The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2018-11-16T00:48:31Z Rimini Street Expands Investment and Operations in Asia-Pacific 2018-11-16T00:48:31Z rimini-street-expands-investment-and-operations-in-asia-pacific AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, November 16, 2018 – Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI), a global provider of enterprise software products and services, and the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products, today announced that it has expanded its operations in the Asia-Pacific region with the launch of its new subsidiary, Rimini Street New Zealand Limited, and the opening of its new office in Auckland to address the growing demand for Rimini Street’s premium, ultra-responsive support services in New Zealand. Rimini Street’s expansion was announced at a gala event held at The Northern Club in Auckland, where clients, local IT leaders and the special guest of honor, Ambassador Scott P. Brown, the U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand, were hosted by Rimini Street’s general manager for Asia-Pacific, Andrew Powell, and Rimini Street corporate senior executives. Growing demand for IT optimisation and a business-driven IT roadmap Rimini Street launched its new subsidiary in response to the region’s increasing desire for software support solutions that can help optimise their IT spend and enable them to liberate significant funding for their business transformation initiatives. Rimini Street already supports nearly 50 clients with operations in New Zealand, including local brands James Pascoe, Spark, 2Degrees Mobile, Refining New Zealand and The University of Auckland. By switching to Rimini Street support from the vendor’s support, organisations have saved up to 90 percent of the total cost of maintenance of their SAP and Oracle software assets and are able to run their current ERP releases with no forced upgrades for a minimum of 15 years from the date they switched support. Rimini Street clients also benefit from the Company’s flexible, premium-level enterprise software support model, including its industry-leading Service Level Agreement (SLA) of 15-minute response times for critical Priority 1 cases. In addition, each client is assigned a Primary Support Engineer (PSE) with an average of 15 years’ experience in their particular enterprise software system, backed by a broader team of technical experts. By switching their support to Rimini Street, organisations are able to take back control of their IT roadmaps with a ”business-driven roadmap” strategy that provides much more flexibility and value compared to the vendor roadmap, allowing CIOs to focus on creating value and providing competitive advantage for growth. “Organisations in New Zealand, both public and private, spend hundreds of millions of dollars every year on their annual enterprise software support and maintenance, yet see little return from this significant spend,” said Andrew Powell, general manager, Asia-Pacific, Rimini Street. “Our conversations with CIOs are squarely focused on how we can help them dramatically lower the total cost of ownership of their stable, mature enterprise systems as part of a hybrid computing model and business-driven roadmap, and as a result, we are experiencing increased demand in the region. With Rimini Street, organisations have the option to break free from the seemingly never-ending upgrade cycle dictated by the vendor’s roadmap – an expensive and disruptive path for companies to undertake just to stay fully supported. With our new operation in Auckland, we are better able to engage with and support organisations in New Zealand who want to significantly cut their software support spend and take back control of their IT roadmaps.” Region at risk of “falling behind” on innovation Recent research from Vanson Bourne, commissioned by Rimini Street, found that enterprises in the ANZ region plan to spend the second-least amount on IT innovation in the world in the next 12 months, and they plan to increase their IT innovation spend by just 6.31% in the 12 months following the survey, well below the global average of 10.94%. “New Zealand is famous for innovation, but it is at risk of falling behind the rest of the world,” continued Powell. “New Zealand CIOs know that it’s important to spend their IT budgets on more than daily operations. With budget pressures between operating costs and the need to invest in innovation, CIOs need to reassess the value of existing support arrangements and explore better software support options designed to provide a greater ROI. Rimini Street enables CIOs in New Zealand to unlock significant savings and redirect that funding into critical innovation initiatives.” To download an eBook summary of the survey, “The State of Innovation: Priorities and Challenges,” click here. About Rimini Street, Inc. Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI) is a global provider of enterprise software products and services, and the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products. The Company has redefined enterprise software support services since 2005 with an innovative, award-winning program that enables licensees of IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce, SAP and other enterprise software vendors to save up to 90 percent on total maintenance costs. Clients can remain on their current software release without any required upgrades for a minimum of 15 years. Over 1,700 global Fortune 500, midmarket, public sector and other organizations from a broad range of industries currently rely on Rimini Street as their trusted, third-party support provider. To learn more, please visit http://www.riministreet.com/, follow @riministreet on Twitter and find Rimini Street on Facebook and LinkedIn. (C-RMNI) Forward-Looking Statements Certain statements included in this communication are not historical facts but are forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements generally are accompanied by words such as “may,” “should,” “would,” “plan,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “seem,” “seek,” “continue,” “future,” “will,” “expect,” “outlook” or other similar words, phrases or expressions. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding our expectations of future events, future opportunities, global expansion and other growth initiatives and our investments in such initiatives. These statements are based on various assumptions and on the current expectations of management and are not predictions of actual performance, nor are these statements of historical facts. These statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties regarding Rimini Street’s business, and actual results may differ materially. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, continued inclusion in the Russell 2000 Index in the future; changes in the business environment in which Rimini Street operates, including inflation and interest rates, and general financial, economic, regulatory and political conditions affecting the industry in which Rimini Street operates; adverse developments in pending litigation or in the government inquiry or any new litigation; the final amount and timing of any refunds from Oracle related to our litigation; our need and ability to raise additional equity or debt financing on favorable terms; the terms and impact of our 13.00% Series A Preferred Stock; changes in taxes, laws and regulations; competitive product and pricing activity; difficulties of managing growth profitably; the success of our recently introduced products and services, including Rimini Street Mobility, Rimini Street Analytics, Rimini Street Advanced Database Security, and services for Salesforce Sales Cloud and Service Cloud products; the loss of one or more members of Rimini Street’s management team; uncertainty as to the long-term value of Rimini Street’s equity securities; and those discussed under the heading “Risk Factors” in Rimini Street’s Quarterly Report on 10-Q filed on November 8, 2018, which disclosures amend and restate the disclosures appearing under the heading “Risk Factors” in Rimini Street’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 15, 2018, and as updated from time to time by Rimini Street’s future Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K, and other filings by Rimini Street with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, forward-looking statements provide Rimini Street’s expectations, plans or forecasts of future events and views as of the date of this communication. Rimini Street anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause Rimini Street’s assessments to change. However, while Rimini Street may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, Rimini Street specifically disclaims any obligation to do so, except as required by law. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing Rimini Street’s assessments as of any date subsequent to the date of this communication. # # # © 2018 Rimini Street, Inc. All rights reserved. “Rimini Street” is a registered trademark of Rimini Street, Inc. in the United States and other countries, and Rimini Street, the Rimini Street logo, and combinations thereof, and other marks marked by TM are trademarks of Rimini Street, Inc. All other trademarks remain the property of their respective owners, and unless otherwise specified, Rimini Street claims no affiliation, endorsement, or association with any such trademark holder or other companies referenced herein. Rimini Street Obtains Australian Single Touch Payroll Certification 2018-09-19T22:22:43Z rimini-street-obtains-australian-single-touch-payroll-certification September 20, 2018 – Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI), a global provider of enterprise software products and services, and the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products, today announced it has obtained Single Touch Payroll (STP) certification by the Australian Government’s Australian Taxation Office (ATO) for PeopleSoft Global Payroll and SAP HCM Payroll. The new certification enables Rimini Street’s Australian clients to submit their payroll data via a ‘pay event,’ either on or before pay day, to the ATO. Rimini Street’s tax, legal and regulatory division passed the complex, rigorous qualification process with the first file submission for both PeopleSoft and SAP software products, well ahead of the deadline set by the ATO. Premium Service Support for Critical Certification Process All organisations with 20 or more employees are required to report under STP to stay compliant with the Australian Taxation Legislation. The aim of STP