The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-01-24T02:18:34Z Techtel Deploys 4K Media and Production Facility for AFL Superpower West Coast Eagles 2020-01-24T02:18:34Z techtel-deploys-4k-media-and-production-facility-for-afl-superpower-west-coast-eagles Sydney, 24 January 2020 - Techtel has completed an extensive end-to-end systems integration and commissioning of a brand new 4K/Ultra HD media and production facility for the West Coast Eagles AFL Club. Located in the heart of the club’s brand new Training and Administration Centre, this media and production facility is a showcase of cutting edge technologies brought together to boost member engagement and provide a superior and differentiated offering for their sponsors. The new facilities consist of an integrated TV studio, radio studio, and media theatre. The TV studio utilizes the latest in 4K production technology enabled by Newtek’s VMC1 Vision Mixer, which supports NDI - a widely adopted IP standard, and accommodates the most demanding workflows as well as virtualized production allowing the football club to easily expand its current capabilities. The Newtek NVG1 IP Graphics server complements this technology as a powerful, turnkey graphics system allowing seamless integration of industry-leading VizRT playout capabilities into the West Coast Eagles’ video production workflow. Furthermore, Techtel installed a “Green Screen” curtain for easy background footage manipulation and winched lighting bars which support an array of DMX controlled LED studio lights by Lumos for advanced lighting control. The radio studio is designed to accommodate a host and up to 4 guests. All audio sources are mixed locally with all microphones also available as Dante IP sources. The option for video coverage is also provided through the 3 Panasonic PTZ NDI cameras while a Newtek Tricaster Mini allows the operators the ability to control and switch the cameras. Furthermore, an integrated Newtek Talkshow device provides Skype™ native integration in both the TV and radio studios. Portable devices have also been provided to allow for additional cameras to be connected at various points throughout the facility. The result is a versatile, interconnected system that allows operators to output content to a variety of platforms including live streaming to the playing field scoreboard, the media theatre screen or the Internet. Alternately, content can be recorded to a Newtek media asset management system, allowing it to be edited and uploaded to the West Coast Eagles’ website, YouTube or published as podcasts. The media theatre features lectern microphones which are available as press-splits at the rear of the theatre or as Dante sources. A Panasonic PTZ NDI camera with a birds-eye view also provides a video feed from the theatre. Site-wide communication is enabled by the ClearCom HelixNet Partyline System, which is available in the TV control room and studio, radio studio and various beltpack connection points throughout the facility.  “Techtel has reasons to be proud of this project. We built the entire installation from the ground up with the unique technical features that now put West Coast Eagles on a par with international clubs”, says Mal Chandler, Techtel CEO. “We are confident that these new, state of the art media and production facilities will prove to be an excellent tool for West Coast Eagles’ member and sponsor engagement initiatives and we look forward to cheering West Coast on in season 2020”. “Techtel’s flexible workflow design allows us to efficiently make the best use of the club’s resources, and deliver a more dynamic and engaging stream for our supporters. Thanks to Techtel, West Coast Eagles is now geared for 4K Ultra HD production, delivering multi-platform coverage of our news and events”, said Steven Bandy, Head of Production at West Coast Eagles AFL Club. BALMORAL SWIM WILL HELP PUT AN END TO CHILDHOOD CANCER 2020-01-23T02:51:10Z balmoral-swim-will-help-put-an-end-to-childhood-cancer BALMORAL SWIM WILL HELP PUT AN END TO CHILDHOOD CANCER The Balmoral Swim  is a unique open water swim held within the beauty of Sydney Harbour, making it a safe event for all comers. Whether you are a seasoned veteran or a newcomer to ocean swimming, we have an swim option for you. The event is in it’s 30th year and is organised by volunteers, most of whom are members of the Balmoral Beach Club. However the entire local community get behind the event to make it happen. From Mosman Council, to HMAS Penguin, to the Balmoral Sea scouts, all supported by our sponsors;  Gold - Audi Mosman, Dexus & URM, Silver - Jeckra & Medilab, Bronze - Edney Ryan and Community engagement continues to grow. This year internationally acclaimed artist Ken Done has generously designed swimsuits which capture the unique Balmoral landscape (see design images below). Also check out the winners podium constructed by Mosman Men’s shed.  We will also have a fun selfie wall to help all competitors spread the word about the work Children’s Cancer Institute. The Balmoral Swim has raised more than $1,000,000, since 1990 and this year hopes to raise $350,000.  The Children’s Cancer Institute is the only independent medical research institute in Australia wholly dedicated to childhood cancer and every dollar received from the government and granting bodies to support direct research costs must be matched with a dollar raised by the community.  “By holding this event the Balmoral Swim is helping us undertake the medical research we know will uncover a cure for childhood cancer,” says Children’s Cancer Institute's Executive Director, Prof Michelle Haber.  “Fundraising events like the Balmoral Swim enable us to continue this critical research - and demonstrate what can be achieved when communities unite for a common cause.”  This year all funds will go toward the Zero Childhood Cancer program. The most exciting childhood cancer research initiative ever undertaken in Australia. This world-class program brings together all major Australian clinical and research groups working in childhood cancer to offer Australia’s first ever personalised medicine program for children with high-risk or relapsed cancer.  