The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-12-04T04:49:51Z MICHAEL DIAMOND'S 1996 ATLANTA OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL AUCTION AT LEONARD JOEL MELBOURNE 2019-12-04T04:49:51Z michael-diamond-s-1996-atlanta-olympic-gold-medal-auction-at-leonard-joel-melbourne Are you interested in buying Dual Olympic Gold Medal shooter Michael Diamond’s 1996 Atlanta Olympic Gold Medal ?   It will be auctioned at 2pm Thursday 5th December, at the prestigious 100 year old Leonard Joel auction house 333 Malvern Rd, South Yarra, Melbourne. The auction will be both in-room and streamed online, via  the Leonard Joel online bidding platform, around the world. All details at: www.leonardjoel.com.au   Michael is experiencing serious health difficulties and yesterday had a gall bladder operation. In addition his heart is only working at 25% capacity and he has been placed on the heart transplant waiting list.  Feel free to join me in South Yarra or for further details email me max@marksonsparks.com or call me on 0412501601   MICHAEL DIAMOND’s FIRST ATLANTA  1996 OLYMPIC GAMES GOLD MEDAL On the obverse, the traditional goddess of victory, holding a palm in her left hand and a winner’s crown in her right. A design used since the 1928 Games in Amsterdam, created by Florentine artist Giuseppe Cassioli (ITA - 1865-1942) and chosen after a competition organised by the International Olympic Committee in 1921. For these Games, the figure of victory is accompanied by the specific inscription: “XXVI OLYMPIAD ATLANTA 1996”.   On the reverse, the official emblem of the 1996 Games and the ‘Quilt of Leaves’ design. For each sport the medals awarded to the athletes were minted with the addition of the relevant sport pictogram positioned in the centre of the ‘Quilt of Leaves’.   Designed by Giuseppe CASSIOLI; Malcolm GREAR Designers Composed of Gilt silver Measuring 70mm in diameter Mint: Reed and Barton   Notes Michael Diamond was the first Australian to win an Olympic shooting event since 1900, with this his first Olympic Gold Medal for Trap shooting in Atlanta's 1996 Games (149 out of 150 targets). He followed that with a win in the following Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000 (147 out of 150 targets). He is only the second trap shooter to have won back-to-back Olympic Gold Medals. The World Championship in both the trap and double trap in 2000 were also held by Michael and his final world record in trap was held between 2007 and 2008 where he won the trap event at the 2007 World Shotgun Championships. In his sixth Olympic Games in London in 2012, he led the field at the end of the qualification period, with an Olympic record of 125/125, but fourth overall was his final position in London, a position he also achieved in 2008. Michael also won Commonwealth gold medals, setting him apart from his Australian piers within the sport. The opportunity to acquire an Olympic Games Gold Medal is rare indeed and this, Michael’s treasured first Olympic Games Gold Medal, represents the last chance to acquire the ultimate sporting collectable representative of this historic period in Australian trap shooting.   In 2017 Michael sold by public auction his Sydney Olympic Games Gold Medal for $72,000 (AUD) plus Buyer’s Premium.    Estimate $50,000-70,000     Rodeo 4 Life Arena Spectacular Thrills for Charity with Troy Wilkinson Named 2019 Rodeo 4 Life Champion in Australia’s Richest Bull Ride 2019-12-04T00:07:31Z rodeo-4-life-arena-spectacular-thrills-for-charity-with-troy-wilkinson-named-2019-rodeo-4-life-champion-in-australias-richest-bull-ride MEDIA RELEASE: 4 DECEMBER 2019 Rodeo 4 Life Arena Spectacular Thrills for Charity with Troy Wilkinson Named 2019 Rodeo 4 Life Champion in Australia’s Richest Bull RideWhen Rodeo 4 Life the arena spectacular exploded at WIN Entertainment Centre in Wollongong on Saturday night, this ground-breaking first in extreme entertainment that combined Australia’s richest bull ride rodeo with a full length country music concert did not fail to impress. A packed house of country music fans, rodeo and extreme sports enthusiasts were thrilled when Rodeo 4 Life’s Grand Entry opened to Queens’ We Are The Champions with a star-studded line-up of 25 elite Australian bull riding champions, Rodeo Queen of Australia, Bonnie McLean, country singer Victoria McGee and host John Jarratt, amid a spectacular light show that set the tone of what was to come.Every bull riding champion lives for this extreme sport, its high energy and unpredictability with success dependent on the bull they draw and what happens on the night, Rodeo 4 Life was no exception with the energy fast and furious.Round 1 of the bull riding competition had the audience on the edge of their seats when the thrill-seeking cowboys burst from the chutes drawing on their experience and sharpened skills to stay mounted on John “Happy” Gill and Sons and Matt Besant’s mightiest bulls as they exploded from the chutes to a roaring crowd with Australia’s legends of rodeo, Glen Morgan and Tyler Pendagast calling the shots. Rodeo Clown Big Al Wilson kept the mood upbeat and the audience laughing while Rodeo Protection clowns Gene McDonald and Rodney-Ray (Rude) Mancell risked life and limb to protect the fallen cowboys from possible disaster.When it came to the concert; the power and spectacle didn’t let up when Travis Collins and his band rocked the crowd performing some of his greatest hits for over an hour while the audience cheered and lit up WIN Entertainment Centre with phone torches to much loved music and songs. Then came Round 2 of the rodeo and the competition for the grand prize was fierce as the bull riders challenged themselves against the bulls in the ride of their lives to help save the lives of others in need of organ transplants.With scores close, Troy Wilkinson, 29, from Upper Horton and Marrickville who is ranked 114th in the world, won the inaugural 2019 Rodeo 4 Life Championship title with a combined total score of 169 riding Vertical Exit and Earthbound adding to his string of credits including the highest individual bull riding score in Australia with a record of 93 and the titles of 2015 APRA Bull Riding Champion, 2017 PBR Australia Champion and 2017 PBR World Finals Qualifier.Commenting on his win, Wilkinson said, “The riders always give it their best. We go into every rodeo competing not with each other, but competing with the bulls hoping that all elements come together to achieve the highest score.” “With Rodeo 4 Life, I got lucky. This event has taken rodeo bull riding to an incredible new level,” said Wilkinson. “Holding Australia’s richest bull ride rodeo in an indoor arena, located right on the beach, and combining it with a light show and a full-length concert starring one of Australia’s best country music singers, Travis Collins made it an exhilarating experience for riders and the audience. “The house was pumped, the atmosphere incredible, and because it was for charity, it was even more special,” he said. Cowboy Toby Collins, 27, from Maldon VIC was the only other rider to successfully score in both rounds and earned a combined score of 160 riding White Ice and Vertical Exit and walked away with $7,500 while Cliff Richardson, 28, from Gresford NSW, earned the highest individual ride score of 92 on superstar bull High Flying Akubra.The evening of extreme sport was not without its thrills and spills when Jono Couling, 26, from Singleton, was thrown in Round Two having a dramatic run in with B.F.G. which left audiences shocked. Couling said, “It’s a dangerous sport and that sort of thing is part and parcel of being a bull rider. It happens from time to time. I don’t feel too bad, there’s nothing majorly wrong with me just a cracked shoulder blade and some scrapes. I’ve had worse injuries and I’m looking forward to my next rodeo at Christmas.”Producer Doug Vickers OAM was delighted with the outcomes saying, “Rodeo 4 Life had 4 primary objectives; to raise wide-spread awareness of the life-saving work of the RPA Transplant Institute and funds to support their vital research; to increase awareness of the importance of organ donation; and, to create an arena spectacular that would thrill and entertain our audience.” “Through combining a full-length country music concert with the extreme sport of rodeo bull riding, Rodeo 4 Life achieved all of this and so much more,” he said. “Travis Collins gave an incredible performance and every one of our bull riding champions rode their hearts out to give the audience a show they’ll never forget while helping give others a chance at life,” said Mr Vickers. “Congratulations to all, especially Troy Wilkinson who took out the grand prize and the 2019 Rodeo 4 Life title. Together we achieved what we set out to do including generating widespread awareness of organ transplantation and more than $100,000 for the RPA Transplant Institute as a result of Rodeo 4 Life. With exciting plans are now underway to make next year’s Rodeo 4 Life bigger and better, in 2020 we’ll give the audience an even more spectacular show,” Mr Vickers said. Thanks to the funds raised from Rodeo 4 Life, the RPATI will be able to continue with the 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 and a greater number of Australian lives to be saved.-ENDS- RODEO 4 LIFE LINKSRodeo 4 Life Website: https://rodeo4life.com.au/Rodeo 4 Life Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rodeo4lifeau/Organ Donor Register: https://donatelife.gov.au/ RODEO 4 LIFE MEDIA CENTRE – DOWNLOADSPhotographs of Rodeo 4 Life the arena spectacular can be downloaded here: http://bit.ly/RFL-Media or rodeo4life.com.au/media - PHOTO CREDIT: FRENCH’S PHOTOGRAPHY RODEO BULL RIDING RESULTSCOverall WinnerTroy Wilkinson: - Riding Vertical Exit & Earthbound- Score 169- Prize: $9,500 (total: Round 1 + $2k) Round One1. Troy Wilkinson on Vertical Exit scored 89 - Prize $7,5002. Toby Collins on White Ice scored 78 - Prize $4,5003. Jack McArthur on Reverend Black scored 73 - Prize $3,000 Round Two1. Cliff Richardson on High Flying Akubra scored 92 - Prize $6,0002. Bryden Atkins on Turbulence scored 89 - Prize $4,5003. Toby Collins on Vertical Exit scored 82 - Prize $3,0004. Ty Thompson on Bloodline scored 81 - Prize $1,5005. Troy Wilkinson on Earthbound scored 80 INDIGENOUS YOUTHS DEADLY DANCE MOVES GO VIRAL 2019-12-02T22:31:35Z indigenous-youths-deadly-dance-moves-go-viral An Indigenous boy from Mount Isa has burnt up the local PCYC Youth Zone dance floor to the delight of onlookers, and the video has gone viral. Despite eleven year-old Anton Sambo and his happy feet being newcomers to the Outback mining town, the welcome he received from PCYC has been warming. Youth Engagement Officer Aimee Sewell said the video has been watched over 87 000 times on various Facebook pages and shared more than 150 times. “We put the music on and off he went. He loves to dance and he learned from watching other people and YouTube,” Officer Sewell said. Since Anton’s deadly dance moves aired he was invited as a special guest to watch the Mount Isa School of Dance end of year concert. “He thoroughly enjoyed it and left even more inspired to dance,” Officer Sewell said. The PCYC Youth Zone opened in September 2019 and runs activities on Wednesday and Thursdays from 4-6pm. “Our aim is to break down barriers and build relationships between young people and Police and we do this by providing positive experiences in a fun and supportive environment.” “It’s a very versatile and safe space,” she said. The Youth Zone offers a range of activities such as box fit circuit, handball, soccer, obstacle courses, basketball and team challenges.” After reading about such a lovely and heartwarming article the crew at Cindication would like to wish everyone a Stress-free and Merry Christmas. Cindication is aware that Christmas can be a tough time of year for families however we also recognise the Police Service and other frontline personnel have a tough job as well.  Founder of Cindication CEO Cindy Rochstein said not many people recognise that those in law enforcement work tirelessly during the holiday season to keep communities safe.  “Cindication is committed to continuing to provide awareness around trauma and PTSD and work towards those looking for solutions with events and a symposium due to be held in 2020,” Ms Rochstein said. READ MORE: INDIGENOUS BOXING SENSATION LEAH REUBEN SETS HER SIGHTS ON HONG KONG FOR MORE: If you would like more information, please contact Melissa Coleman - 0409 002 088 or Cindy Rochstein – 0437 094 049. For more on Cindication, email: cindy@cindication.com / www.cindication.com -ends- Search for Miss Runway Supermodel Australia 2020 2019-11-29T01:54:46Z search-for-miss-runway-supermodel-australia-2020 The big event is happening in 2020. The search for Miss Runway Supermodel Australia 2020 is open, and the final casting is on the 8th of December 2019. Lots of incredible prizes await to the winner, such as cash prizes, gift items and an opportunity to compete internationally and represent Australia to Bulgaria, South Europe. The competition is a fashion show set up wherein candidates will be showcasing multiple collections from various fashion designers locally. Their performance throughout the competition will be assessed and scored by industry judges based on the standard criteria. This event celebrates and supports our talent in Australia. We empower the ambitious talents of the country to showcase their work for the chance to start a career in the fashion industry. In the process of the competition, the candidates have activities from January to July 2020 which will be covered by Behind The Lens hosted by Crystel Bandal. This will be aired weekly for the viewers and supporters of the candidates wherein online voting is encouraged.  