The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-05-27T04:00:23Z THE AUSTRALIAN SOCIAL VALUE BANK AND THE SOCIAL VALUE PRINCIPLES 2019-05-27T04:00:23Z the-australian-social-value-bank-and-the-social-value-principles This week the Australian Social Value Bank (ASVB) launches an important linkage paper in collaboration with Social Value International (SVI).  The paper outlines in detail how the ASVB delivers on SVI’s seven Social Impact Principles which are the globally recognised standards for impact measurement. The ASVB is a collection of social values and a Value Calculator that can be used by any group, organisation or professional to demonstrate their social impact, in a way never seen in Australia before. The methodology behind the tool is based on cost-benefit analysis focusing on changes in individual’s wellbeing. The ASVB is currently used by a diverse range of organisations here in Australia from the not-for-profit sector to large corporates with a for-purpose focus. In New Zealand, through a multi-user licence agreement NZ Treasury has subscribed to the ASVB and it is being used across approximately ten government departments.   There is a lack of impact measurement approaches which can consistently be applied across a diverse range of social outcomes and be easily adopted, by any organisation who wants or needs to demonstrate their impact. The Australian Social Value Bank was established as a social enterprise to provide a cost-effective solution for measuring social impact. We worked with Social Value International (SVI) to develop a linkage paper to evidence how the ASVB applies their seven Social Value Principles. We believe their strong endorsement of the approach will unlock our huge potential to support for-purpose organisations. Why this linkage paper is important Two of the driving principles behind the creation of the Australian Social Value Bank (ASVB) is comparability and transparency. We want organisations, funders and government to be able to easily compare different interventions to understand the social value they are creating and for it to be completely transparent on how they calculated the social value. Comparability and transparency come with consistent principles and assumptions in the calculation of social value. Social Value International (SVI) has been a pioneer globally in creating a consensus between academics, practitioners and governments on the principles which should be applied when measuring social impact. Read more about the Linkage Paper and download it here: ASVB Social Value Principles Linkage Paper IP Australia wins three iAwards for innovative blockchain trade mark technology 2019-05-23T23:29:01Z ip-australia-wins-three-iawards-for-innovative-blockchain-trade-mark-technology Canberra, 22 May, 2019 – IP Australia, with its partner Agile Digital, has won three awards for Smart Trade Mark, taking out the premier Digital Canberra iAward at last night’s Digital Canberra iAwards Gala Dinner, as well as the categories of Public Sector & Government, and Infrastructure and Platforms Innovation of the Year. IP Australia and Agile Digital will now represent the ACT at the National iAwards held in Melbourne on 29 August 2019.  Local Canberra exporter, Pialligo Estate, piloted Smart Trade Mark and joined IP Australia and Agile Digital on stage to accept the awards. Smart Trade Mark provides Australian trade mark owners with protection against counterfeiting in global marketplaces. A Smart Trade Mark is a digital fingerprint for registered trade mark owners to establish product provenance. With the worldwide sales of counterfeit goods exceeding USD$1.5 trillion per year, Smart Trade Mark can be applied to a range of products, offering stronger protection to Australian exporters.[1] Michael Schwager, IP Australia’s Director General, commented on the award win and technology, “This innovative Smart Trade Mark technology will use the Australian Government's digital stamp of authenticity and include transparent information on the product’s provenance. Smart Trade Mark provides international consumers with confidence in Australian products. I am excited that we are delivering technology that supports Australian businesses and increases our trade marks’ value for Australian rights holders. It’s also great to see our agency awarded for its innovation.” In partnership with Agile Digital, Smart Trade Mark is an enabler of "track and trace" service providers (and technology developers) in Australia. A cryptographically registered trade mark can serve as a “digital green and gold thread” through the variety of blockchain-powered track and trace solutions. This unified thread of verifiable digital fingerprints can offer consumers abroad a more unified, secure, and accessible “made in Australia” experience than industry-specific solutions achieve alone. Smart Trade Mark provides additional protections against suspicious activity in the way of notifications. As each scan of the product, including at the consumer end, is location transparent and notarised as an event against the blockchain, the technology is able to identify suspicious events and the location where those events took place (warning the trade mark owner). This notification and the data available on the blockchain empowers trade mark owners and local authorities with greater insights to counterfeiting activity in global supply chains. For over 25 years, the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) has been driving an innovation nation through their iAwards program. The National Awards for Excellence through Information Technology, now the iAwards, was first held in 1993. The iAwards is now Australia's longest running and most broadly scoped innovation recognition program, promoting excellence in the Australian digital ecosystem from the likes of Google Maps, Atlassian, Wotif and WiseTech Global. About IP Australia IP Australia is the Australian Government agency that administers IP rights and legislation relating to patents, trade marks, designs and plant breeder's rights. It contributes to the innovation system more broadly by using its specialist