The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-08-18T23:23:08Z Science wins the Tasmanian Forestry debate 2017-08-18T23:23:08Z science-wins-the-tasmanian-forestry-debate The extension of the Tasmanian Regional Forestry Agreement for another 20 years is a tribute to the role of professional forest scientists in making sure that Australia manages its forests in accordance with solid facts rather than emotion. Bob Gordon, newly elected National President of the Australian Institute of Foresters has welcomed the extension saying, ‘The extension of the RFA provides certainty to the thousands of Tasmanians involved in the forestry industry in Tasmania including park managers, ecologists and timber workers. ‘The extension of the Regional Forest Agreement is testament to the ongoing work managing Tasmania’s sustainable forestry industry in the constant face of adversity and represents a victory for science. ‘The comprehensive system of reserves will remain with more than half of Tasmania permanently locked-up and, with the combination of sustainably managed multi-use forests, will continue to produce impressive biodiversity outcomes while allowing Tasmanians to benefit economically for generations to come. ‘Timber harvested from sustainably managed forests is a carbon positive building material that is seeing a resurgence in popularity worldwide as people start to understand the environmental, engineering and aesthetic benefits of wood. ‘Congratulations to all involved in the extension of the Regional Forest Agreement for Tasmania,’ said Mr Gordon. Australia is the seventh most forested country in the world[1] and Australians have more forest per person than most other countries except for the Canadians and the Russians.  -Ends- Media contact: Bob Gordon 02 6153 3044 or 0400 980 297 [1] http://www.fao.org/3/a-az156e.pdf STILE EDUCATION AMONG INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS HONOURED AT THE AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS AWARDS 2017 2017-08-16T00:57:53Z stile-education-among-innovative-products-honoured-at-the-australian-business-awards-2017 16 August 2017, Melbourne - Stile Education has been recognised as an ABA100 Winner in The Australian Business Awards 2017 for Product Innovation, Product Excellence and UX Design Excellence. Now in their twelfth year, The Australian Business Awards are an annual all-encompassing awards program which recognises organisations that demonstrate the core values of business innovation, product innovation, technological achievement and employee engagement via a set of comprehensive award categories. The program seeks to engage with the world’s business, innovation and technology leaders through a global recognition and knowledge building initiative that is underpinned by the program’s established framework. Stile Education CEO Byron Scaf says the award recognises the company’s achievements in the research and development of education technology that is relevant and engaging for today’s students. “The education space is not known for great innovation. These awards are a wonderful recognition of Stile’s deep commitment to pushing the boundaries of how STEM is taught - both from a content and classroom-delivery perspective. Stile is now used in over 10% of Australian schools and growing daily,” says Scaf. Stile Education is a custom-built platform that delivers ready-made digital science lessons to primary and secondary schools across Australia. Combining cutting-edge lesson delivery technology and relevant-led resources, Stile partners with leading science organisations and schools in its continuing mission to rethink textbooks, and STEM education at large. “Today, companies are facing a competitive and continuously changing business landscape. In this context, the performance of companies depends more than ever on their flexibility, adaptability and responsiveness. New technological possibilities have the potential to transform the way companies operate within their respective industries with long-term gains in efficiency, productivity and customer loyalty,” Australian Business Awards Program Director, Ms Tara Johnston, said. “Each year the ABA100 Winners are recognised for their commitment to business and product innovation and for their achievements in transforming business practices and end user experiences. “The Australian Business Awards are proud to acknowledge the role of these leading corporate, government and non-government organisations for implementing innovative, well-managed high- performing business initiatives and for the research and development of their innovative products and services,” Ms Johnston added. The Australian Business Awards program provides notable opportunities for high-performing organisations which implement world-class business initiatives and develop innovative products and services to be acknowledged and honoured for their achievements both nationally and internationally. The World Business Awards Framework (WBA Framework) is utilised as a structured model of assessment that enables the participating organisations to be benchmarked against world class performance standards. Organisational participation includes private companies, publicly listed companies, multi-national subsidiaries, non-government organisations, educational institutions, franchise systems, partnerships, government departments, government agencies, local government and statutory bodies operating in Australia. For more information on The Australian Business Awards and the 2017 ABA100 Winners go to www.australianbusinessawards.com.au. – ENDS – For further information or comment, contact: Carla Alderuccio That Communications Company carla@thatcomms.com0400 221 123 | (03) 9098 4360 Chloe Tran That Communications Company chloe@thatcomms.com0405 955 025 | (03) 9098 4363  Commercialisation of Australian marine energy on the horizon 2017-08-08T07:49:21Z commercialisation-of-australian-marine-energy-on-the-horizon Sydney, Australia, 8th August - Australia’s marine energy companies have united in an industry taskforce to advance the commercialisation of marine renewable technologies. Tidal and wave energy developers Atlantis Resources, Bombora Wave Power, BioPower Systems, MAKO Tidal Turbines, Open Hydro, Protean Energy, Tenax Energy, Wave Rider and Wave Swell Energy have launched the Australian Marine Energy Taskforce (AMET). In the last two years, a relatively small number of companies have spent over AU$24.5M developing their marine technologies. A further AU$46M expenditure is planned by these developers in the next two years1. Stephanie Thornton, AMET Honorary Secretary said,” the launch of our industry body coincides with the recent announcement of a federal government ARENA funded $5.85 million project to map Australia’s tidal energy potential, the Western Australia government’s $19.5million commitment to develop a Wave Energy Centre in Albany and completion of the Wave Energy Atlas by CSIRO. “This state and federal government support underpins Australia’s commitment to embrace marine energy as part of Australia’s renewable energy mix. These publicly funded initiatives will provide scientific validation of the energy potential from Australia’s wave and tidal resources.”  Commercialisation These three initiatives form the building blocks toward preparing a commercialisation strategy. AMET is working to produce a commercialisation plan which will define specific actions needed to lower the barriers to development and bring marine energy to maturity in Australia. The action plan will lead to commercial application of wave and tidal energy technologies in local energy generation projects, reduce costs and expand export market opportunities. It will define the place for marine energy in our country’s energy supply and outline the investment rationale.  