The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-03-26T01:38:54Z Global Leader in Online Lottery, Lottoland Pushes for Responsible Gambling 2019-03-26T01:38:54Z 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 2019-03-25T22:44:29Z 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     Food, Fitness and Fun at Sumo Saturday with Commando Steve at Westfield Eastgardens 2019-03-25T22:30:58Z food-fitness-and-fun-at-sumo-saturday-with-commando-steve-at-westfield-eastgardens Australia’s favourite healthy food brand SumoSalad is teaming up with Commando Steve to bring you the ultimate family fun day! Along with our friends at Coles, we're hosting a morning of Sumo-sized fun at Westfield Eastgardens. There’s free food, prizes to win and your chance to work-out with the Commando himself. The fun kicks off at 9am on Saturday March 30th.    One of the country’s most recognised and respected fitness experts and SumoSalad brand ambassador, Commando Steve will be running a series of workout classes in the morning and we’re giving you the chance to join the crew. All you have to do to take part in one of the classes is to register your interest at-  https://sumosalad.com/sumo-saturday/ - but be quick as places are limited.       Sumo Saturday will include a book-signing of Commando Steve’s book, Get CommandoFit, photo opps, food tastings including Sumo salads and salad combos with RSPCA approved chicken, and fun activities for children with Coles ‘Eat the Rainbow’ Campaign, Sumo Man, face painting and a colouring corner.   The Sumo morning of fun is designed to provide fun and entertainment, opportunities to sample great-tasting healthy food, and, importantly, to provide useful advice on how to get, and stay, fit and healthy with Commando Steve and SumoSalad. Contact:                                                                                                                                                                   Juliet Anderson, Public Relations Manager                                                      0414 966 005 / juliet@andersonknight.com.au Harness your inner goddess, celebrate yourself, expand your mind and energize your spirit at Australia’s largest health, wellbeing and spiritual event. 2019-03-25T04:22:00Z harness-your-inner-goddess-celebrate-yourself-expand-your-mind-and-energize-your-spirit-at-australia-s-largest-health-wellbeing-and-spiritual-event The MindBodySpirit Festival is set to celebrate 30 years of self-love, advances in holistic health, spiritual awakenings and more with over 19,000 Sydney-siders looking for a healthier, more mindful lifestyle. The party starts Thursday 4 to Sunday 7 April in iconic Darling Harbour in the new state-of-the-art International Convention Centre! 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 70 guest facilitators who will share their International and Australian expertise on self-development, spiritual matters, health and nutrition. Special guests include wellness coach Elisha Maree, modern witch Stacey Demarco, botanical alchemist Cheralyn Darcey and yoga workshops with Adette Kagan, Foldenmove & Zulo Flow Zion. Find mesmerising performances and interactive and spiritual entertainment at the Performance Stage each day including celebrity spiritual mediums Natalee Flinn & Florence King, sound healing journey with Lou Van Stone and Anne Ridgeway, and Native American Indian 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 take a juicing masterclass, learn to combat a fatty liver or understand alkaline foods - all at the Soul Kitchen Cooking Stage! Hear from leading experts including holistic Health Coach Desiree Taylor,  Nutritional Medicine master Kathy Ashton and Instagram sensation and plant-based powerlifter Elizabeth Anna of CheekyCoconuts! 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 International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour. Doors open 10am daily.  Tickets (valued at $20) are FREE by registering online at mbsfestival.com.au. - ENDS -  ESL and WESA partner with Occitanie Region to bring the ninth season of the CS:GO Pro League Finals to Montpellier 2019-03-20T21:57:23Z esl-and-wesa-partner-with-occitanie-region-to-bring-the-ninth-season-of-the-cs-go-pro-league-finals-to-montpellier ESL, WESA and Occitanie Region are proud to announce their very first major Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) event in France, as the Pro League Season Nine Finals are set to take place in Montpellier on June 21-23, 2019 as highlight of Occitanie Esports 2019. The world’s top 16 CS:GO teams from Europe, Americas and the Asia-Pacific region will battle it out for a total prize pool of US $750,000 at the Sud de France Arena. In addition to the tournament, Occitanie Esports 2019 will feature LAN tournaments for more than 800 players and a convention area with over 50 booths.   Only the best 6 teams that have proven themselves during the offline group stages, which will be held on June 18-20 at the Montpellier Exhibition Center, will proceed to the playoffs. The winners can not only claim the coveted title but also another point towards the Intel® Grand Slam, where a US $1 million bonus prize is up for grabs.   “We are looking forward to bringing the CS:GO Pro League Finals to a completely new location”, said Ulrich Schulze, Senior Vice President of Product at ESL. “The French community is known for its passion for esports and especially CS:GO, which comes as no surprise considering some of the top players are from France. With a brand new Pro League format featuring live studio matches and groups system we are breaking it down to some of the purest esports the community has ever seen.”   “WESA is excited by the positive development of the CS:GO Pro League and is looking forward to the new season played under WESA regulations,” said Dr. Pietro Fringuelli, Commissioner of WESA. “The revised competition format and expansion to new locations supports our mission to further grow and professionalize esports.”   “It’s a first for France and consequently a real sense of pride for the Occitanie/Pyrénées-Méditerranée Region to have been chosen to host the Pro League Finals this June, at the 2nd edition of Occitanie Esports, an event co-created by ESL, Futurolan, Occitanie Events and supported by the Occitanie Region,” said Carole Delga, President of the Occitanie / Pyrénées-Méditerranée Region. “The inaugural edition in 2018 attracted 7,000 participants to the Sud de France Arena and our region is once again preparing to host this major international tournament and become the venue of choice for gamers worldwide. In doing so, Occitanie is building on its status as a region for innovation and digital creation due, to an increasingly capable and successful video gaming sector.”   Tickets for the Pro League Season Nine Finals in Montpellier will go on sale on March 22 at 4pm CET / 7am PT  and will be available here. Fans will have the choice between Day tickets (25€), Weekend tickets (50€) and Premium tickets (100€). All ticket types will grant access to Occitanie Esports 2019 where fans can participate in local LAN tournaments, explore different booths at the convention, take part in giveaways or join meet and greets and signing sessions with pro players and teams.   For more information about the CS:GO Pro League please visit the official CS:GO Pro League website. Be sure to follow ESL CS on both, Twitter and Facebook to receive the latest updates and don’t forget to check out the official CS:GO Pro League announcement trailer, for a first look at what it is all about.   ###   About ESL ESL, a part of the international digital entertainment group MTG, is the world's largest independent 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 WESA WESA was founded in May 2016 and counts as its members thirteen of the world’s most popular esports teams (EnVyUS, Faze Clan, Fnatic, G2 Esports, mousesports, Natus Vincere, Ninjas in Pyjamas, North, Optic, Renegades, SK Gaming, Splyce and Virtus.Pro) together with ESL, the world’s largest esports company.  This elite group share a collective vision to continue to professionalize esports by introducing elements of player representation, standardized regulations and revenue sharing for teams.  Based on traditional sports association models, WESA also aims to create predictable schedules for fans, players, organizers and broadcasters by engaging all appropriate stakeholders. Pro League for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is the first professional esports competition that is played under WESA regulations (www.wesa.gg).   About Occitanie/Pyrénées-Méditerranée Region Occitanie lies in the heart of Southern Europe and is France’s 2nd largest region (72,724 km²). With more than 600 jobs and 88 companies based here, the region offers a particularly attractive ecosystem in the video game sector. It is combining several support measures to boost and sustain the drive for innovation which is so vital to the growth of this sector. These include, in particular, its individual aid or collective support schemes. In June 2018, the Occitanie/Pyrénées-Méditerranée Region also supported Occitanie Esports, the largest gamer community gathering organised in the South of France, attracting more than 7,000 participants. Soon, with the Cité de l’Économie et des Métiers de Demain (economy and jobs of the future) in Montpellier or the Cité des Start-ups (Start-up Business Village) in Toulouse, the Region will play a key role in this ecosystem by helping those working in the video game sector to prosper. Conquer Kozi raises over $47,000 for R U OK? 2019-03-14T04:47:28Z conquer-kozi-raises-over-47-000-for-r-u-ok Over 55 keen walkers joined R U OK? Ambassadors Steve ‘Commando’ Willis and Rob Mills to Conquer Kozi this year while raising over $47,000 to support suicide prevention campaigns and resources. The annual 18-kilometre charity walk started from Charlotte Pass and climbed to the 2228 metre peak of Australia’s highest mountain on Saturday 09 March 2019. As well as challenging participants to conquer the summit, Commando Steve believes the hike is a great way to remind us all to support those who are going through tough times. “I really embrace challenge, no matter how big or small because there is always a gift or a lesson to be learned, whether it’s a positive or something we perceive as a negative, there’s always something we can take away that can help to effect change,” said Steve. Commando Steve led the inaugural Conquer Kozi event for R U OK? in 2016 and has participated every year since.  