The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-03-07T02:18:30Z Who Invented The Idea Of The Messiah? 2017-03-07T02:18:30Z who-invented-the-idea-of-the-messiah Brisbane, Australia - March 7, 2017 - How did a small, fringe, Jewish cult from the backwaters of the ancient world, invent the idea of a “messiah” for the Gentiles and end up taking over the Roman empire? How much evidence is there that Jesus Christ actually existed? How much do we really know about what his followers actually believed?   These are some of the questions explored in the upcoming secular documentary “INVENTING THE MESSIAH” which begins filming next month, according to Australian production company Deep Dive Productions.   “Most Christians have no idea about the actual history behind Jesus and the early church,” said Cameron Reilly, co-producer, writer and presenter of the film. “Our film is going to interview a range of biblical scholars and academics, believers and nonbelievers, about what the actual story is, as best as they understand it in 2017.”   Reilly claims that while academics, such as Bart Ehrman, Robert M Price, Richard Carrier, and John Dominic Crossan have written extensively on the subject over the last twenty years, the general public, Christian and non-Christian alike, have little idea about the current views held by scholars.   “Most Christians still believe that Jesus is an historical figure and that the authors of the New Testament were his disciples, even though there’s very little evidence to support either idea,” said Reilly. “And how did a Jewish personality cult end up being adopted by Gentiles? That’s one of the questions we want to explore.”   Executive Producer Torsten Hoffman, whose previous documentaries have won awards and have been broadcast all over the world (Discovery, Netflix, NatGeo, CCTV), said “I have joined forces with an awesome team to produce my next documentary about a controversial topic. It is going to be an entertaining look at early Christianity and the historicity of Jesus. We're aiming for a unique style, without ever losing sight of historical facts.”   Director Sam Toy added "I'm terrifically excited to be a part of this team, and to be shining a light on such a crucially misunderstood piece of history. It really is one of those 'I can't believe this hasn't been done already' subjects, and I can't wait to help deliver a fun, energetic and honest film from it."   The production company have already raised half of their budget through private sources and have launched a campaign on crowdfunding site Kickstarter to raise the balance.   “Whether you are Christian, atheist, or something else, you’re going to love this film,” said Reilly, who is best known for his popular series of podcasts on ancient history, Life Of Julius Caesar, Life of Augustus Caesar, Life of Alexander The Great, Life of Napoleon Bonaparte, and A Cold War, which have millions of worldwide listeners. “It really is one of the most interesting stories in all of history – and yet most people have never heard it told properly.”   Kickstarter campaign: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bitcointheendofmoney/inventing-the-messiah-a-documentary-on-early-chris   Website: http://www.deepdivedocumentaries.com   ###   Short + Sweet: SNACKABLETV youth broadcast network for short-form content launches 2016-12-01T01:16:58Z short-sweet-snackabletv-youth-broadcast-network-for-short-form-content-launches Meet SNACKABLETV, a revolutionary digital youth network housing the best in bite-sized content. It’s an entirely new way for young people all over the world to access high quality short-form entertainment for FREE, without annoying advertisements or subscriptions. VIEW THE SIZZLE REEL Millennials are diverse, curious and engaged - so, SNACKABLETV is too. It does not discriminate against gender, sexuality, race, creed or socio-economic status, only against beige content. SNACKABLETV launches with solid collaborations and partnerships as official Youth & Content Broadcaster for Sydney Festival, co-produced podcasts with the team from Melbourne’s Sans Pants Radio and short films produced by future creative superstars from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS). Offering something for everyone, SNACKABLETV plays host to content across seven channels; Culture, Film, Gaming, Music, Podcast, Style, and a dedicated hub for today’s news, events, and the best of the net; What’s Hot. Original series’ will feature respected members of the creative community including; street artist Scott Marsh; music journalist Danny Clayton; celebrity fashion stylist Mikey Ayoubi; mindfulness coach Kylie Ryan; comedians Rhys Nicholson and Robbie Armfield; musicians Client Liaison, Sleep Makes Waves and The Jezabels; and so much more incredible talent in front of and behind the lens. In the face of a fracturing media landscape, SNACKABLETV also offers a solution for brands to target a millennial audience utilising quality native content by creating this ‘safe space’ free of subscriptions and free of pre-rolls and pop-up ads to give viewers a great experience which will keep them coming back for more. The network will lead the fight against ‘Digital Litter’, a result of too much access to poorly made content. Everything on SNACKABLETV is short, sharp, and captivating. It’s video that is never boring, always inspiring, with an added dose of learning for the socially aware, completely free of charge to the viewer. SNACKABLETV Co-founders Kate Edwards and Shae Constantine said today: “We are extremely proud to be launching Australia’s first short form broadcast network made especially for young people. “SNACKABLETV is purpose built as much for the consumer as it is for the creator – it’s a conduit between the two worlds. We identified a gap, in that there is so much good content out there and before now it hasn’t had a home or a chance to get to an audience who will appreciate it. “Our doors are wide open to young creatives and creators. We want to distribute the best short-form content the world has seen, and this is only possible with a truly robust digital platform to facilitate the relationship between creator and audience. That platform is SNACKABLETV.” Content is currently available online (mobile, tablet or desktop) via SNACKABLETV.tv The bar has been set high and SNACKABLETV is committed to pushing the boundaries in both the controversy and quality stakes. New content will be released on all channels across the network constantly. Stay tuned for updates on exciting co-productions and distribution partnerships. In the face of a fracturing media landscape, SNACKABLETV also offers a solution for brands to target a millennial audience utilising quality