The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-08-22T02:44:16Z Government accelerates decline of Planners & Accountants – economy employment & consumers suffer 2019-08-22T02:44:16Z government-accelerates-decline-of-planners-amp-accountants-economy-employment-amp-consumers-suffer The growing calls for government to stop interfering, over-regulating and irreparably harming the important financial planning and accounting sectors continues to fall on deaf ears with the economy, employment and consumers equal losers.   Planners and accountants could accept the decline in their livelihood if it was the result of new technologies, out sourcing, overseas competition or product innovation.  But it’s a bitter pill to swallow when it’s the result of relentless and incoherent reform and imposition of government red tape, over policing and escalating compliance costs.    Costs that are making the provision of affordable professional financial advice and services harder and harder to provide for clients – whilst simultaneously driving practitioners out of the industry.     The financial planning and accounting professions are predominantly comprised of SMEs.  Collectively they’ve been severely impacted by government-initiated reforms with the large institutions, fund managers and industry funds the major beneficiaries.    The legislators and advocates of industry reform have no appreciation or regard for the damage they’re inflicting and legacy being left in their wake.      In the June quarter alone 1,750 (or 6.4%) financial planners exited the industry, leaving just 25,470 practitioners across Australia.  What does this entail in real terms?        1,750 SMEs financial advisory businesses ceased      5,250* administrative staff unemployed or required to relocate if practice has been        sold                                                              *assuming 3 staff members per practice      525,000* Australian consumers impacted              *assuming 300 clients per planner   If 6,000 plus planners exit the industry before 2024 as projected – it will impact 1.8million financial service consumers!  These estimates are absolutely mind numbing – and the impact on the SME sector, employment, economy and the financial welfare of affected consumers incalculable!   Accounting practices are also being decimated.  July 2016 heralded the end of the dominance of accountants in self-managed superannuation – and access by consumers to an affordable, low cost, savings, investment and retirement vehicle.    The vast majority of accountants chose to cease this service and lost an important revenue stream as the cost of obtaining an AFSL and associated compliance and ongoing PD requirements were far too prohibitive.   As a result, the era of low cost SMSFs ended abruptly leaving clients no option but to abandon or restructure their SMSFs – or revert to an industry, retail or corporate fund – all at significant cost.   For practitioners that want to continue operating as SMEs in their chosen profession as planners or accountants – they should firstly forget about government benevolence and support.  Even though the Hayne Royal Commission exposed many failings in the activities of the large financial institutions – they will continue to be the ongoing beneficiaries of government policy.   Yet there is a solution for accountants and planners.  Many of their offerings overlap and they can continue to remain viable profitable enterprises by joining forces to deliver holistic relevant advice and value for their clients.   By working together in JV or alliance partnerships, the immediate benefit will be economies of scale, reduced costs and sharing resources to collectively assist clients address complex wealth creation, retirement, lifestyle protection and intergenerational wealth transfer aspirations.   Under current rules unlicensed accountants can’t discuss financial product related matters.  But doing so in conjunction with a planner providing the compliant SoA is an efficient, cost-effective framework that transforms the status of the accountant and planner to ‘trusted business partners’.   The power of the ‘trusted business partner’ will be realised through the alliance and creation of more comprehensive, cost effective, services and facilities, that in turn will enhance and deepen relationships with clients.   To this end, planners and accountants will be working more effectively and efficiently; have capacity to take on more clients; and charge appropriately, for providing greater value to their clients.   Although operating a professional advisory business in this challenging environment can be difficult – there still exist opportunities to operate sustainable and profitable enterprises.  The great differentiator is personal, professional, cost effective service that is something the large institutions and industry funds can’t provide.    Issued by Australian Wealth Solutions     www.wealth-solutions.com.au             Media enquiries:     Mr. Joe Perri, Joe Perri & Associates Pty Ltd Mob: +61 412 112 545       Email: jperri@joeperri.com.au     About Sam Zervides B.A, DFA, DIPA, AFA Principal & founder – Australian Wealth Solutions Victorian President – Institute of Public Accountants   Sam Zervides founded Australian Wealth Solutions (AWS) in 2004 and today is a leading financial advisory business.  The growth and success of AWS that has been built on a steadfast commitment by Sam to assisting individuals and businesses achieve their wealth creation, lifestyle/business protection and retirement aspirations. Sam takes immense personal pride in providing clients comprehensive professional and personal financial advice and the highest standards of service. Sam’s has been associated with the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) for over 12 years in various capacities and last year was elected as the professional association’s Victorian President.  He was re-elected IPA’s Victorian President for a second term this month.         Emergency management volunteers: local heroes the new normal in Australia’s response arsenal 2019-08-22T02:41:50Z emergency-management-volunteers-local-heroes-the-new-normal-in-australias-response-arsenal Volunteers from across Australia’s emergency services will drive a surge in attendance for this years’ AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ conference, to be held in conjunction with the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference (ADRC) in Melbourne at the end of August. An estimated 87 per cent of the Australian emergency management sector is made up of volunteers, with AFAC reporting that of their 296,000 members, made up of fire, SES and land management agencies, 254,000 of these members are volunteers, and 100,000 of these are based in Victoria[1]. The Country Fire Authority (CFA) and the Victorian State Emergency Services (SES), along with the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB), Emergency Management Victoria (EMV) and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning will be in attendance at the largest event of its kind to date. In AFAC19’s host state of Victoria, the CFA alone is comprised of over 60,000 volunteers, across 1,200 brigades, who provide the state with emergency services valued at $1billion[2] annually, as well as untold millions in property, environment, and natural resources across the state. They also assist to prepare, educate and support prevention in local communities, as well as build resilience and recovery, therefore, playing a key role in protecting the state economy. Similarly, 95 per cent of the Victorian SES is made up of volunteers, with a team of 5,000 in 149 units spread across the state. Dr Faye Bendrups, Vice-chair, National SES Volunteers Association says, that the average age of volunteers is going up, as fewer young people are coming through the ranks to replace them. “The average age of an emergency services volunteer firefighter is 48 years[3] and we aren’t seeing them being replaced at the rate we need. This is partly due to the perceived lack of flexibility that is offered and the changing nature of the younger workforce, with many young people on casual contracts which means they are not regularly available for training and frontline response work. “Other reasons cited for the ageing volunteer population are potentially a lack of gender and cultural diversity in the sector, especially when compared to other non-emergency service volunteer sectors,” said Dr Bendrups. These challenges will be discussed at AFAC19, with the overall theme for the conference riding the wave of change and how the sector is transitioning to a new normal in response to factors creating significant change within communities, and the issues impacting the volunteer emergency management sector. Local and international speakers will explore big topics including: Andrew McCullough & Katie Moulton NSW State Emergency Service and NSW Department of