The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-01-16T04:00:07Z Rockingham Montessori School Provides Unique Opportunities for Children Age 1 to 18 2019-01-16T04:00:07Z rockingham-montessori-school-provides-unique-opportunities-for-children-age-1-to-18 Tony Gillespie, adolescent program deputy principal at Rockingham Montessori School OSHC, announced that the independent school Perth has programs for infants and toddlers to high school alternative pathways. Operated by Our Place OSHC & Pre-Kindly, tours can be scheduled and a limited number of scholarships may be available. The Rockingham school’s learning environment provides options for before school, after school and holiday care during in-school and out-of-school hours. Programs and activities are designed for multiple age levels to stimulate the imagination and encourage learning. During the OSHC Program of extracurricular activities and the school’s Holiday Program, youngsters are invited to play, explore and experiment in areas encompassing sports, art, dance and science. One of the best schools Rockingham, activities may also include other options to accommodate children’s areas of interest. The Infant and Toddler Program operates one day per week for children age 1-3 and playgroups are available three days each week. The Children’s House classes for youngsters age 3-6 include a variety of activities from language and math to arts, technology and culture, along with practical living skills. When they’re ready, children can transition to full-day sessions. For children ages 6-12, the independent school Perth offers the Primary Program that encompasses subjects ranging from biology, science, geography and math to language, technology, language, history, arts and physical education. An Upper Primary program is available for youngsters age 9-12. An adolescent Program is offered for youngsters ages 12-18 years. Students can choose post school pathways that include commerce and law, vocational studies, teaching, obtain an internship, attend university, or transition directly into the work force. Rockingham Montessori School understands there’s more than one route to success and provides high school alternative pathways with passion-based learning to prepare students for real-world experiences. Chemistry by Correspondence and cooking classes are offered. The Rockingham Montessori School offers a wide variety of learning and enrichment opportunities for children at all ages and stages of development. Fees include all meals and snacks appropriate to the session in which a child is enrolled, along with any planned excursions. Accommodations can be made for food allergies and religious requirements. Each class is taught by highly-qualified education professionals. About Rockingham Montessori School Rockingham Montessori School is an independent school near the ocean in Rockingham, Western Australia. We are committed to Montessori philosophy and practice, providing Montessori education experiences for children from 12 months to 18 years of age. Media Contact Rockingham Montessori School Phone: (08) 9528 2118 Email – Primary School: Website: New Zealand Releases New Health and Safety Strategy 2019-01-15T03:50:56Z new-zealand-releases-new-health-and-safety-strategy The New Zealand Government has rolled out a new workplace health and safety strategy for the next decade, which includes a broader definition of work-related harm. Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway said although the nation had made significant progress in recent years, New Zealand’s rates of work-related harm was still high by international standards. “We have made significant progress in reducing work-related harm since the Pike River tragedy but it is clear there is much more we can and must do.” The strategy includes better management of work-related health risks including mental health, while helping business most at risk – such as dangerous sectors and small firms. It also looks to support at-risk workers including Maori, Pasifika, migrants and seasonal workers. “There are still 50-60 deaths from work injuries each year and 600-900 deaths from exposures to health risks associated with their work. This is unacceptably high and the pace of progress has stalled.” “Deaths from work-related disease may be as many as 10 times the number of deaths from acute harm each year, and issues like bullying, stress and fatigue are having a huge impact on workers across New Zealand.” According to the government, the strategy will: Set a clear direction for New Zealand and provide a shared vision Identify common capability gaps and opportunities, through a set of goals and priorities that help focus efforts Support better coordination, by providing visibility of different roles and a framework of discussion Improve measurement, through the work to build a better picture of New Zealand’s overall health and safety  The Strategy was jointly developed by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and WorkSafe New Zealand, together with a range of stakeholders. Its development flows on from the recommendations of the Taskforce on Workplace Health and Safety that reviewed New Zealand’s system in response to the Pike River tragedy in 2012. “New Zealand can be among the world-leaders for workplace health and safety if we can get our attitudes and practices right. The strategy will help us achieve this, by focusing on what makes the biggest impact in key areas that we must improve,” Mr Lees-Galloway said. Drug and Alcohol Training Reduces Workplace Substance Abuse 2019-01-15T03:45:22Z drug-and-alcohol-training-reduces-workplace-substance-abuse Businesses are capable of reducing substance abuse in their workplaces through the implementation of drug and alcohol first-aid programs, according to new research. A study conducted by researchers at the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) at Flinders University examined the experiences of over 100 managers and supervisors who undertook alcohol