The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2014-09-01T05:06:06Z Goodstart top of the class for childcare centre satisfaction 2014-09-01T05:06:06Z goodstart-top-of-the-class-for-childcare-centre-satisfaction One in five parents claim their child has suffered a serious injury in childcare. That’s one of the findings of a study by consumer satisfaction research company Canstar Blue, which also reveals that almost half of parents say their child has returned from childcare with bumps and bruises. According to the survey, two in five mums and dads are worried that childcare staff don’t pay enough attention to their child and almost half of those questioned feel guilty for leaving their child in childcare. Canstar Blue surveyed almost 400 parents on their childcare centre expectations and found that more than 80% are generally happy with the care their child receives. However, three in five believe childcare centre staff should do more to educate their child, not just look after them. The average daily childcare spend of the parents surveyed was $80. “The safety and security of childcare centres is of the utmost importance to parents, but getting good value for money is also highly desired,” said Canstar Blue spokesman Simon Downes. “Childcare centres having a good educational program is almost as important to parents as the quality of care provided. “And many providers seem to be getting it right. Four in five parents told us the food their childcare centre provides is of a good, healthy standard and the same number said they receive good feedback from their childcare centre on what their child has been doing during the day.” Goodstart Early Learning has received Canstar Blue’s Most Satisfied Customers Award 2014 – Childcare Centres. Goodstart achieved five-star ratings for security and safety, quality of care provided, educational programs and overall satisfaction. “We are pleased to receive the Canstar Blue award for Most Satisfied Customers,” said Heather Finlayson, General Manager-Strategy, Goodstart Early Learning. “It is wonderful that Australia’s families have recognised the important work of our educators in providing high quality early learning and care in our centres. “We are particularly proud of the 5/5 rating we received for educational programs as we are committed to providing quality early learning programs, tailored to the individual learning and development needs of all our children.” Goodstart also received four-star ratings for its wait list length, playtime activities, nutrition provided and value for money. Meanwhile G8 Education rated well for security and safety, educational programs and overall satisfaction. Bosses to be faced with new mental health minefield 2014-08-29T09:06:08Z bosses-to-be-faced-with-new-mental-health-minefield Now more than ever employers are at increasing risk of costly legal action if they fail to address mental health issues in the workplace properly. Many employers are unaware that they could face discrimination claims if they refused jobs or promotions to those with mental health problems. Many employers remain ignorant about their obligations under the new nationally harmonised laws, business owners can now be taken to court for failing to provide a safe workplace for a staff member with a mental illness. Mentioning a mental health problem as part of workplace gossip could also be seen as a breach privacy laws. Mental health expert Tasha Broomhall of mental health consultancy Blooming Minds, said "If nearly six out of 10 of managers don't understand the signs, symptoms and indicators of mental illness, they're unlikely to respond appropriately in the workplace, unlikely to support staff and, critically, are likely to increase the personal impact on the worker involved.” A Blooming Minds survey of 102 people, two-thirds interviewed from WA, showed only one in 10 workplaces had a clear understanding of mental health policy. The survey showed 42 per cent of respondents had been diagnosed with a condition and of those who revealed this information to their employer, 85 per cent claimed the manager's reaction made their illness worse. ABOUT WHS SOLUTIONS Don’t wait for employees slip through the cracks. Take the initiative and ensure a healthy mental workspace for your workers. WHS Solutions can help you in ensuring your employees have all their mental health requirements met as well as helping you comply with all other workplace health and safety regulations. WHS Solutions provides you with a customised service at a fixed fee to suit your specific occupation safety and health needs within your budget parameters. WHS Solutions gives you access to a vast industry pool of knowledge and expertise which ensures your business will be treated with care and sensitivity. For more information regarding WHS Solutions, please contact Email: enquiries@yoursafetysolutions.com.au Telephone: 08 9427 1788 Or visit http://yoursafetysolutions.com.au/  Epson Launches SureLab D700 Desktop Printer at The Digital Playground alongside Print & Share Kiosk, Stylus Photo R3000, Stylus Pro 3880 and Stylus Pro 7900 printers and the Epson Perfection V700 Photo scanner 2014-08-29T08:56:12Z epson-launches-surelab-d700-desktop-printer-at-the-digital-playground-alongside-print-amp-share-kiosk-stylus-photo-r3000-stylus-pro-3880-and-stylus-pro-7900-printers-and-the-epson-perfection-v700-photo-scanner The Digital Playground promotes technology and digital lifestyle products in the world of photo imaging and at this year’s expo Epson will be launching its new SureLab D700 photo printer, a mini desktop version of the highly acclaimed SureLab D3000. Sitting alongside the SureLab D700 will be Epson’s Print & Share Kiosk and demonstrations of its Stylus Photo R3000, Stylus Pro 3880 and Stylus Pro 7900 printers.   The SureLab D700 presents an incredible powerful desktop photo printer to the commercial world. Simple to operate with a compact, lightweight design the SureLab D700 has been specifically designed for commercial photo and photo merchandise production. Much like its big brother the SureLab D3000, the SL-D700 produces high quality consumer, business and professional photo prints, along with ID and passport photos, menus, awards, cards and fliers. The new SL-D700 has been manufactured to easily provide print durable colour and black and white images on gloss, lustre and matte media and can produce prints sized from 102mm x 89mm to 210mm x 1000mm. The SL-D700 is no slouch either and is capable of producing up to 360 6" x 4" production quality photos per hour. Users are able to print direct from common photo applications or via the optional Epson Order Control software that has integrated job costing, scheduling, image editing and colour control.   