The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-08-07T05:03:38Z Book award finalist: a sophisticated Romance Scam story, multiple clever professionals victimized 2020-08-07T05:03:38Z book-award-finalist-a-sophisticated-romance-scam-story-multiple-clever-professionals-victimized I’m a Romance Scam IT Detective by Selina Co has been honoured as an Award-Winning Finalist in the True Crime: Non-Fiction category of the 2020 International Book Awards. This advanced romance scam story illustrates fake websites, fake email addresses, fake banking documents, fake passports and fake personal videos. In the latter half of the story, victim Selina became a hacker and actress to confront and brainwash the criminals. This book also explains cybercrime investigation, legal limitations and misconducts of certain banks and their roles in the crime. Victims are clever professionals, namely engineers and a politician. This romance scam true story involves seven countries (Australia, the United States, Singapore, New Zealand, China, Ghana and Nigeria).   Paperback and eBook: available now in Amazon, Kobo and other major bookstores. Audiobook: coming soon.     Contact: Selina Co URL: URL2: Amazon: E: AASW launches Reconciliation Action Plan, in the lead up to International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2020-08-07T03:03:50Z aasw-launches-reconciliation-action-plan-in-the-lead-up-to-international-day-of-the-worlds-indigenous-peoples The Australian Association of Social Workers has today launched its third Reconciliation Action Plan July 2020-June 2022, which is an Innovate Plan. It also comes in the lead up to the UN’s International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples which is on Sunday, 9 August. 2020’s theme is COVID-19 and Indigenous People’s Resilience. AASW’s Reconciliation Action Plan describes the steps the Association can and will take to create opportunities for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Social Workers. AASW Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representative Board Director Linda Ford said, “Our new plan prioritises our Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Social Workers and is about taking actions and defining how we work with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in our communities. “With this plan and alongside our Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander colleagues, we will strive to be the best possible allies, by actively listening, by decolonising the way we work, by working in partnership and by making sure Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander colleagues and members of our communities shape our work.”Ms Ford said that building authentic relationships requires accepting the truth and understanding.She said, “We also know that to build authentic partnerships requires truth-telling and real understanding. Acknowledging the black history of our country, the historical role of Social Work and the current status of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples in our community is essential in building partnerships that are grounded in truth.“I want to commend my fellow Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander brothers and sisters and all they have done during COVID-19, their resilience and their determination to defend their communities and keep them safe. As this year’s theme for Reconciliation was, we are truly IN THIS TOGETHER.”You can review the AASW Reconciliation Action Plan July 2020-June 2022.You can review the AASW’s webpage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander actions to date, including our 2004 Acknowledgement Statement.ENDSAbout Reconciliation Actions PlansThere are four types of Reconciliation Action Plans endorsed by Reconciliation Australia: Reflect, Innovate, Stretch and Elevate.To interview Linda Ford, please contact Ellie Cooper on 0413 532 954. Social workers urge government to lead economic recovery by investing in social housing 2020-08-04T06:23:42Z social-workers-urge-government-to-lead-economic-recovery-by-investing-in-social-housing During National Homelessness Week, 2-8 August this year, Australian social workers are calling for more investment in social housing to help end homelessness.Last month, the AASW submission to the Inquiry into Homelessness in Australia, called on the federal government to build or acquire additional social housing. AASW National President Christine Craik said the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that we can respond to homelessness quickly as a response when there is a threat to public health, and this quick response has protected some of the most vulnerable people in our society. “During this pandemic, the Victorian government has housed many who were homeless as part of a public health response until April next year. We welcome this move, and would argue that this initiative needs to happen on a more permanent basis, not just during a pandemic and needs to be implemented across the country. “We are supporting the Everybody’s Home campaign this week. Building social housing and repairing empty or substandard public housing needs to be prioritised in all neighbourhoods across Australia. This kind of initiative will result in local jobs, economic stimulus and work towards social cohesion across the country. This pandemic has wreaked havoc with our most vulnerable communities and if there is to be one positive thing to come out of this, let that legacy be that this was the time we took a different path around social housing and committed ourselves to eradicating homelessness forever. “For anyone, becoming homeless can feel like a personal failure and many of our cultural myths and negative stereotypes around homelessness and poverty feed into this. You can tell a lot about the health of a community by the way it treats its most vulnerable citizens. We need to challenge these