The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-08-07T05:03:38Z 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: URL2: Amazon: E: 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: 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”: TV 15” A: TV 15” B: TV 15” C: 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.   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.   For more information Harry Corsham | Town Square | | 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 The Social Studio helps change the lives of young people from new migrant and refugee communities 2020-06-16T02:52:58Z refugee-week-2020 Refugee Week 2020 runs from Sunday June 14th to Saturday June 20th and The Social Studio is using this time to highlight the continued need to support Australia's refugee community, while sharing positive stories of success from its members. Founded in 2009, The Social Studio provides skill development, training and a safe place of belonging that strives to create awareness and address the challenges for diverse young people from refugee backgrounds. The social enterprise is an RMIT University accredited fashion school, an upcycled clothing label, a retail shop, an ethical clothing manufacturer and a community space created from the style and skills of young people from new migrant and refugee communities. Among the main barriers faced by young people from refugee backgrounds are unemployment, isolation and difficulties accessing education and training. The Social Studio addresses these challenges in four ways: creating jobs; providing education; encouraging community engagement and social inclusion. Alek Nyok, a The Social Studio board member and South Sudanese-Australian community member, said: “Many young people from refugee backgrounds can face unique challenges settling in our country but with the right support and encouragement they make valuable contributions in a range of areas. The Social Studio’s approach is a practical way of harnessing skills and talent of refugee and new migrant communities.” Alek herself came as a child refugee to Australia when she was 10 years old. As a teenager in country Victoria, Alek connected with The Social Studio as part of a high school extension and later graduated from its fashion school. Now working as a data analyst, Alek is also an active volunteer in Melbourne’s South Sudanese community, and an invaluable member of The Social Studio board. The Social Studio CEO, Cate Coleman said Refugee Week is an opportunity to reflect on the resilience and capability of young people from refugee backgrounds. “The Social Studio offers a platform through art, creativity and design for these positive community narratives to shine.” By facilitating a range of projects that provide social support including legal advice, counselling, tutoring and formal training in clothing production, retail and fashion, The Social Studio has been able to help change the lives of over 800 new migrant and refugees since its inception. The Social Studio continues its incredible work through public donations and revenue generated through sales from the clothing produced by new and emerging designers at its Melbourne studio. The Social Studio label is designed and made to an extremely high quality, ethically made using only reclaimed and up-cycled materials gathered from local industry. Over the last decade over 20 tonnes of material has been salvaged from landfill. All income generated through the Studio is invested in creating social benefits for students, staff and their communities. Ways to support The Social Studio throughout Refugee Week 2020 and beyond: - Donate to The Social Studio: $25 can provide a student with a sewing starter kit $50 can fund all pattern making paper required for one semester $100 can provide an essential student pack for one fashion or design student for one year $500 can provide teaching support for an entire class in our TAFE program for one week $1000 can cover training costs for our TAFE programs for one semester - Shop TSS label - new Collingwood store opening soon- Buy an Art Scarf online: Follow the journey on social media via @thesocialstudio to hear stories from The Social Studio's community Olympic Sports from above by aerial photographer 2020-06-10T05:29:15Z olympic-sports-from-above-by-aerial-photographer A Sydney based aerial photographer Brad Walls, known as Bradscanvas has been working on a body of work that uses a drone to capture Olympic sports from above. In 2019, after being inspired by aerial artists that focus on higher elevation compositions, Brad began an ongoing project to capture people from a lower elevation in what he defines “the aerial portrait ‘sweet spot’, too high for handheld DSLRs but low enough to capture the fine detail”. Since then, Brad has been able to capture a broad range of people from above, gaining worldwide recognition and an array of awards along the way.  When Brad first began his pursuit of aerial photography, drones were only just reaching the market. Despite the rapid evolutions in drone technology over the recent years, Brad keeps it simple, focusing on the basics of composition rather than the newest and latest gear. Brad says “I use a drone to as a vehicle to capture a new perspective.” Brad’s work primarily focuses on people from above, saying “most aerial photography today turns a blind eye to the most beautiful element of our world, being us.”  