For Neighbours star Rob Mills, this was his first ascent. “I love this initiative, it’s all about community, conversation and collaboration. We want the R U OK? message to reach every corner of the country. ‘Asking, Listening, Encouraging action and Checking-in’ can help more Australians support a friend, loved one or workmate who might be struggling with life.” Said Rob. The funds raised for Conquer Kozi will contribute to new R U OK? campaigns and resources to reach Australians who really need it. Conquer Kozi is an annual partnership between R U OK? and Huma Charity Challenge (the specialist fundraising division of World Expeditions). More information at www.humacharitychallenge.com.au How Conquer Kozi works: Participants who register for Conquer Kozi aim to raise at least $700 (per person) for R U OK? and then Conquer Kozi by completing the walk to the summit.  For more information and to enquire about Conquer Kozi in 2020 email info@humacharitychallengel.com.au or visit www.humacharitychallenge.com Conquer Kozi is organised by Huma Charity Challenge, the specialist fundraising division of World Expeditions which provides travellers with the opportunity to adventure for a cause. In the past four years, Huma Charity Challenge has raised more than $5 million for charities, worldwide. Media contacts: ·         Annabel Bowman, R U OK? Media/PR Manager +61 411 084 186 or email annabel@ruok.org.au ·         Virginia Haddon at Huma Charity Challenge on virginia@humacharitychallenge.com.au Notes to Editors: ·         R U OK? is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them and support anyone struggling with life ·         R U OK? Day is a national day of action, held  this year on Thursday 12 September, 2019 ·         Every day is the day to start a conversation. Conversation tips and crisis numbers can be found at ruok.org.au   Australian beauty pageant scraps bikini section and 'awkward' onstage question, encourages male contestants 2019-03-13T05:16:47Z australian-beauty-pageant-scraps-bikini-section-and-awkward-onstage-question-encourages-male-contestants An Australian beauty pageant has bucked the trend by eliminating the 'awkward' onstage question and answer, and banning the bikini modelling section. Charlie and Morgan Mancini, the mother and daughter team behind Miss & Mr Diamond Australia, drew on their own personal experiences to eliminate the harsh stigma behind pageantry, and this is what they say sets their system apart from the pack. “We simply ask contestants onstage to name their chosen charity, and explain why they chose it - confidence building at its finest,” said Charlie. “The kids are able to answer as they know about their charities. “We have also banned the bikini section of the competition as there is no need for such a round within pageants, especially those which are not based on appearance.” The pageant directors also not only support, but actively encourage, contestants to compete in pageants outside of their own. “The Miss Grand International pageant system made waves recently by revoking the title of a former winner because she entered a competing pageant after the completion of her reign,” said Morgan. “We actively encourage people who want to seriously compete in pageants to come to us first, and to consider our system as a stepping stone to other pageants. “Our system empowers entrants to go on and compete in international pageants. We have had many contestants credit their wins at other pageants to what they learnt with us at Diamond.” Another big difference is rather than focusing on the beauty aspect, Miss & Mr Diamond Australia base their competition on contestant's community work and their potential as positive role models. “First and foremost, our charity concept means each finalist is empowered to choose a charity close to their heart,” said Morgan. “Many pageants force contestants to raise money for the pageant's charity, we don’t do this. “We also do not collect charity money on behalf of contestants, the contestants send all monies raised directly to their charities of choice, and provide us with a letter from the charity to show the funds have been received.” Morgan, who has entered multiple pageants herself, knew that she didn’t fit the 'cookie cutter' pageant mould, and wanted to start her own pageant that included everyone, regardless of height, weight, age or gender. “Our pageant has categories from age 6 for females and 16 for males with no upper age limit,” said Morgan. “Diamond is one of the very few pageants in the world to eliminate age restrictions. We celebrate the beauty and diversity of every individual. “Our