native content by creating this ‘safe space’ free of subscriptions and free of pre-rolls and pop-up ads to give viewers a great experience which will keep them coming back for more. Interview and content requests contact The Lantern Group: Louisa Read +61 412 955 101 louisa@lanterngroup.com.au Fiona Gulin +61 487 992 333 fiona@lanterngroup.com.au CONNECT WITH SNACKABLETV FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM #snackableTV MEDIA MATERIALS DROPBOX Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Call for Papers DEADLINE 23rd October 2016 & ECI Excellence Awards 2016-10-10T01:49:46Z early-childhood-intervention-eci-call-for-papers-deadline-23rd-october-2016-eci-excellence-awards 27th NSW/ACT Conference - Call for Papers Call for Papers DEADLINE EXTENDED - 23rd October 2016 In order to build the best conference program, we are seeking papers for sessional workshops. ECIA NSW/ACT is inviting professionals to submit abstracts for presentations, workshops or panels that explore innovative practices, challenges, research and policy directions. Click here to view or download the 'Call for Papers' Flyer. Click here to view or download the Abstract Submission Template to aid with your submission.* *Note: The Abstract Submission Template may automatically begin downloading in your default browser. Check your browser or go to the Downloads folder on your computer to access this document. Read more... Excellence Awards The Excellence Awards aim to honour and recognise outstanding achievements in the ECI sector that have contributed to the improvement of the lives of children with disability and/or developmental delay and their families. The Excellence Award categories celebrate and acknowledges teams and organisations that demonstrate excellence, passion, vision and a commitment to assisting children with disability and/or developmental delay and their families to achieve their goals. The ‘Excellence Awards’ will be presented for outstanding achievements in the ECI Industry at the NSW/ACT Conference on 25th - 26th May 2017 at the Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach. Award Categories The following award categories will be open for nominations: Outstanding family-centred practice Champion of Inclusion Team around the child Innovative practice Applications and Nominations Applications will open on 14th November 2016. Nominations must be for a team or organisation in the early childhood intervention sector operating in NSW or ACT and includes; early childhood educators, special educators, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, audiologists, social workers and psychologist. Applicants can self-nominate their team or organisation or nominate another team or organisation. Nominations for individuals will not be accepted. ECIA Members and Non Members are eligable to apply.* *Note: ECIA Members can nominate at no cost. Non ECIA Members are required to pay an application fee of $99 (inc. GST). Theme: ECI: Beyond Possibilities - Investing in the Future Location: Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach Dates: Thursday 25th and Friday 26th May 2017 Early Childhood Intervention Australia NSW/ACT 2017 Conference has as its theme ‘ECI: Beyond Possibilities - Investing in the Future’. This provides an exciting opportunity for service providers and professionals interested in Early Childhood Intervention and Early Childhood, to come together with a focus on building the capacity of our sector and the community, understanding the NDIS and the impact on children with disability and/or developmental delay and their families. The conference will have a strong focus on the key issues affecting practice in early childhood intervention, now and into the future. State Conference Registrations NOW OPEN Register now to receive the Early Bird discount! Registrations for the NSW/ACT Conference ECI: Beyond Possibilities - Investing in the Future are now open. You can register to attend the two day conference on: Both days – Thursday 25 & Friday 26 May 2017 Day One Only – Thursday 25 May 2017 Day Two Only – Friday 26 May 2017 Two Days One Day Early Bird ECIA NSW/ACT Member Rate* $505 $305 Early Bird Non-Member Rate* $585 $345 ECIA NSW/ACT Member Rate $560 $360 Non-Member Rate $640 $400 *Early Bird rates will finish on 24th March 2017 If you have any queries about registering for the conference or need any further information, contact Libby Forsyth on (02) 9873 2593 or admin@ecia-nsw.org.au. Read more... AIIA undertaking significant survey on analytics and data usage by Australian businesses, government and NGOs 2016-09-12T02:46:08Z aiia-undertaking-significant-survey-on-analytics-and-data-usage-by-australian-businesses-government-and-ngos FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12 SEPTEMBER 2016 Encourages new and established organisations in all sectors to participate in order to develop the most comprehensive report possible The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak member body for the ICT industry, today announced it is undertaking a major survey of Australian organisations on analytics and data usage. The purpose of the survey is to find out what differentiates those business, government and NGO organisations that effectively use data and analytics for senior decision making. The survey is open to individual respondents via the AIIA website until 31 September 2016. It is anticipated that a whitepaper will be published towards the end of the year incorporating an analysis of the results and providing a body of knowledge that will help guide business leaders on ways to incorporate data and analytics into their organisation in order to remain competitive. Rob Fitzpatrick, CEO of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), says, "On a global scale, we see those organisations that know how to use data effectively are usually the strongest performers. If Australia is serious about driving an ideas boom and creating new employment opportunities, we need to ensure that we help local organisations better understand and then take advantage of data to be competitive. “This is not just a survey for tech companies. The information generated will benefit all industries and we encourage participants across all sectors whether they be in education, retail, finance, or others, as well as established and newer companies to participate,” added Fitzpatrick. This initiative is being led by the AIIA’s Data and Analytics Special Interest Group, which is chaired by Dr Roger Kermode, director of business consulting firm Alimua Pty Ltd and former practice principal for analytics and data management for Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Graeme Wood, general manager of