Date:                   Sunday 5th April 2020  Time:                  7am - 1pm  Location:            Balmoral Beach, The Esplanade Mosman NSW  The Events:        Over 1000 swimmers will charge into the pristal waters of Sydney Harbour for the the Balmoral swim and participate in the following events: 5km swim around the bay (part of NSW leaderboard competition) NEW 2km swim around the bay 1km swim around the island School’s Team Challenge  Relay (4 x 200m) Corporate Team Challenge 200m Junior Swim - under 12yrs NEW Community relay (4 x 200M)        Opportunities:   Photo/filming and interview opportunities with:                              Event Ambassadors 2 time Olympian Elka Whalan 4 time Olympian Thomas Whalan English Channel swimmer Emily Miers                              Event participants  And if you are not a swimmer you can still be part of the fun and festivities on the day. Enjoy entertainment from a detachment of the Royal Australian Navy Band, playing in the Rotunda. Visit the mock laboratory from the Children’s Cancer Institute. Or indulge in numerous food stalls.  Join the fight to help beat childhood cancer by getting involved or asking people to sponsor you. Online entries, information and donations can be made at  CITY TATTERSALLS CLUB SYDNEY HOSTS 2020 AUSTRALIAN TENNIS OPEN 2020-01-21T06:04:31Z city-tattersalls-club-sydney-hosts-2020-australian-tennis-open VISIT SYDNEY TO SEE 2020 AUSTRALIAN TENNIS OPEN   # CITY TATTS HOSTS AUSTRALIAN OPEN! # JOIN THE BARTY PARTY IN SYDNEY’s CBD # 3 GIANT SCREENS SHOWING 2 GAMES AT ONCE   Sydney’s City Tattersall’s Club is throwing a Barty Party showing the Australian Tennis Open live from 11am till the last ball every night from Monday 20th January through to Sunday 2nd February 2020.  The historic Lower Bar will feature 3 giant screens  showing 2 different games simultaneously plus the Pimms Bar has a grassed area wich Pimms at $8 a glass and $30 a jug plus with selected beers if you buy a schooner you get a pint on night games until the end of the first set in the Rod Laver Arena.  Every person who attends the event is able to go in the draw to win a magnificent Ash Barty signed memorabilia item courtesy of FURTHER DETAILS email or call Max Markson 0412 501 601     2020 National Club Championships Announced 2020-01-21T05:16:30Z 2020-national-club-championships-announced Following the recent confirmation of a venue, Korfball Australia is pleased to announce that the 2020 National Club Championships will be held on the 6th and 7th of June, in Wayville, South Australia. This marks a return to June for the National Club Championships, which has been the traditional slot for the National Club Championships for many years. While holding the National Club Championships in October has been successful as a season-ending tournament, it was felt appropriate to move the tournament in order to accommodate more states having an aligned long-weekend in June. The venue for the tournament, the Wayville Basketball Stadium, is a three-court stadium on the fringes of the Adelaide CBD, adjoining the Adelaide Showgrounds. A map of the venue location is available on the event page. This is not the first time Nationals will be held at this stadium, and with good reason. As well as being an outstanding facility, the venue is well served by public transport, being on the tram line, as well as multiple train lines, making accommodation in the city, at Glenelg, or on any of the train lines a very attractive option. Dedicated buses also provide an option to get from the airport to the city. For those looking at utilising public transport, Adelaide Metro offers a 3 day unlimited travel pass, with tickets available at the airport. More information here. More information will be announced as soon as it comes to hand. Nomination forms and costs will be distributed to clubs in the near future. The early announcement of dates is aimed at ensuring clubs have the most possible time to prepare, in the hope that this Nationals will be our largest yet. Stay tuned for more announcements, as we seek to continue to innovate and make this tournament the crown jewel of the Australian Korfball calendar. 7 Steps To Creating Your Kick Ass Fitness eBook 2020-01-16T08:14:22Z 7-steps-to-creating-your-kick-ass-fitness-ebook An eBook for your personal training business has a number of benefits; they aid in building a relationship of trust between you and your potential clients, they help to create website visits, they are easy to create and can be sent out countless times to many people. Once it is ready, you have a career asset that is entirely free to distribute! Part of having an eBook in your marketing arsenal, is that all important task of being able to generate quality leads. If you haven’t already, check out our guide to creating effective lead magnets for your business. 1. Choose your topic First and foremost, determine what your eBook will be about. Look at who you want to target and consider topics they will most likely find interesting. ‘Booty Building’ guides are all the rage at the moment, or perhaps your clientele would be more interested in ‘IIFYM’ (If It Fits Your Macros)? Once you’ve decided on a topic, research, research and research some more. At this stage, an idea for a title should be forming. Think of something that neatly sums up your content, yet is catchy enough to entice a reader. Read the other 6 tips on our website: Click Here ESL and DreamHack Enter Three-Year Agreement With Blizzard Entertainment 2020-01-07T22:17:28Z esl-and-dreamhack-enter-three-year-agreement-with-blizzard-entertainment Cologne, Germany & Irvine, Calif. - Jan. 7, 2020 - ESL and DreamHack, both part of the leading international entertainment group MTG, are today announcing a three-year-long strategic agreement with Blizzard Entertainment. The world’s largest esports company and the premier gaming lifestyle festival organizer will create new ESL Pro Tour formats for both StarCraft® II and Warcraft® III: Reforged™, with Blizzard providing a respective prize pool of over US $1.8 million and over US $200,000 for the first season. Taking over from the StarCraft II World Championship Series, the new ESL Pro Tour StarCraft II will feature tournaments on a minimum of four different continents with the global finals moving from BlizzCon® to Intel® Extreme Masters Katowice. Additionally, ESL and DreamHack are building a new