The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-03-26T06:41:04Z Let’s Talk About Hips This April 2019-03-26T06:41:04Z let-s-talk-about-hips-this-april 8 infants a day are diagnosed with hip dysplasia in Australia. Despite this, the likelihood of a parent being aware of the condition, prior to a diagnosis of it for their child, is only 57%. This limited awareness is contributing to the rising number of those diagnosed late with this potentially life changing condition.  Hip dysplasia, also known as developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH), occurs when the ball and socket of the hip do not fit together in their 'normal' position. Sometimes this is due to abnormal development and/or lack of growth of the hip joint. It can result in months — and in some cases years — of medical treatment. Left undiagnosed it’s one of the leading causes of early-onset arthritis of the hip and possibly, the need for a hip replacement; it is a significant public health issue. Treatment is optimised when diagnosis occurs within the first 3 months of life.  Sarah Twomey, a Perth occupational therapist and mother of two children impacted by hip dysplasia, established the not-for-profit organisation Healthy Hips Australia, and the Healthy Hips Week initiative, to improve awareness, support and early diagnosis for the condition. Her work is supported by the Australian Orthopaedic teams at the Royal Children’s Hospital (Melbourne), Perth Children’s Hospital (Perth) and Women’s & Children’s Hospital (Adelaide). Professor Nicole Williams, Head of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Women’s & Children’s Hospital Adelaide, is a Board member of Healthy Hips Australia.  Sarah says, “Parents are the best advocates for their children. Many don’t even realise that all children should be having their hips routinely checked until 3.5 years of age. Arming parents with the knowledge about the risk factors for, and potential signs of, this condition means they can help their child to be diagnosed as early as possible”. Nicole adds, “Never miss an opportunity to check the hips”. “Back in the 1980s and 1990s – when we did do a very careful examination of babies’ hips – we were very good at detecting dislocated hips clinically. But now that we are increasingly relying on ultrasound, I think people are assuming that babies with risk factors are going to get ultrasounds, and assuming that babies that don’t have risk factors are at very low risk, and neither of these assumptions are necessarily true”.“My team is conducting a systematic review in an effort to inform future Australian guidelines.” The fourth annual Healthy Hips Week runs from 1-7 April 2019. All parents and parents- to-be are being urged to educate themselves about the risk factors for and potential signs of hip dysplasia, and to ensure their children’s hips are checked not only at birth, but at 1-4 weeks, 6-8 weeks, 6-9 months, 12-months, and then at normal health reviews until 3.5 years of age. For more information about hip dysplasia visit: healthyhipsaustralia.org.au MEDIA CONTACT  For further information and interview opportunities with Sarah Twomey, Nicole Williams, or parents of children affected by hip dysplasia please contact Sarah. FURTHER INFORMATION  Healthy Hips Week 1-7 April 2019 Key Messages Itoc is the 19th Amazon Web Services (AWS) partner globally to achieve the AWS Security Competency Status 2019-03-26T03:35:08Z itoc-is-the-19th-amazon-web-services-aws-partner-globally-to-achieve-the-aws-security-competency-status-2 Brisbane, Australia; 26th March 2019 For immediate release Itoc is proud to announce that it has achieved AWS Amazon Web Services (AWS) Security Competency, and is the 19th partner globally to be awarded this status.   Achieving the AWS Security Competency differentiates Itoc as an AWS Partner Network (APN) member that provides specialised consulting services designed to help enterprises adopt, develop and deploy complex security projects on AWS. To receive the designation, APN Partners must possess deep AWS expertise and deliver solutions seamlessly on AWS. “Itoc is proud to be one of the four APN partners in Australia and 19th globally to achieve AWS Security Competency status,” said Richard Steven, CEO. “Our team is dedicated to helping companies maintain a strong security posture by providing in-depth solutions that are aligned with AWS security best practises as well as our own internal strategies.” AWS is enabling scalable, flexible, and cost-effective solutions from startups to global enterprises. To support the seamless integration and deployment of these solutions, AWS established the AWS Competency Program to help customers identify Consulting and Technology APN Partners with deep industry experience and expertise. Itoc applies a holistic approach to efficiently manage risk in consideration of various security aspects such as human behaviours, infrastructure, data category, threat intelligence and most of all, clients. Ensuring that Itoc’s customers comply with the latest security standards is a crucial part of their ongoing security practice. Case in point is Itoc’s ongoing engagement with Judo Capital. Judo Capital is bringing back the craft of relationship banking to transform access to finance for Australia’s small and medium-sized (SME) businesses. Judo is a registered finance company operating under an Australian Credit Licence with the application process underway for a full licence to become a bank. As a cloud-native business, Judo Capital is disrupting the Financial Services industry by driving innovation with 100% cloud-based infrastructure. With this innovation, comes much scrutiny and precedence setting with the compliance and regulatory requirements and auditing reporting for the cloud-native financial services company. With a large amount of private and confidential data to handle, Judo had to be certain its IT is highly secure. From day one, Itoc has been a foundational partner with Judo Capital on their journey, from the design and implementation of Judo’s initial core banking platform on AWS, through to delivering continued innovation, cloud managed services and ongoing security requirements. The AWS platform was designed with security and privacy in mind. Itoc has implemented a Well-Architected security framework based on next-generation security principles, tooling and operating procedures. “At Judo, we believe technology should be invisible, so we can focus on truly valuable relationships with our customers, unleashing them to grow great Australian businesses. Working with cloud based services and security capabilities, provided by Itoc, has enabled us to remain focused on our true mission, while achieving our vision of an IT-less future…” Graham Dickens, CTO Judo Capital About Itoc Itoc delivers solutions that offer speed of innovation and delivery to market whilst observing security and architecture best practices. If cloud is core to the success of service development efforts, Itoc would love to hear from you. Itoc AWS Cloud services Cloud Foundation Cloud Migration IntelligentOps – Next generation cloud managed services Cloud Architecture & Consulting Services Big Data & Analytics Machine Learning Itoc look forward to combining their proven experience in Security, DevOps and our Financial Services competencies to deliver outstanding solutions for customers’ complex, highly-regulated environments. Global Leader in Online Lottery, Lottoland Pushes for Responsible Gambling 2019-03-26T01:38:54Z global-leader-in-online-lottery-lottoland-pushes-for-responsible-gambling Lottoland urges customers and lotto players to gamble responsibly. The company leader in online betting wants to promote a positive atmosphere within the lotto industry and make gambling more enjoyable as a recreational activity.   