The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-08-04T02:22:55Z InfoTrack awarded 6th Great Place to Work in 2021 2021-08-04T02:22:55Z infotrack-awarded-6th-great-place-to-work-in-2021 InfoTrack has today ranked 6th Great Place to Work Australia in an online awards ceremony. Moving up a whopping 18 places in the category of 100-999 employees, InfoTrack has been ranked as a Great Place to Work for the second year running against hundreds of nominated organisations across Australia. The prestigious annual list, published by Great Place to Work Australia, is based on survey results of employees from around the country benchmarked against other participating organisations. This year, the award recognises flexibility as organisations have had to navigate the changing environment, adjusting to a mix of face to face and remote work. Today, InfoTrack joins a cohort of workplaces who have successfully balanced staying connected regardless of working in the office or remotely. InfoTrack CEO John Ahern said of the win, “I am over the moon excited about ranking 6th best place to work. Our whole team really deserves this recognition and should really soak up the celebrations. As we've grown from a small company where we first ranked 12th, we've scaled our business and worked hard on building our great culture, with this year jumping 18 places!” InfoTrack has always maintained an energetic, collaborative culture. Monthly check-ins, trivia and team bonding sessions whether that be in person, or virtually, to help keep morale high. Ahern continued, “Everything we do at InfoTrack is with purpose, we don't just throw around the word culture, we live and breathe it.” - ENDS- Media Contact Sandra Falzon General Manager Marketing sandra.falzon@infotrack.com.au About InfoTrack InfoTrack is the leading innovator in legal technology. We provide an integrated platform that enables our clients to find, analyse, organise and communicate information efficiently and effectively. InfoTrack has been at the forefront helping businesses through technology innovation for over 21 years and has a deep understanding of the legal conveyancing industry with over 8,000 legal clients across Australia. About Great Place to Work Australia Great Place to Work specialises in employee engagement, organisational alignment and its effect on high performance workplace culture. Great Place to Work® Institute conducts research and recognises leading workplaces in more than 55 countries. Based on results of surveys representing over 10 million employees around the globe annually, these best companies’ benchmark studies form the basis of the world’s largest and most respected research of workplace excellence, management and the role of trust in workplace culture. WWF-AUSTRALIA AND TASMANIAN WALKING COMPANY LAUNCH WALK FOR WILD TO RAISE FUNDS FOR REGENERATE AUSTRALIA 2021-08-03T03:11:23Z wwf-australia-and-tasmanian-walking-company-launch-walk-for-wild-to-raise-funds-for-regenerate-australia The World Wildlife Fund-Australia (WWF-Australia) and Tasmanian Walking Company (TWC) today officially launched the inaugural Walk for Wild fundraising event series set to depart on 8 October 2021. Centred around *four of TWC’s award-winning walks, the partnership will raise funds for the largest and most innovative wildlife and landscape regeneration program in Australia’s history - WWF’s Regenerate Australia.   Regenerate Australia aims to rehabilitate and restore wildlife and habitats impacted by the 2019-20 bushfires and future-proof Australia against climate disasters. Guests who join one of the Walk for the Wild trips will have the opportunity to experience Australia’s breathtaking wilderness areas while also supporting Regenerate Australia projects that focus on restoring our environment and ensuring it thrives.  This is a chance for Australians to be part of a defining moment for the future, with 100% of all Walk for Wild sales donated by TWC.   Brett Godfrey, co-owner of Tasmanian Walking Company said, “Walk for Wild marks the start of a new partnership with WWF-Australia and celebrates our ongoing commitment to inspiring positive change in conservation. We are proud to be supporters of Regenerate Australia and helping to restore the 19 million hectares of wilderness that burned during the 2019-20 bushfires.”     Godfrey added, “Walk for Wild is an exciting opportunity for people to enjoy the health and wellbeing benefits of walking in Australia’s remote wilderness areas while at the same time knowing the full purchase price of their walk is contributing to this incredible conservation effort.”    Together, TWC and WWF-Australia will seek to educate walkers on the importance of conservation of our wilderness areas, and support projects that have a genuine and tangible impact.    Kathryn Birch, Senior Manager Impact Partnerships at WWF-Australia said, “We are very proud to be working with Tasmanian Walking Company to help raise awareness and critical funds for Australian conservation and encourage people to enjoy Australia's incredible natural environment. Eco-tourism, when mindful and well-managed, can have a huge positive impact for people and nature. Our goal to Regenerate Australia can only be achieved through collaboration with businesses, government, industry and local communities. The tourism sector has an exciting and valuable role to play in helping to achieve this ambitious goal.”  To book one of the four Walk for Wild experiences departing 8 October 2021 go to www.taswalkingco.com.au/wwf-walk-for-wild/.  