Application is accepted online to www.missrunwaysupermodel.com. Victoria McGee A Heart Transplant Recipient Joins Star-Studded Line Up For Rodeo 4 Life 2019-11-25T23:07:02Z victoria-mcgee-a-heart-transplant-recipient-joins-star-studded-line-up-for-rodeo-4-life MEDIA RELEASE: 26 November 2019Victoria McGee Joins Star-Studded Line Up For Rodeo 4 Life Today, Rodeo 4 Life producers announced Victoria McGee, one of Australia’s queens of country music, will join the Rodeo 4 Life star-studded line-up alongside Travis Collins, John Jarratt and 25 superstar bull riding cowboys in the explosive rodeo and country music arena spectacular at WIN Entertainment Centre on Saturday 30 November. The Rodeo 4 Life arena spectacular will mark 7 months to the day since Victoria McGee received the heart transplant that saved her life. Passionate about donating her time and talent to many worthwhile charity causes, McGee now brings her vocal talents to the centre arena to open Rodeo 4 Life by performing the Australian National Anthem. Overwhelmed by the generosity of her donor, McGee said, “I’m one of the lucky ones whose life was saved because someone cared enough to register to become an organ donor and because of many years of dedicated research into organ transplantation. “It’s an incredible honour to be part of this special event to raise vital funds for the RPA Transplant Institute’s important research to enable more lives to be saved by increasing organ transplants,” she said. “I will always be grateful for this gift of life my donor entrusted to me; and I’m humbled to be given the opportunity to sing the National Anthem at Rodeo 4 Life to give something back to transplant research while being a voice for all those whose lives have been saved and to pay tribute to the wonderful donors who’ve given many of us a second chance at life,” Ms McGee said. A country girl, McGee is no stranger to bull riding rodeos. Hailing from “The Bull Riding McGees” – a family considered among Australia’s rodeo royalty, McGee’s uncle is one of the only cowboys to ever ride the notorious rodeo bull, “Chainsaw” for the full 8 seconds. Rodeo 4 Life’s producer Doug Vickers OAM said, “It’s an absolute honour to have Victoria join our line-up of extreme talent to play such a poignant role of singing our National Anthem on behalf of all of us who owe our lives to the researchers, surgeons, nurses, medical staff and above all, our generous donors. “We owe this talented young woman a sincere debt of gratitude for getting behind Rodeo 4 Life and together we’ll help save the lives of others in need of a transplant with 100% of profits supporting the vital work of the RPA Transplant Institute to help increase the number of lives that can be saved each year. “The audience should be prepared for an ‘edge of their seat’ experience when Rodeo 4 Life explodes with a thrilling, action-packed night of electrifying live rodeo and country music entertainment,” Mr Vickers said. Rodeo 4 Life’s star-studded line-up includes Victoria McGee, John Jarratt as MC and seven-time Golden Guitar winner and back-to-back CMC Male Artist of the Year, Travis Collins performing a full length concert with some of Australia’s toughest bull riding superstars fighting the odds to stay mounted 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 will also star Australia’s legendary rodeo clown, Big Al Wilson, rodeo protection clowns Gene McDonald and Rodney-Ray (Rude) Mancell - both risk takers who’ll put their lives on the line to distract the bulls away from the grounded riders, rodeo announcer Glen Morgan whose name is synonymous with Australian rodeo sports; and, the spectacular mighty rodeo bulls bred by John “Happy” Gill and Sons Rodeo Contractors who’ll be doing their darnedest to send Rodeo 4 Life’s bull riding superstars flying! For tickets to the Rodeo 4 Life arena spectacular visit Ticketmaster or rodeo4life.com.au -ENDS- INTERVIEW REQUESTS Insight Communications on: 02 9518 4744 |Clare Collins M: 0414 821 957 E: clare@insightcommunications.net.auAlice Collins: M: 0414 686 091 E: alice@insightcommunications.net.au VICTORIA MCGEEVictoria McGee made her performance debut at the tender age of eight before launching her professional career in the world of country music at just 14. Throughout her short career, Victoria has enjoyed much success, performing at events such as NRL Games, NBL Games, NSW Pro Boxing Championships & entertaining in some of the country’s most prestigious venues, including Star City Casino, Vodafone Arena, on board P&O, Captain Cook and Sydney Harbour Cruises.A young versatile and award-winning vocalist, McGee who is best known for her hit albums You’ll Remember Me and Fire in the Wind has graced Australian television screens since she was 13-years-old appearing in charity telethons, The X Factor and Australian Idol and appeared on national television as a judge on Channel 7’s hit TV Show All Together Now alongside industry greats such as Rhonda Burchmore, Mark Gable (Choirboys) and Ronan Keating.With a reputation as one of Australia’s queens of country music, McGee has starred in country music festivals including the Tamworth Country Music Festival and the Deni Ute Muster. Over her career Victoria has graced the stage with music legends Grace Knight, The Seekers, Wayne Horsburgh, Louie Shelton, The Wolverines, Angry Anderson (Rose Tattoo), Golden Guitar Winner Adam Harvey, Alan Jackson, Kasey Chambers, Morgan Evans & The Sunny Girls to name a few. McGee performed at the 2013 CMA Festival in Nashville TN, headlining alongside artists such as Craig Campbell and many more.Victoria is also very passionate about giving her talent to support worthy causes including Rodeo 4 Life. PHOTOGRAPHSPlease see a high resolution image of Victoria McGee visit http://bit.ly/RFL-Media or rodeo4life.com.au/media RODEO 4 LIFE 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. 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. Draft ‘Design Build Practitioners Bill’ does not extend compliance far enough, says AIPM 2019-11-25T01:15:52Z draft-design-build-practitioners-bill-does-not-extend-compliance-far-enough-says-aipm Draft ‘Design Build Practitioners Bill’ does not extend compliance far enough, says AIPM 25th November 2019. Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) has submitted its responses to the draft legislation of the Design and Building Practitioners Bill 2019 and ‘Building Stronger Foundations’ Discussion Paper. In its submission to the NSW Government’s Better Regulation Division, AIPM acknowledged that the legislation is a major step forward in ensuring compliant building work, considering the systematic failures within current building codes and conduct within the building and construction industry. AIPM believes the aims of the Bill are admirable and in line with community expectations. The obligations of building practitioners are well-defined; however, the Bill currently limits its focus on designers and constructors and ignores broader project management and certifier compliance. Obligations remain limited, and not extended across the full process of building work. ‘We need to ensure the Bill has adequate countermeasures that would actively discourage short cuts that are currently being taken in the building industry’, says Ms Elizabeth Foley, CEO at AIPM. The draft legislation currently defines practitioner as a ‘design practitioner, principal design practitioner or building practitioner’. There would be various other practitioners involved in a typical building including project managers and certifiers, yet currently excluded in this definition, and therefore the compliance process, who need to ensure work is completed in accordance with a concept design and with building codes and standards. ‘There needs to be a commitment to compliance providing