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Friday, 15 June 2018 12:49 Written by

AUDITIONS

Peach Productions and Sydney Fringe 2018 present

WOMEN IN AUSTRALIA: STORIES OF COURAGE

A COLLECTION OF NEW SHORT PLAYS BY WOMEN

All roles open. Actors from minority groups and diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Each play is approximately 10 minutes long.
Actors may take roles in two plays. Roles are unpaid.

ROLES:
FEMALE: 18 - 25yrs 2 roles
25 – 35 5 roles
35 – 45 7 roles
45 – 55 3 roles

MALE: 18 – 25 2 roles
25 – 35 1 role
35 – 45 2 roles
AUDITIONS:

DAY 1 Sunday 17 June 11.00–3.00pm 107 Redfern St Redfern
5 mins walk from Redfern Station Accessible Venue

DAY 2 Saturday 23 June 12.00–4.00pm 46 Edward St Summer Hill
10 mins walk from Summer Hill and Lewisham Stations
5 mins to Light Rail Free onstreet parking in Weston St
This Venue is upstairs and NonAccessible

For audition requirements and an audition time:
email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
by 13 June for DAY 1 and by June 20 for DAY 2
and include your bio and photo

Rehearsals: July and August

Production dates: September 11- 22
Venue: 288 Pitt St, Central Sydney

UNIFICATION FINDS CLOSURE

Monday, 04 June 2018 22:49 Written by

It took a long time coming. 

The clamorous and vigorous attempt to unify the Filipino community in NSW instigated by Evelyn Zaragoza, publisher of this newspaper finally came to a not-so-dramatic ending with the much-awaited RECONCILIATION meeting between the break-away groups of APCO with the mother organisation PCC-NSW over and done with, as dutifully engineered by the Philippine Consulate during the last remaining days of outgoing Consul General Marford Angeles in January 16, 2017.
It should be recalled that since June 2017, a series of exploratory consultative and educative public forums were orchestrated by PCHN publisher Evelyn Zaragoza and duly documented by this writer-editor in banner headlines tracing the development of the UNIFICATION MOVEMENT in its monthly issues beginning June-July 2017 through to the present , generating a massive information campaign of underlying issues and concerns and publishing as well the consensus of opinions from various respected leaders and so-called movers and shapers of the Filipino-Australian society.
HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
Needless to say, it’s been in the works since perhaps the earliest recorded history of Filipino migration in Australia. As our population rose to become one of the top ten sources of overseas migrants, it is but natural that more and more intrinsic, internal, and germane conflicts floated along.
It has been said that where there are Filipinos, there will always be disunity so much so that the issue of unification has grown whiskers. The longest surviving confederation of Filipino organizations is in itself fraught with political strife and coup attempts but nothing as major major as the famous walk-out of the Amoreses almost a decade ago and the consequent formation of the APCO has put PCC-NSW on tenterhooks enough to reinvestigate its reason for being.
IS IT REALLY CLOSURE OR IT REMAINS TO BE SEEN
When all is said and done, the final verdicts as to the issue of reconciliations are simply NO RECONCILIATION!
But, on a more positive note, a joint statement struck between PCC-NSW and APCO which turned out to be more like a tripartite agreement between the previously opposing parties with the Philippine Consulate thrown in as peaceful negotiator achieved some kind of an amicable agreement best left for our readers to decipher closely and reflect on what the following statement shall mean to them now and in the long run. Here goes...

STATEMENT
On 16 January 2018, the Philippine Consulate General in Sydney hosted a meeting between the leaders of the Philippine Community Council of New South Wales Inc. (PCC-NSW) and the Alliance of Philippine Community Organizations Inc. (APCO).
The leaders affirmed their groups’ commitment to effectively serve their respective constituents and the Filipino community at large. They likewise both pledged to continue working with the Consulate in promoting and protecting the interests of all Filipinos in NSW.
PCC-NSW and APCO will continue to carry out their respective projects and mandates, and work with the Consulate towards harmonizing their respective programs to maximize efficiency, resources and output. The Consulate will assist both organizations in exploring joint activities and other possible areas of cooperation, with concurrence of their respective memberships.
PCC-NSW was represented at the meeting by its President, Ms. Serna Ladia, and Board Members Mr. Alric Bulseco, Ms. Mercy Jones, Ms. Angie Jenkins, and Ms. Rowena Gonzaga Turnbull, and APCO by its President, Ms. Pet Storey, and Founding President and Adviser Dr. Cen Amores, Immediate Past President and Adviser Mr. Ruben Amores, Adviser Mr. Jimmy Lopez and Asst. Secretary Linda Price. Acting Head of Post Consul Marford Angeles represented the Consulate, joined by Consuls Melanie Diano and Emmanuel Guzman.
The parties plan to meet again in the next months, as well as maintain open communication and effective coordination into the future.

