The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-05-25T10:40:48Z Can You Direct Your Employees to Download the COVIDSafe App? 2020-05-25T10:40:48Z can-you-direct-your-employees-to-download-the-covidsafe-app As organisations grapple with the various challenges presented by COVID-19, employers are being reminded that they cannot legally direct employees to download the COVIDSae mobile app. The controversial COVIDSafe app is part of the federal government’s initiative to slow the spread of coronavirus and is marketed as a key tool in protecting users, their family and friends, as well as means to “save the lives of other Australians.” The purpose of the app is to alert users when they have been in contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive. From a workplace safety perspective, it could be used to quickly determine which workers, or customers, have been put at risk. And as many workplaces begin to reopen, some employers are undoubtedly wondering whether they have the ability to direct their employees to download COVIDSafe in the name of workplace safety. The short answer is no. The fact is that the app is not mandatory and requiring a person to download it is prohibited at law. And the penalties for a breach are significant – a maximum of five years imprisonment or 300 penalty units ($63,000), or potentially both. The Biosecurity (Human Biosecurity Emergency) (Human Coronavirus with Pandemic Potential) (Emergency Requirements—Public Health Contact Information) Determination 2020 (Determination) makes it clear that a ‘Person’ (which includes an employer) cannot require anyone (including employees) to: download COVIDSafe; or have COVIDSafe in operation on a mobile telecommunications device; or consent to uploading COVID app data from a mobile telecommunications device to the National COVIDSafe Data Store; collect, use or disclose any data from the COVIDSafe app (unless they are one of the authorities permitted to do so in the Determination) This determination holds true even when the phone in question is owned by the company. Employers must also ensure that they do not treat any employees adversely because of their decision not to download the app. A person (including an employer) must not: refuse to enter into, or continue, a contract or arrangement with another person (including a contract of employment); or take “adverse action” (as defined by the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth)) against another person; or refuse to allow another person to enter premises; or refuse to allow another person to participate in an activity; or refuse to receive goods or services from another person; or refuse to provide goods or services to another person; because the other person: has not downloaded COVIDSafe; or does not have COVIDSafe in operation on a mobile telecommunications device; or consent to uploading COVID app data from a mobile telecommunications device to the National COVIDSafe Data Store. However, while it is currently illegal for employers to direct workers to download COVIDSafe, many employers are expected to strongly encourage workers to download the app as part of their general requirement to ensure the safety of the workplace and workers. Cleaners Not Receiving Key Resources During COVID-19 2020-05-25T10:31:00Z cleaners-not-receiving-key-resources-during-covid-19 Despite the increased need for high-quality cleaning of workplaces and public areas during COVID-19, a new survey has found nine in 10 cleaners are having to rush essential cleaning work and eight in 10 do not always have enough equipment to complete the job. The survey from the United Workers Union (UWU) also found that 74 per cent of cleaners report not having enough personal protective equipment (PPE) to do their job safely, and that 70 per cent receive no face-to-face training. UWU director of property services, Lyndal Ryan, said the coronavirus crisis has highlighted the importance of cleaners, who are doing “essential work in a broken system.” “The crisis has shown everyone that high-quality cleaning that protects public health and safety cannot be delivered on a shoestring budget. Too often cleaners are asked to do too much, in not enough time, without the right training and equipment – because for years and years the contract system has driven cleaning wages and costs down.” “Re-opening the economy is contingent on cleaning – quality cleaning is essential to the management and prevention of COVID-19. We cannot have cleaning that is inadequate for the day to day protection of people as we rebuild public confidence in returning to public spaces.” Ryan said the focus on cleaning and hygiene during COVID-19 would propel a wider industry movement toward cleaners getting the resources and equipment they need. “The survey results show the current reality for our cleaners – rushing work, without enough cleaning equipment to do a quality job and without enough PPE to do their job safely. In the post-COVID world it is time for a reset, for too long contractors have been cutting corners, then