The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-09-19T12:14:37Z Chelsie is shining with her custom-made ring from Larsen Jewellery! 2019-09-19T12:14:37Z chelsie-is-shining-with-her-custom-made-ring-from-larsen-jewellery-1 Larsen Jewellery is incredibly pleased to have been a part of The Bachelor Australia Series 7 as the Official Ring Partner, and to have been able to assist Matt Agnew in designing and creating this incredibly beautiful commitment ring that Matt has given to Chelsie. In preparation for the finale episode, Senior Larsen Jeweller, Kate Reid met with Matt for a one-on-one jewellery consultation. Together, Matt and the team at Larsen Jewellery designed the beautiful bespoke ring for his chosen Bachelorette, Chelsie. Matt was taken by the rarity of the colours and shapes of some truly unique gemstones, and his final selection was carefully considered and personal. “As a Senior Jeweller at Larsen Jewellery, I was fortunate enough to meet with Matt and discuss his ideas for a perfect gift for his chosen bachelorette. I showed him various gemstones and diamonds and we spoke about a number of different design options,” Kate notes of her appointment with Matt. “The custom-made ring is set with a striking 3.73ct rectangular cushion cut grey Spinel gemstone, accentuated by two dazzling shield cut diamonds. The unique ring was entirely handmade by one of our most talented Jewellers using Fairtrade™ 18ct rose gold,” Kate continues. Fairtrade certified gold is responsibly mined. This means that the miners have received a Fairtrade ‘Minimum Price and Premium’, which assists with social, environmental and economic development in their communities, and in turn creates better living and working conditions. Fairtrade gold helps miners and their communities to work their way out of poverty in South America and Africa. Co-Founder of Larsen Jewellery, Lars Larsen comments: “As always, we have really enjoyed the process of working with The Bachelor Australia team as the Official Ring Partner for Series 7. This is the third year in a row that we have partnered with The Bachelor Australia as the Official Ring Partner, and each year we are impressed by how engaged The Bachelors have been with the process. We are once again very excited to be able to showcase our work to both Matt and the shows’ viewers”. Creating exceptionally beautiful jewellery and using stunning, ethically sourced diamonds, coloured gemstones and metals, Larsen Jewellery represents the pinnacle in quality and design when it comes to beautiful fine jewellery. As one of the most respected jewellers in Australia, Larsen Jewellery specialises in custom made pieces of fine jewellery, which can be designed to meet the individual taste and requirements of each client. www.larsenjewellery.com.au @larsenjewellery #TheBachelorAU #larsenjewellery #officialringpartner For further information on the Official Ring Partnership, to visit one of the Larsen Jewellery stores or to co-ordinate an interview with a Larsen Jewellery representative contact: Annabel Carroll from Polkadot Communications // annabel@polkadotcomms.com.au // 0451 915 112 Intel® Extreme Masters Katowice 2020 to feature US$500,000 Prize Pool as the First Masters Championship CS:GO Tournament of the ESL Pro Tour 2019-09-17T04:41:50Z intel-extreme-masters-katowice-2020-to-feature-us-500-000-prize-pool-as-the-first-masters-championship-cs-go-tournament-of-the-esl-pro-tour Cologne, Germany – September 10, 2019—Intel and ESL, the world’s largest esports company, will once again bring the Intel® Extreme Masters (IEM) to Katowice, Poland, on February 28 through March 1, 2020. In addition to being  part of the Intel® Grand Slam, next year’s IEM Katowice at the iconic Spodek Arena represents the first CS:GO Masters Championship tournament held by ESL within the new ESL Pro Tour. IEM Katowice 2020 will feature premier Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) action, the IEM Expo, and exciting onsite activities. Throughout a week long of competition, 16 of the world’s top CS:GO teams will battle for their share of the US$ 500,000 prize pool, the first ever Masters Champion title, and a point toward the Intel® Grand Slam: ●       February 28 – March 1: The mainstage competition will take place inside the legendary Spodek Arena, where the six advancing teams will battle it out in playoffs, culminating in the grand finals where the winners will be crowned.   “Here in Katowice we do not only remember but also make espo rts history. This Intel® Extreme Masters will be very special in that respect,” said Michal Blicharz, Vice President of Pro Gaming at ESL. “When it first took place in 2013 it started the era of esports mega tournaments. Now, a new era starts for us with the first ever Masters Championship of the ESL Pro Tour.” IEM Katowice 2020 will be the first Masters Championship ever held within ESL Pro Tour, the highest level of competition in the world’s largest CS:GO circuit of over twenty tournaments all over the world. IEM Expo, the leading esports and gaming tradeshow, will be held at the International Congress Center (ICC). The three-day expo from February 28 through March 1 will invite IEM attendees to test and experience the industry’s top brands through immersive onsite activations, technology demonstrations, and stations for gaming, content creation, and more. “Intel Extreme Masters is an amazing event bringing together incredible emotions of both fans and players along with the most advanced technology and thrilling games. Being involved in these outstanding gaming moments is in the very DNA of Intel and we are proud to be a part of this amazing journey. Together with ESL we have elevated esports to levels previously unimagined.” - said Krzysztof Jonak, EMEA Territory Billings Accounts Director at Intel. IEM Katowice 2020 will offer more exciting esports moments by hosting the championships of additional first-class gameplay, including the Quake Pro League Stage 2 Finals. Over two days, twenty-four of the best Quake players worldwide will battle to be crowned the new Quake World Champion at IEM Expo Katowice 2020.  In 2019, ESL and Intel® welcomed 174,000 fans across two weekends, resulting in the most viewed CS:GO competition in ESL’s history with 157 million hours of content consumed by 230 million fans on multiple platforms. IEM Katowice will become the home of esports for the eighth consecutive year in 2020, representing the 78th stop of Intel® Extreme Masters. Tickets for IEM Katowice 2020 will be on sale in late October. Additional details will be announced in the coming weeks, including competing teams, onstage talent, ticketing information, and more. For more information, please visit the tournament website and follow Intel®  Extreme Masters on Twitter and Facebook. ### About ESL ESL is the world’s largest esports company. Founded in 2000, ESL has been shaping the industry across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline competitions. It operates high profile, branded international leagues and tournaments such as ESL One, Intel® Extreme Masters, ESL Pro League and other top tier stadium-size events, as well as ESL National Championships, grassroots amateur cups and matchmaking systems, defining the path from zero to hero as short as possible. With offices all over the world, ESL is leading esports forward on a global scale. ESL is a part of MTG, the leading international digital entertainment group. https://about.eslgaming.com/ About Intel® Extreme Masters Intel® Extreme Masters is the longest running global pro gaming tour in the world. Started in 2006 by ESL and Intel, the competition features the world's best gamers in multiple esport titles. With IEM having over a decade of history, it is considered one of the most prestigious and traditional events in the world. (intelextrememasters.com) The Most Anticipated Event in Australian Fashion to Take Place Onboard Luxury Super Yacht 2019-09-02T00:39:21Z the-most-anticipated-event-in-australian-fashion-to-take-place-onboard-luxury-super-yacht Gold Coast, Queensland - September 07, 2019 - The most anticipated fashion event of the year in Australia, Luxe Runway, will make fashion history once again when it takes place onboard the world’s first super yacht entertainment venue. The exclusive red-carpet event will feature the Gold Coast’s finest fashion labels, one of the Gold Coast’s most recognised DJs, and a charming VIP host, promising to deliver guests with a truly dynamic experience.  Interested parties are urged to act fast to secure themselves a place at this spectacular annual event, which is organised by Luxe Agncy, a premier full-service marketing and events agency.  