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Sony Catchlight Film Festival 2023 – Entries Now Open!

AUCKLAND, 1 March 2023 – Sony has
announced the opening of entries to their annual Catchlight
Film Festival for 2023. Returning for its third year, Sony
presents the Catchlight Film Festival to once again
celebrate the best short-form filmmaking shot on Sony
cameras across Australia and New Zealand. The festival aims
to encourage filmmakers at all levels, from passionate
amateurs to industry veterans, showcasing the exceptional
talent and abilities of cinematographers and filmmakers who
are using the Sony system to capture their stories.

In
2023, the Catchlight Film Festival includes four categories;
Fiction (scripted), Non-Fiction (documentary), Student
Fiction and Music Video, once again encouraging submissions
from short filmmakers of all kinds.

Building on
Sony’s deep roots in the global film and television
industry, and its technology leadership in digital imaging,
the Catchlight Film Festival aims to support the vibrant and
flourishing filmmaking community in Australia and New
Zealand.

Competition details

Entries are open
now, and close for submissions at
11:59pm on Sunday, 25th June
2023.

Judging will commence on
Monday, 26th June, with all finalists
notified from Monday, 31st July
2023

Prizes

In partnership with its
sister companies Sony Pictures and Sony Music, each
category-winning film will be awarded with a unique
experience specific to that category as well as a prize
package of Sony digital imaging products. In addition,
thanks to the support of partners at Lemac, Videocraft, VA
Hire and Atomos the festival also awards best cinematography
in each major category, as well as the skilful use of Sony’s
native lens range, each with a valuable prize
attached.

Fiction Winner

  • VIP
    tickets for the Sony Film Festival award ceremony in Sydney
    for up to 5 people from the production
    crew.
  • A film-maker’s prize
    package containing $10,000 worth of Sony digital imaging
    products.
  • Up to 3 people from the
    production team will receive a Sony Pictures Professional
    Development/Mentoring Session with a Senior Executive at
    Sony Pictures Releasing and a prominent Australian Producer,
    subject to acceptance of the terms set out in clause 10 of
    the T&Cs.
  • A double pass to
    attend the AACTA (Australian Academy of Cinema and
    Television Arts) Awards
    2024.
  • Delivery of this prize is
    subject to acceptance of terms (See clause
    10).

Fiction
Runner-Up

  • VIP tickets for the Sony Film
    Festival award ceremony in Sydney for up to 5 people from
    the production crew.

Non-Fiction
Winner

  • VIP tickets for the Sony Film
    Festival award ceremony in Sydney for up to 5 people from
    the production crew.
  • A
    film-maker’s prize package containing $10,000 worth of
    Sony digital imaging products.
  • Up
    to 3 people from the production team will receive a
    Professional Development Session with a panel of industry
    professionals including the category judge, subject to
    acceptance of the terms set out in clause
    10.
  • A double pass to attend the
    AACTA (Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts)
    Awards 2023.
  • Delivery of this prize
    is subject to acceptance of terms (See clause
    10).

Non-Fiction
Runner-Up

  • VIP tickets for the Sony Film
    Festival award ceremony in Sydney for up to 5 people from
    the production crew.

Music Video
Winner

  • VIP tickets for the Sony Film
    Festival award ceremony in Sydney for up to 5 people from
    the production crew.
  • A
    film-maker’s prize package containing $10,000 worth of
    Sony digital imaging products.
  • Up
    to 3 people from the production team will receive the
    opportunity to work with the Sony Music team (and be
    credited on) visual content for a Sony Music emerging
    artist, relevant to your skills set and subject to
    acceptance of the terms set out in clause
    11.
  • A double pass to attend the
    AACTA (Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts)
    Awards 2023.

Music Video
Runner-Up

  • VIP tickets for the Sony Film
    Festival award ceremony in Sydney for up to 5 people from
    the production crew.

Student Fiction
Winner

  • VIP tickets for the Sony Film
    Festival award ceremony in Sydney for up to 5 people from
    the production crew.
  • A
    film-maker’s prize package containing $10,000 worth of
    Sony digital imaging products.

