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Aleisha McCall Makes The B&T’s Women in Media Awards Shortlist!!!

Following yesterday’s post, Ultimate Edge Communications Founder and CEO, Aleisha McCall, has been named on the shortlist for this year’s B&T’s Women in Media Awards.

Earlier this week, she was also named as a nominee for the coveted People’s Choice Award, for which voting is open here and now.

After being announced on the ‘long list’ last month, she has now been named a finalist alongside nine other trailblazing women in the ‘Entrepreneur’ category.

The Women in Media Awards recognise those exceptional women who have contributed to the industry through their leadership, innovation and courage.

It,s great to see Australian businesses thriving with women at the helm!

 

 

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Aleisha McCall nominated for B&T Women in Media Awards People’s Choice 2020

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Ultimate Edge Communications Founder and CEO, Aleisha McCall, has been nominated for the B&T Women in Media Awards People’s Choice 2020.

This prestigious award recognises exceptional women in the media communications industry for their invaluable contributions  through their leadership, innovation and courage.

This latest honour follows on from Aleisha being nominated for the 2020 B&T Women In Media Power List in August.

In 2018 & 2019 Aleisha was named on the B&T Women In Media Power List, in 2017 she was named a finalist in B&T’s 30 Under 30 Entrepreneur Award and in 2014 won the Women in Media Rising Star award.

“I am humbled and honoured to be listed among other hard-working women and be recognised for the hard work, (very) long hours and dedicated approach we all take to ensure our teams excel at what they do,” said McCall.

If you’re able to spare a few seconds, a vote for Aleisha would be a testament to the hard work and dedication she’s put in.

Don’t worry, there’s no sign-up – just three simple clicks!

 

Aleisha McCall How To Vote

 

Click here to vote now.

Voting closes at 5pm on October 7.

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National Family Business Day In Australia

Who knew there was such a thing as National Family Business Day here in Australia?

Family Businesses are the foundation of Australian Business.

Let’s celebrate the successful family businesses that make it throught the gauntlet because a lot of them fail!

If you run a family business and need to tap into useful resources, you can find them here.

If you’re facing succession and want a copy of the Family Business Suicide Prevention Guide <– is available here.

If you want to leverage the unique strengths of your family business, <– check out out this Family Business Marketing Program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Melboune In Lockdown

Sadly, Melbourne is under COVID-19 lockdown for the second time.

This excellent article explaining how viruses spread revealed the DOTS framework to reduce contagion:

The key metric to measure contagion is R0, the reproduction number. It represents the additional cases created by each infected person.

According to the book’s author, a mathematician, there are four things that influence the value of that number, and understanding those four processes can reveal a lot about how different kinds of outbreaks work.

He calls the framework: DOTS

  • First of all, the duration of infection. How long is someone spreading contagion for?
  • But it’s also the opportunities for spread during that period. How many interactions do they have, how many others might they have exposed?
  • Then it’s also the transmission probability during each of those interactions. To give an example with COVID, you might have a conversation with someone, but depending on whether you’re wearing a mask or not, that might change the transmission probability.
  • And then the final component is susceptibility—that we might have a situation where people are interacting, that they’re not having any protective measures during this interaction. But if people are vaccinated, then that’s not a problem. It turns out that if we multiply these components together we get the value of the reproduction number.

We can all do our share to address each of those four DOTS to reduce transmission and get COVID back under control.

 

 

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Coronavirus inspires world graffiti

Don,t get me wrong, I am definitely not pro graffiti. Graffiti costs millions in removal costs.

Sadly,  some of the perpetrators of the vandalism pay with their lives. Even though graffiti can kill, it can also have positive benefits – IF applied in approved locations.

There are inspirational masterpieces that although graffiti, transcend into works of art like this Coronavirus graffiti. <– Click here.

If you need to remove unwanted graffiti, call the Graffiti Eaters!

 

 

 

 

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Ultimate Edge Communications Signs Up For 1st Corporate Squash Membership

UEC Signs Up To Be the East Coast Squash Academy’s  First Corporate Member

Sydney, December 17th, 2019 – Ultimate Edge Communications is happy to announce it has signed up to be the East Coast Squash Academy’s first corporate member.

The Academy has been proactively promoting squash across both the athletic and corporate  communities with a focus on grass roots efforts to introduce as many new people to the sport while also rekindling the passion within former players.

