The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-04-22T01:58:24Z MICHAEL JACOBSEN LAUNCHES NEW BOOK ENTREPRENEURS, MAVERICKS AND EMPIRE BUILDERS! 2019-04-22T01:58:24Z michael-jacobsen-launches-new-book-entrepreneurs-mavericks-and-empire-builders INSIDE THE MINDS OF LEGENDARY ENTREPRENEURS, MAVERICKS AND EMPIRE BUILDERS!   Michael Jacobsen’s new book ENTREPRENEURS, MAVERICKS AND EMPIRE BUILDERS reveals the secrets to success of some of Australia’s and the world’s leading minds including billionaire retailer and horse breeder Gerry Harvey; former Hoyts Cinema boss Peter Ivany; Seafolly founder Anthony Halas; Mavericks including pop culture icons Jimmy Barnes AO; Lee Kernaghan OAM; Lord Jeffrey Archer and Bonnie Lythgoe; and leading global figures in entrepreneurialism including the European Investment Bank Vice President Vazil Hudak; Venture capitalist Saul Klein MBE; and Sir Richard Branson’s former partner, private equity figure, Toby Coppel.   Michael Jacobsen says “In a changing world, one constant is that entrepreneurs and mavericks remain at the forefront of all empires, the lifeblood of a nation’s economy and the driver of growth at major corporations. My book is for anyone wanting to be inspired, to learn secrets of business success and to be entertained by the stories of those who have created their own life path and left their mark on the world.” Published by Wilkinson Publishing , ENTREPRENEURS, MAVERICKS AND EMPIRE BUILDERS will be officially released and launched by Professor Attila Brungs, Vice Chancellor & President, University of Technology Sydney at 12 noon on Monday 29th April 2019  The book will retail for $29.99 and is available for pre order from www.wilkinsonpublishing.com.au   ABOUT THE AUTHOR Michael Jacobsen is an Australian Serial Entrepreneur and educator based in London. He has businesses in Australia, the UK, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Romania and Spain. He is Executive Chairman of European Leisure Management Group, an entertainment and leisure property developer and operator in Europe. He was also co-Producer and co-Owner of Dirty Dancing, the musical adaptation of the classic movie, which hasbroken records around the world and is recognised as one of the most successful stage shows of all time. Michael wrote his first book, The Business of Creativity, in 2013 for UK publisher Brightword.    TOP-RANKED LINKEDIN MARKETING COMPANY OPENS IN PERTH 2019-04-20T01:34:40Z top-ranked-linkedin-marketing-company-opens-in-perth Bibby Consulting Group are proud to reaffirm their position as the leading LinkedIn marketing and training company in the country following the launch of their Perth office. The decision to enter the Western Australian marketplace caps-off 7 years of growth for Bibby Consulting generating over $400 million in sales for their clients using social media site, LinkedIn. A Western Australian presence has been an important goal for Managing Director, Nathanial Bibby, who believes Perth’s B2B industries have plenty of potential to leverage the power of social media to grow their sales revenue.  “Western Australia is the nation’s best kept secret when it comes to social media marketing. With more Perth businesses than ever embracing social media, leading companies are looking for a competitive edge,” says Nathanial. “If you’re using LinkedIn to grow your business, having a version of your CV uploaded just isn’t going to cut it. We’re excited to be able to show Perth businesses how they can take control of his platform and use it to generate leads and drive sales revenue upward.” Bibby Consulting Group is the biggest LinkedIn marketing company in Australia and have trained over 20,000 business professionals on how to effectively leverage LinkedIn. Bibby’s clients include brands such as Westpac, Apple, Channel 7, Fremantle Dockers, Western Union and Harcourt’s. With a commitment to exceptional customer-service, outstanding results and KPI’s, Bibby Consulting Group have firmly established themselves as the leading social media agency in Australia and South East Asia. Tel: 03 9028 8058Address: Spacecubed, 45 St George’s Tce, Perth WA 6000E-Mail: admin@bibbyconsultinggroup.com.auWeb: www.bibbyconsultinggroup.com.auCEO: www.linkedin.com/in/nathanialbibby Media Opportunity: Kyle Sandilands announced as 2019 Ambassador for Stepping Stone House’s annual ‘Sleep Under the Stars’ fundraising event 2019-04-16T08:55:47Z media-opportunity-kyle-sandilands-announced-as-2019-ambassador-for-stepping-stone-house-s-annual-sleep-under-the-stars-fundraising-event MEDIA RELEASE    Kyle Sandilands announced as 2019 Ambassador for Stepping Stone House’s annual  ‘Sleep Under the Stars’ fundraising event  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE      Wednesday 17th April, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA. Sydney-based charity for youth-at-risk, Stepping Stone House (SSH), is excited to confirm Australian radio host Kyle Sandilands as this year’s Ambassador for its fifth ‘Sleep Under the Stars’ (SUTS) event. This is the second time Mr. Sandilands joins the charity at their annual fundraiser to support vulnerable youth and raise awareness for youth homelessness in New South Wales.     The issue of homelessness is close to Mr Sandilands’ heart. The successful radio personality, who co-hosts KIISFM's Kyle and Jackie O show, spoke about his own battle with homelessness at the 2018 Sleep Under the Stars event.     “I remember the first night I slept on the street…in Brisbane, in the 80s, there was not a lot of help. That is where the SSH mission resonates with me. Their targets, their goals and their dreams. This is the charity for me.”      As the Ambassador for the SUTS event, which will be held on 1st November 2019 at the Hickson Reserve, underneath the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, Mr Sandilands hopes to help shine a light on the current state of youth homelessness while creating positive change.     “The dangers kids face out there and the lack of opportunities to make them feel as young adolescents - they feel lost, that there is no hope. They get led into a life of crime, of drugs, or prostitution. All terrible lives” he said.    In doing so, he aims to support SSH raise much needed funds and instigate real change for the countless young people experiencing homelessness in Sydney and more broadly across Australia.     Stepping Stone House CEO, Jason Juretic, welcomed Mr Sandilands as the event’s Ambassador again this year.    “This announcement comes at a time when we look to Youth Homelessness Matters Day as a time to reflect on what more we can do to secure the future of our youth.     Mr Sandilands connects with these kids as a prominent figure in Australia and as a survivor. He was a huge part of our success in 2018, raising nearly $500,000, and we welcome his passion and authenticity behind us again this year,” he said.    The latest census shows that 38% of Australia’s homeless population is made up of youths. That is why this year, SSH is aiming even higher, with a fundraising goal of $800,000. They aim to use the funds raised to provide a home to 21 young people for a year.     The event will bring together people of all ages and backgrounds in a community effort to support young people who are unable to live at home. Mr Juretic hopes this will be a record-breaking year for the charity and boost their efforts to educate and care for young people across New South Wales.     To date, more than 450 youths have been successfully helped by Stepping Stone House and have received mentorship, education, learning and development programs and invaluable emotional support as they find their feet. Fundraising events like this go a long way in ensuring the youth of our country have the opportunity to build a solid foundation for a sustainable and prosperous future.  ~ENDS    To get involved in ‘Sleep Under the Stars’ or donate to the cause, visit: www.sleepunderthestars.com.au   For volunteering opportunities or further information, go to the website or email info@steppingstonehouse.com.au.    For media inquiries, please contact:  Manning & Co. 02 9555 5233 or kate@manningandco.com.au      About Stepping Stone House (http://steppingstonehouse.com.au/): For 30 years, Stepping Stone House has paved the way for vulnerable youth aged 12 - 24 to develop and grow into self-sufficient and independent adults, starting with a safe and secure home environment. Through their unique ‘Stepping Stones to Success’ model, the non-profit aims to transform the lives of vulnerable youth; many of whom have been homeless and are unable to live with their families. Stepping Stone House is a nurturing ‘home away from home’, where young people stay for years as part of a dedicated family.  