The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-01-17T03:44:55Z Impression DJs and Orso celebrate prestigious ABIA 2016 wins 2017-01-17T03:44:55Z impression-djs-and-orso-celebrate-prestigious-abia-2016-wins Sydney, Australia, 17th January 2017, The Australian Bridal Industry Academy hosted the 20th New South Wales Annual Bridal Industry Awards at the exquisite Dockside Cockle Bay on the 6th of December. The awards determine the best wedding crews in New South Wales. A total of 37 categories were acknowledged for the contribution, which they make to the wedding industry. A grand total of 6,416 New South Wales couples selected 423 nominees, 290 finalists and 37 winners. Representing location venues, camera people, beauty stylists, fashion designers, musicians and entertainers, transport, jewellery, set designers and stylists, food and catering, hire and special services for what was a spectacular showcase of New South Wales’ Best V.O.W.S. (Vendors Of Wedding Services). Impressions DJs won the Disc Jockey award at the prestigious event. They ranked in 99.91% out of all the finalists. Impression DJs also placed as a finalist in the Master of Ceremonies category. Impression DJs has won prominent awards in the Disc Jockey category a total of nine times! Trent Cooper, Director, Impression DJs states: “We are thrilled to be recognised for our “best in the industry” services by ABIA. We are grateful to our past brides and grooms who helped us to win this prestigious award. We strive to offer the very best service and to be awarded a 99.91% satisfaction rating is a true reflection of the dedication of all of our staff and DJs.” Orso Bayside Reception won the award for best reception venue with ranking of 99.72%. They also acquired the award for best function coordinator at a ranking of 99.76%. Orso has been involved with ABIA for 3 years. Orso has previously won Best Venue in NSW. Amy Stagnitta, Sales Manager, Orso, says: “We are so humbled to have won these very prestigious awards. We are grateful to be nominated by our past brides and grooms. We are so blessed to have the dedicated staff we do who have been with us since the beginning.” “Julie and I are privileged to be in this business, we aim to make our weddings extremely personalised and unique and strive for perfection each time.” Both businesses are proudly local Northern Beaches and Mosman businesses. The Chairman of ABIA, Mr John O’ Meara congratulated Impression DJs and Orso as winners of the Australian Bridal Industry Academy Award. Mr O’ Meara went onto say that it was businesses like Impression DJs and Orso which enhanced and enriched the industry, through their tireless pursuit of excellence in Designing the Dream for each and every one of their unique wedding couples. On behalf of all the New South Wales couples who tied the knot over 2015/2016, we say thank you Impression DJs and Orso for the passion, pride and professionalism which you bring to the wedding industry and the assistance, advice and support which you bestow upon the future brides and grooms of New South Wales. -ENDS- If you would like to request photos or interviews, please contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com About Impression DJs: Winner of the ABIA (Australian Bridal Industry Academy) award for a total of 9 years. Impression DJs is the only DJ Company in NSW inducted into the ABIA Hall of Fame. Awarded numerous Wedding Certificates as the best supplier at their wedding by brides in NSW .Rated as the preferred company by many premium function venues. - Highly experienced professionals providing a personal service at your wedding and behind the scenes. Our DJ's have a minimum of 5 years’ experience in the wedding industry, many having upwards of 10 years providing entertainment at weddings. Our DJs dress in accordance with the dress code on the invitations. http://www.impressiondjs.com.au/ About Orso: Orso is superbly positioned on Sydney’s Middle Harbour adjacent to the Spit Bridge in Mosman. It is modern elegantly appointed and has a spectacular marine panorama of Middle Harbour scenery, sailing boats, pleasure craft and cruisers. Orso boasts an abundance of natural light through clear floor-to-ceiling glass expanses and can cater for functions of up to 250 guests. Orso is an absolute waterfront, it has its own beach, jetty and deck, and a resident family of photogenic pelicans can be seen paddling outside at most times.In keeping with its origins as a boatshed, guests can arrive by boat and tie up at Orso’s private jetty, or utilize ample car parking on either side of Spit Road. Our rectangle tables allows a flexible number of guests per table who can enjoy intimate conversation whilst not missing out on our spectacular water view overlooking middle harbour. http://www.orso.com.au/ utine is just about one of the most important things you do as a parent of a young baby. CoziGo helps you achieve this allowing you to maintain your lifestyle and still get out and about with your baby on board. This cosy sleep cover is universal to all prams and strollers and fits on airline bassinets too. CoziGo can be used every day from birth to toddlerhood. We’ve got your baby covered for flying, airport Keeping your baby in their sleep routine is just about one of the most important things you do as a parent of a young baby. CoziGo helps you achieve this allowing you to maintain your lifestyle and still get out and about with your baby on board. This cosy sleep cover is universal to all prams and strollers and fits on airline bassinets too. 