The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-10-28T10:22:00Z St Andrew's Cathedral celebrates the 500th anniversary of The Reformation with music this weekend. 2017-10-28T10:22:00Z st-andrew-s-cathedral-celebrates-the-500th-anniversary-of-the-reformation-with-music-this-weekend Reformation Sunday - 29th October 2017 – marks 500 years since Martin Luther nailed his 95 thesis to the Wittenberg church door.  As the world observes the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, St Andrew's Cathedral, Australia’s oldest Cathedral, celebrates this extraordinary day with the cantata written especially for Reformation Sunday itself, with words by Martin Luther. During the 10.30 service, the St Andrew’s Cathedral Choir of boys and men, will join with The Ancient Academy of St Andrew’s, our historical-instrument orchestra, in bringing to its congregation into JS Bach's monumental celebration cantata no. 80: 'A Mighty Fortress'. "Some of Australia’s best voices perform the arias that feature in these beautiful pieces of sacred music, and beside the ancient strings, bold brass and young voices, the music of sounds resplendent, happily resounding off our sandstone walls," said Ross Cobb, Director of Music at St Andrew's Cathedral. The sermon will be delivered by Australia's foremost expert on the Reformation, the Rev. Dr Mark Thompson, Principal of Moore College, Sydney. Cantata BWV 80, to be performed on Reformation Sunday, will feature the following internationally renowned soloists performing the arias:  - Penelope Mills: soprano - Jonathan Borg: countertenor - Michael Butchard: tenor - Christopher Richardson: bass A feast for the heart and for the mind, and within the context of the morning service.  All welcome! Cost: Absolutely free with light refreshments following the service.  Where: St Andrew’s Cathedral, Sydney. Corner George & Bathurst Streets (beside Town Hall) When:  10:30am-12noon, Sunday 29 October 2017 Bach at the Cathedral series then continues in December with Bach Cantata BWV 140: Sleepers Awake being performed on Advent Sunday 3 December 2017   What is a Cantata?  Ross Cobb, Director of Music at St Andrew’s Cathedral & National President of the Royal School of Church Music Australia, explains: A cantata is a sacred piece of music based on that cornerstone of the Protestant world – the hymn. The musical material and the interpretation of the text are directly related to the hymn.  Bach’s choir at St Thomas’ in Leipzig was about the same size as our Cathedral Choir and his choristers were also provided by the church school, just like ours are from St Andrew’s Cathedral School. We are blessed that we can present this work just as Bach intended – sung by a choir of boys and men, played on period instruments and performed within the context of the Sunday service. GLOBAL EXHIBITION OPENS IN SYDNEY TONIGHT 2017-08-08T03:24:25Z hereistand-martin-luther-the-reformation-and-its-consequences-exhibition-opens-tonight-part-of-german-week-sydney Keen to discover more about “The Reformation” and Martin Luther’s involvement?  Why was the sharing of knowledge – through the written word and music – so important to so many? It is fitting that the poster boy of the Reformation – Martin Luther – is being commemorated with a poster exhibition at St Andrew’s Cathedral in Sydney’s CBD – part of a global showcase observing the 500th anniversary of Luther nailing his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Church in Germany. The Very Rev. Kanishka Raffel, Dean of Sydney, invites anyone, especially those interested in history and Protestant Christianity, to come and discover what framed the Reformation and to take inspiration from the life of the man who did not bow to corrupt authority or prevailing opinions: Martin Luther. OFFICIAL OPENING TONIGHT – FREE EVENT - ALL WELCOME This thought-provoking exhibition will be officially opened by His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor of New South Wales this evening at a free event in the Cathedral starting at 6pm.     All are welcome at the exhibition opening, co-hosted by the Consular General of Germany as part of “German Week Sydney”.  Tuesday 8 August 20176:00pm for 6:15pm start  St Andrew's CathedralCrn George & Bathurst Streets, Sydney With the Reformation also referred to as a “singer’s movement”, music will be central to the official opening, with the St Andrew’s Cathedral Choir of boys and men performing two Bach Cantata highlights and leading a well-known hymn:  Now thank we all our God (Cantata 79, Bach, arr. Cobb)Erschallet, ihr Lieder (Cantata 172, Bach - sung in German) A Mighty Fortress is our God (congregational hymn) One of the readings will also be delivered in German and The Rev Dr Mark Thompson, Principal of Moore College, will give an address. The exhibition will then continue at the Cathedral until late September 2017. ABOUT THE EXHIBITION #HereIstand reflects the most important events in the history of the Reformation, and its effects up to the present day. “By considering the dynamics for reform that took hold after Luther published his 95 theses, we can better understand the far-reaching consequences of Luther’s actions in the 16th Century,” commented the Dean. “We are delighted that the Cathedral is involved in this exhibition – encouraging Sydneysiders and visitors alike to be part of an ongoing global conversation.  “Luther’s role in translating, printing and sharing the Word of God directly to and with the people was central to the Reformation, however there are many more outcomes from Reformation history that have continuing expression in modern society”, said the Dean. “We hope that those who visit the Cathedral take some time to view these beautiful, informative posters to discover why the Reformation happened, and reflect on its importance.” While this very modern exhibition - comprising 30 carefully researched information graphics -  is self-guided in design, Cathedral volunteers will be available to answer questions. Martin Luther’s biography forms the point of departure for an investigation of the environment the people of the Reformation lived in, putting the Reformation in context and highlighting its impact. The period between 1520 and 1530 was a time of upheaval, including for gender roles. Today it is often forgotten that women played a role in the Reformation. With an examination of the spread of Protestantism in the USA, the exhibition also considers what the civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr has in common with his namesake. A MEDIA REVOLUTION In the 16th century, Martin Luther shrewdly used the media of his time: the printing press.  