Monex Securities Australia offers Free Brokerage to Invest in 11 offshore markets 2019-04-16T00:53:08Z monex-securities-australia-offers-free-brokerage-to-invest-in-11-offshore-markets SYDNEY – 16 APRIL 2019: Monex Securities Australia is lowering the barrier to Australian investors wanting to trade international markets by offering a free brokerage service on 11 international markets including the USA and most of Asia. This means Australian investors who want to buy shares in Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google, Sony, Hyundai, PCCW or any of nearly 50,000 other stocks can now do so without paying high brokerage fees. The move is part of Monex’s drive to encourage investors to take advantage of opportunities outside Australia. “We know that high cost is one of the reasons why many Australian investors are not buying or selling international stocks, and we want to change that,” said Alex Douglas, managing director at Monex Securities Australia. In the past, Australian investors wanting to buy and sell international shares have had to pay high brokerage fees. Investors were also faced with the laborious process of setting up separate accounts for each market they wanted to trade. “Setting up an account to buy and sell international shares used to be a long, tedious and complex process. With all the paper work and forms that you need to fill out,” Douglas said. According to Douglas, the complex account set up and costly brokerage fees are more than enough to stop investors from exploring international markets despite their investment potential. “The Australian market accounts for considerably less than 3% of global market capitalisation. Australian investors are missing out on a huge range of investment opportunities by not investing in offshore markets,” Douglas added. The S&P500 surged 13.1 per cent in the first quarter of 2019, its strongest quarterly gain since 2009. The Dow Jones was higher by 11.2 per cent while the Nasdaq led the way, rising 16.5 per cent. "The opportunities we've seen for our clients investing in US stocks has been incredible. Savvy investors have been leveraging the skills they've used to find growth stocks in Australia, across to the US market with great success,” Douglas added. The free brokerage offer is open to all investors who want to buy and sell international shares and other listed investment instruments. Other markets where the free brokerage applies include China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines. Using Monex Securities’ trading platform, Australian investors can buy and sell shares, ETFs and other listed instruments in 11 markets around the world. “With this free brokerage offer we’d like to encourage Australian investors to widen their investment horizon and take advantage of international investment opportunities, particularly in the US, which remains one of the largest markets in the world,” Douglas said. He added that while the US tend to attract more investors, Asian markets also offer a wide range of investment opportunities for Australian investors. “The Australian market is highly skewed toward mining, resources and financial stocks. But in Asia we are seeing the rise of companies that are leading the way in terms of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and electric vehicles (EV), which are the growth industries in the coming decades,” Douglas said. ‘By offering free brokerage to buy and sell shares in 11 international markets, we’d like to give Australian investors the opportunity to participate in up and coming growth industries.” To take advantage of Monex Securities Australia’s free brokerage for international shares, click here and you can start trading Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Sony, Hyundai, PCCW or any of nearly 50,000 other securities listed on 11 international exchanges.   ***** About Monex International Group Monex is the second largest online broker in Japan. Monex was founded by Oki Matsumoto, a former partner at Goldman Sachs. Monex acquired TradeStation, a Florida-based online broker for about $400 million in 2011. Platform Gives Voice To Consumers Who Feel Ignored By Big Business And Government 2019-04-14T23:45:35Z platform-gives-voice-to-consumers-who-feel-ignored-by-big-business-and-government Lawyer Anna Willis’ desire to create change drove her to create a portal where people can vent about the issues affecting their lives that are not being fixed by organisations and companies across Australia. “So many people feel powerless when it comes to resolving issues with telecommunications, aged care companies, local government departments and other big organisations,” she said. “They feel ignored and unheard.” “I wanted to create something to give people an anonymous but safe place to share their views, to find out that they are not alone as their issue is probably shared by many others”. “issue.watch is an independent public forum, where consumers can voice their opinion. We aggregate issues to establish trends and magnitude, so organisations are forced to acknowledge significant consumer issues, and forced to act.” “It is easy to ignore a person; it’s harder to ignore a collective.” issue.watch is on a mission to shine a light on issue that matter to the community. It is building a community of consumers and organisations who want to see issues fixed by identifying, spotlighting, acknowledging and maintaining a focus on solutions on collective issues. “The current avenues of complaint, to the Ombudsman or the customer service department, do not necessarily result in fundamental changes in organisational behaviour, are often slow to respond, and the process and results are not transparent or consistent across complainants.” “So many issues, as identified in the banking royal commission, could have been dealt with much earlier if there had been more awareness around the volume of complaints. Issue.watch is about joining voices about similar issues, to become a megaphone; a loud voice on significant issues that impact our communities and drive change.” For those who are fed up with complaining and not being heard or stoically putting up with an issue because they feel it is pointless to complain, Anna said that is why issue.watch exists. While we do not deal with individual complaints, we want people to share their issues and speak up, with us, so we can collate and highlight significant issues in a public forum and with industry stakeholders drive change.” www.issue.watch.com FREELANCER.COM OFFERS $12,500 TO CLEAN UP YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD IN #FREELANCERCLEAN UP #TRASHTAG CHALLENGE! 2019-04-14T22:58:48Z freelancer-com-offers-12-500-to-clean-up-your-neighbourhood-in-freelancerclean-up-trashtag-challenge $12,500 TO CLEAN UP YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD! Would you clean up for $12,500? Freelancer.com  offers $12,500 to #trashtag clean up the world   From Bangladesh to Boston, Delhi to Delaware, Johannesburg to Jerusalem, Freelancer.com is incentivising its 32 million strong freelancer army to join the #trashtag thousands globally in cleaning up the world, one beach, park, garden, road, car park at a time with a US$12,500 carrot to the winning cleaner! “About a month ago I saw Byron Roman had started #trashtag trending on reddit. We wanted to help and have put up $12,500 to the best clean up effort on the planet,” says Matt Barrie, the CEO and founder of Freelancer.com. To enter, all you have to do is clean up somewhere locally, post a before, during, and after photo on social media with the #trashtag and #freelancercleanup hashtags, and the best clean up wins the prize. All details are on our website too.“ To submit entries and find out about the contest brief, please visit: https://www.freelancer.com/contest/Freelancercom-Clean-up-the-World-Challenge-1479576.html Search for #trashtag #freelancercleanup on social media to see the current results. Freelancer.com is passionate about changing lives, whether it’s helping freelancers around the world gain a better quality of life, connecting businesses with enormously talented people who can help them reach new heights or leaving the planet in better shape than we found it. T his contest will end on May 10th, 2019.About ​Freelancer​ ® - Eleven-time Webby award-winning Freelancer.com is the world’s largest freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace by total number of users and jobs posted. More than 32 million registered users have posted over 15 million jobs and contests to date in over 1,350 areas as diverse as website development, logo design, astrophysics, aerospace and engineering. Freelancer Limited is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange under the ticker ASX:FLN. Freelancer owns StartCon, Australia's largest startup and growth conference, WarriorForum.com, the world’s largest Internet marketing community & marketplace, Escrow.com, the world’s largest provider of secure online escrow and online transaction management for consumers and businesses on the Internet, and Freightlancer.com, a global marketplace for freight, shipping and transportation.   