Through this effort of advocating responsible gambling, Lottoland promises to provide customers with a fair gambling experience in respect to the players’ safety and wellbeing. The company has provided a number of tools to help players refrain from spending more than they can afford. These include providing deposit limits, and giving players the opportunities for self-exclusion.   Lottoland provides players with the ability to set deposit limits, which can be changed at any time. Players can set a daily, weekly, or monthly deposit limit, and can also request for Lottoland to lower their deposit limit, wherein the request will be implemented immediately. Players who request to increase their deposit limit will have to wait a 24-hour period before the company carries out the request.   Self-exclusion, on the other hand, is an option which involves players blocking themselves from accessing their accounts for certain periods of time. Lottoland also removes self-excluded players from their marketing databases.   The company also operates a strict policy prohibiting underage players, below 18 years old. The company advises adults who share computers with minors to install security freeware, or make use of the parental control filters.   For players who require additional assistance in dealing with problems related to gambling, the company recommends contacting the Gambling Therapy and Gamble Aware organisations.   To learn more, visit the Lottoland website at https://www.lottoland.com/nz Leading ready-to-eat meal pack supplier re-brands 2019-03-26T01:05:53Z leading-ready-to-eat-meal-pack-supplier-re-brands Melbourne-based food wholesaler, Travel Essentials, has re-branded to Select*d. The new brand name Select*d conveys the singular expertise of the business: to design, select and deliver food & beverage components in a ready-to-eat, portioned pack format. Select*d packs have added benefits of long shelf life and ambient storage, providing key advantages over traditional catering systems in industries such as hospitality, events, and in institutional, corporate, off-site and other settings. Select*d procures, assembles and delivers market-proven Breakfast, Snack and Lunch Packs, which are distributed nationally. Select*d designs its packs so consumers feel right at home, wherever they happen to be. Clients of Select*d gain more control and versatility with F & B operations. Clients include national hotel groups such as Quest, Accor, IHG, as well as airlines, universities and not-for-profit organisations like Red Cross Victoria. Coinciding with re-branding, Select*d is releasing a fully revised range of its premium Rise & Shine breakfasts.  Director of Sales, Leanne Jurgelait, explains how Rise & Shine showcases the distinct approach Select*d takes to designing meal packs, “We’ve brought award-winning Brookfarm Granolas, bespoke bakehouse muffins and slices and organic juice together into a premium Breakfast Pack range with real consumer appeal. Ms Jurgelait adds, “And in a market first, Select*d clients can now create their own Breakfast Pack combinations – it’s a truly selectable range.” Select*d has the expertise and experience to design ready-to-eat, long-life, ambient meal packs to meet a vast range of objectives, whether operational, retail-driven, event-based, regulatory or other. Drawing on more than 10 years’ experience in foodservice and multiple markets Select*d uses ‘thinking outside the box’ to give its clients exciting new options from inside the box. TURON GATES NSW LAUNCHES NEW GLAMPING STYLE BUSH RETREAT EVENT SPACE 2019-03-26T00:37:12Z turon-gates-nsw-launches-new-glamping-style-bush-retreat-event-space March 2019: Leading NSW eco-bush retreat, Turon Gates, now has The Pavilion – a large 150 square metre glamping tent that accommodates up to 100 seated or 120 standing guests. Just 3 hours’ drive from Sydney, in an idyllic bush location with an expansive deck overlooking the trout stream that runs through Turon Gates’ 6000-acre property, it is a unique venue for offsite corporate meetings, leadership workshops and wellness/yoga/artistic retreats.   The Pavilion has a cool neutral-toned teak and canvas interior, wood floors and is fully insulated with window coverings that roll up to make the most of the views and Blue Mountains breeze. With gas heating for the cooler months, it can be booked all year round.   At night, the magical lighting creates a glow over the surrounding bushland - just perfect for a party, buffet or luxurious sit-down dinner. Get the party going with a local band or DJ, or for a more relaxed vibe, gather around a campfire under a million stars.   Small event groups can stay in the six luxurious riverside glamping tents (each with its own king-sized bed and lounge area, contemporary bathroom, kitchenette with Nespresso coffee machine and Danish wood burner stove) or larger groups in cosy log cabins, which sleep up to eight and are particularly good value with prices starting from just $89 per head per night for share accommodation and include use of the event space for groups. There is total flexibility with sleep over numbers, from intimate to expansive. Up to 36 guests can be accommodated in private sleeping arrangements with shared or private bathroom and 93 beds are available total if guests are happy to share a room. There is also plenty of space to make a lot or a little noise. Turon Gates sleeps a total of 123 guests for weddings & party groups. Turon Gates is self-catering and a wide range of local caterers are available to prepare a feast of your choice and budget.   The Turon Team are full of great ideas of how to create a magical and memorable occasion and have an exquisite back drop to work with.   A beautiful place in the in the wild for grown-ups.   Kirsten Lunoe says the unique venue will appeal to innovators and creatives as well as corporates wanting a complete team rejuvenation and team building experience.   “Getting out into the bush is a fantastic way to clear your mind, recharge and encourage creative thinking. We hope that start-ups and corporates, as well as those looking for a peaceful space to host a wellness, yoga or artistic retreat, will love our new glamping Pavilion. It’s a great place for people to gather, connect and share ideas, and our range of accommodation and activities including bush trail walking and horse riding. We can now offer larger groups the opportunity to get together for a true time out experience that’s within easy reach of Sydney. Corporates will enjoy the advantages of educational and experience activities on offer including nutrition, meditation, fitness, yoga and pilates sessions as well as bush tucker and bush survival.   Turon Gates is also available as a location for film, video and photographic shoots.   Wi-Fi is available at the Pavilion tent and around the glamping site. Groups seeking more of an unplugged experience will enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Turon Gates log cabins.   For more information about group stays at Turon Gates including availability, accommodation options and prices: https://www.turongates.com/functions-weddings-locationservices   For further information – Please contact Tracey Leitch – Impressions PR – +61 415 290023 tracey@impressionsmc.com.au   “HiddenGems”: empowering WA’s Deaf community through entrepreneurship education 2019-03-26T00:30:42Z hiddengems-empowering-wa-s-deaf-community-through-entrepreneurship-education Tuesday 26th March 2019, Perth, Australia.  Adults with hearing loss are more likely to be unemployed or underemployed and they face many obstacles in their careers, from unexpected barriers, to attitudinal discrimination in the workplace. But a new entrepreneur and innovation program, HiddenGems, is set to change that, and will launch first in WA next month.   The first-of-its kind program aims to empower the deaf community through entrepreneurship education. At a time of digital disruption, traditional career pathways are changing, and people are approaching their working lives differently. The HiddenGems program will equip Deaf and hard of hearing people with essential skills that are required to not only start and run a business, but that are also invaluable to any future workplace.   Access Plus WA Deaf - a profit for purpose organisation known for supporting the Deaf and hard of hearing in WA since 1921 – is a recipient of a combined Commonwealth and Western Australian government NDIS Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) grant to increase employment opportunities for people with disability in WA.  Access Plus, has partnered with Australian entrepreneurship educator and consultancy, Gemstar, to co-create HiddenGems, a modified version of Gemstar’s very successful and internationally recognised, ‘YoungGems™’ Entrepreneur and Innovation Program, now an accredited Diploma with Kaplan in Singapore.   David Gibson, CEO of Access Plus WA Deaf said, “We’re excited to collaborate with Gemstar to bring this program to the Deaf and hard of hearing community in WA”.  “People with hearing loss can be socially isolated and economically disadvantaged with data indicating that the employment rates for people with hearing loss are 20.5% lower for men and 16.5% lower for women.”  Mr Gibson said that there is a global trend, buoyed by innovative technology, of deaf and hard of hearing people opening their own businesses or becoming part of the gig economy, however we haven’t quite seen this happen to the same level yet in Australia.   “The HiddenGems program will prepare deaf or hard of hearing people in learning ‘real world’ skills coupled with mentoring, training and strategic guidance, for deaf-owned or operated businesses to be successful based on their unique circumstances.”   Gemma Manning, CEO and Founder of Gemstar said, “We’re delighted to bring our international program to WA’s Deaf and hard of hearing community as a first in Australia. We are firm believers that entrepreneurship should be accessible by everyone yet unfortunately this isn’t the case.   “Entrepreneurship still lacks diversity and as leaders, we need to change this and open up entrepreneurship to all members of the community, especially those who are often overlooked and not given the opportunity to participate in such programs.   Being independent through skills to help you create and run a business is incredibly empowering and this is an area that Gemstar champions. We provide a safe and nurturing environment for all and can’t wait to assist Deaf and hard of hearing people in WA with solving real world problems and developing solutions with global relevancy.”     Any person who is deaf, culturally Deaf, or hard of hearing and wishes to learn more about the HiddenGems program can contact Access Plus WA Deaf at enquiry@accessplus.org.au or at 9441 2677.  For media enquiries, please contact Kate Bagnell on kate@gemstartechnology.com or at (08) 6381 9110  Additional background information:  • One in six Australians currently suffer from some form of hearing loss.   • In 2005, a study found that over 3.55 million Australians were living with hearing loss. Nearly half of them were working age (16-64 years).  • A person with hearing loss earns an average of $10K less than people with no hearing loss or treated hearing loss.  • Labour force participation rates decrease substantially as the degree of hearing loss increases.   • Hearing loss costs Australia a staggering $12 billion annually in lost productivity and other impacts.   • Deaf - with a capital "D" - is used to refer to people who are culturally Deaf. These people actively use Sign Language; they see themselves as being culturally Deaf and part of the Deaf community. The use of the "lowercase d" deaf simply refers to the medical condition of having hearing loss. Newly Designed Smart Climate Control for Australian Homes 2019-03-26T00:26:31Z newly-designed-smart-climate-control-for-australian-homes There is something new in Air Conditioning for Australia. A new smart controller for central control of the entire home climate from one amazing looking touch screen interface, smartphone app, or even voice control with smart assistants like Google or Amazon. Air Conditioning, what we want to give us efficient comfort at home, can be enhanced with the new AirTouch 4.   What does it do and how does it work? First thing you’d notice about AirTouch 4 is the amazing design. The interface looks like it belongs in a modern home and you feel confident that it will provide you with the control, comfort and efficiency that you want from your air conditioning. The screen is crisp, bright, and features a curved slider to adjust the temperature which is presented to you clearly in the middle of the screen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbv5ynyd8Bg    Featuring Australian landscapes in its design, AirTouch 4 is just as much a work of art celebrating the Australian climate, while also letting you enjoy whatever climate you want in your own home.   