The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-06-29T02:19:44Z Tinder for Fetish enthusiasts launches in Australia for the kinky & curious 2017-06-29T02:19:44Z tinder-for-fetish-enthusiasts-launches-in-australia-for-the-kinky-amp-curious KinkD (Official site: http://www.kinkdapp.com), a new dating app for those with kinks and fetishes, has just officially launched in Australia after its beta testing. It is dubbed the Tinder for Fetish enthusiasts and it aims to make sex life great again. During the beta testing period, the app has gotten about 30K users. Couples often complain that their sex life has become dull the longer they're together. Sex has become a routine and not as exciting as it could be. "The purpose of creating KinkD is to help kinky people connect with each other easier and bring a little kink into the bedroom. When sex starts to get monotonous, getting into kink can help you make your sex life great again," said John, the co-founder of KinkD. "The Fifty Shades series, along with the rumors of Trump and golden showers, have inspired discussions about Fetishes & BDSM. Society has become more open and accepting of kink. It's now seen as fun and positive, not grimy and nasty." Before globally launching KinkD, the KinkD team has continuously improved the app based on the feedback from its initial users. The main feature of KinkD is similar to Tinder. Users upload their photos and swipe to get matched with other kinky users. However, KinkD doesn't provide users with a Facebook login like Tinder, just in case some users are afraid that their personal information will be disclosed on social media. KinkD aims to create a safe and private community for kinky people. Photo verification feature makes the community safer. Users can submit their IDs to verify their profile photos. KinkD's staff review the verification requests from their users every day. Private albums allow users to upload some photos they are not comfortable showing publicly. If anyone wants to view the photos in the private album, they can send a request to the owner. Once access is granted, they're able to view the private photos. After joining, you are required to select your role in your kinky lifestyle. The roles include dominant, submissive, master and many more. Kinkd is now available globally on Google Play and Appstore. The official site of KinkD: http://www.kinkdapp.com. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id1126201375?mt=8 https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.kinkd.fetlifestyle Free your home from viruses this Winter with the Sharp FPF30JH Air Purifier 2017-06-27T03:53:59Z free-your-home-from-viruses-this-winter-with-the-sharp-fpf30jh-air-purifier-5 SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – 21st June, 2017 – Sharp Corporation of Australia, a leading consumer electronic brand, today unveils its new FPF30JH air purifier capable of efficiently improving air quality in rooms as large as 21 square metres. Using the proven and trusted Sharp Plasmacluster Ion Technology, it is capable of deactivating and removing particles as small as 0.3 microns and actively combating odours to leave the home smelling fresh and clean.Since its initial launch, Sharp sales of products incorporating Plasmacluster Ion Technology have exceeded 70 Million Units Worldwide at February 2017. More effective than any other air purification method, Sharp air purifiers sanitise the air by emitting positive and negative ions which work to deactivate suspended airborne mould, viruses, dust mite allergens and bacteria. These ions also attack a wide range of odours generated by pets, cooking, garbage, cigarette smoke and more.The FPF30JH works using a multi-pronged strategy to combat air contaminants. Sharp use a unique combination of air treatment pairing the power of High Density Ions and filtration system with strong airflow. Sharp Air Purifiers provide a quick and powerful cleansing effect for an entire room. Positive and Negative Ions are found in elevated numbers in nature so raising levels in the home greatly improves the air quality. These Ions attack and neutralise particles before they are drawn into the Micron-Mesh Pre-Filter and Dust-Collecting HEPA filtration system.  The strong airflow allows for airborne substances including dust and odour particles, as small as 0.3 micron in size, to be drawn through the filters removing 99.97% of dust particles from the air.  In addition, the FPF30JH actively works against viruses and nasty microbes assisting in general health and well-being. For those concerned about viruses, odours, dust and allergens floating around your home, the Sharp FPF30JH will provide a solution suitable for many rooms in a common household up to 21 square metres.The FPF30JH has multiple fan speed modes including MED, MAX, SLEEP and AUTO.  