A range of technical, economic, policy, legal, research, financial, market and organisational topics will be knitted together to form a cohesive strategic approach to growth.  The Plan will ensure that finite resources are devoted to the highest-priority, highest-impact actions in the near term while laying the groundwork for long-term growth.  [ENDS] Breaking News - ASX Listed G Medical Signs Binding MOU for US $67.5M for China Distribution 2017-07-27T01:24:14Z breaking-news-asx-listed-g-medical-signs-binding-mou-for-us-67-5m-for-china-distribution ASX Announcement 27 July 2017 G MEDICAL SIGNS BINDING MOU FOR CHINA DISTRIBUTION VALUED AT US$67.5M •Binding MOU signed with Shandong Boletong Information S&T Co. Ltd. •Agreed terms include call centre cooperation and a minimum purchase order of Smartphone Prizmaunits within the first year. •Medical and ancillary support via Nurse and Physician staffed call centres and ‘Cloud’ services. Mobile health and e-health company G Medical Innovations Holdings Ltd (“G Medical” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce it has executed a Binding Memorandum of Understanding (“Agreement”) between its subsidiary G Medical Innovations Asia Limited and Shandong Boletong Information S&T Co. Ltd. (“Boletong”), for the distribution of G Medical’s products and for call centre and ‘Cloud’ services in the People’s Republic of China. G Medical Smartphone Prizma Purchase Order Pursuant to the terms of the Agreement, Boletong has agreed to purchase a minimum quantity of units within the 1st Year of the G Medical Smartphone Prizma, and to provide associated support services for a minimum period of 60 months. Boletong will pay a pre-determined price for each unit, with the value of the agreement based on the minimum commitments being no less than US$67,500,000. The obligation to acquire the units commences on the granting of the CFDA certification to G Medical, which is currently in process. Support Services 1) Medical Services: Pursuant to the terms of the Agreement, Boletong and G Medical will set up a medical call centreproviding support services from 50-60 Nurses and 3-5 General Practising Physicians. Boletong will be responsible for the recruitment of the Nurses and General Practising Physicians, andthe establishment of the call centre. 2) ‘Cloud’ Subscription and Support Services: Pursuant to the terms of the Agreement, Boletong and/or G Medical will provide; a) Automated Cloud algorithm interpretation services, for biomedical signals 20170727_GMV - Binding MOU for China Distribution Page 2 of 3 b )Level 1 services including, Live and/or automated end-user technical support c) Level 2 services including, hardware (device) support, replacement/repairs Marketing and advertising G Medical agreed to contribute an immaterial portion of the per unit price as marketing and investment for Boletong's promotion of the products and services in China, with such payments to be set-off against payment of the purchase orders by Boletong. Non-competition Boletong and its associations are subject to non-competition restraints for the period of the Agreement, and ending five years after its termination (unless G Medical is found by a Court to have breached the Agreement). These non-competition restraints extend to competing with the products or services of G Medical. G Medical CEO Dr. Yacov Geva, commented: “I am extremely pleased to announce yet another significant relationship for G Medical within the ever-growing and lucrative Chinese territory. To have further increased our purchase commitment for our G Medical Smartphone Prizma devices, over and above our existing agreements, is an exceptional outcome with a key partner in Boletong. This adds further to our robust, multi-year revenue stream for the Company, particularly within the first year of a CFDA approval being granted”. “I have met with the executives of Boletong, and whilst in China have visited their facilities and operations. Boletong operates in 16+ provinces and works with the National Public Health care system and acts as a distributor of medical services for the government. Boletong is currently working with several large healthcare organisations such as Wanda, a medical company which is positioned in the top three in their area, and along with telecom carriers such as China Telecom. Boletong is also supported through investment from a large and reputable group in Beijing. Our team, has invested more than 3 months in bringing this MOU to fruition, during which time we were able to satisfy ourselves as to Boletong's strong financial position, their key government partnerships in place, and the ability to deliver all aspects under our agreement.” “This relationship is a significant strategic partnership, allowing the roll out the Company’s medical and ancillary support services within the Chinese territory, for both our professional call centre and Cloud based systems”. Ends Corporate Advisors Otsana Capital 108 Outram Street West Perth WA 6005 Telephone: +61 8 9486 7244 www.otsana.com About Shandong Boletong Information S&T Co., Ltd Shandong Boletong Information S&T Co., Ltd. (Boletong) is a hi-tech medical and healthcare company invested by Beijing Honghui Group which has businesses in medicine, investment, drug store automation system and new energy areas, based in China. Boletong focuses on the production and sales of medical devices, membership healthcare management systems and R&D and applications for the National Basic Public Healthcare Project Solution. Boletong is currently one of the top 16 service providers for the national public healthcare system. Boletong is located in Jinan Hi-tech Technology Development Area, Shandong province. Boletong’s website is www.sdboletong.com About G Medical Innovations G Medical (ASX:GMV) was founded in August 2014, aiming to be at the forefront of the digital health revolution, developing the next generation of mobile health (mHealth) technologies. The Company brings forth the experience and expertise of its Board to deliver best-in-class solutions to address this global opportunity. The Company specialises in innovative next generation mobile and e-health solutions and services using its suite of devices and software solutions with a view to driving multiple and recurring revenue streams, across numerous verticals and territories. For more information on G Medical, please visit www.gmedinnovations.com The Voxon VX1, 3D Volumetric Display now commercially available 2017-07-07T00:41:32Z the-voxon-vx1-3d-volumetric-display-now-commercially-available Voxon Photonics has officially announced that the Voxon VX1 is now available to purchase. After nine years of research and development, true 3D volumetric displays, or hologram technology, has come of age. You can now get your hands on the world’s most advanced 3D volumetric display (often referred to as a hologram) and it may not be as expensive as you think. Voxon Photonics, headquartered in Adelaide, Australia, has just delivered two VX1’s to Australian educational facilities and is about to send another one out to a major university in the United States. There will be some very excited students (and teachers) over the next few weeks. These students will be able to display true 3D volumetric content right in front of their eyes and create their own images, animations and games for the displays. Voxon Photonics CEO Will Tamblyn commented after delivering the Voxon VX1’s to the educational facilities, “It’s a blank canvas as far as content goes. We can't wait to see what amazing things the students will create for the VX1. I was expecting the kids to be excited, I just wasn’t expecting the teachers to be so excited!”