The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-01-16T22:54:21Z Capify secures $135 million credit facility from Goldman Sachs 2019-01-16T22:54:21Z press-release-capify-secures-135-million-credit-facility-from-goldman-sachs Alternative SME finance provider Capify secures $135 million credit facility from Goldman Sachs  Investment expands Capify’s financing capacity to meet increasing customer demand and grow its SME lending business Capify, a leading Australian alternative SME finance provider has secured a $135 million credit facility from Goldman Sachs Private Capital (“Goldman Sachs”) to support its future growth plans and provide working capital to thousands of Australian SMEs over the coming years. The Sydney-based fintech company will use the new facility to accelerate the growth of its lending business to Australia SMEs through its business loan and merchant cash advance (MCA) products.  Capify has been active in Australia since 2008, executing over 7,500 transactions for Australian SMEs seeking business financing and most recently celebrated its ten-year anniversary.  “This is a landmark achievement for Capify and we are very pleased that we have secured this financing with Goldman Sachs, one of the premiere capital providers in the world.” said David Goldin, Founder and CEO of Capify. “This new multi-year credit facility allows us to deliver on our own growth plans, whilst providing much needed access to capital for Australian SMEs to help them to grow, to boost the economy and to create jobs.” “The credit facility validates our company as a leader in the marketplace and underlines the strength of our business model to provide simple, affordable and smart financial options to Australian SMEs.” Pankaj Soni, Executive Director at Goldman Sachs Private Capital, said: “Capify is one of the leading SME finance providers in Australia. We have been impressed with the management team, business model and innovative finance solutions for SMEs. We look forward to supporting their growth in the years ahead.” “We are extremely excited about our future relationship with Goldman Sachs,” added John DeBree, Managing Director - Australia at Capify. “The credit facility will enable us to continue on our growth trajectory while offering even more attractive and innovative solutions to thousands of small businesses in need of capital.”  ENDS   About Capify   Capify provides flexible financing solutions to SMEs seeking working capital to sustain or grow their business. The company places a high focus on transparency and provides businesses with fast, personalised small business loans and merchant cash advances.  Capify has been operating in the Australia  market for over 10 years and also has a sister company, Capify UK, which provides similar services in the United Kingdom to British SMEs for over 10 years. The company has over 120 employees across both its offices. For more details visit: http://www.capify.com.au. About Goldman Sachs Private Capital  Goldman Sachs Private Capital is Goldman Sachs' investment platform dedicated to providing long term capital to growth and middle-market companies throughout the US, Europe and Israel. The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm that provides a wide range of financial services to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and individuals. Founded in 1869, the firm is headquartered in New York and maintains offices in all major financial centers around the world. Capify Media Contact: Kelly Fitzgerald on 0434 277 955 or kfitzgerald@capify.com.au Goldman Sachs Media Contact: Joseph Stein on +44 0207 774 4080 or email joseph.stein@gs.com Boomi Aligns Amcor’s Australian Supply Chain Data 2019-01-16T00:58:56Z boomi-aligns-amcors-australian-supply-chain-data Sydney, Australia – January 16, 2019 – Dell Boomi™ (Boomi) has announced that global packaging producer, Amcor, has fortified its supply chain by leveraging the Boomi Platform to integrate and align its applications and data with third party logistics (3PL) partner, AirRoad. Amcor creates responsible packaging for food and beverages, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, home and personal care, and a range of other flexibles and rigid plastics across 200 sites in 43 countries. Its large-scale operation relies heavily on the availability of accurate and up-to-date data to meet delivery schedules. This applies to data shared with AirRoad, which provides warehousing and distribution services for Amcor’s southern region operations, including the supply of materials to many of Australia’s largest fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies. With a requirement for seamless data aggregation, sharing and analysis, Amcor implemented the Boomi’s integration platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) as part of a strategic decision to automate key elements of its daily operations. Formerly, the data moving through Amcor’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) and 3PL warehouse management systems was processed manually. This introduced the natural risks associated with human error, and the potential to interrupt the organisation’s supply chain and delay client orders. “We want our customers to grow and prosper from Amcor’s quality, service and innovation,” said Paul Tierney, IT Applications Director, Amcor. “This includes fulfilling customer orders accurately and on time, every time.” The key benefit using Boomi has introduced is efficiency around sales order allocation, with information automatically transferred to AirRoad, allowing the 3PL provider to fulfil the order quickly and have trucks moving faster. “Operational efficiency is critical for an organisation like Amcor, which strives to ensure clients receive their orders to the standards they expect,” said Michael Evans, Managing Director Asia-Pacific and Japan, Dell Boomi. “The introduction of Boomi as the connection point between its ERP and 3PL partner has allowed Amcor to streamline its supply chain to achieve faster order turnaround; the technology works in the background so the frontline of the business can deliver to demands.” About Dell Boomi Dell Boomi (Boomi), an independent business unit of Dell, is the leading provider of a unified platform to build The Connected Business, from cloud integration to workflow automation. Boomi helps organizations accelerate business agility by connecting data, applications and people to run faster and smarter. Visit http://www.boomi.com for more information. © 2019 Boomi Inc. Dell, Boomi, and Dell Boomi are trademarks of Dell Inc. or its subsidiaries. Other names or marks may be the trademarks of their respective owners. Special note: Statements in this material that relate to future results, future hiring, and future events or investment are forward-looking statements and are based on Boomi’s current expectations. In some cases, you can identify these statements by such forward-looking words as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “confidence,” “may,” “plan,” “potential,” “should,” “will” and “would,” or similar expressions. Actual results, hiring, customer trends, and events in future periods may differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements because of a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors, including the challenge of finding and onboarding new personnel, marketplace trends, ongoing management attention to the market, the uncertainties associated with technology changes and the development and release of new technology. Boomi and Dell Technologies assume no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements. Endace Joins IBM Security App Exchange Community 2019-01-15T18:34:10Z endace-joins-ibm-security-app-exchange-community Auckland, New Zealand – January 16, 2019 – Endace, specialists in high speed network recording and analytics hosting, today launched the EndaceProbeTM integration with IBM Security to enable customers to retrace the detailed, step-by-step actions