The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-01-21T06:11:19Z WILLIAM SHATNER ‘TO BOLDLY GO’ TO COSPENDIUM 2020 2020-01-21T06:11:19Z william-shatner-to-boldly-go-to-cospendium-2020 WILLIAM SHATNER ‘TO BOLDLY GO’ TO COSPENDIUM 2020 Legendary Star Trek actor heading to Australia for brand new cosplay event   ICONIC STAR TREK, BOSTON LEGAL AND TJ HOOKER ACTOR TO FEATURE AT NEW AUSTRALIAN COSPLAY AND ESPORTS CONVENTION INTERVIEW, MEET & GREET, PHOTO OPPS & AUDIENCE Q&A AT COSPENDIUM 2020   Actor, author, singer, producer, director, businessman & philanthropist William Shatner will attend the new two-day pop culture, cosplay and gaming convention Cospendium on Saturday 4th July AND Sunday 5th July 2020 at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne.   Register interest for tickets at: http://cospendium.com.au/   As well as a stellar career in Star Trek, the Emmy and two-time Golden Globe winning actor has also starred in globally successful TV series Boston Legal and TJ Hooker as well as over 50 movies across eight decades including the Miss Congeniality films and cult classic Dodgeball.   Shatner will take part in a Q&A session on the Cospendium main stage as well as meet ‘n greets and one-on-one photos & autograph signings with fans over both days of the debut convention.   “When you’ve been around as long as I have and worked in this business for so long, there’s a heck of a lot to share. I’m very excited to be bringing the spirit of the Starship Enterprise, Boston Legal and more down under,” says William Shatner.   “One of the surprising things I discovered years ago about conventions is that they’re filled with love. It’s very special to be up on that stage and share a unique moment with thousands of people at once – I can’t wait to feel the love when we usher in the first-ever Cospendium!”   Fans can also expect gaming tournaments, artist & cosplay stalls, cosplay competitions, prize giveaways and plenty more, from the brand-new event striving to become the ultimate cosplay convention.   “I’ve been a William Shatner and Star Trek fan since I saw the first episode in 1966 and just thought ‘WOW!’” says Cospendium founder Philip Rainford.   “I went to Star Trek conventions with my teenage daughter in the ‘90s in full costume and now my grandkids have the chance to attend our new convention with Captain Kirk himself. It’s just amazing.”   To purchase tickets or a full experience package with William Shatner, visit: www.cospendium.com.au   Watch the event announcement trailer here: http://bit.ly/cospendium2020 ABOUT COSPENDIUM 2020 Running for an entire weekend at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton Gardens, Melbourne, Cospendium will launch on Friday night on 3rd of July 2020 with an enormous, immersive Viking-themed banquet!   The convention commences the very next day, on Saturday July 4, with celebrity meet ‘n greets, gaming tournaments, artist & cosplay stalls, cosplay competitions, prize giveaways, and plenty more!   The debut convention aims to restore a sense of intimacy and community to the culture that the founders believe has been lacking for too long.   ABOUT WILLIAM SHATNER Since he was in his early 20’s, William Shatner has maintained his status as a star of both TV and the silver screen. He achieved the status of a pop culture icon thanks to his portrayal of Captain Kirk in the original Star Trek series and film adaptations. He is also well known as the eponymous TJ Hooker and Boston Legal’s Denny Crane.   Shatner has maintained an impressive side career in music and spoken-word recordings, having released eight albums since the ‘60s. He is also routinely involved in a range of charity work and raises American Saddlebred horses.   WHAT IS COSPLAY? Cosplay, or costume roleplay, is a global phenomenon where fans of franchises from all forms of media dress up as their favourite pop culture icons. At conventions such as Cospendium 2020 , You’ll be sure to run into everyone from Game of Thrones’ Ned Stark and Star Trek’s Spock to Princess Zelda and One-Punch Man.   According to trading platform Liquid, the global cosplay industry is estimated at a value of more than $45 billion and is growing at a rate of 15 per cent each year.   To register interest for ticket sales and for more information, visit: http://cospendium.com.au/ Facebook Instagram CITY TATTERSALLS CLUB SYDNEY HOSTS 2020 AUSTRALIAN TENNIS OPEN 2020-01-21T06:04:31Z city-tattersalls-club-sydney-hosts-2020-australian-tennis-open VISIT SYDNEY TO SEE 2020 AUSTRALIAN TENNIS OPEN   # CITY TATTS HOSTS AUSTRALIAN OPEN! # JOIN THE BARTY PARTY IN SYDNEY’s CBD # 3 GIANT SCREENS SHOWING 2 GAMES AT ONCE   Sydney’s City Tattersall’s Club is throwing a Barty Party showing the Australian Tennis Open live from 11am till the last ball every night from Monday 20th January through to Sunday 2nd February 2020.  The historic Lower Bar will feature 3 giant screens  showing 2 different games simultaneously plus the Pimms Bar has a grassed area wich Pimms at $8 a glass and $30 a jug plus with selected beers if you buy a schooner you get a pint on night games until the end of the first set in the Rod Laver Arena.  Every person who attends the event is able to go in the draw to win a magnificent Ash Barty signed memorabilia item courtesy of Taylormadememorabilia.com FURTHER DETAILS email max@marksonsparks.com or call Max Markson 0412 501 601     CODY WALKER & REACH OUT WORLDWIDE CHARITY TEAM COMING TO HELP 2020-01-13T03:08:04Z cody-walker-amp-reach-out-worldwide-charity-team-coming-to-help CODY WALKER & ROWW CHARITY TEAM COMING TO HELP # LATE PAUL WALKER’s REACH OUT WORLD WIDE CHARITY SENDING 6 STRONG TEAM TO HELP  #  6 VOLUNTEERS ARRIVE FROM USA 8.50AM MONDAY 13th JANUARY Fast & Furious’s late Paul Walker started the ROWW ( Reach Out World Wide Charity) to provide physical assistance globally in disaster & crisis situations.  