The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-11-18T03:48:23Z NSW and ACT Guiding Community merges with NT to create A Place To Grow Together 2019-11-18T03:48:23Z nsw-and-act-guiding-community-merges-with-nt-to-create-a-place-to-grow-together The NSW & ACT Girl Guides community will merge with Girl Guides NT to form Girl Guides NSW, ACT and NT from January 2020 creating a 7,800 strong member organisation. The merger offers a chance to expand learnings and foster collaboration between the state and territories. Girl Guides in NT will have access to greater resources and opportunities through this partnership, with all the administrative and operational benefits of a larger Association. More opportunities will be available to assist with the geographical challenges faced in the NT. The partnership will also allow Guides in the NT to participate in creative initiatives run by Girl Guides NSW & ACT such as GirlMade which supports girls to express themselves creatively. The NT community hope to share their unique experiences and perspectives with the NSW & ACT members, to further support the growth and empowerment of the next generation of Australian women. Letitia Baldwin, NT Regional Manager, Girl Guides NT, is looking forward to this new step in NT Guiding history, believing it will bring great benefit to the girls and Leaders. “I have a brilliant team of Leaders and we will work well with the NSW and ACT teams. It is important to have fresh ideas and the chance to network, especially for our adult members so they can share that with the girls. I want to make this community as big and beautiful as it can be. “I think the opportunities are going to be endless; NSW & ACT have an exciting range of things for girls to do and now we will be able to leverage this and get the girls involved in so many more activities. “It is great to know we’re not alone; we are a part of a large network. I am looking forward to NT standing proud and showing off what we can do,” said Ms Baldwin. Eboney Prentice, Leader Darwin District, Girl Guides NT, has been a member of the Guiding community for 30 years; having had many unique experiences with Guiding including travelling the world, she is now sharing the Guiding experience with her daughter. “Guiding focuses on the community, it encourages girls to think about more than just themselves, to learn from others and give back to the world around them. The joining of our communities will support this Guiding mission and enhance the girls experience,” said Ms Prentice. Sarah Neill, State Commissioner, Girl Guides NSW & ACT, travelled to NT earlier this year and met the Guiding community; she is thrilled to be partnering with them. “I am looking forward to working closely with Letitia and her team who have such a deep passion for Guiding. The girls as always are at the centre of what we do and we know this partnership will enhance their Guiding experience with increased support,” said Mrs Neill. -ENDS- Notes to editor: Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT are devoted to the growth and development of girls. They provide a place where girls can learn, build their skills and connect with like-minded peers. The benefits also extend to the Leaders and volunteers who play a vital role in supporting the girls. Guides work to serve their community and help those in need offering help where they can. They participate in many local activities and initiatives aimed at giving back to the community. Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT offers girls A Place To Grow. For media enquiries please contact: Simone Gur | ZADRO Agency | | 0417 778 511 Oakley Grioli I ZADRO Agency I | 02 9212 7867 IMAGES Images are available for use. For high-resolution images, please contact: Image: Letitia Baldwin, NT Region manager, Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT. 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Colin Abbott photos capture iconic Australia in new book ’Waiting Under Southern Skies’ 2019-11-06T05:11:44Z colin-abbott-photos-capture-iconic-australia-in-new-book-waiting-under-southern-skies Readings Bookstore Carlton is the latest retailer to feature the recently released book by Colin Abbott ‘Waiting Under Southern Skies’.   'Waiting Under Southern Skies’ is a selection of evocative, and previously unpublished photographs, from Colin Abbott’s personal archive of over 45+ years documenting Australian life, as it presented to him.   Curated and published by Gianni Frinzi of T & G Publishing, ‘Waiting Under Southern Skies’ is an intimate narrative of people and places captured in photos during a period of immense social change in Australia from the now almost mythical 1970’s to the present day.    An avid documenter of everyday life on the street, Abbott has carved out an enviable career in longitudinal photography projects, alongside a successful business career.   Since taking up the camera in Sydney in the early 1970s, Abbott progressed his photography skills by moving to Melbourne, studying at the Prahran College of Advanced Education.   The photographs in this book were all taken in the South Eastern part of Australia, from Sydney and southern NSW to Melbourne and Victoria. This region in Australia is where   some 50%+ of Australians reside.   He has had several exhibitions since 2009 including ‘Enigma’ with Photonet Gallery, Melbourne, ‘Out There’ at Manning Clark House, Canberra, 2013 and was part of a photo exhibition celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Prahran Market, 2014.   More recently he has worked with Michael Silver at Magnet Galleries Melbourne Inc. for two exhibitions ‘70’s Melbourne’ and ‘80’s Melbourne’, 2017-2018.   Colin Abbott attributes the capability of ‘seeing and not-seeing’ as integral to Photography as ‘being and not-being’ are to Zen. The ability to produce transformative images is always the goal whether shooting on the street or taking in a beautiful landscape.   Well known Australian photographer Andrew Chapman spoke at the official launch of 'Waiting Under Southern Skies' that was held at Magnet Galleries Melbourne.   A copy of ‘Waiting Under Southern Skies’ was later presented as a gift and memento to Norwegian Ambassador HE Mr. Paul Gelleik Larsen to acknowledge a quote in the book by Norwegian author Lars Mytting.  Media Enquiries:    Mr. Joe Perri, Joe Perri & Associates Pty Ltd                               Mob:  +61 412 112 545     Email:   About Colin Abbott   Colin Abbott was born in Adelaide, South Australia in 1951. Lives and works Melbourne, Victoria.   Colin Abbott attributes seeing and not-seeing as integral to photography as being and not-being are to Zen.    An avid documenter of everyday life on the street, Abbott has carved out an enviable career in longitudinal photography projects, alongside a successful business career.   Since taking up the camera in the early 1970s, Abbott progressed his photography skills, studying at the Prahran College of Advanced Education.   