is to streamline employer payroll information reporting to the ATO. The change requires companies to report payments such as salaries and wages, pay as you go (PAYG) withholding, and superannuation information from their payroll solution each time an organisation pays its employees, rather than at the end of each financial year. “With the Australian Taxation Office mandating new Single Touch Payroll reporting requirements, we needed to ensure that our systems were fully compliant,” said John Brizee, SAP manager at Golding Contractors. “Rimini Street provided the STP update for our SAP payroll application. The update was installed, tested, and ready-to-go well in advance of the ATO’s deadline of July 1, 2018.” Rimini Street put a comprehensive process in place eighteen months prior to the July 1, 2018 deadline to begin preparing clients for this new reporting standard. The Company achieved STP certification for PeopleSoft software products in May 2018 and for SAP related products in June 2018 by completing three main verification steps set by the ATO – an in depth security questionnaire, execution of the ATO’s conformance test suite and lastly, product verification testing. “STP is the largest change to Australian payroll in recent history,” said Paul Henville, group vice president, Global Product Delivery. “By obtaining the STP certification for our PeopleSoft and SAP clients, we can ensure their systems are supported and compliant for this monumental shift in payroll reporting. This is just one example of how Rimini Street remains diligent, proactive and on the forefront of constantly changing tax, legal and regulatory requirements; STP in particular was one of the most complex requirements we have had to undertake, which we were able to complete ahead of the original software vendors.” To review the list of vendors certified for STP, visit http://www.sbr.gov.au/products-register/sbr-product-register-full-list Industry-Leading Tax, Legal & Regulatory Research and Technology Rimini Street’s tax, legal and regulatory strategy and scoping team is made up of veteran tax specialists, attorneys and international tax, legal and regulatory professionals who use advanced technology and numerous government and private-sector sources to monitor, collect and verify tax, legal and regulatory changes. Rimini Street also participates in, and is a member of, many prominent tax, legal and regulatory associations around the world, including the American, Canadian, United Kingdom and Australian Payroll Associations, the American Bar Association Section of Taxation, the Financial Executives International Association, the Tax Council and the Tax Executives Institute. The innovative combination of technology, proven methodology and ISO 9001 quality processes consistently assures a fast “legislature-to-live”SM update delivery cycle and the highest quality deliverables in the industry. About Rimini Street, Inc. Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI) is a global provider of enterprise software products and services, and the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products. The Company has redefined enterprise software support services since 2005 with an innovative, award-winning program that enables licensees of IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce, SAP and other enterprise software vendors to save up to 90 percent on total maintenance costs. Clients can remain on their current software release without any required upgrades for a minimum of 15 years. Over 1,620 global Fortune 500, midmarket, public sector and other organisations from a broad range of industries currently rely on Rimini Street as their trusted, third-party support provider. To learn more, please visit https://www.riministreet.com, follow @riministreet on Twitter and find Rimini Street on Facebook and LinkedIn. (C-RMNI) Forward-Looking Statements Certain statements included in this communication are not historical facts but are forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements generally are accompanied by words such as “may,” “should,” “would,” “plan,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “seem,” “seek,” “continue,” “future,” “will,” “expect,” “outlook” or other similar words, phrases or expressions. These statements are based on various assumptions and on the current expectations of management and are not predictions of actual performance, nor are these statements of historical facts. These statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties regarding Rimini Street’s business, and actual results may differ materially. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, continued inclusion in the Russell 2000 Index in the future, changes in the business environment in which Rimini Street operates, including inflation and interest rates, and general financial, economic, regulatory and political conditions affecting the industry in which Rimini Street operates; adverse litigation developments or in the government inquiry; the final amount and timing of any refunds from Oracle related to our litigation; our ability to raise additional equity or debt financing on favorable terms; the terms and impact of our 13.00% Series A Preferred Stock; changes in taxes, laws and regulations; competitive product and pricing activity; difficulties of managing growth profitably; the success of our recently introduced products and services, including Rimini Street Mobility, Rimini Street Analytics, Rimini Street Advanced Database Security, and services for Salesforce Sales Cloud and Service Cloud products; the loss of one or more members of Rimini Street’s management team; uncertainty as to the long-term value of Rimini Street’s equity securities, including its common stock and its Preferred Stock; and those discussed under the heading “Risk Factors” in Rimini Street’s Quarterly Report on 10-Q filed on August 9, 2018, which disclosures amend and restate the disclosures appearing under the heading “Risk Factors” in Rimini Street’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 15, 2018, and as updated from time to time by Rimini Street’s future Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K, and other filings by Rimini Street with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, forward-looking statements provide Rimini Street’s expectations, plans or forecasts of future events and views as of the date of this communication. Rimini Street anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause Rimini Street’s assessments to change. However, while Rimini Street may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, Rimini Street specifically disclaims any obligation to do so, except as required by law. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing Rimini Street’s assessments as of any date subsequent to the date of this communication. # # # © 2018 Rimini Street, Inc. All rights reserved. “Rimini Street” is a registered trademark of Rimini Street, Inc. in the United States and other countries, and Rimini Street, the Rimini Street logo, and combinations thereof, and other marks marked by TM are trademarks of Rimini Street, Inc. All other trademarks remain the property of their respective owners, and unless otherwise specified, Rimini Street claims no affiliation, endorsement, or association with any such trademark holder or other companies referenced herein. SAVING OUR INDIGENOUS HERITAGE ONE PIECE AT A TIME 2018-09-12T00:56:46Z saving-our-indigenous-heritage-one-piece-at-a-time Leski Auctions Media Release 12 September, 2018 SAVING OUR INDIGENOUS HERITAGE ONE PIECE AT A TIME Daryl Blythman was a precocious kid who saw treasure where others saw trash. As a young boy in the late 1950s and living on a family farm in regional Australia, he was surrounded by Aboriginal stone artefacts and axes that dated back to the Indigenous history of the area. Locals, older but hardly wiser, dismissed these historical relics as having no intrinsic value, be it cultural or financial. Daryl thought otherwise. “My father fuelled my interest in Aboriginal history, because he understood that the artefacts we found were part of Australia’s unique heritage,” Daryl said. “His hobby became my obsession when I understood that every piece we found was part of our story as a nation, and the more we collected the closer we came to understanding what that story revealed to us.” In his 30s, Daryl began to actively collect as much Indigenous art as he could to preserve it for future generations. It took him from local second-hand shops to auctions of tribal memorabilia in Australia and eventually to auctions and private sales in London, New York and New Zealand. “The Blythman Collection is a remarkable testament to the vibrancy of a living community that predates European migration to Australia by thousands of years,” says Harry Glenn, an auctioneer and valuer with Leski Auctions. “The preservation of Indigenous art and culture is extremely important to any community that values its history. It’s a privilege for us to offer Daryl’s remarkable collection.” Lot 47 (late c19th Rainforest Shield from Far Nth Qld has a pre-sale estimate of $10,000 - $15,000. (NB: Image available at https://www.leski.com.au/images/lot/3568/356896_2.jpg?1535426881) The lot will be sold by Leski Auctions (www.leski.com.au) on Sunday, 23 September from 2.00pm. About Leski Auctions Leski Auctions was established in 1973. Today, it is regarded as one of Australia’s leading auctioneers of Sporting Memorabilia, Australian Art & Antiques, Collectibles and World Philately. Among the many significant collections that Leski Auctions has been privileged to sell are those of Shirley Strickland, Ron Clarke, Sir Reginald Ansett and former RSL President, Bruce Ruxton. It has sold more ‘baggy green’ caps than any other auction house in the world. Charles Leski is a registered valuer for the Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts’ Cultural Gifts Program. He is also the valuer of the displayed items at the National Sports Museum at the MCG, Melbourne. Harry Glenn, an industry veteran with more than 20 years experience, has been working with Charles since 2012. The company is located at 727-729 High Street Armadale, Victoria 3143 Australia. Tel +61 3 8539 6150 and www.leski.com.au Issued by: Harry Glenn, Leski Auctions Michael Krape, Michael Krape Consulting Tel: +61 (0) 425 790 735 Tel: +61 (0) 403 135 880 harry@leski.com.au michaelkrape@krape.com.au Cyclones and space travel: emergency management leaders prepare for change 2018-08-19T23:29:15Z cyclones-and-space-travel-emergency-management-leaders-prepare-for-change Australasia’s biggest emergency management conference and exhibition, AFAC18 powered by INTERSCHUTZ is gearing up to equip the sector to thrive in an uncertain future. The program features NASA Astronaut Mike Mullane, an inductee of the International Space Hall of Fame. Mullane’s insights into successful teamwork, leadership and safety flow from a unique career, including his first-hand experience of the 1986 space shuttle Challenger tragedy. “One of the biggest errors an emergency responder can make is to assume it’s someone else’s problem,” said Mullane. “It’s about having the initiative to speak out – it might be your life you are saving.” Delegates will also hear from Craig Fugate, the distinguished former Administrator of the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency, on ‘the seven deadly sins of emergency management.’ “Disasters don’t fit into what you think you are capable of doing,” says Fugate. “We have to prepare for the unexpected, not what we are capable of responding to right now.” Other program highlights include: Neil Burrows, Senior Principal Research Scientist, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Western Australia Anna-Maria Arabia, Chief Executive, Australian Academy of Science Eric Yap, Commissioner, Singapore Civil Defence Force Dr Dana Born, Co-Director, Centre for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School of Government AFAC18 powered by INTERSCHUTZ is running concurrently in 2018 with the inaugural Australian Disaster Resilience Conference, featuring: Phil Rist, Nywaigi Traditional Owner Jane Hayward AM, teaching Principal, Strathewen Primary School Dr Megan McCarthy, Macquarie University/Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Dr Rachel Armstrong, Department of Fire and Emergency Services, WA Kicking off with the annual Research Forum presented by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre, the event runs from 5-8 September 2018 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. The AFAC18 conference program will explore how we can improve ourselves, and the emergency management and disaster resilience sector and how to survive and thrive in an ever-changing, complex environment. For more information visit: http://www.afacconference.com.au/ The Australian Disaster Resilience Conference will explore the rise of resilience from the individual to the global – enhancing recovery by supporting community resilience. For more information visit: https://aidr.org.au/programs/australian-disaster-resilience-conference/ Notes to editors: Keynote speakers are available for interviews via the media contacts listed below Available for interview on request: Stuart Ellis, CEO, Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authority Council (AFAC) and the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR) Dr Richard Thornton, CEO, Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre Harvey Stockbridge, Managing Director, Deutsche Messe Complimentary media passes are available, apply by sending name, position and publication to jessica@zadroagency.com.au Media contacts: Jessica McLean | Account Manager I Zadro +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 400 433 182 | jessica@zadroagency.com.au Sammy Dalglish I Group Account Director I Zadro +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 430 343 621 | sammy@zadroagency.com.au Images: All images of AFAC17 can be found on the AFAC Flickr page and can be used royalty free. 1. Colonel Mike Mullane, retired NASA astronaut 2. Craig Fugate, former United States Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator 3. AFAC17 showfloor Giving a voice to the emergency service volunteers 2018-08-17T01:45:00Z giving-a-voice-to-the-emergency-service-volunteers When disaster strikes in the regional and suburban communities of Western Australia (WA) we rely heavily on volunteers to execute the emergency response plan. There are over 26,000 emergency service volunteers in WA, but average annual volunteer turnover is around 15 percent across all volunteer services, and it has fluctuated between 12-18 percent since 2006. In the State Emergency Service (SES), this turnover rate is even higher, with 24 percent leaving each year. Extensive training coupled with high turnover means there’s a significant financial and time cost, potentially jeopardising the ongoing delivery of SES services. The Bushfire and Natural Hazard CRC’s Dr Darja Kragt, a Research Fellow at the School of Psychological Sciences, University of Western Australia (UWA), will explore what improvements are needed to better recruit, train and retain volunteers in WA at AFAC18 powered by INTERSCHUTZ next month. Dr Kragt’s presentation, ‘Lived Experiences of Emergency Services Volunteers In Western Australia’ will reveal insights from interviews with volunteers in suburban and regional areas of WA, understanding how the ‘meaning, identity and emotions shape volunteer experiences at the SES’. “We focused on volunteers’ expectations and stereotypes around SES volunteering prior to joining the service; the meaning that volunteers derive from being a part of likeminded community; emotional experiences; issues surrounding volunteer recruitment, induction, and training. We find it interesting that volunteers perceive disaster response as a positive experience. But like many of us, they dislike bureaucracy and boring training. “These insights provide real reasons why volunteers leave the SES and identify areas of the recruitment and the training process that could be improved,” said Dr Kragt. Karen Roberts, Human Resources Director, Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) said state and national trends show a decrease in emergency services volunteering across Australia, which poses a challenge for hazard management agencies. “We rely on volunteers to build more resilient communities. We train volunteers to be able to prevent, prepare for and respond to natural disasters and emergencies, providing training in first aid, navigation, administration, communications, marine rescue, community engagement, prevention and mitigation incident management, leadership, management and support. “Since forming in November 2012, DFES has made considerable progress in identifying ways to improve how it recruits, prepares and supports its volunteers. “These insights are vital to increasing retention across not only WA, but Australia and New Zealand,” said Ms Roberts. Other topics exploring how to expand and work with volunteers across Australia will include: Kevin Walsh AFSM, Assistant Commissioner, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, QFES Volunteerism Strategy Kerry Laurie, Country Fire Authority, Brigade viability: using evidenced based data to identify risk and improve service delivery Andrew McCullough, Volunteer Strategist, NSW State Emergency Service, Creating partnerships to drive Volunteer capability James Butterworth, Paramount Projects, The role of volunteers in community risk assessments - Volunteer Marine Rescue Resource to Risk Model Dr Tarn Kruger, RMIT University & Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, Volunteering into the future – disaster events, local governments & communities Charlie Moir ESM, President National SES Volunteers Association and Gordon Hall ESM, President, SES Volunteer Association WA, changing lives through volunteering Ken Middleton, Chair, Council of Australian Volunteer Fire Association, representing volunteers Leaders including Karen Roberts, Director Human Resources, DFES WA and Craig Spencer, Head of Community Engagement, Bankwest, will continue the discussion on volunteering in ‘The State of Volunteering in Australia’ panel on Friday 7 September. The panel will explore new and emerging factors influencing emergency management volunteerism. Dr Kragt will present during AFAC18 powered by INTERSCHUTZ on Thursday 6 September, at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. For more information on the program visit: http://www.afacconference.com.au/ -ENDS- Notes to editors: Keynote speakers are available for interviews via the media contacts listed below Available for interview on request via media contacts below: Stuart Ellis, CEO, Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authority Council (AFAC) Dr Richard Thornton, CEO, Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre Harvey Stockbridge, Managing Director, Deutsche Messe Complimentary media passes are available, apply by sending name, position and publication to jessica@zadroagency.com.au Media contacts: Jessica McLean | Account Manager I Zadro +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 400 433 182 | jessica@zadroagency.com.au Sammy Dalglish I Group Account Director I Zadro +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 430 343 621 | sammy@zadroagency.com.au Images: All images of AFAC17 can be found on the AFAC Flickr page and can be used royalty free. 1. Dr Darja Kragt, a Research Fellow at the School of Psychological Sciences, University of Western Australia (UWA) HI-RES Image 3. AFAC17 showfloor About AFAC18: 5 - 8 September | Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre Changing lives in a changing world Emergency management is not an easy task and is not getting easier. With a growing population moving into new areas, our changing climate, bushfires, floods, cyclones, storms and heatwaves are impacting our lives in new ways. Innovating in the face of disruptions and developing our people to successfully manage organisations of the future is a key challenge. AFAC18 looks at change as the new normal, how collaboration and resilience is driving performance and the innovations in emergency management that are helping our people to weather change. Held over four action-packed days AFAC18 powered by INTERSCHUTZ will attract delegates and visitors from emergency and security services agencies, all levels of government, non-government organisations, research and education institutions from Australia and worldwide. The AFAC18 program is co-produced by the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) and the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and will this year feature the inaugural Australian Disaster Resilience Conference, which will run concurrently with the AFAC18 program. AFAC18 powered by INTERSCHUTZ is a joint venture between AFAC and Deutsche Messe, trading in Australia as Hannover Fairs Pty Ltd. Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) Website: http://www.afacconference.com.au/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AFACnews Twitter: https://twitter.com/afacnews LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/australasian-fire-and-emergency-service-authorities-council YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu18lYmKgFcL27XBKFI7Klw Hashtag: #AFAC18 Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Facebook: www.facebook.com/bnhcrc Twitter: www.twitter.com/bnhcrc YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/bnhcrc LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/bushfire-and-natural-hazards-crc-a0919043 Why a dehumidifier should be on your spring shopping list 2018-07-31T00:07:39Z why-a-dehumidifier-should-be-on-your-spring-shopping-list Spring is just around the corner so now is the time to act to prevent triggers for allergies and asthma. A dehumidifier can play a valuable role in reducing allergens in the home with dust mites and mould being two of the main culprits. National Asthma Council Australia says that an indoor humidity level of between 30 and 60 per cent is ideal. And results from a US study* showed that allergen levels were more than 10 times lower in homes with a low relative humidity compared with humid homes. While compressor dehumidifiers have been around for some time, the newer technology of desiccant dehumidifiers can provide Australian homes with more versatility because they are efficient in both high and low temperatures. Mould needs humidity levels of above 55 per cent relative humidity to grow so keeping your indoor humidity to anything below 50 per cent is best to inhibit mould growth. Portable desiccant dehumidifiers such as the Ionmax ION612 and ION632 have the ability to lower indoor humidity to a very low level of 35 per cent relative humidity (RH) and integrate the latest advancements in air purification. Up to 10 litres of moisture can be extracted per day. Dehumidifiers have many other uses Lowering the level of humidity to a more comfortable range is not only better for your health, it is also beneficial for clothing, leather, books, wooden furniture, camera equipment, hobby and storage rooms. Laundries are humid hot-spots and a perfect place to operate a dehumidifier where you can actually dry your clothes faster than using a clothes dryer. Setting the Ionmax desiccant dehumidifier to Turbo Laundry mode will increase drying efficiency and speed up the process. All Ionmax dehumidifiers have a built-in humidistat, which measures and maintains a set RH, and multiple modes and settings to maintain homes at an optimum indoor humidity level. Being the latest technology, Ionmax desiccant dehumidifiers do not need to be maintained. At their heart is zeolite, which is self-regenerating and the only maintenance needed is to clean or vacuum the filter regularly. The Ionmax ION612 and ION632 have been highly rated and recommended by Choice with the Ionmax ION632 being Choice’s number one “Overall Best Performer” for four years running. Ionmax dehumidifiers are priced from $199 and available from Andatech’s Wellness range at https://andatech.com.au/ and https://www.andatechdistribution.com.au/pages/dehumidifiers Ends * Study Conclusion: This study showed that it is practical to maintain an indoor RH of less than 51% during the humid summer season in a temperate climate, and this resulted in significant reductions in mite and allergen levels. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11149998 Caption: Desiccant dehumidifiers reduce humidity in homes thereby providing a healthier environment, particularly if allergies are an issue. Infographic: A high res of this infographic that covers mould in homes (what is it, common areas for mould, health symptoms and how to remove) is available. Please contact Wendy McWilliams at WMC PR. About Andatech: Andatech is a 100% Australian owned company that designs, supplies, supports and services safety and wellness products including high quality alcohol and drug testing equipment, and air quality products. The company has the widest range of Australian Standard-certified breathalysers in Australia, which are designed for personal use, in workplaces, at hospitality venues (wall mounted) and as car interlock devices. Drug testing kits cover saliva and urine testing of 7 drug groups providing error-free results. Air quality products include dehumidifiers, air purifiers, humidifiers and aroma diffusers. https://www.andatech.com.au/ Media enquiries: Wendy McWilliams, WMC PR, T: 03 9803 2588 / 0421 364 665 E: wendy@wmcpr.com.au Wide selection of high res photos available. Australia’s emergency responders thrive in ever changing complex environments 2018-07-12T23:00:00Z australias-emergency-responders-thrive-in-ever-changing-complex-environments Australasia’s leading emergency management conference, AFAC18 powered by INTERSCHUTZ, returns to Western Australia for the first time in six years, bringing a host of leading international and Australian presenters, to address the latest technology and research in prescribed burning, predictive services, innovation, improving public safety, warnings, and resilience. Co-produced by the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC), the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) and Deutsche Messe; the conference is focused around preparing the sector to combat and adapt to changing environments. Held over four action-packed days from 5 - 8 September, the conference themed ‘Changing lives in a changing world’ embraces an interoperability between emergency service agencies. AFAC18 includes the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Research Forum, a two-day multi-streamed AFAC Conference, and the inaugural Australian Disaster Resilience Conference. Stuart Ellis, CEO, AFAC, commented on this year’s conference and the importance of adapting and being resilient in our ever changing environment. “AFAC18 is the premier and most comprehensive emergency management conference in the region, providing unique opportunities for professional development, learning and networking. This year the inaugural Australian Disaster Resilience Conference runs concurrently and adds an in-depth look into how we are contributing to a disaster resilient Australia. “We’ve got an impressive line-up of speakers for AFAC18, who can share their unique experiences tackling the challenges of change. We are pleased to be back on the west coast this year, where we are able to offer development opportunities for all members across our sector,” said Mr Ellis. Bringing leading national and international speakers to Perth, keynote speakers during the conference include: Dr Neil Burrows, Senior Principal Research Scientist, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions Anna-Maria Arabia, Chief Executive, Australian Academy of Science Craig Fugate, former United States Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Commissioner Eric Yap, Singapore Civil Defence Force Astronaut Mike Mullane, retired NASA Astronaut Dr Dana Born, Co-Director, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School of Government Dr Richard Thornton, CEO, Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, commented on how research is helping emergency responders face challenges. “The strength of the CRC lays with its collective nature. The Research Forum is a full day of knowledge sharing and research and will address the major changes our sector faces, from growing populations and climate change, including bushfires, floods, cyclones, storms and heatwaves. It is vital that emergency management personnel know how to adapt and cope with these increasing challenges,” said Dr Thornton. AFAC18 looks at change as the new normal, discussing how collaboration and resilience is driving performance and the innovations in emergency management that are helping our people endure changes in the environment. AFAC18 powered by INTERSHUTZ is being held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre from 5-8 September 2018. For more information visit: http://www.afacconference.com.au/ -ENDS- Notes to editors: Keynote speakers are available for interviews via the media contacts listed below Available for interview on request via media contacts below: Stuart Ellis, CEO, Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authority Council (AFAC) Dr Richard Thornton, CEO, Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) Harvey Stockbridge, Managing Director, Deutsche Messe Complimentary media passes are available, apply by sending name, position and publication to jessica@zadroagency.com.au Media contacts: Jessica McLean | Account Manager I Zadro +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 400 433 182 | jessica@zadroagency.com.au Sammy Dalglish I Group Account Director I Zadro +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 430 343 621 | sammy@zadroagency.com.au Images: All images can be found on the AFAC Flickr page and can be used royalty free. 1. AFAC17 showfloor About AFAC18: 5 - 8 September | Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre Changing lives in a changing world Emergency management is not an easy task and is not getting easier. With a growing population moving into new areas, our changing climate, bushfires, floods, cyclones, storms and heatwaves are impacting our lives in new ways. Innovating in the face of disruptions and developing our people to successfully manage organisations of the future is a key challenge. AFAC18 looks at change as the new normal, how collaboration and resilience is driving performance and the innovations in emergency management that are helping our people to weather change. Held over four action-packed days AFAC18 powered by INTERSCHUTZ will attract delegates and visitors from emergency and security services agencies, all levels of government, non-government organisations, research and education institutions from Australia and world-wide. The AFAC18 program is co-produced by the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) and the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and will this year feature the inaugural Australian Disaster Resilience Conference, which will run concurrently with the AFAC18 program. AFAC18 powered by INTERSCHUTZ is a joint venture between AFAC and Deutsche Messe, trading in Australia as Hannover Fairs Pty Ltd. Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) Website: http://www.afacconference.com.au/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AFACnews Twitter: https://twitter.com/afacnews LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/australasian-fire-and-emergency-service-authorities-council YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu18lYmKgFcL27XBKFI7Klw Hashtag: #AFAC18 Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Facebook: www.facebook.com/bnhcrc Twitter: www.twitter.com/bnhcrc LinkedIn: www.youtube.com/user/bnhcrc MELBOURNE ART WEEK ENLIVENS THE CITY IN AUGUST 2018 WITH EXCEPTIONAL WINTER PROGRAM 2018-06-13T03:51:14Z melbourne-art-week-enlivens-the-city-in-august-2018-with-exceptional-winter-program Melbourne, Australia: Melbourne Art Foundation unveiled details of the Melbourne Art Week 2018 program which cumulates in the return of Melbourne Art Fair, 2-5 August 2018 (Vernissage 1 August 2018) and the Visual Arts Awards on 4 August 2018. Over 50 Victorian cultural organisations, institutions, art spaces, satellite fairs and galleries will come together in the staging of Melbourne Art Week; a dynamic program of exhibitions, events, talks, performances and workshops that take place during the first week of August. Other highlights include programming from MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art; From Will to Form: Tarrawarra Biennial 2018; ACCA: A Lightness of Spirit is the Measure of Happiness, Buxton Contemporary: No One is Watching You: Ronnie van Hout and VCA Open Studios. Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley said, “Melbourne Art Week is set to take over our arts precinct with a celebration like no other. Through exhibitions, fairs, workshops, talks and performances, it will be an opportunity to deep dive into the best in contemporary art. Our Government is proud to support Melbourne Art Week. Events like this bring together some of our most exciting artists and organisations and showcase why Victoria is the creative state.” Melbourne Art Foundation continues to support contemporary art and living artists through its initiative Melbourne Art Week, and in 2018 has joined with Associate Partner, MLC Life Insurance to commission a new performative work from Japanese-born, Australian-based artist Hiromi Tango (represented by Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney). Performed on the streets of the Southbank Arts Precinct and incorporating Melbourne’s iconic cultural landmarks including ACCA, the 2018 home of Melbourne Art Fair, the work titled Lizard Tail (Dawn) has been embraced as the visual identity for the celebrated Melbourne Art Week. Susan Karson, Chief People, Marketing & Corporate Affairs Officer, MLC Life Insurance said, "We are delighted to partner with Melbourne Art Week in 2018 to support the commissioning of a new body of work by celebrated Japanese/Australian performance artist Hiromi Tango. Premised on the notion of interactivity, forging individual, social and cultural connections, Hiromi’s new work encapsulates the ethos of Melbourne Art Week in the bringing together of more than 50 cultural organisations to celebrate and support contemporary art and living artists.” MELBOURNE ART FAIR Melbourne Art Fair returns from 2-5 August 2018 (Vernissage 1 August 2018) as the anchor event of Melbourne Art Week, housed for the first time within the Southbank Arts Precinct and across two venues alongside the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) and the University of Melbourne Southbank Campus. Melbourne Art Fair exhibition sectors Galleries and Accent present 40 new and established galleries from Australia, New Zealand and the region exhibiting a diverse range of artists and curatorial themes through both solo presentations and group shows of closely related works. In 2018, the Fair will debut TIME, a site-specific video sector curated by Hannah Mathews (Senior Curator, Monash University Museum of Art) and Rachel Ciesla (Curator and Administrator Galleries and Programs, Melbourne Art Foundation). Unveiling a selection of new and recent works by Michaela Gleave (represented by Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne), Jess Johnson (represented by Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney) and Simon Ward, Sriwhana Spong (represented by Michael Lett, Auckland) and Angela Tiatia (represented by Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney), TIME joins with a growing number of organisations focusing their resources on the activities of female practitioners. TIME speaks to the power of the now and is presented across four sites including Melbourne Art Fair, Buxton Contemporary, Fed Square and QT Melbourne. Michaela Gleave's A Galaxy of Suns (2018) transposes what is perhaps the most epic measure of time for humanity: the distance between earth and the universe, questioning the relationship to time, matter and space. The work takes the form of a highly ambient field of colour and sound presented for an intimate audience via QT Melbourne's inhouse entertainment system. New Zealand artist, Jess Johnson and animator Simon Ward’s new video Webwurld (2017) offers a glimpse into a hallucinatory netherworld. Presented at scale on Federation Square’s iconic Big Screen, the work materialises a dark portal into a dimensional world whose activities may be taking place simultaneously to our own. London-based, New Zealand artist Sriwhana Spong’s 2016 video This Creature provides a sensorial travel through time and place. Presented in Melbourne Art Fair and within the Riding Hall and historic surrounds of the former Mounted Police Stables, the work channels female medieval mystic Margery Kempe (known for writing the first recorded western autobiography) through a walk undertaken by the artist through London’s Hyde Park. New Zealand born multimedia artist, Angela Tiatia, explores contemporary culture by drawing attention to its relationship to representation, gender, neo-colonialism and the commodification of the body and place. Screened at the street entrance to the newly opened Buxton Contemporary, Tiatia's The Fall collapses conventional structures of time in a deceivingly lush portrait of human consumption and greed. Projects Rooms, presented by Four Pillars and supported by the Melbourne Art Foundation, returns as a non-profit platform for cutting edge art spaces presenting experimental work within the context of a major visual arts event. The 2018 Project Rooms take place within Melbourne Art Fair and will feature presentations from the Institute of Modern Art (Brisbane), Gertrude Contemporary (Melbourne), Blak Dot Gallery (Melbourne) and The Physics Room (Christchurch). Gertrude Contemporary’s Anxious Bodies for Unstable Environments is a project that reflects upon the current state of global instability. Curated by Mark Feary, the project will present new, recent and context specific works of sculpture, performance, video and robotics, by artists Deanne Butterworth, Mathieu Briand, Kate Daw, Kuba Dorabialski, Jason Maling and Mark Shorter. Ryan Presley brings performance and exchange in his exhibition Prosperity produced by the Institute of Modern Art, which centres on his ongoing project, Blood Money (2010 - present), in which he reimagines Australian banknotes’ figureheads as the heroes and warriors of Aboriginal history. Blak Dot Gallery will present new work by four Melbourne based artists Kirsten Lyttle who is of Māori descent, Lisa Hilli who was born in Raboul - PNG, New Zealand-born Tongan woman Frances Tapueluelu, and local Aboriginal artist Vicki Couzens. All four women explore their own traditional cultural and often matriarchal influences or issues to create discourse and examine identity. The Blak Dot Project Room will create an empowered and empowering space for both the artists and the viewer. The Physics Room, (Un)conditional Part 3 is a two-person exhibition of specifically-commissioned work by New Zealand artists Ayesha Green and Cushla Donaldson, which examine the conditions—unspoken and assumed—under which things are given and received, and how, in the shadows, agency can be leveraged or subverted. TALKS Melbourne Art Week will commence with the Keynote address by Philip Tinari, Director of Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) at Deakin Edge, Fed Square on 31 July 2018 at 6.30pm, co-presented by the Melbourne Art Foundation, University of Melbourne and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, and supported by Fed Square. The Keynote headlines the Talks program, which is presented in association with the University of Melbourne, Learning Partner of Melbourne Art Week. Designed to promote discussion, education and interest in contemporary art practice in Australia and the Asia Pacific region, the free for the public Talks 2018: Space of Friendship takes place from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 August at Federation Hall at the University of Melbourne Southbank Campus. PERFORMANCES & WORKSHOPS The city will come alive during Melbourne Art Week with live performance and creative workshops taking place at a range of venues and spaces across the Southbank Arts Precinct. The program includes Phillip Adams BalletLab's Metamorphosen, a performance installation created in a response to composer Richard Strauss Metamorphosen (1945). Adams situates a continues rolling of body bags arriving one after the other onto a giant 18 metre inflatable designed by artist David Cross. Described as a Mondrian pop art grave yard of dripping paints the body bags roll continuously in long drawn out adagio representation of grief and trauma but of great upheaval in response to romantic musical climaxes in the score. Weaving Workshops: Bush Toys and Baskets, presented by ACCA and the Melbourne Art Foundation, is a hands-on workshop with senior weavers from the Victorian Aboriginal Weaving Collective to be held on Sunday 5 August. Art lovers of all ages are encouraged to join Gunditjmara weaver Bronwyn Razem and Yorta Yorta weaver Donna Blackall to explore traditional and contemporary weaving practices. Spaces are limited and registration is essential. Other workshop highlights include NEW YORK! NEW YORK! Coinciding with 2018’s Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art, NGV Kids presents a large–scale participatory installation that will showcase New York City. Featuring interactive displays, multimedia projections and hands-on activities, this free exhibition will introduce children to the vibrancy of New York. Melbourne’s leading contemporary dance company Chunky Move will offer public contemporary dance classes for participants ages 18+ on Wednesday 1 August and Saturday 3 August, with a special Dance Party on Friday 2 August. Sessions take place in Chunky Move's purpose built, state-of-the-art dance studios, located in the heart of Melbourne’s Southbank Arts Precinct and a short stroll from Melbourne Art Fair. Melbourne Art Week is supported by major partners the Victorian State Government through Creative Victoria and the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Owned and presented by Melbourne Art Foundation, a not for profit organisation