The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-05-24T04:51:37Z Harness your inner goddess, celebrate yourself, expand your mind and energise your spirit at Australia’s largest health, wellbeing and spiritual event. 2019-05-24T04:51:37Z harness-your-inner-goddess-celebrate-yourself-expand-your-mind-and-energise-your-spirit-at-australia-s-largest-health-wellbeing-and-spiritual-event The Melbourne MindBodySpirit Festival, a FREE event, is also celebrating its birthday this Queen’s birthday long weekend from Friday 7 to Monday 10 June. We’re turning 30 and we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate! Across four fabulous days, the MindBodySpirit Festival is set to enrich the lifestyles of over 25,000 Melburnians looking to become healthier and happier. The event, which is free to attend, will bring together the very best of organics, natural skincare, complementary medicine, holistic therapies, new-age spirituality and personal growth.  The 2019 Seminar & Workshop Series will feature an inspiring line-up of more than 60 guest facilitators who will share their International and Australian expertise on self-development, spiritual matters, health and nutrition. Special guests include self directed healing practitioner Claire Besley, award winning psychic medium Rene Barics, Childosophy practitioner Dr Maxine Therese and yoga workshops with Varsha Sutrave, Daniel Cuming & Active Yoga Sanctuary. Find mesmerising performances and interactive and spiritual entertainment at the Performance Stage each day including celebrity spiritual mediums Natalee Finn & Florence King, sound healing journey with Lou Van Stone and Anne Ridgeway, and Native American Mescalero Apache Red Horse. For those looking to relax, unwind and take a break, the Meditation Room by Brahma Kumaris will feature free guided classes. Or for those looking to delve into their future or reflect on the past, nationally renowned psychics can be found in the Psychic Reading Room, featuring over 50 of Australia’s most talented readers. Health foodies can learn to cook for their body type, how to combat a fatty liver or understand detoxing with whole foods - all at the Soul Kitchen Cooking Stage! Hear from leading experts including holistic Health Coach Desiree Taylor, Nutritional Medicine master Kathy Ashton and Holistic Health and Mindset Specialists Penelope Jayne and Sean Beveridge of Global Recharge! It’s an exciting day out, filled with shopping, new experiences, entertainment, learning and expert advice. We all want to live a healthier more wholesome life and the Festival is a great way to discover how. Held annually since 1989, the MindBodySpirit Festivals are Australia’s longest running and most respected wellbeing events, attracting over 91,000 visitors nationwide. The 2019 Festival will be held at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Doors open 10am daily.  Tickets (valued at $20) are FREE by registering online at mbsfestival.com.au. - ENDS -  Techtel to Address 5 Key Broadcast Business Drivers with 9 Global Leaders during Broadcast Asia 2019 2019-05-21T01:32:27Z techtel-to-address-5-key-broadcast-business-drivers-with-9-global-leaders-during-broadcast-asia-2019 epresenting 9 global industry leaders, Techtel will be showcasing a great number of broadcast technology innovations with a special emphasis on five key business drivers: Transition to IP-Based content delivery, Autonomous workflows, 4K Content Production, Unprecedented Low Cost Media Distribution and Integrated Newsrooms. This follows’ Techtel’s appointment of a new country manager and strengthens the company’s commitment in bringing innovative and affordable broadcast technology to South East Asia. VB440 Probe by Bridge Technologies. The award-winning VB440 supports uncompressed media flows over IP with both ST2110 and ST2022-6 transports, providing network operators and digital media organisations with an analytics solution for numerous streams and multiple technologies in real-time and in parallel. Using VB440, Bridge Technologies will demonstrate full network and content analytics in a 4K over IP world and reveal how one can deliver comprehensive 4K analytics capability to multiple users in a 100 Gigabit environment. Lightspeed Live Capture by Telestream. Telestream will show viewers how integration with Lightspeed Live Capture can create unlimited workflow possibilities. They will reveal how this unique Multi-Channel Video Capture and Processing platform realizes the fastest possible delivery of all assets by closely integrating the latest parallel file-based open workflows in Telestream’s Vantage platform together with the combined CPU/GPU power of the Lightspeed Live server and applications. OmniGlide™ Roving Platform (RRP-1) by Telemetrics will demonstrate full ease of hands-free operation by leveraging its Custom Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology, similar to the one used in the autonomous car industry, which helps the pedestal “learn” the environment it is operating in. The Associated Press will demonstrate the advances in the modern newsroom workflow with the latest version of their news production software, AP ENPS as well as AP Playbook – a new planning system that allows editorial and corporate newsrooms to effectively and efficiently manage coverage plans and assignments. Ensemble Designs will show their BrightEye NXT Compact Routers line which offers solutions for video routing, scan conversion, streaming, audio embedding, reference generation, video conversion, HDCP and more. In addition, the company will show how their Avenue signal integration system enables any combination of 1.5 Gb/s HD, 3 Gb/s HD, SD, MPEG, analog video and audio processing modules being used together in the same frame. SKAARHOJ, a leading designer and manufacturer of tactile universal broadcast controllers will display NewTek’s NDI® PTZ Camera - the world’s first video camera to integrate NDI technology as well as Blackmagic’s ATEM Television Studio Pro 4K - a professional all in one Ultra HD live production switcher with integrated hardware control panel. GB Labs will reveal the world’s fastest SSD-based shared storage system – Space SSD, with scalable performance and capacity up to 18 Gbytes/s and 1.4PB. It will also launch brand new software, features and updates to its FastNAS and SPACE, ECHO and VAULT to the South East Asia market. The intelligent new features include Mosaic asset organizer and the latest Analytics Center to the SPACE, ECHO and VAULT ranges and brand-new "CORE.4" and "CORE.4 Lite" software to the S.E.V. and FastNAS ranges. Spectra Logic will share their insights derived from over 40 years’ experience in the storage industry.  