Inspired by the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo (now deferred to 2021) Brad targetted Synchronized swimming, gymnastics, tennis & ice skating as disciplines that would be most appealing from above  “Besides the aesthetic aspect, I am also trying to provide a new perspective to sports which have little coverage outside the Olympic season” In 2020 Brad won an award in the annual Skypixel awards from over 30,000 entries for his work with a Sydney synchronized swimming team. The winning photo looked at the unique geometrical patterns synchronized swimmers - often overlooked when watching from side-on. One of his all-time favourite images is from the same photo capturing the team performing a cross front-pike pattern.  As Brad waits for restrictions to be lifted he is already planning a few more projects, one in particular inspired by fine art photographer Maria Svarbova focusing on springboard diving. “It was planned to happen a few months ago with an Australian olympian but due to COVID-19 it was postponed”.  Image download link AMERICAN BLUES GREATS JOIN BANDWIDTH LINE-UP 2020-05-11T23:01:36Z american-blues-greats-join-bandwidth-line-up Fans of the blues are in for a super tasty treat this Friday night with the announcement that US blues legends Robert Cray and Don Bryant have been added to the Bandwidth presented by Blues on Broadbeach already awesome line-up. Both incredible artist’s performances will be showcased in this 90 minute premiere online event which promises to be a house party like no other.   Joining the Bandwidth line-up from the comfort of their own homes are other top blues acts including TOMMY EMMANUEL, THE BLACK SORROWS, and KARISE EDEN. To celebrate our continued partnership with Memphis Tourism we are thrilled to announce that iconic international music legend DON BRYANT (above) will be beaming in from his home in the blues capital of the world, Memphis. Bryant is the man behind countless iconic records including his evergreen hit I Can’t Stand the Rain, which he wrote for his wife, Ann Peebles and which John Lennon declared as the “best song ever”. This sensational online showcase will also feature THE ROBERT CRAY BAND’S (above) mesmerising 2018 Blues on Broadbeach performance.  The five-time Grammy Award winner and Blues Hall of Famer seamlessly bridges the gap between blues, soul, and R&B with his soulful voice, smooth style, and incredible guitar skills. Watch 30 second teaser here International master of the acoustic guitar, TOMMY EMMANUEL, cannot wait for fans to see his Bandwidth performance. “It was such a disappointment when my chance to play Blues on Broadbeach was cancelled due to the Virus, but Bandwidth presented by Blues on Broadbeach has really stepped up and got a lot of the great talent to contribute to the live stream and given us artists a chance to perform for you over the internet,” said Tommy Emmanuel. Now that your southern house party has its sound, lets pump it up with some authentic Memphis flavour.  With thanks to our friends at Memphis Tourism, here are the Top 5 finger-licking meals direct from the Mississipi Delta. Fans can show their support by visiting the virtual Blues on Broadbeach merch tent and purchasing some of their fave artists CDs, t-shirts and other memorabilia. Visit the virtual Blues on Broadbeach merch tent. Bandwidth is a 90-minute music event premiering Live on Facebook this Friday, May 15 at 7 pm AEST.  Northern hemisphere-based fans can also join in on this experience with a special encore screening on Saturday, May 16 at 7pm Los Angeles time PDT.  Blues on Broadbeach’s social media: Website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. For more information, please contacts SueMacMedia: Sue McAullay / M: 0418 172 602 / E: Click here to access all Bandwidth media assets. Donesafe Supports Hospitals and Frontline Workers During COVID-19 2020-05-04T00:42:12Z donesafe-supports-hospitals-and-frontline-workers-during-covid-19 Donesafe Supports Hospitals and Frontline Workers During COVID-19 The stream of heartwarming stories about people and organizations working together in the face of this crisis reveals our willingness and ability to help one another. Thursday, April 23rd, 2020 – Donesafe and Bespoke Boulevard came together in an inspirational example of what can be achieved with a bit of creative thinking, time, and energy for those that are in need. Together, duo Donesafe and Bespoke Boulevard helped those that put their lives at risk every day – our frontline medical workers. These workers across the globe have been working tirelessly around the clock in order to regain a level of control around this pandemic. Donesafe continues its commitment to helping the community by supplying hundreds of frontline workers with a healthy lunch Bespoke Boulevard has food trucks normally used for festivals and other events; Donesafe is committed to health and safety. Together, they repurposed the food truck to help frontline workers. Bespoke Boulevard reached out to the team at St Vincent’s Hospital to secure a date and hundreds of workers to feed through this community initiative. Donesafe sponsored the initiative to provide healthy nutritious lunch meals to those completing another busy day at the hospital. The busiest departments across the hospital were handpicked to ensure staff received that much-needed break and healthy meal to go with. It was our way of saying, thank-you. Over 200 fresh and healthy ready-to-eat meals were prepared and delivered to medical workers. “We like to give back when and where we can. Safety is a huge priority at Donesafe and that should be the case across all organizations. Every worker needs a safe place to work and deserves to go home safely every day. This initiative spoke to the heart of everything we look to achieve through our business and our technology. A great partnership and thanks for the opportunity to give back.” Matthew Browne, Donesafe Cofounder “In these unprecedented times, the true ethos of a company can really shine through. As a workplace health and safety management software, it is obvious that Donesafe not only cares about the health and safety of