competitive platform for Warcraft III: Reforged by introducing the new ESL Pro Tour Warcraft III: Reforged. After the successful introduction of ESL Pro Tour for CS:GO in September 2019, ESL and DreamHack are proud to announce the second and third games to be incorporated into the global circuit created for players, fans and partners. The competition aims to create a complete path for aspiring players, a compelling story to follow for existing RTS fans, a transparent structure for new esports fans, and viable, high-exposure opportunities for brands and media partners. The communities of Blizzard Entertainment’s real-time strategy (RTS) games have been going strong for the past 20+ years. Over that time, they have nurtured rivalries, created stars and cemented StarCraft and Warcraft as two of the top global esports. “We feel extremely honored to establish a new home for RTS esports fans and be responsible for two of the most prestigious esports titles of all time,” said Sebastian Weishaar, CPO at ESL. “ESL and DreamHack are deeply rooted within Blizzard esports games and have built ecosystems around them for years now. Tying both StarCraft II and Warcraft III into the ESL Pro Tour narrative is our contribution to these passionate communities and will provide both titles with a promising platform to continue writing esports history.” "We are both proud and humbled by the fact that Blizzard has chosen DreamHack and ESL to take the lead for competitive StarCraft II and Warcraft III moving forward,” said DreamHack co-CEO, Marcus Lindmark. "This strengthens our joint position as the top tournament organizers in the market with a unique combination of reach and knowledge, and an extensive and successful history. It also provides us with an incredible opportunity to cater to the historical Starcraft II and Warcraft III esports communities, who have played a very important role in the development of modern day esports." “We are so proud that StarCraft II and Warcraft III are home to two of the most passionate, storied and devoted communities in esports history,” said J. Allen Brack, President of Blizzard Entertainment. “Both ESL and DreamHack have been long-standing partners for our esports, and we want to give our players, talent, content creators and fans the stability inherent in a long-term relationship, keeping these communities thriving for years to come.” “This deal is a great step forward for StarCraft II esports and creates an exciting new esports scene around Warcraft III: Reforged,” said Pete Vlastelica, President and CEO of Activision Blizzard Esports. “We’re deeply committed to bringing the best in competitive entertainment to fans and players around the world, and we’re thrilled to expand our collaboration with ESL and DreamHack in support of that effort.” The ranking and qualifying format for the ESL Pro Tour StarCraft II is based on the proven model of Blizzard’s existing WCS system. The first season of the StarCraft II tour comprises seven tournaments in total, including both Katowice 2020 and Katowice 2021 to allow new players to make their way to the top. Two IEM competitions and four DreamHack tournaments will lead up to the Masters Championship at Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2021. Warcraft III: Reforged esports will consist of one ESL competition and three DreamHack tournaments, culminating in a Championship tournament in 2020. In addition to both ESL Pro Tours, weekly ESL Open Cups will be held for the wider amateur and grassroots community. For more information on the circuit tournaments format please visit the official ESL website for StarCraft II and Warcraft III, as well as the StarCraft II esports site for more information on the closing of WCS. Follow ESL on Twitter (StarCraft II / Warcraft III: Reforged) and on Facebook (StarCraft II / Warcraft III: Reforged). To learn more about the games, check out the official sites for StarCraft II and Warcraft III: Reforged.    ### Assets: Attached, Trailer: ESL is the world’s largest esports company. Founded in 2000, ESL has been shaping the industry across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline esports competitions. The company operates high profile, branded international leagues and tournaments under the ESL Pro Tour including ESL One, Intel® Extreme Masters, ESL Pro League, and other premier stadium-size tournaments, to more clearly define the path from zero to hero. ESL also produces the ESL National Championships, grassroots amateur cups, and matchmaking systems, creating a world where everybody can be somebody. With offices all over the world, ESL is leading esports innovation on a global scale through the combination of global ESL competitions, amateur leagues, publisher activations, and more. ESL is a part of MTG, the leading international digital entertainment group.   DreamHack is all about entertainment for the digital generation. Founded in 1994 as a BYOC LAN party, DreamHack grew over 20 years to a global phenomenon as the digital festival for today’s youth, hosted throughout Europe and North America. DreamHack festivals feature multiple esports competitions, live music, exhibitions, creative competitions, LAN party, cosplay and much more. DreamHack helped pioneer esports and continues to be one of the largest global producers of esports content. Millions of viewers tune in from all over the world to watch DreamHack broadcasts every year. DreamHack events welcomed over 310,000 visitors in 2018. More information is available at DreamHack is part of leading international digital entertainment group MTG. More information at About MTG AB   MTG (Modern Times Group MTG AB (publ.)) ( is a strategic and operational investment holding company in esports and gaming entertainment. Born in Sweden, the shares are listed on Nasdaq Stockholm (‘MTGA’ and ‘MTGB’). About Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. Best known for blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft®, Hearthstone®, Overwatch®, Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo® franchises, and the multifranchise Heroes of the Storm®, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (, a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of the industry’s most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard Entertainment’s track record includes twenty-two #1 games* and numerous Game of the Year awards. The company's online gaming service,®, is one of the largest in the world, with millions of active players.   