. Voxon Photonics has also started leasing out the Voxon VX1 for events. About the Voxon VX1 Imagine a world where you can view a three-dimensional digital hologram in high definition, from any angle, with no illusions and no special glasses. The Voxon VX1 is the world’s most advanced 3D volumetric display makes this happen - a 3D, real-time, interactive hologram which can be viewed from any direction without glasses, headsets or special effects, in colour. The VX1 enables a unique shared social experience, where people gather around, see any 3D data being displayed and interact with genuine face to face communication. The Voxon VX1 hasn’t just taken 3D interaction to another level, it has launched it into a whole new dimension. “What we have here is different from anything you will have seen before, I never tire of people's reactions to it.  It’s a mix of “Oh Wow”, “Holy @#$%”, and often just stunned silence.  Once people understand the potential, that’s when you can see their brain really engaging. The ideas just start flowing... “ - Gavin Smith, Voxon Photonics CTO The Voxon VX1 technology In technical terms, the Voxon VX1 is a volumetric display. At the core is an ultra-high-speed digital light engine and a highly-optimised volume rendering engine. This unique combination of hardware and software is capable of projecting over half a billion points of light every second into physical volumetric space. Geometry that is being rendered is sliced up into hundreds of digital horizontal cross sections before being projected synchronously onto a specially designed high-speed reciprocating screen. As the photons of light hit the screen, they are diffused and form a physical cross-sectional image at precisely the right place in physical space. Through persistence of vision, the human eye blends hundreds of layers together, and the result is a true three-dimensional representation of data that can be viewed in the same way as one would view a real object, from any angle, and without special goggles or glasses. Unlimited potential While the first few customers have been in the education and advertising / marketing industries, the Voxon VX1 has unlimited potential. The Voxon VX1 is fast gathering interest across a number of industries such as; medical imaging, gaming, entertainment, mining, architecture and design, advertising and marketing, education, air traffic control and more. Some of the key applications for the technology are as follows: Attracting people's attention When people see the Voxon 3D volumetric hologram in action, they’re instantly mesmerised - regardless of their age, interests or background. In a world saturated with media and attention for eyeballs, our technology is a completely different medium to communicate your brand, product or service in a 3D interactive form, whether that be for: Public display interactive media ●     Advertising, branding and point of sale ●     Product display ●     Trade shows and showroom media ●     Communicating 3D digital model of a complex product or construct Learning and Collaborating As a new medium for interacting with 3D volumetric content and media, Voxon’s technology is perfect for the communication of complex information and concepts applicable for children of all ages, through to tertiary and enterprise learning environments. The 3D volumetric technology: ●     Provides a shared experience for both educators and learners ●     Engages learners ●     Enables student interactivity with 3D models, medical imaging and concepts ●     Bring textbooks and real-world concepts to life ●     Incorporates gamification and interactivity to the learning environment Fun and Entertainment Our 3D volumetric display technology can provide a socially engaging form of entertainment that can help bring the imaginary into the real world with many potential entertainment applications including; ●     Traditional tabletop board gaming brought to digital life ●     Third person gaming ●     Multi-user and real-time interactivity ●     Display of real world spectator sports ●     In a form factor where users face each other rather than staring at a 2D screen Working, Collaborating and Communicating in 3D Voxon’s 3D volumetric technology can be used as a companion in any 3D workflows and enable unique experiences such as: ●     Live holographic video conferencing ●     Full 360-degree digital model viewing ●     Collaboration and communication ●     Display of complex data and concepts ●     Zooming in on 3D detail that is lost in 3D printing Resources: Video Images - Media Kit Website About Voxon Photonics: Voxon Photonics are the creators of the world's most advanced 3D volumetric display. Our 3D Volumetric technology brings digital content to life and helps empower people to visualise, communicate, learn and have fun in a collaborative manner with no barrier to the 3D experience. No special glasses are required. Find out more about Voxon Photonics, obtain images and enquire about the pricing of the Voxon VX1 here: https://voxon.co BrainChip Announces New Casino Trial 2017-05-30T22:47:19Z brainchip-announces-new-casino-trial 31 May 2017 BrainChip Holdings Ltd. (ASX: BRN), (“BrainChip” or “the Company”), is a leading developer of software and hardware accelerated solutions for Advanced Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning applications. The Company is pleased to announce that its Game Statistics and Game Outcome solutions has been placed in a field trial at a leading casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.  BrainChip, in partnership with SN Technologies, developed Games Statistics and Game Outcome based upon BrainChip’s SNAP technology, which utilises a spiking neural network to detect and identify chips and cards in the extremely dynamic environments on gaming floors using existing video surveillance cameras. Game Statistics provides the casino operator with intelligent, actionable data regarding players’ activities at table games. This trial of Game Statistics and Game Outcome follows the successful deployment of the Game Outcome solution at the Mohegan Sun casino. It is estimated that there are over 50,000 casino gaming tables worldwide which represents a major market for the Company. About BrainChip Holdings Ltd (ASX:BRN)BrainChip Holdings Ltd. is a leading provider of software and hardware accelerated solutions for Advanced Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning applications.  The Company has developed a revolutionary new Spiking Neural Adaptive Processor (SNAP) technology that can learn autonomously, evolve and associate information just like the human brain. The technology, which is proprietary, is fast, completely digital, and consumes very low power. The Company provides software and hardware solutions that address the high-performance requirements in Civil Surveillance, Gaming, Facial Recognition and Visual Inspection systems. www.brainchipinc.com.  