The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-06-22T05:26:02Z Sam & Nic Chapman Win YouTubers of the Year 2017 2017-06-22T05:26:02Z sam-nic-chapman-win-youtubers-of-the-year-2017 Sam & Nic Chapman Win YouTubers of the Year at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards 2017 Media Release - June 2017 Sam and Nic Chapman – the makeup artist sisters, founders of the popular YouTube channel Pixiwoo and co-designers behind the Real Techniques beauty brand – were named YouTubers of the Year at the prestigious Glamour Women of the Year Awards this month. Hosted by Glamour Magazine each June in the U.K., the awards honour extraordinary and inspirational women from a variety of fields ranging from entertainment to education to sports and business. "It's a real honour to be recognised by Glamour alongside so many other inspiring women," said Sam Chapman. "YouTube has really come a long way since we started nine years ago, and we are just so excited to be able to use this platform along with Real Techniques to continue to engage with and inspire our tremendous community of beauty lovers." Makeup artists and YouTube sensations Sam(antha) and Nic(ola) Chapman grew up surrounded by makeup, including their aunt who was a top makeup artist for clients like Princess Diana and David Bowie. In 2008, to help a friend create a smoky eye effect, Sam uploaded a video to YouTube. From that, the Chapmans' instructional makeup videos were born, transforming the sisters into visionaries who pioneered a new platform of makeup artistry through YouTube. Today, the girls have more than 7 million followers across the globe. "We're pleased to continue to leverage Sam and Nic's passion and authenticity to be the 'wing women' of the beauty obsessed, and couldn't be happier that Sam and Nic were recognised with this honour," said Erica Galea, Marketing Manager of Chemcorp International, the distributors of Real Techniques in Australia. "We loved hosting the girls in September last year for their first Australian media tour, proving Sam & Nic have a loyal following here. Real Techniques has established credibility and a strong foundation among beauty lovers in Australia within only six short years." To celebrate the remarkable award win the RRPs of the popular Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection have been reduced, making the luxe collection much more accessible for Australian beauty lovers: GOLD – BASE • 100 Arched Powder RRP $29.50 • 101 Triangle Foundation RRP $27.50 • 102 Triangle Concealer RRP $24.50 SILVER – EYES • 200 Oval Shadow RRP $19.50 • 201 Pointed Crease RRP $19.50 • 202 Angled Liner RRP $19.50 • 203 Tapered Shadow RRP $19.50 ROSE GOLD – FINISH • 300 Tapered Blush RRP $29.50 • 301 Flat Contour RRP $29.50 The Real Techniques range is available now in Priceline stores nationally. To learn more about Sam & Nic's story, please see the attached press release or contact Rachel: 0423 833 814 or rachel@360pr.com.au Nominate a deserving AusMumpreneur and show your support for Australian mums in business 2017-06-22T02:00:12Z nominate-a-deserving-ausmumpreneur-and-show-your-support-for-australian-mums-in-business The AusMumpreneur Conference and AusMumpreneur Awards are all about supporting Australian mums in business. This event provides a unique opportunity for women from all over Australia to come together to gain new skills, promote their business, connect with fellow mums in business, learn from leading business experts and celebrate the success of the best and brightest in the industry. Proudly presented by AusMumpreneur and The Women’s Business School, the AusMumpreneur Awards recognise the best and brightest in the Australian mumpreneur industry. The categories that will be judged are: AusMumpreneur of the Year Rising Star AusMumpreneur of the Year Emerging AusMumpreneur of the Year Regional Business Award Product Innovation Award Digital Innovation Award Sustainability Award Business Excellence Award AusMumpreneur Network Excellence Award Women’s Business School Excellence Award Global Brand Award Big Idea Award Making A Difference Award Retail Business Award Service Business Award Handmade Business Award The People's Choice Awards: Influencer Award Customer Service Award Making a Difference Award (Business) Making a Difference Award (Non-profit) Business owners or those who wish to nominate a mumpreneur, can go to: https://www.ausmumpreneur.com/ausmumpreneur-awards/ Nominations close on Friday the 30th of June 2017. Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com 0481 369 484 Winter Window Appeal - How to create an inviting home in the cooler months 2017-06-21T04:29:04Z winter-window-appeal-how-to-create-an-inviting-home-in-the-cooler-months As winter truly kicks in and the market cools, Cameron Nicholls from Nicholls & Co Estate Agents in Abbotsford shares his tips on how to make a home inviting and warm. “With clearance rates dropping and stock availability at an all time low. Many properties owners tend to fear a winter sale campaign. However, we believe it’s a great opportunity to present new listings in a competitive buyer market,” said Cameron. Cameron’s top five tips for enticing potential buyers in the winter market are all focused around the street front windows. His tips include: Bring the outside in: Place indoor plants near the window so when I buyer drives past or looks in the greenery is visible. Double glaze windows: This