s relationship with Maria’s family and their Colombian heritage.Australia has been the habitual residence of both children prior to being abducted and unlawfully retained in Colombia by their mother, Maria and her family.Where the children are being illegally held in Ipiales, there is zero Australian culture. Apart from Benny and Lucia, Robert believes not another single Australian lives there. In Ipiales there is zero connection to the culture of their birth in Australia; while a life in Melbourne allows connection to their Colombian culture. On their return to Australia, Benny and Lucia will have the opportunity to maintain their Australian culture while enjoying the culture of Colombia.Melbourne has routinely been rated as the World’s most liveable city providing the children with a beautiful, peaceful and safe community where they can freely play, grow and be educated.In Melbourne there are approximately 10,000 expat Colombians and many more thousands of Latinos from other South American countries. Melbourne features 4 Colombian restaurants, Colombian/Latino night clubs and a South American grocery store that stocks Colombian items. There are regular Colombian social events and Colombian entertainers have toured Melbourne. 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For example, you can use a ready-to-design template or convert a PSD image into a HTML file to create a design for your site. But you should know what design attracts the targeted audiences. The agency working on your site needs doing an in-depth study of expectations of your customers. The second important thing about a site is its ability to boost credibility of your business. You can promote the site with the help of digital marketing that involves search engine optimization and social media. But its design and presentation can also help in brand building in the long run.  “Impressed with the design, they would come to your site again and again and promote your site by word of mouth. In addition to being attractive, the design should reflect the business in letter and spirit. Whenever your website visitors think of the business you do, they should recall your site”, the agency owner said. The third important factor of web designing is user experience. Visitors would want to come back to your site again and again, if they get enhanced user experience. They shouldn’t find any difficulty or hassle in exploring your site and drawing information about your business.  Your site should have all necessary features like fast downloading and mobile optimization. If your site downloads quickly and decently on all browsers, the visitors would be happy to visit your site. Also, they will be able to visit your mobile-optimized site on their Smartphones and tabs.  Enhanced user experience would provide the visitors a reason to visit your site. Whenever they need information about the business you are doing, they will first visit your site. In other words, they will give you an opportunity to make profit. If you can fulfil their needs, you can make profit.  “Each visitor would rate your site according to his experience. But your website should be able to fulfil needs of every visitor. It is possible, if your site is designed in the best possible way”, the owner of web design company maintained. Content is also an important factor to consider. You can take content to be voice of your site. And for this reason, you need to be very careful about content selection and publication. It has to be interesting and error free. Your website would do a better job, if it is professionally designed by an experienced web design company like ours. Why do you need to seek Commercial Pest Control Services? 2020-01-24T06:25:36Z why-do-you-need-to-seek-commercial-pest-control-services The commercial business like the restaurant has more chance of pest growth as like humans they also like to eat food. And that’s the reason before it gets late and creates arises is essential to hire professional Pest Control Adelaide services to keep the area clean and hygienic. You know how Commerical business should have an excellent reputation to stand firm and alive among competitors.  Why do you need to seek Commercial Pest Control Services? Reputation is everything when it comes to business because, without it, there’s no meaning of doing business. Having growth or presence of the pest in the premise can set the wrong image in your client's mind, and that’s the reason that can demotivate others about you and your brand, which is nothing but a less reputation. Hence, having pest and Termite Control by time is essential to keep the place hygienic and client happy. The second and foremost thing you need to seek pest control services is a healthy environment. You never like to offer an unhygienic place to your client as it can set the wrong image in their mind and especially in case of new and potential clients and that’s why having professional pest control service is ease to keep healthy environment and offer a good place as it helps you to increase the leads. A successful business is a game of winning hard battle among competitors, whether small or big. You cannot give access to your competitors to win by lowering oneself, and that’s why to stand strong it essential to have a good image and that you can avail easily by representing brand blast. You know some commercial business owner impress their client by