Whether you are looking for a Network Attached Storage (NAS), Object Storage S3 gateway, tape, disk cloud, or a tape archive – Spectra has a solution for every storage need. Net Insight will introduce Nimbra Edge – a secure cloud media transport solution, which will enable broadcasters to extend their offerings with a cloud-native transport solution across public and private clouds. All of these solutions and many others will be demonstrated at Techtel’s booth 4K3-05. Prior bookings are recommended and are available at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/19Q_-M9fYQyrN9IEM-oPe68AMA12j7TS9su3h3Iu2bXY GB Labs to showcase Mosaic asset organization software and CORE.4 OS at Techtels Booth during BroadcastAsia 2019 2019-05-21T01:31:06Z gb-labs-to-showcase-mosaic-asset-organization-software-and-core-4-os-at-techtels-booth-during-broadcastasia-2019 Techtel (Booth 4K3-05), BroadcastAsia Singapore, 18-20 June 2019: Intelligent storage solution leader GB Labs will feature the all-new Mosaic automatic asset organizer, and the brand-new CORE.4 OS software, at BroadcastAsia. Mosaic, CORE.4, and its sibling, CORE.4 Lite will be featured as part of wide-ranging exhibits by GB Labs’ regional partner Techtel (Booth 4K3-05). Mosaic is an all-new, highly intuitive, automatic asset organization system that combines GB Labs’ already intelligent storage with additional AI that together provide a vastly enriched way to search for and retrieve media. By automatically scanning and intelligently tagging all metadata, Mosaic makes it easier – and much faster - for users to find exactly what they are looking for. GB Labs Chief Business Officer (Asia) & Co-Founder, Ben Pearce said, “There is no ‘automatic’ in MAM, which is why we call Mosaic an asset organizer. Mosaic goes one better than traditional MAM with its automated metadata tagging and integrated AI, which substantially reduces the amount of time that can often be wasted searching through terabytes of data. Those AI capabilities also eliminate the need to assign someone to the tedious, laborious, and time-consuming task of manually entering metadata.” Also featuring at BroadcastAsia for the first time in the region, will be GB Labs’ latest operating systems, CORE.4 and streamlined CORE.4 Lite. Both are high-performance, custom storage operating systems specifically designed to serve media files with GB Labs’ additional intelligence layer for unrivalled stability and quality of service, no matter how many users are on the system. Both new operating systems benefit from the inclusion of Analytics Center, an easy-to-read dashboard that continuously analyzes and displays an accurate, easy-to-understand overview of network parameters, including real-time speed and data consumption. Pearce added, “The main cause of slow read/write speeds are misconfigured internal networks. Those issues can be difficult to locate and resolve with manual monitoring and intervention. Analytics Center automatically identifies potential problems and where to find and fix them. Moreover, it anticipates and identifies problems that may occur.” As a further bonus, both CORE.4 and CORE.4 Lite include Mosaic software as standard. “All of our products offerings are designed from the start to put users in control, and I look forward to demonstrating that at BroadcastAsia,” concluded Pearce. ### About GB Labs GB Labs is the global leader in Intelligent Media Storage, creating a shared storage ecosystem for the media industry. By understanding real-world industry problems, cutting-edge technologies have been developed for the unique "CORE" software that fulfils end users’ needs. Regardless of where the production is being filmed, how big the team is or the size of budget, GB Labs can provide a solution to ensure deadlines are met and throughout the whole process, content is secure. Find out more at: www.gblabs.com or call: EUROPE (+44) (0)118 455 5000 or USA (+1) 661 493 8480. Company contact:Matt WorthGB LabsEmail: m.worth@gblabs.co.ukPhone: +44 (0) 118 455 5000 Media Contact:Jennie Marwick-EvansManor MarketingEmail: jennie@manormarketing.tvPhone: +44 (0) 7748 636171 Winter Wonderlights Returns To Light Up Sovereign Hill In 2019 2019-05-16T02:16:09Z winter-wonderlights-returns-to-light-up-sovereign-hill-in-2019 During the day visitors can enjoy fun-filled pantomimes and theatre performances, join in Christmas themed arts and crafts, stock up on traditional Christmas decorations, sample our delicious, limited edition Winter Wonderlights lemon meringue drops, and try to catch the cheeky Gingerbread man.  Faux snow will fall at regular intervals over the Victorian-style buildings and the smell of Christmas treats will fill the air as visitors are swept up in the excitement of a special European-style Christmas.   By night, listen to live music, dance in the faux snowfalls and watch on as Sovereign Hill is transformed with an incredible new light projection show.   More than 95,000 visitors enjoyed the three-week event in 2018, and with large crowds expected again this year Wonderlight-goers are encouraged to pre-book at www.winterwonderlights.com.au to avoid missing out, with tickets now on sale.   Winter Wonderlights At A Glance - More than 15kms of fairy lights will add a magical touch to Sovereign Hill’s gardens, including a NEW light tunnel. - Find Sir Ginger getting up to mischief on Main Street. - Watch flames erupt from the Sovereign Hill chimney. - Dance in the faux snow. - Let the European street market tempt you. - Over 25 buildings will come alive with large-scale light projections, the largest light projection spectacle ever staged in one site anywhere in Australia. The Winter Wonderlights will commence each evening as the sun sets.   When:      Saturday 29 June – Sunday 21 July 2019 from 10am daily. The ‘Winter Wonderlights’ show will start each evening after 5.45pm. Where:     Sovereign Hill, Bradshaw Street, Ballarat, 3350
