The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-06-20T23:14:54Z 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 Jeremy Cotter wins the INAMO 5000 FIRST ACROSS THE LINE in the Manly Wharf Bridge to Beach 2017-02-26T06:10:58Z jeremy-cotter-wins-the-inamo-5000-first-across-the-line-in-the-manly-wharf-bridge-to-beach Sydney, Australia – 26 February 2017 – Jeremy Cotter today won the INAMO 5000 FIRST ACROSS THE LINE as part of the Manly Wharf Bridge to Beach ocean paddling competition. The 11km course started at the Sydney Harbour Bridge and finished at Manly Wharf. Mr Cotter, aged 37, was paddling in an ocean ski and finished in 46.17 minutes. Today’s event was a new category and it was the first time anywhere in the world ocean paddlers across the four paddling disciplines (ocean ski, outrigger canoe or OC1, prone, and stand-up paddleboard) raced across the codes and genders to be the FIRST ACROSS THE LINE. The competition was handicapped at the start, with eight separate starts accounting for the different paddling disciplines and genders. Mr Cotter received an INAMO CURL loaded with $5,000 in prizemoney, the largest prize in the history of this race and currently the largest prize purse in the world for ocean paddling. The CURL is a waterproof wearable payments device that can be attached to most watch bands, fitness bands or other items such as a keyring. The wearer can enjoy the freedom and convenience of tap-and-go payments wherever Visa payWAVE is accepted. Mr Cotter, who is a paramedic with the Queensland Ambulance Service, has previously won the ocean ski category in the Manly Wharf Bridge to Beach on four previous occasions. “I’m pretty stoked to be first across the line today. I was racing in good company and it’s satisfying to know I can still achieve big things and that all the training and hard work pays off,” he said. “It’s pretty awesome receiving this kind of prize money. Having the handicapped start and the prize for first across the line definitely changed the way I raced. The ocean ski started last and I was still catching up to people in the last kilometre while holding Cory off.” Second place went to Cory Hill, also in an ocean ski, who finished in 46.49 minutes and third place when to Michael Booth, in an ocean ski, who finished in 47.01 minutes. INAMO founder and CEO, Peter Colbert, said it was exciting to see the paddlers competing for first across the line. “The INAMO 5000 changed the dynamics of the race, creating an exciting finish where it was possible for anyone from any paddling discipline or gender to win,” he said. “Congratulations to Jeremy for paddling a great race. He demonstrated both incredible strategy and stamina and his win was well deserved.” IMAGES: Jeremy Cotter finishes first across the line in the INAMO 5000 as part of the Manly Wharf Bridge to Beach ocean paddling competition. INAMO founder and CEO Peter Colbert, left, and INAMO ambassador and former Ironman Guy Leech, right, present Jeremy Cotter with first prize in the INAMO 5000 FIRST ACROSS THE LINE. About INAMO INAMO was established in 2016 and is one of the founding members of Sydney fintech hub, Stone and Chalk. INAMO stands for ‘In a Moment’ and its mission is to move your wallet to a wearable. Its first product is a multi-functional wearable called the CURL, which will initially give people on the go a way to pay without having to carry around or worry about the whereabouts and security of their wallet or phone. For more information: www.inamo.com. About Manly Wharf Bridge to Beach The Manly Wharf Bridge to Beach is one of Australia’s largest open water paddling events and is regarded as one of the most spectacular in the world. The 11km event starts at the Sydney Harbour Bridge and competitors paddle past some of Sydney Harbour’s most spectacular sights before finishing at Manly Wharf. It is the final event of the Australian Ocean Racing Series and supports The Fragile X Association of Australia. For more information, please contact: Joanna Stevens Kramer BLiNK COMMUNICATIONS joanna@blinkcomms.com.au Tel: 0408 466 410 ALERT: World first ocean paddling competition – INAMO 5000 - runs this Sunday as part of Manly Wharf Bridge to Beach 2017-02-24T01:41:42Z alert-world-first-ocean-paddling-competition-inamo-5000-runs-this-sunday-as-part-of-manly-wharf-bridge-to-beach This Sunday 26 February, ocean paddlers across the four paddling disciplines (surf ski, outrigger canoe or OC1, prone, and stand-up paddleboard) will for the first time ever - anywhere in the world - race across the codes and genders to be the FIRST ACROSS THE LINE. The INAMO 5000 FIRST ACROSS THE LINE is the newest concept in ocean paddling competition and will be a new race category in the Manly Wharf Bridge to Beach. The competition will be handicapped at the start and the first across the line in the 11km Bridge to Beach course will take home the prize. The winner will receive an INAMO CURL loaded with $5,000 in prizemoney, the largest prize in the history of this race and currently the largest prize purse in the world for ocean paddling. ***EDITOR’S NOTE:*** It is anticipated the winner of the INAMO 5000 will cross the line at Manly Wharf at approximately 8:30am – 8:45am on Sunday 26 February. Prizes for the INAMO 5000 and other categories will be awarded at the Bavarian Bier Café at Manly Wharf at around 11:00am on Sunday 26 February. About INAMO INAMO was established in 2016 and is one of the founding members of Sydney fintech hub, Stone and Chalk. INAMO stands for ‘In a Moment’ and its mission is to move your wallet to a wearable. Its first product is a multi-functional wearable called the CURL, which will initially give people on the go a way to pay without having to carry around or worry about the whereabouts and security of their wallet or phone. For more information: www.inamo.com. About Manly Wharf Bridge to Beach The Manly Wharf Bridge to Beach is one of Australia’s largest open water paddling events and is regarded as one of the most spectacular in the world. The 11km event starts at the Sydney Harbour Bridge and competitors paddle past some of Sydney Harbour’s most spectacular sights before finishing at Manly Wharf. It is the final event of the Australian Ocean Racing Series and supports The Fragile X Association of Australia. For more information, please contact: Joanna Stevens Kramer BLiNK COMMUNICATIONS joanna@blinkcomms.com.au Tel: 0408 466 410 INAMO to sponsor new race category - First Across the Line - in Manly Wharf Bridge to Beach ocean paddling race 2017-02-17T01:39:43Z