Marcus Rashford, Michaela Coel and John Boyega among winners at GQ Men of the Year Awards 2020

Boyega was named winner of the icon award, with Coel, 33, named the creative icon winner and Rashford awarded the campaigner honour at the virtual ceremony.

Manchester United star Rashford, 23, has won widespread praise and an MBE following his successful lobbying of the Government for the extension of free school meals.


Shawn Mendes


GQ’s annual event, which celebrates men and women who have helped to shape the world’s cultural landscape over style, politics, entertainment and sport, was held online this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.


Lashana Lynch


It was hosted by Jack Whitehall.

Normal People star Paul Mescal was named the breakthrough actor winner with Captain Marvel actress Lashana Lynch named the breakthrough actress winner.


John Boyega


At the event, Lynch took part in a spoof segment where she answered a series of questions linked up to a lie detector in a section called  “No Time to Lie.”

The GQ awards also honoured Patrick Hutchinson, a personal trainer who made headlines after he was photographed in London during a Black Lives Matter protest this year, helping an injured counter-protestor to safety.


Michaela Coel


Mr Hutchinson was named the winner of the humanitarian award.

The winner of breakthrough designer, which was sponsored by Peroni, was Daniel W Fletcher.  Earlier this year, he was named artistic director for menswear of Fiorucci. He also starred in Netflix reality show Next in Fashion, in which designers from around the world competed for a £200,000 prize.

Captain Sir Tom Moore, who recently became GQ’s oldest cover star, was honoured with the inspiration gong.


Sir Captain Tom Moore on the cover of GQ


Author, artist and illustrator Charlie Mackesy, whose book The Boy, The Mole, The Fox And The Horse has been a best-seller, was named winner of the artist award.

Musicians Ozzy Osbourne and Shawn Mendes were presented with gongs too, with Osbourne given a lifetime achievement award while Mendes was named solo artist winner.

Black Sabbath frontman Osbourne revealed at the beginning of this year that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.


Jack Whitehall, the host


Mendes finished off the show with a performance.

Good Morning Britain’s Piers Morgan was named the winner of the TV personality award, with designer Tommy Hilfiger honoured as the design legend winner.

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ARIA Awards; Tame Impala And Sampa The Great Domination And Many More

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This year’s ARIA Awards had taken musical fans to a roller-coaster ride, giving recognition to old and new musical artists of our generation. Yet, Western Australian producing powerhouse Tame Impala and Zambian-born, Botswana-raised songwriter and rapper Sampa The Great have dominated this year.

The psychedelic project of Kevin Parker took home awards in the three major categories as well as two artisan awards at the ceremony, which was held without a live audience for the first time.

Tame Impala’s fourth studio album, The Slow Rush, took out the coveted album of the year category, as well as the awards for the best rock album, producer of the year and engineer of the year. The act was also name best group, controversially, despite Parker recording, producing and engineering the album alone. However, he was joined by other musicians on tour.

On his acceptance speech, he said “even if we only feel like a group properly when we are playing live, I am so proud of us, we work really hard.”

The wins came on the same day Parker found out about his nominations for two Grammy awards, which is Best Rock Song for Lost in Yesterday and Best Alternative Album for The Slow Rush.

That being said, he revealed that the ARIA wins were more special despite the international heft that is brought about by the Grammy Awards.

“The timing is crazy, I woke up this morning knowing it was the ARIAs and had the butterflies in my stomach and then my phone was blowing up with everyone I know in America talking about the Grammys. But honestly, the ARIA stuff, it means a lot more to me.”

On the other hand, Melbourne-based Sampa Tembo, known professionally as Sampa the Great, won Best Female Artist, Best Independent Release and Best Hip Hop release for her debut studio album The Return.

She delivered a stunning performance filmed in Botswana, where she has been living during the pandemic. She opened the performance with a monologue addressed to the controversy surrounding her 2019 win for the Best Hip Hop release. It was after her powerful acceptance speech about diversity was cut from the live broadcast.

“When we win awards they toss us on the ad breaks, of course,” she said before she performed on Wednesday night. When she accepted the award for best hip hop release this year, she encouraged young artists of color to persevere.

In addition, Guy Sebastian took home the Best Video award for the second year running, for the clip for his single Standing With You, whilst Amy Shark was named Best Australian Live Artist and won Best Pop Release for her single Everybody Rise.

During the main ceremony, a short In Memoriam segment acknowledged the five ARIA hall of fame inductees who have died in 2020: Max Merritt, Don Burrows, Bones Hillman, Andrew ‘Greedy’ Smith and Helen Reddy. The remainder of the segment was played during the event’s pre-show, which was streamed on YouTube.

This year’s hall of fame inductee Archie Roach scooped up an award early on in the day, for best adult contemporary album for Tell Me Why. He was later named this year’s best male artist.