 Cost:         General admission:
Adults $62.00,
Children (5-15) $27.80, Concession ($49.70), Family ($157.00) and Single Family ($112.00).   Visitors coming to experience Winter Wonderlights this year can also book tickets to see Sovereign Hill’s new sound and light show Aura, which will run each evening following the Winter Wonderlights show.  Set under the stars, and featuring hundreds of stunning projections to create an immersive storytelling experience, Aura is the perfect compliment to the Winter Wonderlights show.   New children's film - Dino King: Journey To Fire Mountain 2019-05-03T01:02:47Z new-children-s-film-dino-king-journey-to-fire-mountain Odin's Eye Entertainment is proud to release a new action-packed family adventure - DINO KING: JOURNEY TO FIRE MOUNTAIN (3D) in Event Cinemas and Village Cinemas around Australia on Thursday, May 9. Combining the realism of Walking With Dinosaurs with the heart of Finding Nemo, this feature film tells the story of Speckles, a ferocious Tarbosaurus and his young son Junior, who are mourning the loss of their family in an epic battle. Together, they roam the lands in search of food, adventure and peace. Under the watchful eye of his Dad, Junior is growing up healthy and strong, but with an overconfidence thanks to his young age. After one such encounter results in Junior being captured, Speckles embarks on an adventure to the ends of earth to find his son. Encountering friend and foe, ally and enemy, Speckles will stop at nothing and will take on all comers to save his boy. (Featuring the voice of David Collins of The Umbilical Brothers as SSAI, who joins Speckles on his quest to rescue Junior). All tickets to see DINO KING: JOURNEY TO FIRE MOUNTAIN are $12.00. Bookings through: EVENT CINEMAS https://www.eventcinemas.com.au/EventsFestivals/DinoKingJourneyToFireMountain VILLAGE CINEMAS https://villagecinemas.com.au/movies/dino-king-journey-to-fire-mountain https://vimeo.com/316002506 WATCH THE TRAILER New Media App Launches To Kill Off The Press Release 2019-04-30T04:15:39Z new-media-app-launches-to-kill-off-the-press-release A new technology platform has launches tomorrow made just for you. This tech platform called Story Match® will change the way that you receive your story pitches. No more emails, no more press releases and no more hassling PRs (I promise not to be one of those…) First, watch this! In 1.5 minutes it will explain it all to you… Story Match® is a two sided market place App and Desktop platform that allows brands to pitch story ideas to journalists, at the same time allowing journalists to select only what topics of stories they want to receive. Journalists, like you, set up their profile using 6 simple steps. You can select from up to 50 industry tags (food, finance, lifestyle, tech, etc etc) and can localise by State and Territories. If there’s a match on industry tags then you see the pitch. Using swiping technology you can scroll through stories, swipe left if you don’t like the story or right if you do. If you swipe right, it will open an immediate and private chat between you and the person who posted the pitch. The best bit…. The pitches have limitations – so brands can only upload selected images, a headline and up to 500 characters to bring their pitch to life. They then select which industry tag their story is relevant to, and localise it. So now you don’t need to read any more press releases or receive any more pitches that you’re not interested in. Story Match® was developed to improve efficiencies in the media industry, and allow all brands, no matter how big or small the opportunity to get their brand noticed. The tech platform has been developed by Founder and Director of Polkadot Communications Dionne Taylor – who has worked both as a journalist and a PR for the last 15 years. Dionne is available for an interview to chat about this new and exciting platform, built just for YOU! If interested in speaking with Dionne, please get in touch. Darrell Kelley Releases Album #2 - Plans New Direction On Album #3 2019-04-24T15:13:48Z darrell-kelley-releases-album-2-plans-new-direction-on-album-3 He's a man who wears many hats. Musician, spiritual leader, author and entrepreneur Darrell Kelley has released a steady stream of recordings in the last year. "Storm Is Coming" was his debut R&B/contemporary Gospel EP in 2018 acting as the musical launch pad leading to multiple radio singles that included the radio chart climber "Believe in Something (Kneel)", a scathing rebuke of the Colin Kaepernick controversy and critique of the lack of social justice many races and economically struggling citizens are afforded in our society. To kick off 2019 he officially released his debut album titled "Unity". April 25, 2019, is the worldwide retail street date for Bishop Darrell Kelley's sophomore album, "Here Ends the Lesson". Like "Unity" it shares his philosophies of love, acceptance, respect, and of course unity, which he detailed in his "The Book of UWGEAM". The book that spawned a new religion Kelley calls UWGEAM. UWGEAM is an acronym used to summarize his belief in the God of the universe, God of the world, God of all gods, God of everything, and God of anything including one's self. Beliefs he not only shared with millions of viewers on his programs broadcast on The NOW Network, but also as a guest on various ABC, CBS and NBC television networks. The title, "Here Ends the Lesson" is not only intended to reflect these ideas, but is a subtle clue to his fans on where he plans to go with the music and concepts on a yet unnamed third album dropping later in the year.  