The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2016-04-26T01:28:21Z Expense8 builds on customer momentum as it expands its global footprint 2016-04-26T01:28:21Z expense8-builds-on-customer-momentum-as-it-expands-its-global-footprint Sydney, Australia – April 26, 2016: Expense8, a subsidiary of global software technology group 8common Limited (ASX: 8CO), today announced that two premier Australian brands Mitre 10 and BAI Communications Pty Ltd, have chosen Expense8 to streamline their accounting, reporting, tax compliance and governance of employee-generated expenses.   The Australian-based performance and productivity software provider continues to demonstrate significant customer momentum, having just rolled out in March the first stage of Expense8 on a Software as a Service (SaaS) basis to support the New South Wales Department of Education Purchasing Card Solution. This is part of a seven-digit contract for an initial three years with provisions for a two-year extension.   Mitre 10 and BAI Communications are now part of a fast growing pool of Expense8 clients including the Australian Electoral Commission, NSW Legal Aid, Woolworths, and Roche Australia.  Coupled with recently established partnerships with leading travel companies Fortune Travel in Singapore and Sunway Travel in Malaysia, Expense8 is well poised to expand its footprint both regionally and internationally.   “The wins are a testament to our product superiority and how we simplify technology experiences for our customers,” said Nick Gonios, CEO, 8common. “These customers had specific challenges unique to their business, yet they recognise the cost and time advantages and technology innovation that Expense8 can bring to the table.”   Existing customers Mitre 10 and BAI Communications attributed Expense8’s powerful reporting capabilities and automated processes to its unwavering commitment to technology innovation and user-centricity.   “After evaluating several comparable solutions, Expense8 still offers the greatest flexibility and hence, the best fit for what we need. In addition, its rapid implementation time, fast onboarding and user-friendly features were huge pluses for us,” said Pratima Chand, AP & Rebates Manager, Mitre 10.   “What resonated with us was that the team at Expense8 fully understood our business challenges and technical requirements. The knowledge and expertise of the team were evident throughout the process,” said George Meimaroglou, Finance Manager, BAI Communications.   Expense8 helps organisations manage their travel and expenses through an easy-to-navigate user interface and core functions.  Tailored for each client, Expense8 provides organisations with all the tools needed for employees to plan and book business trips, and reconcile travel and corporate expenses.  About Mitre 10 Mitre 10 (shop.mitre10.com.au), formed in 1959, is the second largest player in the Australian home improvement and hardware industry. The Mitre 10 group is Australia's only independent home improvement and hardware wholesaler to the industry with an iconic independent and local retail network of over 400 Mitre 10 and True Value Hardware stores. Supported by the wholesaling part of the business, our network of over 400 Mitre 10 and True Value Hardware stores are privately owned, passionately operated and committed to helping every customer with expert advice. Our stores have been providing millions of homeowners with solutions to their home improvement projects for over 50 years. We are part of local communities throughout the country with 70 percent of our stores located in regional Australia. About BAI Communications BAI Communications (www.baicommunications.com) designs, builds and operates highly available communications networks – broadcast, radio, cellular, Wi-Fi, digital – for our customers across the globe.   With operations in Australia, USA, Canada, Europe and Hong Kong we are at the heart of some of the most innovative technology around, technology that is keeping people connected.   We own and operate one of the most extensive transmission networks in the world, supported by our national Network Operations Centre and Australia’s largest team of broadcast trained field resources. Emergency services rely on us in times of crisis to maintain their critical communications networks and our pioneering long-range technology will take digital high frequency radio communications to 1.5 million square kilometres of Queensland.   In New York City and Toronto, we are extending Wi-Fi, wireless and cellular network coverage and in Hong Kong, the rail network is now capable of delivering the highest quality cellular data globally thanks to our Distributed Antenna System (DAS) technology. And our sophisticated, fast and stable Media Foundry platform delivers streaming video and rich media live and on-demand.  About 8common Limited and Expense8 The 8common Group (www.8common.com) is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX: 8CO). It is an enterprise software company delivering performance and productivity products to government agencies, large corporates and multinationals globally. Expense8 is an integrated software solution that streamlines the accounting, reporting, tax compliance (GST, FBT) and governance of employee generated expenses and corporate travel bookings.  