Luxe Runway, or LR19, takes place onboard The YOT Club, which will depart from Marina Mirage on Saturday 7 September at 5 pm. Tickets are available from eventbrite from $89, with VIP tickets being $129 (SOLD OUT). The fashion show will be produced by Luxe Agncy’s runway production partner, the Bella Styling Co. The Gold Coast’s leading fashion labels and designers will be on display on the stunning catwalk, including Mojalivin, Black N Bling, Tracy Poblano, Nikke Horrigan and Yellow Thread. Luxe Runway previously made Australian fashion history in 2018 with the Meraki Fashion Show, bringing Visibility to Disability with Lisa Cox and raising money for Red Nose Australia. The Meraki Fashion Show in Brisbane appeared in national and international headlines and was streamed, live, to over three million people worldwide.  This year, LR19 will make fashion history once again as the fashion show takes place onboard the world’s first luxury super yacht entertainment venue. Designed for cruising the waterways of the Gold Coast and Brisbane in comfort, The YOT Club features a stunningly aesthetic shade for shelter from the elements, a full onsite commercial kitchen, ten bathrooms, an eight-metre wide stage, and two luxurious levels, each with a full-service cocktail bar. Exposure for LR19 is expected to surpass that of their fashion event last year with worldwide media coverage and some of the country's most influential socialites in attendance. Confirmed VIPs have a combined number of social media followers of over two million, and Luxe Agncy is negotiating strategic partnerships with international media outlets to stream the event live once again.  Probably best known for his part in choosing the national and international DJs that play at the infamous Candy Shop Mansion parties, Valentino Beynon will be the event’s headlining DJ, creating an electric atmosphere from behind the turntables. Chris Eldridge, actor, model and influencer, has been confirmed as their VIP host.  Find out more and view pictures on Facebook and Instagram. LR19 will raise money for I Can I Will, a charity supporting children who are severely bullied due to their special needs. Media outlets can get in touch by contacting Luxe Agncy direct.  It is Game On with the new series ‘The Onliners’ 2019-08-30T23:19:51Z it-is-game-on-with-the-new-series-the-onliners It is Game On with the new series ‘The Onliners’. Animation, Learning, Entertainment meets 360 video/Virtual Reality Launched today and free online is a new series “The Onliners”. It is in 360 video or Virtual Reality for those with VR Goggles.   360 video allows you to look around the environment and interact with the screen while the animation plays.  It is a 360 degree view taking animation to a new level.  Oh, all you have to do is remember to touch the screen with your finger/mouse while the animation plays. Not only is this a whole new way to watch a cartoon, “The Onliners” is educational and entertaining as a world of computer gamers compete to be the first to explore the internet from the inside out.  Competing in teams of three, the top three teams will go online to face the challenges of life online.  Nine characters dressed as an avatar for security reasons will encounter bullies, bots and baddies that are sabotaging the internet and the race is on to protect the worlds data, while we are reminded to protect our privacy and security online.  Creator of ‘The Onliners’ Kerry Hurst has spent the last 2 years making and shaping the educational series, hoping to promote online education in a new and entertaining way of learning.  Kerry has over 15 years’ experience in the IT industry, making apps and training people from all different areas of life and understands the issues facing both children and parents with multiple devices connecting to the internet. Her hope is that ‘The Onliners’ provides parents with some support in reminding and educating children from a young age about the importance of security and privacy online. This six episode series is available now for free on youtube [https://youtu.be/tH-kV2lXXYQ] and provides a fun and entertaining way to discover and learn about life online.  You can meet ‘The Onliners’, at http://www.pro360duction.com.au .   About Kerry Hurst Kerry has a Bachelor of Information Technology majoring in Ecommerce and I am a strong advocate for Child Safety Online. I am the owner operator of Kerry’s Computer Company which is a computer training and repair business in Brisbane Australia. Media contact Kerry Hurst Brisbane QLD 4012 AU Telephone 0415 212 737 Email kerry@pro360duction.com.au Website http://www.pro360duction.com.au       Collaboration with Rockhampton school launches trial to support agriculture’s leaders of tomorrow 2019-08-23T04:31:02Z collaboration-with-rockhampton-school-launches-trial-to-support-agricultures-leaders-of-tomorrow Leading global animal health company Virbac Australia’s new collaboration with The Rockhampton Grammar School has just launched, with a trial conducted at Belmont Research Station on Wednesday 21st August. Designed to assist Year 11 students in determining the impact of internal parasites and managing drench resistance in cattle, the school has been working with Virbac Australia to conduct a product evaluation trial testing different worm treatment methods. The trial has involved administering and monitoring 200 head of cattle, split into four groups and treated with different products, before being monitored over the next 84 days. The results should demonstrate which products work best to keep down worm count and boost weight gain, with the data then being available for students to analyse and be assessed on as part of their Certificate 3 curriculum. It’s envisaged that the project should help determine the importance and impact of worms in Central QLD. With drench resistance being a current hot topic for producers, this trial is designed to continue the conversation about cattle drench resistance, and further investigate whether north Australian producers should be concerned about worms in their cattle. As Virbac Australia Technical Services Manager Dr Matthew Ball explains, “this is a unique working collaboration to support students in becoming industry experts and future leaders in Australia’s agricultural sector. We’re pleased to be able to highlight some of the key issues surrounding internal parasites for the students as well as hopefully shed light on best practice worm control practices for the wider region of central QLD.” For Rockhampton student Henry Gray the trial has so far been a great opportunity to learn more about what’s becoming an increasingly important issue for QLD farmers. “This trial is important to the agricultural industry as it will help us improve our productivity and how we manage the resistance of worms and other parasites. I look forward to gaining more knowledge of controlling parasites so that I can implement new practices my own property to improve production.” Student Sara Schottelius also spoke of her experience being part of the unique new collaboration: “I hope to gain new knowledge that I can take home to my own property to improve how we control parasites. This trial is important for the agricultural industry to help us gain new information about the best methods to combat key issues in cattle productivity.” For additional information about the trial, contact Dr Matthew Ball at matthew.ball@virbac.com Ends MEDIA CONTACT Kate Munsie, 0421 935 843 ABOUT VIRBAC AUSTRALIA Virbac (Australia) Pty Ltd is a specialist animal health company, with its core business in sheep and cattle products, veterinary pharmaceuticals and vaccines, a wide range of petcare products for dogs and cats, plus a broad range of products for horses. Virbac Australia’s 2015 sales turnover was more than A$120 million. In Australia, Virbac employs around 260 personnel, all of whom are passionate about animal health. Virbac offers an injectable product called Multimin, designed to top-up important trace minerals (manganese, zinc, selenium and copper) in cattle. The focus of trace mineral supplementation has developed to beyond merely correcting deficiency symptoms. Strategic mineral supplementation is aimed at the optimisation of reproductive performance, immune function and growth, resulting in significant improvements in productivity and subsequently profitability. Photo captions: Virbac’s Territory Sales Manager Victor Moffroid leading a product demonstration Students from The Rockhampton Grammar School take part in product application methods Choir boys help Sydney celebrate, mourn and remember for 200 years. 2019-08-22T06:07:29Z choir-boys-helping-sydney-celebrate-mourn-amp-remember-for-200-years This year is a very special year for the choir of St Andrew’s Cathedral as it marks two centuries of singing in the heart of Sydney.   It was 200 years ago, on 31st August 1819, when Governor Lachlan Macquarie laid the foundation stone of St Andrew's Cathedral in a short service, accompanied by the singing of the newly-formed Cathedral Choir.  