The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-01-27T19:09:28Z Coronavirus: anagram of carnivorous 2020-01-27T19:09:28Z coronavirus-anagram-of-carnivorous Dear Editor, The coronavirus is among us. Medical authorities are urgently seeking the people who travelled on the same planes as patients who have shown symptoms of the new deadly virus. The virus, an anagram of carnivorous, appears to have emerged from a fish market that was also selling wild animals such as beavers, porcupines and snakes in the city of Wuhan, in central China. The 2002-2003 SARS pandemic was similarly traced to civet cats. In these markets, urine, faeces and other bodily fluids from live, wild animals end up mixing with blood from butchered ones, providing ideal breeding grounds for viruses and bacteria. Overwhelmingly, human diseases start with the abuse of animals. Hunting and the appropriation of animals’ habitats has led to diseases such as Hendra and Ebola. The 2009 H1N1 epidemic started in pigs. Measles originally came from cattle, and whooping cough from dogs. The Professor of communicable disease control at the University of Queensland said of the growth of pathogens that spill-over to humans “The most significant driver of emergence is food production.” This is not a solitary event – such epidemics are becoming regular events, and diseases thought to be long vanquished are returning with the spread of superbugs, largely due to the use of massive doses of antibiotics in factory farms to promote faster growth and counter the diseases that spread in filthy conditions. Scientists have warned for years that filthy farms crammed with sick and suffering animals are breeding grounds for new, antibiotic-resistant bacteria. We create these problems from the violence we impose by torturing and slaughtering gentle animals who are trying to live their own lives. As the Nobel Prize-winning author Isaac Bashevis Singer said: “as long as human beings will go on shedding the blood of animals, there will never be any peace”. Our best defence against disease is to go vegan. Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia PO Box 2352 Byron Bay NSW 2481 0411 577 416 Fasta Pasta opens new restaurant at Elizabeth. 2020-01-24T00:32:17Z fasta-pasta-opens-new-restaurant-at-elizabeth In its 35th Anniversary year, Fasta Pasta has opened in Elizabeth. This new restaurant will continue to deliver what has made Fasta Pasta an Adelaide institution, great food and good times at value for money prices. A wide variety of dishes. On the menu alongside the traditional Italian dishes and pastas are salads, seafood, chicken and beef main meals. There are also tempting entrees, side dishes, risottos, pizzas and desserts. Fasta Pasta Elizabeth uses its Italian heritage to create meals that provide both traditional and contemporary taste sensations. There are new twists on old favourites as well new sauces and dishes that are fresh and tasty. The result is food that’s full of flavour at a very reasonable prices whether dine-in, or takeaway. Good value for money. This new Elizabeth restaurant offers good food at affordable prices. For Instance, there is no traditional pasta main course above $15.90. In fact, one of the all time favourites, Fettuccine Carbonara, is just $14.90. Plus they’re all hearty servings too! GR8.90 Lunches – only $8.90! Enjoy a great lunch at a great price from just $8.90! There are 7 delicious specials on the menu 7 days a week. It’s easy to find something to suit every taste at Fasta Pasta Elizabeth. All our GR8.90 and other lunch specials are great tasting and great value. Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten Free. Fasta Pasta Elizabeth’s menu includes a range of tasty vegetarian and vegan dishes plus there are many light and healthy options for diners to choose from. In addition, gluten free meals are available at Elizabeth. Beers, wines, spirits & more! Customers can choose from mainstream, craft and international beers. Or they can sip on a cider, a spirit, a cocktail or a liqueur. There are also white, red and sparkling wines, some reflect Italian origins, others are popular local brands and varieties. Friendly service in a relaxed atmosphere. The staff members at Fasta Pasta Elizabeth are friendly, yet efficient and only too happy to do what it takes to satisfy their customers. While this new restaurant is as modern and contemporary as some of the food, it’s easy to kick back and enjoy a meal with family or friends in a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere. Fasta Pasta Elizabeth. 10 Playford Boulevard, Elizabeth, 5112. Tel: 7180 0051. SAS delivers priceless retail planning capabilities in the hypercompetitive Age of Amazon 2020-01-14T23:32:14Z sas-delivers-priceless-retail-planning-capabilities-in-the-hypercompetitive-age-of-amazon NRF 109th NRF Big Show and EXPO, New York (Jan 13, 2020) Recent enhancements to the SAS® Intelligent Planning Suite have infused it with artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud agility to help companies localize assortments, optimize inventory, automate forecasting and maximize profits. Leading companies like Carrefour, Grupo Exito and Nestle rely on analytics leader SAS and its proven portfolio of software and services to succeed despite fierce competition. Effective planning makes a bottom-line difference whether a retailer sells electronics, groceries or apparel. Manufacturing goods like candy bars, tires or blue jeans also require precise forecasting and planning. In the end, the most successful companies use data and analytics like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to satisfy shifting consumer demand. For Grupo Exito, South America’s largest retail group, demand planning is a critical function that influences the business from sales and staffing to production and inventory