WALK FOR WILD TO REGENERATE AUSTRALIA All Walks depart October 8, 2021   Bay of Fires Lodge Walk - Four days $2,595 Cradle Mountain Huts Walk - Six days $3,995 *Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk - Four days $2,595 Three Capes Long Weekend - Three days $1,995     Book with Confidence. Walkers can confidently book their Walk for Wild departure. If official Covid related travel restrictions are still in place 14 days prior to the 8 October 2021 departure date, walkers can postpone their walk for up to 24 months. 100% of the walk will still be donated to WWF-Australia. Alternatively, we will offer you a full refund.  *Terms and conditions apply.    To help us achieve our goal of raising $150000, Walk for Wild to Regenerate Australia donations can be made at taswalkingcofoundation.com.au/donate and add message “WWF Walk for Wild” .   *Walk operated by partner Australian Walking Company. Asbestos Cleaning, Meth Cleaning & Forensic Cleaning Services across Australia 2021-07-28T04:31:23Z asbestos-cleaning-meth-cleaning-amp-forensic-cleaning-services-across-australia Decon Solutions Australia is NAMC verified decontamination company which provides cleaning and decontamination services. 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Read More About Asbestos Removal in AustraliaIf you're looking to get any of the above mentioned services or a property manager looking to speak feel free to call us at: 1300 707 028 Ina J Photography was shortlisted in the Top 25 Action Category for the International Pet Photographer of the Year 2021 Awards 2021-07-27T12:30:28Z ina-j-photography-was-shortlisted-in-the-top-25-action-category-for-the-international-pet-photographer-of-the-year-2021-awards Ina J Photography, a Canberra Pet photographer was shortlisted in the Top 25 Action Category for the International Pet Photographer of the Year 2021 Awards with her photo of Poa the Bulldog running at Patrick White Lawns.  The International Pet Photographer of the Year Awards (by the Pet Photographers Club) is an annual celebration of the artistry and skill of professional and emerging pet photographers from all around the globe. There are four categories: portrait, action, pets and their people and open categories and two experience levels: professional and emerging.     The awards attracted entries from all over the world including Germany, Netherlands, the USA, England and Australia. The competition was incredible this year with over 2500 images from 45 different countries entered. Ina was one of 2 Australian pet photographers that made it into the top 25 in all categories of the awards.  Ina entered one image in each of the four categories. One of Ina’s other images entered in the Portrait category of Millie the Alaskan Malamute also got shortlisted for the Top 100. The photo captured Millie sitting in between the colourful sculpture, Dance of the Secateurs which sits by the lake at Commonwealth Park.   Ina J Photography is a Canberra Pet Photographer specialising in capturing memories of pets and their people. Ina captures the pet’s personality and character using stunning locations around the Nation’s capital as the backdrop of her photos. For more information and to see more of Ina’s work visit  https://www.inajphotography.com . New GECA Certified Macro Whole Living Range Helping Aussies Reduce Impact on the Environment  2021-07-27T05:36:55Z new-geca-certified-macro-whole-living-range-helping-aussies-reduce-impact-on-the-environment We’re thrilled to announce that Macro Wholefoods, available exclusively at Woolworths, has launched a range of GECA certified household cleaning products. Macro Whole Living, a range of cleaning products, including laundry, kitchen liquids and tablets, and multipurpose sprays, will help people keep their homes clean and fresh without harsh chemicals. Since we interact with cleaning products regularly, it’s essential to consider their effects on human health and the environment. For example, some harsh ingredients can cause health issues such as skin irritation or affect aquatic life by decreasing the water quality and affect all lives depending on these waterbodies when discharged into waterways. The range has been independently certified under our Cleaning Products and Machine Dishwashing standards. This means these products have all met robust environmental, human health and social impact criteria while also proving they work as promised! According to Macro Wholefoods General Manager Peter Hathaway, “Customers are increasingly looking for products that have less impact on the environment but are effective cleaning solutions. “We know that our Macro customers are looking for eco-friendlier cleaning products, so introducing a cleaning line was a natural extension to the brand to help them make better choices. “We’ve put the entire range of Macro Whole Living products through independent tests to ensure they’re not only tough on dirt, grease and stains but equally as gentle on the environment.” Paula Clasby, Head of Engagement & Marketing at GECA, said, “We’re excited to certify the new Macro Whole Living range. Our ecolabel removes doubt and confusion and makes it easier to identify environmentally and socially preferable products. “Congratulations to Woolworths for this new range of products that are better for people and the planet!”