The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-04-16T06:14:57Z Ajak Kwai announces special guests for album launch 2021-04-16T06:14:57Z ajak-kwai-announces-special-guests-for-album-launch Since announcing the April 23 release of her fifth studio album and single of the same name, Ajak Kwai’s ‘Let Me Grow My Wings’ has enjoyed high rotation on ABC networks and community stations across Australia, and is accompanied by a recently released clip, directed by Aaron Wilson.Touted as Australia’s renowned songwoman of contemporary South Sudanese music, Ajak will perform her album live at Melbourne’s Night Cat on Friday, April 23 with special guests Zimbabwe born singer/songwriter Thando, fellow South Sudanese performer on the rise, Jacki Tut (accompanied by Arik Blum) and ABC TV & radio presenter Namila Benson as MC.With Ajak’s dedication as a passionate activist for refugees in Australia, the aptly titled Let Me Grow My Wings is an eclectic collection of twelve self-penned songs which reflect her observations, influences and connections since moving to Australia in the late nineties.Performed in English, Arabic and Ajak’s native language, Dinka, the record sees Ajak honouring the traditions of her homeland, yet defying stereotype in what is best described as “modern South Sudanese rock” (credit to award-winning composer, songwriter and producer Jan Skubiszewski who mixed and performed additional instruments on five songs).Backed by a pulsing rhythm section, piano and guitars feature throughout, with rhythmic rock gems like the opener, Love Not Bitterness (sung in English, urging people of the world to choose love over hate), Cool (Track 3 - Ajak’s message to young people, sung in English and Dinka, telling them they don’t need to act the fool to be cool, Life Is A Mystery - sung entirely in Dinka - in which Ajak questions why she ended up in Australia whilst so many of her people lost their lives (the final track on the album), and the album title track (Track 2) - one that Ajak says she feels closest to and is the first single off this album - in which she expresses (also in English and Dinka) her desire for the people in her community to have the same opportunities and be treated equally in Australia.Then there are emotive ballads such as In Our Hearts (Track 7), featuring the Yogyakarta State University College of Music Choir, with a poignant message (in English and Dinka) that we are all the same, no matter what colour or race and Don’t Make The Woman Cry, Ajak’s dedication to women, urging suppressors to choose kindness over harm.Says Ajak, 'My experiences in Australia inform my songs and my music. Music is a universal language – maybe one day we will forget our differences and hold the hands of one another. ‘This album is a collection of those hopes and dreams for an integrated future where we are one and can share and be accepted for what my community has to offer.’Ajak also explains, “It has taken years to complete this album, as I’ve kept getting distracted with my work as a community promoter and educating people at the Migrant Resource Centre, which takes me to many areas of Melbourne’.She hopes that by taking time out to concentrate on her own art and completing this album, she will inspire people with her music and lyrics to create a more positive environment for themselves.Let Me Grow My Wings will be available worldwide on CD and download, on all major online stores from April 23, 2021.In addition to Ajak’s band, the album’s impressive credits include Jan Skubiszewski, Nicky Bomba, Simon Lewis, Boris Conley, Chris Basile (prominent on guitar throughout), Kate Madden, Robin Mai and Aaron Wilson (who has also directed her forthcoming music video for the title track). Filmmaker and Ajak’s longtime friend, Margot McDonald executive produced the project. The songs were recorded at Nicky Bomba Studios, Jan Skubiszewski’s Red Moon Studios, and Simon Lewis’ Panorama Studios, where it was also mastered.In her live shows, Ajak, with her stunning, distinctive vocals fronts a four-piece rock band consisting of lead guitarist Kumar Shome, Matt Erickson on bass and Kofi Kunkpe on drums/percussion, occasionally joined by special guest musicians. As well as being ambassador for the Melbourne International Arts Festival, she has performed at major festivals around Australia and internationally, including Mofo, WOMADelaide, Panama Festival and the Tamar Valley, Port Fairy and Woodford Folk Festivals.Ajak is also a popular broadcaster in Melbourne, as a presenter on TWO prominent community radio stations! On PBS, she can be heard each Monday between 1300 and 1500 AEST hosting Come Together - focusing on music that promotes love and acceptance and on bringing her community into the radio realm. On 3CR, her multi-lingual show is Ubuntu Voices (ENGLISH, DINKA, NUER, ARABIC) each Wednesday night from 8.30pm-9.30pm, giving voice to the local African community to tell their stories through music and spoken word … challenging one-sided political narratives that deny our contribution to society and create hostility toward our community.The single, Let Me Grow My Wings is out now, with the album release on Friday, April 23. Let Me Grow My Wings by Ajak Kwai is released by 100 Pianos For Australia, supported by Creative Victoria and City Of Melbourne. For more information about Ajak Kwai, check out: www.ajakkwai.com MEDIA CONTACT:Erin Jameson 0419 323 663 / erin@jamesonandco.com Ajak Kwai announces new album, single and launch show 2021-03-15T09:56:26Z ajak-kwai-announces-new-album-single-and-launch-show PLEASE REPLY TO REQUEST YOUR REVIEW/AIRPLAY COPY OF LET ME GROW MY WINGS BY AJAK KWAIAustralia’s renowned songwoman of contemporary South Sudanese music, Ajak Kwai will release her fifth studio album, supported by a live album launch at Melbourne’s Night Cat on Friday, April 23. With Ajak’s dedication as a passionate activist for refugees in Australia, the album is aptly titled Let Me Grow My Wings, an eclectic collection of twelve self-penned songs which reflect her observations, influences and connections since moving to Australia in the late nineties.Performed in English, Arabic and Ajak’s native language, Dinka, the record sees Ajak honouring the traditions of her homeland, yet defying stereotype in what is best described as “modern South Sudanese rock” (credit to award-winning composer, songwriter and producer Jan Skubiszewski who mixed and performed additional instruments on five songs).Backed by a pulsing rhythm section, piano and guitars feature throughout, with rhythmic rock gems like the opener, Love Not Bitterness (sung in English, urging people of the world to choose love over hate), Cool (Track 3 - Ajak’s message to young people, sung in English and Dinka, telling them they don’t need to act the fool to be cool, Life Is A Mystery - sung entirely in Dinka - in which Ajak questions why she ended up in Australia whilst so many of her people lost their lives (the final track on the album), and the album title track (Track 2) - one that Ajak says she feels closest to and is the first single off this album - in which she expresses (also in English and Dinka) her desire for the people in her community to have the same opportunities and be treated equally in Australia.Then there are emotive ballads such as In Our Hearts (Track 7), featuring the Yogyakarta State University College of Music Choir, with a poignant message (in English and Dinka) that we are all the same, no matter what colour or race and Don’t Make The Woman Cry, Ajak’s dedication to women, urging suppressors to choose kindness over harm.Says Ajak, 'My experiences in Australia inform my songs and my music. Music is a universal language – maybe one day we will forget our differences and hold the hands of one another. ‘This album is a collection of those hopes and dreams for an integrated future where we are