The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-11-13T23:40:16Z SharpDrive Discuss Fighting Fatigue When Driving 2019-11-13T23:40:16Z sharpdrive-discuss-fighting-fatigue-when-driving SharpDrive have observed that while it is difficult to objectively measure and quantify, the symptoms of fatigue typically fall under three categories: Physical: sleepiness, yawning, loss of appetite, heavy eyelids, micro-sleeps and even accidental and unnoticed periods of sleep that can last anywhere from 1 to 30 seconds. Mental: difficulty in focusing, slowed reaction times, forgetfulness, poor recall, impaired logic and uncharacteristic risk taking. Emotional: feelings of depression, anxiety, irritability and moodiness. Obviously, the possiblity of any of these occurring while you are driving a car could be fatal, and SharpDrive suggest a number of steps that can be taken to manage fatigue while driviing, beginning with getting enough high-quality sleep: The average person needs 7-9 hours each night, or within a 24-hour period, and the best quality sleep is obtained in a single block and ideally as much as possible before midnight. Similarly, they suggest you should avoid stimulants. Alcohol, nicotine and caffeine all impact your ability to get a high-quality sleep. Alcohol and caffeine are also both diuretics, which means they flush water from your system, increasing the chance of wakefulness with needing to use the toilet as well as dehydration. They also advise that proper nutrition and exercise go a long way in combating fatigue and stress, and a good, healthy diet and exercise will provide you with the energy you need to get through the day. However, if you feel your eyelids getting heavy, you must pull over in a safe parking space and take a nap. If required, take a 15-20 minute power nap, but not longer as this can make you more tired, so set your alarm. Finally, ensure you think ahead about what is coming up in your schedule (both personal and at work) and consider how long distance driving may affect your energy levels. When we manage our energy and levels of tiredness both at home and at work, the risk of fatigue-related incidents are significantly reduced. For more information on online fleet driver training, online truck driver training and online driver training modules please go to http://www.sharpdrive.co.nz . Regional Events Held For Rural Doctors by Geelong Plastic Surgery Clinic 2019-11-07T05:49:32Z regional-events-held-for-rural-doctors-by-geelong-plastic-surgery-clinic In addition to this, Doctors in regional areas struggle to keep up with demand. The combination of the two calls for action and Geelong Plastic Surgery Clinic Australian Skin Face Body is rising to the occasion.  The Australian Medical Association also states it is crucial to provide a dedicated and quality training pathway with the right skill mix to ensure doctors are adequately trained to work in rural areas. But this isn't always easy. Statistics show that rural medical practitioners work longer hours than those in major cities. In 2012, GPs in major cities worked 38 hours per week on average, while those in inner regional areas worked 41 hours, and those in remote/very remote areas worked 46 hours. It is not always easy to leave regional areas to learn or train in additional skills. Medicine is a technologically progressing profession and offers new and exciting treatments rural doctors may not access with ease.  Australian Skin Face Body has an extensive team of highly qualified practitioners that are taking an active role in educating medical professionals via regular information sessions, interactive workshops and white papers in areas including: Plastic, Reconstructive & Cosmetic Surgery Hand Surgery & Microsurgery (Mr Rafael Acosta-Rojas) Skin Cancer Detection, Diagnosis and Treatment Fat Transfer Dermal Fillers & Anti-wrinkle Injections Skin Rejuvenation Treatments Anti-ageing Medicine PICO genesis Enlighten III Laser Many of the ASFB team have travelled the world, assisting in and training others in complex cases. Encompassing third world countries and extreme rural areas, the team are enthusiastic about sharing this extensive medical experience. One such example is Dr Ian Holten, whom has extensive experience and has saved lives and completed many hours of surgical training. For more than 20 years Dr Holten has run training workshops for GP’s, GP Trainees and practice Nurses.  In addition to the workshops, GP’s are invited to sit in on surgery cases or telemedicine any cases for free advice and training.  Australian Skin Face Body is a team of specialist trained surgeons, nurses and therapists. The organisation provides guidance and support. They combine experience, personal attention and the most modern technology to achieve realistic results. Dr Ian Holten, lead Plastic Surgeon at ASFB encourages people to always see a skin care professional to ensure you are receiving the best and latest treatment for your condition. To find out more about these events go to: https://www.asfb.com.au/category/for-doctors/ Inspiring our Youth Through Personal Development - Singaporean Company is Proud to be an Official Operating Partner with the National Youth Achievement Award (NYAA) 2019-11-06T02:38:12Z inspiring-our-youth-through-personal-development-singaporean-company-is-proud-to-be-an-official-operating-partner-with-the-national-youth-achievement-award-nyaa Singapore – November 2019   ·        Singaporean company is proud to be an official operating partner with the National Youth Achievement Award (NYAA). ·        The program is devised to cultivate personal development in students through its various activities.   Singaporean company, Actura Singapore, has recently announced that it is an official operating partner with the National Youth Achievement Award (NYAA). The program is designed to develop essential personal development skills in students - across a wide range of areas and is the Singaporean equivalent to the British Duke of Edinburgh scheme as practiced in Australia and the United Kingdom. Actura Singapore is delighted to be able make the official announcement – as this further signifies the key role that the STEAM education-based company plays in developing essential skills and capabilities in youth – specifically STEAM related skills. As its out-of-class solution, offering Space School Expeditions to students, through the California Association for STEAM Education (CASE) – and its CASE Space School International Study Programs offered for both Junior and Senior students, Actura Singapore can now boast that its programs are also officially recognised by the National Youth Achievement Award (NYAA). Students, through completing CASE Space School will be able to have elements of their NYAA fulfilled. The National Youth Achievement Award (NYAA) Youth Leadership Development Program is an exciting self-development program for young people between the ages of 13 and 30 years old. It is a holistic, balanced and non-competitive program of voluntary leisure time activities designed to provide young people with a platform to develop personal qualities and skills to make a difference to themselves, their communities and the world. The new NYAA program is designed in line with the Ministry of Education’s Levels of Attainment, focusing on effort and merit of the individual. There are three levels in the NYAA program – bronze level, silver level and gold level. The NYAA program has three key components, which all participants are required to complete: service learning (touching lives, making a difference, outdoor appreciation (to be at ease with nature), healthy living (physical & mental wellness), and community leadership initiative (creating an impact, delivering change). The NYAA has recently undergone a restructure, effective from January 2018 with some enhancements in place. It is fantastic that CASE Space School endorses similar values reflected in the NYAA – that of self-development, personal achievement, adventure and service in the community. This displays the comprehensiveness and rigour the CASE Space School program holds. It also attests to CASE Space School being an all-round program designed to nurture students holistically for their futures. The CASE Space School is underpinned by the Seven Survival Skills, namely, critical thinking and problem solving; collaboration across networks and leading