The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-10-17T22:56:59Z Australian Neuroscientist Awarded the 2019 Advance Global Award 2019-10-17T22:56:59Z australian-neuroscientist-awarded-the-2019-advance-global-award The Overall Winner of the 2019 Advance Awards has been announced as US-based Australian neuroscientist and physical therapist Dr David Putrino. The award makes Dr Putrino Advance's Global Australian of the Year. Dr Putrino has been recognised worldwide for his game-changing work at the Abilities Research Center, a laboratory devising innovative ways to use virtual reality and video games to improve patient health and rehabilitation, based in New York.   Dr Putrino was awarded this great honour at the Advance Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner in Sydney last night, which recognises and celebrates the outstanding achievements of Australians living and working offshore. He was also awarded the Healthcare category award for his exceptional commitment to research and development of innovative technology solutions for individuals in need of accessing better healthcare. Dr Putrino’s work explores the use of virtual reality as a low-cost and scalable treatment for chronic neuropathic pain: a condition affecting millions of people worldwide with few effective treatments. His game-based interventions have been shown to accelerate the process of neuroplasticity and lead to faster rehabilitation for patients with significant injuries, including spinal injuries, or illness. Dr Putrino worked as a clinician in Australia, before moving to the United States to study computational neuroscience at Harvard Medical School, MIT and NYU. He has served as a faculty member at Weill-Cornell Medicine and Burke Medical Research Institute. He is currently the Director of the Abilities Research Center and is an Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation and Human Performance at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt Sinai. The Advance Awards Overall Winner is chosen from ten diverse category winners and three special award winners, representing an extraordinary group of talented Australian leaders and innovators who have demonstrated excellence in their respective fields on the global stage, ranging from technology innovation, financial services and healthcare, to social impact, sustainability, and the arts. Advance Chairman Yasmin Allen said, “We are delighted David has been selected as our Advance Global Award winner. He is an inspiring global entrepreneur and innovator who is using unique technology to make people recover and rehabilitate faster from illness or injury, as well as to enhance athletic performance. At Advance, we know it is critical to recognise and celebrate the work of Australians like David and create an opportunity for them to remain connected with their ecosystem back home, for the benefit of all Australians. All our game-changing Award winners have again inspired, humbled and captivated us. Each year we build on this community to give Australians access to the very best thinking, opportunities and ideas, offshore and at home. We congratulate all our winners, and in particular David and look forward to continuing to connect Australia to our diaspora, making them household names back home.” More than 200 nominations were received from all around the world and winners of the Advance Awards were selected by a judging panel of renowned Australians who represent the country’s diverse entrepreneurial culture. Chaired by Advance Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Ken Allen AM, the judging panel includes Maggie Beer AM, Jillian Broadbent AO, Darren Burns, Doug Elix AO, Michelle Garnaut AO, Alexie Glass-Kantor, Sir Michael Hintze AM, Bob Isherwood, Andrew N. Liveris AO, and Carla Zampatti AC.                                                                                                         - ENDS - About Advance www.advance.org Advance is the only organisation to identify, engage and empower members of the global Australian diaspora. We keep them connected, and help repatriate ideas and IP home for the benefit of all Australians. With a community spanning 110 countries, Advance fosters connections with more than one million Australians living and working offshore, and 2.5 million student alumni, drawing on their experience and networks to open doors and opportunities for Australia, Australian companies and Australians around the globe. Website: https://www.advanceawards.com LinkedIn: @Advance.org Twitter: @Advance Facebook: @AdvanceGlobal Instagram: @AdvanceGlobalAustralians Hashtag: #AdvanceAwards19 2019 Advance Award winners The 2019 Advance Awards category winners are: ●  Advanced Manufacturing Award — Adam Gilmour, CEO and Founder of Gilmour Space Technologies ●  Commercial Creatives Award — Natalie Jeremijenko AO, Artist/Engineer/Professor ●  Financial Services Award — Daria Rippingale, Founder and CEO of Bankingblocks ●  Food & Agriculture Award (joint winners) — David Thompson, Chef and Restaurateur and Michelle Grant, Faculty and Education Director at World Food System Center, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) ●  Healthcare Award — David Putrino, Director of the Abilities Research Center and Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation and Human Performance at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt Sinai ●  Social Impact Award — Richard Fuller OAM, Founder and President of Pure Earth 2 ●  Sustainability Award — Hugh Whalan, CEO of PEG Africa ●  Technology Innovation Award — Kate Glazebrook, CEO and Co-founder of Applied ●  The Arts Award — Angelica Mesiti, Artist The winners of three special awards are: ●  Global Alumni Award — Dr Laode Muhammad Syarif, Commissioner for Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) ●  Asia Impact Award — Dr Yijia Li, Director of Public Translational Platform for Cell Therapy at Yangtze Delta Region Institute of Tsinghua University ●  Global Impact Award — Professor John Mattick AO, SHARP Professor at UNSW Sydney and Senior Research Fellow with Visiting University Professorship at Green Templeton College, Oxford About Dr David Putrino – 2019 Advance Award Overall Winner David is physical therapist with a PhD in Neuroscience. He worked as a clinician in Australia, before moving to the United States to study computational neuroscience at Harvard Medical School, MIT and NYU. He has served as a faculty member at Weill-Cornell Medicine and Burke Medical Research Institute. He is currently the Director of the Abilities Research Center and an Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation and Human Performance at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt Sinai. He works to develop innovative technology solutions for individuals in need of better healthcare accessibility. He consults with the Red Bull High Performance division to use evidence-based technologies to improve athletic performance. He is also the “Chief Mad Scientist” of Not Impossible Labs, a group that crowd-sources accessible technological solutions for high-impact humanitarian problems. David’s research has been featured on the ABC, Sport’s Illustrated, the Wall Street Journal, the BBC, Time Magazine, TEDx, Wired and the New York Times to name just a few. He is the author of Hacking Health: How to make money and save lives in the HealthTech world, which is available from Amazon and Springer-Nature.  DIVORCE TANGO AUTHOR SAYS WHY GREY DIVORCE IS ON THE RISE! 2019-10-17T02:13:04Z divorce-tango-author-says-why-grey-divorce-is-on-the-rise WHY IS GREY DIVORCE ON THE RISE? Al Gore and his wife Tipper are part of the rise in "Grey Divorce" which has doubled since 1990.  Divorce expert, best-selling author of The Divorce Tango and founder of Australia’s first National Divorce Centre, Cheryl Duffy says “The reason Grey Divorce is on the rise is  threefold. Firstly, money, women are more financially independent so no longer have to choose a bad marriage or poverty. Secondly there is not the same stigma about divorcing now as there used to be and thirdly better health and life expectancy" “When the children have grown up “empty nest syndrome” comes into play and the parents find they have grown apart or lost the spark that was once there and realise they are not too old to seek happiness later in life” concludes Cheryl. TO INTERVIEW CHERYL DUFFY email max@marksonsparks.com or call Max Markson 0412 501 601 ABOUT CHERYL Cheryl Duffy is a CDC Certified Divorce Coach® and Author of the bestseller “The Divorce Tango”. Cheryl’s career evolved from leading key programs for successful change and betterment in a large, multinational company however, the most difficult change she has ever had to manage was her divorce, which affected every facet of her life. After nineteen years, Cheryl’s marriage came to an end, and her life completely changed. Being the first among her family and friends to experience divorce, she was left to blindly navigate her way out of the tumultuous times, into a better post-marriage life. The journey continued in the pursuit to help others impacted by Divorce whereby Cheryl became a Certified Divorce Coach to help others accelerate their divorce recovery so they can let go, move on and create the life they deserve so they don’t have to waste years being emotionally paralysed like she did. Through one on one coaching sessions or unique programs depending on whether you are pre/post divorce can empower you to take charge and accelerate your divorce recovery so you can rebuild your life faster. www.thedivorcetango.com   Beaming the first and last mile 2019-10-16T07:04:11Z beaming-the-first-and-last-mile Thursday, 17 October, 2019 Media Release Beaming the first and last mile  -  data shows the value of e-scooters As authorities consider the outcomes of the first round of e-scooter trials in New Zealand, Beam Mobility is calling for a greater focus on the potential benefits of micro-mobility and the need for safer operations.  