On the left is a list of rooms in your home or “air conditioning zones” where you can adjust their conditioned air flow or temperature or turn them off completely.   The goal for the user interface is for it to make sense straight away with familiar controls while also being something fresh and new. You wouldn’t have just one light switch for the entire house, and so AirTouch means you can control the air conditioning in individual rooms rather than just for the whole building. This can help save energy and money on the resulting power bills as you won’t be paying to cool or heat rooms in your home that you are not using.   The technical aspects ·      One device to control 4 different ducted air conditioners ·      Adjust the amount of conditioned air going into or turn on/off the conditioned air in up to 16 air con zones ·      You can position 1 or 2 of the Air Touch panels anywhere ·      Smartphone app control either at home or away ·      Integrates with Google Home and Amazon Alexa smart assistants ·      Android 8” based tablet   Extended with a Smartphone App The additional smartphone app for remote control makes sense. It is designed to be easy and works on Android or iOS. There is a mini slider down the side of the app for adjusting the temperature and a fresh page to change the airflow in each zone or turn it off completely just like on the panel. But it does more. If you are out and home gets a bit warm or cold because of the weather, it can give you a little nudge with the AirTouch home temperature alerts inviting you to turn on the air conditioning remotely. That is actually really great because it means you can avoid coming home to a hot or cold house. Also, it gives you peace of mind in that you can double check to make sure that the system is turned off when no one is home and you won’t be back for a while.   Why the open smart assistant platform is great There are a lot of home automation systems out there, but a lot of them are closed off systems and you can end up getting locked in to their way of doing things. Adding new devices or functions can be difficult. The rise of smart assistants has enhanced our lives in many ways: it is easy to say things like “Hey Google turn on the lights” or “Alexa order my favourite pizza”. AirTouch 4 works with Google Home and Amazon Alexa so just say the word and your wish is their command. This is the beauty of AirTouch being open to work with these open systems – you choose to control it how you want. Just ask Google for example to warm up the living room, cool down the family room, or turn the AC on or off completely.   Comfort & Efficiency with Individual Temperature control (ITC) Everyone’s different with individual choices. When it comes to home air conditioning, it is no different as some like it warmer, some like it cooler. Some like a lot of conditioned air where they are, others like less. Everyone is an individual. Hence the name for the Individual Temperature Control technology. It lets you specify a different temperature set point beyond just air volume in individual rooms around the home.   But also, it lets AirTouch monitor temperatures at a far greater level. Normally, with most AC systems, the temperature sensor used to monitor the home is in just 1 location. AirTouch 4 with ITC on the other hand can monitor temperatures in more locations. So if the sun rises and warms up rooms on 1 side of the house, AirTouch can adjust their air flow and not waste air on rooms that are actually ok.   Do More Without Doing Anything with IFTTT IFTTT air conditioning control. Imagine a very busy day and you’re scrambling to get out of the house, drop your kids off at school and rush for an early meeting. And midway across town, you realize that you’ve forgotten to shut off your home air conditioning. What do you do? Nothing. With AirTouch 4, your air conditioning system will shut off on its own using a unique sensor with the help of Geofencing by IFTTT.   Works your way AirTouch runs on a wall mounted Android tablet. It is constantly powered. For homeowners, this is useful. You can install your other lifestyle apps to it to enjoy. Order a meal, book a car, play Spotify, or install your own lighting or other smart home control system directly to it.   All Smart, All New AirTouch 4 is a smart home climate controller that looks and works smart. Better yet, it was designed in Australia for Australian conditions and lifestyles. Learn more at https://www.airtouch.net.au/airtouch/airtouch-4/  Gold Coast apartment development sells $43m in 12 weeks 2019-03-25T23:18:32Z gold-coast-apartment-development-sells-43m-in-12-weeks-1 Mosaic Property Group’s latest boutique luxury development Bela in Mermaid Beach on Queensland’s Gold Coast has captivated buyers, selling 46 apartments since launch with total sales now at $43m. Launched in mid-December 2018, the 25-level residential development on Peerless Avenue proved an instant hit, with buyers quick to recognise the outstanding value, exceptional features and incredible lifestyle benefits on offer.  Bela’s striking design by internationally renowned architect pays homage to the famous beach shacks of the 1950s. These vertically stacked luxury beach homes have been thoughtfully reimagined to create modern, spacious retreats that enliven the senses while retaining a timeless harmony with its coveted beachside location.     A range of 2- and 3-bedroom apartments have been purposefully designed to maximise light and fresh ocean breezes, with sizable balconies to take in the priceless, protected views along the northeast and south-east coastline, as well as the hinterland and mountains to the south-west. Beautifully refined, high-grade finishes are showcased in a sophisticated, neutral colour palette creating an airy, rejuvenating living environment.  The 4-bedroom penthouse residences set a new benchmark for superlative beachside living, having been thoughtfully considered to exacting detail. The home-sized floor plans seamlessly blend expansive indoor and outdoor living spaces, drawing the ocean closer and showcasing the breathtaking coastal panoramas. Sumptuous finishes include oak timber flooring, Gaggenau appliances, custom-built wine cabinet, butler’s pantry and natural stone benchtops and splashbacks. Mosaic Property Group’s Managing Director Brook Monahan said Bela speaks to world-class luxury and amenity with a special connection to both the ocean and the beach. “In Bela we wanted to create something truly unique in what is such an iconic, historically significant part of the Gold Coast. The incredible team at Rothelowman in collaboration with Mosaic’s design team have helped translate our vision of meshing nostalgic coastal architecture with an unsurpassed residential experience that elevates the emotional connection to the water we know coastal buyers really value.” “The apartments have been designed for the discerning owner-occupier, with large open plan layouts and carefully considered details that come together to create spaces that we genuinely think people will love living in.” “And then there is the amenity, which is so far beyond anything else on offer on the Coast, particularly for a boutique building of this size. In fact, it's more akin to what you would see reserved for five- and six-star hotels and or buildings with far greater scale than Bela.” Bela’s residents will enjoy access to a large resort pool with lush subtropical landscaping, spa, steam and sauna, state-of-the-art commercial quality gym and dedicated yoga space, secure bike storage, residents’ deck, executive lounge, and concierge services. Topping it off is the ultra-exclusive Resident’s Club on level 25, with wine cellar, private dining rooms, kitchen, beautifully appointed library, lounge and media room and of course those remarkable Gold Coast views.  