marketing for Semantic Software Asia Pacific. “There is mounting evidence that data-driven organisations tend to require fewer assets, execute with greater insight and less risk, and ultimately generate higher returns. We believe incorporating these practices is an important part of creating a sustainable and growing economy in Australia and is crucial to seeing our standing in world innovation and growth rankings improve,” says Dr Kermode. The data collected will be analysed by data scientists at the University of Technology Sydney. Professor Michael Blumenstein of UTS Sydney says, “Much has been published on big data, automation and the use of analytics at an organizational level. However, despite the recognition of data increasing in importance, the use of data between and within organisations varies widely. The AIIA survey has been constructed to find out why. It’s designed to enable deep diagnostics and analysis of what actually take place inside organisations across different functions and different levels, not just what is visible externally.” Numerous leading Australian organisations are encouraging their members to complete the survey, including: Data61, The Knowledge Economy Institute; NSW State Government; Advance Australia; FINSIA; CPA Australia; StartupMuster; UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT; and, the UTS Business School. # # # About AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 the AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favourable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. MEDIA CONTACT For more information, please contact Joanna Stevens Kramer at 0408 466 410 or email joanna@filteredmedia.com.au For more information about the AIIA please visit https://www.aiia.com.au Trail blazing Australian teen lights a path to Rio 2016 2016-06-12T00:17:21Z trail-blazing-australian-teen-lights-a-path-to-rio-2016 Trail blazing Australian teen lights a path to Rio 2016  Tasmanian teen’s community contribution earns him a place in the Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay   HOBART – 12 June 2016 - A Tasmanian teenager has been selected for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to represent his country by running in the Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay in Saõ Paulo, Brazil. 16-year-old Geoff Papi-Watson of Glenorchy, Hobart, who finds inspiration in helping others, was selected based on his outstanding community contribution through his extensive volunteer work with the Glenorchy Youth Task Force whose mission is to make a difference to young people in the local area.   The inspirational teenager has been recognised and hand picked for his great involvement in the Coca-Cola Happiness Cycle, as well as other local community initiatives through the Glenorchy Youth Task Force such as RUOK? Day, Mental Health Week, Bike Kitchens and Gig in the Gardens.     The Coca-Cola Happiness Cycle - a national program that has seen 10,000 Australian teens receive a brand new bike since its launch in December 2013 - chose Geoff for this unique experience, which will see him travel to Saõ Paulo to run a 200m leg of the Olympic Torch Relay on 23 July, two weeks before the commencement of the Games.   Coca-Cola Happiness Cycle ambassador and Olympian Sam Willoughby, said when the opportunity came up to nominate a candidate to carry the Olympic torch, there was no doubt that Geoff was the deserving teen for the job.   “We first met Geoff two years ago at the first Hobart Coca-Cola Happiness Cycle event where his passion, enthusiasm and leadership skills really stood out. Since then, Geoff has not only returned as a program volunteer, he continues to encourage locals in his community to keep riding. It was this commitment, along with Geoff’s extensive community volunteer work, that earned him a place in the Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay,” said Willoughby.   To be selected by Coca-Cola South Pacific as an Olympic Torchbearer came as a huge surprise to Geoff, who hasn’t previously travelled overseas.   “To be chosen as a torchbearer by Coca-Cola South Pacific was really exciting. I’m thrilled to be given the chance to go to Rio and carry the torch. My sister introduced me to the Coca-Cola Happiness Cycle two years ago; I enjoyed being a volunteer for the Coca-Cola Happiness Cycle so much, I had to do it again. It's great to be recognised for something I love to do, giving back to the community, which I think is really important,” said Geoff.   Glenorchy City Council Mayor, alderman Kristie Johnston commented, “Glenorchy City Council is extremely proud of the contribution that young people make in our community through the Glenorchy Youth Taskforce. The Taskforce is the longest continuous running council supported youth group in the nation and its members assist with delivering great programs such as the Happiness Cycle. Geoff is a fantastic ambassador for Glenorchy young people as he models a commitment to his community through volunteering with many organisations and stepping up to be a voice for younger people.”   Roberto Mercadé, Coca-Cola South Pacific President said Coca-Cola’s partnership with the Olympic Torch Relay has spanned many years.   “We are proud to be sponsoring Geoff’s Olympic journey in recognition of his positive contribution and support for his local community. Coca-Cola chooses its torchbearers in-line with the Olympics’ fundamental values of inspiring positive change, hence why we have chosen Geoff as our Rio 2016 Olympic torch bearer,” said Mr Mercadé.   Geoff has been selected by Coca-Cola South Pacific to join 2,400 other Coca-Cola torchbearers around the world, as part of the Company’s sponsorship of the Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay.   Coca-Cola first partnered with the International Olympic Torchbearers program in 1992.   For more information on The Happiness Cycle, visit: www.thehappinesscycle.com.au   - ENDS -  Media enquires: Josephine George, DEC PR Telephone: (02) 8014 5035coca-cola@decpr.com.au  About the Coca-Cola Happiness Cycle The Happiness Cycle is a youth engagement program of Coca-Cola South Pacific. Each year, the program travels around Australia visiting communities in each state. To date, it has donated almost 10,000 bikes to teenagers across the country. In 2016, the Coca-Cola Happiness Cycle program is preparing to improve the lives of thousands more teens across Australia, offering them the opportunity to own a brand new bike. The Coca-Cola Happiness Cycle has been held in New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, Queensland and Western Australia with the cooperation and participation of Beacon Foundation member schools.  