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Michael Phelps “Swimming Legends” Night At Omega House in Rio De Janeiro

IPANEMA, RIO DE JANEIRO – OMEGA brand ambassador Michael Phelps walked the red carpet at OMEGA HOUSE in Rio de Janeiro last night and celebrated his incredible achievements at the Olympic Games.

The “Swimming Legends” night included a number of other aquatic athletes, including Chad le Clos, Alex Popov and gave guests and media the chance to hear the thoughts of the swimmers as they spoke on the OMEGA HOUSE stage at the Casa de Cultura Laura Alvim, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro.

Michal Phelps became an OMEGA Ambassador in 2004 and has been a valued friend ever since. His appearance at OMEGA HOUSE on Monday, 15 August, began with a few words on the red carpet before he joined the Swiss watch brand for another big night at their members-only club on Ipanema Beach.

Shows:

– Red carpet arrival at the Omega House, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro – Phelps, Le Clos, Popov

– Photograhers on the red carpet

– Phelps vox pops on red carpet

– Phelps photo-shoot in front of waterfall

– Phelps photo shoot in front Olympic rings, Omega House

– Exclusive IV Michael Phelps

– Exclusive IV Chad Le Clos

Event Location :

OMEGA HOUSE, Casa de Cultura, Laura Alvim, Avenida Vieira Souto, 176, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro

Aug, 16, 2016

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The Cowboy Who Has Gone From Dodging Bullets To Riding Bucking Bulls

MOUNT ISA, OUTBACK QUEENSLAND – The population of the Queensland mining city of Mount Isa has doubled this weekend for the southern hemisphere’s largest bull riding festival, the Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo.

Riders from Australia, New Zealand and the United States of America have made the journey to Outback Queensland to try and get their hands on a record $230,000 prize money.

Joining them and competing for this title is Haider Alhasnawi, the Iraqi Cowboy who is no stranger to danger.

17 year old Haider knows all it, he moved to Australia from Iraq when he was 10 years old and lived through the war in Iraq as a small boy.

This weekend marked his first rodeo in Mt Isa, competing for a title in Australia’s richest rodeo event.

“Just the atmosphere and the adrenalin rush it’s a good feeling for me these days. For any bull rider it’s a good feeling to be on the back of a bull and just nod your head and go out that shoot, your whole life is in front of you,” says rider Haider Alhasnawi.

When he’s not on the bouncing on the backs of bulls, Haider works as a fencing contractor in the bush.

He can thank some mates who introduced him to rodeo only two years ago , hooking him on the sport.

“Well it’s a big rodeo and it would be good to get a win. Its good to come over here cause there’s a lot of good riders from different places and try to compete against then. If you come first you must be doing pretty well then,” says Haider.

While Haider is still learning the ropes, he’ll rub shoulders with some of the best riders in the world including American PBR member Steve Woolsey, who is making his comeback after an injury prone season after a bull fall on him during a ride.

“For me I’ve won quite a few belt buckles but to come to Australia and to get the chance to win a belt buckle it would be the most sacred I’ve ever won because it’s from Australia.”

Current PBR Australia champion Cody Heffernan made his debut over the weekend in Mount Isa and will be heading to the United States shortly to try his hand on their highly competitive PBR circuit.

“Mount Isa is one of the biggest rodeos in the world,it’s the biggest in the southern hemisphere and I’ve never been here I’ve heard lots about it I’ve always wanted to come here so its about time I got here and I really want to win this title,” says Cody.

The rodeo has been running since 1959, and according to organisers it’s one of the most prized titles to take out in the bull-riding calendar in Australia.

Steve Hilton Arena Director of the Mount Isa Rodeo says, “The buckle represents a lot, the cash it represents the title. If you’re doing something for money it wouldn’t be rodeo there’s good pay here but there’s not a lot of money in it like there is in other sports. It really is the prestige and challenge of being the champion.”

Visitors to the outback city travel as much as 30 hours return trip to watch the spectacle, with Mount Isa some 1800 kilometres from Queensland’s capital city of Brisbane.

The rodeo injects a massive boost into the local economy according to the Honorable Kate Jones MP, Minister for Tourism, Major Events, and has now been granted major event status by the government.

“The whole city comes to life. Everyone feels so welcomed here. This is the biggest event on the Mount Isa social calendar,” says the Minister.

Haider seconds that, his family has been readily accepted into the outback community of Australia, and with his thick Aussie accent, you’d be forgiven for thinking he’d never lived anywhere else.