. Woolworths introduced its first cleaning product refill station earlier in June as a trial at the supermarket’s Burwood Brickworks store in Melbourne. The refill station currently offers three different products from the Macro Whole Living range: laundry liquid, a multipurpose surface cleaner and dishwashing liquid. The refill stations aim to reduce plastic by allowing customers to use the same bottle again and again. Customers will use the provided empty container at the new refill station, fill up their container, and scan at the checkout as usual. Not only is it hoped the trial will save plastic, but customers could also save money, paying a lower price for their cleaning liquids when they use the refill station. The Macro Whole Living range can be found in the cleaning aisles of Woolworths stores nationwide or here online. Subbed In releases new book by Patrick Lenton 2021-07-25T20:30:41Z subbed-in-releases-new-book-by-patrick-lenton-1 MEDIA RELEASE Date: 26/07/2021 | FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE From: Subbed In www.subbed.in | dan@subbed.in ‘Sexy Tales of Paleontology’ by Patrick Lenton A pile of rats having an identity crisis. A sexy robot rebellion. A velociraptor revenge wedding. The world's horniest scientist. Enter Sexy Tales of Paleontology: a world of queer romance, (dis)connection, and artifical intelligence told with Patrick Lenton's idiosyncratic bizarreness and heart. Lenton's short stories combine laugh-out-loud humour with an honest-to-goodness sensibility. Sci-fi oddities, pop culture, a lesser-known Kardashian who lives on the moon, and a deft turn of comic absurdity bound through this truly queer romp of a book. But beyond all this, at the beating heart of the book, is the foolishness, horror, and delight that is love and heartbreak and 43 rats. Endorsement quotes “Lenton has an imagination like dropped pudding — delicious, and a crime to waste it. This collection is wicked, witty and only occasionally horny. Here Lenton writes with enviable verve around the intersection of science, inhumanity and the clarifying force of love. It is a book teeming with life and brilliance and I am very mad that I did not write it.” - Rick Morton (One Hundred Years of Dirt, My Year of Living Vulnerably) “Patrick Lenton is a hot little piece of ass, and his book is a hot little piece of ass (for the mind).” - Nina Oyama (Utopia, The Weekly) “Wildly inventive, refreshingly bonkers. I verify this attempt at humour by this human male.” - Julie Koh (Portable Curiosities) About the author Patrick Lenton is an author and journalist from Melbourne. He is the author of A Man Made Entirely of Bats (Spineless Wonders), collection of essays Uncle Hercules and Other Lies (Subbed In), and full-length collection of short stories Sexy Tales of Paleontology (Subbed In). His writing has been featured in The Best Australian Stories, The Best Australian Comedy Writing, Growing Up Queer In Australia, and journals like Kill Your Darlings, Going Down Swinging, Scum Magazine, and more. He is the Editor of pop-culture, news, and entertainment website Junkee and has written journalism and non-fiction for publications including The Guardian, Sydney Morning Herald, VICE, and more. Details: Genre: Fiction / Short Stories ISBN: 9780645152449 Paperback: Perfect Bound Audience: Trade/General (Adult) RRP: $24.99 AUD 280 pages 178mm x 108mm Release date: 26 July 2021 Publisher: Subbed In www.subbed.in For further information and media requests, please contact Dan Hogan, publisher at Subbed In: dan@subbed.in Subbed In releases new book by Patrick Lenton 2021-07-25T20:28:20Z subbed-in-releases-new-book-by-patrick-lenton MEDIA RELEASE Date: 26/07/2021 | FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE From: Subbed In www.subbed.in | dan@subbed.in ‘Sexy Tales of Paleontology’ by Patrick Lenton A pile of rats having an identity crisis. A sexy robot rebellion. A velociraptor revenge wedding. The world's horniest scientist. Enter Sexy Tales of Paleontology: a world of queer romance, (dis)connection, and artifical intelligence told with Patrick Lenton's idiosyncratic bizarreness and heart. Lenton's short stories combine laugh-out-loud humour with an honest-to-goodness sensibility. Sci-fi oddities, pop culture, a lesser-known Kardashian who lives on the moon, and a deft turn of comic absurdity bound through this truly queer romp of a book. But beyond all this, at the beating heart of the book, is the foolishness, horror, and delight that is love and heartbreak and 43 rats. Endorsement quotes “Lenton has an imagination like dropped pudding — delicious, and a crime to waste it. This collection is wicked, witty and only occasionally horny. Here Lenton writes with enviable verve around the intersection of science, inhumanity and the clarifying force of love. It is a book teeming with life and brilliance and I am very mad that I did not write it.” - Rick Morton (One Hundred Years of Dirt, My Year of Living Vulnerably) “Patrick Lenton is a hot little piece of ass, and his book is a hot little piece of ass (for the mind).” - Nina Oyama (Utopia, The Weekly) “Wildly inventive, refreshingly bonkers. I verify this attempt at humour by this human male.” - Julie Koh (Portable Curiosities) About the author Patrick Lenton is an author and journalist from Melbourne. He is the author of A Man Made Entirely of Bats (Spineless Wonders), collection of essays Uncle Hercules and Other Lies (Subbed In), and full-length collection of short stories Sexy Tales of Paleontology (Subbed In). His writing has been featured in The Best Australian Stories, The Best Australian Comedy Writing, Growing Up Queer In Australia, and journals like Kill Your Darlings, Going Down Swinging, Scum Magazine, and more. He is the Editor of pop-culture, news, and entertainment website Junkee and has written journalism and non-fiction for publications including The Guardian, Sydney Morning Herald, VICE, and more. Details: Genre: Fiction / Short Stories ISBN: 9780645152449 Paperback: Perfect Bound Audience: Trade/General (Adult) RRP: $24.99 AUD 280 pages 178mm x 108mm Release date: 26 July 2021 Publisher: Subbed In www.subbed.in For further information and media requests, please contact Dan Hogan, publisher at Subbed In: dan@subbed.in Australia’s iconic region the Whitsunday’s joins EarthCheck to become a leading destination of the world. 