replenishment. With 2,600 brick-and-mortar outlets and a thriving online business, improving its inventory position even by a small percentage can result in big improvements overall. In Grupo Exito’s case, a foundation of SAS analytics helps reduce and optimize inventory, improve forecast accuracy, improve demand planning efficiency, and analyse demand data in nearly real time. Formerly constrained by data, Grupo Exito now freely manages burgeoning databases. That agility helps the retailer manage its supply chain more precisely. “Before we couldn’t have future forecasts; we could only plan one week ahead,” said Sandra Orrego, Demand Planning Manager at Grupo Exito. “Now with SAS, we can plan 52 weeks ahead which helps us make more accurate purchases, manage inventory volume, decrease shrink and increase sales without having so many inventories.” “AI and advanced analytics like machine learning are transforming the retail industry, and as tech companies like SAS continue to innovate, leading retailers embrace more intelligent and data-driven decision making,” said Brian Kilcourse, Managing Partner at market-intelligence company RSR. “By optimizing product assortments, pricing and inventory management, these retailers improve their customers’ experience while increasing sales.” According to a recent RSR survey, only half of retailers are satisfied with their current merchandising and pricing technologies. “That’s good news for technology leaders, and it underscores a strong desire by retailers to improve their retail forecasting and merchandise planning,” said Kilcourse. Read more in RSR’s 2019 Mastering The Art Of Merchandising In The Technology Age benchmark report. “Retailers around the world are looking for innovative ways to leverage artificial intelligence (AI) to drive smarter retail decisions,” said Shiva Kommareddi, Managing Partner of Core Compete, a cloud analytics services firm. “SAS Intelligent Planning builds on its 30-year history of providing cutting-edge and integrated solutions for retail planning and merchandising as well as consumer goods demand planning. A multi-cloud solution like SAS provides retail IT executives an agile, innovative choice while retaining the option to switch to alternative cloud providers”. “Cloud-ready, powerful SAS analytics help retailers create a holistic view of customers without the need for an army of statisticians,” said Dan Mitchell, SAS Director of Retail and CPG. “Rather, with automated machine learning and other AI technology that’s instantly deployable through the cloud or on premise, SAS advanced analytics help retailers better understand and serve their customers, optimize merchandise planning, and boost overall results.” Recent enhancements to SAS® Intelligent Planning Suite leverage the power of SAS® Viya®, a single consolidated and cohesive environment for large-scale data manipulation, exploration, advanced analytics and AI. SAS Intelligent Planning helps retailers and consumer goods manufacturers create a 360-degree view of customers, and it gives them the ability to infuse advanced analytics throughout all processes to:   ·         Localize merchandise assortments, customized by market, region, city or individual store ·         Enhance the accuracy of sales planning and forecasts ·         Optimize inventories to maximize customer satisfaction and minimize stock-outs ·         Set effective prices to maximize profitability and minimize deep-clearance discounting To learn more about helping retailers effectively connect with consumers, download the whitepaper Experience 2030 – The Future of Customer Experience is Now. Follow SAS on Twitter at @SASsoftware and @SASRetail. Follow NRF 2020 news at #SASatNRF. About SAS SAS is the leader in analytics. Through innovative software and services, SAS empowers and inspires customers around the world to transform data into intelligence. SAS gives you THE POWER TO KNOW®.   Shot for being thirsty 2020-01-09T12:03:47Z shot-for-being-thirsty The Editor Dear Editor, People are deeply upset about what's going on in Australia: kangaroos trapped in barbed-wire fencing while attempting to flee the fires, cows and sheep being cooked alive in the flames, and an estimated one and a quarter million or more animals now killed in the conflagrations. Now, we add shooters being ordered to gun down thousands of camels desperately searching for water. There is something that can be done – a long-term fix for this horror and the others that will inevitably follow, as prolonged heat and drought have extended seasonal wildfire periods around the world and we're facing mass extinctions, rising sea levels, and record-breaking temperature changes. It's imperative that we take personal responsibility for the protection of our planet, and by far the easiest way to do that is to stop eating animals and go vegan right now. The UN has stated that meat consumption must decrease by as much as 90% in order for us to avoid the most catastrophic effects of climate change. This requires zero governmental initiative and no promises from giant corporations – it just means choosing to leave animals out of our shopping trolleys. It's a simple but revolutionary action that says, "We will not let this planet and countless sensitive animals die on our watch." We urge all caring people to join the vegan movement. The Earth and all its human and non-human inhabitants depend on it. Ingrid Newkirk Founder PETA Australia PO Box 20308 World Square Sydney NSW 2002 (08) 8556-5828 MOVING TO A PLANT BASED DIET IN 2020? 