But his war torn childhood hasn’t been forgotten, and Haider is forever grateful for the safe new life his family now live.

“Coming here and knowing you don’t have to worry about a thing go to work in the morning it’s a good feeling eh?”

Haider didn’t earn any points at the Rodeo this week but after two rides lasting for nearly four seconds feels he has learnt a lot, not just from the rides but from his fellow competitors.

From his life in Iraq to riding bulls at the Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo he feels he can use the adversity of his former life to help him become a competitive bull rider in Australia.

 

Shows:

0:00 Sunrise over Queensland outback.

0:16 Haider riding horse on property at sunrise.

Interview with HaiderAlhasnawi

1:28 You know I just I thought it was a big difference just a whole other level for us. It’s kind of like you are born again you’ve got to learn everything a different language everyone is different here and that. Compare it to back at home its pretty much like a whole new life kind of thing.

1:49 Just that atmosphere and the adrenalin rush and that it’s a good feeling for me these days for any bull rider it’s a good feeling to be on the back of a bull and just nod your head and go out that shoot your whole life is in front of you kind of thing.

2:11 Well it’s a big rodeo and I just wanted to it would be good to get a win at such a big rodeo well known and that then. Its good to come over here cause there’s a lot of good riders from different places and try to compete against then cause if you come first you must be doing pretty well then.

2:35 Coming here and everything’s right you don’t have to worry about a thing go to work in the morning it’s a good feeling eh?

2:46 Haider at the rodeo preparing to ride.

3:02 Haider getting ready to ride bull.

3:18 Haider putting on helmet and mouth guard.

3:27 Haider jumping on bull in shoot.

3:42 Haider leaving shoot on bull and falling off.

4:00 Haider after ride.

4:17 Cody and Haider shaking hands and meeting.

Interview Cody Heffernan Current PBR Australian bull riding champion

4:45 Mount Isa is one of the biggest rodeos in the world the biggest in the southern hemisphere and I’ve never been here I’ve heard lots about it I’ve always wanted to come here and its about time I got here and I really want to win this title.

5:00 Haider leaving the shoot on bull in second ride.

5:15 Aerial view of rodeo festival.

5:28 Horse leaving shoot with rider.

5:37 Crowds watching the rodeo.

5:52 Roping event.

6:16 Girl riding bull and getting stuck, needing the help of clowns.

6:33 Horse riding events at rodeo.

6:50 Rider on bucking horse.

7:00 Rider on horse coming out of the shoot, staying on full 8 seconds and celebrating afterwards.

7:23 Audience watching rodeo action.

7:36 Time lapse of night time falling on rodeo arena.

7:40 Rider leaving shoot on bull.

7:52 Rider leaving shoot on a horse, staying on for a full ride.

8:18 Rider leaving shoot on a horse, staying on for a full ride.

8:31 Rider leaving shoot on a horse and taking a tumble after 7 seconds.

8:44 Competitors calf roping.

8:51 Rider leaving shoot on a bull and falling off and the bull then attacking the clowns.

Interview Steve Hilton Arena Director Mount Isa Rodeo

9:08 Well the buckle represents a lot it represents the cash it represents the title if you’re doing something for money it wouldn’t be rodeo there’s good pay here but there’s not a lot of money in it like there is in other sports it really is the prestige and challenge of being the champion.

Interview Steve Woolsey PBR United States of America

9:24 For me I’ve won quite a few belt buckles but to be able to come to Australia and get the chance to win a belt buckle it would be the most sacred buckle I’ve ever won because its from Australia.

Interview Honorable Kate Jones MP Minister for Tourism, Major Events.

9:44 The whole city comes to life. Everyone feels so welcomed here this is the biggest event on the Mount Isa calendar.

Aug, 14, 2016

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The Researcher Who Uses Drones To Capture Whale Sneezes On The Breezes

GOLD COAST, QUEENSLAND – The Humpback Highway is experiencing rush hour in the waters off Queensland’s Gold Coast, as the massive marine mammals make their epic annual migration from Antarctica to the Great Barrier Reef.

In the middle of the incredible spectacle is Griffith University’s Dr Jan-Olaf Meynecke, who spends his days collecting snot samples from whales.

Collecting mucous from a marine mammal weighing more than 30,000 kilograms isn’t a simple process, but with the help of drones it’s now possible.

“We have a small drone and that drone actually has a Petri dish in between its legs. We let that drone fly over the whales to collect the mucous from the whale’s blowhole,” says Dr Meynecke.

Getting the timing right to capture the whale’s mucus in a Petri dish carried by a drone is a big part of the challenge.

Dr Meynecke says “To be able to know when to capture the snot takes a little bit of time. We need to observe the whale, sometimes for almost half an hour because everything needs to be just right.”

Dr Meynecke has embarked upon the unusual research practice to discover the current health of the Humpback Whale population, which has grown from 500 to 20,000 since commercial whaling ended in the 1960’s.

“Basically we get information about the DNA that’s in the whales. When the whale blows out, it blows out the information about who they are. So in other words we can determine if (they are) male or female or other genetic prints that they have.”

The whale loogie’s are taken back to Griffith University’s Smart Water Research Institute on the Gold Coast where it’s hoped the DNA findings will help continue the growth of the Humpback Whale population.

Dr Meynecke’s unusual research and methods are all part of the experience for whale watchers.

“It’s kind of unusual but its pretty amazing what science can do these days.” says Cathy Rowland a visitor from Ireland who spent the day whale watching with Dr Meynecke on board Whales in Paradise, to tick off one of an item on her bucket list

“We saw lots of whales, fins and tails. Something we’ve always wanted to do, so it lived up to our expectations as well.”

The Gold Coast isn’t just a holiday destination for humans, on their 10,000-kilometre migration the Humpbacks themselves have a vacation in the inviting waters, resting and socialising, even giving birth along the stretch of coast during the winter months.

Dr Meynecke and his team of students and researchers not only collect boogers from blow holes, they also observe the whales behaviours to try and unlock their many secrets.

“We’re not just collecting the mucous which in itself is a big mission, we’re also looking at the behaviour of the animals and their migration pattern. We use flukes to identify individuals and we are listening to whales as well, so we capture their sound and try to find out what their current behaviour is,” says Dr Meynecke.

Born in the Netherlands Dr Meynecke is now based on the Gold Coast, a paradise for a marine researcher. If he’s not on the water studying, he’s in it surfing each day.

“There is a big incentive to work here because it is paradise. It’s such a beautiful place in the world, where the water is always clean and blue and there is always such amazing marine wildlife. It’s a dream for a marine biologist.”

SHOTLIST

0:00 Drone footage of whales breaching and coming to surface of the water.

0:57 Tourists on board whale watching boat.

1:15 Whale coming to the surface – view from boat.

1:33 Tourists watching dolphins swim along boat

1:47 Whales coming to the surface – view from boat.

1:57 Tourists taking photos of whales

2:10 Dr Meynecke taking photos.

2:25 Whale coming to the surface – view from boat.

2:35 Dr Meynecke taking photos.

2:44 Whale breaching.

2:50 Releasing drone.

2:55 Drone footage of whales.

3:19 Drone flying past whale as it comes to the surface.

3:30 Footage of drone approaching whale.

3:43 Drone being captured by researchers on boat.

3:56 Dr Meynecke with petri dish onboard boat.

4:12 View of Gold Coast beach and surf.

4:24 Tractor pulling research boat along beach.

4:36 Group of researchers cruising in boat in search of whales.

5:05 Releasing drone.

5:10 Researcher flying drone.

5:22 Drone hovering on water.

5:31 “It’s a small hydrophone to listen to the whale vocalizing.” Upsot from Dr Meynecke.

5:36 Dropping hydrophone in to the water.

5:41 Whale song upsot from hydrophone.

6:10 “That is just amazing guys because so this would be a single male singing, but we’re right above him literally right above him so very unique.” Upsot from Dr Meynecke on board boat reacting to whale song.

6:23 “It’s really cool.” Researcher on boat reacting to whale song.

6:26 Dr Meynecke in laboratory working on samples from petri dishes.

Interview with Dr Meynecke

7:04 Basically we get information about the DNA that’s in the whales so basically when the whale blows out it blows out the information who they are. So in other words we can determine if male or female or other genetic prints that they have.

Interview with Tourists Philip Bredin and Cathy Rowland from Ireland.

7:22 (Cathy) It’s kind of unusual but its pretty amazing what science can do these days not the weirdest thing I’ve ever heard but still pretty unusual.

7:31 (Cathy) We saw lots of whales fins and tales and generally awesome. Something we’ve always wanted to do so lived up to our expectations as well.

Interview with Dr Meynecke

7:48 We have a small drone and that drone actually has a petrie dish in between its legs and we let that drone fly over the whales to collect the mucous the blow from the whales.

8:00 Grab from Dr Meynecke again in German?

8:21 We’re not just collecting the mucous which in itself is a big mission but we’re also looking at the behaviour of the animals their migration pattern we’re looking at individuals who we use flukes to identify individuals and we are listening to whales as well so we capture their sound and try to find out what their current behaviour is.

8:43 There is a big incentive to work here because it is paradise being on such a beautiful place in the world where the water is always clean and blue and there is always such amazing marine wildlife it is a dream for a marine biologist.

9:00 Grab from Dr Meynecke again in German?

9:12 To be able to know when to capture the snot it takes a little bit of time we need to observe the whale for sometimes almost half an hour because everything needs to be right.

Interview with Abbey Korman – Student Researcher from Washington DC.

9:22 I think it makes it easier to understand how important it is and helping out and just being like really on the boat recording data really cool to know that you’re helping.

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Hootsuite Announces It Is Cash Flow Positive

VANCOUVER, CANADA – Social management platform Hootsuite today announced it is cash flow positive, with CEO Ryan Holmes sharing with employees on Hootsuite’s internal Facebook@Work.

Ryan Holmes Transcript:

I’m excited to announce Hootsuite has become cashflow positive. This is a huge milestone and important validation for our company and our market.

Since 2008 we’ve grown to become the most widely used platform for managing social media. Every day, we empower corporations, governments and educational institutions of all sizes to put digital at the heart of their business.

We now have over 14 million users in more than 175 countries, with more than 2,500 enterprise customers, including 800 of the Fortune 1000. These companies trust us for engagement with their customers and employees every day. Our thriving ecosystem of more than 200 of the most widely used business applications allow organizations to extend social media into their existing systems and infrastructure.

Social media was once the focus of a small number of enthusiasts inside an organization. Not any more – it’s right at the heart of the digital strategies of the largest and most successful businesses on the planet. Everything from employee engagement, sales enablement, marketing strategy, and customer service & support are underpinned by social media, and those companies are looking to Hootsuite to tie all those elements together to build deeper relationships with their customers, stay connected to their markets and grow revenue.

Following this financial milestone, it’s business as usual – we need to remain focused on the evolution of Hootsuite to ensure we’re seamlessly connected with other business systems, that we stay dedicated to helping our customers on their road to digital transformation, and that our customer support stays as personal and delightful as ever.

We’ll keep working with our partners – from the big social networks to the enterprise software vendors to the startups disrupting the business world – to add even more value to the Hootsuite ecosystem.

Becoming cash flow positive is a validation of our approach, and everyone at Hootsuite is part of our success. We have thoughtfully and purposefully built a business that is changing the world, and we will continue to do that with even greater energy and focus.

Thank you to everyone at Hootsuite for embodying the values to lead with humility, build a better way, show passion for our customers and have grit in all we do. We achieved this milestone together.

Onwards,

Ryan

 

Shows:

00:00- 00:32: Ryan announces Hootsuite is cashflow positive and discusses what it means for the company; it allows control of the company’s destiny and cash prudence is important to the company at this time.

00:32-00:52: Ryan discusses what cash flow positive means in relation to customers; focussing more on the customer, product, features, support services and the company is making big investments here.

00:53-01:17: Ryan talks about the history of Hootsuite with some fast facts; from when it was founded in 2008, the positive market response and market fit, the customer base of 14 million customers globally of which over 800 of the fortune 1000 companies use Hootsuite.

01:18-01:51: Ryan discusses the shift in focus for the company over the last year; bringing in executives to hone in business fundamentals, organisational structure and strategise how to make the company a multi-billion company over the next few years.

01:52:02:49: Ryan lays out what is up next for Hootsuite; the company wants to grow conservatively with in cash flow positive means, which he sees as an important discipline. Also, continued customer growth, supporting all of their customers’ interactions on social because social sits at the heart of so much.

02:50-03:24: Ryan surmises the wider social market which informs the market opportunity that Hootsuite sees; the trends and technologies which are disrupting businesses and transforming how they interact with customers

03:24- Hootsuite BROLL

Couple using mobile phone

Close up laptop closing and man walking with laptop

Close up PC and business office GV’s

Close up Hootsuite on PC

Girls using mobile phone and close up Hootsuite

Various business enviroment GVs

Cityscape and close ups Hootsuite

Retail enviroment working with Hootsuite

Ends Hootsuite Logo

 

ENDS

Aug, 04, 2016

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