by influence, agility and adaptability, initiative and entrepreneurialism, effective oral and written communication, accessing and analysing information and curiosity and imagination. At CASE Space School students engage in a number of immersive, experiential learning and space-related projects with each catered program designed to develop the student’s capacity to problem solve and collaborate using STEAM learning skills in a practical environment uniquely tailored to their needs based on their age and stage of learning. LEAPS 2.0 is a framework to recognise secondary school students’ holistic development. The NYAA supports the framework of LEAPS. Under LEAPS, students will be recognised with levels of attainment in four domains: Participation, Achievement, Leadership and Service. LEAPS assists students as they are able to earn a bonus point when getting into Junior Colleges, Polytechnics and Institutes of Technical Education which are tertiary institutions when they graduate from Secondary School. LEAPS helps to support students in identifying their interests and strengths, setting objectives, encouraging self-directed learning and also managing commitments. LEAPS also emphasizes participation, service, leadership, achievement, representation and accomplishment. “NYAA is beneficial to students as their level of attainment as recognised from NYAA will be converted to a bonus point(s) which can be used for admission to tertiary institutions such as Junior Colleges/ Polytechnics/Institutes of Technical Education. NYAA also provides a foundational platform for students to develop their leadership, personal and knowledge skills”. Aasha Kaur - Program Management Specialist, Actura Singapore A holistic education provides students with a broad and deep foundation for lifelong learning. This includes learning not just in the academic areas. Equally important is the development of values and life skills in each child. This will equip the child to handle the challenges in life later on. The National Youth Achievement Award (NYAA) and its partnership with Actura promotes a holistic development and education for our youth of today. It fosters key self-improvement and personal development in students and enables them to standout when graduating from High School to Tertiary education. Employers of the 21st century are increasingly emphasising skills that embody key characteristics that are necessary for the future landscape, critical to this are STEAM skills. Actura’s California of STEAM Education (CASE) Space School program is actively seeking to promote these skills through its endorsement of the NYAA through its program and enabling students to fulfil their Bronze and Silver requirements. Established in Australia in 2014, Actura provides the leading STEAM learning solution comprising of in-class to out-of-class solutions. Actura continues to seek to fulfil its mission to become the most trusted STEAM education solution provider. With offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, Shanghai, Singapore and Taipei and with further international expansion on the horizon, Actura seeks to achieve its mission on a global scale.   Download Logos, Photos and Videos:   Media File   Contact: Actura Australia Nerilee Chen – Marketing and Communications Specialist  Phone: 1300 303 402 | Mobile: 0422 071 905 Email: nerilee.chen@actura.com.au       Company Name: Actura Australia / Actura Singapore Company Address: Sydney Office - Suite 2B, Level 2, 802 Pacific Highway, Gordon, NSW, 2072 Phone Number: 1300 303 402 Email Address: media@actura.com.au Website Address: http://www.actura.com.au Website Address: http://www.actura.com.sg   Inspiring Our Youth Through Personal Development - Singaporean Company Proud to be an Official Partner with the National Youth Achievement Award (NYAA) 2019-11-06T02:34:38Z inspiring-our-youth-through-personal-development-singaporean-company-proud-to-be-an-official-partner-with-the-national-youth-achievement-award-nyaa Singapore – November 2019   ·        Singaporean company is proud to be an official operating partner with the National Youth Achievement Award (NYAA). ·        The program is devised to cultivate personal development in students through its various activities.   Singaporean company, Actura Singapore, has recently announced that it is an official operating partner with the National Youth Achievement Award (NYAA). The program is designed to develop essential personal development skills in students - across a wide range of areas and is the Singaporean equivalent to the British Duke of Edinburgh scheme as practiced in Australia and the United Kingdom. Actura Singapore is delighted to be able make the official announcement – as this further signifies the key role that the STEAM education-based company plays in developing essential skills and capabilities in youth – specifically STEAM related skills. As its out-of-class solution, offering Space School Expeditions to students, through the California Association for STEAM Education (CASE) – and its CASE Space School International Study Programs offered for both Junior and Senior students, Actura Singapore can now boast that its programs are also officially recognised by the National Youth Achievement Award (NYAA). Students, through completing CASE Space School will be able to have elements of their NYAA fulfilled. The National Youth Achievement Award (NYAA) Youth Leadership Development Program is an exciting self-development program for young people between the ages of 13 and 30 years old. It is a holistic, balanced and non-competitive program of voluntary leisure time activities designed to provide young people with a platform to develop personal qualities and skills to make a difference to themselves, their communities and the world. The new NYAA program is designed in line with the Ministry of Education’s Levels of Attainment, focusing on effort and merit of the individual. There are three levels in the NYAA program – bronze level, silver level and gold level. The NYAA program has three key components, which all participants are required to complete: service learning (touching lives, making a difference, outdoor appreciation (to be at ease with nature), healthy living (physical & mental wellness), and community leadership initiative (creating an impact, delivering change). The NYAA has recently undergone a restructure, effective from January 2018 with some enhancements in place. It is fantastic that CASE Space School endorses similar values reflected in the NYAA – that of self-development, personal achievement, adventure and service in the community. This displays the comprehensiveness and rigour the CASE Space School program holds. It also attests to CASE Space School being an all-round program designed to nurture students holistically for their futures. The CASE Space School is underpinned by the Seven Survival Skills, namely, critical thinking and problem solving; collaboration across networks and leading by influence, agility and adaptability, initiative and entrepreneurialism, effective oral and written communication, accessing and analysing information and curiosity and imagination. At CASE Space School students engage in a number of immersive, experiential learning and space-related projects with each catered program designed to develop the student’s capacity to problem solve and collaborate using STEAM learning skills in a practical environment uniquely tailored to their needs based on their age and stage of learning. LEAPS 2.0 is a framework to recognise secondary school students’ holistic development. The NYAA supports the framework of LEAPS. Under LEAPS, students will be recognised with levels of attainment in four domains: Participation, Achievement, Leadership and Service. LEAPS assists students as they are able to earn a bonus point when getting into Junior Colleges, Polytechnics and Institutes of Technical Education which are tertiary institutions when they graduate from Secondary School. LEAPS helps to support students in identifying their interests and strengths, setting objectives, encouraging self-directed learning and also managing commitments. LEAPS also emphasizes participation, service, leadership, achievement, representation and accomplishment. “NYAA is beneficial to students as their level of attainment as recognised from NYAA will be converted to a bonus point(s) which can be used