2020-01-08T22:49:58Z moving-to-a-plant-based-diet-in-2020 When making the change to a plant-based diet, whether it be for better health, dietary reasons, moral or environmental reasons, the most common question that people get asked is “Where do you get your protein from?” Previously they could not have cared what you are eating, but now, as everyone is an expert in protein, they need to know! On a serious note, it is an important question because people who are new to vegan/vegetarian eating, do struggle to understand they still need to ensure they still get enough protein, but the majority don’t know how to get it. Herman Brot has the answer! All of our products are plant based and loaded with protein. They are real foods, not supplements or shakes and we’ve got something for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Our brand new HermanBurger Protein Bun boasts nutritional figures that cannot be matched. It’s loaded with protein and boasts lower carbohydrates than any other burger bun on the market. The HermanBurger Protein Bun has an incredible 19.3g protein per serve (1 bun), has only 7.7g of carbohydrates and is Low GI=31. Our Herman Brot Lower Carb Bread has been on the market for a while now and has become a favourite with vegans and vegetarians. It delivers 23.9grams of protein per serve (2 slices) and as an added bonus, has only 5 grams of carbohydrates per serve. And for a massive protein boost, you can’t go past Herman Brot Lower Carb Pasta with an incredible 39.4g of Protein per serve. Our Herman Brot Protein Muesli also provides a terrific amount of protein. It comes in 3 flavours and is a terrific protein option for breakfast and accompaniment to yoghurt, topper for acai bowls or a delicious ingredient for protein balls. Peanut Candy = 21.2g/45g serve (47% protein) | Red Fruits = 19.8g/45g serve (44% protein) | Chocolate = 19.9g/45g serve (44% protein). All Herman Brot products feature the 5 Health Star Rating on each product and have all been tested by Sydney University (SUGiRS) who have deemed all products suitable for inclusion in the diets of people living with Type 2 Diabetes. Herman Brot products are available online at HermanDirect – and from independent supermarkets (IGA/Foodland/Health Food Stores). For more information and to find a stockist visit 2020 vision through the smoke 2020-01-06T11:24:47Z 2020-vision-through-the-smoke The Editor Dear Editor, 2020 is not just a year; it’s an expression, meaning clear or accurate vision. But our vision of the first few days of the year has been of bushfires turning day into night, and cattle, sheep and native animals dying by the hundreds of thousands. Our vision is impeded by our watery eyes – tears of grief, or seeping discharges caused by toxic smoke. But crying doesn’t help. We know that climate change is making droughts and conflagrations far more catastrophic. Bureau of Meteorology stats show that 2019 was our hottest, driest year on record, and 2020 is not likely to be any better. We donate to victims; we lobby for renewable energies and cleaner transport. But daily, most Australians contribute their money to the industries that cause a significant portion of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions: meat, dairy and eggs. Cattle and sheep emit large amounts of methane, while forests are razed for grazing or to grow grains that are fed to factory farmed chickens and pigs. All these animals suffer tortuous treatments like castration, mulesing, debeaking and dehorning before their agonising deaths. It’s not only destructive, but also wasteful - more than 80% of farmland is used for animal agriculture, which produces just 18% of our food calories. Eliminating meat and dairy and eating plant-based diets instead would free up land for reforestation. Researchers say that is the best way to store large amounts of carbon. Let’s use our 2020 vision, and head for the vegan food aisle. Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia PO Box 2352 Byron Bay NSW 2481 0411 577 416 2020 Vision 2019-12-28T05:58:06Z 2020-vision The Editor Dear Editor, Here’s a terrific New Year resolution: let's stop wasting food! The latest analysis from Rabobank shows that Australians now spend over ten billion dollars on food that ends up in their garbage bins. We have the shameful distinction of being the fourth highest wasters of food in the world. Besides burning an average of $1,026 from the average household’s budget, food in landfill decomposes anaerobically producing methane, a greenhouse gas 28 times stronger than carbon dioxide. Additionally, the CSIRO have estimated that cattle alone are responsible for 48% of enteric methane emissions and 6% of Australia's total greenhouse gas emissions. The impact on animals is far worse. Land clearing is putting 28,000 animal species at risk of extinction within the next 25 years. That land is cleared to provide grazing or grains for hundreds of millions of cows, sheep, pigs and chickens who live in appalling conditions, packed into sheds or branded or castrated without pain relief, before being crammed into trucks for the long ride to a terrifying and often agonising death. Arable land could be used far more efficiently to grow plant-based food for humans, and to regenerate forests, which act as natural carbon sinks. Studies have shown that a meat-based diet requires far more energy, land, and water than a vegan one. Have a look at how much food was thrown out over the holiday season, and let’s decide to reduce our wasteful footprint by moving to efficient, cruelty-free vegan fare. Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia PO Box 2352 Byron Bay NSW 2481 0411 577 416 2020 Interior Trends & Predictions 2019-12-22T23:03:45Z 2020-interior-trends-predictions With the new year and a new decade fast approaching, it is the perfect time to start looking at upcoming interior trends for 2020. Stay ahead of the styling curve and update your home thanks to a sneaky insight into new interior trends with Director and Principal Stylist at Vault Interiors, Justine Wilson. Justine says, “2020 is not like any other year, it represents the transition into a new decade and the beginning of a completely new interior landscape and some new emerging trends with the ever-evolving rise of technology, changes in human behavioural patterns in the home, and an unlimited range of options available to us. Everyone wants to be ahead of trends, especially when it comes to styling and entertaining.” Justine’s top 5 trends and predictions for interior styling in 2020 include: Byron Boho Justine has coined this phrase based on an interiors movement that has been growing in popularity especially with regards to fashion Instagram influencers who all seem to live the idyllic life in Byron Bay. The look combines a pared back boho feel (signified by travertine coffee tables and dining tables) with crisp white linen armchairs and sofas (usually with a slipcover). The trend also includes large sisal rugs, rattan sideboards and media units and decorated lots of dried floral like palm fronds and orchids. The colour palette is very relaxed and washed out like the coastal environment. For furniture, think soft oaks and painted walls in cream and white. Introduce a few washed linen terracotta and olive cushion accents and a potted olive tree in a large rustic stone pot – the perfect accessory for this look. Organic Spaces Expected to be a big trend in outdoor spaces for 2020, organic spaces include sunken outdoor lounge pits made of concrete, rendered or sand bagged walls, and large handmade tiles either plain or with a subtle pattern. Instead of stand-alone furniture areas, people will opt for furniture built into the landscape or designed to be an extension of the building, such as large outdoor bench seats, round concrete tables and outdoor kitchens made from earthy rustic-looking rendered walls. The organic spaces trend is Mediterranean in origin, so if you have been to the Greek islands or seen pictures, those iconic rounded shapes will give you an idea of the overall look. It’s the perfect look for an alfresco space, giving a luxe resort style feel to your garden. Australiana Hues Cushions, art and accessories will lean towards an Australiana palette in 2020. We will see colours from the bush, the red desert and the coast. Rusty and earthy tones like orange, red, terracotta, mustard and brown will be popular along with the more coastal tones such as deep-sea green, olive, emerald and navy. Popular fabrics will include velvet, linen and woollen fabrics, texture as much as tone. People are gravitating to more unique and local handmade items like pottery and ceramics when it comes to accessories, which sees a shift from the coloured glass and metallics finishes that have been on trend the last few years. Pair a handmade vase with simple floral such as twigs, an overscale bunch or greenery for a table centrepiece. Source handmade crockery and a linen table runner to create the look. Wall Art Wallpaper has been overlooked the last few years after it enjoyed a resurgence in the early 2000s, however, I think large overscale floral prints, Aztec designs and geometric shape designs will be back on trend in 2020. Instead of a feature wall, full rooms are now being done to create a real impactful visual feature – even the ceilings! For a more glam or traditional property, install wooden wainscoting or dado rails painted in rich colours, paired with busy bold wallpaper on top. For more modern homes, grass cloth wallpaper in deep colours will continue to be on trend. Sustainable Styling 2019 was a big year for all things eco – but 2020 is going to be even bigger. While the emergence of this trend might seem sudden, the interest in going green has been gaining traction for a few years now. Reducing carbon footprint, the materials and products we use in our spaces in is becoming increasingly important. In 2020, more Australians are going to be looking at ways to reduce their energy consumption, such as installing quality windows with good insulation, and reduce waste by placing emphasis on products that can be re-purposed or reused. Calling all vintage pieces! Green homes tend to be happy homes! Often these measures encourage a better environment for their occupants too. If you think about it this way, knowing what materials, designs, and furnishings to use becomes easier. Two new secrets to strengthening and restoring your hair this summer 2019-12-20T03:27:34Z two-new-secrets-to-strengthening-and-restoring-your-hair-this-summer Strengthen and restore your hair with SheaMoisture’s two new highly anticipated products; Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Leave-In Conditioner and Oil Serum. The two new additions are perfect for those who regularly colour, straighten, perm or heat style their hair, as well as kinky, curly or wavy natural styles; making them essentials for summer party season and over the warmer months ahead. Erica Galea, Chemcorp International Marketing Manager says, “Clinically proven to strengthen and smooth hair, Jamaican Black Castor Oil is an ancient, powerful oil passed down through generations. With SheaMoisture’s new products customers can be confident hair will be left nourished, detangled, strengthened and most importantly, frizz-free.” To renew hair and support healthy growth, the range combines intensive and unique ingredients including nutrient-rich Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Certified Organic Raw Shea Butter, Apple Cider Vinegar, Rice Protein, Coconut Oil, and Peppermint Oil to stimulate the scalp for an invigorating experience. These products join the successful existing range available in Australia, including the Strengthen & Restore Shampoo, Strengthen & Restore Conditioner and Strengthen & Restore Masque. The Jamaican Black Castor Oil range is the perfect best friend for hair that needs a little love. The latest additions to the SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil range include: SheaMoisture Strengthen & Restore Leave-In Conditioner | RRP $24.99 This reparative leave-in conditioner softens and detangles hair while controlling frizz. Formulated with Jamaican Black Castor Oil and Certified Organic Shea Butter to nourish, moisturise and support elasticity so hair resists breakage when detangling. The conditioner provides a protective layer that improves the appearance of split ends. Simply apply to clean, towel dried hair. Work a generous amount of product into hair from root to ends. Gently comb through for even distribution. Do not rinse. SheaMoisture Strengthen & Restore Oil Serum | RRP $24.99 This intensive oil serum effectively penetrates to treat the scalp and each hair strand with nutrients, minerals and vitamins, bringing damaged or chemically processed hair back to life. Strengthens and conditions hair, increasing its resistance to breakage. Massage a few drops gently into scalp as often as needed. Do not rinse out. Style as desired. For a restorative hot oil treatment, massage gently into scalp and hair. Cover with a plastic cap and apply moderate heat for 5 to 15 minutes depending on your hair's condition. Shampoo and condition after treatment. Style as desired. No Mineral Oil · No Parabens · No Phthalates · No Propylene Glycol · No Sulfates · No Animal Testing The two new SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil products are available now at select Priceline stores nationwide and via New study finds many Aussies backing 'Buy from the Bush' and searching for vegan Christmas recipies or eco-friendly gifts 2019-12-17T23:03:34Z new-study-finds-many-aussies-backing-buy-from-the-bush-and-searching-for-vegan-christmas-recipies-or-eco-friendly-gifts Australians are headed to the internet to search for a vegan twist to add to their 2019 Christmas celebrations, give eco-friendly gifts and ‘Buy from the Bush’, according to new online research from trusted data analytics provider SEMrush. SEMrush reviewed the number of online searches for ‘vegan Christmas recipes’, ‘vegan Christmas dinner’ and ‘eco friendly gifts’ across all the Australian states and territories over the last two years, to track the rise in searches for planet friendly festive feasts this year. The national online study reveals that people in Tasmania are 162% more likely to consider skipping their turkey or ham than at this time last year – the biggest spike in Australia. The number of people searching for vegan alternatives has also risen dramatically in the Northern Territory and the ACT, with searches for both terms rising 86% and 83% year on year respectively. South Australia and New South Wales recorded the lowest increase in searches for vegan Christmas recipes with only a 17% and 32% increase in searches, well below the national average of 59%. “Australians tend to have quite a healthy lifestyle however the SEMrush data reflects more people have been making a shift to plant based or vegan meal options for special occasions,” said Olga Andrienko, Head of Global Marketing at SEMrush. “It’s great to see that in every Australian state and territory, consumers are willing to add a vegan element to their Christmas menus. And with more people trying out flexitarian lifestyles, I’m sure this growing food trend will bring some festive cheer around dining tables come December 25.” With the impact of the ongoing drought putting added pressure on regional and rural communities, the SEMrush data showed Australians got behind the ‘Buy from the Bush’ campaign too. ‘Buy from the Bush’ was ranked the second highest online search nationally and in most states and territories. In NSW the campaign was the top ranking online search however in the Northern Territory it ranked fourth, where online searches for regifting was of more interest. Conscious shopping was also on consumers’ minds, with SEMrush finding online searches for ‘eco-friendly gifts’ have surged during the last two years.  On a national level, searches have increased a whopping 814% year on year and 497% during the last two years. At a state level, NSW registered a 983% increase since last year, Victoria a 795% rise in online searches and Queensland with a 662%  annual increase. When it comes to non-alcoholic Christmas drinks, the Northern Territory recorded no change in online searches whilst there were 20% less searches made in South Australia. Meanwhile, if you’re from Western Australia, you have less chance of receiving a regifted present, with year on year online searches for regifting dropping 12%. The national average of the top ten searches were as follows:  Top Keywords (based on average search volume) Year on year % change % change in the last two years Vegan Christmas recipes 59.16% 13.86% Buy from the Bush 100.00% 100.00% Eco friendly gifts 813.64% 497.03% Vegan Christmas dinner 64.63% 101.67% Regifting 15.22% 13.57% Non alcoholic Christmas drinks 23.91% -12.31% Organic gifts 44.93% 20.48% Reusable wrapping paper 400.00% 268.42% Eco Christmas tree 127.78% 95.24% Sustainable toys 291.67% 193.75% Announcing The Empowered Woman 2020 – March 26 2019-12-16T22:33:56Z announcing-the-empowered-woman-2020-march-26 Following the success of the four annual Women in Leadership Summits, The Leadership Institute is pleased to unveil their newest women empowerment event for next year; introducing The Empowered Woman 2020. The inaugural one-day experience aims to ignite passion for business in all its forms and equip the next generation of female leaders with the skills to achieve their dream career. Over 15 of Australia’s leading women in business will share personal stories of success, tales of failure and the lessons they have learnt along the way, including headline speakers Sarah-Jane Clarke, Colleen Calander, and Suzy Nicoletti. Dana Lightbody, CEO of The Leadership Institute, the creators of The Empowered Woman said, “The Empowered Woman 2020 has been designed to uncover what it really takes to rise to the top for future leaders who want to be the CEO of a big company, those dreaming of starting their own business, or ambitious women working to be experts in their field. Purpose alone is not enough. Once you’ve found it, The Empowered Woman will give you the tools to realise your ambitions and support your leadership journey.” From keynotes and case studies to panel discussions, sessions will focus on leadership, work life balance, salary negotiation, goal setting, finding your voice, embracing authenticity and dealing with setbacks and negative feedback. The Empowered Woman 2020 line-up of the speakers includes: Sandra Martinez | CEO, Nestle Australia Sarah-Jane Clarke | Former Co-Founder, Sass & Bide Colleen Calander | CEO, Sportsgirl Sally Patten | Editor, Boss Magazine, Australian Financial Review Suzy Nicoletti | MD Australia, Twitter Van Le | Executive Board Director & Co-Founder, Xinja Bank Justine Troy | Co-Founder, 42 Below Vodka Pippa Hallas | CEO, Ella Baché Eliza Brown | CEO, All Saints White Sasha Sarago | Editor, Ascension Magazine Rebecca Kent | General Manager, The Discovery Channel, Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands Angela Chan | Head of Innovation and Growth, Schneider Electric, CEO, Hackathons Australia Ali Kitinias | CEO, Freedom Scrub Cathy Dimarchos | CEO, Solutions2You Shirley Chowdhary | CEO, GO Foundation Executive Leadership Summit 2019 - Event Details: Date: Thursday 26 March 2020 Time: 9:00am – 4:30pm, Networking Drinks to follow Location: Dockside, Cockle Bay Wharf, Wheat Road, Sydney Tickets: Available now for $599 per person here Handles: #EmpoweredWoman #TLIANZ AIIA welcomes new S&P technology index 2019-12-16T03:35:12Z aiia-welcomes-new-s-p-technology-index Sydney, Australia – 16 December 2019 -- The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak member body for the ICT industry, welcomes the launch of the new S&P All Technology Index (S&P AllTech) that will officially launch on 21 February 2020. The current S&P/ASX 200 Information Technology Index covers companies that provide software & services, technology hardware & equipment, and semiconductors & semiconductor equipment manufacturers. Rather than list just those companies that are part of the ASX top 200 companies, the AllTech will incorporate all listed tech stocks. "The AllTech will typically attract initial public offerings (IPOs) in the tens of millions to hundreds of millions valuation range. A listing on the ASX has many advantages for technology companies that include access to capital for growth, higher public and investor profile, and improved valuation. Ron Gauci, CEO of AIIA, said: “The introduction of an All Technology Index is recognition of the importance and significance of the technology sector to Australia’s economy. The sector is growing rapidly and it’s time to have a standalone Tech Index as part of the ASX that includes relatively small-cap stocks. “The AllTech will provide a good benchmark that will allow investors to see how each individual company is performing compared to their tech peers, and will also promote our vibrant and growing tech start-ups and lead to more local listings,” said Gauci. “The tech sector contributes 6.6 per cent to Australia’s GDP, creates $122 billion in value, and is vital to every industry sector. Australia now has a digital economy with a tech spine running down its centre. “Tech services exports are worth $3.78 billion with a tech trade surplus growth of over 200 per cent from $170 million in 2017 to $515 million in 2018. Over 700,000 Australians are employed in the tech sector, accounting for 5.7 per cent of the workforce, and there was an average trend growth of 2.5 per cent between 2011 and 2018, outpacing the overall labour market growth rate of 1.7 per cent. By 2024 the tech workforce is expected to grow by another 100,000[1] IT is currently the third largest sector listed on the ASX with 204 companies, behind materials (686) and financials (212) – IT stocks are eighth in value and fourth in volume. “In particular, Artificial Intelligence (AI) represents an enormous opportunity for Australian tech companies which are both using and developing powerful AI technology. According to the Government’s AI technology roadmap, AI will improve productivity, create thousands of new jobs every year, help us live longer and improve our quality of life. Digital technologies, including AI, could be worth $315 billion to the economy by 2028.” The graph above shows how the IT sector has broken away from the rest of the share market in the past few years and is already boosting growth in the Australian economy. “My hope is to see IT become the second largest sector on the ASX by 2024,” concluded Gauci. # # # About AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favorable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. For more information on AIIA Policy and Advocacy key areas please visit Media Contact For more information please contact: Jeffrey Coote Tel: (02) 8355 3130 [1] Deloitte Access Economics, Digital Pulse, ACS, 2019 Skin predictions for 2020 – everything you need to know 2019-12-16T00:41:36Z skin-predictions-for-2020-everything-you-need-to-know 2020 is going to be a revolutionary year for skin and will see a significant shift in behaviours and the resurgence of getting back to basics and less is more; it will be all about transparency and honesty. In the previous decade there has been a number of skin trends, changes to technology and lots of new scientific research. Don’t worry, we have your back and can now spill everything you need to know about skin in 2020, with some interesting predictions to share ahead of the new decade. Expert skin therapist, owner of Newcastle clinic Skintifix, author of ‘Skinside Out’ and