Justice, Harnessing Community Spirit in Berowra – Redefining how NSW SES use community resources during disasters Jill Downard Department of Fire and Emergency Services Western Australia Virtual Operations Support Team: harnessing corporate volunteering to create social media response surge capacity during incidents Jon Kneebone Fire and Emergency New Zealand Encourage, maintain, and strengthen the capability of volunteers Anastasia Bougesis Team Rubicon Australia Team Rubicon Australia: Empowering Communities to Recover through the Management of Spontaneous Volunteers in Disaster Relief Operations Stuart Ellis, CEO, AFAC said emergency management volunteers not only help in disasters but help to build more resilient communities. “Volunteers are trained to be able to prevent, prepare for and respond to natural disasters and emergencies. They are highly skilled and are trained to provide first aid, navigation, administration, communication, incident management, support and leadership and marine rescue, as well as playing a leading role in community engagement and education, incident prevention and mitigation. “AFAC19 is an important opportunity to bring together staff and volunteers from across the many segments of the emergency management sector, to discuss important issues specific to them and the vital role they play in crisis response and day-to-day in their local communities,” said Mr Ellis. AFAC19 will also feature the largest exhibition to date including an Expo Stage program with 30 practical presentations, and a show floor with nearly 200 companies showcasing the latest in emergency management products and services. AFAC19 powered by INTERSHUTZ is being held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) from 27-30 August 2019. The Australian Disaster Resilience Conference and the Institution of Fire Engineers Australia National Conference will be held alongside AFAC19. Further information is available at www.afacconference.com.au -ENDS- Notes to Editors: All keynote speakers are available for interview on request via media contacts 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 (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC) Harvey Stockbridge, Managing Director, Deutsche Messe Accredited media are invited to attend AFAC19 and will be hosted in the media room. Additional support for live-cross, broadcast and interviews with stakeholders can be arranged. Limited broadcast vans can be accommodated onsite. Please register for your media pass by sending your name, position and publication title to elizabeth@zadroagency.com.au Media contacts: Zadro Elizabeth Williams, Group Account Director | elizabeth@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 411 201 354 Yvette Schlegelmilch, Account Manager | yvette@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 423 954 224 Images: All images can be found on the AFAC Flickr page and can be used royalty free. About AFAC19 27-30 August | Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre A shift to the new norm: riding the wave of change Returning to Melbourne for four action-packed days, AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ will attract delegates and visitors from emergency and security services agencies, all levels of government, non-government organisations, the private sector, research and education institutions and community groups from Australia and worldwide. The AFAC19 program will incorporate the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Research Forum, the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference and The Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) National Conference. Themed “A shift to the new norm: riding the wave of change” AFAC19 explores how the sector is transitioning to a new normal in a rapidly changing world. AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ is a joint venture between Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) and Deutsche Messe, trading in Australia as Hannover Fairs Pty Ltd. Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) Website: www.afacconference.com.au/ Facebook: @AFACnews Twitter: @AFACnews LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/australasian-fire-and-emergency-service-authorities-council YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu18lYmKgFcL27XBKFI7Klw Hashtag: #AFAC19 Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Facebook: @bnhcrc Twitter: @bnhcrc LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bushfire-and-natural-hazards-crc-a0919043/ YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/bnhcrc Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience Website: www.aidr.org.au/adrc Facebook: @AIDRnews Twitter: @AIDR_news Linked In: https://au.linkedin.com/company/aidr Hashtag: #ADRC2019 Institution of Fire Engineers Website: https://www.afacconference.com.au/ife/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InstitutionOfFireEngineersAustraliaBranch/ Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/institution-of-fire-engineers/ [1] https://www.volunteer.vic.gov.au/become-emergency-services-volunteer [2] https://www.vfbv.com.au/index.php/about/ourvolunteers/aboutvolunteers [3] https://volunteerfirefighters.org.au/future-volunteering-fire-emergency-services-australia-wide MEDIA INVITATION: The largest most diverse showcase of fire and emergency management equipment, expertise, and research at AFAC19 2019-08-20T05:10:08Z media-invitation-the-largest-most-diverse-showcase-of-fire-and-emergency-management-equipment-expertise-and-research-at-afac19 Dear {{ first_name | fallback:"Editor" }}, You’re invited to attend the region’s largest fire & emergency management conference, AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ. Local and international emergency services leaders will come together under the theme of this year’s conference A shift to the new norm: riding the wave of change. For the first time, AFAC19 will run concurrently with the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) National Conference and the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference and will once again open with the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Research Forum, highlighting the many and varied segments that make up Australia’s emergency management industry. In addition to the 120 expert speakers, the event will feature the largest exhibition ever, with nearly 200 companies showcasing the latest innovative products and services that help protect our country against natural disasters, an Expo Stage program with over 30 practical presentations, and world-first announcements and displays currently under embargo. Event: AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ When: Tuesday 27 – Friday 30 August 2019 Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre PHOTO / BROADCAST OPPORTUNITIES Free media passes available – simply reply to this email with your full name, position and publication title/s. Highlights for media: Press conference: Launch of the Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook 2019 Wednesday 28th August, 11 am (AEST) The Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook 2019 will be released by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC as part of AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ. Senior representatives from the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, the Bureau of Meteorology and fire agencies from across Australia will provide information about the bushfire risk in Victoria, NSW, the ACT, Queensland, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia this fire season. Ministerial announcement and media address: Exclusive details of an innovative partnership to design a first-of-its-kind response vehicle in Australia. Wednesday 28th August, 11.30 am (AEST) on the exhibition show floor. NOTE: All details of the Minister’s announcement are currently under embargo, however media resources will be provided on the day. Daily Live Demonstrations NOTE: Live demonstrations can be set up outside allocated times and pre-arranged for broadcast. Portable RAWS (Remote Automated Weather Station) ESS Weathertec Wednesday, 28 August, 3.00pm Thursday, 28 August, 11.30am Direct from Canada, the FTS Quick Deploy portable weather station is the fire community’s most widely used weather station for prescribed burns and temporary monitoring applications. It offers the same scientific-grade accuracy and reliability as our full fixed RAWS in a portable form, which can be set up completely in 15 minutes by one person, with no tools and no technical training. Note to Media: demonstrations can be organised to correspond with live-cross broadcast opportunities, including weather segments. Images above: supplied Land and air extrictions Australasian Road Rescue Organisation (ARRO) Severe car crash extrication simulation Wednesday 28 August 1.30pm Thursday 29 August 1.00pm Edge Training & Simulation Flight crew extrication from