one and can share and be accepted for what my community has to offer.’Ajak also explains, “It has taken years to complete this album, as I’ve kept getting distracted with my work as a community promoter and educating people at the Migrant Resource Centre, which takes me to many areas of Melbourne’.She hopes that by taking time out to concentrate on her own art and completing this album, she will inspire people with her music and lyrics to create a more positive environment for themselves.Let Me Grow My Wings will be available worldwide on CD and download, on all major online stores from April 23, 2021.In addition to Ajak’s band, the album’s impressive credits include Jan Skubiszewski, Nicky Bomba, Simon Lewis, Boris Conley, Chris Basile (prominent on guitar throughout), Kate Madden, Robin Mai and Aaron Wilson (who has also directed her forthcoming music video for the title track). Filmmaker and Ajak’s longtime friend, Margot McDonald executive produced the project. The songs were recorded at Nicky Bomba Studios, Jan Skubiszewski’s Red Moon Studios, and Simon Lewis’ Panorama Studios, where it was also mastered.In her live shows, Ajak, with her stunning, distinctive vocals fronts a four-piece rock band consisting of lead guitarist Kumar Shome, Matt Erickson on bass and Kofi Kundpe on drums/percussion, occasionally joined by special guest musicians. As well as being ambassador for the Melbourne International Arts Festival, she has performed at major festivals around Australia and internationally, including Mofo, WOMADelaide, Panama Festival and the Tamar Valley, Port Fairy and Woodford Folk Festivals.Ajak is also a popular broadcaster in Melbourne, as host of a weekly show on one of the city’s much-loved community radio stations, PBS. Airing each Monday between 1300 and 1500 AEST, the show - called Come Together - focuses on music that promotes love and acceptance and on bringing her community into the radio realm.The single, Let Me Grow My Wings will be released on Monday, March 22, ahead of the album launch on Friday, April 23. Ajak will be joined onstage by her live band plus special guests and supports to be announced. Tickets are $20+bf or $25 on the door, available at thenightcat.com.au.For more information about Ajak Kwai, check: www.ajakkwai.com MEDIA CONTACT:Erin Jameson - 0419 323 663 / erin(at)jamesonandco(dot)comLISTINGS INFO:Friday, April 23Ajak Kwai + special guests TBAThe Night Cat, 137-141 Johnston St, FitzroyT: 03 9417 0090Entry: $20+bf; $25 on the doorTickets: thenightcat.com.au Out of the Ashes- a new Steampunk Circus Spectacular fires up in Brunswick 2020-12-09T05:21:03Z out-of-the-ashes-a-new-steampunk-circus-spectacular-fires-up-in-brunswick Rising from the ashes of lockdown, the home of Brunswick’s famous creative subculture, Rubix Warehouse has been reborn. Just like the famed bird with which it shares a street name, it’s dusting off its feathers to deliver an all-new spectacular dinner show experience. A pandemic-forced hiatus afforded founder and owner Tanya El Gamal a chance to recalibrate, and the time to curate and collaborate with a number of artists. El Gamal wanted to allow the avant-garde club to mature as she had, finding a solution for supporting artists and a new way to continue to keep this creative venue evolving. The result is a theatrical Steampunk Circus experience encompassing an award-winning cast who will take up a performance residency at Rubix, backed by live house band The Ruffled Feathers. The inclusive dinner and show experience will deliver some of the country’s best in circus and cabaret performance; a structured arts experience that will surprise, tantalise and tease. Steampunk encompasses a 19th-century Victorian-inspired industrial fusion of sci-fi and technology; amalgamating fashion, make up, accessories and jewellery. The subculture evolving from the notion that the world would look a little different if the era’s inhabitants had prevailed over technological innovation and escaping to the safe space from the crumbling outside world. Airmistress Octavia will take you to new heights, while Vera Von Vixen simultaneously plunges you into sexual desire. Be mystified and amazed with the juggling skills of NICA superstar Mistatrix and set your world on fire with brazen burlesque beauty Luna Rouge. All the while be lulled into an alternate world with the chords of singer Madam Phoenix. Tickets include two-course dinner from the all-new Rubix pizza bar, a complimentary drink on arrival and 1.5 hour Smokin' Phoenix Steampunk Circus show. Up to two shows per evening will run from Thursdays to Saturdays at 6.30pm and 8.30pm until February, see ticket link for shows. “Rubix has always supported the fringes of music-loving individuals in a fluidity that transcends all genres. We are so excited to innovate once again with a unique offering that fuses art, live music, theatre and performing arts,” said El Gamal. A renowned Melbourne music, arts and community contributor, El-Gamal has two decades of experience in venue operations, event management and community program development as well as being a passionate artist herself. El Gamal, repurposed materials from her second venture - Our Friends Farm - Victoria’s largest licenced music venue located in Tallarook Victoria. First established by legendary venue operator ‘Bruzzy’ who owned the Provincial Hotel in Fitzroy, Tallarook Hotel and the Royal Hotel in Seymour before setting up this beautiful 221 acre property as a one of a kind entertainment and accommodation park in 1999. Rubix is now offering seated dining options with the show, or casual dining in the newly renovated front pizza bar- reimagined with beautiful timber bench seating and long timber slab tables, with the antique metal harrows inherited from the farm claiming the centrepiece above the bar. It has been a labour of love with El Gamal and her partner Jay Tiilikka on the tools, spending weekends renovating Rubix, and weekdays working on the farm. “I was given a commercial pizza oven, and that was the catalyst – from there we built the pizza bar, using materials from the farm to tie in both of my favourite places, giving Rubix a facelift with a rustic and cosy feel. We have designed a yummy pizza and snack menu to cater for all tastes which will also be available for delivery from Mr Yum soon,” she said. The show is an ideal outing for lovers of quirky performance, circus theatre, the eccentric at heart, those who love the unexpected. Guest will enjoy the unique and interactive performance, which is ideal for singles, couples group bookings, hens and bucks nights, corporate and group bookings and anyone after a unique post-covid arts extravaganza. Additional Info and tickets for Smokin’ Phoenix Steampunk Circus at smokinphoenix.eventbrite.com.au -ENDS- Yemen Blues ‘live’ from Tel Aviv attracts a 4000+ global audience 2020-11-27T05:31:29Z yemen-blues-live-from-tel-aviv-attracts-a-4000-global-audience-2 In association with Emanuel Synagogue and the Israeli Embassy, Australia, Yemen Blues - We Shout Love! Say No to Racism was broadcast live and free of charge from the Shablul Jazz Club in Tel Aviv on Sunday 22nd November AEDT to a crowd of over 4,000 people worldwide. Viewers tuned in from countries around the world, including Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Europe and the United States, to watch the 90-minute adrenalin-fueled livestream concert from the comfort of their homes.Indicating the truly global nature of the collaboration, the concert was introduced by Marina Capponi, Emanuel Synagogue's Programming Director. Indigenous leader, Thomas Mayor, read the Uluru Statement from the Heart. Then Eman Amasha, Spokeswoman and Attaché for cultural and academic affairs, and Israeli Ambassador Dr. Tibor Shalev Schlosser, ‘chargé d'affaires’, introduced the band.   