cleaners bear the brunt.” “Federal, state and local Government, universities, big building owners, airports and shopping mall owners buy cleaning services and they need to understand that the cleaning of their buildings and services cannot be delivered on the smell of an oily rag. Quality cleaning requires trained cleaners, with the right equipment and enough time to do the job.” Main survey findings: 91% of surveyed cleaners always, often or sometimes have to rush their work because they don’t have enough time 80% of cleaners do not have enough cleaning equipment to do a quality job 74% do not have enough personal protective equipment (PPE) to do their job safely 70% receive no face-to-face training Issues reported by cleaners in the survey: Not having enough time to finish work, constant rushing is very stressful Not having enough time to do a more detailed job, always being short-staffed Employers skimping on chemicals supplies and equipment, or diluting chemicals Not having safety issues taken seriously Not supplied with enough training, or with correct working equipment and PPE Local Sydney Business Diversifies into Retail Hand Sanitiser Dispensers 2020-05-25T05:05:36Z local-sydney-business-diversifies-into-retail-hand-sanitiser-dispensers The outbreak of COVID-19 has led to extraordinary levels of safety concerns and anxiety among communities here in Australia. The public are more conscious and focused on protecting themselves when in public areas than ever before. With the community’s health and safety concerns top of mind, Expo Centric have put their skilled team and manufacturing workshop to good use and developed a line of Hand Sanitiser Dispensers for retail operations. The need for these units has been phenomenal, with over 1000 of the units on order within 2 days of launch. Major chains and car dealerships, including Blum Australia and Porsche, have been the first to jump onboard this product release, securing dispensers for their retail outlets Australia wide. The strong interest has been piqued from major retailers due to the high levels of branding and customisation of the units. Every product in the range has the option for customisation, from full wrap custom graphics to logo placement on the units, providing brands with a new, unique way to engage with their customers. The range includes permanent, premium solutions to complement interior retail settings to allow brands to continue to use the dispensers even after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. View the Hand Sanitser Dispenser Brochure here. ESL and Menulog partner ahead of highly anticipated ESL ANZ Championships 2020-05-25T02:59:18Z esl-and-menulog-partner-ahead-of-highly-anticipated-esl-anz-championships 25 May 2020 - Australia’s favourite food delivery service, Menulog and ESL Australia, the local division of the world’s largest esports company, ESL, have today announced a first-ever ‘food partnership’  for the upcoming season of the ESL ANZ Championship (ESL ANZ Champs).  With a natural link between gaming and food delivery, this new partnership is another step in Menulog’s support of the esports community and will bring with it a number of exciting initiatives for players and fans.  Menulog’s Marketing Director, Simon Cheng, said: “We’re excited to kick off our partnership with ESL, launching with the broadcasts of the ESL ANZ Champs over the coming months. We know esports is a real passion of so many of our customers and the broader community and so we’re proud to be able to support ESL and get behind this rapidly growing sport.  “Food and sport is a natural fit, even more so when you’re doing it from your own home! We’re encouraging all fans to keep their eyes peeled for Menulog in live streams and for some great incentives we have planned throughout the partnership.”  James Fletcher, Product Manager, ESL Australia said: “This partnership is a natural fit for the ESL ANZ Champs - whenever our broadcast team needs lunch or dinner delivered, we’ve always chosen Menulog. We’re excited to deliver Australian esports fans some new segments in our broadcasts that showcase Menulog’s services, and look forward to seeing the response.” The ESL ANZ Champs is broadcast weekly on ### For all media enquiries, please contact:  Alex Blaikie | PR Manager, ESL Australia +61 401 947 878 More information about the partnership between ESL and Menulog can be found on and About Menulog  Menulog is Australia’s home-ground online food delivery service with the greatest choice of both restaurants and cuisine types on offer. Menulog connects more than 2.6 million active customers with over 19,600 local restaurants via its websites and native mobile apps. Menulog offers more than 90 different cuisines that can be delivered to more than 87 percent of the addressable population. Download the Menulog Apps via the App Store of Google Play. Follow and @menulog. Menulog is part of global group, Just Eat About ESL  ESL is the world’s largest esports company. Founded in 2000, ESL has been shaping the industry