Today’s announcement has been possible with the strategic vision of the East Coast Squash Academy’s, founder Aaron Frankcomb. Aaron was a professional squash player on the world tour and reached a top world ranking of #38. “We’re proud to welcome Ultimate Edge Communications as the first of many corporate members we seek to attract to the sport with this unique partnership” declares Frankcomb. “This is the result of the success of past corporate events that cater to the athletic interests as well team building and professional development of employees. We thought we should take it one step further and provide a corporate membership” adds Frankcomb.

The corporate membership covers all the costs and provides the equipment for staff members who can attend an unlimited number of small group classes at no cost, across the Academy’s multiple locations conveniently located within the Greater Sydney area.

More than just a staff membership, the partnership includes staging squash events that serve as team-building opportunities. The inaugural squash tournament staged just a few months ago began with an explanation of the rules of squash followed by a high-speed exhibition match to demonstrate how elite players make it look easy. With the basics of the game covered, team members then got on court and were fed balls to practice the basic strokes: The drive, volley and boast. Once minimum proficiency was established, a round-robin competition was staged for all team members to play each other to crown the first corporate champion – Evan Bohringer who now has bragging rights in the office for the next 12 months!

“Off the back of the success of the tournament, we wanted to explore other opportunities to provide more value for our employees” explains Aleisha McCall, Ultimate Edge Communications founder and CEO. “Squash is a very efficient way to burn calories and with the courts conveniently located in the city, our employees were keen to give it a go. This was also the ideal time with our renewed approach to employee wellbeing and empowerment to attract and retain the best staff” states McCall.

The East Coast Squash Academy stages a variety of corporate events for small teams, from a fun social afternoon to specific skill-based team building right up to the deliberate practice principles that uses squash as the metaphor for striving for excellence and success for the most committed teams.

If you’re looking for a fresh, new (different) reward, team-building or professional development program for your team, contact the Academy for all the details. The Academy can cater for companies of all sizes with across multiple locations throughout the Greater Sydney area.

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Ultimate Edge Communications Pty Ltd

Ultimate Edge Communications (UEC) was founded in Sydney in 2014, by Aleisha McCall, finalist of B&Ts “30 under 30 Entrepreneur” and a former international synchronised ice skating champion.

UEC is able to over-deliver on expectations by being the conductor to an orchestra of moving parts that create a symphony of results that resonate with highly targeted audiences across both B2B and B2C sectors.

The composition begins with expert media buying that requires establishing a key strategic proportion between traditional offline and digital media spending. Once the budget allocation is defined, it then proceeds to tactical deployment of funds across the selected channels to ensure target market optimisation to set the stage for everything that follows.

The second act is to create design elements specifically tailored to each of the channels to ensure optimal conversions while providing coherent maximum brand reinforcement. The collaboration and synchronisation of media and creative design is one of the reasons UEC out-performs its peers as well as internal marketing departments.

The third act builds on this momentum to integrate lead generation and client acquisition activities to feed into a cohesive customer journey that provides a higher conversion on their path to purchase. This is enabled with sophisticated automated workflows that create and enhance the customer experience, reducing attrition at or immediately following a purchase as well as substantially improving customer satisfaction during the consumption of the product or service. This inevitably reduces operational costs. Even though UEC is focused on media, sales and marketing, the systemisation of multiple customer journeys translates into organisational improvements that further create benefits with economies of scale. These improvements often provide the much-needed capacity to grow quickly without substantial additional and costly human resources.

The last act builds to a crescendo by embracing leading-edge technologies including: artificial intelligence, machine learning, heuristics, predictive modelling and data analytics to fully embrace the concept of deliberate practice principles that have created Olympic medallists and World Champions. This complex process involves creating a self-reinforcing feedback loop that automatically and systematically applies highly sophisticated mathematics and statistical techniques to optimise all the moving components, so we can manage, monitor and adjust each variable in harmony with the others to maximise profits at the minimum cost while sustaining the highest quality and brand integrity.

Level 1, Suite 117/80 Elizabeth St, Sydney NSW 2000

info@UltimateEdgeCommunications.com.au

https://www.ultimateedgecommunications.com.au/

https://www.facebook.com/UltimateEdgeCommunications/

https://twitter.com/UltimateEdgeAUS

https://www.linkedin.com/company/ultimate-edge-communications/

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East Coast Squash Academy

TheEast Coast Squash Academywas founded in 2013 when Aaron Frankcomb retired from the Professional Squash Tour, the East Coast Squash Academy set out to create a business model to expand the presence of squash within the Greater Sydney area squash centres.