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It’s packed with features – 100% breathable and air permeable, UVP 50+, extremely lightweight and compact and blocks 97% of light! A sleeping baby is a happy baby and a happy baby is a happy parent – so trust in CoziGo… Sleep on The Go! Mumsomnia: New Facebook group for Mums that encourages face to face connections 2017-01-10T03:31:26Z mumsomnia-new-facebook-group-for-mums-that-encourages-face-to-face-connections Emma Lovell is a Sydney Mum of two. The public know her from Shark Tank where she won over one of the sharks with her innovative sleep, sun and travel product CoziGo (formerly known as Fly Babee). She has also won various awards such as the AusMumpreneur Emerging Business for 2016 and the Optus My Business Award for Wholesaler of 2016. Emma set up Mumsomnia to provide a judgement free zone for Mums. This social media group encourages mothers to meet up face to face. Emma Lovell states: "For me, being a new mum was the most vulnerable I’ve ever been and I think there are so many women out there that need support outside of their immediate family and friends. I set up Mumsomnia to provide a judgement free space for women to connect and make a plan to meet up face to face. Social Media is making us all anti-social and we all spend far too much time attached to our phones." We’re hoping 2017 will see Mumsomnia connect more mums face to face and forge some lifelong memories and friendships. All we ask, is if you have nothing nice to say when in this space, don’t say anything at all! Emma adds: "You don’t have to be a “billy no mates” to come and join Mumsomnia, you may feel disconnected from your current friends at this new stage of your life, have moved to a new area or just fancy meeting a fresh face and make a new connection. Once there, in order to make it happen, you must make the effort to give a shout out to other members and make time for a coffee date with the kids or throw caution to the wind and make a plan to have a kid free dinner with a cocktail or two!!" *** Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com Group Homes Australia and Heathley celebrate business growth by donating to Orange Sky Laundry 2017-01-05T01:01:16Z group-homes-australia-and-heathley-celebrate-business-growth-by-donating-to-orange-sky-laundry Sydney, Australia, 5th January 2017, Group Homes Australia, who offers a unique model of dementia care in a luxurious, friendly and safe, home environment, celebrates a successful 2016 by giving back to the community. Group Homes Australia and Heathley have donated to the innovative charity, Orange Sky Laundry. Group Homes Australia and Heathley recently entered into a property partnership. The partnership, which is designed to drive future growth, has Heathley agreeing to fund the purchase and development of Group Homes Australia (GHA) residences through its existing Heathley Aged Care Property Fund No.1 (Fund). GHA and Heathley have chosen to support Orange Sky Laundry because they are keen to support a charity that works with the homeless. The teams at GHA and Heathley love the Orange Sky Laundry concept. Jonathan Gavshon, General Manager at GHA says: “At GHA we are able to offer people living with dementia a beautiful home environment, with round the clock, best in class care. As the business grows and more people are able to benefit from living in a Group Home Australia environment, we wanted to acknowledge people living without a home. We are enormously impressed by the innovation, vision and revolutionary care that Orange Sky Laundry offers and are delighted to be able to demonstrate our support with a monetary donation to ensure they can continue the amazing work that they are doing.” Lucas Patchett, Co-founder of Orange Sky Laundry says: “Orange Sky Laundry believes in treating others how they want to be treated and providing a platform for positive and non-judgmental conversations. Donations such as this allow us to continue operating our 12 vans around Australia, run by more than 700 amazing volunteers who facilitate over 7.2 tonnes of free laundry and 1,200 hours of conversations.” Group Homes Australia and Heathley are passionate about the community and giving back to those who require support. In 2017, Group Homes Australia will run a series of local community events to allow locals to see the homes and engage with the residents and staff at Group Homes Australia. -ENDS- About Group Homes Australia: Group Homes Australia offers a unique model of care in a luxurious, friendly and safe, home environment. Our mission is to ensure that people living with dementia also live with dignity. We have homes located across Sydney, including in Waverley, Rose Bay, Vaucluse, St Ives and Warriewood, and were recently independently benchmarked by Alzheimer's Australia as best in class in every area of dementia care against over 80 competitors. Our model is the first of its kind in Australia and focuses on creating a non-institutional way of living that emphasises a resident’s abilities rather than their disabilities. Our homes are traditional houses in traditional streets and are an integral part of the community, with a maximum of 10 residents living together in private rooms. Each home has trained staff on site 24/7 and approximately 1 member of staff for every 3 residents. Our caring team members are homemakers, and they support and assist residents with their daily needs and activities. They encourage residents to be engaged in shopping, cooking, gardening… The full range of daily tasks that bring a sense of purpose in a home. We have no call bells or nursing trolleys, no rigid routines around waking, personal care or singalongs. We actively welcome friends and family to come and visit and stay for a cup of tea and sample our latest freshly baked treats. www.grouphomes.com.au or 1300 015 406 About