That choir of boys and men has continued to sing and serve the city of Sydney for the past 200 years, and St Andrew's Cathedral is celebrating this extraordinary legacy. Traditional choir of boys and men celebrates 200 years of singing in Sydney in 2019 Sydney’s Anglican Cathedral (beside Town Hall) is Australia’s oldest Cathedral Fundraising concert Saturday 31 August 2019 Special service Sunday 1 September 2019 Choir touring UK and Europe this December/January: Windsor, London, Cambridge, Paris, Siena, Venice 200 years of singing in the heart of Sydney My son, William, is an 11-year-old chorister who started with the choir when he was just 8-years-old in 2016.   He and his fellow choristers - all scholarship students at St Andrew’s Cathedral School - dedicate over 12 hours each week to their chorister duties, performing a range of wonderful music for the people of Sydney at open rehearsals, weekly regular services and peaceful evensongs and at carol services, weddings, funerals, school functions and special remembrance services.  They have also visited hospitals to add seasonal cheer to those unable to hear them in the heart of the city. They are currently rehearsing for a wonderful 200th Anniversary Concert on Saturday 31 August. FUNDRAISING CONCERT "Keeping in Tune with Heaven" DATE: Saturday 31st August 2019 TIME: 5pm VENUE: St Andrew’s Cathedral, Sydney (corner George and Bathurst Streets, just above Town Hall station) PROGRAM & SOLOISTS:  Featuring music that has been of significance over the past two centuries, the Choir is joined by the Cathedral Brass Consort, Organist Samuel Giddy and Harpist Esther Wong, directed by the 11th Organist & Choirmaster, Ross Cobb. TICKETS: $15-$75 BOOKING LINK: https://www.trybooking.com/BEMLF 200th ANNIVERSARY TOUR The choir is finishing their 200th year with a tour of the UK and Europe.  The choirmaster, the men, the boys and their chaperones will head off after they have performed their busy schedule of December services  - many Sydney siders are familiar with the glorious descants the boys sing to well known Christmas carols!  The tour starts on the last weekend in December by singing the Saturday and Sunday services in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. They will then sing a series of evensongs in St Paul’s Cathedral before heading to Cambridge to experience Kings College Chapel.  Some of Europe’s most stunning venues in Paris and Venice will become the choir's performance venues, and on the way they will sing a number of joint concerts with the choir of Siena Cathedral.   FUNDRAISING SUPPORT Why are we fundraising? There is a considerable cost that each individual chorister has to meet to participate on the tour. The upcoming concert performance will contribute to the ongoing fundraising efforts of the choir families to subsidising the cost for each individual chorister to participate on this tour. For these young choristers - the youngest just 8 - it will be the trip of a lifetime, yet some boys don’t even have a passport yet! INTERVIEWS We very much appreciate any support you can offer to assist us by promoting our concert. To arrange an interview with the choirmaster, Mr Ross Cobb, or discover more about the concert program, please get in touch: Mobile: 0411 711 351 Email: susan@practicaltactical.com.au If the opportunity does arise for you to interview some of the choristers let me know as I am sure we can fit in with your schedule.   For radio/Broadcast outlets: I'm sure the Choirmaster will allow them to sing a song or two for you as well! RODEO 4 LIFE - Set To Save Lives With Electrifying Rodeo & Country Music Entertainment 2019-08-16T06:48:56Z rodeo-4-life-set-to-save-lives-with-electrifying-rodeo-amp-country-music-entertainment MEDIA RELEASE: 16 August 2019 RODEO 4 LIFE - Set To Save Lives With Electrifying Rodeo & Country Music Entertainment Rodeo 4 Life, Australia’s richest bull ride extravaganza and country music concert will explode in an action-packed arena spectacular on Saturday 30 November 2019 at WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong to save lives through funding vital research at the RPA Transplant Institute. In an Australian first, Rodeo 4 Life will combine electrifying rodeo sports entertainment starring some of Australia’s toughest bull riding champions from all corners of Australia with a full length live concert by seven-time Golden Guitar winner and back-to-back CMC Male Artist of the Year, Travis Collins, performing some of his greatest hits. Rodeo 4 Life will be a thrilling night of entertainment featuring a star-studded line-up of bull riding daredevil cowboys fighting the odds to stay mounted for the full 8 seconds on the legendary JP Gill and Sons’ mightiest rodeo bulls as they compete for the championship title and a whopping $30,000 in prize money. Rodeo 4 Life producer Doug Vickers OAM, a long-time rodeo man who’s produced many large-scale rodeo events across Australia said, “The audience should be prepared for an ‘edge of their seat’ experience when Rodeo 4 Life rocks The Gong with a thrilling, action-packed night of electrifying live rodeo and country music entertainment.” While Rodeo 4 Life will be exhilarating, Australia’s bull riding champions won’t just be bucking for the grand prize when they burst from chutes on powerful  bulls in the ride of their lives; they’ll risk all by ‘riding for a greater cause’ – to raise bucks that can save lives through funding organ transplant research at the RPA Transplant Institute (RPATI). Doug Vickers is more than a businessman, he’s also a grateful RPA liver transplant recipient who’s doing much more than setting the bar high for Australian rodeo sports entertainment; he’s also increasing awareness of organ donation and funding essential life-saving organ transplant research with 100% of profits dedicated to research at the RPATI. “The most humbling experience I’ve ever had in my life was to receive an organ transplant. I’m so grateful when I think that someone cared enough and had the forethought to donate their organs to others – what greater gift could you possible give to someone than this. “I hope that through Rodeo 4 Life we can raise funds for the RPATI machine perfusion research studies and build greater awareness of organ donation so that these things will work together to increase the number of life-saving transplants in Australia. This is my quest,” Mr Vickers said. With the funds raised from Rodeo 4 Life the RPATI can continue development of a world first organ perfusion system that will be able to extend organ viability from the current length of just a few hours to become viable for several days. This will allow more organs to be made available for transplant with greater number of Australian lives saved. “Rodeo 4 Life audiences will come from across Australia to be part of something that’s so much more than a night of exciting entertainment - they’ll have the time of their lives and give seriously ill people time to live,” said Mr Vickers. Travis Collins, who’s well known for his tireless fundraising efforts by dedicating his talents to causes close to his heart to help others said, “It’s an incredible honour to perform at Rodeo 4 Life. While music, song writing, recording and performing is my life, there is something very special about being part of something bigger that has the power to save the lives of many.” Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA) has long been Australia’s pioneers in organ transplant research and surgery having saved thousands of lives through developing breakthroughs to benefit all Australians. RPA Transplant Services has given the gift of life to more than 1940 people in need of liver transplants at either RPA or The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (formerly Camperdown) and performed more than 3000 kidney transplants giving Australian’s freedom from dialysis and a second chance at life. “By inviting Australians to register to become an organ donor and through funding vital research at the RPATI, we’ll be increasing the number of organs that can be transplanted and together we can save more lives,” Mr Vickers said. For tickets to the Rodeo 4 Life spectacular, visit Ticketmaster or rodeo4life.com.au. -ENDS- INTERVIEW REQUESTS Insight Communications on: 02 9518 4744   INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES 1.      Doug Vickers OAM - Rodeo 4 Life producer and RPA Liver transplant recipient 2.      Travis Collins - Seven-time Golden Guitar winner and back-to-back CMC Male Artist of the Year 3.      John ‘Happy” Gill of JP Gill & Sons – Rodeo 4 Life stock contractor 4.      Researchers from the RPA Transplant Institute 5.      Organ Transplant Recipients - Located throughout Australia 6.      Rodeo 4 Life Champion Cowboys - Located throughout Australia   RODEO 4 LIFE LINKS 1.      Rodeo 4 Life Website: https://rodeo4life.com.au/ 2.      Rodeo 4 Life Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rodeo4lifeau/ 3.      BOOK NOW at Ticketmaster: http://bit.ly/RFL-BOOK   RODEO 4 LIFE MEDIA CENTRE – DOWNLOADS 1.      Photographs of spokespersons, cowboys, rodeo images and rodeo bulls: http://bit.ly/RFL-Media 2.      