The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-03-22T05:53:01Z Divorce Arbitration at Loukas Law Offers a Flexible Alternative to Family Court 2021-03-22T05:53:01Z divorce-arbitration-at-loukas-law-offers-a-flexible-alternative-to-family-court Arbitration in divorce proceedings is an alternative solution that’s often under-utilized by individuals to resolve disputes. Loukas Law owner, Maria Loukas, wants individuals to know arbitration can provide a way to create legally binding agreements without the need to progress through the family court system. During arbitration, a family divorce lawyer Perth stands with clients to provide them with information and counsel. When individuals choose arbitration, points of contention and other aspects of a settlement are decided by a qualified and independent third-party arbitrator that’s completely impartial. Arbitration has a variety of advantages. Going through the court system is a time consuming and expensive process that can leave couples in financial difficulty. It can require individuals to take significant time off work and arrange for additional childcare. Arbitration places less of a drain on the family’s financial resources and it’s a process with which the family lawyer Perth has extensive expertise. Individuals can also set their own time frame with divorce arbitration as to when they want disputes settled. Resolutions are typically more agreeable and details won’t appear in public forums as part of official court proceedings and judgements. Arbitration is less emotionally traumatic for every family member. Arbitration provides couples with convenience, flexibility, and greater level of control over their future. The arbitrator will reach a decision based on information provided by the individuals and their Loukas Law legal representative. It’s a much less formal proceeding than family court and offers a less stressful solution for determining the distribution of property and assets. The use of an arbitrator determines agreements on financial arrangements and spousal maintenance. However, parenting-related issues aren’t within the purview of an arbitrator. Whether individuals choose to use a legal arbitrator or go through family court, Loukas Law is able to provide legal support for every contingency. About Loukas Law We care about seeing you come through your family law process in your best personal shape, so that you can build your best future. We are dedicated to look after you from every perspective, legally, financially and personally. We are your support, counsel and advocate. Our strength will be your solution. 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With origins and a strong presence in the global resources sector, JESI counts Rio Tinto, Orica, BHP, Sandvik among its clients. Other target industry verticals include NGO’s, linear infrastructure and AEC.Already on a growth trajectory, JESI has seen a strong up curve in business and interest through the COVID months with scalable functionality in the solution able to provide a connected eco-system for ‘work from home’ employees. Clearly though, the Future Now investment will turbocharge staff growth, service capabilities and development projects. “Technology integrations will be a key development focus in achieving the company projected growth outcomes” said Kathy Wilson General Manager of Customer Success. “our existing customers are looking to evolve with interoperability solutions and connected technology. JESI software enables them with a compelling value proposition”.JESI CEO Joe Hoolahan said, “The pandemic has bought to the fore the need for enterprises to protect their workers as they work remotely while at the same time ensuring they remain connected. We are also acutely aware that reliable activity data is increasingly becoming a key business metric and we already witnessing how our customers are using the data to drive workforce movement efficiencies,” Joe Hoolahan added.JESI is the first investment for newly founded, Future Now Capital Management, a Sydney based venture capital firm. In 2019 Future Now Capital Management executed a world first partnership with Microsoft that will see investors in the Fund gain direct exposure to companies selected for Microsoft’s accelerated growth programs. 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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 MULTI BEST-SELLING AUTHOR LAUNCHES ‘GLOBAL GOOD NEWS CHALLENGE' 2020-08-03T04:51:08Z multi-best-selling-author-launches-global-good-news-challenge A former journalist turned media master is on a mission to spread good news to the masses and says digital currency has the capacity to bring communities together in the face of the global pandemic. The bestselling author and journalist of 36 years who established her own media agency in 2002 in Southport on the Gold Coast, is launching the 8-day ‘Global Good News Challenge’ on 3 August in an effort to help combat suicide, depression and anxiety rates. Aldwyn Altuney, of AA Xpose Media, who recently joined Qoin (Eds; pronounced ‘coin’), Australia’s newest digital currency, is inspired to share positive stories and is using the Qoin platform to spread her message further. “Globally, around one million people commit suicide each year and that has increased since Covid-19. I personally had four close friends take their own lives before the age of 45 and, throughout my own life, I’ve also battled with depression and suicidal tendencies,” Ms Altuney said. “Next Monday, I’m launching an 8-day ‘Global Good News Challenge’, which will run from 3-10 August. Since COVID-19 hit, the public has been inundated by negative news and this