Since inception, the Academy has produced some stellar results including: Attracting a handful of junior players with aspirations of going on the professional (PSA) tour.

Its junior program had the biggest contingent of players on the NSW Squash Junior ranking list, with players on the NSW junior state teams, Australian junior teams and Australian senior players. The Academy has developed several NSW and Australian Junior Champions. At its peak, the junior squash program boasted (pun intended!) over 500 children participating in weekly squads and training sessions. Memberships and participation in squads increased by 100% and 300% respectively and tournament registrations reached at an all-time high.

The Academy has been the home base to two full time senior players who reached career highs of top 240 in the world on the Men’s PSA Tour. Its best female professional reached a top world ranking of 130.

The Academy created great success building over 80 hours of services per week to grow the court utilisation and increase profits for clubs around the Greater Sydney Area. Since 2016, Energize Health and Fitness, Norths Fitness, Sydney CBD Squash Club and Manly joined the Academy followed by the Sydney Uni Sports & Fitness in 2018.

Contact details: Tel: 0424 474 001
Email: Aaron@EastCoastSquashAcademy.com.au
Website: www.EastCoastSquashAcademy.com.au
Facebook: East Coast Squash Academy

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Aaron Frankcomb:

Aaron Frankcomb was ranked in the top 100 professional squash players for 8 years, and for 4 of those years he was in the top 50, winning 4 PSA titles. He represented Australia at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, was a Junior Champion in all age groups including 2 times in the Under 19 category and holder of scholarships in the Tasmanian and Australian Institutes Of Sport. He now coaches professionally and remains Sydney’s top ranked squash player and is still considered within the top 5 players in Australia.

Contact details: Tel: 0424 474 001
Email: Aaron@EastCoastSquashAcademy.com.au
Website: www.AaronFrankcomb.com
Facebook: Aaron Frankcomb

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Aussie pearls are a royal favourite!

Meghan Markle counts Paspaley Pearls as a favourite, according to Australian Vogue.

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!!!

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Ultimate Edge Communications Wins 2018′s Best Christmas Ad for RedBalloon campaign

Ultimate Edge Communications has achieved the perfect result to deliver this year’s best Australian Christmas campaign.

Cubery, a tech-driven research and insights agency, has tested the effectiveness of 13 leading Christmas campaigns and discovered this festive season, one ad stands head and shoulders above the others. They made a list, checked it twice and named UEC’s campaign for RedBalloon “Break with Tradition” as the most effective Christmas ad of the 2018 festive season.

Click here to have a look.

 

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How to find lost money

The Australian government is trying to help (you) find money in lost or forgotten accounts.

Click on the hyperlink to see if you have a hidden treasure somewhere unknown!

A friend recently found $2,000 in a ‘trust transfer’ account following a real estate transaction she did more than 10 years ago!

Happy hunting!

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Gun Culture In America Compared To Australia

Australians will always struggle to understand the US guns laws (or lack thereof). The video below partially explains why.

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Squash Statistics Infographic released by Sydney Squash Academy

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, October 14th 2017, In celebration of World Squash Day, The East Coast Squash Academy is excited to release the most all-inclusive infographic of squash statistics representing the history of squash, its massive global appeal, fun facts and interesting trivia.The Squash Statistics Infographic compresses 187 years of the sport’s history into exciting bite-size morsels of highlights outlining the benefits of squash, statistical and historical data from around the world, celebrating both male and female squash players.

“Squash is one of the world’s most misunderstood sports and our goal releasing this visually exciting infographic is to encourage more people to experience the fun, excitement and health benefits of the game,’ explains Aaron Frankcomb, The Academy’s founding director and head squash professional.

“Worldwide, squash is played by over 20 million people with Australia leading the world with nine gold medals making it the most successful squash nation in Commonwealth Games history. Squash welcomes people of all ages and social groups, it is not just for celebrities and high rollers.” Mr Frankcomb said.