2021-07-22T06:34:39Z australia-s-iconic-region-the-whitsunday-s-joins-earthcheck-to-become-a-leading-destination-of-the-world The Whitsunday’s has partnered with EarthCheck to support its Healthy Heart initiative and their ambition to become more climate resilient. The programme will be delivered through the Whitsunday Climate Change Innovation Hub which is an initiative of the Whitsunday Regional Council under the Great Barrier Reef Foundation’s Reef Islands Initiative and the only one of its kind in the country. Their focus is to develop innovative, practical solutions to help the Whitsunday region manage the impacts of climate change, both present and future. In doing so, the Hub hopes to act as a think tank to gather and share knowledge with the community to build resilience in the region, and throughout Australia and across the globe. Renowned for its relaxed lifestyle, the Whitsunday’s boasts beautiful beaches, tropical rainforests, swaying cane fields and earthy colours of the historic outback. The destination covers the four main townships of Airlie Beach, Bowen, Collinsville and Proserpine with a number of rural & coastal communities, and residential areas scattered in between. Fun Facts: + The Ngaro Aboriginal people likely lived in the Whitsunday Islands as many as 8,000 years ago. + The Great Barrier Reef stretches for over 2,600 km, is comprised of more than 2,900 individual reefs, and can be seen from outer space + Whitehaven Beach is consistently rated as Australia’s #1 beach and as the 5th best in the world. + The Whitsundays is home to over 75 species of animal/plant that are endemic to Queensland. + The Whitsundays usually experiences a wet hot summer and a dry mild winter. Daytime and night-time temperatures typically only vary 5-10 degrees Celsius! + 40% of all reef visitation comes through the Whitsundays - the “Heart of the Reef”. Lee Hawkins, Project Officer for the Healthy Heart program in the Whitsundays Climate Change Innovation Hub, said that partnering with EarthCheck was an exciting opportunity for the Whitsundays Region. She said, “This is a collaborative four-year project, focussing on marine tourism operators in the first year with plans to expand further in following years.” “We will be working with EarthCheck and other world-leading destinations to share ideas and learn how we can more effectively address key destination challenges associated with development, planning and marketing.” Stewart Moore, Founder and CEO of EarthCheck said great destinations are built on a strong vision and an ability to harness the collective passion of local industry and community. “EarthCheck has been working with businesses, communities and governments across the globe for the past 30 years to deliver clean, safe, prosperous and health destinations for travellers to visit, live, work and play.” “Leading destinations do not happen without commitment and engagement at all levels – from government and industry to local partners and communities.” The program provides the Whitsunday’s with access to a wide range of destination and planning resources which includes access to a rapid destination appraisal, destination certification for 3 years, business toolkits for tourism operators and a tourism carbon footprint tool.    EarthCheck is supported by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), the APEC International Centre for Sustainable Tourism (AICST), the not-for-profit EarthCheck Research Institute and is aligned with the aims of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). The Reef Islands Initiative is a Great Barrier Reef Foundation program, supported by funding from Lendlease, the Australian Government’s Reef Trust, the Queensland Government and the Fitzgerald Family Foundation. Australia’s Entertainers And Arts Community In Heart Rending Video In Call For Support Amid Devastation Of Pandemic On Lives And Careers 2021-07-19T11:40:44Z australia-s-entertainers-and-arts-community-in-heart-rending-video-in-call-for-support-amid-devastation-of-pandemic-on-lives-and-careers Entertainer James Bustar has compiled a heart rending video in which members of the arts community tell of the devastation of the pandemic on lives and livelihoods and the need for further government income support to be extended to the arts.In the emotion-charged 10-minute video, prominent artists from a wide range of disciplines speak of the loneliness and despair combined with deepening concern that the arts are being overlooked.(Watch the video here https://youtu.be/hlYorBoUmoc or at https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10157888789001969&id=516426968 )They tell of having bookings and income in their gig-to-gig industry cut to zero, which in some cases has left them in despair reliant on family and friends to survive.“I made the video because it was clear to me that the arts community and the people who make it so vital were being overlooked even though entertainment is among one of the most hardest hit sectors,” said Bustar.“Very few people beyond artists’ immediate circle are aware of the depths of despair into which they’ve been plunged amid the silence of government in terms of offering income protection beyond JobKeeper at a time when the covid crisis continues unabated especially with the current outbreak and lockdown in the wider Sydney region. .