skills and experience to assist Australian businesses to make the most of their IP and to provide advice to government. Learn more at [1]                 3rd World Intelligence Congress (WIC) Stresses AI's Role In Growth 2019-05-23T06:54:00Z 3rd-world-intelligence-congress-wic-2019-stresses-ai-s-role-in-growth-1 TIANJIN, China, May 23, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - The 3rd World Intelligence Congress (WIC 2019), a forum for exchange and cooperation in the field of artificial intelligence, emphasized the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in the economic and social growth of nations at this year's event, held May 16-19 in Tianjin, China. WIC 2019 welcomed more than 1,450 delegates from 40 countries and regions, as well as 245 organizations, including 38 of the world's top 500 companies. President Xi Jinping, in his letter to the WIC, noted that artificial intelligence (AI) had a significant impact on economic development, social progress and global governance. "China attaches high importance to innovative development, taking AI as a driving force for scientific and technological development, industrial optimization and increased productivity, while striving to achieve high-quality development."Presenting Xi's letter at the WIC 2019 opening ceremony, Li Hongzhong, Party Secretary of the Tianjin Municipal Committee, said that Tianjin would embrace a new era of intelligence, create a new intelligence-based economy, step up AI cooperation with other countries and speed up the building of an "intelligent Tianjin".Yao Laiying, deputy mayor of Tianjin, said at WIC 2019 closing that 126 agreements had been signed between Tianjin and many well-known universities and companies in China, including Renmin University and Zhejiang University as well as Tencent, Alibaba, Huawei and others, with an estimated investment value of over RMB108 billion (US$15.6 billion).Minister of Science and Technology Wang Zhigang said China was drafting regulations and standards for regulating AI and would publish them soon. "In particular, we need to strengthen international cooperation in AI governance, including laws and regulations, ethical norms and international rules," Wang said.The State Council issued a plan in 2017 that set benchmarks for China's AI sector, with the value of core AI industries predicted to exceed RMB1 trillion (US$145 billion) by 2030, placing the country as the global leader in AI innovation.WIC is organized by the Tianjin Municipal Government, National Ministry of Science and Technology and the National Development and Reform Commission. Strategic partners include Alibaba, Tencent, Baidu, Huawei, Lenovo, Haier, Hualu, Hikvision, Sugon, Tsinghua Unigroup, 91techgroup, ICONIQ, ABB and Boston Consulting Group (BCG).For further information on the World Intelligence Congress, please visit, or email PACIFIC CURRENT LIMITED (PAC) SHAREHOLDER WRITES TO THE AUSTRALIAN SECURITIES EXCHANGE (ASX) ABOUT THE WAY IT ISSUES WAIVERS AGAINST LISTING RULES 2019-05-21T02:10:01Z pacific-current-limited-pac-shareholder-writes-to-the-australian-securities-exchange-asx-about-the-way-it-issues-waivers-against-listing-rules GOOD GOVERNANCE IS A TWO WAY TRANSPARENT STREET  FIRST IN A SERIES OF SHAREHOLDER CORRESPONDENCE BEGINNING DECEMBER 2017 ON HOW THE SYSTEM MAY WORK AGAINST SHAREHOLDERS LETTER NUMBER 1 PACIFIC CURRENT GROUP LIMITED SHAREHOLDER LETTER TO THE ASX DATED 6 DECEMBER 2017 HAVING REGARDS TO WAIVERS AGAINST LISTING RULES Mr. D Stevens Managing Director and CEO Australian Securities Exchange Limited (ASX) 20 Bridge Street  Sydney 2000 NSW 6 December 2017 Dear Mr. Stevens, RE: Treasury Group Limited (ASX:TRG) (“TRG”) now known as Pacific          Current Group Limited (ASX:PAC)(“PAC”) I was a founding director and a key shareholder in TRG/PAC.  I have held shares in the Company for approximately 18 years.  I have serious concerns about the governance of the Company, as especially over the past 4 years because of: -  1. On 5 August 2014 TRG announced to the market a merger with the USA based Northern Lights Capital Group LLC (NLCG) see link, ; 2. Within this announcement it was mentioned that a new Australian Trust and Trustee Company will be established which will own the interests in the combined 21 boutiques and give effect to the merger; (All of TRG’s assets, economic interests, and funds belonging to its shareholders were to be sold to the Trust) 3. No change of control at TRG board level was to occur, TRG will hold an interest of approximately 61% and majority Board representation; * and 4. TRG said in the merger announcement lodged with the ASX. “It has received confirmation from the ASX that approval of the merger transaction by shareholders is not required under Listing Rule 11 (emphasis added). In relation to the above approval, can the ASX please provide the shareholders with details about the dispensations or waivers TRG received on its merger announcement pursuant to listing rule 11 or any other listing rule regulated by the ASX? We would like to know specifically what documents: - • TRG provided to the ASX as part of the request allowing the Company not to seek shareholder approval; or • The ASX sought and received when considering the TRG request; and  • Any additional ASX requests made by the ASX following receipt of the above approval request. On 3 October 2016, the Company advised its shareholders via the ASX the Trust recorded a loss of $264,571,001.00 in its accounts. Shareholders were not presented with a copy of the Trust accounts in the 2015 financial year. Serious matters concerning the Trusts financial position were only disclosed in late 2016, nearly 2 years after the merger was effected. * We point out that this claim appears to be incorrect in item 3 above, because at PAC’s 2016 annual general meeting (AGM) the auditor, when questioned about it, advised the shareholders present, that the Company did not have control of the Trust. (Therefore, by giving up control, PAC had no control over their shareholder funds held within Trust!!) The auditor also, when shareholders raised further questions about the Trust, said he would not take more questions on that matter, because he was there to discuss the financial affairs the of the Company not the Trust. We also point out a further observation made by a shareholder at the 2017 AGM informed the meeting that the PAC’s accounts and disclosures [lack thereof] and use of trusts and overseas companies reminded her of the Burns Philp situation.  