He has had several exhibitions since 2009 including ‘Enigma’ with Photonet Gallery, Melbourne, ‘Out There’ at Manning Clark House, Canberra, 2013 and a photo exhibition celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Prahran Market, 2014.   More recently he has worked with Michael Silver at Magnet Galleries Melbourne Inc for two exhibitions ‘70’s Melbourne’ and ‘80’s Melbourne’, 2017-2018.   His book, ‘Waiting Under Southern Skies’ is a selection of evocative, and previously unpublished, images from Colin Abbott’s personal archive of over 45+ years documenting Australian life, as it presented to him.  It is an intimate narrative of people and places during a period of immense social change in Australia.   Hollywood stars support ‘next epic’ Aussie sci-fi franchise 2019-10-30T00:35:18Z hollywood-stars-support-next-epic-aussie-sci-fi-franchise HOLLYWOOD stars including Priscilla Presley, US actor Cliff Simon (aka Stargate’s Lord Ba’al) and Bruce Logan from team Star Wars, have thrown their support behind the work of Hunter Valley author A.J. Cootes, who will officially launch the first book in the Almythea franchise in Australia this November. Almythea has been 20 years in the making and excitement is building worldwide for what is being touted as the next epic franchise in the sci-fi fantasy adventure genre. The main launch will be at Supanova in Brisbane from November 8-10, following other book launches in the Hunter Valley on November 3 and on the Gold Coast on November 7. A percentage of proceeds will go to Beyond Blue to help fight anxiety, depression and suicide. Priscilla Presley will play Petelia (Queen of the ‘fleafs’ – pixie-like creatures that act as her messengers and spies, when they’re not messing up) in the upcoming films and Cliff Simon will play Grey Paw (a rebellious, smouldering, immortal Obi Wan Kenobi type). He has also written the foreword for the book. A.J. Cootes began writing after his best friend, Greg Wilson, was involved in a near-fatal motorcycle accident. Greg’s ensuing battle with depression inspired the pair to co-author the artist’s biography, My Brush with Depression, in the hope it would help others facing similar problems. Growing up, A.J. loved movies and stories that encouraged his imagination and altruism. His favourites are the Star Wars films, Dune by Frank Herbert, The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain and other books by Charles Dickens and Ernest Hemingway. The story of Almythea begins with: “In a world ruled by evil, it will take an outcast to save the people.” For centuries, Almythea has been ruled by the tyrannical alien overlord The Lost One and his duplicitous, seductively-sinister lieutenant, Raven Weaver. The once peaceful planet, now enslaved, wastes away as it is mined and stripped of rare refractive crystals. When Little Hawk, a young warrior, confesses to a crime he didn't commit to protect Broken Arrows, the woman he secretly loves, he is exiled to the Badlands. Formidable creatures force him to battle not only for his life but also against his inner demons. On the brink of death, Little Hawk encounters the mysterious and rebellious shaman, Grey Paw – changing the course of Almythea's future…” A.J. Cootes writes from his secluded farm in the Hunter Valley and is a director of the Greg Wilson Studio. He resides with his wife, Joyce, and inseparable friend and business partner Josie Wilson (collectively known as the Hippies on the Hill). He is happiest when he is writing, playing with his dog, Hemingway, and tending to his hens, led by Princess Layer, in the Cluckleberry Inn coop. There will be six instalments in the Almythea franchise The Chronicles of Almythea – Rise of Wingtar; The battle for our souls; The New Kingdom; Three will fall and one will rise; Battle of the Ancients (prequel part one) and the 1,000 year war begins (prequel part two). Numbers will be limited at the book launches on the Gold Coast and in the Hunter Valley, which will be hosted by nearby resident Channel 7's Better Homes and Gardens host Johanna Griggs and ‘Media Queen’ Aldwyn Altuney, from the Gold Coast. For event details, book sales and more information, visit ENDS Media contact only: For advance copies of the book, interviews with A.J. Cootes or celebrities involved, contact project manager Lynn Santer on 0410 513 009 or marketing manager Aldwyn Altuney on 0409 895 055. Australian Data Champion Partners With the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, University of Melbourne To Give Australian Independent Film A Big Data Boost. 2019-10-28T23:33:22Z australian-data-champion-partners-with-the-faculty-of-fine-arts-and-music-university-of-melbourne-to-give-australian-independent-film-a-big-data-boost Hidden Australian tech champion, Arcitecta, has partnered with The Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) to create and deploy the VCA Film and Television Digital Archive. The archive is a massive achievement; over 50 years of film has been digitised, preserved and made accessible with the big data project ­– totalling over 78TB of historical and socially significant cultural data assets. The archive sets a benchmark for other film schools around the world for teaching, learning, research, and engagement in film.   This is not the first time big data has been a big deal at the University of Melbourne. Arcitecta has partnered with the University research platform for over 10 years. Arcitecta provides data management platform, Mediaflux, to improve compute, data and informatics capabilities across its petascale research faculties. Jason Lohrey, founder, and CTO of Arcitecta says the project with the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music lives in a truly innovative space at the intersection of science and art.    “We are at an exciting point in the evolution of incredible films; where the art challenges the technology, and the technology inspires the art. Accessing the data in a larger context than the traditional film school setting, opens up new possibilities to celebrate and discover new aspects of Australian cultural identity and the University’s impact on a global scale.   “It is exciting to empower students, teachers and researchers to engage with films in a much deeper and more sophisticated way. With our technology, they can embark on a journey of insight to patterns otherwise unseen.”    The project was driven by Donna Lyon, an Associate Director of Teaching and Learning at the VCA Film and Television School with the aim to celebrate, explore and engage with the films made by past, current and emerging filmmakers.   “I wanted to democratise the film school archive that remained shut off – inaccessible to staff, students and beyond – and ensure that these films could be seen by not only students and staff, but a diverse array of audiences”.   