Data from Beam’s two trial sites,  Christchurch in New Zealand and Adelaide in South Australia, conclusively show that micro-mobility services like e-scooters are an effective and sustainable first and last mile, connecting users to public and private transport.  Singling out Auckland and the challenges faced by policymakers owing to the need for significant infrastructure spend and better connected public transport,  Beam says that a safe and well run e-scooter service has the potential to deliver significant benefits and overcome some of the obstacles many of the experts say are cause for concern in New Zealand’s largest city.  Auckland Transport’s 2018-2028 regional strategy,  with its vision of creating an accessible, well connected, safe and sustainable city is the perfect match for greener, affordable shared e-scooters playing a role connecting the first and last mile of commuter’s journeys.  Beam’s Head of Public Affairs, Brad Kitschke said that well run and safe trials that deliver real benefits to the community should be a focus of the forthcoming review of e-scooters in Auckland and other cities.  This includes ensuring operators have appropriate insurance coverage so costs are not passed on to New Zealand taxpayers. “We are finding that e-scooters are an essential part of the transportation ecosystem. When you examine the data from our operations there are very clear patterns emerging which demonstrate that e-scooters are being used as a transport service. In Christchurch, many Beam trips start or end right in the city centre, are connecting users to public transport hubs often as part of a morning or evening commute.” In Adelaide we piloted a specific program to connect people with e-scooters on the edge of the City where the light rail terminated, the results demonstrated that people will use e-scooters for that last mile in and out of the city.   This indicates that concepts like park and ride for e-scooters would be viable, encouraging people to catch public transport or leave private cars outside of the city center.  This kind of concept would have environmental benefits, reduce congestion and utilise existing expenditure on infrastructure more effectively.   While they are fun to ride there needs to be a greater focus on the benefits of a properly connected and safe multi-modal approach to e-scooters.  Given the challenges faced by a city like Auckland, it makes sense that e-scooter providers focus on meeting these challenges.    There is also a need to mandate better safety outcomes and reduce the imposition on taxpayers, owing to the number of accidents and injury claims to the ACC. Beam is the only provider that covers riders with accident insurance. We don’t pass the burden onto the public purse,”  Mr Kitschke concluded.    Christchurch start and endpoints of trips.    Heatmap : Where Trips  started 1Legend Red : High-Demand Area Bright-Yellow : Low-Demand Area= Image demonstrating the increased demand for e-scooters at the South Terrace tram stop in Adelaide.  Additional information  Comparing rules and safety outcomes in trial cities in Australia and New Zealand.  Conditions and Outcomes  Adelaide  (Beam) Brisbane   Christchurch (Beam)  Auckland  Max Speed 15km/h 25km/h  15km/h  25km/h Speed Governance  Governed so 15km /h downhill.  None speeds exceed 30km downhill  Governed so 15km /h downhill.  None speeds exceed 30km down fill  No go zones  Enforced scooters slowed to a stop and riders were required to exit the area  Not enforced  Enforced scooters slowed to a stop and riders were required to exit the area  Not enforced  Enforceable Geo Fence Boundaries   Enforced scooters slowed to a stop and riders were required to re-enter the approved area of operation.  Not enforced - scooters were regularly seen in the parklands and other Council areas able to be ridden with no restrictions  Enforced scooters slowed to a stop and riders were required to re-enter the approved area of operation.  Not enforced initially  Hospitalisations and Accidents  1 More than 132 Hospitalisations.  10 % of those required admission  A report by the Royal College of surgeons indicated that 28% had been injured when the scooter was travelling at a speed exceeding 30km/h, an indication that speed plays a significant role in serious injuries and proof speed was not governed.  1 Fatality  0 More than 7500 claims to the New Zealand Accident Compensation Commission  More than $3m in claims  1 Fatality   Insurance  Beam has accident insurance cover for its riders and is the only operator to provide this type of coverage.  Insurance experts have warned riders are not be covered for accidents.  Beam has accident insurance cover for its riders and is the only operator to provide this type of coverage.  Insurance experts have warned riders are not covered for accidents by the policies of the operator and this is why they are claiming against the Accident Compensation Commission in such extreme numbers.  For media enquiries Brad Kitschke Head of Public Affairs 61 403 809 630 brad@ridebeam.com  All big banks cut savings rates by at least 0.25% 2019-10-16T05:49:08Z all-big-banks-cut-savings-rates-by-at-least-0-25 MEDIA RELEASE 16 October 2019 All big banks cut savings rates by at least 0.25% All four big banks and many smaller banks and other institutions have passed on the full RBA October rate cut of 0.25 percentage points to their savings account customers. Today, Westpac and its subsidiaries (BankSA, Bank of Melbourne and St George Bank) have joined the other three big banks, and many other institutions, in cutting rates on savings accounts and term deposits. Westpac’s Life savings account maximum rate has been cut 0.25 per cent pa to 1.65 per cent pa. Westpac’s eSaver account has also been cut by 0.25 per cent to 1.66 per cent pa.   Commonwealth Bank’s GoalSaver account headline maximum rate has been slashed to just 1.25 per cent pa for balances under the government guaranteed threshold of $250,000. The GoalSaver headline rate of 1.60 per cent pa only applies to the portion of the balance over $250,000. CBA Netbank Saver’s five-month maximum headline rate has been cut 0.35 percentage points to 1.65 per cent, reverting to a base rate of 0.1 per cent. ANZ has cut the bonus rate on its Progress Saver account by 0.25 percentage points from 1.85 to 1.60 per cent pa with the base rate remaining at 0.01 per cent. ANZ Online Saver’s three-month introductory rate has been cut 0.25 percentage points to 1.6 per cent pa with an ongoing base rate of 0.1 per cent pa. NAB cut the bonus rate on its Reward Saver account by 0.25 percentage points from 1.86 to 1.61 per cent pa with the base rate set at 0.11 per cent. NAB iSaver’s four-month introductory rate has been cut 0.25 percentage points to 1.86 per cent pa with a base rate of 0.11 per cent. St. George, Bank of Melbourne and BankSA have cut their maximum incentive and introductory savings account rates by 0.25 percentage points to 1.80 per cent pa from today. Other popular savings account rates have also been cut by 0.25 per cent, including the Up Saver, ING accounts, 86 400 and others. Vadim Taube, CEO of leading Australian financial comparison site InfoChoice.com.au, said Commonwealth Bank’s headline savings account rate of 1.6 per cent pa only applies for balances over the government guaranteed threshold level of $250,000. “All of the big banks and many of the smaller banks and credit unions have now passed on the RBA’s October rate cut of 0.25 percentage points to their savings account rates,” said Vadim Taube, CEO of InfoChoice.com.au. “For balances under the $250,000 the highest maximum ongoing at-call savings account rate now offered by the Commonwealth Bank is 1.25 per cent pa. “The Commonwealth Bank’s Netbank Saver maximum introductory rate has come down 0.35 per cent this month.” “The Australian inflation rate is now 1.6 per cent so that is the absolute minimum savers should be looking for in a savings account or term deposit rate.” Bank Account name Account type Rate cut current max rate Intro period CBA Netbank Saver Intro 0.35 1.65 5 months   GoalSaver Incentive 0.25 1.6   ANZ Online Saver Intro 0.25 1.6 3 months   Progress Saver Incentive 0.25 1.6   NAB iSaver Intro 0.25 1.86 4 months   Reward Saver Incentive 0.25 1.61   Westpac eSaver Intro 0.25 1.66 5 months   Life Saver Incentive 0.25 1.65   Go straight to the latest rates information from individual banks and other institutions here. For more information on Savings account rates, data and commentary, please contact: Jason Bryce, Media Manager on 0428 777 727 jason.bryce@infochoice.com.au   For more comments, please contact: Vadim Taube, Chief Executive on 0403 580 794   Data analytics and virtual assistant skills most sought after by employers, global report says 2019-10-15T21:57:26Z data-analytics-and-virtual-assistant-skills-most-sought-after-by-employers-global-report-says Data analytics and virtual assistant skills most sought after by employers, global report says 16 October, 2019: As the US Labour Department reports a slowing in hiring of traditional jobs and the Conference Board’s Help Wanted OnLine Index 1.3% during the month of September, Freelancer.com