inamo-to-sponsor-new-race-category-first-across-the-line-in-manly-wharf-bridge-to-beach-ocean-paddling-race The INAMO 5000 marks a world first in ocean paddling competition $5,000 for winner the largest prize in the history of the race and largest prize purse in the world for ocean paddling SYDNEY, 17 February 2017 – Australian start-up INAMO (www.inamo.com) is sponsoring the newest concept in ocean paddling competition with a new race category called First Across the Line in the Manly Wharf Bridge to Beach ocean paddling competition on 26 February. Named the INAMO 5000, it is the first time in any ocean race anywhere in the world the four ocean paddling disciplines (surf ski, outrigger canoe or OC1, prone, and stand-up paddleboard) will race across the codes and across genders. The competition will be handicapped at the start and the first across the line in the 11km Bridge to Beach course will take home the prize. There will be eight separate starts to cater for the four disciplines and the two genders in each. The handicap and start times for The INAMO 5000 will be determined based on the fastest ever times for the famous annual Molokai2Oahu event in each of the four disciplines. The winner will receive an INAMO CURL loaded with $5,000 in prizemoney, the largest prize in the history of this race and currently the largest prize purse in the world for ocean paddling. Twenty other participants in the event will also win an INAMO CURL with $100 loaded on each through lucky draws, category wins and spot prizes. The CURL is a waterproof wearable payments device that can be attached to most watch bands, fitness bands or other items such as a keyring. The wearer can enjoy the freedom and convenience of tap-and-go payments wherever Visa payWAVE is accepted. The INAMO 5000 coincides with the general availability of the INAMO CURL, which was announced in December 2016 and is currently being piloted in Australia. INAMO’S association with the event was born out of founder Peter Colbert's love of water sports and how intrinsic they are to Australian culture. “This is one of the great ocean paddling events in the world and INAMO is proud to be involved,” says Colbert. “The CURL frees people from needing to carry a wallet or phone to make payments, which is very appealing to those who want to do activities such as paddle, swim, run or cycle. We are bringing innovation to payments and we wanted to do the same with ocean paddling.” Race director Dean Gardiner has had a long association with Colbert through ​ocean paddling. "The event is really looking forward to this innovation to the race. Pete likes to challenge the status quo, so we wanted to create a new concept that was consistent with his philosophy; between us we came up with what we think will change the way people look at ocean paddling events," said Gardiner. ***EDITOR’S NOTE*** It is anticipated the winner of the INAMO 5000 will cross the line at Manly Wharf at approximately 8:30am – 8:45am on Sunday 26 February. Prizes for the INAMO 5000 and other categories will be awarded at the Bavarian Bier Café at Manly Wharf at around 11:00am on Sunday 26 February. About INAMO INAMO was established in 2016 and is one of the founding members of Sydney fintech hub, Stone and Chalk. INAMO stands for ‘In a Moment’ and its mission is to move your wallet to a wearable. Its first product is a multi-functional wearable called the CURL, which will initially give people on the go a way to pay without having to carry around or worry about the whereabouts and security of their wallet or phone. For more information: www.inamo.com. About Manly Wharf Bridge to Beach The Manly Wharf Bridge to Beach is one of Australia’s largest open water paddling events and is regarded as one of the most spectacular in the world. The 11km event starts at the Sydney Harbour Bridge and competitors paddle past some of Sydney Harbour’s most spectacular sights before finishing at Manly Wharf. It is the final event of the Australian Ocean Racing Series and supports The Fragile X Association of Australia. For more information, please contact: Joanna Stevens Kramer BLiNK COMMUNICATIONS joanna@blinkcomms.com.au Tel: 0408 466 410 Tickets on sale now for QLD's elite 4WD and outdoors expo 2016-07-19T04:55:05Z tickets-on-sale-now-for-qld-s-elite-4wd-and-outdoors-expo Tickets to the much-anticipated Explore Australia Expo on Fathers-Day weekend, 2 – 4 September 2016, are on sale now. The event, which is considered one of the best outdoor leisure exhibitions in the country promises exhibitors and visitors alike an unparalleled combination of entertainment, education, products and services at its new home, Doomben Racecourse, Brisbane. Paul Morgan, Director and Event Manager, Explore Australia Exhibitions says “we have created the ultimate ‘spy, try and buy’ experience for seasoned travellers, novice adrenalin junkies, well-travelled 4 x 4 and outdoor adventure lovers and mad-keen fisherman alike and we have put this all together to create the perfect Fathers-Day weekend.” “Visitors will be able to see, handle, compare and buy the best products and accessories around. They will also get to hear from some of the most experienced and knowledgeable outdoor adventurers, witness products and services in action and have access to special offers and amazing deals right along the way.” Explore Australia Exhibitions will be offering regular giveaways and promotions via its Facebook page and every visitor through the gate will have the chance to enter major prize draws including a TJM Explorers Pack, valued at $5,000 thanks to TJM 4x4 Megastore and an Ironman Deluxe Bullbar valued at $1,295 thanks to Adventure Offroad. With over 17,000 people attending the inaugural event in 2015, Explore Australia Exhibitions encourages people to get their tickets early. “Last year we were overwhelmed with visitor numbers, so this year we are encouraging people to purchase their tickets online, and take advantage of our online ticket discount,” says Paul. In addition, online ticket purchasers will be offered extra chances to win, with every online ticket purchase entering the draw to take home a fishing and outdoor package valued at $1000. “Online ticket holders will still be able to enter the major prize draws, but we’ve added the extra incentive to purchase online so visitors can avoid the queues and spend more time spying, trying and buying,” says Paul. The overwhelming attendance in 2015, was part of the decision for Explore Australia Exhibitions to move the event to the iconic and exciting Doomben Racecourse for 2016. “The site not only offers more