is a must for insulation and creating a cosy home even on the coldest winter day. Install curtains: Even if they are just for show, the long draping lines of curtains can create a sense of warmth. Invest in a lamp: This can either be a floor lamp or place on a table near the front windows. Make sure you use a soft glow light bulb though. Rugs and throws: Position a throw over the side corner of the lounge and place a rug under the coffee table to give that homely feel. About Nicholls & Co Nicholls & Co is a boutique modern agency focused on the person first and foremost and then the property. They do not work with clients, they work with people. Through personal attention and connecting with people on a deeper level they are able to comprehensively understand how best to deliver the results desired. www.nichollsandco.com.au Anthony Walsh joins Shark Shield as a Brand Ambassador 2017-06-20T23:14:54Z anthony-walsh-joins-shark-shield-as-a-brand-ambassador Anthony Walsh joins Shark Shield as a Brand Ambassador The world’s only scientifically proven and independently tested electrical shark deterrent Media Release - June 2017 Professional surfer, a regular at Pipeline, drone enthusiast and one of the world’s biggest GoPro surf video contributors, Anthony Walsh, has joined Shark Shield as their newest Brand Ambassador. Anthony is always on the hunt for some tube time and you’ll usually find him filming in a barrel in some exotic location somewhere on the planet, having Shark Shield on hand makes for a safer adventure. Anthony Walsh says, “I’m excited to represent the world’s only scientifically proven and independently tested electrical shark deterrent. I’ve tested out the devices for myself in Hawaii and yes without doubt Shark Shield does deter sharks without hindering surfing performance. Shark Shield launched their new Shark Shield FREEDOM+ Surf in 2016. The FREEDOM+ designed in partnership with two-time World Surfing Champion Tom Carroll and iconic surf hardware brand Ocean & Earth. Lindsay Lyon, Shark Shield’s Managing Director says, “We have created our products to enable ocean lovers to have the ability to enjoy their time in the water, personally protecting yourself from unwanted shark encounters is the only solution to enjoying the ocean without harming the environment. “We’re pleased to take on such a talented and professional surf legend as Anthony to be an ambassador of our proven technology. We look forward to sharing some of Anthony’s fantastic tube action and ocean footage ahead as he continues to travel around the globe with his Shark Shield. Stay tuned!” said Lyon. About the FREEDOM+ Surf The new FREEDOM+ Surf features a removable power module housed in a custom designed Ocean & Earth tail pad kicker, which can easily be transferred from board to board. All surfers need to do is install the new Ocean & Earth tail pad/decal antenna on each board in their quiver. The new tail pad houses the removable power module and includes a sticker-thin, adhesive decal that’s simply applied to the underside of the board. Light in weight, the solution offers nearly zero drag so there is little to no impact on surfing performance. The FREEDOM+ Surf is available now at an RRP of $599 and can be purchased from www.sharkshield.com. The Ocean & Earth tail pad/decal antenna is available for an RRP of $169. About Shark Shield Shark Shield is for professional adventurers. It is the worlds only scientifically proven and independently tested electrical shark deterrent. Sharks have small short-range electrical receptors in their snouts used for locating food. Shark Shield’s unique three-dimensional electrical waveform turns sharks away by causing unbearable spasms in these sensitive receptors. Used by professionals, such as navies around the world, Shark Shield is a safety device providing peace of mind, while supporting the conservation of sharks. If you’re serious about adventure, you wear a Shark Shield. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ For further information or to set up and interview with Lindsay Lyon or Anthony Walsh please contact: Rachel King @ 360 PR – 02 9571 4448 – 0423 833 814 – rachel@360pr.com.au Australia's First Off-Market Property Match-Making Platform 2017-06-16T01:17:18Z australia-s-first-off-market-property-match-making-platform New Off-Market Property Match-Making Platform For Buyers and Real Estate Agents propertywhispers.com.au - the home of off-market properties Media Release - 16 June 2017 In an Australian first, online business Property Whispers has launched a unique property match-making service for off-market listings – properties for sale ‘on the quiet’ or ‘pre-market’ - designed for all buyers and real estate agents. In a changing marketplace where prices have reached their peak and auction clearance rates fallen, off-market is the new “on” market! Thanks to Property Whispers, no longer do buyers need to struggle or pay fees to access the off-market inner circle, and real estate agents will now be able to reach far more ready buyers, creating a more competitive off-market sales process so the property can sell more quickly. This off-market property match-making service is now available to buyers and real estate agents by simply registering at propertywhispers.com.au. Co-Founder of Property Whispers and former real estate agent Liane Fletcher says, “Traditionally buyers needed to be on many sales agents’ databases or engage a buyers agent to access properties being sold on the quiet or pre-market. Now, buyers finally have the tool to access off-market properties that specifically match their purchase requirements. At the same time, agents can now offer vendors not wanting to pay for expensive advertising or those wanting to keep the sale quiet a platform to do so. A positive result for all! It’s a no-brainer for real estate agents and buyers alike.” How Property Whispers Works: 1. Buyers register list their property requirements (property type, bedrooms, bathrooms, parking, price guide, suburb). 