releases its Q3 Fast 50, a quarterly index of the most sought after skills, showing key skills like data analytics and virtual assistants are experiencing the biggest employer demand with growth in these fields soaring 58.9% and 55.6% respectively in the quarter. Freelancer.com is the world’s largest freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace globally by users and number of jobs posted: During Q3 2019 473,000 jobs were posted globally on Freelancer.com. Freelancer.com ends Q3 2019 with over 38 million users globally and 660,000 users in Australia, more than twice the number of employees working right across Agriculture, Forestry and Farming, Australia's biggest industries combined. The Freelancer.com Fast 50 Report charts the quarterly movement of the top 50 fastest growing and declining job type categories within Freelancer.com’s global online marketplace, which today includes more than 38 million people across 247 countries, regions and territories around the world. The Freelancer Fast 50 data is the leading forward indicator of trends in online jobs related to industries, technologies, products, and companies. The key takeouts from the Freelancer.com Q3 2019 Fast 50 Report include: 58.9% growth in demand for Data Analytics, from 1114 to 1770 jobs, demonstrates an increasing need for employers to seek skilled workers to analyse and interpret data and identify emerging trends. Q3 saw a 55.6% increase in jobs, from 7,925 to 12,329, for Virtual Assistants, rising from tenth to second fastest growing skill in demand, with tasks from data entry to social media posting being sought. Quarterly demand for Matlab and Mathematica, Mechanical Engineering, Algorithm declined but is expected to rebound as demand for all artificial intelligence skills increase globally. Book Writing and Translation services emerged as trends to watch. Book Writing is an interesting outlier in the Q3 2019 Fast 50, with demand growing 29.6% (2,134 to 2,766) to place it 19th in the fastest growing list. It was the only creative arts skills to crack the top 25. Translation skills in Russian shot into the number 7 spot, accompanied by English, Spanish and French at numbers 20, 21 and 24 respectively. “Large and small businesses are still hiring but not always in traditional ways. Forward thinking, innovative companies - especially those looking to streamline and scale - are increasingly looking to crowdsourcing markets like Freelancer.com to build an elastic labour force that’s on demand, high quality, speedy, and often filling gaps in niche skills requirements,” Freelancer CEO and founder Matt Barrie says.  “The demand from data analytics indicates more savvy businesses are seeking these highly specialised freelancers to help determine business decisions that increase revenue, improve operations, respond to emerging market trends and gain a competitive edge, while virtual assistants are streamlining processes and creating efficiencies and cost savings.” The Top Freelancing Jobs of the Third Quarter of 2019 The top 10 jobs which have shot up the scale this quarter are Data Analytics, Virtual Assistant, Microsoft Office, Copy Typing, Transcription, Word, Russian Translation, Bookkeeping, Email Handling and Customer Support. Russian Translation was another interesting outlier in the top 10, but English, Spanish and French Translation also saw strong gains over the quarter, indicating that freelance translators are in high demand. 1.   Data Analytics  From using big data to understand cryptocurrency to  improve firefighting it’s no surprise Data Analytics shot into the number one most in demand skill during Q3 2019 as companies grapple with making sense of increasing volumes of data. With the data analytics market forecast to grow to USD$275 billion by 2023, the 58.9% growth (from 1114 to 1770 jobs) in demand on Freelancer.com during the third quarter indicates a significant demand for crowdsourcing skills in this field to draw interpretations from data. Projects on the Freelancer.com range from developing trading strategies to understanding business trends. Despite dropping to 14th place in Q3 (from 5th in Q2 2019), demand for Data Processing Skills remains strong with continued growth at 38.6% in Q3, compared with Q2, 2019.  With most data scientists spending 80% of their time data ‘wrangling’- the process of inputting and transforming “raw” data into a format more appropriate for processing, Copy Typing remains in the top 10 most in demand skills, growing 53% (6,988 to 10,692), taking fourth place. See these projects on freelancer.com for some examples. 2.   Virtual Assistant As all the biggest tech companies scramble to create smarter AI powered virtual assistants, like Amazon Alexa, Microsoft Cortana, Apple Siri and Google Duplex to conquer business and home administration, nothing yet beats the artificial-artificial-intelligent assistant, that is, a human virtual assistant. Demand for these Virtual Assistants via Freelancer.com saw a strong 55.6% growth in Q3 2019, from 7,925 to 12,329, rising from the 10th fastest growing in Q2, to the second fastest growing in Q3 2019.  Virtual Assistants can cover a wide range of tasks, with projects posted on Freelancer.com calling for expertise in everything from providing customer service to social media marketing and blog posting. These jobs are ideal for those who’d like to work from home or around hours required for other jobs. These versatile freelancers are well placed to see demand for their skills continue to rise as entrepreneurs, CEOs and senior management delegate administrative tasks to others so they can focus on growth. 3.  Microsoft Office The resurgence of Microsoft Office under the helm of Satya Nadella is evident in Microsoft Office shooting to the third most in demand skill this quarter. Since publishing the Freelancer Fast 50 Report, demand for Microsoft Office has been in decline until it made its first appearance in the Fast 50, growing 31.2% to place 15th in the second quarter this year (2018 to 2740) and rising a further 54.2% in Q3 (2,683 to 4,137). Volume of demand for Microsoft Excel remains higher than Microsoft Office and a similar growth trend is seen with demand for Microsoft Excel skills entering the Fast 50 in Q2 with 33.3% growth to 20th place (18,493 to 23,744) and further upward movement, 33.5% growth in Q3, to 16th place with (14,898 to 20,098). This skill set is often much more complex than just typing and data entry, with one freelancer on the platform using his Excel and programming skills to automate a task and reduce the time it took from 20 hours each week to just one hour.  4.   Copy Typing Although copy typing moves from second to fourth place, demand rose 53% (6,988 to 10,692), following a 50% rise in Q2, and remaining in the top 10 for the second quarter in a row. In addition to data cleaning, employers are seeking skilled freelancers who specialize in transferring handwritten notes into an editable format like this Australian employer needing pdf files converted to word documents. 5.   Transcription While advances in machine translation accelerate, such as facebook using mathematics for automatic translations of words, the need for human intervention is shown in Unbabel recently receiving $60m funding to adopt a blended machine and human approach to translations and live Transcription services, demonstrated in this project requiring someone to understand multiple accents. Freelancers specializing in Transcription were hired for 3,981 projects in Q3 2019, up 52.2% from Q2.  The Freelance Jobs That Saw Demand Decline Several skills in the Freelancer Fast 50 saw a decline in Q3, though these declines largely fell in job categories that saw significant rises in Q2, and could represent a reversion to the mean. The skills that saw the largest declines were Matlab and Mathematica, Mechanical Engineering, and Algorithm. Matlab and Mathematica and Algorithm skills factor heavily into Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, so it's likely these skills will see a strong rebound in demand in the months ahead. The overall picture provided by skills in decline is the fluidity of the freelancing marketplace. Skills that have seen strong rises in previous quarters saw demand fall off in Q3, while many skills that shrank in demand in previous quarters posted strong rises in Q3. While there may be some volatility in quarter-to-quarter demand, the freelance market overall remains vibrant and growing. Rising stars: the emerging jobs to watch Book Writing Book Writing and Ghost Writing for fiction and non-fiction allowed the creative arts to crack the top 25, in an otherwise administrative and technology focused skills list. Book Writing saw a 229.6% growth (2,134 to 2,766), placing it in the 19th spot for the fastest growing skill in demand by employers on Freelancer.com. In contrast, Academic Writing dropped out of the Top 25 from its number four spot in Q2 2019 indicating a seasonal need for outsourcing academic writing jobs. Translation A variety of language skills were in hot demand in Q3 2019. Russian translation dropped into the number 7 spot of most in-demand skills with a 50.9% rise.  English translation saw a 28.5% rise in demand over the quarter, from 20,402 to 26,215. Spanish and French also grew in demand by 26.5% and 24.7%, respectively.  