and other drug (AOD) training sessions. The results revealed that workplaces have the capacity to prevent, ameliorate or exacerbate AOD use. As illicit drug use continues to increase alongside a general decline in irresponsible drinking, businesses should consider taking advantage of training workshops in order to remain aware of key issues concerning AOD use. Training of managers and supervisors in these courses can enhance the workplace culture, policy and physical environment, making time spent at work safer and healthier. The programs also improve skills, knowledge and understanding in tackling the workplace risks of AOD use, as well as raise levels of individual self-help. Researchers suggest businesses set a goal for the new year to take a systemic top-down approach to reducing AOD abuse, which in turn will reveal overlooked problems that might be affecting employee health, injury rates and productivity. Problems concerning company profitability may also be revealed, with alcohol-related absenteeism costing Australian businesses up to $2 billion a year. According to NCETA Director Professor Ann Roche, in order for the top-down approach to be most effective it should complement AOD training for individual workers. “This study highlights the potential for tackling alcohol and other drug issues in their early stages, commencing with testing and information sessions for individual workers to help encourage and sustain more healthy behaviours.” Alongside a range of bottom-up approaches, the top-down approach can have innumerable benefits, including the opportunity to identify workplace conditions that may be precursors to AOD use, such as stress or bullying. Researchers said further study is required into the applicability and suitability of drug and alcohol first-aid programs in different workplaces and industry groups. “While more than half the participants in workplace AOD workshops say they didn’t have a chance to apply the skills they learnt in the workshop, we recommend more follow-up training and wider implementation of such programs — particularly in industries with high and endemic rates of AOD.” Sharp Drive Discuss Vehicle Control 2019-01-14T04:24:39Z sharp-drive-discuss-vehicle-control Effects of Adverse Conditions: The grip or friction between the tyres and the road is what allows the vehicle to respond to the driver inputs – accelerating, braking or steering. That grip is limited by the conditon of the tyres and of the road’s surface. When there is a maximum contact between a good tyre and a good dry, smooth road surface, such as dry asphalt or hotmix, then there is maximum grip. Chip seal is not as good as it lacks continuous smooth contact with the tyre. At the opposite end of the scale is an unsealed road made up of dirt, which has very little grip, with loose stones or gravel which simply act as little rollers between the tyres and the road. Anything that contaminates a sealed road surface, such as dirt, cattle crossings and spills, like oil or chemicals greatly reduce the grip. Wet autumn leaves are very slippery hazzards. Watch for gravel swept from the shoulder onto the sealed corners. It is like driving on little rollers, causing an instant loss of grip. Water, in any form, mist or fog, snow or ice will make any surface more slippery, and is worse when combined with any other contaminants, such as dirt or oil. Pools of standing water from heavy rain cause acquaplaning. Asphalt is more prone to acquaplaning than chipped seal, which allows a certain amount of water to escape, forming little valleys between the stones. To avoid aquaplaning don’t drive through water. If unavoidable, slow down. A common and dangerous loss of grip occurs when there is a very light shower of rain, or after a very hot spell. We become used to the good grip of a hot, dry road, but a film of moisture will make the normal accumulation of dirt and oil on the road surface very greasy. One benefit of heavy rain is that it washes the road surface clean. With good tread depth, and avoiding pools, grip on sealed roads in rain can be quite good. In any conditions less than a good, dry sealed road braking distances will be longer, acceleration grip will be less, allowing wheel spin, and cornering grip will be reduced. Unexpected transisition between different road conditions is very hazardous. Keep a sharp watch out and reduce speed for any changes. In these conditions the slightest lack of smoothness in braking, steering or accelerating can result in a loss of control slide. When cresting a rise, or a loss in road camber can cause a slight un-weighting of the wheels, effectively reducing the grip. Combined with other conditions that could be enough to push the vehicle beyond the limits of control. For more information on online driver safety courses, online defensive driving courses, defensive driving courses online and online driving classes Sydney please go to . iWorld Australia launches DIY Circuit Scribe Drone Builder Kit 2019-01-14T00:08:02Z iworld-australia-launches-diy-circuit-scribe-drone-builder-kit Melbourne - 14 January, 2018 - iWorld Australia launches Circuit Scribe Drone Builder Kit after a successful launch on kickstarter raising up to $100,000. This all-inclusive kit is destined to fly onto everyones wish list, as it gives users the ability to quickly build their own drone and fly it with a smart phone."We're very excited to bring this next generation Circuit Scribe kit to market after receiving such a great response from the Kickstarter community," said Nick Nanan, Director of Sales, Circuit Scribe. "The Drone Builder Kit allows users to apply concepts they've learned from our original kits, like basic circuitry principles, to their very own DIY project and bring it to life. The renewed focus of application with this kit will show its users how fundamental concepts are used in tangible products that are part of their everyday lives." The Drone Builder Kit comes with everything needed to create and fly a DIY drone. Each kit provides users with step-by-step directions as they simply draw the "wires" to the motors with the Circuit Scribe Pen and use the included cardboard arms to easily make something out of nothing. The Circuit Scribe Pen is filled with non-toxic conductive silver, which is used to draw traces from the motors to the hub, allowing the user to quickly build their own drone and fly it with a smart phone (Android and Apple). Flying is a breeze with the one key lift-off, landing and hover-mode, and if it crashes, users can simply pull out an additional set of cardboard wings to start again. This drone can be used indoor and outdoor, has a birds-eye view available with 480p camera, a three-minute flight time and a 150-foot communication range. The Drone Builder Kit comes with a Circuit Scribe Pen, hub, motors, three pair of cardboard wings and propellers. The free Drone Builder app is available for download on Android and Apple devices. It is recommended for ages 13 and up and retails for $149.95 AUD at For more information, please visit: Circuit ScribeThis young company is passionate about the intersection of materials, electricity and education. Dr. Steven Brett Walker is a materials scientist based out of Austin, TX. All of their products boast the highest quality yet are affordable – ensuring all youngsters can explore circuitry at the kitchen table or in the classroom. About iWorld AustraliaiWorld Australia is a leading exclusive distributor of STEM/STEAM Education products across Australia and New Zealand. Our mission is to accelerate the adoption of STEAM education products within schools and households in order to prepare students for careers of the future. Our success is based on quality customer support and solid long term business relationships forged with major retail customers and high profile quality manufacturers. We are also an approved member of the Australian Toy Association (ATA). SAS and Coursera bridge analytics skills gap with new SAS Programming Specialization 2019-01-09T01:24:22Z sas-and-coursera-bridge-analytics-skills-gap-with-new-sas-programming-specialization Cary, NC (Jan 08, 2019) SAS and Coursera today announced a new offering that will enable people to supercharge their careers with high-demand analytics skills. The SAS® Programming Specialization is a starting point for learners to apply SAS skills to careers in areas such as analytics, data engineering, data science, business analytics and biostatistics. The future success of many companies, regardless of size and sector, is dependent on data. As demand for analytics professionals grows, those with data analytics skills such as SAS programming are finding rewarding career opportunities across industries. “Analytics is an essential part of the fourth industrial revolution,” said Sean O’Brien, Vice President of Education at SAS. “Our customers are aggressively seeking talent to help them compete in the age of analytics. The broad reach of Coursera will help learners around the world more easily develop the SAS skills they need to get ahead.” A Coursera Specialization is a series of related courses designed to help master a specific topic. The three-course SAS specialization takes learners from the basics through what they need to become SAS certified. Learners who complete the SAS Programming Specialization will acquire the skills to pass the SAS Base Programming Certification exam, a valuable credential across industries. Learners have access to interactive demos, exercises and hands-on practice using a free SAS software environment. They can gain foundational knowledge and practical experience for career paths in data science and business analytics by analyzing real-world data sets. Interested learners can get started with SAS on Coursera by visiting the SAS Programming Specialization page. The SAS Global Certification program has long been the standard for industries like banking, pharma and insurance. Launched in 1999 to validate SAS skills and knowledge, the program has awarded more than 165,000 SAS credentials to individuals in 112 countries. Coursera specialization one of many ways to build SAS skills SAS offers many flexible ways for students and adult learners to learn SAS, including: A SAS Learning Subscription offers e-learning, help from experts, digital badging and performance tracking to help people plot a path to successful certification. SAS University Edition and SAS OnDemand for Academics provides professors, students, researchers and independent learners free access to SAS software for teaching and learning. Free e-learning and video tutorials are available for a variety of analytics topics. The SAS Academy for Data Science online program offers credentials in big data and data science and provides learners experience with advanced analytics such as machine learning, forecasting and optimization. SAS has collaborated with colleges and universities around the world to launch 75 degree and 212 joint certificate programs in analytics and related disciplines. 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®. Best-selling author and global speaker, Gary Douglas, releases new book 'A World of Choice, A World of Freedom' 2019-01-08T22:04:03Z best-selling-author-and-global-speaker-gary-douglas-releases-new-book-a-world-of-choice-a-world-of-freedom In A World of Choice, A World of Freedom, Access Consciousness® founder, Gary Douglas highlights the single most powerful factor we have in creating a life we desire: what we choose for ourselves. He says: “The greatest freedom you have available to you in life is the ability to choose.” A World of Choice, A World of Freedom is based on conversations between Gary Douglas and the global participants of a four-part telecall series. Throughout the book, Douglas discusses the power of choice; how we sometimes avoid it, how we can harness it for greater creative possibility. “Your choice creates your reality. You have to choose the reality you want. Every time you have an opportunity for something, you have to look at it and ask: What do I want to choose? What do I want to create as my reality?”, Gary explains. The book also includes a powerful ‘clearing statement’ – a verbal tool to help you release any limitations, expectations and misconceptions about the power of choice, and how it creates your reality. “As you work through this book, you will begin to see things from a different point of view”, Gary says. “Possibilities will appear that you wouldn’t have recognized before. A new reality will start to show up in your life in ways you would never have expected.” In A World of Choice, A World of Freedom, you will learn:   ·        Why looking for the ‘correct choice’ will limit you in life ·        How choice creates reality, and what you can do to turn your choices into greater possibility ·        Why having a willingness to choose is vital ·        The power of the ten-second increment ·        What you can learn from choosing what you don’t want Best-selling author, international speaker and business innovator, Gary Douglas has become an internationally-recognized thought leader, transforming thousands of lives across the world. He empowers people to see different possibilities and to recognize what is truly possible for them. Douglas is acknowledged worldwide for his unique perspectives on personal transformation that are unlike anything else in the world. He is not aligned with any particular religion or tradition. The Access Consciousness tools are now offered in 173 countries and have been translated into 30 languages. Sales and distribution by Access Consciousness Publishing   Publish Date 8th January RRP $20.00 Also available as an eBook Many Sunscreens Don’t Meet Their Label Claims 2019-01-02T04:51:24Z many-sunscreens-don-t-meet-their-label-claims-1 A New Zealand investigation into sunscreen manufacturers has seen six out of 10 sunscreens fail to meet the SPF claims made on the label. Consumer NZ tested 10 sunscreens against two aspects of the voluntary Australian and New Zealand standard for sunscreens: First was a sunscreen’s SPF (sun protection factor), which measures protection against UVB rays, and second was its broad-spectrum protection (against UVA and UVB rays). Only three of the 10 sunscreens met their SPF label claim and the requirements for broad-spectrum protection. Five products claimed to be either SPF50 or 50+, and produced results of between 16 and 42. However, the worst performing product by far was Coola Classic Body Sunscreen Plumeria SPF30 – which only produced an SPF of 6. The watchdog says a key reason for the variations was a lack of consistency between batches. “Companies don’t have to regularly test their products to ensure they still meet SPF claims even if the ingredient supply changes. This is especially an issue for sunscreens containing titanium dioxide or zinc oxide.” The sunscreen standard is mandatory in Australia, but voluntary in New Zealand where sunscreens are classified as cosmetics. Consumer NZ said they had been “campaigning for a mandatory sunscreen standard for many years.” “In a country with one of the highest rates of skin cancer and melanoma in the world, it’s not good enough sunscreens aren’t regulated.” “Companies should be testing each new formulation of a product, especially if it contains different active ingredients. They should also regularly test their products to ensure different batches still meet their label claims.” Skin Cancer College president Dr Keith Monnington said voluntary compliance with the standard was simply not satisfactory for a country with high skin cancer rates. “Consumers need to have confidence in SPF claims made by sunscreen manufacturers.” Sunscreens that met their claims: Nivea Sun Kids Protect & Sensitive Sun Lotion SPF50+ UV Guard Max Sunscreen SPF50+ Essone Natural Sunscreen Summer Coconut & Jojoba SPF30 Smart365 Sun Sunscreen Lotion Kids SPF50+ Sunscreens that didn’t: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face & Body Dry-Touch Sunscreen Lotion SPF50 Bondi Sands Coconut Beach Sunscreen Lotion SPF50+ Banana Boat SunComfort SPF50+ Sunsense Sensitive Invisible SPF50 Coola Classic Body Plumeria SPF30 This is certainly not the first study to find sunscreens were falling short of the label claims. Last years Consumer NZ investigation found only nine (out of 20) sunscreens met their SPF label claim and requirements for broad spectrum. And earlier this year, a US consumer organisation found 24 (out of 73) lotions, sprays, sticks and lip balms tested at less than half their labelled SPF. The Skin & Cancer Foundation of Australia recently urged employers to wake up on sun safety, after a study found an ‘unacceptable’ number of organisations were failing to meet their responsibilities in protecting workers from sun exposure (see related article). The study found that of the 8 million Australian workers who work outside sometimes, mostly, or all of the time, an alarming 57% said their employers did not supply them with sunscreen. Consumer NZ’s sun safety advice: Look for sunscreens with an SPF of at least 30+, plus water resistance and broad-spectrum protection. Apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before going outside. Apply plenty – about one teaspoonful (5ml) for each arm, each leg, your back, your front and your face (which includes your neck and ears). That adds up to about 35ml for a full-body application. Ignore “once-a-day” claims. Sunscreen should be reapplied often – every two hours you’re outside. Mopping up sweat or towelling dry reduces protection: apply another coat of sunscreen immediately. Uber’s Self-Driving Cars Back on the Road in USA 2019-01-02T04:46:38Z uber-s-self-driving-cars-back-on-the-road-in-usa Having lowered their expectations, Uber plans to slowly resume testing its self-driving cars on Pittsburg roads, eight months after a fatal accident in Arizona that saw the company and its program come under intense scrutiny. In March this year, a Volvo SUV equipped with Uber’s autonomous-vehicle (AV) system failed to respond to a pedestrian crossing the road, striking and killing 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg at approximately 60 kph (see related article). The crash caused the safety of autonomous vehicles, and specifically the LIDAR technology that drives them, to come under intense public scrutiny, with some suggesting Uber’s self-driving program was too aggressive. Now, a downgraded version of the original program will begin in the next few weeks, and will see Uber’s autonomous vehicles run a one-mile loop in Pittsburgh. The cars won’t operate at night or in wet weather, and won’t exceed 25 miles an hour (40 kph). Before the accident, Uber had around 200 autonomous vehicles on the roads in Arizona, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Toronto, with vehicles clocking speeds as high as 55 miles an hour (89 kph). The program has continued to face obstacles since its inception, with cars failing to react as fast as human drivers, and some test drivers complaining that software patches were causing the cars to drive erratically. An internal email sent to Uber executives that was recently made public raised safety concerns about the company’s autonomous vehicle program just days before the fatal accident in March. The email claims that Uber’s vehicles were getting into accidents regularly, with the fleet “hitting things every 15,000 miles”, and vehicles being damaged “nearly every other day”. It also claims that near misses occurred every 100 miles and that backup drivers had to intervene once every one to three miles. Last month, Uber chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi noted that the company recognises that there are still considerable inherit risks involved in their self-driving program. “We are committed to anticipating and managing risks that may come with this type of testing, but we cannot — as no self-driving developer can — anticipate and eliminate every one.” 2018 a momentous year ending with industry divided into ‘receptors’ & ‘rejectors’ says Mentor’s Dr Sinclair 2018-12-20T03:04:36Z 2018-a-momentous-year-ending-with-industry-divided-into-receptors-amp-rejectors-says-mentor-s-dr-sinclair As possibly the most momentous year to date in the history of Australian financial services comes to an end, advice practitioners are being divided into two very distinct groups said Mentor Education Group (Mentor) founder and managing director Dr Mark Sinclair.   Commenting further, Dr Sinclair said by every account, the financial services sector has literally faced a tsunami of challenges including the Royal Commission, FASEA, Productivity Commission Report, etc that in their wake has left the advice sector in particular shell shocked and polarised into camps he describes as ‘receptors’ and ‘rejectors’.   “The ‘receptors’ have accepted the new compliance and education reality and are embracing the fourth Industrial Revolution*, that by reengineering their practices, adapting and applying new technologies, they can ride the crest of the wave to new, exciting commercial opportunities”, said Dr Sinclair.   “The ‘rejectors’, mainly comprise mature age and experienced advisers, that gallantly weathered storm after storm in the past, have decided this current regulatory environment is much too much and have chosen to retire and exit the industry before 2024”.   This fourth Industrial Revolution of emerging digital technology breakthroughs is here, and it allows receptors to reach more people and offer them new services, and in the process greatly improve client experience and financial indicators.   Transforming into a digital advice practice requires passion for improving client centric processes, client experience and most importantly client outcomes by embracing new digital tools which are relatively accessible, easy to learn and cost effective.   For example, today’s customer relationship management (CRM) systems embody artificial intelligence, workflow management, machine learning, API integration to centralise all information and personalised (automatic) client interactions using the clients preferred communications channel, be it mobile phone, email, WeChat etc.   Combine this with faster internet speeds, video conferencing and compliance tools, and we have a wave of transformation which is engulfing the local and global economy at a faster rate than previously thought possible.    Financial advisers are not alone with accountants, brokers, real estate agents, the legal profession and educators facing similar challenges, affirmed Dr Sinclair.   Riding the digital wave is not just a priority for the advice sector, but also for Mentor Education.  EduTech is fast becoming a key differentiator across the education sector and Mentor is embracing, along-side advisers, this new digital age, said Dr Sinclair.    This has seen Dr. Sinclair identify and deploy within Mentor the best of breed CRM, learning management system (LMS), Student management System (SMS) and integrate across over 50 applications.   Business and technology transformation is in Dr Sinclair’s blood, cutting his teeth at KMPG and AT Kearney before founding Mentor in 2003, and Mentor has TV screens on every wall highlighting key metrics such as student satisfaction and response times.   However, it is only now in this new digital age that the enabling technology is readily accessible, relatively easy to implement and, most importantly, affordable to small and medium sized businesses.   As a result, Mentor is regarded as the ‘go to’ learning provider for a new and expanded range of programs, including – - Business and Management qualifications - Accounting & Bookkeeping qualifications - Financial Services qualifications - Finance & Mortgage Broking qualifications - Real Estate Agents Representative (Victoria) course - Diploma of Finance and Mortgage Broking Management - Financial Planning Aged & Disability Care Adviser - Cryptocurrency and Blockchain courses   Dr Sinclair continued, “Although immensely satisfied with our courses and collaborative industry programs, it is the individual success our students that we are most proud”.   