Movable type enabled a new kind of communication as one text could become a thousand in no time – be it scripture or a songsheet. Now 500 years on, technology is again playing a central communications role, with this entire exhibition having been downloaded and printed locally, reflecting the changing face of printing. A particular highlight of the exhibition is the inclusion of images of Luther memorabilia, many of which can be viewed online or, like the posters, can be downloaded and printed on a 3D printer – in affect bringing the museum to the people! If the Reformation was happening today, would Luther prefer Twitter, Facebook or Instagram? Share your thoughts on the Reformation on your preferred social media networks using the hashtag #HereIstand. EVENT DETAILS “#HereIstand - Martin Luther, the Reformation and its Consequences” St Andrew’s Cathedral, Cnr of George and Bathurst Streets, Sydney NSW 2000 (Above Town Hall Station) 8 August 28-September 2017: 10am-4pm Monday-Friday* *Please note: St Andrew’s Cathedral School assemblies and regular services may restrict access at times. The poster exhibition will also be available to view prior to regular evensongs, held twice weekly on Mondays and Thursdays from 5.15-6pm. Exhibition initiated by the German Foreign Office and the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany with the support of Moore College, the German Lutheran Church, Johanniter Order, the Goethe Institute and the German National Tourist Board. Breakthrough Study on Not-for-Profit Workforce launched to reveal insights and opportunities for NFP organisations and workers 2017-07-17T20:05:32Z breakthrough-study-on-not-for-profit-workforce-launched-to-reveal-insights-and-opportunities-for-nfp-organisations-and-workers The Australian Not-for-Profit Workforce Study, the largest on and for NFP organisations, employees and volunteers, was launched today. It supports the sector and helps our communities by informing: > NFP Practice: for enhanced leadership, capabilities and impact of NFP organisations, > NFP Policy: for increased efficiency and sustainability of the NFP sector, and > NFP Funding: for better investments in and conversion of NFP capacity building. The national study is using state-of-the-art cloud technology to provide free, science-driven workforce analytics to all participating organisations and respondents, something never seen before in the sector. “The Workforce Study addresses staff development, well-being, engagement, and productivity. It also charts the needs for developing critical knowledge, skills, and abilities to succeed in the NFP sector.” said study leader Dr Ramon Wenzel, from the Centre for Social Impact at the University of Western Australia. With 1 million staff employed in the NFP sector and an additional 5 million volunteers across Australia, their health, engagement, and continuous learning are key for NFP organisations to survive and thrive. Paul Murnane, Executive Chair of the Australian Scholarships Foundation, said that “NFP organisations spent more than half of their expenses on staff, meaning employees and volunteers are simply irreplaceable. Investing in the sector’s people is the single biggest opportunity for greater impact“. NFP organisations are under increasing pressure to deliver more, innovate, adapt and compete. The new study follows on from the pioneering research on the Social Return on Education Training that has shown that NFP organisations that focus on and develop their staff, do better. Now it is about the How to do it. “Every day, all Australians benefit from the essential work of the NFP sector, but there is a distinct lack of attention and resources directed to these employees and volunteers. The study will bring more scientific rigour and practical evidence to the management of NFP organisations and people.” said Dr Wenzel. All findings will be freely shared with the sector. No invitation is needed. Go to Participating NFP organisations will receive their own free Workforce Analytics Dashboard: at-a-glance reporting to understand staff learning, engagement, well-being, and more than 30 key metrics that matter for people, performance, and purpose. NFP organisations can invite all their employees and volunteers to get immediate insights and compare their relative position to NFP sector benchmarks. Participating NFP employees and volunteers will obtain a free Personal Analytics Report with insights and suggestions on their job satisfaction, work autonomy, professional development, well-being, and more. Wenzel said “Measurement is key to inform practice, policy, and funding so that NFP work can translate to bigger impact. We built the infrastructure and dramatically lowered the cost, the analytics are free.“ Dr Ramon Wenzel, Study Lead, Univ. Western Australia,, +61 421 165 801 Paul Murnane, Australian Scholarships Foundation,, +61 414 447 488 The national study is realised by Learning for Purpose, an initiative by the Centre for Social Impact, The University of Western Australia, and supported by the Australian Research Council, EY, Australian Scholarships Foundation, and Australian Executor Trustees. To learn more, complete the survey, and invite staff, go to To understand and see the Workforce Analytics, go to Explainer Video (2min) Inquiries | (08) 6488 5353 Media Kit: Illustrations, Photo, Bio, Logos, Content Learning for Purpose | An initiative by the Centre for Social Impact, The University of Western Australia Learning for Purpose is an independent, non-partisan, national initiative to research and realise capability development in the Australian Not-for-Profit Sector. We seek to systematically understand and improve the means through which individuals and organisations gain and sustain the knowledge, skills, and abilities for a better world. The initiative is led by the Centre for Social Impact at the University of Western Australia Business School in collaboration with the Not-for-Profit sector, social enterprises, universities, government partners, industry and philanthropists. We have a vision for a thriving Not-for-Profit sector that attracts, develops, retains and motivates the best talent to achieve great things. Twitter @LearnForPurpose Facebook LearningForPurpose LinkedIn learning-for-purpose Youtube channel/UCcQyNB2_SLszKitZEM8Z1qQ Partners of the Australian Not-for-Profit Workforce Study The Australian Not-for-Profit Workforce Study is realised by Learning for Purpose, an initiative by the Centre for Social Impact, The University of Western Australia, in collaboration with researchers at the University of New South Wales and Swinburne University; and through the support of the Australian Research Council, EY, Australian Scholarships Foundation, and Australian Executor Trustees. This is not a commercial survey; all data is confidential, used for research only, and will not be shared or sold. UWA Human Research Ethics Approval (RA/4/1/8885). Who Invented The Idea Of The Messiah? 2017-03-07T01:18:30Z who-invented-the-idea-of-the-messiah Brisbane, Australia - March 7, 2017 - How did a small, fringe, Jewish cult from the backwaters of the ancient world, invent the idea of a “messiah” for the Gentiles and end up taking over the Roman empire? How much evidence is there that Jesus Christ actually existed? How much do we really know about what his followers actually believed?   These are some of the questions explored in the upcoming secular documentary “INVENTING THE MESSIAH” which begins filming next month, according to Australian production company Deep Dive Productions.   “Most Christians have no idea about the actual history behind Jesus and the early church,” said Cameron Reilly, co-producer, writer and presenter of the film. “Our film is going to interview a range of biblical scholars and academics, believers and nonbelievers, about what the actual story is, as best as they understand it in 2017.”   Reilly claims that while academics, such as Bart Ehrman, Robert M Price, Richard Carrier, and John Dominic Crossan have written extensively on the subject over the last twenty years, the general public, Christian and non-Christian alike, have little idea about the current views held by scholars.   “Most Christians still believe that Jesus is an historical figure and that the authors of the New Testament were his disciples, even though there’s very little evidence to support either idea,” said Reilly. “And how did a Jewish personality cult end up being adopted by Gentiles? That’s one of the questions we want to explore.”   Executive Producer Torsten Hoffman, whose previous documentaries have won awards and have been broadcast all over the world (Discovery, Netflix, NatGeo, CCTV), said “I have joined forces with an awesome team to produce my next documentary about a controversial topic. It is going to be an entertaining look at early Christianity and the historicity of Jesus. We're aiming for a unique style, without ever losing sight of historical facts.”   Director Sam Toy added "I'm terrifically excited to be a part of this team, and to be shining a light on such a crucially misunderstood piece of history. It really is one of those 'I can't believe this hasn't been done already' subjects, and I can't wait to help deliver a fun, energetic and honest film from it."   The production company have already raised half of their budget through private sources and have launched a campaign on crowdfunding site Kickstarter to raise the balance.   “Whether you are Christian, atheist, or something else, you’re going to love this film,” said Reilly, who is best known for his popular series of podcasts on ancient history, Life Of Julius Caesar, Life of Augustus Caesar, Life of Alexander The Great, Life of Napoleon Bonaparte, and A Cold War, which have millions of worldwide listeners. “It really is one of the most interesting stories in all of history – and yet most people have never heard it told properly.”   Kickstarter campaign:   Website:   ###   Short + Sweet: SNACKABLETV youth broadcast network for short-form content launches 2016-12-01T00:16:58Z short-sweet-snackabletv-youth-broadcast-network-for-short-form-content-launches Meet SNACKABLETV, a revolutionary digital youth network housing the best in bite-sized content. It’s an entirely new way for young people all over the world to access high quality short-form entertainment for FREE, without annoying advertisements or subscriptions. VIEW THE SIZZLE REEL Millennials are diverse, curious and engaged - so, SNACKABLETV is too. It does not discriminate against gender, sexuality, race, creed or socio-economic status, only against beige content. SNACKABLETV launches with solid collaborations and partnerships as official Youth & Content Broadcaster for Sydney Festival, co-produced podcasts with the team from Melbourne’s Sans Pants Radio and short films produced by future creative superstars from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS). Offering something for everyone, SNACKABLETV plays host to content across seven channels; Culture, Film, Gaming, Music, Podcast, Style, and a dedicated hub for today’s news, events, and the best of the net; What’s Hot. Original series’ will feature respected members of the creative community including; street artist Scott Marsh; music journalist Danny Clayton; celebrity fashion stylist Mikey Ayoubi; mindfulness coach Kylie Ryan; comedians Rhys Nicholson and Robbie Armfield; musicians Client Liaison, Sleep Makes Waves and The Jezabels; and so much more incredible talent in front of and behind the lens. In the face of a fracturing media landscape, SNACKABLETV also offers a solution for brands to target a millennial audience utilising quality native content by creating this ‘safe space’ free of subscriptions and free of pre-rolls and pop-up ads to give viewers a great experience which will keep them coming back for more. The network will lead the fight against ‘Digital Litter’, a result of too much access to poorly made content. Everything on SNACKABLETV is short, sharp, and captivating. It’s video that is never boring, always inspiring, with an added dose of learning for the socially aware, completely free of charge to the viewer. SNACKABLETV Co-founders Kate Edwards and Shae Constantine said today: “We are extremely proud to be launching Australia’s first short form broadcast network made especially for young people. “SNACKABLETV is purpose built as much for the consumer as it is for the creator – it’s a conduit between the two worlds. We identified a gap, in that there is so much good content out there and before now it hasn’t had a home or a chance to get to an audience who will appreciate it. “Our doors are wide open to young creatives and creators. We want to distribute the best short-form content the world has seen, and this is only possible with a truly robust digital platform to facilitate the relationship between creator and audience. That platform is SNACKABLETV.” Content is currently available online (mobile, tablet or desktop) via The bar has been set high and SNACKABLETV is committed to pushing the boundaries in both the controversy and quality stakes. New content will be released on all channels across the network constantly. Stay tuned for updates on exciting co-productions and distribution partnerships. In the face of a fracturing media landscape, SNACKABLETV also offers a solution for brands to target a millennial audience utilising quality native content by creating this ‘safe space’ free of subscriptions and free of pre-rolls and pop-up ads to give viewers a great experience which will keep them coming back for more. Interview and content requests contact The Lantern Group: Louisa Read +61 412 955 101 Fiona Gulin +61 487 992 333 CONNECT WITH SNACKABLETV FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM #snackableTV MEDIA MATERIALS DROPBOX Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Call for Papers DEADLINE 23rd October 2016 & ECI Excellence Awards 2016-10-10T00:49:46Z early-childhood-intervention-eci-call-for-papers-deadline-23rd-october-2016-eci-excellence-awards 27th NSW/ACT Conference - Call for Papers Call for Papers DEADLINE EXTENDED - 23rd October 2016 In order to build the best conference program, we are seeking papers for sessional workshops. ECIA NSW/ACT is inviting professionals to submit abstracts for presentations, workshops or panels that explore innovative practices, challenges, research and policy directions. Click here to view or download the 'Call for Papers' Flyer. Click here to view or download the Abstract Submission Template to aid with your submission.* *Note: The Abstract Submission Template may automatically begin downloading in your default browser. Check your browser or go to the Downloads folder on your computer to access this document. Read more... Excellence Awards The Excellence Awards aim to honour and recognise outstanding achievements in the ECI sector that have contributed to the improvement of the lives of children with disability and/or developmental delay and their families. The Excellence Award categories celebrate and acknowledges teams and organisations that demonstrate excellence, passion, vision and a commitment to assisting children with disability and/or developmental delay and their families to achieve their goals. The ‘Excellence Awards’ will be presented for outstanding achievements in the ECI Industry at the NSW/ACT Conference on 25th - 26th May 2017 at the Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach. Award Categories The following award categories will be open for nominations: Outstanding family-centred practice Champion of Inclusion Team around the child Innovative practice Applications and Nominations Applications will open on 14th November 2016. Nominations must be for a team or organisation in the early childhood intervention sector operating in NSW or ACT and includes; early childhood educators, special educators, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, audiologists, social workers and psychologist. Applicants can self-nominate their team or organisation or nominate another team or organisation. Nominations for individuals will not be accepted. ECIA Members and Non Members are eligable to apply.