ENDS Name Job Count Q2 2019 Job Count Q3 2019 % Increase/Decrease 1 Data Analytics 1114 1770 58.89% 2 Virtual Assistant 7925 12329 55.57% 3 Microsoft Office 2683 4137 54.19% 4 Copy Typing 6988 10692 53.01% 5 Transcription 2615 3981 52.24% 6 Word 3642 5512 51.35% 7 Russian 1371 2069 50.91% 8 Bookkeeping 1525 2234 46.49% 9 Email Handling 2134 3126 46.49% 10 Customer Support 2956 4229 43.06% 11 Freelance 1117 1573 40.82% 12 Data Entry 28706 39439 37.39% 13 Customer Service 2889 3927 35.93% 14 Data Processing 15017 20098 34.90% 15 Web Search 10610 14262 34.42% 16 Excel 23389 31233 33.54% 17 PDF 3122 4159 33.22% 18 React.js 2653 3450 30.04% 19 Book Writing 2134 2766 29.62% 20 English 20402 26215 28.49% 21 Spanish (Spain) 1223 1547 26.49% 22 Internet Research 2426 3051 25.76% 23 Digital Marketing 1419 1774 25.02% 24 French 2209 2754 24.67% 25 BPO 1428 1777 24.44% 26 C++ Programming 8060 7574 -6.03% 27 Civil Engineering 1041 970 -6.82% 28 Arduino 1814 1688 -6.95% 29 Adobe Flash 1270 1175 -7.48% 30 Machine Learning (ML) 2910 2683 -7.80% 31 Research Writing 14444 13228 -8.42% 32 Database Programming 1521 1390 -8.61% 33 Swift 2291 2091 -8.73% 34 Programming 1425 1298 -8.91% 35 Statistics 2361 2142 -9.28% 36 PCB Layout 1317 1191 -9.57% 37 Mathematics 2712 2451 -9.62% 38 Electronics 3499 3147 -10.06% 39 Objective C 3388 3032 -10.51% 40 Shopping Carts 1398 1250 -10.59% 41 Microsoft Access 1034 914 -11.61% 42 Computer Security 1240 1094 -11.77% 43 Network Administration 2159 1901 -11.95% 44 Report Writing 6791 5955 -12.31% 45 Engineering 4764 4148 -12.93% 46 Electrical Engineering 3960 3444 -13.03% 47 Statistical Analysis 1664 1422 -14.54% 48 Algorithm 3270 2782 -14.92% 49 Mechanical Engineering About ​Freelancer​ ®  Twelve-time Webby award-winning Freelancer.com is the world’s largest freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace by total number of users and jobs posted. More than 38 million registered users have posted over 16 million jobs and contests to date in over 1,600 areas as diverse as website development, logo design, marketing, copywriting, astrophysics, aerospace engineering and manufacturing.  Freelancer owns StartCon, Australia's largest startup conference, expo and entrepreneur community established in 2009, WarriorForum.com, the world’s largest Internet marketing community & marketplace, and Escrow.com, the world’s largest provider of secure online escrow and online transaction management for consumers and businesses on the Internet. Freelancer Limited is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange under the ticker ASX:FLN. October 16, 2019 - World Spine Day “Get Spine Active” (#getspineactive) 2019-10-15T07:41:37Z october-16-2019-world-spine-day-get-spine-active-getspineactive   The New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association (NZCA) is urging Kiwis to get spine active and stay healthy as part of the NZCA’s contribution to World Spine Day (16th October 2019).   Back pain is the biggest single cause of disability on the planet, with one in four adults estimated to suffer from it during their lives.  With more than one billion people worldwide suffering from spinal ailments, all age groups are affected, from children to the elderly. On this year’s World Spine Day participating organisations are encouraging people to take steps to be kind to their spines.   New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association spokesperson and chiropractor Dr Cassandra Fairest says: `Movement is life.  Keeping your spine mobile while staying active helps to maintain flexibility and stability. With over 60 joints in your spine, it’s important that it functions well. Keeping mobile also helps to protect your spinal cord and nerves, as well as promoting good posture and nervous system health.’   ‘As we get older an accumulation of injuries and improper motion can cause wear and tear and associated aches and pains. But this doesn’t mean you need to stop moving – it means quite the opposite. Doing daily exercises to keep your spine functioning well may help to prevent your joints from becoming creaky and stiff. Just ask your family chiropractor what is right for you.’   Clinical guidelines in many countries now recommend spine and posture correction as front-line treatment ahead of any medication.[1]  The New Zealand website https://www.straightenup.org.nz/ site has a range of simple exercises to help New Zealanders #getspineactive.   World Spine Day is focused upon raising global awareness of the importance of spinal health. With health professionals, exercise and rehabilitation experts, public health advocates, schoolchildren and patients all taking part.   Organised by the World Federation of Chiropractic on behalf of the Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health, World Spine Day has over 500 official supporters worldwide. More information about how to get involved is available at www.worldspineday.org on Twitter (@world_spine_day), Instagram (@worldspineday), and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/WorldSpineDay2019/).   New Zealand chiropractors are taking the lead to inform and inspire people to prevent pain and disability by educating the public to have a greater understanding of the relationship between their spine and nervous system, improving their posture, addressing and preventing spinal problems, and engaging in physical activity. Chiropractors are uniquely placed to provide care that specifically focuses on the health of the spine and the relationship between the spine and the nervous system.   ­Ends Further Information: Dr Cassandra Fairest, Chiropractor 021 242 3073 or cassandra.fairest@chiropractic.org.nz Peter Boyes 027 554 0500 or peter@boyespr.co.nz   [1] Low back pain: a call for action Lancet Volume 391, No. 10137, p2384–2388, 9 June 2018 https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(18)30488-4/fulltext CxO Equip Launches Sydney’s First Silicon Valley Retreat 2019-10-13T21:57:28Z cxo-equip-launches-sydney-s-first-silicon-valley-retreat MEDIA RELEASE - For Immediate Release _____________________________________________________________________________ CxO Equip Launches Sydney’s First Silicon Valley Retreat SYDNEY (October 14, 2019) - Sydney’s growing management consulting company, CxO Equip is launching “Business Titans 7X Retreat” (BT7X) featuring a program that equips executives with the “Silicon Valley essentials” behind growing and scaling their own businesses. BT7X will bring 30 Sydney executives together with Silicon Valley venture capitalist, Marco Robert in an environment to learn how to generate multiple streams of income and build a legacy. BT7X will be hosted in Thailand and kicks off on December 10.Robert comments, “Sydney executives have more potential than any other market I've seen. Their level of maturity in business surpasses some of the greatest minds in Silicon Valley. Yet they are frustrated by the bureaucracy and snail-paced innovation of corporate Australia. When they learn to create their own businesses, they become unstoppable forces.” BT7X aims to address this gap so that executives have a solid foundation for business and personal growth. Participants of the retreat will learn about the “BAHO” method, developed by CxO Equip founder, Oscar Chavez to show people how to achieve financial certainty.  Participants will also learn how to solidify their business model and go to market strategy, how to increase productivity and how to multiply their earnings by leveraging the top Silicon Valley business growth strategies.The exclusive retreat will be hosted in a luxurious and secluded villa, with a few surprise tours and activities planned to fire up the festivities. Marco Robert is a leading business turnaround specialist, executive coach and international keynote speaker who started his entrepreneurial journey at the age of 14. By the age of 30, Robert had built his wealth and was able to retire in Mexico.  However, Robert’s retirement was short-lived when he was betrayed by a friend and business partner who stole millions of dollars from him. Forced to return to Canada, Robert was able to rebuild his wealth within just a few years through his smart work ethic and endless dedication to succeed. Oscar Chavez, founder of CxO Equip, went from ex-The Voice Australia contestant on Team Delta to an executive leadership coach and international keynote speaker. He is also an ambassador for non-profit organisation tackling human slavery, A21.  