employees through their software but is willing to go above and beyond for employees within the community. Thank you.” Gabrielle Keaton, Bespoke Boulevard In order to share the feel-good story with you all, here’s the journey captured on the day; the preparation and delivery to the frontline workers. See the video here. How else is Donesafe helping during COVID-19? Today, many workforces have shifted to contactless working or remote working entirely. Donesafe designed and created a solution to assist organizations through the changes faced by COVID-19; Infectious Disease and Work from Home apps. Donesafe is offering an app bundle as a commitment to helping create safer and more fulfilling workplaces. Donesafe is offering significant discounts to remove the barriers for businesses in need of our online apps. We have created a ready-to-deploy solution helping safety managers deal with infectious disease control, displaced workforces, and return to work health checks, just to list a few offerings. Encouraging a culture where safety is discussed and kept top of mind throughout an organization is at Donsafe’s core.  Who is Bespoke Boulevard? Bespoke Boulevard, a boutique brand management and activation company usually known within the events space has perfectly timed the decision to focus on innovation and the creation of a number of new exciting projects. Bespoke Boulevard pivoted its core business to supply the infrastructure to feed frontline workers. Despite all that is going on during these unpredictable times, a humble community initiative urges organizations to unite together to provide support and a well-deserved thank you to our frontline health professionals. It’s times like this that allows organizations to shift accordingly, leveraging contacts and divisional entities around the Bespoke Boulevard platform to support communities.  After the cancellation of events in 2020, the focus changed and energy around giving back to the community became paramount. The community initiative, Care for the Masses was born, creating a platform for brands, companies, organizations, and individuals to provide immediate support directly to those in need. If you want to get involved in this community initiative as an individual or want to know how to get your business involved, contact the team at Bespoke Boulevard here.  Australia and New Zealand will be represented in the 10 YEARS of the International Surrealism Now 2020-04-28T17:01:50Z australia-and-new-zealand-will-be-represented-in-the-10-years-of-the-international-surrealism-now 10 YEARS of the International Surrealism Now Exhibition  at CAE Portugal, Coimbra, Figueira da Foz - The International Surrealism Now Exhibition will open on (COVID? after) to (COVID?) 2020 at the Center of Arts and Spectacle (CAE) in the city of Figueira da Foz in Portugal, and in the ambit of celebrating its 10th anniversary, the 14th edition of the International Surrealism Now exhibition. Australia and New Zealand to be present in the next edition of Surrealism Now, the largest World Surrealism exhibition of the 21st century which gathers artwork from 52 countries until now. Andrew Baines, Cristian Townsend and Sarah Zambiasi   from Australia and Rudolf Boelee from New Zealand are the artists whose work will be present in the International Surrealism Now. The exhibition is a project created by Santiago Ribeiro, Portuguese surrealist artist, and started in 2010 at the Bissaya Barreto Foundation of Coimbra. In these 10 years, has been touring various parts of the country from Lisbon to Porto as well as satellite exhibitions in the United States such as Dallas, Los Angeles, University of Mississippi and New York, also in Europe in Berlin, Paris, and Madrid among others always promoted and organized by Santiago. This exhibition has become the largest exhibition of surrealism of the 21st century in the world, consisting of works of painting, drawing, digital art, sculpture, and photography. 125 participant artists from 52 countries: Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cuba, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Ukraine, Venezuela, Vietnam, India. About Santiago, the mentor, and promoter of the largest exhibition of surrealism in the 21st century in the world, the International Surrealism Now, already has numerous presences around the planet as well as Berlin, Moscow, New York, Dallas, Los Angeles, Mississippi, Indiana, Denver, Warsaw, St. Petersburg, Nantes, Paris, London, Vienna, Beijing, Florence, Madrid, Granada, Barcelona, Lisbon, Belgrade, Monte Negro, Romania, Japan, Taiwan, Brazil, Minsk, New Delhi, Jihlava (Czech Republic) and Caltagirone in Sicily and many cities in Portugal. The  Arts and Entertainment Center (CAE) was opened in 2002. Large cultural structure (2 200 and 800 seat auditoriums - outdoor amphitheater, foyer, breakout rooms, studios, 4 exhibition halls) was thought of as a centrality with European Community funds and its programming tends to go through major national and international shows and this structure is also linked to other programming centers and events, in an anchor logic that disperses without losing continuity. Below are the names of the artists: Achraf Baznani, Morocco / Agim Meta, Albania-Spain / Aissa Mammasse, Algeria / Alessio Serpetti, Italy / Alvaro Mejias, Venezuela / Ana Neamu, Romania / Ana Pilar Morales, Spain / Andrew Baines, Australia / Asier Guerrero Rico (Dio), Spain / Axel Blotevogel, Germany / Brigid Marlin, UK / Bien Banez, Philippines / Can Emed, Turkey / Carlos Sablón, Cuba / Cătălin Precup, Romania / Chuang Chih Hui, Taiwan / Cristian Townsend, Australia / Conor Walton, Ireland / Cynthia Tom, China / USA / Dag Samsund, Denmark / Daila Lupo, Italy / Dan Neamu, Romania / Daniel Chiriac, Romania / Daniel Hanequand, France / Canada / Daniele Gori, Italy / Delphine Cencig, France / Dean Fleming, USA / Domen Lo, Slovenia / Edgar Invoker, Russia / Efrat Cybulkiewicz, Venezuela / Egill Eibsen, Iceland / Erik Heyninck, Belgium / Ettore Aldo Del Vigo, Italy / Fabrizio Riccardi, Italy / Farhad Jafari, Iran / France Garrido, USA / Francisco Urbano, Portugal / Gabriele Esau, Germany / Genesis Cabrera, USA / Graça Bordalo Pinheiro, Portugal / Graszka Paulska, Poland / Gromyko Semper, Philippines / Gyuri Lohmuller, Romania / Hector Pineda, Mexico / Hector Toro, Colombia / Henrietta Kozica, Sweden / Hugues Gillet, France / Isabel Meyrelles, Portugal / Iwasaki Nagi, Japan / James Skelton, UK / Jay Garfinkle, USA / Jay Paul Vonkoffler, American / Argentine / Jimah St, Nigeria / Joanna Budzyńska-Sycz, Poland / João Duarte, Portugal / Keith Wigdor, USA / Leo Wijnhoven, Netherlands / Leo Plaw, Germany / Liba WS, France / Lubomír Štícha, Republic Czech / Ludgero Rolo, Portugal / Lv Shang, China / Maarten Vet, Netherlands / Maciej Hoffman, Poland / Magi Calhoun, USA / Marnie Pitts, UK / Maria Aristova, Russia / Mario Devcic, Croatia / Martina Hoffman, Germany / Mathias Böhm, Germany / Mehriban Efendi, Azerbaijan / Naiker Roman, Cuba / Spain / Nazareno Stanislau, Brazil / Nikolina Petolas, Croatia / Octavian Florescu, Canada / Ofelia Hutul, Romania / Oleg Korolev, Russia / Olesya Novik, Russia / Olga Spiegel, USA / Otto Rapp, Austria / Paula Rosa, Portugal / Paulo Cunha, Canada / Pavlina Boroshova, Switzerland-Germany / Pedro Diaz Cartes, Chile / Penny Golledge, UK / Peter MC LANE, France / Philippe Pelletier, France / Radhika Menon, India / Richard Shannon, USA / Roch Fautch, USA / Rodica Miller, USA / Ruben Cukier, Argentine / Israeli / Rudolf Boelee, New Zealand / Russbelt Guerra, Peru / Sabina Nore, Austria / Sampo Kaikkonen, Finland / Santiago Ribeiro, Portugal / Sarah Zambiasi, Australia / Serge Sunne, Latvia / Sergey Tyukanov, Russia / Shahla Rosa, USA / Shoji Tanaka, Japan / Shan Zhulan, China / Shia Weltenmenge, Germany / Sio Shisio, Indonesia / Slavko Krunic, Serbia / Sônia Menna Barreto, Brazil / Steve Smith, USA / Stuart Griggs, UK / Svetlana Kislyachenko, Ukraine / Svetlana Ratova, Russia / Tatomir Pitariu, USA / Tersanszki Cornelia, Romania / Tim Roosen, Belgium / Ton Haring, Netherlands / Victor Lages, Portugal / Vu Huyen Thuong, Vietnam / Yamal Din, Morocco / Spain / Yang Sumin, Taiwan / Yuliya Patotskaya, Belarus / Yuri Tsvetaev, Russia / Zoltan Ducsai, Hungary / Zoran Velimanovic, Serbia. Contacts:Centro de Artes e EspectáculosRua Abade Pedro3080-084 Figueira da FozTel: 233 407 200 Fax: 233 407 209E-mail: Hours:Monday to Thursday: 9 am to 11 pm;Friday: 9 am to midnight;Saturdays; 10 am to midnight;Sundays and holidays: 10h00 to 19h00;Show days: until the end of the show HOTA TAKES THEIR RAGE ONLINE 2020-04-24T03:12:16Z hota-takes-their-rage-online Over the next six weeks, HOTA has big plans to bring the community everything they love about the Home of the Arts, direct to living rooms through their RAGE ON(line) program. Criena Gehrke, HOTA CEO, said the venue’s temporary closure is not going to stop them delivering the Arts. “We know people will be missing HOTA, and we’re not going to let being closed stop us from delivering great creative content. So we’ve been collaborating with brilliant artists to bring you great art from the comfort of your armchair,” she said. “You might not be quite sure what to expect, we’re turning this stuff around fast, but get ready to sing with us, laugh with us and craft with us.” HOTA’s RAGE ON(line) program will begin rolling out soon on their website and social media channels. Meanwhile, the art is rolling in as HOTA’s Rage Against the V(irus) fund for local artists takes off. So far, HOTA has received more than 195 applications from local Gold Coast artists for funding of up to $1000, to create projects with an online outcome. Criena Gehrke praised the creativity and inventiveness of the artists. “This rapid-response grant was established for our local arts community during a time when they need it most,” she said. “Artists are the lifeblood of HOTA, without them there is no home of the arts. We’ve been awed by their creative brilliance and we celebrate their creativity, inventiveness and courageous nature.” Project outcomes so far have included: short films, a web series, photo exhibitions, concerts, colouring books, animations, an interview series and more. As RAGE ON(line) prepares to launch, applications for HOTA’s Rage Against the V(irus) artist fund remain open until May 15. For more information visit: **For a full list of the funded projects to date, see media release attached. ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Amy Stalinescu | M10 Collective E: M: 0411 789 195 How we’re spreading good vibes while everyone’s working from home 2020-04-09T01:21:53Z how-we-re-spreading-good-vibes-while-everyone-s-working-from-home Read the full article here: Canva’s humble journey started in our CEO and cofounder’s mother’s lounge room in Western Australia. Eight years later, a now global business with offices in Sydney, Manila and China, our 800+ strong team is testament to our ability to maintain a happy, engaged and productive workforce. In December 2019/January 2020 Australia overcame one of its worst national disasters with fire storms ravaging our lands, during which we witnessed the great Aussie spirit, pure grit and bravery, hope and overwhelming stories of kindness, generosity and charity. Meanwhile the eruption of Taal Volcano in Batangas, Philippines also in January meant our team members in Manila had to adapt to new work schedules, while our colleagues in China were starting to feel the first waves of the coronavirus outbreak hit home. Now the pandemic is spreading. We’re witnessing unprecedented times, with