His brother Cody Walker has Team ROWW landing into  Sydney at 8.50am Monday 13th January to do just that here in Australia.   Paul Walker’s brother, Cody Walker says “Australia has supported ROWW with funds raised in the last 5 years when I teamed up with United Cinemas Australia for the release of Fast & Furious 7 & 8. As soon as the enormity of what is happening with the bushfires came to our attention we have been planning with Roy Mustaca of United Cinemas to send a team so now we’re coming to do anything and everything in our powers to help and assist in any way we can over the next week or so.” Roy Mustaca from United Cinemas Australia with Cody & Felicia Walker from Reach Out Worldwide are deploying resources on the ground with much needed supplies to help with the devastation the Australian people & animals are facing right now with the ongoing fires throughout New South Wales & Victoria. The ROWW team from the USA arrived into Sydney from Los Angeles with one of our very own Aussie Fire Fighters Craig De Meillon. The team will head to areas affected in NSW first then make their way towards Canberra & Victoria.  The ROWW Team Craig De Meillon- Australia - Aviation FF Jennifer Stansell - Oregon - Wildland FF / EMT Isabell Isenhart - Kentucky - FF Scott McNair - Oregon - ROWW volunteer Joshua Stout - Oregon - ROWW director of Deployments and Response - Gold Beach FF / EMT/ SAR Justin Hester / California / Pasadena FF / Paramedic Donations have already been received of large supplies of water and soft drinks for distribution and anyone who has donations of supplies/food and products can drop them off at all United Cinema locations across Australia. www.unitedcinemas.com.au  Those wanting to give much needed supplies and general items please donate what ever you can at any United Cinemas location nationally via the box office. Any supplies or gold coin/money donated will be deployed by ROWW to those families & animals that are very much in need of your help. For those wanting to make a donation online please go to: https://www.unitedcinemas.com.au/UnitedandRowwbushfireappeal United Cinemas Australia are rallying together with other major Australian Distributors & Exhibitors to raise as much money as possible via all ticket sales nationally on Sunday the 19th of January. We are donating $2 from every movie ticket sold to bushfire relief. Any Film and Any Session. FURTHER DETAILS and to interview Cody Walker or Roy Mustaca email max@marksonsparks.com or call Max Markson 0412501601     WORLD’s HOTTEST FIGHTER JORGE ‘GAMEBRED’ MASVIDAL ON HIS WAY DOWNUNDER 2019-12-29T23:14:31Z world-s-hottest-fighter-jorge-gamebred-masvidal-on-his-way-downunder # DANA WHITE CREATED BADDEST MF TITLE FOR JORGE MASVIDAL  # MASVIDAL HOLDS RECORD FOR FASTEST KO - 5 SECONDS! # PRESIDENT TRUMP, THE ROCK & ROBERTO DURAN WATCHED JORGE BEAT DIAZ AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN LAST MONTH # MASVIDAL IS A REAL LIFE ROCKY STORY   Following in the footsteps of Muhammad Ali , Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor comes the baddest man on the planet, the worlds hottest fighter, will give his diehard fans the opportunity to take part in ‘An Evening With JORGE MASVIDAL. It’s their chance to hear untold stories, career highlights and Q&A. Fans will also have options to attend private dinners, training sessions, bid on memorabilia and have a photo taken with the one and only existing BAD MUTHER F**CKER BELT. Jorge will appear in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth from Wednesday 12th February to Tuesday 18th February 2020. Book now at www.jorgemasvidal.com.au   Jorge Masvidal has posted to his millions of social media followers “AUSTRALIA, soon you have a blessing coming your way. Jorge “ Gamebred” Masvidal AKA Street Jesus. AKA the soul snatcher, AKA I’ll F@@@ You Up! AKA I don’t give a F@@@ AKA The Man Himself, AKA BMF, AKA the list goes on. Meet & greets, dinners and training, sign up now at Jorgemasvidal.com.au “    Masvidal is a real life Rocky story. From loss after loss in 2017 to a 16 month lay off and back with a BANG in 2019 to beat Darren Till in March, set the world record for the fastest KO in UFC history with his 5 second victory over Ben Askren in July 2019 and then to beat Nate Diaz and win the BMF belt last month at Madison Square Garden in front of President Trump, Dwayne Johnson and Roberto Duran.   TO INTERVIEW JORGE MASVIDAL and for private dinners and training sessions and corporate opportunities in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane,  Adelaide and Perth from February 12 to February 19 2020  email shannon@marksonsparks.com or call Shannon on 0459 513 862 or email  max@marksonsparks.com or call Max Markson 0412 501 601  LA TROBE FINANCIAL BRINGS SHAQ TO BRISBANE 2019-12-29T23:10:10Z la-trobe-financial-brings-shaq-to-brisbane # SHAQUILLE O’NEAL COMING TO QUEENSLAND  # BASKETBALL SUPERSTAR’s FIRST BRISBANE VISIT  # TICKETS FROM $99 AVAILABLE NOW 4 times NBA Champion and Hall of Famer, 1996 Dream Team Atlanta Olympic Gold Medallist, author, DJ, Rapper, business mogul, TV and movie star, sports commentator and philanthropist Shaquille “ SHAQ”  O’Neal will speak in Brisbane for the first time ever presented by La Trobe Financial on Saturday night June 13 2020 in the Great Hall at the Brisbane Convention Centre, Glenelg St. South Brisbane.  