MEDIA CONTACTS: Corrie McLeod Espresso Communications 02 8016 2200corrie@espressocomms.com.au Barrick Gold facing multi-billion dollar claim by PNG landowners 2015-03-19T01:23:07Z barrick-gold-facing-multi-billion-dollar-claim-by-png-landowners Sydney, Australia, 19th March 2015: Justice Foundation for Porgera (JFP), an entity which represents landowners in the Porgera region in north-western Papua New Guinea, has submitted a position statement to Barrick Gold and its subsidiary Barrick Niugini outlining irreparable losses as a result of social, economic and environmental damages caused by its Porgera gold mine. JFP are seeking billions of dollars in compensation on behalf of Landowners from Barrick Niugini through the claims set out in the position statement. The position statement claims that landowners’ subsistence and livelihoods were catastrophically changed as a result of the almost doubling of the open pit mining rate which had initially been agreed to in the 1989 MDC, and that Barrick Niugini breached agreements pertaining to environmental standards, the relocation of displaced landowners and the number of fly-in, fly-out workers to the region. Barrick recently announced its intention to sell its interests in Papua New Guinea as part of a greater debt reduction plan which includes the sale of assets in Australia. The position statement was provided to both Barrick Gold Corporation Canada and Barrick Niugini Ltd on 24 February 2015, putting the company on notice to disclose the landowner’s pending legal claims to any potential investors. Within weeks, Barrick Niugini engaged Credit Suisse to search for an external buyer for its 95 per cent stake in the Porgera mine, and other interests in Papua New Guinea and Australia. Kurubu Ipara, Chairman and Director, Mineral Resources Enga (MRE), which holds 5 per cent share of the mine in trust for the landowners with the Enga Provincial Government, claims that “Barrick will sell its interests without proper notice and exit PNG leaving the Landowners with a new owner who will not provide restitution for the damage left behind or that MRE, the Landowners or citizens of PNG will be left with an insurmountable bill to remedy the social and environmental damage”- 6 February 2015 A group of specialists, including lawyers, scientists and film crew, have recently conducted a fact-finding mission to the area to gather data and evidence to support JFP’s claims. Evidence secured includes photographs of impoverished townships, harsh living conditions and poor quality infrastructure. It also includes testimony from landowners, including women who claimed to have been gang raped and families who allege that they have been forcibly removed from their land without compensation. A 2011 Human Rights Watch report found that Barrick Niugini-hired mine guards detained women found trespassing on the mine site and “gave them a choice of submitting to gang rape or going to prison”. The report also states that “Barrick has responded with dismissive hostility to concerns about its human rights record at Porgera.” JFP was formed by 14 landowner clan agents of the Porgera Special Mining Lease that were displaced by the mine’s activity.  Agency Network GlobalCom PR-Network holds annual global meeting in Poland 2014-05-19T03:26:00Z agency-network-globalcom-pr-network-holds-annual-global-meeting-in-poland Sydney, AUSTRALIA – 19 May 2014– GlobalCom PR-Network, a worldwide group of owner-managed full service PR and Marketing Communications agencies, will convene for its annual global meeting in Krakow, Poland from 21-24 May 2014. The network has grown from around 50 agencies to 74 within two years and it is now represented in 71 countries. This growth has been led by an increasing demand for communication services specifically outside of Europe. This year’s global meeting is organised by Polish PR agency, Planet PR. Representatives from 31 agencies covering 36 markets including a number of countries from the European Union, United States, Dubai, Saudi Arabia and the Philippines are expected at the event. Ralf Hartmann, Founder of the GlobalCom PR-Network said, “Besides the extensive PR and market expertise of our member agencies in their respective countries, GlobalCom is specifically characterised by its personal contact on a daily basis with members within its network. This is what differentiates GlobalCom from other PR organisations.” The rapid development of the network clearly indicates a change in trends and economic developments. Hartmann added, “Currently, we are receiving an increasing number of requests for PR services in countries and regions where we have hardly had any demand before including Turkey, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, South America and Australasia. For example, GlobalCom supports LifeProof and OtterBox, manufacturers of protective slimcases for mobile phones, smartphones and tablets, with communication services in about 20 countries including Australia, New Zealand, Asia, the Middle East and the European Union.”    