The AUTO mode will actively assess the impurities in the air and switch between fan speeds as needed to effectively freshen the air in the home. SLEEP mode reduces the fan speed to minimum for whisper quiet operation. Alternatively, the unit can be set to CLEAN ION SHOWER mode which operates at maximum airflow for the first 10 minutes then alternates between MAX and LOW fan speed for 20 minutes each for the next 50 minutes. With a stronger airflow for the first 60 minutes, a higher density of Plasmacluster Ions is dispersed into the entire room which reduces static electricity, making it easier to capture the haze particles through the filtration system.During the cooler months, the Sharp FPF30JH is a huge benefit for those who may suffer from asthma and allergies, but is also beneficial to regular families as well providing homes with a fresher and healthier environment. This clean air experience, boosted by the dust and odour sensor technologies, is essential for modern living.Key Features and Specifications- Sharp Patented Plasmacluster Ion Technology- Dust and Odour Sensor- HEPA Filter- Sleep Mode- Clean Ion Shower Mode- Light Control Button- Filter life: Up to two years- Standby power: 1 watt- Overhauled physical design - Dimensions: 400(w) x 463(h) x 182(d) mmTo learn more about the innovative Plasmacluster Ion Technology, how it can greatly increase air quality in the home and the other myriad Sharp products that utilise it, visit the official Sharp website.Pricing and AvailabilityManufacturer: Sharp Corporation of Australia Pty LtdProduct: FPF30JHRecommended Retail Price: $339Website: http://www.sharp.net.auStockists: All major Electrical RetailersAvailability: July 2017About Sharp CorporationFor over 100 years, Sharp Corporation has created award-winning technologies that are the envy of competitors worldwide. In Australia, Sharp continues to deliver technologically advanced ‘one of a kind’ products for the home and business. For more information on Sharp visit www.sharp.net.au New 1000 Hour Root Cover Up 2017-06-27T01:00:25Z new-1000-hour-root-cover-up Now you can say goodbye to dark regrowth and pesky grey hairs, with another quick and easy solution… 1000 Hour is excited to announce the launch of their new brush-on tinted powder for hair, 1000 Hour Root Cover-Up. Tegan Martin, 1000 Hour ambassador, recent contestant on ‘I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here’ and qualified hairdresser, says that 1000 Hour Root Cover-Up “is the perfect hair product to use, between salon visits”. With today’s busy lifestyle, visits to the hair salon are becoming less frequent. Not by choice. 1000 Hour Root Cover-Up can offer a quick, affordable and effective solution, to re-growth, between visits. 1000 Hour Root Cover-Up is the latest hair essential. Quick and easy to use, the powder conceals and camouflages regrowth and grey hairs, instantly, allowing extended time between hair colouring, and minimising any unwarranted stress, from those dreaded, emerging grey hairs. The powder palette comes with an applicator brush, for buildable colour, ensuring natural and even coverage, and a no mess solution. “You’ll look fresh out of the salon, in an instant” adds Tegan. 1000 Hour Root Cover-Up is free from waxes and dyes, and formulated with reflective pigments that adhere to the hair, without leaving it sticky, oily or dry. 1000 Hour Root Cover-Up is water resistant and easily washes out with shampoo. Each pack contains 60 applications and is available in four beautiful shades: black, dark brown, medium brown and light brown/blonde. 1000 Hour Root Cover-Up is available now for a RRP of $14.99 at Priceline and online at www.1000hour.com.au. NewTechWood Partners with Decking Out Melbourne at the 2017 Melbourne Home Show 2017-06-26T08:11:21Z newtechwood-partners-with-decking-out-melbourne-at-the-2017-melbourne-home-show NewTechWood Australia announces it expansion into Victoria with a display of their composite timber decking at the 2017 Melbourne Home Show.  They will be sharing Stand No. O01 with Decking Out Melbourne, Melbourne’s premier deck building company.  The Melbourne Home Show will be held 17-20 August, 2017 at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, Southbank.   NewTechWood is a world wide company with distributors based in all 7 continents and headquartered in Houston, Texas. The company started as a plastic recycling company in the mid 1980’s in the U.S.  It prides itself on innovation and commitment to environmental values.   NewTechWood composite decking, cladding and screening is imported and distributed exclusively by Urban Direct Wholesale, a Perth company.  The product has been steadily growing in popularity and increasingly being specified by architects and builders.  NewTechWood composite decking and cladding is also now being specified on projects in NSW and Victoria, with demand expected to grow.   Company Director, Ben Ranieri says in the three years NewTechWood has been selling in Western Australia, it has been rating either #1 or #2 best selling composite decking product during this time.  The rise in popularity is attributed to a more discerning customer base who actively seek products and companies who are both socially and environmentally responsible.    