a helicopter Wednesday 28 August 1.30pm Thursday 29 August 1.00pm Images above: supplied Plus, rescue equipment, security systems, fire station equipment, disaster relief technologies, and dozens of vehicles ranging from vintage fire trucks, to the new Tesla Model X recently deployed for use by Victorian Police. Images above: supplied Images: All images (not noted as supplied) can be found on the AFAC Flickr page and can be used royalty-free. Conference speaker and interview opportunities: Dr. Robert Glasser, Australian Strategic Policy Institute and former Head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) Building Australia’s resilience in the era of disasters Josephine Reynolds The UK’s first full-time female firefighter Using My Voice Andy Pittman Director, Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes, Order of Australia (OA) 2019 Progress, potential and challenges for predicting future weather and climate extremes Bronwyn Weir Lawyer, co-author of the Shergold Weir report, legal advisor to the Victorian Cladding Taskforce Improving compliance and enforcement in the building sector through cultural change Dr Lance O’Sullivan Medical Innovator, former New Zealander of the year Positive Disruptive leadership All speakers are available for interview on request. View the full program here. Exhibiting companies may also provide media spokespeople– view list here Interviews available before, during and after AFAC19. Let us know your preferences and we will endeavour to schedule interview times. Free media passes available – simply reply to this email with your full name, position and publication title/s. Once your request is approved, you will receive an email. Bring photo ID with you to the registration desks upon entry to AFAC19 and they will supply you with your media pass and lanyard. For more information: http://www.afacconference.com.au/media/ Looking forward to hearing from you. Media contacts: Zadro Elizabeth Williams, Group Account Director | elizabeth@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 411 201 354 Yvette Schleglemilch | Account Manager yvette@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 423 954 224 DiUS announces general release of IoT device Powersensor 2019-08-20T04:27:54Z dius-announces-general-release-of-iot-device-powersensor Melbourne, Australia, 20 August 2019 – Australian technology company DiUS announced the general release of its latest Internet of Things (IoT) energy device, the Powersensor.  Powersensor is a compact smart device that easily wraps around a conduit to measure and broadcast detailed power data to the cloud.  It is designed equally for households and energy providers to understand and optimise energy use patterns.   The energy sector is experiencing significant disruption in the way consumers generate and use electricity, with energy providers concurrently navigating changing use patterns and new business models entering the market.  Powersensor facilitates energy provider innovation projects for market success in this challenging landscape, through detailed data and deep consumer insight. At a micro level, Powersensor enables householders to manage energy generation and consumption to minimise cost, and at a macro level enables energy providers to investigate broad behaviour patterns and identify evolving market needs.   A 2019 Deloitte report [link at end] recommended the Australian energy market shift its focus from incremental advances in core operation to adjacent and transformational innovation projects that make new opportunities and markets accessible.  Deloitte Australia Renewable Energy Partner John O’Brien noted that the Australian energy market is exposed to global shifts and recommended energy providers add focus to innovation plans “urgently,” centred on answering consumer behaviour shifts aligned to the rapid evolution of new technologies.  DiUS co-founder and CEO Joe Losinno has extensive experience in the Australian energy sector, IoT, and innovation projects, and advises all organisations begin their innovation journey with data.  “Energy providers have extensive data records; however, it is low resolution and without the level of detail required for modern decision-making. Providing timely access to granular and contextualised data is a necessary first step.   “DiUS engineered the Powersensor and associated cloud platforms to be attractive for consumers and energy providers, giving tangible advantage to both,” Losinno said. “Our Powersensor pilot projects revealed consumers are – if anything – even more motivated to use this type of technology than we had expected. Their primary goal is lower household energy bills, whether or not they have solar, which motivated adoption.  As consumer adoption accelerates, wider and deeper datasets will provide increasingly nuanced picture for energy providers – innovation starts with information.”   The Powersensor device is approximately 90 x 35 x 30 mm3 and powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, with four LEDs indicating network status.  The device is relatively low cost and significantly more easily deployed in a domestic or commercial environment, as it does not require electrician for installation. Harvesting high resolution data, Powersensor transmits to a secure cloud platform for visibility in near real-time.  The consumer app is intuitive and available on iOS and Android devices.  Energy provider partners connect through an API that supports secure granular and aggregate analysis. Powersensor was invented through the DiUS innovation programme and builds on a record of success bringing energy IoT devices to market since 2009, including PowerVu, Australia’s most adopted in-home energy monitor.     Deloitte report link: https://www2.deloitte.com/au/en/pages/energy-and-resources/articles/energy-accelerated-deloitte-australia-energy-resources-report.html Wolff Mining builds on the success of their semi-autonomous tractor system technology 2019-08-20T01:48:48Z wolff-mining-builds-on-the-success-of-their-semi-autonomous-tractor-system-technology Wolff, who are now part of the National Group provide a range of automated and innovative solutions such as large scale semi-autonomous bulk dozer push and blast hole drilling, contract mining services, excavator pre strip fleets, civil earthworks, site clearing and rehabilitation works. Wolff has an established partnership with CAT and Hastings Deering through the deployment of CAT’s Command for Dozing module in a mining production environment. This deployment was additionally recognised by the wider mining community and resulted in winning multiple awards, including Contract Miner of the Year at the 2018 Australian Mining Prospect Awards. “Our range of CAT autonomous drills offer enhanced safety and cost effectiveness through high precision drilling. This can offer various benefits to the mining value chain such as improved accuracy, consistency and utilisation rates” suggested a representative from Hasting Deering. “High-precision satellite guidance capabilities ensures that every blast hole is drilled exactly to the designed coordinates and desired floor elevation. Automated drilling functions ensure consistent operation that maintains drill operation within ideal operating parameters, resulting in maximum bit life, reduced costs for consumables, longer machine life and lower maintenance costs. The machine never has an off day, performing at a level of consistency that promotes advanced logistics planning and improves sequencing of the drill operation in advance of digging and loading operations.” Leon Williamson, Business Development Manager of Wolff Mining commended the use of CAT’s autonomous features. “CAT Command for Drilling automates the drilling cycle, which can support operator shift changes while drilling continues, giving mines more working time and less idle time during shifts. It also enables remote operations that reduce or eliminate the costs for operator travel and on-site housing. In addition, semi-autonomous drill operations will enable a single operator to control multiple drills and proportionally reduce the cost per drilled metre whilst additionally increasing the effective drilled metres per shift for our clients” explains Leon Williamson. Mark Ackroyd, National Group Managing Director added “although this technology reduces operational costs, one of the most important benefits of this technology is safety. Beyond allowing operators to work safely away from the drill, there are a number of other features that ensure the safety of everyone working in the vicinity of autonomous equipment, whether that’s trucks, drills or dozers.” “Autonomous drilling allows the operator to select a row of holes for the drill to navigate from hole to hole and auto-drill all holes in the selected row. The operator only needs to authorise the auto-tram between holes to ensure safety is maintained. The Single-row autonomy (S-ADS) feature can also drill an entire row without operator intervention that can manage multiple machines through the use of a tablet or the ROS.” The semi-autonomous drills use a line-of- sight system by way of a tablet. This line-of-sight system can manage multiple drills at the same time, which allows for a single row mission to be controlled and monitored from a safe distance while it drills a single row. Semi-autonomous drilling delivers a number of benefits such as accurate in-hole/bit positioning every hole, consistency in all functions of drill operation, explosives energy containment due to plan matching, improved drill and blasting safety, optimised asset utilisation, improved rock fragmentation, lower OPEX as well as higher productivity. Macau to host 2019 World Chinese Business & Economic Summit – flagship event celebrates 11th year 2019-08-18T23:44:30Z macau-to-host-2019-world-chinese-business-amp-economic-summit-flagship-event-celebrates-11th-year Tan Sri Dr Michael Yeoh, co-chairman of the World Chinese Business & Economic Summit (WCBES) and President, Kingsley Strategic Institute (KSI) has announced that Macau will host this year’s Summit on 17 – 18 October 2019 at the Venetian Macau Resort Hotel.       