A North American radio and press campaign has already been launched to promote "Here Ends the Lesson". The album name is also the last song of nine tracks on his compilation which hints of a move from a non-secular focus to a more secular direction for the artist. Mainstream R&B and Gospel radio stations have already been serviced with "Tell Jesus on You", which is also a featured track on this full length release. Additional personal appearances will be announced in upcoming weeks. Darrell Kelley's press kit will be provided upon request to all members of the media by contacting the representative listed below. He is presently available for interviews and/or appearances. Additional news, updates and other information about upcoming events may also be found at: www.facebook.com/darrellkelleysmusic   Media Contact: Stevie B Mia Mind Music Phone: 800-843-8575 Email: press@miamindmusic.com  Goethe-Institut presents KinoKonzert 05: Lucrecia Dalt & Der Golem 2019-04-17T03:05:40Z goethe-institut-presentskinokonzert-05-lucrecia-dalt-amp-der-golem PRESS RELEASE - 15 April 2019 For the latest edition of its KinoKonzert series, the Goethe-Institut brings together a historic German horror film with a contemporary composer from Berlin. This is a unique opportunity to watch the rare cult flick Der Golem on the big screen accompanied by an original live score from contemporary electronic music producer Lucrecia Dalt. The Goethe-Institut presents this tour in close cooperation with its partners Sydney Film Festival, Dark Mofo, QAGOMA, NFSA, Astor Theatre, Liquid Architecture and Berlin Atonal. Lucrecia Dalt is a Berlin-based electronic musician and sound artist. Her work draws on a wealth of artistic and philosophical influences, including cinema,geotechnics, artificial intelligence, the ethics of listening and futuristic ideas. The Columbian-born producer has released seven solo albums and has toured extensively, playing festivals, galleries and clubs all over the world. Der Golem is a silent horror film from 1920 and a leading example of early German Expressionism. Based on a novel from 1914, Der Golem is set in a Jewish ghetto in 16th Century Prague. It tells the story of astrologer Rabbi who creates a clay golem that he brings to life with the assistance of a demon spirit and an amulet placed in the centre of the creature’s chest. KinoKonzert is a series of audio-visual live performances in Australian cinemas.Curated and presented by the Goethe-Institut in collaboration with independent curator Christian Pazzaglia, these events provide a unique hybrid cinema-concert experience for Australian film and music lovers. Goethe-Institut is a not-for-profit cultural institution of the Federal Republic of Germany, operating worldwide. We foster international cultural cooperation and promote knowledge of the German language abroad. In addition, we provide a comprehensive picture of Germany by providing information about its cultural,social and political life. Dates: Sat 15 June 2019: Sydney – Sydney Film Festival at Art Gallery of NSW Sun 16 June 2019: Brisbane – Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) Tue 18 June 2019: Canberra – National Film & Sound Archive (NFSA) Wed 19 June 2019: Hobart – Dark Mofo Festival at Hobart Town Hall Fri 21 June 2019: Melbourne – Astor Theatre In addition, Lucrecia Dalt will perform alongside other artists (without film) at: Thu 20 June 2019: Hobart – Berlin Atonal at Dark Mofo Sat 22 June 2019: Melbourne – Liquid Architecture at Northcote Uniting Church Links: Lucrecia Dalt – Web: lucreciadalt.tumblr.com Lucrecia Dalt – Bandcamp: lucreciadalt.bandcamp.com Lucrecia Dalt – Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/lucreciadalt Lucrecia Dalt – Facebook: facebook.com/daltlucrecia Lucrecia Dalt – Press Materials: media-loca.com/lucreciadalt KinoKonzert: goethe.de/australia/kinokonzert Lucrecia Dalt is available for interviews and other media opportunities. Contacts: Jochen Gutsch                                                Christian Pazzaglia Cultural Program Coordinator                           Co-Curator Goethe-Institut Australia                                   KinoKonzertjochen.gutsch@goethe.de                                cpazzaglia@gmail.com (02) 8356 8321                                                 0424 875 355 Goethe-Institut Australia goethe.de/australia goethe.de/australia/kinokonzert facebook.com/goetheinstitut.australien twitter.com/GI_Australien Techtel and Samoa Digital Communications Limited to Build and Operate the Country’s First Digital Terrestrial Broadcasting Infrastructure 2019-04-08T07:16:26Z techtel-and-samoa-digital-communications-limited-to-build-and-operate-the-country-s-first-digital-terrestrial-broadcasting-infrastructure-1 Sydney, 5 April 2019 - Techtel was selected by Samoa Digital Communications Limited, Samoa’s recently formed multiplex network operator to deploy the country’s first Digital Terrestrial Broadcasting infrastructure. This end-to-end solution will provide every household across Samoa’s two inhabited islands, Upolu and Savai'i with access to a variety of digital TV services.  Due for completion by the end of 2019, the new digital services will increase the volume of channels available for a large section of the population who up until recently received either no service or limited channels via the legacy analogue transmissions. As a part of this greenfield project with zero legacy infrastructure, Techtel will install, integrate, commission and support the headend facility as well as 18 DVB-T2 transmission sites, which will deliver free-to-air digital TV services to 100% of the islands’ population. To be built in Vaitele, a suburb in Samoa’s capital with high line of sight, the new headend will represent a fully redundant broadcast facility for reliable distribution of Digital TV signals which involves SD/HD ingestion, MPEG-4 compression and multiplexing using Appear TV and PSI/SI generation and EPG Insertion by Barrowa; complemented by Egatel transmission systems and Bridge Technologies’ Nomad for signal monitoring. Once processed, the TV signals will be transmitted to three other redundant remote transmission sites for broadcasting to local households and further downstream terrestrial transmission stations to reach geographically challenging areas. A total of 18 locations across two islands will receive transmission signals required to make the DTT services available to the entire population, enabled by Egatel’s DVB-T2 transmitter network consisting of four (1+1) transmitters for redundant and fourteen (1+0) transmitters for non-redundant sites. Egatel’s transmitters cover the main TV and RF spectrums and are equipped with the latest technology in signal processing allowing Digital TV signal broadcasting with the highest quality and reliability. In addition, Techtel provided RF infrastructural solution including DTT