The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-03-14T00:08:26Z Dublin the Fun this St Patrick’s Day 2017-03-14T00:08:26Z dublin-the-fun-this-st-patrick-s-day From Dublin and New York to Auckland and Sydney, cities across the world will turn green as they celebrate St Patrick’s Day – and it’s not too late to join the festivities.  To help travellers connect with their ‘inner Irish’ come 17 March, Cheapflights.com.au has researched some of the best St Patrick’s Day parties.  It doesn’t take the luck of the Irish to find affordable last-minute flights either, with loads of deals still on offer so all you need to do is pack your bags.  1. Dublin, Ireland – As the capital and largest city in Ireland, Dublin is the must-visit destination for an authentic celebration. An official public holiday, over a hundred thousand people will take to the streets for a four-day extravaganza including the city’s famous street parade.   Flights to Dublin from $1,329 with British Airways 2. Toyko, Japan – Irish connections in Japan may be unexpected, but the capital is now celebrating the 25th year of hosting the largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Asia – expect everything from vibrant costumed revellers and Irish dancers to green Samurai Warriors. The hidden pot of gold in this city is the ‘I Love Ireland’ Festival, providing Irish folk music and serving fish and chips and green beer in Yoyogi Park. Flights to Tokyo from $790 with Philippine Airlines  1. Buenos Aires, Argentina – Like other celebrations, the focal point of festivities in Buenos Aires is the parade through the Plaza San Martin. Visitors to the city will also find a large area of the Retiro district buzzing with a giant green street party, with music, dancing and plenty o’craic for the more than 50,000 party-goers.  Flights to Buenos Aires from $2,234 with Qatar Airways 2. Montréal, Canada – The Irish in Montréal have celebrated St Patrick’s Day for nearly 260 years and have held a parade as the centerpiece of the “Irish Season” festivities for 194 consecutive years. This year is bound to be the bigger than ever as the city celebrates its 375th anniversary. Flights to Montréal from $1,385 with Delta Air Lines  3. Chicago, USA – This city certainly knows how to celebrate the Patron Saint in true Irish style. The Windy City will turn Gaelic green this month, with the annual and iconic dying of the Chicago River complemented by an evening light show where local landmarks are lit up in green – there’s no shortage of ways to celebrate!  Flights to Chicago from $1,365 with China Eastern Airlines and United Airlines  4. London, UK – Thousands of people will line the streets from Piccadilly to Trafalgar Square to celebrate and cheer on the floats for London’s St Paddy’s Day celebrations. If you’d prefer to avoid the crowds, there’s also plenty of events across the city from a film festival to walking tours.  Flights to London from $1,221 with Vietnam Airlines  5. Auckland, New Zealand – This St. Patrick’s Day Festival first started with a group of passionate Irishmen in 1995, and has grown from its humble beginnings to a week-long extravaganza with a family-friendly Fair Day, sports matches, music and dancing.  Flights from $441 with China Airlines  6. Sydney, Australia – The Irish were amongst some of the first Europeans to settle Down Under, and now we come together each year to celebrate their culture. This year’s festivities will be held on Sunday 19 March, where live music, marching bands, food stalls and local craft sellers will cater for a fun family day out.  Flights from $100 with Tigerair For more information or to search for your next holiday, visit Cheapflights.com.au.  CHEAPFLIGHTS – www.cheapflights.com.au Founded in 1996, Cheapflights is a leading global flight comparison and deals publishing platform dedicated to taking the complexity out of finding the best value flights through the application of innovative, intuitive technologies: Smart search. Made simple. It is now a market leader in the UK, US, Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand generating over AU $4 billion (£2 billion) in global downstream revenue for its partners as it expands in to numerous other territories. Over 120 million users visit its websites and apps each year, receiving more than two billion search results a month from across 900,000 routes. The 10 million strong opt-in subscribers to the Cheapflights newsletter received over 1.25 billion targeted emails during 2015, offering the best deals from over 120 travel businesses – for whom it has driven more than AU $80 million (£40 million) in revenue this year. Together, the Cheapflights platforms generate enough bookings for its partners to fill a Boeing 747 every five minutes.  In 2011, Cheapflights became part of the privately‐owned online travel search and inspiration network, Momondo Group.  Follow us on Twitter: @Cheapflights  Join us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/cheapflights Aussie app DoTalk breaks down language barriers instantly: First FREE messaging app provides real-time and accurate translation of up to 90 languages 2017-02-09T22:25:43Z aussie-app-dotalk-breaks-down-language-barriers-instantly-first-free-messaging-app-provides-real-time-and-accurate-translation-of-up-to-90-languages Aussie app DoTalk breaks down language barriers instantly  First FREE messaging app provides real-time and accurate translation of up to 90 languages  Sydney, Australia – February 10, 2017 – DoTalk, the first free, instant, voice- activated translation chat app has officially launched today. Invented locally in Cairns, Australia, DoTalk breaks down all barriers to communication, with the ability to rapidly translate chats in words and voice, in up to 90 different languages. Created with accessibility in mind, DoTalk is available across all iOS and Android Smartphones and any Internet connected devices.   