Broadcast quality interviews with Professor Simone Strasser of RPA Transplant Services on Doug Vickers’ remarkable organ transplant story and the importance of Rodeo 4 Life in funding vital research: http://bit.ly/RPATI-Interview DONATE LIFE - TAKE 4 STEPS TODAY TO SAVE LIVES! By taking the time to register, you’ll give someone else the time to live. 1.      Decide to become an organ donor 2.      Register today by visiting https://donatelife.gov.au/ 3.      Talk to your family and friends – tell them your decision and invite them to register to be and organ donor too! 4.      Make your tax-deductible donation to the RPA Transplant Institute TODAY to further research into organ transplantation to help save lives! Donate: https://www.mycause.com.au/payment/frp_donation/211566   JOURNALIST NOTES RODEO 4 LIFE Rodeo 4 Life on Saturday 30 November 2019, at WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong, is Australia’s richest bull ride spectacular with $30,000 in prize money up for grabs with seven-time Golden Guitar winner and back-to-back CMC Male Artist of the Year, Travis Collins performing live in concert. Rodeo 4 Life is the inspiration of Doug Vickers OAM, rodeo sports producer and liver transplant recipient. Rodeo 4 Life will be conducted in accordance with policies, rules and industry standards of Rodeo Services Australia (RSA), and the NSW Code of Practice for animals used in rodeo events. Rodeo 4 Life will be conducted in accordance with animal welfare standards, registration and licensing systems of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). An RSPCA representative will be invited to be on site to oversee the event and a veterinarian will be in attendance. Whilst the event is raising funds to go toward Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Transplant Service; the hospital or Sydney Local Health District is not involved in the conduct or organisation of this event. DOUG VICKERS OAM Doug Vickers was born and raised in Townsville, North Queensland. In 1970 he joined the Australian military serving in the RAAF in Australia and overseas. In 1991, Doug Vickers was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours List for his service to the military. In 1999, following his discharge from military service, Doug went on to teach at the National Aerospace Centre of Excellence until 2013 when he ventured into the world of business purchasing Loam and Stone Landscape supplies and establishing his engineering company which he operates today. Doug Vickers’ life-saving transplant that Led to the launch of Rodeo 4 Life In 1981, Doug’s health began to decline. Doug was diagnosed with Crohn's disease and eventually Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC) - a long-term progressive disease of the liver and gallbladder.  Although the disease was not life-threatening at the time, by 2015 Doug’s health began to decline rapidly and he was required to regularly travel from Wagga Wagga in the NSW Riverina to RPA for treatment.  After a near-death crisis, Doug was advised that he needed a liver transplant to survive. On 23 December 2015, Doug underwent a life-saving a liver transplant at RPA. After receiving the gift of life and the lengthy recovery period that followed, Doug learned of the funding challenges faced by researchers at the RPA Transplant Institute and became passionate about creating a unique event that could generate essential funds for vital research that could save the lives of others. With a family background in rodeo sports dating back to the late 1940s and having produced many large-scale rodeo events across Australia and served on the Judges Panel for both the APRA and ABCRA Associations, Doug initiated Rodeo 4 Life to generate much needed funds to support organ transplant research at the RPA Transplant Institute.  On 8 August 2019, in an Australian first Doug Vickers OAM announced Rodeo 4 Life as Australia’s richest bull ride extravaganza and country music concert with 100% of profits dedicated to funding research at the RPA Transplant Institute. Rodeo 4 Life will be held on 30 November 2019 at WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong NSW. RPA TRANSPLANT INSTITUTE Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA) has long been Australia’s pioneers in organ transplant research and surgery having saved thousands of lives through developing breakthroughs to benefit all Australians. In NSW, RPA Transplant Services has given the gift of life to more than 1940 people in need of liver transplants at either RPA or The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (formerly Camperdown) and performed more than 3000 kidney transplants giving Australian’s freedom from dialysis and a second chance at life. The RPA Transplant Institute, the research arm of RPA Transplant Services was founded in 2006 to promote and support transplant research projects undertaken by scientists and transplant clinicians at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA), the University of Sydney and the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.  The RPA Transplant Institute is part of Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA), Australia’s pioneers in kidney and liver transplantation research and surgery with organ transplantation one of the many miracles of modern medicine created at RPA. In its first ten years, the RPA Transplant Institute funded many vital life-saving transplant research programmes that initiated innovative ideas and converted them into high quality research capable of saving and improving the lives of transplant recipients. While thousands of lives have been saved through organ transplant surgery, there are still many more Australian’s who won’t survive without vital research to increase the number of life-saving transplants that can be performed each year.   Rodeo 4 Life will enable the RPA Transplant Institute to conduct world first research using state-of-the-art technologies known as organ machine perfusion to extend organ viability from the current length of just a few hours to become viable for several days and thereby increase the number of organs that can be transplanted. Organ machine perfusion both preserves organs and enables previously unsuitable organs to be reconditioned and made suitable for transplantation.  This vital research will set a new Australian benchmark providing far-reaching benefits to all Australians in need of life-saving organ transplant surgery. RODEO 4 LIFE ENTERTAINMENT TRAVIS COLLINS Rodeo 4 Life will star seven-time Golden Guitar winner and back-to-back CMC Male Artist of the Year, Travis Collins performing some of his greatest hits including Just Another Girl, Call Me Crazy, and Hard Light. A dynamic guitarist, vocalist and live performer, Travis Collins has established himself as a leading artist in the Australian music industry.  Travis is a multiple CMAA and CMC Award winner with a growing string of hit albums, #1 songs, awards and a decade of winning fans all across the country under his belt. Well-known for his masterful guitar playing and powerhouse vocals as he is for his depth of song-writing and high energy live performances, Travis Collins continues to cement his footprint as a mainstay on the Australian music landscape. GLEN MORGAN - RODEO ANNOUNCER Glen Morgan is a name synonymous with Australian rodeo sports. Glen rode saddle broncs for more than 15 years winning 13 Australian titles. Glen also and competed in Canada and the U.S.A in the 1980s and 1990s before retiring from championship rodeo competition to become one of the best rodeo announcers in the business. GENE MCDONALD –RODEO PROTECTION CLOWN Rodeo protection clowns are risk takers who do more than entertain the audience during bull riding rodeo sports - they put their life on the line to distract the bulls away from grounded riders.  Gene will have one of the most important and dangerous roles in the Rodeo 4 Life arena - to protect the star cowboys from the bulls when they hit the ground so they can get back to the chutes in safety. BIG AL WILSON - RODEO CLOWN It wouldn’t be a Rodeo spectacular without Big Al Wilson, Australia’s class act Rodeo Clown.  A former pro bull rider and a seasoned veteran of rodeo entertainment, Big Al Wilson has won the title of Australia’s Rodeo Clown of the Year, 15 times.  For 20 years, Big Al Wilson has performed at Australia's largest rodeos including at all the National Finals in Australia and New Zealand, the National Finals for ABCRA, NRCA, APRA and NZPRA, and will be the star Clown again this year at all National Finals Rodeos.  JP GILL & SONS CHAMPION RODEO BULLS Rodeo 4 Life will star some of Australia’s mightiest rodeo bulls, bred and trained by legendary JP Gill & Sons, our official stock contractor. “Happy” John P Gill, and his sons - John, Jason and Jarrod could easily be considered Australia’s “Rodeo Royalty” with a family bloodline of western-style performers dating back to the early days of Australia’s Wild West Buck Jumping Shows. From humble beginnings JP Gill & Sons have bred a bloodline of champion rodeo bulls beginning with Dr Jekyll and 007 purchased from Noel Cook of the Running N Quarter Horse Ranch at Nathalia, Victoria.   