The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2018-11-16T00:48:31Z Rimini Street Expands Investment and Operations in Asia-Pacific 2018-11-16T00:48:31Z 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. Clients can remain on their current software release without any required upgrades for a minimum of 15 years. Over 1,700 global Fortune 500, midmarket, public sector and other organizations from a broad range of industries currently rely on Rimini Street as their trusted, third-party support provider. To learn more, please visit http://www.riministreet.com/, follow @riministreet on Twitter and find Rimini Street on Facebook and LinkedIn. (C-RMNI) Forward-Looking Statements Certain statements included in this communication are not historical facts but are forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements generally are accompanied by words such as “may,” “should,” “would,” “plan,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “seem,” “seek,” “continue,” “future,” “will,” “expect,” “outlook” or other similar words, phrases or expressions. 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These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, continued inclusion in the Russell 2000 Index in the future; changes in the business environment in which Rimini Street operates, including inflation and interest rates, and general financial, economic, regulatory and political conditions affecting the industry in which Rimini Street operates; adverse developments in pending litigation or in the government inquiry or any new litigation; the final amount and timing of any refunds from Oracle related to our litigation; our need and ability to raise additional equity or debt financing on favorable terms; the terms and impact of our 13.00% Series A Preferred Stock; changes in taxes, laws and regulations; competitive product and pricing activity; difficulties of managing growth profitably; the success of our recently introduced products and services, including Rimini Street Mobility, Rimini Street Analytics, Rimini Street Advanced Database Security, and services for Salesforce Sales Cloud and Service Cloud products; the loss of one or more members of Rimini Street’s management team; uncertainty as to the long-term value of Rimini Street’s equity securities; and those discussed under the heading “Risk Factors” in Rimini Street’s Quarterly Report on 10-Q filed on November 8, 2018, which disclosures amend and restate the disclosures appearing under the heading “Risk Factors” in Rimini Street’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 15, 2018, and as updated from time to time by Rimini Street’s future Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K, and other filings by Rimini Street with the Securities and Exchange Commission. 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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. Dr Anh speaks out in response to the media frenzy about the issue of plastic surgeons’ social media being responsible for body image anxiety. 2018-10-25T02:16:42Z dr-anh-speaks-out-in-response-to-the-media-frenzy-about-the-issue-of-plastic-surgeons-social-media-being-responsible-for-body-image-anxiety The solution to low body image issues is quite simple, argues Perth Female Plastic Surgeon, Dr Anh. She writes an open letter in response to the media frenzy about the issue of plastic surgeons’ social media being responsible for body image anxiety. It is disappointing to read the gross generalisations in the articles in the Daily telegraph and the Sydney Morning Herald that suggest that Plastic Surgeons are part of the growing problem of body image anxieties. As a female plastic surgeon in Perth who is active on social media, as a woman who has had her fair share of insecurities about her body, as a mum of 3 children including a 12 year old daughter, I would argue that this is a sweeping generalisation and one I find negative and somewhat insulting to those of us who are against body shaming and passionate about empowering body positivity. To point the finger at social media of plastic surgeons as one cause of a complex problem is I believe oversimplistic and ignoring a much bigger issue. Body image anxieties are a real concern. It is frightening to learn of statistics from Prof Rumsey saying that 11 year olds are wanting cosmetic procedures. It is sad to learn that poor body image is one of the 3 biggest concerns of our young people. I worry how this will affect my children, as I do not want them to grow up with poor body image, like I did, and like so many of my patients who see me. Dissatisfaction about how one looks can affect one’s confidence, and can negatively impact on every aspect of one’s life. I know first hand seeing how many people don’t want to do something because they fear rejection, failure or disapproval because they lack self-worth and often it is linked to how they negatively see themselves and their appearance. But do our young people feel this way because what some plastic surgeons have posted on their social media feed? Let’s be real here, people feel this way because they live in a world where beautiful, sexy, attractive is celebrated and promoted EVERYWHERE – on TV, in magazines, on billboards, in shop windows – not just on social media. And coupled with the harsh reality that the world is cruel. Even without magazines and TV influencing our perceptions, fleeting or deliberate comments from other children, teenagers and adults whether innocent and unintentional or not, can and do crush self esteem and confidence. Being teased or being told you are fat and ugly or have a big nose or whatever, is enough to play on our minds, and sadly, has longevity. And this type of bullying about one’s appearance begins from such a young age, and I don’t think that is because of social media. I see children worried about their prominent ears because the kids at school are mean. I see some adults who have little to no confidence and they attribute that to being bullied when younger because they were overweight. Where are we learning to be so mean? Whatever happened to the adage, if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. I grew up before social media when we all had varying degrees of dissatisfaction with our bodies merely because I believed we lived in a time where the supermodels Cindy, Claudia, Kate and Kristy and magazines like Dolly, Cleo and Cosmopolitan portrayed the notion that being beautiful, skinny, perfect were what we aspired to be like and if we didn’t we felt awkward and unattractive. Perhaps we didn’t all follow these models and magazines, but the problem of not feeling good about how we looked is age old. Centuries before women were wearing corsets to cinch in their waist so making them attractive to potential suitors looking for fertility in a woman. Wonder if women back then had body image issues? They probably had some dissatisfaction if they didn’t meet society’s view of attractive then but perhaps they never articulated it. Or maybe people were more tolerant and embracing of all shapes and sizes and appearances back then? Scientific studies have shown that people are drawn to features of beauty instinctively – and that doesn’t require influences externally. There is an argument that it is innate to be drawn to certain physical characteristics, and so whilst social media