ALL PHOTOS BELOW FROM THE CONTEST ENTRIES ARE AVAILABLE TO BE USED FREELY: 1. Animal hospital transformation in Bangladesh https://www.freelancer.com/contest/Freelancercom-Clean-up-the-World-Challenge-1479576-byentry-27054116 2. Pathway filled with waste in Nigeria https://www.freelancer.com/contest/Freelancercom-Clean-up-the-World-Challenge-1479576-byentry-27095728 3. Stream clean up in Colombia https://www.freelancer.com/contest/Freelancercom-Clean-up-the-World-Challenge-1479576-byentry-27146274 4. Canal clean up, waste segregation, recycling in the Philippines https://www.freelancer.com/contest/Freelancercom-Clean-up-the-World-Challenge-1479576-byentry-27139029 5. Clean up in Romania https://www.freelancer.com/contest/Freelancercom-Clean-up-the-World-Challenge-1479576-byentry-26947642 6. Football field clean up in The Gambia https://www.freelancer.com/contest/Freelancercom-Clean-up-the-World-Challenge-1479576-byentry-27275789 7. River bank clean up in Nigeria https://www.freelancer.com/contest/Freelancercom-Clean-up-the-World-Challenge-1479576-byentry-27032973 8. Beach and camping site clean up in Angola https://www.freelancer.com/contest/Freelancercom-Clean-up-the-World-Challenge-1479576-byentry-27246133     PACIFIC CURRENT GROUP LIMITED (PAC) SHAREHOLDER RAISES QUESTIONS ABOUT THE COMPANY'S INVESTMENT IN NEREUS 2019-04-12T06:01:03Z pacific-current-group-limited-pac-shareholder-raises-questions-about-the-company-s-investment-in-nereus PACIFIC CURRENT GROUP LIMITED (PAC) formerly  TREASURY GROUP LIMITED (TRG)  SHAREHOLDER CORRESPONDENCE  12 April 2019 Mr Antony (Tony) Robinson Director & Board Chairman Pacific Current Group Limited Level 29, 259 George Street Sydney NSW 2000 Australia +61 (0) 2 8243 0400 info@paccurrent.com C.c. The Board of Directors         The Company Secretary - mackey@companymatters.com.au Dear Mr Robinson, PACIFIC CURRENT GROUP LIMITED’S INVESTMENT NEREUS - WE ARE NOT SURE WHICH NEREUS IT IS? As you are aware, the writer and his Company are long-term shareholders in Pacific Current Group Limited (PAC). We currently control and speak for 1,307,262 shares in PAC.  We refer to PAC's half yearly accounts, issued to shareholders, for the period ended 31 December 2018 which refer to PAC’s investment in NEREUS. We also refer to previous disclosures such as the Company’s 2018 annual report issued by PAC and also reports issued by Treasury Group Limited (TRG) as it was previously known, which concern the investment in NEREUS.  We now turn you and the board to PAC’s disclosures surrounding its investment in NEREUS, news reports, comments, regulatory disclosures, and detail some questions below. Preamble  Pensions & Investments - By Arleen Jacobius · December 14, 2010 Northern Lights Capital Group took a minority interest in Nereus Capital , an India-based private equity startup, said Andy Turner, Northern Lights chairman. Mr. Turner declined to reveal the size of his firm’s stake or other terms. Nereus Capital targets alternative energy companies in India, he said. It was founded by Managing Director Jonathan Winer, former director at D.E. Shaw’s India private equity practice. “Northern Lights has an excellent understanding of the private equity business, and brings both investment capital and distribution support to our business,” Mr. Winer said in a news release.  VCCIRCLE - By Madhav A Chanchani 24 June, 2013. Nereus Capital’s India Alternative Energy Fund has received a fresh $100 million commitment from overseas limited partners (LP) for its maiden fund targeting $250 million. The investment comes from US-based Northern Lights Capital Group and US Agency for International Development (USAID), which will provide a 40 per cent ($40 million) credit guarantee for a $100 million limited partner commitment. This LP commitment is expected to be managed by Northern Lights, which invests in boutique investment managers. Nereus India Alternative Energy Fund will target companies engaged in the development, construction and operation of renewable and clean energy generation assets or those focussed on the deployment of clean energy technologies in India. TRG/PAC Investment in Nereus On 5 August 2014 Treasury Group Limited (TRG) announced, on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) Market Announcements portal - the merger with Northern Lights Capital Group (NLCG). The merger announcement included with the portfolio of assets provided by an investment in Nereus or Nereus Capital as was displayed within its logo.  1 September 2014 in an interview with Randy Diamond a reporter with the international investment magazine Pension & Investment , TRG’s then CEO Andrew McGill was quoted saying, the company being created from the merger of Treasury Group Ltd. and Northern Lights Capital Group LLC will double its AUM within five years. The same article reported Nereus Capital has USD$100 million in committed private equity capital from investors that has not yet been deployed.  i) Will PAC provide disclosure as to whereabouts of Nereus Capital’s USD$100m of committed capital, information which Mr. McGill provided to Pension & Investments (what happened to the USD$100M as we cannot find mention of this amount in any of the Company’s financial reports to shareholders?) 2 September 2014 (approx. one month after TRG announced it would merge with NLCG) it was reported in the magazine VCCIRCLE by Bhawna Gupta “Chinese solar panel maker Hareon partners Nereus Capital for projects in India”. Chinese solar panels manufacturer Hareon Solar Technology Co Ltd (Hareon) is partnering private equity firm Nereus Capital (Nereus) to develop over 150 MW of solar power projects in India over the next two years, as per a statement. This partnership follows Hareon’s announcement earlier last month that it has planned to establish a subsidiary in India to invest in photovoltaic projects in the country. Nereus’ India Solar Investment Trust seeks to generate stable yields by investing in utility-scale solar PV projects in India with creditworthy off-takers. The exact nature of the deal is not clear but it appears to be another platform investment deal now becoming popular in real estate where a PE firm ties with a developer for a string of projects. “India is a compelling and growing market for solar PV projects. By partnering with a leading Indian private equity firm, we are able to apply leading technology and end-to-end financing to efficiently develop and construct solar projects," said Jie Zhang, VP of global business development of Hareon. Founded in 2004, Hareon manufactures spanning wafers, cells, modules and PV power plants. The firm has more than 1.5 GW of annual cell capacity and more than 1GW of annual module capacity. Hareon has built and grid-connected more than 500 MW of PV power plants globally as of December 31, 2013. “We have reached an interesting inflection point for solar power in India, as a result of falling project costs and escalating electricity prices, it can now be cost-effective for certain industrial and commercial end-users of power in India to purchase solar power directly," said Jonathan Winer, MD, Nereus. Mumbai-based Nereus Capital is an affiliated company of $22.6 billion Northern Lights Capital Group, a multi-boutique asset management business, and seeks to invest in power generation, manufacturing of clean technologies and energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors. Nereus Capital’s India Alternative Energy Fund (NIAE) had last year received a fresh $100 million commitment from overseas limited partners (LPs) for its maiden fund targeting $250 million. This investment came from Northern Lights Capital Group and US Agency for International Development (USAID). In 2012, the fund closed a $20 million commitment from International Finance Corporation, the investment arm of World Bank. Nereus Capital has been looking to build a portfolio of 7-10 investments of $15-35 million each in India.  ii) What can PAC tell its shareholders about the 2 September 2014 media announcement concerning its investment in Nereus Capital, as there was no disclosures to TRG’s shareholders about those matters raised above?  