Across all Mentor courses 2016 to 2018 –  - the completion rate was 85.35% of all enrolments in full qualifications, - the attrition rate 6.24%; and - retention rate 93.76%   Dr Sinclair concluded, “Although 2018 will end with a sigh of relief there are still hurdles ahead for the many sectors that comprise professional advisory services – but none more so than financial advisers”.   “The legacy of the Royal Commission and new education / professional development requirements will, over the long run, be positive for them (financial advisers) by creating a stronger environment which, over time, will result in improved transparency, governance and business growth / success”.   ENDS     Issued by Mentor Education RTO 21683:                  Media enquiries:     Mr. Joe Perri, Joe Perri & Associates Pty Ltd Tel:  +61 3 9324 0362  Mob:  +61 412 112 545  E:   * The four Industrial Revolutions.      1784 First Industrial Revolution – mechanisation, steam power and weaving loom.  1870 Second Industrial Revolution – mass production, assembly line and electrical energy.  1969 Third Industrial Revolution – automation, computers and electronics.  Today Fourth Industrial Revolution – cyber physical systems, internet of things and networks.    Don’t let your Yuletide joy turn sour… How to cook the Christmas ‘bird’ safely 2018-12-19T21:00:00Z dont-let-your-yuletide-joy-turn-sour-how-to-cook-the-christmas-bird-safely-1 Chook Chat Blog – Don’t let your Yuletide joy turn sour… How to cook the Christmas ‘bird’ safely To keep you informed please see a link to this month's 'Chook Chat', the blog for the Australian Chicken Meat Industry, and a post by Deputy Executive Director Dr Kylie Hewson. This month's blog takes a timely look at cooking the Christmas ‘bird’ safely. In previous blogs we’ve emphasised the importance of adhering to the key food safety principles of ‘clean, chill, cook, separate’(see infographic here in ensuring your chicken handling skills in the kitchen are up to scratch and that your roast chook doesn’t make you crook – but how does this relate to preparing a Christmas turkey? The bacteria that may be present on raw turkey are basically the same as those that may be found on raw chicken, so the general food safety tips still apply, but the size difference between turkeys and chickens means there are some nuances to preparing your roast turkey. The direct link to the post is or visit the Chook Chat blog on Blog updates are also communicated via the ACMF twitter channel (@ACMFchicken). About the ACMF The Australian Chicken Meat Federation (ACMF) is the peak body of Australia’s chicken meat industry, representing both growers and processors. Its members are the five State Chicken Meat Councils (NSW, VIC, QLD, SA and WA), the Australian Chicken Growers’ Council and the Australian Poultry Industries Association. Its blog 'Chook Chat' is aimed at providing an insight into the way the chicken industry does things and why – it is not intended to promote products, but to provide the facts. For more information about Australian Chicken Meat Federation, visit Media inquiries contact: Quay Communications, Emma Norgrove, M:0499 688 001, T:02 9386 9161, IXUP achieves global ISO/IEC 27001 Information Security certification 2018-12-19T01:44:21Z ixup-achieves-global-iso-iec-27001-information-security-certification Sydney, Australia - 19 December 2018 -- IXUP achieves global ISO/IEC 27001 Information Security certification Validates IXUP’s information security management system ISO/IEC 27001 certifies risk management processes Highlights IXUP’s commitment to information governance and safeguarding data Secure data collaboration company, IXUP Limited (ASX: IXU) (“IXUP” or the “Company”), today announced it has obtained ISO/IEC 27001 certification. The internationally recognised ISO/IEC 27001 certification is a best practice framework for managing information security within an organisation and is obtained only by companies with the highest security standards. The certification process included an independent audit of IXUP by the British Standards Institution (BSI) which covered areas such as risk management procedures, threat mitigation, access control and physical security. The internationally accepted information security standard was awarded to the Company for satisfying compliance criteria and demonstrating a systematic approach to managing sensitive information. This included ensuring IXUP has a formalised and structured business management system which can continually identify, assess and effectively treat information risks. IXUP CEO Peter Leihn said: “By gaining ISO/IEC 27001 certification, IXUP is further proving its credentials to secure sensitive information. Data governance, risk, compliance and security are all key concerns for today’s organisations. Our ISO/IEC 27001 certification will reassure current and prospective clients that we meet strict data compliance obligations. We have always sought to ensure we meet best practice standards - our clients demand the highest level of data security. Our ISO/IEC 27001 certification acknowledges we take data security seriously.” Chris Meehan, General Manager of Operations and Training at BSI said: “By achieving certification to ISO/IEC 27001, the world’s most widely recognised Information Security Management System standard, IXUP will be able to continually monitor and manage information security across the organisation, reassuring clients that they have implemented best practice information security methods.” ISO/IEC 27001 also provides a framework to identify and document possible threats, along with resultant recommended information security controls and other risk treatment initiatives; with compliance regularly monitored through internal and external audits. IXUP’s certification underpins its focus on continual improvement to ensure its