During the concert, fans commented in real-time on a number of social media platforms that were live-streaming the event, including Yemen Blues’, Emanuel Synagogue’s and the Embassy of Israel’s Facebook pages.“Amazing! My favourite band ever. Thank you for bringing them to Australia,” exclaimed one. “Awesome sound,” said another, followed by “Fabulous!” “Amazing,” and “Excellent!” and many more. The Yemen Blues collective included founder and lead vocalist, Ravid Kahalani, percussionists Rony Iwryn and Itamar Doari, Elyasaf Bashari on bass & oud, and Assa Kook on trumpet.A percentage of generous donations made on the night will go to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.Emanuel Synagogue has a variety of other exciting cultural and educational events planned for 2021. Visit the website or subscribe for more details.   ----- ENDS ----   Photos: https://www.facebook.com/yuvalmusicblog/photos/a.4051761274843059/4051767804842406 (Credit: Yuval Erel)   Information: Robert Klein Emanuel Synagogue M: 0410 439 347marketing@emanuel.org.au Australian Photography Awards 2020 announces winners 2020-11-26T00:04:19Z australian-photography-awards-2020-announces-winners In what was a record breaking year for entries, the Australian Photography Awards (APA) have announced the winners of this year’s awards across all eight categories. The winners are Nicole Reed (Portrait), Tom Putt (Landscape), Christopher Hopkins (Documentary), Claudia Messenger (Student), Natalya Stone (Animal/Wildlife), Cara O’Dowd (Open/Illustrative), Pepijn Thijsse (Travel/Street) and Harper Allen (Junior – 13 and under). For high res images of all the winners, their bios and their winning images go to: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1VL3hS5QGisB-dkYBvjPvVMeGwNEVG-6T Australian Photography Awards (APA) co-founder Tom Goldner explained, “In 2020 we received 5,800 entries across our 8 categories making this year the biggest and most diverse celebration of Australian photography yet. APA continues to see a growth of around 30% annually across both entries and audiences. The growth in entries is only important though if we continue to operate at the best possible standard and continue to provide value for those who are involved.” APA was founded in 2015 by creative collaborators Harriet Tarbuck and Tom Goldner both of whom work commercially and creatively within the photographic industry and feel passionately about fostering community engagement through the photographic arts.   Tarbuck added, “APA sets out to celebrate and amplify the important work being made by Australian photographers. Since our first campaign in 2016, APA has grown to become one of the largest and most celebrated photographic awards in Australia - continually pushing the boundaries of creativity, diversity, originality and inclusiveness.” APA seek to celebrate the quiet, personal and often unseen moments which make up our lives. According to Goldner they are immensely proud of their history in discovering emerging talent and they pride themselves on making photography accessible regardless of experience or status.  He added, “We love seeing original work which excels in storytelling, that is artful and creative and allows us to see the world from a new perspective. Diversity is paramount to our ethos, this can be found in the work we celebrate but also throughout our committee, internal team and our sponsors.” APA’s categories are curated to allow space for all genres within photography, both traditional and contemporary. They seek original, artful and creative work across all categories - not just beautiful technical images, but more soulful photography which has an important message that reflects our current times or reminds us of important events and movements in history. Along with cash prizes APA also offer award winners camera and lighting kits from their sponsors Nikon Australia, Fujifilm Australia and Kayell. They also offer vouchers from Momento Pro so entrants are able to self-publish their projects into photo books. There are also publication opportunities through the APA Annual; a 76 page softcover magazine printed by Momento Pro which features the top 20 finalists from each of the eight categories.  Harriet Tarbuck continued, “Winning an APA category not only gains your work invaluable exposure, but our prizes provide valuable resources in being able to continue and grow your creative practice. We also provide collaborative experience with our tribe through the promotional videos we produce, Q&As, written content and invitations to join the committee. It’s important for us to nurture the APA community and continue to give back after the prizes have been handed out.” APA are doing much more than just award recognition. In 2021 they will be reforming their organisation into the Australian Photographic Collective (APC) with the aim for APC to become the source of creativity for Australian photography. Along with the work they already do in award recognition and producing biannual publications, they will be extending an exciting educational program designed for both emerging artists and practicing professionals.  Goldner said, “We see this as a fantastic opportunity to work alongside our committee and the incredible photographers we already collaborate with. The educational program will include portfolio reviews and mentorship programs designed to help photographers find meaning in their work and fully develop their ideas. We will also be launching a creative directory for photographic projects and photographers. Lastly, though APC we will be partnering with organisations, festivals and institutions across Australia as a reputable resource for photographers to find valuable opportunities beyond our operation.” Tom Goldner and Harriet Tarbuck are also the co-founders of Stories. Launched in 2020, Stories is a new initiative designed to celebrate long-form photographic narratives and sets out to discover, promote and amplify the important work being made by Australian photographers.  Tom Goldner explained, “In Stories we call for series based work and photo essays exploring traditional, artful and new modes of storytelling. Three winners receive features in the APC Stories Journal along with 30 shortlisted Stories. Along with the publication opportunities, winners will receive cash, camera kits from Nikon Australia and vouchers from Momento Pro.” Stories 2021 will be launching on 1 March 2021.  For more information on the winners of the 2020 Australian Photography Awards and the inspiration behind their winning images please see the accompanying “2020 Australian Photography Awards – Winners” document. For high res images of all the winners, their bios and their winning images go to: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1VL3hS5QGisB-dkYBvjPvVMeGwNEVG-6T For more information on the Australian Photography Awards go to: https://www.australianphotographyawards.com.au Australian Beauty Queen Fights to Raise Awareness for Rohingya Refugees 2020-10-07T02:56:31Z australian-beauty-queen-fights-to-raise-awareness-for-rohingya-refugees Australia's first Rohingya beauty queen, Pan Sandar Myint is advocating for hundreds of Rohingya refugees, who have arrived in Indonesia after six months at sea.A wooden boat carrying 297 Rohingya refugees, including 14 children, was spotted several miles off the coast of Lhokseumawe city on Sumatra's northern coast by local fishermen in early September.The refugees set sail from southern Bangladesh at the end of March or early April, bound for Malaysia, but were turned back by both Malaysian and Thai authorities because of coronavirus restrictions.There are fears the refugees may have been held hostage at sea for a period by traffickers demanding money before allowing them to disembark.The Rohingya have for years been fleeing persecution in Myanmar for other south-east Asian nations.Ms Australia World Universal 2020 national finalist, Ms Myint recently signed on as the ambassador for the Australian Burmese Rohingya Organisation (ABRO), and intends to use her beauty pageant platform to advocate for what has been declared by the United Nations as "one of the most persecuted minorities in the world".