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 announcement, Tan Sri Dr Michael Yeoh said the WCBES is acknowledged as the flagship event on the economic benefits of doing business with China.  “Since the first Summit in Kuala Lumpur, the event has grown in stature and importance”.   “The Summit program is structured to facilitate business linkages that connect the East and West and the global Chinese diaspora”.    “Furthermore, reflecting the internationality of the Summit, it has been held in Chongqing, China, Hong Kong, London, Melbourne, and last year in Malacca Malaysia”, added Tan Sri Dr Michael Yeoh.    It was both apt and timely that the 2019 WCBES is held in Macau in conjunction with The World Summit of Chinese Entrepreneurs 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.   The Greater Bay Area will provide more business and investment opportunities for entrepreneurs and investors.   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.   A key objective of the Summit’s program is to facilitate a ‘meeting of the minds’ for the delegates that comprise business leaders, high ranking government officials, academics, entrepreneurs and economic strategists.    “As well as promoting global and regional dialogue on China’s importance as the world’s second largest economy, it also acknowledges the important role of the worldwide Chinese diaspora in the promotion of B2B connectivity, entrepreneurship and innovation through networking and sharing of knowledge and best practices”.   Over 300 delegates from across the globe are expected to attend the 2019 WCBES drawn by the Summit’s program that promotes entrepreneurship, smart partnerships, the digital economy, connectivity and green / sustainable growth.    The highlight of this year’s main platform program will be sessions on –   - The Greater Bay Area – Connecting Hong Kong, Macau and Southern China, Enhancing Collaboration and Partnership with Southeast Asia - The Future of Asia – Enhancing Connectivity, Strengthening Peace, Prospering Together - Enhancing the Digital Silk Road – Gearing Up for Digital Disruption and the 4th Industrial Revolution - Promoting Start Ups, Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprises – New Drivers of Growth & Philanthropy - The Role of the Global Chinese Diaspora in Investments and Innovation - Revisiting the Maritime Silk Road – Strengthening Connectivity and Inclusiveness for Belt and Road Cooperation   Tan Sri Dr Michael Yeoh concluded, “With each Summit, the WCBES has gone from strength to strength in achieving its goal of promoting bilateral trade engagement with China.  Furthermore, the Summit has facilitated the forging of friendships and connections with dynamic individuals and entrepreneurs during the social and networking activities”.   “I am confident the Summit in Macau will attract a record number of delegates from across the globe to participate in a program of international speakers and China experts of the highest calibre providing visionary keynotes, insightful panel discussions and roundtables”.    For registration and information about the 2019 World Chinese Business & Economic Summit program, speakers, venue, sponsors and partners – please visit the Summit website www.wcbes.org   ENDS   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  Resolute Mining digitises business with IFS Applications in the cloud 2019-08-13T23:26:35Z resolute-mining-digitises-business-with-ifs-applications-in-the-cloud MELBOURNE, August 14, 2019: IFS, the global enterprise applications company, announces that Resolute Mining Limited, a multi-mine, low-cost gold producer, has completed the first phase of an IFS Applications™ enterprise resource planning (ERP) deployment to digitise and integrate its business operations. The ERP deployment replaces a number of standalone information systems with a single, integrated, cloud-based system accessible from all of Resolute’s sites. Leveraging IFS's global deployment capabilities, the system services the company’s head office in Perth and gold mines in Australia and Africa. IFS Applications now supports business processes across the organisation, including finance, human capital management (HCM), enterprise asset management (EAM), supply chain, mobile work orders, projects and subcontracts, document management, and health, safety & environment. A second phase of the deployment will integrate IFS Applications with mining production systems, including those controlling Resolute’s flagship Syama Gold Mine in Mali, the world’s first, purpose built, fully automated sub-level cave gold mine. “Before implementation, Resolute evaluated a number of competing global ERP suppliers. We chose IFS because it was consistently strong across all the different areas, particularly enterprise asset management,” said Jodie Hatch, Chief Technology Officer at Resolute Mining Limited. Consolidating business information in IFS Applications has created one version of the truth that is already leading to better reporting, more ready access to information, and significantly improved data quality and reliability. Hatch continued, “In the long run, Resolute will realise significant efficiencies from IFS Applications. Previously, each site operated in its own way. Information processing was more manual and monthly and quarterly and year-end reporting was time consuming. With IFS it has become more automated and streamlined.” Improved data quality will drive further efficiencies. Previously, for example, supplier data wasn’t consistent across different systems. “With greater accuracy we can improve reporting with IFS and leverage economies of scale for greater purchasing efficiencies,” concluded Hatch. Warren Zietsman, IFS Sales Vice President and Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand, said, “Resolute is a great example of a mining company making strategic investments in technology to drive innovation and efficiency. We are proud Resolute has chosen IFS Applications to digitise and integrate its business operations and look forward to supporting its ongoing business transformation.” Learn more about IFS Applications here: www.ifsworld.com/corp/solutions/ifs-applications/. About Resolute Mining Limited Resolute is a successful, dividend paying gold miner with more than 30 years of experience as an explorer, developer and operator of gold mines in Australia and Africa which have produced more than 8 million ounces of gold. Resolute owns four gold mines. Its flagship asset is the world class Syama Gold Mine in Mali which can produce more than 300,000 ounces of gold per annum from existing processing infrastructure. Resolute is currently commissioning the world’s first fully automated underground mine at Syama which will deliver a low cost, large scale operation with a mine life beyond 2032. The Mako Gold Mine in Senegal is a high quality, low cost asset with average production of ~140,000 ounces of gold annually. The Ravenswood Gold Mine in Australia and the Bibiani Gold Mine in Ghana are large scale assets that provide Resolute with significant production growth potential. Resolute trades on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and the London Stock Exchange (LSE) under the ticker RSG. For more information, visit: rml.com.au About IFS IFS develops and delivers enterprise software for customers around the world who manufacture and distribute goods, build and maintain assets, and manage service-focused operations. The industry expertise of our people and solutions, together with a commitment to delivering value to every one of our customers, has made IFS a recognised leader and the most recommended supplier in our sector. Our team of 3,700 employees and growing ecosystem of partners support more than 10,000 customers around the world