can certainly influence trends, as Kylie Jenner has in my mind, redefined the image of beauty, there is so much more to this problem of poor body image than can be blamed on plastic surgeons and social media. Add the era of the internet and social media and now everything is available online. But I do not believe it is what is splashed everywhere that has killed our body confidence, in as much as the culture where its ok to troll others, speak unkind words, be overly critical, be cruel and pass judgement on others that in my mind has fuelled body image anxieties. I am not a psychologist or sociologist and don’t claim to have the answers to a complex and concerning problem, but I do believe the onus is on society at large to change how we treat others and to start from a young age to foster tolerance, acceptance and values of kindness. As a plastic surgeon, we have a responsibility to be a part of the solution. I do believe that we already help so many patients find their self worth, love themselves more, become less self conscious and live their best lives. But we also need to make sure that we don’t set unrealistic, unattainable expectations for our patients, sexualise or trivialise what we do or make people feel worse about themselves so we can offer solutions to their problems. As members of the Australian Society of Plastic surgeons and Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, we need to advance the specialty of plastic surgery so we can help more people. We should work together with body image specialists to find solutions to fostering healthy positive body image in society, and ensure our social media and marketing is ethical realistic, professional and honest. For some people, finding one’s self worth may require counselling. For others it might be about career advancement. And some it might mean lifestyle changes. However there will always be some women and men who want to address a physical concern that holds them back from feeling good about themselves and achieving what they want to. This is equally valid, and articles and opinions that criticise or mock those of us who want to invest in ourselves and improve our appearance, do the opposite of helping us. They actually fuel even more angst. I am not claiming that plastic surgery fixes low body image. I am not arguing that if you don’t like something about your physical appearance then fix it and your woes will be over. I am not advocating that we should all go and get a boob job because the ones we saw on social media are amazing and if we don’t we will feel less of a person. Sorry for the dramatic sarcastic tone, but I am sick and tired of shaming those who want to do something for themselves. So long as the individuals have realistic expectations and are doing it for themselves and for the right reasons, it isn’t right to criticise them, or judge them as being superficial, vain, weak or any other negative undertones that some people automatically associate with plastic surgery. We don’t need to agree with their choices but we should learn to respect their autonomy in the very least. It would be my hope that we learn to be encouraging and supportive of each other rather than criticise and shame each other’s choices. I for one see women and men of all different age groups and from all walks of life who simply want to improve an area of their skin, face or body that bothers them and affects their confidence, happiness and freedom to be their best selves. In no way are these patients coming in feeling crap about themselves because they aspire to be like influencers. The overwhelming majority of my patients don’t want to be someone else – they only want to be the best version of themselves whatever age or stage of life they are at. Some have insecurities from a young age when someone teased them and that has stuck with them through most of their life. Some have insecurities that have formed from growing up in this society that is skewed in favour of who and what is beautiful. Many are going through key stages in their life when they want to feel good about themselves. Mums who feel frumpy and unattractive after having kids want to address their post-pregnancy body. Men and women who have left long term relationships want to regain their self confidence that a breakup has taken its toll on. Some want to not look aged so they can hang onto their jobs. Whetever the reason so long as it is for the patient who has realistic expectations, plastic surgery can be highly transformative, not only physically but also in how it translates positively to every aspect of one’s life. At the end of the day, social media is not going away and we cannot stop people looking and following Instagram accounts of those they relate to or engage with and search for what fits with their belief systems. For the surgeons who are posting risqué pictures labelled as “soft porn”, they are likely attracting patients who identify with those desired outcomes, but I know that my patients or those who follow me share the same values that I do about empowering others to be their best and kind self. Each to their own so long as we are not breaching professional and ethical guidelines, and not lumped into one basket as being part of a serious complex problem. With further collaboration and research, we can all be part of a solution. CannaTech Sydney Speakers & Topics 2018-10-23T07:58:28Z cannatech-sydney-speakers-topics Media Advisory CannaTech Sydney Speakers & Topics Showcasing Medical Cannabis Industry Thought Leaders in Business, Medical Science & Technology at Australia’s First Medical Cannabis Summit October 28-30 Tel Aviv & Sydney, Oct. 23, 2018…CannaTech Sydney, Australia’s first ever Medical Cannabis Summit will highlight the biggest industry thought leaders known for their significant and ground-breaking contributions to the exploding global cannabis market in all fields. CannaTech covers a wide breadth of the most current industry topics agenda including presentations that cover Medical Science, Technology, Investment, International Regulation and more. Participants from around the world will gather at Doltone House, Darling Island. The summit will be preceded on October 28 by a special Cannabis Business Symposium. Journalists and photographers must register in advance! NOTE: There will be an on-site PRESS BRIEFING with CannaTech CEO Saul Kaye and several top international and Australian medical cannabis leaders on Monday, October 29, 11:15-11:45 am. Check with registration desk to confirm location. Following is a schedule of topics and speakers. Schedule subject to change. Sunday September 28, Business Symposium 14:00 - 14:30 Global Investment Trends and Forecasts: A Macro Assessment of the APAC Cannabis Market John Kagia/ Chief Knowledge Officer, Industry Analytics, New Frontier Data 14:30 - 15:00 Business Keynote: Making Sense of the Surging Global Cannabis Market Bruce Linton, Founder, Chairman and Co-CEO, Canopy Growth 15:00 - 15:30 How to Stay Competitive in an Expanding Global Market (the branding & marketing of medical cannabis) Brad Gobel, Director of Regulated Industries, Shopify Chris-Driessen, Partner; President, Organa Brands U.S. Jeremy-Heid, Co-Founder; President, Organa Brands International 15:30 - 16:00 Cannabusiness and Academia; Building for the Next Generation Nitin Mantri, Associate Professor, RMIT University