For more information and to register for Business Titans 7X Retreat, visit www.cxoequip.com MEDIA CONTACT: Oscar Chavez, +61403360364, oscar@cxoequip.com ----------------------- END OF RELEASE ----------------------- More banks cut rates - for new customers only 2019-10-10T00:22:21Z more-banks-cut-rates-for-new-customers-only More banks cut rates – for new customers only Despite ACCC chair Rod Sims’ recent criticism of the bank practice of charging higher rates to loyal existing borrowers than they do for new business, lenders are rolling out big fixed rate home loan cuts - that apply to new customers only. In October, many lenders have reserved their biggest rate cuts for the fixed rate home loan market – where rates only apply to new loans. The 2 and 3-year fixed rate market in particular is active right now with plenty of rate cut announcements. All of the big four banks have slashed fixed rates in recent weeks. From today, 10th October, Commonwealth Bank’s advertised 2 and 3 year (OO, P&I) fixed rates in the “Wealth Package” have been cut to 2.99 per cent pa (Comparison rates from 4.46 per cent pa). Commonwealth Bank have now cut two and three-year fixed rates by 0.80 percentage points since June. The RBA has cut the official rate by 0.75 percentage points. Commonwealth Bank’s variable (OO, P&I) advertised home loan rate has come down by 0.57 percentage points in the same period. ANZ Bank cut two and three-year fixed rates last week by up to 0.30 percentage points. ANZ Bank now boasts 2 and 3-year fixed rates from 2.98 per cent pa (comparison rates from 4.45 per cent pa) with a package deal discount. ANZ cut variable rates last week by 0.14 percentage points. NAB have cut their fixed rates by up to 0.40 percentage points (OO, P&I). NAB’s two-year rate is now 2.98 per cent pa (comparison rate 4.47 per cent pa). Westpac (and subsidiaries) cut fixed rates by up to 1.3 percentage points in September. Westpac’s one-year Premier Advantage (OO, P&I) rate was cut by 0.80 percentage points to 3.29 per cent pa (comparison rate 4.05 per cent pa) Other lenders have also announced big rate cuts on fixed home loans with more announcements expected in coming days. From yesterday, 9th October, ING cut two and three-year fixed rates (OO, P&I) by up to 0.20 per cent pa. ING now has fixed home loan rates starting at 2.89 per cent pa (comparison rate 4.23 per cent pa) and variable rates starting at 3.14 per cent pa (comparison rate 3.17 per cent pa). There are now 44 two-year fixed rate home loan products (OO, P&I) with advertised headline rates under 3.0 per cent on the InfoChoice database of 145 institutions. There are now 48 three-year fixed rate home loan products (OO, P&I) with advertised headline rates under 3.0 per cent on the InfoChoice database of 145 institutions. There are 11 variable rate home loans (OO, P&I) with advertised rates under 3.0 per cent listed by InfoChoice. Vadim Taube, CEO of leading Australian financial comparison site InfoChoice.com.au, said borrowers can not expect a great deal simply because they have been loyal to a particular institution for many years. “When lenders announce rate cuts for fixed rate loans, they only apply to new customers. Existing customers continue to pay the fixed rate that applied at the beginning of the loan.” “Banks and other lenders are competing with other and constantly trying to win new business,” said Mr Taube. “Fixed rates are clearly now being set with the future in mind. Banks are apparently expecting the RBA to keep rates low well into 2021 and 2022 and that’s why they are setting 2 and 3-year fixed rates at these very low levels. “Borrowers who don’t like their rate are entitled to ask for a better deal and move to a better offer if they don’t get a good deal. “Borrowers need to factor this into their calculations. If rates change, a fixed rate will stay the same until the end of the term,” said Vadim Taube. Go straight to the latest rates information from individual banks and other institutions here. For more information on Savings account rates, data and commentary, please contact: Jason Bryce, Media Manager on 0428 777 727 jason.bryce@infochoice.com.au   For more comments, please contact: Vadim Taube, Chief Executive on 0403 580 794   Keep up to date with the latest RBA rates outlook at InfoChoice. InfoChoice compares financial products from 145 banks, credit unions and other financial institutions in Australia. InfoChoice does not compare every product in the market. Some institutions may have a commercial partnership with InfoChoice. Rates are provided by partners and taken from financial institutions websites. We believe all information to be accurate on the date published. InfoChoice strives to update and keep information as accurate as possible. Comparison rate is based on a secured loan of $150,000 over the term of 25 years. WARNING: These comparison rates apply only to the example or examples given. Different amounts and terms will result in different comparison rates. Costs such as redraw fees or early repayment fees, and costs savings such as fee waivers, are not included in the comparison rate but may influence the cost of the loan InfoChoice is a leading Australian comparison website for retail banking and personal finance products. We’ve been helping Aussies find great offers on credit cards, home loans, savings accounts, term deposits, personal loans and car loans for over 25 years. Our mission is to help consumers make an informed purchasing by bringing together the most comprehensive list of financial products on the market today. At InfoChoice, we strive to be: •           Comprehensive. We compare more than 3500 individual products from 145 providers within Australia to offer you the best value. •           Informative. We know how important it is for you to crunch the numbers before buying. Our calculators help you understand the cost of different products over the long term and show you the potential savings. World Mental Health Day: The AASW calls for significant sector reform 2019-10-09T23:45:15Z world-mental-health-day-the-aasw-calls-for-significant-sector-reform On World Mental Health Day, marked annually on 10 October, the AASW calls on all Australian governments take action to address the suicide epidemic we currently have in this country. “We need a need a multifaceted and systemic approach to mental health supports that are person-centred and human rights-based,” said AASW National President Christine Craik. “Suicide is the leading cause of death in Australia for people aged 15-44[1], and the suicide rate is more than four times higher among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities[2]. During Mental Health Month, it is important to not only challenge how people understand mental health and suicide, including negative assumptions and stereotypes, but to talk about how to have supportive conversations with friends and family who may be at risk,” said Ms Craik. “Social workers see firsthand the resilience and courage of individuals and families impacted by suicide, and the effects that the inability to access adequate care can have of the lives of so many. “Our mental health system is crisis-driven and does not adequately address the full psychosocial needs of individuals, groups and communities. Mental health is a complex issue, but we do know that prevention and early intervention are key in order to address family violence, homelessness, sexual assault and other issues that lead to poor mental health and its devastating impacts. We need a much greater focus on early intervention, recovery and community to effectively support individuals, families and communities,” said Ms Craik. “We need to see mental health as fundamentally a human rights issue. “By taking a human rights approach to mental health, we need to focus on the needs of traumatised individuals and disadvantaged groups, and to the interaction between discrimination and marginalisation. It demonstrates the importance of many principles that underpin the service system such as equality of access to services and the need for standards and accountability in the delivery of services,” she said. “Furthermore, the mental health system is built on colonising practice and is deeply failing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The disproportionate rates of suicide are a national emergency that needs immediate state and federal action. “Change is possible and central to this is strengthening the participation and collaboration of people with lived experience within the system.” The AASW represents over 12,000 professional social workers, many of whom work at the forefront of mental health and suicide prevention and support. The AASW encourages people seeking external support for mental health issues to contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or their online chat or trial text service at https://www.lifeline.org.au, 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732), BeyondBlue on 1300 22 4636, Kids Help Line 1800 55 1800, MensLine on 1300 78 99 78, Emergency Services on 000, or to visit their GP. ENDS To interview Christine Craik, please contact Angela Yin on 0413 532 954. [1] https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/life-expectancy-death/deaths-in-australia/contents/leading-causes-of-death [2] https://www1.health.gov.au/internet/publications/publishing.nsf/Content/mental-natsisps-strat-toc~mental-natsisps-strat-1~mental-natsisps-strat-1-ab The sneezin’ season is here so reduce hay fever symptoms with an air purifier 2019-10-09T23:38:29Z the-sneezin-season-is-here-so-reduce-hay-fever-symptoms-with-an-air-purifier Australians, particularly Victorians, should prepare for a worse grass pollen season than last year, according to botanist Dr Ed Newbigin from the University of Melbourne. As reported by ABC Science* last week, the 2019 season is looking like it will be worse than 2018 for hay fever sufferers as last year was a low-pollen year. With nearly 1 in 5 Australians suffering allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and the sale of hay fever medicines doubling as a result, it's good to know that an air purifier can trap almost 100 per cent of allergens. Simply using an air purifier could help reduce the need for expensive and invasive medicines such as nasal sprays and oral antihistamines, and they can be used in the home, at the office and even in vehicles. Simon Haberle, a professor of natural history said that short-term pollen data from around Australia suggests there is a lengthening of the pollen season, and that pollen is increasingly abundant. Hay fever does occur throughout the year but peaks in October and November with the worst states being ACT, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania, closely followed by Western Australia and New South Wales. Allergy triggers Common triggers include pollens, house dust, animal fur, fungal spores and air pollutants. The