current Miss Classic Diamond Australia, Analieze Newton is 50 years old and she says that prior to our pageant, she was a lost soul, a ghost. Miss Diamond Australia has changed her life, she now sits on the judging panel at pageants around Australia and the world, and is a bit of a celebrity.” Unseen in most pageants here in Australia, the unique system of Miss & Mr Diamond Australia encourages men from all walks of life to compete, even including “Mr” in their pageant name. “There is often a very one-sided view of pageantry, which we feel has impacted the interest of men entering pageants. However, they have just as much to gain and enjoy as the females do,” said Morgan. “We are excited to see who will fill the very large boots of our current Mr Diamond Australia, who has done amazing things during his reign and is now an ambassador for male pageantry.” It is clear the entrants of Miss & Mr Diamond Australia have only good things to say about the system and its directors, as Morgan Mancini has just been awarded “Best National Pageant Director” by the world's leading pageant website, Pageant Planet. “We were over the moon, Morgan won fourth place last year, and first place this year for Best National Pageant Director. The winners are determined by feedback received from contestants, with the Pageant Planet director, Steven Roddy making the final call,” said Charlie. “Pageant Planet receives thousands of entries from all over the world, including from all of the big American pageants, so it really is the highest accolade anyone can receive in the pageant industry.” Applications for Miss Diamond Australia 2019 are now closed, with the gala grand final crowning event taking place on Saturday, 13th of April, 2019 from 5PM at The Emporium Hotel South Bank, Brisbane. More information about the Miss & Mr Diamond Australia pageant can be found at the website: https://www.missdiamondaustralia.com and the application form for Miss & Mr Diamond Australia 2020 hopefuls can be found here: https://www.missdiamondaustralia.com/application-form. -ends- For all interview/photo requests, please contact: Joanne Rahn Director zanthii communications Phone: 0402 148 334 Email: joanne@zanthii.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/zanthiiau Tyrone Mr. SuperFantastic Releases "Long Road" Album 2019-03-11T16:01:56Z tyrone-mr-superfantastic-releases-long-road-album "Long Road" is a compilation of the popular songs of the past on which Tyrone Mr. SuperFantastic brings back that big band jazz sound of yesteryear with a bang. It includes renditions of tunes like "Hey There", the 1954 number sung by John Raitt (Bonnie Raitt's father) in "The Pajama Game", the reworking of a 1968 Jerry Jeff Walker hit "Bojangles", and Billy Preston's 1972 anthem "Will It Go Round In Circles" is a humble reminder for listeners of all generations that great songs never die, they go on forever. As Duke Ellington would say, it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing, so Tyrone Mr. SuperFantastic" stacks on the swing in every track. Collaborating with him on the record are trumpeter Nolan Shaheed (musical director for Marvin Gaye, accompanist with Count Basie and Duke Ellington), pianist Rich Eames (Pointer Sisters, Doc Severson, Angela Bofil, Lou Rawls), Greg Poree (Paul Anka, Aretha Franklin, Isaac Hayes). Also featured are saxophonists Ricky Woodard (Ray Charles, Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra) and Fred Jackson (Billy Preston, Sammy Davis Jr.), bassist Tony Dumas (Etta James, Kenny Burrell, Gerald Albright), drummer Quentin Denard (B.B. King), and Duane Benjamin on trombone (Stanley Clark, The Gerald Wilson Orchestra). Tyrone Mr. SuperFantastic has always reached for the stars. At 10 years old as the Howard University marching band would pass his home en route to the local football stadium he'd run in front of the drum major to march ahead of the band all the way to the field. In the 1960s, when he was 12 he and his friends would attend Washington, DC's Howard Theater on the weekends to see Motown performers such as Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Diana Ross and The Supremes, and Otis Redding. Late evenings Tyrone would also watch Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and Bing Crosby on the TV show "Hollywood's Finest". This is why this album titled "Long Road" (Can Do Productions) is so important to him. It's not only a tribute to these stars – it's a revisiting of memories from long ago.  