across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline esports competitions. The company operates high profile, branded international leagues and tournaments under the ESL Pro Tour including ESL One, Intel® Extreme Masters, ESL Pro League, and other premier stadium-size tournaments, to more clearly define the path from zero to hero. ESL also produces the ESL National Championships, grassroots amateur cups, and matchmaking systems, creating a world where everybody can be somebody. With offices all over the world, ESL is leading esports innovation on a global scale through the combination of global ESL competitions, amateur leagues, publisher activations, and more. ESL is a part of MTG, the leading international digital entertainment group. Aruba Collaborates with Microsoft to Advance Enterprise Cyberattack Protection 2020-05-25T02:10:57Z aruba-collaborates-with-microsoft-to-advance-enterprise-cyberattack-protection Sydney, Australia – Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company (NYSE: HPE) announced the integration of Aruba ClearPass Policy Manager with Microsoft endpoint protection platforms to deliver significant advances in enterprise cyberattack protection. This integration allows ClearPass to control access to critical network resources based on endpoint security intelligence provided by Microsoft, reducing the risk posed by compromised network connections. As a member of the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association, an ecosystem of independent security software vendors that are dedicated to building integrated solutions to better defend against cyber threats, Aruba has completed integration, testing and verification of ClearPass Policy Manager with Microsoft Endpoint Manager, a unified management platform that includes Configuration Manager and Microsoft Intune. ClearPass Policy Manager has also been integrated with Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP), a unified endpoint security platform designed to help enterprises prevent, detect, investigate and respond to advanced threats. Aruba has also collaborated with Microsoft to improve the efficiency and security of access control communications by developing a standardised approach to support multiple authentication methods and identity types in a single authentication request. The solution uses the Tunneled EAP (TEAP) protocol to combine both machine and user identities in a single request.“Protecting enterprises against attacks requires a holistic approach to security based on an open approach to device and application protection,” said Michael Tennefoss, vice president of Strategic Partnerships at Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company. “Aruba’s ClearPass provides policy management on network infrastructure from any vendor, while Microsoft Endpoint Manager provides secure, integrated management of devices and applications from any source. Operating in concert, ClearPass and Microsoft Endpoint Manager address endpoint security for a very broad range of IT, IoT, BYOD and operational technology (OT) devices and applications used in different vertical markets.” Moti Gindi, CVP, Microsoft Threat Protection said: “Combining network access control with endpoint security, such as risk or exposure scores, yields synergies for both technologies, ensuring businesses that the right devices have access to the right network resources. This integration allows our joint customers to simplify their security infrastructure, and enables both solutions to provide higher levels of security.” ClearPass Policy Manager leverages device-level context from Microsoft Endpoint Manager and Microsoft Defender ATP to establish, implement and enforce policies for network and application level access, including distributed SD-WAN locations. ClearPass enforces a Zero Trust environment whereby IT, IoT and OT devices are blocked from accessing the network until their identities have been verified. ClearPass provides granular access control decisions based on endpoint security and compliance posture from Microsoft Endpoint Manager and Microsoft Defender ATP. “With the rise in virtual classrooms and increased use of collaboration learning tools, security is paramount especially when it comes to protecting students, faculty and staff,” said David Boos, director of Technology at Mitchell Technical Institute. “Integrating ClearPass with Microsoft Endpoint Manager suite was a game-changer for us in terms of simplicity and enabling us to gain greater insight into our wireless network.” ClearPass Policy Manager for Microsoft Endpoint Manager and Microsoft Defender ATP are available now. For more information, please visit About Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise companyAruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, is a leading provider of secure, intelligent networks that enable customers to thrive and deliver amazing digital experiences in the mobile, IoT and cloud era. We are changing the rules of networking to make it simple for IT and organisations to bridge the physical and digital worlds at the Edge. To learn more, visit Aruba at For real-time news updates, follow Aruba on Twitter and Facebook, and for the latest technical discussions on mobility and Aruba products, visit the Airheads Community at Media Contacts:DEC PR on behalf of ArubaLiam Price / Jennifer Blacker+61 419 549 880 / +61 432 351 ‘Super Cyclone’ and Coronavirus: Mega Disasters ‘Roll Into One’ Says GFA World 2020-05-25T01:25:46Z super-cyclone-and-coronavirus-mega-disasters-roll-into-one-says-gfa-world TOOWOOMBA, QLD -- One of America’s biggest mission agencies was gearing up today to respond to a ‘super cyclone’ in South Asia -- a region also battling a coronavirus surge that’s created a health and hunger crisis.    