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TV mouths look for new sport goals

FOLLOWING Channel Seven’s decision not to match the Channel Nine consortium bid for the television rights to the AFL, Channel Nine is already moving to build its commentary team.

Quicken signs QuickTrack deal

THE US Quicken company has this week signed a publishing and distribution licence with Australia’s Data Link for rights to their award-winning QuickTrack software.

Warning on domain name registration

OWNERS of domain names should not be pressured into staying with the same Internet service provider when their domain name comes up for registration, says the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

Grain brain

FARMERS and businessmen wanting to keep track of the continually deregulated grain market can do so through a new software program from WA’s ProFarmer Advisory Services.

Wavenet signs US contract

WAVENET Technologies (ASX WAL), the Perth-based developer of a data wireless cradle for Palm Pilots, has signed a US$3 million deal with the American data network operator Motient Corporation.

TV studio in a box

A COUPLE of rooms in a private home in East Perth is the unlikely scenario for a broadcast-standard TV studio.

Lowering the risk of DVT

IF you had asked the average person on the street two years ago what Deep Vein Thrombosis was, it’s likely you would have received a blank stare for an answer.

Endeavour adds two practices

WA CORPORATE health operation Endeavour Healthcare is planning a further capital raising and a stock market listing, following its acquisition of two eastern states general practice groups.

Workspace puts squeeze on staff

OFFICE workers are getting squeezed into smaller spaces as the availability of commercial space falls and becomes increasingly expensive.

Vacancy rates renew city project optimism

PERTH’s office vacancy rate has fallen to the lowest level in more than a decade, according to the latest Property Council Office Market Report released this week.

Alarm over King Street bar refusal

THE Perth City Council has rejected an application from a Singaporean company to set up an eating house and bar at 356 Murray Street, citing noise concerns as the reason for their decision.

Window of opportunity

THE next six months will provide a “golden window” of opportunity in the housing cycle for WA home investors, according to Investor Club branch manager Barry Atkins.

Trading leads retail reform

THE National Competition Council this week released a comprehensive stocktake of reforms undertaken by various State governments, as part of their yearly review of progress by States in implementing reform under the Hilmer competition policy agenda.

Computers no match for human intelligence

BAD news for fat heads. The size of your brain is not a factor of intelligence.

People power still the key

MANAGERS are being warned that unless they embrace the computer, e-commerce, knowledge management and the Internet they risk being overwhelmed by those who do.

Gallery of fine offerings

I ASKED myself, have I stumbled through a magic looking glass? I was approaching the entrance of Friends Restaurant and was greeted by a collection (or should the collective noun be a herd?) of remarkable metal statues, all life size ...

Yalumba’s Mawson a red worth exploring

AUSTRALIAN wine labels are adorned with multitudes of landmarks, from creeks, valleys, rivers, paddocks and even mountains, but Yalumba have taken another option and have named their new release after a great countryman, Douglas Mawson.

Everything about olives

WHETHER you want to know how to grow your own olives or join in the wine and food-tasting festivities, The West Australian Olive Festival will provide you with a weekend of culinary delight.

Al fresco change for West Perth diners

The new Savoia café and winebar owned by controversial Perth businessman Davide Bianchi is filling the gap in West Perth’s wining and dining industry.

Catching cold as the world sneezes

AUSTRALIA can expect weaker growth this year, according to the Reserve Bank of Australia assistant governor, economics, Glenn Stevens.

Best time to sell homes

THE fall in demand for properties in WA and the traditional summer surge of home listings has prompted Gavin Hegney, of Hegney Property Valuations, to suggest to home sellers not to list their homes for sale until next autumn.

Where your spending money goes

THE Australian Bureau of Statistics survey of household spending patterns in Australia makes for interesting reading for manufacturers and importers.

Heads down for hard landing

WHY wait until later when you can panic today? Some of the economists who work for the big investment banks are salivating over the prospect of the US economic landing skidding off the runway in black ice.

Riding those cycles to success

A NUMBER of private investors in Perth got telephone calls from their brokers early in the year urging them to sell their boring old defensive banking shares, and buy beaten up cyclical growth companies.

Coaches score strongly in the business arena

WANT to get ahead? Got goals you need to reach? Why not get a coach?Why not indeed. Everybody accepts the importance of coaches in the sporting arena.

Keeping “stars” proving difficult

FINDING and keeping stars is emerging as one of the hardest tasks facing management.“Our biggest asset is our staff” is one of the most common platitudes to roll from managers lips and sometimes seems to be one of the greatest fallacies.

Hiring a coach

It pays to be discerning when hiring a coach. To get the most out of a coaching relationship, you will be required to be totally upfront and honest. You want someone you can trust.

Coaching consolidations

CONSOLIDATIONS have already begun in the fledgling corporate coaching market.The Catalyst Group’s Digby Scott said the coaching market was in its infancy.

In-house HR role evolving

THE Human Resources industry has seen some major changes, apart from the emergence of the Internet in the recruitment process.