antennas, and feeders for every site and some filters and combiners at specific sites. As a systems integrator, Techtel will provide professional services including system design, proof of concept and field measurements. This will be followed by years of ongoing support once the new DTT network is in operation. “At Techtel, over many years we have developed a comprehensive approach to broadcast systems integration that now provides us with a unique ability to tackle projects from live production through to live transmission,” said Mal Chandler, CEO at Techtel. “We are proud that because of this capability, Samoan inhabitants residing in remote areas will soon have the privilege of enjoying Digital Terrestrial Television - the service that can be accessed anywhere on the two islands with a set-top-box and an existing antenna”. “Samoa Digital Communications Limited is thrilled to make television viewing accessible for every Samoan household.  We will continue to invest in this venture, adding that there will be opportunities for pay and free-to-air services, local and international channels and new content opportunities”, said Tuiaopo Fa’amausili Andrew Ah Liki, Chairman Samoa Digital Communications Limited.   About Techtel Techtel is a leading independent broadcast technology systems specialist, providing dedicated hardware and software to the Asia Pacific broadcast and telecommunications industries. Techtel’s expertise extends from consulting and systems integration through to the supply, installation and support of solutions from an elite class of worldwide partners. The Techtel Group has regional offices in Sydney and Singapore with branches in Auckland and Melbourne. Visit www.techtel.com.au   About Samoa Digital Communications Limited SDCL is a privately-owned multiplex network operator, providing the platform for Digital Terrestrial Broadcasting in Samoa. Rosie Batty confirmed as keynote speaker at Friends With Dignity High Tea With Friends Brisbane 2019-04-03T04:44:45Z rosie-batty-confirmed-as-keynote-speaker-at-friends-with-dignity-high-tea-with-friends-brisbane Former Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty has confirmed her attendance as the keynote speaker at the Friends With Dignity High Tea With Friends on Saturday, 18th of May in Brisbane. The domestic and family violence crusader was named as an official ambassador of the Gold Coast based, nationwide charity, Friends With Dignity in September last year. In her role as ambassador, Ms Batty intends to offer her direct support by attending fundraising events raising valuable dollars to assist the work of Friends With Dignity. “My goal is to help raise awareness and draw attention to the valuable work Friends With Dignity is doing to help support victims at the lowest points of their lives,” said Ms Batty. “I've always looked at ways to help with fundraising across Australia for those who are assisting victims in crisis. “I aim to smartly and effectively maximise fundraising and give my direct support in whatever way that I can to help Friends With Dignity to achieve their goals, which includes expanding their services to different states of Australia.” Friends With Dignity, named the Australian Charity of the Year 2018, is a 100% volunteer-driven model, totally self-funded and reliant on donations of new and pre-loved whitegoods, furniture and household items from the community. With these, they transform empty spaces in to welcoming homes called “Sanctuaries” for men, women and children leaving refuge to start a new life. “What I like about Friends With Dignity is that they have identified a gap and a need, and offer a very practical way to help support victims at a time in crisis," said Ms Batty. Rosie Batty will meet and greet guests during the event, and will be personally signing copies of her best selling book ‘A Mother’s Story’ - with all profits going directly to Friends With Dignity. Friends With Dignity Chief Operations Officer, Zoe Scharenguivel says the event promises to be an inspirational afternoon of entertainment, friendship and fun. "What a fabulous opportunity for guests to enjoy a fabulous afternoon with colleagues, friends and family, and support such a worthwhile cause at the same time!," said Ms Scharenguivel. "Admission to this wonderful afternoon with Friends includes a glass of bubbles on arrival, decadent high tea, guest speakers, live auction, raffles and a whole lot of fun!"The key note speaker for High Tea With Friends Gold Coast is the remarkable Vanessa Fowler - sister of the late Allison Baden-Clay, and chairwoman of the Allison Baden-Clay Foundation.High Tea With Friends Gold Coast will be held on Saturday, 11th of May, 2019 at the Southport Sharks Events Centre. Tickets to both events can be purchased at this link with special discounts for group bookings. -ends- For all interview requests, please contact: Joanne Rahn Director zanthii communications Phone: 0402 148 334 Email: joanne@zanthii.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/zanthiiau Would it be advisable for me to purchase a boat? 2019-04-01T00:35:20Z would-it-be-advisable-for-me-to-purchase-a-boat This post is about the boat hiring business, how to start and what to take in consideration about buying or renting boats. Would it be advisable for me to purchase a boat? The advantages and disadvantages of purchasing versus hiring It's anything but difficult to get a bit obsessed with the idea of purchasing a boat. Wouldn't you need the feeling of opportunity and extravagance that accompanies owning a yacht? Wouldn't you like to be designated "captain" by your companions when you're cruising in the Sydney Harbor? What's more, today, it's simpler to purchase, offer or contract a boat. In any case, much the same as a vehicle, you may wonder whether you'd be in an ideal situation purchasing, sharing or leasing one. As watercraft darlings ourselves, we've arranged every one of the upsides and downsides of purchasing versus sharing versus hiring a boat. That First Day Feeling Like your first love, the main day of owning, sharing or hiring a boat is all butterflies and sparklers. Most likely about it, for these boat choices, everything feels incredible on that first day. The harbour is sublime, the boat is sparkling and everybody is