About Activision Blizzard Esports Activision Blizzard Esports (ABE) is responsible for the development, operation, and commercialization of Activision Blizzard’s professional gaming properties including the Overwatch League™, the Call of Duty® League™, Call of Duty Challengers™, Hearthstone® Masters, StarCraft® II esports, Warcraft® III: Reforged™, and the World of Warcraft® Arena World Championship and Mythic Dungeon International, among others. ABE also operates Tespa, the leader in collegiate esports. It is ABE’s vision to be the most innovative, scalable, and valuable developer of global competitive entertainment.   *Sales and/or downloads. Based on internal company records and reports from key distributors.   Contacts Mark Van Lommel Activision Blizzard Esports – Senior PR Manager 949-955-1380 x61147 Eric Elliott Activision Blizzard Esports – PR Coordinator 949-955-1380 x64722 Oliver Carrà MTG – Public Relations Director +46 708 666 433 Lisa Schwarz / Isabel Krause ESL Gaming – Global Communications +49 151 72509575 / +49 172 3176537 / Per Sjölin DreamHack – Press and PR Manager +46 730 25 31 99 WORLD’s HOTTEST FIGHTER JORGE ‘GAMEBRED’ MASVIDAL ON HIS WAY DOWNUNDER 2019-12-29T23:14:31Z world-s-hottest-fighter-jorge-gamebred-masvidal-on-his-way-downunder # DANA WHITE CREATED BADDEST MF TITLE FOR JORGE MASVIDAL  # MASVIDAL HOLDS RECORD FOR FASTEST KO - 5 SECONDS! # PRESIDENT TRUMP, THE ROCK & ROBERTO DURAN WATCHED JORGE BEAT DIAZ AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN LAST MONTH # MASVIDAL IS A REAL LIFE ROCKY STORY   Following in the footsteps of Muhammad Ali , Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor comes the baddest man on the planet, the worlds hottest fighter, will give his diehard fans the opportunity to take part in ‘An Evening With JORGE MASVIDAL. It’s their chance to hear untold stories, career highlights and Q&A. Fans will also have options to attend private dinners, training sessions, bid on memorabilia and have a photo taken with the one and only existing BAD MUTHER F**CKER BELT. Jorge will appear in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth from Wednesday 12th February to Tuesday 18th February 2020. Book now at   Jorge Masvidal has posted to his millions of social media followers “AUSTRALIA, soon you have a blessing coming your way. Jorge “ Gamebred” Masvidal AKA Street Jesus. AKA the soul snatcher, AKA I’ll F@@@ You Up! AKA I don’t give a F@@@ AKA The Man Himself, AKA BMF, AKA the list goes on. Meet & greets, dinners and training, sign up now at “    Masvidal is a real life Rocky story. From loss after loss in 2017 to a 16 month lay off and back with a BANG in 2019 to beat Darren Till in March, set the world record for the fastest KO in UFC history with his 5 second victory over Ben Askren in July 2019 and then to beat Nate Diaz and win the BMF belt last month at Madison Square Garden in front of President Trump, Dwayne Johnson and Roberto Duran.   TO INTERVIEW JORGE MASVIDAL and for private dinners and training sessions and corporate opportunities in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane,  Adelaide and Perth from February 12 to February 19 2020  email or call Shannon on 0459 513 862 or email or call Max Markson 0412 501 601  LA TROBE FINANCIAL BRINGS SHAQ TO BRISBANE 2019-12-29T23:10:10Z la-trobe-financial-brings-shaq-to-brisbane # SHAQUILLE O’NEAL COMING TO QUEENSLAND  # BASKETBALL SUPERSTAR’s FIRST BRISBANE VISIT  # TICKETS FROM $99 AVAILABLE NOW 4 times NBA Champion and Hall of Famer, 1996 Dream Team Atlanta Olympic Gold Medallist, author, DJ, Rapper, business mogul, TV and movie star, sports commentator and philanthropist Shaquille “ SHAQ”  O’Neal will speak in Brisbane for the first time ever presented by La Trobe Financial on Saturday night June 13 2020 in the Great Hall at the Brisbane Convention Centre, Glenelg St. South Brisbane.  Tickets from $99 are available now from TICKETEK Queensland At 2.16 metres tall, 147kg ( 7ft 1 inch, 325 pounds) and with a size 22 shoe Shaq was one of the tallest and heaviest players ever. He is also one of the greatest NBA basketballers of all time, 8th highest point scorer ever (28,596 - 23.7 ppg) a global sporting legend winning 3 back to back championships with the LA Lakers from 2000-2002 and a fourth in 2006 with Miami Heat.He player for six teams in his incredible 19 year career.  The beloved business mogul will be in Brisbane speaking on tips for success, offering unplugged and uncensored conversations about his life, and touching on many unspoken moments throughout his decorated career on and off the court.  TO INTERVIEW SHAQ email or call Max Markson 0412 501 601  ABOUT SHAQ O'Neal's individual accolades include the 1999–2000 MVP award, the 1992–93 NBA Rookie of the Year award, 15 All-Star game selections, three All-Star Game MVP awards, three Finals MVP awards, two scoring titles, 14 All-NBA team selections, and three NBA All-Defensive Team selections. He is one of only three players to win NBA MVP, All-Star game MVP and Finals MVP awards in the same year (2000); the other players are Willis Reed in 1970 and Michael Jordan in 1996 and 1998. He ranks 8th all-time in points scored, 6th in field goals, 15th in rebounds, and 8th in blocks. Largely due to his ability to dunk the basketball, O'Neal also ranks third all-time in field goal percentage (58.2%).[7] O'Neal was elected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016.[8] He was elected to the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2017.