Cyclone Amphan -- a Category 2 hurricane-strength storm with winds over 160 kilometres per hour -- slammed into the densely populated Bay of Bengal delta region with devastating force on Wednesday, causing widespread fear and storm surges up to 5 metres.   “The severity of the cyclone and rains is unimaginable,” said a church leader working alongside the Australian-based mission agency GFA World, “All our networks seem to have stopped.”   Another church leader in hard-hit West Bengal, India, said a river embankment had collapsed and the locals -- mostly fishermen and their families -- were fleeing for their lives and taking refuge in schools.   “Coronavirus has already paralyzed the region, and this disaster just makes the whole situation worse,” said GFA founder Dr. K.P. Yohannan. “These are mega-disasters rolling into one -- and the result could be catastrophic.”   GFA World is preparing to deploy its ‘Servant Boat’ team to the Sundarbans -- a cluster of dozens of islands in the cyclone’s direct path, where 4.5 million villagers live in mud houses amid extreme poverty. The islands straddle the border of India and Bangladesh.   The team -- that has been stockpiling vital supplies -- is on standby to rescue stranded villagers, provide spiritual support to suffering families, and deliver aid, working with local governments to coordinate relief.   In 1991, a super cyclone killed more than 130,000 in Bangladesh.   Cyclone Amphan comes as India and Bangladesh reported a spike in new coronavirus cases after lockdown rules were relaxed. India, with more than 100,000 cases, is now seeing more than 4,000 new cases every day. Bangladesh has also reported a sharp rise.   7 Million Evacuated By Tuesday, seven million people had been evacuated from the monster cyclone’s path -- but thousands of families living in makeshift homes are still in the danger zone, as storm surges threaten to bring rapid-rising floods.   “Can you imagine mothers carrying their tiny babies, climbing trees as high as they can climb… to take those little babies and tie them up on the top of the trees,” Yohannan said in a video message. “All these mothers want is to somehow save their children.”   People in the region are “praying desperately together” as GFA World workers serve as frontline responders. GFA has launched a website to track cyclone relief efforts at   “God is able to tell even the winds and the waves to be still,” said Yohannan, whose faith-based organization helps the poorest of the poor, including children, families, and widows on one of the islands known as Widows Island.   ###   GFA World, is a leading faith-based mission agency, helping national workers bring vital assistance and spiritual hope to millions, especially to those who have yet to hear about the love of God. In GFA World’s latest yearly report, this included more than 70,000 sponsored children, free medical camps conducted in more than 1,200 villages and remote communities, over 4,700 clean water wells drilled, over 11,400 water filters installed, income-generating Christmas gifts for more than 240,000 needy families, and spiritual teaching available in 110 languages in 14 nations through radio ministry. For all the latest news, visit our Press Room at     Travel Companies: Want to get in front of Thousands of Australian Travellers? 2020-05-25T01:13:59Z travel-companies-want-to-get-in-front-of-thousands-of-australian-travellers Racking your brain figuring out how to get in front of a fresh audience post Covid19?  This is for you. The Australian economy has taken a hit over the last few months with Covid19, and Australian national services company, PetCloud, want to support Australia's Tourism Industry and see thousands of operators get back on their feet with bookings. So whether you run a chain of hotels, an airline, a farm stay, a cruise ship, a glamping or wellness retreat - they want to hear from you.  PetCloud has thousands of frequent travelling Pet Owners who want to be enticed to travel domestically over the next few months.   Previous travel collaborations have landed on national breakfast tv, showcased at expos, national news sites, and have included Flights, Hotel Gift Cards, Luxury 5 Star Ocean View Rooms. Due to previous demand, expressions of interest from travel companies are open for the next 5 days only. __________________________________________________________________________ About PetCloud:  PetCloud is headed up by former travel industry executives and is Australia's most trusted national Pet Care Services Network part-owned by RSPCA Qld with over 100,000+ users.   