dermaviduals ambassador, Robyn McAlpine says, “2020 brings a new decade where education and customisation in skin care is going to thrive even more so than ever before, extending to makeup. I have some strong predictions on what I think will be hot in the new year, but it’s always important to remember that trends come and go, and good skin is always in fashion.” Robyn McAlpine’s top 6 predictions for skin in 2020 include: BACK TO BASICS: I believe we are seeing a real shift in the way people are seeking their skin care. We are going back to the basics more than ever before and seeking out honest, factual skin care and advice. We are done with the invasive trend treatments. Customers are more awake to the marketing than ever before. There is so much more seeking of the ‘why’ behind everything they use and do to their skin. LESS IS MORE: The less is more approach is in! Skin care isn’t about having as many products in your bathroom cupboard as possible. Sustainable, skin friendly, active products is where it’s at. Having 3-4 high quality skin care products is what we will see more of, and making those products really work for you instead of having a huge collection of mix and match. BESPOKE ON THE RISE: Bespoke is still going to be on the rise as more brands see that customers are wanting to dig deeper into a treatment that is tailored to them. But be wary of those only catering to the look and feel of a product and still not addressing the function of a bespoke product. Choosing your fragrance and consistency isn’t the same thing! By the end of this decade, I predict almost everyone will be strictly using bespoke skin care. Transparency is going to be big in 2020. It’s becoming harder for brands to “sell” without science, proven results and quality ingredients, as social media and other forms allow for everyone to have a say and ask questions, loudly and publicly! We are all asking more questions and looking for deeper answers and will not stop until we find what we need. THE PURSUIT FOR INFORMATION: Education in skin is going to explode in 2020. The thrill of seeking information is real with unlimited sources at our fingertips. Podcasts, audio books, new educational platforms and even traditional hard copy books are booming. What has been a skin therapists’ best kept secrets, my book ‘Skinside Out’ explains it all. In a funny, easy to read book that empowers us with an in-depth understanding of our skin, ‘Skinside Out’ is the book that every woman needs to read in 2020. CUSTOMISED MAKE UP: Makeup that’s made for you! The skin care makeup that is colour matched to your exact skin tone. dermaviduals Deco is the ultimate in skin friendly make up that gives you buildable coverage for that fresh skin look. Team it with the new dermaviduals Refillable Makeup Brush and its everything you’ll even need for the perfect base! It’s great for everyday use and unbeatable for use on-the-go. Co-Managing Director of dermaviduals, Reika Roberts, says, “We’re excited to see what 2020 brings for skin, and to continue seeing the rise of customisation in skin care and makeup. Our new refillable Deco Makeup Brush has beautifully soft synthetic bristles, protected by a guard that pops down when in use and back up just before you put the top back on. The bottom unscrews to easily put your Loose Mineral Powder or Blush in with the provided spoon. It’s super simple to use and a great size for your handbag or clutch for touch ups.” The new refillable deco brush is available now at dermaviduals clinics for RRP $39.90. About dermaviduals: Made with pure, natural ingredients, all dermaviduals products are free from emulsifiers, preservatives, fragrances, mineral oils, silicones, dyes and amines, so you can be sure there are no nasties in your skin care routine. dermaviduals is now available in over 300 clinics across Australia and New Zealand. The range now includes cleansers, serums, face and body moisturisers, and bespoke mineral makeup. 5 things to consider before purchasing an office coffee machine 2019-12-15T23:46:41Z 5-things-to-consider-before-purchasing-an-office-coffee-machine The great office debate – to buy or not to buy a coffee machine? No matter the number of employees, amount of coffee consumed or even potential client visitors, there are a number of factors that need to be considered when investing in a professional coffee machine. George Liakatos, General Manager of JURA Australia, knows too well the benefits a commercial coffee machine can provide in the workplace, surrounded by the latest innovation in Swiss automated coffee machines on a daily basis. “I may be biased in saying that having an office coffee machine is the water cooler of 2020. However, I do believe that there are a number of factors that business owners need to take into consideration before they make a purchase to ensure they are getting the right fit for their organisation,” said George. George’s top five tips for those considering purchasing a machine in 2020 include: Number of people who drink coffee: Conduct an office survey to determine how many staff members would use an inhouse coffee machine. Number of coffees consumed per day: Based on the number of coffee drinks, calculate how many they consume during work hours, make sure you include a buffer for visitors and clients. What space is available: An ideal location is next to a water supply, sink, bin and fridge. Measure the space available to ensure the machine fits comfortably with easy access. Expenses: Will you charge your employees and clients for their coffee, or offer as a perk? Most people don’t realise that on professional machines, you can track the coffees made per staff member or client. Sustainability: Beans or pods? Office sustainability is at the core of most business these days. JURA coffee machine offer a bean only option, making them better for the environment. You can also provide staff members with Keep Cups to take this further and reduce your workplace’s carbon footprint. “JURA’s range of professional machines range from those designed to make 30 coffees per day to 200. With all machines featuring the same technology, functionality and ease of use and cleaning, it really comes down to the number of coffees predicted per day and the bells and whistles you desire,” said George. To evaluate which coffee machine is best suited for various office spaces, JURA Australia provide an easy calculator tool to provide the best options based on productivity, return on investment and beans vs pods consumption. Check out the calculators online: About JURA: JURA’s products stand for innovation, ease of use and sustainability. JURA believe in the perfect cup of coffee, using fresh beans, freshly ground and extracted at the touch of a button. The product range includes both machines for domestic use and professional models for the office and food service industry. In recent years the long-established Swiss brand has grown to become a global player, operating in around 50 countries. 10 ways to be more sustainable in 2020 2019-12-15T23:13:44Z 10-ways-to-be-more-sustainable-in-2020 For some, the move towards more sustainability in the home and eco-friendly everyday life choices may have appeared out of the blue. For others, the interest in going green has been a slowly emerging trend over the last few years, especially since the plastic bag bans across Australia. The best part is the trend is here to stay – and in fact, will now be the way of living in the long-term for the greater good of our world, going beyond ‘trend status’. Christina Kjaergaard, Commercial Manager at Pure Planet Club, shares her top 10 ways to be more sustainable in 2020: Top up your pool or spa for summer the best way to conserve water. Use a hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, watering can or bucket for a maximum of 15 minutes per day. Only replace water lost through evaporation though, not water deliberately removed or splashed out by the kids! Help our environment and the drought across Australia by saving water, starting today. Say goodbye to disposables. That’s right, for real this time in 2020! Take-away plastic cups, forks, knives and food containers are on the way out. It began with the switch from plastic straws to recyclable paper types, but now all the hype is trendy re-usable metal straws. Next year, more people will opt for eco-conscious options. When you buy something, consider its life expectancy. How long can it be used, and will it have more than one use? When you’re finished, will it end up in landfill. Make the swap to an eco-friendly, plastic-free and tree-free toilet paper. Try options made from 100% plant-based materials like bamboo and sugarcane waste, like Pure Planet Club toilet tissue – their new marine collection is full of fun marine animal facts and cute designs! It’s also BPA-free, cruelty free, biodegradable and vegan-friendly. Making this simple choice means you save wiping out 27,000 trees which is normally used to make toilet paper per day! Use half flush when possible! If you have a dual flush toilet, using the half flush button reduces your water usage which helps to preserve the environment and save money on your water bill. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that over 15,000 litres of water can be saved annually in a residential household that uses a dual flush toilet. Time your showers and stick to 4 minutes. Believe it or not, it is possible to wash your whole body in 4 minutes. Set a timer, do it for a few weeks and soon you will be in the habit of efficient showering. Save water and energy used to heat the water. Reduce plastic waste by choosing eco-beauty products. Plastic pollution is causing irreversible damage to our planet at an alarming rate; go plastic-free today to protect the Earth’s future. Think about your toothbrush, hairbrush and all those other beauty products you use that are packaged in ridiculous amounts of plastic and swap them out ASAP! Try bamboo options, or Pure Planet Club’s new organic lip balms. Use non-toxic cleaning products. A few natural products you have lying around the house can be awesome eco-friendly cleaning products. For example, the acid in white vinegar makes it naturally capable of killing mould and bacteria, so you can use this on your taps, mirrors, shower floors and bath. Natural products are healthier for you and healthier for our planet. If you’re not using it, switch it off! Always turn off appliances, lights, switches and everything you’re not using. It’s amazing how much of your household energy you can save when you’re consciously taking action. Not only will you reduce your electricity bill, you’ll also reduce your impact on natural resources, pollution and your overall impact on global warming. Resell and donate items. If there’s anything you no longer need, everyone is keen to give your beloved items a second life. In 2020, vintage items will be more popular than ever before. So, think twice before tossing something out and adding to landfill. Try reselling at the local markets, offer to or donate to a charity organisation. Double check your water restrictions and stick to it. Recently some places, including Sydney, have upped their water restrictions. Changes include watering your garden using a watering can or bucket before 10am and after 4pm, or washing vehicles with a bucket and sponge – not a hose. If we all do our bit and save a little, together we'll make a big difference. Pure Planet Club Toilet Tissue is available for RRP $48.00 per 36 pack carton or $43.20 per carton on subscription. Organic Lip Balms come in four flavours including Natural, Vanilla, Raspberry and Mint, available in 3-packs for RRP $30 delivered to your door.