adequate coverage of the full design process, and this can’t be achieved by the current definition of “practitioner” in the Bill’, Ms Foley said. AIPM also believes education is a key issue within management and leadership in construction, causing the gap in accountability across building work processes, and compliance with the Building Code of Australia (BCA) ‘performance requirements’. ‘We have university graduates coming straight out of classrooms and given tasks they are not experienced in, with no practical building knowledge and more importantly they do not have the skills or confidence to communicate with trades people and builders alike’, Ms Foley said. The draft Bill is hosted on the NSW Govt website, which can be accessed at here. A full version of AIPMs response to the draft Bill can be accessed here. Elizabeth Foley, CEO of AIPM is available for comment on request. About AIPM The Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) is the premier, longest-serving body for project management in Australia. We are recognised by Australian business, industry and government as the key promoter, developer and leader in project management professionalism. AIPM is a member of the International Project Management Association (IPMA). www.aipm.com.au Media Contact: Marcus Sandmann Chief Marketing Officer Australian Institute of Project Management P: +0411 877643 E: msandmann@aipm.com.au FOREST WEED| WORLD'S FIRST AI CREATED CANNABIS ARTWORK 2019-11-24T22:53:53Z forest-weed-worlds-first-ai-created-cannabis-artwork Melbourne's The Cannabis Company and artist Tom White reveal the world’s first Cannabis painting created in the eye of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Painted on 100% Hemp Paper with eco-friendly water-based inks.This exclusive Australian artwork series is the first of its kind in the world. It identifies how computers imagine cannabis, AI has become a new gateway for the expression of art and now, our love of the beautiful cannabis plant. "We want to break bounds, go beyond the constraints of the four walls many are familiar with" states Marketing Assistant Christy Wachs. "The cannabis paintings show us how a machine, without any human interference, has interpreted over 1000 images of the wonderful plant and establishing how cannabis, perhaps even partly how the world, is observed by artificial intelligence." These paintings are an expression of the new era in which the world is heading, and it started here in Australia. The artist Tom White further explains that "Humans have always carved out for computers how to navigate data and report it back to us, but for the first time, we allowed the machine to tell us what is right – What does cannabis actually look like in the eye of a computer?" Forest Weed ArtworkThe Forest Weed limited edition artwork was created by the incredibly talented Tom White using AI (Artificial Intelligence) and computer algorithms. Tom allowed the machine to develop its own unique and creative interpretation of cannabis-based on a collection of over 1000 photos of the plant.Only a finite number of paintings have been made, 60 small canvases in total, each in a limited-edition series of 20. For the serious collector, there are four large stretched hemp canvases, and every painting is adorned with an original sample of the computer-generated cannabis abstractions. Yet, each piece is as exceptional as the next, created on 100% pure hemp paper using non-toxic and eco-friendly inks, sourced from the best Aussies around. The colour palette in each painting is custom blended to achieve the brilliance of the AI Cannabis representation. The artwork series explores a new world of reality that allows us to view what computers perceive comparable to humans. The ArtistTom White began his days as an artist in the classrooms of MIT majoring in Graphic Design and Computer Sciences. His artistic interests lie in visual abstraction created with and recognised by computer vision systems, simply put: How machines see the world.His fascination stems from his fondness of finding creative uses of computing, but also discovering how computers interpret our world in the absence of human intervention. The Forest Weed artwork's composition of line and colour is carefully selected by neural networks identifying the most relevant representation of cannabis, a first of its kind.The art project was a 3 months process Tom undertook with AI algorithms that were also cross verified with Google's recognition systems. Each painting is comprised of four layers of ink to achieve their own distinct palette with unique hand-mixed ink. The MaterialsThe Cannabis artwork series is entirely made from products sourced from Australian businesses. The inks are water-based from Permaset, an Australian premium eco-friendly supplier of safe-for-drain inks that avoids toxic substances such as ozone-depleting chemicals: CFC's and HCFC's, aromatic hydrocarbons or any volatile solvents. The water-based inks do not contain PVC and phthalates, which are dangerous to the environment and are proven to cause medical issues.The canvas and paper stock is supplied from Hemp Gallery Australia, a sustainability-focused business of ethically sourced, organic and hemp-based products. The mother-daughter duo behind the company are firm believers in an environmentally sustainable future that starts with hemp, and we couldn't agree more. The material used to create the artworks are made from 100% hemp. The IdeaThe concept is a ground-breaking new series from The Cannabis Company and explores cannabis in a new realm, the first of its kind in the world. The artwork itself is a representation of a new and exciting art form that has captivated people globally and integrates a powerful growing technology called AI (Artificial Intelligence).What initiated the project was our love for the cannabis plant and our mission to unite as many people with cannabis as imaginable. Art is a language which can be understood by anyone; unconstrained by the laws and rules of our modern world and subject to the freedom of creation. All humans possess emotions that can be evoked by various things, but what if a feeling is absent and the art is purely technological? How would a computer describe the plant without all the misconceptions and prejudice often found with cannabis? What would cannabis look like from an impartial perspective?In an attempt to understand the raw code behind machine learning, our artwork series examines a new world of reality, where we can now view what computers see comparably to humans. The incredibly sophisticated AI technology created only a finite number of abstractions of the cannabis plant. It cannot be repeated again, making these paintings genuinely iconic. The TechnologyTom White endured three months of collecting photos and developing algorithms that would define the process and ultimately lay down the creative abstractive imagery of cannabis. His interests have always existed within the realms of visual abstraction created with and recognised by computer vision systems.Tom is pioneering an art form that leads us on an original exploration of artistry and cannabis humans have yet to conceptualise. Tom derived