The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-07-19T06:55:25Z Driver Turned Chef is Redmako’s Trainee of the Year 2017-07-19T06:55:25Z driver-turned-chef-is-redmako-s-trainee-of-the-year Queensland, 14 July 2017 – Redmako Learning’s Hospitality Trainee of the Year for 2016 has been awarded to a young chef-in-the-making for his high level of self-reliance and development in the commercial kitchen. The award is presented to an individual who has been outstanding in all aspects of their training, and this year it was Nambour resident Eric Benson who received the accolade for his proven personal and career growth, demonstrated keenness, and development in training. Before starting his Certificate III in Commercial Cookery at Redmako Learning, 25-year-old Eric used to operate and drive heavy machinery in the oil and gas industry. Since then he has gone on to find a strong passion in the kitchen and win the title of Trainee of the Year out of more than 200 active and enrolled students. “Having found my passion is something which is important for me,” he says. “Now I can say that I can push myself to succeed in this industry, just to see how far I can take it. I never really want to settle for just getting by, it’s not me, and for me nothing compares to this. There’s just nothing like it. “For me it’s not so much a physical place, it’s more about making myself happy whether I’m in fine dining or working in a café, bistro or pub…it doesn’t really matter where I am so long as I’m using good products to produce quality food that people enjoy. “You can’t ask for more than that, right?” Eric says his apprenticeship helped shaped his life, whereby he could translate all his training into improving his personal world, and being supported by trainers and fellow colleagues was an important aspect of succeeding. He says learning to become a chef has changed his life. “A few months ago, I did a charity event with my executive chef in Brisbane, and it was on the penthouse of the Brisbane River Apartment,” he says. “There were 20-something people and I’m standing there looking at them, thinking that this time last year, I was working at a pub. It was just a really surreal moment for me – that I’ve come this far just from pushing myself at putting myself out there.” Redmako Learning trainer Ali Orchard says Eric showed the most improvement over the past year, and it was important for young people like him to consider hospitality because the industry was in their hands. She says it’s all about the support, and that having a trainer to talk openly to and ask questions of is an amazing benefit. “Eric showed creativity, dedication and innovation in his approach to cooking, which is why he won the Trainee of the Year Award,” she says. “He showed strong interests in sustainability, the environment and producing fresh produce. He is, and will be, an industry leader. “The future of the hospitality industry is in the hands of these young people, we have a responsibility to ensure they have everything they need to keep it going, to train them and develop them.” To be eligible for Redmako Learning’s Trainee of the Year Award, recipients had to complete or be due to complete a Redmako training course that led to a national recognised outcome or qualification, have a contract of training within their relevant state training authority, and excel in career and study achievements. About Redmako Learning Redmako Learning is a training specialist in niche industries including hospitality, business, tourism and events. We deliver up-to-date, dynamic and innovative Government certified training tailored by professionals, for professionals. Redmako Learning delivers training and assessment through traineeships and apprenticeships, Recognition of Prior Learning, in the classroom, and through virtual and eLearning tools. We also work with employers to help attract and retain great staff through pathway to employment program placements, traineeships, and apprenticeships. We are a market leader in providing dynamic tailored programs for students and jobseekers to meet the needs of our large, national employer database, and our success is evident through our ongoing partnerships with the largest employment services in Australia. For more information visit blOOturtle publishing announces signing of new author 2017-07-19T02:54:37Z blooturtle-publishing-announces-signing-of-new-author Sydney 19 July 2017 - eco-friendly book company, blOOturtle Publishing, is excited to announce the signing of author, Sarah Cannata. The soon to be published Willow Willpower becomes the fourth publication to be released through the trOOblOO eco-publishing program.  Ms Cannata is an international best-selling author and is yet another fantastic addition to blOOturtle’s growing list of authors. blOOturtle Publishing is dedicated to working with storytellers who are passionate, imaginative and encourage children to believe that with willpower and hard work, anything is possible.  “The best children’s stories inspire kids to dream and it is these tales that we are looking to bring to life and share with others,” said Nicola Ganaye, Creative Officer of blOOturtle Publishing.  