Company ContactRobert Beachlerbbeachler@brainchipinc.com+1 (949) 330-6750 Investor Relations Contact (US):Laura Guerrant-OiyePrincipal+1 (808) 960-2642lguerrant@guerrantir.com Media Contact:Harrison PolitesMedia and Capital Partnersharrison.polites@mcpartners.com.au+61 409 623 618 Investor Relations (Australia):Brendon Lau Media and Capital Partners brendon.lau@mcpartners.com.au+61 409 341 613 Sky and Space Global To Partner with WeFarm Ltd - Bringing Nano-Satellite Mobile Technology to the World’s Small-scale Farmers 2017-05-10T02:10:31Z sky-and-space-global-to-partner-with-wefarm-ltd-bringing-nano-satellite-mobile-technology-to-the-world-s-small-scale-farmers 9 May 2017 Highlights - Sky and Space Global (SAS) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with WeFarm Ltd, the world’s largest knowledge and data network for small-scale farmers - Parties to explore the integration of the SAS communication platform into WeFarm’s data sharing network - WeFarm’s network connects farmers across Latin America through to Eastern Africa - SAS enters the agriculture sector through its Equatorial nano-satellite constellation network, represents a new and significant commercial opportunity for the Company Sky and Space Global Ltd (ASX: SAS, “Sky and Space Global” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with WeFarm Ltd to explore the integration of the SAS nano-satellite communication platform into WeFarm’s process of on-boarding users, who are small-scale farmers living in remote and isolated locations. WeFarm is a free, knowledge and data sharing service that empowers farmers to connect with other farmers around the world to solve problems, share ideas and spread innovation. WeFarm estimates there are many hundreds of million small scale farmers globally who are potential users for the service. WeFarm enables farmers to share crucial livestock and crop knowledge, low-cost farming solutions, and ask questions relating to any type of agricultural input or output without having to leave their farms – and without requiring connection to the internet. WeFarm sent over 40 million text messages this year through their network, and the Company expects this figure to grow exponentially in the near future. Under the terms of the agreement, Sky and Space Global will help WeFarm to enhance mobile network coverage and connectivity for WeFarm’s users, through integrating Sky and Space Global technology and Equatorial nano-satellite constellation platform together with the WeFarm data sharing services for its users. Sky and Space Global’s CEO, Mr. Meir Moalem said: “SAS is now entering one if its key target markets, being the smart agriculture industry. We will provide farmers using WeFarm’s technology, the opportunity to send and receive instant messages (SMS) in real-time. The partnership further demonstrates SAS’s business model and strong social values when it comes to providing affordable communication services to Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime". WeFarm CEO & Founder, Mr. Kenny Ewan said: “We are excited to launch this agreement with SAS. We believe farmers have the deep knowledge most relevant to help other farmers and are simply providing a way for them to share information meant to help them prosper. With the addition of SAS’s exciting new nano-satellite technology, we will be bringing the latest in mobile space technology to a population who needs increased connectivity the most – rural small-scale farmers. This is yet another instance of how WeFarm is helping farmers to connect in a way that is reliable, convenient and cost effective”. --Ends-- For further information, please contact: PR/International MediaDavid Vindel/Diana KurtevaKetchumP: +44 20 37556417E: skyandspace@ketchum.com Australian MediaBen GrubbMedia & Capital PartnersP: +61 414 197 508E: ben.grubb@mcpartners.com.au Sky and Space Global LtdBrett MitchellExecutive Director - AustraliaP: +61 8 9389 2000E: brett@skyandspace.global About Sky and Space Global LtdSky and Space Global Ltd is an ASX listed (SAS) satellite company with European and Israeli centres of Aerospace, Satellite and Software Industry Experts. The Company’s core business is to construct a communications infrastructure based on nano-satellite technology and develop highly sophisticated software systems that will deploy, maintain orbit control and handle communication code between each of the nano-satellites to provide a global coverage. The Company’s mission is to provide low cost, nano-satellite communication coverage to anyone, anywhere with relatively low maintenance costs. This will enable Sky and Space Global to deliver cost-effective communications infrastructure and services to the telecommunications and international transport industries. Sky and Space Global Ltd owns 100% of its operating entity Sky and Space Global (UK) Limited. About WeFarm LtdWeFarm is a free knowledge sharing service that enables farmers to connect with one another around the world to solve problems, share ideas and spread innovation. Approximately 500 million small-scale farmers provide over 70% of the world’s food. However, up to 90% have no access to the internet and are often isolated from basic agricultural information and new ideas. WeFarm empowers farmers to share crucial livestock and crop information online and via SMS – without having to leave their farms. Knowledge shared on WeFarm can help farmers to produce higher quality product, increase yields, gain insight into market pricing, tackle the effects of climate change, trade advice on labour and inputs, diversify agricultural interests, and much more. Machine learning algorithms efficiently match queries posted on the system to other farmers, creating an immediate lifeline of actionable expert information for those in need. Since its founding in 2015, WeFarm has been named one of Africa’s Most Innovative Companies by FastCompany and has won Google’s prestigious Impact Challenge Award, 4YFN Disrupted by Mobile 2017 at Mobile World Congress, GSMA’s Special Award for supporting Gender Diversity & Equality, the MEFFYS Award for Innovation in Technology, the Messaging and SMS World Awards’ Best SMS Solution, Business Rocks’ Global Startup Pitch Battle, Chivas Regal’s The Venture Competition’s UK prize, and the European Union Commission’s Ideas from Europe prize, among others. The company is headquartered in London with field presence in Nairobi, Kampala and Lima. For more information see http://wefarm.org/, follow WeFarm on Twitter @we_farm and connect with WeFarm on Facebook and LinkedIn. For further information on WeFarm, please contact:Radha Ahlstrom-VijGlobal Head of Brand & CommunicationsP: +447584241132E: Radha@wefarm.org Great Australian Raid Budget Fails World’s Poorest 2017-05-09T10:37:45Z great-australian-raid-budget-fails-world-s-poorest 9 May 2017 MEDIA RELEASE Great Australian Raid Budget Fails World’s Poorest For the fourth consecutive year, the Government has raided the Australian aid budget. Following cuts in 2014, 2015 and 2016 that take Australian aid to its lowest level ever, the Government is raiding the aid budget yet again in 2017 with a further $303.3 million cut. “This is the Great Australian Raid Budget. It’s a budget that takes from people living in the poorest parts of the world to help fund handouts for wealthy individuals and big corporates,” said the Director of Campaign for Australian Aid, Tony Milne. “Not only has the Government reversed last year’s promise of small increases to the aid budget, but they are raiding the aid budget to fund “other priorities” such as their tax cuts for big corporates. “This is a budget to appease One Nation, not a budget that is about our common humanity.” Mr Milne added: “Millions of people in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria are facing starvation, while