the electric fan painting by using the same technique as with the cannabis artwork, visually abstracting an electric fan through the lens of AI.Just as painter Renè Magritte once challenged the idea of what reality is with the painting "This is not a pipe", the cannabis artwork also alludes to what an alternate reality may look like. The Scientific/Creative approachThe Cannabis Company couldn't envision a more electric outcome working with Tom. This revolutionising artwork, even though abstract, is clearly identifiable as to what it is – for both computers and humans. Recognisable worldwide by third-party recognition systems such as Google's Vision AI, these systems can identify the concepts of the abstractive painting and decide that the algorithms used are universally understood by all AI systems.So, what defines cannabis?It's the distinct colour, plant features such as leaves, but most notably the genus: Hemp. This cutting-edge method of creating art through AI and recognition via online computer systems introduces a brand-new concept to the world. The artwork series is an unspoiled creation that sits at the intersection of the art and tech world, and has now solidified its place as the very first of its kind, and will never be re-created again. That's Why......each limited-edition canvas is made of pure 100% premium quality hemp canvas supplied by the Aussie mother-daughter owned company Hemp Gallery, who share many of the same values as The Cannabis Company - an environmentally sustainable future starts with hemp. The paints used are entirely water-based and from the Aussie premium ink supplier Permaset. They are behind some of the eco-friendliest inks around containing no PVC or phthalates.Tom's artistic abilities allowed for each painting to have its own distinct colour palettes through creating his own custom mixed colours and applying four layers of ink to achieve the unique colour scheme the AI system developed. Tailoring every canvas to illustrate its utmost form of rarity. Each canvas is adorned with an original painting from the AI system, hand painted making each painting unique and 100% Aussie based.Tom’s artistic abilities allowed for the paintings to have their own distinct palette through creating his own custom mixed colours and applying four layers of ink to achieve the unique colour scheme the AI system developed. Tailoring every canvas to illustrate its utmost form of rarity. Cannabis Artwork – Exclusive Range DetailsThe cannabis artwork is comprised of three different prints on pure hemp paper (297x420mm) each in a limited edition of 20 and 4 large stretched hemp canvases (594x841mm). It’s limited to one-release and will not be subject to any re-prints ever. Free shipping is available worldwide and the artwork will be sent flat packed via registered post. For more information go to: https://cannabiscompany.com.au/products/forest-weed-worlds-first-ai-creation-of-cannabis For media inquiries contact:Christy WachsMarketing AssistantThe Cannabis CompanyEmail: c.wachs@cannabiscompany.com.auPhone: 1300402420 Introducing Family Portraits at Boutique Lifestyle Photography in Auckland 2019-11-23T03:56:40Z introducing-family-portraits-at-boutique-lifestyle-photography-in-auckland If you are looking at creating some memorable family portraits of you and loved ones, then the team at Boutique Lifestyle Photography in Auckland have just the answer! With years of experience, a great sitting special and a wonderful range of portrait options available, now is the perfect time to book with us! Available now until Christmas, you can book your professional family photo shoot for just $79 with a fantastic offer! This incredible sitting special includes your in-studio portrait photo shoot (available for up to 8 people) as well as a bonus studio credit that is valid towards all of our beautiful portrait display options. The option to include additional family members is also available, so please enquire with us if this is a possibility. Professional family portraiture is a lifetime investment that never fails to disappoint. Working closely with you and your family, our award-winning team will create and capture contemporary, fun and memorable portraits that offer flattering results and provide treasured memories. A range of our work and further information about our family portrait services can be found by visiting https://www.boutiquelifestylephotography.co.nz/family-photography-auckland.html. Having photographed countless families over the years, Boutique Lifestyle Photography have continued to evolve their signature style of family portraits. Whether you have a young family with babies or toddlers, through to older families with teenage to adult kids, we pride ourselves on bringing out the best in everyone in front of the camera. In addition, with helpful advice both prior and during your photo shoot, you are ensured a fun-filled day together with a rewarding experience and amazing results! Flexible Photo Shoot Gift Vouchers Also Available  Also, for those of you who are looking for the perfect Christmas gift, we also offer our portrait sittings as a gift voucher! Available as either a beautifully presented physical voucher, or a convenient E-Voucher, this is a highly personalised gift that is guaranteed to keep on giving. You can visit https://www.boutiquelifestylephotography.co.nz/gift-vouchers.html to find out more about our flexible options. How Do I Find Out More? You are encouraged to contact our friendly team by calling on (09) 522 5123, email or through our company website. Photo shoot bookings and pre-portrait consultations are available by appointment Monday through Saturday (closed Sunday). With Christmas just around the corner, be sure to get in touch today to ensure your preferred availability. Boutique Lifestyle Photography (09) 522 5123https://www.boutiquelifestylephotography.co.nz  ESL ONE TO DEBUT DOTA 2 MAJOR IN LOS ANGELES IN 2020 2019-11-19T22:52:13Z esl-one-to-debut-dota-2-major-in-los-angeles-in-2020 LOS ANGELES -- November 19, 2019 -- ESL, the world’s largest esports company, today announced it will bring ESL One powered by Intel® to Los Angeles on March 20 through 22, 2020, at the historic Shrine Auditorium in Downtown Los Angeles. This marks the first time that ESL will host a Dota 2 tournament on the West Coast. ESL One Los Angeles will also be the first Dota 2 Major in the United States since 2016. Teams compete over their share of US $1,000,000. “Los Angeles is known for world class entertainment and that is exactly what we aim to deliver with the L.A. Major,” said Ulrich Schulze, Senior Vice President of Product at ESL. “We are finally bringing our ESL Dota 2 flagship competition to the US West Coast for the first time and we are proud to deliver world-class Dota 2 action to the local community. With ESL One Los Angeles, we will put a stake in the ground to engage the US-based Dota 2 community and introduce one of our most iconic tournaments to a new location: the Shrine Auditorium conveying an absolute unique feel.”   