“Most people assume that beauty pageants only promote physical beauty, which is not the reality; beauty pageants aim to promote the beauty of emotional intelligence and to savour humanitarian values in modern society,” said Ms Myint.During the COVID-19 lockdown, Ms Myint has kept active with many opportunities through her pageantry platform aside from her ambassadorship for non-profit firms (ABRO & Humanity) including becoming a translator and language reviewer for Polaron European Language Services.With the Ms Australia World Universal crowning event postponed until March 2021, Ms Myint has also been productive by launching her own You Tube web series entitled “Empower Success”, which aims to promote human rights issues and female empowerment.“Empower Success Media is my own female empowerment web series on You Tube where I present on such topics as Cyberbullying and The Art of Make up & Confidence,” said Ms Myint.“The Covid-19 pandemic has taught me that humanitarian efforts are of utmost importance. This is the perfect time for us all to change our actions to moral and ethical ones to save our beautiful world.”- ends -For more information or interview requests, please contact:Joanne RahnDirectorzanthii communicationsPhone: 0402 148 334Email: joanne@zanthii.comFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/zanthiiau Our Story – how it all started 2020-09-10T14:47:03Z our-story-how-it-all-started Education has always been part of my life. As a 5 years old child I dreamed of becoming first a teacher and then a school leader who would take care of her own creation. I wanted to make space for the wonder of learning and knowledge, for the beauty of each single individual – something that deeply inside me felt like being the most important purpose of life: finding her/his own potential and making it available to oneself and society as a whole. My life story took me on this journey. I became an expert in education, knowledge management and leadership. As a teacher, university lecturer, trainer, adult educator and executive in international educational institutions, I have always been and continue to be committed to helping each person realize their uniqueness and bring it to the world. I worked internationally and I see education and personal development as the vehicle for real change. After having worked and researched in the education field (Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor in Business Administration in Higher Education Management, Master in Giftedness) for over 30 years I used to write a number of articles and books – among others I wrote the book ‘Tacit knowledge sharing at Higher Education Institutions’ which became a source for academics in the field of knowledge transfer. Finally, after an additional move to a new place and in the mids of doing research on the topic ‘A comparison of diverse education systems’ I met Katharina Ferster, the co-founder of School Beyond Limitations. One day she called me (I was a participant of one of her marketing coaching courses), by asking me: ‘Martina, where does your heart belong to?’ Promptly I answered that it beats for education and giving young students the opportunity to live their full potential.Katharina, being a mother of two daughters, then said: ‘Wouldn’t it be possible to create an online school?’
That was the starting point for the creation and the design of School Beyond Limitations: A school that would see the student as a whole human being – a school that would go beyond limitations. I am proud for having designed this school concept and grateful to Katharina for having pushed me in this direction. We were meant to meet in order to bring School Beyond Limitations alive! And this is exactly what I was dreaming about when I was a 5 years old child. Online Schooling - 2020-09-10T12:20:13Z online-schooling Although I have been working in the education field for over 30 years I used to be very sceptical regarding the quality and impact online learning may have on students. I was convinced that, in order to learn well, students have to be in a physical setting where they could mingle with both their peers and their teachers. I held the belief that online learning would not allow students nor teachers to form a community. At the age of 54 I decided to undertake an online course myself – after having gone through formal education in a traditional way (two doctoral degrees, one master degree). During this particular online course – that was not only based on lecturing, but also on valuable live sessions where participants got engaged in debates, discussions and collaborative learning – I realised that I established a strong bond with the participants that resulted in further gatherings online and offline.As, at that time, I was working towards becoming less location-dependent as a professional, I was looking into options that allowed me to live my mission differently in comparison to how I was doing it up until then. After many years of teaching, lecturing, coaching and leading international schools in different countries and experiencing the need to start from scratch again after each move (I moved due to family reasons), I was fascinated by creating something that would allow me and my job to work from anywhere.Synchronicity is often at play and, indeed, the mentor of the online course that I subscribed to one day phoned me and asked me whether it would be possible to create an online school? You can imagine that my former beliefs were at a deviation. We brainstormed on the basis of our common experience and knowledge in different fields (mine in education, giftedness and personal development and Katharina’s (my business partner) in Marketing and coaching) what would be the best way to bring a holistic education offering into reality: School Beyond Limitations was born.School Beyond Limitations is not only based on online schooling, but it also integrates the opportunity of experiential learning weeks in different countries in Europe. Students learn to see themselves as unique human beings who are invited to pursue their own interests through the lenses of academic, social, emotional, personal and entrepreneurial learning opportunities.The experience has now given us enough evidence that online learning has a number of huge advantages (although it may not be the right solution for everybody). Students who love to engage online and gain inspiration by connecting with people from different countries forget that they are not in the same physical room. Surprisingly, students say that they seem to bond more with their classmates in a contained online context (at School Beyond Limitations there are only maximum 8 students in each class) than they ever did before in traditional classes with over 20 students being present. They keep connected after lessons and communicate and collaborate beyond their school hours. As such, the online approach gives them the understanding how much value they gain through collaboration with one another and furthermore, they realise that they belong to a steady, friendly, caring and open learning community – an environment that promotes the notion that learning takes place at any time and anywhere.Online learning allows students to connect with their peers and teachers also in times of change, such as during the COVID 19 pandemic throughout which the majority of countries have closed their schools and were not ready to phase an efficient solution for their students’ learning. Often teachers just sent assignments out to their students by expecting the assignments to be handed