Taking its place on the stand and representing the world of A3+ prints will be the high quality A3+ photographic printer, the Epson Stylus™ Photo R3000. Known for its professional features including high-capacity cartridges, networking and wireless connectivity and advanced media handling the R3000 is raising the bar in A3+ professional photographic printing. Using the Epson UltraChrome K3® with Vivid Magenta pigment ink, combined with Epson's innovative MicroPiezo® print, enables the R3000 to produce gallery-quality black-and-white output, plus vivid colour prints with breathtaking blues and violets.   In the world of A2+ for anyone wanting to produce saleable photography, graphic or poster artwork, commercial POS or display signage the Epson Stylus Pro 3880 is the printer to turn to. The Stylus Pro 3880 provides a cost effective and flexible solution for printing quality colour and premium black-and-white images in a wide format. It also produces durable, ultra-high resolution output with a platform that has proven dependability and is easy to maintain. Designed for business the Stylus Pro 3880 also boasts amazing print quality thanks to the Epson 2880x1440dpi MicroPiezo print head with Variable Sized Droplet Technology™ (VSDT) for consistent and predictable output in ultra-high resolution with superior half tones and an optimised ink density and good image stability. The Stylus Pro 3880 can also print an A4 page in as little as 18 seconds, supports bordered, edge-to-edge and borderless printing and incorporates an auto sheet feeder and a straight through paper path for heavy board.   Completing Epson’s printer ensemble at The Digital Playground is their 24” (610mm) large format Stylus Pro SP-7900 aimed at the producers of professional photography, gallery quality artwork and colour accurate proofs. The Stylus Pro SP-7900 represents a pinnacle in colour printing technology with an ultra-high resolution and an incredible colour gamut. The SP-7900 supports a wide range of roll and sheet media and features an ultra-fine MicroPiezo® Thin Film (TFP) head with VSDT for output with superior resolution, gradations and colour density. It uses Epson UltraChrome® HDR all-pigment aqueous ink with an 11 cartridge configuration for premium colour and black-and-white output that is consistent, predictable and durable. An optional SpectroProofer is available with the SP-7900 for precision colour management and ISO standard proofing work.   Alongside all the printers will be the Epson Perfection V700 Photo scanner. Tailored specifically to meet the high level requirements of scanning professionals, the Epson Perfection V700 Photo incorporates new and refined technologies that work in tandem to provide a fast, total scanning solution with quality rivalling many drum scanners. Along with the high speed moving carriage-type TPU (Transparency Unit), the Perfection V700 Photo features the ability to connect to the PC or Macintosh using either USB 1.1, USB 2.0 or high speed Firewire interfaces. Adding further to the enhanced speed capabilities of the Perfection V700 Photo is a dedicated high-speed ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit) hyper processor. In addition to its high speed scanning capability the Epson Perfection V700 Photo also boasts powerful software tools, versatile paper handling, crisp definition and an advanced dual lens system incorporating two separate lenses, each designed to optimise the scanning results in specific modes.   Also at this year’s Digital Playground is the Epson Print & Share Kiosk housing four Expression® Photo XP-950 Occasional A3 multi-function premium photo printers where attendees are invited to print and bring their photos to life free of charge. The kiosk will be open for all to print 6” x 4” high definition photos instantly in order to demonstrate Epson’s new benchmarks in high quality colour and black and white printing.   Finally at The Digital Playground Epson, in addition to being sponsors of the speaker program theatre, will be exhibiting two galleries that include the winning images from the Epson AIPP State Photographers of the Year 2014 and Epson International Pano Award 2014 competitions. SOUTH AUSTRALIAN THRILLER “ONE EYED GIRL” SET FOR AUSTRALIAN THEATRICAL RELEASE THROUGH THE BACKLOT FILMS 2014-08-29T02:11:31Z south-australian-thriller-one-eyed-girl-set-for-australian-theatrical-release-through-the-backlot-films Hot on the heels of Austin Film Festival’s early line-up announcement which includes the World Premiere of  “One Eyed Girl”, The Backlot Films is proud to announce its plans to release the South Australian psychological thriller in Australian cinemas during the first quarter of 2015. Starring Tilda Cobham-Hervey (52 Tuesdays) and Mark Leonard Winter (Healing, Van Diemen’s Land), with a gripping screenplay by Nick Matthews and Craig Behenna, One Eyed Girl follows the story of a psychiatrist (Winter) haunted by the death of a former patient, who stumbles upon a Doomsday cult and battles to save a teenage girl (Cobham-Harvey) from its clutches.   Co-founder and director of The Backlot Films, Tony Ianiro says, “Upon our first meeting with David Ngo many months ago, we encountered the same level of passion that he had for his craft which Mark (D’Angelo) and I have for Backlot. There was clearly a positive chemistry from the get go.   “David Ngo's Projector Films, The Backlot Films and industry publicity and marketing specialists Jameson PR will combine to execute a fresh and unique campaign in the lead up to the theatrical release of ‘One Eyed Girl’ in 2015.   “In many respects, this is a unique project for us as it marks not only our involvement as distributor, but also as the first feature film in which The Backlot Studios, Melbourne was utilised to conduct the final audio mix, using our in house audio team at Backlot Post (Mark D'Angelo & Craig Jannson) in collaboration with one of the best audio re-record mixers in the world, Phil Heywood (The Lego Movie, The Great Gatsby, The Lord Of The Rings trilogy).   “The film itself is charismatic, honest and rich in production values, whilst the subject matter depicted in ‘One Eyed Girl’ – ‘a cult and its laws of attraction’ will remain with viewers long after they have witnessed it.    Our next phase is to introduce the film to our exhibition partners. We will create a long lead campaign and endeavour to get exhibition and media genuinely excited about One Eyed Girl in the lead up to its release.   “We are fortunate to have access to the filmmakers and key cast for in cinema Q&As across the country, pre-release – a strong indication that veryone attached to this project is committed.....it's now time to make it happen!”   Produced by David Ngo and Co-Written by Craig Behenna, as part of the SA Film Corporation’s Filmlab program, this film creates a confronting indictment of an ethically lost and alienated society where the blind indeed seem to lead the blind.   