PetCloud helps travel companies in the following ways:  1. Increase Booking Frequency PetCloud encourages EXISTING customers to book more frequently due to national availability of Pet Carers, increasing travel companies' annual revenue. 2. Access Fresh Segment of Customers PetCloud helps travel companies access NEW customers who previously experienced a barrier to travel, increasing companies' annual revenue + increase customer base. ACROSS GENERATIONS, AUSTRALIANS ARE MORE OPTIMISTIC ABOUT COVID-19 AND ARE READY TO SPEND WHEN THE PANDEMIC ENDS – LANDMARK STUDY FROM AUDIENCE PRECISION 2020-05-24T23:40:33Z across-generations-australians-are-more-optimistic-about-covid-19-and-are-ready-to-spend-when-the-pandemic-ends-landmark-study-from-audience-precision Australians are showing signs of greater optimism about a COVID-19 recovery, with less people saying it will have a big impact on their personal finances and most expecting to delay purchases until the pandemic is over, a landmark new study from Audience Precision has found.   The ongoing global study*, called “COVID-19 – Marketers Action Plan”, is the first of its kind to look at trends spanning generations, from Generation Z to Boomers, and also across the top 25% household income band, which reveals very different attitudes towards COVID-19 and spending patterns.   Gen Z are the most ready to spend up big as soon as the pandemic is over in Australia but have delayed their purchases until then, while Boomers are not delaying purchases to any significant degree. Millennials are the most cautious, becoming the ‘wait and see’ generation.   In Australia, all generations are less concerned and more optimistic about COVID-19 than the UK and US. Gen Z are the least concerned across all generations, along with Boomers, who also have the highest levels of optimism. High income earners are also the most optimistic but the second most concerned about COVID-19.   In terms of personal finances, Millennials have the lowest level of optimism, with 40% saying COVID-19 will have a major impact on their personal finances, the highest of all generations. Gen X were the second highest generational group to say COVID-19 will have a major impact on their personal finances (38%), and 36% of Boomers believe the same.   “This is the third wave of our ongoing COVID-19 research study, and we are finding that Australians are more generally optimistic. This represents a massive opportunity and brands need to capitalise on this momentum of positivity. Although across generations most will delay their purchases, they are ready to spend once the pandemic is over,” Audience Precision Head of Business Development, John La Rosa, said.   “These are very encouraging signs for marketers and this further highlights the need to be ready to accommodate a surge in expenditure. It’s important to start to brand build now to ensure awareness is achieved prior to full pre-COVID-19 conditions. Marketers need to have agile and quickly executable strategies ready for further signs of a speedy recovery.   “There are key cross generational differences, however, which have major implications for marketers and brands. Although people approve of normal advertising, there are some shifts in expectations. Having a deep understanding of what your consumers’ wants and needs are will drive repeat purchase and build longer term brand loyalty, as we know that they will choose brands based on past experiences.”   Purchase category delays   The study also looked at 11 purchasing categories^ across generational groups with some diverse results when asked about which purchases they would most likely delay until the pandemic was over:   ·       Gen Z: technology items, luxury items, clothes, flights and concert tickets ·       Millennials: cars, home appliances, clothes, tickets to events, luxury items ·       Gen X: day to day items, vacations, concert tickets, cars, home appliances, sporting events ·       Boomers: day to day items, vacations, flights, sporting events, concert tickets.   Among the top 25% income band, holidays, flights, cars, luxury items and home appliances were the top five categories that were most likely to be delayed.   Purchase category priorities post-COVID-19   For younger audiences, fashion, smartphones and home appliances are high on their radar. As for the older generations, clothes, home appliances and home furnishings are in demand.   