challenge the status quo and realise their competitive advantage. Learn more about how our enterprise software solutions can help your business today at IFSworld.com Follow us on Twitter: @ifsworld Visit the IFS Blog on technology, innovation and creativity: http://blog.ifsworld.com/ Diversity and inclusion changing Australia’s emergency management sector for the better 2019-08-13T23:04:32Z diversity-and-inclusion-changing-australias-emergency-management-sector-for-the-better This year’s AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ conference theme A shift to the new norm: riding the wave of change, brings together a host of speakers and experts from across emergency management disciplines, to address how the sector can better embrace change and create a more robust sector, that better represents the wider community. The conference and exhibition held in Melbourne in August will explore how inclusion and diversity can lead to innovative approaches towards disaster prevention, response processes, and connecting with all communities to build resilience and aid recovery. More than 120 speakers in six immersive streams will delve deep into the changing landscape of fire safety, emergency management and research across the wider AFAC19 program and share with attendees how to prepare for the future, based on lessons learned from the past. There will be a strong focus on cultural fire management and the knowledge and history to be shared by all Australian communities. Speakers will discuss new ways of looking at responsibilities and connection to the environment and how this can be incorporated into fire prevention, planning and community recovery. This will also include a panel discussion about how fire management has changed in the ten years since Black Saturday. The cultural burning stream will be supported by an offsite excursion as part of the Professional Development Program designed to educate participants on ancient land management practices. Stuart Ellis, CEO, AFAC commented on the importance of having more diversity and inclusion in the emergency response sector. “This year we’re looking at some big issues impacting the community including population growth, climate change and technological advancements. But we’re also challenging the sector to examine ourselves, including traditional areas of responsibility, agency capability, and diversity and inclusion initiatives to better reflect the communities we serve. “AFAC19 is a vital opportunity to bring together the many segments that make up our evolving fire and emergency management sector, to discuss all issues that have become the new normal in emergency management,” said Mr Ellis. To cover the big issue and topics, AFAC19 will bring leading international and national keynote speakers to the conference, including Josephine Reynolds The UK’s first full-time female firefighter Using My Voice Sandra Robinson Aviation Coordinator, Parks Victoria Women in Aviation - #socanshe Jamie Bertram Environment Officer/ Aboriginal Liaison Officer, NSW Rural Fire Service Rekindle country: Jubullum combined Hotspots and Community Protection Plan project Donna Wheatley Commander, Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) Melbourne Inclusion in the Fire Service - Storming to Norming AFAC19 powered by INTERSHUTZ is co-produced by the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC), Deutsche Messe and the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) from 27-30 August 2019. The Institution of Fire Engineers Australia National Conference and the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference will be held alongside AFAC19. Further information is available at www.afacconference.com.au -ends- Notes to Editors: All keynote speakers are available for interview on request via media contacts 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 (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC) Accredited media are invited to attend AFAC19 and will be hosted in the media room. Additional support for live-cross, broadcast and interviews with stakeholders can be arranged. Limited broadcast vans can be accommodated onsite. Please register for your media pass by sending your name, position and publication title to elizabeth@zadroagency.com.au Media contacts: Zadro Elizabeth Williams, Group Account Director | elizabeth@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 411 201 354 Yvette Schlegelmilch, Account Manager | yvette@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 423 954 224 Images: All images of AFAC from past years can be found on the AFAC Flickr page and can be used royalty free. Hi-res images of speakers available on request. Josephine Reynolds Sandra Robinson Jamie Bertram Donna Wheatley About AFAC19 27-30 August | Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre A shift to the new norm: riding the wave of change Returning to Melbourne for four action-packed days, AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ will attract delegates and visitors from emergency and security services agencies, all levels of government, non-government organisations, the private sector, research and education institutions and community groups from Australia and worldwide. The AFAC19 program will incorporate the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Research Forum, the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference and The Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) National Conference. Themed “A shift to the new norm: riding the wave of change” AFAC19 explores how the sector is transitioning to a new normal in a rapidly changing world. AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ is a joint venture between Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) and Deutsche Messe, trading in Australia as Hannover Fairs Pty Ltd. Institution of Fire Engineers Website: https://www.afacconference.com.au/ife/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InstitutionOfFireEngineersAustraliaBranch/ Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/institution-of-fire-engineers/ Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) Website: www.afacconference.com.au/ Facebook: @AFACnews Twitter: @AFACnews LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/australasian-fire-and-emergency-service-authorities-council YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu18lYmKgFcL27XBKFI7Klw Hashtag: #AFAC19 Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Facebook: @bnhcrc Twitter: @bnhcrc LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bushfire-and-natural-hazards-crc-a0919043/ YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/bnhcrc Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience Website: www.aidr.org.au/adrc Facebook: @AIDRnews Twitter: @AIDR_news Linked In: https://au.linkedin.com/company/aidr Hashtag: #ADRC2019 BTL Activities - Redefined Range of Services by Panache Exhibitions 2019-08-13T13:35:17Z btl-activities-redefined-range-of-services-by-panache-exhibitions Panache Exhibitions has proved its exclusiveness time and again through innovative BTL activities. Panache has built credibility among its customers through 360° bespoke exhibit solutions. In the large design and fabrication market of India, this company has grown by instilling modern strategies along with their implementation.  The team has executed BTL activation services according to the customized services of clients in aesthetically appealing and functional way.  Panache Exhibitions has adapted to the maturity curve of the exhibition design & build industry. The proficient exhibition stand designers and fabricators have altogether improved the quality of business promotion and increased the efficiency of companies.  Cutting edge technology, change in economic scenario and a vision to increase productivity of the business have helped the company in retaining happy clients. The exhibition stall design services of Panache are currently relying on design domains like graphic designing, industrial design and human computer interaction. These domains are intended at accelerating business expansion of companies and thereby, increasing their annual revenue.  The in-house exhibition stall design and production team of this company has flexibility to bring transition in the mechanism of exhibit solutions according to the industry. This rich flair of the team Panache has attained global recognition wherein, international exhibitors have approached the team with their individual business expansion plan.  After serving more than 800 clients, Panache Exhibitions is seeking valuable inputs from its happy, assertive and enlightened consumers. This initiative has helped the team to make the BTL activation process successful according to the domestic and international standards of exhibit design & build industry. Indian exhibitors looking forward to exponential change for business promotion hail from Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai.  Mohammad Razi Shakir, the director and founder of Panache Exhibitions exclaimed, “Our exhibit solutions have evolved from modest trend of design world to modern and technologically advanced perception. Our chief objective is to deliver nothing but finesse to clients.”  Panache has added social sense to the exhibition stall design master plan of its clients through design strategy. Apart from stall designing, the company has amalgamated the production, installation and beneficial services of contractors in its exhibit solutions. Amidst the newly developed business models, touch and feel of exhibit solutions tailored by this team have offered strategic and long term direction to the clients.  For more information, visit: https://www.panache-worldwide.com/about-us.php Follow us on: https://www.instagram.com/Panache.Exhibitions https://twitter.com/Panache_india https://in.linkedin.com/company/panache-exhibitions https://facebook.com/PanacheExhibitions/ Riding the waves: Extreme weather, climate change and disaster resilience at AFAC19 2019-08-13T04:35:26Z riding-the-waves-extreme-weather-climate-change-and-disaster-resilience-at-afac19 Leading Australian and international emergency management professionals from climate, weather and natural hazards sectors will gather in Melbourne in August, as AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ is held alongside the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference. This year’s AFAC19 Conference will explore the impact of nature, climate and the environment on disaster prevention, early warning and response processes, as well as the long-term implications on community and environmental recovery. More than 120 speakers in six immersive streams will delve deep into the changing landscape of fire safety, emergency management and research across the wider AFAC19 program and share with attendees how to prepare for the future, based on lessons learned from the past. Stuart Ellis, CEO, AFAC commented on how emergency services are adapting to prepare for and address the challenges that come with more frequent extreme weather events and natural disasters, and how this is shaping the national emergency response sector. “This year we’re looking at some big issues affecting the wider community including population growth, climate change and, extreme weather and how we can adapt, prepare for and better manage these events.” “AFAC19 is a vital opportunity to bring together leaders from across a variety of disciplines that make up the evolving fire and emergency service sector, to discuss issues that are becoming the new normal in emergency management,” said Mr Ellis. To cover the big issue and topics, AFAC19 will bring leading international and national keynote speakers to the conference, including Dr David Jones, Manager of Climate Services, Bureau of Meteorology State of the Climate 2018: Climate change and it’s impact on emergency management John Nairn, State Manager of South Australia, Bureau of Meteorology South Australian heatwave forecasts and warnings: performance and some impacts during January 2019, Australia’s hottest month on record Prof. Lesley Hughes and Greg Mullins, The Climate Council Coping with the ‘new normal’ in changing climate This year’s AFAC19 conference theme A shift to the new norm: riding the wave of change, embraces the evolution, diversity and inclusion of all industries working together to form a robust emergency management sector, and the communities it represents. AFAC19 powered by INTERSHUTZ is co-produced by the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC), Deutsche Messe and the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) from 27-30 August 2019. The Institution of Fire Engineers Australia National Conference and the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference will be held alongside AFAC19. Further information is available at www.afacconference.com.au -ends- Notes to Editors: All keynote speakers are available for interview on request via media contacts 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 (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC) Accredited media are invited to attend AFAC19 and will be hosted in the media room. Additional support for live-cross, broadcast and interviews with stakeholders can be arranged. Limited broadcast vans can be accommodated onsite. Please register for your media pass by sending your name, position and publication title to elizabeth@zadroagency.com.au Media contacts: Zadro Elizabeth Williams, Group Account Director | elizabeth@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 411 201 354 Yvette Schlegelmilch, Account Manager | yvette@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 423 954 224 Images: All images of AFAC from past years can be found on the AFAC Flickr page and can be used royalty free. Hi-res images of speakers available on request. Dr David Jones John Nairn Prof. Lesley Hughes Greg Mullins About AFAC19 27-30 August | Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre A shift to the new norm: riding the wave of change Returning to Melbourne for four action-packed days, AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ will attract delegates and visitors from emergency and security services agencies, all levels of government, non-government organisations, the private sector, research and education institutions and community groups from Australia and worldwide. The AFAC19 program will incorporate the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Research Forum, the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference and The Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) National Conference. Themed “A shift to the new norm: riding the wave of change” AFAC19 explores how the sector is transitioning to a new normal in a rapidly changing world. AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ is a joint venture between Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) and Deutsche Messe, trading in Australia as Hannover Fairs Pty Ltd. Institution of Fire Engineers Website: https://www.afacconference.com.au/ife/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InstitutionOfFireEngineersAustraliaBranch/ Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/institution-of-fire-engineers/ Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) Website: www.afacconference.com.au/ Facebook: @AFACnews Twitter: @AFACnews LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/australasian-fire-and-emergency-service-authorities-council YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu18lYmKgFcL27XBKFI7Klw Hashtag: #AFAC19 Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Facebook: @bnhcrc Twitter: @bnhcrc LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bushfire-and-natural-hazards-crc-a0919043/ YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/bnhcrc Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience Website: www.aidr.org.au/adrc Facebook: @AIDRnews Twitter: @AIDR_news Linked In: https://au.linkedin.com/company/aidr Hashtag: #ADRC2019 Leading specialty risk advice businesses MBS Insurance & Complete Risk Analysis join forces 2019-08-13T04:03:43Z leading-specialty-risk-advice-businesses-mbs-insurance-amp-complete-risk-analysis-join-forces Leading specialty risk advice businesses MBS Insurance (MBS) and Complete Risk Analysis (CRA) have announced they are joining forces in a merger that will position the new group for growth and success in the new era of professional advice.   In a market that proclaims a future of challenges for risk insurance, Sydney headquartered MBS and Melbourne based CRA are confident that benefits of merged expertise, increased scale and improved efficiencies will be the foundation for new business growth underpinned by a compelling marketplace and client service offering.   Commenting on the announcement, MBS co-partners Kris Mason and Drew Burden, together with CRA founding partner Glenn Kerr said the new merged entity will make the company one of the industry’s largest risk insurance advisory businesses.   "In combining the two organisations that are leaders in personal / business risk protection, expert risk advice and ongoing support – the merger has brought two specialist businesses together with common values, cultures and a shared commitment to put clients first," they said.   "Putting MBS and CRA together makes us far larger, gives us better scale and will deliver better benefits and reassurance to clients”.   In contrast to all the doom and gloom, it also reaffirms that there is a future for risk insurance advice and advisory businesses.   Risk insurance clients want to deal with specialists that have deep knowledge, expertise and experience.  They also demand reassurance and comfort that the advisory business will be operating successfully to support their long-term protection needs and strategies.    From that perspective, the combination of MBS and CRA addresses those two key issues.    