25 November 2014 TRG completes joint venture with Northern Lights Capital Partners LLC (NLCP) and BNP Paribas Capital Partners LLC (BNP) and merger with NLCG. 12 December 2014 TRG announces with ASX it has raised $30 million via placement at $10.25 per share. 12 December 2014 TRG, in a subsequent announcement, lodges capital raising investor presentation with the ASX. (The presentation makes mention of the investment in Nereus Capital however there was no disclosure about the USD$100 million committed to NLCG or the USD$40 provided by the USAID organisation nor about the USD$20 million commitment from International Finance Corporation, the investment arm of World Bank. iii) What can PAC tell its shareholders about these matters. Where do PAC’s shareholders find the disclosures? 20 January 2015 Australian Securities Exchange Market Announcements Via: E Lodgement Update regarding Share Purchase Plan On 12 December 2014. TRG raises $10 million at $10.25 per share from its retail shareholders under a share purchase plan (SPP) following completion of TRG’s supported $30 million share placement to institutional investors. TRG received applications from 2,156 of its smaller retail shareholders. All funds raised were used to subscribe for units in the Aurora merger Trust.  iv) Where do PAC shareholders find any additional disclosures which TRG may have been required to disclose if any, to its minority shareholders concerning the investment in Nereus or the performance of any of NLCG’s other investments merged with that of TRG post 25 November 2014? 21 August 2015, via the ASX, TRG announces joint venture opportunity with current affiliate, Nereus Capital. TRG/NL announces continued strategic support of current affiliate, Nereus Holdings, LP (“Nereus”), through investment in Nereus Capital Investments Pty Ltd (“NCI”), a direct Indian renewable energy infrastructure fund. As far as I am aware, Nereus Holdings LP has never been previously disclosed as a “current affiliate” of TRG.  v) Will PAC now disclose to shareholders the details concerning its investment in Nereus Holdings LP?  vi) Will PAC also provide disclosure as to the investment details and whereabouts of Nereus Capital Investments Pty Ltd (“NCI”) as mentioned in the ASX announcement? 10 March 2017 Aurora Trust (“AT”) consolidated accounts (the TRG/Northern Lights merger Trust accounts) are lodged with the ASX for the first time. NEREUS is recorded in the accounts as NEREUS CAPITAL, LLC. Notes in the accounts state also, “Pursuant to and in connection with the Aurora Share Subscription and Assignment Deed, dated 28 July 2015, by and between Hareon Solar Singapore Private Limited (Hareon), the Trustee, Nereus Capital Investments (Singapore) Pte. Ltd (NCI), and Nereus Holdings LP (Nereus), whereby the Trust agreed to make a contingent “Additional Contribution” to NCI of up to US$25,000,000, the Trust further agreed to place US$5,000,000 in an escrow account with the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited Singapore (the Escrow Account). The amounts can be drawn upon by NCI if and when certain prescribed thresholds with regard to annual revenues of NCI are not achieved. The Trust shall contribute additional amounts to the Escrow Account equal to any amounts drawn down by NCI pursuant to the previous sentence, so that the balance of the Escrow Account will be US$5,000,000. The account will be closed and all funds distributed to the Trust at the redemption of the Class H Shares of NCI, which are held by Hareon. NCI currently expects to redeem all Class H Shares in January 2018”.  vii) Will PAC disclose to its shareholders the complete contents, of their Aurora Share Subscription and assignment Deed, dated 28 July 2015, by and between Hareon Solar Singapore Private Limited (Hareon), the Trustee, Nereus Capital Investments (Singapore) Pte. Ltd (NCI), and Nereus Holdings LP (Nereus), whereby the, shareholders Aurora Trust, agreed to make a contingent “Additional Contribution” to NCI of up to US$25,000,000?  In a regulatory document lodged with Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc (FINRA) by David Griswold PAC’s General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer. His report states, on 24 November 2014 PAC acquired a >25% interest in an entity called NEREUS CAPITAL (CAYMAN) SMS LTD registered in the Cayman Islands.  viii) Will PAC disclose to its shareholders the relevant particulars of this investment? ix)   Will PAC provide an explanation as to why TRG shareholders were not told of this investment?  Mr Griswold also discloses to FINRA in the report, as mentioned above, that PAC on 24 November 2014 acquired >25% interest in NAIE Capital Management, LLC registered in Mauritius. The Offshore Leaks Database produced by The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists shows that Nereus Holdings LP is a shareholder in NAIE Capital Management LLC and that similarly, NAIE Capital Management LLC is a shareholder in Nereus Holdings LP? Further research was undertaken in India where we found that Nereus Holdings held a 51% controlling interest in a Company located in Mumbai called Nereus Consultants Pte Ltd (we have all this Company’s accounts from Corporate affairs India). x) Will PAC provide full and proper disclosure to its shareholders the relevant particulars of these investments as they did or currently relate to their financial interests? At page 9 of PAC’s 2018 annual financial report to shareholders it discloses, “Pacific Current Group Limited (the Company) is a company limited by shares and is incorporated and domiciled in Australia. The Company has prepared a consolidated financial report incorporating the entities that it controlled (the Group) during the financial year. The Company’s corporate structure at the date of the report was listed as a infographic table. The table lists NEREUS HOLDINGS LP as the PAC’s only investment in NEREUS and of which it says, “The Group holds an option which entitles the Group a fixed return on its investment and an option to participate in a revenue share. The infographic provides, No mention of NEREUS CAPITAL. No mention of NEREUS CAPITAL INVESTMENTS PTY LTD. No mention of NEREUS CAPITAL (CAYMAN) SMS LTD. No mention of NAIE CAPITAL MANAGEMENT LLC and No mention of NEREUS CONSULTANTS PTE LTD.  xi) Will PAC provide appropriate shareholder disclosures, having regard to the matters raised above which, by all accounts, appear quite concerning to us? In the 2018 annual report having regards to the investment in NEREUS (i.e. the shareholders interest) it states at page 61, “3 Nereus In determining the fair value of the investment in Nereus, revenues were derived from applying terms of long-term power purchase agreements to the expected output of the solar power projects owned by Nereus. Power output was determined using PVSyst, the standard in solar output forecasting. Expenses are based on executed long-term operating and maintenance contracts for the service of the solar projects. With output/revenues and expenses effectively stable, varying the cost of capital demands of a potential acquirer is the primary variable for determining the value of Nereus. Applying a 10.7% cost of capital to the projected earnings of the projects, the total value of the Nereus is approximately US$20.70 million. After redemption of the preferred Class H Shares (US$20.7 million) the net proceeds available would be approximately zero. Under the agreement, the first US$1.25 million of any net proceeds are payable to Nereus management , if net proceeds are less than US$1.25 million then Nereus  management would receive only the net proceeds. Any net proceeds above US$1.25 million will then go to the Company. Thus, the value of Nereus to the Company is nil at 10.7%. Applying a 9.7% cost of capital would result in value in Nereus of approximately US$22.18 million. The proceeds a er redemption of the preferred Class H Shares (US$20.70 million) would be $1.45 million. Of these proceeds, Nereus management would receive the full value of the US$1.25 million and the Company would receive the remaining US$0.2 million ($308,215). Conversely, an assumed increase in cost of capital of a potential acquirer would reduce the net proceeds  of a sale of the Nereus projects, and the value to the Company. For example, an 11.7% cost of capital would result in a value in Nereus of approximately US$19.39 million with the redemption of the preferred Class H Shares remaining at $US20.7 million the Company would have an obligation to fund an approximate US$1.31m ($1,768,935) to redeem the Class H Shares. The Group owns interests in Nereus, a private equity firm based in India focused on renewable energy assets, and  in NCI. The fair value as at 30 June 2018 was based on net present value of the discount cash flows of this investment. Additional investments in Nereus during the year of $780,622 (2017: $7,647,988) were fully impaired.  