The project brings the rich collection of student short films to life, offering new context and meaning for current and future filmmakers, historians, researchers and contributes to Australia’s moving image history. The Archive Project has already ingested an impressive 19,270 hours of film equivalent to 214 features.   The VCA alumni are highly and widely regarded on Australian and international screens with wins at festivals such as Sundance, Cannes, and Venice. At the cinema, they are the talent behind films such as Animal Kingdom, Moulin Rouge, Romeo + Juliet, and Legally Blonde. On television, VCA graduates are responsible for shows such as True Detective, Top of the Lake, Offspring and Nowhere Boys.   “I was motivated to preserve and make accessible the back catalogue of student short films belonging to Australia’s longest continuing film school and ensure that all current and future short films are available for teaching, learning, research and engagement purposes”. Media release: Solid Rock - Sacred Ground and the Uluru walk closure 2019-10-25T02:09:01Z media-release-solid-rock-sacred-ground-and-the-uluru-walk-closure ­Solid Rock - Sacred Ground & the Uluru Walk Closure To mark the occasion of this week’s Uluru Walk closure, Razor Recordings proudly presents a unique Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project music video, featuring a rare, collaborative performance of Solid Rock, the iconic 1982 Goanna anthem. Filmed at Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne, as part of Yirramboi Festival 2019, the live concert footage features a host of musical luminaries, including Shane Howard, Emma Donovan, Yirrmal, Deline Briscoe and Witiyana Marika in a stunning union of cultures. Says Razor Recordings owner Gavin Campbell, “Solid Rock was ahead of its time when it was released in 1982, politically and culturally and we feel that the unique, collaborative focus of this contemporary performance of the song deserved to be shared widely. “Razor Recordings is thrilled that at this historic time for Indigenous affairs, all Australians will have the opportunity to witness the event online. “We are also honoured that NITV have added the clip as part of the channel’s programming over the coming days.” The Yirramboi Festival 2019 performance of Solid Rock at Arts Centre, Melbourne was a unique event, for several reasons: - Solid Rock composer Shane Howard's additional, contemporary fourth verse (exclusive to Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project performances of Solid Rock). The new, fourth verse serves to update the iconic anthem as it references important developments/events in Indigenous affairs, since Howard wrote the song in 1980 i.e. the Uluru Statement From The Heart, Eddie Mabo's land rights victory in the High Court of Australia and the nation's current escalation in the call for truth and treaty. - Yothu Yindi founding member Witiyana Marika performs traditional Yolngu manikay, specifically, to pay respect to the Anangu – the Yankunytjatjara and Pitjantjatjara people, the traditional custodians of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. As Yolngu people and balanda (white people), this is a very important protocol to observe, especially when paying homage or referencing a revered sacred site, such as Uluru. - The presence of Boon Wurrung Elders Aunty Carolyn Briggs and Aunty Fay Muir, onstage, overseeing these proceedings, as traditional custodians of the land upon which the concert happened. - Emma Donovan’s stunning performance of the second verse, accompanied by acclaimed musician Deline Briscoe on backing vocals. -Yirrmal on backing vocals and also accompanying his father Witiyana on the traditional manikays. -Yolngu yidaki master Malngay Yunupingu’s and celebrated drummer Airileke Ingram’s standout performances. Exclusive fourth verse “The terra nullius lie spread like a cancer, Eddie Mabo brought the truth, He brought the law, he brought the answer. Go back to the centre, the ‘Statement from The Heart’, To truth and treaty, Then we’ll all be standing on solid rock.” Video Credits Filmed in-house at Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne. Editing and captions by Lisa-Jane Campbell. Audio mix by Luke Postill. Media release: POLISH FILM FESTIVAL AUSTRALIA ANNOUNCES 2019 DATES AND LINE-UP 2019-10-17T04:15:38Z media-release-polish-film-festival-australia-announces-2019-dates-and-line-up Polish Cinema In Australia, Inc is proud to announce its line-up for the seventh annual Polish Film Festival, showcasing the best of Poland’s filmmaking – plus a special screening of an Australian documentary - over two November weeks in Melbourne, with Festival highlights screening in early December for Sydney audiences. Melbourne’s much-loved independent cinemas, The Classic and Lido will be home to Polish Film Festival - Australia 2019 from November 22 to December 1; and in Sydney, the Ritz Cinemas will hold two screenings each day on the weekend of December 7 & 8. Setting the tone of quality, award-winning festival programming, opening the Festival will be Academy Award® nominated director Agnieszka Holland’s acclaimed biopic, Mr Jones, which had its Australian premiere at this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival and received Best Film nominations at the 2019 Polish Film Festival (Golden Lion) at the Berlin International Film Festival (Golden Berlin Bear). Starring James Norton, Joseph Mawle, Peter Sarsgaard and Vanessa Kirby, Mr Jones is a compelling and powerful film about Welsh journalist Gareth Jones and his efforts to expose Soviet atrocities in the 1930s. Another highlight will be Australia-based director Simon Target introducing his insightful documentary, The Polish Missionaries, featuring music by Cezary Skubiszewski. Also screening will be Jacek Borcuch’s Dolce Fine Giornata – starring "the dame of Polish cinema" and best Sundance 2019 Actor Award winner Krystyna Janda; multi-award winning director Filip Bajon’s beautifully crafted, epic period drama, The Butler; Werewolf, a disturbing World War II thriller by writer-director Adrian Panec; 53 Wars , Ewa Bukowska’s evocative psychological drama adapted from the autobiographical novel by Grażyna Jagielska; Kinga Debska’s “Best Film” nominated Playing Hard ; Olga Chajda’s outstanding directorial debut, the acclaimed LBGTQIA sensual drama, Nina; multi-award-winning director Wojtek Smarzowski’s controversial box office hit, Clergy ; and last but not least, based upon the Italian hit comedy Perfect Strangers”, Tadeusz Sliwa’s Nie znajomi (NB: in Polish only – no English subtitles). The Polish Film Festival will also feature more special guests and themed multi-cultural events, to be announced in the coming weeks. Session times and ticketing information for Polish Film Festival Australia 2019 will be announced on November 1, through Connect with Polish Film Festival Australia online: OFFICIAL WEBSITE FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM MEDIA CONTACT: Erin Jameson – 0419 323 663 erin(at)jamesonandco(dot)com FILM SYNOPSES Mr. Jones (2019) A Welsh journalist breaks the news in the western