for admission to tertiary institutions such as Junior Colleges/ Polytechnics/Institutes of Technical Education. NYAA also provides a foundational platform for students to develop their leadership, personal and knowledge skills”. Aasha Kaur - Program Management Specialist, Actura Singapore   A holistic education provides students with a broad and deep foundation for lifelong learning. This includes learning not just in the academic areas. Equally important is the development of values and life skills in each child. This will equip the child to handle the challenges in life later on. The National Youth Achievement Award (NYAA) and its partnership with Actura promotes a holistic development and education for our youth of today. It fosters key self-improvement and personal development in students and enables them to standout when graduating from High  School to Tertiary education. Employers of the 21st century are increasingly emphasising skills that embody key characteristics that are necessary for the future landscape, critical to this are STEAM skills. Actura’s California of STEAM Education (CASE) Space School program is actively seeking to promote these skills through its endorsement of the NYAA through its program and enabling students to fulfil their Bronze and Silver requirements. Established in Australia in 2014, Actura provides the leading STEAM learning solution comprising of in-class to out-of-class solutions. Actura continues to seek to fulfil its mission to become the most trusted STEAM education solution provider. With offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, Shanghai, Singapore and Taipei and with further international expansion on the horizon, Actura seeks to achieve its mission on a global scale.   Download Logos, Photos and Videos: Media File Contact: Actura Australia Nerilee Chen – Marketing and Communications Specialist  Phone: 1300 303 402 | Mobile: 0422 071 905 Email: nerilee.chen@actura.com.au       Company Name: Actura Australia / Actura Singapore Company Address: Sydney Office - Suite 2B, Level 2, 802 Pacific Highway, Gordon, NSW, 2072 Phone Number: 1300 303 402 Email Address: media@actura.com.au Website Address: http://www.actura.com.au Website Address: http://www.actura.com.sg   Exclusive Space School Programs - Officially 5.0 GPA College Preparatory Courses 2019-11-06T01:48:01Z exclusive-space-school-programs-officially-5-0-gpa-college-preparatory-courses Sydney, NEW SOUTH WALES – November 2019 ·       Space School program is academically accredited and approved in the USA as an Honors Level College Preparatory Course providing students with up to 5.0 GPA. ·       This accreditation is designed specifically to prepare high school students for university entry. ·        College Preparatory courses assist students to meet the stringent academic requirements of university.   Australian company Actura’s Junior Space School and Senior Space School programs are academically recognised and approved in the USA as Honors Level College Preparatory Courses, each providing students with up to 5.0 GPA. Devised to prepare high school students for university entry, college preparatory courses aid students to better meet the exacting academic requirements of university. CASE Junior Space School and CASE Senior Space School are programs spearheaded by the California Association for STEAM Education (CASE), and represent the CASE Space School International Study program options. These out-of-class immersive, experiential Space School programs enable high school students to experience first-hand the Space environment, with groups of students regularly making expeditions to NASA’s headquarters in Texas, Houston. Now officially recognised as academically accredited Honors Level College Preparatory Courses, this signals the efficacy of the programs. Underpinning the programs are a set of distilled “key skills”; the Seven Survival Skills as coined by Dr Tony Wagner (Harvard University), which focus on critical-thinking, problem-solving and communication skills designed to prepare students for the 21st century.  The fact that these programs are now officially 5.0 GPA College Preparatory Courses reinforces the mission of Actura to “empower youth for future success”. College Preparatory courses are high calibre and help students meet the exacting academic requirements of university – as they transition from high school education through to tertiary studies. Honors level courses help students achieve the higher GPAs required by top tier universities. By completing CASE Space School, students can now earn the highest possible GPA score of 5.0. CASE Space School is academically accredited through Legend College Preparatory School, California, which ensures students obtain bona fide academic credits and transcripts to validate their course completion. CASE Space School is partnered with Legend College Preparatory Online School (Legend) so that students have ready access to their official US transcripts and academic tracks demonstrating their intention for college and university admissions. Through completing CASE Space School, students are eligible to receive course credits and an academic transcript. Students require official transcripts when applying for tertiary study and when enrolling in a US University/College. Although international students do not require a GPA, a transcript identifying the completion of a College Preparatory Course at a certain GPA helps validate international students’ academic proficiency and readiness to study at college level. Students with an official CASE Space School transcript can apply to any US university or college. When applying to colleges in the University of California System (UC System), the application process is simplified as CASE Space School has been pre-approved by UC. With major US universities such as Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, UCLA, Riverside, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz as part of the UC system, this provides international students with a definite advantage. “We are proud to have our CASE Junior Space School program and CASE Senior Space School program officially accredited and approved as Honors Level College Preparatory Courses, providing students with up to 5.0 GPA. This reinforces the critical role Actura plays in empowering our youth for their future success through essential STEAM learning”. Charles Chung, CEO, Actura   CASE Space School International Study Program for both Junior and Senior students opens up opportunities for students to fully develop their critical STEAM skills for the 21st century. Further validating academic achievement and ability, the fact that these two programs are officially approved and accredited as Honors Level College Preparatory courses, providing students with up to 5.0 GPA, further reinforces the goals of Actura – in instilling essential skills and abilities in students to survive the future work landscape – where STEAM skills have been deemed essential. This validates the effectiveness of Actura and its programs, as the leading STEAM educator in its field – from high school education through to continuing tertiary education and beyond. Established in Australia in 2014, Actura provides the leading STEAM learning solution comprising of in-class to out-of-class solutions. Actura continues to seek to fulfil its mission to become the most trusted STEAM education solution provider. With offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, Shanghai, Singapore and Taipei and with further international expansion on the horizon, Actura truly seeks to achieve its mission on a global scale. Download Logos, Photos and Videos: Media Resources Contact: Actura Australia Nerilee Chen – Marketing and Communications Specialist  Phone: 1300 303 402 | Mobile: 0422 071 905 Email: nerilee.chen@actura.com.au   Company Name: Actura Australia Company Address: Sydney Office - Suite 2B, Level 2, 802 Pacific Highway, Gordon, NSW, 2072 Phone Number: 1300 303 402 Email Address: media@actura.com.au Website Address: http://www.actura.com.au Enquiries: enquiries@actura.com.au   Ethics is good for business - at last the message is getting through says Dr Zivit Inbar 2019-11-06T00:10:53Z ethics-is-good-for-business-at-last-the-message-is-getting-through-says-dr-zivit-inbar The message that ethical behaviour and making decisions based on what is best in the long-term for an organisation’s reputation, financial welfare and sustainability is getting through said Dr Zivit Inbar founder and CEO of DifferenThinking a boutique consulting firm specialising in strategic people, culture, ethics, leadership and performance services.   