The combined risk advisory business will have approximately $55 million in premiums under management, 18 authorised financial advisers and 40 administrative staff members.   Two new equity partners have also been confirmed.  CRA insurance adviser Nicholas Brian and MBS general manager Carolyn Clark.   In addition, the group has 10 formalised JVs.  The opportunity to expand this offering via further strategic alliances and JV partnerships is regarded as a key driver of future business growth.   Initially the two businesses will operate under their own brands whilst a new corporate identity and image is developed.  In addition, they will continue to operate from their Sydney and Melbourne offices, run by their own management but guided by a common board of directors.   The new brand and identity are expected to be announced before the end of the year.   “Looking to the future, we will continue to provide our clients and JV partners the highest standards of professional financial advice, service and support.  However, the main benefit is that the merger will enhance our national presence and footprint”, said Drew Burden.   ENDS   Issued jointly by    MBS Insurance and Complete Risk Analysis Pty Ltd                     www.mbsinsurance.com.au     www.craaustralia.com.au     Media Enquiries:    Mr. Joe Perri, Joe Perri & Associates Pty Ltd                               Mob:  +61 412 112 545     Email:  jperri@joeperri.com.au   ORIX Australia named on 2019 AFR BOSS Most Innovative Companies list for third consecutive year 2019-08-09T01:53:21Z orix-australia-named-on-2019-afr-boss-most-innovative-companies-list-for-third-consecutive-year Sydney, Australia – August 9, 2019 – Global fleet services provider ORIX Australia Corporation Limited (ORIX) was honoured to be recognised again as one of Australia and New Zealand’s Most Innovative Companies. The prestigious annual list, published by The Australian Financial Review and Boss Magazine, is based on a rigorous assessment process managed by Australia’s leading innovation consultancy, Inventium, in conjunction with a panel of industry expert judges. For the first time in 2019, organisations were ranked directly against their peers across ten industry lists. ORIX Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Reggie Cabal, said, “Being awarded Best Innovation in the Property, Construction & Transport Industry category for our online platform VOOM validates our vision to take innovation and apply it to solve real problems for Small to Medium size businesses (SMBs).” VOOM is an automated, easy to use online platform that guides small business owners through the car buying journey allowing them to select and finance a vehicle. “But the real value of VOOM is its ability to give time back to SMBs,” said Cabal. “Instead of spending hours on unnecessary admin, VOOM consolidates all running costs into one monthly payment that puts business owners in control. We are committed to giving time back to business owners so they can spend less time running their business and more time with their families.” “We are especially proud to have been included on the 2019 Most Innovative Companies List for the third consecutive year. We have worked hard to create an innovative mindset that is genuinely ingrained into our culture and this successive recognition tells us we have got that right,” said Cabal. Inventium assessed over 800 nominated organisations across Australia and New Zealand. “We are thrilled to announce the first ever industry specific Most Innovative Companies List. What separated the most innovative organisations from the least , was the involvement of the customer the entire way through the innovation process. Leading innovators also had strong mechanisms in place to recognise the innovation efforts of their staff," said Dr Amantha Imber, Founder at Inventium The full Top 100 list can be viewed here. <ENDS> ABOUT ORIX AUSTRALIA CORPORATION LIMITED (ORIX) ORIX Australia Corporation Limited (ORIX) is one of the world’s leading fleet management companies. In Australia and New Zealand, we’ve provided fleet management, commercial vehicle rentals and leasing and novated leasing for more than 30 years. Through our innovative solutions, including the award-winning OneView platform, ORIX Share and ORIX i, we help our clients get more value from their vehicles and manage the evolving risks of a mobile workforce. ABOUT THE AFR BOSS MOST INNOVATIVE COMPANIES LIST The AFR BOSS Most Innovative Companies list (previously the BRW Most Innovative Companies list) is now in its eighth year. The list ranks the most innovative organisations in Australia and New Zealand, and is the only national list of its kind. For the first time in 2019, the list was broken down into 10 industry categories, effectively ranking organisations against their peers. The list is judged and compiled by Inventium – Australia’s leading innovation consultancy. Inventium uses a unique, scientifically proven approach to help organisations grow through innovation. In 2019, the list comprised of ten industry lists of ten, compiled from over 800 nominations, and 400 shortlisted organisations. www.mostinnovative.com.au ABOUT INVENTIUM Inventium is Australia’s leading innovation consultancy. We have helped over 100,000 people become better innovators since 2007. We apply the latest findings from science (psychology and neuroscience) to help organisations unlock growth through innovation. We do this through training, facilitation, general consulting, and assessment. We are the official partners of the AFR Most Innovative Companies list – an annual list that identifies Australia’s most innovative companies. We’ve previously made the BRW Fast 100 list twice AND won the BRW Client Choice Award for Best Management Consultancy. Inventium is also a proud BCorporation. www.inventium.com.au ABOUT THE AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW For more than 50 years The Australian Financial Review has been the authority on business, finance and investment news in Australia. It has a reputation for independent, award-winning journalism and is essential reading for Australia’s business and investor community. The Australian Financial Review is owned by Fairfax Media Limited [ASX:FXJ], a leading multi-platform media company in Australasia. www.afr.com Contacts Lorin Heah lorin.heah@orix.com.au +61 2 9856 6136 Top MC Professional Emcee Master of Ceremonies Australia's Rob Doorey Is YourMC 2019-08-08T22:00:09Z top-mc-professional-emcee-master-of-ceremonies-australias-rob-doorey-is-yourmc The 'conductor' that never turns his back on the audience is Australia's premier emcee, master of ceremonies, Rob Doorey... YourMC Professional emcee Rob Doorey may not wave an orchestra conductor’s baton during his presentations as an event host, but his role as an emcee can be construed as sharing some similarities with that of conductors of orchestral performances. While these two styles of events differ in multiple respects, there are some similarities into qualities needing to be possessed by those chiefly responsible for guiding these performances. For instance, both types of “performances” require sensitive guidance and direction of their respective participants by a super-responsive other: in one case a music conductor, in the other: a professional emcee. In making this comparison, consider the role of a musical conductor, as defined in Wikipedia: “The primary responsibilities of the conductor are to unify performers, set the tempo, execute clear preparations and beats, listen critically and shape the sound of the ensemble, and to control the interpretation and pacing of the music”. Indeed, many people would agree that the rightform of sensitive guidance from the most suitableconductor (or emcee) will more likely achieve the desired outcome of successful performance (or event). With decades of experience as a professional emcee hosting a range of successful events from corporate conferences and product launches, to gala dinners and business awards nights, Rob’s personal insights into this domain assuredly have merit. Some conductor-like attributes Rob has and uses in his profession include precision-timing, careful pacing and an ability to pay close attention to subtle nuances that well might be missed by other participants. Rob credits his ability to pick up on such nuances and to act appropriately on them to his many years of experience in the profession. His career in commercial radio has undeniably contributed to his sharp sense of timing on-stage and during interviews, helping him to effectively “read” and respond to audiences and to interviewees while at the same time often responding to feedback/requests by production crew or other managers who make requests (or commands) into his headpiece. As well as having to ‘build rapport quickly” with a range of people, Rob lists many other functions of the role of an event host. Time-keeping is a critical one, with this