* *Note: ECIA Members can nominate at no cost. Non ECIA Members are required to pay an application fee of $99 (inc. GST). Theme: ECI: Beyond Possibilities - Investing in the Future Location: Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach Dates: Thursday 25th and Friday 26th May 2017 Early Childhood Intervention Australia NSW/ACT 2017 Conference has as its theme ‘ECI: Beyond Possibilities - Investing in the Future’. This provides an exciting opportunity for service providers and professionals interested in Early Childhood Intervention and Early Childhood, to come together with a focus on building the capacity of our sector and the community, understanding the NDIS and the impact on children with disability and/or developmental delay and their families. The conference will have a strong focus on the key issues affecting practice in early childhood intervention, now and into the future. State Conference Registrations NOW OPEN Register now to receive the Early Bird discount! Registrations for the NSW/ACT Conference ECI: Beyond Possibilities - Investing in the Future are now open. You can register to attend the two day conference on: Both days – Thursday 25 & Friday 26 May 2017 Day One Only – Thursday 25 May 2017 Day Two Only – Friday 26 May 2017 Two Days One Day Early Bird ECIA NSW/ACT Member Rate* $505 $305 Early Bird Non-Member Rate* $585 $345 ECIA NSW/ACT Member Rate $560 $360 Non-Member Rate $640 $400 *Early Bird rates will finish on 24th March 2017 If you have any queries about registering for the conference or need any further information, contact Libby Forsyth on (02) 9873 2593 or Read more... AIIA undertaking significant survey on analytics and data usage by Australian businesses, government and NGOs 2016-09-12T01:46:08Z aiia-undertaking-significant-survey-on-analytics-and-data-usage-by-australian-businesses-government-and-ngos FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12 SEPTEMBER 2016 Encourages new and established organisations in all sectors to participate in order to develop the most comprehensive report possible The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak member body for the ICT industry, today announced it is undertaking a major survey of Australian organisations on analytics and data usage. The purpose of the survey is to find out what differentiates those business, government and NGO organisations that effectively use data and analytics for senior decision making. The survey is open to individual respondents via the AIIA website until 31 September 2016. It is anticipated that a whitepaper will be published towards the end of the year incorporating an analysis of the results and providing a body of knowledge that will help guide business leaders on ways to incorporate data and analytics into their organisation in order to remain competitive. Rob Fitzpatrick, CEO of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), says, "On a global scale, we see those organisations that know how to use data effectively are usually the strongest performers. If Australia is serious about driving an ideas boom and creating new employment opportunities, we need to ensure that we help local organisations better understand and then take advantage of data to be competitive. “This is not just a survey for tech companies. The information generated will benefit all industries and we encourage participants across all sectors whether they be in education, retail, finance, or others, as well as established and newer companies to participate,” added Fitzpatrick. This initiative is being led by the AIIA’s Data and Analytics Special Interest Group, which is chaired by Dr Roger Kermode, director of business consulting firm Alimua Pty Ltd and former practice principal for analytics and data management for Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Graeme Wood, general manager of marketing for Semantic Software Asia Pacific. “There is mounting evidence that data-driven organisations tend to require fewer assets, execute with greater insight and less risk, and ultimately generate higher returns. We believe incorporating these practices is an important part of creating a sustainable and growing economy in Australia and is crucial to seeing our standing in world innovation and growth rankings improve,” says Dr Kermode. The data collected will be analysed by data scientists at the University of Technology Sydney. Professor Michael Blumenstein of UTS Sydney says, “Much has been published on big data, automation and the use of analytics at an organizational level. However, despite the recognition of data increasing in importance, the use of data between and within organisations varies widely. The AIIA survey has been constructed to find out why. It’s designed to enable deep diagnostics and analysis of what actually take place inside organisations across different functions and different levels, not just what is visible externally.” Numerous leading Australian organisations are encouraging their members to complete the survey, including: Data61, The Knowledge Economy Institute; NSW State Government; Advance Australia; FINSIA; CPA Australia; StartupMuster; UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT; and, the UTS Business School. # # # About AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 the AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favourable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. MEDIA CONTACT For more information, please contact Joanna Stevens Kramer at 0408 466 410 or email For more information about the AIIA please visit Trail blazing Australian teen lights a path to Rio 2016 2016-06-11T23:17:21Z trail-blazing-australian-teen-lights-a-path-to-rio-2016 Trail blazing Australian teen lights a path to Rio 2016  Tasmanian teen’s community contribution earns him a place in the Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay   HOBART – 12 June 2016 - A Tasmanian teenager has been selected for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to represent his country by running in the Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay in Saõ Paulo, Brazil. 16-year-old Geoff Papi-Watson of Glenorchy, Hobart, who finds inspiration in helping others, was selected based on his outstanding community contribution through his extensive volunteer work with the Glenorchy Youth Task Force whose mission is to make a difference to young people in the local area.   The inspirational teenager has been recognised and hand picked for his great involvement in the Coca-Cola Happiness Cycle, as well as other local community initiatives through the Glenorchy Youth Task Force such as RUOK? Day, Mental Health Week, Bike Kitchens and Gig in the Gardens.     The Coca-Cola Happiness Cycle - a national program that has seen 10,000 Australian teens receive a brand new bike since its launch in December 2013 - chose Geoff for this unique experience, which will see him travel to Saõ Paulo to run a 200m leg of the Olympic Torch Relay on 23 July, two weeks before the commencement of the Games.   