The answers provided by the auditor to written and verbal questions put at the 2016 and 2017 annual general meetings of the Company’s members, have never been disclosed to the members as a whole, contrary to good governance standards. I look forward to receiving the ASX’s detailed advice in due course. Kind regards,   Michael de Tocqueville SA FIN, FAICD CEO - Chief Investment Officer Responsible Manager AFSL 224560 --------------------------------------------- ASI  Office Address 93 High Street Woodend 3442 VIC Australia Postal Address PO Box 686 Woodend 3442 VIC Australia Domestic Callers  t   03.5427.4561 f   03.5427.4672 m 0402.039.993 International Callers t   +61.3.5427.4561 f   +61.3.5427.4672 m +61.402.039.993 E W Bitglass reports publicly traded companies suffering worst data breaches averaged a 7.5 percent decrease in stock price 2019-05-16T00:47:13Z bitglass-reports-publicly-traded-companies-suffering-worst-data-breaches-averaged-a-7-5-percent-decrease-in-stock-price SYDNEY – May 16, 2019 – Bitglass, the Next-Gen CASB company, released findings today from its latest report: Kings of the Monster Breaches. Bitglass researched the three largest data breaches of publicly traded companies from each of the past three years in order to uncover cybersecurity trends and demonstrate the extensive damage that can be done by improper security. Among the incidents detailed in the report are the Marriott breach of 2018, the Equifax breach of 2017 and the Yahoo! breach of 2016. Kings of the Monster Breaches explores the causes, repercussions and company responses for each of these preeminent breaches. Additionally, it recaps three of the most significant cybersecurity incidents that affected government agencies and private companies over the last three years. The report’s findings highlight the similarities between leading breaches and suggest that organisations have not been learning from the mistakes of their peers. Key findings: The mean number of individuals directly affected by each breach was 257 million. To date, these breaches have cost their companies an average of $347 million in legal fees, penalties, remediation costs and other expenses. The average post-breach market cap decrease was $742 million (this excludes the outlier Facebook breach which lost $43 billion in market cap). It took an average of 46 days for the companies’ stock prices to return to their pre-breach levels – Equifax’s stock price still has yet to recover. "The largest breaches over the past three years have caused massive and irreparable damage to large enterprises and their stakeholders around the globe," said Rich Campagna, Chief Marketing Officer of Bitglass. "This should serve as a stark warning to organizations everywhere. If massive companies with seemingly endless resources are falling victim to external attacks, then companies of all sizes must remain vigilant in their cybersecurity efforts. It is only by taking a proactive approach to security that breaches can be prevented and data can truly be kept safe.” To learn about the biggest data breaches of the past three years as well as their devastating repercussions, download the full report here: About Bitglass Bitglass, the Next-Gen CASB company, is based in Silicon Valley with offices worldwide. The company's cloud security solutions deliver zero-day, agentless, data and threat protection for any app, any device, anywhere. Bitglass is backed by Tier 1 investors and was founded in 2013 by a team of industry veterans with a proven track record of innovation and execution. Contact David Shephard, Vice President Asia Pacific. Bitglass 0477 725 051 SAS rallying analytics experts to fight the opioid epidemic 2019-05-16T00:13:24Z sas-rallying-analytics-experts-to-fight-the-opioid-epidemic Cary, NC (May 15, 2019) Analytics provider SAS has launched the SAS® Opioid Analytics Users Group to unite data experts who want to help those on the front lines turn the tide of the opioid epidemic. Led by an advisory board consisting of leaders from academia and the public and private sectors, the users group will share novel solutions with the health, government and technology communities to inform new policies and strategies. “The opioid epidemic has ignited urgent research efforts and new programs across the country,” said Steve Kearney, PharmD, SAS Medical Director. “Many of these efforts involve applying analytics to the data behind the epidemic. We want to gather talented analytical minds and see what can be accomplished when we work together.” Open to SAS users in the US, the group will be guided by domain experts in both the opioid epidemic and analytics who will guide the group’s activities to ensure the best practices, discoveries and methodologies created will be relevant and valuable to stakeholders. All 50 state governments, all 15 executive federal departments and hundreds of counties and municipalities use SAS. SAS has also been a standard in colleges and universities for more than 40 years. With such a diverse membership, the users group will be able to look at many facets of a complex problem. For instance, how can we curb the alarming rise in illicit drugs such as fentanyl, which has surpassed prescription opioids as the leading cause of overdose deaths? How can we identify people at risk for substance use disorder? What’s the best way to get them treatment, particularly those who live in rural areas? How can we identify systems of fraud or prescribers who stray well beyond CDC guidelines? The SAS Opioid Analytics Users Group Advisory Board met for the first time at the recent National Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta. The board includes advocates, scientists, law enforcement and public health representatives