“I don’t know of another sport that challenges your physical ability, technical skill and reflexes as well as combine strategic intent imagination and mental strength and toughness like squash does.” declares Peak Performance Strategist and faculty member, Dr Marc Dussault.
The infographic was created for public distribution to expand the sport’s reach and exposure, please feel free to share it on social media with a backlink to the Academy’s website where more than 100 original references are listed.

To view the Squash Statistics Infographic click “HERE”

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For more information, please contact:

The East Coast Squash Academy

Founded in 2011 when Aaron Frankcomb retired from the Professional Squash Tour, the East Coast Squash Academy set out to create a business model to expand the presence of squash within local communities surrounding squash centres. The first installation was at Willoughby Squash Club where Frankcomb was the club’s resident squash pro until early 2017.

Since inception, the Academy has produced some stellar results including: Attracting a handful of junior players with aspirations of going on the professional (PSA) tour. Its junior program has the biggest contingent of players on the NSW Squash Junior ranking list, with players on the NSW junior state teams, Australian junior teams and Australian senior players. The Academy has developed NSW and Australian Junior Champions.

The Academy has been home base to two full time senior players that have reached careers highs of top 240 in the world on the Men’s PSA Tour. Its best female professional reached a top world ranking of 130.

The junior program has boasted (pun intended) over 500 children participating in weekly squads and training sessions. Memberships and participation in squads increased by 100% and 300% respectively and tournament registrations reached at an all-time high.

Aaron Frankcomb, The East Coast Squash Academy

Tel: 0424 474 001
Email: Aaron@EastCoastSquashAcademy.com.au
Website: EastCoastSquashAcademy.com.au
Facebook: East Coast Squash Academy

Aaron Frankcomb

Aaron Frankcomb was ranked in the top 100 professional squash players for 8 years, 4 years in the top 50, winning 3 PSA titles. He represented Australia at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, was a Junior Champion in all age groups including 2 times in the Under 19 category and holder of scholarships in the Tasmanian and Australian Institutes Of Sport.

He now coaches professionally and remains Sydney’s top ranked squash player and is still considered within the top 5 players in Australia.

Contact details:
Tel: +61 0424 474 001
Email: Aaron@EastCoastSquashAcademy.com.au
Website: www.AaronFrankcomb.com.au 
Facebook: East Coast Squash Academy

Dr Marc Dussault

Marc is the Academy’s Peak Performance Strategist and an avid squash enthusiast (addict). In his mid 40s, he reached the top ranks of squash masters with less than 5 years of competition using his signature techniques of deliberate practice.

When not on court coaching or doing high intensity drills and routines, Marc is the Exponential Growth Strategist mentoring business owners and entrepreneurs who seek to become champions in business.

Website: www.ExponentialGrowthStrategist.com

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Why Australians Will Never Understand US Gun Laws

Click here to see a great article on Why Australians Will Never Understand US Gun Laws.

 

 

 

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Australian fibromyalgia research explores the benefits of floatation therapy

Great news for fibromyalgia sufferers residing in Melbourne, Australia!

Back in 2012, a Swedish fibromyalgia international research initiative shone a light of hope in the dark tunnels of this often confusing disorder. At first, the findings were met with some scepticism, but soon, as more fibromyalgia sufferers joined the study, the light got brighter.

The Swedish Fibromyalgia Research group demonstrated compelling evidence that floatation REST (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy) “provided significant temporary reductions in pain, muscle tension, stress, anxiety and sadness, as well as significant increases in relaxation, feelings of well-being, energy and ease of movement.”

Improvement in the quality of sleep was also reported. The real beauty of the fibromyalgia research was that participants reported positive health benefits.

Holy Moly! What’s floatation therapy, you ask? Well, you might not remember when you were in your mother’s womb, but a foetus floats in a special liquid called the amniotic fluid. That’s what flushes out when a woman’s water break. A miracle of life! And it’s what made us feel warm and cosy inside the protective womb.

A floatation tank is intended to mimic that experience. As you float in magnesium-enriched water, you feel totally relaxed, and your body is free of the effects of gravity. The combination of zero gravity and relaxing magnesium salt in a protective environment that is free of outside stimuli can work wonders for many patients.

If you suffer from fibromyalgia and swallowing more drugs makes you gag, then register to participate in the Floatation Fibromyalgia Project. If you haven’t tried floatation therapy before, you’re in for a treat! It is totally relaxing, soothing and peaceful. You can learn more about the Fibromyalgia research project here:

http://www.floatationtankmelbourne.com.au/fibromyalgia-floatation-project-ffp.html

This could be just what you need to get those fibromyalgia demons off your back…!