And in a salute to the famous ocean-side location, surfers can return via a separate but equally opulent entry where they can wash off and store their surfboards. There is even a dedicated dog wash area. Bela is Mosaic Property Group’s first foray into the Gold Coast apartment market, having already built an impressive footprint of award-winning projects throughout Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.  “We are so excited to be part of this dynamic city that continues to capture the attention and imagination of local, interstate and international buyers and visitors due to its pristine landscape and undisputed lifestyle appeal.” Mr Monahan said. “Mosaic is committed for the long-term, with a new showroom and office for its Gold Coast-based team in Broadbeach.  Bela is set to commence construction in the second half of 2019 and we have some really dynamic projects in the pipeline that we will be looking to unveil in the not too distant future also.”   Bela boasts a blue-chip Mermaid Beach address, right off Hedges Avenue and is only a short stroll to the beach and the world-class dining, shopping and lifestyle offerings of Broadbeach.  Interest remains strong, with apartments ranging from 98sqm to 298sqm and prices starting at $560,000 for two bedrooms, $1,015,000 for three bedrooms, and $2,450,000 for 4-bedroom penthouses.  For more information, call 07 5551 0900 or visit the sales showroom at 18 Albert Avenue Broadbeach. -End-  CLICK HERE FOR MEDIA RELEASE IMAGES BOOKTOPIA.COM.AU BEATS AMAZON 2019-03-25T22:48:59Z booktopia-com-au-beats-amazon AUSSIE BATTLER BEATS AMAZON  LITTLE AUSSIE BATTLER BEATS AMAZON AT ITS OWN GAME!   # AUSTRALIA WINS DAVID V GOLIATH BATTLE! # ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM DUMPED IN BIN!   # WATCH HILARIOUS AMAZONIAN ELEPHANT VIDEO CLIP! # AMAZON COMES TO AUSTRALIA & BOOKTOPIA SALES INCREASE BY 50%!   When Amazon came to Australia two years ago the so called experts all got it wrong by predicting gloom & doom for Australia’s award winning & leading online book retailer Booktopia.com.au 2 years later the “ Amazonian elephant in the room” has been literally dumped in the dumpster in a hilarious video that also shows Booktopia’s sales have sky rocketed from $80m a year to $113m in 2018 with further growth predicted to $130m for 2019.     See the “Amazonian elephant in the room” video clip here from 1minute 22 seconds to 1minute 36 seconds https://equitise.com/offer/regular/booktopia-group-limited-1 While controversial Amazon boss Jeff Bezos founded his company on selling books his Australian arm’s book sales are only a few single digit percent of his business and books aren’t even in the top 10 categories of overall product sales for Amazon Australia.     Tony Nash CEO & co-founder started Booktopia 15 years ago with just $10 says “Booktopia.com.au accounts for 14% of all book sales across Australia and online we are number one. Plus the company is powering ahead at an incredible rate with one book sold every 6 seconds and over 5,500,000 books sold this year. Since Amazon announced they were coming our revenues have risen from $80m in 2016 to $113m in 2018 and further growth expected in 2019.”   “With double digit growth year-on-year for the last 10 years and employee numbers going from 25 to 200 Booktopia.com.au is embarking on a crowd funding campaign through Equitise.com to raise up to $10 million so it can further invest on top of its existing $10m worth of automation, and go from the existing 148,000 titles in stock and ready to ship within 24 hours to 200,000 titles” concludes Tony.  TO INTERVIEW TONY NASH email max@marksonsparks.com or call Max Markson 0412501601            Max Markson South Coast set to party at Narooma Oyster Festival 2019-03-25T22:44:29Z south-coast-set-to-party-at-narooma-oyster-festival This year’s Narooma Oyster Festival is shaping up to be a huge celebration. Festival spokesperson Cath Peachey said nine live music acts are locked in as well as award winning chefs, and organisers have been overwhelmed by the response from gourmet food vendors, boutique winemakers and craft brewers. This year’s event builds on the success of recent Oyster Festivals in putting Narooma and the far south coast on the national gourmet map. “Narooma Chamber of Commerce instigated the Oyster Festival 12 years ago as the town’s key marketing event to showcase Narooma as both a destination and as a place to live,” she said. “It’s since expanded into a significant regional event. “It attracts fine foodies and families from the ACT, Sydney, the Hunter, the Illawarra and Shoalhaven; last year 60% of Festival visitors lived outside Eurobodalla Shire and over 20% came from the Moruya and Batemans Bay areas. “We hold it in May to boost the local economy at a traditionally quiet time of year and when the oysters are in good condition; last year, the Festival put an estimated $750,000 directly into the local economy. “The widespread marketing of the Festival and of Narooma, endorsements by media and food industry leaders, and the publicity the Festival generates is absolutely huge, reaching millions of people. “The value of that exposure last year was calculated to be over a million dollars; our media coverage even extended to the United Kingdom and Ireland.” The Festival kicks off on Friday evening (3rd May) with free entertainment as a warm up to Saturday’s main event. “There’s live music until 10pm, including nine-piece party band Big Boss Groove, and a fantastic fireworks display over the water,” she said. “There’ll be market stalls and kids’ rides. “For those who can’t wait for the gourmet experience, Friday has the new separately ticketed ‘long table dinner’.” Saturday features cooking demonstrations by some of the country’s finest chefs, Oyster Alley with oysters from up to eight Oyster Coast estuaries, fire pit cooking of traditional bush tucker by local Yuin people, market stalls highlighting the best