Student
Fiction Runner Up

  • VIP tickets for the
    Sony Film Festival award ceremony in Sydney for up to 5
    people from the production
    crew

Cinematography

  • Best
    Cinematography in Fiction, supported by
    Videocraft

    • A $2500 rental gear
      package, courtesy of
      Videocraft
  • Best
    Cinematography in Non-Fiction, supported by VA
    Hire

    • A $2500 rental gear package,
      courtesy of VA Hire
  • Best
    Cinematography in Music Video, supported by
    Lemac

    • A $2500 rental gear package,
      courtesy of Lemac
  • Best
    Cinematography in Student Fiction, supported by
    Atomos

    • $2,500 worth of Atomos gear,
      courtesy of Atomos

Best Sony
Lens Work

  • $2,500 worth of Sony
    lens/es

In celebration of the finalist
films, Sony will be hosting a night of festivities in
mid-September. More details will be announced closer to the
date.

To enter, and for more information about the
2023 Catchlight Film Festival, see here.

SONY
FEATURE FILMMAKER AWARDS

On Wednesday February 22nd,
Creo announced the winners for the first edition of the Sony
Future Filmmaker Awards during a black-tie awards ceremony
at the Cary Grant Theatre on the historic Sony Pictures
Studio lot in Culver City, California. Entertainment
Tonight’s correspondent Denny Directo served as the
evening’s host. Thirty filmmakers were shortlisted across
six categories with six winners announced on the night. All
filmmakers are awarded a trip to Los Angeles to take part in
the in ceremony, followed by an exclusive two-day industry
immersion experience led by Sony Pictures executives.
Winners additionally receive a range of cash prizes and Sony
Digital Imaging equipment.

Sony Australia extends
their congratulations to all winners and
finalists.

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4 Months After Scathing Accusations, Dwyane Wade’s Progressive Gesture Towards Trans Daughter Zaya Wins Over F1 Star Lewis Hamilton

Former NBA star Dwyane Wade and his actor wife Gabrielle Union recently got the President’s Award for special achievement and distinguished public service. They felicitated the couple at the 54th annual NAACP Image Awards. At the awards, Wade gave a heartfelt speech for his trans daughter Zaya. Being an advocate for trans rights himself, F1 sensation Lewis Hamilton gave a shout-out to his good friend for an issue that recently landed Wade in a world of trouble with his ex-wife.

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Last year, Dwyane applied for a new birth certificate for his 15-year-old daughter. He wanted the new document to recognize her new name and changed her gender. However, his ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches filed an objection to the petition, arguing that Wade aimed to gain financially from their daughter’s trans identity. He later issued a statement through social media that won the hearts of many.

MILWAUKEE, WI – JANUARY 20: Dwyane Wade address the crowd during a game between the Marquette Golden Eagles and the Providence Friars at the Fiserv Forum on January 20, 2019 in Milwaukee, WI. (Photo by Larry Radloff/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

In his recent appearance for the NAACP Image Awards, Wade praised his daughter for staying strong despite facing difficulties because of her identity each day. “As your father, my job isn’t to create a version of myself or direct your future,” he said.

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“My role is to be a facilitator to your hopes, your wishes, and your dreams. Zaya, you’ve made me a better human just simply by being who you were born to be: our baby girl, Zaya Wade. So, baby, thank you for showing the world what courage looks like. I’m proud that I was chosen to stand in place as your father.”

Hamilton shared a snippet of the speech through an Instagram story and wrote, Incredibly inspired. There’s so much power in using your platform for good. Proud of both @dwyanewade @gabunion”

Dwyane and Lewis share a special bond. We learned about it when the NBA legend gave Hamilton a special shout-out after a vacation with his wife.

When Dwyane Wade thanked Lewis Hamilton for a special experience in Southern Africa

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Lewis needed a break from all the grind after sadly missing out on the record 8th world championship title in 2021. To take his mind off the loss, the Silver Arrows’ star driver took a vacation in Africa. As he posted scenic pictures from multiple locations, he inspired many to visit the continent. Among them were Dwyane and Gabrielle.