grinning. You will feel free, respected and compensated. Notwithstanding, everything that goes up must in the long run descend. Purchasing a Boat The items of common sense of keeping your enticing watercraft fit as a fiddle condition are many. You should guarantee that each surface has a consistent coverage of climate security, regardless of whether it is hard to grade plastic and not metal. Wax shines, decking oils, showers, oils, and hostile to foul on the body are required here. On the off chance that you cherish tinkering and watching the radiance wake up, purchasing your very own boat may fulfil. Boat Share A boat share participation will take a major burden off your duties here as you will just need to complete an 'As you thought that it was' wipe when you get off. Watercraft Charter When you sanction a watercraft, you can simply stroll off, leave the grimy dishes and grill and so forth and head off to the after gathering or a pleasant comfortable lounge chair. It's actually as simple as that. Purchasing a Boat On the off chance that you are purchasing a boat and you can bear the cost of it, you can sprinkle out and purchase a watercraft sufficiently enormous to have bunches of companions. Something else, your boat party size will dependably be limited to little numbers and you should pick and pick your companions more! Suits the individuals who have heaps of cash and like to fix things, clean things and tinker or pay somebody to do this. Your new 'love' will make your present accomplice desirous of time went through with your new intrigue. Be careful with the enchantment of the main date. Your new love may not remain to look along these lines for long! Boat Share On the off chance that you are thinking about a watercraft share choice, the boat visitor limit sizes are little because of government wellbeing restrictions.12 travellers is a standard most extreme on a boat share watercraft, and this is for the highest point of the range boats. At passage level, your traveller measure is generally 8 for day sanctions. Suits the individuals who have heaps of free weekdays, an appropriate piece of extra money, and an eagerness to remain calm and appreciate others celebrating as you assume the liability. Boat Charter With the boat sanction alternative, you can name your gathering size and you will be given a substantial selection of boats to choose from. Luxury Boat Hire can have occasions on boats from 2-950 visitors. Suits the individuals who like to just benefit as much as possible from their leisure time, love to mingle and have a great time. Cooks for all financial plans from unassuming to over the top. No feeling of blame from not utilizing a squandered resource. Can take your pick from a huge scope of watercraft and providing food choices for any size gathering. 101 Stage Lighting 2019-03-28T06:53:01Z 101-stage-lighting Stage Lighting and Entertainment Lighting play a huge role in any kind of stage production. Whether it’s concerts, plays, or comedy shows. In this blog we’ll go over the roles Stage Lighting plays, it’s importance, function, and why picking the right light can make or break your show. STAGE LIGHTING BASICS: WHAT CAN BE CONTROLLED   Stage lighting has many components, with Four major properties that can be manipulated to produce the desired effects and atmosphere. These are:   Intensity: As the name suggests, intensity is the amount of light directed at the stage or actors, and how bright or focused it is. Intensity can range from pitch blackness to very bright, and can be controlled with dimmers and other lighting devices.  Colour: Colour can completely change the atmosphere of the performance, and que the audience through the emotional connections we have to it. A red and gold glow for dawn, a sombre blueish grey during a funeral scene. Colour for stage lighting has been traditionally changed through the use of gels and special covers, but LED lights have made things much easier, and can have any colour programmed on a whim.  Direction and Distribution: This speaks for itself – and describes from what direction the light shine on the stage. Light can be directed from above, below, behind, even from the sides and less conventional angles. Each combination of directions has a unique effect on the highlights and shadows produced.Movement:  This, despite its name, does not refer to actual movement, not panning or tilting as the name might suggest. Movement refers to how the light changes, transforms, going from one colour to the next, moving from dim to bright. FUNCTIONS OF STAGE LIGHTING: So now we know how Stage Lighting can be manipulated – but what can we do with these techniques? How can lighting design help make or break a production?  Visibility: The most important function of stage lighting. Visibility covers not only what is visible, but what isn’t. It can be used to create shadows, to focus attention on one actor and not another. Both the presence and absence of light on a stage can completely change a scene. This also plays a role in the Focus function. Focus is simply the way lighting can force the audience to look at one point on the stage - the eye is drawn naturally to whatever is brightest, or contrasted. If the stage is washed with green, an actor highlighted by yellow will pop out.   Mood: The next most important function of lighting – and the one that is both the easiest and hardest to achieve. As explained in the Colour component, this aspect of lighting design can drastically affect the mood and emotional conveyance of a scene. As the mood of the performance shifts, as does the lighting, working together to produce the most intense effect. Composition and Modelling: This function is perhaps the hardest to grasp. It's a way of using light to shape the scene or the world of the performance, to create depth and highlights, shadows. Musical concerts and Ballet make the most use of this - using little to no props, they can convey a world or place to the audience simply through the use of lighting.    TYPICAL STAGE LIGHTING TYPES:    Overhead Lights / Wash Lighting: These lights are most commonly located above the stage, and serve as general lighting. They are sometimes also referred to as floodlights. A "wash" refers to the general fill of light across the stage, dim or bright. It can be coloured using coloured lighting gels. For example, the image above as a blue "wash", with a spotlight focused on the lead dancer.  