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.
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.
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).
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.
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;
Manager, Public Relations
Royal Agricultural Society of NSW
T: (02) 9704 1453 M: 0478 092 425
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.”
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.
For more information about the service, please visit moneygram.ph.
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.
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
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 jobsThe 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 CityRailThe 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.AerotropolisThe 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 boardInvestment AttractionThe 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.PlanningThere 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.LiveabilityA 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.EducationNew 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.TechnologyA 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
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
Giving poor hygiene the flush: Australia steps up efforts to improve water sanitation
I am pleased to announce a new partnership between the Australian Government and the World Health Organisation.
This $5 million partnership will further embed water safety planning to deliver safe drinking water in the program’s four target countries: Bhutan, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam. The program will assist those countries to prepare their own strategies to meet ambitious new global water quality benchmarks to improve people’s health and quality of life. The Partnership will also improve access to safe and sustainable WASH services in health care facilities leading to higher quality health care.
The new partnership builds on the previous WHO-DFAT Water Quality Partnership 2012 – 2017, which led to the implementation of water safety plans across 882 water systems in 15 countries, serving over 35 million people.
The partnership, along with existing efforts, will form part of the Australian Government’s contribution to tackling this significant global challenge. More than two billion people lack access to safe drinking water services and 4.5 billion people lack safely managed sanitation services.
The impact on children is particularly devastating, with nearly 1,000 children under five dying each day from diseases caused by poor sanitation, poor hygiene or unsafe drinking water.
Today, I will also open and deliver the keynote address at the fifth WASH Futures conference in Brisbane. This is the leading forum for experts and stakeholders from the Indo Pacific to share ideas and innovations while working towards universal access to WASH.
The conference will focus on collaboration in the sector. The Australian Government strongly believes collaboration and financial investment in the WASH sector saves and improves lives and contributes to stability, security and prosperity in our region.
Many of Australia’s achievements in the sector will be showcased during the conference.Our work in this area contributes tothe World Health Organisation’s vision of quality care to every pregnant woman and newborn throughout pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period