Ngo says, "We are so excited to have our film open at the prestigious Austin Film Festival. To know your film will screen in front of people like Tommy Lee Jones, James Franco, Matthew Weiner and Lawrence Kasdan is a huge honour and also, quite frankly, scary as hell.    “We can't wait to then follow this up with the release in Australia with Backlot. As a filmmaker there's nothing quite like watching people lining up and buying popcorn to see your movie.   “There's no doubt the cast will go on to do many big things. Hollywood's already knocking on young Tilda's door and I think people will be blown away by Mark's performance. He really reminds me of a young Daniel Day Lewis."   The “One Eyed Girl” creative team was selected by a panel of assessors including Margaret Pomeranz (At The Movies), and producer Bridget Ikin (My Year Without Sex, Look Both Ways) to develop the film through the SAFC's FilmLab program where they were mentored by acclaimed filmmaker Rolf de Heer (Charlie's Country, Ten Canoes, Bad Boy Bubby).   After two years of writing, casting began in 2012 and used a combination of traditional avenues and social media to discover some of its younger cast members. Having already cast Mark Leonard Winter in the lead male role of Travis, the 'Search for Grace' and 'Search for Marcus' online campaigns attracted over 600 applicants from all over the world and finally chose Matthew Crook to play Marcus and for the title role, then seventeen year old Tilda Cobham-Hervey, who has been described by Variety magazine as one of five up-and-coming actresses to watch. The film also stars Steve Le Marquand (Rake, Vertical Limit).   Filming began in December 2012 on an isolated farm in the hills of Adelaide. This hugely ambitious film was also the first feature for many of the heads of department - Production Designer Anny Duff, Cinematographer Jody Muston and Make-Up Artist Rebecca Buratto.   “One Eyed Girl” will open in Australian cinemas in early 2015, distributed by The Backlot Films. www.oneeyedgirlthemovie.com Epson demonstrates PrecisionCore, Signage and Décor, Fabric and Merchandise, Posters and Graphics and Garment Decoration Solutions at Visual Impact 2014 2014-08-28T08:19:29Z -150 Epson will be presenting unique live demonstrations of the very latest in sign and display solutions on stand B8 at this year’s Visual Impact Show. For the first time at Visual Impact Epson will have a range of printing solutions that incorporate the company’s revolutionary PrecisionCore MicroTFP print chip which offers vastly improved performance compared to conventional piezo printheads, including faster speeds and more accurate dot placement. In addition there will be displays involving the company’s new SureColor T7200D dual roll aqueous poster printer, SureColor F7100 64” dye sublimation printer, SureColor F2000 Direct to Garment printer and SureColor S50600 64” eco-solvent printer. Epson’s Visual Impact stand features four main sign and display demo areas. The first is for posters and graphics solutions and features their new SureColor T7200D 44” dual roll aqueous poster printer. The SureColor T7200D is part of Epson’s SureColor Technical series designed for users who need to produce large-format images, economically at high speed and are ideal for maps, plans, drawings, schematics, geological survey diagrams, sales presentations, posters and displays. The SC-T7200D features Epson’s latest PrecisionCore™ print head and aqueous UltraChrome® ink chemistry. It will print an B0 image in as little as 70 seconds with output that dries almost instantly to be water and rub resistant. The SC-T7200D is extremely cost-effective to run, with low power and low ink consumption. The printer features all front loaded consumables with dual rolls, a small footprint, and support for installation against a wall or in a corner. It ships with a suite of software that enables easy printing from office and CAD/GIS applications complete with job costing and remote management facilities. An optional HDD is available for efficient workgroup operation with print server and reprint functionality. The printer can be ordered with an optional, high-speed Postscript® module for design and poster work, and a wide format scanner for full MFP scan, copy and document sharing functionality. Epson’s second demonstration area involves fabric and merchandise solutions and in particular those using the SureColor F7100 64” dye sublimation printer. The SureColor Fabric DS series represents a revolution in dye sublimation printing. Designed from the ground up for sublimation, it provides an imaging platform for garments, sportswear, soft-signage and promotional items. The SC-F7100 combines Epson's latest PrecisionCore™ print head with UltraChrome® DS ink, a Continuous Ink Supply System (CISS), a 64" print engine, Auto Tension Control (ATC), media output heater and a high precision Auto Take-Up. The head enables high resolution output with precise dot sizing, placement and ink density management. The ink supports a wide range of industry standard transfer media with output that is not only cost-effective but has predictable colour with a high dMax and extended Gamut. The engine and supply system facilitate continuous production at speeds up to 58.9m2/hr with sheet and roll based output. The media output heater ensures rapid drying while the ATC and ATU work together to ensure output rolls are compatible with high performance calendar style transfer equipment. The Auto Take-Up (ATU) ensures output rolls are compatible with high performance calendar style transfer equipment. Epson’s third demonstration area at Visual Impact features garment decoration solutions and their new SureColor F2000 Direct to Garment (DTG) printer which is part of the revolutionary SureColor Fabric series designed from the ground up to ensure superior quality, performance, and reliability when imaging on cloth, garments, and merchandise. The SC-F2000 is a DTG printing platform for work involving cotton-based shirts, caps, bags, and promotional items. Prints can be made to pre-cut fabric or directly onto a finished garment with a heat press then used to 'fix' the dye. It enables production of customised and value-added goods with high impact and good wash/wear durability. Unique to the Epson solution, the printing platform and ink have been developed together. This integrated approach not only ensures exceptional image quality with reduced running costs, but also enhanced mechanical durability with a reduced maintenance burden. The system is quick to install, easy to operate and offers fast, flexible production for low volume applications. The SC-F2000 uses Epson UltraChrome® DG ink along with an advanced PrecisionCore™ print head. The ink provides a significantly enhanced colour range with high brightness, formulated for easy fixing with a flexible and durable finish. The head provides improved resolution and enhanced reliability with precise dot sizing and placement for smooth predictable colour with minimised bleed and ink consumption.   