of south coast produce, and a full day of live music headlined by popular band 19-Twenty. The popular Ultimate Oyster Experience has been expanded and tickets are selling fast online. Saturday gate tickets are $20 with kids under 16 free, with free rides within the Festival precinct for younger kids. “This year Australian National Events is organising site infrastructure and entertainment which takes an enormous load off the volunteer Festival committee,” she said. More details www.naroomaoysterfestival.com. Media Contact: Juliet Anderson, Public Relations Manager Juliet@andersonknight.com.au | 0414 966 005     Food, Fitness and Fun at Sumo Saturday with Commando Steve at Westfield Eastgardens 2019-03-25T22:30:58Z food-fitness-and-fun-at-sumo-saturday-with-commando-steve-at-westfield-eastgardens Australia’s favourite healthy food brand SumoSalad is teaming up with Commando Steve to bring you the ultimate family fun day! Along with our friends at Coles, we're hosting a morning of Sumo-sized fun at Westfield Eastgardens. There’s free food, prizes to win and your chance to work-out with the Commando himself. The fun kicks off at 9am on Saturday March 30th.    One of the country’s most recognised and respected fitness experts and SumoSalad brand ambassador, Commando Steve will be running a series of workout classes in the morning and we’re giving you the chance to join the crew. All you have to do to take part in one of the classes is to register your interest at-  https://sumosalad.com/sumo-saturday/ - but be quick as places are limited.       Sumo Saturday will include a book-signing of Commando Steve’s book, Get CommandoFit, photo opps, food tastings including Sumo salads and salad combos with RSPCA approved chicken, and fun activities for children with Coles ‘Eat the Rainbow’ Campaign, Sumo Man, face painting and a colouring corner.   The Sumo morning of fun is designed to provide fun and entertainment, opportunities to sample great-tasting healthy food, and, importantly, to provide useful advice on how to get, and stay, fit and healthy with Commando Steve and SumoSalad. Contact:                                                                                                                                                                   Juliet Anderson, Public Relations Manager                                                      0414 966 005 / juliet@andersonknight.com.au Peer to peer office rental market gets rebooted 2019-03-25T19:50:20Z peer-to-peer-office-space-market-gets-rebooted-1 Australian PropTech disrupter Rubberdesk, today announces the relaunch of its peer to peer marketplace for businesses to earn by renting their spare office space out. In a twist to the enormous and growing coworking trend, over two thirds of office rentals through Rubberdesk are peer to peer, where one business has spare office space and another rents it from them by the month ongoing. Huge growth in flexible office space Now, with over 15,000 spaces available to rent, the Rubberdesk relaunch adds extended 3, 6 and 12 monthly rental terms, coupled with online payment processing and standard licence agreements, the business is focused on making the sharing of unused office space as easy as possible. And demand has been high, with Rubberdesk doubling in size over the last 4 months alone.  "The choice of turnkey offices available has never been better and that's great news for businesses of all sizes." Said Jim Groves, Co-Founder and CEO of Rubberdesk "And with more businesses renting space for a year or more without ever taking a lease, peer to peer rentals is a game changer and valuable addition to the industry."   Despite traditional office space availability now at an all time low across most capital cities, Rubberdesk has seen an enormous amount of unused flexible office space come to market. Research published by JLL, expects the flexible office space market to account for 30% of office space in the coming years, and Rubberdesk's own research puts the value of unused office space globally at over $130bn per annum.  "Rubberdesk Guests want a space their team can thrive in, without the headache and upfront expense of leasing. The freedom to focus on their business without worrying about real estate is very liberating." Continued Jim. The global coworking phenomenon has brought flexible workspace to the attention corporates and small businesses alike. In fact, most of the big name and boutique commercial coworking operators list their offices on Rubberdesk alongside traditional businesses with spare office space to rent. It's a mix that Jim is very proud of.  "The challenge was to make it easy for traditonal businesses with spare office space to earn without it becoming a full-time job. Now, business has the tools to list their space, get paid online, have agreements all done for them." Said David Dale, Co-Founder and CTO of Rubberdesk. "Our focus is on using technology to reduce friction around the rental process. From start to finish we've put control in our customers' hands. The design of the site is an intentional departure from the traditional real estate feel, and instead is more organic and human, which reflects our "people first" approach."   Financial and Work-place Happiness Benefits   Businesses renting their spare office space through Rubberdesk have seen more than just the financial rewards of doing so, as explained by some of the Hosts on the site who have had success:  "...the office was finally well utilised, financially that was a great outcome, but also the culture was a much more fun place to go to work." Said Rubberdesk Host Cesar Aldea   And of course the financial help it gives a business when covering the rent is not to be underestimated:   "It takes a massive strain off our business to have three quarters of the office filled by another agency." Said Rubberdesk Host Adam Blain. "We get a really good team atmosphere and a creative space which is better for everybody" Big Names in Coworking involved Among the Hosts on the platform are traditional businesses keen to earn by renting their spare office space, as well as the big names of coworking such as WeWork, IWG and Servcorp to name a few. In fact the site is available to anyone looking to rent office space on flexible terms. Rubberdesk, started out being referred to as "The Airbnb of office space", but quickly found that although the similarity of renting spare space resonated with customers, the analogy didn't cover the nuances or duration of workspace bookings. "On Airbnb, guests rent space for days or weeks at a time without viewing before arriving. With Rubberdesk our Guests and Hosts meet and if both are happy to proceed they typically rent for a year or more." Said Jim Groves Rubberdesk Co-Founder. "Over and above the financial returns, Rubberdesk is about connecting likeminded people, not just desks and chairs." What is Flexible Workspace? In the past there have