myths and those negative stereotypes about homelessness and mobilise politically to end homelessness for good. We urge everyone to use this week to engage with the Everybody’s Home campaign.”Social workers know the effects of housing insecurity on vulnerable people. We know the ways in which this intersects and complicates other systemic disadvantage, including family violence, child protection and mental health. See the Scope of Social Work Practice areas in Homelessness, Family Violence, Child Protection and Mental Health. Scope of Social Work Practice – HomelessnessScope of Social Work Practice – Family ViolenceScope of Social Work Practice – Child ProtectionScope of Social Work Practice – Mental HealthENDS Social workers welcome an increase in Medicare mental health sessions in lockdown areas: a start but not the full answer 2020-08-04T01:53:11Z social-workers-welcome-an-increase-in-medicare-mental-health-sessions-in-lockdown-areas-a-start-but-not-the-full-answer The AASW welcomes the announcement by the Health Minister Greg Hunt on Sunday, 2 August on the increase in Medicare Benefits Scheme (MBS)-funded mental health sessions in response to the escalating COVID-19 lockdowns.AASW National President Christine Craik said, “Our social workers who provide these sessions for those accessing mental health supports under Better Access tell us that the expansion of the number of allowable sessions is critical. The effect of the continuation of the lockdown in Victoria, and the growing uncertainty and anxiety that COVID-19 is causing, will see many people requiring additional and long-term support.The AASW has consistently, and persistently, called for an increase in allowable mental health sessions, over a long period of time and not just in response to the COVID-19 situation.Ms Craik said, “As stated in our numerous submissions to the MBS Review, and more recently the COVID-19 Inquiry, we believe MBS Better Access needs to be based on need and level of complexity. One size does not fit all. “Increasing the number of sessions will allow social work mental health professionals to better support individuals to work through the anxiety and complicated presentations we are seeing at this time. And while it is a welcome start, it will not alone be sufficient to address the growing mental health needs of the community and the growing demand on mental health professionals and services. We also need to see an extension of the use of telehealth and technology to support people where it is appropriate. For example, there is a huge need for work to address recovery for those who have experienced family violence. This has never been met in the current structure”We have welcomed the focus the government has placed on the mental health needs of the community through the pandemic, and now is the time to implement the recommendations of the MBS Review Taskforce on Better Access. Accredited Mental Health Social Workers (AMHSWs) have reported instances of their service users rationing their sessions despite significant concerns about the implications of this, combined with a worsening of symptoms as this pandemic continues. AASW social workers report observing an increase in service users presenting with suicidal thoughts and concerning behaviours. “It is clear that if we are to work to support the mental health of Australians through this pandemic and into recovery, there needs to be adequate service provision, and this is a long-term proposition, not a short-term situation.”The federal government’s MBS review has identified the need for an increased number of sessions and the AASW looks forwarding to continuing to work with government on this issue alongside addressing pay parity for all mental health professionals who are undertaking the same work. All social workers in Australia are supporting people through this current crisis. To locate an accredited mental health social worker, visit the AASW’s GP webpage .ENDSAbout Accredited Mental Health Social Workers Accredited Mental Health Social Workers (AMHSWs) are recognised providers with Medicare Australia and other programs, delivering clinical social work services in mental health settings and utilising a range of evidence-based strategies. Members of the public can receive a referral from their GP under Better Access. For more information, see our website. The three-legged stool and the delinquent elephants 2020-07-24T01:24:43Z the-three-legged-stool-and-the-delinquent-elephants One of the greatest tragedies in business today is the absence of balance in business leadership and management teams.  Especially the absence of mature age executives.   It’s been said many times (I firmly believe this to be true) that an employee doesn’t really become productive until they turn 50.    At 50 their children have grown up, the pressure of the mortgage has diminished, etc. and finances are healthy.  On the work front they have progressed up the tree – have experienced and learnt much and now they are at their most productive and can really and powerfully contribute to a business.    But instead, invariably they are shown the door and end up working at a hardware store or running a lawn mowing franchise instead.   As a result, businesses (and even government) are making horrendous mistakes because the benefit of wisdom and experience are absent.   In business – as in nature – there needs to be balance in the composition of leadership and management teams.    Hence the example of the three-legged stool.    To be successful, businesses need the benefit of age and wisdom from those that came before (leg 1).    Then there is benefit of maturity from those that are middle aged (leg 2)   The third and equally important leg is youth for this group needs to challenge the status quo i.e. the wise and mature.  Wisdom and maturity must validate to the young the reason for their decisions and why they believe the business should go in a certain direction.    