DoTalk’s proprietary technology enables users to simultaneously engage in cross-language communications easily and more accurately than any other messaging app available, with six different translation APIs and speech recognition tools combining to provide the most accurate translations possible.   Users have the option to message either via text or a ‘hold & talk’ microphone, and can also conduct group chat with up to 10 people in multiple languages in real time. The interface is intuitive, with inviting contacts and adding language and accent being a simple process.   “Our goal with DoTalk was to create a free, fun and easy-to-use app which provides an open forum for people to easily connect and communicate, regardless of language barriers or location and without delay,” says Aussie founder, Reno Nicastro.   “With applications across everyday life, from business to travel, dating and everything in between, now nothing will be lost in translation. We live in a truly global economy so DoTalk has benefits for absolutely everyone.”   “Whether you are travelling, booking a cab or hotel overseas, want to communicate with international relatives, someone exotic you’ve met online, as the modern-day pen pal, or you just want to learn another language – DoTalk is the tool to connect you to people regardless of where they are or what language they speak.”   The language industry is big business, with the worldwide language services market growing at an annual rate of 5.52% according to The Common Sense Advisory, 2016 Report. The size of the overall global language industry in 2016 was estimated at $40 Billion (USD), with estimates of up to $45 Billion by 2020.    Already trialled extensively in beta testing, DoTalk has registered users from a wide range of countries and languages, with English, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, French and Indonesian proving the most commonly used in the app.   Nicastro and his team are focused on continuous development within the app, and will utilise user feedback to add more features and functionality over time that will further enable broader industry applications including regional/global conference calls, customer service, education, media and customer engagement.   “As the market continues on a growth trajectory, we believe we have assembled an exceptional team and that we have the best messaging app platform in the market. We are currently working on DoTalk Premium applications that will run with the current DoTalk Realtime Translation Technology Engine, and "DoTalk Team" for Business. DoTalk Premium will break down language barriers by providing real-time communications tools to get the job done.”   “As a nation of travellers and world-beaters in business, it is only appropriate then that this app was conceived in Australia, and believe DoTalk will only further facilitate our ability to take on the world!”, Nicastro added.  Features DoTalk provides a fully integrated chat app service that includes the following features:   Real time translation of 90 different languages through the app or Internet enabled device Instant voice translation for 50+ languages Voice to text dictation Group chat including simultaneous translation in conference Private messaging Send and receive files Search and add friends 256 Bit encryption/MP4 file storage Instant sync across devices  Images and availability Please download images from the following link: DoTalk images. DoTalk can be accessed via web at DoTalk or downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.   For more information and interview opportunities, please contact:   Rebecca Blasina                                                     David Wolf Closer Communications                                          Closer Communicationsrebecca@closer.com.au                                         david@closer.com.au 0420 805 567                                                          0411 111 787  About DoTalk One world. One Language. Chat to anyone, anytime, anywhere, in 90 languages. DoTalk changes communication around the globe by removing the language barrier and allowing you to chat and translate your messages in real-time. DoTalk can also be used as an ordinary chat between friends in the same language. Ancient Norwegian and Irish Mythology in a Contemporary World 2017-01-10T00:00:13Z ancient-norwegian-and-irish-mythology-in-a-contemporary-world Author Kathryn Berryman found herself returning to one particular book. Drawn by its primal beauty, the illuminated work was fascinating, worthy of admiration and respect. The book was the Book of Kells and Kathryn had no idea that this experience would eventually lead her to write the fantasy novel, Erinland. Ready for a new direction in life, Kathryn left work and began the inspiring and challenging experience of parenthood. Amidst busy family life and studying to become a teacher Erinland receded into the mist, waiting in the wings and biding its time. Once her children had finished school and began their adult lives she delved back into the world of Erinland. Kathryn worked hard nurturing her ‘first child’ to maturity, twenty-four years after its conception. Kathryn merged the history and mythology of ancient Norway and Ireland with the contemporary world, threading them into a rich tapestry of believable characters. Her mother’s Irish heritage, and the remembered stories from her childhood prompted the visit to Ireland where her own quest to bring Erinland to life began. Searching for acceptance and self-belief, the central characters of Erinland find themselves on a voyage of personal development. In keeping with this theme, Kathryn is donating 10% of every copy sold to support Father Chris Riley’s ‘Youth Off the Streets.’ The book launch for Erinland will be held at Mahratta in New South Wales on the 29th of January 2017. Kathryn will be promoting Erinland at various bookshops and libraries by engaging with readers through speaking events and book signings etc. ISBN: 9781925530001  Price $25 Format: Paperback Dimensions: 135mm x 215mm Contact author: kathberr@bigpond.net.au Contact publisher: publishing@inhouseprint.com.au Website: kathrynberryman.com www.inhousebookstore.com.au Sami Yusuf, Britain’s biggest singer in the Middle East, announces first New Zealand concert 2016-05-19T00:30:28Z sami-yusuf-britain-s-biggest-singer-in-the-middle-east-announces-first-new-zealand-concert This July, experience Sami Yusuf’s unique voice firsthand when the UK’s biggest star in the Middle East takes the stage in Auckland.   Immerse yourself in the world of “Spiritique” as the founder of the genre, Sami Yusuf, graces Auckland’s Town Hall with peace and harmony on Sunday 10 July 2016. With tickets starting from only NZ$65, this is the best opportunity for New Zealand fans to personally experience Yusuf’s inspiring music.   The Guardian recognised Yusuf as Britain’s biggest star in the Middle East who has sold 34 million albums to date and is distinguished worldwide for the celebrated concerts of harmony he performs. His Auckland show will be no different.   In the current global atmosphere of conflict and turmoil, Yusuf's message of peace and harmony is timely and much needed.   Appointed by the United Nations as both the World’s Global Ambassador Against Hunger and the promoter of World peace and harmony, Yusuf is by no means your typical British celebrity. The brilliant singer is also well renowned for his astounding talent as a composer, producer and instrumentalist. The transcendent message of traditional music speaks for the core of Yusuf’s passions. He strongly believes that the world’s traditions are expressions of the same ultimate truth. Music for him is an expression of divine love and the love of all the great traditions. Speaking of his very first Australian and New Zealand tour, the London based singer cannot conceal his excitement. “I do know that both Australia and New Zealand are unbelievably beautiful, and the people are accepting, kind and hospitable. Also, the aboriginal culture has always been an object of fascination for me. I’m keen and eager to learn more about the two countries,” said Sami Yusuf.   One of Yusuf’s largest live concerts was in Istanbul where he performed to over 250,000 people and also composed and arranged music for the film “1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Havthan”.   Auckland fans will see Yusuf perform at Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall on July 10 at 8pm. Ticket prices start from only NZ$65.     SAMI YUSUF is appearing at:-  Auckland, Sunday 10th July 2016 at the Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall Tickets available through Ticketmaster: http://bit.ly/1ThvWco     MEDIA CONTACT Holysmoke! Agency Laura Heslop, Yvonne Kong or Amanda Fry E: laura@holysmokeagency.com; yvonne@holysmoke.com or amanda@holysmokeagency.com P: +61 407 078 407 Multi-arts Women’s Day event first for Gold Coast 2016-02-25T20:38:59Z multi-arts-women-s-day-event-first-for-gold-coast A LARGE group of inspiring south-east Queensland artists and musicians will come together to celebrate the inaugural ‘Advanced Women = Advanced Society’ International Women’s Day (IWD) event in Isle of Capri on March 13. The free event from 11am to 4pm will combine a Womanhood art exhibition by 14 visual artists, gypsy dancing, live music, speakers, market and food stalls and a ‘She Says…’ calendar in the first event of its kind on the Gold Coast. Sponsored by the Queensland Government, as part of the inaugural Queensland Women’s Week from March 7 to 13, it is the start of what is planned to be an annual event. It is the brain-child of Nasrin Vaziri, co-ordinator of the multi-arts group GC MAGIC, which has delivered 10 major projects on the Gold Coast since it started in 2000. Among them was the book, CD and video project Lullabies in 2012, which was translated into 24 languages; Undulating – a book about migrant seniors on the Gold Coast, in 2008 and the Children of War book in 2013, about people who had survived war in their childhood. The ‘She Says…’ calendar will feature 12 successful local women including visual artist Sara Irannejad, fashion designer Kimya Mianji, First Nations artist Glennys Briggs, author Diane Demetre, wildlife fashion designer Ro London, violinist Rojan Ashtari, sociologist and community worker Nasrin Vaziri, photojournalist/ Animal Action events founder Aldwyn Altuney, community worker Momo Hirano, empowering women’s coach Michelle Patterson, Two’s Company founder Tracey Korman  and jewellery designer Maria Byrne. The artists in the Womanhood exhibition include Sue Pearson, Tarlan Ghasemi, Helen Holms, Linda Murray, Hengameh Shamlou, Louisa Liussi and Atousa Salehi. Live performances will be happening throughout the event, including Middle Eastern and Spanish inspired dance and music, flamenco, country music and Bollywood dance and story telling. Mrs Vaziri said IWD was a time when people globally celebrated the strength of women and borders were broken down among nations. “It is a day when we all come together to celebrate women – their strength, courage, power and leadership,” Mrs Vaziri said. “What we have on the Gold Coast is a sample of who we are and how strong we are as women and what we have contributed to society, families, business and the community.” IWD is celebrated globally on March 8 however events and activities will be held across Queensland for a whole week to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women in the past, present and future. The theme for Queensland Women’s Week is: “Good for her. Great for us. When women achieve, Queensland succeeds.” It celebrates women’s achievements and acknowledges that supporting and enabling women to take advantage of opportunities to succeed is good for everyone in Queensland. The ‘Advanced Women = Advanced Society’ IWD event will be held at One Arts, corner of Via Roma and Verona Avenue, Isle of Capri on March 13 from 11am to 4pm. Entry is free. For more details, call Nasrin on 0434 932 537 or visit www.gcmagic.org.au