The final demonstration area is signage and décor which will feature the SureColor S50600 64”eco-solvent printer. Known as an extremely fast and flexible printer the SureColor S50600 64”eco-solvent printer has been designed for medium-high volume production of durable display and design material. It can be used with a wide range of media and is suitable for many applications including the production of advertising and POS displays, vehicle wraps, labels, furniture decals and interior/exterior surface finishes. The SC-S50600 uses Epson’s patented Thin Film MicroPiezo™ print heads and pigment based UltraChrome Eco-Solvent ink technology. The printer also features dual print heads, a dual high capacity ink supply, a high speed drying system, adjustable multi-stage media heating, and a super-rigid chassis with advanced media management. By supporting production speeds up to 51.8m2 /hr and with its low noise, low power consumption and low odour, the SC-S50600 is suitable for operation in a variety of commercial, business and office environments. WordStorm PR hosts the inaugural Stormy Awards 2014-08-28T06:09:39Z wordstorm-pr-hosts-the-inaugural-stormy-awards The Stormy Awards reward journalists and bloggers who we feel stand out in their category, on both a professional and personal level. These awards are our way of saying thank you to our friends in the media who make our job a little easier and much more enjoyable! And the winners are: Fiona Baker from Body + Soul – The journalist that best featured our client Carly O'Donovan from TODAY – The most approachable TV producer Olivia MacKinnon from Beauty Heaven – The most enthusiastic journalist Andrea Zanetich from Fox In Flats – Best blogger Berlinda Conti from The West Australian – The most approachable journalist Bonnie Cleaver from Prevention – The best email responder Michelle Vellacott & Rhys McPherson from Australian Retailer – Thepublication that best supports our clients Lillian McHugh from MiNDFOOD – The journalist we’d most love to employ as a PR Bree Player from Shop Til You Drop – The must follow journalist on social media Gyan Yankovich from Cleo/Dolly – The journalist who we’d most like a make-up lesson from Sarah Harris from Studio 10 – The journalist with the most enviable style Rosie Waterland from Mamamia – The journalist with the quirkiest writing style Samera Kamaleddine from Women’s Fitness – The journalist we secretly want to be BFF with Congratulations to all! Celebrated Golf Writer/Teacher Trains Weekend Golfers to Shave Five Shots 2014-08-28T05:25:18Z celebrated-golf-writer-teacher-trains-weekend-golfers-to-shave-five-shots San Mateo, CA, August 27, 2014 -- Nearly three decades after the publication of his classic golf instruction manual, The Keys to the Effortless Golf Swing, Michael McTeigue today increased his support of golf’s recreational players by introducing his new book, Bulletproof Putting in Five Easy Lessons, the Streamlined System for Weekend Golfers. Written for those golfers who have limited practice time and no desire to become slaves to the game, Bulletproof Putting in Five Easy Lessons promises to cut as many as five shots per round from the average player’s score, with minimal effort. According to McTeigue, “Sharpening your putting skill is the quickest and easiest way to lower your scores and enhance your enjoyment of the great game of golf. Even those players with modest athletic ability can follow my simple steps to becoming bulletproof on the putting green.” McTeigue, a former Northern California PGA Teacher of the Year, has watched recreational players throw away too many shots on the putting green over the years. “Missing a makeable putt is like taking a penalty stroke at the conclusion of the hole. A two-inch putt counts the same as a three-hundred yard drive,” McTeigue observes. “I created the Bulletproof Putting System to give average golfers a streamlined way to putt more like the pros and have more fun on the greens.” Bulletproof Putting in Five Easy Lessons is published in paperback and e-book formats by Mike McTeigue’s Swing Management. About Michael McTeigue As a member of the U.S. Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA), Michael McTeigue conducted thousands of golf lessons as assistant professional at Bel Air CC, teaching professional at Riviera CC, and head golf professional at Palos Verdes GC in California. He is the author of the popular full-swing instruction book, The Keys to the Effortless Golf Swing. Michael was voted the 1995 Teacher of the Year for the Northern California Section of the PGA. He served as a faculty member in the PGA's Golf Professional Training Program and as an instructor in the PGA's Professional Training and Development Seminar Program. He has authored numerous instruction articles for publications such as GOLF Magazine, Golf Digest, and Senior Golfer. Michael graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA with a degree in Psychology, and he received his MBA from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business. He resides in San Mateo, CA with his wife and two daughters. Media Contact: Michael McTeigue San Mateo, CA 650-740-1960m.mcteigue@gmail.comhttp://michaelmcteigue.wordpress.com Sport Camps Australia brings its soccer camps to the Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba 2014-08-28T03:54:59Z sport-camps-australia-brings-its-soccer-camps-to-the-sunshine-coast-and-toowoomba The SCA Youth Soccer Camp  Brisbane  held in the July school holidays was a huge hit with kids and parents alike!   Due to this success and the expected demand in the September School holidays, Sports Camps Australia in partnership with Complete Sports Conditioning are holding two new camps in two new locations as well as the Brisbane camp!   David Vella, the Camp Director of all three camps and the brains behind Complete Sports Conditioning, is excited to travel to both the Sunshine Coast and Toowomba, providing young soccer players in these areas a training experience like no other.   The two and three day camps are carefully designed to provide maximum enjoyment and activity for players of all levels, ages and sizes. Everybody is welcome and its guaranteed each participant will leave a better and more enthusiastic player having spent the best days of their school break at camp!   