The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-06-13T00:25:16Z IS THIS THE END OF FUNERALS AS WE KNOW IT 2019-06-13T00:25:16Z is-this-the-end-of-funerals-as-we-know-it Death is a given, but what about the time-honoured ritual of the funeral? With Australia increasingly becoming more secular, nomadic and more relaxed, the rules about how to commemorate death and the funeral is rapidly changing. This change will only accelerate as Baby boomers continue to age and deaths spike in 2050. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australians aged 65 or over is forecast to more than double to 7.9 million in 2050, an increase of approximately 2.4% per annum. Just as Baby boomers transformed weddings in the ’90s? — they are now transforming the death industry by replacing funerals (where the body is present) with memorial services (where the body is not). Baby Boomers are now less religious compared to previous generations and are changing the game for their parents and themselves. Seeing a coffin being lowered into the ground or disappearing behind curtains is a dramatic touch many people are choosing not to have to go through, as their last physical connection with their loved one. They’re choosing alternative ways of saying goodbye. Instead of being a solemn event, a growing number of families are using it as a time to celebrate a persons life and be joyful. Such ceremonies are being held at parks, beaches, pubs and sporting facilities, with music, singers, releases, costumes and even fireworks used to entertain the living. It's not for everyone. There are plenty of others who prefer the sober dignity of a traditional church funeral, or indeed a secular service that is solemn rather than celebratory. But, for boomers and beyond, the trend is towards a celebratory event with the deceased person being the star of the show. Funeral homes need to adapt Funeral homes need to adapt, according to Peter Erceg, Founder of eziFunerals. “More Australians are choosing cremation, due to expense (they can cost a third the price of a burial), the environment, and family members living far apart. And cremation allows loved ones to stage a memorial anywhere, at any time, and to store or scatter ashes as they please,” says Erceg. Owner Troy Upfield, who runs Chapter House Funerals in Melbourne, says new independent funeral homes, are already adapting to changing demands. “Our funeral services are more life-centered, around the person’s personality, likes and dislikes. They’re unique and not standardised,” he says. “The only way we can survive is to provide a funeral service that families find meaningful and without platitudes. We have moved away from the traditional drab funeral parlour and provide a more concierge service that offers 1:1 attention around the clock with modern, appealing offices and botanical spaces where families can sit and arrange their loved one's service in comfort, warmth and safety. Our clients are the family member arranging the funeral service for their loved one, they are typically aged between 40 - 60 years old and they require a space that feels welcoming, trusting and safe. Offering gifts and bringing animals to nursing homes is not our ‘schtick’ , we prefer to focus on the family in need of our attention as funeral directors", says Upfield. Photo courtesy of Chapter House Funerals Change has also sparked a rise in new death-related industries such as death doulas (caring for the terminally ill), death cafes (to discuss life’s last chapter over cake and tea), funeral celebrants (officiants who lead end-of-life events), living funerals (attended by the honoured while still breathing), and end-of-life planning (for the healthy who think ahead). The rise of social media also allows lives to continue indefinitely in memorial Facebook pages, tribute blogs on YouTube and Instagram. No ceremony, no service, and no fuss “In recent years, it has been a rise in popularity of 'no-fuss funerals' with consumers wanting as little fuss as possible for the cremation of the body”, says Erceg. A ‘no fuss’ or what is commonly referred to as ‘direct cremation’ is the cheapest and simplest type of funeral. It involves collection of the body, and carrying out the cremation, (usually with no one present), and return the ashes afterwards. Everything is arranged very simply and carried out with respect and dignity. Both David Bowie and the novelist Anita Brookner, went for “direct cremation”, where the body is sent straight to the cremator from hospital or home, with no attendance or ceremony. Ashes are returned to the family allowing family and friends to celebrate their life and relationships several months later, in a place special to them. From coffins to compost With increased concern for the environment, more Australians are opting for green funerals. According to Stacey Farmer, Gift of Grace Funerals and Serendipity Coffins, the choice of green funerals is growing rapidly and increasing in popularity. Green burial sites require the use of eco-friendly and biodegradable burial containers, such as wicker coffins, cardboard coffins and shrouds . If you’d prefer to be a little less green and be cremated in the traditional sense of the word, you can always make an environmentally conscious urn choice. Select a wooden urn made from sustainable sources, or opt for the Bios Urn, a biodegradable urn made from coconut shell, compacted peat and cellulose that contains the seed of a tree, that best suits the memories of your loved one, varying from Australian natives, rose bushes or even a fruit tree of your choice. Once remains have been placed in the urn, it can be planted and the seed germinates and begins to grow, giving new meaning to “life after death.” The industry is literally thinking outside the box “My work is letting people connect with the natural cycle as they die,” says Steve Summers in Melbourne, who considers himself as part of the “new-death-care industry” and is a founding partner of Chapter House Funerals. Steve questions why death should be a one-event moment, rather than an opportunity to create an enduring tradition, a death day, to honour the deceased: “I want to support my family to choose a ritual that they do every year, instead of a one off event", he says. However it won’t be a concrete block and headstone. Our mission is to create a botanical sanctuary for families, a modern and beautiful place where there will be no hearse, no men in back and no white ladies”, says Summers. Death has also inspired funeral homes, like Chapter House Funerals, to transform a loved one’s ashes into “diamonds,” jewellery and art. In an Australian first, Chapter House Funerals has partnered with Swiss company, Algordanza Memorial Diamonds to memorialise themselves or others by converting their ashes into the precious diamonds. Learn more about organising a funeral in Australia today! Find a Funeral Director Read our FREE funeral guides View our BLOGS & ARTICLES Get your FREE eBook: ‘What Kind of Funeral’ About eziFunerals eziFunerals supports individuals and families cope with end of life decisions, death and funerals. We are an independent, Australian-owned and operated company, and are not a subsidiary of any other corporation. We do not conduct funerals and we are not part of any other funeral company. Synology Host Solutions Exhibition alongside Computex, 2019 2019-05-08T22:30:00Z synology-host-solutions-exhibition-alongside-computex-2019 Data lies at the core of every industry transformation. Synology provides a wide array of solutions to ensure business continuity. Join us to explore the data life cycle and discover infinite possibilities of file access, storage, and backup. Synology will be hosting its own Solution Exhibition alongside Computex 2019 and you're invited! Join Synology at their new HQ in Taiwan! Date: 29th May 2019 - 31st May 2019 Time: 10am - 6pm Venue: Synology HQ - TPKA in Taipei Far Eastern Telecom Park (1F, No.1, Yuandong Rd., Banqiao Dist., New Taipei City 220) 8-minute walk from the Far Eastern Hospital MRT station (Exit 3) For more information: https://event.synology.com/en-global/solutionexhibition_2019 If of interest and for RSVP, please contact: Shazana Roseli at shazana.roseli@taurusmarketing.com.au, John Wanna at john.wanna@taurusmarketing.com.au or Stacey Toskas at stacey.toskas@taurusmarketing.com.au +61 029415 4528 New Media App Launches To Kill Off The Press Release 2019-04-30T04:15:39Z new-media-app-launches-to-kill-off-the-press-release A new technology platform has launches tomorrow made just for you. This tech platform called Story Match® will change the way that you receive your story pitches. No more emails, no more press releases and no more hassling PRs (I promise not to be one of those…) First, watch this! In 1.5 minutes it will explain it all to you… Story Match® is a two sided market place App and Desktop platform that allows brands to pitch story ideas to journalists, at the same time allowing journalists to select only what topics of stories they want to receive. Journalists, like you, set up their profile using 6 simple steps. You can select from up to 50 industry tags (food, finance, lifestyle, tech, etc etc) and can localise by State and Territories. If