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – APRIL 01: Lewis Hamilton poses during the Signature talk “Being a Pilot” with Valentino Rossi at the IWC Schaffhausen booth at Watches and Wonders 2022 on April 01, 2022 in Geneva, Switzerland. (Photo by Remy Steiner/Getty Images for IWC)

In an Instagram post, Wade wrote, “Red Dunes of Namibia [heart] Top 3 most beautiful places I’ve ever seen and experienced. A truly stunning and magical place. Thanks @lewishamilton for putting us on to this blessing. The spiritual/mental/physical rebirth continues.”

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Watch This Story: Sir Lewis Hamilton fanboys over Zendaya and cheekily tries to land Euphoria role at Paris Fashion Week

It is heartening to see how passionate Dwyane is in sensitizing the world to the issues trans people face each day. By doing that, he is not just being a noble father to his daughter, but also putting his fame to good use by raising awareness.


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Chicago Blackhawks trade Patrick Kane to New York Rangers

The Chicago Blackhawks have released the following:

BLACKHAWKS ACQUIRE CONDITIONAL 2023 SECOND ROUND NHL DRAFT PICK FROM NEW YORK RANGERS IN EXCHANGE FOR FORWARD PATRICK KANE

Blackhawks also receive defensemen Andy Welinski and Vili Saarijarvi and 2025 fourth round pick

The Chicago Blackhawks today announced that they have acquired a conditional 2023 second round pick (which could become a 2024 first round pick if conditions are met), a 2025 fourth round pick and defenseman Andy Welinski from the New York Rangers in exchange for forward Patrick Kane and defenseman Cooper Zech. Chicago also receives defenseman Vili Saarijarvi from the Arizona Coyotes as part of the trade.

With the addition of the conditional second round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft, the Blackhawks now have 11 total picks in this upcoming draft, including two first round picks, four second round picks and two third round picks. No other NHL team has eight picks in the first three rounds of the draft.

Kane recorded 45 points (16G, 29A) in 54 games with Chicago in 2022-23. The forward ranked second on the Blackhawks in goals, assists and points. Kane also led club forwards and ranked second among all Chicago skaters with 19:57 of ice time per game.

Originally selected by Chicago with the first overall pick in the 2007 NHL Draft, Kane departs the Blackhawks having recorded 1,225 points (446G, 779A) in 1,161 career regular-season games over 16 NHL seasons. He ranks second in franchise history in assists (779) and points (1,225) and ranks third in goals (446) and games played (1,161). The Buffalo, N.Y. native also ranks fourth in Blackhawks history with 122 power play goals and 67 game-winning goals, while he’s tied for second with nine overtime goals. Among U.S.-born players in NHL history, Kane ranks third in points, fourth in assists, and sixth in goals.

The three-time Stanley Cup champion (2010, 2013, 2015) has made 10 trips to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in his NHL career, having earned 132 points (52G, 80A) in 136 postseason contests. He ranks third in franchise history in assists (80), points (132) and games played (136), while he ranks fourth in goals (52).

Kane has been named to the NHL All-Star Game nine times in his career (2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020). Additionally, he was named a First Team NHL All-Star three times (2009-10, 2015-16, 2016-17), while also being named to the NHL All-Rookie Team in 2007-08 and a Second Team NHL All-Star in 2018-19. Kane won the Calder Memorial Trophy in 2008, becoming the first Blackhawks player to win the award since Ed Belfour in 1991. He was also named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner in 2013. Kane went on to secure the Art Ross Trophy, Hart Memorial Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award in 2016. He was the first player in franchise history to earn the Ted Lindsay Award, while he was the first Blackhawks player to win the Art Ross and Hart trophies since Stan Mikita in 1968. The forward also won a silver medal at the Olympics with Team USA in 2010.

