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Welcome to our ‘News In Brief’ column in which we digest all the news releases for you in no more than five paragraphs. Below are snippets of all the media releases that we received from Aug 29 till the end of the week.

Microsoft Picks Velrada 

Perth, Aug 29: Australian technology company Velrada has been revealed as the only Australian-based company to achieve the prestigious Microsoft Business Application 2022/2023 Inner Circle award.
Membership in this elite group is based on sales achievements that rank Velrada in the top echelon of Microsoft’s Business Applications global network of partners. 
Inner Circle members have performed to a high standard of excellence by delivering valuable solutions that help organizations achieve increased success.
“We are proud to recognise a group of partners who have excelled at accelerating their customer’s digital transformation through the digital innovations from Microsoft Business Applications,” Peter Jensen, Microsoft Business Application Partner Strategy Lead said. 
Velrada is a subsidiary company of Nomura Research Group (NRI), a global technology company based in Tokyo. 

MR D.I.Y. Contributes RM300,000 To PPUMCare

MR D.I.Y. Group’s Head of Marketing Alex Goh [fourth from left] handing over a mock cheque to Yang Berhormat, Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin – Chairman, PPUM Management Board, Yang Berbahagia, Professor Dr Nazirah Hasnan – Director, PPUM and Chew Yee Yean, PPUM Deputy Director (Specialist) concurrently Chairman of the PPUMCare Fund and PPUMCare Run 2022 Advisor, to mark the retailer’s contribution to the event.  With them are several MR D.I.Y. employees.

Kuala Lumpur, Aug 30: Malaysia’s largest home improvement retailer, MR D.I.Y. Group (M) Berhad [MR D.I.Y.], today contributed RM300,000 to PPUMCare [formerly known as PPUM Patient’s Welfare Fund], in conjunction with the PPUMCare Run event that was held yesterday at UM Arena, Universiti Malaya. 
The Run was organised by Universiti Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) to raise funds that will be used to cover the cost of treatment for underprivileged patients.  
The PPUMCare Run 2022 yesterday raised RM 377,000 from generous contributors. 
MR D.I.Y. has a long and mutually-rewarding collaboration with Universiti Malaya across several areas.
Since 2017, MR D.I.Y. has been partnering with UMCares to organise an annual national DIY competition called ‘DIY Made Simple’ for secondary school students designed to inspire awareness of sustainable lifestyle choices.

Sunway Partners With United Imaging Healthcare

Sunway Medical Centre Partners with United Imaging Healthcare.

Sunway, Aug 30: Sunway Medical Centre and United Imaging Healthcare (UIH) are collaborating to optimise molecular imaging protocols using artificial intelligence (AI) modelled reconstruction for cancer diagnosis.
With this partnership, Sunway Medical Centre will be the first hospital in Southeast Asia to acquire UIH’s state-of-the-art digital PET/CT system, the uMI780.
The ultra-fast, high-resolution digital PET/CT transforms traditional imaging by offering whole-body coverage with the widest 30cm digital axial field of view.
“The system provides the best NEMA resolution scores in the industry at 2.9mm, which translates to greater imaging clarity and accuracy in detecting small lesions.
“It is also highly sensitive with high speeds that enable quick data acquisition with a low dose compared to conventional systems,” explained Dr Heng Siew Peng, General Manager, Sunway Cancer Centre.”

DataWeave Joins Amazon Advertising Partner

DataWeave joins Amazon Advertising Partner Network to help brands drive retail growth.

Seattle, Aug 30: DataWeave, a provider of AI-powered Brand Analytics solutions, today announced its status as a vetted partner in the Amazon Advertising Partner Network with the goal of supporting brands to optimize their digital advertising campaigns with actionable data insights.
The Amazon Advertising Partner Network, and new Partner Directory, provide brands access to a global community of agencies and tool providers that can help advertisers achieve their business goals using Amazon Ads products.
This collaboration is timely, as leading brands and retailers rely on DataWeave for global commerce insights to stay competitive. Amazon Ads’ partners help advertisers reach consumers by using Amazon Ads products like Sponsored Products, Sponsored Brands, and Sponsored Display.
Amazon advertisers can apply DataWeave’s insights to benchmark and help consumers to discover their brand’s products with greater ease, optimizing digital shelf performance.
“We are honoured to join the Amazon Advertising Partner Network with the collective goal of enabling brands to optimize audience engagement at every stage of the decision journey, and improve return on marketing spend,” Karthik Bettadapura, CEO and co-founder, DataWeave said.
“Our insights can help brands increase the visibility of their digital shelf with ads that reach and resonate with Amazon shoppers.”
With more than 500 billion data points aggregated, DataWeave’s scale and digital insights expertise help brands of all sizes evaluate and elevate their performance to fuel online retail growth.

