The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-10-23T07:20:37Z Maglia Nera Cycling Tours announces technology partnership with Australian made ‘GoCycle App’ 2020-10-23T07:20:37Z maglia-nera-cycling-tours-announces-technology-partnership-with-australian-made-gocycle-app The GoCycle App was launched in January 2020, at the Tour Down Under in Adelaide, Australia. It captured the eye of Maglia Nera Tours Director, Yvette Fuser, who identified the App’s potential immediately. Joining forces, the two businesses have extended the app’s capabilities, to include a ‘Charities’ functionality, allowing the running of ‘Virtual’ events during the COVID-19 period and beyond. The result is a new era for Charity Cycling Events – this feature can now be used by any charity organisation, around the world,  to run cycling events whether they be live or virtual, in a public or private manner. The first major charity to use this feature will be Maglia Nera Tours’ own ‘Tasmania Circumnavigation’ 100% Charity Ride^, which runs from 7-29 November. Entrants will have the choice of  three (3) different distances around Tasmania, that they can ride ‘virtually’, from anywhere in the world. GOCYCLE - EASY TO USE & GIVING BACK Developer of the GoCycle app, Jodie Van Elst, explained that the app was easy to use, effortlessly linking with Strava & Garmin Connect, to import rides directly to subscribers’ profiles, when subscribed to the ‘Pro’ version. GoCycle app initiator Greg Goodman said the app has many features that will appeal to both hard-core cycling enthusiasts and weekend bike riders. “It’s got something for everyone, and we’re thrilled to have created an app that is encouraging new riders, both young and old to get involved’,” Mr Goodman said. “To help people stay active and mentally healthy during these challenging times, we’d like to give something back to the community.” The GoCycle App can be downloaded for FREE, using the ‘Lite’ version, where individuals can immediately manually record their rides and by default, begin tracking themselves riding around the Australian continent, some 18000+ kilometres.  Users can then upgrade to a paid ‘Pro version, which takes them to the next level, opening an array of features such as Challenges, Goals, linking with Friends, setting up Teams and Clubs, creating Events & connecting to Strava & Garmin Connect. It is also here that the ‘Charities’ functionality becomes available for any not-for-profit to use. MENTAL & PHYSICAL WELLBEING Maglia Nera Tours runs cycling tours around world for all levels of experience, age, and budgets. ‘Maglia Nera’ in Italian means ‘Black Jersey’, which was awarded to the final rider in the Giro d' Italia between 1946 and 1951, very much like the ‘Wooden Spoon’! The company’s motto is: "You don't need to come first to be a winner" and its official hashtag is #icamelast (I came last). The motto and hashtag aim convey one important message: The importance of activity and its positive effect on the physical and mental health of all human beings. Cycling is a low impact sport, allowing one to cover vast distances if desired and incredibly social Yvette Fuser believes this collaboration is best described as  “collision of similarities… A collision of cycling passion - A collision for the love of outdoors - A collision of compassion - A collision to helping others” Note: ^Once a year, Maglia Nera Cycling Tours Staff and Volunteers join forces over two weeks to run the Tasmania Circumnavigation 100% Charity Ride. Staff & Volunteers donate their time and Maglia Nera Tours pays for their accommodation, transport, and meals. The result is Australia’s ONLY 100% CHARITY RIDE, where 100% of the monies raised goes DIRECT to the beneficiaries – there are NO administration deductions whatsoever. MOTORSPORT: Women are being encouraged to explore the sport 2020-10-19T02:59:17Z motorsport-women-are-being-encouraged-to-explore-the-sport  Race Chix Motorsport, in conjunction with the Australian Racing Drivers’ Club is proud to announce the launch of Race Chix Race School – a dedicated motorsport training school for women aged 16 and over, due to launch at Sydney Motorsport Park on the 3rd of November. With motorsport being one of the only sports where men and women can compete together with no age barriers, Race Chix Motorsport is committed to provide aspiring females the opportunity to participate in track days and competitive racing with a vision of building a network of like minded women across all motorsport genres. Rachelle Stirling, founder of Race Chix Motorsport insists ‘We don't want our own races or categories. We want to play with the guys, but we need that confidence first. Race Chix Race School doesn't end when the women complete the course, they become part of the community.’ With currently only a 10% female participation rate, Rachelle has her sights set on increasing the presence of women on the track. ‘Our goal is to connect, educate and inspire women who are either competitors, enthusiasts, officials or supporters to help grow female participation numbers in motorsport. By connecting, supporting and collaborating as a collective we can challenge stereotypes and broaden perceptions that motorsport is a male dominated sport.’ Race Chix Race School is launching with Motorsport 101, designed for women who are starting out on their motorsport journey, who haven’t participated in any track days or have only participated in one or two track days. The course sees the women partake in a number of theory-based units with Rachelle, before hitting the wet skid pan where they will learn the capability and limits of their car and will learn advanced driving techniques. Race Chix Race School will be assisted on circuit by Sydney Motorsport Park’s respected car experience and training providers, with bike courses to follow in 2021. The Australian Drivers Racing Club (ARDC) is a keen advocate of the initiative, “The Australian Racing Drivers’ Club is delighted to support the latest Race Chix Motorsport program. We are pleased to continue our role in developing local programs that highlight the opportunities available to women in many aspects of motorsport, as well as provide them with the chance to hone their skills at a quality circuit like Sydney Motorsport Park.” said ARDC CEO Glenn Matthews. Overall participation rates of women in the automotive industry in general believed to be as low as 20%*, with gender-based stereotypes around strength, or lack thereof, sighted as one of the many reasons women tend to shy away from the industry. When it comes to motorsports though, strength plays no part in the equation, with skill and confidence in vehicle handling paramount. Rachelle adds, “Building confidence is an extremely important element when it comes to women entering a male dominated sport. When it comes to a high-risk sport like motorsport, women learn differently to men.” After the aspiring drivers have successfully completed Motorsport 101 it is Rachelle's intention to offer a skill development pathway from beginner through to advanced. This is being executed with Motorsport 102 which focuses on speed events such as super sprints, followed by Motorsport 103 for the women who have participated in competitive non-race/Speed events and would like to move into competing in door-to-door circuit racing events. Rachelle hopes to have 12 entrants partake in the Race Chix Race School on their foundation Motorsport 101 course on the 3rd of November. The founder has ambitions to have up to 24 participants per course, per day join her on the track in the future. ‘Our vision is to have all Race Chix involved in all genres of motorsport, including cars, karts and bikes, in Australia connected and to see female participation numbers increase to fifty percent across the board.’ Website: https://www.racechixmotorsport.com.au/ https://www.racechixmotorsport.com.au/race-chix-race-school/ Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/race_chix/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/racechix/ MARVEL Super War Esports Takes Off In Australia 2020-10-15T05:31:11Z marvel-super-war-esports-takes-off-in-australia Sydney, Australia, 5 October 2020 - After a weekend of mobile MOBA action, one team has emerged as the champions of ESL Australia’s recent MARVEL Super War launch tournament series. The team, “PT2” defeated competitors from across Australia & New Zealand online in matches of Marvel’s first mobile MOBA title, MARVEL Super War. Overall Champions - PT2: MrEggplant (Australia) Kyo (Australia) lequadz (Australia) Rancid (Australia) RebirthAnarchy (Australia) Team captain Victor “MrEggplant” K. said this about the tournament: “It feels great to come out on top amongst some strong competition. Thanks to ESL for running such an event, I hope to see MARVEL Super War esports continue to get bigger here.” “After an incredible showing recently by other Oceanic Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) teams overseas, like Legacy Esports, there’s never been a better time to be competing in the MOBA scene here.” Said Ben Green, Publisher Development Lead at ESL. “We’re excited to watch these teams continue their journey in competitive MARVEL Super War, and congratulate all players that took part in our launch tournament series.” ### For media assets, please click here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1-Zcbc0By8OTyTA7H22DgrEya0TgOlcsp?usp=sharing For all media enquiries, please contact:  Alex Blaikie | PR Manager, ESL Australia | press.aus@eslgaming.com*MARVEL Super War is currently available in countries and regions including South Korea, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macao, and India. This game is not a global release title. About Marvel Entertainment Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media for over eighty years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing, publishing, games, and digital media. For more information visit marvel.com. © 2020 MARVEL About NetEase Games NetEase Games is the online games division of NetEase, Inc.(NASDAQ:NTES), developing and operating some of the most popular PC-client and mobile games in China. As one of the world's largest incubators of quality online game content, NetEase Games is dedicated to supporting the growth of innovative studios around the globe and growing an international presence along the way. To complement its self-developed games and world-class R&D capabilities, NetEase Games also partners with other industry leaders, including Blizzard Entertainment, Mojang AB (a Microsoft subsidiary), and other global game developers to operate some of the most popular international online games in China.About ESL  ESL is the world’s largest esports company. Founded in 2000, ESL has been shaping the industry across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline esports competitions. The company operates high profile, branded international leagues and tournaments under the ESL Pro Tour including ESL One, Intel® Extreme Masters, ESL Pro League, and other premier stadium-size tournaments, to more clearly define the path from zero to hero. ESL also produces the ESL National Championships, grassroots amateur cups, and matchmaking systems, creating a world where everybody can be somebody. With offices all over the world, ESL is leading esports innovation on a global scale through the combination of global ESL competitions, amateur leagues, publisher activations, and more. ESL is a part of MTG, the leading international digital entertainment group. About.eslgaming.com Maglia Nera Tours partnership with Fortem Australia. 