millions more are seeking asylum from war in Syria. Yet the Government continues to raid Australia’s aid budget, which currently sits at an historic low. “Stripping an Australian aid budget that has already been cut to the bone, fails people living in the poorest parts of the world and increases inequality.” Campaign for Australian Aid is encouraging supporters to call their local MP to stand up for people living in the poorest parts of the world:http://budget.australianaid.org/   -Ends- If you’d like to arrange an interview or photo opportunity with Mr Milne, please contact Sarah Cannata on 0407 536 133. About Campaign for Australian Aid The Campaign for Australian Aid is a joint initiative of the Make Poverty History and Micah Australia coalitions, for all Australians who believe we can and should do more as a nation to end extreme poverty around the world. It represents over 65 aid and development organisations, church, business and community groups. Transvaginal mesh problem grossly under-estimated 2017-05-08T22:02:30Z transvaginal-mesh-problem-grossly-under-estimated THIS is the view of leading Vic consumer health advocate, Health Issues Centre (HIC), following an online Facebook survey* targeting thousands of women nationwide who have undergone pelvic mesh implants to treat stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. In just three weeks 1,250 women have completed the survey. Of these, a shocking 58% say they have been adversely impacted, citing problems such as chronic incontinence, abdominal pain and pain during intercourse. Sadly, for a quarter of these women, the impact of the implants has led to a breakdown of their marriages or personal relationships. Just 38% of the respondents believe they made an informed choice to have the procedure. Of the women who sought remedial medical assistance, slightly over 10% reported this made things better while 40% reported it made no difference and 11%, that it made matters worse. The remaining 39% were told that nothing could be done for them. The HIC has undertaken its research to better inform its submission to the current Senate Inquiry, established by Senator Derryn Hinch. The inquiry has been set up to attempt to estimate the extent and impact of mesh implants in Australia. Commenting on the overwhelming response to the survey, HIC CEO, Danny Vadasz, says he has no idea ‘how much of the iceberg has been revealed’ so far but believes there could be considerably more given that HIC is currently averaging over 100 survey responses  per day. “Even if we were to receive no further responses, I think we have already demonstrated that this is a significant public health problem which has been grossly under-estimated - in terms of numbers of women as well as the severity of resultant health problems. “What we are seeing is a catastrophic failure at all levels of the health system to protect the well-being of thousands of women - the lack of due diligence by the TGA in approving the device given the risks; culpability of manufacturers who despite plenty of evidence of adverse reactions overseas, continue marketing their products; the government which does not have a central register of how many procedures have occurred and how many products have been sold and finally, those surgeons who continue to practise the procedure without informing their patients of the risks and the irreversibility of the implant. “Clearly a lot of questions need to be asked!” Mr Vadasz says while transvaginal mesh has been seen by the medical fraternity as having ‘revolutionised’ surgical options for women with stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse, the collateral damage for women when it goes wrong, is just too high. “We are calling for the classification of mesh to treat either of the conditions to be upgraded to a higher risk status so the patient consent process reflects the consequences when there are complications.” Mr Vadasz attributes the success of the HIC survey to its ability to provide women with strict anonymity. “Women are reluctant to self-identify given the personal pain and heartbreak they have undergone and the intimate nature of their disclosures. “We felt it was essential to create a safe place for women to disclose the full extent of their experience without having to sacrifice their privacy. In fact, this was all that was necessary to release a tsunami of feedback!” Despite the number of women coming forward, Mr Vadasz believes that the problem will continue to go underreported given that many women do not associate their symptoms with their mesh implants. On top of this, many have been told by doctors there is no causal relationship. “This has been borne out by the significant number of survey respondents who told us they were unaware that the pain and problems they had suffered for many years could be linked to their mesh implant. Some have cried at the realisation with one woman declaring, ‘Now I know I’m not crazy’.” Here are some of the more harrowing comments on the HIC Facebook page: "My specialist told me it was all in my head. He got angry with me and said: "I suggest you stop focussing on the vagina, and get on with your life" in a dismissive and irritated tone. Doctors I have seen since have not been forthcoming on what they can see, it is like they are trying to protect the medical fraternity by not telling me fully what is going on or helping me fine treatment.” "I was told the mesh cannot be removed. I had complications from the moment I came out of theatre. I needed a complete reconstruction but was refused and offered the TVT as part of a study or to put up with consequences of a grossly oversized baby that was a face presentation and a complete episiotomy after he became stuck. I now suffer urge incontinence and a partial vaginal prolapse. I wish I'd never had the TVT done!”  Mr Vadasz is calling on women who have had an implant (or believe they may have) to complete the HIC survey: https://www.facebook.com/pg/UnderstandingPelvicMesh/about/   *More information about the survey The Health Issues Centre is one of several organisations invited to provide input into the senate inquiry into the extent and impact of Transvaginal Mesh Implants (TVM) across Australia. Currently there is little information about the number of women who have undertaken the procedure and less about those who have suffered from side-effects. In order to understand the magnitude of the problem and gain insight into the impact on these women, the consumer health advocacy conducted a highly targeted nationwide survey.   Using the centre’s Facebook page to create interest and an online survey, the survey targeted 14,000 women nationally. The questions are as follows: ·       Have you undergone a transvaginal mesh, tape or sling implant as treatment for urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse? ·       Do you continue to have undiagnosed symptoms of chronic abdominal pain or urinary incontinence? ·       Do you feel you were fully informed before agreeing to the procedure? ·       Did the procedure satisfactorily resolve your health concerns? ·       Could you specify any adverse impacts you may have experienced? ·       How would you rate this adverse impact - discomforting, severe, debilitating, unendurable, none of these. ·       Have you sought medical assistance to rectify the problem? ·       Did your doctor/specialist confirm a causal relationship between your symptoms and the mesh implant? ·       If you were offered remedial treatment, did it change your condition? While launched only three weeks ago, 20,000 have engaged with the survey and 1,250 surveys have been completed. Over 14,000 people have viewed the Facebook video. The findings to date show that: ·       1,250 women have completed the survey ·       73% of the 1,250 respondents have undergone mesh implant. Another 8.4% aren’t sure. ·       40% of respondents believe they were not fully informed before agreeing to the procedure. Another 21% felt they were misled, leaving only 38.5% that believe they had made an informed choice. ·       Only 43% women considered that the procedure had resolved their related health concerns. ·       58% say they have been adversely impacted. Of these, 76% cited incontinence, 58% abdominal pain, 55% pain during intercourse and 25% breakdown of their marriage or other personal relationship. ·       33% of women reported their adverse impact as “discomforting” while 32% said it was “debilitating” and 12% “unendurable”. ·       While 62% of these women sought remedial medical assistance, only 10.6% reported this made things better. For 40% it didn’t make any difference while for 11% it made matters worse. 39% were simply told there was nothing that could be done. 48% of respondents were over the age of 60. More about HIC … it is a not for profit Vic based consumer health advocate  which encourages  better health outcomes by encouraging consumers to become involved in their own health care and ensuring the health system is responsive to their needs. More media information contact: Danny Vadasz on 0419 531 468 OR Wendy Parker on 0422 694 503 http://www.healthissuescentre.org.au/   Save the Date – The First Global Pest Awareness Day is on 6th June 2017 2017-05-07T23:40:09Z save-the-date-the-first-global-pest-awareness-day-is-on-6th-june-2017-1 How much do you know about pests and how they affect you, your family and the environment? The World Health Organisation (WHO), the Federation of Asian & Oceania Pest Managements Associations (FAOPMA), the National Pest Management Association in the USA (NPMA) and the Confederation of European Pest Management Associations (CEPA) have lent their support to establish an initiative to raise awareness on the role of professional pest managers in protecting food, homes, families and the environment in which we live. Environmental and health hazards caused by pests such as rodents, mosquitoes and snakes are often overlooked in light of seemingly more serious concerns such as casualties caused sharks and bears. DID YOU KNOW that the tiny mosquito kills approximately two million people a year? Sharks are known to kill 12 people a year and bears kill 90 people. Australia is known to house a number of deadly pests so it is extremely important to raise awareness for our public and equip them with the right protection. Flick Anticimex is one of Australia’s oldest and largest pest control companies, servicing over 54,000 commercial sites and well over 100,000 homes. To support the cause and help the local people, Flick will be holding a pop-up kiosk in selected shopping centres across Australia.  If you have unknown pests lurking around your home or business, our qualified pest professionals will be there to help you identify and treat them. To find out which shopping centres we'll be in, more information can be found on our website here. Sky & Space Global 3 Diamonds Successfully Integrated to Launch Pod in the Netherlands 2017-04-21T05:10:09Z sky-amp-space-global-3-diamonds-successfully-integrated-to-launch-pod-in-the-netherlands Highlights - Sky and Space Global (SAS) has successfully integrated its first three nano-satellites into the launch pod of leading European launch broker, Innovation Space Logistics BV in the Netherlands - The three SAS nano-satellites, the “3 Diamonds”, will be transported to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for the upcoming space launch which is scheduled for late May - The nano-satellites will be launched from the ISRO Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) and will be delivered by Innovation Space Logistics BVThe integration marks another major milestone of the Sky and Space Global journey to commercially launching its nano-satellites in space Sky and Space Global Ltd (ASX: SAS, “Sky and Space Global” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the successful integration of its 3 Diamonds nano-satellites into the launch pod of Innovative Space Logistics BV in the Netherlands. The 3 Diamonds will be transported from the premises of Innovative Space Logistics BV in the Netherlands to India ahead of the upcoming launch, which is scheduled for late May. The nano-satellites will be launched from the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). The PSLV launch system has had 37 successful launches so far and its most recent PSLV–C37 was marked by the successful deployment of a record 104 satellites in sun-synchronous orbit. The integration of the nano-satellites follows the successful completion of the testing of SAS’s Ground and Space Communication systems and software in early April and represents another major milestone in the journey to the commercial launch in May. ‘We are thrilled to mark another major milestone in the lead up to the launch of the 3 Diamonds in May’, said Meir Moalem, CEO and Founder of Sky and Space Global. ‘The whole team is working very hard to ensure everything goes smoothly on the day and we’ve done a lot of testing to ensure seamless performance of the 3 Diamonds nano-satellites in space. We are very excited about the launch and we look forward to the big day.’ The Sky and Space Global Business Plan Sky and Space Global is the first company to utilise nano-satellites to build a proprietary communications network in the equatorial belt which will deliver affordable communications services for businesses operating in this region and for people living in emerging markets. The Company is planning to launch a constellation of 200 nano-satellites by 2020, providing full coverage of the equatorial areas of South America, Central Africa, and Southeast Asia. The nano-satellites will be controlled by a proprietary network management software platform enabling the constellation to automatically manage, monitor, and control its motions in orbit. This technology will allow telecom operators and connectivity service providers to deliver affordable narrow-band services to remote locations and will deliver more affordable connectivity and data services for people and businesses in these regions. --Ends-- For further information, please contact: Media (Australia)Ben GrubbMedia & Capital PartnersP: +61 414 197 508E: ben.grubb@mcpartners.com.au Media (International)David Vindel/Diana KurtevaKetchumP: +44 20 37556417E: skyandspace@ketchum.com Sky and Space Global LtdBrett MitchellExecutive Director - AustraliaP: +61 8 9389 2000E: brett@skyandspace.global About Sky and Space Global Ltd Sky and Space Global Ltd is an ASX listed (SAS) satellite company with European and Israeli centres of Aerospace, Satellite and Software Industry Experts. The Company’s core business is to construct a communications infrastructure based on nano-satellite technology and develop highly sophisticated software systems that will deploy, maintain orbit control and handle communication code between each of the nano-satellites to provide a global coverage. The Company’s mission is to provide low cost, satellite communication coverage to anyone, anywhere with relatively low maintenance costs. This will enable Sky and Space Global to deliver cost-effective communications infrastructure and services to the telecommunications and international transport industries. Sky and Space Global Ltd owns 100% of Sky and Space Global (UK) Limited and is fully funded for all its activities through to the 3 Diamonds launch in May 2017. HRL selected for Expert Panel assisting Government in Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry Implementation Plan 2017-04-11T02:50:52Z hrl-selected-for-expert-panel-assisting-government-in-hazelwood-mine-fire-inquiry-implementation-plan Energy expert, HRL, has been selected to join an Expert Panel of technical consultants and independent peer reviewers to assist Government in implementing the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry Implementation Plan Actions IP-156 and IP-181. The Hazelwood Mine Fire devastated the Latrobe Valley. Burning for 45 days over February and March 2014, it hit local communities hard and left residents physically and emotionally exhausted. In May 2015, a reopened Inquiry was asked to investigate: Whether the Hazelwood Mine Fire led to increased deaths How to improve the health of the Latrobe Valley community Options for rehabilitation of the Latrobe Valley coal mines Following its investigations, the Inquiry provided recommendations on how to ensure the same mistakes are not made again. In total, the Government will invest more than $80 million to respond to the Hazelwood Mine Fire, and will work in collaboration with the Expert Panel to ensure the Inquiry Implementation Plan Actions are implemented for best results. With HRL's broad energy expertise and long-standing commitment to the Latrobe Valley, the organisation is well equipped to fulfil this role. Ken Jefferd, CEO of HRL, said, "We are proud to be a part of the Expert Panel serving the Latrobe Valley. With a long history of service in this area dating back to the 1950s, it is important to us to ensure the long-term health, safety, and prosperity of this region. We look forward to collaborating with other experts in the field to ensure the Government delivers on these objectives." ABOUT HRLWith a rich history that begun with the provision of science and engineering firepower to start Australia's brown coal power station industry back in the 1950s, we're trusted by the biggest businesses in Australia and Asia for good reason. Our proven track record includes being a part of the State Electricity Commission of Victoria, and then working with the Victorian State electricity sector privatization in the mid-90s. Over the years, there's not much we haven't seen if it's exploded, fallen down, fallen apart, or just worn out, our expert engineers have fixed it!In 2016, under new ownership, we've reinvented HRL with big growth aspirations designed to make a difference in critical industries like thermal power, mining and minerals, renewables, manufacturing, legal and insurance. Today, our expert engineers work with the likes of AGL, Engie, Rio Tinto, Coles, IXOM, Origin, Lion Nathan, and other blue chip businesses. Acting as their trusted technical partner, we willingly collaborate with likeminded engineers, general managers, quality control, asset managers, and procurement teams to meet and exceed their goals.   Media inquiries: Dan MacInnis on 0400 507 037 or dan@macinnismarketing.com.au HRL signed by O-I, World-Leading Glass Manufacturer, in three-year contract worth $1m 2017-03-29T22:02:55Z hrl-signed-by-o-i-world-leading-glass-manufacturer-in-three-year-contract-worth-1m Most of us will come across glass manufactured by O-I every day. They are the world's leading glass container manufacturer and provide glass packaging for beer, wine, spirits, food and non-alcoholic beverages, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals. O-I has signed HRL to do the analysis and spot testing of their glass products to ensure their quality levels remain uncompromised. O-I have very high quality standards, recycling and re-melting any containers that fail to meet those standards based on HRL's testing. David Abela, Vice-President Supply Chain, Asia Pacific, says, "During the tender process we considered a number of suppliers. Continuing our relationship with HRL was the clear choice for two reasons. Firstly, HRL was the only supplier who was able to implement our preferred testing methodology. They offer a complexity and breadth of testing capabilities and expertise unmatched by any other suppliers. Secondly, HRL was able to offer a very cost-effective pricing structure over a three-year period, enabling O-I to meet its commercial objectives and broader strategic ambitions. As a result, HRL are the right partners for O-I for the next three years." Ken Jefferd, Managing Director of HRL, says, "We've been working together with O-I for over three years now as a laboratory service outsourcing partner.  After undergoing a rigorous laboratory investigation, we're very proud O-I decided to choose HRL as their partner for three more years. HRL provide chemical composition analysis on both the raw material used in the glass production, as well as the final container glass product. When needed, HRL also provide assistance in investigation of production problems, like stones and cords. O-I have been relying on HRL to ensure smooth production for years, and we're looking forward to another three years of partnership." ABOUT HRLWith a rich history that begun with the provision of science and engineering firepower to start Australia's brown coal power station industry back in the 1950s, we're trusted by the biggest businesses in Australia and Asia for good reason. Our proven track record includes being a part of the State Electricity Commission of Victoria, and then working with the Victorian State electricity sector privatization in the mid-90s. Over the years, there's not much we haven't seen if it's exploded, fallen down, fallen apart, or just worn out, our expert engineers have fixed it! In 2017, under new ownership, we've reinvented HRL with big growth aspirations designed to make a difference in critical industries like thermal power, mining and minerals, renewables, manufacturing, legal and insurance. Today, our expert engineers work with the likes of AGL, Engie, Rio Tinto, Coles, IXOM, Origin, Lion Nathan, and other blue chip businesses. Acting as their trusted technical partner, we willingly collaborate with likeminded engineers, general managers, quality control, asset managers, and procurement teams to meet and exceed their goals. Media inquiries: Dan MacInnis on 0400 507 037 or dan@macinnismarketing.com.au   World’s first high-tech quality control camera for pizza unveiled 2017-03-28T16:09:54Z world-s-first-high-tech-quality-control-camera-for-pizza-unveiled **MEDIA ALERT**  TUESDAY, MARCH 28 – THURSDAY, MARCH 30 See the world’s first high-tech quality control camera for pizza—a delivery and kitchen optimization solution for restaurants. Dragontail Systems’ quality control camera, the CCSU, ensures perfect pizzas every time, while its Algo Dispatching System helps restaurants deliver food on time, fresh and hot, to customers. Dragontail Systems’ CCSU, below, and a pizza's topping being analysed by the unit. About:Quick service restaurant (QSR) optimization company, Dragontail Systems, will showcase its unique quality control camera system for pizza shops, as well as its Algo Dispatching System — which uses algorithms to enable QSRs to optimize ordering and delivery processes — at The International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas. CCSU  Known as the Camera Cut Station Unit (CCSU), Dragontail Systems’ quality control camera upgrades customer service while reducing labor and food costs. It thereby improves a restaurant’s financial performance and client satisfaction with absolutely no interference in a restaurant’s kitchen flow. The system contains wireless sensors that monitor the temperature of the food in the oven, as well as the fridge and kitchen, and can immediately alert staff about any issues. At the same time, the mounted camera analyzes the quality of the ingredients to ensure that the correct ingredients have been used in the preparation of a meal.  