About The Coca-Cola Company The Coca-Cola Company is the world's largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands.  Led by Coca-Cola, one of the world's most valuable and recognizable brands, our Company's portfolio features 20 billion-dollar brands including, Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola Zero, Powerade and many more.  Globally, we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, ready-to-drink coffees, and juices and juice drinks.  Through the world's largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy our beverages at a rate of 1.9 billion servings a day.  With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, support active, healthy living, create a safe, inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate.  For more information, visit Coca-Cola Journey at www.coca-colajourney.com.au. Coca-Cola Amatil (Aust) Pty Ltd is the authorised manufacturer and distributor of The Coca‑Cola Company’s beverage brands in Australia.  Coca-Cola South Pacific Pty Ltd, an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of The Coca-Cola Company, provides marketing and technical/quality services to The Coca-Cola Company in Australia. TCS Awarded for Empowerment of Woman 2016-05-01T22:00:00Z tcs-awarded-for-empowerment-of-woman Sydney | Mumbai, May 2, 2016: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS) a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, was named Platinum winner in the “Empowerment of Women Award” category at the Global CSR Conference and Awards recently held in Bali, Indonesia. The Global CSR Summit & Awards raises awareness of corporate social responsibility (CSR) as a core strategic corporate function. It honors outstanding individuals and companies around the world for their contributions in seven areas of focus on environment preservation, community transformation and poverty alleviation, women’s rights and welfare, workplace practices and product innovations. Out of 200 entries received worldwide, a final selection of 42 companies were honored in seven award categories. TCS prevailed in the Empowerment of Woman category, named the Platinum awardee in a category that also included Bank Indonesia (Gold),
Mastercard Asia Pacific (Gold),
Qualcomm Wireless Reach (Silver),
PT Omron Manufacturing of Indonesia (Bronze). Melvin Chan, Founder of The Global CSR Summit & Awards commented: “This category was strongly contested. While the other contenders scored high in some areas, the overall highest average score went to TCS where they were excellent in showing the close integration of their gender equality policy with their business practices. The success of TCS' culture of inclusiveness and diversity is clearly evident in the strong contribution of their large women workforce towards their bottom lines." TCS won the Empowerment of Woman award specifically for its “TCS Go4IT” program in Australia. TCS Go4IT is designed to overcome the shortage in Australia of woman who pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (“STEM”) and to inspire interest for young woman to pursue careers in the ICT sector. (recent data shows 75% of the fastest growing roles in Australia require STEM backgrounds, and that woman occupy 20% of roles in ITC, compared to 45% in all occupations nationwide). TCS Go4IT is assisting to alleviate this national concern, providing an intensive work experience program available for young woman. By the end of 2016, over 250 young woman from over 75 schools in Australia will have competed the TCS Go4IT program. Key outcomes of the program thus far include: increased interest of students to study technology at high school and university; increased interest in a exploring a career in technology; changed perceptions of gender in technology; and Increased confidence and employability skills. More about TCS Go4IT can be read here: http://www.tcs.com/about/corp_responsibility/corporate-social-responsibility/Pages/TCS-Go4IT-work-experience-program-girls-IT.aspx Girish Ramachandran, President, TCS Asia Pacific added: “TCS is committed to creating opportunities for woman in technology and dismantling gender stereotypes that exist in the industry. As one award-winning example we are very proud of, the TCS Go4IT program in Australia is successfully offering opportunities for young woman to become passionate about careers in technology, helping to inspire a new horizon of national innovation and leadership in an exciting, dynamic and highly-in-demand profession”. The Empowerment of Woman award is the latest recognition for TCS, a company on a global drive to make gender equality a core tenant of its operating model. TCS is committed to enabling women to fulfill their professional ambitions across all areas of its organization, while championing everyday equality in the workplace. On 20 April, TCS was named as one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women in the UK. TCS employs over 100,000 women globally, a third of its total workforce. TCS also invests in training to help women at all levels excel in their roles, including one-to-one coaching when they take up senior roles, a Rising Stars Program for women with three-to-five years’ of experience, and the Pathways to Success Workshop, a leadership programme for women with five-to-eight years’ experience. TCS has had a formal Diversity & Inclusion corporate function since 2010, designed to provide strategic guidance and support for diversity programmes across the globe. This initiative is led by senior managers who act as role models and help to demonstrate the positive impact that diverse teams and recruitment can have on the business, with a focus on gender equality. About Global CSR Summit and Awards The Global CSR Summit & Awards 2016 was started 8 years ago. The event has grown from strength to strength and attracted a strong following of over 200 global and regional companies globally that participated or followed the event. The Global CSR Summit & Awards has become known as a global brand known for raising cutting edge ideas and topics in matters of societal transformation, product innovations that change the world and controversial topics that aim to inspire bold ideas to drive large scale changes and improvements to the environment, people and the planet. This year, the organisers have incorporated a new dimension into the Global CSR Summit by co-locating a new event, The Global Good Governance Award. More about the Global CSR Summit & Awards can be found here: https://globalcsr.pinnaclegroup.global/2016/ About Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. (TCS): Tata Consultancy Services is an IT services, consulting and business solutions organization that delivers real results to global