Heathley Limited: Since incorporation in 1977, Heathley has had a proud history of finding, structuring and managing property investment portfolios for wealthy individuals, families, and institutions. The principal operations of Heathley is property funds management - having successfully established 40 property funds throughout its 40-year history. The Board and Management of Heathley Limited have a diverse mix of experience and skills and currently manage nine property funds with total funds under management of approximately $550 million. Website: www.heathley.com.au The Women’s Business School is offering $180,000 in scholarships for women starting a business 2017-01-04T23:12:36Z the-women-s-business-school-is-offering-180-000-in-scholarships-for-women-starting-a-business Melbourne, Australia, 5th January 2016, The Women’s Business School is offering $180,000 in full and matched funding scholarships to deserving women starting a business this year. The Women’s Business School is offering 2 Full Scholarships and 5 Matched Scholarships for each city (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Newcastle, Cairns, Townsville and Perth). The total of $180 000 in scholarships is being broken down into 16 Full Scholarships valued at $5000 each and 40 matched funding scholarships of $2500 each. The Women’s Business School IGNITE program is a 6-month online course designed to give new and aspiring business owners the business acumen, financial literacy, strategies and support they need to create a successful and profitable business. The Women’s Business School co-founder Peace Mitchell states, “We are committed to inspiring women to reach their full potential by connecting them with the support they need and the education and skills required to build and grow a successful business.” “This is the program we wish existed when we were starting out. It contains everything new business owners need to succeed including, a one day workshop in each capital city nationally, monthly group calls, weekly video masterclasses, inspirational interviews, local meetups and an online mastermind group. The teachers and mentors are all accomplished businesswomen from a range of industries.” Two of the most challenging things in life are having a baby and starting a business. Australian women in their thousands are doing just that. Women are starting new businesses at around three times the rate of men. The Women's Business School Scholarship Program provides real support for women in business. This program provides opportunities for women around Australia to be able to develop their business skills, connect with fellow business owners and gain advice and inspiration from business experts.The program contains everything new business owners need to succeed with a one-day workshop in Cairns, Townsville, Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, monthly group calls, video masterclasses, inspirational interviews and an online mastermind group. The Women’s Business School is now accepting applications for scholarships and enrolment. The 2017 intake commences in February. For more information go to http://www.thewomensbusinessschool.com/ignite ### Media Contact: Peace Mitchell Director The Women’s Business School hello@thewomensbusinessschool.com 0431 615 107 About The Women’s Business School: The Women's Business School is a world first Global Business School designed especially for women. The teachers and mentors are successful business women and entrepreneurs, sharing their knowledge and advice. The Women’s Business School IGNITE program is a one-day masterclass followed by a 6-month online course designed to give new and aspiring business owners the business acumen, financial literacy, strategies and support they need to create a successful and profitable business. The worst re-gifted gifts that Australians have ever received... 2016-12-28T08:24:38Z the-worst-re-gifted-gifts-that-australians-have-ever-received Sydney, Australia, 28th December 2016, GroupTogether, an easy, user-friendly tool that organises group gift collections, conducted research to discover what Australians have actually received as re-gifted gifts. The results are hilarious and remind one to be mindful when re-gifting and gifting… The 10 worst re-gifted gifts: A scratch pack for my birthday that had been scratched and re-gifted. Needless to say none of us were winners. An engraved salad bowl engraved with the event it was won at ten years before! Cracked Dinnerware complete with a $5 reduction sticker A scarf that I had given someone for their birthday a month prior to mine! A book which had a Happy Birthday note for Sally. I am not Sally. Make-up with finger marks through it… Freebies from a hotel. Not even a real re-gift. A gift card that had already been spent. It had a big fat zero balance. A box of Xmas chocolates that wished the person who gave it to me a Merry Xmas Bath and body products with the internal seals removed! Ali Linz, Co-founder, GroupTogether says: “It's about Mindful Consumption; grouping together for one gift that'll be valued. Less waste from unwanted gifts, packaging, petrol and time. It's better all round.” Julie Tylman, Co-founder, GroupTogether, adds: “We think of GroupTogether as a type of mindful giving. Not only are you giving one gift that is truly wanted, at the same time you are cutting out all the waste: wrapping paper, ribbons, cards, envelopes, plastic packaging, petrol used running around to the shops. So you give one great gift, make the planet happy and can even donate a bit to charity. A true win-win-win!” Tis' the season of re-gifting so make sure that you know the rules. The 9 cardinal rules of re-gifting: Make sure you do not