 

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Aussies can enter the A$2 Billion Powerball lottery frenzy!

What would YOU do with A$2 Billion in lottery winnings? That is the new jackpot for the US-based Powerball lottery…

According to today’s Sydney Morning Herald article, you can get in on in the action.

I am not a gambler or a lottery ticket buyer, but A$2 Billion jackpot is too much to resist… Ya gotta be in it to win it!

If you win because of this blog post, please send me a small, $1million gratuity – you’ll be more than able to afford it!

 

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Australia’s First Women’s Squash Camp for Women by Women

PRESS RELEASE

Australia’s First Women’s Squash Camp
For Women By Women

Sydney, 13 July 2015: Squash a gentleman’s sport? Not anymore. The East Coast Squash Academy based in Sydney, NSW is changing the face of squash with the announcement of Australia’s first All Women’s Squash Camp created for women by women.

“There is no reason why more girls and women shouldn’t play squash” explains Aaron Frankcomb, East Coast Squash Academy’s Founder. “Squash is accessible to all levels of physical ability, age, and level of ambition. In the past year, we have more than doubled the participant of female players and thought the time was right to create an all-female squash camp.”

The idea for an all-female camp came from other sports that used this approach as an introduction to their sport – so why not consider it for squash? All-girls or all-women squash camps have been run successfully overseas, but never in Australia – UNTIL NOW.

The camp will feature an impressive all-female faculty, including current World #31 (and former World #13) Donna Urquhart, East Coast Squash Academy Assistant Professional Moana Gray (former World #131), and top USA College Player Tiffany Hau.

As its name suggests, this Women’s Squash Camp is exclusive to female players and structured to accommodate first-timers to the sport as well as competitive players. Senior and masters players are expected to be the majority of participants with the encouragement of mother-daughter registrations.

”It’s always super exciting for me to come to a squash centre and see women competing with men on court, no matter the skill level or age,” Tiffany Hau candidly admits. “Even back home in the U.S., camps like this are either not running or are not marketed enough. It’s a shame for the sport and for women who feel discouraged and ignored in a sport dominated by men. I’m hoping this unique initiative can jump start the growth of women players in squash, at both the club and professional levels.”

Don’t for a second think this is not a serious squash camp! Participants will be on court for more than 12 hours and will also be privy to two hours of sports psychology training by the Academy’s mental toughness coach and resident faculty member, Dr. Marc Dussault.

Dr Dussault’s keynote presentation “How to avoid mental mistakes to instantly improve your squash game” has been a game changer for players across Australia and Canada. The mental aspect of the game is one of the four pillars reinforced by the Academy, along with technical, physical, and strategic development.

The camp will run the weekend of Saturday and Sunday August 22nd-23rd at Willoughby Squash Club (443 Willoughby Road, Willoughby NSW 2068).

Included in the registration fee is all the equipment needed as well as two catered meals and healthy snacks throughout the weekend. Expected to be scheduled only once a year, this is the ideal opportunity for girls and women to  step into the world of squash. The inaugural pricing (early bird pricing is A$495) has been set to entice newcomers to the sport.

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MEDIA INQUIRIES AND SQUASH CAMP BOOKINGS

Contact Tiffany Hau at tiffany@eastcoastsquashacademy.com.au or at +61 0406 350 161.or go online at http://www.eastcoastsquashacademy.com.au/womens-squash-camp.html

East Coast Squash Academy

Founded 4 years ago by Aaron Frankcomb, the East Coast Squash Academy is based out of Sydney, NSW. And now operates in two locations, the Willoughby Squash Club and the Bondi Waverley Squash Club. The Academy works with players of all levels, from social players to high performance players on the PSA tour providing opportunities for juniors to masters players to be coached and compete at their level of proficiency.

This year, the Academy had 22 juniors ranked on the New South Wales Junior Rankings, two at number one in their divisions.

Aaron Frankcomb

(m) +61 0424 474 001
(e) aaron@eastcoastsquashacademy.com.au
(w) www.AaronFrankcomb.com.au
(w) www.EastCoastSquashAcademy.com.au

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 Donna Urquhart

Donna Urquhart (Yamba, NSW) is current World #31 and former World #13. She has won 8 titles while on the tour. In addition, she has represented Australia at the Commonwealth Games, earning a bronze medal.  As a junior, she won 5 titles and came runner-up at both the Scottish and British Junior Opens. Donna is still competing on the tour and will be playing on home soil at the Victoria Open and Australian Open before coming to Sydney to coach the Women’s Camp!