2020-10-14T07:33:03Z maglia-nera-tours-partnership-with-fortem-australia Maglia Nera Tours Pty Ltd is proud and excited to officially announce its partnership with Fortem Australia. The two organisations have come together to leverage the benefits of group cycling programs to assist first responder personnel, and their families to build healthy social connections and promote protective factors for good mental health. Leveraging off the new group cycling programs, the partnership aims to also facilitate cycling-related fundraiser events to provide much-needed funding for future Fortem Australia operations. Combining all of this, Maglia Nera Tours and Fortem hope to support the recovery of the tourism sector in Australia with financially supported cycling tour programs. Maglia Nera Tours runs cycling tours around world for all levels of experience, age, and budgets. ‘Maglia Nera’ in Italian means ‘Black Jersey’, which was awarded to the final rider in the Giro d' Italia between 1946 and 1951, very much like the ‘Wooden Spoon’! The company’s motto is: "You don't need to come first to be a winner" and its official hashtag is #icamelast (I came last). The motto and hashtag aim convey one important message: The importance of activity and its positive effect on the physical and mental health of all human beings. Cycling is a low impact sport, allowing one to cover vast distances if desired and incredibly social Yvette Fuser, Director often reminds us that “people’s hearts open up out when on two wheels, more often than one can imagine” Fortem Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that supports the mental fitness and wellbeing of first responder families. Every day, more than 300,000 first responders keep our communities safe. They are backed up by their families: partners, children, and parents. All of them hold vital and challenging roles. Fortem helps them to be well, and stay well, through mental fitness and wellbeing activities and support services. Fortem Co-Founder and Managing Director, John Bale says “Not only are cycling programs a great way to stay fit while promoting feelings of calm and wellbeing, they’re a great way to build wider support networks for both first responders and their families.” 2020 has been a challenging year for all Australians. First Responder’s have had an increased level of responsibility and stress, first with Australia’s 2019-20 bush fire disaster, followed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The race that endangers the nation 2020-10-13T11:13:00Z the-race-that-endangers-the-nation The Editor, Dear Editor, Melbourne residents have endured an interminable lockdown. There is finally light at the end of the tunnel, as we strive to avoid further lockdowns. So, why put this community sacrifice at risk, by allowing Melbourne Cup Carnival to go ahead? The Victoria Racing Club has declared that the Melbourne Cup will proceed this year, “as it has done” in previous years, and hopes to attract a crowd of up to 50,000 people. This will mean attendees ignoring social distancing as they crowd onto trains, cluster at bars, and marquees, crowd into selfies, hug friends, and scream at horses. Let’s not forget the other health risks—and deaths—connected to Melbourne Cup, even in a non-pandemic year. In the last racing year, 116 horses died after being forced to run and jump on hard-packed dirt, on ankles the size of a human’s. They suffered catastrophic injuries—including breaks and fractures of their forelegs—as well as cardiac issues, internal bleeding, and head trauma. This year, we craved our own liberties—while knowing there are good reasons for communal sacrifice. Let’s allow the horses their freedom, and avoid the cruelty and viral transmission risks that come with racing. Instead, we can boost the economy with entertainment featuring safe social distancing and consenting human performers, like outdoor theatre, musical concerts, dance, and comedy. Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia 1a Henderson St Northcote VIC 3070 0411 577 416 DesmondB@PETA.org.au GYM EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURER, ALPHAFIT OBTAINS AUSTRALIAN MADE CERTIFICATION 2020-10-07T06:05:44Z gym-equipment-manufacturer-alphafit-obtains-australian-made-certification AlphaFit has acquired Australian Made certification for their steel gym equipment consisting of rigs, cages, equipment storage, specialty strength equipment, weightlifting accessories and body weight and gymnastics equipment. On account of the Coronavirus pandemic, Australian manufactured gym equipment is in more demand than ever before, as Australians actively seek to support locally made. It’s a welcome trend following the government restrictions which has led to Australians to search for Australian made fitness equipment while gyms and training facilities remained temporarily closed. The support for Australian made products is reinforced by new research from Roy Morgan following the COVID-19 pandemic, which revealed more than half of Australians (52%) say they now have an even higher preference for Australian-made products. ‘Made in Australia’ has always been important to AlphaFit’s brand since its establishment in 2012 by Jamie Montesalvo and Bobby Montesalvo. “Our ethos has always been to manufacture equipment in Australia that is functional, intuitive, built to last,” said Jamie. “We’re always looking to become more self-sufficient by bringing more capabilities in house and sourcing local Australian suppliers to help control quality and lead time,” he said. The renewed interest in Australian-made has led Australians to check the labelling with 43 per cent of Australians admitting to checking the country of origin on products, according to Roy Morgan research. “We’ve been manufacturing Australian made equipment from the very beginning. But we realised it wasn’t enough to say Australian made, we had to prove it.” “With the Australian made logo on display on AlphaFit equipment, our customers will confidently know that our products are Australian made and quality-driven.” The ‘Australian Made’ certification demonstrates AlphaFit’s continued commitment and reinvestment to local manufacturing, local jobs and the Australian economy. If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Lindsay Howard, Marketing Manager, on 07 5574 4975, or email lindsay@alphafit.com.au Don’t get caught out: Motorists at flat battery risk amid new driving trends 2020-10-04T20:30:00Z dont-get-caught-out-motorists-at-flat-battery-risk-amid-new-driving-trends CTEK Sweden AB, a leading global brand in battery management solutions, today urges motorists to give love to the humble battery this ‘Charge Your Car Day’. Since the COVID-19 pandemic was first announced, roads around the world have experienced ever-changing traffic conditions, and fluctuating driving habits are bringing car battery health to the fore. As many people around the world have been home-bound under COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, various cities have experienced surges in flat car battery cases[1] [2]. This is because car batteries become far more likely to fall flat the less frequently the car is driven or charged. Conversely, for those locations where self-isolation restrictions have been eased, and consumers are more regularly leaving home, many are choosing to travel in their private vehicles, as opposed to public transport, due to personal safety concerns[3] [4]. Those taking regular short road journeys, particularly in urban areas, are at heightened risk of experiencing a flat battery, because these trips can often involve frequent stopping and starting of the engine, putting immense pressure on the vehicle battery and requiring it to work harder. To help educate motorists on the important role the car battery plays and simple steps for ensuring it won’t let you down, CTEK is today celebrating ‘Charge Your Car Day’, a global celebration every 5 October of the humble-but-hardworking car battery. Whether your vehicle is fuel-powered, hybrid or electric, the battery is the beating heart of your car, and as such requires love to keep it working to the best of its ability. Robert Briggs, CTEK’s Asia Pacific Director of Sales and Marketing, said: “The humble car battery has been working hard for us for the past 100 years. Back in the ‘good old days’, all a car battery had to do was start the car. Today, the battery not only gets a car moving, but also powers all of the technology within your vehicle – from keyless entry, alarms and immobilisers, onboard computers and the air conditioning. And that’s just fuel-powered vehicles! When it comes to electric vehicles, the car battery is critical for every facet of the vehicle functioning. “It’s easy to forget how much hard work your car battery has to do day in, day out, so ‘Charge Your Car Day’ is a terrific opportunity to remind us all that we’ve got to look after it. Making sure your battery is charged and giving it a bit of additional TLC can extend its life, saving motorists time and money” continued Briggs. Caring for your battery is simple and can be easily integrated into your regular routine. To help us make sure our batteries are always in peak condition so our vehicles are always ready to go, CTEK have developed five key tips for car owners amid current driving trends around the world: Money saver: Battery failure is often reported as the number one[5] cause for breakdowns around the world, and with a growing amount of sensitive electronic equipment added to today’s modern cars, this issue is on the rise. Utilising battery chargers can help you save time, battery costs, towing costs, repair costs, and the environment through regular battery maintenance. Regular charging: At least once a month while your car is parked in the garage, reach for your battery charger, connect it up and leave it do its work quickly, safely and efficiently. If you have an electric vehicle, it’s recommended you follow the ABC rule – Always Be Charging. TLC: Caring for your battery after it’s charged is just as important as charging it in the first place. Today’s modern chargers will almost certainly have built-in maintenance and troubleshoot programs – most of them automatic – that will make sure your car battery has a healthy heart. Temperature aware: Heat is the number one killer of car batteries. Motorists should be extra cautious in extreme temperatures, being sensitive to any vehicle changes such as the way your car starts, or the operation of the electrical system in general. Any changes can indicate a weak battery or problems in the electrical system. Start smart: If you drain your battery, some motorists seek to solve the issue by using jumper leads, push-starting a manual car and going for a drive, or leaving the car idling. However, this won’t fully recharge a car’s battery, and could in fact create long-term damage. The most reliable way to restore your battery is to use a charger. Briggs added: “A battery performs best when it’s in peak condition, and proper charging extends battery life significantly. Regular charging is a simple, quick process for car owners, and by reducing your possibility of breakdowns due to battery failure, you’re saving money. It’s also important to remember that if your battery fails, it could damage or compromise your vehicle’s electronics, potentially creating added cost burdens. “We hope this Charge Your Car Day helps motorists kick start a healthy car maintenance routine. When your battery is properly charged and running at peak performance, you can be confident that it won’t let you or your vehicle down, and you’ll have great peace of mind.” CTEK chargers can be attached to a vehicle indefinitely without risk of over or undercharging the battery – extending battery life and maximising battery performance. The CTEK MXS 5.0 comes with five-year warranty and is currently available to purchase from Repco at $148. For further information on ‘Charge Your Car Day’ and advice for motorists, please visit www.ctek.com/au. Western Sydney Airport partnership continues as NSW Wheelchair Rugby League recommences 2020 Competition 2020-09-28T22:45:47Z western-sydney-airport-partnership-continues-as-nsw-wheelchair-rugby-league-recommences-2020-competition NSW Wheelchair Rugby League (NSWWRL) has two reasons to celebrate this September, with the announcement that Western Sydney Airport has renewed its partnership with the organisation for the 2020 competition and the recommencement of the 2020 competition after being sidelined temporarily by COVID-19.   This year’s partnership builds on Western Sydney Airport’s initial engagement with the sport of wheelchair rugby league, with players consulted about accessibility best practice for the design of Western Sydney International’s passenger terminal.   