The two most popular awards were announced during the award’s pre-show, as First Nations singer Miiesha won Best Soul/R&B Release for her debut album Nyaaringu, while Dom Dolla took out Best Dance Release for San Frandisco, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard also took out Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album for Chunky Shrapnel. Harry Styles was named the Best International Artist.

Tame Impala, Sampa The Great early winners at ARIA Awards as Archie Roach inducted into Hall of Fame

Tame Impala, the West Australian psychedelic pop band, have picked up four wins in the early stages of a socially distanced ARIA Awards ceremony.

The live-streamed event, with awards presented in an empty convention centre in Sydney and accepted by artists largely via video from home, is a chance for some celebration at the end of a tough year for the music business.

Tame Impala, the project led by producer and songwriter Kevin Parker, won Best Rock Album and Best Group, beating 5 Seconds of Summer, DMA’S, Lime Cordiale and The Teskey Brothers.

Parker, who was meant to be touring Australia with the band next week, also won Engineer of the Year and Producer of the Year for The Slow Rush, the band’s fourth album.

Sampa The Great released her debut album, The Return, last year.(Supplied: Sampa The Great/Abdul Yusuf)

Sampa The Great, the 27-year-old Zambia-born artist who first moved to Australia six years ago, has won two awards, Best Independent Release and Best Hip Hop Release, both for The Return, her 2019 debut album. She is nominated for six.

At the ARIAs on Wednesday night, she performed from Botswana, where she was raised, beginning a version of her song Final Form by calling out the lack of diversity in the Australian music industry, which at the top is overwhelming white.

“Is it free, this industry, for people like me?” she said in an introduction to the performance.

Accepting the award for Best Hip Hop Release, in a category she noted “often feels isolated and masculine,” she said: “Now we get to see a side of Australia that was never shown.”

She was up against four men: Briggs, Illy, The Kid LAROI and Baker Boy.

Sampa, who this year became the first artist to collect the coveted Australian Music Award for a second time, has previously criticised the industry for what she sees as a hollow commitment to cultural diversity.

Amy Shark was also an early winner, picking up Best Pop release for Everybody Rise, which she performed to open the show, and Best Australian Live Act.

Best Country Album went to Fanny Lumsden for Fallow, while Archie Roach won Best Adult Contemporary Album for Tell Me Why.

Archie Roach celebrated for 30-year career

Roach was this year’s inductee into the ARIA Hall of Fame, his eyes wet with tears as he thanked supporters for their help over a 30-year career and performed Took The Children Away, one of his biggest hits.

Roach was also meant to be touring in 2020 — the same could be said for every nominee — but for him it was particularly special: it was meant to be the singer’s last.

Instead, stuck at home, the 56-year-old rerecorded Charcoal Lane, the Paul Kelly-produced album that included Took The Children Away. He also worked on an educational resource to teach children about the Stolen Generations, of which he is a member.

Archie Roach stands wearing a vest holding a guitar
Archie Roach released his first album in 1990.(Supplied)

In other categories, Dom Dolla won Best Dance Release for San Frandisco, while Miiesha, a Pitjantjatjara/Torres Strait Islander woman from Central Queensland, won Best Soul/R&B Release for Nyaaringu.

The ceremony, hosted by Delta Goodrem, caps off a year in which touring, and even playing live in general, has proved difficult across the country.

The industry “fell off a cliff” in March, when pandemic restrictions were introduced, a parliamentary hearing heard earlier this month, with hundreds of millions of dollars in lost wages recorded.

ARIA has said it does not expect live shows, a critical part of the industry, to return full steam until late next year.

Here are the nominees, with winners listed in bold.