The Secret of Breeding Champion Rodeo Bulls What stands JP Gill & Sons’ prized rodeo bulls apart from other breeders is the Gill family philosophy that’s been handed down from generation to generation. Every bull born on the Gill family property at The Rock is loved, nurtured, and educated from birth which is why at just 3-to-4 weeks of age, the calves will run up to Happy and Sons looking for affection, attention and their supper. They grow up smart and accustomed to working with people. And they grow up surrounded by their great uncles and aunts, cousins, brothers and sisters. They’re more than a herd, they’re a family, and each of them has their own personality and characteristics just like people. JP Gill & Sons’ bulls start their performance career at approximately 3-4 years of age and are ridden in the rodeo arena for around 2 minutes each year.  Bulls perform for around 10-12 years. These bulls live comfortable, stress-free lives roaming and grazing the green pastures where they were born.  Each are individually hand fed daily with good quality oats, lucerne hay and molasses licks for additional vitamins to ensure they remain content and in peak condition.  When these pampered bulls travel for rodeos, they travel in style and comfort in their own purpose built semi-trailer standing on special soft bedding (a mixture of sawdust and sand) rather than standing on a cold steel floor and are unloaded at specific intervals and rested to stretch their legs and shoot the breeze in readiness for their 8 seconds of stardom in the rodeo arena. Currently, JP Gill & Sons have around 60 rodeo bulls and over 100 cows, young bulls and calves who live a good, free and easy life and when they retire, they live out their twilight years in the paddocks of their birth being handfed and watching over the next generation of JP Gill & Sons’ rodeo champions. The Big Secret Behind Our Self-Help Culture 2019-08-14T21:53:15Z the-big-secret-behind-our-self-help-culture What if the $10 billion self-help market actually harboured a secret, that it's not designed to actually help people resolve past hurts and emotional afflictions? According to mindset coach, thought leader and author, Maria Boznovska, the self-help industry, popularised in 1980s, enables people to remain in their comfort zones, seeking “perpetual change and quick fixes”, rather than truly doing what it takes to live the life they think they desire. It is an industry, she explains, essentially profiting from people’s emotional discomforts. “The self-help movement is about getting what you want, making things happen in the world, attracting things to you that are outside of yourself, and achieving goals—that approach is based on a false premise,” Maria says. “The premise is that if you get what you want, it will make you happy. The truth is that if you do get what you want, it will make you feel good for only a short time, until you want something else.” Maria’s Non-Self Help Keys In a social media landscape that loves to-do lists, which are said to lead to a happier everything, Maria says there need not be such goal setting or step-following. Rather, she says, it comes down to two very simple yet deeply powerful keys: Forgiveness. It may sound simplistic, however, if we can forgive others and ourselves, much of what seemed difficult in our lives can dissipate. The more you get used to looking at the world as not coming “at you”, but coming “from you”, the more impossible it becomes to react in the way you used. It is then we hop off the merry go round of self-help. Belief. It is our belief that determines if someone or some-thing has power over us, or not. Our beliefs put us at effect of it. Our job is to work on the cause by how we think about ourselves, our belief system, healing the past, letting go of limiting beliefs and self-sabotaging behaviours and returning to ourselves. When we do that, the effect will take care of itself. “Humanity is ready to surrender to a greater wisdom within itself and lay down the weapons against ourselves,” Maria says. “For many years I was at war with myself, like many. When we feel cut off from our source—love—we experience scarcity. But the scarcity is within—not without. When we feel this lack we try to fill this void externally. This is symbolic of the self-help vicious cycle.” ENDS Media contact: Shannon Dunn, Communeco, shannon@communeco.com Media Notes: • Maria Boznovksa is available for interview, and also as a guest writer. ESL's major tournaments record 90% growth in viewership by increasing esports content worldwide in 2019 2019-08-14T01:34:16Z esl-s-major-tournaments-record-90-growth-in-viewership-by-increasing-esports-content-worldwide-in-2019 (Cologne) 13th of August 2019 - ESL, the world’s largest esports company, today reported significant growth across multiple metrics for major ESL tournaments. Over the course of the first seven months of 2019, average minute audience (+90%), hours watched (+190%) and video views (+55%) have all heavily increased as a result of fans tuning into ESL One, Intel Extreme Masters and ESL Pro League tournaments, shattering the numbers recorded in 2018*.   The top four months across this time period recorded large spikes from major ESL competitions, such as Intel® Extreme Masters Katowice in March, which set the record as the most watched ESL tournament series of all time with more than 174,000 attendees over the course of two weekends. In May, both ESL One Birmingham and Intel Extreme Masters Sydney surpassed the previous viewership figures from last year’s tournaments. ESL Pro League Occitanie in June also broke its all-time viewership records, making this season the most watched in the league’s history. ESL One Cologne in July clocked the most hours watched for a non-major CS:GO tournament, and was sold-out for the fourth consecutive year. Following the brand refresh in January, the viewer experience at all major tournaments has significantly improved, resulting in significant growth across nearly all metrics.   “This growth in viewership and interest is humbling to see,” said Ralf Reichert, CEO at ESL. “ESL’s open ecosystem enables us to work with a variety of games that allows ESL to build standout, innovative properties such as IEM Katowice, ESL One Cologne and Birmingham and see them thrive and grow over the years. We will continue to go that extra mile for a world where everybody can be somebody, creating a path for everybody to participate in these tournaments to build memorable moments for players, fans, partners."   ESL 2019 milestones   ●      Intel Grand Slam completed at ESL One Cologne in record time   ESL One Cologne, widely known as “The Cathedral of Counter-Strike,” sold out four years in a row, and recorded 12.3 million hours watched, resulting in a new record for most hours watched for a non-major CS:GO tournament. Winners Team Liquid took home a total of $1,115,000 for winning first place and completing the second ever Intel Grand Slam, a prize for winning four premier ESL and DreamHack Masters tournaments inside a stretch of ten, in a record time of 63 days.   ●      ESL Pro League revamp   The ESL Pro League Season 9 and its Finals in Occitanie at the Sud de France Arena broke its all-time viewership records. By doubling video views to 66.6 million compared to Season 8, and reaching over 16.1 million hours watched, this was the most watched Season of Pro League in its history.   ●      ESL One Birmingham sets Dota 2 viewership record   ESL One Birmingham, United Kingdom's largest esports tournament surpassed the highest viewership for an ESL One Dota 2 event thus far. The tournament reached a new peak record of 306,070 concurrent viewers tuning into the broadcast, which is a rise of 12.4% since it’s last record during the Hamburg Major in 2017. Hours watched also saw a very significant rise with over 7.6 million hours consumed over the course of the Dota 2 filled weekend.   ●      IEM Sydney sets new record for Australian esports viewership   This year’s event surpassed all previous viewership records for an esports tournament held in Australia, with over 20 million viewers tuning in across the duration of the event. Counter-Strike fans across the world watched almost 10 million hours of content over the course of the event, up 16% vs. 2018. It was the tournament’s third stop in Sydney, and 75th stop globally since its inception in 2006.   ●      ESL and Intel welcomed 174,000 fans at world’s most attended esports tournament in Katowice   Along with 174,000 fans attending the tournaments and surrounding expo over the course of two weekends, 20 million people tuned in on each day, resulting in significant growth across major viewer metrics, and made the competition the most watched ESL tournament series of all time. The event was broadcast by both linear and digital partners worldwide, who produced and distributed content in 21 languages.   ●      ESL evolves its master brand   ESL had a significant role in shaping the industry in terms of broadcast, production and event experience across the world’s most prestigious esports brands and products, pioneering stadium tournaments and consistently breaking industry records. The brand refresh was a key cornerstone of ESL’s growth acceleration strategy, and  better integrated its partner brands by clarifying the path from zero to hero across ESL’s multiple leagues and tournaments, growing its massive fanbase.   More details about ESL can be found at the new corporate site of ESL at about.eslgaming.com. Please follow ESL on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date with the latest esports competitions.   *All numbers excluding China.   ###   ESL is the world’s largest esports company. Founded in 2000, ESL has been shaping the industry across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline competitions. It operates high profile, branded international leagues and tournaments such as ESL One, Intel® Extreme Masters, ESL Pro League and other top tier stadium-size events, as well as ESL National Championships, grassroots amateur cups and matchmaking systems, defining the path from zero to hero as short as possible. With offices all over the world, ESL is leading esports forward on a global scale. ESL is a part of MTG, the leading international digital entertainment group. about.eslgaming.com AFTER-HOURS DOCTORS PLEA FOR FLU SUFFERERS TO STAY HOME FROM EKKA 2019-08-13T03:03:01Z after-hours-doctors-plea-for-flu-sufferers-to-stay-home-from-ekka With more than 50 per cent of after-hours medical call-outs in Brisbane relating to flu, House Call Doctor has issued a plea to those who are unwell to stay at home from the Ekka.   House Call Doctor witnessed flu numbers spike at the end of July with a 20 per cent increase in patients with flu-like symptoms across Brisbane, and flu cases currently account for more than half of patients who contact the service of a night time or on weekends.   More than 400,000 people are expected to attend the The Royal Queensland Show over the next 10 days, and House Call Doctor Chief Executive Officer Wayne Ormond warned locals of the contagious nature of flu.   “We know going to the Ekka is an incredibly fun day out but we’re urging people who don’t feel 100 per cent to stay home to stop the spread of flu,” Mr Ormond said.   “With night-time temperatures expected to drop to just six degrees by early next week, we urge those planning to attend to pack appropriate items for their trip so that they stay healthy.   “Bring warm clothing for the fireworks, take your own water bottle, pack hand sanitiser and remember to regularly wash your hands, particularly after going on rides or touching animals.”   House Call Doctor’s Dr Ryan Harvey said flu levels in Brisbane were steadily rising as we enter the worst of the flu season.   “The influenza virus is an airborne illness passed on when people typically cough and release small droplets into the air containing the virus which land on people or surfaces,” Dr Harvey said.   “Crowded places like the Ekka are ideal locations to pass on the flu as many people are in close proximity. The flu can affect people differently and may take sufferers up to two weeks to fully recover.”   House Call Doctor is Queensland’s largest after-hours medical service.   Top MC Professional Emcee Master of Ceremonies Australia's Rob Doorey Is YourMC 2019-08-08T22:00:09Z top-mc-professional-emcee-master-of-ceremonies-australias-rob-doorey-is-yourmc The 'conductor' that never turns his back on the audience is Australia's premier emcee, master of ceremonies, Rob Doorey... YourMC Professional emcee Rob Doorey may not wave an orchestra conductor’s baton during his presentations as an event host, but his role as an emcee can be construed as sharing some similarities with that of conductors of orchestral performances. While these two styles of events differ in multiple respects, there are some similarities into qualities needing to be possessed by those chiefly responsible for guiding these performances. For instance, both types of “performances” require sensitive guidance and direction of their respective participants by a super-responsive other: in one case a music conductor, in the other: a professional emcee. In making this comparison, consider the role of a musical conductor, as defined in Wikipedia: “The primary responsibilities of the conductor are to unify performers, set the tempo, execute clear preparations and beats, listen critically and shape the sound of the ensemble, and to control the interpretation and pacing of the music”. Indeed, many people would agree that the rightform of sensitive guidance from the most suitableconductor (or emcee) will more likely achieve the desired outcome of successful performance (or event). With decades of experience as a professional emcee hosting a range of successful events from corporate conferences and product launches, to gala dinners and business awards nights, Rob’s personal insights into this domain assuredly have merit. Some conductor-like attributes Rob has and uses in his profession include precision-timing, careful pacing and an ability to pay close attention to subtle nuances that well might be missed by other participants. Rob credits his ability to pick up on such nuances and to act appropriately on them to his many years of experience in the profession. His career in commercial radio has undeniably contributed to his sharp sense of timing on-stage and during interviews, helping him to effectively “read” and respond to audiences and to interviewees while at the same time often responding to feedback/requests by production crew or other managers who make requests (or commands) into his headpiece. As well as having to ‘build rapport quickly” with a range of people, Rob lists many other functions of the role of an event host. Time-keeping is a critical one, with this including “cueing people - so they are ready to go” and “getting performers both on and off-stage efficiently”. On this note, Rob recalls doing stage-interviews with Western Sydney Wanderers football players in a shopping venue which he describes as challenging as he had to manage sets of players both on and off the stage “and at both ends” at once - while at the same time tuning-in to the assembled mall crowd and responding accordingly. “I see myself as a conductor of sorts,” he said. “I do bring this to my role as an emcee. And I am organised, good at bringing calm to what can be a stressful situation.” One of Rob’s clients, Adam Farmer, of MG MY GATEWAY, attests to Rob’s conducting abilities while event-hosting in his comment: "Rob was the ultimate professional (emcee) - Great voice, was easy to work with, understood what we were about and kept the evening moving along." At times there is also a need for an emcee to “run interventions” or “fill in gaps” with appropriate improvisations (usually dialogue). Rob agreed and added: “I am able to quickly analyse a situation and take action fast. And I am quick-witted and energetic," which most certainly helps! Rob’s effectiveness in his many roles as an emcee has been amply demonstrated by the many years of “repeat custom” he has had as a professional event-host, including to high-end corporate events and to a wealth of other events around the country. Corporate realtor functions are one sector he enjoys catering to, with corporate Raine and Horne and Elders clients seeking him out in particular. Another annual event that Rob has hosted for several years and that is especially close to his heart is the Kids of Macarthur Health Foundation Ball -- which is a major fundraising event for the Children’s’ Ward of Campbelltown Hospital, a part of Sydney’s Westmead Children’s Hospital. Rob Doorey is Australia's premier emcee. Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin and everywhere in between. For more information visit YourMC Master of Ceremonies website or book Rob by calling +61 410 438 003. Syndicated by Baxton Media, the Market Influencers. Best MC Professional Emcee Master of Ceremonies Australia's Rob Doorey Is YourMC 2019-08-05T22:00:30Z best-mc-professional-emcee-master-of-ceremonies-australias-rob-doorey-is-yourmc “The challenge... The buzz... The reactions of an audience... The occasional ambience of glitz and glamour... Intangible rewards…" (including the personal rewards for emcees of having participated in successful events in meaningful and often invisible ways). To polished emcee Rob Doorey these are some of the alluring qualities of the winsome world of emceeing. But while he thrives on what can be fleeting associations, Rob has put in long hours over a sustained period of time in the entertainment industry to hone his talents. Most assuredly, he has done the hard yards. "In the lyrics of ACDC, 'it's a long way to the top'," Doorey said. For instance, in the early years of what has now evolved into more than a couple of decades for him in the commercial broadcasting industry, Doorey's first foray was as a team-driver ofthe Black Thunder vehicles for 2DayFM Radio in Sydney (the Black Thunders were the station’s promotion vehicles). During this stretch, Doorey and 5 other drivers took six cars allaround the streets of Sydney, from the beaches to the bush. Their station promotions saw them generating listeners and attracting patrons through a wealth of activities - among them: running contests, dishing out promo prizes - large and small, and interviewing multiple fans and various guests sponsored by the station for featured promotional events designed to rev-up the station’s fan-base. Doorey was also involved at this time in the introduction of special characters such as “Bladerunner” and in new night-radio promotions that proved very popular. Doorey's launch into full-time on-air broadcasting came in his hometown of Gosford at Coast Rock FM, where his solid work ethic came into focus. Working from midnight to dawn, Doorey delivered the night broadcast program and soon after dawn took the Gosford station’s promo vehicle out onto the streets for the breakfast show promotions.He also began doing guest DJ work at local nightclubs in the evenings - all this time still driving the Black Thunders in Sydney as well. While Doorey's work commitments didn’t leave much time for rest, the varied and busy roles sufficiently cut his teeth in the industry. Live promotional events for radio, for instance, could see Doorey interviewing and introducing live bands on stages in front of crowds on beachfronts or in shopping centres and seamlessly handling all the unseen variables involved in these styles of productions, where “multiple things are happening at a time”. Such events even came to include televised events on football fields with new sets of multiple variables and similarly pressured environments with strict production deadlines, all of which Doorey learnt to adeptly handle. After the early periods in Sydney and Gosford, Doorey headed north -- working for several radio stations, including 4CA - Cairns and Triple M Brisbane; as well as hosting for The Sky Radio network, The Super Radio network, Talk Australia, C91.3FM and Breeze FM. Doorey's years in radio clearly equipped him for unexpected challenges in fast-paced, pressured situations and gave him the knack to calmly deal with split-second changes that may arise at any moment. Doorey describes himself as a calm and organised person who does his homework and is not averse to problem-solving. These are real assets in his current profession and of real benefit to his clients. As he says: “I am able to make the (event/presentation) process easy and comfortable for those around me. While we may be working on the most important event in our (clients’) lives, I will bring a calm to the event,” comments Doorey. Rob Doorey is Australia's premier emcee. Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin and everywhere in between. For more information visit YourMC Master of Ceremonies website or book Rob by calling +61 410 438 003. Syndicated by Baxton Media, the Market Influencers. Finest MC Professional Emcee Master of Ceremonies Australia's Rob Doorey Is Your MC 2019-08-02T22:00:35Z finest-mc-professional-emcee-master-of-ceremonies-australias-rob-doorey-is-your-mc Australia's premier emcee Rob Doorey overcame nerves to become YourMC As an event host, Rob Doorey has mingled and co-hosted with movie stars, sports greats and even with Australian Prime Ministers. Such associations, enhanced by many years in radio broadcasting, have left Rob with a powerful ability to ‘connect’ with people on all levels. Rob now aspires to broaden and extend his connections internationally and offers his expertise via his business “YourMc”. Rob, with expanding aspirations, is not entertaining pipe dreams. He has endured and indeed has outrun many others aspiring to be part of this competitive field. His impressive career spans almost three decades and has not yet piqued even though he is in great demand. While Rob is open to more opportunities to emcee events such as product launches and corporate awards nights, local or otherwise, high-end corporate functions are an excellent fit with his expertise. He said he thrives on challenges and variety. Rob explained: “In my time in this career I have emceed and hosted almost every event you could possibly imagine. “For instance - from local fairs and garden competitions to packed entertainment centres, corporate events and awards nights, working alongside former PMs (Prime Ministers) as well as with parliamentarians, music and sports celebrities - I have hosted just about every kind of event.” Rob’s career path has stemmed from his love of music which sparked his early interest in becoming a radio announcer. Coupled with the opportunity “to work in a creative field where you get to work with or interview amazing/interesting people” Rob dedicated his commitment to this career pathway and concentrated on building his skills for the industry and honing his talents. But Rob was not born with this easy confidence and said he initially had to overcome fears of public performance, both behind the microphone and in front of people. He explained how he conquered these fears by continuing to jump in and take a challenge whenever it was presented. Over time he then learnt to harness his nervous energy to better fuel his onstage-performance. As he grew in confidence Rob was able to look outwards from himself to his clients’ needs. More recently he has chosen to remain as an emcee (MC - Master of Ceremonies) “because I love the challenge of helping clients achieve a perfect event. Every client wants to pull off the seamless perfect event”. This is where Rob’s strengths and extensive experience really come into play, especially during on-stage presentations as a host, as he can quickly adapt to changing or unexpected circumstances. His quick wit and sharp sense of timing can maintain a seemingly uninterrupted flow in a presentation. He explains that his years in professional radio broadcasting have contributed to this ability. “I thrive on the fast pace and to lots happening at the same time. I thrive under pressure,” he said. “And I love that every event is different; every client is different. You never know what you are going to get." “In this arena, there is an element of controlling as much as we can, but at the same time knowing what action to take when it may seem out of control for a client. I love this aspect of this business,” Rob explained. It seems then that these are just some of many ingredients contributing to Rob’s success in hosting - a success borne from hard work and a wealth of experience, combined adroitly with commitment, flair and drive. Rob Doorey is Australia's premier emcee. Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin and everywhere in between. For more information visit YourMC Master of Ceremonies website or book Rob by calling +61 410 438 003. Syndicated by Baxton Media, the Market Influencers. INTERNATIONAL OVERWATCH LEAGUE SUPERSTARS TO CLOSE OUT THE MELBOURNE ESPORTS OPEN 2019-07-31T23:59:42Z international-overwatch-league-superstars-to-close-out-the-melbourne-esports-open Melbourne, Australia, 1 August 2019 – ESL and TEG Live have today announced that Overwatch LeagueTM team, Washington Justice, will become the first team in the League to play an international exhibition match, joining the winners of OverwatchTM Contenders Australia 2019 Season 2 at the Melbourne Esports Open™ on 1 September.   Six world-class Overwatch League players from Washington Justice, as well as coaching and team staff, will be travelling to Melbourne to participate in signing sessions, team meet and greets, and a special exhibition match.   After the conclusion of the Overwatch Contenders Australia Grand Final on 1 September, players from the Washington Justice will join members of the winning team, forming two “All-Star” line-ups and participating in a thrilling five map mixed exhibition match.   "The Justice is thrilled to have the opportunity to meet fans and play an exhibition match with the talented competitors in Australia. With the demands of our competitive schedule, it’s not often we get travel outside our region, so we’re looking forward to everything Melbourne and its local fans have in store." said Aaron "PRE" Heckman, Assistant General Manager - Washington Justice.   “Being able to showcase a top-tier international team like the Washington Justice at this year’s Melbourne Esports Open is a massive win for the event.” said Nick Vanzetti, SVP, Managing Director - ESL Asia-Pacific Japan. “I’ll be in the crowd cheering for our local representatives, and encourage every Overwatch® fan in Australia to attend this historic exhibition match.”   