offering appealing space, and that’s why commercial pest control service is necessary. Pest Control Adelaide Services – “Ensure Healthy Environment for Restaurant.” As above said restaurant have the major problem of pest growth just because of the wasted food and that’s the reason create problem in environment. You know it’s tough to live in unhealthy environment as bad smell and unhealthy air can create problem in health and that’s why having such services are beneficial. Bathroom and kitchen are the main areas where pest grows tremendously, and that’s why pest control service clean such area to execute complete removal. Hence, you will get a healthy and fresh environment which help you to get peace mind. Bottom Lines!! Is your restaurant have growth of pest? Then hire Pest Control Adelaide services and get a clean and fresh environment. Also, get advice from professionals to keep the restaurant clean all the time. Downsize and Enjoy Living Independently at Tabulam & Templer Homes for the Aged 2020-01-24T05:58:31Z downsize-and-enjoy-living-independently-at-tabulam-amp-templer-homes-for-the-aged Sitting down with an elderly loved one to discuss their care needs and the possibility of an aged care facility can be a challenging and emotional experience. The thought of leaving home can be overwhelming for someone who has lived there almost all their life, so it's important to approach the situation with care, and be prepared with research and an understanding of the type of care they may need. Tabulam & Templer Homes for the Aged (TTHA) can offer support whether it be permanent or for a short period of time known as residential respite. Whether clients need assistance because of an illness, disability or emergency, the TTHA team can help with independent living. At TTHA, residents can downsize and enjoy living independently without worrying about household maintenance and repairs. All their units are fully equipped with an emergency call system and as care needs increase, they can provide further assistance ensuring clients continue to live comfortably. TTHA’s independent living unit (ILU) residents have had a great year enjoying fantastic events and entertainment. The ILU activities group is a real asset to the community, meeting monthly for outings and providing a wonderful community atmosphere and opportunities for friendships. For example, their annual TTHA ‘Weihnachtsmarkt’ German Christmas Market held on 24th November was another fantastic year with over 4000 people visiting the stalls. With more than 70 stalls and a variety of unique and handcrafted Christmas items the visitors were treated to a smorgasbord of delights. There was delicious food, entertainment and a great array of activities for the children. TTHA residents are also busy with activities including the mobile library, pet therapy sessions, residents’ outings and choirs. TTHA is a pet friendly residency.   Tabulam & Templer Homes for the Aged can be contacted on 03 8720 1333 or ttha@ttha.org.au. For more information, visit https://ttha.org.au/ New Year’s Tips From Bookabin Australia 2020-01-24T05:51:29Z new-year-s-tips-from-bookabin-australia However, before you go ahead and book a skip and before you throw everything into the skip, think about whether it is recyclable. There is sure to be a large percentage of your holiday rubbish that can be sorted, such as bottles, cans, paper and cardboard, and if you have a compost bin, all the better to take care of all your leftover food. Some organisations will even take away items for free! For skip bin hire and rubbish removal, BookaBin has a range of suppliers offering bin hire services in all major areas including Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Brisbane and Perth. Bookabin have a few more friendly tips this summer. While the weather is so warm, with longer hours of daylight, how about organising your community to give your local school, college, community hall or sports club a good clean-up? It’s a great way to give back to your local community and bring people together, and afterwards you can always invite everyone back for a prawn on the barbie and a beer and make some new friends! Bookabin also have an answer to the question, “How do you stop other people from using your skip bin”? They advise lighting up the skip with a security light or motion sensitive light, and covering your skip with a tarpaulin to stop those after dark skip raiders! Also, if possible, have your skip located in your driveway, or even better, get in first! Filling your skip up quickly can be a very effective deterrent. Finally, if you require your skip bin to be placed on concrete there is a chance that it may leave a stain behind or scrape your concrete. The best practice is to cover the concrete with a tarp or piece of plywood measuring at least 4.2m long x 1.8m wide (for a 9m skip). Bookabin have a national database of skip bin supplier rates, allowing you to order a skip bin online at the most competitive price in Australia, so when you’ve finished your recycling you can order a skip at www.bookabin.com.au and for more information on please go to the website. Design High Impact Campaigns with Brand Representatives from Promo People 2020-01-24T04:15:53Z design-high-impact-campaigns-with-brand-representatives-from-promo-people Businesses that need a brand ambassador at their next event will find marketing company Promo People has a large pool of qualified staff that can spread brand awareness to create a customer database, generate leads, and build relationships with potential customers. These brand representatives are outgoing, approachable, organised and detail-driven and are trained marketing professionals. Promo People has been working alongside brands and agencies in Australia providing promotional and event staffing, event support as well as a range of brand activation services.  