“The video is an impassioned plea from the arts community for a lifeline to get them to the other side of the pandemic. As one of the artists in the video says, the arts community consists of the artists and entertainers who produce the content that is helping everyone else get through the pandemic and its restrictions but are now in need of help themselves.”In the video, artists contrast how every effort has been made to ensure that the passion of Australians for sport is satisfied but the same priority has not been afforded to the arts.In it, virtuoso jazz vocalist and violinist Fem Belling says: “Artists are the last to be thought of, we are not (seen as) important, we don’t do important things. But I want to challenge every single person out there to go through a lockdown or some harrowing time in their life without music, without Netflix, without newspapers, without books … (it is) the artists who create those things and yet we are the first to always be asked, ‘please donate your services’. The government needs to step up and look after the people that they go home to every night when they turn on their televisions and radios.”In the video there is also a note of defiance on the part of the arts community with prominent keynote speaker and corporate entertainer Anthony Laye saying: “Do we just throw in the towel and say ‘stuff it I’m moving out of the entertainment and speaking world’ or do we hang in there to to wait and hope that things might get back to normal? I want to hang in there because I love what I do.”James Bustar said he hoped the video and the pleas of the arts community would be seen far and wide to raise awareness of how serious the situation had become for many artists in terms of their mental health and ability to support themselves financially and in other ways. “People see the work of the arts community in their lives every day but they don’t necessarily know what is going on in the background or the pressure that individual artists are under,” Bustar said. “If nothing else, I hope the video shines a light on the crisis they are facing and the solution to help them get through it.” People around the world, and in Australia, are divided on whether the Tokyo Olympics should go ahead – Ipsos survey 2021-07-13T10:21:57Z people-around-the-world-and-in-australia-are-divided-on-whether-the-tokyo-olympics-should-go-ahead-ipsos-survey 14 July 2021 Six in ten Australians (59%) say that the Tokyo Olympic Games should not go ahead and 45% of Australians are not interested in the Games, according to a new Ipsos survey As the postponed 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics due to begin on 23rd July 2021 approaches, Ipsos asked people in 28 countries their views on the event: including whether the Games should go ahead;  how interested are they in the Games, and what the impact of the Games is on wider society. Overall, global support for the Olympics taking place in summer 2021 is muted, due in part to concerns over COVID-19. On average across the 28 countries surveyed, 43% say the event should go ahead, compared to 57% who say it shouldn’t. Those in host nation Japan are among the most doubtful with 22% saying that the Olympics should go ahead while 78% say it shouldn’t; and 68% of Japanese are not interested in the Games. Key Australian findings In Australia, the key findings were as follows: ·       Four in ten (41%)- say the event should go ahead, while 59% say it shouldn’t ·       Six in ten (61%) agree that the Olympics will be an important opportunity for the world to come together following the pandemic ·       More than three quarters (77%) agree the Olympics inspire tomorrow’s generation to participate in sport ·       Two thirds agree the Games have a unifying impact in their country – 65% agree that the Olympics bring their country together ·       More Australians claim to be not very/not at all interested (45%) than very/somewhat interested (55%) ·       Australians are most interested in aquatics, which includes diving, swimming, synchronised swimming and water polo, (36%) and are second only to Hungary (37%) in interest in these events ·       Our next most popular events were athletics/track and field (27%) and gymnastics (25%) ·       While not necessarily of strong interest to a large proportion of people, Australians are somewhat unsurprisingly among the most interested in rowing, surfing, rugby sevens, and skateboarding. Among Australians other perceived impacts of the Olympics on society include: ·       Six in ten (62%) approve of government funding being used to support the performance of their country’s Olympic athletes ·       Two thirds (66%) agree that Olympic athletes should be given priority COVID-19 vaccinations ·       Opinion is split regarding whether there is too much nationalism on display at the Olympics (48% agree and 52% disagree). Ipsos Australia Public Affairs Deputy Managing Director, David Elliott, said: “While we like to think of ourselves as a sports mad nation, we could be considered lukewarm in our interest levels for the Tokyo Olympics.  Further, in comparison to others around the globe our interest level is indeed average.  No doubt this lack of interest is driven by the current situation with the global COVID-19 pandemic, as only four in ten Australians believe the Games should go ahead. “This lack of interest might be of concern for those media organisations who have the broadcast rights, but no doubt they will be waiting to see if interest improves and heats up once the Games begin.  We saw last year in the midst of the first pandemic wave how sports like the AFL and rugby league become a welcome distraction for many, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Tokyo Olympics play a similar role.”   