The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-04-27T03:44:13Z Give ‘Sew Much Love’ with Brother this Mother’s Day 2017-04-27T03:44:13Z give-sew-much-love-with-brother-this-mother-s-day Mother’s Day. The one day of the year to celebrate all they do for us. Each Mother is unique and expresses their love in their own special way. It’s our turn to make them feel even more loved than ever. Mother’s Day is the perfect time to reflect on and appreciate all the important women in our lives, whether they are still here with us or not.This Mother’s Day, Brother International Australia are reflecting on its National Breast Cancer Foundation partnership through their ‘Sew Much Love’ campaign. We all know that research plays a vital part towards lives saved so this Mother’s Day, Brother are celebrating over $500,000 of contributions to NBCF over the course of the past four years, thanks to its Platinum level partnership. This is all done in a bid to move towards the ultimate goal of zero breast cancer related deaths by 2030.Lindsay Khushal, Corporate Partnerships Manager at NBCF said, ‘To date, Brother’s contribution has amounted to over $500,000, which has helped to fund talented and esteemed Australian researchers to undertake exciting projects that are yielding real results’.In addition, Brother are also celebrating Mother’s Day with amazing specials across a select range of sewing and embroidery machines. Give Mum the gift of ‘Sew Much Love’ with a machine that she’ll be sure to treasure for years to come.Brother Dream Machine 2 XV8550D$12,499 + Bonus new duo Trolley Bag ($215 Value)Brother has launched its most powerful and innovative sewing and embroidery machine to date. The Dream Machine 2 is the ultimate sewing partner and is packed full of industry first features including a 10.1” high definition LCD display that is 23% larger than previous models. The Dream Machine’s 'My Design Centre' integrates InnovEye 2 Technology with design techniques such as line art and illustration scanning, and the ability to create stippling and free-motion-like stitching without the use of a PC, software or stitch regulation. Brother’s new machine is perfect for those Mothers with unlimited creative ideas.Brother DreamCreator VM5100$5399 (Save $600)Brother’s exciting combination machine, part of the V-series range is a surprisingly affordable dream machine! This computerised sewing and embroidery machine is specially made for those who dream of creating sewing, quilting and embroidery with ease. This versatile combination machine offers the trifecta of creativity and is jam packed with revolutionary features included in the V-Series range such as 11¼ inch needle to arm of workspace, ultra-bright LED light, and up to 1,050 stitches per minute.Brother NS55 Sewing Machine$649 (Save $50) + Bonus wide table ($99 Value)The NS55 is the perfect choice for Mothers who want to get more creative, featuring 135 stitches and 10 one-step buttonhole styles. The touch-button controls and bright LCD display make this model one of the easiest and most convenient to work with. The lightweight and portable computerised sewing machine can easily move around with you wherever, and whenever you need.Brother Innov-is NV800E$1999 (Save $400) + Bonus spool stand ($99 Value)Create beautiful embroider projects quickly and easily with the Innov-is embroidery-only machine. This model makes the perfect gift as everyone will love the design editing features that give you the ability to resize, rotate, reposition and combine designs with ease. The Innov-is embroiders designs at up to 850 stitches per minute adding to its amazing convenient features.Brother Overlocker 2504D$599 + Bonus wide table ($55 Value)The Brother 2504D Overlocker is the ideal solution for finishing edges and hems professionally and affordably, perfect for all Mothers in any situation. Enjoy one operation finishing and hemming stitch options with the included Blind Stitch foot and easy to follow lay-in threading. The Overlocker 2504D makes hemming fast, simple, and provides amazing results every single time.Thanks so much for your time. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or would like any further information regarding Brother International Australia’s partnership with the National Breast Cancer Foundation or product press releases .High resolution images of all products mentioned can be found here. A mid-life sea change 2017-04-19T02:13:05Z a-mid-life-sea-change Have you ever entertained the idea of ditching your career of what feels like a lifetime, and starting from scratch, doing something you love? Dave McKenzie, 53, owner of Horizon Shores Marina based vessel repair and refurbishment business, Marine Team Australia did exactly that. After spending the majority of his professional career as a private contractor in supervisory and management positions on construction and mining projects, Dave and his partner Jane agreed it was time for a change. “My last contract had finished, and Jane and I had just sold a house on the Gold Coast that we spent way too long and too much money renovating,” explained Dave. “Having always worked away from home, Jane felt it was time for a change, and I agreed, but only if it was something I was really interested in. “So that narrowed it down to boats, wine, food or coffee. “I was researching them all when the ad for Marine Team Australia popped up on Google.” Dave grew up on the South Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, surrounded by boats, fishing and diving. Struggling to remember a time when he wasn’t on or around the water, Dave said the sea has always been a part of his life. “My passion for boats was ignited as a kid. Depending on the season, if it wasn’t rugby or skiing, it was “Can we take the boat out?”, said Dave. “Dad nearly always had a boat, even if at times it was only a dinghy for floundering in the estuaries.” At the time, Dave wasn’t sure if he was ready to take the plunge into business ownership, but as soon as he met the crew at Marine Team Australia, a business that started more than 20 years ago, he knew he had found the refreshing change he’d been searching for. “The people I work with, and our clients are the best part of my job,” Dave said. “The team here is dedicated to making sure the clients’ best interests are always met. “It is the only place I have ever worked where we can sit down with a client and actually tell them that as much as we would love their business, we don’t think you should be doing this or that, or have you thought about doing