A North American radio and press campaign have already been launched to promote "Long Road". Smooth Jazz and Adult R&B mainstream radio stations have already been serviced with the album's lead single, "Hey There", as were select publications with the "Long Road" full length release. His press kit will be provided upon request to all members of the media by contacting the representative listed below. Tyrone Mr. SuperFantastic is presently available for interviews and/or appearances. Additional news, updates and information may also be found at: tyronemrsuperfantastic.com Media Contact: Stevie B Mia Mind Music Phone: 800-843-8575 Email: press@miamindmusic.com  BBX Australia is proud to announce its strategic partnership with SKJR Securities 2019-03-06T23:16:17Z bbx-australia-is-proud-to-announce-its-strategic-partnership-with-skjr-securities BBX Australia is proud to announce its strategic partnership with SKJR Securities to provide its business members with access to more competitive financial products to support business growth Business owners in Australia now more than ever need reputable, sound and compliant financial advice to assist them in navigating the current financial pressures of lending. At SKJR Securities we have extensive knowledge of the banking industry and therefore we have the resources and connections to obtain financial options that are tailored to your individual circumstances. 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We Are Here For Your Financial Health Check Apply For a No Obligation Financial Health Check Apply for new funding Need a finance broker to help you manage your loans, whether it’s personal or commercial?  Welcoming SKJR Securities.  We can help you find the lending products to fund anything from a new home loan to a complex commercial deal.  At SKJR Securities we have extensive knowledge of the banking industry and therefore we have the resources and connections to obtain financial options that are tailored to your individual circumstances. Follow BBX on social media to get news, promotions and more.Check out our community and partnership available hereOr you would like to talk to us and register your business as our partner! We want to hear from you!Please contact us via email at info@bbxworld.com The hills are alive with the sound of conversation 2019-03-06T23:08:44Z the-hills-are-alive-with-the-sound-of-conversation The hills will be alive with the sound of conversation and possibly some song, when RUOK? Ambassadors, Commando Steve Willis and Rob Mills, lead a group of walkers to the summit of Mount Kosciusko this weekend to raise funds for suicide prevention. Conquer Kozi is a partnership between R U OK? and Huma Charity Challenge (the specialist fundraising division of World Expeditions). The 18km return walk from Charlotte’s Pass to the top of Australia’s mountain will take place from 8-10 March 2019. The annual event has raised more than $117,000 for RUOK? since it was launched in 2017. Media personality, Commando Steve, who is joining the event for the third year in a row, is urging people to take up the Conquer Kozi challenge for R U OK? in 2020 as excitingly 2019 is already at capacity. Steve is keen to help raise awareness and funds for the suicide prevention charity. “The funds raised for Conquer Kozi will contribute to new campaigns and resources to reach more Australians who really need it,” Steve said. “Even to this day I’m dealing with my own issues,” Steve said. “Life is tough — we all have our own demons and I’m no different to any other human being. Pain, suffering and fear is real, but it’s not unique. “You might think that someone has the perfect life, but do they? I deal with the same struggles as anybody else and that’s why I chose to become an R U OK? ambassador, to encourage people to connect and check-in with each other when they’re facing tough times.” This year’s challenge will be singer Rob Mills’ first attempt at walking to the top of Mount Kosciusko but he’s committed to the cause. "I support R U OK? because I have seen what a difference three little words can make to me, to my friends, and to my extended family,” Rob said. “Throw in a hug and it’s a recipe for change: A change in attitude towards speaking up about mental health issues. Most of the time I’ve found that a good conversation is all it really takes, and for someone to take the time just to ask… Are you ok?"  How Conquer Kozi works: Participants who register for Conquer Kozi aim to raise at least $700 (per person) for R U OK? and then Conquer Kozi by completing the walk to the summit. Travel costs for Conquer Kozi are affordably priced with the rates for 2020 to be announced mid this year. The fee includes a $200 non-deductible registration fee, two nights multi-share accommodation in comfortable cabins in Jindabyne, return team transfers from Jindabyne to Charlottes Pass for the challenge, challenge t/shirt, expert local guides and support crew, two breakfasts, water, snacks and lunch on the walk and a celebratory BBQ dinner after completing the challenge. On registering, Huma Charity Challenge provides participants with a link to create their own fundraising page as well as a comprehensive fundraiser’s guidebook.  