give the gift to the person who bought it for you! Make sure that you do not give it to the original givers friends or family. Remove the gift tag, price and any left-over bits of old wrapping paper or tape Never re-gift something that is bespoke, handmade or homemade Only re-gift brand new gifts that have not been opened Make sure to re-wrap in new wrapping paper or a new gift bag Donate to charity Check for any forms of personalisation e.g. message in a book Next time you have to organise a gift for a friend, family member or colleague, pool together and get one great group gift or voucher that you know that they will really want! Ali Linz concludes: “I really feel for the January babies, they struggle. They're so ready to go out: party, drink and feast on cake but literally all their family and friends are partied out, losing weight or saving money. Now we can't help with the hangovers and diets but we can help make it a birthday to remember. No need to give the sad, re-gifted Chrissie present, instead friends can keep their new year's resolution and stay on budget by pooling their money together and giving one great gift (detox, spa weekend anyone, anyone?).” GroupTogether is an easy online tool that organises group gift collections. Friends, colleagues or family members group together to purchase one larger, more thoughtful gift or for a gift voucher so that the receiver can pick a gift of their choice. The user-friendly platform does the inviting, reminding, collecting, tracking and then sends the money and group card to the organiser. It makes it easy to pool funds to give one gift that’s really wanted without the waste. Friends can also add a photo and message to the group card. For those who want to “give back”, there’s the option to donate a portion of the gift pool to your favourite charity. www.grouptogether.com Group Homes Australia is so confident in their unique model of care that they are offering a free trial to live in one of their homes. 2016-12-28T02:14:42Z group-homes-australia-is-so-confident-in-their-unique-model-of-care-that-they-are-offering-a-free-trial-to-live-in-one-of-their-homes Sydney, Australia, 28th of December 2016, Group Homes Australia offers respite, dementia and high care in a sophisticated and luxurious environment, supported by a team of fully qualified homemakers who are there 24/7. Each home is designed to accommodate the needs of people living with dementia but looks, feels and smells like a home. Each group home houses 6 to 10 residents in beautifully appointed, private bedrooms. There are numerous living and dining areas for residents and their visiting families to enjoy. Each home boasts gorgeous garden and outdoor leisure settings. The homemakers focus on residents’ abilities and interests. The residents are encouraged to participate in weekly outings and the activities that they enjoy such as baking, gardening and laundry. Alzheimer’s Australia ranked GHA significantly above 80 aged care competitors. Tamar Krebs, CEO and Founder, Group Homes Australia, states: "We are so confident in our unique model of care that we would like to invite you to trial living in one of our group homes completely free of charge*. Please get in touch mentioning this offer. Places are extremely limited. We look forward to welcoming you to one of our homes so that you can experience the GHA difference for yourself." For more info about the free trial go to: http://grouphomes.com.au/freetrial/ To learn more and to arrange a visit contact call 1300 015 406. *** About Group Homes Australia: Group Homes Australia offers a unique model of care in a luxurious, friendly and safe, home environment. Our mission is to ensure that people living with dementia also live with dignity. We have homes located across Sydney, including in Waverley, Rose Bay, Vaucluse, St Ives and Warriewood, and were recently independently benchmarked by Alzheimer's Australia as best in class in every area of dementia care against over 80 competitors. Our model is the first of its kind in Australia and focuses on creating a non-institutional way of living that emphasises a resident’s abilities rather than their disabilities. Our homes are traditional houses in traditional streets and are an integral part of the community, with a maximum of 10 residents living together in private rooms. Each home has trained staff on site 24/7 and approximately 1 member of staff for every 3 residents. Our caring team members are homemakers, and they support and assist residents with their daily needs and activities. They encourage residents to be engaged in shopping, cooking, gardening… The full range of daily tasks that bring a sense of purpose in a home. We have no call bells or nursing trolleys, no rigid routines around waking, personal care or singalongs. We actively welcome friends and family to come and visit and stay for a cup of tea and sample our latest freshly baked treats. www.grouphomes.com.au or 1300 015 406 5 Christmas Tips for those with older parents or parents who have dementia 2016-12-22T06:37:08Z 5-christmas-tips-for-those-with-older-parents-or-parents-who-have-dementia Tamar Krebs, CEO and Founder of Group Homes Australia has some great advice for making the most of this festive season. 