it this way as it will give you a better result or save you a few dollars. “By the same token, if the guys tell a client they really need something done, and done properly, they mean it. “It’s a great little set up.” Dave credits working with such a knowledgeable and experienced team as the reason his transition to the marine industry has been smooth sailing, even if the steep learning curve leads to frustration at times. “Even though I have good knowledge, there is so much more to learn,” said Dave. “I am blessed to have great mentors.” These mentors are Brad, Graham, Gail and newcomer Neil. “Brad and Graham are so knowledgeable, and true craftsman,” said Dave. Brad is a shipwright, and the Marine Team Australia encyclopedia. He has been in the industry more than 30 years, and owned and refurbished his own boats in all of that time. “To listen to him talk to a client about their boat, or things to watch out for in a particular brand is a real privilege and delight,” said Dave. Graham has been building and repairing fiberglass boats for more than 25 years. He can tell you the good, the bad and the ugly in most glass boats, and repair anything better than original. Neil has recently joined the team after many years working in the Cairns Shipyard, so the Marine Team Australia vessels are quite a bit smaller than the ones he used to play with. Gail runs administration and accounts, and can talk boats with the best of them. She has a long history with the marine industry from working shark boats off the coast to being a partner in her own boat building business, and later working for marine supply agencies. Dave’s advice to those considering a career change later in life: You are never too old to have a career change. “Find something you love, do your homework and don’t be scared (that will come later!) “If you’re passionate about it, you will make it work.” To learn more about Marine Team Australia visit or  FIJI’S PIONEERING LIKULIKU LAGOON RESORT CELEBRATES ITS TENTH ANNIVERSARY 2017-04-12T23:36:55Z fiji-s-pioneering-likuliku-lagoon-resort-celebrates-its-tenth-anniversary The journey to opening Likuliku began in 2002 when Tony Whitton - local Fijian entrepreneur and Managing Director of Ahura Resorts (Likuliku’s parent company), recognised the potential of this heavenly and ideal location. Back then, when conceptualising Likuliku, Tony recalls, "My vision for Likuliku was to introduce overwater bungalows/bures, something that didn’t exist in Fiji and that past developers had said could never be built in Fiji.   I also wanted to provide a unique resort, modeled on a traditional Fijian village similar to where I grew up as a child. I felt it was important we emulated a traditional design concept and utilized the skills of local Fijian villagers and construction materials to showcase things like the beauty of the Soga thatch, bush bamboo, native hard woods and pandanus weave."  During the planning and construction of Likuliku, Tony Whitton and his team paid particular attention to ensuring the sustainability and longevity of the resort's pristine environment. As Tony remembers, "It was critical we secured the participation of our Traditional Resource Owners in the initial concept design, construction and ultimately in the business as we planned to use their qoliqoli - marine resource, passed from generation to generation. The natural Lagoon teems with marine life and coral, and we are grateful they allowed us to share this with the world.  We feel a tremendous responsibility to ensure this valuable resource is always protected and preserved and work in partnership with our traditional owners through their marine park “Tabu” (protection), to ensure the natural surroundings remain viable and vibrant in years to come."  On 15th April 2007, Tony fulfilled his vision, and Likuliku Lagoon Resort opened as an adults-only retreat, offering a unique haven of relaxed refinement with Fiji’s first and only overwater accommodation. Within months of opening and over the ensuing years, the resort would be honoured with significant travel awards and accolades including, Best Overseas Resort in Luxury Travel Magazine’s Gold List five years in a row,  5 times winner of the HM (Hotel Management) Award for Best Fijian Property, and  5 times winner of the  the Fiji Tourism Luxury Accommodation Award.  Likuliku is also the only Fijian resort honoured in The World’s Top 20 Greatest Escapes by the USA’s  Islands magazine, and last year, was named in the venerated *Conde Nast 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards as No.9 in the “Top Resorts in Australia and the South Pacific”.  Likuliku has been the subject of hundreds of travel stories over the years, bringing focus and attention to not just the resort, but to Fiji as a whole through the unique proposition of the country’s only over-water bures.   These various travel articles have resulted in over FJD$18M of media coverage value and an incalculable number of happy social media mentions as guests share their memories and experiences at the resort. In the past ten years, Likuliku has welcomed nearly 48,000 guests from 108 countries.   The majority of guests visit from the USA and Australia with many also travelling from the UK, Europe, Asia and New Zealand. Nearly 4,000 guests are repeat visitors with some honouring Likuliku with their 16th stay. The successful pre opening, the positioning and operational success of Likuliku Lagoon today can be attributed to an extraordinary team of people headed by Steve Anstey who is Ahura Resorts’ Group General Manager and who came out to the resort pre construction 12 years ago as pre-opening GM.  Steve says, “It has been an interesting and challenging 12 years.  Opening, establishing and running island resorts is a relentless and gruelling business and  openings especially have their own unique set of challenges, frustrations and problems to deal with.  However, once you are open you are running an operation 24/7,  365 days a year. Consistency of product is paramount to success. You cannot sit back on your laurels for one moment when establishing a product of any value.  New guests arrive daily with high expectations and we have to work hard to meet these expectations and exceed them where we can.  “We set out in 2007 to create a product the likes of which hadn’t been seen in Fiji before. Not only did we achieve this through the construction of an amazing physical asset, but we set new standards and levels in resort service, cuisine and product integrity and have maintained it and sustained it for the last decade.    