Tickets from $99 are available now from TICKETEK Queensland  Ticketek.com.au At 2.16 metres tall, 147kg ( 7ft 1 inch, 325 pounds) and with a size 22 shoe Shaq was one of the tallest and heaviest players ever. He is also one of the greatest NBA basketballers of all time, 8th highest point scorer ever (28,596 - 23.7 ppg) a global sporting legend winning 3 back to back championships with the LA Lakers from 2000-2002 and a fourth in 2006 with Miami Heat.He player for six teams in his incredible 19 year career.  The beloved business mogul will be in Brisbane speaking on tips for success, offering unplugged and uncensored conversations about his life, and touching on many unspoken moments throughout his decorated career on and off the court.  TO INTERVIEW SHAQ email max@marksonsparks.com or call Max Markson 0412 501 601  ABOUT SHAQ O'Neal's individual accolades include the 1999–2000 MVP award, the 1992–93 NBA Rookie of the Year award, 15 All-Star game selections, three All-Star Game MVP awards, three Finals MVP awards, two scoring titles, 14 All-NBA team selections, and three NBA All-Defensive Team selections. He is one of only three players to win NBA MVP, All-Star game MVP and Finals MVP awards in the same year (2000); the other players are Willis Reed in 1970 and Michael Jordan in 1996 and 1998. He ranks 8th all-time in points scored, 6th in field goals, 15th in rebounds, and 8th in blocks. Largely due to his ability to dunk the basketball, O'Neal also ranks third all-time in field goal percentage (58.2%).[7] O'Neal was elected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016.[8] He was elected to the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2017.[9] CITY TATTS LITRES FOR THE LAND FUNDRAISER 2019-12-10T01:23:36Z city-tatts-litres-for-the-land-fundraiser-2 # LITRES FOR THE LAND XMAS FUNDRAISER  # CITY TATTS HELP OUR COUNTRY COUSINS # COFFEE & PAVLOVA THIS THURSDAY DEC 12   City Tattersalls Club at 194 Pitt St Sydney is joining with Clubs NSW to raise funds to buy LITRES FOR THE LAND to help farmers fighting the drought through NSW and the rest of Australia.    Launching this Thursday 12th December there will be complimentary coffee from 6.30am to 10.30am in the City Tatts foyer, pavlova In Zest Kitchen for $10 and purchase a Young Henrys tinnie for $5 in Lime Bar to quench your thirst. All monies go to buy Litres  for the Land.    The campaign continues on Thursday night in the Lower Bar when the CTC Young Professionals Network will have their Xmas party and all bar takings from 7.30pm onwards will be donated to the cause as well.    The City Tatts fundraising campaign will run all the way to Christmas Day and continue throughout the Summer with ongoing activities.  DONATIONS CAN ALSO BE MADE AT ANY POINT OF SALE MACHINE IN THE CLUB.   TO INTERVIEW CITY TATTS CLUB CHAIRMAN PATRICK  CAMPION  email Shannon@marksonsparks.com or call Shannon on 0459 513 862.   "I'm Done, Get Me Out Of Here" 2019-12-06T06:17:14Z i-m-done-get-me-out-of-here   The Age & Business Insider reported that January is “Divorce Month” and the first Monday back to work sees a stampede of Divorce Enquiries.   According to Cheryl Duffy, founder of “The Divorce Centre” and author of bestseller "The Divorce Tango", “there are 5 Top Tips if your partner's New Year’s resolution is "I'm Done, Get Me Out Of Here”   Know your current financial position - Identify ALL Assets, debts and income Get legal advice - Have initial consultation on what your entitlements are before agreeing to anything with your ex Suggest Marriage Counselling - Try to make it work, but know it takes two to want it to Don’t move out of the house - Don’t incur increased financial burden by renting elsewhere - await legal advice on entitlements Negotiate for a fair outcome - To work to an agreeable outcome is far better than dragging it out seeking more than you are entitled to or trying to get revenge which only increases legal costs in your divorce and impacts future financial security   CHERYL DUFFY is the founder of “The Divorce Centre”, a Certified Divorce Recovery Coach, and author of the bestseller "The Divorce Tango". Having moved on after 8 years of a hellish divorce recovery, she now helps others through and beyond divorce so they can move on and create a happy life. TO INTERVIEW CHERYL, Please contact shannon@marksonsparks.com / 0459513862 QUEEN OF CLEAN SAYS “SAVE THE REEF. BAN OXYBENZONE” 2019-12-06T06:12:30Z queen-of-clean-says-save-the-reef-ban-oxybenzone A growing body of evidence is pointing to synthetic sunscreens containing chemical absorbers Oxybenzone and Octinoxate that may harm our coral reefs and sea life. Hawaii and the Western Pacific nation of Palau has banned the use of Oxybenzone in skincare products to protect our oceans.   Australia’s Green Queen of Clean, a trailblazer of the natural beauty phenomenon, Irene Falcone, believes Australia, home of the Great Barrier Reef, should be following suit. “It’s time to dispel the myths around natural sunscreen being expensive or less effective. All sunscreens sold in Australia must be listed by the TGA and comply to strict testing guidelines, so consumers can confidently choose natural sunscreens over the traditional chemical based options”.   “Natural sunscreens use active ingredients such as Zinc Oxide to create a physical barrier instead of using chemical absorbers to help protect the skin from UVA/UVB rays, these can be a terrific reef safe and family friendly option”     TO INTERVIEW IRENE FALCONE email shannon@marksonsparks.com or call Shannon Hynes 0459513862 About Irene Falcone  In 2012 working mum of 4, Irene Falcone started her natural beauty product online retailer nourishedlife.com.au as a side hustle in her garage with $100. Five years later it was worth $20 million and Irene now stocks over 6,000 products, has 120,000 reviews and 5,000 items go in and out of the warehouse every day with one item sold every 6 seconds.  