Welinski, 29, has dressed in 40 games this season with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL), tallying 16 points (4G, 12A). His 12 assists and 16 points each rank fourth among club blueliners.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound defenseman has appeared in 46 career regular-season NHL games with the Anaheim Ducks from 2017-21, registering six points (1G, 5A). He made one appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2018, skating in three postseason games with Anaheim. Additionally, Welinski has recorded 139 points (39G, 100A) in 270 career AHL regular-season games with the San Diego Gulls (2016-19 and 2021-21), Lehigh Valley Phantoms (2019-20), Stockton Heat (2021-22) and Hartford (2022-23). He was named to the AHL All-Star Game in 2017-18 after registering career highs in goals (10), assists (24), and points (34).

A native of Duluth, Minnesota, Welinski was originally drafted by the New York Rangers in the third round (83rd overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft. He played four seasons with the University of Minnesota Duluth (NCHC) from 2012-16, amassing 77 points (24G, 53A) in 154 games. Welinski served as team captain for the Bulldogs during his senior season in 2015-16.

Saarijarvi, 25, has posted 33 points (11G, 22A) in 49 games with the SCL Tigers (National League) in 2022-23. Saarijarvi ranks second on the Tigers in assists (22) and fourth in points (33). The defenseman also won the 2022 Spengler Cup with HC Ambrì-Piotta, skating in four games.

The 5-foot-10, 183-pound blueliner has played in 150 career regular-season AHL games with the Grand Rapid Griffins (2017-20) and Tucson Roadrunners (2019-20), totaling 34 points (2G, 32A). He’s also played in 15 career ECHL games with the Toledo Walleye, notching 10 points (3G, 7A). In addition, Saarijarvi has dressed in 102 career Liiga games with Lukko, registering 79 points (26G, 53A).

Originally drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the third round (73rd overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft, the Rovaniemi, Finland native won a gold medal with his home country in the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship and a silver medal in the 2015 IIHF U18 World Championship.

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS CEO DANNY WIRTZ

“The contributions Patrick Kane has made to the Blackhawks organization and city of Chicago will never be forgotten. While today marks the end of an era for the team, he will forever be a part of the Blackhawks family. Three Stanley Cups, over 1,000 games, more than 1,200 points, over 400 goals and countless awards are just part of the legacy he leaves here—one of the greatest Blackhawks players in club history. On behalf of Rocky, and my entire family, we wish Patrick, Amanda, Patrick III, and the rest of his family all the best with the New York Rangers and we thank him for the countless joyful memories. 

As we close Patrick’s chapter in club history, we look forward to what will be another exciting era. We have full faith and trust in Kyle Davidson and his team to showcase their future vision for this team. We share this continued journey with our loyal fans and forever appreciate their support.”

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS GENERAL MANAGER KYLE DAVIDSON

“Patrick Kane leaves the Blackhawks with a legacy that will be hard to match. We all love Patrick and the memories he provided our fans and our organization for 16 seasons. He and his representatives were great to work through during this process—I really appreciate the exemplary open communication we had—and we wish him well with the New York Rangers. I knew from day one of taking this job that there would be some tough days and today was one of the toughest.

Our goal from day one is to achieve sustained success throughout all levels of the organization and that goal remains. I appreciate the continued support of team leadership and I look forward to leading the Blackhawks into this next era on the ice.”

PATRICK KANE

“I’m so thankful for everything the city, the Blackhawks organization, my teammates and the fans have done for me and my family over the last 16 years—the support was constant from day one and Chicago will forever be home for us.

This has been an emotional time for me and my family, but I feel this decision puts me in the best spot to immediately win another Stanley Cup. This isn’t about me leaving the Blackhawks, but this is an opportunity for me—the Blackhawks did everything they could to put me in a great position and I will forever be grateful. It is bittersweet to leave a place that is so special to me, but I will always carry the memories we made in Chicago. I will miss the roar of the United Center, the deafening sound of the anthem and the people of Chicago. Together, we made memories that will last a lifetime like the three Stanley Cup Champions banners that will forever hang at the United Center. I look forward to this next step in my career and will forever be appreciative for all I have received from the Blackhawks and Chicago.”