media of the famine in the Soviet Union in the early 1930s. Director: Agnieszka Holland Stars: James Norton, Vanessa Kirby, Peter Sarsgaard VIEW TRAILER WATCH MR JONES PRESS CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS FROM BERLINALE 2019 _________________________________________________________________________________________ Dolce Fine Giornata / Slodki Koniec Dnia (2019) Directed by Jacek Borcuch. With Krystyna Janda, Kasia Smutniak, Antonio Catania, Lorenzo de Moor. The stable family life of a poetess living in Tuscany begins to fall apart , after she develops a relationship with a young immigrant, and as she makes a controversial acceptance speech after a terrorist attack in Rome. Director: Jacek Borcuch Stars: Krystyna Janda, Kasia Smutnialk, Antonio Catania VIEW TRAILER _________________________________________________________________________________________ The Butler / Kamerdyner (2018) Set between 1900 and 1945, the film follows a Prussian family von Krauss, and a forbidden love story between the Kashubian boy Mateusz and the German aristocrat girl Marita Director: Filip Bajon Stars: Janusz Gajos, Anna Radwan, Sebastian Fabijanski VIEW TRAILER _________________________________________________________________________________________ Werewolf / Wilkolak (2018) Children liberated from a Nazi concentration camp have to overcome hunger, thirst and vicious dogs in an abandoned mansion surrounded by the forest. Director: Adrian Panek Stars: Kamil Polnisiak, Nicholas Przygoda, Sonia Mielnicka VIEW TRAILER _________________________________________________________________________________________ 53 Wars / 53 wojny (2018) Anna, whose husband Witek is an acclaimed 1990s war correspondent, keeps waiting for him to return safely from each war he reports from. But soon she gets overwhelmed by fear and anxiety. Its ambitious genre blend, marrying suspense and horror tropes to a tormented love story. Director: Ewa Bukowska Stars: Magdalena Bukowska, Grazyna Jagielska VIEW TRAILER _________________________________________________________________________________________ Playing Hard / Zabawa, zabawa (2018) We look at three women. The 40-year-old prosecutor Dorota, the young student Magda and a distinguished surgeon, Teresa. They have something in common, an alcohol addiction. Director: Kinga Debska Stars: Agata Kulesza, Maria Debska, Dorota Kolak VIEW TRAILER _________________________________________________________________________________________ Nina (2018) Nina, a teacher in her mid-30s struggling to have a child, looks for a surrogate mother. It would seem that with her husband, she has found an ideal candidate, yet Nina falls for the woman who could have given birth to her child. Director: Olga Chajdas Stars: Julia Kijowska, Eliza Rycembel, Andrzej Konopka VIEW TRAILER _________________________________________________________________________________________ The Polish Missionaries (2018) Far from their own country, a determined band of Polish missionaries have given up their comfortable lives to heed their call in remote Papua New Guinea. There, they go beyond preaching gospel or handing out bibles – perhaps beyond even religion itself – to work with the Papuans towards a better life. Over a number of years, the missionaries build roads, hospitals and schools, while also struggling with the effects of poverty, disease and a lack of formal education in the young state. This Polish-Australian documentary delivers an uplifting example of how faith-based aid workers from wealthy nations can help those in poorer countries. Director: Simon Target Cinematography : Simon Target Editing: John Pleffer Music: Cezary Skubiszewski Produced by: Handheld Pictures Producers: Simon Target, Beata Zatorska VIEW TRAILER _________________________________________________________________________________________ Clergy /Kler (2018) Clergy received a wide release in Poland on September 28, 2018 and grossed $29,913,342, breaking several box office records. About 935,000 viewers watched the film in its opening weekend, the best opening for a Polish film in Poland in 30 years. International rights to The Clergy have been sold to a number of foreign countries, including Austria, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Great Britain, the United States and Canada. The film has aroused passionate debate in a deeply religious country, winning awards, but also triggering calls to be banned. Smarzowski has said he “did not want to attack faith itself” but “the men who make up the Church and those who are not saints and act like outlaws”. Director: Wojtek Smarzowski Stars: Janusz Gajos, Arkadiusz Jakubik, Robert Wieckiewicz, Jacek Braciak VIEW TRAILER _________________________________________________________________________________________ Perfect Strangers / Nie(znajomi) 2019 NB: In POLISH only Another variation of the Italian hit comedy, Perfect Strangers by Paolo Genovese, but is shining in its Polish context. Seven long-time friends get together for a dinner. When they decide to share with each other the content of every text message, email and phone call they receive, many secrets start to unveil and the equilibrium trembles. Director: Tadeusz Sliwa Stars: Tomasz Kot, Kasia Smutniak, Maja Ostaszewska, Lukasz Simlat VIEW TRAILER DIVORCE TANGO AUTHOR SAYS WHY GREY DIVORCE IS ON THE RISE! 2019-10-17T02:13:04Z divorce-tango-author-says-why-grey-divorce-is-on-the-rise WHY IS GREY DIVORCE ON THE RISE? Al Gore and his wife Tipper are part of the rise in "Grey Divorce" which has doubled since 1990.  Divorce expert, best-selling author of The Divorce Tango and founder of Australia’s first National Divorce Centre, Cheryl Duffy says “The reason Grey Divorce is on the rise is  threefold. Firstly, money, women are more financially independent so no longer have to choose a bad marriage or poverty. Secondly there is not the same stigma about divorcing now as there used to be and thirdly better health and life expectancy" “When the children have grown up “empty nest syndrome” comes into play and the parents find they have grown apart or lost the spark that was once there and realise they are not too old to seek happiness later in life” concludes Cheryl. TO INTERVIEW CHERYL DUFFY email or call Max Markson 0412 501 601 ABOUT CHERYL Cheryl Duffy is a CDC Certified Divorce Coach® and Author of the bestseller “The Divorce Tango”. Cheryl’s career evolved from leading key programs for successful change and betterment in a large, multinational company however, the most difficult change she has ever had to manage was her divorce, which affected every facet of her life. After nineteen years, Cheryl’s marriage came to an end, and her life completely changed. Being the first among her family and friends to experience divorce, she was left to blindly navigate her way out of the tumultuous times, into a better post-marriage life. The journey continued in the pursuit to help others impacted by Divorce whereby Cheryl became a Certified Divorce Coach to help others accelerate their divorce recovery so they can let go, move on and create the life they deserve so they don’t have to waste years being emotionally paralysed like she did. Through one on one coaching sessions or unique programs depending on whether you are pre/post divorce can empower you to take charge and accelerate your divorce recovery so you can rebuild your life faster.   