many people in panic mode - ranging from pensioners, business owners, parents and their school children, in limbo wondering what the next few months will look like. We’ve seen people battling each other for the last roll of TP, stockpiling goods, abusing retail staff for nation-wide enforced rations, mass organisation-wide layoffs - it could be said this pandemic is bringing out the worst in everyone. Being located in Sydney myself, I’ve personally witnessed polar opposite ‘vibes’, only months apart. With governments around the globe urgently trying to contain the spread of the new coronavirus, Australia has imposed a number of strict regulations to slow down infection rates: Shutdown of principal places of social gathering - including registered and licensed clubs, entertainment venues, cinemas, casinos, nightclubs, indoor sports venues and places of worship; No international travel to any country; Some states closing their borders for domestic travel; Restaurants and cafes are restricted to takeaway only; Cancellation of events like the ANZAC Day Memorial Services; Postponement of national sporting events including the NRL and AFL tournaments; and Encouraging all people to stay at home, practice physical distancing of at least 1.5m if it’s absolutely necessary to enter into the public domain and good hand hygiene. What does this mean for our people? Our extended communities? Our users? Our priorities are to, above all else: keep our team, and their families safe by introducing work from home measures; do our part to slow community spread of the virus to help protect the most vulnerable; and ensure we continue to serve our design community with the highest standards. But what happens to team morale, and the culture Canva is so lovingly known for, when all face-to-face contact, in-person meetings, international and domestic travel, and other events are put on hold to work from home? I’ll share how the Canva Vibe team is taking our mission further by lifting morale and engagement across our remote workforce. The Virtual Canva Vibe Now more than ever, the need for good vibes and a strong company culture is intensifying. So much so, our ‘Vibe Team’ has been working tirelessly over the past couple of weeks to ensure that when the time came for the entire 800+ Canva workforce to work remotely, the same culture could be felt across the world wide web, straight to everyone’s home office/couch/dining room table - wherever their best work is done! Our Vibe Team is a dedicated group of individuals (roughly 1 to every 25 employees) whose primary purpose is ensure there is a strong internal culture, and therefore a wonderful work environment that inspires everyone to do their best work - to have that fire in their belly to continuously learn and improve, as well as feel supported and truly love what they do each day. To that end, with our now completely remote workplace, the Vibe Team has developed a dedicated internal website as a one-stop-shop key resource to help bolster our team’s strong sense of belonging and camaraderie. An ever-evolving platform, currently the site includes: Daily Updates A dedicated space where super top line updates (also known as TL:DR content) are shared for the global team; they will be updated on a ‘as they happen’ basis. More social channels Additional Slack channels have been created with working from home (WFH) tips and tricks, how-tos and a bit of fun; these include #wfh-fashion-challenges, #wfh-food-and-bev-challenge where teams can spice up and share their working from home outfits, join the daily cook-along and ‘rate your mates’ plates and #best-of-zoom-meetings where our team can show off their best Zoom backgrounds and calls. Sydney Dashboard Content that is normally played across our digital screens within Canva’s Sydney offices, are now being broadcast virtually through our new ‘intranet’. Updated daily, the purpose of this dashboard is to inspire lunch options, recommend good books, recognise ‘Canvaversaries’ and birthdays, and welcome our newest recruits (known as ‘Canvanauts’). It’s important we continue to implement as many BAU activities as possible - for it is these quirky little internal communication pieces that add up to make Canva’s well-loved culture and vibe. Covid-homebase A central area containing all the key information relating to COVID-19 and WFH policies. Includes country-specific government updates and mandates, new company-wide announcements, as well as toolkits for BAU activity to proceed remotely, ensuring we’re working as a collective as seamlessly and cohesively as possible. Lunch Stipend In this current climate, we are extremely lucky to be able to keep up our livelihood and work from home, especially as there are other industries that don’t have this opportunity. One area that has been impacted massively are our local cafes, restaurants and commercial fruit and vegetable suppliers; and closer to home, our very own suppliers to Canva. We see this as a great opportunity to embrace our values and offer support to these communities in need. All our team members receive a daily lunch stipend whilst we’re a 100% remote workforce - and during this time we’re encouraging everyone to think about the communities that have been greatly affected by the current situation when it comes how and where to spend the allowance. To that end, our people can: Receive the stipend in their fortnightly paycheck to spend within their local communities, supporting their local providers. OR Help local suppliers and provide food to local charities 🙏 Rather than receiving the stipend in one’s paycheck, it’ll be donated to either Wayside Chapel or OzHarvest. We have chosen these charities as they reflect the values that we ourselves embody and echo our philosophy of being able to bring people together