2. Real estate agents list their off-market property specifications (property type, bedrooms, bathrooms, parking, price guide, suburb) - only discoverable via a match. No street address is revealed to the buyer. 3. An instant match occurs when a buyer’s property requirements matches an off-market property and the contact details are immediately sent to both buyer and agent so they can make contact. 4. The buyer and real estate agent speak, arrange to meet to view the property and hopefully a sale follows! Online registration is free for buyers to join Property Whispers. A three month obligation-free trial period is available for a limited time for all real estate agents who register online; those who choose to use the website thereafter pay an annual subscription fee. About Property Whispers: Property Whispers is Australia’s first off-market property website, matching buyers and their property requirements with suitable off-market properties in their chosen area, as listed by local real estate agents. Launching in Sydney in June 2017, with the service to be rolled out nationally over the next 12 months. Register online to access Property Whispers in your local area: www.propertywhispers.com.au For more information or to set up an interview with Liane Fletcher, please contact 360 PR: Rachel King – (02) 9571 4448 – 0423 833 814 – rachel@360pr.com.au Future of Indigenous forestry 2017-06-13T21:47:10Z future-of-indigenous-forestry Highlighting Indigenous forestry enterprises at the Institute of Foresters National Conference 2017 "Tropical Forestry: Innovation and Change in the Asia Pacific Region" is the theme for the Institute of Foresters of Australia’s conference on 14 - 17 August 2017 in Cairns.  This theme recognises the rich history of Australian Foresters who have contributed to the development of the professional practice of Forestry in South East Asia and the Pacific as well as at home. Tropical and temperate forest managers should attend the conference where they will find sessions covering subjects such as: ·       Indigenous commercial forestry, ·       Conservation management in the tropics, ·       Tropical plantation success drivers ·       Certification and sustainability impacts on forest practice, ·       Forestry role in emissions reduction, and ·       Innovative forest industry development Dr Kevin Harding, Convener of the conference said, ‘One session that delegates may find of particular interest is Indigenous Commercial Forestry. ‘Delegates will hear from speakers such as Rob De Fegely talking about Indigenous economic development while Mark Annandale will discuss Bauxite mining and Indigenous community forestry. ‘A session about Building Aboriginal enterprises in NSW state forests will be led by John Shipp and Kathy Lyons while David Lee gives a very topical perspective from Cape York about Sandalwood for Indigenous commercial forestry. ‘These presentations will follow nicely from the keynote address given by Noel Pearson, one of Australia’s foremost Indigenous leaders. ‘What a lot of people don’t know is that 30 per cent of Australia’s forests are owned, managed or controlled by Indigenous people’, said Kevin. http://www.ifa.consec.com.au/register.html Media contact: Dr. Kevin Harding 0410471957   WordStorm PR is proud to be representing Project Everest 2017-06-08T02:55:47Z wordstorm-pr-is-proud-to-be-representing-project-everest WordStorm PR is proud to be representing Project Everest, a social enterprise that aims to solve the world’s most complex development problems by building financially sustainable solutions. Managed by former army officer Wade Tink, Project Everest partners with universities all over Australia to create projects in developing countries to help solve local community problems. It is currently operating in Cambodia, Fiji, Timor-Leste, Malawi and Vietnam with plans to expand to the Philippines. The company has been operating for four years with 450 students particpating in the projects. There are currently nine projects being undertaken with enrolments for trips in December closing in November 2017. WordStorm PR Managing Director Monica Rosenfeld said, “We’re thrilled to be spreading the word about Project Everest. This is such an inspiring venture and something we at WordStorm PR strongly believe in. We look forward to promoting the importance of looking outside the box and highlighting the benefits of a less traditional approach to teaching and learning.” WordStorm PR will be working with Project Everest on an ongoing basis to increase awareness and understanding of social enterprise and unconventional teaching methods. For all media inquiries please contact Rochelle on 02 8272 3208 or rochelle@wordstormpr.com.au. 5 Reasons To Sell Your Home In Winter 2017-06-07T23:02:04Z 5-reasons-to-sell-your-home-in-winter While many vendors hold off selling their