business, ensuring a level of certainty no other firm can match. TCS offers a consulting-led, integrated portfolio of IT, BPS,infrastructure, engineering and assurance services. This is delivered through its unique Global Network Delivery Model™, recognized as the benchmark of excellence in software development. A part of the Tata group, India’s largest industrial conglomerate, TCS has over 353,000 of the world’s best-trained consultants in 46 countries. The company generated consolidated revenues of US $16.5 billion for year ended March 31, 2016 and is listed on the National Stock Exchange and Bombay Stock Exchange in India. For more information, visit us at www.tcs.com. For TCS global news, follow @TCS_News. Contacts Global: Email: pradipta.bagchi@tcs.com Phone: +91 22 6778 9999 India: Email: h.ramachandra@tcs.com | shamala.p@tcs.com Phone: + 91 22 6778 9078 | +91 22 6778 9081 Asia Pacific: Email: sean.davidson@tcs.com Phone: +65 9139 3668 Proposals to cut access to Family Tax Benefits will only produce hardship and complicate system - National Foundation for Australian Women statement - Marie Coleman available for interview 2015-11-30T01:22:35Z proposals-to-cut-access-to-family-tax-benefits-will-only-produce-hardship-and-complicate-system-national-foundation-for-australian-women-statement-marie-coleman-available-for-interview FTB changes - NFAW Statement   30th November -The National Foundation for Australian Women is profoundly concerned by revised proposals by the Government to substantially cut access to Family Tax Benefits Parts A and B. The cuts will produce hardship for low income families, especially single parent families. They further confuse and complicate the system of family payments, rather than simplifying. They are not likely to have any positive impact on female work-force attachment. They will hit hard in identifiable regions with high concentrations of low incomes families and lack of employment opportunities- outer suburban areas of capital cities, and the regions. (Electorates with the lowest rates of families claiming FTB and so less likely to be impacted include Wentworth and Curtin.) Hypothetically, it is suggested that losses in family payments will be offset by access to cheaper child care. A parent of a 13 year old won’t be getting much out of that switch. The changes will penalise those sole parents who are already in employment- for each $ earned there is a $ loss in FTB. For the households where the parent, or parents are already working, the changes won’t produce additional workforce participation. These proposed changes are an attempt to make the lowest income families repair the Budget at a time when overall outlays on family benefits are in steady decline. It is completely untrue that Social Security payments for families are rising unsustainably. NFAW agrees with ACoSS- there is a need to change FTB- but that should have a focus on adequacy and the alleviation of child poverty, not just achieving savings. The Government’s proposals undermine our confidence in anything else proposed in the name of welfare reform. It is worth remembering in the context of current talk of changes to the tax mix and the need for compensation that the current structures being gutted were introduced by the Howard Government as compensation for the introduction of the GST. NFAW urges Senators to reject the changes once the new Bill is tabled. NFAW notes that the Senate Community Affairs Committee report on the previous Bill is due to be tabled on Monday 30 November. This alone will be a cause for confusion as the as yet unseen untabled Bill is considered. -ENDS- For further comment: Marie Coleman AO PSM, Chair, NFAW Social Policy Committee.  0414483068   The Hon Kevin Rudd to speak at Trinity College, the University of Melbourne 2015-10-30T01:35:39Z the-hon-kevin-rudd-to-speak-at-trinity-college-the-university-of-melbourne Trinity is hosting a gathering of international board members from the Colleges and Universities of the Anglican Communion (CUAC). For this year’s Dr Rowan Williams CUAC Lecture, CUAC has confirmed that the Hon Kevin Rudd will speak on Tuesday 10 November on ‘Otherness: Reflections on Church, State and Learning Communities’. The topic is fitting for a leader who has often been vocal about his faith. Although raised a Roman Catholic, Mr Rudd was actively involved in the Evangelical Union while studying Asian Studies at the Australian National University in the early 1980s.  During his political career, Mr Rudd was vocal about his Christianity and gave a number of prominent interviews to the Australian religious press on the topic. He also defended church representatives engaging with policy debates, particularly with respect to industrial relations, climate change, global poverty, therapeutic cloning and asylum seekers. In his political career, Mr Rudd held a number of key posts. He was Member for Griffith, 1998–2013; Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, International Security and Trade, 2001–2006; Leader of the Australian Labor Party, 2006–2010; Foreign Minister, 2010–2012; and Prime Minister, 2007–2010 and 2013. Says Trinity College Chaplain, the Revd Samuel Dow, ‘Trinity is honoured to welcome Mr Rudd as a speaker at the College’. ‘His lecture is sure to offer some unique insights into the junction between faith, government and education.’ The Salvation Army Selects ShoreTel Australia 2015-08-02T23:59:49Z the-salvation-army-selects-shoretel-australia ShoreTel® (NASDAQ: SHOR), the leading provider of brilliantly simple phone systems and unified communications (UC) solutions for the cloud and premises, today announced that The Salvation Army (Australia Eastern Territory) will be rolling out a ShoreTel Unified Communications, Contact Centre and Mobility solution across its entire operation. The project, won by ShoreTel partner HP, will see more than 1700 ShoreTel IP telephony handsets deployed to over 60 Salvation Army sites in New South Wales, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory. With the expiry of its existing hosted IP telephony contract in 2014, The Salvation Army released a tender for a unified communications and contact centre solution with the key criteria that it would integrate with IBM Notes, The Salvation Army’s global standard collaboration platform. After shortlisting four tender responses, The Salvation Army selected the ShoreTel solution proposed by HP. “ShoreTel is one of the technology leaders in IP telephony and clearly demonstrated its capability to integrate with our systems. The ShoreTel environment is fresh, easy-to-use and intuitive, and will provide us with the best foundation for our future communications needs,” says Wayne Bajema, IT Manager, The