ESL One Los Angeles 2020 will feature 16 of the world’s best Dota 2 teams competing for their share of the US$1,000,000 prize pool and the ESL One trophy. To qualify for the group stages at ESL One Los Angeles, teams will battle their way through three phases of online qualifiers, which are set to take place February 9-14. From March 14 through 19, teams will then battle for their chance to compete on the main stage at the Shrine Auditorium in front of thousands of eager Dota 2 fans on March 20 - 22.   The ESL One Los Angeles holds 15,000 DPC points for the teams, leading their way to The International. The play-offs concluding on March 22 follow the TI’s schedule format. Being the third out of five Majors within the Dota 2 Pro Circuit, ESL One L.A. stirs up the tension for The International significantly.   In addition to the competition, fans will have the opportunity to experience a variety of great side activities, including signing sessions with the teams and talents, a Dota artist area, and more. Tickets for ESL One Los Angeles 2020 will go on sale on Nov 21st 11am PST ranging in price between US $54 and US $225. To stay up to date on the latest ESL One Los Angeles news, follow ESL One Dota 2 on Twitter and Facebook and visit the official website.   ###   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 esports competitions. The company operates high profile, branded international leagues and tournaments under the ESL Pro Tour including ESL One, Intel® Extreme Masters, ESL Pro League, and other premier stadium-size events, to more clearly define the path from zero to hero. ESL also produces the ESL National Championships, grassroots amateur cups, and matchmaking systems, creating a world where everybody can be somebody. With offices all over the world, ESL is leading esports innovation on a global scale through the combination of global ESL competitions, amateur leagues, publisher activations, and more. ESL is a part of MTG, the leading international digital entertainment group. about.eslgaming.com. John Jarratt Announced as MC for Explosive Rodeo 4 Life Charity Event 2019-11-19T00:25:03Z john-jarratt-announced-as-mc-for-explosive-rodeo-4-life-charity-event John Jarratt Announced as MC for Explosive Rodeo 4 Life Charity Event Today, Rodeo 4 Life producers announced that John Jarratt, Australian screen legend will officiate as Master of Ceremonies in the explosive rodeo and country music charity event at WIN Entertainment Centre in his home town of Wollongong on Saturday 30 November, to help fund world-first research at the RPA Transplant Institute. Best known for his portrayal of Mick Taylor in the iconic Wolf Creek films and television series on Stan, Jarratt has long been committed to lending his name and his support to many worthwhile causes. “I believe we each have a duty to support important causes that make a real difference. Helping give people a second chance at life through promoting organ donation and funding transplantation research is up there for me as one of the most important things we can all do to help save lives,” said Jarratt. “I grew up in Wongawilli in the Illawarra so I’m really excited about heading back to my home town to be part of such an important cause when Rodeo 4 Life rocks The Gong!” he said. Rodeo 4 Life’s producer Doug Vickers OAM said, “We’re very grateful to John and all those getting behind Rodeo 4 Life so together we’ll be contributing to saving the lives of many with 100% of profits supporting the vital work of the RPA Transplant Institute to help increase the number of life-saving liver and kidney transplants each year. “The audience should be prepared for an ‘edge of their seat’ experience when Rodeo 4 Life explodes with a thrilling, action-packed night of electrifying live rodeo and country music entertainment,” Mr Vickers said. Rodeo 4 Life’s star-studded line-up includes John Jarratt as MC and seven-time Golden Guitar winner and back-to-back CMC Male Artist of the Year, Travis Collins performing a full length concert with some of Australia’s toughest bull riding superstars fighting the odds to stay mounted 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 will also star Australia’s legendary rodeo clown, Big Al Wilson, rodeo protection clowns Gene McDonald and Rodney-Ray (Rude) Mancell - both risk takers who’ll put their lives on the line to distract the bulls away from the grounded riders, rodeo announcer Glen Morgan whose name is synonymous with Australian rodeo sports; and, the spectacular mighty rodeo bulls bred by John “Happy” Gill and Sons Rodeo Contractors who’ll be doing their darnedest to send Rodeo 4 Life’s bull riding superstars flying! For tickets to the Rodeo 4 Life arena spectacular visit Ticketmaster or rodeo4life.com.au -ENDS- INTERVIEW REQUESTS Insight Communications on: 02 9518 4744   Access images from the Media Centre:  http://rodeo4life.com.au/media    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. 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. Studio X Photography to Celebrate 15 Years in 2019 2019-11-18T04:47:03Z studio-x-photography-to-celebrate-15-years-in-2019-1 Studio X Photography is extremely proud to celebrate 15 years of existence in 2019. Having established itself as a leading glamour portrait photographic studio in Auckland as well as across New Zealand, the award-winning team have continued to evolve and expand their portrait services over the years. To help celebrate the occasion, Studio X are launching a series of exciting specials and promotions to mark the anniversary. Available now, the team have launched an amazing $149.00 portrait photo shoot sitting special. Included is an in-studio portrait photo shoot including a pampering hair and makeup session with a bonus studio credit included towards portraits. More details and information about this exciting special can be found by visiting their company website. Further, additional promotions will be announced throughout December and into the start of 2020. About Studio X Photography Studio X offers a premium range of artistic portrait services from their upmarket photographic studio based in Auckland, New Zealand. On offer is beautiful boudoir photography, stylish glamour photography & contemporary makeover portraits. All of their work is designed to be highly artistic, tasteful and something that celebrates everyone's inherent and unique beauty. Having been based in and around the Newmarket and Grafton area since their inception, their upmarket studio is easily accessible to all parts of Auckland. Over the years Studio X Photography has photographed countless clients from all walks of life, and from all parts of the country. Some clients have even traveled from as far abroad as Australia and Indonesia for their photo shoot. More information can be found by visiting Studio X Photography online, or alternatively by contacting the friendly team Monday through Saturday. In-studio consultations are available prior to making your booking where you can meet the team and begin planning your fun-filled session. All bookings are made by appointment. Studio X Photography(09) 309 4646https://www.studiox.co.nz*Some website content may be deemed not safe for work. NSW and ACT Guiding Community merges with NT to create A Place To Grow Together 2019-11-18T03:48:23Z nsw-and-act-guiding-community-merges-with-nt-to-create-a-place-to-grow-together