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 Willoughby Squash Club

Willoughby Squash Club has been Sydney’s premier squash club for over 30 years. Boasting 10 singles courts and Sydney’s only regulation championship sized doubles courts. Willoughby is also a site for Australia’s #1 squash store, with the largest selection of squash racquets, shoes, and accessories; the club also has an onsite restringing service.

(w) www.WilloughbySquash.com.au
(e) squash@bigpond.com.au
(t) +61 02 9958 1399
(a) 443 Willoughby Road, Willoughby NSW 2068

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 Bondi Waverley Squash Club

Bondi Waverley is a member-run club located in the heart of Bondi Junction. A beautiful four-court centre and bar, Bondi Waverley Squash Club has entered teams in Sydney’s pennant competition for over 40 years. In addition to courts, the club is also available for functions with a spacious bar and lounge, with pool tables and poker machines. The club is now the second location for the East Coast Squash Academy and hosts annual tournaments as well as regular programs for all skill levels and age groups.

(i) www.BondiSquashClub.com.au
(e) BondiSquashClub@optusnet.com.au
(t) +61 02 9387 1452
(a) 8 Denison Street, Bondi Junction NSW 2022

 

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BRW Rich Women 2015

This year’s list of the BRW Rich Women is out. This is the list of self-made women, inherited wealth recipients not included.

Check out this cool, interactive graphic!

BRW Richest self-made women

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Protect Your Dog!

I just read a shocking blog post about graffiti vandals tagging properties to alert “robbers” to steal dogs for fighting…  If you have a dog or love dogs and see graffiti like this – alert the homeowner immediately!

Below is an infographic for you if you’re a fellow dog lover!

Woofs of Wisdom Infographic

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So-called “sexting” without consent is now an offence in Victoria, according to MSN.com.au.

From today, anyone who maliciously or deliberately spreads intimate images of another person – or threatens to do so – faces prosecution under two new offences.

According to the MSN.com.au article, the ban applies to intimate images of anyone under the age of 18 as well as images of adults without their consent.

  • Those who illegally spread such images can be jailed for up to two years.
  • Those who threaten to distribute them can be jailed for up to one year.

The new laws also introduce exceptions to child pornography offences so those under 18 will not be prosecuted or placed on the sex offenders’ register for consensual, non-exploitative sexting.

Attorney-General Robert Clark said it was important the law kept up with changing technology. “Previously, the law provided only limited protection against malicious distribution of intimate images and this behaviour can cause considerable harm to victims, especially when images go viral,” he said in a statement.

This is a great first step in protecting our online privacy.

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Government Eavesdropping – responses

I recently emailed and posted a link to a petition to stop the government from eavesdropping on all our emails and phone calls and it got a lot of responses – some of them noted below – add your comments below and let’s keep the dialogue open!

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Glad to see you are using your rule of “No Politics” as a guideline not a panacea.  I know this is a rare exception for you and that is good.  I think you have chosen well in having the balls to put your business behind this.  It shows strength, leadership and care on a topic we can all back.  I was not sure that you were willing to take that risk.  I have more TRUST and respect that you have the backbone to make that stand now that I see this about you.

History proves without taking action to use appropriate negative feedback loops and without sufficient accountabilities recognised authorities eventually fail to have a conscience and fail to serve, which is “How Civilisations Fail”, as proven time and again historically (refer to Jarad Diamond’s book “How Civilisations Fail”).

Cheers
Andrew B.

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Thank you, Marc. Glad you have a social conscience.

Of course, it is our own fault. We have tolerated our governments covert dealings for years and perversely justify our unknowing as integral to our interests.

Terrorism spells fear for a weak politician. It is the Shadow – small as this seems now – that arises and engulfs when we abrogate responsibility.

One day when Sunshine comes – when governments disband their CIA’s – we will know what we are all up to and earning, have friends with, and we will wonder what the fuss was about.

Kind Regards,

Nicholas B-Y

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Marc,

I am impressed with much of your work, but I’m disappointed at what appears to be naivety, or self-interest with respect to this issue.