In terms of higher priced items, the top 5 categories that each generation and top income band will buy first are:   ·       Gen Z: Clothes, smartphone, home appliances, luxury goods and smart devices ·       Millennials: Clothes, technology, smartphone, home furnishings and smart devices ·       Gen X: Clothes, home appliances, home furnishings, technology and smartphone ·       Boomers: Home appliances, clothes, home furnishings, technology and smartphone ·       Top 25% income band: Clothes, home appliances, technology, home furnishings and smartphone     Approval of marketing techniques during COVID-19   When looking at people who were planning to purchase specific major products and their approval of brand advertising techniques, normal advertising is more acceptable for experiences, flat screen TVs, mortgage/finance brands and wearable devices, which are all products that are relevant to lockdown/isolation, or they are aspirational products. However, normal advertising has taken a dip for gaming, automotive, gym equipment and holidays.   When looking at people who purchase minor products, most categories would benefit from normal advertising during this period (excluding books, health foods, skincare and sports apparel). It shows that the shorter purchase decision cycle and lower priced goods have more minimal impact from regular brand advertising.   Approval of marketing techniques across media channels during COVID-19   There is considerably more acceptance and approval for running regular advertising for Out-of-Home advertising, possibly due to anticipated lockdown laws easing.   Consumers expect ads on messaging apps, video pre rolls, ads on tablets, website advertising, sponsored content, retail sites and comments on social media to stay both informed and connected in these times.   Ad placements in channels that fill a consumer’s need have become more widely accepted.   Price and locally made being key motivators for consumers to purchase brands again, along with previous brand experience. This is evident particularly for Gen X, Boomers and high income groups. Interestingly, the brands that reached out to the consumer via CRM programs are not looked upon overly favourably. Brands that had a positive brand image and were seen to be supportive and helpful delivered greater cut through than brands that were not.   Spending time with media channels and social media   Across traditional channels, most Australians have spent the most amount of time with broadcast television during COVID-19 restrictions across all generations, followed by reading more books and audio books, listening to radio, reading more newspapers and reading more magazines.   Gen Z are least likely to engage with traditional media channels, instead opting for digital and social feeds as their preferred source of news and entertainment.   Across digital channels, streaming content (SVOD and BVOD) and listening to music streaming services were most popular across all groups, followed by watching more videos (such as YouTube), listening to podcasts and creating videos (such as Tik Tok).   Unsurprisingly, Boomers are the least engaged and interactive with these platforms, instead opting for what they know and trust for their content preferences through traditional channels.     All groups are spending more time on social media channels. Most are watching more news coverage on social media channels, followed by spending longer on messaging services, spending more time on computer/video games and spending more time on apps.     Sources: *Methodology: To identify attitudes and behaviours during the COVID-19 outbreak, the study was conducted by Audience Precision’s research partner GlobalWebIndex in 17 countries with research in field from 22 to 27 April. It included a sample size of 1,073 Australians who are internet users aged 16 to 64. ^ The 11 purchase categories are: clothes, home appliances/devices, home furnishings, insurance, luxury items, personal electronics, smartphone, technology/smart devices, cars, flights and vacations/trips.   Ends   For further information contact: Rochelle Burbury Third Avenue Consulting 0408 774 577     About Audience Precision Audience Precision is an Australian owned, experienced, independent and reputable media strategy consultancy and technology business. It was founded by respected media industry veteran and entrepreneur, Haydon Bray. Audience Precision eliminates the guesswork by using data combined with proprietary systems and machine learning to help marketers better understand audiences, align their marketing efforts, optimise marketing expenditure, and significantly reduce media wastage across all media channels. It combines data scientists, researchers, strategy architects and software developers to create a game-changing model for businesses. Audience Precision has offices in Sydney, New York and London.   Chook Chat Blog: What’s so great about chicken? 