On being convinced, it’s youth that brings the energy and passion to get things done and accomplish the business objective.   Unfortunately, today we have too many three-legged stools with one and two legs missing.  For example, believing that an “all youth” team of “go getters” is what’s needed to achieve success.    Or equally devastating is when the mature and wise refuse to relinquish authority and shun new ideas or refuse to be challenged.   Balance in leadership and management is vitally important – and it is inevitable that organisations fall over when one or two legs are missing.   Therein is the reason why so many businesses fail.   THE DELINQUENT ELEPHANTS   Years ago, in a wildlife park in Africa, young adolescent bull elephants had inexplicably started killing other animals.    Rangers could not explain why such unnatural behaviour was occurring until they realised the source of the problem.    Years prior, the park had become overrun with elephants who were consuming all the vegetation and basically destroying the park.    So, it was decided that the solution was to cull the old bulls as they were regarded as the least needed in the overall ecology of the park.    Unfortunately, the authorities had failed to understand the many roles of the old bull elephants in the eco system.  One key function was to use their superior strength and bulk to keep the adolescent bulls under control when they were in must – a period characterised by excessive testosterone levels that resulted in highly aggressive and dangerous behaviour.   On bringing mature bulls back into the park, balance and the natural order of things returned and the killing of other species by the adolescents ceased.   Does this story sound familiar?       ENDS   Issued by Joe Perri & Associates  ABOUT JOE PERRI        Managing Director Mr. Joe Perri founded the company in 1995 after working for more than 22 years in the corporate sector.  Since then, Joe Perri & Associates has grown to provide PR and marketing focussed communication strategies / solutions for clients in the corporate, SME and non-profit sectors that help them achieve their strategic business aspirations.    Joe Perri’s goal is to help clients more clearly define their overall communication objectives and then implement the most appropriate strategy to reach their target audience more effectively. Every day, Joe Perri draws on his experience to enable clients to improve their business relationship, communication and brand / profile with customers, shareholders, distributors, the media and staff. New survey reveals COVID-19 has made Aussies more aware of supporting small business 2020-07-22T04:41:37Z new-survey-reveals-covid-19-has-made-aussies-more-aware-of-supporting-small-business With a second wave and further restrictions looming, 85 percent of Australians have experienced a wake-up call to support small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new research. The study asked 500 Australians how they’ve handled the novel coronavirus’ impact on their local communities and how they’re supporting each other in this difficult time. Conducted on behalf of Canva, the survey found that 45 percent of respondents feel COVID-19 has brought their community closer together, with 28 percent donating supplies to those in need and 22 percent donating to local charities lending a hand to combat the virus. “Recent months have stressed the importance of acting with kindness and compassion - especially when it comes to supporting our local communities in a time where small businesses are struggling to break even and keep their employees,” said Canva’s Trends and Data Analytics Lead, Dr. Tim O’Keefe. One respondent shared how they had set up a food bank for international students, with another helping an elderly neighbours with home maintenance work. During the initial lockdown period, more than half of the respondents shared they had consciously supported between 1-10 local businesses in their community. 62 percent of those surveyed said they’re more consciously ordering delivery and takeaway from small businesses rather than large corporations or chains. “Around the world, we’re seeing millions of small businesses quickly adapt so they can continue operations. We’ve also seen a surge in the use of Canva’s free small business templates, with the creation of takeout menus growing by 66% as restaurants pivot to offering delivery-only, new marketing material to promote how distilleries are now producing hand sanitiser, and the adoption of personalised Zoom background designs for personal trainers running virtual classes. It’s incredibly inspiring to see this positive trend towards innovation, determination, and camaraderie across the globe,” added Dr. O’Keefe. Another four in 10 respondents said they’ve been consciously sharing small businesses across social media to support them at this time. 15 percent of respondents have started writing reviews online, with 9 percent making donations to keep their favourite local spots open. More Information: Lachlan Andrews ( World first report finds fashion critically lagging on animal welfare 2020-07-21T09:32:50Z world-first-report-finds-fashion-critically-lagging-on-animal-welfare Over the past 12 months, major clothing brands have responded to customer demands and announced animal welfare policies, but do they go far enough? New research from global animal welfare organisation FOUR PAWS finds that the fashion industry comes up short between what they say and what is delivered, with only 21% of brands tracing even a portion of the animal derived materials for animal welfare.  FOUR PAWS has identified the first steps brands need, to take better care of animals and meet modern customer expectations. When the COVID-19 pandemic brought the fashion industry to a halt, it also delivered an opportunity for industry to take stock and consider its true impact. Whilst much of the debate on the social impacts of the fashion industry to date has focused on its environmental impact and how its workers are treated, customer concern for animals is growing exponentially. A 2019 You Gov poll found that 80% of Australians are concerned about the welfare and treatment of animals in at least one fashion category. Now more than ever, people are demanding that brands take responsibility for animals in their supply chains. FOUR PAWS research estimates that over two billion animals are used in the global fashion industry every year in the wool, fur, and leather industries alone, many of which suffer poor living conditions, brutal physical mutilation practices and chronic stress. To raise awareness and recognition of these fundamental issues, FOUR PAWS has developed the world’s first Animal Welfare in Fashion Report. “Animals are suffering for fashion, and shoppers want change. It’s time to make the treatment of animals used for fashion a priority, and recognise animal protection as an essential third pillar of ethical fashion,” said Jessica Medcalf, Head of Programmes at FOUR PAWS Australia and report contributor.  This report is based on a study of 77 leading Australian and global brands, with the majority owned by nine of the world’s top 20 publicly listed fashion companies which have an estimated market value of over US$550 billion. The FOUR PAWS Animal Welfare in Fashion Report assesses the extent to which companies are addressing animal welfare risks in their supply chains, with a focus on four key spotlight issues of material consideration – wool, down, exotic leather and fur. Using analytical rigour and evidence-based research, the report highlights the risks of animal-based supply chains in fashion, to animals and brands and retailers. While there have been efforts made by several brands on animal welfare, FOUR PAWS research has found that most brands lack: An awareness of animal welfare issues found in common textile supply chains. Only 38% of the fashion brands consider animal welfare risks to some degree in their supply chains and purchasing practices. Thorough and effective animal welfare policies. Just 25% of fashion brands have formal animal welfare policies in place to help safeguard animals from these risks. And just 9% of brands have both an animal welfare policy and meet at least three of five best practice animal welfare principles as set out by FOUR PAWS. Traceability in animal-based fashion supply chains, and end-to-end traceability overall. There is a real gap between what brand’s formal policies and statements say, and what they actually do. Only 35% of those with an animal welfare policy are tracing at least some of their animal-based materials, with more than half the brands demonstrating zero evidence of knowing anything about the animal-based textiles they source. Transparency to customers about where animal-based products come from and the welfare risks for the animals involved. Just 21% of brands implement assurance schemes which prioritise animal welfare i.e. certified wool and down.   But it is not all bad news, as there are many brands that have taken proactive steps forward. FOUR PAWS has also researched the key steps every responsible brand should take to minimise their risk, and maximise their ethical credentials. To integrate animal welfare in a sustainable fashion future, FOUR PAWS recommends that brands: 1. Need to cover the basics on animal welfare such as developing a robust animal welfare policy with a vision and an implementation plan, for how to achieve and monitor good animal welfare and transparency practices.2. Make a credible commitment to animal welfare, including the adoption of the best available certification systems, with the highest standard of animal care, to ensure traceability and be able to verify the brand’s claims made in relation to animal welfare. 3. Address, monitor and report on animal welfare risks in the supply chain, including the incorporation of animal welfare considerations in decisions by corporate social responsibility and compliance teams and departments involved in sourcing, purchasing and design. “The fashion industry must hold itself accountable for animal welfare in its transition towards sustainability and better corporate social responsibility,” said Medcalf. “Animal welfare considerations have been found to be particularly relevant to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to fashion. If the impact of the coronavirus outbreak this year and the SDGs are any indication, the difference over the next decade, between the good and the best performers in terms of ethical fashion, could be down to the brands who integrate animal welfare considerations in their supply chains versus those who do not.” “Shoppers have the right to know how the clothes they buy impact on animals. Brands should ensure they fully understand their supply chains and communicate their animal welfare practices clearly," said Gordon Renouf, chief executive officer at Good On You, consultation partners on the report. FOUR PAWS are confident this report will be a useful tool to support and highlight the progress of brands and industry to achieve more kindness to animals, and remains committed to working with brands and retailers in a collective effort to improve the world for animals, people and the environment. FOUR PAWS recommends brands download a copy of their Policy Development Guidelines for Animal Welfare in Textiles. “While we have a long way to go to improve conditions for the vast numbers of animals used in fashion, by working together, animal protection organisations, brands, retailers, producers and shoppers can all create a better world for animals,” said Medcalf. *** The Animal Welfare in Fashion Report is part of the FOUR PAWS global Wear it Kind campaign, raising awareness about key animal welfare issues in fashion and providing vital information to both fashion stakeholders and customers about how to create a fashion industry which values animals, people and the environment they share.The report can be downloaded here. In the past year, over 180,000 people have taken a FOUR PAWS animal welfare in fashion action. Head to today for more information. Fawkner residents under siege from speeding & hooning – lack of planning vision to blame 2020-07-13T05:12:58Z fawkner-residents-under-siege-from-speeding-amp-hooning-lack-of-planning-vision-to-blame A recent survey of Fawkner Residents Association (FRA) members revealed an alarming number of speeding, hooning and general anti-social behaviour throughout the suburb’s streets, sporting facility carparks and the surrounding open space / parklands said the group’s spokesperson Mr Joe Perri.   I was quite surprised and alarmed by the extent of the problem members of our group reported in response to the online article affirmed Joe Perri.   “In fact, as the number increased it began to resemble a community under siege from speeding, rat runs and burnouts in quiet suburban streets and carparks – to noisy motorbikes, dirt bikes and quads on roads and in parks, damaging the environment, property, behaving badly and causing alarm to residents”.   Though it would be very easy to blame frustrated impatient anti-social motorists or bored teenagers. The truth is the problem is far deeper and exposes the absence of an urban planning vision for the suburb and municipality as a whole said Joe Perri.   “Moreland, like most councils ‘default response’ to an issue such as this is traffic surveys, speed humps, roundabouts or radars that display a smiley face to drivers adhering to the roadway’s speed limit – or to call for more police patrols.   “In the majority of cases, these responses are nothing more than temporary or quick fix band aid solutions for deeper structural socio problems that are only going to intensify in the future”.      Moreland City Council forecasts Fawkner’s population of 13,171 in 2011 will increase by 3,300 or 25% to 16,481 by 2036.  However, this forecast does not include an urban planning vision or overlay for the suburb to ensure that vitally important public realm, retail, parks, social, environmental and sporting facilities increase proportionately to accommodate the needs of the suburb’s population.    “Therein is the underlying problem and I believe is the major contributing cause to the current (and future) socio problems that will impact the residents of Fawkner”, said Joe Perri.     Take for example Fawkner’s youth.  They are locked out of the suburb’s main sporting parks of CB Smith Reserve and Mutton Reserve that are surrounded by steel fences.    So is it any wonder that with nowhere to go, pent-up youthful energy is expended dangerously in speeding on the roads, doing burn-outs in carparks or damaging the parks and open spaces adjacent to the Merri Creek.   Joe Perri continued, “Unfortunately the state government views municipalities like Moreland and suburbs such as Fawkner as nothing more than buckets of money into which high density development is inserted in order to extract taxes, stamp duty and rates.      “Very little of which comes back in infrastructure to benefit the suburbs and residents from which it was extracted”.   “Furthermore, all the lessons of the past about sustainable urban planning and development in order to ensure a resilient society have been jettisoned”.    “With no plans to ensure environmental, economic and social sustainability of Moreland suburbs like Fawkner, the future for the municipality will be measured in increased anti-social dangerous behaviour, disconnected communities, declining quality of life, segregation, poor physical health, heightened mental illness, crime, violence and loneliness”.   There is a solution and that is to have a documented urban plan.  Moreland Council cannot continue ignoring the very real need for action now concluded Joe Perri.   ENDS   Issued by the Fawkner Residents Association   Media enquiries:     Mr. Joe Perri                                     Mobile:  +61 412 112 545    Email:   Paediatric Nutritionist launches Online Fussy Eating Course to help parents expand their child’s repertoire & increase the nutritional value of their meals 2020-07-07T02:46:45Z paediatric-nutritionist-launches-online-fussy-eating-course-to-help-parents-expand-their-child-s-repertoire-amp-increase-the-nutritional-value-of-their-meals For most children, ‘fussy eating’ is a stage they will grow out of, but what we choose to feed children, and the strategies implemented to deal with their fussiness are the two main factors that determine how their eating habits will develop. Introducing the Fussy Eating Strategies & Solutions course, developed by Paediatric Nutritionist and Bestselling Author, Mandy Sacher, where parents can now receive expert advice supported by tried and tested methods and recipes that even the fussiest little eaters will approve of. All from any connected device, in the comfort of their home. “As we move through winter during a pandemic, getting the right nutrients into children to increase their resilience to illness is more important than ever before. We can no longer settle for the fail-safe option of white bread and plain pasta that we know they’ll agree to eat”, says Sacher. Fussy Eating Strategies & Solutions is designed to help parents expand their child’s repertoire of food and begin enjoying the experience of eating and family mealtimes. Recipes are boosted with ‘hidden’ veggies and one of the strategies is to also offer vegetables in their raw state alongside accepted foods to desensitise fussy eaters and make them a normal and expected part of everyday meals.  The course contains a plethora of evidence-based behaviour strategies and nutrition goals to help make progress with a fussy eater, whether based on underlying causes or simply a phase.  Sacher covers the underlying causes of fussy eating and problem feeding, ways to increase the nutritional value of what children will eat and tips on how to make wholesome swaps in the kitchen that fussy eaters will approve of. With small changes made at a manageable pace, Sacher believes every child can receive richer nutrition through their meals and begin to accept a wider range of flavours and textures.  In addition to the 49 detailed lessons, Fussy Eating includes supporting resources such as customisable meal and nutrition goal planners, a smart recipe tool where you can swap ingredients and filter by allergens as well as an automated shopping list to save time. Fussy Eating sits within The Wholesome Child Academy, a new education platform for parents that is geared to help with key nutrition milestones and challenges including Starting Solids the Wholesome Way, Boosting Immunity and Wholesome Shopping. Grandad Inspires Aussies to Bounce Back to Freedom on 3-month road trip 2020-07-06T12:26:39Z grandad-inspires-aussies-to-bounce-back-to-freedom-on-3-month-road-trip A BUNDABERG grandad has come out of retirement after 11 years to inspire Aussies to Bounce Back to Freedom after Covid-19 with a road trip from Bundaberg to Darwin from July 13 to October 25, 2020. Author of 7 books, Hans Jakobi, 66, has gone from being suicidal and surviving multiple tragedies, including three serious bushfire threats to his home and an eight-year drought, to being a successful businessman and funding his own retirement at 55. Known as The Lifestyle Entrepreneur, he and his wife of 41 years, Colette, have travelled to more than 70 countries since then and now will hit the road on a Bounce Back To Freedom Tour. On the tour, he will interview and film Australians who have lost their jobs or businesses to find out what they are doing to recover from the crisis and what strategies they have worked out to prosper from the turmoil. “The way people have panicked in this crisis has had a deep impact on me and I feel compelled to spread a message of hope, opportunity and support to replace the narrative of fear,” Mr Jakobi said. He said the best and most secure way to prosper from this crisis was to start an online home-based business. “I want to inspire ordinary, everyday people, encourage them and give them hope to embrace this crisis as their opportunity to start their own online business and profit despite the crisis,” he said. “I’m sure there will be some people who will have benefited from the crisis because they’ve adapted to the opportunities created and will be loving it, while others will have a lot of stress and anxiety.” Mr Jakobi will hit the road with his latest book, Why You Need to Start Your Own Online Business Now! “My mantra is that you can build and run a business from anywhere in the world with just a laptop computer, a mobile phone and an internet connection,” he said. To walk his talk and also inspire his 3 children and 5 grandchildren, he and his wife will make the 12,000km return trip in a 2008 Sunland 24 foot caravan to Darwin and document his journey as he inspires locals, films their stories and builds a new online business from scratch. “People learn more from what they see than what you say so I want to inspire people. In the next 10 years, I will give it my best, keep traveling, support my children, mentor my grandchildren and others about business,” Mr Jakobi said. “I want to be around positive, aspirational people and then I will retire again.” For more details, visit Cars Removal Sydney With Top Cash For Cars 2020-07-05T01:18:29Z cars-removal-sydney-with-top-cash-for-cars If you are thinking of selling your unwanted cars, then you have to keep some important points in mind. selling your car can be very easy and sometimes very messy. It all depends on your selling strategy. Some important points are as followings Make sure you can prove your ownership of the vehicle, having registration title with you. It is very important as no proper car removalist can buy your unwanted cars, without proof of your ownership. So if you want to avoid a tough time to sell your car, make your registration paper ready. The second important part is to choose a proper and certified car removal company. This is very important as you can get the best value for your car by dealing with a first hand source like Cars Removal Sydney. We are a fully experienced and established car removal company in Sydney, that offer 100% Free car removal  + top Cash for all types of cars regardless of their make, model and conditions. Always compare the offers from different companies to get the best possible rate for your unwanted vehicles. While some car removal companies offer 100% free car removal services, others might have hidden cost. So always the highest offer is not the best option as long as you are satisfied that it has no hidden cost later. You are almost done, with these three easy steps you can avoid any issue selling your unwanted cars. For further help in regard to selling your car for cash you can visit our website :    Is your Media Agency stuck for inclusive content? Lisa Cox, disability advocate, can help. 2020-06-19T06:14:22Z is-your-media-agency-stuck-for-inclusive-content-lisa-cox-disability-advocate-can-help Is your media team looking to reach a larger audience and be more diverse by including someone with disabilities to discuss any number of non-disability issues? Or are you looking for comment on a news story related to disability?   Introducing Lisa Cox - A reliable and informed addition to your source network.   Lisa is an award-winning writer, author, motivational speaker, consultant, wife, model and activist who, for over a decade, has been passionately creating visibility for disability and has amassed a loyal following of nearly 100K across different social platforms.   