Global Findings   Support for Tokyo 2020 Overall, support for the Olympics taking place in summer 2021 is muted, due in part to concerns over COVID-19. On average across the 28 countries surveyed, 43% say the event should go ahead, compared to 57% who say it shouldn’t. There is greatest support for the Olympics taking place as scheduled in Turkey (71%), Saudi Arabia (66%), Russia (61%) and Poland (60%). Those in host nation Japan are among the most doubtful: 22% say the Olympics should go ahead while 78% say it shouldn’t. South Korea shows the lowest levels of support for the Games taking place (14%). However, 62% worldwide agree that the Olympics will be an important opportunity for the world to come together following the pandemic. Turkey and Saudi Arabia once again show the highest levels of agreement with this statement (81% in both). South Korea, Japan and Germany are the only countries where fewer than 50% say that the Olympics presents this opportunity to come together. Ipsos also found that there is widespread agreement among the public that the Olympics generally speaking has a uniting power. Two-thirds (65%) agree that the Games ‘bring my country together’, rising to 92% in China and 84% in India. But this falls to 36% in Japan and 37% in Germany. Levels of interest - overall There is a mixed picture in terms of levels of interest in the Olympics, as majorities in 13 of the 28 countries surveyed are very/somewhat interested in the Olympics, but majorities in 15 countries are not very/not at all interested. India, South Africa and China are most interested, while Belgium, South Korea and Japan are least engaged. Looking at demographics, male respondents are split 50:50 in terms of their interest in the Olympics while more women say they are not interested (59% vs. 41%). Older generations also express less interest in the Games (59% of those aged 55-74 are ‘not interested’ vs. 50% of 18-35 year olds). Levels of interest - events Looking across the various Olympics events, we find that most people are interested in following football/soccer, followed by athletics/track & field, aquatics (encompassing swimming, diving, synchronized swimming and water polo), then gymnastics. Top 5 (global country average): 1.     Football/soccer (30%) 2.     Athletics/Track & field (27%) 3.     Aquatics* (22%) 4.     Gymnastics (21%) *Swimming, diving, synchronized swimming and water polo. Completing the top 10 are volleyball, tennis, basketball, cycling, boxing, and badminton. Impact of the Olympics on society We also asked people what they think of the Olympics in a wider sense. Some highlights include: ·       A majority worldwide (80%, global country average) say that the Olympics inspire younger generations to participate in sport ·       Two-thirds (67%, global country average) approve of government funding being used to support the performance of their country’s Olympic athletes ·       Seven in 10 (71%, global country average) agree that Olympic athletes should be given priority COVID-19 vaccinations. Agreement is highest in China (92%), Saudi Arabia (89%), India (88%) and Turkey (87%) but less decisive in Germany (50%), Great Britain (52%), Belgium (54%) and the Netherlands (56%) ·       Opinion is split regarding whether there is too much nationalism on display at the Olympics (55% agree and 45% disagree, according to the global country average).   Note to editors: This study did not have any external sponsors or partners.  It was initiated and run by Ipsos, because we are curious about the world we live in and how citizens around the globe think and feel about their world. These are the results of a 28-market survey conducted by Ipsos on its Global Advisor online platform. Ipsos interviewed a total of 19,510 adults aged 18-74 in the United States, Canada, Malaysia, South Africa, and Turkey, and 16- 74 in 23 other markets between 21st May and 4th June 2021. The sample consists of approximately 1,000 individuals in each of Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, mainland China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Spain, and the U.S., and 500 individuals in each of Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Hungary, India, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, and Turkey. The samples in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, and the U.S. can be taken as representative of their general adult population under the age of 75. The samples in Brazil, mainland China, Chile, Colombia, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Turkey are more urban, more educated, and/or more affluent than the general population. The survey results for these countries should be viewed as reflecting the views of the more “connected” segment of their population. The data is weighted so that each market’s sample composition best reflects the demographic profile of the adult population according to the most recent census data. “The Global Country Average” reflects the average result for all the countries and markets where the survey was conducted. It has not been adjusted to the population size of each country or market and is not intended to suggest a total result. Where results do not sum to 100 or the ‘difference’ appears to be +/-1 more/less than the actual, this may be due to rounding, multiple responses or the exclusion of “don't know” or not stated responses. Sample surveys and polls may be subject to sources of error, including, but not limited to coverage error, and measurement error. The precision of the online surveys conducted is measured using a Bayesian Credibility Interval. Here, the Australian results have a credibility interval of +/-3.5 percentage points. 