challenge will promote positivity.” An advocate for empowerment, Ms Altuney believes alternative currencies to cash are “no longer a luxury, but an essential” and she acquired $10,000 in Qoin when she first joined as part of her own wealth strategy. She intends to both accept payment in Qoin and engage businesses through the Qoin network, as well as promote her message of positivity. “Qoin is a brilliant idea. I think it’s really important to have alternative currencies. Qoin not only brings communities together, but it empowers people to be able to do business and do life without relying on the traditional banking system. “People need to get smarter at having alternative ways of trading and dealing with their money. Silver, gold and barter used to be the way and now it’s digital currencies. “As a business owner, what I love most about Qoin is there are no fees.” Over six months, more than 7000 small business merchants, including many in Southport, are now accepting Qoin, the newest digital currency, built on blockchain, that offers cashless transactions. And now Southport is being specifically approached following research undertaken by Qoin that shows Southport businesses and merchants are keen to get involved in digital currencies. Qoin Australia Chief Marketing Officer Andrew Barker says: “We have done our homework in Southport and we have a dedicated sales team of independent agents that are in contact with Southport businesses. “The current economic climate off the back of COVID-19 has encouraged many business people to open their eyes to new ways of doing business and that includes digital currency.” Mr Barker says the time is ripe for digital currencies, like Qoin, as ‘coronavirus has paved the way for small businesses to consider digital currencies to attract new customers and facilitate in-store transactions’. National Families Week: AASW calls on increased focus on family violence during COVID-19, and for a separate Medicare item 2020-05-19T03:01:12Z national-families-week-aasw-calls-on-increased-focus-on-family-violence-during-covid-19-and-for-a-separate-medicare-item The AASW calls for an increased focus on family violence during this Family Violence Awareness Month, with the increased incidence of FV during COVID-19. In addition May 15-21 is National Families Week, and while this is a week to celebrate the protective and nurturing capacity of families, we also need to recognise the threats to families from gender-based violence and the added pressures caused by the current COVID-19 environment. AASW National President Christine Craik said, “We welcome the extra $48.1 million announced on Friday, 15 May to address mental health during the current pandemic. , however, it is quite clear that more resources also need to be allocated to family violence, which we know increases during times of crisis. “There has been a rise across the globe in the incidence of family violence during this pandemic, and Australia has not been so lucky with this deadly and destructive toll. In the past month, family violence related hospital visits, increases in calls to emergency departments and increases in victims needing surgery for family violence related injuries have spiked across the country. This increase has been also seen in calls to women’s legal services, calls to police, calls to men’s help lines, family law court cases and frontline family violence services. In the past 10 days, we know of four women who have been murdered in family violence incidents, however there is still no official government death count for family violence deaths across the country as is the case for deaths related to road accidents or COVID-19. “We know that family violence results from attitudes and behaviours based on a belief that the genders are not equal, and from this, a sense of entitlement and control to use power over partners and children. For those who perpetrate abuse we know that during times of crisis, that sense of needing to control becomes focussed on those closest to them, with devastating results. We are seeing risk escalate, and opportunities for victims to escape that risk, decrease. “We call on the federal government to do much more for victim/survivors of family violence. We desperately need services and funding for long term recovery. We need additional funding for therapeutic services that have the ability to work longer term through family court and recovery. These services need to be provided by social workers and counsellors who are family violence accredited. Victim survivors need specialist assistance and are often further abuse by the system if the worker supporting them does not understand the nuances of family violence and control. “We also call on the government to consider a Medicare item number for family violence counselling and therapeutic services distinct from a general practitioner mental health treatment plan. There will be an increase in family violence related cases going through the family court as a result of this pandemic and we need to ensure that perpetrators can no longer use the presence of mental health plans to continue to abuse their victims as is the current situation in the family court.” Christine will be hosting a discussion on COVID-19 and Family Violence for AASW members on Thursday, 28 May 2020 at 6.30pm AEST. AASW’s credentialing program recognises specialised social work skills in family violence with its Accredited Family Violence Social Worker credential. Research shows 1 in 5 Australians turn a blind eye to crime, says Crime Stoppers 2020-05-17T22:48:03Z research-shows-1-in-5-australians-turn-a-blind-eye-to-crime-says-crime-stoppers An independent national