NSWWRL Chairman Edie George said he was very pleased to see Western Sydney Airport’s continuing support of the organisation at a time when the sport has been significantly impacted by COVID-19 restrictions.   “It is very pleasing to continue the Western Sydney Airport partnership in 2020 and to be able to re-start our NSW competition. Our sport is an important avenue for people with disability and their families to build and support their physical and mental health. Our organisation has gone to great lengths to ensure that we can provide our players, officials and volunteers with a safe and accessible way to play the sport that they love.”   Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Scott MacKillop said Western Sydney Airport is proud to support NSW Wheelchair Rugby League.   “We want all passengers to have a fast and easy airport experience when they fly from Western Sydney International,”, Mr MacKillop said.   “Drawing on their own experience catching a plane, the players have provided us with valuable accessibility insights as we continue to design our passenger precinct.   “We’re pleased that our partnership with NSW Wheelchair Rugby helps highlight the strength and ability of players both on and off the field.”   The NSWWRL 2020 Competition recommenced at Menai Indoor Sports Centre on 13 September 2020.   SHANE WARNE & AFL STAR BEN CUNNINGTON ADVANCED HAIR STUDIO NEWS CONFERENCE 2020-09-28T01:04:47Z shane-warne-amp-afl-star-ben-cunnington-news-conference SHANE WARNE & AFL STAR BEN CUNNINGTON NEWS CONFERENCE INTERVIEW SHANE WARNE & AFL STAR BEN CUNNINGTON Australian sporting legend Shane Warne & North Melbourne AFL star Ben Cunnington will hold an online news conference this Thursday 1st October at 12.30 pm Melbourne time to reveal their new Advanced Hair Studio TV commercial and to welcome Ben to the Advanced Hair Studio team. RSVP for the news conference video link tomax@marksonsparks.com or call Max Markson 0412 501 601 Ben has a new look and a whole new head of hair following a surgical procedure as well as new teammates in Shane Warne, Greg Matthews, Graham Gooch, Sourav Ganguly and Jacques Kallis, as well as AFL star Brendon Goddard. Ben underwent the Advanced Laser Therapy program which entailed a weekly treatment program following a hair graft of some 1500 to 2000 hairs. Carl Howell Advanced Hair Studio Founder and CEO says “ Ben is a great player and now he has a great head of hair too. We’ve worked with Ben over the last few months and he is looking 100% and raring to go, plus with the support of the Advanced Hair Studio team right behind him he is a-head of the game !” TO INTERVIEW SHANE WARNE & BEN CUNNINGTON TOGETHER OR CARL HOWELL email max@marksonsparks.com or call Max Markson 0412 501 601 Before and After photos & link to TV commercial available.   About Advanced Hair Studio: Advanced Hair Studio a pioneer in the treatment of hair loss operates in 13 countries with approximately 70 studios located worldwide. Since its inception over 45 years ago, over 1,000,000 people around the world have sought our advice and benefited from the patented procedures of Advanced Hair Studio. Our unique combination of breakthrough technology and outstanding customer service has seen this Australian business success story grow into one of the world's largest hair restoration companies.   STACK SPORTS (SPORTSTG) PARTNER WITH UEFA FOUNDATION FOR CHILDREN 2020-09-23T20:16:55Z stack-sports-sportstg-partner-with-uefa-foundation-for-children Stack Sports (SportsTG); the leading provider of digital solutions to international, national, grassroots and professional sporting organisations across Europe, Australia and New Zealand, has today announced an exciting partnership with UEFA Foundation; a charitable organisation to help children in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.     Stack Sports will provide GameDay, it’s Online Auction Platform, which will assist in fundraising activities for the UEFA Foundation for Children. Limited edition items including official match worn and signed UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, shirts and footballs will be available. Stack Sports and UEFA Foundation for Children’s live auction will launch on the 25th September 2020 and can be found by visiting auctions.uefafoundation.org   Andy Graham, General Manager for Stack Sports – EMEA, said: “We are excited to partner with the UEFA Foundation. Our auction platform assists clubs, foundations and charities in fundraising activities for their respective organisations. The UEFA Foundation continues our growth in the EMEA region in 2020 having also partnered with Basketball Ireland and World Bowling in recent months.”  Cyril Pellevat, UEFA Foundation for Children, Head of Administration welcomed the partnership by saying "UEFA Foundation for Children is pleased to partner with Stack Sports and digitise its fundraising activities. It will ensure we can offer all Football fans across the world their chance to win limited edition items from Champions League and Europa League matches. The profits benefit projects in favour of children around the world.” Stack Sports have been providing next generation technology solutions in the Australian market since 2001 and have extended their key markets to include Europe, the United Kingdom and New Zealand. Other Stack Sports partners in the European region include Basketball England, The Rugby Football League, Basketball Ireland, World Bowling and Run for All. Stack Sports provides membership, competition and event management platforms and various digital websites, e-commerce, and fundraising solutions to the sports community.   Established in 2015, the UEFA Foundation for Children is a charitable organisation governed by Swiss law. It defends the rights of underprivileged children by using the power of football to improve their lives and to help them develop their potential and find their place in the community. The foundation currently invests in 131 projects and so far to 245 projects in 100 countries worldwide. More than 1,000,000 children have already benefited from the foundation's work since its creation. A Green Future for Cities, using Duncan Solutions’ Parking Meters 2020-09-18T02:30:19Z a-green-future-for-cities-using-duncan-solutions-parking-meters In an era of increasing environmental awareness, Duncan Solutions is at the forefront of making Electronic Vehicle (EV) usage in cities more viable.   