Commenting further Dr Inbar said recent high-profile cases of unethical behaviour together with changes in community expectations makes every business vulnerable and it jeopardises their financial viability when they are exposed.  This means that culture, ethics, innovation and decision making – the core pillars of leadership are more important than ever.   As a general observation, people and businesses are not unethical – however, problems arise if ethical behaviour is not ingrained in an organisation’s DNA and decisions made at all levels are unable to ask the fundamental questions ‘what is the right thing to do and by whom’ affirmed Dr Inbar.   “Companies love to extol the merits of their corporate culture and virtuousness of managers and staff that are collectively dedicated to maximising shareholder returns, the environment, inclusiveness, equality, etc.”, said Dr Inbar.   “But the word ‘ethics’ is very different with a far deeper meaning and implications.  Even a business that adheres steadfastly to the rule of law can still be operating unethically”.   Warren Buffett once said “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it”.    Dr Inbar continued, “Once unethical practices and behaviours are exposed and trust is lost – the momentum of the irrevocably damaged reputation accelerates the decline and ultimate destruction of the business”.   “This very sobering realisation is why organisations can no longer rely on the mantra that ‘this is how we do things here’ as a shield or excuse for unethical behaviour.  They need to keep improving from within and the key to strengthening processes and behaviour can only come from the top”.   Hence the primary theme and purpose of DifferenThinking workshops ‘Culture Ethics & Innovation – are led from the top’ that provide practical tools for managers to develop ethic-first cultures within their businesses.   These tools, coupled with Dr Inbar’s own research about the role of boards in corporate ethics, provide a unique resource and service for the business community.    Dr Inbar concluded, “It is heartening to observe that business leaders in growing numbers appreciate that a reputation for ethical behaviour builds trust both internally and externally with organisation’s stakeholders who rely on the business to conduct itself ethically in all dealings.    “I’m also confident DifferenThinking workshops and programs will continue to be supported by organisations keen to reduce risks and empower their human capital”.   Issued by DifferenThinking      www.differenthinking.com.au           Media Enquiries:     Mr. Joe Perri, Joe Perri & Associates Pty Ltd                               Mob:  +61 412 112 545     Email:  jperri@joeperri.com.au       About Dr Zivit Inbar    Dr Zivit Inbar is the founder and CEO of DifferenThinking, a consulting practice that specialises in people, culture, leadership & ethics.   Dr Inbar has over 17 years of experience and expertise with building high-performance teams, driving high-level strategies and processes at the board and executive levels, spanning private and listed local and global organisations (China, APAC, Europe and the US).    Her Board portfolio includes roles as a Chairwoman, Non-Executive-Director, Company Secretary and Advisory Board Member. Zivit is a member of Standards Australia AI trustworthiness and governance committees. She is also the founder of WELeaders.ai, a unique program that aims at developing and growing a community of women leading AI.   Dr Inbar is an Adjunct Professor at Deakin University’s MBA program, a Graduate of Harvard Kennedy School Executive Program, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow Certified member of the Australian Human Resources Institute.    Her PhD is focused on Strategic Thinking and Strategy Implementation by Western companies operating in China and she is the author of "The Ethical Kaleidoscope: Values, Ethics and Corporate Governance" (with Doug Long), 2017, Routledge Publishing, UK.         Churchill Fellowship recipient to help Australian primary industry and national food traceability 2019-11-05T23:00:51Z churchill-fellowship-recipient-to-help-australian-primary-industry-and-national-food-traceability Peter Carter, Director of Business Development and Innovation at GS1 Australia, has been awarded a highly-esteemed Churchill Fellowship, which will benefit agriculture exports. Mr Carter will investigate one of the most pressing challenges for Australian primary industry: traceability for the modern supply chain to ensure export market access. To support ongoing operations and achieve the National Farmers’ Federation goal of $100B worth of primary production in the next 10 years, an increased awareness of methods and techniques for traceability and quality assurance in other parts of the world is necessary. The consequences and costs for Australian industry are likely to be significant if compliance with importing country requirements are not met. Mr Carter’s farming background and his passion for digital transformation of agricultural supply chains has led to his investigations. He is firmly focused on supporting Australian agriculture with enhanced national traceability through a better understanding of the best practices and capabilities being developed abroad. In 2020, Mr Carter will travel to Vietnam, China, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Italy, Canada and the United States exploring commodities including eggs, milk, oranges, red meat and wine. Visits with international producers and processors will provide a first-hand understanding of the measures and traceability processes that are in place, how effective they are, how markets are changing and what export market customers are expecting. “Through the Fellowship, I hope to learn from others and intend to bring back techniques and methods used in other parts of the world to address challenges being faced by Australian industry. For example, a smart way of identifying eggs to enhance traceability and provide customers with confidence,” Mr Carter said. Mr Carter has already championed CSIRO and industry efforts to improve traceability and regulatory aspects to help make Australian industry more competitive. He has also been actively engaged with Federal Government agencies such as the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, and industry bodies including Food Standards Australia New Zealand, to address national traceability challenges. “When I return, I am looking forward to taking part in industry discussions and experimentation with new ideas identified through the investigation,” he added. Mr Carter is one of 115 recipients from across the country who have this year received the prestigious award worth some $3.35 million collectively. “Being recognised as a Churchill Fellow is a celebration of curiosity. They are ordinary Australians with extraordinary abilities and aspirations,” said Adam Davey, CEO of the Churchill Trust. To find out more about the Churchill Trust visit www.churchilltrust.com.au. For more information on GS1 Traceability visit www.gs1au.org/traceability. ends About GS1 Australia: GS1 is a neutral, not-for-profit organisation that develops and maintains the most widely used global standards for efficient business communication. We are best known for the barcode, named by the BBC as one of “the 50 things that made the world economy”. GS1 standards and services improve the efficiency, safety and visibility of supply chains across physical and digital channels in 25 sectors. With local Member Organisations in 114 countries, 1.5 million user companies and 6 billion transactions every day, GS1 standards create a common language that supports systems and processes across the globe. For more information visit the GS1 Australia website or follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and our YouTube channel. History of Churchill Fellowships and The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Five decades ago, just four weeks after the death of Sir Winston Churchill on 28 February 1965, the “Churchill Memorial Sunday” doorknock appeal was held across Australia. The doorknock was to raise funds for an unusual type of memorial to Sir Winston - something like Rhodes Scholarships, but more egalitarian, and available to all people and on a much wider basis. The concept, endorsed by Churchill before he died, was Fellowships, bearing his name, for ordinary people - providing a unique opportunity to travel, learn, and bring knowledge back to their country. Such was the admiration and respect that Australian fighting men and women of World War II held for Churchill, that this became the greatest one-day doorknock in Australian history. Funds collected from everyday Australians together with donations from Government and Australian companies totalled the princely sum of 2,206,000 Pounds ($4,412,000). That laid the foundation for an incredible opportunity – Fellowships offered annually and worth on average $27,000 each, available to Australians who want to make a difference. The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust was established to administer not only the total funds raised by the 1965 Appeal, but also the Churchill Fellowship award scheme. Since the inception of the Churchill Trust, more than 4,400 Australians have identified projects where overseas research allowed them to bring back vital networks and skills. Further information: Tracey Kelly-Jenkins, GS1 Australia 03 8581 5982. Julia George, Churchill Foundation 02 6247 8333. Caption 1: Peter Carter receives his Churchill Fellowship certificate from Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC, Governor of New South Wales at Government House. Caption 2: Peter Carter from GS1 will use his Churchill Fellowship to investigate export market access for food commodities and wine. Beyond IT - Certified Scrum Master Training has a Wider Business Focus 2019-10-30T00:58:59Z beyond-it-certified-scrum-master-training-has-a-wider-business-focus Their course in September was successful and trained professionals to facilitate scrum events and help product owners manage the back log. The next Certified Scrum Master course at Project Laneways is taking place on December 5th and 6,th  2019. The course has no pre-requisites. It is suitable for portfolio, programme and project managers interested in moving to an agile approach, anyone who works in teams with high workloads and anyone who works alongside or within Scrum teams. This course has a wider business focus, looking at Scrum’s application beyond IT and software development.  The 2019 Scrum Master salary report released recently under the name Scrum Master Trends reveals that a certification has an impact on both the skills and the salary for professionals. Essentially, the aim of certification is to help practitioners learn so that they can improve their skills. When Scrum Masters and other agile practitioners expand their skill set, they are able to examine and alter areas which are in need of growth. In essence, certification is an important part of validating growth, and it’s the growth itself which leads to higher overall salaries for those who seek out accreditation. One of the new factors investigated by this report is the prevalence of combinations of different Agile frameworks. As it stands, many corporations and organisations already have various Agile frameworks in place, or have used them in the past. Any given Scrum Team or organisation can use Scrum to build on existing Agile structures, or use other Agile workflow systems to customise Scrum. This shows that there is no silver bullet when it comes to choosing an agile framework. Organisations are choosing the frameworks that work best for their teams, and often adding practices from the broad variety available to help define their overall process. APMG-ABC Scrum Master Certification does not expire and it does not need to be retaken annually.  To know more about Agile Project Management training in Melbourne, visit Project Laneway’s website.   For more information:  https://www.scrum.org/resources/2019-scrum-master-trends-report https://www.project-laneways.com.au/blog/articles/scrum-master-trends-2019 Socialization is an Integral Element at Rockingham Montessori School 2019-10-29T02:10:28Z socialization-is-an-integral-element-at-rockingham-montessori-school There are many criteria that parents use to select one school over another for their children. Those that decide on Rockingham Montessori School appreciate and encourage the independence and social skills that a life-long learning-based environment provides. The school offers programs for infants and toddlers to the high school level, along with alternative pathways to university or vocational studies for individuals that want to transition directly into the workforce. The range of options and opportunities are just one of the reasons that parents choose the school to educate their children. One of the tasks that schools are entrusted with is socializing their charges. To accomplish that, youngsters learn how to interact with adults and children in the school setting in an appropriate manner. The independent schools Perth believe that socialization and learning are ongoing processes and an increasing number of parents are approaching education as a more holistic endeavor rather than just a matter of curriculum. As a Perth Christian School, Rockingham Montessori School broadens children’s horizons’ in a variety of ways that enable them to view themselves and their role in society in new ways. Youngsters are introduced to age-appropriate activities that encourage learning in a myriad of areas, from science and the arts to sports, technology and dancing, all of which support learning and socialization skills. Youngsters learn at their own speed and aren’t forced to advance until they’re mentally and emotionally ready. Children are eager to learn and throughout each stage of their education, they’re prepared for the next step in their development at the Perth private school. When students prepare to graduate, they can select a number of post school pathways for success. Socialization and the acquisition of social skills are an integral part of an education. Rockingham Montessori School provides ample opportunities to learn within the classroom, through extracurricular activities, and introduction to the widest variety of experiences and knowledge bases that prepare students for success throughout their lifetime. Kids & nature in Melbourne’s north missing out – more bush kinders needed now says Friends of Merri Creek 2019-10-28T04:33:19Z kids-amp-nature-in-melbourne-s-north-missing-out-more-bush-kinders-needed-now-says-friends-of-merri-creek The children of Melbourne’s northern suburbs are missing out on the health and social benefits of interacting with nature as the result of a bush kindergarten shortage said Friends of Merri Creek’s (FoMC) President Nick Williams.   As access to open space and parklands is diminishing as the result of Melbourne’s population and building boom, there has been a dramatic shift from childhood activities from outdoor to indoor play.  The consequences of spending time in front of TV screens and computers instead of playing outdoors is seen in increased rates of obesity, diabetes and mental illness in youngsters.   The development of bush kindergartens reflects the mounting body of evidence that outdoor activities such as exploring natural environments, are good for children and improve their health and wellbeing said Nick Williams.   There are over 350 bush kinders or nature playgroup programs in Victoria, and the number is growing rapidly.   Demonstrating the growing popularity of nature play, Nature Play Week in April 2019 included 150 events across Victoria with an estimated 15,000 participants.   A study by the Kids in Nature Network in 2016-17 identified a growing and unmet demand for nature play, outdoor learning and bush kinder programs in Victoria.  It found that 90% of programs were delivered in Eastern Melbourne – indicating a major gap in the northern suburbs.   The Kids in Nature Network study report outlines the benefits of nature play and active outdoor learning: “When children are outside, they move more, sit less and play longer. These behaviours are associated with improved physical and mental health and improved cognitive and social skills.   “Children are more curious about and interested in natural play spaces than pre-fabricated play structures.   “Children who engage in active outdoor play in natural environments demonstrate resilience, self-regulation and develop skills for dealing with stress later in life.  Outdoor play in minimally structured, free and accessible local environments facilitates socialisation and connection with peers, the community and the environment, reduces feelings of isolation, builds interpersonal skills and facilitates healthy development.”    Parks and reserves are fantastic places for children to run, jump, explore and learn.  Research shows it’s good for them.  Children who learn outdoors are less disruptive, show improved social skills, motor skills and physical health, and develop resilience, self-awareness, self-esteem, independence and the list goes on.   An ideal outdoor classroom is an open space amongst natural bushland with low grass and minimal ground cover.  This allows children to explore independently while remaining within the supervisors’ line of sight.   It also allows easy identification of any ground hazards and minimises trampling, which can damage the undergrowth.   Nick Williams concluded, “FoMC would like to see a strategy prepared that identifies potential nature play sites and how they can be made accessible and resilient, along the Merri Creek from Clifton Hill to Craigieburn and in the new suburbs to the north.  Local Councils are best placed to develop this strategy, along with Merri Creek Management Committee”.   “A site that has great potential as a bush kinder / nature play site with some tree planting, logs and basic visitor facilities is 1 – 17 Leonard Street Fawkner that was recently purchased by Moreland City Council from the State Government”.   ENDS   Issued by:                  Friends of Merri Creek       www.friendsofmerricreek.org.au   Media enquiries:                 Mr. Joe Perri, T: 0412 112 545   E: jperri@joeperri.com.au Australia, it's your chance to design the sex toy of the future 2019-10-24T01:04:56Z australia-its-your-chance-to-design-the-sex-toy-of-the-future Lovehoney has launched ‘Future Sex 2030’, a global competition to find the sex toy of the future Future Sex 2030 is Australians’ chance to design a sex toy which we will be using in 10 years’ time $5,000 prize in each of the three categories for students, designers and the public A previous competition winner, Trevor Murphy, has earnt over $600,000 to date from his design the ‘Squeel’, the world’s best-selling oral sex simulator Lovehoney is calling on Australians to design the sex toy of the future by entering its competition Future Sex 2030. The global sex toy and online lingerie retailer is offering $5,000 to each budding designer winner across three categories: students, designers and members of the public. For the first time, new categories have been created especially for designers and students in the hope of attracting the very best designs globally. A previous campaign saw Trevor Murphy create the Sqweel, a rotating wheel of tongues to boost sexual pleasure. Since launch it has been a smash hit all over the world and has even demonstrated by Jay Leno on his hit American TV show. Trevor, who has also designed collectible card sets for big movies like Star Wars and TV shows like Doctor Who, said: "I've been squealing with delight ever since my sex toy went into production. I am so happy that I have brought so much sexual happiness to so many people. “I made so much money that I was able to emigrate and start a new career in television. Winning the competition completely changed my life.” Due to the popularity of the Sqweel, Lovehoney has made four versions of the toy and Murphy cashed in on the royalties. This year’s competition is now open and will be judged by a panel of experts, including Lovehoney’s design team and Bryony Cole, the world’s leading authority on sextech. Melbourne-born Bryony, the founder of the Future of Sex podcast, says she's looking forward to seeing what designs Australians come up with: "I'm thrilled to be a DAST judge for Lovehoney in Australia and will be personally interested in any design that explores how humans and technology come together. "Research shows that Australians are frequent users of sex toys. The DAST campaign is an excellent opportunity to put the power in their hands, to come up with something new and exciting," added Bryony. Lovehoney product director and judge, Bonny Hall, said: "If we get a design which brings something completely new to the market there is no reason why the designer cannot enjoy the same kind of pay day as previous winners. "You don't just need to be an engineer or a professional designer to enter - all you need is a great idea and a rough sketch so that our team can make your sex toy a reality." Other Lovehoney products which have gone into production after winning the competition include Uprize, the world’s first bionic dildo, GLUVR finger vibrator and BlowYo, a male stroker. Australians can enter the competition now by visiting, www.lovehoney.com.au/design-a-sex-toy The closing date for entries is February 2020. ENDS AIIA welcomes qualifications review to boost Australian tech sector growth 2019-10-23T23:01:35Z aiia-welcomes-qualifications-review-to-boost-australian-tech-sector-growth Sydney, Australia – 24 October 2019 – The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak member body for the ICT industry, welcomes the publication of an expert review recommending a shake-up of Australia’s qualifications systems. The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) review is a positive step toward accelerating growth of Australia’s technology sector which contributes $122 billion, 6.6% of GDP, each year to the national economy, according to AlphaBeta. The AQF was announced today by Minister for Education, Dan Tehan, and Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business Senator, Michaelia Cash. Chaired by Professor Peter Noonan, the AQF report calls for a revised national qualifications architecture across higher education, VET, and senior secondary schools. Among the recommendations is the recognition of shorter form credentials, or microcredentials, used for up-skilling and re-skilling within the education system and the workplace. The AIIA believes microcredentials, among other recommendations in the report, are valuable for the development of in-demand technology and digital skills. The organisation in February called for a cohesive national approach that is needed to raise the standard of digital skills education and training at tertiary education institutions. “We support the Government’s initiative and this type of innovative thinking to address the digital skills gap,” said AIIA CEO Ron Gauci. “Promoting great fluidity and equal value between VET, higher education and schools through microcredentials will encourage students to combine digital skills with business courses and hands-on experience. “The Government is clearly listening to the industry and responding to its needs by considering reforms that will create new opportunities for Australian students.” ENDS 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 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 Contacts For more information please contact: Jeffrey Coote Tel: (02) 8355 3130 jeffrey@filteredmedia.com.au Humanitix, the Australian not-for-profit ticketing platform, partners with Facebook to fund education with booking fees. 2019-10-22T01:52:56Z humanitix-the-australian-not-for-profit-ticketing-platform-partners-with-facebook-to-fund-education-with-booking-fees Humanitix is the not-for-profit ticketing platform that gives events impact. It makes event management a delight, and directs 100% of the profits from booking fees toward education projects, such as literacy programs for young girls. The partnership between Humanitix and Facebook involves a new integration that allows events to go live on both platforms simultaneously – without needing to recreate the event on Facebook.  