Likuliku has come of age after a gruelling 10 years plagued with political and global economic instability and unprecedented weather disruptions, and we are extremely proud of her.  “Critical to Likuliku's success are the fantastic staff who are the heart and soul of the resort.   35% of our existing staff have been with us since opening.     We thank them all for their dedication and contagious enthusiasm as they set about ensuring guests enjoy and indulge in our tranquil oasis while enjoying world-class food and a quintessential and unique Fijian holiday experience. Steve continues, “Also critical to our success are the hundreds of travel partners and stakeholders with whom we work all around the globe – most of whom took Likuliku to their markets from the outset and continue to do so to this day.  We also acknowledge and thank the thousands of guests who have visited our shores and equally, to the thousands of return guests”.  Likuliku is wilderness, holiday experience set in a beautiful, pristine and sensitive environment.    Steve explains, “As a Resort company operating in such an environment, we wholly support the concept of sustainable tourism and believe that any development in such areas carries not only a legal but also a moral responsibility to ensure that the environment is not degraded through irresponsible activities and practices.  We are deeply involved and committed to long term dry forest reforestation projects on our leases and on Malolo Levu and have since 2010, been operating and growing our critically endangered Fiji Crested Iguana captivity and breeding program”.  “Sustainable tourism is also about the people and the culture. It is about providing opportunities for improving and helping island communities and individuals through the development of businesses that provide jobs, training and on going development without compromising or taking advantage of the culture or the people involved. Royalties are paid to the Landowners as well as a monthly rental calculated on a percentage of all sales. Ahura also provides an education fund for the landowners and we proudly contribute annually to the provision and improvement of new buildings and services in the local village and school”. Likuliku is situated in the Mamanuca group of islands in Fiji's west, 16 miles/25km from Nadi International Airport. Guests can arrive at Likuliku by helicopter or seaplane (10 minutes), 40 minutes by speedboat transfer or one or two hours by 3-times daily fast catamaran.   Prices start from FJD$995 (AUD$650/USD$480/€455/£388*) per person per night inclusive of all meals, free WiFi, special amenities and non-motorised activities.    Choose from 3, 5 or 7 night packages with complimentary value-add inclusions ranging from cocktails, massages, champagne and free transfers on helicopters, seaplanes or private water taxis.  *approx rates only – check daily FOREX rates.  For reservations and enquiries online: Email: Or see your favourite Fiji luxury travel specialist. -Ends-  General resort image link Ahura was an ancient god of creations who symbolised life, kindness, equality, care of the environment, charity, loyalty and faithfulness to settlement, tribe and county. The omnipresent sun was an enduring symbol of radiance, purity and life sustenance.  Today, Ahura Resorts embodies these same values.  As a 100% Fijian-owned company, with over 40 years experience in tourism and hospitality throughout the Pacific, Ahura is dedicated to providing quality holiday and lifestyle experiences while preserving cultural values and the surrounding environment.  Ahura is the management company operating one of Fiji’s most popular and well-known resorts - Malolo Island Fiji, and the luxury escape for couples which features Fiji’s first and only authentic over-water bures - Likuliku Lagoon Resort.  Experience the Warm Heart of Fiji with Ahura Resorts. For further information – Please contact Tracey Leitch – Impressions PR – 0415 290023 (+61 415 290 023)   Oryx Adventures Launches Thrilling Motorcycle Tours in Oman 2017-03-18T03:52:28Z oryx-adventures-launches-thrilling-motorcycle-tours-in-oman An unforgettable off-road motorcycling experience across breath-taking desert and striking mountain terrain is on offer for the first time in Oman on the ancient Arabian peninsula. Oryx Adventures, a specialist enduro bike tour company based in the Omani capital, Muscat, gives riders a unique selection of competitively-priced trips that each capture the exhilaration of Oman’s rugged natural beauty. From entry level introductions on flat gravel, desert scrubland and dry wadi beds to more demanding tours traversing challenging scree, shale and steep, rock-strewn cliffs to 7,000 ft pinnacles, the half, full and two-day tours are designed to give motorcycle enthusiasts and tourists with motorcycling experience the journey of a lifetime. For adventurers with enough stamina, tours from five to 10 days are also offered.  All riders require a full, current motorcycle licence from their country of origin to take part. Awe-inspiring Hajar mountains scenery, remarkable regional wildlife - including magisterial sea eagles, curious shaggy-haired mountain goats and fleeting houbara bustards - plus adrenaline-fuelled excitement are guaranteed. Boasting eight hardy, British-built CCM 450 adventure bikes with handy push-button ignition delivering a powerful 52bhp, Oryx Adventures kits out all riders with terrain and climate-specific clothing: comfortable, light-weight and breathable Alpinestars protective suits; professional off-road Bell visored crash helmets; sturdy Gaerne off-road boots; and effective leather gloves for real throttle, brake and clutch ‘feel’. Given the isolated nature of the tours, the motorcycles are each GPS tagged, while bike-mike radio contact is maintained between all riders and the tour guide. And with the characteristic balmy, bright and dry weather conditions prevailing in Oman, cool water back packs are issued as standard. Rare rain falls and flash floods in the country don’t stop play – the routes simply change to avoid dangerously deep wadis and sandy quagmires. For all overnight tours, a dedicated support truck is on hand at all times for riders, while their non-riding families can also enjoy the dramatic landscape in a fleet of 4x4 follow-up vehicles. Bespoke shelter from leading camping equipment firms Vango and Eezi-Awn is available for memorable overnight desert pitches, and partnerships have been struck with decent hotels en route. Run by English bike enthusiast and former oil industry mechanic and executive Peter Middleton and his Omani wife Haima al Khusaibi, Oryx Adventures has ambitious plans for expansion throughout the region and into Iran and Southern Africa. Destination Phillipines : Palawan Islands 2017-03-12T22:04:35Z destination-phillipines-palawan-islands El Nido based luxury glamping resort, The Birdhouse El Nido, has projected into the limelight with their unique experience currently being offered in the highly sought after Palawan Islands. Using the momentum of that success, owner operator Mark Villaflor has recently kickstarted Tour El Nido with his cousin Karen Bersabe, to cater to the tourist seeking the very best experiences from this region. Each experience being offered breaks free from the homogeny seen in many other island destinations and is in the truly an extension of the wild imagination and passion he has for the Palawan region.   ‘Clients contact us due to our approachable & adaptable nature. Our ethos is to drive the kind of tourism that benefits this area and we provide our clients with meaningful holidays with memories that last a lifetime. We encourage clients to approach us who have a deep desire to uncover Palawan, especially through sustainable local providers,’ says Mark.    The  Birdhouse El Nido designed by Camille Villaflor is a signature project along a long line of masterpieces – including travelling the world on a 16 month honeymoon dubbed 365traveldates, part of a successful travel blogger media duo. This experience on the road and in tourist destinations around the world has allowed Mark to set this business up from a strong client centric model.   Together with his wife the industrious pair have a clear love and passion for the Palawan islands and it’s great to have these kinds of new breed business operators ushering in an era of sustainable tourism that is both exciting and unique.   To find out more about the types of adventures being offered by Tour El Nido, head over their homepage here ( or for all media enquiry please contact Australia’s largest health, wellbeing and natural therapy event returns to Brisbane! 2017-03-08T05:38:10Z australia-s-largest-health-wellbeing-and-natural-therapy-event-returns-to-brisbane Across three days, the first MindBodySpirit Festival of 2017 is set to enrich over 12,500 Brisbanites looking for a happier, healthier lifestyle, from Friday 17 to Sunday 19 February. The festival which is now FREE to attend, will bring together the very best of health supplements, organics, complementary medicine, holistic therapies, spirituality and personal growth. The 2017 Seminar Series will feature an inspiring line-up of more than 60 guest speakers who will share their International and Australian expertise on self-development, spiritual matters, health and nutrition. Special guest speakers include vegan health & lifestyle coach Donna Wild, International author Dr Mahdi Mason, Changing Habits nutrition consultant Sheridan Williamson, Resilience & Success Coach Nicole van Hattam, and so many more! Find mesmerising performances and interactive entertainment at the Performance Stage each day including singer-songwriter Alana-Lee, spiritual medium Jason McDonald,  A'Diva Brisbane Bellydance workshops, sound healer Daniel Coates, Standing yoga classes with Urban Bliss Yoga and Lauren Vercoe Yoga, who are sure to impress!  For those looking to relax, unwind and take a break, the Meditation Room by Brahma Kumaris will feature free guided classes. Or for those looking to delve into their future or reflect on the past, nationally renowned psychics can be found in the Psychic Reading Room, featuring over 50 of Australia’s most talented readers. Health foodies will also be tempted with the range of raw, vegan and nutritious demos at the popular Soul Kitchen from nutritional experts Nina Grootz & Alanna Brown, fermentation fan Tom Rothsey and nutritional medicine practitioner Kathy Ashton.  It’s a fun day out, filled with new experiences, entertainment, learning and expert advice. We all want to live a healthier more wholesome life and the Festival is a great way to discover how.  Held annually since 1989, the MindBodySpirit Festivals are Australia’s longest running and most respected wellbeing events, attracting over 72,000 visitors nationwide. The 2017 Festival will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. Doors open 9am daily.  - ENDS -  Growing and Using Camellias ebook out now 2017-03-07T05:46:53Z growing-and-using-camellias-ebook-out-now Growing and Using Camellias ebook out now ACS Distance Education and John Mason have recently released a new ebook- Growing and Using Camellias. This ebook is beautifully illustrated covers everything that you will need to know about the camellia. It provides a guide to choosing, using and successfully maintaining one of the most popular garden plants grown across the world, from Japan and north America to Europe and Australasia. The book is based upon decades of experience and observation by horticulturists, particularly in Australia, England and Germany. Camellias are medium to large evergreen shrubs that grow from 2m through to 8 metres tall, according to the species. The plants have thick, leathery, glossy, alternate leaves (i.e. they alternate on the stem – rather than being opposite each other) to 10cm long. Flowers vary in colour, form and flowering time according to the species but range in colour from white, pink through to red, some species are also creamy or yellow. This ebook was written to provide inspiration and reference information to both amateur and professional gardeners, and be a valuable resource and source of information to students of horticulture to make the most of this colourful and versatile plant.   The ebook covers the following chapters: CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION: HISTORY, BOTANY AND TAXONOMY CHAPTER 2 CULTURE – GROWING AND CARING FOR CAMELLIAS CHAPTER 3 PROPAGATION CHAPTER 4 USING CAMELLIAS CHAPTER 5 SPECIES AND CULTIVARS This ebook is now available for purchase for $32.95 including GST from our online bookshop and there is also a free sample available to have a look at: If you would like a review copy of this ebook, please contact . ULTRA-TRAIL AUSTRALIA 2017 PREPARES FOR BIGGEST TRAIL RUNNING EVENT IN SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE 2017-03-07T03:13:57Z ultra-trail-australia-2017-prepares-for-biggest-trail-running-event-in-southern-hemisphere 7 MARCH 2017, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: Ultra-Trail Australia (UTA), the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest trail running event, is gearing up for its 10th Anniversary and its largest participation numbers to date, with over 15,000 athletes and spectators expected to converge in the Blue Mountains. Taking place in Katoomba, NSW, from 18-21 May 2017, the four-day running festival will push even the most experienced athletes to their absolute limits, with participants travelling from around the globe to tackle the mountains of The Great Dividing Range; Australia's most substantial mountain range and the third longest land-based range in the world. Participants will scale up stairways and down steep descents ranging from sea level to an elevation of 1,100m, power through dense bushland and creeks, and maneuver through narrow curving paths, all whilst battling the elements of the Blue Mountains, making Ultra-Trail Australia an endurance test of the body and the mind. There are five different races that cater to varying levels of fitness and skills including; the gruelling long distance trail runs, the 100km UTA100 and 50km UTA50; the 21.6km trail run, Pace Athletic UTA22; the thigh-pumping 1.2km stair climb Scenic World UTA95;  and the free, Injinji 1km-4-kids trail run. “We are looking forward to the level of participation at this year’s UTA. Entries to the UTA100 and UTA50 filled up within two days of opening and the Pace Athletic UTA22 has doubled in size since its introduction last year. We anticipate that 2017 will be the biggest and best year yet, putting Australia on the trail running map,” said UTA Director Tom Landon-Smith. Notable Australians participating this year include Running Mum’s editor Nicole Bunyan who will tackle the UTA100 for the first time, and six-time Winter and Summer Paralympic gold medalist Michael Milton. Milton holds the open Australian speed skiing record at over 213km/hr and ran the 43km Gold Coast Marathon on crutches. He will attempt the UTA50, becoming the first person with one leg to do so. The Canberra native is no stranger to treacherous trails, walking the Kokoda Trail twice and scaling Mount Kilimanjaro, all on crutches. While acknowledging that this will be difficult he is looking forward to the challenge. “I know the UTA50 will be tough; it’s an enormous endurance test, physically and mentally. It will be the longest run I have ever done but I am excited to be part of this world-renowned race,”  commented Milton. Internationally-acclaimed North American ultra-marathon veterans, Rob Krar and Mike Wardian, will also be competing in the UTA100. Celebrities in the trail running world, Krar holds the fastest time for crossing the Grand canyon and Wardian holds the record for completing the fastest 50km marathon on a treadmill, and the fastest marathon dressed as Elvis. Registration is still available for the Pace Athletic UTA22 and Scenic World UTA951 online. Participants can register for the Injinji 1km-4-kids on the morning of the race. For further information or to register, please visit Check out the video for Ultra-Trail Australia 2017 - ENDS - Media Contact Claire Fuller, or 0411 479 836 Larissa Rembisz, or 0401 451 060 NOTES TO THE EDITOR About AROC Sport AROC Sport was established in 2003 by Tom Landon-Smith and Alina McMaster. The aim of AROC Sport is to share the exhilaration, camaraderie, fitness, sense of achievement and ultimate sense of freedom and calm that challenging outdoor adventures can provide. We love what we do organising spectacular, interesting and challenging events in magnificent places and understand that the more we can get people active in nature, the more people will appreciate and hopefully protect our pristine natural environments for the long term. A million reasons to visit The Star this autumn 2017-03-06T03:09:26Z a-million-reasons-to-visit-the-star-this-autumn-1 DINING Champagne and Caviar | Balla, BLACK Bar & Grill and Sokyo Foodies looking for an indulgent experience can enjoy the exquisite pairing of champagne and caviar at The Star’s signature restaurants this autumn. BLACK Bar & Grill Step into BLACK Bar & Grill for one of the most enviable dining experiences in Sydney. Sip on Veuve Clicquot ‘La Grande Dame’ (glass $55 or bottle $400) and sample one or all dishes expertly prepared by Executive Chef Dany Karam, showcasing Siberian sturgeon caviar with smoked cod ($59), scampi caviar with scallop tortellini ($33) and Yarra Valley salmon caviar paired with salmon sashimi ($42). Balla The Star’s signature Italian restaurant Balla will delight guests with a three-course degustation menu created by Executive Chef Gabriele Taddeucci featuring some of Italy’s best caviar. Enjoy buckwheat blinis with lemon ricotta and traditional Italian oscietra caviar, acquerello risotto with scallops, champagne and classic Italian oscietra caviar and pan-roasted toothfish served with original Italian oscietra caviar, baby fennel and lemon consommé. The set menu is $120 per person and the dishes are available individually. Guests can match their selection with 2006 Dom Perignon Brut Cuvee (glass $45 or bottle $350). Sokyo Master of Japanese cuisine, Executive Chef Chase Kojima has designed two dishes with superbly fresh seafood including Japanese toro tartare, Tasmanian sea urchin sashimi and Calvisius Oscietra Caviar ($60), and panko fried Pacific oysters with katsuobushi sorbet served with Royal Sterling Caviar ($45). The house Sommelier has harmoniously matched the dishes with 2006 Dom Perignon Brut Cuvee (glass $45 or bottle $350) and NV Veuve Clicquot Rose (glass $20 or bottle $145). For reservations phone 1800 700 700. Zumbaron Day | Adriano Zumbo, 19 March 2017 Zumbaron Day is back! Dessert connoisseurs are invited to Adriano Zumbo’s patisserie at The Star to celebrate all things sweet on Sunday, 19 March – World Macaron Day. Expect dessert heaven, with more than 60 flavours of macarons, including the worshipped favourites through to the weird and whacky, for one day only. Champagne Weekends at BLACK Bar & Grill | Saturdays & Sundays Foodies can relish the much-adored Champagne Weekends at BLACK Bar & Grill throughout autumn and sample the restaurants signature fare while taking in the stunning harbour views. Enjoy a divine three-course weekend lunch matched with Perrier-Jouet Champagne for $135pp on Saturday and Sunday from 12.00pm to 2.30pm. For reservations phone 1800 700 700. It’s the happiest of hours | Monday to Friday Monday to Friday from 5.00pm to 7.00pm at 24/7 Sports Bar, Latitude, Cherry and Rock Lily. ENTERTAINMENT Footy at Sydney’s home of sport It’s game on at Sydney’s home of sport - 24/7 Sports Bar, with all the season’s best sporting action screened live and loud. Between the six mega screens, 50 LCD TVs and the 34-square metre LCD screen, fans won't miss a move. Watch the launch of the NRL and AFL footy season with an optimum stadium atmosphere or support the A-League, the FA Cup Finals and Doncaster Day as well as the usual crowd-pleasing suspects, the EPL and UFC, which will also be screened. Punters are also in with a chance to win a trip to the F1 Grand Prix with Red Bull in Melbourne. Havana Nights at Marquee Nightclub | 4 March 2017 One of Australia’s most talented DJs, Havana Brown will grace the decks at Marquee Nightclub on Saturday, 4 March to play her best mashups, straight off the back of her Las Vegas residency. Doors open at 10.00pm and pre-event tickets are available The Bodyguard at Sydney Lyric Theatre | April 2017The Bodyguard, the award-winning musical based on the smash-hit film by screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, is coming to Sydney Lyric Theatre in April. Staring Australian pop sensation Paulini, the breathtaking romantic thriller is not to be missed and will feature a host of Whitney Houston's greatest hits. Previews begin Friday, 21 April and tickets are priced from $89.90 via The Tea Party live | The Star Event Centre, 21 April 2017 Experience the majesty of Canadian trio, The Tea Party in full flight as they rock The Star Event Centre with the Sydney Youth Orchestra for one night only on Friday, 21 April from 8.00pm. Fans will be treated to the epic hits and fan favourites from the band's impressive career. Tickets are priced from $100.80 via Hit a high note at Rock Lily Step into the spotlight for karaoke at Rock Lily on Monday nights, gather your friends for Trivia Tuesdays for your chance to win $300, listen to old school tunes at Throwback Thursdays or check-out Soul Nights on Friday nights for the ultimate hip hop and RnB hits. Open daily from 5.00pm to late. RACING Autumn racing carnival It’s autumn racing season again and a day at the races deserves the perfect finish at The Star. As the official entertainment partner of the Australian Turf Club and a major sponsor of The Star Doncaster Mile, The Star is the ultimate post-race destination. Choose from more than 25 restaurant and bars to keep the partying going. For more information about what’s on at The Star this autumn, please visit or join the conversation at @thestarsydney Game changer for the hire boat industry improves tourist safety and enjoyment 2017-03-03T05:04:45Z game-changer-for-the-hire-boat-industry-improves-tourist-safety-and-enjoyment Never before seen in the tourism or boating industry Coastal Ventures recently partnered up with Garmin to provide a service to our customers that has never been seen before in the industry.  We are able to give interstate and overseas visitors a lifetime of local knowledge at their fingertips. Tyrone who has 20+ years of boating experience around Australia once told us that "Driving a new boat always take a little bit of getting used to and the pressure is on when you're taking your whole extended family out to not embarrass yourself.  When in unfamiliar waters and not knowing where you're going, that pressure is even more when you're constantly on the lookout for sand bars and channels." ​ We found that even experienced boaties, if not familiar with the Gold Coast waters were slightly on edge when first taking our boats so we decided to do something to alleviate some of that stress by reviewing our GPS and sonar facilities. As all of our hire boats are fitted with GPS units, we decided to make things easier for customers by preprogramming all of the best destinations on the Gold Coast in so that they know exactly where to go.   But we still weren't satisfied. So to make our boats truly unmatched in their navigation aids, we worked with boaties who have lived and breathed the Broadwater for their whole life to preprogram the quickest and safest routes in to the GPS units.  This means that the customer can simply follow the line on the screen, knowing that grounding out or hitting obstacles is one less thing that they have to worry about.   A few of our customers have told us things like: "It's like being on a rollercoaster that you just simply control the speed.  You follow the line on the screen and get shown around the best places!" "That simple line felt like I had a tour guide with me showing me the way. Best thing was, unlike guided tours where we get hurried along between stops, we still had complete control over our day.  When we got to Tipplers we were able to spend a couple of hours there instead of being rushed on to the next place." We love conversing with our customers and this innovative concept means that rather than simply pointing over to Straddie and saying "Go that way", we are able to give them detailed advice about exactly where to go on the Gold Coast and precisely how to get there so that they can focus on enjoying the day with their family and friends. For more info, head to The Quiet Room Ultimate Sleep Comfort concept 2017-02-22T09:02:16Z the-quiet-room-ultimate-sleep-comfort-concept The foundation Quietroom is proud to announce the creation of a new concept: the Quiet Room Ultimate Sleep Comfort concept. Luxury hotels looking to offer their guests the best possible experience in terms of quietness and comfort can benefit from this all-inclusive turnkey concept, which combines the latest soundproofing technology with state of the art sleep- and comfort-enhancing methods based on scientific research.   Luxury hotels around the world are forever competing to offer their guests the best possible experience and finding new ways to entice them with ever more luxury and extravagance. Unfortunately, this does not always equal optimum soundproofing and sleep comfort, because even the top hotels frequently get negative reviews on this subject.   The Ultimate Sleep Comfort concept has been created to enable top hotels to indulge the wishes of their most demanding hotel guests and take the soundproofing and comfort of their most luxurious rooms to the ultimate level. It is also available as an upgrade for presidential type suites.   