Irene sells ranges from Oliva Newton-John, Miranda Kerr and Elle Macpherson as well as the Bindi Irwin designed zero waste haircare range. Nourished Life is a one-stop-shop for natural skincare, body care, hair care, makeup, sun care and eco-friendly homewares and clothing brands.  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     IRENE FALCONE IS WWW.NOURISHEDLIFE.COM.AU "QUEEN OF CLEAN" 2019-11-06T03:41:45Z irene-falcone-is-www-nourishedlife-com-au-queen-of-clean “QUEEN OF CLEAN” MUM TURNS $100 INTO $20 MILLION IN 5 YEARS! # Retailer to the stars including Miranda Kerr, Elle Macpherson & Olivia Newton-John # All her products are clean, green, free from harsh chemicals, free from “green washing”, natural and toxin free. # Self-confessed dag, tech geek and eco-warrior is Australia’s natural beauty pioneer!   In 2012 working mum of 4, Irene Falcone started her natural beauty product online retailer  nourishedlife.com.au as a side hustle in her garage with $100. Five years later it was worth $20 million and Irene now stocks over 7,000 products, has 120,000 reviews and 5,000 items go in and out of the warehouse every day with one item sold every 6 seconds.    Irene is a natural beauty provocateur and Australia’s pioneer of the movement that has become the natural beauty phenomenon. A self-confessed “dag” Irene only sells natural, organic and clean beauty products. No toxins or harsh chemicals are present in any of the products she makes or sells.    Olivia Newton John’s entire product range launched exclusive on Nourishedlife.com.au and Irene also sells Miranda Kerr, Elle Macpherson and the Bindi Irwin designed zero waste haircare range. Nourished Life is a one-stop-shop for natural skincare, body care, hair care, makeup, sun care and eco-friendly homewares and clothing brands.    “I was shocked to discover I was putting up to 500 chemicals on my body every day so I threw away thousands of $$ worth of products and went completely organic. Then I started a blog. I never intended to start a store. I only wanted to help other women find natural and organic alternatives, but I soon realised how confusing the process was. Now at NourishedLife.com.au every product is vetted by our team, every ingredient on every label is checked so you don’t have to! “ says Irene.    “ It all started from there. I was always into tech, I’m a tech geek. Now I blog, use social media and have my “ Talking Clean with Irene the new clean living podcast” that shot straight to number 7 on Apple Itunes. I’m an eco-warrior with a real passion for the planet, and for Australian women. I want to nourish the planet, animals and people, one lipstick or beauty product at a time!” concludes Irene.   TO INTERVIEW IRENE FALCONE and give away Nourished Life gift vouchers as prizes email max@marksonsparks.com or call Max Markson 0412 501 601   PS: Irene can also put on her GREEN CROWN & talk about sustainability in the home, Sunscreen Wars dispelling the myth about natural v chemical sunscreen, the efficacy of natural insect repellent, Fake Tan and so much more!       JOHN MCAFEE TO SPEAK AT STARTCON.COM IN SYDNEY ON NOVEMBER 23 2019 2019-11-06T03:31:27Z john-mcafee-to-speak-at-startcon-com-in-sydney-on-november-23-2019 UNITED STATES 2020 PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, FAMED COMPUTER SECURITY ENTREPRENEUR AND LIBERTARIAN JOHN MCAFEE TO SPEAK AT STARTCON ON NOVEMBER 23 John McAfee to speak live via video on freedom, privacy and technology including cryptocurrency, computer security, blockchain and his new decentralised currency exchange McAfeeDex.  Freelancer CEO Matt Barrie to interview McAfee on his political campaign and how innovation can win back privacy and freedom.    United States 2020 Presidential Candidate John McAfee will be a keynote speaker at StartCon, Australia’s leading technology, startup, corporate innovation & growth conference to be held at Royal Randwick Racecourse on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd November 2019.  At StartCon, McAfee will discuss topics of freedom, privacy and technology including cryptocurrency, computer security, blockchain and his new decentralised currency exchange McAfeeDex. He will join over 55 global leaders in technology including Australia’s 29th Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and experts from eBay, Lyft, Airbnb, Airwallex, Uber, The Iconic, and more, during the two day event, with 4000+ attendees, 160 exhibitors and hundreds of startups in attendance. A lifelong advocate of personal freedom, McAfee now applies his passion, energy and vision to evangelising blockchain and cryptocurrency adoption. He uses his reach to encourage individuals to look beyond investing at all of the positive social change made possible by the blockchain.  In 2016 McAfee ran for President of the United States on a platform of Freedom, Privacy and Technology. He is running again in 2020, this time to draw public attention to the blockchain and cryptocurrency revolution."  "Cryptocurrencies will either free us or further enslave us depending on the choices that we make now," he says.  Matt Barrie, Chief Executive and Founder of Freelancer.com says, “John McAfee is a world renowned technology entrepreneur, having founded McAfee Antivirus. His fame has only grown since then, running as a US Presidential Candidate and he is now universally known as a vocal activist for privacy and freedom through technology. John’s tweets constantly hit global headlines and move entire markets.  