homes until the peak spring selling season, what many don’t know is that winter is actually a prime time to sell. With less competition from other vendors, you’ll be able to take advantage of the benefits and you could secure a real win! Justin Ferguson, Founder and Principal of Ferguson Property Agents, says, “Over the years, there has always been a big misconception that selling your property in winter is a bad decision, but this couldn’t be further from the truth! In my experience, there are actually so many benefits to selling now, rather than waiting until spring. It’s time vendors finally realise the true potential of winter sales.” Justin explains 5 key reasons why winter is a great season to sell your home: Attract Genuine Buyers: With low supply and therefore minimal competition, you will be able to attract real, genuine buyers. As there are fewer options for buyers out there, your property will appear more desirable. You’ll be able to capture the full attention of serious buyers who mean real business – cutting the nonsense and timewasters out of the equation for good! Psychology of Home: Buyers are attracted to a cosy, comforting haven, so take advantage of the chilly days and dress your home to show it off as warm and welcoming. This can be a very powerful time to sell and to sell quickly and everyone wants to feel comfortable, warm and safe in their own home; winter draws on these psychological underpinnings of the meaning of home. Sell For More: You can actually list your property at a slightly higher price point during winter. Reduced inventory, typically lower mortgage rates and being tired of the property hunt through the cold winter days acts as a strong motivator for winter buyers to take the leap and “impulse buy” if they have positive feelings about your property. Unveil True Potential: Buyers can see the true potential of your property, despite the gloom of winter! If they like your property when the weather is not so pleasant, they’re bound to fall in love when the sunshine and warmth returns. Get Ahead: Take a step ahead of the crowd by getting in early and placing your property on the market before spring selling season. This way, buyers will notice your home first and your property will stand out before the market becomes more crowded. There is no reason to change your plans and force yourself to wait! For more information about Ferguson Property Agents: www.fergusonproperty.com.au For further information or to speak with Justin Ferguson, please contact 360 PR: Rachel King – rachel@360pr.com.au – 02 9571 4448 – 0423 833 814 One step closer to marriage equality - The Evermore Pledge confirm first ‘Marriage’ 2017-06-01T02:37:10Z one-step-closer-to-marriage-equality-the-evermore-pledge-confirm-first-marriage The Australian Marriage Service officially introduces the 'Evermore Pledge', a groundbreaking social enterprise, providing an independent and legal alternative for same-sex couples who wish to wed. The first ‘Marriage’ conducted using the Evermore Pledge will be held in 1 July 2017 on the Gold Coast. Michelle Anderson, Founder and Celebrant from The Australian Marriage Service says, “We are thrilled to offer a legal alternative to traditional ‘marriage’. The Evermore Pledge consolidates an array of legal and financial components which, when affirmed at a ‘wedding’ ceremony, provides couples with a love contract that replicates traditional marriage as closely as possible. “Until marriage equality is embraced by the Australian Government, this is THE way for couples to gain equal rights,” said Michelle. The Evermore Pledge was established with three main objectives: To provide an interim solution for LGBTIQ couples that wish to marry but cannot, by giving them a legal, educated and ethical alternative. To expediate the government to amend the Marriage Act 1961, encompassing equal marriage for all; an overdue social change needed to grant basic human rights that are currently denied to a significant number of Australians. Profits generated by the Evermore Pledge will be donated to associated charities and organisations with aligned goals. The ‘Evermore Pledge’ blends romance with a legally binding contract that addresses the components that fall under the Australian Marriage Act 1961 such as wills, beneficiaries, power of attorney, next of kin, superannuation, finances, estate planning etc. Michelle, a leading Queensland civil marriage celebrant, is already an innovator in the industry, with her no-frills express wedding business, run like the registry office, but at a beach side location. The Evermore Pledge initiative, however, stands aside from her core business as a social enterprise with profits going to associated charities. Alee Fogarty and Carly Naughton are set to be the first couple to be ‘Married’ under the Evermore Pledge on 1 July 2017. Alee says, “We are beyond excited and already know of many couples like us who have registered their interest to finally be able to demonstrate our love for each other as a couple in a legally binding way!” About The Evermore Pledge: The M2.1 Independent Legal Evermore Pledge has been formed with the cooperation of Melbourne-based law firm Nevile and Co., and will become available Australia wide as celebrants from around the country become familiar with the concept and incorporate it into their existing commitment ceremonies. For futher information go to: www.newwaytowed.com.au Turn your home into a winter haven! 