Brand representatives are the ideal medium to communicate the message in a personal and timely manner while creating an emotional connection between the brand and the consumer. Businesses that sell products will need representatives that are knowledgeable about them. Promo People has brand ambassadors that work in teams alternating at different places and events, ensuring they get the experience and become knowledgeable about the product, pricing, and benefits. With their training these brand ambassadors are able to quickly learn what needs to be known about the product making them the perfect candidate if the product requires a demonstration or significant customer education for a sale. These brand representatives are effective in generating word-of-mouth opportunities. To maximise opportunities it is essential that the potential audience learns quickly about the brand. In order to achieve exposure these brand representatives provide the perfect opportunities for face-to-face interaction. To gain consumer confidence, these representatives can explain what the business does best, exhibit these product’s features through a demonstration or sample, and effectively embody the brand’s image.   Brand representatives from Promo People can manifest the businesses’ values and image by wearing company uniforms and costumes. Brand ambassadors are perfect for product launches and for new marketing campaigns. They can generate new leads, distribute marketing materials, and interact directly with people in busy outdoor environments. Approaching potential customers in high-traffic areas such as shopping malls or train stations can be intimidating. However, brand ambassadors from Promo People are highly experienced in working in busy outdoor environments, making them perfect for material distribution and lead generation. For more information: https://www.promopeople.com.au/ Australia’s leading cryptocurrency exchange launches in Singapore 2020-01-24T04:09:02Z australia-s-leading-cryptocurrency-exchange-launches-in-singapore Following a succession of strategic partnerships and business growth in 2019, Independent Reserve has today announced it has expanded its services to Singapore. Singapore residents will be able to buy, trade and hold digital currencies through Independent Reserve’s platform. Founded in 2013, the exchange is a pro-regulation platform with the highest levels of security.  Having an already strong presence in Australia and New Zealand, including over 120,000 customers and around 8,000 self-managed super funds (SMSFs), Adrian Przelozny, CEO and founder of Independent Reserve, said he was pleased to be able to offer the platform’s proven, tested and refined services to a wider audience in APAC. “Following a number of positive moves by Singaporean regulators, including the introduction of the Payments Services Act by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), we felt the time was right to make this move. Having worked closely with Australian regulators, and as the only Australian exchange to have insurance on crypto assets, the response we’ve received so far from the Singapore market has been overwhelmingly positive.” “As part of this, we’ll soon be integrating Singaporean dollar trading pairs into our platform,” concluded Mr Przelozny.  L-R: Independent Reserve executive team, Lasanka Perera (COO), Adrian Przelozny (CEO and founder) and Roman Stefanidi (CTO) The exchange will run under a separate entity called Independent Reserve SG PTE LTD.  Independent Reserve has built a proprietary, institutional grade trading platform to allow users to buy and sell Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Litecoin (LTC), Ripple (XRP) and other digital currencies.  Back in Australia, the cryptocurrency exchange has been working closely with various regulatory bodies including AUSTRAC to formulate AML/CTF regulatory frameworks for the industry.  In February 2019, Independent Reserve announced it had become the first cryptocurrency exchange in Australia to offer insurance coverage to its clients. The policy insures against theft or loss of any cryptocurrency that is held in an Independent Reserve trading account. The exchange also partnered with KPMG in a world first partnership between a top four accounting firm and a cryptocurrency exchange to create a crypto tax calculator. The digital tool - developed by KPMG - plugs directly into a user’s Independent Reserve account, allowing traders to estimate tax obligations on their portfolio, all with just the click of a button. Australian finance industry heavyweights Mike Tilley (ex -CEO of Challenger Financial and Chairman of Latitude Financial), Martin Rogers (KTM Ventures) and Steve James (Seer Asset Management) are investors and board members of Independent Reserve.  