been any number of terms for office space not leased or subleased. They've been referred to as hot-desking, managed or serviced offices, turnkey offices and most recently coworking spaces. But the overarching theme is flexibility, whether to describe the reuse of the physical space or the people that inhabit it. It's not just the workspaces that are flexible, its the way we use them and they interact with our lives. About Rubberdesk Cofounded by Jim Groves and David Dale, the Australian PropTech startup was launched in 2016 to provide an alternative to leasing commercial office space for small and medium and sized businesses. After the initial build out phase, the site grew organically before Domain brought Rubberdesk in to power their coworking site on CommercialRealEstate.com.au. It's first funding round closed successfully in July 2018. Rubberdesk only gets paid when it's Host members do. It deducts 10% from the rental amounts shown as the Rubberdesk fees. Image courtesy of Rubberdesk. The Rubberdesk Sydney Team. David Dale Co-Founder & CTO (left), Rachael De Costa Intern (centre), Jim Groves Co-Founder & CEO (right) Additional Resources See all the stories from our customers and more quotes here. See all the new features here. Learn how Rubberdesk works here. More Press resources here. Can the humble Apple unlock the secrets to a conflict & stress free work environment? 2019-03-25T10:05:36Z can-the-humble-apple-unlock-the-secrets-to-a-conflict-and-stress-free-work-environment 1 in 5 workers in Australia have experienced major problems in communication with a co-worker or a boss at work.*  Working with people you just don’t get can be performance-sapping, costly and extremely stressful.    For many small business, traditional personality and behaviour training programmes are too expensive, time consuming and are often filled with corporate speak that fails to connect across all levels.   New video training programmme – Working With People You Just Don’t Get!, addresses this gap. Developed by renowned behaviour and communications trainer, coach and author, Lynne Schinella, this programme has been developed to meet the specific needs of small businesses. It helps small teams better understand each other, as well as customers and suppliers and how to leverage their differences to work more effectively with less stress and greater productivity.   So where does the humble Apple fit in? Apples and other everyday Fruit – Mangoes, Limes and Bananas are key ingredients in Lynne’s RIPE Personality Profiling System – which forms the foundation of Working With People You Just Don’t Get!.   “There are many established and sophisticated personality profiling systems which have many merits. Although they deliver detailed and lengthy analysis of personality, in today’s increasingly fast-moving workplace I believe that we need a tool that is simple, down to earth and easy to remember.” Explains Lynne.   Lynne created the RIPE Personality Profiling System in 2004 as an alternative option. It draws on the work of many leaders in the field (Carl Jung, Ned Hermann and Katherine Benziger) and has the benefits of being fun, blameless and easy to digest and recall.   “This is where the Fruit come in! We use Fruit to reflect behaviour preferences…. Apples are hardcore and don’t break easily. Mangoes are luscious, sexy messy little things. Limes are concentrated and intense, but not in your face. Bananas are sweet and pliable with many uses!  People really engage with our fruit profiling because it makes the complex simple and relevant.” Says Lynne.   Since developing RIPE, Lynne has trained organisations all over the world on how to work with the strengths and challenges of being an Apple, Mango, Lime or Banana and work more effectively as a team, with huge success. But till now the programme has remained out of reach for small businesses.   “Small business are often really vulnerable when it comes to conflict and stress – things can quickly spiral out of control and unfortunately most have limited resources at their realm. We are very excited to launch Working With People You Just Don’t Get!  We know that it will really speak to small businesses. The programme is cost effective and simple. It cuts through corporate speak and replaces It with blameless language and delivers results – a team that is less stressed and more connected, engaged and productive.”   Working with People You Just Don’t Get!is delivered through a series of videos where Lynne shares a workshop just as if she was there in person, with the whole team in one room. During the workshop, using the RIPE Fruit Profiling System, each team member will become more self and team aware. The videos will trigger discussions to help individual team members better understand their own, as well as their teammates’ strengths and challenges. The workshop will also arm the whole team with tools to improve their connection and communication with others – other team members, clients, suppliers and even their own family and friends.   “Understanding what behaviour preferences each person has and why you get on with them – or not is a light bulb moment for many participants!  They finally ‘get’ why they never ‘got’ on with that other person. It gives them permission to be themselves and encourages transparent and honest conversations. It’s ok not to get on with someone, but there must be respect for each other’s work. And this programme allows for that needed discovery and discussion.   And yes the humble Apple, Mango, Lime and Banana do indeed unlock many secrets of working with people you just don’t get!” Concludes Lynne.   Working with People You Just Don’t Getis available for teams of up to 20 people and costs AUD $1,200 + GST. For more information visit:   www.lynneschinella.com.au/videotraining-teams Lynne has also recently released her book: Bite Me and other Do’s and Don’ts of Dealing With Our Differences About Lynne Schinella Lynne is a highly regarded behaviour and communications trainer, coach and author who works with individuals and organisations to help them connect with influence and respect. Lynne’s audiences get real value from her practical down to earth approach, her honest, engaging and entertaining delivery and her talent for making the complex simple and relevant. Lynne is the creator of the RIPE Personality Profiling System and lives and breathes Fruit, from mentoring to training teams to deliver her message of respect, connect and thrive. She is also the author of Bite Me! and other do’s and don’ts of dealing with our differences. For more information about Lynne visit www.lynneschinella.com.au Notes to editor * 2016 Snapshot of the Australian Workplace Interviews  To request an interview with Lynne Schinella please contact Sarika Shah, Publicity and Marketing, SShah PR & Communications email: sshahcommunications@gmail.com or call 0414 291 440. Survivor Watch and Siege DNA to Merge 2019-03-25T07:01:34Z survivor-watch-and-siege-dna-to-merge Principals from Survivor Watch and Siege DNA announced today that the two companies have merged effective on the 25th of March 2019. The new company will trade under the Siege DNA Pty Ltd.    