Background Lights: Lights placed on the back of the performers are used for effects and mood.  Spot Lights: These lights are used to draw the crowd's focus to a performer or set piece, and work together with the wash lighting.  ESL and Intel welcomed 174,000 fans at world's most attended esports event and most watched ESL CS:GO tournament ever 2019-03-28T00:35:32Z esl-and-intel-welcomed-174-000-fans-at-world-s-most-attended-esports-event-and-most-watched-esl-cs-go-tournament-ever ESL, the world’s largest esports company, and Intel Corporation, one of the leading brands in esports, celebrated the conclusion of the most successful esports tournaments series in one location, hosting both flagship tournament series ESL One powered by Intel and the Intel® Extreme Masters (IEM) World Championship in the iconic Spodek Arena in Katowice, Poland. The final stop for the 13th Intel Extreme Masters season saw the world’s best esports athletes marking historic achievements, record-breaking attendance and online viewership, as well as a growing business forum for esports professionals. More than $2.5 million in prize money was awarded to the world’s best teams and players competing in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), Dota 2, StarCraft II, Fortnite and other games - ESL’s largest cumulative prize pool to date.   Significant growth across major metrics Along with 174,000 fans attending the tournaments and surrounding expo over the course of two weekends, all the tournaments combined achieved 157 million hours watched and 232 million viewers (accumulated daily viewers over the duration of the entire event), a multiple of earlier years’ viewership and the most watched ESL tournament series of all time. The largest number of unique viewers on a single day was 20 million. The event was broadcast in both linear and digital partners worldwide, who produced and distributed content in 21 languages.   "The ESL esports week in Katowice is a guarantee of unforgettable moments and emotions, shattering expectations with record breaking attendance and viewership,” said Ralf Reichert, CEO at ESL. “We're humbled and proud to be able to come back to this audience every year and share these magic moments in the Spodek Arena with the whole esports world watching. Esports has a very exciting year ahead, which I’m very proud to say got kicked off at ESL One and Intel Extreme Masters Katowice."   "With 232 million online viewers and another 174,000 enthusiasts watching at Spodek Arena, IEM Katowice 2019 gave gaming fans the world-class event they’ve come to expect from ESL and Intel, said John Bonini, Vice President/GM of the VR, Gaming and Esports Group at Intel Corporation. “Intel is deeply committed to powering record-breaking esports experiences by delivering amazing PC performance and innovation to the gaming community."   Counter-Strike: Global Offensive The CS:GO tournament was the main highlight with more than 126 million hours watched and nearly 195 million viewers (accumulated daily viewers over the duration of the entire event), the recent $1 million Intel® Extreme Masters Katowice Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major is officially the most-watched ESL CS:GO tournament ever. The tournament drew an average audience per minute (AMA) of 860,000 with a peak day of 1,330,000. After intense qualifiers and shocking upsets, it was ultimately the reigning Intel Grand Slam Champion Astralis making history in their victory over underdogs and fan favourites ENCE, winning two back-to-back Major championship titles in front of an at-capacity Spodek Arena crowd. The young Finnish runners up ENCE (previously ranked #17 in the ESL world ranking) introduced themselves on the world’s biggest stage by beating the world’s #2 Team Liquid and the #3 Natus Vincere. Four of their five members had never played a professional match on stage before. The result allowed ENCE to climb 12 positions in the ESL world ranking, which is yet another example that through ESL’s tournaments and leagues anybody can become somebody.   StarCraft II The$400,000 Intel Extreme Masters World Championship in StarCraft II was also the most viewed SC2 competition in ESL’s history. More than 5 million Unique Viewers (accumulated daily viewers over the duration of the entire event) watched Eo "soO" Yoon Soo, who had lost all 7 of the major SC2 finals he was featured in before, beating Kim “Stats” Dae-yeob 4-2 in the grand final. The first playoff matches took place at the Auditorium in front of a packed crowd. Fans tuned in at IEM Katowice 2019 SC2 for longer than 3.2 million hours (2018: 2.9 million HW and 3.5 million UV).   IEM Expo With multiple digital and linear distribution partners, an expanded esports festival, and the integration of cutting-edge technology, ESL broadened its commitment to lead esports on a global scale and create opportunities for fans and players at multiple levels. Similar to last year, the adjacent International Congress Center was home to the world’s largest esports-themed trade show, IEM Expo. The 26,000 square foot exhibition space highlighted esports stages as well as the newly redesigned Intel Technology Showcase, a must-see experience for esports fans. Additionally, ESL and The Esports Observer partnered to host the second installment of the Global Esports Forum: an exclusive esports conference for brands, sponsors, analysts, investors, and media, reflecting on a strong 2018 for the esports industry and highlighting areas for progress in 2019. The IEM Expo included various partner booths with computer gaming featuring powerful 8th Gen and 9th Gen Intel® Core i7™ & Core™ i9 Processor based systems.   