risk systems always meet best practice information security standards. -ENDS- About IXUP Founded in 2011 and listed on the ASX in 2017, IXUP (ASX:IXU) is a pioneer of secure data collaboration. The company’s unique, proprietary software platform allows multiple parties to connect sensitive data and collaborate without exposure of that data. IXUP’s multilayered, encrypted approach eliminates the risks posed by sharing data or using third parties, and each collaborator retains complete control over their data at all times. Within IXUP’s trusted platform, collaborators explore the matches achieved and derive rich, actionable insights for competitive advantage. IXUP is headquartered in Sydney, Australia. For more information visit About BSI BSI is the business improvement company that enables organisations to turn standards of best practice into habits of excellence. Working with over 86,000 clients across 193 countries, it is a truly international business with skills and experience across a number of sectors including aerospace, automotive, built environment, food, and healthcare. Through its expertise in Standards Development and Knowledge Solutions, Assurance and Professional Services, BSI improves business performance to help clients grow sustainably, manage risk and ultimately be more resilient. For more information visit: Media Contacts: Dylan Hayley Rosenthal PR Executive - Filtered Media Tel: 0419 609 703 E: Warakirri College Fairfield’s Students and Teachers Welcome Fantastic Furniture’s Christmas Gift 2018-12-19T00:36:30Z warakirri-college-fairfield-s-students-and-teachers-welcome-fantastic-furniture-s-christmas-gift A total of five brand new sofas in shades of navy and vibrant teal were delivered to the school, and have been wholeheartedly welcomed by students, teachers and administrators. Three sofas have been installed in a student common area to replace worn furniture; feedback from students describes the new additions as ‘super comfortable’ and ‘great for hanging out’. One sofa has gone to the counsellor’s office, where there’s plenty of traffic; and the last to the library, which also doubles as a quiet room for students who need to recharge. “The environment here is what makes Warakirri different. Our partnership with Fantastic has enabled us to provide our students with a beautiful, comfortable environment that helps them feel safe and able to be themselves. And when they feel comfortable, they’re better placed to learn and thrive,” said Jennifer Lawrence, Head of Campus at Warakirri College Fairfield. “These donations have a practical aspect too: the money we’ve saved on these sofas is now able to be spent on providing our students with more opportunities to learn.” MTC Australia has enjoyed a mutually beneficial partnership with Fantastic Furniture since 2014. Fantastic has furnished rooms at MTC Auburn and Parramatta, as well as both Warakirri College campuses at Fairfield and Blacktown; offered work experience opportunities to MTC SEE (Skills for Education & Employment) students; and employed young people from the Transition to Work program. “Fantastic Furniture is thrilled to have been associated with MTC and Warakirri College since 2014. As a company that began from humble origins in Western Sydney in 1989, this area has always been close to the heart of everything we do,” said Adam Davies, GM Retail at Fantastic. “While both MTC and Fantastic have grown from humble origins to leaders in our respective fields, there is a synergy between our companies – and that is our desire to help people bring their dreams to life.” “We are proud to continue supporting Warakirri with a retail and warehouse work experience program, giving students opportunities to experience and learn valuable skills in a retail environment,” Mr Davies continued. “We’re extremely impressed with the great work the team at MTC do, and proud to be associated.” About Warakirri College Warakirri College is an independent high school for young people aged 15–22 completing their Year 10 and Higher School Certificate. Students have disconnected from mainstream schools due to peer relations difficulties like bullying or gender issues, mental health challenges such as anxiety or depression, complex family backgrounds, refugee experience or parenthood. Warakirri is an independent high school with campuses at Fairfield and Blacktown. As a social impact initiative of MTC Australia, students do not pay fees and are provided with textbooks, food and other resources. Graduates typically progress to University, TAFE, private colleges and employment. About MTC Australia MTC is the social enterprise that gives people the inspiration, capability and opportunity to create a fulfilling life. We deliver high impact employment, training and youth programs that help more than 15,000 people every year to gain skills for employment and entrepreneurship, build self-worth, and enable possibilities for transformative change. About Fantastic Furniture The Fantastic Furniture story begins with a humble stall at Sydney Parklea markets back in 1989. Today we’re proud to be Australia’s best value furniture and bedding retailer. With 78 stores right across Australia and over 1,000 passionate team members, we're always ready to help. We have a huge range of furniture available both in-store and online, including our own range of sofas and mattresses that are proudly made right here in Australia! We also know that visiting stores searching for that perfect office storage solution, kids’ furniture, dining table or furniture package can be time-consuming, which is why we offer a huge selection of affordable furniture online, so you can find everything you need in one place and browse from the comfort of your own home! AIIA iAwards extend early bird submission to 4 February 2019 2018-12-18T22:19:31Z aiia-iawards-extend-early-bird-submission-to-4-february-2019 Sydney, Australia – 19 December -- The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the nation’s peak representative