Ron Lipsky, VP of Business Development, MGC Pharma 16:30 - 16:50 Going Global: Cannabis Business Opportunities in Latin America Alfredo Pascual, International Analyst, Marijuana Business Daily 16:50 - 17:00 Wholesale Cannabis Merchant Trading Platform Experience Saul Singer, Co-Founder & CEO of CMTREX 17:00 - 17:30 An In-depth Look at European Medical Cannabis 17:30 - 17:45 Constance Finley, Founder and CEO, Constance Therapeutics 17:45 - 18:15 Regulation’s Role in Global Partnerships & Cannabis Business Decisions Deepak Anand, VP, Business Development & Government Relations, Cannabis Compliance Inc. Pat McCutcheon, President and CEO, MediPharm Elaine Darby, Managing Director, AusCann Group Holdings Ltd Lynn Honderd, Co-Founder & CEO, Mary 18:15 - 18:45 Panel: Capital Market, The How and Why of Going Public Stephen Silver/ Managing Director, Hunter Capital Advisors Director, Capital Markets, TheraCann International Benchmark Corporation Jeremy Leibler, Partner, Arnold Bloch Leibler 18:45 - 19:00 Cannabis Investment Overview: Fear, Risk & How to Spot a Winner Brian Sheng, General Partner, Arcview Group 19:00 Closing Remarks Saul Kaye, CEO, Founder of iCAN: israel cannabis Monday, October 29, Summit Day 1 9:30 - 09:45 Lorne Gertner, Chairman & Co-Founder, Hiku Brands Company Ltd. Helen Kapalos, Chairperson, Victorian Multicultural Commission 09:45 - 10:00 The Ethnopharmacological History of Cannabis Justin Sinclair, Research Fellow, NICM 10:00 - 10:30 Policy & Regulation Panel: Getting on the Map in Global Medical Cannabis Policy and Next Steps for Australia Deepak Anand, VP, Business Development & Government Relations, Cannabis Compliance Inc. Mimi Busk Downey, Director of Regulatory Affairs, TheraCann International Benchmark Corporation Jonathan Zaid, Director of Advocacy and Corporate Social Responsibility, Aurora Carol Ireland, CEO and Managing Director, Epilepsy Action Australia 10:30 - 10:45 Humans of Medical Cannabis: The Road to 'Rylie's Law' Rylie Maedler, President & Founder, Rylie's Sunshine 10:45 - 11:15 Pharma 2.0 – Exploring the Development of Cannabis as Medicine Dr. Guy Chamberland, CSO & Regulatory Affairs, Tetra Bio-Pharma Constance Finley, Founder and CEO, Constance Therapeutics Sharlene Mavor, Medical Cannabis Research Australia (NFO) Dr. Melanie Kelly, Professor, Dalhousie University, Canada 11:45 - 12:00 Macro Trends on Global Cannabis Market (Including CBD) Giadha Decarcer, Founder & CEO, New Frontier Data 12:00 - 12:30 All Star Canadian Panel Vinay Tolia/ CEO, The Flowr Joshua Eades, Vice President, Chief Science Officer, Tilray Pradyum Sekar, CEO, Sail Cannabis 12:30 - 12:45 Beyond Physician and Patient Education Pradyum Sekar, CEO, Sail Cannabis 12:45 - 13:15 Global Insights Panel Cam Battley, Chief Corporate Officer, Aurora Cannabis Dr. Stewart Washer, VP Business Development, AusCann Ltd 13:15 - 13:30 Nutraceutical, Cannaceutical, and Pharmaceutical Stephane Redey, Scientific Industry Advisor, PhD, Creso Pharma 14:30 - 15:00 Effecting Change: The Advocates' Road to Compassionate Care Alice Oleary Randall, Medical Cannabis Pioneer, Editor-in-Chief, Mary's Lucy Haslam, Executive Director, Co-Founder, United in Compassion Lynn Honderd, Co-Founder & CEO, Mary 15:00 - 15:15 Cannabis & Cancer Research Prof. Marco Falasca, Professor, School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, Curtin University 15:15 - 15:30 The PELICAN study: Results and Implications for Policy Anastasia Suraev, Clinical Research Officer, Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics 15:30 - 15:50 Australia’s First Producer Fleta Solomon, Managing Director, Little Green Pharma 15:45 - 16:05 Navigating Australia’s Cannabis Landscape Paul Mavor, Director, Health House and Medical Cannabis Research Australia 16:05 - 16:30 Using Microbes in Commercial Cannabis Cultivation Colin Bell, Chief Growth Officer, Growcentia Tuesday October 30, Summit Day 2 09:30 - 9:45 Next Gen Research: Clinical Research Programs Including Soon-to-be-Published Driving Data Prof Iain McGregor, Academic Director, Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics 09:45 - 10:10 The Methodology of Studying and Doing Cannabis Research Dy. Ryan Vandrey, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University 10:10 - 10:35 The Regulation of the Cultivation and Manufacture of Medicinal Cannabis Products John Skerritt, Adjunct Prof FTSE FIPAA (Vic), Deputy Secretary, Department of Health, Australia 10:35 - 10:55 Chemotype Variance and the Relation to Clinical Health Outcomes Andrew Samann, CEO and Founder, Orion GMP Solutions 11:00 - 11:15 Potential of Cannabis-Based Medicines to Treat Psychiatric Illness and Improve Brain Health Dr. Katrina Green, Researcher, Lecturer, University of Wollongong 11:45 - 12:00 From Hemp to Cannabis: Around the World in Two Decades Paul Benhaim, Executive Director and CEO, Elixinol Global Limited 12:00 - 12:15 Expert Research on Cannabis for Epilepsy Prof. Uri Kramer, Scientific Advisor, MGC Pharma 12:15 - 12:30 Medical Research: Cancer and Full-spectrum Products, CBD:THC Synergy and Pain Jonathan Arnold, Associate Professor, Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics 12:30 - 12:50 T​he Education and Administration of Medical Cannabis Treatment for Paediatric Care Naama Saban, RN BcS, Medifarm 12:50 - 13:10 Patient Centric Consumer Trends: Canadian Data Tells the Story Matei Olaru, CEO, Lift & Co. 13:10 - 13:30 Health, Science and Policy: A Patient First Agenda Dr. Mark Ware, Chief Medical Officer, Canopy Growth 14:30 - 14:50 The Importance of Maintaining an Honest Business Charles Feldmann, Head of International Cannabis Team, Cantafio Feldmann Nagel 14:50 - 15:10 Ensuring a Reliable, Economic, Practical and Safe Cannabis Regulatory Framework Chris Bolton, COO and Founder, TheraCann International Benchmark Corporation 15:10 - 15:30 Lessons from Canada: Medical Education and the Road Forward for Medical Cannabis in Australia Daniel Schecter, Co-founder & Medical Director of the Canadian Cannabinoid Medical Clinic 16:00 - 16:15 Science & Medicine: Next Steps in Cannabis Extraction Technology Pat-McCutcheon, President and CEO, MediPharm Labs 16:30 - 17:00 3 Under 30: The Future of Australian Medical Cannabis Adam Miller, Founder and CEO, BuddingTech Rhys Cohen/ Project Officer, Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics Australian Media Contact for interviews, media enquiries and registration: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com To register and for further information contact Laura Kam, laura@kamgs.com, 972-54-806-8613. CannaTech Announces Platinum Sponsorships for CannaTech Sydney, Australia’s First Ever Medical Cannabis Conference, October 28-30 2018-10-15T22:18:14Z cannatech-announces-platinum-sponsorships-for-cannatech-sydney-australias-first-ever-medical-cannabis-conference-october-28-30 CannaTech Announces Platinum Sponsorships for CannaTech Sydney, Australia’s First Ever Medical Cannabis Conference, October 28-30 Spectrum, New Frontier Data, MGC Pharma and Theracann will be attending and sponsoring the CannaTech event Tel Aviv & Sydney, October 16, 2018…CannaTech, the creator of the world’s premier cannabis events, is pleased to announce its Platinum Sponsorships for CannaTech Sydney, Australia’s first ever Medical Cannabis Summit taking place October 28-30, 2018 in Sydney. Saul Kaye, Founder and CEO