1.Don't try and replicate Christmas of the past - be prepared to approach it differently. Bring food in, or offer to do the cooking. Instead of eating in, head to the beach and use the public BBQ. 2.Try and focus on creating new memories and living in the moment, rather than focussing on how things “used to be”. Celebrate what your parents can do, rather than what they can no longer do. 3. Do not waste time and energy worrying about whether Mum or Dad will be around for next Christmas, but instead enjoy the fact that they are around for this Christmas. Be sure to tell them how much you love them and how happy you are to be spending this Christmas with them. 4. Christmas is a popular time for reminiscing. Looking at old photo albums or mementos is a very powerful tool to help remind that person of who they are, what they were capable of, and what makes them unique, rather than just being a person who is living with a diagnosis of dementia. 5. Not everyone who is living with dementia has family around to help care for them. Suicide rates peak at this time of year as it can be an incredibly lonely and isolating experience if you are not surrounded by friends and family. If you know someone who is living with dementia who will be alone this Christmas, please reach out to them and include them in your celebrations. Tips for driving, flying and camping holidays with kids! 2016-12-21T01:25:47Z tips-for-driving-flying-and-camping-holidays-with-kids Paediatric Sleep Consultant, Cheryl Fingleson offers tips on driving with little or bigger kids. 1. Leave at night or very early in the morning It’s a good idea is to leave at night when children have all been fed and it is bedtime so they can have a good long sleep, as the motion of the car will also help them sleep. If you prefer to drive when it is lighter then leaving in the early, give bub a feed and get the older children in the car so you can get a good start while they are tired and still need to sleep. 2. Pack Refreshments Drinks and snack foods are a must for the car age appropriate. 3. Stop for breaks If you have tired, grumpy or bored children in the car it is no fun. Remember children are hard wired for movement. Stop for breaks so the babies can crawl, walk and the older kids can run around for a while, then back into the car. Put the nursery rhymes on, sing along. 4. Pack the technology Ipads, mobiles and movies can be one of the most valuable things you pack and more importantly may keep you sane.. This may be the key to eliminating whinging and fighting children. 5. Routine. Routine. Routine. While travelling try keep to your babies and toddlers usual routine. 6. Clean as you drive Keep a roll of paper towels and a box of wipes in the front seat for easy cleanups. Keep a rubbish bag handy too. There are five things I tell people when they ask about taking kids camping or hiking or paddling: They get cold faster. They get hot faster. They get hungry faster. They get bored faster. They get tired quickly. Cheryl Fingleson, The Sleep Coach, says: "Babies and kids need to eat regularly and sleep on their schedule. I recommend you make sure kids nap and sleep at their usual time. Babies can nap in a front carrier, pram or backpack. Having their schedule and routine the same makes them feel secure. Take their own toys, games, books and anything you child loves to play with from home. Making them have their own belongings helps them adjust to the different surrounding. Consistency and routine will be the magic that make a great relaxing holiday." If you are travelling by plane, then pack these life saving products that were invented by Mums: Cozigo (formerlly Fly Babee) can be used as a sleep, sun and travel cover. It is air permeable, UPF 50+ and 100% breathable. It also blocks out 97% of the light allowing bubs and toddlers to sleep whilst travelling anywhere, anytime... www.cozigo.com Fly Tot Once your baby is too big for the air line bassinet, make sure that he or she is comfortable so they he or she can sleep in their seat. Fly Tot is an inflatable cushion for older babies, toddlers and kids to stretch out, relax and sleep. www.flytot.com.au Please contact candice@candicepr.com for more info. Wishing you all a beautiful, relaxing Festive Season! My Emergency Dr App launches just in time for Christmas 2016-12-18T06:25:23Z my-emergency-dr-app-launches-just-in-time-for-christmas Sydney, Australia, 18th December 2016, The future of healthcare has launched in the form of an app that puts you directly in touch with an emergency specialist doctor. Save time by avoiding the hospital trip and long wait. My Emergency Dr is a video-based smartphone app that puts you in touch with an Australian-trained and qualified Emergency Specialist Doctor when you need one. If you or a family member are sick, the team of Emergency Specialist Doctors at My Emergency Dr can remotely assess you, make a diagnosis, provide expert medical advice and in many cases arrange the treatment you need. Justin Bowra, CEO and Founder of ConnectedMed and an experienced senior emergency specialist physician states: “Our vision at My Emergency Dr is to give every Australian urgent video access via your smartphone to an Emergency Specialist, wherever they live and whenever they call. All of our doctors are qualified specialists in Emergency Medicine. Simply download the app and connect to an Emergency Specialist who will be able to assist you wherever you are.” Dr. Bowra adds: “Registered clients have 24 hour-a-day immediate phone and video access to a team of Emergency Specialists who can remotely assess, diagnose and arrange treatment. My Emergency Dr will email you a copy of the consultation record to take to your GP. If medications need to be organised, we can email you an electronic prescription. Similarly, we can also email you referrals for x-rays or blood tests.” Just download My Emergency Dr from the App Store or Google Play, open it and follow the instructions. A free trial of the service is available until 25th December 2016. Media Enquiries: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com -ENDS- About My Emergency Dr: My Emergency Dr is a video-based smartphone