including “cueing people - so they are ready to go” and “getting performers both on and off-stage efficiently”. On this note, Rob recalls doing stage-interviews with Western Sydney Wanderers football players in a shopping venue which he describes as challenging as he had to manage sets of players both on and off the stage “and at both ends” at once - while at the same time tuning-in to the assembled mall crowd and responding accordingly. “I see myself as a conductor of sorts,” he said. “I do bring this to my role as an emcee. And I am organised, good at bringing calm to what can be a stressful situation.” One of Rob’s clients, Adam Farmer, of MG MY GATEWAY, attests to Rob’s conducting abilities while event-hosting in his comment: "Rob was the ultimate professional (emcee) - Great voice, was easy to work with, understood what we were about and kept the evening moving along." At times there is also a need for an emcee to “run interventions” or “fill in gaps” with appropriate improvisations (usually dialogue). Rob agreed and added: “I am able to quickly analyse a situation and take action fast. And I am quick-witted and energetic," which most certainly helps! Rob’s effectiveness in his many roles as an emcee has been amply demonstrated by the many years of “repeat custom” he has had as a professional event-host, including to high-end corporate events and to a wealth of other events around the country. Corporate realtor functions are one sector he enjoys catering to, with corporate Raine and Horne and Elders clients seeking him out in particular. Another annual event that Rob has hosted for several years and that is especially close to his heart is the Kids of Macarthur Health Foundation Ball -- which is a major fundraising event for the Children’s’ Ward of Campbelltown Hospital, a part of Sydney’s Westmead Children’s Hospital. Rob Doorey is Australia's premier emcee. Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin and everywhere in between. For more information visit YourMC Master of Ceremonies website or book Rob by calling +61 410 438 003. Syndicated by Baxton Media, the Market Influencers. Rolls-Royce selects IFS to unlock new data insights on aircraft engines 2019-08-08T02:08:10Z rolls-royce-selects-ifs-to-unlock-new-data-insights-on-aircraft-engines Melbourne, August 8, 2019 – IFS, the global enterprise applications company, announces that Rolls-Royce has chosen IFS Maintenix™ for exchanging engine data with airlines operating Rolls-Royce Trent engines, including the Trent 1000, Trent XWB and Trent 7000. With a long list of world-leading airlines operating with its engines, the IFS Maintenix solution will help Rolls-Royce and its customers share data. The IFS Maintenix Aviation Analytics capability enables the automated provision of field data, which ensures that Rolls-Royce receives timely and accurate information. IFS Maintenix then acts as a gateway to automatically push maintenance program changes from Rolls-Royce back to the airline operator. As a result, life-limited engine part maintenance deadlines can be updated based on actual operating conditions and life consumed by each engine in use. Rolls-Royce helps transport thousands of air passengers and tons of cargo across the world on a daily basis, and maximising the safety, efficiency and insights gained on each trip is paramount. With the support of IFS Maintenix and its Aviation Analytics capability, Rolls-Royce is able to offer a systematic method of exchanging and accurately updating airline engine life data to optimise the interval between engines being removed and sent for overhaul. This will provide new streams of data for Rolls-Royce to analyse the performance of fleets with Trent engines and refine the aftermarket offerings it can provide its customers, from service-based contracts to analytics insights and more. Richard Goodhead, Rolls-Royce, SVP Marketing – Civil Aerospace, said: “Ease of data sharing is a key component in the Rolls-Royce IntelligentEngine vision, which sees a future in which our aero engines are increasingly connected, contextually aware, and even comprehending. Working with IFS Maintenix to ensure we receive accurate and timely engine life data will help us as we make further progress toward that objective by helping us deliver greater levels of reliability and efficiency to our operators.” Scott Helmer, President, Aerospace & Defense Business Unit, IFS added: “We are thrilled to work with Rolls-Royce to deliver next-generation maintenance protocols, all based on up-to-date engine life data. This strategically important deal offers further proof that IFS Maintenix can help aviation organisations maximise the revenue potential of their assets through standard, lean, and predictable maintenance.” Learn more about how IFS supports customers in the aerospace and defense industry: www.ifsworld.com/corp/industries/aerospace-and-defense/. About IFS IFS develops and delivers enterprise software for customers around the world who manufacture and distribute goods, build and maintain assets, and manage service-focused operations. The industry expertise of our people and solutions, together with a commitment to delivering value to every one of our customers, has made IFS a recognised leader and the most recommended supplier in our sector. Our team of 3,700 employees and growing ecosystem of partners support more than 10,000 customers around the world challenge the status quo and realise their competitive advantage. Learn more about how our enterprise software solutions can help your business today at IFSworld.com Follow us on Twitter: @ifsworld Visit the IFS Blog on technology, innovation and creativity: https://blog.ifsworld.com/ Sequoia announces acquisition of national licensee Libertas Financial Planning 2019-08-06T06:12:39Z sequoia-announces-acquisition-of-national-licensee-libertas-financial-planning Sequoia Financial Group Ltd (Sequoia) CEO Garry Crole has announced the successful acquisition of Sydney headquartered national licensee Libertas Financial Planning Pty Ltd (Libertas).    Under the arrangement, Libertas will remain separate from Interprac and continue to operate under its own AFSL, brand and identity.   Commenting further on the announcement, Garry Crole said Libertas is a successful and well-established financial advice dealer group that was founded by industry stalwart Mark Euvrard in 2012.    Today, Libertas has an extensive, Australia-wide network of approximately 70 authorised representatives, predominantly on the eastern seaboard.    “The acquisition provides Sequoia with further scale in the advice marketplace and based on the latest Money Management dealer group survey makes Sequoia the 3rd largest non-bank owned financial adviser group in the country”, said Garry Crole.   Libertas’ Managing Director Mark Euvrard said, “Our business was highly sought after and I wanted to ensure our advisers will be a part of a quality organisation.  I am very pleased to be working with Garry Crole and the well-respected Sequoia team of industry professionals”.   “I’m confident the Libertas planners will benefit immensely from being part of a larger, well-regarded licensee focussed on the provision of highly compliant advice and client service”.   The financial adviser market is undergoing major changes in the wake of the Royal Commission and Sequoia is well placed to attract quality planning groups and advice practitioners.    Sequoia’s leading regulatory and compliance framework, technology and product access makes us a highly attractive partner affirmed Garry Crole.   The acquisition of Libertas will be Sequoia’s 8th AFSL business that operate under their own identity and license within the Sequoia Group.  These include – InterPrac Financial Planning Pty Ltd      InterPrac General Insurance Pty Ltd Insurance Finance Services Pty Ltd       Libertas Financial Planning Pty Ltd Morrison Securities Pty Ltd                    My Own Super Fund Pty Ltd Sequoia Asset Management Pty Ltd     Sequoia Wealth Management Pty Ltd   Each Sequoia owned licensee is a separate AFSL holder and supported by an extensive service offering and framework of compliance, education and support services.    In addition, Sequoia also assists financial advisers and practice owners to acquire and operate under their own AFSL.   Prior to the acquisition, Sequoia had been providing some of these services to Libertas over the last 5 months.    Garry Crole concluded, “Libertas will provide Sequoia with additional scale in financial advice with immediate financial benefit to the Group and is highly EPS accretive”.    “We are actively recruiting financial advisers where they fit with our culture and client service objectives and are delighted to be working with the Libertas team”.   ENDS   Issued by Sequoia Financial Group Ltd        www.sequoia.com.au            Media enquiries:            Mr Joe Perri    Joe Perri & Associates Pty Ltd Mobile:        +61 412 112 545    Email:  jperri@joeperri.com.au