there’s a match on industry tags then you see the pitch. Using swiping technology you can scroll through stories, swipe left if you don’t like the story or right if you do. If you swipe right, it will open an immediate and private chat between you and the person who posted the pitch. The best bit…. The pitches have limitations – so brands can only upload selected images, a headline and up to 500 characters to bring their pitch to life. They then select which industry tag their story is relevant to, and localise it. So now you don’t need to read any more press releases or receive any more pitches that you’re not interested in. Story Match® was developed to improve efficiencies in the media industry, and allow all brands, no matter how big or small the opportunity to get their brand noticed. The tech platform has been developed by Founder and Director of Polkadot Communications Dionne Taylor – who has worked both as a journalist and a PR for the last 15 years. Dionne is available for an interview to chat about this new and exciting platform, built just for YOU! If interested in speaking with Dionne, please get in touch. GFA World Takes Bite Out of Malaria on World Malaria Day, April 25 2019-04-24T04:03:29Z gfa-world-takes-bite-out-of-malaria-on-world-malaria-day-april-25 Toowoomba, QLD --  Leading faith-based humanitarian agency GFA ( www.gfaau.org) today announced plans to distribute more than 360,000 free life-saving mosquito nets this year – as World Malaria Day on April 25 spotlights the global health menace.   GFA will help support more than a thousand free “medical camps” in vulnerable communities lacking healthcare facilities across Asia, teaching families how to help prevent the spread of mosquito-transmitted malaria that claims an estimated 435,000 lives every year in tropical and subtropical regions.   To find out how you can help, go to https://www.gfaau.org/donation/health-bundle/   “One of the most effective ways to prevent malaria is to sleep under a mosquito net,” said GFA founder Dr. K.P. Yohannan. “A mosquito net costs only $10, but due to extreme poverty, many families cannot afford to buy one, so children are left exposed to what could be a deadly mosquito bite. That’s why providing mosquito nets free-of-charge in the name of Jesus is a top priority for GFA.”   The Texas based aid agency’s response comes as World Malaria Day highlights the ongoing catastrophic impact of the mosquito-borne disease, with the World Health Organization (WHO) reporting that progress in curbing malaria has stalled. Between 2015 and 2017, the estimated number of annual malaria deaths worldwide remained unchanged, WHO reports, stating: “Urgent action is needed to get the global response to malaria back on track.” WHO is currently field testing the first malaria vaccine.   This year, World Malaria Day – centred on the theme “zero malaria starts with me” – focuses on “empowering communities to take ownership of malaria prevention and care,” reflecting GFA’s community-based work in isolated villages across Asia where the disease affects millions of children and adults. Worldwide, 3.3 billion people living in tropical and subtropical regions are at risk.   Malaria is caused by parasites transmitted to people through bites of infected female mosquitoes, known as anopheles. In people lacking immunity – especially pregnant mothers and young children – symptoms appear 10-15 days after the bite. Symptoms include fever, headache, chills and vomiting. Severe cases in children can cause anemia and respiratory distress. Without treatment within 24 hours, certain types of malaria can kill.   Health workers at GFA-sponsored medical camps teach families the importance of sleeping every night under a mosquito net and making sure they remove stagnant water around their homes to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds.   In one village, Shara and her husband, Jitan, received a free mosquito net at a GFA-sponsored distribution through their local church. “My husband often suffered with malaria fever,” Shara said, “and that has made him physically weak. Now, this mosquito net will help protect us.”   Jitan described the net as a gift from God. “Christians not only pray for people but also fulfill the most urgent needs of our community,” he said.   ###   Celebrating its 40thanniversary in 2019, GFA World ( www.gfaau.org) is a leading faith-based humanitarian and mission agency, bringing vital assistance and spiritual hope to millions, especially to those who have yet to hear the "good news" of Jesus Christ. In 2018, this included more than 70,000 sponsored children, free medical camps conducted in more than 1,100 villages and remote communities, over 4,700 wells drilled, over 11,400 water filters installed, income-generating Christmas gifts for more than 240,000 needy families, and spiritual teaching available in 110 languages in 14 nations through radio ministry. Tent of Promise Blessing the Darling River in Wilcannia NSW 2019-03-27T09:11:03Z tent-of-promise-blessing-the-darling-river-in-wilcannia-nsw Tent of Promise Darling River Blessing Wilcannia NSW, March 2019 Contributed by Adele Kenyon Gathered in the dry riverbed of the once mighty Darling River this past week were a handful of sojourners from Queensland who had driven 1,500 kilometres to the tired town of Wilcannia in far western New South Wales. YouTube Video: TENT OF PROMISE - Entering Wilcannia 2019 For this small group the township of Wilcannia was the focal destination of their long drive: with their hearts set on praying and prophesying for the revival of the once mighty river and its communities from this spiritual starting point - gleaned after a sustained period of prayerfulness over several months in their home base up north. Led by Bishop Barry Cunnington, Founder of The Tent of Promise Incorporated, based in southern Queensland, the small team of Christian supporters strongly believe their prophetic/prayer mission begun this month in Wilcannia will usher in not only a revived and flowing river, but a spiritual reawakening within the Wilcannia community and beyond. Bishop Cunnington trusts this is a pivotal season for Christian renewal around Australia and believes the seed of blessing sown this week and symbolically poured directly into the dry Darling River riverbed in Wilcannia will herald a new era of reawakening to spiritual truth tied with genuine reconciliation. He explains the spiritual foundation for the belief as being in the Holy Bible (defined as God’s Word to a holy people). One verse consolidating the stance is in 2 Chronicles 7:14, found in the Old Testament of the Bible. The verse is cited below. “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 KJV To bless the river the team prayed together in the riverbed near the Wilcannia Bridge on Thursday, led by Bishop Cunnington, who invited a Christian representative of Australia's indigenous/Aboriginal community to prophesy in partnership with he and Wilcannia’s local minister, Pastor Seta, of the Australian Aboriginal Outreach Ministries (AAOM). The indigenous intercessor present was Hazel Morgan, formerly of Pinnacle Pocket in the Northern Territory and now residing in Brisbane. Mrs Morgan’s representation of Australia’s indigenous peoples was itself significant, said Bishop Cunnington – as the pair had both been present at a 1999 gathering at Yulara near Uluru as part of a Christian reconciliation event organised by the Australian Christian Pastor’s Prayer Network. This year represents the 20th anniversary of that Yulara event. To complete the blessing of the Darling River the three appointed representatives together poured olive oil and red wine into the riverbed, followed by the pouring of clean water. Bishop Cunnington said the oil signified “the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on our nation” while the red wine signified “the shedding of the blood of Jesus Christ to cleanse the earth” with the oil and wine “coming together to heal our land and our nation”. “The pouring out of the water signifies the welling up of water to flood and fill the River Valley again, in the mighty name of Jesus,” Bishop Cunnington said, adding that this is being fulfilled “as God’s people pray for this town.” “We have the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven to bring this (water/healing) today to earth… So today, prophetically, we release that full river of Heaven to flow here in this land,” he said. YouTube Video: TENT OF PROMISE - Blessing The River Darling, Wilcannia March 2019 As the TOP team continues to trust that these faithful steps into the riverbed at Wilcannia will spark a nationwide revival which will well up and out of Australia's rural and indigenous heartland, out of "country" -- the members of the team also have faith in the renewal of the Darling River from the red centre through God’s grace. The team believes the reawakening that will potentially radiate from the Australian heartland/red centre to bush and coastal areas around Australia will usher in a spiritual revival around the nation. This could be a spiritual link to a prophetic word made more than four centuries ago over the south sea lands by Portuguese explorer, Pedro Fernandez De Quiros, who in 