She has written for national and international publications like Huff Post, Harper’s Bazaar and Sydney Morning Herald and has featured on multiple podcasts. Lisa is a valuable source for busy journalists, producers and others in your media team.   With a strong professional background in media, Lisa understands the news cycle, has an appreciation for how your story is put together and knows about the constraints of deadlines. Lisa is also the Disability Affairs Officer at Media Diversity Australia and her ability to relate to and connect with both a disabled and non-disabled audience makes her an ideal source. Based in Brisbane, Australia, Lisa is available at short notice for comment or can travel to you.  E. | M. +61 0413 617 473 | | Instagram: | #VisibilityForDisability Australia Lights Up Red For World Sickle Cell Day 2020-06-18T01:39:56Z australia-lights-up-red-for-world-sickle-cell-day FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: 18/06/2020 AUSTRALIA LIGHTS UP RED FOR WORLD SICKLE CELL DAY Melbourne, Australia: LANDMARKS across Australia are set to light up red for World Sickle Cell Day on 19 June to shine a light on the rare genetic blood condition unknown to many around the country   For the first time, structures including the Melbourne Star, Brisbane’s Story Bridge, Perth’s Trafalgar Bridge and Canberra’s Telstra Tower will light up red in solidarity for patients affected across Australia by sickle cell anaemia. More than 270,000 infants are born with sickle cell anaemia each year across the globe, and cases are increasing in Australia. Thalassaemia and Sickle Cell Australia (TASCA), the nation’s peak patient advocacy body, has coordinated this event to raise awareness on the condition. TASCA is a not-for-profit organisation that has been serving Australians living with genetic haemoglobin disorders, and their families, since 1976. Sickle cell anaemia affects the body’s ability to produce healthy red blood cells that provide oxygen around the body. Sufferers battle frequent, painful blood clotting episodes caused by the sickle-shaped blood cells and require lifelong blood exchanges. Robbin Vissakodeti, TASCA’s Deputy Chair, whose wife and daughter both have a form of genetic blood disorders said, “For us, sickle cell affects our everyday lives. My wife had her spleen removed because of sickle cell complications and we have to take every precaution to prevent infections as her immune system is compromised. “When we started thinking about having kids, I knew the risks and we were prepared. World Sickle Cell Day this year is about getting people to have that conversation with their doctors, being informed about the risk and making the right decision when it comes to having children. “Hospital visits definitely take a toll on the family, but we are grateful that we live in a country with a supportive healthcare system. Treatment seems to be constantly improving and we are looking forward to what the future will bring.” ENDS For media enquires contact: Samuel Lam, Thalassaemia and Sickle Cell Australia E:, T: 03 7015 5637 Notes to editors: ·       For more information on TASCA, sickle cell anaemia and World Sickle Cell Day, visit ·       Full list of sites that will participate in the light up include: o   Melbourne Star (VIC) o   AAMI Park (VIC) o   Kingston Clock Tower (VIC) o   Story Bridge (QLD) o   Victoria Park (QLD) o   Trafalgar Bridge (WA) o   Council House (WA) o   Canberra Telstra Tower (ACT) o   Elizabeth Mall (TAS) o   Kennedy Lane (TAS) o   Railway Roundabout (TAS) o   Franklin Square (TAS) ·       Thalassaemia and Sickle Cell Australia was established in 1976 and provides support and advocacy to those affected by genetic blood disorders. ·       Sickle cell anaemia is an inherited blood condition causing misshapen red blood cells called sickle cells. This leads to a reduction of useful red blood cells and anaemia. Sickle cells also result in painful and hospitalisable blood clots in many patients. ·       A simple blood test will show if couples are at risk of having a child with sickle cell anaemia. ·       Treatment for sickle cell anaemia includes medication and blood exchanges. ·      Sickle cell anaemia is most common in people of sub-Saharan African, Indian, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean background. However, migration has spread this condition globally.     World Refugee Week 2020: AASW continues calls for an end to mandatory detention 2020-06-18T00:21:10Z world-refugee-week-2020-aasw-continues-calls-for-an-end-to-mandatory-detention During World Refugee Week 2020, the AASW continues calls for the Federal Government to put an end to its punitive practice of mandatory detention. AASW National President Christine Craik said, “This year’s theme for World Refugee Week is Celebrating the Year of Welcome. The Australian government, however, consistently breaches the human rights of asylum seekers and refugees, our welcome is one to offshore detention, immigration detention centres and other forms of incarceration for those who have broken no laws. “The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that policy changes can be made quickly and to the benefit of vulnerable people. This has not occurred within the people seeking asylum and refugee population, who have been left exposed to the effects of coronavirus in detention. “As World Refugee Week started, there have been attempts by the government to move a group of people seeking asylum with pre-existing medical conditions from hotel accommodation in Queensland back to offshore detention. These people seeking asylum were transferred to Australia under the now repealed medevac legislation. They are at significant risk of severe complications or death if they are moved back to immigration detention while COVID-19 is still a threat.” The pandemic has a more severe impact on vulnerable groups and people in detention are no exception. Ms Craik continued, “There is nothing stopping