Following two weekends of thrilling competitions and dramatic upsets, new winners lifted the ESL One and Intel Extreme Masters Katowice World Championship trophy. Winners of competitions in Katowice included: ●      ESL One: Dota 2: Team Secret edged out Gambit Esports to become the ESL One Katowice 2019 Dota 2 Champions. ●      IEM: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive: Astralis outplayed ENCE to win the Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2019 CS:GO Major Championship and the lion’s share of the $1 million prize money. ●      IEM: StarCraft II: Eo "soO" Yoon Soo took the top prize over Kim “Stats” Dae-yeob to become the StarCraft II IEM Katowice 2019 Champion after eliminating World Champion Serral (Finland) during the playoffs and taking home more than US$150,000. ●      Intel Challenge Katowice 2019: A collaboration between Intel, ESL, and AnyKey to spotlight the best women’s CS:GO teams and advance diversity efforts in esports. In the end, Team Dignitas bested Counter Logic Gaming to win the Women’s CS:GO championship. ●      Guns of Boom: After a dominating 4:0, Noble was crowned the first Gods of Boom Kick-off Champions in Katowice. ●      ESL Katowice Royale Featuring Fortnite: The American Vinny "Vinny1x" Gilgan from TSM was crowned the best player in the solo format on the 2,500 m² Fortnite booth. Meanwhile, the 19-year-old Canadian Williams "Zayt" Aubin and his partner Rocco "Saf" Morales from the US won the duo tournament. For more information about Intel Extreme Masters, visit the official tournament website and browse the event photographs and video footage on IEM YouTube channel. The next stop for IEM will be Sydney, celebrating the 14th season kick-off with the 75th instalment of the longest-running global pro gaming circuit in the world where $2,350,000 was paid out during the last season. Please follow Intel Extreme Masters on Twitter and Facebook and visit the official website: intelextrememasters.com.   ### Global Leader in Online Lottery, Lottoland Pushes for Responsible Gambling 2019-03-26T02:38:54Z global-leader-in-online-lottery-lottoland-pushes-for-responsible-gambling Lottoland urges customers and lotto players to gamble responsibly. The company leader in online betting wants to promote a positive atmosphere within the lotto industry and make gambling more enjoyable as a recreational activity.   Through this effort of advocating responsible gambling, Lottoland promises to provide customers with a fair gambling experience in respect to the players’ safety and wellbeing. The company has provided a number of tools to help players refrain from spending more than they can afford. These include providing deposit limits, and giving players the opportunities for self-exclusion.   Lottoland provides players with the ability to set deposit limits, which can be changed at any time. Players can set a daily, weekly, or monthly deposit limit, and can also request for Lottoland to lower their deposit limit, wherein the request will be implemented immediately. Players who request to increase their deposit limit will have to wait a 24-hour period before the company carries out the request.   Self-exclusion, on the other hand, is an option which involves players blocking themselves from accessing their accounts for certain periods of time. Lottoland also removes self-excluded players from their marketing databases.   The company also operates a strict policy prohibiting underage players, below 18 years old. The company advises adults who share computers with minors to install security freeware, or make use of the parental control filters.   For players who require additional assistance in dealing with problems related to gambling, the company recommends contacting the Gambling Therapy and Gamble Aware organisations.   To learn more, visit the Lottoland website at https://www.lottoland.com/nz South Coast set to party at Narooma Oyster Festival 2019-03-25T23:44:29Z south-coast-set-to-party-at-narooma-oyster-festival This year’s Narooma Oyster Festival is shaping up to be a huge celebration. Festival spokesperson Cath Peachey said nine live music acts are locked in as well as award winning chefs, and organisers have been overwhelmed by the response from gourmet food vendors, boutique winemakers and craft brewers. This year’s event builds on the success of recent Oyster Festivals in putting Narooma and the far south coast on the national gourmet map. “Narooma Chamber of Commerce instigated the Oyster Festival 12 years ago as the town’s key marketing event to showcase Narooma as both a destination and as a place to live,” she said. “It’s since expanded into a significant regional event. “It attracts fine foodies and families from the ACT, Sydney, the Hunter, the Illawarra and Shoalhaven; last year 60% of Festival visitors lived outside Eurobodalla Shire and over 20% came from the Moruya and Batemans Bay areas. “We hold it in May to boost the local economy at a traditionally quiet time of year and when the oysters are in good condition; last year, the Festival put an estimated $750,000 directly into the local economy. “The widespread marketing of the Festival and of Narooma, endorsements by media and food industry leaders, and the publicity the Festival generates is absolutely huge, reaching millions of people. “The value of that exposure last year was calculated to be over a million dollars; our media coverage even extended to the United Kingdom and Ireland.” The Festival kicks off on Friday evening (3rd May) with free entertainment as a warm up to Saturday’s main event. “There’s live music until 10pm, including nine-piece party band Big Boss Groove, and a fantastic fireworks display over the water,” she said. “There’ll be market stalls and kids’ rides. “For those who can’t wait for the gourmet experience, Friday has the new separately ticketed ‘long table dinner’.” Saturday features cooking demonstrations by some of the country’s finest chefs, Oyster Alley with oysters from up to eight Oyster Coast estuaries, fire pit cooking of traditional bush tucker by local Yuin people, market stalls highlighting the best of south coast produce, and a full day of live music headlined by popular band 19-Twenty. The popular Ultimate Oyster Experience has been expanded and tickets are selling fast online. Saturday gate tickets are $20 with kids under 16 free, with free rides within the Festival precinct for younger kids. “This year Australian National Events is organising site infrastructure and entertainment which takes an enormous load off the volunteer Festival committee,” she said. More details www.naroomaoysterfestival.com. Media Contact: Juliet Anderson, Public Relations Manager Juliet@andersonknight.com.au | 0414 966 005