xii) Will PAC tell shareholders what all that means to PAC’s shareholder financial interests (in plain english)?  xiii) Who is the NEREUS Management PAC speaks about. They are not listed in the Company’s disclosures to the ASX nor in the Company’s financial reports to shareholders. We cannot find anything on them. Who are they? Pacific Current Group Limited and controlled entities ABN 39 006 708 792 Condensed consolidated financial report For the half-year  ended 31 December 2018. Provision for estimated liability for Nereus Holdings LP (Nereus) $7,688,000. As at 31 December 2018, the assessed value of the investment in Nereus was determined to be approximately $22,997,000 (US$16,203,000) with the redemption of Class H Shares estimated to be $30,941,000 (US$21,800,000). The consolidated financial statements reflect a provision for the difference between the assessed value of the underlying assets in Nereus and the Class H shares of $7,900,000 (US$5,566,000). Capital contributions to Nereus between July - December 2018 $552,000.  xiv) The statements concerning Nereus from the PAC’s financial reports - Annual Report 30 June 2018 and from the Half Yearly financial report to 31 December 2018 don’t make sense. Will PAC properly disclose the details concerning the totality of PAC’s shareholder interest in Nereus, which seem to number in the many?  xv) Will the Company disclose to its shareholders the details of all of the Nereus’ and associated entities their Company has an interest in? We look forward to receiving the answers to our shareholder questions, via the proper channels, being the ASX and recorded on the shareholder Company’s website.  Regards Michael de Tocqueville Investment Director ASI MUTUAL   Office Address 93 High Street Woodend 3442 VIC Australia Postal Address PO Box 686 Woodend 3442 VIC Australia Domestic Callers  t   03.5427.4561 f   03.5427.4672 m 0402.039.993 International Callers t   +61.3.5427.4561 f   +61.3.5427.4672 m +61.402.039.993 E    mdet@asimutual.com W  www.asimutual.com PACIFIC CURRENT GROUP LIMITED (PAC) SHAREHOLDERS CONSIDER LEGAL ACTION AGAINST THE COMPANY AND ITS DIRECTORS 2019-04-11T07:18:58Z pacific-current-limited-pac-shareholders-consider-legal-action-against-the-company-its-directors Dear Fellow Pacific Current Group Limited (PAC) Shareholder   In November 2014, Treasury Group Limited (TRG), now called Pacific Current Group Limited (PAC), executed on a joint venture with Northern Lights Capital Partners LLC (NLCP). PAC advised its shareholders NLCP was backed by Laird Norton Company (LNC) and BNP Paribas Capital Partners LLC (BNP) who were its biggest investors.   The joint venture arrangement with NLCP included the merging of its wholly owned USA based, Registered Investment Adviser (RIA) Northern Lights Capital Group LLC (NLCG) together with NLCG’s wholly owned subsidiary NLCG Distributors LLC (NLCGD), also USA based, and which is a FINRA registered broker. All of TRG’s assets, economic or otherwise, together with of those of NLCP (including NLCG and NLCG), were vended (sold) into a joint venture vehicle called the Aurora Trust (Trust). TRG was later (late 2015) rebranded as Pacific Current Group Limited. (TRG’s 20-year ‘valuable’ Australian brand name was cast aside by the Company > driven by the Joint Venture partners?).       After completion of the joint venture/merger, TRG raised $30 million dollars of equity through an institutional placement, and a further $10 million dollars raised from existing shareholders under a share purchase plan. Both equity raisings were done at $10.25 per share. When the joint venture/merger was announced, the market and existing shareholders were told that the value of Northern Lights Capital Partners’ contribution was AUD$193 million dollars. Less than two years later, the Trust had impaired the carrying value of the Northern Lights assets by AUD$137 million dollars.     The merger was a monumental disaster!   Shareholders have lost a lot of money, especially those who participated in the 2014 institutional placement and the 2015 share purchase plan.   Were you a participant in the 2014 institutional placement or share purchase plan?   I am considering legal action against the company and its directors. You may wish to join me.     If so, please contact me, details below.    Michael de Tocqueville Investment Director Mobile: 0402.039.993 mdet@asimutual.com ASI MUTUAL 93 High Street  Woodend VIC 3442 Australia Phone +61 (0) 3 5427 4561 info@asimutual.com Gold Coast Bump To Bub High Team Is All About Community 2019-04-11T02:51:54Z gold-coast-bump-to-bub-high-team-is-all-about-community As a mum of three, Jade Read, a photographer and the heart behind The Gold Coast Bump To Bub High Tea, found after each child, she became more and more isolated, the old-style parenting groups had morphed and changed into online groups and no one really met in person anymore. “Gone were the face to face events where you could share your challenges and little one’s big steps and get someone to hold your baby for a little while,” she said. “If I needed help with anything, I asked online in a group, but no one really knew me or my family. “As much as I love social media, it just doesn’t cut it when it comes to making real, personal connections. “The more I thought about it, the more I realised the close friends I made when I had my first child eight years ago, were not there for my second and third child.  It has become virtual hugs and kisses. Even at the school gate, no one really knows any one, no one has time to stop and talk so that community I had with my first child was gone. “When you are struggling, online relationships will not get you through those really tough times when you are desperate. Who is going to bring your soup when you are sick or come care for your kids if you had an appointment?” So, Jade created the Bump To Bub Events, to provide a place for local mums and mums-to-be to talk to local businesses and pregnancy related services in the local area and to spend time, in person, with other mums in their shoes. “Given so many mums now work for themselves, around raising their family, the Bump To Bub High Tea is a chance for them not only to connect with others in the community but to see they do not have to do it all by themselves. That there are businesses and support groups out there to help them along their journey,” she said. The Bump to Bub High Tea will showcase local Gold Coast businesses, services and products in an exclusive marketplace at Southport Sharks on May 4 from 9am, but it will also have a breastfeeding zone, a soft play area, pram parking and guest speaker Dr Jennifer Hacker-Pearson talking about the things she wished people had told her before having children. “This is a chance to get offline and make some real connections,” Jade said. “It is also a chance to support a great charity – Support The Girls. Founder Jane Homes will be sharing what the charity does and why it is important.” www.bumptobubevents.com 2019 ANZAC Appeal launches in NSW 2019-04-11T00:00:00Z 2019-anzac-appeal-launches-in-nsw Sydney, NSW, April 11, 2019– The 2019 ANZAC Appeal has been launched today in NSW with the theme of ANZAC Family. In support of the Appeal, RSL sub-Branches from around the state will be encouraging people to donate to receive a token (pin) or donate online to help raise funds to support Australian veterans and their families in need. RSL NSW continues to support veterans through RSL WBI and its services arms, RSL DefenceCare and Veteran Sport Australia. In 2018 alone RSL DefenceCare, a charity and not-for-profit organisation, provided over $724,000 in direct financial assistance, lodged over 2,000 claims with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, represented 180 new Veteran Review Board appeals and provided 132 counselling sessions. Following the success of the Invictus Games Sydney 2018, the newly launched Veteran Sport Australia program subsidises the costs of sporting and other recreational activities to help improve the health and wellbeing of veterans with injuries and illnesses. The impact of such programs is now widely recognised as an important way to improve veterans’ mental and physical health, self-confidence, sense of community, camaraderie and social integration. James Brown, RSL NSW President: “Over the past few years we