Australia Post, Beyond Blue Team Up

Australia Post delivers mental health postcards to 3 million households.

Sydney, Sept 2: Australia Post’s popular free postcards will arrive in millions of letterboxes and at post offices around the country next week, helping Australians to check in and support one another ahead of R U OK? Day and in the lead-up to Mental Health Month.
In partnership with Beyond Blue, Australia Post will once again deliver three million free postcards, which
Australians can send free of charge to show they are thinking of family and friends.
As well as a blank, prepaid postcard to send to family or friends, there’s also a tear-off part that contains
helpful information about the importance of connection for our mental health.
Australia Post General Manager Community and Stakeholder Engagement Nicky Tracey said the postcards were a popular way to stay in touch when first launched in 2021 during lockdowns, and she was proud to continue to partner with Beyond Blue to connect millions of Australians.
The postcards will be delivered to suburban and regional households and are also available at selected post offices around the country.

Jail Time Over GST Fraud

Adelaide, Sept 2: A South Australian restaurant owner has been sentenced to five years and three months in jail after being found guilty of fraudulently obtaining $613,262 in GST refunds and attempting to obtain a further $210,333 in GST refunds which were stopped by the ATO.
He was also ordered to repay the amounts he fraudulently obtained.
Brad Redman, who owned and operated a restaurant and gift shop in McLaren Vale with his wife, submitted 14 false business activity statements (BAS) and five false revised BAS, overstating the business’ total sales, export sales, GST-free sales and acquisitions.
Redman was prosecuted by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions following a referral from the ATO.
Assistant Commissioner Jade Hawkins welcomed the court’s decision, saying it reiterates the ATO’s stance on GST fraud and its commitment to maintaining the integrity of the tax system.
“When you claim a refund that you’re not entitled to, you’re stealing from the community and disadvantaging everyone who does the right thing.

Reduce 59-Year Wait For Gender Equality In Australia

Jobs and Skills Summit must reduce the 59-year wait for gender equality in Australia.

Sydney, Sept 2: As the Jobs and Skills Summit continues, the latest Financy Women’s Index shows us that Australian women face a 59-year wait for gender equality in this country.
“Whilst Financy welcome’s the progressive discussion taking place at the Jobs and Skills Summit in respect to female employment, childcare and paid parental leave, it’s important to note that Australian women face a multi-generational wait for gender equality in this country and that’s because of the significant gap between the sexes in unpaid work,” Financy Founder Bianca Hartge-Hazelman said.
“Unpaid work is a huge barrier to women’s progress and achieving equality. It requires behavioural shifts in the home, schools and at work, as much as policy levers to change structural inequalities and the status quo for future generations,” Hartge-Hazelman said.
The Financy Women’s Index (FWX) is the only quarterly snapshot of women’s economic progress and timeframes for gender equality in Australia. The FWX looks at gender equality across seven critical areas: education, employment, underemployment, wages, unpaid work, ASX 200 board gender diversity and superannuation.
The Financy Women’s Index June quarter report found that whilst it will take 59 years to achieve equality in unpaid work, it will take about half that time before equality is realised in employment.

HDC Holds First Conference Outside Malaysia 

Melbourne, Sept 2: The 14th edition of the World Halal Business Conference (WHBC), organised by the Halal Development Corporation Berhad (HDC), an agency under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) was launched recently at Pullman Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia – the first held outside Malaysia.
Supported by the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (AUSTRADE) and the State Government of Victoria, the two-day forum gathers halal industry leaders to share, deliberate and network, as well as promote halal business opportunities with a view to inspire wealth creation amongst the participants.
With an interesting lineup of distinguished panellists from the government, industry players and experts, some of the hot topics this year include Food Security, Safety and Sustainability, Halal Ingredients Ecosystem, Halal Business Agility through Digitalization, Halal Finance and Banking, Muslim Friendly Tourism and Halal Trade Connectivity.
In the keynote address by the Consul General of Malaysia, Her Excellency Mazita Marzuki, the combined roles that can be played by both Australia and Malaysia in strengthening the Halal ecosystem in the current post-pandemic economic reconstruction, should be acknowledged and promoted.
“Australia is our first destination for WHBC Circuit as it has a mature Halal ecosystem and market with an established Australian Government Authorized Halal Program (AGAHP),” Mazita said.

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