2017-05-31T22:51:11Z turn-your-home-into-a-winter-haven With the colder, shorter and darker days under way, making sure your home is well prepped can truly make or break your winter happiness. Whether you like it or not, winter is here to stay for the next few months, so it’s important to make some little changes to your home now and create your own cosy haven before hibernating for winter. Justine Wilson, Director and Principal Stylist at Vault Interiors shares her top winter styling tips, “Since we tend to spend a lot more time curled up indoors than any other season, your home needs to feel extra inviting and comforting. Making a few changes around the home can also help with your energy bill, so try bringing in large rugs, runner rugs for cold floor hallways, introduce thick curtains and bring out the winter doonas to feel warmer without turning up the air con. 1. Bring the outside in Fight off the housebound feeling by bringing in fresh flowers, succulents or floor standing plants that will breathe life into your home, can assist in filtrating the air, and they look amazing! By bringing the outdoors in, you are also less likely to open windows so less likely to feel the cold chill. 2. Layer to create a cocoon-like space Winter is all about comfort, so choose a variety of different textures and fabrics to trap heat inside. Heavy thick curtains will also help contain warmth. Layering throws, blankets and cushions on your bed and sofa will instantly warm up your rooms and help you get cosy. For a plush looking sofa, mix fabrics such as wool, faux fur and velvet for a really glam winter look. Ensure you have enough storage solutions (such as baskets) to store extra throws and blankets, it’s good to have them at the ready in your bedroom or living room and they can still present well if placed in the right basket. 3. Add warmth to your interiors Adding warm coloured tones to your décor is a great way to bring warmth to your interior. Select rich tones, which are also on trend and lux, such as copper, burnt orange and mustard, and maroon. These deep tones are great for winter styling and in contract to summer months; these changes alone can completely freshen up your interiors! This is also a good time to introduce the depth of colour to feature walls to make your home feel more intimate and dramatic. Having a visually warm palette will enrich all the senses. 4. Accessorising with colour pops If you prefer not to paint or wallpaper something permanent, you can introduce colour through accessories, blinds, cushions and rugs. Metallic pops like gold, copper and brass will also add a hint of drama and a feeling of richness. Think about accessories, vessels, candles or small occasional furniture like side tables. 5. Brighten up your mood with lighting and beautiful scents Soft lighting will help to make your home feel brighter in the cooler months and in turn, lift your mood too! Table lamps and floor lamps are essential as the light is murkier and darker in winter, so you will need the warm glow of a statement table lamp. Candles are also essential to resist the urge to turn on every light in the house. Candles also assist in masking damp or unpleasant smells that come with having a house shut up tight during the gloomy weather. 6. Rearrange your layout for a fresh mind Orient items in a way that maximises the heat from fireplaces or heaters. As you won’t be opening doors or windows as much, you can place sofas, armchairs or consoles in front of these otherwise dead spaces. This may double your feeling of space as you wouldn’t normally opt for blocking access, but in winter is not such an issue. It will allow you to get creative and refresh your living and bedroom spaces. A fresh mind and a happier, warmer home! For more information, please visit: www.vaultinteriors.com.au Wavelength International listed in the Best SMEs to Work Asia 2017 2017-05-30T05:21:58Z wavelength-international-listed-in-the-best-smes-to-work-asia-2017 Wavelength International has made the prestigious Best Places to Work Asia 2017, one of only 3 Australian businesses to make the top 10 of the small and medium workplaces list. The Best Places to Work Australia Study is one of the world’s most comprehensive independent studies of workplace culture by global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work – More than 1,400 companies participated in national list studies in the 9 Asia-region countries where Great Place to Work® is represented. Wavelength shot into the top 10 this year, placing 9th in the top 25 Best Places to Work (20-500) employees. It is an impressive achievement, especially in an industry renowned for its high pressure work environments and high staff turnover. “It just goes to show you can be a successful high performance business by embracing a generous and supportive culture,” says Chris Riley, Wavelength’s CEO. “Just by walking through the door, you immediately sense Wavelength is a happy, motivated and engaged place to work. In my experience in this industry our workplace culture is quite unique: everyone cares passionately about the business and working collaboratively as a team." With over 75 employees, Wavelength is Australia’s largest and most successful medical recruitment agency. The company offers a range of employee benefits including: Flexible and family friendly working hours, Free breakfast Fitness classes A creative, casual and fun working