highest standard of air purifiers use HEPA filters, which stands for High Efficiency Particulate Air, and designates that the filters are able to trap 99.97% of particles down to 0.3 microns in size. Paul Beggs, an environmental health scientist from Macquarie University, said there's a lot of research showing that increases in CO2 in the atmosphere makes some pollen grains more potent, increasing allergenicity. Unlike many health conditions, allergic rhinitis is most common in the middle years of life: 15 to 59 years and is triggered by an allergic reaction. One of Australia's largest suppliers of portable air purifiers is Andatech with its Ionmax products that range from a personal unit that can be used in cars, trucks and on aeroplanes, to a larger model, the ION390, which can be placed in open spaces at home and in offices. The unit combines three forms of efficient air purification technologies: HEPA filtration, UV light and negative ions. Five-step filtration process The intelligent Ionmax ION390 UV HEPA Air Purifier utilises a five-step filtration process to completely and efficiently filter and clean indoor air. Starting with the pre-filter, the ION390 removes large airborne articles from the air. The HEPA air purifier filter then removes microscopic particles from the air, while the carbon filter removes undesirable odours and VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). The next step is the Titanium Dioxide filter and the UV lamp, which work hand-in-hand to break down harmful contaminants in the air and kill mould, bacteria and viruses. Finally, the ION390 UV HEPA Air Purifier releases negative ions into the air to help revitalise and refresh indoor air. Ionmax air purifiers help to clean and filter the air not only of dust, hair and dander, but also from airborne allergens, bacteria, viruses, odours and harmful chemicals. With added benefits such as negative ionisers, UVC lamps and improved filters, Ionmax air purifiers ensure clean, healthy air anywhere and anytime. By placing an Ionmax air purifier in the home or workplace, users can enjoy healthier, cleaner air free of pollutants. And because they are portable and quite compact, they are easy to move around different rooms. Ionmax air purifiers are energy efficient and affordably priced so clean and healthy indoor air is accessible to everyone. Andatech air purifiers are available from selected stores including JB Hi-Fi, Betta Home Living, Winning Appliances, Sleep Solutions and online at www.andatech.com.au https://www.andatech.com.au/air-purifiers/ Ends Further information & References: Dr Ed Newbigin comments: https://about.unimelb.edu.au/newsroom/news/2019/october/worse-grass-pollen-season-predicted-for-victoria *ABC Science report: https://www.abc.net.au/news/health/2019-10-01/climate-change-pollen-hay-fever/11545464 Federal Government statistics: https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/chronic-respiratory-conditions/allergic-rhinitis-hay-fever/contents/allergic-rhinitis-by-the-numbers Melbourne pollen count and forecast: https://www.melbournepollen.com.au/ Prices of Andatech air purifiers: RRP of ION390 is $369 (HEPA filter) RRP of ION401 is $299 (Ionic tower) RRP of ION330 is $149 (car & desktop model) RRP of ION420 is $299 (HEPA filter) Marvel Habanero 2 is $349 (cordless) Marvel Aladdin is $199 (compact with e-Nano filter) 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/ HIGH RES IMAGES ARE AVAILABLE (products and in-situ): Please send an email to Wendy McWilliams at wendy@wmcpr.com.au THREE IN FOUR SENIOR STUDENTS FACE ATAR ANXIETY 2019-10-09T23:36:26Z three-in-four-senior-students-face-atar-anxiety Sydney, Australia, 10th October 2019: Seventy-five per cent of Australian senior students are experiencing or have experienced ATAR anxiety, according to new research from Cluey Learning. Surprisingly, over half of these students consider their parents’ ATAR anxiety to be worse than their own. The release of the research coincides with the start of Term 4, a critical time for Australian senior students. The term marks final high school exams, the transition of Year 11 students into Year 12, and the last chance for Year 10 pupils to select senior subjects, which can determine their final ATAR score. The nationwide survey of senior students* reveals that a specific ATAR score is “extremely important” to 57 per cent of pupils. More than half have a particular ATAR score they wish to achieve, with 55 per cent aiming for an ATAR of 90 or above. Despite this, more than half of students believe an ATAR over 90 is “impossible”. When it comes to an ATAR under 60, over 80 per cent of students agree this score would be detrimental to their life and/or career. According to the research from Cluey Learning, over 75 per cent of students believe their ATAR will impact the rest of their life. What’s more, 25 per cent of students who are aiming for a specific ATAR score agree they are unsure what they will do if they miss out on the rank they hope for. Founder of Youth of Sydney, Ryde Young Citizen of the Year and Year 12 student Tasnia Ahmad recognises the impact of ATAR anxiety on the minds of students her age: “Your ATAR can decide your whole career so it’s a regular point of discussion for students; we share our ATAR goals with each other and even talk about the ATAR goals parents have for kids. At times it can feel like the ATAR constricts you. All your work boils down to a number which can be stressful to think about.” In response to emphasis on the admission rank, Cluey Learning has launched #ATARanxiety, a campaign encouraging students to shift focus from their final number to what can be done today. The brand will release expert tips via their blog and social channels throughout Term 4. Chief Learning Officer Dr. Selina Samuels comments: “At critical moments in education, students can feel like nothing else in the world matters except that final year or result. It’s easy to become fixated on the end and its enormity instead of the small steps to take today to allow effective learning to continue. Rather than finding ways to remove the pressure, it’s better to find ways to manage it. Learning how to best deal with stress and expectations can help build resilience. The challenge is learning how to distinguish between reasonable levels of stress and disproportionate anxiety”. When it comes to getting on top of ATAR anxiety, students expressed a number of tactics. Study was the top choice for managing ATAR anxiety followed by “ignoring it”, exercise and meditation. Over 85 per cent agreed that last minute study and help is an important part of the prep process. Despite this, over 85 per cent of students agreed that when studying alone they often have questions which they need support with. “The last few weeks before the ATAR exams can feel very lonely,” says Samuels. “Many students feel that all they can do is go over and over their notes on their own. But that kind of repetition of familiar material makes students passive learners and breeds boredom. The trick to this final study stretch is to maintain your interest and to keep finding new ways to approach the same content. A tutor can help keep your study more lively in the final stretch and ensure no question goes unanswered.” Cluey Learning is extending office hours to provide session support from 6am until 10pm (and up until midnight for eastern states) across Term 4. Cluey is ready to support the early risers and night owls, helping students’ study from wherever suits them. Free subscriptions to sleep and mindfulness app Calm will also be available as part of the #ATARanxiety campaign. Cluey matches students with expert private tutors who conduct sessions using an online platform. Features like video and audio, a virtual whiteboard and digital content results in a personalised learning experience for each student. Visit https://clueylearning.com.au/atar-anxiety/ for more information on ATAR anxiety and senior student packages. -ENDS- Additional research findings, according to Cluey Learning: 88 per cent of students will be disappointed if they don’t achieve their desired ATAR 84 per cent of students feel like the ATAR is the most important thing they will do at school The main reason for a desired ATAR is: To get into the course I want (46 per cent) It’s important for a successful career (18 per cent) I want to know I did my best (15 per cent) To make my parents / school proud (13 per cent) Bragging rights (6 per cent) Student plans for after school: Tertiary education (51 per cent) Travel (19 per cent) Learn a trade (18 per cent) Unsure (6 per cent) Other (6 per cent) NOTES TO EDITORS: *Student Edge supplied the sample for this survey conducted by Cluey Learning with 420 Year 11 and 12 students across Australia in October 2019. For interviews with Selina, a senior student or for research raw data please contact: Candice Meisels | candice@candicepr.com | 0481 369 484 About Cluey Learning: Cluey Learning offers online tutoring mapped to the Australian curriculum. Expert tutors are matched to each student. Students can follow customised lesson plans or upload their own notes and questions. Cluey Learning has helped over 3,000 students and has been rated 4.7/5 by parents and students. BOOK RELEASE EVENT: Kia Kākano Rua te Ture: A te reo Māori Handbook for the Law 2019-10-08T21:20:36Z book-release-event-kia-k-kano-rua-te-ture-a-te-reo-m-ori-handbook-for-the-law “Kia Kākano Rua te Ture is destined to become the go-to reo and tikanga guide for those working in the law.” Forward by:  The Honourable Justice Joe Williams, Ngāti Pūkenga, Waitaha and Tapuika Debut authors and proactive advocates for te reo Māori Alana Thomas and Corin Merrick have written the first practical handbook of te reo Māori specifically for the legal profession: Kia Kākano Rua te Ture: A te reo Māori Handbook for the Law. Equipping legal practitioners, law students, government departments and the judiciary with the tools they need to take a step towards a more equitable justice system. “The name of this book, ‘Kia Kākano Rua te Ture’, stems from our aspiration to see biculturalism in our legal system. We see te reo Māori as the waka (vehicle) which can take us to that destination. Normalising te reo Māori will not only benefit us as practitioners, but also have a positive impact on those around us.  