Like many cities, Sydney strives to maintain a sustainable environmental footprint. Transportation is a significant source of emissions, with cars making up about 85% of this sector in NSW[1]. Growing awareness of environmental issues is causing many local authorities to take a proactive role in contributing to a greener, lower emissions future for cities.   Place Management NSW is helping to improve environmental sustainability in Sydney by making EV charging more convenient and cost effective. As an existing trusted provider of integrated parking management solutions (ticketless payments, Park’NPay, enforcement), Place Management NSW turned to Duncan Solutions to help make The Rocks an area which is more accessible to EV motorists.   With Duncan TX Parking Machines installed throughout The Rocks, repurposing this infrastructure and giving it a new functionality made sense. Duncan Solutions has integrated EV charging equipment into a TX Parking Machine, which enables the adjacent ‘green’ parking spaces to be used by Electric Vehicles and use the charging facility whilst the vehicle is parked. Duncan Solutions has partnered with JET Charge, Australia’s leading provider of EV charging equipment and payment solutions in creating this integrated solution. The EV TX Machine features: 2 Type 2 charging ports which is the industry standard and can charge vehicles from all major EV companies, quickly and safely. Solar cells which power the parking functionality of the TX Machine with the EV charging facility supplied from the mains power supply. Contactless and ticketless payments including Visa, Mastercard, Google Pay, Apple Pay and the NSW Government Park’NPay app.   Trent Loebel (CEO): “We’re thrilled to have worked with Place Management NSW and JET Charge to deliver such an innovative, world leading solution to encourage the use of Electric Vehicles in The Rocks. With Duncan Solutions parking machines deployed in all major cities in Australia, we look forward to providing this capability across the country.”   With the TX Meter being ubiquitous across Australia, it is an interface which is highly familiar to the EV driving community. Drivers can now charge their vehicles in The Rocks for free when they pay for their parking. This is creating a city that is more accessible for EV motorists, all while helping to reduce carbon emissions in the city. Place Management NSW’s Kylie Doulman: “This initiative is a great example of Place Management partnering with innovative businesses to improve sustainability in The Rocks. The Rocks is a vibrant retail heritage precinct and we are committed to its continued transformation into a sustainable place for Sydneysiders.  JET Charge CEO, Tim Washington said: “With EV ownership set to skyrocket over the coming years, having convenient places to charge your car will be vital.  Incorporating EV charging into existing streetside assets is a no brainer, as it reduces visual clutter whilst increasing amenity.  We look forward to working with Duncan Solutions on the rollouts to come”.   [1] https://climatechange.environment.nsw.gov.au/About-climate-change-in-NSW/NSW-emissions#:~:text=NSW%20annual%20emissions%20per%20capita,tonnes%20CO2%2De%20per%20capita. ACX Music announces first-ever UFC music streaming & media app for fans 2020-09-09T03:37:52Z acx-music-announces-first-ever-ufc-music-streaming-amp-media-app-for-fans ACX Music today announced its new licensing agreement with UFC, the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization, in which the brand will serve as the “Official Sound of UFC.” As part of this partnership, ACX will launch UFC Ultimate Sound, a new music streaming app designed specifically for UFC fans around the world. UFC Ultimate Sound is the first-ever music streaming app that allows UFC athletes the opportunity to directly connect with fans around the world through music and content. “It’s all about bridging a gap between fans and their favorite sport. With UFC Ultimate Sound, we can finally connect fans and fighters on a new level. Music brings people together and we’ve given them a place to meet. Every mix is inspired by UFC and the fighters and curated by music professionals. Working closely together with UFC, we feel UFC Ultimate Sound is the first step in a new direction for both the music industry and professional sports,” said Svein Sorgard, ACX Music CEO. UFC Ultimate Sound will harness the explosive power of music and combine the elements with the excitement of UFC for all fans. The app offers not only customized UFC mixes curated by music professionals, but also combines its content with UFC athletes to hear what they listen to while training to compete inside the Octagon. “UFC is always at the forefront when it comes to fan engagement,” UFC Senior Vice President of Consumer Products Tracey Bleczinski said. “We are proud to be the first brand in the world to offer fans the opportunity to connect with UFC and fighters in a way never seen before. Music is an important part of our DNA, and we’re excited about the potential of this streaming service.” Aiming to motivate and inspire fans of UFC and the sport of MMA, UFC Ultimate Sound is packed with mixes for every type of workout, party or just for fun – all inspired by UFC and fighters on its roster. Fans can follow UFC fighters and get a taste for their music preferences. UFC Ultimate Sound is great to listen to for all occasions, including getting ready to watch a UFC event, working out or while on the go. Through the lens of music, ACX Music brings the energy and passion of UFC and the sport of mixed martial arts to life with a unique music streaming service. ACX Music has proudly partnered with Australian company Tuned Global, who provided its turnkey music streaming app technology, including backends and custom branded applications