have commemorated the earliest ANZACs - those Australians and New Zealanders who served and those that gave their life for their countries. Following this commemoration, we now turn and look to our more recent past and to the present – those Australians that embody the ANZAC spirit today – the same strength, the same sense of family. We look at those Australians currently serving and make the same connections to the very first ANZACs. “These modern ANZACs and their families need our support; from physical and emotional support, to rehabilitation and advocacy, and this is why the 2019 ANZAC Appeal focuses on the ANZAC Family. “Our family in whatever form – be it the family joined by service, or the family joined by blood, to the family born of friendship – these families support the individual. We are stronger when we are united – this is the ANZAC Family. “The funds raised from the ANZAC Appeal will be used to support the work of our state-wide professional veterans’ welfare organisation, RSL DefenceCare, which is taking calls from veterans and their families in need every day. And the newly created Veteran Sport Australia, supporting the health and wellbeing of veterans and their families through sport and recreation. Sub-Branches will receive a payment for their fundraising efforts that can be used to support the work they do in their local area.” Damien Thomlinson, RSL NSW and 2019 ANZAC Appeal Ambassador and Afghanistan veteran: “My family has been instrumental both during my time in service and as I continue in my journey of ongoing recovery and rehabilitation. This includes my military family and my actual family and friends. They provide the support I need as I continue. This network of family is vital to all our servicemen and women. The ANZAC Appeal will help with funds to look after their welfare, and to make sure that whatever difficulties they have, someone will be there to help them. This ANZAC Day we call for you to join us and pledge your support by donating to the ANZAC Appeal and be a part of the ANZAC family.” Rachel Kerrigan, 2019 ANZAC Appeal Ambassador and Afghanistan veteran: “Without sport and the family I have made through sport, at best I would still be 119kg, on 30 tablets a day, struggling to leave my house with PTSD controlling me and my life. Focusing on sport has given me back my drive, my motivation, my passion and created a support network that has helped me take control of my life again.” “Sport provided the sense of family that I was missing and provided me with a pathway and goals to achieve again in my life.” ANZAC Family This year’s Appeal aims to highlight the ANZAC Family – the veterans and those around them who support them, whether they are the traditional family unit, a sporting family like Invictus, or the community that rallies to be there for them. The spirit of ANZAC is about mateship and family - a family of veterans, their supporters and always being there for each other. No matter the situation, the spirit of ANZAC continues, the family continues. All Australians have a place in this family. From those serving currently to returned veterans, their families, their friends and those that support them – we are all part of the wider ANZAC family. People around NSW can support the 2019 NSW ANZAC Appeal by donating in person or at www.anzacfamily.com.au ENDS Photography and Footage of James Brown, Damien Thomlinson and Rachel Kerrigan are available HERE For more information or for interview requests, please contact: David Wolf Closer Communications david@closer.com.au 0411 111 787 Network Pacific Strata Management News Update 2019-04-10T05:15:03Z network-pacific-strata-management-news-update Network Pacific Group of Companies is proud to celebrate 25 years in business. This milestone provides us with an opportunity to both reflect on our past and look forward to our future.   Since opening our doors in 1994, Network Pacific Group of Companies has grown to be one of Australia’s leading property companies. Today the company has 72 staff members and manages over $5 billion worth of assets for over 20,000 clients worldwide.    Fostering a culture of innovation, excellence and continuous improvement has led to the establishment of ten affiliated companies. These include strata management, real estate sales and property management, essential services compliance, facilities management, building repairs and maintenance, ShareCar communal car use, Carparklock to prevent unauthorised parking, and building supplies at wholesale prices.    Our value-added services allow us to take care of all aspects of our clients’ property, maintenance and compliance needs. This unique one-stop-shop approach means our clients need only deal with one company, saving valuable time and money.   In 2017, we attained ISO 9001:2015 Quality Assurance Certification. This is an internationally recognised certification which we are extremely proud to have received. Our quality management system allows us to monitor quality across all of our operations and ensure our business processes meet our clients’ needs.    Our focus on service excellence and continuous improvement has led to numerous state and national business awards over the years. Our hard working and dedicated team received 20 awards in 2018 alone!   We are excited to celebrate this silver anniversary and look forward to working with our clients, staff and valued stakeholders over the next 25 years. Manheim to offer more hail affected vehicles in Sydney 2019-04-10T04:12:52Z manheim-to-offer-more-hail-affected-vehicles-in-sydney Following the unprecedented interest and sales success of the first auction, Manheim is once again offering the public a chance to buy hail damaged vehicles from the hail storm in Sydney to end 2018. Commencing Saturday, April 13 at 9:00am, over 250 cars are up for auction. From the 250 vehicles, Hyundai Motor Company are offering 120 near new, driveable and low km cars to the public. They are not on the WOVR and are being sold without registration plates. The auction provides a fantastic opportunity for the public to purchase a damaged vehicle for a great price. “The hail storm impacted our site heavily just before Christmas as well as many cars on our property and the Sydney region. Again we are offering another range of cars for people to purchase on the back of our great auction success in February,” said General Manager of Manheim NSW, Daniel O’Brien. The auction will take place at 144 Moorebank Avenue, Moorebank and via our online auction platform, Simulcast on Saturday, April 13 at 9:00am (AEST). People will be able to view the cars on Thursday, April 11 from 12:00pm AEST. For more details, please click here or contact Eric Kravos on 0409 500 221. Ends/.. For further information, please contact: Mathew McAuley – Manheim Public Relations | Mobile: +61 419 333 696 Email: mathew.mcauley@manheim.com.au About Manheim (www.manheim.com.au) As an Australian market leader in the provision of automotive and industrial remarketing services, Manheim offers a comprehensive range of asset management and disposal services. With almost 60 years of experience across a broad range of industry sectors, Manheim delivers high quality services on a national basis to help customers meet their fleet and asset management business objectives. Manheim sells assets such as passenger and commercial vehicles, trucks, trailers, machinery, motorcycles, plant and equipment and written off vehicles in regular weekly and monthly auctions open to both trade and public buyers. Manheim works with dealers, manufacturers, federal and state government agencies, local government, insurers, financiers, rental companies and fleet and leasing companies across Australia and New Zealand. For more information on the company, please visit – www.manheim.com.au   Free Online Platform Helps Safely Rehome Pets Across Australia 2019-04-10T03:49:59Z free-online-platform-helps-safely-rehome-pets-across-australia Rescue Pets Australia seeks to alleviate burdens on shelters across the country by offering a free online service to connect pet owners looking to rehome pets with those looking to adopt   Rescue Pets Australia is determined to make rehoming pets an easier and less stressful process while assuring that no surrendered pet ever has to be euthanised again. The Melbourne based company is an online platform designed to help pet owners who can no longer look after their pets connect with animal lovers looking to adopt a new friend.   