in at the end of the week. Students, from one moment to the next, needed to learn everything independently whereas before there was never any focus on self-directed learning in school. There was no or very little interaction with the students. No wonder that students who experienced such an approach started to feel left alone and demotivated about their learning experience.The online lessons at School Beyond Limitations allowed students to continue their learning journey. It never interrupted. Students are involved in their learning. It allows them to see the purpose of their learning by being seen in their individual uniqueness. They learn out of curiosity based on their interests, talents, experiences and competencies. Their learning takes place through inquiry and projects based on a trans-disciplinary approach. That allows them to integrate their learning holistically as it is relevant to their own lives. On top of supporting students’ personal development, they are encouraged, through the exposure to experts in various fields, to develop their entrepreneurial mindset and their entrepreneurial ventures. Such powerful online classes allow them to learn how much value there is to connect with entrepreneurs and to be exposed to their expertise. Online classes offer infinite possibilities for such learning experiences. Students connect easily with relevant people who may have an impact on their own professional career. Another positive aspect of online learning is that students encounter less stress. There is no need to get up so early if school starts at 9 am from home. Students mention this aspect all the time: how much freer and more relaxed they feel about school by connecting from home. There is no need of commuting to school on a daily basis and that helps them to introduce a daily routine based on more freedom and choice. In addition, the peer pressure that usually makes students suffer so much in traditional settings is something that online students do encounter much less. First of all because their environment is so different. Nobody can hide in the classroom. Everyone is seen and also the interaction between the students is taking place openly. If their learning environment puts an emphasis on the whole human being – including their emotional and social wellbeing – then there is no space for such risks to take place. So, is online learning an alternative to traditional schooling? For sure it is (not for all); especially if the online learning is based on the uniqueness of the learning journey of each single student and takes them on an interactive journey that ignites their passion for learning and their interest in creating value for themselves and the world they live in. Author Dr Martina Geromin DBA, PhD Who is Your Funeral Director -Part 2 2020-09-05T22:18:09Z who-is-your-funeral-director-part-2-1 Who is your funeral director? Where do they come from? What is their expertise? What does the future hold for the industry and people who work in it?In previous blogs, I have written about my experience and what led me into the funeral industry. In this blog, I look at some of the changes in the industry in recent decades, giving you insight into who your funeral director might be and how they got into the industry.There wouldn't be a day go by someone tells me I'm working in a "bulletproof" industry. They think that because everyone dies, there will always be work for me. It's not surprising that other people want to be part of what they too believe is a 'future proof" industry. So, as the industry draws in new people, questions arise as to who these people are, their qualifications and what they contribute to the industry as it changes over time?The funeral industry has undergone a significant change in my lifetime. I grew up in a time when some funeral directors still manufactured coffins and caskets rather than purchased them from large manufacturers. Many staff came to the industry from the factory floors. Funerals were typically religious. The most significant difference between funerals was whether they were catholic or protestant. Burials were the main form of disposition.In the 1960s and 70s, with immigration beginning to shift from European countries to also include new arrivals from Asia, we began to see new religions appear. This diversity meant changes particularly in terms of ethnic customs and traditions. Funeral homes had to adapt quickly and most did so quite well.At this time, few of our new Australians had the desire or will to work within the funeral industry. Over the following few decades, not much changed. Sure there are more new arrivals from a wider range of countries having different traditions and cultures to those we had become accustomed to. This has meant funeral staff have had to acquire a better understanding of the needs of our changing Australian industry and above all else, flexibility.The funeral industry was changing behind the scenes. Larger family businesses were absorbing traditional family-owned business. The centralisation of mortuaries and garaging enabled significant cost efficiencies. Much smaller family-owned business did not have family members wanting to carry on in the family business. Something not unique to other industries, but with 24 hour 7 day a week commitment, the funeral industry does not have the appeal of many others.For those starting a career in the funeral industry, there was a hierarchal ascent. Similar to an apprenticeship but without the formality. Staff would begin as a hearse driver working alongside the most experienced member of the team, the conductor. Typically, conductors have years of experience and have undergone a similar "apprenticeship". Previously, there were very few women in these roles. Indeed there were few women in funeral service altogether.After a few years working alongside a conductor, the hearse driver would progress to the coach driver, the third person in a funeral crew. The coach driver has the job of collecting and looking after the family on the day of the funeral. The coach driver would then become a conductor, and the cycle would begin again.Funeral staff would be involved in the delivery of a diverse range of funerals, rosaries, viewing, and other services such as transfers of deceased or body collection from Nursing homes, hospitals or coroners, etc. All staff were required to be on rotational 24/7 after-hours standby for night work. When not doing funerals, staff were involved in coffin preparation, placing handles and writing names plates on coffins and sometimes lining them, there is always cleaning to be performed.Vehicles are the funeral directors' mobile shop front, and most companies spent a lot of time ensuring there showpieces were kept immaculate.Companies varied as to how these processes worked. Some would insist that all conductors were also funeral arrangers while others found that some staff were better at funeral delivery than others.The mortuary has always been a field on its own. Many funeral staff had no desire or will to work within the mortuary. Larger funeral homes typically had qualified mortuary personnel called embalmers. Smaller companies often had no qualified staff in the mortuary, and they may have had general funeral staff performing necessary mortuary procedures. Some of the larger funeral homes were big supporters of mortuary training and our family business at times had up to 12 or more qualified embalmers on staff. The training and encouragement to train staff have often been attributed to the principals or owners of the business. Those owners that had worked in mortuaries were more likely to encourage training than those that didn't. The early embalmers in Australia had either learnt overseas or were part of the early learning with the British Institute of Embalmers. Some funeral homes paid for embalming courses and tuition for