I look forward to debating the escalating battlefield for privacy and freedom as technology facilitates both a creeping infringement and increasing ability to protect one’s rights, and new missions including his presidential campaign and McAfeeDex, with John at StartCon.”  StartCon brings together the world’s best experts to provide actionable insights into how to start and growing world class technology driven businesses. Whether you are an entrepreneur, corporate innovator, working at a startup or are thinking about starting a business - if there is one event you must attend this year - it’s StartCon.  StartCon 2019 will feature expert workshops, a tech expo, hackathon, masterclasses, a FinTech stage, a Disruption stage, VIP lounge and an artificial intelligence (AI) stage. Guests can also attend networking events, experience live gaming and visit a startup alley that includes some of the most innovative businesses in the local market and across Asia.  You can follow John McAfee on Twitter at https://t.co/hmSjOeLAry.  Joining John McAfee at StartCon 2019 on November 22-23 will be speakers including: International Speakers   Malcolm Turnbull, 29th Prime Minister of Australia Jenny Arden, Director of Design @ Lyft, formerly AirBnb Joe Fahed, Global Products Operations Manager @ Uber Tony Aug, CTO & VP, Technology & Strategy, Digital @ Arrow Petra Hofer, Technology Leadership Advisor, fmr eBay Director of Technology Dan Lok, Founder, Influencer @ Closers.com Eric Siu, Owner and CEO @ Single Grain Alberto Antinucci, Digital Innovation Strategist & China Expert @ Antinucci Consulting Katie Burke, Chief People Officer @ Hubspot Amy Peck, Senior Director of Enterprise Content @ Vive Studios and more!   Local Speakers include Fred Schebesta, CEO & Co-founder @ Finder Ashik Ahmed, CEO, CTO & Co-founder @ Deputy Vivek Bharadwaj, Marketing Science @ THE ICONIC Dr Jemma Green, Executive Chairman & Co-founder @ Power Ledger Chris Smith, Founder & Director @ BIG Esports Craig Rees, VP & Head of Engineering @ AirWallex Taryn Williams, CEO & Founder @ theright.fit James Spencely, VC Investor & Mentor @ Jamesspencely.com Greg Cross, Serial Entrepreneur @ Soul Machines Alex Moss, CEO & Head Designer @ Canaria Daniel Wearne, Head of Design @ Up Banking Alex McCauley, CEO @ StartupAus Sarah Tang, VP, Enterprise @ Freelancer.com Helen Souness, CEO @ RMIT Online Randall Noble, COO @ Hive Gaming Dr Michelle Perugini, CEO & Co-founder @ Presagen Simon Banks, Managing Director & SVP @ HyperWallet  Ali Anderson, Manager of Outreach Programs @ Australian Institute for Machine Learning and more!   More StartCon 2019 speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.   StartCon 2019 features multiple tracks for startups, marketing and growth professionals, designers, engineers, tech experts and corporate innovators and is jam-packed with:   Expert workshops Tech expo Hackathon Masterclasses FinTech stage  Disruption stage  Artificial intelligence stage VIP lounge  Multiple networking events Live gaming  Kids coding camp Startup alley that includes some of the most innovative businesses across Asia   ENDS   About StartCon  StartCon (formerly SydStart) is the largest Australian startup and growth conference, expo and entrepreneur community, established in 2009. Thousands of technology startup professionals, investors and ecosystem participants have already experienced StartCon events. This year’s conference will be held on November 22nd & 23rd at Royal Randwick Racecourse, with world-class international speakers in entrepreneurship and growth marketing, high quality workshops and an expo showcasing the biggest tech names and high-growth startups in Asia Pacific. http://www.startcon.com   Submissions for Pitch for $1 Million - Submissions can be made online with entries encouraged from startups in all sectors including, but not limited to, Advanced Manufacturing, Robotics, Blockchain, AI, Big Data, Adtech, Digital Media, Edtech and more.   FORMER PRIME MINISTER MALCOLM TURNBULL TO SPEAK AT STARTCON ON NOVEMBER 22 2019-10-29T23:19:49Z former-prime-minister-malcolm-turnbull-to-speak-at-startcon-on-november-22 ·         Prime Minister Turnbull to speak on innovation and opportunity in an environment of rising authoritarian populism, anti-global and protectionist agendas.  ·        After a speech, Turnbull will have a one to one discussion with Freelancer CEO Matt Barrie on how innovation can be brought back on the national agenda, and how to transform the economy into one that guarantees prosperity for all Australians into the 21st century. Australia’s 29th Prime Minister, The Honourable Malcolm Turnbull will be the keynote speaker at StartCon, Australia’s leading technology, startup, corporate innovation & growth conference to be held at Royal Randwick Racecourse on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd November 2019.  At StartCon, Turnbull will discuss innovation, the problems facing Australia’s technology industry and what Australia needs to be the number one startup capital of the world.  