Salvation Army (Australia Eastern Territory). “Telephony integration with our messaging and applications environment will improve how we do business. For example, when we deploy UC in our Salvo Stores contact centre, our agents will be better able to use the smarts in our IBM Notes customer management system to manage calls,” says Bajema. The first locations for the new ShoreTel UC environment are expected to deploy in August 2015. In September 2015, The Salvation Army will relocate to a new territorial headquarters in Sydney, consolidating up to ten current offices and providing additional space for future expansion. ShoreTel Unified Communications will be ready for head office staff when they move into their new office space, which has also been designed to support more flexible working practices. “We want to give our staff the ability to work anywhere, and not necessarily be fixed to a desk. ShoreTel Mobility will support this activity-based working approach which will make sure that our staff have the opportunity to stay connected in the office, travelling or out in the field,” said Bajema. HP has designed a hardware/software hybrid solution for The Salvation Army, based on ShoreTel Unified Communications, Enterprise Contact Center and Mobility products. The solution had to cater to specific functional requirements for the organisation’s headquarters and branch offices, contact centre, retail stores and aged care facilities, all with mobility capabilities. The core of the UC system is virtualised and is in an active/active dual data centre deployment, with one data centre in Sydney and the other in Brisbane. All other sites that require resiliency (for example, aged care) have physical ShoreTel phone appliances. The Salvation Army’s existing underlying network is an HP Networking Core with POE switching for all telephony connectivity. “With ShoreTel, The Salvation Army (Australian Eastern Territory) is setting itself up for its long-term needs. The simplicity and modularity of the ShoreTel UC platform delivers what the organisation needs today and enables The Salvation Army to easily take advantage of future technology developments, including the adoption of cloud applications and infrastructure,” said Frederic Gillant, Vice President and Managing Director, Asia Pacific, ShoreTel. ShoreTel is continuing to build momentum in the Australian not-for-profit sector, with further growth expected in the sector for the next 12 months. The Salvation Army was founded as the Christian Mission in the slums of London in 1865 by former Methodist minister, William Booth. It is celebrating 150 years as an organisation this year and currently operates in 126 countries worldwide. The Salvation Army began operations in Australia in 1880. The Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory, covering NSW, QLD and ACT, is headquartered in Sydney and its mission is to save souls, grow saints and serve suffering humanity.  About ShoreTel, Inc.   ShoreTel, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHOR) is a leading provider of brilliantly simple IP phone systems and unified communications solutions powering today’s always-on workforce. Its flexible communications solutions for on-premises, cloud and hybrid environments eliminate complexity, reduce costs and improve productivity. Recognized for its industry-leading customer experience and support, ShoreTel’s innovative business phones, application integration, collaboration tools, mobility, and contact center applications enable users to communicate and collaborate no matter the time, place or device, with minimal demand on IT resources. ShoreTel is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., and has regional offices and partners worldwide. 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The risks and uncertainties include the intense competition in our industry, our reliance on third parties to sell and support our products, our ability to continue to grow our cloud-based solutions, our ability to grow or maintain our premise products, supply and manufacturing risks, the impact of service disruptions or security breaches, uncertainties related to global operations, our ability to control costs as we expand our business, our ability to attract, retain and ramp new personnel, potentially longer sales cycles, uncertainties inherent in the product development cycle, our ability to identify and execute on strategic opportunities; ability of third parties to successfully market and sell our products, uncertainty as to market acceptance of new products and services, the potential for litigation in our industry, the uncertain impact of global economic conditions and foreign exchange rates, including impact on customers’ purchasing decisions, and other risk factors set forth in ShoreTel’s Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2014, and in its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2015.  # # #   ShoreTel and the ShoreTel logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of ShoreTel, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. HP is a registered trademark of Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.  Media contact: Martin Aungle Explore Communications Pty Ltd maungle@explorecomms.com.au +61 2 4872 4981 or +61 415 917 381   Brisbane city will be seeing red for charity 2015-02-27T00:23:43Z brisbane-city-will-be-seeing-red-for-charity For immediate release Brisbane, 27th February 2014 BRISBANE CITY WILL BE SEEING RED FOR CHARITY BRISBANE workers braving the early morning rush hour are being warned they'll be seeing red this Friday – and not of the footpath rage variety. The annual Red Bow Day, Friday 6th March 2015 will see hundreds of students out in force to sell red bows and round up donations for Muscular Dystrophy Queensland. Hundreds of year 11 girls from All Hallows’ School will descend on the CBD to sell the charity's famous red bows in a bid to raise more than $20,000 in just two hours before their classes. Muscular Dystrophy Queensland’s (MDQ) CEO, Helene Frayne said the annual event provides desperately needed funds for Queensland families living with MD. March is our annual Red Bow Appeal where we raise funds for people with muscular dystrophy and their families by providing vital equipment such as electric adjustable beds, breathing aids and wheelchairs and many other essential services. "It makes a huge difference to the MD community, without these funds much of our work would not be possible.” You can support Muscular Dystrophy Queensland by buying a bow or holding a Morning Tea for MD this March! "I'd like to thank the girls and everyone who buys a bow. Your contribution improves the lives of those with Muscular Dystrophy."  