app that puts you in touch with an Australian-trained and qualified Emergency Specialist Doctor when you need one, at the touch of a button. We can be there at times when your GP can’t be, as our service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please note that this is not a replacement for the emergency 000 service. If you suffer a time-critical emergency such as chest pain or difficulty breathing, call 000 without delay. The key steps are: Download our app My Emergency Dr from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Open the app & register your name & mobile number. When an urgent health problem, illness or injury affects you, open the app and connect via built-in video to the emergency specialist doctor. The doctor will assess you and make a diagnosis, then arrange what is needed, e.g. prescription for medication, referral for an x-ray, or even urgent admission to hospital. The doctor will also email you a summary of the consultation for your GP. http://www.myemergencydr.com/ Email: admin@myemergencydr.com.au Short + Sweet: SNACKABLETV youth broadcast network for short-form content launches 2016-12-01T00:16:58Z short-sweet-snackabletv-youth-broadcast-network-for-short-form-content-launches Meet SNACKABLETV, a revolutionary digital youth network housing the best in bite-sized content. It’s an entirely new way for young people all over the world to access high quality short-form entertainment for FREE, without annoying advertisements or subscriptions. VIEW THE SIZZLE REEL Millennials are diverse, curious and engaged - so, SNACKABLETV is too. It does not discriminate against gender, sexuality, race, creed or socio-economic status, only against beige content. SNACKABLETV launches with solid collaborations and partnerships as official Youth & Content Broadcaster for Sydney Festival, co-produced podcasts with the team from Melbourne’s Sans Pants Radio and short films produced by future creative superstars from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS). Offering something for everyone, SNACKABLETV plays host to content across seven channels; Culture, Film, Gaming, Music, Podcast, Style, and a dedicated hub for today’s news, events, and the best of the net; What’s Hot. Original series’ will feature respected members of the creative community including; street artist Scott Marsh; music journalist Danny Clayton; celebrity fashion stylist Mikey Ayoubi; mindfulness coach Kylie Ryan; comedians Rhys Nicholson and Robbie Armfield; musicians Client Liaison, Sleep Makes Waves and The Jezabels; and so much more incredible talent in front of and behind the lens. In the face of a fracturing media landscape, SNACKABLETV also offers a solution for brands to target a millennial audience utilising quality native content by creating this ‘safe space’ free of subscriptions and free of pre-rolls and pop-up ads to give viewers a great experience which will keep them coming back for more. The network will lead the fight against ‘Digital Litter’, a result of too much access to poorly made content. Everything on SNACKABLETV is short, sharp, and captivating. It’s video that is never boring, always inspiring, with an added dose of learning for the socially aware, completely free of charge to the viewer. SNACKABLETV Co-founders Kate Edwards and Shae Constantine said today: “We are extremely proud to be launching Australia’s first short form broadcast network made especially for young people. “SNACKABLETV is purpose built as much for the consumer as it is for the creator – it’s a conduit between the two worlds. We identified a gap, in that there is so much good content out there and before now it hasn’t had a home or a chance to get to an audience who will appreciate it. “Our doors are wide open to young creatives and creators. We want to distribute the best short-form content the world has seen, and this is only possible with a truly robust digital platform to facilitate the relationship between creator and audience. That platform is SNACKABLETV.” Content is currently available online (mobile, tablet or desktop) via SNACKABLETV.tv The bar has been set high and SNACKABLETV is committed to pushing the boundaries in both the controversy and quality stakes. New content will be released on all channels across the network constantly. Stay tuned for updates on exciting co-productions and distribution partnerships. In the face of a fracturing media landscape, SNACKABLETV also offers a solution for brands to target a millennial audience utilising quality native content by creating this ‘safe space’ free of subscriptions and free of pre-rolls and pop-up ads to give viewers a great experience which will keep them coming back for more. Interview and content requests contact The Lantern Group: Louisa Read +61 412 955 101 louisa@lanterngroup.com.au Fiona Gulin +61 487 992 333 fiona@lanterngroup.com.au CONNECT WITH SNACKABLETV FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM #snackableTV MEDIA MATERIALS DROPBOX Introducing CoziGo - Sleep on the Go (formally Fly Babee) 2016-11-16T02:10:34Z introducing-cozigo-sleep-on-the-go-formally-fly-babee The Award Winning Fly Babee - Travel Made Easy was launched in Australia and was so successful that we're already going global. We've decided to time our international expansion with a name change. Fly Babee isn't just for flying - it's universal to every stroller. So we'd like to introduce you to CoziGo - Sleep on the Go! Emma Lovell, Creator and Director at Fly Babee states: "Fly Babee is going global and we have decided to time our expansion with a new name!" New features 2 way zippers for even more flexibility 2 hidden Velcro slits so that Cozi-Go will fit on even more airline bassinets www.cozigo.com www.flybabee.com Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Call for Papers DEADLINE 23rd October 2016 & ECI Excellence Awards 2016-10-10T00:49:46Z early-childhood-intervention-eci-call-for-papers-deadline-23rd-october-2016-eci-excellence-awards 27th NSW/ACT Conference - Call for Papers Call for Papers DEADLINE EXTENDED - 23rd October 2016 In order to build the best conference program, we are seeking papers for sessional workshops. ECIA NSW/ACT is inviting professionals to submit abstracts for presentations, workshops or panels that explore innovative practices, challenges, research and policy directions. Click here to view or download the 'Call for Papers' Flyer. Click here to view or download the Abstract Submission Template to aid with your submission.* *Note: The Abstract Submission Template may automatically begin downloading in your default browser. Check your browser or go to the Downloads folder on your computer to access this document. Read more... Excellence Awards The Excellence Awards aim to honour and recognise outstanding achievements in the ECI sector that have contributed to the improvement of the lives of children with disability and/or developmental delay and their families. The Excellence Award categories celebrate and acknowledges teams and organisations that demonstrate excellence, passion, vision and a commitment to assisting children with disability and/or developmental delay and their families to achieve their goals. The ‘Excellence Awards’ will be presented for outstanding achievements in the ECI Industry at the NSW/ACT Conference on 25th - 26th May 2017 at the Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach. Award Categories The following award categories will be open for nominations: Outstanding family-centred practice Champion of Inclusion Team around the child Innovative practice Applications and Nominations Applications will open on 14th November 2016. Nominations must be for a team or organisation in the early childhood intervention sector operating in NSW or ACT and includes; early childhood educators, special educators, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, audiologists, social workers and psychologist. Applicants can self-nominate their team or organisation or nominate another team or organisation. Nominations for individuals will not be accepted. ECIA Members and Non Members are eligable to apply.* *Note: ECIA Members can nominate at no cost. Non ECIA Members are required to pay an application fee of $99 (inc. GST). Theme: ECI: Beyond Possibilities - Investing in the Future Location: Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach Dates: Thursday 25th and Friday 26th May 2017 Early Childhood Intervention Australia NSW/ACT 2017 Conference has as its theme ‘ECI: Beyond Possibilities - Investing in the Future’. This provides an exciting opportunity for service providers and professionals interested in Early Childhood Intervention and Early Childhood, to come together with a focus on building the capacity of our sector and the community, understanding the NDIS and the impact on children with disability and/or developmental delay and their families. The conference will have a strong focus on the key issues affecting practice in early childhood intervention, now and into the future. State Conference Registrations NOW OPEN Register now to receive the Early Bird discount! Registrations for the NSW/ACT Conference ECI: Beyond Possibilities - Investing in the Future are now open. You can register to attend the two day conference on: Both days – Thursday 25 & Friday 26 May 2017 Day One Only – Thursday 25 May 2017 Day Two Only – Friday 26 May 2017 Two Days One Day Early Bird ECIA NSW/ACT Member Rate* $505 $305 Early Bird Non-Member Rate* $585 $345 ECIA NSW/ACT Member Rate $560 $360 Non-Member Rate $640 $400 *Early Bird rates will finish on 24th March 2017 If you have any queries about registering for the conference or need any further information, contact Libby Forsyth on (02) 9873 2593 or admin@ecia-nsw.org.au. Read more... Fly Babee has been shortlisted for 3 Optus My Business Awards 2016-10-07T00:33:55Z fly-babee-has-been-shortlisted-for-3-optus-my-business-awards 7th October 2016, Sydney, Australia, Emma Lovell, Director and Inventor of Fly Babee, has been shortlisted for the Optus My Business Awards. Emma Lovell, a local Curl Curl Sydney resident, is in the running to take out one of Australia’s top industry awards. Fly Babee has been shortlisted as a finalist to win 3 awards in the Start up Business of the Year, Innovator of the Year and Wholesale Business of the Year categories at the Optus My Business Awards 2016, hosted by My Business, Australia’s longest-running publication tailored to the small business community. Fly Babee is a world first sleep cover that fits onto in flight bassinets and onto any pram. Fly Babee is 100% breathable, blocks out 97% of the light and is UPF 50+. The Optus My Business Awards, which covers 24 categories, recognises individual and business excellence across the diverse range of industries and locations in which small businesses operate. Winners in the individual categories will automatically be shortlisted for the coveted My Business – Business of the Year Award. “This year we’ve received a huge interest in the Optus My Business Awards, with hundreds of submissions flowing in from across the country. Congratulations to all the businesses that have made it to the finalist stage – it’s an outstanding achievement,” says Phillip Tarrant, editor of My Business. “With so much innovation, hard work and service excellence on display, I don’t envy the judges their difficult job of determining the winners. I have no doubt the excitement will only continue to build as we count down to the big night.” Emma Lovell, Director and Inventor, at Fly Babee said she was humbled by the nomination. Emma says, "How humbling it is to be nominated in 3 categories in the Optus Business Awards. We’re beyond excited to be acknowledged in this way and can’t wait to celebrate with leaders in business on the Awards night." The winners will be announced at a five-star gala awards dinner on Friday, 18 November at Sydney’s Four Points by Sheraton. Media Contact: Candice Meisels Candice Meisels PR candice@candicepr.com Ready. Steady. Risk. 2 months to go! 2016-09-25T10:01:40Z ready-steady-risk-2-months-to-go Ready. Steady. Risk. 2 months to go! RMIA National Conference to deliver an impressive array of keynote speakers. 