survey commissioned by Crime Stoppers Australia has revealed as many as 1 in 5 Australians choose to turn a blind eye to unsolved crime and suspicious activity rather than speaking out – with another 1 in 3 survey respondents preferring to share information with family or friends rather than authorities. While over half of respondents said they were prepared to speak up, those who wouldn’t said they were held back because of personal concerns (79%) – primarily because they didn’t want to get involved or were concerned for their own safety and feared repercussions. The results have concerned the nation’s preeminent information service, which is using National Crime Stoppers Day on Monday 18th May to urge all Australians to play a part in building a safer community by sharing with Crime Stoppers what they know, without having to say who they are. Crime Stoppers Australia Chair, Diana Forrester said the research found a number of respondents second-guessed themselves before picking up the phone or going online to make contact, even though all types of crime information was welcomed. “Of those people who said they weren’t prepared to speak up, we found 65% thought what they knew wasn’t worth sharing, 36% believed the crime information wasn’t serious enough to share, and 19% were held back because they didn’t know if something was actually illegal or not,” Ms Forrester said. “These moments of self-doubt mean some people in the community are not sharing potentially critical information about an unsolved crime or suspicious activity with us. We want people to know that even the most insignificant piece of information might be all it takes for police to solve a crime, and we welcome information about every type of crime, no matter how big or small,” she said. “It may be an overheard conversation, odd neighbourhood comings or goings, or something that just doesn’t feel right – and that’s the very time that people should listen to their instinct and share what they know with Crime Stoppers without having to worry about getting further involved or going to court.” “That is why our theme for this year’s Crime Stoppers Day is “Trust Your Gut.” When it comes to the types of crime currently of most concern in our neighbourhoods, the research found people are most worried about becoming a victim of theft or robbery (83%), while nearly half (43%) are also concerned about the impact of drugs in their local community. When asked about Australia’s biggest national crime threat, drugs emerged as the number one concern by almost half of the survey participants. The landmark research, conducted by Colmar Brunton in February and March 2020, surveyed a statistically significant sample of Australians aged 13 years and older, which was then followed by a series of focus groups and in-depth interviews. This is the first time Crime Stoppers Australia has specifically included people under 18 years of age (10% of participants) and persons from non-English speaking backgrounds (15%) in its market research activities, providing a more comprehensive understanding of Australians’ views on a range of crime issues. “This is the most comprehensive research of its type we have ever undertaken and the results not only provide valuable insights into what motivates and prevents people from speaking up, but also assists to focus our efforts in the years ahead to make sure everyone can confidently share what they know with Crime Stoppers without fear of retribution,” Ms Forrester said. “Even though most people are self-isolating at home right now, they can still keep an eye out for something that doesn’t sit right and speak up. We want to empower people by reminding them that Crime Stoppers is here for everyone and every crime, every piece of information can make a difference and a safer community can be achieved by people contacting us.” Other survey insights include: ·         One in five people (20%) with information about illegal activity say not providing personal details encourages them to contact Crime Stoppers ·         80% of people agree that Crime Stoppers plays an important role in keeping the community safe ·         71% of people say that Crime Stoppers is a reporting service they trust ·         More than half (63%) say Crime Stoppers delivers campaigns and information that helps to prevent and solve crime ·         People living in regional areas have a higher awareness of Crime Stoppers (77%) compared to metro (67%) In Australia, someone contacts Crime Stoppers every two minutes to share information about an array of unsolved crimes and suspicious activity that is then passed to police and leads to an average of 100 apprehensions every week across the nation for a range of crimes.   ### About Crime Stoppers Australia Crime Stoppers is Australia’s most trusted information reporting service that provides people with opportunity to share what they know about unsolved crimes and suspicious activity without saying who they are. We were first established in 1987 as an independent not-for-profit registered charity representing the collective eight Crime Stopper organisations operating in every state and territory in Australia. We work closely with police, media and the community to help solve, reduce and prevent crime by collecting information and passing on those details to police and other law enforcement agencies to help keep communities and families safe. LexisNexis New Zealand remote working during COVID-19 pandemic 2020-03-30T23:43:49Z lexisnexis-new-zealand-remote-working-during-covid-19-pandemic 31-MARCH-2020 AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND -  LexisNexis Pacific, part of RELX Group, announced