1606 hoisted a banner in the New Hebrides and proclaimed this region and lands beyond it as the "Terra Australis del Espiritu Santu", the last two Spanish words meaning “Holy Spirit”. De Quiros reportedly thought he was in the island -continent of Australia. (Reference:https://christianfaith.com/lookout/sacred-australia or TACL Vol 27 #1 2006). In more recent times, a popular Australian Christian song, “The Great South Land of the Holy Spirit”, written by Geoff Bullock, features lyrics echoing the Portuguese explorers’ proclamation. The song’s chorus captures the essence: “This is the Great Southland of the Holy Spirit A land of red dust plains and summer rains To this sunburnt land we will see a flood And to this Great Southland His Spirit comes”. The TOP mobile ministry is affiliated with The Promise Faith Centre Churches International (PFCCI), with a base in Coolangatta, Queensland. Bishop Cunnington oversees the PFCCI and on its website (https://www.promisefaithcentre.org/about_us) explains how he has personally experienced transformation in his life and knowing the Grace of God “is compelled to bring the revelation of God's Word in the Power of God's Holy Spirit to those who have the need and Grace to receive”. Syndicated by Baxton Media, the Market Influencers. Tent of Promise Relaunch with Panorama in Wilcannia 2019-03-27T09:09:21Z tent-of-promise-relaunch-with-panorama-in-wilcannia TENT OF PROMISE Relaunch with Panorama in Wilcannia Wilcannia NSW, March 2019 Contributed by Adele Kenyon As Wilcannian locals entered their community hall last week expecting a devotional time and a church service as part of a mission-outreach by a visiting Queensland group to their dry and sweltering township, most of the local residents were stunned to find a gigantic 36 metre illustrated display of highlighted accounts from the Holy Bible plastered around three walls of their large hall. On discovering this magnificent wall display several childrens' jaws dropped and many pairs of eyes - including those of adults - were fixated on the impressive illustrations depicting key events from the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible, which when considered chronologically depict God's carefully crafted plan of salvation for every person who accepts the heavenly Father’s gift of eternal life given through his precious Son, Jesus Christ. Reflected in the closing sections of the illustrated Bible display are the joy and peace infilling Christians who have accepted God’s gracious gift of life. The impressive Bible Panorama is a key feature of the Tent of Promise (TOP) touring ministry which was relaunched in Wilcannia in Outback New South Wales this month after almost a decade in recess. TOP leaders are confident the new outreach will generate much interest and as the touring ministry gains momentum will ultimately lead many people around Australia to discover and commit or re-commit to the Christian faith. Bishop Cunnington explained that the team’s confidence in these positive outcomes is due to the team’s collective faith in the Word of God combined with its outward expression(s) of this faith. TOP Founders, Barry and Sandra Cunnington, have remobilised this ministry with team members from their Coolangatta Promise Faith Centre Church in response to the leading of the Holy Spirit. They believe Australia is poised for a faith revival which will sweep the nation. TOP Founder, Senior Pastor and Bishop, Barry Cunnington, believes the power of God’s Word spoken by his righteous people will prevail. The four participating TOP pastors are not new to this form of mobilised outback ministry. For many years they took this style of ministry outreach to various Australian townships, including eleven years on the road with an earlier Bible panorama which they hauled around Australia with help from a devoted mobile pastoral team. Now the panorama has been digitally revamped and the mobilisation process refined so it is all more portable - this helpful to the more senior pastors and other team-members, several of whom while agile and young-at-heart are aged in their seventies. The senior pastors are assisted in this mobile ministry by their younger counterparts, Reverend(s) Timothy and Leah Knowling of Alectown, NSW. Pastor Leah, in addition to her wide range of responsibilities, ably coordinates the music ministry for the TOP team, including contributing her impressively strong and powerful vocals which were well appreciated during this Wilcannia trip. During the TOP team’s visit Bishop Cunnington liaised with Wilcannia’s local minister, Pastor Seta, of the Australian Aboriginal Outreach Ministries (AAOM), so TOP could use some of the local facilities during its visit to the town. Pastor Seta’s worship team also contributed readily to the music ministry during the six-day TOP visit, while Pastor Seta was also a key participant in the blessing of the Darling River Related Article: TENT OF PROMISE - Darling River Blessing YouTube Video: TENT OF PROMISE - Blessing The River Darling, Wilcannia March 2019 The Wilcannia launch of the new TOP mission, now renamed "The Tent of Promise:- Now Mobile", did not disappoint. As local visitors were welcomed, not only were they fascinated by the illustrated Bible highlighted on the hall walls, they were challenged by the delivered oratory during the times of devotion and moved by the music - so much so that in the final stages of the time-of-ministry on the first evening, dozens of children and youth independently went up for prayer with the visiting team. These same children and visiting families subsequently revisited various ministry activities springing up over the next few days and brought along friends and new folk -- who were also treated to a vibrant puppet show/singalong. Outreach activities culminated in an outdoor community prayer time for the River Darling held on the final Sunday evening in The Mallee neighbourhood park. This was attended by many local residents, with music provided by the local Wilcannia pastors and other worship team members as well as by Pastor Leah, followed by a celebratory barbecue to finish -- all well received and attended. Local pastors enthusiastically participated in the music ministry during the TOP visit so a range of musical-worship styles were catered to over the period. The TOP mobile ministry is affiliated with The Promise Faith Centre Churches International (PFCCI), with a base in Coolangatta, Queensland. Bishop Cunnington oversees the PFCCI and on its website (https://www.promisefaithcentre.org/about_us) explains how he has personally experienced transformation in his life and knowing the Grace of God “is compelled to bring the revelation of God's Word in the Power of God's Holy Spirit to those who have the need and Grace to receive”. Syndicated by Baxton Media, the Market Influencers. Rimini Street Expands Investment and Operations in Asia-Pacific 2018-11-16T01:48:31Z rimini-street-expands-investment-and-operations-in-asia-pacific AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, November 16, 2018 – Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI), a global provider of enterprise software products and services, and the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products, today announced that it has expanded its operations in the Asia-Pacific region with the launch of its new subsidiary, Rimini Street New Zealand Limited, and the opening of its new office in Auckland to address the growing demand for Rimini Street’s premium, ultra-responsive support services in New Zealand. Rimini Street’s expansion was announced at a gala event held at The Northern Club in Auckland, where clients, local IT leaders and the special guest of honor, Ambassador Scott P. Brown, the U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand, were hosted by Rimini Street’s general manager for Asia-Pacific, Andrew Powell, and Rimini Street corporate senior executives. Growing demand for IT optimisation and a business-driven IT roadmap Rimini Street launched its new subsidiary in response to the region’s increasing desire for software support solutions that can help optimise their IT spend and enable them to liberate significant funding for their business transformation initiatives. Rimini Street already supports nearly 50 clients with operations in New Zealand, including local brands James Pascoe, Spark, 2Degrees Mobile, Refining New Zealand and The University of Auckland. By switching to Rimini Street support from the vendor’s support, organisations have saved up to 90 percent of the total cost of maintenance of their SAP and Oracle software assets and are able to run their current ERP releases with no forced upgrades for a minimum of 15 years from the date they switched support. Rimini Street clients also benefit from the Company’s flexible, premium-level enterprise software support model, including its industry-leading Service Level Agreement (SLA) of 15-minute response times for critical Priority 1 cases. In addition, each client is assigned a Primary Support Engineer (PSE) with an average of 15 years’ experience in their particular enterprise software system, backed by a broader team of technical experts. By switching their support to Rimini Street, organisations are able to take back control of their IT roadmaps with a ”business-driven roadmap” strategy that provides much more flexibility and value compared to the vendor roadmap, allowing CIOs to focus on creating value and providing competitive advantage for growth. “Organisations in New Zealand, both public and private, spend hundreds of millions of dollars every year on their annual enterprise software support and maintenance, yet see little return from this significant spend,” said Andrew Powell, general manager, Asia-Pacific, Rimini Street. “Our conversations with CIOs are squarely focused on how we can help them dramatically lower the total cost of ownership of their stable, mature enterprise systems as part of a hybrid computing model and business-driven roadmap, and as a result, we are experiencing increased demand in the region. With Rimini Street, organisations have the option to break free from the seemingly never-ending upgrade cycle dictated by the vendor’s roadmap – an expensive and disruptive path for companies to undertake just to stay fully supported. With our new operation in Auckland, we are better able to engage with and support organisations in New Zealand who want to significantly cut their software support spend and take back control of their IT roadmaps.” Region at risk of “falling behind” on innovation Recent research from Vanson Bourne, commissioned by Rimini Street, found that enterprises in the ANZ region plan to spend the second-least amount on IT innovation in the world in the next 12 months, and they plan to increase their IT innovation spend by just 6.31% in the 12 months following the survey, well below the global average of 10.94%. “New Zealand is famous for innovation, but it is at risk of falling behind the rest of the world,” continued Powell. “New Zealand CIOs know that it’s important to spend their IT budgets on more than daily operations. With budget pressures between operating costs and the need to invest in innovation, CIOs need to reassess the value of existing support arrangements and explore better software support options designed to provide a greater ROI. Rimini Street enables CIOs in New Zealand to unlock significant savings and redirect that funding into critical innovation initiatives.” To download an eBook summary of the survey, “The State of Innovation: Priorities and Challenges,” click here. About Rimini Street, Inc. Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI) is a global provider of enterprise software products and services, and the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products. The Company has redefined enterprise software support services since 2005 with an innovative, award-winning program that enables licensees of IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce, SAP and other enterprise software vendors to save up to 90 percent on total maintenance costs. 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All other trademarks remain the property of their respective owners, and unless otherwise specified, Rimini Street claims no affiliation, endorsement, or association with any such trademark holder or other companies referenced herein. Rimini Street Obtains Australian Single Touch Payroll Certification 2018-09-19T23:22:43Z rimini-street-obtains-australian-single-touch-payroll-certification September 20, 2018 – Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI), a global provider of enterprise software products and services, and the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products, today announced it has obtained Single Touch Payroll (STP) certification by the Australian Government’s Australian Taxation Office (ATO) for PeopleSoft Global Payroll and SAP HCM Payroll. The new certification enables Rimini Street’s Australian clients to submit their payroll data via a ‘pay event,’ either on or before pay day, to the ATO. Rimini Street’s tax, legal and regulatory division passed the complex, rigorous qualification process with the first file submission for both PeopleSoft and SAP software products, well ahead of the deadline set by the ATO. Premium Service Support for Critical Certification Process All organisations with 20 or more employees are required to report under STP to stay compliant with the Australian Taxation Legislation. The aim of STP is to streamline employer payroll information reporting to the ATO. The change requires companies to report payments such as salaries and wages, pay as you go (PAYG) withholding, and superannuation information from their payroll solution each time an organisation pays its employees, rather than at the end of each financial year. “With the Australian Taxation Office mandating new Single Touch Payroll reporting requirements, we needed to ensure that our systems were fully compliant,” said John Brizee, SAP manager at Golding Contractors. “Rimini Street provided the STP update for our SAP payroll application. The update was installed, tested, and ready-to-go well in advance of the ATO’s deadline of July 1, 2018.” Rimini Street put a comprehensive process in place eighteen months prior to the July 1, 2018 deadline to begin preparing clients for this new reporting standard. The Company achieved STP certification for PeopleSoft software products in May 2018 and for SAP related products in June 2018 by completing three main verification steps set by the ATO – an in depth security questionnaire, execution of the ATO’s conformance test suite and lastly, product verification testing. “STP is the largest change to Australian payroll in recent history,” said Paul Henville, group vice president, Global Product Delivery. “By obtaining the STP certification for our PeopleSoft and SAP clients, we can ensure their systems are supported and compliant for this monumental shift in payroll reporting. This is just one example of how Rimini Street remains diligent, proactive and on the forefront of constantly changing tax, legal and regulatory requirements; STP in particular was one of the most complex requirements we have had to undertake, which we were able to complete ahead of the original software vendors.” To review the list of vendors certified for STP, visit http://www.sbr.gov.au/products-register/sbr-product-register-full-list Industry-Leading Tax, Legal & Regulatory Research and Technology Rimini Street’s tax, legal and regulatory strategy and scoping team is made up of veteran tax specialists, attorneys and international tax, legal and regulatory professionals who use advanced technology and numerous government and private-sector sources to monitor, collect and verify tax, legal and regulatory changes. 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All other trademarks remain the property of their respective owners, and unless otherwise specified, Rimini Street claims no affiliation, endorsement, or association with any such trademark holder or other companies referenced herein. SAVING OUR INDIGENOUS HERITAGE ONE PIECE AT A TIME 2018-09-12T01:56:46Z saving-our-indigenous-heritage-one-piece-at-a-time Leski Auctions Media Release 12 September, 2018 SAVING OUR INDIGENOUS HERITAGE ONE PIECE AT A TIME Daryl Blythman was a precocious kid who saw treasure where others saw trash. As a young boy in the late 1950s and living on a family farm in regional Australia, he was surrounded by Aboriginal stone artefacts and axes that dated back to the Indigenous history of the area. Locals, older but hardly wiser, dismissed these historical relics as having no intrinsic value, be it cultural or financial. Daryl thought otherwise. “My father fuelled my interest in Aboriginal history, because he understood that the artefacts we found were part of Australia’s unique heritage,” Daryl said. “His hobby became my obsession when I understood that every piece we found was part of our story as a nation, and the more we collected the closer we came to understanding what that story revealed to us.” In his 30s, Daryl began to actively collect as much Indigenous art as he could to preserve it for future generations. It took him from local second-hand shops to auctions of tribal memorabilia in Australia and eventually to auctions and private sales in London, New York and New Zealand. “The Blythman Collection is a remarkable testament to the vibrancy of a living community that predates European migration to Australia by thousands of years,” says Harry Glenn, an auctioneer and valuer with Leski Auctions. “The preservation of Indigenous art and culture is extremely important to any community that values its history. It’s a privilege for us to offer Daryl’s remarkable collection.” Lot 47 (late c19th Rainforest Shield from Far Nth Qld has a pre-sale estimate of $10,000 - $15,000. (NB: Image available at https://www.leski.com.au/images/lot/3568/356896_2.jpg?1535426881) The lot will be sold by Leski Auctions (www.leski.com.au) on Sunday, 23 September from 2.00pm. About Leski Auctions Leski Auctions was established in 1973. Today, it is regarded as one of Australia’s leading auctioneers of Sporting Memorabilia, Australian Art & Antiques, Collectibles and World Philately. Among the many significant collections that Leski Auctions has been privileged to sell are those of Shirley Strickland, Ron Clarke, Sir Reginald Ansett and former RSL President, Bruce Ruxton. It has sold more ‘baggy green’ caps than any other auction house in the world. Charles Leski is a registered valuer for the Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts’ Cultural Gifts Program. He is also the valuer of the displayed items at the National Sports Museum at the MCG, Melbourne. Harry Glenn, an industry veteran with more than 20 years experience, has been working with Charles since 2012. The company is located at 727-729 High Street Armadale, Victoria 3143 Australia. Tel +61 3 8539 6150 and www.leski.com.au Issued by: Harry Glenn, Leski Auctions Michael Krape, Michael Krape Consulting Tel: +61 (0) 425 790 735 Tel: +61 (0) 403 135 880 harry@leski.com.au michaelkrape@krape.com.au Cyclones and space travel: emergency management leaders prepare for change 2018-08-20T00:29:15Z cyclones-and-space-travel-emergency-management-leaders-prepare-for-change Australasia’s biggest emergency management conference and exhibition, AFAC18 powered by INTERSCHUTZ is gearing up to equip the sector to thrive in an uncertain future. The program features NASA Astronaut Mike Mullane, an inductee of the International Space Hall of Fame. Mullane’s insights into successful teamwork, leadership and safety flow from a unique career, including his first-hand experience of the 1986 space shuttle Challenger tragedy. “One of the biggest errors an emergency responder can make is to assume it’s someone else’s problem,” said Mullane. “It’s about having the initiative to speak out – it might be your life you are saving.” Delegates will also hear from Craig Fugate, the distinguished former Administrator of the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency, on ‘the seven deadly sins of emergency management.’ “Disasters don’t fit into what you think you are capable of doing,” says Fugate. “We have to prepare for the unexpected, not what we are capable of responding to right now.” Other program highlights include: Neil Burrows, Senior Principal Research Scientist, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Western Australia Anna-Maria Arabia, Chief Executive, Australian Academy of Science Eric Yap, Commissioner, Singapore Civil Defence Force Dr Dana Born, Co-Director, Centre for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School of Government AFAC18 powered by INTERSCHUTZ is running concurrently in 2018 with the inaugural Australian Disaster Resilience Conference, featuring: Phil Rist, Nywaigi Traditional Owner Jane Hayward AM, teaching Principal, Strathewen Primary School Dr Megan McCarthy, Macquarie University/Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Dr Rachel Armstrong, Department of Fire and Emergency Services, WA Kicking off with the annual Research Forum presented by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre, the event runs from 5-8 September 2018 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. The AFAC18 conference program will explore how we can improve ourselves, and the emergency management and disaster resilience sector and how to survive and thrive in an ever-changing, complex environment. For more information visit: http://www.afacconference.com.au/ The Australian Disaster Resilience Conference will explore the rise of resilience from the individual to the global – enhancing recovery by supporting community resilience. For more information visit: https://aidr.org.au/programs/australian-disaster-resilience-conference/ Notes to editors: Keynote speakers are available for interviews via the media contacts listed below Available for interview on request: Stuart Ellis, CEO, Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authority Council (AFAC) and the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR) Dr Richard Thornton, CEO, Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre Harvey Stockbridge, Managing Director, Deutsche Messe Complimentary media passes are available, apply by sending name, position and publication to jessica@zadroagency.com.au Media contacts: Jessica McLean | Account Manager I Zadro +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 400 433 182 | jessica@zadroagency.com.au Sammy Dalglish I Group Account Director I Zadro +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 430 343 621 | sammy@zadroagency.com.au Images: All images of AFAC17 can be found on the AFAC Flickr page and can be used royalty free. 1. Colonel Mike Mullane, retired NASA astronaut 2. Craig Fugate, former United States Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator 3. AFAC17 showfloor Giving a voice to the emergency service volunteers 2018-08-17T02:45:00Z giving-a-voice-to-the-emergency-service-volunteers When disaster strikes in the regional and suburban communities of Western Australia (WA) we rely heavily on volunteers to execute the emergency response plan. There are over 26,000 emergency service volunteers in WA, but average annual volunteer turnover is around 15 percent across all volunteer services, and it has fluctuated between 12-18 percent since 2006. In the State Emergency Service (SES), this turnover rate is even higher, with 24 percent leaving each year. Extensive training coupled with high turnover means there’s a significant financial and time cost, potentially jeopardising the ongoing delivery of SES services. The Bushfire and Natural Hazard CRC’s Dr Darja Kragt, a Research Fellow at the School of Psychological Sciences, University of Western Australia (UWA), will explore what improvements are needed to better recruit, train and retain volunteers in WA at AFAC18 powered by INTERSCHUTZ next month. Dr Kragt’s presentation, ‘Lived Experiences of Emergency Services Volunteers In Western Australia’ will reveal insights from interviews with volunteers in suburban and regional areas of WA, understanding how the ‘meaning, identity and emotions shape volunteer experiences at the SES’. “We focused on volunteers’ expectations and stereotypes around SES volunteering prior to joining the service; the meaning that volunteers derive from being a part of likeminded community; emotional experiences; issues surrounding volunteer recruitment, induction, and training. We find it interesting that volunteers perceive disaster response as a positive experience. But like many of us, they dislike bureaucracy and boring training. “These insights provide real reasons why volunteers leave the SES and identify areas of the recruitment and the training process that could be improved,” said Dr Kragt. Karen Roberts, Human Resources Director, Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) said state and national trends show a decrease in emergency services volunteering across Australia, which poses a challenge for hazard management agencies. “We rely on volunteers to build more resilient communities. We train volunteers to be able to prevent, prepare for and respond to natural disasters and emergencies, providing training in first aid, navigation, administration, communications, marine rescue, community engagement, prevention and mitigation incident management, leadership, management and support. “Since forming in November 2012, DFES has made considerable progress in identifying ways to improve how it recruits, prepares and supports its volunteers. “These insights are vital to increasing retention across not only WA, but Australia and New Zealand,” said Ms Roberts. Other topics exploring how to expand and work with volunteers across Australia will include: Kevin Walsh AFSM, Assistant Commissioner, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, QFES Volunteerism Strategy Kerry Laurie, Country Fire Authority, Brigade viability: using evidenced based data to identify risk and improve service delivery Andrew McCullough, Volunteer Strategist, NSW State Emergency Service, Creating partnerships to drive Volunteer capability James Butterworth, Paramount Projects, The role of volunteers in community risk assessments - Volunteer Marine Rescue Resource to Risk Model Dr Tarn Kruger, RMIT University & Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, Volunteering into the future – disaster events, local governments & communities Charlie Moir ESM, President National SES Volunteers Association and Gordon Hall ESM, President, SES Volunteer Association WA, changing lives through volunteering Ken Middleton, Chair, Council of Australian Volunteer Fire Association, representing volunteers Leaders including Karen Roberts, Director Human Resources, DFES WA and Craig Spencer, Head of Community Engagement, Bankwest, will continue the discussion on volunteering in ‘The State of Volunteering in Australia’ panel on Friday 7 September. The panel will explore new and emerging factors influencing emergency management volunteerism. Dr Kragt will present during AFAC18 powered by INTERSCHUTZ on Thursday 6 September, at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. For more information on the program visit: http://www.afacconference.com.au/ -ENDS- Notes to editors: Keynote speakers are available for interviews via the media contacts listed below Available for interview on request via media contacts below: Stuart Ellis, CEO, Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authority Council (AFAC) Dr Richard Thornton, CEO, Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre Harvey Stockbridge, Managing Director, Deutsche Messe Complimentary media passes are available, apply by sending name, position and publication to jessica@zadroagency.com.au Media contacts: Jessica McLean | Account Manager I Zadro +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 400 433 182 | jessica@zadroagency.com.au Sammy Dalglish I Group Account Director I Zadro +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 430 343 621 | sammy@zadroagency.com.au Images: All images of AFAC17 can be found on the AFAC Flickr page and can be used royalty free. 1. Dr Darja Kragt, a Research Fellow at the School of Psychological Sciences, University of Western Australia (UWA) HI-RES Image 3. AFAC17 showfloor About AFAC18: 5 - 8 September | Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre Changing lives in a changing world Emergency management is not an easy task and is not getting easier. With a growing population moving into new areas, our changing climate, bushfires, floods, cyclones, storms and heatwaves are impacting our lives in new ways. Innovating in the face of disruptions and developing our people to successfully manage organisations of the future is a key challenge. AFAC18 looks at change as the new normal, how collaboration and resilience is driving performance and the innovations in emergency management that are helping our people to weather change. Held over four action-packed days AFAC18 powered by INTERSCHUTZ will attract delegates and visitors from emergency and security services agencies, all levels of government, non-government organisations, research and education institutions from Australia and worldwide. The AFAC18 program is co-produced by the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) and the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and will this year feature the inaugural Australian Disaster Resilience Conference, which will run concurrently with the AFAC18 program. AFAC18 powered by INTERSCHUTZ is a joint venture between AFAC and Deutsche Messe, trading in Australia as Hannover Fairs Pty Ltd. Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) Website: http://www.afacconference.com.au/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AFACnews Twitter: https://twitter.com/afacnews LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/australasian-fire-and-emergency-service-authorities-council YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu18lYmKgFcL27XBKFI7Klw Hashtag: #AFAC18 Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Facebook: www.facebook.com/bnhcrc Twitter: www.twitter.com/bnhcrc YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/bnhcrc LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/bushfire-and-natural-hazards-crc-a0919043 Why a dehumidifier should be on your spring shopping list 2018-07-31T01:07:39Z why-a-dehumidifier-should-be-on-your-spring-shopping-list Spring is just around the corner so now is the time to act to prevent triggers for allergies and asthma. A dehumidifier can play a valuable role in reducing allergens in the home with dust mites and mould being two of the main culprits. National Asthma Council Australia says that an indoor humidity level of between 30 and 60 per cent is ideal. And results from a US study* showed that allergen levels were more than 10 times lower in homes with a low relative humidity compared with humid homes. While compressor dehumidifiers have been around for some time, the newer technology of desiccant dehumidifiers can provide Australian homes with more versatility because they are efficient in both high and low temperatures. Mould needs humidity levels of above 55 per cent relative humidity to grow so keeping your indoor humidity to anything below 50 per cent is best to inhibit mould growth. Portable desiccant dehumidifiers such as the Ionmax ION612 and ION632 have the ability to lower indoor humidity to a very low level of 35 per cent relative humidity (RH) and integrate the latest advancements in air purification. Up to 10 litres of moisture can be extracted per day. Dehumidifiers have many other uses Lowering the level of humidity to a more comfortable range is not only better for your health, it is also beneficial for clothing, leather, books, wooden furniture, camera equipment, hobby and storage rooms. Laundries are humid hot-spots and a perfect place to operate a dehumidifier where you can actually dry your clothes faster than using a clothes dryer. Setting the Ionmax desiccant dehumidifier to Turbo Laundry mode will increase drying efficiency and speed up the process. All Ionmax dehumidifiers have a built-in humidistat, which measures and maintains a set RH, and multiple modes and settings to maintain homes at an optimum indoor humidity level. Being the latest technology, Ionmax desiccant dehumidifiers do not need to be maintained. At their heart is zeolite, which is self-regenerating and the only maintenance needed is to clean or vacuum the filter regularly. The Ionmax ION612 and ION632 have been highly rated and recommended by Choice with the Ionmax ION632 being Choice’s number one “Overall Best Performer” for four years running. Ionmax dehumidifiers are priced from $199 and available from Andatech’s Wellness range at https://andatech.com.au/ and https://www.andatechdistribution.com.au/pages/dehumidifiers Ends * Study Conclusion: This study showed that it is practical to maintain an indoor RH of less than 51% during the humid summer season in a temperate climate, and this resulted in significant reductions in mite and allergen levels. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11149998 Caption: Desiccant dehumidifiers reduce humidity in homes thereby providing a healthier environment, particularly if allergies are an issue. Infographic: A high res of this infographic that covers mould in homes (what is it, common areas for mould, health symptoms and how to remove) is available. Please contact Wendy McWilliams at WMC PR. About Andatech: Andatech is a 100% Australian owned company that designs, supplies, supports and services safety and wellness products including high quality alcohol and drug testing equipment, and air quality products. The company has the widest range of Australian Standard-certified breathalysers in Australia, which are designed for personal use, in workplaces, at hospitality venues (wall mounted) and as car interlock devices. Drug testing kits cover saliva and urine testing of 7 drug groups providing error-free results. Air quality products include dehumidifiers, air purifiers, humidifiers and aroma diffusers. https://www.andatech.com.au/ Media enquiries: Wendy McWilliams, WMC PR, T: 03 9803 2588 / 0421 364 665 E: wendy@wmcpr.com.au Wide selection of high res photos available. Australia’s emergency responders thrive in ever changing complex environments 2018-07-13T00:00:00Z australias-emergency-responders-thrive-in-ever-changing-complex-environments Australasia’s leading emergency management conference, AFAC18 powered by INTERSCHUTZ, returns to Western Australia for the first time in six years, bringing a host of leading international and Australian presenters, to address the latest technology and research in prescribed burning, predictive services, innovation, improving public safety, warnings, and resilience. Co-produced by the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC), the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) and Deutsche Messe; the conference is focused around preparing the sector to combat and adapt to changing environments. Held over four action-packed days from 5 - 8 September, the conference themed ‘Changing lives in a changing world’ embraces an interoperability between emergency service agencies. AFAC18 includes the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Research Forum, a two-day multi-streamed AFAC Conference, and the inaugural Australian Disaster Resilience Conference. Stuart Ellis, CEO, AFAC, commented on this year’s conference and the importance of adapting and being resilient in our ever changing environment. “AFAC18 is the premier and most comprehensive emergency management conference in the region, providing unique opportunities for professional development, learning and networking. This year the inaugural Australian Disaster Resilience Conference runs concurrently and adds an in-depth look into how we are contributing to a disaster resilient Australia. “We’ve got an impressive line-up of speakers for AFAC18, who can share their unique experiences tackling the challenges of change. We are pleased to be back on the west coast this year, where we are able to offer development opportunities for all members across our sector,” said Mr Ellis. Bringing leading national and international speakers to Perth, keynote speakers during the conference include: Dr Neil Burrows, Senior Principal Research Scientist, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions Anna-Maria Arabia, Chief Executive, Australian Academy of Science Craig Fugate, former United States Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Commissioner Eric Yap, Singapore Civil Defence Force Astronaut Mike Mullane, retired NASA Astronaut Dr Dana Born, Co-Director, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School of Government Dr Richard Thornton, CEO, Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, commented on how research is helping emergency responders face challenges. “The strength of the CRC lays with its collective nature. The Research Forum is a full day of knowledge sharing and research and will address the major changes our sector faces, from growing populations and climate change, including bushfires, floods, cyclones, storms and heatwaves. It is vital that emergency management personnel know how to adapt and cope with these increasing challenges,” said Dr Thornton. AFAC18 looks at change as the new normal, discussing how collaboration and resilience is driving performance and the innovations in emergency management that are helping our people endure changes in the environment. AFAC18 powered by INTERSHUTZ is being held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre from 5-8 September 2018. For more information visit: http://www.afacconference.com.au/ -ENDS- Notes to editors: Keynote speakers are available for interviews via the media contacts listed below Available for interview on request via media contacts below: Stuart Ellis, CEO, Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authority Council (AFAC) Dr Richard Thornton, CEO, Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) Harvey Stockbridge, Managing Director, Deutsche Messe Complimentary media passes are available, apply by sending name, position and publication to jessica@zadroagency.com.au Media contacts: Jessica McLean | Account Manager I Zadro +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 400 433 182 | jessica@zadroagency.com.au Sammy Dalglish I Group Account Director I Zadro +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 430 343 621 | sammy@zadroagency.com.au Images: All images can be found on the AFAC Flickr page and can be used royalty free. 1. AFAC17 showfloor About AFAC18: 5 - 8 September | Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre Changing lives in a changing world Emergency management is not an easy task and is not getting easier. With a growing population moving into new areas, our changing climate, bushfires, floods, cyclones, storms and heatwaves are impacting our lives in new ways. Innovating in the face of disruptions and developing our people to successfully manage organisations of the future is a key challenge. AFAC18 looks at change as the new normal, how collaboration and resilience is driving performance and the innovations in emergency management that are helping our people to weather change. Held over four action-packed days AFAC18 powered by INTERSCHUTZ will attract delegates and visitors from emergency and security services agencies, all levels of government, non-government organisations, research and education institutions from Australia and world-wide. The AFAC18 program is co-produced by the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) and the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and will this year feature the inaugural Australian Disaster Resilience Conference, which will run concurrently with the AFAC18 program. AFAC18 powered by INTERSCHUTZ is a joint venture between AFAC and Deutsche Messe, trading in Australia as Hannover Fairs Pty Ltd. Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) Website: http://www.afacconference.com.au/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AFACnews Twitter: https://twitter.com/afacnews LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/australasian-fire-and-emergency-service-authorities-council YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu18lYmKgFcL27XBKFI7Klw Hashtag: #AFAC18 Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Facebook: www.facebook.com/bnhcrc Twitter: www.twitter.com/bnhcrc LinkedIn: www.youtube.com/user/bnhcrc MELBOURNE ART WEEK ENLIVENS THE CITY IN AUGUST 2018 WITH EXCEPTIONAL WINTER PROGRAM 2018-06-13T04:51:14Z melbourne-art-week-enlivens-the-city-in-august-2018-with-exceptional-winter-program Melbourne, Australia: Melbourne Art Foundation unveiled details of the Melbourne Art Week 2018 program which cumulates in the return of Melbourne Art Fair, 2-5 August 2018 (Vernissage 1 August 2018) and the Visual Arts Awards on 4 August 2018. Over 50 Victorian cultural organisations, institutions, art spaces, satellite fairs and galleries will come together in the staging of Melbourne Art Week; a dynamic program of exhibitions, events, talks, performances and workshops that take place during the first week of August. Other highlights include programming from MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art; From Will to Form: Tarrawarra Biennial 2018; ACCA: A Lightness of Spirit is the Measure of Happiness, Buxton Contemporary: No One is Watching You: Ronnie van Hout and VCA Open Studios. Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley said, “Melbourne Art Week is set to take over our arts precinct with a celebration like no other. Through exhibitions, fairs, workshops, talks and performances, it will be an opportunity to deep dive into the best in contemporary art. Our Government is proud to support Melbourne Art Week. Events like this bring together some of our most exciting artists and organisations and showcase why Victoria is the creative state.” Melbourne Art Foundation continues to support contemporary art and living artists through its initiative Melbourne Art Week, and in 2018 has joined with Associate Partner, MLC Life Insurance to commission a new performative work from Japanese-born, Australian-based artist Hiromi Tango (represented by Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney). Performed on the streets of the Southbank Arts Precinct and incorporating Melbourne’s iconic cultural landmarks including ACCA, the 2018 home of Melbourne Art Fair, the work titled Lizard Tail (Dawn) has been embraced as the visual identity for the celebrated Melbourne Art Week. Susan Karson, Chief People, Marketing & Corporate Affairs Officer, MLC Life Insurance said, "We are delighted to partner with Melbourne Art Week in 2018 to support the commissioning of a new body of work by celebrated Japanese/Australian performance artist Hiromi Tango. Premised on the notion of interactivity, forging individual, social and cultural connections, Hiromi’s new work encapsulates the ethos of Melbourne Art Week in the bringing together of more than 50 cultural organisations to celebrate and support contemporary art and living artists.” MELBOURNE ART FAIR Melbourne Art Fair returns from 2-5 August 2018 (Vernissage 1 August 2018) as the anchor event of Melbourne Art Week, housed for the first time within the Southbank Arts Precinct and across two venues alongside the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) and the University of Melbourne Southbank Campus. Melbourne Art Fair exhibition sectors Galleries and Accent present 40 new and established galleries from Australia, New Zealand and the region exhibiting a diverse range of artists and curatorial themes through both solo presentations and group shows of closely related works. In 2018, the Fair will debut TIME, a site-specific video sector curated by Hannah Mathews (Senior Curator, Monash University Museum of Art) and Rachel Ciesla (Curator and Administrator Galleries and Programs, Melbourne Art Foundation). Unveiling a selection of new and recent works by Michaela Gleave (represented by Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne), Jess Johnson (represented by Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney) and Simon Ward, Sriwhana Spong (represented by Michael Lett, Auckland) and Angela Tiatia (represented by Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney), TIME joins with a growing number of organisations focusing their resources on the activities of female practitioners. TIME speaks to the power of the now and is presented across four sites including Melbourne Art Fair, Buxton Contemporary, Fed Square and QT Melbourne. Michaela Gleave's A Galaxy of Suns (2018) transposes what is perhaps the most epic measure of time for humanity: the distance between earth and the universe, questioning the relationship to time, matter and space. The work takes the form of a highly ambient field of colour and sound presented for an intimate audience via QT Melbourne's inhouse entertainment system. New Zealand artist, Jess Johnson and animator Simon Ward’s new video Webwurld (2017) offers a glimpse into a hallucinatory netherworld. Presented at scale on Federation Square’s iconic Big Screen, the work materialises a dark portal into a dimensional world whose activities may be taking place simultaneously to our own. London-based, New Zealand artist Sriwhana Spong’s 2016 video This Creature provides a sensorial travel through time and place. Presented in Melbourne Art Fair and within the Riding Hall and historic surrounds of the former Mounted Police Stables, the work channels female medieval mystic Margery Kempe (known for writing the first recorded western autobiography) through a walk undertaken by the artist through London’s Hyde Park. New Zealand born multimedia artist, Angela Tiatia, explores contemporary culture by drawing attention to its relationship to representation, gender, neo-colonialism and the commodification of the body and place. Screened at the street entrance to the newly opened Buxton Contemporary, Tiatia's The Fall collapses conventional structures of time in a deceivingly lush portrait of human consumption and greed. Projects Rooms, presented by Four Pillars and supported by the Melbourne Art Foundation, returns as a non-profit platform for cutting edge art spaces presenting experimental work within the context of a major visual arts event. The 2018 Project Rooms take place within Melbourne Art Fair and will feature presentations from the Institute of Modern Art (Brisbane), Gertrude Contemporary (Melbourne), Blak Dot Gallery (Melbourne) and The Physics Room (Christchurch). Gertrude Contemporary’s Anxious Bodies for Unstable Environments is a project that reflects upon the current state of global instability. Curated by Mark Feary, the project will present new, recent and context specific works of sculpture, performance, video and robotics, by artists Deanne Butterworth, Mathieu Briand, Kate Daw, Kuba Dorabialski, Jason Maling and Mark Shorter. Ryan Presley brings performance and exchange in his exhibition Prosperity produced by the Institute of Modern Art, which centres on his ongoing project, Blood Money (2010 - present), in which he reimagines Australian banknotes’ figureheads as the heroes and warriors of Aboriginal history. Blak Dot Gallery will present new work by four Melbourne based artists Kirsten Lyttle who is of Māori descent, Lisa Hilli who was born in Raboul - PNG, New Zealand-born Tongan woman Frances Tapueluelu, and local Aboriginal artist Vicki Couzens. All four women explore their own traditional cultural and often matriarchal influences or issues to create discourse and examine identity. The Blak Dot Project Room will create an empowered and empowering space for both the artists and the viewer. The Physics Room, (Un)conditional Part 3 is a two-person exhibition of specifically-commissioned work by New Zealand artists Ayesha Green and Cushla Donaldson, which examine the conditions—unspoken and assumed—under which things are given and received, and how, in the shadows, agency can be leveraged or subverted. TALKS Melbourne Art Week will commence with the Keynote address by Philip Tinari, Director of Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) at Deakin Edge, Fed Square on 31 July 2018 at 6.30pm, co-presented by the Melbourne Art Foundation, University of Melbourne and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, and supported by Fed Square. The Keynote headlines the Talks program, which is presented in association with the University of Melbourne, Learning Partner of Melbourne Art Week. Designed to promote discussion, education and interest in contemporary art practice in Australia and the Asia Pacific region, the free for the public Talks 2018: Space of Friendship takes place from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 August at Federation Hall at the University of Melbourne Southbank Campus. PERFORMANCES & WORKSHOPS The city will come alive during Melbourne Art Week with live performance and creative workshops taking place at a range of venues and spaces across the Southbank Arts Precinct. The program includes Phillip Adams BalletLab's Metamorphosen, a performance installation created in a response to composer Richard Strauss Metamorphosen (1945). Adams situates a continues rolling of body bags arriving one after the other onto a giant 18 metre inflatable designed by artist David Cross. Described as a Mondrian pop art grave yard of dripping paints the body bags roll continuously in long drawn out adagio representation of grief and trauma but of great upheaval in response to romantic musical climaxes in the score. Weaving Workshops: Bush Toys and Baskets, presented by ACCA and the Melbourne Art Foundation, is a hands-on workshop with senior weavers from the Victorian Aboriginal Weaving Collective to be held on Sunday 5 August. Art lovers of all ages are encouraged to join Gunditjmara weaver Bronwyn Razem and Yorta Yorta weaver Donna Blackall to explore traditional and contemporary weaving practices. Spaces are limited and registration is essential. Other workshop highlights include NEW YORK! NEW YORK! Coinciding with 2018’s Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art, NGV Kids presents a large–scale participatory installation that will showcase New York City. Featuring interactive displays, multimedia projections and hands-on activities, this free exhibition will introduce children to the vibrancy of New York. Melbourne’s leading contemporary dance company Chunky Move will offer public contemporary dance classes for participants ages 18+ on Wednesday 1 August and Saturday 3 August, with a special Dance Party on Friday 2 August. Sessions take place in Chunky Move's purpose built, state-of-the-art dance studios, located in the heart of Melbourne’s Southbank Arts Precinct and a short stroll from Melbourne Art Fair. Melbourne Art Week is supported by major partners the Victorian State Government through Creative Victoria and the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Owned and presented by Melbourne Art Foundation, a not for profit organisation established in 2003, Melbourne Art Week will run from 30 July-5 August 2018 and Melbourne Art Fair from 2-5 August 2018. For further details please visit http://melbourneartfair.com.au http://melbourneartweek.com.au Ends Media Contact Rhiannon Broomfield, Senior Publicist, Rhiannon@melbourneartfoundation.com, +61 410 596 021 Media pack including imagery: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/inr4of1fu6bciwl/AACAJR2kwFSixC8bT2IcA12ta?dl=0 Video of Hiromi Tango performance: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mdm0oaiku80unxc/AABsVZQzdtJeUGZv6rD58vG1a?dl=0 About Melbourne Art Week | 500 + Artists | 50 + Events | 30 + Venues Melbourne Art Foundation has joined with over 50 Victorian cultural organisations, institutions, art spaces, satellite fairs and galleries to stage Melbourne Art Week (30 July-5 August 2018); a dynamic winter program of exhibitions, events, talks, performances and workshops. Melbourne Art Fair returns from 2-5 August 2018 (Vernissage, 1 August) as the flagship event of Art Week and will take place for the first time across two venues within the Southbank Arts Precinct and alongside ACCA. Other highlights of Art Week include the Visual Arts Awards (Saturday 2 August), From Will to Form: Tarrawarra Biennial 2018; ACCA: A Lightness of Spirit is the Measure of Happiness, Buxton Contemporary: No One is Watching You: Ronnie van Hout, VCA Open Studios + more. About Melbourne Art Foundation Melbourne Art Foundation is a not for profit organisation established in 2003 to promote contemporary art and living Australian artists. Melbourne Art Foundation produces the biennial Melbourne Art Week, and flagship events Melbourne Art Fair and the Awards for the Visual Arts. Melbourne Art Foundation sponsors a range of programs during Melbourne Art Week for the benefit of living artists, to facilitate public discussion and develop new audiences for contemporary art. They include major commissions, project rooms featuring emerging and independent artists and art spaces, public talks, collector programs, guided tours and the celebrated opening night; Vernissage. About Melbourne Art Fair Melbourne Art Fair is the flagship event of Melbourne Art Week, taking place for the first time within the Southbank Arts Precinct and alongside ACCA. Showcasing a curated selection of 40 galleries, the Fair will present some of the newest and most respected artists from Australia, New Zealand and the region. Beginning in 1988, Melbourne Art Fair was founded by galleries from Australia, and has fired the enthusiasm of discerning collectors and an informed public for 30 years. Over its extensive history, the Fair has been instrumental in stimulating critical and commercial attention for galleries and their artists, presenting a rich and diverse cross-section of the region’s visual art scene. Melbourne Art Fair 2018 is set to welcome over 20,000 visitors over 5-days, from Thursday 2 August to Sunday 5 August (Vernissage Wednesday 1 August). Tickets now on sale: www.melbourneartfair.com.au/tickets Melbourne Art Fair Event Details Melbourne Art Fair runs from Thursday 2 August to Sunday 5 August 2018 (Vernissage, Wednesday 1 August) in the Southbank Arts Precinct alongside ACCA, 111 Sturt Street Southbank VIC | melbourneartfair.com.au Collector Preview Wednesday 1 August, 2pm-5pm Vernissage Wednesday 1 August, 5pm-9pm Collector View Thursday 2 August, 10am-12pm Public Opening Thursday 2 August, 12pm-5pm Friday 3 August, 10am-9pm (Friday Up Late) Saturday 4 August, 10am-6pm Sunday 5 August, 11am-4pm About MLC Life Insurance MLC Life Insurance is a specialised life insurance business. It represents a landmark strategic partnership between National Australia Bank (NAB) and Nippon Life Insurance under which NAB retain 20% shareholding and Nippon Life hold a majority 80% of the shares in MLC Limited, the entity which operates the MLC Life Insurance business. 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