For more information on Independent Reserve, visit https://www.independentreserve.com.sg/ Be a Change Management Expert with Project Laneways 2020-01-24T04:08:42Z be-a-change-management-expert-with-project-laneways Project Laneways is organising Change Management Courses across Australia. Change managers are responsible for the effective delivery and transition of strategic transformation projects.  With centres at Melbourne, Perth and Sydney, Project Laneways provides the latest knowledge and expertise in the field change management training, agile project management courses, programme management, and Better Business Cases. Change managers   monitor, manage and enhance the change management practices within organisations. They also have to champion and provide support and guidance to staff to increase change management capability and maturity. Change leads determine the successful implementation of organisation-wide transformation projects. They have to constantly engage with stakeholders and need to be able to communicate effectively by partnering with leaders, key stakeholders and staff so that initiatives are implemented on time and are effective. The  Change Management Foundation course covers all aspects of change including how individuals learn and react to change, approaches to organisational change, best practices in communications and stakeholder engagement, and how to prepare for change and deal with resistance. The course also includes a short discussion on the Prosci ADKAR® methodology and compares it to other approaches.  The next foundation course is taking place on 29th to 31st January 2020. The advanced Change Management Practitioner course provides a deeper knowledge of the principles of change management, and provides an understanding of how to implement and sustain change in organisations. This qualification is endorsed by the Change Management Institute who recognise the practitioner level as fully meeting the knowledge requirements for their accreditations. The next practitioner course is taking place on the 6th and 7th of February 2020. Project Laneways corporate training is carefully structured to help executives understand how to keep abreast of the rapidly changing environment.  The courses provide knowledge on how to review the impact of change on the business unit and ensure that people impacted by the introduction of new structures, processes and technology are accepting and ready for the changes. Change managers need a solid understanding of how people go through a change and the change process and have the ability to influence others and move towards a common vision or goal. The courses help these professionals master how to take businesses on a journey and ensure they maintain organisational awareness and engagement during these times.   For more information:  https://www.project-laneways.com.au/ For all enquiries, call Melbourne 1300 778 389 or email enquiries@project-laneways.com.au Make Bartercard a Part of Your Business Today 2020-01-24T03:57:51Z make-bartercard-a-part-of-your-business-today The company believes using their platform to connect with marketing agencies can help small businesses save time, save money and sell inventory. Bartercard member businesses use the company's directories and a computerised brokerage service to trade services with other members. Businesses can save money and time by working with Bartercard members who specialise in advertising, marketing and SEO services. These partnerships offer ongoing and consistent effective marketing campaigns that are needed for sustained growth.  Bartercard provides an immense online marketplace for companies to barter their products and services with other companies. It is the world's largest cashless business networking platform. Lead generation is important for businesses and Bartercard boasts several well-regarded experts in this field. They can help set up, execute and manage lead-generation campaigns, and track results. Bartercard members can pay for it using trade dollars. In order to manage effective campaigns businesses may need to invest in blogs, newsletters, email campaigns, events or direct mail-outs with time-sensitive offers, discounts or bonuses. They also need a strong social media presence on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube or LinkedIn. By working with Bartercard members who specialise in these services, businesses can retain cash and spend trade dollars instead on marketing that will help you get more customers. The Bartercard network has members in all areas of advertising, from magazines to television, radio to billboards. There are also copywriters and graphic designers who can carefully craft and present message through flyers, brochures, and even online ads. Bartercard can help businesses raise their profile, reveal potential clients and lead to referrals and testimonials. When businesses join Bartercard, they immediately have access to the world’s largest business-to-business trade exchange with tens of thousands of member business across eight countries.    Bartercard’s large, global referral network means clients can promote products and services to members locally, nationally and globally.  