SOUL SEED LAUNCHES “SUPER SEED SNAPS” IN WOOLWORTHS NATION-WIDE 2019-09-29T23:00:00Z soul-seed-launches-super-seed-snaps-in-woolworths-nation-wide Media Release: Monday 30 September 2019 Over date-based snacks? Supermarket hemp foods favourite, Soul Seed, has launched a new range of “Super Seed Snaps” into 744 Woolworths stores across Australia. Found in the health food aisle, Super Seed Snaps are gluten free with 5g+ of protein, fibre plus a variety of vitamin and mineral-rich super seeds including hemp, flax, chia and pumpkin. The baked snacks are ideal for lunchboxes, briefcases and handbags alike. There’s a flavour for every mood and palette - Salted Caramel, Turmeric & Black Pepper, Rich Choc and Spicy Sriracha. Soul Seed Founder Cade Turland says, “9 times out of 10, when I flip to the nutrition panel on a snack, the first ingredient I read is ‘dates’. “We set out to create a snack with a real point of difference in the health food category. Something tasty, filled with whole foods and of course featuring our favourite nutrition-packed super seed, hemp. That’s where Super Seed Snaps were born.” Soul Seed’s millennial founders Cade Turland and Forbes 30 Under 30 Listmaker, Georgia Branch, have been blown away by the growth of the brand. Launched in 2018, Soul Seed has quickly become Australia’s widest reaching hemp foods brand. Soul Seed’s ethos is to bring whole food nutrition to the whole family. The products can be found in both Coles and Woolworths as well as Ritchies IGA stores. For samples, interviews and images please contact Georgia Branch | ABOUT SOUL SEED Part of Trichomia Pty Ltd hemp brands (also owner of Hemple), Soul Seed is Australia’s widest-reaching supermarket hemp foods brand. Soul Seed’s cold pressed Australian hemp seed oil, protein and seeds can be found at Coles and Ritchies IGA while their Super Seed Snaps range can be found at Woolworths nation- wide. Trichomia Pty Ltd investors include MMJ (ASX:MMJ). Sydney Woman Reclaims her Birthright, 50 Years After Teacher Changes Her Name 2019-09-28T02:48:28Z sydney-woman-reclaims-her-birthright-50-years-after-teacher-changes-her-name More than half a century ago—a baby was born in a barn in a small village called Dolno Srpci, in the then Yugoslavia. She was named Mirjana, her name to mean “Peace on Earth”. A few years later, she journeyed with her family to a new land, Australia, which would become her home. In her new country, teachers at the school she was sent to couldn’t pronounce Mirjana, so they decided it was “easier” to call her “Maria”.  Though the teacher’s decision to change Mirjana’s wasn’t made legal, it was decided she would be called Maria in order to to fit in and be accepted into 1960s Australian society. This name—Maria—remained attached to her for more than 50 years.  Now, this Australian businesswoman, visionary and changemaker has reclaimed her birthright and no longer associates with, or calls herself, Maria—a name forced upon her at a time when being different was widely unacceptable.  The Maria chapter has closed, and the Mirjana chapter has opened, she says.  “Though this is my story, what I am certain of is that the symbolism of this story reflects many stories and indeed the story of humanity,” Mirjana says.  “Perhaps you’ve been told you can’t follow your dream, or perhaps you’ve been conditioned to think a certain way and live a life to please others in order to feel loved and accepted. Awareness is the key: it empowers you to think differently about yourself and others. It is time to rise up and be the light.”  Mirjana says people won’t always have a choice as to what they experience, but everyone always has a choice as to how they experience it. “The essence of that choice lies in a certain kind of forgiveness. But not what most people think about forgiveness, which puts us as the victim. It’s a thought system that puts us at cause and not effect of our life and empowers us to think differently about others and ourselves.”  She adds: “Experience has taught me to be at cause and not effect, and to never again be a victim of the world. This time, the choice was mine.” ENDS Media notes:  • Mirjana is available to expand upon this subject matter in great depth. If you would like to interview Mirjana, or have a post written specifically for your publication, please contact us.  • Images of Mirjana as a child are available on request. MARIA BOZNOVSKA BIO:  Visionary, thought leader, adventurer, nurturer, game changer and future shaper. Mirjana is shifting consciousness; empowering people to think differently about themselves and others—to “be the light”. She is also the author, writer, motivational speaker and inspirational woman behind her highly engaged Facebook community, Mirjana. As a creative strategist, she has a deep knowing and innate ability to encourage people to challenge the status quo, specific to what they believe about themselves and what they have been taught to believe as their truth.  In her role as a leadership expert, Mirjana works within the corporate sector to "empower the leaders of today", and the education industry to "empower leaders of tomorrow". She is also known for her one-on-one leadership coaching, empowering men and women to embrace their authentic power. The mum-of-four has personally found profound blessings and gratiude in hardships. She inspires others to do the same through her introspective discoveries, thought provoking blogs, articles, seminars and workshops and lead-by-example journey. “I’ve dedicated my life to honouring my creative self-expression; and through that, letting my life speak—it is my mission and joy to help others do the same,” Mirjana says. Most widely known for her conscious leadership, Mirjana guides with a grateful heart while tapping into her gift of vision—the ability to recognise potential in almost anyone and navigate clients towards empowerment and fulfilment.  