The NSW & ACT Girl Guides community will merge with Girl Guides NT to form Girl Guides NSW, ACT and NT from January 2020 creating a 7,800 strong member organisation. The merger offers a chance to expand learnings and foster collaboration between the state and territories. Girl Guides in NT will have access to greater resources and opportunities through this partnership, with all the administrative and operational benefits of a larger Association. More opportunities will be available to assist with the geographical challenges faced in the NT. The partnership will also allow Guides in the NT to participate in creative initiatives run by Girl Guides NSW & ACT such as GirlMade which supports girls to express themselves creatively. The NT community hope to share their unique experiences and perspectives with the NSW & ACT members, to further support the growth and empowerment of the next generation of Australian women. Letitia Baldwin, NT Regional Manager, Girl Guides NT, is looking forward to this new step in NT Guiding history, believing it will bring great benefit to the girls and Leaders. “I have a brilliant team of Leaders and we will work well with the NSW and ACT teams. It is important to have fresh ideas and the chance to network, especially for our adult members so they can share that with the girls. I want to make this community as big and beautiful as it can be. “I think the opportunities are going to be endless; NSW & ACT have an exciting range of things for girls to do and now we will be able to leverage this and get the girls involved in so many more activities. “It is great to know we’re not alone; we are a part of a large network. I am looking forward to NT standing proud and showing off what we can do,” said Ms Baldwin. Eboney Prentice, Leader Darwin District, Girl Guides NT, has been a member of the Guiding community for 30 years; having had many unique experiences with Guiding including travelling the world, she is now sharing the Guiding experience with her daughter. “Guiding focuses on the community, it encourages girls to think about more than just themselves, to learn from others and give back to the world around them. The joining of our communities will support this Guiding mission and enhance the girls experience,” said Ms Prentice. Sarah Neill, State Commissioner, Girl Guides NSW & ACT, travelled to NT earlier this year and met the Guiding community; she is thrilled to be partnering with them. “I am looking forward to working closely with Letitia and her team who have such a deep passion for Guiding. The girls as always are at the centre of what we do and we know this partnership will enhance their Guiding experience with increased support,” said Mrs Neill. -ENDS- Notes to editor: Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT are devoted to the growth and development of girls. They provide a place where girls can learn, build their skills and connect with like-minded peers. The benefits also extend to the Leaders and volunteers who play a vital role in supporting the girls. Guides work to serve their community and help those in need offering help where they can. They participate in many local activities and initiatives aimed at giving back to the community. Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT offers girls A Place To Grow. For media enquiries please contact: Simone Gur | ZADRO Agency | simone@zadroagency.com.au | 0417 778 511 Oakley Grioli I ZADRO Agency I oakley@zadroagency.com.au | 02 9212 7867 IMAGES Images are available for use. For high-resolution images, please contact: oakley@zadroagency.com.au Image: Letitia Baldwin, NT Region manager, Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT. Image: Eboney Prentice, Unit Leader Darwin District, Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT. Image: Sarah Neill, State Commissioner, Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT. Image: Girl Guides NT. Image: Girl Guides NSW & ACT. LOCAL FOLKLORE BROUGHT TO LIFE IN NEW AUSSIE FEATURE FILM 2019-11-18T02:37:36Z local-folklore-brought-to-life-in-new-aussie-feature-film November 2019: Producers Ben McNeill and Katrina Lubans of Brisbane-based production company Intrinsic Story have announced the development of a new feature film based around Australia’s revered ‘Drop Bears’, creatures of folklore with mysterious origins that have haunted tourists and amused locals for generations. A teaser trailer released online with the #ThreatIsReal hashtag has racked up heavy engagement in recent days, with over 250,000 views across Facebook and Intrinsic’s other social channels. The decision to produce the teaser was made as part of the company’s development approach of building and engaging an audience hard and early, shaping further strategy with deep analysis of the audience data obtained. “Theatrical release for Australian films is a challenging endeavour at the best of times but we have a character that is well loved by Aussies and a compelling story to tell. We have an opportunity to tease that and intrigue an audience from early development, channelling that interest into a production journey that, like our star, can be widely shared”, says Lubans. Titled Drop, the film’s director is yet to be announced, with McNeill penning the 100-minute script as dramatic horror in genre and solemn in tone. Set on a remote sheep farm, the film tells of a family struggling to keep their property and livelihood intact in the face of horrific drought and encroaching bushfires, as the terrifying creature is forced into a world that has elected to forget it. With themes of truth, natural disaster, invasion and differing perspectives of identity, Drop will offer an ambitious and patriotic story for all Australians. McNeill explains “As a nation of nations, we have legends built on legends and we have characters like the drop bear. Everyone knows it, but there is no one story about where it came from or why it exists, and we have a very intriguing idea behind that which goes beyond the idea of the creature as a joke. The film will offer a moving story that challenges us to look within, look to our history, and ask ourselves if this creature is symbolic perhaps of something deeper, something we continue to tussle with as a country. As such, it might not be a story we expect as a nation - but we believe it’s the story we need.” McNeill, 35, was a producer and driving force behind the poignant organ transplant feature Dying to Live, released to cinemas in 2018 by Madman and Demand.Film, and later televised by SBS. The film stirred Australians to think about their future, and its distribution utilised a powerful social impact campaign funded through Documentary Australian Foundation and Good Pitch Australia. The Drop producing duo have launched a $50,000 Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to support a ‘Proof of Concept’ short for funders and the wider market, complementing further development funding through screen agencies and private investors. The feature, to be shot in Queensland and New South Wales with an expected budget of $4m, is slated to descend upon cinemas in late 2021 following an expected festival campaign. Media enquiries/interview requests: Ben McNeill (Producer), ben@intrinsicstory.com.au, (07) 3102 4592. Film Website and Teaser Trailer: www.Drop.Movie Development Press Kit: www.Drop.Movie/Media Indiegogo Campaign Site: https://igg.me/at/dropmoviepoc/x/22375536#/ Production Company Website: www.IntrinsicStory.com.au 2020 Fringe Festival will Beam 2019-11-13T12:37:11Z 2020-fringe-festival-will-beam Media Release 2020 Fringe Festival will Beam  E-scooter partnership between Beam and Fringe invests in South Australia  Thursday, 14 November, 2019 Leading micromobility sharing service, Beam Mobility this morning announced it has signed a partnership with Adelaide Fringe as the exclusive e-scooter partner for the 2020 event.   