Two Days Full of Esports Content As well as the Overwatch Contenders Australia 2019 Season 2 Finals, the Melbourne Esports Open will feature open tournaments in more than 15 titles for fans to compete in across Melbourne & Olympic Parks, with popular battle royale, trading card, and fighting game tournaments confirmed so far. Attendees will also have the chance to experience The Monster, the largest inflatable obstacle course in the southern hemisphere, on Grand Slam Oval. Tickets are on sale now via MelbourneEsportsOpen.com.au.   - ends -   For more information, contact: Rebecca Wallisch | PPR Rebecca.Wallisch@ppr.com.au M +61 450 965 154   Alex Blaikie | ESL Australia press.aus@eslgaming.com M +61 401 947 878   Jordan Cameron | Blizzard Entertainment jcameron@blizzard.com M +61 403 000 865   Follow the Melbourne Esports Open on social media: https://www.facebook.com/MelbEsportsOpen/ https://www.instagram.com/melbesportsopen/ https://twitter.com/MelbEsportsOpen #MEO2019   ABOUT WASHINGTON JUSTICE: Established in 2018 as part of season 2’s franchise expansion, the Washington Justice participates in the South Atlantic division, and is one of twenty teams currently competing in Overwatch League. Owned by businessman and entrepreneur Mark Ein of Washington Esports Ventures, the organisation has deep roots in the Washington DC, and is the exclusive Overwatch franchise for Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC.   ABOUT VISIT VICTORIA: Visit Victoria is the State of Victoria’s primary tourism, business and major events company, leading the sector in creating, curating and communicating Victoria’s inspiring experiences to maximise visitation. Established in July 2016, Visit Victoria brings the best of Tourism Victoria, Victorian Major Events Company and Melbourne Convention Bureau under one brand that capitalises on commercial opportunities in an increasingly competitive and dynamic global tourism market. The team operates in a collaborative and agile environment that informs, connects and partners with industry and the Victorian State Government to amplify Victoria's profile.   ABOUT ESL: ESL, a part of the international digital entertainment group MTG, is the world's largest esports company, leading the industry across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline competitions. It operates high profile, branded international and national leagues and tournaments such as the Intel® Extreme Masters, ESL One, ESL National Championships and other top tier stadium-size events, as well as grassroots amateur cups, leagues and matchmaking systems. ESL covers a broad field of services in gaming technology, event management, advertising and television production, fully catering to the needs of the esports ecosystem. With offices in North America, Germany, Russia, France, Poland, Spain, China, and partners in many other countries, it has a truly global footprint (www.eslgaming.com).   ABOUT TEG LIVE: TEG Live is wholly owned by TEG, Asia Pacific’s leading ticketing, live entertainment and data analytics company. TEG Live is a dynamic and diverse promoter of live content in music, sport, family entertainment, esports and exhibitions. TEG Live connects millions of fans every year with unique live experiences and adds value to events with hospitality and sponsorship services. For more information, visit: http://www.teglive.com.au   ABOUT JB HI-FI: JB Hi-Fi is Australia’s Largest Home Entertainment Retailer. Famous for low prices, the biggest brands and genuine personal service from our experienced specialist staff. JB Hi-Fi has a huge range of products across Consumer Electronics, Home Appliances, DVD and Blu-Ray, Music, Console and PC gaming.ABOUT FAIRFAX EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT: Fairfax Events & Entertainment produces a portfolio of major events with an expanding calendar of culture, entertainment, food, sporting, business and family events attracting millions of participants each year. Fairfax Events & Entertainment partners with key stakeholders including advertisers, sponsors, charities, community groups, participants, sporting and government bodies. Some examples of the Fairfax Events are The Sun Herald City2Surf, Good Food Month, Night Noodle Markets, The Essential Baby & Toddler Show and American Express Open Air Cinemas.    OVERWATCH, OVERWATCH CONTENDERS, and OVERWATCH LEAGUE are trademarks of Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. 100 year old love songs for modern music lovers and romantics 2019-07-31T03:51:25Z 100-year-old-love-songs-for-modern-music-lovers-and-romantics A new music album by an Australian musical artist features 100 year old love songs performed in contemporary styles of country, jazz, bossa nova and funk. After recording over 40 famous classical compositions of composers like Bach, Beethoven and Chopin in contemporary styles of rock, jazz and hip hop, David Mulliss has gone on to produce his third vocal album entitled “Songs for Dreamy Lovers”. The artist has recreated perennial wedding and love songs that have given joy to young-at-heart lovers for over a century. Songs include "Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland" which is said to be one of the most famous popular songs of the twentieth century. Written in 1909, the song has been recorded by many musical artists including Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney and Judy Garland. American composer Jerome Kern is featured on this album too. In his lifetime, Jerome Kern wrote more than 700 songs including many jazz standards. His song "Look for the Silver Lining" appears on this album as a bossa nova, which was a genre that didn't exist when the song was written in 1919. Most people are familiar with the song title “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” even if they haven’t heard the recordings of this song by Pat Boone or Patti Page. This version is performed as a modern country waltz for contemporary listeners. Another waltz performed as modern country is “You Belong to Me” which the American composer Victor Herbert wrote the music for in 1916. Track seven of the album gives us Guy d'Hardelot's song "Because" originally written in French in 1902. This track is performed in a rock/orchestral crossover style which sets it apart from the bulk of recordings of other artists made by Andrea Bocelli, Plácido Domingo, Nelson Eddy, Mahalia Jackson and even The Three Tenors. The “Moonlight Serenade: Intermezzo” was written in 1905 and unrelated to Glenn Miller’s similarly entitled “Moonlight Serenade” song. This recording of “Intermezzo” is a Nashville-sound influenced modern country ballad. The song features a smoothly rockin’ beat that will make you want to close your eyes and dance. The oldest song on this album is “I Love You Truly” and has been a popular wedding song since it was first published in 1901. This recording is performed as a modern rockin' country ballad – mostly because electric guitars didn’t exist 100 years ago! One song that should have been more popular in its day was "To Have, To Hold, To Love". Even though the song was written in 1913, the lyrics are so well written that one gets the sense that this is truly a modern song, and when you hear it performed on this album as a modern country ballad, you'll be hard-pressed to think the song is more than only a few years old. Another song that has been performed by famous artists over the years is “You Made Me Love You”. Since the “World’s Greatest Entertainer” Al Jolson first introduced this song in 1913, a multitude of artists have recorded this song including Patsy Cline, Aretha Franklin, Barry Manilow and even Gloria Estefan. This artist’s favourite recording was by Helen Forrest and Harry James, hence doing the song in a swing style with a smooth trumpet section in the middle. “Somebody’s Sweetheart I Want To Be” was written in 1905 and is really a well-written song with a rich melody and quaint lyrics. This artist believes the original composers got the lyrics and melody just right, and that’s why this jazz/swing version was made. On the other hand, it’s quite possible that “Only a Dream of You” written in 1909 has not been recorded in a Western/Bluegrass style before, but it seems to have worked out well with mandolin, guitars, and a thumping kick drum. Many mid-20th century recording artists recorded Jerome Kern’s “They Didn’t Believe Me” that was written in 1914, the most famous of which is probably Frank Sinatra’s recording. This particular recording features an extraordinarily fat and funky arrangement that is best enjoyed with a decent subwoofer. “Songs for Dreamy Lovers” was released on 1 June 2019 and is available on Spotify, Amazon Music, Apple Music and other online music stores. Modern brides might find a unique soundtrack on this album for their “entrance” or “first dance”.