environment i Monetary incentives linked with productivity and performance against key goals. Additional information Specific highlights that have made Wavelength a great place to work include: · A generous remuneration and commission scheme renowned for being extremely market competitive. Wavelength is also committed to making salary packages consistent and fair across the organisation. Employees in all roles are recognised and rewarded for outstanding performance. Individual goals created for all employees quarterly which are part of their performance criteria. Managers regularly meet with team members to provide feedback and coach them to be even better in their role. An internal mentoring program which enable employees to discover and develop their talents. · A real commitment to work life balance with a broad range of flexible full-time, part-time and job share work patterns in place. Employees can work flexibly between 7am and 7pm and have the opportunity to work from home one day a week. Wavelength also offers an additional five days of annual leave once an employee has completed four years’ continuous employment. A generous paid parental leave program and flexibility when it comes to extended leave for weddings and overseas trips. · Inspiring values of excellence, ingenuity, integrity and heart incorporated into all business processes, policies and communications. · A bright, fresh, modern and open workspace to encourage a positive working environment and work life balance. There are showers, great training facilities and plenty of room for regular health and fitness sessions. Breakfast, drinks and healthy snacks are all provided daily for all employees. · A love for celebrations – birthdays, anniversaries, individual and company achievements. · An internal social networking platform to foster a modern culture of openness and transparency. · Quarterly employee briefings to share information, business goals, successes, challenges and new initiatives. A commitment to the health sector both in Australia and overseas. Wavelength actively donates and fundraises for the Fred Hollows Foundation and Médecins Sans Frontières. The company also sponsors indigenous medical students and encourages employees to participate in other charitable events throughout the year. ### About Wavelength International Wavelength International
is Australia’s largest medical recruitment company, offering local and international candidate resourcing, medical registration and immigration services for medical professionals and healthcare employers. Based in Sydney, we work with over 300 hospitals, clinics and general practices across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. About Great Place to Work Inc Great Place to Work Inc, is a global research and consulting firm specialising in workplace excellence and development of high-trust and high-engagement workplace cultures. Our proprietary research tool, the Trust Index Employee Engagement Survey, is taken annually by over 10 million employees worldwide. Leading companies worldwide use our model to increase the levels of trust across their organisations and drive business results. For further information, please contact: Deanna Daly Marketing Executive, Wavelength International Tel: 02 8353 9032 Email: ddaly@wave.com.au www.wave.com.au www.wavies.com.au Living vs Fake Greenwalls 2017-05-29T18:45:00Z living-vs-fake-greenwalls There is no doubt that the popularity of greenwalls has significantly grown over the past few years. However, Mark Paul, horticulturist and Australian greenwall pioneer warns the hidden dangers of going fake versus living.   Mark Paul, founder of The Greenwall Company says, “Although the aesthetic of a fake greenwall can be appealing and the faux plant choice has expanded over the years, there are a number of things to consider.   “Aside from the lack of health benefits, they are a fire hazard due to the chemicals they are treated with and the dust they collect. The same dust can cause an increase in allergies, especially when placed in closed office spaces. After a number of media reported “greenwall fires”, all in fake greenwalls, many commercial property managers have banned them and had existing ones removed,” said Mark.   The benefits of a living greenwall include: Improved air quality in urban environments – Living walls will actually filter out harmful pollutants [VOCs] and dust rather than attracting them. Aesthetically appealing – Greenwalls can be designed as a standout feature or blend into the natural environment. Lower power bills – Living greenwalls help to regulate the temperature of the building they are installed on. Sound insulation – Living greenwalls can absorb up to 10 decibels of sound, which is why they are a great option for office environments. Lower maintenance – Living greenwalls are fitted with an automated irrigation system enabling them to essentially look after themselves. About The Greenwall Company: The Greenwall Company are the pioneers of greenwalls and green roofs in Australia. Founded by Mark Paul, a horticulturist, designer and advocate for greening cities, The Greenwall Company use award winning design techniques across both residential and commercial projects, bringing greenwalls to a new level of integration within the urban environment. Their vision is to reclaim the urban environment, wrapping facades of buildings with epiphytic and lithophytic plants creating living, breathing architectural function.  