Josh Ross, Humanitix Co-CEO, said: “It’s absolutely incredible that Facebook has chosen to partner with Humanitix. It’s going to mean our event organisers can reach more people and sell more tickets – which in turn provides more funds for scholarships and education programs for the world’s most disadvantaged students. It’s about running events with impact." Will Easton, Managing Director, Facebook Australia and New Zealand said, “This partnership is a rethink of how charity can be done. The partnership with Humanitix means event organisers can share their events with their community on Facebook and, as a result, their community will fund incredible work in education. Every purchased ticket counts." Josh explains, “Humanitix is a charity for the tech-generation. We don’t ask for donations. We ask anyone running an awesome event to use our platform, because your booking fees can change lives. In other words, don’t waste your precious dollars when they can help others." Over the past 12 months, Humanitix has contributed more than $350,000 from booking fees toward their programs. Their Nutrition for School Children program, delivered with OzHarvest, recently achieved the milestone of 100,000 meals for disadvantaged kids. Humanitix also works to fund education programs for girls in disadvantaged communities around the world, and scholarships for indigenous students. Humanitix has been used to ticket everything from wine and food festivals, to techno dance parties, to school gala dinners, to international conferences. Silicon Valley’s Singularity University Sydney Summit switched to Humanitix in 2019 and are now the first conference in Sydney to be trialling facial recognition at check-in for attendees. Conference organiser, Christina Gerakiteys said, “We love working with Humanitix and are consistently blown away by their innovation – integration with Facebook is just another great piece of the puzzle.” Commenting on the Facebook/Humanitix partnership, Paul Fletcher MP, Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, said: “Humanitix has had a meteoric rise since its start-up at a kitchen table in my local electorate of Bradfield. It has been supported by Google.org and the Atlassian Foundation, won the NSW Premier's Award and has become the fastest growing ticketing platform in Australia and New Zealand. It’s great to see Facebook getting behind them. This support will help Humanitix to keep on with its mission to make a difference in our community.” For Journalists: Possible story angles Good news for event organisers: Sync your event between Humanitix and Facebook. Aussie tech-charity scores big partnership with Facebook. That event on Facebook just might fund a child’s education. The team is available for interviews Contact Adam Long, Chief Growth Officer on 0421 498 170 or adam.long@humanitix.com.au  Download photography, logos and the media kit here. FAQ What is Humanitix? Humanitix is the not-for-profit ticketing platform that gives events impact. We make event management a delight, and then direct 100% of the profit from booking fees towards education projects, such as literacy programs for young girls.  Who uses Humanitix? Anyone running events – whether an independent community event or an international conference. By ticketing their event with Humanitix, Singularity University funded 10,000 days of education, the Football Federation of Australia funded 2 years of girls’ education from a single match, and The Grounds of Alexandria funded 15,000 meals for disadvantaged children.  What has Humanitix achieved? Humanitix is now the fastest growing ticketing platform in Australia, and has contributed more than $300,000 to education programs.  Why is Humanitix different? Humanitix is an exciting case of scalable social innovation, capable of transforming both the role of business and radically growing the funding pool for education programs. It’s a charity for the tech-generation. Why education? We believe education is the ticket to opportunity. With access to primary and secondary schooling and the support needed to stay in school, kids live healthier, more fulfilling lives and can escape the traps of poverty. Our work ranges from scholarships for Indigenous students, through to meals for disadvantaged Aussie kids, through to education programs for young girls around the world. How did it get started? Humanitix was created by Joshua Ross and Adam McCurdie, who left lucrative jobs in finance to make Humanitix happen. Funding has come from many foundations, including Google and Atlassian’s, as well as a range of philanthropists. Where can I find out more? Visit Humanitix.com    Or contact Adam Long, Chief Growth Officer: 0421 498 170 or adam.long@humanitix.com.au  Macquarie University offers SAS Certification as part of Online Global MBA 2019-10-20T22:58:42Z macquarie-university-offers-sas-certification-as-part-of-online-global-mba Media release. Sydney: 21 October, 2019  Macquarie Business School at Macquarie University has partnered with SAS, the leader in analytics to offer SAS Certification as part of its Global MBA program.  The new, entirely online Global MBA program was launched in May 2019 to focus on building future-focussed capabilities and is the first such degree to be offered on the popular Coursera platform – in which SAS is also a partner – in the Asia Pacific region.  Macquarie Business School’s Global MBA course has two intakes a year and the school is delighted with the response to its introduction, as reflected by an intake of 140 students in the first year.  Macquarie University is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide and the School’s Global MBA is designed for professionals who want to future-proof and accelerate their careers from wherever are located.  The curriculum is designed to build six cross-disciplinary management capabilities – Leading, Strategising, Analysing, influencing, Adapting and Problem Solving -- which have been highlighted by the World Economic forum as the skills needed in the workplace of the future. The course also features a stackable model that allows students to earn certificates and start learning before committing to the full program.  Speaking at the signing of the partnership agreement, Associate Professor Lan Snell – Macquarie Business School’s Academic Program Director for the Global MBA – said, “We are proud to partner with SAS, one of the leading enterprise analytics providers.  “The future of work and learning is about collaboration and building ecosystems to optimise the learning experience and student choice. SAS has a strong learning culture and our partnership with them demonstrates this value. Co-creating curriculum, thought leadership, and developing learning pathways for SAS workforce through the Global MBA are just some areas where we are creating values.”  Responding, David Bowie – Vice President of SAS Australia and New Zealand – said, “SAS congratulates the Macquarie Business School for the far-sighted concept and objectives of the Global MBA.  “As highlighted by the 2018 Deloitte Millennial Survey – which found that 43 percent of millennials expect to change jobs within two years and 62 per cent consider ‘gig’ careers viable – rising generations are increasingly seeking to equip themselves with the  skills they will need in the future, whatever careers they follow.” SAS Certification: Graduates of MGSM’s Global Online MBA program will also qualify as SAS Certified Visual Business Analysts and will be listed as such in the SAS Certified Professional Directory, which is commonly accessed by employers and recruitment agencies, internationally.  News ends  About Macquarie Business School: Macquarie Business School offers the acclaimed MGSM courses including the global top 100 MGSM MBA, to help you rewrite the rules of business. MGSM courses combine practical learning and innovative thinking with a multidisciplinary approach. Their courses give you the resilience and versatility to meet current and future challenges in a shifting business landscape. They provide a dynamic, collaborative environment where staff of experienced academics and industry experts and corporate partners give students the platform to understand and lead on real business issues as they learn. About SAS: SAS is the leader in analytics. Through innovative software and services, SAS empowers and inspires customers around the world to transform data into intelligence. SAS gives you THE POWER TO KNOW®.  