Ms Cannata’s signing will see a new character, Willow Willpower, brought to life. Willow dreams of becoming a pilot when she grows up so that she can see the world. The title will initially be released in English, with additional printings in French and German to follow.  “Working with blOOturtle to bring Willow Willpower to life has been the most exciting and rewarding experience of my life,” said Ms Cannata.  “It’s incredible to collaborate with other creative people who are adopting a larger than life approach and embrace authors being involved in every aspect of the production process. There is no greater gift than having the opportunity to bring a character and vision to life.”  The author’s signing sees blOOturtle Publishing continue to strengthen its place in the Australian and global market as a niche eco-friendly company.  “After putting out a global request for submissions, it’s exciting to see many budding Australian authors putting their hands up to join our eco-friendly book company,” said Tracy Weller-McCormack, Managing Editor of blOOturtle Publishing.  “There’s nothing more exciting than reading a submission that instantly grabs our attention and cements itself as something a little outside the box.”  For more information on blOO visit our website, or contact us at  About blOO  blOOturtle Publishing is a niche eco-friendly children's book company. In addition to producing our own publishing catalogue, blOO also assists aspiring authors in “doing it yourself” with our support packages. Our criteria is simple, if there is a fantastic bedtime, nap time or kid time story to be shared, we want to know about it. Visit our website to learn more on our submissions criteria, services and our planet focused publishing programs.  New HR Professional Development Centre to Fill People Analytics Education Gap 2017-07-19T01:55:52Z new-hr-professional-development-centre-to-fill-people-analytics-education-gap SYDNEY, Australia – 19 July 2017 – Aiming to fill the training and education gap in the emerging discipline of People Analytics, Australian-based specialist provider of workforce management and analytics solutions RITEQ has today launched its RITEQ Education Centre. RITEQ’s diverse offering provides practical tools and services that assist first-timers in people analytics through to those seeking in-depth specialist advice. This launch marks the release RITEQ’s People Analytics education program – a series of toolkits, webinars, workshops, blended learning programs and consulting services designed to expedite an organisation’s introduction to and implementation of People Analytics. “What’s really exciting about the RITEQ Education Centre toolkits is that we can help a HR department with a traditional operational focus quickly begin to leverage data and tools to deliver clear, strategic value to the business,” said Stephen Moore, General Manager Education and Capability – People Analytics, RITEQ. “The toolkits are outcome focused around challenges the HR team and business commonly face.” More Than Just a Data Science Skills Shortage – There’s a People Analytics Education Shortage “Australian organisations are not yet adequately equipped to perform People Analytics,” said David Kroser, Managing Director, RITEQ, “and risk falling behind the UK, Europe and the US – markets that are well ahead in their understanding of the considerable business value of this emerging discipline.” “For years we have been hearing about a ‘big data’ or data science skills shortage in Australia,” said Kroser. “That is compounded in the area of People Analytics by a general lack of education and professional development opportunities around workforce data analytics and strategic planning. At RITEQ, we are taking considerable steps to change that.” Supporting the Metamorphosis of the Modern HR Department It differs from business to business and from industry to industry, of course, but labour costs can easily represent up to 60 per cent, if not more, of an organisations annual expenses. Who is analysing that cost? How are organisations understanding and managing that cost? RITEQ contends it must be the role of the HR department to facilitate this business analysis.  The RITEQ Education Centre, available now in Australia and around the world, is focused on building the analytical and strategic capabilities of the HR department, as it elevates its role in the business from operational to strategic.  Toolkits Any business that wants to get started with People Analytics can do so using RITEQ’s set of People Analytics Toolkits, which – as a whole – provide the training and proven tools developed from decades of experience and expertise to deliver twelve effective and relevant reports. Currently the toolkits fit into the Workforce Management & Performance layer of People Analytics and can assist HR departments with measuring, reporting and advising on focus areas like turnover and absenteeism, health and safety, governance and compliance and more.  