Besides regional trends, the development of GlobalCom is an indicator of industry trends. Hartmann said, “Providers of mobile communication services are global players and they need communications support from the ground up at an international level. The GlobalCom PR-Network has also seen a significant growth in the cleantech and sustainability sector.” The GlobalCom PR-Network agency in Germany which goes by the same name (GlobalCom PR-Network) has become a pioneer in this field, managing the online magazine CleanEnergy Project (www.cleanenergy-project.de), an industry network with around 50,000 members. “Companies from this highly innovative and still relatively young sector are in need of PR partners who have the right industry expertise and a reliable network of contacts,” Hartmann added. Cleantech is one of the key business areas for the GlobalCom PR-Network. Its client credentials from this sector include the international Standards Association of IEEE, the world’s largest professional association (supported in Germany, Japan, Korea, China and India) and international solar photovoltaic company, Trina Solar (Germany, United Kingdom and South Africa). GlobalCom agencies in South America, Europe, Asia and Australia are also providing communication services to SolarMax, a developer and manufacturer of solar inverters, headquartered in Switzerland. GlobalCom PR-Network was founded as an agency network in 2006. It comprises practice groups for the industries Cleantech, IT & Technology, Healthcare, Financial Services and Consumer & Lifestyle. Clients in the network vary from startups to multinationals and organisations from the public sector. ENDS About GlobalCom PR Network GlobalCom PR Network is one of the largest PR networks in the world. Founded in 2006 by four European PR firms to serve international clients, the network has grown to a global organisation of 74 partner agencies with 1,400 consultants worldwide. GlobalCom PR Network represents the 21st century breed of global PR development. It is an association of independent agency teams with a proven track record in their domestic countries united in a global operating network. GlobalCom’s 70 offices cover all member states of the European Union, Africa, Asia Pacific, Middle East, North and South America. GlobalCom’s strong local expertise and international reach in more than 60 countries offers a most cost-effective approach by local agencies with a global approach to multi-market PR. For further information, please contact: Ralf Hartmann / Claudia Wittwer GlobalCom PR-Network Phone: +49 89 360 363 44 Email: ralf@gcpr.net / Claudia@gcpr.net www.gcpr.net Car, video games, livestock hay and light air delivery among goods and services donated to www.wikifloods.com.au for flood sufferers 2011-01-17T04:44:00Z car-video-games-livestock-hay-and-light-air-delivery-among-goods-and-services-donated-to-www-wikifloods-com-au-for-flood-sufferers Television sets, video game consoles, livestock hay, light air delivery and a car are among the wide range of goods and services donated to an online registry for people affected by the floods in Queensland, Northern NSW and Victoria. The site www.wikifloods.com.au acts as a noticeboard for flood sufferers in need of goods and services, and for people who can provide them. Established by Fitzroy Oxfam Group, the site has received growing community support with approximately 12,000 page views and over a hundred donations. The highest growing number of donations is for furniture and household goods including dining tables, a television, washing machine and fridge. Other donations on the site include a generator, baby food, phone charger and back to school essentials. According to Brian Moran OAM, Chair of Fitzroy Oxfam Group, the registry tackles the logistical challenge behind connecting the overwhelming number of Australians who want to donate material goods with those that need it most. “Whilst material donations are a magnificent gesture from Australian businesses and communities, the reality is that it’s often a huge logistic challenge for emergency organisations who are already directing all their resources to offering immediate assistance to those in need. Our registry surpasses this challenge and allows donors and recipients to contact each other and facilitate the exchange directly. In circumstances where delivery is an issue, recipients can also contact the people who have registered on the site and are offering transport and delivery services,” said Moran. The registry was first built during the 2008 Victorian bushfires in response to the many emergency organisations who couldn’t cope with the logistics behind managing the organisation and transport of donations. “While there is a fantastic amount of goodwill, given the nature of the site, we’d like to highlight that the donated goods and services have not been screened. We are advising people to be responsible and make their own judgement when accepting or donating material goods,” said Moran. Contributions to support the online registry are being made by the E Team, Melbourne Caravan Hire and a whole bunch of other volunteers committed to do their bit to help. To donate goods and services to the registry or if you have been affected by the Queensland floods and need assistance, please go to: www.wikifloods.com.au. - ends – To contact Brian Moran for any media interviews, you can reach him directly on +61 0403 204 320. Alternatively, you can also contact Grace Gabriel at Espresso Communications on +61 0431 528 127 or grace@espressocomms.com.au. Wikifloods: Victoria’s Bushfire Online Registry Comes to the Aid of Flood Sufferers 2011-01-13T03:54:00Z wikifloods-victoria-s-bushfire-online-registry-comes-to-the-aid-of-flood-sufferers Australia, 13 January 2011 – An online community registry to support the donations of goods and services for people affected by the Queensland floods was launched today. The registry is based on the online system used to successfully assist hundreds of families in the aftermath of Victoria’s Bushfires in 2008. The Goods and Services site dubbed ‘Wikifloods’ (www.wikifloods.com.au) acts as an online noticeboard for flood sufferers seeking goods and services, and people and businesses who can provide them. The site has been established by Fitzroy Oxfam Group, a volunteer group that has raised funds for Oxfam Australia for over two decades. Chair of Fitzroy Oxfam Group, Brian Moran OAM believes the online registry will be of significant assistance to those affected by the flood disaster, particularly as organising the exchange of donations can be a logistic strain. “There’s an outpouring of support from Australians wishing to help but often the emergency organisations don’t have sufficient resources to cope with either the communications or the organisation and logistics of accepting them.”“This site will help connect the flood suffers who have lost their homes and are in need of basic essentials such as accommodation, food and clothing, with the many Australians who want to do everything they can to help,” said Moran. The online registry allows Australians who wish to donate goods and services to directly negotiate the delivery with the recipient. The self-managing nature of the registry also helps save valuable resources for organisations involved with disaster recovery. “During the 2008 Victorian Bushfire emergency, the online registry proved to be invaluable in streamlining the exchange of donated goods and services and we hope the families affected by the Queensland floods get a similar result from it,” said Moran. Contributions to support the online registry are being made by the E Team, Melbourne Caravan Hire and a whole bunch of other volunteers committed to do their bit to help. To donate goods and services to the registry or if you have been affected by the Queensland floods and need assistance, please go to: www.wikifloods.com.au or www.fitzroyoxfam.org.au. - ends – To contact Brian Moran for any media interviews, you can call him directly on +61 0403 204 320. Alternatively, you can also contact Grace Gabriel at Espresso Communications on +61 0431 528 127 or grace@espressocomms.com.au. Espresso Communications Snags a Highly Commended for R18+ Classification for Video Games Campaign 2010-09-24T05:30:00Z espresso-communications-snags-a-highly-commended-for-r18-classification-for-video-games-campaign-1 Public relations agency Espresso Communications was highly commended for its ‘Australia needs an R18+ classification for video games’ campaign at the 2010 PRIA NSW State Awards for Excellence last night. Commissioned by the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association, the R18+ classification campaign received a Highly Commended award in the Public Affairs category. The two-year campaign aimed to educate and inform government policy makers as well as the broader community about issues associated with the lack of an adult games classification in Australia. Corrie McLeod, Managing Director of Espresso Communications, is very pleased with the award that recognised the agency’s work in developing a campaign that has been involved in transforming an important public discussion. “Throughout our time working on this campaign we have seen the discussion of an adult classification for video games move from one that was largely an emotional knee jerk reaction to a set of assumptions, to a well considered and constructive debate within the media, at a federal government level as well as amongst parents and the general community,” said McLeod. The campaign was focused on collaborating with a wide range of stakeholder groups including academics, community groups, parents, the video games community as well as industry to ensure that consistent and accurate information would underpin the debate. “As communications specialists this was an exceptionally interesting campaign to be a part of and it’s wonderful to be recognised by the PRIA for our work on it.” Espresso Communications is a full service public relations agency working with business-to-business and consumer technology clients. - ends - About Espresso CommunicationsEspresso Communications is a full-service public relations consultancy of communications specialists. With a wealth of industry experience, Espresso Communications adopts a fresh approach in communication techniques and is passionate about delivering high quality work and achieving great results for clients.For further questions about Espresso Communications or any clients please call Corrie McLeod on 0419 526 848.