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The Long Methodology Disclosure Statement for the study will be available at https://www.ipsos.com/en-au/disclosure_statements within two business days.   Further information can be found at: https://www.ipsos.com/en-au   For more information on this news release, please contact: Rochelle Burbury | Third Avenue Consulting 0408 774 577 | rochelle@thirdavenue.com.au   About Ipsos Ipsos is the world’s third largest market research company, present in 90 markets and employing more than 18,000 people. Our passionately curious research professionals, analysts and scientists have built unique multi-specialist capabilities that provide true understanding and powerful insights into the actions, opinions and motivations of citizens, consumers, patients, customers or employees. We serve more than 5000 clients across the world with 75 business solutions. Founded in France in 1975, Ipsos is listed on the Euronext Paris since July 1st, 1999. 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ISIN code FR0000073298, Reuters ISOS.PA, Bloomberg IPS:FP www.ipsos.com   Media release: Official trailer & poster for Aussie film STREAMLINE 2021-07-13T07:30:00Z media-release-official-trailer-poster-for-aussie-film-streamline Starring Jason Isaacs, Levi Miller, Laura GordonDuration: 88 minutes Rated: MA Umbrella Entertainment is proud to announce the theatrical release date of its latest quality Australian cinematic drama, STREAMLINE - starring Jason Isaacs, Levi Miller and Laura Gordon - which will screen in cinemas nationally on September 2, 2021.The feature film debut of writer/director Tyson Wade Johnston, STREAMLINE will have its World Premiere at Melbourne International Film Festival in August, followed by regional screenings as part of the MIFF Travelling Showcase, and CinefestOZ Film Festival.STREAMLINE is a coming-of-age sports drama about a fifteen-year-old swimming prodigy fighting to stay afloat as he faces pressure in the world of competitive sports, amidst overwhelming family problems.Featuring a cameo performance by Australian swimming champion and Olympic gold medallist, Ian Thorpe (who is also Executive Producer on the film), the stellar cast also includes Jake Ryan, Tasia Zalar, Sam Parsonson, Hunter Page-Lochard and Joey Viera.STREAMLINE is a Bronte Pictures production, made with assistance from Screen Queensland, Screen Australia and Pantalon Pictures. It is produced by Blake Northfield, Nathan Walker and Jay Douglas. STREAMLINE TRAILER LINK MEDIA CONTACT (for review link, media kit, talent interviews):Erin Jameson+61 419 323 663erin(at)jamesonandco(dot)com FOLLOW UMBRELLA ENTERTAINMENT:www.umbrellaentfilms.com.au Instagram: @umbrellaentertainmentFacebook: @UmbrellaEnt Twitter: @UmbrellaEnt RENEE GRACIE GETS INTO BED WITH DONALD TRUMP! 2021-07-13T04:03:23Z renee-gracie-gets-into-bed-with-donald-trump RENEE GRACIE GETS INTO BED WITH DONALD TRUMP! # GRACIE JOINS TRUMP’S CLASS ACTION SUIT AGAINST SOCIAL MEDIA GIANTS  # RACING CAR DRIVER & ONLY FANS STAR HAS BEEN BANNED FROM INSTAGRAM & TWITTER # GRACIE/ TRUMP v FACEBOOK’s MARK ZUCKERBERG & TWITTER’s JACK DORSEY Australia’s first female professional racing driver and 2 times Bathurst contestant Renee Gracie is joining Donald Trump’s class action legal fight against social media giants Google, Facebook & Twitter to get their social media accounts reinstated.  Gracie is one of the world’s highest paid Only Fans stars, in the most popular 0.01% and like Trump has had her instagram and twitter accounts banned. Renee says “ I felt like Donald Trump when I was banned form my social media accounts in January this year. Now by getting into bed with the Donald and his class action I think I have a real chance of reinstating my instagram and twitter feeds and giving myself a public voice again.   “ I stand with Trump in demanding an end to the shadowbanning, a stop to the silencing, and a stop to the blacklisting, banishing and canceling that we all know so well” concludes Renee.    The Courage Conference 2021 is bringing to the world the courage it needs right now 2021-07-13T00:02:50Z the-courage-conference-2021-is-bringing-to-the-world-the-courage-it-needs-right-now Headline: The Courage Conference 2021 is bringing to the world the courage it needs right now Female Founder Sonia McDonald is driving the need for change in our Leadership with Christine Holgate as the keynote speaker   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday 13th 2021   The Courage Conference 2021 is coming to the Sofitel Hotel Brisbane on 6th October 2021 and is being brought to the world by LeadershipHQ and the Outstanding Leadership Awards. The incredible Christine Holgate is our KEYNOTE SPEAKER at the conference, together with an incredible line up of courageous guest speakers, including explorer Dr Gareth Andrews who was recently in The Australian Magazine, Fiona de Jong former CEO AOC, Mark Richardson, Olympic champion Bella Zanesco – with more to be announced.   We know today that people around Australia and the globe want leaders who will lead with courage and kindness. They need to see and hear stories of courage and inspiration to help them navigate the challenging times we are facing today. Look at how we all responded to Christine Holgate in the media and her courage and recently Ash Barty and her amazing leadership and courage at Wimbledon.  