today that it will be enabling access to their print titles on our flagship digital platforms Lexis Advance and Lexis Red. This is to support our valued customers as they change their working environment and location in response to the threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our customers are used to being able to refer to books and loose-leaf titles throughout their day either at their desk or in their firm’s library. It is important to have access to this information to provide the high-quality advice that clients need and expect. When transitioning to remote working, this access is no-longer possible, potentially impacting client outcomes and The Rule of Law. To support our customers during this time LexisNexis will be providing access to their existing print titles, where digital versions are available, on our flagship digital platforms Lexis Advance and Lexis Red initially until 30th June 2020. LexisNexis will continue to monitor the situation and extend access as needed. “Supporting our customers during this time of crisis is a priority for LexisNexis,” said Greg Dickason, MD Pacific. “We are enabling our customers to work remotely and ensure that they are still able to offer their high-quality advice to their clients and support The Rule of Law. By doing this we will be standing with the Legal Profession while there is significant change in the global economy.” To gain access to previously purchased LexisNexis print titles on the LexisNexis flagship digital platforms, customers are requested to complete the form located in the LexisNexis COVID-19 information center located on our website: Not all print titles are available on these platforms and we are working hard to increase our coverage over the coming weeks and months.     About LexisNexis Legal & Professional LexisNexis Legal & Professional is a leading global provider of legal, regulatory and business information and analytics that help customers increase productivity, improve decision-making and outcomes, and advance the rule of law around the world. As a digital pioneer, the company was the first to bring legal and business information online with its Lexis® and Nexis® services. LexisNexis Legal & Professional, which serves customers in more than 150 countries with 10,600 employees worldwide, is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers.   ### CREAM Collection to Support Hospo Industry with new #GOURMETTOYOU 2020-03-27T06:07:39Z cream-collection-to-support-hospo-industry-with-new-gourmettoyou Pam Burnett, founder of sustainable hospitality apparel company, CREAM Collection, is launching a new online hub to help support restaurants to promote their altered service offerings. #GourmetToYou has been designed to help spread the word for restaurants that have had to radically change their business due to the COVID-19 crisis, yet continue to want to provide exquisite food to customers throughout this difficult time. Pam Burnett comments: “The hospitality industry has never experienced anything quite like this before, and this situation is going to unfortunately continue for some time. We are all in this together, and we will pioneer through this together as well.” “All my clients and customers are chefs or restaurant owners, and many have become close friends. My heart is breaking for all those who have been affected, both personally and professionally, and for those people who are now housebound until some semblance of normality can be restored.“ It is for these reasons that Pam and her team at CREAM have been determined to find a way to help the hospitality industry continue to thrive. Gourmet To You is an online hub, using Facebook and Instagram, that is showcasing all restaurants around the country who are offering takeaway or home delivery options, allowing those who appreciate fine food to continue to enjoy it from the comfort and safety of their own homes. Pam continued: “Gourmet To You was created for the love of our chefs, restaurants and the finest and most delicious of food. So, while we wait until restaurants can open their doors once again, we are here to help.” For all restaurants offering alternative services, please visit Gourmet To You on Instagram and/or Facebook @gourmettoyouau and send a message so they can let everyone know about it. Alternatively, email For more information, please contact: Emma Kirkaldy @ CRE8IVE on T: 0406 025 771 or Current family law system does not adequately protect women and children from violence, say Australian social workers 2019-12-19T01:52:44Z current-family-law-system-does-not-adequately-protect-women-and-children-from-violence-say-australian-social-workers Commission’s Family Law System Review without delay. AASW National President Christine Craik said that the current family law system does not adequately protect women and children from family violence. Ms Craik said, “Although the family law system recognises physical violence, it has not identified coercive control such as psychological, emotional and financial abuse. Family violence and abuse is overwhelmingly perpetrated by men and its victims are overwhelmingly women and children. “Since the current system cannot always recognise or intervene when violence and abuse are present, it does not always respond to the needs of the people who are trying to escape this abuse. This means that it denies them their right to safety.” The family law system is built on the assumption that both parties enter the system as equals, but social workers know that this is unlikely to be the case where violence and abuse is involved. Ms Craik said, “Having lived under years of fear, coercion, and humiliation, women who are