Coca-Cola Happiness Cycle ambassador and Olympian Sam Willoughby, said when the opportunity came up to nominate a candidate to carry the Olympic torch, there was no doubt that Geoff was the deserving teen for the job.   “We first met Geoff two years ago at the first Hobart Coca-Cola Happiness Cycle event where his passion, enthusiasm and leadership skills really stood out. Since then, Geoff has not only returned as a program volunteer, he continues to encourage locals in his community to keep riding. It was this commitment, along with Geoff’s extensive community volunteer work, that earned him a place in the Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay,” said Willoughby.   To be selected by Coca-Cola South Pacific as an Olympic Torchbearer came as a huge surprise to Geoff, who hasn’t previously travelled overseas.   “To be chosen as a torchbearer by Coca-Cola South Pacific was really exciting. I’m thrilled to be given the chance to go to Rio and carry the torch. My sister introduced me to the Coca-Cola Happiness Cycle two years ago; I enjoyed being a volunteer for the Coca-Cola Happiness Cycle so much, I had to do it again. It's great to be recognised for something I love to do, giving back to the community, which I think is really important,” said Geoff.   Glenorchy City Council Mayor, alderman Kristie Johnston commented, “Glenorchy City Council is extremely proud of the contribution that young people make in our community through the Glenorchy Youth Taskforce. The Taskforce is the longest continuous running council supported youth group in the nation and its members assist with delivering great programs such as the Happiness Cycle. Geoff is a fantastic ambassador for Glenorchy young people as he models a commitment to his community through volunteering with many organisations and stepping up to be a voice for younger people.”   Roberto Mercadé, Coca-Cola South Pacific President said Coca-Cola’s partnership with the Olympic Torch Relay has spanned many years.   “We are proud to be sponsoring Geoff’s Olympic journey in recognition of his positive contribution and support for his local community. Coca-Cola chooses its torchbearers in-line with the Olympics’ fundamental values of inspiring positive change, hence why we have chosen Geoff as our Rio 2016 Olympic torch bearer,” said Mr Mercadé.   Geoff has been selected by Coca-Cola South Pacific to join 2,400 other Coca-Cola torchbearers around the world, as part of the Company’s sponsorship of the Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay.   Coca-Cola first partnered with the International Olympic Torchbearers program in 1992.   For more information on The Happiness Cycle, visit:   - ENDS -  Media enquires: Josephine George, DEC PR Telephone: (02) 8014  About the Coca-Cola Happiness Cycle The Happiness Cycle is a youth engagement program of Coca-Cola South Pacific. Each year, the program travels around Australia visiting communities in each state. To date, it has donated almost 10,000 bikes to teenagers across the country. In 2016, the Coca-Cola Happiness Cycle program is preparing to improve the lives of thousands more teens across Australia, offering them the opportunity to own a brand new bike. The Coca-Cola Happiness Cycle has been held in New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, Queensland and Western Australia with the cooperation and participation of Beacon Foundation member schools.  About The Coca-Cola Company The Coca-Cola Company is the world's largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands.  Led by Coca-Cola, one of the world's most valuable and recognizable brands, our Company's portfolio features 20 billion-dollar brands including, Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola Zero, Powerade and many more.  Globally, we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, ready-to-drink coffees, and juices and juice drinks.  Through the world's largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy our beverages at a rate of 1.9 billion servings a day.  With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, support active, healthy living, create a safe, inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate.  For more information, visit Coca-Cola Journey at Coca-Cola Amatil (Aust) Pty Ltd is the authorised manufacturer and distributor of The Coca‑Cola Company’s beverage brands in Australia.  Coca-Cola South Pacific Pty Ltd, an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of The Coca-Cola Company, provides marketing and technical/quality services to The Coca-Cola Company in Australia. TCS Awarded for Empowerment of Woman 2016-05-01T21:00:00Z tcs-awarded-for-empowerment-of-woman Sydney | Mumbai, May 2, 2016: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS) a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, was named Platinum winner in the “Empowerment of Women Award” category at the Global CSR Conference and Awards recently held in Bali, Indonesia. The Global CSR Summit & Awards raises awareness of corporate social responsibility (CSR) as a core strategic corporate function. It honors outstanding individuals and companies around the world for their contributions in seven areas of focus on environment preservation, community transformation and poverty alleviation, women’s rights and welfare, workplace practices and product innovations. Out of 200 entries received worldwide, a final selection of 42 companies were honored in seven award categories. TCS prevailed in the Empowerment of Woman category, named the Platinum awardee in a category that also included Bank Indonesia (Gold),
Mastercard Asia Pacific (Gold),
Qualcomm Wireless Reach (Silver),
PT Omron Manufacturing of Indonesia (Bronze). Melvin Chan, Founder of The Global CSR Summit & Awards commented: “This category was strongly contested. While the other contenders scored high in some areas, the overall highest average score went to TCS where they were excellent in showing the close integration of their gender equality policy with their business practices. The success of TCS' culture of inclusiveness and diversity is clearly evident in the strong contribution of their large women workforce towards their bottom lines." TCS won the Empowerment of Woman award specifically for its “TCS Go4IT” program in Australia. TCS Go4IT is designed to overcome the shortage in Australia of woman who pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (“STEM”) and to inspire interest for young woman to pursue careers in the ICT sector. (recent data shows 75% of the fastest growing roles in Australia require STEM backgrounds, and that woman occupy 20% of roles in ITC, compared to 45% in all occupations nationwide). TCS Go4IT is assisting to alleviate this national concern, providing an intensive work experience program available for young woman. By the end of 2016, over 250 young woman from over 75 schools in Australia will have competed the TCS Go4IT program. Key outcomes of the program thus far include: increased interest of students to study technology at high school and university; increased interest in a exploring a career in technology; changed perceptions of gender in technology; and Increased confidence and employability skills. More about TCS Go4IT can be read here: Girish Ramachandran, President, TCS Asia Pacific added: “TCS is committed to creating opportunities for woman in technology and dismantling