established in 2003, Melbourne Art Week will run from 30 July-5 August 2018 and Melbourne Art Fair from 2-5 August 2018. For further details please visit http://melbourneartfair.com.au http://melbourneartweek.com.au Ends Media Contact Rhiannon Broomfield, Senior Publicist, Rhiannon@melbourneartfoundation.com, +61 410 596 021 Media pack including imagery: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/inr4of1fu6bciwl/AACAJR2kwFSixC8bT2IcA12ta?dl=0 Video of Hiromi Tango performance: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mdm0oaiku80unxc/AABsVZQzdtJeUGZv6rD58vG1a?dl=0 About Melbourne Art Week | 500 + Artists | 50 + Events | 30 + Venues Melbourne Art Foundation has joined with over 50 Victorian cultural organisations, institutions, art spaces, satellite fairs and galleries to stage Melbourne Art Week (30 July-5 August 2018); a dynamic winter program of exhibitions, events, talks, performances and workshops. Melbourne Art Fair returns from 2-5 August 2018 (Vernissage, 1 August) as the flagship event of Art Week and will take place for the first time across two venues within the Southbank Arts Precinct and alongside ACCA. Other highlights of Art Week include the Visual Arts Awards (Saturday 2 August), From Will to Form: Tarrawarra Biennial 2018; ACCA: A Lightness of Spirit is the Measure of Happiness, Buxton Contemporary: No One is Watching You: Ronnie van Hout, VCA Open Studios + more. About Melbourne Art Foundation Melbourne Art Foundation is a not for profit organisation established in 2003 to promote contemporary art and living Australian artists. Melbourne Art Foundation produces the biennial Melbourne Art Week, and flagship events Melbourne Art Fair and the Awards for the Visual Arts. Melbourne Art Foundation sponsors a range of programs during Melbourne Art Week for the benefit of living artists, to facilitate public discussion and develop new audiences for contemporary art. They include major commissions, project rooms featuring emerging and independent artists and art spaces, public talks, collector programs, guided tours and the celebrated opening night; Vernissage. About Melbourne Art Fair Melbourne Art Fair is the flagship event of Melbourne Art Week, taking place for the first time within the Southbank Arts Precinct and alongside ACCA. Showcasing a curated selection of 40 galleries, the Fair will present some of the newest and most respected artists from Australia, New Zealand and the region. Beginning in 1988, Melbourne Art Fair was founded by galleries from Australia, and has fired the enthusiasm of discerning collectors and an informed public for 30 years. Over its extensive history, the Fair has been instrumental in stimulating critical and commercial attention for galleries and their artists, presenting a rich and diverse cross-section of the region’s visual art scene. Melbourne Art Fair 2018 is set to welcome over 20,000 visitors over 5-days, from Thursday 2 August to Sunday 5 August (Vernissage Wednesday 1 August). Tickets now on sale: www.melbourneartfair.com.au/tickets Melbourne Art Fair Event Details Melbourne Art Fair runs from Thursday 2 August to Sunday 5 August 2018 (Vernissage, Wednesday 1 August) in the Southbank Arts Precinct alongside ACCA, 111 Sturt Street Southbank VIC | melbourneartfair.com.au Collector Preview Wednesday 1 August, 2pm-5pm Vernissage Wednesday 1 August, 5pm-9pm Collector View Thursday 2 August, 10am-12pm Public Opening Thursday 2 August, 12pm-5pm Friday 3 August, 10am-9pm (Friday Up Late) Saturday 4 August, 10am-6pm Sunday 5 August, 11am-4pm About MLC Life Insurance MLC Life Insurance is a specialised life insurance business. It represents a landmark strategic partnership between National Australia Bank (NAB) and Nippon Life Insurance under which NAB retain 20% shareholding and Nippon Life hold a majority 80% of the shares in MLC Limited, the entity which operates the MLC Life Insurance business. The Australian-led and managed business aims to leverage Nippon Life’s global presence, built over 128 years, alongside MLC Life Insurance’s significant experience in understanding and meeting the insurance needs of everyday Australians since 1886. For more information on MLC Life Insurance, visit mlcinsurance.com.au RegTech expert says anti-money laundering non-compliance remains an ongoing issue 2018-05-01T05:49:56Z regtech-expert-says-anti-money-laundering-non-compliance-remains-an-ongoing-issue May 1, 2018, Sydney, Australia. Anti-money laundering (AML) non-compliance needs to be swiftly addressed to tackle fraud and financial crime in Australia, according to RegTech expert Anthony Quinn, Co-Founder of AML Accelerate. AML Accelerate specialises in AML and counter-terrorism financing compliance solutions. Anthony said the time was right to reassess Australia’s AML laws. “Unfortunately, the ongoing banking royal commission is unearthing several cases of conduct risk in the financial crime space,” he said. Anthony, who also founded Arctic Intelligence in 2013 to assist companies better mitigate AML risk, believes Australia would benefit by drawing on New Zealand’s recent AML actions. From July 1, 2018, New Zealand AML laws will also apply to legal professionals and conveyancers as the country beefs up its efforts to safeguard against AML threats. “New Zealand has taken proactive steps and beaten Australia to the punch on AML, with New Zealand clamping down on the regulation of gatekeeper sectors, targeting lawyers and real estate agents,” Anthony said. “This area shouldn’t be ignored in Australia. We only have to look at recent issues like the Panama Papers which revealed accountants and lawyers were complicit in facilitating money laundering through real estate and high value goods sectors.” A 2015 report by The Financial Action Task Force called on Australia to do more to improve AML and Countering Financing of Terrorism compliance. Meanwhile, Anthony said businesses should look to technology to enhance AML compliance in a cost-effective way. “With the extension of AML laws to gatekeeper sectors like lawyers, accountants, real-estate agents and high-value dealers expected to grow to 125,000, it is hard to see how the standards of compliance will be effectively managed without technology as an enabler for businesses in complying,” Anthony said. To speak with Anthony on AML and the upcoming July 1 compliance changes, please contact Prue at Manning & Co at prue@manningandco.com.au or 0421 551 915. ABOUT ARCTIC INTELLIGENCE: Arctic Intelligence was founded in 2013 to tackle an escalating problem with financial crime losses. Our founders spent nearly 20 years working with some of the world’s largest consulting firms, investment and retail banks and understand the challenges that these organisations face in managing these risks. Arctic’s vision is to raise the bar in business through leading-edge technology which offers effective management of audit, risk and compliance, saving businesses time and money. For more information on Arctic Intelligence visit: http://arctic-intelligence.com/ ABOUT AML ACCELERATE: AML Accelerate Pty Ltd is a joint venture between Arctic Intelligence and Initialism. Widely recognised as thought leaders in anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing compliance, the venture provides solutions for businesses covered by AML/CTF law and regulations. For more information on AML Accelerate visit: https://amlaccelerate.com/ RegTech expert urges businesses to prepare for amended NZ anti-money laundering laws 2018-05-01T05:35:07Z regtech-expert-urges-businesses-to-prepare-for-amended-nz-anti-money-laundering-laws May 1, 2018, Sydney, Australia. New Zealand businesses should not underestimate the work required to become compliant ahead of enforced anti-money laundering (AML) regulations, which apply to legal professionals and conveyancers from July 1, according to RegTech expert Anthony Quinn - CEO and Founder of Arctic Intelligence and Co-Founder of AML Accelerate. The call comes as New Zealand regulators extend AML laws to designated non-financial services and business professions. Anthony, who founded Arctic Intelligence in 2013 to assist companies mitigate AML risk with sophisticated compliance solutions, is all too aware that organised crimes naturally look for countries that are slow to adopt AML laws, or have not extended these to a broad range of industry sectors. “In its favour, New Zealand was recently ranked by Transparency International as the least corrupt country in the world in the Corruption Perceptions Index. However, the New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs that is responsible for ensuring New Zealand businesses comply with AML/CFT laws have estimated that NZD$1.35 billion dollars is laundered each year,” Anthony said. Anthony believes many businesses still have a lot to do to meet the mandatory compliance changes. “With the extension of AML laws to gatekeeper sectors like lawyers, accountants, real-estate agents and high-value dealers expected to grow exponentially, it is hard to see how the standards of compliance will be effectively managed without technology as an enabler for businesses in complying,” Anthony said. RegTech, or regulatory technology, addresses regulatory challenges through innovative technology. Globally, RegTech companies use specialised technology to help businesses comply with regulations more efficiently and effectively. To speak with Anthony on AML and the upcoming July 1 changes, please contact Prue at Manning & Co at prue@manningandco.com.au or 0421 551 915. ABOUT ARCTIC INTELLIGENCE: Arctic Intelligence was founded in 2013 to tackle an escalating problem with financial crime losses. Our founders spent nearly 20 years working with some of the world’s largest consulting firms, investment and retail banks and understand the challenges that these organisations face in managing these risks. Arctic’s vision is to raise the bar in business through leading-edge technology which offers effective management of audit, risk and compliance, saving businesses time and money. For more information on Arctic Intelligence visit: http://arctic-intelligence.com/ ABOUT AML ACCELERATE: AML Accelerate Pty Ltd is a joint venture between Arctic Intelligence and Initialism. Widely recognised as thought leaders in anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing compliance, the venture provides solutions for businesses covered by AML/CTF law and regulations. For more information on AML Accelerate visit: https://amlaccelerate.com/ Dodgy daycare providers go on a name & shame register 2018-04-07T22:13:51Z dodgy-daycare-providers-go-on-a-name-shame-register The Federal Government has added 53 new family