He will join over 55 global leaders in technology including experts from NASA, eBay, Airbnb, Airwallex, Uber, The Iconic, and more, during the two day event. With over 55 speakers from around the world including Silicon Valley, 4000+ attendees, 160 exhibitors and hundreds of startups in attendance. Talking about his involvement in the conference, Turnbull says, “Change, unprecedented in scale and pace, is the tenor of our times. This offers enormous opportunities, and Australia has never been better situated to take advantage of them. At the heart of all of this is innovation, the key driver of productivity, which is vital if we are to remain a prosperous first world economy with a generous social welfare net.” “Australia’s startup ecosystem has advanced enormously since we started OzEmail twenty five years ago. In those days there was hardly any money for technology startups. Today, especially since the launch of the National Innovation and Science Agenda, and opportunities for investment like the Pitch for a Million competition here at StartCon, there are billions available.”  “My feeling is that there is now more support in the community for innovation and science, although the rising tide of authoritarian populism with its “anti-globalist” and protectionist agenda represents a real threat. So we cannot take our gains for granted, there will always be voices to oppose innovation, frightened of the new, anxious to hide under the doona in the hope that the 21st century will prove to be a terrible dream.”   StartCon Pitch for $1 Million, one of the world’s largest startup pitch competitions where entrepreneurs battle it out for a total of US$1m in venture financing from trailblazing US investors, EDGE196™.  Matt Barrie, Chief Executive and Founder of Freelancer.com says, “Malcolm Turnbull was undoubtedly the most technology focused Prime Minister that Australia has ever had. During his term, innovation through technology was at the forefront of government policy for driving forward the Australian economy. Since that time, however, innovation has dropped off the national agenda. I look forward to discussing with Malcolm at StartCon what needs to happen to bring innovation back on the national agenda, and what we need to do as a country to transform the economy into one that guarantees prosperity for all Australians into the 21st century.” StartCon brings together the world’s best experts to provide actionable insights into how to start and growing world class technology driven businesses. Whether you are an entrepreneur, corporate innovator, working at a startup or are thinking about starting a business- if there is one event you attend this year- it’s StartCon.  StartCon 2019 will feature expert workshops, a tech expo, hackathon, masterclasses, a FinTech stage, a Disruption stage, VIP lounge and an artificial intelligence (AI) stage. Guests can also attend networking events, experience live gaming and visit a startup alley that includes some of the most innovative businesses in the local market and across Asia.  Joining the Honorable Malcolm Turnbull at StartCon 2019 on November 22-23 will be speakers including: International Speakers ·         Petra Hoffer, Technology Leadership Advisor, Consulting @ eBay ·         Jenny Arden, Director of Design @ Airbnb ·         Joe Fahed, Global Products Operations Manager @ Uber ·         Tony Aug, CTO & VP, Technology & Strategy, Digital @ Arrow ·         Dan Lok, Founder, Influencer @ Closers.com ·         Eric Siu, Owner and CEO @ Single Grain ·         Alberto Antinucci, Digital Innovation Strategist & China Expert @ Antinucci Consulting ·         Katie Burke, Chief People Officer @ Hubspot ·         Amy Peck, Senior Director of Enterprise Content @ Vive Studios ·         and more! Local Speakers include ·         Fred Schebesta, CEO & Co-founder @ Finder ·         Ashik Ahmed, CEO, CTO & Co-founder @ Deputy ·         Vivek Bharadwaj, Marketing Science @ THE ICONIC ·         Dr Jemma Green, Executive Chairman & Co-founder @ Power Ledger ·         Chris Smith, Founder & Director @ BIG Esports ·         Craig Rees, VP & Head of Engineering @ AirWallex ·         Taryn Williams, CEO & Founder @ theright.fit ·         James Spencely, VC Investor & Mentor @ Jamesspencely.com ·         Greg Cross, Serial Entrepreneur @ Soul Machines ·         Alex Moss, CEO & Head Designer @ Canaria ·         Daniel Wearne, Head of Design @ Up Banking ·         Alex McCauley, CEO @ StartupAus ·         Sarah Tang, VP, Enterprise @ Freelancer.com ·         Helen Souness, CEO @ RMIT Online ·         Randall Noble, COO @ Hive Gaming ·         Dr Michelle Perugini, CEO & Co-founder @ Presagen ·         Simon Banks, Managing Director & SVP @ HyperWallet ·          Ali Anderson, Manager of Outreach Programs @ Australian Institute for Machine Learning ·         and more!   More StartCon 2019 speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.   StartCon 2019 features multiple tracks for startups, marketing and growth professionals, designers, engineers, tech experts and corporate innovators and is jam-packed with: ·         Expert workshops ·         Tech expo ·         Hackathon ·         Masterclasses ·         FinTech stage  ·         Disruption stage  ·         Artificial intelligence stage ·         VIP lounge  ·         Multiple networking events ·         Live gaming  ·         Kids coding camp ·         Startup alley that includes some of the most innovative businesses across Asia ENDS About StartCon  StartCon (formerly SydStart) is the largest Australian startup and growth conference, expo and entrepreneur community, established in 2009. Thousands of technology startup professionals, investors and ecosystem participants have already experienced StartCon events. This year’s conference will be held on November 22nd & 23rd at Royal Randwick Racecourse, with world-class international speakers in entrepreneurship and growth marketing, high quality workshops and an expo showcasing the biggest tech names and high-growth startups in Asia Pacific. http://www.startcon.com Submissions for Pitch for $1 Million - Submissions can be made online with entries encouraged from startups in all sectors