Album Of The Year


Jessica Mauboy – Hilda

Lime Cordiale – 14 Steps To A Better You

Sampa The Great – The Return

Tame Impala – The Slow Rush

Best Male Artist

Archie Roach – Tell Me Why

Guy Sebastian – Standing With You

Ruel – Free Time

The Kid LAROI – F*ck Love

Troye Sivan – In A Dream

Best Female Artist

Amy Shark – Everybody Rise

Miiesha – Nyaaringu

Sampa The Great – The Return

Sia – Together

Tones And I – Bad Child / Can’t Be Happy All The Time

Best Group

5 Seconds of Summer – CALM


Lime Cordiale – 14 Steps To A Better You

Tame Impala – The Slow Rush

The Teskey Brothers – Live At The Forum

Breakthrough Artist

Alex The Astronaut – The Theory Of Absolutely Nothing

Lime Cordiale – 14 Steps To A Better You

Mallrat – Driving Music

Miiesha – Nyaaringu

The Kid LAROI – F*ck Love

Best Pop Release

Amy Shark – Everybody Rise

Lime Cordiale – 14 Steps To A Better You

Sia – Together

Tame Impala – Lost In Yesterday

Troye Sivan – In A Dream

Best Dance Release

Alice Ivy – Don’t Sleep

Dom Dolla – San Frandisco

Flume – Rushing Back ft. Vera Blue

Northeast Party House – Shelf Life

Stace Cadet & KLP – Energy

Best Hip Hop Release

Baker Boy – Meditjin ft. JessB

Briggs – Always Was EP

Illy – Last Laugh

Sampa The Great – The Return

The Kid LAROI – F*ck Love

Best Soul/R&B Release

Genesis Owusu – Don’t Need You

KIAN – Every Hour

Miiesha – Nyaaringu

Tash Sultana – Pretty Lady

Tkay Maidza – Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 2

Best Independent Release

Archie Roach – Tell Me Why


Lime Cordiale – 14 Steps To A Better You

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Ghosteen

Sampa The Great – The Return

Best Rock Album

Cold Chisel – Blood Moon


Ocean Alley – Lonely Diamond

Tame Impala – The Slow Rush

Violent Soho – Everything Is A-OK

Best Adult Contemporary Album

Archie Roach – Tell Me Why

Donny Benet – Mr Experience

Gordi – Our Two Skins

Josh Pyke – Rome

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Ghosteen

Best Country Album

Casey Barnes – Town Of A Million Dreams

Fanny Lumsden – Fallow

Jasmine Rae – Lion Side

The McClymonts – Mayhem To Madness

Travis Collins – Wreck Me

Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Chunky Shrapnel

Parkway Drive – Viva The Underdogs

Polaris – The Death Of Me

The Amity Affliction – Everyone Loves You…Once You Leave Them

The Chats – High Risk Behaviour

Best Blues & Roots Album

Busby Marou – The Great Divide

Frank Yamma – Tjukurpa: The Story

Lucky Oceans – Purple Sky

The Teskey Brothers – Live At The Forum

Tracy McNeil & The Good Life – You Be The Lightning

Best Children’s Album

Diver City – Welcome To Diver City

Teeny Tiny Stevies – Thoughtful Songs For Little People

The Vegetable Plot – Season Two

The Wiggles – Choo Choo Trains, Propeller Planes & Toot Toot Chugga Chugga Big Red Car!

Tiptoe Giants – Colour The World

Best Comedy Release

Anne Edmonds – What’s Wrong With You?