through good nutritious food. OR Help local suppliers and receive a home delivery hamper 🥖 Most of Canva’s food and beverage suppliers have lost up to 80%-90% of their weekly clients and are facing uncertain futures. To ensure they are able to keep operating we have pulled together a weekly mixed hamper that showcases their amazing seasonal produce and smallgoods. The hamper will be delivered every Tuesday and contain the following: Fresh bread from Bread & Butter Project; Half doz. free range eggs; Fresh fruit and vegetables from Rami (who supplements our Canva veg supply); Farm veg, Hebron Farm (Canva’s Farm); Freshly Ground Coffee from Kua Coffee; and Flowers from our florist Selena Murray Cooking@Home Our resident chefs have developed weekly menus, shopping lists and how-to videos to inspire. The video series showcases how easy, and cost-effective, it is to pull together a healthy breakfast and lunch using limited resources. Updated weekly, the videos include step-by-step instructions on how to make pesto linguine through to the ultimate in 2 minute noodles recipes. Health and Wellbeing Our resident Health and Wellbeing Coach has transformed a whole raft of wellness plans into virtual ones via Zoom - including fitness programs like chair yoga, how to deal with 3:30itis and a series of stretches and functional movements to get the blood flow moving. Here’s an example of one of the many exercises shared with our teams, to keep our bodies moving and help us all be less sedentary. Clubs from Home From #wine-club and #music-club, through to #pasta-club-official and #mindfulness-club, the virtual club scene is strong at Canva. Keeping our employees engaged and active in the company - beyond their remit as per their job description - is an integral part of our culture. We have over 360 active clubs currently at Canva, with many more by the day moving to a virtual format; their value is enormous to building strong long-lasting relationships with other members of our team, the cross-pollination of ideas and information and knowledge sharing. WFH Tips Moving 800+ people completely online is unchartered territory for many, so the development of our WFH (working from home) tips resource offers insight into some of the best ways to work with remote teams, as well as how to stay productive while watching Netflix plus much more. We’ve also developed a comprehensive ‘Remote Working Toolkit’ which includes resources for individuals, teams and leads; such as guidelines for remote work, WFH productivity reimbursements, list of tools available for remote collaboration such as Slack, Zoom, Trello, Jira, Coda and the like. Canva University has also launched a ‘How do you remotely do it?’ series, including a number of panels, sessions and deep dives on working remotely. Podcasts Currently featuring four shows - hosted by some of Canva’s most charismatic team members - these dedicated podcasts are critical to boosting engagement across our entirely remote organisation. Over 42 million people listen to podcasts weekly, that’s more than people go to the movies! A statistic that will sure rise given the current #coronavirus climate. This form of communication: allows us to reach our employees with a format they’re used to; is easy to digest; has the ability to engage a global team - podcasts allow us to make important information available on demand immediately to others in different timezones; and enhances peer-to-peer connection. Mental Health It’s extra important to look after your headspace when working remotely for extended periods and during times of uncertainty. To effectively support the mental health of all our people, Canva is providing every employee with: 13 free video consultations with a psychologist via the company’s EAP providers; Access to a comprehensive resources library on managing one’s mental health during times of isolation Mindfulness and meditation app subsidies - these practices can be incredibly effective in times like these. There are plenty of really great apps out there (Headspace, Calm, Smiling Mind etc) and Canva will help cover the subscription fees Access to a number of virtual webinar series covering key mental health topics, as well as strategies for copying and building resilience. Sharing Economy Whether you’re looking for soap or kids panadol, this dedicated area includes an interactive map where team members can upload ‘shopping hotspots’. It also allows you to ‘pin drop’ companies that have had to close their doors, but are still alive and kicking online - so we can continue to ‘shop local’. Finally there’s an area to ‘Hitch a Ride’ - where if you have a car, you can list your availability to help out other Canvanauts if needed. Virtual Friday Night Drinks We’ve developed a virtual ‘Friday Night Drinks’ Zoom meeting which features live performances to support the local entertainment industry that has been so disadvantaged by the outbreak of COVID-19. Team Innings An initiative to help keep the internal wins and celebrations alive, and continue building connections with each of our teams - while we’re all remote. From virtual games of Pictionary and Bingo as an ice breaker, through to dedicated dress up meetings (Canva is big on dress ups - especially at our Season Openers - we’ve had Under the Sea, Game of Thrones, Hawaiian just to name a few), exercises with our resident Health and Wellness Coach and specialised cooking tutorials with our group of chefs. Why keeping the vibe alive is important I am a firm believer that ‘keeping the vibe alive’ (or culture) is absolutely paramount for any organisation, especially during times of crisis and uncertainty. For us, we know our culture and vibe is the backbone to our success; our great people develop our great products. It takes a village to constantly lead the