of CannaTech and iCAN: Israel Cannabis issued the following statement: "We are thrilled that these companies are the leading sponsors of CannaTech Sydney and greatly appreciate their support. Australia and the APAC region are an exciting and growing medical cannabis market and we value the participation of these top companies which will help shine a light on this emerging industry. Each of these companies bring unique and ground-breaking expertise to CannaTech and we look forward to having them share their in-depth knowledge with our audience which will hail from the Continent and around the world. " Spectrum Cannabis is the new Australian branch of Canopy Growth, the world’s largest publicly traded cannabis company currently worth over $15 billion (USD). New Frontier Data is the leader in providing unbiased vetted information to stakeholders in the global cannabis industry. The will be providing data on the medical cannabis industry in Australia as well as on Hemp and CBD in China, Hong Kong and Asia. MCG Pharma, an Australian company that recently received a significant $1,000,000 (USD) investment from CannaGlobal, solidifying its place as Australia’s leading cannabis wellness and lifestyle products business. TheraCann International provides business, technology and industry experts who apply advanced technology to help clients design, build and run their cannabis businesses. We are all looking forward to CannaTech Sydney to move the industry forward and, most importantly, help patients throughout the continent and region. The CannaTech Sydney Summit will cover the most current industry topics including Ag Tech & Innovation, Business & Finance, Policy & Regulation, Science & Medicine. Human interest stories will be an important component of the program. The summit will take place at Doltone House Darling Island Wharf. Click here for list of CannaTech Sydney speakers and daily schedule. About iCAN: Israel-Cannabis iCAN is building the global cannabis ecosystem. iCAN identifies and accelerates innovative medical cannabis technologies and creates synergies and cooperation across the industry. iCAN uses its global network and reach to position Israel as the leading medical cannabis tech hub. About CannaTech CannaTech is powered by iCAN. CannaTech is the premier international cannabis summit held annually in Tel Aviv, and internationally in London, Panama, and for the first time in Sydney, Australia in October 2018 and Hong Kong in November 2018. For further information, media inquiries and journalist registration contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com IMC19 brings the future of science into focus 2018-09-25T22:43:44Z imc19-brings-the-future-of-science-into-focus-1 Critical discoveries and research that will help to transform health, science and industry are set to be the lasting legacy of the 19th International Microscopy Congress (IMC19), according to leaders of the scientific world. Held every four years, IMC19 saw more than 2,100 of the world’s top scientists and researchers from 48 countries come together at ICC Sydney to network, collaborate and discover the latest high-tech instrumentation and systems in microscopy and microanalysis. IMC19 also inspired the next generation of young scientists with its Schools Outreach Program, which welcomed 570 students from 19 schools. The program also featured a “Young Scientists Assembly” where 50 young scientists from around the world enjoyed the opportunity to discuss career planning with some of the most senior figures in the field. Professor Simon Ringer, Congress Chair, said the impact of IMC19 would be revealed over time from the global scientific community. “Innovations in microscopy enable us to extend our understanding of ourselves and the world around us. IMC19 brought together leaders in both the development and the application of microscopy in a huge range of disciplines,” he said. “These connections will ultimately lead to breakthroughs, as researchers take the insights from advanced microscopy to develop a treatment for cancer, a vaccine for a virus, or a new 3D printed metallurgical alloy that improves our atmosphere by being strong and light and thereby fuel and greenhouse gas efficient.” The week-long scientific program included presentations by four expert plenary speakers, two Nobel Laureates, 150 invited presenters as well as 26 pre-congress workshops and 463 oral talks, bridging the primary streams of Frontier Issues; Instrumentation and Techniques; Physical and Life Sciences. The pioneering IMC19 Outreach Learning Program welcomed high school students to experience the very latest light and electron microscope equipment and a chance to meet with researchers and specialists in microscopy. Mrs Diane Fairweather, Head of Science, Riverstone High School, said the program allowed students to access cutting-edge technology. “This was a great STEM initiative by IMC19 and an amazing experience for the students who came. We don’t have these microscopes at our school and without the IMC19 Outreach Program, most of our students wouldn’t be able to use this equipment,” said Fairweather. “Our students are engaged; they are learning directly from experts on things like using the lens to focus – it’s a real hands-on experience.” The Outreach Program offered students access to the latest equipment including, VR, four scanning electron microscopes, 20 life microscopes and 3D printing. Equipment and demonstrations were supported by Zeiss, Leica, AXT, Keepad Interactive, NewSpec, ATA, Coherent, UNSW Art and Design and Me3D. Citing recent examples of some of the life-changing advancements that have developed as a direct result of microscopy, Dr Alan Finkel, Australia’s Chief Scientist, inspired the audience at IMC19 and set the scene for a week of breakthroughs in his opening address. “An investment in this field (microscopy) is an investment in nanoparticles that target such things as a drug directly to malignant cells; 3D printed lattices that act like tiny factories for T-cells; vital in the new generation of cancer immunotherapies and more,” said Dr Finkel. “Without Microscopy, there is no modern science – end of story.” Professor Paul Munroe, Congress Co-Chair, said IMC19 had laid the foundations for great things. “We are excited to see where the collaborations from IMC19 take the industry, and what new technology and research will be showcased at the next congress in Korea in 2022,” he said. For more information on IMC19 visit: http://imc19.com. IMC19 brings the future of science into focus 2018-09-25T22:34:39Z imc19-brings-the-future-of-science-into-focus Critical discoveries and research that will help to transform health, science and industry are set to be the lasting legacy of the 19th International Microscopy Congress (IMC19), according to leaders of the scientific world. Held every four years, IMC19 saw more than 2,100 of the world’s top scientists and researchers from 48 countries come together at ICC Sydney to network, collaborate and discover the latest high-tech instrumentation and systems in microscopy and microanalysis. IMC19 also inspired the next generation of young scientists with its Schools Outreach Program, which welcomed 570 students from 19 schools. The program also featured a “Young Scientists Assembly” where 50 young scientists from around the world enjoyed the opportunity to