attempting to escape abuse and violence are more susceptible to threats and more easily discouraged by the slow and complex legal process. Social workers have observed many instances where perpetrators know this and use the adversarial process to their advantage. This is called systems abuse, and the current Family Law system enables this abuse.” Ms Craik was speaking as the AASW made its written submission to the joint select committee on the Family Law system. The Australian Law Reform Commission’s Family Law System Review was conducted by some of the most respected professionals in their fields and heard from service users, health and community service professionals and legal practitioners. It made 60 recommendations for a widespread reform of the legislation and improvements to the system. The AASW endorses the Review’s main finding that the current Family Law system is under-resourced and therefore struggles to deal with the ever-increasing complexities of the families who use it. Changing the Family Law system so that it protects people from abuse means improvements to all aspects of it, and this is what the Review proposed. Ms Craik said, “It represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to acknowledge, validate and take steps to protect women and children from abuse.” Hollywood stars support ‘next epic’ Aussie sci-fi franchise 2019-10-30T01:35:18Z hollywood-stars-support-next-epic-aussie-sci-fi-franchise HOLLYWOOD stars including Priscilla Presley, US actor Cliff Simon (aka Stargate’s Lord Ba’al) and Bruce Logan from team Star Wars, have thrown their support behind the work of Hunter Valley author A.J. Cootes, who will officially launch the first book in the Almythea franchise in Australia this November. Almythea has been 20 years in the making and excitement is building worldwide for what is being touted as the next epic franchise in the sci-fi fantasy adventure genre. The main launch will be at Supanova in Brisbane from November 8-10, following other book launches in the Hunter Valley on November 3 and on the Gold Coast on November 7. A percentage of proceeds will go to Beyond Blue to help fight anxiety, depression and suicide. Priscilla Presley will play Petelia (Queen of the ‘fleafs’ – pixie-like creatures that act as her messengers and spies, when they’re not messing up) in the upcoming films and Cliff Simon will play Grey Paw (a rebellious, smouldering, immortal Obi Wan Kenobi type). He has also written the foreword for the book. A.J. Cootes began writing after his best friend, Greg Wilson, was involved in a near-fatal motorcycle accident. Greg’s ensuing battle with depression inspired the pair to co-author the artist’s biography, My Brush with Depression, in the hope it would help others facing similar problems. Growing up, A.J. loved movies and stories that encouraged his imagination and altruism. His favourites are the Star Wars films, Dune by Frank Herbert, The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain and other books by Charles Dickens and Ernest Hemingway. The story of Almythea begins with: “In a world ruled by evil, it will take an outcast to save the people.” For centuries, Almythea has been ruled by the tyrannical alien overlord The Lost One and his duplicitous, seductively-sinister lieutenant, Raven Weaver. The once peaceful planet, now enslaved, wastes away as it is mined and stripped of rare refractive crystals. When Little Hawk, a young warrior, confesses to a crime he didn't commit to protect Broken Arrows, the woman he secretly loves, he is exiled to the Badlands. Formidable creatures force him to battle not only for his life but also against his inner demons. On the brink of death, Little Hawk encounters the mysterious and rebellious shaman, Grey Paw – changing the course of Almythea's future…” A.J. Cootes writes from his secluded farm in the Hunter Valley and is a director of the Greg Wilson Studio. He resides with his wife, Joyce, and inseparable friend and business partner Josie Wilson (collectively known as the Hippies on the Hill). He is happiest when he is writing, playing with his dog, Hemingway, and tending to his hens, led by Princess Layer, in the Cluckleberry Inn coop. There will be six instalments in the Almythea franchise The Chronicles of Almythea – Rise of Wingtar; The battle for our souls; The New Kingdom; Three will fall and one will rise; Battle of the Ancients (prequel part one) and the 1,000 year war begins (prequel part two). Numbers will be limited at the book launches on the Gold Coast and in the Hunter Valley, which will be hosted by nearby resident Channel 7's Better Homes and Gardens host Johanna Griggs and ‘Media Queen’ Aldwyn Altuney, from the Gold Coast. For event details, book sales and more information, visit ENDS Media contact only: For advance copies of the book, interviews with A.J. Cootes or celebrities involved, contact project manager Lynn Santer on 0410 513 009 or marketing manager Aldwyn Altuney on 0409 895 055. Digital Agencies JV Offer 20 SME's $2 Million Free Marketing To Dominate Google 2019-09-21T02:22:46Z digital-agencies-jv-offer-20-smes-2-million-free-marketing-to-dominate-google Your Digital Marketing Agency Sends A Lifeline To SMEs Digital marketing is a subject that scatters the minds of many business owners worldwide these days. Prospecting new clientele, building an audience and engaging that audience in products and services of the business leads many business owners to the conclusion that digital marketing is necessary to grow a business, but they don't know what works and what doesn't. Two Australian global media agencies are bringing clarity to this business dilemma in a stunning collaboration