For further information from SAS: Nicholas Quirke on 0414 975 391  or nicholas.quirke@sas.com Media release: POLISH FILM FESTIVAL AUSTRALIA ANNOUNCES 2019 DATES AND LINE-UP 2019-10-17T04:15:38Z media-release-polish-film-festival-australia-announces-2019-dates-and-line-up Polish Cinema In Australia, Inc is proud to announce its line-up for the seventh annual Polish Film Festival, showcasing the best of Poland’s filmmaking – plus a special screening of an Australian documentary - over two November weeks in Melbourne, with Festival highlights screening in early December for Sydney audiences. Melbourne’s much-loved independent cinemas, The Classic and Lido will be home to Polish Film Festival - Australia 2019 from November 22 to December 1; and in Sydney, the Ritz Cinemas will hold two screenings each day on the weekend of December 7 & 8. Setting the tone of quality, award-winning festival programming, opening the Festival will be Academy Award® nominated director Agnieszka Holland’s acclaimed biopic, Mr Jones, which had its Australian premiere at this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival and received Best Film nominations at the 2019 Polish Film Festival (Golden Lion) at the Berlin International Film Festival (Golden Berlin Bear). Starring James Norton, Joseph Mawle, Peter Sarsgaard and Vanessa Kirby, Mr Jones is a compelling and powerful film about Welsh journalist Gareth Jones and his efforts to expose Soviet atrocities in the 1930s. Another highlight will be Australia-based director Simon Target introducing his insightful documentary, The Polish Missionaries, featuring music by Cezary Skubiszewski. Also screening will be Jacek Borcuch’s Dolce Fine Giornata – starring "the dame of Polish cinema" and best Sundance 2019 Actor Award winner Krystyna Janda; multi-award winning director Filip Bajon’s beautifully crafted, epic period drama, The Butler; Werewolf, a disturbing World War II thriller by writer-director Adrian Panec; 53 Wars , Ewa Bukowska’s evocative psychological drama adapted from the autobiographical novel by Grażyna Jagielska; Kinga Debska’s “Best Film” nominated Playing Hard ; Olga Chajda’s outstanding directorial debut, the acclaimed LBGTQIA sensual drama, Nina; multi-award-winning director Wojtek Smarzowski’s controversial box office hit, Clergy ; and last but not least, based upon the Italian hit comedy Perfect Strangers”, Tadeusz Sliwa’s Nie znajomi (NB: in Polish only – no English subtitles). The Polish Film Festival will also feature more special guests and themed multi-cultural events, to be announced in the coming weeks. Session times and ticketing information for Polish Film Festival Australia 2019 will be announced on November 1, through www.polishfilmfestival.com.au. Connect with Polish Film Festival Australia online: OFFICIAL WEBSITE FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM MEDIA CONTACT: Erin Jameson – 0419 323 663 erin(at)jamesonandco(dot)com FILM SYNOPSES Mr. Jones (2019) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6828390 A Welsh journalist breaks the news in the western media of the famine in the Soviet Union in the early 1930s. Director: Agnieszka Holland Stars: James Norton, Vanessa Kirby, Peter Sarsgaard VIEW TRAILER WATCH MR JONES PRESS CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS FROM BERLINALE 2019 _________________________________________________________________________________________ Dolce Fine Giornata / Slodki Koniec Dnia (2019) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9358106 Directed by Jacek Borcuch. With Krystyna Janda, Kasia Smutniak, Antonio Catania, Lorenzo de Moor. The stable family life of a poetess living in Tuscany begins to fall apart , after she develops a relationship with a young immigrant, and as she makes a controversial acceptance speech after a terrorist attack in Rome. Director: Jacek Borcuch Stars: Krystyna Janda, Kasia Smutnialk, Antonio Catania VIEW TRAILER _________________________________________________________________________________________ The Butler / Kamerdyner (2018) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6712374 Set between 1900 and 1945, the film follows a Prussian family von Krauss, and a forbidden love story between the Kashubian boy Mateusz and the German aristocrat girl Marita Director: Filip Bajon Stars: Janusz Gajos, Anna Radwan, Sebastian Fabijanski VIEW TRAILER _________________________________________________________________________________________ Werewolf / Wilkolak (2018) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7203520 Children liberated from a Nazi concentration camp have to overcome hunger, thirst and vicious dogs in an abandoned mansion surrounded by the forest. Director: Adrian Panek Stars: Kamil Polnisiak, Nicholas Przygoda, Sonia Mielnicka VIEW TRAILER _________________________________________________________________________________________ 53 Wars / 53 wojny (2018) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7434040 Anna, whose husband Witek is an acclaimed 1990s war correspondent, keeps waiting for him to return safely from each war he reports from. But soon she gets overwhelmed by fear and anxiety. Its ambitious genre blend, marrying suspense and horror tropes to a tormented love story. Director: Ewa Bukowska Stars: Magdalena Bukowska, Grazyna Jagielska VIEW TRAILER _________________________________________________________________________________________ Playing Hard / Zabawa, zabawa (2018) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7419468 We look at three women. The 40-year-old prosecutor Dorota, the young student Magda and a distinguished surgeon, Teresa. They have something in common, an alcohol addiction. Director: Kinga Debska Stars: Agata Kulesza, Maria Debska, Dorota Kolak VIEW TRAILER _________________________________________________________________________________________ Nina (2018) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7461300 Nina, a teacher in her mid-30s struggling to have a child, looks for a surrogate mother. It would seem that with her husband, she has found an ideal candidate, yet Nina falls for the woman who could have given birth to her child. Director: Olga Chajdas Stars: Julia Kijowska, Eliza Rycembel, Andrzej Konopka VIEW TRAILER _________________________________________________________________________________________ The Polish Missionaries (2018) Far from their own country, a determined band of Polish missionaries have given up their comfortable lives to heed their call in remote Papua New Guinea. There, they go beyond preaching gospel or handing out bibles – perhaps beyond even religion itself – to work with the Papuans towards a better life. Over a number of years, the missionaries build roads, hospitals and schools, while also struggling with the effects of poverty, disease and a lack of formal education in the young state. This Polish-Australian documentary delivers an uplifting example of how faith-based aid workers from wealthy nations can help those in poorer countries. Director: Simon Target Cinematography : Simon Target Editing: John Pleffer Music: Cezary Skubiszewski Produced by: Handheld Pictures Producers: Simon Target, Beata Zatorska VIEW TRAILER _________________________________________________________________________________________ Clergy /Kler (2018) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8738964 Clergy received a wide release in Poland on September 28, 2018 and grossed $29,913,342, breaking several box office records. About 935,000 viewers watched the film in its opening weekend, the best opening for a Polish film in Poland in 30 years. International rights to The Clergy have been sold to a number of foreign countries, including Austria, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Great Britain, the United States and Canada. The film has aroused passionate debate in a deeply religious country, winning awards, but also triggering calls to be banned. Smarzowski has said he “did not want to attack faith itself” but “the men who make up the Church and those who are not saints and act like outlaws”. Director: Wojtek Smarzowski Stars: Janusz Gajos, Arkadiusz Jakubik, Robert Wieckiewicz, Jacek Braciak VIEW TRAILER _________________________________________________________________________________________ Perfect Strangers / Nie(znajomi) 2019 NB: In POLISH only Another variation of the Italian hit comedy, Perfect Strangers by Paolo Genovese, but is shining in its Polish context. Seven long-time friends get together for a dinner. When they decide to share with each other the content of every text message, email and phone call they receive, many secrets start to unveil and the equilibrium trembles. Director: Tadeusz Sliwa Stars: Tomasz Kot, Kasia Smutniak, Maja Ostaszewska, Lukasz Simlat VIEW TRAILER