Note to EDs.  What: Red Bow Day supporting muscular dystrophyWhen: 7am-9am Friday 6th March 2015Where: Brisbane City CBDWho: www.mdqld.org.au  Other facts: Since 1994 the All Hallow’s School has raised over $230,000 for MD. Muscular Dystrophy refers to a group of over 60 genetic conditions that cause progressive deterioration of the body's muscles, with increasing weakness and disability. More than 4,500 Queenslander's live with Muscular Dystrophy. Currently there is no cure for MD and no way to stop its progression.  PHOTOS/IMAGES AVAILABLE – contact Celeste for high resolution versions.  Gold Coast Church Conference 2015-01-22T05:12:40Z gold-coast-church-conference Last night, the 21st January 2015, Glow Church on the Gold Coast launched their first ever and much anticipated conference, called Kickstart Conference 2015. With an electric atmosphere and heightened praise and worship, nearly 400 Gold Coasters turned out for the first night of the conference. Coupled with the great atmosphere of the service was a summer-themed outdoor set up with food trucks and a jumping castle for kids. The night was topped off with two sessions of leadership-driven messages by Ps. Joel A'Bell from Hillsong Church.     Ps. Joel Cave, who senior pastors the Gold Coast Church said "We are believing God to start something significant on the Gold Coast in 2015, with 3 Spirit filled Summer nights to Kickstart your year! Step into this new Season with us, as Glow Church launches the very first Kickstart Conference 2015 with 3 incredible Guest Speakers, invited to speak directly into this new season ahead.  Our prayer is to see the spirit level of the Kingdom rise, that we would shine so bright that the world around us can’t help but pay attention – like a city on a hill that cannot be hidden."The second night of the sold out conference begins tonight at 6:30pm with two guest speakers remaining with Ps.Shaun Nepstad who with his wife Dianna are the founding and lead pastors of The Fellowship Church in Antioch California. And Ps Wayne Alcorn who with wife Lyn have been the Senior Pastors of Hope Centre since August 2000. Hope Centre is a growing multi-campus, multi-cultural church in Queensland’s south-east corner and Ps. Wayne is the President of the Australian Christian Churches (ACC) movement to which Glow Church is apart of.  It goes without saying, if the first year completely sold out, then registrations will be set to move fast for conference in 2016. You can follow the conference on social media by tracking the hashtag: #KSconf15  LEGENDARY WOMEN’S ADVOCATE MARIE COLEMAN ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S 100 WOMEN OF INFLUENCE 2014-10-02T01:13:32Z legendary-women-s-advocate-marie-coleman-one-of-australia-s-100-women-of-influence 2 October 2014   LEGENDARY WOMEN’S ADVOCATE MARIE COLEMAN ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S 100 WOMEN OF INFLUENCE   Marie Coleman has been announced as a winner in The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards for 2014. Marie has been recognised in the Diversity category for her contribution as Chair of the Social Policy Committee of the National Foundation for Australian Women (NFAW). “I am delighted that two NFAW members - Georgie Somerset and myself - are represented among the finalists this year, this recognises the quality of the NFAW input to the community and to the public policy debate. NFAW, with its partners in the women’s sector, continues to argue the case for business and Government actions to reduce the gender wage gap - which has increased rather than decreased in recent times”.   Now in its third year, the 100 Women of Influence Awards celebrate outstanding women from a wide variety of sectors across Australia. There are ten categories: Board/Management, Public Policy, Young Leader, Social Enterprise and Not-for-profit, Philanthropy, Global Influence, Innovation, Local/Regional Community, Diversity and Business Enterprise. Entrants into the awards were assessed by a panel of esteemed judges and have been recognised based on their outstanding ability to demonstrate vision, leadership, innovation and action in and beyond their fields.   Gail Kelly, Westpac Group Chief Executive Officer said, “The breadth and calibre of our 100 Women of Influence for 2014 is remarkable.   “It is such a privilege to be able to recognise and celebrate the outstanding contributions these women are making to Australia. The 2014 winners will join the now 300 strong, prestigious alumni of these awards. "With over 40% of leadership roles at Westpac filled by females, I am fortunate to be surrounded by inspirational women every day.  We are blessed to have such great numbers of influential women doing incredible things in many industries and organisations right across Australia.   Fairfax Media CEO Greg Hywood said: “This year’s 100 Women of Influence join a growing movement that is changing our society for the better in a myriad of ways. Thanks and congratulations to everyone for the contribution they are making. “Many of this year’s finalists were nominated by men. It’s a powerful development to see men wholeheartedly supporting women across all the categories. In order to move the dial, more men need to step up and take an active interest, alongside women, in addressing gender equality.” On Wednesday 22 October, a gala event will be held at Sydney’s Town Hall to celebrate these women and the significant impact that each has made within their chosen field. The ten category winners and overall winner for the year will also be announced on the evening.   For further information please visit: www.100womenofinfluence.com.au.  [ENDS] Please join the conversation at #100WOI   Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Westpac or www.facebook.com/financialreview Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/Westpac or www.twitter.com/financialreview  Media Enquiries: Augusta Goldsmith                                                                                Map and Page                                                                                      P: 02 9368 4508                                                                        M: 0411 612 850                                                                                    E: augusta.goldsmith@mapandpage.com.au                      Trinity College Theological School senior appointment 2014-09-09T23:06:07Z trinity-college-theological-school-senior-appointment The Dean of the Trinity College Theological School, the Revd Professor Dorothy Lee, today announced the appointment of the Revd Dr Stephen Burns as the Stewart Distinguished Lecturer in Liturgical and Pastoral Theology at Trinity College Theological School. Dr Burns will also take on the roles of Formation Coordinator and Associate Dean at Trinity College Theological School. Dr Burns is currently Associate Professor of Liturgical Theology and Anglican Studies at Episcopal Divinity School, Boston, USA. He will take up his appointment with Trinity College Theological School from January 2015. According to Professor Lee, “Stephen comes to us with a wealth of experience as a priest, an educator and a supervisor. He is strongly committed to creative expressions of worship and mission for the Church of the twenty first century. He is also a strong advocate of women’s ministry in a multi-cultural Church. “Stephen’s appointment will enrich the life of the Theological School and bring new insights and experience to the Anglican Church in Australia. He joins the School at an exciting time in its life as a College of the University of Divinity, alongside a growing interest in and demand for theological education."  