A savvy head of HR would assign team members specific areas of People Analytics to focus on, and leverage the toolkits to enable the department to add workforce management value in the short term and form a base on which to develop Workforce Planning capabilities.   Webinars  A series of People Analytics Webinars will drill down into specific aspects of people analytics order to provide more in-depth knowledge and understanding to inform and enable better outcomes Workshops RITEQ’s custom designed People Analytics Workshops focus on Process Design Facilitation, helping an organisation develop the strategy, processes and action plan required to implement People Analytics effectively, in response to its specific business needs, objectives and desired outcomes.  Moore said, “After many years of providing face-to-face HR metrics training across ANZ and Southeast Asia it has long been a dream of mine to have the opportunity to create an education centre like this, because the education system – here and elsewhere – doesn’t embrace people analytics in either undergrad or post graduate programs.” For more information, visit and purchase courses from RITEQ’s People Analytics curriculum online.  ACS Releases New 2017 Course Handbook 2017-07-18T01:49:11Z acs-releases-new-2017-course-handbook ACS Distance Education have recently released a new digital course handbook for 2017. Download the 2017 course handbook to learn about all the courses that ACS Distance Education has on offer. The handbook introduces our huge range of courses. With over 600 distance education courses covering such a wide array of topics, this handbook is an essential compendium for anyone interested in further studying on a personal or professional level. Some of the areas that ACS Distance Education courses include are gardening, horticulture, self-sufficiency, environmental studies, agriculture, psychology, health, leisure and fitness, hospitality animal care, science and business studies. Our distance courses are flexible to suit our students’ busy lifestyles, and our courses can be taken online, via correspondence or e-learning. Our courses are the result of continuous input from academic officers, students and industry over a period of more than 35 years. The input has come from formal channels (e.g. advisory committees, industry reports, student and employer surveys, etc), and informally, by alterations/improvements being made to course notes whenever an improvement is required. To download your free electronic copy of the course handbook, please visit our website: Ascent Footwear Teaching Australian Children an Important Life Skill 2017-07-17T03:46:56Z ascent-footwear-teaching-australian-children-an-important-life-skill As an Australian footwear company, we are concerned about the development of children’s feet. We value research, development and engaging with the medical community to provide high quality supportive footwear. We advocate education to promote foot health and safety. As part of our social responsibility we offer free educational lessons for school children. Most people are not aware that adult foot ailments frequently have their origins in childhood. Neglecting foot health also invites problems in other parts of the body such as the legs and back. Through our school education program and participation in the community we hope many ailments suffered by the next generation will be diminished. School Ready Program: The transition to school can be a complex journey, with many new experiences and challenges to face. Ascent has designed the School Ready Program to prepare students for their first step into a school shoe. This lesson covers important foot health information in a fun and practical way for early childhood classes. Delivered in kindergarten and childcare centres, this fun incursion prepares students for life in the school yard, an environment where correct footwear is an essential part of every day. Shoe Lace Tying Lesson: An international poll involving 6,017 parents, found two-thirds of kids aged three to five years knew how to navigate a smartphone or iPad, 70% could play a basic computer game, 58% could ride a bike, but only 8% could tie their shoe laces. The free shoe lace tying lessons conducted by Ascent not only help children learn an important life skill, it will create independence and assist in developing their fine motor skills.  This fun and interactive lesson guides the students through the nine steps of tying shoelaces until they are able to master the task and independently tie their own. Foot Health Lesson: As Leonardo da Vinci said, ‘the human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art’. The Ascent foot health lesson explores the engineering of the human foot and addresses the importance of wearing correctly fitting footwear. Using contemporary fitting technology and specially designed training aides, students are given the opportunity to discover their own work of art.   