from North Carolina, New Jersey, Colorado, the University of Kentucky and RTI International (a non-profit research institute), as well as Kearney and Christina Emrich, the SAS users group administrator. From investigations by the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General to student research at Carnegie Mellon University to pioneering data integration in New Jersey, there are countless possibilities for analytics to curtail the opioid crisis. “Our users combine analytics prowess with a desire to improve the world,” said Kearney. “Let’s focus our passion for using data for good on this tragic public health emergency.” People interested in joining the virtual group should visit About SAS SAS is the leader in analytics. Through innovative software and services, SAS empowers and inspires customers around the world to transform data into intelligence. SAS gives you THE POWER TO KNOW®. Hitachi Vantara Introduces Lumada Video Insights as Video, IoT Analytics and DataOps Drive Smart Spaces Growth and Innovation 2019-05-15T22:06:47Z hitachi-vantara-introduces-lumada-video-insights-as-video-iot-analytics-and-dataops-drive-smart-spaces-growth-and-innovation SYDNEY, Australia – 16 May, 2019 – Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), today introduced Lumada Video Insights, an end-to-end, intelligent and adaptable suite of applications that delivers operational safety and business intelligence using internet of things (IoT), video, artificial intelligence (AI) and analytics. Lumada Video Insights is an integral part of Hitachi Vantara’s DataOps strategy, which redefines data management for the AI era by seamlessly connecting data consumers with data creators to rapidly monetise customers’ data. Lumada Video Insights brings together Hitachi’s video offerings for smart spaces with new technology updates, innovations and integrations into Hitachi’s Lumada portfolio. The solution complements and extends the Lumada platform and services ecosystem with expanded AI, computer vision, advanced analytics, data integration and orchestration capabilities to help enterprise and industrial customers accelerate their IoT initiatives and cultivate their own smart spaces and ecosystems.  With multiple customer success stories and increasing demand, Lumada Video Insights demonstrates significant momentum in the emerging smart spaces industry. And when put together with DataOps, it unlocks new opportunities for customers to maximise the value of the vast amounts of data collected as IoT disrupts numerous industries worldwide. According to Gartner, Inc., “A smart space is a physical or digital environment in which humans and technology-enabled systems interact in increasingly open, connected, coordinated and intelligent ecosystems. Multiple elements — including people, processes, services and things — come together in a smart space to create a more immersive, interactive and automated experience for a target set of personas or industry scenarios.  This trend has been coalescing for some time around elements such as smart cities, digital workplaces, smart homes and connected factories. Gartner believes the market is entering a period of accelerated delivery of robust smart spaces, with technology becoming an integral part of our daily lives, whether as employees, customers, consumers, community members or citizens. AI-related trends, the expansion of IoT-connected edge devices, the development of digital twins of things and organisations, and the maturing of blockchain offer increasing opportunities to drive more connected, coordinated and intelligent solutions across target environments.” 1     Lumada Video Insights Supports Rapid Smart Spaces Growth With the capabilities to collect, store, manage and analyse video data, Lumada Video Insights delivers valuable analysis and alerts to help organisations be more effective, efficient and secure.   Advances in computer vision and machine learning have allowed video to be a rich source of insights that provide operational and customer experience intelligence, and real time-situational awareness and alerts to enable swift, effective and proactive responses to incidents, emergencies and customer issues. With Lumada Video Insights, customers can gather data insights to improve planning and identify opportunities for cost and waste reductions and factors to improve operational excellence.  Key features of Lumada Video Insights include: IoT, video and historical data can be visualised geospatially and graphically in a single-pane-of-glass view. Video analytics turns existing or new video data into a insights and real-time alerts through AI analysis. Video data storage and management solutions that ensure rapid speed and high volumes of foundational data are available, complete and fault-tolerant while simplifying data management. Smart edge devices and video intelligence platforms that gather data and insights from anywhere. Mine publicly available data from social media or the deep web for open-source intelligence and awareness of brand-related conversations in target areas. Helps data-driven decision-making about safety, operations and customer experience.  Lumada Video Insights strengthens the Lumada portfolio of data-driven applications, which is further supported by Hitachi Vantara’s data integration, orchestration, storage and management offerings to provide end-to-end solutions and business value to customers around the world. “Smart spaces innovation is a focus area for Hitachi Vantara as we continue to see a demand to use new and diverse sources of data blended with more traditional data to gain rich insights,” said Brad Surak, chief product and strategy officer at Hitachi Vantara. “With Lumada Video Insights and our focus on DataOps, we are excited to expand our work with public and private organisations to transform how retail, government and transportation use data-driven intelligence to innovate and achieve greater outcomes.” Hitachi Smart Spaces Customer Success  Hitachi Vantara works hand-in-hand with customers to deliver purpose-built, outcome-driven solutions that generate actionable insights to