SEQ Basketball Team Named: SEQ Stars

South East Queensland Basketball’s inaugural team in the Women’s National Basketball League has appropriately been named, SEQ Stars.

The name is the result of public nominations from fans in online feedback to name the team that will represent South East Queensland and compete from its Logan base in the 2015/16 Wattle Valley WNBL Championship.

Coach Shane Heal made the team announcement today and unveiled the final roster for the team.

“We’re delighted with the team name and think it’s very appropriate given the level of talent we’ve been able to attract,” Heal said.

“To have three Australian Opals on the team and a deep roster gives us great reason to expect to compete for the finals in our first year.”

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SEQ Stars roster for the season is Erin Phillips, Rachel Jarry, Rebecca Allen, Amy Lewis, Nadeen Payne, Bree Fraley, Stephanie Bairstow, Denesha Stallworth, Ify Ibekwe, Aja Parham, Lauren Mansfield and Emma McKenzie.

Heal also revealed the full draw for season 2015/16 for the WNBL which will see nine teams compete for the championship.

The team’s first game will be against last year’s WNBL finalists, Bendigo Spirit, at the Logan Metro Indoor Sports Centre at 7.30 pm on Friday, 9th October 2015.

Indonesia AirAsia X Launches Sydney to Bali Sales

Indonesia AirAsia X has launched sales for its second route into Australia to Sydney from Bali (Denpasar) with the first flight from Sydney taking off on 17th October, 2015.

This new route for the popular low cost carrier goes on sale today (12.00 noon Sydney time 12th August) until Sunday 16th August 2015, or until sold out, with an incredible low fare available for a limited time only from $119* one-way to Bali. Bookings can be made at www.airasia.com. Travel period is 17 October 2015 – 31 August 2016.

AirAsia X’s popular Premium flatbed seats will also be on sale from $399* one-way.

Indonesia AirAsia X will commence services with five weekly flights between Sydney and the popular Indonesian island getaway, a favourite destination for Australian visitors.

Flights will depart Sydney to Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The flights have been granted approval by Australian and Indonesian authorities.

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Indonesia AirAsia X CEO Dendy Kurniawan is in Sydney today to launch the route along with representatives from Sydney Airport.

“We’re really pleased to launch this service and connect with Australia’s largest city,” Mr Kurniawan said.

“Bali has long been a favoured holiday destination for Australians and it continues to grow in popularity.

“Our Melbourne to Bali route has been well received and seen strong load factors so we’re delighted to expand connectivity with the east coast of Australia.

“The special introductory sale fare from Sydney of $119* is a great offer for Sydneysiders to enjoy a tropical Bali escape on our direct flights.”

An Airbus A330-300 aircraft will operate the route with a seating capacity of 377. The configuration will be AirAsia X’s standard configuration of 365 economy seats and 12 Premium flatbed seats.

AirAsia X commercial manager Australia and New Zealand Stuart Myerscough said, “Bali is fast becoming an important hub for AirAsia with Australians also able to connect on to 16 direct AirAsia flights from Bali to destinations such as Jakarta, Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and many more.

“This important connectivity will increase over time and provide a range of travel choices to Bali and beyond.”

Sydney Airport managing director and chief executive officer Kerrie Mather said, “We’re looking forward to welcoming Indonesia AirAsia X to Sydney Airport, offering Bali-bound passengers greater choice and convenience.

“Bali remains a favourite destination for Sydneysiders, with around 276,000 passengers departing Sydney over the past 12 months.

“Indonesia AirAsia X also provides a welcome boost in low cost capacity servicing rapidly growing Asian markets, with considerable inbound potential for Sydney and Australia.”

AirAsia X currently flies between Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Gold Coast.

Indonesia AirAsia serves Bali from Perth and Darwin, whilst Indonesia AirAsia X commenced flights between Melbourne and Bali in March this year.

AirAsia X was the first low cost carrier in the world to introduce flatbed seats, which have standard business class specifications of 20” width, 60” pitch and stretch out to 77” in full recline position.

They feature universal power sockets, adjustable headrests and built-in personal utilities such as tray table, drink holder, reading light and privacy screen.

Business Class guests also enjoy complimentary products and services including Pick A Seat, Priority Check-in, Priority Boarding, Priority Baggage, Baggage Allowance, Flight Change, Combo Meal and Premium Pillow & Duvet.

AirAsia X, together with AirAsia, provides Australians with low fares and connectivity to over 100 destinations across 22 countries.

AirAsia X was named the World’s Best Low Cost Airline Premium Seat and the World’s Best Low Cost Airline Premium Cabin titles at the 2015 Skytrax World Airline Awards. The AirAsia Group also received its seventh consecutive year title as the World’s Best and Asia’s Best Low Cost Airline at the awards.

For bookings or further information visit www.airasia.com  Flights and fares are subject to availability.

Travellers can also log onto AirAsia’s one-stop travel portal at AirAsiaGo.com which offers more than 80,000 three-star, five-star and boutique hotels to choose from.

*Flights from Sydney to Bali will commence on 17 October 2015. Flights and fares are subject to availability. Booking period 12 August 2015 from 12PM AEST – 16 August 2015, or until sold out. Travel period 17 October 2015 – 31 August 2016. Seats are limited and not available on all flights/days or at peak periods. Fares are for one way travel, hand luggage only and fully inclusive of all taxes and charges. Fees apply for checked baggage. Business Class fares come with complimentary services as advertised on airasia.com. Lowest fares available online at airasia.com. No processing fees are applicable for online bookings made with PayPal. Next best possible fare available via phone with additional $25 service fee. All amounts are in Australian dollars unless stated otherwise. See airasia.com for full details and Conditions of Carriage.