[9] GYYMI celebrates 1st birthday in style 2019-12-18T00:07:43Z gyymi-celebrates-1st-birthday-in-style To celebrate GYYMI’s 1st birthday, Team GYYMI has rallied around to remove all weekly transaction fees for GYYMI Trainer accounts and has removed all account keeping fees for GYYMI Gyms accounts! GYYMI is putting even more money in the pockets of their trainers and gyms. ​Hip hip hip hooray! Back a year ago, on the 17th of December 2018, an upstart, startup called GYYMI was launched in the Australian Health and Fitness industry in an attempt to break down some of the barriers that forced Personal Trainers into unreasonably restrictive contracts with large gym franchises, preventing them from being able to train anywhere they wanted to. Throughout the year, new GYYMI features have been added at the request of many trainers to help them with their needs. GYYMI continues to break down these walls, meticulously growing the numbers of contract-free gyms to over 60 in Sydney alone and over 170 personal trainers. And organically has spread into Victoria and Queensland. GYYMI Trainers have also invited over 60 of their clients to join GYYMI, arranging sessions in gyms within the GYYMI network and other locations of their choice, whilst receiving payments through GYYMI as well. GYYMI is a truly, one-stop-shop tool that is perfect for the flexible day-to-day demands of a personal trainer. ABOUT GYYMI GYYMI is a powerful smartphone app that has been developed by Australian fitness industry specialists to introduce qualified trainers and their clients to a whole new world of gyms, fitness centres and studios who offer affordable and flexible space for rent. GYYMI also allows Personal trainers to train their clients in locations of their own choice such as a gym not in the GYYMI network, a park, at the beach, in the client's home. GYYMI opens a whole world fo training opportunities for full-time and part-time Personal Trainers who need flexibility and freedom to choose how they run their businesses. ——— Please visit the GYYMI website for information on how to download GYYMI and all of the exciting benefits for Gyms, Personal Trainers and their clients. *Please visit the website for terms & conditions. Queensland Olympic Security 2019-12-17T04:42:07Z queensland-olympic-security Sydney/Munich, 17 December, 2019 — Security measures will be paramount if Queensland, is successful in its bid to host the 2032 Olympic Games The Managing Director of Rohde & Schwarz (Australia), Gareth Evans, has reminded the Queensland Government of the importance of developing a complete security package for its bid. “Counter-drone capabilities and cyber security are crucial parts of the security plan for any major event, particularly one that is broadcast live, worldwide,” he said. “Rohde & Schwarz will be demonstrating its counter-drone capabilities to Australian customers over the next six months and the Palaszczuk Government is more than welcome to participate in those trials.” Early warning of drone activity is the key to countering threats, and R&S ARDRONIS can detect activity even before these unmanned aerial systems (UAS) take off. “Rohde & Schwarz is acutely aware of the dangers posed by unauthorised drone activity,” Mr Evans continued. “The disruption at Gatwick Airport in the UK has highlighted the emerging threat not only to lives, but also to economic activities and critical infrastructure.” Australian customers will be offered the R&S ARDRONIS-D model of the automatic radio-controlled drone identification solution, which locates the drone operator and the drone. This R&S ARDRONIS package reports when a remote control has been switched on and classifies the device type. The sensor system captures the uplink, so it can track drone pilots while their aerial devices are still on the ground. R&S ARDONIS was first used live at the 2015 G7 summit in Elmau, Germany. Since then the system has proven itself worldwide, many times over during state visits and political summits. For more information on R&S ARDRONIS, please visit   Press contacts: Europe (headquarters): Dennis-P. Merklinghaus (phone: +49 89 4129 15671; email: Australia: Nigel Catchlove (phone: +61 448 445 992; email:   Rohde & Schwarz Rohde & Schwarz is a leading supplier of solutions in the fields of test and measurement, broadcast and media, aerospace | defense | security and networks and cybersecurity. The technology group's innovative communications, information and security products help industry and government customers ensure a safer and connected world. On June 30, 2019, Rohde & Schwarz had 12,100 employees. The independent group achieved a net revenue of EUR 2.14 billion in the 2018/2019 fiscal year (July to June). The company is headquartered in Munich, Germany, and has subsidiaries in more than 70 countries, with regional hubs in Asia and America. R&S® is a registered trademark of Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG.     ESL One to Host First-Ever CS:GO Major in Rio, Brazil 2019-12-11T21:56:19Z esl-one-to-host-first-ever-cs-go-major-in-rio-brazil ESL, the world’s largest esports company, today announced that it will bring ESL One powered by Intel® to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, as part of the new ESL Pro Tour. The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) tournament has been officially designated as a Major Championship by Valve Corporation, making it the first-ever CS:GO Major held in Brazil. Following a month-long race to the top, the playoffs of ESL One Rio will be held at the Jeunesse Arena from May 21-24, 2020, where the world's top eight CS:GO teams from Europe, Americas, Asia-Pacific and CIS will battle for the US$1Million prize pool as well as a point toward the Intel® Grand Slam.  “We are extremely excited and proud to host the next Major in Brazil,” said Ulrich Schulze, Senior Vice President Product at ESL. “Our aim is to bring pure esports moments to the most passionate fans around the world and reward them by creating a unique experience on all levels. With teams from all over the world having a chance to qualify and making their way to the final, we expect the matches to be incredible and the crowd to be the loudest we have ever seen.”   “Intel is excited to bring to Brazil this important ESL championship. The gaming and esports market has grown exponentially in the past years not only in Brazil, but also around the world, and we continue our mission to invest and develop leading gaming products focused on this market,” said Carlos Augusto Buarque, Marketing Director of Intel Brazil. ESL One Rio provides an unparalleled opportunity for the Brazilian community to get closer to the world elite of CS:GO players. By bringing a Major to one of the largest CS:GO fanbases in the world, ESL, Intel and Valve will deliver a full month of top tier esports competition to fans in Brazil: April 26 -  May 3: The Minors will feature a total of 32 teams, with 8 teams per region (EU, Americas, Asia and CIS) determined through online qualifiers. Each Minor will determine the two best teams per region, narrowing the field to eight teams that will proceed directly to the Challenger Stage.  