of an attacker to accelerate forensic investigation. EndaceProbe Network Analytics Platform captures, indexes, and stores network traffic with 100% accuracy while simultaneously hosting a wide variety of network security and performance monitoring applications in Application Dock, EndaceProbe’s built-in hosting environment. The new application is freely available to the security community through IBM Security App Exchange, a marketplace where developers across the industry can create applications based on IBM Security technologies. As threats are evolving faster than ever, collaborative development amongst the security community will help organizations adapt quickly and speed innovation in the fight against cybercrime. EndaceProbe leverages IBM Security QRadar, the company’s security intelligence platform, which analyzes data across an organization’s IT infrastructure in real-time to identify potential security threats. Leveraging QRadar’s open application programming interfaces (API), EndaceProbe allows Endace and IBM customers to better understand and respond to, network events, including everything from anomalous behavior to insider and advanced threats. “Corporate networks are more vulnerable than ever to an accelerating volume of threats, and security analysts need to understand what’s happened with a threat to accelerate security investigation and response,” said Stuart Wilson, CEO, Endace. “Leveraging the Pivot-to-Vision API integration of EndaceProbes, analysts can click on an alert in QRadar to go directly to view the related packets in EndaceVision, the EndaceProbe’s built-in investigation tool, to see precisely what’s happened so they can respond appropriately.” More information on the integration can be found at www.endace.com/ibm. The application is available for download now from IBM’s Security App Exchange. About IBM Security IBM’s security platform provides the security intelligence to help organizations holistically protect their people, data, applications, and infrastructure. IBM offers solutions for identity and access management, security information and event management, database security, application development, risk management, endpoint management, next-generation intrusion protection and more. IBM operates one of the world’s broadest security research and development, and delivery organizations.  For more information, please visit: www.endace.com/ibm, follow @IBMSecurity on Twitter or visit the IBM Security Intelligence blog Freelancer.com reveals the fastest growing online jobs in 2018 2019-01-15T05:45:45Z freelancer-com-reveals-the-fastest-growing-online-jobs-in-2018 SYDNEY, 15 January, 2019: The vital importance of an online presence in today’s business landscape was driven home in 2018, with jobs aimed at developing, populating, promoting and marketing websites among the fastest growing areas of online work last year, according to Freelancer.com’s latest Fast 50 Report. The Freelancer.com Fast 50 Report charts the quarterly movement of the top 50 fastest growing and declining job categories on the Freelancer.com marketplace, which claims more than 31 million users around the world and has facilitated over 15 million jobs to date. This special edition of the Freelancer.com Fast 50 Report looks closely at the big job trends that dominated 2018 and also provides a snapshot of the fastest moving job types in Q4, 2018. “Freelancer.com is the largest freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace in the world by number of users and jobs posted, so the depth and breadth of data we are able to draw upon to uncover global online employment trends is unparalleled. This rich insight offers invaluable information to freelancers who want to maximise their skills and ensure they remain up to date and in step with the broader business market, which can be dynamic, with demand changing over time,” said Freelancer.com CEO and Chairman Matt Barrie. Analysis of nearly two million jobs posted on Freelancer.com in 2018 has revealed that online content was king in 2018, with both the first quarter and the final quarter of the year dominated by growth in jobs focused on the creation of websites and the content that populates them. A surge in content-heavy jobs during the first three months of 2018 and again in the three months ending December 2018 saw the popularity of skills in writing, design and animation on the Freelancer.com marketplace rise dramatically during the year, compared to the year prior. This trend appears to give some credence to the proclamation by Microsoft co-founder and former CEO Bill Gates in a 1996 essay entitled ‘Content is King’ that content is where he expected “much of the real money will be made on the Internet”. While Gates conceded in his essay that his definition of the term ‘content’ becomes very wide in the context of the Internet, he is clear that opportunities would abound for most companies in supplying information or entertainment online. “The broad opportunities for most companies involve supplying information or entertainment,” Gates wrote. “No company is too small to participate.” Now, over two decades later, jobs being done online to create content on the Internet are quickly becoming some of the most popular, fastest-growing jobs being done by freelancers on the Freelancer.com marketplace, demonstrating the dominance of content in today’s online world. Year in review: the fastest moving jobs in 2018 The case for content A prominent online presence is one of the top currencies of value for organisations today, with more business being conducted online than ever before. This is evident in the sheer volume of new jobs done on the Freelancer.com marketplace in 2018 relating to web development and the creation of content for use online, along with jobs aimed at boosting the online presence of those websites. Indeed, jobs aimed at getting compelling digital content online heavily populated the fastest growing job categories in 2018, with categories such as Writing, 2D Animation, Illustrator and After Effects all dominating the list top 25 fastest growing jobs over the course of 2018. Writing was by far the fastest growing job category in 2018, growing by 537.5% compared to the previous year. Academic Writing also saw substantial growth over the year, claiming a place in the top 10 fastest growing skills categories for 2018. Two other important areas in the creation of online content that were in the top 20 fastest growing areas in 2018 were Blog Writing jobs, which grew by 146.6% year-on-year, to 4,537 jobs in the category in 2018, and SEO Writing -- such an important tool for businesses wanting to build their online presence -- which rose by 84.8%, claiming 2,590 jobs. 2D Animation, meanwhile was one of the top five fastest growing categories for the 12 months ending December 2018, seeing a 167.6% increase compared to the year ending December 2017, with 3,747 jobs done in the category. After Effects, software typically used for digital visual effects and motion graphics, enjoyed an 83% year-on-year increase, with more than 26,000 jobs in the category being done in 2018. At the same time, jobs featuring Illustrator, Adobe’s popular vector graphic editing software, rose by 84.3%, with more than 109,000 jobs in this category being done during 2018. Both After Effects and Illustrator were included in the top 20 fastest growing skills areas in 2018. Jobs involving another popular Adobe product, InDesign, also rose during the year, claiming thousands of jobs. Indeed, jobs utilizing the desktop publishing and typesetting software increased by 65%, claiming more than 10,700 projects during 2018. Where’s your website? If jobs involving the creation of digital content for online use were among the top growing areas during 2018, the it should come as no surprise that jobs involving the creation of the websites on which to put that content also dominated the top growing categories during the year. Web Development, for example, grew by 92.3% during