putting their money where their mouth is in a $2 million promotional bonanza extravaganza. Baxton Media and The Market Influencers are offering 20 businesses $100,000 each in extended free digital marketing services intending to dominate Google in each business' marketplace through their joint venture, Your Digital Marketing Agency. We caught up with the team behind this initiative to uncover what seems to be an incredible act of generosity. Stephanie Potter heads up Social Media Agency, The Market Influencers, and Gabrial Pennicott heads up PR Media Marketing Agency, Baxton Media. "Every day our agencies engage with business owners with SEO horror stories which leave business owners bewildered," Potter said. "We're sick of seeing businesses get ripped off by faceless business owners domiciled in Asia, Europe and Africa," Pennicott said. "In our experience, most business owners have become disillusioned with digital marketing, because they just don't know what works and what doesn't," Potter said. Understanding the digital media landscape is crucial for every business nowadays. In 2020, Social Media investment is set to explode from $48 Billion to a staggering $78 Billion, which indicates the exponential growth in the marketing platforms. Facebook has more than 1.2 billion active users. Friends are on it, mum’s on it, other companies are on it, even the nine-year-old neighbour is on it – that's why businesses know they need to be on it. Instagram reports an average of 95 million photos and videos are shared on it every day – a number that continues to boom as usership figures rapidly rise. LinkedIn has over 380 million members worldwide, making it the number one place to develop thriving relationships with other businesses. Twitter is the ideal place to give any business a giant digital megaphone, with around 500 million tweets posted every day. YouTube has grown to be the second-largest search engine on the web, and gives a business a global platform to engage with users. While the Google+ social media platform shutdown in April 2019, Google still dominates the search marketplace with a staggering 78% of users using the search engine performing billions of searches daily. Potter says, "Businesses waste a huge amount of time, effort and money creating social media posts that do absolutely nothing for them." Similarly, businesses are drawn into expensive pay-per-click advertising which effectively creates a pipeline into their bank accounts and causes cash flow issues to many smaller businesses" Pennicott said. The agencies are successful in their own right, boasting impressive clients. Yet, they aligned themselves with SME's stating they "level the playing field" by "supporting the underdog". The agencies utilise world-leading technology to organically catapult clients to the top of Google and to create social media audiences with impacting engagement resulting in 24/7 lead generation developing new customers which in turn increases business revenue. So confident of their abilities Pennicott and Potter have committed their Agencies to $2 million of free digital marketing for 20 businesses across Australia, UK and the USA. When asked what criteria a business must meet to be eligible, Potter says "a demonstrable commitment to customer service and business growth is sufficient." Pennicott says "applications can be made on the YDMA website, where we'll assess each application to ensure we're a good fit for each other." Businesses can register their interest at Your Digital Marketing Agency Website. AASW Strongly Opposes Newstart Drug Testing 2019-09-12T04:19:09Z aasw-strongly-opposes-newstart-drug-testing The mandatory drug testing of Newstart recipients, accompanied by a possible reduction in income support payments, is deeply unethical and does not understand the complex nature of addiction, said Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) National President Christine Craik. "There is absolutely no evidence that drug use is more prevalent among people who are unemployed, or that drug use is the most significant cause of unemployment. Furthermore, there is no evidence that mandatory drug testing of people living on income support payments is effective." she said This is a punitive, vindictive and ideologically driven approach to policy that ignores evidence and punishes some of the most vulnerable members of society. Creating a national narrative that shifts the attention from the lack of assistance needed by vulnerable people, to blaming them for their vulnerability, is not a sign of a compassionate government. "People who are struggling with drug and alcohol use require treatment and support, and denying income support is not a form of treatment. If the government is seriously concerned with the impact of drug use then much greater attention needs to be paid to the availability and accessibility of drug treatment services. The sector is poorly resources with huge waiting lists and this policy would only compound the problem" The income support system was originally developed as a commitment to fairness, equality and mutual responsibility. By contrast, both fairness and equality are missing from this policy that punishes people for being poor. "Denying people income support payments will lead to destitution, increased homelessness and ill-health among people who already experience poverty. The flow on impacts will also be significant and this policy lacks any consideration about how it will affect families, loved ones and communities, including the possible increases in family violence and other forms of abuse." "Social workers understand that meaningful supports and long term change