body for the ICT sector, has announced that the early bird closing date for the 2019 AIIA iAwards entries has been extended to 4 February. Entrants who register before 4 February 2019 will still be able to amend their entries until the official closing date of 21 February. For the past 25 years, AIIA has been driving an innovation nation through its iAwards program. It is now Australia’s longest running and most broadly scoped innovation recognition program, promoting excellence in the Australian digital ecosystem. Commenting on the AIIA iAwards, newly appointed AIIA CEO Ron Gauci, said: “At the 2018 iAwards we saw life-changing innovations such as a modular, self-fitting hearing aid, and the use of virtual reality to treat phobias. We witnessed robots that write their own code and the world’s first automatic, real-time, artificial intelligence shark detection system. “Following on from this year’s success, we are excited about the prospect of more awe- inspiring entries in the 2019 program. By entering the 2019 AIIA iAwards, innovators will be taken on a journey that will bring them national exposure and media attention that has been enjoyed by past winners. Entry for Students and Startups is free, so if you have a great idea we look forward to hearing from you.” Leon Young, Founding CEO of Cogniss and 2017 Community Services Market iAwards Winner, offers the following advice to 2019 applicants. “If you’re considering applying, go in with the confidence that you've met the criteria, you know how to present your entry and you’re committed to the application process. It’s a highly competitive award with good industry recognition. “As a small business, the two things you rely on are your customer references and credibility. The AIIA iAwards act as some sort of mark of the quality of what your business is doing and is a great way to help you achieve your business goals.” The Yield, an Australian agricultural technology company on a mission to transform food and farming practices with scalable digital technology, won both the Big Data / Machine Learning Innovation of the Year and Startup of the Year categories at the 2017 iAwards. Since the win, the company has gone from strength to strength in ANZ and internationally, gaining several large corporate clients. Tallulah Robinson, Marketing Coordinator, said: “Our advice for those entering in future awards is to keep entries short, succinct and to the point. Include any statistics or evidence you can and keep the focus on the problem you’re solving. Remember the judges reading the entries are human too, so ensure it is well-written and engaging. And, of course, allow them to see the passion for your technology you undoubtedly have! “Winning two iAwards was an absolute honour, especially as there were so many amazing entries in those categories. It was great to see our hard work paid off and acknowledged, and to receive recognition from such a reputable industry body. Winning was also invaluable in terms of exposure; nothing helps our sales team more than starting a conversation with someone who has already heard of us, knows what we do – and knows we’ve won awards.” For more information visit or to submit an entry for the iAwards program, please visit #iAwards @theiAwards ### 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 Contacts Dylan Hayley Rosenthal PR Executive Filtered Media Tel: 0419 609 703 E: Melbourne Strengthens Position as Tech Capital 2018-12-18T03:25:10Z melbourne-strengthens-position-as-tech-capital Tuesday, 18 December 2018 - The Andrews Labor Government has announced that Melbourne will house the national headquarters of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) – Australia’s peak representative body for the tech sector. The Labor Government also announced that it will host the AIIA National iAwards events as the major sponsor for the next four years, cementing Victoria’s position as Australia’s tech capital. The National iAwards is the leading awards program for the technology industry, recognising and rewarding entries from startups, government, corporates and students from across the nation. The AIIA National iAwards is the centrepiece of Victoria’s annual Digital Innovation Festival, celebrating the tech talent and ideas that help give Victoria our competitive edge. Moving into its 26th year, the AIIA iAwards recognise Australia’s leading digital technology innovators. Nominations for the 2019 awards are already open, with early bird applications closing on 4 February 2019. The Labor Government is a strong supporter of Victoria’s tech sector, which already employs more than 117,000 people, and will continue to invest in the sector to ensure Victoria grows as a technology hub of the Asia Pacific. The establishment of AIIA headquarters in Melbourne will boost opportunities for Victorian businesses to work together and grow the performance of numerous local industries. The AIIA will continue to have a strong national presence with local offices in Sydney and Canberra and state council activities in all states. Quotes attributable to Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Trade Martin Pakula “The decision by the AIIA to choose Melbourne as the location for its new national headquarters is a coup for our tech sector and strengthens our position as Australia’s tech capital.” “We look forward to continuing our work with the AIIA and its members to raise the profile of Australia’s innovators who are helping to create the jobs that will support our future economy.” Quotes attributable to AIIA CEO Ron Gauci “Following the success of the 2018 AIIA National iAwards ceremony in Melbourne, we’re excited to continue our work with the Victorian Government over the next four years." “Melbourne is a great base for our national headquarters as we look to further enhance the reputation of Australia’s leading awards program for the technology industry and pursue our strategic imperatives of innovation, skills and digitisation of the economy.”