On top of that, there are several, large networking organisations businesses can join through Bartercard using trade dollars to pay the membership. That can add up to massive cash savings for the business. For more information: https://www.bartercard.com.au/ Techtel Deploys 4K Media and Production Facility for AFL Superpower West Coast Eagles 2020-01-24T02:18:34Z techtel-deploys-4k-media-and-production-facility-for-afl-superpower-west-coast-eagles Sydney, 24 January 2020 - Techtel has completed an extensive end-to-end systems integration and commissioning of a brand new 4K/Ultra HD media and production facility for the West Coast Eagles AFL Club. Located in the heart of the club’s brand new Training and Administration Centre, this media and production facility is a showcase of cutting edge technologies brought together to boost member engagement and provide a superior and differentiated offering for their sponsors. The new facilities consist of an integrated TV studio, radio studio, and media theatre. The TV studio utilizes the latest in 4K production technology enabled by Newtek’s VMC1 Vision Mixer, which supports NDI - a widely adopted IP standard, and accommodates the most demanding workflows as well as virtualized production allowing the football club to easily expand its current capabilities. The Newtek NVG1 IP Graphics server complements this technology as a powerful, turnkey graphics system allowing seamless integration of industry-leading VizRT playout capabilities into the West Coast Eagles’ video production workflow. Furthermore, Techtel installed a “Green Screen” curtain for easy background footage manipulation and winched lighting bars which support an array of DMX controlled LED studio lights by Lumos for advanced lighting control. The radio studio is designed to accommodate a host and up to 4 guests. All audio sources are mixed locally with all microphones also available as Dante IP sources. The option for video coverage is also provided through the 3 Panasonic PTZ NDI cameras while a Newtek Tricaster Mini allows the operators the ability to control and switch the cameras. Furthermore, an integrated Newtek Talkshow device provides Skype™ native integration in both the TV and radio studios. Portable devices have also been provided to allow for additional cameras to be connected at various points throughout the facility. The result is a versatile, interconnected system that allows operators to output content to a variety of platforms including live streaming to the playing field scoreboard, the media theatre screen or the Internet. Alternately, content can be recorded to a Newtek media asset management system, allowing it to be edited and uploaded to the West Coast Eagles’ website, YouTube or published as podcasts. The media theatre features lectern microphones which are available as press-splits at the rear of the theatre or as Dante sources. A Panasonic PTZ NDI camera with a birds-eye view also provides a video feed from the theatre. Site-wide communication is enabled by the ClearCom HelixNet Partyline System, which is available in the TV control room and studio, radio studio and various beltpack connection points throughout the facility.  “Techtel has reasons to be proud of this project. We built the entire installation from the ground up with the unique technical features that now put West Coast Eagles on a par with international clubs”, says Mal Chandler, Techtel CEO. “We are confident that these new, state of the art media and production facilities will prove to be an excellent tool for West Coast Eagles’ member and sponsor engagement initiatives and we look forward to cheering West Coast on in season 2020”. “Techtel’s flexible workflow design allows us to efficiently make the best use of the club’s resources, and deliver a more dynamic and engaging stream for our supporters. Thanks to Techtel, West Coast Eagles is now geared for 4K Ultra HD production, delivering multi-platform coverage of our news and events”, said Steven Bandy, Head of Production at West Coast Eagles AFL Club. Track’em awarded 12-month Downer Contract 2020-01-24T01:42:02Z track-em-awarded-12-month-downer-contract Date: 21 Jan 2020 Trackem Pty Ltd (Track'em), leader in cloud-based tracking technology in the resource sector, announced today that they have been awarded a 12-month contract by Downer to utilise Track’em’s award-winning software.  Track’em will provide its Materials Tracking and Stores Management Solutions to support Downer’s operations on an LNG Asset in the north of Western Australia. CEO and founder of Track’em, Kashif Saleem said Track’em was very pleased to have the opportunity to expand Track’em’s relationship with Downer. “Downer seeks to improve visibility within their value chains for consumables, tooling and materials by selecting Track’em, and we are honoured to provide them with our industry leading tracking solution,” Mr Saleem said. “After successfully using Track’em’s solutions on other projects, we are very excited and pleased with the value it delivers. We look forward to empowering our people in the field with innovative solutions so they can do their jobs more effectively. Track’em helps us deliver this,” says James Hopping, Contract Manager at Downer. About Track'em Track’em is the leading provider of cloud-based tracking software in the resources and construction industries. By tracking assets, materials and time, Track'em provides control and drives efficiency during construction and maintenance projects. Headquartered in Perth, Australia, Track'em has tracked over 10 million items in engineering and construction projects across the world’s largest mining, and oil and gas projects, helping assets owners, engineering companies and contractors deliver projects on time and budget.