their staff. Sadly today this is often not the case, and students are typically required to pay out the hefty course fees on their own. Television shows such as CSI have probably attributed the large numbers of young women now working within our mortuaries. The 1980s saw the introduction of the large foreign-owned companies become part of the Australian funeral industry, purchasing the larger family-owned groups. As a result, many companies that had often worked and helped each other out from time to time came to see themselves as competitors. The mutual assistance of the past died overnight. Corporatisation had arrived and quickly permeated the market changing the culture of funeral service forever. The traditional family names of the business often remained but the founding principles of many of these businesses didn't. The funeral industry, like many others, had moved into a financially driven market.In the past, the staff knew their employers as well as they knew their own families. Instead, with corporatisation, staff would either change industries or change allegiances based on money. For some, this also appeared to be a lucrative time to enter the industry. Subsequently, we have seen a proliferation of small independent funeral operators enter the market. Some have a laptop, and that's it.It is now possible to get trade services in mortuaries, deceased transfers, hire hearse and staff. While there are some excellent trade services around, there are also horror stories of sub-standard quality as the market is increasingly driven by price.An industry that had once moved to the introduction of nationwide infection control standards often now seems more concerned with the length of time that training might take rather than the benefits these skills may bring. Subsequently, few workers within the industry have ever undertaken any form of training in industry-based occupational health and safety.Many traditional operators have made calls for industry regulation and or licensing. This is not new, yet there never seems to be any consensus as to what needs to be regulated or how. Often these calls are based on minimum equipment and vehicle standards. It is difficult to find any evidence around the world that in the absence of any of these standards, any risk to public health exists. Often these calls are based on creating barriers to entry to increase start-up costs.Some say their unscrupulous operators out there. No doubt there is. Yet, in highly regulated professions these unscrupulous operators still exit. So regulation won't stamp them out.So who is your funeral director?Funeral operators are calling themselves many things these days, the latest is a funeral event organiser. Indeed a person may call themselves a funeral director but never handle a deceased. Some of these people may have spent years or even decades in the industry but never had to dress or prepare a deceased. Many of us have heard of instances, where new consultants are given a case and told to see a grieving family on their first day of employment, no experience, no training and no knowledge.A funeral is made of a broad range of services. Foremost the funeral director is engaged for the disposition of the deceased. For some funeral organisers, this is seen as a minor aspect of their services! Whilst there are many new services, such as catering, printed materials, audiovisual now on offer, we should not lose sight of the reasons a family would engage a funeral director in the first place.So maybe its time to recognise funeral directors who are skilled qualified and experienced in all aspects of the funeral industry. Not all funeral directors are the same. Many have spent their life perfecting their skills and craft.Maybe its time to recognise the "Master Undertaker" for their services.So when you engage a funeral service next time, maybe you should ask a few questions?Robert Nelson is a fifth-generation Funeral Director and Managing Director of Robert Nelson Funerals based in Melbourne, Australia, he is a member of the British Institute of Embalmers and has studied and worked in funeral service in both Australia and overseas. Sexual Harassment in the Workplace – Prevention and Response 2020-08-18T05:54:11Z sexual-harassment-in-the-workplace-prevention-and-response A 2018 study found that one in three Australian workers had experienced sexual harassment in the last five years. Sexual harassment affects individuals, families, businesses and the community as a whole.  It is a systemic issue across all industries.  For employees who are sexually harassed, and those witnessing it, the workplace ceases to be a safe place and the harassment itself may cause lifelong ramifications.  Businesses’ ability to prosper and focus on their key objectives is diminished. The annual cost of workplace sexual harassment to the Australian economy is $3.8 billion. This is a significant issue affecting victims, employees and employers and prevention needs to be front of mind for organisations.  While employers cannot guarantee prevention of sexual harassment in the workplace, there are some key measures which can be taken to ensure victims feel safe to make complaints and the processes are clearly understood by the organisation.    The Australian Human Rights Commission released the Respect@Work: Sexual Harassment National Inquiry Report (2020) was released on 5 March 2020.  This research reveals startling statistics and shows just how important it is that every organisation takes steps to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace.   3 tips your workplace can implement to prevent sexual harassment   1. Building a culture of trust and respect   Whether you are a small business with a lack of resources, or a large organisation that has a HR department, focusing on a positive workplace culture is a crucial step to preventing sexual harassment. Employees are more likely to come forward if they feel respected in their workplace.  A positive culture within a business may reduce the prospect of sexual harassment occurring in the first place.  WEIR assists organisations to improve their workplace culture by:   undertaking a detailed review of what is occurring within your organisation; and   then helping you to adopt best practice methods and implement evidence-based initiatives.     2. Active engagement and commitment from leaders  Strong leadership is a key foundation for providing a positive working environment that seeks to prevent workplace sexual harassment. Leaders have a critical role in setting the culture of an organisation and ensuring disrespectful behaviour is called out, and people feel safe to speak up. Leaders must drive cultural change and seek to break a culture of silence, and model appropriate behaviour.  Making sure your organisation has core values and intention to eliminate and not tolerate sexual harassment is crucial to preventing it in the workplace.   3. Ensuring the expectations of workplace behaviour and processes are clear  While the #MeToo movement spiked awareness of sexual harassment, there continues to be a lack of understanding about what can constitute sexual harassment.  Fundamental to preventing sexual harassment is ensuring that employees understand what it is.  WEIR offers appropriate workplace behaviour training that targets awareness and action, including policy review that complements this approach.  Employers should aim for policies that identify sexual harassment as unlawful and unacceptable, and include the following:   Coverage of all workers at all levels;   Comprehensive definition of sexual harassment;  recognition sexual harassment is driven by gender inequality;  identification of the responsibilities of management and workers;  a clear and robust complaint process, sexual harassment investigation process and identification of sanctions and/or penalties;  options for external reporting and support channels; and  and an assurance that retaliation, reprisal or victimisation is not accepted.   