David brings with him an incredible line-up of elite and expert junior soccer coaches including: Brisbane Roar star player Emily Gielnik; National Premier League Player and Coach Graham Fyfe: Nick Dibbs who is currently one of the senior coaches at Redlands Utd FC and specializes working with the younger age players; and Brazillian super-coach Juliano Schmelling who has played and coached in many countries around the world and witnessed many different styles. When talking about his unique camp experience David is quoted, "I am excited about the program we provide and the talented group of coaches whodeliver it to the campers. All of the coaches are currently playing or coaching in the National Premier Leagues and the vast knowledge and experiences they have gained from playing and coaching all over the world will mean that our camp participants will see Football (Soccer) from so many different points of view, fast tracking their development and enhancing their enjoyment of 'The Beautiful Game." Enrolments for all of the below camps are now open to both beginners through to advanced players up to the age of 16. If you would like to get involved, visit www.sportscampsaustralia.com.au or call 1800-753-127. ·       SCA Youth Soccer Camp – Brisbane 22 – 24 September ·       SCA Youth Soccer Camp – Toowoomba – 25 & 26 September ·       SCA Youth Soccer Camp – Sunshine Coast – 29 & 30 September If you would like to speak to one of the coaches or the Camp Director about the camp experience provided call 1800 753 127 or 0402 912 204. Sports Camps Australia (SCA) is partnered by US Sports Camps,Nike and the Healthy Kids Association and are bringing camps in over 12 sports to the Australian market in an effort to get kids active and healthy. SCA teams up with the country's best coaches and clubs to direct camps and provides them with valuable administrative and marketing support. Sponsorship Helps Bush Kids Go MAD 2014-08-27T07:17:20Z sponsorship-helps-bush-kids-go-mad It’s not often kids from the bush get the opportunity to explore the creative arts with industry recognised professionals as their teachers. Craig Black and the team at Black Toyota have thrown their support behind MAD Camp, Artslink Queensland’s annual multi-arts program for young people to help make this reality. Jane Black, Sponsorship Manager, said Mr Black is incredibly passionate about equal opportunities for children in the bush. “He wants to make sure they have the same chances as city kids to explore all opportunities,” she said. “Sponsoring Artslink Queensland’s MAD Camp is our way of giving back.  The bush has been good to us; we would not be where we are without the people of the bush.” MAD Camp is a week-long, multi-arts intensive residency program for secondary school students in Years 10, 11 and 12 that takes place during the September school holidays. Arthur Frame, Artslink Queensland CEO, said with the help of Black Toyota and the Black family, Artslink Queensland can provide generous subsidies to students from Queensland rural areas. “Young people come from across the state to spend a week exploring different aspects of the creative arts like dance, music and drama with industry professionals sharing their knowledge and experience,” he said. “Being immersed in the arts allows the young people to further develop their creativity. “Without organisations like Black Toyota and people like Craig Black many of these young people would not be able to afford to come.” Ms Black said Mr Black understands the concerns of those living outside of the South East Queensland corner. “They are doing it tough and he wants to make sure there are always options open to those who want them,” she said. “We have a lot to do with camp drafting, race days and kindies but we recognise not every child wants to be a sports star or to ride horses. “There are children in rural Queensland who have amazing artistic talents and MAD Camp is a great way for them to delve into those talents. “We are passionate about sport; we need activity for good health but there are children with a passion for the arts that sometimes get forgotten because of the focus on sport. “Spending a week learning from experts and meeting other talented young people at MAD Camp is a wonderful opportunity.” Mr Frame said MAD Camp is an innovative and flexible approach to the arts residency model that focuses on collaboration. “MAD Camp was started after the 2011 floods because we wanted to inspire young people to celebrate their talents and achievements,” he said. “It has gone on to become a key calendar date for many young people who return time and time again. It is an experience that these young people never forget.” Extra Fee for Under 40s to Rock 2014-08-27T00:03:11Z extra-fee-for-under-40s-to-rock Good news for young lovers of classic rock who want to attend this year's Townsville Rock Fest, with organisers allowing entry to Under 40s as long as they pay a 'Youngun's Fee' to enter the Festival, headlined by Baby Animals and Pseudo Echo. The Townsville Rock Fest - formerly Not too Old to Dance - started in 2012 as an exclusively Over 40s event, but with music lovers just shy of the age line disappointed at missing out and Over 40s keen to see age restrictions stay, organisers have decided the only fair compromise is to charge Under 40s a little extra to attend. Event promoter Margie Ryder said the move would help separate the true rock lovers from those who were just out to party and make a nuisance of themselves. "The Townsville Rock Fest was created to give older music lovers a great day out, set to the hits of their generation. The goal was to build an event for the mature crowd to get together and have a boogie without being judged for their wrinkles and wobbly bits," said Mrs Ryder. "However, we do realise that some keen punters fall just on the wrong side of 40 and want to be able to welcome them to the Townsville Rock Fest without opening the floodgates to hoardes of young people who could spoil the vibe for everyone else. "The decision to allow younger ones in for a slightly higher ticket price was made after a lot of community consultation and has so far been well received. The Youngun's Fee reminds event-goers that the day is designed especially for 'the oldies' and requires younger ones to prove their love of old rock by going a little further to get in the gate," Mrs Ryder said. Under 40s wishing to attend the Townsville Rock Fest will be charged an extra $5, which will buy them a Fake ID for the event. The Youngun's Fee will be donated to Connecting Rainbows - a local charity supporting and encouraging grassroots volunteers. The Townsville Rock Fest will be held on Saturday, 13 September, 2014. For more information and tickets, go to www.not2old2dance.com. About the Townsville Rock Fest The first Townsville Rock Fest, originally known as the Not too Old to Dance concert, was held in October 2012 in a bid to give us oldies a great night out with the music WE love – not that doof-doof garbage the youngin’s listen to.   