discuss career planning with some of the most senior figures in the field. Professor Simon Ringer, Congress Chair, said the impact of IMC19 would be revealed over time from the global scientific community. “Innovations in microscopy enable us to extend our understanding of ourselves and the world around us. IMC19 brought together leaders in both the development and the application of microscopy in a huge range of disciplines” he said. “These connections will ultimately lead to breakthroughs, as researchers take the insights from advanced microscopy to develop a treatment for cancer, a vaccine for a virus, or a new 3D printed metallurgical alloy that improves our atmosphere by being strong and light and thereby fuel and greenhouse gas efficient.” The week-long scientific program included presentations by four expert plenary speakers, two Nobel Laureates, 150 invited presenters as well as 26 pre-congress workshops and 463 oral talks, bridging the primary streams of Frontier Issues; Instrumentation and Techniques; Physical and Life Sciences. The pioneering IMC19 Outreach Learning Program welcomed high school students to experience the very latest light and electron microscope equipment and a chance to meet with researchers and specialists in microscopy. Mrs Diane Fairweather, Head of Science, Riverstone Highschool, said the program allowed students to access cutting-edge technology. “This was a great STEM initiative by IMC19 and an amazing experience for the students who came. We don’t have these microscopes at our school and without the IMC19 Outreach Program, most of our students wouldn’t be able to use this equipment,” said Fairweather. “Our students are engaged; they are learning directly from experts on things like using the lens to focus – it’s a real hands-on experience.” The Outreach Program offered students access to the latest equipment including, VR, four scanning electron microscopes, 20 life microscopes and 3D printing. Equipment and demonstrations were supported by Zeiss, Leica, AXT, Keepad Interactive, NewSpec, ATA, Coherent, UNSW Art and Design and Me3D. Citing recent examples of some of the life-changing advancements that have developed as a direct result of microscopy, Dr Alan Finkel, Australia’s Chief Scientist, inspired the audience at IMC19 and set the scene for a week of breakthroughs in his opening address. “An investment in this field (microscopy) is an investment in nanoparticles that target such things as a drug directly to malignant cells; 3D printed lattices that act like tiny factories for T-cells; vital in the new generation of cancer immunotherapies and more,” said Dr Finkel. “Without Microscopy, there is no modern science – end of story.” Professor Paul Munroe, Congress Co-Chair, said IMC19 had laid the foundations for great things. “We are excited to see where the collaborations from IMC19 take the industry, and what new technology and research will be showcased at the next congress in Korea in 2022,” he said. For more information on IMC19 visit: http://imc19.com. Images: IMC19 Outreach Learning Program: Notes to editors: Interviews with Professor Simon Ringer, Congress Chair, IMC19 Interviews with Professor Paul Munroe, Congress Co-Chair, IMC 19 Media enquires contact Zadro Sinead Andrews | Account Coordinator | Zadro 02 9212 7867 | sinead@zadroagency.com.au Elizabeth Williams | Group Account Director | Zadro 02 9212 7867 | elizabeth@zadroagency.com.au NOTE: About the 19th International Microscopy Congress, 9 – 14 September 2018 Held once every four years, the International Microscopy Congress (IMC) is the preeminent meeting for researchers, practitioners, decision makers, national microscopy societies, industry partners and stakeholders involved in microscopy sciences from all over the world. Now in its 19th year, IMC19 ‘Microscopy: Bridging the Sciences’ is the only platform to bring together international, national and local professionals to discover new opportunities, uncover findings, learn techniques, collaborate with peers, and network with global leaders in the field of microscopy. About the Australian Microscopy & Microanalysis Society (AMMS) The Australian Microscopy & Microanalysis Society (AMMS) is Australia’s industry association for the promotion, co-operation and development of microscopy, microanalysis, and related techniques across a broad range of scientific disciplines. About the International Federation of Societies for Microscopy (IFSM) The International Federation of Societies for Microscopy (IFSM) comprises microscopy societies from all around the world to contribute to the advancement of microscopy in all its aspects. Rimini Street Obtains Australian Single Touch Payroll Certification 2018-09-19T22:22:43Z 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. Rimini Street also participates in, and is a member of, many prominent tax, legal and regulatory associations around the world, including the American, Canadian, United Kingdom and Australian Payroll Associations, the American Bar Association Section of Taxation, the Financial Executives International Association, the Tax Council and the Tax Executives Institute. The innovative combination of technology, proven methodology and ISO 9001 quality processes consistently assures a fast “legislature-to-live”SM update delivery cycle and the highest quality deliverables in the industry. 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. 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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 2018-09-12T00:56:46Z 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 Microscope that gets to the heart of matter 2018-09-10T03:41:58Z microscope-that-gets-to-the-heart-of-matter Two Nobel Laureates and the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer will officially unveil a vital piece of scientific infrastructure at the University of Sydney at a special event. The Thermo Fisher Themis-Z transmission electron microscope (TEM) has the highest resolution of any microscope in Australia. Its addition to the University of Sydney will provide researchers with unparalleled access to the mysteries of the atomic structure of materials. The 4.5-metre tall microscope is housed in the purpose-built $150 million Sydney Nanoscience Hub in a room that is shielded from electromagnetic interferences and ‘floats’ architecturally independent from the building to minimise vibrations. The resolution of this analysis technique is breathtaking. The machine can obtain images with resolution better than 0.06 billionths of a metre (0.06 nanometres). That is about 10 times smaller than the distance between silicon atoms or five times smaller than the distance between carbon atoms in diamond. The microscope, which is available for industry as well, also has applications in geosciences, mining, chemical and mechanical engineering. The new NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer, Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte will unveil the device in his first week of his official functions alongside two Nobel Laureates in Chemistry, Prof. Dan Shechtman, The Technion, Israel and Professor Joachim Frank, Columbia University, USA, who are visiting Sydney for the 19th International Microscopy Congress (IMC19), which is jointly hosted by the University of Sydney and UNSW. Event details: What: Sydney Microscopy and Microanalysis launch event Aberration-corrected Transmission Electron Microscope Where: Research Foyer, Sydney Nanoscience Hub, Physics Road, University of Sydney When: Tuesday, 11 September 2018. 