The USC concept includes certification to the highest standard of the Quiet Room© label as well as specific sound proofing measures with regard to ventilation and AC systems. It also encompasses a number of select features recommended by sleep experts, e.g.: choice of mattress/topper choice of bedding materials and pillows aroma generator adjustable room temperature and AC adjustable ambient sound adjustable ambient light   KGI is developing a dedicated demonstration area where hotel managers can  experience the unique characteristics of the Ultimate Sleep Comfort concept at first hand and see how this improves the comfort of their guests.   KGI is a pioneer in innovative soundproofing concepts and the creator of the Quiet Room© label, the first and only objective standard for quiet hotel rooms in the world. KGI works closely together with hotels and project developers to address the problems of noise pollution at the earliest possible stage of construction and thereby saving considerable time and expense.   Taking noise problems seriously means taking measures to properly soundproof rooms One of the best ways of doing this is through the Quietroom Design&Build turnkey solution offered by the KGI Group. A fast, cost-efficient and effective method of acoustic insulation, which has the added advantage of providing hotels with the Quiet Room label, the one and only objective standard for well-insulated hotel rooms. There are already more than 140 hotels in Europe which have acquired the QR label. They use it to show their guests that they can expect a quiet hotel room and it gives them a significant edge over their noisy expect a quiet hotel room and it gives them a significant edge over their noisy competitors.         The Australian Telluride Mountain Film Tour Kicks Off In Sydney Wednesday March 1 2017-02-22T00:08:03Z the-australian-telluride-mountain-film-tour-kicks-off-in-sydney-wednesday-march-1 NEWS RELEASE – Feb 2017 - Australia – Held every year since 1979, Telluride Mountainfilm is a documentary film festival that showcases nonfiction stories about environmental, cultural, climbing, political and social justice issues in Telluride, Colorado, USA. Mountainfilm aims to educate, inspire and motivate audiences. The Telluride Mountainfilm festival will tour Australia and New Zealand for the first time in 2017. The inaugural tour will focus on the best outdoor adventure films from the annual festival in Telluride.  The Mountainfilm World Tour will tour 15 locations across Australia and New Zealand throughout March -April 2017. As a launch tour, we are hoping to reach an audience of more than 10,000 attendees, with further capacity available if demand exceeds expectations. The Telluride Mountainfilm festival is one of America’s longest-running and most loved film festivals. Through the years, in and out of trends and fads, the festival has always been best described by one unchanging word: inspiring.  The experience of the Telluride Mountainfilm is like no other. People walk away buzzing with excitement, energy and anticipation. They are inspired to take on the world and experience all that it has to offer. We want to give you the opportunity to be part of that experience. To see a sneak preview, click here or follow this link  AUSTRALIA Schedule Wednesday 1 March              7:00pm               NSW              Randwick                  Ritz    Thursday 2 March                   7:00pm               NSW             Cremorne                 Orpheum            Tuesday 7 March                   6:00pm               NSW              Newcastle                 Event Cinemas                                Thursday 9 March                  6:00pm               VIC                Melbourne                 Hoyts Central                                  Saturday 11 March                 2:30pm               VIC                St Kilda                     Astor Theatre                                 Saturday 11 March                 7:00pm               VIC                St Kilda                     Astor Theatre                                 Tuesday 14 March                 7:00pm               QLD               Townsville                 Civic Theatre                                 Thursday 16 March                7:00pm               QLD               Brisbane                    Cineplex Hawthorn                               Thursday 22 March                6:00pm               WA                Fremantle                  Hoyts Millennium                             Saturday 25 March                 3:00pm               SA                 Adelaide                    Capri Theatre                                 Saturday 25 March                 7:00pm               SA                 Adelaide                    Capri Theatre                                 Wednesday 29 March            6:30pm               ACT               Canberra                   Dendy                                              Thursday 30 March                7:00pm               NSW              Wollongong               UOW Theatre                                  Following the Australian schedule, the tour will then carry on to New Zealand with screenings in Auckland, Christchurch and Dunedin.  Tickets for Mountainfilm on Tour can be purchased online at The cost for each show is $31 per adult and $25 per concession – booking fees will apply, dependent on venue.  To learn more and join the conversation, visit the link above or the original festival website Image/video link – please note re correct credit and captions.  For further information please contact – 0415 290023 Tour proudly presented by ASPIRE OUTDOOR     Tech21 brings parents unlimited fun family time with Evo Play 2017-02-21T02:20:13Z tech21-brings-parents-unlimited-fun-family-time-with-evo-play SYDNEY, 21 February, 2017 – Tech21, the leader in impact protection for mobile devices has launched its new range of cases for the iPad in Australia: Evo Play. “Kids + iPads” isn’t always the safest pairing if your iPad isn’t protected, but it can certainly be one of the most fun for inquisitive minds. Whether it’s watching the latest episode of Peppa Pig or navigating through the back garden jungle discovering new wildlife, iPads can open up a world of exploration, but more often than not, a small chip here or a little crack there means that fun can be cut short. Prolong the play time and keep that shiny new look and feel to your iPad even when little fingers have put it through its paces thanks to tech21’s new iPad case, Evo Play. This comfortable and lightweight case has been designed to offer unbeatable drop protection from up to two metres, and with its iconic design, vibrant colours and handy multi-use handle, this case will remove any glimmer of fear you had in handing over your iPad to your children. This case is constructed almost entirely from tech21’s unique material, FlexShock™ Foam, meaning all sides and surfaces are protected from drops as the material moulds snugly to your iPad. Better still, the case is entirely dishwasher safe, so it’s easy to keep clean, and when it’s on your iPad, its sealed outer shell is abrasion/bite resistant, preventing any bacteria from getting in under the surface. “We’ve designed the all-new Evo Play with kids in mind. We know children love to learn, play and explore, and we recognise iPads are a great way for them to do this. However, they may not love your precious iPad back, so Evo Play is there for you,” comments Jason Roberts, CEO, tech21. “Evo Play is lightweight and comfortable for little hands to hold, yet strong enough to keep your iPad safe from tumbles and drops.” Evo Play is available in pink/purple and blue/green colours from, RRP $79.95 for Apple iPad mini, mini 2, mini 3 & mini 4, and RRP $109.95 for Apple iPad Air 2. Much like all of tech21’s products, Evo Play comes with a simple promise: it’s rigorously tested to work harmoniously with your iPad. Like the technology it’s designed to protect, it uses the latest science, ingenious design and unbeatable user-friendliness to make advanced impact protection possible. Tech21 calls it ‘Protection Made Intelligent’. ### For further information, questions, or cases for review, please contact: Jim Barker, tech21/Poem Phone: +61 418 163 770 Email: High-res images: Download here About tech21 Since 2005, tech21 has been developing the most advanced, scientifically proven cases and screen shields for mobile, tablet and laptop devices worldwide. Tech21 combines science, engineering and British design to create products that address three core consumer benefits: style, protection and performance. As the brand evolves to continue meeting the needs of its consumers, tech21 has developed the most advanced impact protection material on the market – FlexShock™. The ultra-thin and lightweight material absorbs and dissipates force and can withstand drops up to 4 metres. In addition tech21 puts all its products through a rigorous testing program, and in an industry first has partnered with the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) to develop its testing methodology. This ensures that the tests tech21 products have to pass are overseen by independent experts. Tech21 is the number one case brand in the UK. For more information, visit Aflex Technology Welcomes New Business Manager in 2017 2017-01-31T20:40:32Z aflex-technology-welcomes-new-business-manager-in-2017 Aflex Technology has commenced the year with the appointment of Business Manager, Frank Witowski. With extensive experience from operating his own highly successful businesses for many years, Witowski has been welcomed to the Aflex Technology team to manage day-to-day business functions and assist the company’s continued growth. Managing Director Martin Stratford says Witowski’s background will be a valuable asset to Aflex, stating “Frank brings an extensive range of skills in business management and will implement the strategy for the next phase of growth, with a focus on the global export market.” General Manager Karen Stratford will move into an Executive role, and continue as a Director at Aflex. Aflex Technology has an extensive range of New Zealand made inflatable products for open water, commercial pools and land. Witowski’s appointment comes at a busy time for the company, with enormous opportunities in the inflatable water park and commercial pool inflatable categories. Witowksi commenced his role at Aflex Technology on January 4th 2017. TigerTurf Delights Players with All Season Bowling Greens 2017-01-31T00:33:27Z tigerturf-delights-players-with-all-season-bowling-greens TigerTurf has been gaining popularity among bowlers as manufacturers and installers of vibrant, durable, all-season bowling greens around Australia. One of the world’s largest synthetic turf manufacturers with over 35 years of experience TigerTurf has a global network of manufacturing facilities, agents and distributors. They have been providing synthetic turfs for various sports such as tennis, netball, football, hockey, cricket, rugby and athletics.   TigerTurf has operations in Australia, Europe, India, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. The company provides sports and recreational artificial grass surfaces to customers in over 85 countries. TigerTurf’s artificial grass turfs have been certified by world sporting bodies, including FIFA, IRB, FIH, ITF and World Bowls.   It is a known fact that artificial grass bowling greens are supposed to feel and perform like the best traditional grass greens. Besides that, artificial turf bowling greens are required to have consistent performance too. Many technical improvements in recent years have led to the use of artificial grass bowling greens at the highest level of the game.   The best thing about TigerTurf’s synthetic turf bowling greens is that they are designed such that the games can go on regardless of the weather. Its features include a durable synthetic surface and a sophisticated subsoil drainage system, which allows for a 12-month playing season.   TigerTurf offers three different turfs for lawn bowls, these include SuperGreen, BowlsWeave and Rinkmaster. TigerTurf installs a low maintenance lawn with consistent, smooth feel and a fast-draining surface for every client. Their process delivers a complete system, which includes site preparation, installation of drainage, sub-base construction, application of TigerBond, comfort pad installation, surface installation and post-project service.   Since making the decision of installing bowling greens is a very important and difficult one TigerTurf invites all interested clubs to test their bowling greens that are already in use at their client clubs. These clubs have indicated that they would be very happy to host delegates from other clubs so they would know what surfaces are available and what they are like to play on.   Among the clubs that have installed TigerTurf’s bowling greens are Sebastopol Bowling Club - Victoria, Kapunda Bowling Club - South Australia, Northam Bowling Club - Western Australia and Stansbury Bowling Club - South Australia. Those interested in visiting a club with these bowling greens could check the names of clubs listed in the TigerTurf website.   To know more about the all season bowling greens from TigerTurf:    To know more about the clubs that have installed TigerTurf’s bowling greens visit this link