Bev Killick – Crummy Mummy

Celia Pacquola – All Talk

Megan Washington – Just Jesus

Tom Gleeson – Joy

Best Video

Baker Boy – Meditjin ft. JessB

Guy Sebastian – Standing With You

Lime Cordiale – Robbery

PNAU ft. Vlossom – Lucky

Sampa The Great – Time’s Up ft. Krown

Tame Impala – Is It True

The Chats – The Clap

Tones And I – Ur So F**kInG cOoL

Troye Sivan – Easy

Violent Soho – Pick It Up Again

Best Australian Live Act

Amy Shark – Amy Shark Regional Tour

Baker Boy – Falls Festival

Cold Chisel – Blood Moon Tour

DMA’S – Unplugged & Intimate

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival

Paul Kelly – Making Gravy 2019

PNAU – All Of Us Australian Tour

RÜFÜS DU SOL – 2019 Summer Festival Tour

Sampa The Great – The Return Australian Tour 2019

The Teskey Brothers – Run Home Slow

Song Of The Year

5 Seconds of Summer – Teeth

Flume – Rushing Back ft. Vera Blue

Hilltop Hoods ft. Illy & Ecca Vandal – Exit Sign

Lime Cordiale – Robbery

Mallrat – Charlie

Ruel – Painkiller

Sam Fischer – This City

The Jungle Giants – Heavy Hearted

The Rubens – Live In Life

Tones And I – Never Seen The Rain

Best International Artist

Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia

Eminem – Music To Be Murdered By

Halsey – Manic

Harry Styles – Fine Line

Juice WRLD – Legends Never Die

Justin Bieber – Changes

Lewis Capaldi – Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent

Lizzo – Cuz I Love You

Taylor Swift – Folklore

The Weeknd – After Hours

ARIA Music Teacher Award

CJ Shaw – Palmerston District Primary School, Canberra ACT

Kathryn McLennan – Virginia State School, Virginia QLD

Sarah Donnelley – Wilcannia Central School, Wilcannia NSW

Thomas Fienberg – Evans High School, Blacktown NSW

Best Cover Art

Donny Benet – Mr Experience

Jessica Mauboy – Hilda

Lime Cordiale – 14 Steps To A Better You

Violent Soho – Everything Is A-OK

WASHINGTON – Batflowers

Engineer Of The Year

Alice Ivy – Don’t Sleep

IAMMXO (aka Mohamed Komba) for Miiesha – Nyaaringu

Eric J Dubowsky for Ruel – Free Time

Kevin Parker for Tame Impala – The Slow Rush

Greg Wales for Violent Soho – Everything Is A-OK

Producer Of The Year

Kevin Shirley for Cold Chisel – Blood Moon

DNA & Louis Schoorl for Jessica Mauboy – Hilda

IAMMXO (aka Mohamed Komba) for Miiesha – Nyaaringu

M-Phazes for Ruel – Free Time

Kevin Parker for Tame Impala – The Slow Rush

Best Classical Album

Alicia Crossley – Muse

David Greco & Erin Helyard – Schubert:Die schöne Müllerin

Jayson Gillham, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Nicholas Carter – Beethoven Piano Concertos

Richard Tognetti & Erln Helyard – Beethoven & Mozart Violin Sonatas

Slava & Sharon Grigoryan – Our Place: Duets For Cello and Guitar

Best Jazz Album

Katie Noonan – The Sweetest Taboo

Luke Howard – All That Is Not Solid

Mike Nock; Hamish Stuart; Julien Wilson; Jonathan Zwartz – This World

Nat Bartsch – Forever More

Paul Kelly & Paul Grabowsky – Please Leave Your Light On

Best Original Soundtrack or Musical Theatre Cast Album

Chelsea Cullen – I Am Woman

Dan Golding – Untitled Goose Game

Grigoryan Brothers – A Boy Called Sailboat

Matteo Zingales & Antony Partos – Mystery Road

Sally Seltmann & Darren Seltmann – The Letdown

Best World Music Album

Grace Barbe – FANN:WOMAN

Joseph Tawadros – Live At The Sydney Opera House

Melbourne Ska Orchestra – Live At The Triffid

The Crooked Fiddle Band – Another Subtle Atom Bomb

Xylouris White – The Sisypheans

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Two From Asia Win UNESCO’s Man And The Biosphere Young Scientists Awards

AsianScientist (Nov. 24, 2020) – Two early-career researchers from Asia—Dr. Radisti Praptiwi and Dr. Laure de Ville D’Avray—have received the 2020 Young Scientist Awards from UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) program. The selection was announced during the MAB Council’s annual meeting, held virtually on 27 and 28 October 2020.

As the world inches closer towards 2030, much attention has been focused on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) set by the United Nations. Of the 17 SDGs, Life on Land and Life Below Water respectively focus on the sustainable use of terrestrial and marine ecosystems. And with good reason: every year, 13 million hectares of forest are lost. Meanwhile, around 13,000 pieces of plastic litter can be found on every square kilometer of our oceans.

Given the impacts of human activity on our surroundings, the MAB program aims to safeguard already-vulnerable ecosystems while improving human livelihoods through innovative approaches to economic development.

One of the many ways MAB achieves its goals is through the Young Scientists Awards, which has recognized early-career researchers carrying out projects on ecosystems, natural resources and biodiversity since 1989. Up to US$5,000 is granted to promising researchers each year to support their work.

This year, six young scientists received the award. Two of the winners come from Asia: Praptiwi and de Ville D’Avray, who hail from Indonesia and the Philippines, respectively. The two were recognized for their research undertaken at biosphere reserves designated by the MAB. Spanning over 700 sites in 124 countries, these reserves are essentially test beds for sustainable development.

For instance, Praptiwi’s project revolves around understanding the impact of climate change in tropical marine areas of Indonesia’s Taka Bonerate Kepulauan Selayar biosphere reserve. Specifically, her work explores climate change’s effects on cultural ecosystem services—activities that include tourism and traditional customs.

Meanwhile, in the Philippines’ Palawan biosphere reserve, de Ville d’Avray studies the influence of artificial reefs on fish communities and their potential socio-economic benefits. As suggested by its name, artificial reefs are manmade structures installed by marine conservationists to mimic natural reefs. Such artificial reefs are meant to be colonized by marine flora and fauna, promoting biodiversity.

Other recipients of the award come from Nigeria, Cuba and Romania. Nominations for the 2021 MAB Young Scientists Awards are now open and are due to close on 15 January 2021.

Source: UNESCO; Illustration: Oi Keat Lam/Asian Scientist Magazine
Disclaimer: This article does not necessarily reflect the views of AsianScientist or its staff.

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Taylor Swift wins artist of the year at AMAs – but misses awards to re-record old music | Ents & Arts News

Taylor Swift has been named artist of the year for the third time in a row at the American Music Awards – but could not make the ceremony as she is re-recording her back catalogue amid a high-profile row over the master recordings.