gender stereotypes that exist in the industry. As one award-winning example we are very proud of, the TCS Go4IT program in Australia is successfully offering opportunities for young woman to become passionate about careers in technology, helping to inspire a new horizon of national innovation and leadership in an exciting, dynamic and highly-in-demand profession”. The Empowerment of Woman award is the latest recognition for TCS, a company on a global drive to make gender equality a core tenant of its operating model. TCS is committed to enabling women to fulfill their professional ambitions across all areas of its organization, while championing everyday equality in the workplace. On 20 April, TCS was named as one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women in the UK. TCS employs over 100,000 women globally, a third of its total workforce. TCS also invests in training to help women at all levels excel in their roles, including one-to-one coaching when they take up senior roles, a Rising Stars Program for women with three-to-five years’ of experience, and the Pathways to Success Workshop, a leadership programme for women with five-to-eight years’ experience. TCS has had a formal Diversity & Inclusion corporate function since 2010, designed to provide strategic guidance and support for diversity programmes across the globe. This initiative is led by senior managers who act as role models and help to demonstrate the positive impact that diverse teams and recruitment can have on the business, with a focus on gender equality. About Global CSR Summit and Awards The Global CSR Summit & Awards 2016 was started 8 years ago. The event has grown from strength to strength and attracted a strong following of over 200 global and regional companies globally that participated or followed the event. The Global CSR Summit & Awards has become known as a global brand known for raising cutting edge ideas and topics in matters of societal transformation, product innovations that change the world and controversial topics that aim to inspire bold ideas to drive large scale changes and improvements to the environment, people and the planet. This year, the organisers have incorporated a new dimension into the Global CSR Summit by co-locating a new event, The Global Good Governance Award. More about the Global CSR Summit & Awards can be found here: About Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. (TCS): Tata Consultancy Services is an IT services, consulting and business solutions organization that delivers real results to global business, ensuring a level of certainty no other firm can match. TCS offers a consulting-led, integrated portfolio of IT, BPS,infrastructure, engineering and assurance services. This is delivered through its unique Global Network Delivery Model™, recognized as the benchmark of excellence in software development. A part of the Tata group, India’s largest industrial conglomerate, TCS has over 353,000 of the world’s best-trained consultants in 46 countries. The company generated consolidated revenues of US $16.5 billion for year ended March 31, 2016 and is listed on the National Stock Exchange and Bombay Stock Exchange in India. For more information, visit us at For TCS global news, follow @TCS_News. Contacts Global: Email: Phone: +91 22 6778 9999 India: Email: | Phone: + 91 22 6778 9078 | +91 22 6778 9081 Asia Pacific: Email: Phone: +65 9139 3668 Proposals to cut access to Family Tax Benefits will only produce hardship and complicate system - National Foundation for Australian Women statement - Marie Coleman available for interview 2015-11-30T00:22:35Z proposals-to-cut-access-to-family-tax-benefits-will-only-produce-hardship-and-complicate-system-national-foundation-for-australian-women-statement-marie-coleman-available-for-interview FTB changes - NFAW Statement   30th November -The National Foundation for Australian Women is profoundly concerned by revised proposals by the Government to substantially cut access to Family Tax Benefits Parts A and B. The cuts will produce hardship for low income families, especially single parent families. They further confuse and complicate the system of family payments, rather than simplifying. They are not likely to have any positive impact on female work-force attachment. They will hit hard in identifiable regions with high concentrations of low incomes families and lack of employment opportunities- outer suburban areas of capital cities, and the regions. (Electorates with the lowest rates of families claiming FTB and so less likely to be impacted include Wentworth and Curtin.) Hypothetically, it is suggested that losses in family payments will be offset by access to cheaper child care. A parent of a 13 year old won’t be getting much out of that switch. The changes will penalise those sole parents who are already in employment- for each $ earned there is a $ loss in FTB. For the households where the parent, or parents are already working, the changes won’t produce additional workforce participation. These proposed changes are an attempt to make the lowest income families repair the Budget at a time when overall outlays on family benefits are in steady decline. It is completely untrue that Social Security payments for families are rising unsustainably. NFAW agrees with ACoSS- there is a need to change FTB- but that should have a focus on adequacy and the alleviation of child poverty, not just achieving savings. The Government’s proposals undermine our confidence in anything else proposed in the name of welfare reform. It is worth remembering in the context of current talk of changes to the tax mix and the need for compensation that the current structures being gutted were introduced by the Howard Government as compensation for the introduction of the GST. NFAW urges Senators to reject the changes once the new Bill is tabled. NFAW notes that the Senate Community Affairs Committee report on the previous Bill is due to be tabled on Monday 30 November. This alone will be a cause for confusion as the as yet unseen untabled Bill is considered. -ENDS- For further comment: Marie Coleman AO PSM, Chair, NFAW Social Policy Committee.  0414483068   The Hon Kevin Rudd to speak at Trinity College, the University of Melbourne 2015-10-30T00:35:39Z the-hon-kevin-rudd-to-speak-at-trinity-college-the-university-of-melbourne Trinity is hosting a gathering of international board members from the Colleges and Universities of the Anglican Communion (CUAC). For this year’s Dr Rowan Williams CUAC Lecture, CUAC has confirmed that the Hon Kevin Rudd will speak on Tuesday 10 November on ‘Otherness: Reflections on Church, State and Learning Communities’. The topic is fitting for a leader who has often been vocal about his faith. Although raised a Roman Catholic, Mr Rudd was actively involved in the Evangelical Union while studying Asian Studies at the Australian National University in the early 1980s.  During his political career, Mr Rudd was vocal about his Christianity and gave a number of prominent interviews to the Australian religious press on the topic. He also defended church representatives engaging with policy debates, particularly with respect to industrial relations, climate change, global poverty, therapeutic cloning and asylum seekers. In his political career, Mr Rudd held a number of key posts. He was Member for Griffith, 1998–2013; Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, International Security and Trade, 2001–2006; Leader of the Australian Labor Party, 2006–2010; Foreign Minister, 2010–2012; and Prime Minister, 2007–2010 and 2013. Says Trinity College Chaplain, the Revd Samuel Dow, ‘Trinity is honoured to welcome Mr Rudd as a speaker at the College’. ‘His lecture is sure to offer some unique insights into the junction between faith, government and education.’ The Salvation Army Selects ShoreTel Australia 2015-08-02T22:59:49Z the-salvation-army-selects-shoretel-australia ShoreTel® (NASDAQ: SHOR), the leading provider of brilliantly simple phone systems and unified communications (UC) solutions for the cloud and premises, today announced that The Salvation Army (Australia Eastern Territory) will be rolling out a ShoreTel Unified Communications, Contact Centre and Mobility solution across its entire operation. The project, won by ShoreTel partner HP, will see more than 1700 ShoreTel IP telephony handsets deployed to over 60 Salvation Army sites in New South Wales, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory. With the expiry of its existing hosted IP telephony contract in 2014, The Salvation Army released a tender for a unified communications and contact centre solution with the key criteria that it would integrate with IBM Notes, The Salvation Army’s global standard collaboration platform. After shortlisting four tender responses, The Salvation Army selected the ShoreTel solution proposed by HP. “ShoreTel is one of the technology leaders in IP telephony and clearly demonstrated its capability to integrate with our systems. The ShoreTel environment is fresh, easy-to-use and intuitive, and will provide us with the best foundation for our future communications needs,” says Wayne Bajema, IT Manager, The Salvation Army (Australia Eastern Territory). “Telephony integration with our messaging and applications environment will improve how we do business. For example, when we deploy UC in our Salvo Stores contact centre, our agents will be better able to use the smarts in our IBM Notes customer management system to manage calls,” says Bajema. The first locations for the new ShoreTel UC environment are expected to deploy in August 2015. In September 2015, The Salvation Army will relocate to a new territorial headquarters in Sydney, consolidating up to ten current offices and providing additional space for future expansion. ShoreTel Unified Communications will be ready for head office staff when they move into their new office space, which has also been designed to support more flexible working practices. “We want to give our staff the ability to work anywhere, and not necessarily be fixed to a desk. ShoreTel Mobility will support this activity-based working approach which will make sure that our staff have the opportunity to stay connected in the office, travelling or out in the field,” said Bajema. HP has designed a hardware/software hybrid solution for The Salvation Army, based on ShoreTel Unified Communications, Enterprise Contact Center and Mobility products. The solution had to cater to specific functional requirements for the organisation’s headquarters and branch offices, contact centre, retail stores and aged care facilities, all with mobility capabilities. The core of the UC system is virtualised and is in an active/active dual data centre deployment, with one data centre in Sydney and the other in Brisbane. All other sites that require resiliency (for example, aged care) have physical ShoreTel phone appliances. The Salvation Army’s existing underlying network is an HP Networking Core with POE switching for all telephony connectivity. “With ShoreTel, The Salvation Army (Australian Eastern Territory) is setting itself up for its long-term needs. The simplicity and modularity of the ShoreTel UC platform delivers what the organisation needs today and enables The Salvation Army to easily take advantage of future technology developments, including the adoption of cloud applications and infrastructure,” said Frederic Gillant, Vice President and Managing Director, Asia Pacific, ShoreTel. ShoreTel is continuing to build momentum in the Australian not-for-profit sector, with further growth expected in the sector for the next 12 months. The Salvation Army was founded as the Christian Mission in the slums of London in 1865 by former Methodist minister, William Booth. It is celebrating 150 years as an organisation this year and currently operates in 126 countries worldwide. The Salvation Army began operations in Australia in 1880. The Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory, covering NSW, QLD and ACT, is headquartered in Sydney and its mission is to save souls, grow saints and serve suffering humanity.  About ShoreTel, Inc.   ShoreTel, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHOR) is a leading provider of brilliantly simple IP phone systems and unified communications solutions powering today’s always-on workforce. Its flexible communications solutions for on-premises, cloud and hybrid environments eliminate complexity, reduce costs and improve productivity. Recognized for its industry-leading customer experience and support, ShoreTel’s innovative business phones, application integration, collaboration tools, mobility, and contact center applications enable users to communicate and collaborate no matter the time, place or device, with minimal demand on IT resources. ShoreTel is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., and has regional offices and partners worldwide. For more information, visit Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements   ShoreTel assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements included in this release. This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the federal securities laws, including, without limitation, statements regarding continuing to build momentum and future growth. The forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. The risks and uncertainties include the intense competition in our industry, our reliance on third parties to sell and support our products, our ability to continue to grow our cloud-based solutions, our ability to grow or maintain our premise products, supply and manufacturing risks, the impact of service disruptions or security breaches, uncertainties related to global operations, our ability to control costs as we expand our business, our ability to attract, retain and ramp new personnel, potentially longer sales cycles, uncertainties inherent in the product development cycle, our ability to identify and execute on strategic opportunities; ability of third parties to successfully market and sell our products, uncertainty as to market acceptance of new products and services, the potential for litigation in our industry, the uncertain impact of global economic conditions and foreign exchange rates, including impact on customers’ purchasing decisions, and other risk factors set forth in ShoreTel’s Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2014, and in its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2015.  # # #   ShoreTel and the ShoreTel logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of ShoreTel, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. HP is a registered trademark of Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.  