In 2014, Not too Old to Dance will span all of Townsville! This year’s concert will give rockers even more chances to prove they’re not too old to dance at exciting locations all over Townsville before the main event, featuring Baby Animals and Pseudo Echo at Tony Ireland Stadium on Saturday, September 13, 2014.   The legendary double-bill will be supported by local bands Supersonic Sex Machine, GodFathers of Funk, The Blessed Outlaws, Euphoria, and Inertia.   3D Printing and the library of the future 2014-08-26T22:59:53Z 3d-printing-and-the-library-of-the-future There’s a traditional picture of the library of the past as a quiet, somewhat musty room filled with books and a stern, bespectacled middle aged librarian behind the counter. But what does the library of the present look like? And where will it go in future? The answers are becoming clear as these repositories of community knowledge are changing with the times to feature more digital and technology based resources as drawcards for visitors young and old. Already, libraries across New Zealand and the world are equipped with computers, internet connections and ebooks. With the arrival of low-cost 3D printing, these forward-looking facilities can add a further attraction for the library, providing visitors with the ability to engage with, experience and use a fascinating new and game-changing technology. That’s according to Paul Francois, product manager at Comworth Technologies. “Putting a 3D printer in every library nationwide is now a distinct possibility. It’s not just a question of cost, either – but also one of ease of use which allows any librarian or even visitor to set up and print an object with minimal training,” he notes. Francois points to the XYZ Printing Da Vinci, which retails for well under $1000. “Not only is this device affordable, but it is almost as easy to set up and use as a standard printer is. Capable of producing models of up to 20 cubic centimetres, the consumable pack is affordable, too, priced around $45. That means a model the size of a pack of cards costs around $1- $2.” With plenty of free 3D software from the likes of Microsoft, Google and many others, 3D printing isn’t just about the device; it is a an exciting world of technology which is accessible and affordable for libraries and, by extension, the communities they serve. A recent One News report[1] confirms that libraries are undergoing a transformation in response to the rise of the internet; Upper Hutt Library says physical book lending decreased by 10% in the last, while E-book lending grew by 90%, a trend which is believed to be taking hold across the country. Appearing in the report, Auckland Council libraries manager Allison Dobbie points out that libraries have always moved with the times to provide services additional to book lending: “Once upon a time we provided type writers and cassette players; now we provide computers and scanners. In the future we will be providing 3D printers and other creative technology.” Internationally, librarians recognise the necessity to incorporate emerging technologies to broaden their appeal. Publishersweekly[2]notes, ‘Technology plays an important role in helping school librarians teach, and in helping students learn. In fact, the modern library is no longer a repository for books—it has been transformed into interactive “makerspaces” where patrons can connect, create, and utilize technology. Many public libraries now offer the option of checking out tablets for reading e-books, and they allow users to create objects via 3-D printers.’ Francois says quality, ease of use and affordability means a real opportunity for libraries to provide 3D printers to run workshops in the weekends or school holidays, capitalising on the growing trend and interest in science and technology. “Providing on-demand facilities for students , hobbyists or small businesses means libraries can cement their value and draw in new segments of the community. It’s a further opportunity for the libraries of the present and the future to lead the way in embracing new technology.” The more a library can offer, the more it stays relevant and provides services that people want, he continues. “Books have always been the central business of any library and the principle of providing access to other technology, including 3D printing, ensures libraries will continue to hold a vital role in the collating and sharing of community knowledge,” Francois concludes. [1] http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/technology-forcing-libraries-transform-6003372 [2] http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/columns-and-blogs/common-core/article/61831-cut-to-the-core-modesto-to-replace-librarians-with-teachers.html KIWI SATIRICAL COMEDY HIGHLIGHT OF HLT STUDIO THEATRE’S INAUGURAL YEAR 2014-08-26T21:03:32Z kiwi-satirical-comedy-highlight-of-hlt-studio-theatre-s-inaugural-year The highlight of Auckland HLT Studio’s inaugural year, White Gold, is a wickedly satirical comedy specially written for the theatre company by Auckland PR and marketing expert, Peter Boyes. White Gold, which takes a wry look at Kiwi business culture and communications mishaps, puts our biggest industry, dairying, under a forensic spotlight. The new play will be directed by experienced theatre actor, Sue Golding, in charge of her first full-length production. Auckland HLT Studio aims to encourage new and returning actors, new directors, new writers and new designers to experience theatre in an environment tailored to nurture emerging talent. It provides a smaller theatre experience where experimental and innovative productions can be staged. HLT Studio Artistic Director, Terry Hooper explains: `Our mission is to present three short seasons of plays and a series of regular staged readings each year. Our first production, An Unseasonable Fall of Snow, featured a first-time director. The second production, The Understudy was by an established playwright, selected for emerging actors to shine, with an experienced director. Finally, the third production is a very funny and very poltical new work written by Peter Boyes, a new local playwright, supported by an accomplished production team – both on and off stage.’ HLT President, Rae McGregor explains: `For 60 years Howick Little Theatre has been producing high-quality, entertaining, accessible and enriching theatre as well as creating an environment that encourages and recognises the artist in each of us. Howick Little Theatre is a committed champion of New Zealand theatre, premiering a number of local productions and nurturing our native talent. We wanted to mark this special year by introducing the HLT Studio, which aims to bring new talent to theatre as well as persuade old friends to come back, by getting involved in shorter and less demanding productions.’ HLT Artistic Adviser, Alison Mudford adds: `Our five main productions each year are some of the best and most professional theatre experiences in New Zealand. In 60 years the theatre has evolved to become one of Auckland’s best-known and most respected theatres. The HLT Studio is designed to be a less intimidating, more intimate, but no less professional introduction to theatre and we are thrilled that Terry Hooper and Nick Martin brought the concept to us and have volunteered to help bring it into being.’ HLT Studio’s production of White Gold, written by Peter Boyes, directed by Sue Golding and produced by Terry Hooper, will play for a short season of only five performances from October 8th to 11th at 8 pm, with a 2 pm matinee on Saturday 11th October.   For further information contact: Terry Hooper on 021 078 936 Staying Motivated When Your Life Isn’t Motivating 2014-08-26T13:34:42Z staying-motivated-when-your-life-isn-t-motivating Los Angeles, CA, August 26, 2014 – The every day routine of life can get monotonous, and when it does, life can start to feel uninspiring. It’s at that point that motivational author and speaker Shawn Anderson believes it’s time for a personal wake-up call. “When life loses its passion and our purpose becomes clouded, that’s the time we need to realize the best version of ourselves has left the building,” Anderson says. “When a lesser version of us starts showing up in life, then motivated living turns into mediocre living.” Anderson, the author of six books, is passionately dedicated to empowering others to “live the life they love.” Besides writing and speaking, Anderson is the Founder of Extra Mile America, an organization which will lead an estimated 500 cities to declare November 1, 2014, as “Extra Mile Day”... a day to recognize the capacity we each have to create positive change in our families, organizations and communities when we go the extra mile. Anderson offers four tips on how we can stay motivated when our lives aren’t motivating: 1. Introduce yourself to the person in the mirror. “Our actions led us to an unmotivated place; our actions can lead us out of it, too,” Anderson states. “Life only sucks because we let it suck. If you’re not motivated, pointing fingers at others for being responsible doesn’t fly. Looking at the person in the mirror and asking ‘How do I want to change?’ will.” 2. Pull the plug on negative energy. “Negative people bring us down. Negative thoughts derail us. Get rid of both,” Anderson says. “Focus on the positive, fill our brains with the positive, hang with the positive…and daily life becomes far more energizing.” 3. Screw what others think. “Why let someone else’s opinion chase us away from pursuing an adventure or life we’d love? When we’re walking a path of our choosing, life is always more motivating. Be true to you,” Anderson shares. 4. Change the world. “Get involved. Take your focus off the internal and cast your vision on the external. The world needs for you to get involved. Find a cause you passionately believe, and get your feet moving in helping that cause achieve their goals,” Anderson says. “We get one life and there are no do-overs,” Anderson concludes. “Why choose for it to be anything other than inspiring and adventurous? It’s always our choice.” To book Shawn Anderson as a speaker, visit ShawnAnderson.com or write to Shawn@ShawnAnderson.com. Bio: Shawn Anderson is a six-time author, keynote speaker and motivational success coach. His "go the extra mile" philosophy and ability to produce winning results have been praised by political leaders, Olympic Gold Medal and world record holders, and media outlets around the world. Contact: Shawn Anderson Los Angeles, CA (310) 402-4826shawn@shawnanderson.comhttp://www.shawnanderson.com Epson launches new 1900 Series high image quality projectors 2014-08-25T01:09:59Z epson-launches-new-1900-series-high-image-quality-projectors Epson has launched its new 1900 series of high image quality, mid-range projectors. The range, consisting of models EB-1985WU, EB-1980WU, EB-1975W and EB-1970W, boasts a stunning array of new features and functions that include high image quality with WUXGA resolution, rich connectivity and functionality and easy installation and maintenance.   Epson Australia General Manager for its Business Division Craig Heckenberg said, “The 1900 series is ideal for corporate and classroom environments where large flat panel displays (FPD) with high brightness and resolution are required. With that in mind it’s actually more cost efficient to install projectors from the new 1900 series than a FPD as there is no wall mounting involved and all models are able to be used as desk projectors. In addition, considering the compact chassis of the 1900 series, each model can project extremely bright and clear images with high contrast levels and colour lumen output up to 300 inches in size in high definition.”   All models in the 1900 range enjoy very high image quality with up to 5000 lumens and WUXGA resolution which, in practical terms, means incredibly sharp images even on very large screens. WUXGA resolution provides users with not only a broad workspace but also greater flexibility. The enhanced resolution allows information-rich content such as complex figures to be displayed on a large scale in Full HD without distortion or reduction in size. Thanks to the higher resolution WUXGA and a newly developed lens, sharpness and focus levels have also greatly been improved on the 1900 range of projectors.   High resolution and excellent picture quality aren’t the only improvements in the new 1900 series as the range now boasts rich connectivity which in turn enables smarter meetings. The new connectivity functions now include Screen Mirroring with Wi-Fi certified Miracast technology and Intel® WiDi, iProjection and Network Projection. Wi-Fi Certified Miracast is a particularly useful Wi-Fi application which allows easy wireless transmission of Full HD (1080p) video and sound from 1900 series projectors without any complicated set up and can send images in Screen Mirroring mode without any cable connections. The Intel-developed WiDi is also based on Wi-Fi certified Miracast technology and supports additional functions such as guaranteed image and sound quality.   In addition to easy screen mirroring, the 1900 range boasts additional broad functionality including Auto Keystone Correction which removes the need for the projector to be in the centre of the table, Auto Power On as soon as the projector detects the input signal from a PC that has been connected via RGB cable andSplit Screen which allows inputs from two separate sources to be displayed side by side on the same screen at a sharp 960x600 pixels on each half screen thanks to the WUXGA resolution.   The 1900 series continues the long Epson tradition of easy installation and maintenance in particular with the newly improved Focus Help function which helps customers and installers easily adjust focus even when mounting a projector away from a screen. There is also a newly added Lamp Regulator Function on the 1900 series which automatically adjusts image brightness according to ambient light levels giving more efficient power usage.   Current RRP (inc. GST) of the new 1900 series is as follows: EB-1970W - $2,199.00, EB-1975W - $2,299.00, EB-1980WU - $1,999.00 and the EB-1985WU - $2,399.00 and the new 1900 range of high image quality projectors will be available from the beginning of September 2014 onwards through authorised Epson dealers.   For more information on the new 1900 series go to: http://www.epson.com.au/products/projectors/   The new Epson 1900 Series projectors will be demonstrated at Integrate 2014 on Epson’s stand E30 from 26-28 August at the Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park. PC Locs Announces New Charging and Storage Classroom Cart 2014-08-22T02:31:13Z pc-locs-announces-new-charging-and-storage-classroom-cart Perth, WA, August 22, 2014 – During Schooltech by IWBNet, K-12 mobile device management specialist PC Locs, is showcasing the new Carrier 30 Cart™ - an innovative solution for storing, charging and protecting mobile devices in schools.  The cart lets teachers focus on teaching using mobile technology without being slowed down by it. Expected to arrive in Spring, the portable high-quality steel Carrier 30 Cart makes organising and charging mobile devices in the classroom a breeze. The cart is universal and flexibly designed to adapt to a school’s changes in mobile technology. It is compatible with iPad, Chromebook, tablet and laptop devices of all sizes. The Carrier 30 Cart enables simultaneous charging of up to 30 devices and is the only cart to ease and speed up device distribution and sharing through ergonomic carry baskets. The large well inside the cart holds up to six baskets of five devices and is designed to enable several people to access it at once. By using multiple baskets to contain the devices, multiple students can quickly grab a basket and help distribute, or the baskets can be passed down rows. The baskets are light and easy to carry to a different room, if rooms are sharing devices, without moving the whole cart. The baskets also helps to protect the devices from accidental dropping and designed to fit devices with or without cases. “The Carrier 30 Cart is the most universal technology storage cart on the market,” said James Symons, CEO of PC Locs. “Designed with this premise in mind, our customers shouldn’t have to repurchase a cart if they change their technology.” PC Locs, a global leader in providing K-12 mobile device management solutions, is headquartered in Perth, WA, with Offices and representatives is Melbourne and Sydney. The company is known for innovative carts that efficiently store and simultaneously charge mobile devices in Schools. PC Locs is showcasing the Carrier 30 Cart in its booth at the SchoolTech conference, booth #C7 – September 12 to 14 at Firbank Grammar School. The company will also be providing delegates with a secure charging station area to ensure that the visitor’s devices at the tradeshow/conference are fully charged. PC Locs’ top of the line smart power management system within the Carrier 30 Cart, ECO Safe Charge™, can handle the power requirements of almost any device by staging the availability of power to each bank of devices. Different types of devices can be charged right alongside each other in the same bank. This power system also prevents the main electric circuit in the room from being overloaded, to keep classrooms up and running with many devices that need power.                  The cube-shaped Carrier 30 Cart features an advanced highly secure sliding top lid, with two layers of key locks to protect the school’s valuable mobile technology investment safely inside. The included floor anchor kit provides further security by enabling teachers to chain the cart to floor at the end of the day, locking it in place so it can’t be moved or stolen. New Features PC Locs’ primary goal is to make life easier for teachers, students and IT administrators. It is building a reputation as the most innovative and trusted brand in developing solutions for managing deployments of mobile technology. PC Locs listened to customer feedback and incorporated new features that they wanted in the Carrier 30 Cart: -       New five-slot Carry Baskets give users the flexibility to deploy Chromebook, tablet or iPad devices with ease. The new and improved baskets are lighter, easier to grip, and are designed to accommodate almost any device, with or without cases. -       Improved cable management. The Carrier 30 Cart features a new center channel system which holds all the device cables in place. It is now neater and easier to set up. -       New soft-closing, sliding lid. The soft close protects teachers’ and students’ fingers from being caught in the lid and closes quietly. The lid secures up to 30 Chromebook, tablet or iPad devices and the baskets that they are stored inside. -       Smaller footprint takes up less storage space.   Pricing and Availability The Carrier 30 Cart is expected to arrive in Spring. It requires one standard power outlet to plug in the cart. The suggested price for one cart, which comes with a lifetime warranty, is $1,999+GST. Schools can order now for Term 3 through PC Locs resellers. For information, questions or advice in deploying mobile devices, PC Locs is available. Just call PC Locs on 1300 725 627 or visit www.pclocs.com.au . About PC Locs PC Locs designs and manufactures tablet/laptop carts, wall cages and lockers that secure, sync, and charge mobile devices. PC Locs is a global company with headquarters in Perth, Western Australia, and our US headquarters is in Madison, WI. The company was founded in 1999, at the home of Paul Symons, now co-owner, director and product designer for PC Locs. As a schoolteacher in Perth, Paul identified a need in the market after seeing computers being stolen on a weekly basis. He created a solution for securing desktop computers, which went on to have a radical impact on reducing computer theft throughout Australia. Since our beginnings in Perth, we’ve expanded globally to help make our customers lives easier by developing mobile device management products that take the workflow of a classroom into consideration.   iPad® is a registered trademark of Apple, Inc. Chromebook™ is a trademark of Google. Carrier 40 Cart™ is a trademark of PC Locs.