for UFC Ultimate Sound app. Within the app there is an extensive set of features including music player, videos, playlists, programmatic radio and lyrics. Tuned Global also provided the technology infrastructure to allow it to run seamlessly, including cloud technology, a Content Delivery Network and hosting. UFC Ultimate Sound is available in the App Store and Google Play in the United States. To access images & logos, visit acxmusic.com/press Meet ACX Music and Tuned Global at the “All That Matters Online 2020” conference September 14th -18th 2020, where we are reimagining the future of music, sports, gaming & online entertainment industries - connecting, exploring and sharing with the most talented people in the industry. Additional images to go with this story can be downloaded here. About ACX Music ACX Music is a creative tech company with offices in Oslo and San Francisco. We live for music. It`s in our DNA. With over 30 years of experience in the music industry, our international team of musicians, DJ`s, producers and curators specialize in creating the right kind of music atmosphere for any brand, event and audience. For more information, visit acxmusic.com About UFC® UFC® is the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization (MMA), with more than 318 million fans and 102 million social media followers. The organization produces more than 40 live events annually in some of the most prestigious arenas around the world, while broadcasting to nearly one billion TV households across more than 175 countries. UFC’s athlete roster features the world’s best MMA athletes representing more than 65 countries. The organization’s digital offerings include UFC FIGHT PASS®, one of the world’s leading streaming services for combat sports. UFC was acquired in 2016 by global entertainment, sports and content company Endeavor, along with strategic investors Silver Lake Partners and KKR. UFC is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information, visit UFC.com and follow UFC at Facebook.com/UFC, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram: @UFC. About Tuned Global Tuned Global is a 360º B2B music streaming technology partner that helps to quickly launch and grow music streaming services around the world. The company develops simple, fast and enticing music streaming solutions. Its full turnkey solutions incorporate music content expertise, cloud-based technology, licensor reporting, branded app, marketing capabilities, billing and licensing consulting. Tuned Global has already delivered wide consumer engagement using the power of music in countries across the globe, working with Telcos, enterprises and start-ups. Companies such as Coca Cola, Warner Music Group, Virgin Mobile, Universal Music Group, Line Music, Pizza Hut, Samsung and many others have already trusted what they do. For more details, please visit: tunedglobal.com ESL and NetEase Team Up in New Partnership Focused on Mobile Esports 2020-09-01T00:09:22Z esl-and-netease-team-up-in-new-partnership-focused-on-mobile-esports Sydney, Australia, 1 September 2020 - Today, ESL Australia and NetEase announced a partnership that will see both companies collaborate on the recently launched mobile MOBA title, MARVEL Super War, in Australia & New Zealand. In a first for mobile esports in the region, the partnership will see opportunities for competitive play provided for players soon after launch, with players able to compete on dedicated Australian servers.As part of the launch of MARVEL Super War in Australia, ESL will be operating two online launch tournaments for the game, open for anyone to enter on ESL Play. Ben Green, publisher development lead at ESL said: “To be able to collaborate with NetEase on such a well-known IP is a massive opportunity for us here at ESL.” adding “We are aiming to fill in the gaps in the mobile esports ecosystem that may have previously been missing, and are giving players across all platforms the opportunity to get their start in mobile esports.”       ESL will also be teaming up with some of Australia’s top content creators and developing new content for the game, in an effort to get new players up to speed with competitive tips & tricks, including a series of ‘Hero Spotlight’ videos, which will familiarize fans with the skills & strategies of some well-known Marvel Super Heroes within the game. Players can visit the App Store or Google Play Store to download now at http://esl.gg/superwar. Those who sign up and log in for 7 consecutive days will receive a permanent Hero - Iron Man. For more details, please visit the official MARVEL Super War website and social media pages: – Official Website: http://www.marvelsuperwar.com – Twitter: https://twitter.com/MARVELSupWar – Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MARVELSuperWar/ – YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/c/MarvelSuperWar – Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/MARVELSuperWar/ ### For all media enquiries, please contact:  Alex Blaikie | PR Manager, ESL Australia press.aus@eslgaming.com +61 401 947 878*MARVEL Super War is currently available in countries and regions including South Korea, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macao, and India. This game is not a global release title. About Marvel Entertainment Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media for over eighty years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing, publishing, games, and digital media. For more information visit marvel.com. © 2020 MARVEL About NetEase Games NetEase Games is the online games division of NetEase, Inc.