Third place teams from every region will compete in a Play-In for another two spots in the Challenger Stage. May 11 - May 14: The Challenger Stage will feature 16 teams in total: ten teams from the Minors and six invited teams ranked 9 through 14 at the Berlin Major.  May 16 - May 19: The Legends Stage will give eight teams that made it through the Challenger stage and the top-tier elite CS:GO teams ranked 1-8 at the CS:GO Major in Berlin a shot to get one step closer to winning the lion’s share of US$1 million. May 21- May 24: Eight teams that made it through the Legends Stage will face each other in the play-offs at the Champions Stage, which will take place at the Jeunesse Arena. The play-offs will be played in a best of three single-elimination mode, culminating in the Grand Final on May 24 on Jeunesse’s main stage. ESL One Rio will be a Championship category tournament in the ESL Pro Tour and will offer its winner a chance to complete the Intel Grand Slam. Any team that wins any six ESL Pro Tour Masters tournaments or four Masters tournaments including one or more Major or Masters Championship event (IEM Katowice or ESL One Cologne) inside a span of ten events will win the Intel Grand Slam prize of US$1,000,000. The tournament will be ESL’s 7th CS:GO Major since ESL One Katowice 2014 and its 3rd tournament in Brazil after ESL Pro League Season 4 in São Paulo in 2016 and ESL One Belo Horizonte in 2018.  The previous ones were among the fastest selling events in the company’s history. Last year’s ESL One attracted over 11,000 passionate attendees on each of the three tournament days and reached a peak concurrent viewership with over 583,000 viewers. More than 7.5 million hours of content were consumed by the online audience in total.   Tickets will go on sale on Thursday, December 12th at 4PM CET / 12PM BRT and range in price between R$320 for a premium ticket in the first ticket wave and R$50 for a Thursday / Friday ticket. More details on tournaments and game titles will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information, please visit the official website and follow ESL CS:GO on Twitter and Facebook. ### ESL is the world’s largest esports company. Founded in 2000, ESL has been shaping the industry across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline esports competitions. The company operates high profile, branded international leagues and tournaments under the ESL Pro Tour including ESL One, Intel® Extreme Masters, ESL Pro League, and other premier stadium-size tournaments, to more clearly define the path from zero to hero. ESL also produces the ESL National Championships, grassroots amateur cups, and matchmaking systems, creating a world where everybody can be somebody. With offices all over the world, ESL is leading esports innovation on a global scale through the combination of global ESL competitions, amateur leagues, publisher activations, and more. ESL is a part of MTG, the leading international digital entertainment group. MICHAEL DIAMOND'S 1996 ATLANTA OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL AUCTION AT LEONARD JOEL MELBOURNE 2019-12-04T04:49:51Z michael-diamond-s-1996-atlanta-olympic-gold-medal-auction-at-leonard-joel-melbourne Are you interested in buying Dual Olympic Gold Medal shooter Michael Diamond’s 1996 Atlanta Olympic Gold Medal ?   It will be auctioned at 2pm Thursday 5th December, at the prestigious 100 year old Leonard Joel auction house 333 Malvern Rd, South Yarra, Melbourne. The auction will be both in-room and streamed online, via  the Leonard Joel online bidding platform, around the world. All details at:   Michael is experiencing serious health difficulties and yesterday had a gall bladder operation. In addition his heart is only working at 25% capacity and he has been placed on the heart transplant waiting list.  Feel free to join me in South Yarra or for further details email me or call me on 0412501601   MICHAEL DIAMOND’s FIRST ATLANTA  1996 OLYMPIC GAMES GOLD MEDAL On the obverse, the traditional goddess of victory, holding a palm in her left hand and a winner’s crown in her right. A design used since the 1928 Games in Amsterdam, created by Florentine artist Giuseppe Cassioli (ITA - 1865-1942) and chosen after a competition organised by the International Olympic Committee in 1921. For these Games, the figure of victory is accompanied by the specific inscription: “XXVI OLYMPIAD ATLANTA 1996”.   On the reverse, the official emblem of the 1996 Games and the ‘Quilt of Leaves’ design. For each sport the medals awarded to the athletes were minted with the addition of the relevant sport pictogram positioned in the centre of the ‘Quilt of Leaves’.   Designed by Giuseppe CASSIOLI; Malcolm GREAR Designers Composed of Gilt silver Measuring 70mm in diameter Mint: Reed and Barton   Notes Michael Diamond was the first Australian to win an Olympic shooting event since 1900, with this his first Olympic Gold Medal for Trap shooting in Atlanta's 1996 Games (149 out of 150 targets). He followed that with a win in the following Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000 (147 out of 150 targets). He is only the second trap shooter to have won back-to-back Olympic Gold Medals. The World Championship in both the trap and double trap in 2000 were also held by Michael and his final world record in trap was held between 2007 and 2008 where he won the trap event at the 2007 World Shotgun Championships. In his sixth Olympic Games in London in 2012, he led the field at the end of the qualification period, with an Olympic record of 125/125, but fourth overall was his final position in London, a position he also achieved in 2008. Michael also won Commonwealth gold medals, setting him apart from his Australian piers within the sport. The opportunity to acquire an Olympic Games Gold Medal is rare indeed and this, Michael’s treasured first Olympic Games Gold Medal, represents the last chance to acquire the ultimate sporting collectable representative of this historic period in Australian trap shooting.   