Patrick Kane was responsible for countless memories over his 16 season Blackhawks career. For many, this one is at the top of the list: Kane scoring the game-winning, series-winning, Stanley Cup-winning goal in 2010 against the Philadelphia Flyers.


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49ers have benefited from diverse hiring practices, but NFL needs more progress

Not only have the San Francisco 49ers been one of the top teams in the NFL over the past two seasons — reaching the NFC championship game in back-to-back seasons — they also have been tops in another category in recent years: developing minority head coaches and NFL front-office executives.

The league installed a new rule to motivate teams to develop minority coaches and executives in 2020, rewarding any team with two third-round compensatory picks if a minority candidate was hired away from their franchise to become another team’s head coach or GM. If a team has candidates hired away for both positions, it receives three total picks.

Since its inception, five San Francisco candidates have been hired away for head coaching or general manager positions. By the end of the 2024 draft, they will have received a league-high eight third-round compensatory picks in return for losing those hires.

“I try to hire people that I’ve worked with that are prepared for it and fortunately, that’s worked out well for me,” San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan said about the league’s minority hiring issues when asked three years ago. “I’ve got a Muslim coordinator; we’ve got a Black coordinator. We have a lesbian on our staff. We have everything and it’s not just to show people that we’re trying to be diverse. It’s just because I’ve been around these people, and they are really good at what they do. We can’t win without these people and that’s just how it works out.”

The 49ers received five third-round compensatory picks for nurturing personnel executive Martin Mayhew, now the general manager of the Washington Commanders, along with New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh and Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel.

This year, San Francisco is on track to receive three more third-round compensatory selections for personnel executive Ran Carthon, now the general manager of the Tennessee Titans, and new Houston Texans head coach DeMeco Ryans this offseason.

Five other teams have been awarded a total of 10 compensatory picks since 2020.

“Honestly, I think it’s a couple things,” Carthon told NBC Sports. “It’s a winning culture, a winning program, so it starts there. But I think John and Kyle are intentional. And when they put you in a position, it fosters growth. You don’t just get ceremonial titles in San Francisco. They allow you to build your role, to help you. And then they get out of the way, let you do your job and grow in a way that allows you, when these opportunities come, you’re prepared for them.”

Added Ryan, “Everybody feels like they’re a part of what we’re doing here. That’s the reason why the organization has been so successful. It’s just built with the right people in mind. When you have good people, you can do really good things. And that’s what we’ve done here.”

NFL agent Don Yee, who represents quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, sees the 49ers having a winning approach to personnel and roster development. San Francisco currently has two former Black NFL head coaches on the coaching staff in defensive coordinator Steve Wilks and running backs/assistant head coach Anthony Lynn.

“I respect very much their style of football, simply because in today’s NFL in my view, it’s a little bit of an outlier how they execute,” Yee said. “The coaches that are there benefit from the winning, as well as the unique display of football they put on. So that makes their coaches stand out a little more. And if you’re an owner or a general manager looking to hire a coach who can put on that type of football, that’s a little distinct in the NFL these days, then that’s the place you are going to look.”

“Kyle has a very high degree of confidence,” added Yee. “He’s also good at coaching his coaches, which is an underrated talent. And Kyle is also support(ed by) people like John [Lynch] and [49ers owner] Jed York, who allow him a lot of latitude to coach his coaches.”

It’s been two decades since NFL owners established the Rooney Rule in 2003, named after Dan Rooney, the late owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Initially, the policy required each team with a head coaching vacancy to interview at least one or more diverse candidates before making a new hire.

The Rooney Rule has been expanded over the years to include general manager and front office positions, along with coordinator and quarterback coach roles.

While San Francisco has set an example the NFL can point to for successfully developing minority head coaching and executive candidates, the league still has a lot of work to do.

After reaching an NFL high of minority head coaches in 2017, the league hired just one Black head coach to fill five head coaching vacancies during the last hiring cycle this offseason.