Media contact: Martin Aungle Explore Communications Pty Ltd +61 2 4872 4981 or +61 415 917 381   Brisbane city will be seeing red for charity 2015-02-26T23:23:43Z brisbane-city-will-be-seeing-red-for-charity For immediate release Brisbane, 27th February 2014 BRISBANE CITY WILL BE SEEING RED FOR CHARITY BRISBANE workers braving the early morning rush hour are being warned they'll be seeing red this Friday – and not of the footpath rage variety. The annual Red Bow Day, Friday 6th March 2015 will see hundreds of students out in force to sell red bows and round up donations for Muscular Dystrophy Queensland. Hundreds of year 11 girls from All Hallows’ School will descend on the CBD to sell the charity's famous red bows in a bid to raise more than $20,000 in just two hours before their classes. Muscular Dystrophy Queensland’s (MDQ) CEO, Helene Frayne said the annual event provides desperately needed funds for Queensland families living with MD. March is our annual Red Bow Appeal where we raise funds for people with muscular dystrophy and their families by providing vital equipment such as electric adjustable beds, breathing aids and wheelchairs and many other essential services. "It makes a huge difference to the MD community, without these funds much of our work would not be possible.” You can support Muscular Dystrophy Queensland by buying a bow or holding a Morning Tea for MD this March! "I'd like to thank the girls and everyone who buys a bow. Your contribution improves the lives of those with Muscular Dystrophy."  Note to EDs.  What: Red Bow Day supporting muscular dystrophyWhen: 7am-9am Friday 6th March 2015Where: Brisbane City CBDWho:  Other facts: Since 1994 the All Hallow’s School has raised over $230,000 for MD. Muscular Dystrophy refers to a group of over 60 genetic conditions that cause progressive deterioration of the body's muscles, with increasing weakness and disability. More than 4,500 Queenslander's live with Muscular Dystrophy. Currently there is no cure for MD and no way to stop its progression.  PHOTOS/IMAGES AVAILABLE – contact Celeste for high resolution versions.  Gold Coast Church Conference 2015-01-22T04:12:40Z gold-coast-church-conference Last night, the 21st January 2015, Glow Church on the Gold Coast launched their first ever and much anticipated conference, called Kickstart Conference 2015. With an electric atmosphere and heightened praise and worship, nearly 400 Gold Coasters turned out for the first night of the conference. Coupled with the great atmosphere of the service was a summer-themed outdoor set up with food trucks and a jumping castle for kids. The night was topped off with two sessions of leadership-driven messages by Ps. Joel A'Bell from Hillsong Church.     Ps. Joel Cave, who senior pastors the Gold Coast Church said "We are believing God to start something significant on the Gold Coast in 2015, with 3 Spirit filled Summer nights to Kickstart your year! Step into this new Season with us, as Glow Church launches the very first Kickstart Conference 2015 with 3 incredible Guest Speakers, invited to speak directly into this new season ahead.  Our prayer is to see the spirit level of the Kingdom rise, that we would shine so bright that the world around us can’t help but pay attention – like a city on a hill that cannot be hidden."The second night of the sold out conference begins tonight at 6:30pm with two guest speakers remaining with Ps.Shaun Nepstad who with his wife Dianna are the founding and lead pastors of The Fellowship Church in Antioch California. And Ps Wayne Alcorn who with wife Lyn have been the Senior Pastors of Hope Centre since August 2000. Hope Centre is a growing multi-campus, multi-cultural church in Queensland’s south-east corner and Ps. Wayne is the President of the Australian Christian Churches (ACC) movement to which Glow Church is apart of.  It goes without saying, if the first year completely sold out, then registrations will be set to move fast for conference in 2016. You can follow the conference on social media by tracking the hashtag: #KSconf15  LEGENDARY WOMEN’S ADVOCATE MARIE COLEMAN ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S 100 WOMEN OF INFLUENCE 2014-10-02T00:13:32Z legendary-women-s-advocate-marie-coleman-one-of-australia-s-100-women-of-influence 2 October 2014   LEGENDARY WOMEN’S ADVOCATE MARIE COLEMAN ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S 100 WOMEN OF INFLUENCE   Marie Coleman has been announced as a winner in The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards for 2014. Marie has been recognised in the Diversity category for her contribution as Chair of the Social Policy Committee of the National Foundation for Australian Women (NFAW). “I am delighted that two NFAW members - Georgie Somerset and myself - are represented among the finalists this year, this recognises the quality of the NFAW input to the community and to the public policy debate. NFAW, with its partners in the women’s sector, continues to argue the case for business and Government actions to reduce the gender wage gap - which has increased rather than decreased in recent times”.   Now in its third year, the 100 Women of Influence Awards celebrate outstanding women from a wide variety of sectors across Australia. There are ten categories: Board/Management, Public Policy, Young Leader, Social Enterprise and Not-for-profit, Philanthropy, Global Influence, Innovation, Local/Regional Community, Diversity and Business Enterprise. Entrants into the awards were assessed by a panel of esteemed judges and have been recognised based on their outstanding ability to demonstrate vision, leadership, innovation and action in and beyond their fields.   Gail Kelly, Westpac Group Chief Executive Officer said, “The breadth and calibre of our 100 Women of Influence for 2014 is remarkable.   “It is such a privilege to be able to recognise and celebrate the outstanding contributions these women are making to Australia. The 2014 winners will join the now 300 strong, prestigious alumni of these awards. "With over 40% of leadership roles at Westpac filled by females, I am fortunate to be surrounded by inspirational women every day.  We are blessed to have such great numbers of influential women doing incredible things in many industries and organisations right across Australia.   Fairfax Media CEO Greg Hywood said: “This year’s 100 Women of Influence join a growing movement that is changing our society for the better in a myriad of ways. Thanks and congratulations to everyone for the contribution they are making. “Many of this year’s finalists were nominated by men. It’s a powerful development to see men wholeheartedly supporting women across all the categories. In order to move the dial, more men need to step up and take an active interest, alongside women, in addressing gender equality.” On Wednesday 22 October, a gala event will be held at Sydney’s Town Hall to celebrate these women and the significant impact that each has made within their chosen field. The ten category winners and overall winner for the year will also be announced on the evening.   For further information please visit:  [ENDS] Please join the conversation at #100WOI   Find us on Facebook: or Follow us on Twitter: or  Media Enquiries: Augusta Goldsmith                                                                                Map and Page                                                                                      P: 02 9368 4508                                                                        M: 0411 612 850                                                                                    E: