The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-06-22T05:26:02Z Sam & Nic Chapman Win YouTubers of the Year 2017 2017-06-22T05:26:02Z sam-nic-chapman-win-youtubers-of-the-year-2017 Sam & Nic Chapman Win YouTubers of the Year at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards 2017 Media Release - June 2017 Sam and Nic Chapman – the makeup artist sisters, founders of the popular YouTube channel Pixiwoo and co-designers behind the Real Techniques beauty brand – were named YouTubers of the Year at the prestigious Glamour Women of the Year Awards this month. Hosted by Glamour Magazine each June in the U.K., the awards honour extraordinary and inspirational women from a variety of fields ranging from entertainment to education to sports and business. "It's a real honour to be recognised by Glamour alongside so many other inspiring women," said Sam Chapman. "YouTube has really come a long way since we started nine years ago, and we are just so excited to be able to use this platform along with Real Techniques to continue to engage with and inspire our tremendous community of beauty lovers." Makeup artists and YouTube sensations Sam(antha) and Nic(ola) Chapman grew up surrounded by makeup, including their aunt who was a top makeup artist for clients like Princess Diana and David Bowie. In 2008, to help a friend create a smoky eye effect, Sam uploaded a video to YouTube. From that, the Chapmans' instructional makeup videos were born, transforming the sisters into visionaries who pioneered a new platform of makeup artistry through YouTube. Today, the girls have more than 7 million followers across the globe. "We're pleased to continue to leverage Sam and Nic's passion and authenticity to be the 'wing women' of the beauty obsessed, and couldn't be happier that Sam and Nic were recognised with this honour," said Erica Galea, Marketing Manager of Chemcorp International, the distributors of Real Techniques in Australia. "We loved hosting the girls in September last year for their first Australian media tour, proving Sam & Nic have a loyal following here. Real Techniques has established credibility and a strong foundation among beauty lovers in Australia within only six short years." To celebrate the remarkable award win the RRPs of the popular Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection have been reduced, making the luxe collection much more accessible for Australian beauty lovers: GOLD – BASE • 100 Arched Powder RRP $29.50 • 101 Triangle Foundation RRP $27.50 • 102 Triangle Concealer RRP $24.50 SILVER – EYES • 200 Oval Shadow RRP $19.50 • 201 Pointed Crease RRP $19.50 • 202 Angled Liner RRP $19.50 • 203 Tapered Shadow RRP $19.50 ROSE GOLD – FINISH • 300 Tapered Blush RRP $29.50 • 301 Flat Contour RRP $29.50 The Real Techniques range is available now in Priceline stores nationally. To learn more about Sam & Nic's story, please see the attached press release or contact Rachel: 0423 833 814 or rachel@360pr.com.au Nominate a deserving AusMumpreneur and show your support for Australian mums in business 2017-06-22T02:00:12Z nominate-a-deserving-ausmumpreneur-and-show-your-support-for-australian-mums-in-business The AusMumpreneur Conference and AusMumpreneur Awards are all about supporting Australian mums in business. This event provides a unique opportunity for women from all over Australia to come together to gain new skills, promote their business, connect with fellow mums in business, learn from leading business experts and celebrate the success of the best and brightest in the industry. Proudly presented by AusMumpreneur and The Women’s Business School, the AusMumpreneur Awards recognise the best and brightest in the Australian mumpreneur industry. The categories that will be judged are: AusMumpreneur of the Year Rising Star AusMumpreneur of the Year Emerging AusMumpreneur of the Year Regional Business Award Product Innovation Award Digital Innovation Award Sustainability Award Business Excellence Award AusMumpreneur Network Excellence Award Women’s Business School Excellence Award Global Brand Award Big Idea Award Making A Difference Award Retail Business Award Service Business Award Handmade Business Award The People's Choice Awards: Influencer Award Customer Service Award Making a Difference Award (Business) Making a Difference Award (Non-profit) Business owners or those who wish to nominate a mumpreneur, can go to: https://www.ausmumpreneur.com/ausmumpreneur-awards/ Nominations close on Friday the 30th of June 2017. Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com 0481 369 484 Winter Window Appeal - How to create an inviting home in the cooler months 2017-06-21T04:29:04Z winter-window-appeal-how-to-create-an-inviting-home-in-the-cooler-months As winter truly kicks in and the market cools, Cameron Nicholls from Nicholls & Co Estate Agents in Abbotsford shares his tips on how to make a home inviting and warm. “With clearance rates dropping and stock availability at an all time low. Many properties owners tend to fear a winter sale campaign. However, we believe it’s a great opportunity to present new listings in a competitive buyer market,” said Cameron. Cameron’s top five tips for enticing potential buyers in the winter market are all focused around the street front windows. His tips include: Bring the outside in: Place indoor plants near the window so when I buyer drives past or looks in the greenery is visible. Double glaze windows: This is a must for insulation and creating a cosy home even on the coldest winter day. Install curtains: Even if they are just for show, the long draping lines of curtains can create a sense of warmth. Invest in a lamp: This can either be a floor lamp or place on a table near the front windows. Make sure you use a soft glow light bulb though. Rugs and throws: Position a throw over the side corner of the lounge and place a rug under the coffee table to give that homely feel. About Nicholls & Co Nicholls & Co is a boutique modern agency focused on the person first and foremost and then the property. They do not work with clients, they work with people. Through personal attention and connecting with people on a deeper level they are able to comprehensively understand how best to deliver the results desired. www.nichollsandco.com.au Anthony Walsh joins Shark Shield as a Brand Ambassador 2017-06-20T23:14:54Z anthony-walsh-joins-shark-shield-as-a-brand-ambassador Anthony Walsh joins Shark Shield as a Brand Ambassador The world’s only scientifically proven and independently tested electrical shark deterrent Media Release - June 2017 Professional surfer, a regular at Pipeline, drone enthusiast and one of the world’s biggest GoPro surf video contributors, Anthony Walsh, has joined Shark Shield as their newest Brand Ambassador. Anthony is always on the hunt for some tube time and you’ll usually find him filming in a barrel in some exotic location somewhere on the planet, having Shark Shield on hand makes for a safer adventure. Anthony Walsh says, “I’m excited to represent the world’s only scientifically proven and independently tested electrical shark deterrent. I’ve tested out the devices for myself in Hawaii and yes without doubt Shark Shield does deter sharks without hindering surfing performance. Shark Shield launched their new Shark Shield FREEDOM+ Surf in 2016. The FREEDOM+ designed in partnership with two-time World Surfing Champion Tom Carroll and iconic surf hardware brand Ocean & Earth. Lindsay Lyon, Shark Shield’s Managing Director says, “We have created our products to enable ocean lovers to have the ability to enjoy their time in the water, personally protecting yourself from unwanted shark encounters is the only solution to enjoying the ocean without harming the environment. “We’re pleased to take on such a talented and professional surf legend as Anthony to be an ambassador of our proven technology. We look forward to sharing some of Anthony’s fantastic tube action and ocean footage ahead as he continues to travel around the globe with his Shark Shield. Stay tuned!” said Lyon. About the FREEDOM+ Surf The new FREEDOM+ Surf features a removable power module housed in a custom designed Ocean & Earth tail pad kicker, which can easily be transferred from board to board. All surfers need to do is install the new Ocean & Earth tail pad/decal antenna on each board in their quiver. The new tail pad houses the removable power module and includes a sticker-thin, adhesive decal that’s simply applied to the underside of the board. Light in weight, the solution offers nearly zero drag so there is little to no impact on surfing performance. The FREEDOM+ Surf is available now at an RRP of $599 and can be purchased from www.sharkshield.com. The Ocean & Earth tail pad/decal antenna is available for an RRP of $169. About Shark Shield Shark Shield is for professional adventurers. It is the worlds only scientifically proven and independently tested electrical shark deterrent. Sharks have small short-range electrical receptors in their snouts used for locating food. Shark Shield’s unique three-dimensional electrical waveform turns sharks away by causing unbearable spasms in these sensitive receptors. Used by professionals, such as navies around the world, Shark Shield is a safety device providing peace of mind, while supporting the conservation of sharks. If you’re serious about adventure, you wear a Shark Shield. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ For further information or to set up and interview with Lindsay Lyon or Anthony Walsh please contact: Rachel King @ 360 PR – 02 9571 4448 – 0423 833 814 – rachel@360pr.com.au The Ultimate NZ Experience for Wine Loving Women 2017-06-19T06:06:09Z the-ultimate-nz-experience-for-wine-loving-women Following the successful, sell-out Fabulous Ladies Tours to Champagne and Margaret River, The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society (FLWS) is thrilled to announce Australia’s first women's wine tour of New Zealand. The Fabulous Ladies Wine Tour of New Zealand departs 11 – 17 March 2018 and will visit the regions of Central Otago and Marlborough.   This small group tour is limited to just 12 guests who will experience a fabulous, VIP wine adventure not available to the general public. The 7-day wine extravaganza has been meticulously put together with every detail designed to exude fabulousness. And of course, given the FLWS' passion for promoting women in wine, there is a strong bent towards visiting and highlighting the women in the New Zealand wine industry who are doing remarkable things. From time spent with industry legends Misha Wilkinson of Misha’s Vineyard in Central Otago and Judy Finn of Neudorf Wines in Marlborough, to meeting the up-and-comers like Lucie Lawrence at Aurum Wines, guests will experience an incredible range of wines made by some of New Zealand’s most fabulous women. Home to some of the world’s best Pinot Noir, Central Otago is also renowned for incredible Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and some seriously amazing sparkling wines. All set amongst snow capped mountain peaks, deep river valleys and crystal clear glacial lakes. We’ll be exploring this picturesque region from that most adventurous and decadent of cities, Queenstown.  The world knows Marlborough for Sauvignon Blanc, but it’s not until you get here and discover the natural beauty of the landscape and the depth and diversity of it’s wines that you really understand just how special the wines from this region can be. Sav like you’ve never sipped it before (think wild ferments, cellar age, sub-regional styles and more) plus sparkling wines and Chardonnays to die for, along with distinctively delicious Shiraz and other distinctive reds to be sipped and savoured.   This fabulous wine tour will be hosted by two-time Digital Wine Communicator of the Year Award winner and FLWS founder, Jane Thomson. Jane will be opening doors (and wines!) to provide the inside secrets on some of New Zealand’s very best wine experiences. The group will be staying in extraordinary properties – including the St Moritz in Queenstown and the spectacularly located Raetihi Lodge in Marlborough – discovering incredible wines, meeting and spending time with world–class producers and eating and drinking the very best New Zealand has to offer. All in the fabulous company of other wine loving women. Bookings are now open and are available for twin-share or single. For full booking details visit www.FabulousLadiesWineSociety.com or Click Here.  **ENDS**   CLIA announces Masterclasses as part of Cruise360 2017-06-19T03:42:27Z clia-announces-masterclasses-as-part-of-cruise360 Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia to introduce masterclasses to its 2017 Cruise360 conference which will kick off on 25th August in Sydney.  The event will include a variety of masterclasses in addition to keynote addresses, networking opportunities and an interactive trade show. Joel Katz, MD CLIA Australasia, said: “Cruise360 focusses on giving travel agents practical advice and support to grow their cruise sales. The masterclasses, as well as the keynotes, will provide insights, tips and techniques for agents to enhance their cruise sales skills.” With full conference program expected to be released by the end of this month, the following speakers and classes are confirmed: Speakers ·         Jan Swartz, Group President Princess Cruises and Carnival Australia  ·         Larry Pimentel, President & CEO Azamara Club Cruises ·         Roberto Martinoli, CEO Silversea Cruises  ·         Chris Austin, Senior Vice President Global Sales and Marketing for Seabourn ·         Terry Thornton, Senior Vice President Commercial Port Operations and International for Carnival Cruise Line  Masterclasses  ·         River cruising: How to sell river cruise, match clients with the right product, and increase sales in this diverse and lucrative sector ·         Driving loyalty: Leverage your loyal clients and learn how to differentiate yourself / your agency ·         Selling up: Selling luxury and expedition ·         Plan a Cruise Month: Practical tips and tools to maximise sales during CLIA’s Plan a Cruise Month The event will also be combined with a ship inspection of P&O’s latest fleet addition the Pacific Explorer, on August 26th. Agents are advised that by attending Cruise360 they will accrue 30 points towards their accreditation.    Tickets are on sale now at www.cruising.org.au - CLIA Member Early bird rate $220 and CLIA Member Group of 10 Early bird rate $1,980.  Bleisure is the New Black 2017-06-15T01:01:50Z bleisure-is-the-new-black Bleisure, the practice of mixing business and leisure travel, is a popular global trend now taking off with savvy Aussie professionals. The prospect of a holiday just after you’ve attended a gruelling series of meetings, seeing a place you might not have had the opportunity to before, and gaining cultural insights to share in the workplace is a win-win.   Nathan Graham, Regional Sales Manager at Cheapflights ANZ, said: “Work trips are being extended to take advantage of paid return airfares to explore cities like New York, London and Hong Kong for longer. Done right, you’ll save precious travelling time as you’ll already be there once your holiday begins.” To help professionals who fly for work, the experts at Cheapflights.com.au have shared their guide to mixing business with pleasure.   1.       Plan ahead – See if your company has a policy regarding combining work with play. If you’re worried about blurring the lines, talk to your manager. Getting their approval may instill more confidence in your trip planning and avoid any last-minute requests to return to the office. 2.       Timing is everything – Tack on a weekend getaway with ease when booking your meetings on Mondays and Fridays. It gives you a reason to be at the destination and you’ll nab extra days without asking for time off. 3.       Pack Wisely – Avoid overpacking by wearing the same outfits twice if a casual dress code is appropriate, so you can swap between work and play. If you’ll be on the road for a while, bring clothes that are easy to wash and dry quickly to get multiple wears. 4.       Accommodation – Ask if the hotel offers discounts such as a group meeting rates or the third night free, giving you yet another reason to extend your stay. Also consider booking serviced apartments, which provide housekeeping and the comforts of home like access to a washer, dryer and kitchen.  5.       Alternatives if extra time is not possible – Spend a few hours before or after work commitments going to a concert or show, visiting a museum or taking a walking tour of the city. Skip fancy hotel meals and sample traditional cuisines at night markets or local hotspots. For more information or to search for your next bleisure trip, visit Cheapflights.com.au.  5 Reasons To Sell Your Home In Winter 2017-06-07T23:02:04Z 5-reasons-to-sell-your-home-in-winter While many vendors hold off selling their homes until the peak spring selling season, what many don’t know is that winter is actually a prime time to sell. With less competition from other vendors, you’ll be able to take advantage of the benefits and you could secure a real win! Justin Ferguson, Founder and Principal of Ferguson Property Agents, says, “Over the years, there has always been a big misconception that selling your property in winter is a bad decision, but this couldn’t be further from the truth! In my experience, there are actually so many benefits to selling now, rather than waiting until spring. It’s time vendors finally realise the true potential of winter sales.” Justin explains 5 key reasons why winter is a great season to sell your home: Attract Genuine Buyers: With low supply and therefore minimal competition, you will be able to attract real, genuine buyers. As there are fewer options for buyers out there, your property will appear more desirable. You’ll be able to capture the full attention of serious buyers who mean real business – cutting the nonsense and timewasters out of the equation for good! Psychology of Home: Buyers are attracted to a cosy, comforting haven, so take advantage of the chilly days and dress your home to show it off as warm and welcoming. This can be a very powerful time to sell and to sell quickly and everyone wants to feel comfortable, warm and safe in their own home; winter draws on these psychological underpinnings of the meaning of home. Sell For More: You can actually list your property at a slightly higher price point during winter. Reduced inventory, typically lower mortgage rates and being tired of the property hunt through the cold winter days acts as a strong motivator for winter buyers to take the leap and “impulse buy” if they have positive feelings about your property. Unveil True Potential: Buyers can see the true potential of your property, despite the gloom of winter! If they like your property when the weather is not so pleasant, they’re bound to fall in love when the sunshine and warmth returns. Get Ahead: Take a step ahead of the crowd by getting in early and placing your property on the market before spring selling season. This way, buyers will notice your home first and your property will stand out before the market becomes more crowded. There is no reason to change your plans and force yourself to wait! For more information about Ferguson Property Agents: www.fergusonproperty.com.au For further information or to speak with Justin Ferguson, please contact 360 PR: Rachel King – rachel@360pr.com.au – 02 9571 4448 – 0423 833 814 One step closer to marriage equality - The Evermore Pledge confirm first ‘Marriage’ 2017-06-01T02:37:10Z one-step-closer-to-marriage-equality-the-evermore-pledge-confirm-first-marriage The Australian Marriage Service officially introduces the 'Evermore Pledge', a groundbreaking social enterprise, providing an independent and legal alternative for same-sex couples who wish to wed. The first ‘Marriage’ conducted using the Evermore Pledge will be held in 1 July 2017 on the Gold Coast. Michelle Anderson, Founder and Celebrant from The Australian Marriage Service says, “We are thrilled to offer a legal alternative to traditional ‘marriage’. The Evermore Pledge consolidates an array of legal and financial components which, when affirmed at a ‘wedding’ ceremony, provides couples with a love contract that replicates traditional marriage as closely as possible. “Until marriage equality is embraced by the Australian Government, this is THE way for couples to gain equal rights,” said Michelle. The Evermore Pledge was established with three main objectives: To provide an interim solution for LGBTIQ couples that wish to marry but cannot, by giving them a legal, educated and ethical alternative. To expediate the government to amend the Marriage Act 1961, encompassing equal marriage for all; an overdue social change needed to grant basic human rights that are currently denied to a significant number of Australians. Profits generated by the Evermore Pledge will be donated to associated charities and organisations with aligned goals. The ‘Evermore Pledge’ blends romance with a legally binding contract that addresses the components that fall under the Australian Marriage Act 1961 such as wills, beneficiaries, power of attorney, next of kin, superannuation, finances, estate planning etc. Michelle, a leading Queensland civil marriage celebrant, is already an innovator in the industry, with her no-frills express wedding business, run like the registry office, but at a beach side location. The Evermore Pledge initiative, however, stands aside from her core business as a social enterprise with profits going to associated charities. Alee Fogarty and Carly Naughton are set to be the first couple to be ‘Married’ under the Evermore Pledge on 1 July 2017. Alee says, “We are beyond excited and already know of many couples like us who have registered their interest to finally be able to demonstrate our love for each other as a couple in a legally binding way!” About The Evermore Pledge: The M2.1 Independent Legal Evermore Pledge has been formed with the cooperation of Melbourne-based law firm Nevile and Co., and will become available Australia wide as celebrants from around the country become familiar with the concept and incorporate it into their existing commitment ceremonies. For futher information go to: www.newwaytowed.com.au Turn your home into a winter haven! 2017-05-31T22:51:11Z turn-your-home-into-a-winter-haven With the colder, shorter and darker days under way, making sure your home is well prepped can truly make or break your winter happiness. Whether you like it or not, winter is here to stay for the next few months, so it’s important to make some little changes to your home now and create your own cosy haven before hibernating for winter. Justine Wilson, Director and Principal Stylist at Vault Interiors shares her top winter styling tips, “Since we tend to spend a lot more time curled up indoors than any other season, your home needs to feel extra inviting and comforting. Making a few changes around the home can also help with your energy bill, so try bringing in large rugs, runner rugs for cold floor hallways, introduce thick curtains and bring out the winter doonas to feel warmer without turning up the air con. 1. Bring the outside in Fight off the housebound feeling by bringing in fresh flowers, succulents or floor standing plants that will breathe life into your home, can assist in filtrating the air, and they look amazing! By bringing the outdoors in, you are also less likely to open windows so less likely to feel the cold chill. 2. Layer to create a cocoon-like space Winter is all about comfort, so choose a variety of different textures and fabrics to trap heat inside. Heavy thick curtains will also help contain warmth. Layering throws, blankets and cushions on your bed and sofa will instantly warm up your rooms and help you get cosy. For a plush looking sofa, mix fabrics such as wool, faux fur and velvet for a really glam winter look. Ensure you have enough storage solutions (such as baskets) to store extra throws and blankets, it’s good to have them at the ready in your bedroom or living room and they can still present well if placed in the right basket. 3. Add warmth to your interiors Adding warm coloured tones to your décor is a great way to bring warmth to your interior. Select rich tones, which are also on trend and lux, such as copper, burnt orange and mustard, and maroon. These deep tones are great for winter styling and in contract to summer months; these changes alone can completely freshen up your interiors! This is also a good time to introduce the depth of colour to feature walls to make your home feel more intimate and dramatic. Having a visually warm palette will enrich all the senses. 4. Accessorising with colour pops If you prefer not to paint or wallpaper something permanent, you can introduce colour through accessories, blinds, cushions and rugs. Metallic pops like gold, copper and brass will also add a hint of drama and a feeling of richness. Think about accessories, vessels, candles or small occasional furniture like side tables. 5. Brighten up your mood with lighting and beautiful scents Soft lighting will help to make your home feel brighter in the cooler months and in turn, lift your mood too! Table lamps and floor lamps are essential as the light is murkier and darker in winter, so you will need the warm glow of a statement table lamp. Candles are also essential to resist the urge to turn on every light in the house. Candles also assist in masking damp or unpleasant smells that come with having a house shut up tight during the gloomy weather. 6. Rearrange your layout for a fresh mind Orient items in a way that maximises the heat from fireplaces or heaters. As you won’t be opening doors or windows as much, you can place sofas, armchairs or consoles in front of these otherwise dead spaces. This may double your feeling of space as you wouldn’t normally opt for blocking access, but in winter is not such an issue. It will allow you to get creative and refresh your living and bedroom spaces. A fresh mind and a happier, warmer home! For more information, please visit: www.vaultinteriors.com.au Beyond Bali: Five Rising Gems to Experience in Southeast Asia 2017-05-31T00:54:09Z beyond-bali-five-rising-gems-to-experience-in-southeast-asia Bali is the ultimate paradise spot with its beautiful beaches, luxurious villas and awesome nightlife, but as a melting pot of diverse cultures, where the historic mashes up with the modern, Southeast Asia has a lot to offer beyond this popular destination.   Nathan Graham, Regional Sales Manager at Cheapflights ANZ, said: “Attracting more than 15 per cent of searches to Asia Pacific each year, Bali is like a second home for many Aussies. Data from the latest Cheapflights Compass report shows however, that there are plenty of other affordable destinations worth a visit. For example, return airfares to Kuala Lumpur, the Philippines and Vietnam are all are within $100 of those to Denpasar.”   To help locals looking for their next getaway, the experts at Cheapflights.com.au have found these top five Southeast Asian alternatives to Bali. 1.       Lombok – Many have started to refer to Lombok as ‘the new Bali’, and deservedly so. The West Nusa Tenggara island shares many similarities, such as breathtaking beaches, wide-ranging accommodation (including the very cool Jeeva Beloam Beach Camp or La Cocoteraie Eco Lodge), pulsating nightlife and great surf spots like Kuta. But this up-and-coming neighbour is comparably less populated than Bali – great for those looking to escape the tourist circuit. Flights to Lombok from $341   2.       Kuala Lumpur – With its year-round tropical climate, buzzing food scene and rich history, Kuala Lumpur is where Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures come together. Get a bird’s eye view of the modern metropolis from the 41st storey SkyBridge at Petronas Twin Towers, discover the streets of Little India or indulge your tastebuds at one of many hawker stalls at Jalan Alor. Be sure to visit the famed Royal Selangor to get your own hand crafted pewter souvenir.Flights to Kila from $262   3.       Phuket – Beyond the idyllic beaches, don’t miss the unique sites of the 30 metre Buddha sitting atop the Nakkerd Hills or the Wat Chalong temple with its glittering pagodas. You can also hop aboard a boat for a day trip to the famous Phi Phi Island or get off the beaten track and explore Phuket’s emerging dining scene. No matter what time of year you visit you’ll be blessed with warm weather, but travelling off peak (May-October) will mean you have extra spending money! Flights to Phuket from $266   4.       Hanoi – Once occupied by both the French and Chinese, the influences of the past are still very visible in the capital city of Vietnam. Start with a strong Vietnamese coffee to prepare for a full day of sightseeing. Navigate through Dong Xuan Market where you’ll find souvenirs, traditional handicrafts and clothing, then don’t forget to stop by the Temple of Literature which was dedicated to Confucius. A trip to Hanoi also wouldn’t be complete without visiting Halong Bay – a World Heritage site, it is a mesmerising experience of Mother Nature at her best. Flights to Hanoi from $309   5.       Cebu – Tucked away in the Philippines, Cebu has something to offer every type of traveller – from diving to new depths and exploring the wonders below Bantayan and Malapascua islands, to a day trip by to Bohol to explore mahogany forests, rice terraces, ancient churches and a walk across the bamboo Hanging Bridge. End your day feasting on the vast array of cuisines on offer – the hot ‘n’ spicy calamares at STK TA BAY! Sa Paolito's Seafood House is a must! Flights to Cebu from $381   For more information or to search for your next holiday, visit Cheapflights.com.au.   ENDS Wavelength International listed in the Best SMEs to Work Asia 2017 2017-05-30T05:21:58Z wavelength-international-listed-in-the-best-smes-to-work-asia-2017 Wavelength International has made the prestigious Best Places to Work Asia 2017, one of only 3 Australian businesses to make the top 10 of the small and medium workplaces list. The Best Places to Work Australia Study is one of the world’s most comprehensive independent studies of workplace culture by global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work – More than 1,400 companies participated in national list studies in the 9 Asia-region countries where Great Place to Work® is represented. Wavelength shot into the top 10 this year, placing 9th in the top 25 Best Places to Work (20-500) employees. It is an impressive achievement, especially in an industry renowned for its high pressure work environments and high staff turnover. “It just goes to show you can be a successful high performance business by embracing a generous and supportive culture,” says Chris Riley, Wavelength’s CEO. “Just by walking through the door, you immediately sense Wavelength is a happy, motivated and engaged place to work. In my experience in this industry our workplace culture is quite unique: everyone cares passionately about the business and working collaboratively as a team." With over 75 employees, Wavelength is Australia’s largest and most successful medical recruitment agency. The company offers a range of employee benefits including: Flexible and family friendly working hours, Free breakfast Fitness classes A creative, casual and fun working environment i Monetary incentives linked with productivity and performance against key goals. Additional information Specific highlights that have made Wavelength a great place to work include: · A generous remuneration and commission scheme renowned for being extremely market competitive. Wavelength is also committed to making salary packages consistent and fair across the organisation. Employees in all roles are recognised and rewarded for outstanding performance. Individual goals created for all employees quarterly which are part of their performance criteria. Managers regularly meet with team members to provide feedback and coach them to be even better in their role. An internal mentoring program which enable employees to discover and develop their talents. · A real commitment to work life balance with a broad range of flexible full-time, part-time and job share work patterns in place. Employees can work flexibly between 7am and 7pm and have the opportunity to work from home one day a week. Wavelength also offers an additional five days of annual leave once an employee has completed four years’ continuous employment. A generous paid parental leave program and flexibility when it comes to extended leave for weddings and overseas trips. · Inspiring values of excellence, ingenuity, integrity and heart incorporated into all business processes, policies and communications. · A bright, fresh, modern and open workspace to encourage a positive working environment and work life balance. There are