For more information and to get your school involved in these free education programs contact 07 32655660 or to register your interest visit: PRESS RELEASE - It’s here! The littleBits Code Kit now available at iWorld 2017-07-14T05:35:28Z press-release-it-s-here-the-littlebits-code-kit-now-available-at-iworld IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE 14.7.17   littleBits Makes Coding Fun Through First-Ever Game-Based Code Kit It’s here! The kit for schools, libraries, and makerspaces that teaches coding through an activity students love: making and play games. Talk to your educators or PTA about getting the Code Kit in your school!  The littleBits Code Kit is an intro to coding in the classroom that engages students through an activity they already love: making and playing games. As a bonus, it’s easy to teach – even with no prior STEM/STEAM experience. The kit combines electronic building blocks with approachable drag-and-drop block-based programming, providing a foundation of coding as a creative tool that can power real-world inventions. “We have seen that the combination of games with the tactile experience of littleBits makes for an incredible experience,” said Ayah Bdeir, founder and CEO of littleBits. “Kids are hyper-engaged, and it’s because they are building something that they actually want to play with. What’s more is that students are not just learning how to code. They’re collaborating and problem-solving while they’re having fun.” The game-based design of the kit is supported by resources to make it easy for educators, even those without computer science experience, to teach coding right out of the box. A 12-member educator advisory board helped create the curriculum making the littleBits Code Kit an education product designed for teachers, with teachers. The littleBits Code Kit includes: Four game-based inventions: Tug-of-War, Ultimate Shootout, Hot Potato, and Rockstar Guitar 100+ activities and lessons for grades 3-8 tied to Next Generation Science Standards and computer science standards Quick start guides for students and educators, a Bit index, and a classroom poster to make it easy to get started right out of the box An interactive online teacher’s guide that will allow educators to import lessons directly into Google Docs 16 Bits including the all-new codeBit and LED Matrix A rechargeable battery & 30 accessories The littleBits Code Kit app that features approachable drag-and-drop block programming based on Google’s Blockly “littleBits has become an essential tool for empowering students to think critically and creatively while still having fun in and out of the classroom. They are challenged to question, shape and change the world through innovation," said Lesa Wang, Visual Arts Teacher & STEAM Integrator, Marymount School of New York in New York City. "This new kit makes a complex subject like coding more accessible through the fun of games, and it gets students to think about ways coding can help solve other problems.” Stock Available Now through iWorld Australia and will also be sold through education product retailers for $549.95 RRP.  ___________________________________________________________________________   WATCH VIDEO   Code Kit Education Class Packs will also be available soon. The Code Kit Class Packs are bundles of the littleBits Code Kit, configured for varying classroom sizes (18 students, 24 students or 30 students) to make it easy for educators to decide which solution is right for them. Ideal for classrooms, schools, or districts, Class Packs help educators bring coding principles to the classroom in a fun and accessible way that ties to national standards.   About LittleBits : littleBits is the New York-based hardware startup that is empowering kids everywhere to become inventors. Through its innovative platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks, littleBits allows anyone to create and prototype with electronics, independent of age, gender or technical ability. As the leader in STEM/STEAM learning, littleBits believes in self-directed exploration and driving excitement for what it calls “invention-based learning,” a concept evolved from project-based learning, which is a trusted and proven approach to teaching in classrooms. The company is also dedicated to successfully bridging the gender gap with its gender-neutral platform, attracting 30-40 percent of young girls to invent with littleBits. By embracing STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics), both girls and boys can invent solutions to the problems that matter to them. littleBits has received several awards including CNN’s “Top 10 Startups to Watch” and one of the CNBC Next List. littleBits is sold in over 150 countries and used by more than 12,000 educators across the world as an engaging tool for making STEAM more accessible to all students and preparing them for the jobs that haven’t been invented yet. For more information and inspiration, please visit     LEARN MORE > ___________________________________________________________________________ For high-res images and marketing assets [Click Here] For any further enquiries please email Eclipse Prepares an Exciting Open Day for Pimpama Community 2017-07-14T00:05:17Z eclipse-prepares-an-exciting-open-day-for-pimpama-community Eclipse Early Education Group’s Pimpama Centre is preparing for open day on Saturday the 22nd of July 2017. The day promises to be filled with fun. Activities for children including a jumping castle, sausage sizzle and face painting are all free to the community.  