The principal stakeholders behind Survivor Watch & Siege DNA have been providing cutting edge technology for the safety of the wider community across Australia for over 5 years.    The new company will be led by former Secom Vice President, Dominic Campagna and combines the expertise of both firms to provide a complete portfolio of personal safety emergency wearables and power solutions to Law Enforcement, First Responders, Education, Aged Care and to the Domestic Violence sector.   The Siege Watch (Samsung Galaxy LTE), will be launched and showcased by SAMSUNG at the 7thAnnual Police Technology Forum, in Canberra later this week. This world first wearable will include a feature to assist Officers with identifying P.O.I (Persons of Interest) through their facial recognition application.   This application notifies the Officer via their Siege Watch with an image and the latest data of the person of interest from their watch list. This information is encrypted end to end and will only be available to Law Enforcement.   The Siege Watch will also include standard features of 24/7 monitoring, discreet alerts and notifications, as well as tracking with locators.    Australia’s premier law enforcement technology and networking event showcases the latest capabilities that are being trialled and developed to enable our police forces to become more effective and efficient in the face of increasingly sophisticated organised crime.   The Siege Watch is powered by Siege DNA, a power platform for capturing and reporting of Security Incidents, providing real time intelligence of a business operations for risk management and keeping organisations informed and well-tuned to global events posing a threat to your business and daily operations.   “This merger allows Siege DNA Pty Ltd to offer end to end solutions for the array of Domestic and international customers interested in a broad range of safety wearable and cutting-edge products, monitoring and the triage of emergencies and events”, said CEO Dominic Campagna.   “Collaboration with an experienced development and management team with years of knowledge with our original concepts in wearable solutions is the first step to a global safety ecosystem”, said Survivor Watch Co-Founder Sy Lagaaia.   Siege DNA will continue innovating the Survivor Watch technology and other related applications whilst working with Government Agency’s in India, Indonesia, New Zealand and the USA.   www.siegedna.com   For more information or interview requests, please contact:   Missy Robinson The Rebel Collective missy@therebelcollective.com.au 0407 037 977 Espire shall once again host exclusive breakfast meet for higher education in Melbourne 2019-03-25T06:09:31Z espire-shall-once-again-host-exclusive-breakfast-meet-for-higher-education-in-melbourne Melbourne, Australia – 25th March 2019 − Espire Infolabs, a global IT services provider, announced today that they would be hosting a power-packed breakfast meet for Digital Enablement of higher education on Thursday, 28th March 2019 at Hotel Intercontinental, Melbourne. A similar Sitecore-partnered breakfast event was held last year in Sydney, 22 June at Shangri-La Hotel. Primarily catering to the needs of higher education institutions who wish to leverage the powers of digital transformation for remaining competitive in the age of the hyper-connected, technology savvy millennial student, with greater expectations than ever before.      The event aims to get together industry leaders, marketers and CIOs to discuss challenges to the growth of the education industry business and will feature an impressive line-up of speakers including Ram Bali from Espire Infolabs, who is the regional head of Australia and New Zealand and Matt Scolari, Digital Strategist, Technologist & Consultant, Ex Chief Digital Officer & Director - IT Solution Delivery, the University of New South Wales (UNSW). Like last year, the breakfast meet is expected to be a full house. It will see CX experts, digital marketing leaders, technologists, CTOs, and others involved in the myriad domains for higher education collaborating for a common cause - finding a digital enablement strategy that best meets the aspirations of students who desire to pursue higher education while providing universities/colleges (both offline and online) with cutting-edge tools, technologies, and strategies in DXP for remaining competitive. Apart from discussions on the importance of mapping out a holistic student engagement, by including personalization and contextual messaging, along with journey mapping at all the relevant touchpoints of the student journey, talks for ensuring a more nuanced scholar-professor engagement/mentorship is also on the cards. Participants will also discuss the ways and means for facilitating research and community engagement. And what institutes of higher learning can do to maintain their credibility and brand loyalty while maintain a winning edge. The meet will also crystal gaze into the latest trends and practices prevalent in the world of higher education.   During the two-hour long meet, a leading University in Australia that profited with their digital transformation efforts will walk you through their success story.    Espire enabling business transformation journey for higher education Espire Infolabs has been delivering highly contextualized and relatable customer experiences. We have built formidable partnerships with leaders in the digital space and have been designing, implementing and supporting digital experience solutions of any scale and complexity. In our efforts we have leveraged the unique and powerful Customer Engagement Hub (CEH) framework for delivering best-of-class user experience.       To gather insights on how Espire's digital experience solutions can strengthen your digital strategies and increase revenue opportunities, participate in the digital enablement breakfast meet by writing to us at enquiries@espire.com or by registering directly on website.  About Espire Infolabs Espire Infolabs is a global IT services company empowering global businesses to drive growth and customer engagement with exceptional digital experience solutions through digital content management, multi-channel customer communication management, and enterprise applications, cloud computing, integration and analytics. It is a SEI CMMI Level 5 Ver 1.3 (Dev + SVC) Appraised, ISO 27001:2013, ISO 9001:2015, and ISO 20000-1:2011 and ISO 22301:2012 Certified Company. Espire Infolabs has offices in UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Development Centers in India (Gurgaon, Delhi and Navi Mumbai). For more information, please visit www.espire.com.