As a creative strategist, Mirjana draws on her background in high-level corporate roles and her 22-year accounting business. She understands the importance of self-expression as a key aspect to happiness in the working environment and overall wellbeing. She says her role as mother is her greatest achievement. Through her conscious parenting approach, she aims to provide a safe space where her children can grow, explore and determine their own truth and path. Find out more about Mirjana at Media Contact: Shannon Dunn The true story of Ukrainian Andrii Antonenko and his miraculous survival 2019-09-27T06:18:02Z the-true-story-of-ukrainian-andrii-antonenko-and-his-miraculous-survival-1 Reading Nobody’s Soldier about the life of Ukrainian Andrii Antonenko is a privilege and is hard to put down. This true story starts when Andrii was just seven and his family was forced off their 27-acre farm and transported to a labour camp in the Arctic Circle as part of the Stalinist regime’s bid to confiscate farms and turn them into collectives. This was just after Andrii’s father was taken away by the communists and beaten by the political police, returning home bloodied and beaten after refusing to give in to their demands of giving up his land to the state. Andrii’s fascinating life story was told to his son Peter, as spoken through his mother and transcribed from audio tape to the written word. “The idea of putting the story into some form of a memoir was as a result of many fishing trips where dad would tell me snippets of his life and philosophies born out of his life experiences,” said Peter Antonenko. “I found the stories fascinating and wondered how anyone could be so kind, insightful, gentle and thoughtful after the many horrific events, trials and tribulations he had experienced.” The word ‘escape’ is one that pops up frequently in the book as Andrii continually manages to extricate himself from incarceration and capture by the Russians on numerous occasions, the Germans more than once, and even the British who kept wanting to send him back to occupied territory. That’s one of the reason’s Nobody’s Soldier is a page-turner. It’s hard to believe that one person could go through so much, firstly at such a young age, and then later on, when he almost died on several occasions. Survival thanks to inner strength, ingenuity and luck Andrii’s recollections are vivid and you can imagine being next to him, following him as he tries to survive: the freezing weather; being shot; the constant threat of starvation; a torpedo; being beaten and attacked; and finally, tuberculosis (TB). Born in 1922, Andrii had six siblings and was caught up in Joseph Stalin’s communist rule of the Ukraine and conscripted into the Red Army in 1941, just prior to the German invasion of Russia in World War II. Throughout his life until he found freedom in England, Andrii had a strong desire to maintain a relationship with his separated family members. Hiding from seen and unseen enemies was a priority so travelling on foot was a preference and didn’t require money. One journey involved Andrii and a friend travelling 1800 kilometres; 150 kilometres from Russia to the Ukrainian border and then almost all the way across Ukraine. It took six weeks for him to be reunited with his family. While always living in constant fear, Andrii never gave up and overcame extraordinary obstacles with his strong will, gentle personality and unquenchable love for his country. He was a strong believer in destiny and fate and felt that it was not his time to die. Ultimately, through luck and deception, he managed to pass himself off as a Pole and join the Polish division of the British Army in order to escape being repatriated by the by the Soviets and sent back to be murdered as part of their cleansing process. While being treated for TB in England, Andrii met his future wife who was in the British Army defusing bombs and hand grenades. In 1959 they and their two sons emigrated to Australia as ten-pound poms. It is a happy ending from a very humble and brave man, Andrii Antonenko, who died in 2005. His wife Kathleen died in 2016. Nobody’s Soldier is published by Sid Harta and available at all good bookstores with an RRP of $24.95. It is 269 pages and includes many photos of Andrii and his family. All proceeds from the sale of the book will go towards a foundation/bursary scholarship in Andrii’s name to assist young pilots or students interested in aviation/aerospace human factors as a way of promoting safety. ends Extracts of book reviews: “It is hard to believe that any one person could have endured so much trauma and survived, but survive he did, long enough for one of his sons to tell his amazing story,” Valerie J. Griffiths “Andrii’s story fills me with hope and amazement at the hardship people will endure to find and live a peaceful and full life,” John Morrow’s Pick of the Week “This book is a must for anyone interested in the human impact of Stalinism and the Second World War in Ukraine and its aftermath,” Keith Gregory, author of Gaunasala Ni Bula “The first-hand account about Andrii Antonenko is an amazing and incredible story that I will never forget. The book is one of those that is hard to put down as the accounts of hardship to himself, his family and the Ukraine community over those tough years, helped me understand a little of what life was like for these amazing people in those years of hell. Nobody’s Soldier is a must read,” John Holmes, Croydon, Victoria Further information Issued on behalf of Peter Antonenko by WMC Public Relations Pty Limited. Contact Wendy McWilliams on (03) 9803 2588 / 0421 364 665. Email: If you would like to interview Peter or would like high res photos please contact Wendy McWilliams at WMC PR. Photos are taken at the book launch on 25 September 2019. With Peter is Orysia Stefyn, Chair of Ukrainian Education Council of Australia. Australian Supermarket IGA Joins the Edible Bug Revolution 2019-09-16T10:17:24Z australian-supermarket-iga-joins-the-edible-bug-revolution Supermarket trailblazers IGA have announced they will be the first chain of Australian supermarkets to stock edible crickets. The addition of Grilo products to IGA shelves comes on the back of increasing demand from customers for more sustainable sources of protein. “We are passionate about bringing our customers new and exciting products that they wouldn’t usually be able to find,” says the HG Retail Group. For people looking to reduce their environmental impact while also meeting dietary needs edible crickets offer the perfect substitute. “Grilo Protein is one of these such products and we are proud to support this innovative and local company who is committed to supplying healthy, sustainable and future conscious food that tastes great!” – Rob Outridge, IGA Owner, Maleny. Eating crickets has previously been uncommon in the West, largely due to the ‘ick’ factor associated with eating bugs. However, consumers are now recognizing that not only are crickets mild in flavour, but their nutrient density, sustainability and versatility make them a more sustainable and delicious protein alternative. IGA’s move to add Grilo products to their shelves is incredibly exciting and demonstrates the growing understanding for the need to find food solutions that meet both planet and human needs. We believe the growing trend of consuming insects will result in a healthier planet and healthier bodies. Here are three reasons why Grilo products will now be on IGA shelves: Environmental Alternative Crickets are the most sustainable source of protein on earth. They require far less resources (water, land, feed and energy) than other popular sources of protein, such