daycare providers to a ‘name and shame’ register because of the fraud they have committed. https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/apr/03/funding-stripped-from-dozens-of-family-daycare-centres-in-crackdown https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/5-4-million-in-taxpayer-funds-claimed-in-alleged-childcare-fraud-20180406-p4z82r.html Authoritative comment on in-home childcare can be provided by Louise Dunham who is a pioneer of the in-home childcare industry in Australia. She served as Chair of the Ethics Board of the International Nanny Association (INA) for five years and was also INA's Vice President, being the first non-American on the Board. She was also on the steering committee that wrote the Australian National Interim In-Home Care Standards. Louise is appalled at these latest fraud figures. Even more galling is that in-home childcare is often muddled up with family daycare. "The legislation and policing of it was so weak that it allowed some dodgy operators to flourish," Louise said. While Louise praised the fact that businesses who have broken the law will be ‘named and shamed’ publicly on a register, she said more needs to be done by the government, such as closing down operators who abused the system and putting a cap on costs that can be claimed. “There are some good and honest services operating in Australia who adhere to a code of ethics and best practice such as the in-home care standards set up by a Senate Hearing Committee in 2007; it’s the others who rip off taxpayers money that need to be reined in.” According to the latest census by the Australian Government, there are more than 30,000 educators working in the in-home childcare sector, the bulk of which are nanny educators. This sector is legislated differently to the family daycare program. Louise would be pleased to speak to you about: * The difference between in-home child care and family daycare; * Why legislation must be tightened to ensure rorting and fraud does not happen again; * Standards must be applied to ensure providers deliver quality in-home childcare and that children are kept safe; * The childcare black economy and why nanny/educators must be paid legally; * How the system can be fixed. As a leader in the industry, the book, State of the Nanny | Telling it like it really is, by Louise Dunham provides a clear-eyed assessment of today’s in-home childcare industry and its potential for improvement. https://wmcpr.com.au/industry-leaders-new-book-highlights-need-renewed-child-focus/ Louise is also able to talk about: * The au pair ‘industry’ in Australia and how a US class action of 90,000 au pairs may have ramifications globally, including Australia. * The difference between au pairs and nannies. * Babysitters (including family & friends) shouldn't look after infants with fatal sleeping accidents being a significant cause of death among infants when being minded by a babysitter. Louise says parents should never leave their infant in the care of someone who is not trained to look after them. * Legislative standards must be applied to ensure providers deliver quality in-home childcare and that children are kept safe; * Why it’s important to screen anyone who is caring for children. * The new Federal Government changes in childcare and in-home childcare starting on 2 July. Did you know? * Approximately 65 per cent of nannies in Australia not paid legally. * The majority of au pairs who are employed by Australian parents, particularly those from overseas on 417 working holiday visas, are not paid legally. * Nannies cannot legally offer their services as independent contractors because they do not pass the ATO test for being a contractor. Please call me on 0421 364 665 if you would like me to arrange an interview. Alternatively, you can call Louise direct on 0425 548 643. doctoroo® prepares to ease the pain of accessing codeine-medications 2018-01-30T00:11:19Z doctoroo-r-prepares-to-ease-the-pain-of-accessing-codeine-medications To ease the pain, unfamiliarity and inconvenience of travelling to a GP for a codeine script, the Australian doctoroo® team is currently preparing an app that allows you to conveniently see your own or the first available GP on any device, anytime, anywhere in Australia. What began as a simple telehealth solution to connect GP’s with busy, rural or immobile Aussies, has evolved over the past two years and will enable you to enter your pain symptoms and prescription requirements (including codeine) before a consultation, so the doctor can assess this before they have the video consultation with you. The app actually aligns with the goals of the TGA and RACGP by allowing doctors to diagnose patients and offer the best pain management for their situation. GP’s may suggest codeine or an alternative pain management strategy - which helps to curb codeine addiction and misuse. doctoroo® founder, Christian Nehme, a medical scientist and previous pharmacy assistant, has seen too often the experience of patients with pain medication and the inconvenience travelling to a GP can sometimes be. “Seeing the frustration of patients, especially with the recent rescheduling of codeine, truly drives us to deliver a solution that makes pain that much less uncomfortable to deal with” said Mr Nehme. As opposed to other online doctor services, doctoroo® enables you, and actually encourages you to invite and see your own GP on the online platform. This means that you can book a consultation with your own GP wherever you are, and get an opinion from a doctor that knows you and that you trust. This again aligns with the goal of the RACGP, which encourages patient-doctor relationships. "It certainly would be very reasonable to have a longer-term relationship with your doctor and see them on a regular basis, to review your medication needs and make sure you are otherwise well," said Dr Bastian Seidel, president of the RACGP. Regulation such as this requires time for the public to adjust to. This service makes it genuinely convenient for those who walk into a pharmacy and are not aware or forget about the requirement of a prescription for their codeine or other medication. From within the pharmacy, or in a nearby private space, the patient can see a GP and obtain the required script, without needing to waste time travelling to a GP or even potentially avoiding this altogether and not obtaining the required health care. The app is estimated to have waiting times of just 10-20 minutes during the day. In comparison, patients can wait hours to access a nearby GP and months to access a specialist pain program in clinics. You’ll also be able to obtain medical certificates, referral letters and second opinions for most health issues. The service will be a privately-billed service, with consultations starting from as little as $15 for a few minutes, and is based on each GP’s minutely rate. With over 1,000 patients already signed up to the prelaunch, the doctoroo® team is aiming to make the app publicly available in the coming months. Hemp legalisation set to boost business for one of Australia’s leading Hemp product suppliers 2017-11-10T01:37:54Z hemp-legalisation-set-to-boost-business-for-one-of-australias-leading-hemp-product-suppliers The family owned and operated Australian business, established in 2006, was founded by The Williams family, CEO Ron, Formulating Director Maria, as well as their daughter Lara and sons Lloyd and Craig, who have been waiting for over a decade for this legislation to pass. Lara Burton, co-founder and Head of Sales and Marketing says: “We are delighted this day has finally come. Although we have legally been able to sell our Hemp food products in overseas restaurants and retail channels for years, we can now supply restaurants, cafes and supermarkets in our own home country, which is a great result and a wonderful feeling.” Lariese Purely Hemp produces a range of products including Hemp Seed Oil, Hulled Hemp Seeds, Hemp Protein Powder (50% and 80%) all using Canadian Hemp which is recognised worldwide as the best in the world due to Canada’s optimal growing conditions and nutritious soil. The Hemp industry is currently worth over $US570 million (1) in the US and Canada alone. Managing Director, Lloyd Williams, firmly believes this week’s ruling will significantly increase sales and market share for Lariese Purely Hemp. The Williams family have been advocates for the benefits of Hemp for a considerable time and firmly believe that the ruling will greatly improve the health of Australians, due to the large number of health benefits contained within Hemp. The family from the oldest to the youngest all use their own Lariese Hemp in their daily lives, including pre-and post-natal. They won’t offer anything for sale unless they have conclusively tested it on themselves first. Hemp is not just a super food but more of a whole food, being highly nutritious with many health benefits. It is rich in healthy fats and essential fatty acids and is also a great source of protein and contains high amounts of vitamin E, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulphur, calcium, iron and zinc. Hemp Seed Oil has been used as a food/ medicine in China for over 3000 years. Lloyd Williams continues; “As one of the largest suppliers of Hemp in Australia and overseas, we have researched and tested hemp and hemp products for over ten years. The reason we chose to invest, grow and import Canadian Hemp was because of its superior quality, proven established track record for the last 18 years, and reliability of supply to the whole of North America, Europe and Asia”. Lariese has positioned itself as a market leader in Bulk Hemp Supply to all major companies nationally and internationally. Lariese believes it has experienced continuous growth due to its core beliefs, vision and 100% transparency, whilst using high quality ingredients with complete traceability. Lariese Purely Hemp seed is of a proprietary species bred for quality and taste and its products are certified Non-GMO, Vegan, Gluten free and Kosher certified. The company is the only provider in Australia currently selling premium 80% Hemp Protein. The family believes in providing healthy food options that are produced with a focus on sustainability and the environment. Hemp is a sustainable food source that boasts many inherent nutritional benefits and can be cultivated without negative environmental impact. Lara continues: “Our growers don’t use any potentially harmful pesticides, in-crop herbicides, or GMOs, which guarantees our great tasting hemp foods and ensures sustainability of the environment. In fact, Hemp is highly pest, weed and drought resistant