To hear when Conquer Kozi 2020 registrations are open, sign up to the Huma Charity Challenge newsletter via the website. For the keen participant, expressions of interest can be registered by emailing info@humacharitychallenge.com.au. Conquer Kozi is organised by Huma Charity Challenge, the specialist fundraising division of World Expeditions which provides travellers with the opportunity to adventure for a cause. In the past five years, Huma Charity Challenge has raised more than $5 million for charities, worldwide. For more information or to register go to: www.humacharitychallenge.com For Hi-res images go to: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rhkq6eiqdwncvkw/AABEglbepbGZFM5ebZJ_e9YQa?dl=0 Media contact: Annabel Bowman, R U OK? Media/PR Manager +61 411 084 186 or email annabel@ruok.org.au or email Virginia Haddon at Huma Charity Challenge onvirginia@humacharitychallenge.com.au RU OK? is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them and support anyone struggling with life. R U OK? Day is a national day of action, held on the second Thursday of September each year. But every day is the day to start a conversation. Conversation tips and crisis numbers can be found at ruok.org.au.   The TV Week Logies Most Popular TV Commercial Finalists Announced 2019-03-03T22:58:13Z the-tv-week-logies-most-popular-tv-commercial-finalists-announced THE TV WEEK LOGIES MOST POPULAR TV COMMERCIAL FINALISTS ANNOUNCED 4th March 2019 Bauer Media is proud to announce the finalists in the Most Popular Television Commercial category at the 61st annual TV WEEK Logie Awards, to be held on the Gold Coast later this year. Twelve of Australia’s best advertisements are eligible for the new Logie Award. In its inaugural year, the Most Popular TV Commercial category received an overwhelming number of entries from agencies all across Australia. A panel of leading industry experts were responsible for shortlisting the numerous submissions and undertook a rigorous selection process in order to narrow down the top 12 advertisements to move forward to the public vote. 2019’s judging panel consisted of some of Australia’s most authoritative voices in media and advertising; Pippa Chambers, Editor of Ad News, James Manning, Editor of Mediaweek, Michael Lynch, CEO and Founder of Campaign Brief, David Hovenden, Editor and Publisher of B&T, Thomas Woodgate, Editor of TV WEEK and Jane Waterhouse, General Manager of Bauer Media’s Story54. Thomas Woodgate, Editor TV WEEK said: “We had an overwhelming response to this campaign in its very first year and we are thrilled to be submitting some of Australia’s finest creative for the consumer vote. It’s been really pleasing to see how the industry has embraced this award. It was our intention to showcase the creativity within the advertising industry and the level of submissions was superb. Some of the best creative is being produced right here in Australia and the commercials this year proved that. We were looking for ads that really captured the diverse nature of our country and there were plenty. Judging was an extremely tough process, so thank you to all that submitted for making our jobs so difficult! It’ll be over to the public to decide the final winner, so I wish all entrants the very best of luck.” The top 12 commercials shortlisted for 2019 include: Australia Santa Crashes Christmas by Aldi Dundee: Australia's Tourism Ad in Disguise by Tourism Australia First Dance by Apple Frank by Westpac I AM the captain of my soul by Invictus Games It's a Mystery by Budget Direct Join The Queendom by Bonds Lamb Side Story by MLA Making My Christmas by Myer Naked Wrestling by KFC Serena Project: I Touch Myself by Berlei Tastes Like Australia by Vegemite Public voting officially opens today, Monday the 4th of March on the digital home of TV WEEK, Now to Love. The 61st TV WEEK Logie Awards will be held at The Star Gold Coast in Queensland. All the action from the red-carpet arrivals and awards-show celebrations will be telecast on the Nine Network and 9Now. GC Laughs ‘Shakes’ it Up 2019-02-28T03:46:43Z gc-laughs-shakes-it-up Produced by Magnificent Bastard Productions, Shit-Faced Shakespeare is a world-famous act featuring an entirely inebriated actor performing Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream each night. Festival Co-Directors Josh Armstrong and Craig Ivanoff said they are beyond excited to have this hilarious and talented cast feature in the festival to shake things up. “Shakespeare isn’t what one would usually see featured in a comedy festival, but with this unique twist how could we resist,” said Craig. “The idea is that every show is different and that element of spontaneity is what draws the audience in because they never know what to expect.” Shit-Faced Shakespeare has toured around the world, entertaining over 300,000 audience members and winning multiple awards for its clever take on Shakespeare’s iconic tale. “It’s quite an unusual concept, but that’s what makes it hilarious and why we wanted it to be a part of the GC Laughs Festival,” Craig added. The Advertiser Journalist, Andrew O’Grady, reviewed this unique version of Shakespeare’s play, awarding it a very deserving 5-star rating. “The Shit-Faced Shakespeare formula is altogether very well defined, almost game show like, music, lighting, props and audience participation.” This hilarious show will take place in HOTA’s Paradise Showroom at 9.45pm on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 March as part of the GC Laughs Festival, held at the Home of the Arts from Sunday 17 – Sunday 24 March. ★★★★★ "no-holds-barred ecstasy" BroadwayBaby ★★★★ "a hilarious, laugh-a-minute riot" The Clothesline Tickets are available online from www.gclaughs.com.au or from HOTA www.hota.com.au. ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Karen Smith | M10 Collective | Ph: 0407 527 366 | Email: karen@m10.com.au Amy Stalinescu | M10 Collective | Ph: 0411 789 195 | Email: amy@m10.com.au The baby Expo that doesn’t forget the Dads 2019-02-21T23:59:23Z the-baby-expo-that-doesn-t-forget-the-dads The Pregnancy Babies & Children’s Expo recognises that Dads are often overlooked when it comes to delivering reliable and relevant pregnancy and parenting information. Knowing what they can do as a new Dad and how they can help is empowering. That’s why we PBC Expo ensures we have Dad-centric offerings at our upcoming Melbourne Pregnancy & Newborn Special Expo on February 23 & 24. For most blokes, becoming a Dad is one of the biggest transitions they will make in life and the one they are generally most unprepared for. The reality of life with a new born and how to be a Father is something blokes rarely discuss. For most Dads- in between work hours, figuring out how to change a nappy, trying to understand newborn cues, having little sleep, and discovering how to navigate a very different relationship with their partner- they just make it up and hope they can swim. So PBC Expo partners with Dad’s Group Inc, a not-for-profit community organisation committed to connecting new Dads in local communities, thereby improving men’s health, preventing family violence and reducing isolation and suicide. They can share their experiences, make new friends and enjoy healthier, happier family lives. At the Expo, Dads and Dads-to-be can meet fellow dads at the Dad's Group Inc stand and take part in the Dad Boot Camp at 11:00am and 2:00pm each day of Expo. This informal gathering will cover the honest truth about becoming a Dad, life with a little one, and how to keep themselves healthy, so their partner, themselves and their child can thrive. And they’ll also be giving out free coffee from the Dad's Group Inc coffee motorbike!  DGI will also host 2 educational talks as part of our daily talk schedule: the first by a 'guest speaker' from affiliate organisation Relationships Australia who will be sharing some of their recent fatherhood insights and newly developed resources for dads. The other talk for Dads is prented by Thomas Fagernes, the Victorian State Manager for Dads Group Inc. Tom will be sharing some of his inspirational ‘lived experience’ of becoming a father for the first time and how he overcame some of the ‘challenges of fatherhood’. Tom will unpack the 'real' fatherhood journey and share insights on how Dads can 'set yourself up to succeed' on your fatherhood journey. Our Visitors explain best how we ensure Dads are included in our events as much as the Mums are: “The antenatal classes were very helpful. As an expecting first time Dad, I walked away feeling a bit more confident and aware of the important role I play throughout the pregnancy” “I enjoyed that Dads could attend and feel completely comfortable, there was so much we learned for our first bub on the way”.   Relevant Links: Expo Website: https://www.pbcexpo.com.au/melbourne-special/ Dads Group at Expo: https://www.pbcexpo.com.au/melbourne-special/exclusive-features/dads-group-inc-boot-camp/ Dads Group Inc: https://dadsgroup.org/ About our Expo: https://youtu.be/E5MS8LYp0Lw As seen on TV (Destination Happiness, Channel 9): https://youtu.be/LrTTZgy1WyM As seen on 9 news Melbourne in 2018: https://www.facebook.com/9NewsMelbourne/videos/1977587695838215/ 300K Party Animals can't wait to get down to Monkey Business 2019-02-18T06:52:19Z 300k-party-animals-can-t-wait-to-get-down-to-monkey-business Over 300,000 party animals can’t wait to get down to Monkey Business! February 19th, 2019 - Melbourne, Australia You’ve clashed in history, you’ve clashed on a beach, you’ve clashed here and there and everywhere, but I’ll be a Monkey’s uncle if you’ve ever seen a Critter Clash! Critter Clash has been described as an excellent mix of deckbuilding and Angry Birds style slingshot gameplay, addictive team building, and of course critter clashing. The PvP treetop battling game, Critter Clash, smashed internal expectations with over 300k players joining their pre-registration campaign on Google Play. In Critter Clash players must build and battle a team of animals. Critters hang out in the jungle and can be knocked down with a slingshot mechanic, letting fly all sorts of projectiles. Players can upgrade their animals and expand their team by playing ranked matches and winning more different animals. The team behind marketing and PR business, Lumi Consulting have turned their attention to co-development with focus on humor, community and customisation. Critter Clash is Lumi Interactive’s first foray into co-development and an ambitious move in the current climate of mobile games. The team aren’t