usable exhibition space but is only 7kms from Brisbane city and has the added advantages of direct road access, free parking and nearby public transport,” Paul said. With increased exhibition and interactive display space, a revitalised program of events and the opportunity to take home some incredible prizes Paul says the show is the perfect place to find inspiration for outdoor adventure and the perfect place for dads this Fathers-Day. “There will be five highly integrated and functional precincts at the event including; a dedicated 4x4 showcase area with key 4x4 accessory exhibitors; a dedicated fishing and boating showcase area with key fishing and marine manufacturers and accessory exhibitors; medial areas with vehicle manufacturers, adventure pursuits and sites offering combined auto/camping/outdoor displays and products; a main-stage featuring free seminars, guest appearances, presentations and competition draws; and an entertaining, informative, and interactive 4WD and ATV test and display track, offering off-road stunts and racing, new vehicle test drives and key 4WD and off-road demonstrations.” Explore Australia Expo’s refreshing layout offers unique experiences and unprecedented access to some of the best brands all in one location and is shaping up to be the best outdoor leisure expo in Queensland this year. Further information on the Explore Australia Expo, Brisbane can be found at Explore Australia Expo Brisbane or by following us on Explore Australia Expo Facebook or Explore Australia Expo YouTube For exhibitor enquiries call the Explore Australia Expo Sales Team on 03 5255 1517 or e-mail info@exploreaustraliaexpo.com.au For ticket purchases head to Tickets for Explore Australia Expo Brisbane 2-4 September 2016 <ENDS> Media Enquiries: Sara Crowe, C7EVEN Communications, 0438 197 559 Pepper joins forces with St Kilda Football Club 2015-11-26T23:17:47Z pepper-joins-forces-with-st-kilda-football-club MEDIA RELEASE  27 November 2015 St Kilda Football Club has spiced up its corporate partnerships by announcing financial services provider Pepper Group Limited (‘Pepper’) as its new principal partner.     As one of Australia’s leading non-bank lenders, with a growing global presence, Pepper offers a range of consumer finance products and services, including home and car loans, and complements St Kilda Football Club’s existing line-up of exciting brand partners. Pepper’s relationship with ‘The Saints’ is in place for the next three years.   Patrick Tuttle, Co-Group CEO of Pepper, said: “As a founding club of the Victorian Football League, St Kilda has a strong heritage in the AFL and Pepper is excited by the opportunity to be associated with such an iconic Australian sporting organisation.    “As a club, The Saints proudly supports ambition, celebrates achievements and encourages all who are connected with it to aspire to its philosophy of ‘How I Want To Be’. These values are mirrored in Pepper’s culture, where we believe that everyone deserves the help and guidance necessary to realise their personal and financial goals.”    St Kilda Football Club CEO, Matt Finnis, welcomed Pepper Group to The Saints: “There is so much positivity surrounding our club and having an international business like Pepper join us and commit to being part of the journey we are taking is fantastic.” Pepper is seeking to boost awareness of its brand in key AFL states nationally and in particular, Victoria. The loyal St Kilda fan base represents the type of customers Pepper typically works with to help them get ahead in life, whatever their circumstances.    As part of the partnership announcement, Pepper will also unveil its new consumer-facing brand ‘Pepper Money’, which will be introduced over the course of 2016.     Commenting on the new brand, Pepper’s Co Group CEO, Mike Culhane said: “Following an extensive, and ongoing, period of acquisition, growth, and an ever-expanding suite of lending products, Pepper is embarking on a comprehensive rebranding exercise to better explain what products we offer to consumers.”   “To be named principal sponsor of St Kilda is a defining moment in Pepper’s story, bringing our brand to a wider audience of sporting fans in Victoria and across Australia, as well as expanding on our existing sporting relationships with the Western Sydney Wanderers and as naming rights sponsor of Pepper Stadium.”   Pepper is the only financial services brand to be associated with St Kilda and shares the principal partnership role with Dare Iced Coffee.    Ends    For more information, please contact DEC PR on behalf of Pepper Group: Joanne McIntosh or Sarah Bullen  02 8014 5036 | pepper@decpr.com.au    About Pepper Group Pepper Group (“Pepper”) is Australia’s largest non-bank residential mortgage lender (as measured by total assets under management), is a leading provider of specialty residential mortgage and consumer financing, and a highly experienced third-party loan servicer and asset manager. Pepper is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX:PEP) Worldwide, the Group currently has approximately A$36.8 billion of loan and lease assets under management (comprising prime and specialist residential mortgages, commercial mortgages, equipment leases, small business loans, consumer loans and car loans).  Pepper Group now comprises approximately 1,400 employees worldwide and has offices in Sydney, Parramatta, London, Dublin, Shannon, Madrid, Singapore and Seoul. Since establishing itself as a specialist residential mortgage lender in the Australian market in March 2001, Pepper has originated more than A$5.7 billion of specialist residential mortgages in Australia. It also commenced originating commercial auto & equipment finance in April 2013. In August 2011 Pepper acquired GE Capital’s Australian and New Zealand mortgage lending businesses, which comprised a portfolio of approximately A$5.0 billion of Australian and New Zealand residential mortgages. This transaction was one of the largest whole loan transactions in Australian history. Pepper’s current wholesale funding partners in Australia include Commonwealth Bank of Australia, National Australia Bank and Westpac Banking Corporation. In addition to lending and servicing its own residential mortgage and consumer finance portfolio, Pepper provides third party primary and special servicing across various types of mortgages, leases and unsecured loan products. Pepper is jointly led by Co-Group Chief Executive Officers, Mike Culhane and Patrick Tuttle. Mike and Patrick are focused on ensuring Pepper continues to leverage its core credit