improve safety, operations and business intelligence. Recent Smart Spaces customer successes include: City of Las Vegas (Nevada): By deploying Hitachi Smart Spaces in its Innovation District, the city tapped traffic, parking and passenger flow data to optimise operations. In one area, a spike of bike delivery activity was detected, highlighting the need for more bike lanes along delivery routes. City of Moreno Valley (California): For several years, this city has been using elements of Lumada Video Insights which have helped decrease crime, improve emergency-response time in traffic, and address a missing person case using Hitachi technology. Tequila Intelligente (Jalisco, Mexico): This heavily touristed home of the tequila industry uses Lumada Video Insights to gather foot and vehicle traffic data to enhance the visitor and citizen experience. Dallas Housing Authority (Texas): To keep residents safe throughout its properties, Dallas Housing Authority deployed Lumada Video Insights, including smart cameras with compute and storage to analyse and monitor video data. Availability Lumada Video Insights solutions are available for customers today with global general availability for most of the portfolio, and limited availability for edge devices in some countries. More information is available at: Resources: 1Gartner: Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2019: Smart Spaces, March 2019 Lumada Video Insights webpage: Hitachi Smart Spaces webpage: Blog: Hitachi Introduces Lumada Video Insights for the Development of Smart Spaces and Intelligent Ecosystems FMA warns NZ companies they need to do more to comply with AML/CFT regulations 2019-05-14T03:55:55Z fma-warns-nz-companies-they-need-to-do-more-to-comply-with-aml-cft-regulations The Financial Markets Authority of New Zealand issued a stark warning for regulated entities in its recently published Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) 2018 Monitoring Report. Given the Act has been in place for more than five years, the FMA stated that they had expected to see more mature processes and policies in place. Future monitoring activity will involve more on-site visits and an increased focus on reviewing independent audit reports. While most regulated entities have a risk assessment process and program in place, the FMA found that a large number are inadequate for the size and nature of the business. Many are also failing to update their risk assessment as they bring on new products and clients, or as country risk ratings changes.  The FMA gave examples of good practice, which include updating the risk assessment and programme at least annually, or whenever something changes in the regulated entity’s business; and ensuring that the risk assessment and program are appropriate for the size and nature of the business. Imelda Newton, Head of Business Development at Arctic Intelligence says “Our advice to regulated entities is that they need to make sure the solution they use for risk assessment and their risk programme is fit for purpose. Ideally it should be dynamic in nature, providing updates and alerts as the risk profile changes due to updated regulations or changes in their business and operating environment. We have an increasing number of New Zealand clients using our cloud-based AML Accelerate solution to conduct their risk assessment and create an AML program that meets the regulatory requirements of the FMA.”    The full report is available here. Response by David Shephard, Bitglass Vice President Asia Pacific, to today’s OAIC data breach figures 2019-05-13T05:01:23Z response-by-david-shephard-bitglass-vice-president-asia-pacific-to-todays-oaic-data-breach-figures “A common perception is that breaches happen when malicious outsiders evade our defences and steal our data. While true, we’ve consistently seen from the Notifiable Data Breach Reports issued quarterly by the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) that human error continues to account for a large number (almost one-third) of all reported breaches. Many of these are easily avoidable. Breaches attributed to human error could possibly be even higher if we consider external attackers capitalise on these mistakes, including system misconfigurations (S3 sharing in AWS is by default turned off, yet S3 buckets with public access are common), inappropriately shared files or weak passwords used alone without MFA. We aren’t talking about malicious insiders, just everyday users who make simple and avoidable errors. The Cloud can complicates things. In the Cloud, inappropriate sharing of data and system misconfigurations may be rife, but would an organisation even know? The traditional technologies that many cyber defences have been built on don’t extend to Cloud, and the control points they’re designed to protect may not feature in the IT architectures of Cloud and Mobile Enterprises. As Businesses rethink IT, they must rethink IT Security too. What use is a moat when the castle, its contents and all the people have moved. “ Contact David Shephard, Vice President Asia Pacific. Bitglass 0477 725 051 Synology Host Solutions Exhibition alongside Computex, 2019 2019-05-08T22:30:00Z synology-host-solutions-exhibition-alongside-computex-2019 Data lies at the core of every industry transformation. Synology provides a wide array of solutions to ensure business continuity. Join us to explore the data life cycle and discover infinite possibilities of file access, storage, and backup. Synology will be hosting its own Solution Exhibition alongside Computex 2019 and you're invited! Join Synology at their new HQ in Taiwan! Date: 29th May 2019 - 31st May 2019 Time: 10am - 6pm Venue: Synology HQ - TPKA in Taipei Far Eastern Telecom Park (1F, No.1, Yuandong Rd., Banqiao Dist., New Taipei City 220) 8-minute walk from the Far Eastern Hospital MRT station (Exit 3) For more information: If of interest and for RSVP, please contact: Shazana Roseli at, John Wanna at or Stacey Toskas at +61 029415 4528 Concerns from CWA of NSW that looming election stalling drought assistance commitments 2019-05-07T21:30:16Z concerns-from-cwa-of-nsw-that-looming-election-stalling-drought-assistance-commitments Hi The Country Women's Association (CWA) of NSW's State Conference continues in Albury today after delegates yesterday overwhelmingly endorsed a motion that calls for a firm and ongoing commitment to drought assistance from the country's major political parties. The association is also concerned the looming Federal Election is stalling the release of more information on initiatives announced in the Federal Budget, and announced by the Federal Government last week. "Major issues, such as drought, should be treated with a bipartisan approach and all major parties should have a firm position for action on drought so money and support gets to where it’s needed without delay," CWA of NSW State President Annette Turner said. “It’s too important to play politics with and must be treated with the urgency it deserves. The fact the government is in ‘caretaker mode’ should make no difference. In drought-stricken areas, every single day bites. Unlike politicians, we can’t ask our farmers to wait a few weeks, while there is a potential changing of the guard.” Attached and below is a media release on the urgency motion. For further information or interview requests please let me know. Kind regards, Kylie Galbraith Seftons Tamworth NSW 2340 Ph. 0411 480 208 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- MEDIA RELEASE Concerns that looming election stalling drought assistance commitments The Country Women’s Association of NSW is urgently seeking assurances from both sides of politics on an ongoing commitment to drought assistance following concerns the upcoming Federal Election has thrown a shadow of uncertainty over future aid schemes for drought-stricken areas of the state. It follows an announcement last week by Prime Minister Scott Morrison on new re-stocking and re-planting loans of up to $200,000 for farm businesses, part of a $500 million package that includes the establishment of a specific “Regional Investment Corporation” for the loans, once conditions improve. The package also includes funding for more rural financial counsellors. The Country Women’s Association (CWA) of NSW at its State Conference in Albury yesterday, prior to a visit to the conference by Mr Morrison, expressed concerns that now the Government is in ‘caretaker mode’ pending the federal election, there is no further information available around the announcement and that the federal Opposition has not yet indicated its intention to support the scheme should it win the May 18 ballot. “As it stands the Opposition has even expressed some hesitation at the issuing of concessional loans, which means if we have a change of government, we may not see the program get off the ground at all,” said Annette Turner, CWA of NSW State President. “We are calling for all major political parties to state their support for this scheme. Major issues, such as drought, should be treated with a bipartisan approach and all major parties should have a firm position for action on drought so money and support gets to where it’s needed without delay. “It’s too important to play politics with and must be treated with the urgency it deserves. The fact the government is in ‘caretaker mode’ should make no difference. In drought-stricken areas, every single day bites. Unlike politicians, we can’t ask our farmers to wait a few weeks, while there is a potential changing of the guard.” The motion of urgency, which was unanimously carried by delegates, included a call for consideration of grants for farmers, as well as loans, Mrs Turner saying that while they welcomed concessional loans, they wanted the major parties to look further into grants, where appropriate. The motion encompassed the need for more information on the budget announcement of $5 million for the Country Women’s Association of Australia to assist with the ongoing allocation of drought assistance grants, along with a call for the streamlining and simplification of the Farm Household Allowance scheme, in the wake of ongoing complaints from applicants about the excessive ‘red tape’ around the scheme. “We have publicly applauded the Government for the funding for the CWA of Australia. And as we have proven, drought funding is in very good hands with the CWA, with the state associations efficiently, and at no cost, getting every dollar to where it is needed. However, we need all parties to confirm ongoing support for this. If there is a change of Government we need to know that all parties support this important work,” Mrs Turner said. Several other urgency motions around water security for regional communities are also due to be discussed by delegates today, including one relating to the inadequate quality of town water in many regional areas and the need for greater transparency on decision-making under the Murray Darling Basin Plan, particularly relating to the allocation of water and the balance between social, economic and environmental factors in water management. Tasmanian Catholic school Internet speeds go to top of the class 2019-05-06T01:17:55Z tasmanian-catholic-school-internet-speeds-go-to-top-of-the-class HOBART, May 6. More Tasmanian students will enjoy some of the best internet and network connectivity in Australia thanks to a partnership between Hobart-based digital services provider TasmaNet and Catholic Education Tasmania. TasmaNet will connect 27 Catholic schools and all Catholic education offices in the state using nbnTM Enterprise Ethernet technology, offering superfast symmetrical speeds up to 1 Gbps delivered over dedicated fibre installed to each site. Many of the schools are upgrading from existing Fibre to the Node or legacy microwave connections incapable of achieving the data transfer rates made possible by dedicated optical fibre. TasmaNet Chief Executive Officer, Elizabeth Aris, said that connecting 29 locations throughout the state for a single customer is another milestone for the company, and is the largest Enterprise Ethernet order yet placed by any nbnTM Retail Service Provider. “TasmaNet connected the first nbnTM Enterprise Ethernet service in Australia