The partnership involves the establishment of several priority Fringe parking zones outside key venues that will make it easy for Fringe festival-goers to travel between the best shows, pop-up bars and secret gigs across the city. Special rider incentives, giveaways and Beam Safety Academy demonstrations are also planned over the four-week period.   A marketing and promotions platform specially developed for the 2020 Fringe will help connect artists with over 50,000 Beam riders, providing a unique way for audiences to discover new and undiscovered talent. Beam is hopeful that it will secure one of the long-term e-scooter permits in the City of Adelaide and other Councils so this partnership can be delivered.    Adelaide Fringe Head of Marketing and Business Development Dean Worthington greeted the announcement with enthusiasm recognising the inherent value e-scooters will provide visitors and residents of Adelaide this festival season.   “We’re excited to partner with Beam for Fringe 2020 to make travel across the city more convenient for Fringe festival-goers. We hope this will allow audiences to see even more events across the CBD, enhancing their Fringe experience and driving audiences to venues across Adelaide,” he said.   The city has embraced e-scooters since the first successful trial as part of last year’s Fringe, where 500 e-scooters were released onto the streets of Adelaide.   Beam’s Community Manager Adam Rossetto said the company was pleased to make a significant investment in South Australia and the collaboration represents a new level of partnership innovation for Adelaide.   “We are thrilled to support this iconic South Australian event. We hope to offer an expanded fleet of e-scooters on the ground, priority parking bays at festival sites, artist-led street art tours and onsite experiential activations.   We’ll also have a sensational line up of surprise activities planned that will add excitement and colour to the festival experience that I’m sure punters will absolutely love.''   Since its success in being chosen to operate e-scooters in March of this year, Beam has made Adelaide its home as a valued member of the community with several partnerships and sponsorships of major events and local businesses, driving economic growth and stimulating employment. It has also created 25 full-time and part-time jobs contributing to the State Government’s economic priorities regarding job creation, technology and innovation. Many thousands of Beam e-scooter trips are taken every week across Adelaide. The company has ambitious plans to expand outside of the CBD in the near future, with tender applications under council review for the Adelaide Coastal Parks region and other Councils such as Campbelltown having already agreed to launch trials with Beam pending State Government approval.     The 2020 Adelaide Fringe will run from 14 February to 15 March. For more information, visit adelaidefringe.com.au   About Beam Founded with a passion for new mobility, Beam is changing the way cities flow and optimising the movement of people, goods and services for the betterment of cities and the way of life for everyone. Beam is focused on improving the accessibility of cities via better first-and-last mile connectivity and providing short-distance transport solutions, starting with an e-scooter sharing platform that is now serving riders in Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan and South Korea. Learn more at www.ridebeam.com   Media Enquiries  Brad Kitschke Head of Public Affairs 61 403 809 630 Brad@ridebeam.com  Introducing Boutique Lifestyle Photography in Auckland – Plus A Great Booking Special 2019-11-12T20:00:37Z introducing-boutique-lifestyle-photography-in-auckland-plus-a-great-booking-special Boutique Lifestyle Photography are award-winning portrait photographers based in Auckland, New Zealand. Established in 2007, the team have formed and further developed their signature style of portraiture; timeless images of your loved ones that artistically tell your story. Since their inception, Boutique Lifestyle Photography have continued to expand their professional photography services. From stunning family photography to beautiful maternity portraits and graduation photography, all photo shoot bookings are held in their upmarket Auckland studio location. More recently, a range of commercial photography services have been introduced including professional product photography as well as professional head shots. As part of their services, all portraits receive the team’s acclaimed professional portrait retouching. From scars to scratches, any imperfections or blemishes that you may have can be removed at your request. The team are also pleased to announce a fantastic $79 photo shoot sitting special. Included in this package is your in-studio photo shoot with your Auckland photographer, valid for our portrait services (excluding glamour), as well as a bonus $50 studio credit towards your chosen portraits. If you’ve been considering a professional photo shoot, then now is the perfect time. You are encouraged to contact the friendly team to discuss your requirements. In-studio consultations are available to discuss in advance your photo shoot aspirations and begin planning your session. Bookings are available Monday to Saturday by appointment. The Boutique Lifestyle Photography Philosophy As a family owned and operated business, the team at Boutique Lifestyle Photography go to great lengths to ensure your satisfaction. From your initial contact with the team, throughout your photo shoot to the final delivery of your treasured images, you are sure to be impressed. Having worked with countless families and individuals over the years, we are proud to have worked closely with people from all walks of life. Irrespective of your requirements, we offer you an in-studio portrait service that is both relaxed and professional with amazing results. We also offer a great range of flexible gift voucher options, perfect for any occasion or milestone. In addition, we also encourage charities or fundraising groups to contact us regarding any upcoming events or promotions we can assist with. Please visit our website and contact us with any queries relating to your event and how we can help. We look forward to hearing from you. Please contact us with any booking enquiries or general questions and we will be happy to assist. Boutique Lifestyle Photography(09) 522 5123https://www.boutiquelifestylephotography.co.nz