1.45pm for 2pm start. The 19th International Microscopy Congress (IMC19), 9-14 September, at ICC Sydney, will centre around the theme, Microscopy: Bridging the Sciences, promoting collaboration across the primary streams of Frontier Issues; Instrumentation and Techniques; Physical and Life Sciences. Complimentary media passes to the launch event are available; apply by sending your name, position and publication title to sinead@zadroagency.com.au. Complimentary media passes to IMC19 are also available; apply by sending your name, position and publication title to sinead@zadroagency.com.au. Image: The Thermo Fisher Themis-Z transmission electron microscope (TEM) One of Australia's leading Plastic Surgeon's issues warning to Mums thinking about Mummy Makeover Surgery Holidays 2018-09-06T22:07:33Z one-of-australias-leading-plastic-surgeons-issues-warning-to-mums-thinking-about-mummy-makeover-surgery-holidays One of Australia's leading Plastic Surgeon's issues warning to Mums thinking about Mummy Makeover Surgery Holidays Many Mums use the Summer Holidays for discreet nip and tucks on Medical Holidays Press Release For Immediate Release Darling Point, Sydney, Australia, 7th September 2018, after pregnancy and breastfeeding, many Australian Mums feel unhappy with the look of their post-natal bodies. Many hit the gym and eat healthy to try and get their pre-pregnancy figures back. Some Mums look at cosmetic surgery options available to them and are lured by medical holidays which offer holidays for their families including kids club for the kids and nip and tucks for Mums. Internationally renowned and Triple board certified, leading Sydney Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Ross Farhadieh, states: “We have just seen yet another tragic news of a young woman dying during cosmetic medical tourism brought out the real and ever-present dangers of these so called “medical holidays”. A young British mother met her demise following a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) Surgery. This is a procedure where unwanted fat is harvested from other parts of the body and after processing, is reinjected into the buttocks to give definition and re-inflate, a deflated and sagging posterior. In some cases, it’s actually used to over-inflate the backend to achieve an exaggerated prominence. Recently, the American Society of Plastic Surgery, International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, as well as, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery have all issued warnings about this procedure.“ Cosmetic surgery is elective and usually safe surgery with mortality rates being recorded as low as 1:55000, this is in contrast to BBL surgery which has now been documented to have unacceptably high rates of mortality approaching 1:3000. In all cases that were investigated it became clear that fat had entered the blood stream and resulted in what is called a “Fat embolus”. This is something usually seen in major orthopaedic surgery of the long bones, where bone marrow fat is forced into the circulation ending in the lungs. The resulting cascade of inflammatory reactions culminates in the ultimate death of patients. The reason overseas options are cheaper is due to a myriad of factors, lower medical standards, less safety nets, lower labor costs, lower senior and support staff qualifications, no medical insurance and the list goes on. These are many layers of safety built into our medical system over the years to ensure the safest and most optimal outcome for patients. These layers upon layers of safety also do translate into an increased cost, but more importantly continued and outstanding after care and safety net should there be any problems. Dr Farhadieh says: “As a plastic surgeon I have seen too many young mums who have returned home with their own nightmares of botched plastic surgery. Belly buttons a few centimeters off center, lopsided breasts with double bubble deformities, poor breast implant placement, poorly and inappropriately placed scars. Surgical journey nightmares that seem unending, with expensive revision surgeries at home that will never achieve the optimal outcome, had the primary surgery been successfully and appropriately carried out. “ “All too often the postoperative support for medical tourism is nonexistent at home and cursory overseas. What happens if there is a problem when you arrive back home? Who is to take care of the potential complications? These are serious and pertinent questions that have to be answered when considering medical tourism. “ Well-equipped Australian hospitals and appropriately qualified Plastic Surgeons provide the safest options for any aesthetic surgery procedure. Dr Farhadieh says “The holidays are the perfect time for facial aesthetic surgery, facelift surgery, neck lift surgery, eyelids surgery or that nose job that folks have been thinking about for some time are discreetly done over the break and by the time they return to work the only tell-tale is comments of work colleagues and friends about looking "refreshed and rested”. “ Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com 0481 369 484 About Dr Ross Farhadieh: Dr Ross Farhadieh is an internationally renowned Australian trained and qualified cosmetic plastic and reconstructive surgeon. He is triple board certified. There are less than a handful of plastic surgeons in the World who have three board certifications. Dr Farhadieh is the Chief Editor of the critically acclaimed and internationally hailed reference textbook of plastic surgery: Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery: Approaches and Techniques. His own contributions were chapters on breast augmentation, eyelid and facelift surgery. Dr Farhadieh is a keen runner, with an unrivalled running music playlist to keep him motivated. He is a voracious reader and is particularly interested in history and philosophy. He has a passion for Renaissance art, Italian food, and French wine. He also enjoys travelling, particularly in Europe. Above all, he loves spending time with his wife and young son. https://www.panthea.com.au/ How many scientists does it take to look through a microscope? 