You are a clever man, how would you track down these extreme Islamist terrorists people before they strike?

Were you aware that Australia is the most potent source of home grown extreme  Islamist terrorists in the Western world?

Our intelligence agencies have averted a number of attacks on significant targets which could have cost hundreds and thousands of lives. The people who get seduced into extremist Islamist terrorism are home grown Australians. They live here amongst us, using our internet to connect and share extreme views, recruit others, and plot terrorist attacks to kill their fellow Australians. If we allow their numbers to grow amongst us we could one day become the next Iraq where the ISIL mass murdering hundreds and thousands of non-believers to take over lands and create a Islamist Caliphate.

What would you suggest is the most effective way to find these people before lives are lost?

You talk about loosing our privacy, but what does that mean? Why should we be concerned if a law enforcement agency maintains records of online activities? How is this going to affect me?  I’m a law abiding citizen. The bigger online threats we should be concerned about are those threats from online fraud, distributed access denial attacks, etc.

I agree that the cost and logistics of government’s proposed approach needs to be thought through, but in the absence of a better way to track down extremists, I think it’s the right thing to do.

Correct me if I’m wrong but surely the only people to fear their data being stored are those who have something to hide from authorities.

So, what is your reason for running this campaign to stop the legislation? Did not know that Australia is such a potent source of extreme views, or do you have a better way to find them, or is there something you have to hide from the Authorities?  If you have a better way, why not share it with us?

Kind Regards,

Malcolm L.

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Hi Marc to fix the problem we have with this internet reading is that there are 15 million people online in australia so all we have to do is for 3 months just talk about guns bomb making killing etc etc and try downloading rubbish like this and that will give the Federal police ASIO etc enough work to last them like 12yrs of flat out understaffed work and it will just go in the too hard basket reverse psychology

John G.

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The statements below are incorrect. Reading emails etc without a warrant is not what is proposed.

John L.

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Imagine if ANYONE could read ALL your personal emails and listen to ALL your private phone calls…

Imagine if ANYONE
could read ALL your personal emails and
listen to ALL your private phone calls?!?!
 
I am not into “causes” – but I can’t let the privacy pirates get away with this.
I received this information from Avaaz.org and believe we need to come together to ensure this doesn’t happen:Phone TappingGeorge Brandis is trying to rush through a plan to monitor ALL internet traffic in Australia. Mandatory metadata retention would mean that every phone call, every tweet, every email would be stored and law enforcement would be able to access it without a warrant. It’s a huge privacy breach, but we can stop this plan before it becomes law.
The government is counting on us not understanding exactly what the policy threatens — but the same ISP companies that will be burdened with collecting the data are some of the most vocal opponents to the plan. One of the bill’s authors, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has opposed similar moves in the past and as the founder of the Internet company, Ozemail, he knows the negative impact the bill will have.
Let’s overwhelm Malcolm Turnbull with a call to fight within Cabinet to scrap this over-reaching plan.
Sign the petition now to stop the snooping.
https://secure.avaaz.org/en/asio_in_your_email_2/?baiPCgb&v=43546

Collecting and storing huge amounts of data on citizens is a radical move. Brandis claims that the new measures are necessary to protect us from the threat of terrorism, but current laws provide intelligence agencies with more than enough information, while maintaining strict rules on privacy. And now Tony Abbott appears to have massively broadened the scope of the proposed scheme.

Telco’s don’t want this plan to go ahead either. The collection and storage of so much information may add up to 100 terabytes of data a day. It’s also extraordinarily expensive and is estimated to cost $500 million for each provider — a cost that will inevitably be passed on to customers.

Malcolm Turnbull was critical of the previous Labor government’s plans for mandatory data retention and has said he is “absolutely committed to individual liberty and privacy”.

Let’s keep Turnbull accountable to his previous statements — sign the petition now.
As a community, we have to come together to protect the freedom of all citizens in this digital age, we can’t let them get away with this.

If you don’t stand up and be counted NOW, you can’t then whinge about the government you’ll tracking and monitoring you 24 hours a day, seven days a week – secretly.

All we’re asking is that you take 10 seconds to click on the petition.

If you want to do more than that, “your share” of the solution would be to promote this through social media and/or your email lists as I have done to TENS OF THOUSANDS of fellow Aussies and let’s stop this dead in its tracks – NOW while we still can.

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