The free online platform serves an important need all across Australia. Current data shows that across Australian, over 1,000 pets are given up for adoption every day. For those looking to surrender their pets to shelters, the cost can be around $200—a fee that some pet owners are unable to afford. If the owner is able to afford the surrender fees, the pet may face a traumatic situation by being placed into a large, noisy environment and kept in a cage, which can cause unnecessary stress for the animal and the surrendering party.   With so many pets being surrendered nationally, the unfortunate reality is that many of them are euthanised to make room to meet the demands of budget and space limitations. With this and other challenges in mind, Brett Watson created Rescue Pets Australia as a free and easy way to alleviate the many burdens that pet owners looking to surrender their pets face, as well as those burdens experienced by pet shelters.   “As an animal lover, ensuring that surrendered pets go to a loving home is of utmost importance to me,” Brett said, “Rescue Pets Australia makes this a reality by giving owners a free, national platform on which to advertise their pets so they can make connections with other pet lovers looking to adopt. It’s a win-win for everyone involved. The pet goes to a new loving home, the owner can have peace of mind that their pet is taken care of with no additional costs incurred and we take some of the burden off of the already overburdened animal shelters across the country.”   Rescue Pets Australia is easy to use and free to list on. Owners advertise their pets with a profile and pictures, and those seeking to adopt can search by a number of filters, including breed, gender, location, age and more. The process is safe while providing a less traumatic way of giving a pet up for adoption than placing it in a shelter.   The service was started in September 2018 and has been met with a positive response. Rescue Pets Australia boasts a social media following of 26,000 pet lovers and growing. Their website has over 15,000 page views each day, and over 1,000 pets have found loving homes through the system.   To learn more about Recue Pets Australia or to find your new adoptable friend, visit https://www.rescuepets.com.au/. Danes Specialty Coffee wins Champion Australian Roaster second year running 2019-04-09T03:58:50Z danes-specialty-coffee-wins-champion-australian-roaster-second-year-running Sydney, Australia, 9 April 2019 – Sydney coffee roaster, Danes Specialty Coffee, has been named Champion Australian Roaster for the second year running at the Australian International Coffee Awards (AICA). The awards, held by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV), attract entries from all over the world, with over 805 entries from 151 local and international coffee roasters. “For more than 20 years we’ve built strong relationships throughout our supply chain, from grower to barista, to ensure we can extract the best possible flavour from the beans. To be recognised two years in a row at one of the specialty coffee industry’s most highly regarded awards is a tremendous validation of the effort our whole team puts in,” said Paul Jackson, managing director and owner, Danes. With its focus on coffee education, Danes continues to drive Australia’s specialty coffee industry forward, including training baristas at its headquarters in Brookvale on Sydney’s northern beaches. According to Jackson, “The standard of the Australian specialty coffee industry has improved dramatically in recent years, so this drives the Danes team to obsess over the smallest details to ensure our customers get the best coffee flavour possible each and every day.” Danes prides itself on exceptional consistency across its product range, with high standards to ensure on the most character-filled beans make it to the consumer. Danes sources the best coffee cherries from across the globe, roasts them with care to bring out the best attributes for each origin, blends with precision, and matches to the most suitable brewing method for each product. As well as winning the Champion Australian Roaster title, Danes was also awarded: Gold for its Ascension blend in the espresso blend category Gold for its Kenya Gakundu in the pour over single origin category Silver for its Kenya Ndiaini in the cold brew coffee category Bronze for its Guatemala Finca Anonal in the espresso single origin category Bronze for its Kenya Gakundu in the espresso single origin category Bronze for its Kenya Ndiaini in the espresso single origin category Bronze for its Guatemala Finca Anonal in the pour over single origin category Bronze for its Kenya Ndiaini in the pour over single origin category Bronze for its Costa Rica Las Lajas in the pour over single origin category The judging took place over three days in March at the Melbourne Showgrounds. Head Judge Melissa Caia commended the high standards of entries in all categories, with over 330 medals awarded. The Champion Australian Roaster award is based on a points allocation from results across the various categories. Danes win reflects the consistency and quality of its range across blends and single origin, with adaptability to a mix of brewing methods. About Danes Specialty Coffee For over 20 years, Danes Specialty Coffee has been dedicated to providing Australians with the freshest and best tasting coffee. From sourcing the best beans from across the globe, through to roasting and distribution through our online store and cafe partners, Danes ensures the highest quality through monitoring and nurturing the coffee from seed to cup with the focus firmly on flavour. With online sales and subscriptions for homes and office, you need never suffer a bad cup of coffee again. Danes headquarters in Brookvale on Sydney’s northern beaches also provides training to baristas and home brewers to ensure the final coffee drinking experience is nothing short of exceptional. Find out more at www.danes.com.au. For more information or to arrange an interview: Paul Jackson Managing Director and Owner P: 0418 413 972 ADRI Announces Meso March in May as part of Global Asbestos Awareness Week 2019-04-08T23:13:03Z adri-announces-meso-march-in-may-as-part-of-global-asbestos-awareness-week-1 MEDIA RELEASE: 3 April 2019 ADRI Announces Meso March in May as part of Global Asbestos Awareness Week Mesothelioma is an asbestos-related disease caused from inhaling asbestos fibres. There is no cure. To mark Global Asbestos Awareness Week, the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute (ADRI) today announced their 3rd Annual Meso March in May to raise awareness of the dangers of asbestos, show community support for people affected by this terrible disease, and raise vital funds to support the life-saving work of the ADRI. Australia has one of the world’s highest incidences of malignant mesothelioma per capita, with more than 700 new cases diagnosed each year as a result of the extensive use of asbestos in a wide-range of products. If disturbed and these products release fibres into the air that can be inhaled, this can cause malignant mesothelioma, lung cancer, cancer of the larynx and ovary, asbestosis and benign pleural disease. On Sunday 5 May, 60-year-old Sandie Foreman a victim of mesothelioma will lead hundreds of supporters in ADRI’s Meso March in May, a 4.5 kilometre circuit walk around Concord.  Although Sandie hadn’t worked with asbestos-containing materials she had unknowingly been exposed to fibres in her workplace and in 2016, her life changed forever when she was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma after an abdominal X-ray picked up a small lesion on the pleura of her left lung. “I had no respiratory symptoms at all. I’d exercised regularly, lived a healthy lifestyle and there was no family history of lung cancer (or any other cancers) so my GP didn’t consider me to be in a high risk group for any form of lung disease. Through the Meso March in May I hope people will join me and my Meso Mutts in striding toward a cure while building greater community awareness of the dangers of asbestos.”  