earlier this year after being amongst the first providers accredited to sell the new product, and scaling up to 29 locations around the island was a logical next step for our service delivery team and account manager Brendan Cooper,” said Ms Aris. “We’ve developed robust systems that allow us to deliver multiple upgraded connections quickly, and our direct relationship with nbn Co as a wholesale provider means we can manage complex projects like this with minimal service interruption to our customer.” Executive Director of Catholic Education in Tasmania John Mula, said the new deal with TasmaNet offers significant benefits to students and the wider community. “Catholic schools in Tasmania have previously negotiated on an individual basis with different providers on the provision of internet services. I’m delighted Catholic Education is in partnership with TasmaNet, who will deliver improved internet services to thousands of students attending Catholic schools across the state, using the same superfast ethernet technology. “The capability of delivering 1 Gbps speed over dedicated fibre to each school site offers a platform that will enhance learning and teaching opportunities for students irrespective of the geographical location of our schools.” Mr Mula said the new deal was particularly pleasing as it supports a local Tasmanian company. The new partnership forms part of Catholic Education Tasmania’s three-year ICT strategy. Ms Aris said that dedicated fibre unlocked cloud-based learning opportunities for schools, demonstrating the benefits offered to regional communities by improved connectivity. “TasmaNet can deliver high-speed Enterprise Ethernet anywhere in Australia, and we’re proud to provide the same advantage to students so that they too can take on the world from Tasmania.” About TasmaNet TasmaNet has been delivering specialised internet, networking, cloud, and data protection services to education, business, and government since 2004. Based at the Tasmanian Technopark in Hobart, the company employs more than 50 highly skilled ICT professionals at three locations around the state. Contact Elizabeth Aris Chief Executive Officer, TasmaNet +61 477 443 703 CHURCHILL, SHORTEN, MORRISON, RICCARDO BOSI - GREATNESS AWAITS YOU! 2019-05-06T00:00:42Z churchill-shorten-morrison-riccardo-bosi-greatness-awaits-you CHURCHILL, SHORTEN, MORRISON, BOSI - GREATNESS AWAITS YOU!   Leadership is the key to the 2019 Federal Election. Neither Shorten or Morrison have written a book on it but NSW Senate candidate Lieutenant Colonel (Rtd) RICCARDO BOSI has.  Bosi’s book, Greatness Awaits You - The Five Pillars Of Real Leadership has been released just two weeks prior to Australia making a decision about who will lead the country for the next three years. It’s all about common sense. In the spirit of England’s inspirational World War 2 Prime Minister Winston Churchill and with the modern day savvy of best selling author Simon Sinek’s Start With Why, Bosi’s Leadership book is a must read for families, businesses and politicians alike.  Bosi has drawn on over four decades of hard won experience in business, government and the military as an Australian Army Special Forces Lieutenant Colonel with his service including time in the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific.    “As a parent you are the leader of your family and as a CEO you need to lead your business so with the five pillars it’s all about YOU! After TRUST, the first pillar is YOUR CHARACTER then it’s YOUR CAPABILITY followed by YOUR INVENTION, with the fourth pillar it’s about those you’re leading so it’s THEIR EMPOWERMENT and finally it’s YOU.” Says Riccardo Bosi.    Bosi easily explains and effortlessly leads everyone who wants to be a leader on the path to success because GREATNESS AWAITS YOU.  Published by Wilkinson Publishing the book retails for $29.95 and is available from  TO INTERVIEW RICCARDO BOSI & FOR REVIEW BOOK COPIES email or call Max Markson 0412 501 601 ABOUT THE AUTHOR RICCARDO BOSI Riccardo Bosi served Australia for 24 years in the military including a successful business career for 21 years. Riccardo is running as a NSW Senate candidate for Cory Bernardi’s Australian Conservative Party.    Malaysia’s housing construction & affordable housing benefits from 3 C’s says Tan Sri Michael Yeoh 2019-05-05T22:53:52Z malaysia-s-housing-construction-amp-affordable-housing-benefits-from-3-c-s-says-tan-sri-michael-yeoh Malaysia’s housing, property and affordable housing sectors (including the business community) are benefiting from a government led environment that is focussing on the three Cs…Certainty, Consistency and Clarity in its macro-economic policies and endeavours said Tan Sri Dr Michael Yeoh in his opening address at the recent Kingsley Strategic Institute (KSI) National Housing & Property Summit in Kuala Lumpur. YBM Senator Dato’ Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah, Deputy Minister of Housing and Local Government was the keynote speaker at KSI’s Summit that brought together high-ranking senior government officers, business leaders, captains of industry, academia and stakeholders to discuss The New Property Landscape in a Changing Business Environment – Where do we go from here?    “With respect to the housing and property industry, affordable housing remains a challenge with greater need for Public Private Partnership (PPP) between government and the private sector.  This is needed to deliver the outcome of more affordable housing in line with the nation’s aspirations”, affirmed Tan Sri Dr Michael Yeoh.   The escalating home ownership and overhang in the country has become a top agenda for the government to resolve.  Various housing policies and measures are being implemented to stimulate buying and boost the current property market said Senator Dato’ Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah in his opening remarks.   “The recently launched National Housing Policy 2.0 outlines five focuses 16 strategies and 57 action plans, of which 15 will be carried out in the first two years.  