The 30-year-old star delivered her acceptance speech remotely, confirming to fans that she is in the studio working on new versions of some of her biggest hits.

It comes after music mogul Scooter Braun bought the record label Swift was previously signed to, which owned the masters of her first six albums, against her wishes last year.

Earlier this month, the singer-songwriter said he had sold them on to a private equity firm in a deal reportedly worth more than $300m (about £227m).

Accepting her prize, Swift – who has now won the award a record six times in total – said it meant a lot to her that it is voted for by fans.

“You guys have been beyond wonderful all the years of my career but especially this one, when we’ve been so far apart,” she said.

“I just love you so much and I’m really, really lucky because of you.”

Swift, who released her latest album, Folklore, in July, added: “The reason I’m not there tonight is I’m actually re-recording all of my old music in the studio where we originally recorded it, so it’s been amazing and I can’t wait for you to hear it.”

Katy Perry performed live for the first time since becoming a mum
Jennifer Lopez at the American Music Awards 2020
Jennifer Lopez was also among the stars to appear on stage at the ceremony

Swift took the top prize ahead of Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, Post Malone and Roddy Ricch, and also won favourite music video for the track Cardigan and favourite pop/rock female artist.

Before her best artist speech, stars including Bieber, Jennifer Lopez, Billie Eilish, BTS, Megan Thee Stallion, Dua Lipa and Lewis Capaldi performed at the event.

Katy Perry also took to the stage, performing live for the first time since giving birth to her daughter, Daisy Dove Bloom, in the summer.

BTS performed at the American Music Awards from South Korea
BTS appeared via video-link from South Korea

The Weeknd was named favourite soul/R&B male and took home favourite soul/R&B song for Heartless, as well as the album equivalent, while Doja Cat was named new artist of the year.

K-pop stars BTS won the favourite pop/rock duo/group award, accepting the prize from South Korea, while Megan Thee Stallion accepted the prize for favourite rap/hip-hop song on behalf of herself and Cardi B for the X-rated WAP.

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British star Lipa won the award for favourite pop/rock song for Don’t Start Now and delivered her acceptance speech from London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, only a limited audience – all wearing masks – was allowed inside the Microsoft Theatre in downtown Los Angeles for the ceremony.

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Hurricane Fall has a chance of taking out the Golden Guitar Awards | Goulburn Post

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It may have been a tough year for local Luke Wheeldon and his band Hurricane Fall, but the year finished on a massive high for them. Hurricane Fall was nominated for the 2021 Golden Guitar Awards in the Country Music Capital News Group or Duo of the Year category. They were selected from more than 674 entries across 16 categories and reflect a melting-pot of musical creativity that characterised the year in Australian country music. READ ALSO: International Men’s Day: It’s ok to talk about your problems The former Hume Conservatorium teacher said it was an amazing achievement. “We are stoked to be nominated among other artists we like and admire,” Mr Wheeldon said. “Our band released an album called Ain’t Leaving back in January and feel privileged to have been picked by a VIP judging panel made up of industry professionals and Country Music Association of Australia (CMAA) members. “Since we were unable to support the album with touring, it was really great to have our work recognised this way.” READ ALSO: ‘Untrainable dog’: lawyer blasts Defence culture in wake of war crimes report Hailing from Newcastle, Hurricane Fall is one of the hardest working acts in showbiz and has toured all over the east coast of the country as well as Canada. The original members of the band formed in 2014 were keyboard and guitarist Tim Tricky, vocalist and bass guitarist Pepper Deroy, vocalist and on the acoustics Jesse Visser and drummer Lachlan Coffey, before guitarist Luke Wheeldon joined the fray in 2017. The COVID-19 pandemic did affect Mr Wheeldon and his band, but they were able to turn the negatives into positives. “The majority of our income comes from touring and merchandise sales, so it’s been a hard year financially, although Job Keeper definitely helped,” Mr Wheeldon said. “Otherwise, I try to look at the upsides. READ ALSO: “An accident waiting to happen”: The dangers of Cullulla Road “I’ve had a lot more work in my recording studio and I’m producing a record for an up and coming artist called Jarred Taylor. “He’s a cracking songwriter and I’m enjoying more time being creative. “There’s also been more time with my family and, while talking to people, I’m finding lots of people are saying their priorities are little different now and they are happier.” Tamworth Regional Council and the CMAA will present the 2021 Golden Guitar Awards live on Saturday, January 23, from the Tamworth Region Entertainment and Conference Centre. Did you know the Goulburn Post is now offering breaking news alerts and a weekly email newsletter? Keep up-to-date with all the local news: sign up below.



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Fanny Lumsden tops 2021 Country Music Awards of Australia nominations, with live ceremony expected

Country music artist Fanny Lumsden has topped nominations for the 2021 Country Music Awards of Australia, also known as the Golden Guitars, appearing in seven categories.

The awards are set to go ahead live in Tamworth on January 23 despite the cancellation — due to COVID-19 — of the annual Tamworth Country Music Festival, which usually precedes it.

Lumsden and her husband, Dan Freeman, nearly didn’t make this year’s festival after a huge bushfire threatened their home in Tooma in southern New South Wales.

But stories of resilience have inspired much of the work on their album, Fallow, which is nominated for the coveted Album of the Year award.

Lumsden has also picked up nominations in the Alt-County Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Single of the Year, Heritage Song of the Year, Video of the Year and Female Artist of the Year.

Sister group The McClymonts have picked up six nominations, including for Contemporary Country Album of the Year.(AAP: Brendan Esposito)

Sister group The McClymonts have picked up six nominations, including for Contemporary Country Album of the Year, for their sixth studio album, Mayhem to Madness.

Travis Collins is also up for six nominations off the back of his new album, Wreck Me.

Tamworth local Allison Forbes has been nominated in four categories for her first album Bonedigger, while the Tamworth grown — and now Newcastle-based — Hurricane Fall will compete in the Group of Duo of the Year category.

Industry stalwarts Adam Harvey and Lee Kernaghan have been nominated in the Vocal Collaboration of the Year category for their duet Ramblin’ Fever.

If Kernaghan is successful in winning an award this year he will overtake Slim Dusty as the record holder for most Golden Guitar awards.

Travis Collins performing
Travis Collins is also up for six nominations off the back of his new album, Wreck Me.(ABC News: Tawar Razaghi)

The 2021 Golden Guitar Awards are set to be a time of celebration for the industry, which has weathered a difficult year as the global pandemic shut down many opportunities for musicians to earn a living playing gigs

The Tamworth Deputy Mayor, Phil Betts, acknowledged the current climate and paid tribute to the artists who continued to produce their music.

“This certainly is a different norm we’re emerging throughout of the COVID crisis,” he said.

“We look forward to the January (awards) event and to see the nominees that are here today, be able to enjoy the awards again as usual.”

‘Australian country music will continue’

Country Music Association of Australia chairman Dan Biddle said the industry appreciated Tamworth’s commitment to the music genre.

“There is no other regional city in Australia that invests in or supports music of any genre to the level that Tamworth does,” he said.

“The fact we’ve received a record number of entries in a number of categories shows our artists and their teams will ensure that this golden age of Australian country music will continue, no matter what challenges it may face.”

At one stage it looked like the 2021 Golden Guitars Award Ceremony would be online only, but organisers are now confident a live show in Tamworth will go ahead and also be streamed via the ABC.

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Goulburn Mulwaree Council awards tender for Cookbundoon pavilion | Goulburn Post

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The days of shivering by the sidelines in winter at the Cookbundoon playing fields could soon be soon a thing of the past. But more importantly, soccer players will have access to more comfortable amenities, including a change room for females. Councillors on Tuesday awarded a $1,008,672 tender for design and construction of a new pavilion at the Bradfordville fields to local firm, ARW Multigroup. READ MORE: Goulburn Mulwaree Council secures federal infrastructure funding Cookbundoon facilities upgrade plan It overturned a staff recommendation to award the tender to the Albury-based Joss Group for $851,886. A report to councillors stated that following evaluation, ARW was ranked first on a value for money basis, followed by Joss Group and six other tenderers. “As ARW Multigroup and Joss Group had almost equivalent value for money scoring, Joss Group is recommended as the preferred company given their price is the lowest submitted,” the report stated. Price formed 60 per cent of the criteria, while non-price factors like experience and capability accounted for 40 per cent. But Deputy Mayor Peter Walker successfully moved that further discussion occur in closed session, given the commercial information. He told the meeting he had several questions. ALSO READ: Co-accused in relation to fraud and drug offences reappear in court On conclusion, the local firm won the day. In a statement on Wednesday, a council spokesman said ARW was judged “the highest value for money.” The firm also built the Ken Robson cricket pavilion at Seiffert Oval. The new Cookbundoon pavilion and amenities will partly draw on that design with an undercover veranda. The structure, to be named the Ray Harvey pavilion, will also include six change rooms, a function room, canteen, officials change rooms, public amenities, storeroom and office. “Soccer has perhaps the largest player base of all sports in our region, and this upgrade to provide essential facilities such as change rooms for our female players is overdue,” Mayor Bob Kirk said in a statement. “We are extremely proud to be delivering it now at Cookbundoon, and I look forward to seeing it open and being utilised soon.” Construction is expected to take six months and must be completed by June, 2021 under the terms of the federal government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program. That fund is contributing $572,884 to the project and council – the remainder. The total budget is $1,072,884. Council general manager Warwick Bennett was authorised to approve variations of up to $45,814 and any unspent money will carry over to 2021. ALSO READ: Men’s mental health matters: Walk and BBQ to celebrate International Men’s Day Southern Tablelands Football Association representative Craig Norris previously told The Post the pavilion was very much needed and would also allow spectators to get out of the wind and rain. The STFA had been trying to secure funding for several years for the project. It predicts the number of players in Goulburn Mulwaree will grow by 1800 over the next 20 years. The council managed to score funding in July, tapping into the Infrastructure Program, which was designed to stimulate local economies amid the coronavirus pandemic. One of its requirements is to use local business and workforce where possible to deliver projects. ALSO READ: Increase in local Campylobacter cases Hume MP Angus Taylor said he was pleased a tender had been awarded. “I know there are many local soccer players in Goulburn keen to see the project get underway. The new amenities building will also attract more soccer teams from across this region, bringing economic and social benefits,” he said. We depend on subscription revenue to support our journalism. If you are able, please subscribe here. If you are already a subscriber, thank you for your support.


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Malaysia Top E-Commerce Merchant Awards 2020 is platform to nurture e-commerce industry

  • 458 participants in 5 years, generating US$13.5mil in gross merchandise value
  • Platform for e-commerce players to learn, network, grow with one another

E-commerce is experiencing a boom in Southeast Asia. The Covid-19 pandemic is massively altering shopping behaviour, leading people to fill online shopping carts rather than physical ones. Digitally transforming a business, even in small steps, can prove vital to survive in the new normal.

As such, it’s important for businesses to understand the full significance of embracing e-commerce. Granted, diving so quickly into the deep end may seem overwhelming, if not outright terrifying. Where do we even begin? How do we scale? How do we ensure that we’re on the right path?

If anything, the upcoming Malaysia Top E-Commerce Merchant Awards (Top ECM) may be a handy guide. The event, organised by the Selangor Information Technology and E-Commerce Council (SITEC), awards the country’s most creative and innovative homegrown e-commerce merchants.

These merchants are judged based on their products, platforms, visibility and promotion, and business potential, as well as how well they performed during the Online Sales Contest that is happening from today, 3 Nov, up till 16 Nov.

Malaysia Top E-Commerce Merchant Awards 2020 is platform to nurture e-commerce industryIn short, these are some of the best e-commerce merchants to thrive online, with approach to products, sales and marketing that can be prime areas for learning.

Since its inception in 2016, a total of 458 merchants have participated in Top ECM, generating US$13.5 million (RM56 million) in gross merchandise value. The number is growing exponentially – this year, the competition received a record-breaking 162 applications, which is 27% more compared to the 128 applicants of 2019.

After careful consideration, 123 applicants were shortlisted to the final for Top ECM 2020.

These are reputable, established merchants. Top ECM only takes applications that meet the minimum threshold of US$6,000 (RM25,000) in sales or 100 orders per months. Past winners include the likes of Sally Fashion, Printcious, Sea Gamer Mall and Hermo.

Top ECM features two categories of awards, namely Top E-Commerce Merchant Awards and Selangor E-Commerce Merchant Awards. The winners will be able to take home RM40,500 in cash prizes and other prizes this year – almost double that of 2019.

[RM1 = US$0.24]


An evolving contest

The rise in participants is a clear reflection of the expanding e-commerce sector in Malaysia, which has been exacerbated by the movement control order (MCO) imposed in March, and, more recently, the conditional MCO (CMCO) reinstatement in Sabah and the Klang Valley.

The participants also paint a picture of the nation’s e-commerce sector. For one, 60% of the participating e-commerce merchants are from Selangor, which indicates the state’s growing status as the nation’s e-commerce hub.Malaysia Top E-Commerce Merchant Awards 2020 is platform to nurture e-commerce industry

This is followed by Kuala Lumpur and Johor, which contributed 15% each to the total number of applicants.

While Covid-19 may have slowed down the fashion industry, the segment does make up 25% of the total participants. This is followed by the Mobile, Electronic & Gadgets segment with 20%, Health & Beauties (15%), Home & Living (10%) and Grocery (8%). The remaining 12% consist of e-merchants from Sports, Mum & Baby, Automotive and Ticketing Segments.

The trend, however, is seeing some shifts. The sudden increase of Grocery e-merchants – which grew from 2% in the previous year – shows just how much the Covid-19 pandemic has affected the way we embrace the low-touch economy.

“Over the past years, the representation of the participants has clearly indicated the diverse e-Commerce growth and its dynamism as representation from various industries, small to big companies, seller focusing on local to international markets, Omni-channel/O2O model and more,” says chief executive officer Sunny Ooi, who is also a committee member of the Internet Alliance (IA).


Nurturing e-commerce

IA has been collaborating with SITEC as a promotion partner to forward the Top ECM Awards information to their members, as well as clients of the members who are in the e-commerce space to encourage participation.

Additionally, the president of the IA is also part of the panel judges that evaluate and assess the award entries.

The Top ECM Awards may have attractive prizes to incentivise participation, but the awards ultimately is here to foster e-commerce growth and adoption. “In my opinion, SITEC has done a great job in bringing out the best of e-commerce players throughout the past years, and nurture many of the young start-ups to become established players today,” says IA president Tan Tuan Kai.

“Despite of our small domestic market, some of these e-commerce players have started to grow beyond Malaysia and ASEAN, which in turn would help Malaysia to be a future power house in e-commerce. SITEC has made remarkable achievement in making the annual ECM award to become a premier annual event for the tech industry in Malaysia where Internet Alliance is a proud supporter”, he adds.

Furthermore, the Top ECM awards serves as a platform for e-commerce players to benchmark against the industry’s best, and grow from there. “E-commerce is relatively an industry where it involves many dimensions from digital contents/creatives, social media marketing, online fulfilments/operation, customer service and engagement, online brand equity, Go-to-market business model – own store, marketplaces or social commerce platform or more,” begins Sunny.

“So, the finalists or participants represent their significant strengths and contributions in some if not all of the areas.  This competition is indeed a good platform for many emerging e-Commerce players to come forward not just to compete but rather to benchmark against the industry best. This is perhaps the best way to learn, network from each other and helping to Malaysia E-Commerce industry.”

Ooi, who adds that Top ECM has been associated with the “Oscars” awards in the realm of Malaysia’s e-commerce industry since inception,  says that the nation’s e-commerce industry has progressed from its initial nascent stage into the growth stage with the push from Covid-19.

“We firmly believe the next wave of e-commerce growth will comprise of many new entrants from traditional SME and retail industry joining this Digital Disruption journey,” he says.

There will be much to learn from the Top ECM participants this year. Each contestant is busy into the Online Sales Contest, which begins today up to 16 Nov. Consumers can expect discounts and promotions during the period, which coincides with the 11.11 Sale. Come for the discounts, stay for the competition.

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2020 Tasmanian Palliative Care Awards Finalists Announced

Palliative Care Tasmania is pleased to announce the finalists of the 2020 Tasmanian Palliative Care Awards, celebrating compassion and excellence in the sector.

The judging process has been extraordinarily difficult this year which has resulted in multiple finalists in each category.

The category judges would like to acknowledge the high calibre of diverse nominations in each of the four categories and would like to thank every nominator for their efforts in nominating.

“There are so many untold stories, so many examples of selflessness, compassion and commitment, I was genuinely honoured to be reading the nominations and then genuinely horrified that I had to choose between them” said a new member of the judging panel.

The Honourable Sarah Courtney MP Minster for Health, Federal Senator Catryna Bilyk and Her Excellency, the Honourable Professor Kate Warner Governor of Tasmania will join finalists and invited guests and on November 5th for the announcement of the runner up and winner of each category in an online awards ceremony hosted by Palliative Care Tasmania.

Congratulations to the following finalists:

Outstanding Palliative Care Organisation (proudly supported by Millingtons)
The finalists in alphabetical order are:

  • Specialist Palliative Care Service North West
  • Uniting AgeWell, Aldersgate Kings Meadows
  • Volunteer Support Service, Specialist Palliative Care Service – Northern Region

Outstanding Palliative Care Volunteer/Carer (proudly supported by Carers Tasmania)
The finalists in alphabetical order are:

Country Women’s Association – Sandy Bay Branch

  • Erin Gunson – Carer
  • Margot Walton – Specialist Palliative Care Service North

Outstanding Palliative Care Advocate (proudly supported by HESTA)
The finalists in alphabetical order are:

  • Palliative Care, North Auxiliary
  • PEPA – Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach, Tasmania
  • Tracey Percival-Ingram – Li-ve Tasmania

Outstanding Palliative Care Professional (proudly supported by Millingtons)

The finalists in alphabetical order are:

  • Anna Nicholas -Tasmanian Health Service, Royal Hobart Hospital
  • Dr Jehan Phillips – GP
  • Dr Kate Greenhill – Icon Cancer Centre
  • Judith Harris – Tasmanian Health Service, Specialist Palliative Care Service, North West
  • Justine Barwick – Family Based Care Tasmania
  • Maris Kingston and Peter Davey – Calvary Health Care Tasmania
  • Viki Elphinstone – Hospice Care Association of North West Tasmania Inc

The inaugural Tasmanian Palliative Care Honour Roll will also recognise our first two inductees

  • Traci Crole
  • Dr David Saner

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