Feedbacks
PCHN conducted a quick random survey amongst the very same people who actively participated in the series of Unification Movement Public Discussions and culled the following initial feedbacks.

Jhun Salazar, who for the record was the first ever who stood up and advanced the notion of “reconciliation” between APCO and PCC, has this o say: (EVELYN NASAAN ANG COMMENT NI JHUN. PASULATIN MO SIYA NG SINASABI NIYA SA IYO PARA SA KANYA MAGSIMULA PLEASE).
Who does not know Blacktown Councillor Jess Diaz, the first Filipino political face NSW has ever encountered. He said “Good dialogue, warm relationship, motherhood statements!  Unification?  No. Focus on goals and forget and bury unification for another day.
Perhaps one of the most outspoken and creative younger generation of leaders we have who unfortunately is also a disillusioned fall-out from PCC_NSW is Mark Selorio who thinks: “This is not a merger, isn't it?  If both organisations continue to do their job and serve the greater community, it's fine. No need to merge, but perhaps if they can do a bigger collaborative project together (Independence Day Ball or President's visit) instead of tree planting projects, the Filipino community could appreciate it more. They have good leaders, they just need to think bigger picture.”
Worse, we get an honest, in-the-face reaction of an adopted Filipino supporter Robert B. D. Bock, who dismisses the whole shebang thus: “I’m sorry but it looks like same old, same old (faces.) Where is the new blood?
As always there are two sides to a coin such that there are likewise more welcoming, positive comments to lend some balance.
Atty. Tom Baena is perhaps the first Filipino elected director of a huge RSL club who is quick to gush: “One small step taken by a few leading to a giant leap of community harmony and prosperity. 
Still, some of our concerned citizens wants to admonish everyone of their obligations:
“It is wonderful to know that both parties have agreed to work together for the good of the Filipino people. The people around us are fully aware of the great contributions that we have as part of the community. Filipinos are full of enthusiasm and charisma. Wherever we are, we excel. Our goal is to encourage and lift each other up. And be there for the good of all not for personal gain.  Having a humble heart will make it happen.  This is what both parties are doing. Well done! As we continue with our desires to move on and focus more on the positive, with the help of God, we all can do what needs to be done.  Let us be a blessing in the lives of others.  With many willing hands to do the work, we can accomplish much.Thank you everyone.
That was a message from Luz Osbourne. Of equal resonance is former PCC-NSW President Jun Relunia’s thoughts:
“The key message of the tripartite statement issued by the Philippine  Consulate, APCO and PCC - NSW ( to me an agreement that will bind the three parties) is that each can continue their own projects  and activities and work with the Philippine consulate to harmonise these activities. Also by this statement both APCO and PCC - NSW can explore and undertake joint projects with the concurrence of their respective memberships.

For me there is one important ingredient that is missing on this agreement and that is an agreement to meet regularly ( say quarterly) to explore joint projects that will help the Filipino Australian community. The Statement only states that the parties will meet again in the next months. The statement / agreement for APCO and PCC - NSW to meet regularly with or without the presence of the Philippine Consulate  will enhance the prospect of both parties exploring joint projects and advocacy  beneficial to the entire Filipino Australian community in NSW.

One such project is a functional Filipino Australian community centre. We have already the MPC in Blacktown and what APCO and PCC - NSW is to explore on ways of improving the community centre to become a truly functional centre thru the support of Federal and NSW state governments and Blacktown City Council and the support of Filipino Australian community.
This is a project that is achievable with joint commitment of APCO and PCC - NSW in coordination with the present management of MPC.