Currently, the league has just three Black head coaches among the 32 teams. Nearly 60 percent of the league’s players identify as Black.

However, the NFL has a league-high eight black general managers. The league also has five Black team presidents, including the NFL’s first Black female team president, the Raiders’ Sandra Douglass Morgan.

The league also is dealing with a racial discrimination lawsuit filed by former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores, now the defensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings, which includes Wilks and current USFL head coach Ray Horton.

Houston Texans & DeMeco Ryans agree to 6-year deal to become new HC

Emmanuel Acho, LeSean McCoy, Joy Taylor, and David Helman discuss DeMeco Ryans agreeing to a six-year deal to become the Houston Texans’ new head coach. Joy says she loves the hire because Ryans has a blank slate to reinvent the organization.

“We had a number of other programs that we’ve put in that I think are going to product long-term results,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said during Super Bowl week. “Now, we all want short-term results, but it’s important to have it be sustainable for the future, and we believe diversity makes us stronger.

“It’s about attracting the best talent and giving them the best opportunity to be successful. To me, that’s the core of what we do. We want the changes to be really fundamental, sound and sustainable.”

Eric D. Williams has reported on the NFL for more than a decade, covering the Los Angeles Rams for Sports Illustrated, the Los Angeles Chargers for ESPN and the Seattle Seahawks for the Tacoma News Tribune. Follow him on Twitter at @eric_d_williams.

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Origin Zeroes in on business consumption analysis – Strategy – Cloud

Origin Energy’s Origin Zero business is launching a service that combines customer-side sensors with a SaaS solution from Simble Solutions to provide more granular analysis of business energy usage.

The business-focused Origin Zero offers services designed to help business customers better understand their energy usage, so as to identify energy savings and decarbonisation opportunities.

It has 15,000 customers whose usage ranges from 100MWh of electricity or 1TJ [terajoule] of gas, up to 1TWh/1 PJ [petajoule].

For large business customers, an Origin Zero spokesperson told iTnews the organisation wanted “behind the meter” electricity measurement to help them understand “how, when and where they are using energy is the first step towards finding opportunities to save and use energy more efficiently.”

“With these insights, we can help customers make changes to how they use energy that can reduce their costs and also help them decarbonise their energy supply if that is important to them,” the spokesperson said.

Origin Zero will deploy Simble’s SimbleSense platform, which uses metering devices supplied by Simble to collect electricity usage on a per-circuit or per-device basis.

Customers will then access and analyse their data using SimbleSense’s SaaS platform.

The platform will let Origin Zero’s customers access a real-time breakdown of their energy consumption, identify trends and savings opportunities, and verify energy efficiency and carbon reduction projects.


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ACT says Campbell has ‘undermined the entire public service’

National and ACT have called for the sacked chairman of Te Whatu Ora to also be removed from his role on the Environmental Protection Authority.

It comes after Rob Campbell was sacked yesterday by Health Minister Ayesha Verrall from his role chairing Te Whatu Ora, Health NZ, following comments he made online about the National Party’s water infrastructure policy.

The policy was announced on the weekend, and Campbell took to social media site LinkedIn to express his discontent with the policy, calling it a “thin disguise for the dog whistle on co-governance”.

He is subject to a code of conduct which includes provisions around public service impartiality.

On Monday, Prime Minister Chris Hipkins said the comments were “inappropriate” and on Tuesday night Verrall announced she no longer had confidence Campbell could exercise “the political neutrality necessary for his role” and had removed him from his role as Te Whatu Ora chairman, effectively immediately.

This morning National Party public service spokesman Simeon Brown said he wanted to see Campbell removed from his role as Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) chairman also – a call for Environment Minister David Parker.

Brown said Campbell’s comments were a “clear breach of political neutrality rules” and there was “absolutely no justification” for Campbell to remain in his role at the EPA.

Simeon Brown.

He said it was “entirely untenable”.