The benefits of learning te reo Māori extend far beyond just learning new words, and into alternative ways of thinking and problem solving.” – Alana Thomas, Author & Lawyer, Kaupare With a practical focus on Māori language and protocol to be used in different professional and Court settings, Kia Kākano Rua te Ture: A te reo Māori Handbook for the Law is a necessary foundation to help users not only expand their skill sets, but will also work to improve the legal access Māori have by ensuring they have an understanding of te reo Māori and Māori issues. “I have seen a number of people announce their appearances in Court in te reo Māori and this has been incredibly exciting for me because I believe that there is a desire to come away from the monoculturalism that has dominated the legal world. Learning te reo Māori will provide lawyers with new tools for interpreting the law. I believe that the incorporation of te reo Māori and tikanga Māori into our practices will have a positive impact on our clients, especially in the Family Court and Youth Court.”  - Corin Merrick, Author & Barrister, Mānuka Chambers “As a publisher my dream is to produce really great books that people want and need, and legal publishing is no exception to this. Students and practitioners need to have quality, reliable content at their fingertips to aid their success. Kia Kākano Rua te Ture is, I believe, a book that everyone with ties to the legal industry should own and use,” said JD Nodder, Texts Manager of LexisNexis New Zealand. “Alana and Corin have created a book that is accessible and practical; a book that helps ease users into te reo and te ao Māori, to help them understand the importance of tikanga when working with Māori clients, and to improve their use of te reo Māori in written and verbal communication. There is a passion for te reo Māori in New Zealand and I hope that Kia Kākano Rua te Ture is one more way that more people can embrace and utilise reo Māori – not only in their legal professional lives, but in their everyday lives. Toi te kupu, toi te mana, toi te whenua.”  To place an order for this title*, call 0800 800 986 or visit https://store.lexisnexis.co.nz. Pre-Order Price: $108 NZD (incl. GST) RRP:  $120 NZD (incl. GST) Format: Book | ISBN: 9780947514891 *Members of the news media should contact michele.fairbank@lexisnexis.co.nz for a review copy & additional media materials Event Details DATE: Friday, 25th October, 2019 TIME: 12:00pm – 3:00pm (Lunch will be served) LOCATION: Ōrākei Marae | 59B Kitemoana St, Orakei, Auckland 1071 MEDIA RSVP: Michele.fairbank@lexisnexis.co.nz About the Authors ALANA THOMAS is of Ngāti Rēhia and Ngāti Kuri descent and grew up in Whangārei where she attended Whangārei Girls High School. She lives in Auckland and is a proud mother of her two children, Maioha and Te Āiorangi. She is a lawyer at her own firm, Kaupare.   After graduating from the University of Auckland in 2008, she has practised in several areas of law including Criminal Law, Family Law and Commercial Law, but the majority of her practice is now dedicated to progressing matters in the Māori Land Court, Māori Appellate Court and the Waitangi Tribunal.     CORIN MERRICK is a graduate of Kōhanga Reo and Kura Kaupapa Māori.  She is a Barrister at Mānuka Chambers in Manukau, Auckland.  She was admitted to the bar in 2008 and started her career working in one of New Zealand’s top law firms.  She is a Court Appointed Youth Advocate acting for young people in the Youth Court, Rangatahi Court and Pasifika Court.  She appears for parties on a wide range of matters in the Family Court. Corin is a past member of the Executive Committee of Te Hunga Rōia Māori, and a member of the Family Law Section. About LexisNexis Legal & Professional LexisNexis Legal & Professional is a leading global provider of legal, regulatory and business information and analytics that help customers increase productivity, improve decision-making and outcomes, and advance the rule of law around the world. As a digital pioneer, the company was the first to bring legal and business information online with its Lexis® and Nexis® services. LexisNexis Legal & Professional, which serves customers in more than 130 countries with 10,000 employees worldwide, is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers.   ### ASI Solutions acquires Canberra based IT Services Company Forward IT 2019-10-08T02:48:51Z asi-solutions-acquires-canberra-based-it-services-company-forward-it ASI Solutions acquires Canberra based IT Services Company Forward IT Sydney, Tuesday 8th October 2019   ASI Solutions is delighted to announce the next step in its growth strategy, with the acquisition of Forward IT. Forward IT is a Canberra based company that offers a similar range of solutions to ASI Solutions, based on hardware, software and managed services. They have a strong portfolio of Government and corporate clients, based on excellent working relationships. Operating out of Belconnen in Canberra, the three founders and directors Dom Polegubic, Stephen Seckar & Nick Kattas will remain in the business operating the teams they have currently run successfully since 2002. “We have identified Canberra as an area where we need to grow” says Nathan Lowe, ASI Solutions’ Managing Director, “and Forward IT’s strong team gives us the opportunity to rapidly build that growth”. “The acquisition will give ASI access to additional Government business to grow our Public Sector portfolio along with additional managed service growth” explains Lowe, “and will give us the additional volume to provide scale to our product and managed services offerings.” ASI Solutions plans to keep Forward IT running on a standalone basis, providing help where needed. “We have made this acquisition because of Forward IT’s team and relationships”, explains Lowe, “and we plan to preserve and learn from Forward IT’s knowledge and client relationships.” The acquisition offers opportunities for both organisations: “Forward IT welcomes this purchase as the chance to bring in working capital to grow and fund new opportunities” explains Nick. ”It gives the Forward IT directors a chance to run the business with additional funding and less distraction and to harness ASI’s infrastructure in the form of our newly implemented ERP system, our inventory, warehousing, infrastructure and processes. The team has already met ASI management and are excited by the opportunities to be apart of a growing national service provider.”  “As for ASI, we get to add 33 highly talented people to our organisation, expand our client base in Canberra and achieve operational synergies.  Above all, we will learn from Forward IT’s expertise in the Canberra market. It’s a win win scenario and we are very excited for the future”  About ASI ASI Solutions is a business technology and IT solutions provider, offering hardware, software and managed services. A family owned and run company since 1985, ASI has over 130 staff (before the acquisition) in NSW, ACT, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia, providing technology solutions to the Education, Government, Corporate, Retail and Health sectors. About Forward IT Forward IT is a Canberra based IT services company, providing hardware, software and managed services. Operational since 2002, they have a team of 33 people, providing solutions for Government and corporate clients. *Acquisition transaction value non-disclosed Malaysian PM supports upcoming World Chinese Business & Economic Summit in Macau 2019-10-08T02:23:03Z malaysian-pm-endorses-upcoming-world-chinese-business-amp-economic-summit-in-macau Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Bin Mohamad, has written to the organizers of the upcoming World Chinese Business & Economic Summit (WCBES) to be held in Macau 17 – 18 October 2019 to extend his best wishes to the participants of the very important Summit to be held at the Venetian Macau Resort Hotel.    The Malaysian PM recently visited China at the invitation of President Xi Jinping to attend the 2nd Belt and Road Forum.  The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) can be an important and useful connectivity for countries not only in our East Asia region but also between China and Europe, and China and Africa said Dr Mahathir.    “Malaysia supports the BRI as we believe we can benefit from improved connectivity, new investments, new technologies and also new business opportunities”, added the PM.   Dr Mahathir also referred to the trade wars between nations and their potential to threaten global economic prosperity and growth.    “We are unsure how this will be resolved and how it will impact small nations like Malaysia, be it in the short term or in the long run.    “Nevertheless, we believe that economic cooperation between China and Southeast Asian countries will be mutually advantageous”, said Dr Mahathir.   