This is why the team at LeadershipHQ and their speakers, community and network are championing kind, courageous and inclusive leadership in the Courage Conference and Leadership Awards to create change and impact around the world. Founder and CEO Sonia McDonald quoted recently about the Conference and said, “more so than ever before we need courageous leaders and leadership so our generations of today and tomorrow can be inspired, and they can see there is hope.” The event has impact in more ways than one, with ticket booking fees supporting disadvantaged indigenous students, thanks to a partnership with Humanitix. Indigenous students face many unique challenges that have made education gaps difficult to close. Those in regional, rural and remote communities in particular have to contend with geographic barriers, with only 24% of Indigenous students having access to a school that offers study to Year 12. This project provides scholarships to close the gap for indigenous students. Humanitix is the not-for-profit ticketing platform that gives events impact, putting booking fees toward closing the education gap. Humanitix’s programs include meals for disadvantaged school kids, education programs for girls and scholarships for indigenous students. Tickets are now available from $147 through LeadershipHQ Courage Conference 2021 For interviews or more information, contact – Sonia McDonald at sonia@leadershiphq.com.au Phone 1300 719 665 | +61 424 447 616   Brian Walters AO QC to release Treason on 20 July 2021-07-12T05:26:37Z brian-walters-ao-qc-to-release-treason-on-20-july With a compelling narrative, Treason provides a detailed and authoritative account of the German resistance to the Nazis. In a chronicle of heroism, sacrifice and drama, Treason outlines numerous attempts to assassinate Adolf Hitler and rid the world of Nazi oppression. The plot reached its climax on 20 July 1944, when Claus von Stauffenberg placed a bomb in Hitler's conference room, and led an insurrection across Germany. Claus von Stauffenberg was a member of the German nobility and an army officer, married with four young children and a fifth on the way, when he led the July Plot and failed assassination attempt. He was ultimately shot before a firing squad, and now almost eight decades later, this book brings to life the account of individual moral character and physical courage set against the tumultuous last years of WWII and the reign of Nazi terror. “We all have our challenges and none more than Claus von Stauffenberg. He was willing to risk himself and his family for a better Germany. My father spent 1939 in Germany, in the year WWII broke out. My interest stems from there, along with my love for literature and history,” said Mr Walters. This extraordinary true story of exceptional men and women who risked everything in their attempts to rid the world of the Nazi regime and end the Second World War is one of the twentieth century’s great narratives. The book contains more than 500 photographs and is complemented by maps and diagrams. The family of Claus von Stauffenberg, especially his eldest son Berthold, shared many conversations with Brian in the evolution of Treason. Treason will be released July 20, 2021 77 years after the failed attempt which cost Claus von Stauffenberg his life. “A masterpiece of research and writing – an inspiring history of moral courage.” Tim Costello AO Director of Ethical Voice “Powerful, compelling, exemplary achievement.” Barry Jones AC Australian statesman, polymath and living treasure “A gripping account that throws you into history and doesn’t let up. Meticulously researched, the retelling of the conspiracy to kill Hitler is rich and deeply human, vividly bringing to life a brand point in history.” Scott Ludlam former Greens senator. "Treason is a thought provoking read, not least because of its groundbreaking capacity to bring us history in such a dynamic and engaging way," Zoe Daniel. Author, journalist and global correspondent.   Support for new parents needed beyond birth, breastfeeding experts say 2021-07-09T08:11:51Z support-for-new-parents-needed-beyond-birth-breastfeeding-experts-say FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Support for new parents needed beyond birth, breastfeeding experts say   Experts from the Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) have welcomed an announcement from the Victorian government boosting funds to maternity services, amid a baby boom following the state’s lockdowns.   Health Minister Martin Foley announced an injection of $13.2 million into Victoria’s public maternity services, but experts say it’s vital to make sure women and families are supported once they go home, not just in hospital.   Jennifer Hurrell, ABA’s Victorian Branch President says that breastfeeding support is vital in the early days, and many new people have found it challenging to get the support they need in the last year.   “We know that women in Australia want to breastfeed their babies.” Ms Hurrell says. “Over ninety percent of women start out breastfeeding, but that number drops dramatically in the first few weeks and months after birth.”   Ms Hurrell says that COVID has impacted new mums in a lot of ways.   “Women are telling us that having a baby in the age of COVID has been a double edged sword.” Ms Hurrell says. “They love that they get to stay at home and bond with their babies, but if they’re having difficulties with things like breastfeeding, it can be a challenge to access support, particularly if they need to do that remotely.”   The Australian Breastfeeding Association offers support to mothers and families around Australia, including Breastfeeding Education Classes offered in person or online, and the government funded National Breastfeeding Helpline, available on 1800 mum2mum (1800 686 268) 24 hours a day, every day of the year. -ENDS- For more information on the Australian Breastfeeding Association, visit www.breastfeeding.asn.au Media contact   Jennifer Hurrell 0411 021 141 Photos available on request DATE : JULY 9 2021