2020-05-24T23:00:00Z chook-chat-blog-whats-so-great-about-chicken To keep you informed please see a link to this month's 'Chook Chat', the blog for the Australian Chicken Meat Industry, and a post by Executive Director, Dr Vivien Kite.In 2018/19, the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences estimates that Australians ate their way through 47.4 kg of chicken meat on average each. This is 20.2 kgs more than Australians’ next most popular meat (pig meat) and represents over 45% of all meat consumed. Clearly, Australian consumers think it’s a great product, but what is it that makes it so popular? While there are many facets to what makes chicken popular, the blog looks at what makes chicken such a great contributor to a healthy diet, from a nutritional perspective. Read more and access the resources in the blog. The direct link to the post or visit the Chook Chat blog on Blog updates are also communicated via the ACMF twitter channel (@ACMFchicken).About the ACMFThe Australian Chicken Meat Federation (ACMF) is the peak body of Australia’s chicken meat industry, representing both growers and processors. Its members are the five State Chicken Meat Councils (NSW, VIC, QLD, SA and WA), the Australian Chicken Growers’ Council and the Australian Poultry Industries Association. Its blog 'Chook Chat' is aimed at providing an insight into the way the chicken industry does things and why – it is not intended to promote products, but to provide the facts. For more information about Australian Chicken Meat Federation, visit inquiries contact: Quay Communications, Emma Norgrove, M:0499 688 001, T:02 9386 9161, Outstanding Leadership Awards championing great leadership across Australia and New Zealand 2020-05-24T21:45:15Z outstanding-leadership-awards-championing-some-of-australia-and-new-zealand-s-greatest-leaders 2020 has indeed become the year we need courageous leadership A number of leaders, businesses and teams have come together to create a movement of courageous and kind leadership around the inaugural Outstanding Leadership Awards in Brisbane.   This month, more than one-hundred leaders across government, community, private and not-for-profit sectors became finalists in the prestigious Outstanding Leadership Awards. Spearheaded by Brisbane leadership authority, Sonia McDonald, the awards recognise the exceptional achievement by courageous and kind leaders across various disciplines. Since notifying finalists, Ms McDonald's inbox has been flooded with messages of gratitude from nominees who've spent the past few weeks, navigating the complex reality of being caught up in a worldwide health pandemic. "On quite a few occasions, finalists have literally burst into tears after being notified they had made it to the final round of judging," said McDonald. "It’s been incredibly rewarding to be the bearer of good news at a time when leaders are facing the biggest crisis of their lives - 2020 has indeed become the year we need courageous leadership." The inaugural awards ceremony has attracted dozens of high-calibre leaders including the founders of Orange Sky, Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett, Instyle Solar’s Karl Brown, Students from the JT Academy, King Kong's Sabri Suby and Netball Queensland's Catherine Clark. "We initially set out to host the awards ceremony in May, but we've now pushed it back to the 4th September in the hopes things will return to normal by then," said McDonald. "Until then, we are doing everything we can to showcase the incredibly kind and courageous leaders who have made it through - because right now, good leadership is essential. "We're doing regular social media posts highlighting their stories and we've partnered with the Leadership Review Magazine and Yellowpanda PR to help create even more noise. We are gaining more and more momentum with the awards with over 150,000 views of our posts," she said.  Proudly sponsored by McDonald Inc, Central Queensland University (CQU) and DHL Express, the award categories include CEO - Private Sector, Public Sector Leader, Courageous Team Award, Future Leader, Men in Leadership, Women in Leadership, Student Leader, SME Business Leader, Community Leader, and Start-up Leader.  The awards night will be held on 4th September from 6:30pm to 11.30pm at the Royal International Convention Centre, with retail leadership superstar Guy Russo as the guest of honour and radios, Bianca Dye as the Master of Ceremonies.  For more information visit: Contact Sonia McDonald Phone 0424 447 616 Talend Announces Speaker Lineup for Talend Connect Virtual Summit APAC 2020 2020-05-23T05:14:50Z talend-announces-speaker-lineup-for-talend-connect-virtual-summit-apac-2020 REDWOOD CITY, Calif. & SYDNEY – May 18, 2020 - Talend (NASDAQ: TLND), a global leader in data integration and data integrity, today announced its speaker lineup for Talend Connect Virtual Summit APAC 2020. This inaugural virtual event, based on its long-running annual Talend Connect customer conference, will be broadcast on Thursday, May 28, at 11 am AEST. Talend Connect Virtual Summit APAC will bring together Talend executives and data integration industry experts from around the world to share best practices, customer testimonials, technical deep dives, and practical tips on how to find revenue, reduce costs, and solve urgent business challenges with data. Confirmed customers that will share their data journey stories include: Charles Link, Director of Data & Analytics, Covanta, will join Talend CEO Christal Bemont’s keynote on “Find Clarity Amidst the