Ranieri says the fact NewTechWood is also one of the better quality composite products being offered at a more affordable price point has boosted its rise in popularity.  It is also made from recycled timbers and plastic products resulting in less impact on natural forest resources. Unlike some composite products, NewTechWood has an exclusive “Ultrashield” capping around all 4 sides, protecting the ‘core’. This offers full UV, moisture, fading, warping, rotting, splitting and termite resistance.  It’s a favourite with home-owners because it is maintenance free, requiring no oiling, staining or painting and is backed by a 25 year warranty. Award winning Decking Out Melbourne, established in 2001, is the first reseller in Victoria of NewTechWood. Priding themselves on quality, service and innovation, they have established themselves as one of the leading deck builders in the country, domestic and commercial, using capped composite decking product. They were the first deck building company outside of North America to win awards, which include first place, at America’s most prestigious deck building awards, governed by the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA). With their solid and established reputation and experience, choosing Decking Out Melbourne as their first Victorian reseller was an obvious choice.  Their workmanship will be on display at the joint NewTechWood and Decking Out Melbourne stand at the Home Show.   AIRASIA IN THE RING WITH BOXING CHAMP MANNY PACQUIAO 2017-06-24T06:48:47Z airasia-in-the-ring-with-boxing-champ-manny-pacquiao SEPANG, MALAYSIA - 24 June 2017 - Nine-time world champion AirAsia will be flying boxing legend Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao to Australia for his World Boxing Organization (WBO) title defence. Pacquiao, the only boxer to have won titles in eight weight classes, will be defending his WBO welterweight title against Australia’s Jeff Horn at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on 2 July 2017. It will be his first defence of the title since winning it in a unanimous decision from American boxer Jessie Vargas in November 2016. AirAsia will fly Pacquiao and his team from their training camp in General Santos City in the Philippines to Brisbane on an Airbus A330 with special livery. The aircraft will feature an image of the Filipino boxer next to the Pacman and Pound-for-Pound logos. WBO world welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao said, “In all my years of boxing, I have never been as motivated and fired up as this fight. With this agreement forged with AirAsia, I am inspired to give it all I got. “Teaming up with AirAsia makes it more special because we have been accorded the respect of the fans. I have been called the People’s Champion and AirAsia is a world champion airline, and I’m extremely proud to be flying with the Asean world champions.” AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes said, “Manny is a huge inspiration to the Philippines and the whole of Asean. We want to show that this region makes world champions and no one is a better example of this Manny. Manny is like AirAsia, climbing to the top and staying there after all these years through blood, sweat and tears, and we are very honoured to be able to support him once again.” Keep up to date with AirAsia’s latest promotions and activities via Twitter (twitter.com/AirAsia) and Facebook (facebook.com/AirAsia). *** END *** PHOTO CAPTIONS DSC03516 / DSC03564.jpg Manny Pacquiao with his wife Jinkee preparing to depart from General Santos International Airport for Brisbane. DSC03565.jpg Close-up of the special AirAsia Airbus A330 Pacman livery. About AirAsia AirAsia, the leading and largest low-cost carrier in Asia by passengers carried, services an extensive network of over 120 destinations. Since starting operations in 2001, AirAsia has carried more than 330 million guests and grown its fleet from just two aircraft to over 200. The airline is proud to be a truly Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) airline with established operations based in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines as well as India and Japan, servicing a network stretching across Asia, Australia and New Zealand, the Middle East and the US. AirAsia has been named the World’s Best Low-Cost Airline at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards nine times in a row from 2009 to 2017. AirAsia was also awarded World's Leading Low-Cost Airline for the fourth consecutive year at the 2016 World Travel Awards, where it beat a field of full-service carriers to become the first ever low-cost carrier to win World's Leading Inflight Service. Stand out in the Latest Men's Clothing Online in Australia 2017-06-22T12:25:02Z stand-out-in-the-latest-men-s-clothing-online-in-australia Coco and Max have done it again, this time dropping their Autumn/ Winter Future Wild 17. Be prepared for the unique clash of Coco's vibrant coloured women's wear, in contrast to Max's mens wear of quirky cuts on hues of grey, black and white.   Blossoming since their Geo Pop collection in 2014, which concentrated on geometric patterns and cuts, dragonfly ponchos and humorous Max menswear prints - evolving to  Wild Things 16, they are now experimenting with a futuristic fusion of animal prints on bold and dynamic cuts. The brand is best known for it's innovative approach to pattern cutting and quirky in-house graphic prints. Coco's bold womenswear always plays with pop colour, in dynamic contrast to Max's menswear in monochromatic hues. If you haven't heard of Coco and Max then you've not been circling in the underground alternative Melbourne scene of hipsters standing out in unique style, all re-enforcing the importance of originality and self expression. The garments are designed to be worn anywhere by anyone, never following any trends, they don't like being pigeon holed as an individual genre, yet you'll definitely stand out no matter where you are wearing these threads! It's like casual street wear elevated to a new level. Inspired by, Where the wild things are, FUTURE WILD 17, is designed to rock your boat and take you to an imaginative world. You'll dive into a jungle of relaxed retro looks and either dazzle in wild vibrant colours, or hide in mens dragon scaled track pants and cyclo dripped tops. All garments are designed to give you functional comfort and are made out of top quality threads. Organic yardage printed cottons to breathe and high tech sport fabrics for any sort of action for todays confident, outward looking consumer. Not only is it made from top quality fabrics, but they also care about the carbon foot prints we leave on this planet, so everything is ethically manufactured in the heart of Melbourne, reinforcing the importance of slow fashion and the future of our planet. So if you want to stand out in unique style, then Coco & Max is definitely for you - and have just dropped Future Wild 17, some of the best men's clothing online in Australia. Check out the latest threads at: http://www.cocoandmax.com.au/shop/max/new/ Sam & Nic Chapman Win YouTubers of the Year 2017 2017-06-22T05:26:02Z sam-nic-chapman-win-youtubers-of-the-year-2017 Sam & Nic Chapman Win YouTubers of the Year at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards 2017 Media Release - June 2017 Sam and Nic Chapman – the makeup artist sisters, founders of the popular YouTube channel Pixiwoo and co-designers behind the Real Techniques beauty brand – were named YouTubers of the Year at the prestigious Glamour Women of the Year Awards this month. Hosted by Glamour Magazine each June in the U.K., the awards honour extraordinary and inspirational women from a variety of fields ranging from entertainment to education to sports and business. "It's a real honour to be recognised by Glamour alongside so many other inspiring women," said Sam Chapman. "YouTube has really come a long way since we started nine years ago, and we are just so excited to be able to use this platform along with Real Techniques to continue to engage with and inspire our tremendous community of beauty lovers." Makeup artists and YouTube sensations Sam(antha) and Nic(ola) Chapman grew up surrounded by makeup, including their aunt who was a top makeup artist for clients like Princess Diana and David Bowie. In 2008, to help a friend create a smoky eye effect, Sam uploaded a video to YouTube. From that, the Chapmans' instructional makeup videos were born, transforming the sisters into visionaries who pioneered a new platform of makeup artistry through YouTube. Today, the girls have more than 7 million followers across the globe. "We're pleased to continue to leverage Sam and Nic's passion and authenticity to be the 'wing women' of the beauty obsessed, and couldn't be happier that Sam and Nic were recognised with this honour," said Erica Galea, Marketing Manager of Chemcorp International, the distributors of Real Techniques in Australia. "We loved hosting the girls in September last year for their first Australian media tour, proving Sam & Nic have a loyal following here. Real Techniques has established credibility and a strong foundation among beauty lovers in Australia within only six short years." To celebrate the remarkable award win the RRPs of the popular Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection have been reduced, making the luxe collection much more accessible for Australian beauty lovers: GOLD – BASE • 100 Arched Powder RRP $29.50 • 101 Triangle Foundation RRP $27.50 • 102 Triangle Concealer RRP $24.50 SILVER – EYES • 200 Oval Shadow RRP $19.50 • 201 Pointed Crease RRP $19.50 • 202 Angled Liner RRP $19.50 • 203 Tapered Shadow RRP $19.50 ROSE GOLD – FINISH • 300 Tapered Blush RRP $29.50 • 301 Flat Contour RRP $29.50 The Real Techniques range is available now in Priceline stores nationally. To learn more about Sam & Nic's story, please see the attached press release or contact Rachel: 0423 833 814 or rachel@360pr.com.au Nominate a deserving AusMumpreneur and show your support for Australian mums in business 2017-06-22T02:00:12Z nominate-a-deserving-ausmumpreneur-and-show-your-support-for-australian-mums-in-business The AusMumpreneur Conference and AusMumpreneur Awards are all about supporting Australian mums in business. This event provides a unique opportunity for women from all over Australia to come together to gain new skills, promote their business, connect with fellow mums in business, learn from leading business experts and celebrate the success of the best and brightest in the industry. Proudly presented by AusMumpreneur and The Women’s Business School, the AusMumpreneur Awards recognise the best and brightest in the Australian mumpreneur industry. The categories that will be judged are: AusMumpreneur of the Year Rising Star AusMumpreneur of the Year Emerging AusMumpreneur of the Year Regional Business Award Product Innovation Award Digital Innovation Award Sustainability Award Business Excellence Award AusMumpreneur Network Excellence Award Women’s Business School Excellence Award Global Brand Award Big Idea Award Making A Difference Award Retail Business Award Service Business Award Handmade Business Award The People's Choice Awards: Influencer Award Customer Service Award Making a Difference Award (Business) Making a Difference Award (Non-profit) Business owners or those who wish to nominate a mumpreneur, can go to: https://www.ausmumpreneur.com/ausmumpreneur-awards/ Nominations close on Friday the 30th of June 2017. Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com 0481 369 484 The Australasian made and owned skincare revolution spearheaded by a Doctor 2017-06-22T01:59:14Z the-australasian-made-and-owned-skincare-revolution-spearheaded-by-a-doctor Dr Anita Hegde is no stranger to the skincare needs of the modern Australian woman. From her hands on experience as a cosmetic physician for the past 20 years, she has spent countless hours listening to and understanding the changing requirements of her clients. This prompted her to embark on a journey of research experimentation – and her Skin Smoothing moisturising cream was born. 2016 was a wild ride. This brilliant product was featured not once but twice, in gift bags for Oscar and Emmy Awards nominees staying at the Beverly Hills Four Seasons Hotel, Los Angeles. The recipient list was a raft of celebrities such as Morgan Freeman, Jessica Lange, Tina Fey, Kate Winslet, Jennifer Lawrence, Brad Pitt, Brie Larsen and the "Game of Thrones" cast to name a few. This multi-tasking moisturiser with potent, active, skin smoothing elements is made from natural or naturally derived ingredients. It contains retinol to boost collagen production and increase cell turnover, vitamins E and C, peptides to plump your skin, as well as organic camellia (tea) oil used in Asian cultures for centuries and passionfruit oil to enhance moisturising. Dr Anita Hegde says: "I tested and re-tested before I settled on the formulation that I was happy with, ensuring that it was easy and uncomplicated." Skin is sure to feel softer and look more lustrous in the first few weeks. After three to four months of regular use, lines soften and minimise. The cream is applied at night a few times a week and slowly built up to nightly use Further select products are on the horizon. Research and development is a measured and thoughtful process. "I find the creative process exhilarating and inspiring, I give the research and the deep thinking required, much time, energy and positivity. It's very much a calm, meditative space. My standards are high and I simply don't settle for less.I have a great team around me, for which I am very grateful!" It is currently available for purchase in select Australasian Cosmetic Physician, Plastic Surgeon, Dermatologist rooms and online. www.medicaskinproducts.com Featured: XTRA TV Los Angeles, CBS KCal, NBC Arizona "Top trending products for the Holidays and Beyond", Beauty Biz interview,  NZ Sun Herald, www.stuff.co.nz Time to get training for the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge 2017 2017-06-21T06:28:48Z time-to-get-training-for-the-lake-taupo-cycle-challenge-2017 There’s around 150 days left to get ready for New Zealand’s largest cycle event, the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge. VBike indoor cycling studio's head coach Jianni Koutsos says now is the time to start training, particularly for anyone entering the 160-kilometre category. “If you don’t have much riding experience, that’s a long way. Proper preparation is key to having fun and avoiding injuries," he says. But with winter bringing short, dark days, Koutsos admits finding time to train is hard. When it’s impossible to ride outdoors New Zealand’s first dedicated indoor cycling studio, VBike, provides a realistic and effective training option. Its high-tech approach delivers cyclists tailored workouts that drive fitness gains. Each class includes high and low intensity intervals to help riders get fit and avoid over or under training. Alongside regular classes, VBike has designed a Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge training programme that’s suitable for cyclists of all abilities.  The 12-week Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge training programme includes regular fitness assessments, weekly indoor training sessions and a pre-race virtual ride of the most difficult elements of the course.  To support cyclists riding Taupo, VBike’s also providing a regular series of cycling tips like maintaining form over winter with a long ride each month.  Find out more at VBike, New Zealand’s first indoor cycling studio for cyclists.     Winter Window Appeal - How to create an inviting home in the cooler months 2017-06-21T04:29:04Z winter-window-appeal-how-to-create-an-inviting-home-in-the-cooler-months As winter truly kicks in and the market cools, Cameron Nicholls from Nicholls & Co Estate Agents in Abbotsford shares his tips on how to make a home inviting and warm. “With clearance rates dropping and stock availability at an all time low. Many properties owners tend to fear a winter sale campaign. However, we believe it’s a great opportunity to present new listings in a competitive buyer market,” said Cameron. Cameron’s top five tips for enticing potential buyers in the winter market are all focused around the street front windows. His tips include: Bring the outside in: Place indoor plants near the window so when I buyer drives past or looks in the greenery is visible. Double glaze windows: This is a must for insulation and creating a cosy home even on the coldest winter day. Install curtains: Even if they are just for show, the long draping lines of curtains can create a sense of warmth. Invest in a lamp: This can either be a floor lamp or place on a table near the front windows. Make sure you use a soft glow light bulb though. Rugs and throws: Position a throw over the side corner of the lounge and place a rug under the coffee table to give that homely feel. About Nicholls & Co Nicholls & Co is a boutique modern agency focused on the person first and foremost and then the property. They do not work with clients, they work with people. Through personal attention and connecting with people on a deeper level they are able to comprehensively understand how best to deliver the results desired. www.nichollsandco.com.au Visa Complications Plague Young Kiwis Planning Their Big OE 2017-06-21T04:24:06Z visa-complications-plague-young-kiwis-planning-their-big-oe The tit for tat spat over visas between New Zealand and South Africa means that many young Kiwis are finding it almost impossible to navigate the new regulations for travellers according to Vicki Kenny, founder of International Working Holidays, the specialist overseas employment agency.   She says: `The requirement that travellers from New Zealand now have to get a visa to visit South Africa has affected our volunteers but worse is the haphazard way the new regulations are being applied.   `Three of our volunteers have been declined visas - and not been given a specific reason as to why. One reapplied and got the visa. The process is outsourced by the South African government to VFS Global, but it is very difficult to find anyone to talk to about any problems. Our volunteer may have applied for a volunteer visa or they processed it as one - or she wrote the wrong day as her passport expiry date. We don’t know. The fact is they just decline under Section 11 of the Immigration Act and don’t give any further detail. - you can’t talk to anyone about it - VFS manage the visa applications - and they don’t know.    `We just had two girls declined last week. One has managed to change her flights to August in the hope she will get the visa the second time around. Again we don’t know why she was declined. Because they need a stupid number of documents to apply there is such a lot of possibility for error in the system. Her friend was also declined (they were both due to fly early June). She has taken a semester off uni to volunteer in Africa and worked two jobs all summer to afford the flights and cost of the trip - over $6000 and she had to cancel and not transfer. So she has lost everything.  She phoned us in tears last week.’    The difficulties with South Africa are mirrored by problems in Britain for New Zealanders wishing to work there. The British Government, is having some serious issues processing visas at the moment too.   Vicki Kenny explains: `We had a participant apply in May (11th) for a 7 day priority visa processing (which they offer at a fee of £120 extra) and she didn’t get her visa for 4 weeks. This meant she missed her US Visa appointment for her J1 Camp America visa. Again we get no explanation of delay and it appears to be affecting all types of UK visas. It used to be simple to get a UK visa, but these days if you make just one mistake the application will get sent back and you will have to reapply and pay another application fee. Since they don’t tell you what you have got wrong you might end up doing it all again and still have the application rejected. It’s a big risk if your flights are already booked and you get it wrong. A lot of kids choose bargain flights, which don’t allow refunds or date changes.’   Luckily we have access to the British High Commission Liaison Officers so those that use our visa service for the UK get the follow up and calls (at £1.99 per minute) included in the service.     Further information: http://www.iwh.co.nz Vicki Kenny, IWH: 027 670 9968 Peter Boyes, BPR: 0275 540 500     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 App Annie releases report on Australian use of apps 2017-06-20T02:44:18Z app-annie-releases-report-on-australian-use-of-apps App Annie, the most trusted mobile app market data and insights company, released its Spotlight on Consumer App Usage Report across the APAC region, with data relating specifically to Australians and our use of apps. The report looks at statistics such as total number of apps in use, average number of apps on each phone, time spent in particular apps, and what we do with our digital time – for example entertainment, banking, productivity, gaming and social media.   On average, people use 30 apps per month. Australians come out ahead in this statistic, using 36 per month. We have an average of just under 100 apps on our phones, which comes out ahead of Americans and Europeans, who have around 90 each respectively.   Apps are very much a daily habit for Australians, who use on average more than 10 different apps throughout their daily routine.   Additionally, it is found that amongst Australians: ●        iPhone users prioritizes utilities apps (six), followed by social networking apps (five), and finally productivity and photo/video apps (four) per quarter. ●        Android users have more game apps on their phones than iPhone users (two), but also have fewer social media apps. ●        Tools (five), communications and productivity (four each) apps are top of the list for Android. ●        Australians find, and stay loyal to one app for music, navigation, finance and travel, which each record less than one app per user, per quarter.   The time we spend using our phone apps is increasing. Year-on-year, we have progressed from almost 100 minutes per day in Q1 of 2015, to over 110 minutes in Q1 of 2016, and are now over 130 minutes per day in Q1 of 2017. This places us in roughly the same position as the US, but a long way behind our neighbours in Indonesia (over 220 minutes per day in Q1 of 2017).   As for time spent in individual apps, Australian Android users spend an average of 20 minutes per day in their favourite app, out of an average total time of around 110 minutes. That equates to just under 19 percent of time spent in the one place.   Where we fall significantly behind some of our APAC neighbours however, is the realm of mobile gaming. Whereas Australians spend an average of 30 minutes a day playing mobile games, Singaporeans are playing for an average of over 80 minutes, which is similar to South Korea and Japan. The US, France, Germany and Brazil play for slightly more than 30 minutes per day, whereas the UK, Mexico and India play for slightly less time.   To find out more, read the full report here. Brisbane Marriage Celebrant Celebrates 100th Wedding Ceremony 2017-06-20T02:29:39Z brisbane-marriage-celebrant-celebrates-100th-wedding-ceremony A Brisbane marriage celebrant and “mumpreneur” known for her unforgettable performances and non-traditional charm is about to reach the milestone of officiating 100 weddings. Alana Salm, who marries couples across Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Harvey Bay, Gladstone, even the Blue Mountains NSW, offers meaningful, personalised weddings to couples looking for a ceremony that is anything but traditional.   The busy mother and entrepreneur is also the founder of the website Whiz Bang Weddings Club, a one-stop resource that lists honest and modern wedding celebrants in one place, allowing couples to select a celebrant that matches their personal style. Alana Salm said she is most passionate about designing her ceremonies to suit the couple that she is marrying. “My wedding ceremonies are so personalised I often have guests approach me after the ceremony and ask me if I am a friend of the newlyweds,” Salm said. “People tell me I have a flair for storytelling, a wicked sense of humour and the energy of a children’s entertainer – and I don’t do boring or normal. “The weddings I craft are super happy and fun occasions, I make everyone involved feel relaxed and included, setting a vibe that is totally stress free,” she said. Salm became a wedding celebrant after an 18-year career as a hairdresser well known for doing bridal work. Her entertaining qualities and charisma preceded her, and soon she decided to shift gears into another area of the wedding industry: performing weddings. Next week Salm will be hosting her own web series with a wedding industy panel in collaboration with Picturehouse Collective. ENDS   An Interview and photo opportunity with Alana Salm is available upon request.  About Alana Salm: Alana Salm is a marriage celebrant and professional party starter. She regularly contributes to publications such as Groom and Guy magazine and produces photo and film shoots that creatively promotes the wedding industry. Alana lives on the north side of Brisbane with her husband and two children.