The five focuses include improving accessibility and affordability, quality housing for all, cohesive neighbouring and neighbourhoods, improving coordination between housing development and transportation and strengthening the institutional capability”, said the Senator and Deputy Minister.   The Housing Policy aims to build 1 million affordable units in the next 10 years with the target broken down to 100,000 homes annually.   The latest economy indicators point to a positive Malaysian property market next year driven by strong fundamentals including solid economy growth, increased loan applications and approval, stable currency, private consumption, investment, as well as the Government's infrastructure investments.   Both the Senator and Tan Sri Dr Michael Yeoh addressed the need for appreciation of technology and its impact and growing importance in the buying, selling, and renting process of property.    It is going to be the game changer with Big Data and technology impacting property and construction, as well as every aspect of living and commercial endeavour.   Senator Dato’ Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah continued, “The property industry needs to look at other ways of overcoming the demands for housing with renting an option to overcome supply issues.  A strong tenancy market will support the investment market and improve property market issues”.   “The Rent-To-Own (RTO) scheme is a positive Government initiative that offers buyers the option to rent their homes for five years and apply for financing to participants in the sixth year”.   Senator Dato’ Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah concluded his presentation affirming there is no single solution for improving urbanisation and achieving sustainable urban development.  The Government’s agenda provides the principles and practices to bring the vision to life and into reality.   There is much that needs to be done in the property and housing sector.  But by working together with the private sector, the goal to energise the industry and find ways to improve and sustain Malaysia's property market can be achieved.   Tan Sri Dr Michael Yeoh confirmed that the Summit had been a success and KSI was in the process of producing a report of the discussions for presentation to the Ministry.   Issued by Connect Malaysia              Media enquiries       Mr. Joe Perri, Connect Malaysia Tel:       +61 3 9662 2550   Mob:  +61 412 112 545  Email: Navigate Communication Expands into Sydney Market to Meet Growing Demand from Technology Clients 2019-05-01T04:29:42Z navigate-communication-expands-into-sydney-market-to-meet-growing-demand-from-technology-clients Navigate Communication Expands into Sydney Market to Meet Growing Demand from Technology Clients Appoints Peter Witts as Sydney Director, Technology Sydney, Australia – 1 May 2019 - Navigate Communication, a highly specialised communications firm supporting challenger companies, announced today it is expanding its presence in the Sydney market with the appointment of Peter Witts as Sydney Director, Technology. Since its founding in 2012, Melbourne based Navigate Communication has provided digital communications, public relations, investor communications, and crisis communications to more than 60 organisations, from multinational and domestic technology firms, to leading national consumer brands. The firm has a proven history of helping its clients achieve a desired commercial outcome, or to significantly remake a market environment through digital, regulatory, political or media driven influence. The appointment of Peter Witts, one of Australia’s most experienced corporate communications technology experts, will enable Navigate to focus on meeting demand for communications in the rapidly growing Sydney technology market. Peter brings more than 20 years of experience in leading innovative and successful communications strategies for some of the world’s most iconic technology brands, including Amazon Web Services, Cisco, Palo Alto Networks and Telstra. Peter has strong experience in public relations, issues management, branding, social media and employee communications, and has pioneered thought leadership reports into the economic benefits of the Internet and related technologies. Prior to his career in communications, Peter was a finance and technology reporter for more than six years, including for The Australian newspaper, where he was appointed the first columnist to report on the emerging Internet industry in Australia. Terry Alberstein, founder and Managing Director of Navigate Communication said; “We are delighted to have Peter join Navigate to lead and expand our technology practice in the Sydney market. Peter is one of the country’s most experienced technology public relations practitioners and will bring our team a very strong focus to support and expand our New South Wales based technology clients.” “After more than two decades working with some of the most influential technology companies in Australia and around the world, I am thrilled to join Navigate Communication at a time of significant change in the way technology brands communicate with their customers and stakeholders,” said Witts. “Sydney is home to many of Australia’s leading technology organisations, and also serves as the Australian base for a wide range of global technology companies. We look forward to helping them grow their businesses through comprehensive and targeted communications strategies.” About Navigate Communication: Navigate Communication is a highly specialised communications firm based in Melbourne, that practices in media relations, investor communication, crisis communication and digital communications. The firm was founded by Terry Alberstein in 2012. Alberstein has over twenty-five years of experience in international marketing and public relations in both the U.S. and Asia Pacific Regions. Prior to founding Navigate, he spent fifteen years at Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO) and was Cisco’s global head of corporate public relations for the firm in its U.S. headquarters in Silicon Valley. Contact: Terry Alberstein m: 0458-484-921 Peter Witts m: 0477-274-412