(NASDAQ:NTES), developing and operating some of the most popular PC-client and mobile games in China. As one of the world's largest incubators of quality online game content, NetEase Games is dedicated to supporting the growth of innovative studios around the globe and growing an international presence along the way. To complement its self-developed games and world-class R&D capabilities, NetEase Games also partners with other industry leaders, including Blizzard Entertainment, Mojang AB (a Microsoft subsidiary), and other global game developers to operate some of the most popular international online games in China.About ESL  ESL is the world’s largest esports company. Founded in 2000, ESL has been shaping the industry across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline esports competitions. The company operates high profile, branded international leagues and tournaments under the ESL Pro Tour including ESL One, Intel® Extreme Masters, ESL Pro League, and other premier stadium-size tournaments, to more clearly define the path from zero to hero. ESL also produces the ESL National Championships, grassroots amateur cups, and matchmaking systems, creating a world where everybody can be somebody. With offices all over the world, ESL is leading esports innovation on a global scale through the combination of global ESL competitions, amateur leagues, publisher activations, and more. ESL is a part of MTG, the leading international digital entertainment group. About.eslgaming.com SWITCH DIGITAL LAUNCHES ENGAGETV CTV and BVOD Buying Platform for Agencies and Clients 2020-08-31T22:06:16Z switch-digital-launches-engagetv-ctv-and-bvod-buying-platform-for-agencies-and-clients Leading independent digital media agency, Switch Digital, has launched a new advertising buying network targeting Connected TV and Broadcast Video on Demand (BVOD) audiences across all streaming digital channels and YouTube. The platform gives TV advertisers, and their agencies, the ability to plan and implement TV buying strategies in as little as 48 hours across all devices.  Engage TV provides targeting against demographic, purchase intent, lifestyle and socio-economic filters. The delivery of TV advertising can also be targeted down to a single postcode.  The platform also has the following market-first features: ·      Advertising is delivered to the right audiences, at the right time across networks, programs and devices ·      Advertisers are only charged for completed views – not skipped or incomplete views ·      Delivery and performance is optimized across all major TV networks, including YouTube ·      Campaign performance, including completed views, cost by network and device, is reported daily ·      There are no lock-in contracts ·      Campaigns can be optimized, adjusted or paused at any time.   “Television viewership continues to fragment with more channels and more ways to view TV. EngageTV captures that fragmentation in TV audiences and counters wastage,“ says Switch Digital CEO, Lee Stephens.  In addition to its own clients, Switch is providing the service to a number of agencies as a way for independent agencies to provide better TV buying and reporting that sets them apart from international groups. More than 50 per cent of Australian homes now own a Smart TV with 85 per cent of Australians watching broadcast TV weekly and already a quarter watching BVOD across all devices. (source: ThinkTV). BVOD TV advertising revenues grew almost 40 per cent in 2019 while linear TV revenues fell seven per cent. “BVOD TV advertising is already 12 per cent of TV advertising by value and PWC predicts BVOD TV advertising will show compound annual growth of nearly 30 per cent over the next five years while linear TV will fall one per cent a year,” Stephens said.  Advertisers already benefiting from Engage TV are franchise groups and other distributed networks who need a more targeted and faster way to reach audiences across their marketing areas. “We are seeing significant inquiry from the Automotive, Franchise, Tourism and Retail sectors as they seek to deliver all media, not just TV, in a more targeted manner,” Stephens added.  EngageTV also has significant custom audience capabilities. Through the platform advertisers can build segments based on their own first party data, multiple layers of third-party data definable by interest, past purchases or by household type.  For further information visit www.engageTV.com.au Australian Retailer MTB Direct Announces New Zealand Launch 2020-08-13T02:55:33Z australian-retailer-mtb-direct-announces-new-zealand-launch After enjoying 8 years of success and rapid growth in the Australian market, online retailer MTB Direct has today announced the successful launch of the official New Zealand arm of their business at www.mtbdirect.co.nz.  MTB Direct is an Australian based online-only business, selling mountain bike parts, clothing and accessories. While MTB Direct has already been shipping directly to New Zealand for several years, the launch of www.mtbdirect.co.nz provides a localised service for New Zealanders, with the ability to purchase goods in NZD and have them shipped quickly from a warehouse in Auckland.  The entire MTB Direct crew are truly passionate about mountain bike riding, gear and culture. New Zealand customers will also be able to leverage the mountain bike expertise of these experienced riders and mechanics on live chat seven days a week - this will also include staff based in New Zealand who are familiar with the local scene!  Jen Geale, Co-Founder and General Manager of MTB Direct, says: “Through our wide range of products and awesome customer service team, we’ve been able to service and build strong relationships with many loyal customers here in Australia. With such a strong MTB culture in New Zealand, we look forward to building these same relationships with customers and mountain bikers across the ditch too!” MTB Direct is highly active in supporting the growth of mountain biking through their Dollars For Dirt program; for every order placed, a dollar will be donated to a MTB club of the customers’ choosing. As part of the New Zealand launch, Dollars For Dirt is now in the process of rolling out to eligible New Zealand clubs and organisations.  With 50% of the leadership team at MTB Direct female, the organisation also has a strong interest in the growth of female participation in mountain biking. As mountain biking participation continues to grow year-over-year, MTB Direct looks forward to further growth in the Australian and New Zealand markets and to helping riders get their hands on the gear they need.