Professor Ken Takahashi, Director of the ADRI said, “Although asbestos was banned in Australia in 2003, our legacy affords us the unenviable statistic of continuing to record the world’s highest number of mesothelioma deaths per capita. “With asbestos-related diseases recognised as a preventable global health threat, through increasing community awareness of this dangerous substance, the Meso March in May will be playing a critical role in preventing a disease that takes the lives of 12 Australians every week. In the past, Australians diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma were primarily men caused from work-related exposure. However, according to the Australian Mesothelioma Registry (2016), around one third of Australians exposed to asbestos fibres occurred in non-work-related situations. Of these around 50% were women with exposure most common among people who had done major home renovations involving asbestos-containing products. “Our hope is that through the Meso March in May, we can increase awareness of the dangers of asbestos, show community support for people like Sandie and generate funds to enable the ADRI to continue our life-saving research that aims to make mesothelioma history,” Professor Takahashi said. The Meso March in May commences at Edwards Park (Brewer Street end) and includes Greenlees Park, Jesse Steward Reserve, Rothwell Park and Queen Elizabeth Park. People are encouraged to bring their families and dogs to take part in the 4.5 kilometre circuit walk around Concord from 10:00am until 11:00am. Registrations open from 9.30am at Brewer Street, Central Concord. Register today for ADRI’s 3rd Annual Meso March in May to show your support for people living with mesothelioma and their families. Entry fees are $40 per adult, dogs are $5 and kids are free.  We invite people to promote the event using social media and conduct fundraising through the MyCause registration platform which is optional. Donations of $2 or more will be gratefully received and are fully tax-deductible. Anyone can help by sponsoring a friend or by making a tax-deductible donation today. All funds raised will support ADRI’s research, clinical studies, prevention and support services for patients and their families affected by mesothelioma. REGISTER TODAY FOR THE MESO MARCH IN MAY: http://adri.org.au/mesomarch/   -ENDS-  ---------------------------- JOURNALIST NOTES EVENT DETAILS:      Date: Sunday May 5th 2019      Times:      - 9.30am: Registrations at Edwards Park      - 10am-11am: Meso March Walk      - 11am-12pm: Light refreshments at Briar’s Sport Club, Wellbank Street Concord**      Parks: Edwards Park, Greenlees Park, Jesse Steward Reserve, Rothwell Park and Queen Elizabeth Park      Wear: White, blue or olive green. A black ADRI baseball cap will be provided on the day. ENTRY FEES      Adults: $40.00      Children: FREE      Dogs: $5.00 **Note: dogs not permitted at Briar’s Sport Club.   TRANSPORT      Free street parking      466 bus from Ashfield to Cabarita via Burwood. Alight at Brewer Street      River Cat from Circular Quay or Parramatta. Alight at Cabarita. Take the 464 Cabarita to Burwood bus to Brewer Street ASBESTOS DISEASES RESEARCH INSTITUTE The Asbestos Diseases Research Institute (ADRI) primary objectives are to: Improve the diagnosis and treatment of asbestos-related disease and at the same time to contribute to more effective measures to prevent exposure to asbestos.  With the establishment of the ADRI, as the first stand-alone research institute in the world dedicated to tackling this silent and still increasing epidemic, Australia has taken a vital step forward in the international fight against asbestos-related diseases. As a response to the increasing incidence of malignant mesothelioma in Australia, the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute (ADRI), located in the Bernie Banton Centre, Concord NSW was opened by the then Prime Minister, the Hon. Kevin Rudd in January 2009. ADRI was established by the Asbestos Diseases Research Foundation (a charitable not-for-profit organisation) dedicated to preventing asbestos related diseases.  ASBESTOS-RELATED DISEASES Asbestos-Related Disease Statistics The number of new malignant mesothelioma cases provides a measure of asbestos exposure among the Australian population.  This is because there is a strong causal association between asbestos exposure and malignant mesothelioma.  A total of 15,884 people were newly diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma in Australia between 1982 and 2015, with men making up 83.6% of all cases. Since 2011, more than 700 cases of newly diagnosed malignant mesothelioma cases have been reported each year. Mesothelioma Mesothelioma is a cancer arising from the lining (mesothelium) of the thoracic and abdominal cavities. The disease is usually advanced before symptoms appear, making an early diagnosis and effective treatment very difficult. The average survival time after diagnosis is only 10-12 months. A small exposure to asbestos can be enough to trigger the cancer, however a relatively small percentage of people exposed to asbestos fibres will eventually develop mesothelioma. There usually is a lag of 20-50 years after the first asbestos exposure before the disease is diagnosed. Pleural Disease Inflammation of the outer lining of the lung, the pleura (where asbestos fibres are deposited). The pleura stiffens and thickens widely (diffuse thickening) or in patches (plaques), and can fill with fluid. Asbestosis This is scarring of the lungs by inhalation of large quantities of asbestos fibres: the lung becomes inflamed and scarred (stiff) making breathing progressively difficult. Symptoms include tightness in the chest, dry cough, and in the later stages, a bluish tinge to the skin caused by lack of oxygen. Asbestosis is usually seen in former asbestos miners, asbestos manufacturing workers and insulation workers, and usually takes a decade or more to develop. Lung Cancer Exposure to asbestos fibres greatly increases the risk of developing lung cancer in people who smoke. MALIGNANT MESOTHELIOMA Malignant mesothelioma (MM) almost uniquely caused by asbestos exposure was seldom diagnosed until the 1960’s.  Since 2011 more than 700 Australians were diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma each year and experts have estimated that there were at least another 1,350 Australians with lung cancer caused by asbestos.  A tragic consequence of highly intensive use of asbestos and its products in Australia in the previous century, it is estimated that these figures will continue to rise in the coming decades.   MM is a disease that develops several years after the first exposure to asbestos fibres.  However, the disease is currently also diagnosed in young adults incidentally exposed to asbestos fibres as children. The fact that approximately 1/3 of older Australian homes built or renovated before the mid 1980’s contain asbestos, reinforces the significance of Australians undertaking adequate preventive measures. The prognosis of MM patients is poor and almost all will experience severely debilitating symptoms. MM is only partially responding to the current forms of oncologic therapy and currently there is no curative treatment for the disease. It is therefore critical that we make a substantial investment in medical research to find better means of understanding the specific biology of MM in order to try to achieve better clinical outcomes for people affected by the disease. Why invest in research in Malignant Mesothelioma (MM) When compared to other frequently diagnosed cancers such as breast cancer and melanoma, MM has been under-studied. However, outcomes of research conducted into MM provide excellent opportunities for insights into cancer that can be widely applied.  For example: a)      The carcinogen is known: For most solid human malignancies, the actual carcinogen is not known (even for cigarette smoke where multiple carcinogens have been implicated). The single dominant carcinogen for the development of MM is asbestos.  Therefore, its role can be followed in studies ranging from the laboratory to epidemiological studies. b)      At-risk cohorts can be identified and followed: One of the keys to studying populations at risk of cancer is to be able to identify those at highest risk.  Because individuals who have been exposed to high levels of asbestos are at (high) risk of developing MM (e.g., occupational exposure), these individuals can be followed prospectively over decades in screening/biomarker studies. c)      High quality animal models exist: Animal models of MM pathogenesis and treatment can be studied and translated into novel therapies for MM patients. d)      Novel treatments are desperately needed: The options for current standard treatment are limited and new agents can be investigated relatively easily. e)      ADRI researchers have identified a novel treatment approach for malignant mesothelioma and significant investments are needed to fast track further development in the clinic. f)       Common responsibility: MM as a man-made disease that not only asks for responsibility from employers and legislators, but also from Australian society that as a whole, has permitted intensive asbestos use in the past.  REFERENCES Park EK, Yates DH, Hyland RA, Johnson AR. 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