The open day event will be from 10am until 1pm. A raffle will be held for those who enrol on the day. Members of the public are welcome to attend the event. It is located at 51 Dixon Drive, Pimpama.  The group’s founders Hugh Ellis and Catherine Ellis had twelve years of experience in establishing and running high quality childcare centers when they launched Eclipse. Eclipse now have eleven centres around Australia. These centres are at Brookfield, Clyde North, Craigieburn, Cranbourne East, Cranbourne North, Epping, Eynesbury, Lyndhurst, Murrumbeena, Torquay and Pimpama. The excellent response from parents has encouraged Eclipse to plan many more centres. The programs implemented at Pimpama include Infant care for 0 - 2 year olds, Toddler Care for 2 – 3 year olds, Kinder Care for 3 year olds and a fully funded Kindergarten program for 4 year olds. Eclipse Pimpama also use the Storypark app. This is an app that enables the sharing of photos, videos, observations and plans to support development of each child in their own private learning community with parents at home or at work. It helps parents and families to share images, video, audio and PDFs privately within their family too. Those who would like to get more details about this event may call Christine on 07 5670 3800 or send an email to For information on Eclipse’s Pimpama Centre: Jemimah Ashleigh named one of My Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top 10 Women Entrepreneurs for 2017 2017-07-13T10:06:07Z jemimah-ashleigh-named-one-of-my-entrepreneur-magazine-s-top-10-women-entrepreneurs-for-2017 14 July 2017 Jemimah Ashleigh named one of My Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top 10 Women Entrepreneurs for 2017 Jemimah Ashleigh, founder of Tang’s Design and Epic Social and co-founder of The Business Experiment podcast, is one of My Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top 10 Women Entrepreneurs for 2017. The showcase recognises the outstanding contribution made by individual Australian business women towards their businesses, local communities or by inspiring or mentoring other entrepreneurs. Ms Ashleigh was one of over 2,000 nominations received by My Entrepreneur Magazine for the 2017 showcase. “Being recognised as one of My Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top 10 Women Entrepreneurs is a real honour. Working across three different businesses and multiple industries makes for long days but achievements like this remind me of how lucky I am to be making a living doing work I’m passionate about,” said Ms Ashleigh. “I’m passionate about breaking through the many myths and misconceptions about being an entrepreneur, while helping business owners on their unique journey, however I can. I’ve struggled with anxiety and mental health in the past and I know first-hand the consequences of ignoring self-care as an entrepreneur. “I’ve always said it as it is and The Business Experiment podcast has really opened up that important dialogue piece about how difficult running your own business can be and how to cope with the harder times. No one is an overnight success and the business real now has listeners in over 40 countries and counting so this is clearly a topic people want to hear and talk about,” said Ms Ashleigh. Ms Ashleigh added: “It’s always nice to be recognised for the work you do in business and I’m especially proud of how the The Business Experiment is helping to make within the community thanks to our partnership with Thankyou.” -Ends- To organise an interview or photo opportunity with Ms Ashleigh, please contact Sarah Cannata on 0407 536 133 or via email: About Jemimah Ashleigh Jemimah Ashleigh is the Creative Director of Tangs Design and is the founder of Epic Social. This criminal-investigator-come-jeweller is passionate about breaking through the many myths and misconceptions about being an entrepreneur and thrives on helping other business owners on their journey. CIT Solutions—First ACT Based Training Provider Approved To Offer Latest Certificate IV Training And Assessment 2017-07-13T02:27:38Z cit-solutions-first-act-based-training-provider-approved-to-offer-latest-certificate-iv-training-and-assessment BRUCE, CANBERRA - 13 July, 2017 -  This month, CIT Solutions* have announced that they are the first and currently only Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) approved training provider based in the ACT to offer the new nationally recognised TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment qualification. “Currently there are only about fifteen RTO’s in the entire country who have been granted approval by the national regulator to deliver the new Training and Assessment qualification. We are extremely pleased to be amongst that group of providers.” General Manager of CIT Solutions, Paul Ryan said. The announcement comes after the Australian Industry and Skills Committee made important updates to