2018-09-06T02:03:09Z how-many-scientists-does-it-take-to-look-through-a-microscope More than 2,000 of the world’s top scientific brains will explore new findings, share research, and experience the latest state-of-the-art scientific microscopy equipment helping to reinvent and expand human knowledge, in Sydney next week. Field emission guns and new electron exploration systems are two of the many innovations and leading advancements in medical science that will be on show when the world’s largest microscopic community descends on Sydney for the 19th International Microscopy Congress (IMC19). The event, held every four years, starts on 9 September and will see presentations by world-renowned thought leaders and Nobel Laureates Professor Dan Shechtman and Professor Joachim Frank, from The Technion Israel, who won the 2017 Nobel Prize in chemistry for his work as founder of the single-particle cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM). By bringing together experts working across a multitude of academic and industrial fields, IMC19 will showcase - and define - how clear, crisp microscopic magnification, helps advance life on Earth. The genesis of our future’s most significant discoveries including reproductive breakthroughs and a step towards a cure for cancer can be found at this world-famous science event and the multi-million-dollar equipment on display. Tek-Event, Sydney based manufacturer of equipment dedicated to the field of human and animal reproductive technologies (ART), will showcase its range of brand new technologies providing a safe environment for tissue observation. Dieter Regel, Sales Director, Tek-Event, commented on the increasing requirement to provide accurate temperature control as well as CO2 and humidity in the latest technologies advancing human IVF laboratories, animal research and veterinary ART facilities. “Researchers who have the requirement to view cells or tissue microscopically, are often challenged when their environment is not stable. TEK-Event are excited to showcase our latest Cell-Tek microscope chambers, which helps create a controlled environment for examination in many fields of research, including the handling of oocytes and embryos in ART,” said Regel. Thermo Fisher Scientific will offer attendees a chance to take part in live demonstrations with technical experts working in innovative software and automated microscopy products and showcase a wide range of microscopy solutions. Attendees can register for a learning lunch with ZEISS, to experience their innovative microscopy technologies and applications. Sessions will cover 3D electron microscopy; X-ray microscopy and analytical microscopy and guests can win a ZEISS VR One Plus virtual reality headset. Tek-Event, Thermo Fisher Scientific and ZEISS will be joined by over 60 other confirmed exhibitors at IMC19, including Jeol, Quorum Technologies, Tescan, Technoorg Linda Co Ltd, Delmic, Hitachi, Leica and Nano Technologies Solutions. Delegates will also enjoy a range of activities and a vibrant social program in conjunction with the congress, aimed to engage attendees and help spark new connections among the scientific community. The IMC19 Outreach Learning Program will host 21 schools across Australia, to offer students the chance to undertake four storyline-based challenges, featuring the latest light and microscopy equipment alongside leading researchers and instrument specialists. Microscopy Australia will present a unique exhibition during the congress, Stories & Structures - New Connections, bringing together microscopy and Indigenous art through visual and story-telling parallels. The exhibition will showcase 21 artworks and 24 micrographs, as well as feature live painting by Indigenous artist Kurun Warun in residence. The 19th International Microscopy Congress (IMC19), 9-14 September, at ICC Sydney, will centre around the theme, Microscopy: Bridging the Sciences, promoting collaboration across the primary streams of Frontier Issues; Instrumentation and Techniques; Physical and Life Sciences. From a one-woman business to a national Business Excellence Award 2018-09-05T03:28:33Z from-a-one-woman-business-to-a-national-business-excellence-award Press Release For Immediate Release From a one-woman business to a national Business Excellence Award Northern Beaches, Sydney, 5th September 2018, Emma McNeilly, founder of Expressions Australia took home the Business Excellence Award at The AusMumpreneur Awards which were held last Friday night, the 31st of August, in Melbourne. Emma started as a one-woman operation, working with a handful of schools and now, Expressions has grown into a national brand and trusted name in the fundraising industry. Emma says: “Expressions is Australia’s most loved tea towel fundraising company. We began in 1999 as a one-woman operation and have grown into a thriving business of working women who are proud to help raise funds for community organisations across Australia.” To date Expressions has worked on over 18,500 community fundraising projects, helping raise millions of dollars for schools and community groups in every corner of Australia. The products bring an easy, creative and sugar-free solution to vital school and community fundraising. Emma adds “We have close to 3 million tea towels, aprons and bags in kitchens and keepsake boxes in every corner of Australia and around the world. Over 1300 schools and childcare centres trust us each year with their precious artwork, ranging from large city schools to tiny remote communities.” “To accomplish this, I employ a team of 5 people to manage different aspects of the business, we have embraced the effective use of digital and online technologies which allows us to work together nationally between Sydney, Margaret River in WA, Tasmania and Burleigh Heads in SW QLD.” “Expressions provides a win for everyone involved at every stage of the process. Funds raised, proud children, delighted clients and a healthy business. The tea towels are celebratory and inclusive, and the business has a genuine feel good factor. The sentimentality of children being surrounded by their friends and favourite teachers creates a warm and fuzzy for all, they have become a tradition for so many of our clients.” “We really focus on customer service, and I understand from first had experience how precious volunteer’s hours are. Fundraising plays a vital role for grass roots communities, so we strive to ensure our projects are easy to run, everything is supplied, and in turn everybody loves them.” “We have thousands of glowing testimonials. A testament to our service is a near perfect Net Promoter score. Half of our annual workload is repeat bookings and hundreds of Coordinators and organisations have worked with us over many years. Our practical products make a lasting memento and the designs encompass a real sense of community, so they sell well for our clients.” Peace Mitchell, Co-Founder, AusMumpreneur Network states: “We are delighted that Emma has won this award, she has created an outstanding business and is an inspirational role model and ambassador for mums in business everywhere.” Emma has worked in fundraising for over 20 years and has served as a volunteer on many committees for 15 years. She has a rich understanding of the very important and far reaching world of vital community fundraising from both sides of the fence. Emma is now taking that wealth of experience and has formed a niche communications agency - Progeny Communications - which brings brands together with Australia's most powerful consumer, Mums. Emma concludes “Mothers are making the purchasing decisions for most of Australia's households and we are connecting with them, where they are – right at the heart of grassroots communities.” Emma’s Tips for other Small to Medium Size Businesses: - Put the customer at the forefront of all your business decisions, put yourself in their shoes and plan from there. - Document all your procedures so it’s easy to train, then hire people that are better at something than you are and let them do their job. - It’s Ok to ask for help – the key to balance for me was learning to let go and embracing the art of delegation. - In the business or at home, outsource if you can, hire a cleaner, engage a bookkeeper, whatever works. There’s lots of talented people out there, so when and if you can, share the