as chicken, beef or pork, and produce 80 times less methane than cows. Given that 18% of greenhouse gas emissions is a result of livestock production, cricket’s growing popularity should result in a significant lowering of emissions. Nutrient Dense Crickets are extremely nutrient dense, containing 69% protein, vitamin B12, Omega 3, iron, potassium and calcium. Their digestibility is higher than that of plant proteins, making it easier for the body to extract and absorb all those nutrients. Given the busy lives lead by most people and the impact of good nutrition on mental and physical health, the need for accessible, easily prepared nutrients is great. Versatile & Delicious Given their mild, nutty flavour, crickets are extremely easy to incorporate into meals and smoothies; sweet or savoury. Alternatively, Grilo energy bars are an extremely convenient and delicious means of meeting daily protein requirements. For more information or for an interview contact: Camila Meyer Co-founder at Grilo Protein Click here for images. Grilo organic cricket powder and smoothie protein blends available at IGA Energy Bars made with organic cricket powder: banana caramel, chocolate mint and cacao fudge “We are passionate about bringing our customers new and exciting products that they wouldn’t usually be able to find,” says the HG Retail Group. IGA: first Australian supermarket chain to stock edible bugs products Grilo roasted crunchy crickets MindBodySpirit Festival returns to Sydney in October 2019-09-11T04:49:15Z mindbodyspirit-festival-returns-to-sydney-in-october The MindBodySpirit Festival is continuing to celebrate 30 years of self-love, advances in holistic health, spiritual awakenings and more with over 19,000 Sydney-siders looking for a healthier, more mindful lifestyle. The party starts Thursday 17 to Sunday 20 October in the iconic Darling Harbour’s state-of-the-art International Convention Centre! The event, which is free to attend, will bring together the very best of organics, natural skincare, complementary medicine, holistic therapies, new-age spirituality and personal growth. The 2019 Seminar & Workshop Series will feature an inspiring line-up of more than 60 guest facilitators who will share their International and Australian expertise on self-development, spiritual matters, health and nutrition. Special guests include clairvoyant, medium and spiritual healer Helen Parry Jones, psychic medium Jason McDonald, naturopath and author Katherine Maslen and yoga workshops with Adette Kagan and Claire Cunneen. Find mesmerising performances and interactive and spiritual entertainment at the Performance Stage each day including celebrity spiritual medium Natalee Flinn and Animal Spirit Mystic Scott Alexander King, a sound healing journey with Lou Van Stone and bellydancing from Sophie Alize and Seda Star. For those looking to relax, unwind and take a break, the Meditation Room by Brahma Kumaris will feature free guided classes. Or for those looking to delve into their future or reflect on the past, nationally renowned psychics can be found in the Psychic Reading Room, featuring over 50 of Australia’s most talented readers. Health foodies can take a juicing masterclass, learn to combat a fatty liver or understand how to quit dairy - all at the Soul Kitchen Cooking Stage! Hear from leading experts including Health Coach Kris Goetz, Nutritional Medicine master Kathy Ashton and renowned health and medical expert Dr Sandra Cabot! It’s an exciting day out, filled with shopping, new experiences, entertainment, learning and expert advice. We all want to live a healthier and more wholesome life and the Festival is a great way to discover how. Held annually since 1989, the MindBodySpirit Festivals are Australia’s longest running and most respected wellbeing events, attracting over 91,000 visitors nationwide. The 2019 Festival will be held at International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour. Doors open 10am daily. Tickets (valued at $20) are FREE by registering online at Ghosts in the System – Thousands Living in Sexual Servitude, Forced Marriage and Forced Labour in Australia 2019-09-08T22:08:53Z ghosts-in-the-system-thousands-living-in-sexual-servitude-forced-marriage-and-forced-labour-in-australia 9th September 2019 - No identity, and therefore no ability to get medical treatment or official help, Charlotte* lived in sexual servitude and slavery, fearing for her life every day for 12 years.   This is not a story from hundreds of years ago. It’s not something that occurred in a far-off country. It happened right here, in Australia, in 2019.   Official estimates state that 15,000** people currently live in circumstances of slavery within Australia – this includes victims of human trafficking, forced labour, forced marriage and forced sexual exploitation – however Sally Irwin, founder of Freedom Hub, believes actual figures could be much higher. Fivers for Survivors Day, held this year on October 16th, is calling on businesses, schools, clubs and individuals to give just $5 to help survivors of slavery in Australia rebuild their lives.   “There are thousands of people in Australia who are effectively ghosts in the system. Official statistics often can’t capture them because they essentially ‘don’t exist’; their identities have been stolen from them, passports taken, all means of communication cut off. Without the ability to access assistance or services they are trapped in slavery living in abhorrent circumstances,” said Irwin.   Irwin’s organisation, Freedom Hub, is a For Purpose enterprise that works to provide after-care services for survivors of modern slavery in Australia.   “Once the survivor is removed from the situation of slavery there is still so much more that needs to be done for them. Our Survivor School helps them reintegrate into society, build a life for themselves and overcome their trauma to really thrive,” Irwin said.   Shardi* came to Australia in 2016 as a slave with the family that ‘owned’ her. Unpaid, over worked and verbally abused, after 14 months she found an opportunity to run and escaped with nothing but the clothes she was wearing. Freedom Hub helped provide Shardi with clothing, accommodation and food, along with Survivor School classes to help her rebuild her life. She now dreams of using her passion and skills to become a chef.   Freedom Hub’s Survivor School has helped over 70 survivors like Charlotte and Shardi, a process which can take years and cost up to $20,000 per person. Survivor School provides work-ready courses, including basic employment and office skills, practical applications for success and paid work experience. The school also provides peer support and long-term support, including outings, workshops, employment help and tutoring.   “This Fivers for Survivors Day we’re asking people to come together to give a small donation so that jointly we can make a massive difference. Whether it’s a morning tea in the office, drinks after work or a collection amongst your friends, mobilise your network and help make an impact in the lives of modern slavery survivors like Charlotte and Shardi for as little as $5,” said Irwin.   