Despite his proximity Ishko Lopez delivers what is expected of him as a leader. His general comments:
“Many thanks for sharing this email/letter from the Honourable Ambassador Cruz to our good friend Mars.  In regards to the contents of the article between PCC-NSW and APCO. I personally feel that genuine reconciliation between these 2 groups will ot succeed this year or perhaps another year or years (who knows).  As a former OFW community leader in Saudi Arabia for 22 years, I had this kind of experience before and it took years to resolve and not even the Philippine Embassy and Phil Overseas Labor Office/OWWA intervention worked.  As always, the problem of factionalization and tribo-tribo system is always at the center stage.   There was an absolutely ethnic divide syndrome in terms of running a a pinoy community organization aroudn the globe and there's a number game approach which plays an important role to gain leverage on every issue whether an Ambassador or Consul is present to mediate between warring factions.  Perhaps our crab mentality will never wane wherever we are and wherever we maybe.  It was a exhausting and draining experience to be a part of any group meeting involving pinoy association/organization and based on my experience, every elected leader does not want to give even an inch to every argument/deliberation whether it's a planned community event or cultural celebration and for me, it's just a waste of precious time of every attendee as it was a never ending story of proving who is the best among the rest on every issue the protagonist deliberate.  Right now, I believe that unless PCC-NSW and APCO back down from their recriminating ways of dealing with any concerned issue(s), genuine and lasting reconciliation between these 2 groups will never be attained.  At this point in time, we can feel and see total disenchantment from the pinoy community in general as they await the result of this reconciliation process.   I believe it will be a long and tedious work in process for all the involved parties to come up with an effective formula to bring and achieve peace and harmony in NSW that we clamor for so long and after many years of failed expectations.  For now, I am not losing hope and I continue to pray that one day, everybody will say - 'We are ready to unite and work for the common good of all of us pinoys in NSW.  Unless this happens, we have to live by the day and as we pinoys say - Pagpapasa- Diyos na lang natin ang kahihinatnan ng walang katapusang pagsubok at pakikibaka sa ating buhay kahit saan man tayo naroroon"

NOT THE LAST WORD
“I have read through the statements, and I have attended at least one your 'unification' meetings. In response to your request for comment, I have this to say: Personally, this issue of 'unification' or 'reconciliation' does not affect me. Further, I believe that the issue has no real impact on the larger number of Filipinos in Sydney or across Australia. The organisations involved with PCC-NSW, APCO - or the FILCAA for that matter - comprise only a very small section of the total number of members of Filipino-Australian community. They do not represent the rest of the Filipino community who are not members of these organisations. In effect, they do not represent every member or a great majority of the Filipino-Australian community.
That said, I would like to see these organisations on friendly terms, working alongside each other on occasions. Whichever was founded first is of no great importance to me, especially considering that the truly first Filipino-Australian organisation in Sydney - and in Australia - was founded back in the mid-1960s - as was the first Filipino 'Federation' - both of which, as far as I know, have been defunct for decades.
What I know is that conflicts among Filipino-Australian organisations reflect badly on all of us, and not just on the organisations. This is another reason why many members of the Filipino community do not join existing Filipino organisations. I am a member of the Ateneo Alumni Australia, but I have always resisted this organisation's joining the PCC-NSW precisely because I could see it being dragged into the conflicts of a larger organisation with agenda that do not represent the true spirit of my old school in the Philippines.

A sticky point of conflict has been the idea of holding only one Independence Day Ball, organised by only one organisation in collaboration with the Philippine Consulate in Sydney. This seems unreasonable to me, even ridiculous. How could one fit in every member of the Filipino community - and friend - who wanted to celebrate Philippine Independence Day in single ballroom? The idea behind being able to accomplish this has been to price admission tickets beyond the affordability of the Filipino-Australian majority. The idea of democracy gives way to an elitist minority. My view is that the Philippine Consulate or the Embassy holds a Philippine Independence Day Ball on their own. After all, it's a 'Philippine' celebration ~ but open to any member of the Filipino-Australian community on a first come, first served arrangement. The Filipino-Australian community should then be able to hold their own Independence Day celebrations wherever and whenever.
That's my own take.
I wish your efforts in bringing 'peace' among the existing Filipino community organisations in Australia. And I wish these organisations would swallow their pride and co-exist without trying to outdo each other.
As we go to the press, there are last minute messages which we could no longer include in this issue. Watch out or more feedbacks. (Mars Cavestany/All Rights Reserved))

LOCAL WOMAN OF THE YEAR 
FOR 2018 ANNOUNCED

Tuesday, 05 June 2018 08:36 Written by

Member for Riverstone, Kevin Conolly MP today announced that Rissa McInnes of Glenwood is the Riverstone electorate Local Woman of the Year for 2018.
 
The Local Woman of the Year Awards are designed to recognise inspiring female role models and to profile women who have demonstrated excellence in their career and women who make significant contributions to their community.
 