including, but not limited to, Advanced Manufacturing, Robotics, Blockchain, AI, Big Data, Adtech, Digital Media, Edtech and more. www.startcon.com LOOK WHO'S TALKING WITH JOHN TRAVOLTA IN SYDNEY AND MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA 2019-10-23T00:40:09Z look-who-s-talking-with-john-travolta-in-sydney-and-melbourne-australia GUESS WHO’S ON STAGE WITH JOHN TRAVOLTA? When it comes to Australian women John Travolta is normally associated with Olivia Newton John. However Olivia is being replaced for An Evening with John Travolta presented by Anthology in Sydney on Wednesday November 6 at The Star and in Melbourne on Sunday November 10 at the Palais Theatre by another famous Australian when Walkley Award winning journalist, author, TV presenter and radio host Melissa Doyle stars opposite John on stage as the MC for both events.  Melissa will put John through his paces and his incredible career as his interviewer for both events and then moderate the q and a session with the audience. At this stage there is no talk of Melissa and John doing a duet to Summer Nights or You’re The One That I Want! John Travolta says “Hey Australia I’m coming your way. I’ll see you in Sydney and Melbourne for an evening of reminiscing, music, movies, you name it…and thanks Anthology!” For tickets from $99 and VIP meet & greet & photos with John Travolta book now at www.aneveningwith.com.au FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, TICKET GIVEAWAY PROMOTIONS, CORPORATE & MEDIA ENQUIRIES email max@marksonsparks.com or call Max Markson 0412501601     StartCon.com , Australia’s leading technology, startup, corporate innovation & growth conference,announces the launch of Pitch for $1 Million 2019-10-23T00:33:38Z startcon-com-australia-s-leading-technology-startup-corporate-innovation-amp-growth-conference-announces-the-launch-of-pitch-for-1-million Startups to battle it out for US$1 million! XFactor meets startups in this global pitching competition    StartCon, Australia’s leading technology, startup, corporate innovation & growth conference, today announces the launch of Pitch for $1 Million, one of the world’s largest startup pitch competitions where entrepreneurs battle it out for a total of USD$1m in venture financing from trailblazing US investors, EDGE196™.   “The startup ecosystem outside of North America is increasingly showing promise, prompting us to partner with StartCon, which has a track record of success in running startup pitch contests before. We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to work together to give a shot to the next up and comers in these regions that are, as yet, unexplored by EDGE196™,” says Jay Patel, founder of EDGE196™.   The Pitch for $1 Million competition aims to surface highly promising companies outside of traditional venture markets but across regions where billions of people live. This year, the competition will be running in regions including China, Korea, Japan, UAE, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.   Submissions can be made online with entries encouraged from startups in all sectors including, but not limited to, Advanced Manufacturing, Robotics, Blockchain, AI, Big Data, Adtech, Digital Media, Edtech and more.   The first regional final will be held in Shanghai, China on October 24th, 2019 in partnership with SOSV: The Accelerator VC. SOSV runs the Chinaccelerator, a seed-funding program in China that allows entrepreneurs to create startup companies in the tech industry. The event will be held at Hero Center, level 1, West Entrance, No. 28 Yuyuam East Rd. Jing'An District, Shanghai at 7pm.   The second regional final will be held in Seoul, Korea on October 30th, 2019 in partnership with Austrade, the Australian Government’s trade and investment commission, and KOTRA, the state-funded trade and investment promotion organization operated by the Government of South Korea. The event will be held at Kintex Exhibition Center Hall 8 at 10am.   The Australian regional finals will be held in Sydney at StartCon, Australia’s largest startup and growth conference on November 22nd and 23rd 2019.   Regional finals in other countries will take place following this with each country competing at the Grand Final for the US$1 million in investment in March 2020.                        The winner of the 2018 StartCon Pitch for $1 Million competition was Daitum, an Australian cloud-based AI company with a vision to make decision analytics available to everyone. Co-founder and CEO Luigi Barone says: StartCon was a watershed milestone for us at Daitum. Before StartCon, we were a seven person emerging business facing the perennial challenges of most bootstrapped start-ups: how to fund growth on a tight budget. With plenty of dreams and ambition, realising them was always constrained by the realities of bringing revenue into the business. Winning at StartCon allowed us to rapidly accelerate our story and bring forward those dreams, funding the next stages of product development and marketing and outreach endeavours. We’ve doubled the size of our team, brought on specialist staff to lead hard-to-fund functions like business development and customer success, and increased our marketing efforts from zero to significant. We’re extremely grateful to StartCon and the Pitch for $1 Million competition for giving us this opportunity and we’re envious of all the teams competing this year.  Good luck, and pitch hard!   “This year, we’re looking for startups with founders and a team who demonstrate their passion and commitment, can prove an ever-expanding target market for their product and service alongside realistic and aggressive projections, and convey their exit strategy for investors,” says Jay Patel, founder of EDGE196™.   