meaning there is no need for pesticides and herbicides and it also removes more CO2 from the air than trees do.” Lariese Purely Hemp products can be found in most health food stores, including Go Vita and Mr Vitamins as well as online through Nourished Life. More information can be found on www.lariesepurelyhemp.com.au For further information or to interview Lloyd or Lara from Lariese Purely Hemp, please contact: Emma Kirkaldy at Polkadot Communications on 0406 025 771 or emma@polkadotcommunications.com.au Sources: 1 https://www.thehia.org/HIAhemppressreleases/4010402 Background Information What is Hemp? Hemp foods are incredibly nutritious – rich in healthy fats and essential fatty acids. They are also a great source of protein and contain high amounts of vitamin E, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulphur, calcium, iron and zinc. Hemp seeds contain over 30% fat. They are exceptionally rich in two essential fatty acids, linoleic acid (omega-6) and alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3). They also contain gamma-linolenic acid, which has been linked with many health benefits. www.lariesepurelyhemp.com.au Hemp seeds are a great protein source, as more than 25% of their total calories are from high-quality protein. That is considerably more than similar foods like chia seeds and flaxseeds, which provide about 16–18%. Hemp seeds can be consumed raw, cooked or toasted and Hemp seed oil is a very healthy oil, and has been used as a food/medicine in China for at least 3,000 years. Hemp Seed Oil Hemp seed oil is a natural, whole food product that – depending on its form – can be used in a wide range of recipes, consumed on its own as a dietary supplement, applied topically as a moisturising oil, or even used in industrial settings. It is in high demand for its superior quality and consistency. Lariese Edible Hemp Seed oil is cold-pressed from the seeds of the Cannabis sativa plant, and contains the perfect ratio of Omega Fatty Acids as recommended by the World Health Organization — Omega 6 and Omega 3 in a ratio of 3:1. Just 15mls contains 94% of your daily requirement of Omegas 3, 6 and 9 and boasts an EFA content of 80%. These fatty acids are fundamental to maintaining good health and effective functioning of the immune system and brain. As our brain needs a constant supply of Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) that the body cannot produce, Hemp Seed oil is just the fuel that our brain needs to stay healthy and function effectively. Hulled Hemp Seeds Raw Hulled Hemp Seeds are the most nutritious seeds found in nature and are a complete protein. Containing more digestible protein than any other food. Lariese Raw Hulled Hemp Seeds are a healthy and rich source of protein, particularly for vegans and vegetarians. This is true even for those unable to tolerate nuts, gluten, lactose or sugar, as there are no known allergies to hemp foods. Hemp Seeds are suitable for everyone, including expectant Mums as they contain naturally occurring nutrients essential to the brain, bone and nervous system development of a growing foetus, including Folate (Vitamin B9) and Vitamin B6. With a mild nutty flavour similar to pine nuts, Raw Hulled Hemp Seeds can be made into milk and used as a milk substitute for anything made from dairy, including butter, cheese and ice cream, as Hemp is free from estrogen mimickers and trypsin inhibitors. Toasted Hemp Seeds Whole unshelled Canadian edible hemp seeds are carefully roasted in our Canadian custom-built toasters to provide the best flavour. They are lactose intolerant free and gluten free and can be snacked on or used as an ingredient in baking, granolas, bars or snack manufacturing to provide the nutritional benefits of hemp and that extra crunch and toasted nutty flavour. Hemp Protein - 50% The nutritional profile of Hemp Protein Powder shows it contains all the essential fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins and minerals needed for good health. It stands alone as the only balanced, natural source of nutrition needed to assist with muscle building and repair, weight loss and fitness improvement, and muscle recovery. It is a complete food. Alkaline, and with an RNA genome very similar to human DNA, superfine Lariese Hemp Protein Powder is easy to digest and highly bioavailable. With 95% protein digestibility, it is easily metabolised into the system. Hemp Protein - 80% Our 80% Premium Hemp Protein Powder contains all the essential fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins and minerals needed for good health. It stands alone as the only balanced, natural source of nutrition needed to assist with muscle building and repair, weight loss and fitness improvement, and muscle recovery. It is a complete food. Alkaline, and with an RNA genome very similar to human DNA, superfine Lariese Hemp Protein Powder is easy to digest and highly bioavailable. With 95% protein digestibility, it is easily metabolised into the system. WordStorm PR is thrilled to represent FOUR PAWS Australia 2017-11-01T23:29:13Z wordstorm-pr-is-thrilled-to-represent-four-paws-australia With offices in 10 countries and more recently in Australia, FOUR PAWS aims to stop animal suffering and to ensure that animals are treated with respect, empathy and understanding. The not-for-profit organisation has been operating since 1988. WordStorm PR will be working with FOUR PAWS Australia on an initial project to increase awareness of bile bear farming in Vietnam, with plans to hopefully rescue bears who are being saved and relocated to a fabulous new bear sanctuary. Monica Rosenfeld, Managing Director at WordStorm PR, said: “Animal cruelty is such an important issue and we are honoured to be educating the public about all the amazing work FOUR PAWS does to help the plight of animals around the world. It’s such an inspiring organisation doing very important work, therefore we are thrilled to be involved in helping to spread the word. We look forward to promoting the projects that FOUR PAWS are working on to protect these ill-treated animals.” For more infomation contact: Rochelle: rochelle@wordstormpr.com.au Grace: grace@wordstormpr.com.au ABSEIL FOR YOUTH SET TO HIT $2M IN FUNDRAISING AT THE END OF THIS YEARS’ EVENT 2017-10-10T07:05:15Z abseil-for-youth-set-to-hit-2m-in-fundraising-at-the-end-of-this-years-event Ice now #1 drug of concern, increased suicidal ideation, and increased psychosis in young Australians Abseil for Youth is an annual event that brings together hundreds of people who scale a 33-storey (135m) building to fundraise for the Sir David Martin Foundation, a NFP who are committed to supporting young people in Australia. The charity focuses on supporting youth who suffer from problems including substance addiction, homelessness, mental illness, disengagement from society, abuse, unemployment and family breakdown. They do this by funding Triple Care Farm - an award-winning residential rehabilitation program for young people aged 16-24, run by Mission Australia and located in Southern Highlands. The thrill-seeking event is in its eighth year, and sees over 300 people of all ages and fitness levels scale the building at 1 Market Street, all in the name of charity. Over the years Abseil for Youth has become one of the largest unique public opportunity to fundraise in the heart of Sydney CBD and now in its eighth year, they are set to hit $2M in fundraising. Funds raised through Abseil for Youth will help to cover the costs to provide this specialised support to young Australians. It costs over $27,000 to put just one person through the residential rehabilitation program and provide an additional 6 months support as they re-join the community for a safe and positive future. With a recent study of the programs Return on Social Investment (SROI) conducted by Social Ventures Australia, it is evident that for every $1 invested into Triple Care Farm, $3 is generated in long term positive results for the community. Triple Care Farm is able to support 100 youths per year. “Abseil For Youth is a unique opportunity! Where else could you get the thrill of your life, overlooking the gorgeous Sydney Harbour, and raise money for such a good cause? When you’re facing a 130m descent, your mind and body are screaming to stop, but you have the commitment to see the challenge through – you’ll feel more alive than ever. Every abseiler conquering their own fear and making that step off into the unknown, gets a little taste of what young people in rehab face as they tackle their own very different challenges.” says Alex Green, General Manager of Sir David Martin Foundation. Ice has become the primary drug of concern for young Australians seeking treatment at Triple Care Farm. Addiction tears apart families, destroys homes and ruins lives. Young people from all backgrounds and neighbourhoods are being impacted by addiction, with frightening rates of youth suicide ideation and co-morbid mental health issues. Triple Care Farm provides treatment and support for these issues, as well as assists young people in returning to education and training to find pathways to employment and a healthy, productive life. “TCF supports young people to make real and lasting change in their lives. Young people move out of a life immersed in trauma and drug use to feeling valued and worthwhile. Abseil for Youth continues to be an exciting event to support this amazing change.” notes Gabriella Holmes, Program Manager, Triple Care Farm. The corporate partner this year is Investa who are supporting the event for the fourth time in a row. ‘Abseil for Youth’ 2017 will take place at 1 Market Street, Sydney from Thursday 12th to Friday 13th October 2017. For further information please go to www.abseilforyouth.com or call 02 9219 2002. For all media enquiries and interview requests as well as access to case studies, please contact Annabel Carroll annabel@polkadotcomms.com.au // (02) 9281 4190 NOTES TO EDITORS Abseil for Youth 2017 supported by Investa When: 12 & 13 October 2017 Where: 1 Market Street Sydney - Event supported by Investa - Corporate Teams and Individuals from across Sydney and interstate will be abseiling - Up to 6 people can abseil at a time - 300 people will be abseiling this year MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE Abseil opportunities, interview opportunities with Triple Care Farm graduates, staff and ambassadors / public identities available. Sir David Martin Foundation Ambassadors Scott Gooding and Andrew Lock will both be taking part this year and are available for comment. NOTE: Additional program information and outcome data as well as the SROI report can be provided.