comes from working in collaboration and empathy, not coercion" she said. Given that there is no relationship between drug use and employment, there can be no justification for testing people on the basis of their employment status. AASW National President Christine Craik: Christine has worked as a social worker in family support, housing, community health and hospitals with a focus on domestic violence, sexual abuse and refugees for almost 3 decades. Christine holds a Master’s degree in Social Policy and Management and is currently completing her PhD. Christine has been National Vice President of the AASW since 2011, and is currently Chair of the Finance, Audit, Compliance and Risk Committee. She has chaired many committees, including the Governance review of 2015/6. Christine currently lectures full time in the undergraduate and post graduate Social Work Degrees at RMIT University. To interview Christine Craik, please contact the Debra Parnell M. 0412014428 Top MC Professional Emcee Master of Ceremonies Australia's Rob Doorey Is YourMC 2019-08-08T22:00:09Z top-mc-professional-emcee-master-of-ceremonies-australias-rob-doorey-is-yourmc The 'conductor' that never turns his back on the audience is Australia's premier emcee, master of ceremonies, Rob Doorey... YourMC Professional emcee Rob Doorey may not wave an orchestra conductor’s baton during his presentations as an event host, but his role as an emcee can be construed as sharing some similarities with that of conductors of orchestral performances. While these two styles of events differ in multiple respects, there are some similarities into qualities needing to be possessed by those chiefly responsible for guiding these performances. For instance, both types of “performances” require sensitive guidance and direction of their respective participants by a super-responsive other: in one case a music conductor, in the other: a professional emcee. In making this comparison, consider the role of a musical conductor, as defined in Wikipedia: “The primary responsibilities of the conductor are to unify performers, set the tempo, execute clear preparations and beats, listen critically and shape the sound of the ensemble, and to control the interpretation and pacing of the music”. Indeed, many people would agree that the rightform of sensitive guidance from the most suitableconductor (or emcee) will more likely achieve the desired outcome of successful performance (or event). With decades of experience as a professional emcee hosting a range of successful events from corporate conferences and product launches, to gala dinners and business awards nights, Rob’s personal insights into this domain assuredly have merit. Some conductor-like attributes Rob has and uses in his profession include precision-timing, careful pacing and an ability to pay close attention to subtle nuances that well might be missed by other participants. Rob credits his ability to pick up on such nuances and to act appropriately on them to his many years of experience in the profession. His career in commercial radio has undeniably contributed to his sharp sense of timing on-stage and during interviews, helping him to effectively “read” and respond to audiences and to interviewees while at the same time often responding to feedback/requests by production crew or other managers who make requests (or commands) into his headpiece. As well as having to ‘build rapport quickly” with a range of people, Rob lists many other functions of the role of an event host. Time-keeping is a critical one, with this including “cueing people - so they are ready to go” and “getting performers both on and off-stage efficiently”. On this note, Rob recalls doing stage-interviews with Western Sydney Wanderers football players in a shopping venue which he describes as challenging as he had to manage sets of players both on and off the stage “and at both ends” at once - while at the same time tuning-in to the assembled mall crowd and responding accordingly. “I see myself as a conductor of sorts,” he said. “I do bring this to my role as an emcee. And I am organised, good at bringing calm to what can be a stressful situation.” One of Rob’s clients, Adam Farmer, of MG MY GATEWAY, attests to Rob’s conducting abilities while event-hosting in his comment: "Rob was the ultimate professional (emcee) - Great voice, was easy to work with, understood what we were about and kept the evening moving along." At times there is also a need for an emcee to “run interventions” or “fill in gaps” with appropriate improvisations (usually dialogue). Rob agreed and added: “I am able to quickly analyse a situation and take action fast. And I am quick-witted and energetic," which most certainly helps! Rob’s effectiveness in his many roles as an emcee has been amply demonstrated by the many years of “repeat custom” he has had as a professional event-host, including to high-end corporate events and to a wealth of other events around the country. Corporate realtor functions are one sector he enjoys catering to, with corporate Raine and Horne and Elders clients seeking him out in particular. Another annual event that Rob has hosted for several years and that is especially close to his heart is the Kids of Macarthur Health Foundation Ball -- which is a major fundraising event for the Children’s’ Ward of Campbelltown Hospital, a part of Sydney’s Westmead Children’s Hospital. Rob Doorey is Australia's premier emcee. Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin and everywhere in between. For more information visit YourMC Master of Ceremonies website or book Rob by calling +61 410 438 003. Syndicated by Baxton Media, the Market Influencers.