www.greenwall.com.au   Mathletics gets even better! 2017-05-29T01:44:39Z mathletics-gets-even-better 3P Learning, Australia’s global leader in education technology and creator of Mathletics, has today announced the launch of new Mathletics. According to the 2016 NAPLAN results, 75% of Australian primary schools that ranked in the top 40 schools* for numeracy use Mathletics as part of their maths programme. This maths resource has recently undergone a massive transformation and now features a new and improved user experience for teachers, who can access additional support to ensure the best possible outcomes for their students. Recent studies have revealed startling results. Only one-third of teachers claimed they feel prepared and equipped with the knowledge and tools to teach numeracy1, while 40 to 50 percent of graduate teachers are leaving the job within the first five years due to reasons of excessive workload, anxiety and lack of adequate support and guidance3. New Mathletics has arrived at the perfect time to provide extra support to every teacher and equip them with the tools needed to not only aid the learning experience for students but deliver improved results in every classroom. Rebekah O’Flaherty, CEO & Executive Director at 3P Learning says, “We are proud to be a part of the evolution of education, while providing schools and teachers with a solution that addresses rigorous curriculum demands and meets the needs of all learners. With this in mind, we’re proud to bring you a new and improved Mathletics experience, redesigned to be as user- friendly, supportive and targeted as possible. “3P Learning has spoken to teachers, parents and students to find out how best to continue providing all the tools learners need to be successful, both in the classroom and beyond. In-depth research helps us make sure we keep the learning curve as simple and easy to manage as possible, while still delivering seriously powerful learning management tools,” adds Rebekah. Key features of New Mathletics include: Flash to HTML – Mathletics has been converted from Flash to an all-new HTML experience, so Mathletics is now more accessible and compatible with a wide range of devices including iPads. Intuitive Interfaces – Redesigned from the ground up to be as user friendly as possible, addressing the balance between teacher-led instruction and independent, student-driven learning. Modern & Fresh Layout – Vibrant and easier to navigate with more graphic feedback on results and reporting. Integrating Technology – With new accessibility options, Single Sign On integration, mobile and tablet ready, integrating Mathletics into the classroom is now easier than ever. Big changes to the Mathletics Teacher Console, including: Natural Design Flow – Mimics how teachers use Mathletics, whilst placing curriculum activities at the core. Teachers can create personalised learning pathways for students by tailoring content through courses, assigning activities and viewing results and reporting at the touch of a button. Time Saving – All of that extra time and energy spent planning, marking and managing data takes time away from your students. New Mathletics has put teachers at the heart of it all, saving teachers valuable time. Simple Navigation – The new left-hand navigation is designed to guide teachers and make frequent tasks easy to find. Plan With Ease – Plan ahead by scheduling activities to start at a future date. All activities are automatically marked so students will receive immediate feedback whilst you can view their results in real time. New Results Tools – Not a digital mark book, this active diagnostic tool gives a snapshot of each and every student’s understanding and skills so you can see who needs more help to master activities. New Powerful Reporting Toolkit – Immediately gives you the evidence so you can report within your school or district, or sit down one-to-one with students and parents to look at improvements and support needed. To celebrate the launch of New Mathletics, schools across Australia are invited to experience Mathletics for free during Open Month (16 May – 16 June) and represent their school in a free and fun Australia-wide maths competition. It includes access to the Mathletics platform used by over 5 million students and prizes to be awarded to the top performing schools! For more information, please click here. Survey shows preference for casual employment 2017-05-26T04:55:55Z survey-shows-preference-for-casual-employment Numerous opponents to the increase in part-time jobs voiced their concerns last week when the unemployment figures were released showing that while the overall jobs market is running stronger, most of the gains in April were driven by part-time jobs, which rose by 49,000 for the month.  However, following a survey among its 2,500 workforce, Australia’s premier sales, merchandising and marketing solutions provider to the retail industry, the Blueprint Group, has found that 83 per cent of its employees is happy with casual or part-time work. The company has a casualised workforce of 84 per cent with the survey also finding that 70 per cent of employees find their position suitable for maintaining a work/life balance and providing the flexibility they desire around their working hours. Caroline Trenfield, Blueprint Group’s new General Manager of Human Resources, said casual and part-time employees are also provided with a promotional path offering long term careers for those who seek it.   “As evidence of the experience of our workforce, more than two in every three employees have been involved in the FMCG environment for more than 10 years.   “While most of the positions we offer in retail are casual, it’s clear that there is a huge cohort who recognise the many benefits of being casual and actively seek this type of employment to suit their lifestyle needs.   “I believe our environment contributes to Blueprint Group having an engaged workforce when working in the field representing our clients.”   Ms Trenfield attributes a 78 per cent field retention rate of Blueprint’s workforce to the extensive sales and merchandising skills training provided, both online and via 30 dedicated trainers around Australia.   “We have developed an online portal for field teams to allow the sharing of field-to-field best practice where everyone can learn from each other.   “The results from our latest survey, when combined with an employee satisfaction rating that is 20 per cent above the industry average, demonstrate that staff are enjoying their work, they feel valued, understand end-user customers and are engaged with their client portfolios.   “All this leads to quality in the field and success for our clients,” she added.   Blueprint Group has a commitment to their employees of being a ‘Great Place to Work’ and invests heavily in the training and coaching of its large team. The company conducts regular surveys of employee satisfaction and has achieved outstanding levels of engagement, which reflects the success of the many programs that make up its Great Place to Work agenda.  www.blueprintgroup.com.au   Ends  Note to Editor: 550 respondents completed the online survey in March 2017.   About Blueprint Group: The Blueprint Group is Australia's premier sales, merchandising and marketing solutions provider to the retail industry. The Group’s five companies deliver a comprehensive range of services that are all designed to help its clients convert shoppers into buyers. Clients comprise manufacturers, food producers, FMCG brands and retailers in numerous industries including grocery, hardware, consumer electronics and liquor. The market-leading Blueprint Group companies are: Ausrep, CCS, Extravert, Powerforce and Retail Insight. Each company has strong retailer and supplier relationships and unmatched national coverage of experienced staff. Key services include: in and out of store sampling and demonstrations; experiential events; sales and merchandising; auditing; relays/planograms; vendor replenishment planning; point of sale production and data insights. Our mission is to ‘unlock value for our clients through our integrated range of big data, sales and marketing solutions’. www.blueprintgroup.com.au   WA Government implement $200 rebate on Shark Shield 2017-05-25T20:30:10Z wa-government-implement-200-rebate-on-shark-shield In a world first, the West Australian government have today implemented their election policy promise of a Shark Deterrent Rebate. The first 1000 West Australian residents to purchase the Shark Shield FREEDOM7 the worlds only scientifically proven and independently tested electrical shark deterrent device, will receive a $200 rebate. Lindsay Lyon, Shark Shield CEO says, “From today, all West Australian residents will have the opportunity to receive the $200 rebate on purchases of our Shark Shield FREEDOM7. “This is a significant step forward for governments in recognizing that those most at risk, surfers and divers, need individual deterrent protection and I commend Premier Mark McGowan for delivering on his policy promise. Ensuring proven electrical deterrent devices such as Shark Shield are more readily available to those most at risk will greatly improve ocean sport safety and save lives,” said Lindsay. In order for customers to receive the $200 rebate, the rebate needs to be applied at the point of sale at a registered Shark Shield retailer. The retailer will then be reimbursed by the Western Australian Department of Fisheries. Rebates are also limited to WA residence and one per person. About the Shark Shield FREEDOM7: With over twenty years of world-class research and independent testing, including the University of Western Australia Ocean Institute, the FREEDOM7 is scientifically proven to reduce the risk of an unwanted shark encounter. It is the chosen safety device of professional divers in the US and Australian Navies and has become mandated equipment in the Australian Professional Abalone Diving Industry. Features include: Comfortable, lightweight with an easy to wear neoprene velcro pouch Lithium rechargeable battery Longlife battery, lasts up to 6 hours Depth rated to 50 meter 30 Day Money Back Guarantee – if you don’t feel more confident in the water with Shark Shield About Shark Shield: Shark Shield is the worlds only scientifically proven and independently tested electrical shark deterrent. Sharks have small short-range electrical receptors in their snouts used for locating food. Shark Shield’s unique three-dimensional electrical waveform turns sharks away by causing unbearable spasms in these sensitive receptors. Used by professionals, such as navies around the world, Shark Shield is a safety device providing peace of mind, while supporting the conservation of sharks. If you’re serious about adventure, you wear a Shark Shield. www.sharkshield.com