As a For Purpose business every cent donated through Fivers for Survivors Day goes straight to Freedom Hub’s Survivor School program, directly benefitting individual survivors.   Fivers for Survivors Day seeks to raise awareness of the issue and occurrence of modern slavery in Australia, as well as much-needed funds to support survivors. Fivers for Survivors Day is on the 16th October and asks businesses, clubs, schools, groups and anyone who would like to be part of the day to donate just $5. Donations can be made at All donations are tax deductable.   - ENDS -   For more information, or to arrange an interview with Sally Irwin, please contact: Niki Hennessy Conscious Communication 0434 486 196   About Freedom Hub: The Freedom Hub Venue, Cafe and School is a registered charity with a mission to rehabilitate and empower victims of human trafficking and slavery like practices in Australia. Freedom Hub’s SURVIVOR SCHOOL runs free classes to help survivors regain confidence and become work ready. It’s cafés in Sydney and the Gold Coast are "businesses for purpose" to provide profit to sustain the School.   To register your support and receive a resource and media kit please email:   *Names have been changed to protect individuals’ identity **Global Slavery Index 2018 $20,000 funding pledged to assist change-makers and creative visionaries 2019-09-06T03:05:34Z 20-000-funding-pledged-to-assist-change-makers-and-creative-visionaries Australian individuals and enterprises on a mission to make a difference can apply for $20,000 funding to help them do so. Applications are now invited for the second annual CameraPro Explorer’s Grant, established to further change-making initiatives and bring them exposure through photography/video. Last year’s Explorer’s Grant has helped to support and promote a variety of remarkable projects: ·         Meet the Ocean – an educational non-profit using virtual reality to inspire/teach the public about marine conservation and rehabilitate kids in hospital ·         Cisarua Refugee Learning Centre – a refugee-led school in Indonesia teaching 1,500 refugee children from Afghanistan unable to attend local schools ·         Rafiki Africa Ministries, Buwooya Mission School, EthiopiAid and Action Ethiopia – locally run Ugandan and Ethiopian aid organisations assisting disadvantaged children, women and local farmers Nonprofit organisations, as well as amateur or professional photographers and videographers, can apply for the 2019 CameraPro Explorer’s Grant from now until 30 September 2019.   About Founded in 2007, CameraPro is an independent Australian photographic retailer based in Brisbane. Through its newly established Explorer’s Grant, CameraPro proudly assists Australian photography and video practitioners in addressing and raising awareness of worthy causes. Find out more at Choir boys help Sydney celebrate, mourn and remember for 200 years. 2019-08-22T05:07:29Z choir-boys-helping-sydney-celebrate-mourn-amp-remember-for-200-years This year is a very special year for the choir of St Andrew’s Cathedral as it marks two centuries of singing in the heart of Sydney.   It was 200 years ago, on 31st August 1819, when Governor Lachlan Macquarie laid the foundation stone of St Andrew's Cathedral in a short service, accompanied by the singing of the newly-formed Cathedral Choir.  That choir of boys and men has continued to sing and serve the city of Sydney for the past 200 years, and St Andrew's Cathedral is celebrating this extraordinary legacy. Traditional choir of boys and men celebrates 200 years of singing in Sydney in 2019 Sydney’s Anglican Cathedral (beside Town Hall) is Australia’s oldest Cathedral Fundraising concert Saturday 31 August 2019 Special service Sunday 1 September 2019 Choir touring UK and Europe this December/January: Windsor, London, Cambridge, Paris, Siena, Venice 200 years of singing in the heart of Sydney My son, William, is an 11-year-old chorister who started with the choir when he was just 8-years-old in 2016.   He and his fellow choristers - all scholarship students at St Andrew’s Cathedral School - dedicate over 12 hours each week to their chorister duties, performing a range of wonderful music for the people of Sydney at open rehearsals, weekly regular services and peaceful evensongs and at carol services, weddings, funerals, school functions and special remembrance services.  They have also visited hospitals to add seasonal cheer to those unable to hear them in the heart of the city. They are currently rehearsing for a wonderful 200th Anniversary Concert on Saturday 31 August. FUNDRAISING CONCERT "Keeping in Tune with Heaven" DATE: Saturday 31st August 2019 TIME: 5pm VENUE: St Andrew’s Cathedral, Sydney (corner George and Bathurst Streets, just above Town Hall station) PROGRAM & SOLOISTS:  Featuring music that has been of significance over the past two centuries, the Choir is joined by the Cathedral Brass Consort, Organist Samuel Giddy and Harpist Esther Wong, directed by the 11th Organist & Choirmaster, Ross Cobb. TICKETS: $15-$75 BOOKING LINK: 200th ANNIVERSARY TOUR The choir is finishing their 200th year with a tour of the UK and Europe.  The choirmaster, the men, the boys and their chaperones will head off after they have performed their busy schedule of December services  - many Sydney siders are familiar with the glorious descants the boys sing to well known Christmas carols!  The tour starts on the last weekend in December by singing the Saturday and Sunday services in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. They will then sing a series of evensongs in St Paul’s Cathedral before heading to Cambridge to experience Kings College Chapel.  Some of Europe’s most stunning venues in Paris and Venice will become the choir's performance venues, and on the way they will sing a number of joint concerts with the choir of Siena Cathedral.   FUNDRAISING SUPPORT Why are we fundraising? There is a considerable cost that each individual chorister has to meet to participate on the tour. The upcoming concert performance will contribute to the ongoing fundraising efforts of the choir families to subsidising the cost for each individual chorister to participate on this tour. For these young choristers - the youngest just 8 - it will be the trip of a lifetime, yet some boys don’t even have a passport yet! INTERVIEWS We very much appreciate any support you can offer to assist us by promoting our concert. To arrange an interview with the choirmaster, Mr Ross Cobb, or discover more about the concert program, please get in touch: Mobile: 0411 711 351 Email: If the opportunity does arise for you to interview some of the choristers let me know as I am sure we can fit in with your schedule.   For radio/Broadcast outlets: I'm sure the Choirmaster will allow them to sing a song or two for you as well!