underwriting and loan servicing expertise both in its home market of Australia and other underserved markets in Europe and Asia. Pepper is regulated by the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (“ASIC”) in Australia. Pepper Finance Corporation (Ireland) is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland (CBI) in Ireland. Pepper Savings Bank is regulated in South Korea by the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS). Pepper is ranked by S&P as a “STRONG” Residential Loan Servicer and is included on S&P’s Global Select Servicer List. Australia’s largest electronics manufacturer launches first product on global crowdfunding platform 2015-11-21T02:21:14Z australia-s-largest-electronics-manufacturer-launches-first-product-on-global-crowdfunding-platform E3 Style the country’s largest product developer of consumer electronics has announced they will launch their first product, the MiGear ExtremeX Shot 5 action camera, via crowdfunding platform Indiegogo this week.Founder of the company Vanessa Garrard says the move makes sense on many levels. “We see crowd funding as a fantastic platform for us to reach out directly to early adopters of tech products and obtain valuable feedback during the product development phase.” The Brisbane based company has partnered with crowdfunding specialist agency, The Creative Collective to launch the campaign, who have so far achieved two hugely successful campaigns via crowdfunding raising $200k over a 45 day period for a 21 year old techpreneur from Lithgow, NSW in April this year with the Nextear wireless earphones, and $100k over a 30 day period for a 27 year old from Brisbane, QLD in September this year with the Alice in Wonderland 150 year anniversary book. The first product to be released via crowdfunding platform for E3 Style will be the MiGear ExtremeX Shot 5 4K action camera, which features specifications that exceed other branded action cameras in the market.  The Shot 5 action camera is fully waterproof without the need for a separate case, it also has a vivid 2” LCD Display so you can instantly view your video footage it is also jam packed with loads of other features including GPS and geo tagging, WIFI so you can instantly share your footage on social media and to top it off, it has 4K recording at 30 frames per second. It will eventually retail at $399 but people who back the crowdfunding campaign will gain access to discounted early bird special of $279.   Though to date both E3 Style and MiGear ExtremeX (which is just one of the company’s many tech brands) are relatively unknown, E3 Style actually sells more action cameras in Australia every year than any competitor. Garrard believes this is because the company consistently offer feature rich products that offer better value for consumers. “Our mantra is to bring products to the market at a mainstream price point. Whatever is on trend we’ll bring out something that has great specs, if not better, at a more affordable price point.  Garrard should know about tech consumer trends. 1 in 2 people in Australia now have one of her products (around 13 million products are in the AU/NZ marketplace alone), and E3 Style are the largest private labeled supplier of consumer electronics, the largest supplier of technology focused on youth in Australia and the company’s products dominate the largest amount of retail space in electronics stores around Australia. Vanessa herself is a mother of four children aged 4, 5, 7 and 10 years old.   The Indiegogo campaign will commence on 20 November US time. A limited number of media samples of the product can be made available after the product release. If you are interested in receiving one of these,please complete the form here. See the crowdfunding page here. Also see the company’s website athttp://www.migearextremex.com/ and social channels: ·       www.facebook.com/migearextremeX ·       www.twitter.com/migearextremex ·       www.instagram.com/migearrextremex ·       https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCd7lkZSUfmbNSkWb5C_xuBA     >ENDS< Media interested in arranging an interview or photos should contact Yvette Adams on 0405 022 977 or pr@thecreativecollective.com.au.   BIO ON VANESSA GARRARD Vanessa Garrard co-founded E3 Style in 2006, which is now Australia’s leading supplier of consumer electronics and accessories to the retail market. 1 in 2 Australians owns a product her company has developed.  Amassing a slew of achievements, Vanessa has been ranked in Australia’s Top 30 Female Entrepreneur list every year since 2010, and was recognized for her entrepreneurial achievements in 2011 taking out the QLD Telstra Young Business Women’s Award. She has also topped the BRW Fast Starters and Fast 100 lists, and was named the Australian EY Entrepreneur of the Year for Industry in 2013.  More recently, Vanessa was recognised with an Australian Financial Review / Westpac 100 Women of Influence award, and she is also an Ambassador for StartUp Australia. Vanessa also has the global consumer electronics license for Warner Bros., allowing E3 to produce and sell products featuring Warner Bros. icons such as Scooby Doo, Superman and Batman. 5 tips on using a solar charger for your mobile phone 2015-10-23T03:24:51Z 5-tips-on-using-a-solar-charger-for-your-mobile-phone Having a solar charger for your mobile phone or tablet means you can recharge your gear anywhere the sun shines. Perfect for travel, camping and most of all emergencies. Remember summer power failures, anyone? Imagine a holiday with no flat battery moments but instead the convenience of your camera and mobile phone fully usable anywhere. Solar power for your mobile devices also means you are taking less power from the grid – saving the planet one recharge at a time AND saving money. Here are some tips for getting the most out of your solar charger, whether this is for camping or everyday. 1. To increase the efficiency of your solar charger, make sure the panels directly face the sun at all times. As the sun moves across the sky throughout the day, adjust your solar charger accordingly. Pop it onto the car console or dashboard while driving to catch some rays. Leave it on the window sill at home through the day so you can recharge off the grid at night. 2. If you are charging through a window, windscreen, etc, be aware that the charging times will be increased especially if your windows are tinted. 3. A great way to use a solar charger for your mobile phone or tablet while camping or bushwalking is to WEAR IT! Strap it to your backpack and recharge your portable battery anywhere you go. Then its on hand to charge up your phone, camera, GPS or the kid’s iPod (so you can enjoy the serenity a bit longer). 