the year, with 9,632 jobs in the category being done during 2018. Moreover, other jobs playing a major role in web development, such as Django, the open-source web framework used to create database-driven websites, were also fast growers during the year. Django jobs specifically rose by 68.3% year-on-year in 2018, with more than 4,500 jobs in the discipline being done during the year. Likewise, Express JS, the web application framework for Node.js that it typically used for creating web and mobile applications, also grew markedly during the 12-month period, experiencing a 128.4% year-on-year rise in 2018, claiming over 2,600 jobs. React.js, the open-source JavaScript library often used to develop user interfaces for mobile applications or single page applications (SPAs) on the web, meanwhile, grew by 81.4% during the year, claiming 7,604 jobs over the 12-month period. Tying into web development is API  (Application Programming Interface), which was the second fastest growing job category in 2018. Jobs involving APIs -- the set of tools and protocols used for building application software and also an important tool for the development of websites -- grew by 352.4% in 2018, claiming over 4,600 jobs during the year. Also playing an increasingly important role in the development of e-commerce websites is the jobs category of Shopify Templates, which grew by 110.7% year-on-year, with over 6,300 jobs in the category. This growth appears to demonstrate the growing interest in e-commerce websites and the accompanying growing demands in services surrounding their development, in this case Shopify. Of course, once a website is built and ready to go, organisations need to find ways to drive traffic to it; this is especially true for organisations that do the bulk of their business online, like online sellers and marketplaces. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why the Search Engine Marketing job category grew so quickly during the year, seeing a 66% increasing while claiming 9,413 jobs in 2018. Jobs on the slide While jobs involving the creation of web content and the development of places to put it grew substantially during 2018, jobs in other software development areas actually saw a decrease in popularity over the year. A major marker of this trend was the Software Development job category, which fell by 70.7%, with 9,212 jobs in 2018. By contrast, the Software Development category had over 31,000 jobs in 2017. The App Designer category also experienced a 70.7% year-on-year fall, to 2,531 jobs in 2018. Likewise, App Developer jobs fell by 66.1%, to 6,070, during the year. Jobs involving Shopping Carts, digital shopping systems typically used by e-commerce sites to facilitate purchasing by web customers, fell by 65.4% to 5,845, a marked fall from the 16,800 jobs the category enjoyed in 2017. At the same time, Order Processing, often involving the packing and delivery of products ordered online, dropped by 63.2% to 832 jobs in 2018. The annual decrease in these two job categories may signal waning interest among users in building an e-commerce site from scratch and carrying out tasks manually, with people instead opting for full-service online e-commerce platforms that automate such processes, such as Shopify, an area that saw substantial job growth during the year. Among the other job areas that saw a substantial fall during the year was the Industrial Design category, which fell by 60% to 1,256. Manufacturing, meanwhile, fell by 59.7% to 1,808. At the same time, Materials Engineering fell by 57.7% claiming just 654 jobs over the course of the year. Rising stars: the emerging jobs to watch As noted earlier, e-commerce is an area of rapidly increasing growth in today’s online world, with many businesses making the leap online to sell their goods into a broader, global market. This can be seen in the surge of jobs involving e-commerce platform Shopify, including Shopify Templates, which collectively saw some growing interest and volume in 2018. Shopify jobs typically include things like managing inventory, HTML or CSS code editing and creating discount codes or coupons, while Shopify Templates jobs involve the creation of templates for online stores on the Shopify e-commerce platform. While not in the top 25 fastest growing jobs in 2018, the Shopify category enjoyed a 21.7% year-on-year increase 2018, with 13,177 jobs done in the category. As noted previously, Shopify Templates jobs also saw rapid growth during the year. Machine Learning is another area that is fast becoming a dominant skills area. Machine Learning, which plays a core role in the development of Artificial Intelligence, focuses on automatically recognizing complex patterns and making intelligent decisions based on available data. This branch of study develops algorithms for computers to evolve behaviors based on available data. Machine Learning jobs grew by 71.7% in 2018, with over 7,400 jobs being done in the category. The Blockchain category, involving jobs dealing with the distributed digital ledger that is used to maintain the continuously growing list of records underpinning cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and other applications in fields like finance and supply chain systems, also saw substantial growth in 2018. Indeed, Blockchain jobs surged in popularity, becoming the second fastest-growing category during the year, rising by 300.8% compared to the previous year. In 2018, there were more than 5,400 jobs in the category, compared to just 1,361 in 2017. Data Mining, the practice and process of deciphering and extracting patterns from data, is also an area to watch. Data Mining is becoming an invaluable tool for the increasingly large number of organisations doing business over the Internet, and often plays into the hands of Machine Learning, which typically makes use of rich, often exhaustive data sets to train software and help it ‘learn’ new behaviours. In 2018, Data Mining jobs enjoyed 37.1% growth, equating to 11,243 jobs in 2018. The full Freelancer.com Fast 50 Annual Report for 2018 can be found below: The 50 Fastest Moving Jobs in 2018 Rank Job Category 2017 2018 Change (%) 1 Writing 1343 8537 535.67 % 2 API 1037 4691 352.36 % 3 Blockchain 1361 5455 300.81 % 4 Academic Writing 2828 8644 205.66 % 5 2D Animation 1400 3747 167.64 % 6 Social Media Management 1069 2752 157.44 % 7 Blog Writing 1840 4537 146.58 % 8 Express JS 1144 2616 128.67 % 9 Shopify Templates 3015 6352 110.68 % 10 Drawing 1349 2711 100.96 % 11 Excel VBA 1202 2353 95.76 % 12 Web Development 5009 9632 92.29 % 13 Hindi 1522 2889 89.82 % 14 SEO Writing 1402 2590 84.74 % 15 Illustrator 59188 109056 84.25 % 16 After Effects 14395 26349 83.04 % 17 React.js 4191 7604 81.44 % 18 DNS 1201 2127 77.10 % 19 PhoneGap 2736 4753 73.72 % 20 English (US) 25179 43520 72.84 % 21 Machine Learning 4340 7452 71.71 % 22 Adobe Illustrator 6202 10590 70.75 % 23 Django 2710 4560 68.27 % 24 Search Engine Marketing 5672 9413 65.96 % 25 Adobe InDesign 6515 10752 65.03 % 26 Press Releases 2449 1145 -53.25 % 27 Cocoa 1239 574 -53.67 % 28 Nutrition 1030 468 -54.56 % 29 Psychology 1935 859 -55.61 % 30 Plugin 3330 1449 -56.49 % 31 Materials Engineering 1546 654 -57.70 % 32 Pattern Making 1256 526 -58.12 % 33 Label Design 2925 1195 -59.15 % 34 Weddings 1195 488 -59.16 % 35 Motion Graphics 4924 1991 -59.57 % 36 Manufacturing 4486 1808 -59.70 % 37 Industrial Design 3141 1256 -60.01 % 38 Logistics 1442 562 -61.03 % 39 Order Processing 2263 832 -63.23 % 40 Shopping Carts 16899 5845 -65.41 % 41 App Developer 17898 6070 -66.09 % 42 Payroll 3498 1134 -67.58 % 43 Pickup 2228 681 -69.43 % 44 CATIA 1010 306 -69.70 % 45 App Designer 8634 2531 -70.69 % 46 Software Development 31449 9212 -70.71 % 47 Journalist 1580 427 -72.97 % 48 Squarespace 1781 440 -75.29 % 49 Email Developer 4262 840 -80.29 % 50 LESS/Sass/SCSS 2697 514 -80.94 % Quarterly snapshot: the fastest movers in Q4 The full Freelancer.com Fast 50 Q4 2018 Report ranking can be found below: Freelancer.com’s