25th September 2016, Sydney, Australia, The Risk Management Institution of Australasia conference takes place on the 16th-18th of November 2016 at The Crowne Conference Centre in Melbourne. One of the keynote speakers, Chris MacKinnon, from Lloyd’s will examine Emerging Risk. MacKinnon states: “Lloyd’s defines an emerging risk as an issue that is perceived to be potentially significant but which may not be fully understood or allowed for in insurance terms and conditions, pricing, reserving or capital setting. It is important to understand that in some cases the threat itself is not emerging, but our vulnerability to the risk it poses is. Human Pandemic is a good example – The Spanish Flu pandemic in 1918 killed nearly 100m people. Modern medicine, response coordination and communications have significantly improved the risk, but global society, and international movement of people increases the threat for the fast spread of disease dramatically. Spanish Flu took three months to go global – Swine Flu took three weeks.” Keynote speaker, Kate Hughes, Chief Risk Officer at Telstra will review the differences between risk management between public and private sector organisations. Kate Hughes gives us a taste of what will be discussed by highlighting the following: “There are a few differences, some of it is driven by different stakeholders but there is also the issue of transparency and that can drive different approaches to risk appetite and risk management. Most privately held companies are not required to disclose their financial information and they don’t need shareholder approval for their strategy so can possibly choose to pursue more (or less) risk. This can mean that they can shift their focus more simply, potentially focusing more on long term growth rather than making sure shareholders are receiving their dividends. However private companies may struggle to attract directors with risk management experience as they often have smaller boards and the regulatory requirements around governance aren’t so obvious, so there may be a disconnect between management and board about how risk should be managed, and yet in some cases given the lack of capital markets support, it’s arguable that risk management practices should be stronger. You could argue that in publicly listed companies the board is required to very visibly manage risk and there is greater transparency about how they do that but these organisations tend to be larger with strong capital markets supporting them whereas in private companies the board is less visible and there are fewer requirements around risk management and disclosure of governance practices. Generally speaking, public corporations are more likely to be subject to regulatory scrutiny, particularly those with specific regulatory risk requirements relating to their operations. All of these things will influence the risk tolerance and appetite and ultimately the types of risk management strategies the company employs.” The RMIA conference will be a conduit for ideas, debate, networking and discussion which will become part of the matrix for a better business environment in the Asia Pacific and the international risk community. For more information and to book go to: http://rmiaconference.com.au Media Enquiries: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com Spring Clean your Garden 2016-09-21T23:06:59Z spring-clean-your-garden Spring is the best time to give your plants a head start for the new growing season. A little tender loving care and time invested now will maximise plant growth and make your garden more manageable during the Summer months. Lyndall Keating from Garden Society, Sydney, shares her tips: Feed your garden Plants do most of their growing in the months leading up to Summer. By boosting the soil's nutrient content, you can assist them throughout this period by giving them what they need to really thrive. The best way to give your garden a Spring boost is to: Add a soil fertiliser such as a 'dynamic lifter' or 'blood and bone'; Add a lawn fertiliser such as 'weed and feed'. Note: Take care to check the product is specific to suit the species of your lawn; Apply liquid fertiliser to plants in pots such as 'liquid seaweed'. Protect your soil The winter weather can often wash away the top layer of mulch from your soil, so this is the time to reapply it. Benefits of mulch are: It helps to retain moisture in the soil; It suppresses weeds for longer; It encourages micro activity which boosts nutrients. The type of mulch you need depends on the plants, but recycled wood chip (such as forest fines) will suit most gardens. September and October are the best months to boost your garden’s health and vitality. For photos, article requests or Q&A's about garden design, garden care, outdoor room design and plant choice, please contact Candice. Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com Garden Society: www.gardensociety.com.au