“New Zealanders have high expectations of public servants, with political neutrality of the public service being critical to the functioning of our democracy.

“Rob Campbell continued to defend his comments about National party policy in media interviews this morning, demonstrating he has no regard for these rules.”

ACT leader David Seymour also called for Campbell’s dismissal from the EPA, saying Campbell’s “immature comments have undermined the entire public service”.

“The public service must be prepared to serve whatever Government the people elect, not just the ones they prefer. Campbell’s rant undermined this important principle. David Parker’s silence cannot continue here.”

Parker has been approached for comment.

Campbell’s dismissal ‘a significant loss’ – nurses

Today health commentator Ian Powell told 1News Campbell had “clearly overstepped” with his comments and his actions were “irresponsible”, but he thought sacking was an overreaction.

He said as the health reforms were so new – with Te Whatu Ora having formed less than a year ago – a senior figure’s sacking could “only increase the destabilisation and the dysfunction in decision-making… that is already there”.

Powell is a former executive director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists.

NZ Nurses Organisation Kerri Nuku.

NZ Nurses Organisation president Kerri Nuku told 1News nurses had been surprised by Campbell’s dismissal.

“We had confidence in Rob because of the work he’d done with nursing… I think it’s a significant loss.”

She also said his dismissal would lead to “instability”.

“Rob engaged with lots of nurses frontline… he understood the issues, the resourcing concerns, and therefore was a key activist in raising those issues at board level.”

She said there was a responsibility public servants had but they were still human.

“There’s that real tension between what is your role as a public servant and also the freedom to be able to have your own opinions.”

Last year, Campbell was also criticised by then-Health Minister Andrew Little when Campbell voiced support for a member’s bill – sponsored by Chloe Swarbrick – that aimed to reduce alcohol harm. In that instance he also posted on LinkedIn saying he was “totally with” Swarbrick on the bill.

Not ‘sitting there like a stuffed parrot’ – Campbell

Campbell appeared on multiple media spots on Wednesday, including Newstalk ZB, RNZ’s Morning Report and TVNZ’s Breakfast.

On Breakfast he said he considered National’s water infrastructure policy to be “wrong and misguided”.

Campbell said he often engages with political topics he’s interested in on social media, but that doesn’t mean he’s not impartial.

He said the code of conduct only relates to political comments that could damage his organisation, which “doesn’t mean that publicly, I’m muted”.

“It doesn’t mean that I’m sitting there like a stuffed parrot, or a parrot that’s been trained just to say ‘Polly wants a biscuit’ whenever the minister wants; that’s not what I’m there for.”

He admitted to being biased in regards to Three Waters but said that did not related to Te Whatu Ora.

Former Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield on Twitter said Campbell’s comments were “a big story”.

“I spent much of the last 25 years in NZ’s excellent public service & saw no evidence of either left or right ‘leaning’,” Sir Ashley said.

“I have no idea how any of my former CE colleagues voted, we just didn’t talk about it. Rob Campbell’s comments are a big story because it’s a very rare event.”




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Families of Uvalde victims confront Texas’ police chief

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Family members of victims killed in the Uvalde school shooting confronted Texas’ police chief Tuesday in an emotional end to a day of protests at the state Capitol over gun laws.

Velma Duran, whose sister Irma Garcia was one of two teachers killed at Robb Elementary School last May, scolded Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw as other Uvalde residents and gun control supporters looked on inside a committee room at the Capitol, where McCraw prepared to leave after testifying to lawmakers.

Nineteen students were killed in the Uvalde attack, one of the worst classroom shootings in U.S. history. Duran briefly brought the hearing to a halt as she yelled from her seat to McCraw over law enforcement officers waiting more than an hour to confront the gunman who had an AR-15-style rifle inside the fourth-grade classroom.

“They stood around and enabled the shooter to obliterate my sister. You couldn’t recognize her,” Duran said to McCraw. “Look at me!”

McCraw briefly leaned over to Duran, but it was not clear what he said before walking out of the committee room.