showers, great training facilities and plenty of room for regular health and fitness sessions. Breakfast, drinks and healthy snacks are all provided daily for all employees. · A love for celebrations – birthdays, anniversaries, individual and company achievements. · An internal social networking platform to foster a modern culture of openness and transparency. · Quarterly employee briefings to share information, business goals, successes, challenges and new initiatives. A commitment to the health sector both in Australia and overseas. Wavelength actively donates and fundraises for the Fred Hollows Foundation and Médecins Sans Frontières. The company also sponsors indigenous medical students and encourages employees to participate in other charitable events throughout the year. ### About Wavelength International Wavelength International
is Australia’s largest medical recruitment company, offering local and international candidate resourcing, medical registration and immigration services for medical professionals and healthcare employers. Based in Sydney, we work with over 300 hospitals, clinics and general practices across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. About Great Place to Work Inc Great Place to Work Inc, is a global research and consulting firm specialising in workplace excellence and development of high-trust and high-engagement workplace cultures. Our proprietary research tool, the Trust Index Employee Engagement Survey, is taken annually by over 10 million employees worldwide. Leading companies worldwide use our model to increase the levels of trust across their organisations and drive business results. For further information, please contact: Deanna Daly Marketing Executive, Wavelength International Tel: 02 8353 9032 Email: ddaly@wave.com.au www.wave.com.au www.wavies.com.au Escape to Bali Escape Haven This Winter 2017-05-30T01:09:22Z escape-to-bali-escape-haven-this-winter Rather than settle down and see out the winter, how about thinking of a surfing holiday in Bali? Escape Haven have a fantastic Revive Surf Package which is perfect for women who are feeling a little tired or rundown, and need something to look forward to during the winter months. If you like the sound of a relaxing, tropical retreat holiday, Escape Haven have a week long package for women which has been created with your health and wellbeing in mind, as a women’s retreat. There’s plenty to do at Escape Haven’s health retreats in Bali, where you can take in the sights of Canggu or Seminyak, and spend the days learning to surf, in yoga or spa sessions or just lazing by the poolside. Bliss! You will leave their Bali yoga retreat feeling relaxed, energised and focused on your body’s health and wellbeing. Escape Haven’s Revive Surf Package includes five surf sessions with their expert surfing instructors (with the option of Stand Up Paddleboarding), yoga and massages, daily spa treatments, delicious spa cuisine, and adventures and relaxation experiences around Bali. All of this to be enjoyed in their luxury accommodation. Revive is Escape Haven’s wonderful surf package, and rather than take you to the same spot daily they have a roaming surf school that take you to the best spots to progress your surfing from beginner to riding those waves! A week is all it takes to learn to surf with them and they will provide you with photos to prove it! They have a coaching to student ratio of 1:3 and their head coach Luca is the most experienced guide on the island and works exclusively with Escape Haven. They have coined the experience ‘luxury surfing’ as they provide cool towels and fresh coconuts amongst other treats as you leave the water. The weather is balmy and the water is warm like a bath, the wind is typically offshore, which is the perfect conditions for your surf holiday. Choose from a range of inspirational wellness and detox packages covering, surf , yoga or fitness retreat programmes. The choice is yours, and their expert team will personalise and guide you through your chosen experience. As the Escape Haven team say, “Luxury cannot exist without a dedicated team and exceptional service. At Escape Haven, staff are like a family, ready to do everything possible to make your stay at our Bali Retreats exceptional. We do this by anticipating your needs, understanding what you desire and going over and beyond to make it happen.” Enjoy a full week of indulgent luxury with Escape Haven’s Revive Surf Package, by going to http://www.escapehaven.com .   Living vs Fake Greenwalls 2017-05-29T18:45:00Z living-vs-fake-greenwalls There is no doubt that the popularity of greenwalls has significantly grown over the past few years. However, Mark Paul, horticulturist and Australian greenwall pioneer warns the hidden dangers of going fake versus living.   Mark Paul, founder of The Greenwall Company says, “Although the aesthetic of a fake greenwall can be appealing and the faux plant choice has expanded over the years, there are a number of things to consider.   “Aside from the lack of health benefits, they are a fire hazard due to the chemicals they are treated with and the dust they collect. The same dust can cause an increase in allergies, especially when placed in closed office spaces. After a number of media reported “greenwall fires”, all in fake greenwalls, many commercial property managers have banned them and had existing ones removed,” said Mark.   The benefits of a living greenwall include: Improved air quality in urban environments – Living walls will actually filter out harmful pollutants [VOCs] and dust rather than attracting them. Aesthetically appealing – Greenwalls can be designed as a standout feature or blend into the natural environment. Lower power bills – Living greenwalls help to regulate the temperature of the building they are installed on. Sound insulation – Living greenwalls can absorb up to 10 decibels of sound, which is why they are a great option for office environments. Lower maintenance – Living greenwalls are fitted with an automated irrigation system enabling them to essentially look after themselves. About The Greenwall Company: The Greenwall Company are the pioneers of greenwalls and green roofs in Australia. Founded by Mark Paul, a horticulturist, designer and advocate for greening cities, The Greenwall Company use award winning design techniques across both residential and commercial projects, bringing greenwalls to a new level of integration within the urban environment. Their vision is to reclaim the urban environment, wrapping facades of buildings with epiphytic and lithophytic plants creating living, breathing architectural function.  www.greenwall.com.au   Mathletics gets even better! 2017-05-29T01:44:39Z mathletics-gets-even-better 3P Learning, Australia’s global leader in education technology and creator of Mathletics, has today announced the launch of new Mathletics. According to the 2016 NAPLAN results, 75% of Australian primary schools that ranked in the top 40 schools* for numeracy use Mathletics as part of their maths programme. This maths resource has recently undergone a massive transformation and now features a new and improved user experience for teachers, who can access additional support to ensure the best possible outcomes for their students. Recent studies have revealed startling results. Only one-third of teachers claimed they feel prepared and equipped with the knowledge and tools to teach numeracy1, while 40 to 50 percent of graduate teachers are leaving the job within the first five years due to reasons of excessive workload, anxiety and lack of adequate support and guidance3. New Mathletics has arrived at the perfect time to provide extra support to every teacher and equip them with the tools needed to not only aid the learning experience for students but deliver improved results in every classroom. Rebekah O’Flaherty, CEO & Executive Director at 3P Learning says, “We are proud to be a part of the evolution of education, while providing schools and teachers with a solution that addresses rigorous curriculum demands and meets the needs of all learners. With this in mind, we’re proud to bring you a new and improved Mathletics experience, redesigned to be as user- friendly, supportive and targeted as possible. “3P Learning has spoken to teachers, parents and students to find out how best to continue providing all the tools learners need to be successful, both in the classroom and beyond. In-depth research helps us make sure we keep the learning curve as simple and easy to manage as possible, while still delivering seriously powerful learning management tools,” adds Rebekah. Key features of New Mathletics include: Flash to HTML – Mathletics has been converted from Flash to an all-new HTML experience, so Mathletics is now more accessible and compatible with a wide range of devices including iPads. Intuitive Interfaces – Redesigned from the ground up to be as user friendly as possible, addressing the balance between teacher-led instruction and independent, student-driven learning. Modern & Fresh Layout – Vibrant and easier to navigate with more graphic feedback on results and reporting. Integrating Technology – With new accessibility options, Single Sign On integration, mobile and tablet ready, integrating Mathletics into the classroom is now easier than ever. Big changes to the Mathletics Teacher Console, including: Natural Design Flow – Mimics how teachers use Mathletics, whilst placing curriculum activities at the core. Teachers can create personalised learning pathways for students by tailoring content through courses, assigning activities and viewing results and reporting at the touch of a button. Time Saving – All of that extra time and energy spent planning, marking and managing data takes time away from your students. New Mathletics has put teachers at the heart of it all, saving teachers valuable time. Simple Navigation – The new left-hand navigation is designed to guide teachers and make frequent tasks easy to find. Plan With Ease – Plan ahead by scheduling activities to start at a future date. All activities are automatically marked so students will receive immediate feedback whilst you can view their results in real time. New Results Tools – Not a digital mark book, this active diagnostic tool gives a snapshot of each and every student’s understanding and skills so you can see who needs more help to master activities. New Powerful Reporting Toolkit – Immediately gives you the evidence so you can report within your school or district, or sit down one-to-one with students and parents to look at improvements and support needed. To celebrate the launch of New Mathletics, schools across Australia are invited to experience Mathletics for free during Open Month (16 May – 16 June) and represent their school in a free and fun Australia-wide maths competition. It includes access to the Mathletics platform used by over 5 million students and prizes to be awarded to the top performing schools! For more information, please click here.