the government from releasing this group, and all people seeking asylum, into the community where they can be free to continue their lives in safety and security. Keeping these people in detention is cruel and tortuous, and its only purpose is to send a terrible message to others who wish to seek asylum in Australia that ‘You are not welcome here’.” “Australia needs to be better than this and we can do better than this. “The practice of mandatory detention needs to end now. It causes immeasurable damage to those vulnerable people who have already worked so hard to flee harm. If we want to properly celebrate World Refugee Week, and the resilience and tenacity of people seeking asylum and refugees; this is the only way.” Empowering women to achieve business success around Australia 2020-06-17T04:26:18Z empowering-women-to-achieve-business-success-around-australia Sydney, 17 June 2020: Inspiring Rare Birds has been appointed by the Federal Government to deliver a formal business mentoring program to small business owners and entrepreneurs who are women from rural or remote regions, from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders, or from the disability sector. It's designed to address the barriers to success that businesswomen from such marginal demographics can often face due to isolation, a lack of resources and a lack of exposure to a network of other entrepreneurs. Ninety business scholarship programs are available, funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet Office for Women under its Women’s Leadership and Development Program. Senator the Hon. Marise Payne, Minister for Women and Minister for Foreign Affairs, said in the announcement that many women have been on the frontlines throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, making up the majority of employees in essential services like health care and education. This funding will allow more women across Australia to develop new skills to support our part-time and casual workforce and ultimately accelerate economic recovery. Jo Burston, CEO and Founder of Rare Birds, said: "Our new National Women's Business Scholarship, funded by the Women’s Leadership and Development Program, will be hugely-valuable to Australia's businesswomen from these disadvantaged groups. Women have lost jobs because of COVID-19 at a higher rate than men - 55% to 45% - though it's also good news that payroll jobs worked by women increased by 1.4 per cent through May, compared with 0.4 per cent for men. This new program and funding will help women recover their jobs and in many cases start new ones. "Rare Birds has always supported and promoted diverse and inclusive workplaces, where opportunities in entrepreneurship and leadership exist for everyone. This program will work with the 90 successful female business owners and entrepreneurs from these groups on nurturing these skills and this self-belief. It will give them the confidence and  skills to take their businesses to new heights, equip them to hire more women, and create long-term economic and financial security." Rare Birds is also calling for business leaders who are interested in being mentors to join its existing mentors on this program. Women interested in applying for one of the 90 programs, and business leaders interested in becoming a mentor on this program, should go to: Applicants need to meet the following criteria: Identify as female Identify as being from rural or remote regions, culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, or from the disability sectors. Have an established and viable business at least two years old - either as an owner or a sole trader Be an Australian citizen Can commit to two hours per month with their mentor Will participate and engage in the Rare Birds Business Building Blocks online education series (one hour per month) ENDS Rare Birds builds and provides services and programs that transform businesses by creating diverse and inclusive organisations that are sustainable. These programs support improved financial performance, improve talent retention, and foster and facilitate innovation and commercial growth. Background information Rare Birds previously ran an Entrepreneur Mentorship Program over 12 months in 2017/18, with funding from the Office for Women, under the Australian Government's Women’s Leadership and Development Strategy.  Women in the program reported: 91% felt their business will grow over the next 12 months. 87.5% felt more confident about their business capability. 85% noted improvement in their focus areas Women with the following backgrounds completed the 2017/18 program: Indigenous or Torres Strait Islander descent: 16 regional, rural or remotely located: 35 migrants or refugees: 27 living with disability: 1 low socioeconomic background: 21 State and Territory representation was as follows: WA: 18 NSW: 32 ACT: 1 QLD: 28 SA: 3 NT: 1 VIC: 16 TAS: 1 Sixty-eight per cent of women entrepreneurs on the program ran businesses with revenues of up to $100,000; 30% ran businesses with revenue between $101,000 and $1 million; and 2% ran businesses with revenue of over $1 million. In addition to Australia, 14 other countries of origin were represented. Media assets: Jo Burston, Founder and CEO of Rare Birds. She has spent more than 15 years in the outsource payroll, migration and contingent workforce space, and the technology sector. She participated in the world’s first inflight TEDx tech talk in collaboration with TEDxSydney and Qantas, and was Malcolm Turnbull’s innovation roundtable, which resulted in the release of the innovation statement in December 2016. She serves on the advisory board of LaunchVIC initiative and has consulted to the Federal Government. Note to editors: Rare Birds CEO Jo Burston is available for interview. Interviews with previous program participants can be arranged. For more information, contact: Alan Smith, Digivizer, 0404 432 700,