building a lifestyle business, they’re aiming to make a million dollar game. “Entering the PVP mobile space is a big challenge but I’m really encouraged that a small company with three female founders, and a game about cute animals shellacking each other out of trees is getting people excited!” - Katie Stegs, Marketing Director “In the wake of industry layoffs at Activision, the collapse of Telltale and instability on home soil here in Australia, there are a lot of questions around on what’s in store for the games industry in 2019. As a business with founders from marketing and data science backgrounds, our team have quite a different approach to finding scalability and success in the modern marketplace.” - Lauren Clinnick, C.E.O “When the market is so saturated with the big players, you need every advantage that you can get.  We’ve prioritised having a data scientist and analytics engine in-house, and act on that for every one of our sprints. Our data informs us how well players are liking our game, how much we can afford to spend on UA, and when to spend it. It helps us work smarter, not harder.” - Christina Chen, Chief Game Officer. To celebrate their pre registration campaign, Lumi Interactive is giving beta and pre-registered players the Founder’s Pack in-game gifts as a thank you for their support. After finding success in China, developer Jump Games partnered with Lumi Interactive in 2018 to bring Critter Clash to western audiences. Beta and Early Access players have enjoyed in-game partnerships with Australian brands such as bellabox, and plenty of in-game events are planned to come. Links: Website ⚔️ Trailer ⚔️ Media contact ⚔️ Press Assets Socials: Facebook ⚔️ Twitter ⚔️ YouTube ⚔️ Instagram ⚔️ Discord ESL evolves its master brand to reinforce founding values with updated visual identity 2019-02-15T20:56:59Z esl-evolves-its-master-brand-to-reinforce-founding-values-with-updated-visual-identity (Cologne) 14th. of February - ESL, the world’s largest esports company, today announced a brand refresh that highlights the company values and supports the strategy to continue leading the esports industry. ESL was founded with a core belief that everyone has a chance to fulfill their dreams. ESL has supported the growth of esports and set itself on a journey, over the last 19 years, to build leagues and tournaments for gamers that would create more opportunities for participation and progression than any other sport. The new brand positioning, “where everybody can be somebody”, reflects that founding story of the company that is still very much in its employees’ DNA. The new updated brand, developed with the global brand agency Superunion, is a metaphor for the journey to become somebody and stand out, creating a place for partners, players and fans to stand out too.   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 such as the IntelⓇ Extreme Masters, ESL One, ESL Pro League and ESL National Championships, pioneering stadium events and consistently breaking industry records. Esports enjoys worldwide recognition as the fastest growing segment of media and entertainment, with the youngest and most coveted fan base. This brand refresh is a key cornerstone of ESL’s growth acceleration strategy which will enable a better integration of its partner brands, clarify the path from zero to hero across the multiple leagues and tournaments, and continue attracting an ever-growing fan base.   “The updated ESL identity is more than a look and feel. It’s a strategic tool that helps ESL to meet its most important objectives. Creating a place where ‘everybody can be somebody’ was our purpose and what drove our founding members since the beginning of ESL to present and highlight the inspiring story of the company,” said Rodrigo Samwell, CMO at ESL. “We want to build a place where every fan has a voice. Where the path from zero to hero is as short as possible and where opportunities are endless. Over the next several months, we’ll continue to update our products to reflect our new global brand strategy.”   In 2018, more than 240 million people experienced ESL’s leagues and tournaments, witnessing players becoming stars and achieving greatness. Starting with ESL One Genting in January, ESL hosted 10 mega events throughout the past year in eight countries. More than 12,000 tournaments and cups were played online on the grassroot platform ESL Play. ESL’s strong presence in 2018 Katowice events, 169,000 fans filled Spodek for a front row seat to two of the most prestigious competitions in all of esports over the course of two weekends. ESL will continue driving esports all over the world in 2019 starting next with its flagship tournaments at Katowice 2019 beginning later this month.   More details about the brand refresh and the new visual identity can be found at the new corporate site of ESL at www.about.eslgaming.com. Please follow ESL on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date with the latest esports competitions.     ###   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. (www.about.eslgaming.com)