In 2017 Michael sold by public auction his Sydney Olympic Games Gold Medal for $72,000 (AUD) plus Buyer’s Premium.    Estimate $50,000-70,000     Rodeo 4 Life Arena Spectacular Thrills for Charity with Troy Wilkinson Named 2019 Rodeo 4 Life Champion in Australia’s Richest Bull Ride 2019-12-04T00:07:31Z rodeo-4-life-arena-spectacular-thrills-for-charity-with-troy-wilkinson-named-2019-rodeo-4-life-champion-in-australias-richest-bull-ride MEDIA RELEASE: 4 DECEMBER 2019 Rodeo 4 Life Arena Spectacular Thrills for Charity with Troy Wilkinson Named 2019 Rodeo 4 Life Champion in Australia’s Richest Bull RideWhen Rodeo 4 Life the arena spectacular exploded at WIN Entertainment Centre in Wollongong on Saturday night, this ground-breaking first in extreme entertainment that combined Australia’s richest bull ride rodeo with a full length country music concert did not fail to impress. A packed house of country music fans, rodeo and extreme sports enthusiasts were thrilled when Rodeo 4 Life’s Grand Entry opened to Queens’ We Are The Champions with a star-studded line-up of 25 elite Australian bull riding champions, Rodeo Queen of Australia, Bonnie McLean, country singer Victoria McGee and host John Jarratt, amid a spectacular light show that set the tone of what was to come.Every bull riding champion lives for this extreme sport, its high energy and unpredictability with success dependent on the bull they draw and what happens on the night, Rodeo 4 Life was no exception with the energy fast and furious.Round 1 of the bull riding competition had the audience on the edge of their seats when the thrill-seeking cowboys burst from the chutes drawing on their experience and sharpened skills to stay mounted on John “Happy” Gill and Sons and Matt Besant’s mightiest bulls as they exploded from the chutes to a roaring crowd with Australia’s legends of rodeo, Glen Morgan and Tyler Pendagast calling the shots. Rodeo Clown Big Al Wilson kept the mood upbeat and the audience laughing while Rodeo Protection clowns Gene McDonald and Rodney-Ray (Rude) Mancell risked life and limb to protect the fallen cowboys from possible disaster.When it came to the concert; the power and spectacle didn’t let up when Travis Collins and his band rocked the crowd performing some of his greatest hits for over an hour while the audience cheered and lit up WIN Entertainment Centre with phone torches to much loved music and songs. Then came Round 2 of the rodeo and the competition for the grand prize was fierce as the bull riders challenged themselves against the bulls in the ride of their lives to help save the lives of others in need of organ transplants.With scores close, Troy Wilkinson, 29, from Upper Horton and Marrickville who is ranked 114th in the world, won the inaugural 2019 Rodeo 4 Life Championship title with a combined total score of 169 riding Vertical Exit and Earthbound adding to his string of credits including the highest individual bull riding score in Australia with a record of 93 and the titles of 2015 APRA Bull Riding Champion, 2017 PBR Australia Champion and 2017 PBR World Finals Qualifier.Commenting on his win, Wilkinson said, “The riders always give it their best. We go into every rodeo competing not with each other, but competing with the bulls hoping that all elements come together to achieve the highest score.” “With Rodeo 4 Life, I got lucky. This event has taken rodeo bull riding to an incredible new level,” said Wilkinson. “Holding Australia’s richest bull ride rodeo in an indoor arena, located right on the beach, and combining it with a light show and a full-length concert starring one of Australia’s best country music singers, Travis Collins made it an exhilarating experience for riders and the audience. “The house was pumped, the atmosphere incredible, and because it was for charity, it was even more special,” he said. Cowboy Toby Collins, 27, from Maldon VIC was the only other rider to successfully score in both rounds and earned a combined score of 160 riding White Ice and Vertical Exit and walked away with $7,500 while Cliff Richardson, 28, from Gresford NSW, earned the highest individual ride score of 92 on superstar bull High Flying Akubra.The evening of extreme sport was not without its thrills and spills when Jono Couling, 26, from Singleton, was thrown in Round Two having a dramatic run in with B.F.G. which left audiences shocked. Couling said, “It’s a dangerous sport and that sort of thing is part and parcel of being a bull rider. It happens from time to time. I don’t feel too bad, there’s nothing majorly wrong with me just a cracked shoulder blade and some scrapes. I’ve had worse injuries and I’m looking forward to my next rodeo at Christmas.”Producer Doug Vickers OAM was delighted with the outcomes saying, “Rodeo 4 Life had 4 primary objectives; to raise wide-spread awareness of the life-saving work of the RPA Transplant Institute and funds to support their vital research; to increase awareness of the importance of organ donation; and, to create an arena spectacular that would thrill and entertain our audience.” “Through combining a full-length country music concert with the extreme sport of rodeo bull riding, Rodeo 4 Life achieved all of this and so much more,” he said. “Travis Collins gave an incredible performance and every one of our bull riding champions rode their hearts out to give the audience a show they’ll never forget while helping give others a chance at life,” said Mr Vickers. “Congratulations to all, especially Troy Wilkinson who took out the grand prize and the 2019 Rodeo 4 Life title. Together we achieved what we set out to do including generating widespread awareness of organ transplantation and more than $100,000 for the RPA Transplant Institute as a result of Rodeo 4 Life. With exciting plans are now underway to make next year’s Rodeo 4 Life bigger and better, in 2020 we’ll give the audience an even more spectacular show,” Mr Vickers said. Thanks to the funds raised from Rodeo 4 Life, the RPATI will be able to continue with the development of a world first organ perfusion system that will be able to extend organ viability from the current length of just a few hours to become viable for several days. This will allow more organs to be made available for transplant and a greater number of Australian lives to be saved.