“I congratulate Rissa on her outstanding achievement and thank her for her exceptional example as an energetic and motivated volunteer in our community,” said Mr Conolly.
 
Rissa McInnes is an inspiring volunteer in her local community. Rissa has worked tirelessly to grow the Lions Club presence in the local area. She has held various positions on various non-profit organisation boards such as a director of the PCC (Philippine Community Council), 1st Vice President of Blacktown City Lions Club, was instrumental in the creation of Blacktown Ponds Lions Club Inc., where she currently serves as Membership Chairman, and is a Director of Aguman Kapampangan Australia Inc.
 
Rissa has organised a 'Family Fund Day' in the local community which raised about $20,000 in donations that went to Caritas for the people affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. She helped raise another $20,000 through the Lions Club which was used to help restore 3 schools in the same affected area, and she has assisted in other charitable programs intended to help malnourished children in the poorer parts of the Philippines also. 
 
As a Lion, she continues to help raise funds for local schools, hospitals and Lions foundations such as Australian Lions Children’s Mobility Foundation, Hearing Dogs, Children’s Cancer Research and donating toys to the sick and under privileged children of the Blacktown Local Government area.
 
“I am very proud to nominate Rissa McInnes as the Riverstone 2018 Local Woman of the Year and it is truly a privilege to be able to acknowledge the great work she has done and is continuing to do in our community” said Kevin Conolly.
 
Rissa McInnes and other local Woman of the Year award winners from across the state will be invited to join the Minister for Women, Tanya Davies at the 2018 NSW Women of the Year award ceremony to be held at the International Convention Centre, Sydney on the morning of Thursday, 8 March 2018. LOCAL WOMAN OF THE YEAR 
FOR 2018 ANNOUNCED
 
Member for Riverstone, Kevin Conolly MP today announced that Rissa McInnes of Glenwood is the Riverstone electorate Local Woman of the Year for 2018.
 
The Local Woman of the Year Awards are designed to recognise inspiring female role models and to profile women who have demonstrated excellence in their career and women who make significant contributions to their community.
 
“I congratulate Rissa on her outstanding achievement and thank her for her exceptional example as an energetic and motivated volunteer in our community,” said Mr Conolly.
 
Rissa McInnes is an inspiring volunteer in her local community. Rissa has worked tirelessly to grow the Lions Club presence in the local area. She has held various positions on various non-profit organisation boards such as a director of the PCC (Philippine Community Council), 1st Vice President of Blacktown City Lions Club, was instrumental in the creation of Blacktown Ponds Lions Club Inc., where she currently serves as Membership Chairman, and is a Director of Aguman Kapampangan Australia Inc.
 
Rissa has organised a 'Family Fund Day' in the local community which raised about $20,000 in donations that went to Caritas for the people affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. She helped raise another $20,000 through the Lions Club which was used to help restore 3 schools in the same affected area, and she has assisted in other charitable programs intended to help malnourished children in the poorer parts of the Philippines also. 
 
As a Lion, she continues to help raise funds for local schools, hospitals and Lions foundations such as Australian Lions Children’s Mobility Foundation, Hearing Dogs, Children’s Cancer Research and donating toys to the sick and under privileged children of the Blacktown Local Government area.
 
“I am very proud to nominate Rissa McInnes as the Riverstone 2018 Local Woman of the Year and it is truly a privilege to be able to acknowledge the great work she has done and is continuing to do in our community” said Kevin Conolly.
 
Rissa McInnes and other local Woman of the Year award winners from across the state will be invited to join the Minister for Women, Tanya Davies at the 2018 NSW Women of the Year award ceremony to be held at the International Convention Centre, Sydney on the morning of Thursday, 8 March 2018. 

TFCU Talks Aims to Connect, Inspire, and Empower the Youth in Australia

Saturday, 31 March 2018 01:49 Written by

 

On its second international leg, TFCU Talks now gathers young Filipino-Australians to connect them to industry professionals who will inspire them to pursue their passion
Coming from its successful first international leg in Manila last March 2017, TFCU Talks now flies to Sydney, Australia for the very first “TFCU Talks Sydney”, happening on April 7 at the Ballroom of Blacktown Workers Club (55 Campbell St. Blacktown New South Wales, Australia).
TFCU is an initiative which aims to connect, inspire, and empower Filipino college students and young professionals through the TFCU Talks event, which features industry professionals and personalities who share their stories that will help the Filipino youth realize their full potential while embracing their cultural identity.
There have been a series of TFCU Talks already held in the United States, which are the “TFCU Breaking the Mold” in Long Beach, California; “TFCU Talks Seattle: Live Your Legacy” in Seattle, Washington; “TFCU Talks Carson: Rise Up” in Carson, California; “TFCU Talks San Jose: Breakthrough to Greatness” in San Jose, California; the most recent “TFCU Talks Davis: Embracing Identity” in Davis, California; and happening soon is the “TFCU Talks New York City: Visionary Leadership” in New York City.
TFCU Talks has created a positive buzz one talk after the other, with its reputable speakers who are the likes of Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race” season four winner Lanai Tabura, singer-musician-songwriter-recording-artist AJ Rafael, and tech entrepreneur and adventure journalist Garrett Gee of “The Bucket List Family.”
On its second international leg happening this year, “TFCU Talks Sydney” anchors on the theme Pursuing Your Passion and taps the young Filipino-Australians by featuring three industry professionals who went out of their comfort zones and discovered their full potential.
Eman Rodriguez

At the young age of 12, Eman Rodriguez already knew his passion – breakdancing. He kept honing his skills, until he decided to join “So You Think You Can Dance” season 2 in 2009. Even if he did not make the final cut, Rodriguez kept going after his dream. He joined the dance group Justice Crew to compete in “Australia’s Got Talent” in 2010, where they were hailed the season’s champion. This opened door of opportunities for them, such as a record contract under Sony Music where they had several platinum hit singles.
After leaving the group to pursue a solo career, Rodriguez focused on developing his talents to fulfill his dream of being a multi-skilled entertainer. One of the skills he worked on is hosting, which he exhibited at the “10th BC ONE World Breakdancing Competition" and his YouTube show “REEL.”
Aside from music and breakdancing, Rodriguez’ other passion is football and in 2017, he joined the Philippine rugby football team “Philippine Volcanoes” to represent the country in different international competitions.
Gretchen Ho

People first took notice of Gretchen Ho in 2008 when she joined and became one of the star players of Ateneo Lady Eagles, the volleyball team of the prestigious Philippine university Ateneo de Manila University. Aside from the scholarship, Ho joined the squad to prove to her parents that she can juggle her responsibilities as a student while still pursuing her passion in sports.
After she graduated in 2013, Ho tried her luck in the news and entertainment industry in the Philippines where she discovered her gift and spunk for hosting. It may be a far cry from her image as an athlete, but eventually she learned the ropes. Now, Ho has several regular hosting stints in ABS-CBN’s news programs like “Umagang Kay Ganda (A Beautiful Morning),” “TV Patrol,” and ANC’s lifestyle program “Modern Girls.”
Marco Andre Selorio

Marco Andre Selorio is the man behind some of the popular dance competitions in Australia. Selorio is not new to the entertainment industry as he once was part of the children’s show “Kulit Bulilit” (Curious Kids) in the Philippines. His acting career was cut short when his family migrated to Australia.
There he focused on his studies and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Economics. He launched HOOPDREAMZ, a business that started by sending out newsletters for Sydney Kings basketball team. Eventually, it evolved into a company that organizes events that serve as platform for budding artists to showcase their talents, like the globally renowned “World Supremacy Battle Grounds” and the “GROOVE” street dance competition.
“TFCU Talks Sydney” will also feature an exciting performance from Eman Rodriguez with the JMA Dance Crew, choreographed by Maurice June. June is one of the founders of JMA Entertainment, the talent agency behind the popular Australian dance group Justice Crew.
“We are really excited to inspire the young people of Australia. We want to remind those who attend TFCU Talks Sydney that by living out their potential and pursuing their passions they can truly make a positive difference in the world,” said Romeo Marquez Jr., TFCU Program Director.
Experience an afternoon filled with inspiring stories that will fuel your desire to fulfill your dreams at “TFCU Talks Sydney”, happening on April 7, at the Ballroom of Blacktown Workers Club (55 Campbell St. Blacktown New South Wales, Australia).

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Sydney Royal Easter Show 2018

Saturday, 31 March 2018 12:47 Written by

 

Friday 30 March 2018

Put your judging hat on and pick your favourite Alpaca today – because the experts will be choosing theirs in the Sydney Royal Alpaca competition. Or tuck into some award-winning Garlicious Grown Black Garlic? Well does the Sydney Royal Easter Show have some Good Friday treats for you!

Today’s line-up offers a wide range of both agriculture and entertainment to keep everyone on their toes. Whether it’s the Alpaca or the abundance of delicious delicacies awaiting you at the Sydney Royal “Corner Store”, the Show continues to amaze.

Today’s highlights:

The Sydney Royal Alpaca & Fleece Show
Alpaca fleece is the fibre of the day at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. With a variety of competitions to add a unique agricultural twist to your Good Friday, make sure to make your way to the Alpaca judging in the Munro Pavilion. The Show provides one of the most prestigious Alpaca competitions in Australia, so you do not want to miss out as the soft natural crimped fleeced Huacaya and long luxurious Suri breeds compete to win their sections for Best Alpaca. If the competitions aren’t your thing, you can even take one for a walk or check-out the Alpaca Shearing.

Sydney Royal Corner Store
Part of “foodies row” in the international award winning “The Stables” is one food stall that no foodies will want to miss, the Sydney Royal Corner Store. The Corner Store is the place for a taste of award-winning delicacies such as Garlicious Grown Black Garlic or even Macadamia Nut Dukkah for your dessert. The corner store features medal winning food and drink from Sydney Royal Wine, Dairy and Fine Food competitions across the calendar year. More than 5000 entries are received every year by Sydney Royal across almost 500 classes.

Sydney Royal Poultry Show Champions
Considered the benchmark Poultry show in Australia, the Sydney Royal Poultry Show Championships are highlighted today. This year’s feature breed is Field and Forest birds in the Steggles Pavilion. There is a captivating elegance to these breeds that many of us never get to see other than here at The Show.

Coca Cola Carnival
For the most hair-raising fun at the Show make sure to head on over to a Show favourite, the Coca Cola Carnival. Guaranteed to have something for everyone, this carnival will have you spinning around in circles and witnessing the best views of the show from atop the skymaster wheel! The carnival can sling you up and Mega drop you down and if heights aren’t your thing, maybe try the 9D Cinema?

For further information, please contact;

Roger White
Manager, Public Relations
Royal Agricultural Society of NSW
T: (02) 9704 1453 M: 0478 092 425

MoneyGram and GCash Partnership: Bringing financial services to every Filipino

Thursday, 29 March 2018 01:50 Written by

 

Earlier this month, MoneyGram announced its partnership with GCash, the mobile wallet and micropayment arm of Mynt, in a move that promises to further improve financial inclusion in the Philippines.

Through the new united system, thousands of GCash users can now receive money from over 200 countries and territories on their mobile wallet and use the funds instantly for purchasing goods and services online.

Convenience and ease at your fingertips
Between over 30 million active smartphone users and the growing Internet penetration in the Philippines, the collaboration between GCash and MoneyGram is a powerful strategy that aligns with MoneyGram's goal to offer consumers more digital money transfer options.
The MoneyGram services are especially beneficial for OFWs and their families, providing a
convenient way to send remittances from all over the world.
According to POEA 2017 data, there are 12 million OFWs spread around the world, many of
whom send a significant portion of their salary to their families back home. The partnership with
GCash eliminates the need for family members receiving this money to go to a MoneyGram location. They can directly receive any amount on their mobile wallet. What’s more, the money they receive is readily available for purchasing goods and services online.
Of course, the service could be used literally by anyone – it’s easy, user-friendly and convenient.
Directly impacted, however, are of course GCash users – around 1 million active users- providing
a convenient solution for the users who live in remote areas and those who don’t have an easy
access to the financial system. MoneyGram’s services allow them to receive money directly to
their mobile wallet and use it immediately to pay for goods and services - can buy load, pay bills,
scan-to-pay using QR codes at the mall and much more.

No hidden charges or extra steps
Yogesh Sangle, Head of Asia Pacific, Middle East and South Asia, explains that MoneyGram’s goal of equitable financial inclusion envisions a world where financial services are not only accessible, but also free or available at minimum cost. “Aside from convenience, MoneyGram ensures that there is no additional charge to use the service, although a standard charge applies for the transfer of money out of a user’s GCash wallet,” he supplies.

Providing customers with utmost convenience has always been one of MoneyGram's thrust for its customers. And with the new partnership, it further reinforces its promise by providing customers access to their remittances, anytime, anywhere. All they need is a simple touch of a button on their GCash app.
After completing the KYC process via GCash app, a customer can receive money directly on the mobile wallet. This is additional, convenient channel for the customers in the Philippines to receive money their way.
Sangle also emphasizes that MoneyGram’s global reach, consisting of over 350,000 agent locations in over 200 countries and territories, provides the groundwork for this easily accessible and reliable service.
“Apart from sending money in person, customers can transfer funds to their families and friends online (from the U.S., the UK, Germany, France and Spain). In most of destinations with significant Filipino communities, they can also use an ATM or self-service kiosk to perform a transaction (such as 7-Eleven stores in Australia). MoneyGram also provides the added value of compliance, having invested in a world-class compliance platform and the services of talented experts to strengthen the integrity of their services and enhance the security of customer transactions."
Also, Anthony Thomas, Chief Executive Officer of MYNT quipped, "We’re excited about our strategic partnership with MoneyGram. Now GCash customers can enjoy the convenience of receiving money from their families abroad directly into their GCash mobile wallet. With these funds they can buy load, pay bills, scan-to-pay using QR codes at the mall and much more. Plus, customers can enjoy exclusive incentives the more funds they receive in their GCash wallet.”

March Promo
To celebrate the new partnership, MoneyGram and GCash have launched a promotion that will run for 3 months starting March 1 . New users will receive P200 for their first transaction with the new MoneyGram service powered by the GCash app.

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For more information about the service, please visit moneygram.ph.
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About MoneyGram International
MoneyGram is a global provider of innovative money transfer and payment services and is recognized worldwide as a financial connection to friends and family. Whether online, or through a mobile device, at a kiosk or in a local store, we connect consumers any way that is convenient for them. We also provide bill payment services, issue money orders and process official checks in select markets. More information about MoneyGram International, Inc. is available at moneygram.com.

About GCash
GCash is an internationally-acclaimed micropayment service that transforms the mobile phone into a virtual wallet for secure, fast, and convenient money transfer. GCash can be used to buy prepaid load, pay bills, send money, make donations, shop online, and even purchase goods without the need to bring any cash. For more information, please visit https://www.globe.com.ph/gcash

About Mynt
Mynt is a partnership between Globe Telecom, the Ayala Corporation, and Ant Financial, that provides innovative and first-in-world fintech solutions to consumers, merchants, and organizations. Its vision is to enable financial access for consumers and merchants by disrupting traditional channels through digital financial technology services. It operates two fintech companies: GCash, a micropayment service that transforms the mobile phone into a virtual wallet for secure, fast, and convenient money transfer, and Fuse, a tech-based lending company that enables Filipinos to get microloans to business loans without the traditional requirements set by banks and other lending institutions. For more information, visit mynt.xyz.

Western Sydney City Deal to deliver rail, investment and jobs

Tuesday, 06 March 2018 23:48 Written by

Western Sydney City Deal to deliver rail, investment and jobs

The Turnbull and Berejiklian governments and eight Western Sydney councils have today agreed a landmark Western Sydney City Deal - a co-ordinated plan designed to deliver long-term prosperity for the region.
This deal will deliver for Western Sydney:
·         A North South Rail Link from St Marys to Badgerys Creek Aerotropolis via Western Sydney Airport
·         A world-class Aerotropolis including Commonwealth-owned land at North Bringelly
·         An Investment Attraction Office to attract investment to the Western Parkland City
·         New planning regime for Western Sydney to cut development costs and boost housing supply
·         A $150m Western Parkland City Liveability Program to deliver community facilities
·         New STEM-focussed education facilities to train skilled workers needed for the Aerotropolis
·         A plan to embed smart digital technology in the Western City
Rail
The Turnbull and Berejiklian Governments have jointly committed to the first stage of the North South Rail Link from St Marys to Badgerys Creek Aerotropolis via Western Sydney Airport.
The Turnbull and Berejiklian Governments have a joint objective of having rail connected to the Western Sydney Airport in time for the opening of the airport.
The two governments have agreed that they will construct the North South Rail Link as equal partners, each contributing 50 per cent of the funding.
Both governments will each commit $50 million for a business case on the full North South rail line to finalise a route and station locations, building on the evidence base of the joint Rail Needs Scoping Study, also released today. A market sounding process will test private sector interest in station developments and explore innovative financing solutions.
The North South rail line will help shape Western Sydney’s growth and support thousands of new jobs and homes for Western Sydney. It delivers on our commitment to build the Western Parkland City into Sydney’s third economic centre, adding much-needed rail capacity that will improve access to employment, education and services, including at the new Badgerys Creek Aerotropolis.
The NSW Government will also establish rapid bus services from the metropolitan centres of Penrith, Liverpool and Campbelltown to the Badgerys Creek Aerotropolis and to Western Sydney Airport before it opens.
Aerotropolis
The parties commit to delivering a world-class Badgerys Creek Aerotropolis to become Western Sydney’s advanced manufacturing, research, medical, education and commercial hub, benefiting from access to the Western Sydney Airport.
This will drive new investment and attract high value jobs to the region. Land owned by the Commonwealth at North Bringelly will form part of the Aerotropolis.
To enable development of the Aerotropolis an Aerotropolis Development Authority will be established with NSW and Commonwealth representation on the board
Investment Attraction
The NSW Government will establish an Investment Attraction office to coordinate the attraction of national and international investment to the Western Parkland City and the Badgerys Creek Aerotropolis. The Investment Attraction Office will be located in Liverpool.
Planning
There will be a new streamlined planning regime for Western Sydney, to be led by councils through a new Planning Partnership.  Accelerated planning and uniform standards will reduce cost for development, boost housing supply and protect airport operations.
Liveability
A new Western Parkland City Liveability Program will provide grant funding to local governments to deliver community facilities and amenities that will enable new housing supply. The Turnbull and Berejiklian Governments will each contribute $60m and local councils will contribute $30m.
Education
New STEM-focussed secondary, vocational and tertiary education facilities will be established around Western Sydney Airport to train the skilled workers needed for the high-tech sectors to be established at the Aerotropolis, as well as to construct the airport and other major projects.
Technology
A 5G strategy for the Western City will be developed, with plans to implement a trial to be led by a telecommunications carrier.
Agribusiness Precinct

The NSW Government will commission a feasibility study into an agribusiness precinct for the Western Parkland City.

These City Deal commitments will help realise the aspiration of a 30-minute city for Western Sydney, bringing people closer to jobs, education and services to ensure this growing region, its economy and its residents thrive.
The City Deal sets out a comprehensive plan to seize the once-in-a-generation opportunity created by the Turnbull Government’s delivery of the $5.3 billion Western Sydney Airport. It will ensure that the people of Western Sydney see clear and tangible benefits as Western Sydney develops into an economic powerhouse.
This landmark deal will deliver investment, transport and jobs for Western Sydney.
The Western Sydney City Deal is a ground-breaking partnership between the Turnbull and Berejiklian Governments and local governments of Camden, Campbelltown, Liverpool, Penrith, Wollondilly, the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Fairfield.

LOCAL COMMUNITY CAPS ON GAMING MACHINES

Tuesday, 06 March 2018 23:46 Written by

LOCAL COMMUNITY CAPS ON GAMING MACHINES

The NSW Government will cap the number of gaming machines in higher-risk communities, including around Fairfield, Minister for Racing Paul Toole said today.

“Local community caps are an appropriate response to concerns that some areas have too many gaming machines. These areas will be capped at their current number, ensuring no additional machines can move into these areas,” Mr Toole said.

“A number of councils and community groups suggested caps and the NSW Government agrees this is the right thing to do in higher-risk areas.

“Local community caps are part of a package of reforms that represent the most significant changes to gambling regulation in NSW for a decade.

“The reforms include an overhaul of the Local Impact Assessment (LIA) scheme that regulates gaming machine movements. These changes will deliver more transparency, more community consultation and greater certainty for industry.”

The NSW Government will provide more information than ever before about gaming machines, with comprehensive activity and profit statistics available free of charge from today.

Gambling reform legislation introduced into Parliament today includes:

· More focused LIA assessments using ABS statistical zones, not council areas, and with a stronger emphasis on vulnerable areas;
· Broader community consultation during the LIA process for longer periods;
· Directing LIA community contributions through the Responsible Gambling Fund with a mandate that the money be spent locally;
· A leasing scheme for gaming machines held by small hotels and clubs, providing a new pathway for them to go machine-free;
· Streamlined regulation of clubs and tougher penalties for directors who do the wrong thing;
· A tenfold increase in fines for wagering operators offering illegal inducements;
· Post-employment cooling-off period for senior Liquor & Gaming NSW staff; and
· Modernised regulation for casinos that is consistent between venues.

“These reforms follow extensive consultation and represent a reset of the way gambling is regulated in NSW. They recognise concerns about gambling harm, while focusing regulation on where there is real risk,” Mr Toole said.

The reforms come on top of changes in January to bolster the Responsible Gambling Fund to support responsible gambling and minimise the risk of gambling-related harm in the community.

Further information is at www.liquorandgaming.nsw.gov.au

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