The World Chinese Business & Economic Summit brings together the global Chinese diaspora as well as entrepreneurs, investors, scholars and professionals to share insights, exchange ideas and collaborate for future endeavors”.   Responding to Dr Mahathir on behalf of WCBES, Co-Chairman and President, Kingsley Strategic Institute (KSI), Tan Sri Dr Michael Yeoh said the Summit comes at a time of immense global importance.   “This is reflected in the in the content of the Summit program and the stellar array of speakers from government, trade, business, captains of industry and academia,” added Tan Sri Dr Michael Yeoh.   “Delegates will benefit from the latest analysis and information on the Chinese economy as well as updates on the opportunities from the Belt and Road Initiative.  An evaluation on the impact of a US-China trade war will also be of immense importance,” affirmed Tan Sri Dr Michael Yeoh.   “Also included in the program is an acknowledgement of the vital role the global Chinese diaspora has made to China’s economic success.  Comprising leading entrepreneurs, professionals, scientists and academics – the Chinese diaspora has effectively given China a resource unavailable to any previous rising power.”   This year WCBES celebrates its 11th anniversary and will be held in conjunction with the World Summit of Chinese Entrepreneurs.  The Summit’s theme is Enhancing Partnerships & Shared Prosperity Through the BRI.   Commenting further on the upcoming Summit, Tan Sri Dr Michael Yeoh said the program will focus on the importance of business as a driver of sustainable economic growth and as builders of bridges across communities, nations and cultures.   Bringing the WCBES to Macau is apt and timely as Macau, Hong Kong and Guangdong has been designated as a Greater Bay Area, a megapolis consisting of 9 cities and 2 Special Administrative Regions.   Furthermore, 2019 also marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Macau Special Administrative Region and the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the People’s Republic of China.   It is also the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Malaysia and China.   For information & registration please the WCBES website www.wcbes.org   Issued by    Kingsley Strategic Institute       www.kasi.asia     www.wcbes.org                             Media Enquiries: Mr. Joe Perri,        Joe Perri & Associates Pty Ltd                               Mob:  +61 412 112 545     Email:  jperri@joeperri.com.au   MedAdvisor raises A$17.0 million in Placement with Investment Led by Leading US Healthcare Solution Provider HMS 2019-10-07T02:19:24Z medadvisor-raises-a-17-0-million-in-placement-with-investment-led-by-leading-us-healthcare-solution-provider-hms Melbourne, 7 October 2019 --- MedAdvisor Limited, Australia’s leading digital medication management company is pleased to announce that it has successfully raised A$17.0 million through a Placement (“Placement”) of 340,000,000 fully paid ordinary shares (New Shares) to cornerstone, sophisticated and professional investors at $0.05 per New Share. The New Shares are expected to be issued and commence trading on 14th October 2019. These New Shares will be issued under the company's existing placement capacity in accordance with Listing Rules 7.1 and 7.1A and will rank equally with all other ordinary shares on issue. The Placement received strong demand from institutional investors, with leading US healthcare analytics and technology business HMS, taking a pivotal cornerstone position of A$11.0 million alongside Australian institutional investors. This funding provides MedAdvisor with the capital required to execute identified opportunities in each market and to move to cash flow break even. Use of funds will include continued investment in MedAdvisor’s technology, sales and support to drive success in the US and the UK and support the Zuellig joint venture in South East Asia. In addition, funding will help drive domestic growth through sales and marketing to build on MedAdvisor’s market leading position with pharmacies and Australian consumers, and technology development to capitalise on the legislative shift to ePrescribing in Australia. Upon the completion of the transaction, HMS will be the largest shareholder in MedAdvisor with ~13% of the ordinary shares on issue, strengthening the register, joining existing strategic investors, EBOS Group and Sigma. About HMS HMS is a leader in healthcare payment accuracy and population health solutions with a significant US national footprint, including services to US federal government agencies, 40+ Medicaid agencies, 325 health plans, and more than 150 employer health programs. HMS is actively working in the Australian market as the lead US partner of the Digital Health Co-operative Research Centre (“Digital Health CRC”), the largest digital health research co-operative in the world, with funding from government, universities and businesses totalling over $200m (including funding from the Australian Government to cover a seven-year period from 2018). HMS is using its extensive patient engagement expertise to address several global healthcare behavioural challenges. MedAdvisor’s existing Australian business, capabilities and platform are well positioned to help support HMS’ goals of delivering innovative solutions that help healthcare organisations reduce cost, improve health outcomes and enhance patient satisfaction. Expanding MedAdvisor’s US Opportunity MedAdvisor’s Health Programs are designed to drive quality use of medicines, health literacy and medication adherence amongst patients through digital and in-person interactions and interventions. Through its partnership with Adheris in the US, MedAdvisor is marketing digital adherence programs (“DAPs”) to pharma companies who want to communicate with over 190m US patients through relationships with >26,000 pharmacies.  HMS brings a proven expertise in supporting health funders, including health insurers and governments, to improve patient health outcomes and reduce costs. Coupled with MedAdvisor’s proven expertise in the distribution of digital Health Programs, the partnership with HMS immediately extends the potential funders of MedAdvisor digital Health Programs to include US health plans and other health payors. New Board Member Mr Jeff Sherman, CFO and Treasurer of HMS, will join the board of MedAdvisor. Mr Sherman has more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry in key leadership positions. For the last 5 years Mr Sherman has been CFO and Treasurer of HMS Holdings Corp responsible for financial operations, corporate strategy and development. Previously Mr Sherman served as executive vice president and CFO of AccentCare, and executive vice president and CFO of LifePoint Hospitals Inc. Prior to that, he held senior finance and risk management positions at Tenet Healthcare Corporation. Robert Read, CEO of MedAdvisor commented: We are delighted that MedAdvisor’s strategy to leverage our patient health platforms in the US, Asia & most recently in the UK is endorsed by investors. This increased global reach is attracting high quality investors and to raise this funding at a premium provides strong endorsement.” Mr Read continued “HMS is an innovative healthcare solutions company that is expert in patient behaviour and analytics. HMS is also active in Australia, being the largest private partner of the Federal Government’s Digital Health CRC, which will provide opportunities to validate joint solutions. We are pleased to welcome Jeff Sherman to the board of MedAdvisor.”  Bill Lucia, Chairman and CEO of HMS commented: “HMS is building a diversified solutions business that is expert in identifying and addressing healthcare risks and cost; helping to build healthier population and sustainable healthcare systems. We continue to actively expand our solutions through internal product development and select, strategic acquisitions and investments. Our global search for innovative capabilities identified MedAdvisor for the services they can deliver to augment our offerings in both the US and Australia. We are looking forward to actively working with MedAdvisor to build significant value.” ---ENDS---   About MedAdvisor MedAdvisor is a world class medication management platform that empowers users to more simply manage their medication and improve adherence. MedAdvisor’s highly automated and intuitive software system connects users to tools and education materials from their local/preferred pharmacy. In Australia, MedAdvisor has connected over one million users through ~55% of Australian pharmacies and a network of thousands of GPs. MedAdvisor has recently partnered with Adheris in the US, Zuellig Pharma in Asia and launched into the UK on track to become one of the largest players in the global digital adherence market. In 2018, was recognised in the AFR Fast 100.  About HMS HMS was founded in 1974 and is based in Irving, Texas. HMS advances the healthcare system by helping healthcare organisations reduce costs and improve health outcomes. Through industry-leading technology, analytics and engagement solutions, HMS saves healthcare organisations billions of dollars annually while helping consumers live healthier lives. HMS provides a broad range of coordination of benefits, payment integrity and population health management solutions that move the healthcare system forward. A publicly traded company (NASDAQ: HMSY), HMS has more than 2,500 employees in 25+ offices across the US. For more information, visit hms.com.