4. The power of the sun’s rays depend on the season, as during summer the earth faces more directly towards the sun. So charge times can vary depending on the season where you are. The time of day is also an important factor to consider when using your solar charger. You will get the best performance when the sun is at the highest point in the sky, usually at noon. In fact, an hour charging at Noon will give better charge than a few hours later on the same day. 5. Extreme weather can affect your solar charger’s efficiency, so if its baking hot, protect your charger from until its a little cooler, ideally less than 45deg C. Powered Life www.poweredlife.com.au has solar chargers from leading brands including Powertraveller. From the waterproof Powermonkey Expedition or to the family sized pairing of Powergorilla + Solargorilla, from waterproof Powermonkey Extreme 12V to the all-in-one Solarmonkey Adventurer, we have a solar charger to suit your lifestyle and mobile devices. Christmas Gift Ideas for people who love technology 2015-10-23T02:43:49Z christmas-gift-ideas-for-people-who-love-technology Picking the right gift for family and friends who love technology just got easier, with the release of new ideas to help them take their favourite device away camping, to school or even to work. Mophie H2Pro case for iPhone 6/6S and Lifeproof Fre Power Case have it all: military-grade tough, waterproof and dropproof tough case, with inbuilt rechargeable battery pack, so you get 100% extra battery life built into your case wherever you go. Powertraveller Powermonkey Expedition solar charger is a revolution in portable charging technology, bringing together multiple ways in which to naturally, yet efficiently generate power - all housed in strong, aluminium, waterproof casing. The waterproof (IP65 rated) powermonkey expedition houses a 10,500mAh lithium polymer battery which can be charged in three ways; via hand-powered crank, solar or via the international AC mains charger. Does your home or office have multiple devices to recharge every day? A charging station can charge up to 5 devices from one powerpoint. Griffin PowerDock 5 and BlueFlame 4 Device Charging Station can save space, time and sanity. Educational technology toys mean the kids won’t realise they are learning while they have fun. Osmo Game System brings iPad into the physical play, with interactive games for creative thinking and problem solving. LittleBits Electronics, including kits on space and Arduino, teaches them about circuitry, leading them to robotics, coding and much more. Working with iPad is so much easier with an inbuilt keyboard in a protective case. Zagg Slim Book case for iPad Air 2 has backlit keyboard to make working that bit easier, even in low light. Powered Life helps you maximise your mobile technology – whether you are a school with iPad and laptop fleets to manage, or a family that needs to kidproof its iPads, as well as businesses large and small. Protect your devices with the choice of best brand protective tough cases while recharging anywhere with solar and portable power. Reduce admin cost and time of managing multiple devices in your school or business with charge-sync solutions. Find out more at www.poweredlife.com.au or call 1300 POWER 4 (1300 76937 4), email hello@poweredlife.com.au. Live a powered life! Power up your Dad this Father's Day 2015-08-21T04:15:16Z power-up-your-dad-this-father-s-day Dads come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and spend their time doing different types of things. Here are some great gift ideas for YOUR kind of Dad. Sporty Dad If Dad likes to bike or hike, he might like to take his mobile phone with him. MAMILs (middle aged men in lycra) often like to record their hard-earned kms so waterproof phone kit with a mount to keep it safe while he works the pedals is a great gift. Lifeproof has waterproof, drop proof, dust proof cases for mobile phones – so they are also Dad proof – including iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung’s Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S6. iPod users get protected too. Add on an optional mount kit so Dad has his phone on his bike, car, boat - anywhere.   Business Dad Mophie’s range of powered cases for mobile phones is legendary. Yes, you read right: built-in back-up battery in a protective case. Flick a switch and recharge anywhere. Stock available right now for iPhone 5/5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus as well as Samsung Galaxy S5. Lifeproof makes Dad even more powerful (get it??) with a waterproof PLUS powered case. Perfect for the endlessly busy Dad, the clumsy Dad; the travelling or tradie Dad. If Dad likes to recharge more than just his phone, check out the Mophie Powerstation XL which can recharge 2 devices at once, from its 12,000mAh rechargeable battery pack. Or a ruggedised powerstation with the Mophie Powerstation Pro, with a 6000mAh power bank that is drop proof and water resistant.   Adventure Dad Does Dad like to get out there in the wilds? Powertraveller portable power gear means Dad can venture far, while keeping in contact with his world, with solar and rechargeable power packs. Powermonkey Explorer 2 is crushproof, waterproof while Powermonkey Solarmonkey Adventurer has endless power for mobile devices. For the hardened explorer, the brand new Powermonkey Expedition power pack includes solar and hand crank recharge options. For the Dad who ventures overseas, the BlueFlame World Charger plus Portable Battery Pack can make simple work of recharging devices, with a single AC adaptor with international pins, plus a detachable portable pack to keep him recharged anywhere. Powered Life www.poweredlife.com.au helps you choose where to work or play. Use your mobile phone, tablet or notebook - anywhere, any time - with top brand portable power and tough cases for mobile devices including Lifeproof, Mophie, Powertraveller and much more. Solar chargers, waterproof mobile phone cases, kid-proof iPad/tablet cases. Glider Yachts Receives Expert Accreditation for Exceeding Yacht Design & Build Standards 2015-08-20T02:59:49Z glider-yachts-receives-expert-accreditation-for-exceeding-yacht-design-amp-build-standards Glider Yachts Limited, the quintessentially British luxury yacht manufacturer, has received the highest level of boating industry accreditation, having been assessed by both HPi Verification Services and the Wolfson Unit for Marine Technology and Industrial Aerodynamics during the design and build of its debut luxury yacht. The SS18 will be unveiled at Monaco Yacht Show in September. Alasdair Reay, Managing Director, HPi Verification Services said: “Craft as innovative as Gliders were not in the minds of the various committees when they wrote the technical standards for the boat-building industry. HPi Verification Services has, therefore, worked closely with Glider Yachts to ensure their boats not only meet the regulatory requirements but exceed industry standards.” HPi Verification Services is a Notified Body, which means it issues certificates on behalf of the European Commission according to the Recreational Craft Directive. All recreational craft, which need a ‘CE mark’ in order to access the European market must comply with this legislation. To earn Notified Body status, HPi Verification Services operates according to a code of conduct and quality system approved by the British Government, on behalf of the European Commission. Alasdair Reay said: “Specifically, care has been given to ensure the continuity of the various structural elements to share and dissipate the loads and to provide subdivision. The craft’s systems have also been designed to provide a level of redundancy that goes beyond the highest levels of excellence in the yachting industry.” British marine engineering company, Burgess Marine, was selected to be the build partner for Glider Yachts, and its debut Super Sports 18 luxury yacht is in the final stages of build at Burgess Marine’s Portchester facility in the UK. The build commenced in April after a £100 million deal was agreed between the two British firms and private funding was secured. Mr Reay continued: “In selecting Burgess as its build team, Glider Yachts has ensured that the workmanship matches the company’s design ambitions. The quality of materials and the welding, in particular, show that Glider Yachts will be of the highest quality. As the leading verification company for the yachting sector, HPi Verification Services has no hesitation in commending Glider Yachts for its efforts in pushing back the boundaries in the boating industry.” Prior to commencing its first build, Glider Yachts conducted extensive Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) with Next Limit Technologies’ X-Flow. Rigorous model testing, detailed simulation and analysis of Gliders’ performance in sea-way was conducted using Maxsurf and several other industry leading products. Structural analysis was conducted using Dassault Systemes’ Abaqus and cross checked with Ansys. Gliders’ unique hull form design was also verified as being able to achieve a higher level of comfort and stability at speed, by the Wolfson Unit for Marine Technology and Industrial Aerodynamics. Dickon Buckland, Principal Research Engineer at Wolfson Unit for Marine Technology and Industrial Aerodynamics said: “The concept of travelling at speed in a sea way with a reasonable degree of comfort is best addressed with this kind of hull-form.” “The research, design, development and testing of Gliders has been a significant challenge and a very expensive process spanning over seven years until build commenced in April. I am delighted that our unique design and high standards in building our yachts have been approved by the leading industry experts,” said Robert McCall, Managing Director of Glider Yachts. About Glider Yachts Glider Yachts is a new British luxury yacht manufacturer, headquartered in London with build partners in Southampton, England. The company has a clear mission to become the world’s leading supplier of high performance, luxury sports yachts, and to deliver a more cost-effective and ultimately more comfortable, efficient and sustainable way of navigating the world’s oceans. Please see www.glideryachts.com for more information. To download high resolution images please see here: http://bit.ly/GliderYachtsImages About HPi Verification Services HPi Verification Services is a Notified Body, which means it may issue certificates for products that need a CE mark. To earn this status, it operates to a code of conduct and quality system that is reviewed by the British Government. As part of this process, HPiVS is formally accredited as an Inspection Body by the UK Accreditation Service to ISO 17020. The result is that HPiVS has been issued with a Notified Body license by the EU Commission: number 1521. About The Wolfson Unit For the last 48 years the Wolfson Unit has offered model testing, consultancy and software services to a worldwide customer base in the fields of Naval Architecture, Industrial Aerodynamics and Marine Engineering. It conducts tests in model basins, towing tanks and wind tunnels as well as full scale trials. It also offers CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics), FEA (Finite Element Analysis) and Marine Design Software. The Marine Technology and Industrial Aerodynamics department reviewed Glider Yachts’ design prior to build. MEDIA CONTACTS Glider Yachts Europe – E: media@GliderYachts.com| Tel: UK on +44 (0)208 133 0654  Middle East – E: glideryachts@brazenpr.com | Tel: UAE on +971 (0)4 428 0939 Asia Pacific – E: glideryachts@spherepr.com.au | Tel: Australia on +61 (0)2 8006 2960 USA/Americas – glideryachts@brazenpr.com | Tel: USA on +1 786 374 2429 Glider Yachts Selects BlueFin as its Partner for Ultimate Yacht Finishing 2015-08-11T06:48:05Z glider-yachts-selects-bluefin-as-its-partner-for-ultimate-yacht-finishing Glider Yachts Limited, the quintessentially British luxury yacht manufacturer, has selected a world leader in customised finishes for the superyacht industry, BlueFin Yachts Limited as its exclusive surface finishing partner for its new range of luxury yachts.  British firm, BlueFin Yachts’ first project is to finish and perfect the exterior surface of Glider Yachts’ new SS18 sports yacht, ensuring its extraordinary beautifully stunning lines are clear for everyone to see on its debut. “Glider Yachts’ mission is to become the world’s leading supplier of high-performance, luxury superyachts.  To ensure that the sublime beauty of our luxury yachts will shine through, we have chosen BlueFin as our finishing partner because of the firm’s renowned reputation for excellence in the superyacht industry.  This key partnership will ensure our luxury yachts are finished to absolute perfection and we are convinced all who see her will be astounded,” said Robert McCall, Managing Director, Glider Yachts. BlueFin is currently working preparing the Glider SS18, ready for the debut at the Monaco Yacht Show this September, where exclusively invited visitors and media will be able to experience the sublime beauty, ride comfort and performance of this daringly different luxury sports yacht. Nick Barber, Managing Director of BlueFin Yachts said: “We have an enviable reputation for our innovation, design and customised finishes for yachts and are thrilled to be working with Glider Yachts on its debut vessel.” Using traditional processes and hand-finished coatings, coupled with the latest technologies, BlueFin guarantees that it will achieve the ultimate yacht finish for Glider Yachts.  Glider Yachts’ design, build and assembly methods are based on techniques from the fields of Formula One and aerospace manufacture, using precision engineering methods utilising the very best materials to produce yachts of exceptional performance and beauty. “Our unique superstructure design means that each Glider Yacht can be built to meet the needs of her owner’s lifestyle, with flexibility for exterior and interior aesthetics with our team of designers who will work with clients to develop a look that is as unique as their fingerprint,” said Robert McCall. About BlueFin Yachts BlueFin Yachts Ltd has an enviable reputation as a world leader in innovation, design and customised finishes for every vessel; steel; aluminium; GRP/carbon composite or wooden. It excels in fairing, shaping, polishing and resurfacing, custom finishes, troubleshooting and project management. With over 25 years of experience supplying specialist coatings to the super yacht and marine industry, it guarantees professional craftsmanship delivered within budget and on time, at a competitive and realistic price. Its bespoke, traditional processes and hand-finished coatings, coupled with the latest technology guarantee the ultimate yacht finish. For more information see: http://www.bluefinyacht.com/ About Glider Yachts Glider Yachts is a new British luxury yacht manufacturer, headquartered in London with build partners in Southampton, England. The company has a clear mission to become the world’s leading supplier of high performance, luxury sports yachts, and to deliver a more cost-effective and ultimately more comfortable, efficient and sustainable way of navigating the world’s oceans. Please see www.glideryachts.com for more information. To download high resolution images please see here: http://bit.ly/GliderYachtsImages MEDIA CONTACTS Glider Yachts Europe – E: media@GliderYachts.com | Tel: UK on +44 (0)208 133 0654  Middle East – E: glideryachts@brazenpr.com | Tel: UAE on +971 (0)4 428 0939 Asia Pacific – E: glideryachts@spherepr.com.au | Tel: Australia on +61 (0)2 8006 2960 USA/Americas – glideryachts@brazenpr.com | Tel: USA on +1 786 374 2429   BlueFin Yachts Ailsa Griffiths – Marketing Manager BlueFin Yachts Tel – +44 (0)7847 764779 Email – ailsa.griffiths@bluefinyacht.com JL Audio Designs Ultimate Sound System for Glider Yachts 2015-07-09T12:08:26Z jl-audio-designs-ultimate-sound-system-for-glider-yachts Glider Yachts Limited, a new British luxury yacht manufacturer, has announced today that JL Audio UK will be its exclusive audio partner. In its first project JL Audio has designed the ultimate sound system for Glider Yachts’ SS18 sports yacht, enabling its passengers and crew to enjoy premium quality audio as they glide over the waves in supreme luxury. Glider Yachts’ pre-production model is currently in build at Burgess Marine, Trafalgar Wharf, Portchester UK and will be launched at the Monaco Yacht Show this September, where exclusively invited visitors will be able to experience the amazing quality of its JL Audio sound system first hand. “Glider Yachts’ mission is to become the world’s leading supplier of high-performance, luxury superyachts. We are totally committed to providing our clients with superior quality and high-performance audio systems, incorporating innovative technologies designed and manufactured to the highest standard possible for our luxury yachts, by the best in the business,” said Robert McCall, Managing Director, Glider Yachts. The SS18 will incorporate JL Audio’s Premium System as standard, but for music aficionados who really want to party and “rock the boat”, an upgrade to the Ultimate System will provide even greater power and performance. SS18 owners who want the Captain and crew of their sports yacht to enjoy their music simultaneously, a Helm Upgrade will provide the same supreme quality audio for them. “We are thrilled to be working with such an innovative and exciting luxury yacht manufacturer that reflects our standards of high quality in design, manufacture and performance. We have taken the unique cockpit layout of the SS18 and designed a system which provides pilot and crew with maximum enjoyment of their chosen music.  JL Audio’s marine speakers, sub woofers and amplifiers are designed and manufactured specifically for the marine environment and are unaffected by whatever the tough environment of the sea will throw at them.  Locating the speakers in strategic positions on-board  ensures sublime depth and clarity of sound which is the equivalent of quality home hi-fi.” said Paul Baker, CEO at JL Audio UK. The Premium System includes four classic white grill JL Audio 7.7” coaxial speakers as well as two 8” sub woofers.  For those who want to party, the upgrade to the Ultimate System adds another 700 watts of power through 5 channels, while the speakers are increased to 8.8” coaxial speakers supported by two of JL Audio’s highly acclaimed 8” Infinite Baffle sub woofers. “Our clients can work with the Glider Yachts team and our exclusive audio partner, JL Audio to design their own bespoke sound system, so they can enjoy their music however they please,” said Robert McCall. Ends About JL Audio JL Audio is an independent, privately-held U.S. company active in the Home, Mobile, Powersports and Marine Audio markets. It focuses on delivering unique engineering, superior quality and high-performance audio to its customers around the world. Behind all its efforts is a strong belief that great audio has real value, and that its customers can tell the difference. Supporting its engineering efforts is an outstanding group of dedicated production and logistics professionals who make sure that JL Audio's factories around the world maintain its high quality standards. Today, all of its premium subwoofer drivers and all of its marine speakers are built in-house, as are most of its Enclosed Subwoofer Systems and all of its Stealthbox® products. JL Audio UK is the European distributor for JL Audio. More information can be found at www.JLAudio.co.uk   JL Audio digital images: http://nicollpr.com/jl_press.html JL Audio UK – Paul Baker - E: paul.baker@jlaudiomarine.eu Tel: +44(0)1202 664 390 or +44(0)779 306 1017   About Glider Yachts Glider Yachts is a new British luxury yacht manufacturer, headquartered in London with build partners in Southampton, England. The company has a clear mission to become the world’s leading supplier of high performance, luxury sports yachts, and to deliver a more cost-effective and ultimately more comfortable, efficient and sustainable way of navigating the world’s oceans. Please see www.glideryachts.com for more information. To download high resolution images to go with this story please see here: http://bit.ly/GliderYachtsJLAudioImages or for additional images of Glider Yachts see here: http://bit.ly/GliderYachtsImages MEDIA CONTACTS Glider Yachts Europe – E: glideryachts@brazenpr.com | Tel: UK on +44 (0)161 923 4994 Middle East – E: glideryachts@brazenpr.com | Tel: UAE on +971 (0)4 428 0939 Asia Pacific – E: glideryachts@spherepr.com.au | Tel: Australia on +61 (0)2 8006 2960 USA/Americas – E: andrea@glideryachts.com | Tel: USA on +1 786 374 2429   JL Audio European PR: Saltwater Communications – Lindsey.hill@saltwatercoms.com Tel: +44 (0)1202 669244 Global PR - Lucette Nicoll, Nicoll Public Relations – E: lucette@nicollpr.com  – Tel: USA on +1 781-762-9300 Glider Yachts Partners with Aalco Metals 2015-07-06T11:07:58Z glider-yachts-partners-with-aalco-metals Glider Yachts Limited, a new British luxury yacht manufacturer, has announced today that it has partnered with Aalco Metals to supply all of the major aluminium components for its SD18 sports yacht, which is currently being built by Burgess Marine and is to be publicly launched at Monaco boat show this September. "Glider Yachts’ mission is to become the world’s leading supplier of high-performance, luxury superyachts and to this end we have assembled a team of highly innovative partners and suppliers, who are devoted to excellence and are regarded and accredited as being the best in their particular field," said Robert McCall, Managing Director, Glider Yachts. Aalco supplies metals to the marine industry of the world’s highest marine standards and has provided specialist services to customers in this sector and allied industries, for many years. The metals for the debut Glider Yacht is being supplied from Aalco’s dedicated marine kit fabrication facility in Southampton, UK. "Aalco was selected as our metals supply partner due to the firm’s impressive track record in the marine industry and we are thrilled to be working with such an innovative leader in its field," continued Robert McCall. A particularly important and unique part of the Aalco offer is the company’s expertise in supplying marine ‘kits’, supplied shaped to size and ready for immediate assembly at the point of delivery, essential for this type of marine build. Simon Barron, General Manager, Aalco said: "Aalco is delighted to have been selected as the metals supplier to Glider Yachts, which is a very unique and exciting design that we are proud to be involved with." "Our unique approach means that the boat designer provides drawings that Aalco imports into our sophisticated cutting equipment. This produces precise cut pieces that are individually numbered and ready for welding. Our capability means that we can nest the component parts for the most efficient yield from the plates. Aalco supplies rider bars, bulb bars, keel sections, standard angles, channels and tees - indeed everything needed so that an entire hull, deck and superstructure can be built from a kit all sourced from the same supplier," continued Simon Barron. Aalco supplies ‘kits’ for many leading yacht manufacturers and recent interest from far eastern markets will continue its growth. Ends Notes for editors: There are a selection of accompanying images: Aalco  & Glider Yachts partnership celebration at Glider Yachts’ HQ – from left to right, Clive Bush – Aalco Metals, Southampton, Simon Barron, General Manager, Aalco Metals Southampton & Jeremy Chase, Aalco Metals, Southampton. About Aalco Metals Aalco is one of Europe’s largest independent stockholders, processors and distributors of Aluminium, aluminium extrusion, transition joints (Triplate®), stainless steels and copper alloys. It specialises in the supply of semi-finished metal products including bar, sheet, plate, tube, custom die extrusions and forgings to the marine, oil and gas and high tech industries. Aalco offers a complete processing service including plate and bar sawing, guillotining, waterjet, router and laser profiling. Its inventory covers a wide range of grades/alloys, shapes and sizes – both industry standards and special or bespoke items for particular applications or customer requirements. With offices in 18 locations around the UK including Southampton, Norwich, Hull and Aberdeen, all of which currently service the marine industry, Aalco is able to utilise its extensive distribution network to deliver guaranteed delivery on time and to customer specification. Please see www.aalco.co.uk for more information. About Glider Yachts Glider Yachts is a new British luxury yacht manufacturer, headquartered in London with build partners in Southampton, England. The company has a clear mission to become the world’s leading supplier of high performance, luxury sports yachts, and to deliver a more cost-effective and ultimately more comfortable, efficient and sustainable way of navigating the world’s oceans. Please see www.glideryachts.com for more information. To download high resolution images please see here: http://bit.ly/GliderYachtsImages MEDIA CONTACTS Glider Yachts Europe – E: glideryachts@brazenpr.com | UK: +44 (0)161 923 4994 Middle East – E: glideryachts@brazenpr.com | Tel: UAE on +971 (0)4 428 0939 Asia Pacific – E: glideryachts@spherepr.com.au | Tel: Australia on +61 (0)2 8006 2960 USA/Americas – glideryachts@brazenpr.com | Tel: USA on +1 (786) 374 2429 Aalco - UK Simon Trott, Shaw & Underwood PR E: simontrott@shawandunderwood.co.uk  - Tel: +44 (0)121 454 5584 Guide To Loan Pre Approval 2015-07-03T00:09:38Z guide-to-loan-pre-approval Getting pre approved for a loan before you commit to buying your new car, motorbike etc. is an increasingly popular way to organise your finances. But how do you organise a loan pre approval and what are the advantages of arranging your financing in advance? To help you decide whether it's right for you here's our complete Guide to Loan Pre Approval. 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