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RG Communications and Villain Designs have started a new chapter in their history, moving to a stunning new workspace in the heart of the Brisbane CBD.

The office space, dubbed The Loft, is part of a contemporary refurbishment of the third level of the Cromwell Property Group-owned building at 200 Mary Street.

RG Communications Managing Director Ben Ready said the company had experienced significant growth in the past year and needed a new office to accommodate further growth.

“We wanted something that was unique and out of the box but still close to the action in the CBD,” he said. “Cromwell and their team have done a great job to create a space that is both comfortable and inspiring.. it is a perfect fit for us.”

The fitout was designed by Sydney-based The Bold Collective and constructed by fitout and refurbishment specialists ISIS.

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The Bold Collective Design Director Monika Branagan said Cromwell had approached the firm looking for a ‘Brooklyn’ inspired fit out.

“The tenancy overlooks an alley and the back of some of Brisbane’s older buildings, giving it a real urban feel,” she said. “We wanted to bring that into the tenancy and create a really creative space that reflected the surrounds.”

“The brief was to create something that was unorthodox and edgy so we sourced a variety of materials and finishes to recreate a New York loft style feel that had an industrial edge, with warmth and personality.”

Design features include brick wallpapers, illuminated signage, timber look dark flooring, industrial lighting, tartan upholstery, vintage look flooring, recycled timbers red highlights and a Herringbone strut ceiling.

RGC has signed a three-year lease over the 130sqm space negotiated by David Prosser of Caden Office Leasing.

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One Key Resources expands with NSW acquisition of Pegasus Employment

Mining and infrastructure labour hire and workforce services specialist One Key Resources has made a strategic acquisition by purchasing the labour hire business Pegasus Employment from Hunter Valley-based integrated services firm Pegasus.

Pegasus provide labour hire, training and induction and log-in systems and through expansion in other parts of their business have decided to exit labour hire.

One Key Resources managing director Grant Wechsel said Pegasus Employment was a good fit with One Key’s existing services and the business would be fully integrated under the One Key Resources brand.

“We’ve had experience ourselves in the region with our own operation based at Singleton,” Mr Wechsel said.

“One Key Resources is committed to the coal industry and this acquisition provides us with great long term opportunities in the Hunter Valley as well as other regions in NSW.

“We are excited to build on the great reputation that Pegasus has in the local area and believe our commitment to exceptional service combined with our strong industry background will make for a successful business in the long term.”

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Approximately 170 field staff have transitioned across to One Key Resources with three permanent Pegasus local staff also joining the One Key office in Singleton. One Key Resources regional manager for NSW Todd Geddes will be overseeing the local operation.

Pegasus chief executive officer Adam Boyle said, “As Pegasus moves to focus on our contractor engagement and workforce management services, we are confident that One Key Resources will service our employees and clients with the same professionalism and care as we were proud to do as Pegasus Employment for the past 25 years.

“We wish One Key Resources and its people all the best and trust the Hunter Valley mining sector will welcome them as they did us.”

Rugby league legend Darren Lockyer is a director of One Key Resources and plays a key role in business development and client and community relations. He will be visiting the region for an event and site visits in the coming months.

One Key has extensive operations throughout Queensland, Western Australia and in the Northern Territory servicing the mining, gas and infrastructure sectors. Earlier this year One Key Resources formed a majority indigenous owned joint venture in the Northern Territory with Wedgetail Larrakia Corporation to provide much needed innovative labour hire solutions to the Northern Territory. This acquisition in New South Wales continues the company’s national expansion.

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How Moon Boots and Buzz Launched General Electric on Snapchat

tumblr_inline_n8rs3h1zff1qzgziyEver an innovator, General Electric (GE), one of the world’s largest conglomerates, has made a splash on social media platform Snapchat by releasing a version of the famous moon boots worn by Apollo 11 astronauts in 1969.

The just completed campaign celebrated GE’s contributions to the NASA Moon Mission 45 years ago. GE supplied advanced materials used in moon boots and the helmet visors worn by astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins.

The company made only 100 pairs of the 2015 boots and priced them at $196.90 (in homage to the year 1969). They were made available through online retailer JackThreads.com and sold out quickly.

GE decided to unveil and heavily promote the boots on Snapchat as it made it debut on the platform. Sam Olstein global director-innovation at GE said that the nature of Snapchat, fitting into the world of erasable media – media that goes away after a period of time, lent itself to storytelling and driving engagement and action. The Snapchat campaign featured photos, videos and stories about The Missions moon boots as they were named.

They even had Buzz Aldrin take over the Snapchat account for a day and talk about his trip to the moon and back. GE also used other social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter to drive Snapchat activity.

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Olstein’s goal is to introduce the venerable GE brand onto new platforms and to new audiences. The company has been shedding its image purely as a maker of industrial products, light bulbs and refrigerators as it embraces the Internet age.

“We need to change the way the younger generation identifies with us as a company,” Olstein said.

“We’re transforming the company to be more of a software brand.

“This is the future of GE: the digitisation of industry. We’re taking all of our incredible complex machinery and mashing it up with software and sensors and evolving into more of a high tech industrial company.”

Olstein’s mission also includes – as he describes – using commerce as content.

“We see the role of product in a completely different way – around really using commerce as story telling,” he said.

Sam Olstein, Director of Global Innovation at GE, spoke at Interactive Minds Digital Summit 2015 in Brisbane.

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