Fast 50 Report: The 50 Fastest Moving Jobs in Q4 2018 Rank Job Category 2018 Q3 2018 Q4 Change (%) 1 Matlab and Mathematica 2261 3049 34.85 % 2 Statistical Analysis 1203 1616 34.33 % 3 Mathematics 2006 2630 31.11 % 4 Algorithm 2224 2902 30.49 % 5 Statistics 1695 2210 30.38 % 6 Report Writing 5245 6777 29.21 % 7 Academic Writing 1791 2246 25.40 % 8 Electrical Engineering 3002 3712 23.65 % 9 Machine Learning 1748 2087 19.39 % 10 Shopify Templates 1549 1839 18.72 % 11 Mechanical Engineering 1877 2175 15.88 % 12 Product Descriptions 1544 1784 15.54 % 13 Database Programming 1241 1428 15.07 % 14 eBooks 1570 1804 14.90 % 15 Data Mining 2501 2845 13.75 % 16 Poster Design 1023 1150 12.41 % 17 Electronics 2850 3198 12.21 % 18 Arduino 1329 1491 12.19 % 19 Research Writing 12647 14169 12.03 % 20 Microcontroller 1756 1964 11.85 % 21 Ubuntu 1058 1182 11.72 % 22 Database Administration 1147 1279 11.51 % 23 Shopify 3137 3465 10.46 % 24 Microsoft Office 1815 1997 10.03 % 25 Business Analysis 2611 2856 9.38 % 26 Graphic Design 126892 101544 -19.98 % 27 Arts & Crafts 1081 861 -20.35 % 28 Virtual Assistant 6028 4781 -20.69 % 29 Coding 1294 1025 -20.79 % 30 Sales 5319 4210 -20.85 % 31 Testing / QA 1096 850 -22.45 % 32 App Developer 1495 1155 -22.74 % 33 Joomla 1803 1378 -23.57 % 34 Programming 2188 1634 -25.32 % 35 Data Entry 27390 20443 -25.36 % 36 Data Processing 13517 9925 -26.57 % 37 Banner Design 10055 7351 -26.89 % 38 Excel 24039 17574 -26.89 % 39 Translation 15145 11005 -27.34 % 40 CSS3 1150 827 -28.09 % 41 Adobe Illustrator 2462 1756 -28.68 % 42 Visual Basic 3702 2608 -29.55 % 43 Legal 1815 1256 -30.80 % 44 Windows Desktop 2961 2039 -31.14 % 45 Writing 2212 1502 -32.10 % 46 Project Management 1846 1216 -34.13 % 47 Adobe Flash 1921 1250 -34.93 % 48 Design 2110 1328 -37.06 % 49 XML 2038 1110 -45.53 % 50 ASP 2156 722 -66.51 % - Ends - For more information, please contact: Leon Spencer Director of Communications lspencer@freelancer.com About ​Freelancer​ ® Eleven-time Webby award-winning Freelancer.com is the world’s largest freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace by total number of users and jobs posted. More9than 31 million registered users have posted over 15 million jobs and contests to date in over 1,000 areas as diverse as website development, logo design, marketing, copywriting, astrophysics, aerospace engineering and manufacturing. Freelancer owns StartCon, Australia's largest startup conference, expo and entrepreneur community established in 2009, WarriorForum.com, the world’s largest Internet marketing community & marketplace, and Escrow.com, the world’s largest provider of secure online escrow and online transaction management for consumers and businesses on the Internet. Freelancer Limited is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange under the ticker ASX:FLN. New Zealand Releases New Health and Safety Strategy 2019-01-15T03:50:56Z new-zealand-releases-new-health-and-safety-strategy The New Zealand Government has rolled out a new workplace health and safety strategy for the next decade, which includes a broader definition of work-related harm. Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway said although the nation had made significant progress in recent years, New Zealand’s rates of work-related harm was still high by international standards. “We have made significant progress in reducing work-related harm since the Pike River tragedy but it is clear there is much more we can and must do.” The strategy includes better management of work-related health risks including mental health, while helping business most at risk – such as dangerous sectors and small firms. It also looks to support at-risk workers including Maori, Pasifika, migrants and seasonal workers. “There are still 50-60 deaths from work injuries each year and 600-900 deaths from exposures to health risks associated with their work. This is unacceptably high and the pace of progress has stalled.” “Deaths from work-related disease may be as many as 10 times the number of deaths from acute harm each year, and issues like bullying, stress and fatigue are having a huge impact on workers across New Zealand.” According to the government, the strategy will: Set a clear direction for New Zealand and provide a shared vision Identify common capability gaps and opportunities, through a set of goals and priorities that help focus efforts Support better coordination, by providing visibility of different roles and a framework of discussion Improve measurement, through the work to build a better picture of New Zealand’s overall health and safety  The Strategy was jointly developed by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and WorkSafe New Zealand, together with a range of stakeholders. Its development flows on from the recommendations of the Taskforce on Workplace Health and Safety that reviewed New Zealand’s system in response to the Pike River tragedy in 2012. “New Zealand can be among the world-leaders for workplace health and safety if we can get our attitudes and practices right. The strategy will help us achieve this, by focusing on what makes the biggest impact in key areas that we must improve,” Mr Lees-Galloway said. Drug and Alcohol Training Reduces Workplace Substance Abuse 2019-01-15T03:45:22Z drug-and-alcohol-training-reduces-workplace-substance-abuse Businesses are capable of reducing substance abuse in their workplaces through the implementation of drug and alcohol first-aid programs, according to new research. A study conducted by researchers at the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) at Flinders University examined the experiences of over 100 managers and supervisors who undertook alcohol and other drug (AOD) training sessions. The results revealed that workplaces have the capacity to prevent, ameliorate or exacerbate AOD use. As illicit drug use continues to increase alongside a general decline in irresponsible drinking, businesses should consider taking advantage of training workshops in order to remain aware of key issues concerning AOD use. Training of managers and supervisors in these courses can enhance the workplace culture, policy and physical environment, making time spent at work safer and healthier. The programs also improve skills, knowledge and understanding in tackling the workplace risks of AOD use, as well as raise levels of individual self-help. Researchers suggest businesses set a goal for the new year to take a systemic top-down approach to reducing AOD abuse, which in turn will reveal overlooked problems that might be affecting employee health, injury rates and productivity. Problems concerning company profitability may also be revealed, with alcohol-related absenteeism costing Australian businesses up to $2 billion a year. According to NCETA Director Professor Ann Roche, in order for the top-down approach to be most effective it should complement AOD training for individual workers. “This study highlights the potential for tackling alcohol and other drug issues in their early stages, commencing with testing and information sessions for individual workers to help encourage and sustain more healthy behaviours.” Alongside a range of bottom-up approaches, the top-down approach can have innumerable benefits, including the opportunity to identify workplace conditions that may be precursors to AOD use, such as stress or bullying. Researchers said further study is required into the applicability and suitability of drug and alcohol first-aid programs in different workplaces and industry groups. “While more than half the participants in workplace AOD workshops say they didn’t have a chance to apply the skills they learnt in the workshop, we recommend more follow-up training and wider implementation of such programs — particularly in industries with high and endemic rates of AOD.” The world’s first virtual lawyer, built for Amazon’s Alexa, tests whether lawyers will be replaced by robots 2019-01-14T23:09:35Z the-world-s-first-virtual-lawyer-built-for-amazon-s-alexa-tests-whether-lawyers-will-be-replaced-by-robots The Alexa Skill works by asking the questions a lawyer would, then drafting a legal document that considers the context, facts, jurisdiction and best practice. It takes a few minutes for the interview to take place and the legal document to appear by email in your inbox. Adam Long, CEO of Smarter Drafter, says “The virtual lawyer tests whether human lawyers are at risk of being replaced by robots. “We mapped the decision making processes of expert lawyers in excruciating detail to create a tool that would perform at the level of a human lawyer.” The prototype is powered by Smarter Drafter’s unique AI (artificial intelligence), called Real Human Reasoning™. Smarter Drafter is already used in more than 150 law firms in Australia, but is currently only accessible to lawyers. Adam Long, CEO of Smarter Drafter, says “Lawyers already delegate legal drafting to other experts – now they can give those same instructions to software and have the job done in moments, without any human errors. Here, we’re testing whether we can put the same power in the hands of the document’s end user.” No date has been set for the release of the first working Alexa integration, but Adam is optimistic: “We’re only months away from a voice assistant for businesses and homes that will create any legal document you need. You can see the prototype in action at SmarterDrafter.com.au/Alexa The team have written an assessment of the technology in this article (which you may reproduce): Is the lawyer of the future a voice assistant on your desk? If you would like more information or to schedule an interview please contact Smarter Drafter CEO Adam Long, 0421 498 170, adam@smarterdrafter.com.au Additional images and media available at: ​https://smarterdrafter.com.au/press-and-media-resources/ MY MUM PLANNED HER OWN FUNERAL TODAY 2019-01-14T10:39:10Z my-mum-planned-her-own-funeral-today My mother shocked me. “I suppose I should tell you what I did today,” she said casually preparing morning tea from her retirement home in, Mandurah, Western Australia. “Oh yeah,” I said, fully expecting to hear something mundane. “I just planned my own funeral today,” she said. I was caught by complete surprise as this was something we had never discussed before! Davina, my mother, is 80, and healthy aside from minor ailments, but she thought, at her age, it was a sensible thing to do. “It was a recent conversation about death and dying with friends that got me thinking initially,” she said. “With the cost of funerals being so expensive, I needed to act now, before it was too late,” she says. “My adult children have enough financial burdens to worry about, without worrying about how to plan for my funeral. So, I decided to record my funeral wishes with eziFunerals, a new funeral site that guides you through the funeral planning process and helps you understand your funeral rights. Planning my funeral through eziFunerals was simple and can also save my family thousands of dollars when the time comes,” she says. But Davina also had another reason for making creating her funeral plan. “I now have peace of mind knowing that if I were in hospital, very ill and unlikely to get better, all this stuff is done. I wouldn’t have to struggle to make my wishes known from a hospital bed,” she said. Peter Erceg, Founder of a new online funeral platform - eziFunerals, said, ‘Planning your own funeral is an opportunity to think, not only about how you would like things done, but also to consider how best to spend your money. It can make a difficult time much easier for family and friends at a time of intense grief. There is a huge sense of relief in knowing that a loved one’s wishes are being carried out to the letter, as they wanted. Doing so removes not only the financial burden from remaining family, but also the emotional burden of wondering what Mum or Dad would have liked,” Erceg says. Davina has a detailed document, outlining not only the practical, but also the small things that are personally important to her, such as the readings and music she would like at her funeral mass. And although I know my own mother well, I would have definitely made a big mistake with the funeral arrangements. My conversation with my mother that morning, about her death and funeral arrangements, was surreal. At first I thought it was an irrational thing for her to do, but it was the opposite. Personally, I am grateful to know that when the day arrives, my brothers and I will know exactly what is to be done, before we contact a funeral director. We also have the comfort of knowing that Mum’s send-off will be exactly as she wanted it to be. About eziFunerals eziFunerals supports individuals and families cope with end of life decisions, death and funerals. We are an independent, Australian-owned and operated company, and are not a subsidiary of any other corporation. We are not part of any other funeral company. Founded by consumers frustrated by how difficult it was to get independent information, eziFunerals supports consumers plan a funeral, compare prices and select the right funeral director anywhere, anytime. Artificial Intelligence: Are we destined for a dystopian future where one company reigns supreme power? 2019-01-14T02:38:28Z artificial-intelligence-are-we-destined-for-a-dystopian-future-where-one-company-reigns-supreme-power-1 Imagine a world where a single corporation reigns supreme power over all. Like an umbilical cord to an unborn child, this company provides the precious and necessary resources to any that wish to thrive. It collects billions of terabytes of data with its millions of CPUs, every minute, constantly churning and processing at speeds that are unfathomable to many. Growing ‘smarter’ every day it has the ability to connect billions of products and services to billions of people, in nanoseconds. Those that feed the connection with valuable raw data are rewarded accordingly and life gets better for those people. If, however one was to break the rules and be restricted from the connection, their organisation will most certainly fail and die due to lack of insight and inability to compete with those who remain connected. The rules are made, of course, by the corporation and the corporation decides whether you are or are not worthy of its precious connection. Sounds like a science fiction movie, but it could be the reality of at least one of our dystopian futures. A single organisation who provides connectivity to a private neural network. This network comprises of the billions of terabytes of data, but more importantly, it is all meaningfully interpreted and organised to deliver the most precise and efficient value anyone has ever experienced. Can one company rule the roost? There are some people that say, one company simply can not win the AI race, that it is a collective resource and that neural networks are distributed and owned by many. To some degree, I agree with that sentiment, however, I also believe that the true power and growth of AI lies in its ability to interpret and implement in the most efficient ways possible. Bob Picciano, Senior Vice President, Information and Analytics at IBM, identified big data as the new natural resource. Therefore if we say that big data is the worlds largest natural resource, then the algorithms that power AI are the machinery fuelled by the resource. My view is that the core of the AI revolution is going to be somewhat a reverse of what we saw in the industrial revolution. During the industrial revolution, the unequal power went to those who could produce and distribute the recourses, think of oil companies, mining companies, etc. These were a few very large and powerful companies in large markets (oligopoly’s and monopolies). The manufacturers consumed the resources to create value-added output, such as steel, cars, products, etc. Although there were a few large powerful companies that produced, the majority of the production companies were small and medium-sized firms that had lots of competition. AI: just like the industrial revolution, just in reverse! With AI, this will be reversed, the ‘natural’ resource (big data) will be provided by many smaller contributors who will collect data in many different, innovative ways and the value-add will be how that data is translated and converted to value (AI Algorithm and hardware). The reason I believe this will be the case is due to one thing, efficiency. The ability of one central and private network to crunch data, interoperate it and deliver will be much higher than any smaller operator and therefore the smaller operator will (out of logic) enlist the services of the larger organisation. If Ai was like an oil refinery, imagine if you took every stage of the refinery process and placed it among different companies with different rules and regulations. It would be foolish to assume that you could manufacture finished fuel in any efficient manner. Conclusion The fundamentals that fuelled the rise of the ‘corporation’ will also fuel the rise of AI. At the epicentre will be the king of efficiency, a leader that can process and deliver the raw and semi-processed data into a more coveted valuable output, such as increased sales, the latest vehicle design or even city planning and design. All this will be driven ultimately by cost reduction and speed to market. FutureNation.co Have you heard about the Property Market crash? 2019-01-14T02:02:44Z have-you-heard-about-the-property-market-crash FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 14 January 2019 Have you heard about the Property Market crash? With the ending of 2018 and the start of the New Year, we have seen a lot of information coming out about the great property market crash that is occurring. Here is a statement from Core Logic, one of the biggest research providers:- Housing market conditions ended the 2018 calendar year on a weak note, with the rate of decline consistently worsening over the year. National dwelling values were down 2.3% over the December quarter; the largest quarter on quarter decline since the December quarter of 2008 So that sounds pretty scary, right! It is true that the Sydney property market is down 8.9% over the past year, and the Melbourne market is down 7% over the same period.  Even Perth suffered a 4.7% fall in Property prices. But when you delve a little deeper into the numbers the story becomes a little clearer. The cities of Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart and Adelaide all had property price rises during 2018.  With Hobart up 8.7%. So the big markets have experienced some tough times but the rest of the country has been ticking along just fine. The main driver of these falling property prices is being reported as the significantly tougher credit conditions that the Reserve Bank and Banks in general have introduced.  These measures were designed to take some of the heat out of the Sydney and Melbourne markets. Looks like that job has been done effectively. Several pundits are now suggesting that the lending rules may be relaxed a little during 2019, and this is expected to assist markets like Brisbane to reach new highs. There are projections that the Brisbane property market may grow 6% next year if lending rules are relaxed as expected.  Check out this article on Yahoo  for more information on these predictions. What do we know about the North Brisbane market? Well there has been an amazing start to 2019 with a lot of new listings and 4 properties sold from last weekend Open Homes.  All with multiple offers.  That suggests that buyers are keen to snap up property on the northside. Infrastructure continues to be developed , and jobs are being created so demand will remain strong.  Queensland is experiencing strong population growth from interstate migration, so this will help keep demand strong. Also while it has closed up a little, there is still a significant gap between Sydney house prices and Brisbane’s.  This provides a great opportunity for people to sell their higher priced Sydney property and relocate to Brisbane, maybe without the mortgage. So if you’re considering selling or purchasing during 2019 don’t be put off by the doom and gloom headlines. Do some research on your local property market and talk to local agents to find out what’s going on in your patch. The team at Madeleine Hicks Real Estate will be happy to Get You Moved in 2019. About Madeleine Hicks Real Estate Madeleine Hicks Real Estate is a Brisbane based real estate agency established in 2003 and is one of north Brisbane’s favourite property firms. The Company offers services to both vendors and sellers in property sales, leasing, appraisals and property management. Madeleine Hicks Real Estate is one of Brisbane’s most trusted agencies, with a vast network of long term, high profile clients for whom they provide tailored agency services, consulting and property investment guidance. https://madeleinehicks.com.au/so-have-you-heard-about-the-property-market-crash/ -ends- For interview enquiries or further information please contact Geoff Doyle at Exposure by Design, email:   geoff@exposurebydesign.com.au phone:  0409 228554 Information Builders Delivers Self-Service Data Quality Tool With Launch of Omni-Gen™ Personal Edition 2019-01-10T23:11:06Z information-builders-delivers-self-service-data-quality-tool-with-launch-of-omni-gen-personal-edition New York, NY – January 9, 2018 – Information Builders, a leader in business intelligence (BI), analytics and data management solutions, announced the launch of Omni-Gen™ Personal Edition. Building on Information Builders’ line of industry-recognized data management solutions, Omni-Gen Personal Edition provides business users with a robust self-service tool to perform data quality activities in the absence of IT professionals.   Tweet this: .@infobldrs launches Omni-Gen Personal Edition, expanding enterprise #data quality initiatives – without relying on IT professionals. Learn how: http://ow.ly/Y8At30nePx3   Today, enterprises are plagued with poor data quality with an estimated 60 percent of effort allocated to data preparation to support BI and analytics program initiatives. The challenge of data quality is further compounded with an estimated 40 percent year-over-year growth in the volume of digital data within the typical enterprise.   Omni-Gen Personal Edition delivers an intuitive user interface that allows business users to address such data quality challenges in a self-service model:   ·       Data Exploration: Gaining insight into local data sources (e.g., spreadsheets, databases) with the ability to investigate and analyze deeper aspects of data quality, such as value patterns and compliance, with rules for standard and common content types ·       Data Cleanup and Transformation: Addressing errors and inconsistencies by selectively choosing and applying various built-in cleansing and validation rules, ranging from most simple to powerful ·       Data Reconciliation: Side-by-side viewing of raw and cleansed data values and related quality attributes to ensure completeness of applied data quality rules   Data exploration, cleanup, transformation, and reconciliation serve as the foundation of an enterprise-grade data management solution. Since Omni-Gen Personal Edition encapsulates core Omni-Gen Data Quality Edition solution capabilities, customers can perform a seamless upgrade to Omni-Gen Data Quality Edition (or Omni-Gen Master Data Management Edition) to achieve robust enterprise-grade capabilities, such as data governance and remediation, master data management (MDM), and data process and workflow management, with no impact to the reuse of existing Omni-Gen Personal Edition project assets.   Dennis McLaughlin, vice president of Operations and Product Management for iWay Software, Information Builders, said:  “Organizations are drowning in data, but without the right resources they cannot extract its value. We developed our Omni-Gen data management platform to help organizations streamline their data management initiatives, so they can quickly harness valuable data-driven insights. Today, we are thrilled to unveil Omni-Gen Personal Edition – the latest addition to this line – to further enhance businesses’ ability to rapidly leverage data without requiring additional IT professionals.”    Try our 30-day free trial of Omni-Gen Personal Edition today, and read our fact sheet to learn more about this self-service data quality tool.   Visit our website for more information about Information Builders’ Omni-Gen Data Quality Edition and Omni-Gen Master Data Management Edition.   About Information Builders  Information Builders provides the industry’s most scalable software solutions for data management and analytics. We help organizations operationalize and monetize their data through insights that drive action. Our integrated platform for business intelligence (BI), analytics, data integration, and data quality, combined with our proven expertise, delivers value faster, with less risk. We believe data and analytics are the drivers of digital transformation, and we’re on a mission to help our customers capitalize on new opportunities in the connected world. Information Builders is headquartered in New York, NY, with global offices, and remains one of the largest privately held companies in the industry. Visit us at informationbuilders.com/en-au, follow us on Twitter at @infobldrs, like us on Facebook, and visit our LinkedIn page.  New Crestron Performance UI Empowers Integrators to Deliver Stunning User Experience on TSR-310 Remote 2019-01-10T01:48:42Z new-crestron-performance-ui-empowers-integrators-to-deliver-stunning-user-experience-on-tsr-310-remote SYDNEY, Australia – January 10, 2018 – Crestron, a global leader in advanced smart home technology, have announced the release of the Crestron Performance UI, a completely new and revolutionary user experience designed exclusively for the TSR-310 handheld touch screen remote. The Crestron Performance UI integrates natively with the Crestron Pyng® OS 2 operating system, giving residential integrators unprecedented power to deliver stunning user experiences never seen before in a handheld remote. Integrators will also appreciate how the Crestron Performance UI dramatically reduces deployment time, thanks to minimal programming requirements. Crestron integrators can download the latest Crestron Pyng OS 2 update now to see how the TSR-310 UI instantly updates to the Crestron Performance UI. “Crestron smart home automation is already renowned for ease of scalability, high performance, and unmatched reliability,” said Michael Short, Global Residential Marketing Manager at Crestron. “Now, with the Crestron Performance UI, our residential integrators can also deliver an incredible user experience that takes virtually no time to configure. It’s the full package.” More major new features and enhancements Among other new features, the Crestron Performance UI provides integrated media, lighting, shades, and climate control, along with quick actions. The user interface takes industry standard actions to an unprecedented new level, with smooth and stunning transitions and animations. The UI is pre-built, so no design tools are necessary. The voice command interface is built-in, as well, further simplifying configuration. Software support The Crestron Performance UI is supported in Crestron Pyng OS 2 via a simple OS update. About Crestron At Crestron we build the technology that integrates technology. Our automation and control solutions for homes and buildings let people control entire environments with the push of a button, integrating systems such as AV, lighting, shading, security, BMS and HVAC to provide greater comfort, convenience and security. All of our products are designed and built to work together as a complete system, enabling you to monitor, manage and control everything from one platform. Our products are backed by more than 90 fully-staffed offices that provide 24 x 7 x 365 sales, technical, and training support across the globe. In addition to its World Headquarters in Rockleigh, New Jersey, Crestron has sales and support offices throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Australia. Discover Crestron by visiting www.crestron.com. # # # All brand names, product names, and trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Certain trademarks, registered trademarks, and trade names may be used in this document to refer to either the entities claiming the marks and names or their products. Crestron disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others. Crestron is not responsible for errors in typography or photography. ©2018 Crestron Electronics, Inc. Crestron Now Shipping Complete Portfolio of Crestron Flex Unified Communications & Collaboration Solutions 2019-01-10T01:45:35Z crestron-now-shipping-complete-portfolio-of-crestron-flex-unified-communications-collaboration-solutions SYDNEY, Australia – January 10, 2018 – Crestron, a global leader in workplace technology, announced it is now shipping its complete portfolio of Crestron Flex Unified Communications & Collaboration solutions. Crestron Flex clears the way to more productive, stress-free days by providing a simple, consistent user experience in all the places people work and meet, from desks to boardrooms. There’s no more time wasted trying to get the technology in different meeting spaces to work. Crestron Flex provides a native Microsoft Teams™, Skype® for Business, and Zoom Rooms™ software experience, including one-touch join. “We are pleased to elevate our long standing partnership with Crestron. The integration of the Crestron Flex portfolio of devices with Microsoft Teams delivers an impressive end-to-end portfolio for customers,” said Bob Davis, CVP, M365 Customer and Partner Experience at Microsoft Corporation. “We decided that Crestron Flex was the perfect solution for us,” says Bradley Wilbanks, Global AV Supervisor at Sealed Air, a Fortune 500® company that designs and manufactures unique and innovative packaging products. “In the past, we were always finding ourselves trying to force our customers to bend to our platform and codec. Crestron Flex allows us to be more flexible while offering a seamless experience; taking the technology out of the equation and letting us focus on doing our jobs.” Crestron Flex solutions come in several forms, but all deliver the same experience, regardless of the space in which they’re deployed: Crestron Flex P100 Series: Crestron’s first ever voice-over-IP desk phone, the P100 Series takes a new approach to the notoriously complex and disjointed world of telephony. It delivers the Microsoft Teams or Skype for Business experience to users of desktop phones. It features a large touch screen that provides convenient tools that connect you to your calendar and coworkers, right at your desk. Crestron Flex B100 Series: With a stunning, yet practical, wall-mount sound bar design, the B100 Series delivers crystal clear audio with a beam forming microphone array, an integrated 4K high-definition camera that provides auto-zoom, people counting, and lifelike image quality. A front of room solution for Microsoft Teams, Skype for Business, or Zoom Rooms, the B100 Series pairs with a 10" touch screen to deliver a simple, intuitive in-room user experience. Crestron Flex M100 Series: The Crestron Flex M100 Series is a tabletop solution that provides everything you need to instantly and securely call, present, and videoconference using Microsoft Teams, Skype for Business, or Zoom Rooms software. An included 4K high-definition camera provides auto-zoom, people-counting, and lifelike image. The premier audio performance is delivered via the incorporated four-microphone 360-degree array. Crestron Flex C100 Series: The Crestron Flex C100 Series is a flexible, integrated UC kit that brings one-touch join to even the most custom spaces. It natively supports Microsoft Teams, Skype for Business, or Zoom Rooms, and includes an optional certified UC DSP and ceiling tile microphone array Centralised deployment and management Crestron Flex solutions benefit from zero-touch deployment via the Crestron XiO Cloud™ platform. The world’s leading companies are seeing up to 90% reductions in installation time, improvements in device uptime, and less strain on support resources. Crestron was awarded the prestigious 2018 Microsoft Global Partner of the Year Award for Internet of Things (IoT) in recognition of how Crestron XiO Cloud, built on the Microsoft® Azure® platform, has revolutionised provisioning and management of Crestron’s workplace solutions. Learn more Visit crestron.com/Flex to learn more about how Crestron Flex solutions are creating better meeting and collaboration experiences everywhere in the modern workplace. About Crestron At Crestron we build the technology that integrates technology. Our automation and control solutions for homes and buildings let people control entire environments with the push of a button, integrating systems such as AV, lighting, shading, security, BMS and HVAC to provide greater comfort, convenience and security. All of our products are designed and built to work together as a complete system, enabling you to monitor, manage and control everything from one platform. Our products are backed by more than 90 fully-staffed offices that provide 24 x 7 x 365 sales, technical, and training support across the globe. In addition to its World Headquarters in Rockleigh, New Jersey, Crestron has sales and support offices throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Australia. Discover Crestron by visiting www.crestron.com. # # # All brand names, product names, and trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Certain trademarks, registered trademarks, and trade names may be used in this document to refer to either the entities claiming the marks and names or their products. Crestron disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others. Crestron is not responsible for errors in typography or photography. ©2018 Crestron Electronics, Inc. First ever National Survey of what lawyers actually charge for fixed fee services 2019-01-10T01:16:55Z first-ever-national-survey-of-what-lawyers-actually-charge-for-fixed-fee-services First ever National Survey of what lawyers actually charge for fixed fee services FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sydney, Australia, January 10, 2018 – New Law CLE is surveying thousands of lawyers around Australia to benchmark what they actually charge for fixed-fee services. Participants will get access to the final report and find out for themselves where their fixed-fee pricing sits relative to other firms. New Law CLE provides education and training to the legal sector on New Law operating models. Their survey is possible thanks to sponsorship from legal-tech company Smarter Drafter, a document creation tool powered by Artificial Intelligence, used by more than 140 law firms in Australia. Adam Long, CEO of Smarter Drafter, says “The legal sector is under pressure to switch to fixed-fees, but this raises some questions for lawyers. What should they charge? What are other lawyers charging? Are they charging enough? We’re going to find out.” The survey asks lawyers to provide the range of prices they’d typically charge their clients, providing information on how they choose to charge higher or lower rates. Participants are also asked about their firm’s size and location, to further help benchmark the range of prices. Smarter Drafter CEO, Adam Long, says “We know a law firm in Tennant Creek is unlikely to charge the same amount as a Melbourne CBD law firm, so the survey will dive into these regional differences.” All participants in this survey will be registered for a free copy of the report when it is released. The report will be available to non-participants from New Law CLE in early 2019 for $3,500. Smarter Drafter CEO, Adam Long, says “I’ve spoken to lawyers who swear til they are blue in the face that no one will ever pay more than $199 for a will. I’ve spoken to others that won’t write a will for less than $1000. We’re expecting participants will get new clarity – learning the median prices charged by firms like theirs will enable lawyers to know if  they are overcharging or missing out on profit.”   The survey is now open for all participants until 30 January 2019.   Who should complete the survey: It is recommended this survey be completed primarily by the business owner or principal of your business. Alternatively, it may also be completed by any employee that administers accounts and billing for the firm. Time required: 10 minutes   Participants can complete  the survey here: https://newlawcle.com.au/survey/   If you would like more information or to schedule an interview please contact Smarter Drafter CEO Adam Long, 0421 498 170, adam@smarterdrafter.com.au Crown Equity Holdings Inc. Announces Changes to its Board of Directors and Principal Officers 2019-01-09T13:05:55Z crown-equity-holdings-inc-announces-changes-to-its-board-of-directors-and-principal-officers LAS VEGAS, NV / January 9, 2019 - Crown Equity Holdings Inc. (OTC PINK: CRWE) today announced the resignation of Steven A. Cantor as its Chairman of the Board, and Deborah Robinson as one of its directors, and Chief Marketing Officer. Mike Zaman has been appointed to Chairman of the Board. The Board will reduce from Seven (7) to five (5) members. “I would like to thank both Steven Cantor and Deborah Robinson for their contributions“stated Mike Zaman, President of Crown Equity Holdings Inc. About Crown Equity Holdings Inc. Crown Equity Holdings Inc. (OTC PINK: CRWE) is a vertically integrated, global media and financial services company which provides powerful solutions to enhance worldwide visibility and universal relevance, enabling companies to achieve accelerated growth and rapid results that spans all the stages of a company's life cycles. Additionally, Crown Equity Holdings' is developing its CRWE WORLD (www.crweworld.com) and related digital properties into a global online community which will launch, manage and own select businesses and projects. For more information regarding Crown Equity Holdings Inc., please visit: http://www.crownequityholdings.com. Forward-Looking Statements This news release contains "forward-looking statements" as that term is defined in Section 27A of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Statements in this press release which are not purely historical are forward-looking statements and include any statements regarding beliefs, plans, expectations or intentions regarding the future. Such forward-looking statements include, among other things, the development, costs and results of new business opportunities. Actual results could differ from those projected in any forward-looking statements due to numerous factors. Such factors include, among others, the inherent uncertainties associated with new business opportunities and development stage companies. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this news release, and we assume no obligation to update the forward-looking statements, or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those projected in the  forward-looking statements. Although we believe that any beliefs, plans, expectations and intentions contained in this press release are reasonable, there can be no assurance that any such beliefs, plans, expectations or intentions will prove to be accurate. Investors should consult all of the information set forth herein and should also refer to the risk factors disclosure outlined in our annual report on Form 10-K for the most recent fiscal year, our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and other periodic reports filed from time-to-time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. CONTACT: Mike Zaman, President/CEO702-683-8946info@crownequityholdings.com SOURCE: Crown Equity Holdings Inc.