charge and work to become one of the world’s most loved brands. We hope these initiatives will help us ride this wave of uncertainty, by providing an environment for our people to be the best they can be, deliver their best work and ensure we continue to deliver a service that is exceptional. We’re not professing to have all the answers, we’re learning as we go - this is unchartered territory, and we are well aware there are organisations that do not have the luxury or flexibility to implement the measures we have - but every little effort can add up to something more impactful. If our methods mean less people commuting to and from work, with less touchpoints running the risk of infection, it’s just one small step to help keep our communities safer. Secondly, if our initiatives inspire other organisations to implement little changes to make their respective teams and communities safer, more cohesive, then that too is a win. Thirdly, our people come first, second and third - during this time of crisis each and everyone’s well being is of the utmost importance - it takes a village to build and maintain a business like ours - and if we can do our bit to ensure our global teams have what they need to be good humans and to excel in their work and home life, then we’re ensuring we’re doing our bit to be a force for good. What else are our people doing to support the broader community? We, as an organisation, are offering all public health organisations (PHO) around the world with free lifetime licences for Canva Pro. This initiative comes in response to the surge of misinformation surrounding the virus, as PHO’s struggle to fight back against myths and rumours gaining traction in the public domain. Canva’s in-house design team is volunteering its services to PHO’s in need of further assistance with delivering effective visual communications. We have also launched a collection of new health-related templates including flyers, posters and social media posts designed with pre-populated content based on the information supplied by the World Health Organisation (WHO). All of our farm produce is being donated to Wayside Chapel, local communities and OzHarvest. We’re also producing finished meals for our nearby charity organisations, to continue to help those in need during this global crisis. Regardless of where you are in the world, 2020 will be one of the toughest years yet. We all need to rally together to build resilience and courage, help each other out, share information/resources and learn from each other so that together we can come out the other side of this global crisis stronger and more empowered than ever before. Event organisers reveal how Australian events can bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic 2020-03-22T07:39:37Z event-organisers-reveal-how-australian-events-can-bounce-back-from-the-covid-19-pandemic Summary  - A survey of regional event organisers reveals the financial impact of the ban on public gatherings  - Half of event organisers (57%) believe a Government support package for the sector would be the most realistic solution to assist their event to bounce back after the COVID-19 crisis  - While only 5% of event organisers predict their event will go bankrupt and be lost forever, a further 30% are unsure if their event will survive or not.     A survey of Australian event managers is revealing the kind of support Australian events and festivals believe they will need to survive the cancellation or postponement of their events as required by the COVID-19 ban on public gatherings.     The survey is being run jointly by regional tourism consultancy TIlma Group and event management trainer rEVENTS Academy. The majority of respondents are event organisers who host events of fewer than 5,000 attendees in a regional or rural community. As of 5pm Sunday March 22, 95 Australian event managers had completed the survey.    36% of respondents have cancelled their 2020 event or postponed until 2021. 20% will postpone their event to later in 2020. 28% are waiting for further information before deciding their course of action.     Only half of respondents (55%) predict their event will find a way to survive and bounce back in 2021. One third are still unsure of their event’s future, while 5% predict their event will go broke and never be held again.     70% will lose up to $100,000 by cancelling or postponing their event. 22% will lose up to $500,000, and 5% will lose up to $1 million, with a couple of events losing several million dollars.     There are many sunk costs prior to the event being held. Depending on what stage event planning is up to, events could have spent the majority of their budget without yet earning any revenue. Events who purchased event cancellation insurance will not receive any compensation because the cause of the cancellation was a pandemic.     Further to the loss to events directly is the economic loss to the regional host communities on top of the impact of bushfires and severe drought when they particularly need the economic and social stimulus that events provide. 63% of survey respondents estimate their community will lose up to $1 million in economic benefit from the loss of their event, while 29% estimate up to $5 million. One event manager estimates up to $13 million will be lost by communities across the Outback region their attendees travel through.      39% of respondents will refund pre-purchased tickets in order to look after their customers and protect their reputation, despite the lack of clarity around refund legalities.     Half of event organisers (57%) believe a Government support package for the sector would be the most realistic solution to assist their event to bounce back after the COVID-19 crisis, while 28% believe a combination of Government support and widespread support from ticketholders such as ticketholders holding onto their tickets until the event is next held would allow them to bounce back in 2021.   --END—    About Tilma Group   Tilma Group provides strategic tourism development planning support to local governments across regional Australia.     About rEVENTS Academy   rEVENTS Academy provides event management training to support the long-term viability of regional Australian events and festivals.    MindBodySpirit Festival returns to Brisbane 2020-02-12T04:03:03Z mindbodyspirit-festival-returns-to-brisbane Australia’s largest health, wellbeing, spiritual and natural therapy event returns to Brisbane in February and March for three amazing days! The first MindBodySpirit Festival of 2020 is set to welcome over 14,000 Brisbanites. From Friday February 28 to Sunday March 1, the local community can discover, educate and stimulate their senses in search of a more holistic lifestyle for free! The Festival will bring together the very best of speakers and performers, holistic products, shopping, health and skincare, therapies, meditation, psychic readers, personal growth, workshops, seminars and more. The Seminar series, interactive Workshops and Speaker’s Lounge will feature an inspiring line-up of more than 50 guest speakers and presenters who will share their International and Australian expertise on self-development, spiritual connections, health, nutrition and more. Special guest speakers include Olympic star and owner of Happy Health You; Lisa Curry, renowned psychic mediums Jason McDonald and Scott Alexander King, nutritionist Katherine Maslen and VIP Wildlife’s Lester Trenkamp! On the Performance Stage, visitors will be treated to musical journeys, interactive bellydancing, psychic mediumship and more. Headlined by Sound Healing meditation with Katie Underwood, Steps Dance Academy, Lou Van Stone’s Sound Healing Journey and more are sure to leave a lasting impression. For those looking to relax, unwind and take a break, the Meditation Room will feature free guided sessions. 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. If that wasn’t enough, the Soul Kitchen will also satisfy the health conscious with a range of demonstrations from experts, covering a range of raw, vegan, nutritious and intolerance conscious discussions and recipes. Find founders of Wellness In Real Life, Alicia and Bree with their passion for healthy food and good nutrition, plus nutritional medicine practitioner Kathy Ashton with foods that prevent inflammation and boost gut health. It’s a fun day out, filled with new experiences, entertainment, learning and expert advice. We all want to live a healthy, holistic and wholesome life and the Brisbane MindBodySpirit Festival is the best place to find it! Held annually since 1989, the MindBodySpirit Festivals are Australia’s longest running and most respected wellbeing events, attracting over 90,000 visitors nationwide. The 2020 Festival will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. Doors open 9am daily. - ENDS - Girl Guides calls for volunteers to support the next generation of Australian women 2020-01-31T00:45:57Z girl-guides-calls-for-volunteers-to-support-the-next-generation-of-australian-women-1 Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT, one of the largest organisations in Australia dedicated to supporting girls and young women, are calling for more volunteers to play a vital role in the organisation by sharing their experiences and wisdom with the Girl Guide Community. After the success of the A Place To Grow campaign in May 2019, memberships significantly increased creating a need to recruit volunteers. State Commissioner, Sarah Neill said that volunteering is not only about helping others, studies have shown volunteering helps increase your health, happiness and sense of fulfilment. “From our own research – Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT Insights Research 2018 – we know that our volunteers are making lifelong friends, gaining personal fulfilment, develop a sense of belonging and learn new skills,” Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT, offer a range of flexible volunteering positions available to suit different schedules and needs. “When considering becoming a volunteer, we encourage people to choose a position that reflects one of their passions and/or experience; to add greater value to the team, the girls and gain personal satisfaction,” said Mrs Neill. NT Region Manager, Letitia Baldwin, who has been involved in Girl Guides for 16 years said, “We are constantly looking for volunteers with unique passions to share them with our community. It is incredibly important for volunteers to love what they are doing as this provides the greatest benefit to our girls.” District Manager, Tegan McAnulty, has been a member of the Guiding community for 22 years both as a Guide and a Leader. When asked why she has been a part of Guiding for so long, her answer is simple. “The biggest opportunity – at the heart of the Girl Guiding movement, is the girls we work with; it’s the greatest privilege,” said Ms McAnulty. Tegan has participated in the recruitment campaign with other Leaders sharing their experiences as a volunteer. View the recruitment video series here: With all these amazing benefits and the start of a new year, why not become a volunteer? -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 volunteers who play a vital role in supporting the girls. Guides work to serve their community and support those in need by offering to 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, women and volunteers 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: Girl Guides at Lark in the Park, Sydney, 2019. Image: Volunteers at Lord Mayor’s Picnic. Image: Recruitment Campaign Artwork.