-ENDS- RODEO 4 LIFE LINKSRodeo 4 Life Website: 4 Life Facebook: Donor Register: RODEO 4 LIFE MEDIA CENTRE – DOWNLOADSPhotographs of Rodeo 4 Life the arena spectacular can be downloaded here: or - PHOTO CREDIT: FRENCH’S PHOTOGRAPHY RODEO BULL RIDING RESULTSCOverall WinnerTroy Wilkinson: - Riding Vertical Exit & Earthbound- Score 169- Prize: $9,500 (total: Round 1 + $2k) Round One1. Troy Wilkinson on Vertical Exit scored 89 - Prize $7,5002. Toby Collins on White Ice scored 78 - Prize $4,5003. Jack McArthur on Reverend Black scored 73 - Prize $3,000 Round Two1. Cliff Richardson on High Flying Akubra scored 92 - Prize $6,0002. Bryden Atkins on Turbulence scored 89 - Prize $4,5003. Toby Collins on Vertical Exit scored 82 - Prize $3,0004. Ty Thompson on Bloodline scored 81 - Prize $1,5005. Troy Wilkinson on Earthbound scored 80 ESL ONE TO DEBUT DOTA 2 MAJOR IN LOS ANGELES IN 2020 2019-11-19T22:52:13Z esl-one-to-debut-dota-2-major-in-los-angeles-in-2020 LOS ANGELES -- November 19, 2019 -- ESL, the world’s largest esports company, today announced it will bring ESL One powered by Intel® to Los Angeles on March 20 through 22, 2020, at the historic Shrine Auditorium in Downtown Los Angeles. This marks the first time that ESL will host a Dota 2 tournament on the West Coast. ESL One Los Angeles will also be the first Dota 2 Major in the United States since 2016. Teams compete over their share of US $1,000,000. “Los Angeles is known for world class entertainment and that is exactly what we aim to deliver with the L.A. Major,” said Ulrich Schulze, Senior Vice President of Product at ESL. “We are finally bringing our ESL Dota 2 flagship competition to the US West Coast for the first time and we are proud to deliver world-class Dota 2 action to the local community. With ESL One Los Angeles, we will put a stake in the ground to engage the US-based Dota 2 community and introduce one of our most iconic tournaments to a new location: the Shrine Auditorium conveying an absolute unique feel.”   ESL One Los Angeles 2020 will feature 16 of the world’s best Dota 2 teams competing for their share of the US$1,000,000 prize pool and the ESL One trophy. To qualify for the group stages at ESL One Los Angeles, teams will battle their way through three phases of online qualifiers, which are set to take place February 9-14. From March 14 through 19, teams will then battle for their chance to compete on the main stage at the Shrine Auditorium in front of thousands of eager Dota 2 fans on March 20 - 22.   The ESL One Los Angeles holds 15,000 DPC points for the teams, leading their way to The International. The play-offs concluding on March 22 follow the TI’s schedule format. Being the third out of five Majors within the Dota 2 Pro Circuit, ESL One L.A. stirs up the tension for The International significantly.   In addition to the competition, fans will have the opportunity to experience a variety of great side activities, including signing sessions with the teams and talents, a Dota artist area, and more. Tickets for ESL One Los Angeles 2020 will go on sale on Nov 21st 11am PST ranging in price between US $54 and US $225. To stay up to date on the latest ESL One Los Angeles news, follow ESL One Dota 2 on Twitter and Facebook and visit the official website.   ###   About ESL ESL is the world’s largest esports company. Founded in 2000, ESL has been shaping the industry across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline esports competitions. The company operates high profile, branded international leagues and tournaments under the ESL Pro Tour including ESL One, Intel® Extreme Masters, ESL Pro League, and other premier stadium-size events, to more clearly define the path from zero to hero. ESL also produces the ESL National Championships, grassroots amateur cups, and matchmaking systems, creating a world where everybody can be somebody. With offices all over the world, ESL is leading esports innovation on a global scale through the combination of global ESL competitions, amateur leagues, publisher activations, and more. ESL is a part of MTG, the leading international digital entertainment group. Bike-Friendly New Zealand Getting Easier with Bike Barn 2019-10-21T19:34:58Z bike-friendly-new-zealand-getting-easier-with-bike-barn Cycling is a fantastic mode of transport, because it helps you to get active while also encouraging environmentally friendly practices. Having a bike to get around on is a part of living in New Zealand; after all, what’s the point of living in a beautiful country if you can’t enjoy the great outdoors? One of the companies encouraging people to start biking is New Zealand’s Bike Barn, which is partnering with a number of organisations to get Kiwis in the saddle.The “Bike it Forward” campaign was created by Bike Barn to help kids and adults alike get access to a reliable bicycle. People around New Zealand are encouraged to give their old bicycles into Bike Barn, which are then restored and donated to organisations that need them.One such organisation is Whakarewarewa School in Rotorua. Bike Barn donated seven bicycles to the kids in this school, fully re-modelled and ready-to-use, to help the kids develop their motor skills and discipline. They plan to continue this plan going forward, stating, “We’re delighted to be able to provide support for the children at Whakarewarewa School and welcome further donations from the Rotorua community.”Their community efforts are not exclusive to Rotorua. Bike Barn has also joined Bike Auckland’s bike shop partnership program to make owning a bike easier for Auckland residents. Anyone with a valid Bike Auckland membership card need only present it in-store for discounts up to 25% on bikes, accessories and bike services. They cite their reasoning thus: “we want to help get the message out and encourage more people to ride.”Lastly, they have partnered with AA to give AA Members a number of discounts on their products. Presenting your AA Membership card in store will fetch you a ten percent discount on all bike purchases, and a twenty percent discount on services and accessory purchases. Kiwis can also enjoy a free Bronze-level bike service every year, so they can be sure their bikes are in perfect working order. Read the full story here: