The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-07-06T02:39:53Z Sickening animal cruelty videos rife on YouTube 2021-07-06T02:39:53Z sickening-animal-cruelty-videos-rife-on-youtube A new World Animal Protection investigation further exposes the shocking scale of a cruel and worrying new craze on YouTube – the rise of videos depicting fake animal rescues involving wildlife.   In these videos, an animal, such as a monkey or dog, is filmed to be the prey and is set upon by a large predator, such as a snake. The videos show scenes such as a panicked monkey being trapped in the grip of a reticulated python, as they cry out and desperately try to break free.   Although the prey animals are eventually ‘rescued’, they face visible trauma from a cruel set-up inflicted for entertainment. This follows on from a recent investigation by Lady Freethinker that identified 17 such videos, across six different channels, collectively accumulating over 40 million views.  In their report Views that abuse, researchers from World Animal Protection have uncovered: ·         Over 180 videos showing fake animal rescues – all published between October 2018 and May 2021. ·         Seventy of which were uploaded in 2021 alone, signifying a worrying upsurge in this cruel type of entertainment. ·         The 50 most viewed fake animal rescue videos were uploaded from 28 different channels, resulting in a total of 13 million subscribers, over 133 million views and half a million “likes”. ·         The videos most frequently feature dogs and Burmese pythons as the most common “prey-predator” combination. ·         One single video showing a fake rescue of a monitor lizard from a python attack had been viewed over 100 million times.   Animal advocate, comedian, actor, and director, Ricky Gervais, has spoken out on the videos, calling on YouTube to take action. He said:   “Just when you think you’ve heard it all, humans think of another way to be cruel to animals.   “Social media giants like YouTube should be on the front foot when it comes to banning this disgusting content from their platforms.   “We can and should protect animals, but we can't do this without serious action from the companies that enable their abuse.”   Concerningly, the investigation found that 47 new fake animal rescue videos have been posted since the end of March 2021, after YouTube publicly pledged to crack down on animal cruelty content. These videos came from 15 different channels with over 2.7 million subscribers and have collectively accumulated over 7 million views.  Due to the popularity and viewing numbers, the content producers will also be making money from advertising, profiting directly from people who watch animals suffer.  Along with the animal welfare implications, the investigation also highlights serious conservation concerns associated with this type of entertainment, as ‘Endangered’ and ‘Critically Endangered’[1] species such as the Siamese crocodile, Elongated tortoise, and Lar gibbon feature in the videos.  The global NGO has written to YouTube, calling for them to live up to their promise and act on this issue urgently.   Ben Pearson, Head of Campaigns, World Animal Protection Australia and New Zealand said: “This shocking cruelty has serious welfare implications for all animals involved. There is no doubt that the animals in these videos will have suffered from injuries and severe psychological trauma, just for cheap thrills for viewers at home.   “Typical filming takes time, meaning long periods of suffering. It’s unknown how many more animals died or were injured behind the scenes, and even those filming are putting themselves at risk.   “Each day that these clips stay online, the more popular this phenomenon becomes. If urgent action isn’t taken, we could see a whole surge of copycat content emerge – putting more animals and people at risk.   “Whether it’s the prey or predators, these sentient beings are not props, playthings or entertainers for shocking YouTube videos – they are wild animals who belong in the wild.”   At the time this report was published, some of the fake animal rescue videos had been taken down in response to media attention focused on this issue. However, the vast majority of the content described in this report was still publicly available. World Animal Protection is calling on YouTube to live up to its promise and immediately remove the abusive content that clearly violates its stated community standards[2]. Longer term, YouTube should publicly share their plans to proactively prevent cruel content going up in the first place rather than relying on the public to report it. -ENDS- [1] Official status according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. [2] YouTube’s guidelines explicitly list the following as prohibited: ‘Content where there's infliction of unnecessary suffering or harm deliberately causing an animal distress’ and ‘Content where animals are encouraged or coerced to fight by humans’ - https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/2802008?hl=en&ref_topic=9282436   Notes to the editor:  ·         For an interview with a spokesperson, contact Sandra Sopin at ssopin@worldanimalprotection.org.au ·         Read the full report: Views that abuse ·         Video and images available here. We are applying a fair use/fair dealing policy to the images and videos sourced from YouTube under the Australian Copyright Act. Bali in trouble - millions of Aussies stay at home leaving Island of the Gods in dire straits 2021-05-25T00:10:59Z bali-in-trouble-millions-of-aussies-stay-at-home-leaving-island-of-the-gods-in-dire-straits Chef Dean Keddell is the driving force behind a project to deliver desperately needed funding to five Bali charities to help thousands of families get through the pandemic crisis. More than $257,000 has been raised in just a few months.Please take a moment to read how you can help.With Bali welcoming more than one million Australian visitors to the holiday isle in a normal year, the much-loved tourist destination enjoys a thriving tourism-based economy. A year has passed without international tourists and there is no end in sight.“Bali is in a crisis situation,” said Dean Keddell, restaurateur, executive chef and owner of two of Bali’s most-beloved restaurants, Ginger Moon Canteen and Jackson’s Lily. “This pandemic has reaped havoc amongst families and communities, as well as costing the economy billions of dollars,” he said.Without tourists, few businesses are open and there is no local work for the majority of the population. That means huge financial stress for most families. While Dean normally employs 130 staff over his two venues, he says he has now had to cut back to a core of 50 and the restaurants remain closed.“I found myself sitting amongst the chaos wondering what I could do,” he said. “So I thought I would make my staff active by providing a project that we could all get involved in. We began collecting favourite family recipes that have been handed down through the generations of their families and then we expanded to ask local Warung cooks for theirs.”“We have now produced a beautiful, large hardcover cookbook, Our Bali Your Bali (Bali Kita Bali Kamu), which incorporates lots of colourful images, family and community stories, more than 100 local recipes and a collection from both my restaurant kitchens. At 400 pages it really is more of a coffee-table cookbook,” he said.The Bali Needs Our Help project is asking people to order books via a Chuffed crowd funder with more than $257,000 raised to date. Dean wants everyone in Australia who has ever visited Bali to support the cause by purchasing a book. The project aims to sell 5,000 books and raise $375,000 with all profits going directly to local charities that have been badly hit. “The charities we have chosen are the backbone of Balinese society – they support the poor and vulnerable at the best of times. Now with this pandemic, many more families have joined the ranks of the needy, while the charities have found themselves unable to raise their normal funds,” said Dean Keddell.“I know for sure that cashflows are at critical levels and these charities need financial aid to continue their wonderful support of local families with food, clothing, education and environmental needs.”The five charities that will receive funding from the project are:Bali Children's Foundation - helping thousands of local children to complete school and to find employment. Scholars of Sustenance - combatting the effects of COVID-19 by providing nutrition to those in need.Friends of the National Parks Foundation - working to protect wildlife and their habitats, at the same time supporting local communities.East Bali Poverty Project - helping people to help themselvesBali Wise by R.O.L.E Foundation - empowering marginalized women through skills education, as a means to develop sustainable communities.“If you have ever visited Bali or plan to enjoy some time on our tropical island,” said Keddell, please support us and buy a book. I promise you’ll love all the stories, photos and local recipes. Bali’s warm and sincere hospitality has been captured between the covers in order for us to bring our precious Bali to you.”https://chuffed.org/project/bali-needs-our-helpProject video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMw5RyeiWzYENDSFor further information or to request a 76-page sample of the book, please contact:Wendy McWilliams, WMC PR: 0421 364 665 E wendy@wmcpr.com.auDean Keddell on WhatsApp: +62 813 3724 0760 E: dean@gingermoonbali.comJonette Wilton (Publisher, Sunday Press): 0403 680 571 E: jonette@sundaypress.com.auImagesAn extensive selection of high-res images is available including those shown below, plus 17 images can be viewed via the crowd funding page here: https://chuffed.org/project/bali-needs-our-help (top right). Please contact Wendy or Jonette to request any images required. Please credit photographer Candra Sanchez, if you are able.Please read the attached media release for more information and a selection of images First book in the world to lift the lid on the mysteries of processed foods 2021-04-29T02:43:19Z first-book-in-the-world-to-lift-the-lid-on-the-mysteries-of-processed-foods In her latest work, How Food is Made: An illustrated guide to how everyday food is produced, Australian illustrator and designer, Ayla Marika, demystifies how common processed foods are manufactured using plain language and step-by-step entertaining graphics.Researched and compiled over two years, How Food is Made answers the big questions of how food is created on an industrial-scale. Using illustrations, infographics and simple language, the informative book guides readers through the entire process of how popular factory-made foods such as sugar, coffee and chocolate are concocted, from raw ingredient to final packaged product. How Food is Made is an invaluable and fascinating resource for educators, children and parents – in fact anyone curious about food. The contents include chapters on grains and starches (eg pasta, potato chips and cereal); condiments (eg salt, vinegar, mustard, yeast extract spread and soy sauce); dairy and oils (eg yoghurt, cheddar cheese, margarine and butter); meat products (eg bacon, hot dogs, fish fingers, seafood extender and eggs); plant proteins (eg tofu, tempeh, peanut butter and vegan cheese); sweets (eg liquorice, chewing gum and soft serve ice cream); and beverages (eg wine, beer, whisky, orange juice and baby formula).Inspiration for the book came from Ayla Marika’s desire to educate her daughter and young people across the globe about food production, in an era when youth and adults alike are overwhelmingly disconnected from the origin of the food they eat. “With almost 1,000 hand-drawn illustrations, I’ve covered 60 favourite foods,” said Ayla Marika. “It presents the bare facts without bias to allow readers the freedom to form their own ideas about the food they choose to buy and eat. “My vision is to reduce confusion caused by food advertising, empower people to think differently about the food they eat, and spark conversations. There’s no other book like this in the world and I think it’s important we educate ourselves and others in how the food we eat has been made.”How Food is Made: An illustrated guide to how everyday food is produced is now available from online book retailers including Amazon, Booktopia, Barnes & Noble, Fishpond and Apple Books. It has RRPs of $32.99 (paperback) and $17.99 (eBook). http://howfoodismade.aylamarika.com/https://youtu.be/KMlTzs2hdRAendsOFFERSBooks can be provided for review purposes and for giveaways. Excerpts can be re-published with high res PDFs or JPEGs provided upon request. Please contact Wendy McWilliams.ABOUT AYLA MARIKAAuthor and artist Ayla Marika envisions her new book, How Food is Made, as meshing visual art with public advocacy, thereby producing an artwork of true public interest and relevance that has the power to spark positive change in the world. To produce work of this style, Ayla Marika brings together knowledge and skills she has gained from a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) and Advanced Diploma of Public Relations, and more than a decade’s experience in vocational education, marketing and business administration. http://howfoodismade.aylamarika.com/ https://youtu.be/KMlTzs2hdRA Australians rate the nation's healthcare in first Australian Healthcare Index report 2021-04-01T03:11:10Z australians-rate-the-nation-s-healthcare-in-new-australian-healthcare-index-report Despite a once-in-a-century pandemic still lingering one year on, Australians have given a vote of confidence to the Australian healthcare system with 65.5% rating it a score of 8 or above out of 10 in a new report capturing the points of view of Australian patients.   The first Australian Healthcare Index report seeks to elevate patient perspectives and experiences on overall healthcare in Australia, based on responses from over 8000 adults.   Produced by the Australian Patients Association and HealthEngine, the report captures learnings from patients on the public and private healthcare ecosystem including primary care, private health insurance (PHI), emergency departments, elective surgery, prescription medicine and more.   Designed to provide a pulse check on healthcare in Australia, key findings include: ●      Patients rated Australian Healthcare 7.8 out of 10 ●      Patients are more likely to recommend their GPs than their dentist to friends and colleagues ●      While 55.1% of respondents have Private Health Insurance, the majority are not recommending their PHI and many feel it costs too much ●      36.6% think prescription medicine is too expensive ●      Nearly 95% embrace the intersection of healthcare and tech with the use of and interest in telehealth, health apps, online booking, e-scripts and more   HealthEngine CEO, founder and medical director Dr Marcus Tan says the report is testament to the robustness of the healthcare system.   “The fact a majority of Australians have a favourable opinion of the healthcare system after COVID-19 caused disruption, is a credit to the thousands of healthcare professionals with a commitment to patient-centred care.'' said Dr Tan.  “With the release of the Australian Healthcare Index, we can identify, share and champion people’s perspectives on healthcare, as well as provide a baseline of learnings to establish a report that will come out twice a year.”   Dr Tan added, “Working closely with the APA, we hope the report drives conversation and consideration for the continued support of a patient-centric approach to healthcare.”   Stephen Mason, CEO of the Australian Patients Association hopes the report will help strengthen patient-centred care in the healthcare system. “As we advocate for improved patient care and health outcomes, the Australian Healthcare Index is an important pulse check on the patient experience for organisations like ours as well as the greater healthcare community, peak bodies and government at all levels, who are contributing to and leading public and private healthcare in Australia,” said Mason.   “The APA became involved with the Australian Healthcare Index to hear the patient’s voice. Although we are comforted by the knowledge that our healthcare system has coped well during the pandemic, we are concerned about dental care and the cost of medicines.”   “As for the perceived lack of value from PHI, we are working closely with Private Healthcare Australia and its members to address this concern and in particular to prevent excessive out of pocket costs. “We hope the report’s findings make a positive contribution to shaping national healthcare policy, on behalf of patients across the country."   View or download the Australian Healthcare Index at AustralianHealthcareIndex.com.au  An interactive dashboard is available to explore the national survey results and view data at a state level or other demographics.    -end- About HealthEngineHealthEngine is Australia’s largest consumer healthcare network and the #1 go-to for healthcare bookings. Founded in 2006, HealthEngine is on a mission to transform Australia’s healthcare by making it easier for people to connect with their healthcare providers online and for health practitioners to deliver a great patient experience through technology. More than 9 million people across Australia have made more than 47 million bookings on the platform.   About the Australian Patients Association The Australian Patients Association is an independent not-for-profit organisation established to promote and protect the rights and interests of patients, and improve overall patient outcomes. We will address important health issues impacting on patient care in the public and private healthcare system.  We will research and develop sensible remedies to benefit all our supporters and the broader community. The Australian Patients Association also seeks to educate patients about their rights and choices, as well as supporting patients in need. How to be happily single & avoid depression this Valentine’s Day 2021-02-10T01:17:02Z how-to-be-happily-single-avoid-depression-this-valentines-day WHILE Valentine’s Day is celebrated as a day of joy and romance, many single people spend the day feeling lonely, depressed and suicidal. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report shows that relationship problems are the top cause of suicides today and psychologists worldwide suggest that Valentine’s Day on February 14 is the start of an annual rise in suicide rates that peak in April. It doesn’t have to be this way however as there are many positives to being single, as Gold Coast author Louisa Pateman shares in her new book Single, Again, and Again, and Again… “It takes courage to be single and it’s a big myth that when you meet ‘the one’, you will live happily ever after,” Ms Pateman said. “Your ultimate goal should be happiness - single or not. We all have our own unique life journey. If I had waited for ‘the one’, I wouldn’t have had such an amazing life.” Louisa, 47, has travelled to 73 countries, had multiple properties and chose to have her son solo using a sperm bank at age 37 after stressing out about her biological clock ticking and having more than 13 failed relationships since the age of 21. A civil engineer for 25 years, she created exciting and rewarding life experiences through travel, investing and spending time with girlfriends. “I spent 20 years looking for my soulmate and my son, Nicholas, is now the love of my life. I wouldn’t give him up for any man,” she said. Her tips for being happily single include: Embrace/ accept your situation for what it is and what you have Learn to be present- enjoy the moment Find other single people you can relate to but don’t exclude yourself from couple situations. Find opportunities where you can be around people you can connect with, who have lived part of your journey Love yourself and appreciate your self worth. You determine your own worth by what you will and won’t put up with Find inner contentment and the good in all your challenges. Don’t be a man/ woman hater or shun couples. If you are bitter, resentful or hold grudges from past relationship failures, that bitterness permeates your present experience. Find exciting and rewarding life experiences that you can do on your own. When you come out of a relationship, write down a list of all the things you want to do without a partner and do it, like going on a girl’s retreat or writing a book (eg. I was up 10pm to 2am most nights when writing my book). Stay optimistic about life. Have an attitude of gratitude. Be grateful for what you have - big and little things. List things you’re grateful for and realise things aren’t that bad. Look at life from a macro perspective and realise how small your issues are in the overall scheme of things Remind yourself that not everyone in a relationship is happy. You may be better off than some people who don’t have the courage to be single Ms Pateman’s tips are also in line with Singles Awareness Day (or Singles Appreciation Day), which is celebrated on February 15 each year. “It is a celebration of love in all forms recognising the love between friends, family and loving yourself. You have to accept you are where you are,” Ms Pateman said. “I’m not saying you can get rid of your desires. I’m saying if you don’t have courage to live a rewarding life on your own, life could pass you by and you could miss out on a lot of opportunities.” For more details or for a copy of the book Single, Again, and Again, and Again…, visit www.louisapateman.com ENDS ___________________________________________________ MEDIA CONTACT ONLY: AA Xpose Media Director/ Photojournalist Aldwyn Altuney ph: 0409 895 055 High level roundtable on 28 January to examine trust in COVID-19 vaccine supply chain 2021-01-27T11:45:58Z high-level-roundtable-on-28-january-to-examine-trust-in-covid-19-vaccine-supply-chain MEDIA ALERT: Public health officials and pharmaceutical executives will hold an on-the-record roundtable session to examine trust in the COVID-19 vaccine supply chain. Leaders from the WHO, the World Bank, Deloitte, J&J and GS1 to explore early learnings and what must be done moving forward to ensure successful global distribution and administration of the COVID-19 vaccines. WHAT:This GS1 Healthcare Executive Dialogue will bring together senior leaders from the healthcare industry and major organisations across the life sciences and healthcare value chain to discuss some of the key challenges, opportunities and early learnings presented by the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines across the globe. The event will be on the record and will include time for media Q&As.A new Deloitte white paper highlights the “urgent need” for common standards across the healthcare supply chain as the world gears up for the largest deployment of vaccines in history. Global public health officials have been strongly arguing for a while for the “need to trace every vaccine dose”. You can access Deloitte’s report Securing trust in the global COVID-19 supply chain here and GS1’s press release here. WHO:Lisa Hedman, Group Lead, Supply and Access to Medicines, World Health OrganizationGregory Reh, Global Life Sciences and Healthcare Leader, Deloitte Tom Woods, Chairman of the Global Steering Committee Assurance of Health Products for the World BankTjalling van der Schors, Hospital Pharmacist at Dijklander Hospital, Board Member at the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists, NetherlandsWHEN:Thursday, 28 January, 21:00-22:00 AESTWHERE:The event can be accessed via video link. Registration is required. More information and registration forms can be found here. GS1 Australia media contact:Wendy McWilliams, WMC Public Relations Pty Ltd. Tel: 03 9803 2588 / 0421 364 665 Matching Valentine’s gifts for partners 2021-01-20T00:17:05Z matching-valentines-gifts-for-partners Can’t think what to buy your loved one this Valentine’s Day?Why not buy each other a gift that will help keep everyone safe on the roads and help prevent your partner from losing their licence: a personal breathalyser. A perfect gift for couples who like to socialise is an AlcoSense personal breathalyser from Andatech, a leader in personal safety products. Using fuel cell technology, AlcoSense breathalysers provide accurate blood alcohol concentration (BAC) readings and are easy to use, compact and affordable.The AlcoSense Verity comes in three different colours (blue, navy and white), while two new models, the Elite BT and Nexus, come with a Bluetooth enabled mobile app that allows users to check their testing history and results via an iSober application. It’s available on both iOS and Android devices.The app connects to the camera, allowing users to capture themselves blowing into the device as a form of record-keeping.Andatech offers the largest range of Australian Standards Certified personal breathalysers with prices starting from $119 for the AlcoSense Novo. https://www.andatechdistribution.com.au/About Andatech:Andatech is a 100% Australian owned company that specialises in personal safety, medical devices and health & wellness products. https://www.andatechdistribution.com.au/ BUSINESS LIFELINE TO END NYE – DISTRESSED BUSINESSES SHOULD SEEK PROFESSIONAL HELP ASAP 2020-12-18T04:09:38Z business-lifeline-to-end-nye-distressed-businesses-should-seek-professional-help-asap   MEDIA RELEASE  18 December, 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   BUSINESS LIFELINE TO END NYE – BUSINESSES SHOULD SEEK PROFESSIONAL HELP ASAP   -Insolvency Advisor urges businesses to address insolvency issues this year before Safe Harbour moratorium ends, to avoid trading insolvent on or after 1 January 2021 -    Leading Corporate Insolvency advisory MacKay Goodwin has warned struggling businesses have just days to seek professional help before The Federal Government's temporary safe harbour ends on New Year's Eve. Directors of companies trading whilst insolvent will no longer have protection from 1 January 2021, which could leave them open for involuntary liquidation proceedings.   During the pandemic, the Corporations Act suspended provisions that would otherwise hold directors personally liable for trading while insolvent.    "It is critical to get the message out that from New Years’ Day, company directors could face penalties if their business is found to continue trading while insolvent," says Mackay Goodwin CEO Domenic Calabretta.   "Originally the Safe Harbour provisions were due to end in September but were extended when it became clear the economic effects of the pandemic weren't going to be rectified sufficiently by then.”   Under the current economic conditions, it is up to directors to get their accounts and records in order before the deadline passes. If companies have been trading insolvent during 2020, they are strongly encouraged to seek professional financial help. Companies in serious trouble should have a professional financial adviser, specialising in restructures or insolvency, appointed ahead of the 31 December 2020 deadline.   Says Calabretta: "Safe harbour laws state that an external administrator must be appointed to your company before the moratorium's expiry on 31 December 2020, if the debts incurred during COVID are to be excluded from a liquidator's claim for insolvent trading."   He continues: "I really encourage companies to take the time now to examine their businesses and identify if it is still viable, or suffering from temporary liquidity challenges. Those companies could undertake a restructure, which could see them continuing to trade, but in a stronger financial position. With the right advice, they may come out of COVID stronger than they went in."   "Where a company is placed into formal insolvency, directors will need professional advice on compliance with regulatory obligations, such as the provision of books and information and assistance to a liquidator, administrator or controller," he says.   Mackay Goodwin also strongly encourages companies to undertake a general health check to ensure they have viable plans for recovery and subsequent growth.   "Directors may need advice on lending, cash flow, restructuring, forensics, and improving efficiencies to avoid financial trouble. A professional adviser is best placed to help," says Calabretta. "Sound planning is best achieved through a collaborative process between you and an advisory expert."   "While I recognise the holiday season is a terrible time of year to factor in major business health checks, I can't stress enough how important it is for struggling businesses to get on top of it before the moratorium ends. From 2021, Directors can be liable if they have not sought help or taken appropriate action to mitigate claims, and the last thing we want is for the new year to be as miserable as 2020.”   ends     About Mackay Goodwin: Founded by CEO Domenic Calabretta, Mackay Goodwin is one of Australia’s leading insolvency and restructure businesses and has carved a niche successfully working with stakeholders in distressed businesses. The company handles everything from complex restructures and recoveries for listed companies and on behalf of various financial institutions to advising SMEs and finding the most appropriate business solution that works for all parties.   Mackay Goodwin is offering several free advisory activities for businesses who find themselves in trouble. Aside from free webinars, it has also released a downloadable business survival pack. It is also providing an initial free consultation with businesses, and to assist the business community its staff have committed to providing two hours of their day free of charge to affected businesses for the next six months.   Aspera Mobile launches new, low-cost AS6 4G dual-SIM smartphone and new F42 4G flip phone 2020-12-01T23:46:37Z aspera-mobile-launches-new-low-cost-as6-4g-dual-sim-smartphone-and-new-f42-4g-flip-phone Aspera Mobile has launched the latest in its range of full featured and cost effective mobiles - the feature-packed, 5.99” large screen AS6 smartphone which features face recognition, a fingerprint sensor, dual-SIM and 4G for just $149 and the F42, 4G flip phone with pre-loaded social media apps and easy to use large buttons at only $99. Aspera Mobile MD Allan Robertson explained, “In the AS6 Aspera has kept its brand promise to bring a great value, budget-priced smartphone to consumers and we have specifically designed it to suit anyone looking for a large screen, full Android phone that won’t break the bank. Also, to get face recognition and a fingerprint sensor in a full-featured smartphone for $149 is exceptional value and very rare indeed.” Robertson takes his and Aspera Mobile’s commitment to Australian consumers very seriously and the company has continued to forge ahead in a very competitive market for close to a decade with local Australian-based customer service backing up its range of high quality, unlocked, reliable, and budget conscience phones. He continued, “In an age where the price of some mobile phones is running into thousands of dollars despite them being locked to a network, our success over the last ten years has proven that there is an increasing demand for high quality, low-cost alternatives. The AS6 gives you that in a smartphone and the F42 is ideal for the young or elderly, budget-conscious user wanting a simple phone with easy-to-read large buttons and the most commonly used social media apps – including WhatsApp™ and Facebook™ - already installed.” As all Australian telcos continue to wind down their 3G networks, having a new 4G phone is not only critical but makes good and practical sense. At just $149 the Aspera AS6 offers consumers a surprising number of features including the fact that its large 5.99” screen is also an 18:9 IPS 550 cd/m² extra bright display that is FWVGA+ with 2.5D glass. It also has a fast Mediatek Quad core 1.5GHz MT6739WW processor that easily runs Android 10 and despite the phone already having 2GB RAM plus 32GB ROM, you can also expand the memory using an SD card up to a maximum of 64GB. There’s two good 8MP and 0.8MP rear cameras and a 5MP front camera, a large 3000mAh battery, plenty of connectivity via USB, GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi hotspot and VOLTE, support for 1/3/5/7/8/28a+b 4G bands and 850/900/2100Mhz 3G bands and even a free bonus gel protective case. All of this in a phone which measures just 159.5 x 78.5 x 9.3mm. The Aspera Mobile F42 flip phone again perfectly embodies the company’s ethos of providing high quality phones with as many features as possible and it is ideal for anyone who wants a simple and easy to use phone. First off, as a flip phone, the F42 is compact at just 105 x 56 x 19mm when closed and enjoys a satisfying “flip” action as well as large, soft touch keys. It’s also a fully unlocked 4G phone that connects via Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi hotspot or VoLTE. Also, as a flip phone it has two screens, a 2.8” main display and a 1.8” external screen for notifications and messages. Then the F42 has GPS built in and features social media apps including WhatsApp and Facebook already installed. The 1350mAh Li-ion battery gives F42 users good usage time as it powers its 512MB RAM plus 4GB ROM memory (expandable via SD card to 64GB) via its fast Mediatek 6731 quad core 1.1GHz processor. The F42 also features a 2MP rear and 0.3MP front camera, High Definition (HD) voice, programmable speed dials, a USB charge port and a 3.5mm earphone jack. You can find both the new $149 AS6 smartphone and $99 F42 flip phone in Australia Post, Harvey Norman and Big W stores and in petrol stations, service stations and convenience stores all across Australia. For more information on the new Aspera AS6 smartphone go to: https://asperamobile.com/phones/smart-phones/aspera-as6/ For more information on the new Aspera F42 flip phone go to: https://asperamobile.com/phones/easy-phones/aspera-f42-edits/ CREMATION IS MORE THAN SIMPLY A CHOICE OF DISPOSITION 2020-12-01T00:38:33Z cremation-is-more-than-simply-a-choice-of-disposition Cremation as a disposition process is increasingly embraced by consumers of nearly all religious, economic and regional groups, and the reasons for choosing this option are nearly as diverse as the individuals themselves. However, according to eziFunerals Owner & Founder, Peter Erceg, ‘far too many funeral directors make the mistake of focusing on the economics of cremation as the sole contributing factor of consumer decision making. They do it because their competitors down the road are charging less for a direct cremation than it does for its basic services fee. Don’t be that firm!’, says Erceg. eziFunerals is all about fair and affordable funerals. That’s why we exist, said Erceg. But, if a consumer calls a funeral home and asks for a price for cremation, how do you answer? If a funeral director simply gives them a price for a direct cremation, then they are doing their funeral home and the families they serve, a disservice’, he says. Cremation is more than simply a choice of disposition Cremation is more than simply a choice of disposition. It should be considered as just one part of the funeral process. The choices available to a family that chooses cremation are even more varied than that of a traditional burial disposition, and a family that expresses a desire for cremation should be given the opportunity to understand all those options. For example, a direct cremation should, at minimum, include fees for basic services, removal, care and preparation of un-embalmed remains and the cremation. Families only have one opportunity to have it done right. There are no re-runs and a decision based on price alone has the potential to leave a family bereft and unhappy with how the final disposition of their loved one has been handled. Cremation is not a race to the bottom It is very important to the financial health of a funeral home owner that cremation is not, economically speaking, a race to the bottom. Many cremation providers eziFunerals partner with, are more focussed on providing professional and caring services based on the individual needs of families, rather than by what it costs to provide these services. Our clients understand that premium funeral homes have significant costs/investments in professional facilities and staff. Those are two big reasons why families keep coming to our premium members in the first place, says Erceg. Our member funeral directors may not be the cheapest, but people see value in the services they provide, at one of the most difficult times in our lives. Click here to learn more about eziCremations About eziCremations eziCremations is part of eziFunerals Pty Ltd. We support individuals and families cope with end of life decisions, death and funerals. We are an independent, Australian-owned and operated company. We are not part of any other funeral company. For more information or to make contact with a trusted Independent Funeral Director, call eziFunerals on 1300 236 402 or visit www.ezifunerals.com.au. At Centurion we are all about your security, safety, and providing value for money! 2020-11-27T00:47:59Z at-centurion-we-are-all-about-your-security-safety-and-providing-value-for-money Centurion Garage Doors provides real security at a fraction of competitor pricing with our tried and proven mechanical latch lock.The latch lock automatically locks your garage door when in the closed position, making it unable to be manually opened from the outside. 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Giving you no need to worry about hacking apps.Visit Our Website For More Information Today at www.cgdoors.com.au JESI poised for accelerated global growth 2020-11-11T06:48:38Z jesi-poised-for-accelerated-global-growth Brisbane, 11th November 2020: Innovative remote worker and journey management company JESI, has received a multi-million-dollar funds injection from Microsoft aligned VC firm, Future Now Capital Management. The investment will serve to fast-track JESI’s global growth rollout and underpin its ‘customer first’ value add strategy. With the recent appointment of Chairperson Brad Seymour, who has an established reputation for scaling global business’, the JESI company is geared and supported to take on the exciting next phase of its customer-centric expansion.Queensland headquartered, JESI has developed market leading SaaS solutions that significantly improve the protection, monitoring and management of remote and mobile workforces. With origins and a strong presence in the global resources sector, JESI counts Rio Tinto, Orica, BHP, Sandvik among its clients. Other target industry verticals include NGO’s, linear infrastructure and AEC.Already on a growth trajectory, JESI has seen a strong up curve in business and interest through the COVID months with scalable functionality in the solution able to provide a connected eco-system for ‘work from home’ employees. Clearly though, the Future Now investment will turbocharge staff growth, service capabilities and development projects. “Technology integrations will be a key development focus in achieving the company projected growth outcomes” said Kathy Wilson General Manager of Customer Success. “our existing customers are looking to evolve with interoperability solutions and connected technology. JESI software enables them with a compelling value proposition”.JESI CEO Joe Hoolahan said, “The pandemic has bought to the fore the need for enterprises to protect their workers as they work remotely while at the same time ensuring they remain connected. We are also acutely aware that reliable activity data is increasingly becoming a key business metric and we already witnessing how our customers are using the data to drive workforce movement efficiencies,” Joe Hoolahan added.JESI is the first investment for newly founded, Future Now Capital Management, a Sydney based venture capital firm. In 2019 Future Now Capital Management executed a world first partnership with Microsoft that will see investors in the Fund gain direct exposure to companies selected for Microsoft’s accelerated growth programs. Future Now Capital Management will oversee the Fund’s investments into, and the growth strategies of, the portfolio companiesBrad Seymour, JESI Chairperson said, “I am incredibly excited about firstly, the product excellence and relevance of JESI in today’s new world, and secondly, the opportunity for JESI to grow exponentially with Future Now’s backing. I look forward to working with the team through this scale-up stage and beyond.”JESI Management Solutions are now actively recruiting talent to join their team. To explore what roles are on offer refer to the https://jesi.io/careers-at-jesi/ page. BlueAnt’s X3: Bringing Bass in Time for Summer 2020-10-11T23:29:48Z blueants-x3-bringing-bass-in-time-for-summer Melbourne – October 12, 2020 – Australia’s audio pioneer, BlueAnt, is bringing the bass back to the home and the beach in time for summer and eased restrictions with the launch of its next-generation portable speaker, the X3. With powerful audio output and booming bass you can feel, the portable BlueAnt X3 Bluetooth speaker delivers deep rich lows paired with a highly dynamic and room-filling soundstage. The X3 is the next in line of the successful X-Series portable speakers BlueAnt has launched into the local market. “The X-series is designed by our team of music lovers and sound engineers,” said Taisen Maddern, CEO and founder of BlueAnt. “It’s why our customers expect to get exceptional quality at the most accessible price. “The X3 stands above its competition and it’s ready to bring the sounds of summer back to Aussie homes, barbeques and beaches when it’s safe to do so.” With unsurpassed audio performance, the X3 is the loudest and best value speaker for those who don’t compromise on output volume, with a Bass Boost Button enabling music lovers the option to ramp the bass up. Its sleek and lightweight form factor makes it ideal for any location or occasion. Its “Duo Mode” capability allows one X3 to be connected to another X3, ensuring an immersive sound experience regardless of the event or location – inside or outside, the X3 is sure to pack a punch as a solo speaker or as a duet. Its IP67 waterproof rating ensures the pool and beach won’t offer any hurdles to performance. At $239.95, the X3 offers the best bang and bass in its class of premium speakers. It is available nationally in Telstra stores and JB HiFi. Key Features:Portable 30-Watt Bluetooth Speaker offers 15 hours playtime with built-in power bank2 x 57mm drivers, 2 passive radiators and Boost button blasts out the bassBluetooth 5.0 and Aux playback optionsDuo mode can connect two X3 speakers for an immersive experienceIP67 rating will keep the sound up at the beach, pool and everywhere betweenFeatures one-touch controls with Siri/Google Integration and built-in microphoneWATCH THIS SPACE: FORTHCOMING X5 “THE BEST PIECE OF AUDIO KIT WE’VE EVER PRODUCED” BlueAnt’s X-series of speakers has been wildly successfully, with its X1 and X2, launched last year, becoming a popular device for its loyal customers and helping bump BlueAnt’s total device sales to nearly 10 million. The X3 is the next stage in the evolution of BlueAnt’s speaker suite, but Maddern says what is next will blow the competition away: the X5, set to launch later this year. “Simply put, the X5 is the best piece of audio kit we’ve ever produced,” he said. “Watch this space.” Maddern says there has been an incredible demand for home speakers due to the pandemic. “People are now working from home more than ever, and subsequently not travelling on public transport nearly as often,” he said. “Many of our customers are now looking for ways to upgrade their home audio equipment but maintain a level of portability, particularly heading into summer. “Our customers are aching to entertain others, whether it’s barbeques or the beach, or gatherings at home once restrictions are eased. “We’re catering to all occasions with the launch of the X3 and, soon the X5.” ABOUT BLUEANT WIRELESSBlueAnt is a respected Australian consumer electronics and audio lifestyle brand with nearly 10 million devices sold to date. The company has a track record of innovative product design and exponential growth, with products currently retailing in over 20 countries. BlueAnt has supplied many of the world’s top consumer electronics retailers. BlueAnt was founded by Taisen Maddern in 2003 and pioneered hands-free Bluetooth products in Australia, developing the first dual microphone Bluetooth headset, before entering the US market. Australia’s agricultural future: growing with technology 2020-09-28T21:09:47Z australias-agricultural-future-growing-with-technology Drought, climate variability, biosecurity, global competition and consumer preferences are some of the greatest challenges facing Australian farmers, their impacts threatening our position amongthe most efficient primary producers in the world. However, Australia’s primary producers have a long history of embracing innovation and adopting technology to improve productivity and adapt to harsh conditions.The Future of Agricultural Technologies report released today by the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) identifies and discusses the technologies that could address these challenges and bring about both incremental and transformational changes to increase the profitability, sustainability and productivity of our agriculture industry.The report was commissioned by Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel AO on behalf of the National Science and Technology Council, with support from the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. It is the fifth report in ACOLA’s Horizon Scanning series, which draws on the expertise of Australia’s Learned Academies and the Royal Society of Te Apārangi.“Australia’s diverse agriculture, fisheries and forestry sector is a $69 billion industry, delivering significant benefits for our nation—particularly at a time where our economy is facing unprecedented challenges. However, reaching the Government’s goal of $100 billion by 2030 will likely require more than just incremental technological advancements,” Dr Finkel said.