The CCSU is the first of its kind in the world since it monitors key elements in a kitchen during the preparation and cooking processes to improve the quality and consistency of pizzas and other meals a restaurant may be producing.   In the scenario of a pizza shop, the camera can automatically send a photo of a pizza directly to a customer’s mobile device when the meal is ready, including the temperature and the time it came out of the oven.    A photo of the pizza can be sent directly to customers using the CCSU The CCSU system uses the most advanced machine learning technology, which improves the system’s diagnostics over time. The system can also be modified upon request for other types of food, such as burgers, tacos, sushi, or sandwiches.  Algo Dispatching System How the Algo Dispatching System works Dragontail Systems' flagship product, the Algo Dispatching System, uses algorithms to enable quick service restaurants to optimize their ordering and delivery processes. The Algo Dispatching System chooses the best sequence of preparation so that orders are grouped in a kitchen in the most optimal way, which ensures that they are prepared in time for the driver to pick up. It can be integrated into any point of sale system and the only additional hardware needed are the driver mobile units, which are provided with the system. The Algo system takes into consideration many key factors, such as driver availability, order time, number of items in the order, hour of the day, planned staffing, and weather. Who: Joey Pottie, Dragontail Systems’ Director of Integrations and Sales Support When: Tuesday and Wednesday, March 28 and 29, 10 am–3.30 pm; Thursday, March 30, 10 am–3pm Where: Las Vegas Convention Center, booth No. N2552. Photos: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B3bnk4v_1U-6cFozSjB2TlV4SEk?usp=sharing  Video: Algo Dispatching System: https://vimeo.com/179816052  CCSU: https://vimeo.com/191710409  Media contacts: Mimi Ciabarra (United States/Canada)Dragontail SystemsCommunications and Partnershipsmimi.ciabarra@dragontailsystems.com +1 (570) 350-9745 Media & Capital Partners (Australia)Account DirectorBen Grubbben.grubb@mcpartners.com.au +61 414 197 508 BrainChip Announces the Appointment of Robert Beachler as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development 2017-03-28T14:26:35Z brainchip-announces-the-appointment-of-robert-beachler-as-senior-vice-president-of-marketing-and-business-development Highlights - Appointment of Robert Beachler as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development - Mr. Beachler is a Silicon Valley veteran with over 30 years of success in developing and marketing cutting-edge technologies.  - Appointment brings invaluable experience in marketing and business development to BrainChip as it launches SNAPvision, its first commercially available hardware product.  BrainChip Holdings Ltd. (ASX: BRN), (“BrainChip” or the “Company”), is a leading developer of software and hardware solutions for Advanced Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning applications. The Company has developed a revolutionary new Spiking Neuron Adaptive Processor (SNAP) technology that can learn autonomously, evolve and associate information just like the human brain. The technology, which is proprietary, is fast, completely digital, and consumes very low power.  The Company is pleased to announce the appointment of Silicon Valley Veteran Robert Beachler as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development. Mr. Beachler will assume responsibility for all marketing and business development including strategic planning, product definition and account penetration.  Mr. Beachler is a Silicon Valley veteran with over 30 years of success in developing and marketing cutting-edge technologies. His background includes more than 16 years of experience in a variety of engineering and marketing roles at Altera Corporation, a leading provider of Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA) products which was acquired by Intel Corporation in 2015 for over $US16 billion. He has also served as Vice-President of Marketing, Operations, and Systems Design at Stretch Inc, a provider of embedded video processing solutions up until its acquisition by Exar Corporation (NYSE:EXAR) in 2014. While at Exar, Mr Beachler was appointed Vice President of Corporate Marketing and Business Development. Most recently, he served at Xilinx Corporation (NASDAQ: XLNX), the leading worldwide independent provider of FPGA products and led the marketing of imaging, video and machine learning solutions for Xilinx’s industrial, scientific, and medical markets. “Bob joins BrainChip at a very exciting and pivotal time in our growth. His experience in marketing and business development as well as his extensive network of relationships will be invaluable to BrainChip as we launch SNAPvision, our first commercially available hardware product,” said BrainChip President and CEO Louis DiNardo.  “Additionally, Bob’s specific product and domain expertise makes him uniquely positioned to drive our commercialisation strategy of the entire suite of SNAPvision products in the areas of Civil and Commercial Surveillance as well as Machine Vision. He will focus on building a strong sales and marketing team, furthering our existing customer relationships with our hardware-based SNAPvision solution and acquiring new customers”. Mr Beachler added: “Artificial Intelligence is revolutionising computing solutions. I am tremendously excited about BrainChip’s solutions and honoured to join its great team.” About BrainChip (ASX: BRN) BrainChip is a leading provider of software and hardware accelerated solutions for Advanced Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning applications. The Company’s Spiking Neural Adaptive Processor (SNAP) can learn autonomously with a small sample set and provide real-time information, data analytics and knowledge in image and video processing applications, high frequency data streams for financial analysis and event, speech, and speaker recognition from audio sources. BrainChip’s SNAP technology can quickly learn, recognize, and track events in real time from multiple sources and identify repeating patterns in complex data streams. The Company currently provides software and hardware accelerated solutions that address high-performance requirements in Civil Surveillance, Facial Recognition, and Visual Inspection systems. Future solutions include audio analytics and deep learning for financial and other data intensive applications. www.brainchipinc.com. Company Contact: Cossette Drossler VP Finance and Administration +1 (949) 330-6754 Media Contact: Ben Grubb Media and Capital Partnersben.grubb@mcpartners.com.au +61 414 197 508 Investor Relations Contact (US): Laura Guerrant-Oiye Principal Guerrant Associates +1 (808) 960-2642lguerrant@guerrantir.com Investor Relations Contact (Australia): Gabriella HoldAccount DirectorMedia and Capital Partnersgabriella.hold@mcpartners.com.au+61 411 364 382