Policies should be regularly reviewed for effectiveness and need to be easily accessible to workers.  Managers and supervisors should be familiar with the policies and discuss with workers.   Targeted education and training should also be available and encouraged for all workers. Line managers, and those in positions of power within organisations need to ensure they have the people management skills to handle sexual harassment matters.   In preventing sexual harassment, there needs to be a clear message from senior management that sexual harassment is not tolerated and clear information about the process if someone is, or witnesses someone being harassed.     4. Responding to a complaint  If you have taken all the steps to prevent sexual harassment, yet still find yourself dealing with a claim, what can you do? How an organisation handles a complaint of sexual harassment can either exacerbate or mitigate further negative impacts on the individual, and others in the workplace.  An adequate response is likely to lead to a quick resolution whereas a poor organisation response will result in additional costs and distress, along with adverse reputation and cultural impact.   Our 3 tips for dealing with a sexual harassment complaint are:    1. Take a victim-centred and trauma-informed approach   Minimise further harm to the victim.  Focus on victim welfare, where their wishes, safety and wellbeing are the priorities. Taking a victim- centred approach, and ensuring this is known within the business, is more likely to ensure individuals feel comfortable coming forward.    2. Consider available options for dealing with complaints   Is a formal workplace investigation the most sensible course of action? Formal investigations are commonly thought of as the only way to respond to a report of sexual harassment. However, often victims would be more content with early intervention and have alternative options for dealing with their complaint.  As part of taking a victim-centred approach, it is important to listen to the victim and ensure they are kept informed throughout any process before any action is taken.    3. Gather data and change your approaches to reflect it  Once you have dealt with a complaint, gathering data on what your organisation is seeing is key to affect change.  Is mobilising bystanders a key priority? Or should increasing awareness of sexual harassment and acceptable workplace behaviour be where your priorities lie?  Data allows you to appropriately respond and assess if there are particular issues.   Preventing and addressing sexual harassment within the workplace needs to be a constant focus of all organisations.  If you need assistance with policy development, complaints management, training and education, and investigations related to sexual harassment, WEIR can assist.  Book award finalist: a sophisticated Romance Scam story, multiple clever professionals victimized 2020-08-07T05:03:38Z book-award-finalist-a-sophisticated-romance-scam-story-multiple-clever-professionals-victimized I’m a Romance Scam IT Detective by Selina Co has been honoured as an Award-Winning Finalist in the True Crime: Non-Fiction category of the 2020 International Book Awards. This advanced romance scam story illustrates fake websites, fake email addresses, fake banking documents, fake passports and fake personal videos. In the latter half of the story, victim Selina became a hacker and actress to confront and brainwash the criminals. This book also explains cybercrime investigation, legal limitations and misconducts of certain banks and their roles in the crime. Victims are clever professionals, namely engineers and a politician. This romance scam true story involves seven countries (Australia, the United States, Singapore, New Zealand, China, Ghana and Nigeria).   Paperback and eBook: available now in Amazon, Kobo and other major bookstores. Audiobook: coming soon.     Contact: Selina Co URL: https://romancescamitdetective.com/ URL2: https://www.onlinedatingidentitycheck.com.au/ Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Im-Romance-Scam-Detective-Psychological/dp/1922327166/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1596770662&sr=1-1 E: Selina@romancescamitdetective.com Hong Kong protest Leaders: when a democratic movement itself is not democratic ... 2020-08-07T02:45:16Z hong-kong-protest-leaders-when-a-democratic-movement-is-only-an-excuse-for-rioters-and-dictators Explosive news! Do you know:• Hong Kong protest leaders had publicly requested protesters to paralyse banks, enterprises, public transports and the airport?• Joshua Wong was confirmed to have taken syrup in his 'hunger strike'?• Hong Kong protest leaders use different English slogans from traditional Chinese slogans (Hong Kong language) to mislead the foreign press and foreign governments?• and more ...Videos, evidence, sources will be presented to you. Learn how dictatorial this 'democratic movement' has been. Book title: Hong Kong protest Leaders - Sick facts that Western countries do not know: when a democratic movement itself is not democratic ...Paperback and eBook available now in Amazon, Kobo and other major Internet bookstores. Contact: Selina CoURL: https://romancescamitdetective.com/protest.php Town Square launches Working For Home campaign as vendors return to the streets to sell The Big Issue 2020-07-23T03:16:09Z town-square-launches-working-for-home-campaign-as-vendors-return-to-the-streets-to-sell-the-big-issue Melbourne - 23 July 2020: As Australia emerges from pandemic lockdown, The Big Issue vendors are returning to city streets across Australia. A new campaign from Town Square announces that it’s back to business for vendors, proudly selling the magazine to earn their way out of homelessness, disadvantage and marginalisation. The Working For Home campaign makes a bold and simple statement, playing off a phrase that has become all too common to the Australian workforce since the coronavirus restrictions were imposed. This is an optimistic, forward-looking campaign, reminding us that The Big Issue vendors are working every day to support themselves. Each self-employed Big Issue vendor buys copies of the fortnightly magazine for half the cover price and retains the retail margin as their income. Town Square, which has been working with The Big Issue on a pro bono basis for a number of years, developed the campaign in association with Carat, who has secured impressive exposure, including donated media on TV, radio, press, OOH and online. Steven Persson, CEO at The Big Issue said: “Across the lockdown, The Big Issue turned to digital editions to keep our readers as engaged as possible, and set up a fund to provide immediate assistance to at-risk vendors. But now that restrictions are lifting in many of our cities, our vendors are returning to work, seeking to support themselves just like the rest of the Australian workforce. This campaign is our proud announcement that vendors are back, earning an income. We look forward to seeing more Big Issue readers enjoy the magazine, knowing that purchasing a copy is helping some of the most disadvantaged in our community to earn a living.” Harry Corsham, Director at Town Square added: “COVID-19 has been hard on us all but the lock-down has hit the disadvantaged harder than most. This campaign plays with language to remind us of this, with a simple, optimistic message that invites people to show a bit of social solidarity at a tough time, by supporting the smallest local business on their block. We are grateful to everyone who has donated their time and resources to make this campaign happen.” Sue Squillace, CEO of Carat ANZ, said the agency has no hesitation when it comes to helping in times like this. “It’s not only rewarding to witness the generosity of our long-term media partners, but seeing how quickly they responded when asked to support this great cause has been overwhelming.  