load. ENDS Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com - https://www.expressions.com.au/ Kyle Sandilands announced as Ambassador for Stepping Stone House’s annual ‘Sleep Under the Stars’ fundraising event 2018-08-09T02:16:03Z kyle-sandilands-announced-as-ambassador-for-stepping-stone-houses-annual-sleep-under-the-stars-fundraising-event Sydney, 9th August 2018. Sydney-based charity for youth at risk, Stepping Stone House, is excited to confirm Australian radio host Kyle Sandilands as this year’s Ambassador for its fourth ‘Sleep Under the Stars’ event – an annual fundraiser to support vulnerable youth and raise awareness for youth homelessness in New South Wales. The issue of homelessness remains close to Mr Sandilands’ heart. The now successful radio personality, who co-hosts KIISFM's Kyle and Jackie O show, briefly fell on tough times at one stage during his teenage years. "When I was 16 years old and got my first job in radio I promised myself I would never have to sleep in a cardboard box again. However, this is the perfect opportunity to raise awareness and show support for those struggling like I was so long ago" Mr Sandilands said. As the Ambassador for the Sleep Under the Stars event, which will be held on 26 October at the Hickson Reserve, underneath the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, Mr Sandilands involvement will shine a light on the current state of youth homelessness, and in doing so help SSH raise both vital funds and instigate real change for the countless young people experiencing homelessness in Sydney. Stepping Stone House CEO, Jason Juretic, welcomed the involvement of Mr Sandilands as Ambassador. “Mr Sandilands is a prominent figure in Australia who can directly connect with young people who are doing it tough as he himself was once homeless. His authenticity and passion to help those in need will be a great boost for Sleep Under the Stars, and the wider cause,” he said. “The overall homeless population in Australia is estimated at 116,000. On the 2016 Census night, 38% of Australia’s homeless population was under the age of 25. This is unacceptable.” “Our Sleep Under the Stars event is a fantastic way for people to experience what it’s like to have no adequate shelter and nowhere to go which is an all too common situation for many young people.” The event brings people of all ages and backgrounds together, from young people to families to community groups. Last year’s event raised $275,000, up from $75,000 in 2015. This year could be a record-breaking one for Sleep Under the Stars, with a goal to raise $400,000 to provide essential care and education for more than a dozen young people. “If we hit our target of $400,000 we will be able to keep 13 children and young people off the street for a year. During this time, they will get education and employment support so they can look forward to a bright future where they lead successful independent lives,” Mr Juretic said. To date, more than 450 people have successfully achieved responsible independence through Stepping Stone House’s unique provision of mentorship, outdoor education, learning and development programs, and community volunteering. “Stepping Stone House continues to deliver sustained positive outcomes to the lives of young people, with 89% of our youth completing higher education qualifications and 78 percent are currently employed. Fundraising events such as this one go a long way in ensuring our youth have the opportunity to set real foundations for a sustainable and prosperous future,” Mr Juretic added. ~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: Bianca Benjamin (Sydney) at Manning & Co. +61 490 492 982 or bianca@manningandco.com.au Exposing “serial killers”, Quasi-Periodic Materials, and Sub-particles at IMC19 Sydney 2018-08-06T04:14:11Z exposing-serial-killers-quasi-periodic-materials-and-sub-particles-at-imc19-sydney Examining ‘serial killer’ cells and their behaviour will be at the centre of leading Australian Immunologist, Dr Misty Jenkins’, plenary talk - Understanding Serial Killers: Investigating the Function of Cytotoxic T Lymphocytes using Microscopy’ at IMC19 in Sydney next month. Approximately 1,600 Australians are diagnosed with brain cancer each year. Dr Misty Jenkins, NHMRC RD Wright Fellow and Laboratory Head at Walter Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research, is seeking to change that, and will share how microscopy is directing her research into fighting brain cancer. Ahead of the IMC19 Congress, Dr Jenkins shares how her research is using imaging to understand how killer T-cells in the immune system could be modified to develop a cure for brain cancer. “T-cells are like the snipers of the immune system, they take out very specific targets and throw grenades at them to make them blow up. These cells are genetically designed to kill cancer cells, and we image this process to uncover new insights into the behaviour of these engineered killers,” said Dr Jenkins. With a series of accolades including the L’Oréal for Women in Science Fellowship (2013) and the Westpac/Australian Financial Review Top100 Women of Influence Award (2016), Ballarat-born Dr Jenkins is a testament to the high calibre of scientists that will be representing Australia at the Congress. It is such an exciting time for science, and this is our chance to show the world the great work we are doing on our own shores. But it is also a rare and unique opportunity to collaborate with, learn from and share the stage with renowned scientists from across the globe,” said Dr Jenkins. Dr Jenkins will be joined by the world’s most prominent plenary speakers including: Nobel Laureate Professor Dan Shechtman, from Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, presenting on The Discovery of Quasi-Periodic Materials – The Role of TEM Associate Professor Jennifer Dionne, from Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford, USA, who recently featured on Oprah Winfrey’s list of “50 things that will make you say ‘Wow’!” with In Situ Visualisation of Photochemical Transformations at the Single and Sub-particle Level Professor Zhiwei Shan, from Xi’an Jiaotong University, China, who has published over 70 prestigious papers and presented more than 130 invited talks discussing Mechanical Testing Laboratory Inside TEM The 19th International Microscopy Congress (IMC19), 9-14 September, at ICC Sydney, will centre around the theme, Microscopy: Bridging the Sciences, promoting collaboration across the primary streams of Frontier Issues; Instrumentation and Techniques; Physical and Life Sciences. To register and for more information: http://imc19.com Image: Dr. Misty Jenkins, Walter Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research, Australia Professor Dan Shechtman, The Technion, Israel Assoc. Prof. Jennifer Dionne, Stanford, USA Prof. Zhiwei Shan, Xi’an Jiaotong University, China MELBOURNE ART WEEK ENLIVENS THE CITY IN AUGUST 2018 WITH EXCEPTIONAL WINTER PROGRAM 2018-06-13T03:51:14Z 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. The Australian-led and managed business aims to leverage Nippon Life’s global presence, built over 128 years, alongside MLC Life Insurance’s significant experience in understanding and meeting the insurance needs of everyday Australians since 1886. For more information on MLC Life Insurance, visit mlcinsurance.com.au