Chaos – Inspiring Stories from Today’s Data Leaders” Ranadip Dutta, Solutions Architect Manager, Cloud & Technology, Lenovo, will share his presentation on “Better Data, Faster: How to Deliver High Quality Data at Scale” Jeff Bruns, Director, Product Engineering, Chronicle of Higher Education, will present “Tomorrow is Too Late: Building a Modern Microservice Architecture with Talend” Johar Shodiq, Head of Data Governance, PT Bank BTPN, will discuss “Best Practices for Tackling Data Governance with Smarter Architecture” Axel Frank, Senior Solution BI Architect, Siemens, will explain “From Data Chaos to Clarity: Making Every Decision Count” Jason Vogel, IT Manager, Business Intelligence – Data Management, AutoZone, will present “Real Decisions in Real-Time: Unlocking New Revenue with the Power of Streaming Data” Talend Connect Virtual Summit will offer tracks for practitioners and executives. 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Bookabin (AUS) See Spike in Home Renovations During the COVID-19 Lockdown 2020-05-22T09:35:24Z bookabin-aus-see-spike-in-home-renovations-during-the-covid-19-lockdown Bookabin Australia has been very busy during the COVID-19 lockdown period, and they have noticed that because people have been forced to spend more time at home, they have been taking more notice of their properties.    This is a world-wide phenomenon, as we all use our enforced spare time in a practical and positive manner, which seems to have involved small DIY jobs, renovations, shed clean-outs and gardening jobs.     With a holiday in Europe being pretty much wiped out this year, it doesn’t appear to be conceivable that we will be travelling any time soon, so our holiday savings are more likely to be diverted to being spent on home improvements.    Bookabin Australia have some good ideas about planning out all your projects to ensure you include a suitable budget to dispose of your waste, whether it’s from renovations or garden waste, and they can provide the best skip bin hire prices daily. 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Media Contact Brisbane Document Destruction Service Theo St. James - Owner Phone: 07 3167 6190 Email: Unit16/14 Riverwalk Ave. Robina, QLD 4226 Website: DECO Australia Announce New Showroom & Innovation Centre 2020-05-22T06:13:43Z deco-australia-announce-new-showroom-amp-innovation-centre DECO Australia has announced its showroom in Minto is undergoing a massive redesign to help showcase the company’s entire range of architectural building products and finishes. The new facility – renamed the ‘DECO Innovation Centre’ – will celebrate the company’s innovative spirit while creating a flexible, collaborative space that delivers a premium customer service experience. The DECO Innovation Centre has been architecturally designed by renowned architecture firm ClarkeHopkinsClarke to achieve a dynamic building and space that will allow for continued development and change as the family-owned manufacturing business continues to expand. ClarkHopkinsClarke partner and architect Jordan Curran said his vision was to transform DECO Australia's industrial warehouse into an innovation centre by using their world-class products in real life applications. “DECO is a very innovative company with an extraordinary range of finishes and products. They're constantly creating and testing new material solutions for the built environment. For this project, we worked with the DECO team to shape a bright and flexible environment that would allow their client base to interact with and understand the properties of their products. In particular we wanted to display products in natural light, exhibiting how they behave throughout the day and in different seasons. We also wanted to create a sensory experience, positioning products where people could get up close and even touch.” said Curran. The Innovation Centre will feature DECO’s full range of architectural building products including their unique aluminium cladding, batten and decking systems, as well as a number of new soon-to-be-released product lines. Also on display will be the full range of powder coat and sublimated aluminium finishes, including the premium timber-look DecoWood® finish, and an operational kitchen will feature DECO’s one-of-a-kind splashback product, DecoSplash. DECO founder and director Ross Doonan believes the new centre will reflect the company’s core values of quality and innovation. “The DECO Innovation Centre will encourage our team to turn great ideas and concepts into products and processes. It will be an educational facility for our partners and suppliers, and it will be an inspirational space for our customers to come visit”. The building structure will also include a large architectural canopy, floor-to-ceiling DecoWood® windows, and other sculptural DECO elements to welcome visitors as they enter the site. Inside the showroom customers will find an inspirational space where the DECO team will help bring their design ideas to life. The DECO Innovation centre is expected to open late 2020.