EDGE196™ is a trailblazing company of experienced investors and technical experts in the fields of all innovative technologies, business development and global startup ecosystems and has previously invested in Jointer, OTPPAY, Funding Tree, Hackmania and EquityUp among others.   With the contest launch, Jay Patel, and Matt Barrie, Chief Executive and founder of the world’s largest freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace, Freelancer.com, offer competitors their five top tips for a great pitch:   TOP TIPS TO WIN YOUR PITCH FOR A MILLION from Matt Barrie, founder and CEO of Freelancer.com &  Jay Patel, founder and CEO of EDGE196™   1. It’s all about the team. Have you got the right team to help you succeed? No startup gets anywhere alone so demonstrate the passion, commitment and expertise of your whole team.   2. Show your investors the money. How are you acquiring your customers and what’s your revenue model? Are you making money yet? Be clear and concise about your pricing model, long term value of a customer and customer acquisition costs.   3. Prove your growth trajectory. Do you have an ever expanding target market for your product or service? Never undersell yourself: your business plan should be both realistic and aggressive.   4. Demonstrate your value. How are you changing or disrupting the world or your industry and why is what you’re doing better than what’s already out there. Give the answer to, ‘So, what?’ with everything you say rather than assuming your audience will create the link for you.   5. Practice your pitch. A thousand times. Have you really practised enough? Take previous pitch feedback on board, ask anyone who will listen to give feedback and remember to prepare for questions. “North American startup ecosystems have dominated for investors for some time now, yet vibrant ecosystems in the APAC region increasingly present a great opportunity for investment, says Lana Vickeridge-Smith, CEO of StartCon. “This type of opportunity is a real game-changer for startups looking to grow and scale and we wish every entrant the best of luck.”    Total prize pool is USD$1m (or AUD$1.5m) with three prizes to be awarded: 1st: AUD $1,000,000 investment 2nd: AUD $300,000 investment  3rd: AUD $200,000 investment   Entries can be submitted at StartCon.com.   ENDS   About StartCon  StartCon (formerly SydStart) is the largest Australian startup and growth conference, expo and entrepreneur community, established in 2009. Thousands of technology startup professionals, investors and ecosystem participants have already experienced StartCon events. This year’s conference will be held on November 22nd & 23rd at Royal Randwick Racecourse, with world-class international speakers in entrepreneurship and growth marketing, high quality workshops and an expo showcasing the biggest tech names and high-growth startups in Asia Pacific. http://www.startcon.com About EDGE196™ EDGE196™ is a trailblazing company of experienced investors and technical experts in the fields of all innovative technologies, business development and Global Startup Ecosystems. EDGE196™’s vision is to act as a catalyst between Startups, Investors, and Service Providers; to open avenues to a marketplace in a cross-border ecosystem; and to use the digital share economy to assist young companies to realize their potential through the 3-M solutions of EDGE196™ http://www.edge196.com    DIVORCE TANGO AUTHOR SAYS WHY GREY DIVORCE IS ON THE RISE! 2019-10-17T02:13:04Z divorce-tango-author-says-why-grey-divorce-is-on-the-rise WHY IS GREY DIVORCE ON THE RISE? Al Gore and his wife Tipper are part of the rise in "Grey Divorce" which has doubled since 1990.  Divorce expert, best-selling author of The Divorce Tango and founder of Australia’s first National Divorce Centre, Cheryl Duffy says “The reason Grey Divorce is on the rise is  threefold. Firstly, money, women are more financially independent so no longer have to choose a bad marriage or poverty. Secondly there is not the same stigma about divorcing now as there used to be and thirdly better health and life expectancy" “When the children have grown up “empty nest syndrome” comes into play and the parents find they have grown apart or lost the spark that was once there and realise they are not too old to seek happiness later in life” concludes Cheryl. TO INTERVIEW CHERYL DUFFY email max@marksonsparks.com or call Max Markson 0412 501 601 ABOUT CHERYL Cheryl Duffy is a CDC Certified Divorce Coach® and Author of the bestseller “The Divorce Tango”. Cheryl’s career evolved from leading key programs for successful change and betterment in a large, multinational company however, the most difficult change she has ever had to manage was her divorce, which affected every facet of her life. After nineteen years, Cheryl’s marriage came to an end, and her life completely changed. Being the first among her family and friends to experience divorce, she was left to blindly navigate her way out of the tumultuous times, into a better post-marriage life. The journey continued in the pursuit to help others impacted by Divorce whereby Cheryl became a Certified Divorce Coach to help others accelerate their divorce recovery so they can let go, move on and create the life they deserve so they don’t have to waste years being emotionally paralysed like she did. Through one on one coaching sessions or unique programs depending on whether you are pre/post divorce can empower you to take charge and accelerate your divorce recovery so you can rebuild your life faster. www.thedivorcetango.com