the Training and Education Training Package that include an update to the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. As a result, TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment has now superseded TAE40110 Certificate IV. The new Certificate IV responds specifically to quality concerns identified by industry stakeholders and ASQA and reflects increased practitioner requirements ensuring positive steps towards a higher quality VET sector. The most notable changes to the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment are the inclusion of two additional core units; TAELLN411 Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy Skills and TAEASS502 Design and Develop Assessment Tools. These units will ensure VET practitioners have a greater understanding of the foundation skills, to better address the needs of learners and enhance assessment practices. “Being approved to deliver this high quality qualification enables us to assure our learners and clients they will gain an edge in their training and assessment careers. We can also assure learners they are investing in a well-respected and trusted training provider who is recognised by the national regulator,” said Mr Ryan. Current holders of the TAE40110 Certificate IV are now able to upgrade to the new qualification via a Bridging Program. The Bridging Program provides current holders of the TAE40110 Certificate IV the ability to upgrade to the TAE40116 version, ensuring their skills are kept up to date. Details on the Bridging Program and future dates can be found at Enrolment for the full TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment July and August intake has commenced and CIT Solutions are pleased to announce that this qualification can be obtained through User Choice funding. User Choice funding is an Australian Apprenticeship initiative that will provide partial funding contribution for training to eligible individuals and groups. Terms and Conditions apply. Details on the course and future dates can be found at TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment contact person: Aline Weber ph: +61 (0)2 6207 3868 e: TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment can also be delivered in-house to businesses and government departments throughout Australia: Kerrie Wilmot ph: +61 (0)2 6207 3664 e: Media contact: Katherine Ryan ph: +61 (0)2 6207 3871 e: *CIT Solutions operates under the registered training organisation status of the Canberra Institute of Technology RTO 0101| CRICOS 00001K DXC Dandelion Program Extends to Canberra with University Partnerships 2017-07-13T00:47:55Z dxc-dandelion-program-extends-to-canberra-with-university-partnerships The DXC Dandelion Work Experience Program today announced The Australian National University (ANU), University of Canberra (UC) and Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) have joined DXC Technology to launch the program in Australia’s capital city. First piloted in Adelaide in 2014, the DXC Dandelion program has been successfully assisting people on the autistic spectrum to build IT careers in partnership with the Australian Department of Defence, the Department of Human Services and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. The goal of the DXC Dandelion Work Experience Program is to provide higher education students with the opportunity to take part in technical work experience and improve their confidence, technical and team working skills to increase their employability. “The DXC Dandelion Work Experience Program allows us to share learning from our employment program with higher education students with autism, giving them the opportunity to improve a range of skills, whilst enhancing their employability,” said Seelan Nayagam, Managing Director, DXC Technology Australia & New Zealand. “The program combines the use of robotics with commercial IT industry teaching and methods to help primary school students who are on the autistic spectrum with educational and engagement development. We have seen that robotics successfully assists with some social and educational needs.” Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Australian National University, said ANU was delighted to be a part of the program. “The Dandelion Work Experience Program provides our students who are on the autistic spectrum with valuable work experience in a real project environment. “ANU has a proud tradition of supporting students on the autistic spectrum to achieve their full potential. ANU is pleased to work with the Dandelion Work Experience Program to provide more opportunities for our students.” Professor Nick Klomp, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), University of Canberra said: “The Dandelion Work Experience Program offers a unique, transformational experience to our students on the autistic spectrum. “They get to learn hands-on what it’s like to work in a real IT project, as well as having access to opportunities to gain long term employment. We are thrilled for UC to take part in the program.” Leanne Cover, Chief Operating Officer, Canberra Institute of Technology