Brett Cross, the uncle of 10-year-old victim Uziyah Garcia, followed McCraw out and said later he had a brief conversation with the director in an elevator.

A spokesman for DPS did not immediately return a request seeking comment Tuesday about encounters with the family members of victims.

The unusual scene inside the Capitol happened just hours after a crowd of gun control supporters rallied outside. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and leaders of the state’s commanding GOP majority in the Legislature have shown no support for passing new gun restrictions between now and May, during which is their first chance to pass new laws since the Uvalde attack.

McCraw has said he will not resign amid some Uvalde residents calling for his ouster.


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On The Cover: MusicRow’s 2023 Country Radio & Streaming Issue Features Tyler Hubbard

MusicRow Magazine has released its 2023 Country Radio & Streaming Issue, with EMI Records/Universal Music Group Nashville’s Tyler Hubbard gracing its cover.

Hubbard’s face and name are familiar—and his voice is a staple on country radio. With 20 No. 1 singles including his debut solo single, countless awards and sold-out tours, Hubbard has already had a remarkable career as a performer and songwriter as one half of multi-Platinum duo Florida Georgia Line. This January, Hubbard released his debut solo album, Tyler Hubbard.

The Georgia-native and prolific songwriter has over 60 cuts from a diverse set of stars such as Jason Aldean and Kane Brown, among others. For the new 18-track album on EMI Nashville, Hubbard wrote on every song and teamed up with some of Nashville’s most prominent hitmakers. Co-produced with Jordan Schmidt, Hubbard’s album showcases his unique talents as well as continues to establish him as a powerhouse in country music. Hubbard’s debut solo single, “5 Foot 9,” hit No. 1 at radio in just six months, was recently certified Platinum by the RIAA, and has 315 million global streams to date.

Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Hubbard is dedicated to healthy living and is passionate about travel and charity, supporting various Nashville charities, as well as global conservation organizations.

Inside the Country Radio & Streaming Issue, readers will find profiles of the 2023 CountryBreakout Award winners, which were also revealed today. Now in its 21st year, the CountryBreakout Awards honors the artists who earned the most spins on the MusicRow CountryBreakout Radio Chart in 2022. The 2023 winners include Male Artist of the Year Morgan Wallen (Big Loud/Mercury/Republic), Female Artist of the Year Miranda Lambert (Vanner Records/RCA Nashville), Group/Duo of the Year Old Dominion (Arista Nashville/Sony Music Nashville), Breakout Artist of the Year Jackson Dean (Big Machine Records) and Independent Artist of the Year Cody Jinks (Late August Records). Warner Music Nashville was honored with Label of the Year for the first time, while Ashley Gorley was named Songwriter of the Year for the fourth time. This year’s Reporter of the Year is WVNW’s Erik Lane.

Additionally, the Country Radio & Streaming Issue includes a look inside BBR Music Group’s successes and strategies with President of BMG Nashville, Jon Loba, and Executive Vice President Recorded Music – Nashville, JoJamie Hahr. Warner Music Nashville’s SVP of Radio, Kristen Williams, and SVP of Streaming, Tim Foisset, talk with MusicRow about the success of new chart-breaker Bailey Zimmerman, while Sony Music Nashville’s Exec. VP, Promotion & Artist Development, Steve Hodges, discusses the rise of Megan Moroney in this issue. Also featured is a compelling profile on Pandora’s Sr. Director of Country Programming, Johnny Chiang, who began his tenure with the company in July.

This issue also includes a look at ONErpm’s expansion to Nashville in a conversation with Tim Wipperman, who serves as the Managing Director of ONErpm’s Nashville Office. Elsewhere, MusicRow highlights the community growth aspects of secondary market radio with KAIR’s Program Director Neil Wieland. In a special feature, MusicRow Publisher/Owner, Sherod Robertson, shares his adventurous journey to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, one of the tallest mountains in the world.

Single copies of MusicRow’s 2023 Country Radio & Streaming Issue are available for purchase at musicrow.com for $20, and are included with yearly MusicRow subscriptions.

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