I’m also very proud of the Carat team and their collaborative and passionate approach during this campaign.” Please note: Vendors in Melbourne are currently not selling due to COVID-19 restrictions. They will return to street selling once it is deemed safe to do so. Campaign Material TV 30”: https://vimeo.com/440575251/73d7863361 TV 15” A: https://vimeo.com/440575524/28d32968ad TV 15” B: https://vimeo.com/440575376/9c9869a86d TV 15” C: https://vimeo.com/440575449/cecc5d6238 Radio: please access audio file here. OOH: please access audio file here. Credits The Big Issue CEO: Steven Persson National Communications & Partnerships Manager: Steph Say Marketing & Events Manager: Hope Oliver   Town Square Creative Director: Brendan Day Copywriter: Kevin Dolan Art Director: Benny Moore         Chief Strategy Officer: Neville Doyle Account Director: Jessica Hay Producer: Bec Stielow Editor: Jimmy Walker   Production Company: Picture Co. Director / DOP: Nathan Christoffel Sound Recordist / Photographer: Jess Curry Sound Studio: Bang Bang Studios Despatch: Peach   Carat Client Leader: Janine Virtue Client Director: Adelle Sturges Client Manager: Jade Bailey     ENDS     About The Big IssueSince launching in Australia in 1996 more than 13 million Big Issue magazines have been sold, putting $31 million into the pockets of more than 7,000 disadvantaged Australians. Research shows The Big Issue magazine generates a positive social return of $5.50 for every $1 invested in the enterprise, due to a reduced demand for social, health and justice services among sellers. An independent report estimated the magazine saved the community approximately $25,000 per vendor in the 2014-15 year. www.thebigissue.org.au   About Town Square Town Square is an independent, full-service creative agency, based in Melbourne, working with brands across Australia. Clients include APT, Armaguard, The Big Issue, Captain’s Choice, City of Ballarat, Frasers Property, Sovereign Hill, Tasman Butchers, Travelmarvel, and Weir Minerals. www.townsquare.agency   For more information Harry Corsham | Town Square | harry@townsquare.agency | 0418 665986 InfoTrack named Great Place to Work in 2020 2020-07-22T01:13:12Z infotrack-named-great-place-to-work-in-2020 InfoTrack has been named as a top 50 Great Place to Work Australia in an online awards ceremony overnight. InfoTrack has been ranked in the top 50 in the 100-999 employees category, against hundreds of nominated organisations across Australia. The prestigious annual list, published by Great Place to Work Australia, is based on survey results of employees from around the country benchmarked against other participating organisations. This year, the award recognises organisations who have stayed connected whilst being physically distanced. InfoTrack CEO John Ahern said of the win, “We are delighted to sit amongst the top 50 Great Places to Work. This is a testament to the efforts every InfoTrack team member has put into fostering our number one company value - to care about what we do and the people we work with.” InfoTrack has always maintained an energetic, collaborative culture. During COVID-19, the leading legal technology innovator rose to the challenge of remote work fostering employee wellbeing and connectivity during challenging times. Some initiatives include; continuing monthly company celebrations via Zoom for individuals’ achievements, Martial Mondays and SweatIT – weekly group exercise meetings, InfoTrack’s got Talent and trivia nights. InfoTrack also implemented fortnightly open forums, allowing each department to share key wins and for all to engage in Q&As with the CEO directly. “We are proud to be rewarded for our commitment to employee satisfaction, engagement and wellbeing,” Ahern commented. “During COVID-19, our Net Promoter Score was at the highest it’s ever been. This means our clients are seeing just how engaged and eager our teams are to assist. Happy people equals innovative ideas, which in turn assists our clients to be more productive and efficient.” Insentra Group proves remote working can improve workplace culture, leading IT companies in the 2020 Best Places to Work List 2020-07-21T22:56:01Z insentra-group-proves-remote-working-can-improve-workplace-culture-leading-it-companies-in-the-2020-best-places-to-work-list Wednesday 22nd July 2020, Sydney – Global professional and managed services business, Insentra has placed #2 in the 2020 Best Places to Work Study, in the under 100 employees’ category, maintaining a Top 5 place for four years and is the highest ranked IT company in this years list.  The study is conducted based on one of the world’s most comprehensive assessments of workplace culture by Great Place to Work Australia. The benchmark study publication comes amid the COVID-19 crisis, which has upended daily life and business operations around the world. The ranking of Australia’s Best Places to Work 2020 is based on data collected prior and during the novel coronavirus outbreak. “To be highest placed IT company and to move up a spot to #2 in the Best Places to Work study is an achievement which we’re all proud of. Our culture has been consciously created from day zero and is number one on my list of priorities as the CEO, but it is not my responsibility alone - each crew member plays a vital role in upholding Insentra’s values. The support of the Vibe team, Executives and wider leadership has been instrumental in driving our adaption to remote working and ensuring we’re still a fantastic place to work throughout this year and its challenges.”, said CEO, Ronnie Altit following the virtual awards ceremony on Tuesday afternoon. With its UK and US teams already fully remote, Insentra’s Australian crew adapted quickly to working from home, and taking lessons from their global teams have seen its culture go from strengths to strength. By implementing weekly All Hands company updates and ‘Ask Ronnie’ Q&A sessions, increasing team meeting cadence and offering a plethora of wellness and connection activities such as Virtual Happy Hour, online Yoga and Zumba and even Trivia Nights productivity at Insentra is booming. “At Insentra, every crew member helps to support and foster an amazing environment. The entire organisation wants to ensure we remain a great place to work no matter what challenges come our way. Our culture has adapted and thrived in adopting a remote work format,” said Rebecca Crick, Vibe Associate at Insentra who has driven all of these activities in the business. “The organisations in the study are leading the way amid the pandemic, demonstrating care for their employees, customers and communities during this challenging time.” Said Zrinka Lovrencic, MD Great Place to Work Australia. “The COVID-19 pandemic is a challenge facing organisations across the globe, and it puts a premium on being a high trust people-first culture.” About Insentra Insentra is a truly collaborative IT Services partner delivering a range of specialised Professional and Managed services, transacting exclusively through the IT channel.  Our partner centric business model provides our partners and their clients with access to technologies, industry expertise, and accountable outcomes. Our service offerings cover technologies by Microsoft, Citrix, Red Hat, Torsion, IGEL, Nulia and many more across modern workplace, cloud, collaboration, security, support, migrations and more. We love what we do and are driven by a relentless determination to deliver exceptional service excellence. The combined individual skills, experiences and perspectives in our crew enable us to achieve powerful results for our partners and their clients. For more information on Insentra, visit www.insentragroup.com.