said: “The Dandelion Work Experience Program provides our students with valuable, meaningful work experience in a real project environment – in the IT industry sector. It also leads to opportunities for our students to gain long term employment.” Michael Fieldhouse, Program Executive, DXC Dandelion outlines: “The DXC Dandelion Work Experience program allows DXC to reach further into the talent pool, and it has a secondary benefit that allows primary school students on the autistic spectrum to project forward to want IT careers in the future through their interaction with higher education students on the spectrum.” -ENDS- About DXC Technology DXC Technology (DXC: NYSE) is the world’s leading independent, end-to-end IT services company, helping clients harness the power of innovation to thrive on change. Created by the merger of CSC and the Enterprise Services business of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, DXC Technology serves nearly 6,000 private and public sector clients across 70 countries. The company’s technology independence, global talent and extensive partner network combine to deliver powerful next-generation IT services and solutions. DXC Technology is recognized among the best corporate citizens globally. For more information, visit Contacts Victoria Ancell, Senior Account Manager, Porter Novelli Sydney - Little Friends Scholarship Launched To Help Kids 2017-07-12T03:43:05Z little-friends-scholarship-launched-to-help-kids Gold Coast-based NFP Friends With Dignity launched its Little Friends Scholarship this week to help children affected by domestic violence to not miss out on learning. Manuela Whitford, founder, said domestic violence has so many ripple effects. "One of those is a disruption in a child's education," she said. "When a person flees DV, the parent who leaves often does so with very little - money, clothes and other personal belongings. "We know of families who leave with only what they can carry.  This means the child/ren do not have their school uniforms, books or school bags. "This just adds to an already stressful situation." Friends With Dignity provides critical and practical programs to assist survivors of domestic violence, be they men, women or children, in collaboration with refuges and crisis centres. Manuela said with the support of corporate sponsor Jeunesse Kids, Friends With Dignity are now able to provide monetary scholarships. "Twice a year we will give funds to families to ensure all children have the ability to keep learning and/or keep taking part in their sports or extra-curricula activities that they may not be able to pursue because of the financial impact of domestica nand fmaily violence within their family environment," she said. Scholarships are provided on a bi-annual basis with two categories of scholarships: - Educational - Extra-curricula There will be five Educational Scholarships and five Extra-Curricula Scholarships awarded twice per year. Each scholarship is up to the value of $500.00 (maximum amount that can be applied for).  Applications for round 1 are open now and close 31 July. 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: has launched Perdisco UAE Assignment Help Service 2017-07-06T04:36:02Z myassignmenthelp-net-has-launched-perdisco-uae-assignment-help-service With Perdisco, UAE universities design assignments, homework, test and make them available online. UAE students then need to register online with Perdisco on our website. Students will get the notification about the overall activities like test, assessment etc. Students are allowed to attempt the given assignment twice. Based on the score of both the assessment and test, students are awarded highest of the two. Once the assessment is completed, UAE student receives the immediate review based on their answers. 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Combined with the option to apply for onshore renewal and permanent residency after three years, this alleviates some of the nervousness candidates for senior roles have with short-term roles and makes Australian-based positions more attractive. “The extension of a range of specific ICT specialist positions including ICT business analysts, systems analysts, developer/programmers, software engineers, software and application programmers, computer network and systems engineers, telecommunications engineers, telco network engineers, telco field engineers, and technologists into the four-year visa class is similarly welcomed. “After extensive consultation with industry, the Government has acknowledged that Australian businesses need access to global talent to remain internationally competitive. “ICT is Australia’s fastest growing sector – growing at a rate of 2 per cent compared to 1.4 per cent per annum growth for the workforce as a whole – so it’s important to have policies in place that support the industry and a strong national science and innovation agenda.” # # # 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. Media Contacts For more information please contact: Jeffrey Coote Tel: (02) 8355 3130 Joanna Stevens Kramer Tel: 0408 466 410