“Historically, Australian producers have been rapid adopters of innovation, and these emerging technologies will help our agriculture sector to transform and tackle current and future challenges.”Professor Stewart Lockie, one of the Chairs for the ACOLA Expert Working Group, said, “Innovation in our agriculture sector is critical for our economy, our food security and so much more. With a supportive policy environment, workforce and investment, we are confident that the future of agriculture in Australia will be one in which data analytics and artificial intelligence are as at-home on the farm as they are in any other high-tech industry”.The digitisation of farms through the ‘Internet of Things’ and data gathering and use will likely play a central role in future farm management strategies, allowing farms to track resources, monitor animal and plant health, support farm labour activities and enable precision agriculture.Other technologies could help us develop new products to meet climatic conditions and respond to consumer preferences, such as authenticating a product’s origins and quality assurance.ACOLA Chair, Professor Joy Damousi said that increasing technology uptake in our agriculture sector can also help Australia to maximise opportunities for regional employment, business development and Indigenous landholders. She also noted that there are clear roles for all stakeholders in supporting the sector to realise the potential of these new technologies, including to stimulate the agricultural technology and innovation ecosystemand build consumer confidence.The report examines the opportunities presented by nine technologies to improve the efficiency and profitability of agricultural production, develop novel agricultural industries and markets, and to contribute to a range of social and environmental values. The report explores technologies such as sensors, the Internet of Things (IoT), robotics, machine learning, large scale optimisation and data fusion, biotechnology, nanotechnology, and distributed ledger technology. Importantly, the report highlightsthe range of challenges and considerations for governments, industry and the wider sector to further develop and enable the adoption of these technologies. A copy of the report and summary paper is attached (and will be available at https://acola.org/hs6-future-agricultural-technologies/)The Horizon Scanning Series is commissioned by Australia’s Chief Scientist, on behalf of the National Science and Technology Council. Previous reports have focused on artificial intelligence, precision medicine, synthetic biology and the role of energy storage in Australia. Reports can be accessed at https://acola.org/programs/horizon-scanning-series/ Expert Working GroupProfessor Stewart Lockie FASSA (Chair: from Sept 2019)Dr Kate Fairley-Grenot FAICD FTSE (Chair: Dec 2018 – Sept 2019)Professor Rachel AnkenyProfessor Linda Botterill FASSAProfessor Barbara Howlett FAAProfessor Alex McBratney FAAProfessor Elspeth Probyn FAHA FASSAProfessor Tania Sorrell AM FAHMSProfessor Salah Sukkarieh FTSEProfessor Ian Woodhead Media contactFor more information or to arrange interviews, contact: Ryan WinnChief Executive, ACOLA0484 814 040 About ACOLAACOLA is the forum whereby Australia’s Learned Academies and our Associate members come together to contribute expert advice to inform national policy; and to develop innovative solutions to complex global problems and emerging national needs. Through the learned academies, ACOLA has access to more than 3,000 of Australia’s greatest minds to bring together critical thinking and evidence to inform robust policy decisions. Disposable facemasks are uncovering a harsh reality for the future of our planet, but there is a sustainable solution from CREAM Collection 2020-09-21T23:37:14Z disposable-facemasks-are-uncovering-a-harsh-reality-for-the-future-of-our-planet-but-there-is-a-sustainable-solution-from-cream-collection With demands for disposable masks, gloves and other protective equipment increasing at exponential levels around the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the fight against plastic pollution has become a more significant battle than ever before. CREAM Collection, manufacturers of sustainable aprons, chef jackets and workwear, is working to reduce the alarming number of disposable masks ending up in landfill, and ultimately our oceans, together with the rest of plastic waste that already threatens marine life; by encouraging consumers to wear reusable masks. With September’s Zero Waste Week highlighting the increasing issue of environmental waste and pollution, Pam Burnett, founder of CREAM Collection is encouraging people to purchase an alternative cost-effective solution in the form of sustainable 100% organic cotton reusable facemasks. Pam comments: “Wearing a mask has become so important, and mandatory for some, throughout this pandemic, but after already seeing the negative impact on the environment of disposable masks, choosing what to cover your face with has become a much greater issue.” Since the significant effects of COVID-19 unravelled in March, CREAM Collection has been designing and making sustainable facemasks to enable the wider community to safely interact outside of their home and has already sold thousands to environmentally conscious Aussies. CREAM Collection’s facemasks are ethically made from 100% organic cotton and purposefully designed to biodegrade beyond its use. The masks feature adjustable elastic head straps for a comfortable fit, and a removable aluminium strip allowing the mask to sit snugly across the nose and can also be recycled afterwards. Pam adds: “When we throw something ‘away’, we don’t always think about where it goes and what impact it has on our environment. It is our role to think about what we can do to reduce the waste we dispose of every day, which at the moment includes an increasing number of single-use facemasks – and mask wearing is something that will continue for the foreseeable future.” Dedicated to providing sustainable aprons and jackets to some of the most well-known chefs and restaurants in Australia and overseas, including Rockpool, Jackalope Hotels, Cumulus Inc, Muse Dining, Tetsuya’s and Josh Niland from Saint Peter in Paddington, CREAM Collection has always been committed to ensuring practical, long-lasting solutions exist in an industry that currently relies on so many pollutive materials. With 8 million tonnes of plastics entering the ocean every year, it is estimated around 75 per cent of single-use masks, as well as other pandemic-related waste, will end up in landfills, or floating in the seas spanning a life of 450 years. CREAM Collection’s facemasks can be washed (at a temperature of 60 degrees or using a hot steam iron) and sanitised and re-used to provide an easy solution for people who want to protect themselves and each other during these uncertain times. It’s not just the chefs that love CREAM’s masks, Louise Etchell, owner of HairFreaks2 in Newcastle is prioritising their customers’ safety and commented: “Not only are they incredibly soft and breathable, they hold up like new with daily laundering so we can wear them with confidence. Our clients love that we are prioritising hygiene and their safety but what’s important to us is that we are leaving less of an environmental footprint at the same time.” CREAM’s facemasks are available to order at $19.95 each, with the option to personalise and embroider with a name or initials. For more information or to purchase CREAM Collection face masks, please visit https://www.creamcollection.com.au/collections/face-masks. For more information, please contact: Amy Cox @ CRE8IVE on T: 0431 223 105 or amy.cox@c8.com.au