Further details on the appointment and other details about the Theological School, visit www.trinity.edu.au/theology. About the Trinity College Theological School Founded in 1877, Trinity College Theological School is an internationally recognised centre for theological education, research and ministry formation, located in the heart of Melbourne. Members of our Faculty are leading researchers and teachers in Biblical studies and theological training, and our graduates are sought after as thinkers and priests in parishes across Australia. Now a College of the University of Divinity, Trinity offer a range of world-class learning opportunities that will equip students for ministry, encourage people in their vocation, and prepare them to lead and shape the emerging church in Australia. - Ends - NEW WAY TO DONATE TO CHARITY JUST BY SHOPPING ONLINE 2014-06-21T01:38:25Z new-way-to-donate-to-charity-just-by-shopping-online Shopnate.com.au has recently launched giving Australians a new way to donate to charity just by shopping online. Over 50% of Australian’s shop online and annual spending continues to grow, currently at a staggering $15.25 billion. Shopnate aims to ensure a portion of money spent online ends up in the hands of Australian charities. Shopnate has partnered with hundreds of famous online retailers including The Iconic, Strawberrynet and Expedia, all who have agreed to pay a commission to charity for anyone who makes a purchase through the Shopnate website. Shoppers choose which charity to support and don’t pay any extra for their purchases as it’s the retailers who make a contribution on your behalf. Charities are quickly getting behind the initiative with nine signing up in the first month, more are signing up daily. Chantelle Baxter Co-Founder of charity One Girl supports the initiative saying, "It's a win-win for us. Our supporters can use Shopnate and make extra donations to us while they shop. They can buy what they want and make a difference at the same time. Brilliant!" Similar sites in the UK have raised over $20million using this fundraising method and Shopnate believes that with Australians love of donating to good causes it has the potential to replicate that success here. More information can be found at www.shopnate.com.au Appointment of Jonathan Grieves-Smith as new Director of Music 2014-05-22T22:52:42Z appointment-of-jonathan-grieves-smith-as-new-director-of-music Jonathan brings to his role at Trinity a vast wealth of music experience on the world stage. He has trained choirs for many outstanding musicians including Sir Simon Rattle, Vernon Handley, Massimo Freccia, Seiji Ozawa, Valery Gergiev, Stephen Layton, Mark Wigglesworth, Klaus Tennstedt, Pierre Boulez, James Levine, Lorin Maazel and Sir Roger Norrington, for concerts in London, Rio de Janeiro, Granada, Brussels, Nairobi, and Melbourne and many other cities besides, and for recordings for Chandos, Decca, Phillips, ABC Classics and MSO Live. Jonathan was Assistant Music Director to Laszlo Heltay at the Brighton Festival Chorus and was appointed Music Director following Laszlo’s retirement. He was Chorus Master to the Reading Festival Chorus, Huddersfield Choral Society and Hallé Choir, and has conducted the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields Choir, Sydney Chamber Choir, BBC Singers, and many others.  He has conducted the Orchestra National de Lille, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Bochum Symphony Orchestra, London Mozart Players, and numerous others, with soloists including Nelson Freire, Bryn Terfel and Tasmin Little. The appointment of Jonathan comes soon after the retirement of Michael Leighton Jones, who leaves this year after 17 years as Director of Music at Trinity, during which time the Choir has grown in national and international esteem. In April Michael and Jonathan collaborated as soloist and conductor when the Choir of Trinity College performed the J. S. Bach ‘St John Passion’ at St Paul’s Cathedral, a performance recorded by the ABC and broadcast on ABC Classic FM. Jonathan will remain Chorus Master of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus, and Artistic Director of Hallelujah Junction, Australia’s professional choir. Of his new position, Mr Grieves-Smith says, “I am absolutely delighted to take on the role of Director of Music at Trinity College. In the short time I have been working with the Trinity College Choir, I have been most impressed with the excellence, vitality and intensity of the music-making we have shared. It is something that augurs extremely well for our work in the Chapel and for concert-giving at home and abroad. It is clearly time to dream big.” “I am deeply aware of the debt I owe to my predecessor Michael Leighton Jones, whose outstanding tenure benefited so many so richly. This is a College full of diverse and delicious musical activity, and I look forward to my role as mentor and guide, and to the many inspiring hours of music, laughter and discussion with such wonderful students.” The Warden of Trinity College, Professor Andrew McGowan, said “We are delighted to have someone of Jonathan Grieves-Smith’s talent and experience to continue the great tradition of choral music at the College, and to link us even more actively with the wider Melbourne music community. He will be a worthy inheritor and continuer of the work that audiences and congregations have enjoyed so much during Michael Leighton Jones’ tenure.” -Ends- For further media enquiries and interviews, please contact: Ben Zipper, Communications Manager at Trinity College on + 61 3 9348 7528 or bzipper@trinity.unimelb.edu.au. Jonathan Grieves-Smith, Director of Music at Trinity College on 0439 343 268 or jgrieves@trinity.unimelb.edu.au.